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In a country not so remote that it cannot
e reached by tlic moral of our fable, there
, had been, from time immemorial, a feuJ be-
. tveen iu Highland and its Lowland races
sheep, which came to a collision when
)tr 4Um1 wherever Uiey met oil the borders
J their feeding grounds, which neither llit-ii
-pective shepherds, nor their irtesiietiivc
p, could prevent, appease, or lt down.
J oru-e tlieir Mond were uj. It va
Peking to mutton-eating men to hear ol
ia perpetual petty warfare, aiwl the ruinoi
general riinz of both of tliese bellije
Sot parties, to briti tlieir quarrel to a een
Jral oattle, and abide the issue ; but this
their Jonfc and master would not hear oi lor
a moment, and contrived as uiucn as possi
ble to keep the rival clans atart, driving
tbeni to higher fTound on the one side, and
lower ground on the other, w as to leave a
good broad neutral line ot land lietween.
The main bodies of lth armies In-in thus
kept encamped at sui h i tspctful distances,
the war between them was, for a long time,
little more than an atftir of tHitjiosis, a pick
itif out of pickets, and serving diem out, s
we say, or driving them in, as lurii-itiiiiury
express it. The neutral ground was rtn ky
and mountainous, and pretty well covered
with forests of tine and ash and larch, and
such like wood, and was in the joint uccu-
e j t . t it
pauou ol eagi-s 01 large growtn, aim oar
ing, audaciously dicing characters now
lifting a lamb, and, when lamb was out ol
season, a young shepherd in his swaddling
cloua; and of a pack of wolves, gaunt, Iw
ny, and grim, w hose reputations were just as
bad as the eagles', and Iwtli w ould haug tlieiu
in any court in Christendom. A nice i.eu
tral country this for strong-headed, w rong
headed, and stupid sheep to straggle through,
when their blonds were up, to have a brush
with the enemy: and a ni set of neutral,
indifferent spectators these wolves and eagle
were truly, to stand by, and see fair play,
when Greek met Greek, and came the tug
of war!
The ean of
wa aNiut as good
a these r wises are even among wiser crea
tures. !rn and bred in one common coun
try, it was a war of castes, or clans : a fend
a difference about blood, which was the
purest ; and an intolerance to hatred of each
other's religion, though their faith was in
essentials the same, and their modes of wor
ship not greatly at variance, Mood bad
blood ill blood and that that thought it
self the purest, really the foulest and black
est was at the bottom and top of this de
sire to destroy each other. The Highland
sheep despised the Lowland sheep as an in
ferior race as sleek, well-fed, rmc-woolcd,
slavish, cowardly, and shut up in folds and
pastures fat and warm ; and not wiry, sin
ewy, ahs-gey, courageous, strong, free, and
wanderinff at their ow n wild will over moun
tains and erpnsed moors and ruck-strewn
valleys, as hardy as the heather they roved
among. Their animosity originated partly
iu a religious prejudice. In the ear of a
Highlander it was horrible, and like blas
phemy, to mark the drawlinz nasal Baa
(long) of these Lowlanders. which they pro
nounced Baa, (short and crisp as their scant
herbage, ) and believed to le orthodontal,
and the other accent to be irreverent, inde
cent, hetepxloxical. and a scandalous depar
ture from the simplicity of the natural piety
of she n. They would not have minded it
so much, if they had kept their heterodoxy
to themselves ; hut when they forwarded a
set of sleek, meek fellows, in wool as white
as snow, and combed very straight, as mis
sionaries to the heathens iu the Highlands,
who dared to call their hills, which get the
first and list of die sun when the mist will
allow them, a dark and benighted neighbor
hood, and presumed to preach against idola
trous bending of the knee to stock and stone
flesh and blood at anv rate. Highland
- . y
fleih and blood could not bear it, would
not bear it. Besides, though fewer in num
ber, they were their masters for strength and
courage, and they knew it; and so did the
Lowlanders, who avoided diem as much as
they could, as soon as they saw their mis
sionaries sent back with broken beads and
-t4 k the evea tenor of tbeir way "
to themselves. But sometimes the young
moods ol the respective races, in their bor
der wanderings, fell in with one another, and
fell out as soon as they met, Baa ( short ) and
oan. ( long, ) die old sign and countersign,
vxm setting them by the ears.
It was early in the. day after one of these
lodiisa encounters, when
y rallai pMlMu
A IP 1 1 . "
me Highlanders havinr the best of the bat
tle as usual, ululc the Wolves stood look.
ing on, and not interfering, that the moun
taineers were astonished to tl. rn verier.
able Wolves, silvery white with age, emerge
from the forest, and wend their way very
deliberately, and somewhat infirmly, into
heir camp among the hills. They could
hardly believe their eyes that they were
olves, and thought they must be the ghosts
of old shepherds' dogs, who could not rest
in their graves for
Toe foul dtedn 4.mic ia iheir ir f !."
the sins they had committed in their hot
youth in sheep-biting. But then again they
wineo too large lor the ghosts of departed
vw- in't however, miriit be an exag
geration of the morning mist, made to frieht
tn them, so suneratitioiLslv inclined, hut
as these venerable strangers came nearer and
nearer, tney saw they were no ghosts of dogs,
but veritable Wolves in the flesh. Thev
did not fear thein much, for they looked too
yi lornnschiel; but safe b nd. safe find
it was as well to have a care of them : for
it is your old grinders that love to indulee in
your young meats, as tenderest and moat
tjwwome. The pack of which they were
the reverend representatives was now so few
m number, and had met with such rough
ItCeptlOnS from ram. .tinkA,J.
tthey had learned to keep themseln a
good deal to thmii? m..k
I . 1.0, iiiuui IIIUIC UW1I
uy had been wont to do; but experience
make a few fools, here and there, the
weriorthetr education. As soon as it was
that thaae Nestora of Nomantland war
ery Wolves, there was a mustering and
marshalling of the Highlanders, and even-
care taken to keep the weak to the. wall ;
and while the sturdy fathers of the flock
six in number, but twelve in prowest and
their sons nine fine young fellows, in the
flush of tlieir second summer advanced to
the front, the ewes formed a hollow triangle
iu the rear, with their little ones in the midst.
