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fairly dead, he was to be let out of prison; a corpse Our hero had probably obtained more wisdom having been procured to be laid in his bed, for the and business talent in the course of his Irish missatisfaction of the doctor. The plan may appear fortunes, than he would have obtained by any doubtful to our readers; but it had succeeded be- other mode of training; for the remainder of his fore, and Facqz hoped it might succeed in his case. Jife exhibits more sense and sedateness than might But the forty pounds were still wanting ; and the have been expected. Having procured a commisbeginning of the year 1792 found him suill lan- sion in the Russian army, he proceeded to St. guishing in jail.
Petersburg, where the only drawback to the pleaLetter after letter he sent to Mr. Rosborough, sure he took in his military duties was, that it was beseeching him to reconsider his case ; and at very cold. His abilities and accomplishments aplength the good gentleman began to get a notion pear, however, to have succeeded in gaining him of the real simplicity of our hero's character. He good friends ; for, after serving in some inferior interested himself again in his behalf, and repre- diplomatic situations, he was sent by the Empress sented the affair as well as he could to the record- Catherine on a mission to the English cabinet in er. Here was a young German, he said, of good the year 1796. He embraced the opportunity of family, who had got into a scrape, whether owing doing two things, both of which were characteristo folly or criminality, he would not say ; but tic; in the first place, he bought a splendid carwould it not serve all the purposes of banishment riage in London, with which he said he meant " to to send him home to his friends in Germany, in- cut a dash in St. Petersburg;" and in the second stead of incurring the expense of sending him to place, revisited his friends in Ireland. Botany Bay? The recorder was induced to use morning," says Mr. Rosborough in narrating the his influence with the lord-lieutenant, and the con- story, "I received a message from the Kildare sequence was, that Facqz received a free pardon. street hotel, informing me that a gentleman just The rapture of Facqz on this announcement being arrived there wished to see me immediately. Oo made to him, threw him into a fever, from which repairing thither, I was received by a servant in he did not recover without difficulty. On his re- gorgeous livery, who spoke with a foreign accent, covery, he plead his majesty's pardon in court, and and introduced me into a room, in which to my was set at liberty, as will be seen from the follow- unspeakable astonishment, I saw Viscount Facqz ing copy of a certificate, the original of which may and Mr. Lafontaine seated at breakfast.” be inspected by any one who chooses to consult The three friends spent several happy days the records of the clerk of the crown's office in together. Unluckily, however, during our hero's Dublin :" Certificate — At an adjournment of visit, Mr. Lafontaine, whose circumstances were sessions on the 31st of May, 1792, Alexander still embarrassed, was again arrested for debt; Facqz de Honig pleaded his majesty's free pardon, and it bespeaks the true character of our hero, which was allowed by the court, and he was there that, though he had bought a splendid carriage, upon discharged.'-Extracted from the crown and was living in a princely style, he yet had no books-ALLEN and Greene, Clerks of the Peace.” other means of extricating his friend out of his dif
Our hero's mishaps were not yet over. Taking ficulty than by pledging his watch. After staying leave of his kind friends, Mr. Rosborough and Mr. a week in Dublin, during which he visited his old Lafontaine, he proceeded to Liverpool with a little prison, he returned to London, and thence to St. money in his pocket, supplied by them. “I had Petersburg, from which he kept up a constant scarcely landed in Liverpool,” he says in the ac- correspondence with his iwo friends. In one of count which he afterwards wrote to Mr. Ros- his letters, he tells them that he had recovered his borough of his adventures, “ when I narrowly estate of Honig, which had been taken possession escaped breaking my leg in consequence of the of by the Carmagnoles; and he expresses his absence of enclosures for the cellars in that filthy anxious wish that they were all three together livtown. Into one of these holes I fell, and stripped ing upon it, where he says " he would nurse and thereby the bone of my leg completely of the flesh cherish them, and make them so happy, that they from the ankle to the knee." Detained in Liver- should be like diamonds in cotton." It was not pool for a long time by this injury, his money was till 1803, however, that, after having seen some again all expended ; and we hardly know by what hard service, and been