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apt scholar, and had picked up that and handsome furniture. She says she much Scotch already)“ I think you lets lodgings for company's sake, being have got your birth-day stockings on !" a lone woman, but that's all my eye. “ An you bae gotten your ball stays," Howeyer, she is an uncommonly worreplied she, alluding to my Cumberland thy, good sort of person. corset. Oh! Oh!” thought I ; “ quiz “ At table, I expected to show off, zing, which I had made the order of for the party coosisted of two ministers the day, wont do here ;" so I changed (as they call the parsons) and two young iny tone.

students, one of physic and the other of “I now came to the baggis. Ge- law; but I could scarcely get in a word mini ! what a horror! It looked like a edgeways. I began to flash a little boiled bagpipe ; and when I stuck my about the state of Europe, when the elkoise in ii, out gushed such a flood of der minister, who might bave been a abomination, that I was almost suffo- minister of state forbis knowledge, cated. I dispensed with master haggis ; opened upon me, until I was quite but when I came to taste the whiskey, dumb-founded. He had history ai bis it took me so powerfully by the throat, finger's ends, and he knew more about that I thought it would have suffocated the continent than I did about the me again. I can compare it to nothing counting-bouse, altho' a very uocouth but blue blazes, aod gunpowder, fire shabby looking chap. The younger and smoke ;

:- I now drank a bottle of parson, too, would quote you all the Bell's alenectar aod ambrosia ! fin- British poets, and authors, with a faciliished my wine, and ordering my horse, ty that astonished me, but all in a broad paid a very moderate bill, and prepared accent, which proved that he had never for my departure.

crossed the borders. The law fellow Well, said I to myself, first impres- seemed to want to talk nothing bat sions are strong. I am now but a few Greek and Latin, mathematics, arts, and miles in Scotland, and I find civil treat. sciences ; but the medical gentleman, ment, moderate charges, good wine, an Irishman, was as gay and flighty as and pretty girls : a man may do well you could wish, and seeing how faberenough here. I took a private lodging gasted I was, he took me under his at Edinburgh, and made myself com- wing to shew me life. We finished fortable. I lodge and board in the new the evening together, and with this I town, which beats Bath hollow, at a will finish my letter. Edinburgh is a widow M'Clarty's. I took her at first rare place for learning, as you shall bear for a poor distressed woman; but she another time. In the mean wbile I rehas a fine sideboard of plate, engraved main, with the arms of the M'Clarty family,

“ Dear John, yours very truly. as proudly as if she were a duchess ;

“ PETER PRIG.” table linen enough to set up a draper's * P. S. The lace takes finely ; vouz shop, and the most splendid Bible Iev. m'entendez, as we say in French. Pray er saw in my life, which she is always take care of my bull-bitch, and pay op quoting; besides a very decent library, my subscription to the club."

From Baldwin's London Magazine.

CURIOUS HISTORY OF A SOLDIER'S DAUGHTER.

ence.

Sir,-A few years back, Mrs. Charlotte Smith pub that scarcely any circumstance pourtrayed by the

Jished some selections from the Causes Celebres of most fertile imagination, may not find its parallel in Guiot de Pitaval, to which she gave the very ap the actual occurrences which diversify our exist propriate title of The Romance of Real Life. In the hope that you will find the following little nar AMES GOGGIN was born in the rative as interesting as the incident which caused ies being drawn up is extraordinary, I transmit it to

little town of Headfort, in the *07, being of opinion with the above-named lady, county of Galway, and kingdom of

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Ireland : he is now about fifty-six years er's situation rendered it necessary that. old, of which he has been nearly thirty, the infapt should be placed out at nurse ; three in his Majesty's service. Tbir- and Joanna Maartins, an honest poor teen he has served as serjeant in the working woman of Ostend, took charge Fifth Dragoon Guards. On the 2d of of ber, at the rate of ten florins (or March, 1810, he received his discharge, twenty franks) per month.

