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please, Don Julian," interrupted the I pretended to learn of thee, it was only Cardinal. “ Follow me, you must ; to sound the abyss of crime into which who can tell what may happen at thou hadst plunged ; I did it with a Rome? The Pope is old, you know. view of bringing thee to condign punBut do not tease me about preferment. ishment. Yet, in compassion to thy A public man has duties of a descrip- age, I will not make an example of thee, tion which those in the lower ranks of provided thou avoidest my eyes. Hide life cannot either weigh or comprehend. thy crime and shame where thou canst. I confess I am under obligations to you, This moment thou must quit the paland feel quite disposed to reward your ace, or the next closes the gates of the services ; yet I must not have my Inquisition upon thee.” creditors knocking every day at my Trembling, and his wrinkled face door: you understand, Don Julian. In bedewed with tears, Don Julian begged a week we set out for Rome."

to be allowed but one word more. “I With such a strong tide of good for- am very poor, Holy Father,” said he: tune as had hitherto buoyed up Don “ trusting to your patronage I relinquishJulian's pupil, the reader cannot be ed my all, and have not left wherewith surprised to find him, in a short time, to pay my journey.—“Away, I say," wearing the papal crown, He was answered the Pope ; “ if my excessive now arrived at the highest place of bounty has made you neglect your pathonour on earth; but in the bustle of rimony, i will no farther encourage the election and subsequent coronation, your waste and improvidence. Poverty the man to whose wonderful science he is but a slight punishment for your owed this rapid ascent, had completely crimes.”—“But, Father," rejoined Don slipped off his memory. Fatigued with Julian, “ my wants are instant ; I am the exhibition of himself through the hungry: give me but a trifle to procure streets of Rome, which he had been

a supper to-night. Tomorrow I shall obliged to make in a solemn procession, beg my way out of Rome.”—“ Heaven the new Pope sat alone in one of the forbid,” said the Pope, “ that I should chambers of the Vatican. It was early be guilty of feeding the ally of the in the night. By the light of two wax Prince of Darkness. Away, away from tapers which scarcely illuminated the my presence, or I instantly call for the farthest end of the grand saloon, his guard.”—“Well then,” replied Don Holiness was enjoying that reverie of Julian, rising from the ground, and mixed pain and pleasure which follows looking on the Pope with a boldness the complete attainment of ardent which began to throw his Holiness wishes, when Don Julian advanced in into a paroxysm of rage, “ if I am to visible perturbation, conscious of the starve at Rome, I had better return to intrusion on which he ventured. “Holy the supper which I ordered at Toledo.” Father !” exclaimed the old man, and Thus saying, he rang a gold bell which cast himself at his pupil's feet : “ Holy stood on a table next to the Pope. Father, in pity to these grey hairs do The door opened without delay, and not consign an old servant-might I the Moorish servant came in. The not say an old friend ?- to utter ne- Pope looked round, and found himself glect and forgetfulness. My son—" in the subterraneous study under the “By Saint Peter!" ejaculated his Holi- Tagus. “Desire the cook," said Don ness, rising from the chair, “ your inso- Julian to the maid, “ to put but one Jence shall be checked— You my friend! partridge to roast; for I will not throw A magician the friend of Heaven's vice- away the other on the Dean of Sangerent ! -Away, wretched man! When tiago.”

The supernatural machinery employed in the preceding tale, or the supposition that by some means unknown the human mind may be subjected to a complete delusion, during which it exists in a world of its own creation, perfectly independent of time and space, has a strong hold on what might be called man's natural prejudices. Far

from there being any thing revolting or palpably absurd in such an admission, the obscurity itself of the nature of time and space, and the phenomena of the dreaming and delirious mind, are ready to give it a colouring of truth. The success, indeed, of the tales which have been composed upon that basis

, proves how readily men of all ages and nations have acknowledged, what might be called, its poetical truth.

