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cigar to my dog nose! I must have de satisfaction, or de meets by chance with Veronica, the daughter of an Arapology, tout-de-suite.'
menian banker, and the consequence is a mutual attack " But, sir, I have not insulted you.'
ment. Soon after their first interview, Ghika has the “ Sare, you insult my dog-he is von and de same ting
good fortune to save the life of the old banker, who hex --mon chien est un chien de sentiment. Ile feel de affront all de same vid me I feel de affront all de same vid him.
been assailed in the midst of a festive party by a drunken Tous n'auro qu’choisir, Monsieur
janissary. In the confusion which ensiles, the love “« Between you and your dog?' answered N'Elvina find a moment to express their feelings to each other. - Well, then, fd rather ficht the de'
veral stolen meetings which subsequently take place, STT. " Bah! firlit de dor-ded cannot fir'it, sare: naist to boighton their love. The espionage of an Italia je prison maire et son ami, and I will fi, lit for him.' Loriest, however, ferrets out the astounding fact, that I
6. Weil, then, Monsieur, I did insult your dog, I must acknowledge, and I will give him the satis action which
ronica has been seen and loved by an heretical Grrek, 23 you require
in consequence, the good-luumoured duenna who had mo. “ And how will you give de satisfaction to de dog?" nived at their meetings, is kicked out of doors, and th:
«« Why, sir, you said just now that he was un chien family take flight for a country house on the banks of ile besucoup de continuent; if he is so, he will accept, and Bosphorus. properly appreciate, iny apology.'
Ghika pursues the fugitives, and takes up his ate! •• Ah, sire,' replied the Frenchman, relaxing the stern
rn | with a poor Greek, whose house adjoins the garden i wrinkles of his brow, c'est bien dit ; you will make de apology to de dog. Sans doute, he is de principal; I am only
the Armenians, commanding a view of it from a windet ! de second. C'est une affaire arrannée. Noustache, rien's in the upper story. Sitting at this window he enjors the ici, Moustache' (The dog came up to his master.) • Mon pleasure of hearing all his youthful errors dinned, with a ! sieur est très-faché de t'avoir brulé le nezi'
thousand malicious misrepresentations and comments, in"• Monsieur Moustache!' said M Elvina, taking off bis to his mistress's ears, by two starched female relatiek hat, with mock gravity, to the dog, who seemed determined | Ilaving managed, however, to make Veronica aware of to keep at a respectful distance,Je vous demande mille hi
his propinquity, they bless themselves with conversation €.xcuses.' " Ah ! que c'est charmant !' cried some of the fair sex,
for a few brief stolen moments. But the Padre is on te who, as well as the men, had been attracted by, and were
alert, and soon snuffs out what is hidden behind the ja listening to, the dispute. “Que Monsieur l Anglois est lousies at the foot of the garden. An army of bricklaren dróle ; et voyez Moustache, comme il a l'air content-vrai is summoned, who raise the wall, and build out the ment c'est un chien d'esprit.'
Prince's view. He retorts by raising a wooden phares “* Allez, Moustache,' said his master, who was now all on the roof of the house, from which he can still look smiles, donner la palte à Monsieur-donnez donc. Ah,
down upon the garden. The Armenians prepare to raise sare, he forgive you, I am very sure,-il n'a pas de malice; but he is afraid of de cigar. De burnt child dred de water,
their wall still higher, and there is no saying when the as your great Shakspeare say.'
rival elevations might have been stayed, but for a com. is. C'est un chien de talent ; il a beaucoup de sentiment. motion among the Moslem population, alarmed lest the Je suis bien fâche de l'avoir blessé, Monsieur.'
buildings of the Giaours should overtop the mosques, “« Et Monsieur parle Français ?
which is only allayed by the interference of tbe Mimar" I should esteem myself fortunate, if I spoke your lan- | Aga, who, after extorting a swinging sum from either guage as well as you do mine,' replied M‘Elvina in French.
party, orders the window to be blocked up. “ This compliment, before so many bystauder's, completely won the heart of the vain and choleric Frenchman."
