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«Irawing a flame from his body, held the match in my right hand, which they should see, and which the wax taper in my left, and, would continue burning and con- drawing the cork from the bottle of suming him, unless he arose from phosphorus, just above his navel, the earth. My brother officers lis at the moment I applied the match tened with nearly as much atten to light it, as it were, from his tion as the natives.
body, I began to sing I sent my Dubash, Punnapa, to great George our King ;" but the enjoin silence to the multitude, instant the flame was seen, there as a miracle was going to be per was such a yell of " Ah, paw, formed by an European Bramin, swaameel Ah, paw, swaamee !" which he assured them I was, as completely drowned all my fine (knowing I had officiated as chap- singing. Lighting my taper, I lain).
proceeded with my work, by meltOrdering my travelling escritoir ing the sealing wax and dropping to be brought, I placed it near it hot close above his navel; but the man's head, and took from it a
fellow had not patience to wax taper, a small match, and lit. stay for more than two or three tle bottle, articles I carried for good drops of my miraculous wax, the convenience of getting a light before he jumped up and ran away, when wanted; I also took out a bellowing and clawing his belly, bit of sealing wax, wrapped with- without stopping to thank me for in a piece of white paper ; I then his cure, or answering the calls of directed all to be silent while the others, until he got within the vil. ceremony was performing, under lage. pain of their being struck with That the fellow had heard and death. Having had this explained understood what passed, with my by Punnapa to the chiefs, and by declaration that I possessed a powthem again to the people, I was er to draw forth a flame from his well satisfied the dead man heard
body, was evident; and I depended and understood the whole, by slight on the sudden attack of the burn. involuntary twitchings I saw in his ing wax on so tender a part, muscles.
heightened by his own imagination, When all was quiet, I began by to overthrow all the obstinacy of walking slowly round the extended trick, and produce some such effect body four times, laying one of the as would satisfy us he was not four articles each time at his feet, dead ; what his particular aim was, uttering with a solemn loud voice it might be difficult to make out.”. the following five words, that hap. pened to occur,“ Omne bene non
RAJAH'S PALACE AT CANDY. sine pæna.” I believe that the fall of a pin might have been heard while The town of Candy is a poor I was performing this mummery. miserable place, about two miles
Having managed with tolerable long, and consists of one principal seriousness, I took up all the ar street, terminated by the palace at ticles, stood across the man, and the upper end. There are many raising both my arms as high as I lesser streets branching off, but of could reach, called aloud, “silence!" no great length. The palace is Then, bending over the body, I built with a sort of chunam or ce
ment, perfectly white, with stone of apartments great and small, exgateways. It contains a great ma- cessively filthy at present, and in ny rooms, painted in a grotesque many places in decay. Remains of manner, and many of the walls splendour, however, are every where covered with pier glasses. The to be found in massy gilded brass houses of the town are mean and ornaments, the manufacture and low, but their foundations are rais- workmanship of some place where ed in such a manner, or rather the arts are in a more flourishing the street is so sunk, that they condition, than I apprehend they seem lofty to passengers.
have ever been in Candy Here, lace consists of two enclosed squares, however, I must give you Adikar one within the other ; and in the Molligoode's history of the placeinner are the royal apartments, he was gentleman-usber showing where the court is held, and au the lions. The centre apartment, be diences given.
says, is built on the very spot which White cement for the walls, and an ancient king first pitched upon, tiles for the roofs, are luxuries, and laid the foundation stone, not it appears, reserved for the royal only of the palace, but what is palaces in Candy alone. The fol. now Candy. He was, it seems, lowing account of the palace above the king of some distant province mentioned, is contained in an ex (where the place, or when the time, tract of a letter, dated at Candy. I hope you will not inquire nor Extract of a Letter dated Candy, exact any proofs of the story) and
14th February 1815. having in a hunting-match been His Excellency crossed the river led (as King James unto the Trosa at Gonaruah yesterday, slept at the saeks) to this spot, be found a rate King's Granary, near that place, tan-bush of several (I think four) and this day entered Candy: he sprigs, one leaning towards the occupies an octagon pavilion, in a ferry of Cattoogastotte, ope to. palace not unworthy of a Malabar wards Gonaruah, one toward Hey. prince.
welle, and one to some other quar: My post is the haram, below ter. The bounds pursued a hare which it communicates by a private into this bush which was her pa. stair-case and trap-door, with the lace; and when she got there, she pavilion over head, which formerly shewed them it was also her castle, was the king's apartment, and a for she turned and made battle and very beautiful one it is.—The pros- kept her open mouthed pursuers at pect from it is an amphitheatre of bay, till the king came up, and hills, quite close,-a spacious tank, from the singularity of the circumwith a summer-house in the mid stance, he chose this spot for bis dle, and two other royal residences capital. Here ends the legend. I on the opposite side, in one of dare say there are many current which (and not this where we are), that are equally flimsy, but few I the king has lately resided.
apprebend can be more so.
At all The palace is a structure of con events the successors of his Ma. siderable magnificence, according jesty have lost the moral of the tra, to the native taste, that is massi- dition, and forgotten that the capi. ness of all, and extent of area. tal of their kingdom was founded The interior is an endless labyrinth in memorial of a brave defence.
