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among the lower classes in this coun- short, at the shrine of gallantry, a try; but every one executed bis part Frenchman, whatever may be his rank of the quadrille with a grace and facil- in life, makes, with few exceptions, ity not unworthy of Almack's. There every due sacrifice: he forsakes his was an evident mixture of classes, es- ribaldry, his oaths, bis intemperance, pecially among the gentlemen, for and even his vulgarity of mien, in the there joined in the dance many officers, presence of a female. There were do whose splendid uniforms and rich dec- boozing or liquor shops to be seen, nor orations bespoke them of high rank, did I even observe one single instance and even in the same quadrille officers of indulgence in the luxury of a pipe and privates appeared mingled toge- or cigar. Give a Frenchman his glass ther. The attractions of some of the of lemonade or eau sucré, and bis debelles were alone sufficiently inviting ; sires with respect to refreshing bererbut urged by my fair companions, and age appear satisfied ; on this occasion having hired chairs for the acommoda- the itinerant limonadiers mustered netion, I presently solicited the hand of merously, and were fully occupied in an interesting girl who forned one of dealing out their meagre potations a family group seated near us. The from the portable reservoirs suspended novelty of an English cavalier joining to their shoulders. the set afforded no little amusement, Night rapidly drawing its veil over and some of the lookers on appeared this mirthful assemblage, compelled us on the alert to indulge their quizzing reluctantly to withdraw from its fascipropensities. We took our station op- nations, and enables me now to release posite my partner's sister, who was my readers from a scene, which, hovequally well dressed and possessed sim- ever inspiring in reality, I fear be bas ilar personal attractions to herself, and long since thought sufficiently wearithe quadrille being ended, I recon some upon paper. I shall take leare, ducted her to her seat by the side of however, to suggest before parting, her parents, when I received her that one day employed in examining thanks briefly but elegantly expressed, the peculiarities and characteristics and accompanied with a most graceful which such a festival cannot fail to de gesture-I must not omit to mention, velop, is worth a whole month spent that the expences incurred on this oc- in traversing the streets of the capital. casion amounted to fiteen sous (7 d.) The contrasts which an unprejuwhich included the hire of three chairs. diced Englishman is occasionally led I have not unfrequently taken a part to draw with his own countrymen, are in similar scenes at our English fairs, not always flattering to their polish or and I have seen many an expression urbanity. Comparisons are at all of genuine and innocent enjoyment, times odious, but while we are careful and much lightness of step and heart ; to show the follies and vices of our this, however, was mingled with so light hearted neighbours, for heaven's much boisterous mirth, perpetual strug: sake let us not be slow to appreciate as gle for precedence, and noisy efforts of well as imitate their excellences. vulgarity as to spoil the harmony and Reprove me not for my want of nadisturb the general tranquility.“What?” tional pride, my honest friend Bull, asks a writer, who has favoured the for I love thy many virtues, thy indeworld with some amusing sketches of pendent spirit, and thy downright siain and about the French capital, cerity, and it is for the love I bear thee, “would a Sunday's hop be, composed that I would sain see thee profit by of the inhabitants of St. Giles's and hints intended for thy benefit, for, Bermondsey, or of Wapping and the
« — thou hast need of discipline and art Burrough ?" The majority of this as To give thee what politer France receives semblage was composed of individuals From nature's bounty--that humane address, of this class, and yet nothing escaped And sweetness, without which no pleasure is, them that could either offend the eye in converse, either starv'd by cold reserve,
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amera sings which he addressed to the presi- the turnpike gate, carrying the beam Tin my ancestors was a Protestant."
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diers called out, “ Is the prince satisfi
ed with us ?" " My friends," replied The Dauphin has from his infancy his Royal Highness, “ I was going shown himself to be good, modest, stu- to ask you if you were satisfied with dious. The admirable remark that he me.” made, when a boy, to Suffren, when One day the Duke, incognito, was the latter was presented to him at Ver- inspecting the quarters established in sailles, on his return from the Eastern the suburbs of Andujar. In a narrow seas, is not yet forgotten. The Duke shed be observed an old soldier of the d'Angouleme had at the time a Plu- guard lying on a truss of straw. His tarch in bis band : " I was reading the Royal Highness approached him, and
history of a hero,” exclaimed the striking him lightly on the shoulder, Stadion young Prince, embracing Suffren; “I said, “Comrade, pray make a little
now see one." Henry the Fourth, room.” “ With great pleasure," rewhen a child could not have said a plied the soldier, drawing back; better thing.
