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whether himself or bis father was the person de- a young man at Wurzburg, of the name of signed.
Rodrick, to practise a more serious deception William Henry Ireland having exercised his upon Professor Berenger, at the commencement ingenuity with some success in the imitation of of the last century. Rodrick cut a great number ancient writing, passed off some forged papers as of stones into the shape of different kinds of anithe genuine manuscripts of Shakspeare. Some mals, and monstrous forms, such as bats with the of the many persons who were deceived by the beads and wings of butterflies, flying frogs and imposition, subscribed sums of money to defray crabs, with Hebrew characters here and there the publication of these spurious documents, discernible about the surface. These fabrications which were accordingly issued in a handsome were gladly purchased by the professor, who en. folio volume. But when Ireland's play of · Vor-couraged the search for more. A new supply tigern' was performed at Drury Lane as tlie work was accordingly prepared, and boys were emof Shakspeare, the audience quickly discerned ployed to take them to the professor, pretending the cheat; and soon afterwards the clever impos- that they had just found them near the village of tor published his Confessions,' acknowledging Eibelstadt, and charging him dearly for the time himself to be the sole author and writer of these which they alleged they had employed in collectancient-looking manuscripts.
ing them. Having expressed a desire to visit the Poor young Chatterton's forgery of the poems place where these wonders had been found, the of Rowley, a priest of the fifteenth century, is boys conducted him to a locality where they had one of the most celebrated literary impositions on previously buried a number of specimens At record. Horace Walpole, in a letter written in last, wlien he bad formed an ample collection, he 1777, says, ' Change the old words for modern, published a folio volume, containing twenty-eight and the whole construction is of yesterday; but plates, with a Latin text explanatory of them, I bave no objection to anybody believing what dedicating the volume to the Prince Bishop of he pleases. I think poor Chatterton was au as. Wurzburg. The opinions expressed in this book, tonishing genius.'
and the strange manner in which they are deIn all probability the exact nature of Macpher. fended, render it a curious evidence of the ex. son's connexion with what are called • Ossian's travagant credulity and folly of its author, who Poems' will never be known. Alihough snatches meant to follow it up with other publications ; of these poems, and of others like them, are proo- but being apprised by M. Deckard, a brother proed to have existed from old times in the High fessor, of the hoax ihat had been practised, the lands, there is no proof that the whole existed. deluded author became most anxious to recall his Macpherson left what he called the original work. It is therefore very rare, being only met Gaelic poems to be published after his death ; with in the libraries of the curious; and the copies .but,' says Mr. Carruthers, they proved to be an which the publisher sold after the author's death, exact counterpart of those in English, althoughi, have a new title-page in lieu of the absurd allein one of the earlier Ossian publications, he had gorical one which originally belonged to them. acknowledged taking liberties in the translation. Nothing more seems to be necessary to settle that the book must be regarded as to some unknown DETACHED THOUGHTS FROM Jean Paul Rich. extent a modero production, founded upon, and TER.-We should never mourn for one that dies at imitative of, certain ancient poems; and this fifteen. There die the first dawnings of love seems to be nearly the decision at which the with the spring-flowers in its little heart. I would judgment of the unprejudiced public has arrived." visit the grave of such an one in the spring,
A species of literary imposition has become merely that I might be glad. common latterly, namely, placing the name of some distinguished man on the title-page as edi. Spring passes away,
and so must thou tor of a work the author of which is not mention. cheek of roses fairer than the rose which must ed, because obscure. This system, done with a also fude? Thy song, other than that of the view to allure buyers, is unjust towards the con- nightingale, which is also silenced? Lie down cealed author, if the work really merit the sup- calmly in ihy dust, thou human flower. That port of an eminent editor, for it is denying a dust will yet be the pollen of a fairer one; and man the fair fame that he ought to receive ; and earth has no more that it c'ın do to thy blossomis the work be bad, the public is cheated by the ing soul. distinguished name put forth as editor and guar. antee of its merits. Still, however, the tardiness of the people themselves in encouraging new and DRUNKENNESS IN CORK.--What will greatly unknown writers of merit, is the reason why pub- surprise English readers is the following return lishers resort to this trick to insure a sale and from Cork, the home and head-quarters of the profit.
great Apostle of Temperance. " According to Several ingenious deceptions have been played the Cork Constitution, the number of drunkards off upon geologists and antiquaries. Some youths committed to the City Bridewell, for twelve desirious of amusing themselves at the expense months, ending the first of April, in each of the of Father Kircher, engraved several fantastic following years, wus as follows :figures upon a stone, which they afterwards buri. ed in a place where a house was about to be Year. Drunkards. | Year. Drunkards. built. The workmen having picked up the stone 1841
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6622 with it, and bestowed much labor and research in explaining the meaning of the extraordinary Something more potent than Mathewism is re. figures upon it. The success of this trick induced quired at Cork.
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