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ness, a transfiguration ; a repetition, in fact, torian missionaries and in other ways, would of almost every characteristic incident in that deem it no imposture, but simply due honour still more wonderful life which began five to Buddha, to supply all that other sources centuries and a half later, except only the suggested to add to his dignity, and to the tragedy which closed it.* This is easily ac- veneration with which he was regarded. “It counted for, however, by the circumstance can be proved,” says Ernest J. Eitel, in his that no part of the Buddhist Canon was lectures on Buddhism, “that almost every committed to writing till some time in the single tint of this Christian colouring, which first century, A.D., while many portions of Buddhist tradition gives to the life of Buddha, it were much more recent, and that Eastern is of comparatively modern origin. There is compilers of the Buddha's life, writing after not a single Buddhist manuscript in exista considerable knowledge of the life of Christ ence which can vie, in antiquity and unhad pervaded the East, by means of Nes- doubted authenticity, with the oldest codices
of the gospels. Besides, the most ancient
Buddhistic classics contain scarcely any deAs an instance of the parallelism which exists be- tails of Buddha's life, and none whatever of tween some of the Buddhist legends and the Christ those above-mentioned peculiarly Christian ian narratives, take the following anecdote of Ananda, Buddha's favourite disciple.
characteristics. Nearly all the above-given long walk in the country, he meets with Matangi, a legends, which claim to refer to events that woman of the low caste of the Kandalas, near a well happened many centuries before Christ, canand asks her for soine water. she is, and that she must not come near him. But, earlier than the fifth or sixth century after
She tells him what not be proved to have been in circulation he replies, My sister, I ask not for thy caste or thy family, I ask only for a draught of water.' She Christ.” afterwards becomes herself a disciple of Buddha."
FIDELIS. As the incident of asking water must have been a common one in the East, this may have been simply a coincidence.
(To be concluded in the next number.)
• After a
PLACID water 'tween the willow trees
Has made a mirror wherein we behold
There is a medium other than the stream ;
INCIDENTS IN A GOLD HUNTER'S LIFE.
bubbled a little spring, and thinking the UR mules were stolen. *This fact place suitable for a night's encampment, set
meant that we should either have to to work and kindled a fire, and soon had a remain where we were, or else abandon our cup of tea ready to wash down our supper of heavy luggage—a serious consideration. dried meat and biscuit. Then we piled more “There's no use in crying over it,” said the wood on the fire and sat down to the frugal Doctor, “ gone our animals are, and we must repast as cheerfully as if we had been in the make the best of it. By Jove, our locker is heart of civilization. Yet, as the fire leaped not particularly well supplied though. How up in a bright flame, reflecting the weird and are we going to live ? "
solemn ranks of pondrous tree-trunks until “We can't live here," I answered lugu- they were lost in the dark heart of the forest, briously; "that's plain enough to be seen. a feeling indescribably lonely came over us. Our best plan, I think, would be to strike What unknown dangers might lurk in the off to the north-west, where some of the gloomy fastnesses we knew not, but none the miners said they were going. Very likely we less our fears were real enough for a time. shall come across the fellows with our mules, However, nothing disturbed us during the for in all probability they have gone in that night, and early in the morning we started direction likewise."
off, over a difficult road, farther to the south. "If you're set upon that plan," said the The country was heavily timbered generally, Doctor, “why all right, but I don't like the though in places it was very broken and idea of it. Let us shoulder our portables mountainous. During the day we passed and go another way, instead of attempting to many small streams, but none gave any indifollow the thieves to the North Fork. They're cations of being rich in gold, and we kept a parcel of scamps—let them go. I vote we
Late in the afternoon we came to one do a little prospecting on our own account to which appeared to be an insuperable obstacle the southward, where nobody has thought to our progress, as the cañon through which of going. If we strike upon a rich placer, it ran was very deep and precipitous. we can return, buy animals and provisions at We stood on the edge of a sheer descent the first town, and go back and work by our- of one thousand feet or more, cut through selves."
