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with various feelings, which, how- son of a chieftain of my nation, taken ever, gave way to one of mingled ad- prisoner in the wars of the late emmiration and astonishment among all, peror, and purchased in hither Gaul as they saw him coolly advance to- by the amphitheatre agents. Life is wards the furious animal, who stood full of strange chances! That gladiationary the while, and again and tor traces his descent from the great again veering hither and thither to leader of the Gallic tribes, taken as a avoid her blind rage, bury his hostage by divus Cæsar.” sword in some vital part of her frame. “What, Vercingetorix !-the grandThe lioness tumbled on the sand son of a king !" exclaimed a young dead.

advocate. The gladiator breathing hard, de- “We have no kings in Gaul,” reluged in gore, standing beside the turned the merchant. “When a war monster, gazed indifferently round, occurs, the most able leader is chosen as one in whom the fear of death, to command the tribes ; such was braved so often, had expired. Nechtain's ancestor, not as you say,

Whereupon an immense clamour, Vercingetorix, but Fear cinn gach a many-voiced cry of vengeance rose lauris, the man at the head of every from the lower seats, whose occupants expedition, the greatest hero in the rising demanded that a third lion nation. This Nechtain, who has fought should be brought forth. But at the so well to-day, could have made his same instant all such voices were livelihood in Rome by teaching rheoverwhelmed by the outnumbering toric, for which, like most of us, he multitude above, who, inspired with has a turn, had he not associated a sense of pity and admiration of the with the Christians, as many of his Gaul's bravery, appeared resolved countrymen have done." that he should be rescued; upon which “ Christians—what wretches !" exafter a little, the editor of the sports, claimed a Roman. “I've heard they casting his eyes round the amphi- eat human flesh at their feasts." theatre and seeing the vast masses of “Of that there can be no doubt," people with thumbs reversed, de- his neighbour returned in a satisfied manding the execution of their will

, tone. That many of the Gauls should he gave orders that the slave should join their communion is not extrabe led from the arena;—an order pre- ordinary, as I've learned from a trader sently carried into effect amid thun- who travelled to the end of the westders of acclaim.

ern country of the barbarians, that “ 'Tis the slaves devoted to the several of these tribes, not to speak Christian superstition who have saved of those of Britain, its neighbouring this fellow," an old senator said, look- islands, and the Cimbric peninsula, ing up with flushed and angry counte- are cannibals." pance around the higher benches. “Well, how like you our sports ?" "It is time a census ascertains their said Publicus to Susarion. number; stringent means are neces- "Immensely," the latter returned sary, now that we have become coolly. “I see it is by familiarizing isolated in such an ocean; 'tis time the people with death, their rulers an imperial edict terminates this have made them a nation of conquersuperstition."

ors.' * What is the name of this gladia- “We, Romans, live between the tor?” inquired a Roman of his friend. temples of Venus and Libitina,” said “Nectanius, I am told.”

Publicus, gaily; "but come, you will “ That's your Roman way of pro- have enough of this sort of thing if you nouncing," said a richly dressed mer- remain in Italy-come, let us to one chant of Gaul, on the next bench, of the theatres, after which, when speaking with much volubility. “The night sets in, we shall look up some man's name is Nechtain, I am ac- curious phases of night life in the quainted with his history; he is the city.”

TWO REMARKABLE EXECUTIONS : GOVERNOR WALL AND COLONEL DESPARD. In 1802, Governor Wall was hanged several of those who would have been for a murder committed twenty years witnesses against him were his perbefore ; and in 1803, Colonel Despard sonal enemies. But though severe, underwent the extreme penalty for he had the reputation of being just; high treason, after having loyally and even on his trial it appeared that served his king and country for more the alleged mutiny amongst the troops than thirty years. The evidence was at Goree arose from the idea that considered ample on both sides--we if they were not paid their arrears in do not say otherwise ; but the law his time they would not receive them wis more readily satisfied in those at all. These arrears were not, howdays than it is now. The proofs on ever, incurred during his command, which Miss Blandy suffered death for neither had he allowed any fresh ones piisoning her father, in 1752, would to accumulate. It is but fair to state obtain no conviction in 1865. The that the soldiers appealed to him, Irish Executive reprieved Kirwan, under a favourable impression of his less because they believed him inno- sense of justice, rather than to his cent of killing his wife, than that they successor, who was then on the spot, probably regarded the evidence as and equally well acquainted with the do gally insufficient, and thought, per circumstances. The crime with which hapes, as others did, that the doubtful he stood charged was flogging several jurors gave in, to avoid protracted in- of the soldiers without a court-marcarceration. A Bellingham to-morrow tirl, of which more than one died; vould undoubtedly escape on a plea but he left the island in ignorance of of lunary. Our criminal code, long the fatal consequences of his violence. miqnalized as Draconic, inclines now When sent for to Bath by Lard w the opposite extreme. The total Sydney, then Secretary for the Coloaimolition of capital punishment, casee pics, two years later, he surrendered of murder included, has many advo- himself to stand a trial; but the cates. Profounder political economists public mind was so inflamed against than we assume to be, innat determine him that he bribed the officers who wint is best for the common gool, and had him in custody during the jourhow the medium should be adjusted. Dey to London, and contrived to exThe subiect is under consideration of mupe. Under a feigned name he lived a special committee, who will, doubt. for many years on the Continent -loss, deliver a sound judgment. sometimes in Italy, but more con

