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this was Bibi Sabibeh-otherwise, the Wid- | thy young personage who now trots before ow Khatimeh—for the elephant who accom- you in the “Gardens” of the English mepanied her was not her spouse-slain, alas! tropolis, and, though only six months old, some time before in the jungle-but another looks a century in the face. female, though of far less note and preten. In a fortnight the march was resumed, and sions.
so fully was the strength of the mother renAnother Hindoo now mounted the neck ovated, that twenty-two miles were per. of the second elephant and the two were formed the first day. But her daughter did ridden about the fair, until they were pur not walk this distance. She was lifted by chased by Mr. Wallace, a great dealer in two men into a cart, with the consent of horses in those parts. He placed them in Bibi, who carefully and watchfully followed charge of his grooms, and roped them near close behind, touching her every now and his tent for the night. At balf-past ten p. then to assure her of her guardian presence, M., every body retired to his tent and went and sometimes walking for miles with her to sleep, except the watchman, who con- trunk laid affectionately upon the little one's stantly patroled round the outside with a back. In the space of thirteen days they sword and a brace of pistols-a necessary arrived at Calcutta, but were left at Mr. proceeding, as the labors of hunters, and the Cox's bungalow, some three miles distant, gold of purchasers, are not unfrequently as elephants are not permitted to enter the wasted in consequence of the adroitness city. They were shipped in due course. and daring of certain native thieves. Du- At first, the two elder elephants were ring his watch this man observed signs of placed side by side in the vessel, as it pas uneasiness in Bibi Sahibeh which caused thought they might like each other's comhim to announce to Mr. Wallace the pleas. pany ; but one evening the other female ing intelligence that a very important event took the liberty of "smelling the calf-as could not be far distant. At two o'clock a. though she would have said, “I once had a M., the encampment, as usual, broke up, and daughter myself; let me see if- ?" Whereat the march commenced. This continued till Bibi, who perfectly understood what was four; again they paused; and again they passing in her mind, let drive at her with proceeded. This systematic mode of travel. one tusk so violent a blow that the tusk was ling continued for some days, but with ad broken against the backbone of the offender, ditional periods of rest, in consideration of who nearly rolled overboard. After this, it the important event which was continually was deemed advisable to place the two elder expected. In brief, Mr. Wallace announced ladies on opposite sides of the ship. Tbey that, having had a little private conversa- had a prosperous voyage to England withtion with Bibi Sahibeh, he had resolved to out further accident. make a halt for three weeks.
The encampment was near a little village which afforded very good ground-plenty of grass and shade. Here the elephants
From "Chambers' Edinburgh Journal." were fed on grass and “ elephant leaf,” which
GOLD WORSHIPPERS. is the foliage of a large tree, and is usually collected by the elephants themselves on a It is curious to look back on the fatal and march, under the direction of their attend- universal prevalence of gold worship reant. They break off as many branches as corded in the history of our race, from the are wanted, with their proboscis, and lay period when Midas became its victim, and them in regular heaps on the ground. The the boy chased the rainbow to find the pot keeper then loads each elephant's back with of treasure at its foot, to the days when the his provender, and they return to camp. On alchemist offered his all a burnt-sacrifice on the present occasion this service was per the altar; until we reach the present time, formed for both by the other female ele. when, although the manner of its worship phant, as Bibi Sahibeh, alias the widow has changed, the old idolatry remains in Khatimeh, had become, by this time, a bappy spirit the same. One or two anecdotes mother, and was sedulously engaged in illustrative of the passion for gold worship affectionate care of her daughter, the swar- may not prove uninteresting.