To the Editor of the Asiatic Journal. SIR,-You will much oblige many of Till, hark! the sentries walk their midthe friends of Major-General Gillespie, by
night round, inserting in your Journal the following The waning moon a feeble lustre throws,
And all is hushed, except the pleasing verses, composed and sung ex tempore
[rushing flows. in a favourite room which the General
Where the deep stream through sluices had erected at Bangalore, by a Lady who
The sleeping youth now calmly finds rehad lately visited the beautiful but fatal
pose, valley of Doon.-It was sung to the old Forgets thedrill--that pleasant social place, National Air.
N. Hears not musquitoes buzzing round his
nose, Ye banks and braes of bonny Doon,
Nor heeds their feeding on his chubbyface. How late your scenes so peaceful smiled;
Unconscious he of passion's mad career, How sweetly bloomed your mountain
And careless of ambition's anxious roam,
His memory, true to those he held most In spotless white so soft and mild !
dear, But now, ensanguined be thy flower, In fancy leads him to the scenes of home, And fatal be thy banks, fair vale !
Delightful dreams--the best and only friend While sad, amid thy blooming braes, Of those who suffer from misfortune's Resounds the soldier's mournful wail !
blow, How lately hurned our hero's soul
Ye soothe the heart by misery o’erwhelm'd, In Glory's fatal, bright career!
And form its greatest, fairest hope below! Ah, Doon, thy bosom now entombs The heart that never knew a fear !
But ah o home, nor haunts of youthful Ye banks and braes of bloody Doon,
days, Ah, woe the while, ye're Rollo's tomb !
Delight the wanderer on Java's shore, But, with his sacred blood embrued,
He treads no longer o'er the broom clad Your glens shall know immortal bloom !
And tastes the happiness of home no more. MEDITATIONS AT WELTEVREDEN.
No more the cold, reviving air of dawn, The evening gun proclaims the close of
Renews with ruddy health his pallid face; day,
No more the loud and joy inspiring horn, The nightly picquets to their post retire,
Invites him to the pleasures of the chace. And sternly challenge all who pass their Nor can he now, at winter eve, retire, way,
While rages loud the pelting stormabroad, Or roam unlicenced till the morning's fire, To join the happy circle round the fire, But still, in yonder hut together met,
That graced his first and best beloved Upon the fatness of the land to dine,
abode. A jovial band their thirsty whistles wet, Yet, e'en in Java, we possess some joys, And drown each care in bowls of rosy wine. Unknown to those who dwell in happier While the gay song and sounds of lively
[smile, And amid scenes where every pleasure At which e'en Cynics are compelled to
Can find a listless idle hour for rhimes. And social wit, from envious satire free,
Placed above want, we spurn the anxious With harmless mirth the tedious hours
That checks the generous feelings of the
And, scorning pelf, we wander free as air; The valley is literally uverrun with wild white roses.
Devoted to the sex and to the bowl.
bears prove ;
To us no matter how the coffee sells, Malayan tongues shall long repeat their If Grey or Wellesley hold the helm of
Malayan songs perpetuate their fame. We canvass only for the smiles of belles, So, when yon northern star extends suAnd scorn alike contention and debate. blime, Away, then, melancholy thoughts, away,
His pallid beam on Europe's chilly clime; Your threat’ning prospects but as bug
In northern isles, to beauty's beam un
known, I will be chearful as the summer's-day,
When rigid nature hardens into stone; To meet the smiles of friendship and of Then, where 'tis said the stream forgets love. A. C.
Nor verdure decks the plain, nor flowrets Á MALAY PASTORAL.
Far happier we enjoy the smiling day, The eye * of day his burning orb de And charm with cheering drug * life's clines,
cares away. And veil'd in clouds in inilder splendour
But, see, in sable dress athwart the sky, Perennial odours load the passing gale,
Yon rising cloud foretels the tempest nigh; And balmy sweets from every shrub exhale. Bright is the flash from heaven, a sem
blance fair, The tall Pinang t her crowded head displays,
To drive away the demon of the air ; While ripening clusters mock my idle
The moon half-seen displays her paler fire, Queen of the palmy race, Kulapa I see,
And evening shades compel us to retire. Extend her branched arms and court the
• Opium. breeze, From yonder Durean whatsweet perfume
DULNESS IN INDIA. Exhales around, what flowers unnumbered bloom !
