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derable sums of money in its gratification. maps decorated the boxes, in which they Whilst some of his neighbours regarded were enclon a; magnificent globes were him as the slave of avarice ; others, not safely packed in cases, which warned the more justly, considered him as one of carrier to be wary of his charge ; theodothose whom“ much learning had rendered lites and telescopes, protractors and quad. mad.” His learning, however, was very rants, planetariums, lunariums, and portsuperficial ; and though, like many other able orreries, were sheltered in boxes from collectors, he was more gratified by the dust of the chambermaid, and ever possessing than by using his literary ready for use as soon as unpacked. wealth; the books that he most sought On the death of this literary and scien. after were such as were highly embel- tific farmer, his property, which was left to lished ; scarce editions he valued less than his brothers and nephews (and which did splendid copies, and what was showy not amount to more than 40001.), was pleased him more than what was useful. disposed of. His books and philosophical

A gentleman, to whom Kimber was apparatus were sold by auction in Lewes ; previously unknown, informed me that and the competition was such as to turn on one occasion, entering his bookseller's to good account the taste of the worthy shop, he was surprised to hear a plain bibliomaniac. and meanly dressed farmer, whose con. History and Antiquities of Lewes. versation indicated a mind scarcely superior to that of the humblest peasant, bar- The Novelist. gaining with the bookseller for a copy of Macklin's Bible, published at about eighty

No. CIII. guineas. With astonishment he soon beheld him pay down the stipulated sum, THE STIRRUP CUP. and place the six ponderous volumes in a sack, with which he had come furnished,

FROM THE GERMAN. and staggering under his load, carry The night was one of great inclemency them to the door, where an old carthorse -it snowed and blew violently, when stood ready to receive the burden. With Hans Kirkenbeck departed homewards. some assistance, the well-tied sack was His horse stood at the door, and in spite hoisted on the back of the animal, the of the entreaties of his friends that he stirrup leather fastened around it with would partake of one goblet more, he cords, and the happy purchaser, balancing disengaged himself from them, and rushthe load with his hand, trudged along by ed forth into the street. At that moment, the side of his old servant, apparently

was passing—a tall, bony, anticipating the joy that awaited him, wrinkled, grizzled hag, enveloped in a when the treasure he had amassed should cloak, the hood of which she had drawn be safely deposited amongst his bulky over her head. As Hans passed out at tomes at Chadley.

the door, he pushed against her: On entering the house of Mr. Kimber, of the way, Hoodekin!” * he exclaimed. the visiter would perceive no trace of the She, quickly turning, echoed his words owner's taste. Not a volume displayed angrily, “ Hoodekin! Hoodekin! its gay covering, not a shelf bent under merry night to you, Hans Kirkenbeck ! the weight of literary labours ; all his the day will come when it would please books were neatly packed in boxes, which, you mightily to have a hood to cover piled one upon the other, formed no in- your aching brow.”—“Away with you, considerable part of the furniture of his hag !” interrupted Hans; and at the bedroom; on these he gazed with plea- same moment, Jacob Geuldtstein, one of sure, when the morning beamed, and to his companions, came out from the house, them he had recourse, when the evening and he also bade her depart in words of twilight came, to wile away the hours no pleasant sound. The woman then be. till bedtime. Seated in his chimney came very wroth, and said, “You are corner he again and again turned over the well spoken, gentlemen, both of you, and leaves of his costly volumes, exulting in merry, I make no doubt ; for you, Ja. the embellishments, for which they were cob, you have a wife, and for her sake, valued, and on account of which they were I forgive you ; but hark you, Hans Kirbought; and though he could not be said kenbeck !” she exclaimed, at the same to be intimate with the letter-press of the time extending both her arms within ner volumes which he possessed, he was cer. cloak, “ for you! even as I shake off the tainly not unacquainted with the engrav. snow from my withered limbs, flake by ings by which they were illustrated. flake, eve so shall you fall to the earth

But it was not on the books alone that Mr. Kimber expended large sums; he

* This is the name of a familiar spirit, a sort

of Puck, so called, because a hoodekin, or littio was equally the patron of science. Costly hood, was a part of his usual covering.



