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forest, his flesh torn by thorns and brambles, hungry exhausted with fatigue, he entered a cavern, which he dentally discovered, and threw himself on the
jut at len despair.
s, amazed 2. He had not remained long in this situation, bon, the hal was roused by a dreadful noise, which he thoughlmost withe roar of some beast of prey. He started up in terror, gazed arou an intention to fly; but on advancing to the entranith difficul: cave, he beheld a prodigious lion, which entirely pemplated the a possibility of escape.
3. The unfortunate Androcles now believed his desta tion inevitable; but, to his great astonishment, the beast ap
angi proached him with a gentle pace, without any indication of enmity or rage, uttering a mournful noise, as if he wanted some assistance. Androcles, who was naturally of a courageous disposition, immediately recovered firinness suffi. cient to examine his tremendous visitant. The lion, with a liinping pace, approached him, and began immediately to lick the hand of Androcles, holding up a large and swelled paw. Acquiring still more fortitude from the gentle behaviour of the beast, he took hold of his paw, and perceived that a very large thorn had penetrated deeply into the ball of the foot.
4. Androcles, finding that tbe lion received this familiarity with the greatest satisfaction, proceeded to extract the thorn, and afterwards, by a gentle compression, discharged a considerable quantity of pus, wbich had been the cause of much uneasiness and pain. As soon as the lion fourd himself thus relieved, he began to express his joy and gratitude by jumpng about like a young cat, by wagging his enormous tail, and licking the hands and feet of his surgeon. Nor were these demonstrations of kindness all he expressed.
5. He sallied forth in quest of prey, and brought home the produce of his chase, sharing it with his friend. In this savage state of hospitality, and frightful solitude, did Androcles live, during the space of several months. At length, wandering unguardedly in the woods, he met some soldiers,
by whom he was apprehended, and conveyed a prisoner to his master.
6. The proconsul of Africa was at that time collecting the largest lions that could be found, in order to send them as a present to Rome, for the purpose of furnishing a slow to the people. The proconsul ordered that his retracker
slave should be sent at the same time, and that he should be exposed to fight with one of the lions in the amphitheatre. A lion for this savage exhibition, was kept several days without food; and when the destined moment arrived, the unfortunate man was exposed unarmed in the middle of a spacious area, enclosed on every side, around which many thousands of spectators had assembled to be amused by the mournful spectacle. At length a huge lion darted from
of confine nt, and advanced ly towards 7. All eyes were turned upon the destined victim, whose destruction was instantly expected. But the pity of the mulitude was converted into astonishment, on beholding the lion crouch submissively at his feet, fawn on him like a faithful dog, and caress him as a long lost and dearly beloved friend. Androcles immediately discovered in the lion his old Numidian companion, and renewed his acquainance with bim. Their mutual congratulations were surprising.
8. The governor of the town was present, who beholding one of the fiercest and most unrelenting of animals forget bis disposition, and become harmless and inoffensive, orHered Androcles to explain the unintelligible mystery. AnIrocles then related every circumstance of his adventures n the forest. Every one present was delighted with the tory, and unanimously joined to entreat the governor to ardon the unbappy man, which he immediately did, and irected also that the lion should be given up to him.
9. This story is said to have been related by Aulus Geljus, and extracted by him out of Dion Cassius, who saw the han leading the lion about the streets of Rome, the people epeating to each other, “ This is the lion that was the Jan's host ; this is the man who was the lion's physician.”
Pocahontas. 1. PERHAPS those who are not particularly acquainter th the history of Virginia, may be ignorant that Pocahontas is the protectress of the English, and often screened them m the cruelty of her father. She was but twelve years !, when captain Smith, the bravest, most intelligent, and ist humane of the first colonists, fell into the hands of the fages. He already understood their language, had traded
with them several times, and often appeased the quarrels between the Europeans and them. Often had he been obliged also to fight them, and punish their perfidy.
2. At length, however, under the pretext of commerce, he was drawn into an ambush, and the only two companions who accompanied him, fell before his eyes; but though alone, by his dexterity he extricated himself from the troop which surrounded him, until unfortunately imagining he could save himself by crossing a morass, he stuck fast ; 50 that the savages, against whom he had no means of defending himself, at last took and bound him, and conducted him to Powhatan. The king was so proud of having captain Smith in his power, that he sent him in triumph to all the tributary princes, and ordered that he should be splendidly treated, till he returned to suffer that death which was prepared for him.
