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the same time, from her bewitching been caught by precept and 'example dyes, a draught, which spread an irre- those sentiments, which bave rendered fiftible poison through his veins. The her too contented in her fituation, ta barog was indebted to nature for a harbour an ambitious wilh in her bofiue person, and to art, for that impof- fom.' The baron reddened at these ing elegance of address, which feldom words, but commanding, for his own failed io infinuate his wifhes with suc- secret purposes, the riling indignation cess, when the dominion of a tender of his mind, he condescendingly bade paflion tempted him to glofs over his the venerable Bernard adieu: faying, haugbry demeanour with diffembled that he till hoped mature refle&ion condescension. Just as he was returnwould induce him to accept the favours ing the cup to the lovely Emma, who which he was anxious to confer upon a food to receive itd with her looks bent man, whose respectable character, and upon the ground, to avoid the fixed long lite of unfullied virtue, claimed i gaze of his penetrating eyes, Bernard fingular reward. suddenly appeared, and afforded his So saying he mounted his horfe, and daughter an opportunity to retire into returned to the castle, revolving in his the cottage.
mind, every practicable scheme for the The good old bailiff accofted his seduction of the devoted Emma. He lord with a respect, which, while it ac- reflected that he never had beheld a feknowledged his fuperiority as a master, male half so lovely; and as he on Ro was unmixed with that kind of servile occasion had accustomed himself to humility, which demeans the dignity of combat his inclinations, or subdue his man. He had never before attracted passions, he resolved to lose no time in the notice of the barod, who forgetting accomplishing his design. The humble the diftance which: birth and fortune fituation of Emma, gave him in his had placed between them, recollected opinion, an uncontrouled right to ber only that he was ibe father of Emma, fubmiffion; but he was folicitous, if and might, perhaps, affiht him in his possible, to gain an ascendency over her views, which he had formed to corrupt beart, by awakening with her gratitude her virtue. Accosting him, therefore, tenderer fentiments; for this purpose with kiod familiarity, he requested that he determined to wear the mask of hybe might take a survey of his little pocrisy a little longer, and then to atdwelling, wbich he should be welcome tempt, by every art of fofc deception, to. exchange for one more comfortable to secure' her affections in his favoor. and convenient. My lord,' replied A week elapsed after the baron's rilit Bernard, in this humble dwelling my at the cottage, without any renewal of infant eyes forft opened, and here í his great offers; a circumstance that would with to close their aged lids.' contributed to dispel chofe fears, which
But,' interrupted the baron, 'you had been awakened in the bosom of begin to bow under the weight of years, Bernard, by the interview of the baron and stand in need of relt and indule with Emma, and his generous profefgence ; I fhall feel a tree satisfaction fions of friendship to himself-profef in rendering your latter days happy.' fions, fo oppofite to the natural ferocity • Permic me to affure you,' said Ber- of his temper. Bernard confidered them nard, that a life of honeft induftry, and no longer in any light, but in that of a unicorrupted innocence, has already in temporary inclination toward humanity fated to me that happiness in its clof- and kindness, which could have no ing scene, which an irreproachable root in a foil fo barren. He pursued, conscience only can be ftow, but which therefore, without further suspicion, riches can never give.", You have a his usual labours ; 'taking., bowever, daughter, iowever, interrupted the the precaution never to leave his daugh baron, fmiling, too young to have ter without a companion, ; n bis ab. adopted your itoical ideas. I have a fence. daughter, retorted- Bernard, ' who in One morning when he had quitted herits her moiber's visives, and has the cottage about an hour, a balty mef
fenger from the castle terrified Emma her into a large, faloon, the turned with an account that her father was round to seek for Agnes, whom till taken with a fudden indispofition as he that inftant, 'she imagined to have bedn paffed the gates; and having been fup- ftill near her side. She expressed fome ported into the house by some of the anxiety at her absence, to the house. domeftics, who observed him finking keeper, who observed, that her friend on the ground, the housekeeper had had remained in the first hall, and im. thought it proper to fend for his daugh- mediately fent a woman, then defcendter, who, by being accustomed perhaps ing a faircale, to escort her to them. to these seizures, knew best how to treat Emma, in the mean time, pursued the them. The trembling Emma, alarmed Ateps of her conductress, who having to the utmost degree at a disorder, passed several ftate apartments, opened which had never yet attacked her beloved a door that led to a library, and which father, delayed not a moment to follow she had no fooner entered, and directed her conductor; and taking the arm of the attention of Emma io a fine
