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Ír is secretly whispered by certain of the young Garçons Voluges who are in the habit of frequenting the Coal Hole, that a Committee of privileges has been sitting there for some nights by-past, upon a matter of etiquette. Does it not appear utterly ludicrous for youths, with scarcely as many bairs on their chin as are now, alas ! to be found on our polished cranium, to be dreaming, far less to be coolly discussing whether or not they ought to lend themselves to the monomania of Sir Lucius O’Trigger ? Really, if all be true, that has been communicated to us, connected with this Committee, we must say, that an account of its meetings would make as comical a paper as any that has appeared in our “ Day."
COMPLAINT OF A SEMPSTRESS. The complaint of our fair corresponent appears well-founded ; and if the hint be not immediately taken by the parties referred to, we shall certainly consider it our duty to exhibit their folly at full length in a future “ Day." Dear MR. DAY,
You must know, that Mama will not allow me any pin-money but such as I can acquire by my own industry. I am, therefore, necessitated to turn my attention to the making of baby-linen, &c. which childish amusement yields me no little supply of the needful, as I find a ready mart for the purchase of these articles in the Arcade Ladies' Repository. Now, Sir, what I have to complain of in that establishment is, that I can seldom make a visit there (which I always do in the cloud of the evening) without being shocked at having to expose my baby-linen to the view of several gentlemen! in the character of loungers, or lovers, or by whatever character they may assume. Now, they ought to have manners enough to know that ours is a ladies', not a man's Repository. Be good enough to give the intruding puppies a hint as to their miss-demeanours, and oblige, Your 'ardent admirer,
LETITIA SEYPSTRESS.. Carlton Place, Monday Evening.
THE JAMAICA STREET BRIDGE AGAIN!
Tani o'the Linn's dochter stood on the brig,
FOREIGN LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. Vienna PeriODICAL LITERATURE.— For a population of three hundred and odd thousands, the press of the Austrian capital supplies three newspapers, and ten literary publications, either weekly or monthly
We understand that Dr. CHALMERS has at present a work on Political Economy in the press
W. C. Dendy is about to publish a work on the Phenomena of Dreams, and other Transient Illusions.
Mr. Woop is preparing for the press a complete illustration of the Lepidopterous Insects of Great Britain.
“ The Domestic Manners of the Americans,” by FRANCIS Trollop, will appear immediately.
Mr. Galt has in the press “ The Member," a characteristic volume of autobiography.
A manual of the History of Philosophy, from the last German edition of Zimmerman, by the Rev. ARTHUR Johnson.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
Since the publication of the jeu d'esprit of the “ Bridge that Jack built,” we bave received so many poems anent this subject, that, to have published a tithe of them, would have completely occupied the whole of a Day. Now, as we can only spare a portion of that valuable measurer of time for such a purpose, we have thought it better to select one out of the many, and present it as a fair specimen of the shelty Pegasus that our correspondents have been ambling upon. It is entitled
JAMAICA STREET BRIG.
Air—" The Quaker's Wife.”
And mony braw baillies pass'd o'er it ;
And from our town's map wish to score it.
And no rin awa' wi' the barrow-
That 'tis better to hain than to barrow.
That auld frien's are better than new anes ;
Or you aiblins may weep o'er its ruins. The prose hints connected with this subject that we have got, bave likewise been very numerous; but, as we are aware that Mr. David Bell requires none of our assistance in this way, we have thrown them all aside. The fact is, they are merely plagiarisms from the published works of that gentleman. Among the prose productions, however, there is one to which we cannot help adverting, and that is on accouut of the happy illustration it institutes between the subject before us, and our present political situation. We can, however, only find room for one clause of this emblematical position. It is as follows:-" The more constitutional accommodation the people has, the better. A new constitution, like that of a new bridge, has been agreed on for two reasons : First, because the present constitution is too steep; the other, because it is not so wide as it could be wished. There have been objections also, latterly, to certain sinecures under the constitution, while there has been, in certain quarters, a strong desire to have the treasury opened.”
