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“ Are the 4th gone?” is the first question at the breakfast table every morning, and the sulky growl with which papa answers, “ don't know, I'm sure, Miss," at the same time that he runs his eye over his newspaper, makes the fair one resolve to seek her information from another source. Accordingly, she hastens, upon pretence of some sbopping required, to Argyll Street or the Arcade, where she hopes to get a glimpse of a military surtout. Her curiosity is soon gratified, Major Captain Lieutenant -, or Cornet
-, passes on horseback, and his hat is raised from his head to acknowledge a bow from the lady; and away she skims, like Camilla over the plain, to pay a visit an hour earlier than the usual etiquette, and to announce to a number of expecting listeners that the dragoons are still in Glasgow.
had their houses cleansed by him. As, also, an attestation from the managers of the charity work-house of Edinburgh, in a general meeting, certifying the house being cleansed of said vermin by the said Mr. Olipbant, without the least injury to the health of any of the people in said house, the number of the family, during the whole operation, consisting of betwixt six and seven hundred people, of all ages and both sexes. Also, by an attestation from tbe Matron of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, confirmed by the report of the physicians attending said Infirmary—that Mr. Oliphant had cleansed three wards of that bouse which were infected with bugs, without injuring the health of the patients, or spoiling any part of the house or furniture.
Therefore, we thought it proper to intimate the same in the most public man. ner, that any person or persons having the misfortune of having their houses or furniture being spoiled by said vermin, may be relieved from that domestic plague, by applying to the said Ebenezer Oliphant."
advertisements. LET, the of
Toitudes these to the north of Port-Dundas, and within
balf-an-hour's walk of the Royal Exchange. The House consists of Dining-room, Drawing-room, Parlour, Five Bedrooms, besides Light Closets, Kitchen, Laundry, Washing-house, Cellars, &c.
There are good Offices, which consist of Stabling, Byre, &c. &c. Also, a large Garden, which is well-stocked with fruit trees—and grass sufficient to pasture two Cows.
The House to be seen on Mondays and Thursdays. Rent moderate.— Apply to JOHN SMITH, 14, Gordon Street.
Glasgow, 2d Feb. 1832.
ROYAL PICTURE GALLERY. Our readers have probably heard, if they have not been there to see, that there is a collection of paintings in one of the apartments of Holyrood house, which are pretended to be portraits of the old Scottish Kings. As specimens of art, they are, generally, esteemed to be beneath criticism, and it is very apocryphal, whether they really are portraits of the personages whose names are attached to them. Sinollet, in his “ Expedition of Humphry Clinker,” gives his opinion on the whole matter with very little reserve. Speaking of Holyroodhouse, be observes :-“ The apartments are lofty, but unfurnished ; and as for the pictures of the Scottish Kings, from Fergus I. to King William, they are paltry daubings, mostly by the same hand, painted either from the imagination, or from porters hired to sit for the purpose." The pictures, however, in defiance of Dr. Smollet's opinion, are still shewn to strangers visiting the palace, as the real portraits of Scotland's ancient Momarchs. But the visitors do not always give implicit credence to the story. A deceased bookseller of Edinburgh, well known for bis fondosss of a good joke, and bis own inimitable style of passing one off, used to tell, with great glee, of the signiticant way in which the Persian Ambassador, wbo, some years ago, visited these Northern regions, expressed his opinion of the paintings in question. On their being pointed out to bim by the old female Cicerone, who had charge of the gallery, his Excellency shrugged up bis shoulders, and addressed the woman in very bad English, “you paint dem picterr?” “ Eh na, please your Lordship,” said the woman, with a broad grin and a shake of her bead, “I canna pit iny hand to ony thing like that.” This, to his Excellency, who knew very little of the English language, and far less of the Scottish dialect, was perfectly unintelligible, but with a roguish look at the pictures, and then at the woman, he replied, “ Ab ! you mak' betterr."
ANCIENT MUNICIPAL PROCLAMATIONS.