completely shattered in means he arrived at York, whither it appears he health, he was able to retire to the Chateau de had gone, with a view of proceeding thence to Honig. His last letter to his Irish friends is dated Hull, where he hoped to procure a passage to February, 1803, and in it he is as sentimental as Hamburg. “I arrived at York," he says, “ about ever. He appears to have died in the same year. five o'clock in the evening, with fourpence in my And now, what was this Alexander Facqz, pocket, my shoes worn to pieces, the big toe of Viscount de Honig? He was a specimen of what my right foot projecting out." Strolling into York we often see in the world—an accomplished, amiaminster, he attracted the notice of a benevolent and ble, interesting young man, with a tolerably good venerable clergyman, who entered into conversa- head, a very affectionate heart, and a weak, lantion with him, and after hearing his story, and guid, unmuscular character, that always began putting its truth to the test by asking him questions crying when a difficulty came in the way. which none but an educated man could answer, Like Æsop of old, we may conclude our tale showed him much kindness, and not only paid his with a moral, which it may be well for all young coach fare to Hull, but gave him a letter of intro- persons, including gentlemen under the age of duction which secured his passage to Hamburg. iwenty-five, to bear in mind. Let nothing tempt At length, after several ups and downs more, he you to tell a falsehood ; take care of the company reached his home in Suabia, and was clasped in the you keep; labor honorably for your bread ; and try arms of his own dear remittance-sending mother. to depend as little as possible on remittances from One of his first cares, after reaching home, was to your mother. write to his friends, enclosing the amount of money he had borrowed from them.
From Chambers' Journal.
sinking under us. The passengers ran to the SHIPWRECK OF THE DELPHINE. pumps, and the crew, by orders of the captain,
Hew to the rigging. The pumps were soon dry, TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH.
when, on hastening to the tiller, we found to our (The subjoined, though perhaps less character-consternation that the rudder had been carried ized by startling occurrences than many other nar- away. The ship struck again. We braced the ratives of a similar nature, may yet possess some yards round, to allow her to drift off the land, and claims to our attention from the successful issue of cut the lashings which held the long-boat and the persevering efforts adopted for the safety of yawl to the deck, during which time the grinding the isolated victims of calamity. The painful in- of the keel on the rocks became more violent than terest attaching to events of this nature, is in- before, threatening the entire destruction of the creased in the present instance from its having vessel. We let go the best bower, in the hope of taken place in the same region as the shipwreck keeping her from drifting farther in; but the of the Wager, one of Anson's squadron, of whose anchor dragged over the smooth rocky bottom. wreck so interesting an account has been left by The water gained on us so fast, that we hastened the ancestor of the poet Byron. The peninsula to get the long-boat overboard : a work of great of Tres Montes, mentioned in the following trans- difficulty, as it dashed against the bulwarks with lation, is the same over which, it may be remem- every roll of the ship, and endangered the lives of bered, Byron and his companions passed with the men. At lengih we succeeded in getting her their Indian guides. All the travellers who have afloat; and throwing in some provisions, we all visited that part of America agree in their descrip- jumped in, followed by the captain, who was the tion of the climate, which is bad in the extreme. last to leave the deck. It was then five o'clock, Everything is always wet : there are scarcely ten and we waited for daylight among the rocks and days in a year on which snow or rain does not sea-wrack, watching the ship, which at last struck fall; and not more than thirty on which it does on some rocks surrounding a small island. At not blow with the greatest violence. The island daybreak we perceived a bay, towards which we of Chiloe is situated in a great bay at the south- rowed, and landed ourselves and the provisions on ern extremity of Chili, and is the largest of a group a sandy beach. The captain, with the sailors, the number of which, comprehending those of returned immediately to the ship, to save, if possiChonos, is eighty-two. With these remarks, which ble, a greater quantity of provisions, and other were necessary for the proper understanding of matters necessary to our existence. They found what is to follow, we proceed at once to the nar- her quite fast about half a mile from the place of ration.)
