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ing rooms, above three hundred of which are estab-| the tribune ; never except on questions on which lished in Paris. The admission to these is three his peculiar acquirements are capable of throwing hal! pence. Here all the journals of Paris, great light. Whenever he does, the chamber is hushed and small, all the periodicals of the day, the popular in the most profound and respectful silence. There romances and pamphlets, and other works of cur- are no interruptions, either of approbation or disrent interest, are provided. In many of the better sent, such as even the most eminent parliamentary class of these establishments, the English and other speakers are accustomed to. The members listen foreign papers are found. Every Parisian above with inclined heads and inquiring countenances. the rank of the mere working class resorts to these The strangers' galleries are filled with respectful rooms, and makes himself au courant on the sub- and anxious spectators and hearers. The stature jects of the day. Besides these sources of daily of the savant is above the middle size, his hair is information, he has his café, to which all French-curled and flowing, and his fine southern bust commen resort morning or evening, and where all the mands the attention. His forehead and temples principal journals are provided
indicate force of will and habits of meditation. The The aim and object of a Parisian journal, are moment he opens the subject of his speech, he besomewhat different from those of an English news- comes the centre to which every look is directed, paper. It is less the vehicle of advertisements, or and on which all attention is fixed. If the quesof mere gossip, such as accidents and offences, than tion is complicated, it becomes simple as he utters the latter. It is more discursive, and affects more it. If it be technical, it is resolved into the most the character of a review, embracing literature and familiar. If it be obscure, it becomes luminous. the arts, as well as politics and miscellaneous intel- | The ignorant are astonished that what seemed uninligence. In a certain sense it may be said to have telligible has become suddenly self-evident, and the a higher intellectual tone, and, although no single dull are charmed with the consciousness of their French journal can be truly said to be as perfect awakened powers of perception. The gesture, the a vehicle of general intelligence as one of the leading pantomime of the orator are captivating. Flashes morning papers of London, yet this deficiency is of light seem to issue from his eyes, his mouth, and more than compensated by the facility with which even from his fingers! He varies and relieves his the various journals are accessible.
discourse by the most lively digressions and wellThe feuilleton is a department of French journal- pointed anecdotes immediately arising out of the ism which has no corresponding branch in the Eng subject, which adorn without overcharging it. lish press. Here the writings of many of the most When he relates facts, his language has all the eminent men of letters of the day, more especially graces of simplicity ; but when he unfolds the mysthe authors of fiction, first are offered to the world. teries of science, and develops some of the wonders Here are also found literary and dramatic criticism, of nature, his speech rises, his style becomes elereviews of the arts, and a general record of the vated and figurative, and his eloquence corresponds progress of mind.
with the sublimity of his theme. The number of journals which thus form chan- The versatility of Arago, and his vast fund of nels of popular information in Paris alone, is about peculiar information, always ready in his memory, forty; half that number being daily papers for and available for felicitous application, remind us of politics and general intelligence.
