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Of Bogdanovich, the Anacreon of licate flowers of youthful genius are but Voltaire's poems. In 1766, he went Russia, the translator has given an in- too often and too early blasted by the with Count Beloselsky, as secretary of teresting biographical notice, from Ka-cold winds of neglect. But let it be said legation, to Dresden; and it was here ramsin's Væstnik, a periodical journal
. in Russia's honour, that talent has never that he commenced his chief poem, the Bogdonavich was horo • under the
Dushenka (Psyche), which was pubbeautiful heaven of Little Russia,' in companied by moral worth. This was eminently the case with Bogdanovich. Karamsin speaks with rapture, and
lished in 1775, of which his biographer the year 1743. He was the son of a Like La Fontaine, in whose poetical steps respectable physician; and was, from he seems to have trodden, he was distin- inquires, where exists the Russian his childhood, passionately foud of mu- guished by the most attractive ingenuous who has not read Dushenka?' Boysic and poetry:
Ere he was eighteen he held his danovich always spoke with enthusiastic · He was brought to Moscow in 1754, held it with the simplicity of a child. had been employed in this work. Ka
station in the great and busy world, but delight of that part of nis life which and placed in the college of justice. Whatever he felt he uttered, whatever
says, active and inquiring spirit of the boy, and pleased him he did; he listened willingly allowed him to altend the mathematical to the wisdom of others, and fell asleep
• His abode was then at Petersburgii, school, which was, at that time, in the during the tiresome lessons of folly. It on the Vassiliostrov, in a silent solitary neighbourhood of the senate. But ma
was our young bard's good fortune to live dwelling, wholly wrapt in poetry and inuthematics were nothing to himn ;:- the
with a poet who exacted the productions sic, enjoying an enviable and care-divestsweet poetry of Lomonosov, who now be: and his counsels, leaving everything else ances;-be sometimes went out, but als
of his muse as the price of his protection ed liberty. He had agreeable acquaintgan to captivate his countrymen, was to his own waywardness. His open heart
ways to return with keener pleasure to a dearer to his mind than all the transposi: edness often led himn into perplexities, hoine where the muses welcomed him haps , is so likely to producen a strong and conversation had intlicted on any a feeling fancy's fairest flowers
. The tranquil, una permanent impression on the heart of a young enthusiast, as the pomp, parade, bis inconsiderateness with tears. He de perhaps the sweetest and brightest that or thought of sorrow than he lamented uttered, unutterable joy of the poet is
ihis world can witness. How triumphthen that a fiery boy, introduced for the termined again and again to talk more wafirst time to its witcheries, should be led rily; the resolution was, however, soon antly do the favoured sons of song scatter to some act of giddy imprudence ! A forgotten, and succeeded by regret and the inisty shades of vanity and the more
palpable array of earth-born passion ! youth of fifteen once presented himself to repentance and renewed vows.
He was not rich; he often had no
Who that ever tasted the charm of such the director of the Moskow theatre, modestly, and almost unwillingly, owning thing to give the poor but sympathy. Is enviable moinents, does not turn away
from the sparkling follies of the substanThe director had some conversation with the giver than the pieces of gold extorthe was a nobleman—he would be an actor, ceiver, and always more honourable to tial world to the memory of those holy
hours of rapture ? One energ'tic and hin, and soon ascertained his love feed by misery from the coldness of pride harmonious lineone well.conrepedemo knowledge and his poetical ardour. He and of affuence? Towards his friends tion-a gentle graceful transit from one painted in strong colours the incompatibi- and acquaintance he was kindness and thought to another-can fill the soul of bility,--he urged him to inscribe himself urbanity itself. On one occasion, a fire the poet with innocent and natural dein the university, and to visit him at his broke out in the neighbourhood of one of light, leaving behind it a soft and placid house. This young man was no other his bed, and, in spite of the bad weather ful if it can be participitated by some
his connexions. Bogdanovich sprung from gladsomeness which will be doubly gratethan our Bogdanovich--that director was and the distance, hurried to the assistance sympathising and sensible friend, who can no other than Michael Matveevich Kheras. kor, the poet of the Russiad. Thus did a of his friend, clad only in his night gar- enter into its enthusiasm and forgive its
It is indeed a guiltless and a spilucky accident bring this scholar of the muses to their favourite bard : one who fainily, who treated him as a near and fort is in itself enjoyment: and then it
• His dwelling was with an inestimable ritual joy, created by an etfort, which efwas not slow to discover and to honour it dear relative, and he returned their kind- I brings the prospect of the approbation, in others. From himn did Bogdanovich ness with ever-active affection.
