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EXISTENCE OF PEOPLE WITH TAILS.
they are obliged to make a hole to reOther singers there may be, there
ceive this appendage.
The accounts of earlier voyagers reVestris, with the garb of a lad on ;- lands as furnished by nature with a su
presented the natives of the Nicobar Is No musical voice has Miss Carr, But that isn't the case with Miss perfluous member of this kind. Koping, Graddon.
a Swede, who was lieutenant of a Dutch Miss Hallande is charming, no doubt,
ship, asserts this to be a fact, and that And Miss Povey sings sweetly 'tis dividual ; for he assures us, that when
not from the appearance of a single intrue, But not these, nor the Stephens, can
'at Nicobar he was surrounded by a
great concourse of people with tails, who rout My remembrances, Myrtle ! of you! but the crew, alarmed at the movement
endeavoured to get on board the ship; 8.
of these monsters, fired their guns, Mrs. Orger remains,--Mrs. Bunn,
which scared away their disagreeable Mrs. West,-- but then she has no guests. voice!
Fontana, a more recent observer, 'Oh! I think not on them !-No! nor on
has, however, on closer examination, Mrs. Yates, Mrs. Harlowe, Miss discovered that the tail of the Nicobar Boyce!
islanders is only a part of their clothing. E'en thy seniors I once could esteem !
Tbis consists of a long narrow piece of Every dear old autumpal delight!
cloth, made of the bark of a tree, which But my Davenport now is no dream!
encircles the waist, and then passing And my Grove is gone out of my sight! hind in such a manner as to leave one
between the thighs, is tucked up be9.
end hanging down. If Nicobar is thus Miss Chester in fulness of bloom, relieved from the imputation of produe
Her sweetness may waste on the air; ing such monsters, still the testimonies Miss P. (Lady L.) in a room
of the existence of persons with tails in May warble, but I'm in despair ! other parts of the East Indies are too Miss Love may be merry, not wise,
numerous and authentic to be so easily With her laugh, light and short as
invalidated. They mostly relate indeed
to individuals; but it is remarkable Miss Foote, with her dangerous eyes,
that this part of the world should be May return, if she pleases, to town! exclusively celebrated for them.
Barchewitz, a German traveller,gives, 10.
in the 6th chapter of his voyage, the folBut if you go, I pack up my heart ! lowing account of a girl whom he met Take a place, for some grove, by the with in the Moluccas :-“ While I was stage,
at Banda, I saw a great curiosity. This And in silence, outside, I depart, - was a female slave, a native of Ceram,
To vent, in the forests, my rage ! of the race of the Papuas and canniI'll read As you like It, and pine bals, who had a tail like a stag's, and
Over roots and remembrance :- And I when any one teazed her, which was Will, by Heaven! as the June-days de often done by sportive persons, this tail cline,
could be distinctly perceived beneath Cut your name on your namesake, - the cloth which these people are accusand die !
tomed to wrap round their loins.” This Bankside, Jan. 1825, STREPHON, slave was of course of the race of Ori.
ental blacks, of whom there are many
in the interior of the Moluccas. TESTIMONIES OF THE EXIST But none of the Eastern islands is so
ENCE OF PEOPLE WITH TAILS notorious for people with tails as ForIN FARTHER INDIA.
