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SKETCHES OF MEN, MAN- the dancers moved with no less velocity, NERS, &c.
than the others; but it seemed in them a
less mechanical operation. This extraDANCING DERVISHES.
ordinary exercise continued for the In a mosque of Tophano (says Dr. space of fitteen minutes; a length of Clarke) was exhibited the Dance of the
time, it might be supposed, sufficient to Dervishes; and in another, at Scutary, exhaust life itself during such an exerthe exhibition of the Howling Priests; tion; and our eyes began to ache with ceremonies so extraordinary, that it is the sight of so many objects all taning necessary to see them, in order to be
one way. Suddenly, on a signal given lieve that they are really practised by by the directors of the dance, unobhuman beings, as acts of devotion. We served by the spectators, the Dervishes saw them both; and first were conduct
all stopped at the same instant, like the ed to behold the Dance at Tophano. wheels of a machine, and, what is more
As we entered the mosque, we ob extraordinary, all in one circle, with served twelve or fourteen Dervishes their faces invariably towards the centre, walking slowly round, before a Supe- crossing their armıs on their breasts, and rior, in a small space surrounded with grasping their shoulders as before, bowrails, beneath the dome of the building. ing together with the utmost regularity, Several spectators were stationed on the at the same instant, ahnost to the ground. outside of the railing; and being, as We regarded them with astonishment, usual, ordered to take off our shoes, we not one of them being in the slightest, joined the party. In a gallery over the degree out of breath, heated, or having entrance were stationed two or three
his countenance at all changed. After performers on the tambourine and Turk this they began to walk, as at first; each ish pipes. Presently the Dervishes, following the other within the railing, crossing their arms over their breasts, " and passing the Superior as before. As and with each of their hands grasping soon as their obeisance had been made, their shoulders, began obeisance to the they began to turn again. This seSuperior, who stood with his back against cond exhibition lasted as long as the first, the wall facing the door of the mosque. and was similarly concluded. They then Then each in succession as he passed the began to turn for the third time; and, Superior, having finished his bow, be
as the dance lengthened, the music grew gan to turn round, first slowly, but after louder and more animating. Perspira; wards with such velocity, that his long tion became evident on the features of garments flying out in the rotatory mo the Dervishes; the extended garments of tion, the whole party appeared spinning some among them began to droop; and like so many umbrellas upon their han little accidents occurred, such as their dles. As they began, their hands were striking against each other: they neverdisengaged from their shoulders, and theless persevered, until large drops of raised gradually above their heads. At
sweat falling from their bodies upon the length, as the velocity of the whirl in
floor, such a degree of friction was creased, they were all seen, with their thereby occasioned, that the noise of arms extended horizontally, and their their feet rubbing the floor was heard by eyes closed, turning with inconceivable
the spectators. Upon this, the third rapidity. The music, accompanied by and last signal was made for them to voices, served to animate them; while a
halt, and the dance ended. steady old fellow, in a green pelisse, This extraordinary performance is continued to walk among them, with a considered miraculous by the Turks. fixed countenance, and expressing as
By their law, every species of dancing much care and watchfulness as if his
is prohibited; and yet, in such veneralife would expire with the slightest fail
tion is this ceremony held, that an ature of the ceremony. I noticed a me
tempt to abolish it would excite insurthod they all observed in the exhibition; rection among the people. it was that of turning one of their feet,
THEATRICAL SKETCHES. with their toes
as much inward as possible, at every whirl of the body, while the other foot kept its natural position, A CALL AT THE CRAVEN'S HEAD, DRURYThe elder of these Dervishes appeared to me to perform the task with so little “Do you ever drop in at Oxberry's, labour or exertion, that, although their worthy reader ? If you do not, you bodies were in violent agitation, their should. What a complete histrionic countenances resembled those of persons emporium it is! First, there are the in an easy sleep. The younger part of pictures, all admirable as ükchesses,
* * * * self
THE PORTFOLIO. hot as paintings. There's mine host, as and exclaimed two. Throw higher, exa gentleman (his first appearance in that claimed his brother buskin. Higher, character), with his own
oh ! very well; dear me---forty. Forty sufficient look---fat, easy, and luxu with three dice! Poor B., he has been rious; then there's Harley, looking as · called forty, ever since.
