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heard he was to be disappointed, than he left the hood; and, huddling all these together, you shall have parish, in order that he might not stand in the way of a perfect and unexaggerated picture of the by-streets a harmonious settlement for the presentee. Taking of Alexandria in this present year of grace. Through his pronged staff in his hand, he set out on foot for these streets, the captain and I scampered as fast as Newcastle, and there undertook the duty of assistant
our donkeys and the pathway would admit of; now and preacher in a presbyterian chapel.
The publication of his book in 1793 recommended then we emerged into little open squares, where stood him to the attention of the benevolent patriot, Sir John extemporaneous coffee-houses, formed of long poles Sinclair, as one who could give material assistance in stuck in the earth, and covered over with mats and the compilation of that remarkable work, the Statistical old canvas sails ; where, further, the atmosphere was Account of Scotland. He was one of the three talented darkened with flies, allured by the fruits and sweetyoung men whom Sir John for some time employed as meats exposed for sale by some half-dozen liberated his assistants in this task, each of whom, as we have negroes; and indolent old fellows lolled on wooden heard from one of them, received a hundred a year of benches, smoking, playing at backgammon, and sipping salary. In the case of certain parishes, where, from the senility of the minister or other causes, an account hot coffee or glasses of cold sherbet. Now we came was not furnished, David Ure supplied the deficiency. into a narrow tortuous street, full of heavily laden He also prepared the indices for the work. While donkeys, water-carriers, and Egyptian damsels doing thus toiling under the eye of good Sir John, he became up each other's hair, and investigating horrible secrets, favourably known to the Earl of Buchan, who, with as they proceeded. The last turning was the worst all his childish vanity, was not without some generous of all; for we had to pass through an ordinary-sized impulses. The parish of Uphall, in his lordship's street-door into an equally circumscribed passage-a patronage, becoming vacant in 1796, David Ure was selected for the charge, thus at length attaining the short-cut, and provided with a well besides, which summit of his professional ambition, and being placed made the crowd the denser. At last we got out, and in comfort for life. Sad, however, to tell, he had not emerged upon the open beach. Immediately to our enjoyed his preferment above two years, when he was left was the cumbrous old building we were in search cut off by dropsy. The first delineator of Scottish of; but to get at the entrance-gate without suffering fossils lies in Uphall church-yard, under a stone which bodily injury, was no easy matter. The whole space, his friend the Earl of Buchan raised and inscribed as from the landing-jetty right up to the walls of the follows: ‘D. Ure, A.M., in hac ecclesiâ rite repositus, custom-house, was literally crammed with goods, carts, morbo acerbo Hydrop. diu vexat. animam denique donkeys, porters, boatmen, mules, merchants, horses, reflavit, et Deo reddidit, die Martii xxvIII., A.D. and one or two European carriages belonging to the MDCCXCVIII., et hic sepult. fuit. H. M. David, Buchaniæ officials. Now and then a long string of gawky camels Comes, in test. amic., I.T. F.C. Pulvis et umbra Sumus.*
would come picking their way over bale-goods and bars of iron, and, amidst the babel tbat reigned around,
some sudden gust of wind would lift up a cloud of BUSINESS IN EGYPT.
sea-sand, nearly blinding the unwary, and effectually Having business to transact with the nazir or director stopping for a while the hooting, screaming, and of the customs at Alexandria, relative to a ship which swearing, of the busy multitude here assembled. had to be cleared out that day, the captain and myself
, stead, sat two officers of excise, black as Egypt's sun
In a hut, about the size of a common turn-up bedone hot morning in August, bestrode our respective could make them, and as open to bribery as any donkeys, and cantered away towards the sea-side, where officers of excise in the world. Handing these a piaster the custom-house is situated. Not a breath of air was
or two, and recommending our donkeys to their care, stirring, whilst the sand and the houses reflected the we prepared for the assault. No Redan ever presented most intense heat; even donkey-boys had deserted more obstacles than we here found, in bales piled loosely their positions; and rabid-looking, half-starved dogs one above the other, with intervening gaps filled up dug up unseemly smells from dirt-heaps—80 abundant with iron bars, broken hoops, baskets of rice, and all in Egypt—in search of some sheltered and cooler imaginable odds and ends. Sometimes, just as we had
scaled a perfect mountain of cotton, the upper bale retreat.
