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their daily food : that, so far from habit of taking an oath, that, should being injurious, they had contributed it be considered for the good of the very greatly to the emolument and wild fraternity, they might tear and security of the Tower; and that in slaughter other animals as a matter evidence of this their good conduct of conscience. they could bring forward the testi- Another grave man now entreated mony of their keeper, and also that the assembly to allow this fact to of many monkeys, pelicans, and other possess its just and proper weight respectable and defenceless animals, with them ; so that, if they would not who had lived for years in the Tower listen to the arguments of the tame with them in undisturbed security. animals, they would at least regard For these, and other reasons, they the acts and confessions of the wild prayed emancipation from their beasts themselves. A flourishing present state of oppression and unjust fellow, however, quashed all this by confinement."
stating that what the wild beasts · Perceiving the favourable manner promised on their honour to the tame in which the Petition was listened to, animals, or to man, was of much more and fearing, as the crowd was rapidly importance than all the oaths they increasing, that I might not be able took to their Creator. to escape before the wild beasts After the counter-petitions had all should be liberated, I was happy to been read, I thought the debate conlearn that counter.meetings had been tinued as follows :—“Mr. Chairman, held in Lamb's Conduit and Cateaton- all beasts have equal rights--they streets, Horsemonger-lane, Houns- have been obedient subjects, and ditch, and Cow-cross ; at which Pe- peaceable inhabitants.”_" What do titions had been voted and forwarded you mean ?” replied a stable-keeper: from the various tame animals in the “why one of them got loose and metropolis against the emancipation killed the keeper's wife in the Tower of their wild fellow-subjects in the the other day; and a relation of his, Tower. One of these Petitions stated, at Exeter • Change, broke out, and “ that since the wild beasts acknow- ate two monkeys. Another wild ledged the lion as their rightful sove- beast near Salisbury, attacked the reign, swearing obedience to his will Exeter mail-coach, tore one of the and commands, they could not be horses, and killed a dog; and wherrelied on as trustworthy subjects of ever they have broken out they have King George IV., who was nothing always done the same: and as for the more than a man.'
Tower, if they have lived harmlessly A grave old gentleman entreated there, it has been only for this plain Honourable Members coolly to weigh reason, that they have not had the this fair objection—he was, however, power of doing mischief, which very silenced by a shrewd and powerful power you now wish to allow them.” orator, who reminded the assembly “But,” said a lawyer's clerk, “they that the lions, having for the last 200 may be let out safely now, for they years been regularly washed every 1st are ready to grant security; they will of April, had been purged by degrees give bonds, and sign and seal anyof all their natural ferocity, and thing you please.' Hang it," exwould certainly require nothing of claimed the keeper of the wild beasts, their subjects inimical to the peace
of “ but they can claw it to pieces the nation at large, or to the au- soon as they have signed it.” thority of their well-beloved human said one, “a gentleman has most unbrother on the Throne. The solidity justly reproached wild beasts as of this argument being confirmed by bloody and ferocious in their dispoa loud shout of “ Hear, hear!” no one sitions ; I can disprove such assertions had courage to answer it. Another altogether, and put beyond doubt the Petition reminded the Meeting, that fact, that all wild beasts have at times the wild beasts were in the constant been generous, grateful, and honour, habit of maintaining that no faith was able; in proof of this universal to be kept either with men or tame characteristic in wild beasts, I will animals ; and that they were in the appeal to the story of Androcles in
“Sir," history, and to the fable of the Bear, ferocious animals? If you are senwho so carefully whisked the flies sible of the blessings of light, freefrom his master's face while he was dom, security, and peace, then keep asleep.”
them while you have them; and if so, “Üll tell you what,” observed an you will continue those under control Honourable Member; "you had bet- who have never allowed these blesster let them all out directly; for they ings to other animals than those of have grown so much stronger latterly their own fraternity.” He also added, than formerly, that, if you do not, “Suppose, you let them out, and they they will soon force their way out should begin their old tricks of tearwithout leave."
