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our instructions, which I marked and corded as if in- to the room where the body was unpacked, towards tended for a foreign market. This, though both a little which it crawled with difficulty, when the little affecintoxicated, we also managed, before ten o'clock, to tionate tongue, that was extended to lick the pale reconvey to the carrier, who was to start early in the mains of its murdered master, stiffened before it could morning

draw it back, and the faithful creature expired on the “On getting to my lodgings, and while undressing bosom of the subject. The anecdote was long rememfor bed, I missed my watch. It occurred to me that I bered among the students; but was considered one of might possibly have left it in the den, as I recollected those things that was not to be talked of beyond their having taken it out while Smashie was heckling the poor fellow's clothes."

“ Heckling," said I, explain. “ Next day all my fears were again awakened; for “ It requires little explanation. In order to dispose of passing along the ny attention was aroused by the clothes of our victims, we had an old heckle which ihe public crier, proclaiming a man amissing, and givI had bought from a flaxdresser, and with it, in a few ing the exact description of the unfortunate tar. I minutes, we could reduce garments of any description could not be mistaken; for, among other marks, he to rags, which, when well mixed, we found no diffi- mentioned the circumstance of his having an anchor, culty in selling, with the greatest safety, to the paper

with the letters and pricked out, and blackened manufacturers.' “ Another of your infernal precau- with gunpowder upon his left arm. This I had obtionary measures. I presume," said I, “ but go on." served, and, in order to escape any danger that might “ As the weather was very cold I had no relish to be impending, I again consulted with Smashie, when visit the den any more that night; I determined there. we agreed to quit for a time, which we did, fore to look after my watch as early as possible in

and betake ourselves to

where Smashie had a the morning. I accordingly rose at day break and similar receptacle to that which I rented in

I proceeded to the spot; but, judge my surprise on

therefore sent notice of our removal to our corresponfinding the sailor's little rough terrier sitting shiver- dent in ing and howling at the door. On my approach, he It was the second day after our arrival at seemed to recognize me; for he clapped his tail close that I called at the post office, and found a letter inbetween his legs, and fled off in the greatest terror. closing a draft for nine guineas. Observing at the I felt distressed at the circumstance as it might excite same time that, in consequence of one of the limbs besuspicion, but my uneasiness increased when I ob- ing injured, one guinea had been deducted from the served the marks of all our footsteps in the snow ap- price. I felt greatly relieved by this intelligence, and proaching the cellar, and those of Smashie and myself the same evening, with the assistance of my companion, leaving it in a different direction; and it also flashed I managed to lift a subject that had been interred the on my mind, as I viewed the impression of the five same day, in a neighbouring church-yard. This we footsteps, that, under the influence of the liquor we had instantly forwarded, and in due course I received a drunk, we had committed the very dangerous mistake letter, with which I was more than surprised. Nine of sending off the wooden leg along with the body. guineas only was enclosed, and the writing, reverting I instantly endeavoured to efface the foot marks as to the former subject, observed that an imposition had much as possible, and then set of in search of Smashie been practiced upon them, that the limb which he to consult about what was further to be done. My thought had only been injured, turned out, on its being companion did not appear to view matters in so serious subjected to the ordeal of science, to be actually wood.. a light, and endeavoured to calm my apprehension by This discovery had only been made by Dr. assuring me he had often sent more suspicious-looking after he had spoiled two scalpels in endeavouring to lay subjects, than the one we had dispatched. In order open the arteries,* for which reason a further deduction however, to calm my fears, be agreed to accompany of a guinea was now made.” me to tbe carriers, to see if it was off, or if there were

This ignorance, on the part of the person alluded too, would any possibility of rectifying the mistake. You may

appear incredible, if it were not for the ciocumstances elicited on perhaps be able to imagine the consternation which a recent trial, and pleaded in extenuation of the carelessness of both of us were in, but particularly I, when on reach- some of the parties implicated. ing the carrier's quarters, we found the box still lying in the yard, and the little dog, I have already men

