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“ This was at a time when, by a sa men who could sleep whenever they crilegious perversion, a rich man could chose ; but, in general, sleep cannot not die without being surrounded with be commanded ; and, as the poor decovelous priests and monks begging gro said to his master when he fell " for our poor convent,” while they asleep from fatigue, “ Massa, massa, were wallowing in all the wealth of the sleep have no massa. country. A rich proprietor near Ly “ I have read a few odd books, and ons was on his deathbed, from a sud- am glad to display my little learning, den attack of palsy, when his son, a tall, as he who has only one guinea is proud stout colonel of dragoons, arrived on to show it. I must therefore say, aod the from his garrison. He finds relate the anecdote as curious and imat the bed-side a Franciscan friar and a portant, that in China, in the thirteenth notary. His father could not speak, and fourteenth centuries, neither gold but nodded, from the effect of the disa nor silver were permitted in currency,
“ You leave,” says the friar, but only paper, which was of a yellow “ to our poor convent, your estate of colour, and stamped with the imperial
with all the appurtenances ?" A seal. Foreign merchants were obliged nod. “ Notary, observe the consent, to leave their coin at the custom-houses and write.-You leave to our poor con- in exchange for these bank-notes." vent your house here at Lyons, with “A nobleman was accustomed to all the plate and furniture ?" A nod. examine bills and accompts with great “ Notary, observe the consent, and rigour, even to pence and farthings, write.—You leave to our poor convent and was often ridiculed on this score your farm at
With all the ar- by an intimate friend. But this friend rears?" A nod. “ You leave to our falling into accidental and uamerited poor convent _” The officer lost all distress, was surprised with the receipt patience." • My dear father, do you of two bank-notes of 1000l. each in order me to throw this thief from the the following laconic epistle. “ The window ?" A nod. “ Notary, observe, farthings you have so often laughed at and write.” Said and executed, while enable me to lend you the enclosed, the notary was glad to escape.” which you will return at your own
“ There have been rare instances of convenience. Yours, THE MISER."
From the English Magazines, June 1820.
tance which people attach to certain eWE translate the annexed from events : thus for instance, the various mi
French publication, as an'example racles which took place at Rome preof the superstitious opinions which even vious to the assassination of Cæsar,edain our times prevail to a considerable ble us to judge of the horror which the degree, in an otherwise enlightened death of that great man excited among country. The subject, it will be seen, the Romans: and the phantom which is a record of supernatural forewarnings appeared to Brutus, on the eve of the of the murder of the Duke de Berri. battle in which he lost his life, proves
Io ancient as well as modern times, how the attention of Rome was fixed on the approach of one of those events on that event, which buried the repubwhich change the destiny of nations, lic in the tomb of Brutus. Finally people have imagined the accustomed when we call to mind the forebodings barmony of the universe to be broken, which tormented Henry IV., on the veand that forebodings of a gloomy or a ry morning of his assassination, it is cheering nature, announced what they natural to conclude that France, when had either to hope or to fear.
she beheld the death of the conqueror of These ferebodings, real or imagio- the League, could not but sear that the ary, serve at least to shew the impor- League would again take up arins.
The Duc de Berri, the august victim M.G...., who died a few days after of the ferocity of Louvel, has drawn as the Prince, had a most singular dream. many tears as the victim of Ravaillac; The noble Peer, whom His Royal and the signs which announced the Highness honored with bis friendship, death of the late Prince, are now the dreamt, on the 11th of January, that theme of conversation in France. as he was standing with His Royal
The forebodings, dreams, and vis- Highness at one of the windows of the ions, which preceded the death of the Castle of the Tuilleries, they observed Duc de Berri, bave lately been collec. a magnificent procession advancing ted and published in a little pamphlet, towards the Louvre. A hearse rich from which we extract the following. ly decorated, and drawn by eight her
Op the 13th of February, Madame ses having appeared in sight, the Prince M.... was walking in the Faubourg asked ;-" Whose funeral is that ?" on
St. Honoré at the time when the Duc which M.G.... replied, “it is yours, - de Berri's carriage passed on its way Prince :" in a few moments, another
to the Opera. Some unaccountable hearse, less rich than the first appeared, fancy or horrible presentiment led her and M. G.... having in his turn to observe to the Chevalier Dal.... asked who was to be buried ? the Prince who accompanied her, “I did not replied, “It is you, Count." When know that funerals were suffered to take M.G.... related this dream to His place at this late hour.” “ Funerals !" Royal Highness, the latter lauglied. exclaimed M. Dal.... “ Yes,” ad An officer of the Royal Guard ded the lady, “ a hearse has just now dreamt, on the 13th of February, that passed us.” M.Dal.... looked round, a red cap was fxed on the top of the and then turning to his companion, Opera House ; he was roused by the said, “ You are mistaken ; it was the rolling of the thunder which lie fancied Duc de Berri's carriage.”—“Indeed !” he heard, and which, in bis dream, apsaid Madame M .... with strong peared to destroy the Opera House, and emotion, “how singular, that I should the cap of the year 93. bave taken it for a bearse !"
