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INTERESTING ACCOUNT OF TIIE FALL OF PART OF A MOUNTAIN.
ABOUT five o'clock in the evening of the cour. “It was abwe a weik af er the fall of 3d of September, 1500, a large projection of the mountain," says a person who visited the the mountain of Russberg, Geneva, on the spol, “that our rout through Switzerland led north east, gave away, and in less than four l us to visit the scene of desolation : and never minutes completely overwhelmed three vil can I forget the succession of melancholy lages. The torrent of earth and stone was far views which presented themselves. From more rapid than that of lava, and its effects as | various points on our passage, we had views terrible. The mountain in its descent carried of such a scenc of destruction, as so words can trees, rocks, houses, everything before it describe. Picture to yourself a rude mingled Burying completely a space of charming count mais of earth and stone, bristled with the try, more than three miles square. The force shaltered parts of wooden cottages, and willa of the earth must have been prodigious, since I thousands of heavy trees, torn up by the root, it not only spread over the hollow of the valley and projecting in every direction. In one part but even ascended for up the opposite side of a range of peasants' huts, which the torrent of the Rivi. Tbe quantity too was numerous, l earih bad reached with force enough to oversince it left a considerable hill in what was be- | throw and tear in pieces, but without bringing fore the centre of the vale. A portion of the soil enough to cover them. In another were falling mass was rolled in to the lake of Lowertz, mills broken by huge rocks, transported from and filed in a lifib part; two little islands in the top of the mountain, wbich fell and were this lake were adınired for their pictura squc. carried bigo up the opposite side of the Rigi. ness.-One of them famous for the residence ! Birds of prey, attracted by the smell of the of two birmits, and the other for the remains dead bodies, were hovering about the valley. of an ancient chateau, once belonging to the But the general impression made by the sight house of Hapsburgh. Si large a body of water of such an exteut of desolation, connected, too was raised by the falling of sucb a mass into with the idea that hundreds of wretched creathe lake, that the two islands and the whole tures were at that moment alive, buried under village of Seven, at the southern extremity, la mass of earth, and inaccessible to the cries were, for a time, completely submerged by the and labours of their friends, was too horrible passing of the swell. A large house in this to be described or understood. As we travelled village was lifted off its foundations and car- | along, a poor peasant, wearing a countenance ried balf a mile. The hermits were absent on ghastly with woe, came to beg a piece of a pilgrimage to the abbey of Einsineln. A fer- ll money. He had three children buried in the tilc plain was at once converted into a barren ruins of a cottage, which he was endeavouring tract of rocks and calcareous earıld, and the to clear away. As we were walking mournformer marks and boundaries of properiy ob. fully along we inet the dead budy of a woman, litera:ed. The maiu road from Art to Schweitz which had been just found; two men, precedwas completely filled up, the former channeled by a priest, was carrying it to more decent of a large stream choked, and its course alter: i burial.-We hoped this sight would have con. ed. The nuinber of inhabitants buried alive cluded the horrors of the day; but we conunder the ruins of this mountaia was scarcely tinued to find relicks of ruined buildings for a less than fifteen hudred. Some estimated it league along the wbole extent of the lake; avd as high as two thousand. Of these, a woman a little beyond the two islands, mentioned and i wo children were found alive, afier hav. H above, we saw, lying on ihe shore, the stiff ing been several days under ground. They ll body of a peasant, which had been washed up affirmed, that while they were ibus entombed, by the waves. But I will mention no more parthey hard the cries of poor creatures who | ticulars." were perishing around them, for want of suc- ll
LETTERS ON MYTHOLOGY.
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I to his real qualities, he had the greatest of all Venus had a long time sought to recon merits in the eyes of the Goddesses, that of cile her son with Jupiter ; Destiny at length novelty. Curiosity besieged him. You may presented to her an opportunity. It was the divine that he was interrogated; you may nuptials of Thetis and of Peleus, to which all divine also tbat be replied. He replied in the celestial court were invited, except Dis these terms: "You know, Goddesses, that I cord. Profiting by the circumstance, Venus owe my birth to Semele, daughter of Cadmus, sought Thetis, and said to her, “ Jupiter has || brother of Europa, who gave her name to the proscribed my son from his birth. To-day all most beautiful division of the globe. My things are granted you. Obtain grace for him, mother had just entered into that age in which and reckon upon my gratitude."