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piece by piece !" Then Hans and his treated so scornfully, was ever uppermost friend became more angry with the wo- in his mind her maledictions hung upon men, and drove her away with blows. his memory, nor could he forget that he And Hans mounted his horse, and had tasted of two stirrup-cups; " but prepared to depart; but his friend that,” thought he, “ must have been a stayed him, insisting that he should at trick of Jacob Geuldtstein, and yet I saw least partake of the stirrup-cup, without him come out of the house."' Still he which, it would be unfriendly to depart. went onwards, but his condition became Hans assented, and Jacob returned to the continually worse - racking rains shot house to obtain it for him. In a few across his brow, and the increase of snow, moments, the cup was presented ; Hans and his own incapacity, rendered it more seized it quickly, and as quickly drained and more difficult to keep his horse in the it at a draught. An open hand waited right track. The animal had, indeed, to receive the goblet from him, he return often travelled that road before, and Hans ed it, and was about to put spurs to his depended much upon that circumstance; steed, when Jacob, issuing from the " he," said Hans, thinking aloud," he house, exclaimed to him loudly to stay. did not-see this old woman eh ?-that “Would you depart with a broken troth is not it-take two stirrup-cups I mean I have brought you the cup," at the same no ? he did not take two stirrip-cups, time giving it to him. “ I have already thank God !" Still onwards they wenttasted it,” said Hans, putting it by with still the condition of the master became his hand.

worse; and the labour of the horse “ Nay,” replied Geuldtstein, “ that greater--a cold stupor and numbness gra. cannot be ; did you not see me come dually seized upon Hans's faculties, from from the house this instant ?”

which he was only at intervals aroused “ I swear to you, man,” rejoined Hans, by the most acute and distressing pains in 6 that I have ta'en of a cup which even

his forehead. now warmeth me, and whose taste is like “ We should be near home now, I bitter almonds."

think," said he, patting his horse's neck, “ Tush," answered Jacob, shaking of just after he had been awakened to some the snow which had fallen upon his hair, sense of his situation by a sudden twinge * this is no night to listen to your jokes, “ we should be nearer home now," and will you pledge me ? Aye, or no the next moment his horse's fore-feet

“ To thy health, man!” answered dashed through some ice into water, and Hans; and the next moment the cup was the animal made a sudden pause. Hans returned, and Hans was on his road. was again aroused--the situation of the

The snow had fallen so deep, that the country, as far as the falling snow would streets resounded not to the tread of his allow him to judge of it, seemed to indihorse, and oftentimes his progress was im- cate that they were upon the banks of a peded by ledges, raised by the drifting river, which, although covered with snow, wind; at length, however, he passed the was not sufficiently frozen to permit the barrier, and reached the open plain. The horse to cross. That they had wandered snow still fell heavily ; the country, as from the right road was certain, for there well as he could see, appeared one huge was no river within many miles of Hana's whitened plain, and the line of road residence; but how to regain the lost could only be discovered by here and there track was more than enough to baffle the a well-known baiting-house, an old cot- wit of the half-frozen rider. He turned tage, or the bare arms of some long.re his borse back-in vain he endeavoured membered tree. For several miles nis to discover some known object, some horse went forwards merrily, as if aware house or tree, but all was strange and obthat his route was towards home ; but