the solid rock. The perpendicular wall To this I assented, and we according- offered no means of descent; only a few ly set off due north about ten o'clock, lichens grew here and there from crevices. journeying over a high table land, almost Half way down was a narrow ledge of rocks, destitute of trees and covered with chaparral, but it could not help us, for it would be through which, however, we made our way impossible to get down to it, even if the repretty rapidly.
mainder of the distance were easier. Far To tell the truth, we were heartily glad below the ledge, in the dusk, flowed the of the change, for the toil of the preceding little stream, rippling over its pebbly bed on months had been long and severe-too its way to the distant San Joaquin. severe for me, as I was wholly unused to “ It seems we are done for in this direcphysical toil, and I welcomed the respite tion,” remarked the Doctor lugubriously, as with pleasure. The Doctor was hardier, and he crept to the edge of the gulf and peered seemed little affected by the difficult work. over into its depths ; “it would need a Towards evening we left the table land be- parachute to take us down to the bottom of hind us, and entered a broken country cover that hole. It might almost be the doorway ed with a noble forest of pine and red-wood. to the infernal regions, if that little river
As it grew dark, we descended into a down there, with its pleasant chattering, slight hollow, through the middle of which didn't take away the notion."
“We can do nothing now until morning,” | fully along the remnants of the old pathway. I answered, “for it is nearly dark already ; We made slow but steady progress, stopthen we can examine the precipice at our ping at intervals to rest, until we had got leisure, and perhaps we nay find a path probably half way, when we found slighter down somewhere."
traces of the path and less of foothold. SomeWe passed the night anxiously like the times I could almost feel my feet slipping preceding, minus the tea, for we had no down the side of the polished surface faster water, and as as it was daylight than was at all pleasant, yet still we kept on. began the search for a path down the steep The Doctor seemed, however almost as sure sides of the cañon. We travelled some dis- of himself as when we had first started. We tance up-stream without finding much change were gradually leaving the daylight of the in the precipitous cliff. A dark and sombre upper world behind us, and a strange weird forest lined the edge of the chasm as far as feeling crept over me as cold gusts of wind the eye could reach, some trees obtaining a came down the cañon, and Auttered my garfoothold even a few feet over the edge, where ments and hair. The babbling stream below, they must have obtained their substance of whose music began to be plainly audible, life from the elements of the atmosphere, for was the most comforting sound we could their roots had no soil from whence to derive hear in the gloom, for it told us we should nourishment unless solid granite be capable not have much further to go. of imparting it. The opposite side was fringed We went on toiling painfully over the slipwith forest likewise, only the trees crowded pery surface, in imminent danger of our lives, farther down the steep. After skirting the until the Doctor came to a dead halt, with a edge for perhaps a mile, we came to a spot sharp exclamation, and looked around most where we judged it might be practicable to pathetically. get down.
Here the cliff shelved slightly, “What's wrong?" I inquired, striving hard and there appeared a trace for some distance to retain a perpendicular position. down, of what might have been a zigzag “We can't go down any farther," he said ; path in some bygone time.
“the path comes to an abrupt end, and the We resolved to make the attempt, though remainder of the distance—about thirty or it seemed a hazardous undertaking, rather thirty five feet I should say—is almost sheer. than run the risk of being obliged to go thirty There's no help for it, we must go back.” or forty miles down the cañon before finding Here was a cruel dilemma. We were then a likelier place.
nearly a thousand feet from the upper surMost of the rivers thereabouts have their face, and about thirty only from the bottom, sources high in the Sierra, from the melt- and yet unable to proceed farther. However, ing of the snows, and running down the it was useless to waste time in deliberation ; slope to the west, at length pour their clear, if it was impossible to descend we should ice-cold waters into the fertile San Joaquin have to return, if indeed it were practicable. valley. Many of these have in the course of It did not take long to show us that if the ages cut deep beds for themselves through descent thus far had been arduous, the ascent the hard granite, forming long cañons which would be a thousand times more difficult. I wind for miles down the slope, and are al. turned and endeavoured to take an upward most wholly impassable owing to the depth step, and in the act almost lost my footing. and precipitousness of the walls.