the encouragement of the wise and good! We on
-But envy! envy!--the pitiful efforts of learn the rules and the ornaments of pojmark of character, common indeed to all eney itself only, make its triumphis the acquired whatever else might give strength genuine poets ;-a lively sensibility to fe- like the little waves against the firm foot and encouragement to his natural
male charms, a sensibility which has been of the mountain, on which true merit Study, it is true, is no creator of genius, the creator of some of the sweetest songs raises itself in its own majesty, for the but it serves to exhibit it in all its most of the choir of bards. In one who, like glory of its country and of mankind. beautiful and mighty influence. Kheras- Bogdanovich, was born to be the poet of kov gave himn examples, precepts, encouthe graces, this mighty sympathy could
Karamsin compares the Dushenka ragements ; and in the university-journal not but be early developed among the of the Russian poet with the Psyche of this period, Polesnue Uveselenie, we find sensibilities of his character. In its origin of La Fontaine. He says · La Fonmany specimens of the powers of the it is timid and unpretending-in him it taive had more af art, Bogdanovich of young bard. These, though yet far re
was peculiarly so.' He saw, he felt, he nature ; and the current of the latter moved fro perfection, are striking proofs supplicated, he blushed—and uttered his flows, in consequence, more refreshiny. of his ability to reach it.
emotions in his harmonious songs. Stern; ly. This production," he continues,
indeed, must have been the beauty that • Besides Kheraskov, our young poet could not be moved by that melódious
must not be weighed in the scales of possessed, while he remained at the unilyre!'
Aristotle. It is a display of the powversity, another invaluable protector in Count Michael Ivanovich Dashkov. The
Bogdanovich was, when only eighteen directed by good taste. It is sportive,
ers of a gay and joyous imagination, favours conferred by rank and influence years of age, appointed inspector of on talents just developing themselves, cre- The Moscow University.
excursive, ingenuous, faithful:ate a grateful and well-rewarding return; menced a journal, entitled · Innocent “Why must rules of art be intruded here :" while, on the other hand, the fair and de- Recreation, and translated several of Karamsin's eulogium, great as it is,
appears to have been confirmed by pub- | Whether clad like a queen of the east thou ap
"THE VOW. lic opinion; for, still speaking of the
“The rose is my favourite flower : Dushenka, he says, Or plain as a shepherdess sitting
On its tablets of crimson I swore, By the door of her cottage at evening's calm That up to my last living hour • Is it surprising that such a poem pro- tide,
I never would think of thee more. duced so great an impression Six or Thou still art the charm of the world and its
I scarcely the record had made, seven sheets thrown uncalled for into the
Ere Zepbyr, in frolicsome play, world, wholly changed the fate of the au- Thou fairest of saints that devotion has sainted,
On his light airy pinions convey'd thor. Catherine was then reigning in Divinest of all the divine:
Both tablet and promise away.' Russia. She saw, she admired the Du- All the pictures of beauty that art ever painted shenka-sent for the poet, and inquired Can give no idea of thine !'
In closiny our notice of this work, of hiin how she could gratify him.-It was enough—who doubts the taste of a the same poet, which, though of a very tion he has afforded us by making us
We insert another extract from the we should be ungrateful if we did not
thank Mr. Bowring for the gratificasovereign? Nobles and courtiers learnt different description, yet possesses great Dushenka by beart, each rivalling the rest beauty and simplicity :
acquainted with the treasures of the in the attentions showered upon the au
Russian muse, and we are much misthor. Epistles, odes, and madrigals in 'THE INEXPERIENCED SHEPHERDESS.
taken if the success of the present vohis honour were scattered profusely.