“ Well,” said Hans, “ we must the continued beating of the snow, and go back again then; we must retrace the

its great depth, began to exhaust the road we have come.” This, however, animal's strength, and somewhat im- was no easy task ; the continual fall of peded his progress Hans, however, snow quickly filled up all traces of the whom the coldness of the night affected, horse's feei, or the sudden gusts of wind kept him to his utmost speed by frequent at once effaced them, and Hans soon applications of the spur; nor was it the found by the unevenness of the ground, cold alone that rendered Hans uncomfort- that even that hope was lost. Thus able, the cups which his companions had baffled, he first guided his borse one way, pressed upon him began to produce their and then another, until the tired animal effect, and he often found himself much seemed to partake of the torpidity of his mistaken as to the nature of the objects master, and often refused to answer to before him. His thoughts too were con- the rein. Hans, irritated and alarmed, fused, and the old woman, whom he had spurred on the poor beast, who then again



flew forward to the evident danger of both but both were answered with a laugh of himself and his rider ; but after some derision, which terrified him not less than time, and great exertion, they again the recollection of his misspent, nay, reached an even road, which Hans ima, his abused life, all which came rushing gined to be that along which they had into his mind.' Hour',after hour passed

away, but still the horse proceeded ; on, For some time, they went quie ly for- on, he went, and Hans began to hope wards, and Hans again sunk into a stu. that a short time would hurry him to the por, from which, when he was aroused conclusion of his misery, either by death, by acute pain, he found his steed had or by their passing through the forest; paused at the entrance of a wood to which but all was vain The spellbound horse the road had conducted him. Hans, stu- travelled still onwards, kceping near to pidly angry, began to vent his wrath the outside of the forest, until he came upon the wretched steed, who no sooner to the place from whence he first plunged felt the spur, than he rushed forward into

into its depths, and then crossing the the forest. In vain did Hans then endea- road again, he again pursued the same vour to turn his course—his numbed arms circle. In a short time all the horrors of had not strength to restrain the fury which exhaustion and a dreadful thirst suche had himself roused-away the horse ceeded, but there was no help—no consodashed with the fury of a cataract, and lation-no redress. If he spoke, a mockthe beating of the branches of the trees ing voice answered with a sneer, or pre, which he had encountered in his course, sented an empty stirrup-cup to his parched added continually to his rage.

lips; his groans, his agonies, were the They had scarcely proceeded a yard, subject of derision and contempt; every when a bough struck off Hans's hat, and thing within and around him was torat that moinent the recollection flashed

ture. But why need we pursue this across his mind, that the old woman had horrible tale? The malediction of the told him the time would come, when it Hoodekin was fulfilled, even to the very would please him to have a hood to cover letter. Keeping in the circle which he his aching brow. He shuddered to think at first traversed, the horse still prohow exactly the words were fulfilled. ceeded, until the poor rider, ever exposed The stupor now gave way,

before the

to the cutting strokes of the branches, blows which he received from the thus fell to the earth piece by piece; nay, branches, and the dreadful sense of his it is even asserted that peasants resident situation. 66 Would to God, I had left in the neighbourhood have, until lately, my money behind me !” he exclaimed, seen the skeleton horse and rider, stili recollecting that he had with him a heary pursuing their charmed course-still bag, the produce of some cattle which he agonized-still tormented. Part of the had sold. The words had scarcely passed wealth of Hans Kirkenbeck is said to froin his lips when a voice, as if at his have been at one time found by a woodside, answered in a sneering tone, “ You cutter, who wisely brought the same unto have ever been fond of thy purse—'twere the chapel of St. Thomas, by the priests pity you should part now,' '_The voice

of which, it was exorcised and approcame upon Hans's ears as that of the old priated to holy uses. Hoodekin; and his alarm-his terrorhis agitation - were increased tenfold.

STANZAS TO MARY. In vain Hans strove to check his horse's

( Written at Christmas.) career- in vain he looked, or rather en. LY THE AUTHOR OF " FIELD FLOWERS," &c. deavoured to look, around him to mark The summer suns are distant now from whence the voice came; the thick And clouded is fair Nature's brow, branches struck him so perpetually, that . Aud drear the snowcapt mountain ; he was obliged to bend down, even to the But summer suns shall come again horse's neck, in order to preserve his seat.

