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left in the sufferer's body. When the execution And so I went away with the determination of tellwas stopped, two thousand six hundred and nine- ing Platt that I would submit, and begging his teen strokes had cut the body to pieces. But in pardon, He, however, anticipated me, and sent Russia, the fact of striking a corpse is not cruel | for me to the monitors' library directly after dinner, enough, and would not inspire a nation of slaves | where he told me what he had said before in the with a sufficient amount of terror. A man must morning, and asked me if I had altered my derevive before he undergoes the remainder of his termination? I told him that I had, and that I would punishment. The unhappy wretch was taken to submit. He then gave me thirty-one cuts as hard the hospital, where, as is the custom in these cases, as ever he could, across the shoulder-blades, with he was placed in a bath of water saturated with a cane more than an inch in circumference, which salt, and then treated with the greatest care and he paid ls. 6d. for, and with such force that he had solicitude, until a complete cure was effected, so to stop almost every cut to bend back the cane, it that he could bear the rest of the sentence. In all was so curled with the violence of the blow. I instances, and at all times, the penal laws of Rus- almost fainted during it; but I can not help being sia are stamped with atrocious barbarity. It was glad that I managed to get out of the room without seven months before he was cured and his health making the slightest movement to show him that I re-established ; and, at the expiration of this period, he was solemnly taken back to the place of execu- Stewart was immediately taken off to the surgeon, tion, and forced once more to run the gauntlet, in who pronounced that in the whole course of his life order to receive his full amount of 6000 strokes. he had never witnessed such a brutal and unmanly He died at the commencement of this second pun outrage. The boy was sent to the sick-room, where ishment."
he remained until Sunday. His arm was swollen
from the effects of the blows" four inches above its Now that we are upon this matter of the knout, natural size." it is worth while to call to the recollection of our All that Dr. Vaughan (the head-master of the cousins over the water-we mean our English school) could say with regard to this conduct of cousins-who affect a humanity far in advance of young Platt, was, that "he was sorry Stewart had their barbarian neighbors, that their schools are not got into a mess with the monitors, that he should adyet wholly free from traces of brutality; and we vise him to take the whopping, that there was no hear, within the month, that a certain head-master, cowardice in taking any thing from a legal power." a pupil of the distinguished Dr. Arnold, and a stout So it appears that Smike, and the old master of maintenant of that eminent scholar's system of Dotheboys Hall, have their parallels still in Enschool-management, has winked at a bit of birch gland. barbarity, which has a strong smack of Muscovy.
It appears from the newspaper accounts that a AND as we speak of masters and of schools, our certain boy of the name of Stewart (an Earl's son, thought reverts to the figure and the face of oneby the way), had a quarrel on the football ground not a master indeed, but a teacher-who sat, when with another of the name of Holmes. Platt, a mon. we saw him, in a professor's chair of the University itor of the school, interfered, accusing young Stew of Edinburgh. He was a stout, tall, athletic man, art of having the wrong, and of telling a falsehood, with broad shoulders and chest, and prodigiously which Stewart resented in a boyish way, by re- muscular limbs. His face was magnificent ; his torting falsity upon the monitor.