would topple over, and send us floundering amongst Galloping through the Turkish street, or main broken zembils (straw bags) of rice. But it was not thoroughfare, which leads to the Mahmoudiah Canal, only these impediments we had to contend against; we turned abruptly to the left, and entered a dirty boatmen, crouching like spiders on the look-out for little alley, barely two yards wide. Here, liowever, unwary prey, would dart out from behind a pile of we were protected from the sun; but, at best, it Manchester goods, and insist upon hurrying us off to was a sad alternative; for other evils existed, which vessels in the harbour; donkey-boys were equally threatened cholera in lieu of a coup de soleil
. The were atlases of porters, tottering under weights suffi,
desirous of securing our custom; and, besides these, streets, in fact, were a general sewer, whence arose cient to crush any ordinary beings, and which imparted a pestilential vapour. Children in cool attire puddled such momentum to their movements, that it was by the side of these cesspools, making mud-cakes, and physically impossible to stop one of them, until he wholly unconscious of any inconvenience from swarms had jerked the burden off his back, or some accidental of flies on all parts of the face and body. Imagine, encounter threw man and weight violently to the too, an occasional half-putrid cat, the skeleton of a dog ground. There were, moreover, a large class of idlers or two, scores of rats killed during the night, and (hamals), who worked exclusively within the building, thrown out by ancient duennas; some rinds of water
and who, guessing the purport of our visit, undertook, melons, and half-starved poultry earning a filthy liveli- less than the twinkling of an eye, for the usual
to a man, to see the ship cleared out in something
buckshish. * The principal facts of this memoir are obtained from an article signed J. Headrick, in the Scots Magazine for December 1808. MIr through the bewildering maze and confusion around;
The captain engaged one of these porters to pilot us Headrick, if we mistake not, was one of the three assistants of Sir and the first place he took us to was a long narrow John Sinclair, and author of the Report on the Island of Arran. Edin., 1807.
room, to the right hand of the chief entrance-gate;
on the very threshold of which despair seized upon though for approbation, stroking down his beard the us at sight of the vast number of applicants and while, and uttering over and over again : 'Adjibee !' expectants standing about. In the room itself there —that is, wonderful ! incredible! the idea of such a was nothing to give one an idea of pressing business ruffian bearding us in our own den! and excitement. Staffer Allah! God forbid! that any After half-an-hour's absence, the messenger returned one should seem hot and hurried in these burning with the paper in his hand, and the information that climes. “There's a time for everything,' was the motto the turgiman was nowhere to be found; upon which of the head-clerk in this department; a worthy old the custom-house clerk coolly informed us that the Armenian, with a pinched-up face and meagre person captain had better call again next day: no, not next -A time for everything,' as he quietly displaced day, for that was Sunday, but on Monday morning. his huge spectacles from off his very prominent nose, The turgiman would be warned to attend, and such a for the better enjoyment of a good pinch of snuff trifling delay would give the captain an opportunity -the only earthly enjoyment he ever indulged in; of amusing himself by going into the country to shum then, having methodically pulled out and opened an il Howah—that is, literally, smell the wind, or for enormous pocket handkerchief, le violently applied change of air. Moreover, he suggested that by that it to its use; and folding it up as leisurely, replaced time a fair wind would set in, and everything would go it in a capacious pocket; drawing out thence, the on comfortably and pleasantly. Satisfied in his own better to make room for it, a tobacco-pouch, half-a- mind at the result he had arrived at, the Armenian dozen rusty old keys, a dirty bit of dried cream-cheese, filled his pipe, and was in the very act of lighting it, which was to serve for his lunch, a rosary and cross, when he and the rest of the officials were perfectly and a pocket tooth-comb—the latter being used exclu- electrified by what they at first considered a sudden sively for the dressing of his beard. Sarkies Oyln fit of lunacy on the part of the English skipper. No was more innocent of hair on his head than a new. sooner had this bluff, honest-hearted fellow been put born babe—of which we had proof, for the heat of the in possession of the intentions of the custom-house, than weather induced him to lay even his skull-cap aside. starting up into the middle of the room, and flinging We stated our business in a few words to this his straw-hat violently on the floor, he approached functionary, handing him at the same time the requi- the terrified officials, one arm akimbo, and shaking site certificate from the ship's brokers, as to the precise the hand of the other in a most alarming manner. amount of grain shipped. The Armenian took the “Look 'ee here,' roared the captain, as though he were paper, and, being ignorant of European characters, hailing a man half a mile away, by the piper that sent it by a trusty hand to some learned turgiman played before Moses, you'll not smoke again in this (interpreter), who lived hard by, requesting that he world until my vessel's cleared out and done with.' would translate and write down in Turkish the sum Whereupon he snatched the pipe from the terrified total of the figures. This done, he begged us to be nazir, and flung it to the opposite side of the room. seated, and opening a musty old desk in front of him, Then ensued a scene that baffles description. The drew out some bread, a couple of cucumbers, a paper spectators were convulsed with laughter, the officials of mixed salt and pepper, an onion, and a small piece wavering between wrath and excessive fear. of garlic. These, with the cheese already alluded to, What does he say?