Though debarred the pleasure of meeting, the lovers “6 « Ah, sare, you are too complaisant. I hope I shall | find a medium through which to correspond, and thos have de pleasure to make your acquaintance. Je m'appelle solace their weary days, until one unlucky morning their Monsieur Auguste de Poivre. J'ail'honncur de vous presenter envoy has the audacity to laugh at the tax-gatherer. Be une carte d'addresse. I live on the top of my mother's ing apprehended, a piece of paper with Armenian cbasur l'entresol. My mother live on de ground rez de chaussée.racters is found upon him. The officers of finance, doubtMadame ma mère will be delighted to receive a Monsieur of ful that it may conceal somewhat treasonable, consult the so much vit and addresse.' So saying, away went Monsieur Auguste de Poivre, followed by Moustache, who was all
first Armenian who passes, and he proves to be the broton and de same ting.'
ther of Veronica, who immediately discovers the whole, “* Well, we live and learn,' said M‘Elvina, laughing, as and puts an end to the correspondence. The Prince is soon as the Frenchman was at a little distance; I never roused from the lethargy into which this misadventure thought that I should have made an apology to a dog.' cast bim, by the news that the Armenians have projected "Oh, but,' replied De Briseau, you forget that he was un a pleasure party on the Bosphorus, and hired a boatman chien de sentiment !"_Vol. i. pp. 171-6.
who had long been his creature. Disguised as a Greek They who read novels, will deprive themselves of a sailor, he notifies his presence to his mistress; and after positive enjoyment if they do not read “ The King's Own.” | the party have landed, and are carousing on shore, he
manages once or twice to steal near enough to whisper his
passion to her. The last time he is unlucky; for on reThe Armenians ; A Tale of Constantinople. By Charles
turning to the company, one person remarks that the sup
posed boatman has lost an eyebrow, and Veronica's brotber Macfarlane, Esq., author of “ Constantinople in 1828.”
| discovers the stray ornament adhering to her veil. 3 vols. 8vo. London. Saunders and Ottley. 1830.
The Armenians now fly once more before the enterThe author of this novel, although perhaps a little too prising Ghika to the village of Belgrade, whither he once diffuse in his descriptions of the beauties of nature and more follows them, disguised as an Englishman. His art, and of the peculiarities of costume-a failing which neighbourhood not being suspected by Veronica's family, Inight have been better tolerated in a book of travels, but he obtains several interviews with her, until he is again which hangs teazingly upon our progress when hurried discovered in consequence of their loitering one evening on by a tale of passion-has presented us, nevertheless, too long in the mazes of the forest. The Armenians bewith a work of great and engrossing interest. Although ing now frigbtened back to Pera, by the breaking out of the love adventures of the hero and heroine, the history the insurrection of the janissaries, which ended in the deof their affection, the various obstacles which impede their struction of the whole body, Ghika meets their timorous bliss, and finally the tragical denouement of the story, are cavalcade by the way, having rode out from Constantisimple and natural enough, yet the strong expression of nople expressly to afford them protection, llis assistance passion which peryades the whole, seizes upon us more is accepted by the cowardly banker with sullen acquies. powerfully than any fantastic complexity of plot could cence. He attends them through their dangers, encounhave done.
ters with them the dispersed and desperate soldiery, unPrince Ghika, the son of a hospodar of Wallacbía, til he takes leave of them at their own door, unthanked
almost unnoticed, save by Veronica. Ainong the sights to the burning pit of Ajehennem, its thousand-tongued which meet them on the road, the following is perhaps | voice shall proclaim thy iniquities, and shout at thy eternal tbe most striking :
perdition! For this day's work, again I curse, and curse ihee!'
“ With these words, with this horrid imprecation on his THE DEATII Or TIE JANISSARY.
