sands. Mr. Maynard, a gentle- of these odd additions to the naman attached to a division of the tural leg, the feet are kept out of British army, which marched the water, which lies deep during through this district, at the con- winter on the sands, and from the clusion of the war in 1814, to em- heated sand during the summer; bark at Boulogne, gives the fol- in addition to which, the sphere lowing description of the inhabi- of vision over so perfect a flat is materially increased by the eleva"It was between the villages of tion, and the shepherd can see his Castel and La Baharre, that we sheep much further on stilts than first saw these shepherds, mounted he could from the ground."


on stilts, and striding like storks along the flat. These stilts rise from three to five feet; the foot

Confusion of the Senses.-The Paris papers recount prodigies of a woman in the neighbourhood of Lyons. The circumstances of her

rests on a surface adapted to its sole, carved out of the solid wood; a flat part, shaped to the outside of the leg and reaching below the case have confounded philosobend of the knee, is strapped round phers, and left her no credit with the calf and ancle. The foot is men unaccustomed to scientific covered with a piece of raw sheep's reasoning. Learning hesitates behide. In these stilts they move cause it wants principles to exwith perfect freedom and astonish- plain; ignorance decides at once, ing rapidity, and they have their because it knows not the variety balance so completely, that they of undiscovered principles which run, jump, stoop, and even dance exist.

The case of this woman is that with ease and safety. We made them run races for a piece of mo- of a confusion of all senses,—of ney put on a stone on the ground, seeing, smelling, hearing, touchto which they pounced down with ing, and tasting. The quality of surprising quickness. They can- one sense seems transferred to annot stand quite still without the other; there is a kind of organic aid of a long staff, which they al- confusion and substitution; the ways carry in their hands. This eyes do duty for the ears, the taste. guards them against any acciden- for the eyes, and the touch for the tal trip, and when they wish to be taste. at rest, forms a third leg that keeps them steady. The habit of using the stilts is acquired early, and it appeared the smaller the boy was, the longer it was neces"To believe," he says, " in apsary to have his stilts. By means parent impossibilities, is often the G g

A very learned physician, a writer in the Journal de Santé, gives an account of having visited this woman at Lyons.

menced a conversation with a friend in the apartment, and spoke in almost inaudible whispers. She repeated, with great power of memory, every word of the conversa

necessity of men of science; but it is their good fortune likewise to discover, that the world contains many more miracles than is at first imagined; that nothing is impossible, as referred to the om- tion. In short, I came away a nipotence of the Deity; and that convert; in other words, believed impossibilities are much rarer in what I had seen. A philosopher the combination of human life than knows the infallibility of the the vanity of science will acknow-senses; but he should know, ledge. likewise, that science ought not "The woman whom I visited, to reject because it cannot have and to whom I presented several demonstration." sorts of medicines, powders, simples, compounds, and many other substances, which, I am convinc

Origin of eating Goose on ed, she never saw before, told me Michaelmas-day.-Queen Elizatheir several tastes, as nearly, and beth, on her way to Tilburyfort, with as much precision as taste on the 29th of September, 1588, could pronounce. She described dined at the ancient seat of Sir them, indeed, with astonishing Neville Unfreville, near that exactness, and frequently when place: and, as Bess had much ramy own palate was confounded. ther dine on a high-seasoned and "Her eyes were next bound substantial dish, than a flimsy with a thick bandage, and I drew fricasee or rascally ragout, the from my pockets several sorts of knight thought proper to provide silk ribbands. All those that dif- a fine goose to suit the palate of fered in the original colours, she his royal guest. After the Queen immediately told me. It was in had dined very heartily, she asked vain to attempt puzzling her; she for an half-pint bumper of Bur made no mistake; she passed the gundy, and drank destruction to ribband merely through her hand, the Spanish Armada. She had and immediately decided on its scarce returned the glass, when peculiar colour. She could, in the news came that the Spanish fact, discover the quality of any fleet was defeated, and many of thing by the touch or taste, as ac- them destroyed by a storm; upon curately as I could do with my which she immediately took aneyes. other bumper, to drink success to "The organs of hearing were old England, and to digest the then closed, as well as the contri-goose. And she was so much vance of stuffing the ears would pleased with the event, that she answer the purpose. I then com-every year after on that day had a

goose; the Court made it the cus- | And, oh ! to flirting ever kind, bestow, tom, and it has in general been Like thine own Dymmy,* a dear dancfollowed through the kingdom ever since.

State of Religion in America.

(From the LXXXth Number of the Edindurgh Review.)