This admirable manoeuvre was made so is-
pidly, and with such precision, that Field-
th pre
of 1u
marshal the Duke of Limbs, fas the sheu.
. . ... i
iierus caueu nun, ne looked so like a lain
on wilts,) who directed it, expressed his ap
probation afterwards in a sliort general order.
Where, in what school, do birds and beasts
learn their tacties of flight and self-defence,
and who is iheir teacher His name is
Wonderful !
As the ancient enemies to their race came
nearer and nearer, and stood at last face to
face silly Sheep to wily Wolf not farther
apart than a wolf inieht lean eiisilv. and a
i. ..h i i' i i i .
lanib get over at two houiuU, there was a
dn sid, dread silen- (like the hush of the
I-jiglis'i line ol battle in presence of the
French, whith is so shocking to tliat sus
ceptible Ntople.) unbroken even by the
prenv bleating of a yearling luiuh in e
playfulness. If a drop of dew had fallen
it would have been heard, the silence was
so intense. Ihe liighland lads were od
enough to observe that, though old, these
venerable visitors had lost none of tlieir
teeth, and but little of that gloating glare ol
the eyes winch makes their gaze so terrible
to the timid. I hough molest, moderate,
and amiable fr wolves there was a cer
t.iin something now not prepossessing in
dk'ir looks. The om-ning lines of the no.
em led you to think you should not like the
rest. She pare not treat Lava:crs in their
wav, but thev are wise enounh to know that
iese Wolves looked bland, but not benign
shy, but not sheepislily sliv calm, but ilot
easy friendly, but nut to be tnisted further
iau a strong man can move a hill at ohce.
'hoy hung their heads a little down a simi
of shyness, though it might 1 a sign only
I old ae. a weakening stnne. and marine
abits of mind. Thev clamed, too, not
boldly, but furtively, at the front rank ol
rains, steady in their strength. In short, to
any other than these simpler sav3gos. with
out mile themselves, and not susnectins' it
icrefore where it Is. they looked the ver
ncture of three sikI old scoundrels with
wicked designs in their heiiL ; and too well
token and civil by half for Wolves!
Ihe most digninm of the three, as a sign
f amity, and to show that he contemplated
no violence, none of the old leaping and
tearing in the fold, laid himself down on the
rass, quite at his ease, his companions doing
ikewise, and preserving this attitude ol
gracetul repose, w hen their superior, slow I v
rising, advanced a little in front of the line
f rams, as if to address tlicui ; upon which
icre was u movement among them of one
step to the tear, and Uien a halt, and eves
ight as before.
And now, after a little phthisical cough-
ng. the venerable stranger said, no: in the
sweetest tones certain I v shepherds dogs
would have been shocked to hear such bark
ing : " lt5 under no apprehennon, my g'Xid
friends. You have nothing to fear from us!
le was aiued bv acclamation, that High-
anders knew not liar, so he proceeded : "I
come an ambassador Iroui uiv trile ol
peace to you, of war only to the Lowland
ers." There was immediatelv vociferous
dealing, which did not subside till he cried :
' Hear me, (or I w ill speak ! " There was
then a general call for silence, those who
most demanded it and commanded it making
the most n)ise, when he proceeded ; "My
people I si all not lie believed, it rnay lie,
w hen I say it my ptple, of gentler natures
than shepherds say they are, and more le-
nevolent my jieople have .wu with stir,
row, shaking their head at it as sat1 to see,
the perpetual petty war waging between the
lighland and the lowland races of sheep
a wasting war a useless war a war with
out the honors, though it has all the horrors
of war a war without end or aim, still le-
ginning, and never ending. As a neutral
nation between the high and low contending
parties, it is a cause of continual disquiet to
us, who love to live at peace. Ay, I see
how incredulously you hear me talk ol
peace ; but Wolves are not what they were:
we are a changed people and, let me say
it, changed lor the better since a patriarch
among our tribes, dying, prophesied that, if
we quitted rot our predatory habits, lived
harmless lives, left
- CUwring I a 114 4r, nd following th roe,"
and took to salad-eating, as of old, ever'
man's hand would ultimately be against us,
and our ancient race be utterly extinct and
extirpated from the face of the earth. It
was tune to look about us. W e attended
to his warning voice for what the dying
say is true counselled together conservative
ly, eschewed venison, and took to a vegeta
le diet and temperate water from the brook.
n lieu of beating, fever-breeding meats arid
drinks ; and beliold how well this abstinence
agrees with m ! "
And here there was a buz of something
not unlike satisfaction: it might be to hear
that wolves had eschewed meats, which in
cluded, mutton, ol course; out there was
no congratulations on this change no one
was glad to see them looking so well not
one among all his auditors crieo, "ixing
live King Kichard: 1 he bad odour ol
v olves was not to be so soon lorgotten and
forgiven, even by simple Sheep.
