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At that moment, a clap like thunder ANECDOTES OF was heard.--the candle was driven ower--- CELEBRATED WOMEN. the sleeping laddie roared, “ Help!" and « Murder !” and “ Thieves !” and, as the form on which we were sitting No. XII.-LADY MARY WORTLEY played flee backwards, crippled Isaac

MONTAGUE. bellowed out, “ I'm dead ! i'm killed! shot through the head! oh! oh! oh!”

LADY MARY PIEREPONT was the Surely I had fainted away; for, when eldest daughter, of Evelyn Duke of I came to mysell, I found my red com- Kingston. She was born at Thoresby in forter loosed; my face a' wet---Isaac Nottinghamshire, about the year 1694. rubhing down bis waistcoat wi' his sleeve The first dawn of her genius opened so ---the laddie swigging ale out of a bic- auspiciously, that her father resolved to ker--and the brisk brown stout, which, cultivate the advantages of nature by a by casting its cork, had caused a' the seculous attention to her early instrucalarm, wbizz---whizz---whizzing in the tion. chumley lug.

A classical education was not then

given to English ladies of qnality, when THE MINSTREL OF WAR.

Lady Mary received one of the best. (From the Oriental Herald.)

Under the same preceptors as Viscount FROM their coverts the breezes Newark ber brother, she acquired the Crept forth one by one,

«lements of the Greek, Latin, and And the waters, that slept

French languages, with the greatest Ere the light of the sun

Her studies were afterwards Poured down on their bosom,

superintended by Bishop Burnet, and Now frolicked along,

her translation of the Enchiridon of As if waked into motion

Epictetus received his emendations : this By Annabar's song.

translation, she said, in the letter that Sail on, gallant pinnace,

accompanied it, “was the work of one

week of my solitude," and it was to The tremulous wave That now bears thee to glory

uninterrupted leisure and private habits May yet be thy grave;

of life, that she was much indebted for Yet sail on its bosom,

so complete an improvement of her

mind. Ju 1712, she married E. W. MonWhile young Annabar Pours forth to the echo

tague, Esq. a man possessed of solid,

rather than brilliant parts ; but the His carol of War.

soundness of his judgment, and the “ O Mars! from the splendours gracefulness of his oratory, distinguished That burn on thy brow,

him in Parliament. During the first Dissever one ray

two years of her marriage, Lady Mary For thy victim below;

had lived in retirement at Warnecliffe And oh ; though he fall

lodge near Sheffield, where her son was la bis freshness and bloom,

born; but in 1794, Mr. Montague was May it burn o'er his ashes,

appointed one of the lords of the treaWhen pressed by the toinb! sury, which introduced them at court, I ask not for victory,

and into those distinguished circles in Take it who may !

which she was so well formed to shine. To be swift as the eagle,

In 1716, Mr. Montague was appoiuted And bright as the day,

ambassador to the Ottoman Porte; and And brave as the lion

in August the same year, he commenced Which roars in the net,

an arduous journey over the continent of That, wounded aud fallen,

Europe, to Constantinople, accompanied Is terrible yet ;

by Lady Mary, whose conjugal affection This, this is my prayer,

reconciled her to the dangers unavoidably Thou God of the brave,

to be encountered in passing the savage Whom heroes adore

Turkish territory; the native horrors of On the edge of the grave.!"

which were then doubled by those of

war. They travelled through Germany, On bounded the pinnace,

Bohemia, and Hungary; great part of Bright glittered his eye,

this journey was performed during the When tbe tower of the foreman

winter, and the Danube being frozen, Rose dark in the sky;

they were obliged to travel entirely by From its battlements winged.

land: the route they took was very little Now a swift arrow came,

traversed, even by the Hungarians themAnd its point steeped in darkness

selves, who generally chose to wait for Young Annabar's name.