Tu gild the mountain and the main, Forward, forward, still he went, with an

And warm to life the fountain. impetuosity no strength could govern, no

Thus, Mary, shall it prove with thee hand could restrain ; and every moment

Still bright thy son of love may be, his situation became more deplorable.

When in the grave I'm sleeping The stupor had indeed passed away ; but

Is this--to spare one pearly tear notwithstanding all his exertions, a chill

For me, when thou art weeping. - an icy, deathlike coldness, pervaded

Oh! then will I, from realms above bis veins, and was even more insupport

Descending, bless that tear of love able than the still continued pains across

To me, to memory given : his brow. At one time he endeavoured

Unheard, unseen, I'll bid it rise, to soothe his horse into quietness, and at For angel souls meet sacrifice, another uttered some ejaculatory preyer, And seek its native heaven ! HB

And all I ask from one so dear

Earthen Jars found in an Anca's Tomb at Peru.


( For the Mirror.

ders, the first decorated with lozenge cols The incas were the ancient kings or chiefs partments, the second with black and of the country of Peru before Pizarro con. white lines running in a zig-zag fashion, quered it, and there are a number of their and the third border decorated like the tombs round about Chorillos, (which is a first; the handle is likewise decorated, town not far from Lima,) where formerly but mutilated. The height of this jar is stood a temple of the sun, which they five inches, and the diameter about the worshipped. The tombs are small mounds same. The other jar is of black earthenur barrows of earth, and the remains of the ware, between seven or eight inches in incas are generally found within a foot of height; the neck of it is formed into a the surface, in a sitting posture, with their grotesque head, surmounted with a cap. knees raised to their chin ; around them

M. H. B. are generally found about ten bodies, Warwickshire, June, 1827. placed in a circle, with their feet towards the chief. They are the remains of his

SPIRIT OF THE faithful attendants, who were sacrificed at his death, and were so placed that they

Qublic Journals, might be ready, on the day of the resur. rection, (of which they, like the Egyptians, THE SERIOUS AFFLICTION OF entertained, though imperfectly, an idea,)

HAVING A GOOD APPETITE. to rise up and again hail him as their The world has always appeared to me lord. The bodies are found in a dry sand, exceedingly partial in its choice of subsome in a wonderful state of preservation, jects for the exercise of its sympathy. with the skin entire; this is owing to the While the sorrows of a Byron draw rivers nondecomposing quality of the soil and of tears sufficient to wash half the handthe climate combined, as it never rains kerchiefs of the nation, the woes of a rethere. Several things are always found spectable individual like myself are con. buried with them, as earthen jars, a kind templated dry-eyed, and suffered to pass of bone needle or bodkin, and sometimes without remark like a lot of sundries in flags, evidently made of the lama's wool, the general catalogue of human calamities. and bearing some resemblance to the sub- And yet, sir, what are the afflictions stance our fags are made of. One of which threw their shade over the destiny these latter, which was dug up in a most of Harold, in comparison to those which perfect state of preservation, had on it a hourly wound my sensitive spiri: ? His representation of a castle or temple. The was the aching void of a satiated soulearthen jars found in these tombs are of mine, the aching void of an empty stomach. very curious shapes, some resembling a The cloud which has through life obfish, others a bird. The above are repre. scured my fortunes, attended the earliest sentations of two of them; the one is a dawn of my infancy. While I was still jar of red earthenware glazed, and below “ in arms," I performed such prodigies the neck it is ornamented with three bor- of valour, that, “in spite of niv teeth,"