Our friends at a distance cannot be supposed to enter into the universal anxiety that prevails here, connected with the issue of this business, and therefore will perhaps pardon us for occupying so much of The “ Day” with this, to us, important matter. The fact is, upon the operations that are threatened, to be carried into effect at the Jamaica Street bridge, most probably depend the stability of the two bridges farther up the river. If the weir be carelessly taken away, the fate of “ Tam o' the Linn's dochter" may some afternoon be realized, while, in the desire manifested for change which now prevails, our citizens may be likewise too soon taught to feel the truth of the following emphatic verse of the old ballad to which we bave referred :
Tam o' the Linn he never was wise,
We're sowless and cowless, quo' Tam o' the Linn.
As only a very few complete sets of The “ Dar” can now be made up, it is particularly requested that intending subscribers will apply for them immediately. Auy of our readers wbo bave Nos. 4, 5, aud 6 in good order, apd are inclined to part with them, will receive future numbers in exchange.
" W. A. S.'s" communication has been received, and will be submitted to the consideration of the Board. In admitting poetical picces, we are obliged to be particularly chary; but, for the encouragement of our correspondent, we should think he may
try his band again.”
A MORNING JOURNAL OF LITERATURE, FINE ARTS, FASHION, &c.
VELUTI IN SPECULO.
GLASGOW, THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 1832.
MEMOIRS OF A TOOTH.
“ Shew me the tooth," said the lady, glad to inter ( Written by Itself.)
rupt the barangue with which she had been threatened.
I was accordingly produced, and, after receiving my A little breath, love, wine, ambition, fame,
due share of admiration, was again deposited in the Fighting, devotion, dust, perhaps a name.
waistcoat pocket, while the operation of removing my
predecessor was performed. Poor thing! It was a GENTLE Reader! The unworthy object who now pre- painful job; and I still remember how I trembled to sumes to address you is one of those unfortunate in- hear the rending shrieks which she uttered. It was dividuals who can give no account of their birth or over, however, in a little, and, in a few days, I had the parentage. Much as I have pondered over the recol- pleasure of seeing myself set in the prettiest and smalllections of my infancy, and desirous as I am to gratify est month into which it has ever been my fortune to your curiosity, it grieves me to say that I cannot dis- be admitted. Here I spent the most delicious part of cover either at what period, or in whose jaws, I first my life, hearing nothing but praises on my beauty, saw the light of day. Thus far I can vouch, that I from a crowd of my mistress's admirers, and having am by birth a British tooth, and that I came into being the delightful employment of pronouncing the sweet while my first owner was an infant. I remember, also, sentiments which issued from her lovely mouth. Somethat, when I grew in size, I and my brothers and sise times I would feel a thrill of romantic pleasure, as her ters were reckoned a very handsome set. Before, warm breath rushed upon my nerves, winged with the however, we had attained maturity, we were obliged transports of passion ; and at others I enjoyed the ento change our residence, as another family was fast vious happiness of pressing the delicate food which was growing up in our room. This event, which is called to pass into the soft channel contiguous to that through shedding the teeth, was very distressing to my young which ber respiration was conveyed. My time, inmaster or mistress, (I forget to which I belonged,) for
deed, could not have been more pleasantly occupied ; many bitter tears were dropped upon the occasion, and for I loved my mistress, and I had the satisfaction of when it became necessary to part with us, the hand finding myself serviceable to her in a thousand ways. which was to root us out of our places, essayed several It was at this time that I acquired the rudiments of my times to perform the melancholy office, before it had education, which had been previously very much necourage to accomplish it. My agony, it may be judg- glected. My mistress was very fond of novels and ed, was equally great; not only because I was going romances, and, as she took a pleasure in reading aloud, to wander, I knew not whither, but because I was to I received the benefit of every book which she perused. bid adieu, for the first time, and for ever, to my near- Perhaps, indeed, it was unfortunate for me that her est and dearest relations. This I did with a heavy predilection lay so much in the light style of literature, heart, and, having fortified my mind as well as I could, for I am certain it was in this way that I acquired a awaited, in trembling, the fatal pull. At last it came. certain sensibility of mind, which has since proved very Two delicate fingers seized me with reluctant violence, inconvenient to me on numerous occasions. The more and, after one or two irresolute tugs, severed me alto- useful branches of study, however, were not entirely gether from the scenes and playmates of my childhood. disregarded, as languages, music and philosophy were This shock was too great for my feelings to bear; occasionally resorted to by my mistress, when there consciousness forsook me entirely, and I continued, I was no object more agreeable to occupy her attention. know not how long, without having the slightest no- I may say, therefore, that, after I had been a year in tion of where I was. When I recovered my senses, I her service, I had reason to consider myself a pretty found myself in a very confined situation, which turned accomplished tooth. At the end of this time, an uns out to be the waistcoat pocket of a dentist, between lucky accident put an end to my happiness. wbom, and an interesting young lady, the following It chanced that my mistress, one day, after comdialogue took place :
pleting her toilette, bad gone out of the dressing room, “ Madam, if you will put confidence in me, I assure leaving me on the table. In her absence, two of her you that it is indispensably necessary for you to lose admirers entered the room at the same time, and, obe your decayed tooth, in order to preserve the soundness serving me both at once, entered into a dispute about of the rest."
