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mouth, inflicted by the devil himself. Upon this he has power given him over three spirits; one for earth, another for air, and a third for the sea. Upon certain times the devil holds an assembly of magicians, in which each is to give an account of what evil' he has done, and what he wishes to do. At this assembly he appears in the shape of an old man, or often like a goat with large horns. They, upon this occasion, renew their vows of obedieuce; and then form a grand dance in honour of their false deity. The deity instructs them in every method of injuring mankind, in gathering poisous, and of riding upon occasion through the air. He shows them the whole method, upon examination, of giviog evasive answers; his spirits have power to assume the form of angels of light, and there is but one method of detecting them, viz. to ask them, in proper form, what method is the most certain to propagate the faith over all the world? To this they are not permitted by the superior power to make a false reply, nor are they willing to give the true one; wherefore they continue silent, and are thus detected.
BEAU TIBBS: A CHARACTER. THOUGH naturally pensive, yet I am fond of gay
company, aud take every opportunity of thus dismissing the mind from duty. From this motive I am often found in the centre of a crowd ; and wherever pieasure is to be sold, am always a pur. chaser. In those places, without being remarked by any, I join in whatever goes forward, work my passions into a similitude of frivolous earnestness, shout as they shout, and condemn as they happen to disapprove. A mind thus sunk for a while bei
low its natural standard, is qualified for stronger fights, as those first retire who would spring forward with greater vigour. · Attracted by the serenity of the evening, a friend and I lately went to gaze upon the company in one of the public walks near the city. Here we saun. tered together for some time, either praising the beauty of such as were hapdsome, or the dresses of such as had nothing else to recommend them. We had gone thus deliberately forward for some time, when my friend, stopping on a sudden, caught me by the elbow, and led me out of the public walk. I could perceive by the quickness of his pace, and by his frequently looking behind, that he was attempring to avoid somebody who followed: we now turned to the right, then to the left; as we went forward, he still weut faster, but in vain ; the person whom he attempted to escape, hunted us through every doubling, and gained upon us each moment; so that at last we fairly stood still, resolving to face what we could not avoid.
Our pursuer soon came up, and joined us with all the familiarity of an old acquaintance. • My dear Charles,'cries he, shaking my frievd's hand, ' where have you been hiding this half a century? Positively, I biad fancied you had gone down to cultivate ma. trimony and your estate in the country. During the reply, I had an opportunity of surveying the appearance of our new companion. His hat was pinched up with peculiar smartness : his looks were pale, thin, and sharp; round his neck he wore a broad black ribbon, and in his bosom a buckle studded with glass ; his coat was trimmed with tar. nished twist; he wore by his side a sword with a black hilt; and his stockings of silk, though newly washed, were grown yellow by long service. I was 80 much engaged with the peculiarity of his dress, that I attended only to the latter part of my friend's reply; in which he compliinented Mr. Tibbs on the taste of his clothes and the bloom in his counte.
Psha, psha, Charles,' cries the figure, no more of that if you love me : you kuow I hate flattery, oo my soul I do; and yet to be sure an inti. macy with the great will improve one's appearance, and a course of venison will fatten; and yet faith I despise the great as much as you do; but there are a great mavy damned honest fellows among them, and we must not quarrel with oue balf because the other wants breeding. If they were all such as my Lord Mudler, one of the most good-natured creatures that ever squeezed a lemon, I should myself be among the number of their admirers. I was yesterday to dine at the Duchess of Piccadilly's. My lord was there, Ned, says he to me, Ned, says he, I will hold gold to silver I can tell where you were poaching last night, Poaching! my lord, says, I; faith you have missed already; for I staid at home and let the girls poach for me. That is my way: I take a fine woman as some ani. mals do their prey; stand still, and swoop, they fall into my mouth.
• Ah, Tibbs, thou art a happy fellow,' cried my companion, with looks of infinite pity. I hope your fortune is as much improved as your under. standing in such company.' Improved !' replied the other; ' you snall know, but let it go no farther,-a great secret--five hundred a year to begin with-My lord's word of honour for it-His lord. ship took me in his own chariot yesterday, and we had a tête-à-tête dinner in the country, where we talked of nothing else. I fancy you forgot, sir,' cried 1, "you told us but this moment of your dining yesterday in town? Did I say so ?' replied he coolly. “To be sure, if I said so, it was so.. Dined in town: egad, now I remember I did dine in town; but I dided in the country too: for you must know, my boys, I eat two dinners. By the bye, I am grown as nice as the devil in my eating, I will tell you a pleasant affair about that : we were a select party of us to dine at Lady Gro. gram's, an affected piece, but let it go no farther; a secret: Well, says I, I will bold a thousand guineas, and say Done first, that-But, dear Charies, you are an honest creature : lend me half a crown for a minute or two, or so, just till-But hark'ee, ask me for it the next time we meet, or it may be twenty to one but I forget to pay you.'
When he left us, our conversation naturally turn. ed upon so extraordinary a character. • Ilis very dress, cries my friend, 'is not less extraordinary than his conduct. If you meet him this day, you find him in rags ; if the next, in embroidery. With those persons of distinction, of whom he talks so familiarly, he has scarce a coffee house acquaintance. However, both for the interest of society, and perhaps for his own, Heaven has made him poor : and while all the world perceives his wants, he fancies them concealed from every eye. An agreeable companion, because he understands flat. tery; and all must be pleased with the first part of his conversation, though all are sure of its ending with a demand on their purse. While his youth countenances the levity of his conduct, he may thus earn a precarious subsistence : but, when age comes on, the gravity of which is incompatible with baffoonery, then will he find himself forsaken by all: condemned in the decline of life to hang upon some rich family whorn he once despised, there to undergo all the ingenuity of studied cone tempt; to be employed only as spy upon the servants, or a bug bear to fright children into duty.'
PEAU TIBBS CONTINUED. THERE are some acquaintances whom it is na
easy matter shake off. My little beau yes. terday overtook me again in one of the public
walks, and slapping me on the shoulder, saluted me with an air of the most perfect familiarity. His dress was the same as usual, except that he had inore powder in his hair, wore a dirtier shirt, and had on a pair of Temple spectacles, and his hat un. der his arm.
As I knew him to be a harmless amusing little thing, I could not returu his smiles with auy de. gree of severity; so we walked forward on terms of the utmost intimacy, and in a few minutes discussed all the usual topics preliminary to particular conversation.
The oddities that marked his character, however, soon began to appear; he bowed to several well. dressed persons, who, by their manner of returning the compliment, appeared perfect strangers. At in. tervals he drew out a pocket-book, seeming to take memorandums before all the company with much im. portance and assiduity. In this manner he led me through the length of the whole Mall, fretting at his absurdities, and fancying myself laughed at as well as bim by every spectator.
When we were got to the end of our procession, • Blast me,' cries he, with an air of vivacity,' I never saw the Park so thin in my life before ; there's no company at all to-day. Not a single face to be seep.'-'No company,' interrupted I, peevishly, 'no company where there is such a crowd! Why, man, there is too much. What are the thousands that have been laughing at us but company ? • Lord, my dear,' returned he with the utmost good humour, • you seem immensely chagrined; but, blast me, when the world laughs at me, I laugh at the world, and so we are even. My Lord Trip, Bill Squash the Creolian, and I, sometimes make a party at being ridiculous; and so we say and do a thousand things for the joke's sake. But I see you are grave; and if you are for a fine grave sentimen. tal companion, you shall dine with my wife to day; I must insist on't ; I'll introduce you to Mrs. Tibbs,
lady of as elegant qualifications as any in nature ;