por her friend Agnes, who had been liftentrait of the late marchionéfs de Clairing to her as fhe was reading aloud, ville, that 'hung over the chimney, than proceeded with tottering steps to the fhe disappeared. Emma, for fome mocaftle, distant from her humble cottage menis, was loft in contemplating the about a mile. When she arrived in the angelic countenance of a woman, whofc great hall, The met a female of a re- fad fate fhe had heard so frequently Spectable appearance, and of an ad. and so tenderly deplored, when the
She eagerly enquired was fuddenly rouled from these melanafter her father, and earnestly requested choly reflections, by the opening of a to be permitted to see him. The house- glass door, which led to a colonnade keeper answered Emma, with the ap- filled with exotic plants, If she felt pearance of much fenfibility, that Ber- embarrassed by the appearance of the nard was so perfectly recovered, by a baron, who entered thence into the cordial which she had administered, library, what were her fensations, when, that he returned to his daily occupation, on making an immediate attempt to ignorant that his illnefs could have quit it herself, the found the door of reached his daughter's ears. *Thank the apartment locked, and békeld the heaven ! exclaimed the innocent Em- baron de Morenzi at 'hér feet, in an ma, 0, madam, accept my humble aliitude of respectful tenderness. gratitude for your kind care, and suffer (10 be concluded in our next.) one of the domeftics to direct me to the spot where I may find my dear father ;
Anecdote of Voltaire. I will watch bị his side during the cottage, if he will permir mentolon THE present en press of Ruffia once
sent this celebrated genius a little him thither.'
ivory box made by her own hands. • Be no longer anxious, my lovely Voltaire, upon tliis, got his niece to inchild,' replied the matron, your father Atruct him in knitting stockings, and will be here at the hour when the turret actually half finished a pair of white bell th all call the family to dinner; he "filk, when he became completely tired. promised to meet my lord's steward, to". In this unfinifhed fate he sent them to receive fome orders from the baron." the empress, with a charming poetical The unsuspecting Emma thanked her epifle, replete with gallantry, in which kind informer, and was departing, but he told her, that as she had presented preffed condescendingly to continue him with a piece of man's workmanthere till the return of Bernard, and in thip, wrought by a woman, he thought the interval, to take a survey of the it his duty to crave her acceptance in aparıments in the cafle, in fome of return, of a piece of woman's work which alterations were making, the from the hands of a man. consented to wait her father's return." While her obliging guide was leading 0 đ 2
accufer, it might be fo: but what I The Bird Catcher and Canary; an af.. have now to mention exhibits no charge, feeting Anecdate. [From Prati's Gleam though it will report an unlucky event. nings.]
In this very town of Cleves, which
with its environs will detain .us some perftition in Weftphalia, Mr. Pruffian family, during the time of Pratt, in his character of a gleaner, the fair; which I shall pass over, hav: thus proceeds: I shall not forget, un. ing nothing remarkable to diftinguish der the article of superftition, to menti- it from other annual meetings, where on, that in the pretty country of Skuyiz, people assemble 10 ftare at, cheat each Southward of Weftphalia, they have an other; and divert themselves, and to idea that cats are to be reconciled to a spend the year's savings in buying those new residence only by coercive mea. bargains which would have been probafures. In pursuance of which notion, bly better bought at home. One day afa widow woman, at whose house I ter dinner, as the defert was just brought lodged, imprisoned a poor cat three on the table, the travelling German nights and days in a dark room, to the musicians, who commonly ply" the houses entire de fruction of my reft, and al. at these times, presented themselves and moft to the car's insanity, in order to were suffered to play, and just as they make her in love with her new house were making iheir bows for the money Now in England, you know, where they received for their harmony, a birdcats are not a whit more remarkable catcher, who had rendered himself fa.
for an amiable disposition, we should mous for educating and calling forth have stroked the poor animal till the the talents of the feathered race, made purred approbation; we should have his appearance, and was well received permitted her to feed and fleep the first by our party, which was numerous night by, our fire-fide, and so hospitably and benevolent. The musicians, who treated her, that at the breakfait table had heard of this bird-catcher's famę, next morning, she would have found þegged permiffion to ftay; and the herself one of the family.