That young serious as if it was raining on his benefit gentleman in the black surtout, is R***, night; and side by side Mathews the the mimic; he's an inveterate punster. muscle-mover, done (as the Jews do Hush ! they are asking him a questheir soles), in oil. Turn on the other tion now--side there's Oxberry again, in flaxen “Q. Pray, Mr. R., what character ringlets. Another and yet another Ox- does Munden play on leaving the stage ? berry--- somewhat too much of this.' R. Pistol.' But then there's pretty Mrs. Orger, look **Q. Pistol ! it's a bad part. Why ing.-oh!
has he chosen that ?' Where men have souls or bodies she must
• R. Becanse it's a good part to go
off in:' And who stands next? why George
See who he salutes now at the door. Smith, (what. an antithesis !) she, femi
'Huil to the Rayn-er ; prithee take a
wet. nine, bashful, fair, and alluring---he,
Don't make wry faces, man; if masculine, impudent, squabby, and re
any thing ails the porter, take some half pelling ; look on this picture and on
and halj, That Werter-looking genius that.' Besides there's every face that is O'M------, the lyrist, an imitator of we remember at both the houses---is not
the bard of “The Emerald Isle of the this worth seeing? Then there's the Sea;' he publishes his own songs, and Society, behold it :---that joskin-look
to insure their being heard, :sings them
hiniself. ing personage is Sherwin, of Drury, a man whom the town has not yet found “ And thus by dint of roaring them in clubs, out, a child of nature, and who, I doubt
Obtains a miserably noted name;
And every noisy bacchanalian duhs not, will one day prove a worthy suc
The singing writer with a bastard fame.' cessor of Emery: 'That sombre gentleman is Brown the comedian, the hero He in the sky-blue cravat and brown of the Liverpool stage, reduced to be cuat is clever in his way, spoiled by the Mr. Wallack's double at Drury---- sic ring, rather too downy to be companiontransit gloria mundi.' And there sits abie, he flashes his tip top learning too the glory of the stage, looking as if his freely-the initiated take no delight in brandy and water was his only friend. it, and the greens don't understand it, That little gentleman beside him, with With all that, he' has made literature a form like King Richard's, is M and milling closer acquaintances than the dramatist, the most prolific writer of they ever were before, though he has the day; he prociuces pieces as a cat failed in making the muses friends to the does kittens, five at a time, and, in ve ring (the muses are spinsters, and liave rity, one production is as valuable as nothing to do with rings,) there he sits, the other. There's Williams, the come a kind of pligilistic telegraph. Beside dian,' (comedian ! weil,) formerly a
him (but no connection with the next baker, a good comic singer and a plea- gentleman,) is an individual with a face sant fellow; but he would make his * like shrivell'd leaf," I have nick- , bread better in an oven than at a theatre, named him Dr. Prolix; his anecdotes That's S------, the prompter, formerly are interminate. The following is ecan itinerant performer; he had all the centric, and, I believe, veracious : requisites for an actor, except voice,
“ When Liston was in Mr. Stephen judgment, genius, face, and talent; he's Kemble's company, his talents were una complete cynie, and should he ever regardled by the manager, and his salary resume the sock, Snarl is the part he exceedingly small. When the dramatic ought to appear in. That little being, corps broke up at Newcastle, for the next him, is also a ci-devant comedian, purpose of opening a campaign at anowho, after endeavouring for five years ther town, Liston enforced his claim to to become an histrionic star, took up the a more efficient remuneration ; Stephen, pastoral profession of a milkman ; so if however, was inexorable, telling the he becomes a star at all, it will be a star unfortunate comedian, " that such acin the milky way. That well-looking tors as he, were to be found in every eccentric is Ž******, the bass singer, he hedge.” In the evening, as the manager was once playing Landre, in the Forest was “ wending his way” to the scene of Bondy,' and he threw the three dice of future operations, he was surprised
