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The Moralizer.No. 4.
usher him into futurity, with a ten- posed rarities. His attention was refold weight of guilt on his accursed warded, and his credit increased. In head.
twelve months he doubled his capital; ** Nan ceræ voces tum demum pectore ab imo
and in nine successive years, found “Eliciuntur ; et eripitur persona, mane tres." himself in circumstances sufficiently
easy, to justify him in disposing of his Will. Legune was the only son of shop and business. He then devoted parents, whose information and whose his time to reading, and employed his circumstances contributed to furnish abilities in investigation. He studied him with a liberal education. His fa- polemical publications, and discoursed ther occupied two conspicuous offices, on controverted points; read Hobbes's being at the same time clerk and col- Leviathan with admiration, was enlector of taxes in the parish where
raptured with the sentiments of Hume's he resided. He was a man of consi- History and Essays, and could repeat derable intelligence, and unusual so
more than one-fourth of Creech's Lubriety; having been heard to swear cretius. The fund of argument with but once, and that when he was inter- which these obnoxious productions rupted in an attempt to demonstrate bad supplied bim, was not designed his affinity to Susanna, wife of
for concealment. He regularly fre****, parish clerk, whose memoirs, quented a coffee house, and daily written by himself, have been perused made proselytes. His advocates at with so much interest, in the works of length became so numerous, and his A. Pope, Esq. His son William, by sentiments so notorious, that he quitted a voice naturally good, and a disposi- his accustomed rendezvous,and formed tion unusually facetious, became the
a club at anoiher end of the town, of favourite of the squire, who, before which he was constituted the presihis hopeful client bad seen seventeen dent. Here infidelity usurped the summers, sent him with a recom
power of reason; and atheism was mendatory letter to the manager of invested with the ensigns of virtue. one of the London theatres. Elate Scepticism was denominated unprejuwith expectation, and glowing with diced inquiry; and Christianity subgratitude, Will. repaired to the me-jected to senseless derision. The tropolis; and was not a little mortified, surest road to the esteem of these unon his arrival, at missing his creden- hallowed deriders of sacred subjects, tials. Pride probibited bis return;
was an unsolicited insult on the scripwhilst emulation encouraged bis stay; tures, or an indirect sarcasm on reliand in the prosecution of a scheme, gion, with the success of which he had identified all his hopes of satisfaction and
Quem dixere chaos, rudis ingestaque moles. comfort, he resolved that personal But Will. to his mortification soon negligence should not constitute the perceived his principles utterly incacause of his disappointment. But in pable, either of imparting moral excelvain was his attendance regular, and lence, or of ensuring uninterrupted his address respectful. After fruitless prosperity. In the short space of three solicitations, and repeated delays, he years, he saw two of his associates resigned all hope of obtaining a situa-transported for felony, two lodged in tion, for which he had anxiously ap- the Fleet for debt, and one hung for plied, and on which he had confidently forgery. After the execution of this calculated. In the orchestra of a unhappy miscreant, he evidently beneighbouring church, where he occu- came the subject of much mental depied a weekly station, the propriety of jection ; was often alone, and seldom his behaviour, and the melody of bis accessible. At length his total convoice, introduced him to the notice, finement to his apartment, during the and eventually into the service, of a course of a great part of the mornchildless widower; whose foibles he ing, excited alarming apprehensions. so artfully flattered, and whose affec- No reply was made to loud and tions he so fully won, as to be appoint- reiterated applications for adm ised one of his executors on the death sion: at length the door was burst of his master, with a legacy of £300. open, and the unfortunate champion He now commenced trade, rose early, of specious infidelity, was found stretchlived frugally, dressed neatly; printed ed on the sofa, an inanimate corpse, cards, bowed to customers, and ex- On the table was a bottle of laudaNo. 23—-VOL. III.
IN NEW ZEALAND.
27 Shocking Instance of Cannibalism in New Zealand. 28 num, and a slip of paper, with this savage-looking man, of gigantic stasentence in his own hand-writing : ture, entirely naked, and armed with
Mr. Leigh, though somewhat GULIELMUS LEGUNE;
intimidated, manifested no symptoms qui, si modo quantum sibi consuluit, Deum coluisset, of fear, but boldly demanded to see the
lad. The cook, for such was the ocnunquam in extremo fato ita destitutus esset.
cupation of this terrific monster, then
held him up by his feet. He appeared SHOCKING INSTANCE OF CANNIBALISM,
to be about fourteen years of age, and
was about half roasted. Mr. Leigh Although we copy the following ar
returned to the village, where he found ticle from the Literary Gazette, we
several hundreds of the natives seated have been in possession of the melan- in a circle, with a quantity of coomery choly fact upwards of three months. | (a sort of sweet potato) before them, This horrible tale was told, at the late and waiting for the roasted body of the Methodist conference held in Liver- youth. In this company were shewn pool, by Mr. Samuel Leigh, a Wes- to him the parents of the child, expectleyan Missionary, who at that time had ing to share in the horrid feast. After lately returned to England from New reasoning with them for about half an Zealand, &c.
