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NEW-YORK, MAY, 1838.
BY MRS. ANY S. STEPHENS.
quiet slumber. The moutlı piece of his hooka lay ATTACK OF THE BOA-CONSTICTOR. idly between his thin lips, its jewelled lengths glittered
against his silken vest and then burst away, coil after coil, like a serpent writhing in a bed of flowers, till it
ended in a bowl of burning opal stone, from which a A cloud of gorgeous light flushed over the sky, spread wreath of perfumed smoke stole languidly upward and upward and abroud, and, for a moment, the rich colors
the azure drapery like clouds moving in of an Eastern sunrise pictured themselves upon the hori- the depths of a summer sky. Directly opposite, on a zon like an arch of fretted gold and powdered gems, pile of orange colored cushions, lay a female, young and broken and irregular--now standing out in abutments of beautiful as a houri. Her robe of India muslin, starred fiery light or sinking back to the depths of the sky in and spotted with gold, was open in front, betraying a caves of crimson, purple and pale violet, then flinging neck of perfect beauty and but half concealing the graceup
turrets of amber and soft rose color to the zenith | ful outline of her person; her bright hair was banded and at last melting away in a sea of sheet gold, as ihe back from her forehead with a string of orient pearls, suu rose from bebind the green trees of Hindostan. and fell over the silken cushions in a multitude of long It was the hour of worship; the dawn had scarcely black braids, so long as almost to reach hier feet while
- broken over the Ganges when the snowy temples and she retained her reclining position. She had the full W picturesque mosques which stood bedded in the fo- large eye of her fiery cline, long cut and full of brightliage, and crowned the rocks which shot over the streani
ness, but shaded with heavy, silken lashes, which lent with their drapery of crceping vines, were llung open.them a languishing and almost sleepy softness. A smile From every casement and fairy lattice were lavish
was continually melting over her full, red lips, and the ed forth showers of lotus blossoms, with glossy green whole espression of her face was one of mingled softness
the leaves and buds ful of odor, the Brahmins' tribute
Behind her cushions stood a youth of holy waters, till the river, from shore to shore, seemed slender, active form, with a high, finely moulded forbursting into blossom beneath the warm sunshine. While head, and eyes kindling with the fire of u proud but rethe crested waves were trooping forward like crowds of strained spirit. Yet, though his port was almost regal bright winged spirits sporting and rejoicing together and his bearing princely, he was in the humble costume among the blossopis thus lavished upon them, a budgero, of a Hindoo slave. The band which should have been or state barge, followed by a train of baggage-boats, familiar with the sabre hilt, was occupied in waving a shot out from the shadow of a grove of banian trees, fan of gorgeous feathers above the reclining princess. and with its silken penants strcaming to the morning Occasionally, when the fair girl would close her eyes as if air made its way up the stream.
lulled to sleep by the musical dipping of the ho It was a princely sight—that long, slender boat-as it would fis thosc espressive eyes upon ber, as the devoteo lashed out into the broad sunshine-its gilded prow dwells upon the form of his idol. The bold menial had curving gracefully up from the water in the form of a dared to look upon the loveliest maiden and the loftiest
peacock with burnished wings, jewelled crest and neck princess in all Hindostan, with eyes of love. And she, H of scaly gold—the sides swelling gently out at the the brightest star of her father's court, the affianced
bows and sloping away to the stern, till they met in two bride of a prince, as proud and as wealthy as her own gilded horns of exquisite workmanship, the smaller ends haughty sire,—had she forgotten her lofty caste to lavish twisted together and forming the extreme point of the her regard on the person of a slave ? Those who had
boat. The rose colored mouths curved gently outward, looked upon the expression of those soft eyes, unclosing ke from which a hoard of fruit, colored and carved to a beneath his passionate gaze, as the starry blossoms open
