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lero's return to Ithaca, and then
made very free with the property
As to hounds, it is a delicate point to fay any thing to their prejudice. They are dogs of fport; and who would with to fpoil another man's fport? But twenty men, and twenty horfes, and twenty dogs, in twenty hours chace, and trefpafling on twenty times twenty of their neighbours' inclofures, for the im
elf (for my lord, in the plenitude of his power, from his a:bitrary difpofition, was that kind of man, that I could not, without running the risk of being hanged, have afked the queftion of another), will a general, who is fo extremely at-hounds! tentive to a lap-dog, ever conquer Canada? My lord did not conquer a word against them. Canada. What did he? Why, he
ing its diet. Upon this, I asked my-portant purpofe of killing one fox! Peradventure, too, instead of a fox, as I have actually known it to happen, to dig out of a hole to which the well-fcented hounds had led the eager hunters, a miferable opof fum! O the wonderful utility of
Refpe&ting puppies, I will not fay They are ve ry numerous; and no prudent man
will unneceffarily create a multitude | The ADVENTURES of the BARON de LOVZINSKI.
(Extracted from the Life of the Chevalier de Faublas.)
But to dogs in general I cannot be reconciled, without drawing fome public benefit from them. They are great eaters. Some of them would distance, at this exercife, the greate epicure along-fide of a haunch of venifon or a green turtle. They often confume what were better bestowed upon the poor; and what would feed many hundreds. They are out of all humour with the moon, when in its brightest fplendour, which argues their love of darkness, and probably for the works of it: they frequently tempt a horfe to throw his rider: they frighten the ladies; and it is not long fince that one of them ran away with, and finally, feloniously murdered, the favourite parrot of Belinda, that had long been the entertainment of the whole family; and fpoke as articulately, and generally more fenfibly, though not fo vociferously, as our modern Demofthenes of New Jersey. They often befpatter the filk ftockings of a wooer; and compel him to return home (painful interruption, confidering his errand) for another pair: they continually break the peace amongst themselves; and we have no laws to punish their frays and riots: they bark at us in day; and they disturb our repofe by night; and, whether from a guilty confcience or not, they frequently run mad, and for the bite of a mad dog, there are more recipes than cureɛ.
From the fupernumeraries of those, for the most part, very ufelefs animals, a confiderable revenue might be extracted, for the benefit of the flate. A very fmall tax upon every dog above one in a family, and fo in proportion for more than two, would amount to a great fum; and I cannot think the ferious confideration of fuch an impoft beneath the dignity of the legislature.
(Continued from Vol. XXV. p. 694.). 7HAT a night! my dear Fau blas; how many different cares, how many oppofite fentiments, agitated my unhappy mind during its continuance! How many times did I experience the fucceffive emotions of fear, hope, grief, and joy! After fo many dangers and inquietudes, Lodoifka was at length prefented to me by her father, and I was intoxicated with the dear hope of poffeffing her :-a barbarian had but now affaffinated her in my presence!
This was the most cruel and unfortunate moment of any during the whole courfe of my life!-But be comforted, my friend; my happiness, eclipfed as it were in a fingle inftant, was not long in fhining forth with all its former fplendour.
Amidst the Tartars belonging to Titfikan, was one fomewhat converfant in furgery. We fend for him; on his arrival he examines the wound, and affures us that it is but a flight one. The infamous Dourlinfki, constrained by his chains, and blinded by his defpair, had happily been prevented from giving any other than an ill-directed blow.
As foon as Titfikan was informed that the life of Lodoifka was not in any danger, he prepared to take leave of us.
I leave you, faid he, the five domeftics who accompanied Pulau fki; provifions for feveral days, arms, fix excellent horfes, two covered waggons, and all the people belonging to Dourliniki in chains. Their bafe lord is no more! Adieu! the day is about to appear; do not leave this place until to-morrow; I fhall then vifit the other cantons. Adieu, brave Poles! tell your coun trymen that Titfikan is not fo bad
as he has been reprefented to them, and that he fometimes reitores with one hand what he takes with another. Adieu!
