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laws. Proud of his authority, and incited by the knees, and fixing his eyes upon him, his counte. desire of augmenting his wealth, avarice and || nance seemed to express piety, affection and pride' were the sole inmates of his heart. He despair, he pronounced a few words in a faultere was soon detested by the colonists; and the few ing voice, which the Jesuit could not understand, Indians, who now and then brought provisions, | the language being unknown to bim, but which soon totally disappeared to join the Guaranis. did not the less affect the worthy father. He raised
Among.tthe last missionaries arrived at Buenos- || the child and allowed himself to be led towards Ayres was an old Jesuit, called Father Maldo the bo'y, which he examined and found perfectly nado. Never did there exist a worthier priest, cold and lifeless. The unhappy boy contemnor did the word of God issue from purer lips. plated the Jesuit, attentively watched all his
It was neither ambition nor remorse that had motions, and continued to speak to hiin in his led him to seek the sanctuary of the cloister. unintelligible tongue; but when he comprehendMaldonado, pious from his infancy, endowed by ed by Maldonado's gestures that all hope was fied, nature with a mild and tranquil soul, only alive he threw himself on the dead body, kissed it a to benevolence, and who only sought for peace thousand times, tore his hair, then suddenly startand vistue, had taken the vows at the age of || ing up rushed precipitalely towards the stream. eighteen, to enjoy the one, and preserve the Notwithstanding his age, Maldonado, swifter other. From that moment his life had been de than the child, caught and held him in his arms, voted to the relief of humanity, in seeking the || and forgetting that the young savage could not unfortunate, as an affectionate heart seeks for understand him, sought to calm his grief with friends. Rich in the possession of a considerable consoling words. As he wept while speaking patrimony, he had dissipated it little by little in || the child comprehender his meaning; returned sharing it with the afflicted; and at the age of his caresses, always pointing to the corpse, while sixty he perceived he had nothing cemaining, I pronouncing the name of Alcaida, then turning and then begged of the King to send him to towards the river, he pronounced that of GuaAmerica. “I have nothing more to bestow," colde; he laid his hand on his heart and bent said he: “let me quit a country where I behold over Alcaipa, then again turned to the river and my fellow-creatures in wanı; at Peru every one repeated several times Guacolde. Maldonado possesses gold, but they know not the gospel, I who sought to read his thoughts, soon compre. will preach it to them, and it is a rich treasure I hended that the dead savage was his father, and shall distribute among them.
was called Alcaipa ; but he could not make out On his arrival at the Assumption, Father Mal | why the child always extended his arms towards donado was astonished to find, instead of the Il the river, while calling on the name of Guacolde. Indians he came to couvert, nothing but christians, After several hours spent in useless efforts to who stood greatly in need of consolation. He ll engage the child to accompany him to the town, was the more zealous; hastened to visit the | Maldonado who would not leave him, fortunately colonists, and found the means of gaining their perceived a soldier passing, and desired him to go confidence, listened to their complaints, relieved to the Assumption and seek for assistance. them, and became their advocate towards their 1 The soldier obeyed, and soon returned with inflexible governor. Thegood Jesuit was blessed the surgeon of the hospital, who examined the by all, and even respected by Pedreras, who since body and confirmed the Jesuit's opinion, that it his arrival had displayed less tyranny, for it is in was dead. At the entreaty of Maldonado the the nature of virtue, and perhaps its recompence, surgeon and soldier dug a grave in the sand, to render better all those who approach it. where they laid the corpse, while the good father
One day as Maldonado was walking alone, at forcibly held the boy, who redoubled his tears some distance frùm the town, while ascending the and lamentations. banks of the river, he heard screams and sobs, and Maldonado at last succeeded in conducting the distinguished on the edge of the water a naked young savage to his home ; lavished on him the child, violently agitated, by the side of a man most soothing caresses, offered him food, and who was lying on the ground. Maldonado ran after much difficulty, prevailed on him to take a towards the child; who was a boy of about twelve small quantily. The child did not appear in. or thirteen; his face bathed in tears, he sobbing sensible to his kindness; but often kissed his embraced, and endeavoured to animate the life hands, and looking mournfully in his face, would less body of a mian apparantly between thirty and again begin to weep. Thus he passed the night forty, naked like the child; his hair wet and in without closing his eyes. As soon as the dawn disoriler, and bearing on his pale face the marks appeared, he made signs that he wished to go of long fatigue, and a painful death.