The hero of our first story-a chamois ! The love of gold is an absorbing passion, hunter of the Swiss Alps—was for many especially when thus embodied and materiyears of his existence an absolute stranger alized. He lived only beside his treasure ; to the very sight of gold. He dwelt in a thither he bent his steps daily, nor left it mountain chalet, in the peaceful contentment till the gloom of evening hid the object of and ignorant simplicity of former ages | his idolatry from his eager gaze. His huntlord of his own freedom, with nature for his er's craft was neglected; his family pined domain, and the feet Alpine creatures for for food; he himself grew gaunt and thin, his subjects. By some unfortunate chance, anxious and suspicious ; ever dreading that however, he moved from this dwelling of his secret might be discovered ; restless and his youth to the lower station, and to the miserable except when beside his wealth, side of a pass frequented by travellers, where want, and hunger, and the sad, suffertowards whom he was frequently called on ing faces of those he had once loved, were to exercise hospitality. His services, and all forgotten. Only when the gathering the shelter he afforded, were occasionally darkness drove him from his hoard did he rewarded with gold, which, though of little think of using his fowling-piece, and scanty actual use or value to him as a circulating was the provision thus obtained. In order medium, gradually exercised a strange fas- fully and perfectly to contemplate his gold, cination over bis senses. He hoarded his it was necessary for him to stretch bimself guineas with the doting fondness of a miser; at full length before the entrance to the lithe looked on them with more pleasure than tle hollow; his head and shoulders to the on the faces of his children; and listened to waist being thus within the cave, immeditheir chink with a satisfaction no tone of ately over the vase, his body and legs outhousehold love or sweet Alpine melody side. The cliff above the opening was nearly could call forth. It chanced one day that perpendicular, and had been much split and our hunter, in the pursuit of his ordinary shaken by the frosts since an avalanche had avocation, perceived a tiny cavern hitherto deprived it of its crown of snow, but of unknown to him. He determined to snatch this danger he was heedless or unconscious. his hasty noontide meal beneath its shelter; One morning, whilst lying prone, repeating and in order to enter it, rolled away a block for the fiftieth time his daily counting of of stone which obstructed the mouth of the the old coins, a portion of the rock detached fissure. To his amazement, its removal pre itself slowly, and falling on his waist, pinned sented to his gaze a deep hole, in which a him to the earth, without however crushing vase of considerable size was buried. He or greatly injuring him. He uttered a loud removed the lid, and there, fresh and bright, cry, and made desperate exertions to raise as if they were coins of yesterday, glittered it and free himself, but in vain ; a force bebefore his eyes a multitude of golden pieces, yond his strength to resist had fixed him to mingled with shining particles of ore. A the spot of his unhallowed and insane devoburied treasure of long past ages was before tion. Imagination can scarcely conceive a him. He took them in his hands, he clutched more fearful death than the slow lingering them, he stared at them with half-insane one of bodily torture and starvation that delight. He could not, of course, divine must have followed. He was of course how they had come to be in their strange sought for as soon as missed; but the spot hiding-place, or who had placed them there; was unknown even to the most practised the inscriptions on them—the figure of a hunters, and it was more than a week before lamb, which some few bore--said nothing the body was discovered. The surprise and to him. There appeared to be something horror of his family may be imagined. They supernatural in the discovery, and he wasted | had never been able to comprehend his all the remaining hours of daylight beside altered conduct and mysterious disad pearthe vase; then, as night closed in, be re- ances; all was explained, however, when placed both the lid and the stone above the the huge stone being removed, he was found treasure. He did not attempt to remove it -perhaps, from his position, involuntaryto his own dwelling, nor did he breathe a clutching in his dead fingers the fatal gold. word of his discovery even to his wife ; but We relate this incident on the authority from that hour he became an altered man. I of a Swiss lady who had seen the cave, and
who assured us that the simple mountaineers himself the instrument we have named, no avoid the spot with superstitious horror. which we have heard him perform in a style To them there must have appeared to be of touching, and at times sublime, expressome strange magic in the hidden treasure; sion, the compositions of Purcell, Pergolesi, and so to the calmest judgment it would seem, Handel, &c. We have always thought this when in the ordinary course of life we be love of harmony in a miser a more singular hold, not only the fearful and painful sacrifi. and inconsistent characteristic than the avarces made for the attainment of gold, but the ice of Perugino or Rembrandt, since in their court paid, the homage offered to its posses case the art they practised fed their reigning sors by those who have no hope of gaining passion for gold; nevertheless so it yasany thing by their reverence for the mere old Mr. Monckton would go without a meal, Dame of wealth.
