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manner that decency forbids us to de- of the most serious and fatal charges scribe. The fate of Kolkittoch was against the Marquis of Argyle. amply avenged : at the Restoration, Coll's execution took place in 1647. his death and sufferings formed some
BY M. DE JOUI.
(FROM THE SAME.) A Native of one of the small German riages are too often productive but of
principalities, I belonged to the mutual misery ;-often rashly formed superior order of the bourgeoise. My and ill assorted. Of necessity deficient mother was related to the celebrated in experience, what else can be exWieland; and perhaps it was the ear. pected ? But an early engagement, ly perusal of his works that first inspir- while it involves none of the more seried my fondness for literary pursuits. ous cares and most harassing duties, But the situation of my father was such yet fills up the heart, leaving no vaas to preclude my devoting to them the cant space for less pure feeling; and time required for more serious employ. we all know how animating it is to The eldest of a numerous family, I felt look forward, and how delicious it is to both example and exertion were to be hope. Amelie wrote to me constantrequired from me. I gave myself up ly; and it was something more than to the study of the law, and leaving the delight to mark how in every letter University at the age of twenty, I com- her understanding developed itself, and menced my professional career. Not her character gradually acquired solidiall the vivacity, not all the buoyancy ty, yet without losing its so natural of expectation, so vivid in youth, can grace. I had been indefatigable in my alleviate, or at least alleviate but very exertions, and exertion was in my case, slightly, the bitterness of a first separa- as it usually is, crowned with success. tion from the home where indulgence In six months I was to return home, to has made the happiness of your child- family, and friends, and, more than all, bood. I felt it most painful; but there to Amelie. It was at this period that was no farewell like my farewell to I received intelligence of her mother's Amelie, the companion of my boy- death. I felt not only grief, but my hood, and the idol which every thought heart died within me with vague apand hope worshipped; whose naive prehensions of impending evil; and tenderness and gentle sweetness were this feeling was any thing but allayed even more endearing than her perfect when I heard that an aunt was to take beauty. Our families had been long the place of Amelie's parent, for I was intimately connected. Already Ame- not ignorant that, as the widow of a kie's mother called me her son ; but general officer, she had access to the Amelie was as yet only fifteen, and a court of our little principality, and few years, usefully employed, would that, naturally given to dissipation and lay the sure foundation of the beauti- intrigue, her character had not alful but uncertain visions of early life. ways been free from reproach. But I left them, and applied to the duties Love and Confidence are twins, and I of my profession with all the ardour of loved Amelie too well not to confide a young lover, who knows that the ac. in her. Six months soon passed, and complishment of bis wishes depend on I returned to my native city, where for bimself. Perhaps there is no security a few weeks I was voutterably happy, to a young man's principles, or such an happy as success, competence, incentive to his efforts, as a deep and and affection, could make. Amelie, early attachment. What charm can changed but in added loveliness, was licentioas pleasure have for one whose all I had hoped, and her birth-day was imagination is filled with all that is ex- fixed for our marriage. Our fathers alted and refined? or what stimulus settled between them all those necessacan be like that which to him involves ry arrangements so tedious to a lover ; the happiness of his life ? Early mar- and while they were settling the mar
riage articles, I was passing my time recognized them as domestics to the deliciously in the society of one whose young prince, son to our reigning sovinnocence, playfulness, and gentleness, ereign. A little farther on stood his rendered each day more charning. I equipage. I could no longer doubt my sometimes fancied I observed a guard- misery-Amelie had been sacrificed ed caution on the side of the aunt, by an ambitious woman. Amelie never to leave us a moment alone; but could not be guilty, but her aunt had it was done so gradually, so apparently already made her criminal. I spoke by chance-her manner to myself was to no one; but, after wandering all so caressing—she joined in all our pro- night wildly through the streets, at jects with so much interest—took her break of day—of my wedding-day-I part in our conversation with so much purchased a travelling chaise, ordered frankness and vivacity,—that her pre- horses, and told the postillions - the sence soon became pleasantly habitual; frontiers of France." I threw myself indeed it seemed rather a restraint on into it, and left country, home, hope, Amelie than on me. But I was too and happiness behind me for ever. It happy to think : indifference reflects, was nearly two years before I heard of sorrow reflects, but happiness never. my family, when I met by chance an The evening before that fixed for the old fellow student of Göttingen. He ceremony, the friends of both families was going to my city, and took charge were invited to a little fête which was of a letter for my father. His answer to follow signing the contract. Every informed me of all that had happened. thing is an omen to a lover : Amelie The morning of the day which was to was not, as usual, the first in the room, have made me so happy, every search but did not make her appearance