—what does he mean?' tremconstituted his mid-day meal; and yet this man was blingly inquired the Armenian. After the captain's reputed to be worth some thousands of pounds sterling: menace was duly interpreted, an appeal was proposed While waiting the return of the messenger, we had to the great man of the establishment-the Bey ample opportunity of surveying the apartment and its Effendi, whose apartments were at the opposite other inmates. Save the door of entrance, there was extremity of the edifice. Thither we litigants accordnot even a pigeon-hole window or other inlet for light ingly repaired, followed by a clamorous rabble ; some and outlet for nauseous gases. A low divan ran round of whom sided with the authorities, whilst by far the three sides of the room, and on it were seated, at greater portion, from selfish motives, upheld our cause. intervals of a yard, some eight or ten minor officials, On arriving at the bey's room, a servant gave us to all of whom had vast heaps of papers and piles of books understand that his master could not then be dison their respective desks; all were sitting cross-legged, turbed, being engaged in his noonday devotions. The and not one was paying the slightest attention to the captain was for forcing an entrance, whereat the business of the day. Some played at backgammon, natives immediately set him down as a decided others were shuffling dirty packs of cards, while the lunatic. After a short parley, the Armenian was at remainder were either smoking, eating, or relating length convinced that, if we stated the amount of anecdotes sotto voce. Every now and then, some grain shipped, in Arabic, and if he found our stateenraged Jew-broker, whose patience was fairly worn ment tallied with his own account, there could not be out, would jostle his way into the room, and beg to any great danger of his compromising either himself be informed whether bis business was to be settled or his employers. Unwillingly, and threatening dire that day or not.
retribution for the insult offered him, he led the Shuay, shuay, ya Ebni!' drawled out the Armenian, way back to his own office; and there, after handing with his most nasal twang; gently, gently, my son. us back our document, produced his own shippingDo you take us for asses, or the sons of cows, that you book, where, in characters strangely resembling the come here to heap dirt upon our beards ? Is not the imprints of a spider's feet, he had day by day entered sun hot to-day, and the want of wind oppressive ? the shippers' names and the amount shipped. We Do you suppose we are giants ? Mashallah! look stated our estimate of the sum-total at so many ardebs here, taking up an armful of papers—did Solomon of wheat. Then was the mathematical genius of the ever have so much difficult reckoning, or Job so many whole posse of clerks called into requisition to accomtrials of temper to contend against ? Mashallah!' plish the necessary addition. The vessel had been ten growing more vehement and loud--one would think days loading, and liad received so many boats, each the pasha-may Allah widen his shadow !-was your containing so many ardebs per diem. The boat's notes, uncle or your grandfather, you make so much noise. and the permits to ship, guaranteed this fact, so that Haidey, get out of this, and wait till we send for you, it was next to impossible that an error could exist. unless you wish an ass to sit on your father's grave;' Nevertheless, it occupied these learned pundits a full and then the old fellow would wind up with a tirade hour of groaning and calculation before the required of abuse, the minor fry joining in chorus, till the dis- result was obtained. At last three of them, amidst comfited Jew beat a hasty retreat, and the Armenian, the murmured plaudits of the Arab idlers hanging sticking on his spectacles, looked over them at us, as about the door, accomplished the feat, and then it
was satisfactorily ascertained that the reckonings Arab hamal heard the word 'nobee,' he paid not the tallied to a measure. Then, and only then, did our slightest attention to the rest of the description which Armenian friend recover his dignity and composure, indicated its great size and exceeding weight, &c.; he when, pulling out a scrap of paper not more than two at once mentally plunged into the dark recesses of inches square, he cocked up one knee, which served his memory, and fished up these facts, which, in as a writing-desk, and reed-pen in hand, wrote off his own opinion, were highly satisfactory-namely, leisurely and quietly the few necessary words of the that nobee meant a musical instrument, and must certificate: this done, he sprinkled it carefully with consequently be either a drum or a fiddle, a guitar, fine sea-sand; and then the certificate was passed fife, or psaltery. These comprised the width and from hand to hand, to make sure that no error existed | length of his acquaintance with musical instruments; in the ciphering, Satisfied on this point, the nazir so he at once clambered out of sight, and after a divested himself of his khatem (ring of office); dipping tedious absence, returned in high glee for his expected the forefinger of his right hand into his inkhorn, he reward. He had brought with him a traveller's leather smeared the seal over; and then first wetting the hat-box, under the firm conviction that it contained paper with his tongue, struck the impression, and a small drum! handed us the document, without which no consul is I shall never forget the rage of the customs' people justified in clearing out a vessel, and no vessel can, at Beyrout, when one immensely heavy deal-case, the under any pretence, obtain a pilot to guide her out property of a learned German naturalist, fell into their of the harbour.
