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SCUG AND RUG, OR, A TRONGATE CONFAB ON THE CHEAPEST METHOD OF
READING “THE DAY."
Rug.- Well, Mr. Scug, have you seen The Day.
Rug. It is indeed, but I daresay I read it cheaper than you for all that.
Scug.--I know you're a bit of a saveall, but I will beat you a tritle I have the start of you there.
Rug.—I'll shew you that there are three lodgers in the house besides myself, and we just order the landlady to take in The Day, and charge each of us with his proportion in our reek bill, so the reading only stands me one furthing per day. What do you think of that, Mr. Scug?
Scug.– Why I think you are an extravagant fool to throw away your money in such a manner. I thought you were a more knowing hand at a bargain than that Mr. Rug.
Rug.-(piqued) Well, how the devil do you manage then.
Scug.— I'll tell you that I have three lounging shops in town -I go to them alternately, and ask a sight of The Day, and, after reading it over, I either sneak away, or if I see the bookseller Jooking queer, I lay it down with a pshaw! trash, and observe, that as soon as it she's a little more talent I will put down my name, but it has not yet as the Editor says, “come up to my standard." So you see, Mr. Rug, The Day does not cost me one farthing.
Rug.--Well, Mr. Scug, that's one way of doing it.
Scug. -- And a very good way too, Mr. Rug. I read the other papers on the same terms,
Rug.— The devil you do! You must surely take something from the booksellers occasionally when you are so favoured.
Scug.-0) yes, I take a wafer from them now and then.
Rug.-— Well, Scug, your booksellers must be a very obliging set of folks indeed, when they allow people to lounge about their shops, read their new publications, and borrow their wafers without receiving a farthing's worth of benefit, in the way of their business.
Scug.–So long as they don't complain, why should I trouble my head about it.
Rug. Well, Scug, if they don't give you a broad hint now and then, I must say, that I am at a loss to know whether there is more of the simpleton than the gentleman in the composition of your booksellers : as for you, you seein equally removed from either.
Scug.—You are severe, Mr. Rug; but you'll acknowledge you have lost the bet.
Rug. I'm not sure about that Mr. Scug. I rather think your system of reading is dearer to you than you are aware of—and before I pay
I shall submit it to the Club.
(Last night the question was laid before a full meeting in the Coat Hole, and it was unaniinously decided that Scug had lost.]
Impositions.— Acute and sensible people are often the most easily deceived. A deceit, of which it may be said, “it is impossible for any one to dare it” always succeeds. "" Coats to Newcastle. --The chief apprehension of the Duke of Newcastle, (the minister), was that of catching cold. Often in the heat of summer the debates, in the House of Lords, would stand still, till some window was shut, in consequence of the Duke's orders. The Peers would all be melting in sweat, that the Duke might not catch cold. When Sir Joseph Yorke was ainbassador at the Hague, a curious instance happened of this idle apprehension. The late King going to Hanover, the Duke must go with him, that his foes might not injure him in his absence. The day they were to pass the sca, a messenger came, at five o'clock in the morning, and drew Sir Joseph's bed curtains. Sir Joseph starting, asked what was the matter. The man said he came from the Duke of Newcastle. * For God's sake,". es. claimed Sir Joseph, “what is it? is the King ill?". No. After several fruitless questions, the messenger at length said, “the Duke sent ine to see you in bed, for in this bed he means to sleep."
Two Ministers.—Mr. Pite's plan, when he had the gout, was to have no tire in his rooin, but to load himself with bed-clothes. At his house at Hayes he sleeped in a long room ; at one end of which was his bed, and his lady's at the other. His way was, when he thought the Duke of Newcastle had fallen into any mistake, to send for him, and read him a lecture. The Duke was sent for once, and came, when Mr. Pitt was confined to bed by the gout. There was, as usual no fire in the room; the day was very chilly, and the Duke, as usual, afraid of catching cold. The Duke first sat down on Mrs. Pitt's bed, as the warınest place; then drew up his legs into it, as he got colder. The lecture unluckily continuing a considerable time, the Duke at length fairly lodged himself under Mrs. Pitt's bed-clothes. A person, from whom I had the story, suddenly going in, saw the two ministers in bed, at the two ends of the room, while Pitt's long nose, and black beard unshaved for 'some days, added to the grotesque of the scene.-- Walpole.