lips, the gigantic janissary fell to the earth, like a column " The detailed, stupitieil coward that had passed excited from its buse, ar
from its buse, and expired.”-Vol. iii. p. 161-70. little of his sympatlıy; but Constantine's attention was riveted by these hardier souls, nor could be prevent binn
Worn out at last by the persecution of her relations, solf from stopping on the road, as he saw a janissary of Veronica consents to fly with her lover. By dexterous gigantic stature, who was slowly toiling along, drop down, management, she eludes their vigilance; and while they and, after a deep groan, desire soinc friends, who had hither are searching the house from top to bottom, she in a light to supported him, to leave him to bis fate, for he could die
caique is cutting through the Bosphorus to the house of there. " This man wore the dress of an officer. He was one of
Ghika, where a priest is waiting for her. The lovers are the very few superiory of the janissaries that had not been
wedded, but the money and intrigues of the Armenians detached fron the body, and gained over to the Sultan and prevail to tear them astinder. Alter fruitless attempts the system of the Nizam-ıljedid, by the treachery and bri- | to gain his bride, Ghika is banisheil from Constantinople, bery which had been actively at work among them for many and soon after dies of the plague in Wallachia ; --of Veyears, and hard indeed prepared that day's catastrophe. Ironica, who is sent to a convent in Asia Minor, nothing
" As Constantine reined up his horse, he recognised in the more is told. distirured, Allen form of the gigantic janissary, a certain Noured- Agha, whom he had known in former times, and
The only fault we have to find with this book, is one whose llerculean proportions, beautiful manly face, and
which we have already indicated. In his desire to prethick black beard, had frequently excited the stripling's in sent us with an accurate picture of that very extraordivoluntary almiration and envy. But there he lay in the nary people from whom the work takes its name, Mr dust bis voice of thunder softened to a moan, and his al Macfarlane has dwelt upon those minutiæ of dress, ceremost superhuman strength with scarce remains enough to monies, ritual, and superstitious belief, with a minuteness raise his bare and muscular arm to motion to his friends
and detail which makes them unduly, and sometimes even that they should leave bim. “ Some of these desperate fellows, casting a farewell
tiresomely, prominent. In all other respects, the tale is glance at their chief, went on their way; but a certain af- excellent. It has sufficient perplexity to lead us anxiously fection, or respect, or awe, which the gigantic man imposed on, without being so ravelled as to suggest to us a feeling to the last on their barbarous minds, retained a few round of improbability. In this point of view, it much resemthe person of their chief; and after a long shuddering, asbles some of the best tales in the Arabian Nights; which he seemed somewhat to revive, they proposed that he should it likewise resembles in its strange yet attractive mixture rise from the ground, and they would carry him in their
of the gorgeous and the grotesque. There breathes througharms. "** It is of no avail, my friends,' said Noured, opening his
out it, however, a refined and chivalrous feeling of love, eyes, which were glazed and ghastly; 'my hour is come. I
which we would seek for in vain in the Arabian Nights, hear the angel of death rustling his black wings on my burn
and altogether a more elevated spirit and a warmer feeling bead!
ing of humanity. The principal characters are graphic ** Man knows not his destiny until it is accomplished;cally delineated, and the magnificent background - the and while breath remains, there is hope that Azrael has
monotonous grandeur of the Ottoman court, the destrucnot received his warrant. Noured- Aghà was in as bad a tion of the janissaries, and the commotions in Greecestate as this when he was dragged from the hoofs of the
set them off to the best advantage. The author will apMuscore cavalry, in the plain before Shumla, and yet Noured has lived twelve years since then.'
preciate our respect for his talents, when we say he has Iving mau raised his head, and, after a tremendous done more than any man to complete the picture of the effort, and a horrible rattling in his throat, he replied, with East, dashed off by the bold pencil of Thomas Hope, who a hoarse voice, to his friends,
has expressed, we have reason to know, the very highest " · Hark ye! Twelve years ago, my arm was broken by 1 opinion of Mr Macfarlane's work. a Muscove bullet--the grape sbot, that fell thick as hail, wounded me iu trunk and limb- a ghiaour's bayonet threw me to the earth, and a troop of horse charged over me as I lay! But twelve years ago, I was the father of two bold Flora and Pomona ; or the British Fruit and Flouer boys- I had friends -I had hopes - but now!- Have I not Garden ; containing Descriptions of the most valuable seen, this morning, my sous in manhood's pride, my brother, and interesting Flowers and Fruits cullivated in the the friends that gathered under my roof, fall one by one by my Gardens of Great Britain, with Figures drawn and side? Have we not seen ourselves deserted and betrayed, and coloured from Nature. Accompanied by an Analysis of does not triumphant treachery and revenge proclaim that
their Botanical and Pomonological Character, their an order the glorious and the ancient-the order of Iladji
Nature and Mode of Culture ; including a Definition of Bektash, is forever annihilated, and a price set upon each of our heads?'