“there was straw enough for two. When the Sovereigns of Europe, His Royal Highness lay down, and whose thrones were all menaced with soon fell into a profound sleep. An destruction, combined against the op- instant after the soldier wakened thorpressor of nations, and Buonaparte oughly. His astonishment and delight fell, the Duke d'Angouleme was at on discovering that it was the royal Bourdeaux, that loyal city, which had generalissimo who reposed by his opened its gates to him on the 12th of side, may be easily conceived. After March. «God be praised !" cried the having covered his Royal Highness Prince, “there will be no further effu- with his cloak, he mounted guard over sion of French blood.” A great num- him; and never was a post of honour ber of the inhabitants of Bourdeaux so- filled with greater zeal, or a more nolicited the honour of being presented to ble pride. him. It had been thought necessary TOPHAM, THE STRONG MAN. to place at the head of the list the per The most extraordinary instance of sons most qualified by their titles and human strength recorded in modern birth. 6 Let the list be re-modelled times, is that of Thomas Topham, a
in alphabetical order," said his Royal man who kept a public-house at Ishal Highness; “ since the 12th of March lington. Mr. Hutton, in his history of everybody is noble at Bourdeaux."
Derby, gives this account of him :When his Royal Highness repaired He performed surprising feats of to the South, by order of the King, in strength-as breaking a broomstick of consequence of the disturbances which the first magnitude by striking it took place at the end of the year 1815, against his bare arm, lifting two hogsthe following were the noble expres- heads of water, heaving his horse over dent of the consistory of the reformed of a house as a soldier carries his firechurch at Nismes: “No doubt preju- lock, &c. When this Second Samson dices bave been instilled into your appeared at Derby as a performer in mind against me. Yon have probably public, at a shilling each, upon applibeen told that I do not love you. Cer- cation to Alderman Cooper for leave to tainly I am a good Catholic ; but I can exhibit, the magistrate was surprised never forget that the most illustrious of at the feats he proposed, and as his ap
pearance was like that of other men, Two days after the capture of the he requested him to strip, that he Trocadero, while the regiments who mightamine whether he was made had shared in that glorious enterprize like th but he was found to be exwere passing in review before the treme
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ers, were filled up with ligaments in of the kitchen spits from the martelbim.
piece, and bent it round his neck like He appeared nearly five feet ten, å handkerchief; but as he did not turned of thirty, well made, but nothing chuse to tuck the ends in the ostler's singular; he walked with a small bosom, the cumbrous ornament excited limp. He had formerly laid a wager, the laugh of the company till he condethe usual decider of disputes, that three scended to untie his iron cravat. Had horses could not draw him from a post he not abounded with good nature, the which he should clasp with his feet; men might have been in fear for the but the driver giving them a sudden safety of their persons, and the women laslı, turned them aside, and the unex- for that of their pewter shelves, as he pected jerk had broke his thigh. could instantly roll up both. One
The performances of this wonderful blow from his fist would for ever have man, in whom were united the strength silenced those heroes of the Bear-garof twelve, were, rolling up a pewter den, Johnson and Mendoza. dish of seven pounds as a man rolls up At the time of his death, which bapa sheet of paper; holding a pewter pened 10th August, 1749, he kept a quart at arm's length, and squeezing public-house Hog-lane, Shoreditch. the sides together like an egg-shell ; Having, two days before, a quarrel lifting two hundred weight with bis with his wife, he stabbed her in the little finger, and moving it gently over breast, and immediately gave himself his head. The bodies he touched seem- several wounds which proved fatal to ed to have lost their powers of gravita- him, but his wife recovered. tion. He also broke a rope fastened
MUNGO PARK. to the floor, that would sustain twenty The Glasgow Courier gives the fol hundred weight; lifted an oak table six lowing communication respecting this feet long with his teeth, though half a ill-fated traveller, from notes made in hundred weight was hung to the ex- 1822. “Duncanno, a negro,was born tremity; a piece of leather was fixed at Birnie Yaourie. He was in the to one end for his teeth to hold, two of Pass about to be mentioned, to sell the feet stood upon his knees, and he collas,when he was seized by the Fouraised the end with the weight higher lahs, carried off as a slave, and afterthan that in his mouth. He took Mr. wards taken to the Gold Coast, where Chambers, Vicar of All Saints, whu he was shipped on board a Portuguese weighed twenty-seven stone, and rais- vessel, and carried to Bahia, where he ed him with one hand. His head be- remained three years. He was eming laid on one chair, and his feet on ployed in a Portuguese slave ship as a another, four people, (fourteen stone seaman, and returned to Africa in her, each) sat upon his body, which he during Governor Maxwell's residence heaved at pleasure. He struck a on the coast. Duncanno states, that round bar of iron, one inch diameter, he was in his native country, Birnie against his naked arm, and at one Yaourie, sixteen years ago (1808), stroke bent it like a bow. Weakness when Mr. Park arrived there in a caand feeling seemed fled together.
