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Ofakoi and the flave repaired to perfon to be one of the conspirators, the ruins, where the fatal assembly he readily obeyed. Having arrived was to be held. As the conspirators at a very narrow staircase, which were already met, the most conspi- they mounted with some difficulty, cuous among them addressed young they entered a small apartment, the Ofakoi in the following manner- door of which the Ruffian immedi“ You see here," said he, “ a set of ately shut. unfortunate men, who have escaped “ Be not surprized” said the Rur. from the tyranny of the czar. That fian to him, “ at what I have done ; barbarian, though he put to death what I have to tell you requires the by the hands of the executioner, most profound secrefy. I am just and even by his own, the greater come, as well as you, from that afpart ofour companions, the Strelitz, sembly, where the death of the czar has not been able to extend his fury has been resolved upon with a foc to us. Heaven hath preserved us to lemn oath. Like you, I have been execute its vengeance, and the fatal admitted this night, for the first moment is now arrived. Shudder time, among the conspirators; and, with horror, young Osakoi! I have like you, I have particular reasons seen the blood of thy unfortunate fa- for being the irreconcileable enemy ther flied on the scaffold: I followed of my fovereign : but if his blood bc him to the melancholy spot; but I due for the cruelties with which he could not save him!--Wandering for is accused, our plot is very badly ten years through the most frightful laid. For who, I pray, are these and dreary desarts, the misery of our conspirators? Wretches stained with fituation compelled us to seek by crimes, who have cluded the rigour fraud that subfiftence, to which our of the laws; and plunderers, who rank, as soldiers and citizens, gave breathe nothing but robbery, murus a just title. But, to-morrow, that der, and pillage. And who are their cruel tyrant and his courtiers shall accomplices ? According totheir acfall by our hands. We loved your count, the chief men of the empire, father, who was our chief; do you and yet they have not dared to name in turn become so, and let your re- any one amongst them! Who would solution and courage prove you wor- so far disgrace himself, as to unite in thy of the choice which we have any scheme with such banditti?made."
What plot have they opened to us ? Osakoi perceived, that in the pre- For whom do we expose ourselves to sent juncture there was no alterna- danger, and for whom do we labour? tive, and that even the appearance --Pian, means, resources every of weakness would be his sentence of thing is unknown to us. death; he assumed therefore a cour with us to become the blind instrue rage which he did not naturally pose ments of such an enterprise. fels.
These, young Ofakoi, were my It was agreed by the conspirators, doubts and fears during this affem on separating, that they should af- bly. The conspirators have apsemble next morning at the same pointed you their chief ; I readily hour; and that, for the greater se. subscribe to their choice; but make curity, Osakoi and the slave should me see a little more clearly into this return to the inn by different routes. dark and mysterious bufiness, and
Scarcely had fakoi advanced you may depend upon the exertions thirty steps, when he was accosted of my arm.” by a Russian, who begged him to Ofakoi was struck with the confe follow him. As he imagined this dence of the Ruffian, and this con
fidence emboldened him to unveil was to be resolved upon. He had the his sentiments fully: “ You must courage to go thither, and escaped have remarked my furprise," said he, observation, by mixing with the conwhen I found myself in the midst
" spirators. Having observed Osakoi of such an affembly: satisfied with much confufed, and to falter in his my condition, acquainted only with answers, he determined to save him, my cottage, and a stranger to ambi- in cafe he should be found not absotion, I enjoyed the most perfect tran- lutely guilty. quillity-My eyes have been opened; After having freed Osakoi from I have been informed that I had a fear, by loading him with praise and father to avenge; and that, in or. caresses, he required of him that he der to acconplish this end, I must would return to his companion at ftain my hands with the blood of the inn, and give as an excuse for my sovereign. But was I ever ac. his delay, that he was unacquainted quainted with this father? Am I with the streets of Moscow. certain whether he was innocent The slave believed what he said, or guilty ? And, whilft under this and Osakoi next morning went with doubt, I muft affaffinate my master! him to the assembly. It was there de- These thoughts, I confess, are re- cided that they should set fire to the pugnant tò my feelings. For who palace; that during the confusion am I, to judge of the emperor's con- occafioned by the conflagration, a duct? What right--what authority part of the troop should employ has Heaven given me to punish him? themselves in pillaging, whilst the The proposal made me shudder : other, headed by Olakoi, should but the fear of death repreffed my join the confpirators in the castle, answer on my very lips. Since you who were particularly named, and have opened your heart to me, read who were people of the first emiwhat passes in mine;-I deteft crimes, nence in the itate: that they should afand above all, a crime of this nature:' terwards advance towards the aparta voice within me seems to cry out, ment of the emperor, who would no • Love and respect thy sovereign.' doubt come forth, alarmed by the Have pity therefore on my youth ; noise, and that they fhould then I give myself up to your direction dispatch him with their poignards.