The following advertisements shew that the Municipal Authorities of our good city have, generally, struck at higher game in their proclamations, than their brethren of Auld Reekie. We will give precedence, on account of its date, to that of Glasgow:-
From the West Country Intelligence of January, 1715-a Glasgow newspaper published three times every week for the use of the country round :
“ Glasgow, Jan. 13.- His Grace the Duke of Argyle has been pleased to cause proposals be Issu'd, for the encouragement of men and borses to serve in transporting the artillery, ammunition, baggage and other necessarys for the army, when they march into the north against the rebels ; by these proposals, every man with a horse, is to have, for himself, sixpence, and for his horse, one shilling sterling, with a stone of hay and half a peck of oats each day; every carter to have eightpence per day with the foresaid allowances for each horse, which are to be paid twice a week. All the horses, before they are called out, are to be apprized by sworn men appointed for that purpose, and the values of them kept in a public record, that, in case any of them be lost in the foresaid service, the value of the horses so Jost may be repayd to the owners. And, in case, any who bave horses, shall refuse to bring them out upon these encouragements, they shall be forced into the service without any allowance whatsomever. I understand the Duke of Argyle has proportioned the horses to be raised in the manner following :--By the Shire of Air, 300. The Shire of Renfrew, 50. The Shire of Dumbarton, 50. The Shire of Clidesdale, 300, whereof the towu of Glasgow is to put out 135 and 45 carts.
“ This day our Magistrates have Issu'd out a proclamation, requering all the inhabitants of this city, who have horses, to repair with them to the Old Green, this afternoon, at three of the clock, where they are to be appriz’d.”
From the Edinburgh Advertiser of February, 1761:-“ By order of the Right Hon. the Lord Provost, Magistrates and Council of the city of Edinburgh. Whereas, it has been reported to us, that a new, safe and effectual antidote against bugs has been discovered by Ebenezer Oliphant, jeweller, goldsmith and burgess of this place, we thought it incumbent on us to make strict inquiry into said report, and, having found it true, by the repeated attestations of several private families of this city who
PRIETORS of the NORTH BRITISH INSU. RANCE CORPORATION, beld within the Company's Of. fice, Hanover Street, on Monday the 5th instant, the following Noblemen and Gentlemen were elected PRESIDENTS and DIRECTORS, and a DIVIDEND was declared payable on Monday, the 4th day of June next.
PRESIDENT.—Ilis Grace the DUKE OF Gordon.
Vice-PRESIDENTS.— The Right Honourable the EARL of ABOYNE.— The Right Honourable the Earl of CAMPEKDOWN and GLENEAGLES.
ExtraorDINARY DIRECTORS.— The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Strathallan.- The Honourable Lord Moncrieff. -Sir Thomas Dick Lauder of Fountainhall, Bart.—Sir Robert Dundas of Dunira, Bart.- George Macpherson Grant, Esq. of Bal. lendalloch.-John Cunninghame, Esq. of Duloch.-- William Trotter, Esq. of Ballendean. - Henry Monteith, Esq. of Carstairs. - Thomas Guthrie Wright, Esq. Auditor of the Court of Session.-* Richard Alexander Oswald, Esq. of Auchincruive.
-* Henry Houldsworth, Esq. of Cranstonhill, Glasgow.* Colin Campbell, Esq. Possil.
ORDINARY DIRECTORS. — Robert Cockburn, Esq. Chairman.Robert Wright, Esq.- William Young, Esq.- Robert Menzies, Esq.—James Nairne, Esq.--Hugh Broughton, Esq.-James Hay, Esq.- James Farquhar Gordon, Esq.-* James Gillespie Davidson, Esq.—Gilbert Laurie Finlay, Esq.- Alexander Monypenny, Esq.-— Thomas Richardson, Esq. James Borthwick, Manager.-John Brash, Secretary.
Those marked are New Directors. The following advantages are offered to the Public, by this office :
The Assured may either participate in the Profits, guaranteed against risk by the Capital of the Company, or they may secure to their heirs a precise sum at a reduced rate of premium. On the 4th May, 1831, an addition was declared to the participating policies in force on the 31st December, 1830, of £1 per cent. oa the sums insured for each year they have been in force within the Septennial period, ending that day.
Policies when transferred in security of Loans are relieved from the Duelling clause.
Every facility is given to parties going Abroad, and no charge for travelling in Europe.
No extra premium required from Naval or Military Gentlemen, unless called into actual service. No admission fees or entry money charged. North British Insurance Office,
Edinburgh, 15th March, 1832. S
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arms, and the
FROM AN UNPUBLISHED ROMANCE OF THE out of the firmament, or that thou wert any thing else SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.
than a Popish witch."