The following is an anonymous letWe are informed by one of his late ter which the Duc de Berri received an Royal Highness's grooms, that the hour before he went to the Opera, and Prince's favorite horse, did nothing but to wbich he unfortunately paid no atneigh and start during the night of the tention. 13th of February.
Monseigneur,--Do not venture out It is remarkable, that several Ducs without an escort. A poignard is raisde Berri bave suffered a melancholy ed against you. Your confidence will death. Louis XVI. was a Duc de prove fatal to you. Preserve your life Berri.
for the sake of France, of which you At the Pension Royale of St.Dennis, are the idol and the hope. Distrust a young woman dreamt, on the 13th particularly fair men! of February, that she received a crown A respectful admirer of your Royal of white roses from his Majesty, and
Highness's virtues. that after plucking off the flowers and
A Frenchman, the leaves, she placed the thorns on the head of the august widow of the most
SALE OF WIVES, unfortunate of Princes.
The illegality of tbis kind of contract, The audience, on quitting the Bour- though it never could have been a subdeaux Theatre on the 13th of Februa- ject of doubt, met with a judicial sanom ry, bebeld a luminous globe io the air, tion as early as the 3d Edward I. John which did not vanish until day-break. Comoy made a grant of his wife Mar
On the same night, a peasant of garei, to William Paynell, in the folLa Vendée three times heard the cry: lowing words :-Noveritis me tradito arms ! and three times he jumpeii disse et demisisse spontaneâ meâ voup to seize his sword.
luntate domino Willielmo Paynell mi
liti Margaretan cumprædicto Willielmo Another method of getting rid of remaneat pro voluntate ipsius Williel- rats is to lay bird-lime in their haunts, mi." Oo the death of John Comoy, for, though they are dirty enough in Margaret instituted proceedings for the other respects, yet being very anxious recovery of her dower, which it was with-respect to their sur, if it is but contended she had forfeited by the daubed with this stuff, it is so troubleadulteroas cohabitation with Paynell. some to them that they will even scratch The Court decided, --1. That this was their skins from off their own backs to a void grant;-2. That it did not get it off and will never abide in the amount to licence, or at least was a place where they have suffered in this void license : so she was barred of manner. dower. See Black. Inst. 435.
A few years ago the corn mill at EASTERN TITLES.
Glossop, in England, was very much To a grani of land of the annual
infested with rats. A quantity of barvalue of 20 kahuns or cowries, or 4 ley, which lay on the chamber floor, rupees, the following assemblage of was bourly visited by some of them titles is attached. “Shree Shree Shree
The miller one day going to drive them Shree Shree Joot Govinda-Chundra away, as usual, happened to catch one Navayuna Babacoor, Chief of the race he then singed all the hair off its body,
of them und his hat, which he killed; of Pandurus, descended from the
&c. until its skin, tail, and legs became inoon, whose actions are glorions as the effulgence of the white umbrella, vion he set it upon its feet, by the side
stiff by the operation. In this condiworthy of bomage from all the sover- of a heap of barley, where it stood with eigns in the universe, the mighty, King its pricked-up ears and tail for some of Heerumbra, Lord of Lords !" Our
time. After this no rat dared to come readers may like to be informed, that the kingdom of Heeruinbra,is a territory cleared of these depredators.
near it, and in a short time the mill was more extensive than Yorkshire, and situated between the north of Bengal
CAMPBELL'S LECTURES ON and China, with about 500,000 inhabitants.