even ugliness has the charm of spring. Judge Thetis promised her intercession to Venus; ll with what brightness her beauty adorned it. who, to strengthen it, went to solicit the sup: Jupiter was dazzled, and the arrow passed port of Juno. “Introduce my son,” said she to
from her eyes into his heart. He instantly her ; " obtain his pardon; and for the recom- ll took the figure of a beautiful youth: be av. pence of sucha a benefit he will throw a shaft || peared, and was beloved. For a long time the at your husband which will render him faith modesty of Semele resisted Love, but at length fal for eight days!"
she ceded to Vanity. Repulsed from her arms, Juno was tempted by the promise of such a | her lover declared himself the Sovereign of the vonder, and assured Venus she would assist | Gods. At those words a look recalled him ; ber with all her influence.
and Semele became a mother! I am ignorant, Olympus being then assembled, Love, led by ll Oh Juno ! how you became instructed of this the hand of Thetis, appeared in the Temple of mysterious intrigue, but terrible was thy ven. Hymeu. His childish figure was full of that geance. You sought my mother under the innoce at candour, and that ingenuous air, 1 form of Beroe, her nurse; and, giving her a which attract hearts. He smiled and was be- || tender kiss, said to her secretly, My beauti. loved. Hymen wished to make acquaintance || ful child, what hast thou done with thy roses? with this amiable stranger, and even proposed I see but lilies to day on those languishing to him a friendly league. But their commercell cheeks. What can have withered thy halfsuffered much from the opposition of their ll closed lips ? The wretch! I swear that it is characters. The one is fire, the other ice. Il he.. Thus lovers tremble with reason when they “Ah, who do you mean?' replied my mother, see them united.
with a blush. However that may be, Juno aud Thetis pre. "Who? that seduciug young man whose sented Love to Jupiter, who received him eyes, whose smiles, carry a heart in two days. graciously. The infant few upon his knee,
I will know nothing; but, if thou tellest me and embraced him. But how well we know | all, I promise thee to be silent.' his caresses are wounds! All the Goddesses l I have nothing to confide to you,' replied were wounded nearly at the same time. Sighs || Semele.' and glances went round; and the eyes of Bac l "Nothing! Look at me well. Oh, those chus having encountered those of Cyprus, re | downcast eyes !--Nothing! My child, I am mained fixed upon her. This God had formerly | too learned in these matters. I say no more, suffered from the wrath of Juno, but they || but thy robe hardly closcs, and thy zone will were now reconciled, and he appeared for the ll no longer meet.' Srst time at the celestial banquet. In addition ll “ At these words my mother replied, but V., XXXI. Vol.V.-N.&.
with tears, and fell upon the neck of the false is nations that escaped my power, soon learned Beroe, who thus feigned to console ber: 'Weep to envy the vanquished. My plan being thus not, my poor child; when we are young we conceived, I set forth at ibe head of a numer. are weak; and I well know what it costs us to ous army. The Dryades, thyrsis in hand, began be wise in the bloom of youth. But who is the march. Instead of artillery, the Sylvals this young uukoown ?'-'It is Jupiter.'—' And rolled along the earth thousands of tuns of thou believest him? The finpostor! a Jupiter, wine. Gaiety and Love, crowned with grapes, rewithout a beard! To prove his divinity, make placed amongst thein Fury andGlory. And when him appear before thee in all the brighteess at the sound of the tambourine, our army was of his glory.'
seen to halt, it was always for the purpose of « This proposition flattered the vanity of drinking. I was mounted upon a car drawn Semele, and she soon after pressed ber lover to by two tigers, a thyrsis was my sceptre, and a yield to it. In vaio did he represent to her, vine branch formed mý diadem. Fame soon that by consenting, he would end ber days. I announced to the people of India, that a son of She replied to him, 'If by the burning lustre Jupiter was advancing to conquer them. These of thy supreme gl ry this frail body is de. ll people believing me heir to the Thunderer, sʻroyed, if I die in fire, I shall die in the arms ! few from my approach; but reviving from of bim I love.' Too tender to resist ber desires, their first alarm, they came in crowds before Jupiter appeared in a cloud of light, holding in their new master. Far from exacting from one band his sceptre, and in the other the them tributes and hostages, I said to them, thouderbolt. lotoxicated with love and glory, Sow these upcultivated but fertile fields. Semele held out her arms and precipitated her- | Plant these young vines on the sides of your self into his. But hardly had her lips touched hills. Gather your scattered flocks into these the lips of ber lover, when the thunderbolt smiling vallies. These are my laws, this is consumed her. Her shuddering soul flew to my worship. I exercise not the horrors of the wards Elysium. Juno smiled; and Jupiter, God of Thrace, and of Bellona. Live free, I bursting into tears, sought for me amidst the would subjugate only hearts. To your ancient ashes of my mother, and putting me into his princes I leave the crown, on condition that thigh, he carried me tbere till the term ap- they render me a pure homage in your bappointed for my birth. Mercury ther confided piness. Go, submit yourselves, and drink to me to the nymphs of the mountain of Nysa, | the conqueror.' saying to tbem, Educate this child under “In a short time all the neighbouring people the shade of Mystery. He was an orphan ere submitted to my laws. Every city opened its he saw the iight. May his infancy be dear toll gates to me, and I counted the days only by you, and in your fond bosoms may he forget victories. Having finished the conquest of that he has lost his mother!