see his wife and family want common peces. To come nearer home, our village at one saries, with plenty of money at his comtime rejoiced in a gold worshipper, whose mand, and yet solace himself by performhistory is worth relating. While still young, ances on the organ, which frequently reat and taking our daily walk with our nurse, far into the night, startling the passing we observed an old man working at the re- stranger by bursts of solemn midnight pel. pairs of some miserably dismantled houses. ody; for he never played till the faded dar. He was a tall, gaunt personage, painfully light rendered it impossible for him to work meagre, and very ragged. His jaw-bones at the various little jobs by which he added protruded distressingly, and his poor thin to his hoards. elbows looked so sharp, that one could have He had two sons: the pretty child se fancied they had cut their way through the first knew, and an elder one, a slim, delicate torn coat that no longer covered them. We youth, who was by nature an artist. His pitied, and with child-like sympathy and father's parsimony rendered it, however, a freedom made acquaintance with him ; difficult matter for him to procure materials always pausing to speak to him as we passed for the exercise of his art, which was wholly the spot on which he labored. Sometimes self-taught; and it was wonderful to vit. a little boy, a fair delicate child, was with ness the effect he could produce from a bit him, assisting in the work as far as his age of common lamp-black, or an ordinary allowed; and with this young creature we drawing-pencil. His genius at last found grew intimate, and were at length led by aid in the loving heart of his mother, who him to the old man's home. It was a very secretly and at night-often whilst her large, old-fashioned farm-house, but so much strange husband filled the house with out of repair that only three or four rooms solemn music—worked at her needle to were habitable. These, however, were kept procure the means of purchasing paints, in exquisite order by the wife, who was a canvas, brushes, &c., for her boy; toiling very pretty, sad-looking woman, many years secretly, for if she had permitted the father younger than her husband. By her care the to know that she possessed even a few shil. antique furniture, which must have counted lings, he would have extorted them from its century at least, was preserved brightly her. It was all she could do to help the polished; the floors were so clean, that the young painter in his eager self-teaching ; for lack of carpeting was scarcely perceptible; she possessed no other knowledge than that and the luxuriant jessamine she had trained acquired at a village school during her round the windows was a charming substi. childhood. Her own fate had been a very tute for curtains. There was one peculi sad one. She was a laborer's daughter, arity about the dwelling, of a striking kind betrothed from early girlhood to a sailor, when its apparent poverty and the character who was her cousin ; but during one of his of its owner were considered: it contained voyages—the last he was to make before a music-room! in which was a tolerably their marriage-her beauty attracted the large church organ, made and used by the admiration of the rich Mr. Monckton, and he miser himself. To the debasing and usually offered to make her his wife. The poor girl absorbing passion which governed him, he would fain have refused him, and kept her united a wonderful taste and genius for promise to her absent lover, but her family music, to gratify which he had constructed were flattered and dazzled by the idea of her wedding a man known to be so wealthy, I About four years after we first became and she was not proof against their entrea- acquainted with the Moncktons, the fair, ties and their anger. She married him ; gentle child, then nearly fourteen, became her relatives, however, derived no benefit ill; growing thin, pale, and weak, till his from the match their selfishness had made. mother and Richard, in great alarm, beThe miser's doors were closed against them; sought old Monckton to let him have and lest his wife should be tempted to assist medical advice. The request produced a their poverty at his expense, he forbade her storm of passionate reproaches. “The boy,” ever seeing her parents. A weary lot had he said, “ was well enough. He ate as been poor Mary's from that hour she mar- much as was good for him. Did they think ried. Her only comfort was derived from people could not live without gormandizing her children; and even they became a source as they did! Did they imagine he should of sorrow as they grew past infancy, and she throw away his little means upon doctors, found that her husband's avarice would deny who were all a set of cheats? He should them even the advantages she had enjoved do nothing of the kind !" And poor Ernest as a poor cottage child. They received no was left to'pine and wither, till Richard in education but such as she could give them ; | despair sought out a physician, and telling nay, were made to toil at the lowest drudg. him their story, besought him to come and ery in return for the scanty food and cloth- see his brother, promising to repay the ading their father bestowed. She taught them vice he asked by his future toil. to read and write ; and afterwards Richard, Dr. N-- was a kind-hearted benevolent the elder, became his own instructor. There man. He at once complied with the youth's were many old books to be found in the entreaty, and called at an hour when the farm-house, and of those he made himself old man was absent at the farm. He found master. The villagers, who had a' few his patient worse than the brother's report volumes, were willing to lend them to such had led him to believe. The illness was a clever lad; and at length, as we have said, decline, caused probably by want of suffihis genius for painting developed itself, and ciently nourishing food at a period of rapid was ministered to by his mother's industry. growth, and increased by the overworking We remember seeing his first attempt at of a mind that was ever craving after knoworiginal composition. It was boldly con- ledge. He prescribed such remedies as he ceived and well executed, considering the judged best; but informed the mother, at difficulties under which he labored: the sub- the same time, that strengthening food was ject was Phæton driving the chariot of the of the first importance, and would be the sun. It was shown to the clergyman of the best means to effect a cure. Alas! how village, a man of great taste, and a connois- / was it to be obtained? The heart of the seur in painting. He was so much pleased | miser was impenetrable to their remonwith it that he became the warm friend of strances and entreaties—what was life in the young artist, and, as far as circumstances his eyes compared with gold? When they permitted, his instructor in literature and found that no human sympathy could be painting. The younger brother inherited expected from the father, the mother and his father's taste for music, and was a quiet, brother determined to use their own exerthoughtful child, passionately attached to tions to obey the behest of the physican. Richard, on whom he looked as a prodigy of Early and late the former worked at her learning and talent. Nothing, in fact, could needle—the good doctor finding her as much be more touching than the attachment of employment as he could; whilst Richard, these two brothers: at their leisure hours abandoning the study of his art, painted they were always to be seen together : their valentines, card-racks, and fancy articles for pleasures or sorrows were mutual. The the stationers, and sought eagerly for every privations, injustice, and restraint to which opportunity of winning a few shillings, to they were subjected appeared to bind them be spent in ministering to the comfort of to each other with a love “passing the love the beloved sufferer. But it was all too of woman;" and both found consolation in late ; Ernest sank slowly, but surely. the mental gifts mercifully imparted to There were intervals when life, like the them.
