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with the devil, he immediately be OF GREAT BODILY STRENGTH. took himself to flight, and could not

WHILE Louis XIV. was in be prevailed on to return, until he Flanders, his coach, in crolling a

was assured that the supposed demon very bad part of the road, funk

was gone. so deep in the mud, that all the

Bartabas had a sister equally strong horses and oxen that could be

as himself; but he did not know her, yoked to it were not able to extri- because he had quitted his father's cate it, as the nave of one of the house when very young, to teek his wheels was entirely hid. One of the fortune in the army; and she had king's guards, named Barsabas, im- been born during his absence. Havpatient at being an idle spectator of ing met with her in Flanders, where this scene, immediately difmounted the dealt in ropes, he purchased from his horse, lifted up the wheel, some of the largest she had, which and giving a fignal to the coachman he snapped in pieces, telling her to whip his horfes, foon disengaged they were worth nothing: “ I will the carriage. For this piece of ler- give you some stronger," said the ; vice, Louis XIV. gave him a penfion,

"but, if you please, lay down the and he soon became major of Valen. money for them."-" I will give ciennes. After he had risen to this you whatever you ask," replied Barrank, a Gascon, who quarrelled with fabas, pulling out a handful of him, offered to fight hiin. “

"I agree!"

His fister then took the faid Barsabas, holding out his hand; crowns, and breaking them all ju te 66 touch that." Upon which the two or three pieces, told hiin, that Gascon ftretched out his, but the his crowns were no better than her major squeezed it fo hard, that he ropes, and desired him to give her broke some of his fingers, and ren. fome others! The major, surprised, dered him entirely incapable of fight. defired to know her name'; and having. Another Gascon, on a like oc. jog learned to what family the becalion, took advantage of this exam. Jonged, foon discovered that she was ple; and, instead of complying,

his fifter. when Barfabas desired him to hold

The dauphin, son of Louis XIV. out his hand, ran bim through the being desirous to fee fome proofs of body with his sword, saying, “Thus this man's prodigious strength, he 1 detend myself against the treachery put himselt below his horse, raised of a man like you !” The wound,

up, carried him upon his shoulhowever, did not prove mortal.


more than fifty paces; and, afThe major, one day, in a certain terwards stooping, placed him on the village, went to a farrier's shop; ground, with as much ease as if he and, having asked for some horse had weighed only twenty pounds, fhoes, broke all those that were presented to him, telling the blacksmith

ANECDOTE they were too brittle, The farrier OF THE PRINCE OF ORANGE, AF. then wished to make others; but

TERWARDS KING WILLIAM. Barsabas took up his anvil, and con- WHEN the duke of Monmouth cealed it under his cloak, fo' tbat, made his expedition to England, when the farrier had heated his iron, he was countenanced in it by the he was much furprised not to find prince of Orange, as he pretendhis anvil, and his astonishinent was ed that his design of going was greatly increased, when he perceived to bring about a republic in that it under the major's cloak. Ima- kingdom. But when the prince of gining, therefore, that he had to deal Orange'uöderstood that he aimed at



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the crown, he was greatly alarmed, skill on the watch for an advanta.
and fent'an express to his father-in- geous move. At length the oppore
law, king James, to acquaint him tunity arrived, when the colonel ex-
what number of forces he and Ar- ultingly faid, “Now, Sir, I fall
gyle had, and where they intended' beat you ; for I am going to make
to land; and offered to come in per- a king."-" Then,” faid the mo-
fon himself to head the army against narch, looking fignificantly, “ you
him. This intelligence put a speedy cannot make a more unhappy thing!"
end to the rebellion, which might
not have been fo foon quashed, if

