The melancholy death of Er- and several pieces of amber, in wald was soon known, and he the middle whereof various sorts was borne to his grave 'midst of insects appear distinctly, There the tears of the whole village.- is also a piece of crystal, wherein The heart-broken Louise never re- a couple of drops are inclosed, gained her reason ; but is often which look like water when they seen wandering upon the beach are shaken.t when the storm howls loudest, The Ambrosian library is faand the fishermen draw their mous for its curious manuscrips, boats higher on the sands—there particularly one of Josephus, in will she sit fancying she hears latin, and another of Leonardus the despairing voice of her lover Vincius. But, according to the in the moaning of the winds.- taste of the Italians, they seem to Her beautiful form is fast fading have laid out more money on picaway, and her pure spirit ere long tures than books. Here are the will join those of lovers in the re- heads of several learned men; agions of bliss.

mong which is that of our countryman bishop Fisher, who was

put to death by king Henry VIII. Travels.

for not acknowledging his supre

macy. An Abridgment of the Travels of a

About two miles from Milan is Gentleman through France, Italy,

a curiosity that deserves to be Turkey in Europe, the Holy Land,

mentioned: it is a building, Arubia, Egypt, &c. (Continued from page 180.)

which produces such an echo as perhaps cannot be equalled in the

world. Upon firing a pistol, we All strangers go to see the ca

had the sound returned at least binet, which contains a large col.

fifty times, though the air was lection of natural and artificial rarities, and all sorts of antiquities. making such experiment to the

not then in a state proper for Among other things is a piece of

best advantage. The repetitions incombustible cloth, made of the

at first are very quick; but the Lapis Amianthus, or Asbestos* ;

intervals are

greater and the

sounds more distinct, in propor• The Asbestos is a kind of stone or mineral substance, of a whitish silver colour, and tion as they decay. This is ocfibrous texture, endued with the wonderful property of resisting fire, and remaining un casioned by two parallel walls of consumed in the most intense heat. It is found in Tartary, Egypt, Siberia, Corsica, in the Isle of Anglesea, in the Shire of Aberdeen, in Scotland, and many other parts of the world. + These drops are considered to be bubbles Of this the ancients had a method of making of air. Another rarity of this nature is shewn cloth and paper; and Pliny says, "that he had at Vendome in France, which they pretend is a seen napkins thereof, which being taken foul tear that our Saviour 'shed over Lazarus, and from the table, were thrown into the fire, and was gathered up by an Angel, who put it into by that means better cleaned than if they had a little crystal vial, and made a present of it to

Mary Magdalen.

been washed in water,

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a considerable length, which re-ence, well watered with rivers and verberate the sound to each other lakes, and abounds with corn, till the undulation is quite spent. wine, and the most delicious fruits. Some useful hints might be taken The climate is very agreeable, and from hence by a curious architect, the air fresh and healthful, which with respect to the forming of is owing to the neighbourhood of artificial echoes.

the Alps and Apennines. As the nobility and gentry of Among the public buildings of Milan love magnificence in their this city, that best deserve our athouses and furniture, so they af- tention, is the cathedral, which is fect to make a grand appearance a magnificent edifice, and has a abroad, as is evident from their cupola exquisitely painted by a clothes, their coaches, and their celebrated master, I think it was numerous retinues. In this city, Corregio. as in several others of Italy, many The Duke's palace is an elegant people are inclined to imitate the structure, its gardens are very deFrench in their dress and deport-lightful, on account of the grottos, ment; but one may easily disco- cascades, fountains, statues, and ver the airs they give themselves other ornaments : but these are not to be natural; for indeed far from being its greatest beauthere is a vast difference in the ties; the theatre, and the gallery, manners of the two nations; the raise the admiration of all that see French are familiar and talkative, them, and perhaps are not inferior the Italians stiff and reserved; to any thing of that nature in gaiety and sprightliness distin- Italy. The theatre is very spaciguish the former, the latter affect ous, and so admirably contrived, to appear sober and sedate. The that the remotest part of the audiItalians have a great aversion to ence can hear distinctly what is the French, which I suppose pro- uttered on the stage, be the sound ceeds originally from the differ- ever so low; and let the actor raise ence of their humours and incli- his voice as high as he pleases, nations.

there is no echo to occasion the The trade of Milan is as great least confusion. It has no boxes, as can be expected, considering but benches rising gradually like its distance from the sea. Its those of an amphitheatre; and principal manufactures are those they have a method of filling the of silk-brocade, and other rich pit with water three feet deep, instuffs : their works in crystal are to which they bring little gilded much admired, and their hard-boats, which, with the lights that wares are reckoned excellent. surround them, form a very agree

The dutchy of Milan is about able scene. The gallery is hung three hundred miles in circumfer- with a great number of pictures,




all done by celebrated masters, dian, and shows the exact time of and on one side of it is a large noon or mid-day upon the line, room full of inlaid tables, cabin- and also the solstices and equie ets, works in amber and crystal, noxes. and other pieces, much admired At the church of Corpus Domifor the value of the materials, ni they shew an embalmed body and the excellency of the work of a nun, called Catherine de Vimanship. Adjoining to this is gri, which frequently works miraanother room furnished with a cles; she sits in a chair, dressed variety of antiquities, as busts, in a nun's habit, has a crown of idols, medals, inscriptions, &c. gold on her head, a crucifix in

The inhabitants of Parma are her right hand, and a book of her polite, generous, and ingenious; own composing in her left. They but like most of the Italians, pret- pretend that her hair and nails ty much reserved, especially their grow as when she was alive, and nobility.

are often cut. She looks black After a few days stay at Par- and dry like a mummy, and inma, we continued our journey to deed is a very frightful spectacle. Bologna, the second city in the They shew a manuscript of ecclesiastical state, an archbishop- some books of the old testament, ric, and the most famous univer- which they pretend was written by sity in Italy.

