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As much solid wealth of gold as there are mountains on the face of the earth." “ Then gentlemen,” says the Norman, (who are reckoned the Yorkshire men of France) “ I wish I was your youngest brother and that you were both to be hanged to-morrow."
however, after much discussion, it was resolved to let the Count down to the street through the front window, by the aid of a pair of sheets. The project was thankfully grasped at by the geggee. The landlord procured the sheets, and the Count having been firmly fixed in their double, the window was raised, the geggee stept out with his white silk stockings, upon the sill—the club seized hold of the ends of the suspending apparatus, and the lowering immediately took place. The gegg was
now about bronght to its acme—it required only that the poor Count should be left suspended in middle air; and that was instantly done; for no sooner were the geggee's limbs seen dangling over the top of the shop window, than down the geggers rattled the window, and permitted his legs, handsome though they were, to waltz in the air-here he hung, and there his silk limbs dangled like a sign-post, for some time, before he sung out; but, finding that the party that he had left had no intention of allowing bim to proceed to the party that was expecting him, he bawled out lustily. The GEGG CLUB roared with laughter within, while he roared with rage without. The neighbours were alarmed, at seeing a man hanging between heaven and earth—and, anxions for his immediate safety, rushed in on all hands, for mattresses, beds, &c. to break his fall. The street was, for a moment in confusion, when no sooner did the geggers see that the fall would be broken, than up they banged the window, allowed one of the ends of the sheets to go, and down fell the poor Count in a fright, and a plight that rendered his visit to the ball-room, and his siege of the fair fortune, for that night, utterly hopeless. The story soon got wind, it became the talk of the coffee-room, and, though a mighty threat about satisfaction was made by the geggee, to all the individuals who were present, the geggers remained sound and safe, and the gegg, though it occasioned abundant merriment, drew forth neither apology nor bloodshed.
Such is a sample of one of the pranks or whimsies of the GEGG CLUB, which at one time, held so paramoont a sway in Glasgow. Its meetings have long ceased, and it is only fair to hope that there be none of the young and gay spirits of Glasgow eager to revive no palpable a gegg as the one we have just recorded. Peace to the manes of the Count and the Club!
THE PALMER'S RETURN.
BY WILLIAM MAYNE.
Upon the ruined pile,
In heaven's foreboding smile.
With wildly wailing breath,
Lost in the sleep of death.
Upon its walls, wben young,
And they were proud and strong ;
Till age his head had bent,
And all its strong limbs rent.
Around his lonely path,
Had harled in sullen wrath :
There went a feeling wild-
Even like a dear-loved child.
And, on the dim moonlight
The heavy clouds of night-
Within the haunts of man;
Till life no longer ran.
And there his lone days sped,
On buman haunts of dread. He ate the berry from the tree,
He drank the wild clear well, And his old blood passed healthily
Throughout its secret cell.
The ruined walls among,
When they were whole and strong ;
His darkly wondrous sight,
To all their former migbt.
Of youth still shed its beat,
His early friends to greet.
Recalled his memory,
And weep most bitterly.
His but's thin smoke arise,
Up to the quiet skies.
A bandoning his breast,
The castle's broken crest.
Soft moss o'erspread the scene,
Reposed its bosom green. The brook's glad whispering tones were heard
Amid the stillness deep,
When sinking into sleep.
Away, nor care for death ;
The soul-unbinding breath,
Where his fathers passed away,
And there his bones decay.
The design of the Gospel is, to take our hearts from this world. To teach us to lay up treasures in heaven. Not to love the world, nor the things that are in the world. And, therefore, it is impossible, that temporal blessings should be a gospel motive. -Dr. Sherlock.
An ODD METHOD OF PROCURING PREFERMENT.—Guymond, chaplain to Henry the First, observing that unworthy men, for the most part, were advanced to the best dignities of the church, as be celebrated divine service before the king, and was to read these words out of St. James-It rained not upon the earth three years and six months, be read it thus, It rained not upon the earth one, one, one years, and five one months. The king observed his reading and afterwards blamed him for it; but Guymond answered, that he did it of purpose, for that such readers were soonest preferred by his Majesty. The king smiled, and, in a short time after, preferred bim to the government of St. Frideswide, io Oxford.
