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if he would choose to accept the challe:ge, 1) curiosity, he did attempt with one hand to he declined giving an answer until he should extricate the blade from the block. He procure from his home—a CERTAIN SWORD. might as easily have drawn the poles through

Some ominous insinuations about this the earth; but to his consternation and “SWORD" excited so great a curiosity, amazement, and to the delight and asthat the King sent for it forth with ; mean- tonishment of Henry and his nobles, while Courcy remained at the palace of “De Courcy" drew it out with as much Henry, entertained with all due respect. ease, as he had drawn it from its scabbard.

At length arrived this Sword Of ex- The grateful monarch instantly confer. PECTATION ; it was to all appearance no red upon this “ CHAMPION OP ENGLAND,” more than the unornamented simple sword the title of “ BARON OF KINSALE,” and of a Warrior.

bid him name the reward that should be The moment this talismanic weapon was appended to his dignity; when singular presented to its owner, he requested that as true, this most extraordinary man, with an immense block of wood should be placed that romantic disinterestedness which is in the tilt yard, and that the Champion of so often injurious to his countrymen, claimFrance should be summoned forthwith ; || ed, instead of pecuniary compensation, to both of which were accordingly done. be distinguished above other Nobleinen.

As before, the Knight of Gaulcould scarce- He claimed permission that the De Courcys ly forbear rudeness and ridicule, the Hiber should wEAR THEIR MATS IN THE KING'S nian was as before, polite, reserved, and PRESENCE, which was granted, and which composed.

is still enjoyed by the family. Expectation was now a-pant to see the In proportion as this noble-minded man mystical preparations of Courcy unriddled. was proud and generous, Henry was liberal When all was arranged and silent, he drew and condescending. His munificence was his sword from the scabbard, and with one not to be counteracted by the too delicate tremendous blow, he wedged it into the pride of his amiable subject. On the deblock like a thunderbolt. The man,” | parture of Lord Kinsale, his Majesty, in said he, looking significantly on the King | private conference, commanded him, when -“the man,” said he, “ who shall with ONE he should arrive at his home, to mount his hand DRAW out that sword, I will acknow- horse some morning at sun-rise, and gave ledge as CONQUEROR. Then turning to the the royal promise, that, 80 much land as Champion of France, politely requested | he could ride round before sun-set, should him to hand him his sword. The boaster be the estate of the Baron of Kinsale, and was confounded-stammered-stept for- || his heirs. ward towards the block-retreated a laugh When the Baron returned, conformably broke forth from the auditory-all cried- to the King's command, he did mount his DRAW

SWORD.” Over- || horse, at sun-rise, on a certain day, for the whelmed with shame and confusion, the purpose of measuring an estate ; but, alas ! glittering knight not only declined to do so, I too noble to be mercenary, and too convibut declined a single combat with JOHN | vial to be provident, le stopt at the house DE COURCY."

of a friend-staid to dine-and, instead of An universal shout of joy and exultation thinking of acres and of watching the sand rent the square:

“ JOHN DE COURCY” was of time, chatted over the bottle till darkdeclared to be the CHAMPION OF ENGLAND. ness told him that the sun, and the fortune

When the submission of the foreigner of De Courcy, had set together. was complete, for the gratification of his

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THE SERAGLIO OF THE GRAND SIGNIOR AT CONSTANTINOPLE.

(From Clarke's Trurels.)
[Continued from page 120.]