our landing; all the between decks full of water, We sailed from Havre for Valparaiso on the with the exception of the stern. They returned 30th March, 1840, in the ship Delphine, Captain to the shore three hours afterwards, bringing the Coisy, with a crew of sixteen sailors and four yawl, both boats laden with everything they could passengers. In three days we were clear of the lay their hands on. A temporary tent was hastchannel, and, the wind being favorable, saw the ily set up, in the centre of which a great fire was Canaries and Cape de Verd Islands, and soon lighted ; round this we spread some sail-cloth after crossed the line. In short, at the expiration saved from the cargo, which served us for beds of thirty days from the time of our departure,
we during the night. The two following days were had reached the latitude of Rio Janeiro. The passed in saving more provisions from the wreck, wind then became contrary, and, forcing us to lie while a party who remained on shore got up to, so retarded our progress, that we did not another tent with the fore-sail, that had been arrive in the latitude of the Falkland Islands brought for the purpose. A few days afterwards, until the 28th May. On the 30th we saw Staten a violent squall drove the long-boat on the rocks Island, and on the 9th June, Cape Horn and Terra and staved her in, which obliged us to haul her del Fuego. In spite of the usual stormy weather on shore, to prevent her entire loss. of this region, and the enormous masses of floating A fortnight passed in this manner, the yawl reice which we encountered in all directions, we placing the long-boat in our visits to the ship, doubled the Diego Islands on the 11th. The bad when the weather would permit. weather still continued : but on the next day a took an observation, from which we learned that short interval of brightness enabled us to take an our position was in 49 degrees south latitude, upon observation, for the last time, as it proved, on an island two leagues in length, separated by a narboard the Delphine. The wind then veered round row channel from the great island of Campana, as to the south, and we believed ourselves sure of a we ascertained from the English chart which the speedy termination to the voyage, when, without captain had taken the precaution to save, with his any warning, it chopped round to the north-east, sextant and two compasses, on the first day of the bringing its attendant fog. We were steering our wreck. Everything conspired, unfortunately, to course by computation, when in the night of the render a long abode in this dreary region inevitable 19th, a few hours before daylight, we were sud--the winter just commenced, the continued denly awoke by the frightful grinding of the ship's northerly winds of the season, and the distance keel upon the rocks. “Land, land!” cried out which separated us from any settlement of Eurothe second mate ; and in an instant every one, peans. We calculated that our stock of biscuits crew and passengers, was on the deck. On all and flour would last nearly four months, and desides the vessel was surrounded by rocks and termined that our wisest course would be to wait breakers, while through the gloom the outline of until the bad season was over, before venturing to high land was visible at a distance, exaggerated seek for assistance in the long-boat, which by that by the obscurity, and adding to the terrors of the time, as was proposed, would be repaired and moment, which it would be difficult to describe. decked in. The ship was yet afloat, but the shock had been The captain did not forget that, in our present too severe to leave any hope that she would con- circuinstances, the preservation of the health of tinue to swim ; every instant we feared she was the men from the inclemency of the climate was
The captain the first duty. Another tent was built with the from the wreck. Our young lieutenant, Lepine, mainsail, of greater dimensions than the former, in took charge of this laborious duty, and, by his zeal which the beds were so arranged as to be at some and activity, sustained the courage of the sailors distance above the surface of the ground. The both on the ship and among the islands after she spot fixed on for the erection was the entrance of was broken up. Meantime the month of Septema wood which overlooked the whole bay, and in ber drew on. The carpenter had finished the rethe first days of July* we took possession. The pairs of the long-boat, which was covered with a old tent was left standing, in which, although the deck, and rigged as a schooner, as well as was materials at our disposal were very scanty, we possible in our state of privation. Although the managed to build an oven.
