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In every situation during this voyage, Captain Clavering manifested the most perfect knowledge of, and the greatest activity and talent, in each department of the service, in consequence of which, and his former high character, he was appointed, after his return, to the Redwing, formerly commanded by Captain Fitzclarence, and left England in her for the African station. In the summer of 1827, he sailed from Sierra Leone, and was heard of no more; but some spars with the name of his vessel, which were found on the coast, too truly indicated, that the element on which the gallant and intrepid Clavering gained so much honour, was also destined to be his tomb!

OUR FORENOON VISITS.

island, the same upon which Capt. Phipps made his observations in 1773. We immediately proceeded to disembark the tents and instruments, and sent parties on shore to erect them, and also two huts; for the greater convenience of the party I proposed to leave bebind, to assist Capt. Sabine during my absence.”

These arrangements being completed, the Griper attempted to reach a high northern latitude, but was unsuccessful, and she returned to her former anchorage on the 11th, and found “our party well and in good spirits.”

In running up Davis' Strait, towards Baffin's Bay, in 1819, Captain Parry ascertained that the west coast of Greenland was, at that time, unapproachable, in consequence of an icy barrier extending along it. Captain Clavering was directed by his instructions, to endeavour to make the eastern coast of Greenland, and to proceed to the northward along it. Accordingly, the Griper left Spitzbergen on the 24th of June-on the 29th “passed much heavy ice, and gained the shore on the 8th July. We found a channel, of several miles in breadth, within the barrier. There was much loose ice, but nothing to prevent navigation. I went ashore to examine the land. Never was a more desolate spot seen ; in many places not a vestige of vegetation, the land high, from 2000 to 3000 feet near the coast ; in the interior, much higher. Spitzbergen was, on the whole, a paradise to this place.” On the 16th Captain C. left the ship, with two boats provisioned for three weeks. After coasting along for several days, they landed, and had an interview with the natives. “ They allowed us to approach the base of the rocks, which were about fifteen feet high. We deposited a looking glass, and pair of worsted mittens, and retired a few steps, upon which they immediately came down, took them up, and withdrew immediately to the top of the rock. After allowing them a few minutes to examine them, we again approached, when they permitted us to come close to them and shake hands, a ceremony they by no means seemed to comprehend, trembling violently the whole time, in spite of our best endeavours to inspire them with confidence. We now led them to their tent, which we examined more minutely, and which we gave them to understand we greatly admired.

“ August 29th, Aftering a fatiguing pull of eighteen miles, our progress being much impeded by bay ice, and after an absence of thirteen days, we were bappy to rejoin our friends, whom we found all well. The fine weather had been favourable for Captain Sabine's observations which were about completed.

“ August 30th, The observations were this day concluded, and we lost no time in re-embarking the tents and instruments.

September 4th, The re-appearance of the stars warned us how rapidly the days shortened at this sea

A breeze springing up from the north, we pursued our course slowly to the southward, working our way amongst a quantity of loose ice. On the 8th of September, the Griper was between two floes of ice, when they suddenly closed, and she was pressed by the tongues projected underneath from each, and lifted abaft, considerably out of the water; her weight immediately broke the tongues with an immense crash." On the 13th, a heavy gale blew from the N.N.W. On the 23d they made the coast of Norway. On the 24th they observed a fishing boat standing off, and received a pilot from her, and on the 6th they anchored in Drontheim harbour.

We have been unable in our extracts to name the different headlands, bays and islands explored on this expedition, but their number indicates that every hour was employed in forwarding the objects of the voyage, and in fulfilling the Admiralty instructions. The Griper weighed anchor on the 13th of November, and arrived in safety at Deptford on the 19th of the fol. lowing month.

