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peated proofs will be necessary to tance in the country, and between place the emigration of insects beyond six
and seven feet deep: doubt or contradiction.
Their direction, when they first My attention was first drawn to the reached the coast, was about one sudden appearing and disappearing of poisit from the east towards the insects, by a species of the coleopiera south; and they proceeded, with class, wbich had settled on the rumer great regularity atter they had reachacutus, and almost covered a consi- ed the land towards the west.derable tract of them, and in the After the first flight had passed about course of twenty-four hours they were ten minutes, there appeared a second, all gone, nor was there a straggler and about the same interval a third left.
and they followed each other in the I next happened accidentally on a same direction. He was obliged to very large number of the phygranea shut all his doors and windows, for striates, settled in clusters on all the they were so thick and numerous regetables growing on the banks of a that they almost covered every thing rapid stream, and they literally covered which opposed their progress. them; but when I went the next A very large flight of the coccinella evening to make farther observa- 7 punctáta arrived in the Isle of Thations, ihere was not a single fly to be net, about the middle of August, and
they covered the parapet-will on the Walking one summer's evening in pier head, the fort, the houses, and company with a naturalist, in a valiey the trees and hedges in the neighbournear the coast, our attention was at. hood at Margate, and extended as far tracted with seeing all the trees, as Ramsgate, and even settled upon bushes, and hedges covered with the the people as they were walking.papilio atalantă for half a mile. I saw a light of the coccinella 2 puncThey quitted their situation early in tata, which had settled on the buildthe morning; for when we went out ings and the hedges on the side of the again to see after them, there was not road, as I was going through the oue butterfly out of many thousands county of Sussex, and they extended to be seen. As these facts happened a considerable distance from the place at different times, and there were long where I first observed them. intervals between them, they might Large tracts of different insects, have been seen, and forgotten, if a have been seen floating dead upon the more direct proof of the migration of water; and in the Isle of Thanet a insects had not been told me by a person discovered an immense quanperson whose veracity cannot be tity of scurabeus melolontha driven questioned.
on the shore nearly a foot deep. A lieutenant in the navy, who was To account for this phenonienon of stationed, in the summer of 1803, at insects being found floating dead upon the signal-house, near the edge of the the water, and in such numbers that cliff on the high land, not far from they may be scooped up with the the South Foreland in Kent, men- hand, the naturalist supposes that they tioned a circumstance, which con-' must be driven from our coast in firmed my opinion, that insects not tempestuous weather, too far to get only emigrate, but take long fiights back again. But who ever saw them to reach the place of their destination. upon the wing in a storm? Or, are He said, as he was standing near his they accustomed to fly in such weahouse, about three of the clock in the ther? If we may give credit to the afternoon, he heard a noise at a dis- Eastern travellers, ihe locusts contance, which he at first compared to gregate in such large numbers, that the rippling of water by the side of a in their fight they obscure the rays vessel; and he was soon surprised of the sun. with seeing a flight of lady-birds, Joel, in bis figurative language, (coccinella), which for thickness re- describes their appearance to the noise sembled a shower of snow, as they of a flame of fire that devoureth the approached him. They flew near stubble; and he adds, they shall run the ground, and extended from the like mighty men, they shall climb edge of the cliff to a considerable dis- the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one in his way, to the seasons. But, if we gain no and shall not break his ranks; neither other advantage in attending to this shall one thrust another. They shall pursuit, we shall certainly find that run to and fro in the city; they shall we are increasing our imperfect know. run upon the walls, they shall climbledge of the wonders contained in the up the houses, they shall enter into creation ; and we shall have reason to the windows like a thief.
admire the wisdom and power of Him This appears to be a striking de- who created all things, in number, scription of the flight of the coccinella weight, and measure. 2 punctata already mentioned. They were first heard at a distance, and their noise was probably much more The ADVENTURES and Travels, in like the flame devouring the stubble various Parts of the Globe, of than the rippling of water ; but a HENRY VOGEL. Translated from sailor would naturally, form his com- the German. parison from the element he was best acquainted with. The flight of [Continued from p. 5.) the coccinella was regular, and with- THE waiter of the bouse, an honest
T out interrupting each other in their
worthy man, and a native of ranks; and they observed a regular Swisserland, had listened with a great space between the three bands.- deal of attention to this learned disWhen they settled, they climbed the cussion. He placed some bottles of walls of the houses; tbey entered the old wine upon the table and said, windows and the doors; nor could Gentlemen, I here bring you a sort they be prevented but by shutting of wine such as you have hardly ever them as against a thief.