Save me from the fury of these Every thing was thus settled, and barbarians, who have chosen me to they were going to pronounce the be the executioner of their master, oath, when the guards of the czar and of mine. For 'if I must either surprised them. They were immeperish, or attempt the life of the diately seized, and thrown into priczar, I choose rather to perish inno- fon ;- and the accomplices whom cent."
they named were also arrested, and “ Thou shalt not perish,” cried speedy punishment followed their the Ruffian ; “it is the czar who crime ;--they were committed into now speaks to thee! and who can re- the hands of the executioner, and ward the noble ingenuity of thy fen- suffered that very day. timents."
Olakoi rose rapidly, and foon saw The person who spoke to him was no one between himself and the em. indeed the emperor himself, who, peror, except prince Menzikoff. under the disguise of a Nave, had overheard part of the plot in the
PHILOSOPHY. tavern. This discovery suggested an idea to him of being present at JOHN Raulin, of the order of the assembly where his destruction Cluny, in his Sermones quadrages
males, speaking of fasting, says, “A of his ancestors, sword in hand. coach goes faster when it is empty The christian and military virtues by fasting a man can be better of this illustrious warrior induced united to God; for it is a principle his cotemporaries to bestow on him with geometers, that a round body the distinguished title of The can never touch a plane surface ex. Chevalier, a Stranger to Fear or cept in one point; but God is this Reproach. surface, according to these words, His valour, tempered by humaniZuftus et re&tus Dominus. A belly ty, was neither fierce nor cruel; bis too well fed becomes round; it can- guide was prudence, and generosity not thereforetouch God except in one apd greatness of soul were his con, point; but fasting flattens the belly, stant companions. Though the and it is then that it is united with chevalier was not rich, he frequent, the surface of God in all points." ly gave considerable parts of those
spoils of his enemies, which the SINGULAR PUNISHMENT cuftom of war made his legal proOF A PHYSICIAN, ACCUSED OF perty, to relieve the necessitous, or WANT OF SKILL.
to be distributed among
compa. TOWARDS the close of the nions of his dangers. fifteenth century, Lorenzo de Me.
Historians tell us, that the chedicis, of Florence, died of a disease, valier was tall and flender, and of a which it is probable might have been pale complexion, with eyes black cured, had not Leoni, a celebrated and full of fire; he was extremely phyfician of Spoleto, left too much cheerful, but knew how properly, to to the powers of Nature, by avoid- be grave and serious when occations ing the aid of medicine. Lazaro,
In the year 1500, many towns of lebrated
for medical skill with Leoni, Lewis the Twelfth, submitted on the having made this error publicly known, raised the resentment of the approach of the troops, which that deceased prince's friends to so high prince had sent to reduce them to a pitch, that at length it proved fa. obedience. The deputies of those tal to the physician. For Pietro, towns, in order to court the favour son to Lorenzo, a youth who, but of Bayard, presented him with
some seventeen years old, was able to plate curiously, wrought. His gene- .
ral, knowing he was not rich, bid overcome the most
“ Heaven forbid,"
Historians relate numberless such MEMOIRS
instances of the generosity and greatness of the chevalier Bayard; but
the most fingular action of his life, [Transmitted by G. W.]
is that of which the city of Bresse BAYARD, who was, one of the bears witness. This city (having greatest captains of the age in which revolted in 1512 from the French, he lived, was born in 1476, and who had made themselves masters of died, in 1524, like the greater part it after the battle of Aignadel) was
OF THE CHEVALIER BAYARD.
6. Since it,
attacked, taken, and pillaged. Bay. proof of her gratitude. ard, who had been wounded at the must be fo," laid Bayard, " I wilt. beginning of the fiege, as soon as not refuse it; provided you will grant the place was taken, by his own or- me the honour of taking leave of ders was conveyed to the house of a the young ladies, your daughters. family of distinction: he comforted on their being introduced, he thanke them by his discourses, and fecured ed them for their care of him, and their property by placing two fol- for the pleasure he had received diers at their door, to whom he gave from their agreeable conversation. eight hundred crowns, in lieu of “ I should be glad," added the che , what they might find in case they valier, “ were I able to convince should plunder it.
you of my sense of those favours; After fome days had passed, his but military men are seldom pofimpatience to join the army in- fessed of those jewels fo pleasing to creafed faster than the cure of his your sex. Yoạr amiable mother has wound, which was not yet properly just presented me with two thousand healed. But when the mistress of five hundred ducats: permit me to the house faw he was determined to demand your acceptance of a thou-,depart, she threw herself on her fand each for your marriage pore. knees : “ By the rights of war," tion. The other five hundred I gives said the to him, “ you are become to the religious of this city, who have the master of our lives and poffef- been pillaged.” fions: you have preserved our ho- The following winter, Bayard gave nour from violation. We hope fur- a striking proof of the greatness of ther, that your generofity will not his foul. He lodged at Grenoble, permit you to treat us with severity, near the abode of a lovely girl, and that you will be pleased to ac. whose fingular beauty made a strong cept a present, proportioned rather impression on his mind. The infore to our fortune than our sense of gra- mation he received of her birth and titude.” At the same time she pre- fituation removed all restraint from sented him with a little box filled giving a free course. to his desires. with golden ducats.