Nothing can be imagined better suited the sleeping apartments of the Sultan-moto theatrical representation than this cham- ther, and her principal females in waiting. ber. It is exactly such an apartment as The external windows of the throne are all the best painters of scenic decoration would || latticed: on one side they look towards the have selected, to afford a striking idea of sea, and on the other into the quadrangle of the pomp, the seclusion, and the magnifi- | the Charem; the chamber itself occupying cence, of the Ottoman court. The stage the whole breadth of the building, on the is best suited for its representation; and side of the quadrangle into which it looks. therefore the reader is requested to have | The area below the latticed throne, or the the stage in his imagination while it is de- front of the stage (according to the idea scribed. It was surrounded by enormous before spoken of,) is set apart for attendmirrors, the costly donations of infidel | ants, for the dancers, for actors, music, kings, as they are styled by the present and whatsoever is brought into the Charem possessors. These mirrors the women of for the amusement of the court. This the Seraglio sometimes break in their fro- | place is covered with Persian mats; but lics. The mischief done in this way, by these are removed when the Sultana is the Grand Signior's women, is so great, || here, and the richest carpets are tben subthat some of the most costly articles of stituted in their place. furniture are removed when they come Beyond the great chamber of audience is from their winter apartments into this pa- the assembly-room of the Sultan, when he lace. Among the number was a large co- is in the Charem. Here we observed the loured lustre given by the Earl of Elgin : magnificent lustre before mentioned. The this was only suspended during their ab- Sultan sometimes visits this chamber dursence, and even then by a common rope. ing the winter, to hear music, and to amuse We saw it in this state. The offending la- himself with his favourites. It is surdies, when detected, are actually whipped rounded by mirrors. The other ornaments by the black eunuchs, whom it is their chief | display that strange mixture of magnifi. amusement to elude and to ridicule. As cence and wretchedness which characterize this mode of punishment has been doubted all the state chambers of Turkish grandees. by certain advocates for Turkish refine- Leaving the assembly-room by the same ment, the author has taken some pains to | door through which we entered, and conascertain the fact, and is responsible for its | tinuing along the passage as before, which veracity. At the upper end is the throne, runs parallel to the sea-shore, we at length a sort of cage, in which the Sultana sits, | reached what might be termed the Sanctum surrounded by latticed blinds, for even Sanctorum of this Paphian temple, the baths here her person is held too sacred to be of the Sultan-mother and the four principal exposed to the common observation of the Sultanas. These are small but very eleslaves and females of the Charem. A lofty | gant, constructed of white marble, and flight of broad steps, covered with crimson | lighted by ground glass above. At the cloth, leads to this cage, as to a throne. upper end is a raised sudatory and bath for Immediately in front of the cage are two | the Sultan-mother, concealed by lattice burnished chairs of state, covered with || work from the rest of the apartment. Founcrimson velvet and gold, one on each side tains play constantly over the floor of this of the entrance. To the right and the left | bath, from all its sides; and every degree of the throne, and upon a level with it, are of refined luxury has been added to the No. 154.-Vol. XXIV.

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work, which a people of all others best | Hyacinths. This promised to be curious, versed in the ceremonies of the bath, have as we were told the Sultan passed almost all been capable of inventing or requiring. his private hours in that apartment; and

Leaving the bath, and returning along the the view of it might make us acquainted! passage by which we came, we entered what with the occupations and amusements which is called the Chamber of Repose, command characterize the man, when divested of the ing the most extensive view any where af- | outward parade of the Sultan. We preforded from this part of the Seraglio. It sently turned from the paved ascent, towards forms a part of the building well known to the right, and entered a small garden, laid strangers, from the circumstance of its be out into very neat oblong borders, edged ing supported, towards the sea, by twelve || with porcelain or Dutch tiles. Here no columns of that beautiful and rare breccia, | plant is suffered to grow but the hyacinth; the verde antico, which is extolled by Pliny. whence the name of this garden, and the Here the other ladies of the Charem enter- chamber it contains. We examined the tain themselves by hearing and seeing co- Sultan's apartment, by looking through a medies, farcical representations, dances and window. Nothing can be more magnifimusic. We found it to be in the state of cent. Three sides of it were surrounded by an old lumber room. Large dusty pier- a divân, the cushions and pillows of which glasses, in heavy gilded frames, neglected were of black embroidered satin. Oppoand broken, had been left leaning against | site to the windows of the chamber was a the wall, the whole length of one side of fire-place, constructed after the European the room.