weather remained unseasonable, we always hoped Certain unequivocal indications had led us to it would change for the better. The captain, believe that the island was occasionally visited by however, resolved on puiting his project into imsavages. We had seen in different places a rude mediate execution—to sail with a few men for kind of hut, constructed of branches of trees, in San Carlos of Chiloe, to seek the means of rescuwhich we found the remains of shell-fish and the ing the whole party from their perilous situation. bones of animals. Shortly after we entered on the necessary preparations were made in conseour new habitation, the captain's dog, which had quence, and on Tuesday the 3d September our been saved along with us, growled all night in little vessel was launched, in order to be ready for spite of our efforts to pacify him. We were all the first favorable wind. But what was our dison the alert the next morning on learning that the appointment when we saw that she filled with prints of naked feet had been seen on ihe sand : water before our eyes! We tried at first to stop none of our party went barefoot, and the traces the leaks while she was afloat ; but this being imwere those of persons running from the wood possible, we were compelled to haul her again on were our tent was situated. This circumstance shore, where we took away a portion of the lining, led us to suspect that we were watched; and in- and carefully examined the seams, and then deed, on the 9th July, while our party had gone caulked and stopped every chink by which it was on the usual salvage trip to the wreck, one of the possible the water could enter; and on Saturday passengers who had wandered to a distance re-evening, at high water, she was again launched. turned hastily, telling us he had seen the savages. The next day we found her again half full of We armed ourselves immediately with all the water ; for her timbers were old and crazy. The offensive weapons within reach ; and the captain, captain, however, persisted in his resolution, and having advanced with a few men, soon came in gave orders for her to be baled out-replying to sight of what he was in search of. There were those who expressed uneasiness that the wood nine of them, unarmed, their only clothing being would swell up in the water. A quantity of sailthe skin of a seal hanging over their back. At cloth was used for ballast, which at the same time first they hesitated to move ; but seeing that we served for beds, although, in order to prevent their approached with friendly demonstrations, they be- complete soaking, the baling was kept up incescame familiar. We gave them some presents ; santly. The provisions, calculated for eight days, but prevented their going to our tent, which they with wine and spirits, were put on board ; and a seemed greatly to desire. After staying a short generous allowance of wine was given at dinner to time they left us, but soon repeated their visit, ihe master and four men who were selected to bringing with them their wives, whose clothing accompany the captain and Lieutenant Lepine. At did not differ from that of the men. Subse two in the afternoon they set sail, with fine quently, we permitted them to enter our tent, and weather and a stiff breeze from the south. went several times to visit them upon the different Seven of our number had left us ; thirteen reislands to which they transport themselves in mained behind. We watched for a long time,
Their huts were similar to those we had from the top of the cliffs and rocks, the departure seen in our island, but were covered with skins. of our companions in misfortune, on whom our fate These savages are generally of middling height, depended.' The day was far advanced when we strong, and well formed. They are evidently the lost sight of them, and we returned to our tent same race as the Indians of Chiloe, and are always with a feeling of sadness, justified by our actual accompanied by great packs of dogs, which they position ; for, leaving out of sight the probability use for hunting seals, on whose flesh, with occa of the loss of those who had gone away-an event sional supplies of shell-fish, they principally sub- but too possible-how much was there, in our own sist. This food, however, often' fails them in position on the island, to give cause for uneasirough weather, when their canoes cannot put to ness. Was it not to be feared that the savages,
In their visits to us they were always asking who, until then, had been inoffensive, would befor food, which was most probably their principal come emboldened on seeing our diminished numobject; at the same time they often stole some ber; and that their greediness, or possibly want of our things without being detected. In short, alone, might lead them to attack us, and lake by they appeared to us to be very miserable, and lazy force our little remaining provisions, as well as to excess. The wreck of the Delphine was a for- other things in our possession which had excited lunate event for them, as they picked up many their cupidity? These reflections, however, were articles floating about among the rocks.