Propositions were made to the moBayard smiled, and asked how ther, who,, consulting nothing but many there were? The lady, sup- her poverty, accepted them, and even pofing he thought the present infig- forced her daughter to follow her to nificant, replied, trembling, “ Two the chevalier. This amiable maiden thousand five hundred, Sir; but if no sooner approached her lover, than they are not sufficient, we will en- fle threw herself at his feet, and bedeavour to procure more. No, dewing them with her tears, "My Madam," answered the chevalier, lord,” said she, “ do not dishonour
I will not accept of any money; an unfortunate victim of milery, of the care you have taken of me is whose virtue.you ought to be the prosuperior to the few services I have rector!" These words affected Baydone you. I demand of you only ard: “ Rise," said he, “ my daugh. your esteem, and I entreat you to ter ; you shall quit my house as accept of mine.” The lady, more virtuous, and much happier, than surprised than fatisfied at fo fingular you entered it!” He immediately a mark of moderation, again threw conducted her to a secure retreat, herself at the feet of her benefactor, and the next day sent for her moprotesting she would not rise from ther. After having severely rethat posture till he had promised to proached her for the criminal pliaher present, as the humble bility of disposition which Me had,
discovered, he gave her fix hundred twenty-five years, and yet nobody francs 'as a portion to the man who understands what I say." might marry her daughter, and even added an hundred crowns more, to CURIOUS INCITEMENT purchase cloaths and the wedding
TO SLAVERY. dinner. In this manner did the good chevalier cherish the semblance of relates, that a Spanish priest per
GARCILASSO de la Vega virtue. ·
This hero, following admiral Bon- rather to hang themselves, than to nivet into Italy, was wounded by labour in the mines, addressed them a mufquet fhot, in the retreat from in the following words—" You wish Rebec, in 1524. When he per- to hang yourselves, my friends, that ceived that his wound was mortal, he defired to be removed to the you may not be obliged to labour : shade of a neighbouring tree, with fince that is the case, i thall hang his face turned towards the Impe
myself too; but I must warn you of rial army; "for,” said he, “having mines in the next world, as well as
one thing, which is, that there are never yet turned iny back to an
in this; and I give you my word, enemy, I should not chufe to do so in the expiring moments of my life." that I'll make you work throughout Bourbon, who was pursuing the fu- the poor Indians threw themselves
all eternity," Upon hearing this, gitives, happened to pass by near him; he stopped, and pitied his fate. at his feet, and beseeched him, in the s I have no cause to complain, my
name of God, not to commit such
a rash action. Had the two-thirds jord,” replied this brave soldier with of these unhappy wretches destroyed a noble firmness peculiar to hin; themselves, the orator would have * I die in doing my duty: it is you been much embarrassed to keep his we must pity; you, who are now in
word with the rest. arms against your prince, your country, and your oath." Before
ANECDOTE he expired, a gentleman asked him what he would wish to leave his children?" That,” he replied,
TANG-KAO-HUNG, emperor 66 which fears neither the times nor of China, who died in the
626 human power-wisdom and virtue." of our æra, being about to put to Thus fell the illustrious chevalier death two general officers, who, have Bayard ; a character in which bra- ing been commiffioned to guard the very and humanity were fo clofely burying-place of his arxcestors, had united, that the one constantly add. cut down a tree, which, on account ed a luftre to the other,
of the respect of the Chinefe for such
monuments, was accounted facred; ANECDOTE
one of his ministers, whose name has been preserved in history, Ty.
jin-Kie, represented to him, that it A SPANIARD, who was established would be cruel to take away the lives in a small town of Holland, and who of these two brave men merely for mutt have died of hunger had he their imprudence. " What!“ renot had a servant who fpoke Dutch plied the emperor in a passion, “ shall and Spanish, faid one day to a I not punish, with the greatest seveSpanish traveller, who came to see rity, those who are wanting in rehim-" How stupid the people are spect to my ancestors ? Have not in this country! I have fetided here these two officers been guilty of that
OF A CHINESE STATESMAN.
OF A SPANIARD.