the qualities of his friend Lord Brougham. Like the The intellectual taste of the Parisians is mani- latter Arago is a linguist, a politician, a man of letters. fested, in a striking manner, by the desire they show He is perpetual secretary of the institute, in which for attendance on public lectures in every depart-office he has produced remarkable eloges of some ment of literature and science. Such discourses of his most eminent contemporaries, among whom are accessible gratuitously in various parts of may be mentioned Volta, Fourriere and Watt. Paris, and delivered by professors eminent in the One of the principal avowed instruments for the various departments of knowledge. Among these intellectual advancement for the people in France, ought to be especially mentioned the lectures on is, the drama. Whether the counteracting evils astronomy delivered throughout the season by Ara- which attend theatrical entertainments, prepondergo, at the royal observatory, and those on mechan- ate over the means of mental improvement which ical philosophy, given on Sundays, by the Baron they offer, is a question on which some difference of Charles Dapin, at the Conservatoire des arts et me opinion will, no doubt, prevail. However this be tiers. Each of these professors is attended by decided, the state in France regards the drama as audiences of six or seven hundred persons of both a national object, as the means of sustaining an sexes and all ages, from the youth of sixteen up important branch of French literature, and, in a
word, as a department of les beaux arts, as well enOf all the class of public professors coming titled to protection and encouragement as painting under the title of adult instructors, Arago is, per- or sculpture. haps, the most remarkable, and we might even ex- There are within the barriers of Paris about tend the comparison beyond the limits of France. twenty-four theatres, permanently open ; most of The well-known felicity of Faraday gives him a them nightly, including Sunday. Several of these high rank in this species of teaching. But he yields are directly supported by the state, receiving an anto Arago in the eloquence of language, and what nual subvention, of greater or less amount, and may be called the literary qualifications of the in- being consequently subject, in some degree, to gov. structor. If Arago had not been a member of the ernment control. In defence of the moral effect of Academy of Sciences, he might have preferred a these places of public amusement, it must be said fair claim to admission to the Academy of Letters, that none of them present the offensive and revolt(L'Académie Française.)
ing scenes which are witnessed in the saloons and As a member of the chamber of deputies, Arago upper tiers of boxes of the English theatres. In has assumed his seat on the extreme left, the place fact, that class of persons who thus outrage decenof republican opinions pushed to their extreme cy, in the place of public amusement in England, limit. He is a violent politician, and will go every dare not show themselves in any theatre in Paris. length with his party. He rarely, however, mounts In that respect, at least, there is a wholesomo
stringency of police regulations. In the audience you are only required to find your own paper. part of a Paris theatre there is, in fact, nothing to The number of readers who avail themselves of offend the eye or the ear of the most fastidious mor- this privilege is enormous. alist.
While means so ample are thus presented for the The principal theatre of Paris, and that to which improvement of the understanding, opportunities the state attaches most importance, is the Académie for the cultivation of taste, and the refinement of Royale de Musique, commonly called the grand the imagination, are not less profusely supplied, opera. It is here that the art of dancing is cultivat- and still more eagerly and extensively enjoyed by ed; in connexion, however, with the higher class all classes, including even the most hamble of the of opera. Notwithstanding that the prices of ad-operatives. To be convinced of this, we have only mission are considerable, and the theatre accommo- to make a promenade of the magnificent collection dates two thousand persons, and is generally filled, of Versailles, or of the museum of the Louvre, on yet such is the splendor with which musical enter- any Sunday or holiday, when the working classes tainments are produced, that the entire receipts do are free. Those who in London would be found at not amount to anything near the expenses of the es- the gin-shop, or at the smoking bazaar, are here tablishment. The annual subscription allowed by found familiarizing their eye with the productions the state to this school of music is above thirty- of Raffaelle, Titian, Paul Veronese, the Poussins, five thousand pounds sterling.
or Claude, or wandering among the antiquities of A second theatre, called the Opéra Comique, is Italy, Greece, and Egypt. It is not an overcharged also devoted exclusively to the advancement of estimate to state, that on every festival day, with music, and receives an annual grant of £10,000. favorable weather, not less than fifty thousand of
The great school of French dramatic literature is the lower orders of Paris enjoy themselves in this the Theatre Français, where the works of Racine, manner. Corneille, Voltaire, Molière, and the other great dramatic writers, are kept continually before the public, supported by the best living artists, among
STOCKHOLM, June 5.- About one thousand perwhom Mademoiselle Rachel at present holds the
sons will sail this month from Gefle and Stockholm. first place. This theatre is supported by an annual
-These emigrants may be regarded as a fair spec
imen of the better class of Swedish peasants, and grant of £8,000, notwithstanding which it is now tottering on the brink of dissolution, and must come
some are men of considerable property. They are to a suspension if the state do not intervene.
generally hard-working, honest lovers of order, and Exclusive of these, all the other theatres are pri
rin will, no doubt, prove a valuable addition to our popvate enterprises, conducted independently of the
ulation. They are dissenters from the established government, and generally attended with profitable
church of Sweden, and are in fact driven out by the results in a financial sense. The character of the
of the strong hand of religious tyranny. I understand it dramas represented at them is very various, and in
in is their intention to form a colony, as soon as possisome instances exceptionable on the score of moral ble, in some
moral ble, in some of the western States.- Union. tendency, not more so, however, than those of the minor theatres in London.
