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takes the suspended weapon from his ance. Immediately after, the arbitra-" Beck, and throws it to as great a dis- tors and relations of both parties put tance as he can: the assistants seize it themselves in motion, with the two new and break it to pieces. At that moment friends at their head, and proceed to the criminal addresses the court, declare the village of the aggressor, who has ing his formal acceptance of its deci- previously caused a grand entertainsion; and then asks his adversary whe- ment to be prepared, consisting of a ther he renounces his revenge and en- profusion of meat, brandy, wine, cakes mity? The party aggrieved is agitated; of maize, cheese and honey. On such weeps, and reflects; he looks up to hea- occasions as this, sheep, hogs, and even Ven, sighs, and hesitates; his whole soul oxen roasted in the open air, are comseems overwhelmed by a thousand dif- monly served up. ferent emotions. The friends and rela- « All the relations, friends and neightions of both parties urge and invite him bours of the parties, persons whose cuto be reconciled : the conversation is riosity leads them to witness the trans. carried on with great warmth; they are action, and even passengers, have a afraid lest the injured party should give right to partake of the feast, for which a refusal, which he still has it in his a spacious plot of ground is always

carefully chosen. This scene is varied “(At the ceremony which I witness. by heroic songs, national dances, and ed a voice was heard, strongly expres- every possible degree of gaiety. The sive of indignation. It was that of the pecuniary compensation, fixed by the patriarch of the old men. What are Kmeti, is presented as soon as the guests you waiting for, thou frozen heart?' he are seated at table: the silver, gold, exclaimed. My soul is not yet ready,' and jewels are produced in a large waiwas the fierce reply of the offended in- ter or salver belonging to the church; dividual.)

effects of a greater bulk are brought in “ Every one now removes from him, the hand. Sometimes the party agand leaves him for a moment to his re- grieved generously refuses the whole. flections; while the aggressor, still on 6 Duplicate copies of the sentence; his knees, dares not raise his eyes from (which has been drawn up during the the ground. During this profound si- ceremony,) written on the same sheet lence a priest advances, alone, to the of paper, are now presented to the cuinjured party, whispers in his ear, and, rate, who delivers one copy to each lifting up his hand, points silently to- party, by whom it is preserved as a dowards heaven. His soul is now touch- cument honourable to his family. The ed; his wrath expires; he reaches out two leaves or pages containing this inone hand to his enemy, whom he raises strument are tied together by a string, up from the ground; and, with the other, to which a very thin

piece of Turkish pointing towards heaven, he exclaims, money is attached, that fastens its two

Great God, bear witness that I pardon extremities. This piece the curate or him!' The two enemies, mutually ex- president cuts with a pair of scissars intending their arms, hold them for a long to two equal parts: and the two leaves time locked together; while the persons are divided in such a manner that each present rend the air with their accla- party has one half, the identity of mations, and, hurried along by the ex- which is attested by bringing them both ample thus set them, embrace one ano- together. ther confusedly.

The ceremony concludes with sing“ After this effusion has subsided, the ing and dancing, and the persons precurate and the president of the Kmeti sent separate at the signal of a discharge embrad the two reconciled persons. of fire arnis, which is continued for He, who had already forgiven the of- more than an hour in all directions, as fender, then pronounces with a loud every one makes a point of discharging voice before the Kmeti, and with an ex- them on his way home, until his carpression that shows his sincerity, a most tridges are spent. solemn oath, that he renounces all re- « No instance has ever occurred in sentment and all his rights to venge- which these decisions have been violat

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ed: the same families may even be at dreadful,' says Mr. Jones, to see such a variance again, but they never recur to

number of human beings, old and young, what has previously been decided. The in chains, driven from their native country,

to be sold like sheep in a market : some reconciliation of individuals thus conse

were children, between six and eight years crated produces a pacification between of age, separated from their parents for all the members of both families, who ever. My heart ached to witness the inhu. become bound for each other by mutual

If such a number of slaves baths; which the Montenegrins are

were to be driven through the streets of known to reverence most strictly, whe. London, in irons, carrying loads on their

heads, to be sold like the beasts in Smith. ther they have reference to any public field, 'doubtless the sight would fill the or private interests, and whether they eyes of all with tears, and stimulate them bave sworn by their mustaches or by to greater exertions than ever to suppress their bonour."

such a traffic.