THE DANCING BEAR. tioned, at one end of it, scratching away with both bis

(A Tale wrilten expressly for the Day,” and taken from an event

that happened at Night.-) paws, as if he would have torn it to pieces. We stood confused for a moment, uncertain whether to fly or to

Loquitur, Epitok. What! day and night-bere must be someadvance, looking round however, and seeing no one

thing strange. in the yard, our spirits rallied. • He must be dis- Respondit, CONTRIBUTOR. --- And, therefore, from a stranger, give patched,' whispered Smashie. Where shall I strike

it welcom him ?' Observing he had on a pair of iron-pointed

SAHKESPEARE, slightly altered. night shoes, which he usually wore, I told him; but, before he could get near enough for his purpose, the

My dear Apollo—nice name, that, for the Lord of

“ The Day,"—you dance of course ?-can you, will dog recognized us, and fled, howling from the yard. Smashie then entered the office, and enquired the rea

you then afford a few, a very few of your sympathisson of the package being delayed. An overflow of

ing sobs to one who, like the poor unfortunate jilted

Troilus, “ can neither sing goods was pleaded as the excuse, accompanied by an

“ Nor too the smooth quadrille, nor twirl the waltz, apology; and a promise of its being sent by next wag

Nor down the middle, nor

?" gon satisfied in part the suspicions we had enter- Oh, I am sure you will, and therefore, to your all attained. For our further safety, however, we agreed to tentive ear, proceed I to “unfold a tale,” which e'en watch by turns least the dog might again come back whilst I write extracts a tear,—well, no matter: "amand excite more curiosity than was agreeable or con- bition should be made of sterner stuff," and if I once sistent with our security. I at last saw the package begin to weep, I can't expect that you'll insert: you fairly into the waggon, and waited with anxiety to keep none but “ laughing philosophers ” in your corps : learn the opinion that might be entertained respecting I believe like Tait (vide Prospectus of the New it.” He was proceeding when I asked if he knew any Monthly) you don't admit the “weeping ones."-And nolisneyxə qeəló jo ajeis e u! Atm sig opeu pue (7481u therefore to begin : thing further of the dog. “The sequel of its little story,” 'Twas just the other evening-Wednesday was said he,“ may soon be told. I afterwards learned it three weeks—I love to be exact—that, seduced by the in a casual way, from the porter of the dissecting roo terms of a card—a finely folded, gaily gilt, and sweetly at

It had followed the waggon it seems all scented card - from my friend H. which expressed the

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hope that I would “come to tea at seven, and spend

claws into the face of the lady of the mansion, who had the evening.” I went to No.

place, sure

flown to aid her “ ain kind dearie 0,” and who, in of a cup of capital Bohea, and elated by the prospect the effort to save her“ precious eyes," plunged her of “ a snug and friendly game at cards,"— for H. well elbow into a magnificent mirror that hung behind her, knew I cannot dance, that I never do, never did dance. splitting it from head to foot, whilst I, Jch armer, as Well, sir, but

the Germans so pathetically express it, I, the unfortuSoft you : a word or two before I go” on,

nate oriyo mali, the innocent cause of all the mischief, I ought to explain that 'twas ever thus, from child- bolted to the drawing-room door, (in my confusion hood's “ hour,” even from that hour, at any rate, on wrenching of its handle,) seized the first and—but which I first entered the academy (dancing school we this is entirely entre nous—the finest) beaver that stood called it then) of Monsieur Theodore Theophile Au- in the lobby, rushed into the street, dashed, “ heedless guste Santa-de-berre, to that never-by-me-to-be-for- of the pelting of the pitiless storm," through thick and gotten-moment, wben, after smashing over my luckless thin, and never halted in my run through pate the best violin be ever bandled, the worthy Pro- the muck and mire, till, “ driven by the wind and batfessor (that's the name we give him now) kicked me tered by the rain," I had reached No,