“ Thou'rt both bigot and fool, fellow; but as thou AN INTERVIEW.-ITS CONSEQUENCES.
wilt not believe word of mouth, perhaps thou wilt The excitement caused by recent occurrences was trust the testimony of thine own senses. Do these beginning to subside, and, notwithstanding the impe- letters prove nothing, and this likeness, which she tuosity of his temper, was nearly forgotten by Mr.
will it prove nothing ?” Heatherbleat, himself, when, one evening, as he sat And, as she spoke, she laid on the table the miniaalone in his small parlour, musing over the singular ture which Rose had consigned to the hands of Lady complexion of the times, a person was ushered into his Lyll
, but which, in the subsequent confusion, had fallen apartment so strangely muffled up, as to render it dif- to the ground, and been picked up by her; and several ficult to determine whether the visitor was man or letters which her emissaries had managed to obtain pos
Pushing her hood over her head, and fasten- session of, and which were couched in the usual hypering the door, carefully, behind her, Eleanor Lyll— bolical language of love epistles. Stupified, but not who was unknown to the minister-advanced towards convinced, as his eye coursed rapidly over the lethim, and, taking a seat, with great unconcern, said, ters, he again exclaimed !
“I am the Knight of Upper Newton's daughter, “ But what didst thou see, lady_thy speech is amSir, and would bave private speech of thee, on a mat- biguous, and this is a weighty matter." ter of importance.”
“ I saw Rose locked in
brother's “ Ha!” cried Heatherbleat, “ Satan within my
house burning kiss impressed again and again on her lips," —what want ye here ? get thee behind me, tempt- and ere the minister could reply, she had departed, ress.”
leaving the documents of Rose's guilt in his posses“ Be calm, Sir, be calm. Knowest thou the girl,
sion. Rose Allison."
Had Mr. Heatherbleat been accustomed to weigh “ Sure, I do, but what be that to thee, lady ?” evidence, or had he been a man of sufficient calmness “ She is of thy people, is she not?”
of mind, to examine any subject coolly, he would not " Truly, she once was, and I would she were again. | only have seen, that the so-called proof now laid before She was the pearl of my flock, thanks to my efforts for him, and the object of the party who had made the the salvation of her soul, and the direction of her foot- communication, were alike worthless ; but, it unforsteps; but she hath been ill at ease of late—all because tunately happened that he was neither, and that, when of sojourning in thy heathenish house. What would'st strongly excited, he mistook the suggestions of pasthou with her or me?"
sion for the inspirations of wisdom. On the present “ Not much, Sir, but as I have some respect for that occasion the struggle was long and doubtful, but, when young person, I would wish to advertise thee that he reflected on the scorn with which his advances there have been passages of love between her and my bad been repelled by Rose—when he read the letters brother, the young Knight."
of the young knight, and looked on the miniature “ 'Tis false," exclaimed Heatherbleat, with great which she bad worn—when he thought of her opporemotion, and pacing the apartment with hasty strides, tune domestication at the castle—and, more especially, as he ejaculated—“'tis false as hell, and thou vitupe- when he imagined the scene wherein Alan hung over ratest thine own sex in saying so, lady. Wert thou the her in passionate fondness-other feelings than those daughter of a king, instead of a proud Popish Knight, of a purely judicial character mingled themselves with I would say so to thy face.”
his reflexions, and filled him with a transport of jea“ Say what ye please, Sir, it can be nothing to me; lous indignation, and of holy rage. The remainder of
in the night he passed in ruminating over all the circumthese matters in thy sect, and I thought it right to stances, illuminated, as they began to be, by a reinstruct thee of the fact, for the maiden's own sake.” collection of the reports which had been long in cir
“ 'Tis false, madam, I say again, 'tis false; but, an it culation, and which, with more discretion than was were true, I do marvel much that thou, a woman and common with him, he had, hitherto, disregarded, but a sister, should'st bruit the dishonour of thine own which now assumed a well-defined form and shape. blood. There have been rumours, I know, but they As morning dawned, he threw himself, undressed, were vulgar slanders, and beneath thy notice, one upon his bed, and resigned himself to a disturbed would think. What proof hast thou against this poor
sleep, from which he awoke feverish, unrefreshed, and child !"
ill at ease. “ Mine eye-sight, Sir. Will that satisfy thee?" At noon, he summoned his Session, and laid before
“ Thine eye-sight! What would'st thou say, wo- them the documents which he held, with an account man, or demon, or whatever else thou art ? Thine
eye- of the way in which he became possessed of them ; sight !"
but, to his surprise, he found that they did not make “ I have said all I mean to say, Sir, and thou may'st the same impression on the minds of his fellow combelieve, or disbelieve, as it listeth thee ; but, thinkest purgators, as on his own. Unused to opposition, he thou, I would come on such an errand alone, and to insisted on their weight, and, waxing warm, he applied thee, too, an' I had no grounds for my assertion? Thou the term harlot to the beautiful and innocent object of knowest me not, Sir."
his misplaced anger. “ Truly, I do not, and I do thank God for the same. “ For shame, for shame"-cried several voices, at Believe so foul a calumny as thou hast now propound- once, “Mr. Heatherbleat, that's an unco strong word ed! I would as soon believe that the sun was stricken to use against the bit lassy. Bairns will toy, ye ken."
