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tims. If medicine,* for opening the bowels, is required, TREATMENT TILL MEDICAL AID IS OBTAINED. an ounce of castor oil, or two tea-spoonfuls of magnesia 1.-The person affected with the symptoms, already and rhubarb, sold in the shops under the name of Gre- enumerated, should be instantly put to bed between gory’s mixture, should be taken, but, on no account,

warm blankets. salts, or any unusually strong purgative. There is 2.—Mix two tea-spoonfuls of powdered mustard good reason for believing, that the incautious use of with a mutchkin of warm water, and let the whole be salts has frequently been the means of producing an swallowed immediately. It will operate speedily as a attack of Cholera. Warm flannel clothing should be vomit. worn, especially over the stomach and bowels, or, at 3.—Let a wine-glass full of hot whisky toddy, with all events, a flannel belt round the belly.

the addition of 40 drops of laudanum and the same damp feet should be carefully guarded against. An quantity of essence of peppermint, be given in 10 minadditional blanket should be used during the night. utes after the mustard vomit has operated. If this is No one should go, unnecessarily, into infected houses, rejected by vomiting, wait 10 minutes and then repeat streets, or districts, and all assemblages of people for

the dose. If this also is rejected, give an opium pill, conviviality, for funerals, or, for any other purpose,

followed by a glass of the toddy, and repeat the opium should be scrupulously avoided. Every one should, or the laudanum in this manner every half-hour. The if possible, remain at home after sun-set, or, if obliged opium or laudanum must not be continued after the to go out, he should wear a cloak, or some other addi- vomiting ceases, without medical advice. tional clothing. No one should go out in the morn- 4.-The flannel bags, each two thirds full of salt, ing without having eaten something. It is highly im- previously heated in an iron pot, or proper to hold any communication with hawkers, beg-shovel, should be applied as soon as possible to the gars, or other vagrants, as such persons are well known body and limbs, for the purpose of restoring heat. to have been the means of conveying the disease from 5.— With the same view, two persons should be conone place to another.

stantly employed in rubbing the surface of the body It is now quite ascertained, that attacks of Cholera with hot dry flannel cloths, conducting the operare often preceded for several hours, or even several ation so, that cold air is not admitted under the beddays, by sickness of stomach, griping pains in the

clothes. belly, and common bowel complaint or looseness. 6.-A warm porridge poultice, sprinkled with pow. This important fact cannot be too generally known, dered mustard, should be applied as soon as it can be or too carefully kept in mind, as a timely attention to got ready to the whole belly. such warnings will, generally, either prevent the at- 7.-Cold drinks, however urgently asked, should on tack altogether, or, at least, render the subsequent no account be given. Their effect is death. disease much more mild and manageable. When a person perceives any of the symptoms above noticed,

SMUGGLING ANECDOTE. he should, immediately, desist from work, and apply for medical advice. If this cannot be procured, without delay, he should go to bed, apply warm flannel The noted smuggling of brandy, and other exciseable cloths to the belly, and take half an ounce of castor

commodities, quaintly called the running trade, which oil, with the addition of 30 drops of laudanum. As arose on the union of the two kingdoms in the beginsoon as the oil has produced two motions of the bow- ning of last century, was long a source of keen and els, it should be followed by other 30 drops of lauda- paramount pursuit on the western shores of this counnum, or one grain of opium.

try. This adventurous traffic, carried on through the

singular immunities of the Isle of Man, was calculated, An attack of Cholera will be easily known by the in no ordinary degree, to elicit many of the deeper vomiting and purging of a fuid like water gruel, by energies of those engaged in it, as well as to produce constant burning heat at the pit of the stomach, by

scenes of the most ludicrous and grotesque nature, in cramps of the legs and arms, sudden weakness, cold. their unceasing warfare with the guardians of the pub. ness and shrivelling of the skin, and blueness of the

lic revenue. nails and lips.