Street, out of his class as “ de most unpupilible scholare dat and had thrown myself, clothes and all, upon my cold he 'ad evere ’ad.”—I say from that hour, horresco re- and comfortless pillow, from whence I rose~no, was miniscens ! up to that fated evening, I have never raised-next morning, with a rheumatism, that conJanced. I have never even tried to dance—“ to trip it fined me to my room till yesterday, and, on my first on the light fantastic toe;" “ fantastic" indeed! but emerging from which, I encountered my half-roasted you shall hear:

landlord, who saluted me—and that nickname, I am Well, sir, to H—'s I went. To do him justice he convinced, will adhere to me till my dying day—by had not intended to introduce dancing ; but, after tea, the exceedingly pleasant appellation of The DANCING (and Mrs. H’s. was superb, that I must say,) some one Bear! “ By Heavens! I would most gladly have proposed, pour passer le temps, that we should have a

forgot it ;" butdance;" and so they began, and heel-and-toed a reel or

If he don't soon bold his chat, two. This seemed all very plain sailing kind of work,

By all the Gods, I swear and so, when the first set bad done, and the second

I'll call him out-—'t will be no joke was a being formed—for a reel too, as I opined-1

To meet the Dancing Bear. arose, crossed over to a young


He'd better drop the soubriquet, glances, directed my way, (for I am a ruddy, “ stout

He'd better ; if be dare young gentleman," of some one or two and thirty,

To keep it up, he'll find what hugs

Come from the Dancing Bear. with a moderate competency,) must have Julled my senses into an utter oblivion of my total unfitness for

For, on the ground when we are plac'd, the task-turned out my wrists and elbows in the

With pistols, each a pair,

I'll shoot him dead-I will, by Jove!usual approved style, but my lumbar vertebre into a

And end his Dancing Bear! bow, and hoped, “ I might have the felicity :"-slie sweetly smiled a soft consent, and up we stood. The

Must I « point the moral," too, as well as

" adorn lady who presided at the piano, (the inonkey must

the tale ?" bave known me) began to play a waltz—a waliz!

Edinburgh, 28th January, 1832. * The maze of the waltz may to the lover have charms, But to me, it was a sound of fear,

CRITICAL NOTICE. “ Unpleasing to my wood-tuned ear." for how the devil? (I crave your pardon, my dearest COLOUR ASCERTAINED BY TWO HANDS.-Glasgow, 1832. Phæbus) how could I, that couldn't dance a single The work which this pamphlet proposes to criticise, having been step, and had, by “ beanty's smile,” alone, been enticed

sometime published previous to the commencement of ou critical to tumble through an eightsome reel, how could I ever

labours, it was considered unnecessary, by our “ Council of Ten,” labyrinth it through the bewildering mazes of a walız?

to revert to a topic which had already taken up so much of the quite impossible ! and you may guess the appalling result.

newspaper and magazine typography. The “ Two Hands,"

however, who have pended the present brochure, have thought I know the tune—'twas the Cockmahagon, as old Bob Bilboe calls it—and I at once attempted to

otherwise, and have attacked the CHAMELEON in a manner which, shy: 'twouldn't do thongh: there was no remedy,

to say the least of it, is far from exbibiting a very amiable spirit. “ 'twas the curse of service,” as honest Iago says: I was

The “ Lord OF THE CREATION!”- What a chimera is man ! bound by my proposal, and dance I must, “ cast your what a confused chaos! what a subject of contradiction ! a procoat.” My pretty partner too— alas! that she should

fessed judge of all things, and yet a feeble worm of the earth! have suffered !—seized my skirts as I made one de- the great depositary and guardian of truth, and yet a mere huddle termined effort to be off, placed me in the proper posi

of uncertainty ! the glory aud the scandal of the universe. tion. I would ratber have been placed upon the drup

Pascal. -assured me 'twas “ so easy,”

We know that hawkers and pedlars, swindlers and high way.

so delightful,”began, and now for the catastrophe.

men and pick pockets, call one anotber gentleinen ; and that even

the members of every self-created back door club, except in their My first twirl brought the head of my os femores fulminations er officio, take the same title. --- Cobbett. into contact with a side-table, on which had been placed the splendid china tea-set (it sbouldn't have been

ORIGINAL POETRY. left there, that's one comfort); down it came with a smash, that, to my astounded ears, seenied the sound

WALLFLOWER. of the last trumpet ; and, my dear Apollo, only think!

