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a rope to the side ; lower Lady Raffles... “ You may judge of our situation give her to me, says one---I'll take her, without further particulars; the alarm says the Captain. Throw the gunpowder was given at about twenty minutes past overboard; it cannot be got at; it is in eight, and in less than ten minutes she the magazine, close to the fire ! stand was in Aames; there was not a soul on clear of the powder. Skuttle the water board at half-past eight, and in less than casks. Water! water !! Where's Sir ten minutes afterwards she was one Stamford ? Come into the boat. Nelson, grand mass of fire. Nelson! come into the boat. Push off; “My only apprehension was, the want push off; stand clear of the after-part of boats to hold the people, as there was of the ship.
not time to have got out the long boat, “ All this passed much quicker than I or make a raft--all we had to rely upon can write it ; we pushed off, and as we were two small boats, which fortunately did so, the flames were issuing from our were lowered without accident, and in cabins, and the whole of the after part of these two small open boats, without a the ship was in flames. The masts and drop of water or grain of food, or a rag sails now taking fire, we moved to a dis- of covering, except what we happened tance, sufficient to avoid the immediate at the moment to have on our backs, we explosion, but the flames were now com- embarked on the wide ocean, thaukful to ing out of the main hatchway; and see God for bis mercies. Poor Sophia having ing the rest of the crew, with the been taken out of her bed, had nothing Captaio, &c. still on board, we pulled on but a wrapper, neither shoes nor back to her under the bows, so as to be stockings; the children were just as most distant from the powder. As we taken out of bed, whence one had been approached, we perceived that the peo- snatched after the flames had attacked ple from ou board were getting into an
it. In short there was not time for any other buat oo the opposite side; shepush- one to think of more than two things ed off, we hailed her, “ have you all on “Can the ship be saved ?” “No ;" * let board ?” “ Yes, all save one.” “ Who is us save ourselves then;" all else was he?" “ Johoson, sick in his cot.” “ Can swallowed up in one great ruin. we save him?” “ No, impossible; the “ To make the best of our misfortune, flames were then issuing from the hatch-, we availed ourselves of the light from way"-at this mouent the poor fellow, the ship to steer a tolerably good course scorched, I imagined, by the flames, towards the shore; she continued to burn roared out most lustily, having run up till about midnight, when the salt petre, on the deck. “I will go for him," says of which she had 250 tons on board, took the Captain. The two boats then came fire, and sent up one of the most splendid together, and we took out some of the and brilliant fames that was ever seen, persons from the Captain's boat, which illumining the horizon in every direction, was overladen. He then pulled under to an extent of not less than fifty miles, the bowsprit of the ship, and picked the and casting that kind of blue light over poor fellow up. “ Are you all safe?" us, which is, of all others, most luridly “ Yes, we've got the man; all lives safe, horrible. She burnt and continued to thank God; pull off from the ship; keep fame in this style for about an hour or your eye on a star, Sir Stamford; there's two, when we lost sight of the object in one barely visible”
a cloud of smoke. “ We then hauled close to each other, “ Neither Nelson, nor Mr. Bell, our and found the Captaio fortunately had a medical friend, who accompanied us, had compass, but we had no light bút from saved their coats: the shirt of mine, with the ship. Our distance from Bencoolen a pocket handkerchief, served to keep we estimated to be from twenty to thirty Sophia's feet warm; and we made miles in a S.W. direction, there being no breeches for the children with our necklanding-place to the southward of Ben- cloths. Rain now came on, but fortucoolen, our only chance was to regain nately it was not of long continuance, that port. The Captain then undertook and we got dry agaio, the night became to lead, and we to follow in a N.N.E. serene and starlight. We were now cer. course as well as we could. No chance, tain of our course, and the men behaved no possibility being left that we could maofully; they rowed incessantly, and again approach the ship, for she was with good heart and spirit, and never now one splendid Aame fore and aft did poor mortals look out more for dayand aloft, her masts and sails in a blaze, light and for land than we did. Not and rocking to and fro, threatening to that our sufferings or grounds of comfall in instantly. There goes her mizen- plaint were any thing to what has often mast; pull away, my boys; there goes befallen others'; but from Sophia's delithe gunpowder, thank God!
