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TRAVELS OF A FRENCH MISSIONARY. DURING the years 1844, 5, 6, a French to hide themselves amongst the fast
Missionary, of the congregation of St. nesses of the mountains. Meantime Lazarus, travelled in Tartary, Thibet, the clouds continued to rise, and a and China; his name was Hill. The
tempestuous gale began to blow following extract is taken from the
violently, breaking out in such account of his travels recently pub- irregular gusts, as baffled every lished. The scene of the adventure is
attempt to guard against them, and in the country of the Ortous, north of kept us in suspense as to which the Great Wall of China; the account
would obtain the mastery. Whilst of the caverns of refuge is very curious.
we were thus alternately buoyed The further we advanced into the up by hope and sunk again by fear, country of the Ortous, the more loud claps of thunder, and incessavage and wild was its appearance, sant lightnings, which made the and to complete our misfortunes, a heavens appear on fire, convinced terrible storm burst suddenly upon us that all earthly hope was over, us, which put an end to the autum- and that we must trust to Provinal season with awful grandeur, and dence alone for our safety. brought with it the inclemency and bent our steps towards a gorge, cold of winter.
which opened near to the spot One day as we were travelling where we had halted, that with considerable difficulty, in the might avoid the icy north wind midst of the arid and sandy desert, which now was blowing furiously. the heat was so great that the per- The whole hurricane, however, spiration ran down our foreheads, swept down upon us, before we and we felt stifled by the excessive could reach the place. First the weight of the atmosphere. Our rain fell and came in torrents, then camels, too, stretching out their long hail, which was succeeded by half throats and half opened mouths, | melted snow. In a moment we tried in vain to inhale a breath of were soaked to the skin, and felt fresh air. When we perceived to- | that the cold had penetrated all our wards twelve o'clock, dark clouds limbs. We attempted to walk, in gathering in the horizon, which the hope that it might assist in warned us it would be prudent to restoring our circulation, but we erect our tent, lest we should be found it impossible to proceed any exposed to the storm without any distance, as our feet sank in the means of shelter. But we were at wet sand as if it had been mortar. a loss to find any spot where it | We therefore sought for shelter, in could be pitched, though we sought crouching close under the sides of for one eagerly on all sides. We the camels, and with folded arms climbed the adjoining heights and attempted to retain a degree of looked from thence, all around us warmth; and we resigned ourto try if we could not discover some selves with submission to the will habitation of the Tartars, which of Providence, to be disposed of might afford us warmth in this according to His pleasure. For fearful emergency. But we gazed the storm was still falling upon us, to no purpose, only a dreary soli- in all its fury. It would have retude, lay stretched out before us, quired more than human skill, to broken at intervals by foxes which stretch the cloths of the tent, soaked were retreating to their holes, and by the rain, which the north wind flocks of goats which were running i had almost turned to ice; to at
tempt, therefore, to raise it was an instant we had passed from the impossible; besides the difficulty depth of misery, to the height of of finding a spot, on which to pitch happiness. It was like a sudden it, as the water on all sides flowed and unexpected transition from in streams. During this terrible death to life. conjuncture, we cast piteous glances When we saw these subterraneous at one another, without uttering a habitations constructed with word; we felt that the natural much care and solidity, we conwarmth of our bodies grew by de- cluded that in order to prepare some grees less and less, and that our blood ground for cultivation, the Chinese was freezing in our veins. So we had taken up their abode in these offered up our lives as a sacrifice to parts, and disheartened by the barGod, fully persuaded that the cold renness of the soil, had afterwards during the night would kill us. given up the attempt as fruitless.
Notwithstanding the hopelessness In this conjecture, we were of our condition, one of our party firmed by traces of cultivation that collected all his strength and energy, we found in several places. For it and clambered to the top of an is the custom of the Chinese, when eminence, which commanded the they establish themselves in any neighbouring pass. By so doing spot in Tartary, to construct caverns he discovered a pathway which by in the mountains, where they find innumerable windings led to the the rock sufficiently hard and solid. bottom of this immense ravine. He These habitations are more econofollowed in the track, and had mical than houses, and are less advanced but a few steps in the exposed to the vicissitudes of the descent, when he perceived two seasons. They are, in general, very large openings resembling doors, in well arranged. Windows are made the sides of the mountain. Gaining on each side of the entrance, so as fresh courage and strength at this to admit sufficient daylight to penesight, he rushed vigorously up the trate into every part inside. All mountain, to announce the good the interior, the walls, the vault, news to his companions. “Our the ovens, the Kang, * is inlaid lives are saved!” he exclaimed, with a cement so well prepared and
There are grottoes in the gorge, so bright as to have the appearance let us seek for shelter in them with- of stucco. They have also another out loss of time." These words advantage, that of being hot during were as genial as a thaw to the the winter and very cool in the little caravan, we left our animals summer.
