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where, tormented me when awake, at the feet of your throne : I deteft life lay down with me upon my couch, and and do not fear to die,, it would howecreated frightful dreams, when my ver be dreadful to me to die, without weary eyes were now and then closed having lived. I wish to live, in order by the band of Aumber. My conscience to repair my crimes past, and to make which bad been lulled alleep, recorered my peace with human society, which I its power by degrees, and the fleeping bave offended. My execution will be viper of remorse was roused by the ge a warning example to the world, but neral tempeft which was raging within not atone for my wicked deeds ; I hate my breaft; the hatred I bore the hue vice, and have a strong defire to try the man race turned its dagger against my. path of honesty and virtue ; I have self-I was reconciled to human kind, ihewn great capacities to become a terand cursed nobody but myself: the ror to the state, and I flatter myself dreadful consequences of vice ftared me that I yet have some abilities to render grilly in the face, and my natural good services to the country which I have infenfe difpelled at length the delusions jured.' which had led me aftray from the bleff "I am well aware that I fupplicate ed path of virtue ; I felt how deep. I for something, quite uncommon: mý had fallen, and gloomy melancholy life being forfeited, it does not become ftepped in the place of gnashing def- me to propose conditions to punishing pair: I wished, with weeping eyes, to justice; however, I am not yet chained have it in my power to recall the times in fetfers, am yet at liberiy, and fear paft, and was convinced that I would has the least thiare in my prayer.' make a better use of the hours I bad * It is mercy that I crave, and if I had dedicated to the vile service of guilt ; I some claim to justice I would not albegan to hope that I yet would

reform, tempt now to enforce it ; yet there is being fenfible that I Thould be able to one circumftance which I have reafon effect a reform. On the highest fum- to recall to the recolledion of my judges. mit of depravily I was more inclined The period of my crimes commences to tread in the steps of virtue, than with that rigorous fenience which has before I had committed the first lawless deprived me of my honour. If my deed.'

judges had not been too severe, if they * A war had broken out in Germany had liftened to the voice of equity and at that time, and recruits were raising humanity, I should perhaps not have every where, which gave me some hopes been reduced to the neceffity of craving to retreat in an honourable manner from the mercy of your bighnefs--their want my affociates, and turn a useful mem- of feeling has plunged me in the fatal ber of human society : I wrote a letter gulph of guilt.' to my prince, the copy of which yoų • Let mercy supply the place of jufwill

find in my pocket book.' tice and spare my life, if it is in your powo

• The letter was produced and read er to intercede with the law in my beby the clerk, the purport of it ran, as half, the remainder of my life ball be much as I can remember as follows :' entirely devoted to your service : if you

• If your highoefs does not thi.k it can grant my humble prayer let me beneath your dignity to condefçend to know it by way of the public prints, a villain like myself, if a criminal of and I will throw myself at your feet, my atrocity is not entirely excluded confiding in your princely word; if from your mercy, O then do nos reject not, then justice may proceed as it shall the humble petition of a repenting be deemed proper, and I must act as finner-I am a murderer and robber, neceffity thall require.' have forteited my life, and am pursued This petition, thus resumed the by the avenging hand of justice, I will delinquent, * was not taken notice of, deliver myself into the hand of the exe- as well as a second and third, and hav. cutive power—but I, at the same time, ing not the least glimmering of hope am going to lay a very ftrange prayer lett, to bo pardoned, I took the refolu

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tion to leave the country, and to die in The iron-hand of punishing vengeance the service of the king of Prussia as a seemed ready to grasp. me, my life was brave soldier.'