To the Editor of The Day. Sir,—My aunt, Wilhelmina. is an unmarried lady of fifty-four, possessed of a natural buoyancy of spirits, undis. turbed by any serious heart-breaking personal calamity -she is lively and good-humoured, and forms a very pleasant companion for a leisure hour. With the gar. rulity of her sex, she knows propriety, and never allows her conversational propensities to interfere with the rules of good-breeding. She belongs to a good family, and this circumstance, combined with her agreeable man. ners, renders her a great favourite among the better classes at the west end of the town. Her person, even yet, is, by no means, unattractive, and warrants a just conclusion that, in her youth, she must have bad many admirers. When I see her, in her happiest moments, she tells me that she was a flirt: otherwise, I could never fathom how a woman of her acknowledged qualifications, and interesting apearance could possibly hare been permitted to enjoy a life of single blessedness so long. She loves to recount how many gay young fellows have been jilted by her, and in the rehearsal is unusually happy. Me being alone is therefore no misfortune to ber; and she is more than compensated for the want of a husband in the attentions bestowed upon her by a large circle of friends.

Like most maiden laidies my aunt is partial in her affections towards her relations. Some how or other, above all her nephews, I have crept into her good graces, and, in consequence, she is at great pains to improve me. She is exceedingly desirous of my success in the world, and, when an occasion offers of an introduction to any of her first friends, who may have it in their power to benefit me afterwards, she is sure to embrace it. The old lady is evidently much and generally respected; for I have universally found it does not fare the worse with me, in soliciting a favour from these people that I have been made acquainted with them through her instrumentality. The mode of in. troduction is, in my opinion, frequently rather abrupt; but my aunt's free off-band manner is well-known, and is by no means offensive, as it apologises for itself.

An annuity slender, but withal sufficient, under good management, to make her comfortable, is her sole means of subsistence. She is not, therefore, necessitated to do any thing, to earn a livelihood, and her forenoons are regularly devoted, as in the olden time, to shopping and visiting. She has often insisted that I would spend a day with her in making calls, and I as often declined the honour of escorting ber.

T'other day, however, she told me, very angrily, that she was of opinion I was ashamed to be seen with her on a forenoon. Here, I was fairly brought in-I protested nothing could give me greater pleasure, (shrugging my shoulders the while) than to accompany her, that she thought too unkindly of me, that I would esteem it an honour to be her beau at any hour or place. This was all she wanted :-to-morrow was agreed upon.

You are, probably, not aware of what is meant by forenoon visits.” First, you must understand that

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our forenoon does not terminate till dinner. The lady visitor equips herself in her richest silk gown-bonnet with feathers—a parasol in one hand and a reticule, with a card-case, in the other; and sets out to pay her morning devoirs to her friends or relations. At least, this is the way that the affair is managed in the west end. Nothing can be done till one o'clock-it would be most unfashionable for any lady to be seen on the streets before that hour. Indeed they who have been at the assembly on the evening previous will hardly yet have left their bed-rooms and swallowed breakfast. At all events, the young ladies of the family never dress till that time to receive strangers.

If the lady waited on is not at home, which, you can easily conceive, will be often the case, the visitor drops into the dining-room, rests berself for a few minutes, and leaves her card. This card answers all the important purposes of the visit, equally well with the person's self; for, when once a visit is made, no lady, with any pretensions to fashionable life, would repeat it for the world, till the visit be returned by the other party.

If the person waited upon is found at home, the health of each, and of all the relatives of each, is most assiduously, and with intense apparent sincerity, enquired for-a little common-place chit-chat follows, and the whole interview is, occasionally, closed with the friendly hospitality of cake and wine.

When the lady-visitant rides in her own carriage, and wishes to pay an especial compliment to a poor but genteel relation, (which sometimes does take place once in five years) the coachman is ordered to draw up in front of the house. The footman is dispatched up stairs with full powers to act as his lady's representative. He makes her compliments, expresses her infinite regrets that she is so fatigued with last night's route, that she cannot venture out of her carriage lest the flight of two stairs should fatigue her. His lady would consider it a never-to-be-forgotten favour, if her friend could find it convenient to step down stairs for a moment--the honour is overpowering—the carriage does pretty well as a drawing-room for the time being; and both parties meet and retire, mutually satisfied with themselves and the manner in which each has arranged the matter. The one is as deeply sensible of the honour conferred, as the other is of that received. But this, as before hinted, is a very rare occurrence, and only acted in cases where the houses of the visited are situated in the east end of the town, or in a very retired street of the west.