hair, which he wore long and flowing, fell round his The rest of the story is best told in Stewart's massive features like a lion's mane, to which, inown words, narrating the conduct of Platt: deed, it was often compared, being much of the
"I thought no more about it then, but on Wed. same hue. His lips were always working, while nesday morning, after breakfast, he sent for me to his gray flashing eyes had a weird sort of look which his room, and told me that he had sent for me to was highly characteristic. In his dress he was sin. whop me for my impertinence yesterday. Upon gularly slovenly, being, except on state occasions, which I told him that I had not been impertinent, attired in a threadbare suit of clothes, often rent, or, at any rate, if I had, the remarks I had made his shirts frequently buttonless, and his hat of the were in consequence of his speaking as he had done description anciently called shocking. His profes. to me. He then told me that that had nothing sional style of costume was just as odd. His gown, whatever to do with it, and (I copy his remark ver- as he stalked along the colleges, flew in tattered batim) said—I may say any thing I like on the stripes behind him; and, altogether, with all his football ground, and you have no right, whatever it genius, he was personally one of the most strangely is, to contradict me.' So I said, “If you say what eccentric of the many eccentric characters existing is not true, I shall certainly contradict you;' but in his day in the metropolis of the north. he cut me short, and told me to stand out, and so I It is perhaps needless to say that we refer to the told him that I should do no such thing; upon which critic, poet, and professor-Christopher North. he said, 'I suppose you know that you must either Every body has heard before now that the old man take my whopping or you will be sent away from is dead. If he had lived until May he would have the school ;' so I told him that I would not take it, been sixty-nine. and I left his room and called at Dr. Vaughan's, Walter Scott, writing to Miss Baillie about him, who, however, was engaged then, and I was told to many years ago, said: call at a few minutes before one. In the mean “The author of the elegy upon poor Grahame is while, Platt had been to Dr. Vaughan and had told John Wilson, a young man of considerable poetical him about it. When I saw Dr. Vaughan, he was powers. He is now engaged upon a poem called the excessively kind, and told me that he was exceed Isle of Palms,' something in the style of Southey. ingly sorry that I should have got into a mess with He is an eccentric genius, and has fixed himself any of the monitors, and that, as far as he heard, I upon the banks of Windermere, but occasionally was to blame in what I had said, and so he should resides in Edinburgh, where he now is. Perhaps advise me to take the whopping, as there was no you have seen him; his father was a wealthy Paiscowardice in taking any thing from a legal power. ley manufacturer--his mother a sister of Robert
Sym. He seems an excellent, warm-hearted, and gone, announced as dead, and already eulogized as enthusiastic young man; something too much, an actor on another stage than ours; yet it is only perhaps, of the latter quality places him among the recently that he has really bid adieu to life, carry. list of originals.”
| ing with him the name, if not of a very great poet, Many years later when Wilson came to be a yet of a very good man. candidate for the Professorship, in which harness he died, Scott speaks of him thus:
As for France, and French Journalism, what can “There needed no apology for mentioning any. we record but the never-ending watchfulness of thing in which I could be of service to Wilson; Eastern news; the never-ending sneers at Rusand, so far as good words and good wishes here can sian intolerance; the never-ceasing growth of En. do, I think he will be successful; but the battle glish and French brotherhood? And for token of must be fought in Edinburgh. You are aware that this last, every newspaper of the city has already the only point of exception to Wilson may be, that pointed with an eloquent quill, at the reception of with the fire of genius, he has possessed some of its the Duke of Cambridge; when the Emperor rode eccentricities; but did he ever approach to those of beside him, and chatted familiarly with him, as one Henry Brougham, who is the god of Whiggish idol- friend might do with any other, and pointed out to atry! If the high and rare qualities with which he him the graces of his charming garden of the Tuille. is invested are to be thrown aside as useless, be ries, and sauntered with him under the just-leaved cause they may be clouded by a few grains of dust, trees of the Champs Elysées, and escorted him with which he can blow aside at pleasure, it is less a a thousand out-riding guards in brilliant uniforms, punishment on Mr. Wilson than on the country. to that old and famous field of war, where thirty I have little doubt he would consider success in this thousand troops passed back and forth, to the roll weighty matter as a pledge for binding down his of countless drums, and shouts of “God save the acute and powerful mind to more regular labor than Queen!" mingled with “ Long life to the Emperor !" circumstances have hitherto required of him; for, 1 It was, to be sure, a proud thing for the tall and indeed, without doing so, the appointment could in sandy-haired Duke of Cambridge to represent in no point of view answer his purpose. He must his person such a nation as that of Britain, in such stretch to the oar for his own credit, as well as that a presence; and it was a still prouder thing for that of his friends; and if he does so, there can be no Emperor, who, from his equivocal position in the doubt that his efforts will be doubly blessed, in re- London club-room, had wrought out for himself ference both to himself and to public utility. You such a brilliant future, to bestow favors now upon must, of course, recommend to Wilson great tem- the royalty of his old country of exile, and to wel. perin his canvass--for wrath will do no good. After come the foreign prince with the stir of an army. all, he must leave off sack, purge, and live cleanly, as a gentleman ought to do; otherwise people will compare his present ambition to that of Sir Terry
Editor's Drawer. O'Fag, when he wished to become a judge. Our pleasant follies are made the whips to scourge us,' LA GREAT many people pretend that they can as Lear says; for otherwise, what could possibly A judge of character by the looks. This is not so. stand in the way of his nomination?"