The absence of any on the height, and went eagerly to draught of air renders them, howexamine the ravine. A path led to ever, at times, hurtful to the occuthe aperture of these caverns.
Such dwelling-places as thrust our heads into them, and these were by no means a surprise perceived that the hollow in the to us, as they are frequent in Si interior of the mountain was not a Wan, where we had been on a fornatural excavation, but a series of mer mission. However, we had large, spacious and noble chambers, seen none so well constructed as wrought out by the hand of man. these of the country of the Ortous.
Our first exclamation was one of thankfulness to the Giver of all
* The Kang, it resembles a large stove, good. We hastened to single out the upper part of it is made of moveable the cleanest and largest of the boards placed closely together. It is used caverns that lay before us. And in
to sleep upon.
MESSAGES FOR THE CHILDREN.
RAMBLES ON THE SEA-SHORE.
The water is calm and still below, between immense piles of wood, For the winds and waves are absent driven into the ground. These
there, And the sands are bright as the stars that
piles were once accidentally disglow
covered to be so completely pierced In the motionless fields of the upper in all directions, by the Teredo, air ;
that but for a timely notice of the And life, in rare and beautiful forms, Is sporting amidst those bowers of mischief, whole tracts of country stone,
would have been laid under water. And is safe when the wrathful spirit of Ships in tropical climates have been
storms, Has made the top of the waves his
destroyed from the same cause, and before the use of copper bottoms,
many a noble vessel may have We left the young people and their foundered at sea, from the insidious governess busily engaged in ex- attacks of this little creature. Foramining the contents of the basket, tunately the animal cannot live in which held their gathered curio- fresh water, or our fine bridges sities; and Miss Sidney, now di. would have had but a brief exisrected their attention to a piece of tence. wood, full of round holes, which “The square case which Rose Alfred was hastily about to throw calls a dead beetle with four away.
horns,' is the outer bag or skin of “Stop, my dear,” said Miss Sid- the egg of the Skate. Such purses, ney, “and let me explain how this as they are called, once held a subpiece of wood, which is, very likely, stance very like the yolk and white a part of some foundered vessel, or of an egg, and two of the four of the pier at the other end of the horns were hooked, and long enough bay, came to be pierced in such a to fasten the egg, for protection, to curious way. It is the work of a the weed at the bottom of the sea. shell-fish, called the Teredo or ship- The little fish soon makes its way worm. Great is the mischief done out at one end, and the purses are by this tiny animal in boring for then washed on shore." itself a dwelling-place. It is a long “How curious,” said Rose, exworm-shaped creature, living in a amining the tough black purse, “I shelly tube or case, which it forms should like to know the names and for itself in making its way into the histories of all fishes. I little thought wood, which it pierces with its when we had Skate for dinner the jaws. In Holland, as you know, a other day, that it came out of such great part of the country is below a queer kind of case." the level of bigh water, and to pre- “I dare say I shall be able to vent the sea from coming in upon give you some more amusing inforit, immense dikes or banks have mation about fishes,” replied Miss been made all along the coast. Sidney, “but as it is reckoned These are framed on the side to. that there are about 8,000, I do not wards the sea by large masses of profess to know all their names and sand, while to the landward they histories, as you call it.” are strengthened by the plantation “Let us,” said Alfred, “first finish of strong grass, which is wattled looking at our basket of curiosities,
for here is a pretty pink ball with crush it beneath his feet, or throw nobs on it, and between them a it out of the reach of the tide. pattern pricked as if with a needle, From some observations made by and I think it must be something M. Deslongchamps, a French natuworth keeping.”
ralist, it appears that it pours into “ It is,” said Miss Sidney, “the the Oyster-shell some poisoning Echinus, or sea-urchin, or fluid, and that the oyster gaping, Hedge-hog.”
the animal is instantly sucked out “It takes its name,” cried Alfred, by the fleshy tubes which project " from the Greek; Echinos is the from the mouth of the Star-fish.” Greek for Hedge-hog."