In the time of King William Rufus, there was a poor priest serving a cure in a village near to Caen, in Normandy, when the king's younger brother Henry chanced to pass that way, and, to make some stay in the said village, wbo, being desirous to hear a Mass, this Roger, being curate, was the man to say it; which he dispatched with such celerity, that the soldiers, who commonly love not Jong masses, commended him for it, telling their lord that there could not a fitter priest be found, for men of war, than he. Whereupon, Henry appointed him to follow him, and, when he came to be king, preferred him to many great places, and, at last, to be Chancellor of England and Bishop of Salisbury.
There were three French gentlemen, from different provinces, travelling together, when, to pass time, it was proposed, that he who should make the most extravagant wish, should be treated at the expense of the losers. There was a Picard, Aleatian and Norman. The Picard said, “ I wish I had as many Louis as ther were grains of sand in the sea.” The Alsatian, “ I wish
Is it not a scandalous reproach upon the taste of our townsmen, that none of the fine arts have ever found a permanent home in this proudly styled Venice of the west ? We were indignantly surprised, the other day, in passing up Nelson Street, to see the stucco figures, upon which we had so often gazed in the shop of the Italians Barsotti and Magenti, actually selliog off by auction to the highest bidder. Surely, if this emporium of taste bad been encouraged with the liberality which it deserved, the clever modellers would never have experienced the fate of unrequited merit, and the admirers of sculpture would bave been spared the grief of seeing the classic representations of a Venus de Medicis, or an Apollo Belvidere, knocked down by the hammer to supply the needy hands which formed them.
the office of the Town Clerk at Liverpool ; but his first regular engagement on the stage was in the representation of old men, at Leatherhead. He led the actors' customary provincial round at Theatres, and soon became a partner in the Sheffield Theatre. On December 2, 1790, a few nights after Incledon's first appearance, Munden made his bow to the Covent Garden audience as Sir Francis Gripe, in The Busy Body, and Jemmy Jumps, in The Farmer. He was the original representative of Old Rapid, Caustic, Lazarillo, (in Two Strings to Your Bow), Nipperkin, Sir Abel Handy, and Old Dornton, besides a host not now remembered. In 1813, in consequence of a quarrel respecting the amount of his salary, he joined the Drury Lane Company, making his first appearance there in Sir Abel Handy ; bere be remained until the 31st of May, 1824, when he took his farewell of the public in the character of Sir Robert Bramble, in The Poor Gentleman. Manden was born an actor-he was moulded of no common materiel, and of a compound of which not a trace is left us. We bave, it is true, Shakespeare, but we have no Autolycus; and we bave Massinger, but we have no Marrall; and, as respects our minor dramatists, the man who made their Dorntons and Dozeys having passed away from earth, it is hopeless to expect a revival of their productions.
LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. We understand that Mr. Thomas Weir, Surgeon of the late ship John, has in the Press, “ A Journal of a Voyage to Davis' Strait, in the unfortunate Ship John of Greenock, whaler, in the year 1830." This volume will contain a number of Curious Particulars, connected with a Residence of Eight Months among the Esquimaux, in the Danish Colony of Upernavik, with a Description of the Country and Surrounding Esquimaux Settlements, the Manners and Customs of the Natives, &c.
DEATH OF SIR HUMPHREY DAVY.
LONDON THEATRICALS. From our London Correspondent.
