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JLL U.LL1LJ P(D)Lf NIESIAN PUBLISHED WEEKLY, AT HONOLULU, OAHU, SANDWICH ISLANDS. )J. JARVES, Editor. SATURDAY, MAY 1, 1841. Vol. 1. IVo. 47. SELECTED. llAFED'S DREAM: Oil, THE 44 CHANCE WORLD." BY REV. JOHN TODD. t the foot of one of those gigantic ntains in Asia, which lift up their .:11 so f:ir above the clouds, that the of man never saw their summits, stood 'j( Diiutiful cottage, facing the cast. The Z ''u a tain stream leaped and murmured 'rftlie north ; the verdant plain where hright ey ed gazelle sported, lay spread in front ; the garden and the olive ril, filled with every flower and every i wuicu nn oriental sun cotuu pencil ripen, lay on the south ; while back, iui ni rij no iiiv v i vi moling mivsiiiiw I j. Here were walks and shades and .Jts, such as were found nowhere else. 1 fie sun shone upon no spot more luxuri-' over this world, declaring that his plans were weak, and worse than none, and that it would be far better to have no God in the universe ! In the centre of Hafed's garden stood a large beautiful Palm tree. Under it was Ha fed sitting, the second evening after closing the grave over his children. The seat on which he sat had been reared by his son. On the leaf of the tree which lay before him, were some exquisite vers es written by the pencil of his daughter. Before him lay the beautiful country cov ered with green, sprinkled here and there, as far as the eye could see, with the habit ations of men, and upon this great land scape the shadows of the mighty moun tains were now setting. In the east, the moon was just-pushing up her modest nice, and the gold of day was softening into the silver of night. While Hnfcd looked on all this, grief began to swell in ; the moon beams struggled to enter no, u, throat; his tongue murmured; his t f , 1 . M Jce more cleUghtlul ; the soft wings ot ,cart Wsw fn 0f .mr( thoughts of God, .1 nreczes ot evening tanned no such Vle in all the cast. The howl of the f was never heard here IT . ::jcr came here to destroy ; and here i f serpent's hiss was never heard. V'l." . . a I. I -i' IT ins cottage was me noiiie oi uai ed, aged and the prosperous. He reared cottage ; he adorned this spot ; and V' yp fnr mnrn tlinn fmir.srnrn vnr I o lived and studied. During all this ilje, the sun had never forgotten to visit bL' daily ; the harvest had never failed, i. pestilence had never destroyed, and tt. mountain stream had never dried up. Tjb wife of his youth still lived to cheer r: bless him ; and his son and daughter jre such as were not to be found in all jfc I Province. No youth could rein the ,h: se, hurl the javelin, chase the lion, or ,lrlit the social circle like this son. No (Lighter of kings could be found so beau tiful and perfect, as was this daughter, Oi an eye so bright and joyous, and a KTJJ1 S which nearly amounted to blasphemy. As the night deepened. Unfed, as he the sly fox ; then thought, fell asleep with a hcavv heart. When he supposed he awoke, it was in a new spot. The mountain, the landscape, the home, were all gone. All was new. As he stood wondering where he was, he saw a creature approaching him, which, at first, he mistook for a baboon ; but on so symmetrical as hers. it who can ensure earthly happiness? n one, short week, Hafud was stripped offcll his ioys. i its coming near, he discovered that it was a creature somewhat resembling a man, but every way mal-formed, ill-shaped, and monstrous. He came up and walked around Hafed as he would a superior being, exclaiming, 4 beautiful, beautiful creature !" 4 Shame, shame on thee !' said Hafed ; 4 dost thou treat a stranger thus with in sults ? Leave off thy jests, and tell me where I am, and how I came here !' 4 I do not know how you came here, but here ou are in our world, which we met a young lad v. IS call chance world, because every thing happens here by chance.' 