He missed tliose encouraging signs that
be was making an impression, for he had
set this clap-trap for them- but no matter.
wolf can get on without them. He began
again lamenting tliis little warfare, which
resulted in nothing but the los3 ol a horn or
two, and sometimes a hot-headed partizan
- - - m
met. on eillier aiae. "it was oniy iwo
.a . . w . i a
days aince," ho said, when he was act right
- m . . a
by one of his companions it was oniy
yesterday: he said it made no difference, but
it did. all the difference a glorious good
dinner yesterday, if they hail had nothing
worth mentioning to-day. "It was oniy
yesterday," he resumed, "that our troop were
out eerly in the grey ol the morning, iora
ging for a favorite food with us since wc
have taken to a vegetable diet solely a sort
of rock mow or lichen, which is very fat-
tening and strengthening, and conducive to
longevity when we were, it not norror
nfnk-k. sorrow-struck, to see too fine, full
grown rama of the rival races locked horn
and horn together, and dead, in a gap into
which thev rolled over the rock in the
death struggle." The Highlanders looked
sadly ia each other 'a faces, and hang their
heads in sorrow. This accounted for the
Joss of one of their comrades the bravest
of the brave who had died ungaiwetted;
but he had fallen gloriously in a good cause,
and had dealt destruction to one of die en
emy, and therefore not long they mourned
nun. i ne v on waueii awhile, and then
continued: "The Lowl-uidor was fat and
fleshy: the Highlander in rood condition
a noiJi. r lellow never wore horns! Both
were tender " here there was a start
ing and a startling movement among hii
auditory, which he siw, and said quickly,
" in years, I meant to say too tender,
t jo young to die!" He paused, and, cast
ing his eyes upwards in good canting style,
looked as much as he could like a wolf who
would be very particular in paying such
rites, and said. "We, mourning to see so
sud a spectacle, as shocking to mortality,
put them out of sight as soon as possible,
' oiiilull
Did cover them Willi Imre.'
He did not say of what sort, we could and
if we would: but see John Hunter passim
in rcrbum "Makim.hs."
True to the old liking, not forgotten
since yesterday, his companion licked their
litis, and with longing, lingering looks fix
ed their wateriug eyes on two lambs Iun
cheons for two who would come in front;
and hoped they might never meet so sad a
fate. The hypocrites !
"This loss of valuable lives this little
war the deaths in dribbling detail," die
grey Wolf continued, "must lie brought to
a conclusion in ome way or other; or you
sheep, like us wolves, will hear the awful
voice of a prophet among you, crying 'Be
ware, the time is coming when every man's
hand jhall be against you, unless ye repent
and forsake the evil of your ways!' " And
here there was a strong sensation among
these simple ones, much consternation, and
strange looking into one another's faces, as
who should say, "May not . this le so ?
Speaks he not like a soothsayer ? or like a
seer among our shepherds gifted with second
nir nen tney turned to him again
Iroui communing together, he observed thai
iey looked upon him Willi a more respect
ful reverence than sheep had ever shown to
wolves la-fore; he rcsum-d accordimdv:
There are but two ways to avert this dire
calanntv to th- woikl the extirpation of
lu-ep as dislurliers of the peace of societv:
for tliis land was not made for sheep alone,
nor for wolves, who have lieeii warned in
god time to remember this, and make
themselves agreeable to their fellow-mortals,
and be at peace with them. There
are two wavs to bring this war between
our races to a conclusion, and loth are
honoiable. The one is a proposition, tole
made by you, for a general peace " He
was silenced by a burst of bleating which
seemed to shake the very hills in their scats,
le purport of which was, when translated,
,o, no: wo won t hear a word of peace;
so don't mention it! War to the death
with the Iwlandei! The Highlanders
will never sue for peace!" and such like
clamors. Poor ovine nature, like human
nature, il is pride stdl pride evermore
ride ! When their clamoious baa baaine
was out of breath, and ceased, he finished
is sentence: " or a general war!" and
e uproar now was deafening. It wa
some minutes before he could obtain a hear-
ng to add, "Not a little war a war ol
utposts but a great and general war,
which should bring these Lowlanders, nu
merous as they are, ami insolent as they
are, to lieg for peace ution tlieir bended
s!" And here there was another burst
of bleating, accompanied by dancing and
ungainly capering, as if the victory was al
ready won, and they were wild with joy
and exultation.
What a time this would have la-en for
anib," whispered one of the wired Wolves
to his companion who was thinking so too
if we had not forsworn flesh meats for
the nonce!" And. unobserved, a 'ain thev
icked their longing lijw.
When this try before they were out of
the wood was over. Hypocrite the first went
on with his palavering, like one who meant,
as we sav, to go in and win. rsot onlv
ambs, but wolves looked up, and saw no
end of good eating, like a lord-mayor on
us inunction. ou nave nan great provo
cations, I believe," he said, "from this sleek,
smug, snug, petty, pusillanimous race. Ah,
you have endured more miuries from these
Iwlanders than you are conscious or
thoughtful of! We have observed, you have
not, that there never was an instance known
of one of your race who went south ever
returning ever coming back again to hi
native wilds, to tell the tale of his travels!"
They looked foolishly in each other's faces:
it had never struck them: this was indeed
the first time it had struck them, and it
struck them dumb. "What becomes of
them," be continued, "it is not for me to
sav. But one of our tribe, caught, when a
little, heedless, foolish rub, and sold into
captivity, travelled through their country in
Cage, till lie enenpod nntl lound hi way
back to the forest: he tells us, and I believe
the words of his mouth, though travellers
are said to see and say strange things, that
he has not only seen several of our skins,
which these liarltarians set great store by,"
and he seemed much affected for a moment,
"but hundreds of the skins you wear, and
which so well lecouie you. carried out of
the markets, a cart-load at time, with no
more life in them no more flesh and blood
and bone than there is under the lichen
on one of theae rocks lying around us !