out. Maldonado opened the door and followed As soon as the child perceived Maldonado, he him. The boy bent his steps towards the spot tan to hiin, koelt be ore him and embraciog his | where his father was interred. When he reached
it, he knelt on the grave, kissed it several times i bows; we then embarked on the great river, and remained for a considerable space prostrate without knowing where to land, for the Brasilians upon it. He afterwards arose and performed the || were behind us, and we trembled at the thoughts same ceremonies beside the river, then returning of advancing towards thy countrymen. to the Jesuit, he raised his eyes to heaven, pro. “The river had overflowed its banks, and in its nounced mournfully the naines of Alcaipa and course carried away large trees : our canoe was Guacolde, made a sign which seemed to express overturned. My father supported me with one that they no longer existed; and threw himself hand while he swam with the other. My niother into the arms of Maldonado, as though to make who had for some time been ill swam with diffihim understand that having lost every thing on culty, yet she also assisted in sustaining me. But earth he gave himself to him.
fatigue soon exhausted her strength as well as The good father's benevolent attentions soon mine; Alcaipa observed it, placed us both on his won the savage boy's affection : as mild as he back, and swam in this manner for several hours, was grateful, he seemed to delight in obeying his but could not land on account of the rocks that commands, and even sought to anticipate them. edged the river. The rapidity of the current He consented to wear clothing, and accustomed dragged him on, he felt himself become weak, but himself with little trouble, to habits which he did concealed it from us: we were incapable of sup
tand, and which often were repugnant porting ourselves above water. At last when we to him. But a sign from his benefactor recon arrived near this plain where the river widening ciled him to every thing. Endowed with a lively forms a sea, my father exclaimed: we are going understanding and an excellent memory, he very to perish my dear Guacolde! I cannot with my soon knew enough Spanish to comprehend the double burthen reach the shore. If you had sufJesuit. The first word he learned, and which i ficient strength to follow me for a few moments. struck him particularly when he knew its signifi pcrhaps . My mother without hearing any cation, was that of father, by which every one more let go her hold and immediately disapaddressed Maldonado: O my father, said he, 1 peared crying, save our son! and I die happy. had lost the hope of ever again pronouncing that “I would have followed my mother; but Ala name: but it is to thee I owe this happiness; I Il caipa held both my arms in his hand. He made and I see you are the best of men, for every one a last effort to cross the river, reached the shore call you their father.
laid me on the sand, kissed me, and fell dead at As soon as he could answer the good Jesuit's my feet. questions, he informed him of his birth and his “You my father soon arrived. You know the mnisfortunes; it was at the tomb of his departed rest." sire that the youthful savage related his his. The Jesuit could not hear this relation without tory. .
weeping : he did not endeavour to console the “My name is Camire," said he; “ I belong to young savage; he did not tell him to dry up his the nation of the Guaranis, whom your brethren tears, but shed some with him, and Camire's ceasthe Spaniards have driven from these plains, and led to flow that he might wipe away those of the who now inhabit the woods behind those blue worthy old man. mountains. I was the only child of Alcaipa and Maldonado's paternal affection soon won the Guacolde. They had been tenderly attached to heart of the sensible Camire. He studied at his each other all their lives, and since my birth all school, and learned to read and write with astonishitheir affection was centered in me. When my ing facility. The pious missionary spoke to him father took me to the chase, my mother accom on the subject of religion, and described it accordpanied us; and when my mother detained me at ing to his own feelings. His eloquence which home, my father remained also with us. My flowed from the soul soon reached that of his days were spent with them and at night I reposed pupil, who easily believed the good father's words. in their arms. If I was happy they did not fail | because he saw him daily put them in practice : to be the same, and our hut re-echoed with their he accompanied him to the hospital, to the poor songs; if I was ill, they were overwhelmed with and the sick, when seated on the bed of disease; grief, and if I slept, they gazed upon me, and my Maldonado calmed the grief of the unfortunate by slumbers gave them repose.
his consolatory discourse. But when he shared “A nation called the Brasilians who I supposed Il with the Indians his frugal repast, and even his had been drived away by your brethren, came clothing, and the young savage admired his chaand attacked us in our forests. A battle was rity, “My son,” would the Jesuit exclaim, this fought, and the Brasilians triumphed. My father is not sufficient, my god is the father of the poor, and mother, obliged to fly, hastily built a canoe of | of the orphan, of the afflicted; they are his fae bark, in which we placed all that we possessed, || vourite children, it is thus we must assist each which consisted of two hammocks, a net, and two other if we wish to please him.