the Technical Terms used in the Science of Botany, “ Noureil's voice, that had risen as he spoke, here failed with Familiar Instructions for the Drawing and Colourhim-his heavy eyelids dropped over his glazed eyeballs, ing of their Fruits and Flowers. By Charles M'Inand a convulsive movement through all his robust frame tosh, C. M. C.H.S., Head Gardener to his Royal Iligbseemed to indicate that the last dread struggle was passing :
ness Prince Leopold at Claremont; and author of the ut, to the surprise of all, he presently sprang to his feet,
“ Practical Gardener, and Modern Horticulturist.” his eyes again glared with passions indescribable and awful he outstretched both his arms towards Stambool, and ex
London. Printed for Thomas Kelly, 17, Paternoster claimed, in tones that might recall the voice that had quelled
Row. 1829-30. Nos. 1-5. 4to. some hearts in the enemies' ranks,
We are fairly out of breath with Mr M'Intosh's long ""Sultan Mahmood, traitor and caitilf, take my dying curse--my malediction for me and mine! The gaunt spectre
title-page, and advise bim, if he would have us do justice the embodied crimes of man, the accumulation of all the to his next publication, to bring this portion of his work guilt he has committed, which offers itself to his sight as within such limits, that, after transcribing it, there may he is summoned by the dread trumpet of the angel Issrape, be room left in our columns for a few remarks of our froin the quiet grave, at the last day of judyinent, will own. A title-page need not be a prospectus. This to thy eyes assume a form and a magnitude too territic
grievance out of the way, we are happy to be able to state, and vast for thee to behold! The space between earth and sky will be too narrow to contain the embodiment of
that this is one of the best books of its kind we have seen, thy persecutions, thy internal treachery, and thy murders.
and ought to find a place on the table of every amateur The spectre of thy guilt will wave one of its bands over the of gardening. The letter-press, furnished by the author Nile and the Arabian deserts, and the other will reach to of the “ Practical Gardener,” is at once full of informathe desolated lands beyond the Danube! As thou sinkest tion, and calculated for those who are not versed in scientific botany. The plates are most correctly and taste- cuts, is quite a pleasure to look upon; and we are glad fully executed. The Courtpendu Apple, in Part 4, is to say that its more substantial contents will be found absolutely coloured to a deception; and the French Mig- exceedingly instructive and useful. It contains an histononne Peach is rich, soft, and luscious to the eye. The rical and topographical account of all the principal cities Alexander Apple, and the Cactus Jenkinsonia, are also and towns in England, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherfinely executed. Indeed, the only thing approaching to lands, France, and Spain; and the subject is to be cona failure which we have yet seep in this department, istinued in future volumes. The plan is good, and, so far the Calceolaria Corymbosa in the first Number. The as it has gone, bas been most creditably executed. directions for colouring fruits and lowers, a new feature in a work of this kind, are simple and useful.
A Selection of Celtic Melodies, consisting of Original Slow
Highland Airs, Pipe-Reels, and Cainntearachd. Nerer Cases Decided in the Court of Session. Reported by before Published. Selected and arranged by a High
Patrick Shaw, Alexander Dunlop, and J. M. Bell, lauder. Ediuburgh. Robert Purdie. 1830. Pp. 23. Esquires, Advocates. Edinburgh. William Black-1 All these melodies (tbirty-five in number) are well wood. Volume VIII. Parts 1-5. 8vo.
worthy of collection and preservation. Rude and simple This publication, originally possessing considerable merit though they be, they bear a national and strongly markand utility, has begun, of late, to show strong symptoms
ed character. In some instances they are full of a deep of a book-making tendency. The cases are reported with pathos, and in others of a wild and boisterous merriment; a degree of unnecessary detail ;--sometimes cases are re
but still they are all intensely Highland, and by Highported which are of no earthly importance, and sometimes
landers, or persons possessing Highland associations, canthey are reported in such a manner, that no one can make not fail to be considered a treasure. We are, on the out what the point decided is, (vide the case of Guthrie | whole, disposed to like those most which are marked as v. Ogilvie, p. 435.) Without insisting at present on the having been arranged by Finlay Dun; but some of the propriety of more condensed and accurate reports, we others are highly interesting also, and the Editor certaincannot help observing, that the high price of the work is ly deserves well of his musical friends. We should have a positive injury to the profession at large. The Pro- been glad had he prefixed a short account of some of the curators before the Sheriff Court, in a flourishing city in more remarkable airs; and a few notes scattered through the west, possessed an excellent law library, for which, the work would have given it an additional value. as none of them were much addicted to study, they were rather at a loss to find a use. At last some of them
MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. stumbled upon the magnificent conception of lending out the volumes to the neighbouring lairds. The consequence of this maneuvre was, that in a short time you could
THE WOOD DEMON.-A LEGEND OF NORWAY. not find a landed proprietor in the country-side who had By one of the Authors of the “ Odd Volume," less than three lawsuits. Now, if the gentlemen who
Tules and Legends,” g'c. publish these Reports would attend to the moral of our On the border of a little placid-looking lake, in the tale, and bring out their work at such a price that an
| beautiful and picturesque country of Norway, lived a agent might be able to present it as a Christmas gift to
young fisherman, called Uric, who, being of a covetous his friends in the country, the advantage to the profession
and grasping disposition, gruinbled incessantly at the small would be incalculable. Instead of diminishing the num
profit which accrued from his craft, and longed for riches ber of our judges, government would find it necessary to
with an intensity which was not only criminal in itself, double them-chapels of ease would require to be erected
but which the wisest and most reflecting of his neighin every sheriffdom, and, doubtless, every lawyer would
bours prophesied would lead to sin and misery. gladly pay a per centage from his additional profits to
Uric, however, was not without defenders, amongst those learned Editors to whom he owed them.