Joseph Wali was descended from a stantly in France. He lasciated god family, and entered the army at chiefly with officers of his own country an early age. He had reached the who served in the French army, and rank of lieutenant colonel, when he was well known at the Scotch and was appointed ieutenant governor of Irixh Colleges in Paris. After his the inland of Gurre, on the coast of misfortune he spoke little concerning Africa, in the year 17-0). The emolu. his family and relations. He was ments were cuns derable, as, besides married to a lady of rank, the daugh1 ts mihtary app-intments, he acted ter of Lord Seaforth, and had one a4 superintendent of trade to the m son in a respectable line of life; alno bry. His fimiy were originally a daughter, who, after his death, be. Kuman (athote tut, of course, he camr so redured in circumstances and conformes to the Protestant Church, pwtion as to marry a private soldier, 117, in those days of evinivenres, be and to subsist on charity. In 1707 ruld not have held his cofamienion. Colubel Wall returned to England, as Hin temper was harsh and at olute, if by a kind of fatality, without any whwh rendered him unpopular with apparent reason, and applied, through hie brother offerra When he re the medium of a friend, to obtain a turned to London, after the event kafe retreat, wisich was proud tor which ultimately coat hun his life, he hat a house in Lamleth Cut, where faid to a friend that bus chief reand his wife visited him frequently, and be for arising a trial was beaune prinaineel several mnths, su duen po. ing out, and that either very late or flogging he languished for a few

days early. He was frequently advised by and then died. The Lord Chief Baron the friend who had procured him the of the Court of Exchequer, Sir Archilodging to leave the country again, bald Macdonald, presided, assisted by and questioned as to his motive for Mr. Justice Rooke and Mr. Justice remaining. He never attempted to Lawrence. The indictment was opened give any, but appeared, even at the by Mr. Abbott, Solicitor-General. time when he was so studiously con- The Attorney-General, Sir Edward cealing himself, to have a distant in- Law, afterwards Lord Ellenbotention of encountering trial. His rough, then addressed the court and mind was evidently unsettled, and be jury. His statement, supported in was incapable of a firm resolution, all the leading points by evidence, one way or the other. Even the went to show that the prisoner had manner in which he finally gave him- been Governor of Goree, and the self up, showed a similar want of de- deceased a sergeant in the African termination, leaving it to chance corps doing duty there. It being whether the minister should send known that the former was going for him or not; for, rather than go of over to England the day previous to his own accord, he wrote to say " he his intended departure, the deceased, was ready to surrender, if required” with about fifteen or twenty more, -a less becoming, but not a less pe- passed by the governor's house, and rilous mode of encountering danger. stopped at the commissary's, who was He hesitated before deciding even on to accompany him home. On a this balf step, when he found some of message sent by the prisoner to know the witnesses still living who had been what they wanted, they returned for represented to him as dead, and answer that they wanted the commisthought of again going abroad; but sary, in order to settle with him for the eminent counsel, Mr., afterwards their short rations--a compensation Chief Justice Sir Vícary Gibbs, who always made by government in had materially assisted in getting off money, when there has existed a Horne Tooke, Hardy, and Thelwall, preceding necessity of putting soldiers told him there was little danger, and or sailors on reduced allowance of advised him to risk the issue of a food. The prisoner ordered them to trial. One of the Secretaries of State return to their barracks or he would also concurred in the same opinion. flog one-half of them. They quietly In 1801 he was apprehended at dispersed at once. In about an hour, a house in Upper Thornhaugh- or an hour and a half, a body consiststreet, Bedford-square, to which he ing of nearly the same number as at had removed some time before. The first, was proceeding to the same place; £200 offered by the King's proclama- the prisoner went out to meet them, tion, in 1784, after his first escape, and calling to the deceased, asked was paid to the police officers who what they wanted ? To which the took him into custody, notwithstand- latter, with bis hat off, and in a very ing his voluntary surrender of his respectful manner, repeated the person. That this unfortunate man, answer he had given before. They under the influence of passion, and were again ordered to go back, and the apprehension, well or ill-grounded, again quietly obeyed. They were of a mutiny, acted with great and un- without arms, and not in uniform. necessary cruelty, admits of no dis- This was in the forenoon. After pute ; but it is difficult to believe dinner, the governor, coming upon that he anticipated the consequence, parade, struck one of the guard, who and intended to commit murder. was under arms, and who was beEven the surgeon said he was not lieved by the witness who stated the prepared to expect the fatal results of fact to have been in liquor ; the weasuch a punishment in that climate. pon he used was a bayonet, which