RICHARD COBDEN.-Elihu Burritt, now travelling Among the means of intellectual advancement in England, thus speaks of the last meeting of the enjoyed by the Parisians, we ought not to omit the League : mention of the public libraries, of which above “Cobden arose not to speak for the space of twenty are open to the public daily. It is impossi- several minutes, but to stand up in affecting silence ble to refrain from contrasting these admirable insti- before the assembly, who would have drowned the tutions with similar public establishments in Lon- voice of a trumpet before the swelling peals of don, not only as to the facilities which they offer to applause with which they greeted the Napoleon of the public, but as to the extent to which the public moral revolution. Several times he essaved to avail themselves of the benefits which they present. speak, but before he could frame his lips to the If the number of daily readers at such institutions utterance of a word, the multitude would burst forth be any indication of the intellectual advancement of anew with another volume of cheers. I saw his the people, then assuredly our French neighbors clear, spirit-speaking eyes fill with tears, on thus have greatly the advantage of us. To perceive being interrupted the third time in his efforts to this, it is only necessary to look into the salle de make himself heard. There stood the meekest lecture of the Bibliothèque Royale any morning, and looking man I ever saw fronting a public assembly, call to your recollection the reading-room of the and in the meekest attitude. As he stood with his library at the British Museum. Is the difference slight form inclining forward, with one of his thin to be ascribed to the different state of mental ad- pale hands hanging by the forefinger from a button vancement of the people, or to the restrictions im- hole in the left breast of his coat, and with the other posed on the admission to the use of the latter resting on a corner of the speaker's desk as if for library? If this last be to any extent the cause, the support, he looked the very impersonation of timid sooner these restrictions are removed the better. modesty. His whole attitude and appearance In Paris the public libraries are open without any reminded me of some humble member of the Methrestrictions whatever. You have no permission to odist church, in America, arising in one of their ask, no introduction or recommendation to seek, no class meetings to tell his experience,' in a conqualification to attain—not even a name to ac- trite spirit. And that was England's foremost man! knowledge. Whatever be your condition, rank, Among all the heroes her annals have numbered, country, language, or garb, you are free to enter that soft-voiced revolutionist stood the highest in the these institutions; write on a paper which is pro-people's gratitude! For England had become a vided for you the titles of the works you wish to people, and he the people's man, and this was the consult or to study, and without further inquiry or hour of his coronation. The first words he uttered delay they are handed to you by porters, who are fell upon the listening multitude in tones of queruin waiting for the purpose ; you have convenient lous modulation. They were uttered with childseats and tables in rooms well ventilated in summer like simplicity, and were tremulous with the emo and warmed in winter, with ink for extracts, and I tion he confessed."
From Chambers' Journal. J opposition of qualities which might be supposed to LIKINGS OF THE UNLIKE.
be its bane.
