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of men, women, and children pulled by each cable, crowding so closely that some could only use one hand. Infants are made to exert their strength in this office: for it is accounted a merit of righteousness to move the God. Upon the tower were the priests and satellites of the idol, surrounding his throne. I was told that there were about 120 persons upon the car altogether. The idol is a block of wood having a frightful visage painted black, with a distended mouth of a bloody colour. His arms are of gold, and he is dressed in gorgeous, apparel. The other two idols are of a white and yellow colour.- Five Elephants preceded the three towers, bearing towering Aags dressed in crimson capa. risons, and having bells hanging to their caparisons, which sounded musically as they moved.

'I went on in the procession, close by. the tower of Moloch; which, as it was drawn with difficulty, grated on its many wheels harsh thunder. After a few mi. nutes it stopped ; and now the worship of the God be. gan.-A high-priest mounted the car in front of the idol, and pronounced his obscene stanzas in the ears of the people; who responded at intervals in the same strain. These songs,' said he, are the delight of the God. His car can only move when he is pleased with the song. The car moved on a little way, and then stopped. A boy of about twelve years was then brought forth to attempt something yet more lascivious, if peradventure the God would move.' The child perfected the praise' of his idol with such ardent expression and gesture, that the God was pleased, and the multitude emitting a sensual yell of delight, urged the car along-After a few minutes it stopped again. An aged minister of the idol then stood up, and with a long rod in his hand, which he moved with indecent action, completed the variety of this disgusting exhibition. I felt a consciousness of doing wrong in witnessing it. I was also somewhat appalled at the magnitude and horror af the spectacle; I felt like a guilty person, on whom all eyes were fixed, and I was about to withdraw. But a scene of a different kir was now to presented. The characteristics of Moloch's worship are abscenity and blood, We have seen the former. Now comes the blood.'

To be continued,

The New and True Alexander the Great!

Who can read the following Anecdote and Extract without

secretly rejoicing, that such a character has been so providentially delivered from the power of the Destroyer, and sincerely wishing that this ornament to his country and the world may long live undisturbed in the hearts and

affections of his people. ANECDOTE OF ALEXANDER, EMPEROR OF

RUSSIA THE usual walk of the Emperor of Russia is on the banks of the Neva, upon the least frequented parts of which he is frequently seen, in a very contemplative, and sometimes in a very melancholy mood:-In one of his walks lately, a boatman happened to fall into the river, and after being some time in the water, he was taken out, through the exertion of his companion in the boat, and carried ashore. Alexander hastened to the spot where the man was landed, and assisted in strippiag him, and employed the process detailed in the former part of this


work with success. On the man being restored to life the philanthropic Alexander gave him a sum of money ; and upon his companion his Majesty settled a pension for life, as a reward for his benevolence.



"The Emperor, from some cause or other immaterial to the present subject, had considerably advanced his atten. dants; and, being led by the winding of the road within a short distance of the above mentioned river (the Wilna), and perceiving several persons assembled near the edge of the water, out of which they appeared to be dragging something, he instantly alighted, and, on approaching the spot, found it to be the body of a man, apparently lifeless. Prompted by humanity alone, and without any other assistance than that of the ignorant boors around him, to whom he was no otherwise known than that his uniform indicated an officer of rank, he had him conveyed to, and laid on the side of a bank, and immediately proceeded with his own hands to assist in taking off the wet cloths of the apparent corpse, and to rub his temples, wrists, &c. which his Imperial Majesty continued for a considerable time, using every other means, though destitute of every medical assistance, that appeared at the moment most likely to restore animation, but all without effect.

In the midst of this occupation, the Emperor was joined by the gentlemen of his suite, among whom was Dr. Weilly, his Majesty's Head Surgeons", Their exertions were immediately added to those of Vol. I. Q



the Emperor ; and on the Doctor's attempting to bleed the patient, his Majesty held and rubbed his arm, gave every other assistance in his power; that, however, and all other means they could devise, proved equally ineffecțual; so much so, that after above three hours' fruit. less attempts to recover him, the Doctor declared, to the extreme chagrin of the Emperor (who was by this time become very anxious about it) to be his opinion, that life was quite gone, and that it was useless to proceed any further.

Fatigued as he was with such continued exertion, the Emperor could not, however, rest satisfied, without en. treating Weilly to persevere, and make a fresh attempt to bleed him. The doctor, although (as he has declared to me himself, and from whose own mouth I have these particulars) he had not the slightest hope of being more successful in this than' in former ones,' proceeded, never. theless, to obey the positive injunction of his Imperial Majesty, when, the whole of them (the noblemen, &c.) making a last effort in rubbing, &c. the Emperor had, at length, ibe inexpressible satisfaction of seeing the blood make its appearance, accompanied by a slight groan.

The emotions of his Imperial Majesty on this occasion, the doctor informed me, are not to be described, and, in the plenitude of his joy, he exclaimed,

" Good God, this is the brightest day of my life!!" and the tears, which instantaneously sprang into his eyes, indicated that these words came from the heart.

It is useless to say, my dear Sir, that their exertions were, as you may suppose, redoubled, and finally crowned with complete success."

The Progress of Genius



Genius is that gift of God which learning cannot corfer, which no disadvantages of birth or education 'can wholly obscure.


JOHN BUNYAN, THE well-known author of the Pilgrim's Progress, was a travelling tinker, whose father also followed the same how calling

Haviug entered into the parliamentary army during - the civil wars he was imprisoned at the restoration; and

while in confinement he wrote that celebrated Allegory, is which has immortalized his name.

ROBERT BURNS, THE celebrated Scotch poet, was the son of a small farmer in Ayrshire, with whom he was bred to the Aumblest offiers of the farm.

It was while holding the plough, or driving the team a-field,' that he composed those exquisite pieces, which have gained merited applause, and enrolled his name among the first poets of his native country,

A few Short Advices,


1. WHEN you wish to have advice, have recourse to such as have bad the most experience: The mariner who bath long traversed the dangerous ocean, is surely the most fit to direct the urskilful over the rocks that are. therein concealedo 2. Mind the concerns of the soul above all earthly.

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