(A POPULAR SONG.)
lume is not such as to call on him,
I'm fourteen summers old I trow, He was inounted above the clouds.
very Alas! that the destructive influence of
"Tis time to look about me now:
speedily, to furnish complete translasuch distinctions should have overshadow
'Twas only yesterday they said,
tions of the poems, of which he has ed him in the brightest' epoch of his po
I was a silly, silly maid ;
only given extracts; and to prosecute etic talents. He was thirty years old
'Tis time to look about me now.
his extensive plan of writing a general he abandoned the muses—and the garland
The shepherd swains so rudely stare, history of Russian literature. woven for hiin by his Dushenka was the
I must reprove then I declare ; only one that encircled his brow in his
This talks of beauty-that of love Jistless lethargy. It is an imperishable
I'm such a fool I can't reprove
A General History of the House of wreath, no doubt, but the friends of
I must reprove them I declare.
Guelph, 8c. By Andrew Halliday. etry mourn that it should have satisfied 'Tis strange-but yet I hope no sin;
(Continued from p. 100.) hin. Even the thirst for fame may be
Something unwonted speaks within :
In our last, we brought down the his. quenched. Our poet afterwards wrote
Love's language is a mystery, much, but against his own will and against
And yet I feel, and yet I see,
tory of the Guelphs to the death of the will of his inspiring genius. Perhaps
O what is this that speaks within?
Henry the Lion. His son Henry, who, he would set up no rival to his beloved
The shepherd cries, “ I love thee, sweet;"
in his youth, was a boy of what the Dushenka.'
. And I love thee," my lips repeat:
French call très grande espérance, de. Bogdanovich died in January, 1803,
Kind words, they sound as sweet to me fended Brunswick, in the life time of
As music's fairest melody ; • mourned by his acquaintance and
his father, with such spirit and judge
“ I love thee," oft my lips repeat. friends, and by every friend of the lite.
ment, that the Imperialists were ob
His pledge he brings,—I'll not reprove; rature of bis country. From his last Ono! l'll take that pledge of love;
liged to withdraw from the contest. production, which the translator says is To thee my guardian dog I'd give,
This prince enlisted under the banner • a graceful and lovely poem,' we have
Could I without that guardian live : of the cross, in the third crusade, and
But still I'll take thy pledge of love. only two short extracts, which we ea
greatly distinguished himself at the
My shepherd's crook I'll give to thee; gerly transfer to our pages.
capture of Joppa, and in many other O no! my father gave it me
places in Asia. On his return froin • 'Twere vainly daring through dark time to
And treasures by a parent given, range,
From a fond child should ne'er be riven the Holy Land, he visited Venice and Seeking those sounds, which in eternal change
O no! my father gave it me.
other cities in Italy, claiming the soWere consecrate to beauty : its short day But thou shalt have yon lambkin fair
vereignty of the states that belonged to Of fashion each possessed and passed away: Nay! 'tis my mother's fondest care; his family, and renewing the charters But let the poet be allowed to say,
For every day she joys to count
which had been granted by his ancesThat the fair royal maiden, youngest child
Each snowy lambkin on the mount ;
tors to the descendants of the Of th' eastern monarch, whom with passion
younger I'llgive thee, then, no lambkin fair. wild
branches of his house. In 1200, he
But stay, my shepherd! wilt thou be So many sighed for day and night,
For ever faithful-fond to me?
accompanied his brother William to Was by the Greeks called Psyche-meaning A sweeter gift I'll then impart,
England, to demand from King John (According to our learned ones' explaining) And thou shalt have a maiden's heart, the legacies which had been left him A soul, or spirit:- our philosophers
If thou wilt give thy heart to me.' Thinking that all that 's tender, fair, and
by their uncle, Richard the First. ln We have been so much delighted bright,
1215, in consequence of a quarrel with Must needs be her's,
with this volume, that we have dwelt Frederick the Second, he was publicly Named her Dushenka*;-thus on it at greater length than is usual
proscribed, and the palatinate given to A word so sweet, so musical to us, with us; we shall, therefore, only ne-Louis, Duke of Bavaria, but it was,
in With all the charm of novelty,
tice one poet more, Kostrov, the trans- a few years, restored to him. Henry 0, loveliest Psyche! was conferred on thee. Conveyed from tongue to tongue, its throne it ator of Homer's liad. It is said that died in 1227, leaviug only two daughfound
he offered the last six books of his Ho- ters: one married to Herman, MarJu memory's archives :--its melodious sound
mer to a bookseller, and the liberal grave, of Baden, and the other to Otho, Now breathes the angel-harmony of lore,
tradesman offering him only one hun-Duke of Bavaria. A music and a radiance from above.'