The indifference or repugnance so often shown AMONGST the perversities of fortune bewailed by by one pretty woman towards another, is usually Thomson, is her“ joining the gentle to the rude." accounted for on the ground of rivalry. But we It must be a misfortune for the gentle to enter up- so often see similar results where rivalry is not preon such an alliance, if the qualities of the opposite sumable, that I believe it may be owing to some party are so extremely rough as to be a constant deeper spring of feeling in our nature, of which Offence to good taste and good feeling. But I am the sentiment of rivalry is only one of the outward prepared to contend that, within a certain limit, as appearances. It will be found that two pretty wo sociations of this kind are advantageous, and that, men will be more apt to like each other, if they when our inclinations are free, we instinctively are of different styles of beauty : the one fair, per seek them as more agreeable than any of an oppo- haps; the other dark. This shows that it is not site kind. The remark extends to other qualities competition for admiration which wholly animates than those of gentleness and rudeness ; in fact to them. So, also, they will form a friendship if personal associations of every kind. It appears to they be different in manners, temper, and deportbe a law of our nature, that we should find a so- ment. In some rare instances, there may be a lace and satisfaction in connexion with qualities mutual regard where there is both a community of which we ourselves do not possess; and that beauty, and of temper, and deportment; but al. whatever we are ourselves largely endowed with, ways, in such cases, some striking discrepance wil that do we shrink from in others.
be detected in another quarter. Only one will be View the operation of this principle even in our lively and talkalive, the other being gentle and earliest days. Those pairings for which children grave, demure or languishing, as the case may be. are remarkable, both within the domestic circle and The friendship will then be founded not on the in the more miscellaneous assemblages at school, general parity, but the one disparity. The rule do not, as a rule, take place between individuals will still hold good. alike gentle, alike dull, alike energetic, alike Let us suppose two such friends exposed to the brilliant. No: the clever boy finds a mysterious election of the other sex. Fully sure may we be pleasure in the society of some unfortunate dunce, that the man who loses his heart to the one, wil. in whom the multitude can see no attractions of see no charm in the other. Your grave or re any kind. The active irrepressible spirit of the served, silent or sensible, stupid or timid wooer. class-he who is always fighting, or playing tricks, invariably takes to the bright animated beauty, who and with whom the master has ten times more will talk for herself and for him ; the gay, goodtrouble than with any other boy under his care- humored, rattling suitor, prefers her who will rethis precious youth never assorts with any similar ward his sallies with a passive smile, and love the Boanerges or Ajax; he is found to be devoted to sound of his voice rather than her own. Happy some tame, quiet boy, remarkable for his total ina- for us that it is so ! If the grave, silent man were bility to fight, and who, on the other hand, indiffer- to prefer a woman of like characteristics, what a ent to companions of his own stamp, clings to the stupid pair, what a sombre household would be wild fellow as to something which vastly helps and theirs ! If he of the social, volatile temperament comforts him. Even where a boy may display could only find charms in one gay and witty as somewhat dangerous qualities, it not unfrequently himself, which of them would be disposed for the happens that one the very reverse-a jacketed Sir sober forethought, the quiet daily duties, indispenCharles Grandison-finds a strange fascination in sable to the domestic comfort of married life? his society, and likes him, with all his faults, bet In this latter relation, it is only difficult to ter than he does any contemporary of merely pas-determine, whether in mental or personal characsable character.