which had not yet lent their friendly as- which only caused me to count ihe mi-, sistance, I had fairly sucked dry six wet. nutes which would elapse ere the break. nurses, and had actually caused arrow. fast hour came round again. I feel I am root to “ look up” in the market ere I was growing eloquent; but this is a subject I out of my swaddling clothes. Being a dare not trust myself with, particularly babe of considerable promise, (I was the as I have not dined—the remembrance or firstborn of my parents,) my coming into past injuries, though forgiven, cannot al. the world not only made a sensible ad- ways sleep in oblivion; their ghosts will dition to their happiness, but likewise to occasionally arise. Days of my child. their baker's bills. The joy which the hood! I cannot regret that you are flown, enthusiastic Cora felt when first the if I entertain that decent regard for my “ white blossoms” of her infant's teeth stomach which I esteem to be the charac. « broke the crimson buds which did en. teristic sentiment of the civilized man. case them,” was not the description of my With the privilege of a biographer, I father's feelings upon my cutting my first will skip another half dozen years of my tooth; it was an omen of direful import, life, when I was removed to a school for unfortunately fulfilled ere the first twelve- “ children of a larger growth.” Here the month was over by the melancholy aspect aspect of my fortunes, which had been of the butcher's account.

always of a sorrowful complexion, took a I appeared to possess from my cradle deeper tinge. My appetite ! my unfor. an instinctive talent in distinguishing the tunate appetite ! was again the cause of different kinds of food, and a precocious my misfortunes. It became the subject knowledge of the value of time by the of innumerable letters of complaint, both rapidity with which I devoured my earliest from master and pupil, to my parents. I meals. As the “ march of my intellect complained of a plot being concerted to in other accomplishments was by no means starve me ; and my preceptor accused my correspondingly progressive, in my sixth venerated father of sending me there to year I was sent to school, to the great breed a famine in the neighbourhood. An grief of the poulterers, butchers, bakers, additional premium of twenty guineas and green-grocers of our neighbourhood, a-year, with the mutual understanding of and the serious benefit of the family pan- two extra meals per aiem, settled the diftry. On this melancholy crisis, I en- ference; and I was permitted to resume dured all the feelings natural to a first my studies, and to send up my plate even separation from the home of one's in. after the awful inuendo of “ Master fancy. The leaving of my parents was a Ezekiel's fourth serving.” I had already trial to my young heart ; but the parting become bilious and melancholy, for, wonwith the cook was pathetic indeed. Yet derful to relate, the whole of my exploits with the eager thirst for novelty inhererit with the knife and fork had only served in youth, and the sight of a huge cake to decrease rather than to add to the am: which the affectionate creature placed in plitude of my figure. At fourteen, I was my lap at parting, I felt my affliction soon long, lean, and cadaverous, and to those subside into resignation. All thoughts who had never seen me dine, of a pulmoof home vanished with the smoke of the nary appearance ; those who had, candidly kitchen-chimney; and after a two-hours' acknowledged, that if there was a conride, I found myself arrived at my future sumption visible, it was in the dinner, destination 6 Skinflint's Preparatory, and not in the diner. Even at this early School.”

age I was distinguished by a gravity of Alas! when I mention that name, manner remarkable in one of such tender what a series of mournful associations years ; indeed no wonder, for sorrow had come flocking with it. Breakfasts “ slub- already commenced its work with me. bered over in haste ;” and not with that My notorious predilection had rendered decent regard to time and material which me a sort of terror among my young com

So punctiliously observed in the panions, by whom I was generally known house of my respected parents. Break- as the “devouring element.” It was no fasts did I say ?—those villanous part- uncommon thing for me to purchase the nerships between hard-hearted bread and fee-simple of the breakfasts of four of my butter, and melancholy “sky-blue.”. schoolmates, besides a reversionary in. Dinners—“ curtailed of their fair propor- terest in each of their dinners, until my tions”-the endless legs of mutton, and resources, liberal as my supply of pocketunskinned potatoes, which, unworthy as money was, became exhausted in feeding they were to be mentioned with my ac, that which was inexhaustible. A choice customed fare, still were received with a collection of allies,” the peculiar gift of warm welcome, and despatched with every my esteemed uncle Thoiras, was mori. token of regret; but which provoked, and gaged, to pay off a debt at a neighbouring not satisfied the appetite. —And suppers, pastry-cook's; all my holiday prizes were

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