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There was a ringing in my ears, the room and permitted the revealment which, by swam round, and I awoke to life and con- God's blessing, changed my evil disposition sciousness again, to find myself in the arms so materially, and in some measure oblite of Mrs. Rose-Mrs. Rose no more' to me or rated my offence in a human point of view, mine, but Rose Montalban, my father's by affording time for repentance and amendhonored widow !

ment. I knelt at her feet in prayer and suppli- ! Not to all of us are such momentous warncation : nature pleaded powerfully in my ings vouchsafed. Pride and passion lead to bosom, and at length floods of genial tears crime; and sometimes, alas ! penitence comes swelled forth. Forgiveness—sweet word ! | too late. what precious forgiveness she heaped on her penitent daughter ! It is not quite a score of years since she was

From "Bentley's Miscellany." removed to a better world. Aunt Theodosia took up her residence with us, and not THE TIMES PRINTING-OFFICE. withstanding bodily infirmity, her latter end was peace. Never more were the dark 1 ABOUT half way up Ludgate hill, on the angels feared by me. Never more was my right-hand side, is a narrow court called St beloved mother separated from my side, for Martin's-court. In a dark corner of this our reunion was one of perfect felicity.place the wayfarer may discover, in conseShe died in my arms, blessing me with her quence of the brickwork being removed to latest breath, as a dutiful and devoted a sufficient depth, to afford porters, &c., amdaughter. And oh! what memory of earth ple space to enable them to rest their loads, equals the memory of a dying parent's a portion of the old London wall. Although benediction !

this is but a small fragment, it is altogether Lady Blanche's housekeeper at the Hall the most ancient in Blackfriars, of an older had a knowledge of my mother's position, date than the great fire of 1666 ; still the and aided her in applying for and obtaining neighborhood is not devoid of interesting the vacant post of nursery governess, or associations. In 1276 a church was founded attendant on Miss Ursula ; for oh! the here for the order of Black or Dominican mother's heart yearned irrepressibly towards Friars, from which circumstance the district her offspring; and who was to find out her takes its name. At the dissolution of the secret at the Grange, where she was a monasteries the church was pulled down, stranger? But Aunt Dogy remembered that and the house dissolved. picture which my father had shown her with In Elizabeth's time Blackfriars contained so much pride and love: once seen, it was the residence of many persons of note and never to be forgotten; and the beautiful fashion, and here the famous queen was lineaments were stamped indelibly on her wont not unfrequently to favor with a visit memory. She knew my mother instantane- such of her loving subjects as seemed to be ously, and deeply the discovery agitated getting over burdened with wealth. and affected her. The conflict was severe In passing from St. Martin's-court, towards between her sense of duty and the tender Apothecaries' hall, several of the fronts of pity she felt. But it was not in her nature the houses are decorated with small stone to turn a deaf ear to the mother's prayers carvings. Those marks are often met with and entreaties; and Aunt Dosy promised on London houses, and sometimes contain not to betray the secret to the Dowager the badge of the incorporated company to Mrs. Montalban, or her brother Everard, or whom the property belongs ; but more freher sisters, if Mrs. Rose, on her part, prom- quently they are relics of the now almost ised never to betray the relationship in neglected custom observed by every class of which she stood to me. It is worthy of tradesmen of that time of using a sign. remark, that on the very day when my After passing Apothecaries' hall, and proviolent and ungovernable temper led me ceeding a little farther in the same direcinto the conmission of a heinous offence, the tion, a mark on the corner of a narrow lane sudden passage of my aged grandmother indicates the way to Printing-house-square. into eternity unsealed Aunt Theodosia's lips, | It is a snug old-fashioned looking place, and but for the many voices of numerous children should be continued until similar employ. at play, and the passage of small streams of ment could be procured. The number of persons to and from the Times advertisement- sheets then impressed in the hour was 1,100. office, the whole would form as retired a | A machine erected in 1846 threw off 6,000 looking nook as could be met with in Lon- sheets of eight pages an hour; but another don. In the reign of Charles II. proclama has since been erected which throws off tions, &c., were printed here by the King's 10,000 an hour. A newspaper and suppleprinter. The building of that date was de- ment of Jan. 23, 1845, contained 1,706 adstroyed by fire about the middle of the last vertisements. A page of advertisements, century, and what Maitland calls “the com-containing six columns, is worth £108. The pletest printing-house in the world” erected usual daily circulation of the Times is 35,000 ; on the spot. After the removal of the but on extraordinary occasions 54,000 copies Queen's printer to New-street, Fleet-street, have been printed. Mr. Walter, who so long 1770, this house became, in 1788, the print and ably conducted this wonderful journal, ing and publishing place of the celebrated died in 1847. Times newspaper, a publication which may be justly classed among the wonders of the age.