The most amiable animal in the world in appearance It is to be feared that the doughty Christopher, is a tiger-the most soft, velvety of all substances is who was one of the best "single-stick” men of his his paw. Experience alone has given us the true day, did not wholly "leave off sack" up to the end idea of their ferocity, and made us aware of the of the chapter; and there is many a pleasant pas-fangs and the claws. The lineaments of the greatsage of the Ambrosiane, which has a taste of the est tyrants in the world have nothing cruel in their i mountain mist.”
expression; heroes are equally destitute of physiBut the mourning corner of our budget is not cal traits of their superiority. Daniel Webster, filled with this great name only. Rubini, the pleas. probably more than any man that ever lived, had a ant singer, who years ago bewitched all hearts and bodily presence in accordance with the ideal formed ears with his warm tones, and his passionate ex. from an intimate knowledge of his mental labors. pression, has slipped off in his Italian home-leav. When our volunteers rushed to the Rio Grande, ing no child to inherit his hoarded riches, and no after the celebrated battles of the 8th and 9th, in pupil to revive the strains which have passed away hero-hunting, they were invariably disappointed at with him forever.
| finding the distinguished" the least remarkable in He began life as a humble violinist, in a little person of “all the crowd.” “The ferocious" in church of the province Bergamo ; where those who looks, without exception, held some subordinate had the ordering of music declared him utterly in-position, where discretion and not valor was most competent even for so menial employ. But the re- / in demand. Old Zach was mistaken for a farmer, pulse lighted a spark of daring and of decision in Captain Walker for a doctor, and Ridgely and Dunhim, that forced him on, over the heads of his mas-can for mere boys--their beardless faces, small perters, and finally made him the most admired tenor sons, and modest demeanor, making no other “first of Europe.
impression." Captain Walker was exceedingly He was great upon the stage, but on the stage diffident, wore citizen's clothes, and seldom appearonly: he never won high esteem as a man; anded with arms. He rode over the bloody fields with though he carried plaudits with him froin city to us three days after the battles, but it was only by city, he left few friends behind him. Avaricious "hard pumping” that we could get any particulars. and ungenerous, he hoarded a vast fortune, which After working away in vain " for items" at this apdistant kin now seize upon and enjoy. The most parently dry source, we noticed Captain Walker truthful epitaph that can be written over him is— | looking intently out upon the horizon ; it was a flat that he was a great singer, and a small man! country, and there could be seen a half dozen ran
Yet again-the church bells, as we write it, have cheros skirting along like spirits. Instantly his scarce finished their tolling—we record the death | blue and generally dull eye brightened up, and he of the old poet Montgomery; already, two years said: “There go some Mexicans, with passes from General Taylor to go out cattle-hunting. They pline and respectable tradition. But the evils of the are great scoundrels, and impose upon the old times were amusingly exhibited by one “Josiah," man,' and take advantage of their privilege to rob who came up out of the rich lands of Westchester, and kill our people ; but," continued the Captain, who, desiring to appear at meeting in a true prowith unusual animation, “ I always shoot 'em down fessional hat, had evidently searched the city on sight; if they have got a pass' it's their misfor- through for a commendable “ broad-brim," which he tune; if they haven't, why I have got them out of the obtained, but it was not of the true spirit; it lacked way." Who would have anticipated such a speech that ineffable grace and unction that gave it ortho. from such looks?