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


2. “ This is my writing after I had A New Colony.-It has been dis- taken six lessons from Mr. Crowquill." covered, that the island of Tristán da Thus we may observe, that by imCunha, which lies in south lat. 87.6. proving in writing, pupils also improve west long. 11. 44. and which was never in spelling by the same process of inknown to have been peopled before the struction. year 1816, has now upon it, living in Etymology.-“Why are doctors great happiness, twenty-two men and called physicians, mamma ?” said a three women.

The Berwick, Captain little inquisitive girl to her mother, who Jeffery, from London to Van Diemen's had just been visited by one of these. Land, sent her boat ashore on the 25th “ Physician, (replied Mamma, who was of March, 1823. The sailors were sur- seldom at a loss for an answer) comes prised at finding an Englishman of the from fee-seek, as the doctors ride about name of Glass, formerly a corporal in all day to seek fees.” the artillery, and the rest of the above Pun.--A visitor to Surgeons' Hall mentioned population. Glass gave so lately remarked, when shown a number favourable an account of the island, of dwarfs, monsters, &c. preserved in which is only nine miles in diameter, alcohol and other preparations, Well, that it may be of importance to vessels, I never thought that the dead could be on their passage to Van Diemen's Land, seen in such animal spirits." to touch there : they will be sure of a

The Painter.--A troublesome sitter to most favourable reception. There are

an eminent portrait painter, puzon the island great plenty of pigs, goats, zled himself and plagued the artist in depotatoes, cabbages, &c. abundance of termining whether he should be painted fish, and excellent water. This little

on pannel or canvas. 66 But how would colony had at the time upwards of 30

you have me drawn?” he at last asked tons of potatoes to dispose of. The

the irritated man of talent. On wood, island is very fertile, in fact, in every Sir, (roared the latter ;) such a fellow thing desirable to settlers ; and Glass declared that if they had but a few but a hurdle.'

as you ought to be drawn on nothing women more, the place would be an

Epitaph.-In a Sussex church-yard earthly paradise. He is a sort of Governor at Tristan da Cunha, by the ap- appears the following Epitaph, inscrib

a pointment of the rest, on account of his military character; and he trades in a

lies the body of Sarah, wife of John

who died 24th March, 1823, aged small schooner to the Cape of Good Hope, with the oil of the sea-elephant

forty-two years. and the skins of the seal, which they

“ The Lord giveth, and the Lord catch in great abundance. There is a TAKETH AWAY; blessed be the name mountain upon the island, 8500 feet in of the Lord!height: the crew of the Berwick saw it

HORRIBLE FANATICISM IN 1824. at the distance of 50 miles. They in

For several days written notices des

patched round the country, intimated that tended to take on board part of the

a miracle was to have been wrought, on product of the island, but were obliged Friday, by the Rev. John Carroll, Roman to make sail, as the breeze became very Catholic curate of Ballymore. On that fresh.

day he visited Henry Neale, of Killi

pick, who was lying dangerously ill of apoPUNS BY A PROFESSOR.

plexy. He said the man was troubled with Improvement.-- In the window of a devils : he jumped on him several times, writing-master who professes to teach and cried out to the people to keep him in an elegant hand in six lessons, are pre- of the evil spirits. Such was the effect of

prayer, in order to dispossess the sick man sented specimens of his pupil's improve his operations upon Peggy Danby, that she ment; ist, in their original scrawl, and, fell to the ground in hysterics ; upon which 2dly, in their amended manuscript. Mr. Carroll jumped of Neale's body, and One of these examples runs thus :

seized the woman in a violent manner, al1. “This is my writting when I leging that she was full of devils, at the

same time calling on Jesus to assist him in come to take lessings of Mr.Crowquill.” expelling them. He trampled on the unfor

