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would make him a sufficient com- Athelwold into a wood, on prepensation for the homeliness of tence of hunting, he stabbed him
with his own hand, and soon afA request so reasonable ter publicly espoused Elfrida. readily complied with, and Edgar died in the thirty-third Athelwold was made happy in the year of his age, and was succeedpossession of his mistress. He ed by his son Edward, whom he employed every pretence how- had by his first marriage with ever, for detaining her in the the daughter of earl Ordmer. country, lest his artifice should The succession of this young be discovered. But royal favour- prince, who was only fifteen ites are never without enemies :
years of age at his father's death, Edgar was soon informed of the did not take place without much truth; but he resolved, before difficulty and opposition. Elfrida, he should execute vengeance on his step mother, had a son seven Athelwold's treachery, to satisfy years old, whom she attempted himself of the full extent of his to raise to the throne ; but the guilt. For this purpose, he took principal nobility, afraid of her occasion to visit that part of the imperious temper, country where Elfrida was con- willing to enlarge her authority, cealed, telling Athelwold that so that the whole kingdom at he meant to pay him a visit, and length submitted to Edward. be introduced to his new-married This prince lived four years wife.
after his accession, and his death As Athelwold could not refuse was truly memorable and tragithis honour, he only craved leave cal. He was endowed with the to go before the king a few hours, most amiable innocence of manthat he might the better prepare ners, and as his own intentions everything for his reception. were always pure, he was inOn his arrival, he fell at his wife's capable of entertaining any feet, confessing what he had suspicion against others. Though done to obtain her charms, and his step-mother had opposed his conjuring her to conceal from succession, and had raised a parEdgar, as much as possible, that ty in favour of her own son, he fatal beauty which had seduced always shewed her marks of rehim from his fidelity to his friend gard; and even expressed, on all and sovereign. Elfrida promised occasions, the most tender affeccompliance; but, prompted, ei- tion towards his brother. His ther by vanity or revenge, she confidence proved his ruin. Beadorned her person with the ing hunting one day in Dorsetmost exquisite art, and called shire, he was led by the chace up all her beauty upon this oc- near Crofe Castle, where Elfrida casion. The event was answer- resided, and took the occasion able to her expectations ; she ex- of paying her a visit unattended by cited at once in the king's bosom any of his retinue; thereby pre- . the warmest love towards herself, senting her with the opportunity, and the most furious desire of ven- which she so long wished for. geance on her husband. Edgar, While drinking some liquor on however, knew how to dissemble horse-back, an assassin approachthese passions; and seducing him by Elfrida's order, and gave
him a stab behind. Finding him- wrought at his tomb; and they self wounded, he put spurs to his gave him the name of martyr, horse ;
but being faint by loss of though his murder had no conblood, he fell from the saddle, nection with any religious prinhis foot stuck in the stirrup, and ciple or opinion. Elfrida built he was dragged along by his un- monasteries, and performed maruly horse till he expired. ny penances, in order to atone
The youth and innocence of for her guilt ; but she could nethis prince, together with his ver by all her hypocrisy or retragical death, begot such com- morse, recover the good opinion passion among the people, that of the public, though so easily they believed miracles to be deluded in those ignorant ages.
Sir John Holt. It is related continue him his eighteen-pence of lord (chief justice Holt, who a-day, and let him stay at home. had been very wild in his youth, “ No, no," says the judge, “let that being once at the Bench of him spoil on; he enjoys a pleathe Old Bailey, a fellow was tried sure in thinking he earns his for a highway robbery, and very bread at four score years and ten, narrowly acquitted, whom his but if you turn him off, he will lordship recollected to have been die with grief.” And that was one of his early dissipated compa- the case, for when the judge nions. After the trial was over, died he was discharged, and folcuriosity induced him to send for lowed his humane and considethe man in private, in order to rate master a few days afterwards. enquire the fortune of the con- M. Lelande dined one day at temporaries with whom he was the house of Recamier, the banonce associated : he, therefore, ker ; he was seated between the asked the fellow, what was be- celebrated beauty, madame Recome of Tom such-a-one, and camier, and madame de Stael, Will such-a-one, and the rest of equally distinguished for her wit. the party to which he belonged ? Wishing to say something agreeWhen the fellow, fetching a deep able to the ladies, the astronosigh, and making a low bow, re- mer exclaimed, “How happy I plied : “ Ah! my lord, they are am to be thus placed between wit all hanged, except your lordship and beauty!" " Yes, M. Leland," and myself!"