Here he was interrupted by irrepressible
murmurs of horror and a proper question
to be put by the Duke of Limbs in his place
how did he know mat tney were iitgn
land integuments? "By the wool not to
be mistaken, he wag answered. "Yes;
these Lowlanders look sleek, and tat, and
fleshy, and well they may, when they feed
as they do, the canni no; I will not
utter die diseusting. word ! Learn this from
me, and you will think worse of shepherds
than you do: in some parts of the world
there are shepherds who prey on shepherds,
and think them good eating when baketl
with yams under them, and esteem them so
done a dish tor a king, or
Ilia black MtndinfO m-jtf' wUU atlaUer of Maul
Do you wonder, then, when sheep feed on
sheep Lowlanders latten on lean nigh
To rage of these Highland Hotspurs was
terrible to look upon. They were for an
immediate descent upon these wretches, now
while then indignation was at biocUoeat,
: 1 11 1
Ridiculous!" said the grey wolf. Ra.sh
ness !
marines: now many 01 ve are
n mm .
there w ho can be called fighting rams !
Aye, it sounds well to hear young and old
among ye cry Alll whether Iambs or
rams ; but how few there are in this flock
fitted for the strife ! Not more than a dozen.
at the most ; while these Low landers in
crease and multiply so fast in their fat folds.
they can bring their thousands into the field
and eat ye up, and lick their plates, not
half satisfied with such a snack!
But they should gather, the Highlanders
said, as they rushed down, like, an avalanche
from the mountain-top in winter, and sweep.
shattet, and scatter these softhearted, soft.
(leaded, soft-homed, craven creatures, a
shame to the simple name of Sheep, like
snow before the wind. No, no, he advised
them as an admiring friend. Let them nurse
and their w rath, and keep it as warm as
hey could, let the sun go dowa upon it, till
winter came, and it was coming anon, and
the first fall of snow was down . then they
might, unseen in die thick mists of the Ioiil'
night, and unheard in tha ioQt silence, of
covered ground, rush on them in
dieir separate folds, too far apart for warn
ing ami alarm, and crush them in detail.
By that time the fine young fellows he had
in his eye an honor to the Highland race
would lie fitter to fight by their father's side.
and show the foe the mettle of their moun
tain-breeding. And here, casting his wick-
ed eyes up to heaven, the canting old scoun.
rel lor a woll said, that grey hairs and great
xiterience had made him a seer aiuontr his
tribe ; and he foresaw the coming shortly of
a set r among sheep, who would descend
from the farther 's alps, with such an array of
rams mighty iu war, the gathering of alpine
clans they had never heard of, as should
sweep these Lowlanders from the face of
re earth, and give them tlieir lands for an
nheritance Wait, he entreated them, w ait
11 the hoary winter and the grey seer de
scend together from their snow rrnu-n.O
heights, and then fall upon the foe as sud-
nly as you please. By that time the
ichen ou which his people lived would be
scanty in the mountains, and thev would
have migrated and moved down io ih
otxls in the low country, to feed on the
acorns, chesnuts, and beech-nut which every
last that blows showers iijhiii the ground,
11 spring calls them up to their old haunts
again : so that his people would le at hand
to nd ise and succour them, and be a friend-
y power, or. whom they might fall back, if
they failed ir. theii enterprise, if that wen-
Would the Wolves make common cause
with them as allies, inquired a young ram,
with a diplomatic turn of mind;' but lie was
lamoured down directly. No. however
much thev must sympathize with the Hi Mi.
and race, as Highlander's themselves, the
quarrel wa no quarrel of theirs ; they had
sufferer! no insults and endured r,o injuries
from the Liwland-rs. He consulted a ma
ment with his companions, and then said
ml he could promi.se them so much aid as
this, if they would accept it : that, as wolves
were notoriously skill in the healing art, and
had performed wonders in the cure oi
wounds indeed, one lick of a wolf's
tongue was a cure of all complaints of that
ind in oxen and horses and asses some
f die most skillful of these Hunters should
follow both armies indifferently, and attend
on the maimed on eitlici side, as a work of
mercy and good hospital practice. He
could promise no more than tliis assistance,
at tliis present w ritinr. lVrham it would
be as w ell to settle now w hat should be the
password on the Highland side when the
time came for their assistance ; for it would
be dangerous to the wounded, and unhand
some treatment of their medical attendants,
when two or more were met bearing some
bleeding hero from the field to the rear, if
iey were challenged and arrcsu-d in their
benevolent work. It was soon arranged
that " Baa,'' short, should lie the password
on the one sale ; ol course, " Uaa, long.
would be that of the other.
So far, so good, said the grey Wolf to his
oadjutors, giving the slightest perceptible
turn ol his tongue in his chin k. hen
ichen failed, there was every likelihood of
a glut of lools ; and, by a beautiful provis-
ion oi mature, me more loousn me mrd, the
better the fowl of gustation. Thus, while
the craftier kind of creatures are not easily
taken, such as wolves, foxes, and the like,
and are not worth taking, because they are
bad eating, geese, and sheep, and such small
deer, simple $ouls! are as gullible as they
are good.
Lnotigh, said the gaunt olfe, with
a smile such a smile ! at the success of
lis embassy. " Be wise, be secret, let
not your shepherds know a tittle of your do.
signs, and possess yourselves with patience
till the hour and the leader come. Ihe
grey mist of the morning melts away, and
shows these aged eyes, not so good as they
were, hut still far-seeing, the long shadows
of two stalwart shepherds, and about the
same number of dogs, faithful followers!
stalking this way from the Eastern hills.
w e mast not De Bern, urvuKu m
mercy, or something injurious to us and you
ni .1 t. ' ji i
win oe suspectea. it is ascanaaious worm.