“On Tuesday, October Sd, they arrived, about noon, at the foot of the lofty hill on

which Tananarive, the residence of the (In the Christian Journal for Sept 1821, p.267, king, is situated, where they waited to

we inserted an extract from the proceedings know his pleasure. They were soon inof the London Missionary Society, giving an formed, by two persons dressed as field of. account of the reception of their missionary ficers, that the king would receive theme at Madagascar. As an appropriate supple- princes who had been at Mauritius for

at four in the afternoon. After this the two ment to that article, we now select from the education, came to visit Mr. Hastie, who (London) Missionary Register for August, the had been their tutor. The king's secretary following important information respecting then advanced, and informed them that the further proceedings of that missionary, his majesty rejoiced at their arrival. Ou and the final abolition of slavery in that im. beginning to ascend the hill a cannon was mense island.]

fired at the top. They then passed between

two lines of soldiers, who presented arms. Abolition of the Slave Trade of Madagascar. Qn reaching the court-yard of the palace [No. 1 . lished ; and freedom was hailed by thou- land, and others for Mauritius, was made sands with transports of joy."

the drums beat, and the king came forward From communications transmitted to to receive them. He seated Mr. Hastie on the directors of the London Missionary So. his right hand, and Mr. Jones on his left. ciety, by the society's missionary, the Rev. They then partook of the dinner prepared David Jones, we extract the principal pars for them, the king expressing an excess ticulars of this auspicious event.

of joy on receiving Mr.Hastie. In the evenHis Excellency Governor Farquhar hav. ing they were conducted to a large welling prepared the way for a mission on the built house, where they slept that night. subject to Radama (King of Ova, but who The king came to see them the next day, now styles himself King of Madagascar), and was greatly pleased with some of thre sent Mr. Hastie, as his commissioner, to presents sent to him,particularly the work the court of this Prince. His object was on some silver plates and dishes, and with to conclude a treaty for the entire abolition an Arabian horse that was sent among of the slave trade throughout Madagascar. others. We extract the following account of their In several conferences held with Mr, reception at the court of Radama, and of Hastie, the proposed treaty was fully conthe conclusion of the treaty

sidered; when it appeared that the great “ On the 16th of September they com- difficulty in the way of its conclusioni, was menced their journey from Tamatave to the advantage obtained by his principal Tananarive, nearly 300 miles inland ; and subjects, who procured almost all foreign pursued it seventeen days over a great va- articles by their traffic in slaves. Mr Has. riety of country. One of the woods through tie stated, fully and forcibly, the evils of which they passed was nearly forty miles the slave trade, and the real advantages in extent. Some of the rivers which they which his subjects would obtain by its crossed were so deep, that they were obe abolition. The king afterwards consulted liged to swim their horses. Several of the his ministers on the subject, who appeared mountains over which they travelled were to be very averse to the measure proposed, prodigiously lofty, and sometimes exceed. At length, however, the king resolved, at ingly steep. Mr. Jones says, ' I never saw all events, to sign the treaty, on this spe. in North Wales mountains and roads so cial condition, that twenty of his subjects difficult to pass as some of these.'

should be instructed in the most useful “ In the course of their journey they met arts; ten at the Mauritius, and ten in Enggroupes of the natives, who were on their land. way to Tamatave to be sold to the slave The moment arrived which was to de, dealers, many of whom reside there, and cide the welfare of millions. A proclamafrom whence they are exported. "It was tion, abolishing the slave trade, pas pub

