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culty, procures from Cashmere. He and head—if his right arm is not black and his witnesses and brokers, for he some blue from being held fast to make him times has two, all sit down : he does not, give his hand to the buyer, he repents of however, say a word ; every thing being his bargain to the next fair, and then it managed by the brokers, who go con- is very difficult to make him listen to tinually from him to the seller, whispers any terms. In the affair which I assisted in their ears, and always take them to as a witness, the Hindoo had demanded the farthest corner of the apartment. 230,000 rubles, and come down to 180,000; This negociation continues till the price and of this sum he paid two per cent. to first asked is so far reduced, that the dif. the brokers. Our whole party sat down ference between that and the price offered with crossed legs upon a handsome carpet is not too great, so that hopes may be en- spread on purpose. When we had taken tertained of coming to an agreement. refreshments, the merchandize was deThe shawls are now brought, and the livered ; and when every thing was at last two principals begin to negociate. The settled, the whole company knelt down seller displays his merchandize, and ex

Kiow. tols it highly; the buyer looks upon it with contempt, and rapidly compares the numbers and the marks. This being HORRID BARBARITY; OR, THE done, the scene becomes animated; the VICTIMS OF VENGEANCE. purchaser makes a direct offer, the seller

A HIGHLAND STORY. rises as if going away, the brokers follow him crying aloud, and bring him back The name of Benin Gorod, in Mull, a by force ; they contend and struggle, one mountain with Basaltes pillars, 200 pulls one way and one the other ; it is a feet in height, discovered by Mr. Raspe, noise, a confusion, of which it is difficult in the year 1789, and far superior to to form an idea. The poor Hindoo acts Staffa, the Giant's Causeway, or any the most passive part; he is sometimes other specimen of the kind' hitherto even ill-treated; when this has continued known, arises from a story, of a nature for some time, and they think they have so truly tragical, that it merits to be prepersuaded him, they proceed to the third served. There are many traditions react, which consists in giving the hand, specting it, but the following seems to be and is performed in a most grotesqué the most authentic.

The brokers seize upon the A powerful chieftain, who was Lord of seller, and endeavour, by force, to make

the Island of Mull many years ago, was him put his hand in that of the purchaser, no less distinguished for the extent of his who holds it open, and repeats his offer territories, where he lived in great feudal with a loud voice. The Hindoo defends magnificence, than for a ferocity of temper himself ; he makes resistance, and disen. which knew no bounds, and a spirit of gages himself, and wraps up his hand in avarice which he found no means of satis. the wide sleeves of his robe, and repeatsfying, but by grievously oppressing his his first price in a lamentable voice. tenants and vassals, and seizing their This comedy continues a considerable property and estates. He was particutime, they separate—they make a pause larly anxious to acquire the possessions of as if to recover strength for a new con a neighbour, whose name was Gorod, on test, the noise and the struggle recom. account of their extent and contiguity. mence ; at last the two brokers seize the But he had long abstained from any athand of the seller, and, notwithstanding tempt of this kind, both as Gorod, all his efforts and cries, oblig him to though above fifty years of age, had relay it in the hand of the buyer. All at mained unmarried, and, failing of him once the greatest tranquillity prevails; and his heirs, the estate reverted to the the Hindoo is ready to weep, and laments chieftain, and because his only son, who in a low voice that he has been in too was reared according to the custom of great a hurry. The brokers congratulate those times, in the family of a vassal, the purchaser ; they sit down to proceed was in his custody. Gorod, however, to the final ceremonies—the delivery of contrary to the expectation of every one, the goods. All that has passed is a married a young lady of great beauty and mere comedy; it is, however, indispen- accomplishments, whom he had 'acci. sable, because the Hindoo will by all dentally met with in one of the neigh, means have the appearance of having been bouring islands; and the chieftain had deceived and duped. If he has not been reason to apprehend that the expectations sufficiently pushed about and shaken—if with which he had flattered himself of he has not had his collar torn—if he has getting his vassal's estate by a failure of not received the full compliment of his posterity, would be frustrated. punches in the ribs, and knocks on the Impelled by lust and disappointment,

manner.