noe with two masts ; no persons landBeing a master of music, he enter- ed. The canoe continued her course tained the company with Mad Tom. down the river, with the travellers in I heard him sing a solo to the organ her. The king of Yaourie, aware of in St. Werburgh's church, then the their danger, sent off eight canoes afonly one in Derby; but though he ter them to warn them of it, and in might perform with judgment, yet the one of the canoes was sent a red cow, voice, more terrible than sweet, scarce- intended as a present to the white men. ly seemed human. Though of a pa- Mr. Park did not communicate with cific temper, and with the appearance them, but continued sailing onwards. of a gentleman, yet he was liable to The canoes followed, and at last Mr. the insults of the rude. The ostler at Park, probably dreading hostile intenthe Virgin's Jon, where he resided, tions, fired upon them, but fortunately having given him disgust, he took one did not kill any one. The canoes re.
turned, but the king, anxious for the black was the only individual saved, safety of the travellers, again sent peo- and that that man only was left at ple to proceed after them, requesting Boussa. The people of Boussa went them to stop, and he would send peo- in canoes to this “ bad place" in the ple to show them the safe and proper river, where Park's vessel was broken, passage in the channel of the river. and where he was drowned, and some The messengers however, could not expert divers dived into the stream and overtake them. Park continued his picked up twelve pistols and two long voyage, till the vessel got amongst musquets. Plenty of people” went the rocks off Boussa, and was, in con- from Birnie Yaourie to Boussa to see sequence, “broke.” Birnie Yaourie is the wreck, after the king of Boussa had in Houssa, but Boussa is not. The lat- sent to the king of Yaourie to inform ter is in the country called Burgoo. him of the disaster. Park informed Birnie Yaourie is by land distant one the black man who was in the boat, day's journey from Boussa, but by that in a week or two he should carry water one day and a half. Duncanno him with the canoe into great described the place or pass where the ocean,” where the water was salt !" canoe was broke, to be like the cata. racts in our mountains. The water A Tour in Germany and some of the ran with great force. The canoe was Southern Provinces of the Austrian carried rapidly along, and before they Empire, in the Years 1820, 1821 <could perceive their imminent danger, and 1822. 2 vols. 12mo. it struck with violence on some rocks There is a great deal of ability in and was dashed to pieces. The people these volumes, and what is more to of Boussa stood upon the rocks project. the purpose, at the present day, of ing into the river, desirous if possible, amusement.