clutches, and was forced open, despite the frantic But our work was not yet finished; the Bey Effendi explanations, promises, threats, and gesticulations of had to countersign this passport; and although he had the travelled savant. The more fuss the doctor made, long since finished his prayers, he was then indulging the more the officials were convinced that they were in his afternoon siesta-having first threatened to flay about to have a splendid haul of smuggled silks and his slave alive if he dared permit any one to inter- other costly goods. A large mob had collected round rupt the nap. Our friend the captain, however, made the place, and the suspense and curiosity were intense. noise enough outside the door to awaken even the Presently the lid yielded, and the first thing that met seven sleepers; so, after much ineffectual resistance, their astonished gaze was a lot of saw-dust, with a the bey himself came to the door, inkhorn in hand, camel's skull carefully packed in the centre. This, and there and then affixed the necessary signet, telling however, was supposed to be a mere blind; empty the captain, as he handed him back the paper, that he baskets were produced, and the naturalist, to his great prayed Allah never to let him hear his voice again discomfort, saw the packing, which had cost him so in that building; 80 the captain strolled over to the much care and labour, shovelled up and thrown into harbour-master's, and, paying the requisite fee, soon old baskets, with little respect to the fragile contents. got the necessary clearance, and was far out at sea No sooner had the skull been removed than they by sundown. Had he not violently resisted, he might came upon a small stuffed alligator, then a few have lost a whole week or more, and perhaps have specimens of fish, some petrified olives and other missed the opportunity of making a good passage matter, and lastly, they disinterred a whole row home. But such thoughts never trouble an oriental; of large well-stoppered glass bottles. This, then, with him, to-day or to-morrow is all one-to go or not must be the treasure--must contain costly pearls or to go amounts to the same thing. If it is destined by scammony, or some taxable drug. The head of the Allah to happen, it will happen; and if not, it is worse custom-house, who had been personally attracted than useless troubling one's self about the matter. to the spot by the rumour reaching him of the
It is the same all over the Turkish possessions, apprehension of a noted smuggler, now took upon in Syria, Egypt, Asia Minor, or Turkey in Europe; himself the duty of investigation, as much from nothing can exceed the annoying and vexatious intense curiosity as from a suspicion of his not overignorance and obstinacy of the eastern people.
honest confrères, who might slip anything very costly Sometimes whole cargoes of furniture and crockery- unperceived into their capacious sleeves. The first ware were imported for the use of private families bottle he hauled out he held up to the light, and residing in the East; and these were at once warehoused very nearly dropped with a combination of emotions in the custom-house until the vessel that brought them difficult to conceive-it contained a large snake in had finished discharging the whole cargo. Meanwhile, the act of swallowing a frog, carefully preserved other ships also were disgorging goods of all descrip- in spirits. The next bottle contained a scorpion; tlie tions, and as there was no methodno system adopted third, some lizards; the fourth, centipedes; the fifth, in the warehouses—the result may be more readily bats; and so on, until every bottle had been displaced. conceived than described. Boxes of fragile goods Then there arose a shout of laughter, mingled with were recklessly bundled into the most convenient exclamations of unfeigned surprise. The custom-house corner, and piled over with heavy iron machinery or officers were completely nonplussed; the nazir himself, equally heavy packages of furniture; so that the hap- a very superstitious man, terribly alarmed. He set less proprietors, after weeks of fatiguing and fruitless down the doctor immediately as some evil-disposed search, ultimately deciphered their private marks or person who could wither up the health-springs of one's addresses upon some dust-besmeared portions of deal blood at a single glance. Calling away his people, he board, carefully crushed, and containing the pulverised hurried off to his office, murmuring verses of the Koran; remains of a once costly set of China.
