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ened my pace; my tongue, of itself, pronounced the name of Theresa; my eyes wandered around in search of her; and, at length, I reached the destined spot.
46 My sentence was read to me, and I was given over to the executioner. I was expecting the mortal blow, when piercing shrieks suspended my execution. I looked, and saw a half-naked spectre, pale, bleeding, and making efforts to break through the armed bands by which I was surrounded. It was Frederic. My friends,' he exclaimed, “it is I alone, who am guilty? It is I who deserve death! My friends, pardon innocence! I wished to seduce his wife; he punished me for it; and he did what was right. You are barbarians, if you dare to touch his life!' The colonel of the regiment flew to Frederic; he endeavoured to restore him to calmness; he pointed out to him the law which condemned me for having raised my hand against my officer. I was no longer his officer,' answered Frederic, 'I had given him his liberty. Here is his discharge, which I had signed on the evening before. He is no longer amenable to your laws. The astonished officers now assembled together. My cause was pleaded by Frederic and humanity, and I was led back to prison. Frederic wrote to the minister, accused himself, asked for my pardon, and obtained it.
6 Aymar, Theresa, and myself, went and threw onrselves at the feet of our liberator. He confirmed the present of liberty which he had made to me, and wished to add other benefits, which, however, we refused to receive. We returned to this village, where the death of Aymar put me in possession of his property, and where Theresa and I shall end our days in peace, and in the midst of you, my children.”
During his story all the children of Peter had crowded closely round him. Though he had ceased speaking, they continued in a listening posture, and the tears trickled down their cheeks. "Be comforted,” said the good old man, “Heaven has repaid, all my troubles by the love which you feel for me.” So saying, he embraced then all, kissed Louisa twice, and then the whole family retired to rest.
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No. 11.-A WHITE NEGRO AND PIE-BALD NEGRESS. THE white negro, as he is denominated, says Dr. Pinckard, is a boy about twelve years of age, who was born on board of ship, on the passage from Guinea, of perfectly white skin, although both his father and mother were jet black. He is even whiter, but I know not if I should say fairer, than Europeans, for it is a dead chalk-white, without the agreeable relief of the fine blue veins, and ruddy tints of an extra-tropical, or more particularly of a British skin. In form and feature he strictly resembles other negroes, having the head and face long, with the hair short and curling like wool, the mouth large, with thick lips, and the nose broad' and flat. His eyes are blue, the eye-brows and eye-lashes white, as is likewise the hair, which, from being slightly tinged with yellow, assumés, in a small degree, that particular hue, which is more commonly than correctly termed red. On looking at a strong light, his eyes are affected with a twinkling motion, such as is observed in the Albinos or Nyctalops; and from the axes of the two eyes not accurately converging, a slight degree of strabismus is perceptible. It would seem, therefore, that it is a variation which stands much in the same relation with respect to the negroes, as the Nyctalops with respect to ourselves. His skin being more than commonly irritable, is highly susceptible of injury, and quickly rises into blisters, on his being exposed to the open rays of the sun.
The case of the woman is even more novel and singular than that of the boy: her peculiarity being the effect of an extraordinary change, and not of original formation. She is about thirty years of age, and, until the last six or seven years, was of completely sable skin, differing in no respect from other negroes; nor do either her form or features now offer any thing remarkable, but from the profoundest black, her surface is growing perfectly white. She is of good figure, has been always regarded as having a strong and healthy constitution; and, for many years, has been employed as a washesa woman in Mr. Cuming's family.
No prubable cause is known, nor even suggested, for the change; but, about five or six years ago, some white spots appeared upon her extremities, and from that tíme she has been gradually losing the fatural blackness of her surface. . This uncommon change commenced in the parts most remote from the centre of circulation, and is slowly, though regularly, proceeding towards the parts nearer to the heart. The feet, hands, legs, and arms, have already lost their sable hue, and are now even whiter than those of an European. 'Her nose and ears are also white, and some patches of wbite are spreading upon the face, neck, and bosom, but her body yet remains profoundly black; and although this extraordinary conversion seems to be progressively advancing, if iť proceed as slowly as it has hithertó done, it may be still several years before the whole of the dark colouring will be removed. Her hair and eyes retain their original blackness, and have not yet any appearance of participating in the change.
It is remarkable, that the cuticle of the parts which have grown white, like the pale skin of the boy, is very subject to rise into blisters upon being exposed to the sun, while no such effect is produced upon the parts which remain black.