the conveniency of going down the

Danube. It was April, 1717, before Mr. Wortley's negotiations failing of they arrived at Adrianople, after a their intended effect, he received letters of journey of eight months ; and in a letter, recal under the privy seal, Oct. 1737, addressed to the Princess of Wales, which was couutersigned by his friend Lady Mary says, “ I have now finished á Addison, then secretary of state. journey that has not been undertaken He did not commence his journey home by any Christian, since the time of the till June 6, 1718: they returned through Greek emperors.” Whilst on her jour- the Archipelago, landed at Tunis, and have ney, and during her residence at the ing crossed the Mediterranean, arrived at Levant, she amused herself, and de- Genoa, and from thence passed Turin to lighted her friends, by a regular corre. Lyons and Paris, and reached England, spondence, chiefly to her sister, the Oct. 20, 1718. In a short time after countess of Mar, lady Rich, some other her return, lady Mary was solicited by ladies of the court, and to Mr. Pope. Pope to fix ber summer residence at The ambassador and his suite remained Twickenham, and in retirement there she two months at Adrianoplas to which city enjoyed the literary society which rethe sultan, Achmet III. had then re- sorted to his villa. But the ties of friend moved his court from Constantinople. ship, which existed between them, were During her stay at the latter city, her not of long duration. Lady Mary active mind was readily engaged in the espoused Sir Robert Walpole's politics, pursuit of objects, so new to her, as wbile Pope adhered to Bolingbroke and the Turkish capital presented. Among Swift: he also became jealous of her her other talents, was a great facility partiality to Lord Harvey. Lady Mary of learning languages; and in the had besides omitted to consult him on assemblage of ten embassies from any new poetical productions, and when different countries, of which her society he had been proposing emendations, was chiefly composed, she had daily would say, “Come, no touching, Pope, opportunities of practising them. She for what is good, the world will give to began the study of the Turkish, under you, and what is bad will leave to me.” the tuition of one of Mr. Wortley's Lady Montague continued to shine botla dragomans or interpreters, who compiled in the world of fashion and that of literafor her use a grammar, and vocabulary, ture, till the year 1739, when her health in Turkish and Italian. In one of her declined, and she formed the resolution letters, she says, “I am in great danger of passing the rest of her days abroad. of losing my English; I live in a place Having obtained Mr. Wortley's consent, that very well represents the tower of she left England, and proceeded to Babel : in Pera, where I now am, they Venice, and determined to settle in the speak fifteen languages, and what is North of Italy. In her letters to her worse, there are ten of these spoken in husband, she gives an animated descripmy own family. My grooms are Arabs; tion of the Italian manners, with which she my footmen French, English, and Ger- appears to have been pleased. She made mans; my nurse an Armenian; my a short tour to Rome and Naples, and rehousemaids Greeks ; (half a dozen turned to Brescia, one of the palaces of Greeks ;) my steward an Italian, and my which city she inhabited. Her summer guards Turks.

residence was Louverre, on the shores There was a custom then prevalent in of the lake Isco, in the Venetian territory, Turkey, though unknown in England, where she had been attracted by some into which lady Mary examined, and at mineral waters, that she found beneficial dength became perfectly satisfied with its to her health. There she took possession efficacy. It was that of inoculating of a deserted palace, planned her with variolous matter, in order to pro- garden, and was happy in the superin duce a milder disease, and to prevent the tendance of her vineyards and silk worms. ravages made by the small-pox. The About the year 1751, she quitted her process was so simple, that she did not solitude, and settled at Venice, where hesitate to apply it to her son, then she remained till 1716, when, on the three years old. She descrbed her death of Mr. Wortley, she was presuccess in a letter from Belgrade, to Mr. vailed on by her daughter, the countess Wortley at Pera : « The boy was en- of Bute, to return to England, and after grafted last Tuesday, and is at this time an absence of 12 years, she arrived once singing and playing, very impatient for more on the shores of her native land. his supper: I pray God, I may be able to But age, and ill health, had impaired give as good an account of him in my her constitution, and a gradual decline next. On her return to England, she terminated her life, in the 73rd year of strenuously advocated the system, and it her age, on the 21st of Aug. 1762. In is to her we are indebted for its introduc. the cathedral at Litchfield a cenotaph is tion into this country.

erected to her memory, by the widow

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of J. W. Inge, Esq. “ to express her RECIPES TO KILL THE DEVIL gratitude for the benefit she had herself

The devil would you kill, received, from the alleviating art,” intro

Give him a lawyer's bill; duced by lady Montague.

