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THE DAY ,

A MORNING JOURNAL OF LITERATURE, FINE ARTS, FASHION, &c.

CARPE DIEM.

GLASGOW, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1832.

A MODERN NOVEL.

Worthington loses his official situation, and is obliged,

after enduring many privations, to apply to Lord SinThe Usurer's Daughter. By a Contributor to “ Blackwood's gleton for employment. From him he receives a com

Magazine.” In three volumes. London : Simpkin and Mar- mission to go upon secret business to Naples, whither shall, 1832.

he accordingly proceeds, leaving his wife in England.

Margaret endures this separation with a distress which It is a fact, which tells very much against the taste of is increased by poverty, and by anxiety regarding her the present age, that, of the numerous novels and ro- husband. As time rolls on, and no accounts arrive mances which are constantly issuing from the London from the object of her affection, she at last sails for press, scarcely one deserves the favour which is gene- Italy, in the hope of finding him there. Fortunately rally shewn them. Indeed, if the world had not gone she does find him, but it is only after being rescued mad in its craving after excitement, and if our own from a prison in which both of them had been sepacountry did not contain a very large class of idle people, rately confined. The meeting of the amiable pair is to whom novel reading has become a necessary of life, as happy as might be expected, but it is clouded with very many of the productions of modern tale writers undefined fears; for Worthington now begins to suswould have perished by a fate, from which nothing pect that he is the victim of Lord Singleton's resentbut the curiosity of the public has saved them ; while ment, and that, by his orders, he had been seized others, deterred by their example, would never have and almost assassinated by banditti. To clear up this challenged a public's forbearance, or a publisher's libe- conjecture, and to escape from the neighbourhood of rality. The book which we have announced at the danger, they both return to England; but there all head of this notice, is less infected than most of our their enquires into the cause of Worthington's suffermodern novels, with the corrupt jargon which the ings are completely fruitless. After spending some time trade of book-making has rendered so fashionable ; but, in his native country, our hero finds it necessary again at the same time, we are bound to say, that it does to seek for occupation, and at the offer of a friend

goes not possess much more interest than the common run a second time to Naples, accompanied with his wife and of these publications. In order that our readers may a little boy, the first fruits of their affection. Not long understand the grounds upon which we entertain this after the accomplishment of this voyage, Margaret is opinion, we shall offer a brief outline of the story, to- summoned to England, by the intelligence that her gether with a few remarks upon the general merits of father is dangerously ill. With the swiftness of filial the work.

affection, she flies to attend the bed of her stern parThe scene of the Usurer's Daughter is laid chiefly ent, vainly hoping, that he might now relent his unin London, and the time when the first volume opens, kindness, and pronounce a forgiveness, for that step is the year 1780, when George the Third was the be- which she had taken against his advice. She finds him loved Sovereign of the British nation. In those days, at the point of death, but still retaining the worldly an old usurer, of the name of Erpingham, dwelt in jealousy which he had always displayed, even in his one of the narrowest streets of the English metropo. | dealings with his only child.' The Usurer dies withlis, where his house was frequented by such spend. out repenting of his cruelty, and upon his documents thrifts as were forced to borrow money at exorbitant being searched, it is discovered, that he has left his interest. The only daughter of this man is introduced fortune to Lord Singleton. This announcement is of to us as a young woman of great beauty, and possess- little consequence to a being so disinterested as Margaret ing virtuous principles, which render her worthy of a Worthington, but it furnishes a clue, by which she and much better father than the hard-hearted wretch upon and her husband begin to unravel the plot, which they whom Providence had bestowed that relationship. suppose has been formed against the life and liberty of Margaret does not repine, however, at her situation, the latter. As old Erpingham's fortune was only to be but contents herself with the simple comforts of life enjoyed by Lord Singleton as a life rent, and to pass which the Usurer's avarice allows her, and spends all on his death into the possession of the Usurer's daughthe money she can spare in providing for the wants of ter, provided that she married a nobleman, there was the poor. By these acts of charity, as well as by her great reason to suspect that Lord Singleton's plans natural charms, she draws the attention of some of were laid to deprive Margaret of her husband, and to the great, and, among others, of the Prince, and of obtain her hand for his lordship's son and heir. These A certain Lord Singleton. But the flattering ad- suspicions, which were entertained by Mrs. Worthingdresses of a Royal debauchee, and of an old No- ton, are strongly confirmed by her hearing of her hus. bleman, offend her modesty and taste, and, in pre