perfect semblance of nature, seemed bursting away over to the sunbeams, might have read an answer which spoko the foaming waters as she cut her path graceful through much for the warm-hearted woman, but little for the them, leaving along wreath of foam, curling and flashing dignity of regal birth. in her track. In the brondest part of the deck stood a The old Rajah, as he reclined, apparently half asleep, small pavilion, its dome paved with mother of pearl and marked the mingled glances of the youthful pair, and a studded with precious stones ; its pillars of Nuted ivory wicked, crafty expression stole over his face; a light half hidden by a rich drapery of orange and azure silk, gleamed out from his half opened eyes, which told how fringed and festooned to the fretwork of the dome, with dark and subtle were his secret thoughts,- he lay like a ropes of heavy silk, twisted and tassalled with silver. serpent nursing its venom for a sudden spring. Within the pavilion, on a carpet glowing with the The day was becoming sultry, and the train of boats rich dies of Persia, half sat, half reclined, an elderly made its way slowly up the shadowy side of the stream. native, robed in all the splendor of an oriental prince, The oars men bent wearily over their cars, for the atmoswith his eyes half closed and apparently dropping into || phore, which slumbered about them, liad become oppres
șive, svith the perfume which rose in clouds from the 'maniac, she fell upon the deck, and with her face buried in oleander thickets, and tha thicasand budding vines that her hands lay quivering in overy limb like a dying creature. fung their garland's over "lie water, and chained the “ Peace!" thundered the old Rajah, lifting her form tree-top in'o ove sea of blossoming vegitation. A short from the deck and singing it on the cushions, “ Peace, distance up, the high bank curved inward, and a little, ingrate! What is the dog of a slave to thee? Look up cove lay glittering in the sunlight, hedged in by u slop-' and witness his just punishment!” As if nothing could ing hill which was covered with rich herbage and crown. appease his thirst for vengeance, he tore the hands from ed by a thick grove, heavy with ripe bananas and other the shuddering creature's face, and again half lifting her Eastern fruits. On the lower swell of the bank, two from the pile of cushions forced her to look upon the lofty palm trees shot up into the air, branching out at appalling scene. The serpent had coiled itself around the top, in a cloud of thick green folinge, impervious its victim, while yet one part of its huge length was almost, to the hot sunshine, which fell broadly on that twisted about the palms. She gazed with a dizzy brain side of the river.
on the motiled folds as they writhed glistening and The old Rajah fixed his eyes on the stately palms, as swelling eagerly around, their struggling rictim. She the boat gradually neared them; while he gazed, the glit saw the glossy neck, flung upward with a curve that tering branches which had hitherto remained motionless, brought the head with its fierce gloating eyes, and its began to tremble and wave to and fro. The leaves forked tongue quivering like a fiery arrow from the open shivered ; a low rustling sound was heard, as is a cur- jaws, over the crouching slave. A low smothered cry rent of wind bad suddenly burst over them; and then of mortal agonyarose from the boa:,—then a shout and a the head and half the body of a linge serpent shot up rush of men from the grove. She saw the gleam of from the mass of leaves, swayed itself back and forth their batchets and pikes as they fell upon the monster. in the sunshine for a moment, and then darted back with. She saw the horrid folds that begirt her lover relax, and the same rustling sound into his huge nest of leaves.' then with a faint gusp she se!l back in her father's arms The old Rajah's eyes kindled with a subtle fire; and he sick and entirely senseless. Dog!" cried the fierce commanded his attendants to enter a baggage boat and old man, seizing the rescued slave as he ascended the proceed to the bananu grove for a supply of fresh fruil.; side of the burge pale and haggard as a corpse, yet " Moor the boat in the inlet beneath the two palms, bearing the lilies which his mistress had ordered in his and let Jaje remain with her,” he commandei, arms—" Tog! crocadile!! Thou hast escaped the serpointing to the handsome slave who stood behind his pent, but who shull save thee from the vengeance of a daughter. The slave made his sałam, and was about to ! disgraced father !" The old mau's cimeter tiashed upstep into the boat, when the princess called to him : ward as he spoke. The slave drew his fine form proud“ Thou shalt not remain idle,” she said with a smile, 1 ly to its height and fixed his stern, cum eyes full on the “let thy task be to gather some of those lilies which ! old Rajal’s, Rash old man” he said, “what would spring up from that bed of white sand, just within the you of me? true I have won the love of your daughter, cove, and scatter them over my cushions should I be į but if you seek vengeance for the wrong, claim it not of asleep when the boat returus, their perfume will bring Taje, the slave, but of the prince Arungzebe, her assime pleasant dreams."