and not a soul amongst the natives would lend a hand It was no easy matter to impress upon these in helping the doctor to repack his much-valued collecEgyptians the size or description of the goods one tion. What a human being could want with such chanced to be in search of. Like all orientals, after abominable things was an unsolvable enigma to the listening to the first few words of explanation, they whole town and neighbourhood. would jump to immediate conclusions, and disappear- I know of only one parallel incident to the foregoing, ing in the chaos, return with some box or parcel as which inflicted a terrible shock not only upon the different from that you were in search of as the authorities, but upon the whole population of a province light of day from the darkness of their own minds. in European Turkey. The case was this. An eccentric All musical instruments, for instance, are recognised Polish physician, who had been travelling in the East, under the term nobee (Arabic, music). A lady was was returning into his own country, and undergoing once in search of a semi-grand piano which had been the term of his quarantine at, if I remember right, swallowed up by the custom-house some three months Orsova. When the authorities came to examine and prior to her arrival from England; as soon as the purify his luggage, they found, amongst other things,
a very small phial, carefully corked and sealed, packed was no third-class by the mail-train, we was forced to in a small box, and stowed away at the very bottom get second-class tickets; and, as I was sayin', I thought of his portmanteau. On inquiring what the contents it lucky there was no one in the same but ourselves. were, judge of the horror and consternation of the Well, just as the train was movin', a genlman and lady officials on being very coolly informed that it was comes runnin' up post haste, and bundles right on end matter from the pustules of a plague-infected patient into the carriage where Bill and me was, which I was in Egypt, which the doctor was carrying to his not pleased to see it. Well, Bill got himself to sleep very own country to experimentalise with in inoculation. soon ; and I hoped all would be quiet—and a sleepin' Strange as this may seem, it is nevertheless a fact; man generally don't quarrel much—but all of a suddent, and I believe the Turks were for some time undecided he begins choppin' his teeth in his sleep, and snorin' as to the propriety of burying the doctor alive in the like, and then he kicks out with his hobnailed highsame deep pit full of quicklime in which his plague- lows most furious ; and that's the truth on it; and I materials were carefully deposited.
can tell you that if he had took a feller on the flat of the shin-bone with one of those there kicks, it
wouldn't have been no joke. A WORD FROM NUMBER THREE.
Well, I have said that I suspects this here genlman You see there's myself and two more on us as clubs was the same which made sich a complaint to for takin' in Chambers's Journal among us; and we Chambers's Journal; and I know he sat nearly opposite lends it to one another like; and so I see what was
to Bill at the time, and looked frightened out of seven wrote the other day about the railway travellin',* and years’ growth, for several of Bill's kicks-and they as how low fellers like huz isn't pleasant to be rode each side of his legs, before he could make his escape
was kicks, and no mistake-passed right and left at along side on in the same vehicle as your second-class to the tother side of the carriage, away near where the genteels. That may be all very true ; but if every lady was asittin'; which I must say that same lady man as has cause has a right to complain, the genlman looked to me as if she wanted more to laugh nor to as wrote that there won't have it all his own way. cry at that particular moment. Howsumever, it was
Why, in coorse, it ain't agreable for folks as wears no use tryin' to wake up Bill; and so he snored, fine clothes, and allus goes out dressed slap-up like, and chopped, and kicked like winkin' all the way to when they has a bit of travellin' to do, to ride along Bridgewater; but as he had it all to himself, he hurt with poor fellers like huz that's maybe agoin' out water, the genlman got out, and made no end of row,
nobody but the carriage. When we come to Bridgein a workin' sort of way, or hain't got the toggery and insisted on huz drunken fellers, as he called all right, even if we had the time to spare for putting huz, being put out; which I told him we were quite of it on. And then when we do go out a bit from agreable, seein' as how we didn't want to go no farther. home, it comes natral that we should make ourselves and now I say, if that the genlman says was donemerry and comfotable-like, more especially if we that is, that we third-class people should have a carriage meets a friend, which it's the occasion of many a feller for ourselves with every train-we should not be
troublesome to people as thinks they be our betters. I being the worse for liquor when he's out on sich occasions. And so, as I was sayin', we workin' men don't or a member of parliment; and so let him make a law
suppose, by his writin' so sharp, he is either a lawyer feel it agreable nouther to be forced to ride in those to procure us the haccommodation which we naturally 'ere second-class vehicles ; we're better pleased when require. It is not fair at all to make us pay a good we have all our own equals about huz; and if we're splice more for goin' at one hour than at another, and not exactly quite the thing for cleanliness-or if wese only a board to sit on either way, which I'll do the bin atakin' a little too much refreshment-or if we genlman the justice to say that he has stated the fact wants to pass away the time by singin' a stave of a hard on us poor workin' fellers ; but what he says is
in that respect quite correct and proper. He's a little song with chorus all round, or the like of that, why, true, we would not come in his way if we could help you see, when we're all together among our own sort, it; and I hope the directors of railways will take his we feels quite at home and sociable, as I may say. advice, which it would be better and more agreable We're all uzed to it, you see, and 'abit is a second natur. for all parties.
