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THE BUCCANEER.

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A TALE FOR GENTLE AND SIMPLE. Within the circle of a small bay, tongue was persuasive; and where made by the waters of the sea of words failed him, his arm was altoAzof, and not many miles distant gether convincing; and thus he ruled, from Jenitschin, was, many years and had for twenty years ruled, as ab ago (and may still be), an island of solute as a German prince whose the name of Kemlin. This island dominion stretches over a thousand was once inhabited by an independ- acres of land. ent company of merchants, who pur- The great Fædor had been installchased furs and salt beef from Russia, ed chief with all due solemnities. He and silks, and rice, and coffee, from had washed his hands in the oil which Turkey. They were not, however, had been kept in darkness for seven very particular in confining them- winters, and had drank the conseselves to these two nations, for they crated quass to the health of the idol would occasionally buy commodities Perouin. His more immediate patron from the Genoa ships, which traded was Silnoy-Bog, (Hercules, - the as far as Krim. The returns which strong god,) but he also put up offerthey made were various, and in truth ings to Lada, the goddess of beauty, somewhat uncertain ; but, though and sacrificed at his leisure to Lelio they were not always punctual in and Dido, who answered to the Eros their payments, their promises, which and Anteros of the Greeks. In short, were ample, made amends for all.

a very pious and strong The island of Kemlin was rocky, prince, and attacked all vessels and somewhat unproductive; and had which he met upon the seas, in case the inhabitants possessed no resource they refused to trade with him upon beyond their soil, there would have his own terms. He was a man of the been emigrants there as well as in highest honour. other places. Fortunately, however, The princes and chiefs of most they had a strong fortress, some ship- countries lay claim to a tolerable ping, a number of hardy sailors, and stock of ancestors.-Of all ancestry, an equal number of valuable privi- however, making only one single exa leges which they took care not to ception in favour of the Emperor of neglect. Among other matters, they China, who, it is well known, is delaid claim (as the lord of a manor scended from the Moon, none was does to waifs and estrays) to most of ever so illustrious as that of the chief the solitary vessels which they met of Kemlin. He came in a direct line tossing about in the sea of Azof. The from the invincible THAUWR, who sailors were useful in these cases, was a sort of freebooter during his and the fortress brought the refrac- life, and a demi-god ever after. This tory prisoners to reason.

Thauwr lived in the year 97 after the No men could be braver than these general flood, and transmitted islanders, and none so brave as their bility and virtues of every shade to. chief, the terrible and renowned his renowned posterity. Fædor was, Fædor. He was, indeed, a great therefore, by right, noble and virman. Filling the posts of chief, ge- tuous,' and 'married his fourteenth neral, high-admiral, judge, sole le- cousin of the half blood (who was gislator, and inspector and collector also second cousin and niece by marof taxes, there was nothing to which riage, and afterwards wife and wihe did not turn his mind, which might dow of his maternal uncle), accordtend to increase his power or ing to the custom of his native counwealth, and all this entirely for the try. They lived very happily togood of the island and people of gether; he passing part of his time Kemlin. Fædor was about forty-five at the country house of his prime years of age, robust and tall, and of minister, whose wife was reckoned a sallow-dark complexion : his eyes the finest woman in the island, and were large and grey, but without she confessing her peccadilloes in the much lustre, and his lips were thick private ear of the very reverend the as those of the Theban sphinx. His chief Iman (or bishop) of Kemlin.

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Madame Fodor was very devout, in ashes; and the Cyprus wine that and her husband was fond of hunt- he freely distributed would have ing; so they met but seldom, and been sufficient to have quenched the accordingly agreed very well. One conflagration. And yet this great day, however, he took it into his man had one or two prejudices. He head, that the Iman and his lady had a mortal aversion to Jews : so he passed more time together than was ordered his minister to make a law, absolutely necessary for the purposes by which every Jew found in his of penance,

The lady protested, realm was to be roasted before the and the prelate called a hundred and image of Silnoy-Bog; and this intwenty-three wooden gods to wit- cense, it was said, was very grateful ness, that he was the most innocent to the nostrils of that muscular and and injured man alive. Upon these easily offended deity. Nothing could solemnities Fædor rested his entire be more equitable than the laws belief, and acquitted the parties. and customs observed in the island Unfortunately, strong suspicions a- of this prince of buccaneers. He rose again. The lady sighed, and was head of the church and of the shed an urn full of tears, and the state; and lest any improper person prelate was more strenuous than should arrive at the higher offices in ever. Fædor, however, was this either, he never parted with an imtime obstinate, and after having heard portant place for less than three them fully exculpate themselves (by thousand zechins.

