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sefs the handsomest woman in Venice? Has he not beauty, wit, vivacity,—in a word, all the accomplishments which please me in Nina ?" The passionate, delicate lover, the honest man, and the christian, were all roused in him.


When the lady who had been invited, complimented her friend on the entertainment, which was very elegant, the senator, with the greatest satisfaction, heard his wife reply "that whatever pleasure the found in receiving her as the merited, she could not but own, her husband had the greatest íhare in her endeavours to make it agreeable, hoping at the same time, both were satisfied." She besought her to pardon this avowal, which was rendered excusable by so long an absence as the senator had made her endure, and the sentiments fhe now entertained. She saw her husband's happy situation; fhe had too much interest in the discovery, to let it escape her.

She seized this opportunity to present his children to him, whose education had been committed to the care of an accomplished governess, and who had dined in a separate apartment. Their natural tenderness, and the instructions they had received, previous to this interview, made them run into the arms of their father, who gave them an equally cordial reception. His wife, who did not omit one afsiduity or politeness, as if he had feared lest their fondness fhould be troublesome to her husband, ordered them to retire. The senator, who penetrated into the motive of her giving that order, said, in a tender tone of voice," why do you force them to leave me thus? You cannot surely suppose I have any repugnance at seeing them." This answer, which inspired the two ladies who were present at this moving scene, with hopes that the love of his children would arouse in him that which he had formerly had for his wife, forced them to let fall some tears which they could not refrain.

The senator was obliged to bear them company. As soon as they arose from table, a conversation, which lasted above an hour, ensued. The husband appeared extremely well satisfied and tranquil: He gave answers to every one of his wife's questions, without any apparent irksomeness. His business requiring him to go out soon, he took his leave of the two ladies, and having embraced his wife's friend, he, with the like complaisance, kissed his spouse, to the astonishment of both. This prompted her to ask him when he would return. After having mused some time, he said, in the evening. The joy this answer gave his wife was so great, that she fell into the arms of her friend in a swoon. The two witnesses of this affecting scene now wept afresh, and the senator, as soon as his wife was recovered, took his leave a second time, giving her a tender squeeze by the hand. He kept his word, and returned home early. His wife now, not satisfied with imitating the courtezan, endeavoured to the utmost of her power to out-do her, and her husband gave her the same tokens of affection as he had the day before given to Nina; in fhort, he who but a few hours before, would have yielded his whole life an entire sacrifice to his mistress, now thought of nothing but the fond carefses of an afsiduous wife.

Nina, surprised that a day had elapsed without seeing him, was so uneasy, that he sent to him early the next morning, to desire his company as soon as pofsible. The pleasure he received from the reconciliation with his wife, was so great, that this message was absolutely necessary to remind him that such a woman as Nina existed. Being however, firmly determined to put a final period to this commerce, he ordered the emifsary of the courtezan to tell her mistress, that he would go to her immediately. As soon as he was dressed, he repaired to her house.

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When the usual carefses were over, he perceived fhe wore the bracelet which had for a long time adorned his wife's arm; surprised at seeing it in the pofsefsion of another, he afked who had made her that present? "A female magician," replied the, who with all her cunning, has not found out the way of making herself beloved. I have the greatest reason to think that this ornament entails misfortune on all its wearers; I begin to feel it; I did not see you all day yesterday, and you receive to-day the marks of my love with an unwonted coldnefs." The senator prayed her to be serious, and to own by what means fhe came by that bracelet. She contented herself with saying, that she received it from an unknown lady, as a recompence for some advice she gave her, not thinking proper to tell him how he had acquired it, fearing lest he thould take umbrage at her complaisance to an incognita, in making her a witnefs of his behaviour while he was at her house. "Nothing," said the," shall ever make me reject the idea I have conceived of the fatal power I attribute to it; I am even ready to part with it."

The senator, pretending to believe these were her real sentiments, prefsed her to give him the preference over all those to whom she would chuse to give it. "From this moment it is yours," said fhe, presenting it to him. He accepted it, and having but a small sum of money about him, he gave her his note for its value, thinking to trace the bottom of this adventure, by his wife's sincerity. A pretended indisposition served him as an excuse for retiring. He staid only an hour with Nina, and during his visit he did all he could to hinder her from being certain of her approaching misfortune. He at length quitted her, resolving to see her as seldom as possible.

He returned home immediately, and found all the charms of Nina, in his wife, who confefsed to him by what ac VOL. Vii.


cident the bracelet, which he had brought back, had belonged to the courtezan. He was well pleased with the step fhe had taken, which was a striking proof of her love, and the great regret the lofs of him had given her. He sent the money that night, for which he had given his note to Nina in the morning; and from that time, he desisted from his visits. When he saw her by accident, her downcast look and apparent grief only reminded him of the sorrows his wife had experienced before he was reclaimed.

Our happy pair continued to live in love and harmony to the end of their days, and heaven crowned their union with five more children, who, like the former, promised fair to inherit their parent's virtue.


Naval affairs.

ACCIDENT frequently gives birth to discoveries of the highest importance; and it often happens that men, in very obscure stations in life, are pofsefsed of some useful branches of knowledge, which the keenest researches of philosophy have not been able to discover. An instance of this kind occurred some time ago, that ought to be universally known among all the people of a small nation surrounded and intersected by seas, as ours is.


A vefsel having sprung a leak in the Atlantic ocean, which admitted more water than could be voided by the pumps, the master and men, to the number of obliged to betake themselves in haste to their boat, a small Norway skiff, and abandon themselves to the mercy of the waves in that hazardous vehicle. They were tossed about for some time, in the most imminent danger, every wave seeming to threaten their utter destruction,— but were providentially preserved. They all watched toge

ther for many hours; but at length it was necefsary to take some repose. For this purpose the boat's company was divided into two parties; the master at the head of the one, and the mate at that of the other; which were to keep watch by turns. During the time the mate was asleep, the master observed a line, or small rope, hanging over the stern of the boat. Thinking this had fallen ove by accident, and that it would retard the motion of the boat, he pulled it in. At this time the sea was still much agitated; but the boat went through the water with tolerable ease, and seeming .safety. Bye and bye, however, the storm appeared to increase, the sea became more boisterous, the waves broke upon the little skiff, and they were every moment in danger of being swallowed up. In the agitation and bustle which this occasioned, the mate was awakened; and seeing the rope away from the stern, he flew into a violent pafsion, thinking it had been, by the carelessness of some person, allowed to slip overboard entirely. Being informed of the truth, and seeing the line, he instantly seized it, and threw it out behind the vessel, taking care to fix one end of it very se-. curely to the boat. The other men could not comprehend the meaning of all this; but, to their agreeable surprise, they found, that in a few minutes, the sea ran more smooth than before, and the little fkiff bounded over its surface in a much more easy manner than they had just experienced.

The mate then told them, that he himself being a Norwegian, had been bred up as a fisherman on the coast of Norway, and had often experienced the salutary effects of this contrivance. Every person on that coast, he said, knew its effects perfectly, so that no boat ever goes to sea there, without a piece of spare line for that purpose, as it has been found, by many trials, that in case of a

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