Вов. Well, I suspects that the genlman as wrote that harticle, must be the same as I come upon one night TRADITIONARY MEDICINE OF THE comin' up from Hexeter to Bridgewater, and I'm jist
HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND. agoing to tell you all about it.
There was Bill and his two cousins, as is all Hexeter Pennant, in his Tour in Scotland (1772), gives some men, as well as myself; and his two cousins, which details of the popular medical practice of the Highlands had been to sea in Her Majesty's ship, the Dolking, with the article in our present number, entitled “The
before the days of educated physicians. In connection come into Plymouth, and got leave to spend a few days Vagaries of Physic,' we have thought it worth while to with their parients at Hexeter. Well, Bill axes me reproduce these details in a condensed form. It is highly to go down with him for a day, which his uncle had worthy of remark, that the Highland therapeutics are, on invited him to do, sayin' I should be welcome ; so we the whole, considerably more rational than some medical went down parlimentary, quite comfotable ; which the systems of the learned in past ages.
Fevers and colds were the principal diseases; of the old man gave us very good eatin' and drinkin', and we former, ague was of recent introduction. What was spent the day very pleasant altogether. In coorse, we done in cases of fever we are not told. 'Conimon colds did not choose to go away home before night, we found were cured by brochan or water-gruel
, sweetened with the company so agreable; and we was goin' when we honey; or by a dose of butter and honey melted in spirits, got some refreshment the pubic-house near the sta- themselves from colds, in the dead of winter, by plunging
and administered as hot as possible. Adult persons freed tion; indeed, to say the truth, Bill, as the sailors said, into the river-immediately going to bed under a load freshened his nip a little too much; and that's a fact. of clothes, and sweating away the complaint.' This, it We was all royal, but Bill was so bad that we had a may be remarked, comes nearly to the same point as great todo to get him into the carriage at all. As there modern hydropathy. 'Warm cow's milk in the morning,
or two parts milk and one of water, a little treacle * See article, Poor Number Two! in No. 174.
and vinegar made into whey, and drunk warm, freed the
BY JOIIN FISIER MURRAY.
Highlander from an inveterate cough. The chincough was cured by a decoction of apples and of the mountain
THE RURAL L I T E. ash, sweetened with brown sugar. Consumptions and all disorders of the liver found a simple remedy in drinking of butter-milk. Stale urine and bran made very hot, and Ye who would serve the rural life, applied to the part, freed the rheumatic from his excru
Forswear ciating pains. Fluxes were cured by the use of meadow sweet or jelly of bilberry, or a poultice of flour and suet; or
Contentions wearisome-life's wear and tear, new-churned butter; or strong cream and fresh suet boiled,
Town-bred ambitions—thoughts of gain or loss and drunk plentifully morning and evening. Formerly
Of worldly dross; the wild carrot boiled, at present the garden carrot, proved All wild unreasonable hopes of thine, a relief in cancerous or ulcerous cases. Even the faculty
Straightway resign; admit the salutary effect of the carrot poultice in sweet
Satisfied in these meadows to possess, ening the intolerable fetor of the cancer, a property till lately neglected or unknown. Persons affected with
Like innocent little children, happiness; the scrofula imagined they found benefit by exposing the All debts of hope deferred, or wealth's increase, part every day to a stream of cold water. Flowers of
Glad to compound and liquidate for—Peace! daisies, and narrow and broad-leaved plantain, were thought to be remedies for the ophthalmia. Scabious root
Ye who would serve the rural life, or the bark of ash-tree burnt was administered for the toothache. The water ranunculus is used instead of the
Forbear cantharides to raise blisters.'