Cold drops of perspiration stood upon my The spot we had chosen, although not forehead when the danger was over, and I quite so sheer as the rest of the cañon wall, then realized how hopeless a task it would was still very dangerous. So smooth were be to retrace our steps to the top of the the rocks over which the path led, that frowning cliff which towered far above us. a single slip, a false step, or a tumble would Rendered almost desperate by our critical have been fatal ; for once in motion down that condition, I was about to make another atinclined plane there was not a single impedi- tempt upward, when I was petrified by ment to stop the fearful slide straight to hearing a heavy fall, an exclamation, and a the bottom. The Doctor started first, jest- clatter as if a kitchen range had tumbled ing about the use of such fearful cracks in upon the rocks—the Doctor was gone. In good old mother earth's bosom, and I fol. attempting to turn as I had done, but less forlowed soon after, picking my way very care-tunately, his foot had slipped, he had tumbled
upon the slippery surface and slid to the acter of the place into which we had so unbottom with fearful speed, the pack he had designedly fallen But the scrutiny failed to upon his shoulders producing the clattering bring much comfort. As nearly as I could sound as he went.
tell from where I sat, the spot we had chosen Before I had time to comprehend what for the descent was the only accessible one had happened I felt my own feet to be yield in the cañon; the whole of the opposite wall ing again, and before I could recover myself within view was nearly vertical ; a hundred I too was down, and on the same rapid jour- yards below, the cañon turned abruptly to ney the Doctor had taken before me. the left, and at the angle thus formed was so
extremely narrow that the stream filled the entire space between the walls and became
a rushing torrent ; upward both walls beIV.
came vertical and increased in height very
perceptibly. We were in a trap, there could ALIGHTED upon my feet, very fortu- be no doubt about it. When this became
nately, on a strip of gravel which ran clear there suddenly flashed across my vision along the margin of the tumultuous little an imaginary but very probable scene in the stream, and beyond being somewhat shaken years to come, when some exploring party and stunned, I was little the worse for the should light upon this cañon, and stumbling mishap. I had fallen a little distance from the over the whitened bones of our remains, alDoctor, and as soon as I recovered myself most so to speak, in the bowels of the earth, I proceeded to where he was lying, a horrid they would carefully gather them together, fear gathering around my heart as I observed bear them swiftly out of the gloomy, dismal how still and white he looked. He was lying place where they had been found, to one of prone upon his face-he had evidently the great relic repositories of the nation, pitched forward after he struck the bottom where sallow-visaged savants would speedily with an ugly gash, from which blood was affix labels to them, assigning my poor friend oozing, cut in his forehead. He was quite and myself as belonging to some far distant unconscious, and only for a slight fluttering geological epoch which had been buried ages around his heart I might have thought him before the dawn of history. dead.
This likely fate was not very cheering Raising him in my arms I carried him to under the circumstances, though probably the edge of the stream, where I bathed the precarious condition of my companand bandaged his cut temple, and then ion did more towards influencing the deattempted, by the usual method, to bring pressed and anxious feeling in my mind him back to consciousness. I laboured which afterwards succeeded. It was nearly for a long time without any result—so long dark down in those depths ere the Doctor that my heart sank within me for fear he was showed signs of re-animation. At last he past all help. But at length my efforts moved slightly, and spoke a word or two, inproved successful, and I was overjoyed to quiring what had happened? I asked him see him slowly open his eyes. His recovery, if he was in much pain ? He answered by however, was slower than I was prepared to slowly moving his arm and pointing to his see. He lay motionless, his head resting upon right side with a grimace which was very exmy knee hour after hour, until the afternoon pressive. was far advanced ; his eyes were open, What was to be done? The Doctor could though he saw nothing, his lips moved not be moved-even if I succeeded in finding slightly at long intervals, but I could catch a path leading to the upper air--for many no articulate sounds from them.
