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formed him that they had left their lodg- ,, him more and more dearly, till at last she ings before day-break, to go and live some || condescended to let her's auswer him
in the where else : that Meta regretted much same language. leaving that part of the town, and that she Frank was not the only one who looked wept bitterly. “ What! don't you know at, and found her handsome. A young whither they are gone?", asked Frank. || brewer, a man in very good circumstances, “ Neither 1, nor any one else,” was the an
and much inclined to get married, was in swer: “ her goods have been carried off the habit of seeing her daily, and always by an entire stranger, and God knows imagined he could read in her countenance where he has carried them; for my part Ithat she was possessed of those qualificado not."
tions that are so desirable in a wife. “How To the most dreadful agony of despair, modest she looks,” would he say to himsweet hope succeeded on a sudden. “ If self. “ How much more so will she apthey continue in Bremen,” thought the pear in the fine clothes I shall buy for her! amorous youth, " I shall soon find them | Her piety will draw blessings from above out.” He had noticed her regularity in on my brewery! How happy I shall be going to hear mass every morning, and he when I return home in the evening to accordingly went from church to church, drink sone liquor of my own make in her chapel and convent, having scarce any company!-how-- !how!" The final reother habitation. “ If love can inspiresult of all these exclamations was, that the talents, wherefore should it not also suggest young brewer made a vow of offering a devotion ?" No sooner did Frank enter the huge wax taper to St. Christopher, in case house of God, than he would fall on his he succeeded in his undertaking. He next kvees, and pray for the restoration of his put on his best suit; and as soon as he'saw Meta. One day, that his prayer no doubt Meta passing by on her way to church, le had been more fervent than usual, as he went to speak to Dame Brigité. 'Agreeable was casting his inquisitive looks over the to the custom of those days, all preliminary congregation, he descried, at a certain dis- compliments being over, he very respecttance, a young person kneeling ;-it was fully asked the mother for her daughter's she!-it was Meta! who also prayed to hand, and entered into a detaii of all he posheaven to be granted the high blessing of sessed; namely, an extensive brewhouse, hearing again the dulcet notes of her for a fine town-house, a rich plantation of hops, mer neighbour's lute. When she rose from a country residence, beautiful gardens, and her devotions, she saw him, she met his a large fortune, which increased daily : he eyes fixed upon her; she then cast down next spoke of elegant gowns, fine lace, and her's with the blush of simplicity and inno- costly jewels, both for his intended bride
cence, and slowly proceeded to her new and her mother. The little eyes of Dame e residence, whilst Frank, timid and re- || Brigite sparkled when she heard of all
spectful, as true lovers generally are, fol- | those fineries, and at the idea of possessing lowed, without daring to accost her, for fear a daughter deserving of them. At length Dame Brigite should see him, and carry || her chimera was realized, she had found Meta to such a remote distance that he i the son-in-law who was to restore her to
should be unable to find her again. He, her former comfortable situation : what § therefore, hid himself, as well as he could, | made her still more happy in her mind was,
from that formidable Argus, whicb, indeed, that her daughter must like the man as cost him no little trouble. In order to lose much as she did herself; he was not thirty, no time, she did not always accompany her but so comely in his person, so well made, daughter to church, but she kept a watch and so rich, that he had been surnamed ful eye over her on her way to church and the “ King of Hops," and that all such moback home; Frank, accordingly, must be thers as had girls, to dispose of, always satisfied with seeing her road her prayers, | curtseyed very low to him wherever they hoping he came in for a share. Neither || met him, in hopes of getting the preferwas he deceived: Meta, who always met his eyes turned towards her, and who found
(To be continued.) El them no less eloquent than his lute, loved No. 65.-Vol. X.
HISTORY OF AN INDIA SHAWL.
