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The Oratorio at the Episcopal Chapel, it is expected, will be well attended. At the present moment there could be no more appropriate employment than that of a Concert of Sacred Music, affording, as it will do, charity to the poor, and awakening, at the same time, devout feelings in the hearts of the rich.
We have heard that some fair ladies in this city have expressed a dread of appearing at an assembly or any other public place, on account of the critical attention which they are exposed to from The Day. We beg these enchanting alarmists to quiet their fears, as our Spectacles are dim to the failings of the sex. Need we add, that those only blush at the disclosures made by The Day, whose evil deeds require the covering of darkness.
ABSURD FEARS REGARDING CHOLERA.
In noticing, yesterday, the “ Poor Man's Friend,” in reference to the disease about which so much has been said and written, we cautioned our readers from nurturing any of those absurd fears which a certain portion of the press take such pleasure in edcouraging. We repeat again—why should our citizens be more terrified for the Cholera than for the Typhus Fever? The latter, as we proved, is more contagious, and has affected, more generally, all the several classes of society than the former, and is, therefore, in every point of view, proved more likely to attack the higher and middling classes than the Cholera. The following letter, from “ A Father," on this subject, is well worthy of consideration, and, we trust, will be attended to:
To the Editor of The Dar. SIR,—The proposal to shut up the Seminaries is the most foolish, respecting the present panic, that has yet been made ; for parents know, that, were any such thing to take place, every boy, being idle, would mix, indiscriminately, with the population of his neighbourhood, and in this way be far more likely to be infected with the threatened disease, than if he were busily engaged at school. I know, by experience, and I have no doubt it is the case with others, that my children meet with more mishaps during the vacation, than all the other part of the year. And the shutting up of the College and the Grammar School would be, of itself, proof sufficient, to some weak minds, that the Cholera must be raging to a most frightful extent in Glasgow; and we are aware that the pomp of preparation is nearly all that we know as yet of the disease.
We have, already, by far too many people who spevd almost the whole of their time in carrying about tittle-tattle on this melancholy subject—and thereby propagating the most foolish stories—stories that, in ordinary times, on account of their self-evident absurdity, they would be ashamed of—and which, if the bearers would examine as they do in ordinary cases they would never repeat :-and it would never do to increase their number by shutting up the Seminaries of this large city.
The truth of the matter is, while judicious steps ought to be taken by all and sundry, for the purpose of meeting the calamity with which we are just now threatened—and which “I hope and trust” will never do us much harm-let us all attend to our usual avocations, whatever they may happen to be, and in this way our minds will be engaged, and the operation of fear thereby limited.-I am, &c.
A FATHER. Glasgow, Feb. 15th, 1832.
ENGLISH BEAUTY. I admit that my countrywomen claim a decided pre-eminence in point of beauty over the rest of Europe. There is nothing in the party complexions and flattened features of Germany, comparable with those brilliant cheeks, where the full tide of feeling ebbs and flows with such varying beauty, and those prominent features which impart so intellectual a character to the face; nothing in the aërial slimness of a Parisian outline comparable with the Grecian shoulders and fair graceful throats of the blondes of England. But, alas ! where Nature has done so much, Art has added little to her triumph. The handsomest English woman has a cold and awkward deportment ;- the most intelligent, a reserved and almost surly address! With certain exceptions, they walk ill, talk ill, dress ill; and those who attempt to counteract their national deficiencies, by an imitation of Gallic vivacity or Italian spirituality, degenerate into affectation, and a sort of mongrel indefinite character, which is the vilest of defects. Let them be content with the possession of the virtues, and leave the graces to their more accomplished neighbours of the Continent; they have that within which enables them to dispense with extrin. sic fascination. Lord Brabazon, wbo borrows most of his similes from the table, observed yesterday, in speaking of English beauty, that “ it was like the English cuisine ;—the raw material (horrid pun !- Ed.) superior to that of all other nations, but utterly ruin. ed by the manner of dressing."— The Opera.
New Zealand COOKERY.-In New Zealand they dress their food by steaming it in native ovens after the following manner. A pit is dug in the ground, in which some stones are placed, and a fire lighted upon them, and suffered to remain until they are well heated ; after the fire is removed, water is throwy over the stones, and damp leaves placed also upon them, which causes much steam to arise ; tbe meat, potatoes, &c. are then placed into this oven, covered with leaves, and the whole entirely covered over with earth, &c,; it remains for nearly an hour, when the cooking process is found completed.-M. S. Journal.