days. Our provisions were very low and I had sat thus since the accident, not dar- would not last above a day or two, and we ing to move, fearful lest the slightest distur- should be in imminent danger of starving if bance might forever extinguish the slight our stay were prolonged. I clearly saw there flickerings of life there remained to him. As was no hope for us, unless we could attract the sun moved over towards the west and the attention of some wandering miner who threw his rays against the top of the opposite might be passing along the margin of the wall, lighting up for a few moments the sombre cañon above. Yet I imagined there would granite, I was enabled to examine the char- be little probability of that, as we were in an almost unknown region to which the miners too deeply graven upon my memory for me hac not penetrated, as far as I could tell. to entertain a doubt about its having taken
Raising the Doctor again in my arms, as place, though the very character of it might tenderly as I could, though with all my care well cause me to question the evidence of the movement seemed to give him infinite my senses. pain, I bore him to a little alcove which had For some hours the Doctor had talked inbeen scooped out from the side of the wall, cessantly, though not intelligibly as a rule, evidently by the action of water, and laid often jumbling words of the most opposite him down, covering his body with my serape meanings together so that no sense could be to protect him from the dampness and chill made of them whatever ; at other times he air, and then left him for a few moments to had intermingled some episode of our camp gather some drift-wood which I had per- life with other scenes of which I knew ceived deposited along the edge of the water, nothing, making a curious medley. At length, as I had resolved to kindle a fire to dispel however, it suddenly occurred to me that his the gloom and impart some warmth to our disjointed sentences were approaching a chilled limbs. Before I was half through coherency as strange as it was inexplicable. with the task I heard the Doctor's voice In order to give you a complete underover the sounds of the waters, calling me. standing of what the nature of this was, I Dropping quickly the wood I had collected, shall be obliged to revert to an incident I hurried to his side, under the impression which took place many years ago in Bristol, that he had missed me and was wondering some time before I came to this country. where I had gone. , Bending over him, I in- My father had but two children, myself quired if he wanted' me? Not heeding in and my brother Henry, who was some eight the least, rolling impatiently to and fro, years my junior and as wild a lad as could he continued at short intervals to call in be found, though withal generous and gooda low, mournful cadence, which, in the im- natured. Our mother having died shortly penetrable gloom of the alcove, sounded inex- after Henry's birth, we were sent to an aunt pressibly sad. I knew at once the injuries who resided at Glastonbury, to be taken care he had received had affected his brain. of, and the homestead at Bristol was given Abandoning now the idea of the fire, I sank up. Our father visited us once a month, down by the side of my poor friend, taking though rarely staying above a day or so, his burning hands within my own, trying as owing to the pressing requirements of his best I could to quiet his ravings, which were business in Bristol. Our aunt being an easyviolent at times, and praying that the hours going, good-hearted soul, with far more affecmight fly quickly until morning.
tion than brains, allowed us to do pretty much I felt sad and helpless; I would willingly as we pleased, and, I suppose, thoroughly have risked my own life to have afforded him spoiled us, for when our father again marrelief, but what relief could I bring ? What ried, and we were recalled home, one of us sacrifice could I make? Penned up a thou- was eternally in some scrape or another. sand feet below the surface, miles from Henry, being younger and of a livelier dispohuman aid, I was utterly and absolutely help- sition than myself
, was the more frequent deless. Indeed had San Francisco been within linquent. One day, Henry, by some foolishhalf a mile of the cañon's brink it could have iness or other, brought upon himself from our made little difference, for without wings father a severe reproof which he thought was nothing human could rise out of that abyss undeserved, and he consequently retorted in to the world above. Yet I felt dissatisfied and a sufficiently rash and inconsiderate tone, I ill at ease to enact so inconsiderable a part fear, whereupon he was instantly ejected as I was obliged to do. During that vigil from the house, and told never to show his in the lonely cañon a revelation was made to face there again. me-a revelation so unexpected and strange Henry, being a proud, high-spirited boy, as to cause me almost to doubt its actual did go, and thenceforward never showed his occurrence and attribute it to some vagary face within the precincts of home. A few of my own mind under the influence of ap- weeks after, we heard he had taken passage proaching illness rather than to veritable re- for New York in a vessel from Liverpool, ality. Yet the events of its disclosure are nd a year afterwards a letter came from that