cate health, as well as my own, and the
BEAUTIES OF TAXATION.
stormy nature of our coast, I felt per. on which I had been employed since my fectly convinced we were unable to un first arrival here, and on which for the dergo starvation, or exposure to currents. last six months I had bestowed almost I feared we might fall to the southward my whole undivided attention; this, how. of the port.
ever, was not all-all my collections in “ At daylight we recognized the coast natural history, and my splendid collec and Rat Ísland, which gave us great tions of drawings, upwards of a thousand spirits, and though we found ourselves in number, with all the valuable papers much to the southward of the port, we and notes of my friends Arnold and considered ourselves almost at home. Jack; and, to conclude, I will merely Sophia had gone through the night better notice, that there was scarce an unkoown than could have been expected, and we animal, bird, beast, or fish, or an interestcontinued to pull on with all our strength. ing plant, which we had not on board. About eight or nine o'clock we saw a A living sapir, a new species of tiger, ship standing to us from the roads; they splendid pheasants, &c. &c., all domestihad seen the flame on shore, and sent cated for the voyage. We were, in out vessels in all directions to our relief, short, in this respect, a perfect Noah's and here certainly came a Minister of Ark. All - all — has perished; but, Providence, in the character of a Minis- thank God, our lives have been spared, ter of the Gospel, for the first person 1 and we do not repine. recognized was one of our Missionaries. They gave us a bucket of water, and we THE BEAUTIES OF took the captain on board as a pilot.
TAXATION ! The wind, however, was adverse, and we We can inform the Americans what could not reach the shore, and took to are the inevitable cousequences of being the ship, where we got some refresbment, too fond of glory :-Taxes upon every and shelter from the sun. By this time, article which enters into the mouth, or Sophia was quite exhausted, fainting covers the back, or is placed under the continually. About two o'clock, we foot; taxes upon every thing which is landed safe and sound, and no words of pleasant to see, hear, feel, smell, and mine can do justice to the expression of taste; taxes upon warmth, light, and feeling, sympathy, and kindness, with locomotion; taxes on everything on which we were hailed by every one. If earth, and the water uvder the earth,--on any proof had been wanting that my every thing that comes from abroad, or administration had been satisfactory, here is grown at home; taxes on the raw we had it unequivocally from all; there materials; taxes on every fresh value was not a dry eye, and as we drove back that is added to it by the industry of to onr former home, loud was the cry of man; laxes on the sauce which pampers «God be praised.'
man's appetite, and the drug that re“ But enough : and I will only add, stores him to health ; on the ermine which that we are now greatly recovered, in decorates the judge, and the rope which good spirits, and busy at work in getting hangs the criminal ; on the poor man's ready-made clothes for present use. We salt, and the rich man's spice ; on the went to bed at three in the afternoon, and brass nails of the coffin, and the ribands. I did not awake till six this morning. of the bride ; at bed or board, couchant Sophia had nearly as sound a sleep, and or levant, we must pay: the school boy with the exception of a bruise or two, whips bis taxed top; the beardless youth and a little pain in the bones from fatigue, manages his taxed horse, with a laxed we have nothing to complain of.
bridle, on a taxed road : and the dying “ The property which I have lost, on the Englishman pouring his medicine, which most moderate estimate, cannot be less bas paid seven per cent, into a spoon than twenty thousand pounds, I might which has paid fifteen per cent., Aings almost say thirty thousand. But the bimself upon his chintz bed, which has loss which I have to regret beyond all, is paid twenty-two per cent., makes his will my papers and drawings; all my papers ou au eight pound stamp, and expires in of every description, including my notes the arms of an apothecary, who has paid and observations, with memoirs and col a licence of £100 for the privilege of lections, sufficient for a full and ample putting him to death. His whole prohistory, ' not only of Sumatra, but of perty is then immediately taxed from two Borneo, and every other Island in these to ten per cent.; besides the probate, Seas; my intended account of the large fees are demanded for burying him Establishment of Singapore; the history in the chancel; his virtues are handed of my own administration; grammars, down to posterity on taxed marble; and dictionaries, and vocabularies ; and he is then gathered to his fathers, to be past, not least, a grand map of Sumatra, taxed no more.