'Quix.---Quin sometimes said things at once witty and wise. Disputing concerning the execution of Charles I. “ But by what Jaws,” said his opponent, “was he put to death ?" Quin replied, “ By all the laws be had left them.”
“ L. 's” paper on the Power of Religion shall be submitted to the sombre Signor who caters for our Saturday's Number.
“ Maria S—'s” Stanzas have been received, along with as many others as would till an octavo volume. Really our poetical friends put themselves and us to much unuecessary trouble. We must say, once for all, that we can never consent to open our Poet's Corner to mere rhymsters.
“ A. B.'s" Communication will be taken into immediate con. sideration.
“ M. S. C.'” Lines “ On a Dead Child" would, we fear, if put in type, fall still-born from the press.
“ Lines on Crookston Castle” have been consigned to our Balaam-box.
Our Greek friend on the Cholera will not suit our pages. “ Haut Ton” in the course of a day or two.
« Roadster" has been received, and will meet with attention. His beautiful caligraphy indicates he might favour us with something more suitable for our columns than any thing connected with the Statute Labour Trust.
“ Omega's" Warrior Boy will be put into the hands of our Poetical Critic.
LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. The Opera Box, containing sketches in Prose and Verse, of the most celebrated characters who have performed on the stage of the Italian Opera, embellished with full-length portraits, will speedily be published.
" Leaves of LAUREL,” being a selection from Mr. Bayley's Lyrical Poems, with a few originals, illustrated with steel engravings, is in the press.
Revolutions.--Good men are never concerned in revolutions, because they will not go the lengths. , Sunderland caused the revolution of 1688, while Devonshire stood aloof-the latter was the angel, the former the storm. Bad men, and poisonous plants, are sometimes of superlative use in skilful hands.
FONTENEILE.— Fontenelle, in his old age, was very deaf, and was always attended in company by a nephew, a talkative, vain young man. When anything remarkable had escaped Fontenelle's auditory nerve, he used to apply to his nephew, “ What was said ?” This coxcomb would often answer, “ Uncle, I said—” Bah! was the constant retort of the philosopher.
Authons in Flower.—Mr. Walpole remarks that, at a certain time of their lives, men of genius seemed to be in flower. Gray was in flower three years, when he wrote his odes, &e. This starting the idea of the American aloe, some kinds of which are said to Hower only once in a century, he observed, laughing, that had Gray lived a hundred years looger, perhaps he would bave been in flower again. Sir Charles Hanbury Williams bore only one blossom; he was in flower only for one ode.
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THE SPIRIT OF CHANGE,
we ever got, which was really estimable, from the
French? Saving silks and kid gloves, which, through We remember to have read, no matter how many
Mr. Huskisson's policy, at first threw out of employyears ago, a book called Roderick Random; and we ment some thousands of poor people in this country, also remember to have been much struck with the we know of nothing which we ever obtained, that account which the facetious author of the said book was worth having, except--and the word is important gave of the devotion of the French people to every
-the spirit of change, the cupido novarum rerum. thing which was national. It signified not what the Let us apply ourselves to this. thing was--a periwig or a king--a soup or a marshal Gentle reader! you have heard of Rome—of the -a pair of boots or a duke-a pinch of snuff or a Romans of their Empire-their Legions—their beautiful woman—were alike interesting in the eyes of Power-of Sylla-Marius - Cæsar-Pompey - Aua good Frenchman of those days; for it was his delight gustus, and even of Tiberius, who was a consum to glory in all that belonged to la grande Nation. We mate scoundrel, but a clever man, and a profound were much struck, we say, with all this ; for, to tell politician; now, we, the erudite and philanthropic conthe truth, in the simplicity of boyhood, we did not un- ductors of “ The Day,” (we despise Phæton, who was derstand it. We were not aware that this giddy peo- a bungler, and came bump against the sun, the jackass,) ple bad but one common feeling upon every thing beg of you to understand, that this wise people diswhich belonged to themselves, and we were too igno- liked change, more especially in two things, namely, rant of history to know that this, otherwise very par- in religion, and in state government. It is quite a donable and praise-worthy propensity, might be, and clear case, that they were originally robbers and outhad been, abused by them. By-and-bye, however, casts, and that, in order to give themselves any decent the spirit of change came upon them, and, with the standing in society, they were forced to claim a concharacteristic impetuosity of the Gallic temper, it pro- nexion with the Gods, though, after all, it was but a duced, not a reforin, as that word is commonly used, bastard one : still, their own opinion of their own subut a total and radical revolution. The philosophy of
