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part of town in which the king resides ; but fruin the number of persons eager to obtain a passage, I was under the neces-ity of waiting two hours. During this time, the people who bad crossed the river, carried information to Mansong, the king, that a white
was waiting for a passage, and was coulin ing to see him. He immediately sent over one of his chief men, who informed me, that the king could not possibly see me, until he knew whal had brought me into his country ; and that I must not presume to cross the river without the king's permission. He therefore advised me to lodge, for that night, at a dis, tant village, to which he poin'ed, and said that, in the morning, he would give me fur, ther instructions how to conduct myself. This was very discouraging. However, as there was no remedy, I set off for the village; where I found, wo my great inortification, that no person would adınit me into his house. From prejudices infused into their minds, I was regarded with astonishment and fear; and was obliged to sit the whole day without victuals, in the shade of a tree. “The night threalened to be very uncomfort
for the wind rose, and there was great appearance of a heavy rain : the wild beasts too were so numerous in the neighbourhood, that I should have been under the necessity of climbing up the tree, and resting among
the branches. About sunset, however, as I
preparing to pass the night in this manner, and had turned my horse loose, that he might graze ai liberty, a negro woman returning from the labours of the field, stopped to observe me; and perceiving that I was weary and dejected, enquired into my situation. I briefly explained it 10 her; after which, with looks of great compassion, she took up my saddle and bridle, and told me to follow her, Having conducted me into her hut, she lighted a lamp, spread a mat on the floor, and told me I mignt remain there for the night. Finding that I was very hungry, she went out to procure me something to eat ; and returned in a short time with a very fine fish ; which, having caused it to be half broiled upon some embers, she gave me for supper. The rites of hospitality being thus performed towards a stranger in distress, my worthy benefactress (pointing to the mat, and telling me I might sleep there without appre. hension) called to the female part of her family, who had stood gazing on me all the while in fixed astonishment, to resume their task of spinning cutton ;. in which they continued to employ theinselves great part of the night.
They lightened their labour by songs, one of which was composed extempore: for I was myself the subject of it. It was sung by one of the young women, the rest joining in
a sort of chorus. The air was sweet and plaintive, and the words, literally translated
" The winds roared and the rain fell. The poor white man, faint and weary, came and sat under
vur tree.--He has no mother to bring him milk, ; no wife to grind his corn. Chorus. Let LIS pity the white man : no mother has he to bring him milk; no wife to grind his corn*" Tri. fling as these evenis may appear to the reader, they were to me affecting in the highest de: gree.
I was oppressed by such unexpected kindness; and sleep fled from my eyes. In the morning, I presented to my compassionate landlady two of the fuur brass buttons which remained on my waistcoat; the only recompense it was in my power to make her.”
• These simple and affecting sentiments have been very beautifully versified.
The loud wind roar'd, the rain fell fast;
On the Manufacture of Paper. The beautiful, delicate, and valuable substance called paper, is manufactured from the meanest materials ; from the old rays which have passed from one poor person to another, and at length have perhaps dropped in tatters. They are till, however, useful, and ought always to be carefully preserved, and sold to the rag-gatherer, who sells them again at the paper-nill.
The paper-maker gives them first to women to sort according to their different degrees of fineness; who also carefully cut out all the seams, which they throw into a basket for other purposes; they then put them into the dusting engine, a large circular wire sieve, from which they receive some degree of cleaning.
The rags are next conveyed into a large trough or cistern, into which a pipe of clear spring water is constantly flowing.
The wind is heard in whispers low,
In this cistern is placed a cylinder about two feet long, set thickly round with rows of iron spikes, standing as near as they can to one another without touching ; at the buttoni of the trough are corresponding rows of spikes. The cylinder is made to whirl round with inconceivable rapidity, and thus these iron teeth tear the cloth in every possible direction ; till, by the assistance of the water which continually flows through the cistern, it is reduced to a find pulp; and by the same process all its impurities are cleansed away, and it is restored to its original whiteness. This process takes about six hours.
This fine pulp they next put into a copper of warm water. It is already the substance of paper, and the form must now be given to it; for this purpose they use a mould made of wire, strong one way, and crossed with finer, This mould they just dip horizontally into the copper, and take it out again,
It has a little wooden frame on the edge, by means of which it retains as much of the pulp as is wanted for the thickness of a sheet, and the superfluity runs off through the interstices of the wires.
Another workman receives it, opens the frame, and turns out the thin sheet, which has now shape, but not consist soft felt placed on the ground ready to receive it : on that are placed another piece of felt,