“But I will bear none of this billing and cooing,"
sounded in ber ears; but, before she had time to utter one vociferated the Minister: “it may not, and shall not
word, exculpatory or defensive, her father had snatchbe, while I am the guardian of this flock. Wbo be ed from the ceiling, where it habitually hung, a small the men among ye, who will stand by your spiritual Moorish dagger, of exquisite workmanship, which he leader on this occasion ? Come forth, and join me, in had got in Spain, and bad sprung on his adversary summoning this man, and his sinful daughter, to pen
with the strength of a lion on his prey. The comance."
panions of the clergyman shrank back, but he, himself, Of the number, two, only, could be found, who was instantly in the gripe of the infuriated parent. were willing to take a part in so painful a transaction, The struggle was short. They both fell. The left and they were known to be unfriendly to Cuthbert. hand of Cuthbert encircled Heatherbleat's throat, and The rest departed to their several occupations, grieved the right was raised, preparatory to plunging the and huinbled by the conduct of their pastor.
dagger into his bosom, when Rose sprang forward, On the evening of that day, which, unknowingly to and plucked the weapon out of her father's hand. her, had opened so ominously for her future peace,
The blow fell, but harmlessly, and, Heatherbleat's comRose and her father sat together at the door of their panions approaching, he was rescued from immediate cottage, enjoying their simple and frugal repast. A strangulation. blush of health was beginning, once more, to spread
“ We shall meet again,” exclaimed Cuthbert,“ when over her countenance, though a practised eye would no hand will be ready to protect thee. Blood, alone, have discovered, in its still languid expression, the ra- shall wipe out this injury." vages of recent disease, and the traces of deep-rooted melancholy. The cool breeze of an autumn evening
ALLES ZUM GUTEN. was playing over the now bare fields, and wafting the withered foliage from the trees ; but the sky was clear
(From the German of Krummacher.) and frosty, and a placid serenity smiled upon the
Let man always accustom himself to think “what “ Methinks, father,” said Rose," the soul must sym- God sends is good, whether it may appear to bim good pathize deeply with the stillness and loveliness of nature. What a medicine to a sick heart is the silent A pious wise man came to a town, the gates of beauty of the living world.”
which were shut, no one would open them to him; " True, child-true," said Cuthbert ; " and it should hungry and thirsty, he was obliged to pass the night, make us thankful to God that his most indispensable with the heavens for his canopy. He said, “what mercies, at least, are not exposed to the influences of God sends is good,” and laid himself down. Near human caprice and pride. But here be footsteps, an I him, stood his ass, and at his side, a burning lamp. mistake not. I wonder who can mean to visit us at But a storm arose, and extinguished the light; a lion so late an hour."
came, and tore his ass in pieces. He awoke, found These words were hardly uttered, when Heather- himself alone, and said, “what God sends is good." bleat and his two companions advanced; and, stand- He waited patiently for the dawn of day. When he ing before the door of the cabin, the former began came to the gate, he found it open, the town laid waste, his harangue in a voice, trembling with emotion, and, sacked and plundered. A band of robbers had attackwith a face, pale from exhaustion and passion. ed it, and, during that same night, had either killed, or
“ Cuthbert Allison-I, the minister of Upper New- carried off as prisoners, all the inhabitants. He, alone, ton, with the advice of my Kirk Session, and, in the was spared." Said I not,” exclaimed the Optimist, presence of these godly men, do summon thee and thy “ that all that God sends is good ? But now, am I, guilty daughter, to compear before the said Session
only, permitted, in the morning, to behold wbat the on to-morrow's eve, there and then to answer certain evening before was hid from my view.” grave charges made and opheld against ye both. Do ye consent to answer in person ?".