THE RUINED CITY. Her bated task is almost o'er,
Abd nearly reached the palace door,
That with the stranger monarch came,
Forth from the crowd a warrior springs-
« Mahal !"-in that word breathed a
tone, « HERE Ram Rajah,, a few years Which love and tenderness can own.before his fall, received the humblo visit That well-known voice can she forgot?
} of a king of Bajapoor, and conducted it thrills thro' her fond bosom yet. him
to his palace; their elephants march. She turned, and standing at her side ing along streets strewn with cloths, and Was him she loved_“Azim !" she cried. adurped with costly hangings, while the crowd moved on-she only heard purse-bearers scattered gold and seed.
“ Mahal!"_but in that one short word, pearl among the multitude, and the Love, hope, and liberty, combined delicate small feet of female dancers To still the anguish of the mind ; practised their graceful steps, where yon
And she has passed the hated door, thorn-covered ruin bars up the path.”— With hope she never felt before. Sketches of India. 'Mid lavished gold, and scattered pearls, But Azim to the palace went, Came troops of beauteous dancing girls, And at the monarch's feet he bent : Whose feel so lightly press the ground,
“ When in the danger of the strife, Their golden auklets scarcely sound : My arm preserved my sovereign's life, They all are lovely, but the last ! A monarch's plighted word you gave, Ah, can her beauty be surpassed?
To grant a boon that I should crave. No pearls are in the ebon hair,
I needed nothing then—but now, « That clusters o'er her forehead fair ;" My beart, my soul, ave on your vow: No jewels on her arms she wears,
Among your beauteous band is one, And silently the guitar she bears;
Whom I was proud to call my own ; Yet in that form, and noble air,
But while I lingered in the fray, Tho' slightly dimmed by grief and care, My destined bride was torn away; Aud in that eye, that scarce can brook
And with each matchless beauty graced, The wonder in each gazer's look, Was in your barem's precincts placed, You read a tale of sorrow there,
And 'midst the pomp of this day's pride, That can excuse e'eu ber despair. I recognized my destined bride. Her home is in a foreign land;
This, then, the boon I dare lo crave,
The ransom of your Georgian slave." But captured by a conquering band, Her matchless beauty was a prize His suit is heard, his boon obtained, Of value iu a Rajah's eyes :
And Azim his Mahal hath gained. And she was placed amid the band,
META. Who on high festivals attend : She would not bend to learn her art, But fondly shrank from all apart.
ELEPHANT'S REVENGE. If bid to touch the trembling strings, As we walked on, I inquired the story The notes of grief she only brings : of Carel Krieger's fate: he was an indeHer head reclining on her hand,
fatigable and fearless hunter, and being Her heart is in a foreign land,
also an excellent marksman,often ventured And from that heart she cannot tear
into the most dangerous situations. One The thoughts of love still lingering there. day near this spot, having, with his party, She will not deck with pearls her hair,
pursued an elephant which he had She will not wear the jewels rare, wounded, the irritated animal suddenly With which the Rajah strives to gain turned round, and singling out from the A heart, where love and pride still reigo. rest the person by whom he had been The monarch smiles in lofty pride, wounded, seized him with his trunk, and To find his splendid bribes denied, lifting his wretched victim high in the And thought 'twould quell her laughty air, dashed him with dreadful force on heart,
the ground. His companions, struck In this day's pomp to bear a part. with horror, fled precipitately from the She does not deign to cast a glance
fatal scene, unable to turn their eyes to On the crowds, as they advance : behold the rest of the tragedy.--Burchell's Her thoughts are wandering far away
Travels, vol. I, p. 301. From this gay scene, and bright array.