matter of the house, who had a great Not that I would have you suppose Phare of good-nature, indulged their I am an advocate for the feline race, curiofily: a curiofily, indeed, which except on general principles of justice every body participated; for all that and mercy. A dog is often an exam we have heard or leen of learned pigs, ple to his mafter, and a proper object affes, dogs, and horses, was said to be of his love, honour, imitation, and extinguished in the wonderful wisdom, good faiih. But a cat I iake to be which blazed in the genius of this (with very rare, exceptions indeed) bird.catcher's canary. The canary was both a traitor and a fycophant. She is produced, and the owner harangued won to you only by fawnings, and if him in the following manner, placing you punith her on ever so jutt a cause, bim upon bis forefinger. Bijou (je wel)
ihe either Atrikes immediately, or owes you are now in the presence of perlops you a grudge, the unexecuted malice of great fagacity and honour: take of which the can hold till an opportu- heed you do not deceive the expecta. nity of vengeance occurs. Even when rioos they have concrived of you from you imagine you have gained her af- the world's report: you have got lau
fe&tions, the will desert you, like a sels : beware their withering. In a faithless lover, and clope from your word deport yourself like the bijou (the arms.
je wel) of canary birds; as you certainly Perhaps, you may not think this the are, proper moment to introduce an anec. All this time the bird fcemed to core of one of these insidious creatures. liften, and, iradleed, placed himself ia You may suspect me of imitating the she true alitude of autention, by floping
grimalkin disposition by filling down his head 10 de ear of the map, and in malice. Were I about to become an ihea difindly nodding ewice when his
master left off speaking; and if ever with their instruments as their clapnods were intelligible and promissory, pings) to the highet pirch of admirathere were two of them.
jion. Bijou himself, teemed to feel That's good, says the malter, pul- the sacred shirit of fame, and thook ling off his bat to the bird. Now, his little plumes, and carolled an lo then, let us see if you are a canary of paan that founded like the conscious honour. Give us a tune :--The ca. notes of victory. nary sung. Pihaw, that's too barih : Thou hait done all my bidding 'tis the note of a raven with a hoarter bravely, said the master, carefling ness upon him : 1omething parberic.- bis featbered fervant ; now then, take The canary whistled as if its little a nap, while I take the place. Herethroat was changed to a lute. Fafter, upon the canary went into a countersays the man.-Slower--very well feit Number, so like the effect of the but what a plague is this foot about, poppied god, first letting, one eye, and this little head. No wonder you then the other, then nodding, then are out, Mr. Bijou, when you forgot dropping so much on one side, that your time, That's a jewel.-Bravo, the hands of several of the company bravo,, my little man.
were ftreiched out to save him from All thai he was ordered or remiod- falling, and just as those hands aped of did he do to admiration. His proached his feathers, luddenly recohead and foot beat time-humoured vering and dropping as much on the the variations both of tone and move- other; at length the leep seemed to ment; and the found was a just fix him in a feady posture; whereecho to the sense, according to the upon the man took him from his finger, ftri&eft laws of poetical, and (as it and laid him flat upon the table, where ought to be) of musical compofition- the man assured us he would remain ia bravo! bravo ! re-echoed from all a good found sleep, while he himself parts of the dining room. The musi. had the honour to do his best to fill up cians swore the canary was a greater the interval. Accordingly, after drink; master of music than any of their band. ing a glass of wine, (in the progress And do you not lhew your sense of this of taking off which he was interrupted civility, fir, cries the bird-catcher, with by the canary-bird springing suddenly an angry air. The canary bowed most up to affert his right to a share, really refpe&fully to the great delight of the putting his little bill into the glass, company. His next atchievement was and then laying himself down to Nleep going through mariial exercise with a again, the owner called him a faucy Araw gun, after which, my poor bijou, fellow, and began to show off his own says his owner, though balt had hard independent powers of entertaining. work, and must be a little weary : a The forte of these lay chiefly in ban few performances more, and thou shalt lancing with a tobacco pipe, while he repose. Shew the ladies how to make smoked with another, and several of a curisey.