anced husband, for, by the holy stream which hears us, The slave bent his turbaned head and sprang into the ! I am that man!" boat. The princess half rose from her cushions and The Rajah's eye quailed beneath that stern glance watched the party as they drew towards the shore. The and the cimeter fell to the deck with a ringing sound. slave, Tuje, moored the boat and bronght an arıful of the The youth calmly put away the hand which the fierce beautiful white lilies she had desired, and laid them care old man had fised on his arm, and taking a sealed parchfully in the prow, where lo scated himself to wait for 'ment from the folds ot' his turban gave it to him. The his companions. Iler eyes were fixed with a kind of Rajah took it with a shaking hand—alanced at the sigdreamy abstractedness on the cove,when she saw the tops nature and then opened his arms to receive his son inof the palm trees in commotion; the heavy leaves be law. The youth leaned for a moment on his bosom gan to shiver again and the slender branches crashed, as j and then they went into the pavilion together. When with the force of a hurricane. As she looked, that huge the princess awoke from her swoon, her father was sitberpont began to coil itself like the stem of a great vine, ting on his carpet smoking his nooka, as quictly as if downward, around the palm ; his peck glistening, his nothing had happened. The scent of freshly gathered head thurst out a little froni the trunk and his hungry eyes lilies hung about her cushions, and her rescued lover fixed on the slave who had dropped asleep in the boat. was bending over her. “Oh I have had a terrible The princess sprung to her feet with u cry of horror, and dream" she said passing her slender hand over her eyes, then stood motionless, and white as death; her fingers “a—but you are very pale, was it real?” She sturted up locked and her pale lips moving, but speechless. She and looked toward the cove. The two palm trees was striving to cry out, but her voice was choked in her stood towering in the sunshine, the bark here and there throat. She saw the monster thurst his licad far out from torn from their trunks, and the thick branches broken the trunk of the palm, and then the horrid glitter of his and dangling in the air, like rent banners streaming back as he untolded coil atter coil, and flung half his over a battle field, the heavy grass was trampled and length into the bout, gleamed before her distended eyes. soiled with blood, and a huge boa-constrictor lay stretch
that rung over the waters like the shriek of a ed upon the white sand mutilated and dead.
With a cry,
Ricaredo, particularly his parents, for he was their only THE POISONED JELLY; son, and noted for virtue, valor and intelligence. The OR, THE COURT LADY'S REVENGE. physicians who were assembled around Ricaredo could Translated from the Spanish.
not discover the nature of his ailment, and instead of
“ Beautiful Isabella!” he After a battle between the Spirnish and Englisli, / solved to declare his love.
said ; “ which terminated in the capture of the city of Cadiz by
thy virtue, thy grace and loveliness, have been the latter, a great quantity of booty was carried off by the cause of this disorder which is reducing me to the
If thou would'st save my life, consent to be the victors to their ships. Among other things, Clotal- | grave.
mine. I dare not ask thee of my parents, fearing their do, the captain of an English ship, took with him to
I London a pretty girl of about seven years old. This dizpleasure ; but if thou wilt pledge thy faith to me, was ngainst the will and knowledge of their commander, I will give thee mine. Although this must be in secret, it the Earl of Essex, before whom the parents of the lost will bring healing and calm to my sorrowing heart.child appeared, and besought him to command her Hope will give me strength to wait in patience until restoration, saying their wealth they had resigned wil that happy day when the holy church-with my parents' lingly, for even in poverty they could be happy if not
leave—will make thee wholly mine." deprived of the light of their eyes--the prettiest crea
While Ricaredo spoke, Isabella listened with downture in all Cadiz.
cast eyes. Her modesty and dignity equalled her bean
“ Since the The Earl sent a proclamation through the squadron, ty, and after he had ceased she replied:
I cannot determine commanding the child to be restored under pain of death rigor or clemency of Heaven to the offender. Clotaldo, however, was not to be mov
which-lias deprived me of my parents, and delivered cd by either threats or rewards, for he had taken a
me to the care of yours, Señor Ricaredo-grateful for fancy to the girl; he therefore kept her concealed until the many benefits and kindnesses they have showered his arrival in England. The unhappy parents were
upon me, I have determined never to oppose my will to obliged to remain without their child, who had been
iheirs. However pleased I miglit be at the honor yon given to Clotaldo's wife, to be reared as her daughter.