Give a wolf an ill name, and you may spare
yourself the trouble for life of thinking wel
of him. Farewell, good friends, farewell
till we meet again in the Lowlands, fare-
well J" And after a few hurried civilities
on both aides, these reverend Kambassadors
went offin an opposite direction to the shep
herds : at first, slowly, rravely, and digni-
fiedly as aldermen enter our Guildhall when
dinner is announced to be on the table : in
creasing their pace as they proceed from a
alow movement to a quick step, 'and then a
rush in,
Ai fool, nub in, wbM aagala buu trawl."
For, whether the early morning mountain
air was cold, and it was
sipping anS an aaar air ;
or whether it was past their time for break
fast, from a good walking pace they got into
a trot, and, as they shook oil the stillness ol
age, into a headlong gallop down hill the
devil take the hindmost; and this they kept
up with great spirit, good speed, and good
wind for old wolves, till they disappeared in
the dense forest on the neutral ground.
Early in the winter, when the snow lay
unusually deep in the windy Highlands, and
in the sheltered Lowlands deeper and deep
er and deeper still, the promised seer came
down from the Alps in the grey of the even-
uir-i lonfc. lank, flat aided, ungainly, un
muttonly rani to look , at a sheep who
could not look sheep in the face. And he
JULY 17, 1847.
came not .alone ; for he was accompanied
by from five to six hundred followers; some
as shy, sly, ami unhandsome as himself;
(there were, doubtless, specimens of the Al
pine sheep they had never heard of, and
they did not admire the breed) but the
greater number of tliis gathering of many
elans were fine, strapping fellows, fit for
M The fi OMt raiiM, air, that wtr evar fed oo hay
or grass, gorse, and green things! The
ewes admired them vastly; and there was
not a little coquetting among some of Ui
pretty spinsters of the flock as thev looked
upon these gallants. But Uiey came to
hate, and not to love, and paid little atten
tion to the fair. After a short parlev witli
our simple friends, they took an affectionate
farewell or their families, and fell in, and
the seer led them that night upon the enemy.
Not to lie tedious, an hour before day, to
the inspiring cry of "Death to the Low
landers!" the onslaught was made, while
the foe were in their beds, if not their bed
gowns, they were so taken by surprise.
The baule was hot and bloody, and many
brave fellows fell on both sides but most on
the lowland side, they were so unnrenared
but they fought gallantly, and gave no quar
ter, and asked for none. Victory, in no
long time, proclaimed that the hardiest, not
the most numerous, host had won the night.
ior ii was hoi nay; ami such ol the Low
landers as had not fiUen, fled. The
Wolves looker! well aft.-r the wounded.
they said they would. No sooner was a
ram on his back, toes upwards, than two of
them seized him by the thoulders, and drew
iun off the ground at a gallop, that his fall
might not dispirit his brothers in arms. If,
e was only wounded, away with him to the
hospital in the woods at once, where the
skilled in healing would wait upon him,
and if they could not give him another horn,
amputated the stump. They looked not sf
ter die enemy only, they were as attentive
to their friends, bearing, Uim, nay, tearin"
them off the field as well, before the fight or
the life was half out of them. Tl. Ut
ho fell, was the leader of the Highlanders,
ounded in fiont, honorably, by a stout
iwiana torn. 1 he skilled in the healine
art as scamping, ramping, raffuJi a set as
ever danced a polka, or chanted in chorus
nigger melody in the dissecting, room of
Guy's ran up to his assistance; but un
urtunatcly, not fast enough to hide him from
uj garish eye of his gallant friends." who
running up first, found the erev seer wound
ed to the death, with his woolen waistcoat.
we may so call it, ripped open fioni top
to Iwttom. They could not believe their
eyes when they saw what they saw the
surgeons could and wished they had not
been called in at that autopsy. It was a
wolf in sheep's clothing the Rambassador
The Highlanders blated out "Wc are be
trayed ! Wolves are among us in disguise !
Save yourselves!" A nanic seized the con.
uerors, and they fled, leaving the field in
possession ot the Wolves inst what thev
an toil. The day was dawning, but thev
neeu not nurry tnemseives ; so, calling a
. . i t. . i ...
camp-council, they soon settled w hat was to
be done with the killed and wounded ; they
ate the killed at once, and carried off the
wounded to their dens in the forest, to be
died as they were wanted during the win
ter, and there was no more scratching up the
ground for lichens and frost-hitten acorns
while there was any mutton in the larder.
And thus ended the irreconciable an tips
iv of tl.e Highland and the Lowland sheep.
who went to war, at the instigation of
Wolves. Having found, a day too late.
that both had been made dupes bv the de
signing, to rrve their own turns, thev soon
greed to five in amity with cf.ch odier
make a solemn league and covenant against
he Wolves only, as the onlv infidels and
sink dieir own small religious differences a
non-essential: for, after all, the learned doc
tors among them discovered that their te
nets were the same ; and whether they pro-
noiuiced Uaa short or Baa long was a mat
ter of indifference, even their shepherds said-
f thev meant it not irreverentlv. Dour-
las JtrroWs Magazine.
