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crossed the hallan he perceived the the knee-caps of his corduroy breeches; sick man's brother the next to him even descending to the minutiæ of in age sitting at the window with his scraping away some specks more adelbow leaning on the table, and his hesive than the rest, with the nail of head on his closed fist, while the tints his mid finger. No one welcomed the of sorrow and anger seemed mingled old man, and the dying youth in the on his blunt countenance. Farther bed grumbled these bitter words, on stood his mother and elder sister “I see now on what errand Ellen leaning on each other, and their eyes was sent ! confound your officious. shaded with their hands, and close by ness!" the sick youth's bed-side ; beyond “No, on my word, Giraham, you are these kneeled old Gawin the shepherd, wrong; therefore husb. The child his fond and too indulgent father. He was at T-r to meet the carrier for held the shrivelled hand of his son in your drogs,” said old Gawin. his, and with the other he held that “ Poh! poh! all of a piece with the of a damsel who stood by his side: rest of the stuff you have told me. And Isaac heard him conjuring his son Come hither Ellen, and let me see in the name of the God of heaven. what the doctor has sent.” The girl Here old Isaac's voice interrupted the came near, and gave some vials with a affecting scene.
sealed direction. “ Peace be to this house,-may the “ So you got these at T-r, did peace of the Almighty be within its you?” walls," said he with an audible voice. “ Yes, I got them from Jessy Clap. The two women uttered a stifled shriek, perton; the carrier was away. and the dying man a “poh! poh!! Lying impertinent imp! who of abhorrence.-Old Gawin the shep- told you to say that? Was it your herd, though he did not rise from his mamma there or your worthy dad ? knees, gazed round with amazement Answer me !". Tlie child was mute in his face; and looking first at his dy- and looked frightened. “Oh! I see ing son, and then at old Isaac, he drew how it is! You have done very well a full breath, and said with a quiver- my dear, very cleverly, you give very ing voice, " Surely the hand of the fair promise. Get me some clothes
, Almighty is in this !"
pray-I will try if I can leave this There was still another object in house. the apartment well worthy of the at “Alas, my good friends, what is tention of him who entered it was this?" said Isaac, “ the young man's the damsel who stood at the bed-side; reason, I fear, is wavering. Good - but then she stood with her back Gawin, why do you not give me your to Isaac, so that he could not see her hand ?' I am extremely sorry for your face, and at the sound of his voice, son's great bodily sufferings, and for she drew her cloak over her head and what you and your family must sufretired behind the bed, sobbing, so fer mentally on his account. Pray that her bosom was like to rend. The how do you do?" cloak was similar to the one worn that “ Right weel, Sir. As weel as may day by old Isaac, for, be it remem- be expected,” said Gawin, taking old bered," he had not the gaudy tartan Isaac's hand, but not once lifting his one about him, but the russet grey eyes from the ground to look the plaid made to him by his beloved good father in the face. daughter. Isaac saw the young wo “And how are you, good dame?" man resting behind the bed, and heard continued Isaac, taking the old wo her weeping, but a stroke of electrici- man's hand and shaking it. ty seemed to have affected the nerves “ Right weel, thanks t'ye, Sir. It is of all the rest of the family on the en- a cauld day this. Ye'll be cauld?” trance of the good old man, so that “Oh no, I rather feel warm." his attention was attracted by those “ Ay, ye have a comfortable plaid immaliately under his eye. The mo. for a day like this, a good plaid it is." ther and daughter whispered to each “ I like to hear you say so, good other in great perplexity Old Gawin Agnes, for that plaid was a Christmas rose from his knees; and not know- present to me, from one who has now ing well what to say or do, he wiped been several years in the cold grave. the dust with great punctuality from It was made to me by my kind and
beloved daughter Euphy. But enough broad brimmed hat, and discovered of this I see you have some manties the wrinkled forehead and the thin in the house, of the very same kind." snowy hair waving around it, the
“ No: not the same. We have sight was so impressive that silence none of the same here."
was imposed on every tongue. He sung “Well, the same or nearly so, it is two stanzas of a psalm, read a chapter all one. My sight often deceives me of the New Testament, and then now.” ” The family all looked at one kneeling by the bedside, he prayed another. “But enough of this,” con- for about half an hour with such fer: tinued old Isaac, “ I came not thus vency of devotion, that all the family far to discuss such matters. The sick were deeply affected. It was no com young man, from what I heard, i mon-place prayer, nor one so general fear, is incapable of spiritual conver that it suited any case of distress; sation ?”