dred and fifty roubles (about 71. 10s. On the death of Henry the Sixth, • Dushenka! Dushenka! the robes that thou sterling) for his labours, the offended Otho, of Guelph, the second sur wearest
poet threw the translation into the fire. viving son of Henry the Lion, was Seem ever most lovely and fitting ; The first six books are the only ones elected King of the Romans ; he after
• Dusha-Dushenka its diminutive, a word which have been collected. With the wards seized on Aix-la-Chapelle, where expressing great tenderness and fondness. following we close our extracts : the Archbishop of Cologne crowned
hin Einperor. The partisans of the ing Richenza, a daughter of Henry, other charges agaiost him was the follate emperor were out inactive, and Fre- Prince of Merle, in Mecklenburg, bad lowing, which is quoted from a Histo, derick, the only son of Heory the a family of niue children. His states ry of the House of Brunswick, printed Sixth, a child of three years of age, were divided at his death, in 1318, be in London, in 1716:was declared the head of the empire, tween his sons Otho, Magnus, and « « The Duke had married the Lady and Philip, his uncle and guardian, Ernest. Magnus the First, surnamed Mary, sister to Ulrick, Duke of Wirtenwas, at a diet, elected King of the Ro- the Pious, inherited Brunswick, who, berg, who, among other ladies that waited
War was carried on some years dying in 1369, was succeeded by his on her, had one Eve Trotting, a young lawith great vigour, when, through the son Louis, and afterwards by his second dy of extraordinary beauty and noble fanediation of the Pope, a reconciliation son, Magnus II. who was called Tormily. The Duke began to be desperatewas effected. , Philip agreed to bestow quatus, or the chain-bearer, from the lysmitten with her, and, at lengih prehis daughter Beatrix upon Otho, and following circuinstance:
vailing, had some children by hier; but
that the intrigue might not be discovered, to secure him in te succession, and he • This prince, in his younger days, be- and that he might still enjoy her compaconsented to wave all pretensions to ing very insolent and troublesome to his ny, he put a stratagem into her head, that the crown during the lifetime of Phi- subjects and neighbours, it was made she should pretend to return home to her lip. The untimely end of this emperor, known to his father, who sent many let- parents; and he furnished her with a wag. who was murdered by the Count Otho, ters and divers messages to reclaim him, gon and horses and all things necessary of Wittelbach, left the son of Henry ed to use threats, and let him know, that thought she was really returned home,
but in vain ; so that, at last, he was oblig- for her journey; but, when the people the Lion in the undisputed possession if ever he took the field again in a hostile she was conducted another way to a cusof the imperial crown, within the year manner, he would hang him at the next tle of his, whereof the governor was be. after the family compact was made. tree. The son, who was of a very active forehand instructed by him what to do, Beatrix gave her hand to Otho four spirit, and daring, only laughed at his fa- and had a woman or two, in whom he years after her father's murder, but ther's menaces, and, in derision, always most confided to assist him in the plot. only survived the ceremony four days. wore a silver chain about his neck, that Some days after Eve came there, she iook The claims of the young Frederick there might, as he said, be no lack of a to her bed, pretending to be very sick.