sarcastically replied madame de JUSTICE BLENCOWE.-An old Stael, “and without possessing man, who had been a hewer of either.” stones for many years, lived to IMPROVEMENTS.--Some few be upwards of ninety, and for years since, an Hibernian schoolsome years had daily spoiled the master, settled in a village near stones instead of rendering them London, who advertised that he fit for use. Lady Blencowe per- intended to keepa Sunday's school ceiving it, desired the judge to thrice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, reminds us of the A German peasant, newly enmock mayor of a place in the listed in the army, had scarcely west, who declared, on his elec- arrived at the regiment, when he tion, that he was determined to was sent with others upon a skirhold his quarter sessions monthly. mishing party ; and approaching
THE RETORT PICQUANT.-A a wood from whence the musket plain bluff citizen recently return- balls flew pretty thickly, he steping from his annual visit to Mar- ped out of his rank, and made gate, and not choosing to ven- a sign to the enemy to desist, at ture by the hoy, very prudently the same time exclaiming, “Why, took his passage on the upper what the devil are you about, story of a stage coach, and thus don't you see there are people ahumbled himself by exaltation, coming ?" for nothing so decidedly settles A game cock, on board lord the quality of a traveller with the Rodney's ship, on the famous innkeepers and coach-owners as 12th of April, being, by some acthe price a man chooses to pay cident, loose, took his station on for his journey. It is even con- a coil of ropes, on the quartersidered as a high insult to the deck, near to the admiral, and on aristocratical dignity of the inside firing each broadside he crowpassengers if any of the living ed with all his might and main ; luggage from the top should in- as if he fully comprehended that trude upon them at meals. In this was an effort against the this predicament the honest citi- enemy, in which he concurred zen found himself, when the ve- with all his heart. This chamhicle stopped for supper at Ro- pion is immortalized, by being chester. The night was cold, his painted in Gainsborough's picappetite keen ; and conscious of ture of lord Rodney, by whom the rhino to pay his way, he en- he was highly valued. tered the feeding room, where ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND the inside company were at sup- PORUS. Alexander the Great, per, and began to unmuffle him- having finally defeated the army self for the repast. The guests of Porus, an Indian prince of stared at him as if he had been a great courage and prudence, derhinoceros. At length a pert sired to see him. After much young barrister, attired in black, intreaty, Porus consented, and stepped up to him, and with a accordingly set forward. Alexsupercilious air, asked him, ander, who had been told of his Pray are you the coachman?” coming, advanced forward in or
answered the other: der to receive him, with some of pray are you the guard ?” his train. Being come pretty “ No, sir,” replied the quizzer, near, Alexander stopped, purwhy should
you for the posely to take a view of his staguard ?”: “Nay, I ask your par- ture and noble mien, he being don,” replied the cit, I thought much above the common height, you might have been the guard (history says he was seven feet from the colour of your coat ; for and a half high.) Porus did not I understand several black- seem dejected at his misfortunes, guards go with the coaches on but came up with a resolute this road."
