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spoken Russian with their landlord. How sur- scrutinizing glance at his pupil. “Oh yes,” cried prised was he one day, on being addressed by her she, her eye lighting up with enthusiasm," and I in excellent English. She had studied it only for feel you were quite right." "Shall we learn Greek pa a month or two, and from that day never spoke said he. Elizabeth smiled. “You will not be the anything to him but his own tongue.* Some only female who has known Greek: Madame Dacier English strangers presented her with Milton's has even translated Homer.” Elizabeth seized her works, which soon became her favourite reading in tutor's hand with joy. In six months Homer was that language.
her favourite author. A change now took place in the domestic ar- She had casually heard of the celebrated Italian rangements of the Kulmanns, beneficial for both linguist, Mezzofanti,* afterwards cardinal, who at mother and daughter. Two dear friends, who had that time was acquainted with thirty-six languages. rendered the former constant pecuniary assistance, She resolved to tread in his footsteps, in so far as were dead, and it was with the greatest difficulty to become acquainted with every language that that they could procure oil and wood—important could store her mind with new ideas, thus differing articles of winter consumption in a Russian house from her proposed model, with whom the learning hold. Their landlord, who loved Elizabeth as his of languages was a mere passion. Before she had own child, reduced their rent to an almost nominal completed her sixteenth year, she learnt modern amount, but it was still more than they could dis- Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, and Sclavonian, charge. Through the medium of an old friend of making in all eleven tongues, eight of which she the family, named Meder, who had been appointed spoke fluently. She was preparing to study Perto an official situation in St. Petersburg, they made sian and Arabian, when her first illness interrupted the acquaintance of an aged priest, named Abram her studies. In three of the above languages, Abramow, who had lost his wife, and lately also Russian, German, and Italian, she wrote with a his only danghter. On hearing of Elizabeth's purity of diction which no native could excel; and talent and her mother's poverty, the old man im- most of the poems she composed in either of these mediately offered them an asylum in his house, tongues, were immediately translated by her into which was now too large for himself. The above- the other two. Her future destination bad often mentioned friend had two daughters, and as he been a subject of anxiety to her mother, who saw possessed great scientific knowledge, he devoted the necessity of her gaining her own living. Her himself to their education, Elizabeth being allowed instructor, convinced of her high poetical powers, to join them in their lessons. She thus learnt but wishing to have the opinion of one whose botany, mineralogy, natural philosophy, and ma- judgment none could dispute, wrote to a friend of thematics, with music and drawing. Elizabeth had his in Germany, inclosing some of her poems in often heard her two new benefactors speaking Latin German, Italian, and French, and requested him together, and to hear a language with which she to obtain Goethe's opinion of them. We give an Fas unacquainted was but to excite in her mind a extract from the answer :-"On my reading The longing desire to gain a knowledge of it. She Stream,' Goethe listened with attention, and when wished to show her gratitude to Abramow by I had finished, exclaimed, ' Boldly imagined and learning Latin, and congratulating him in that boldly executed!' He then read himself, and on tongue on his next birthday. "Is Latin diffi- reading The Lightning, exclaimed repeatedly, cult?” asked she of her tutor, who still continued 'Excellent, excellent! Tell the young poetess in his occasional instructions. “ For you no language my name, in Goethe's name, that I prophesy her a is difficult," was the reply; "in six months you will high rank in literature, in whichever of the lanknow it as well as you do your other languages." guages known to her she may choose to write.'" “Will you teach me?” “Willingly. To-morrow Elizabeth was endowed with other qualities I will send you a grammar, which you will learn which would have been sufficient to raise her to by heart at your leisure.” She had formed an idea eminence. She possessed a beautiful voice, which that Latin was difficult, and therefore resolved to had been highly cultivated by the old priest, and be doubly diligent. Such, accordingly, was her ex. whenever a foreigner happened to come to their traordinary perseverance and capacity that in less house, she had always his national songs ready, than three months she had completely mastered which she sang with such taste, spirit, and feeling, the difficulties of Cornelius Nepos, Cæsar, and that her hearers were filled with astonishment and Cieero! She then turned her attention to Greek. admiration. To an Italian, on one occasion, she She had listened attentively one evening to a con- repeated some verses of Metastasio and Tasso. Fersation on the advantages to be derived from the "What a marvel!” he exclaimed. “You have study of the dead languages. Her enthusiastic figure, action, feeling, expression, and a voice such and profound attention had not escaped the watch as I have never heard before, though I have traful eye of her friend and instructor. He was fully velled over the whole of Europe." prepared for what followed on his next visit. She Of the self-denial she was capable of, when the was abstracted, and unusually quiet during her pleasure of others was concerned, the following lessons, and he at once perceived that she was anecdote gives pleasing evidence. She was invited absorbed by some new plan that she had con by some friends to attend the performance of some ceived, and immediately guessed what that pro- music of a very high order, of which she was pas
“How warmly we disputed the other sionately fond. For several days she was greatly night on Homer and the ancients," said he, with a elated in anticipation of the coming treat. On the
very evening, however, when she was to have * Lest the rapidity of acquiring languages should appear incredible, it may be well to remind the reader that Russians in general have a peculiar facility in this department of know- * Mezzofanti died March 16th, 1849, in the 75th year of his ledge.
