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the fire, but don't put your feet upon for his inflicting it so unmercifully upon that hearth-rug. Is not it pretty? I others. Charles always advises his bought it of Mrs. Fry, who bought it of two sisters whom to dance with, and an interesting young woman in New- where to buy their white kid gloves and gate. John, you know I have your Albums. Charles Partington's last adgood at heart." John fidgeted, and vices are scattered upon his cousin Emlooked wistfully at his hat, which he ily Green, who was courted by Captain had left unluckily out of reach. Mrs. Taper. Charles advised her by nó Isabella, after the above stock prelude, means to think of him, and then trotpoured forth her cornucopia of advice ; ted all over London in quest of proofs. which she assured him she should not These did not extend beyond showing have given, if she had not been sure of the lover to be a swindler, a drunkard, his having too much good sense to feel and a debauchee ; but they seemed to offended at what she was about to say. answer every purpose. Emily cried ; She begged to hint to him in confidence, and, possessed by her adviser of all the that his goings on were no secret : she Captain's frailties in a focus, said she pointed to Hogarth's “ Rake's Pro- was now quite happy : she could never gress," a series of delicate engravings sufficiently thank her cousin Charles that adorned the walls of her boudoir : for the good advice he had given her : she then took down a volume of Bell's she begged he would take charge of a “ British Theatre," which she opened whole packet of love-letters and

deliver at George Barnwell, and assured him them to the Captain, receiving hers in that it was every word true : she prov- exchange. Charles snatched up the ed to bis conviction that virtue was a deposit, and ran across the Park to Aragood thing and vice a bad one : and bella-row, Pimlico, as hard as he could concluded by intimating, that figurantes lay leg to the ground. He found the were, like tetotums, to be looked at, but Captain at home, and, after giving him not touched. John Partington prom- a world of good advice with respect to ised amendment; and on the very day paying his debts, and leaving off wine following, drove Fanny Smith in his and women, laid his budget of epistles Stanhope to Epsom races, in a white upon the table. The Captain, with satin pelisse and a Leghorn hat with an sorrowful solemnity, gave up Emily's undulating brim. In so doing, John letters in return; and as a parting rePartington, I fear, acted too hastily.- quest, urged Charles Partington to de He should first have consulted his bio- liver a final leavetaking letter to Emily. graphical dictionary, wherein he might Charles (with a sagacity which heresurely have found many instances of after must make him a Master in Chanmen who had given up a young mis. cery, at least) complied with the lover's tress, because desired so to do by an request ; and on his return, advised old aunt. No such case occurs to me, Emily as a friend not to read it. Emily off hand, but many are doubtless to be said she would not, but told him he met with in the books.

might as well leave it on the table.But of all advisers, commend me to Charles did leave it on the table. (A Charles Partington, the youngest son ; Master in Chancery ? phop ! he will who, as I before mentioned, is bred to be a Master of the Rolls !) and, in a the law. To be sure the young man week, the Morning Post told the world has suffered advice in his time, about that Captain Taper and Emily Green giving up Lord Byron, and strcking to were man and wife. his Term Reports, but that is no reason

MR. LOWRY,

MR. WATT. We lament to notice in the newspapers, A liberal subscription has been entered the death of Mr. Lowry, the celebrated en upon, for a Monunent to the late James graver: a man of as rare talents and solid Watt. We are sorry to see it announced epdowments as any with whom it is ever for the inside of a church, instead of a conour lot to meet.

spicuous public situation.

Original Anecdotes, Literary News, Chit Chat, Incidents, &c,

SIGHTS OF LONDON.

(Lond. Lit. Gaz.) THE Merman, or Mermaid, (for it seems

THE SICILIAN DWARF. the sex of this nondescript is not precisely Marlborough-street.— Yesterday two forknown) commanded my early visit to Pic- eign gentlemen came to this office,and made cadilly. There, indeed, I saw, as one an application to F. A. Roe, Esq. the PreShakespeare says, “a fish; he or she] siding Magistrate, for his advice or assistsmells like a fish ; a very ancient and fish ance how to act under the following singulike smell ; a kind of, not of the newest, lar circumstances. Poor John. A strange fish”-and it might Mr. Lewis Fogle, one of the gentlemen well be added from the same author, who in question, who stated himself to be a Si. seems to have written something applicable cilian by birth, said, that he was father of to all times, past, present and future, “in