at Atake, and I redoubled the twiftness • I gave my gang the flip, and began of my flight, goading the fides of my my journey. My road led me through horse without mercy.' a small country town, where I intend • My pursuers were soon far behind ed to stay the night: a few weeks me, panting tor breath, and liberty ago a proclamation had been pub- promised to gladden my heart again, lithed ihrough the whole country, when the fileetness of my flight was commanding a strict examination of suddenly stopped by a dead wall. My. every traveller, because the prince bad pursuers gave a loud thout when they taken a party in the war, as a member saw me entrapt, and I had given over of the German empire. The gate keep- every hope of effecting my escape, when er of the town which I was going to a sudden thought ftruck me, that the co ter was fitting upon a bench before wall might be the city wall, and that his house as I rode by; my forbidding perhaps I would regain my liberty countenance and motley dress raised his through a window of one of the houses fufpicion, and as soon as I had entered on the bottom of the street. The door the gate he shut it and demanded my of that on the left side was open, I passport, after he had first secured the jumped from my horse, and entered it bridle of my horse. I was prepared with a piftol in each hand, bolting the for accidents of that fort, having pro- door after me, and haftening up stairs vided myself with a passport, which I without being seen by any one of the had taken from a merchant whom I inhabitants. My pursuers were close had robbed. However this teftimony at my heels, and thundered at the door would not satisfy the eagle-eyed gate. when I was rushing into a room where keeper, my phyfiognomy being in con- nobody was but an old woman : seeing tradiAion with it, and I was obliged to a man with a brace of piftols, terror follow him to the bailiff's house: he fettered her tongue, and the fell in a ordered me to await his return at the fwoon. I opened the window, and, door.'

imagine my joy, when the open field The passport was examined, and hailed my anxious looks ; I bolted the meanwhile a rabble began to assemble door, placed chairs and tables against around me, attracted by my strange fi. it, threw the bed out of the window, gure ; a whispering arose among the and concealed myself in the chimney to multitude and some of the crowd were await there the setting in of night.' pointing alternately at me and my This was the work of a few mohorsc; the latter having been stolen by ments, and I was safely housed in my one of my former associates, my con hiding place when the door was forced science gave the alarm. The gate- open with a thundering noise. My keeper returned with the passport, and calculations had not deceived me, and told me, that the bailiff understanding my plan succeeded as well as I could that I came from the feat of the war, expect it. My pursuers seeing the winwould be glad to have half an hour's dow open, and the feather-bed lying in conversation with me, and to get some the field, believed firmly I had effected information of the situation of our ar- my escape : fome young men jumped my. This message increased my ap- boldly down, and others went to pursue prehenfion of being known, and fear- me on horseback; the old woman who ing the invitation of the bailiff to be a could tell no tales, was carried to anoSnare so get me in his power without ther part of the house, and I was resistance, I clapt spurs to my horse left alone to muse on my awkward fituwithout returning an answer.'

ation.' • My sudden flight gave the signal to • Soon after the owner of the house an universal hue and cry ;' a thief ! a came into the room with some of his thief ! exclaimed the whole multitude, neighbours, and confirmed by his dispursuing me with all poflible speed courses my hope, that nobody suspected

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my hiding place. One of the company feet: fatigued and entirely spent I thought I mighi be concealed under the reached the skirts of the Black Forest, bed, but this idea of my ftill being in and threw myself into the first thicket the house was, to my inexprellible fa- to rest my weary limbs.' tisfaion treated with ridicule. At * Farigued by the long journey I had length my situation became extremely made and the anxiety and fear which painful to me, and I wished fervently continually had harassed my mind, I my unwelcome visitors might be gone.' fell asleep: I had not fept two hours,

After two tedious hours I was at as I could guess by the sun, when I was jength released of my fear to be detect. suddenly roused by the diftant barking ed by some unforesten accident, when of dogs; I ftarted up and listened, the landlord and his friends left also when the hallowing of two huntsmen the room where I was hidden. As soon vibrated in my ear: they seemed to di. as the coast was clear, and the tranqui- se et their course towards the spot where lity of the house restored, I climbed I was concealed, and no other means higher up into the chimney with the in- of escape were left me, but to climb up tention to get upon the roof; however, an adjoining oak tree, and to hide mya on maturer deliberation I thought it fa- felf amid its thickelt branches, where fer to remain where I was, hearing ma- I fancied to find security.' ny voices in the field, which made me • However all my fears and appre. afraid of being detected.'

hensions returned with redoubled force, The time crepi fowly on, and I when the dogs came to the tree which thought the wished for hour of midnight sheltered me and began to bark in a would never see in : hunger and thirst terrible manner; the hunters were clofe increafed the horrors of my fituation, at their heels, but seeing no game, they and that ever watchful remembrancer recalled my new persecutors and purof the mortal race, conscience, began fued their way. Fear of falling into to remind me of my wickedness, and the hands of my enemies obliged me to the punishments of never sleeping juf- remain where I was antil the dark mantice, which sooner or later would over. 1e of night should cover once more my take me : my resolution of leaving the flight.' path of vice acquired new strength, and Hunger and thirst had hardly left I vowed fervenily never to fin again if me fufficient strength to keep my fituaI should escape once more.'

