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THE FISHERMAN OF CASCO BAY.
she most needed my assistance. The shrieks of the dying broke upon my ear, and I fancied I could distinguish the voice of my wife, imploring mercy. The thought was agonizing Three times I attempted to regain the ship, but in vain-she was fast receding. At last, regardless of my fate, I murmured at that Being who had upheld me. I desired death, and ceased my exertions, in order to hasten its approach. From that mo. ment, until I revived in your dwelling, reason left me.”
8. The humāne fisherman did all he could to comfort the hapless sufferer. He spoke of the consolations of religion, and reminded him of the submission which he owed to the divine will of that God, from whose hand he had already received such manifold blessings. “I have no doubt," continued he, “ that these men will soon land in this vicinity, to divide their plunder; and let us indulg, the hope, that these outcasts of society will yet be brought to justice, and you restored to your affectionate wife.”
9. Animated with this idea, the fisherman rose, and approached the window, and, as he had supposed, the vessel was distinctly seen standing in for the shore. Not a moment was to be lost. Ra'sing the stiänger in his arms, he carried him to his skiff, and rowing round a steep bluff of rocks, which screened them from observation, he placed him in a cave, retired and
He then hastened to some huts, a few miles distant, informed the inhabitants of the bloody transactions of the past night, and conjūred' them, if they were not destitute of courage and humanity, to aid him in boarding the vessel, which was now at anchor.
10. A small but detrimined band was immediately collected ; and, under the direction of the fisherman, they advanced with caution toward his humble dwelling. Providence smiled on their endeavors. They crept to the brow of a crag, beneath which the pirates were seated, dividing the money of the strānger,--and watching for a good opportunity, they sprang upon them. The confusion of guilt, and the effects of intoxication, rendered them an easy conquest.
11. They were carefully secured to await the punishment due
*Con jủred', besought earnestly.
to their crimes. The fisherman and his cområdes then rowed off for the vessel, and tears of joy bedewed his weather-beaten face on finding that the wife of his guest had escaped uninjured. When he descended into the cabin, she at first seemed unconscious of his approach, so much had her senses been overpowered by the late scenes of horror. When she was aroused from the stupor' in which he had found her, she informed him that she was the only survivor of all those who had taken passage in the vessel. “Alas,” exclaimed she, “I regret that my life was spared. Far more dear to me would have been the watery grave of
12. For some moments, the tears of the wretched woman unmanned our generous fisherman; and when he at length collected himself, he was fearful of informing her too suddenly that her husband was alive, and in perfect safety. At first, he tried to soothe her agitated feelings by telling her that the murderers had no longer the power of doing her any injury; and that, though separated from the one she loved, she should never want a protector while he had an arm to raise in her defense.
13. As she became more calm, he continued, "Perhaps your husband
be still alive. Some of the passengers have been picked up, severely wounded, it is true, but not beyond the hope of recovery." At last, he gradually unfolded the happiness that was in store for her. But with all his caution, nature fainted under the excess of joyful emotion; and he trembled lest all his labors should have been bestowed in vain.
14. The joy of the young couple at their meeting can not be adequately described. Suffice it to say, that after having knelt in prayer to that Being who had, as it were, restored them to life, their first care was the welfare of the fisherman.
A sum sufficient to render him independent was immediately bestowed, and the only return which they requested was, that they might retain the faithful dog, who had been so instrumental in producing this joyous meeting.
15. But here the fisherman pleaded in his turn. He said, that his reward had been greater than his labors deserved, or his
Stů' por, insensibility ; inability to perceive, act, or feel. – Ad'equately, justly; fitly.
THE SON OF SORROW.
heart required. He hoped they would not charge him with ingratitude; but the dog, he said, patting him on the face, had been his only companion during the long and dreary winters he had passed among those rocks- that there was no other living creature whom he could call his friend—and, in fine, rather than part with him, he would return their bounty; preferring his hut, his poverty, and his dog, to wealth and solitude.
16. “Enough has been said," replied the stranger; "you shall not part with him,—and I am sorry that I made a request which could give one moment's pain to so good a heart. Take this,” added he, presenting a large addition to his former donation; 4 and if it be more than sufficient for your wants, I know it will be employed-as all wealth ought to be in alleviating the distresses of
36. THE SON OF SORROW.-A FABLE.
LL lonely, excluded from Heaven,
Sat Sorrow one day on the strand,
Form'd a figure of clay with her hand.