LITERARY NOTICE. “ Sirs,” said Cuthbert, rising from his seat as he spoke, and unable to conceal his astonishment, though aware that Heatherbleat had ground of charge against
The Sporting Magazine for April, 1832. himself, “ Sirs, I may not answer this summons till I OUR “DAY WITH THE HOUNDS,” we understand, know with what we are charged. I am aware that pleased Snobs as well as Sportsmen, and we don't thou hast cause of complaint against myself, Mr. Hea- wonder at it ; for such a literary race with fox-hounds therbleat, and since thou hast been unmanly enough to we never recollect of perusing. This circumstance bas use thine advantage, I do not object to a friendly con- made us regard sporting with more favourable eyes ference anent that matter; but, against my child, thou than we have been wont to do, since that fell foe to all canst have none, and let that man look to himself, sport, the gout and rheumatism, forced us to part who would make any such." Rose clung to her father with our old thorough-bred. Feeling the old tid upon as he spoke, and gazed, with a look of dismay, on the us, however, we went in, and once more became a substern and coarse features of Heatherbleat, as he re- scriber to Pittman's Magazine, and we have since sat plied,
down with as much zest to consult the Sporting Calen“ Proud man, thou wilt yet be humbled in the dust. dar as we were of yore wont to look out for the feats Talk not to me of friendly conferences. Thou art of Hamiltonian and Diamond. The fact is, our late guilty thyself, that thou knowest full well, and, as to fast, in this respect, has given us a new appetite for the thy daughter, I have that proof against ber which will turf, the stream, the air and the field, and we feel inshame ye both out of the land, as hypocrites and devil clined to make our readers partake of the pleasure servers."
which we ourselves have enjoyed. “ Ye lie, foul priest," cried Cuthbert, “ye lie, and, The number of the Magazine before us is a very if thou walkst not off, and leav'st not me and my
It tells us of “ Angling,” treats of the to our solitude, and our sorrows, I will smite thee to - Migration of the Snipe and Woodcock, Norway the earth."
Teal and Golden-Ey'd Diver”-deals in “ Days of “ Then, thou wilt not come ? Be it so, my duty is Hog Hunting in India"-gives us a “ Day at Melton," done. Before these, my brethren, I denounce thee as
a peep at the Suffolk Hounds," and a humorous a contemner of Sabbaths, a despiser of ordinances, a account of the “ Steeple Chase at St. Alban's," for communicator with Papists, and a drunkard, and thy 1000 guineas, with a dozen other things, that would daughter as a perjured harlot.”
make an old sportsman leap from his couch, although A scream issued from the mouth of the trembling he were as stiff as old Justice Woodcock. We might and unfortunate girl, as the dreadful expression re- extract many good things from this number, to give
Mrs. FITZHERBERT.— A worthy and amiable woman, formerly, they say, married to King George IV. but at present wholly without influence in that quarter, but no less beloved and respected, d'un excellent ton et sans pretension.-- Tour of a German Prince.
PUNCTUALITY.—When General Washington assigned to meet Congress at noon, he never failed to be passing the door of the hall while the clock was striking 12. Not unfrequently new members of Congress who were invited to dine with him, delayed until dinner was half over; and he would then remark, “ Gentlemen, we are punctual here. My cook never asks whether the company has arrived, but whether the bour bas.”
On Riches.- To be rich is to bave more than is desired, and more than is wanted ; to have something which may be spent without reluctance, and scattered without care, with which the sudden demands of desire may be gratified, the casual freaks of fancy indulged, or the unexpected opportunities of benevolence improved.-Langton.
TO AN OLD ANCHOR. (From a forthcoming volume of Poems by William Mayne.) Thy rusty limbs are worn and prostrate now,
Thou dark memorial of power and love ;
Which has defied the thunder-storm above,
our readers an idea of the glories of the chase, and untold delights of a glorious nibble, but as we know that Long Tails is more the favourite sport of the West Country than any other, we therefore beg leave to transfer to our columns, a paper entitled, SKETCHES OF GREYHOUNDS AS TO SEX AND COLOUR.
As a lover of the Leash, I sometimes amuse myself with per, using works on the subject of greyhounds; and I have been struck with several remarks, which, to say the least of them, appear rather questionable. In a clever work, entitled The Courser's Companion, the author observes, speaking of greyhounds, that “the dun, or as some term it the light fawn, and the brind are indicatire of a cross from the bull dog, which may be of a long anterior date ; and, bowever remote that cross may be, the blood never gets entirely washed out, but its effects, as well as the colour, will sometimes re-appear ;” and afterwards refers to Mr. Mundy, who, in speaking of the brinded greyhound, used to say, “that he never saw a real good one in his life of that colour, although he had seen many of them possessed of very great speed.”