Polish Society.-The Poles, who have been forced to seek an asylum in France, have instituted a Society at Paris, under the name of the “ Literary Society of the Polish Refugees; under the presidency of the celebrated Lelewel. Its object is to bring the rest of Europe better acquainted with the beauties and value of Polish literature, the ancient and modern history of Poland, and whatever may bear upon the arts and sciences, so far as that country is concerned. On the list of the first founders of tbis Society, we observe the names of Chodzko, Slowacki, Casimir Dobrowski, Niewicz, Wodzinski, and many others, as eminent for their patriotism as their scientific attainments. A somewhat similar Society is, we believe, about to be established in Londoo.
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THE DEAF AND DUMB INSTITUTION OF PARIS. blue; on the left are placed the males, in grey uni
forms, with sky blue facings. Gratium est, quod patriæ cives popula que dedisti.
“ What serenity appears in those young and lovely
features! Wbat vivacity and rapidly-varying expresOf the many philanthropic institutions of Paris,
sion in the countenances ! The bappiness of innothere is perhaps none which is better managed than that
cence beams from their looks as they use those gesfor the Inst RUCTION of the Deaf and DUMB. The fame
tures, rapid as lightning, to which they are forced to of this establishment is in fact so widely disseminated,
have recourse as a substitute for words. Poor chil. that it is hardly necessary to say that its founder was
dren! destined never to hear the accents of a brother, the Abbé De L'Epée, who, having caught a few
of a kind and tender mother, or a voice still sweeter, stray ideas upon the subject, from our mathematician
which sends a thrill of delight through the heart! Wallis, and some others, formed a system of tuition for
Never will they enjoy the delights of harmony-for such unfortunates, the incalculable advantages of which
them the valleys have no echo--for them there is no are becoming not only more apparent in France, but soft murmur of the brook. They never will feel agialso in our own country. The Abbé De L'Epée
tation at the sonnd of a falling leaf, or the rustling of unfortunately died before his system became to be duly
a silk gown upon the outskirts of a wood. In vain appreciated by his country, and it might perhaps have
does the nightingale chaunt its vernal lay-in vain do been altogether lost to France, and to the world, had the feathered songsters of summer utter their hymus not the Abbé Sicard, equally zealous, and equally
of joy-all is lost to them. The distant and religious competent as his predecessor, prevented this, by his
sound of bells, which seems to ascend as it grows perseverance, talents, and enthusiasm. Through his fainter, and to carry its last barmonies to heaven-all exertions the institution was rendered a national esta
the voices and treasures of melody-all the beauties blishment, and has since continued to be patronized
and delights of sound--are to these interesting chiland supported by the successive governments which dren as if they did not exist. bave had their rule in France.
“ Here are the twin brothers, Martin, born at MarIt is now many years since we visited this establish- seilles, both deaf and dumb; alike in stature, countenment, but the impression which the examination of the ance, and even in habits. So perfect, indeed, is their pupils then made upon us, will never be forgotten.
resemblance to each other that it is impossible to The questions which were put by the Abbé Sicard, who distinguish them. They are artists, and are well also has been since numbered with the dead, and the
known at Paris as gaining their livelihood by portraitanswers which were given by the pupils, and which
painting. we pencilled down at the moment are among the most
“ These amiable twins have the most polished manpleasing souvenirs which we brought with us from the ners, and what is still better, honest and upright French capital.* They shew what the ingenuity of one minds. They are accompanying, with the most resman, aided by the experience and ability of another, pectful attention, as you perceive, that tall and handhas been able to accomplish, for those, who void of one
She is their country woman, and, al. of the chief senses of man, could, notwithstanding, rea- though advanced in years, retains many of the graces son, read, and even speak. On reflecting upon these,
of youth. She is a mother, and her retinue is comthere is a degree of love, of respect, and of honour,
posed of twelve children, six of either sex, grouped ever called up in our mind, to the genius of L'Epée,
around her. The ages of the latter, born in pairs, are and to the systemising industry of Sicard, which even
six, eight, ten, twelve, sixteen, and eighteen, and by the recollection of the self-sufficiency, pride, and ego
a strange freak of nature they speak, or are deaf and tism of the latter, can never chase away.
