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EXTRAORDINARY GERMAN IMPOSTOR

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and with such earnestness and warmth, that

M., who had come with the intention of EXTRAORDINARY GERMAN IM

unmasking the impostor and the imposture, POSTOR.

felt in his heart a pious awe, and sentiments

of devotion. Fire flashed from the eyes of 14 And oft the mighty necromancer boasts,

the supplicant, and his breast was powerWith these to call from tombs the stalking ghosts.”—Drydfully agitated. He was to call the shadow

of a well-knowu character lately deceased. A MAN named Schropfer was for a long After having finished the prayer, he called time waiter in a coffee house at Leipzig, and the ghost with the following words; " Oh! nohody observed any thing extraordinary in thou departed spirit, who livest in an imma. him. He disappeared of a sudden, and it terial world, and invisible to the eyes of was not till several years after that he agaiņ mortals, hear the voice of the friends thou made his appearance at Leipzig, in the cha

hast left behind, and who desire to see thee; racter of the Baron Schropfer. He took a leave, for a short time, thy new abode, and large house, hired a great number of ser- present thyself to their eyes !" Hereupon vants, and puffed himself off as a sage, to

the spectators felt in every nerve a sensation whom all nature, and even the world of spi- similar to an electric shock-heard a noise rits, were subject.

like a rolling of thunder, and saw above the By pompous promises of splendid disco- altar a light rapour, which grew thicker by veries, he allured a inultitude of credulous

degrees, till it assumed the figure of a man. people, and pupils thronged to him from all

However, M. observed that it was not a quarters. Some actually expected to learn striking likeness of the deceased. The fithings of him that cannot be acquired at any gure hovered over the altar, and Schropfer, university; others were delighted with the

pale as death, flourished the sword above excellent table he kept. He frequently re his head. M. resolved to step out of the ceived by, post large parcels, addressed to circle and to go to Schropfer; but the latter, Baron Schropfer. Several bankers received

perceiving his intention, rushed towards orders to pay him large sums. He spoke of him, holding the sword io his breast, and his secrets, which he pretended to have

crying with a terrible voice, “ You are a learned in Italy, with a seductive eloquence; dead man, if you stir another step!”; M. and he showed people the spirits and sha was so terrified at the dreadful tone in which dows of their deceased acquaintance. When Schropfer uttered these words, and at the he had heated the imagination of his hearers, glistening sword, that his knees shook under “ Come and see,” he cried to all who were him. The shadow at length disappeared, iuclined to doubt; they came and actually and Schropfer was so fatigued, that he lay saw shadows, and various terrible sights,

extended on the floor. The spectators were which made the hair of timorous persons conducted into another room, where they stand on end. It must be observed, that his were served with fruits. Many of the more warmest adherents were not men of learn- sensible people went to Schroffer's house as ing, or such as were accustomed to logical to a theatre; they knew that his boasted art deductions : for people who placed more re was nothing but imposture, yet they were liance on their understanding thau on their delighted with the serious comedy which he senses, would not at all suit Schropfer's pur- performed. pose. Thus his pupils consisted entirely of This continued for some time; but Schropnoblemen and merchants, who were totally fer all at once got into debt with several tradesignorant of the sciences. He exhibited the people of Leipzig, and unfortunately of that wonders of his art to others, but he taught class who did not wish'to see his ghosts. them to none; and at last he only performed The bankers would not advance him a penny; his miracles at home, in private apartments and the miserable magician, worked up to prepared for the purpose. Amongst others, the highest degree of despair, shot himself Mr. M. came in company with his friends to through the head in the Rosenthal.* NoSchropfer, to see his apparition. He found body knows, to this day, how he got his a great number of guests there before him, who were incessantly plied with punch. M. money, and for what purpose he played off

his phantasmagoria. refused to drink any thing, but Schropfer pressed him very much to drink at least a glass, which M. as firmly refused. At length

* It is a place in Leipzig. they were all conducted into a large hall, hung with black cloth, the window-shutters of which were closed. Schropfer placed the spectators together, and drew a circle around them, beyond which he strictly enjoined them not to stir. "At the distance of a few

A country lad sitting beside a pretty young paces a small altar was erected, on which lady, his father whispered to him to say someburned spirits ; this cast the only light that thing to his fair neighbour. What will ! illumined the room. Schropfer, uncovering say to her,' said the lad. "Say soft things,' his breast, threw himself on his knees before answered his father. Johnny Raw, gazing the altar.' He held in his hand a large glis- in her face, said, with the greatest simplicity tening sword, and prayed with a loud voice, in the world, beat turnips.'

BEAT TURNIPS.