WITHOUT intruding on my fair readers she died six weeks after her arrival at Casby recounting the many adventures that | siinbazar, after having recommended to i occurred to me prior to my arrival in the me her son, who was brought to my house! year 1771, at the valley called Cassemira, || in the night by a young Indian woman, 1 and which the Persians have most judíciously The babe was wrapped up in that very surnamed the Valley of Happiness, suffice same shawl, at the manufacturing of which it to say, that the Aldee, or village in which I had, as it were, assisted in the valley, and I resided for several months, was in high which I thought it incumbent on me to i renown for its beautiful wool, and the par- || make a present of to the female who had ticular skill of its weavers, whose huts brought me over the infant prince. Six stood on each bank of a stream, to the months had scarce elapsed when I was waters of which was ascribed the superior recalled into France, and forced according. quality of the stuffs manufactured there. || ly to part from the child, whom I committed All the harems and zenanas of Persia, Mo to the care of the Governor of Chandernagul, and Turkey, were tributary to the || gor. elegant produce of the Aldee of Serinagor. On my return from Sirampour, a Danish During my stray in that delightful country, || settlement, where I had gone to bid adieu I would frequently visit the warehouse of to some friends of mine, I was on the point an opulent India merchant, of whom of embarking for Europe, when the cries Almas Aly Kan, Raja of one of the pro of an innumerous crowd on the banks of vinces in Bengal, had bespoke a shawl of the Ganges, induced me to make towards most exquisite workmanship, and intended the spot, where a funeral pile was erected, for the only one amongst his legitimate on which a young widow was going to be wives that had brought him children. | burned alive. During all the time of my This shawl, besides its extraordinary fine- stay in India, I had carefully avoided being ness, was still more remarkable on account | present at the horrid spectacle, although of the curious design of the palms of the repeated opportunities had offered of my border, composed of negroes' heads, linked being an eye-witness. I intended, after together by means of a kind of garland, having viewed the object of those sad prebelow which were written, in Arabic cha- parations, to hasten away, when I accidenracters, two lines of the poet Saadi, oftally cast my eyes on the victim, who stood which this is a literal translation:
erect on a little eminence, from whence she “ To be good, is wisdom; to do good, is virtue.”
was dividing her jewels amongst the wo
men who accompanied her. Judge you of As soon as the shawl was finished, it
my surprize!—that young Indian widow was locked up in a casket of sweet scented
was the same female who six months before wood, and forwarded to its destination. | bad brought me the son of Almas Aly Kan: Fifteen months after I was appointed to a
she recognized me in her turn, smiled at military command at Cassimbazar, one of
me with graceful kindness, detached the the French settlements on the Ganges. || shawl which she wore round her waist, Upon my arrival in Bengal, I found that and sent it to me by one of her slaves : it two-thirds of the population had perished, was the same which she had received from and that all the princes of that wealthy, me. I feel under an obligation of sparing .but unfortunate country, were suffering to my readers the recital of the consequences from unrelenting persecution. The estates attending this meeting; but it nearly cost of Almas Aly Kan had been confiscated, me my life, for having endeavoured to save the Raja was dead, and one of his wives, that of a young woman from the banks of with a tender infant in her arms (the only the Ganges, who, notwithstanding every -heir to the late monarch), was come to argument I could urge, was determined to solicit from my generosity an asylum, die at the age of twenty-two, on the corpse which, however, she did not enjoy long, for of a husband who was sev
whelmed with grief, and shuddering with || wealthy magistrates, and as many farmers horror, I quitted the dreadful pile, reflect- | general without being able to enrich an ing at the same time on the contrast be opera-dancer, whom she loved to distractween the cruel religion that prescribed || tion. such a sacrifice, and the sweet morality of
The tawny Cyprian, in the wreck of her which I could read one of the precepts on fortune sold the widow's shawl to an amathe widow's shawl:
teur, who, during all his life-time had been “ To be good, is wisdom ; to do good, is virtue." || engaged in purchasing and collecting in a
gallery the Persian costumes, from the days When I arrived at Paris, in 1773, the of Cambyses down to Thamas Kouly Kan, name was not known of those Asiatic webs, | the astronomical observations of the Chithat in the present days are so generally || nese, from Yu the Great, to Fohi Tzing Li,
The Duke of Aiguillon, to whom I and models of all the different stones that was introduced, appeared desirous of having some of the rarities that I had brought trial globe.
enter into the composition of this terresover from India ; and, much against my
He had paid a thousand
crowns for a slipper of Solyman II.; a huuinclination, I was compelled to dispose, in
dred louis d'ors for a spur of Fernand Corhis favour, of the shawl, which recalled to
tez; and two hundred dollars for a feather my mind interesting recollections. Soon
of Guatimosin's helmet. The widow's after I was informed that the Duke had shawl figured away in this historical fripoffered it to Madame Dubarri.
pery, till on the demise of the owner it was whole month nothing else was spoken of
once more brought to the hammer. in the petits appartements : * all the ladies at
A female pedlar, who bought it very court came to try it on at the toilet of the favourite, and decided unanimously, that cheap, contrived with a foreign lady to
bring shawls into fashion. Now begins the dress was entirely destitute of grace.