the foremost of whom was Paul Marken, the father of a beautiful maiden, for wbose hand many lovers fiercely
contended, all whose hopes were crushed by the declaraA Picture of Stirling. A Series of Eight Views, drawn tion of Paul that he had chosen Uric for his son-in-law. by Andrew T. Masson ; engraved by John Gellatly. This determination carried sorrow into many hearts ; but With Historical and Descriptive Notices by Robert | it overwhelmed Oluf, the bandsome young woodsman, Chambers. Stirling. Jolm Ilewit. 1830. 4to. Pp. 52. with consternation and despair ; for he loved the fair
This is a work of much merit. Although the artists maiden with a passionate love, and he knew that he who furnish the pictorial part are hitherto but little
alone was the possessor of her pure and guileless heart. known, they have both executed their tasks with taste
This, however, availed nothing: l'aul Marken, having and skill. The views are well drawn, and picturesque
once formed a resolution, resisted as firmly all entreaties polnts have been chosen ; and the engraving is highly
to change, as the Naze does the thousand waves that satisfactory in its general effects, and clear in its separate
break in fury on its rocky breast. The lovers were in details. The letter-press by « the ingenious Mr Cham. misery : Oluf's grief was loud and vehement: Margaret bers," as Sir Walter Scott calls him, is full of interesting
bent in silence to her stern father's will, and meekly submatter. Altogether, the work is worthy of the fine old
mitted to the fate she could not avert : the ceremony of city it undertakes to illustrate, hallowed as it is, in the
the Festeröl, or Betrothing, was performed, and hope beart of every Scotsman, by a thousand patriotic associa
Uric, meanwhile, cared little for the prize that was al. most within his grasp : his sordid soul was incapable of
feeling a true affection : he loved nothing but wealth, Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopædia.-- The Cities and Princi/ -gold, gold, gold, was his constant cry-and it was lispal Towns of the World. Vol. I. London. Long
tened to. man, Rees, Orme, and Co. Pp. 326.
As he sauntered gloomily one evening amongst the tall
pines which stretched down to the edge of the lake, he Dr LARDNER's publication is certainly the bandsomest, suddenly heard a strain of music which seemed to come in point of external appearance, of all the works which from the heart of the forest. There was something thrillcome out in monthly volumes. The book now before us, ing and uneartbly in the notes, yet Uric listened for a embellished, as it is, with vignettes and numerous wood, few moments without baving any suspicion as to who
was the performer, till, on endeavouring to retrace his plexion attended with many disadvantages ; in fact, there steps and return home, he found himself irresistibly im seems to be a most unreasonable prejudice against it: for pelled to follow tbe sound of the music. On making this myself, I don't think it unbecoming : do you? This ques.. discovery a cold shiver came over hiin, and his teeth chat tion rather discomposed the fisherman; but quickly retered in his head; he attempted to turn and fly, but in covering himself, he declared, upon his honour, that he vain; his limbs, so far from obeying him, their lawful thought his friend had a most expressive countenance, and master, bore him deeper and deeper into the pine forest, that the darkness of his complexion gave him à travelled till he found himself almost at the side of the musician, look that was quite engaging. “Oh! you flatter,” anwhose strains, when heard, drew every living thing around swered the Demon with a low bow ;“ but as, unhappily, him.
