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oled for half a day with my camel, and found convinced himself that he was awake, he rose myself in a large city, whence a caravan was and walked until he came to the banks of a river, about to start for Egypt, and I started with it; on the other side of which was a large city. A but to my surprise, learned we were distant a ferryman, with a very yellow face, spoke to him six months' journey from Cairo, whereas I had in an uncouth language; but seeing he did not reached that place in a few days. This is the understand, made signs that he was to get into whole of my story, and I am now ready to de- his boat, which he did. On reaching the other liver over to thee half of the wealth which I have side, he saw many people all bustling about, but acquired."
all with yellow faces; and he now noticed that Abu Daood was bewildered and amazed by this every one had a care-worn, haggard expression, concise narrative, which concluded by holding out and that their features were now and then disto him a prospect of prosperity of which he had torted, as if by severe pain. “Verily,” said Abu never dared to dream. Yet, says the tradition- Daood, all these folks have the cholera. I will in this matter eminently philosophical—he soon hasten to collect gold, and escape at once from passed from joy at his good-fortune, to regret at the country.” He proceeded along the streets, not having been able himself to visit the land of which were filled with shops of all descriptions, gold. “Half a camel-load is little," muttered he, excepting provision-shops. There were mercers as he gazed with glaring eyes at the Maggrebby. and drapers, and shoemakers and saddlers, but The good old man, noticing the expression of his there were no butchers, or bakers, or fruit-dealface, said meekly and kindly : “My son, thou art ers. “ This is a wonderful place," quoth Abu young, and I am ancient of days : take two- Daood; “verily, it is more wonderful than the thirds, and be satisfied.” “But I should have valley which the Maggrebby saw.” liked a whole camel-load," quoth Abu Daood, He had scarcely uttered these words, when a still talking as if to himself. “That was impos-man touched him on the shoulder, and said : sible," observed the Maggrebby humorously,” for “Friend, it is the hour of the eveniny-meal. thou couldst not steal thine own shoes." Upon Thou knowest the law. Come into my house, this the cobbler, preserved from wicked thoughts for I perceive thou art a stranger to this quarter." by the will of God, laughed, and replied: “Think Then it is related that Abu Daood, fearful to not that I envy thee what thou hast acquired; I transgress the law, obeyed this invitation, and receive what thou givest me with joy; but are was taken into a room dimly lighted, where was there no means by which I, too, could visit this a table, and round the table a number of men and wonderful place?"
women, all yellow as fever-patients. But when The old man hung his head for a time, and the dishes were uncovered, lo! upon them was seemed to ponder deeply. At length he looked no food, but only heaps of gold, which, with steadily at Abu Daood, and said: "In my regard moanings and contortions, and grimaces of disfor thy welfare, I concealed something from thee; gust, the guests began to swallow. Abu Daood. but what is written must come to pass. Know, obeying an irresistible impulse, put out his hand, then, that the yellow man when he departed from intending to fill his pockets; but he soon found me gave me a ring, saying: “ Should Abu Daood himself eating with the rest, and was unable to desire, in the covetousness of his heart, to come leave off until he had swallowed more gold than to this country, let him swallow that which he he had ever swallowed rice at a meal. After this will find beneath the signet of this ring, and his strange supper, the guests dispersed, groaning and wishes will be accomplished; but it will be better complaining; and the master of the house took for him to remain in the quiet enjoyment of the the cobbler to a chamber where was a comfortwealth which thou wilt bestow upon him.'” Abu able bed, and bade him rest until morning. Daood held out his hand eagerly, and took the The tradition is luxurious in details respecting ring, and found within it a little piece of a green- this extraordinary city, which was inhabited by ish substance, which he swallowed. When he the souls of misers and usurers, and covetous had swallowed it, all things around him seemed men of all descriptions, condemned for their sins to become confused: the Maggrebby's eyes grew to live on, performing all the ordinary functions round and red, his nose elongated into a beak, of existence, except that their sole food was gold. his mouth disappeared under his chin, his arms A tone of burlesque satire pervades it; and the became wings, and his feet claws—in fine, he narrators, often in the true spirit of Dante, introchanged into a bird of strange aspect. The cob- duce among the various characters encountered bler was at first frightened, and repented of his by the cobbler, the marked portraits of people of rashness; but the bird gave him no time to think, their own day celebrated for avarice. An hour and snatching him up, clove the roof of the house, is sometimes occupied in this way, so that the and carrying him high up toward the heavens, story becomes merely a vehicle for satire, mingled flew for the space of a night and a day, when he with moral reflections. At length, Abu Daood, set him down, and immediately returned into the well wearied of feeding on so indigestible a subclouds.