From “ The Tribune.” The Times was first commenced by Mr.

ELEPHANT HUNTING IN CEYLON. John Walter, printer to the Customs, who was for many years before his death the A Few days since we had an opportunity principal proprietor. The son became joint of conversing with Mr. Stebbings June, who proprietor, and exclusive manager of the arrived from Ceylon about three weeks ago Times at the commencement of the year in the bark Regatta, bringing with him the 1803. The latter gentleman first imparted cargo of elephants which now accompany to the daily press its vast range and celerity Mr. Barnum's travelling menagerie. During of information, its authentic accuracy, its his visit, Mr. June was obliged to traverse universal correspondence, its lucid arrange the greater part of the island in his search ment, and marvellous dispatch ; and, more for a sufficient number of elephants of the than all, its dignity in the social scale, and size and quality required for an imposing its political position as what has been called exhibition. Consequently, he saw a great the fourth estate of the realm. Mr. Walter deal of the wild tropical regions of the inwas the first to bring the steam-engine to terior and of the character and customs of the assistance of the public press. To take the Cingalese. We give, herewith, an outoff 5,000 impressions in an hour was once line of his experience, which, if not quite deemed as ridiculous as the idea of paddling equal to Mr. Gordon Cumming's South Afa ship fifteen miles against wind and tide. rican stories, still furnishes an interesting It took a long while in those days to print chapter of adventure. off 3,000 or 4,000 copies of the Times. After Mr. June, with Mr. Nutter, of Boston, obstacles, not only caused by the difficult sailed on his elephantine expedition in July application of the machinery, but by the last, and arrived at Point de Galle, a seaopposition of the workmen, Mr. Walter suc- port on the southwestern extremity of Ceyceeded in secretly completing the steam- lon, in the early part of October. This port press in a house adjoining to the printing and Trincomalee, on the northeastern coast, office. The suspicious pressmen had threat are the only large harbors which the island ened destruction to every one whose inven- possesses. The first object of Messrs. June tions might suspend their employment and Nutter, on landing, was to procure some " destruction to him and his traps.” They elephants, either from the government were directed to wait for expected news authorities, or from the temples, which own from the Continent. It was about six o'clock large numbers of them, and thus avoid the in the morning of Nov. 29, 1814, when Mr. necessity of catching and taming wild aniWalter went into the press-room and aston-mals. In this, however, they were disapished its occupants by telling them that the pointed. The new governor had just enTimes was already printed by steam, but tered on his duties, and all official arrangethat, if they were peaceable, their wages ments seemed to be in a confused and unsatisfactory state. Besides, many of the southwest from April to September, and roads in the interior had been injured by from the northeast from November to Febsevere rains, and a greater number of the ruary. The elephants, who prefer the rainy animals than usual was required, for the season, range in the thick jungle covering purpose of repairing them. Accordingly, the table-land and hills around the base of after reaching Colombo, the maritime capi- the mountain chain, following the rains from tal of the country, which lies on the western one side of the island to the other. coast, about 60 miles north of Point de With a guide, interpreter, and a number Galle, and finding no chance of procuring of native assistants, Mr. June started for the what he wanted, Mr. June determined to haunts of the elephants in the jungles northstart for the city of Kandy, in the interior, west of Kandy, while Mr. Nutter explored and forty miles distant. An excellent car- the southern part of the island. They were riage road has been constructed between the obliged to leave the travelled road, and trust two places, on which a mail.coach makes themselves to the wild jungle-paths leading three trips every week. Kandy, which is a through the uncultivated districts frequented large town, situated on a beautiful table by the animals. These regions are covered land 1,700 feet above the sea and surrounded with a growth of shrubbery and small trees, by mountains, was the residence of the so thickly matted together with vines, that kings of Kandy, the native monarchs of the it is impossible to force the body through island, previous to their overthrow by the Here and there, out of this sea of vegetaEnglish, in 1815. Here again Mr. June was tion, rise the trunks of enormous trees, disappointed in his hope of finding elephants growing more frequent in the neighborhood for sale, and notwithstanding the rainy sea of the mountains, where they frequently son had just set in and the undertaking was form forests of the grandest character. In considered hazardous in the extreme, be de- hunting elephants, the paths made by the termined to take to the jungles and select a natives cannot always be followed, but nev ship-load from among the wild herds. ones must be cut, which is a very slow and