every one has not your refined taste, I am anxious to forin The Wood Demon was seated on the trunk of a fallen such an alliance as will ensure a fairer exterior to my tree, playing with all his might to the beasts of the forest, children ; for a person of your judgment must acknowwhich were dancing furiously to the sound of the music: | ledge, that it is the duty of every parent to study the the bear, having just made his luncheon off a fat sheep, benefit of his children." The fisherman politely assented, plunged clumsily about; the deer bounded joyously; the and praised the forethought and consideration of his new wolves performed a rigadoon ; the foxes doubled and friend to the skies. “Let us wave compliments,” re- , doubled, and crossing each other under the very nose of plied the Demon, “and proceed to business. Will you the bear, put him sadly out of the step ; squirrels leaped help me to overcome the foolish reluctance to share my from tree to tree; and the great white owl hopped among lot, which every young girl has shown to whom I have the branches. Meanwhile the Demon, being obliged to attempted to play the agreeable ?” To this proposal Uric mind his hits, said nothing, but cast a glance on Uric, gave an immediate consent, declaring he thought they who immediately felt a strange kind of tingling in his ought not to be indulged in such a foolish prejudice. “I limbs, which in spite of himself cut the most extravagantsee you are a sensible man, Uric,” returned the Demon, capers, and carried him into the very midst of the dancers. “ so I will come to the point at once : the girl whom I
The Demon played louder and louder, and faster and have chosen is Margaret, the daughter of Paul Marken, faster; the bear danced dos-à-dos with Uric; the wolves who lives on the other side of the lake." __“ Oh! you pirouetted with him, and set at the corners; while the have chosen Margaret, have you?" said the fisherinan, foxes took hands round and back again, brushing the taking off his tufted cap and scratching his head. “ Yes, trees with their long tails. This scene proved too much I have chosen Margaret,” retorted the Demon sharply; for the gravity of the Demon, who laughed till the very " have you any objections ?"_" Why, to tell you the woods rung again. As soon as the music stopped, so did truth,” answered the fisherman, “ I was intending to the dancers; the bear sucked his paws, and went off to marry Margaret myself; so that if any other girl would take his siesta; the deer ran to cool themselves in the do as well"- " Any other girl will not do as well,” instream; the wolves withdrew to their dens; the foxes to terrupted the Demon in a rage; “ and I think it is extheir holes; the squirrels disappeared amongst the branches; tremely selfish in you to thwart my wishes, when you and the white owl, tired of all this racketing, fell fast know how much I have the good of my family at heart; asleep.
but this is just the way of the world : one cannot propose Uric and the Demon were now alone. Uric would doing a good action, but some impertinent puppy must fain have made his escape, but as the thought rose in his interfere with his objections and advice. This is all the mind, it seemed to him that the pine trees grew taller thanks I get for my condescension in asking your assistaud taller, and thicker and thicker, and that they thrust ance; but let me tell you, sir, I will woo your bride, out their branches and drew closer together to bar his marry your bride, ay, and bring home your bride, in spite egress.
of your teeth ; and I will keep my gold for those who “ Good morrow, Uric,” said the Demon ; “ I have have a little more sense in their noddles;” and the Demon, loug foreseen that we should become acquainted; pray, sit in a huff, began to shovel the gold back into the sack. down till I'm at leisure to have a little chat with you." “ Don't be so hasty," said the fisherman; “ I have conThe Demon hitched himself to one end of the fallen tree, sidered better of the matter, and as you say that you are and Uric seated himself at the very extremity of the rus resolved to have Margaret, whether I will or not, I don't tic couch. « Excuse me for a few moments," said the see there will be any great harm in giving you my assistpolite Demon; “I have a little business to transact, after ance."_“ None in the world,” replied the Demon, cowhich I shall be at your service." Uric, too much ter ming out of his pet ; “ on the contrary, you will be doing rified to reply, preserved a profound silence. The Demon her an infinite service in making her my bride. She shall then proceeded to untie the mouth of a large sack that lay be Queen of the pine tree: when she wants music, the at his feet, and poured out on the snow a vast quantity birds will sing to her : should she feel inclined to dance, of gold pieces. These the Demon immediately began to you can bear witness that she will have great choice of count over and replace in the sack. Uric's eyes greedily partners : the trees of the wood shall bend their heads to devoured the sparkling treasure; he gradually drew nearer do her homage : she will reign over me," continued the and nearer, till at length by the time that the half of the Demon, with a gallant air ; " and what more could a pile of gold was counted and returned to the sack, Uric reasonable woman desire ?"