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•with her without the greatest mystery. This reserve continues during life. If the son or daughter of a family enter into the slate of wedlock, they have no right to appear before their parents during the first twelve months, or till the birth of a child. During this period the husband continues to visit his young wife through the window of the room, but is never present when she is visited by strangers: this affected politeness is carried to such an extent, that the husband is even displeased to hear others speak of his wife and children, and considers it as an insult if enquiries be made after the welfare of his spouse. The father makes the bride a present on the wedding day, but reserves the greater part of what he intends to give till the birth of her first child. On this occasion she pays him a visit receives from him the remainder of her portion, and is clothed by him in the dress of a matron, the principal distinction of which consists in a veil. .Until this time the dress of the women is much like that of the men. Before marriage the youth of both sexes see each other freely at the little rejoicings which take place on festivals. In their amusements the youth of both sexes free.ly converse with ea'ch other, as the Circassian women in general are neither confined nor reserved. Before the ball the young men show their activity and address in a variety of military exercises, and the most alert have the privilege of choosing the most beautiful partners.
The Circassian women participate in the general character of the nation; they take pride in the courage ot their husbands, and reproach them severely when defeated. They polish and take care of the armour of the mm. Widows tear their hair, and disfigure themselves with scare, in testimony of their grief. The men had formerly the same custom, but are now grown more tranquil under the loss of their wives and relations. The habitation of a Circassian is composed of two huts, because the wife and husband are not supposed to live together. One of these huts is allotted to the husband and to the reception of strangers; the other to the wife and family: the court which separates them is surrounded by palisades or stakes. At meals the whole family is assembled, so that here, as among the Tatars*, each village is reckoned at a certain number of kettles. Their food is extremly simple, consisting only of a little meat, some paste made of millet, and a kjnd of beer composed of the same grain fermented.
The Lady's Rock, Ok The Murderous Husband.
Raro anteceHentem scelestum
At the south end of the island of Lismore, in the western Highlands of Scotland, we sailed near a small rock, over which the sea rolls at high tides; at other times it raises its rough head somewhat above the surface of the water. It is called the Lady's Rock, for the following reason.
* Mr. Pinkerton always writes Tatar for Tartar, and Tatary for Tartary.
In former times one of the M'Leans of Duart, whose castle (now in ruins) stands on a promontary in Mull, in nearly an opposite direction to the Ladj'i Rock, married a sister of Argyle. The lady was handsome and amiable, but unhappily she was barren. In those limes it was a high crime in the eyes of a husband, when his wife bore him no children. Duart hated his hapless lady for that cause, and determined on her destruction. To accomplish it with ease, and as he imagined, safe from detection, he ordered ruffians to convey her secretly to the Bare Rock, near Lismore, and there leave her at high tide. The deed was executed to Duart's wish, and the lady left on the rock, watching the rolling tide rising to overwhelm her. When she had given herself up for a lost being, and expected, in a very short time, to be washed from the rock by the waves, she fortunately perceived a vessel sailing down the sound of the Mull, in the direction of the rock on which she was sitting. Every effort in her power was exerted, and every signal in her possession was displayed to attract the notice of the people in the vessel. At length they perceived her, and drew near the rock. She made herself known; and related, that it was by the order of her barbarous husband she was left on the rock, and thus reduced to the wretched state in which they found her. The mariners, ever a generous race, took compassion on her, received her on board their vessel, and conveyed her safely to her brother at Inverary.
M'Lean Duart made a grand mock Mineral for his much-loved much-lamented Jjdy, whom he announced to have died suddenly. He wrote disconsolate letters to her relations, particularly to Argyle; and, after a decent time, went to Inverary in deep mourning, where, with the greatest show of grief, he lamented to his brother-in-law the irreparable loss he had sustained. Argyle said little, but sent for his sister, whose unexpected appearance in life and health, proved an electric shock to her tender husband. Argyle was a mild and amiable man, and took no other revenge of M'Lean but commanding him to depart instantly, at the same time advising him to be cautious not to meet his brother Donald, who would certainly take away his life for having intended to destroy that of his sister. Sir Donald Campbell did meet him many years afterwards in a street at Edinburgh, and there stabbtd him for his crime towards his sister, when M'Lean was eighty years of age.
PBOSPECT FROM THE SUMMIT OP TABLE MOUNTAIN',
Deum namque ire per omnes
Terrasque, tractus que maris ccelumque profundum.
For God the whole created mass inspires;
Whence arises this pleasure which I feel in my breast when I call to my remembrance what I have seen? Why does the current of my blood glide so swiftly
* At the Cape of Good Hope.
through my heart from the recollection of material objects? I have enjoyed an extensive prospect from a lofty mountain; I have seen beneath my feet earth, and sea, and clouds; I have seen the moon loose her pale light in the impetuous beams of a majestic globe of tire, which arose in the east, and spread his light ovc the world. I have seen all this; but had I seenncthing more than earth, and sea, and clouds, the moon.'s waning light, or the sun's rising beam, why do I them to my mind with delight? or, why did I p' myself before the Great Being who made them iil, adore, in silence, his wisdom and his power i .
No—it was the sentiment of an infinitely-wise mind, directing the worlds which I saw moving around me, that touched my heart, and still de-lights to linger in my remembrance. Unhappy is he who binds himself to material objects around him, without endeavouring to rise from tbtm to their Great Author.
I have been contemplating huge mountains, whose cloud-covered tops seemed to raise me nearer to heaven, and I admired his power; but on their loftier summits a patch of flowers, or a mantle of green, recalled the idea of his benevolence. In a word, from the top of Table Mountain I discovered ten thousand objects to excite my gratitude and reverence towards God, and his constint concomitant good-will towards men. If my reader has a heart any way susceptible of these impressions, let him accompany me, and enjoy with me the prospect of Table Mountain.
Arrived at the top of it, the eastern horizon
was marked by a body of pure white light, which seemed to break from behind the dark hills of Hotten