band's being again secretly captured in Italy. The cirference to them, she determines to marry Henry Wor- cumstances of this event are very mysterious, but there thington, a youth of slender income, to whom she bad is strong presumption, that not only the English noblebeen long attached by mutual esteem. In this resolu- man but an Italian Count are closely connected with tion she is opposed by the worldly views of her fa- it. To these individuals, Margaret applies, with pasther, who warns ber that, if she perseverez in it, she sionate indignation, demanding of them the release of

this her cold hearted declaration only induces her, the more not on her account; and they all take advantage of strongly, to leave the house of her unnatural parent this circumstance, to represent themselves as the friends and to seek protection under the roof of her husband. by whose agency her husband was restored to liberty. The virtuous couple enjoy unclouded happiness for The Italian Count even comes to England, and, by a a short time, but this is soon interrupted by pecu- great deal of artifice, persuades her that both Lord niary misfortunes, which are, in a great measure, Singleton and himself were warmly interested in Worcaused by the rapacity and cruelty of the Usurer. thington, and, instead of having caused his suffer

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ings, were the means of rescuing him from a plot of tained in this novel were dressed up in a separate form, the Catholic church. To heighten this delusion, the they would possess very high capabilities of pleasing. too credulous wife is informed that her husband is in Nothing, for instance, can be inore graphic than the Paris, on his way to rejoin her; but just as she is description of the Usurer's death-bed, and few atwaiting the fulfilment of this intelligence, she is sub- tempts at depicting the different grades of villany have tilely informed that he is taken dangerously ill in the been more successful, than the scenes where SingleFrench capital, and, upon her hastening thither to ton and the Italian Count are introduced together. see him, is told the melancholy news, that his illness At the same time, however, it must be remarked that, had terminated in death. Upon receiving this afflict- the former of these passages seems to denote a greater ing intelligence, Margaret returns to England, where desire for producing a striking idea, than for copying Lord Singleton pays her unremitting attention, and a picture from reality. The character of the miser is, at last succeeds in convincing her that he is not the in fact, over-wrought, and may be pronounced one of dishonest man whom she suspected him to be. So the least successful of the whole. It has more piefar does he insinuate himself into her favour, that he turesqueness than those of Margaret or her husband, has hopes of making her eventually ally herself with but it bas not the correctness of outline which marks his family, by a second marriage. Just however, many of the other portraits. Add to this, that the as bis measures for promoting this scheme are ad- leading traits are borrowed from such a common patvancing to completion, they are threatened with ruin, tern as Shylock, and have passed through as many by a report getting abroad that the story of Wor- editions as the Latin original and English imitation of thington's death was no more than a fraud, invent- Moliere's Avare. We are even inclined to think that ed for sinister purposes, by the English nobleman. the heroine is not herself drawn with such expression Singleton, with his Italian accomplices, takes means to as might have been given to her pleasing features; prevent this discovery—for such it was—from getting and, there is certainly not so much ability displayed in to the ears of Mrs. Worthington, and endeavours to representing her, as in the intriguing individuals to ensure himself from any fears on that score, by getting whom we have alluded Worthington removed. But, while they are expect- We have no room to criticise the dialogue of this i ing to receive accounts of the young man's murder book ; but there are some specimens, such as that of from Italy, they are surprised by his sudden appear- the altercation between Wilson and the messenger ance in London, in consequence of which their schemes from the palace, (we do not speak of its connection are utterly defeated, and it is found out that the indi- with the story,) which shew a good deal of talent in vidual who had been persecuted under the name of this way. We bad also marked a few passages in Worthington, is no other than the son of Lord Single- the first volume, to extract, as instances of the puerile ton's elder brother, and the rightful possessor of bis style which now prevails among English novelists; estates and title. With this catastrophe the novel con- but we shall have a better opportunity of illustrating cludes, leaving the reader to imagine for himself the this vice, by some specimens from the pen of a mere happiness which Margaret and her husband would incorrigible offender. On the whole, we are bound enjoy with their new honours, and briefly announcing to confess, that we think the “ Contributor to Black. the untimely fates of the wicked wretches who had so wood's Magazine” has misapplied his talents, in aiming long conspired against the virtuous couple.