It is now an age since I wrote you : the fact is, there is but little to communicate worth telling connected with the Theatre. I told you about the opening of the Opera House, and about the great expectations that were entertained by the public from Mr. Mouck Mason's management; but, I have now to say, that the lessec has already shewn that he is unable to keep, at least, one of his promises to his subscribers, namely, that the same Opera should not be repeated inore than twice. Such you know was his undertaking, but at the opening of a season many things are to be overlooked, only it is to be hoped that he will not find himself mistaken in other respects, and disappoint the public in more important particulars. He has pledged himself to much-possibly to too muchbut that remains to be seen. You will remember that I mentioned to you that Mr. Knowles had made an alteration of Beaumont and Fletcher's Maid's Tragedy, omitting entirely the part of Aspatia, and supplying several scenes of his own, and in consequence the playgoing public have been looking for its announcement at the bottom of the Drury Lane bill. It is to be feared, however, that all parties are likely to be disappointed. Mr. Knowles has put the piece into the hands of Macready, leaving him to make a bargain for it with the lessee; and it is said, that Macready, on behalf of his friend, refuses to allow it to be performed excepting on the terms of a new original drama, which, under the circumstances, seems a little unreasonable, inasmuch as all that Mr. Knowles has written does not amount to more than a single
It has been rumoured, but I can scarcely believe it, that in order to make her play more perfect, and to make success inore sure, Miss Kemble bas called in the aid of a distinguished dramatist, especially in the conclusion, which was forinerly defective.
Serle's English Merchant, a tragedy, has been read in the greenroom of Drury Lane, and excited great admiration among all the performers likely to be engaged in it-Macready will have the principal part. The scene is laid in the reign of Elizabeth, and the interest is strong throughout, rising gradually to the catastrophe. The plot is not only English as a inatter of history, but English as a matter of invention, and Mr. Serle is too meritorious a man not to be sure of the good wishes of the public. He is reviving the old practice of our stage, when our best dramatic poets
The following account, of the last moments of our celebrated chemist, is taken from Dr. J. J. Tobin's Journal of a Tour through Syria, Calabria and Italy, whilst accompanying the late Sir Hum. pbrey Davy :
“ I quitted Sir Humphrey Davy yesterday evening, after hav. ing read to him as usual, since we left Rome, till about ten o'clock. Our book was Smollett's “Humphrey Clinker,' and little did I tbink it was the last book he would ever listen to. He seemed in tolerable spirits, but upon going to bed was seized with spasms, which, however, were not violent, and soon ceased. I left him when in bed, and, bidding me 'Good night,' he said I should see him better in the morning,
“Lady Davy and the Doctor also quitted bim, and George went to bed in his master's room, as he always had done since Sir Humphrey's illness at Rome. At six o'clock this morning, Lady Davy's man-servant came to my room, and told me that Sir Humphrey Davy was no more. I replied that it was impossible, and that he probably only lay in a torpor ; but I went down to his room instantly, when I found that the servant's words were, alas ! but too true. I asked George why he had not called me, when he said that he had sent up, but now found that it had been to a wrong room. He told me that Sir Humphrey went to sleep after we had left him, but that he had twice waked, and that at half-past one, hearing bim get out of bed, he went to him, when Sir Humphrey said he did not want his assistance, and poured some solution of acetate of morphine into a wine glass of water ; but this still remained untouched upon his table. George then helped him into bed, where he says he lay quite still till a little after two o'clock, when, hearing hinn groan, he went to him, and found that be was senseless and expiring. He instantly called up Lady Davy and the Doctor, and sent up, as he believed, to me; but Sir Humphrey, he says, never spoke again, and expired without a sigh.
“ I had so often, whilst at Rome, seen Sir Humphrey lie for hours together in a state of torpor, and to all appearance dead, that it was difficult for ine to persuade myself of the truth ; but the delusion at length vanished, and it became too evident that all that remained before me of this great philosopher, was merely the cold and senseless frame with which he bad worked.”
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Amongst the Theatrical gossip of the week, I have learnt that Young returns for ten nights more to Covent Garden, before he quits the stage for ever; that “ The Self-Tormentor,” aunounced at Drury Lane, is attributed to the pen of the Countess of Warwick; that John Reeve is now called “ The British Apollo,” since he broke his fall by tumbling into the lap of Harmony; that Yates, having declined to do the duties of every situation in the Theatre, from manager down to check-taker, Mathews has at last condescended to share it with him; and, that Mr. Price set sail from New York, on the 24th of last month, in a magoiticent vessel, called the “ Sheffield.”