Now the Duke had before prepared an : were afterwards supported by France, thing to hang him with.' and Otho withdrew from the contest The Duchy of Luneburg, which had image to be made of wood, representing and died in retireinent, at Brunswick, been separated from that of Branswick dy; the other parts of the body were
the head, neck, and breast of a dead boin 1218. William of Winchester, the since the death of Albert the Great, in done and shaped in linen, which the wo. youngest son of Henry the Lion, was consequence of the failure of issue, re- men stuffed with dust or earth, that so it born while his father was an exile inverted to Magnus II., who got posses- might seem to be solid, and then fitted England; he married Helen, daughter sion of it, but, in the contest, meeting the wooden head and bust to it, which of Waldemir, King of Denmark, and his rival, Albert, in the field of battle, was likewise covered over with the linen dying in 1212, left issue, Otho, then in they engaged in single comtat; and, shroud, it was laid on the thoor, and prehis eighth year, under the guardianship during this rencounter, Magnus was sently one of the women ran to the goof his widow.
basely inurdered by one of the attend- vernor's parlour door, crying out that love We are now arrived at a period when ants of the Count of Schaumburg, was dead; upon which 'he presently orthe descendants of the Guelphic race, who stabbed him in the back.
dered a coffin to be made to put the body robbed of their hereditary states, and The death of Maynus, in 1373, did in; and, to scare people from approaching deprived of the titles of their ancestors, not put an end to the contest respecting the corpse, it was given out that she died appear in the ordinary rank of German the succession of the states of Lunes of the plague, and juniper berries and princes. After some severe struggles, burg. His sons, Frederick, Bernard, other odoriferous things were burnt to in which Otho was taken prisoner, he and Henry, had agreed to reign con
perfume the room. Atterwards, the corpse resigned the whole of his possessions jointly, and were determined to main- Friar's Church, where it was honourably
was carried in funeral pomp to the Grey into the hands of the emperor, and was tain their right to the inheritance of buried; the Franciscans performing ail reduced to the rank of a feudal duke, their ancestors. Frederick, the eldest, the usual ceremonies, and praying for the whose territories scarcely exceeded one was esteemed one of the ablest princes soul of the deceased, as they did for a bftieth part of the states governed of his day, and when Wenselaus, by whole year after, and, in their sermons, by his grandfather. He, whose ances- his bad conduct, forfeited the crown of exborteil the people to do the like. There tors had created princes and ordained the Cæsars, and was reinoved from the was also, by ihe Duke's orders, a funeral bishops, was made Duke of Bruns throne, he, by the unanimous voice of ottice performed for her in the chapel of wick and Luneburg, by charter, instead the einpire, was elected King of the the castle, where it was said she died, of allodial right. Otho died in 1252, Romans; but was murdered on his neighbourhood; the same was done in leaving his son, Albert I. his successor, way to Frankfort tn receive the crown. the castle of Wolfenbuttle. His wife, who was styled the Great,' but whe- Bernhard and Henry agreed upon a the Duchess, was present at this otfice ther from his stature or his noble deeds, division of their states. The latter with her women and maids all in mournis not altogether certain. After being took Luneburg and Calenburg for his ing. Many priests were invited to it, continually at war with his neighbours, share; while the former had Bruns- who had, afterwards, a dinner, and every in which he was generally successful, wick, including Hanover, Everstein, one of them a piece of money in gratuity; he added greatly to his doininions, and and other provinces. Before we notice according to the ancient custom observed dying in 1279, left them divided the issue of Bernhard, we shall make
among the papists.
In the meantime, Eve, whose death... among his three sons, who, as usual, an extract relating to a collateral descontested with each other, when the cendant of his, William, Duke of tle of Stauffenburg, where she was still vi
was lamented by so many, was in the casdachy of Brunswick ultimately fell to Brunswick, Wulfenbuttle, who was sited by the Duke, who, since that time, the second son, Albert Il. who, marry. I summoned to a diet at Spires. Among I had seven children by her: lie also per
suaded his Duchess to write to Eve's pa-I mutual defence against all aggressors, ment alone possesses the power of apo rents and relations to acquaint them with and by which the Protestant states of pointing or removing the Hetman and her death.