every sentence of it spoke home to “Yes I am," said he, from the bed, the heart, and alluded particularly to with a squeaking hectic voice, " and the very state of him for whom the I would this moment that I were dead. petitions were addressed to heaven. Why don't you give me my clothes ? Old Gawin gave two or three short Sure never was a poor unfortunate sighs, which his wife hearing, she being tormented as I am! Won't you wiped her eyes with her checqued have pity on me, and let me have a apron. Their fair daughter made the little peace for a short time? It is not same sort of noise that one does who long I will trouble you. Is it not takes snuff, and the soft harmless mean and dastardly in you all to com- youth, their second son, who leaned bine against an object that cannot de forward on the table instead of kneelfend himself ?”
ing, let two tears fall on the board, “ Alaek, alack !" said old Isaac, which he formed with his forefinger " the calmoness of reason is departed into the initials of his name; the little for the present. I came to converse girl looked from one to another, and a little with him on that which con- wondered what ailed them all, then cerns his peace here, and his happi- casting down her eyes, she tried to ness hereafter : to hold the mirror up look devout, but they would not be to his conscience, and point out an ob- restrained. The dying youth, who ject to him, of which, if he take not at the beginning testified the utmost hold, all his hope is a wreck." "I impatience, by degrees became the knew it! I knew it !" vociferated the most affected of all. His features sick man. “ A strong and great com- first grew composed, then rueful, and bination : but I'll defeat it, ha, ha, ha! finally he turned himself ou his face I tell you, Mr Confessor, I have no in humble prostration. Isaac pleaded right or part in that object you talk fervently with the Almighty that the of. I will have no farther concern sufferer's days might be lengthened, with her. She shall have no more of and that he might not be cut off in me than you shall have. If the devil the bloom of youth, and exuberance should have all, that is absolute-Will of levity ;-at that season when man that suffice?" Alas! he is not him- is more apt to speak than calculate, selt," said old Isaac," and has nearly and to act than consider, even though been guilty of blasphemy. We must speech should be crime, and action irnot irritate him farther. All that we retrievable ruin. "Spare and recover can do, is to join in prayer that the him, O merciful Father, yet for a little Lord will lay no more upon him than while,” said he, “ that he may have he is able to bear, that he will heal his eyes opened to see his ruined state his wounded spirit, and restore him both by nature and by wicked works ; to the use of reason; and that, in the for who among us liveth and sinneth midst of his wanderings, should he blase not, and what
changes may be made pheme, the sin may not be laid to in his dispositions in a few years or a his charge. Gawin the shepherd was few months by thy forbearance ? about to speak and explain something Thou takest no pleasure in the death that apparently affected him; the dy of sinners, but rather that all should ing youth had likewise raised him- repent and turn unto thee and live; self up on his elbow, and with an therefore, for his immortal soul's sake, angry countenance was going to reply; and for the sake of what thy Son hath but when the old man took off his suffered for ruined man, spare him
till he have time and space to repent. ther, said he wanted something. “It Should his youthful mind have been is yours-your hand that I want," tainted with the prevailing vice of in- said the youth, in a kind and express fidelity, so that he hath been tempted sive tone. Isaac started, he had to lift up his voice against the most judged him to be in a state of delirisacred truths revealed by thyself; and um, and his surprise may be conshould he, like all the profane, have ceived when he heard him speak been following his inclinations rather with calmness and composure. He than his judgment, how is he now gave him his hand, but from what he prepared to abide the final result? or bad heard fall from his lips before, to be ushered into the very midst of knew not how to address him. “You those glorious realities which he hath are a good man," said the youth, hitherto treated as a fiction ? And “ God in heaven reward you !' how shall he stand before thee, when “What is this I hear?" cried Isaac he discovers, too late, that there is in- breathless with astonishment. “Have deed, a God whose being and attri. the disordered senses been rallied in butes he hath doubted, a Saviour one moment ? Have our unworthy whom he had despised, a heaven into prayers indeed been heard at the which he cannot enter, and a hell throne of omnipotence, and answered which he can never escape? Perhaps so suddenly? Let us bow ourselves lie hath been instrumental in unhing- with gratitude and adoration. And ing the principles of others, and of for thee, my dear young friend, be of misleading some unwary being from good cheer, for there are better things the patlıs of truth and holiness; and intended toward thee. Thou shalt even in the flush of reckless depravi. yet live to repent of thy sins, and to ty, may have deprived some innocent, become a chosen vessel of mercy in loving, and trusting being, of virtue, the house of him that saved thee." and left her a prey to sorrow and de “If I am spared in life for a little spair ; and with these and more while," said the youth,“ I shall make grievous crimes on his head, all un- atonement for some of my transgresrepented, and unatoned,-how shall sions, for the enormity of which I am appear before thee?"
