Sidor som bilder
PDF
ePub
[ocr errors]

before sunrising in the morn. They are the lords and maging, about noon, the middle of ters in their families and are the afternoon, about sunsetting, very severe and cruel to their and again two or three hours wives, whom they treat as after tbe sun has set ; this mere necessary slaves ; and .. makes five times a day, wash- they do not allow them even

ing themselves, at least their as much liberty as they grant face and hands when they have to their negroes, either in water, bcfore praying ; when speech or action. They are they cannot get water, they considered by the men as bcperform their ablutions by ing without souls, and consesubstituting sand.

quently they are not permit“ The Arabs always wash ted to join in their devotions when it is in their power be- and are seldom allowed to tore they eat, nor does any brze speak when men are converssiness divert them from a ing together. The continual 'strict observance of their re.' harsh treatment and hard ligious ceremonies. While drudgery to which they are pursuing their journies and subject have worn off that fine going on in the greatest haste,edge of delicacy, sensibility when the time of prayer ar-, and compassion, so natural to rives, allo stop, make their their sex, and transformed camels lie down, and perform them into unfeeling and unwhat they conceive to be an pitying beings, so much so, indispensable duty; praying, that their conduct towards me in addition to their

usual and my companions in disforms, to be directed in the tressi was brutal in the exright course, and that God trome, and betrayed the exwill lead them to wells of wa- tinction of every humane and ter, and to hospitible brethren, generous feeling. who will feed them, and not "The Arab is high-spirited, şoffer them to perish far brave,“ avaricious, rapacious, from the face of man ; that he revengeful; and, strange as 'it will enrich them with spoils, may appear, is at the same and deliverthem from all who time hospitable and compas. Jie in wait to do them mis- sionate. He is proud of being chief. Tbis done, they mount able to maintain his - indepenagain cheerfully and proceed, de'nce, though on a dreary encouraging their camels by a desert, and despises those who sung, a very lively one, if they are so mean and degraded as wish them to go on a trot ; if to submit ta any government only 10 walk, something more ' bụt that of the Most High. Siow and solemn.

He struts about sole master of “The men are very quick, ac- what wealth he possesses, altive, and intelligent more so ways ready to defend it, and taken collectively than any believes himself 'the happiest other set of men I had ' ever of men, and the most learned seen in the different parts of also,mhanding down the trathe world I had before visited. digon of his ancestors, as he is

persuaded, for thousands of formation of them, and make years. He looks upon all their lines very straight. other men to be vile and be. The teacher I was told never neath his notice, except as punishes a child, but explains merchandize. He is content the meaning of things, and to live on the milk of camels, amuses him by telling tales which he takes great care to that are both entertaining and rear, and thanks God daily for instructive ; he reads or rehis continual mercies. They hearses chapters from the considered themselves as Koran, or some other book, much above me and my com- for they have a great many panions, both in intellect and poeins, &C. written also on acquired knowiedge, as the skins.

as the skins. When the board is full proud and pampered West of writing they rub it off with India planter fancies himself sand, and begin again. The above the meanest new negro, boards on which they wrote just brought from the coast of seemed to have lasted for ages. . Africa.

They cpamerate with the "I never witnessed a mar. nine figures now in use in all riage among them, bụt was European nations and in A. told that when a young man inerica. sees a girl that pleases him, There appeared to be , no he asks her of her father, and kind of sickness or disease ashe becomes his wife without mong the Arabs of the desert ceremony.

during the time I was with They all learn to read and thein - and they appeared to write. In every family or di. live to a vast age. There were vision of a tribe, they have people I saw belonging to the one man who acts as teacher cribe in which I was a slave to their children. They have two old men and one 'woman, boards of from one foot square who, from their appearancc to two feet long by eighteen were much older than I bad inches wide : On these the

These men and the children learn to write with a woman had lost all tire hair piece of pointed reed. They from their heads, beards, and have the secret of making ink every part of their bodies-the and that of a very black dye. flesh had wasted away, and When a family of wandering their skins appeared to be Arabs pitch their tents they dried and drawn tight over set apart a place for a school their sinews and their bones here all the boys who have like Egyptian Mummies i been circumcised of from 8 to their eyes were extinçt having 18 or 20 years old attend, and totally wasted away in their are taught to read and to write sockets ; they had lost the use verses from the Koran, which of their limbs and appeared.co is kept in-Manuscript by every be deprived of every sense. family on skins. They write An undutiful child, of civiltheir characters from right to ized parents might here learn left-are very particular in the a lesson of filial piety and be

seen.

1

.

soon

nevolencc from these barbari. 8. I then asked him

low ans : The old people always they know their own ages, and received the first drink of milk, he answered-Eycry family and a larger share than even keeps a record of the ages and the acting head of the family, ihe names of its children, when they wore' scanted in which they always preserve quantity. When the family and pack up in the same bag moved, a camel was first pre- in which they carry the Ko. pared for the old man, by fixing ran.--The Arabs who live on a kind of basket on the animals the desert, said he, subsist ça back; they then put skins or tirely on the milk of their other soft things into it to camels; it is the milk of an make it easy, and next lifting animal that we call sacred, and up the old man they place hi.n. it causes long life; those who carefully in it, with a child or live on nothing else, have no two on each side to take care disorders, and are particularly of and steady him during the favoured of leaven: But only march. As as they carry these same people from stopped to pitch their tents, the desert and let them live on the old man was taken off and meat and bread and fruits, a drink of water or milk given they then become subject to hin, for they takc care to save cvery kind of pain and sick. some for that particular pur- ness wheu ihcy are young, and pose. The remarkably old only live to the age of about man I am speaking of belonged two zille and a half at the niost to a family that always pitched while a great many dic very their tent near 10 ours, so that young, and not one ifnih part I had an opportunity of wit- of the men or the women live bessing the manuer of his to the age of one zillc.' treatment.