stance as gold, presents a petition to the princess Abu Daood found himself beneath a tree, form- of the city, and obtains an interview. ing part of a sweet grove, with branches full of Dahabee, the princess, is a lady with golden birds of wonderful plumage and sweet song. He hair, not of mortal origin, but a ginneeyeh-a looked around in wonder, and rubbed his eyes, spirit. She rules her kingdom with inexorable foarful that all this might be a dream. But having justice, and severely punishes the fastidious mor
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tals who choose to fast in order to escape the hof, in Germany, where they claimed not only
Some women were passing Abu Daood's door, served at his tables when in the field. He was uttering the yughareet, or shrill scream of joy irregular in the hours of his repasts, and he ate that announces a wedding. He awoke with a rapidly and not over delicately. The absolute start, and dressing in an old habit, was about to will which he applied to most things, was exerrun after them, to ascertain where the alms were cised also in matters appertaining to the appetite. to be distributed. But he remembered the events As soon as a sensation of hunger was experienced, of the previous night, and of his dream. He it must be appeased ; and his table service was looked round for the Maggrebby, but he was gone. so arranged that, in any place and at any hour, In the place where he had sat, however, was a he had but to give expression to his will, and the large bag filled with ingots of gold. There was slaves of his word promptly set before him roast enough to make him a rich man; and he lived fowls, cutlets, and smoking coffee. He dined off ever afterward a quiet and contented life, al- mutton before risking the battle at Leipsic; and though he sometimes shed a tear to the memory it is said that he lost the day because he was sufof the Princess Dahabee.
fering so severely from indigestion, that he was
unable to arrange, with sufficient coolness, the ROYALTY AT TABLE.
mental calculations which he was accustomed to W HEN Peter the Great and his consort dined make as helps to victory.
W together, they were waited on by a page As Napoleon, the genius of war, was served in and the Empress's favorite chamber-maid. Even thc field, Louis XV., the incarnation of selfishness at larger dinners, he bore uneasily the presence and vice, was served in his mistress's bower. and service of what he called listening lacqueys. That bower, built at Choisy for Pompadour, cost His taste was not an imperial one. He loved, millions; but it was one of the wonders of the and most frequently ordered, for his own especial | world. For the royal entertainments, there were enjoyment, a soup with sour cabbages in it; gruel; | invented those little tables, called “servants" or pig, with sour cream for sauce; cold roast meat, “waiters ;” they were mechanical contrivances, with pickled cucumbers or salad ; lemons and that immortalized the artist Loriot. At Choisy, lampreys; salt meat, ham, and Limburgh cheese. every guest had one of these tables to himself. Previously to addressing himself to the consum- No servant stood by to listen, rather than lend mation" of this supply, he took a glass of aniseed aid. Whatever the guest desired to have, he had water. At his repast he quaffed quass, a sort but to write his wish on paper, and touch a spring, of beer, which would have disgusted an Egyptian; when the table sunk through the flooring at his and he finished with Hungarian or French wine. feet, and speedily reappeared, laden with fruits, All this was the repast of a man who seemed, with pastry, or with wine, according to the order like the nation of which he was the head, in a given. Nothing had been seen like this enchanttransition state, between barbarism and civiliza- ment in France before ; and nothing like it, it is tion ; beginning dinner with cabbage water, and hoped, will ever be seen again. The guests thought closing the banquet with goblets of Burgundy. themselves little gods, and were not a jot more
Peter and his consort had stranger tastes than reasonable than Augustus and his companions, these. This illustrious pair once arrived at Stut- who sat down to dinner attired as deities.
