Page images

lemn silence during the whole time that all her family, that is, her mother and her elder sisters, who were supposed to have a great deal more sense, were talking away with all their might.

The good doctor intimated to the mother, that he wished to have her daughter Nancy as his wife. The mother was not sorry to hear this, tor she had a large family, and could not give them much fortune; wherefore she, at once, told the profound suitor, that he should have Nancy. She immediately apprized the girl of the intended maneuvre, and without more ado this happy couple were united in the bands of wedlock.

The bridegroom had not been married a full week, before he went, with a doleful face of complaint, to the mother, setting forth, that her daughter's tongue was never at rest, excepting the few hours in twenty-four when she slept; and begged earnestly to know what could be done, for that he was prevented from studying, from thinking, in a word, from doing any single thing which might procure him ease and comfort, and that he verily believed he should shortly be killed by his wife's confounded clack.

The mother, who was a prudent woman, replied: “My dear doctor, your good sense and great learning should have pointed out all this to you. My daughter Nancy is a very weak and ignorant girl, and therefore will naturally talk whenever she has an opportunity, for those who think least generally talk the most. But while she was at home, her eldest sister and I, well knowing that, if she opened her mouth, nothing but nonsense and childish folly would come cut of it, always gave her a strict charge to be silent till she was

3 married, or she would never get a husband. The girl,

therefore, is not to blame; she cannot, owing to her dulness and ignorance, be expected to be able to derive any comfort from silence, because only those who can think, that is, those who have cultivated minds, can enjoy silence; and as she has been forced to hold her tongue so long, she is now in the right, that she has a fair

opportunity, to make all the use of it she can. 3 “Depend upon it, Sir, a foolish and an ignorant

woman is never quiet, if she can help it; and as she knows nothing, she must talk nonsense; and this is so obvious to the plainest understanding, that I wonder leurned men have never yet found it out. We women

know very well, that, in proportion as our minds are i cultivated, we have resources in ourselves, and can en

joy silence; Irut when we know nothing, and have nothing to say, we must be always talking. Had you not chosen to yourself, and pitched upon the weakest and most silly of all my daughters, but had told me that you wanted a companion for life, and asked me which of the girls was the most likely to render a man happy and respectable, I would have told you, at once, that my second daughter, Betsy, was the woman, because she luas the most sense.”


[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors]

.........." See their sun-burnt faces, .
Their scatter'd cheeks, and chopt hands; there's virtue in them.
They'll sell those mangled limbs at dearer rates
Than yon trim bands can buy.".

The Cossacks never fight in a line. They are scat-
tered by platoons, at the head, on the flanks, and in the
rear of the Russian army, sometimes at considerable
distances. They do the duties of advanced guards,
videttes, and patroles. Their activity and vigilance are
incredible. They creep and ferret every where with
a boldness and address of which none but those who
have seen them can obtain an idea. Their numerous
swarms form, as it were, an atmosphere round the
camps and armies on a march, which they secure from
all surprise, and from every unforeseen attack. No-
thing escapes their piercing and experienced eye: they
divine, as if by instinct, the places fit for ambuscades;
they read on the trodden grass the number of men and
horses that have passed: from the traces, more or less re-
cent; they know how to calculate the time of their pas-
sing. A blood hound follows no better the scent of
his game. In the immense plains from Azof to the
Danube, in those monstrous solitudes covered with tuft-
ed and waving grass, where the eye meets with no tree,
no object that can direct it; and whose melancholy uni-
formity is only now and then interrupted by infectious
bogs, and quagmires, torrents overgrown with briars,
and insulated hillocks, the ancient graves of unknown
generations; in those deserts, in short, the roaming
Cossack never misses his way. By night the stars di-

'The RF set with a


2 souther


wks, sma fane meda

udem sch

a placed

whert gun

y, to the

"rect his solitary course: if the sky is clear, he alights

from his horse at the first kurgan* that chance throws - in his way; through a long habit of exercising his sight

in the dark, or even by the help of feeling alone, he distinguishes the herbs and plants which thrive best on the declivity of the hillock exposed to the north or to the south. He repeats this examination as frequently

as the opportunity offers, and in this manner he fol- lows, and finds again the direction which he ought to o take for regaining his camp, his troop, or his dwelling,

i and any other place to which he is bound. By day, st the sun is his surest guide: the breath of the winds, of - which he knows the periodical course, it being pretty je regular in these countries, likewise serves him as a com

*The Russians call kurgan those conic hillocks which are met with at certain distances in the deserts of Bessarabia, of

the Dniester, of the Bogue, of the Azof, of Astrakhan, and along E, the southern border of Siberia. The spots that have been dug *** up, at different periods, attest that they are graves. In them e are commonly found urns of coarse potter's ware, rusty arms,

horses' bits, bones of dogs and horses, sometimes buckles, hooks, small chains, and other ornaments in gold and silver. Some medals also have been found there with Greek inscriptions not to be decyphered, and others in languages unknown to modern scholars. It was on one of these hillocks that Suvą. & roff placed himself during the terrible assault of Ismael within ja short gun-shot of the place. Thence it was, that, in a fero

cious ecstacy, with his eye fixed on a town covered with flames, ** and bathed in blood, listening to the furious shouts of conquer

ors, to the groans of the conquered, to the tumult of carnage, - he exclaimed, at intervals in a hoarse and broken voice. Ko.

li! koli!" "stab away! stab away!" This decrepid old man appeared to be enjoying a most delicious scene.

pass to steer by. As a new species of augury, the Cose sack not unwillingly interrogates the birds; their number, their species, their flight, their cry indicate to him the proximity of a pring, a rivulet, or a pool, a habitation, a herd, or an army. Those clouds of Cossacks which encompass the Russian armies for the safety of their encampments, or of their marches, are no less for. midable to the enemy. Their resistless vigilance, their rash curiosity, their sudden attacks alarm him, harass him incessantly, and incessantly control and watch his motions. In a general action the Cossacks commonly keep at a distance, and are spectators of the battle; they wait for its issue, in order to take to fight, or to set out in pursuit of the vanquished, among whom their long pike then makes a great slaughter.


“ Homines ad Deos nullâ re propius accedunt, quam salutem hominibus dando."

T'ULLIUS. “ Men resemble the gods in nothing so much, as in doing

good to their fellow.creatures."

.... We hasten, with pleasure and with delight, to show how Mr. Dale, owner of the cotton-mills near Glasgow, dispenses happiness and comfort to many of bis fellow creatures, by his attention not only to their health but to their morals. His little kingdom consists of neat, well-built houses, forming broad, regular, and cleanly streets. Near the middle of the town stand the mills, and opposite to them the residence of the superintendant of the works, and occasionally of Mr. Dale him.

« PreviousContinue »