the empire were formed into one rego- the principal officers, but the others • “But when asterwards a rumour was lar body. Ernest was an able nego- are still elected by their equals; and, raised that she was still alive, and kept in ciator and a sound politician: and his when once they have taken rank in the her upon making a strict inquiry of the coinmanding eloquence could at all Russian army, they cannot be cashiered, servants about the truth thereof; but the times confirm the wavering spirit of except by the Emperor. Duke gave orders, that none of those the Elector of Saxony, or calm the vio- • When they are in active service, they should come near her that could give any lence of the Landgrave of Hesse, the receive a ration of flour, inillet, or oatinformation. However, her suspicion acknowledged heads of the Protestant meal, and are paid froin twelve to fifteen stuck to her as long as she liveel, which league. Henry resided in the Castle of rubles a year; and as they are obliged to put her upon writing many letters to him Ceile, and took the title of Duke of find their own arms, horses, equipments, to lament her misfortune." that city, in preferenre to that of Duke must live almost entirely at the expense
and subsistence, it is pretty clear that they Reverting to the elder branch of this of Luneburg. He died in 1546. He either of their enemies or of their allies. family, we find that Bernhard left two was succeeded by his eldest son, Fran- Their dress, which is left to their own sons, Otho and Frederick. The first cis Otho, in the dukedom of Celle choice, is a motley mixture of every cosucceeded his father in 1434, and reign- Henry, his second son, received the lour. They are armed with a carbine, ing twelve years, died without issue. principality of Danneberg; and Wil- sabre, and pistols ; but their principal He was succeeded by his brother Fre- liam, the youngest, had the duchy of weapon is a pike, from fifteen to eighteen derick, surnamed the Just, who deli-Luneburg.
feet long, which they manage with great vered up the government of the Duchy (To be concluded in our next.)
dexterity, and which alone is sullicient to
make them formidable. But besides to his two sons, Bernhard and Otho,
these, some of the Cossack corps carry a and retired to a convent. Otho was Characteristic Portraits of the various singular and not less dangerous weapon. engaged in a contest with his nobles, Tribes af Cossacks attached to the This is a rope, from fifteen to eighteen and died during the lifetime of his fa- Allied Armies in the Campaign of feet in length, with a noose at one end, ther, leaving a son, Henry, three years 1815. Taken from the life at Paris, which they fling with such expertness of age. Bernhard, now emerged from and accompanied by Historical Par- and rapidity over a flying enemy, that, the cloister and assumed the reins of
ticulars, and Authentic Descriptions provided he be within reach, they engovernment, as the guardian of his
of their Manners, Costume, fc. 4to. rap him in the noose as securely as the
Jazomen on the River La Plata catch the grandson.
His second reign was as pp. 52. London, 1820. peaceable as his first had been, and he in another part of the present Number, in this manner, at the time of the inva
wild bullocks in precisely a similar mode. died in 1478, leaving the young Henry, we exhibit striking proofs of the pro- sion of Russia, the French General Segur then ten years of age, sovereign of the gress of civilization, and of the culti- was caught, and dragged from his horse, country.
vation of the polite arts in Russia, and by a Cossack, after he had cut his enemy's This Henry was an active and enter- we are now called upon to shew the lance in two with his sword.' prising prince. He seceded from the dark side of the picture, in an account The author of the present work, afchurch, and greatly promoted the reo of the rude and unrefined Cossacks, ter giving a general description of the formation; a circumstance which in- whose personal appearance is as vari- Cossacks, proceeds to describe the difvolved him in war with his cousins ous as their tribes or the countries they ferent tribes, which are illustrated by Erick and Henry of Brunswick Wal- inhabit. The Don, Ural, Zaporogian, some good lithographic engravings, and fenbuttle, whom he took prisoners. Baschkir, Grebenski, Kirguis, and by characteristic anecdotes. Our exHe was put under the law of the em- Tcherkasses, or Circassian, Cossacks, tracts will rather be of a general depire, and, to avoid the effects of this with the Nogays and Mongols, all form scription; we cannot, however, omit prescription, he resigned the duchy to distinct tribes and differ from each noticing the excessive voracity of the he remained an exile for several years. the Cossacks have something Asiatic in One man will eat at a meal fileen On making proper submission, he was their habits and physiognomy. They pounds of meat, and drink eight quarts of allowed to return, and became active in are of the middle stature, but of a ro-kumiss. One of their favourite dishes is suppressing the insurrection occasioned bust constitution, ioured to fatigue the bishbarmark, or five-finger dish, so by the extravagancies of Mun of and every vicissitude of climate; hence called because it is swallowed by handStollberg, the Apostle of the Anabap- the formidable resistance they made to tuls. It consists of hashed horsetlesh. tists. the French, not only in their own