tion any longer, when I, to my iner• Amidit inere falutary meditations preslible joy, espied the neft of a raven and resolutions night began to set in, in the top of a tree, and fix eggs in it. and I breathed frter. At length the This unexpected relief gave me new feather-bed was brought back, but no- ftrength, new life, new hope, and I body came to fleep in it that night, and awaited with patience the setting in of the room remained unoccupied.' night, when I got down, pursuing my

* As soon as midnighi filence an- way through the foreft: ' nounced to me that every body was gone • The night was dark, and a rising to reft, I flided fotily down the chim tempeft fhook the tops of the lofij ney, ture one of the bed sheets and oaks : the diftant lightning and the twisted it in a line w make use of it in hollow voice of the thunder announced gening into the field. No fooner bad a dreadful night. The thunder foon I touched the grounú than I took io my began to shake the firmament, flashes heels to reach, before day-break, the of lightning illuminated, by intervals, Black Foreft, which I knew was only the dark and dreary forest, and to iniwo miles difian, being well aware crease the miseries of my situation, a that the whole country would be in a form of rain gulhed down with such hue and cry after ine as soon as my violence as if all the flood-gales of nocturnal cicape thould be known. beaven had been opened at once. Fear gave me strength and winged my

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Basem; or, the Blackfmith.

301 Bufem; or, the Blacksmith. done?" Basem being now obliged to

obey,, laid hands on the fourth prisoner (Concluded from page 331 of our Ma- tied his hands behind, cut open his velt, gazine fr October laft. and tied a handkerchief over his eyes ;

then took his ftand behind him, but JERE the vizir interpofing, propo- without moving his sword. "I am in whose custody the prisoners were) the sword ? In a few minutes it will be should be ordered to produce them; to found to be a piece of dare tree : I thall which the Khalif gave his affent. In a be the the public jest, and lose my head very short while the waly (governor) by the Khalif's order. In what a made his appearance, with the four wretched scrape am I involved !" He criminals, their arms pinioned, and their then took his sword from the belt, and heads bare. They were banditti, who grafping the hilt in his right hand, he not only had robbed on the highway, refted the sword on the left arm. The but bad added murder to robbery, in Khalif was highly diverted at this defiance to the laws of God. When manoeuvre ; but called out to him. brought before the Khalif, he asked “ You bildar, why do you not unheath them, " Whether they belonged to that your sword, as your comrades have gang, which had been guilty of such done?" "My lord,” replied Batem, atrocities ?" They answered, “We are, “it is not good that a naked sword O Emeer al Moumaneen, abandoned should dazzle the eyes of the Emeer al by God, and instigated by the devil; Moumaneen." The Khalif, seeraingly we have been affociates in their crimes; acquiescing in this answer, turned to ibe but we now appear in humility and re- first bildar, and commanded him to pentance before the Emeer of the true strike; when in a moment the head believers." “ You are delinquents of was fevered from the body,

« Well that kind," said the Khalil, “ for whom done, Achmed," said the Khalit; there is no remedy but the sword." and at the same time ordered him

He then ordered the three bildars fe- present, and an increase of falary. lected by Basem, cach to seize one of "And do you, Oiman,” speaking to the the prisoners, to cut open his vest, and second bildar, "execute your criminal." blindfold him, then io unsheath the “ I am prepared and obedient,” replied sword and wait for further orders. he; then raising his arm alufi, so as to The three bildars, firft bending their expose his armpit, he at one Itroke bodies, replied, “We are ready and made the head leap to fome distance obedient to God and you ;” and each from the shoulders. in order, seizing a criminal, placed him The Khalif, after commending bis at a distance on the ground, according dexterity, ordered him the same reward to custom, fiuing on his knees and hams, as the former. The third criminal was his arms pinioned, and his eyes covered. next decapitated, and the executioner

The bildar, with his sword drawn, received the same commendation and ftood a little behind the criminal, and gratuity that his companions had done. said, “O Emeer al Moumaneen, have The Khalif then turning 10 Bafem, I your leave to strike ?"

