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gens d'armeskia vain, were soldiers posted upon the top of the coaches; the robbers appeared in great numbers, and always gained the victory. At first, the robbers simply sought to make themselves masters of the public money, and took not the least thing from the passengers. They trealed them, on the contrary, with the greatest civility, begged pardon for the des lay, and very politely helped the ladies again into the conveyance. Only they who wished to offer opposition were ill-treated, and in several instances avardered.

But when the diligences carried with them the public money no longer, the robbers began to plander the travellers; and took from them, besides their money, their watches, rings, and snuff boxes, &c. But at the end, they always paid the usual day's expence of seven livres : in which a due regard was paid to the route of every individual. In fact, never did rubbers display such politeness and equity.

At this period, a number of avecdotes were related, The rebbers once stopped a courier, in whose company there was a traveller: the couriergave his fifteen louis without hesitation, but the other protested, he had only a few dollars by him. “Give us your boots, then," said they, and, at the same time, drawing them off, discovered a hundred louis therein. During this operation, one of them perceived on the clothes of the traveller a strong smell of musk.--" Ha! here is a fop," said their leader ; " let him have the half, he will need it." And fifty lonis d'ors were actually re. paid, and the robbers departed, laughing:

Another time, they stopped a diligence, in which were three gentlemen, and a lady. The gentlemen were plundered according to custom ; but when the lady's turn came what, gentlemen," said she, with the greatest presence of mind,“ will Frenchmen insult a woman ?"

“ Certainly not, madam," was the reply; “ we only wish to kiss you." They kept their word; and the lady escaped for half a dozen kisses. At a similar attack, a Swede was found in the diligence. When his turn came, he said, with the utmost confidence and ease, “ I am a foreigner, gentlemen; I travel under the safeguard of French hovour." They demanded his passport; and, finding, it right, with


great politeness, said, “ Get in, sir you have nothing to pay:9 Another time, a Toulon merchant was in the diligence, who had with him a thousand livres in gold. When it was his turn, he handed the robbers a purse, containing two or three livres in small money, saying in his Gasconic accent_5 Had you come a quarter of an hour sooner, there was a thousand louis d'ors there

His blustering and ludicrous accent made the honest folks laugh, and they let the poor devil go in peace. But of all, an Italian managed to get off the best; and, according to the national character most to his own advantage. He had sewed his money under his shoulders, but, at the same time, placed a large purse, to all appearance, full of louis d'ors, in his pocket. The diligence was stopped, and he delivered his purse, demanding the usual money allowed for the expence of the journey. “ Certainly, that is understood," was replied; “ but will you have the goodness to take it in silver ?" By this means. he obtained four-and-twenty dollars, and cheated the robbers : for the purse contained nothing but counters, the greatest value of which was ten or twelve livres. eivel

The stratagems of many other travellers appear to have been by no means ill-contrived. One for instance, concealed his gold in an apple; another, in a leaf; a third had hid it in a hollow stick; and a fourth fastened it under the belly of his spaniel.

Long were the robbers talked about; at last, nothing remained for us to do but to go quietly to bed : each in the mean time hastened to put his superfluous gold in his trunk; that is, no one kept more than two Carolines about him. Thus prepared, we all proceeded the following morning on our journey. But the dangerous places were past, and no trace was to be seen of the robbers.

J.T. Ramsbury, Wiltshire.

glow & JA


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The market is already overstocked with this last commodity. Labourers and mechanics cannot fail of success, if they be sober, honest, industrious, and steady. But such men seldom emigrate. The idle and dissolute are better pleased than at home, because wages are, high, and ardent spirits cheap; so that, with tolerable management, they can be drunk three days in the week. But this rogues' jubilee is almost over. The great demand for labour must cease with the war; and even while it lasts, it would be better for such fellows to enlist in Europe. They can be as idle, will enjoy better health, and may live longer; for rum and whiskey are as fatal as the gun and bayonet. We frequently see an old soldier, but an old sot is very rare. A i dson

The influence of exaggerated description has in nothing been greater than in what relates to the land of America. Those awful forests, which have shaded through untold ages a boundless extent; those streams, compared to which the rivers of Europe are but rills, streams, which, deep and smooth, meander many hundred leagues, through a soil wanting only the hand of culture to produce luxuriant abundance; those forests, streams, and plains, dazzled the eye of reason, and led the judgment astray. It should have been considered, that great labour must be applied to destroy the ferest before it can yield a harvest. That harvest too must with labour be gathered and prepared for market. At length, embarked on the bosom of the flood, it must traverse extensive regions before it can be sold. It must pay, in freight, not only the expence of a voyage to the sea, but that of the boatmen on their return. Foreign articles, also, must bear a great charge of transportation, so that if the inhabitants ean obtain from their produce the supply of their wants, little. if any thing, will remain to pay for the land. He, therefore, who traces along the map the course of those ma. jestic rivers, should calculate a little before he counts on the advantage of their downhill navigation. The time will come, and perhaps it is not remote, when manufacturing towns will be established in those regions. The produce of the farmer will be then consumed by the artizan, and the articles he prepares will

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