(From the French.) fourteen stone four (that's my weight) driven into

What fragrance, in that simple flower, collision, and with the momentum of desperation, too!

It needs no gard'ner's care; 'Twas tremendous ! I tried to save it, lost my balance

Majestic stands on wali and tower, -it bad never been very good-tripped up my part

And breathes the purest air ! ner, (whose fall disclosed the faultless symmetry of a

On sacred walls de ights to creep, limb which Venus might have envied,) pitched my head

To wast its sweet perfume, right into the bread-basket of our utterly dumbfound

Where silent sadness seems to weep, ered entertainer, who tumbled back into the fire, that

The sorrows of the tomb ! glowed like Etna's crater, from whence extracting him

And there, unheeded, droops iis head, self by a desperate effort, he trod upon the tail of a

To wither and decay ;

But, when stern winter's blasts are fled, favourite cat, which, with an agonizing squall, fixed its

Buds forth and blooins in May.





POPULATION.---The Population of the Prussian States, at the close of 1830, appears, from the official returns just publiskied, to bave been 12,939,877 ; the nuinber of births, in 1830 was 497,241, that of deaths 390,702, being an excess of 106,539. The excess of births has, however, considerably, and on the whole, gradually decreased of late years. In seven years, 1817-23, the total excess was 1,227,990, and in the following seven years, 1824-30, 1,019,092. This may be partly ascribed to the greater number of marriages concluded in the years immediately succeediug the return of the general peace.

Tbe whole increase of the population in

A CELEBRATED manufacturer, of our Nineveh of the West, having announced to some of his acquaintances that he was about to proceed to London, to call upon his customers, he was counselled to take care that when he did so, he should always leave a card. Recollecting this advice, he, on the morning after his arrival, no sooner sallied out of the London Coffee-house, than he popped into a bookseller's shop, and, having purchased a pack of playing cards, proceeded towards Friday Street. There having inet with one of his chief customers, he, with an air that testified that he knew what ought to be done, took off the topinost, which, of course was the ace of spades, and pushed it into the fist of the warehouse, man, who looked as astonished as the manufacturer appeared pleased.

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The Duke of Wellington's ESTATES IN Spaix.The es. tates belonging to the Duke of Wellington lie in the lower part of the Vega, about two leagues from Granada, and all the land is capable of irrigation. His Grace's estates return about 15,000 dollars per annuin; his rents are paid .in grain a fixed quantity, not a proportion of the crop; a plan beginning to be pretty universally followed by other landowners. The Duke has three hundred tenants, from which it appears that very small farms are held in the Vega of Ganada ; for it the whole rent be divided by three hundred, the average rent of the possessions will be but fifty dotlars each. The tenants upon the Duke's estates are thriving; they pay no taxes; and these estates are exempt from many of the burdens. A composition of six per cent. is accepted from the Duke of Wellington in lieu of all demands. -- Inglis's Spain in 1830.