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to-day; and the people entered into a high In reference to this treaty, Mr. Jones discussion, as to who should have the writes to Charles relfair, esq. at Mauritius, king's permission, and the honour, to send under date of Oct. 14, 1820—"A final stop their children to be instructed. One man is now put to the slave traffic; and the said that he would give 3000 dollars for whole has been conducted by Radama in permission to send his child. "Well,' said such a manner as leaves no room to doubt the king, give me 1500 dollars, and he his sincerity. Had his ExcellencyGovernor shall go. The man hesitated a little, and Farquhar witnessed the transports of joy then answered that he would give that exhibited in the countenances of thousands sum. Well,' rejoined the king, as you around us, on the 11th instant, when the are in earnest, and sincere in your request, treaty was agreed on the proclamation he shall go for nothing. The place was issued--the British flag, in union with that on Saturday crowded by the richest and of Madagascar, hoisted-freedom hailed most respectable people in the capital, by thousands as the gift of the British na- from among whose children a selection tion--the guns firing a salute of liberty and has been made for instruction.” jov--the music playing, and the people Mr. Jones writes to Mr. Telfair, at the rejoicing--the scene wou!d, I think, have beginning of November,-" The Roman filled his mind with greater pleasure than Catholic Priest at St. Henis, in the island any which he ever before witnessed ; being of Bourbon, has written a very flattering himself the author of a treaty pregnant letter to the king, asking his permission to with so many blessings. When I went out. send missionaries to teach his subjects the to see the union flag, and all the people Roman Catholic religion; and informing looking at it with smiles in their counte- him that some were at Bourbon ready to nances, my heart was filled with joy, and come over, provided his majesty would iny eyes with tears.”

give them his royal permission. The king He adds at the beginning of November,' wrote an answer, refusing his per mission “The king is extremely watchful lest any in the strongest terms, saying that he had slaves should be sold ; and, notwithstand entered into an alliance with the British ing all the efforts and cunning of the slave nation, and consequently wished to have merchants, they have not been able to buy British Protestant missionaries to instruct

his subjects, to whom he would give his He further writes" It appears to me permission, as well as protection throughthat Radama values the article which re. out his dominions." lates to the instruction of his people more

Of the state of civilization among the than any other part of the equivalent. He natives, Mr. Jones writes,~"I used to has their education and civilization so speak many things respecting the inhabit. much at heart, that I am persuaded he ants of Madagascar, which some deemed would not have agreed to the treaty on incredible ; but, I assure you, instead of any other terms.

speaking too much, I have not spoken « I consider this article as likely to con- cnough concerning them. Their houses tribute much to the honour of the British are built exceedingly neat and convenient; nation, and toward the christianizing and are high and very airy, and supported by civilization of millions of people. A wide strong timbers, resembling the masts of a door for Christianity and civilization has ship. The apartments of the royal palace been opened ; and that of slavery, I trust, are ornamented with silver mirrors, and bolted for ever. A powerful monarch has are in neatness equal to any rooms that I become the patronizer of Christian mis- have seen in the government house at Port sionaries and of artificers, instead of deal. Louis. King Radama is exceedingly kind ers in slaves, who were to be dragged out and affable, and is far from being the man of their native country.”

that some have described him to be. He So intent indeed did Radama appear on appears to possess great talents, and fit to the improvement of his subjects, ihat, in be a king: He speaks the Mfadecasse and the course of conversation, he said, --If French Creole, and a little of the English. your goverrment will instruct my people, He is a great advocate for education, and I am theirst ur ever.

esteems the instruction of his people in To Mrs. Telfair Mr. Jones writes on the arts and civilization more than gold and 18th October--" The mother of Radama silver. The advantages which are likely to 'came to our house last Saturday morning; accrue from the continuation of the treaty and on conversing with her upon the ad. between the English and Radama, in revantages to be derived from instructing the spect to the christianizing and civilizing of people, she remarked, very sensibly, that the Malegaches, will be incalculable, and she would never agree to a treaty where will confer immortal honour on his excel. money was to be th2 main object, but that lency Governor Farquhar” she would support the plan proposed with of the extent of the field now opening all her might.

before Christian labourers, Mr.Telfair says, " A selection of young persons for Eng .“ Were this a narrow field, like colonies

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in general, the ineans appropriated to it Perhaps thon wert a Priest; if so, my struggles should be proportionally small; but, on the Are vain, for priestcraft never owns its iuggles. map of this hemisphere, Madagascar is far from insignificant in point of extent; and

Perchance that very hand, yow pinion'd ilat,

Has hob-a-nob’d with Pharaoli, glass to glilss: still less so is it in the moral view of its

Or dropp'd a half-penny in Homer's hit: redundant population, in the estimation of Or dott'd thine own to let Queen Dido pass: the few who have learned to appreciate its Or held, by Solomon's own invitation, Jatent powers and capabilities."