the most brilliant part of the history of our The shawl was consequently placed as a
hero, if I may be allowed to use the expres. mere object of curiosity in a cabinet of
sion. Sacca, where it might have remained to this day, if the famous tragedian Lekain, | dent with youth and beauty, bought the
The wife of an army contractor, resplenwho had performed the part of Gengis Kan
widow's shawl for five hundred thousand at Fontainebleau, had not suggested to the King the idea of improving the dress of the
francs in assignats, and was taught by an
eminent artist how to adjust the drapery in Tartar prince by the addition of the shawl.
the most graceful style, and made her apI had an opportunity for several years of pearance, with it on, in one of the stage seeing my Cachemire at every representa- boxes at the opera-house ; on the following tion of Voltaire's Zaïre and Orphelin de la day she exhibited it to no less advantage, in Chine. On the death of Lekain it was sold
the public walks and other places of fafor an extravagant price to a wealthy fi
shionable resort; the commotion instantly nancier, who made a present of it to a
became universal; the whole female tribe celebrated courtezan, the famous Isabeau,
had no longer but one thought, one wish, a mulatto woman, who, during some few
one will, namely—that of procuring an months, drew the attention of the whole
India shawl, without which it might be metropolis, and found means, in the course
said they could enjoy no manner of hapof five years, to squander away the value of piness upon earth. The Journal des Modes two rich plantations; and in less time
gave a description of it, besides a copperstill, to ruin three opulent noblemen, five
plate of the same in one of its Numbers. The immediate consequence was, that a
Turk and two Armenians, whom commer. * Whenever the Kings of France had private
cial pursuits had brought to Paris, were parties, those apartments in which they met were distinguished by the appellation of les petits appar
stripped of the greasy shawls which they tements, which no one was allowed to enter ex
wore round their waists, and for which cept such of the nobility of both sexes as had they received in payment their weight in been invited.
gold. Our East India tradesmen neglecteu
not this means of making their fortunes, || ing a diamond aigrette, and accordingly and speculating on the duration of a whim || sent to be pledged at a notorious moneysupported by luxury and vanity, established | lender's, who partly supplied the belle with in Paris two repositories for shawls, which the sum requisite for the purchase of the it is said the Parisian husbands and | delightful aigrette. beaux subscribed to fit up. This concur It was redeemed by a Jew, who sold it rence, however, only served to enhance the
on credit to a young gentleman under age, merits and value of the widow's shawl, to who made a present of it to a handsome the beauty whereof nothing yet could be | actress of the French theatre, on her return compared
from one of the watering-places. The rage after this new fashiou had just The fair pupil of Thalia, on the very first come to the highest pitch, wben I trembled | night of her re-appearance, through attenfor the life of my best friend, whom de- || tive regard as she was leaving the house, spised love was sending to his grave. Pos- !! spread her shawl over the shoulders of the sessed at once of all the gifts that vature, wife of a journalist, a lady who was very birthi, and fortune can bestow, it had been apt to catch cold; but the next day it aphis inconceivable misfortune to pay his ad-peared from a paragraph in the journal, dresses to the only woman, perhaps, from that it is not every husband that feels inwhom he had nothing to hope. This mo clined to pay his wife's debts. dern Artemisa was five-and-twenty, full of Here the glory of the first of shawls bevanity, and secretly devoured with a desire gins to decline. Confined for two long of being noticed. The only expedient that years in a large chest, overloaded with she had found out was to display a savage furs, pieces of different stuffs, and of cloths virtue, in which she had persevered with- of all colours, under heaps of table, bed, out the least deviation, owing most likely and kitchen linen, the moths took póssesto lier being naturally of a very cold dis- || sion of the widow's shawl. The journalposition. I knew the lady well, and had ist's lady was preparing to make it into discovered that above all she wished to at under petticoats, when a young author, tract public attention. I availed myself of bargaiving for success, politely offered to this discovery to effect the cure of my poor || give her some old plate. friend. Having been informed that the Now again it fell into the hands of an proprietor of my shawl was summoned to eminent milliner, who, by means of darning have his cash-book examined, and that in it nicely, passed it as a new article, in the order to be able to settle his accounts, he wedding basket of the daughter of a stockwas under an obligation of selling his wife's || broker, who sold it six months after to disjewels, I offered him a pretty round sum charge her baker's bill. 1 entirely lost of money for the shawl with the negroes' sight of it ever since, till on the fourteenth heads; it once more became my property, of last August I was told that it was exposand I sent it to my friend, with directions ed for sale at Rag-Fair. I instantly ran to how to make use of it. I am still ignorant bid for it, but came too late; the widow's how far he followed my advice; but he re- shawl had been knocked down to a certain covered his former good health, and I met lady, who shall remain nameless, but who him some days after in one of our public the very next day cut it into pieces, of walks, arm-in-arm with the object of bis | which she made as many presents to her affection, surrounded by an admiring numerous male friends, to make waistcoats crowd at the sight of the widow's shawl. She has kept to herself the border
About a twelvemonth after, the fair lady, with the characters in Arabic, which she in consequence of a new whim (few ladies wears in lieu of a girdle : and people are perhaps would have tarried so long to ma anxious to know wherefore our learned nifest one), thought proper to set the India | orientalist L cannot look at her withshawl on another course of travels. It was out a laugh. sacrificed to the longing desire of procur
PROTESTATIONS PUT TO THE PROOF.