" It would have some trouble,” “Yes,” said Rose, “I dare
it said Rose, “ to get at the Limpet, is, but you should not interrupt which sticks so closely to the rock Miss Sidney, though you are so that you need a knife to get it off clever."
without breaking the shell.” “I beg Miss Sidney's pardon,” “ Unless you happen to surprise said Alfred, “you know I do not it while waiting for food,” replied often trouble you in the holidays Miss Sidney, “when it slightly with my school learning, but I raises the shell. A pretty bird, could not help thinking of Echinos.” called the Oyster-catcher or Šea-pie,
“You know,” said Miss Sidney, is well aware of this, and twitches " that the Hedge-hog is covered them off with great ease by means with spines, so was once this pretty of his wedged-shaped bill. With ball, and the animal in it, possessed this it can also open the Cockle also a number of feet, or suckers, very cleverly, by holding the shell which it projected through these steady with its foot, and wrenching minute holes, either to crawl on the it open as with a crow-bar.” ground, or to seize the small shrimps “And now,” said Miss Sidney, and other such little animals on “let us walk a little way on the which it fed. The moment the rocks, or rather I should say, Echinus touches one of these, no scramble, for the path will be both way of escape remains, for the hold slippery and uneven.” is never relinquished; other suckers “0, what a beautiful pool!” come out until it is firmly held, and exclaimed Rose, “it is like a little passed to the mouth, which is placed garden under water. See the green where all these nobs and divisions and red plants and tiny trees, and meet, as on the top of a peeled | little sparkling pebbles, (puts her orange, and is furnished with fine
hand in but hastily withdraws it). hard sharp teeth, and these can What is that, darting about! and crush with ease the shell of the I felt something so cold.”. prey. The Star-fish is also a very “ It is the Goby or Rock-fish, voracious animal, for though it has my dear. This pretty pool is his no teeth, it manages to swallow dwelling-place, here he lies secure small shelled animals whole, and from the attacks of large fish, I then rejects the empty shell, and have no doubt that your hand as is believed, devours larger ones greatly alarmed him. The cold out of their shell. So destructive substance that you touched is the is this animal considered to Oysters, Sea-anemone, which that in some old Admiralty regu- thought to be a plant, and was so lations, a penalty is denounced called from being like the flower of against every one who on seeing that name. When it opens its the 'Five finger,' does not either I feelers the animal is waiting for
food, and when it has fed on Now a lion was listening all this shrimps, small crabs, and other time waiting for a convenient oplittle shell-fish, it closes itself again portunity to pounce upon them. into a round red ball. The feelers « Ah !” said he to himself as the enable it, like the Sea Hedge-hog, first spoke, “I don't fear your to seize the prey, and if it be a sword : if I spring quickly it will shell-fish, the empty shell is after a be of no use to you. Nor your while thrown out. This appears lance," as the second spoke;' “I almost incredible to people unac- am active, and can avoid it; so, as quainted with the wonders of the I am hungry, here goes!" and he animal kingdom, but they might crept forward. But when the third satisfy themselves of the truth of spoke, he stopped short. “ The such modes of feeding, by a visit to sword and lance I know and don't the British Museum. There, I have fear; but this good faith-what is seen a dried specimen of a Star-fish, it? It may kill or wound me: I which had fallen a victim to its will wait and see it!" So he trotted voracity in attempting to swallow off, determined to find out what a large shell of the Venus kind, this unknown weapon was.
Prewhich still remains in its mouth." sently he met an old woman.
Good,” said he, “here is my chance; first I will find out from her and then I'll eat her. She will
be tough, perhaps, but my teeth GOOD FAITH.
are good, and my appetite very
keen !" So he accosted her saying, A Legend of South America. “Good mother, last night, for some
thing to do, I sat listening to three It has been remarked by natura- men : one said he had a lance to lists, that the animals in the New defend himself with, another a World are inferior, both in size and sword, but the third said he had his strength of limb, to those of the good faith. Tell me, Mamita, what Old. The Chilians dignify the is this good faith.” She, with puma with the name of lion, though great presence of mind, answered, it is infinitely his inferior both in “My poor dear, you ran a great size, courage, and strength, being risk indeed. It is a new weapon only about as big as a large mastiff, just introduced, of so fatal a sort, and of about the same colour. that, only to wish ill to one who
Once, in times long gone by, has it, occasions a lingering death, three men were traversing the moun- Here, take this, my child," offering tains, but night overtaking them a loaf, “and thank your stars you before they could reach any habi- did not attack him nor intend evil tation, they lighted a large fire, and to me!" The lion, never thinking sat down beside it. It was a gloomy, that a poor old woman could take dark night, and the howling of wild him in, civilly thanked her, ate his beasts was plainly heard in the loaf, and_scampered back to his neighbouring forest. “I don't care family. From that day to this, the for the lions, for I have a sword!" lion has never preyed on human said one of the men, “Nor I,” | beings; he fears the "GOOD FAITH.” said the second, “for I have a lance !” “Nor Í,” said the third, more confidently than the other two, “ for I have my good faith !"