The philosophy of periority led to great things. They beat the world, Sans Souci, and of Ferney, might have had their shares the Parthians excepted, and their free government in this great change ; but it cannot be doubted that an lasted longer than any similar government of the oppressed peasantry, a despotic throne, a monopolizing ancient world. What was the cause of this ? aristocracy aud priesthood, and an ignorant and bigot- In the first place, like the French of Louis the ted people, were the true elements out of which the Fourteenth's time, they despised all the world beside, mighty conflagration was fed. The history of Eng- wbich was as dross to them. Their laws were cruel, land was open to them, and so was that of Rome ; but, domestically considered, and only moderately just, poin the wantonness of absolute power, and with the litically considered ; yet they were better than those tyranny of vulgar minds, they spurned both. They of many other nations. Their religion, pi issime lodesired a Republic on American principles, and they quatur, was nonsense, still they respected it. Their obtained--what? The grinding autocracy of Napo- | prejudices, regarding themselves and their own supeleon—thirteen years of the conscription-military re- riority, were, as all prejudices are, very absurd, yet nown—Lodi-Marengo-Leipsic- Moscow-ruined they tended to good ; and, as they were not oppressed commerce-colonial loss—naval decrepitude-Water- by any scruples of conscience touching nice points, loo, and the Bourbons ! What they bave done since they never quarrelled with their neighbours on theo is not properly before us; but we may be permitted, logy. This they carefully avoided, and the consewe hope, (for we are old-fashioned sort of folks,) to
quence was, hat they waxed great, and became the say, that, in the time of the Israelites, the conduct of
masters of the world. The philosophy of the whole this unaccountable people would have been held to be matter, however, lies in this, that they possessed, in a warning unto all the nations. We are aware that it the highest possible state of perfection, the secret of is most unfasbionable to speak of the Jews in these National Concord. Whatever disputes they might
have amongst themselves, they never allowed these to
, interfere with their external interests. They knew we said, we are antiquated in our tastes, and we can- well, that to be formidable, they must be united, and, not help thinking, that these same Israelites were in acting on the principle that Rome was the Imperial the right on points of this kind. The French have City, wherein was kept the balance of justice, and that been blundering on for more than half a century, often the world was made for the Roman people, not the to the terror, and not unfrequently to the amusement Roman people for the world, they succeeded, in the of all Europe, and, after all, what have they made of course of a few centuries, in converting the arrogant
When the poor Jews worshipped a golden calf, fictions with which they commenced their career, into they were only a little more genteel than their neigh- positive realities. When they conquered, their prinbours, who, it will be remembered, worshipped stocks ciple was to incorporate, not to destroy. The Gods of and stones ; but these modern changelings (dare we so the vanquished were allotted places in the national cause the word?) have alternately bowed the knee to lendar, and though, to the eyes of profane posterity, no Baal-to Nobody—to Reason-to the Pope--to the resemblance can be traced between the deities of Rome Emperor-to the Devil—to Talleyrand--to the King and those of other nations, neighbouring or remote, exof France-to the People—to the King of the French cept such as may proceed from the equivocal principle —and they are now worshipping the moon. And of lucus a non lucendo, the arrangement pleased all yet these are the people whom we would imitate ! parties, and, we have no reason to doubt, was proWill any man bave the goodness to tell us what ductive of advantage. In the same way their system
times, or of anything that belongs to them, except the ha
of colonization was one of accommodation. If they hilita, nihil fit, but, with humility be it spoken, ex malo, abolished the liberties of a nation, they haughtily of- nihil bonum, would have been better. That which fered the freedom of Rome and the privileges of Ro- leads to absurd consequences, can never be true.