A TALE, FROM THE GERMAN OF WIELAND.
THERE lived at Samarcanda a young , spread over her complexion, she was yet tailor, named Hann, who was married to a beautiful. This was a sight poor Hann beautiful young creature of the name of knew not how to support. Gulphena, and of whom he was passion Gulphena was buried; Hann, in an agony ately fond: her eyes were black and spark- of sorrow, threw himself on her tomb. ling, her shape easy and slender, her hair His sobs might be heard at an immense as soft as silk, her arms and bosom beauti- distance; he was, however, resolved to pass fully formed, her age about twenty years,
nine whole days in this manner, according and the worthy Hann looked on his wife | to his vow. as an angel.
Now it happened that Assa, the prophet, Many people said that he only argued passed near the tomb. The groans of the Jike a young tailor; but they did not re
tailor had disturbed his devotions, he ap. fect, that there are certain seasons when proached him, and asked him the reasou of the wise Solomon himself would have ar
his lamentations, and why he thus grovelled gued just in the same manner.
on the earth. It was in one of those moments of rapture “ Ah ! Sir," replied the poor widower,“ I that Hann said to his beloved : “My dear, possessed a treasure, which is now enclosed dear wife, what would become of me if I in this tomb. A wife! and such a wife! should see your beauties frozen by the ice ! She loved me as never woman yet loved of death? To see thee deprived of the her husband; and I buried her this mornbreath of life, the bare idea fills me with | ing." horror. Yes, I swear to thee, that if ever I “ Since thou regrettest thy wife so much," experience such anguish, I will mourn over
said the prophet, we must restore to thee thy tomb nine days; and will weep till the
a treasure thou art so worthy to possess." source of weeping becomes dry.”
At these words he struck the tomb with his “And I, my dearest life,” replied the wand, which opened at its touch, and Gul. youthful wife, “ If ever I should be so phena, fresh and blooming as ever, issued wretched as to lose thee, my beloved from her grave, and threw herself into her! Hapn-I will be buried alive with thee,” husband's arms. What a blessed re-union!
“There is a wife as a wife ought to be,” | What joy! What embracing! To see them said the happy tailor to himself; and he any one would imagine they would have pressed her to his bosom, ubting no
stifled each other with kisses. The happy thing of the truth she had · uttered: she pair, however, though intoxicated with spoke it, and he felt assured she spoke as
love, turned to thank the man who had she felt.
thus miraculously produced their present About a year after these protestations, felicity. They looked for himn in vain, he they were one night eating their pilau, and had vanished. resting from their daily labours; it so fell Hann now began to perceive that Gul. out that the beautiful Gulphena, more phena was almost without any covering, taken up with looking at her husband than and could not possibly enter the town in at what she ate, had the misfortune to that condition, notwithstanding it was swallow a bone, which choaked her.
getting dusk. “
Light of my eyes," said he; Hann tried every effort to save her ; he “ hide thyself behind these rocks, I will clapped her on the back, he tried to get it run home and bring thee thy clothes. The out of her throat, he tried to make it go moon begins to shine, fear nothing, I shall down; all his efforts were in vain-Gul- not be gone a minute.” phena expired in his arms.
Hann set off with the swiftness of an Poor Hann was in a state bordering on
arrow. In the mean time the King's son despair; but there was no remedy; the ha passed by, preceded by a prodigious numbiliments of death were put upon Gulphe ber of torches, the splendid light of which na; and, notwithstanding the paleness" dissipated the shades of night; by this