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doubles, and willingly would plunge into the stream, were if not prevented by the eagle, which, long possessed of the knowledge that by such a stratagem the swan might escape him, forces it to remain in the air by attempting to strike it with his talons from beneath. The hope of escape is soon 6 given up by the swan. It has already become much weak
ened, and its strength fails at the sight of the courage and swiftness of its antagonist. Its last gasp is about to escape, when the ferocious eagle strikes with his talons the underside of its wing, and with unresisted power, forces the bird to fall in a slanting direction upon the nearest shore.
It is then, reader, that you may see the cruel spirit of this dreaded enemy of the feathered race, whilst, exulting: over his prey, he for the first time breathes at ease. He'
presses down his powerful feet, and drives his sharp claws 7 deeper than ever into the heart of the dying swan. He
shrieks with delight, as he feels the last convulsions of his prey, which has now sink under his unceasing efforts to render death as painfully felt as it can possibly be.
LESSON XCII. A Mighty Good Kind of Man.—THORNTON. 1 I have always thought your mighty good kind of man to be a very good-for-nothing fellow; and whoever is determined to think otherwise, may as well pass over what follows. · The good qualities of a mighty good kind of man, if he has any, are of the negative kind. He does very little harm; but you never find him do any good. He is very decent in appearance, and takes care to have all the externals of sense and virtue ; but you never perccive the heart concerned in any word, thought, or action. Not many
love him, though very few think ill of him: every 2 body is his " dear sir,” though he cares not a farthing for any body but himself. If he writes to you, though you have but the slightest acquaintance with him, he begins with “ dear sir,” and ends with, “I am, good sir, your ever sincere and affectionate friend, and most obedient humble servant.” You may generally find him in company with older
persons than himself, but always with richer. He does not talk much ; but he has a “yes,” or a “true, sir," or
“you observe very right, sir,” for every word that is said; 3 which, with the old gentry that love to hear themselves
talk, makes him pass for a mighty sensible and discerning, as well as a mighty good kind of man. It is so familiar to
him to be agreeable, and he has got such a habit of assent*ing to every thing advanced in company, that he does it
without the trouble of thinking what he is about. I have known such an one, aster having approved an observation: made by one of the company, assent with “ what you say is very just,” to an opposite sentiment from another : and
I have frequently made him contradict himself five times *4'in a minute. As the weather is a principal and favorite
topic of a mighty good kind of man, you may make him agree, that it is very hot, very cold, very cloudy, a fine sunshine, or it rains, snows, hails, or freezes, all in the same hour. The wind may be high, or not blow at all ; it may be east, west, north, or south, south-east and by east, or in any point in the compass, or any point not in the compass, just as you please. This, in a stage-coach, makes him a mighty agreeable companion, as well as a mighty
good kind of man. He is so civil and well-bred, that he 5 would keep you standing half an hour uncovered in the rain,
rather than he would step into your chariot before you: and the dinner is in danger of growing cold, if you attempt to place him at the upper end of the table. He would not suffer a glass of wine to approach his lips, till he drank the health of half the company, and would sooner rise hungry from table, than not drink to the other half before dinner is over, lest he should offend any by his neglect. He never forgets to hob-a-nob with the lady of the family,
and by no means omits to toast her fire-side. He is sure 6 to take notice of little master and miss, when they appear
after dinner, and is very assiduous to win their little hearts by almonds and raisins, which he never fails to carry about him for that purpose. This of course recommends him to mamma's esteem: and he is not only a mighty good kind of man, but she is certain he would make a mighty good husband.
No man is half so happy in his friendships. Almost every one le names is a friend of liis, and every friend a
. mighty good kind of man. I had the honor of walking 7 lately with one of those good creatures from the Royal Ex
change to Piccadilly; and, I believe, he pulled off his hat to every third person we met, with a “how do you do, my dear sir !" though I found he hardly knew the names of five of these intimate acquaintances. I was highly entertained with the greeting between my companion, and another mighty good kind of man that we met in the Strand. You would have thought they were brothers, and that they had not seen one another for many years, by their mutual ex- :.
pressions of joy at meeting. They both talked together, 8 not with a design of opposing each other, but through eager
ness to approve what each other said. I caught them frequently, crying “yes,” together, and “ very true,"* " you . are very right, my dear sir;" and at last, having exhausted : their favorite topic of, what news, and the weather, they concluded with each begging to have the vast pleasure of an agreeable evening with the nther very soon; but parted"... without naming either time or place.
I must own, that a good man, and a man of sense, certainly should have every thing that this kind of man has : 9 yet, if he possesses no more, much is wanting to finish and
complete his character. Many are deceived by French paste : it has the lustre and brilliancy of a real diamond ; but the want of hardness, the essential property of this valuable jewel, discovers the counterfeit, and shows it to be of no intrinsic value whatsoever. If the head and the heart are left out in the character of any man, you might as well look for a perfect beauty in a female face without a nose, as expect to find a valuable man without
sensibility and understanding. But it often happens, that 10 these mighty good kind of men are wolves in sheep's
clothing ; that their want of parts is supplied by an abundance of cunning, and the outward behavior and deportment calculated to entrap the short-sighted and unwary.
The Slave Ship.-PRINGLE.
The breeze lay cradled there ;
Beneath the sultry air;
The dolphin scarce would dare. 2 Becalın'd on that Atlantic plain
A Spanish ship did lie ; —
For not a wave rolled by:
For the storm-bird's fearful cry.
Of the red and lurid sun
Till her crew sank one by one;
By the helm, or by the gun. 4 Deep in the dark and fetid hold
· Six hundred wretches wept;
From their native land had swept ;
While a pestilence o'er them crept.
For many a day and night
By the fever's scorching Wight;
But still they stood upright.
Propped by that dungeon's wall,
On her child,--but she could not fall ;---
From half that were there in thrall.
7 The morning came, and the sleepless crew
Threw the hatchways open wide ;--
And spread on every side ;
Full twenty souls had died.
They died with the self-same pain,
Those who bound, or who wore the chain;
With him of the negro-stain.
As still as any wreck,
In her hold, or on her deck :-
Bowed not his sturdy neck.
But he climbed from that disinal place;
Lie each upon his face ;
The lord of all the space.
Just cross the setting sun,
Ere that sultry day was done ;
And the clouds rose thick and dun, 12 And still the negro boldly walked
The lone and silent ship;
And a sneer was on his lip,-
The fetters and the whip.
Played round the creaking mast,