We mentioned a few weeks ago, After separating from her husband, that the distinguished poet whose name she repaired to India, and resided some we have just written, was to deliver a time at Vellore, of which garrison her course of lectures, at the rooms of the uncle was commandant, and whose Royal Institution, on the art to which house she there superintended. I learn
he is so
so great an orpament. He comfrom an officer, wbo was accustomed menced on Wednesday; and in an adto see her every evening, that she was
dress of nearly an hour and a ball
, very plain, but very sensible and ac- developed his principles, to the infinite complished. I am told she was any
delight of a very numerous assemblyo thing but a prude. She afterwards That we can transfer so small a share returned to Europe, and repaired to the of that gratification to our readers, we South of France, for the benefit of her exceedingly regret ; but it is out of our health, where she died.
power to convey any idea of Mr. Campbell's happy illustrations, and we must confine ourselves to even a very
concise outline of bis general views and A good method of destruction would sound opinions. be to feed these vermin regularly two On setting out he described poetry or three weeks in any apartment which rather by what it was not than by what they infest, the hole by which they en. it was; and showed its distinction from ter being first fitted with a sliding door, prose, not only in the characteristic to which a long string may be added ; features of imagery, fiction (generally.) any apartment might thus be turned in- and harmony, but in the absolute netto a large rat-trap.
essary quality of a regularly recurring
RATS AND MICE. Mr. Editor,
measure of rhyme. The difference be- noon, and had to exclude the sun to tween elevated prose composition and darken the room.. measured poetry, then, was tbat in the The last point to wbicb Mr. C. turnformer the ear of an auditor was noted his admirable coup d'æil, was to prepared to follow a reciter, whose suc. the progress of philosophy and science, cessive periods might all possess unlike as daily diminishing the territories of forms and construction; whereas, in the poel. Fairy rings were now exthe latter case, the ear anticipated the plained on natural grounds, and hardpauses and modulation of the whole hearted chemists took away the giantwhen once accustomed to a few of the cave of Fingal by mere crystallization. sentences.
But the mind of man would also exMr. Campbell dextenquired, wheth- pand, and the imagination grow with er any words were peculiar to poetical difficulties, and conquer them. composition, or whether the entire There are, we understand, to be range of language was not at the com- four more lectures; of which we trust mand of the bard. He decided for the to be able to give sketches less imperlast; and held, that provided the appli- fect than this of the first. cation was judicious, and the arrangemeat harmonious, no expressions what MASONIC ANECDOTE. ever ought to be excluded from poetry. At an inn, in a town in the west of Tbus a general would not choose to England, several people were sitting fight with a few picked men ; but to round the fire in a large kitchen, through ensure victory would employ his whole which there was a passage to other army, only taking care to suit the sta- apartments of the house, and among the tions of every branch of his force to its company there was a travelling woman talents and powers.
and a tailor. In this inn there was a He allowed the same latitude in the Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons choice of subject. The poet ought not held, and it being lodge-night, several indeed to select the high and exalted of the members passed through the alone, for that shut him
out from much kitchen in their way to the Lodge apartof nature : por ought he to confinements; this introduced observations on himself to the mean and common, for the principles of masonry, and the octhat would disgust; and poetry, like cult signs by which Masons could be painting, should keep unimportant known to each other. The woman things in their proper situation, nor said there was not so much mystery as obtrude the disagreeable upon attention, people imagined, for that she could by pressing it too forward in the pic- shew any body the Mason's sign; ture. A due mingling of the elevated “What," said the tailor, " that of the with the true was the right medium, free and accepted ?" “ Yes,"she replied, which produced a genuine effect on “and I will hold you a half-crown mankind.
bowl of punch, to be confirmed by any He further said, that art as well as da- of the members whom you please 10 ture furnished subjects for poetry, and nominate.” “Why,” said he, “a woman such had been chosen by the greatest was never admitted, and how is it pospoets. Quotations from Tickell
, Mil- sible you could procure it?" "No matton, &c. illustrated this sentiment, which ter for that," added she, “ I will readily our readers may remember, is support- forfeit the wager if I do not establish the ed ip the prefatory Essay to the Lec- fact.” turer's “ British Poets."