4 Ah ! is it so ? This must be delight ful ! This is iust the world for me. Oli ! ills wile went to see a new white pea-: had I alwavs lived here, mv beautiful chil-'nnd there have been not less thnn twei.lv crik, which it was said a neighbor, who; droit would not have died'under a foolish duels on her account already. You will bears cucumbers, may bear potatoes next year, and perhaps you would have to dig twenty feet for every potatoe you obtain ed. They soon met another of the 4 chance men. His legs were very unequal in length, one had no knee, and the other no ancle. His ears were set upon his shoulders, and around his head was a thick, black bandage. He came groping his way, and Hafed at once asked him how long since he had lost his sight ? I have not lost it,' he said ; 4 but when I was born, my eye-balls happened to be turned in instead of out, and the back parts being outward, arc very painful in the light, and so I put on a covering.' Will, but canst thou see any tiling: Methinks thou mayest see strange things within.' 4 True, but the difficulty is to get any light in there. I have contrived various ways to do so have had it poured into my ears and nose, but all will not do. Yet I am as well ofT as others. My brother has one good eye on the top of his head ; but he only looks directly vp with it to the clouds ; and the sun almost puts it out. He shuts it most of the time during the day ; but it happens to be one that will not stay shut, and so when he sleeps the (lies trouble him badly. I have a sister who has nineteen eyes in .her head ; but they are a vexation. She sees eighteen things too many. Even now, she can't realize that she has not nineteen fathers, and as many mothers. She goes to bed, and falls on the floor nineteen times at least before she gets in. She goes to drink, and she sees nineteen cups, and knows not which is the real cup. But so it happened, and she is as well off as most in this 4 chance world.' But after all, it is a glorious world, I do assure you,' 4 Wonderful,' said Hafed. As they proceeded a little further, they Pluit young lady,' said the guide the greatest beauty in nil these parts. All our young men are bewitched by her ; IWid a mile off in the braaght home. She ravine had just and inexorable law! Conn', show me be amazed at seeing a being so perfect.' took cold, and a , this world, for I Ion" to see it. But have As tliev met. Unfed stared more feilv jpk lover followed, and on her return,,' ye really no (iod, nor any one to make j than is usually considered polite among Kje.l saw that she must die. Before jaws and govern you just as he sees fit V I the Orientals.' The beauty had a lace J;iys were gone, the old man was; I dont know what you mean by God ; not altogether unlike a human face, r.x Vj'lmg at her open grave. He gazed we have nothing of that kind here uoth-, ccpting thai the mouth was under the K-lr. and said impatiently 44 Cover her, ing but chance; but go with me and you chin, the eves looked separate ways, and J.,- I . i . t '.. . . .... I. . . . vyf T ,!K. 0UIy woman that l ever loved : 'J'lie son and the daughter both return- wjlroill t in bini;il rf tlieir iimtlinr. fii. M and sick. The nurse gave them. ly.ie thought, a simple medicine. In a vJ UOIll'S It wn 1i-k)iii.l In I in nmenn !! ww that they mnH die ; for the laws ii i int . . l.i i ( . t i will understand all nnout it. tuo color oi the hair, was a mixture ot As they proceeded, Hafed began to no-'red, light blue, white and yellow. One tice that every thing looked queer and odd. Some of the grass was green, some red, some white, some new, and some dying; some grew with the top downward ; and foot had the heel forward, and one arm was altogether wanting. 4 Wonderful, wonderful, truly.' cried Hafed. 