before drunk : you will therefore perWe are yet, in a great measure, mit me, as a simple Swiss, to offer a ignorant of the economy of Nature few words upon this subject. The in providing for tlie many classes of expression, about which you cannot animated beings in the water, the agree, is perfectly intelligible among earth, and the air: the habits of us to every country lad and herdsman, many of them are yet to be learned; and what a joy did it communicate to and our knowledge of them can only iny heart as I heard it; for it recalled be increased by repeated observations. to my mind the scenes of my youth Every hint which is oifered is making and the joys which I had experienced one step in our progress; and though in my native country. I was a shepit may not appear of much conse- herd, and in summer used to tend' a quence at first, it may, in time, lead herd of sheep on the tops of the lofty to many useful discoveries,
Alps, where the richest grass, the By aitending to the flights of in- best herbs, and the finest flowers grow. sects on the coast, and noting the time. There I ate my bread and delightful of their appearance, the direction of cheese, and drank the most delicious the wind, and u heiher the atmosphere milk mixed with water as pellucid as be calm, clear, or foggy, we shisid crystal, wbile i carolled forth the song have some rule to guide us in our uf niy youth. future observations ; for it is very «. There, there, have I seen the probable that they, like the stork in horns which my countryman cele. the heavens, know their appointed brates, and which echoed to the strains times; and like the turtle, the crane, that I sung. There were hundreds of and the swallow, observe ihe time of those horns on the long ridges of hills their coming, and they obey the dic- which the poet mentions. On the tates of Nature like the other tribes bigbest Alps are steep, craggy rocks, of animated beings in the creation. wbich rear their heads into the clouds If a little farther attention were paid and even above them, covered with to them, by observing the trees, the thick ice, which even the heat of sum. plants, or the shrubs, on which they mer does not entirely dissolve, and fix to feed and propagate, the farmer between them there are oceans of ice and gardener would then learn, by the extending many miles, which are seasons, how far they might suffer by never entirely thawed, and from them such formidable enemies, according descend great streams of water, arising from such parts of the snow and ice The gentleman from the Thurin. as are melted.
gian forests answered, and said, “ he “ I am a Swiss, and have, at times, was astonished that men of sound a longing desire of home. To soothe understanding could suffer themselves niy melancholy mind at such mo- to be so deluded by a word, as to bements, I have bought maps of Swis- lieve such improbable things, and to serland, and pictures representing listen so little to the dictates of sound those high mountains and their glit- reason. Only reflect, for a moment, tering horos; in these I particularly how absurd and impossible it is, pertraced those spots where I had for- petual ice upon lofty hills which are merly tended my sheep, viz, in Grin- so near the sun, in a country where delwald: there we may behold the the solar rays are directly vertical.magnificent Breithorn, the lofty Wet- He who can believe this," continued terhorn, the Fischerhorn, and a great he with a scornful laugh, " must be number of other rocks; by this means cracked. We know, well enough, I renewed my past delights, and en- that travellers make it a point of hojoyed, over again, the days of my nour to see what nobody has ever seen youth. Oh! that I were, once again, before them, and therefore they amwhere hills bear horns, where rocks plify and describe with exaggerated piled on rocks, stretch into the clonds, and poetical licence." where the lofty vallies are filled with The learned company began now eternal ice and snow, from whose to get very warm, and to bandy, with superflux issue large rivers."
each other, the phrases madness, folly, One of the company now asked if stupidity, credulity, ignorance, &c. there were really seas of ice upon the till a sensible and lively individual Alps, the snow and ice of which were soothed their rage, and drew them off never wholly thawed, but were, to a from their dispute in the following certain degree, eternal ? The Swiss manner. He said, “ Gentlemen, the assused him that there were, and Swiss has led you upon the ice where added, that there were some spots it is easy to fall. Let us return to the where the ice was a hundred yards in hills which bear horns. lo the difdepth.