Or an amateur flute, The letters of the marchioness de

Or a Chancery suit; Sevigné, have been frequently compared

Or the tongue of a shrew, to those of lady Mary; but I cannot

Or a deep blas bleu ; allow my fair countrywoman to yield the

Or some London port wine, palm to her rival ; her letters are written

Or a Methodist divine; with equal elegance of style and play

Or a speech from a peer, fulness of manner, and from the sope

Or la maladie du mer. riority of subject, possess that iutrinsic

But should all these fail, interest of which Madame de Sevigué's

And he still wag bis tail, are destitute.

You've a sure means behind,.-Both as an anthoress, and as being

Give him an east wind. iodebted to her for the introduction of an inestimable art to her country,

BRAHMINS. I think our sex has reason to be proud of Lady Mary Montague. M. It is my firm persuasion that the

Brahmins are felt by the mass of the The Essence of anecdote and walit.

natives to be a voluptuous, self-indulgent, oppressive class; a burden upon their

industry; a barrier to their ambition ; A STOMACHIC JOKE.

but they are forced to bend, and why?

From the Brahmins they receive infor“SAID Hal, salt beef I cannot eat,

mation on subjects which they are art. It 'gainst my stomach goes,

fully forbidden to look into for themI don't know wherefore, but that meat

selves, such as the histories of their gods Even offends my nose.”.

-the laws and observances of their re“ A reason very odd you give,"

ligion-the rules of government and Then laughingly said Joe,

civil polity--the distinctions of the “ Meat ne'er can nourish, as I live,

seasons the influence of the stars. The Unless it ’gainst the stomach go.' Brahmins conduct all the festivals,

QUIZ.

identify themselves with all their plea

sures, preside at their assemblies. It KITE FLYING EXTRAORDINARY. was thus in the darkest era of the Two ways there are of flying kites,

Christian history; such was the relation The one a pastime pleasing,

between the Catholic priests and monks, The other many a soul affrights,

and the ignorant enslaved peasantry:In sootb 'tis very teasing.

Sketches in India for the Fireside.
While this kite Aying gave delight,
That against honour sinned,

HINDOO RELIGION.
For here the wind 'twas raised the kite,

The city of Benares struck me at There the kite that raised the wind.

once as a spot of the grossest superstiQUIZ.

tion; a dwelling of an avaricious and

designing priesthood, and in which every AN ANECDOTE.

vice is perpetrated undsr the mask of A MEMBER of the Institute, to show

religion. The Brahmins, (or priests,) his acquaintance with English literature, highest spiritual and temporal authority,

possessing among the Hindoos both the said to an English gentleman, that his favourite author was Sheebong. The

faiten on the credulity of their wor

The shippers. Englishman could not guess what he was

Religion here, as in the driving at, till he asked the Frenchman

darker ages of Europe, assumes a shape, which of Mr. Sheebong's works he prefer the curse and bane of the people, li ed? Prefer, Sir! I never knew that he paralyzes the energies, and corrupts the wrote any thing but the Decline and

very vitals of those whom it should Fall of the Roman Empire!

support : its ministers enjoy all the

pleasures and luxuries of this life; and A PUN FROM GERMANY.

to the deluded wretch who with tears in

his eyes brings the offeringss industriously A YOUNG man of the name of Cæsar acquired by the sweat of his brow, they having married a young lady, called point to the heavens, and in promising Rome, a wag wrote upon his door future happiness, fail not to menace Care, Cæsar, ne tua Roma fiut res- everlasting punishment for the smallness public.

of the offering.–Sketches of India.