Perhaps Louis XV. never looked so little like a XV. was small compared with that of his predeking as when he dined or supped in public—a cessor, Louis XIV. The“ state' of the latter was, peculiar manifestation of his kingly character. in all things, more “ cumbersome.” To be helpThe Parisians and their wives used to hurry down less was to be dignified; and to do nothing for to Versailles on a Sunday, to behold the feeding himself, and to think of nothing but himself, was of the beast which it cost them so much to keep. the sole life-business of this very illustrious king. 'On these occasions he always had boiled eggs A dozen men dressed him; there was one for before him. He was uncommonly dexterous in every limb that had to be covered. His breakfast decapitating the shell by a single blow from his was as lumbering a matter as his toilette; and he fork; and this feat he performed weekly at his tasted nothing till it had passed through the hands own table, for the sake of the admiration which of half-a-dozen dukes. It took even three nobleit excited in the cockney beholders. But an egg men, ending with a prince of the blood, to prebroken by the king, or Damiens broken alive upon sent him a napkin with which to wipe his lips, the wheel, and torn asunder by wild horses—each before he addressed himself to the more serious was a sight gazed upon, even by the youthful fair, business of the day. with a sort of admiration for the executioner! The glory of the epicureanism of Louis XV. was
SOXSETS. his “magic table," and the select worthless people
BY PARK BENJAMIN.. . ?. especially invited to dine with him thereat. In 1780 the Countess of Oberkirch saw this table,
W HAT though my years are falling like thy even then a relic and wreck of the past. She VV leaves, and a gay party of great people, who hoped that | Oh, Autumn! when the winds are plumed with God had created the world only for the comfort nightof those whom He had honored by allowing to They have thy colors, thy enameled light, be born “noble," paid a visit to the apartments And all the fullness of thy ripened sheaves. of the late king" in the Tuileries. There, among Of verdant joys aggressive Time bereaves, other things, she saw the celebrated magic table. And the glad transports of unclouded dawn; the springs of which, she says, “had become
But though the shadows deepen on Life's lawn, rusty from disuse." The good Lady, who had
Rays of serene and solemn beauty shed
A mellow lustre on my fading hours, not the slightest intention in the world to be | And with a calm and tempered joy I tread satirical, thus describes the wondrous article, at Paths still bedecked with iridescent flowersthe making of which Pompadour had presided : Like thine, oh, Autumn! ere the sober gray " It was placed in the centre of a room, where Or Winter steals thy glorious tints away. none were allowed to enter but the invited guests
II. of Louis XV. It would accommodate thirty per- | Upon an eminence I seem to stand, sons. In the centre was a cylinder of gilt cop- And look around me. Backward I survey per, which could be pressed down by springs, and A lovely prospect, stretching far away would return with its top, which was surrounded Through mists that curtain all the nearer land. by a band, covered with dishes. Around were there once I wandered gayly, hand in hand placed four dumb waiters, on which would be. With the companions of my happy spring; found every thing that was necessary." In 1789 It was Life's realm of Fairy, rainbow-spanned,
| the Countess says: “This table no longer exists, |
Where birds and brooks together loved to sing,
And every cloud made pictures as it sailed. having been long since destroyed, with every
That music yet resounds, those pictures shine thing that could recall the last sad years of a
| Through the far distance Time has faintly vailed,
r monarch who would have been good if he had
But not obscured; and still I dream them mine, not been perverted by evil counsels."
Though many a rock, stream, valley intervene After all, the gastronomic greatness of Louis Between me and that fairy-haunted scene.
Płonthly Krrord nf Current Events.
