PUBLISHED WEEKLY, AT HONOLULU, OAHU, SANDWICH ISLANDS.
)J. JARVES, Editor.
SATURDAY, MAY 1, 1841.
Vol. 1. IVo. 47.
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
::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
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
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.
its coming near, he discovered that it was
a creature somewhat resembling a man,
but every way mal-formed, ill-shaped, and
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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