teristics husbands and wives are most often found Some fair readers of this paper have probably to differ. What man of deep learning and science, received their education at a boarding-school. I for instance, ever takes to himself a learned and put it to all such to recall the prettiest, brightest, scientific wife? Or rather, what sort of woman most accomplished of their companions-she who does he choose? Why, one who probably never was the star of the school, the pride of the mis- opens a book, but who will see that his friends are tress, the glory of the dancing-master, and the well received, that his servants do their work, that extolled of every other teacher whose province was the baker's bill is not overcharged, nor the leg of the outward and ornamental. Now, there is such mutton over-roasted. So much for the cant of a thing as jealousy ; but I do not think it will mental congeniality. wholly account for what is found in the history of In personal attributes, what striking, what often this school-paragon, that she hardly ever forms an ludicrous contrasts continually meet our view! For attachment amongst the other young ladies of a example, how seldom do little women find favor in showy character, but almost invariably selects for the eyes of little men ! On the contrary, take one her friend and confidante one who, with perhaps a of these latter, the most meagre, insignificant, unfair endowment of good sense, is notably quiet and happy-looking as to all outward bearing, and then unpretending, possessed of solid, and not of showy turn to the portly, jolly, smiling dame to whom he qualities; in short, the perfect antithesis of her has united himself! Look at another, to whom self. It is curious, in such a case, to see the one nature has tried to make annends for want of height lively, clever, restless, perhaps irritable, while the by such a liberal share of breath and rotundity, as other is so much the reverse. Often it hardly ap- gives him much the tout ensemble of a squat decanpears a friendship at all the one chafing, as it ter or a beer barrel. If you hear such a man talk were, against the dulness of the other; this other, of his wife, be prepared to see one of those tall, again, to all appearance suffering much from the slender, gossamer figures which some people impatience of her companion. And yet they never designate graceful and elegant, and others liken to separate ; so that we cannot doubt that it is a real lathe and thread-paper. friendship, the very fitness of which rests in that That little women are almost always the admired and chosen of tall men, is, I believe, generally ad- I agree well, and promote the general hilarity, ermitted. The taller the husband, it would almost amine them narrowly, and you will discover some appear that the more kindly does he look down great difference between them-one perbaps a upon feminine diminutiveness. There is also a biting satirist, the other a good-natured humoristcharacteristic gentleness in great robust men. so that the apparent exception only confirms the How often, therefore, do we meet a man of tower-rule. Assuredly, two wits, both alike of either ing stature linked to a female hardly reaching his the first or the second kind, never yet were seen to elbow, and are told, moreover, that he is the most spend an hour amicably together. And if two attentive and obedient of husbands! This does humorists of the other kind were brought together, not, however, apply to your majestic race of men it is ten to one that they would afterwards speak indiscriminately. All of them have, beyond doubt, of each other as the perfection of dulness. a prepossession in favor of little wives ; but it is Reverting to matrimonial alliances, some internot all who choose to be governed by them. esting consequences arise from the principle of con
How seldom do we see a very handsome man traries on which partners are usually chosen. married to a very beautiful woman! Never, we Where an alliance of this kind has been happy to might say, except in the pages of a novel, where which it is equivalent to say, where it has been the hero and heroine must have of course their founded upon affection-it will be found that each rightful portion of personal charms. On the con- party has a certain degree of preference for such trary, we often behold these latter united to down- of the children as resemble the other. A father of right ugliness. But then there is wealth, or tame character, who has chosen an energetic wife, worth, or talent in the opposing scale, which is will best love the children who, like her, are enalways observed to be the influential one ; for mere ergetic. If he has a beloved partner of cornplexion beauty-by which we mean a faultless regularity and general aspect very diverse from his own, he of figure and features is almost invariably accom- will be apt to make favorites of the children who panied with that complete insipidity which requires resemble her in these respects, while comparatively to be acted upon by a nature stronger than, and indifferent to such of the young people as are superior to, its own. We far oftener see it allied copies of himself. It is doubtless from a similar to this characteristic than to affectation and con- principle that fathers are observed generally to preceit; these belonging to a different, and inferior fer their daughters to their sons. The man-nature class of pretenders.
delights in the feminine gentleness, because its Our principle may be said to be developed in own opposite. every friendship, partnership, and coalition volun- Perhaps it might not be thought very fanciful to tarily formed between those who have to act to-suggest a final cause for all this seeking of oppo gether on the stage of life. There may be equality sites, in the need that has been contemplated for as regards outward station and abilities, but never producing a diffusion of all the various qualities of can there be resemblance in disposition or intellec- families, of races, and of human nature generally, tual characteristics. In every era of man's exist throughout the constitution of society. Sir Walter ence the principle is inherent. We see it in the Scott, who had a great deal of a natural kind of mere schoolboy or college youth, and we perceive philosophy, arising from the observation of his sait in the different classes and callings of life, civil gacious mind, makes some remarks to nearly the or military, where mankind are thrown into colli- same purpose, with which I shall conclude my lesion, and the individual pretensions of each are cubrations. " As unions," he says, * are often tested.
