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had been for years undermining, his brow, too, was slightly scathwas hurled down with a horrible ed; whether it was the electric crash, and the spray of its fall shock, or the force of imagination, came beating against the windows a single drop of blood did, indeed, of the light-house.

fall slowly om his

lilated nos• Did you see him?' shouted trils. It is impossible to calcuLucy.

late the power of fancy on such • See whom?' said Ellis, pale occasions ; it is neither to be esand motionless from terror, though timated, nor controuled by reason. without

any

distinct cause of that The old man was almost frantic terror,

with terror, and dashed out of the • Did you hear hiin?" echoed light-house, as if impelled by the maniac.

some external agency; while the • Hear whom?' replied the maniac quietly installed herself father.

in a large oak chair before the So, you neither saw, nor heard, window, with all the pride of a him.'

queen just restored to her lawful “Whom? whom,? exclaimed throne by the expulsion of its Ellis, almost frantic with the im

usurper. patience of fear.

“So, so; the old boy is gone, • The Devil! The arch-fiend ! and I am his heir-his lawful heir. The fisherman of souls ! He has —This house is mine and all that you, father; he has marked you is in it; I am the lord of the with his mark, and signed you castle now ;-but what do you with his sign. His broad light- here?'-it was a large Newfoundning wings covered you as he land dog, that had caught her spoke over you the baptism of eye,— What do you here, I say? hell:

-Your name and calling ? --quick

_Why how now! Can't you One drop of thy blood where the stream is red!

speak !---and with that large One lock of the hair from thy pur- tongue, too, licking your paws ? chas'd head!

-Sirrah, Sirrah, I shall find One touch of baptizing flame to plough

means to make you answer.' The mark of your Christ from out your

The dog for a moment looked brow! Ho! Ho! how the cold and wat'ry her in the face and wagged his sign

tail, in token of recognition ; but Hisses and dries 'neath this touch of he did not choose to leave his mine!

warm place before the fire, and While I'm lord of the flame, be the

quietly resumed his occupation of waters thine.'

licking his paws. Highly inThe hair on Ellis's head was censed at this imagined obstinacy, actually singed by the lightning ; the maniac started from her seat, and hurled a wooden dish at hisations best adapted for the purposes head; on which the animal, set- they are intended for : the teeth ting up a long and pitious howl, are situated where alone they. slunk into the farthest corner of could serve the purpose of mastithe chamber. But even this cation : the throat, or more prowould not have saved him from perly the @sophagus beneath them her wrath, had not her attention to convey the food, mixed with been suddenly drawn away by the saliva, to the stomach, and thus appearance of a small brig, that prepared for digestion. The large was visible in the flashes of light-bone of the neck and back, comning, as it tossed and pitched and monly called the spine, is intend. struggled with the waters, like a ed to support the body in an erect drowning man.

posture, and to defend the spinal "He comes! He comes! My marrow contained in it, so essenown dear Richard !-Missed ma- tial to life, through orifices in the ny a day and come at last !- The vertebræ, of which it is composed, poor thing knew not how truly to permit the nerves to pass and she was speaking.-Blow, blow, give sensation to every part of the my gentle wind, blow him to me, body. To the upper part of the my bridegroom, my husband ! Oh spine are affixed the ribs, to prohow slow the bark moves towards tect the heart and lungs containthe shore. 'Tis my cruel father ed in the thorax; the heart is holds him back.'

situated in that position, with respect to the lungs, arteries, and veins, in which it communicates

to them, through the whole body, THE HUMAN BODY.

in the most advantageous manner, The body of man is a system of the blood, which is the great inparts, very numerous and diver- strument of sustaining life. The sified, admirably arranged,' and lungs are in the same wise manner calculated to answer the best of connected with the throat by the purposes, every part is regularly trachea, so as to receive the air to be met with in the human after it is admitted into the nosbody, alike, and in its own place. trils. The hands are situated so The skull is intended to protect as to answer their various purthat vital and tender substance, poses, where alone they could be called the brain, from various in- employed in their innumerable juries, to which, otherwise, it uses, and the feet, where alone would be liable ; from the brain they could enable us to stand or proceeds the 'nerves of all our walk. This wonderful mechanism

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eyes and ears are of the body has attracted the ata placed, near to the brain, in situ- tention of some of the wisest

To be continued in our next.

senses.

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men: Galen, it is said, was con mouth, there is an odious harmony verted from atheism at the sight between his glossy garment and of a human skeleton; and after his smooth senseless phiz; a diswards observed that he would give gusting keeping in the portrait. Of a man a hundred years study to all vile exhibitions defend me from discover a more commodious situ- a fool in a new coat with brass ation for any one member of the buttons ! avaunt then new coat, body.

hence horrible substance ; broadΑλφα. .

cloth mockery hence! But come thou old coat fair and free, be thou my muse,

be thou my ChaTo the Editor of the Oxford Enter- ron : conduct me to the Elysiuin taining Miscellany.

of threadbare essayists, battered MR. EDITOR,

beaux and jobbing tailors, where By inserting the following,

the genius of shreds and patches

dwells in some fairy Monmouth you may perhaps afford considerable amusement to your numerous

Street, while eternal cubbage readers, and will also oblige,

springs beneath his feet.