dumb, in alternate pairs. As an interesting preliminary to the questions and
“ How marvellous is our alphabet! It would seem answers of the Deaf and Dumb Philosophers, of the
the very last effort of human genius! That beautiful Parisian Institution ; we feel much pleasure in present
conception of reducing the elements of speech to a ing our readers with the following picture of a Public
very small number, and representing them by as many Day of the Sourds-Muets, from the pen of Paulmier,
characters or letters, is a master-piece of the human in the last volume of the famous “ Livre des cent et
With the organ of speech, man has un," just published in Paris :
received from the Deity, voice, accent, song, and “ On a fine spring morning, in the season of roses
words,—which he can exercise either separately or toand of lilacs, you may see crowds from every part of gether. He can lament with the mourner, rejoice Paris, hastening to this institution through the beauti- with the light-hearted, roar with the lion, coo with ful gardens of the Palais Royal, the Tuileries, the the dove, sing with the morning bird, whistle with Luxembourg, and the Jardin des Plantes. Parents the winds, sigh with his beloved, and speak with man. with deaf and dumb children, boys and girls from the
The language of action or gesture, by givboarding-schools, parties of foreigners and of natives;
ing a body to thought, and by speaking as it were citizens, nobles, ambassadors, bishops, deputies, cardi
by things, brings abstract ideas under the dominion of nals, peers, princes, and even kings, form, in the great the imagination and of the senses. This principle of hall of the institution, a motley assembly. On the
natural mnemonics renders the abstract and the conright hand side of this vast apartment are seated the
crete inseparable. female deaf and dumb pupils, from the ages of five to
“ Ask a pupil, without giving him time for reflec
He will immediately present eighteen, in dresses of pure white, with sashes of sky tion, to show you one.
his stick, his hat, or any other object. Observe to • The Abbé Sicard died 10th May 1822.
him that he is showing you an object, and not the num
ber one alone, and separated from every object ; and upon their value; reasoning connects these comparihe will hold up his finger, to which you will make the sons and judgments, and deduces one from the other ; same objection. He will next try a line in the air; and method is the art of doing anything according to but this line leaves no trace; and even if it were im- rule.' printed, permanent and visible, it would only show “ Q. What is grace ?' him the impossibility of designating the number one “ Answer by Gazan. Grace is something divine distinct from any physical object. Hence he becomes diffused over the whole body, and apparent in motion convinced that he cannot separate the abstract from and gesture. Grace is a gift—a favour. Grace is the the concrete, and that such separation is perhaps im- aid of divine inspiration.' possible to be conceived.
“ Q. · What is modesty ?' “ It is, in our country, one of the defects of the age, “ Answer by the same.“ Modesty, the most interestto separate instruction from education. How absurd ing of virtues, colours the brow of an honest man, or and foolish is it to consider the mind of an unfortunate that of a young virgin, with a deligbtful carnation. child as a repository into which everything may be It is a legitimate antipathy, evinced by an amiable crammed, without paying any attention to his heart, blush, at the sight of anything repugnant to chastity.' to the direction of his inclinations, or to the cultiva- “ Q. What is clemency? tion of those dispositions upon which his future hap- " Answer by Berthier. A inagnificent pardon.' piness depends.
Q. · What is the difference between a handsome “ Education and instruction ought to be inseparable. woman and a pretty one ?' If it be impossible to give to infancy a clear concep- “ Answer by Gazan. A handsome woman has a tion of the greatness of man's destiny, of the immor- powerful charm which excites our admiration. She tality of his soul, and the eternity of his future life- strikes us by the noble and regular proportions of her let us at least attempt to give him some notion of body, and by the roses and lillies of her complexion. these things."