hour on the inhumanity and wickedOur readiness to comply with a re
ness of their conduct, he prevailed on quest which was then made to us, not
them to give up the boy to be interred, to give immediate publicity to the re- and thus prevented them from conlation, furnishes the reason why we
summating the most cruel, unnatural, did not at that time insert this, and and diabolical act, of which human naseveral anecdotes of a similar descrip
ture is capable.” tion and character, in the pages of the
Mr. Leigh, on rescuing the body Imperial Magazine. Its public ap
from their hands, found on examinapearance, however, having rendered tion, that it was in a mutilated state; the request inefficacious on the part of it having no head, and only one arm. those who solicited, cancels, we con
He then informed the savages, that he ceive, the obligation on ours.
must have the absent parts, especially state these circumstances, that the par
the head, as the body was no good ties concerned may not think we have without the head.” Finding him Both treated their request with disrespect.
resolute and persevering, they, after some time, reluctantly procured the
head, and gave it up. Having ob“One day, while Mr. Leigh was walk- tained this, he then urged similar ining on the beach, conversing with a quiries respecting the arm, and insistnative chief, his attention was arrested ed on having it restored. This, they by a great number of people on a neigh- soon gave him to understand, was imbouring bill. He inquired the cause of possible; and on being pressed closely such a concourse, and being told that on the ground of the asserted imposthey were roasting a lad, and had as- sibility, they put their fingers to their sembled to eat him, he immediately open mouths, to signify that this part proceeded to the place, in order to as- had been already eaten. With regard certain the truth of this appalling rela- to the intestines, we do not recollect tion. Having arrived at the village that Mr. Leigh made any particular where the people were collected, he remark. asked to see the boy. The natives ap- It furthermore appears, from the peared much agitated at his presence, account given by Mr. Leigh, that with and particularlyat his request,as if con- these horrid repasts the barbarians of scious of their guilt: and it was only af- New Zealand were but too well acter a very urgent solicitation that they quainted. They had so far polished directed bim towards a large fire at cannibalism into refinement, that they some distance, where they said he could distinguish the most delicate would find him. As he was going to portion in the human body, from the this place, he passed by this bloody spot parts which were less palatable to the on which the head of the unhappy vic- savage epicure. They informed him, tim had been cut off ; and on ap- that the most delicious morsel was a proaching the fire, he was not a little particular part of the arm, to which startled at the sudden appearance of a l'they directed his attention,
30 THE SEVEN ICEBERGS OF
· The front surface of icebergs is BERGEN.
glistening and uneven. Wherever a
part has recently broken off, the colour • The Seven Icebergs are each, on an of the fresh fracture is a beautiful average, about a mile in length, and greenish blue, approaching to emeraldperhaps near two bundred feet in green; but such parts as have long height at the sea edge; but some of been exposed to the air, are of a greenthose to the southward are much great-ish-grey colour, and, at a distance, er. A little to the northward of Horn sometimes exhibit the appearance of Sound, is the largest Iceberg I have cliffs of whitish marble. In all cases, seen. It occupies eleven miles in length the effect of the iceberg is to form a of the sea coast. The highest part of pleasing variety in prospect, with the the precipitous front adjoining the sea, magnificence of the encompassing is, by measurement, four hundred and snow-clad mountains, which, as they two feet, and it extends backwark to recede from the eye, seem to “rise the summit of the mountain, to about crag above crag,” in endless perspecfour times that elevation. Its surface tive. forms a beautiful inclined plane of On an excursion to one of the smooth snow; the edge is uneven and Seven Icebergs, in July 1818, I was perpendicular. At the distance of fif- particularly fortunate in witnessing teen miles, the front edge subtended one of the grandest effects which these an angle of ten minutes of a degree. polar glaciers ever present. A strong Near the South Cape lies another ice- | north-westerly swell having for some berg, nearly as extensive as tbis. It hours been beating on the shore, had occupies the space between two lateral loosened'a number of fragments attachridges of hills, and reaches the very ed to the iceberg, and various heaps of summit of the mountain, in the back- broken ice denoted recent shoots of ground, on which it rests.