_" Why, truly,” answered was rubbing elbows with his new friend. “ I fear," said the fisherman, “ you have placed the affair in quite anthe well-bred Demon, “that you may think me deficient other light; and since you assure me she will be happy" in the attentions due to a guest; but perhaps you will “Sir,” interrupted the Demon, laying his hand upon have the goodness to pardon my pursuing my present oc- his breast with a solemn air,“ be assured that it shall cupation, as it is connected with a love affair. In fact, be the business of my life to make her happy,"_“ Since my worthy friend,” continued the Demon, looking mo- that is the case," replied the fisherman," it would cerdestly on the ground, “ I mean to change my condition, tainly be selfish in me to stand in the way of her advanceand this gold is intended as a reward for the person who ment. When would you wish the marriage to take place ?" may help me to obtain a bride."-" Hah!” exclaimed the -" Immediately," answered the Demon; “ but as wcfisherman,-“ What, all that gold ?"_" Poh !" returned men are sometimes unreasonable, as you, my friend, may the Demon, “ this is nothing; I would double it, ay, have observed, and require to be surprised into measures quadruple it, on obtaining my wishes.”—“ Have you intended solely for their good, it may be necessary to use any particular girl in view ?" asked Uric. “ Why, to be a little harmless deceit to bring her hither.”—“Let me frank with you,” replied the Demon, “ I have made a alone for that,” replied the fisherman; “and wow let us choice. You must know,” he continued, in a confiden- settle about the reward : was it four sacks of gold, or five, tial tone, “ that I have found the darkness of my com- that you promised ?"" Oh," answered the Demon,
“that was when I thought you a common kind of fellow; enough ; get on with your story, and cram it into as few but, now that I see you are a man after my own heart," words as possible." " It is soon told," answered Oluf; (the fisherman acknowledged the compliment by a low “Dove a beautiful girl, and she is about to be married to bow,)“ I have a much higher reward in store for you. Go, another.”—“Is that all?" replied the Demon composedly; now, and bring Margaret hither; you will afterwards re-“such little accidents happen every day. And so you turn to your boat, and, by the time you have rowed to | love Margaret, do you ?”—“ How do you know her name the middle of the lake, you will find her laden with gold." | is Margaret ?" asked Oluf, looking up in surprise. -“ May I trust you ?" asked the fisherman. “ On the “How do I know her name is Margaret !” retorted the honour of a Demon, you may."
Demon, sharply ; "you may ask that, truly, when there There was no disputing this: the fisherman ran down is scarcely a tree in my forest that is not scribbled over to the enige of the lake, leapt into his boat, rowed it swiftly with her name; but you might have spared yourself the across, and, hastening to the dwelling of the fair maiden, trouble, for she is engaged."-" I know that," replieil rushed in with such an appearance of consternation, as Oluf; “ and I am ready to die with grief when I think cared Margaret to drop the frying-pan, in which she she is to be sacrificed to such an odious wretch."_" Keep was preparing a cherry pancake for her father's supper. a better tongue in your head, Master Oluf," said the De“Ah! dear Margaret," said the fisherman, with a sor- | mon, tartly, “or it will be the worse for you!”-“I roivful air, “I fear yo'ır worthy father will never eat wonder that you can stand up for hiin," answered Oluf. a puncake again in this world."_" For Ileaven's sake," "I have my own reasons for standing up for him," said Margaret, trembling with affright, “ what has hap- replied the Demon. “I never heard any one speak a pened?"." Don't be alarmed, my love," replied the good word for Uric," said Oluf. “I am not speaking of fi berinan ; " you may perhaps be in time to receive his Uric," answered the travelled-looking gentleman : “ for, last blessing, if he does not bleed to death before you reach to make a long story short, I want a wife, and I have him.”_“Ile is hurt, then?" said Margaret, pale with promised Cric as much gold for her as will make him the terror; “ where is he?"_" In the pine forest : while richest man in the province, and he is to bring her here feling a tree, his axe glanced aside, and almost cut his leg directly. I wish, however, to have your consent to the off. I left him my handkerchief to help to stanch the | marriage: it is a whim, no doubt, to care about having blood, and hastened bere for assistance."