till was made after me-every conjecture all were assembled, and then accompa- was exhausted as to the probable cause nied by her aunt, who remained by her of such unaccountable conduct. Ameside. She looked pale, the lears stood lie's aunt was above all loud in her rein her eyes, and once or twice I thought proaches. Under the pretence of ill she seemed anxious to speak to me; health she then took her niece to a while at the same time her aunt's eye country house, where the frequent visits kept watching every motion, though of the prince soon made her disgrace done with so slight an effort as to be but too public. One of the prince's scarcely perceptible. Yet still through- courtiers, a few months after, bargainout the whole evening I could not, even ed for his own dishonour in marrying for a moment, speak to her uninter- her. She is now Baronne ***; and ruptedly. In vain, reason combated after remorse, which at first injured the chimeras of imagination. I was her health and beauty, she became acplaced at a card-table, where my posi- customed to her disgraced and dissition was such as to preclude my seeing pated life. I could not bear to see her her, and there surrounded by the chief now the guilty mistress of a man whom branches of each family, with whom she cannot love,—the degraded wife of good manners forced me to remain till man whom she must despise. I the party broke up, which it did at have one memorial of past happiness ; half past eleven. On inquiring for it is her picture; not copied from her Amelie, I was told, that being slightly own beautiful face, but from a saint of indisposed she had retired to her bed. Correggio's, whose likeness is so perA prey to anxiety, the more torturing sect as even to satisfy me. It seems to from its uncertainty, I left the house ; me identified with purity and lovelilingering as I passed under the windows ness, and in gazing on it, Amelie apof Amelie, I heard plaintive, inarticu- pears to me in all the beauty and innolate sounds. I knew Amelie's voice; cence of her youth. It is an illusion, I distinguished that of a man, and also but it is the only charm of a life which her aunt's. Two men, accosting me may have length of years, but has no abruptly, told me to go on my way. I future,
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degrees there were from China to the meWe are at length gratified by some au
ridian of Greenland, had no difficulty in theotic details relative to Columbus. They reckoning how many degrees there remainproceed from his native city, Genoa, where ed to traverse. And not only the degrees, it was lately determined to publish the col- but the miles; as we learn from his letter, lection of Documents and Memorials rela- published by Morelli, that he had calculattive to his life, which he himself caused to ed the degree to the equinoctial line of the de transmitted to bis native city for preser- sun, at 56 2-3 miles (Italian). Consequent. vation. Christopher Columbus was born ly, as he was certain that the form of the at Genoa. An agreement, (published by earth was spherical, when he had calculatthe Genoese academicians,) concluded in ed the number of miles from the meridian 1489, proves that Domenico Colombo pos. of Greenland, which he knew, to China, sessed a house and shop, well and garden, nothing remained for him to do but to comnella contrada di porta S. Andrea, (in the mit himself to the waves. At the period street of St. Andrew's gate.) The year of when he first proposed the attempt, he was his birth most have been either in 1446 or laughed at, and regarded as a fool, or a 1447. He was the eldest of the sons, and
man whose intellects were deranged. His was probably named Christopher after a
first thoughts were turned towards Genoa, Columbus of that name who was living at his native country; of this we are assured Genoa in 1440, as has been observed in by Peter Martyr, his friend, and the histosome manuscript notices, found among the sian of America. He therefore repaired papers of the celebrated senator Frederici. thither, and submitted his plan to the senThe second son was named Bartholomew, ate ; but he did not find the republic disand the third, Giacomo, who was after posed to embrace the ideas of a man, who wards called Diego in Spain. The name
was only of a sister, who was married to Giacomo