A torch at the great Temple's delication. Governor Farquhar, after expressing his high esteem for Mr. Jones's character, I need not ask thee if that land when arm’d which enabled him to extend to him all

Has any Roman soldier mauld and kuucklet, that assistance and countenance which

For thou wert dead, and buried, and embalm’u,

Ere Romulus and Renus had been suckled: were necessary to his progress, writes to the Directors of the London Missionary So Long after thy primeval race was run.

Antiquity appears to have begun, ciety, under date of January 3, 1821-"I consider his residence at the court of Ra- 'Thou could'st develope, if that wither'd tongue dama as a proof and security of the good

Might tell us what those sightless orbs have faith of that sovereign, for the full perform. How the world look'd when it was fresh and

seen, ance, on his part, and on that of his sub.

young, jects, of the articles of that important

And the great Deluge still had left it green; treaty which I have once more, and, I trust, Or was it then so old that History's pages finally concluded with him, for the entire Contan’d no record of its early ages? extinction of the slave traffic for ever,

through the whole of his extensive domi- Stil silent, incommunicative elf? !nions. I may add, that, in my opinion,

Art sworn to secrecy? then keep thy rows; never was so boundless and favourable a

But prythee tell us something of thyself,

Reveal the secrets of thy prison-house; field thrown open to your pious labours

Since in the world of spirits thou hast slumber'd, a people without any national religion, or

What hast thou seen-wbat strange adventures superstitions of consequence to combat

number'd? consisting of above four millions of souls, ready, as well as capable of receiving in. Since first thy form was in this box extended,

We have, above ground, seen some strange struction, under the will of a monarch who

mutations ; is as eager to obtain it for them, as you

The Roman empire has begun and ended, can be to grant it.”

New worlds have risen-We have lost old

ons;

And coutless kings have into dust been Address to the Nummy at Belzoni's

humbled, Exhibition.

While not a fragment of thy flesh has crumbled. The following lines are from the pen of a mas

Didst thou not hear the pother o'er thy head We never recollect to have met with When thegreat Persian conqueror Cambyses any thing in the same strain which pleased March'd armics o’cr thy tomb with thundering us so much. Liverpool. Mercury.

tread,

O'erthrew Osiris, Orus, Apis, Isis, And thou hast walked about, (how strange a And shook the Pyramids with tear and wonder, story!)

When the gigantic Memnon fell-asunder? In Thebes street three thousand years ago, When the Memnonium was in all its glory;

If the tomb's secrets may not be confessed, And time had not begun to overthrow

The nature of thy private life unfold: Those temples, palaces, and piles stupendous,

A heart has throbb'd beneath that leathern Of which the very ruins are tremendous.

breast,

And tears adown that dusty cheek have Speak! for thou long enough hast acted Dummy: roll’d: Thou hast a tongue--comelet us hear its Have children climb'd those knees, and kiss'd tone ;

that face? Thou’rt standing on thy legs above ground, What was thy name and station, age and race?

Mummy! Revisiting the glimpses of the moon, Statue of flesh--Immortal of the dead! Not like thin ghosts or disembodied creatores, Imperishable type of evanescence ! But with thy bones and flesh, and limbs and Posthumous man, who quit'st thy narrow bed, features.

And standest undecayed within our presence,

Thou wilt hear nothing till the Judgment Tell use for doubtless thon canst recollect, Towhom should we assign the Sphinx's fame;

morning, Was Cheops or Cephrenes architect

When the great trump shall thrill the solemn or either Pyramid that bears his name?

warning. Is Pompey's Pilar really a misnomer? Has Thebes a hundred gates, as sung by Homer? Why should this worthless tegument endure,

If its undying guest be lost for ever? Perhaps thou wert a Mason, and forbidden O let us keep the soul embalmed and pure

By oath to tell the mysteries of thy trade; In living virtue, that when both must sever, Then say what secret melody was hidden Although corruption may our frame consumi, In Memnon's statue which at sunrise played ? T'l'immortal spirit in the skies may blooni.

ter.

