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the vain regent's own sword, Moore's sallies a sick-bed. Something similar may be said flash upon the vision, and wound while they of the works of Moore, whether serious or playfully wave in mere show of warfare. witty ; in which latter style he has not been Contempt was never so gracefully concealed approached since the days of Sheridan and under one of Stultz's best-cut garments. Wolcot, although he resembles neither of George IV. was painfully alive to it; and those cotemporaries in early life. This gifted Moore, who was at one time the visitor of person has now completed his seventieth the Prince of Wales, did not spare him when year, and the state of his health seems to he became regent, and turned his back on announce that he has reached the last term the Whigs. It is said that when he was first of life. There has been much controintroduced to the Prince of Wales, the latter versy as to the real merit of his poetry; but asked him if he was the son of Dr. Moore, the public voice, we apprehend, will decide the author of “ Zeluco," when Moore re- the question, and the “ Irish Melodies” more plied, “No, sir; I am the son of a grocer in especially will long survive the author. In Dublin !"

person, we have said, he is diminutive; but It is no small merit to have contributed so in middle age he arrived at a full habit of much as he has done to the stock of human body. His forehead is good, his eyes dark, enjoyment. A distinguished individual in nose prominent, the reverse of aquiline ; the society said he could not tell how to express character of mouth good-humored, and somehis gratitude to Scott for the delightful for what voluptuous; and the stamp of the getfulness of his ailments which “Waverley” whole person decidedly Irish. had caused, while perusing that work upon

A ROMANCE OF THE HAREM.

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The following narrative is given in a late , immediate!y induced the enamored Pasha letter to the Sémaphore of Marseilles :- to take her with him to his seat of

govern“A few years ago, a Greek girl of un- ment, and finally, to make her his wife common beauty was married to Mr. Melin- Although greatly attached to his wife, Meger, an English physician residing at Con- hemet's happiness was not complete, as stantinople, where he had acquired a high there was reason to fear that their union reputation. Several children were borne of would be sterile. Accordingly, he one day this marriage, which, to all appearances, ventured a kind of reproach to his wife on seemed likely to continue a happy one. the subject, who immediately replied with a Thanks to his profession and to his distin- smile, • Is this the cause of your dejection, guished merits, Mr. Melinger received fre my lord ? why did you not mention it quent visits from the highest dignitaries of sooner?' How so? Would you pre

• ' the empire, and among others from His Ex- fer a boy or a girl ?' • A boy by all means. cellency Féthi-Pasha, now son-in-law of the ‘You shall have one.' After a short inSultan. It would appear that the doctor terval, the crafty Greek feigned to be in the having discovered the existence of an intrigue condition her lord desired, while every means between this gentleman and his wife, re- were employed prudently to exile him from solved upon quitting Constantinople, and his wife's apartment. The blindness of his taking the guilty one over to England, but passion rendered this an easy task, nor did a the Greek refused to submit, doubtless al- doubt cross his mind as to the legitimacy of ready bent upon other schemes, for she the infant presented to him, which he named soon after obtained a divorce, and abandoned Belgrade Bey, and the town showed itself her children and her husband. After her di- duly sensible of its sponsorial honors by the vorce, the connection of Madame Melinger most splendid rejoicings. A short time afwith Féthi-Pasha was but of short dura- terwards his Excellency, Mehemet Pasha, was tion. But she shortly accomplished the con recalled to Constantinople, and subsequently quest of Mehemet Pasha, who had just appointed Ambassador of the Ottoman Porte been appointed to the Governorship of Belo in London. But previous to his departure grade; and in order the more entirely to he expressed a wish that he might have

; captivate this distinguished personage, she another boy, a brother and companion for the became a Mussulman—a circumstance which beloved Belgrade. His happiness, he said,

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would not be completed unless he had two nant old man refused to render himself an fine children almost of the same age, of accomplice by remaining longer inactive. He whose future career he already formed the betook himself to Pera, and proceeding step most brilliant anticipations. As she had by step in his investigations with that caudone in the first instance, his wife replied, tious prudence and insinuating artifice so