Well to be sure, my aunt and I, as had been determined upon, went forth next noon, on this pleasing and soul-attracting piece of business. Both of us, of course, were dressed as became the occasion. Leaving St. Vincent Street, we passed up the hill, by Brandon Place, to Blythswood Square. The first call we made on our way up, was on the lady and family of a Glasgow

We were received, by the ladies, in the drawing-room, with the greatest cordiality. Indeed they were excessively glad to see us.

The conversation we had was of the minute and interesting description mentioned above ; and a thousand compliments passed betwixt the ladies upon how well each other looked.

On our admission into the second house we visited, we found our friend pre-engaged with two ladies of a very shewy and fashionable deportment. These two fashionable strangers meanwhile, whispered each other, and thereupon rose for departure, apologized for the shortness of their visit, but hoped to see it soon returned. There appeared to me to be an air of cold formality about the whole proceeding, and that the visit had more of ceremony in it than any thing else ; but I was assuredly mistaken in this ; for my aunt afterwards informed me, that these were the Misses

-, celebrated all over this neighbourhood for their genteel demeanour and good breeding. After they were gone, the lady nodded to my aunt and said,

it would be a deadly infringement on the laws of politeness, to have presented any thing to these young and amiable creatures—“'tis so unfashionable—but you know I can use a little freedom with you, and it is now mid-day, and high time for some refreshment.” This lady appears to be rather a sensible woman, thought I, but the conversation which she bad with my aunt had nothing in it particularly brilliant. Old Wilhelmina, however, enjoyed the visit remarkably well, in testimony of which, her hazel eyes sparkled with satisfaction and delight.

In the house we next visited, we were so unfortunate as to find nobody at home. We simply left our cards. I remarked, however, that, after having pulled the bell, we were necessitated to wait a considerable space of time before the door was opened. My aunt, who knew these manœuvres, seemed to expect this answer, and remarked, " for all that, I saw her at the window, but she does not wish to see us to-day." I felt chagrined at this, but she told me “it was quite common, and not to think of it.”

Our fourth and last call, was on an old widow lady, who had been a particular friend of my late revered father. I had not seen her for a long time previously, but, when we entered the room she gave me a hearty welcome, and said she loved me for my father's sake, and I could perceive the tear of joy mingled with grief -or rather the tear of busy memory trembling in her eye-my aunt was equally well received. The old lady was extremely kind to us, was sorry her two daughters were not at home, as they had gone out to walk in the Botanic Garden; she requested me to be no stranger, but to come and see her frequently, especially on an evening, and we left her, very much delighted with her warm-hearted and generous behaviour.

It was now nearly four o'clock, and we hurried home to dress for dinner. I intended to have given you an outline of the routine of our dinner party, but, as the dinner hour is a most important era in the affairs of the day, and occupies so large a part of it, and as your paper is professedly “ The Day,” I could hardly do it justice by inserting it at the end of this communication.

JUVENIS.

ORIGINAL POETRY.

THE WATERY GRAVE.
The winds and the waves of the dark-heaving ocean

War'd wild on the restless expanse of its breast,
Wben stood ou a rock, that hung o'er its commotion,

A maid by the visions of memory prest.
Pale, pale was her cheek, as the snowdrop's white blossom,

That blows mid the pelting and pitiless hail :
Every feature was sad — for the woe of her bosom

Was deep’ning in gloom with the wrath of the gale. The thought of the watery grave of her lover,

Torn from her embrace ere their bridal day set, Still, still the wild billows beneath her watched over,

And bade them give back his loved form to her yet. Then invoked his true spirit, should it still hover oer,

That pale corpse of death, in some cave of the deep, To come, like a sigh of the breeze to the shore,

And linger with ber, left in sorrow to weep.
The waves brought no burden, save their white crests of foam,

Or some rock-severed weeds in decay ;
The wing of the wind bore no utterance bome,

But its own, as it howled through the spray,
Her last feeble vision then faded in air,

