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out the soul of love in the perfumed EXPLOSION OY GAS CAUSED BY RATS. breath of the Lily of St. Leonard's. A curious circumstance lately occurred Stand thou, then, Meg Merrilies on the in a shop on the Quaside in Newcastle-an point of thy fated rock, with wild locks explosion of gas caused by rats. The shop, and words streaming to the wind ; and recently fitted up by a grocer. The gas.
after being some time unoccupied, had been sit thou there in thy narrow recess, pipe, for lighting the shop, came up through Balfour of Burley, betwixt thy Bible the floor, beneath the counter, through a and thy sword, thy arm of flesh and hole large enough to admit a rat to pass.arm of the Spirit :—when the last At a bend in the pipe, just above the floor,
a hole was made by the teeth of these aniwords have passed the lips of the au- mals (it is supposed in search of water), as thor of Waverley, there will be none to though it had been filed through ; and conre-kindle your fires, or recall your sequently the gas escaped, and was partly spirit! Let him write on then to the The escape being discovered by the smell, a
confined in the hollows of the counter. last drop of ink in bis inkstand, even search for the leak was imprudently made though it should not be made according with a candle, which caused an explosion, to the model of that described by Mr. that broke several panes in the windows, Coleridge, and we will not be afraid to and damaged the counter considerably read whatever he is not ashamed to ed. This circumstance, however, shows the
but happily no personal injury was sustainpublish. We are the true and liege necessity of caution in the management of subjects of his pen, and profess our ul- the gas ; and that the use of candles ought tra-fealty in this respect, like the old to be avoided in searching for leaks in conFrench leaguers, with a'Quand même. fined places, where any accumulation of gas
is possible. The Pirate is not what we expected,
PAWNBROKERS. nor is it new. We had looked for a
Jan. 23.-It was clearly decided in the prodigious row_landing and boarding, Court of King's Bench, that
, in the event of cut and thrust, blowing up of ships, and an article pawned not being redeemed withsacking of sea-ports, with the very devil in twelve months and a day, the pawnbroto pay, and a noise to deafen clamour, the owner, for the difference in its produce,
ker is bound to account, if called upon by Guns, drums, trumpets, blunderbusses, and deducting only the sum advanced, the interthunder.
est, and expeoscs; and that, if not actual. We supposed that for the time, 6 Hell ly sold, it may be redeemed after the time
mentioned. itself would be empty, and all the de
RAT-CATCHING. vils be here." There be land pirates and water pirates ; and we thought liam Morris, a rat-catcher. A few days
Jan. 12.-Died, at Louth, aged 71, WilSir Walter would be for kicking up since he went out to destroy vermin; and, just such a dust by sea, in the Bucca- as usual, took a box containing some poisonncers, (as it was to be called) as he has ous articles, which he used in his vocation, done by land in Old Mortality. Mul- in his pocket, in which also he incautiously tum abludit imago.
put a small fruit pie. The latter he took
out and ate upon the road; but the lid of his Of the execution of these volumes box not being sufficiently secure, a part of we need hardly speak.. It is inferior, the poison had, without his knowing it, fallbut it is only inferior to some of his for- en out upon the surface of his pie Medimer works. Whatever he touches, we dent was discovered : but the poor fellow's,
cal aid was resorted to as soon as the accisee the hand of a master. He has on- sufferings terminated in death after ten days ly to describe actions, thoughts, scenes, of excruciating agonies. and they everywhere speak, breathe, and live. It matters not whether it be
Aged 15, Mr. Lennon, the eldest son of a calm sea-shore, a mountain-tempest, Major Lennon, of Grange cottage, Queeu's a drunken brawl, 6 the Cathedral's county. This young gentleman went to call choir and gloom,” the Sybil's watch- upon a friend a few years older than himtower, or the smuggler's cave; the self, and being wrapped up in a Portuguese
cloak, most imprudently determined upon things are immediately there that we surprising him, and concealing his face, and should see, hear, and feel. He is Na- assuming a feigned voice, accosted him as a ture's Secretary He neither adds to, robber. The effects of his levity proved nor takes away from, her book; and most fatal, for the other snatching up a that makes him what he is, the most face and head so horribly, that he died the
blunderbuss, wounded Mr. Lennon in the popular writer living.
