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parish of Christchurch, Barbados, my duties colleague. Hope brightened up the face of extended to the occasional supervision of the the wretched priest, and I could perceive his various 'gangs' or droves of negro workmen nervousness and agony of suspense while I employed in agriculture. The estate of which recapitulated the evidence, and explained that I I was manager belonged to a Mr. Lane, my could not give judgment against the man, when generous and considerate patron, who, besides to my mind the required proofs of his guilt were my board and lodging, gave me a Poet Lau- not satisfactory. I therefore stood out, and reate's remuneration of three hundred a year ultimately prevailed in getting my colleagues and a cask of wine; my position, therefore, to remit the sentence of death, and dismiss the was no inferior one. Offences of all sorts which charge of murder; for I was, myself, fully perwere committed on the estate were put before suaded that there was not sufficient legal evime regularly, and I dispensed justice accord- dence to justify a capital sentence. You will ingly. On one occasion, I remember, a negro, now hear how I had cause not to regret my named Theophilus, was brought up to me by carefulness in this matter. Some weeks after the watchman of the estate, charged with some this affair of the Obeah priest had occurred, I theft or assault-I forget now what the par- was driving to Newton from Bridgetown, where ticular offence was,—and I was called upon to I had been engaged in making some purchases sentence him. He was a large man, with for the estate, and my road led between two more daring and 'fierté' in his manner than large plantations, in which the sugar-canes was usually observable in slaves. I inquired were standing to the height of eight or ten feet, who and what he was.

forming a wall on either side of my gig. I “He was ' driver' of a gang, and carried a was hastening to pass through this spot, for I whip of authority over some eight or ten work- knew well enough that such places as these,

where retreat whilst on horseback or in a vehi. “I took measure of the man, and bethought cle was impracticable, were usually selected by me of a fitting punishment for him. I soon ill-spirited negroes for attack. Rapidly, but decided. “Take his whip away from him,' I with caution, therefore, I was driving on, when said, “and give him a hoe like the rest of the suddenly a man leapt out of the cane-piece gang. This was done immediately, and a suc=1 some twenty yards in front of me, and cried cessor to Theophilus was soon appointed. I out,-'Stop, sir! stop massa! I beg you stop!' had not very long to wait for an opportunity. I nade up my mind to drive on at all hazards; of seeing the effects of my too well-judged and hastily seizing a pistol out of the front punishment. Shortly after this occurred I was pocket of the gig, I slackened the reins and elected to serve as one of the three local ma- touched my horse smartly with the whip. In gistrates for the parish of Christchurch, and another minute I should be upon him, over him, assumed any dignity in due form, without, or past him. The man, perceiving his danger, howover, throwing up my post of manager atidarted into the cane-piece again, and, as I Newton. One day an Obeah-man was brought i passed him, one glance satisfied me that my before myself and my colleagues, charged with supposed assailant was no other than the Obeaha variety of offences, amongst which the count man whose life I had been the means of saving a of suspected murder figured most threateningly. short time previously, as I have told you. No It appeared that he had “bewitched ' sundry sooner had I swept by than the priest leapt cattle, sheep, and poultry, thereby causing their : out into the path again, and cried out as death; and, moreover, it was rumoured that before. “Stop, young massa! stop! I want the decease of one or two of the Degroes you!' I couldn't refrain from throwing a glance in the parish was attributable to his evil in- behind me, and I instantly perceived that my fluence. This was the grave accusation z and pursuer was unarmed.” This, at first, reassured as we discussed the evidence for and against him, me, but in another moment I reflected that: matters began to look very black indeed for probably there were others concealed near me the priest. My two colleagues seemed to have who only waited for my gig to be stopped, on already decided on his guilt, and the jury any pretext, in order to attack me with greater looked to the judgment to be given in con- impunity; and I should have soou got clear of demnation. I was not so certain of the bear- this road and my supposed danger had not the ing of the evidence, and, fancying that there Obeah-man cried out again, - 'Stop! young was a weak point somewhere, went very care- massa, stop! I want to save you life! This fully through the evidence before me. This staggered me, and caused me to draw rein. second reading persuaded me that there was The Obeah-man came at full speed after me, not suficient evidence to hang the Obeah-man, reiterating his former cry, with this startling and, when judgment was called for, I dissented last addition. I hesitated a moment, and then, from the opinion of Mr. Harding and my other | with mingled doubts and fears, pulled up.