A man citizenship, in exchange; and, strange though it man who professes to have a deeper interest in the af'may appear to us, who have been educated in prin- fairs of another, than in his own, may justly be suspectciples so unlike theirs, this insolent mode of doing ed of false pretensions; and he who proclaims his prejustice was often attended with real advantage to the ference of the habits and institutions of all other nations parties to whom it was extended. If a weak Prince to his own must be in one of two predicaments— either happened to be an ally, or dependent of the Roman he can have little to lose by change, which is most people, these bold Republicans made common commonly the case—or he is the dupe of bis own vanwith him, and, by the terror of their name, and the ity. One of the most irrepressible instincts of man is, force of their arms, prevented aggression on the part to love the land of his birth, with a sort of idolatrous of a powerful or ambitious neighbour. It was thus, love ; and, of all the weaknesses wbich attach to him, that, wbile their own city was rent by factions, turbu- this, if it can be so called, is the most amiable: but, if lent and truculent, they kept the rest of the world any faith can be placed in the dogmas of liberalism, it chained at their feet, until their vast empire had no is a contemptible prejudice, which should be bunted other limits than such as the boundaries of the known down wherever it is met with. We think differently, world afforded. We do not mean to offer any com- and in a future Number, we shall endeavour to prove mentary, on the system' of international law as it was that it lies at the bottom, not only of brotherhood, but understood by the Romans, but we desire, particu- of good government. larly, to impress on the minds of such of our readers as may happen to be smitten with the spirit of change,
CÆLEBS NOT IN SEARCH OF A WIFE. that the career of victory which characterised their history, only lasted so long as the people were united
We have received the following letter, and, as it contains charges in support of their ancient and original institutions.
which require the grave consideration of " Mothers and DaughWhen these came to be despised, or when attempts were made to improve upon them, the ponderous and
ters," we give it without the slightest alteration. We are confi
dent, however, that, though the amiable and accomplished portion unwieldy structure fell to the ground, a magnificent ruin, but still only a ruin. We learn from an his
of society, for whose fair eye it appears to have been written, may torian, remarkable for his power as a writer, and
have failed in matching the fastidious and all-captivating Mr. his profligacy as a man, and who spent one balf of
Cælebs with a wife, they will have no difficulty in matching him
with an answer. his long life in Republican, and the other in Impe
We may also mention, that no reply to the fol. rial Rome, that, before the eruption of the formid
lowing will be inserted unless written by a female hand, and, in able conspiracy which threatened the destruction of
order to give every opportunity to our fair friends, their commu-the city, the manners and habits of the citizens had nications will be submitted to a full meeting of the “ Council of undergone a great and decisive change. Money, the Ten,” who will exercise their acumen in selecting the most merireward of conquests and of robbery, bad engendered torious and suitable production. For our own part, we are quite luxury and avarice_the temples were negleeted, and shocked at the insolent insinuations thrown out. What would we cruelty and pride substituted for probity and good not give for the dear and tender advances which he affects to un. behaviour. Ambition introduced double-dealing and dervalue. We have, really, no patience with such people. Comfalsehood, and reduced the system of life to a condi- munications will be received on the subject till Tuesday next, on tion closely resembling our own at present ; for which night the Council will decide. friendships and enmities were entertained, not upon the principle of reciprocal esteem, or honest dislike, (for there is such a thing) but upon the principle of
To the Editor of The Day. convenience, and political expediency--non ex re,
SIR, -As I understand your paper, like that of your great prosed ex commodo, as he expresses it. In a city so de- genitors, the Spectator, Lounger, &c. to be for the correction of praved, this historian concludes, that an association private as well as public abuses, I have thought of stating my case of villains might easily accomplish their ends; and they to you, in the hope of exciting some sympathy towards me, and very nearly did so. What we have to contemplate in also, of giving a hint, through the medium of your paper, to those the narrative, however, is this, that the same circum- respecting whom, as you shall see, I have some just reason to comstances may always, in the progress of events, lead to plain. the same consequences. Let the moral elements of
I am a middle-aged man, of sober and retired habits, and with social life be disturbed by any series of causes, real á moderately sufficient competency to subsist upon, but bave not yet or imaginary, and the dissolution of society will
made up my mind to marry, and this, in the eye of certain persons speedily follow. A wise man 'would not choose to in the world, constitutes my only fault. I see very little company trifle with the prejudices even of a people, much either at home or abroad, but when I do indulge in having a few less would he hold them up to scorn and derision.