Before I close, allow me to condole with you on the demise of poor Munden.
He made his exit from this world on the 6th of this month, in the 76th year of his age. He was the son of a poulterer in Brook's Market, Leather Lane, Holborn. born in the early part of 1758. His father died when he was young, and at the age of twelve young Joe was placed in an Apothecary's shop, but, getting tired of physic, he took to the law. Froin an attorney's office he descended to a law-stationer's shop, and became what is termed a “hackney writer,” to one of which fraternity in Chancery Lane he was ultimately apprenticed. He was at this time a great admirer of Garrick, whose powers he well remembered, and used to dilate upon. This gave him the first inkling to be a performer. He was for some time a clerk in
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GLASGOW, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1832.
THE PLEASURES OF AN AMATEUR.
sun and golden air followed. It was evident I could
only imitate these, by the plentiful use of yellow, so I Success is, after all, the true criterion of merit. Fre- dipped my pencil in ochre, and proceeded; but instead derick of Prussia always dismissed his unfortunate of a golden hue, the whole firmament became a bright officers, and when their friends urged their science, and highly incomprehensible green, which, however, their bravery and their merits, he used to say, these did not disconcert me, although somewbat surprised at are all very good to their possessors, but they are un- the circumstance, for I just inverted the canvass, voted serviceable to me, unless they command victory. It is what I had intended for sky, to be the terrestrial divi.' the same in the arts. We hear of failures every day, sion of the landscape, and thought of the beauties that the more astonishing say the critics, when we consider I trusted would yet speedily appear. “ the fine talents of the artist;" but really talents are The judicious advice of a friend freed me from a only torments, unless success be the fruit of their exer- repetition of my first mistake, and my work went on tions.
pleasantly for a day or two, but I could not but remark, It was probably a very slight compliment, from some that although I had before me, my distant hills, and casone whose opinion he valued, that induced Claude tle, and river, and foreground, and self and Julia, still, finally to abandon pastry for painting, and our long the longer I laboured, the less resemblance my perforlist of eminent men has, no doubt, been formed, from mance had to my first ideas of it. The picture, howthe approbation of a parent, a sweetheart, or a friend. ever, at length assumed a form and pressure, and, I must confess, however, that admiration, so limited, although remarkably unlike what I expected, yet there was never an object with me: I aimed at the flight of was a rich variety of colour upon its surface, and althe eagle, and the brightness of the son ; I desired that together I considered it a highly creditable performance. my name should be echoed through the exhibition During the execution of this great work, I took care to room, as well as amongst my private friends ; and my inform all my friends, that I had a picture on my easel first attempt was sufficiently ambitious, as my reader for the Scottish Academy, and I acquainted Julia and shall presently be informed.
her two sisters of the circumstance, as well for my own The Third West of Scotland Exhibition, under the satisfaction, as for arranging a meeting with them in patronage of the Glasgow Dilettanti Society, first ex- Edinburgh, immediately after the opening of the exhi. cited me to bandle the pencil. A minute examination bition. I also wrote to the Secretary, modestly announcof some of the pictures, it contained, convinced me ing my intention, of sending a trifling performance, that it required very little skill indeed to paint a land- which, if thought worthy of a place in the rooms, I scape. Here, said I, is a daub of colour, representing should probably endeavour to send eight or ten similar a cloud, that sweep of brown is a shadow, yon illo | pictures next season. arranged congregation of green spots, mimics a tree ; I now placed my picture in the box, and sent for this mixture, of white and black, forms a lake forsooth: the carrier ; but, an irresistible desire to look at my all these would be as easily put on the canvass by me,
work once more prevailed with me to re-open it; for as by any other person : “ from this day," I exclaimed, I knew it would be purchased by some nobleman, and "I become a landscape painter."