soon banished by the majority of our little band. During the earlier period of our residence on the Those who had drunk farewell to their companions island our time passed in a very uniform manner. in a pitcher of wine, were not sorry to drink a few The shore party provided wood for the fire, of more bumpers to their prosperous voyage : conwhich the consumption was indispensably great, viviality, in short, was ihe prevailing feature of on account of the continued rainy weather, and for the moment, when an unexpected incident drew us the prevention of sickness. Another party was all out of the tent. small hut, built of wood regularly einployed with the yawl in saving ihings and moss by one of the sailors and a passenger,
not far from our tent, had taken fire, and was * A winter month answering to the January of Europe. I nearly consumed, with all its contents, before
we could succeed in putting it out. This event others were as persevering in their labors on the finished the day, and each one threw himself, vessel, which went on very slowly, as much from dispirited and melancholy, on what was called his the weakness to which our privations had reduced bed.
us, as from the bad weather which often prevented Next day, nothing else was thought of but what our working, and the want of proper tools. Thus was best for us to do under our present circum- the time wore away until the middle of November, stances. Just before the departure of the long- all of the party suffering more or less from attacks boat, the daily ration for each man was eight of dysentery : still, in spite of the continual rain ounces of biscuit. At this rate our stock would and prevailing humidity, and the want of shoes, no not last more than three weeks, and we could not one was so ill as to be detained in the tent. The expect to be released at least before a month. We hope of eventually succeeding in our efforts to therefore reduced our allowance to six ounces, and escape from this dreary life supported our courage, of wine one quart a-day. We had a great quan- We could see that, although slowly, our vessel tity of spirits, and were thus enabled to continue approached completion : the slips, with the nethe usual allowance to the sailors. In this way cessary inclination for the launch, were securely we hoped to go on for more than a month. The placed; the head and stern-posts were fixed on the savages came to visit us as before, and soon saw keel; the greater portion of the ribs were made, our diminished strength; but their demeanor and we cut others every day in the woods, to comtowards us did not alter. The first thing they plete the number. did whenever they landed was to come and warın If we were deceived in the hope of saving our. themselves at our fire, so that we were careful selves, and in the means for its prosecution, the leave some one to keep guard when we went out resolution of attempting it never failed us. Such to fish.
was our situation when, on the morning of the The month of September went by; our biscuit 12th November, we heard a sailor who had just diminished rapidly ; we reduced the ration to four left the tent cry“ Sail, ho! sail, ho!" with all ounces a-day. Towards the middle of the first his might. Although this same sailor, deceived week of October we began to feel uneasy. We by a false appearance, had raised the same cry a remembered that, on the third day after our com- month previously, we all ran precipitately towards panions sailed, a heavy gale had set in. Was it the shore. This time the report was not false; not to be feared that they had perished? And, we saw a vessel anchored in the bay. A heavy without taking the worst view, it was still possible shower prevented our seeing distinctly, but we that the captain might not find the expected suc- thought she belonged to some ship of war. The cor at Chiloe. In this case, as our abode on the yawl was afloat in a moment, and a few men island would be lengthened, we decided on another jumping in, were soon on board, not the boat of a reduction of our ration of biscuit to two ounces ; man-of-war, but a lanche of San Carlos. Those just sufficient for a little daily sop. We succeeded on board of her were not strangers ; they were in making the savages understand that, if they Captain Coisy, Lieutenant Lepine, our sailors and brought us food, we would repay them with the companions, who came to deliver us and bring us things they must desired ; from which time they provisions. It would be useless to dwell on the began to bring us the eggs of sea-fowl. Thus we universal joy that prevailed, and the eagerness went on until the middle of October, the sixth with which both parties inquired about what had week since the long-boat sailed. Our anxieties transpired. now augmented, and many of us began to think of The long-boat had left the island on the 6th the means for our own rescue.