the extraordinary child, called the Sicilian England now, but this fish painted, not a Dwarf, that has lately been exhibited in holiday fool there but would give a piece of London, and whose sudden and melancholy silver: there would this nonster make a death has thrown himself and his wife, the man; any strange beast there makes a child's mother, into the greatest grief. Mr. man: when they will not give a doit to re Fogle said, that he has for a considerable lieve a lame beggar, they will lay out ten time past resided in the city of Dublin, to see a dead Indian, with his fins like where he holds a professional situation in arms." Thus it has been, is, and probably the musical department in the Theatre will be to the end of the chapter of human Royal; and, until a short time ago, this curiosity. The present monster, to the child resided with himself and his wife in upper parts, as far as the breast, of an ani. that capital; but, having there become acmal resembling the order Quadrumana quainted with a member of the medical pro(class Mammalia) has the lower extremities fession, a Dr. Gilligan, that gentleman reof a fish. The arms are covered with a

presented the climate of that country as sort of scale or reticuled skin, and the fin too cold for the child's constitution, which gers are without webs. It is in a very dry was then beginning to be rather impaired, condition, which renders critical examina- and recommended the immediate removal tion impossible; and therefore its authen- of the child to England, as a inore congeticity rests on the assurances of its owners, nial air, and, if that change did not proand the allidavit of an Indian servant who duce the desired effect, ultimately to reswears that he has seen a similar creature move her to the Continent; and the docalive, and on shore for three days. I must tor professed to take such a peculiar interleave it for naturalists to decide upon the est in the health and welfare of the child, credit due to this testimony. It is obvious that he offered his services to accompany that a hundred such exhibitions might be her on her travels, and pay the necessary manufactured in a warm climate in any attentions to her health, provided the pagiven year, by dexterously conjoining the rents would consent to his exhibiting her upper parts of the Ourang-outang (or oth during the short stay they were likely to er ape or monkey) with the tail of a fish. make in London. The parents, from their The sun, rapidly drying such a composite professional engagements, being preclude! animal, would not only make it look as if from the possibility of accompanying their of ancient state, but also prevent an easy child, and having the utmost confidence in detection of the means taken to form it; the talents and integrity of Dr. Gilligan, while, by the insertion of tecih, the addiconsented to these terms; the more partiction or taking away of skin, bair, &c. &c. ularly, as the doctor represented that his the whole imposture would be rendered object in exhibiting the child was not so complete. The grand difficulty is to recon much the gain likely to arise from it, but, cile the functions of a warm-blooded crea as a man of science, he was anxious that ture, possessing all the great organs requir- ' such an extraordinary phenomenon should ed for breathing the air, and living, as man not be lost to the phisiological world... Dr. does, on the earth, with the idea of existing Gilligan accordingly set out with the child, in the water like a fish. Till this can be and arrived in London about two months demonstrated as within the verge of possi. ago, where he hired lodgings for hiunself bility, 1, for one, must withhold my belief and his interesting charge in Duke-street, in the being of Mermen and Merwomen. St. James's, and resided there until about a In fact I consider this to be a made-up fortnight ago, when, unhappily, the child thing. The situation of the eyes decides died. This melancholy event Dr. Gilligan it; for if such a creature were to live, its never communicated to the parents ; nor sight njust always be directed downwards, indeed had they heard any thing from him while its existence would require an upright since his departure from Dublin, and the position. It seems to be a tish tail, an ape tidings of their interesting child's death body, and the head formed of the jaws of they only learned through the medium of the wolf-fish, the skull of an ape and the the public papers which reached Dublin. fur of a fox.