The woman is still in good health, and appears to remain entirely free from disease, as she was at the time this peculiar change began; but she is extremely low and dejected concerning this event, which she regards as the greatest evil that could have befallen her. She has a great dislike to be seen, or have questions asked her, and more particularly by strangers. When sent for, that I might look at her, she came to me with extreme reluctance, exhibiting strong marks of agitation while she remained, and went away in tears. She is the wife of one of Mr. Cuming's slaves, and has had several children, who differ in no respect from the offspring of other negroes.
THE MAMMOTH. IN the year 1799, says Mr. Adams, a member of the academy of St. Petersburgh, a Tungusian fisherman observed a strange, shapeless mass projecting from an
ice bank, near the mouth of a river in the north of Siberia, the nature of which he did not understand, and which was so high in the bank as to be beyond his reach. He next year observed the same object, which was then rather more disengaged from among the ice, but was still unable to conceive what it was. Towards the end of the following summer, 1801, he could distinctly see that it was the frozen carcase of an enormous animal, the entire flank of which, and one of its tusks, had become disengaged from the ice. In consequence of the ice beginning to melt earlier and to a greater degree than usual in 1803, the fifth year of this discovery, the enormous carcase became entirely disengaged, and fell down from the ice-crag on a sand-bank, forming part of the coast of the Arctic ocean. In the month of March in that year, the Tungusian carried away the two tusks, which he sold for the value of fifty rubles; and at this time a drawing was made of the animal, of which I pussess a copy.
Two years afterwards, or in 1806, Mr. Adams went to examine this animal, which still remained on the sandbank where it had fallen from the ice, but its body was then greatly mutilated. The Jukuts of the neighbourhood had taken away considerable quantities of its flesh to feed their dogs; and the wild animals, particularly the white bears, had also feasted on the carcass; yet the skeleton remained entire, except that one of the fore legs was gone. The entire spine, the pelvis, one shoulder blade, and three legs, were still held together by their ligaments, and by some remains of the skin; and the other shoulder blade was found at a short distance. The head remained covered by the dry skin; and the pupil of the eyes was still distinguishable. The brain also remained within the skull, but a good deal shrunk and dried up; and one of the ears was in excellent preserva. tion, still retaining a tuft of strong bristly hair. The upper lip was a good deal eaten away, and the under lip was entirely gone, so that the teeth were distinctly seen. The skin was extremely thick and heavy, and as much of it remained as required the exertions of ten men to carry away, which they did with considerable difficulty: More than thirty pounds weight of the hair and bristles of this animal were gathered from the wet sand-bank, having been trampled into the mud by the white bears, while devouring the carcass. It consisted of three distinct kinds: one of these is stiff black bristles, a foot or more in length; another is thinner bristles, or coarse Alexible hair, of a reddish brown colour; and the third is a coarse reddish brown wool, which grew among the roots of the long hair. These afford an un.deniable proof that this animal has belonged to a race of elephants inhabiting a cold region, with wbich we are now unacquainted, and by no means fitted to dwell in the torrid zone. It is also evident that the enormous animal must have been frozen up by the ice at the moment of its death.*
TORNADOS. TORNADOS are violent gusts of wind, which come from the eastward, attended by thunder, lightning, and, in general, heavy rain. The violence of the wind seldom continues' longer than half an hour ; but the scene during the time that it continues may be considered as one of the most awfully sublime in nature. Its approach is foretold by certain appearances, which enable people to be on their guard. A dark cloud, not larger than "a man's hand,” is just observed on the verge of the eastern horizon. Faint flashes of lightning, attended sometimes by very distant thunder, are then seen to vibrate in quick succession. The clouds in that quarter become gradually more dense and black; they also increase in bulk, and appear as if heaped on each other. The thunder, which at first was scarcely noticed, or heard only at long intervals, draws nearer by degrees, and becomes more frequent and tremendous. The blackness of the clouds increases, until a great part of the heavens seems wrapped in the darkness of midnight, and it is rendered still more tremendous by being con. trasted with a gleam of light which generally appears in the western horizon. Immediately before the attack of the tornado, there is either a light breeze, scarcely perceptible, from the westward, or, as is more common, the air is pertectly calm and still. Men and animals fly
* In a future number, we will give, under the head of Natural Phenomena, an article, containing a compendium of all that is known respecting the Mammoth.--ED.