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demonstrated the possibility, that much good may result from such clemency, I shall now, according with my promise, present the reader with a domestic example, and strengthen the truth of my assertions, by shewing ibat mercy glorifies the actions of mankind, as the beams of the sun the general face of nature. This propensity to love has, among civilized nations, in all ages, been held up by good men for their fellows to fellow : Shakspeare, in his Jew of Venice, has drawn so brilliant a picture of it, as not to be excelled by the most enlightened of our times. But to avoid prolixity let me proceed.
As Mr. Shenstone was one day walking in his roinantic retreat, in company with his Delia, (Miss Wilmot), just as they entered the bower, made sacred to the memory of his friend Thomson, and while Shenstone was reciting a new melody, a rustic rushed from a thicket, presented a pistol to his breast, and demanded his money : the poet was at first surprized, and Delia fainted; but recovering himself, money (said he) is not worth struggling for, you cannot be poorer than I am, unhappy man, (continuerl Shenstone, throwing him his purse) take it, and fiy as fast as possible ; the robber did so, he threw his pistol in the water, and in a moment disappeared. The foot-boy that fol. lowed Shenstone at some distance, was ordered to pursue with caution, and to discover if possible his retreat. few hours the lad returned, and informed his master, that he had followed the man to Hales-Owen, where he lived ; that he went to the very door of his habitation, and looking through a flaw in the plaster, saw him throw the purse upon the floor, and heard him distinctly thus address his wifeThere Mary, take you the dear bought price of my honesty : thien placing two of his children on his knees, said to them, I have ruined my soul to keep you from starving; and immediately burst into a flood of tears,
This tale of the robber's distress, affected the generous Shenstone in a manner, not easy to express. Early the next
"As bright Aurora wak'd the golden morn,
When Shenstone, rising from the couch of rest,
bless'd; ? The man of mercy repaired to the place where the lad had directed, but first enquired of the villagers the general character of the offender, and found him to be a labourer, honest and industrious, but oppressed by want, and that he had a numerous family to support, with very little employment. Shenstone immediately turned toward the cottage of the peasant, who, as he beheld the injured man approach, ventured to come forward, and throwing himself at the feet of the offended, acknowledged his crime, and implored forgiveness : here the divine spirit of mercy strongly operated, Shenstone forgave him, and took the rustic home to assist at his buildings, and other improvements, where he remained for many years, and his secret unknown to all but his benificent master. When Shenstone resigned his earthly paradise for a better, this labourer attended him with tears of gratitude to the grave.
With solemn pace, full oft' at eve he'd stray,
To join at once, his Shenstone and his God ! You will perceive by this narration, how soon a good action may arise from a liberal mind, and readily acknowledge with me, that there has been many an h oest man condemned to death without deserving so severe a punishment; and that the rustic I describe, had probably been of that number, had he attacked any other than the benevolent Shenstone,
Immortal benevolence! thou richest gem that adorns the human soul! without thee kings are poor indeed, and to possess thee, renders the humble man divinely rich. In
vain we crown the conqueror with laurels, and the slayer
Kneel not to me:
ANIMAL SAGACITY OF A DOG.
The author of the Tableaux Topographiques de la Suisse, in his description of the Alps and Glaciers, relates the fol. lowing circumstance. The Chevalier Gaspard de Brandenburgh, who was Ammau of the district of Qoug, and died in 1728, was buried, together with his servant, by an Avalanche, as they were crossing the mountain St. Gotlard, in the neighbourhood of Airola. His dog, who had not been buried with him, did not quit the spot, where he had lost his master. Happily this was not far from the Convent. The faithful animal scratched the snow, and howled for a long time with all his strength : then ran to the Convent, returned, and then ran back again. Struck by bis perseverance, the people of the house followed him next morning. He led them directly to the spot, where he had scratched the snow, and the Chevalier, and his domestic, after thirtysix hours passed beneath it, were drawn out safe and well, They had distinctly heard every bark of the dog, and all the discourse of their deliverers. Sensible to the attachment of this fine animal, to which he owed his life, the Ammau ordered, on his death, that he should be represented on his tomb with his dear dog. At Zoug, in the church of St. Oswald, they still shew the tomb and the effigy of this Magistrate. He is represented with his dog at his feet.