Aod the past rushed around her again,
Her eye was illumind with a flash of despair,

That fired but to darken her brain.
Oh, the doom clouds of horror envelope her fast,

And over her spirit their black shadows throw :
I come, my betrothed, to thy dwelling at last,

She exclaimed, and sprung to the waters below. The wave broke, as it folded within its embrace,

That child of despair it was ne'er to restore,
Then mingled with ocean, and never a trace

Of its burden was cast on the shore.
But the lone sea bird shrieked her funeral knell,

By rock and cave echoed in murmurs along,
And the moan of the storm as o'er her it fell,

In the flood sleep of death was her requiem song.- OMEGA.

SCOTTISH TRIAL FOR THEFT IN 1618.

Some Extracts from the Volume of Criminal Trials lately pub

lished bave been banded us by an obliging correspondent. A.D. 1618. Theft. Gilbert Ellote, called Gib the Galzart.

Dilaitit of the theftious steilling of ane purse fra Jobone Airmestrång, callit of the Holme, under silence of the clud of nycbt, within the dwelling hous of Alexander Young, in Selkirk in the moueth of May last, be taking the said purse, with ffourtie punds, being therein furth of the said John Armestrang's breikis in maist thiftuous maner ; and drinking of ten marks of the money that was thairin; and abstracting the rest of the ffourtie pund, unto the time the saymn was challenget upon him, and restoirit bak agane thaireftir to the said Johne Airmestrang, awner thairof..

The pannell declairit, that he na wayis staw the purse, in maner specifit in the dellay ; but allenarlie that he being in Alexander Young's bous in Selkirk ryseing in the morning, ffand the purse upon the Mure of the chalmer quelk he retenit, and spendit of the money that was therein ten markis allanerlie, in recompence to the saiffer, and restorit the said purse with the rest of the money being chairin to the said Johnne Airmestrange, sa sone as he vnderstuid the samyn pertenet to him; affirmeing, that the said John Airmestrang waid nowayes insist aganis him for thift.

The Advoucat answeris, that his declaratioun maid can nocht be respectit; but he sould be put to ane assyse in respect of his depositions maid be him in presens of the justice, confessing the steiling of the purse, and money therein--till in manner specified in the deletay.

The Justice ordains him to pass to ane Assyse, nochtwithstanding of his former allegeance and declarations maid by him thairintile.

Verdict.— The assize, by the mouth of Johnne Scott, of Sun. delishaip, chanceller for the maist part, ffand pronouncet and declaret the said Gilbert to be flyet, culpable and convict of the away taking furch of Alexander Younge's hous in Selkirk, of the said Johnne Airmestrange, his purse with ffourty pundis, being thereintil ; qubilk purse was deluyret back agane to the said Jobone and baill soume above specifit except ten markis thair of allanerlie; and charges him of the steilling of the samyn.

Sentence. - To be scurget throw the burgh of Edinburgh, and also to be banicht furth of this realme, and never to be fund agane within the same, without his maister's licence, vnder pain of deid, but favour.

The said Gilbert actet himself to depairt furch of this realme, within xx dayis eafter the dait beirof; and never to be ffund agane within the samyn without his hieres license, under the

pane of deid.

The Ship’s Cook a Great OfficeR.- According to an established form in the Navy, when a ship is paid off, no officer must quit the port, or consider himself discharged, until the pendant is struck, which can be done only by the cok, as the last officer at sunset, and should he be absent, no other person can perform the affair, however, desirous the officers may be of taking their departure, and although there may not be a single seaman or marine on board.

Stone BAROMETER.–A Findland newspaper mentiops a stone in the northern part of Finland, which serves the inhabitants instead of a barometer. This stone, which they call Ilmakiar, turns black, or blackish grey, when it is going to rain, but on the approach of fine weather it is covered with white spots. Probably it is a fossil mixed with clay, and consisting of rock-salt, am. moniac, or salt petre, which according to the greater or less degree of dampness of the atmosphere, attracts it, or otherwise. In the latter case the salt appears, wbich forms the white spots.