Reminiscences of the runners are still a fruitful MEDICINES.

source with the few surviving relics of the last age We have, already, most strongly recommended, and those parts, and it may be regretted that such fine here again repeat the recommendation, to remove,

touches of the past must so soon utterly perish. The with the smallest possible delay, to the nearest hospi- following seems a happy specimen in its way, and we tal, all persons affected with Cholera. As, however, are glad to be instrumental in rescuing it from the some time must be consumed in procuring, from the

general wreck. The sequestered promontory on which nearest Cholera station, a proper litter for the con

the old castle of Portincross stands, a few miles beveyance of the patient, and, as this delay may, in some low Largs, was a favourite resort of those smugglers, cases be prolonged by accidental causes, it is of much and the neighbouring inhabitants were, of course, geconsequence in so rapid a disease, that this interval nerally interested in the trade. Many of them, being should be employed in the manner most advantageous fishers, were employed with their boats in the winter for the patient. All, therefore, who can afford it, are season, by " the Manks dealers,” to bring over "gear,' advised to procure the following articles,+ which, it

and most of them, it is believed, felt every good will will be seen, cost only 5s. 4d. :

to befriend this favourite pursuit. One of these boat1.-One ounce of Laudanum, including vial,

cocorana £0 0 6

men returning with his cargo under cover of the night, 2.-One ounce Essence of Peppermint, including vial, 0 1 0 and quietly nearing the rock, where he perceived some 3.— Twelve Opium Pills (one grain each),

individuals standing, whom he conceived certainly to 4.-- Four ounces Powdered Mustard,

0 0 3 5.—Six flannel bags, each 12 inches broad, by 18 0 2 0

be his friends awaiting to aid him, threw them a rope inches long, comanda

to take hold of. No sooner, however, had he done 6.-As much common salt as will nearly fill the bags, 00 6 so, than he perceived his untoward mistake—it was 7.--Half a bottle of good whisky,.

0 0 9 the exciseman who had secured the prize! The two £0 5 4

were well known to each other ; and the officer, con

ceiving himself sure of his game, ironically exclaims, * All the doses of medicines, bere recommended, are intended “weel, Johnny, I trow I hae gottin thee noo." But for adults. Persons of 14 years of age, require half doses. Chil- Johnny, with a presence of mind which has, probably, dren of seven years of age, quarter doses, and others in the same

never been surpassed, instantly cut the rope, and, proportion. + To avoid all risk of buying adulterated or diluted articles, the

pushing off, dryly retorted, “na, na, Mr. Muir, ye medicines should be procured from the Apothecaries' Hall, or

hae gottin the tether, but ye hae na gotten the cow other respectable medical establishments,





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Clump. - Come, Master Bounce, take off the King.

Bounce. Ask your pardon, Mr. Clump; that wont do yet a bit; it would be a serious thing if the King were taken off just now ; we must have the Bill passed first, my lad o' wax. Clump.- Bah! d

your pupning can't ; you take your wine like a Christian.

Porkchops.--I say, Master Sniggens, do you know that 'ere puff. ed up piece of importance as came here to-day with the 'os and gig ?

Sniggens. — Pooh! man alive! what are you talking about ? that swell has been in the house for this week past; he was only out airing when you saw him.

Porkchops.—Hairing! I think he has too many hairs about him already ; do you know any thing of him?

Sniggens. — I can soon tell you all I know of him, or all I wish to know, that's better. I met him at Dumfries t'other day ; he was sitting by the fire, in the traveller's room, when I went in, and, as I had just come off the coach, I ordered a glass of hot brandy and water, and, in taking it up, I drank to him, but the fellow wever opened his mouth ; now, thinks I, this is a ruin way of doing it; but, as we were likely to pass the evening together, I thought I would have another shy at him; so, looking in his face, I said, says I, Sir, I think I've bad the pleasure of seeing you somewhere." Very possible,” said he, with all the demure gravity of a quaker, “ I am often there.” Well, thinks I to myself, I've been on the road now a good many years, but, blow me, if you are not the most unsocial, gruff old humbug I ever met with.

Bounce.—So, you was put out, was you ?

Sniggens. -I must confess I was ; I kept drumming away with my fingers on the table, and could not, for the soul of me, think of any thing to say. Every one has not the impudence you pretend to, Master Bounce.