Old furniture, shabby bureaus || fashion ; and on each side of this a door, of the worst English work, made of oak, covered with hangings of crimson cloth. walnut, or mahogany; inlaid cabinets, scat- Between cach of these doors and the firetered fragments of chandeliers, scraps of place appeared cases, containing the Sulpaper, silk rags, and empty confectionary tan's private library: every volume was in boxes, were the only objects in this part of manuscript; they were placed upon shelves, the palace.

one book lying upon another, and the title From this room we descended into the of each was written upon the edges of its court of the Charem, and, having crossed it, leaves. From the ceiling of the room, ascended a flight of steps to an upper ter- which was of burnished gold, opposite to race, for the purpose of examining a part | each of the doors, and also opposite to the of the building appropriated to the inferior fire-place, were suspended three gilt cages, ladies of the Seraglio. Finding it exactly containing most beautiful artificial birds, upon the plan of the rest, only worse fur- | which sung by mechunism. In the centre nished and in a more wretched state, we of the room stood an enormous gilt brasier, returned to quit the Charem entirely, and supported, in an ewer, by four massive to effect our retreat into the garden. The claws, like the vessels for containing water reader may imagine our consternation upon which are seen under sideboards in Engfinding that the great door was shut, and land. Opposite to the entrance, on one that we were locked in! Listening to as- side of the apartment, was a raised bench, certain if any one were stirring, we disco- | crossing a door ; and upon this were placed vered that a slave had entered to feed some an embroidered napkin, a vase, and basoa, turkeys, who were gobbling and making a for washing the beard and hands. Over the great noise, at a small distance. We pro- bench, upon the wall, was suspended the fitted by their tumult, to force back the large embroidered porte-feuille, worked huge lock of the gate with a large stone; with silver thread in yellow leather, which and this fortunately yielding to our blows, is carried in procession when the Sultan we made our escape.

goes to mosque, or elsewhere in public, to We now quitted the lower garden of the contain the petitions presented by his subSeraglio, and ascended, by a paved way, Ijects. Within a small nook close to the towards the Chamber of the Garden of door, was also a pair of yellow boots; and

upon the bench, by the ewer, a pair of slip- || Small as they are, they constituted, until pers of the same materials. These are lately, the whole of the Seraglio gardens placed at the entrance of every apartment near the sea ; and from them may be seen frequented by the Sultan. The floor was the whole prospect of the entrance to the covered with Gobelin tapestry; and the canal, and the opposite coast of Scutary. ceiling, as before stated, was magnificently || Here, in an old kiosk, we saw a very ordigilded and burnished. Groupes of arms, nary marble slab, supported upon iron such as pistols, sabres, and poniards, were cramps, which, nevertheless, was a present disposed, with very singular taste and effect, || from Charles XII. of Sweden. Įt is preover the different compartments of the cisely the sort of sideboard seen in the walls; their handles and scabbards being poorest inns of England; and, while it may covered with diamonds of very large size, be said that no person would pay half the which, as they glittered around, produced a amount of its freight to send it back again, splendid effect in this most sumptuous || it shews the nature of the presents that chamber.

were then made to the Porte by foreign We had scarcely ended our survey, when, princes. to our great dismay, a bostanghy made his From these formal terraces we descended appearance within the apartment · fortu- | to the gardener's lodge, and left the gardens nately for us, his head was turned from the || by the gate through which we entered. window; and we immediately sunk below This copious description of the interior it, creeping upon our hands and knees, un- of the Seraglio would not have been introtil we got clear of the Garden of Hyacinths. | duced, but in the hope that an account of it Thence ascending to the upper walks, we might afford amusement, owing to the passed an aviary of nightingales.

secluded nature of the objects to which it The walks in the upper garden are very refers, and the little probability there is of small, in wretched condition, and laid out so favourable an opportunity being again in worse taste than the fore court of a granted, to any traveller for a similar inDutchman's house in the suburbs of Hague. || vestigation.

THE LEGACY.

BY EDWARD BALL.