to appear as the author of a novel : and that, the de. These are the leading features of the Novel called partment of writing, which goes no farther than short the Usurer's Daughter. In then selves they do not

tales and descriptive essays, is more suited to the compossess much interest, as they are liable, in a great plexion of his mind. measure, to the charge of repetition, and are not, altogether, entitled to the claim of novelty. The story of the wicked uncle usurping the birthright of an or

MUSSULMAUN LADIES. phan, and the detection of his guilt, by the appearance of the child which bad been supposed dead, is one

In a former number we presented our readers with a so common, that it appears with very bad effect as the

picture of Hindoostanee Fashions, from the pen of ground plan of a work wbich, in its very name, con

Mrs. Meer Hassan Ali, and we now extract another veys the idea of something new. This defect might interesting passage, relative to the Mussulmaun ladies. certainly bave been overlooked, if the details of the

As some of our readers may wish to know who this narrative had been so managed as to engross the atten

Mrs. Meer Hassan Ali is, whose sketehes of eastern tion of the reader by their vividness or variety. In

manners are so much talked of, we may mention, that stead of that, however, the leading incidents indicate

she is by birth an English woman, and that she married so little dissimilarity, tbat, in some cases, they are no

a Mussulmaun native of India, whom she accompanied better than different copies of the same picture. In

back to the east. There she had the best opportunity this manner, the persecutions by which the heroine is

afforded her of becoming intimate with the manege of driven from one abode after another, have such a mu

that interesting country, and it is only fair to state tual resemblance, as to betray some poverty of inven

that, she has shown herself not an unworthy illustrator tion; and the double confinement and escape of her

of its peculiarities. husband, are incidents which do not come within the province of ordinary experience. Indeed, if the Usur- When a death occurs in a Mussulmaun family, the survivor, er's Daughter be tried by the standard of probability, provides dinners on the third, seventh, and fortieth days succeedit has but a slight chance of success; for some of its

ing, in memory of the deceased person ; these dinners are sent in elements are so forced as to outrage belief, and one or trays to the immediate relatives and friends of the party,--on two of the mysterious and most essential passages, which sacred occasion all the poor and the beggars are sought to such as the history of Worthington, posterior to his share the rich food provided. The like customs are observed for second captivity, are left, without any attempt at ex

Hosein every year.

The third day offering is chiefly composed of planation, to perplex the reader.

sugar, ghee, and flour, and called meettah ; it is of the consistence It seems to have been the great fault of the author of our rice-puddings; and, whether the dainty is sent to a king or of these volumes that he has studied effect in prefer- a beggar, there is but one style in the presentation—all is served ence to nature ; and though, by this means, he has in the common brown earthen dish, in imitation of the humility given to some of his sketches a detached power of in- of Hosein and his family, who seldom used any other in their doteresting, he has failed to impart to his story that unity mestic circle. The dishes of meettah are accompanied with the and completeness which should form the principal in- many varieties of bread common to Hindoostaun, without leaven, gredients in compositions of this kind. It is but jus- as sheah-mual, bacherkaunie, chapaatie, &c.; the first two bave iice to say that, if some of the passages which are con. milk and ghee mixed up with the flour, and nearly resemble our