In order to understand the nature of such toilsome work. The elephants, however, an expedition, some account of the topog. find the jungle no obstacle to their progress, raphy of the island is necessary. The but with their heads lowered, crash through shores of Ceylon are generally low, although it at full speed. The noise of a herd in in the southern part bluff and rocky. For motion can be heard at a great distance. some distance inland the ground is level, Mr. June had the greatest success in the and for the most part cultivated, being cov- low lands in the northern part of the island, ered with fields of paddy (a coarse kind of near Anarajahpoora. The method of catch rice) and groves of cinnamon. Toward the ing elephants, as described by him, must be centre it rises into a table-land, from 2,000 a very exciting kind of business. The first to 3,000 feet above the sea, and almost en step is to make a kraal, or pen, in some tirely covered with dense and luxuriant for- spot where the animals abound. This is ests. This gradually rises into a mountain constructed of heavy posts, set upright in chain, which divides the island from north the ground, closely bound together with to south, into two nearly equal parts. withes, and made firm by other posts resting Adam's Peak, about 30 miles southwest of against them on the other side, as stays. Kandy, attains an altitude of more than The kraal forms three sides of a square, 6,000 feet, and has been considered the high-baying an aperture on the fourth for the est of the range. Mr. June, however, in- entrance of the elephants, from each side of forms us that on his way from Kandy to which extends a long pallisade, slanting Fort Patrick, east of the mountains, he outward, like the mouth of a funnel. When passed a still higher peak. This geographi- all is completed, the natives lay in wait till cal division of the island is, singularly a fine herd has wandered near the opening enough, a division of climate also-tremen- / of the trap; then, surrounding them, they dons floods of rain deluging one side, while urge them forward with shouts and firing on the other the water is carefully hoarded of muskets, till the frightened animals rush to prevent a scarcity. The season shifts through the entrance and are safe within with the monsoon, which blows from the the kraal.

Now comes the work of catching and are shot, principally by the British officers securing them, which would be a difficult stationed in Ceylon, who appear to enjoy and dangerous task were it not for the sporting on such a gigantic scale. A cool assistance rendered by tame elephants, head and a sure aim are all that is required. trained for the purpose. One of these ani- A slight hollow in the elephant's forehead, mals will gradually entice one of the im- just between and above his eyes, is penetraprisoned berd to a little distance from his ble by a musket ball, and a single shot is fellows, and engage his attention by a generally sufficient to bring him down. gentle caress. He rubs his ears, strokes The Ceylon elephants are divided into his trunk softly, and mumbles phrases of two classes—the tuskar, or tusked elephants, elephantine endearment, until the suscepti- and the aliar, who are destitute of those ble beast is completely beguiled by these appendages. The former are much more tokens of affection. Presently a second valuable than the latter, and are principally tame elephant comes up on the other side caught for the priests, to be employed in the and repeats the process, till the most com- service of the temples. plete confidence is established. Then, at the Among the wild elephants, one is occaright period, they dextrously twine both sionally found who, from his mischievous or their trunks around the trunk of the victim, unsucial disposition, is banished from the and hold him as in a vice. These elephants herd, and becomes a sort of outcast. These wear collars around their shoulders, to which are called rogue elephants. Mr. June sucstout ropes are fastened. While the trunk ceeded in capturing one of them, which gave of the wild animal is held, two or three him a great deal of trouble before he was natives are busy in fastening these ropes to shipped at Point de Galle, but which he his hind legs, and he is thus incapable of now considers the most valuable animal in moving either forward or backward, except his collection. On one occasion, while in as his loving friends allow. He is then Kandy, he broke from the court-yard in taken and made fast to a tree, where he is which he was confined during the night, and suffered to remain three or four days with after considerable search, was found deout food or drink. At the end of this time the molishing a plantation of bananas. He also tame elephants are brought up again, and, attempted to escape while on the road to after being secured, he is taken down to a Colombo, but happening to cross a field of stream and watered He is approached very paddy which had just been irrigated, he cautiously at first, but in the course of ten sank to his knees, and was captured. days or two weeks becomes docile enough to Mr. June attempted to cross the mountain be driven at large with the tame beasts. chain east of Kandy, into the country of the