A poor pilot, the promiser of kingdoms. Bavarello, a cheesemonger, has not reach- Columbus next determined to apply to the ed us. Christopher had such an education Venetians; and went to the court of France, as might be expected from a poor wool- and from thence to that of England; and, carder. He learned reading and writing, meeting with no favourable encouragement and the first elements of arithmetic; and, from either, he at last returned to Portugal. in the occupation of carding wool,' along King John, even while he professed to be with his brother Bartholomew, his early attentively considering the proposals of days passed in obscurity. At fourteen Columbus, by the advice of a certain Docyears of age he went to sea, and continued tor Calsadiglia, - equipped a caravel in the profession of a sailor until his death. with great despatch and secrecy; and, unIn the year 1472 he went to Savona, to
der the pretence of sending her with prowhich city his father Domenico had, two visions and assistance to some of his peoyears before, transferred bis residence and ple who were in the Cape de Verd islands, Foollen manufactory. Christopher be ordered her to sail in the direction which came captain of a ship of war, in the ser. the admiral had proposed to go. As soon vice of Réné d'Anjou, Lord of Provence,
as Columbus was informed of this attempt, and King of Naples. 'About 1475, Colum- he became so indignant against the Portubos commanded a squadron of Genoese guese, that, taking with him his young son ships and galleys. He repaired to Lisbon, Diego, at the end of the year 1484, he where his brother Bartholomew, an able quitted Portugal secretly, and went to cosmographer, found employment in the Spain." Such is the early nistory of this preparation of sailing-charts for navigators. great man, and the rest is known, though Columbus did not remain long idle; but this new biographer determines many cirset oat immediately on a very arduous voy.
cumstances hitherto in doubt. Besides the age, during which he went, in February documents, which as authentic are highly 1477, as far as the 73d degree of north curious, two autograph letters are annexed, latitude, or, as he himself expresses it, 100 by which we are brought into a sort of perleagues beyond the Thule of Ptolemy, then sonal contact with this great man. Altocalled Friesland, and by the moderns, Ice- gether, we have not for a long time opened land. He undertook several other voya
a more curious volume. ges, especially to Guinea, to England, and
MUMMY. to the islands possessed by Spain and Por A young Egyptian princess, carefully cmtagal in the western ocean. He drew maps, balined, and preserving all her original and made globes; and, in proportion to freshness, although it is conjectured that the number of his acquirements, his thirst about three thousand seven hundred years for everything extraordinary gained have elapsed since that operation was perstrength; to the activity of his enthusiastic formed on her Highness, has lately been bind the aocient hemisphere appeared too bronght to Bruges. An embalmed cat was narrow, and the navigators of his own time found in the same case with the lady. At too rimid. Columbus, being acquainted that period an old cat was considered a with the works of the best geographers, great favour, although at present it would and the narratives of voyages left by pre- perhaps bear another construction, and apceding navigátors, and knowing how many pear ridiculous enough.
AN ALARM CLOCK, WHICH ALSO
tive than curative. We cannot regenerate LIGHTS A CANDLE,
or reorganize. has been invented by. Mr. T. George, of
In the paper immediately preceding the London, whereby the more certain and present, reference was inade to the principunctual awakening and rising of persons tion, in medicinals. On this subject an in.
ple of combination, as opposed to abstracwho have night business to attend, is se.
teresting communication has been received, cured.
which the Reporter will take the liberty to WATER-PROOF MUSLIN.
transcribe, merely premising, that the good Mr. Mackintosh, an eminent muslin- which resulted from the change of physimanufacturer, has been exhibiting in Lon- cian and plan seems rather in barmony don specimens of water-proof muslin, and with, than in opposition, to the principle water-proof fabrics of various descriptions. inculcated; not to say any thing respecting He lays two breadths together, and inter
the warm-bathing, and the confidence of poses a thin laminæ of caoutchouc, dissolve the patient in the last prescriber. The ed in oil of turpentine. The muslins thus ailment appears to have been a particular prepared are light, and not distinguishable kind of inflammation, seated on the memfrom others; they wash well; and they brane which lines the external surface of can be afforded at an inconsiderable ad- the bones, and to have constituted a spevance of price. Silks, woollens, linens, &c. cies, if it may be so called, of partial hemiare treated in like manner, and even lea. crania. ther, with some improvements to moisture.