September in so leaky a condition, that two men We had already, as a precautionary measure, were constantly engaged in baling ; during the collected the planks and pieces of wood of the first night the sea broke over her repeatedly, shattered vessel. The idea occurred to us of con- threatening to carry all to the bottom. On the structing a boat capable of carrying the whole fifth day they passed Cape Taitachaoun, and inparty, and we recommended to those who went tended to double the island lying to the north of out fishing to bring in the masts, yards, planks, it, but were prevented by a gale, which obliged or other portions of the wreck which they might them to lie to for better weather. After some find floating. By this means a great quantity days, alarmed by the diminution of their proof materials was collected ; and the carpenter be- visions, they made sail, keeping as near their gan to work upon the keel, which was ihirty feet course as the wind would permit, and two days long.
asterwards entered the great channel which sepa. On the 15th October our little ration of two rates the Chonos Archipelago from the Cordilleras. ounces of biscuit failed us entirely, and we were Thus they continued, with alternations of fair and reduced to the indifferent shell-fish, and the eggs foul weather, sometimes rowing, at others driven —which were almost always addled when the back, or landing to collect shell-fish for food, for savages brought them to us—and to some birds twelve days, when one afternoon they saw sinoke which we occasionally killed. We wished the at a distance, to which they immediately directed natives to bring us some of the flesh of the sea- their course, taking precaution to look to their wolf, which we had seen them eat; but whether arms, for fear of savages. The smoke was found thiq season was unfavorable, or they caught no to rise from a fisherman's fire, who, as soon as he more than sufficient for themselves, we could understood their critical situation, set off to fetch never obtain any. They gave us some dogs, and provisions from his casa, three leagues distant, appeared greatly astonished when they saw that while they waited his return. After this they we had eaten them ; for, notwithstanding the re- crossed to the islands of the Chiloe group, at one pugnance of some among us to eat dogs' Alesh, our of which, marked Valasco Port, they were detained hunger was so great that we devoured them all. nine days by stress of weather, and were driven At the end of October we had ceased to hope, back in another attempt to cross the channel : but except in ourselves. Some of us were always on the 3d October they again set sail, and on the occupied in seeking for wood or food ; while the 4th happily arrived at Chiloe, where they landed, for the purpose of procuring provisions at the first moderate. We were quite uncertain as to our inhabited spat they saw. On the 10th, thirty- position, and steered for some land that was in five days after their departure from our island, sight: but what was our astonishment to find, they reached San Carlos, having had incessantly when we drew near, that it was the island from rainy weather during the whole of this perilous which we had so recently sailed. We must have voyage.