age. He is said to have known more or less of 56 Inaguages,
enjoyed it, her tutor, whom she now seldom saw, ! beth, being obliged to wait for the carriage, during and who happened to be at liberty, called to spend stormy weather, had caught cold. Her brother inthe evening with her. She immediately despatched vited her to spend some days with them, to which a note of excuse to her friends, and all their endea- she unwillingly consented, as she felt unwell
. It vours to induce her to go were in vain. It was not was during her residence here that the inundation till some days afterwards that her instructor heard happened. She was separated from her mother, of what pleasure he had been the unconscious means and uncertain as to her fate. Her brother's house of depriving her. “It would have been ungrateful was filled with the weeping and wailing families of me," said she,“ to have left the company of even who dwelt on the ground floors of the neighboura less benefactor, but what name would my con- ing houses, which were filled with water. Amidst duct have deserved if I had quitted you, my great, the general distress and confusion, Elizabeth was est benefactor on earth? Even if I had been sure seen on her knees in a corner, fervently praying to that I would never have had another opportunity God for the safety of her mother and all the af. of hearing the music, I would not, under such cir- flicted. cumstances, have gone."
The waters at length subsided, but Elizabeth's With all her talents and acquirements she was health was permanently injured by the unpropi. modest and retiring in company, and seldom ven- tious character of the season. Her tutor took the tured to offer her opinion unless it was asked for. first opportunity of coming to inquire after her. But when it was solicited, she was no longer the One glance revealed to him the change that had timid listener, but the leader of the conversation; come over her; and he turned pale when she while on disputable points, the most learned found greeted him with the melancholy words, “ The proin her an antagonist wlio gained their love and phecy of the nurse is fulfilled.” We need hardly esteem, as much as she excited their wonder and add, however, that there was no connexion between astonishment. Nor was she less remarkable for the the two events of the nurse's prediction and her love of order she manifested in every action of daily untimely end. As a delicate child, it was obvious life. Never was a book lent to her known to have to all that she was exposed to special risks. a stain upon it when returned ; hence all her friends As we are now arrived almost at the close of her willingly intrusted her with whatever books she poetical career, we will pause to take a glance at required. “In one thing,” said she, jestingly, “ I the literary works she left behind her. 1. The am superior even to Franklin-the order in which Gallery of Pictures in Sixty Saloons. This is a colI keep all that belongs to me, for Franklin com- lection of short poems on all subjects. 2. Transplains that he could not keep his papers in such lations of Anacreon in eight languages. 3. Transorder as he would have wished."
lation of Oserow's tragedies. 4. Translations of She was extremely neat in her person, and was two of Alfieri's tragedies in German, and of bis never seen in an untidy or dirty dress, even during “Saul” in Russian. 5. “Poetical Attempts" in the period of her greatest poverty. On the occa- German, Russian, and Italian. 6. Translation of sion of some festival, the prettiness and even ele- Iriarte's Fables, from the Spanish ; fragments of gance of her attire attracted general attention. “It Camoen's Lusiade and thirty odes of Manoel ; fragis only calico," said she, laughing, “and, like many ments of Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Reof the boldest pictures and expressions of the poets, gained ; several poems of Metastasio ; all into Gerlooks well at a distance; but you must not ex- man. 7. Tales, Russian, oriental, and foreign ; amine their texture. For instance, Milton's dark all written in Russian, with the exception of two ness visible' is a picture which astonishes the in German. 8. The national songs of Modern boldest imagination; but if you look at it closer, Greece. This was her last work. (pardon me, beloved Milton, if I speak the truth, To give an idea of the extent of the above in spite of my veneration for you), you find it no- works, we will only remark, that the edition of them thing but nonsense."