mosa. Hesse, likewise a Gerinan, who
went in 1680 to Sumatra, to introduce From the testimony of Captain Tur- improved methods of working in the ner, it may be inferred that this notion gold mines of Sillida, on the west coast is current in Tibet: for the Raja Daeb, of that island, says—" Here we had the sovereign of Bootan, related, quite among our slaves in the mines a female, seriously, that in the range of moun who was provided like a brute beast, tains eastward of his country, towards with a short tail, resembliug that of a Assam, there is a race of men with goat. This kind of savages are brought short tails, so rigid and inflexible, that from the island of Formosa." before they can sit down on the ground,
Strauss, a Dutchman, is the third
eyewitness, and he gives much too cir. situated much nearer to them than the cumstantial an account of one of these Indian islands. tailed Forniosans to leave any doubt of
BENEVOLENCE OF THE DUKE its credibility. He visited Formosa in
DE BERRY. 1650. “ While I was at Formosa,' says he, “ I frequently heard talk of As the late Duke de Berry was one men with tails; but I paid no regard to day taking an airing in an open carriit. But here I can relate to the reader age in the Bois de Boulogne, he saw what I am so sure of as ever I wish to
a little boy crawling along with a load be of any thing, and what I have seen upon his back, which was evidently too with my own eyes; to wit, a Formosan, great for his strength. The Duke stopfrom the south side of the island, with a ped his carriage, and, calling the tail a good foot long, and covered with boy, asked him how he came to be so hair. This I saw distinctly, and on se. heavily loaded. “ Because my father veral occasions; for this inan had mur. has nobody else to send for these things dered a clergyman in a very cruel man but me."-"Could not he go himself?" ner, for which he was burned to death. “Oh! no, he must stay to mind the He was fastened by a long chain round shop.”—" But, my poor little fellow, the middle to the stake, around which you can hardly move under that great the fire was made; and the wretched load; if you will give it to me, I will creature so broiled before his take it for you to your father.” “What ! death that the fat oozed out of him. will you indeed? Lord, how thankful Many persons saw this as well as I; and father will be ! and I too, for it is plasome had been with him and conversed guy heavy!"_"Where does your fawith him, and were astonished at his ther live ?"_" Close to the Barrière du shape; and they understood from him Trône: but are you sure you shall find that most of the people of his country your way there ?"-"Why, yes, I behad tails like himself. How far this may lieve so: but perhaps it will not be abe true I cannot tell; but that this man miss to have you for a guide ; so you had a tail I saw as distinctly as that he may come into the carriage if you like." had a head.”
The boy did not wait for a second inThat similar deviations from the hu- vitation; he soon seated himself, deman form are likewise met with in the lighted at having a ride for the first Philippines is recorded, more especially time in his life. During the drive, the concerning the island of Mindero, as duke asked him a good many questions, well as by Gemelli Carreri, as by LeGen- which the boy, who never suspected to til, though by both indeed only from whom he was talking, answered with a hearsay.
naïveté that very much pleased the royal Such persons are also said to exist in inquirer. the mountains in the interior of Borneo. When they arrived at the end of the A surgeon who had returned from the lane in which the boy's father lived, East Indies assured our celebrated Dr. the duke got out, and proceeded on foot Harvey, who knew him to be a man of to the little boutique, followed by a serstrict veracity, that he had himself seen vant carrying the bundle, and preceded a girl who had been caught with a tail by the boy, who was eager to announce a span long.
the approach of the grand monsieur, But too much evidence has already who had brought him and his bundle been adduced of the reality of this sin- home in a belle voiture. The father regular conformation. It can scarcely be turned thanks respectfully, but without denied that there are such individuals, servility. “My good friend,” said the and that they are met with more fre- duke, “ you will injure your son's quently in Farther India than in any growth by loading him in this unmerciother part of the world ; though, in our ful manner.” -“ I know it, sir, but I own times, both Falk and Rytschkow cannot help it; there is only he or I to relate that such kuirukli, or tailed do it, and I cannot trust him with the people, are to be found in Turkestun; care of the place in my absence." but that this prolongation is not visible -Why so? He seems a shrewd little when they are dressed, though in riding fellow.”—“ Yes, sir, he is so; but my it is perceptible, as it obliges them to customers are not of the honest kind, incline forward or to one side.
and lie is not old enough to be a match It seems by no means improbable that for them."'-" But if you had an ass such a freak of nature furnished the an the boy could drive it: why don't you sients with the first notions of Satyrs, get one then?" especially if, as we are told, monsters “ Ah ! dear, dear, you gentry think it of this kind exist in those parts of Asia so easy to get every thing! Wby the
VISIT TO A WORK-HOUSE,
most miserable scrub of an ass that I for years (for years she had been an incould find would cost me forty francs mate of the workhouse) had been to at least; and where am I to get all teach children; and she was, at the'mothat money ?”