by the females ; I have seen some young men with green shagreen slippers for the rainy season ; these are made with a bigh heel, and look unseemly. The fashion of shoes varies with the times in this country, as well as in others; sometimes it is genteel to have small points to the shoes; at another, the points are long and much curled; but they still retain the preference for pointed shoes, whatever be the fashion adopted. The greatest novelty in the way of shoes, which came under my observation in India, was a pair of silver embroidery, small pointed, and very neatly made; on the points and round the instep small silver bells were fastened, wbich produced harmony with every step, varied by the quick or more gentle paces of the wearer; these were a present to me from a lady of distinction in Oude. Upon visiting this lady on one occasion, my black silk slippers, which I had left at the entrance, (as is the custom here,) bad most likely attracted the curiosity of the Begum's slaves, for wben that lady attended me to the threshold, they could nowhere be found; and I was in danger of being obliged to soil my stockings by walking shoeless to my palkie, across the court-yard. In this dilemma the lady proffered me the pair here described ; I was much amused with the novelty of the exchange, upon stepping into the musical shoes, which, however they may be prized by native ladies, did not exactly suit my style of dress, por convenience in walking, although I must always remember the Begum's attention with gratitude. The ladies’ society is by no means insipid or without interest ; they are naturally gifted with good sense and politeness, fond of conversation, shrewd in their remarks, and their language is both correct and refined.

ORIGINAL POETRY.

TO THE ROMAN EAGLE

pie-crust. I must here stay to remark one custom I have observed amongst natives—they never cook food whilst the dead body remains in the house : as soon as it is known amongst a circle of friends that a person is dead, ready-dressed dinners are forwarded to the house for them-no one fancying he is conferring a kindness, but fulfilling a duty. The third day after the accomplishment of the Mahurrum ceremonies, is a busy time with the in. mates of zeenahnahs, when generally the mourning garb is thrown off, and preparations commence at an early hour in the morning for bathing and replacing the banished ornaments. Abstinence and privation being no longer deemed meritorious by the Mus. sulmauns, the pawn—the dear delightful pawn, which constitutes the greatest possible luxury to the natives—pours in from the bazaar, to gladden the eye and rejoice the heart of all classes, who after this temporary self-denial enjoy the luxury with increased zest. Again the missce, (a preparation of antimony,) is applied to the lips, the gums, and occasionally to the teeth of every married lady, who emulate each other in the rich black produced ; such is the difference of taste as regards beauty—where we admire the coral hue, with the females of Hindoostaun nature is defaced by the application of black dye. The eyelid also is pen. ciled afresh with prepared black, called kaarjil; the chief ingredient in this preparation is lamp-black. The eyebrow is well examined for fear an ill-shaped hair should impair the symmetry of that arch esteemed a beauty in every clime, though all do not, perhaps exercise an equal care with eastern dames to preserve order in its growth. The myndhie is again applied to the bands and feet which restores the bright red bue deemed so becoming and healthy. The nose once more is destined to receive the nutt (ring) which designates the married lady ; this ring, I have before mentioned, is of gold wire, the pearls and ruby between them are of great value, and I have seen many of the ladies wear the nutt as large in circumference as the bangle on her wrist, though, of course, much lighter; it is often worn so large, that at meals they are obliged to hold it apart from the face with the left hand whilst conveying food to the mouth with the other.