now before us, containing only her original poems Up to her sixteenth year, her constitution, though in German, is a large octavo volume of 670 pages, delicate, had been such as to give hopes of a much each with double columns. They were first publonger life than she was destined to enjoy. At her lished in Germany in 1846, and have already birth the nurse bad said she would be a talented reached the sixth edition. child, but would not live long. This prophecy, the It will naturally be asked, How is it possible that latter part of which it required no great skill to make, i one so young could write works, which, if written had been carefully concealed from her by her mo- by a man who had attained the age of half a cen. ther, till it was accidentally revealed to her by a tury, would entitle him to be called a productive well-meaning but foolish gossip of their acquaint. genius ? A glance at her daily life will explain ance. An expression of unpleasantness was painted much of the mystery, and show how far natural on the countenances of all present (for the Russians genius was assisted by an almost supernatural in. are somewhat superstitious), and the ominons words, dustry and perseverance. which Elizabeth saw at a glance had been pur- Since her eleventh year, Elizabeth never slept posely kept back from her, made a lasting impres- more than six hours. On rising in the morning, sion on her mind. Her tutor, however, with the her first thought was her prayers, which she rehelp of prophecies which had failed in their fulfil. peated with every mark of an inward, fervent dement, succeeded in calming her, and she regained votion. Her toilet never occupied more than six her wonted cheerfulness.
or seven minutes, though, as we have said, she In 1824, St. Petersburg was visited by an inunda was always neat and clean. Breakfast also was the tion, terrible in its effects for the Kulmanns, and occupation of a few minutes only, and “even this for the inhabitants in general. A few days pre- time I sometimes gain," said she, for if we hapviously, her eldest brother had married, and Eliza- pen to have no tea in the house, I take my piece of bread in one hand and my pen in the other, and ones who wept beside her. She died on the 19th sit down to work."
of November, 1825, aged seventeen years and three It is said, that a poet's life is his works. This months. Three nations have given her an howas especially the case with Elizabeth Kulmann. nourable rank among their native poets. She lived and breathed but in poetry. At half- _ A monument was erected to her memory by the past six she sat down to her desk, where she re- Empress Alexandra Feodorowna and the Grand mained till one, absorbed in the composition of her Duchess Helena Pawlowna, both of whom had poems, never suffering herself to be distracted by paid her marks of distinction during her lifetime. what was going on around her. It is recorded of On the monument are eleven inscriptions in the her, that she seemed to be writing under the dic- different languages with which she was acquainted. tation of an invisible attendant, rather than com- In Latin are the words : “ The first Russian female mitting to paper the produce of her own brain, so who learned Greek, understood eleven languages, rapidly did she write. She has been known to spoke eight, and, though a young girl, yet was a write a poem of 500 lines in twelve hours, her distinguished poetess." In English are the words : manuscript showing that not more than twenty- "She from her early days prepared herself for seven lines had been subjected to correction. Many heaven.” We do not know enough of her " interior of these lines are, doubtless, not what would have life" to know the grounds on which this conclusion satisfied her riper years; but none are unworthy 'rests. But her whole career is certainly well fitted of her, and inany contain beauties which few to teach us the lesson of the slight tenure by poets have excelled. At one o'clock, she laid her which the highest earthly gifts are held ; and the pen aside, and, walking about the room, would join wisdom, therefore, of making that preparation the conversation of her friends.