Ezra's own hand; but it is only The streets are broad, and have a fine copy, like those the Jews piazzas on each side; and though use in their synagogues, and may the houses are not lofty, yet they perhaps be three or four hundred make a handsome appearance; years

old, they have several fine noble fountains, and surrounded

To be continued. with magnificent buildings. The wealth of Bologna appears in its

THE DINNER. stately palaces, churches, and convents, the riches of which are hard

By Croquill the Younger. ly to be imagined.

Come! spit that turkey, stir the fire The church of St. Petronio is too,

Or else those ribs of beef will never do. the largest in Bologna, but chiefly

Lard that young pheasant-John, just remarkable for a meridian-line,

hand those spices : above two hundred feet in length, L-d bless my heart, I've quite forgot drawn in copper on the pavement the ices.ty that curious astronomer Cassi- Gourmand, page first and last. ni. Over this line is a little hole

“ Two o'clock,” exin the roof, through which a ray claimed I; “another hour and I of the sun enters when in the meri- shall be surrounded by a pretty

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knot of my most particular friends. tle bit of the breast.-It struck

-I wish it would not rain so fast half past two-I went up stairs, though, for it may deter some of got the key of the cellar, and them from coming. Its a very brought to the light a few bottles queer day ; but its my usual luck, of my very best. The richI am sure to pitch upon a rainy scented port rose gratefully to my day for my parties. Yesterday nostrils as I drew the reluctant was a beautiful day, and I dare corks, for they had been so long say to-morrow will be the same : acquainted that I had some diffibut hang it I wont grumble, let culty in parting them a knock at them only come. I'll pull down the door at this moment electrified the blinds, light the candles, and me, and made me break the crust I warrant we shall be able to of my best port in my hurry-I drive the blue devils away.”-waited a few moments—all was siThus I cogitated, at the same time lent--I called to the servant to tying the bow of my neckcloth, as know who it was—“The pot-boy, the finishing touch to my adonis- Sir," replied she." Botheration ing; for, to tell the truth, I ex- take the pot-boy” said I, pettishpected a pretty girl or two to ly, “ tell that fellow if he knocks grace my party, and I am just so loud at my door I'll pull his turned thirty and—but—mum !- ears.”—I closed the door, arrangDown stairs I went, took a peep ed my decanters on the table, and at the dining-room-the table pulled out my watch—a quarter to nicely laid out—silver forks glis- three-I began to fear they might tening in a goodly row, and pretty disappoint me, for the rain came white napkins rearing their heads down very heavy, and some of in all the varied forms that my them have a good distance to come. housekeeper's fancy could place I fidgetted about the room, arrangthem-I rubbed my hands, and ing things over and over again, descended into the kitchen-—there merely to ktep myself employed ; was a clattering ! nothing but another knock startled me; I popsauceboats, plates, dishes, and all ped my head out of the parlour the rest of kitchen paraphernalia, door to listen; no one came-at in the elegant disorder natural on last I called out again—and was such an occasion-my good old answered “ the milk and cream housekeeper was putting down a come, Sir.” I had hardly seated fine fish--the servant-maid, with a myself by the fire, tapping the face red as the sun in a fog, sat fender with my toe, and watching basting a turkey.. I smacked my the large drops of rain chasing lips, at its luxuriant appearance, each other down the window panes, and fancied I could hear the sim- when another knock sounded upon pering misses all asking for a lit- my listening ear: I would not stir,

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for I was determined not to be mouth when a knocking came at made a fool of again--the servant the door-Here they are at last, entered with a note crumpled be- thought I-I crammed my pie tween her smutty fingers - I into the beaufet, and almost choaksnatched it from her hand broke, ed myself in swallowing what I it open-it was an apology from had in my mouth—the servant Mrs. M. saying, “ she was very came in with another letter brought sorry that she could not have the hy a drunken porter. I blessed pleasure of waiting upon me, on the fellow in my heart; broke account of the bad weather, her open the letter only to be disapdaughters and herself all having pointed with another excuse. I slight colds."-" There is four threw the letter into the fire, finishgone at all events,” grumbled I; ed my dinner-drank almost two never mind, I shall have a good bottles of wine-found myself number. now; but, zounds! I sleepy the whole evening-went would rather any one have stayed grumbling to bed at nine o'clock,' away but them; but it is my usual heartily tired out with vexation bad luck. I went down into the and anxiety. kitchen and ordered the things to be put a little back-my housekeeper looked as gloomy as the

Varieties. day at the idea of spoiling her cookery. I paraded every room in the house with all the nervous Walking on Stilts.--The shep-: irritability of expectation.—1 herds of the Landes, or deserts, in looked out of the window, but the the South of France, usually walk rain still came down in a regular on stilts. Landes lies between stream ; the street was almost the mouths of the Adour and the deserted and silent, except now Gironde, along the sea-coast, and, and then a dripping carman came according to tradition,' was once rattling by, whipping his drench- the bed of the sea itself. It is one ed beast into á gallop and looking vast wilderness of sand, flat in the the very picture of misery! Four strictest sense of the word, and ao'clock struck-the cook popped abounding with extensive pine. her greasy face into the room, to woods. The principal road is know whether she should bring through the sand, unaltered by any thing up for my dinner-I art, except where it is so loose and ordered a cold pie, and sat down deep as to require the trunks of solo. I looked along the range fir trees to be laid across to give it of knives and forks and sighed firmness. The villages and hama, with disappointinent. I had just lets stand on spots of fertile ground, popped a bit of the pie into my scattered like islands among the

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