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The magistrate, who happened to be in a part of the prison whence they could easily be observed, was astonished at the scene he beheld, and gave orders to one of his servants to follow the informers (1) and watch (2) them narrowly. The man obeyed, and at his return related to his master, that he had traced the two brothers to their house, and entered unperceived , stopping at the door of their chamber where he could easily hear all they said.
Their first care, he said, was to give their mother the money which they had received as the price of their information : the woman testified more inquietude than joy, at the sight of so considerable a sum; and questioned them with eagerness (3) on the absence of their brother. To which the unfortunate young men could only at first answer with their tears; but at length being threatened with the malediction of a parent so dear, they disclosed to her the dreadful truth. The mother penetrated with gratitude, terror, and admiration, abandoned herself to all the transports of a just despair, and rushed out of the room with an intention to go and declare every thing to the magistrate; but was restrained by her cruel, yet generous children, who both threw themselves at her feet, whilst she, a prey to all the most impetuous emotions that anger, grief, and tenderness united, could produce, no longer able to support the violence of so many distracting agitations, fell
(1) Informer, dénoneiateur,
senseless into the arms of her sons. The magistrate on this recital immediately repaired (1) to the prison; and interrogated the youngest brother, but without being able to make him retract a word of his confession.
The judge then assured him, that he was acquainted with every circumstance of his history, and added, that he had only concealed for a moment this knowledge, because he wished to behold to what an excess filial piety might be carried in a virtuous breast. He then hastened to recount this adventure to the Cubo Sama, or sovereign; and this prince, delighted and astonished at an action so heroic, desired to see the three brothers, and the happy mother of these virtuous children; on whom he beaped (2) praises and marks of distinction, assigning to the youngest a pension of fifteen hundred crowns, and five hundred to each of the others.
About thirty years ago, two brothers Irishmen went to Jamaica : they were by trade blacksmiths (3). Finding soon after their arrival, they could do nothing without a little money to begin, but that with sixty or seventy pounds, and industry, they might be able to get on (4) a
(1) To repair 10 , se rendre à , aller. (2) To heap, combler, entasser.
(5) Blacksmith, forgeron ; de black, noir, et smith , ouvrier, marteleur, fabre, fèvre.
(4) To get on, faire des progrès.
little, they hit upon the following novel and ingenious expedient. One of them stripped himself naked, and the other blacked him from head to foot. This being done, he took him to one of the negro-dealers, who after viewing and approving his stout athletic appearance advanced eighty pounds currency upon the bill of sale, and prided himself on the purchase (1), supposing him to be one of the finest negroes on the Island. The same evening this newly manufactored negro made his escape to his brother, washed himself clean, and resumed (2) his former appearance.
Rewards were in vain offered in handbills (3), pursuit was eluded, and discovery, by care and precaution, rendered impracticable. The brothers with the money commenced business, and actually returned to England not many years since with a fortune of several thousand pounds. Previous however to their departure from the island they waited upon (4) the gentleman from whom they had received the money, and recalled the circumstance of the negro to his recollection, and paid him both principal and interest with thanks.
HONOURS ARE NOT HEREDITARY.
He that boasteth of his ancestors, confesselh that he hath no virtue of his own. No other person has lived
(1) Purchase, acquisition.
85 for our honour : nor ought that to be reputed ours, which existed long before we had a being : for what advantage can it be to a blind man, that his parents had good eyes? does he see the better?
The manner in which the people of Kamschatka show their hospitality, and form leagues of friendship, is remarkable enough. When a Kamschatdale wants to make an intimacy with any of his neighbours, he invites them to eat with him; and previously warms his hut and prepares enough victuals (1) to satisfy ten persons. The guest (2) comes punctually to the repast and undresses himself, in which his host imitates him.
Whilst the stranger is eating, his entertainer throws water on burning stones , in order to augment the heat. The guest eats and perspires, until he is obliged to demand a truce (5) from his host, who on his side doet not partake of any thing, and may if he pleases go out of his hut. It is as much to the credit of the latter to be lavish of his fire and provisions, as it is of the other to support the excessive heat and good cheer; and he will rather vomit ten times than desist; but is generally however in the end obliged to own his defeat, and compounds (4) with his host, who obliges him to purchase a
(1) Victuals, mets; prononcez vittels.
truce, by a present either of clothes or dogs; threatening in case he does not comply with his demand, to make him eat till he bursts (1). He necessarily complies (2), and receives in return some old rags, or lame dogs with which he departs : but he has a right to revenge himself; and in feasting his neighbour to the same extremity as practised on himself, he contrives to gain an equivalent for his loss.
There is a custom in India which might have excellent effects, if these savages knew how to take advantage of it (3) : it is that of transporting the king's eldest son,
as soon as he is born, to the frontiers of the kingdom. Those who have the care of him know who he is, but are forbidden (4) on pain of death to discover to him his birth, in order that he may not become arrogant or proud in consequence of his superior station.
ATTACHMENT TO NAPOLEON.
Napoleon during his voyage to St. Helena related the following striking instance of devotion manifested towards himself by two of his guards during the memorable
(1) To burst, crever.