4 Twenty duels ! but I hope they 1 on the whole the sight was very painful. ' were not nil killed, were thev future are fixed, and poison kills. He lie stopped to examine an orchard ; here j Here the beauty began to on( and M'ui mem in one wide, deep, grave, - J It seenwvl fl ki if in flint riii'ii i.j - - - ii.t ii in 1 1 nn ji u i; i iv nuiiiii -Jreason and his religion. He tore his :,v hwr, he cursed the light of day, and the moon turned into blood ; and , ve all, he blasphemed his God,decIar J that the laws which he had eslal.Iish f ere !H wrong, useless, and worse than II,. ui.l 1.1 ii'urn rrnr. ,(J by chance ; but as this was a hope wsh, he wished that at his dfcith he ''t tO a Wnrhl wtiorn llinrn Wj nn P to fix unallpm till ! we Hp ii i Vi'rn- w visdoin of God in his government chance had been at work. On a tine ! mince in her steps most enchantingly. looking apple tree, he saw no fruit hut j 4 Killed !' said the guid'.i : 4 you seem large coarse cucumbers. A small peach j to know nothing about us. They sill met tree was breaking down under its load of; and fought together; but as eveiy thing gourds. Some of the trees were growing I goes here by chance, it is not often that with their tops downward, and t ho roots! we can get our powder to bum. In this branching out into the air. Here and J case only one got his gun off at all. and that did not happen to go off till i:i Jit, when he was going to bed, when it there were great holes dug, by which somebody had tried to get down twenty or thirty feet, in order to get the fruit, i wounded his hand, which has been bleed- The guide told Hafed that there was no certainty about these trees ; and you could never teU what fruit a tree would ing ever si nee.' happen to bear. The tree which this year j to-day.' 4 Ever since ! How long ago was thi r She ilid not look as if it could be done 4 Oh, it was two years ago.' 4 Two years ago ! and why don't you seek the leech, and have the poor boy saved from bleeding to death even though he was a fool for more reasons than one ?' 'Ah ! you don't understand it. Every thing goes by chance here ; and there is only a chance that a man who is wound ed will ever be healed. This is one of those cases in which he will never be healed.' 4 1 don't understand it, truly,' said Ha fed. They stopped to look at some 4 chance cattle ' in a yard. Some had but three legs ; some had the head on the wrong part of the body ; some were covered with wool, under which they were sweltering in a climate always tropical. Some were half horse, half ox. One cow had a young dwarf of a camel following her, and claiming her for its mother. Young elephants were there, with flocks of sheep ; horses with claws like a lion, and geese clamping round the yard with hoofs like horses. It was all the work of chance. 4 This,' said the guide, 4 is a choice col lection of cattle ; you never saw the like before.' 4 That is true truth itself,' cried Ha fed. 4 Ah! but the owner has been at al most infinite pains and expense to collect them. I don't believe there is another such collection any where in all this chance-world.'. I hope not,' said Hafed. Just as they were leaving the premises, the owner came out to admire and show, and talk over his treasures. He wanted to gaze at I la fed ; but his head happened to be near the ground between his feet, so that he had to mount upon a wall, be fore he could get a fair view of the stran ger. 4 Don't think I am a happy man,' said he to Hafed, 4 in having so many and such perfect animals. Alas ! even in this happy and perfect world, there are always drawbacks. That fine-looking cow yon der, happens to give nothing but warm water for milk ; and her calf, poor thing, died the first week. Some of them have good looking eyes, but from some defect, are stone blind. .Souk; cannot live in the light, and few of them can hear. No two eat the same food, and it is a great ! labor to take care of them. I sometimes ! feel as if I had almost as lief be a poor ; man.' j I think I should rather,' saitl Hafed. While they were t dking, in an instant, they were in midnight darkness. The sun was go:;e, and Hafed could not for some lime see his guide, j What has happened r' said he. 4 Oh 1 nothing uncommon,' said the guide. 4 The sun happened to go down ; now. There is no regular time for him j to shine; but. he goes and conies just as it Inf. pens, and leaves us as suddenly as you sf e.' As I fi,ji' see,' s:iid Hafed ; 4 but I hope he -will come back at an appointed ( tiu.e. at any rate.' , ' That, sir, will be just as it happens, i Sometimes he is gone for months, and ! .sometimes for weeks, arid sometimes on Iv for a few minutes. Just as it happens. We may not s-n him again for months, but prrhaps he will com soon.