PARLIAMENTARY SPEECHES OF LORD BYRON.
245 PARLIAMENTARY SPEECHES had waited on bịm merely as a testimony
of respect, were seized by a military and of LORD BYRON.
civil force, and kept in close custody for (Concluded.)
several hours, subjected to gross and No. III.
abusive insinuation from the commandDebate on Major Cartwright's Petition, the petitioner; that he (the petitioner)
ing officer, relative to the character of June 1, 1813.
was finally carried before a magistrate LORD BYRON rose and said:
and not released till an examination of MY LORDS, the Petition which I now his papers proved that there was not only hold for the purpose of presenting to the no just, but not even statutable charge House, is one wbich I humbly coaceive against him; and that, notwithstanding requires the particular attention of your the promise and order from the presiding Lordships, inasmuch as, though signed magistrates of a copy of the warrant but by a single individual, it contains against your petitioner, it was afterwards statements which (if not disproved) de- withheld on divers pretexts, and has mand most serious investigation. The never until this hour been granted. The grievance of which the petitioner com names and condition of the parties will plains, is neither selfish nor imaginary. be found in the petition. To the other It is not his own only, for it has been topics touched upon in the petition; i and is still felt by numbers. No one shall not now advert, from a wish not to without these walls, nor indeed within, encroach upon the time of the House; but may to-morrow be made liable to but I do most sincerely call the attention the same insult and obstruction, in the of your Lordships to its general contents discharge of an imperious duty for the .--it is in the cause of the parliament and restoration of the true constitution of people that the rights of this venerable these realms, by petitioning for reform freeman bave been violated, and it is in my in parliament, The petitioner, my opinion, the highest mark of respect that Lords, is a nian whose long life has been could be paid to the House, ibai to your spent in one unceasing struggle for the justice, rather than by appeal to any liberty of the subject, against that undue inferior court, he now commits bimself. influence which has increased, is increas. Whatever may be the fate of his remoning, and ought to be diminished; and strance, it is some satisfaction to me, whatever difference of opinion may exist though mixed with regret for the occasion, as to bis political tenets, few will be found that I have this opportunity of publicly to question the integrity of his inten. stating the obstructions to which the lions. Even now oppressed with years, subject is liable, in the prosecution of and not exempt from the infirmities the most lawful and imperious of his attendant on his age, but still unimpaired duties, the obtaining by petition reform in talent, and unshaken iu spirit in parliament. I have shortly stated his « frangas non flectes”-he has received complaint; the petitioner has more fully many a wound in the combat against expressed it. Your Lordships will, I corruption; and the new grievance, the hope, adopt some measure fully to profresh insult of which he complains, may tect and redress him, and not him alone, inflict another scar, but no dishonour. but the whole body of the people inThe petition is signed by John Cart. sulted and aggrieved in his person, by wright, and it was in behalf
of the people the interposition of an abused civil, and aud parliament, in the lawful pursuit of unlawful military force between them that reform in the representation, which and their right of petitiou to their own is the best service to be rendered both to representatives. parliament and people, that lie encoun His Lordship then presented the peritered the wanton outrage which forms tion from Major Cartwright, which was the subject matter of his pelition to your read, complaining of the circuinstances Lordships. It is couched in firm, yet at Huddersfield, and of ivterruptions respectful language-in the language of given to the right of petition.jug, in seve. a man, not regardless of what is due to ral places in the northern parts of the himself, but at the same time, I trust, kingdom, and which his Lordship moved equally mindful of the deference to be should be laid on the table. paid to this House.