The exhibition, which is now open to the public under this title' is well worthy of being visited. The likenesses which MONSIEUR EDOUART has taken since his arrival in Glasgow, are so striking as to convey the idea of their originals at first sight. We were particularly pleased with the portraits of the Lord Provost, Mr. Stewart Smith, Principal M.Farlane, Mr. Jaines Ewing, Sheriff Robinson, and Mr. Archibald M‘Lellan. The walls of the exhibition room are hung round with the most noted characters in England and Scotland, all of them done in a very graphic and correct manner. Among the best executed of these, are some of Mr. Rothschild and others representing the different attitudes of certain celebrated preachers. It is astonishing that so much expression should be given to pieces of black paper cut out with a pair of scissors, but we believe that this effect depends chiefly upon the artist's appy knack of catching the expressioy of the features, and the attitude of the body.' The talent which is displayed in these clever copies of nature, is certainly of no ordinary kind, and, as other specimens shew, it may be carried to a very surprising extent. Perbaps the greatest curiosities in the whole collection, are some beautiful little models of dogs covered with the real hair of the animals, but, besides this, there are some ships made of human hair, and a few effective transparencies, the different shades of which are caused by separate plies of paper. We would recommend those who wish to be amused, or are curious to obtain a correct likeness of their own persons, to pass half an hour in the Queen Street exhibition rooms.

We have to apologise to “ The Baillie" for inserting the unfounded report of his having made a precipitate retreat to Greenock. It gives us pleasure to learn, that the Baillie remains in statu quo, and is, at present, engaged writing some supplemental chapters for his auto-biography. We have sent him a letter, that we received the other day from a person in his own towo, claiming the merit of being the real hero of the Memoirs, which, we think, is a very barefaced though unsuccessful attempt to burke the literary reputation of our esteemed contributor,

“ V. H.'s" several communications have been received, and will be taken into consideration.

“ C. A. M.'s." Stanzas on his Mistress's Eyebrow, however invaluable they might be to the eye of his “CHRISTISA," would not prove, in the least degree, interesting to the public.

“ E.’s" poetical effusions are common-place and inaccurate in their rhythm.

** MEDICUS" cannot surely expect that his communication could meet the fair individuals who surround the breakfast table at the west end of our city,

J. P.'s" lines commencing with a traduction of Tasso's wellknown stanza to La Rosa, “ Del verde sua modesta e virginella. will not suit us. After Wiffen, none ought to attempt Tasso.

* In order to insure ibis Pablication being on the Breakfast Table every morning, it is requested that intending Subscribers will leave their names aud addresses at the Publisher's


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Aeter a lapse of twenty years from its first appearance, the celebrated Orientalist, De Sacy, has just published a second edition of his Arabic Grammar, with corrections and additions,

A Volume, entitled Souvenirs sur Mirabeau et sur les deux premières assemblées legislatives, has just appeared, edited by the late M. Dumont, the editor and French translator of Bentham's Works. Dumont was siucerely attached to Mirabeau, and often assisted him in the composition of his Speeches. These facts appear from the autograph letters of Mirabeau, inserted at the end of the volume, which cannot fail to excite attention.

RAUMER, the author of the “ History of the Hohenstauffens," presents the litnrary world with the fruits of his researches among the inedited MSS. in the Royal and other public libraries at Paris, in two volumes, of “ Letters from Paris, illustrating the History of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries."

Three new parts of Ersch and Gruber's German Encyclopedia will shortly appear. The delay in publication is said to have arisen from the illness of several of the contributors.


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Dr. Moir, of Musselburgh, has published a very interesting tract on Cholera.

He is a desided contagionist. The great experience he has had in the treatment of this dreadful malady, in his own neighbourhood, entitle his professional opinions on this important point to much regard.

PUBLISHED every Morning, Sunday excepted, by John Wille, at

the British and Foreign Library, 97, Argyll Street, Sold by bim and David Robertson, and w. R. M.Phun, Glasgow : Tuomas STEVENSON, and the other Booksellers, Edinburgh": David Dick, Bookseller, Paisley ; Thomson, Greenock; and J. Ass, Bookseller', Rothsay.







As a

PEPTIC PRECEPTS FOR PERIPATETIC POLI- Oracle Orthos, and appears upon the stage in a new TICIANS.

character, as the great speaker of every great meeting.