to perceive Mr. L. sticking in "he midst is very hard ; have you none newer ? of a quickset, by the road-side, ear But no matter: I am old, and have seen nestly engaged in some apparent search. many vicissitudes; and it must be very " What in the name of wonder are you hard bread I can't eat.” The tone, the doing there?" cried Kemble,
manner, and the circumstances, prolooking for some of the actors you duced an effect upon me then, that I feel told me of,” was the laconic reply. I am very feebly conveying to my
There's little Keeley, qualified by na.' readers now. But what am I about? the ture to sing, “ The lad with the carrotty blue devils are sitting upon my shoulder, pole ;" he was an amusing little minor, and I must shake them off. Phillips but to speak agriculturally, Iloeither like was asked once in a party to give a dehis stile nor his gait at the Garden. He finition of nonsense, and he replied, in has got Evans with him, of whom Miss a Johnsonian stile, " Sir, it is nonsense Kelly predicted wonders ; he came upon to bolt a door with a boiled carrot, or the public at an unauspicious moment--- to talk of a rehearsal in Horne of RoEmery had just vacated a chair that it gers' company.*" But turn your eye to required a giant to fill. It is one thing the door, and observe that gentlemau to take a man's situation, and another making his entre under the shade of to supply his place. Besides, there a Petersham hat, dressed in a brown was nothing of York in the name of coat and mouse coloured trowsers, with Evans ; on the contrary, it smelt strong skin and whiskers to match---that is ly of Glamorganshire, and that would Count Push-me-slow. Understand me not accord with our pre-possessions. when I say Count, he is not a Lord, on Look at yon personage, in plenitude of the contrary, he is, as Timothy says, flesh, that is Salter, the comedian ; and “ The Lord knows who.” He obtained from the gravity of bis humour he is the appellation from the following circalled dry-Salter. He is also a very re cumstance:---Once, enacting under the spectable artist. (I wonder how he auspices of Richardson, at Bartholomew would play Brush in the Clandestine Fair, he had to deliver this important Marriage !) His presence brings to message---“ My Lord, Count Althorp my recollection a being, now no more, has arrived.” Our actor unfortunately named Thomas Fuller, unknown to the forgot the name, and rather than keep London stage, but a man of infinite na the stage waiting, exclaimed," tural talent, though so little indebted to Lord, Count Push-me-slow has arri. education that he could scarcely read ved.' This was too much, even for his own part. This män,
Richardson, who said, “ Muster, let it “ Whose learning did not much disturb his
push me slow or push me fast, push off pate,"
from my booth to-morrow.' Observe was excellent in almost every line of the how arrogantly he dispenses his nods, drama, besides possessing very extraor he has lately had a windfall; but have dinary ventriloquial powers, and being his redeemed rags made him thus insoa portrait painter of no inean ability. lent ?" Yon obtrusive raw-boned felHe died at Andover, a few nights after iow is an amateur, and becomes boonihis benefit, universally regretted by the companion with the perormers that, fretowns-people, amongst whom his ta
quent the house. He is a clerk in the lents had procured him many friends, city, (in Rood-lane, to judge by his impossessed of a mind singularly origi- pudence ;) see how familiarly he talks to nal, a correct judgment and great our first tragedian. But I fear this is powers of execution; his talent was lit
not the only city connection of which tle known, and this brief notice contains the buskined hero may have cause to all that has ever been said of his histrionic be ashamed. ability. He died in poverty, as he lived in Reader, gentle or simple, I have thus obscurity, and his life was as unhappy introduced you to a portion of the comas it was short. He had no application pany you may expect to meet. You will as an artist; and was often, as he him see pretty Mrs. Oxberry, smiling in the self expressed it, reduced to "a single bar, (I should liked to have seen Oxberry shirt, a single shilling, and a single really making love!) and you will find knock at an old friend's door.”