which her tombstone declares that she did. Our At half-past one she partook of her extremely daily life should indeed be a constant preparation simple dinner, of which meat seldom formed å for heaven, by seeking and diligently using those part, neither she nor her mother being partial to supplies of the Holy Spirit's grace, which are so it. Walking and conversation filled up the time freely imparted to all who ask for them aright. till half-past two, when she began to work again. This time, however, it was not with the pen, but with books, to gather new ideas which were to be moulded into poetical forms on the following day:
THE WEST INDIA MAIL PACKET. Her afternoon studies were generally performed This paper will probably be read with more than walking or standing ; but she was not the less ab- usual interest at the present moment, when the sorbed in them, and fully abstracted from the public attention is drawn to the West India world around her. At tea-time, her classical studies were laid aside, and she found time for music, steamers at Southampton, in connexion with the drawing, embroidery, and even plain sewing. Her dangerous cases of yellow fever which have ocmother often read aloud to her during the latter curred on board of some of them. scenpations ; and the remarks of mother and it was a bright but not a warm morning in daughter are said to have been such as would May, for the east wind, so fertile in catarrhs, have done honour even to the learned. Three or coughs, and influenzas, was blowing, as it had been four times a week, at nine o'clock in the evening, for several weeks, when the scene with which we she used to visit their friend Mr. Meder, where, in wish to associate the reader, for the nonce, was prethe shape of conversation, she gained an extensive sented by the Southampton Docks. Owing to her kuowledge of astronomy, geology, and natural phi- . position with respect to the opposite coast of France, losophy. Never, perhaps, were thirst of know. Southampton has been for a long period an imporledge, memory, and activity, united in one indi. tant station for travellers to and from the Convidual in so high a degree as in Elizabeth Kul- tinent. Its importance, however, in this respect, mann. But the secret spring which set in motion has been vastly increased since the opening of the such extraordinary perseverance must be sought South Western Railway, at the cost of more than in her ambition, or rather in her innate aspirations £2,000,000, by which the town has been brought for fame. “I will acquire fame,” said she, “ but into the condition of a kind of outport of the how? certainly not by inaction. Well
, I will be metropolis, the distance being traversed in less active. What is necessary in order to be a poet ? than three hours. In addition, also, to being Knowledge, knowledge of a thousand different the principal station of the steamers for Havre, kinds, invention, unceasing activity in execution ; in Dieppe, and other French ports, the Peninsular a word, the determination to be a poet.” Earthly and Oriental Steam Navigation Company run the fame is a poor and fleeting object of pursuit ; and whole of their vessels from the Southampton Docks although she has used that term, yet we think that to Alexandria and Lisbon; and more recently, the she did not employ it in the ordinary sense of the Royal West India Mail Packet Company have word, for her industry was founded rather on the started their steam-ships from it; and on the conviction that she had been gifted with great banks of the Itchen--which, rising at Cheriton, abilities, and a desire to be a pattern to others of flows through the ancient city of Winchester, and diligently improving them.
afterwards falls into the arm of the sea, called A few of the little poems found among her Southampton Water”-have constructed repairpapers after her death, prove that it was not with ing wharfs and a graving-dock. out a feeling of regret that she saw her early Looking at a small steamer which lies against career drawing to a close. Others, however, prove the side of the dock, and in which a few persons that she was really resigned to her lot, as her be- ' are bustling about, the ears are assailed by a baviour on her death-bed proved to those beloved lumbering, grating noise ; and the cause is clear, for it is produced by the passage along the iron heart-thrillings of agony, are pent up within the rails of several huge caravans, drawn by horses, foldings of those varied missives ! and accompanied by a crowd of persons. The con- But see! the packages are coming down the tents of these vehicles are not, as they sometimes shoot more rapidly than before, for people generally are, elephants, tigers, or giraffes—a royal present quicken as they proceed in their labours ; and a from some foreign potentate; nor any quadrupedal new process is also taking place ; some larger speculation of Wombwell's successors. They con- packages are being opened, and each one contains tain packages of letters for the outgoing mail. a bundle of smaller packages, like what children What is about to occur is well worth observing, call the magician's box, which is only the outer so, my friend, I will bear you harmless if you case of two or three dozen others within it. Each will step into the steamer at which we were in one of these cases has to be transferred and actently looking, and there we can avail ourselves of cepted like a bill of exchange, with the same an opportunity which multitudes are unable to degree of scrupulously official attention that is enjoy.