ing and devouring, how are you to No one present seemed to think get them in again ?" He was, howthis argument worth answering, since ever, silenced by cries of “ Order, all remembered our successful oppo- order!” and a reprimand from the sition to the French Revolution, and Chairman, that his expression, “old the glorious end of the battle of tricks,” was unparliamentary, and Waterloo. “I am for letting them that any reference to future evil could out,” said another, “ because I am only be speculative. sure that we enjoy so much light, The facts which had been brought knowledge, and freedom now, com- forward were, however, deemed likely pared with what we did when to have some effect on the minds of England was covered with wolves, impartial hearers, and it was therethat neither men, women, sheep nor fore considered advisable to divert pigs will suffer themselves to be torn them from close consideration : and, to pieces as they used to be formerly.” in order to effect this, I thought a
Another advocate for the claims, lively little old man * stepped forwho had been conversant with many ward as a volunteer with a violin foreign menageries in the course of under his arm, and said, “ Mr. Chairhis life,* appeared to think, that so man, I will sing you a song on this far from there being any real grounds subject;" on which he began, and I for alarm, the wild beasts, when re- thought I never heard a more muleased would, from the natural prin- sical voice than that of the old man. ciples of gratitude and self-interest, He skipped round and round like a be found among the most orthodox, bird on his perch, and brought such pacific, and loyal of all His Majesty's melodious sounds out of his violin -subjects, and even afford consideraðle as made all the people cry out, assistance in keeping in order certain “ Hear, hear!” and clap their hands refractory animals, who, under the with ecstasy. The following I thought present system, were often showing was his song :their teeth, and giving him consider
Through this grand conciliation, able trouble; and as this advocate
We shall be a happy nation, was known to be much in the secrets
Loving grows each savage beast, of Government, his notion seemed to Grateful for our favours past. take surprisingly with all, except with Blessed day when all are free ! those who apprehended, that, when Let them out, my friends, and see.” the wild beasts should once feel their own strength, they would set up for Now, I suppose, it will be allowed themselves, and only concede to this that there was more sound than sense modern champion of their claims the in all this, yet it had such an effect privilege of being devoured last. on the hearers, that they seemed in
Another Member affirmed, that disposed to hear any one else, and "times were completely altered, and there was a general cry of “ Questhat therefore wild beasts and every- tion, question!” A member indeed thing else must be altered too." ventured to say, “Mr. Chairman, on “ Yes,” said one, 66 but what has a subject of this serious importance made the alteration? Has it not been to us and to our children, is it to be the putting down the power of these supposed that we shall allow ourselves to be fiddled out of our old ding of a Christian pontiff. Since English understanding and common the Reformation, it has been Popery sense ?” But, perceiving that he was that armed Christian against Christian, against the question, they soon and filled Germany, France, and the coughed him down; and only one Netherlands with mourning, lamenmore speaker would they listen to; tation, and woe. Popish bigotry this was a bald-headed man,* who that forbad even
* The late Marquis of L
* A late Member for Bramber.
a short repose, pleased them much by reminding again disturbed the public tranthem that there was once a lioness quillity, and desolated Germany for who used to suffer her keeper to go thirty years, and moistened its fields into her den whenever he pleased; with the tears and the blood of from which circumstance he asserted its children. These wars, necessarily it was proved that wild beasts were flowing from Papal usurpations and by nature friendly to mankind; and corruptions, or immediately instigated after dwelling most forcibly on this by Papal or priestly authority, would wondrous piece of disinterested hos- in themselves go far to prove that in pitality, he added, “One good turn the history of Rome this prediction deserves another."
has been accomplished; but this inThis was enough. They were now direct method of proof is unnecessary. ripe for emancipation; and strangers The Church has not been content being ordered to withdraw, I was with mere wars, she has herself most happy to find it possible to obey wielded the sword of the executioner, the command, lest I should feel the and with her own hand kindled the fraternal hug of so many lions, tigers, fire to consume the witnesses of the bears, and leopards. Just as I was truth. Need I to remind you of that passing Allhallows Barking, I thought tribunal which, for six centuries, has some one had conveyed the joyful been the scourge of mankind and the result of the Meeting to the Tower; disgrace of Christendom, whose proand the universal howl, growl, and gress through the world has been scream of exultation emitted from the marked by fire and by blood, or prodens of the various animals, terrified claimed by the groans of murdered me so greatly, that I awoke, and be- martyrs ? Need I to tell you, that hold it was a dream.
by its diabolical agency the light of the Gospel was expelled from Italy and Spain and Portugal, and that the
sacrifices which it offered were thouPOPERY AND PROPHECY,
sands of the disciples of the Lord BY THE REV. DR. MʻCAUL.