One her husband himself in his room, easy melancholy tale is generally the precur- and good-humoured, promoting mirth sor of another: Fuller was intimate with poor Phillips of Harponian notoriety; I remember hearing the latter make the
* A strolling company, famous or rather in
famous for leaving the dialogue to the sponta. following remark... Waiter, this bread nepus ofusion of the actor.
101 and increasing enjoyment ; for besides human victims for sacrifice, if they can his bulk, o. is like Falstaff, in being but secrete themselves until the custom is “ not only humourous himself, but the The body is then handsomely cause of humour in others."
drest in silk and gold, and laid out on if you are curious to do so, you may be the bed, the richest cloths beside it. hold me sitting behind a glass of grog, The King has a troop of small boys, and really, for a man of many griefs, you who carry the fetish bows and arrows, will find I pass my time very merrily; I and are licensed plunderers ; they are so never smoke any thing (except the com- sly and nimble, that it is very diverting, pany,) for I hate all kind of puffing; and to watch them in the market-place, which if I occasionally crack a joke, it, like Ol- they infest every morning. Whatever lapod's magnesia, causes no great nau: they carry off is fair game, and cannot sea, and does neither harm nor good.” be required or recovered; but the loser,
W. L. R. if he can catch them before they arrive
at the palace, may beat them as severely
as he pleases, short of mortal injury; THE ASHANTEES.
however, they bear it as obdurately as
young Spartans. Sometimes one party (Continued from page 85.)
trips up a person with a load of proviContinuing their superstitions, Mr. sions, whilst another scrambles then up. Bowditch says, when they drink they The anxious alarm of the country peoalways spill a little liquor on the ground, ple sitting with sticks in their hands, and as an offering to the fetish; and on ris the comicfarchuess of these boys, threading from their chairs or stools, their at ing the crowd in all directions, is indestendants instantly lay them on their cribable. Some of the earliest Eurosides, to prevent the devil (whom they pean travellers in Abyssinia, met with a represent to be white,) from slipping into similar troop of royal plunderers, and I their master's places.
believe suffered from them; our proBut the inost surprizing superstition perty was always respected by them, of the Ashantees is, their confidence in but they used to entertain themselves the fetishes or saphies they purchase so with mimicking our common expressions extravagantly from the Moors, believ and our actions, which they did inimitaing firmly that they make them invulne- bly; whilst sketching they buzzed about rable and invincible in war, paralyse me like musquitoes. The Ashantees the hand of the enemy, shiver the wea are, without exception, the most surpons, divert the course of balls, render prising mimics I have ever heard. I both sexes prolific, and avert all evils have known a captain called Adoo Quarbut sickness, (which they can only as mina, repeat a sentence after I had fituage) and natural death. So great is nished it, of at least a dozen words, their belief in these fetishes, that seve which he knew nothing about, and had ral Ashantee captains offered seriously not heard before. The King has a sort to let us fire at them, in the belief that of buffoon, whose movements were as our shots could do them no harm.
irresistibly comic as those of Grimaldi. They divide time into periods of three After a subject is executed for crime, weeks. The first week is called Adai, the body and head are carried out of and is termed the good week, in which town by some of the King's slaves apmuch work is dove, and traders visit the pointed for that purpose, and thrown markets more frequently in this week where the wild beasts may devour them ; then at any other time, supposing all but if the deceased .be of any conse-. they do in it must prosper. The second quence, some of his friends conceal week is Ajamfoe, or the bad week, in themselves near where the body will be which no work or trade is done, the na carried, and purchase it, and the right of tives believing every thing undertaken burial of these domestics, generally for in.it must fail. The third week is Adiru eight ackies. or the little good week, in which they When the King of Ashantee expectoboth work and trade, but not so much as rates boys with the elephants tails (puin Adai.---The decease of a person is gis), sedulously wipe it up or cover it announced by a discharge of musketry, with sand; when he sneezes, every perproportionate to his rank or the wealth son present touches or lays the two Arst of his family. In an nstant, you see a fingers across the forehead or breast, as crowd of slaves burst from the house, the Moors did when they pronounce a and run towards the bushes, flattering blessing, and the Ashantees invariably themselves that the hindmost or those propitiate one. surprized in the house, will furnish the (To be concluded in our next.