doxy. It was a rakish broad-brim : it had a “fast But we intended to tell another story. Many look"--a sort of “wide awake" expression that years ago, “in the better days of the United gave to our Friend a mongrel appearance, and turnStates Senate," a fashionable steamer was dashed his plain clothing into questionable propriety, ing over the Sound, filled with passengers bound and puzzled the superficial observers to decide for Providence. In the course of the morning, a whether our “goodly man" was really a Friend, or young man came to the captain, and stated that he one of the “b'hoys." Alas, when the age is so corhad lost his watch, and desired the officer to insti. rupt that all New York will not furnish one untute “ a search.” The captain decided that it was questionably respectable, moral, and really solemn impossible, among a crowd of five or six hundred broad-brimmed hat! The Friends, we are sorry to persons of the highest respectability, to grant the see, have their excitements; and they are at this request ; but desired the young man to keep a sharp time under much travail on the subject of some of look-out for suspicious persons, point them out, and the younger female members learning to play the on the arrival of the boat at Providence it was piano. It would altogether be a rare sight to see a agreed that they should be arrested. In the course pretty Quakeress at the piano. Certainly the music of the day the young man stated that he was satis. would be sobered down, and all the brilliant pagfied he had found the thief: he knew he was the dis- sages se subdued, that they would come up soft honest personage from his appearance, from his face; whisperings, rather than full, sonorous cadences. and was fortified in the supposition because the But have the Friends any music! Has not the suspected person avoided the crowd, and was organ been depressed and dissipated? Who ever then by himself on the upper deck, pretending to heard a Quaker sing? Even their little babies grow read, by beginning at the end of a book and turning up without one chirrup in their little ears, except the leaves over toward the beginning; and this, said what comes from the birds, who sing just in prothe young man, is of itself very suspicious. The portion as they lack gay plumage-an example, by captain instantly went upon the upper deck, and to the way, for the Friends to consider upon. The the astonishment of the young man, stated that the Friends have directed a circular to be issued to all person was no one else than Asher Robbins, one their congregations upon this enormity of music. of the most distinguished Senators of Rhode Island, Sweet sounds have invaded the sanctity of their and one of the most learned men of the day, who private life ; the time and tune of nature is being was thus solitarily conning over the leaves of a revived in the young Friends, and if the heresy Hebrew Bible. So much for judging people from continues, who knows but the “falling away" may appearances-from“ their looks."
not continue until the limbs of the rebellious,
sympathizing with sound, move in accordance to “The Friends" have had their "annual meeting" measure ; that steps may grow into order, that slow in our midst, and have departed from among us. It pace may be rendered quick-that the Friends may is quite refreshing to see these sedate people once dance ! Certainly these are perilous times, and the a year thronging our crowded streets, all quiet them old land-marks of propriety-the outward symbols selves, although the world is in such confusion of piety_are being swept away. around them. The followers of Fox, kowever, throve best under the fiery ordeal of persecution; Mr. BELL, United States Senator from Tennesfor then they increased in numbers, and were filled see, is the only Southern Sencor who voted against with enthusiasm. The degrading influences of the repeal of the Missouri Compromise line. His modern innovations are making sad work with the bearing throughout the struggle was bold and fearFriends—that is, with their garments-for it is rare less, and it is difficult for Northern people to comnow to see a genuine, orthodox-looking Friend. prehend the amount of moral courage it was neces. The straight coat, the short-waisted dress, the broad-sary to possess to sustain Mr. Bell in his position. brimmed hat, the “gun-boat" looking bonnet, have Mr. Bell grew up in Tennessee, and commenced such terrible twists in their composition, that they public life in that State ; and although a warm perwould make the old fathers weep if they could wit- sonal friend, yet a political opponent of General ness them. We have seen several female Friends Jackson-a thing of itself that early displayed his (what a shame that we can only call them such in firmness. It is related of him, that after some sean official sense), who have their lips and cheeks vere political struggle, in which he had dared to ornamented by nature with carnation tints, and handle " • Old