“ Most of the Arabs After I was redeemed in well armed with good doubleMogadore, I asked my master barrelled French fowling piece Sidi Hamet of what age he es, and with good scimilars or supposed this old man to have kniyes –They are ever ready been, and he said about eight to attack an inferior, or even aille, or Arabic centuries. an equal force, and fight for Now an Arabic century, or the sake of plunder --They ato zille, is forty iwo lunar years tack the small towns in the of tweive moons in each year, vicinity of the desert, on all so that by this computation he sides if successful, they put must have been nearly 300 all to the sword, burn the

lie also told me towns and retire again to the ihat it was very common to desert with their spoil. Such find Arabs on different parts is the wandering Arab of the of the great desert, five zille great African Désert. His old, retaining all their faculties, hand is against every man, und that he had seen a great and consequently cvery man's inany of the ages of from 5 to hand is against him."

.

arc

3 years old.

REMARKS ON MATTHEW XVI. 19.

April, 1818. ing to their respective characMR. EDITOR,

ters. SHOULD you consider the I think it not impossible that following observations worthy all which I have mentioned of a place in “ The Christian' may be implied in the exprés. Disciple” you will please to sion. Yet on consparing the insert them.

passage with one in St. John Matthew xvi. 19. And I with which I conceive it to be will give unto thce the keys nearly parallel, I am of opinof the kingdom of heaven; and ion that something more must whatsoever thou shalt bind on also have been included to earth shall be bound in heav. justify the strength of the exe) en; and whatsoever thou shalt pression, and that the passage loose on earth shalt be loosed may, with some restrictions, in heaven.

be understood in the literal By the keys' we are un- sense of that referred to in. questionably here to under. John, to wit, “ whose sins sostand the christian dispensa- evcr yc remit, they are remit. tion, the preaching of which ted to them; and whosc sins was to be the means of intro. soever y'e retain they are rcducing men into the king. tained." dom of heaven,' They are This interpretation will not said to be given to Peter in make it necessary to suppose particular as he was to have that the Apostles had power to charge of the flock-he was to forgive or retain the sins of be the first preacher of the every man, nor those of any Gospel both to the Jews and particular person or persons. Gentiles, and upon himn Christ Our Saviour dici 'not himself, declared he would build his feel at liberty to bestow his church.

favours upon all indiscrimin, But the proper meaning of ately, but only upon certain the latter clause of the sen. persons and upon certain contence under consideration is ditions. The Apostles were not so obvious

doubtless to observe the same It may refer to articles of regulations, in the respect. the Jewish law, such as those which Christ prescribed to concerning circunicision and hiinself . eating of meat, which aricles I should therefore under che Apostles should have au- stand by their expressions not thority to annul; or to their only that the Apostles were power of regulating the church authorised to makc known the --their preaching of the gos. terms of salvation, and to prepel, making known the terais scribe rules for thc regulation of salvation, and thereby de of the Church ; but, that they termining who should be were able also, in certain ca. bound and who loosed accord. ses at least, to discriminate

between those who did or ness to explain it to me, for as would, and those who would it respects religious truth I not accept the gospel, and am merely that consequently they had A COMMON ENQUIRER. power of making particular NOTE-The above article and definitive applications of has been several months in our its blessings and of its denun.. possession. We now give it, ciations--the latter of which not as being perfectly satisfied I do not know but Annaria with the exposition, but in the and Sapphira are examples. hope that some correspondent

I hope, Mr. Editor, if I am will be induced to favour us mistaken in my explanation of with a critical examination of the above passage of Scripture, the important text. that you will have the good

POETRY.

MARCO THE AFRICAN.

are

The following verses High o'er the vessel's tottering mast founded on the story of an

The liquid mountains fiercely

break! English gentleman and lady Each eye is fix'd in wild despair, who were on their passage to And death displays its terrors there. the East Indies, in one of the vessels of an English feet. Now plunging in the dread abyss, For some particular reasons They pierce the bosom of the

deepthey left the vessel and went

Now rise where vivid lightnings hiss, on board the Admiral's ship,

And seem the murky clouds to leaving two young children in

sweep, the care of a negro servant,

Thro' the dark waste dread thunders who was about 18

years
of

roll,

age. In a violent storm, the ship

And horrors chill the frigid soul! containing the two children The storm abates—but shatter'd sore, was fast sinking, when a boat The leaky vessel drinks the brine: arrived from the Admiral's They seek in vain some friendly shore, ship for their relief. The Their spirits sink-their hopes de

cline: crew eagerly crowded to the boat-but the negro lad, find- Kind Heaven grants the wish'd re

But lo! what joy succeeds their grief, ing there was only room for lief. him alone, or the iwo children, generously pùt thenu on board, See on the deck young MARCO stands, and remained himself on the

Two blooming cherubs by bis side,

Entrusted to his faithful hands ; wreck, which with the gener- “A mother's joy, a father's pride;" ous boy was immediately in- Tho' black his skin as shades of gulphed in the ocean :

night. [N. Y. Adv.

His HEART is fair-- his SOUL is

white ! TREMENDOUS howls the angry blast! The boldest hearts with terror

Each to the yawl with rapture lies, quake!

Except the noble, generous boy !

BY AN AMERICAN.

« FöregåendeFortsätt »