ferent explanaiions which you have An A.M. from the forests of Thu- given, you have adverted only to the ringia, grew warm upon this, and told horns, and the circumstance of their the Swiss “ to cease troubling the being borne : you have forgotten that company with such wild and impro- the word hill has, here, a different bable stuff. High mountains, indeed, signification. The well-known adage that were so much nearer to the sun, of Horace just now occurs to me: and yet to be covered with eternal ice and snow; to believe such non
Parturiunt montes, nuscitur ridicu. sense, one must be mad. The stupid boy has heard somewhere that a poet That is, men who promise great things has spoken of eternal ice, and knew and excite great expectations, do not not that this only means ice which often perform much. You see, thereLasts till the hot days in summer. In fore, that mountains sometimes signify the forests of Thuringia there are also men, who assume great importance, mountains, and the snow lies upon who strive to outdo others, and who them longer than in the valleys; but promise a vast deal. what becomes of it, when the sun of “ Such iniportant people have also, May and June shines on it?" sometimes, wives, who know how to
Another spoke and said, he had read live. Now you' will easily conceive in some books of travels, that even in what is meant when we say they bear Peru, which is not far from the line, horns; and thus you have a new exthere are bills and rocks, and between planation of the words where hills them vallies, which are covered with bear horns. So let us dispute no more, eternal ice and snow. . This traveller, but drink a glass of wine in harmony and others who maintained the same and peace. Success to your future circumstance, and who were besides wives, and no more of horns!" All. men of learning, could not all be was now peace and good humour ; liars.
laughter prevailed, and I, who had
hitherto remained silent as a fish, now of heart and mind, certainly accidenpartook of the general hilarity. We tal, and which were unfolded by did not separate till early in the morn- some favourable occasions, and the ing: I took a friendly leave of all, reading of a few good books, than to and, in a few days, set out on my her education, for that power of disjourney back to Jena.
criminating, at once, the true, the Hitherto, I had followed, most beautiful and the good, of feeling strictly, the instructions of my ancient them with such ardour, and of bringfriends, nor had I cultivated an ac- ing them to the level of her own acquaintance with any female that had tions with such facility. And it was love for its basis : but now, as I passed this, as well as her interesting counthrough Weimar, my heart became tenance, which attracted my attention enchained, and I felt, all at once, a on the first evening, and which ren. certain something towards a woman dered her, gradually, so delightful, which I myself was unable accurately so lovely in my eyes. to explain. Many of the professors I had frequent opportunities of had given me letters of introduction speaking to her while at table, for to some distinguished persons, and she inquired very minutely about my one of these received me with great return, in order to know something politeness and attention. After I had of what I had seen. She entreated been there some time, and was upon her parents to conduct me, next day, the eve of taking my departure, I was to the ducal gardens, to the Stern, invited to supper ; and this invitation and to the Belvidere, and to take her I received with much pleasure, also, which was likewise willingly
As we sat down to table, there ap- granted. While we were at the Stern, peared a young lady, the only daughter we ascended the numerous and beauof the gentleman of the house, and I tiful stories of the bower, sat there took my place between her and her some time, and gazed upon the charmmother. Charlotte, for that was her ing landscape that stretched before us : name, was possessed of many per- but, while we were thus employed, sonal beauties, and a heart adorned Charlotte let her handkerchief drop with all the finest and noblest feelings. out of the window. I naturally ran Her solid understanding would have into the garden to fetch it for her : been susceptible of the highest culti- when I reiurned, she advanced some vation, and of the most interesting steps towards me to return me ber and engaging qualities, if the unlucky thanks: I kissed her hand with a prejudice, that wealth is the surest gentle squeeze, and from that mosource of all earthly accomplishments ment we felt a something for each and of all earthly happiness, had not other, wbich, as we were both equally given a wrong direction to that most inexperienced in love, we knew not tender love which her parents felt for how to account for. She might easily her, and if they had thought more perceive it in me and I in her; and how to give their daughter a good we wished from that time, never more education, than how to make her to be separated. wealthy. By unwearied efforts to The next day, I set off for Jena, obtain this latter point, and an anxious but my heart was now always with regard for her health, by regular in- my thoughts at Weimar. Ścarcely structions in the first catechetical was the college over on Saturday, principles of religion, by initiation in- when I rode back to that place. I io some matters of household econo- alighted at the Elephant, and had no my, and by the acquisition of a few greater wish than to see Charlotte. exterior accomplishments, they be- How I should begin about this, was lieved that they had not only amply what I could not immediately decide; fulfilled their duty, but had also given for, to go to her parents again so soon, the most unequivocal proofs of their I considered as improper. The waiter extreme regard for the precious jewel brought my coffee in, and I scarcely, upon whom all their happiness was noticed him. He asked me if I would founded.