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tunate woman, broke several of her ribs, ipsanity. No individual can for a moment and left her for dead, and then observed he entertain à doubt that Mr. Carroll acted would go and bury the devils he had secur- throughout under the influence of insa nity. ed. The blood was gurgling in the woman's Surprise, of course, vanishes as respects his throat, and some of the superstitious conduct; but how shall we designate that wretches who were looking on, exclaimed of the spectators who surrounded him, some that they “saw the devils come out of her of whom lent their aid to the furtherance mouth!” The priest proceeded to the of his designs, and all of whom full of that bridge of Assailly, and on his return said reverential awe with which the Roman Cath" he had buried the reptiles of hell !” He olic peasant looks upon a clergyman of his then went to the house of Robert Moran communion, placed implicit faith in the and struck bis wife so repeatedly that when propriety and efficacy of the wild and dreadhe left her she was scarcely able to speak, ful proceedings of the unhappy maniac ! and her head was swelled to a shocking de- Who would 'bave thought that such fanati. gree. The next house he visited was that cism existed in any port in this kingdom? of Thomas Sinnot, nailor (accompanied all An inquest was held on the body of the this time by at least fifty persons.) The unfortunate innocent, when the above hordevil-killer asked the servant for her mis. rible particulars were fully proved by the tress, who told him that she was not at home, father of the child, and other witnesses, in but that she would go for her. Mrs. Moran consequence of which the Jury came to the appeared. He asked her for some refresh- following verdict :-“ We agree, that the ment. At this time a child (a fine little girl child, Catherine Sinoot, deceased, came by between three and four years of age) then her death in consequence of the violence in bed, began to cry; he consulted his she received froni the Rev. John Carroll, as Breviary, and immediately affirmed that adduced by the evidence. Signed for self there was a devil in the child. Pursuing and fellow jurors. the same course which he did with Neale, " RICHARD SYLVESTER, Foreman." he.jumped into the bed, and on the body of the infant ! The father of the little infant

DIED, entered at the time—the child piteously

In London, Mr. LURE WHITE-Mr. cried out,“ Oh save me ! save me?” which White rose by slow degrees, from being the he was proceeding to do, but some of the poorest, to be the richest man in Ireland.miserable fanatics present actually held hiin In 1778, Mr. Warren, of Belfast, kept one back! It may be asked who was holding of the most respectable and extensive book. the mother of the child ? No one-she was shops in Ireland. His circulating library as free as any of the spectators, and like was, perhaps, at that time, the largest in them had a full conviction that her child the kingdom. Luke White was then an was, as the Priest had stated, “ possessed" itinerant bookseller, with a small bag, and and that he was performing a miracle to still smaller capital. He called on Mr. drive out the evil Spirit! Nay, the infatua- Warren in the course of business, and purted mother was not only without restraint chased from him some of his cast-ofio novels, as to any relief she might have been inclined and broken sets, as well as a few ballads to have afforded her insant, but actually as. and penny pamphlets. He displayed, in sisted the priest in the performance of this his dealings with Mr. Warren, the greatest horrible work! He ordered her to get a honesty and punctuality, and was, on more tob of water and some salt; these she in- than one occasion, credited by him to the stantly procured. The innocent sufferer amount of two or three pounds! We have Jay bleeding and insensible in bed; he pour not been able to trace out where he lodged; ed the contents of the tub upon her; and but we suppose it must have been in no very as the water mingled with the stream of respectable domicile, as he found it safe life, he cried out with enthusiasm to those and desirable to deposit bis bag,“ his all," around him, “Behold a miracle ! I have nightly, in Mr. W's shop ; and, next mornturned the water into blood :” He then turn- ing, when the clerks opened the concern, the tub upon his victim-the edge of it com- he resumed his burden and bis toilsome ocing upon the child's neck, mercifully com- cupation. To think that behind Mr. Warpleted the tragedy, by putting an end to its ren's counter should have been deposited, sufferings! Having desired the parents of the in a greasy linen bag, the property of a child not to allow any one to come into the ragged pedlar, the very beginning of such room nor to touch the child till his return, he wealth as Mr. White lately bequeathed ! departed to Wexford. His directions were The lean-visaged philosopher, “ with specreligiously obeyed and the besotted parents tacles on nose,” and a world of anxious anxiously awaited his arrival. Next day doubt and care reposing in every furrow of (Saturday) the Priest's eldest sister called his wrinkled brow, peeps, with a palpitaat Sipnots, and told them to be contented, ting heart, in his crucible, to see whether that their child would be quite well on her his chemical discoveries and experiments brother's return !