No. XX. Vol. III.
Chárined with these divine precepts, and im- || for what reason you call professions, I will frankly patient to follow so pleasing an example, Ca- | confess that none of those you described pleased mire asked to be baptized. This desire filled the || me. I do not like your laws, insufficient, unmissionary's breast with joy, and he flew to ac certain, and often contradictory; of all the books quaint the Governor with it. Pedreras offered you have made me read it is these I have found to stand god-falher to the converted American ; the most tedious; and as we never acquire well all the Spaniards made him presents, and the what we dislike, I will not learn thein, nor wasto Jesuit busied himself in endeavouring to insure my time as many have done. War makes me an independency to his new proselyte.
shudder. I admire, I love the courageous man, The credit and consideration which Maldo. || who, if his wife, his children, or country be nado enjoyed in the colony, and even in Spain,
attacked, takes up arms, and braves death in insured him an easy means of procuring Camire defence of his brethren : that man is not a warvarious situations. At sixteen his education was
rior, as he is erroneously called in your country; finished, and the Jesuit's pupil learned more
he is a man of peace apd justice, for he defends than most of the colonists. He understood Latin,
the one and the other. But for me, born a was well acquainted with mathematics, well read
Guarani, to engage my life to sell my blood to in history and poetry, as well as all Spanish works
the King of Spain, to ravage the earth, or destroy of celebrity. His intelligent mind had prohled
men, according to his will! no, my father, the by what he had read; he loved books, and under
religion you have taught me prohibits this, and I stood them well, and often culled more real phi
have yet to learn how your Spaniards accord this losophy from them than the author himself pro- | profession with their duties as Christians. fessed.
" Commerce at first pleased me; I thought it Maldonado, whom he astonished by his ge- || charitable and agreeable to cross the sea, and nius, spoke to him seriously on the necessity of spend one's life in labour and danger, to carry choosing a profession which would lead him to
distant nations the assistance they stand in need fortune ; he proposed to him the study of the
of, to share with the large family of mankind law, the army, or commerce, and with his
the gifts of our common father ; but, upon fur. usual indulgence, left him a free choice. Call ther investigation, I discovered the motives which mire thus replied:
actuated this charity, I discovered that the ho. “ The only error of which I find you guilty,
nestest merchants diel not scruple to give savages my father! is that of believing that fortune, deadly weapons, and to intoxicate them with which you so often mention, can be necessary strong liquors, to conclude their bargains to adfor my happiness. I know very well from what vantage. In short, I have seen them bring I have read, and from the information you have Africans from their own country, and here exgiven me concerning your Europe, where the pose them for sale in the market-place, like whole of nature's gifts only belong to a sinall caille !-Sell our brethren !-Oh! my father, part of its inhabitants; where the poor are con- || this is galling commerce !--My friend! I will denined to serve the rich, to be allowed the right not be a merchant ! of breathing the air, and feeding on the fruits of " Let me then remain what I am. You may the earth I can casily conceive that in that smile, and make me understand I am nothing; country every means are employed, just or un but I assure you I am something, and something just, to leave the extensive class of those who tolerably good and tolerably happy; thanks to possess nothing, to become a member of the one thy care I enjoy health, a good conscience, and that enjoys every thing. But look around you, am prepared at this instant to appear before the my father! look at these almost unbounded God of mercy, and the only regret I should feel plains, where the maize, the ananas, and a || would be that of leaving you. Innocence, my . crowd of other salubrious plants grow before father! is an excellent profession; allow me to our eyes, almost without cultivation : look at have no other. Beside you, I want for nothing; those immense forests, filled with cocoa trees, and if I had the misfortune to lose you, I would pomegranate, lemon, and citron trees, and many return to my woorls, there our trees would afford other delicious fruits, which nature creates with me satisfaction, and thy meinory would detain less trouble than you have in repeating their me in the paths of virtue. Let me then enjoy names; all those belong to me, I may enjoy in peace the happiness you have bestowed upon thein; and the population of Paraguay will not me. We have perused many large books on for a long time be sufficiently great for men to what men denominate felicity. I could form divide this extensive country, name a master for || a little treatise, which might be reduced to these each spot of land, and deprive their successors of two lines :--To preserve the heart in its native the gifts of nature.
purity, and to know how to renounce those “ As to those employments, which I know not || things which are of little consequence."