(From Calcutta, a Poem.t) Broad is the eye-the Senna-tree unfolds
A. Some, fixed to business, scarce a resHer beauteous arms and blossoms into gold.
[patch ; Arise, my fair, beneath yon Mangusteen, From laboured periods of the long disBlest with perpetual verdure, ever green,
But those unfettered by official chains Inhale the coffee's aromatic fume,
Might find an endless feast for curious brains ;
[search And view of nature the perennial bloom. There will we sit, and mark, devoid of
And though not equal to such deep re
As should leave studious Colebrooke I in care, What insect myriads people all the air;
the lurch, Mark where yon sun his western course + Calcutla is said to be the production of Capdeclines,
[vines. tain Majendie, son of the estimable Bishop of And paints, with golden tints, the pepper
Bangor, and late Aide-de-camp to the Comman
der of the Forces in Bengal. This poem was While safe from danger, here, we need printed in London a short time since; but its not fear
circulation has been chiefly confined to Calcutta, A tyrant's rage, or robber's cruel spear;
where its descriptions and allusions more forcibly
strike its readers. It is, however, distinguished His venomed creese no midnight murderer
by ease and sprightliness of manner, local infordraws,
mation, and a habit of observing, such as enSafe in the bosom of the British laws. tirely removes the author out of the class of No more the pointed spear usurps the
dullards, so well described in the extract above,
and evinces the justice of his assertion, in an plain,
early part of the poem, that “ we have poets in Nor waving creeses cast a horrid gleam; the East;" though we persuade ourselves that the The thunder of the war is heard no more,
remainder of the couplet will not be applicable
to Captain Majendie :And smiling peace descendson Java'sshore.
Poets we have, or amateurs at least, Rebellion drooping, dies before her wand, Who sing unheard, and wither in the East.
Ed. And bounteous Ceres decks the happy land.
# A gentleman highly distinguished for his Hail to Britannia's race, the first of men,
learned and indefatigable investigation of that Arts, arms and science flourish in their most obscure subject, Hindoo Mythology, -and
author of a valuable work on the husbandry of
Bengal. Mr. Colebrooke's talents and integrity * The Malay expression for the sun.
have placed him in the honourable and important † The beetle-tree. The cocoa-nut.
situation of Member of the Supreme Council.
Might bumbly rove, instructed and amu The morrow's light on crowded course sed, [rused — may gleam,
[theme;" 'Midst customs traced, and character pe Bets “all the go,” and racers “ all the Mark how unpierced from age to age exist Our traveller too the sporting group may The darksome veils of superstition's mist, join, The pious gloom that skreens from truth's Urged by impatience of superfluous coin,
Discuss the merits of a favourite stud, Millions that grope in error's miry way. And warmly talk of " figure, bone, and B. How few have wit or patience to ex blood;" plore
[many more ; His evening hour at theatre* may pass, Depths so profound ! A. There might be Well pleased to grin at comedy or farce, And thought, thus turned, might usefully And taste the sarcasm keen a prologue engage
drops A grain of prudence in conversion's rage, At tickets sold to amateurst from shops. Mock the vain hope, that reason will pre More need he see? Enough of India's vail
land ! With rapid magic o'er th’established tale, His tour is o'er-his intellects expand ! Nor yield assent to miracles performed With deep remark well qualified of course By tongues and brains with inspiration To spin the tangles of a learn’d discourse, warmed;
Through Asia's motley tribes to ramble On prodigies enthusiasts may descant
[cast ; Let sense and time be substitutes for rant ! Their customs varying with the varying B. Some worthy men, estranged from All will admit no day is idly spent,
serious thought, [brought : That makes him master of a continent; Scarce carry home the knowledge that they And those who owe to such a source their As he, who, urged to exercise his pen
views On Eastern lore, on manners and on men, Of Eastern life, of Moslems, and Hindoos, Illumed his sire with many a precious hint, May cry in raptured ign'rance, “Far he And stole from Guthrie* what we read in
[veyed !" print.
[lend Their manners noted, and their states surA. 'T is no small treat to see a circle More favoured he! whose pilgrimage we Its ears and credence to a prating friend, track
[tack ;I On cach lung tale with mute attention From western Sutledge to remote Cuthang,
[harangue Who, blind to all that rationally spurs Blind thro' the wanderings of the wise To taste the sweets that travelling confers, When he from whom th' untravelled party Stage after stage, through jungle, or o'er Ideas so just of Asiatic scenes, [gleans plain,
(mane, Has seen, perhaps, how wondrous in his
His eyes fixed constant on his horse's range !
[change, To new ideas all access denies, At midway house his smoking cattle Or sees new customs only to despise : When posting up to peep at Barrackpore,+ Alike to him all places and all men, Just sixteen miles of Asia, and no more ! He marches, eats, and sleeps--and off Here too, and what's more likely ?) again :
damp and dark December's fogs may settle o'er the park,
may be seen to particular advantage, from a bench Shut the dull prospect, and obtusely hide
in the park, upon which it opens through a long
vista. The spires that rises o'er the muddy tide.
* Theatricals have long been the rage of BarA young man, on his arrival at Madras, has rackpore; and some very spirited and correct the credit for this very diffident act. If he could performers belonging to corps stationed there, not instruct, he was at least cautious not to mis. have at various times attracted full audiences from lead.
Calcutta, to a small but tastefully decorated + A station for a brigade of native troops, and theatre. the seat of the Governor General's country residence. The park, as interesting as good taste
† Mr. T. will excuse this allusion to his excel. could make it in so flat and unvaried a country,
lent prologue to the play of the Minor, performed
December 1609. is embellished with some fine and curious trees, and well situated on the bank of the Hoogley. * A province, bounded by the Bay of Bengal,
* The church of Serampore, once a Danish and the most southern district under the presisettlement, stands upon the opposite bank, and dency of Calcutta.