The Qcees or Spaij. A London coi
respondent of the National Intelligencer
says there are strange matters passing in
Madrid, but how can we relate them r How
translate into decent language stories which
arc not so : 1 ne young yueen is charged
with having suffered her affections to strav
in favor of a young omccr, uen. JSerrano;
she wished to place him at the head of a
new administration. I his, however, she
md been defeated in. The King objects to
he irregularities of his wife, and jointly with
the Ministry used liis endeavors te remove
.Vrrano from Madrid, by ottering him the
ice-royalty of Navarre. 1 his arrangement
ihe Queen refused to agree to, a scene of un
usual violence is said to have taken place at
the palace, leading to a meeting of the Min
isters, and a decision that Serrano should
instantly start for Fampeluna or leave the
country entirely. The thing moat to be
dreaded is, that in the present state of affairs
in Spain, means may ne taacu io ntrwn
the Queen, and that her sister, the Duchess
of Montpensier, (Louis rhilippe s daughter
in-law,) should ascend the 5-panish throne
reviving all the old discussions about th
balance of power, die breach of the treaty
of Utrecht, and other rtally non-essenua
figments, but which too often move the piv
ots upon which the peace of the world is
made to hang.
Coi'ST uosrALOxisii s Accocxt or
in? iMriisosMEST. 1 am an oia man
. .ir
now : yet by fifteen years my soul is young
er than my body ! Fifteen years I existed,
for I did not live, it was not life in the
self same dungeon ten feet square ! During
six of those years I had a companion ; du-
rine nine. I was alone ! I never could nghl
ly distinguish the face of him who shared
my captivity in the eternal twilight of our
cell. The first year we talked incessantly
together ; we related our past lives, our joys
forever gone, over and over again. The
next, we communicated to each other our
thoughts and ideas on all subjects. The
third year we had no ideas to communicate
we were beginning to lose the power oi re
flection ! The fourth, at the interval of s
. . . . . .
pvtnth or so. we would open our lips to ask
each other if it were indeed possible that
the world still went on as gay and bustling
as when we formed a portion of mankind.
The fifth, we were silent. The sixth, ha
was taken awav. I never knew where,
execution or to liberty; hot 1 was f tad
when he was gone ; even solitude was bet
ter than the dim vision of that pale vacai.1
face ! After that 1 was left alone, only one
event Droke in upon my nine years vacan
cy. One day, it must have been a year oi
two after my companion left wc, tins dun
geon door was operovl, and a voice whence
proceeding I knew not utteied the
words: "By order of his imperial majesty.
I intimate to you that your wife died a year
ago." Then the door was shut, and
heard no more; Uiey had but flung thi
great agony in upon uie, and left me alone
wiUi it again.
DcrxsDcscE. A French cook dresses Lis
dinner for him, and a Swiss valet dresses
him for liis dinner. He Lands down his
lady, decked in pearls that never mrew in
the shell of a British oyster, and her waving
plume of Ostrich feathers certainly never
formed the tail of a barn door fowl. The
viands of his table are from all countries
of the world ; his wines are from the tanks
of the Rhine and Rhone. In his conserva
tory he regales his sight with the blossoms
of South America flowers. Iu his smoking
room he gratifies his scent with the w eed c f
isorth America. His favorite horse is of
Aralaan blood ; his pet doz of St. Bernard
breed. His nallerv of tticturea frr.ni tlie
Flemish Schools, and statutes from Greece.
For his amusement he goes i hear Italian
singers warble German music, followed hv
Irench ballet. If he rises to indicia.
honors, the ermine that decorates Lis shoul
ers u a production that wat never lcfore
On a linttsh animal. His verv mind is not
English in iu attainment ; it is a lare pic
ic flf foreign contributions. His poetry
and philosophy are from ancient Greece anil
Kome ; his Geometry from Alexandria ; Lis
arithmetic from Arabia : and his relirion
rom Palestine. In his cradle, in Lis infan
cy, he rubbed his gums with coral from ori
ental oceans : and w hen Le dies, his monu
ment will be sculptured in marble from the
quarries of Carrara. And yet this is the
man who savs : " Oh let us be indepen
dent of foreigners." Mr. C. J. For.
YALttai.t KiowuxjM.r. Profewur Gi1.ler,i.
aaya ia hi book on Koari : "A tlraight ro:n
n u uneven and hilly rounlrv may. at first
irw, w hen merely art linos the man. be pro-
nouarpd a bad rontl; for the atraiphtnena must
Dare been obtaine-1 either by ml.initting to
Hteep alorwa ia aareuding the hilU, and linaYiil- !
ing into the vailiea, or thrao Batumi oWUK-le .
tuuat have been overcome by incurring a gn-at
na anneeemary e prne in making dep rui
ng and tilling.
"A good rod ahould wind aronnd these hilU
inUrad of running over them, and this it may
often do without at all increasing iu length.
or ii a neminiaere ftueh a a ba!f a bullet) he
luced o an to redt upon it laue bate, th
halve of great circle which join two opposite
poiut of Uiia baao are all equid, whether UVy
pam horizontally or vertically. Or l.-t an egg
be laiJ upon a Ubte, an! it will be een that if
level line be traced anon it fromon end to the
other, it will be no longer than the line traced
between the ame point, but passing over the
top. Precisely so may the curving road around
hill bo often no longer than a straight one
over it; for the latter road ia straight ouly w ith
relerence to trie vertical plane which passe
throur h it, and is curved with rtfereuc to a hor
izontal plane; while the former level road.
though curved as to the vertical plane, is straight
to a horizontal one. Both line thus curve.
as we call the Utter one straight in preference
uly because its t -rtrcal curvature is lea ap
parent to our eyes.