“I am now fifty-four years old, and, Of course such a discovery is of very ex
about ten or twelve years since, I was af. tensive application, and of great importance ficted with a violent intermitting pain on to commerce, manufactures, and the arts.
the right side of the scalp, just above the Mr. Maberly, M. P. is understood to have forehead. This pain used to come on in engaged in its introduction south of the the day-time, usually about twelve or one Tweed.
o'clock, and to continue for two or three
hours with such violence, that I can comis one of those medicinals respecting the pare it to nothing but the idea we should efficacy of which no reasonable doubt can entertain of rats gnawing the bone ; for possibly be entertained; and, if in these the bone itself was the seat of the compapers repetition be employed in advocat- plaint, as is to this day palpable on touching its powers, the reiteration must be ta- ing the part, which appears to be depressed ken in proof of the writer's conviction that and rugged, compared with the surrounding its virtues, however highly, are not suffi- bone. This complaint continued for fifciently appreciated. In rheumatism, in teen or eighteen months, notwithstanding gout, and in inflammatory affections of the I was under the hands of one of the most brain, the Reporter constantly employs this eminent medical surgeons in London, withpotent drug with the happiest results; and out receiving the slightest benefit from the dropsical effusion it meets and vanquishes many prescriptions wbich he wrote for me. with gigantic expedition and ease. If this Till at last I was really reduced to despair, disorder (dropsy) returns to its strong holds, and almost wished myself dead. The meafter having been driven out by elaterium, dicine which I took most of, and on which it is because no power is any longer availa- in the outset my medical adviser seemed to ble to effect a more than temporary good. place the utmost confidence, was sarsaparilWhere visceral derangement is not present, la in powder combined with natron; the eveo advanced age forms no impediment copious use of which for a long time had to its free and full employment. The Re- no more effect upon the disease than if I porter bas just taken his leave of a lady had taken nothing at all. At this he seemwho is seventy-six, and upon whom a radi. ed very much disappointed and pazzled; cal cure to all appearance has been operat- and very reluctantly gave it up at last for ed by a combination of medicines, of which other medicines, which I have now forgotthe one in question constituted the master ten (one of them I believe was the cicuta,) ingredient.
and which proved equally inefficacious. or the presence or absence of visceral Tired out at last by these repeated faildisorganization, it behoves the medical ures, as a last effort i applied to Mr watchman to take especial cognizance, in- and, without telling him (from motives of asmuch as both prognosis and practice re- delicacy) whose care I had been under, I quire to be sedulously regulated according- described to him as well as I could the hisly. In dyspeptic ailments, for instance, tory of the case, together with the medicines how different are remedial demands and I had taken, and concluded by desiring him probably results from the moment mere to tell me candidly if he thought it was in stomach affection becomes structural de- bis power to cure me. Upon which he iorangement. It is, however, the time and stantly told me, in the most frank and conmode of the actual transition with which fident manner, that he could; which assurthe physician must familiarize himself; for ance was more like a reprieve to a man it is only before the change becomes com. under sentence of death than any thing plete that an interposition of art can pro- else I can compare it to. In conclusion he mise more than temporary alleviation of wrote for me, and, when I looked at the pain. Medicine, after all, is rather preven- recipe, I was not a little surprised to find
that his remedy was the compound decoce know that the bridal procession, out of an tion of sarsaparilla with the extract, taken arcb very similar to the one in the Adelphi, about three times a-day, together with the was rich enough to shame any eastern use of the salt-water bath, at a temperature mockery! The men were covered with of 97, two or three times a-week. The tinse! from top to toe, like their little ginoperation of this remedy was truly magical. gerbread fellow-creatures at Bartholomew I had no sooner begun to take it, than I fair-and the horses, three or four abreast, felt its beneficial effect; and in about a drawiog a real car with patent axletrees, month or five weeks I was as well as ever I rolled grandly before the lamps under had been in my life, and remain so to the plumes which made it almost doubtful present day, so far as relates to this com- whether they would tramp or fly. When plaint. Now, sir, does not the foregoing the stage was full, we only felt anxious to statement prove, that a medicine taken in go without the theatre, and see whether the substance for a particular complaint may streets were empty of the people. There be without effect; when the very same me. was one scene very cleverly managed; a diciae taken in another form or prepara- cottage was burned as a beacon light in the tion may effect a cure? It is obvious that front of the stage, and shortly this beacon the sarsaparilla jo substance combined was answered on a promontory far at sea, with the natron, dever got into the system, and the flames reflected over the waves, or, if it did, that it was utterly incompe- brightly or faintly as the fire rose or fell. teat to perform a cure ; whereas, in decoc The performers had little to do, except tion, the same medicine instantly went to to talk a sort of cockney-Persian, and to the seal of the disease, and performed the carry about 3 or square yards of gold robe. wonders zekich I hare related to you. I The piece, our readers will gather, is an hare often thought that the relation of my empty, expensive, glittering toy, which the ease in some pablie way might be of use, manager knows will catch that great foolish aad, ander that impression, I hope you will blue-bottle, the public. Not an incidentpardon this intrusion."