My reasons for doubting the soundness of this conclusion areFirst, that Major and Salvia, the brother and sister of Spowball, were both brindled; and, as Mr. Goodlake tells us, when in good running condition in their prime, they are reported never to have been beaten, nor to have exhibited symptoms of lurching to kill." -Secondly, the Stud Book contains the names of several greyhounds, dun, fawn, and brindled, the winners of prizes of the first class. Brind seems an inaccurate term, meaning brinded or brindled, both of which appear in Johnson as synonymous. is a received opinion,” says Mr. Osbaldiston, “that a greyhound bitch will in common beat a greyhound dog, by reason that she excels him in niinbleness ; but, if it be considered that the dog is longer and stronger, that opinion will seem to be but a vulgar error.” “The Country Farm" treats it as an erroneous fancy that a bitch is swifter than a dog : "for the good dog will ever beat the good bitch." My reasons for doubting this as an invariable rule are—first, that a cursory perusal of the Stud Book by no means confirms it, the bitches appearing to be winners of the first-class prizes as frequently, or nearly so, as the dogs : secondly, that the bitch Clara was of such distinguished excellence as to be sold for £150 : thirdly, that the bitch Czarina won furty-seven matches without ever being beaten ; and that is more than can be said of the famous dog Miller, for he was beaten by Mr. Hughes's Duncan : fourthly, the reason which is given why the dog should beat the bitch is anything but satisfactory--because he is longer and stronger.” He may be longer, but it by no means follows that he is stronger; rather the reverse. I have at this moment a small black greyhound, and, although he is the shortest dog I posses, and has to compete with very good but longer dogs than himself, in speed and stoutness be surpasses them all. The best greyhound I ever possessed was a bitch, and she was by no means a lengthy one, but of great depth of chest and width of loins, and full of excellent sinew. I conclude, therefore, that the sex of greyhound is very immaterial ; and that, as a good borse cannot, in the jockey's creed, be of a bad colour, so a good grey. hound cannot be of a wrong gender.
Another idea very prevalent is, that “ those are always fittest to be chosen among the whelps that weigh the lightest, for they will be sooner at the game." This is rather a singular reason ; because as the same author (and in this respect many others concur with him) admits, that the greyhound bitch exceeds in quickness the greyhound dog, it would follow that a bitch puppy should be selected in preference to a male. If it be intended, however, to insinuate that the lightest puppy will generally become the quickest dog of the litter, my own observation by po means corroborates that conclusion. But, if it were so, the selection might only amount to this, that an animal might be chosen which possessed speed, but not stoutness. It must be obvious that the lightness of the whelp cannot be the infallible criterion of its future excellence; it may be questioned, indeed, whether it can be any criterion. The shape may possibly afford some ground of conjecture, for beyond conjecture we scarcely can expect to travel-moral certainty is not to be obtained.
Yet thou hast stirred thy limbs in many a day,
When gallant spirits, jovial, light and free, Amidst appalling dangers, cheered away,
And put undoubting confidence in thee. And, with the clear burra of love, long tried, Launched thee amid' the dark, tempestuous tide.
And, from the vessel's bulwark, thou hast passed,
Regardless of the wavy serpent hiss ; Unheeding the vindictive lightning-blast,
Pursuing downward, there, the black abyss, Seeking to splinter thee, ere thou couldst save Thy daring sailors, from an unblest grave.
And 'mid the sands of ocean thou hast elung,
And made them quiver in thy broad embrace;
Beneath the blast, now found a resting place,
And round thee, with a quick and wistful sweep,
Have swam the deadly spirits of the sea, And told thee up, the ocean's paths to leap,
And leave their mystic haunts so old and free. They wished the vessel to become their prey, But thou hast driven their witching words away.
Thou hast reposed where human fancy fears
To follow thea-thou hast bebeld the old, And gather'd shipwrecks of a thousand years,
With ruin quivering in each dead void bold; Surrounded by their loved and ancient friends, O'er whom the shadow of their darkness bends.
Thou hast beheld the rock which shoots its head
Up from the cold, deep bosom of the sea; A mountain of the ocean, huge and dread,
In whose unvisioned depths, strange monsters be, Which never yet have swept throughout the deep, But in their own vast chasms of borror keep.
These, thou hast seen, but now thou liest low,
Neglected, in the earth's mean dust—no more To feel the migbty waters o'er thee flow,
And, boldly, dive amid' the ocean's core. Thy early strength has moulder'd all away: Into thy very heart, has goawed decay.