1 he difft-renc in lenrtU between a atrairut
road and one which 1 slightly curved la rr
small. If a road between two place, ten mile
part, were made to curve so ta.it nowhere the
eyo eould see further than quarter of a mile
of it at once, Us length would exceed that of s
perfectly straight rood between the same points
ty only about one hundred and fafly yard.
-ttul even 11 the level and curved roads wen-
very much longer th.tn the straight and steep
one, it would aliiiot always be belter to adopt
the former; for on it a horse could safely and
rapidly draw his full load. whiW on the other he
could curry only part of his load ap the hill, and
must diminish his speed in descending it- As a
general rule, the horizontal length of a road may
be advantagiouly increased, to avoid au arent
by at least twenty times the perpendicular height
bKb is thus to be saved: that in, to esrape a
hill a baud red feet high, it would be proper for
the road to make such a circuit as would in
crease its length two thousand fe.M. The math,
ematical axiom that " a straight Hue is the short
est distance between two points," U thus seen
to be au unsafe guide in road making, and les
appropriate than the paradoxical proverb, that
Ihe lonrest way around w the hortet wav
M Tho genUy carving road, beside it substan
tial advantages, is also much more pleasant to
the traveller uooa it, for hn is not fatigued bv
the tedious prospect of a long might stretch of
road to bo travelled, and is met at eacn, curve
by a constantly varied view."
Vm TsrbeMli' Travel la rrra
Far superior to the men, both physically
and intellectually, are Uie women of Lima.
Nature has lavislilv endowed them with
many of her choicest gifts. In figure they
are uaiallv slender and rather tall, and
they are especially remarkaUe for niall
elegantly formed feet. Their fair fiicts, from
which the elowinz orcath of the tropics
banishes every trace of bloom, are anima
ted by large, bright, dark eyes. Their
features are pleaauur the nose peine well
formed, though in general not mail Uie
4l Mnkljr arlauTWvl With tWO TOWS of
brilliant white teeth,t and their long black
hair, arranged in plaits, falls gracefully
over Uie bosom and shoulders. Akt to at
this a captivating grace of manner and de
portment, joined to an exceeding aegree oi
gentleness and amiability, and it will be
readily admitted mat tr.e Lomena is a nome
specimen of female loveliness.
At home, especially in Uie summer sea
son, the ladies of Lima dress lightly and
even negligently, t or visiting, or going to
the theatres, they adopt the French fashion.
hen walkir g in Uie streets, attending
church, roimiiX religious processions, Cue
they appear in a very singular costume, pe
culiar to Lima, and consisting of two gar-
ments called Uie Sava and the Mania. Of
the aava there are two kinds. The one
called the Saya ajustada, was formerly
in general use, but is now seldom seen,
It consists of a petticoat, or siun oi mien
sua silk, plaeled ai top and bottom, in smai
fluted folds, drawn very close together at
the waist and widening towards the ankles,
beivaih which the saya does not descend.
It is tiaht to the form, the outline of which
it perfectly displays, and its closeness to
the limbs naairslly impedes rapid move.
ment. When wearing the Saya ajustada.
the ladies find it no very easy task to knee
down at church, and at the tsrminauon of
tTha wemaa of Lhna elewa tketr teeth
ml timon a asrrertth the Mot called stews Se dim
lea (literally reel - Aesta.) af which they
Keen a siemeeaasastnj bs wen r
every ge nuflexion, tl.ey are ofcltd tc twist
and twirl about for a corsldertble tice be.
fore they can again stand on U-tii feet..
The odier description cf saya is called
the Saya cvleca or the Saya daf'egidi.
It ia plaited clone at the waist, acd Hem
thence downwards it stents out Lie a Looped
petticoat. This sort of saya is itzde by
fir3t being plaited both at top acd bo: caz
like the Saya ajusfada; but, afieivrtc?,
the lower plaits are undone ?o foia the
Sapit duple gida. Tfce saya is a wcys
mad of some dark-colortd silk, black,
green, bin, or cinnamon color.
The Matito is a veil of thick black a:'fc
fastened by a band at the back of the raisr.
where it joirw the saya. Fiora tleue it
is brought over die shoulders and fcced. erd
diawn over the face so c!r.se!7 that only a
"mall triangular space, msfScien: for one ?yo
to peep through, ii bft uncovered. A rich
shawl thrown over the shoulders cencea's
Uie whole of tl.e une'er taraurr, 'except tl e
sleet e. One of the small, ccatly glevtd
hands, conhnes the folds of tie ir.ev,ot
whilst the other holds a richly eitbiwldcxtd
At flr!t si ehi this cosiuaie Las a very sin
gular effect, and it is Ion j before tie eye cf
a lordlier bwoiiie.., rtioi;t..ed to it. Ho
narrow ay& is by no nrrana csaceful; ihe
wide saya, on the oi itr har.d, is very hc
roming, and -ts o.T lo peat a?van:ef3 a
pnxl fiaure and t Want deportment. VThen
I first arrived in Litua ei.d saw the leJ.ta
Iot-ly inuCIed up in t!.-u men-'es, and car.
ivinij embroidered laaibrio handkerchief
and nuseeay in their hamj's, it suuck xna
that the nun tnj.yid giea:er ficedcrn in
that rountiy U,an iu any other part cf tire
vorld. After tsoei. that is to say heif
rat ven in the evening, the pollco rftu
ntiors prohibit any woman ficm eppeai
i;ii in the streets dred in the ara.
As Uiis garmeu may be worn over a
dress of ihe ordinary kind, it ' found to
be very convenient, inasmuch as it sates
the trouble of a careful toilette. Eurir?
short vi.-its the ladie do not take vS tbe
ya; but when inaLima- -vasrts -they
usually lay it aide.