I should probably never see it again. So, I opened and The exhibition in the Arcade at length closed. To admired. It then occurred to me that an experienced wait until the following autumn, when it should re- friend would relish a sight of it, when, who should enter open, I found to be impossible. I therefore determined at the very moment, but H., the artist. to paint a landscape for the exhibition of the Scottish “So, you are going to send a picture to Edinbury Academy in Edinburgh. I procured from Mr. Finlay exhibition," cried he;" “ let me see it.” I blushed all the necessary materials, and viewed my delightfully and pointed to the box. stretched canvass, as it lay in all its virgin purity in my Weel," said be, for he had a good deal of Scots studio, with feelings of rapture. Oh! canvass, I men- Doric in his speech, “weel, your picture's like Johntally said, e'er long thou shalt bear upon thee a sunset, ny's wife, we're no sae ill as we expectit--but, man, which shall be a very volume of poetry and of paint
the clouds are like the Highlandman's hand-saw." ing! Steeped in golden light, on this part shall be I said I hoped none of my distant hills were so. painted my distant hills. Nearer to the foreground a “ Pooh,” said he, “ ye dinna understand me, or else lordly castle shall peer above a forest, the trees of nane is sae blin' as them that winna see, as our prowhich shall be tipt by the rays of the declining orb. verb says. Your clouds are like naething in heaven Here I shall place a long low bridge, whilst a wide and above or in earth beneath." I thought him prejudiced, transparent river shall seem to glide towards me. A and felt relieved when he left me.
He was just gone, solitary angler shall convey to the mind of the specta- when my friend, the professor of painting, appeared. tor that the dwellings of man are not far distant, and I He, also, had heard of my great work. He examined shall confirm the supposition by curling wreaths of it with his usual tact, smiled approbation, yet added, smoke ascending to the skies. On the foreground, I as a friend, (I like no such friendship,) « Although shall modestly insert myself, and Julia seated by my your sky and foreground are pretty well, your middle side, sketching the scene before us.
distance is a failure.” My neighbour and friend, J. C., As I thought thns, I dashed off with chalk, the now called. He, too, wished to see the picture. He different situations of the material objects mentioned, took more time to examine it than either of the others, and, seized with a fit of inspiration, I grasped the pen- and complimented me more warmly ; " but,” says he, cil and commenced the sky. I laid it in boldly, with (I never liked the word but since,)“ but,” says he, “it plenty of Prussian blue and white, and really became is as bad a foreground as I ever saw.” delighted with its airy and retiring effect. The setting Most people would have been discouraged by the
prescription, will produce a verdict, only of manslaughter. Nitrous gas, we must inform the correspondent of the Chronicle, is not “the protoxide of nitrogen," but the dentoxide,
Mr. Hamilton has also discovered a key to the gen. eral health of the inhabitants, and therefore, to the prevention of disease. The elixir of life is not oxygen, as some chemists would have us to believe, it is azote. The proofs are these :
Man is a carnivorous animal—80 animal food is good for him. But animal food contains “ azote or nitrogen :" ergo, nitrogen,” is the principle of vitality.
Mr. Charles Mackintosh mentions, “ that when the plague was in London, all those who were employed in working in articles manufactured from born escaped the contagion ;" but horn con. tains azote, and when burnt, it produces " hartshorn or ammonia, or azoted hydrogen:" ergo," nitrogen or azote is absolutely requisite as a preventative of Cholera, and all low diseases whatever."
On the same principle, " nitrous gas" (nitrous oxide) or protoxide of azote, appears an almost self-evident remedy for Cholera.” But, unfortunately,
Nitrous gas instantly destroys animal life, and so does prussic acid ; but nitrous gas and prussic acid both contain a trifle of nitrogen : ergo, one would think, “azote or nitrogen" must choose its companions before it can be styled the principle of vitality.
opinion of these connoisseurs—to me tbat difference of opinion manifested the merits of my work. Their observations quite neutralized each other, so I repacked my picture without its being diminished in value by all I had heard against it. I thought jealousy was at the bottom of the whole affair. My picture was sent off by Howie & Co.'s waggon: I taking a receipt for the same.