WonderFUL Lake.-In Carolina, there is a very extraordinary lake called the Zirchnitzer Sea. It is dried up during summer, and, after affording a vast quantity of fish that are caught in the holes through which the waters disappear, produces a fine crop of grass or bay, and is sometimes sown with millet ; thus continuing of advantage to the inhabitants as arable or pasture land, till, in September, the waters rush back again through the holes with great impetuosity, and the lake is restored to its original size. This curious phenomenon is explained in the followivg manner. The country is hilly, and the lake is surrounded with rising grounds. It has no visible exit, yet seven rivulets empty them.selves into it. By subterraneous channels it communicates with two lakes concealed under ground, the one situated below, the other above, its own level. Into the first it empties itself by means of the holes in its bottom; from the second it receives a supply equal to its waste, which prevents it from sinking under ground during the winter. From the lowest lake a considerable river runs. In the summer, the uppermost lake, not being fed as usual by rain, becomes smaller, and ceases to supply the Zirchnitzer Sea with water. The waste of this lake, therefore, being greater than the supply, it is drained in consequence, and disappears. When the uppermost lake is restored to its usual size, it affords the proper quantity of water ; hence the lowest lake swells, and at last forces part of its contents through the boles into the open air, and thus restores the Zirchnitzer Sea to its original size.

Animal Flower.—The inhabitants of St. Lucie have lately discovered a most singular plant. In a cavern of that isle, near the sea, is a large bason, from twelve to fifteen feet deep, the water of which is very brackish, and the bottom composed of rocks. From these, at all times, proceed certain substances, which present, at tirst sight, beautiful flowers, of a bright shining colour, and pretty nearly resembling our marigolds, only that their tint is more lively. These seeming flowers, on the approach of a hand or instrument, retire, like a snail, out of sight. On examining their substance closely, there appear, in the middle of the disk, four brown filaments, resembling spiders' legs, which move round a kind of petals with a pretty brisk and spontaneous motion. These legs have pincers to seize their prey; and, upon seizing it, the yellow petals immediately close, so that it cannot escape. Une der this exterior of a flower is a brown stalk, of the bigness of a raven’s quill, and which appears to be the body of some animal. It is probable that this strange creature lives upon the spawn of fish, and the marine insects thrown by the sea into the bason.

Joux, DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH.— What do you do with those of your army, guilty of marauding? said the celebrated Prince Eugene, one day, to the Duke in Flanders. “I have none to punish," said the Duke, “they have ever been treated by me, with such summary and such speedy justice, that they koow they have not the least chance of' impunity.”

FILTHY LUCRE-NATURE'S IDOL! Alas ! how deeply painful is all payment !

Take lives, take wives, take aught against men's purses :
They bate a murderer much less than a claimant,

Or that sweet ore which every body nurses.
Kill a man's family, and he may brook it,
But keep your hands out of his breeches' pocket.

WITCHCRAFT.

The following document, from Mr. Manning of Halstead, is preserved in the British Museum:

Sir,— The narrative which I gave you, in relation to witchcraft, and which you are pleased to lay your commands upon me to repeat, is as follows:--- There was one Mr. Callet, a smith by trade, of Havingham, in the County of Suffolk, formerly servant in Sir John Duke's family in Benhall in Suffolk. As it was customary with him assisting the maid to churn, and being unable, as the phrase is, to make the butter come, threw a bot iron into the churn, under the notion of witchcraft in the case, upon which a poor labourer then employed in carrying manure in the yarı, cried out in a terrible manner, “they have killed me, they have killed me,” still keeping his hand upon his back, intimating where the pain was, and died upon the spot. Mr. Callet, with the rest of the servants, took off the poor man's clothes, and found, to their great surprise, the mark of the iron that was heated and thrown into the churn, strongly impressed upon his back. This account I bad from Mr. Callet's own mouth, who being a man of unblernished character, I verily believe.

I am, Sir, &c.

SAMUEL MANNING. Halstead, August 2, 1732.

BYRON.

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MISCELLANEA.