he resolved to destroy the hopes and hap- Elizabeth, hops were fetched from the
piness of Gorod, by seducing his wife, low countries. Potatoes were first brought
which he with difficulty effected, and at to England by Sir Walter Raleigh ; and
last carried her in triumph to his castle. clover grass was first introduced in this
Gorod concealed his rage whilst he in- country from Flanders, in 1645. Some
wardly vowed vengeance : and having fig-trees, planted by Cardinal Pole, at
contrived in the course of a great hunting Lambeth, in the reign of Henry VIII.,
party, at which the chieftain and his son, are said yet to be in existence; as are the
Gorod and the lady, and all the principal first mulberry-trees at Sion-house.
people of the island assisted, to bring the
whole company to the summit of a lofty

GENEVA.
mountain, he seized the youth, and,
standing on the brink of a frightful pre- The morals of Geneva during the last
cipice, he exclaimed, “ This instant I half of the eighteenth century, were not
plunge myself and this boy down the by any means unobjectionable, although
cliff, unless that infamous woman is put purer than in most other parts of Europe;
to death by the hands of her seducer.” luxury and idleness exerting their usual
The chieftain trembling for the safety of influence, the universal relaxation had
the only support of his family, and en- gained ground, but the French revolution
couraged by the persuasions of his un. coming towards the latter end of this
happy mistress, who presented her breast wicked age, swept away together vices
to receive the stroke, reluctantly obeyed. and virtues, property and life. Half a
· Gorod then cried out “ I am revenged! century will be necessary to rebuild
but that tyrant must be punished.” Then Genevan fortunes; adversity, in the mean.
springing from the mountain with the time, and serious cares have restored the
unhappy youth in his arms, they were national character, not assuredly to Cal.
almost instantly dashed in pieces. The vanistical austerity, but to simplicity,
place has ever since been known by the solidity, and a preference of domestic
name of Benin Gorod, or the Hill of enjoyments over all others. I have oc-
Gorod : and the prospect from its summit, casionally heard music executed with that
particularly when the spectator revolves facility which marks great practice :
in idea the scene that was there exhibited, drawing is very generally cultivated, and
excites a degree of horror which it is ime you meet with these accomplishments in
possible to descrsbe.

families, where from all circumstances Affrighted mem'ry shrinks een now to tell

you mig!it wonder there should be found The scene that once on Gorod-Hill betel: time to acquire them. This is explained E'en tiend-eyed vengeance trembles at the when you remark how few women above And shuns the harve triat destruetion wrought: the lower ranks are seen about the streets To " Auld lang Syne," commits the blood-stain'à or any where but at home, except a few deed,

hours at night; there are no morning And shudd'ring, dares not in the tale proceed. visits at all.

UTOPIA. Mr. de Candole, professor of botany at

Geneva, but whose reputation is Eu. FRUITS, &c. FIRST BROUGHT ropean, made use, in a course of lectures, TO ENGLAND,

of a very valuable collection of American

plants, entrusted to him by a celebrated CHERRIES were first brought over from Spanish botanist, Jr. Qlosino, who Flanders, in the reign of Henry VIII., having oecasion for this collection sooner by the King's fruiterer, and planted in than was expected, sent for it back again. Kent, whence they had the name of Mr. de Candole having communicated Kentish cherries. Our Kentish pippins the circumstance to his audience, with bear the same date. Lore Cromwell the expression of his regrets, some ladies introduced the Perdrigon plumb in the who attended the lectures offered to copy, reign of Henry VII.; and Wolfe, that with the aid of their friends, the whole King's gardener, first brought in apri- colleetion in a week, and the task was cots. Artichokes came in at the same actually performed. The drawings, 800 time, but they were in no plenty till the in number, ard filling 13 folio volumes, reign of Queen Mary. The Levant tra. were executed by 114 female artists ; one ders brought in currants from Zante, in indeed of the ladies alone did 40 of them. the time of Henry VIII.: and tulip roots - In most cases the principal parts only first came from Vienra, in 1378. The of each plant are coloured, the rest only hop, which is now thought so much of, traced with accuracy ; the execution in was, under the reigu or' Henry VI., petie general very good, and in some instaness tioned against in parliament, as** 2 quite masterly.