Bounce.- Pretend to! I'll tell you what, Master Sniggens, take care what you say; every one that knows any thing of the road knows this—that impudence is part of a Bagman's stock in trade ; it's his capital, man; and, unless he is ready with the brass upon all occasions, he's blown, he's done, he's dished. To insinuate, therefore, any thing against a traveller's impudence, is like whispering away a tradesman's credit; for my part, I would just as soon you would question my honesty as my impudence; honesty and impudence are the two essential items required to make up the character of an accomplished Commercial gentleman ; they are like shafts and wheels to him—though he has the one, he can't get on without the other ; so, be cautious, Master Sniggens, what you say; I would not for fifty pounds that any of the partners of our house had heard your insinuation ; by the Hocky, I would have bad an action of damages against you. My predecessor lost his place because some person spoke of bim to the House as being “a modest young man.

Porkchops. —How wery malicious that was, to be sure.

Sniggens.-- Well, my dear fellow, Bounce, I ask your pardon, but you tell such cramers sometimes you feed the turkey so cursedly—you know.

Bounce. - Well, what of that! I've the traveller's licence for drawing the long bow, and, when the interest of our house requires it, I can flourish the trumpet, and fib away with any man that ever handled a pattern card; but that wasn't enough for you to go for to hurt one's feelings in the manner you did.

Clump. - Come, come, Master Bounce, I suppose our friend Sniggens will bave no objections to conform to the rule of the road respecting this affair ?

Sniggens. — Well, what is that?

Clump. Perbaps you don't know it. I never had occasion to see it enforced but once—but it's this, “ Every traveller who charges a brother traveller with being deficient in the grand essential, (that is impudence, you know) tables a bottle."

Sniggens.-Well, well, d-n it, sing the bell—and hark'ee, Bounce, I'll never speak of you hereafter but as a young man with a hard mouth, as bard as a brass cannon.

Porkchops.--Now, gemmen, since this bit of a row is over, I should like to know something of this 'ere chap as was the cause of it, and I'll tell you why, as I passed the bar I heard him ask the landlord if there weren't any principals in the house ; now it strikes me he is one of your big’uns as does their own business, and think themselves too good for the common run of the travel. lers' room, but here's the waiter : perhaps be can tell us something of him.--/Enter Waiter.)-I say John, you mind how you draw that 'ere port, don't shake it like a good lad, and I say John, do you know who that fat gentleman is that has the 'os and gig ?

Waiter.-I canna exactly say, Sir, but I think he travels in the Cholera morbus line.

Porkchops.- Cholera morbus line!

Waiter. --Yes, Sir, he sells Burgundy Pitch Plaisters, and he's dove a poor o' business since he cam: a' the Magistrates and the Board of Health have been here getting themselves fitted.

Bounce.- What, hae the ladies been here?
Waiter.-Leddies, Sir, what Leddies ?
Bounce. The old women I mean.
Waiter.—Old women, Sir, wbat old women ?

Bounce.-—Why is not your Board of Health in Glasgow composed of matrons ?

Waiter.-0 blesb ye, Sir : not at all : it's composed of very respectable gentlemen.

Bounce.--Indeed! Well low a stranger will be imposed upon, I was told this morning by a customer of mine, that the Board was formed of elderly females, old women he called them, and that they were making themselves flannel petticoats for themselves, and, that

as they bad got them ready, and their Burgundy breast plates on, they were to come out and have a grand procession through the unhealthy parts of the town, with their soup boilers carried shoulder high, and a lot of sturdy fellows beating a tatoo upon them with hammers, in order to drive the Cholera out of the town in the same way as the Roman Catholics frighten the Devil out of their churches on Corpus Christi day.

Sniggens. — Well, Bounce, I don't know whether you'r quizzing or not, but it's a certain fact, which has been stated in the public prints, that after the noise of the bombardment of Warsaw, the Cholera was never heard of in the place, and it's very likely that this bint has not been lost on the very intelligent minds who watch over the sanatary affairs of this city. If their project succeeds, they will certainly have made a grand discovery in medical science. What do you think, John ?

Waiter.— If they could do that, Sir, I think it wad be baith a cheap and ready way of getting quat of a very troublesome customer, and I'm sure they'll do't if they can, for I ken the Board of Health, gentlemen, are great economists.-Erit Waiter.

Sniggens.-- Well, Mr. Porkchops, are you satisfied now.
Porkchops.—O) y-ees, as Jonathan says.

