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in the drama was certainly, as Plutarch, relating the story after Herodotus, suggests, an upseasonable sort of intruder. The worthy Baotian, who misquotes authors and himself, and who speaks of the fine arts in a tone of contempt, which must have appeared absolutely glorious to his fellow Baotians, rarely errs on the side of good feeling; he has accordingly imparted a secret for turning even this spectacle to account. Taking times and seasons into consideration, says the philosopher of Chæronea, this addition to the feast was rather misplaced; yet was it not altogether without its suitableness : it furnished a strong dissuasion against drinking and luxury, it held out powerful motives to friendship and mutual love, and it was a sort of practical homily, that life, short as it is, ought not to be made long in the commission of evil practices.
TREACHERY OF THE ARABS, In our last Number, we mentioned in a note on Burckhardt's Tra. vels, (p 440,) that some English officers, on their way tu Palmyra, had a dispute with their Arab guides, in which one of the party, Captaip Butler, of the Dragoons, was wounded : that they laid their complaint before the Pasha, and that, in consequence, several of the Arabs had been seized and decapitated.
We stated those particulars not lightly, but on the authority of a most respectable British officer, who had minuted them down on the spot from tbe concurrent reports of several of the natives. They afford, however, another proof, certainly not wanted, of that habitual disregard of strict truth for which the people of the east are notorious. The affair, indeed, was far more serious than we had supposed; but in the leading circumstance our correspondent was misinformed. The officers made no complaint ;--but perhaps the impression made by our statement can by no mode be so effectually removed as by giving Captain Butler's own account, which we are enabled to do by the kindness of a revered relative of that gentleman. It is highly interesting ; and we cannot dismiss it without observing, that Captain Butler and his friends appear to have conducted themselves with ex. emplary self-possession, intrepidity, and prudence.
Extract of a Leller, dated Sinyrna, August 16th, 1819. * As we determined on going to Palmyra, we paid another visit to the Pasha. He ordered his minister to make out the proper passports, and direct the governor of Homs, a town on the verge of the Desert, to entertain us as English princes. We had to wait ten days
before before the aga could get the chief, that commanded the tribe occupy. ing the Desert between Homs and Palmyra, to come to him. This fellow at last made his appearance, and agreed before the governors to escort us safely to Palmyra for two thousand piastres, balf to be paid in advance, and the other half on our return. In the Arab cos. tume, and mounted on dromedaries, with a Bedouin behind us, we set off through the Desert in the direction of Palmyra. As we had no arms with us of any kind, these fellows betrayed us. Instead of continuing their proper course, they struck off in another direction, and carried us to their camp. Nearly the whole of the day was taken up in debating what they should do with us. We at last told them we would go no farther ; that we had neither arms nor money ; that if they murdered us they would get nothing but the shirts on our backs; and that if they did not choose to conduct us back to Homs on the dromedaries, we would set out on foot and find our way as well as we could. Seeing us determined, they agreed to take us to Homs. After goading on the dromedaries at the rate of nine miles an hour, they suddenly stopped the animals, and knocked us off their backs. Not knowing their intent, we attempted to seize their arms, and a battle ensued. I succeeded in wrenching the mace from the hands of the Bedonin that rode behind me, and was preparing to make him feel the weight of it on bis head, when one of them ran his lance into my arm, and another gave me a blow which immediately brought me to the ground. They then freed themselves from us, mounted their dromedaries and were soon out of sight. I know not how we escaped with our lives ; we had not even a stick amongst us, whilst the Arabs were armed with iron maces, match-locks, and long lances : we all, however, got roughly handled. We followed a track in the sand, and arrived in the course of the night at a small village, the name of which I have forgot. As I had bled freely during the walk, I was unable to proceed farther that night, although my companions were anxious to get on; the next day we walked quietly into Homs : we found that the news of our adventure had preceded us, and that the whole town was in a bustle. We met a large detachment of Arabs, driving their camels as hard as they could go, who, taking us for some of their tribe, called to us to save ourselves, or we should be killed ; they were pursued by several parties of cavalry, who shortly came up with them, killed a great number, and seized their beasts. In the mean time, some prisoners had been taken before the governor, and he immediately cut off all their heads Had it been in our power we would willingly bave prevented so much bloodshed, but the Moslem was savage. His pride was hurt that the Arab chief had so little regard for his authority. The number of these poor creatures who lost their lives was variously stated to us ; I am inclined to think they were not so numerous as they wished to make us believe.'