cessfully struggling with death ; but these belief, resolved to watch, and try if it might occasional brightenings were always suc- be permitted to her living eyes to gaze again ceeded by a more entire prostration and upon the child whom the grave had sbat languor. The personal beauty, for which from her sight. With this hope she conErnest had always been remarkable, grew cealed herself, without Richard's knowledge, almost superhuman during his illness, and in a large closet in his bedroom-placing Richard could not resist stealing a little time the door ajar that she might see all that from his busy labors to paint his brother's passed in the chamber. Her watch was of portrait. In the execution of this task of no long duration ; suddenly her sleeping love, however, many hinderances occurred; son rose from his couch, lighted bis candle, and before it was more than a sketch, the approached his easel, and began to work at dear original had passed away from them in the portrait! Much amazed, and half angry one of those quiet sleeps which, in such at the deception she believed he had praccases, are the usual harbingers of death. tised on her, Mrs. Monckton issued from her The painting was removed to Richard's hiding place and spoke to him. He made chamber, and in the first agony of his grief, her po answer ; she stood before him-he forgotten; but when Ernest had been com- saw her not; he was fast asleep! It was mitted to the grave, and life had assumed indeed a spirit's painting; for love had in its usual monotony-more gloomy now than this instance burst the bands of matter, and ever-he remembered his attempt, and re. the somnambulist had achieved a work of solved on finishing the likeness from memory. art that surpassed all the efforts of bis 73An easy task ! for nightly, in his slumbers, king hours. he saw the fair, sweet face of his young The story of the sleep-painting got abroad, brother. The second morning after he had and reached the ears of a gentleman of large resumed his pencil, he was startled at find. fortune, who resided in the neighborhood. ing that the painting appeared to be in a He called on the young artist; was pleased more advanced state than he bad left it the with his manners; and proposed engaging night before ; but he fancied that imagina. him as travelling companion to his own tion must be juggling him, and that he really son, a youth about to visit Italy with his had done more than he remembered. The tutor ; proffering a salary that would enable following day, however, the same phenom. him to cultivate his genius for painting in enon startled him, and he mentioned the the land of its birth, and of its perfect macircumstance to his mother. She was super- turity. The offer was eagerly and thankstitious, and nervous from sorrow and regret; fully accepted, and old Monckton made do and she at once adopted the fanciful notion opposition to his son's wish: he was only that there was something supernatural in too thankful to be relieved from the burden the matter; suggesting the possibility of of supporting him. Indeed, the miser vas their dear Ernest's gentle spirit having thus somewhat changed since Ernest's death; not endeavored to show them, that in another that he expressed in words any remorse for world he still thought of them and loved having preferred his gold to the life of his them. Richard combated the idea by every fair young son; but from that time he never argument his reason offered him; but as he touched the organ—the spirit of music apwas convinced of the fact, and could give no peared to have died with Ernest; and be satisfactory explanation of it, he was at last often visibly shrank from meeting the silent persuaded by her earnest entreaties to leave reproach of Richard's eyes. The neighbors the picture untouched for two or three days, also shunned him ; they bad loved poor and see what consequences would follow. Ernest, and the conduct of his father towards The painting progressed! daily, or rather him—the fact of his refusing to pay the nightly, it advanced towards completion. physician who had attended him “because Every morning a stronger likeness of the he never sent for him"-and the mean, dead smiled on them from the canvas, and pauper-like funeral which he had grudgingly a more skilful hand than the young painter's bestowed on the dead-revolted and disappeared to be engaged on the work. It gusted them. A mean funeral was one of was a marvel past their simple comprehen- the offences the people of K- never forsion; but the mother, confirmed in her first gave! The old man probably detected