Snigyens.— Then push about the stuff, and we'll be off and see what's going on in town, I have no business to do to-night-so gentlemen, if you are all disengaged, we shall go and see a little Life in Glasgow.

Clump.- W bere do you propose to go- I say the Theatre.

Bounce.--I say Morgan's, that's the place for fun, frolic and fine singing.

Porkchops.— I have heard a great deal about Morgan's, and I don't like the Theatre, because one can't get any thing warm and comfortable to eat.

Sniggens.—Morgan's is all the go at present, so there are three to one against you, Mr. Clump. Clump.- Well, I give in, I'm no spoil-sport.

Then for Morgans, ho!
Off with your drops, and away we go.—Exeunt Omnes.


To battle! to battle!

To slaughter and strife!
For a sad broken Cov'nant

We barter poor life.
The great God of Judah

Shall smite with our hand,
And break down the idols

That cumber the land.
Uplift every voice

In prayer, and in song :
Remember the battle

Is not to the strong:
Lo, tbe Ammonites thicken!

And onward they come,
To the vain noise of trumpet,

Of cymbal, and drum.
They haste to the onslaught,

With hagbut and spear;
They lust for a banquet

That's deathful and dear.
Nuw, borseman and footman,

Sweep down the hillside :
They come, like fierce Pharaohs,

To die in their pride !
See long plume and pennon

Stream gay in the air ;
They are given us for slaughter :

Shall God's people spare ?
Nay, nay ; lop them off-

Friend, father and son ;
All earth is athirst till

The good work be done.
Brace tight every buckler,

And lift high the sword ;
For biting must blades be

That fight for the Lord.
Remember, remember,

How Saints' blood was shed,
As free as the rain, and

Homes desolate made.
Among them !-among them!

Unburied bones cry-
Arenge us, or like us,

Faith's true martyrs die.
Hew, hew down the spoilers !

Slay on, and spare none :
Then shout forth, in gladness,

Heaven's battle is won !



Glasgow DILETTANTI SOCIETY met on Monday evening, Archibald M'Lellan, Esq. in the chair. A number of donations were present. ed to the Society. J. Houldsworth, Esq. was elected an honorary member.

A few years ago, a friend of ours attended divine service in the Tron Church, and heard a sermon, not remarkable either for oratory or great theological research, from a Reverend Gentleman, whose Parish is situated not a great way from Glasgow, on the text, “ And Felix trembled.” There was not much edification in the said sermon, according to the estimate of our friend, and he resolved to visit St. Andrews in the afternoon, where he thought he was sure of something sensible; but, to his infinite discomfort, the well-known phiz of the Reverend trembler appeared in the pulpit in due time, and the text announced that the same oration was again to be delivered. Somewbat annoyed at the reiteration to which he had been subjected, he went, in the evening to the Outer High Church, where he was prepared for novelty, but here, to his great confusion, Felix trembled for the third time. Having, by now the whole affair by heart, he groaned in the spirit, and having suffered the hearty dose of a third hearing, he walked off at a brisk trot, muro

urmuring-we will not say cursing--the Reverend man of thrice trembling.

FOREIGN LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. Sır H. Parnell has just published, at Paris, a most interesting pamphlet, in French, principally intended to enlighten the unioformed among the French people on the subject of the Commercial intercourse of Great Britain and France, and to show that the trade between two such great and opulent nations stands greatly in need of being placed on a more liberal and rational fooling, with a view to the advantage of both countries.

CHARLES Lucien Bonaparte has recently publisbed an octavo volume of Observations on the Regne Animal of Cuvier, whose talent and genius he pays a just tribute of praise. On the subject of Oruithology, the Prince of Musignand bas dwelt at greatest length, as from his long devotion to this branch of Zoology, he bas been able to communicate many additional particulars collected in Europe and in North America.



LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. We understand that our Townsman, Mr. William Mayne, bas at present in the press, “ The Overwhelmed Isle, The Wizard of Lodon, and Other Poems.” As this "unfortunate son of genius” is personally soliciting subscriptions for his little voluine, we beg to recommend him to the patronage of the public: he has already contributed to different periodicals of the day, pieces that would do credit to Wordsworth, Coleridge, Campbell or Southey.