formed betwixt couples differing in complexion and In our sentimental faculties generally, it will be stature, they take place still more frequently be found that any one which becomes prominent in the twixt persons totally differing in feelings, tastes, in character, shrinks from the active exercise of the pursuits, and in understanding ; and it would not same faculty in others. For instance, a person be saying perhaps too much to aver, that twopossessing much of the venerative principle, does thirds of the marriages around us have been connot like to be made an object of worship. He is tracted betwixt persons who, judging a priori, we comfortable while allowed to look up to his great should have thought had scarce any charms for men ; but make a great man of himself, and he be each other. A moral and primary cause might be comes uneasy. Flattery, and a great show of easily assigned for these anomalies in the wise dis deference, are to such a man unusually distasteful. pensations of Providence that the general balance It is for the very same reason that one possessing a of wit, wisdom, and amiable qualities of all kinds large endowment of the opposite quality-self-es-should be kept up through society at large. For teem-shrinks from another like himself. In like what a world were it, if the wise were to intermanner the acquisitive man has always a great dis- marry only with the wise, the leamed with the like-quite irrespectively of pecuniary detriment to learned, the amiable with the amiable, nay, even himself-to become a subject for the exercise of the handsome with the handsome! And is it not acquisitiveness in others. It is an old and familiar evident that the degraded castes of the foolish, the remark, that those who are much given to jesting ignorant, the brutal, and the deformed (compreat the expense of their fellow-creatures, exhibit a hending, by the way, far the greater portion of peculiar dislike to be made the subject of jokes by mankind, must, when condemned to exclusive inothers. This, I am persuaded, is from no ultra-tercourse with each other, become gradually as sensitiveness of nature connected with the jest much brutalized in person and disposition as so loving character, but a curious reflex action of the many orang-outangs? When, therefore, we see leading faculty, causing it to be as painful in the the gentle joined to the rude,' we may lament the passive, as it is agreeable in the active voice. fate of the suffering individual, but we must pot Hence it is that your noted wits never shine in the the less admire the mysterious disposition of that company of men like themselves, and a dinner-wise Providence which thus balances the moral party where an effort has been made to bring a good and evil of life, which secures for a family, plurality of them together, usually proves a fail- unhappy in the dispositions of one parent, a share ore. If it ever be found that two witty men do ) of better and sweeter blood transnitted from the other; and preserves to the offspring the affection- 1 part of the country where his mistress resided-to ate care and protection of at least one of those from the neighboring town with a ring, which required whom it is naturally due. Without the frequent some alteration, to be delivered into the hands of a occurrence of such alliances-missorted as they jeweller. The young man went the shortest way seem at first sight--the world could not be that for across the fields; and coming to a little wooden which Eternal Wisdom has designed it-a place of bridge that crossed a small stream, he leant against mixed good and evil-a place of trial at once and the rail, and took the ring out of its case to look at of suffering, where even the worst ills are che it. While doing so, it slipped out of his hand, and quered with something that renders them tolerable fell into the water. In vain he searched for it, even to humble and patient minds, and where the best till it grew dark. He thought it fell into the holblessings carry with them the necessary alloy of low of a stump of a tree under water, but he could embittering depreciation."*
not find it. The time taken in the search was so | long, that he feared to return and tell his story,
thinking it incredible, and that he should even be From Chambers' Journal.
suspected of having gone into evil company, and THE PROBABLE.