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'Surely,' I thought, the service I have so paper were which the Obeah-man had given lately done to this creature must be remem- him for my destruction, he would have been still bered by him in my favour—perhaps he tells more disconcerted. I didn't die, for the powthe truth—perhaps I am running into danger der which had been dissolved in the water was of which he is aware, and would, in gratitude, simply arrowroot. The

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wretch in whose give me warning. Before I had done with behalf my interference had been so fortunately my conjectures the Obeah priest was standing and, I must say, justly urged, had too much panting and out of breath by the side of my gratitude in his heart to conspire against my gig. "What is it?' I asked ; 'why do you stop life. So he substituted arrowroot for someme? •Massa,' answered the man, with diffi- thing more deadly, and saved my life in return culty speaking, so exhausted was he by his long for his own acquittal.” run; 'massa, you save my life once, I now save “What,” interrupted one of my grand

“What do you mean?' I asked in father's hearers, “became of the murderersome trepidation. 'I mean I will save you Theophilus?" life as you save mine. Take me wid you, I tell “Ah,” said my grandfather, “here comes you all about it as you go along. I save you the most wonderful part of my story. Long life myself' (he kept on repeating this phrase before the law had time to complete his punishincessantly) as you save mine.' •What am I ment, he died miserably in prison—swollen, to do?' said I, looking earnestly at the priest bloated, and diseased—a victim to the Obeah as I spoke to see if he flinched, as negroes priest's influence. Not content with saving often will at the fixed gaze of a white man, who me, he 'bewitched' my enemy." suspects them. He confronted my gaze and

R. REECE, Jun. replied, "Take me wid you, massa, and write down what I got to tell you; take me wid you, and I save you life.' As he still kept to this

ANA. request, I acceded at last, and permitted him to join me in the gig. We soon reached New- POISONING BY TOBACCO.—A very curious ton, and when pen, ink, and paper had been case of poisoning by the absorption of tobacco procured, and the witnesses he desired had through the skin was mentioned, at a recent been called for, the Obeah-man disclosed the meeting of the Académie des Sciences, by M. secret to me. I won't trouble you with an Cl. Bernard, who received the information account in his own words, but will briefly give from a M. Namias. A smuggler had placed the purport of what I took down from his dic- a quantity of unmanufactured tobacco next his tation. It seems that Theophilus, the driver skin, and the heat and perspiration produced whom I had degraded, had never forgiven the by walking caused the poisonous properties of author of his punishment, and after long brood- the tobacco to enter the system, the conseing over various methods of obtaining his re- quences of which were very serious. venge, had called in the aid of the all-powerful HOUNDS IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.Obeah priest. Most fortunately for me the One of the earliest packs of fox-hounds on man whose services he sought to obtain against record that kept by the then Lord me was no other than the priest whose life had Arr dell of Wardour, between the years 1690 been spared at my intervention and by my vote. and 2,00; and the family are in possession Gain, however, being prominent with this man, of memoranda proving that they occasionally he agreed to supply Theophilus with a poison hunted then from Wardour Castle, in Wiltshire, which should make away with me, and offered and at Breamore, near Salisbury, now the seat to show his employer how to mix the powder of Sir Edward Hulse, but then the occasional in the jug of water, to which I always used residence of Lord Arundell. These hounds to apply in the evening, before quitting the were kept by the Arundells until about the manager's house for my own. He accordingly year 1745, when the sixth Lord Arundell died. received his reward, and in return handed After his decease they were kept by his Theophilus a paper of powder, with full direc- nephew, the Earl of Castlehaven, by whom tions as to how, when, and where to administer and his successors they were hunted until the it to me. Theophilus took the powder, and in death of the last Earl of that name, about the due course mixed it with the water which used

The pack was then sold to the to stand in a jug by my side. Then, at a safe celebrated Hugo Meynell, Esq., of Quorndon distance, he watched till he saw me raise the Hall, Leicestershire ; and it is probable that jug to my lips and drink its contents. He they contributed largely to the establishment must have been disappointed at seeing no ill of that gentleman's fox-hunting fame, and have effects following upon my drinking the water; been the progenitors of some of the Quorn but had he known what the contents of the hounds of the present day.

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I don't know how people feel who have seen hanging in a hopeless and impotent manner a ghost ; perhaps it would be a relief to them to by a single water when the rooms were taken : find that the white garment shrouded a broom- at least I concluded that they were taken, for stick; but for myself, I once saw a figure in a the bill disappeared altogether, and was not sheet which it would be an infinite relief to me replaced. In the course of a few days the to believe a ghost. I saw this figure, man or windows were cleaned, and a bed and two woman I know not, five years ago, when I chairs were placed in the inner room. There was lodging in the second-floor of a house were no curtains and no carpets, nor, so far as in Bloomsbury Street, and within a few doors I could see, any other furniture in these two of Oxford Street. There were at that time

But there was some one in the bed, unfurnished rooms to be let on the second very ill I imagined, for although I saw the figure floor of the opposite house. The blinds were move from side to side, I never saw it sitting not drawn down, so that, before the windows up, or saw the bed empty, or saw the face so as were too dirty, I could see into two of these to recognise if it was that of man or woman. empty rooms. That opposite my own was In any case I should not have been able to an inner room, lighted by two windows, and see much of these opposite neighbours, for I entered only from the adjoining small ante- was only at home in the morning and evening, chamber, and this, which also looked into the and they had other rooms besides the two I street, had one window. The great bill, have mentioned.