have produced that long sought-for subDr. Devereaux, who attended Mr. Car- stance, whose touch turns to gold; but not rol for the last three years, visited him a more anxionsly, we are sure, than did Luke few hours previously to the occurrence in White con over the bundles of Chevy question, and considered him insane. The Chace, and the Fair Matilda, which Mr. next evening he found him in a high state of Warren's shopmen supplied him with the

palory profits from which, were to be in- ground for the construction of their nest, creased to two millions sterling! At this they have nevertheless much labour to untime Mr. Robert Hodgson, father to the dergo in removing protuberances, and carhighly respectable Mr. J. Hodgson, book. rying away earth till it is brought to that seller, of this town,

lived in North-street.- spherical figure which suits their purposes. Luke White was in the habit of calling on This work completed, they next coostruct him, to get some of his workmen to patch that paper-like covering with which the up the broken binding of the second-hand whole hive is lineil. The combs in which purchase. To erase from the title-page the cells are lodged next claim their atthe word “ vol,"—to scrape out the same tention. These are ranged horizontally in at the end of the book-to mend its crazy different stories, sometimes twelve or fifteen joints—to polish up its worn-out sides—to above each other, all supported by colonyellow its edges, and to make it pass upon ades, between which the whole citizens of the less learned, in those matters, as a

this subterraneous commonwealth are seen complete work, “ little used," is a portion to walk, like men in the streets of a town. of duty well known to the speculators in The cells of the wasps are not constructlibrary rubbish. We are to suppose that ed with that geometrical skill which has Mr. White, with the aid of the bookbinder, been so often admired in those of the bee; was not behind others in his trade. The but they are not on that account the less best and usual mode adapted to getting off adapted to the purposes they are destined works of this description is, by auction. to serve. Each comb has only a single There is then no time to examine into the range of cells, with their mouths opening merits of what is put up, or to collate over below. They are intended, not for the re. its signatures ; going, going," and as the ception of boney, but for the babitation of auctioneer tells his auditory, that the like the young, which are fed twice or thrice a advantage will never occur again, the ga. day, by the morsels carried in by their ping multitude “taking the ball on the first parents. For the more commodious recephop," and the book goes off at a good value. tion of their food, each of the larvæ has its Mr. White was also aufail at this branch of head turned downwards, opposite the mouth his business ; and was in the practice of of its cell, ready to receive its meal when selling by auction his pamphlets and im- offered. There are, however, many varie. perfect volumes, in the public streets of ties in the construction of wasp-hives, all Belfast. On these occasions, he used to suited to the views of the different species borrow a three-legged stool from Mr Hodg- who inhabit them. Some have only a single son, to elevate himself above his literary row of cells, placed vertically, like those of congregation ; and, as if the smiling god the bee, and the mouths facing the sun. dess, who led him through pleasant walks The reason of this variety seems to be, that tó a bank of wealth, had determined to flirt some kinds require the heat of the sun to with her own freaks, she changed the three hatch their eggs; an advantage which could legs of the stool, in the common street, to

not be obtained were there more rows of three seats in the Commons' House! His cells, or were they placed in a different future history is well known. The knowl. edge he thus acquired of public sales, pro

As in a hive of bees, so in that of wasps, cured him the situation of clerk to an there are three different kinds of animals. tioneer, in Dublin. He opened a small At certain seasons it contains only a single book-shop, became eminent in that line, female, and a number of neuters or mules, sold lottery tickets, and speculated in the wbo are of no sex; at other times it confunds. By stock-jobbing and contracting tains some hundreds of females, and still a for government loans he was enabled to greater number of males. The former are bequeath, at his death, 30,0001. a-year, and of a size so superior to the mules, that one 100,0001. in money and securities. This weighs against eight; even the male wasp remained after the enormous of is not more than half the weight of his fe200,0001. expended upon elections.