your approbation ; but even great minds are not without Margaret waited to hear no more, but hurried to the their weaknesses."-"I will never consent to it,” exedge of the lake, followed by Uric. They stepped into claimed Oluf, starting up in a fury; "and lric is an the boat, and the tender-hearted Margaret, pleased with execrable villain for agreeing to such a proposal !”_" "Tis bis deep anxiety to reach quickly the other side of the of no use talking, Olut,” said the Demon; “I have taken lake, almost forgot to hate him. Their little voyage ac a fancy to the girl, and my wife she must be. You hare complished, Uric moored his boat under a rocky cliff, and, yourself to thank for this; for it is ten to one if I ever calling on Margaret to follow him, plunged into the fo- would have thought of her, if I had not heard you eterl'est. At every step that Margaret took, the scene be- nally babbling about her. Come now, be reasonable ; came more and more dark and gloomy. Not a breath of give your consent to the match, and I will make over to air was felt; the trees stood immovable; not a leaf rus. you that bagful of gold.”_"I will not sell Margaret for tled; no birds chirped ; not an insect was on the wing all the gold in the world," answered Oluf, giving the sack -every thing seemed dead. There was something in this such a hearty kick, as to make it disgorge great part of its unnatural silence which froze Margaret's blood, and she contents; "and I will defend her to the last drop of my endeavoured to join Uric, who, however, having reasons blood.”_“ So you will not let me marry Margaret ?" said of his own for avoiding conversation, kept considerably in the Demon. “I will not,” replied the young woods advance, till he drew near the appointed spot. He then man, “ And you won't have my gold ?”—“ I spurn it!" paused till joined by his panting and breathless compa he answered proudly. nion. “ Oh! Uric,” said Margaret, bursting into tears, It this point of the conference, Margaret and Uric “ what a long way we have come! I fear-I fear my were seen approaching, and Cric's eyes brightened as be poor father will be dead before we reach him!"_" I am saw the Demon peeping at Margaret through the pine sure he cannot be far off,” answered the fisherman; “but branches, The fisherinan gave a significant nod, put his walk gently on for a few moments, till I examine if this finger on the side of his nose, turned upon his heel, and, is the right track."
as he hastened down to the lake, the Demon watched his While Uric was engaged in the amiable employment of retreat with a grim smile. trepanuing his bride into the clutches of the Wood De- “You are not a bad fellow, after all, Oluf,” said the mon, it so chanced that, on the same evening, Oluf roamed dark-complexioned gentleman to the young woodsman; through the pine forest, bemoaning his hard fate, and, as “ you have stood the test not amiss on the whole, and I he frequently cast up his eyes reproachfully to heaven, he rather like you. Go and kiss Margaret for me; and tell could give but scanty attention to his steps, the natural | her that there is one man left in the world who will not consequence of which was, that he stumbled and fell over sacrifice love to gold. Now take the sack on your back; some substance that lay, most provokingly, right in his I make you a present of its stuffing ; carry Margaret with way. “Ilillo ! friend Olut, can't you look before you,” | you to the lake, and see how I keep my promise to the said the Demon, in a huff; “ do you see that you have covetous fisherman.-Good by.” The friendly Demon shaken half the gold out of the sack?"_“I beg your disappeared; Oluf gathered up the gold, kissed his Marpardon," said Oluf, mildly ; “but I did not see."- garet, and hurried her down to the lake in time to see “Don't bother me with your excuses," answered the De. | Cric leap into his boat, which he rowed away with all mon; “but get down on your knees, and stuff the gold his might. into the bag, for my back is almost broken with stooping No sooner was Uric's foot off the land, than the chain already.” Olut obeyed; but his thoughts were so full of that held every thing silent seemed removed. The wivd grief, that he could not suppress some heavy sighs. “What howled through the pine tree tops; the weeping willows is all this puffing about?" asked the Demon, as he sat quite tossed their long arms about, as if menacing the recreant at his ease on a block of wood. “I am a very unhappy | lover ; the cock of the wood rose proudly on the wing ; the man," replied Oluf, sorrowfully ; “ but I shall willingly eagle hovered over her eyry; and the white owl, awaken. tell you my story, and, as your good-nature is universally / ed from her nap, hooted loudly the perjured fisherman. knowi, I"- "How dare you call me good-natured, Cric, meanwhile, rowed swiftly on; and as he drew fellow ?" said the Demon, angrily ; " it is the very worst near the centre of the lake, he found it tasked his utmost character a man can have: a good-natured man is imposed strength to impel his skiff. The moon at this moment on by his friends, and scouted by his enemies. But emerged from the dense mass of clouds that had obscured