Mary be“ rheumatic and worn out," and the ing then thirteen weeks old, The Irish Pensiop, (about forty-one pounds faiher and mother finding their child in per annum, of the currency of that perfectly good hands, and believing that country,) was granted to him. For the British army would speedily re-ochis character and conduct wbile a sol- cupy Ostend, consented, at the evacuadier, he has the testimonials of the late tion of that place, chiefly in consemuch lamented General William Pon- quence of the earnest entreaty of the sonby; at one period his lieutenant. foster-mother to leave her behind them. colonel ; Colonel William Jones, his The events of the following cammajor ; he can refer also to the Hon. Paigns destroyed all hope, in Goggin General Robert Taylor and General and his wife, of soon rejoining or recorBrook ; and generally to every officer ering their daughter. In the disasters with whom he has served.

of the times, they lost the whole of During the course of the severe ser- their savings in money, and all their vice seen by the abovenamed regiment baggage. Since then, eleven other on the continent, under the immediate children were born to this couple. command of his Royal Highness the Frequent change of quarters, heavy exDuke of York, Goggin received two pences incident to such change, the illguo-shot wounds, and one from a sa ness of the mother, and the father's debre, the effects of which he yet feels. creasing strength and impaired health,

About the year 1786, while recruito made retirement indispensable to him, ing, Goggin intermarried with a girl of and be procured bis discharge as above respectable connexions and character, stated. From this period (1810) up belonging to the town of Nenagh, in to the present (1816), he has resided the county of Tipperary. By her he partly in the county of Galway, and has had sixteen children.

partly in the county of Tipperary, at In the year 1793, he left the Cove of Nenagh, with his wife's relations, and Cork with his regiment, and accompan- where he still remains. ied by his wife, landed at Ostend, of. The occupation of Ostend by the which place General Stewart, of the 3d enemy continuing up to 1814, he reFoot, or Old Buffs, was then governor. mained unable to procure any tidings of To this officer Mrs. Goggia was recom- bis daughter who was left in that town mended by Colonel (now General) so long back as in 1794. When the Taylor, to act as cook and housekeep- successes of the Allies opened the way er, in which stations she remained to for correspondence with the continent, the period of the evacuation of Ostend Goggin, by letters to such of the inhabby the English force. During this in- itants as he remembered, to the mayor terval, she had frequently the honour to of the place, to the British commanddress the dinner prepared for his Royal ant, in fine, by every means he could Highness the Duke of York, and to be himself. devise, or that others recommore than once noticed by him. She mended, sought to obtain knowledge of was then pregnant of her fifth child, his child's situation :-bis endeavours the particulars relatiog to which are were fruitless.

The dangerous state hereafter to be mentioned.

of his wife's health, rendered it impossiOn the 4th April, 1794, the wife of ble for him to go over to Ostend immeGoggin was delivered of a female in- diately, a step which it was bis earnest fant, who was baptized the same day, desire to take. by the name of Mary, agreeably to the At length, some mitigation of his sites of the catholic faith. Her moth wife's complaints took place: the cor

roding reflections of this unhappy couple Her extraordinary fate bad interested on the possible fate of their abandoned the whole town for her; whilst her child, coupled with the fruitlessness of most exemplary demeanour, her indusevery other mode bitherto attemped to try, her purity of conduct, had confirm gain information of her, induced Gog-ed the partiality of its inhabitants. She gin to make one last struggle, cost what who considered herself alone in the it would, to relieve his mind and that of world, is now in the arms of a fatber. his afflicted wise. He accordingly, She glories in a parent who has sought with the little means he could muster, her out from a far country, with scarceleft Nenagh the 2d of August, of the ly a chance of success in bis research : present year (1816), and after a long finally, she feels an elevation in being and painful journey by sea and land ar- raised from the condition of an abanrived at Ostend on the 17th of the same doned orphan, to that of the idolized mooth. It may here be incidentally member of a respectable family.

mentioned, that of the sixteen children The whole town of Ostend are · born to him in various parts of the Con- quickly apprized of the winding-up of

tinent, England, and Ireland, only one this romantic adventure. The conboy, about twelve years old, and the panions and friends of Mary Goggia chance of a daughter's existence at Os- crowd around, and felicitate her—the tend remained to him. The death of old man is caressed on all hands, and this numerous offspring arose, as Gog- both, for more than a week, are invited gin states, from the hardships of a mili- to entertainments at the houses of the tary life, and the diseases prevailing in most respectable inbabitants.-A word the various quarters during his thirty- now of the worthy guardian of the three years' service.