His restlessness is now transferred to his brains, which Our fathers, good men, were simple ninnies, who never are set a-working with all the rapidity of a steamthought of making inventions, and little dreamt of engine. His fire is etherialised into the sulphurous the wonders to be produced by the progress of civiliz- vapour of party spirit. His acting power is changed ation. They knew nothing of steam coaches, railways, into an esteem of himself, and a contempt of all the or unknown tongues; and, if you had talked to them world besides. He is seen hurrying along with wild about the march of intellect, or the schoolmaster being and distracted looks, one hand in his pocket and the abroad, they would have stared at you with uncompre- other sawing the air with vehemence. His step is hending amazement. The present age is the reverse of

enlarged to twice the length of which it formerly conits predecessors in all this. It is an enlightened age,

sisted. His muscles work with tenfold rapidity, and a moving age, and a supremely wise age; but the point he seems to consider that, by the service of his limbs, in which it chiefly excells, is, that it is a talking age.

the whole business of the nation is carried on, and that, By some strange anomaly every man is now born with just in proportion to the vehemence of his movements, a greater quantity of tongue than his progenitors pos- he is to be accounted a consummate politician. sessed, and the world seems, all at once, to have been man, then, be undergoes harder labour than he ever visited with the mania of loquacity. What is stranger

did before ; for he frets, fumes, gasps, spits, stutters, still, this uncommon abundance of the faculty of speech, all in one breath ; and, without being able to command has been directed, as if by unanimous agreement, to the the St. Vitus with which all his organs are affected. promulgation of theories, lectures, and orations upon He spins from one town to another, till his brain reels one perpetual subject-politics. It might be thought with excitement, and throws off, in electric sparks, the from the numerous disquisitions which have been terms of that logic with which it is always busy. He written and spoken upon the different forms of govern- bounces into a public assembly, brimful of rhetorical ment, that one could not go wrong in choosing a new words and phrases, and casts from his tutored lungs a constitution for a nation, or in patching up the defects quantity of unfinished sentences before the clock has of an old one. Yet, some men there are, who, setting twice told an hour. Quick as thought, he springs off at nought the sapient advice of the thousand political again, to enlighten another part of the country with maxims delivered down from antiquity, have taken a his presence ; and, while he is even babbling over the strange fancy into their heads that they are the only roll of often-used expressions, his mind is labouring physicians qualified to minister to the distempers of a big with the prospect of another journey. state, and are so possessed with this idea, as to sweat Poor man! how can he stand it ? You see, by his night and day, for the purpose of impressing it on the cadaverous face and sunken eye, that the exhaustion is conviction of others. In our own country, and in our preying upon his enervated frame. Why, then, does own neighbourhood, these self-inspired geniuses are so he persevere ? His ambition is gratified. He is proud common, that we have thought fit to class them under even when he walks arm in arm with a tradesman, one head, and style them by the general name of though himself descended from noble blood, because Peripatetic Politicians.

he can trumpet to the world that he has sacrificed the We apprehend that there are few readers who will prejudices of his station. He is proud, although exinquire, What is a peripatetic politician? But, in posed to the mockery of wise men, because he is fortiorder that we may avoid all mistakes, it will be as fied by self-esteem, and by the adulations of the periwell to describe the meaning of that term. A peri- | patetic disciples. But, when mounted on his servicepatetic politician is a man who is always moving from able steed, and prancing proudly along the crowded one place to another, with a pamphlet in his pocket, and street, who shall describe his complacency? He is then a speech upon his tongue. He rides fast because his as proud as the swarthy personage, at whose approach brains are light, and he is constantly shifting up and down the streets of a city in the Western Indies used to echo because he cannot keep steady anywhere. Nature has with the

cry, “ Clear the road, clear the road, John given him, at his birth, a certain propensity to restless