To trust implicitly in man-made laws, A peculiar disorder called Glacach, attended by tight Nor urge the justice of the justest cause ness and fulness of the chest, and frequent in the beginning
Too far. of consumption, was also called the Macdonalds' Disorder,
Thou, rather, loving-kindness ever strive from a power supposed to reside for its cure in a family of that name. They touched the part affected in the
To keep alive. manner of Valentine Greatrakes, and muttered certain Annoyances and trespasses will be, charms. This family of Machaons never would accept any Which 'twere as well thou didst not choose to see; gratuity.
By gentle bearing prove thy gentle bloodOn long journeys, the Highlanders repelled the attacks
Shine, thou, the mirror of good neighbourhood. of hunger by a small quantity of the dried root of corr or cor-meille (orobus tuberosus, or wood-pease). This, Pennant thinks, may have been the Caledonian food described by
Ye who would serve the rural life, Dio, of which the quantity of a bean prevented both hunger and thirst, and which the people had ready on all Whate'er thy duty, be that duty done, occasions. The extraordinary marches of the Highlanders
Nor shun it, if thyself thou wouldst not shun.
God will not let man be!
Up, and be doing, then-the wilderness
Invites thy hand to conquer and to bless; there are no children-'where,' as the good Germans have it, 'the fly-traps always hang straight on the wall’
Deserts are but the earth at libertytell me not of the never disturbed nights and days, of the
'Twas Chaos when the universe was free! tranquil, unanxious hearts where children are not: I care not for these things. God sends children for another Ye who would serve the rural life, purpose than merely to keep up the race—to enlarge
Declare our hearts, to make us unselfish, and full of kindly sympa
Th' eternal truth of nature, and be free thies and affections; to give our souls higher aims, and to call out all our faculties to extended enterprise and
Of old simplicity. With reverence store exertion; to bring round our fireside bright faces and
Unwritten lore. happy smiles, and loving, tender hearts. My soul blesses Lo! the First Cause, benevolent and great, the great Father every day, that he has gladdened the
In all we contemplate. earth with little children.-Mary Howitt.
Nor let seclusion dull the social mind,
For friends estranged are kin to friends unkind; Let it be recorded, as a matter of detail, that at every Be sedulous of hospitable cares, important performance the advertisement beseeches the
Angels have thus been cherished unawares ! ladies to come without their hoops. This fashion seemed even to contemporaries to be as troublesome as it was
Ye who would serve the rural life, ridiculous. In Faulkner's Journal, from the 31st of January to the 4th of February 1744, the committee of the
Despair Charitable Musical Society, in announcing the Messiah Of finding heaven on earth—days void of care, for the 7th, once more entreats the ladies 'to lay aside Exemption from the miseries of life, their hoops,' representing that if they will abandon that
And unsought strife. fashion for one evening, however ornamental, the hall will contain a hundred persons more, with full ease.' When
Thy heaven on earth is but a heaven of clay, the Festival of the 1st of May 1790 took place at West
Passing away. minster, a handbill, signed 'John Ashley, by order of the Tenant at will of evanescent hours, directors,' containing the regulations for the carriages Joys unsubstantial, transitory powers ; and other encumbrances, stated also, 'no ladies will be
Steward of these lands, and of this life of thine, admitted with hats, and they are particularly requested to come without feathers, and very sınall hoops, if any.' It
Commanded to improve, and to resign! seems as if these fashionable follies were chronic, for a similar announcement by the Sacred Harmonic Society, Printed and Published by W. and R. CHAMBERS, 47 Pater
noster Row, LONDON, and 339 High Street, EDINBURGA. Also apropos of crinolines, would not be out of place at the
sold by WILLIAM ROBERTSON, 23 Upper Sackville Street, DUBLIX, present time.-Schælcher's Life of Handel.
and all Booksellers.