WAX From Poplar Flowers.— A land-owner in Flanders is said to bave succeeded in obtaining a considerable quantity of wax, by putting the towers of the poplar-tree into bags, and submitting them to pressure.

The wax is of good quality, and has an agreeable perfume. So remarkable an experiment is worth repeating.

Population of New York in 1731 and 1831.- A copy of the census of the city of New York, taken in the year 1731, a hundred years ago :— The rapid advance of the city in population, in the course of a century, is an interesting subject of consideration. The number of inhabitants at that time was 8,622;—it is now more than 200,000. The number of white inhabitants in 1731 was 7015 only; now there are 192,652.---Census taken by order of Rip Vandam, Esq. President of the Province of New York, Hery Beekman, Esq. Sheriff. 1731-White Males,

3771 White Females,


-7015 Black Males, .

785 Black Females,





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Tue following lively epistle we extract from the last number of the Library of the Fine Arts, a periodical replete with interest and information to the Dilettante :

“ At the Scala Theatre I attended the operatic representation of Romeo and Juliet. Incidental music is well enough in a melo-drame, pleasing as an adjunct, but certainly absurd as a principal in dramatic representation. Who, with a respect for nature or common sense, can ever countenance its violation in making Othello smother his wife with a “sol, fa,' or Juliet die with a 'do, re ?'

“If the performer really gives us the action and the expression of passion, it is only the more to be lamented that he does not give us the language of Nature ; for can any thing be more tiresome and ridiculous than a continued dunning of recitative' throughout three long acts of an opera ? How any one with a fine ear for music can endure the jargon, is surely inexplicable.

“ The songs in the opera were delightfully performed; and the arting of the two young ladies intrusted with the parts of Romeo and Juliet, together with that of Signor Somebody, who played old Capulet, was positively worthy the diction of Shakespeare. It jrked me, nevertheless, to see the young gallant of Verona represented by a female, and it was the more irksome here, in being done so well. She played her part with an energy and vigour which would have done honour to manhood, turning

two mincing steps

Into a manly stride.' Mrs. Capulet walked about with eight waiting gentlewomen. ller daughter, as I opine, thought one waiting gentleman sufficient.

“ Betwcen the acts of the opera we had a tragic hallet, in which an actrese celebrated for her dumb show performed. It is impossible,' said an Italian gentleman, 'for any but the most obtuse understanding, to misconceive the meaning of her actions;' and then he very good-naturedly went on to explain them to me!

“She played the character of a lady who loses her wits because her husband kills er lover, and was terribly effective. The impression made by insanity on a beholder', is in proportion as the nature of its subject is violated by the transition. An intoxicated female is perhaps the most disgusting thing on earth,-a deranged woman, the most appalling. A furious lion or mad bull is nothing so terrible.

The dancing seemed to come more particularly home to the feelings of the audience than the rest of the performance; and every sudden twist of the limbs, or extravagant contortion of body, was followed by a burst of applause, such as in our theatres is awarded to the electrifying transitions of Kean, or the impassioned bursts of Macready. Alas! that ever I should have to mention intellectual prowess in the saine page with the whirl of a tetotum, and the power of showiug how much larger an angle than is either necessary or decent may be formed between the right leg and the left. People say it is graceful,—then, of course, the Apollo Belvidere, and the Venus di Medici are not. All the celebrated representations of figure and attitude either on canvass or in marble, are characterized by ease and simplicity. Why did Titian paint bis Venus recumbent ? What a stiff, formal thing the admirers of operatic grace must think the Danzatrice of Canova! The extravagant creations of a Fuseli are positively tame, wben compared with the occasional disposition of an opera dancer's limbs. For my own part, I do like to have a little something left to the imagination, though it be ever so little! and I would wish to think as favourably even of an opera-dancer, as a moderate man should do."