At thefe words, he lifts his hand to his head, and having faluted us gracefully after the manner of his country, he gives the fignal to depart: the Tartars mount their fect courfers in an infant, pats along the drawbridge, and make for the neighbouring plain at a full gallop.
They had been gone fcarcely two hours when feveral of the neighbouring nobility, fupported by a detachment of militia, came on purpofe to inveft the caille of Dourliafki.
Lodolska, entirely cured of her wound, and perfectly recovered from her fatigues, had regained her ufual fpirits, and appeared in poffeflion of all her former beauty. Pulauski one day called me into his tent, and fpoke as follows: Three thoufand Ruliaus have appeared, as you well know, upon the heights above, and at no greater diftance than half a league from us take, in the course of the enfuing night, three thoufand chbien men, and go and chafe the. enemy from the advantageous pots which they now occupy. Recollect, that on the faccels of a firit attempt depends almot always that of the campaign; recollect that you are about to avenge your country's wrongs; recollect too, my friend, that to-morrow I fhall learn thy victory, and that to-morrow allo thou shalt efpoufe Lodolika!
I began my march about ten o'clock.At midnight we furprifed our enemies in their camp. Never was a defeat more complete: we killed feven hundred men; we took nine hundred prifoners; we feized all their cannon, the military cheft, and the ammunition.
At break of day Pulauski marches out to join me with the remainder of the troops he brings Lotoifka along with him: we are married in Pulaufki's tent. All the camp refounds with fongs of gladnets: valour and beauty are celebrated in joyous epithalamiums: it feemed to be the festival of Venus and Mars; and it might be truly faid, that eve ry foldier feemed to be improlled with the fame fentiments as inyfelf, and that they all partock of my happinefs.
After I had given up the first days of fo dear an union entirely to love, I began to think of recompen fing the heroic fidelity of Buleilas. My father-in-law prefented him with one of his callles, fituate at fome leagues from the capital; and Lodelka and myfulf added to nis princely
princely donation a confiderable fum | cipitated themselves towards my in ready money, on purpose to tent, on purpose to plunder it. Puenable him to lead an independent laufki and myself, followed by fome and a tranquil life. nobles, flew to the defence of Lodoifka, whom we faved with difficulty: my daughter, however, had been carried off.
He first refused to leave us; but we commanded him to go and take poffeffion of his caftle, and live peaceably in that honourable retreat which his fervices had fo amply merited. On the day of his departure, I took him afide:-You must go in my name, faid I, and wait upon our monarch at Warfaw: inform him that I am united in the bonds of Hymen to the daughter of Pulaufki: ftate to him that I am armed on purpofe to chafe out of his kingdom thofe foreigners who are ravaging it; and tell him, in particular, that Lovzinski, a foe to the Ruffians, is not the enemy of his king.
I will not fatigue you, my dear Faublas, with the recital of our operations during eight fucceeding years of a bloody war.- Sometimes vanquished; much oftener victorious; equally great in the midst of a defeat, as formidable after a victory, and always fuperior to events, Pulaufki attracted and fixed the attention of all Europe, whom he aftonished by his long and vigorous refiftance. Obliged to abandon one province, he made incurfions into, and performed new prodigies of valour, in another and it was thus that, in marching fucceffively throughout all the palatinates, he fignalized in each of them, by fome glorious exploit, that eternal hatred which he had fworn against the enemies of Poland.
This lovely child, by a fage precaution which her mother had wifely made ufe of in thofe times of inteftine commotion, had the arms of our family impreffed, by means of a chemical preparation, under her left breaft: but my fearch after my daughter has hitherto been ineffectual. Alas! Dorlifka, my dear Dorlifka, either exits in flavery, or exifts no more.