Baschkiriau politeness requires each perwho, on the resignation of his brother, Europe. Almost all the Cossacks have public entertainments, every one strives
Ernest the Second, son of Henry, frightful country' but in the south of son to cram a handful of this hash into his succeeded to the Duchy, was called blue eyes, brown hair, cut short in the to introduce a handful into the mouth of the Confessor, on account of the active neck, and the beard more commonly the chief, who has nothing to do but diand zealous part he took in the reforma- red than black. Though the Cossacks gest what he is so liberally supplied with. tion. In the diet at Augsburg, his are really subjects, yet they are not if the mistress of a house is going to treat voice had a powerful influence in per- amenable to ihe general laws of the her guests with sheep's feet, she throws suading the prioces to support the cause state; and it seems doubtful whether some dozens of them on the fire; takes they had adopted, and to reject the they can ever be brought into a state of them off when they are half broiled, and flattering and tempting promises of the civilization. They are, in general, re. With this ravenous disposition, the Baschemperor. He ably supported the ex- gistered for the military service at the kirs find themselves rather straightened in hortations of Luther, and was amongst age of eighteen, and not discharged till winter; it is said that their condition dur. the first to propose the league for their they are tilty. The Russian governing that season is truly piteable; that
they look like spectres, and do not begin took by the hand, and sometimes set a sturgeons and belugas begin to ascend the to recover their fesli till spring.'
running, by throwing his cap for them to river so early as the middle of autumn. We shall now give a few of the most bring back again, met a lad selling cakes. The experienced fishermen, who watch characteristic anecdotes which this He immediately laid an embargo on the them at the time the ice begins to forin, pleasing little work furnishes. It is whole stock of ihe itinerant trader, which assert, that these fish sport and play about
he divided among his merry companions, the spot which they fix upon for their necessary to premise that they relate to reserving for himself about a dozen cakes, winter abode, witere they lie torpid on the Cossacks when at Dresden, in 1813: which he put into the pockets of his wide the sand. A day is then fixed for open
Love of Music.—It appears that these breeches.' Whilst occupied in housing ing the fishery. The wishecd-for day is rude people are by no means insensible to them, he spied an elegant lady coining ushered in by the discharge of artillery. the charms of music, for which they ma- towards him, but who was about to turn The Cossacks, provided with tickets, nifest a strong predilection. A párty of otf to avoid the crowel of boys. The mounted on sledges, and furnished with them, attracted by the solemn peal of Cossack ran up to her, pulled the cakes iron hooks of all dimensions, set out bethe organ, entered a church, and while it three at a time out of his magazine, and fore sunrise, and range themselves in a was playing, continued fixed in silent at offered them to the lady, half dead with line as they reach the appointed rendeztention. Its tones ceased, and the offi- fright. “ Mamsell, good!--Dobre, mam- vous. An attaman, elected for the sea-, ciating clergyman comienced his sermon. sell!” said he, with a friendly smile. on, reviews them, and examines if they This address, in an unknown language, When, however, neither kind words nor have their hooks, and their arms to withsoon began to excite symptons of impa- gestures could prevail on ramsell to ac- stand the Kirgnises, by whom they are tience in the strangers; one of whoin, cept the cakes, he thrust them into her rio frequently attacked ; 'the jeassouls, or stealing softly up the steps of the pulpiticule, and respectfully kissed her fair aides-de-cainp, recommend order, and the unobserved by the minister, startled hiin hands, in spite of all her endeavours to party proceed to the designated spot. not a little by tapping bim on the should disengage them from his grasp. The lady | The part of the river destined for the der in the midst of his harangue, and in- made a precipitate retreat, and the Cos- winter fishery is about four hundred viting him, as well as he could by signs, sack watched her, as long as she was in wersts in length, following the winding accompanied with all sorts of grotesque sight, with a look of concern.'
