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Tho' we abstain from Politics, yet we cannot avoid noticing the impropriety of permiting ferocious animals to be continually carried from fair to fair. The recent'attack made by a lioness on one of the horses of the Exeter mail coach, bas çalled to our recollection the following circumstances :
In 1770, the then Duke of Richmond had a narrow escape for his life. His Grace had long kept a wolf at Goodwood which was bred up tame, but breaking his chain one day, nature took place, and he marched off into the country, but being followed by several men was, brought back and placed as before. His Grace going alone to view him, the creature flew at him, aod catched hold of his waistcoat upon the belly, but that fortunately giving way, his grace was retreating when the beast again catched hold of the skirt of his coat, but fortunately his Grace, after a long struggle escaped leaving part of his coat behind him.
In 1802, A male tyger which broke loose in Esset, effected his escape, killed several sheep, and mangled a young child in a most shocking manner before he could be rttaken..
* In 1810, Mr. Wombwell of the Menagerie in Piccadilly, removed å fine leopard into a caravan for the purpose of sending him to Bara tholomew fair. The horse, taking fright, ran with all speed down the Haymarket, where the caravan was upset, The der in which the Leopard was confined was thrown out, and the animal thus liberated, valked up the Haymarket in a most majestic style. The keeper in endeavouring to throw a rope over him, irritated the animal, and was bit severely in the left arm. The animal was afterwards secured id a cellar.
In June 1761, there appeared in France a monster or wild beast at Gevandon, where having devoured sixteen children, two women, and done considerable damage among the cattle, the peasants became alarmed. . It retired into the forests, but appeared again in Octobery near St, Cheli, when it destroyed twelve other persons. At length, Count Montargis, at the head of a body of troops, succeeded in kill Hng the animal.
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TRAVELS OF ALI BEY
IN MOROCCO, TRIPOLI, CYRUS, EGYPT, ARABIA, SYRIA AND TURKEY, BETWEEN 1803 AND 1807 ;
WRITTEN BY HIMSELF.
[The anthenticity of these Travels are completely proved ;--they are handsomely printed in two quarto volumes, with near one hundred Engravings, and are highly deserving the attention of the inquirer ; but we fear the price (Six Guineas), is against an extensive circulation. )
From the Preface to this work, we learn that Ali Bey continued in Morocco, from June 1803 to January 1806 ; after visiting Cyprus, Alexandria, and Cairo, he proceeded on the Mahomedan Pilgrimage to Mecca, where he arrived in January 1807. In July following, he went with the caravan to Jerusalem, Acre, Mount Carmel, Nazareth, the Sea of Gallilee, the River Jordan, Damascus, and Aleppo.--In October 1807, he visited Constantinople.
In 1813 he reached Paris, and at the sittings of the National Institute, he read a memorial on his travels, which excited great interest.
He travelled as a complete Mussulman, and was every where received and treated as such. Having been admitted in his character of a Mahometan Prince, to sweep the interior of the Caaba, at Mecca, the most sacred office that a Mussulman can perform, and to visit it repeatedly; he has given from personal inspection, a more minute account of the Temple of Mecca, than other travellers could lay before the Public, and his description of the interior of the Temple of Jerusalem, which no Christian is permitted to enter ; will, we trust, be read with interest, as no detailed description has been hitherto given of the Mussulinan Temple at Jerusalem, because the Mussulmen are
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generally not prepared for such a task, and the Christians are not permitted to enter it. The following is an extract :
" I shaļl now endeavour to give some idea of the magnificient monument of architecture, which ought to interest the learned, “ whether followers of Moses, or of Jesus Christ, or of * Mouhhammed.”
“ El Haram, or the Temple called also Beit el Mak'a eldese"
Scherif, or the principal holy house in Jerusalem, is an union “ of several buildings erected at different periods of Ismalism."
After describing El Aksa, the author proceeds to remark on the Rock of Sahhara, which tradition relates to have been formed by the Christians, who wanted to carry away that part of the rock. The Mussulmen believe that this is the place of all others, except the House of God at Mecca, where the prayers of men are most agreeable to the Divinity. It is on this account, that all the prophets, since the creation of the world, to the time of Moukhammed, have come hither in invincible troops to make their prayers on the rock, exclusive of the ordinary guard of 70,000 Angels, who perpetually surround it, and who are relieved every day.'.
When a Mussulman Pilgrim arrives at Jerusalem, he begins by visiting the Temple, or El Haram, after which he is conducted to the edifice, called the Throne of Soloman, where he says a prayer, before the little Frontispiece, called Bel Arrahma, or the Gate of Mercy, after which he gives a small sum in alms.
[To be continued.).
THE MAID OF ST. MARINO:
(Concluded from page 103. “Cease, dear and respectable Juliana," answered Roderigo : "the exemplary retribution you have forwarded proves your innocence respecting my calamity. Do not, then, mix with the information I most eagerly wish to receive any invective against a conduct, which, I am sure, your motives will justify."