Arcadia, of Syria, and of the other provinces “I found that mother again in each of these of India, I quitted my new subjects; I return. faithful uurses; who, as a recompence for ed triumphant, and traversed all those beauti. their cares, sparkle now in the midst of the ful countries where, at every step, I saw the stars, under the name of the Hyades. When peaceable monuments of my victories. I beI quitted their arms the good Silenus became | beld the harvests gilding the fertile fields, the my preceptor. He was a merry old man, al- || focks sporting in the vallies, the trees and the ways mounted on bis ass; and it is to him vine crowning the hills with fruit and verdure. that I owe my first lessons in education. Form- | And comparing these scenes with those in ed by the precepts of my master, I resolved which so many herec, have acquired a cruel from my earliest youth to follow the steps of glory, I joyfully said to myself I have not heroes, and to surpass the glory of the most watered these plains with the blood of my new illustrious conquerors. But the ideas of con- l subjects. They will shine only with the iron quest, which Silenus gave me, were not in the of Ceres, and my nectar only shall redden their keast sanguinary. I desired to make men || fountains.' Happy, and not to enslave them. Tbus thell • At length 1 embarked, bearing with me
the regret of the people I had subdued. My 1 I displease thee, therefore I am guilty. Alas! vessels were crowned with green vine brauches; ! if it were sufficient to love, to be amiable, the vine herself entwined round the masts and ingrate, I should please you yet! Adieu! chy the cordage, presenting but ber vermillion deserted mistres, too weak to hate thee, gives elusters. As the sailors expressed their deli. her last sigh with her last brea:h. 1 Ay to cious vectar, they sung the pleasures of the meet deaih!' viotage. The nymphs of Amphitrite, at. “At these words, with pale cheeks and scattracted by their songs, surrounded our feet; ! tered hair, a woman springs from the groito, they raised above the waves their bosoms of and flies towards the sea. But, swifter than lily and their arms of snow. The zephyrs, the lightning, 1 cast myself before her, and wafting their wings, fondly fanned the beau retain her in my arms. Sadness had subdued ties of these nymphs; and their sweet breaths, her ; terror now seized her; she uttered a mixing together, impelled our light navy piercing cry, looked at me, and fainted. I through the liquid lapse. Soon the isle of Deed not tell you that she was interesting, for Naxos appeared like a cloud in the horizon. she wept. In drying her tears I suffered my By degrees its rocks were seen to rise out of own to flow, and gradually became intoxicated the depth of the waters. The ancient trees Il with a voluptuous sadness. At length she which crowned them, seemed to elevate their ll opened her languishing eyes, and casting on majestic heads as we approached the shore. 'me a tender and melancholy glance, she said I resolved to rest in ibat island. I found it to me:- Ab! if my fate interests you; if you uninbabited, and I knew not what secret know how much love makes us suffer when charm that solitude diffused through my he betrays our tenderness, in pity leave me to heart. An interior voice seemed to say to me, die!' "In the road where victory has conducted ' “ The accents of that melodious voice dif. thee, even to this day thy heart has known fused through all my seng's inexpressible de. but glory: bere thou shalt know love.' At.' light. My heart palpitated against that of tracted by a sweet reverie, I wandered alone in the unfortunate, and my arms, in sustaining that enchanting desart. I fancied I heard the her trembled uuder their sweet burthen.” echo of a sigh. Farther as I advanced the more At these words, Venus, with a bitter smile, tender and plaintive became the sounds which 'exclaimed :-" The moment is critical, and I Itached me. At length I arrived near a rock, ,, see your heart, my dear Bacchus, just ready at whose foot the sea broke in waves of foam. || to fall. Hebe, our amiable conqueror, reThe rock half opened, presented a grotto, ibe quires your assistance." entrance of wbich was shaded by black | At these words the blushing Hebe apcypresses. From the bottom of this wild proacbed, and, with downicast eyes, distri. cavern proceeded a touching voice, which buted nectar to the heavenly circle. Bacchus, pronounced these sad words :-" Ah, cruel! confused, presented his cup, looked at her, why has thou betrayed me? I have sa-li sighed, and stopped in the middle of his ro crificed all for thee, and thou sacrificetha || cital, me. Thou hast condemned me to death.