drifted sixty leagues during the four days that the The captain lost no time in his endeavors after gale continued. In our present circumstances, we his principal object; the consular agent gave him were glad to reënter a place we had so much deall the assistance in his power ; but, unfortunately, sired to quit eight days previously. Having lost no ship of war or merchant vessel was lying in the the yawl, we were forced to make a rast, which port; there were only the miserable lanches of the we drew from the shore to the lanche. The savcountry, quite unfit for such a voyage as that to ages had not, as we feared, destroyed out tent; the place of our detention. Everything in the it was still standing. The miserable creatures had shape of a vessel was examined, in the hope that dug up the potatoes which we planted, with the one might prove serviceable, but in vain. The view of leaving them a resource in the article of captain then heard of a large and commodious food. We divided our party: one half went every lanche at a place twenty-five leagues higher up the night to sleep on board the lanche, as a measure channel, and, without a moment's delay, he took of precaution. The weather seemed to grow worse a whale-boat and started for the settlement indi- as the season advanced. We were covered with cated ; but what was his disappointment to find, vermin, and dreaded that we should again be withon arrival, that the vessel was yet on the stocks, out provisions. On the 2d January, 1841, the and only half completed. He returned immedi- weather moderating, we were enabled once more ately to San Carlos, and determined, as nothing to put to sea. No sooner had we cleared the bay better was to be had, to hire a lanche in good con- than a heavy sea broke our rudder, and forced us dition which had arrived during his absence. This to lie to. We secured it as well as possible with kind of vessel, which is used only for the trans- lashings, which quickly wore out and snapped. port of wood or potatoes from one island to the We then cut a few fathoms off our small chain, other, is not decked, and a deck for the voyage to with which we secured the rudder from further the open sea was indispensable. In spite of all danger. The weather continued stormy; but as the diligence that could be used, it was the end of the wind was in our favor, we shortly after passed October before she was ready. Provisions for two the peninsula of Tres Montes; and once among months, in the mean time, had been collected, with the islands, we looked upon ourselves as saved. the consul's assistance; and on the 30th, the cap- After this we had fine weather. On the 14th, tain, with the lieutenant and four men, sailed from we landed for fresh provisions, of which we were San Carlos in the lanche, which had been rigged in great need ; and on the 20th, to our great joy, as a lugger. The master was left behind, as we arrived at San Carlos, eighteen days after our fatigue and privation had rendered him incapable last departure from the island, and seven months of undertaking the return voyage : the others em- and one day from the date of the wreck. We had barked, confiding in the generous hope of saving great reason to congratulate ourselves that, during their companions. They took a whale-boat in this long period of privation, suffering, and danger, tow, for convenience in landing; but, after beating not one of the party was lost. The captain had about among the islands for some time, when they neglected nothing in his power to prevent such a reached the open sea it labored so much that the misfortune, not only while we were on the island, seams opened, and they were compelled reluctantly but in moments of danger, never hesitating to exto cut it adrift. Finally, after repeated delays, pose himself the first to whatever might happen. vexations, and dangers, they recognized the ap. To his courage and perseverance must be attribproaches to our island, and at seven in the morn- uted the success of his great object-the safety ing of the 12th November, as already described, of all. they were at anchor in the bay.
On our arrival at San Carlos, the French conThe unexpected return of the captain, after sul, M. Fauché, who had so generously assisted seventy-three days'absence, when we thought him the captain on his former visit, hastened to supply lost, placed us immediately in a state of abundance our wants. To him were we indebted for the as regarded provisions ; but we were not the less means of pursuing our voyage, and eventually redesirous of quitting a place where we had been so turning to our native country. long detained in spite of ourselves. It was impossible, however, to go off in the teeth of the north wind, and we were obliged to wait three weeks New MANURE.—The German papers give curfor a favorable change. On Thursday the 3d rency to the statement that M. Liebig, the celeDecember, we sailed at three in the afternoon, brated professor of chemistry at the University of towing our yawl, whose preservation had cost us Glessen, has discovered a mineral substance, which, so much labor. We did not keep it long, for when when combined with guano, will produce one of the off Cape Taitachaoun it broke loose, and drifted most fertilizing manures known. It is added, that away in a squall. This was a serious misfortune, a joint-stock company, with a capital of 120,0001. as it deprived us of the means of going on shore sterling, composed for the most part of leading Engto cook our provisions, and of the chance of escape lish capitalists, was, immediately on the discovery in case of wreck. The squall was the precursor being made, formed for the purpose of carrying on, of a furious gale, from which we incurred the upon a large scale, the manufacture of the new comgreatest danger; the waves breaking over us from pound. Among the subscribers are, however, sevstem to stern, and pouring down into the confined eral eminent professors of agriculture, who, acspace below, where we were crowded one on the cording to the Impartial du Rhin, give out that other. Our situation was indeed a terrible one. the application of this substance to the culture We had given up all hope of safety, and resigned of land will produce an entire revolution in the ourselves to the worst, when the storm began to agricultural system.