ment I entered, surrounded by her “And pray what would a good strong youthful pupils. I perceived a reverend beast cost you ?”
gentleman, who, as I afterwards under“Oh! fifty or sixty francs, I dare stood, was the clergyman of the parish, say.”
going through the wards, to drop, as he Very well, here are four louisd'ors; passed, that cordial which gives hope buy an ass, and lay out the rest of the and consolation to the poor and desiimoney in clothes for your son.”
tute. I knew by the blessings which The duke hastened to escape from followed him as he went by, that he was the lively expression of the poor fellow's not one of those who gratitude; but he did not lose sight of
As surely as our church is vacant, nock the boy, to whom he was an occasional Into her consistory, and at leisure benefactor till his death.
There stall them, and grow fat."
combs who can never touch the sick but VISIT TO A WORK-HOUSE.
with a glove on hand, who hasten from
the death-bed to the card-table; and Whether or not the tax which, in who never dream that their days in this England, obliges every man to provide world should be spent in preparing a home for the destitute, be an evil or a themselves and others for a better. But good, certain it is that very many, but be was one of those who love to go on for such institutions as the parish work- their Master's errand; whose most dehouse, would not have where to lay their lightful task is to soften the pathway on heads; and that numbers are kept in earth, by pointing out the road to heacomparative ease and comfort, who, were ven; and who are happier in the salvait otherwise, would be wanderers on the tion of one soul, than a monarch in the wide world, existing on the pitiful more acquisition of a new kingdom. sel which the hand of charity might now He sat down by the invalid's bed, and then fling to thein. Preservation assisted her in the instruction of her from want is an Englishman's birthe young pupils, and gave her hints, now right. In all his troubles, or sorrows, and then, how she should instil into he is never without the certainty that his their minds the principles of religion and death-bed will not be a dunghill, or the virtue, in order that they might “reknowledge that his dying lips will be member their Creator in the days of moistened in the hour of struggles. their youth, so that, when they become Those thoughts suggested themselves to old, he may not depart from them." to my mind, when, a short time ago, I In another ward lay a poor Trishman, visited the work-house of a parish a lite who was by special favour an inmate of tle distant from the crowded portion of the workhouse; for his is not like the London ; among the aged, the sick, and Englishman's,—a right. The reverend the desolate, to seek materials for con visitor drew near, and accosted him templation.
with, “And how is it with you, Tim ?” It is not my intention to dwell on the "Ab! God be with you, and all belong internal management of the house; in ing to you, its bad enough sure, thank which, as in most others, selfishness had God,” replied Tim. “And why so ?” taken up his abode with charity. All my asked the clergyman." Because yer wish, and all ny object, in passing honor, I'm alone in the could world, and through the wards, was to notice its there'll be nobody to weep for me when hapless, or its happy, ininates. The first I'm under the sod, ,-0 wake for poor who attracted my attention, and who Tim, now Judy's gone, and the childre, came under the latter class, was a young and all." " And where's Judy and the woman who had been bed-ridden from children, Tim ?” “Dead, dead, yer childhood. She was the victim of many honor, and the cabin with 'ein. 'Twas diseases; yet their power had not been the grate flood that swept all away. I able to chase from her cheek the placid was off to the mountain; and, when I smile which dwelt there, and spoke of came down, they were could corpses bethe tranquillity that dwelt within, while fore me; many was the cry over the the body suffered. Her countenance was country for the poor things, and I-I serene and beautiful, though very pale; never saw luck nor grace since.' And but there was a slight moisture on thé 'tis little the neighbours thought my faupper lip that betokened the pain under ther's son would be in a poor-house, wbich she laboured. Her employment among strangers, God bless 'em, any
way, they would'nt let a poor Irishman Mary ?” said he, addressing the little starve among 'em."