Jesus Christ, of every age and sex and In Rome may be found, even now, condition ? Need I to relate how the the blood of prophets and of Roman Church representative, in saints, and of all that were slain upon council assembled, consigned two the earth. In the first place, Rome ministers of the Gospel to the flames, is answerable for all the Christian under circumstances of aggravated blood shed in wars, produced imme- atrocity? or how an hundred thoudiately by Papal pretension, or the sand persons in the Netherlands were maintenance of her religious supre- murdered within the period of fifty macy. Since the day that the Seventh years, for no other crime but the proGregory proclaimed himself arbiter of fession of the Gospel in its purity? kingdoms, and donor of imperial and Need I to speak of the devouring fire royal crowns, as well as head of the that consumed so many of our foreUniversal Church, the stream of time fathers, or the infanticidal sword that flowed with Christian blood long be- deprived France of tens of thousands fore the Reformation. Germany and of her best and most devoted children. Italy witnessed the long-continued Nothing (says a layman)-nothing strife between rival emperors, and in the Mexican or Carthaginian sutorrents of Christian blood poured perstitions (the most execrable of the forth by Christian hands at the bid- Heathen world) was ever more exe
crable than the persecutions exercised * The late Rt. Hon. G. C- -g in Elizabeth's time, by the Romish
Church, wherever it was dominant. a member of the American bar, forThe cruelty of Nero towards the merly a Roman Catholic Priest. He Christians was imitated in Paris, at commences his pamphlet by a statethe inauguration of Henri II., as a ment of the causes that made him part of the solemnity and of the re- doubt the infallibility of the Roman joicings. Protestants were fastened Catholic Church, and speaks thus : to the stake in the principal streets, “ I have often been asked, Why and the piles were kindled at such did you leave the Roman Catholic times that the king might see the mar- Church ? However painful the relatyrs enveloped by the flames in their tion, however heavy the narrative full force at the moment when he may fall upon Roman Priests, and
The massacre of St. Bishops, and disreputable to nuns Bartholomew's-day completed the and nunneries, I will answer the crimes of that guilty city, and made question frankly. Several causes inthe perfidy of the Romish Church as duced me to doubt the infallibility of notorious as its corruption and its in- the Romish Church, and to renounce humanity. The head of Coligny, after its ministry altogether. Amongst having been presented to the king the first was the following: and the queen-mother, was embalmed “ When quite young, and but just and sent to Rome, that the Cardinal emerged from childhood, I became of Lorraine and the Pope might have acquainted with a Protestant family the satisfaction of beholding it. Pub- living in the neighbourhood of my lic rejoicings were made at Rome for birth-place. It consisted of a mother this cursed
event, à solemn service of (a widow lady) and three interesting thanksgiving performed, at which the children, two sons and one daughter. Pope himself assisted. Happy should The mother was a widow of great we be to be able to say that the cruelty beauty and rare accomplishments. of Romanism held its last festival, but The husband, who had but recently the massacre of 1641--the inhuman died, one of the many victims of persecution of the Hugonots in France, what is falsely called honour, left her testify that, in the seventeenth cen- as he found her, in the possession of tury, the Roman thirst for the blood a large fortune, and, as far as worldly of the saints was not yet slaked; and goods could make her so, in the enthe similar persecutions of Protestants joyment of perfect happiness. But in Hungary, Silesia, Saltzburg, bring his premature death threw a gloom us down to the beginning of the nine- over her future life, which neither teenth century, and prove not only riches nor wealth, nor all worldly that the prediction of St. John con- comforts combined, could effectually tains nothing impossible, but that it dissipate. Her only pleasure seemed is fearfully and literally true that a to be placed in that of her children. society calling itself the only true and They appeared, and I believe they Catholic Church — the mother and were, the centre and circumference of mistress of all Christians—has rivalled her earthly happiness. in cruelty the disciples of the ancient
• In the course of time the sons Heathen superstitions, persisted for grew up, and their guardians purcenturies in the murderous persecu- chased for both, in compliance with tion of the disciples of Christ, until, their wishes, and to gratify their as the Scripture expresses it, it has youthful ambition, commissions in become “drunken with the blood of the army. The parting of these the saints and with the blood of the children, the breaking up of this fond martyrs of Jesus.”