Maldonado was at a loss for a reply to his I was returning home later than usual, and passe! young philosopher's arguments. He agreed that near the spoi, a monstrous serpent, of the species the disciple had surpassed the master, and smil- called hunters, so common in Paraguay, raised ing, and Camire to instruct him in his turn. | its head above the long griss, and hissing with But it was ordained that this wisdom should soon threatening rage, sprung towards Angelina. The be pat to the test.
i terrified girl screamed aloud, her attendant ran A few months previous to this conversation, a away with all possible haste, and she attempted to ship from Cadiz had brought to the Assumption, follow her ; but the serpent pur ued her, gained a young niece of the Governor's, whom her fa- l' ground, and had nearly reached her, when Cather, Don Manuel, Pedreras's younger brother, li mire appeared, holding a leathern sling, the use had left a portionless orphan. Her relations of which the Peruvians so skilfully understand. thought the best way of getting rid of the in- | He threw the running knot at the reptile's head, cambrance of a poor girl was to send her to then flying with extreme quickness, dragged America, where her uncle had the reputation of with him the strangled monster. being rich. Pedreras received her with more Angelina had fainted. Cumire approached, surprise than joy; he was at first tempted to send | assisted her, and recalled her senses ; he then her back to her other relations in Spain, but supported her lottering frame till she arrived at Maldonado's representations prevented him ; he her uncle's dwelling, received her grateful thanks contented himself with making thein some very with blushes, and left her experiencing a mixserere reproaches for having troubled him with || ture of anxiety and confusion which he had ber, and consented, through a forced humanity, never before felt. 10 allor his brother's only child to remain in his He immediately repaired 10 Maldonado to achouse.
quaint him with what had happened. The joy It will naturally be imagined that the young | the good Father felt at Ange i a's escape, the lady did not enjoy much happiness with Pedreras ; | interest he took in her fate, and all the prai-es he she kaew well, and every day observed that she bestowed on her, augmented Camire's confuwas a weighty burden. Trembling with the fear son. While listening, he appeared wrapped in of irritating her uncle, certain of displeasing him, thought, and passed a sleepless night The next she kept a strict watch over her smallest actions, morning he asked the Jesuit, with some empaid the most minute attention to his commands, barrassment, whether it would not be proper for and thought herself extremely happy when she them to wait on the Governor to inquire ter escaped being rebuked. She had just altained his niece's health. Maldonado agreed, and they her sixteenth year, and was called Angelina, and
repaired to the house. Pedreras received them truly worthy of that name, by her beauty, ele | with much politeness, re-assured them respecting gance, amiable disposition, and more particu
Angelina's health, and invited them to spend larly by the qualities of her heart, which were
the day. The young Guarani again saw the inestimable.
fair Spaniard, conversed freely with her, and It was impossible to see her without feeling an
inhaled on all sides the consuming flames of affection for her ; thuse who loved her dared not love. confess it; her pure soul was devoid of vanity, | The history of Alcaipa, and the praises which and the sentiment she inspired was so nearly the good Jesuit delighted to bestow on his adopied allied to virtue, that it might be thought one in son, were the subject of the cony,rsation Angethose who experienced it.