gamed it away, or sold it. In this fear he deter
mined never to return-left wages and clothes, and It has now become a trite remark, that truth fairly ran away. This seemingly great misfortune often brings before us“ things stranger than fic- was the making of him. His intermediate history tion." The reason is, that when a man writes fic- I know not; but this, that after many years' abtion, he has to keep near a particular level of gen- sence, either in the East or West Indies, he reeral probability, based on an average of occurrences turned with a very considerable fortune. He now and situations such as we arrive at in the course of wished to clear himself with his old mistress ; ascerour experience in actual life. The reader holds tained that she was living ; purchased a diamond him as under an engagement to give things at ring of a considerable value, which he determined to about this average ; if he goes much above it, he is present in person, and clear his character, by telling condemned as resorting to a silly expedient, in his tale, which the credit of his present position order to work out an effect, or escape from a diffi- might testify. He took the coach to the town of culty. Thus, for example, when he brings home a , and from thence set out to walk the disrich uncle from India exactly in time to save a vir- tance of a few miles. He found, I should tell you, tuous family from ruin, he is thought to be merely on alighting, a gentleman who resided in the neighresorting 10 a trick of his trade; and yet we know borhood, who was bound for the adjacent village. that rich uncles do come home occasionally from They walked together, and in conversation, this for India, and may well find things at sixes and sevens mer servant, now a gentleman, with graceful manamong their friends. One or two such events in ners and agreeable address, communicated the the course of his three volumes may be allowed the circumstance that made him leave the country abmoralist; but if he indulges much more frequently ruptly many years before. As he was telling this, in out-of-the-way occurrences that serve his general they came to the very wooden bridge. There,' design, he is thought a decidedly clumsy artist. said he ; it was just here that I dropped the ring; Yet nothing can be more certain than that, in actual and there is the very bit of old tree into a hole of life, series of events do occur, all of which are which it fell—just there.' At the same time he put greatly beyond that medium line which constitutes down the point of his umbrella into the hole of the our ideal of the probable. As an example, a man knot in the tree, and drawing it up, to the astonishwill at once be overtaken by insolvency, by illness, ment of both, found the very ring on the ferrule of by the losses of children, by a burning of his house, the umbrella."* Here also was an occurrence and all this in an abrupt or sudden manner, after against which, one would have previously said, the many years of quiet, comfortable existence, un chances were as one to infinity. It was one of marked by any such incidents. Or a considerable those things which we see to be most unlikely, yet number of relations will die in the course of four or must acknowledge to be possible, and, when wellfive years, and open a succession to wealth and title authenticated, to be true. to an individual who originally had no expectation There is a class of double occurrences, or coinciof it. There are, indeed, some conjunctures in actual dences, which serve to illustrate the same princilife of so singular a nature, as to mock the highest ple. How often will we hear a name or a fact menflights of the human imagination.
tioned, which we had previously never once heard I speak of those events as singular against the of, and yet that name or fact will once come under occurrence of which there is a great number of our notice, from a totally different quarter, ere two chances. For example, we are told in Brand's days, or even one, have passed! For example, not History of Newcastle, that a gentleman of that city, a week before the penning of these remarks, a genin the middle of the seventeenth century, dropped a tleman alluded, in conversation with me, to a Rusring from his hand over the bridge into the river sian plant which is supposed to be of a partly aniTyne. Years passed on; he had lost all hopes of mal nature, and to be in a kind of animal form, with recovering the ring, when one day his wife bought which it chanced that I was unacquainted. Two a fish in the market, and in the stomach of that fish hours after, consulting the Penny Cyclopaedia on the was the identical jewel which had been lost! From subject of the barometer, my eye lighted on the next the pains taken to commemorate this event, it would ensuing article" BAROMETZ, a singular vegetable appear to be true ; it was merely an occurrence production, of which, under the name of the Seypossible, but extremely unlikely, to have occurred. thian lamb, many fabulous stories are told. ... A similar incident was lately recorded, with all the It is, in reality, nothing but the prostrate hairy stem appearance of seriousness, in a popular miscellany of a fern called Aspidium Borometz, which from its “Many years ago a lady sent her servant-g young procumbent position and shaggy appearance, looks man about twenty years of age, and a native of that something like a crouching animal, &c." Or two
*" The Pirate," chapter xiii.
• Blackwood's Magazine.