A pretty woman pleases and interests us by the deliMons. Paulmier, after going into some detail, gives cacy of her features and the grace of her manners. several of the extraordinary answers to the questions She is like a jewel which we love more than we adwhich were, on the day that he visited the establishment, mire. A handsome woman is handsome only in one proposed to some of the elder pupils of the Institution; way ; a pretty one is pretty in a thousand.' to these we will add those which we pencilled down Q. What is the difference betwixt fine and magon the forenoon on which we visited the Rue St. nificent ?' Jacques-questions which required no little metaphy- “ Answer by the same. · For works of art or producsical acumen to solve, and which few individuals with tions of the mind to be fine, they must have regularall their senses about them, could so satisfactorily ity, a noble simplicity and grandeur ; but magnificence
The principal pupils, at the time we visited adds to them an extraordinary splendour arising from the Institution, were, Massieu and Le Clerc ; the for- an assemblage of perfections and proportions, which mer, from bis peculiar philosophical turn of mind, we cannot help admiring. A union of the fine and the being denominated the Newton of the deaf and dumb. magnificent, produces the sublime, which elevates, raJohn Massieu was born deaf and dumb, of poor parents, vishes, and transports us.
The sublime is always nawho had also the misfortune to have other six children tural.' born under the same unfortunate circumstances. After “ Q. “What is happiness ?' the Abbé Sicard succeeded the Abbé de l'Epée in the “ Answer by the same. To taste of the enjoyments superintendence of the Deaf and Dumb Institution of of life, is only pleasure. Happiness is the peace of Paris, Massieu, who had been his most celebrated pri- conscience." pil, was chosen as his Répétiteur. Upon this, Mas- Qu'est-ce que Difficulté ?— Difficulté est possibilité sieu devoted himself to the study of languages, and the
This is a most beautiful and clear anhigher branches of science, viz. mathematics and phi. swer. We believe however that this answer was made losophy, and has shown, by the acute answers which on some former occasion, and was then only answered as he has frequently given to metaphysical questions, the an instance of conciseness. The following questions peculiar capability of his mental powers for such studies. were more difficult to solve. It was Massieu who so well designated Gratitude as Quelle difference y a-t-il entre les idées intellectuelles et " the confession of the heart”—who so well defined abstraites ?-C'est
les premiers sont celles des subHope as the “ blossom of happiness"-and Eternity as stances qui sont hors de la nature et qui ne peuvent
a day without yesterday or to-morrow.” Le Clerc, tomber sous nos sens, telles que Dieu, que l'ame hu. though not quite so profound, possessed a more lively maine, et que l'Ange cru par la révélation et la reliimagination. But our readers will discover this for gion; et que les secondes viennent des qualités qu'on themselves, from the following questions and answers. substansie par l'organe de l'abstraction, et qui n'existWe shall give Monsieur Paulmier's in English, and ent que dans notre entendement.-A gentleman then those we ourselves noted down in the original. Their asked the Abbé to enquire of Massieu. translation will be an excellent French exercise for our Quelle idée a tu de la Musique ? His answer wasnumerous fair readers :
Je n'en ai nulle idée, mais cependant Je m'imagine que “ Q. What is eternity?'
la musique est l'art de chanter, de jouer, de s'amuser “ Answer by Massieu. • It bas neither birth, death, par la voix, ou par les instrumens-et que c'est la lecyouth, infancy, nor old age. It is to-day, without ture de la parole de danse. The last clause of this either yesterday or to-morrow; the circular day with- answer is not a little curious. The next question was out succession, the non-age.'
Qu'est-ce que l'Amitié ? C'est l'affection qu 'on a pour Q. · What is ingenuousness ?'
une personne qu'on aime, et par laquelle on est aimé, “ Answer by Clerc. Ingenuousness is being natural, c'est le double amour, l'amour mutuel, l'étroit attachfrank, and candid, without cunning or disguise, and ment entre deux ou plusieurs amis qui se procurent free from subterfuge in word or action. Peasants and l'un á l'autre des services, secours, consolation, decountry people are generally simple, because their mind fense, protection et soutien.--A person, upon this, is not cultivated; children and youths of good family, started up and demanded who have been well educated, are ingenuous, because Quelle difference y a-t-il entre l'amitié et l'amour ? their hearts are not corrupt.'