ON FORTUNE TELLING AND PRETENSIONS TO
SKILL IN ASTROLOGY.
A pretence of being acquainted with future events of person's lives, seems to have been a thing equally ancient and absurd. Common sense, one would imaginc, must inform ail the world, that the whole is an entire impossibility, and yet we find people from the very earliest known ages have given credit to it; and what is more to be lamented, as well as more to be wondered at, is, that in these more enlightened times, the fallacy is so far from being banished out of the world, that it seems never to have been in greater repute than at present; and I believe it is pretty certain, that no one city at any period of time, ever supported so many conjurers at once, as there now flourish in London.
The dangerous trick of helping people to their stolen goods again, seems indeed a little out of use at present; whether it be that the owners of plate are too cunning to let the conjuror's emissaries lay hold of them, or that the fortune-tellers and pick pockets are 'less in league than formerly ; for as. suredly without verbal confession and a lucrative share in the secret, (thanks to the people in power), thievery is advanced as well as other sciences, to so high a pitch of perfection at present, that such proficients as ours, are much too cunning for such devils as our conjurors deal with. Though this branch of the business has decayed, however there are still subjects enough for the learned astrologer to practise his art upon. Young Wenches will always want to be married, and young wives to be widows, and if but one tenth of cither of these fall to the share of our whole set of conjuring doctors once a month, the profits will be more than sufficient to keep up the dignity of the function; to say nothing of the disbandeel courtiers, who pay before-hand for ill luck of the people whose places they want; the youny gentlemen, who wouli lain bribe madam Fortune to pull the pillow from under their father's head a little before her time; the sharers of private thieveries, under the authorised title of privateers; or the ten thousand fools, every one of whom the late lottery was to give ten thousand pound to.
The various ranks and degrees of these artists, from the çivil old gentlewoman who mends cracked china, or tells the secrets of old time with coffee-grounds, to the redoubted seventh son of the seventh son of Copernicus, who requires
half a guinea to cast a nativity, are not easily reckoned ; each however has its several province and several profits. The civil old lady who
leaves her wasbing-tub to tell my young lady Wishfort when Mr. Prettymàn will go by the door next, is contented with the moderate pay of sixpence every other day; but if the aunt misses a silver spoon or can. dlestick, it is ten to one but the cunning old devil can give a shrewd guess at which of the naughty servants has stole it.
The reverend gentleman who has, to save the trouble of long journeys, prudently taken his residence near the court, where he will be one day to hold up his band; after giving coaches and six to a dozen milliner's apprentices in a morning, and promising to as many ladies, who, through the unnatural custom of country, are unhappy enough to have but one husband a piece, that they shall have some civil things said to them in the evening at the play after the third act, by a gen, • tleman in green and gold ; can eat his capon in peace, and after the fatigue of the day, lay by the great bat and long perriwig, and rise like Vertumnus out of the old woman into a blooming young fellow of five and twenty, and putting on the coat of pretension, pay his half crown, and his compli. ments, where he has been promised beforehand, that they shall be well received.
The dumb lady, whose want of hearing or speaking, saves her the troublc ofa gtcat many unnecessary questions, having been guilty of some little trips of late, is now determined to sec no body but such as are introduced to her by some body she knows; and the world loves to cheat so well, that the good friend who introduces, usually qualifies the lady for giving a very satisfactory answer. This is a trifling advan. tage, however, the great one is behind; the lady is slow at her business, as she has not the common organs of speaking, and is reduced to write, and if Mr. Horner has notice that Mr. Dolittle's wife will have occasion to wait an hour at such a time, till the cunning woman is at leisure, it is some comfort, that if he has a mind to an hour's innocent amusement with a fine woman, he is sure her husband cannot be introduced in the mean time, as he has no friend åt court.
The profound literato of Exeter-street, who has long been known to the world, in the double capacity of doctor Eithera side, is not the last to be mentioned in a list like this. If the young squire applies to hin for good fortune, he can always tell him of a tall fair lady with the presence of a duchess, who will be waiting for him at such an hour, at the corner of the piazza, to give him à dish of tea before her churlish uncle comes home; and he is sure of more than treble pay for this the squire cannot but pay a double price for so much good