Julia and her sisters went to Edinburgh about the beginning of February. I learned from a friend, whom I had requested to wait the arrival of my picture, and to see it safely deposited in the exhibition rooms, that they would open on the fifteenth. I therefore left town on the previous day, and on my arrival in Edinburgh, immediately called at the house where my Julia and her sisters resided. There was a large party quadrilling when I entered.
I found my name, as that of a contributor to the exhibition, already well known, and, as I passed the dancers, I could occasionally hear these soul enchanting words pronounced, “the young artist”—“ the handsome young painter" -"the Scottish Rubens."
The evening's amusements concluded by a determination, that the most of the ladies present should accompany me to the opening of the exbibition in the morning. We accordingly met at breakfast and proceeded thither, and never was there greater homage paid to art. A lovely girl leaned on each arm and listened, with anxiety, as I entertained them with a description of my picture, on our way to the exhibition rooms.
We now entered the largest room, but I did not observe my picture there, when I recollected being informed, that sometimes the best pictures were placed in the smaller apartment. I dragged the ladies towards it, but neither was my landscape visible there, when I heard a member of the Glasgow Dilettanti So. ciety, who happened to be also in the room, say, that he thought all the best things were beside his own in the Vestibule. I hurried, with my fair friends thither -but no-I could not see my picture. At length, we met the Secretary. I addressed him, and stated, that a friend of mine had sent a large sunset froin Glasgow, where is it? He thought for a moment- sunset, sunset," he said, a scene with distant hills," “ Oh! yes," I cried, “and an old castle ?" the same! “and a pond ?" "the very picture," I exclaimed, “and two lovers on the foreground." “Yes,” said Julia, smiling in my face--but she, her sister, and three young ladies beside us, burst into an immoderate fit of laughter, (shame to them) as he added, “Oh! I remember it well, it was the most absurd attempt the hanging committee had ever seen, it was placed amongst the rejected pictures, and christened Colour Mug Park.'”
SPAIN IN 1830. By W. D. IngLis, London, Whittaker & Co.
1830. There are few individuals who do not feel a more than ordinary interest about all that appertains to Spanish scenery, customs and manners. Whether the feeling arises from the pleasure and curiosity which the adventures of Don Quixote, Gil Blas and the Diable Boiteux, may have excited within us in youth, it is of little moment to enquire, but it will scarcely be denied by most readers—and who in this age
does not read--that any tales connected with the land of the cork tree, and the once fearful Inquisition, that any descriptive scenery, associated with the feats of the Cid or the prowess of the Moors; or that any stories relating to the Hidalgos of Castile, and the Dulcineas of Andalusia, have always obtained a species of regard which bespeaks for them, at least, a fair and attentive hearing. The volume which is now before us, and which has been sometime before the public, is one, the perusal of which will well reward its reader. It is replete with many curious historical and political reminiscences, with much information, touching parties and society, as now existing in the Peninsula—with many most amusing anecdotes, for the most part told with great shrewdness and great good sense. It is a work, in fact, of no pretensions, and yet perhaps it affords a better key to the realities of Spanish life and feeling, than any publication that has lately issued from the press. As a fair specimen of Mr. Inglis' style and manner of writing, we beg leave to present our readers with his account of the
CEREMONY OF TAKING THE VEIL “ At the hour appointed, the abbess entered the room on the other side of the grating, accompanied by all the nuns, and by several ladies, friends and relatives of the novice. She entered a moment after; and immediately knelt down, with her face towards the grating, so that I had a near and distinct view of her. She was attired in the novice's robe of pure wbite, and wore a crown of flowers upon her head. She seemed scarcely more than sixteen. Her countenance was gentle, sweet, and interesting ; there was an expression of seriousness, but not of sadness, in her face; and a skin, fairer than usually falls to the lot of Spanish women, was sensibly coloured with a fine carnation—the glow of youth, and health, and happiness, yet lingering on her cheek; and connecting her with the world of light, and life, and freedom, about to close upon her for ever.
• The administrator now entered by the chapel, and placed himself in a chair close to where I was stationed, and at the side
CHOLERA AND CHEMISTRY.