ROBESPIERRE.--I had twice occasion to converse with Robespierre. He had a sinister expression of countenance, never looked you in the face, and had a continual and unpleasant winking of the eyes. Having once asked me for some explanation relative to Geneva, I pressed him to speak upon the subject; but he told me that he was a prey to the most childish timidity, that he never approached the tribuue without trembling, and that, when he began to speak, his faculties were actually absorbed by fear.Dumont.
EARLY RISING.—The difference between rising at six, and rising at eight in the course of forty years, suppose a person always goes to bed at the same hour, amounts to twenty-nine thoussand hours. This is in fact, the same as if ten years were added to the period of our lives, in wbich we might command eight hours every day for the cultivation of our minds and the dispatch of our business.
And yet, forlorn and broken, as thou art,
There is, about thee, a poetic spell,
And makes his free rough fancy, glow and swell ;
Which makes him kneel, and from the heavy dust,
Where thou art almost buried, raise thy head, And from thee clean the thick decaying rust,
Which now, alas ! by thy own limbs is bred; And slowly leave thee with a look and sigh, As if thou wert com papiou brotherly,
T'other night we had a sad dispute, with some wiseacres, about the extent, to which minuteness in the art of engraving might be carried. In the course of the dispute, we were told with the air of so much certainty, of the utter impossibility of putting the Lord's Prayer in a space so small as a diameter of an eighth of an inch, that we were at last obliged to give our assent to the assertion--and lo! here comes forward Mr. Hugh Wilson, of this city, who intimates that he has actually accomplished the certainly difficult task. The specimen which he is about to publish is really a curiosity.
pale, poor thing; but she told me, previously, she was determined not to faint, as that ruse had now become far too common. When Mr. Maksure, the clergyman, spoke about leaving father and mother, and becoming one flesh, a little rogue of a nephew of the bride's tittered and then laughed outright, wbich piece of illbreeding made the blood mount to Miss Marryme's cheeks, and for an instant her face rivaled the piony. The tide soon turned; no sooner had the boy suppressed his laughter, than a little neice burst into tears, and, forthwith, the bride's face become pale as
any lily.” We all felt very uneasy, you may be sure, during this tragic-comic scene. Mr. Maksure then gave the bride a hearty kiss, and wished her much joy. This rapid sketch of the marriage must suffice, as I really bave not time to give you a full and particular account; indeed, I'm not sure that Mrs. will be pleased for my having told you so much.
She desired me, if I loved her, to be sure to write you, at any rate, that she was exceedingly sorry (from the circumstance above related) that she could not do berself the honour of attending the grand ball to be given by the “ Council of Ten,” in course of this month; and, that she regretted, more than any thing, the opportunity she must lose of being introduced to that intelligent, amiable and respectable woman,
“ Auntie Pyet." You will, here with, receive the cake and gloves, put up in separate packages, for “ the Council of Ten,” and wishing
Each, and all, a fair good night,
And rosy dreams, and slumbers light.
MARIA MERRYTHOUGHT. Glasgow, 20 April, 1832.
ODDS AND ENDS.
WEST COUNTRY REMINISCENCES.
The following odd advertisement appeared in the “ Glasgow Mercury, of July 27, 1780 :
FAIRS, MARKETS, AND A RACE,
On Tuesday, the 8th of August. * The whole lands of Gourok are incorporate into a free barony, called the barony of Gourok, by a charter, granted by the deceast King William and Queen Mary, under the Great Seal of Scotland, to CastLEMILK and his heirs, dated the 24th day of the month of April, 1694, together with the BURGH of Barony of GOUROK, with full power to Castlemilk and bis heirs, to rear, build and enlarge the said town and burgh of barony, and to make and create burgesses within the said burgh. Also, with full power, faculty, privilege and license to the inhabitants of said burgh, present and future, who are, or may be admitted and received free burgesses of the same, by Castlemilk, of buying and selling wine, milk, pitch, tar, hemp, woollen, linen and harn cloth, and all other kinds of merchandize, and to pack up their goods in warehouses; as also, with full power to Castlemilk, of admitting and receiving, within the said burgh, bakers, brewers, butchers, fleshers and venders of every kind of fish, taylors, cordiners, hammermen, wrights, masons, saddlers, cutlers, weavers and all and every other kind of workmen, mechanics and artificers necessary, to whom it shall be lawful to use their said arts, business, cali. ings and vocations, as fully, freely and quietly, in every respect, as any other workmen and mechanics, of others of the same stations and callings within the kingdom bave exercised, or can fabricate, use and exercise, in all time coming ; with full power to Castlemilk and bis heirs, to elect, nominate, create and constitute baillies, clerks, serjeants, and all other officers and members necessary to rule and govern the said burgh, yearly, in all time coming. If it be necessary to rear, have and hold a tolbooth, court, barbour and port, within the foresaid bargh, in such places as the said Castle. milk shall see expedient; and to hold therein a court and market, weekly, upon Tuesday; and Two Free Fairs, yearly, the one upon the twelfth day of the month of June, to be called the Sum. Mer Fair at Gourok, and to keep up and continue, from the said twelfth day of June, for the space of three days thereafter; and the otber upon the tenth day of the month of November, which is to be called SAINT MARTIN's, of Gourok; the two fairs and weekly markets to be free of all dues whatever. The weekly market will begin to be held on the second Tuesday of August next.