This sum was their own words), he struck off the taken as a security for the good behead of the worthy father, and took haviour of the parties, and was ocupon himself the duties of primate casionally forfeited, and never reand head of the temple. From that turned. No animadversion, however, time, Angelica (which was Madam was ever made; because Fædor orFodor's name) grew melancholy, dained, that whatever he did was and found herself utterly without sins right,--and the detention of a small to confess : all which was agreeable sum of money for the service of the enough to Fædor, though marvelled state, could hardly be brought forat a little by the malicious people ward as evidence of his having done about his court.

wrong. For Fædor, it should be known, How glorious was the reign of held a sort of court. He had priests, Fædor!-His grandfather had been and musicians, and poets, ministers, glorious, and his father very glorious; and dancers, and singers, and fair but he was more glorious than all. women, and parasites of various It was as though honour (like a kinds. These latter excellent per- snow-ball) had accumulated in its sons compared him to Perouin, the course down the hill of time, until god of thunder; and the women ex- it had reached him, and then that it tolled him beyond Swetovid, the Pa- « could no farther go." His reign gan Apollo. For himself, he laughed was like a return of the age of gold. at them all, by turns, and never The rivers, indeed, ran with water failed duly collecting the taxes of the only, and not with milk and honeyisland of Kemlin.

as it is well known they did in those The mere compliments which were good days; but, nevertheless, all was paid to this man would have turned excellent, and entirely to the satisthe head of a Greek philosopher. faction of Fodor himself,—which is, One compared him to the sun, and of course, saying all that is necessary another to the moon, as is usual upon such an occasion. in such cases; and the dancers It sometimes happens, however, danced, and the flatterers lied, and even in the most glorious reigns, that the women languished, as is also war and bloodshed may be heard of; usual. He was « the day—the light and accordingly the sword of our Buc- the life— the strength, the per- caneer was pretty frequently unsheathfume-of the world,” according as ed, but all for the good of the people, circumstances required.

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-or their honour, which is the same two things at once, and sometimes thing. War is a magnificent affair : his own antipodes. The verses that and nothing could be finer than the were written upon him were enough, equipment of Fædor,-his housings with a match, to have laid Persepolis of purple, his golden stirrups, and

his snow-white charger; except, per- ceded, simply on the condition, that haps, the adroitness with which he Caloritz should part with his head in managed the last, and the dexterity case of failure. To this the veteran that he showed in cutting off the head consented, and renewed the attack of any vassal who presumed to mur- with success.

The Buccaneer exmur. In battle he was the bravest pressed himself delighted, compliof the brave; but as he considered mented the soldier, and dismissed that others might be less courageous, him the first opportunity. he himself always (very wisely) com

Who does i'the wars more than his captain manded the rear-guard, in order to

can, save the van from the shame of a

Becomes his captain's captain ; and amprecipitate retreat. His officers were bition, well chosen; some for prudence, The soldier's virtue, rather makes choice some for valour, and a few for both.

of loss They fought bravely; for while the Than gain which darkens him. honour of conquest very properly I could do more to do Antonius good, belonged to Fædor, the disgrace of But twould offend him ; and in his offence defeat was entirely their own, and Should my performance perish. this they did their best at all times This is very cleverly said, we dare to avoid.

say; but Fædor was a perfect genFædor was known in one instance tleman, and had his private reasons to have executed summary justice for acting as he did, and, (no doubt) upon a captain called Kaunitz, who they were full of honour. fled from the enemy, in pursuance,

It would be tedious to enumerate as he said, of the example of Fædor one twentieth part of the excellencies himself. Twenty-two courtiers starts of the great Fædor,—his valour, his ed forward instantly to deny this false- prudence, his wit, his generosity, his hood, and each swore distinctly, that magnificence, his humanity; they Fædor had never moved from his were the themes of many a speech, place. For himself, he was so in- the burthen of many a song: He censed, that he separated the gold lived alternately in peace and war, chain which hung round the neck of till he arrived at the age of fifty Kaunitz, with his sabre, and in the years. At that period, a district, hurry of the act the head of Kau- which had long become indepenlent, nitz was also detached.-- Caloritz, but which had, about twelve hundred another officer, determined to avoid years before, belonged to Killwitz, so sudden a destiny, fought till he an ancestor of Fædor, made some acquired a hundred and twenty-two demand which was considered very scars, some of which were of no offensive at the court of Kemlin. The trifling nature. In one instance, he Grand-Chamberlain grew serious, and intercepted a spear which had been said, that if such insolence were topointed at the Buccaneer, and which lerated, good breeding would be at might have considerably disordered an end : the Arch-Treasurer prohis personal appearance.