Delighted with this generous assurance, she bowed her gratitude ; and while refreshments of every delicate nature were preparing for the exhausted sufferer, she entered upon the following detail of horrible facts.
The ascendancy which Giovanni Taverini obtained in our family, certainly originated in that listlessness which marked the character of Count Francis; who sacrificed to his own temporary ease the quiet, the safety, and I fear his life. Left either to the dissipated society of a certain Cassino, or the yet more fascinating conversation of my cousin, no wonder I ceased to regret the lassitude of a husband, who seldom indulged me with the company which I should have undoubtedly preferred; and the death of a dear infant adding a forcible motive for my avoiding retirement, I became yet more indebted to Giovanni for his attention.
“Soon after my child's demise that base incendiary began to poison my mind against you. He urged the advantage Leonilla's departure would prove, supposing I had no other offspring ; spoke of the Count's declining health as a cause of the dreadfullest suspicion of your rectitude; and even insinuated a possibility
-0, my Lord, I tremble' to say that the uncle of my lost babe was obliquely accused of her destruction, and her father's ill health !"
« Monster of impiety !” groaned the indignant Vanzenzà, -Lady Juliana would have waved a further explanation of the pernicious business, but be entreated her to proceed, which she did, and declared her abhorrence and disbelief of such a diabolical hint, till, by various means too tedious to develope, at that period, he so far obtained her credence as to induce doubts of Roderigo's innocence, which the assassination of her unhappy Lord confirmed,
“No wonder, then," added she, weeping bitterly, '“ that I countenanced those barbarous proceedings against you.-No wonder I joined in the renewed prosecution, after so many years had elapsed. In pursuing such a fratricide I thought myself completely justified, nor imagined myself otherwise than truly just in thu's endeavouring to rid the world of one so criminal. But, oh, what a shock did the intelligence of Carlotti produce this eventful morning! Maddening with rage, pierced with grief for the evils I had caused, and indignant at my own credulity, I could scarce hear the murderer's story to an end. - He will be lost !' I cried: 'fly, Carlotti-accuse the barbarian--defend the noble Count- -But I will go myself, and defy the wretch.' Pleased with my proposal, Dolci accompanied me with a wild and savage eagerness; telling me, as I almost few, that Taverini had begun his terrible career of infamy by spiriting away my child from the woman to whom she was entrusted.”
“ At what time was this deed of cruelty performed?"
Vanzenza's agitation could not be concealed from his sister ; and she entreated him to explain what he meant by such a strange osservation. Perceiving he had raised suspicions not easily to be done away, he went into a detail of the occurrences at St. Marino, not forgetting the ring he had seen in Lucia's possession.
This was to be, indeed, a day of wonders, for before Vanzenza concluded his little story, the sudden appearance of that very object, about whom the Countess appeared so very anxious, rushed in, followed by the honest Jacques, and careless of consequences, threw herself upon the astonished Vanzenza's bosom, expressing at the same time her joy at his deliverance, and this in terms so wild, yet artless, calling him by the most endearing titles, that Lady Juliana, overcome by her own feelings, approached with trembling feet to take a part in the ecstatic scene.
Lucia, raising her eyes, now felt somewhat abashed at the dignified appearance before her, and would have retreated, but the Count catching her hand, and addressing his sister~" This dear Lady--this,' he cried, “is the sweet girl, the mention of whose name gave rise to
He could say no more, for the Countess had caught a view of Lucia's ring
“ That ring,” she tremulously observed, “was-yes-it was my husband's. Who, then, can this lovely creature belong to?"
Jacques then, at Vanzenza's request, came forward, and related the following particulars respecting his young charge, whom he found in a superb tent belonging to a Turkish officer, the ornaments of which had attracted his notice, and induced the party to which he belonged to enter, in hopes of plunder ; that when their business was almost completed, a heavy groan, proceeding from the sofa, alarmed him. Turning, to see from whence it came, he perceived the figure of a man, apparently dying, who beckoned him with convulsive eagerness; and then pointing to the weeping little creature, clasped his hands as if to implore protection for it. As Jacques advanced, he perceived the sinking form respire with difficulty, and, unable to breathe another syllable, immediately expired.
Struck with the scene, our soldier drew away the distressed child, and, interested by her extreme grief, he determined not to abandon her; but, although incon eniently situated, contrived to keep her till the campaign ceased, after which period he returned to St. Marino ; when, uncertain how far his generosity might be allowed for among his friends, Mingotli chose to announce her as the orphan of an English soldier, who had left property sufficient to maintain her sparingly, which the sale of those ornaments he found in the tent enabled him to do.
This was all Jacques could ascertain respecting his young favourite, and with this Vanzenza and Lady Juliana were obliged to be satisfied, although the wishes and half-formed hopes of both pointed to an elucidation still more satisfactory.