course of tne Ural. Every day a certain gestures, to ciescend, and no longer inn- A Cossack's Word.--- The Cossack co- space is set apart for operations. Each terrupt the gratification which the organist lonel, Prince G***), was quartered with Cossack has his place, which he chooses afforded to himself and his companions. a lady of rank. The footman of the lat. as he arrives, and which he may change Notwithstanding the solemnity of the ter, going out of the house one evening with his neighbour if it suits thein, or if place, the gravity of the minister and his about nine o'clock, observed a Cossack one of them quits his situation ; but none congregation were not proof against this before the door, holding two horses. To of them can begin to fish till the attaman attack, and it was some time before the bis utter astonishment, he soon discovered has given the signal, by a discharge of former could so far recover from its lu. that it was no other than Prince G., his musketry. At this signal, each man dicrous effect, as to resune his discourse. mistress's guest.-"Good God !” said makes a hoie, the dimensions of which
• A young lady, of a respectable family, he, " is your highness holding horses?" are nearly defined in the ice at the spot was seated at her pianoforte, playing and -“ Yes; a Cossack, who did not know which he has chosen. He thrusts the singing. She was heard by a Cossack who me, just as I was coming out of the house, largest of his hooks down to the mud of was passing under her window. “Asif en- asked me to hold them for a moment. i the river, which is sometimes fifteen or chanted, he followed the melodious did not like to refuse him; but the fellow sixteen fathoms deep. The til, roused sounds, pursued his way up stairs, from stays rather too long. I have been from its torpor by another hook which room to room, and, after traversing seve- standing here almost an hour.”_" Let the fisherinan holds in bis leit hand, ral apartments, discovered the right one. me take the bridle; I will hold the strives to burrow deeper, and falls upon He entered, and stood listening behind horses.”—“ No; I must keep the pro- the first hook, which the Cossack instantthe lonely musician, who, half dead with mise which I have given to the Cossack. !y pulls up upon the ice.' It sometimes fear on perceiving the figure of her mar- A Cossack never breaks his word.” happens that two neighbours catch the tial visitor in a mirror, would naturally Whilst the servant was expressing his sur- same tish, or that they have need of aso hare run away. He detained her, and, prise at this kind of observance of the sistance to draw up the largest; in such in unintelligible language, but with word of a prince, the Cossack came up, cases they divide the booty. Some of them friendly gestures, begged for a da cupo ; recognized the illustrious horse-holder, will catch ten sturgeons a day, several of and without ceremony, fetched his com- and threw himself at the feet of his colo- | which will weigh as much as five puds, (a rades out of the street. The music soon nel, who mildly said, as he went away, pud is thirty-three pounds weight, and berelaxed the joints of the bearded warriors, “ Another time, don't stay so long.' lugas of above eight hundred pounds and in a few moments they struck up a The Ural tribes in Siberia have four weight. Others are so unfortunate as not charming Cossack dance, in the best fisheries every year, when tickets are
to catch any thing for several days; and, room in the house. The trembling girl given to the Cossacks registered for
perhaps, do not take altogether sufficient was obliged to summon up all her courage the military service. The Aitamans re- rations for the fishery have occasioned,
to detray the expenses which their preparefuse to perform their office in this criti- ceive four; the Starschines three, the and which they often make upon credit. cal juncture. She returned sincere other civil and military officers two, They never fail to ascribe this ill luck to thanks to heaven when the dance was over, and the private Cossacks one; but some spell that is set upon them, and if, and was not a little surprised when one of these tickets may be transferred or sold by accident, a frog should be brought up the delighted performers, with the most for the year. The first of these fisher- by their hook, they immediately desist cordial gestures, laid a piece of gold on ies is the most iinportant, the most pro- I would attend them.”
froin fishing, convinced that some fatality the piano forte. It was to no purpose ductive, and the most curious; and that the young lady refused it; the donors
The costumes of the different tribes retired, leaving behind them the piece of we therefore close our extracts with money, which ihe fair owner will doubt- an account of it:
are well represented, and the work is Jess presesve with care, as a memorial of • About the 3d or 4th of January, the
interesting, without having much prethe lovers of dancing and music from the registered Cossacks are assembled'
: in- tension to literary merit. Iudeed, the deserts of Asia.
quiry is made if those who have been abletter-press has only been considered as Politeness.- A Cossack, surrounded sent on business are returned, and where an auxiliary to the engravings, though by a legion of boys, whom he sometimes I the most fish have been observed; for the to us it is the most important feature.