iviend me, I could not by word or look do aught against Clotaldo possessed but one child, Ricaredo, who, with their knowledge. Should you be so fortunate as to obhis parents were Catholics in secret; but in public at
tain your parents consent, then, Señor, my faith should
be tended the worship of their Protestant queen. Catali. yours-pure and unswerving." na, the wife of Clotaldo, loved the young captive as if
The lovely and discreet Isabella now ceased, nnd her she were her own child. She caused her to be taught words so charmed Nicaredo that he revived from thut all useful and ornamental branches, and in fact educated
His parents were rejoiced at his rapid reher as if she were the daughter of'noble parents, hoping covery, which to them appeared miraculous, until he thus to make her contented with them. Isabella, how- confided to his mother the cause of his illness. After a ever, (for this was her name) often sighed for her former | long explanation of his feelings and views, he ended by home, and expressed a determination never to forget saying, to dony him Isabella was to sentence him to her native language. To please her, Clotaldo often death. He so set forth the virtues and goodness of Isabrought Spaniards secretly to his house that they might bella, that he at last brought his mother to think it would converse with her in her own tongue. Isabella grew up
be much to his advantage to obtain this peerless creabeautiful and accomplished, and possessed one of the ture, and even if any one married beneath their desert most enchanting voices in the country. All these
it would be the Spanish maiden. She gave her son
graces combined with her loveliness and sweet temper, so wore
hopes of gaining over his father and induce him to con. upon Ricaredo, that he became deeply attached to her. sent to his wishes. So well did the Lady Catalina fulfil At first he looked upon her as a sister, and gazed into her promise that she never ceased entrealing her husher beauteous face and watched her strengthening vir- band until at last he agreed to send excuses to the tues; but as she grew up, his passion increased, and at
Scotch girl, to whom his son was allianced, and permit last he determined to possess himself of so charming a
him to wed the lovely captive, At that time Isabella Many times he determined to impart his was fourteen, and Ricaredo twenty, nud, although in the wish to marry Isabella to his parents, but feared their green ard fiowory years of youth, they possessed the disapprobation, as he was betrothed to a noble Scotch prudence and discretion of age, lady, also a Catholic, and he could scarcely hope to be permitted to break with her to marry a slave, as Isabella was in fact. Pensive and perplexed Ricaredo Time new on, and now only four days were to be passed his days, and in anxiety to render his life happy, || passed ere ibe parents of Ricaredo were to present him almost lost it. He roused himself at length from his with a bride, who, poor and a captive as she was, they despondency, thinking it but a coward's part to suffer gladly preforred to the Scorch maiden, with all her and die in secret, without making any effort io amelio- boundless wealth. The relations and guests were all rate bis fate-he resolved to open his heart to Isabella. invited, the wedding feast was prepared and nothing Anxiety of mind brought on a fit of sickness, which remained but the Queen's consent to the marriageafllicted all the house, as they were much attached to without which no one of noble Llood were permitted to
wed; but secure of her ready acquiescence, Clotaldo, Arrived at the prilace, they were ushered into the had neglected until now to ask it.
grand saloon, whero the Queen sat surrounded by her He had arranged to go on the following day, when court. A rare and noble picture would that scene havo that evening their happy family circle was agitated by inade. When Clotaldo and his train of gay cavaliers the arrival of a messenger from the Queen, who brought had advanced a few paces that spacious and gorgethe Queen's command that Cataldo should the next ous apartment, they remained motionless, while Isabelmorning bring before her majesty the Spanish girl whom la moved alone tov:ards the Queen. So dazzling was he had captured at Cadiz. Striving to appear calm,' her beauty, and so brilliant her attire, that she seemed Clotaldo replied, “ He would willingly comply with the like eve’s early star which sails alone through the sumQueen's request;" and the messenger departed, leaving' mer sky—or midnight exhalation floating in the peacetheir bosoms filled with alarm and surprise.