This nutt, however, from ancient custom, is indispensable with married women ; and though they may find it disagreeable and inconvenient, it cannot possibly be removed, except for Maburrum, from the day of their marriage until the death or widowhood, without infringing on the originality of their customs, in adhering to which they take so much pride. The ears of the females are pierced in many places; the gold or silver rings return to their several stations after Mahurrum, forming a broad fringe of the precious metals on each side of the head ; but when they dress for great events—as paying visits or receiving company—these give place to strings of pearls and emeralds, which fall in rows from the upper part of the ear to the shoulder, in a graceful, elegant style. My ayah, a very plain old woman, has no less than ten silver rings in one ear and nine in the other, each of them having pendant ornaments ; indeed, her ears are literally fringed with silver, After the hair has undergone all the ceremonies of washing, drying, and apointing with the sweet jassimine oil of India, it is drawn witb great precision from the forehead to the back, where it is twisted into a queue which generally reaches below the waist; the ends are finished with strips of red silk and silver ribands entwined with the hair, and terminating with a good-sized rosette. The hair is jet black, without a single variation of tinge, and luxuriantly long and thick, and thus dressed remains for the week -about the usual intervals between their laborious process of bathing; nor can they conceive the comfort other people find in frequent brushing and combing the hair.

The ladies never wear stockings, and only cover the feet with shoes when pacing across their court-yard, which bounds their view and their walks. Nevertheless, there is a fashion and taste about the ladies' shoes which is productive of much emulation in zeenahnah life; they are splendidly worked in many patterns, with gold and silver spangles, variously-coloured small seed beads, and embroidery—the whole one mass of glittering metal; they are made with sbarp points curling upwards, some vearly reaching half-way to the knees, and always worn down at the heel, as dressing slippers ; the least costly, for their every day wear, are of gold embroidery on velvet; the less opulent condescend to wear tinsel work; and the meanest servants yellow or red cloth with silver binding. The saine style of shoes are worn by the males as

Look upwards, on yon mountain's brow,

A solitary Eagle sits;
Far, far below her couch of snow

The dun cloud's shadow flits.
Lone tenant of the rocky wild,

Last relic of a kingly race,
No foot hath trod the ramparts, pild

Around thy dwelling-place.
Look, where their dizzy summits keep

Their watch on high—from every shore
Slaves meet upon the time-worn steep,

Who never met before.
They come—the Parthian and the Gaul-

The homage of a million's thine ;
Gold, gold they bring to deck thy hall,

Young flowers to wreathe thy shrine. Look on the earth—her marble plains,

With all their treasures, own thy sway :
The fretted domes—the graven fanes-

The cities, wide and gay.
A thousand barks, amid the foam,

Gleam sternly, on the ocean's throne;
All, all upon their stormy home,

Are numbered as thine own. Away, away upon the breeze

Swoop on, unchallenged, in thy flight; The distant bounds of isles and seas

Are straining on thy sight. First, as of yore, in glory's path,

Still floats thy banner in the van ;
Earth's farthest realms bave gorged thy wrath.

Since thy fierce rule began.
Thy course, proud monarch of the air,

Is o'er-thy martial race is run;
War's shaft has reach'd thy bosom there

Revenge! thy work is done. Vengeance awaits thy coming here-

Bared is each arm, that erst caressdThe Ethiop's heel, the Vandal's spear,

Are planted on thy breast.

Spread ruin's banquet !-On the walls

Where war-folds droop'd, the night-birds rest;
On the gray niches of thy balls

The owlet rears her nest.
Rust gnaws thy blade—thy trump shall swell

Its stirring battle-tones no more ;
Or, if it wake, its notes will tell
Of glory past and o'er !

W. S.

GLASGOW GOSSIP.

We understand that the officers of the 90th, now stationed in Glasgow, are going to exhibit public theatricals in aid of charitable funds. We sincerely hope, that our citizens will meet these gallant enterprizers with equal spirit, and render them as successful as their brothers in arms, who lately netted a very handsome sum by the same means, in the fair town of St. Johnstone.