Death of RaffaELE.— This great artist died on Good Friday, April 7th, 1520, wben he had just completed his thirty-seventh year. His body lay in state in the room where he had been accustomed to study, and the picture of the Transtiguration was placed near to the bier, for the contemplation of those who came to pay their respects to the last remains of the illustrious artist.

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THE THAMES TUNNEL.

that it generally contained thirty-six men; and, being

placed in its proper situation, 'it occupied the whole The reign of George the Fourth has been more dis- space of the excavation, from top to bottom. The tinguished by the successful pursuit of the discoveries frames were moved forward, either at once, or separof former eras, than by original invention.

ately, by means of powerful screws pressing on the The principle of improvement has been in more ac

brickwork, immediately behind. The Tunnel consists tive operation than the power of originality. Science, of a square mass of brickwork, 37 feet by 22, containindeed, has been steadily advancing, but with fewer of

ing two archways or passages, each 16 feet, 4 inches; these brilliant emanations which occasionally brighten

each carriage road is 13 feet, 6 inches broad, and 15 her career, while in the important matter of actual

feet, 6 inches high; and all carriages, from the right practice no age has been more distinguished.

bank, were intended to enter by the one arch, and A north-west passage was a subject of speculation,

those from the left, on the other; but, as circumstances even in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. It was left to

might make it necessary for a vehicle, after it had the present age to ascertain its existence, and to leave entered, to change its route, a succession of arches were only a few miles of it unexplored. The plan which

made through the central wall, and some of them so Cesar adopted, of having his smaller vessels drawn

wide, that carriages might leave the outer line, and ashore, as well for safety as for repair, is now applied,

enter on the other. An inverted arch, 2 feet, 3 inches with perfect facility, to the huge bulk of a British

thick, is turned under each arch-way, and supports the eighty-four gun ship, while we have seen the inven- external, and half of the middle wall. tion of the Marquis of Worcester, applied and adopt- In this extensive undertaking, the consumption of ed by Savary, Newcomen and Watt, and rendered, in bricks amounted to about sixty thousand a-week, with our time, of the utmost consequence, as a means of na- three hundred and fifty casks of cement, and three tional prosperity, and of commercial eminence.

hundred men were regularly employed about the The present Thames Tunnel is the third attempt works. Its progress was slow, never exceeding 21 of the kind.

feet per day, but on an average greatly below it. As far back as 1823, its arcbitect communicated to Matters had hitherto gone forward prosperously, and, his friends, his desire that such an undertaking should on the 2d of March, 1827, the Tunnel was advanced be commenced. His high character, and distinguished 470 feet of the 1300 required, and, indeed, this very inventions, gave his friends confidence in his proposal ; success induced an unwarrantable boldness, which was and, early in the year 1824, a number of gentlemen very detrimental. The workmen had, for some time, were convened, to consider and examine his plans. been alarmed by leakage to a considerable extent, These having been approved of, publicity was given to which was met by internal instead of external means the design, and an amount, which warranted the com- of prevention, when, at a time, they were all absent, mencement of the undertaking, was speedily subscrib- for the purpose of shifting, on the 18th May, 1827,

The company having been formed, directors the water broke in with tremendous violence. Doubts chosen, and the requisite arrangements made, the of the soundness of the strata at this point had been work was begun. In all works under ground, the expressed, and borings effected, but no additional prefirst operation is to finish the shaft, or descent. This, cautions were thought necessary. The Tunnel was at in general, is very tedious, from a variety of causes; this period 580 feet long, when further progress was but, by the ingenuity of Mr. Brunnell, delay, on this for a time impossible. On the 28th of July, the works account, was completely overcome.