Hickory' without gloves," he unexwhose eyes were full of azure, who seemed to rebel pectedly met the old soldier in the street, and was under the straight-laced discipline of colorless drab, rather rudely reproved for his course. Bell listened and, borrowing a hint from the composition of their calmly to a certain point, when he interrupted own lovely countenances, had stolen a gay tint or “Old Hickory" as follows: “General, I will hear two, and mingled them as contrasts to the prevail-patiently all you say in the proper spirit; but ing purity of sameness that characterized their out when you presume to pass the bounds due from ward girlhood, just as we have seen the pale apple one gentleman to another, I shall instantly resent blossom threaded with almost spiritual lines of pink. your conduct." The old General looked at young These were pleasing evidences of the struggles of Bell a moment in the eye, and breaking out into a the fair daughters of Eve to be bewitching, that, laugh, changed the conversation. thanks to the happiness of our eyes, had only been tempered, but not subdued by long years of disci- ONE of the most characteristic aneodotes of General Jackson is related with a great deal of zest by moment the good old Bishop found occasion to adGeneral Cullom, who was, as he says, “ raised un- just his spectacles, and instinctively, as it were, der the shadow of the Hermitage.” As General he leaned over the sacred volume, appeared to scan Jackson's second term was drawing to a close, the a particular verse, and, rising, said: “And thirdly politicians were very anxious to get his “prefer- and lastly, brethren;" and concluded without ever ences.” It was suspected that he had determined dreaming, that his long preface not only confirmed to go for Mr. Van Buren, but no overt demonstration | his hearers that he had no aptness to tell an anec. had yet been made. A number of Mr. Calhoun's dote, but also that in the course of thought he shrewdest friends, hoping the old General might be had consumed the anecdote itself; and the Bishinduced to go for their favorite, inanaged to get an op's excellent story must remain forever untold, invitation to dine at the “White House,” and but yet remembered because there is nothing to amidst the genialities of wine and familiar conver- forget. sation, the absorbing subject of “the succession" was brought forward, and cautiously narrowed Among the “good people" who composed the down to the important point of the old General's heterogeneous crowd of a Western steamer, some preferences. The old man appeared to be perfectly years since, was a comical-looking man, with an unsuspecting, but finally said, "he was in favor equivocal squint, and a suspicious redness about of Mr. Van Buren." One of the inquisitors, not the nose, who professed once to have seen “better content, asked, “ General, who is your second days," but who was now a sad victim of what he choice?” “By the Eternal"—said “Old Hickory," was pleased to term the “glory times of Missis. growing impatient, while his eyes fairly flashed with sippi.” Having heard much of those Plutonian excitement"By the Eternal, sir, I never had a days, we listened attentively for information. All second choice in my life."
we heard has passed away, save and except the
following incident. Said the speaker, looking A GENTLEMAN from the South gave in the other around with great affected importance : “When I day the following amusing illustration of the negro consider what an easy going thing it then was for character. A favorite house-servant had been re the knowing ones to make money, I have always peatedly admonished for his carelessness. Upon been a little vexed to think I was at the time so one occasion-having done something for which he entirely ignorant of financering. I could do better was rebuked-his apology was, "I thought so." now. However, the times was flush ;' money His master, a little displeased, said, “ You are not was borrowed on State securities, that those in the to think, sir; I will think for you." A few days secret knew were "unconstitutional,' and conseafter, some piece of work was going on, orer which quently it came easy, and went easier. Property the master was presiding-the boy was one of the had no fixed value ; you could sell any thing, on workmen. The gentleman remarked: “Well, I any time, at any price; put up moonshine, on one, suppose that will do ;" and turning to the servant, two, and three years' credit, and you had notes asked his opinion. The reply was: “I don't know, enough in a few days to sink a ship. About this sir." “ But, what do you think about it?" said the time, was started the Brandon Bank. The direct. master. The negro scratched his head, and after ors paraded the fact before the world that it was to some hesitation replied: “Why, master, you told be a safe bank;' and putting a cast steel ax in the me I musn't think--that you would think for me." cellar, said the bills were to be issued on a metallic