The weatber of last week was peculiarly fair ; for the Trongate was crowded, especially on Friday, with fascinating belles. This fashionable resort was brilliantly adorned with damsels arrayed in avanturine, and matrons blooining in the pride of check silk gowus. Bonnets of every variety, shook their plumes above the heads of the fair wearers, and sbawls of golden hues, and patterns wbich defied the skill of the observer to unravel, blazed like meteors from one end of the street to another. We hail the appearance of these birds of beautiful plumage as a token of the approach of spring.

A HINT TO EMIGRANTS. -A man of all countries is a man of no country: and let all those citizens of the world remember, that he who has been a bad subject iu his own country, though from soine latent motive he may be well received in another, will never be either trusted or respected.-Cobbett.

THE FOLLOWING STATE OF MATRIMONY IS COPIED FROM A VOLUME OF MAGAZINES, por 1736.-Wives eloped from their husbands, 1,362; married pairs in a state of separation, 4,420; husbands left their wives, 2,361; married pairs living in a state of open war, 191,013; married pairs living in a state of inward batred, 162,320; married pairs being in a state of coldness and indifference, 510,132; married pairs reputed happy in the esteem of the world, 1,102; married pairs comparatively bappy, 135; married pairs absolutely and entirely happy, 9.

THE TWO HERVEYS.

Two Herveys had a mutual wish,

To please in different stations. The one invented sauce for fish,

The other meditations. Each had his pungent powers applied,

To aid the dead and dying ; This, relishes a soul when fry'd ;

That, saves a soul from frying.

FOREIGN LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.

Some time since the Italian Journals announced the discovery of the original portrait of Dante's Beatrice: we are now informed, that one of the earliest commentaries on the Commedia, that of Graziolo dei Bambagioli, Chancellor of Bologna, has been discovered in the Biblioteca Laurenziana of Florence. This Commentator was contemporary with Dante, and his Latin notes were the subject of eager research on the part of Messrs. Bandini and Dionisi, the two classical commentators on the Florentine poet. This piece of intelligence will have great interest for the Italians, who are so warmly alive to all that relates to their great countryman.

Cuvier's ANIMAL Kingdom.—The original designs illustrating this work, by M. Guerin, the distinguished naturalist, have just been published by him in Paris—the highest success is anticipated in the undertaking.

In consequence of several friendly enquiries relative to the circulation of No. 33, of “ The Day,” we insert the following affidavits of our Printer and Publisher :I, John GRAHAM, Printer in Glasgow, hereby depone that Sir Thousand and Two Hundred Copies of No. 33 of The Day were printed by me and delivered to the Publisheras I shall answer to God. Sworn at Glasgow, this eleventh day of February, 1832.

John GRAHAM. Sworn before me..Daniel MACKENZIE, J. P. I, Joux WYLIE, Bookseller in Glasgow, hereby depone that I have already sold of No. 33 of The Dar, Sir Thousand and One Hundred Copiesas I shall answer to God. Sworn at Glasgow, this eleventh day of February, 1832.

JOHN WYLIE. Sworn before me.- Daniel MACKENZIE, J. P. We believe that this will be found the greatest impression of any periodical ever published in Glasgow. We need bardly add, that we feel grateful for this peculiar mark of public support and patronage.

N. B.--Another Edition of this number will be thrown off.

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. The Portraits for illustrating the fifth volume of Allan Cunningham's Lives of the Eminent British Painters are finished, and in a manner every way worthy of the best heads of the preceding volumes. They consist of Raeburn, Romney, Copley, Hoppner, and Owen, and are all from the graver of W. C. Edwards, whose clear, solid, and manly style of workmanship is well known.

“ A Dictionary, Practical, Theoretical, and Historical, of Commerce and Commercial Navigation," by J. R. M'Culloch, Esq. is about to be published.

MISCELLANEA.

NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.

We have to inform our numerous anonymous correspond. ents, that we cannot insert any communication unless the author's real name and address are given in confidence.

Our Edinburgh correspondent " C.'s" communication has been received, and will obtain an early place in the Poet's Corner.