the possession of me, as if I had been a rich prize. “ If it is necessary," said the gentle creature, and Neither of them would yield to the other, and it was my heart bled for her, “ if it is necessary, doctor, I ultimately agreed that a duel should decide their claims. will submit. But,” she added in a reluctant tone, A meeting accordingly took place, when one of the while her adviser proceeded
combatants dangerously wounded the other, and was “ I assure you, Madam, it is necessary; and, if you obliged to fly his country for the act. Not forgetting, will have patience for a moment, I will explain the however, the object which had occasioned the quarrel, science of our profession. The soundness of the teeth he wrote to my mistress, before departing for the condepends upon the same principle as the soundness of a tinent, mentioning that he had stolen me from her, and bridge. The teeth form an arch, and this arch must intended to wear me for her sake. be preserved entire ; for the moment there is any de- Behold me now, then, after having been the innocay in one of its parts, the strength of the whole is cent cause of bloodshed, separated for ever from my either impaired or ruined. Now, Madam, your arch dear mistress, and crossing the British channel in the is destroyed, by the unsoundness of one of your teeth, portinanteau of a new owner. In a short time we arand if you will just let me remove that one, I will rived at Boulogne, where the first thing my master did make a very neat job of it, and supply its place with was to take me out of the corner in which I had been one of the prettiest little teeth you ever saw." packed, and repair to a dentist, for the purpose of getit darted past, charged with venom and jealousy; but, ting a sound tooth drawn, to make room for me in his mouth. The pain which he suffered in executing this notwithstanding all my efforts to the contrary, I was gallant resolution, was very intense, as he evinced by still doomed to serve against my conscience. Ah! a most woful groan. At one time I thought that his how forcibly did my tranquillity, in the service of my heroism would not carry him through with it; and,
first mistress recur to my thoughts at these times. when it was over, it was found that I was a great deal I will not dwell upon so disagreeable a narration. too small to fill up the vacuum. This the dentist re- My mistress was obliged to leave Paris on account of presented very forcibly to my new master, and recom- the history of her teeth getting wind, and, when she mended that a larger tooth should be put in ; but
returned to London, her native place, to exhibit her nothing would dissuade him from his purpose, so I
mouth in the fashionable circles there, the story fol
lowed her. was forthwith mounted in the front of his mouth, shew
From mortification, at this result, she fell ill, and, as ing beside my companions like a pigmy. In this situation I travelled to Paris, where my appearance gained
her end was approaching, she desired my present owner for my master the name of "little-tooth Jack." Here to destroy the set of teeth without any person's knowI would perhaps have enjoyed myself considerably, ledge. To his mercy I owe my preservation, and my
readers the memoirs of a travelled and educated tooth, as I was constantly entertained with the choicet viands, had it not been that my looseness proved a serious inconvenience to me. I was several times very
OUTLINES OF WESTERN SOCIETY.-No. I. nearly extracted from my master's mouth by a tough
(From the Note Book of an Artist. / piece of meat, and especially when he attempted to
As I have only two reasons to assiga for quitting the more faspeak the French language, with which he was not par
shionable circles of Edinburgh, and taking up my residence in the ticularly familiar, his awkward attempts at pronunciation made me totter very insecurely in my place. In
great commercial emporium of the west, I may just as well let fact, as he was one day paying a compliment to a lady,
my reader at once into my confidence, by communicatiog these at a fete of the British ambassador's, the contortions two important matters ; particularly, as they can be done in few of his tongue were so gre as to unloose my fasten
words, and as this proof of my confidence inay chance to beget ings, and I dropped upon the floor, without my loss a corresponding feeling in return. As the first of these reasons, being at the time observed. There I lay the rest of
however, is ratber of a delicate nature, I trust the reader will the evening, subjected to the tread of merciless toes. consider it entirely entre nous ; and, I may also add, that I shall It was not till the next morning that I was rescued certainly feel very much hurt, should I ever chance to hear from my situation by the old ambassador himself, who, from the mouth of a third party, as it may tend to injure me in supposing me to have come from the gums of a duchess my profession. In your ear, therefore, my very indulgent friend, whose false teeth were no secret, preserved me as a let me whisper that my grand reason for quitting Edinburgh, was treasure in his scrutoire, till a vacancy in his odentic the great difficulty I had in getting paid for my labour. During establishment gave him an opportunity of taking me my stay amid the splendid poverty of the “ city of palaces,” I had into his service.