You shall have one.' Impossible!' ex- peculiar to the people of the East, and especlaimed the husband, at first astounded. cially to the inmates of the harem, he surAs truly as Mahomet is our prophet.' ceeded in acquiring positive evidence of the • Well,' replied Mehemet, God is great! | death of the veritable Usnud Bey, and of the and it was thus that you announced my substitution of a child of the same age, purfirst-born.' At the end of a month she chased of parents in the lowest grade of life. again declared herself inciente, and the The eunuch then returned, and, pointing to Pasha was the most delighted of men; but the pretended Usnud Bey, said to his mishe was soon obliged to set out for London, tress, Madame, let me beg of you to send and his wife was left at Constantinople to that child back to his father-Mossul, the complete her accouchement. This was all fisherman. I know all.' At these words the Greek desired, and using the same means the woman became livid, and left him, saying, as before, she presented one fine morning to 'It is well.' her assembled slaves, and to a few persons “ Shortly before the time of afternoon of her husband's family, a fine child of the prayer she sent for the eunuch, and was told male sex, who received the name of Usnud that he was taking a bath. No sooner did Bey. After the lapse of a few days the she hear this than her project was immedichild fell seriously ill, and was sent, by order ately formed. The old man, as we have said, of the physicians, to Pera, under the care of was governor of the Pasha's household, and its governess. Pera, as every one knows, is as such occupied a sumptuous apartment, to

. a suburb of Constantinople, inhabited by the which a bath-room was attached for his primercantile community and by the European vate use; it was here that his mistress Ambassadors. Its air is purer than that of sought him out. The eunuch was attended the city, and, accordingly, young Usnud was by two slaves ; she dismissed them with an soon brought back in perfect health by his imperious gesture, and remained alone with governess-the same woman who had per-| the old man. · You were determined to find formed the office of nurse at the birth of Bel. it out then ?' she said. “Yes, and I did find grade. Singularly enough, however, an old it out.' To whom have you spoken about black eunuch, who had brought up the Pasha, what you discovered ?'To no one yet, but possessed his entire confidence, and managed I shall write to my master.' How much his entire household, could by no means re- do you want to hold your tongue ? Nocognize Usnud Bey in the child which was thing, I am determined to speak.'

And to thus brought back, and in the presence of write ? Yes, I mean to write.' Then several slaves said to his mistress, “Well, take that to seal your letter with! At these my lady, if that child be Usnud' Bey, he has words she threw a noose round the neck of become singularly altered by his sojourn at the wretched old man, and commenced Pera, among the infidels. The mother re- strangling him. The eunuch was feeble, and mained silent, and carried off the child, taken by surprise, could offer but little resisdirecting a fierce glance at the eunuch. tance. He struggled in vain; his assassin Doubt had established itself, however, in the continued to draw the fatal noose tighter and old man's mind; moreover, he had long tighter still, and as she redoubled her efforts, been enlightened with respect to his mis- she exclaimed with the rage of a fury, “Ah! tress's doings; he knew the whole history of you wanted to know all-you shall know Belgrade Bey, and the reason he had not more than you bargained for! You sought mentioned it to his master was, that at the for light, did you ? here's eternal darkness time he discovered the trick the Pasha had for you! Now write to your master! write, already grown fond of the little being whom old fool!' At the vociferations of the assassin ' he believed to be his son, and the eunuch and the groans of the victim, one of the had not had the courage to undeceive him. slaves returned into the apartment, and at But two supposititious children in the first the sight of the horrible scene, rushed out place, and then the impudent substitution of and began crying all over the house. A another child to the one which had been re- courier was then immediately despatched to ceived as a legitimate offspring, formed a London, to apprise Mehemet Pasha of the complication of knavery of which the indig- I fatal occurrence.

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