Thre is not perhaps wicked weed!” As late as the reign of another town of 1,000 sculs where such

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a number of female artists, the greater shire, when an outcry was raised, that part of course amateurs, could be found. the giant (a remarkably tall man then Notwithstanding the wide dispersion of exhibiting there) was making off-the the drawings, there were not any lost, and rabble pursued, and malgré lui brought one of them having been accidentally back the supposed run away giant—the dropt in the street, and picked up by a equivoque was then discovered, and it was girl not ten years old, was returned to Mr. found, the brother giant was safe in his de Candole, copied by the child, and is no fairy castle, to the no small entertainment disparagement to the collection.

On of those present. another occasion, several drawings were The same individual to whom I have carried to a wrong house, but there, too, alluded (it is supposed after a bacchanathey found artists able and willing to do lian revel) was seen with great nonchatheir part. This taste for the arts, and lance, lighting his expiring segar at a for knowledge in general, is universal. lamp in the street, and he had taken off

the lid for that purpose, which, when he ANECDOTE OF GEORGE III.

had stolen, I may say, the sacred fire,

this modern Prometheus quietly replaced. The King was not a great reader, but what he read he remembered tenaciously. In his historic recollections he shewed

Light Heads.Two Gentlemen haphimself always particularly prompt and pening to be at a public entertainment,

à third and mutual acquaintance was accurate. A curious proof of this is extant in the fine copy of the second folio edition

observed to come in wearing a white hat,

the one remarked to the other, that Mr. of Shakspeare's Works, which is in the

had on his white topper-Oh! Royal library, and which originally be said his friend, “ Tlonged to Charles I. The book was

is light headed

this evening. purchased by Dr. Askew, at Dr. Mead's sale, for two guineas and a half, and at

A Young lady at the dancing academy the death of Dr. Mead, Mr. Steevens be- of Mr. B not a hundred miles came the purchaser of it, for five pounds from Cornhill, sitting down and placing ten shillings. In a leaf of this book, her head on her hand near the candle, Charles I. had written with his own hand, he called out, Miss, pray move, or you

DUM SPIRO SPERO, C. R.” And Sir will be light headed in a minute. Henry Herbert, to whom the King presented it the night before his execution, It is with narrow souled people as with has also written, “ Ex dono Serenissimo

narrow necked bottles, the less they have Regis Car. Servo suo humiliss. T. Her- in them, the more noise they make in bert.” -Mr. Steevens has added, “ Sir pouring it out. Thomas Herbert was Master of the Revels to King Charles I.” The book When men grow virtuous in their old being subsequently purchased for the King's library at eighteen guineas, his age, it is only making a sacrifice to God

of the Devil's leavings. Majesty, on inspecting it, immediately observed, that there was an error in this last note of Mr. Steevens, and taking a pen, A STUDENT being asked for a definition he wrote beneath it these words,—"This of the three cardinal virtues, Faith, Hope, is a mistake, he (Sir Thomas Herbert) and Charity, replied as follows:having been Groom of the Bed Chamber to King Charles I., but Sir Henry Herbert

Quid est Fides? Quod non Vides. was Master of the Revels.”

Quid est Spes ?

Vana res.

Quid est Charitas ? Magna raritas. The Gatherer.

We may laugh at a country man saying

6 Meestur” for “ Master,” but he is more "I am but a Gatherer and disposer of other

correct in the pronunciation according to men's stuff.---Wootton.

the derivation than many may imagine. MISTAKE.

It is a great word, Mnswg-peritus, conTo the Editor of the Mirror.

sultor_Theme Mn dop cura. Mr. EDITOR,- The uncommonly tall

EPIGRAM FROM MARTIAL gentleman so well known about the Inns of Court and the Metropolis, as having Hal says he's poor in hopes, you'll say the body of a giant and the voice of a child, was one day walking through a But take his worà for't, Hal's not worth fair held in one of the Ridirgs of York. a groat.

tt

he's not,

ocean.

EPIGP AM.