friends at my fireside, they are of my own disposition, and of Cicero and Cæsar had their own opinions, as to the
course Bachelors. One cannot however live always in the world belief of their countrymen; but they did not seek to
without visiting, and, being sometimes invited to a comfortable party, give unnecessary offence, by openly declaring their sen
but, what to the generality of people is a circumstance of joy and timents. Had they done so, no good could have followed, but much mischief might have ensued, and this
interest, is to me turned into gall and worm wood from an almost they knew. Whatever their impressions might have
unbeard-of species of annoyance, which my friends infallibly fix been of the institutions of other nations, they never for
upon me, namely, that of continually tormenting and pestering got that their own glory was bound up in that of their
me, about why and how I do not get married. They seem to bare own country; and that, when they addressed an audi
taken it into their heads, that a man can have no enjoyment out ence, that audience was Roman in feeling, thought and
of that state ; that he can neither be clothed, fed, warmed, action. Not so, however, a modern orator. It is his
nor comforted, without a wife, and, proceeding upon this hypoprinciple to forget, who and what the parties are, whom thesis, they batter away at an inoffensive individual. he addresses-to adopt some favourite word-liberality,
partly excuse this system of drilling one into matrimoniy, from for example and to ring on it a thousand changes that intrinsic goodness and benevolence, that: “ humanity to man," to assume an air of superior wisdom-and to laugh , which dwells and reigns in the female heart; but, so far as reat every thing venerable, as antiquated and irrational gards myself, I should like to see it exhibited a little less ostentato preach cosmopolitism, and to swagger before a tiously; and, partly may it be justified from the anxiety of the vulgar rabble, as a citizen of the world. But what is dear, young creatures themselves, never to get into the list of old this liberality, which can lead to such consequences ? maids. I, however, can find no palliation for what, at the same It was a maxim of the ancient philosopbers, that ex ni- time, I have often observed that intense interest, taken by ma
There lived a maid in Canongate
So say they who have seen her; For me, 'tis by report I know, . For I have seldom been there. But so report goes on, and says,
Her father was a Baker; And she was courted by a swain
Who was a Candle-maker.
'Tis said she long had loved the youth
And loved him passing well ; Till all at once her love grew cold,
But why-no one could tell. At first he whined-then raved and blamed
The fair one's fickle fancies ; For Miss's heart was led astray
By reading of romances.
thers, in forcing their daughters on the attention of the public. Without doubt, markets have to be made for the tender objects of their care, and, mothers themselves having gone the round of a courtship, and, with some little experience of the world, know better how to give advice, and direct the tactics of mancurre ; but, obstinate as I am, I retain as much sense of delicacy about me as to perceive some bad taste in this conduct, and think little of the smile of the fair one attempting to draw me into the meshes of a 'courtship, when prompted by the mother. On this head, my advice, therefore, is—mothers, leave these affairs to your daughters; they will manage, though with less artifice, yet, with greater power on the heart. I am, however, rambling from the main object of my epistle, which was, to detail to you a few of the hardships of my situation; and, to give you one or two instances, you would be astonished at the inquisitiveness of some old ladies, how I can contrive to keep house at all without a wife. They will then, with the greatest coolness, lay out the advantages of baving one, and wind up a well concocted harangue with such interrogations
• Does not the servant crack the china ? smash the crystal ?" &c. &c. ; yea, even, in the exercise of their impertinent, though, I daresay, sometimes well-meaning curiosity, they do not hesitate to throw out inuendos as to the moral integrity and honesty of the poor servant girl, who has no capital to trade upon but her good character, and thus my attentive girl must frequently come off with no great palm of reputation, just because it is her misfortune to be serving with a bachelor ; but, I would ask, why should any part of the odium rest upon her, though, it seems, she must share in it with her master, who is pryed into, and interrogated out of his wits, because he has no wife ; and a better reason I cannot assign for their misplaced interest in my affairs, than that I do not choose to select a rib from among their daughters it may be, to crack and smash as much as the servant, and, to boot, waste, in one new gown, by following the current of a ridiculous fashion, as much as she would do in a twelvemonth. There is, however, no reasoning with these sexagenarians but upon the principles of their own logic, which is to apply the sovereign remedy.