This lofs affected me with the moft lively forrow. Pulaufki, however, appeared almost infenfible to my misfortunes; either becaufe his mind was occupied at this moment with the great project which he foon after communicated to me, or because the miseries of his country alone could affect his floic heart. He, as ufual, re-affembles the remains of his army, takes poffeffion of an advantageous poft, employs feveral days in fortifying, and maintains himself in it for three whole months, against all the efforts of the Ruffians.
It, however, became at length neceffary that he fhould abandon this fituation, as provifions were beginning to be scarce.-Pulaufki, on this occation, came to my tent; and, having ordered every one to retire, when we alone remained, he addreff d me as follows:
Lovzinski, I have juft reafon for complaining of your conduct. Formerly you fupported, along with me, the burden of command, and I was enabled to divide with my fon-in-law a part of my laborious avocations: but for these two last months, you do nothing but weep; you figh like a woman! You have pre-abandoned me in a critical moment, when
Wife of a warrior, daughter of a hero, accustomed to the tumult of a camp, Lodoiska accompanied us every where. Of five children which he had borne me, an only daughter alone remained to us, about eighteen months old. One day, after a most obftinate engagement, the victorious Ruffians VOL. XXVI.
when your affiftance was become the most neceflary! You fee how I am attacked on all fides; I fear not for myself; I am not unhappy for my own life; but if we perith, the ftate has no longer any defenders.
Awake, Lovzinfki! how robly you once participated in my cares! Do not now remain the ufelefs witness of them. We are indeed bathed in Ruffian blood: our fellow citizens are avenged; but they are not faved: nay, even in a fhort time we may be able no longer to defend them.
fentiments? Speak! what would you have done?
Pulaufki, I am ready.
I will not diffemble to you the danger of the enterprize; the event is doubtful, and, if you do not fucceed, your ruin is inevitable.
You aftonish me Pulaufki! Whence these finifter auguries?
I tell you that I am ready, therefore explain yourself.
I am not alarmed without reafon. Confider our prefent pofition: I
You are not ignorant, that searce four thousand men now fight under my command: with thefe undoubt
the love of its country; I have found no where but degenerate men born for flavery, or weak ones, who, although penetrated with a fenfe of their own misfortunes, have bounded all their views to barren complaints.
am forced to awaken in every heartedly I have ftill an opportunity of tormenting our enemies; but with fuch feeble means, I dare not hope to be ever able to force them to leave our provinces. All the nobility would flock beneath our banners, if the king were in my camp!
What do you fay? Can you hope that the king would ever confent to repair hither?
No; but he must be forced to do
I repeat to you, Pu'aufki, once more, that you aftonifh me! In circumstances no lefs disastrous, no lefs unhappy, than the prefent, I have beheld you fuftain yourself by
To ftrike the boldest stroke that I ever meditated! Forty chofen men are affembled at Czenftachow along with Kaluvfki, whofe bravery is well known; they want a chief, able, firm, intrepid-It is you whom I have chofen.
Some true citizens arc, indeed, ranged under my ftandards; but eight long and bloody campaigns have leffened their number, and al-fo. most extinguished them. I become enfeebled by my very victories ;our enemies appear more numerous after their defeats.
Do you think that it now abandons me True valour does not confid in being blind to danger, but in braving it after it has been foreseen. Our enemies prepare for my defeat; however, if you choofe, Lovziniki, the very day which they point out for their triumph fhall perhaps be that deftined to record their ruin, and achieve the fafety of our fellow-citizens !
If I choofe! Can you doubt my
Yes! I know that an ancient friendship connects you with M. de P : but fince you have fupported, along with Pulaufki, the caufe of liberty, you know also that you ought to facrifice every thing to the good of your country; that an intereft fo facred
I know my duty, and I am ready to fulfil it; but what is it that you now propofe to me? The king never leaves Warfaw.
True; and it is, therefore, at Warfaw that you must go and find him: it is from the heart of the capital that he must be forced.
What preparations have, you made for fo great an enterprife?
You behold yon Ruffian army, three times as ftrong as mine, and which has been encamped three months