Th? Saya y Mai. to ate found to be very
iwful auxiliaries .n the numerous intrgucs
;r. which the lunienos frequently eneae.
A Tapadai indoles in a vast deal of
freedom whi n in the trret9, end scrcples
not to make aatoiu al ite-rvailcnj cn ecy.
body or anything that suikes her as a::5rj
or ludicrous. The veil, or manut is n
cied. and should a man aucrrpt to rc
move it by force, he would run the i".ek
of being severely handled by ihe
It is rvlated that, curing the war cf iafoen
e'ence. when Lima w as alternately la pos:so.t
of the Patriot and th pnniar:s", a ptrty tf tha
latter, in order to ascertain the spirit cf ;lb l!
Bifuix, diguied tkuumlve s FauUt .'..
inarched to the vlciaity cf the tswa. t-tir
approach becoming koown. e gie.it nuircf
persons proceeded from Callao to the A ;.
to meet them. Anwiii those wha went f-r i io
welcome the supposed patriots were & L Jiai.r
cf women drratd in the ni-'rov toyn alsva
dertcribed. When the iised Spniri hai
advanced within a iltiUdwiaac of the iecei.ed
multitude thev bepan to attacA ttcai. Taemra
saved tbemsolvea by flight; bat tiie wcs;a,
wtee saya impeded Uieir motion, were unaKe
to escape, and were almost ail ki.ied.
A TaprnJn is a latfy !oe'r eosse-i!eJ be
neath the fold of her veil or manto. Tise tra
icrived from the veib injar, to cover r can
real. T-fhir$t tmtdi r;, Ii cf a ltdy
when shedraw her maato ever her fee.'oa
to 1-eve only en evf cr rather tie half efta
ye uncovered. T.
Ths. Length or D. At Terlij era Loa-
doa. the longest dav has i.zteea sad a h 'fhour.
t Stockholm and l'ivl, the loot et n.ie cirri-
teen and a half hours. At iIu.Lnrr. Dtuls
nd Siottio, the longest day has leventa LilO1,
nd the hortet erven. At St. ret"rlcrr sni
Tobolsk, the longest h aine'een and tlid si.orU
et live hour. At Torns.j.ln Finhnl. ine !o-ej-et
day ha twenty-one hoars an a h. f, sn i tne
shortest two end a ha! At vvjnierbi.,l:i ;;0r
wav, the day lat fro-n IU-1it ef Msy ta rie
ihiaof July, without int 'rrnption: sairt Sl'.s
hergen. the longent thre arwi a ha'f mouta.
Iiraisoivrir or Avctics Orricsr.t a?
am. t aptmn lartrr. r.f tnebark Xl-lvr, wLi.a
arrivi yrtrday frorr. Hiraiia,rrporl:;ir tha
ship Alia from Nrw York, bound loVeraCrnz.
with troon. was lying cn the More 6U iuc..u.
an J that a Iw days j-rrv local y fotir dear cf
ne I. . i. armv went antiere for tr.e sursw ct
purchasing; a few small ltoret; that they were
allowed te paae hat the city y the sentiutls as,i
other c it v othrers, aoi that af:er thev Cad t-r
haoJ what thv wanted, ariii returcir-zte t.io
ship they were arrest.!; that two cf them had
paui a tine of twe er three uanreC collars raca
antl were released; aai that the ether two were
nil ia rujtody and it was ihougut thai they
would be imprisoned on lh 01 u Car?. Cirr
ronld not learn whether thev had gives HT
(.tfenre. f.V. O. BL,J't 3.
Wvrt R ! o the TtixciTLS. or th
Rlmd. A feasible aud obvious sppllcil.'oa tf
Harvey grand dirYcry cf the ue of valve
in ralsinr the blood thtoori the veia. hsi been
sug?td bv a cerresooauent vf the tLoados)
Mechanic .Madeline; namely, tne railing ct
water from the ara, by the lash cf tne Wjt
through valved tube Into reservoirs en a ht;a
level for tbe acquisition, of course, ef aa an
limited supply of w ater-power, to be turned tm
any requisite porpone. The inventor proposes
to test the practicability er mis kidj ci tvaur-
Kam on onth-ea tivaco, (.nglasj.
Copper has bee; a a te arrive frca the Bint!';
region, witb tno opeuluf or aavigv.iou. v
notice that the Napoleon bad reaches the Ss i'.t
with a load of 23 tona ef Copper from the CiS
Aliae oiuf mattes or .im wciaui, bmij
pure metal.
Mrs relinquish aacieat habits slowly, end
ith reluctance. They are avers to new ex
periments, and venture apon iaea J
T Bv Statx. Some toy er two since
in. S AAAauuAtfAea aa a "i T1
a genuemaa wane w -
ether, epoke dertatrely ef the State of Machu
sett. and characuriied It as -the State.
It ee happened that the eae with whota he was
conversing-, was an adialrer ef tits ell rtgrfca
ComnwawealUi, aad he ImmeUUul rerwl
Year werd.myeaeertrg meaa.q'o . .
he K f ble Comaonw -
doa'.ly frWw-. -;-
Ufonns bs - ef the higaert tiCetloajaes:
belaid -y V?"
atlenS. (wh. w-JeuaUMUsU
ef what their t-aet. were)
IjI hTpl-oanUy asswerei thai. - tbjj'-l
STtie leet BUheprkka aad DemaerieS ta Zg
Uad.' ' " .
Xe Xtaiv erwwy Jteaaisw
aeeseleerUI mwv Uas reem-, 8e
Beitunere ralxwt, aad it ausswev

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