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which, perhaps, is not the case till several victims fame ben before him. Nothing but a lucky shot or blow, tha a les taches stuns him to the earth, will ensure the safety of his operate enco ponent, as he proceeds with such a savage fierceness ane :sumed as së impetuosity, that it is reckoned a most arduous anc-se to desin dangerous service to encounter him in this state. This colgada is what is called running a muck; on the slightest deve alarm of which, every one flies before him, and escapes the best way he can. Whoever kills a Malay, in the 1 act of running a muck, is entitled to a very high reward from government, and he certainly deserves it; for the most cool and intrepid are scarcely a match for the Malay, when worked to this pitch of desperate madness. ...
The two following instances happened when I was at Cape town:-A Malay, for some insult, or necessary chastisement received from his master, drew a knife and stabbed him to the heart, and immediately rushed into the streets with the weapon reeking with the blood of his unfortunate victim. The first person he met was a very fine slave girl, about seventeen years old, into whose face he darted the dreadful weapon. For. tunately a country farmer was, at the moment, passing by Strand-street, where it happened; and, having a gun loaded in the waggon he was driving, fired and killed the Malay on the spot. If this shot had not succeeded in bringing him down, I and a brother officer, who came to the spot a few moments after, would, in al probability, have been his next victims. The poo slave girl died a few hours after. This was the secon time that a slave of the Malay race, running a much was prevented from falling in with me. Once indeed at Ponamala, in the East Indies, I very narrow! lescaped, having been slightly wounded in the arm by a * Malay, who had attacked some seapoys; and if I had Est not been fortunate enough to give him, at the first cut,
so severe a wound as to disable him, he would certainly =u: 3-have put me to death. The kreese he struck me with 2. was poisoned; and my arm, in consequence, swelled to in a very great degree, and, for some time, it was thought echt I should have lost it, if not my life. I must here re114 mark, that I received the greatest benefit from the rent eau de luce, which I have reason to believe is a valuable Fo* antidote against poison; it has been found to prevent Fort fatal effects from the most venomous bites of snakes. cho Dr. Anderson, of Madras, was the first who admi. wat nistered it in those cases, and found its beneficial 2857 effects.
kimiz Another instance of the barbarity of this race of aste - slaves, which happened at the Cape whilst I was there,
occurred in a Malay, who, on being refused leave by his master to go out to a festival, or merry-making, with his fellows, took a knife and stabbed him to the heart; then went to his mistress in the adjoining room, and committed on her the same barbarous and inhuman act. An old Malabar slave, who was cutting wood before the door, having observed him perpetrate these horrid murders, watched the opportunity as he was rushing out of the door, and, striking him on the head with the axe, with which he was cleaving the wood, killed him on the spot. The government was generous enough to reward the Malabar with his liberty and one hundred dollars. The Malays are certainly the most active and laborious race, do a great deal of work, and of every kind; and are equally useful in tilling and
cultivating the ground, as at those works which requires mechanical dexterity.
Integer vitæ, 8.c*.
th Honoured with the Bath-Easton Myrtle. † Nec venepatis gravida, sagittis, &c,
For late, on my return to College,
Place me amidst th’eternal frost
# The Small.Pox. + In terrâ domibus negatâ,
| Dulce ridentem.
PLAGUE OF LONDON IN THE YEAR 1349.
“ With dead and dying men our streets lie cover'd;
And Earth exposes bodies on the pavements
The great plague which prevailed in England from August 1348 to August 1349*, which, in its wide and destructive progress, does not fall short of any in the records of mankind; began in Tartary in the year 1345t, and continued in the whole for not less than seven years. After having spread through the several
kingdoms of Asia, it passed into Europe, and visited in , turn every country and district into which this part of
the world is divided, with impartial ruin. In London certainly not fewer than one hundred thousand persons perished †, which was perhaps the half, and perhaps a greater proportion, of the population which the metropolis of England had then to boast.
Various circumstances, calculated to give us a vivid conception of this calamity, are selected by the judicious pen of Boccaccio. “ Of the lower people,” says he, “ and of a great part of the middling class in Florence, the case was still more distressful than that of the rich. Influenced by hope or by poverty, multitudes of them
* History of Edward III. book ii. chap. viii. $ 6,.13.
+ Barnes ubi supra, $ 2, 3. --Stow, A.D. 1349. # The old historians assure us that scarcely the tenth per. son was left alive.