THE UNITED STATES.
| Committee, consisting of Senators Jones, of Iowa, MONGRESS adjourned on the morning of Mon-C. C. Clay, Jun., and J. W. Williams, vindicating Uday, August 7th. Not much business of general the grant, on the ground that Congress had frequent. interest was transacted during the last weeks of its | ly rewarded eminent services to the country in this Session. In the Senate, on the 15th of July, the way—that the case was analogous to that of a solresolutions passed by the House, approving Captain dier who is killed while fighting the battles of his Ingraham's prompt rescue of Martin Koszta in the country, and especially because Congress could in Bay of Smyrna, were adopted, after being amended this way express its approbation of the law which so as to avoid the formal vote of thanks, substitut- | Mr. Batchelder was trying to execute, and its ening therefor the simple award of a medal. A bill couragement to all citizens to give it their support. was reported in the Senate on the 13th from the A minority of the Committee, consisting of Messrs. Committee on Pensions, granting a pension to the Seward and Sumner, object to this action, because widow of James Batchelder, who was killed while no evidence whatever of the facts of the case has assisting the United States Marshal to recapture a been submitted-because indictments have been fugitive slave in Boston, in May last. Accompany found against several persons for being engaged in ing the bill was a report from the majority of the the riot in which Batchelder lost his life, and Congress ought not to adjudicate the case in advance of submitted an elaborate report upon the extent and trial-because it is contrary to all precedent to causes of the mortality on board Emigrant ships, award pensions for the mere discharge of duty in and the best means of applying a remedy; accom. civil cases-because the majority report unwarrant. panying it was a bill providing more strict regulaably arraigns the conduct of the people of Massa- tions for all ships that may bring emigrant passenchusetts—and finally, because, deeming the Fugitive gers to the United States. Owing to the lateness Slave Law unconstitutional, they are not disposed of the session no action was taken upon the subto recognize any services rendered in its enforce. ject. A bill granting a homestead from the public ment as meritorious in their character. The pen- lands to every actual settler was discussed for sev. sion was subsequently granted, being embodied in eral weeks in the two Houses: an amendment, the Appropriation Bill.-On the 1st of August a offered by Mr. Cobb, of Alabama, graduating the resolution offered by Senator Mason was adopted, prices of the public lands, was finally adopted in its desiring the President to inform the Senate, if stead. All lands which have been in market ten not incompatible with the public interest, whether years are subject to entry at one dollar per acre ; any thing had arisen since his special message of fifteen years, at seventy-five cents, and so on in the March 15, concerning our relations with the Span- same ratio ; those which have been in market thirty ish government which, in his opinion, may dispense years being offered at twelve and a half cents. with the suggestions therein contained, touching the Every person availing himself of the provisions of propriety of provisional measures by Congress to the act must make affidavit that he enters the land meet any exigency that may arise in the recess of for his own use; and no one can acquire under Congress affecting those relations. A brief message them from the United States more than 320 acres. in reply was received on the same day, in which Several treaties negotiated with foreign powers the President stated that nothing had been done to have been considered and acted upon by the Senate remove past grounds of complaint, nor to afford bet- in secret session. The treaty negotiated with Japan ter security for justice and tranquillity in the future. | by Commodore Perry has been ratified, as has also The formal demand for indemnity in the case of the the treaty negotiated at Washington by Lord Elgin, Black Warrior, instead of having been satisfied, for establishing reciprocity of trade between the had led to a justification on the part of the Spanish United States and the British Provinces; the acgovernment of the action of the Cuban authorities, tion of the several provincial parliaments is neces. and had thus transferred the responsibility of those sary to give validity to the provisions of the lastacts to the Spanish government. Meantime reliable named treaty. A treaty has also been negotiated information had been received that fresh prepara- with Russia, and ratified by the Senate, guarantee. tions had been made within the limits of the United ing the neutrality of the United States in the presStates for invading Cuba; and he had issued his ent war, and recognizing, as a doctrine of internaproclamation enjoining the utmost vigilance upon tional law, the principle that free ships make free all Federal officers to prevent so gross a violation goods, and that the property of neutrals, unless conof the law. Nothing had occurred, the President traband of war, shall be respected, even if found added, to dispense with the suggestions he had pre-on board enemies' vessels.