no reason to complain of want of employment; one kind friend Now, fairly settled in the ambassador's moutlı, I had introduced another, and all felt very much inclined to encourage all the advantages for becoming a thorough-bred po- a young man, whom they flatteringly allowed to possess some litician, as my master's time was almost wholly oc- talents in his art. It has often struck me, though, I confess, it cupied in framing diplomatic deceptions, or in making was with a feeling of humiliation, that there exists many points promises which he never intended to perform. I learnt of similarity between the profession of a portrait painter and that sufficient to have become, had I chosen, a consummate of a carver of chins. In the first place, we both may be said to master of intrigue. But, fortunately these lessons of belong to the brush, and both alike depend on the countenance of craft were opposed by that sensibility of disposition,
the public for our support, which, if withheld, we may shut up which I formerly mentioned; and the whimsical turn
shop as soon as we please. In some respects, however, I'must of my master's temper, dismissed me before I had been
confess my rival has the advantage of me; though he works in long in his possession.
water colours, yet he can lay on his tints with greater certainty of I was then cast neglected into a lumber
pleasing his customers than I can pretend to; he can also touch my beauty might have wasted itself long enough upon off a face at a single sitting, à thing wbich I have never been able the desert air, had not chance directed an old maid to
to accomplish ; and what is of much greater consequence, and gives turn me up, in a search after something else. “0! rare
him a decided superiority over almost every other " son of the tooth !” exclaimed the lady as soon as she espied my brush,” he gets his price for his faces the moment they are out of ivory brilliancy, “ 0! beautiful tooth 1 whose mouth
bis hands. Gentle reader, had I been treated by the aristocracy shall compare with mine, when it is adorned with thy
of Athens with a tithe of the consideration which they bestow sparkling lustre ? No more shall maids in their teens
upon their barber, I would not have been obliged to make my toss their heads at me, when I can shame them, by
bow to the more considerate, though less fashionable community, shewing a tooth as young and white as theirs." To
of which I am now, I trust, not altogether an unworthy member. seize and kiss me was one act, and in another hour the
But these high-flying worthies conceiving, I suppose, that as I dentist had received me into his hands, with directions to make a set of teeth as like me as possible. When
had made them sit for their portraits, it was but doing the polite
to make me sit in my turn for the payment, which I have done in these were completed, I was joined with them, and for the first time found myself cased in jaws, which, with
their cursed anti-rooms for many a blessed day, without being once the exception of myself, could boast of none but imita
honoured with a sight of their countenance; alas, reader! that tion teeth. This was an insult, sufficiently mortifying;
countenance which I had fondly hoped would bave enabled me but, after a short time, I discovered that this was not
to settle with my landlady, or my po less urgent tailor, was now, the most disagreeable part of my situation. My mis
without any fault on my part, save the trifling sin of importunity, tress was one of those ill-natured old maids who make most unhandsomely withdrawn from me. Yes, my indignant it their business to go about retailing scandal, and in
reader, the face on which I had bestowed so much pains, and venting ill-natured remarks against all of their neigh
wbose lineaments I had laboured to trace with all the art I was bours whom nature has given them cause to envy. In master of, and which, while so engaged, would have turned tothis malicious office, I was of course made an unwilling wards me, at my bidding, with any expression upon it I chose to instrument, and I may safely say that I never did any name, was now most ungratefully averted, and I received nothing thing so disagreeable to my wishes. Sometimes when but the cold profile when we chanced, by accident, to meet. How I was obliged to repeat stories, which I knew to be often have I said to such a patron, in the enthusiasm of my gratifalsehoods, I have wished that I could have slipt down tude, wben he promised to sit, that he had just the face for a the old lady's throat, and choked her outright. Often painter! Fool that I was ; I soon found that he had a face for have I pressed with biting probe upon her tongue, as anything.