basis.' The popularity of that institution spread Many of our readers cherish reminiscences of like wild-fire, people that were independent in cis“good old Bishop Hedding." He was a “soldier cumstances, as well as them that hadn't a cent, went of the cross" long before the present generation of to borrowing; and so many crowded into Brandon active men were born, and lived on to see the chil. for discounts,' that the hotels overflowed, and the dren's children of his early friends make their first people had to 'camp out until their turn came. advances down the shady side of life. It was a "The cashier sat up night and day with the presi. kindly sight, to see the old Bishop, as he lingered | dent, signing notes, which were issued so fast, that among the scenes of his early triumphs, hold forth no account was kept of their number or amount. to his congregations, talking as a father to his chil. At last, the president and directors got exhausted, dren, or rather, as a patriarch, who could look into and they put their issues' in a barrel behind the the future, and sanctify the past. We remember counter, and passed a resolution that nobody his fine glowing sunny face, his snowy locks, and should be accommodated to a larger loan than “a gracious words; and if he had not, by reason of grab."' Consequently, when any one put in his long service, the fire of youthful eloquence, he had note, if the bank accepted the paper,' the drawer the rare attraction of evident goodness, and you was permitted to have one grab, and no more, as it felt as you listened as if a good man was before was proposed to give all applicants a fair chance. you. Among his last discourses in New York, the “At the time we speak of, old Percy Smith was old Bishop was pouring out his experience to his so much in debt that nobody will ever know how admiring audience, when he stopped short, and much; and, at my suggestion, he put in his paper said: “Brethren, I can not illustrate my particular for discount, setting up his claim'to a cool 'twenmeaning better than by an anecdote-an anecdote ty thousand ;' and, arming himself with a slasher,' singularly illustrative of my subject-one which he went down to Brandon, and asked for 'a diswill, in a few words, comprehend more than I could count,' swearing all the while that a 'single grab' explain in an hour. As a general thing,"continued wouldn't give him a breathing spell between drinks.' the Bishop, “I do not approve of ministers telling The directors, however, were fighting-men,' and anecdotes in the pulpit. I have never, in my long couldn't be bullied, and told Percy that he should journey, made it a practice; yet I do not object to not be served any better than the other applicants.' it in others who have the gift ; and I should not So the old fellow took a new tack: he went over to depart from the rule on this occasion, if the anec- the hotel, got up a dinner on credit, and invited all dote I have to tell was not so exceedingly appro- the bank officers to dine. I think Percy told me he priate, so happy, so exactly to the point”-at this / had 'em all ‘under the table' by eleven o'clock at
night-but the next morning, in spite of Percy's eristence, by appearance, by impression on the hand or hospitality, they stuck to their principles, and con- | body of any present, by scratches, knocks, or any other fined Percy to a single grab.' This decision of the agency, no evidence of any preternatural power was directors had great effect upon all the other appli- exhibited. cants; but Percy was not to be so easily satisfied. “The spirit was then very seriously advertised He hung around the bank, and finally got a promise, that the person to whom the promise was made, of 'as he gin a treat,' that he might have the first striking the coffin, was then about to visit the vault, chance after the barrel was newly filled up. Upon and that the performance of the promise was then the stated time, Percy prepared himself. He took claimed. The company at one o'clock went into some tar and boiled it stiff, and rubbed it over his the church, and the gentleman, to whom the promise right arm up to his shoulder; and, wrapping him was made, went, with one more, into the vault. self in a cloak, he walked over to the bank for his The spirit was solemnly required to perform its •grab.' The first dash he made, he ran his fist promise, but nothing more than silence ensued; down to the bottom of the barrel-for you notice he the person supposed to be accused by the spirit was terribly in debt-he then whirled his arm around then went down, with several others, but no effect a few times, and took it out, and there was just was perceived. Upon their return, they examined thirty-seven thousand, five hundred, and fifty-five the girl, but could draw no confession from het. dollars sticking in tar! 'Twas the last grab crer Between two and three she desired, and was permade on the Brandon. The institution couldn't mitted, to go home with her father. stand such a draw. It shut down the next day, and “It is therefore the opinion of the whole assembly thus ended the 'glory times of Mississippi.'" that the child has some art of making or counter