Mr. Fogle said that the sudden account of her child's death threw the mother into the

most melancholy and agonizing grief, and child, which was as intelligent, interesting, he himself set on instantly for London,with and affectionate in her disposition and mana view to take charge of the child's remains, ner, as she was beautiful in her person and and have them properly interred. He ar- form, and diminutive in her stature. Mr. rived the night before at the Saracen's Fogle then left the office with his friend, to Head in Snow-hill, where he is at present proceed to the Parish officers, whose adstopping, and immediately went to the dress Mr. Roe communicated to them. house where he understood by the public THE BODY DISCOVERED. When Mons. papers the child was exhibited at, in Bond- Fogell Crachami, and Mons. Andover-street, and there he was referred to the ad the former the father of the above little perdress in Duke-street, St. James's ; but on sonage, and the latter proprietor of the his making inquiry at this latter place for Natuoraina, in Bond-street-applied to Mr. the Doctor, he was informed that the day Roe, the Magistrate, at Marlborough-street after the child's death he disappeared, ta. Office, on Monday last, it was for a warking the remains with him, and has never rant to apprehend Gilligan, the person to since returned, leaving a debt of £25 duc whom the unfortunate little creature had at the house for lodgings, &c.

All his ex

been entrusted, by which means it was supertions, Mr. Fogle said, had failed to pro- posed the destiny of the child would be cure any intelligence of the Doctor's desti. come at. However, Mr. Roe did not feel vation, or how he had disposed of the re himself justified in granting his warrant ; mains of his child; but he has been inform- and recommended Mons. Crachami and his ed that Dr. Gilligan was hearil to say in friends to make inquiries of the parochial the life-time of the child, and while it was officers of St. James's, and in all probabili. heing exhibited, that some members of the ty it might lead to a discovery of the inCollege of Surgeons had offered him, if any fant. They immediately acted upon the misfortune should occur to cause the child's worthy magistrate's suggestion, and comdeath, five hundred pounds for the body; municated with the gentlemen of the pafor the purpose of dissection, and to put rish upon the subject, but could learn noamongst their collection of estraordinary in- thing satisfactory of the child. The parostances of the whims and freaks of nature. chial officers of course could know nothing,

Under these distressing circumstances, unless notice of the death of Miss C. had Mr. Fogle intreated the Magistrate's ad. been forwarded to them by Gilligan, upon vice. Mr. Roe, who seemed to sympathise which a coroner's inquest would have been warmly with the anxious feelings of Mr. called. The unhappy father next went to Fogle, and who was deeply affected during the house of Mr. Dorlan, the tailor, in his application, said that he regretted ex Duke street, St. James's, where Gilligav octremely that he had not, he feared, any cupied a splendid suite of apartments ; he power to render him assistance for remo was accompanied by his wife, and her broving the remains of his child, particularly ther, a Mr. King, an actor belonging to the es Dr. Gilligan was not forthcoming. The Dublin Theatre. Mr. Dorlan inforned him great probability was, that if the child's that they left Monday se'nnight, and that remains were disposed of for the service of he could give no ridings of their destinathe College of Surgeons, dissection had ta tion. All that they left behind was the ken place before this time ; but he (Mr. little state bed of the child, and its habit, Roe) would advise Mr. Fogle to apply to which he (Mr.Dorlan) had manufactured for the parish authorities where the child died, it, to be presented to the king. From thence whose duty it was to see that a Coroner's Mons. Crachami went to Mr Brooks's, at Inquest was held upon any person meeting Blenham steps, and there ascertained that with a sudden death, as this child was re Gilligan had offered the body of the little presented to have done.

creature to him at the price of 100 guineas! Mr. Fogle said that he understood the but that the negotiation did not take place. child died in a coach on its way from the The poor father, in a state of distraction, exhibition-room in Bond-street to Duke next repaired to other places of anatomy, street, in consequence of cold which it and met with the same success; he also caught. The child was never suffered by went to the different public hospitals, where her parents to go at all into the air, unless he was shown all the subjects, but could well wrapped up:

not identify the body of his tiny offspring. Mr. Roe said that he should be very glad He was now so overwhelmed with grief to hear that Mr. Fogle had recovered the that he burst into tears, and again returned remains of his child, and that his fears to Mr. Dorlan's in Duke-street, who took an about its dissection were unfounded. active part in endeavouring to find out the

