« السابقةمتابعة »
to collect the sum necessary for his ransom; and we are not ashamed to employ ourselves in the occupation of watermen. The gentleman was struck with this account, and, on his departure made them a handsome present.
6. Some months afterwards, the young men being at work in their shop, were greatly surprised at the sudden arrival of their father, who threw himself into their arms; exclaiming, at the same time, that he was fearful they had taken some unjust method to raise the money for his ransom, for it was too great a sum for them to have gained by their ordinary occupation.
7. They professed their ignorance of the whole affair, and could only suspect they owed their father's release to that stranger, to whose generosity they had been before so much obliged. After Montesquieu's death, an account of this affair was found among his papers, and the sum actually remitted to Tripoli for the old man's ransom.
8. It is a pleasure to hear of such an act of benevolence performed even by a person totally unknown to us; but the pleasure is greatly increased, when it proves the union of villue and talents in an author so renowned as Montesquieu.
THE BENEVOLENT PAIR.
POOR man and his wife at Vienna, who had six small children, finding themselves unable to support them all, were reduced to the necessity of turning the youngest upon the public. The husband carried it relactantly to the foundling hospital, deposited it in the basket which was placed near the gate for the reception of the foundlings, and anxiously waited till the arrival of the inspector, that he might take a farewell view of his child.
2. When the inspector came at the usual time to exuinine the basket, he perceived two children therein. Observing the labourer:who stood at a small distance, he supposed that he had brought them both; and compelled the poor man, notwithstanding all his protestations to the contrary, to return with two children instead of one, which was alreaug nore than he knew how to maintain,
3. His wife, as well as himself, was exceedingly dejected at this increase of their expen ses; but, unwilling to expose the little stranger in the street, they determined to use all their endeavours to support themselves and the se ved children; and they hoped Providence would assist them.
4. On undressing the child, the woman found a paper sewed to its clothes, containing an order upon a banker for five crowns a month, to be paid to the person who tock care of it. The good people were not a little rejoiced at their happy fortune.
5. But the story being circulated, and coming to the knowledge of the managers of the hospital, they claimed the child as their property. The labourer refused to relizquish it, and was assisted by some persons of distinction.
6. The cause being tried in a court of justice, it was de creed, that, as the foundling hospital had at first declined receiving the child, it of right belonged to the poor man who had shown so much humanity in keeping it, when he was so ill able to allord any additional expense.
THE UNFORTUNATE PH!LANTHROPIST.
N the year 1775, a ship lying at anchor in Table Bay at the Cape of Good Hope, was driven on shore in a violent storm, and the crew-reduced to the utmost distress and danger. Their cries for assistance were distinctly heard by the inhabitants; but at tirst there appeared no prospect of relief from any quarter.
2. The swell of the sea, which broke over the ship with the greatest violence, made it impossible for them to save themselves in boats, and highly dangerous to attempt it by swimming. Some of those, who ventured to swim to the shore, were thrown against the rocks and dashed to pieces; cthers, as soon as they had arrived at the shore, were carried back by another wave and drowned.
3. A Dutchman by the name of VOLTEMAD, who hapa pened to be a spectator of this distressiog scene, was touched with compassion of so noble a kind and at the same time so operative, that, mounting a high spirited horse,
to the horse's
he stram him over to the ship; encouraged some of the crew to lay hold of the end of a rope, which he threw out to them for that purpose, and others to fasten themselves
tail; then turned about, and carried then safe on
4. This animal's natural apless for swimming. the great size of his body, the firmness and strength of his limbs, prevented him from being easily overpowered by ibe swell of the sea. But, unforiunately, this generous and active veteran himself became a victim to death.
5. Fourteen young persons he bad actually saved; and while endeavouring to preserve more than it was possible for him to do in so short a time, he and his horse were both drowned.' The occasion of this was as follows.
6. After the seventh turn, having stayed a little longer than usual to rest himself, the poor wretches on board were afraid that he did not intend to return; for this rerson, being impatient, they redoubled their prayers and cries for assistance upon which, his tenderest feelings being wrought upon, he again hastened to their relief ere his borse was sufficiently rested.
7. The poor animal, almost spent, now sunk the sooner under his barthen, inasmuch as too many sought to be sav. ed at one time; and one of them, as it was thought, happened unluckily to catch hold of the horse's bridle, and by that mean dreiy his head under water.
8. This bold and enterprising philanthropist commande our esteem and admiration the more, as he had put himself into this danger for the relief of others, without him. gelf being able to swim. The Dutch East India company caused monument to be erected to the memory of this unfortune philanthropist,
ST. PAUL'S SPEECH BEFORE KING AGRIPPA.
THINK myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thce, touching all the things whereof Iam accused by the Jews; espe.
dially, as I know thee to be expert in all customs and ques tions which are among the Jews. Wherefore I beseech the to hear me patiently.
2. My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among my own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews; wl:o knew me from the beginning, if they would tes tify, that after the straitest sect of our religion, I lived a Pharisee.
3. And I now stand and am judged-for the hope of the promiso made of God unto our fathers. Unto which prom19e, our twelve tribes, instantly, serving God day and night, hope to come ; fcr which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
4. Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
5. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem; and many of the Saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests. And when they were put to death, I give my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme. And being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.
6. Whereupon, as I went to Damascus, with authority and commission from the chief priests, at mid day, 0 king, I saw in the way a light from heaven above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me, and them who journeya ed with me.
7. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou perscutest.
& But rise, and stand upon thy feet; for I have apperired unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister, and a witness, both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in thee which I wiil appear unto thee: delivering thee from the peopie, and from the Gentiles, uuto whom I now send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them froin darkness to light, and from the power of Satan
*THE AMERICAN PRECEPTOR.
1: unto God; that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and & inheritance among them who are sanctified by faith which is in me.
9. Whereupon, Oking Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision; but shewed first unto them of Damascus; and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and tur to God, and do works meet for repentance. For these causes, the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kili me.
10. Having therefore obtained help from God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great; saying no other things than those which Moses and the prophets did şały should come: that Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first who should rise from the dead, and should show light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.
ONTAIGNE thinks it some reflection upon human nature itself, that few people take delight in seeiug beasts caress or play together; but almost every one is pleased to see them lacerate and worry one another.
2. It is gratifying to perceive that the benevolent precepts of Christianity have in a great measure mitigated the treatment of brute animals, although many cruel sports are still allowed by the most cultivated nations, such as bull baiting, cock fighting, dog fighting, and the like.
3. We should find it hard to vindicate the destroying of any thing that has life, merely out of wantonness; yet in this principle our children are bred up; and one of the first pleasures we allow them, is the license of inflicting pain upon poor animals,
4. Alipost as soon as we are sensible what life is ourselves, we make it our sport to take it from other creatures. I cannot but believe a very good use might be made of the farcy which children have for birds and insects. 5 Mr. Locke takes notice of a inother who otien procu.