She replied, “ 'Tis a figure of clay.
Give it life, mighty Father, I pray!"
As I lend him, he mine must remain.”
“Oh! let me my offspring retain ! 4. “'Tis to me his creation he owes."
“Yes,” said Jove,“ but 'twas I gave him breath.' As he spoke, Earth appears on the scene,
And, observing the image, thus saith :
* Alle' vi åt ing, making lighter or more tolerable.—Strånd, shore.Jove, or Jú' pi ter, the chief of the fabulous gods of the ancients.
5. “From me—from my bosom he's tõrn,
I demand, then, what's taken from me.' “This strife shall be settled,” said Jove;
“ Let Saturn' decide 'tween the three.”
He belongs, so let no one complain;
With his soul, when he dies, take again.
At peace in thy lap he'll recline;
He shall surely, O Sšrrow, be thine !
Thy sigh shall be mixed with his breath :
in death !"
9. The sentence of Heaven, then, is this ;
And hence man lies under the sod :
FROM THE SWEDISH.
37. STUART, THE PAINTER. OF Stuart," the painter
, this amusing anecdote is related. He had put up at an inn, and his companions were desirous, by putting roundabout questions, to find out his cahing or profession. Stuart answered, with a grave face and serious tone, that
· Såt' urn, the father of Jupiter.--"Gilbert Stuart was born in Newport, R. I., in 1755, and died in 1828. He lived successively in Philadelphia, Washington, and Boston. His portraits are among the finest specimens of modern art. On a near and sudden view, they appear like mere daubs and blotches of paint, but as the eye rivets its attention upon them, the canvas appears to be actually animated--there seems to be no paint, nothing but living flesh and blood, with the actual features of the person in relief before us. Hence Stuart's portraits are very highly es imated.
STUART, THE PAINTER.
he sometimes dressed gentlemen's and ladies' hair. At that time, high-cropped pomatumed' hair was all the fashion.
2. “You are a hair-dresser, then ?” “What,” said he,“ do I look like a barber ?” “I beg your pardon, sir, but I inferred it from what you said. If I mistook you, may I take the liberty to ask what you are, then?” “Why, I sometimes brush a gentleman's coat or hat, and sometimes adjust a cravat.”
3. “Oh, you are a valet, then, to some nobleman ?” “A valet! Indeed, sir, I am not. I am not a servant. To be sure, I make coats and waistcoats for gentlemen.” “Oh, you are a tailor ?” “A tailor! do I look like a tailor? I assure you, I never handled a goose, other than a roasted one.”
4. By this time they were all in a roar. “What are you, then?" said one.
“I'll tell you,” said Stuart. “Be assured, all I have said is literally true. I dress hair, brush hats and coats, adjust a cravat, and make coats, waistcoats, and breeches, and likewise boots and shoes, at your service.”
5. “Oh, ho! a boot and shoemaker, after all!" "Guess again, gentlemen. I never handled boot or shoe, but for my own feet and legs; yět all I have told you is true.” “We may as well give up guessing.” “Well, then, I will tell you, upon my honor as a gentleman, my bona fides profession. I get my bread by making faces.”
6. He then screwed his countenance, and twisted the lineamentsø of his visage,” in a manner such as Samuel Foote or Charles Mathews might have envied. His companions, after loud peals of laughter, each took credit to himself for having suspected that the gentleman belonged to the theater, and they all knew he must be a comedian' by profession. When, to
"Po må' tumed, pomatum, a kind of scented ointment used on the hair._? Vål'et, a servant who attends on a gentleman's person.3G8ose, the iron with which the tailor smooths his work.- Breeches (brich' ez). -- Bó'na fl'de, Latin words, meaning in good faith ; truly ; actual.-— Lin'e a ments, features ; outlines. – Visage (viz' aj), face.* Samuel Foote, an English author, actor, and mimic. Born 1721, died 1777.--- Charles Mathews, an English comedian, celebrated as a mimic Born 1776, died 1837.-10 Co mé' di an, an actor or player in comedy ; that is, a representatior on a stage of the lighter passions of mankind, which generally terminates happily. When the story terminates sadly, it is called tragedy, and the player is called a tragedian.