WHIMSICAL EFFECTS the prince of Orange had not per

OF THE PASSION OF FEAR. ceived that he catched at the crown, which he longed so much for himself. THE paffion of fear fometimes King James is blamed for cutting the shews itself upon the flightest oc. duke of Monmouth off fo haitily, cafion, and in persons the most unand denying to hear what he had to likely to entertain such a guest. A fay to him before his death; but French author relates a whimsical this was owing to the advice of the instance of this kind. Charles Gul, earl of Sunderland, and others of the tavus (the successor of Christina king's council, who deceived the of Sweden) was besieging Prague, king in this matter, as they well when a boor of most extraordinary knew that he would make discoveries, visage desired admittance to his tent, which would defeat the revolution, and, being allowed entrance, offered, which they were then meditating to by way of amusing the king, to der effect, by putting the king upon your a whole hog, weighing two measures to alienate the affections of hundred weight, in his presence his people from him. When the The old general Konigsmarc, who prince of Orange was told by fome, stood by the king's fide, and who, who were ignorant of the grand sé- foldier as he was, had not got rid cret between them, that the eart of of the prejudices of his childhood, Sunderland had turned Roman ca- hinted to his royal master, that the tholic, he, without surprise, merrily peasant ought to be burnt as a forreplied, “ Let him turn any thing, cerer.

“ Šir,” said the fellow, ire rather than turn out.”

ritated at the remark, “if your
majesty will but make that old gen-

tleman take off his sword and his RECENT ANECDOTE

spurs, I will eat him before your OF HIS PRESENT MAJESTY.

face, before I begin the pig !" Ge. AT the late unhappy period of neral Koningsmarc (who had, at the king's illness, when every word the head of a body of Swedes, per, was weighed, when every look formed wonders against the Auf was scanned, several of the attend- trians, and who was looked upon as ants at Windsor were more than one of the bravest men of the age) once thrown into altonishment at could not stand this proposal, el, the remarks of their illustrious fuf. pecially as it was accompanied by ferer.

à moft hideous and preternatural One afternoon colonel G- - expansion of the frightful peasant's was desired to play a game at jaws. Without uttering a word, draughts with the sovereign, by the veteran suddenly turned round, way of pafling away the time. His ran out of the court, and thought majesty, as at other intervals, un- himself not safe until he had arcommonly lucid, kept his adversary's rived at his quarters, where he


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remained above twenty-four hours on my word, my dear Voltaire, 1 de locked up, securely, before he got not conceive what you are about : rid of the panic which had fo feveres for some time you have chosen ta ly affected him.

borrow the verses of others, and pass them off as your own.


taire vowed that the verses were his OF THE KING OF PRUSSIA.

own, and that he had but that mos OLD Frederick had a great

ment finished them.

" but I have opinion of the utility of experi- just seen an Englishman who has

be," said the king : ence. presented a petition, tequeting his already shewn them to me as his." majesty would appoint him a fu. Having made this remark, Frederick

sent for the Englishman, to whom preme general. The king wrote under his petition—"Turn to your hear the verses you thewed me this

he said, “Be so good as to let me Bible, and in the tenth chapter and fifth verfe of the fecond book of morning." The Englishman reSamuel, you will find it thus writ- peated them without omitting a fin. ten: Tarry at Jericho until your vil !” exclaimed Voltaire in a rage

“ He must be che

gle syllable. beard is grown, and then

The king, after amusing hijnself for again,"

some time with his fury, owned to It has been remarked, that Fre. him the trick, and finifhed by making derick knew men well, and was

the Englisman a present for the an excellent judge of their merit; pleasure which he had afforded him.