“ Philanthropus's" hints may, perhaps, be given, should we think of reverting to the subject upon which we have already dilated so much.

In order to insure this Publication being on the Breakfast Table every morning, it is requested that intending Subscribers will leave their names and addresses at the Publisher's.

What's In A NAME.—That part of a lady's dress which is called in England a bustle, and which used to bear a name in France that will not repeat, because it is not the most delicate, has just changed its title. It is now called a Haubersaert ainong the royalist belles : in revenge, probably, for M. de Haubersaert's bav. ing brought an action for defamation against one of the royalist party, who accused him of taking patiently a few kicks from the Premier.

REPUBLICAN ANAGRAM.-- On the accession of Bonaparte to the Consulate for life, it was discovered by some zealot for the existing order of things, that, from the composition of the words French Revolution, (Revolution Francaise) an augury might be drawn, not unfavourable to the ambitious views of the chief to whom they had entrusted the destinies of their country; and the admirers of the man of the day, as well as the abetters of certain superstitious observances of antiquity saw, with no small pleasure, that their favourite might be received as one marked out in this extraordinary manner-in whose person, not only the fate of Revolutionary France was deeply involved, but also, on laying aside the obnoxious vero, or most formidable privilege of the exploded dynasty, that frightful Revolution might ultimately terminate. The words, as spelt in the modern orthography of the Republic, stood thus— REVOLUTION FRANCAISE, abstracting the objectionable vero, the remaining letters for the ominous sentence, un corse la finira"--A CORSICAN WILL END IT. be added, that the idea of the Consular Power, being only a prelude to future national greatness, was eagerly seized on, and, froin the peculiar character of the nation and other extraordinary leaders, inferences were drawn, and the assertion boldly made, that in less than 25 years the annals of the modern Republic would eclipse those of ancient Rome. Events have not belied the bold conjecture. From the celebrated 14th July, 1789, till March 1814, when the allies entered Paris, 25 years had not quite elapsed, and, in that brief period, an ancient race of kings, and their kingdom, a formidable Republic with its Consuls and Senate, and powerful Emperor and colossal empire, were seen passing in rapid succession before the eyes of astonished Europe, and are only known now as “THINGS THAT WERE.”

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THE DAY ,

A MORNING JOURNAL OF LITERATURE, FINE ARTS, FASHION, &c.

CARPE DIEM.

GLASGOW, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1832.

CONFESSIONS OF A BURKER.-No. IV.

standing was the more necessary, from the following (Communicated by a Medical Practitioner.)