orphan Mary. Ai the period of the Behold then this poor father, with birth of the latter, she was, as is already palpitating heart and trembling steps, stated, “a poor working woman," to approaching, after an interval of twen- whom the promised twenty francs a ty-two years and some months, the month, for the nurture of the child, conresidence of the nurse with whom he stituted almost the sole mean of existhad deposited his infant. Although his ence.-- When Goggio and his wife were conscience was clear as to the necessity forced to leave Ostend, she refused to which caused his separation from his accept a trunk, containing clothes and child, still consequences the most alarm- other valuables, as a pledge for their reing to a father's feelings as to its fate, turn, or, in the contrary event, to be takwere to be apprehended. That child en in lieu of the monthly payment; at was a female: to find her poor, brought the same time she solemoly promised up perhaps by public charity, coarse, that she would be a mother to the baby ignorant, and uneducated, was the best entrusted to her care; and well did she he could expect; but the certainty of perform her promise -As soon as it her early death would be happiness, was ascertained that the English would compared with the circumstances in no more return to Ostend, she redoubwhich she might be found, both as to led her tenderness to the infant, and morals, habits, and connections. With was consequently forced to redouble these feelings, aggravated to mental her exertions for their mutual support. agony, he reaches the well-known hab. While at work herself, sbe bas for witation; he recognizes the woman with years been obliged

to diminish her whom he had placed his child ; but scanty daily stipend, by paying a pertime and hardship had obliterated all son to take care of the little Mary. A trace of him in her recollection :- A more severe trial, however, took place few words of explantion, and she runs out and returns with his daughter! Although of a remarkably plain exteri

when her charge was two years old. The delighted parent finds his child or, she was sought in marriage by well formed, good looking, and even Thomas Vanloo, a carpenter of the accomplished for her situation in life! town.

Scandal becane busy with her

character ;-her extraordinary partiality their own, to whom they could not afford for her nurse child was misinterpreted, other than the most ordioary education ! and the tover hesitated to fulfil his en- To form some idea of what sacrifices gagement with her, unless, as a proof Vanloo and his wife have made in this that the current reports were ill-found- matter, it will be necessary to read the ed, she would abandon the insant to paper annexed to this statement, of public charity. This proposition she their disbursements for Mary up to the steadily and peremptorily refused, al- age of fifteen : from that period, it is though a compliance with it would have their pride and boast to state, that she raised her at once to comparative ease has abundaotly maintained herself, and and independence. For some time the has no longer been a charge to them, marriage was broken off ; but at length but the contrary. Indeed, the whole the lover gave way, and the condition town have come forward to attest, beof both nurse and child was instantly fore the mayor, their view of the conameliorated. What was yet more duct of this estimable couple, and of providential, the busband became near- their precious charge, in an instrument, ly as strongly attached to the little being on the proper stamp, and attested in all as bis wife, and almost equally prodi- due form. gal of his cares in her regard. At eight The father, Goggio, is now on the years old she had the confluent smalle point of quitting Ostend; other cares pos, and medical treatment was pro- and duties call him home. cured her, at an immense expense for his daughter is heart-breaking to him ; people in their condition. After suffer- but to quit her without being able to ing blindness for a considerable time, make Vanloo and his wife the repaythe little girl was then restored to sightment of his just debt, or even the slightand health. As she grew up, finding est renumeration for their benevolent her susceptible of a good education, this charity to his child, weighs his mind worthy couple sent her, for five years, to down almost to despair. He, in the the best school in the town; for some recollection and contemplation of H. R. months to a French academy, to acquire H. the Commander-in-Chief's parental that indispensable language in the then conduct to the army, has some faint state of affairs; and, to consummate hope that H. R. H. may deign to take their goodness, and secure her inde- the case of his old soldier into considependence in future, they bound her ap- ration, and that, thro' his gracious inprentice to a mantua-maker and milli- tervention, some means might be found ner for five years. Be it remembered, to remove the only impediment to his also, that these extraordinary people had, perfect happiness. during this time, two girls and two boys of

To quit

ZOOLOGY OF THE SPITZBERGEN WHALE.

(Extracted from Scoresby's valuable work, " Arctic Yoyages," &c. just published.)