We have scarcely yet recovered, from the alarm into which we were thrown, by reading in the Glasgow Chronicle of Wednesday evening, a recommendation to throw nitrous gas into the lungs of the unfortunate sufferers from Cholera. This, the scientific contributor of that advice calls a self-evident remedy, and so it is, when the object is to end at once the sufferings of the patient; for a draught or two of that gas would soon terminate both his troubles and his existence.
But Mr. R. J. Hamilton does not mean to poison the puir bodies in the Goosedubbs, whatever the inhabitants of the Bridgegate may think of other learned Doctors, and whatever his own words may seem to indicate. A little chemistry however, is a dangerous thing, unless the possessor can at the same time estimate its amount. By careful reading, it is plain, that he means to give them, not nitrous gas, but nitrous oxide—the intoxicating gas—which is fortunate for Mr. Hamilton ; because any fatal result from such a
the picture that presented itself iu fancy-ibe dull light falling upon the white wall; and the silent inmate of the cbamber with her book and rosary, through the long chill evenings of winter ;what a contrast from the picture of a cheerful home !"
THE ORIENTAL TATLER.-No. II.
BY JAMES NOBLE, A.M., Author of “ The Orientalist."
of an opening in the grating of about a foot square. The novice then rose, and walking forward to the grating, presented bim with a paper, which he read aloud ; this was the act of renunciation of all property, then and for ever ; and during this ceremony the novice retired and knelt as before, holding in her hand a long lighted taper, with which the abbess presented her. atory service then commenced by reading and chanting; and this, although monotonous, was pleasing and impressive, according well with the solemnity of the scene that bad introduced it; and in this service the novice joined, with a clear sweet voice, in which nothing of emotion could be distinguished. When this was concluded, the novice again rose, and advanced to the grating, and pronounced slowly and distinctly the three vows that separate ber from the world,-chastity, poverty, and obedience. Her voice never faltered; nor could I perceive the slightest change of countenance; the colour only seemed to be gradually forsaking her. The lady abbess, who stood close by her side, wept all the while. Ah! if each tear could have told why it flowed, what a history might have been unfolded. Indignation was the feeling produced in my mind. I wished for the cannon of the Constitutionalists, to throw down these most odious of prisons ; and even to the priest, who stood by me in his crimson and gilded surplice, I could not restrain myself from saying, half audibly, · Que infumia l'
" When the vows that could never be recalled had been prenounced by this misguided child, she stepped back, and threw herself prostrate upon the ground—this is the act confirmatory of her vows-symbolical of death, and signifying that she is dead to the world. The service was then resumed—a bell continued slowly to toll ; and the priest read ; while the nuns who stood around their new-made sister, responded dead to the world— separated from kindred-bride of Heaven !' and the nun who lies prostrate is supposed, at the same time, to repeat to God in secret, the vows she has already pronounced aloud. When this was concluded, a slow organ peal, and a solemn swell of voices rose, and died away ; and the abbess then raised the nun from the ground, and embraced her; and all the other nuns and her relations also embraced her. I saw no tear upon any cheek, excepting upon the cheek of the abbess, whose face was so full of benignity, that it half'reconciled me to the fate of the young initiated who had vowed obedience to her. When she had embraced every one, she again knelt for a few moments, and then approached the grating along with the abbess; and the priest hauded to the abbess through the opening, the vestments of a nun. Then came the last act of the drama :—the crown was lifted from her head ; the black vestment was put on, and the girdle and the rosary; and the black hood was drawn over her head; she was now a nun, and she again embraced the abbess and all the sisters. Still I could not discover a single tear, excepting on the cheek of the abbess, who continued to weep almost without ceasing to the very end : the countenance of the young nun remained unmoved. The crown was again replaced upon her head, to be worn all that day; the sacrament was administered, and one last embrace by friends and relations termi. Dated the scene."