The writer appears to to afford the white men assistance : but be one of those well-informed persons, the catastrophe was so sudden, and the who make the best use of their eyes, violence of the stream so great, that ears, and time, during their travels, they could not reach them. The and who have the tact of selecting break of the river on the rocks is des- what is likely to prove interesting to cribed as dreadful, the whirlpools form- their untravelled countrymen. The ed appalling, and the agitation of the opinions which he has formed, appear waters so great, as almost to raise the on the whole to be fair enough, though, canoe on its end, and precipitate its here and there we trace a little dread stem forwards into the gulfs below it. of liberalism. The most interesting At the moment the vessel struck, Mr. portions of his tour are, perhaps, those Park had something in his hand, in which he has given an account of which he threw into the water, just as the German Universities, and of the the vessel appeared to be going to piec- state of society in Vienna. Nothing
The“ water was too bad," so ag- more lamentable can be imagined than itated that he could not swin, and he the laxity of morals, nothing more was seen to sink in it. There were detestable than the system of espio“plenty” of other white men in the nage existing in that metropolis. The canoe, all of whom were drowned. worst symptom of all is, the contentThe river there is as broad as from Le ment of the people under such cirFevre Point to Tagrin Point, Sierra cumstances. If the administration of Leone, or above four miles. There Metternich fails to rouse the spirit of was a black man, a slave, who was the Austrian, to what will they not saved from the canoe. This black submit ? Our readers will, perhaps, man spoke the Foulah language, and be gratified with the following porwas a slave to a Foulah man. When trait of this statesman. Duncanno left Yaourie, this man was “At the head of the ministry, stands still in Boussa ; but he knows nothing despotic the Chancellor of State, more of him. Duncanno asserted Prince Metternich, the most powerful positively that no person from Park's individual in Europe who does not vessel landed at Birnie Yaourie,that the wear a crown. A private nobleman
from the banks of the Rhine, whose stone; in which situation, the say, most celebrated vineyard has been drill, or file is made to act on it until bestowed on him by the grateful mon- it becomes broken down in smaller archs for whom he laboured; he has pieces—the fragments of which are subraised himself to be absolute master sequently ejected by the urine, aided of the empire, firmly rooted in the by a copious injection of warm water confidence of his master, unwilling to to facilitate the discharge. Although bear a rival near the throne, but nei- there must be considerable delicacy rether liked nor admired by the people. quired, and some degree of hazard alWhen I first saw him in the ball-room tending this mode of operating, Fet M. at Baden, he was sitting by the Court Percy relates three cases, in which it but yet alone. He was dressed in was attended with complete success. a plain suit of black, for it was the The first, a man thirty-two years of mourning for the late Queen of Eng- age, underwent the operation three land. His eyes were fixed on the times before the stone was completely floor, as if in deep thought, except removed, and was so little incommod. when they glanced up to follow the ed as to be capable of walking to the fair Countess Awho was flying house of the operator. The second round the ball in the waltz. His instance-a small stone was brokea appearance has nothing striking or down and ejected, leaving for its pucommanding. He is of middling stat- cleus "a white kidney-bean!” In ure, rather meagre than otherwise, but the third case, a stone as large as a altogether a handsome man. His pigeon's egg, was completely broken countenance is pale ; his large broad down, and discharged. brow is marked with what seem to be
THE LANGUAGE OF BIRDS. the wrinkles of cunning, rather than From the notes and tones of our do the furrows of thought : his smile ap- mestic fowl alone we could produce a pears to be so habitual, that it has variety of instances to show that they scarcely any character, except when are adapted and directed to particular it is satirical. His manners are po- occasions, all expressive of and worklite and conciliating, for he is through ing to a meaning and an end.
We and through a man of the world. He might dwell upon the difference of possesses in a high degree the power their tones or vocal sounds when they of concealing his own sentiments, and come cheerily forth at early morn, a coolness which keeps him clear of all themselves gay, humble, and sprightly, embarrassment."
like itself; and the drawling gravity NEW OPERATION ON URINARY CALCULI. of their notes suited to the loiter and
The Ann. de Chemie contains a re- slowness of their step, when day is port from M. Percy, of the following drawing to a close, and they are saisoperation for breaking down and ex- tering in the direction of their dormipelling calculi :-A straight sound, tory and their perch. As the air, acmake of silver, containing a smaller tivity, and gaiety of morn were greetsound sliding within it. The smaller ed with their poor but best music, in sound near its inner extremity is divid- brisk and flippant salutation, so are ed into three arms, which spring open their retiring notes expressive of the when they pass through the end of the quietude and composure of the everexterior sound, forming a kind of spring ing hour : their farewel requiem to the foreceps. Through the inner tube, a day. It was the observation of Ds. steel rod, having a saw, a file, or a Jenner, that the songs of birds varied knife, at the extremity, is made to slide in character with the varying season of with ease.
The instrument being in the year. The most familiar instance serted through the uretha into the blad- was the robin. Spring and autumn der, the inner sound is moved about afforded, of course, the most favoura until the forceps grasps a portion ble specimens of the justness of his obof calculus ; ' when the operator, servation, by exhibiting the lovely song by partially withdrawing the inner of this bird at its greatest distances ; sound, closes the forceps firmly on the comprehending also its different grada