For Miss Letitia I do entertain the most profound esteem, but not with any love nearer than that which philosophers call the Platonic. Judge, then, Mr. Editor, if, at our interviews in presence of a few friends, she has a liberty to construe any delicate attention, which usual politeness demands from me, into the symptoms of a love passion. On that tender point she is perpetually hitting me; and in some of her thieveless errands to my quiet domicile, just to perplex me, and shew me what a nice intelligent help-mate she would make, she criticises my pictures, informs me where to get my linens well dressed—instructs me in the mode of preparing my jellies, and a thousand other little things wbich I can ascribe only to her fondness to be employed by me. As I happen to have a good musical instrument in the house, she vexes my life out to have a party, and, when I plead my inability to have such matters arranged in a style of becoming etiquette, for an assemblage of young ladies, she replies in language of the most artless persuasion, “ Oh! she will come and manage it,” so that it requires all the ingenuity I am possessed of, to escape respectably from the horns of a dilemma. To recount to you, Mr. Editor, the various ways I am attacked, and infested, whether more openly or more covertly by male and by female, at home and abroad, besides Darrating bow I am beset by a very amiable young widow, would tire out your own, and your readers' patience. In one word, I am teased, agitated, nay, even persecuted, and am now of opinion that some conspiracy has been entered into against me, that I shall not be allowed to remain tranquil out of matrimony, so that, if in due time after the printing of this letter, I do not find some abatement, I suppose I shall be compelled to marry, just to please the public ; for, though I flatter myself I have a good sweet temper, I find it has, involuntarily, become more irritable, and you know “ that much dropping wears away the rock.” The situation in which I am placed, is, if possible, even more intolerable since the commencement of this year, and I can only explain the augmented courage and railleries of the ladies, from its being what is called " Leap Year," during which, I am told, they are licensed to cbange sides, and to make, on their own part, the advances usually expected to come from the nobler sex; but, whatever be its style in the catalogue of years, I am determined to be as obliging and courteous to all my friends and admirers as formerly, only
She dreamed of lords, of knights, and 'squires,
And men of high degree; But lords were scarce, and knights were shy
So ne'er a joe bad she. Alarmed, at last, to see old age
Was like to overtake her, She wrote a loving valentine
Unto the Candle-maker.
“ She hoped,” she said, “ for her disdain
He did not mean to slight her ; As she but meant to snuff his flame,
To make it burn the brighter. You know Love's taper must be trimmed,
To keep it brightly blazing i And how can that be better done,
Than by a little teazing ?"
He owned “her arguments were good,
And weighty as a feather ;
The flame out altogether;
Her charms were sadly blighted; And there was little hope that now
Love's taper could be lighted."
With grief this billet-dour she read,
And, while her heart was bleeding, Took three-and-ninepence from the till,
And paid her quarter's reading. The stings of humbled female pride,
Embittered every feeling ; And, next day, poor Miss Rose was fonnd
Suspended from the ceiling.
Now, ladies all, of every grade,
I hope you'll here take warning; And when you meet with lovers true,
Please show some more discerning. You're not aware how much by scorn,
The flame of true love suffers ; Yet, should you think it fit to snuff,
Be gentle with the snuffers.
MR. CHAMBERS, the author of the “ Book of Scotland," &c. has announced a new weekly print, to be published every Saturday in Edinburgh, to be entitled " Chambers' Edinburgh Journal.”
Nothing is now talked of except the Cholera—it is, in fact, the Gossip of “ The Day." We are bappy to find that every thing is doing by the authorities that can possibly be thought of to meet the exigencies of the moment. A carriage, upon the most approved plan, has been presented by Convener M.Lellan to the Board of Health, for transporting patients to the hospitals. Baths have been prepared, and the cleansing of houses is in full operation. As a means of aiding the Board of Health in the dissemi. nation of useful hipts relative to the prevention and cure of the frightful malady, now at our door, we purpose presenting our
CHOLERA A Puzzler!.- At a recent sitting of the Westminster Medical Society, Dr. Gordon Smith declared, that he had read all the books, and reports, and essays, that had been published on the all-absorbing question; that he had spelt the labouring co. lumns of the newspapers ; that he had consulter pbilosophic men
readers, in an early Number, with a plain
, short, and succinct set in the profession, and the philosophie men out of the profession
of directions, drawn up by a medical gentleman, applicable to the present emergency.
The splendid Return Ball, which was to take place in the course of February, it is said, is to be converted into a Grand Charity Assembly for the benefit of the poor and destitute.
CONUNDRUM.—Why is Jamaica-Street Bridge a Classical Relic? Ans. Because it is the foundation of belles-lettres—(Bell's Letters.)
ANOTHER.- Why are the Glasgow watchmen proof against broken pates ? Ans.— Because they are without a head.
A Riddle.-- What is every body's theme? Ans. The Gossip of “ The Day."
nay, he had consulted philosophic women also ; that he had thought upon the subject by day, and bad dreamt on it by night; and he bad arrived at a conclusion, for which he was, alone, responsible ; of which neither the credit, nor the discredit, would he impart to another, viz. :--That, after all his reading, his talking, his thinking, and his dreaming, he knew nothing more about the matter than he did before !