-Several Indian treaties viously made that Congress should take provisional have also been ratified, the details of which have no measures to insure the observance of our rights and general interest. the protection of our interests. The message was From the Isthmus, we have intelligence of the referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations, destruction of the town of San Juan, or Greytown, which reported on the 3d, that they agreed with the on the Mosquito Coast, by bombardment from a President in the opinion that in view of the prox- United States ship of war, under circumstances imity of Cuba to our coast, it was vain to expect which give the act a good deal of importance. Some that a series of unfriendly acts, infringing on our months since, property was alleged to have been rights, could long consist with the preservation of stolen from the Accessory Transit Company, and
eaceful relations. The full reparation that has removed within the limits of San Juan. A demand been demanded by the President, with adequate for its restoration was made by the agent of the guarantees for the future, can alone satiøfy the just Company upon the authorities of the town, who expectations of the country; and the Committee replied that after diligent inquiry they could obtain would not hesitate to recommend the adoption of no trace of such property, nor any evidence that it provisional measures, but for the fact that only four had ever been brought within their jurisdiction. months are to elapse before the next session of For this the Company claims damages from the Congress. As the interval is so brief, the Commit. town to the amount of $16,000. In 1853, the Comtee deemed it advisable to leave the whole matter pany hired of the authorities a site on Point Arenas, in the hands of the Executive. — A bill passed by agreeing to vacate it when required to do so. The Congress making appropriations for the repair, com requisition was made in March, 1853, and refused pletion, and preservation of sundry public works, by the Company, upon which the authorities proheretofore commenced under the authority of the ceeded to remove the building, which was a mere Government, was returned on the 5th by the Pres- shed for temporary purposes. For this the Comident, with his objections. He says they belong to pany claim damages to the amount of $8000. In that class of measures generally known as In- | May of the present year, a negro captain of a river ternal Improvements by the General Government, boat was shot by Captain Smith, who commanded which he has always deemed unconstitutional. a steamer plying on the river, who had previously Some of the provisions of the bill seem to him na had some difficulty with him. The general testitional in their character, and if they had stood alone mony, both of Americans and others who witnessed would have received his approval; but blended as the affair, was that it was a deliberate murder. A they are with others, he has no alternative but to warrant was issued by the Mayor of San Juan for withhold his signature from the bill as a whole. - Smith's arrest; but the officer who went on board Previous to the adjournment a great variety of topics the steamer to execute it was resisted by the passenwere discussed, and attempts were made to pass gers, headed by Mr. Borland, the Minister of the bills upon subjects of public interest. Senator Fish United States to Nicaragua, who justified his conduct by saying that he was instructed not to recog. rich vein of bituminous coal is said to have been nize in any way the authority of Greytown, which discovered in the neighborhood of Rogue River. claims to derive its authority from the Mosquito In Oregon new discoveries of gold are attracting King, as separate and distinct from Nicaragua. attention. The next Legislature of the Territory, Mr. Borland afterward went on shore, and an at- just elected, will contain seven Democrats and tempt was made to arrest him, on charge of ob- two Whigs in the Council, and twenty-three Demstructing officers of the law in the discharge of their ocrats and six Whigs in the House. duty. This was resisted, and in the melee that en. From the Sandwich Islands we have intelligence sued Mr. Borland was struck on the face with a to the middle of June. The birth-day of Queen bottle thrown by some person unknown. On the Victoria was celebrated at Honolulu by the En10th of June the United States ship Cyane was glish and French residents with great éclat, on the sent to San Juan, under Commander Hollins, who 24th of May. The inhabitants are greatly delighted was instructed to consult with Mr. J.W. Fabens, the at the prospect of having a line of steamers between United States commercial agent there, and to take San Francisco and their islands. A resolution had such steps to enforce the demands of the United been offered in the Parliament for a joint session States Government as might be necessary. On the to take into consideration the petitions for annexIlth of July Mr. Fabens made a formal demand on ation to the United States, but it was finally withthe authorities for the immediate payment of $24,000, drawn. as indemnity for the property of the Transit Com