smitten to the heart." At this part of the prayer, the sobs “ Trust to no atonement that you behind the bed became so audible, can make yourself,” cried Isaac ferthat it made the old father to pause vently. " It is a bruised reed, to shortly in the midst of his fervent which, if you lean, it will go into your supplications at the footstool of grace, hand and pierce it; a shelter that and the dying youth, was heard to will not brook the blast. You must weep in suppressed breathings. Isaac trust to a higher atonement, else went on, and prayed still for the suf- your repentance shall be as stubble, ferer as one insensible to all that pas or as chaff that the wind carrieth sed, but he prayed so earnestly for his away.” forgiveness, for the restoration of bis « So disinterested !" exclaimed right reason, and for health and space the youth. “Is it my wellbeing alone for repentance and amendment, that over which your soul yearns ? This the sincerity of his heart was appar- is more than I expected to meet with ent in every word and every tone. in humanity! Good old father, I am
When he rose from his knees there unable to speak more to you to-day, was a deep silence, no one knew what but give me your hand, and promise to say or to whom to address himself, to come back to see me on Friday. for the impression made on all their If I am spared in life you shall find minds was peculiarly strong. The me all that you wish, and shall never only motion made for a good while more have to charge me with ingratiwas by the soft young man at the tude." In the zeal of his devotion, table, who put on his bonnet as he Isaac had quite forgot all personal inwas wont to do after prayers, but re- juries. He did not even remember membering that the minister was pre that there were such beings as his sent, he slipped it off again by the grandchildren in existence at that ear, as if he had been stealing it from time; but when the young man had his own head. At that instant the said those words, that “he should find dying youth stretched out his hand. him all that he wished, and that he Isaac saw it, and looking at his mo would no more be ungrateful,” the
sobs and weeping behind the bed grew officious dame. “ I cannot tell what so audible, that all farther exchange it was that I missed," said old Isaac, of sentiments was interrupted. The “but methought I felt as if I had youth grasped the old father's hand, left something behind me, that was and motioned for him to go away, and mine." he was about to comply, out of re Isaac went away, accompanied by spect for the feelings of the sufferer, his old acquaintance Gawin, the shepbut before he could withdraw his hand herd, but left not a dry eye in the from the bed, or rise from the seat on dwelling that he quitted. It was but which he had just sat down, the two days till Friday, and on that day weeping fair one burst from behind Isaac had formed a resolution to see the bed; and falling on his knees with them all again. her face, she seized his hand in both hers, kissed it an hundred times, and batbed it all over with her tears. Isaac's heart was at all times soft as
NARRATIVE was, and at that particular time in a NORTHERN AFRICA, IN THE YEARS mood to be melted quite he tried to 1818, 19, AND 20. soothe the damsel, though lie himself was as much affected as she was but
The termination of the Niger is her mantle was still over her head, and
the great problem of African geograhow could he know her ?-His old dim phy, the solution of which has hithereyes were moreover so much suffused
to baffled all the efforts of European with tears, that he did not perceive travellers. Nor need we much wonthat mantle to be the very same with der at this, considering the unexamhis own, and that one hand must have pled risks to which Europeans are nebeen the maker of both. He shook cessarily exposed in the prosecution her hand so close below her bosoin, that of this object, from the climate of the his had not room to move, then draw country peculiarly hostile to their coning it forth, he embraced her neck stitutions, from the fatigues and priand shoulders, saying, “Be comforted, vations to be undergone, and from the love, he will mend–He will mend, barbarous and lawless character of the and be yet a stay to you and to thein government, under which there is no all—be of good comfort. dear love.”