About a fortnight after the lodgers came, I TO LET, UNFURNISHED,

was sitting near my window in the early was there for so many months that it grew morning, when my attention was attracted by yellow with age and grey with dirt, and it was a figure at the window of the ante-room opposite, wrapped, as it seemed, in a white sheet. great city. The blinds of the rooms opposite A corner of the sheet was drawn up round the were drawn down, and the windows were head and hung over the face like a cowl, so closed, and they remained so on the following that, although the person was looking out of morning. But in the evening, as I watched window, no trace of form or feature could be from my window in the dusk, I saw two men seen ; and the arms, which were crossed, were coming down the street, bearing on their also tightly covered by the sheet. For a few shoulders a coffin. They stopped at the house seconds it paused at the window, and I, opposite, and carried the coffin in and up the sitting partly behind iny window curtain, stairs, and through the ante-room, and into could see without being seen. Then it entered that room with the bed, which was opposite to the inner room, into which I could see very mine. I saw the shadow of it cast upon the distinctly, as the windows were open.

white window blinds, for some one went first, And here it seems necessary to state that carrying a candle. the effect produced upon me at the time by And then I knew that there was death in this person in a sheet has been intensified, the room, and that the antic which had and has received an added horror, from circum- mocked and made sport on the previous day, stances which occurred later. It is difficult to had mocked at the dying or the dead. describe that which follows without allowing The following day was Sunday, and I was this horror to creep in, and yet, so far as I can again at my window when the plain deal remember, I was not sensible of it at the time, coffin was carried down-stairs and put into a and felt only a strange attraction and interest; shabby hearse. This was followed by a street and a half surprise that any one should dress up cab, and one small person sprang quickly into and play the fool at 7 o'clock in the morning. it, closely muffled in a large black cloak. I

The figure, as I have said, entered the inner could not tell whether this person was young room, and stood for some time quite motionless or old, and could only guess whether it was by the bed-side. Then slowly the arms were man or woman ; but something in the rapid stretched out, pointing at something or some one resolute movements at once recalled the in the bed; the hearl, still covered by the sheet, sheeted figure which had startled me three was bent downwards ; the whole attitude was days before. I could not watch the house that of one speaking with an earnest and eager again, it was too terrible ; and on the followintensity. But soon there was the strangest ing day when I returned home, I saw that the change : the figure started, gave a wild bound, bed had been removed, the windows were wide and commenced leaping and dancing round the open, and there were new bills, announcing bed, standing with outstretched arms for a that the rooms were To Let, Unfurnished." moment at the foot of it, and then springing first to one side and then to the other with such

THE MECHANICAL SEMPSTRESS. wonderful rapidity that it was impossible to follow every movement. At length there was Our readers will doubtless remember that in a pause ; again the hands and arms were a recent number of ONCE A WEEK, that of stretched out, again they pointed, and, as it August 20th, there appeared a paper under the seems to me now, in bitter mockery, to the above title, in which the comparative merits of bed, and then the body swayed and bent back- certain sewing machines and their application wards, and the head was thrown up in one were discussed. There was no intention on the long burst of uproarious laughter. It seemed part of either Editor or writer to show any to me that I could hear the mocking sounds invidious preference for any particular machine even above all the noises in the street. I beyond that which facts and the best informado not know if I turned away for a moment, tion warranted, and subsequent inquiry has or if the figure crouched down, but I remember only confirmed the conviction of both of them my surprise at finding that it had left the bed- that the statements made in this particular room, and was again standing at the window article were mainly and substantially just. It of the ante-room. From thence it passed out is necessary that the Editor should state this in into the passage, and I saw no more of it. declining to insert a controversial letter on the

The bed was, as usual, occupied, but I do same subject in which the statements of the not remember noticing any movement on the original paper are questioned, or rather qualipart of the occupier.

fied, and which would entitle the writer of the Early in the summer evening I returned latter to an equally lengthy reply. There are from my daily work, and sat at the window to obvious limits to which we can open our pages watch the sun, as, like a solitary eye of fire to such discussions, and we see no reason to go glowing through mist and smoke with a dim beyond them on the present occasion. angry light, it sank down into the heart of the

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