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do ; recalling mav-be to mind, that Mehemet valescence, and of a speedy return to health, Ali had once-as the reward of genius and scruples seemed suddenly to beset the conscience-promoted to the exalted post of his science of the worthy Chief, on the score of the own" chef de cuisine,” the best scholar in the religious education my new "protégé” was recently established mathematical college at likely to receive at my hands. The Emir—who Boulac : hence, reasoning from analogy, I was a Christian Maronite, and a good Catholie, perhaps concluded that a man of science might acknowledging the supremacy of the successor fill the same responsible situation on board one of St. Peter at Rome-told me he understood of the vessels belonging to the fleet of so dis- that although a Christian, I did not exactly criminating a man as the Pasha had thus profess his own particular creed; that on atproved himself to be.
tentively and maturely considering over the Nor was I mistaken, as appeared by the case, it had occurred to him that the eternal result of what ensued : for proceeding imme welfare of the little negro, whom he had rescued diately on deck, I found the lord of the caboose, from heathenism and perdition, might be comeven at that early hour, at his post. The promised, if his spiritual education were left to coppers were already alight, to prepare the my care, and that, under these circumstances, matutinal repast of beans and lentils, for the | he begged I would allow him to recal his gift. frugal Egyptian crew. I consequently had "Oh! Highness," was my reply, “it is to no difficulty in obtaining from the man of me a cause of great grief that it should be out saucepans, a can of boiling water, in which I of my power to comply with your request : next infused a little tea, with the slightest the little Ethiopian was your slave: but by dash of good French cognac; both these in the laws of my country, from the very moment gredients forming part of the few private stores that, in the height of your generosity, Four I had taken the precaution of bringing with Highness presented him to me, and that I acme on board.
cepted of so munificent a gift --- from that With the assistance of my new ally the instant the boy became free; he is now under cook, I poured some of this cordial mixture down the protection of my sovereign, and it would my patient's throat, and the experiment was be contrary to our laws, were I to replace attended with the most instantaneous and suc him in the state of bondage from whence he cessful effects; for the poor little fellow first has just emerged." heaved a deep-drawn sigh, then breathed “I am sure," continued I, "your Highness heavily, and at last languidly opened the lids would not wish me to incur the displeasure of of his half-closed, and apparently fast-glazing my most gracious Queen, and the consequent eyes. A repetition at intervals, of the dose, and inevitable disgrace which would ensue was continued with the same beneficial results ; | from the infringement of our customs and our next, my friend Achmet the cook, slaughtered, laws; in such a case, however, your Highness' at my suggestion, one of the small number of conscience may be at rest, for on the first opfowls constituting part of the live stock we portunity the child shall be baptized --- he had on board; and this being converted into shall bear the name of . Tanta,' in commemorabroth, effected wonders in the recovery of our tion of your Highness' generosity on board this little patient, who —to make short of a long vessel-and in order to testify how fully I apstory-was thus, by the creative genius of the preciate your Highness' most liberal act, I beg Egyptian cook, enabled in a day or two to the acceptance of this little souvenir,' which make his appearance upon deck.
I brought with me from Frangistan.” Ere this, however, took place, I must pause | So saying, I presented the worthy Emir to relate what had previously passed between with a brace of pistols, which he required but myself and Emir Hyder, the quondam master little pressing to accept, and I heard no more of the little negro slave.
of any objections or religious scruples, as to the The Emir hearing that I had undertaken spiritual welfare of his former slave. the doctoring or “cooking” of his "nig Little Tanta became my “Chibouquejee, ger," had - under the conviction that he (pipe-bearer,) and page: we arrived shortly could not possibly survive--most generously afterwards safely at Beyrout, where I had the begged my acceptance of him as a gift. satisfaction of restoring the exiled Syrian When, however, the little fellow, on his ap Chieftains to their families and their mountain pearance on deck, showed every sign of con- | homes.
LE GLACIER DES BOIS.
“ A wintry waste in dire commotion all.”
We know of nothing better calculated to 1 and the extreme rigour of the climate, altoimpress the mind with the solemn feelings gether preclude the voyager from obtaining which certain aspects of nature never fail to such a view of them as to form a just estimate call forth, or to convince man of his utter in of their grandeur, and to enjoy it even if he ability to stand against her "terrible majesty," could bring them within the range of his vision. when she reigns supreme in desolation, than Saussure, a French writer, has, perhaps, to place him in the midst of one of those icy given the best detailed description of the valleys, which constitute a portion of the Alpine glaciers of the Alps; he says, that if a person glaciers. Let his foot be standing wherever it could be placed at such a height as to take in may, upon any part of the green earth, wild, at one view the range of mountain scenery exdreary, and trackless as it may be, he can have tending through Switzerland and Dauphiné, no such sense of his own individual weakness he would see a huge mass of lofty elevations, to escape from its horrors, as when surrounded | intersected by numerous valleys, and composed on all sides by the everlasting snows of these of parallel chains, the highest in the middle, mountainous regions. Their very height above and the others decreasing gradually as they the habitable world seems to shut him out from recede. The central and highest chain would all communication with his fellows, while the appear bristled with craggy rocks, covered, absence of everything that betokens life and even in summer, with snow and ice, in all vitality produces a sense of want, in addition those parts that are not absolutely vertical; to that of solitude; and if he happen to find but on both sides of the chain, he would also himself in these pathless deserts when the discern deep and verdant valleys, well watered tempest is brooding,
and covered with villagesExamining still
more in detail, he would remark that the “ Sudden and sad, with all its rising train,
central range is composed of lofty peaks and Vapours, and clouds, and storms,"
smaller chains, covered with snow on their it requires no other element of disquietude to tops, but having all their slopes, that are not fill up the measure of his fear and evil fore- | very much inclined, coated with ice, while the bodings, and to lay prostrate his pride and intervals between them form clevated valleys, self-sufficiency.
