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THE CARNIVAL AT NAPLES.
received several pairs of the same insects, | entirely choke vegetation, were not these arrived at their full growth, Roset, pro- animals employed by Providence continufiting by his former experience, separated ally to devour it.” them, placing a male and female together, Insects, indeed, tiny and insignificant in different glasses ; but they, even in as they may appear, are in such cases the this arrangement, exhibited the most principal scavengers of nature; and whereferocious enmity, which neither age nor ever decaying vegetable or animal substances sex had any effect in softening. No abound, on land or in water, there myriads sooner did they observe each other, than of insects are certain to be met with, greedily they threw up their heads, brandished devouring what is most noxious in quality, their fore-legs, and each waited an attack. and offensive to our senses.
At the same They did not remain long in this posture, time, the multiplication of their numbers, for the boldest, throwing open his wings from this abundant supply of food, prowith the velocity of lightning, rushed at vides an almost exhaustless store of
prey the other, and tore it in pieces. Roset for those species of birds which feed upon compares the onset to a combat between insects. two hussars; for they dexterously guard and cut with the edge of the fore claws, as the hussars do with their sabres, and sometimes, at a stroke, one of them CONTINUING our stay here till the carcleaves the other through, and severs nival, we had an opportunity of seeing its head from its body, the conqueror to what a pitch of craziness these people always devouring his antagonist. M. Pai- will proceed, and how even Neapolitan ret made similar experiments to those of liveliness admits of caricature. Universal Roset, by putting a male and female tom-foolery was now the order of the day : mantis into a glass. The female instantly nor age, sex, nor rank made any difference, made an attack upon her companion, all seemed equally infected with the bedseizing him between the sharp points lamite mania. An ancient Roman saturnaof her claws, with which she soon cut off lia must have been a very dull formal affair, his head. As they are very tenacious of compared with the scarainouch doings here life, he continued to appear lively for a acted throughout the whole city. One considerable time; but the female ended might imagine that a congress was held of by devouring him.
all the scaramouches, buffoons, clowns, and Of the white ants of Ceylon, Percival merry-andrews in the world; each striving
“In the space of a night, they will who should distinguish himself by the demolish and eat up all the boots, shoes, greatest possible extravagances and absurdand bottoms of trunks, which come in their ities. The most lunatic antics imaginable way, or are left on the ground. This is were played off in the streets by persons never done but by the carelessness of the dressed up in preposterous disguises. The black servants. In camp, the furniture of lowest of the mob seemed to have found the tents is placed on inverted bottles, with their way into carriages on this occasion ; their necks planted in the ground, which, for the company in those vehicles seemed on account of the slippery nature of the as arrant buffoons as those on foot. Showers glass, cannot be climbed up by the ants. of bonbons, or rather hard pellets made of In the dwelling-houses, the trunks, chairs, paste, and about the size of marbles, were and bed-posts, are for the same reason Aung on every side, to the no small danger placed in tin vessels full of water. I have of eyes, teeth, and noses, among those who frequently seen the large beams of a house did not wear masks. Royalty itself must almost eaten through by these insects, and needs put on motley like the rest : 'not ready to tumble down on the heads of the content with honouring these ceremonies by inhabitants.
their august presence, the king and his “ This destructive insect, however, is not brothers took a conspicuous part in them; without the most singular utility, and is and, dressed as sailors, were drawn in a made by the Creator to serve the same wheeled machine made to resemble a large benevolent purposes which are conspicuous boat. On their commencing a broadside in every part of His plan. In the immense on the populace with their bonbons, they forests which they inhabit, and which are received some furious volleys in return. never subject to the hand of cultivation, The pellets hissed about them like grape the constant accumulation of decayed tim- shots, and actually covered the deck of ber would in time greatly impede, if not their vessel. Whether this was considered
PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING.
particularly complimentary, I do not know; , Hereby he maintains his dominion to this but I am sure the peppering they underwent, day in many and great nations, and with must have made them nearly black and blue individual persons innumerable. This is all over, unless they adopted the precaution the spring of all wickedness and confusion of casing themselves up in armour beneath among men themselves. Hence arose that their outward dresses, before they sallied flood of abominations in the old world, forth on this expedition.
which God took away with a flood of Undoubtedly here was plenty of “ fun” desolation, Hence were the sins of Sodom going on during the carnival ; but it seemed and Gomorrah, which he revenged with fun of the dullest and most stupid kind— fire from heaven. In brief, all the rage, almost too low for the taste of an English blood, confusion, desolations, cruelties, opscavenger or coal-porter. So far from at pressions, and villanies with which the all enlivening or exhilarating, it rather hu- world hath been and is filled, whereby the miliates one by the degrading colours in souls of men have been and are flooded which it sets forth human folly. Those into eternal destruction, have all arisen who can be amused by such scenes, would from this corrupt fountain of the ignorance not be disgusted by beholding a holiday in of God, Prov. i. 24–31.-Owen. bedlam, when all the inmates were set at liberty, and allowed to play what tricks they pleased. For one thing, however, I
WHERE grace is, there will be no eminent felt grateful—that we had no carnivals in
mercy gotten with much struggling, but England.-Rae Wilson.
there will be a particular thankful remembrance of it a long while after, with much
enlargement; and as prayer abounded, so The minds of studious and sedentary will thanksgiving abound also. Great bless persons are liable to be overcast with me- ings that are won with prayer, are worn with lancholy, through the absence of that kind thankfulness : such a man will not ask new, consenting play, which is kept up while but he will withal give thanks for old. the human frame enjoys a plenitude of Thankfulness, of all duties, proceeds from health. In this case, reading aloud will be pure grace. Prayer and thanks are like the found a present and effectual remedy. The double motion of the lungs : the air that is bible is best suited to this purpose, for in sucked in by prayer is breathed forth again no other book are the grave, the sublime, by thanksgiving, Eph. v. 20; Heb. xii. the pathetic, and the interesting, so happily 15; Ps.1. 14.-Goodwin. and so unaffectedly blended. The effect will be increased if the reader varies the pitch, loudness, and quality of the tones,
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