trio of brothers and sister, was to the widowed mother another source of
grief, and tended to concentrate, if APPALLING NARRATIVE.
possible, more closely all the fond
affections of the mother upon her A BOOK has just issued from the daughter. She became the joy of American press, entitled, “ Auricular her heart. Her education was an Confession, and Popish Nunneries;" object of great solicitude; and havthe author is William Hogan, Esq., ing a fortune at her command, no
expense was spared to render it suit- der peculiar circumstances. I was able for that station in life in which ordained a Romish Priest, and located her high connexions entitled her to where she happened to be on a visit. move when she should become of There was a large party given, at age. The whole family were mem- which, among many others, I hapbers of the Protestant Church, as the pened to be present; and there meetEpiscopal Church is called in that ing with my friend, and interchangcountry. As soon as the sons left ing the usual courtesies upon such home to join their regiments, which occasions, she-sportively, as I then were then on the Continent, the mo- imagined—asked me whether I would ther and daughter were much alone; preach her reception sermon, as she so much so, that the fond mother soon intended becoming a nun, and taking discovered that her too great affection the white veil. Not even dreaming for her child, and the indulgence of such an event, I replied in the given to her, were rather impeding affirmative. I heard no more of the than otherwise her education. She affair for about two months, when I accordingly determined to remove received a note from her designating her governess, who, up to this period, the chapel, the day and the hour she was her sole instructress, under the expected me to preach. I was then watchful eye of the fond and accom- but a short time in the ministry, but plished mother herself
, and send her sufficiently long to know that up to to a fashionable school for young the hour of my commencing to read ladies. There was then in the neigh- Popish theology, especially that of bourhood, only about twenty miles Dens and Antoine de Peccatis, I knew from this family, a nunnery of the nothing of the iniquities taught and order of the Jesuits. To this nun- practised by Romish priests and binery was attached a school, superin- shops. On the receipt of my friend's tended by nuns of that order. The note, a cold chill crept over me; I school was one of the most fashion- anticipated, I trembled; I felt there able in the country; the nuns who must be foul play somewhere. Howpresided over it were said to be the ever, I went according to promise, most accomplished teachers in Europe. preached her reception sermon at the The expenses of an education in it request of the young lady, and with were extravagantly high, but not be- the special approbation of the bishop, yond the reach of wealth and fashion. whom I had to consult on such ocThe mother, though a Protestant, casions. The concourse of people and strict and conscientious in the that assembled on this occasion discharge of all the duties of her
was very great. The interest created Church, and not without a struggle by the apparent voluntary retirement in parting with her child and con
from the world of one so young, so signing her to the charge of Jesuits, wealthy, and so beautiful, was intense, yielded in this case to the malign in- and accordingly the chapel in which fluence of fashion, as many a fond I preached was filled to overflowing, mother does, even in this our own with the nobility and fashionables of land, of equal and far-famed, though that section of the country. Many mock equality, and sent her beautiful were the tears that were shed, when daughter, her earthly idol, to the this beautiful young lady cut off her school of these nuns. Let the result rich and flowing tresses of hair. speak for itself.
“Having no clerical connexion with “Soon after the daughter was sent the convent in which she was im. to school, I entered the College of mured, I had not seen her for three Maynooth as a theological student; months following. At the expiration and in due time was ordained a Ro- of that time, one of the lay-sisters of man Catholic Priest, by particular the convent delivered to me a note. dispensation, being two years under I knew it contained something startthe canonical age,
An interval of ling. These lay-sisters among Jesusome years passed before I had an its are spies belonging to that order, opportunity of meeting my young but are sometimes bribed by the nuns friend again; our interview. was un- for certain purposes. As soon as I