The answer to this question was abundantly satisfac“ Q. What do you understand by idea, thought, tory, and such as but few in the room could have made, judgment, reasoning, and method ?'
because few were metaphysicians ; but we had not time Answer by Berthier. • Idea is the result of atten- to write it down. tion, and paints the object to the mind; thought unites Qu'est-ce que Lois ? Ces sont les ordres, les ordontwo or more ideas in comparison ; judgment decides nances, les décréts, décisions, édits, commandemens
qui servent de regles pour que les devoirs se remplis- “Sir, I wish some sweet rice to-day, cook it, and give sent. Les lois sont l'expression de la volonté de Dieu, it me speedily, that we may eat." The domestic said, et d'un Souverain, ou de la totalité ou de la majorité very well,” and began to cook. In the meantime, des hommes, &c.
when the intoxication took effect, no less than two Qu'est-ce que Dieu ? C'est un esprit incrée, indepen- watches of the day past on. The master, when he bedant, infini, immense, immuable, qui a crée toutes came sober after this time, shouting out, said, “halloo, choses corporelles et spirituelles et qui les gouverne, brother, have you cooked that rice or not?” The do. qui voit tout, peut tout, commande tout, &c.; and con- mestic replied, “ Sir, I am just done cooking it: it cluded with this climax—la gloire au ciel, la provi- will be given to you in a moment.” The master ansdence sur la terre, la justice dans l'enfer! This, as it wered " Bring it quickly." To make a short story, might be expected, called forth a general and loud ex- with a thousand mischiefs, cooking on from morning clamation of applause. A gentleman who sat next us, till evening, at last, having made it ready, he brought it. and who appeared to be a great enthusiast for the In- When the master saw it, forgetting how long he had slept, stitution, was so highly delighted with the proofs Mas- he cried out, “ Bravo! how quickly you have cooked sieu bad shewn of his good understanding and general and brought it!” Immediately on hearing this exknowledge, that he went through, in regular grada- | clamation, the servant, who had been dreaming also, jointion, the whole catalogue of French exclamations, ed his hands together, and said Please your highness, enitting one at the close of each réponse. At first it your honour's service will never do for me. The was only “ c'est beau,” then it was “ c'est fort beau," master asked for what reason. Ile gave answer, then “ c'est très spirituel !” then “ c'est superbe," then such a haste as this in a single day, my life would “ c'est magnifique," then “ Oh, mon Dieu, c'est magni. be entirely gone,”—and immediately he went away. fique !"
Numerous other questions were put, which were as CHAMBERS EDINBURGII JOCRNAL.-No. I. satisfactorily answered ; but the above will suffice to shew what the Abbés de l’Epée and Sicard bave ac- WHEther we look to the quantity, the quality, or the price of complished, by their system and their industry.
this publication, we cannot withhold from it our approbation. Its
contents are ample and yet select, its price so moderate as really TIIE ORIENTAL TATLER.-No. I.
to tempt the most penurious purchaser. By James Noble, A. M. author of “ The Orientalist."
The Editor makes his bow to his readers in his own proper Opium, it is well known, is a very common drug person ; details, with considerable complacency, his pretensions ; among the natives of the East, and, when used intem- and, with a laudable feeling of satisfaction, enumerates the various perately, it has the effect of destroying the relations of methods he intends to employ for the entertainment of his readtime in the memory. It frequently happens that the ers, whether young ladies, or young gentlemen, aged men, or opium eater performs actions during his trance, which boys. he forgets as soon as the drug ceases to act upon his We can only say, of bis first Number, that it is highly cremind. The hours, which have elapsed during liis in- ditable to his talents. It contains more facts worth knowing, and toxication, are then entirely omitted in his calculation more matters of interest, than are, sometimes, embraced within of time, and he is apt to speak of things which occurr
the compass of an octavo volume. ed, before the opium had begun to affect his mind, as if The article on the Formation of Scottish Society is admirable, they had just happened. The ludicrous mistakes which
and will, we think, continue to increase in interest. Lady Jean this tendency gives rise to, are very well illustrated in
is a well told tale, as far as it goes, but what we consider pecuthe following stories, translated literally by a distin
liarly suitable in the present state of agitation, is the article on the guished scholar, who has engaged to supply us with a
Plague, which contains many facts worth recording, and from continuation of these characteristic specimens of eastern
these we beg to make a short extract. The first sentence alludes literature.
to a circumstance, which was, also, frequently observed in this THE OPIUM EATER,
neighbourhood last autumn :A certain Rajpoot was a great eater of opium. By chance,
“ In the summer, before the plague in 1664, there was such a
multitude of flies, that they lined the insides of the houses. If having a journey before him, he arrived at a parti
any thread, or string, did hang down in any place, it was, precular station, and alighted there. The people of that sently, thick set with fries; also, the small-pox was so rite in our quarter came to him, and said, “ Please your Lordship, parish, that, between the church and the pond in St. Giles's, there is a great deal of thieving going on here, your
which is not above six-score paces, above furty families had the honour should remain very much upon the alert.”