On Wednesday, the 20th of Janu- he had taken from the sentry at the ary, 1802, a special commission sat at main grad, and whom he confined the sessions-house, Old Bailey, for along with the other. He then had the trial of Joseph Wall, indicted for the men summoned to parade, though the wilful murder of James Arm- before the usual hour, and a circle of strong, by flogging him with a cord, two deep being formed, the officers on the 10th of July, 1782, of which came into the centre, into which was TWO REMARKABLE EXECUTIONS: GOVERNOR WALL AND COLONEL DESPARD. IN 1802, Governor Wall was hanged several of those who would have been for a murder committed twenty years witnesses against him were his perbefore ; and in 1803, Colonel Despard sodal enemies. But though severe, underwent the extreme penalty for he had the reputation of being just ; bigb treason, after having loyally and even on his trial it appeared that stived his king and country for more the alleged mutiny amongst the troop:6 than thirty years. The evidence was at Goree arose from the idea that considered ample on both sides-we if they were not paid their arrears in do not say otherwise ; but the law his time they would not receive them w's more readily satisfied in those at all. These arrears were not, how. clays than it is now. The proofs on ever, incurred during his command, which Miss Blandy suffered death for neither had he allowed any fresh ones pusoning her father, in 1752, would to accumulate. It is but fair to state obtain no conviction in 1865. The that the soldiers appealed to him, Irish Executive reprieved Kirwan, under a favourable impression of his less because they believed him inno- sense of justice, rather than to his cent of killing his wife, than that they successor, who was then on the spot, probably regarded the evidence as and eqnally well acquninted with the bogally insuficient, and thought, per circumstances. The crime with which bapa, as others did, that the doubtful he stood charged was flogving several jurors gave in, to avoid protracted in- of the soldiers without a court-marcarceration. A Bellingham to-morrow tial, of which more than one died ; Kould undoubtediy encape on a plea but he left the island in ignorance of of lunacy. Our criminal code, long the fatal consequences of his violence. si znalized as Draconie, inc'ines now When sent for to Bath by Lord to the opposite extreme. The total Sydney, then Secretary for the Colon abolition of capital punishment, case nice, two years later, he surrendered of murder inciucied, has many advo- himself to stand a trial ; but the cites. Profounder political economists public mind was so inflamed against tan we assume to be, inust determine him that he bribed the officers who what is best for the common goul, and had him in custody during the jourhow the medium should be a linsed. ney to London, and contrived to es. The subject is under consideration of ape. Under a feigned name he lived a special committee, who will, doubt. for many years on the Continentless, deliver a sound judgment. Bometimes in Italy, but more con

Jeeph Wall was descended from a stantly in France. He associated ftmily, and entered the army at chiefly with officers of his own countiy an early age. He had reached the who served in the French army, and rank of lieutenant colonel, when he was well known at the Scotch and was appointed deuten ant governor of Law Colleges in Paris. After his the island of Gorre, on the cast of mistortune he spoke little concerning Africa, in the year 17. The emolu- his family and relations. He was ments were considerable, as, besides married to a lady of rank, the daught his military app intments, be acted ter of Lord Seaforth, and had one ax superintendent of true to the co-fon in a respectable line of life; also buny. His fun'iy were originally a daughter, who, after his death, le. Roman (atholes, bus, of course, he came so reduced in circumstances and Conformed to the Protestant (hurch. position as to marry a private soldier, or, in these days of exclusiveness, he and to kulmist on charity. In 1797 could not have held his commission. Colonel Wall returned to England, as His temper was harsh and alsolute, if by a kind of fatality, without any which rendered him unpopular with apparent rrum:n, and applied, through huis brother offer When he re. the medium of a friend, to obtain a turned to London, after the event safe retreat, which was preured for which ultimately cowt hin his life, he him at a house in Lambeth Cut, where paid to a friend that bus chief remun his wife visited him frequently, and he fair at instan a trial 99, because trained several monthe, seldom ge

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