ful night-or the sun's first ray bursting through some “Ah me," said the Lady Catalina ; “if the Queen: crevice on the mountain's top, and falling in one bright should discover I had brought up Isabella a Catholic, j etreak upon the plain below. As a fiery comet prognosshe would then suspect we were all of that persuasion, ricates a drowning or burning world, so did the appearand we should be ruined! If the Queen question you ance of this miraculous beauty forete the conflagra. regarding the manner in which you have been educated i'tion of many a scul around. With easy dignity and during the eight years you have been with us, be careful, graceful humility, Isabella approached the Queen, and, child, not to say any thing which might condemn us.” kneeling before lier, addressed her in the English
“Give yourself no uneasiness, my lady,” said Isabel- tongue. la. “I rely on heaven, and believe, through Divine Will your ma'esty permit your humble slave to kiss mercy, words will there be given me which will bring your royal hand ?" she said. “No longer lowly slave, you no harm, but rather redound to your honor.” but lady proud, since the high honor has been mine to
Ricaredo trembled, as if he already foresaw the evils, view your greatness.” which would ensue. His father endeavored to relieve The Queen guzed in silence upon the kneeling girl, his fears, and bade him rely upon the prudence and dis-, unable to speak, so much was she struck by the bright cretion of Isabella, whom he knew would come back vision before her. "She seemed to be gazing upon a soon to them safe from harm. Again he implored Isa- starry sky," she said to her Camarera, or lady of the bella to conceal from the Queen their religion. “For,''bed-chamber; the pearls and diamonds which covered he added—“ if the spirit is willing to suffer martyrdom, Isabella flashing like stars, her lovely face and eyes the to the flesh it would be bitter."
sun and moon, while the whole was a marvel of brilIsabella renewed her protestation of prudence, for, ' liancy and beauty. The ladies who surrounded the although she know not what questions would be asked Queen were loud in her praise; some lauding her lusher, she trusted in help from on high. The night passed', trous eyes, others her fine skin, or perfect form, or sweet in these discourses, and hope and fear alternately pre-li voice, while those who sought through envy to find some vailed. At length Clotaldo consoled them with the fault, could only say ,—“ The Spanish girl is pretty hope that the Queen merely wished to see one who had enough, but I do not admire her dress.” been so much lauded for beauty. He trusted to excuse
e The Queen raised Isabella, saying—"Speak to me in himself for not bringing her to court before, by saying, | Spanish, damsel, for I understand that language, and he wished to educate her as the wife of his son, Ri-| love it well.” Then calling Clotaldo, she said, “ You caredo.
have done me a wrong, Clotaldo, in keeping this treaIt was agreed by all, Isabella should not appear in the sure so many years from me; but in truth there is humble garb of a prisoner, but as the bride of a noble-enough here to move any one's avarice. You must give man, and a Spanish lady; accordingly a rich Spanish her up to me as she is mine by right.” dress was soon arrangel, in which Isabella was attired. Your majesty speaks truth,” replied Clotaldo. “My She wore a Saya, or trained gown of green satin, fault has been great, if it is one, to have kept this jewel slashed and bordered with cloth of gold. The skirt of that I might polish it to its utmost perfection, ere I prethe dress was richly embroidered with pearls, while sented it before your majesty. To-day I should have chains of the same encircled ench slash. A costly col- come 10 ask your royal licerse to wed her to my son, lar of diamonds lay upon her white neck, and a cinture Ricaredo ; and in giving them both to you, I should of the same bound her delicate waist; while her lusu-have laid at your gracious feel my most costly gists.” riant hair was twisted and secured with diamonds. In 'Tis well," said the Queen; “but I desire no other this splendid dress, and glowing with youth and loveli- name for her than Isabella, the Spanish girl. Clotaldo, ness, Isabella passed through the streets of London, how comes it you promised her to your son without my seated beside Ricaredo and his parents, in a handsome permission ?" carriage. All eyes were riveted upon this beauteous “I was to blame, my royal mistress, but I hoped the vision as she passed, drawing the gazor's soul to follow services myself and ancestors have rendened to this her. Behind them rode a gallant train of relations and kingdom, might obtain for me a greater boon than friends ; Clotaldo desiring them to show her this honor license to marry my son. My son is not wedded yet, that the Queen and all the court might see she was con-| lady." sidered as the bride of his son, and be thus intimidated "Nor shall be !" said the Queen, "until he merits from offering her any harm.
her. Not for the services of his father nor forefathers,