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THE THREE THIEVES.

your trowsers. The other looks, sees that

his trowsers are gone, and soon finds out [Translated from the French of M. Le the trick of his brother. “Excellent rogue,' Grand.)

cried he,“ to outwit another !" THREE rogues, in the vicinity of Lan, As for Travers, he was lost in equal aduniting the ingenuity of their talents, had miration of these two heroes, and could not for a considerable tinie put both monks and determine which had the advantage. But laymen under contribution. Two of them he felt himself humbled at their superiority; were brothers; their names Hamet and Be- and piqued at not being able to contend with rard. Their father, who had followed the them, cried, “ Friends, you are too knowsame profession, had just finished his career ing for me. You would escape twenty times at the gallows. The name of the third was when I should be the sacrifice. Į perceive Travers. They nerer robbed or murdered; that I am too awkward to thrive in this bubut only pursued the business of pilfering siness; so I shall go and resume my own and kidnapping, in which they had arrived trade; I renounce thieving for ever. I have at an astonishing degree of ingenuity. gond strong arms, and will return home

As they were walking together one day in and live with my wife; with the help of the wood of Lan, and talking of their several God I shall be able to procure a subsistence." feats of dexterity, Hainet, the eldest of the He fulfilled his declaration, and returned to two brothers, espied at the top of a lofty oak his village. His wife loved him ; he became a magpie's nest, and saw the mother fly into an honest man, and set himself to work

“ Brother,” said he to Berard; “ what with so much industry, that at the close of should you say to a person that should pro a few months, he had earned wherewithal pose to go and take the eggs from under to buy a hóg. The animal was fattened at that bird without alarming-it?" .“I should home. At Christmas he killed it, and have tell him,” answered the younger brother, ing hung it in the usual way, against the

that he was a fool, and proposed a thing wall, he went into the fields. But it had impossible to be done.”

1. Well, learn my

been much better to have sold it. He would friend that he who cannot accomplish so then have saved himself a vast dcal of unpracticable a theft, is but a booby in his easiness. profession

Observe me.' This said, The two brothers, who had not seen him he immediately climbs the tree. Haring since their separation, came at this very time reached the nest, he makes a lole in it uu to pay him a visit. The wife was alone spinderneath, receives softly into his hands, the ning. She told them that her husband was eggs, as they slipped through the opening, just gone out, and that he would not return and brings them down, desiring his com- till next night. With eyes accustomed to panions to observe that not a single egg examine every thing, you might have sworn was broken. By St. Dennis," cried Be the hog could not escape their notice. “Oh, rard, " I must allow you to be an incompa oh,” said they, on going out, " this fellow rable thief; but if you could go and replace is about to regale, and did not think us the eggs under the mother, as quietly as you worth inviting! Well, we must carry off have taken them from her, we should ac. his pork, and eat it without him.” The knowledge you our master.”

rogues then laid their plot, and till night Hamet accepts the challenge, and again should enable them to act, they went and mounts the tree; but his brother designed concealed themselves behind a neighbouring a trick upon him. The latter, as soon as he hedge. At night, when Travers returned, sees the other at a certain height, says to his wife told him of the visit she had reTravers, “ You have just been a witness to ceived. “I was much alarmed,” said she, Hamet's dexterity; you shall now see what “at being alone with them ;: they had su I can do in the same way.”. He instantly suspicious an appearance, that'I did not venclimbs the tree, and follows his elder brother ture to ask either their names or their bufrom branch to branch; and whilst the latter siness, but they searched every corner with has his eyes fixed upon the nest, entirely their eyes; I don't think a single peg escaped taken up with his design, and watching every their riotice.” " Ah! it must have been motion of the bird, the slippery rogue loosens my two queer companions,” cried Travers his trowsers, and brings them down as a in great trouble, or my hog is lost; and I sigual of triumph. Hamet, in the mean now hcartily wish that I had sold it.” “We time, contrives to replace all the eggs, and have still a resource," said the wife; “let coming down looks for the praise due to so us take down the pork, and hide it for the clever an exploit. Oh, you only want to night. To-morrow morning you may con

said Berard, bantering him, sider what is to be done.” " I'll wager you have concealed the eggs in (To be concluded in our next.) We cannot but feel grateful for the many approvals we have received of the improvements

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CONTENTS.
Life in Death, or The Spectre Wife 225 Reflections on viewing the Funeral of Lord.
On the Religious and Moral Propriety of