were again opened, when, by a second inundation, atA cylindrical brick tower, forty feet high, of very tended with the loss of six lives, it was again closed in singular construction, was built. The foundation was July, 1828. It has since been re-opened, and forms laid on a wooden horizontal curb, shod with strong one of the Lions of the Metropolis. Such was the uniron, and near the top of the tower, at the height of fortunate issue of this great undertaking, yet we antiforty feet, there was placed another wooden curb. cipate a period, not very distant, when there will be The two were connected and fastened by iron rods, found spirit enough, either in government or individuals, passing through the brickwork. The ground within to complete it. The former ought to look to the nawas then removed, and this immense structure or tow- tional honour; for no work, ever uudertaken in Britain, er was found to sink regularly, for thirty-three feet, has excited such intense interest in foreign countries. and the interior being further deepened, it thus sunk The latter might view it as a subject of fair speculation. entire to the depth required. This was certainly the The original estimate was £160,000, but, like all estimost successful attempt, of the kind, ever tried. The mates, this was found too little-still, even at a larger shaft being finished, it was surmounted by a steam- sum, the shareholders thought there was a prospect of a engine, which had an apparatus for drawing up and fair remuneration. The purchasers now will probably letting down every thing necessary for carrying on the be able to buy the shares at a low rate, and could comwork.

plete the work at an expense of probably £150,00. The scaffolding, which was to support the workmen It has been calculated, that a bridge across the river in their operations, was the next object of attention, in the same situation, would cost a million sterling, and, as it not only formed a standing place, but spread The prospect of remuneration may be estimated, from over head, it was hence called the sbield. It consisted the circumstance, that Waterloo Bridge, which, to a of twelve frames of strong cast-iron, each, independent stranger's eye, never appears to be much frequented, of its neighbour, and, altogether, weighing upwards of has, it is said, an annual revenue of £14,000, and ninety tons. Every frame was divided into three Vauxhall, still less frequented, yields £8500. The floors or stories, in each of which, a man worked, so situation of the Tunnel, the large population and ex

ed.

tensive manufactories in its neigbourhood, its shade in he requested me to sup with him at the vicarage. The summer, its shelter in winter, all combine to make it a old gentleman informed me he had, in early life, been popular route, and give good reason for presuming it an enthusiast in music, and very fond of drawing, but would be encouraged. If it be again resumed, how- that “he had lost all relish for actual performance in ever, the works ought to be opened at the opposite either, since she had departed !" and, as he looked up side of the river, pushed on as long as there are no to heaven, the tear trickled down bis cheek, warm as symptoms of danger; but, when these appear, recourse the remembrance from which it sprung, and pure as should be bad to the slow but safe expedient of a the affection of which it was the memorial ! Yet," coffer dam. The completion of such an undertaking added he, “ I repine not. Mary still lives, the very would do honour to humanity. The works of the image of her mother, and she continues to follow these Architect are the most obvious records of a nation's favourite amusements of my earlier years.” It was ex. greatness, and, when the obliterating hand of time has pedient I should inform him of my name and pursuits, obscured the names of contemporary Heroes, Historians and this brought to light one of those curious coinci. and Politicians, his works remain the silent but im- dences that generally have a powerful effect in cepressive witnesses of what his nation hath been. Bri- menting the acquaintanceships of mankind. My tain has many such records, and the novelty, beauty father and he had been school-fellows, and one or two and utility of such a work, as the Tunnel, would afford of the incidents of their early youth were related by another proud instance of the enterprise, ingenuity the good old man with much interest and minuteness. and science of the age.

Whilst I listened with attention to these early traits

of character, the room was, for the first time, graced THE ADVERTISING BACHELOR,-- No. III.

by the presence of the brightest creature I had ever Were it not that I admire the poesy of " The Day,"

beheld. Hers was perfect loveliness. She resembled whichi, when it speaks of love, thrills my inmost core,

her father in some of her features, but these were I should doubt the expediency of continuing my con

softened down and moulded into the most perfect form, nection with it, after the admission of an article so

whilst she moved and walked so gracefully, that I heartless as that of Miss Matchless, in your Monday's

could
suppose

that nature had breathed upon the Venumber. A heart, distracted as mine has been, with

nus de Medicis, and animated her by a revivifying inthe vagaries of a hallowed but unconquerable passion,

fluence! Need I say that I loved, or that I, ere long, must be soothed into sympathy, not by the derision

delared my passion ? And oh! if there be ever an of a complacent and self-sufficient female, but by the

hour that the female heart throws away every guile, it retiring graces and inbred modesty of an unadvancing,

is when man, at the feet of his beloved, asks her for vet decided affection. Is your correspondent serious,

ever and ever, to be his! The circumstance of my when she proposes, that I should appear in St. Vincent

father and Mary's, being intimate, in their early years, Street, on Thursday next, at half-past two o'clock,

smoothed away all difficulties with my aunt, while the wearing a daisy in my hat, and playing a bag-pipe ?