The company urged the unfortunate Popular superstitions were also fine tailor to accept the challenge, which he topics for poetry ; but to be fully felt, at last agreed 10, and the bet was deposthe author ought to live at the era when ited. The woman got up, and took they were accredited ; and should him- hold of the tailor by the collar, saying, self partially believe in them. Other- “Come, follow me,” which he did, wise he exhibited a phantasmagoria at trembling alive, fearing he was to un
dergo some part of the discipline in the sion bad just issued with the Host, making a Mason, of which he bad was very urgent with the Verger, who beard a most dreadful report. She led denied her entrance. “I want the him into the street, and pointing to the blessing of the Good God !” said she : sign of the Lion and Lamb, asked him « The Good God is just gone out for a whose sign it was? He answered, “It walk," was the answer ; “ there is no is Mr. Loders," (the name of the ind- use in being so troublesome-he is not keeper). • Is he a Free Mason ?” at home!” “ Yes.” “ Then,” said the woman,
A pompous fellow made a very in“I have shewn you the sigu of a Free adequate offer for a valuable property, and Accepted Mason."
and calling the next day for an answer, The laugh was so much against poor enquired of the gentleman if he had Snip, for having been taken in, that it entertained his proposition, “ No," was with some difficulty he could be replied the other,
your proposition prevailed on to partake of the punch. entertained me.” ANECDOTE.
Anecdotes of Translation --A A short time since a mixed company French poet having lately undertaken at one of the cantonments in India the arduous task of translating Shakwere eulogizing the poetical merits of speare into his own language, was much Lord Byron.
After a variety of elab- puzzled with the lines in Heory IVorate declamations on the genius dis
" E'en such a man, so faint, so spiritless, played in “Childe Harold,” in which So dull, so dead in look, so woe begone." all
were endeavouring to display The former epithets he got through knowledge, taste, and critical acumen, pretty well; but at length concluded an enraptured amateur declared that the verse with, “ si triste allez vous en." “Byron was undoubtedly a genuine Another of these translators rendered son of the Muse of Poesy;"—the “ Out, out, brief candle," Sortez, sorcompany were entertained by the fol- tez, courte chandelle. lowing burst of praise, from an energet A third, thus entitled “ Much ado ic Milesian; “ Arrah, my jewel, now about nothing," which he translated be asy, the Muse of Poesy? by my soul, for the Parisian stage " Beaucoup de Lord Byron is u son of the whole nine bruit pour peu de chose.” of the hussies, and moreover had the Graces, for a godmother, my honey."
A French officer quarrelling with a
Swiss, reproached him with his counDandy Criticism.-- We are fond of try's vice, of fighting on either side for dandy criticism, and gather illustrative money, while "we Frenchmen, (said anecdotes when we can. Two of these be,) &ght for honour." “ Yes, sir (reworthies were examining Mulready's piied the Swiss,) every one fights for picture in the exhibition, in which there that which be wants most !” is a sneaking cur dog; and the following conversation ensued.—Dandy-Pri Astronomy.--An astronomical ob“D-d fine 'pon my soul !
servatory, similar to that at Greenwich, d -d expressive ! what is it?" is about to be erected at the Cape of “ Dandy-Seoundus, (blowing over the Good Hope. Mr. F. Fellows of Camleaves of his catalogue with a gentle bridge University, is appointed astronbreath, and assisting himself with a
omer : the situation is finely adapted gloved hand.) “The wolf and the for the advancement of science. lamb." Dandy-primus. " Exquisite, The Vampire story has been draby gad-looking at the cur) I see the matized for the Parisian Theatre of the wolf, but ’pon honour I can't find the Porte Saint Martin. lamb!" Dandy-Secundus. “P'r'haps Mount St. Bernarıl.–The number he has eat it!!
of rations of food, given to travellers A woman anxious to get into who passed this mountain in 1819, Notre Dame, whence a sacred proces- was 30, 852.