DISTRESSED SETTLERS AT THE about thirty of those ferocious animals; CAPE OF GOOD HOPE. before I could drive them off, tliey killed
twenty of my fock, which consisted of The miserable condition to which the twenty-seven in all. I stood for a mounhappy adventurers to this part of the ment thinking of my misery—my dying globe have been reduced, cannot fail to
child-my hlasted crops-my scattered . excite the strongest degree of sympathy. and ruined tlock. God's will be done ! The failure of the crops, and the uncer
I have need of fortitude to bear up tainty, of the climate, have reduced them against such accumulated misery.-to the very verge of starvation and na
Farewell.” keduess. The necessary evils of emi
Feb. 17, 1823. gration to uncultivated countries is şulti “ To my friends, and the friends of ciently distressing, without the addition humanity, I am indebted I may say, for of unforeseen calamities; and it is an the existence of myself and family ; for act of imperious duty, on the part of all really but ior their kind interference, we who are able, to step forward in mitiga. must have perished. tion of the sorrows of those wlio have “ If I could only see any kind of been driven to seek elsewhere the com bread of my own growing, I shond be forts which they could no longer obtain happy. "Tis-pearly now three months in England, but in the pursuit of which since we had any bread to cat, and inthey have be?n so disappointed. To deed, very litile rice,
If I could any satisfy the great interest which the
way get a bag of meal, it would be a knowledge of their miserable situation great relief. has excited among the public, we can “I am very sorry to be troublesome : not avoid laying before our Readers the however, necessity compels me to do following extracts from letters lately re what my nature somewhat recoils at. ceiveit in this country, developing the We are very badly off for breakfast, wretched state to which they are re which pow usually consists of a bit of duced :--
fried cabbage, or pumpkin stewed. If, “ GRAHAM'S TOWN, 230 Dec. 1922.
we once agai: get bread, we shall enjoy " You ask me for an account of our
it sweetly. situation; which I will give you ; and I
“ APRIL 3. believe it is applicable to all the set “It is most distressing to see the hustlers, as regards our crops and prospect band and wife, with scarcely any thing of food for the ensuing year. My wheat,, to cover them, and their children in the two inonths ago the inost promising i same condition, lying on the ground on ever saw in any country, is now cut the outside of their miserable huts, dowi), and in heaps for burning, before roasting a few heads of Indian corn, we plough the gioind again. The rust probably the only food they have. Many has utterly destroyed it;, not a grain have nothing but pumkins. One family, laye we saved. My barley, from the of the name of H., have not tasted butdrought, and a grub which attacks the cher's meat, nor, I believe, bread, 'for blade just under the surface, produced about three months; and their children little more than Meswody. Indian com, were running about without clothes, As very much injured by the caterpillar; for shoes and stockings, they are seldom cabbages destroyed by the lice; the to be seen on either old or young. beans all scorched witli the hot winis; • Hyman and Ford's party are in a the carrots run to seed; the potatoes are truly miserable plight, with searcely good, but I have but a small quantity. any thing to eat, but a few vegetables. Our, cows are all dry for want of grass : I bere saw an aged couple in almost a , not the least appearance of verdure as starving condition. On going into their far as the eye can reach. Nothing but hut, I found the poor woman boiling a one great wilderness of sadei grass, little pumpkin soup, which was mixed something resembling a couchy fallow with some milk. She said this was the in England. On Saturday, whilst waich only food they had; and their wretched ing by the sick beil of my dear little dwelling was neither wind vor water girl, I was startled by the cry of wild tight. dogs.* I ran to my window, and saw At a little distance I met what had
once been, as I was told, a fine heartyThe Wilde Hond, or Wild Dog of looking young woman, but pow misera: the Cape, is mentioned by Burchell as bly emaciated, ---apparently about twena an undescribed and even ferocious spe ty-four or twenty-five years of age. She cies of Hyepa...
was leading ond child, another was fok