You, my established bildar," said ke, While the three bildars, with each a “ cut of the head of your criminal, as criminal, ftood thus arranged, Basem your comrades have done, and be enim food loft in dreadful reflections. “This iled to the like reward.” Bui Bascia growns all !" said he to himself, “every was lost in thought, or rather in a tlale new misfortune is more curft than its of ftupefaction, till Mefrour fepping prior fifter. By Ullah ! to escape from up to him, and touching him on the fide, death is now impoflible." 'Ai this in- whispered in his ear, “ Answer class ftant, the Khalif called to him, “ You Emeer al Moumaneen, and obey bine there, are you not one of my establilhed commands, or else your head dhall inbildars? Why do you not lead out ftantly fly from your thoulders, like your criminal, as your companions have those of the banditii.” Balon aroule

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from his reverie, lifting up his head, permiflion O hadgi Khalif." " Smite the faid, "Yes, yes, Emeer al Moumaneen." Deck of the criminal," said the Khalif. “ Strike off the head of your prisoner," Balem now unbeathed his wooden said the Khalif. “Upon my head and sword, exclaiming with an air of tri. eyes be it," replied Basem; then draw- umph," innocent my lord;" to the ing near the surviving culprit, “ It is admiration and diversion of all who were the Khalif's command," said be, “ that present in the divan. your head should be fevered from your When the laughter he had occafioned body. If you are prepared to pro- ceased, Basem addressing the Khalif, nounce the confession of your faith, “O hadgi Khalif,” said he, “this maa pronounce it, for this is the last hour was unjuftly condemned, let him be set that God has permitted you to breathe." free." The Khalif after having ordered The culprit diftin&tly recited the Mof- the criminal to be liberated, called the lemn creed.

head bildar, and pointing to Bafem, While Balem bared his right arm" let that man,” said he, “ be immedito the elbow, and fiercely rolling his ately enrolled in your corps, with the eyes, walked thrice round the prisoner, usual appointment. defiring he might declare his firm be- directions, that Balem should be comlief, that this was the ordinaners of God, pletely equipped with a new fuit of and the day appointed by providence cloaths; and he made him a present of for his leaving the world. "If you are a hundred pieces of Gold. The vizjr chirfty," added he, “ I will give you to and Mesrour also made him presents in drink; if hungry, I will feed you : and money; fo that Basem, the Blacksmith, if innocent, say with a loud voice, I am found himself at once a rich man. He an innocent man."

foon became a companion of the Khalif, The Khalif was very attentive to all in his private hours of relaxation; and that passed, and highly diverted by Ba. rose, in time, to the station of chief of fem's ingenuity. The criminal now the Khalif's bildars. exclaimed, in a loud voice, “ I am an innocent man.” “ You lie;" replied Memoirs of the Life and Writings of the Bafem, but I have a secret, which I will Rev. Andrew Kippis, D.D.E.R.S. not discover but to the Khalif himself;" and S. A. be then approached, and kissing the ground, said, “O Emeer al Mouma ( Concluded from page 20F..) seen, hear me only iwo words; I have along with me a treasure

, which has THE intimate connexion which had father inherited it from his grandfather, fir John Pringle, bart, at that time a and my father from his father ; my mo- very respectable and useful president of ther inherited it from my father, and the royal society, and who united in from my mother it defcended to me. public worfhip with the congregation Le is this sword,” laying it before the in Prince's-ftreet, induced the doctor Khalif," which poffefses a talisman. after the decease of that great pbyfiThe power of this talisman is moft cian, to republith his Six Discourses wonderful, o hadgi Khalif, continued delivered on occafion of the fix annual he; " if this man is innocent, the sword, affignments of fir Godfrey Copley's when unheathed will appear to be medal. To these he has prefixed a wood; but if he is guilty, it will emit a valuable life of the author, who, from hafla of fire, which will consume his his high rank and reputation in the liBeck, as if it were a reed." Let us have terary world, was undoubtedly a pro& proof of this prodigy," said the per object for the researches of biograKhalif, " strike the neck of the crimi- phy. The service which fir John nal." "-1 am prepared and obedient," Pringle rendered to philosophy, appear replied Basem; then returning to the to be very accurately Itated in this narcriminal, and placing himself in a por- rative ; but our biographer's profession, ture to execute the final order, "your perhaps, did not qualify him to discuss

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