circumstance :Pat Smashie, to whom I had given

several hints as to the various methods of quieting the “ It was not long before I bad an opportunity of get- victims he might entrap, had become as keen-scented ting a little insight into the affairs of Smashie. Meet- a blood-hound as a fiend like me could wish to have ing, by chance, at the corner of — Street, he on the leesh. His keenness, however, as in the follow. stopped, and requested me to accompany him to our ing instance, led me to conceive that some suspicions house of call, as he had something of importance to had been awakened respecting us. One słowy evencommunicate. We therefore adjourned to a back ing, in the course of our prowlings, we observed an room, when, in a confidential whisper, he informed me old sailor limping along on a wooden leg, and a little that, when I met him, he was on his way to the post- rough terrier following at his heels. My companion office, for the purpose of obliging a countryman of his, instantly marked him out as a proper object for our who had met with a bit of a misfortune. • You must operations, and, without more ado, a parley commence know,' said he, that Mr. O'- came here a few ed, which ended in an adjournment to one of our re. days ago from B, in order to finish bis studies, ceptacles, where the poor pennyless tar, whom we in. and, by way of helping to defray the expense of the sisted on treating, partook of our deceitful libations session, he brought over an old uncle of bis along with with all the grateful feelings of an unsuspecting heart. him in one of his trunks ; now, I sold the body and Sleep at last assailed him, and, as the poor fellow sat gave him the money; but, bad luck to me, if he did with his head inclined back, and his mouth wide not lose every farthing of it last night, so as he can- open, I quickly discharged into his throat, the sopori. not pay his fees ;* he bas written to his father either fic contents of a “ I have never seen the thing to inclose him a few pounds, or remit him another you allude to," I observed. “I daresay not: it's a relation. Now, this is the letter,' said lie, presenting contrivance of my own, “replied the Vulture," thrusta packet to me; and, as the box is to come to my ing his band into a recess near the top of his bed, but care, I wish you to alter it, and make it tuo relations, you may have that satisfaction now," continued he, and we can keep one of them to ourselves, as he will not putting an instrument into my hand, partly formed of expect more of them over than he invited. “It's a and partly of — I examined the bellish device, great chance,' I observed, “if such a request can be and felt the chill of horror creeping over my sickening complied with Och, never fear,' he said ; the heart at the thought of being in the presence of such a Os are very numerous, and they have always master spirit in the art of cool-blooded malignity. some dead relations about their hands. I therefore “ What a monster of fiendish ingenuity must thou be,” made the alteration required, and, continuing the con- thought I,“ who could thus allow imagination to follow versation, our confidence in each other's baseness in- out a process of thought sufficient for the construction creased. As we cautiously compared notes, I found of such a complicated piece of devilry." “ Accursed he drove a very extensive and lucrative trade with Ire- vessel of wrath,” I exclaimed, “what a dreadful perverland; but, as he got a much larger price from the sity of human intellect is here! Oh wretched man, had Professors of a neighbouring university, he sent the you but followed out the honourable profession you most of them there, and only disposed of such a num- first engaged in, and directed thy talents, and that acber elsewhere as would enable him to keep on good tivity you possess, to the preservation, rather than terms with those who, if he acted otherwise, might the destruction of your fellow men, you might have find means to interrupt his intercourse with his own secured the blessings, in place of the execrations of country. His motives, therefore, for behaving on his posterity-your name would have shone as that of a nocturnal visits to our church-yards in the manner I man of resplendent genius, respected by all, and an have already described was now pretty evident. By honourable well spent manhood would have been fol. such conduct, he expected to create a scarcity of sub- lowed by an old age of peaceful and blessed repose; jects, by exciting, in the highest degree, the popular but alasi the blackness of darkness must eternally indignation against the fraternity of nightmen, and overshadow a name, so abhorrent to the ear.” I was consequently a rise in price would take place. As the proceeding in the same strain, when the Vulture bid terms be said he got in were greatly beyond his face in the pillows, bis whole frame became conany thing I had ever received, I determined to make

vulsed, and he vented his mental sufferings in bearttrial of the same market; and, with this view, I wrote harrowing groans of unutterable anguish. I remained to a celebrated anatomist, whose address he had given silent: he gradually recovered his composure, and me. I was not long without an answer, when I found after a pause, thus proceeded with his Confessions : the prices stated even beyond wbat I had been told, “ After the application of the we sestled our bill, and very particular instructions furnished, as to the and hurried our victim from the house before he would manner of transmission, and the caution that was ne- become completely overpowered by the wiluence of cessary in conducting our correspondence. The nature the drug I had administered. We judged our distance of the arrangements, also, wbich he suggested were well; for though the drift blew strongly in our faces, such, that I could roam abroad over the whole country, we managed to get him to our shambius just by the forward the article from any place where I might fall time he became utterly helpless. We therefore car. in with it, and receive the amount of my infamous earn- ried him to the inner apartment, where Smashie, acings at any post town I chose to name. This under- | cording to my instructions, disposed of him in the

manner I formerly described. This rather novel method of a young man being educated at his uncle's expense inust, we conceive be, extremely rare, as we

“My companion, who was always anxious for sendscarcely remember any instance of it, except the one furnished by 1 packed up the same night in a new box, according to

ing off our subjects as quiekly as possible, had the body our MS.

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