paid to a larger package; some of the more miOn deck then we are, observing the movements nute being perhaps of far greater pecuniary value that are taking place on the quay-side. Just in than the larger; just as the little ensign of her front stands the post-master of the town, who has Majesty's -- th guards is superior, in this respect, come hither in the discharge of his official trust. to the tall grenadier who stands at the head of his At his side are two lieutenants of the royal navy, company. The process of sending down the pack. in full costume of dark blue coats, gilt buttons, ages at length slackens; and if you will look at the and epaulettes, with their lower integuments to side of the near paddle-box, you will see the last match, and swords by their sides. An hour hence, lot handed down from the wharf: it is a box, you may see one of them, as he moves about his containing a cocked hat, a writing-desk, and, vessel, with a round hat; but now nothing less not to be too prying, various et ceteras, which than the cocked hat will do for him and his asso- are indispensable to the Admiralty agent, about to ciate, the slightest variation from etiquette not " tick off” his last package, and to come on board comporting with their present service as “ Admi- our steamer. ralty Agents.” If we turn round for a moment, Here, then, he is ; but you need not be disconwe may descry, about half way distant from Calshot certed; I have permission for us to accompany the Castle, the Orinoco-a noble vessel; her crew and vessel, and to observe what yet remains to be done. passengers are already on board, and it only waits Several persons are now added to those already on the completion of what these officers and their assist board : they are chiefly relatives or friends of the ants are now doing, to start on another voyage. In passengers by the Orinoco, proceeding to her on the interval of our glance, progress has been made: some matter of business, or it may be to take the a succession of leathern bags about four or five feet last look-to utter the last parting words-or to long, each one being made perfectly fast, has been give the last affectionate grasp of the hand, should taken by persons in attendance from the vans, and the conflict of emotion struggling within forbid duly examined by the two naval officers. They are the tongue to become vocal. A few moments sufboth provided, as you see, with a printed form and fice for casting off the ropes; again the steama black lead-pencil; the one ticks off a package on engine is at work, as the ear attests, the head of his paper, the mark of his delivering it in due the vessel swings round to the right, and we are form, while the other ticks it off on his paper, the now moving upon the waters. corresponding mark of its reception.
Smoothly as a boat over the surface of a river, It may just be remarked that, unlike these, the does our little vessel glide along. Before us is the transmissions through the Post-office to the East port of Southampton; to the right the village of Indies are made up in wooden boxes, about a foot Itchen appears on rising ground, with its floatingdeep and two feet long, each one denoting by its bridge, which has long succeeded the ancient ferrycolour, or by the absence of it, the place of its boat; and along that border of the Southampton destination. Is it red ? It is for Hong Kong. water, lies the paths which, if traversed for about Blue? For Calcutta. White ? For Bombay. three miles, will bring the pedestrian to the farBlack ? It is for Ceylon.
famed ruins of Netley Abbey. But let us now And now, the leathern packages, as they are turn round, and gaze on what may appear on duly delivered and acknowledged, are sent down the opposite side. There is our splendid vessel a slide into our little steamer, to be heaped up, the Orinoco, every moment enlarging on the field for their brief transit, on its deck. Affixed to of vision. It is the second ship of the New West each bag, you perceive there is a thin brass India line, resembling in size and some other replate about the size of a dollar, and on it is en spects the Amazon, whose fate wrung many a graved the name of the place to which it is con- heart with agony, and excited a lively and genersigned, as St. Thomas, Jamaica, Demerara, Barba- ous sympathy for the widows and orphans of the does, Chagres, Tobago, and St. Nevis. _ The sight lost in the bosom of multitudes, from the sovemay well awaken various emotions. There is the reign of England, whose purse-strings are so often letter of the widowed mother to her only son, the undrawn for the wretched, down to those of her staff of her declining years of the young wife to subjects of so lowly a rank, that a shilling from her husband, from whom, notwithstanding all their their hand is a splendid offering at the shrine of affection, she must be separated-of the brother benevolence. to his sister, whose marriage tore her from his fond What a length does the Orinoco appear! How embrace—and of the child who has for the first lofty is her rig! What a spread of canvass will time written a note" to dear, dear papa ;" but we there be, when all her sails are set! while her low cannot particularize. What boundings of joy, what funnels give her the appearance of a steam frigate of the first class, rather than one of a line of mer- dining-saloon, with its mahogany tables screwed chant steamers. Admirably adapted also is she to into the deck, at which a hundred and twenty the transmission of passengers and merchandise. persons may take dinner. Here are sixteen cabins Let the rover of the seas beware; for though the and two fire-places, whilst the steward's cabin is full ripe cherry may fall into the mouth of him who fitted up with almost every conceivable convenimerely shakes the tree, she has twenty-six guns ence. The tables are already largely covered, not ready for defence, and her crew are equally so