THE FATAL MARKSMAN. taken to remove it; but, without exactly (Continued from page 164.)

knowing why, he shrank from telling of

the inevitable balls, and laid the blame “Let me see your gun,” said the upou a'flaw in his gun, which had soldier. “Ah, I thought so: this gun escaped his notice until the preceding has been charmed, and you'll never get night. a true aim with it again : and more than « Now, dame," said the forester, laugh. that, let me tell you, if the charm was ing: “who's wrong now, dame, I laid according to the rules of art, you'll wonder? the witchcraft lay in the gun have no better luck with any other gun that wanted trimming; and the little you take in hand.”

devil, that by your account should have William shuddered, and would have thrown down old father Kuno's picture so urged some objection against witchcraft; early this morning, I'm partly of opinion but the stranger offered to bring the lies in a cankered nail." question to a simple test. “ To old “What's that about a devil ?” asked soldiers, the like of me,” said he, “there's William. nothing at all surprising in it. Bless “ Nay, nothing but nonsense,” replied your soul; I could tell you stories the old man : “ this morning, just as the stranger by half, from this time to mid- clock was striking seven, the picture fell night. Now, here, for instance, is a down of itself, and so my wife will ball that cannot fail to go true, because have it that all's not right about the it's a gifted ball, and is proof against all house.” lhe arts of darkvess. Just try it now : “Just as it was striking seven ? Ha!" just give it a trial. I'll answer for it.” And the old soldier flashed across Wil

William loaded his piece, and looked liam's thoughts, who had taken his leave about for an ajm. At a great height at that identical time. above the forest, like a moving speck, In a few days William had so familiwas hovering a large bird of prey. arised himself to the use of his enchanted “There! that old devil np there, shoot balls, that he no longer regarded it with him.” William laughed, for the bird any misgiving. Every day he roamed was floating in a region so elevated as to about in the forest hoping to meet the be scarcely discernible to the naked eye. wooden-leg again; for his stock of balls “Nay, never doubt,” repeated the old had sunk to a single pair : and the most soldier, “I'll wager my wooden leg you'll rigorous parsimony became needful, if bring him down." William fired, the he would not put to hazard his final black speck was seen rapidly descending; success on the day of trial. One day, and a great vulture fell bleeding to the therefore, he positively declined attendground.

ing the old forester a hunting; for, on “Oh! that's nothing at all," said the the next, the duke's commissioner was soldier, observing the speechless astonish- expected ; and it might so happen that ment of his companion, “not worth before the regular probation, he would speaking of. It's no great matter to call for some exhibition of his skill: At learn how to cast balls as good as these; night, however, instead of the comlittle more is wanted than some slight missioner, came a messenger from him to maller of skill, and a stout heart; for bespeak very large delivery of game the work must be done in the night. I'll for court, and to countermand the teach you and welcome, if we should preparations for his own reception until chance to meet again. Meantime here's that day se'nnight. a few braces of my balls for you," and On the receipt of this news, William $0 saying he limped off. Filled with

was ready to sink to the ground; and astonishment William tried a second of bis alarm would certainly have raised the balls, and again he hit an oloject at suspicions, had it not been ascribed to an inaccessible distance: he then charged the delay of his marriage. He was now with his ordinary balls, and missed the under the necessity of going out to bunt, broadest and most obvious mark. On and of sacrificing, at least, one of his this second trial, he determined to go balls. With the other he vowed to bimafter the soldier ; but the old soldier bad self that he would not part for any purdisappeared in the depths of the forest; all pose on earth, except for the final shot was pleasure when William returned, as before the commissioner, which was to de. formerly, with a load of venison, and cide bis fate for life. gave practical evidence to old Bertram Bertram scolded, when William came that he was still the same marksman he back from the forest with only a single had shown himself in his noviciate. He buck: for the quantity of venison sbould now have told the reason of bis ordered was very considerable. Next late ill-luck, and wliat course he had day be was still more provoked on seeing