From the Literary Gazette: ERR "RRONEOUS opinions have been riod since the Spitzbergen fishery was

entertained respecting the Whale discovered ; apd I may also remark, (the Balæna Mysticetus) having been of that where any respectable authority a much larger size in former times than affords actual measurements exceeding now: from a comparison of the prece- 70 feet, it will always be found that ding accounts of all credible witnesses, the specimen referred to, was oot one of

the Mysticetus kind, but of the B. Pby“Hence I'conceive we may satisfac- salis, or the B. Musculus, animals torily conclude, that whales of as large which considerably exceed in length size are found now, as at any former pe- any of the common whales that I have 3F

ATHENEUM VOL.?..

the author says

either heard of, or met with. When tal position. Hence the account gir.
fully grown, therefore, the length of en by some naturalists, that the whale
the whale may be stated as varying supports its young by its fins, on its
from 50 to 65, and rarely, if ever, back, must be erroneous. The fios,
reaching 70 feet; and its greatest cir- after death, are always hard and
cumference from 30 to 40 feet. It is stiff; but, in the living animal, it is
ebickest a little behind the fins, or in the presumed, from the nature of the inter-
middle, between the anterior and pos- nal structure, that they are capable of
terior extremes of the animal; from considerable flexion. The whale bas
whence it gradually tapers in a conical no dorsal fin. The tail, comprising, in
form, towards the tail, and slightly lo- a single surface, 80 or 100 square feet,
wards the head. Its form is cylindri- is a formidable instrument of motion
cal from the neck, to within ten feet of and defence. Its length is only 5 or 6
the tail, beyond which it becomes feet; but its width is 18 to 24 or 26
somewhat quadrangular, the greatest feet. Its position is horizontal.
ridge being upward, or on the back, form it is flat and semi-lunar; indented
and running backward nearly across the in the middle; the two lobes somewhat
middle of the tail. The head has pointed, and turned a little backward.
somewhat of a triangular shape. The Its motions are rapid and universal ;
under-part, the arched outline of which its strength immense. The eyes are
is given by the jaw bones, is flat, and situated in the sides of the head, about
measures 18 to 20 feet in length, and a foot obliquely above and behind the
10 to 12 in breadth. The lips, extend- angle of the mouth. They are remark-
ing 15 or 20 feet in length, and 5 or 6 ably small in proportion to the bulk of
in height, and forming the cavity of the the animal's body, being little larger
mouth, are attached to the under-jaw, than those of an ox. The whale has
and rise from the jaw-bones, at an an- no external ear; nor can any orifice for
gle of about 80 degrees, having the ap- the admission of sound be discovered
pearance, when viewed in front, of the until the skin is removed.
letter U. The upper jaw, including On the most elevated part of the
the “crown-bone,' or skull, is bent head, about 16 feet from the anterior
down at the extremity, so as to shut the extremity of the jaw, are situated the
front and upper parts of the cavity of blow-holes, or spiracles; consisting of
the mouth, and is overlapped by the two longitudinal apertures 6 or 8 inches
lips in a squamous manner at the sides. in length. These are the proper 003-
When the mouth is open, it presents a trils of the whale. A moist vapour,
cavity as large as a room, and capable mixed with mucus, is discharged from
of containing a merchant-ship's jolly- them, when the animal breathes; but
boat, full of men, being 6 or 8 feet no water accompanies it, unless an ex-
wide, 10 or 12 feet high (in front), and piration of the breath be made ua-
15 or 16 feet long. The fins, two in der the surface.
number, are placed between one-third The mouth, in place of teeth, con-
and two-fifths of the length of the ani- tains two extensive rows of " fias," or
mal, from the snout, and about two whalebope, which are suspended from
feet behind the angle of the mouth. the sides of the crown-bone. These
They are 7 to 9 feet in length, and 4 or series of fins are generally curved lon-
5 in breadth. The part by which they gitudinally, although they are some-
are attached to the body, is somewhat times straight, and give an arched form
elliptical, and about 2 feet in diameter; to the roof of the mouth. They are
the side which strikes the water is near- covered immediately by the lips attach-
ly flat. The articulation being perfect- ed to the lower jaw, and enclose the
ly spherical, the fins are capable of mo- tongue between their lower extremities.
tion in'any direction ; but, from the Each series or “ side of bone," as the
tention of the flesh and skin below, whalefishers term it consists of upwards
they cannot be raised above the horizon- of 300 lamioæ ; the longest are near

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