the Barber's coning along." ness, which characterizes him through life. Such a man Having now described the symptoms of the malady, is known in his school-boy years, by the floggings which under which peripatetic politicians labour, it becomes he is perpetually receiving for robbing orchards, and us, in due order, to prescribe a few peptic precepts other inad pranks; and it is always remarked of him by way of cure. That the disease is not inveterate, " That boy will never come to any good.” It would is amply proved by cases op record, and it may be seem, indeed, that the discipline to which he is then sub- worth while to mention a few of these for the example jected renders him unable ever after to sit still with of others. any comfort. As a youth, he distinguishes himself by Some politicians have been cured of their peripatetic an utter recklessness of the world's opinion. If he is habits, by a sound pelting of rotten eggs and oranges poor, he hurries himself into some wild misadventure, in an election mob; while others, undaunted by this and procures occupation for his activity in the galleys treatment, have never ceased to exercise their vocation, or the tread-mill; or, if he is rich, he drives over old till they were soused, by some offended rival, in a ditch women with his tandem, and generally contrives also or horse-pond. To be pulled by the nose, or spit in to drive through his pockets. When this happens, his the face, is a thing which very often produces no effect agility takes another bent, and he turns from despising upon these restless spirits, but few have had

courage the world to courting it. He writes speeches upon to pursue their career after being exposed to the aim free trade or the corn laws, puffs himself off as Sir of an adversary's pistol. A bucket of water has some

times sobered an enthusiastic peripatetic; and it may be remarked, in general, that cooling medicines are the most effectual. Thus the feverish excitement produced by the external application of the foot, to the nether extremities of such an individual, may only increase his mania, while the cold and clammy effects of fear will operate as a sovereign panacea. Flannels are bad articles of clothing for such temperaments, and all warm and close meetings should be avoided, as tending to pernicious results. It would be much better if the wives of the peripatetics would shut them out some cold December night, when they are returning bome after delivering a furious barangue. For the same reason, the peripatetic should be limited in his diet, and never permitted, on any account to taste such stinging viands as make the blood course wildly, or induce an extraordinary flow of animal spirits. Upon this principle also depends the last and great cure, which is to be resorted to when all the others are found to be unavailing. The method of treatment alluded to, is this: That the patient should be placed in solitary confinement, where he will have ample opportunities for reflection, but none for haranguing. His head may then be submitted to the razor of a skillful practitioner, and it will be ascertained whether the tenement of his pineal gland receives any restoring effect from its naked exposure to the cool atmosphere. Several hot brains have been checked in this way, and it is even said, that the men of the class to which we are alluding, have been found to possess peculiar conformations of the skull, which are not discoverable without this experiment. (By the bye, we advise every incipient orator to try himself by such a test.) The peripatetic after having his head shaved, must not be debarred altogether from exercise; for it is the characteristic of his mind that it must always be actively employed. Dumb bells, or some such harmless instruments may therefore be provided for his use, but caution must be observed that no dangerous weapons are allowed to get within his reach. With these remedies, there is little doubt, but that a recovery may, in time, be effected, especially if internal reflection accompanies the use of them. When the peripatetic, debarred from the influence of hurried movements, and of the concourse of agitated miuds, begins to conşider seriously, the infatuation with which he has wasted his mental and bodily energies upon the pursuit of an airy nothing, he is not long in discovering that he has never been in his right senses. Upon consalting a mirror, he will recognise the traces of insanity in his wild expression; for it is not the first time that madmen have regained their wits by seeing the reflection of their frightful faces. And, when this happens, it only requires a cautious treatment of the patient to expedite his final recovery. We have only to recommend, in conclusion, that the Board of Health should immediately devote some of their attention to this unsuspected malady, and that asylums should be opened for the treatment of all afflicted with it, since, if steam coaches increase the rapidity of travelling as universally as they threaten to do, peripatetic politicians will exceed all bounds, and reduce themselves to a state, beyond the reach of our peptic precepts.