for a merely with the comforts, but the luxuries of an struggle, so that an attack may end in the punish- Englishman's board. Here and there is a little ment and capture of the aggressor. Other circum- group intent on a lunch: the parties thus engaged stances have also been anticipated; she is provided are about to return by the steamer ; while two with four of Lamb's patent life-boats, 30 feet long, nice little girls, who have come with one of them, 8 feet wide, and calculated to carry 32 persons. just as we have done, for the trip, are regaling There are also two large cutters, 27 feet long, each themselves with a queen-cake and a spoonful or competent to carry 25 persons. Besides these there two of jelly. "I am afraid you are too late to is a mail-boat, 22 feet long, adapted to hold 18 join us," says a friend, who has been similarly people, and a dingy, 17 feet long, for eight or nine employed with the admiralty agents; we can only more ; a total provision for 234 persons, but avail. thank him for his proffered hospitalities, and able, it is calculated, for more than 300, should hurry onwards. any catastrophe, which may the God of providence We go down for a moment to the orlop-deck. avert, render such an extensive refuge necessary. With a lantern to guide us along a narrow pas
Our vessel is now close alongside the Orinoco. sage, we have on one side the bullion-cabin, and on Let us climb up to it at once, making the most of the other the mail-rooms, lined with zinc, where the limited time we shall be allowed for its inspec- all the packages taken in at Southampton, and tion. Many persons are pacing backwards and for- brought hither by the steamer, are now deposited. wards on deck; packages of all shapes and sizes are Here, too, are rooms for the baggage of passen. carried along; here come the mail-bags in due order, gers-casks laden with cheeses and wine-and to be stowed away in their proper depository; men, below is the magazine to supply the twenty-four women, and children are eagerly rushing up from, pounders already alluded to, and small arms beor down to, the cabins; here ropes are being hauled, sides for a hundred and twenty men; so again we there a barrel is being rolled along; everywhere say, “ let the rover of the seas beware!" energy and activity are apparent; while the fowls We go now to that surpassing wonder of power are stretching their necks between the bars of -however its effect may be diminished by familitheir hutches, evidently bewildered, of which that arity--which is to work the Orinoco onwards to subdued cluck, cluck, cluck, appears to be the the West. In this room are two engines, with expression.
patent double cylinders, on the direct acting prinMaking our way along, amidst much bustle and ciple, and with all the latest improvements. Nosome noise, let us notice the chief points of the thing can surpass the accuracy, beauty, and finish vessel. Her length between the perpendiculars is of their workmanship. Each of the four cylinders 270 feet, but from her figure-head to the taffrail is 68 inches in diameter, and, calculating the it is just over 300; her breadth between the surface area of the pistons, they are supposed to be paddle-boxes is 71 feet 10 inches ; her depth from equal to two 98-inch cylinders, such as are applied the under side with her spar-deck is 32 feet and a to the ordinary marine engines. Each of the half; and her burden in tons, according to the eight boilers has three furnaces, and an aggregate calculation of her builder, Mr. Pitcher of North- evaporating power of 9000 gallons of water per fieet, is about 2245. Her paddle-wheels are 40 hour. The paddle-wheels are fitted with the feet in diameter. Her draft of water aft is 17 feet patent feathering floats. The ventilation of the 9 inches, and 17 feet 6 inches when she carries engine-room is well secured, and thus the close, 400 tons of coal. Her crew, officers, engineers, hot, dry atmosphere of such places is effectually stewards, servants, stokers, seamen, coal trimmers, avoided. Here, moreover, are long, flexible gutta and others, number 105 souls.
percha tubes, their ends dangling down, while But we must not linger here, for there is much their mouth-pieces are on the deck above. Their to be observed. Let us make a descent. Here use is obvious: the captain has only to transwe find the decks are high-a great improve- mit through them his orders—the “ease her," or ment on old-fashioned vessels, as all acquainted “stop her"-with which our ears are dinned on with them will cordially acknowledge. Proceed the Thames—for his commands to receive a sailoring aft, we observe the sleeping accommodations, like obedience. And then-mark this for thy come sufficient for about a hundred and sixty passen- fort, thou lover of thy kind, carrying in thy bosom a gers, neatly painted white, with gilt mouldings chord that will vibrate to thy brother's joys and and ornamental glass. Their inmates, by the way, sorrows--the magazine is fitted in a leaden tank, are not allowed to do as they please with the and, in the event of fire, it may be instantly light; the gentleman cannot singe his whiskers flooded with water issuing from å pipe leading nor the lady set fire to her muslin dress; a lamp from the spar or upper deck. beams upon them through ground glass, from its We pass now from this mammoth or megalittle nook in the deck outside, where it is perfectly therium of mechanics, which with all its powers secured, and may be easily moved, when not wanted. may like an elephant be played with by a gentle The ladies' private cabins are abaft, and we leave hand, and a neat iron ladder conducts us once more them to their retired enjoyment with a hearty into the air. But the bell has been ringing some wish, however, for their welfare and happiness. time there is a stream towards the gangway
Descending to the saloon-deck, we reach the we make our way into it-pass down the side