3. The fatal moment at last arrived. Captain Smith was laid upon the hearth of the savage king, and his head placed upon a large stone, to receive the stroke of death ; when Pocahontas, the youngest and darling daughter of Powhatan, threw herself upon his body, clasped him in her arms, and declared, that if the cruel sentence were executed, the first blow should fall on her. All savages (absolute sore. reigns and tyrants not excepted) are invariably more affected by the tears of infancy, than the voice of humanity: Powhatan could not resist the tears and prayers of his daughter.
4. Captain Smith obtained his life, on condition of paying for his ransom a certain quantity of muskets, powder, and iron utensils ; but how were they to be obtained ? They would neither permit him to return to Jamestown, nor let the English know where he was, lest they should demand him sword in hand. Captain Sinith, who was as sensible as courageous, said, that if Powbatan would permit one of his subjects to carry to Jamestown a leaf which he took from his pocket-book, he should find under a tree at the day and hour appointed, all the articles demanded for his ransom. 1 Powhatan consented; but without having much faith in bis promises, believing it to be only an artifice of the captain to prolong his life. But he had written on the leaf a few ines, sufficient to give an account of bis situation. The mes. senger returned. The king sent to the place fixed upon,
and was greatly astonished to find every thing which had been demanded.
5. Powhatan could not conceive this mode of transmitting thoughts ; and captain Smith was henceforth looked upon as a great magician, to whom they could not show too much respect. He left the savages in this opinion, and hastened to return home. Two or three years after, some fresh differevces arising between them and the English, Powhatan, who no longer thought them sorcerers, but still feared their power, laid a horrid plan to rid himself of them altogether. His project was to attack them in profound peace, and cut the throats of the whole colony,
6. At the appointed time of this intended conspiracy, Po. cahontas took advantage of the obscurity of the night, and in a terrible storm, which kept the savages in their tents, escaped from her father's house, advised the English to be on their guard, but conjured them to spare her family ; to appear ignorant of the intelligence he had given, and terminate all their differences by a new treaty. It would be tedious to relate all the services which this angel of peace rendered to both nations. I shall only add, that the English, I know not from what motives, but certainly against all faith and equity, thought proper to carry her off. Long and bitterly did she deplore her fate; and the only consolation she had, was captain Smith, in whom she found a second father.
7. She was treated with great respect, and married to a planter by the name of Rolfe, who soon after took her to England. This was in the reign of James the first; and it is said, that the monarch, pedantic and ridiculous in every point, was so infatuated with the prerogatives of royalty, that he expressed his displeasure, that one of his subjects should dare to marry the daughter even of a savage king. It will not perhaps be difficult to decide on this occasion, whether it was the savage king who derived honour from finding himself placed upon a level with the European prince, or the English monarch, who, by his pride and prejudices, reduced himself to a level with the chief of the savages.
8. Be that as it may, captain Smith, who had returned to London before the arrival of Pocahontas, was extreinely happy to see her again ; but dared not treat her with the sare familiarity as at Jamestown. As soon as she saw him,
she threw herself into his arms, calling him her father ; but finding that he neither returned her caresses with equal warmth, nor the endearing title of daughter, she turned aside her head, and wept bitterly ; and it was a long time before they could obtain a single word from her. Captain Smith inquired several times what could be the cause of her affliction. “What! (said she,) did I not save thy life in America ? When I was torn from the arms of my father, and conducted amongst thy friends, didst thou not promise to be a father to me? Didst thou not assure me, that if I went into thy country, thou wouldst be my father, and that I should be thy daughter ? Thou hast deceived me; and behold me now here, a stranger and an orphan.
9. It was not difficult for the captain to make his peace with this charming creature, whom he tenderly loved. He presented her to several people of the first quality ; but he never dared to take her to court, from which, however, she received several favours. After a residence of several years in England, an example of virtue and piety, and attachment to her husband, she died, as she was on the point of embarking for America. She left an only son, who was married, and left none but daughters; and from these are descended some of the principal characters in Virginia.
Parental Affection. 1. The white bear of Greenland and Spitzbergen, is considerably larger than the brown bear of Europe, or the black bear of North America. This animal lives upon
fish and seals, and is not only seen upon land, in the countries bordering on the North Pole, but often on floats of ice, several leagues at sea. The following relation is extracted from the Journal of a Voyage for making discoveries towards the North Pole.”
2. Early in the morning, the man at the mast head gave notice, that three bears were making their way very fast over the ice, and that they were directing their course towards the ship. They had probably been invited by the scent of the blubber of a seahorse, killed a few days before, which the men had set on fire, and which was burning on the ice at the time of their approach. They proved to be a she bear and her two cubs; but the cubs were nearly as large as the dam. They ran eagerly to the fire, and drew