230
being drunk
227 The Sailor on Shore

237 Isadorema Tale 229 The Coffee-Shop...

238 The Soldier's Return

232 The Family Physician-Flatulent Colic 239 Mary M'Cleod.. 233 Bon-Mots, &c.,

240 Anecdotes of celebrated Women..

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A GENTLEMAN of Bavaria, of a noble dead and gone. His very anger towards family, was so afflicted at the death of her, compared with that towards others, bis wife, that, unable to bear the company was a relief to bim; and rather a wish of any other person, he gave himself to refresh himself in the balmy feeling of entirely up to a solitary way of living. her patience, than to make her unhappy This was the more remarkable in him, herself; or to punish her, as some would as he had been a man of jovial habits, have done, for that virtuous contrast to fond of his wine and visitors, and impa- his own vice. tient of having his numerous indul But whether he bethought himself, gencies contradicted. But in the same after her death, that this was a very self. temper perhaps might be found the ish mode of loving ; or whether, as sonie cau se of bis sorrow; for though he thought, he had wearied out her life with would be impatient with his wife, as with habits so contrary to her own; or wheothers, yet he loved her, as one of the ther, as others reported, he had put it to gentlest wills be had ; and the sweet and a fatal risk by some lordly piece of selfunaffected face which she always turned wilt, in consequence of which she had round upon his anger, might have been caught a fever on the cold river during a a thing more easy for him to trespass night of festivity; he surprised even upon, while living, than to forget, when those who thought that he loved her, by VOL. III.

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the extreme bitterness of his grief. The scious. It seemed to him as if there had very mestion of festivity, though he was been but two things in the world,-Lite patient for the first day or two, after- and Death; and that Death was dead. wards threw him into a passion of rage; All else appeared to have been a dream. but by degrees even his rage followed He had awaked from a waking state, and his other old habits. He was gentle, but found himself all eye, and spirit, and ever silent. He eat and drank but suffi- loco-motion. He said to himself once, cient to keep him alive; and used to as he went, “ This is not a dream. I will. spend the greater part of the day in the ask my great ancestors to-morrow to my spot where his wife was buried.

new bridal feast, for they are alive.” He was going there one evening, in a Otto had been calm at first, but somevery melancholy manner, with his eyes thing of old and triumphant feelings turned towards the earth, and had just seemed again to come over him. Was entered the rails of the burial ground, be again too proud and confident? Did when he was accosted by the mild voice his earthly humours prevail again, when of somebody coming to meet hini. “ It be thought them least upon him? We is a blessed evening, sir,” said the voice. shall see. The gentleman looked up. Nobody but The Bavarian arrived at the public himself was allowed to be in the place at walk. It was full of people with their that hour; and yet he saw, with asto- wives and children, enjoying the beauty nishment, a young chorister approaching of the evening. Something like commou hiin. He was going to express some fear came over him, as he went in and wonder, when, he said, the modest out among them, looking at the benches though assured look of the boy, and the on each side. It happened that there extreme beauty of his countenance, was only one person, a lady, sitting upon which glowed in the setting sun before them. She had her veil down; and his him, made an irresistible addition to the being underwent a fierce but short consingular sweetness of his voice; and he vulsion as he went near hér. Something asked him with an involuntary calmness, had a little baffled the calmer ins; i ation and a gesture of respect, not what he did of the angel that had accosted bim; for there, but what he wished. “ Only to fear prevailed at the instant, and Otto wish you all good things,” answered the passed on. He returned before he had stranger, who had now come up; “ and reached the end of the walk, and apto give you this letter.” The gentleman proached the lady again. She was still took the letter, and saw upon it, with a sitting in the same quiet posturè, only beating yet scarcely bewildered heart, he thought she looked at him. Again the hand-writing of his wife. He raised he passed her. On his second return, a his eyes again to speak to the boy, but grave and sweet courage came upon him, he was gone. He cast them far and near and in an under but fiim tone of inquiry round the place, but there were no traces he said, “ Bertha ?" “ I thought you of a passenger. He then opened the had forgotten me,” said that well-known letter, and, by the divine light of the and mellow voice, which he had seemed setting sun, read these words:

as far from ever hearing again, as earth “ To my dear husband, who sorrows

is from heaven. He took her hand, for his wife.

which grasped his in turn, and they

walked home in silence together, the “ Otto, my husband, the soul you arm, which was wound within his, giving regret so is returned. You will know warmth for warmth. the truth of this, and be prepared with calmness to see it, by the divineness of miraculous want of wonder at the lady's

- The neighbours seemed to have a the messenger, .who has passed you. You will find 'me sitting in the public about a mock funeral, and her having

re-appearance.

said

Something was walk, praying for you; praying that withdrawn from his company for awhile; you may never 'more give way to those but visitors came as before, and his wife gusts of passion, and those curses against returned to her household affairs. It was others, which divided us.