mutual affection which existed between Mary and me, Shocking! The sound of that horrid Scottish invention

her father assured me, should be rather cherished than freezes my blood whenever I hear it, and sure I am,

discouraged by him. when Apollo agreed to patronize music, he would have Even with us, however, the course of true love did paused had he heard the sound of your national in. not run smooth. Mary, before I visited Wales, had bestrument. I beg to inform Miss Matchless, that she come an object of admiration to several of the wealthy ought to appear in green; for the bachelor must, for farmer's sons in the vicinity, and, as soon as it was the present at least, decline the proposed interview, known that my attentions were accepted by her, vari. and she may select, for her practice, the national song, ous systems of annoyance were put in practice by these “ Nobody coming to marry me, nobody coming to ungallant gentlemen, especially when I walked with wo0,"_notwithstanding her being so very supersti- her in the evening. We determined, therefore, to tious, and although the month of May be so near in meet together at the waterfall, a place I greatly adits approach. Let her listen to the story of Mary mired, and which Mary had frequently delineated, and Seymour, and be softened.

I erected a rustic seat on the top of the rock, which MARY SEYMOUR.

commanded a view not only of the abyss below, but I resided in Wales during the summer of 18, and also of the extended valley in the distance. It was on I had many opportunities of mingling with its inhabi- one of these occasions when we met at this place, that tants, whose primitive manners, and unpretending hos- I presented Mary with a diamond ring, and received pitality, were to me, a delightful contrast to the from her “ twin cherry lips” the assurance, that, in assumptions which greater wealth, and a more frequent one month more, she would be mine. One morning mingling with the world, are supposed to confer. The a heavy shower bad fallen, and I did not think of vi. intercourse I enjoyed principally, consisted in evening siting the rendezvous, but called at the vicarage exvisits, and were terminated by retiring to our own re- pecting to find my Mary there. She had gone forth sidences after visiting some of the remarkable scenery at the usual hour. I hastened to the spot. The little which, on all sides, abounded. The Ran-y-wylt, or rustic seat was gone, and the rock so slippery, that it waterfall of the robber, was the most remarkable of was, with difficulty, I could stand on it. I felt certhese natural curiosities. A river, balf the breadth of tain, however, that Mary must have pursued another the Clyde, after gliding gently from the uplands, was route, and, instead of returning to the vicarage, I hashere confined to a channel through a rock of a few tened to one of her favourite walks. My pursuit, yards only, and the enchained waters, indignant at the bowever, was unsuccessful, and, as I returned, the obstruction, rushed, with impetuous violence, through

vicar met me. He was very much agitated. Mary the diminutive opening, and formed a beautiful water- had not been observed when she went out. One boy fall, which poured itself forth into the channel of the thought he saw her directing her steps towards the river in the valley, some hundred feet below. I had waterfall, but another woman as positively affirmed, "visited the cascade frequently, and was, one day, con- she had seen her at a distance in an opposite directemplating it with unusual interest, when a hand press- tion. The whole population was in motion, and none ed my shoulder, and a tall, good-looking and venerable were more zealous than her former admirers to obtain man, whom I immediately recognized to be the information. Old and young were, alike, solemnized clergyman of our village, presented himself. He ex- -it was feared Mary Seymour was no more ! patiated on the beauty of the surrounding scenery, and Darkly and heavily did the evening set in upon the introduced several reflections of a moral tendency, vicarage. The father's sorrow was that so beautifully which seemed to me to arise naturally, from the con- described by the first of poetsversation. We returned together towards home, and,

“ The grief that does not speak, as he said, a stranger was with him, “a holy name," Whispers the o'er-fraught heart, and bids it break.”

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