adequate security either for person When he had said this, he wiped his
or property. The life of an African eyes hastily and impatiently with the
traveller is a continual series of lap of his plaid, seized his old pike
If he succeeds staff
, with the head turned round like in conciliating the government and crummy's horn; and as he tottered people by a feigned compliance with through the floor, drawing up his their religion and customs, he has still plaid around his waist, its purple rus
in the climate an equally formidable tic colours caught his eye, dim as it enemy to contend with; and when was; and be perceived that it was not lie is once disabled by sickness, he is his tartan one with the gaudy spangles,
at the mercy of the ferocious set of but the grey marled one that was
wretches by whom he is surrounded, made to him by his beloved daughter. who, far from aiding him, or contriWho can trace the links of association buting to his recovery, are only awaitin the human mind? The chain is ing the moment of his decease to plun. more angled, more oblique, than the der him. That none of the numerous course marked out by the bolt of hea- and brave men who have adventured ven-as momentarily formed, and as
on the field of African discovery, quickly lost. In all cases, they are in- should, amid these coinplicated evils, definable, but on the mind of old age, have succeeded in penetrating into they glance like dreams and visions of something that have been, and are for ever gone. The instant that Isaac's
• Accompanied by Geographical Noti
ces of Soudan, and of the course of the eye fell on his mantle, he looked hastily and involuntarily around him, variety of Coloured Plates, illustrative of
Niger, with a Chart of the Routes, and a first on the one side and then on the the Costumes of the several Natives of other, his visage manifesting trepida- Northern Africa. By Captain G. F. Lyon, tion and uncertainty. “Pray what R. N. Companion of the late Mr Ritchie. have you lost, Sir ?" said the kind and London. John Murray. 1321.
the heart of the country, and com- they purposed to set out to the southpletely explored this unknown re ward for the purpose of exploring the gion, is certainly not to be won interior. At Tripoli they were introdered at. We may rather admire duced to the Bashaw, who was made the astonishing perseverance which fully acquainted with their views, and has enabled them to brave so many also to the Viceroy of Fezzan, named dangers, and to traverse so large à Mukni, who was lately returned from portion of a country inhabited by a slave hunt, and had brought from such an unfriendly race, of uncouth the interior a numerous body of capand ferocious manners, and of a hos- tives and many camels, and was in contile faith. We ought rather to be sequence in great favour with the Bagrateful for the various and interest- shaw. He also promised them proing information which we have re- tection, and they waited at Tripoli ceived from the different adventurers until he should return to Mourzouk, who have visited Africa, than grudge the capital of Fezzan, when they prothat they have not performed impos- posed to accompany his caravan. His sibilities, by subduing the insur- departure was delayed for some time, mountable obstacles to their further and they employed the interval in asprogress, which grew up almost at suming the dress of the country, and every step.
instructing themselves in all the miAfrica, it is true, has not yet been nutiæ of its religion and manners. fully explored. But it is like a for While in Tripoli a grand procession tress besieged on all sides; it has of the Maraboots, a certain order of been assaulted from every quarter- Mahometan priests, took place, of from the east, west, and north; but which Mr Lyon gives an amusing acthough we have seized some of the count. These priests, he observes, outworks, the body of the fortress still are of two classes,-idiots who are alholds out. We must not imagine, lowed to say and do whatever they however, that our incursions into the please, and men possessed of all their country have been wholly useless. senses, who, by juggling and performThey have brought us information ing many bold and disgusting tricks, which is not only highly useful and acquire the right of being the interesting in itself, but which will greatest rogues and nuisances in the enable us to shape our course aright whole community. They assemble in in any future researches which we mosques every Friday afternoon, eating may attempt. Each successive adven- snakes, scorpions, &c. affecting to be turer in Africa clears away some of inspired, and committing every ridi. the obstacles that impede the track of culous extravagance. Mr Lyon, at discovery, and makes it more easy for the hazard of his life if he had been future travellers: and thus, by slow discovered, witnessed the annual prodegrees, and by various and persevering cession of the Maraboots, which beattempts, will the whole of this conti- gan on the 9th January 1819. These nent be at length laid open to the eager saints run about the streets, affecting curiosity of Europe. We must succeed to be furious, and playing a thousand at last. Some adventurer, inore fortu, disgusting and ferocious tricks. nate than the rest, though not more
“ During the time the Maraboots," says prudent or courageous, will grasp the MrLyon," who are guarded and attended by wished for prize, for it seems impos a great number of people) are allowed to pasible that so much energy, and such rade the streets, no Christians or Jews can various and well directed efforts, with any safety make their appearance, as should long continue to be exerted in they would, if once in the power of these vain.
wretches, be instantly torn to pieces ; inThe present work contains an ac
deed, wherever they show themselves, on count of the mission of Mr Ritchie, their terraces or from their windows, they who travelled into the interior of Afri
are sure of a plentiful shower of stones from ca under the orders of the British
the boys who are in attendance." p. 9. vernment. He was accompanied by
“ As we passed through one of the streets,
(he continues) a party of Maltese and other Lieutenant Lyon of the royal navy, and Christians were discovered on a terrace, and by John Belford, a ship-wright from were instantly assailed by showers of stones. the dock-yard at Malta. They met at I observed, that whenever the Marāboots Tripoli 25th November 1818, whence passed the house of a Christian, they affect