As my first reason, the reader will perceive, arises from the circumstance of debts due to me, of which I could get no settlement, my second is founded on the first, viz. debts due by me, which I was unable to discharge ; and, as the one reason was the natural consequence of the other, I thought it time to balance my affairs; so, finding that the amount due to me was, at least, equal to that due by me, I considered myself free of the city ; but, in order to save unnecessary trouble to all parties, I thought it advisable to make the city free of me, and accordingly took my departure, well furnished with letters of introduction ; for my kind patrons, though unwilling to come down with the dust, were extremely ready, when they heard 1 was on the move, to give me recom. mendatory epistles to their friends. By this condescension, they trere relieved from my importunity, and consoled themselves, no doubt, with the idea, that they had, at the same time, laid me under an obligation.
The entrance to Glasgow reminded me very much of the little opening that supplies egress and ingress to the humming tenantry of a bee-bive. The denseness of its industrious population within, was sufficiently indicated by the buzz that met you on the outskirts ; while the narrow lane-like approach seemed so ridiculoasly disproportioned to the extent and magnificence of the city, that few who have seen it will, I believe, dispute the accuracy of the above comparison.
Having, through the influence of one of my letters of introduction, established myself in what might be considered comfortable lodgings, I passed the remainder of the evening in arranging with my Jandlady the various departments of the commissariat. As these, however, cannot be very interesting to the reader, I shall pass them over in silence.
advice, he may read it in the past history of the Theatre which is now under his management, and in the present condition of others, which from their prominent situation, ought to furnish a more striking example. Why is it that the two great London Theatres are falling to decay, that the one is encumbered with a debt which paralyzes all its energies, and that the other is driven to the resource of converting itself into a menagerie of beasts? It is because their managers are sacrificing to a vicivus taste, and grudge to pay for the use of those talents which attract crowds to Saddler's Wells and the Adelphi. Precisely for the same reason the Glasgow Theatre will never succeed, till its manager shews a disposition to reform the practice, which he acquired from his previous pursuits, of pleasing the gallery in preference to the boxes, and to abandon that ill-judged system of parsimony of which the poverty of his company is only a part. In fact, our stage, in order to deserve respectable support must have its cha. racter entirely changed ; and whether the present patentee is able to effect this change or not, we are justified in saying that the public have strong reasons for thioking that he does not intend it.
We have no room to expatiate farther on the management of our present Glasgow Theatre, or we might find other abuses which deserve our censure. What we have written, we have written in the best spirit and for the best ends. First, that we might be instrumental in raising the character of our stage to what it once was, and what it might certainly be again, and, in particular, to prevent the temple of Thalia becoming the mere acme for the buffoon and the pantomimist—the sacred shrine of Tbespis from being degraded by such insipid burlesques as Humlic Prince of Dunkirk. Secondly, as a warning to the Manager, whoin we believe to be energetic enough, to set about seriously putting his house in order. For his encouragement we promise, that, should our remarks create in him any desire to improve his establishment, we shall be the most willing to assist bis endeavours, and the first to recommend him to the support of the public.
MANAGEMENT OF THE ROYAL THEATRE OF
In giving an article under this head, it is our design, fearlessly to expose abuses which exist in the management of our Theatre, without regarding any object but the interest of the public. As it is from a sense of our duty to them that we undertake this task, we shall not allow the dread of private odium, to deter us from speaking truths that are disagreeable to individuals, while, by doing so, we may expect to benefit and vindicate the community.