“ The priest who had led me to hope that I might be permitted to visit the interior of the convent, did not disappoint me. This convent is one of the most complete, and the best fitted up of any in Madrid. No one enters it who cannot bring to its treasury a considerable fortune ; and its accommodations are accordingly upon a scale of corresponding comfort. In company with the priest and the porteress, an old nun, I went over the greater part of the building. The accommodations of each nun consist of a small parlour and a dormitory adjoining, and a small kitchen. The nuns do not eat in company. The dinners are separately cooked, and the whole is then carried to a public room, where it is blessed ; and again carried back to the separate apartments, where each nun eats alone. The little parlours of the nuns are plain and clean ; the walls white-washed, and the floors generally matted; but the room is without any fire-place, and contains a table and two chairs. The beds are extremely small, and extremely hard; and upon the table, in every dormitory, there is a crucifix. Among other parts, I was conducted to the chamber of the pew-made nun. The bed was strewn with flowers, marigolds, and dablias, and a crown of jilly-flowers lay upon the pillow. Here every thing was new; yet all would grow old along with the inmate. A new bright lamp stood upon the table; and as I looked at it, I could not avoid
THE OPIUM EATING PEDAGOGUE. Thus I have heard, that there is a village called Lukhnauty, and a boy was studying with a certain teacher there. Now, bis pedagogue was an opium-eater, and, after the opium had been swallowed, drowsiness came upon him, and he began to nod. If, when he was in that state, any one said any thing to him, or a scholar asked a word of the lesson, he immediately became enraged, and having beat the scholar well, he would say, “ 0! blockhead, you ought first to bave studied in the school of good manners ; for, from that certainly, many advantages would have been derived."
In short, he was every day in the habit of giving this injunction to the scholar. “ If ever again, witbout being asked, you make any speech to me, or offer to stir me up from sleeping, then, in fact, by continual beating, I will murder you.” The scholar testified his repentance by saying, that he would never again do such an action. One day, after it was dark," when the lamp bad been placed before him, he was going on causing that same scholar to read, and in the meantime, when the intoxication came upon him, the shawl of his turban fell, accidentally, upon the fame of the lamp, and the turban began to burn. When tbe beat reached him, he immediately started up, and began to say to the scholar, “O! scoundrel, didst thou not perceive that my turban was burning? Why, then, didst thou not offer to stir me up?" Having said this, he gave him a good beating. The scholar, while crying, replied thus—" Your honour's self, indeed, assuredly gave me this prohibition, that no one should stir you up during the time of sleeping, and that no person should interfere in the matters of great people without being desired, for this would be unmannerly. On this account I did not stir your honour up." The pedagogue replied thus, “there is neither strength, nor authority except in God.t I certainly did not give any prohibition in this matter, in order that, when damage happened to any one in your presence, you should not give him any information, but continue sitting looking on."
* Literally-when it was night. + A common form of swearing in the East.
A QUATRAIN FROM THE ARABIC. Our signal, in love, is a glance of the eye,
And every one tutored by Cupid should know By the eye-lids, or lips, by a lonk, or sigh,
Although we are silent that love is below.
RENOWN.- Errors of life, as well as follies of character, are often the real enhancers of celebrity. Without bis errors, I doubt whether Henri Quatre would have become the idol of a people. How many Whartons has the world known, who, deprived of their frailties, had been inglorious! The light that you so admire, reaches you only through the distance of time, on account of the angles and unevenness of the body whence it emanates. Were the surface of the moon smooth, it would be invisible.—Eugene Aram.
First Love.-In the pure beart of a girl, loving for the first time-love is far more ecstatic tban in man, inasmuch as it is unfevered by desire-love then and there makes the only state of human existence wbich is at once capable of calmness and transport. —Eugene Aram.
If a pirate, who robs upon the sea, be hanged for his robbery every body is satisfied with the death of the offender; but, if the action be avowed, and he produce a commission, the state that gave it becomes answerable.- Gordon.
A good magistrate is the brightest character upon earth, as being the most conducive to the benefit of mankind. A bad one is an enemy and traitor to his own species. Where there is the greatest trust, the betraying it is the greatest treason.— Trenchard.