the seaward edge. As we rowed to* It is not easy to form an adequate wards it with a view of proceeding conception of these truly wonderful close to its base, I observed a few little productions of nature. Their magni- pieces fall from the top, and while my tude, their beauty, and the contrast eye was fixed upon the place, an imthey form with the gloomy rocks mense column, probably fifty feet around, produce sensations of lively in- square, and one hundred and fifty feet terest. Their upper surfaces are ge- high, began to leave the parent ice at nerally concave: the higher parts are the top, and leaning majestically foralways covered with snow, and have a ward with an accelerated velocity, fell beautiful appearance; but the lower with an awful crash into the sea. The parts, in the latter end of every sum- water into which it plunged was conmer, present a bare surface of ice. The verted into an appearance of vapour or front of each, which varies in height smoke, like that from a furious canfrom the level of the ocean, to four nonading. The noise was equal to hundred or five hundred feet above it, that of thunder, which it nearly resemlies parallel with the shore, and is ge-bled. The column which fell was nearly nerally washed by the sea. This part, square, and in magnitude resembled a resting on the strand, is undermined to church. It broke into thousands of such an extent by the sea, when in any pieces. This iceberg was full of rents way turbulent, that immense masses, as high as any of our people ascended loosened by the freezing of water upon it, extending in a direction parlodged in the recesses in winter, or by ticularly downward, and divided into the effect of streams of water running innumerable columns. In some places, over its surface, and through its chasms chasms of several yards in width were in summer, break asunder, and with a seen, in others they were only a few thundering noise fall into the sea. But inches or feet across. One of the as the water is in most places shallow sailors who attempted to walk across in front of these icebergs, the masses the iceberg, imprudently stept into a which are dislodged are commonly re- narrow chasm filled up with snow to duced into fragments before they can the general level. He instantly plungbe floated away into the main sea. ed up to his shoulders, and might, but This fact seems to account for the for the sudden exertion of his arms, rarity of icebergs in the Spitzbergen have been buried in the gulf.'
SKETCHES OF FEMALE CHARACTER REMARKABLE COINCIDENCES RÉSPECTAT OTAHEITE, IN 1796.
ING SNEEZING. The women of quality allow them- It was formerly a prevailing custom selves greater liberties than their infe- in this country, on the sneezing of an riors; and many among the Arreoy infant, for its father, mother, nurse, or women, (a licentious society enjoying some friend present, to say, "God bless various privileges,) pride themselves you,” or “God bless you, my dear;" and on the number of their admirers, and in many parts of the nation this usage live in a fearfully promiscuous inter- is not yet abandoned. This custom
Few children can be the con- seems to have been founded upon an sequence of this mode of life, and ancient superstition, that sneezing was these are universally murdered the occasioned either by witches or evil moment they are born.
spirits, portending evils, which this inYet with all this, many are true and vocation was introduced to prevent. tender wives; their large families It is somewhat remarkable, that in prove their sacred attachment to the Otaheite the same custom prevails individual with whom they are united ; among the natives; but their views of and our European sailors who have the occasion have not been communicobabited with them have declared, cated. With us, the expression “God that more faithful and affectionate bless you,” &c. is chiefly confined to creatures to them and their children the sneezing of infants, but not exclucould no where be found. The history sively so, it being sometimes used in of Peggy Stewart marks a tenderness reference both to men and women. In of heart that will never be heard Otaheite, when a stranger enters the without emotion.
habitation of a native, the people of “ This woman was the daughter of the house call out Mannow wa, “Wela chief, and was taken for his wife by come,” to which the stranger replies, Mr. Stewart, one of the unhappy mu- Harre minay, “ I am coming :” imtineers. They had lived with the old mediately those of the house answer, chief in the most tender state of en- | Yourana t' Eatooa, “ God bless you.' dearment. A beautiful little girl was And if any person sneeze, whether the fruit of this union: she was at old or young, they use the same salathe breast when the Pandora arrived, tation or expression, “ God bless you." seized the criminals, and secured them After the origin of this singular coinin irons on board the ship.
cidence it would be in vain to inquire. “ Frantic with grief, the unhappy Peggy (for so he had named her) flew with her infant in a canoe to
ANOTHER COINCIDENCE ON THE TRIthe arms of her husband. The interview was so affecting and afflict
NITY, STILL MORE REMARKABLE, ing, that the officers on board were There is another coincidence in the overwhelmed with anguish ; and names given by the inhabitants of OtaStewart himself, unable to bear the heite to the objects of their worship, heart-rending scene, begged she might that is equally striking, and far more not be admitted again on board. She important. was separated from him by violence, The deities of Otaheite are nearly and conveyed on shore, in a state of de- as numerous as the persons of the inspair and grief too big for utterance. habitants. Every family has its tee, or
“Withheld from him, and forbidden guardian spirit, whom they set up and to come any more on board, she sunk worship at the morai. But they have into the deepest dejection; it preyed a great god, or gods, of a superior upon ber vitals ; she lost all relish for order, denominated FwHANOW Po, food and life ; rejoiced no more ; born of Night. pined away under a rapid decay of two The general name for deity, in all months; and fell a victim to her feelings, its ramifications, is Eatnoa, dying literally of a broken beart. Her Three are held supreme ; standing child is perhaps yet alive, baving been in a height of celestial dignity that no brought up by a sister, who nursed it others can approach unto ; and what with peculiar care, discharging to- is more extraordinary, the names are wards the helpless orphan, all the personal appellations. duties of an affectionate mother." 1. Tane, te Medooa, “The FATHER."