Tippling ON SUNDAY:--The following is the German mode of preventing Sunday tippling :--All persons drinking and tippling upon Sundays, or holidays, in coffee-houses, &c., during divine service, are authorized to depart without paying for wbat they have bad. This would have a most beneficial tendency in improving the morals of the lower orders of society, and greatly contribute to the comfort of their families.
On Duelling.–Listen to the reason of the thing, and consider whether such a custom can obtain, as that which we term the duello, in any country of civilization and common sense. Two great lords or high officers quarrel in the Court or in the mess
They dispute about a point of fact. Now, instead of each maintaining his own opinion by argument or evidence, they go to work thus :-" Wby, thou liest in thy throat," says the one ; "and thou liest in thy very lungs,” says the other—and they measure forth the lists of battle in the next ineadow. Each swears to the truth of his quarrel, though, probably, neither well knows precisely how the fact stands. One-perbaps the hardier, truer, and better man of the two-lies dead on the ground : and the other comes back to predominate in the Court or in the messroom, where, had the matter been inquired into by the rules of common sense and reason, the victor, as he is termed, would have been sent to the gallows! And, yet, this is the “ Law of Arms, ** which your nice sense-of-honour people are pleased to call it ! Count Robert of Paris.
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THE BOHEMIAN BROTHERS. We have already spoken of these Foreigners, who, we are bappy to bear, are obtaining that patronage which they deserve. Whether we consider the characteristic and striking beauty of the national melodies which they sing, the energetic and excellent style in which they are executed, or the very unusual extent and quality of the voices of the vocalists, we are ready to admit that, we scarcely remember any musical treat that has given us so much pleasure. Many of our readers, no doubt, still remember the Tyrolese, or Rainer family, who were so well received in this country a few years ago ; but, we are of opinion, that the Bobemians are much superior, both in respect to the character of the music and its performance. The melodies of the Rainer family were of the most simple and unpretending kind, and, except the novelty of “ Jodlen,” which, we think, only pleased for a night or so, had few claims to attraction. The melodies of the Bohemians, on the other hand, are more complete and varied in their harmonies, and, when sung by such voices, are singularly etfective. The first, or leading voice, is a soprano, of great compass and beauty. In some of the variations, when he is accompanied by the other voices, in imitation of instruments, be shews inuch taste and flexibility. The next two are tenores, but, from the nature of their parts, have little opportunity for display; but it struck us that the one next the bass, has a tine, full and sonorous quality of tone. Lastly comes the bass, which is certainly, of all the voices we have ever heard, the most astonishing for depth and power. We are not sure whether it has ever been before hinted that, this is not a legitimate voice, but an artificial one, after the manner of a ven. triloquist. We are inclined to think so from its quality, which is that of the strong, reedy tone of an organ trumpet stop, froin its limited compass, and also from its unusual strength in the lowest notes that the human voice was ever known to reach. We have not yet heard the Bohemians sing the Huntmen's Chorus in the Freischütz, which, we understand, they do in a manner unequalled by any, except their own countrymen. Let us hint to them to give it immediately.
We feel much indebted to Giovanni for his kind communications, and will feel obliged by bis continuing to be a Correspondent. Let us warn him, however, not to send us anything which he, at the same time, despatches to other Journals. We had given out his “Love à la Mode” for publication, when we fortunately noticed it in the “ Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle." This is a species of Love à la Mode which we cannot admire, and is apt to make us afraid, in future, of inserting the Communications of those whose anxiety for notoriety appears so voracious. Surely our extensive circulation might satisfy most authors; and, if the production be really first-rate, it stands every chance of being transplanted, which is far more honourable to the writer than to fol. low the London penny-a-line men, who send a copy of every thing they write to every newspaper in the metropolis.
“ Peggy's” kind letter has been received ; but she must excuse us inserting the Lines which she picked up at the Assembly t'other night.
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To the Editor of The Dar. SIR,—Io the course of my reading Sir Walter's “ Count Robert of Paris," I was somewbat astonished at stumbling on the following expression, wbich he puts into the mouth of Edward the Varangian :-“ The people of this country (Constantinople) have 80 many ways of saying the same thing, that one can hardly know at last what is their real meaning. We, English, on the other hand, can only express ourselves in one set of words, but it is one out of which all the ingenuity of the world could not extract a double meaning.” I should like to know what then becomes of the inuendos, double entendres, fc. that so much abound in the writings and conversations of the English? By throwing light on the subject, you will certainly oblige
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