Fanaticism of every description seems to rage and flourish in America, which has no establishment;-they have their prophets and prophetesses, their preaching encampments, female preachers, and every variety of noise, folly, and nonsense.



Supposed to be scribbled by a young Lady at her toilette, before her departure for a Ball in the country. Sweet pearl! that on the turban of the night

Art pinn'd so tastefully 'midst foldings light,

Of silver tissue clouds that round thee


And fill with extacy my envying eye, And trim Night's azure robe, which stars bedeck,

Like spangles or the beads upon my


ing Beau.



And shall my soul recoil and fret,
Although I feel myself in debt,

And cannot pay my way?—
Forbid it, Lord, and make me trust;
With thee all creatures are but dust.

Be thou my only stay.

The gold and silver's in thy hand, And hearts of men can't thee withstand,

'Tis but for thee to nodThen make me cry, and thou wilt hear, And banish every doubt and fear; For thou art still my God.

When thou dost open, who can shut?
My every need thou hast as yet

And as thy hand is open still,
Supplied in thine own way.
Make me to wait thy Sovereign will,
And Abba Father' say.

This life is short; and thou hast said
Ask of thy Father daily bread.’

And shall I ask in vain ?
A scorpion thou didst never give;
But all that ask they must receive.
Lord, bid me ask again.



O Cynthia! queen of elegance and Who then is free?-He that by wis


Lend thy complexion to a virgin's face, And hold thy lamp to shine upon our chaise,

That has to travel through such miry


And grant, when safely landed at the ball,

As thou the stars, may I eclipse them all!

dom faught

Controuls himself in action, word, and thought:

Whom neither duns nor dungeons can affright,

Nor death deter from following what is right:

Dymmy--supposed to be a familiar con traction for Endymion, a shepherd, of whom Cynthia is said to have been enamoured.

Who spurns the trifles that vain fools And if that knot till death is loos'd by


admire, And awes to silence every wild desire: Why then to marry and be hang'd's all Collected in himself, compact, and


All outward ills from his smooth surface bound:

Fortune's keen shafts can find no en

trance there;

But idly glance aside and spend their force in air.



I can't abide you Turkish folk,
Who take your wives by twenty;
In England one is thought no joke,
And numbers find it plenty!



To the Editor of the Oxford Entertaining Miscellany.


I beg you to favour me with the insertion of the following Enigmas in your interesting Pamphlet.

Yours, &c.

In what place did the cock crow, when all the world could hear him?

Why is a man going to Castle's shop and asking for a shag and receiving pig tail, like betting at a race on O.

An Inscription over a Barber's Shop when A. wins?

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from life, and without any circumstances of his burlesque manner. His next piece was proba

"No part of History is more in-bly that excellent picture of the structive and delightful than the Lives of great and worthy Men."



The ingenious man who makes the subject of this slight memoir, was one of those, whose life affords little variety to the historian, and whose chief history lies in that of his own production.

Pool of Bethesda, which he presented to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, in which parish he was born.

We have hitherto only seen him in grave historical paintings; a walk in which he had many competitors; but he soon launched out into an unbeaten track, in which he excelled all that ever came before, or have ever sucIceeded him. His being first emHogarth was born in London, ployed to draw designs for a new but the exact time is not known. edition of Hudibras, was the inHis father being one of the lower let to his future excellence in the orders of tradesmen, had no high-burlesque; we mean in his life er views for his son, than binding pictures, for such we will venture him apprentice to an engraver of to call them: it is unjust to give pewter pots, which, it must be these the character either of burowned, is, of all the species of lesque or grotesque pieces, since the painting art, the lowest. In both the one and the other convey this humble situation Hogarth to us the departure from nature, wrought through his apprentice- to which Hogarth almost always ship, and seemed, through the whole of his time, to have no higher views than those of his contemptible employment.

strictly adhered. The work of this kind, which first appeared, was his Harlot's Progress. The ingenious Abbé Du Bos has often Upon leaving his apprentice- complained, that no historic painship, he resolved upon higher ter of his time went through a aims, and pursued every method series of actions, and thus like of improving himself in the art of an historian, painted the succes drawing. And, having endured sive fortunes of an hero, from the many of the "ills which this cradle to the grave. What Du mortal flesh is heir to," he at last Bos wished to see done, Hogarth produced a piece in which he performed. He launches out his greatly distinguished himself, the young adventurer, a simple girl Figures of the Wandsworth upon the town, and constructs her Assembly. These are drawn through all the vicissitudes of


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