Before Voltaire avowed himself many inftances, however, might be given in which he was deceived. the author of the Maid of Orleans, Before general Laudohn entered into Frederick pretended that it was in the service of the emperor, he ofa jurious to the first wit in France fered himself to Frederick, and asked to attribute to him fo infamous a to serve in his troops. “ That man's rhapsody ; but no fooner did Vo. phyfiognomy does not please me,

taire adopt it, than the king made said the king on seeing him; and he Algarotti read it to him, and said, declined his offers, of which he had

" This is not the poem I have seen ; much reason to repent.

this is charming! No person but

Voltaire is capable of such a work." Whilft Voltaire was at Potz- It was, however, the very fame ; dam, an Englifrman arrived, who, but such is the influence of names! told the king, that he could retain. word for word a tolerably long dif- In his youth, Frederick was not course, after hearing it once read. insensible to the pleasures of love, Frederick put him to the test, and but he liked to fly from beauty to the Englishman succeeded. At this beauty, and never attached himself moment Voltaire is announced, who to any particular fernale. He said came to read a little copy of verses, to some person who was speaking to which he had just finished, to the him of this fickleness, “ It is the king. To amuse himself, Frederick women's fault, not mine. I have hid the Englishman in an adjoining fought for one to fix me, who has cabinet, recommending to him to more virtue than prudence. All get by heart what the poet was those I have known, have coquetted about to read. Voltaire enters, and with me for six months for a lovetecites his verses. The king listens letter, and in three days capitulated to them coldly, and observes, “ Up- for all the rest. I thall not change





my conduct, till I find one who will the whole company burit into a grant me the love-letter in three loud laugh; but the king, interé days, and go no farther for life.” rupting their mirth, faid very grave

iy, “ The title bestowed on ine by A soldier, subject to get drunk, this good woman, is not so ridiculous was accused of blasphemy, of saying as you may imagine. I have been

great many injurious things of the a jefuit, and have consequently a king, and speaking ill of the ma• right to the appellation of reverend gistrates of the town where he was father ; I have been a cardinal, and in garrison. The magittrates, who every hody knows that cardinals are, wifhed to revenge themselves, did all fathers of the church; I have not fail to pronounce a severe sen-, been a king, and of course father of tence against him, condemning him my people ; I am now an abbe, as guilty of crimen læse majeftatis and does not St. Paul say, Abba both divine and human. The fen- pater?" This, says the relater of this tence being sent to Frederick, he anecdote, is the only good thing that wrote“ If the fellow has blaf- Carinir was ever heard to say duphemed God, it is for God to pardon ring his residence in France. bim; what he has said against ine, I pardon ; but for having spoken ill

A NE CDOTE. of the magistrates, I order him to be [From the Collection of J. P. Andrews, kept four-and-twenty hours under

F. A.S.) arrest."

IN the memoirs of captain CarleSINGULAR LAW

ton, (a book deserving credit, as

the author was a veteran, of good IF a single young woman profe- family, and irreproachable characcutes a single man for a rape, the ter) remarkable testimony is given ecclefiaftical judges impannel a jury; to the bravery of James duke of and if this jury find him guilty, he York, particularly in the celebrated is fo returned to the spiritual courts,' fight of May 28, 1672 ; in which where, if he is found guilty, the he was obliged to change bis ship dumnster, (that is the temporal judge) several times, “ Nevertheless, delivers to the woman a rope, a' says the author," on his entrance sword, and a ring, and the has it in upon the London, which was the her choice to have him hanged, or ship I was in, and on our hoisting beheaded, or to marry him. the Standard, De Ruyter and his

squadron seemed to double their fire ANECDOTE

upon her, as if they resolved to blow

her out of the water. NatwithJOHN Carmir, late king of Po- ftanding all which, the duke of land, who died in France, dining York remained all the time on one day in public at his abbey at quarter-deck, and as the bullets St. Tbaurin d'Evreux, asked a wo- plentifully whizzed around him, man who was standing near him, would often rub his hands and cry, of what country the was. The • Spragg, Spragg, they follow us man, dazzled with the splendour of still.” He adds, “ I am very fenmajetty, was so confused that the fible later times have not been knew not what to answer. At length, over avourable in their sentiments however, after itaminering some of that unfortunate prince's valour, time, she said " My reverend father, yet I cannot omit the doing a piece I was born at Evreux." On which of justice to his memory, in relating

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