“ And, for the convenience and encouragement of gentlemen, drovers and farmers, the cattle, if not sold, shall have liberty to feed in the muir at one penny a night, and sheep at fourpence the score, each night.
“ The town of Gourok is like the eye the Highlands, as it is a convenient landing place for all Highland gentlemen and others, and an excellent road from it to any part of Scotland.
" And for the ladies' and gentlemen's diversion, there will be both a Horse and Foor Race, if competitors offer.
“ July 26th, 1780.".
CONUNDRUM.— Why are those who quarrel little better than fools? --because there is not a good understanding between them.
What persons have the greatest claims to be admitted honorary members of clubs? Those with Club Feet.
Why was a certain great Pantomimist aud Clown the most clownish and unsocial looking person of his day? Because he was Grimaldi-Grim-all-day.
What Flemish painter bore the greatest resemblance to a decade of time. Teniers-Ten-Years.
A person in the Green, in the act of leaving the scene of a battle royal between two servants of the feminine gender, regarding the use of a washing vessel, was accosted by a new comer with the usual interrogatory of the curious and inquisitive, in matters of civil commotion and contention, of “ What is't :" " Oh! only the battle of the Boyne" said the other, and walked away.
CHIARINI.-- This celebrated Hebraist, who was professor of divinity, the oriental languages, and Hebrew antiquities, at the University of Warsaw, died in that capital, on the 28th of February
Monsieur Jay has been elected a Member of the Academy, in the place of the late Abbé de Montesquiou : so lively was the competition that it was not until the eighth ballot that he united a sufficient number of votes to secure his success.-Messrs. Sal. vandy, Thiers, Dupin and Tissot, were his competitors.
ADVANTAGES OF LEARNING.—Every man is more able to ex. plain the subject of an art than its professors ; a farmer will tell you, in two words, that he has broken bis leg; but a Surgeon, after a long discourse, shall leave you as igaorant as you were before.-Swift.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
The communications of “ M. W." and " W. H.” have been put into the hands of our Poetical Critic.
If possible, the epistle on “ Church Psalmody" on Saturday.
We can hold out no hope to “ Dandy Dinmont," of his ever shining in the world of letters, as a good story writer. Our honest impression is, that he has been more considerate than Dog berry, and saved, by his own hand, any other person from the trouble of writing him “down an ass.
OFF AT LAST!!
'NGRAVING.–To be Published on Saturday first, and to
The following letter, intimating the marriage of one of our fair correspondents, we have just receieved, from Miss Merrythought, and have to acknowledge the kind, polite and attentive manner in wbich she has discharged the duties assigned to her. The cake and gloves will be dispatched to the members of the Council of Ten, in the course of the day. We hope, after the boney-moon is over, to have a long letter from Mrs.
giving her candid opinion of the marriage state, which we shall publish for the benefit of our juvenile expectants.
MOST MINUTE ENGRAVING THAT HAS YET APPEARED. The subject is the LORD'S PRAYER, which will be found entire within the diameter of an eigth of an Inch, executed on Steel. By H. WILSON, corner of Stockwell and Trongate.
Glasgow, April 3, 1832.
To the Editor of The Day. “She's ower the border and awa'
Wi' Jock o' Hazeldeen." SIR,- I have the honour to acquaint you, that your fair correspondent, Miss W. L. U. Marryme was this day anited to Adam -, Esq. of Doucehowf. Immediately after the ceremony, the happy couple set off in a post chaise for London, where they mean to spend the honey-moon; but, in stepping into the carriage, Adam said to me, pour tout cela, mayhap, the last quarter of it may be spent in la belle France. Miss Marryme stood the ceremony very well for one at her time of life ; she tried to look
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