Mr. Fogle thanked the Magistrate, and little creature ; and, from some circumstan. assured him, that he believed, if it should ces, he advised M. Crachami to wait upon turn out that the child's remains were thus Sir Everard Home, at his house in Sack. disposed of, it would have a most serious ville-street. Thither he went, and saw Sir effect upon the mother, whose last injunc. Everard. Of course they were strangers sion to him was to let her have one look at to each other. Sir Everard, on seeing him, her dear child before it was consigned to 'said, “Oh, you come from Gilligao, about the earth ; and he intended to have taken the dwarf ; the surgeons have not yet held the remains to Ireland for that purpose.- a meeting, therefore I can't say what sum The mother was dontingly fond of this will be voted to himn." The feelings of the

unhappy father, upon this salute, may be THE WONDERS OF ELORA. more easily conceived than described, and

The Wonders of Elora, or the in a flood of tears he told Sir Everard that Narrative of a Journey to the l'emhe was the father of the little creature. Sir Everard was astonished at this intelli- ples and Dwellings excavated out of gence, but ultimately an explanation took a Mountain of Granite, and extending place. It appears that on Monday se'nsight upwards of a mile and a quarter, at Gilligan, who was known to Sir Everard; Elora, in the East Indies." through whose influence the prodigy had been presented to the king, called at his

Although we have so many descriphouse in Sackville-street with the body of tions of India, we did not, before the the child, and expressed a wish to dispose appearance of the present volume, posof it. Sir Everard refused to purchase it, but said he would present it to the College counts of the singular antiquities of Elo

sess any detailed and accessible acof Surgeons, and whatever reward they thought proper to vote him should be given ra. These stupendous temples, the orihim. Gilligan agreed to this, and left the gin of which is unknown, are hewn out child, saying that he was going out of town, of the solid rock; and, whether we rebut would send a friend in a few days for the gratuity: He then went away, and gard the magnificence of their dimenwhen poor Crachami entered the room, Sir sions, the labour which must have been Everard considered that he was the man · required in the construction of them, or that had been sent by Gilligan, which led their remote antiquity, may be fairly to Sir Everard's mentioning the name of the child. The poor father implored Sir said to vie with the Egyptian pyramids. Everard to grant him a look at his beloved The following passage will give some infant, and that be should then leave this idea of these wonderful structures. world happy. Sir Everard instantly com. “ Conceive the burst of surprise at plied, and gave him an order to see it at the College of Surgeons, at Lincoln s-Innfields

, suddenly coming upon a stupendous and presented him with a check on his temple, within a large open court, hewn banker for ten pounds, at the same time out of the solid rock, with all its parts promising to represent the unfortunate busi- perfect and beautiful, standing proudly ness to his Majesty. Mons. Crachami, in alone upon its native bed, and detached a state bordering on insanity, hastened to Surgeon's Hall, where he arrived almost from the neighbouring mountain by a . breathless, thinking he inight prevent his spacious area all round, nearly 250 feet child from being anatomised. But alas !- deep, and 150 feet broad: this unrivalit was too late. He was shown into a led fane, rearing its rocky head to a his view, was the body of his darling pro- height of nearly 100 feet—its length geny, mangled in a most shocking man. about 145 feet, by 62 broad-having

He clasped the corse in his arms in a well-formed doorways, windows, stairmanner that excited the feelings of all pres; cases to its upper floor, containing fine ent, and it was with difficulty that he could be prevailed upon to leave the room, which, large rooms of a smooth and polished however, he did, upon the gentleinen pro- surface, regularly divided by a row of mising him that nothing further would be pillars: the whole bulk of this immense done to the infant. M Crachami left Lon. block of isolated excavation being updon immediately by the Liverpool coach for Ireland, to cominunicate the dreadful wards of 500 feet in circumference; intelligence to his wife.

and, extraordinary as it may appear, It appears that when the child was taken

having beyond its areas three handsome from Ireland about six months ago, by figure galleries, or virandas, supported Gilligan, an agreement was regularly by regular pillars, with compartments drawn up, and attested by witnesses, and hewn out of the boundary scarp, constamped between Crachami and Gilligan, taining 42 curious gigantic figures of in which the latter agreed to allow the for. mer sixty pounds a year, out of the profits the Hindoo mythology- the whole arising from the child's being exhibited, but three galleries in continuity, enclosing it is affirmed, that no part of the agree. the areas, and occupying the almost ment was fulfilled. Crachami, the father incredible space of nearly 420 feet of of the child, was a trumpeter in one of the foot regiments at the battle of Waterloo, excavated rock; being, upon the aver. and the child was born op the day after. - age, about thirteen feet two inches He belongs now to the orchestra of the broad all round, and in height fourteen Dublin Theatre. Gilligan has not since feet and a half; while, positively, above been heard of ; it is supposed he netted about £1500 by the child's exhibition, and these again are excavated fine large that he has gone to France.