the positions were so difficult to be preThe bird here crossed his ta per legs served, yet maintained with such dexteand sunk and rose with an eale and rity, that the general attention was grace that would have put half our fixed upon him. But while he was thus belles to the blush-That's my fine exhibiting, a huge black cat, who had . bird-and now a bow, bead and foot been no doubt on the watch, from corresponding. Here the striplings fome unobferved corner sprung upon for ten miles round London might the table, seized the poor canary in its have blushed also. Let us finish with mouth, and rushed out of the window a hornpipe, my brave little fellow-in despite of opposition. Though the that's it--keep it up, keep it up. dining room was emptied in an inttant,
The adiviiy, glee, fpirit, and accu. it was a vain pursuit, the life of the racy with which this last order was bird was gone, and its mangled body obeyed, wound up the applause, (in was brought in by the unfortunate which all the musicians joined, as well owner in such dismay, accompanied by
fuch looks and language, as must have lefs in exercise, felt the difrels of the awaked pity in a milanthrope. He poor bird-man with peculiar force. It fpread him half length over the table, was really a banquet to see these people and mourned his canary-bird with the gathering themselves into a knot, and molt undiffembled forrow. Well may after whispering, and wiping their eyes I grieve for thee, poor liule thing; well depute one from among them to be the may I grieve : more than four years medium of conveying into the pocket halt thou fed from my hand, drank of the bird man, the very contribution from my lip, and flepe in my bo- they had just before received for their Tom. I owe to thee my support, own efforts. The poor fellow perceive my health, my ftrength, and my happi- ing them, took from the pocker the ness ; without thee what will become little parcel they bad rolled up, and of me. Thou it was who ensured my brought out with it, by unlucky acciwelcome in the best company. It was dent, another little bag, at the fight of thy genius only made me welcome. which he was extremely agitated; for But thy death is a juft punishment for it contained the canary feed, the food of iny vanity: bad I relied only on thy the 'dear loft companion of his art. happy powers, all had been well
, and There is no giving language to the efthou hadft been perched on my finger, fedt of this trifling cireumñance upon or lulled in my breast at this moment! the poor fellow ; the threw down the but trusting to my own talents, and glo- contribution money that he brought sifying myself in them, a judgment has from his pocket along with it, not with fallen upon me, and thou art dead and an ungrateful- but with a desperate mangled on this table. Accursed be hand. He opened the bagi which was
the hour I entered this house! and more fattered with red tape, and taking out accursed the detestable monster that some of the feed put it to the very bill killed ıhce ! Accuried be myself, for I of the lifeless bird, exclaiming No, contributed. I ought not to have taken poor bijou, no-lhou canst not peck away my eyes when thine were closed any more out of this hand, that has in frolic. o, bijou, my deareft, only been thy feeding place fo many ycars bijou, would I were dead also ! thou canst remember how happy we
As near as the spirit of his diforder- both were when I bought this bag full ed mind can be transsused, such was for thee. Had it been filled with gold the language and sentiment of the for- thou hadft deferved it. It thall be 'Porn bird-catcher ; whose despairing filled, -and with gold, faid the master motion and frantic air no words can of the house, it I could afford it. paint. He took from his pocket a The good man rose from his seat, lule green bag of faded velvet, and ta. which had long been uneasy to him, king out of it some wool and cotton, and gently taking the bag, put into it that were the wrapping of whiftles, fome filver; saying, as he banded it to bird-calls, and other inftruments of his his nearest neighbour, who will refuse trade, all of which he threw on the to follow my example; it is not a subtable, as in scorn,") and making a scription for mere charity, it is a tribute couch, placed the mutilated limbs and to one of the rarest things in the whole Tavaged' feathers of bis canary upon it, world ; namely, to rcal feeling, in this and renewed his lamentations.
fophiftical, pretending, parading age. These were now much softened, asis Ifever the pallion of love and gratitude ever the case, when the rage of grief was in the heart of man, it is in the gields to its tenderness: when it is 100 heart of that unhappy fellow, and whe"much overpowered by the effect to ad- ther the object that calls out such celvert to the caufe. It is needless to ob. ings be bird, beaft, fith, or man, it is Terve to you, that every one of the com- alike, virtue and ought to be rewarded pany sympathised with him. But none --faid his next neighbour, putting into more than the band of musicians, who, the bag his quota. It is fuperfluous to
being engaged in a profession that da- tell you that after the feed had heen turally keeps the fenfibilnies inore or takea wholly away, and put very