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appeared to me important, as its beautiful and varied

plumage would thus be uninjured. It was now only There, of night

about six feet from the ground, and I immediately Obscure, the dismal dwellings rise, with mists

crept behind it, as it hopped from spray to spray, on its Of darkness overspread. ELTON'S HESIOD.

downward course, and I was about to put forth my

hand to catch it, when the glare of two dark-red eyes My residence in Carolina was so short, that I had not from amidst the brushwood attracted my attention, and an opportunity of entering much into society in Charles

s- I perceived an enormous rattle-snake gazing on the ton, and consequently my books and my gun were my poor victim, now at the distance from it of only a few principal companions. I had read all the works of feet Lord Byron, and, after their perusal, I determined to At first I had believed the folds of the reptile to be have recourse to Nature, and to study her myself. the branches of a tree, but I was soon undeceived, for Having been informed that there was a village about as the poor fluttering bird approached, he began to twenty-five miles from Charleston, with suitable ac- rattle violently, whilst a strange unearthly sound procommodation, I determined to proceed thither; and, ceeded from his throat. As far as I could judge, he as the woods afforded the promise of good sport, I re- was at least eight feet long, the colour of his head a solved to walk, and, when a favourable opportunity dark brown, the body yellowish brown, transversely offered, to shoot at the wild animals which fortune marked with broad black stripes, but his eyes were might place within the range of my fowling-piece. absolutely fiendish ; and under their fascinating influAlthough I commenced my journey at break of day, ence, I stood for some moments immoveable ; although my progress was slow, over roads through a sandy the animal was too intent on his prey, to observe me. soil, and, where the soil was soft, formed by trees laid The poor bird, at this moment fell from the branch across, which, however, were less annoying to me than exhausted and trembling, and the serpent was raised they are generally found to be by those who travel in up to dart at it, when taking a cool and deliberate aim, the carriages of the country.

I fired. The trees on either side of the way have a most It was some time before the smoke cleared away, striking and imposing effect, rising, as they do, to a and I deemed it prudent to re-load as quickly as possiheight that is almost incredible, and, I fear I should ble ; but I was delighted to see the little bird, flying be subjected to the imputation of using the traveller's over head unhurt, and soon after the horrid snake privilege, were I to attempt to give an idea of their writhing in death. As I was rejoicing over the cordimensions. Pines one hundred and sixty feet in rectness of my aim, I heard a footstep approaching, height, and perfectly straight, were on all sides to be and being now ignorant in what direction the road lay, observed, whilst many hardwood trees, from their I felt relieved by the circumstance. The person aphighest branch to the surface of the earth, were con- proached; he wore a light straw hat, and was habited cealed with long grey moss, which hung in graceful in his working dress, carrying a very large axe, which festoons, and formed a curtain, behind which the wood he seemed lately to have used. His hair was dark, nymphs might gambol unseen.

long, and bushy, bis eye black, dull and heavy, with a A beautiful bird, which few past me before I could very sinister expression, as it occasionally glanced raise my gun to my shoulder, alighted in a part of the under its eyelids, as if to examine my intentions. I wood wlich had been partially cleared, about fifty felt distrustful of him, and kept at such a distance yards on my right, and, although warned to keep the behind him, he leading the way to the public road, as direct road, its beautiful plumage tempted me to follow would enable me to act, should he be inclined to warit. As I approached it rose again, and again alighted fare. After inquiring whither I was going, and deat a short distance. When I left the road and entered claring, I should be unable to reach the place of my the wood, I was delighted with its fragrance. The destination, until long after night-fall, he stated that I wild fig-tree grew in abundance, offering its delicate would find accommodation, at a cottage four miles fruit; the jessamine and myrtle exhaled their delicious farther on the road. I understood, of course, it was, perfume; and, at times, I could perceive the yellow not an inn; but in America, hospitality is carried to orange peeping from amidst its unbrageous retreat, the greatest extent, and there, “stranger is a holy and my mind arose in grateful acknowledgement of the Power that sprinkled the forest with beauty, and whose I determined to take his advice, although I remarkall-creating hand is as visible in the simplest floweret as ed his very extraordinary expression of countenance, in the proudest and loftiest of yon heaven-towering as he pointed to the direction, I ought to travel. pines !