The natives have another way of taking Veddahs, or aboriginal inhabitants of Ceylon, them, but it is not often practised. The but was obliged to return on account of the elephant, like all gentlemen living in the rough nature of the country, which is here a tropics, is fond of a siesta during the heat primitive wilderness. In addition to the of the day. Occasionally he will rest his almost impenetrable forests and jungles, the huge bulk against some convenient tree, and mountains rise in a line of sheer precipice, take an hour's doze with great satisfaction. many hundred feet in height, and not to be Some of the Cingalese are daring enough, at scaled without great difficulty and danger, this time, to creep stealthily through the The Veddahs, who inhabit the wilderness jungle till they reach his very feet. Notwith-east of the mountains, are about on a par standing his thick hide, the elephant is very with the Bushmen of South Africa. They sensitive to touch. The native, provided are divided into two classes, the village and with a rope, the other end of which is made the forest Veddahs, the former of whom fast to a tree, touches very gently the hind dwell in communities and exhibit some leg of the animal, who lifting his foot to faint glimmering of humanity. The latter shake off the supposed ily, instantly gives run wild in the jungles, subsisting on roots an opportunity for a noose to be slipped and plants, and climbing into the branches under. The same process is repeated with of trees to sleep. Mr. June saw two of the other foot, and the elephant wakes up these creatures, who had been captured by and finds himself caught. Large numbers the Cingalese, and describes them as being

but little in advance of the orang.outang. I They are small in stature, and they have the long arms of the simia tribe. Very little is known of that part of the island which they inhabit.

Mr. June represents the Cingalese, who are supposed to have originally emigrated from the Malabar Coast, as an amiable and inoffensive people. They are for the most part devoted to the culture of the soil, which is exceedingly fertile. The cinnamon tree, which requires a moist, warm climate, grows only in the southeastern part of the island, and seems to thrive best in a poor and flinty soil. The climate of Ceylon is mild and salubrious, the monsoons which blow alternately from the Indian Sea and the Bay of Bengal mitigating the severity of the tropical heats.

After collecting their nine elephants at Point de Galle, Messrs. June and Nutter carried them to the Regatta on a large lighter and stowed them away in the hold, which had been prepared for their reception. Thousands of people from all the surrounding country came down to the shore to witness the operation. Considerable persuasion was necessary to induce the heavy animals to trust themselves on the unsteady lighter, and the rogue actually broke the ropes by which he was bound and made off at full speed, to the terror of the crowd, who scattered themselves in all directions. He was secured, however, and at last deposited on board, where he behaved remarkably well during the passage. One of the younger animals died after leaving the Cape of Good Hope, and was thrown overboard; the others arrived safely, after their voyage of 12,000 miles. They were accompanied by a native Cingalese, who will make with them the tour of the United States. Henceforth, instead of crashing through the jungles of Ceylon, they will quietly devour the gingerbread contributions of admiring thousands, under the shadow of Barnum’s colossal tent.

Miles off, you are rising, dressing,

To stand amid bridal tbrong.
In the same old rooms we play'd in,

You and I-when we were young.
Your bridemaids--they were our playmates;

Those old rooms, every wall,
Could speak of our childish frolics.

Loves, jealousies, great and small.
Do you mind how pansies changed we,

And smiled at the word " forget *
Twas a girl's romance-yet somewhere

I have kept my pansy yet. Do you mind our verses written

Together? our dreams of fame or love-how we'd share all secrets

When that sweet mystery came?
It is no mystery now, Mary;

It was unveiled year by year:
Till-this is your marriage-morning,

And I-I am lying here.
I cannot picture your face, Mary,

The face of the bride to-day:
You have outgrown my knowledge

In years that have slipp'd away:
I see but the girlish likeness,

Brown eyes, and brown falling hair: God knows, I did love you dearly,

And was proud that you were fair!

Many speak my name, Mary,

While yours in home's silence lies : The future I read in toil's guerdon,

You will read in your children's eyes. The past-the same past with either

Is to you a soft, pleasant scene: But I cannot see it clearly,

For the graves that rise between.

I am glad you are happy, Mary!

These tears, did you see them fall, Would show, though you have forgotten,

I have remember'd all.
And though my cup is left empty,

And yours with its joy runs o'er,
God keep you its sweetness, Mary,

Brimming for evermore!

THE SEXTON.

BY ELIZA COOK.

“Mine is the fame most blazon'd of all;

Mine is the goodliest trade; Never was banner so wide as the pall,

Nor sceptre so feared as the spade."

This is the lay of the sexton gray

King of the church-yard heWhile the mournful knell of the tolling bell

Chimes in with his burden of glee.

From "Chambers' Edinburgh Journal."

ON A WEDDING. You are to be married, Mary:

This hour, as I silent lie In the dreamy light of the morning,

Your wedding-bour draws nigh.

He dons a doublet of sober brown,

And a hat of slouching felt; The mattock is over his shoulder thrown,

The heavy keys clank at his belt,

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