GREAT BRITAIN. pany which had been stolen and destroyed, and a No events of special importance have occurred prompt apology for the insult offered to Mr. Bor- in England during the month. A brief discussion land, with satisfactory assurances of future good was had in the House of Commons, on the 4th of behavior toward the United States and her public July, relating to a topic of some interest in this functionaries. To this no reply was received; and country. Mr. Phillimore moved a resolution, that, on the 12th, Commander Hollins issued a procla- however the peculiar circumstances of this war mation declaring that, by virtue of his instructions might justify a relaxation of the principle that the from the United States Government, unless the goods of an enemy in the ship of a friend are lawdemands were complied with by nine o'clock the ful prize, it would be inconsistent with the honor next morning, he should bombard the town. A and security of the country to renounce or surrencopy of this proclamation was sent on board the der the right. Mr. P. cited a great number of auBritish ship Bermuda, whose commander, Lieuten- thorities in support of his position, and was anant Jolley, protested against the threatened bom-swered by Sir William Molesworth, who denied bardment, saying that such an act would be with his doctrine, and disputed the validity of the auout precedent among civilized nations, and that a thorities he had cited, contending that almost all large amount of property belonging to British sub- the best modern publicists dissented from the old jects would be destroyed, which it was his duty to authorities, and supported the rule “free ships, protect; but as the force under his command was free goods." Sir William developed and discussed totally inadequate for its protection against the Cy- at considerable length the arguments urged by the ane, he could only enter his protest. Commander friends of the extension of neutral rights, who mainHollins replied to this note that he was only fulfill. tained that a belligerent had no more right to enter ing the orders of his Government—that he sympa a neutral ship to search for enemy's goods than to thized with Lieutenant Jolley in the risk of En enter a neutral port for that purpose ; and that, so glish subjects and property, and that he “regretted long as an independent Sovereign was at peace exceedingly that the force under his command was with a belligerent Power, the latter had no right to not doubly equal to that of the Cyane."-On the ask any questions as to articles on board the ships morning of the 12th, a guard of marines and sea- of subjects of the neutral Sovereign. So far from men went on shore to secure the arms and ammu- the principle contended for by Mr. Phillimore being nition, and to remove property exposed to destruc- indisputably true, he insisted that it was demontion. On the next morning a steamer was sent to strably false, and he appealed to bilateral treaties the shore to aid British subjects in removing their concluded between Great Britain and the maritime persons and property to a place of safety; but only Powers of Western Europe, from that of 1654 with a few availed themselves of it. At nine o'clock the Portugal, which recognized as a rule of amicable batteries of the Cyane were opened upon the town, intercourse that free ships make free goods—which and firing was kept up at intervals until four o'clock, rule was all but invariable during the last two cenwhen a party was sent on shore to complete the turies, although it had not always been observed destruction of the town by setting the houses on in practice. He went on to discuss the practical fire, which was done.-Lieutenant Jolley, after question, and urged that even if the opposite docthe town had been destroyed, declared it to be un- trine were true, it ought not to be proclaimed by der his protection, and proclaimed martial law. Parliament unless practical benefit would result The English papers in Jamaica, regarding San therefrom. Mr. Phillimore replied, but declined Juan as under British protection, denonnce its to press his resolution to a division. On the bombardment as an insult to Great Britain, and 24th, an interesting debate took place in the House demand redress.
of Lords on the ministerial demand for a credit From California we have intelligence to the mid- of three millions to carry on the war. Lord Aberdle of July. The news of most interest relates to the deen opened the discussion by saying that whatever extensive fires by which various parts of the State differences might have existed as to the origin of have been visited. At San Francisco on the 10th, the war, all would agree that it ought now to be a fire destroyed property to the amount of over two carried on with vigor. The Marquis of Clanricarde hundred thousand dollars : on the same day the commented sharply on the meagre statement Lord town of Columbia lost nearly half a million, and Aberdeen had submitted: not one word had been Sacramento suffered even more severely. The min.said of the bravery and endurance exhibited by the ing news continues to be favorable. The wheat and Turks ; not one word of the progress or condition grain crops generally promise to be abundant. A of the war. There had been successes, it was true,