Charles BELLENGEN was but a little in their otherwise excellent dispositions ; boy when he first heard his father speak of it seemed to subdue each active particle an expected legacy, from a maternal re- of their compositions as it rose, and to lation, who was universally distinguished stifle every virtuous exertion by the baneby the epithet of “ old Cumberland the ful effects of its own influence : while, on Miser;" and Mr. Bellengen himself was the other hand, it totally altered the sinalmost as young as Charles, when his fa- cerity of the world's opinion towards them, ther had xlso unfolded to his boyish mind, | for, as every man looked upon the Bellenthe idea of one day, “ rolling in old Cum- gens as were-to-be great people, every one berland's riches." Mr. Bellengen’s fa- felt a strong inclination to excuse, as error, ther had long been numbered with the si- | in their conduct, that which in others would lent dead, while old Cumberland was as have been considered, perhaps, seriously healthy and as morose as ever.

blameable. This anticipation, however, had given At seventeen years of age, Charles Bela tincture to the Bellengen family, which lengen could calculate, to a rod, the extent seemed to “grow with their growth,” and of his relation's estates, and knew, too, eventually to subvert every better principle that his funded property was immense ; while his father, Mr. Bellengen, was ex- relations had never presumed to offer him tremely uneasy in his circumstances, and the use of a carriage from Arrandale lest narrowed in his resources ; this, however, he should consider it as an extravagance not so much the result of misfortune, as of in them, which he so readily proved he an indifference towards domestic affairs, could himself dispense with. Nor, while arising unfortunately from the golden har- the old man with garrulous bitterness enuvest in prospect before him : indeed it merated the many blessings which they might with propriety have been averred, appeared to have around them, did they that, while the Bellengens were waiting | dare to protrude their cares, least he should for the fortune of another, they might by be led capriciously to deem them unworthy the exercise of their own industry have | objects for the inheritance of his economiacquired a better themselves. Charles | cally accumulated wealth. was the first, young as he was, to feel a It was during one of these annual visits, conviction of this truth, and he laudably that Mr. Bellengen, having drawn old resolved to become as independent as pos- | Cuinberland into a conversation respecting sible of human policy or human caprice. the various occurrences in the family, took He would calculate, that to live well, is to the opportunity to mention the wish enterlive honourably; and it became his opinion, tained by Charles of embracing some busithat the highest summit of honour was ness or professional employment. The that which a man rears by his own merits ; | old man changed countenance at the intelbut it sometimes occurs that the best mo- ligence, but instantly reassuming his comtives and the best impulses of the heart posure, and, enquired he, calmly, is it are too submissive to the failings of others, your intention to purchase himn preferment; too much the slave of circumstance: such or place him in business ? Could I do so, was the case with Charles; and, although he replied Mr. Bellengen, but the narrowness possessed both the inclination and ambition of my income prevents it. I should be to adopt a new and a better system, he soon happy.—Now, would

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of my friends felt how difficult it would be for him to ex- and he made a dead pause, for old Cumtirpate the one practised by his father, Mr. berland gave him a frowning look which Bellengen, whose limited incomie con- penetrated to the heart. tinued to decrease from year to year, and “ You amaze me," said the old man, whose abhorrence of business seemed to you amaze me; why should not Charles increase in the same ratio. But even to that walk in the steps of his father? you do resource, Charles looked for the only inde- well enough, let him do the same; we can pendence he could grasp at, or hope for. only do well. Professions cost money; Money was repeatedly borrowed to keep trade sinks money : times are bad, cousin ; up the Bellengen establishment,-interest nothing made now a days, nothing to get, accumulated upon interest, trouble upon but to get into debt: I should be happy trouble, while the fainily, who were in fact to assist, but I am not what I wu8 ; no, no, the most miserable in the whole county, no, I am not what I was ;” and he turned were the envy of all their neighbours by away, as a man would escape a serpent. their great expectations; and for this The evening was rough and stormy, but negative enjoyment or consolation, did the impelled, as he said, by necessity, old Bellengens sacrifice the peace and inde- | Cumberland quitted Arrandale abruptly. pendence which retrenchment and exer- During twelve months from that time, tion might have established.

no particular changes took place with the Once a year, old Cumberland paid a Bellengens, except that Charles fell deepvisit to Bellengen Lodge. He generally ly in love with the daughter of a poor cucame in a returned chaise to Arrandale, the rate, who lived at the parsonage ; and this nearest post town, from which he reached circumstance added to the habits in which the termination of his journey on foot, so he had been educated, taught him to beas ever to arrive when least expected. His lieve himself, if not the most independent

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