Caloritz tested that he could never afterwards received it in his face, was carried rely upon any negociations with such home, and languished for two months people; and Fædor swore audibly in a dangerous state ; and Fædor re- by Silnoy-Bog, that he would feast warded him with a gold chain and a that deity with not less than a score profusion of thanks. He even pro- of the best heads of the free town of mised him certain more solid re- Naplitz. As, however, menace and wards; but the imprudence of the execution are two different things, the officer defeated the generous inten- one being easy and the other sometions of his chief. In a skirmish with what difficult in attainment, Fædor a party from a neighbouring district was advised to content himself for (with whom he was at war), Fædor the present with the humble apologies attempted to storm the trenches of of the refractory. These were dethe enemy's camp, but was driven manded, and, to the astonishment of back with great loss. Caloritz, think- all persons, refused. Upon this, Fæing that the repulse arose from au dor ordered the priest of his houseimperfect manoeuvre, proposed re- hold, (the bishop died suddenly, as newing the experiment, to which we remember,) to send them to the Fædor (curling his mustachios) ac- d---] without delay.

This was very

speedily accomplished, by reading “ INHABITANTS OF NAPlitz! four pages * of Latin, and burning a « Evil-minded persons are amongst cat’s paw under the nostrils of Pe- you, who design to subvert your rouin, the god of thunder.

liberty. The happiness which you It was supposed at court, that no- have enjoyed so many months is thing could withstand these severe about to be torn from you. I am measures. One courtier laughed, penetrated with affliction at this another sighed, and a third began to prospect, and am resolved to save make a calculation of the profits you. A close alliance during fourwhich he should derive from the teen months has increased my afsub-government of the free town of fection for you—it has made me Naplitz. Notwithstanding these cal- your friend. Accordingly, I march culations and conjectures, however, towards you, animated by the best the Naplitzians remained refractory. intentions. My soldiers will obThey even issued a public paper, in serve the strictest discipline. Rewhich they said, that they had a ceive them as brothers, and respect right to choose a steward, and ap- the paternal care which I display point a gardener over their own towards you. Every person found lands. This, it must be owned, in arms will be shot. looked very bold, and could hardly

“ The mark of be passed over by Fædor, who claimed a prescriptive right to inter

« FEDOR. fere in his neighbours' concerns, and “ Countersigned, CAJOLEM." to give advice upon all occasions. They said, that his right was ground- Immediately after this proclamaless, and that his advice was bad, tion, Fædor marched on the town of and not wanted. The former, he re- Naplitz. The right division of his plied, had been established by wri- army, composed of one hundred and tings, sealed with the private seals twenty picked men, destined to storm of himself and his predecessors, and the trenches, was led on by the inwas not, therefore, to be contro- vincible Orsonoff; the left was comverted: the latter, he proposed to manded by the sage Ulisky; and the argue with them at the head of one great main body, consisting of at hundred horse and three hundred and least two hundred and fifty men, fifty foot soldiers. They answered, horse and foot, was under the imthat they did not think that method mediate order of Fædor himself. The of reasoning quite satisfactory, but appearance of the right wing was that they nevertheless would discuss truly formidable. The men drank the malter with him as strenuously brandy and gunpowder, and swore, as they were able. Whereupon Fæ- in the most explicit way, as to the dor ordered a tax of twenty-five per actions that they would severally cent. to be laid on his people, and perform. Each man at parting curled set out again on the road to glory. his whisker with his left hand, and