only remarked that she always looked “ This, with a warm hand, from the pale and pensive. But she was more living Bertha.”

kind to all, even than before; and her Otto (for such, it seems, was the gen- pensiveness seemed rather the result of tleman's name) went instantly, calmly, some great internal thought, than of quickly, yet with a sort of benumbed unhappiness.. being, to the public walk. He felt, but For a year or two the Bavarian retain. with only a half-consciousness, as if heed the better temper which he acquired. glided without a body. But all his His fortunes flourished beyond his earspirit was awake, eager, intensely con- liest ambition : the most amiable as

ON THE MORAL PROPRIETY OF BEING DRUNK.

well as 'noble persons of the district were of the Lady's Figure. The house, after frequent visitors'; and people said that, the gentleman's death, was long uninhato be at Otto's house, must be the next bited, and at length burnt by the peathing to being in heaven. But by sants in an insurrection. As for himself, degrees his self-will returned with his he died about nine months after, a gentle prosperity. He never vented impatience and child-like penitent. He had never on his wife; but he again began to show stirred from the house since; and nobody that the disquietude it gave her to see it would venture to go near him, but a mau vented on others, was a secondary thing who had the reputation of being a reproin his mind to the indulgence of it. bate. It was from this man that the Whether it was, that his grief for her particulars of the story came first. He loss had been rather remorse than affec- would distribute the gentleman's alms iu tion, and so he held himself secure if he great abundance to any strange poor treated her well; or whether he was at who would accept them; for most of all times rather proud of her, than fond ; the neighbours held them in horror. He or whatever was the cause which again tried all he could to get the parents set his antipathies above his sympathies, among them to let some of their little certain it was, that his old habits return- children, or a single one of them, go to ed upon him; not so often indeed, but see his employer. They said, he even with greater violence and pride, when asked it one day with tears in his eyes. they did. These were the only times at But they shuddered to think of it; and which his wife was observed to show any the matter was not mended, when this ordinary symptoms of uneasiness. profane person, in a fit of impatience,

At length, one day, some strong rebuff said one day, that he would have a child which he had received from an alienated of his own on purpose. His employer, neighbour threw him into such a trans- however, died in a day or two. They did port of rage, that he gave way to the not believe a word he told them of all most bitter imprecations, crying with a the Bavarian's gentleness, looking upon loud voice" This treatment to me too? the latter as a sort of ogre, and upon his To me! To me, who, if the world knew agent as little better, though a good. all”. At these words, his wife, who natured looking, earnest kind of persou. had in vain laid her hand upon his, and It was said many years after, that this looked him with dreary earnestness in man had been a friend of the Bavarian's the face, suddenly glided from the room, when young, and had been deserted by He, and two or three who were present, him. And the young believed it, whatwere struck with a dumb horror. They ever the old might. said she did not walk out, nor vanish suddenly; but glided, as one who could

ON THE RELIGIOUS AND MORAL dispense with the use of feet. After a moment's pause, the others proposed to

PROPRIETY OF BEING DRUNK. him to follow her. He made a move “ Man being reasonable, must get drunk ;

The best of life is but intoxication." ment of despair ; but they went. There

DON JUAN. was a short passage, which turned to the right into her favourite room. They The duty of getting drunk, from its knocked at the door twice or three times, relative connexion with the best intereste and received no answer. At last, one of of society, is a subject which merits the them gently opened it; and looking in, gravest consideration. Like the cider elsey saw her, as they thought, standing cellar, it is replete with bibulous interest, before a fire, which was the only light and comes thronging on our imagination in the room. Yet she stood so far from with the most edifying reminiscences. it; as rather to be in the middle of the But, say the elect, “of a verity, inroom; only the face was towards the toxication is sinful.” Away with the fire, and she seemed looking upon it. , blasphemous idea! It is a custom of They addressed her, but received no the most venerable correctness, and was answer. They stepped gently towards held in such esteem among the ancients, her, and still received none. The figure - that deity itself was supposed to preside stood dumb and unmoved. At last, onę over the bottle. Striking proof of the of them went round in front, and in- wisdom of the institution! Thrones,

tly fell on the floor. The figure kingdoms, religions, have bloomed and without body: a hollow hood was left passed away ; but the temples of the instead of a face. The clothes were jolly Son of Semele still flourish in every standing upright by themselves. street of our blessed metropolis.

That room was blocked up for ever, The old writers must have had “stout for the clothes, if it might be so, to notions on the drinking score ;" for they moulder away. It was called the Room relate, that when Jupiter wished to re

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