feiting particular noises, and that there is no agency Has it ever occurred to the readers of the of any higher cause. This account was drawn up “ Drawer” that the so-called “ Spirit-Rappings," by a gentleman of veracity and learning, and therefore of which so much has been written and talked we have thought it sufficient ; though the impostor has about of late, are, after all, no new thing? Nearly been since more clearly detected, even to demonstraa hundred years ago, in London, in the famous tion." “ Cock Lane Ghost Imposture," the whole “phe. Now all this is very curious, and is almost nomena" were enacted, and of which we have the identical with the “spirit-rappings" of the present following account in Mr. Sylvanus Urban's “Gen- day. Then, as now, also, a belief in the spiritual tleman's Magazine" for February, 1762:
character of the “knockings” was held by dis. “We are under a necessity of giving an account tinguished clergymen and eminent public functionof the method taken for the detection of the impos. aries of the government : one of the former class ture in Cock-Lane, which, although in a great was catechised as follows by a correspondent of measure eluded by the cunning of the girl, who is “The Gentleman's Magazine :" the principal agent, and by the obstinacy of the “We have no reason to imagine that the decoy father, who perhaps was the contriver of it; yet it duck in Cock Lane, so addicted to angry scratchings had such an effect as to convince all present that so intent upon revengeful purposes, so silly (though the girl has some art of counterfeiting particular at the same time cunning) in the management of noises, and that there is nothing preternatural in her little cheats, so palpably mistaken in many inthe responses that are given to the querists on this stances, and so evasive and prevaricating in others occasion.
we have, I say, no room to suppose that this little "On the night of the 1st of February, many gen- dabbler in necromancy is a celestial visitant, deputed tlemen, eminent for their rank and character, were, hither, on a very important occasion, by the King by the invitation of the Rev. Mr. Aldrich, of Clerk of Heaven. enrell, assembled at his house, for the examina. “Suppose, next, that a departed soul is in a tion of the noises supposed to be made by a de- state of torment. Do you think that the del (havparted spirit, for the detection of some enormous ing got his prey within his clutches) is such a fool crime.
as to let it go again, and roam and rainble where it "About ten at night, the gentlemen met in the pleases? Will that rigid jail-keeper allow his chamber, in which the girl, supposed to be disturbed prisoner to come back into this world upon the by a spirit, had, with proper caution, been put to parole of hon:t, and that not only for a day or two, bed by several ladies. They sat rather more than but for weeks, or months, or even for years, as we an hour, and hearing nothing, went down stairs, have frequently heard of in some cases? And pray, when they interrogated the father of the girl, who for what? In the present case it will, I suppose, denied, in the strongest terms, any knowledge or be said to develop murder. But, good sir, be belief of fraud.
pleased to recollect that the devil was a murderer “The supposed spirit had before publicly prom. from the beginning. And would he (trow you) spoil ised, by an affirmative knock, that it would attend his own trade? Does not this show you at once one of the gentlemen into the vault under the church the absurdity of this pretense? And dare you to of St. John, Clerkenwell, where the body is deposited, support it any longer? and give a token of her presence there by a knock “You have, I think, no refuge now left you but upon her coffin : it was therefore determined to to recur to a middle state (whether purgatory or any make this trial of the existence or veracity of the other) hanging somewhere in the air, like Mohammed supposed spirit.
between heaven and hell. Well, do so, and wel. " While they were inquiring and deliberating, come ; you are still under the same restraint. The they were summoned into the girl's chamber by same arguments will have the same force against some ladies, who were near her bed, and who had you even here also, and will hold you fast. On heard knocks and scratches. When the gentlemen the other hand, if you suppose, with several learned entered, the girl declared that she felt the spirit men of the present age, that there is no such middle like a mouse upon her back, and was required to state, then it is evident at first sight that all prehold her hands out of bed. From that time, though tenses of this kind are totally overturned. For the spirit was very solemnly required to manifest its who (upon this supposition) can return from a state