filled with immense masses of ice, extending But there is a bright side to the picture, down into the deep and inhabited valleys which which, as just presented, shows only its dark border on the great chain. M. Saussure seems and appalling features. Every traveller, who to recognize two kinds of glaciers, quite dishas visited the Glacier domains, speaks in tinct from each other, and to which all their most rapturous terms of their magnificence varieties may be referred. The first are conand beauty, when viewed under the influence tained in the valleys more or less deep, and of a clear, bright morning sun, or at its setting: which, though at great elevations, are yet the level plains of ice reflect its rays like a sea commanded on all sides by mountains still of glass, the spiral and conical shaped masses higher; while the second are not contained in of frozen snow rise up, like the pinnacles of the valleys, but are spread out on the slopes of some vast cathedral with crockets and pro the higher peaks. The distinction which this jecting ornamental work formed by successive writer here makes, is not confirmed by the driftings and showers, glitter and sparkle in opinions of others, who consider that what he the sun-beams, as if covered with the most describes as two kinds, arises from the different dazzling gems; while the tops and the slopes situation of each, and is dependent upon it. of the mountains catch every tint of glory One of the most singular phenomena which which the day, in its varied radiance, flings the traveller may chance to see in these regions upon them. The dangers and difficulties of is the descent of the glaciers, when the warmth an Alpine ascent are amply compensated for of the sun has disengaged them from the sides by the scenes of beauty it reveals to the tra of the mountains, and they are impelled downveller. The glaciers of the Arctic regions wards by their own enormous weight. The must surpass those of more southern countries, natural heat of the earth loosens first the under in extent and sublimity; but their immensity, | surface of the masses; and wh
have penetrated into the surrounding soil, the from one hundred feet to six hundred in edges of the glaciers become thawed, and they thickness. rapidly glide down,-frequently rush down How much of wonder and admiration is into the valleys beneath, presenting the strange elicited by such a scene as is presented in the spectacle of a field of ice in close proximity to charming little engraving which has suggested green pastures and wide acres of waving corn. these few brief remarks upon “the glaciers."
The Alpine glaciers are of very considerable How impressively are the thoughts borne extent: from Mount Blanc to the borders of upward to Him who "giveth snow like wool, the Tyrol, about four hundred are reckoned, and scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes: who ranging from three miles to fifteen miles in casteth forth his ice like morsels." And how, length, and from one to two and a quarter almost involuntarily, we are forced to exclaim miles in breadth; the ice varies, generally, | “ Who can stand before His cold ?"
A LETTER FROM IRELAND, IN SEPTEMBER, 1832.*
I was obliged to break off abruptly, the to bring out even aged parents, so that day after I complained of having no time for “they may live and not die,” is positively asthought in Ireland. I was compelled, as you tounding. Whatever be the faults of the know, by an accident, to relinquish “sight Irish peasant, selfishness is not among the seeing," and be content to listen, and think, number ; the last thing he thinks of is his own and suffer. As a portion of our route from the personal comfort or ease; he was the perhouse of one friend to the house of another, lay fection of a sort of busy activity, which out of the regular line, we posted, and the prompted him to make great efforts for others, further south we advanced, the more numerous little as he did for himself; and for a sudden became the ruined or deserted huts; with burst of enthusiastic devotion to a person or a acres upon acres of uncultivated land, basking cause, he had no equal. But all this has their crops of gigantic weeds beneath a ferti changed; the starvation he has either suffered lizing sky, passed over even by the rooks, as from or witnessed, has taken the spirit out of yielding nothing for their support; telling him; and he is fully impressed with the belief with mute eloquence, the oft repeated tale, of that there never will be any luck for him or famine, death or emigration. The failure of his on “ Ireland's ground." It was painful to the potato crop this year has struck a panic me, to hear the poor speak as they did in a tone into those who thought they would bide by the of heartlessness or contempt of the land of their old country a little longer; so the tide of birth, emigration flows more freshly and freely than “ I have nothing to leave behind," said a ever; every living creature who can “rise" young man, “but the bones of my people who the price of a passage, “ is determined to leave died-part of the sickness, part of starvation the old world for the new;" this is, therefore, --and it's not likely I'd go on starving in a now a fertile subject for beggary. "Ah, country that can't keep its own. My only thin sure you won't refuse us the little six brother's in sidney, and it shows what a fine pence, towards the price of the passage to place that is, when he sent me the price of my Americkay-give it, and God bless you passage, and he only in it five months." sure it's there we'll be out of your way in “ Anyway," said another, “we can't be tirely." And I was, in every instance where worse where we're going than we've been here; I conversed with those who were “ fitting," it's not the country, but food, we want." most forcibly struck with the feeling expressed Stern, gaunt starvation had clutched them by the painter, Barry—“ Ireland gave me birth, | in its iron grasp, and they panted for escape. but she would never have given me bread" “ I had no downright fear of starvation for -which seemed to have taken possession of myself," said a stout farmer, who had thrown every mind; the love of “the sod” is gone up his farm, and with his family looked Irishpatriotism is starved out; their affection for comfortable, and were packing for emigration, their kindred is as warm as ever; and the “but it's not pleasant to feel that you've no sums of money sent from the new world, real interest in the bit of land, nor no Chris
tian right to the bit of food, and so many * Continued from page 250.
| hungry eyes on it; and that some plaguo or