Reflections on the New Year.
2. Oromattow, 'Tooa tee te Myde, hours, and enliven the lonesome path. " GOD IN THE SON."
The mariner, who is sailing on a sea 3. Taroa, Mannoo te Hooa, “ The replete with rocks and quicksands, BIRD, THE SPIRIT."
steers his fragile bark with much “ To these di majores they only ad- anxiety and solicitude, and ever and dress their prayers in times of great anon, amid impending dangers which distress and seasons of peculiar exi- threaten him with immediate destrucgency, supposing them too exalted to tion, he inquires, Whither am I directbe troubled with matters of less moing my course? Sball I arrive in safety ment than the illness of a chief, storms, at the haven of security? Whilst hope devastations, war, or any great cala- keeps his mind buoyant; and the mity.”- Missionary Voyage, page 333. prospect of seeing those he loves, and
who are related to him by ties the
strongest, and most endearing, adds a REFLECTIONS ON THE NEW YEAR. sweet to the bitters of many a cheer
less day, and joyless night.
The Christian is a traveller ; the 'Tis greatly wise to talk with our past bours, And ask them, what report they bure to heaven; world, in his estimation, is a dreary And how they might bave borne more welcome region; he is beset with merciless and Their answers form what men Experience call; cruel foes; he is continually in danIf Wisdom's friend, her best; if not, worst foe. ger of mistaking his path, and becomO reconcile them! Kind Bxperience cries, There's nothing here, but what as nothing
ing a prey to his blood-thirsty and imFeigbs;
placable enemies : how indispensably The more our joy, the more we know it vain ;
necessary then is it for him to cultivate And by success are tutor’d to despair.
reflection, and to make frequent inquiNor is it only thus, but must be so. Who knows not this, though grey, is still a child. ries with regard to his situation, but Loose then from earth the grasp of fond desire, Weigh anchor, and some happier clime explore. ance of that God, whose be is, and
above all to solicit the aid and guidNight Thoughts.
whom he professes to serve, who has To review a past year, a past month, condescendingly and kindly engaged a past week, a past day, yea, even a to become the guide and protector of past bour, well becomes those who his people, whilst they are wandering are candidates for eternal happiness. through this vale of tears. To pause a moment, and inquire,
The Christian is a mariner; he is What have I been doing? Whither am sailing over a tempestuous ocean, and I going ? Am I in a safe path ? Shall his feeble bark is in continual danger I arrive eventually at that place where of dashing upon a rock, or of founderhappiness is unallayed by misery, and ing upon the quicksands; he expeholiness is unmixed with sin and sor- riences wave upon wave, billow upon row ?-well becomes those who are billow, and often gives up all for lost. feelingly alive to the destinies of man
“ All hope that he shall be saved, is kind. The queries are of such infinite taken away:" at this moment, howimportance, as to need no enforcement ever, with restless importunity he inupon the mind of the true Christian; 1 vokes the assistance of that Friend who opop the mind of that man, who is is born for adversity, whose aid he aware of the awful responsibility at- has heretofore experienced in circumtaching itself to his conduct, whilst stances as urgent as those in which he in a state of trial and probation. The is now placed ; and exercising implicit traveller, who is directing his course confidence in bis veracity and fidelity, through a dreary region, abounding he exclaims, “Lord, save, or I perish. with savage beasts, and more savage Nor does he supplicate in vain; for men,
soon, in accents sweet and melodious,
-pauses oft, more sweet than e'er flowed from morAnd oft with trembling limbs and aching heart, tal tongue, he hears his Father's voice, Looks backward, forward, on this side and on saying, “ Peace, be still; and, lo, there that.
is a calm." Then he dismisses his Being assured of safety, he resumes fears, and banishes his sorrows; with his perilous journey, whilst the antici- alacrity and joy, he unfurls his sails pation of a speedy arrival at the place and speeds his course, whilst the conof destination, and a contemplation sciousness of his possessing a skilful of the objects he has in view, iend in and unerring pilot, and the anticipasome measure to beguile the tedious tion of a speedy arrival at the haven