Having arrived at the road, we parted, and I went I was yet in pursuit of the richly-colonred bird I merrily forward for some time, but at length it rained, had seen, and which still attracted me forward, when and darkness approaching, I naturally felt anxious for the ground became swampy, long dank grass occasion. a place of rest from my fatigue. After walking for a ally interrupted my progress, and I was convinced a considerable time, I descried a glimmering light at retreat ought to be contemplated, when I approached some distance, and thither I repaired. It had rained a space where two or three pines bad been felled, and, heavily for an hour, and although the house was literupon the branch of a neighbouring tree, the bird had ally a hovel, shelter in any situation, of the humblest alighted. I was about to fire, when, in a moment, it description, was still a blessing. I approached and uttered a shrill piercing note, its little wings fluttered knocked. “ Who is there,” exclaimed a female voice. and beat against its sides, and it gave very evident I replied “a stranger.” The door was immediately signs of fear and alarm. I could not pull the trigger, opened, and, having ascertained that the place of my and, indeed, the chance of securing it without firing, l original destination, was yet five miles off, it may be



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supposed, I readily accepted the offer of shelter which especially when we have no cause to think unfavour. the inmate of the cottage proffered.

ably of them besides our own unfounded prejudices The light revealed the figure of my hostess, who

and aversions. was, without exception, the ugliest of the sex I ever beheld. I inquired if her husband were at home ? to

FINE ARTS. which she replied in the negative, adding, however, that she expected him to return in an hour. I declined LETTER FROM A YOUNG ARTIST IN LONDON, TO HIS FRIEND IN eating any thing, although pressed to partake of some provisions, and placed my fowling-piece, knapsack, and

London, 30 January, powder-flask in a corner, not far from the fire. My

Dear Sir,— You may be assured that a young artist, when he

first visits London, cannot at once sit down quietly to his studies. clothes were soon dry, and I was beginning to feel

There are in “ that mighty heart,” so many povelties to excitedrowsy, when footsteps were heard at the door, and in

so many objects to attract his attention—that it would argue inwalked a tall, powerful figure, whom I immediately sensibility itself, were he to acknowledge no interest in them. recognised as him of the hatchet, whom I had en. Although my limited residence in Glasgow and Edinburgh had, countered a few hours before. He dashed

in some degree, removed the awkwardness which the first visit to

a large city naturally produces, still, London so much exceeded floor his axe, and, at the same time, the bloody body

all the ideas I had formed of it, that, as far as astonishment and of a serpent, which retained just motion enough to in

wonder could overpower any man's feelings, they overpowered dicate it bad recently lived, and which, I perceived, mine. Magnificent in its buildings—unbounded in its extent; was the one I had fired at in the woods.

these surprised me less than the multitudes of human beings who I concealed my dislike, as well as I could, and bold- successively occupied its pavements, moving forward until they

receded from my sight, as if they were passengers along the bridge ly stated, that I intended to remain all night under

of Mirza, which ended in eternity! his roof, although privately, I did not particularly re

I am sure you will not augur the less favourably of my future lish my situation. He said, there was only one bed progress, although I tell you that, until I found myself quite in in the house, but I should have it, and, as I was the spirit of paiuting, I did not touch a pencil. anxious and ready for my repose, he pointed to the

This state of apparent idleness was, in truth, one of great actihumble couch on which I was to sleep, at the oppo

vity. Mind and body were in constant employment. An artist

must try to see every thing, and therefore cannot always select. site end of the apartment from the fire place.

A friend invites you to see his Murillo—it is a perfect gem! You A long sleep to you," said he, and his wife im- hear of a Rubens- you visit it-it is a copy which, three years mediately added, “ he will sleep long enough, and ago, one of the artists informs you, he assisted in smoking for the sound enough, I warrant him.” " What can these ex- London collectors. Time is spent, but knowledge is gained, by

all such adventures ; and, although I may appear culpable in perpressions mean,” thought I, “surely they do not in

mitting some weeks to elapse before entering the Academy, I do tend to murder me." The light, occasionally, reflect

not think these were unprotitably spent. ed in my face, from the huge axe that lay on the Of course, I have occupied as much time as I could spare ia floor. There, too, lay the rattlesnake, and the lamp visiting the splendid collections of the ancient, and the exhibitions having been extinguished, the fire, occasionally, light

of modern art. You know I have what you used to term “

failing,” in my adıniration of the works of the old masters. I ened the faces of my companion, and then, for a time,

must still contend for my assertion that, the moderns, in general, sunk into utter darkness.