It is notorious to all who know anything of Glasgow, that its Theatre is not an object of general attraction. In a gay and rich society, where no expense is spared to gratify the demands of taste or luxury, it might be expected that the refined amusement of of the stage, would find its constant patrons. Yet play-going, so far from being a fashionable amusement, among our wealthier circles, is a thing quite unknown, except on rare occasions, and even when a stranger comes to visit the town, he is never taken to the Theatre, as one of the lions of Glasgow. This is not the case in Edinburgh, where the Theatre is among the principal places of resort to citizens and strangers. It was not the case in Glasgow, as we formerly observed, some thirty or forty years ago. But it is the case in Glasgow now. What then is the conclusion which we are to draw from these facts? Surely, that some change has occurred in our Theatrical Establishment, which puts it on a footing of inferiority as compared with that of our neighbours in the East, and which deters our townsmen from indulging in the amusement to which they once shewed themselves so partial. If the truth be spoken, (and we intend to speak the truth), our regular company of actors is so wretchedly bad, as to render it a mark of taste, in the public, to absent themselves from their performances. This is the reason why his Majesty's Servants, as they are called, in Dunlop Street, are always obliged to exhibit to empty boxes, and are never thought worthy of being noticed in the public prints. But we are inclined to attribute the blame of it, not so much to these individuals themselves, as to the gentleman who has hired them. They cannot be any better than nature has made them, and, as nature never intended them to excel in their vocation, it is the part of the manager to discard them from his service, and engage more clever performers in their room. Let him do this, and let him make talent, instead of economy, the ground of his choice, otherwise be cannot expect that the public will be satisfied, or that any but the most indigent of his profession will accept bis penurious offers. If experience does not give him this
A COMPaxy of German performers has been engaged to represent the chefs-d'æuvre of their national composers, in their native language, during the months of May and June. These performances, with the grand Ballet, will be produced alternately with the Italian Operas, and subscriptions will be opened for the same, either separately or in conjunction with the ordinary entertain. ments of the establishment. The company, which has been selected from the élite of all Germany, will be complete both in numbers and ability. The following eminent artists have already been engaged for the occasion :- Mademoiselle Nanette Schechner,
Madame Schraeder Devrient, Madlle. Heinefetter, Maddle. Schützel, Madame Spitzeder, Madlle. Schneider, &c.-Herr Haizinger, Signor Giulio Pellegrini, Herr Dobler, Herr Wäch. ter, Herr Spitzeder, Herrn Wieser, Hahn, &c.
The music will consist of all the principal modern compositions of the German school. The · Fidelio' of Beethoven_“ Eurianthe' and · Freischütz' of Weber—the 'Jesonda' of Spohr – the · Hochzeit der Figaro,' Belmonte e Constanze,' and · Don Juan' of Mozart--the Macbeth' of Chelard, who has been in. duced to come from Munich, to preside at the representation the Vampyr' of Lindpaintner, who likewise will honour the performance with his presence—the • Emmeline' of Weigl-the • Ræberbraut' of Ries ;-these, and whatever others may be found in the repertoire of the existing company, the entrepreneur states, shall be represented in the great Theatre of the Italian Opera House.
EPIGRAM.-FAULT HUNTING. The difference betwixt Tom and meTom hunts my foolish points to seeI hunt Tom's merits to find outBut, after many a vain pursuit, With grief of heart I'm forc'd to own, That Tom finds game, but I find none,
A second edition of " The Mother's Book” will be ready in a few days.
The Journal of a Tour in the years 1828–29, through Styria, Carniola and Italy, whilst accompanying the late Sir H. Davy, is about to appear from the pen of Dr. Tobbin.
Mr. T. K. HARVEY is about to re-produce his Gems of Modern Sculpture in a much improved form.
“ Live upon
" THE DAY" OVERCAST.-In our number for Tuesday, we ventured, in accordance with the spirit of independence asserted in our prospectus, to give a candid and impartial opinion on the proposal for railing in the point of the Exchange, and, though we are not conscious of indulging in that vein of raillery which the subject might have warranted, yet, mirabile dictu ! our well-intentioned remarks have given real offence. Yea, so much so, that they have actually operated like an emetic, and compelled one of the Corinthian capitals of the Literature of Glasgow to throw up his subscription. This being a circumstance of such serious consequence to our future existence, circulars were despatched to convoke the “ Council of Ten," who sat in grave discussion till an early hour this morning, when they came to the conclusion, that the independence of “The Dar” must be kept up even though another four farthing Macenas should withdraw his patronage from the Journal. The foregoing resolution having been engrossed in the minutes of the meeting, the Council broke up, after giving three cheers for the growing independence of the Glasgow Press.