male. THE WASP. Alinost every person must have seen the Remains of Robert Bloomfield, 2 vols. f. establishment made under ground by the cap 8vo. 128.-—M'Dermott's Beauties of common wasp. It is a kind of subterrane. Modern Literature, 8vo. 148.-Salvo's Reous city, which at certain seasons of the flections upon the late Revolutions in Eu year contains many thousands of inhabit. rope, 8vo. 75. French; 78. English.-Letters ants, and is constructed nearly with the from Colombia, 8vo. 8s.-Bayford's Life of same ingenuity and elegance as that of the Wolf, 8vo. 78.-Westmacott's British Gallery domestic bee. Like it, it is internally form- of Painting and Sculpture, Part I. Svo. 128

. ed with combs consisting of a number of —Hullmandel on Drawing on Stone, imp. hexagonal cells, all enveloped under one

8vo. 15s.-Bentham's Book of Fallacies, Sro. common covering, like coarse paper which 128.-Pope's Works by Roscoe, 10 vols. Svo. is constructed with great art. In this par. 61.—The Hermit in Edinburgh, 3 vols. 12mo. ticular they excel the common bee, which -Combe's Elements of Phrenology, 12mo contents itself with the cover afforded by 43.— Rational Amusements, 18mo. 2s. 60.the hive, or with the trunk of a rotten tree, 10s. 6d-- Mary and her Mother, 18mo. 2s. in their wild state. Though the wasps gen? 6d.--Smith's Caroline and Zelite, 12mo. 4s. erally make choice of some large bole under.





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I HAVE seen Robert Burns laid in

The first time I ever saw Burns was his grave, and I have seen George in Nithsdale. I was then a child, but Gordon Byron borne to his ; of both his looks and his voice cannot well be I wish to speak, and my words shall forgotten ; and while I write this I bebe spoken with honesty and freedom. hold him as distinctly as I did when I They were great though not equal stood at my father's knee, and heard heirs of fame; the fortunes of their the bard repeat his Tam O'Shanter. birth were widely dissimilar ; yet in He was tall and of a manly make, his their passions and in their genius they brow broad and high, and his voice approached to a closer resemblance; .varied with the character of his inimitatheir careers were short and glorious, ble tale ; yet through all its variations and they both perished in the sum- it was melody itself. He was of great mer of life, and in all the splendour personal strength, and proud too of of a reputation more likely to increase displaying it ; and I have seen him than diminish. One was a peasant, lift a load with ease, which few ordiand the other was a peer; but Nature nary men would have willingly underis a great leveller, and makes amends taken. for the injuries of fortune by the rich The first time I ever saw Byron was ness of her benefactions; the genius of in the House of Lords, soon after the Burns raised him to a level with the publication of Childe Harold. He nobles of the land; by nature if not by stood up in his place on the opposition birth, he was the peer of Byron. I side, and made a speech on the subject knew one, and I have seen both; I of Catholic freedom. His voice was have hearkened to words from their low, and I heard him but by fits, and lips, and admired the labours of their when I say he was witty and sarcastic, pens, and I am now, and likely to re- I judge as much from the involuntary main, under the influence of their magic mirth of the benches as from what I songs. They rose by the force of their heard with my own ears. His voice genius, and they fell by the strength of had not the full and manly melody of their passions; one wrote from a love, the voice of Burns ; nor had he equal and the other from a scorn, of man- vigour of frame, nor the same open exkind; and they both sang of the emo- panse of forehead. But his face was tions of their own hearts with a vehe- finely formed, and was impressed with mence and an originality which few a more delicate vigour than that of the have equalled, and none surely have peasant poet. He had a singular consurpassed. But it is less my wish to formation of ear, the lower lobe, instead draw the characters of those extraordi- of being pendulous, grew down and nary men than to write what I remem- united itself to the cheek and resembled ber of them; and I will say nothing no other ear I ever saw, save that of that I know not to be true, and little the Duke of Wellington.

His bust by · but what I saw myself.

Thorvaldson is feeble and mean ; the 7 ATHENEUN VOL. 2. 2d series.

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