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for I swear to you, unless he hurts or troubles us, I do not think I have any obligation to get out of my bed to molest him, only see that he carries nothing off with him.
“ The Rais now seemed to be exceedingly offended, and said for his part he did not care for his life more than any other man on board; if it was not from fear of a gale of wind, he might ride on the bowsprit; but that he had always heard learned people could speak to ghosts. • Will you be so good, Rais,' said I, to step forward, and tell him, that I am going to drink coffee, and should be glad if he would walk into the cabin, and say any thing he has to communicate to me, if he is a Christian, and if not, to Mahomet Gibberti.' The Rais went out, but, as my servant told me, he would neither go himself, nor could get any person to go to the ghost for him.” Thus the matter ended for the present.
But some time after, during the hurry of getting the vessel off from a reef of rocks, upon which she had struck “the ghost was supposed to be again seen on the bonesprit, as if pushing the vessel ashore. I enquired who the persons were that had seen him. Two moors of Hamazen were the first that perceived him, and afterwards a great part of the crew had been brought to believe the reality of this vision. I called them forward to examine them before the Rais, and Mahomet Gibberti, and the declared that during the night, they had seen him go and come several times ; once, he was pushing against the bowsprit, another time he was pulling upon the rope, as if he had an anchor ashore ; after tliis he had a very long pole, or stick, in his hand, but it seemed heavy and still, as if it had been made of iron, and when the vessel be gan to move, he turned into a small blue flame, ran a long the gunnel on the larboard side of the ship, and
upon the vessel going off, he disappeared. Now,' said I, 'it is plain by this change of shape, that he has left us forever, let us therefore see whether he has done us any harm or not. Have any of you any baggage stowed forwards ?' The strangers answered, · Yes it is all there.' * Then,' said I, ‘go forward, and see if every man has got his own.' They did this without loss of time, when a great noise and confusion ensued; every one was plundered of sometbing, stibinim, nails, brass wire, incense, and beads ; in short, all the precious part of their little stores was stolen. All the passengers were now in the utmost despair, and began to charge the sailors. “I appeal to you Yasine and Mahomet Gibberti,' said I, whether these two moors who saw him oftenest, and were most intimate with him, have not a chance of knowing where the things are bid. Then go, Yasine, with the Rais, and examine that part of the ship where the moors slept, white I keep them here.' Before the search began, however, one of them told Yasine where every thing was, and accordingly all was found and restored."
These two instances may be adduced in corroboration of the propriety of searching such ghostly stories to the foundation, and of endeavouring by every possible means to get at the bottom of them. By the courageous efforts of Angus': master to come at the truth, much of the mystery that bung over the conduct of bis unhappy servant. was removed, even before bis melancholy exit left not a doubt behind that he had laboured under that deplorable calamity 'a mind diseased. And, had tle Abyssinian Ghost been allowed quietly to depart in the blue flame, (as was no doubt intended,) his spirituality would have been established in the minds of the super. stitious crew, at the expense of their property, for they, Vol. I.
at the snggestion of the two moors, would likely have been too well pleased to get quit of a troublesome companion, with what they had lost, to have used any means to bring him back at the risk of more mischief.
In short, the advice of little John's father cannot be too strongly urged on the minds of youth ;-with a re petition of his words I shall therefore conclude this paper, in the hopes that they will have the desired effect on the minds of the youthful readers of the CHEAP MAGA! ZINE ;-“If ever you fancy you see any thing uncommon, or hear a noise for which you cannot readily account, ap
proach without apprehension, or listen till you have dis· covered the cause, and you will find it to be generally as harmless as the white sheet, or the wig on the stump of a tree."
Natural appearances in May.
The youthful year grows in her fair array,
And birds, and flowers, and insecte, tell her birth. . In the month of May the earth is covered with the freshest green of the grass and young corn, and adorned with numerous flowers opening on every side. The trees put on their leafy verdure; the bedges are rich in fragrance from the snowy bloom of the hawthorn ; and the orchards display their highest beauty in the delicate blush of the apple-blossoms. · The leafing of trees is commonly completed in this month. It begins with the aquatic kinds, such as the
willow, poplar, and alder, and ends with the oak, beech, and ash. These are sometimes very thin of foliage, even at the close of May.
Birds hatch and rear their young principally during this month. The patience and assiduity of the female during the task of sitting upon her eggs, cannot be too much admired; nor should the conjugal affection of the male be forgotten, who sings to his mate, and often relieves her fatigues by supplying her place : and nothing can exceed the paternal tenderness of both, when the young are brought to light.
Towards the end of May the bee-hives send forth their earlier swarms. Nature directs them to march in a body in quest of a new settlement, which, if left to their choice, would generally be some hollow trunk of a tree: but man, who converts the labours and instincts of so many animals to his own use, provides them with a more secure dwelling, and repays himself with their honey.
On the Buds of Flowers.
ON all sides I discover a multitude of flowers in the bud_They are at present enveloped and closely shut up in their intrenchments. All their beauties are hidden, and their charms are veiled. But soon the penetrating rays of the sun will open the buds of the flowers, and will deliver them from their silken bonds, that they may blow magnificently in our siglit. When I reflect on the buds and blossoms, I think of you, O lovely youth of both sexes ! The beauty and power of your minds are not yet anfolded. Your faculties are still in a great S?
measure concealed. The hope which your parents and masters conceive of you will not so soon be realized. When you consider these bads, say to yourselves, I resemble that bud; my parents and masters expect from me the unfolding of my talents and faculties; they do every thing for me; they neglect nothing for my information and instruction; they watch most tenderly over my education ; to the end that I may become (first by blossoms, and afterwards by excellent fruit) their joy and comfort, and make myself useful to society. I will therefore do all in my power to fulfil the pleasing hopes they form. I will take advantage of all the improver. 'nt and instruction they give me, in order to become every day wiser, better, and more amiable. For this purpose, I will take care not to give way to the desires and passions of youth, which might be fatal to my innocence, and destroy all the hopes conceived of me.
" In the morn of life, I blossom like the bud which insensibly opens. My heart beats with joy, yields to the most cheerful hopes, and sees nothing but happiness in future. But if I was imprudent enough to give a loose to mad desires, those guilty flames would soon wither and corrupt my young heart, and would have a tendency to bring down the grey laairs of my parents with sorrow to the grave.”
TIIE WONDERFUL CONTRIVANCE AND WISDOM OF GOD DISPLAYED IN THE FORMATION OF THE
CHICK IN THE EGG.
THE Hen bas scarce sat on the egg twelve hours, when zve begin already to discover in it some lineaments of