An old coat is like an old acYour constant reader,

quaintance: however stiff you RIGDUM FUnidos.

may have felt with either at first introduction, time makes you per

fectly easy with both; with both MEDITATIONS ON AN OLD COAT.

you take equal liberties; you -Quæque ipse vidi, treat neither with much ceremony : Et quorum pars magna fui.”

an accidental breach with either is I hate a new coat; it is like a soon repaired. An old coat is troublesome stranger that sticks favourable to retirement and study. to you most impertinently where When your coat is old, you feel ever you go, embarrasses all your no tendency to flaunting abroad, motions, and entirely confounds or to dissipation. Buffon, they your self-possession. A man with tell us, used to sit down and write a new coat on is not at home even in his dress wig; and Haydn, to in his own house, abroad he is compose in a new coat and ruffles. uneasy; he can neither sit, stand, I cannot conceive how they could nor go like a reasonable mortal. manage it. I could no more write All men of sense hate, but a fool an article in a new coat than in rejoiceth in, a new coat. With- a strait waistcoat.

A happy out looking at his person you can thought, by the way, just strikes tell if he has one on. New coat is me. You may tell by the manner written on his face. It hangs of an author how he is usually like a label out of his gaping dressed when composing. I am

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convinced that Sir W. Scott writes / coat are the armpits, the elbows, in an old coat. The late Lord and the skirts, of these yon must Byron must have written without be cautious. I remember a friend ány coat at all; Geoffrey Crayon who was rather attached to emwrites in the ordinary dress of a phatic gesticulations, and used to gentleman, neither new nor old; elevate his arms to an indiscreet Çobbett in a coat very often turn- height, long after his coat had ed; Anacreon Moore in a hand- passed its grand climacteric, some brown frock and nankeen this should be avoided. I recoltrowsers ; Croly in full dress ; lect another, an old brother solLeigh Hunt in a night-gown of a dier, who Joseph-like, left his fantastic pattern and somewhat skirts in his washerwoman's hands shabby. Wordsworth in a frieze one morning, and went to parade jacket and leather gaiters. The in a short jacket, though not belate Mr. Shelly wrote in a dread- longing to the light infantry. I nought. Coleridge in a careless have seen an old coat appear to dress, half lay half clerical. Your monstrous advantage on the body old coat is a moralist, it recals of a great buck: as thus, he was your mind from external pomps well dressed in all other respects, and vanities, and bids you look immaculate waistcoat, unexceptiwithin. No man ever thinks of onable inexpressibles, silk-stockdrawing the eyes of the ladies ings, in perfect health, but coat old in an old coat, their flattery is not as Adam. Thus attired he used likely to turn his head, so long as to caper at a ball with immense his coat remains unturned.

A applause. Next morning he vifriend asked me the other night sited his partners in a suit that to go to the concert : I consulted Sir R. Steele would call fire-new. my old coat and stayed at home to The indifference with which you study for the benefit of posterity. enter all sorts of company, places, I cannot say that I have so great and adventures, when your coat is an attachment to other aged arti- old, your gallant independence of eles of dress as to an old coat: an the weather, your boundless scorn ald waistcoat is wellenough, but old of coaches and umbrellas, the coubreeches are treacherous friends rage with which you

brave

every too apt to desert you on a pinch ; accident by food and field, are all their friendship rests on a very conspicuous advantages of an old slight foundation, and they often crat. The last benefit I shall nofail those who are in need. Not so tice of an old coat is the exercise an old coat, it sticks by you to the it affords to the genius of the wearlast: with a little care you may er; judgment, taste, and funcy wear it for years, nay, for life.- are equally strengthened by the The vulnerable parts of an old patching, disguising, and setting it off to the best advantage. I standing upright and entire, this found a friend the other day busi- pit having been but lately opened. ly engaged on a blue 'coat, that to These Coffins, or Mummy-Chests, all seeming, was in the very last are very thick, and made of a stage of decrepitude. First he kind of Sycamore, by the Egyppatched the elbows, &c. and tians called Pharaoh's Fig-tiee, strengthened the tottering but- which, though spongy and porous tons. Next came brushing and to appearance, will continue sound dusting, a ticklish operation, let above three thousand years, for : me tell you.' Then came water- so long has it laid in these subtering, 'your water is a sore refresherraneous apartments. The top of of your whoreson old coat;' then the coffin is usual y cut into the came a second brushing with a shape of a head, with a face paintsoft piece of cloth. He then tooked on it resembling a woman ; the a sponge, dipped in ink mixed rest is one continued trunk, and with vinegar, and rubbed the at the end of it is a broad pedesseams of the garment withal. - tal to set it upright upon the reLastly he polished the buttons conditory. Round the pedestals of with a piece of soft-leather. After the coffins are sometimes ranged all this the coat was not to be re- a number of little images of va. cognised by its most intimate rious colours, as if they were defriends. There was as much dif- signed for so many guardian ference between it and its former Genii and attendants. Most of self, as between an old beau of 60 the coffins are adorned with hei. when he first rises in the morn- roglyphics, and some of them ing, bald, grizzled, rough, and richly guilt and painted, either toothless, and the same beau, with the figure of some tutelar shaved and dressed, with his false deity, or that of the deceased. teeth, painted eye-brows, and new

The bodies usually appear in black wig.

this manner: they are wrapt up Clio.

in a shroud of linen, upon which are fastened divers scrolls of linen,

also painted with sacred characTravels.

ters. These scrolls generally run

down the belly and sides, or else [Extracted from the Travels of are placed on the knees and legs. Chas. Thomson, Esq. in Egypt.] The face is covered with a kind

of head-piece of linen-cloth fitted EGYPTIAN MUMMIES.

with plaister, on which the counte« The second pit into which we nance of the person is represented were let at Saccara, we had the in gold; and the feet have also a satisfaction to find several coffins cover of the same, fashioned like

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