countenance, like a valliant war
rior, whose courage in defending A friend of Kent asked him to his dominions ought to acquire dine with him, at the table d'hote. him the esteem of the brave A dish of vegetables was placed prince who had taken him pri- before Kent. A guest opposite soner. Alexander spoke first, and him, whom he did not know, with an august and gracious air, took the pepper-box, and saying, asked him “ how he desired to “I am extremely fond of this be treated ?" “ Like a king,” dish, well peppered," emptied replied Porus." “ But," conti- the whole contents over it. Kent nued Alexander, “ do you ask immediately took out his snuffnothing more?" “ No," replied box, and emptied it into the dish, Porus, “ all things are included saying, “ And I am excessively in that single word.” Alexander, fond of it with snuff.” struck with his greatness of soul, DISCOVERY OF A SECRET. -A the magnanimity of which seem- learned bishop being one day in ed heightened by distress, did not company with the celebrated Daonly restore him his kingdom, vid Garrick, the conversation but annexed other provinces to turned upon the influence of lanit, and treated him with the guage, of action, of truth, and of highest testimonies of honour, representation, on the passions esteem, and friendship. Porus of men. “ But how is it," said was faithful to him to his death. his lordship, addressing himself It is hard to say whether the vic- to Garrick, “ that you, who deal tor or the vanquished best deserv- in fiction, can so affect your aued praise on this occasion. diences, as to throw them into
AN ENGLISH BULL.-An adver- tears; while we, who declare the tisement in one of the papers be- most awful and interesting truths, gins thus :-"To be let imme- can scarcely produce any effect diately, or sooner, if required.” whatever ?" My lord," re
TENDER CONSIDERATION.-Ma- plied the actor, “ here lies the dame du Deffand once told a secret. You deliver
truths story of a lady, whose dog having as if they were fictions ; but we bitten a piece out of a gentle- deliver our fictions as if they were man's leg, the dame, in a great truths.” fright, cried out, “I hope it NATURAL SIMPLICITY.—A lady won't make my poor dog sick!" some time back on a visit to the
Five Alls. The five alls is a British Museum, asked the percountry sign, representing five son in attendance, if they had a human figures, each having a skull of Oliver Cromwell ? Being motto under it. The first is a answered in the negative,
• Dear king in his regalia ; his motto-I me,” said she, govern all : the second, a bishop strange, they have one at Oxin his pontificals ; motto. I pray ford.” for all : the third, a lawyer in his MAGNANIMITY OF SAVAGE gown; motto-I plead for all: King.-The Indian brig Matilda, fourth a soldier in his regimen- captain Fowler, on a voyage from tals, fully accoutred; motto New South Wales, to the DerI fight for all : fifth, a poor coun- went and Eastern islands, was tryman with his scythe and rake; cut off and plundered on the motto- I pay for all.
night of the 10th of April, 1815,
while lying at anchor in Duffs this cruel resolution by force of Bay, at the island of Roodpoah, words; but this not seeming one of the Marquesas. Five of the likely to prevail, he adopted a crew, who were Poomatoomen, mode, which, while it did hohad previously deserted, and join- nour to his humanity, silenced ing with some of the Roodpoah his people in an insant. Finding natives, took the opportunity of that all his expostulations were a dark night, to cut the vessel defeated, upon the principle of adrift ; when she drove ashore undeviating custom, he delibethrough a heavy surf, and was rately took up two ropes that soon hilged and filled with water. were near him, fixing one round When the natives saw that it was the neck of his son, and the impracticable to get the vessel other round his own, he called afloat, they concurred, univer- to the chief next in command, sally, in the design of putting who immediately approached the whole of the crew to death; him. The conference was short which is a constant practice and decissive; he first pointed among the different natives to- to the cord that encircled the wards one another, when their neck of his son, and then to the canoes happen to fall upon a
other which he had entwined strange shore, through stress round his own.
“ These stranof weather or any other acci- gers,” said he, are doomed to dent. Fortunately, captain Fowler death hy my chiefs and my peohad formed an intimacy with the ple, and it is not fit that I, who chief, or king, of these savages, am their king, should live to Nooahetoo, who presided at the see so vile a deed perpetrated. horrible tribunal that had devo- Let my child and myself be ted the wretched mariners to strangled before it is performed ; instant slaughter. He withheld and then it never will be said, his assent to the murder, but that we sanctioned, even with had no hesitation in permitting our eye-sight, the destruction of the plunder of the vessel. The these unoffending people." crew was informed hy the signi- The magnanimity of such conficant gesticulations that accom- duct produced, even in the mind panied the vehement debate on of the unenlightened savages, a the occasion, that their lives paroxysm of surprise, mingled were dependant upon the issue. with sentiments of admiration. The good chief, who was seated For a moment the people looked with his son by his side, was op- wildly on their king, whose perposed by many other chiefs, son they adored. They saw the though of inferior rank; he had obedient chief to whom the order besides been called to the supre- of strangling had been imparted, macy of the island, by the aghast with horror and amazegeneral wish of the people, his ment at the change which a few dignity not being an hereditary moments had produced. The right, but elective, and the peo- mandate which had proceeded ple now pressed their solicitations from the king's own lips must be earnestly, peremptorily demand- obeyed; and, commanded to pering his assent to the sacrifice. form the dreadful office, he proFor a length of time he opposed ceeded to obey, when a sudden