one who was gazing on his countenance. In another room, lay a woman in the "I will, father," sobbed the poor girl; last stage of a consumption; and, appa- “but you will not die, as my mother rently, in the agonies of death. The did : there will be no one to love us clergyman paused, took her haud, bent then." Her almost infant brother was down, and whispered, " Is all peace ?" looking on the group, apparently unconand she replied, “all is peace." She scious of any care. He was at that meant that all was tranquil within, for age when sorrow is seen not in prospecthe convulsive motion of her fingers tive, before the heart contemplates showed that it was not so with the suf- aught of suffering in the world on which fering body.
it has but newly entered. And I, a In the next ward was a man bowed stranger, felt more for his fate than he down by the weight of years. When who was going into the world without the clergyman approached him, he a friend, save Him of whom it has scarcely raised his head to receive the been said, He" never saw the rightesalutation, and his reply was a thank ous forsaken, nor his seed begging their less murmur. There was a sort of rest bread.” less agony in his manner, which appear. Near this group lay an old veteran ed the result of despair rather than dis sailor, who had seen almost every part ease, and bespoke him one of those who of the habitable globe; and was pashad seen better days, but who had not sing away from earth carelessly, as one borne adversity as the blow which chas who is embarking on a long royage, tens, but does not fell, who had never and who cares little for the result. "It learned that the wind is tempered even matters not to me, Sir," said he, to the to the shorn lamb; and who, instead of reverend visitor; “ I have weathered being resigned in the hour of sorrow many a gale, and I can bear this; 'uis and suffering, was ungrateful both to time for me to weigh my anchor and dem God and man. The hollow eye, that part. I have seen good and evil days, looked forth from under a scowling and my shattered balk must sink at last, brow, seemed to watch with a suspi. Many of my old comrades are gone becious eagerness every one who passed fore, and there are but few to come him; and the bitter sneer on his lip be- after me, Some have died in the battrayed the feeling with which he regard tle, and some in the flood, but they are ed even those who gave him food. I left almost all gone. I shall go down him as one who was equally unfit to live bravely in my own country, and not, or die, and grieved for a being whose like my old shipmates, lie buried in a mouth was filled with curses evenon the foreign land.” brink of the grave.
In the next ward, among many others, In the next bed lay a father, beside who were almost at the bottom of the whom his two children stood. The one hill of life, was a very old woman, who was looking earnestly in his face, and sat in her bed, knitting. Her grand. the other appeared to be counting the daughter was beside her, smoothing her veins which ran through his wasted pathway to the grave, by reading from hand. It was a strong contrast to the that book which teaches all, that, though scene I had just witnessed, -to the man they live in sorrow, they may die in who lay near him. The one was like a peace. There was in the venerable and tree blasted by the lightning, — the time-worn countenance of the old wo. other, although falling to decay, looked man, so much of that happy expression with hope to the tourishing progeny which, more forcible than words, be which
grew up around him. He smiled speaks one over whom the grave could when the reverend visitor addressed him, have no victory, and for whom death and pressed the offered hand to his pale could bear no sting, that I felt assured lips. “I have been talking to my poor the smile which graced her cheek wbile children of their mother, sir,” said he, living would dwell upon it when dead. " and have been teaching them those These were the few I selected from lessons which must bear fruit when they the many who were worthy of more are indeed orphans. I know they will lengthened observation. I found what heed me, and walk in the ways of righ I had anticipated, that a parish work. teousness, and obtain peace. There's house is not barren of instruction; and One who will be a friend to them when l departed, quoting the words of the I am gone, who will not leave them nor wise man, -" It is better to go to the forsake them, and whom death cannot house of mourning than to the house sever from their youth or age. I am sure of feasting.". they will be good children, will you not,
391 Extracts, from the Journal of Dr. 6 I have no objection to copies being
Kitchener's Noted Conversations, by bought. In fact, the work had gone T. Meddling, Captain of a Light through many editions. Among others, Company, and Author of “ Assu. Mrs. Roger, the banker, borrowed a rance, the Wanderer ;." Romance copy, and on returning it, admitted that of Real Life.