Good Advice." Pray, Mr. Abernethy, what is the cure for gout ?" asked an indolent and luxurious citizen. sixpence a-day, and earn it !" was the pithy answer.
IMPORTANT TO SCHOOLMASTERS.--A mechanic in America has invented a machine for seminaries which, by means of steam, not only warms the room, but tlogs the boys on a graduated scale, according to their offences.
The PLAGUE IN LONDON.-" The court removed to Hampton, to get out of the way of the Plague. This calamity broke out just as we were going to sea ; and was now giving frightful proofs of its increase. Thousands died in London every week. Must I confess, that by one universal consent we seemed to bave resolved to say nothing about it? Nay, if we thought about it, we determined to be only the more thoughtless; and for some weeks, I did not suffer the word to pass my lips. We looked up to the sky wandered and laughed among the alleys green; and Hampton might bave been taken for an odd kind of a bit of heaven, privilege ed from the miseries of earth."-Sir Ralph Esher by Leigh Hunt.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
MR. NICOL'S CONCERT.
"N. N’s” communication has been received. The anecdote, however, is rather pointless. It will always give us pleasure, however, to hear from this correspondent.
A continuation of the “ Memoirs of Mr. PETER PIRNIE" on Monday.
Our Spectacles are to be at the Assembly to-night, and will be able to present our fair readers, on Monday, with an outline of all that goes on at that rendezvous of our city ton and fashion.
Under the head of “ Original Poetry," we gave, in yesterday's Number, a little piece entitled “Yes and No," which we omitted to say was a translation from the French.
We have received a letter, containing a threat of prosecution, unless an apology is made for an Article which appeared in one of our Numbers. The letter, of course, was laid before the “ Council of Ten;" but no apology is considered due.
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On Tuesday evening, we attended the Ninth Annual Concert given by our clever Flute Professor, in the Great Assembly Room, anticipating, of course, a treat such as we bave frequently enjoyed on former occasions ; but, upon the whole, our impartiality obliges us to confess that we were not altogether satisfied.
The performers were Miss Byfield, Mr. Murray, and Mr. Han. cox, of Edinburgh, and Miss Paxton of this city—who, by the way, will, after
more study and tuition, make a very pretty singer. Of Miss Byfield we have to remark, that we thought the only song her capabilities were equal to was “ Away to the mountain's brow”—a ligbt and sprightly melody, which neither requires much elegance nor much facility. “ Auld Robin Gray," and “ Non piu Mestæ" were evidently beyond her powers.
In the former, the smooth and graceful “ Portamento," so necessary in a ballad where deep feeling is to be expressed, was altogether il-wanting ; while, in the latter, which should have been much quicker, her waut of easy execution was very apparent. Of Mr. Ilancox we have to speak very differently—his violoncello solo was the finest thing performed during the evening. The delicate and feeling expression of the Scottish air,“ My love's in Gerinany,” was, in fact, only equalled by the masterly execution of the Polacca. This is a gentleman for whose appearance we shall always feel obliged to Mr. Nicol; but as to Mr. Murray_what shall we say of him? Assuredly it is by no means our wish to be severe; but, we would ask, why is this gentleman brought to Glasgow as a solo player? The thing is absolutely preposterous. The fact is, Mayseder's Polacca was performed more after the manner of a student playing an exercise to his master, than any thing at all a-kin to concerto playing; and then, the Scottish air -really it was—but enough. Mr. Nicol played in his usual masterly manner ; but we would hint, that fewer chromatic roulades, and fewer shakes, both “ loud and long,” would be more tasteful and more pleasing. To afford pleasure to others, it is not always necessary to show that you can master difficulties. The fact is, pathos is the great charm of the flute; and if this be not attended to, all the double-tongueing, chromatic runs, and snuffbox staccatto, will prove of no avail. It is the heart—not the head --that the fute is formed to affect. The orchestra was complete in all its parts; and except the wind instruments being, as usual, a little out of tune, particularly in the first symphony, was tolerably effective. The overture to Cenarentola was played with much spirit and precision; and, considering the state of instrumental music in Glasgow, was deservedly encored. We conclude with expressing a hope that our observations will induce Mr. Nicol to be more particular in his engagements in future, while we wish him every success in his professional career.