ing instance of the crime alluded to. The delinquent having screened himself under the cloak of a fictitious name, the publication of his theftuous deed may not have the desirable effect of bringing upon bim that obloquy which he merits; but it may, nevertheless, be productive of two good results :

lst It may teach the public rightly to estimate the merits of a certain class of periodicals, of which the press bas, of late, been too prolific, and whose tendency, not to speak of the positive mischief which they produce, is, assuredly, neither to promote the cause of religion, nor to inculcate sound morals, nor to improve the public taste. And let it not be thought, Sir, that this is an end unworthy to be aimed at: it is of no little importance to the interests of society, that people should have correct notions respecting the conductors of those infamous effusions wbich pander to the prejudices, and foinent the worst feelings and passions of the soul. Sometime ago you announced to your readers your success in extinguishing some of these, and the announcement gave no little satisfaction. No one, indeed, who has the good of his fellows at beart, and who knows the baneful influence which the scurrilous writings that bave issued from the press in such abundance of late, exert on the pub lic mind, will withhold from you his gratitude and good wishes. Yours, Sir, is a triumph of no little importance ; for it is a triumph of virtue over vice. Go on, then, and prosper. The field is now almost your own.

But a Second result which may be expected from an exposure such as that recommended, and indeed it is a corollary of the First, is, that the public will be led to a more pure and healthful fountain. The thirst for reading is, at present, unprecedentedly great; and, if it be true that the character of the people is influenced by that of their literature, happy is that community which is supplied with instruction and amusement, witbout im. morality and without scurrility. Glasgow has long been unfortunate in this respect; but she feels and gratefully acknowledges that all solid grounds of complaint evanished with the dawn of “ The Day."

Without further preface, I take leave to introduce to your notice, what, I am sure, you will acknowledge to be as barefaced an act of literary theft as ever was perpetrated. The Edinburgh Review, for March last, contains an article entitled “ Reform and the Ministry," and the OBSERVER, A Glasgow periodical, which, I believe, some time ago, finished a short and ignorninious career, contains an article headed “The State of Parties," which is little else than a transcript of the other. I shall set down a few passages from each opposite to one anothe It is amusing to see the attempts of the plagiarist to disguise bis theft. His efforts are exceedingly feeble. The omission of one word and the substi. tution of a synonimous one, or the transposition of the words of a sentence, seems to be the utmost he had courage to venture up

The ideas are not only precisely the same, but follow in precisely the same order. This arch Plagiarist assumes the classical name of Argus. Should any of his numerous eyes fall upon this, may he learn henceforth to refrain from employing his superior vision for the unballowed purposes of plunder and deception.

If you think this worthy of a place in your paper, it is at your service. Though you should think otherwise, you will not thereby lose the esteem and good wishes of

HONESTAS. Glasgow, 7th February, 1832.



To the Editor of The Day, SIR-I was much pleased with the remarks which appeared in The Day of No. 31, on the crime of Plagiarism—a crime, as you justiy observe, as common as it is mean. As you have discovered virtuous indignation at the enormity of the offence, I trust that you will not fail, as occasion offers, to bring to light the guilty perpetrators of it. I address you, at present, not so much to aid you in this good work, as to bring under your notice, and that of your numerous and respectable readers, a glar


OBSERVER. The public expectation had been No sooner bad the Ministry enkept intensely fixed upon the tered the Councils of the Sovemeasure of Reform) ever since reign, than the entire hopes of it was announced.

the nation were fixed upon them. Every quarter of the country Meetings were held in every was agitated with meetings to pe- part of the country, both for the tition, and the prayers of the purpose of petitioning for Repeople for an effectual Reform form, &c. of the representation, poured in from every quarter.

Various attempts were made The parties of Anti-Reformto obtain information from the ers, in both Houses of Parlia-, Ministers which might throw ment, attempted, in different some light upon their design. ways, to get Ministers to say Not the least approach, how- something relative to the plan of ever, was made to any such disco- Reform.-All was, however, in very.


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