she had transcribed every useful receipt. This was shabby: and we put
her on the kitchen fire. Ever since this " A great Author is of no parish. His happened, Alderman Birch has been works are public property. They are urging me to take the Mes $ into my injunctionless, and may be pirated by own hands. There are few bad stews every Benbow on the face of the globe. or wretched broils in which I have been His meat is for every mouth!”-Such concerned in the book. The second vowere the enlightened sentiments of Dr. lume will prove a good lesson to old Kitchener. Am I not right, therefore, Cooks, for it will treat of improper in picking as much as I can from his courses, and will shew the fatal conseworthy old bones, and making a hash quences of dissipation with Cape wine. of his joints for my own repast? The It will deal with few dishes that may Doctor has no country-he has no pro- not, and none that will not, be relishing perty. Every child may put a bnger in to old gentlemen.-—(P. 34, 35.) his plate. He is as much the offspring At another time he said, of Benbow as of Constable and Co. “I “A very full account of my best broil will carve him as a dish for the gods !" is contained in the Cook's Oracle : after (P. ii.)
it was completed I rcqusted Mrs. KitchTHE JOURNAL, &c.
ener would taste it. She declined." During the few minutes the Doctor
-(P. 35.) was engaged in finishing a receipt for
di When I married, and I cannot recalf's foot jelly, I took the opportunity collect the time, my wife and I had seof drawing his portrait in my pocket
parate kitchens ; this could not last book. He sat with his back to me, so
long. Pounds and pounds melted away that I had every opportunity of com
before the two fires. My last knuckle
of veal, which we had to dine upon, was pleting the picture, and unobserved.
seized by the Sheriff, who had no bow. From his appearance behind I should judge him to be under sixty years of age,
els in committing such an act. Mrs. several feet high, and of a remarkably
Kitchener went to a country town for a youthful aspect. As was said of Mr. short period, until the spit and the times
should turn round. She wrote to me Paap, the Dwarf, he narrowly escaped being loug and thin. His face was firm
the price of the markets; and you will -his forehead extending almost to the judge of the terms on which poultry back of his head-he looked florid and
was parted with when she commenced melancholy. His hair was grey, grace
her letter with, "Dear Duck."
“ I have prejudices about women. I ful, and perfectly straight, and his head
like to see thein eat. Mrs. Glasse liked seemed to be assimilating itself fast to " the sleek last Maw-worms. He
her glass, and was un peu gourmande ; was very long bebind. In criticizing her cutlets are not at all to my taste. his features, it might perhaps be said I do not like to be interrupted in my that his eyes were too near his ears, and
victuals. Mrs. Kitchener once came in, that they differed in size, in the propor; standing before the kitchen fire rumi
in the middle of a made dish. I was tion of half-a-crown to a sixpence, which gave his look a fine irregular expres- nating over it; she came up and said, sion. His eyes had a peculiar brilliancy
“ Kitchener! am I in your kitchen ?" when looking at the fire, and set your
to which I replied “ Dainably.” I af.
terwards informed against myself for feelings quite upon a simmer. His teeth seemed competent to any joint, and I the oath, and was fined. Sir Richard afterwards found that he was very par
Birnie hardly understood what I said." ticular in his use of them.
-(P. 42.) “ I am sorry, said he, not to have a
“ The gravest accusation that has copy of my Cook's Oracle to show you.
been made against me is that of having
admired Mrs. Grove of the English I gave it to Fitzgerald, or rather to Fitzgerald's nine little children, at Opera House, and of introducing her Turnham-green. I remember saying
to old Mr. Linley, &c. &c. here are 2000lbs. for you, my young
never was a more unfounded calumny." Fry. I made one reservation in the gift-that I was to share the profits as
(To be concluded in our next.) long as I lived with Constable, and that he was to have the whole at my death.".