patient chewing it without any design of To Parody a famous expression of Mira using it as a medicine. Strong coffee is beau, it may be said that the French lan also recommended as a cure for gravel. guage is making the tour of the world.” A
« MODES OF CATCHING." French Journal is now printed at Smyrna,
Munich, Nov. 27.-A very extraordinary under the title of the “ Spectator Oriental;" circumstance has occurred here. A servant and another is published in the Russian em- maid being in a garden with a child nine pire, at Odessa ; two French papers appear months old, set it down on the ground,when at Madrid, the one entitled the “ Regula
suddenly an Eagle darted from the air to teur,” and the other the “ Boussole.”. Eng. seize upon it as a prey. The servant, who land has its Courier de Londres ; and seve. fortunately was close by; with the greatest ral French Journals appear in various parts courage and presence of mind threw a shawl of Germany and Switzerland. Such are
at the bird, which covering its eyes, not onthe accounts of the French themselves of ly prevented him from seizing the infant, their language. Let us compare them with but even from escaping. She then boldly the English, destined perhaps one day to caught hold of the robber, and in spite of exceed all other languages in universality: his struggles held him fast till some persons In Paris, one paper; in Brussels, one ; in
came to her assistance. His Majesty amCanada, several; in America, between three ply rewarded the heroine, who received and four hundred ; in the different West some wounds in the contest, and sent the India Islands, seven or eight at least ; in prisoner to the menagerie at NymphenNew South Wales, two and a magazine ; in burg. India, five or six, and also one or two peri
TOOTH DRAWING. odical works ; at the Cape of Good Hope, and in our other Colonies, one paper at Dr. Monsey, an eccentric physician least. While 15,000,000 of persons in the of the last century, was remarkable for West Indies and America, 20,000,000 at home, and half a million or more in the many peculiarities, but the mode he different Colonies of the East and in Europe, adopted for drawing his own teeth was making a total of 35,500,000 inhabiting ev. perhaps the most uncommon : it conery climate, speak the English tongue from sisted in fastening a strong piece of catchildhood; hesides all those foreigners gut firmly round the affected tooth; the The increase of the English language in other end of the catgut was, by means America, in the East, and in New South of a strong knot, fastened to a perforaWales, will only be limited by a territory ted bullet; with this a pistol was which far exceeds one quarter of the globe, charged, and when held in a proper • when its population shall be at a stand... A direction, by touching the trigger, a more permanent memorial of Britain than all her martial triumphs, and destined to troublesome companion was got rid of, make her remembered and admired when and a disagreeable operation evaded. they are long forgotten.
A person whom he fancied he had MAGNETISM.
persuaded to consent to this summary The Prussian State Gazette calls the at- proceeding, went so far as to let him tention of its readers to a highly-important fasten his tooth to the catgut; but at discovery, which Dr. Seebeck has commu- that moment his resolution failed, and nicated to the Academy of Science at BerJin, in three different sittings, the last on the he cried out hastily that he had altered 26th of October,“ on the magnetic proper his mind : “ But I have not,” said ties inherent in all metals and many earths Monsey, holding fast the string, and (and not in iron alone, as was hitherto sup- giving it an instantaneous and smart degrees of heat.” This discovery, it is sta- pull; “ and sir, you are a fool and a ted, opens, in this part of Natural Philoso- coward for your pains.” phy, an entirely new field, which may lead
TEMPERATURE OF ROOMS. to interesting results with respect to hot springs, connected with the observations
Mr. JOAN MURRAY has published some made by the Inspector of Mines, M. Von curious observations on the temperature of Trebra, and others, relative to the progres- different altitudes. Two thermometers be
a room indicated by two therinometers at sive increase of warmth in mines, in proportion to their depths. According to M. ing placed one on the floor, and the other Von Trebra's observations, the heat at the suspended 6 feet above it, between the 5th depth of 160 feet below the surface of the
and 24th of November, indicated differencearth is one degree, at 300 feet deep two de
es of from 14 to 5o, the greater heat being grees, at 600 feet four degrees, &c.
in that 6 feet above the floor. He says that
Breguel's Thermometre Metallique, in a still REPUTED SPECIFICS.
room without a fire, in the summer months, The Acorus Calamus has lately been dis- readily communicated the difference in temcovered to be a remedy for a pain in the perature between the floor and a chair, and breast. The discovery was accidental : the between this last and the table.
Xntelligence. Captain Basil Hall, states that occulta- over the land. The woods along the banks tions of the stars by the moon are easily were all in a blaze, it being the custom of discernible ut sea ; and that he himself has the natives, as well as of the traders, to set made several observations of this kind. This fire to the trees, for the double purpose of mode of determining the longitude would keeping off the cold and the wolves. The be much preferable to that of the eclipses expedition passed several other rapids and of Jupiter's satellites.
falls, along a flat, woody, and swampy The Rev. I. TAYLOR will soon publish, in country, across five miles of which no efe a duodeciino volume, Scenes in England, il- could see. After a tedious journey of forty. lustrated by 84 engravings.