She was an admirable economist, It blew a hard storin, and in utmost

and, without prodigality, confusion,

dispensed plenty to every person in her The sailors all hurried to get absolution,

family ; Which done, and the weight of the sin

BUT, they confess'd,

would sacrifice their eyes to a farthing Transfer'd, as they thought, from them.

candle. selves to the priest;

She sometimes made her husband happy, To lighten the ship, and conclude the with her good qualities ; devotion,

BUT, They toss'd the old parson souse into the

much more frequently miserable-with

her many failings ;

insomuch, that in thirty years cohabitaEPIGRAM

tion, he often lamented, On seeing a young Lady writing verses that, maugre all her virtues,

with a hole in her Stocking. he had not, in the whole, enjoyed two To see a lady of such grace,

years of matrimonial comfort. With so much sense, and such a face,

AT LENGTH,
So slatterly is shocking!

finding she had lost the affections of her 0! if you would with Venus vie, husband, as well as the regard of her Your pen and poetry lay by,

neighbours, And learn to mend your stocking. family disputes having been divulged by

servants, CANDID EPITAPH.

she died of vexation, July 20, 1768,

aged 48 years. THE motto de mortuis nil nisi bonum is Her worn-out husband survived her four generally most religiously adhered to in

months and two days, tomb-stone records : this however, does and departed this life, Nov. 28, 1708, not appear to have been the case in the in the 54th year of his age. following :

William Bond, brother to the deceased,

erected this stone, INSCRIPTION ON A MONUMENT,

as a weekly monitor to the surviving In Horsley Down Church in Cumberland.

wives of this parish, Here lie the bodies

that they may avoid the infamy of Thomas Bond, and Mary his wife. of having their memories handed down to She was temperate, chaste, and charitable;

posterity BUT,

with a patch-work character. she was proud, peevish, and passionate. She was an affectionate wife, and a tender

MARRIAGE.
mother;

Cries Sylvia to a reverend Dean,
BUT,

66 What reason can be giv'n, her husband and child, whom she loved,

Since marriage is a holy thing, seldom saw her countenance without a

That there are none in heaven ?" disgusting frown,

66 There are no women” he replied, whilst she received visitors, whom she des

She quick returned the jest, pised, with an endearing smile.

“ Women there are, but I'm afraid, Her behaviour was discreet towards

They cannot find a priest."
strangers ;
BUT,

TO CORRESPONDENTS.
imprudent in her family.

The Stage, a brief Oration. The Origin and Abroad, her conduct was influenced by Musical Party. Clavis, and an Old Subscriber,

C. D. An Amateur good breeding ;

in our next. BUT,

Leisure Hours, No.III. promised insertion in at home, by ill-temper.

our present number, shall appear next week.

Sam Felix, in reply to a letter in the MIRROR, She was a professed enemy to flattery, observes, that “if the Printer of the Almanack And was seldom knowr. to praise or has made the 22d day of December the shortest commend ;

day, he has committed an error."

We have great doubts of Toni Peppen's plan. BUT,

A Constant Reader will find “How d'ye do." the talents in which she principally

and “ Good bye,” in No. 26 of the MIRROR excelled, were difference of opinion and discover. 143, Strand, (near Somerset House,) and sold

Printed and Published by J. LIMBIRD ing flaws and imperfections. by all Newsmen and Booksellers,

OF

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Op all the cities of the Netherlands, of Gothic architecture. It is five hundred Antwerp is the most celebrated for its feet in length, and in breadth two hunchurches, and, independent of the cathe- dred and forty feet. It is three hundred dral, of which

we present a very fine view, and sixty feet high, and is supported by there are the Jesuits' church, a magnifi- not less than one hundred and twenty-five cent building, and the chapel of the Vir. pillars. The exact date of its erection is gin, of striking grandeur. "The cathedral not known; but it is generally considered is a most noble pile, with one of the finest to have been built in the thirteenth censteeples in the world. So struck was tury. The choir was built in the year the Emperor Charles V. with the beauty 1521. This superb structure was reduced of this stately edifice when he made his to ashes, the tower and choir excepted, in entry into Antwerp, that he said it ought the year 1533; but the year after it was to be put in a case, and exhibited only rebuilt in that style of beauty and granonce a year as a rarity.

deur in which it now appears. The cathedral is a beautiful specimen The tower of Antwerp Cathedral is VOL. 115.

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