are ignorant of the true art of giving permanency to their colourThe woodman and his spouse now began to wbis- ing. I do not now speak of the white portraits of Sir Joshua, per, and, although I shut my eyes, I found sleep had which I have seen, and a similar specimen of which you may see, altogether forsaken my pillow. I could even hear

very properly placed behind the door of the picture gallery, in your

Hunterian museum ; but, I have been assured, that many of the what they said, but, as it did not concern me, I had

pictures, which, only six years ago, charmed all eyes at the exhibi. nearly fallen into slumber, when, suddenly, I heard

tion, are now truly shorn of their beams, and look as cold and grey the husband say, “is he asleep?"

as if ochre and vermillion were unknown. I think some of Mr. “ No,” replied the female, who had, for some time, -'s, which, it is probable, you may have seen, will explain my keenly observed me. Again they began to whisper,

meaning. Age appears to me to brighten and improve the works

of Titian and Rubens. Time revels, with unsparing band, amidst and the words "fowling-piece" and " rattlesnake,'

the richest colours of the modern school. But more of this anon. frequently reached my ear. In a short time be asked

Your praise of the Dulwich gallery led me to an early inspecagain, "is he asleep?" I now feigned myself to be tion of it, and that praise appears to be highly merited. The slumbering, and “yes,” was her reply.

collector, who was an excellent artist himself, has, I think, shown The man then arose. He went to a box and from

wonderful discrimination in the selection. I have seen larger col

lections, but I never looked on pictures which bear the stamp of thence took a large knife. The hair on my head

originality so impressed. With the exception of one Titian- tbe bristled, and the perspiration stood on my forehead ! subject, Venus and Adonis—and one other picture, which is either A sigh escaped my lips. He started back, and, seizing a bad specimen, or a good copy, I am willing to put my credit to the lamp, he placed it near the bedside on a table- the test of the whole of the others being original. “he is dreaming," he whispered.

When I entered the first room, I really thought the air imHe now placed his left hand firmly on the edge of

pregnated with radiance fcom the pictures which surrounded me.

Look at No. 3, by Cuyp. It represents a broken fore ground, the bed, and, clasping the knife with the other,

entirely bare of trees, with a centre group of two men and two stretched it across me. My doom was sealed. I pre- cows another group of cows and figures in the half distance pared for my fate, when, with an eye that watched in the right--a dazzling sunset in the extreme left—the wbole every motion, although nearly closed, I saw his hand suffused with a rich golden light and steeped in a thin air, which move from the bed-side and seize a large bacon ham

seems glowing with the beat which has purified it. There

is an indescribable fascination about the scene, which is unacthat lay below it, whilst, with the other, he cut off countable on any received principle of art; it is the very golden several slices, which he took to the fire-place, and on age. which, after due preparation, his wife and he supped It would be endless to characterize cach picture, in a collection comfortably together.

of 350, and containing first rate specimens of Cuyp, 13— Teniers,

7- Vandyk, 6— Rubens, 5— Murillo, 5— Claude, Rembrandt, After a profound sleep, I arose next morning, and

3— Reynolds, 2-and Wilson, 1. I shall rather refer you to the enquired to what amount I was their debtor.

remarks on my catalogue, wbich I shall forward you by our friend, owe us nothing," they replied, “ we are too proud of when he returns. a stranger visitor in our poor cottage.” They, more- You advised me to find out, if possible, how the effects in any over, presented me with rather a bulky parcel, neatly' picture I admired, were produced. This is, indeed, no easy task sewed, which, they requested, I would not open, un

- because these are often the effects of accidental combinations,

which the artist, himself, cannot command. til I arrived at my place of destination. This, after

I had the good fortune, however, by an accidental circumwards, proved to be the skin of the snake which the stance, to bave my attention to this subject so far repaid, as to kind couple had spent a great part of the night in pre

interest me. You must be aware that, when in modern pictures paring for me as a present. I left them with my best

colours fly off, it has been said, ingeniously enough, to arise from wishes, and learned, from my “day's sport in the

the drying oil being exposed to the atmosphere, and absorbing its

oxygen, thus undergoing a slow combustion by which it assuines woods,” that, in all circumstances, we should judge

the character of rosin, and the original colours with which it is charitably of the motives and intentions of mankind, mixed, are altered and destroyed. To me the obvious cause is,

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