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HUMILITY THE BASIS OF ALL THE VIRTUES.
A Swiss Tale.
Parmi les hommes le Tout-Puissant a promis la Gloire du Ciel à ceux
* The deeply interesting event, with which the story opens, was described to the Author by the Englishman (perhaps the only Englishman) who witnessed it. Should that agreeable and intelligent traveller ever cast his eyes on this little Work, he will forgive this feeble sketch of his own animated and feeling description.
Nor many summers have passed, since one of the loveliest and most admired valleys of Switzerland, the rich and beautiful “ Val di Bagne," was the scene of an awful calamity.
In the spring of 1815, an immense avalanche (or rather a mass of ice, called a pointe d'aiguille, one of the towering points that rise amidst the seas of ice in the Vallais) fell from its lofty site into a gorge of the mountain, and checked the flow of that branch of the river Drantz which meandered through the quiet and smiling Val di Bagne. The stream, continually fed by numerous rivulets of dissolving snow from the adjacent mountains, deprived of its accustomed