not a word of the dialogue is worth remem
bering! If there be a joke attempting to THE DRAMA.— NEW PLAY. be heard the horses applaud it by anticiThe Cataract of the Ganges.-Mr. Ellis- pation--and the ear is filled with nothing to having, for some time, given “ great but excessive hoof! We say little of the note of preparativn" at the bottom of his horses yet, because we shall presently have bills, about a fortnight ago produced the to be at a great cattle show at the Covent mighty Afterpiece, which was to bestride Garden piece, and we may as well review the theatrical world like a Colossus, while both of the cavalry corps at once. the petty theatres were to walk under its We must say the Cataract itself rather huge legs, and peep about for dishonoura disappointed us as a waterfall. It was ble pits. Gad-a-mercy! the subject makes something like the pouring of a good teaEs figurative, Jodeed, finally to crown the pot, only flatter; it was, in truth, no broadscene, the horses were, in goodness and in er than a yard of sixpenny ribband, and, numbers, to exceed all previous exhibitions though it was real water, if it had run down trebly! all these wonders were whispered with a little spirit, we think the mixture -and_more! But as we are now, like would not, in the gallery's eyes, have been Mrs Brulgraddery, “ only foretelling a amiss. A lady rode up it on horseback, thiog, after it has happened,” we shall and, no doubt, astonished the salmon in come at once on this side of the first fall of that quarter of the Ganges. Perhaps she the Cataract, and describe it as imperfectly was herself half a fish? And, indeed, as and confusedly as it really appeared to us. the mermaid has been missing for some
The rising of the curtain discovered to time from the Turf Coffee House, might not us a field with a sort of blood-red distance, this have been one of her freaks? We and men and horses stretched about, after ourselves could have walked up the fall in a battle we presume. This occurred about pumps, and not have wetted the upper half past nine. Fine men and women leathers. The water, indeed, did not come from this moment have their exits and en down in a volume-it appeared in the most trances before splendid scenery until mid- miserable of sheets. The piece, itself, has night, when, after a tumult of guns, trum. since been published in a similar manner. pets, blunderbusses, drums, and thunder, Mr. Sinclair, after a six years' sojoury in the green cortain once more descends qui- Italy, has brought his mellowed and accometiy upon the eyes and ears of men. If, plished voice back to England,-and we like Jaffier, we were threatened with the hail its sojourn with pleasure, for we have tortures, ooless we “ discovered the plot,” never perceived its good effects of pure air we inust suffer ourselves to be made a foot and study so finely manifested as in this taller, and to have our thumbs pulled off gentleman's voice. He is now decidedly a like lobsters' claws; for we absolutely masterly and beautiful singer. All the knos no more about it than we do about harshness and uncertainty of his tones are Mrs. Donatty, or the author of Waverley. gone, and the music floats on his voice with We certainly know that one bright scene a gracefulvess and a power perfectly desukceeded and exceeded another, until our lightful. He glides into the falsetto, witheyes seemed dilated and double gilt, like a out suffering you to distinguish where he coople of Waterloo medals--and we also quitted his natural tones—and his shake is