“ The plague fell first upon the highest ground, for our parish When he heard this speech, he spent the night entirely
is the highest ground about London, and the best air-yet was in keeping watch, and kept the intimation constantly first infected. Those that died of the plague, died a very easy in mind, “there is a great deal of thieving going on death generally—first, because it was speedy---secondly, because here." As soon as it was morning, he got on horse
it was without convulsions. They did of a sudden, but feel
their breath a little thick and short, and were presently gone, so back, and having set out, was going in the neighbour
that I have heard some say, how much am I bound to God, hood of a city, when all at once, he started up from his
who takes me away by such an easy death!' intoxication, and bawled out, “ halloo! servant, halloo! “ The disease spread not altogether by contagion, but fell upon servant, what has become of my
horse?” The ser vant* several places of the city and suburbs, like rain seen at the first." replied, “ Great Sir, you are getting along mounted
The selections from other works are numerous and judicious ; The
but blush, oh! Athens. upon your borse, and what about it then ?"
In the Edinburgh Literary Journal
there is no Poet's Corner ! If the Editor will undertake to pay master not wishing it to appear that he had unintention.
the carriage, we shall be happy to forward him a few hundred ally forgot himself, answered, “ Child, this circum
weights of Poety without any charge, since, being a younger brostance is of no consequence at all, but one ought ther in the same laudable walk with ourselves, we wish him ail to remain constantly on the alert.”
success and encouragement in bis spirited enterprize. ANOTHER.
ORIGINAL POETRY. A certain person was a great opium eater.
A new domestic came as steward, to his residence. The master enquired at him, “Sir, do you use anything at all of an
What words, unto my doubting fair, intoxicating nature ?" He replied, "My Lord, your
Shall speak my ardent love;
What shall ber cold and flinty heart, slave is not acquainted with any thing of the kind, ex
To warmth and softness move. cept opium.” When the master heard this reply, he was
I love you, as I love myself, much pleased, and, taking out a small box of opium, he
But tbat is half untrue ; eat some himself, and, giving it to the domestic, said,
I'd love that self too much, if it • The words printed in italic are not in the original.
I loved, as I love you.
FROM THE HINDOOSTANEE.
It is an opinion, sanctioned by the approbation of all medical men, and by the recorded experience of those who have abode among pestilential diseases, that one of the most effectual means for checking an epidemic, such as the Cholera, is to keep the spi.
A Cure For Love. — Ridicule, perhaps, is a better expedient against love, than sober advice, and I am of opinion, that Hudibras and Don Quixote may be as effectual to cure the extravagancies of this passion, as any one of the old philosophers.-dddison.
DR. FRANCIA, The Dictator of PARAGUAY.—During several
this object among our townsmen, we shall in future make it our constant endeavour to present our Readers with articles that are calculated to amuse the fancy, and to follow the grave reflections, which some of our numbers are likely to produce, by a train of pleasing associations.
It is rumoured, that a History of the Fiction and Falsehoods propagated by foolish and thoughtless individuals relating to the Cholera, is preparing for the Press, by “ A Lover of Truth,” in this city.
When it appears, we shall give copious extracts from it for the peculiar benefit of those who are, at present, haunted by the phantom of a diseased fancy.
ODDS AND ENDS.
racks, varying occasionally his monotonous existence with the pleasures of the chase. Arms are always placed within his reach --pistols and naked swords are to be seen in every corner of his apartment. When any one is admitted to an audience, he must not approach within a certain distance until motioned by him to advance. The arms must then be extended along the body, and the hands open and hanging down. None of his officers must enter his presence armed. Reugger mentions, that, in his first audience, being ignorant of this custom, he omitted carrying his arms in the prescribed form, which drew from the dictator the ques. tion, “ If he intended drawing a dagger from his pocket?" On another occasion he asked him, “ If through his skill in anatomy he could discover if the people of Parguay had an extra bone in the neck, which prevented them holding their heads erect and speaking loud ?” In conversation the dictator always aims at in. timidation ; if, however, bis first attack is sustained with firm. ness, his manner insensibly softens, and be converses with the greatest affability. It is on these occasions that his great talents develope themselves; his mind grasps with facility every variety of topic, and displays an extent of knowledge very astonishing for one who has never moved beyond the contines of Paraguay. Above the prejudices of his countrymen, he frequently inakes them a subject of pleasantry, and launches forth furious diatribes against the priests. “You see,” said he to V. Reugger, " the tendency of these priests and their religion ; it is to make man. kind worship a devil instead of God.” Still, at the commencement of his career, be regularly heard mass, but in the year 1820, he dismissed his chaplain, and since that year he has evinced the most marked contempt for the established religion. To a military oficer, who asked him for the image of a saint to put in a newly constructed fortress, he answered, “O, people of Paraguay, how long will you remain idiots ! When I was a Catholic I thought as you do; but now I know thai the best saints you can have on the frontiers are cannon balls.”-Monthly Magazine.