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Rudolph return loaded with game, and when I think on it. There was, at that Williain with an empty bag. At night time, a young, man in Prague, one he threatened to dismiss him from his George Smith by name, a wild daring house, and to revoke the consent be sort of a fellow. And a very fair hunter had given to his marriage with Katha- he might have proved; but he was too rine, unless he brought home, at least, hasty by far, and Aung his shots away in two roe-deer on the following morning. a manner. One day, when we had been Katharine herself was in the greatest joking him on this, his pride mounted distress, and conjured him for love of so high that nothing would serve him her to apply his utmost zeal, and not to but he must defy all the hunters in a think so much about her whilst engaged body: he would beat any of them at in hunting.

shooting: and no game should escape In a despairing mood William set off him, whether in the air or in the forest. to the forest. Kate, in any case, he looked This was his bcast : but ill he kept his upon as lost; and all that remained for word. Two days after comes a strange him was a sad alternative between the huntsman bolt upon us out of a thicket, two modes of losing her, whether by the and tells us that a little way off, on the result of this day's hunting, or of the main road, a man was lying half dead, trial before the commissioner. This was and with nobody to look after him. We an alternative on which he felt himself lads made up to the spot, and there, sure incapable of deciding; and he was enough, lay poor George, toru and clawed standing lost in gloomy contemplation all to pieces, just as if he had fallen of his wretched fate when all at once a amongst wild cats ; not a word could be troop of deer advanced close upon him. speak, for he was quite senseless, and Mechanically he felt for his last ball; it hardly shewed any signs of life. We seemed to weigh a hundred weight in his carried him to a house : one of us set hand. Already he had resolved to off with the news to Prague; and thither reserve this treasure at any price, when he was soon fetched. Well, this George suddenly he saw the old wooden-leg at a Smith, before he died, made confession distance, and apparently directing his that he had set about casting devil's balls, steps towards himself. Joyfully he with an old upland hunter ; devil's balls, dropped his ball into the barrel, fired, you understand, never miss ; and because and two 'roe-bucks fell to the ground. be failed in something that he should William left them lying, and hurried have done, the devil had handled bim so after the wooden-leg; but he had wholly roughly, that what must pay for it but disappeared. Father Bertram was well his precious lifc ?" satisfied with William ; but not so was “But did George pot relatc what it William with himself. The whole day was that brought such rough treatmeut long he went about in gloomy despon- upon him?" dency; the tenderness and caresses of “Aye, sure enough, before the magisKate had no power to restore him to trates he confessed all. As it drew toserenity. At night-fall, he was still wards midnight, it seems he had gone buried in abstraction; and, seated in a with the old hunter to a cross-road: there chair, he hardly noticed the lively con- they made a circle with a bloody sword; versation between the forester and and in this circle they laid a skull and Rudolph, till at length the former awoke bones cross-ways. Then the old man him out of his reverie.

told George wbat he was to do. On the “What, William, I say,” cried Ber- stroke of eleven, he was to begin casting tram, “sure you'll never sit by and the balls, in number sixty and three, hearken quietly whilst such scandalous neither more nor less ; one over or one things are said as Rudolph has just been under, as soon as twelve o'clock struck, saying of our forefather Kuno. I'll not he was

lost man.

And during all this sit and hear such things said of our work, he was not to speak a word, uor to Kuno. What, man? Kuno died in his step out of the circle, let what would bed quietly, and with a christian's peace happen. Sixty of the balls were to carry amongst his children and children's true, and only three were to miss. Smith children; but, the man that tampers began casting the balls; but such shockwith the powers of darkness never makes ing and hideous apparitious flocked a good end. I know that by what I about him, that at last he shrieked out, saw myself at Prague in Bohemia, when and jumped right out of the circle: inI was an apprentice lad."

stantly he fell down senseless to the “Aye? what was that,” cried Ru- ground, and never recovered bis recollecdolph and the rest: “tell us, dear father.” tion till he found himself at Prague, in

“What was it? why bad enough,” the hands of the surgeon, and with a said Bertram, “it makes me shudder clergyman by his side."

(To be Continued.)

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