Hina, who did not lose a word, kept her eyes Angelina often sought the solitude of the
bent on the ground, a lwelier hueoverspread her country. Profiling by he liberty which the
cheeks, and a secret emotion agitated her heart. colonists enjoyer!, followed by a servant, she
From Maldonado's recital she comprehended 'he walked out every evening to contemplate the
cause why Camire so often visited th river's face of nature, bresthe the perfume of flowers,
banks. His piety and filial love redoubled the gralisten to the birds' songs, and admire the setting
titude she felt for her amiable deliverer. She was son. These were her only pleasures, and suf. happy that it wis be who had snatched her from feed her mild and placid soul, always quick at
the arms of danger; and was pleased to be coinappreciating the good, and satisfied with her con
pelled to bestow her este mon se gond a you h, dition
but dared not raise her eyes upon hiin. In her walks she had often remarked a young || A very short time ufficed h young lovers to man, who each day at the same hour repaired to make each other senible of war they felt, and a ceriain spot, where he remained kneeling for a to assure them, without 'he asistance of words, considerable time, and afterwards returned to the i that their love was murual. Angelina kept the town. Angelina, who bad little curiosity, had, secret which her ere had betrayed; but the inGyoided ineeting bim; but one evening as she I genious Guarani confided all his thoughts to the Jesuit. In burning words, he described to || make him forget thy birth, if we could give him him the passion which filled his soul, and declared || a large sum of gold; but neither you nor I posa thousand times that death alone could extin- 1 sess this valuable metal"guish it ; that he was ready to undertake every « Gold !" hastily rejoined Camire, throwing thing to become worthy of her hand, and con- || his arms round the old man's neck, “re. cluded by asking his assistance to attain this l joice my father! it only depends on me to prohappiness.
cure some; the mountains where I formerly lived Maldonado listened to him with grief. “Oh! are filled with it; I know the road which leads to my son," said he, “how you afflict me, and how it. I will fetch as much gold as you desire; you many evils do you prepare for yourself. You, shall offer it the Governor, and for so vile a gift who are acquainted with our morals, our cus- l he will bestow on me the most beautiful, the toms, our respect for birth, and our passion for most virtuous being of the universe; and this riches, can you suppose that the Governor of fatal metal, which has been the cause of so many Paraguay will consent to bestow his daughter crimes, will still make two people happy.” on a stranger !-an unknown, who possesses no- | The good Jesuit, whose heart always beat at thing; and whose project is, after my death, to the sound of happiness, shared his son's joy. The go and live among the savages his brethren. The next day he repaired to Pedreras; but knowing contempt in which you hold the vain idols which I well the character of him he wished to gain over, corrupied men adore I have not sought to com. llihought he might be allowed to employ a little bat in you, my son--I have held it sacred; butllcunning. He began by speaking of the diffiwhen a human being pretends, my dear Camire, | culty of establishing Angelina in a way suitable to to be above the errors inherent in humanity, heher birth; he then made him understand that must renounce love : for that passion is sufficient by dispensing with nobility she would find husto place us within the reach of all the prejudices bands that would consider themselves very happy of mortals, and all the caprices of fortuue. You to lay a large fortune at her feet, and even to pay excite my pity, my child! all remedies and the uncle for the honour of his alliance; and advice are ar present useless; it is hope that you seeing this overture did not displease Pedreras, stand in need of, and my affection would vainly I he concluded by proposing his pupil, with an seek to mislead me a while in order to deceive' hundred thousand ducals.' you. I only know of one method which might
E. R. succeed: the Governor's avarice might perhaps |
[To be continued.]
A TOUR THROUGH HOLLAND,
Along the Right and Left Banks of the Rhine, to the South of Germany, by Sir John
Carr, Author of the Stranger in Ireland; a Tour round the Baltic, &c. Phillips, June 1807.
The extraordinary successes of the French, A short time before Sir John Carr visited Holhave, fur some time past, almost entirely closed Il land, the Dutch, who scem to have been long the avenues of the Continent against us; wc destined to the broils of war and a variety of have heard but little, and that very imperfectly, revolutions, experienced a new political change ; of the internal policy of those countries which they beheld their government transmuted from have unhappily fallen under French domination; Il a republic into a kingdom, and a new dynasty of or, what is equally fatal in its result, under French
princes created for them by that wonderful and influence. It is with pleasure, therefore, we turn | malignant spirit which has so long embroiled the our attention to a rous made 50 lately as during Il repose of the world. our attention to a Tour made so lately as during last summer and autumn in that part of Europe, || Our Tourist also continued his route along the in which the arms or terror of the enemy have so right and left bank of the Rhine, the later of irresistibly prevailed.
which now forms the frontier of the French empire This inust be our apology for giving, contrary towards Germany; and also through several of to our practice, an account of this work in the the sovereignties which have been incorporated present place.
Il into a confederation, by which the imperial dig.