What part of the human face, in cold weather, is like an article of a lady's dress wbich is agreeable at the same time?- Chinchilly!
“ I will never marry a woman who can't carve,” said MWhy? “ Because she would not be a help-meat for me.
A gentleman travelling in the Highlands, met a boy on the road, and, being pleased with his appearance, kindly said, “Well, my little fellow, what is your name?" “ Tonald, Sir." " What
“ Teil a muckle mair, Sir, only Tonald Mactonald.”
FOREIGN LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. The University of the Austrian Capital is perhaps, in the most deplorable state of any in Germany. Kilian, in his work on the German Universities, has already awarded it this justice. The fault is less owing to its organization than to the total want of scientific ardour, and the blind routine of the greater part of the professors. Here, however, as every where else, there are some able men, who have rendered important services to science. Mohs, Littrow, Jacquin, Baumgartner, and, among the young professors, Czermak, are worthy of esteem; the first in particular, has greatly contributed to raise mineralogy to the dignity of science. The University is well attended, from the simple reason that no Austrian is permitted to study in foreign countries.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
« THE Moral Poets of Great Britain, No. II.- Watts," will appear to-morrow.
Ebenezer’s Epistle has been received, and will bave a place.
The Pirate's Serenade, by W. A. S. we have not yet had time to examine. So far as we recollect, it bears much resemblance to a piece of the same kind by our friend W. Kennedy. If however there be sufficient originality in the Poem, which is really good, we shall certainly give it an early place in our Poet's Corner.
C. A. M.'s Stanzas may perhaps appear in a future number.
“ The Poet's Death” is put into our poetical critic's hands for his judgment.
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LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. The Rev. T. Vowler Short, B.D., is preparing for publica. tion, a “ History of the Church of England."
“ Reflections on the Metaphysical Principles of the Infinitesimal Analysis,” by M. Carnot ; translated by the Rev. W. R. Browell, M.D., is about to appear.
A new monthly periodical is about to start, having in view objects particularly valuable to British science. It is to be called the Nautical Magazine, and to contain a Register of Maritime Discoveries in all parts of the world, &c. &c.
The British Magazine, and Monthly Register of Religious and Ecclesiastical Information, Parochial History, Documents respecting the State of the Poor, Progress of Education,” &c. No. I. will appear on the lst of March.
A very clever drawing of the Ettrick Shepherd has just been completed by Mr. Fox, well known for his fine engraving of the head of Burnet : it will form a characteristic frontispiece to the forthcoming edition of his works.
ANTIQUITIES. " THE NEWLY-DISCOVERED Mosaic AT POMPEI.--" At last," writes a correspondent from Naples, “I have been fortunate enough to obtain a sight of the Noble Mosaic at Pompeii. It surpasses every expectation which even the encomiums of others had led me to entertain of it. I was least satisfied with Alexander's head ; and it is a subject of deep regret, that the head of the dying youth has been seriously injured. We are, however, greatly compensated for this loss by the head of the warrior who is preparing to mount his horse, as well as by the animal itself, which is bending its neck, and is represented in a fore-shortened attitude. The heads of Darius and his charioteer also ; nor less those of the two Persian commanders, who are conjuring the king to tiy iustantly from the spot, with an eloquence of expression wbich is perfectly wonderful, are beyond all praise. It is greatly to be lamented, that, with the exception of Alexander and the section of the head, which is supposed to be Parmenio's, scarcely any of the Greek figures are to be recognized. This is the part of the Mosaic which has suffered most." ---Atheneum.
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