To the Editors of the Christian Journal. Church, New-Haven, on Friday, the

The following lines were written by one of 16th of November, and to that of my Parishioners, on the loss of his little son,

Priests on Sunday, the 18th of the named after the celebrated Wilberforce, of England. If you think them worthy of a place same month.

[We understand Mr. in the Journal, they are at your service. Warner has been invited to assume the Cincinnati, Dec. 13, 1821.

S. J. rectorship of a church in the island of TO MY INFANT.

St. Croix, and that he has already sailed Veluti cum flos successus aratro, for the place of his destination.]-Ibid. Languescit moriens.

On the 4th of October, the new Farewell, my boy, thy parting sigh

church in Hamden was consecrated to Wafted thy spirit to the sky; Time could not check its ardent flight, the service of God by the Right Rev. Directed to the realms of light.

Bishop Brownell. Morning Prayers Sweet pledge of love, a parent's tear were read by the Rev. Mr. CroswellFell on thy cheek when death was near;

the Sermon by the Bishop. Several of And ere that check hd lost its hae, Afliction bade a fond adieu.

the neighbouring clergy were present

and assisting. The edifice is a chaste This world was scarcely known to thee, Ere thy embodied soul was tree;

and commodious building, highly erePure as those saints with sins forgiven, ditable to the zeal and liberality of the Who crowd the starry courts of heaven.

parish. It received the name of Grace I weep not that the rolls, of fame

Church.-16. Will not record thy spotless name,

At an Ordination held in Trinity Nor human pride, nor folly raise Their vain memorials to thy praise. Church, Boston, on Wednesday, the

21st of November last, hy the Bishop I weep that such a lovely flower, Ws wither'd at its natal hour;

of the Eastern Diocess, the Rev. Isaac But humbly trust, bey ond thetomb, Boyle was admitted to the holy order Twill renovate its faded bloom,

of Priests. On the following day, the Farewell, my hoy, a Saviour's love

22d of November, Mr. Boyle was in Has register'd thy name above :

stituted as Rector of the Episcopal Around his throne, when time is o'er, O may we meet to part no more. church in Deadham. The Right Rev,

$. the Bishop of the diocess was present,

and preached on the occasion. -Gospel Episcopal Acts.

Advocate. On Friday, December 21st, 1821, On Wednesday, the 17th of October, the Festival of St. Thomas the Apos- the church lately erected in Manchester, tle, the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart Vermont, was consecrated to the worheld an Ordination in St. Michael's ship and service of Almighty God, by Church, in this city, and admitted the the name of Zion Church--services per Rev. Wiliam Richmond, Deacon, Mi- formed by the Right Rev. Bishop Grisnister of that Church, and of St. James's wold; the Rev. Messrs. Bronson, Hum-. Church, to the holy order of Priests. phreys, Beach, Chase, and Baury, as Morning Prayer was conducted by the sisting.-Ibid. Rev. Benjamin T. Onderdonk, an As- On Thursday, the 18th, in Bethel sistant Minister of Trinity Church, Church, Arlington, Vermont, Mr. JorNew-York; and an appropriate sermon dan Gray was ordained to the holy ofpreached by the Rev. Jonathan M. fice of Deacon.-Ib. Wainwright, Rector of Grace Church, New-York. An Ordination was held by the Right

Literary Notices. Rev. Bishop Brownell, in St. Peter's AMONG the literary enterprizes anChurch, Cheshire, Connecticut, on the nounced by our countrymen there is one fth day of Sept. 1821, when the Rev. by Messrs. Potter & Co. booksellers, of George B. Andrews was admitted to this city, which we ought to have nothe holy order of Priests; and David ticed as soon as it was advertised, beBotsford, and Bennet Glover, to the cause it deserves the particular attenorder of Deacons.Church. Mag. tion of the American public. We re

Mr. Thomas Warner was admitted fer to an elaborate work on the Human to the order of Deacons in Trinity Mind--the fruit of long and deep study

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