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OAKWOOD HOUSE.-AN ORIGINAL DESCRIPTIVE NOVEL.
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no longer complains of the length of the day, TO MRS. BRUDEN ELL.
or wishes for evening, when we sit down to Oakwood, Aug. 14, 1807. caids. She has found out an employment that HABIT, which is invincible in old per- | never iiresteizing Millichamp. The only Bons, works wonders in the young. It has time he can enjoy Margarel's company, with. already reconciled Barbara to Oakwood. She out interruption, is before breakfast. I cage
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pot suspect such a girl of being seriously in were talking of you. Mrs. Oakwood says you love; but I am certain her behaviour gives | ike your books better than me; and Margaret him serious vexation; and I took the liberty | Freeman better than your books." of telling her to-day, that she did not allow “I know Mrs. Oakwood too well to be. bim to dispose of his own time.
Il lieve she would tell stories," said Milli“ I do not think,” said she, “that he could champ. spend it better than in my company. He has | " Then I must tell them, of course," replied hitherto only associated with people that have Barbara. “However, I will not lead you inte been dead five thousand years ; it is bigh time l'emptation; so we will say no more about it.” somebody should bring him acquainted with |My brother then entered from the library, the living; and, as I have nothing else to do and said, “ Pray who has the key of ove of the just now, I have condesceuded to take him in bookcases? It is not in the door.” hand myself.”
“Not I," said Millichamp; “ I have missed “ His former companions were bis owulit, and searched for it in vain.” choice; so, I think, should be his present.” Il “Not I,” said I; “ for I did not know it
“Do you imagine it possible a man of Milli || was missing." champ's age should not prefer the society of all « Not 1,” said Barbara ; " for I never enter beautiful young woman to that of an old, long the library.” bearded Grecian or Roman, if he had oncell “Not 1,” said Charles, who came in as the experienced the difference?”.
inquiry was made; “ for I am like you, Sir, I “ Beauty alone will never claim the pre- | look into no books but my own." ference of Millichamp."
l My brother rang the bell, and ordered the “ My dear ma'am, do not say another word: / h use-inaid who cleans the library, into the I shall believe there is something in the air of room. Oakwood that inspires uncivil speeches. Il “Pray,” said he, “ have you seen the key assure you I have a great deal to teach him il of the bookcase on the left hand as you go yet, before he has done with me. But per into the library?” haps you think he would take instructions “No, Sir," replied the girl; “ I dusted the better from Margaret Freeman ?"
library yesterday, and I remarked that the “ Every body admires Margaret Freeman ; key was uot in the door." and Millichamp, who has seen ber in the “I know very little of you,” said my bosom of her family, where every good woman brother; "you are almost a stranger to me. appears to the greatest advantage; who bas There are some animals that eat iron, and you witnessed a thousand nameless virtues, which may be one. Have you eaten it?" Dever go abroad; and the high estimation | “No," she said, “she was not one of that in which she is held by those who know her sort." best; he cannot do otherwise.”
“ Then," said my brother, turning to me, “ Well, it is incomprehensibe to me what | “either you or Millichamp must have it; and you all can see in Margaret Freeman! A I insist upon your emptying your pockets." smattering of drawing, and a knack of cutting ll “ It is lucky for me that I wear pockets," paper! For the one I would sooner fall in 1 replied I: “ if I were a young woman I love with Angelica Kauffman, or apy female l) should not carry such a proof of any innocence dauber by profession; and the other is only Il about me.” And I spread their contents on fit to excite the admiration of father and the table. mother when Miss comes home from board " At your command I will empty mine," ing-school at the vacation. She has no anima- ll said Millichamp; but I bave turned them all tion, no spirit, no variety! If I were a man, l) inside out twice already." I might like to look at her; but should be I He put his hand in his waistcoat pockel, weary of her company in an hour.-Milli- || and to his own amazement and our diverchamp," continued she, as he entered the sion, instantly produced the key. The soloroom, “ you are come in good time. Wel tion of the enigma was easy; he had only