The petitioner Several Lords having spoken on the states, amongst other matter of equal, if question, not greater importance, to all who are LORD BYRON replied, that be had, British in their feelings, as well as blood from motives of duty, presented this and birth, that on the 21st January, 1813, petition to their Lordships' conside. at Huddersfield, himself and six other ration. The noble Earl had contended persons, who, on hearing of bis arrival, that it was not a petition, but a speech;
and that, as it contained no prayer, it J. Curiosity is a drull thing. should not be received. What was the H. It is a charming idol. necessity of a prayer? If that word were J. It ruined our first parents. to be used in its proper sense, their H. It has afforded much amusement Lordships could not expect that any man to their children. should pray to others. He had only to J. Honour is against us. say, that the petition, though in some H. Pleasure is for us. parts expressed strongly perhaps, did not J. Ought I then to go ? contain any improper mode of address, H. Ought I to go ? ought I to stay? but was couched in respectful language ought I to eat ? ought I to sleep? ought towards their Lordships; he should there. I to live? Nature bids you do the one ; fore trust their Lordships would allow Nature bids you do the other. You prothe petition to be received.
J. But when Reason finds fault with INNOCENCE AND FRIVOLITY. Nature ? (A French Sketch.)
H. She is then very preverse.
J. Wicked woman that you are !.... We do not so strongly recommend this
Go ; I follow you. for imitation, as we do the challenge under the preceding head. Of course, ALSO, BUT NOT LIKEWISE. “ They manage these things better in From the News of Lit. and Fash. England."
Every body must know the story of Julie. Au assignation! What! an as the two Barristers and the Quaker. The signation with a man, madam?
Quaker had beeu examined in chief as to Hortense. And why not?
his being present when a disturbance J. How! a man I have never seen ? took place ; and his auswer was, “ The
H. So much the better; it is then men who were engaged in the riot were something new.
in the street, and I was in the street also." J. But my reputation, madam! The opposite counsel, who was famed
H. When it is once lost, one is no for his bullying and blustering, began longer troubled about it.
bis cross-examination with, “ And you J. Fie, madam! reputation is a jewel... say that the rioters were there ?” “ Yes, H. That costs as very dear.
friend,” replied the Quaker. “And you J. Would you dare to sacrifice your admit that you were there likewise!" honour to your pleasures :
-"Nay, friend ; I do admit that I was H. I am a philosopher.
there also, but I deny that I was there J. Good God! how you talk! What? likewise.”' “A nd do you mean to tell me, if honour were even a burden, ought we that also' and likewise,' have not pre. pot to bear it ?
sisely the same meaning ?" “ Yea, friend," H. Every one according to their own replied the Quaker; “I
will make it plain, way of thinking. When any thing annoys if not to thy understanding, at least to me, I get rid of it speedily.
the understanding of every other man J. Go, naughty woman! I shall be who heareth me. The learned person obliged to fly you if you speak thus. who did examine me at the first, and
H. You wish to leave me? Well, go with fairness, is a counsel-thou art a then. But stop, here is your shawl, your counsel also, but every man perceiveth hat, your every thing! Come, madam, that thou art not a counsel likewise." make haste! I will go in your place. Several years have elapsed since this
J. How pressing you are!.... Well, distinction was made in the case of the be it so; I will for this time follow your two lawyers; but it has not yet been advice, and know what this man, who is taken full advantage of in other cases, so enamoured of me, would have; but I and, therefore, it may not be amiss to shall never see him more than once; I point out a few instances in which there bave too much delicacy.
is an “ also," but not a “ likewise;" or, H. Delicacy is a fine thing truly! as it may be more briefly expressed, “ a when the question is to amuse one's-self. likeness, and a want of likeness." Well, now we are dressed.... Let us go! If for instance, one were asked in .... What keeps you still ?
what Ferdinand of Spain and Prince HoJ. I am afraid.
henlohe are like, and in what they are H. I have no fears, myself.
not like, one might answer : “ They are J. I dare not go.
alike, in as far as they are both humH. Stay, then.
bugs, but they are unlike, because J. I am a coward.
Hohenlohe is the prince of humbugs, H. So much the worse for you. and Ferdinand the humbug of princes!"