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these galleries, or virandas, stands Key- surpassed by no relic of antiquity in las the Proud, wonderfully towering in the known world." hoary majesty—a mighty fabric of rock

(New Mon.) THE WIND.

THE Wind has a language I would I could learn :
Sometimes 'tis soothing, and sometimes 'tis stern,
-Sometimes it comes like a low, sweet song,
And all things grow calm, as the sound floats along,
And the forest is lull’d by the dreamy strain,
And slumber sinks down on the wandering main,
And its crystal arms are folded in rest,
And the tall ship sleeps on its heaving breast.
Sometimes, wben Autumn grows yellow and sear,
And the sad clouds weep for the dying year,
It comes like a wizard, and mutters its spell,
I would that the magical tones I might tell-
And it beckons the leaves with its viewless hand,
And they leap from the branches at its command,
And follow its footsteps with wheeling feet,
Like fairies that dance in the moonlight sweet.
Sometimes it comes in the wintry night,
And I hear the flap of its pinions of might,
And I see the flash of its withering eye,
As it looks from the thunder-cloud sailing on bigh,
And pauses to gather its fearful breath,
And lifts up its voice, like the angel of death,
And the billows leap up when the summons they hear,
And the sbip flies away, as if winged with fear,
And the uncouth creatures that dwell in the deep,
Start up at the sound from their floating sleep,
And career through the waters, like clouds through the night,
To share in the tumult their joy and delight,
And when the moon rises, the ship is no more,
Its joys and its sorrows are vanish'd and o'er,
And the fierce storm that slew it, bas faded away,
Like the dark dream that flies from the light of the day!

OVERLAND JOURNEY.

and is one of the most spirited works of art One of the boats intended for Capt. and most faithful likenesses that can be Franklin's land expedition was last month conceived. The character of the head it. launched from the cominunication-bridge, self is very fine, and Mr. Brockedon has ex. Chatham, in the presence of Lieut. Col. ecuted it in a way which adds wonderfully Pasley, the projector, and Dr. Richardson, to its effect. the enterprising companion of Franklin.

NEW WORKS. The boat was christened by the eldest Tour in Germany and Southern Provindaughter of Lieut. Col. Pasley, the “ Nut. ces of the Austrian Empire, 2 vols. 12mo. shell," which form it resembles. The frame 168.-Bullock's Six Month's Residence, 8vo. is made of ash, fastened without nails, over 185.-Count Struensee's Conversion, 8vo. 8s. which is a case of double canvas, enclosing - Blore's Monuments, Part I. imp. 8vo. 12s. a lining of dissolved India rubber. Her 6d.; royal Ato. proofs, 11.; India proofs, 1l. weight, before entering the water, was 85 108.- Physiognomical Portraits, 2 vols. lbs. She is capable of carrying four per. imp. 8vo. 101. 10s. ; India proofs, 211.; in sons, and 350 lb. weight of ballast. Lieut. 4to 311.–Ball's Grammar of Drawing, 41 Col. Pasley and three officers of the Royal 7s. 60.-Captain Rock detected, f. cap 8«* Engioeers sailed across the Medway, and 88.–The Devil's Elixir, from the Gerpa afterwards to the Dock-yard, where she of Hoffman, 2 vols, 12mo. 145.— The Visi was taken to pieces, and carried upon the Concluded, 18mo. 2s. 6.—Stevenson's Acshoulders of two men to the Artillery Bar count of the Bell Rock Light-House, royal racks.

4to. 51. 58.-Skelton's Works, 6 vols. 8vo. BELZONI.

31. 128.-Swan's Gesta Romanorum, 2 vols. Au admirable Portrait of Belzoni has just 12mo. 188.—Kater's History of England, been published. It is engraved by F. C. 18mo. 4s. 6d.-Otter's Life and Remains of Lewis, from a sketch by Mr. Brockedon, Dr. E. D. Clarke, 4to. 31. 35.--Cunning

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