have any thing to eat with it? but I Charlotte, therefore, was more in- returned po answer. “ Are you ill, debted to her own natural qualities Sir," at length asked he ; " you seem
to be buried in thought. If I can Yes, but she is chiefly employed serve you, you have only to command in teaching, and does not make any
articles unless they are expressly be“ You can serve me, by quitting spoken." the room," I replied ;
come back in a quarter of an hour, for I shall if you have leisure, I wish you would
“ I would fain speak with this one: perhaps want you to go with a mese shew me where she lives.” He did sage." He was scarcely down stairs, so, and when I arrived I knew not when I began to regret that I had what I should order. The loquacity dismissed him so harshly: I called of this person, however, helped me him back again, and requested him
out of my difficulty: she laid before to buy me several things.
me so many ditferent bead-dresses, You are quite another person al- that it was very easy for me to choose ready," said he ; “something unplea- some one out of them. While we sant has certainly occurred to you. were thus talking to each other, six If I can serve you, I will do it cheer- young girls suddenly came into the fully: I have often been of real use room, and among them was Charto many students : and I am so well lotte. known to them, that when they arrive here from Jena, they always to me.
“Ah! are you here yet," said she
“I thought you had got ask for me."
back to Jena long before this,'Though I would willing!y have " So I have been, but certain cir. made a confident, yet I did not think cumstances compelled me to be here it prudent to unfold myself to such a in Weimar to-day, and to remain man, as I should certainly expose the here till to morrow," —“Will you name and honour of a viriuous female not pay us a visit then ?"_" Not to the ill reports of the town. I there. now," I replied,
" but I shall soon fore answered bim, dryly, that he had return, and then I shall not fail to only to attend to my message: if i pay my respects; I beg, therefore, needed him further, I would call that you will not mention to your
parents that you have spoken with
me." As soon as he had left me, I began again to think upon what method I
The milliner now interrupted the stonld employ to speak to Chariotte. It conversation.
“ I will pay the occurred to me, ai last, that she went greatest attention to your order, Sir; every day in the afiernoon to a fe. I must now, however, request you male who lived near the Esplanade, that you leave me, in order that I who instructed her in various kinds may begin my, teaching.", As I of works. Oh! how I'thanked my
I said to my conductress, good genius that had suggested this
I have put up at the Elephant, ihought to me. I could hardly you will do me the greatest favour await the return of the waiter, and if you could procure me an interwhen he did return, I had scarcely yiew with Miss Charlotte this even. patience to listen to what he had ing or to morrow morning : you
may rely on my warmest grati
tude." “Tell me, my friend," said I immediately, “ can one purchase here
“ That is not very possible,” said any articles of female dress, well she; “ however I will try if I can made ?" “ Very well," was his an- oblige you: I must tell you, though, swer; “ there are several milliners that you must permit me to be in this town; one of them resides in present, for I will not suffer the ihis neighbourhood, and has already young lady, to be alone with you.” taken a good deal of money from
“ Most willingly," I replied ; only this house." 1 Where do the others do you procure an interview ; I live?"
“ They live here and there. wish only to be in her presence." By the bye, there's one I think
(To be continued.) who lives near the Esplanade. UNIVERSAL SI AG. VOL. 311.