War was thus declared between invoked Perouin to witness that he the great Fædor and the disobedient was entitled to a hundred zechins, people of the free town of Naplitz. for protecting the liberties of the Many were the orders and proclama- people of Naplitz. tions which were issued by both sides Unfortunately for Fædor, and on this occasion. One only, however, sixty soldiers of the right division, has reached us entire, and this we the army of the invincible Orsonoff shall take leave to transcribe. It is was met by an army equally invinthe proclamation issued by Fodor cible. A battle speedily took place, previously to his march, and deve- and precisely half of M. Orsonoff's lopes his fatherly intentions in a way warriors slept that night with their that cannot be liable to mistake or faces towards the moon. Orsonoff misinterpretation, we should think: himself retired in an oblique direc

- to be sure, there are few things safe tion, and Fædor (when he learned from the malice of an enemy.

the news) published another procla

• If our memory serves us well, this, and one or two other matters, are recorded in one of the pleasant histories written by the celebrated M. de Voltaire, - but we are not sure for it is long since we read them.

mation, showing clearly that the It is astonishing what an effect logic enemy had been put to flight, and has on minds willing to be convinced. ordering a hymn, (analogous to our Fædor entered the town, therefore, Te Deum,) to be sung with all possible partly as friend and partly as conexpedition. Nothing could exceed queror; and, in furtherance of his the noise made upon this occasion, proclamation, he issued another, reexcept the cannon which had bel- peating the pardon which he had belowed out its fierce welcome on the fore published, and levying a tax of advanced guard of the conqueror seventy per cent. on his friends the Orsonoff. The soldiers were intox- Naplitzians, and at the same time, icated with brandy and joy; their offering a reward of a thousand zea wives (of course) with joy only; and chins for the head of Pepael, their Fædoro swore repeatedly, that he general. Pepael, who was an infidel would be revenged upon the Naplitz- (in his notions of human nature, at ians, for allowing him to gain so least), had fled, but being overtaken easy a victory. He directed double amongst the mountains by a mist, he rations to be distributed among his unluckily perished. This mist was soldiers, and ordered out a treble accurately traced to the priest of guard at night, lest the enemy should Fædor's household, who had got up come unawares upon him, for the a number of “ Maledicatsfor the rash purpose of being sacrificed again. occasion, and had dispatched one They did not come, however, though after the unfortunate Pepael.-We the Buccaneer watched as unremit- might draw a moral from this, but tingly as a Chaldean.

we really have not time. But why should we pursue the de- Fædor had now got rid of war, and tails of war? It is with the general his chief-priest (two evils), but he character of this perfect chief that had also lost his wife, who shut herwe wish to become acquainted, and self up in a penitentiary, because her not merely with his petty triumphs. husband had been wicked enough to The war ended, then, (let us say smite off the head of the bishop of this shortly,) as wars generally do, Kemlin. He must undoubtedly have with negociations, and hollow truces, gone distracted at this, (he did tear to be kept as long as convenient; or his hair-in public,) or have perishelse with conquest and ravage, or ed by a sudden or lingering death, surveillance and captivity, or reite- had it not been for the excellent disrated protestations of inviolable faith. courses of the pretty Stephanie. This

One circumstance, however, may girl had been a kind of lady of the be mentioned here; it is this: bedchamber to Madame Fædor, who Fædor, who understood the policy thought well of her beauty at first, but of war at least as well as he liked its ceased to praise it as soon as it atfatigues, or even relished the sweets tracted the Buccaneer's notice. About of conquest,- when he found that he that time, her anxiety discovered was pressed by the enemy, opened a that the girl's appearance was on the private negociation with some of the decline, and attributing this to court heroes in his adversary's citadel, who hours, she dispatched the pretty Stewere willing to hear the arguments phanie into the country without deon both sides of the question. What lay. Fædor heard of this, and on our Buccaneer's reasons we his lady's retirement, made some enhave not yet learned, — but they quiries after her faithful servant.were so convincing, that he had He found her, as pretty as ever, and speedily a strong party in the ene- (although he thereby annoyed one or my's camp. He then issued a pro- two private friends) he determined to clamation, pardoning all who had do justice to Stephanie, and reintaken up arms against him, provided stated her in her former honours :-it they should lay them down without was even remarked that he had a delay. The soldiers, feeling the pri- partiality for her personal attendance. vations of war, were easily persuaded Some months after this, Stephanie by their own officers to accede to became ill, and the court physithis; and the officers had been per- cian ordered retirement and change suaded beforehand by the private ar- of air. Fædor coincided, and to reguments of Fædor and his friends. ward her fidelity (to her mistress)

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