six days, (the dangers and distresses of Cæur de Lion, or the Third Crusade, a which rather increased than diminished as Poem, in sixteen Books, by Miss ELEANOR they advanced,) the expedition arrived at ANNE PORDEN, author of the Veils, the Arc- Cumberland, a post situated on the banks of tic Expeditions, dec. is in the press.
a beautiful lake, and stockaded against inMr. MACKENZIE, author of the Thousand cursions of savages, the attacks of wolves Experiments, a volume which has acquired and bears, and the more ferocious assaults for its author a great reputation among the of rival traders. Here the winter of 1819 European and American chemists, is pre- was passed. In June 1820 they set forward paring First Lines of the Science of Chem- in canoes manned by Canadians. On the istry, for the use of Students, with en 29th of July they arrived at the porth side gravings.
of Slave Lake. A party of Copper Indians The author of the Beauties, Harmonies, were engaged to accompany them, and they and Sublimities of Nature is writing a work commenced the work of discovery. On the under the title of The Tablets of Memnon; Ist of September they reached the banks of or, Fragments Illustrative of the Hunnan the Copper Mine River, in lat. 55. 15. N., Character. It will contain some very cu- loog. 113 W., a magnificent body of water rious anecdotes, and he illustrated by the two miles wide. They had penetrated into author's correspondence with St. Pierre, a country destitute of wood, and the men author of the Studies of Nature, Madame were exhausted with the labours of carrying de Stael, Dr. Percy, late Bishop of Dro. canoes, cargoes, &c. amounting to three more, and several other eminent, literary, tons, from lake to lake. Their broken spi. and political characters.
rits were revived by success; but the season Sacred Lyrics; by James EDMESTON, vol. was too far advanced to make farther pro3, will shortly appear.
gress. They returned to a small wood of The long announced biography of Public pines, and erected their winter residence of Men of all Nations Liring in 1822, will ap- mud and timber, which they named Fort pear in April, and be enbellished with 150 Enterprise. By Indian report this river spirited engraved portraits. It will form runs into the Northern Sea, in west longi. three volumes somewhat larger than De- tude 110, and in lat. 72. In June, 1821, brett's Peerage, and may be regarded as the they proposed to re-embark, and it was peerage of talents and genius in every walk supposed that the river would enable them of life.
to reach the sea in a fortnight. Cataline ; a Tragedy, in five acts ; with
NEW WORKS. other Poems, will be published in a few Sir Andrew Wylie of that Ilk, 3 vols. days, by the Rev. G. CROLY, A. M. au
Irah and Adelah, a Tale of the Flood, and thor of Paris in 1816, Angel of the world,&c. other Poems; together with Specimens of
In the Arctic Land Expedition Lieuten a New Translation of the Platis, by Thomas ant Franklin, R. N. proceeded from York Dale, of Benett College, Cambridge, 8vo. Factory towards their wintering ground at Aroita and Palemon, after the excellent Cumberland, a distance of about 900 miles poet Geoffrey Chaucer ; by Lord Thurlow. from the coast.–Lientenant Franklin, Dr. Poems ou Several Occasions ; by Lord Richardson, Mr. Back, and Mr. Hood, at Thorlow. tended by the Orkneymen, who had been The French Protestant: a Tale; by the engaged to man the boats in the rivers of author of the Italian Converi, 12mo. 33. the interior, had worked in the Company's Stories after Nature, f. cap. 8vo. 6s. service several years, and understood the Legends of Scotland (first series) contaiolanguage of many of the Indian tribes, left ing Fair Helen, of Kirkonnel, and Roslin the factory on the 7th of September, 1819. Castle; by Ronald M'Chronicle, esq. 3 vols. As the travellers advanced, the inild season Fanny Fairfield, Farmer's Daughter : not having yet begun to disappear, vast a Juvenile Tale, 12mo. 5s. herds of grey deer were observed passing Singularity : a Tale ; by Jane Harvey, the rivers towards the Esquimaux lands. author of Brougham Castle, &c. & vols. They entered upon Lake Winnipie, at the Lemira of Lorraine : a Romance, 3 vols. farther side of which they had to encounter The Recluse : a Romance, a Translation the grand rapid, extending nearly three of Le Solitaire, 2 vols. miles, and abounding in obstructions quite The woman of Genius, 3 vols. 12mo. insurmountable. Here they were obliged Dinan, a Romance. to drag their boats on shore, and carry them Langreath: a Tale; by Mrs.Nathan, 3 vis
BOSTON, JUNE 1, 1822.
(London 'Time's Telescope for June 1822.)
June. What pomps ean courts and capitals supply, ever blooming and young, superintendSo gorgeous as the rising of the sun?
ed their interests, and her marriage What matins like the larks, who beavenward climb, And pour down lighted music from above?
with the gentle Zephyrus must have sinWhat midnight serenade so rapturous
gularly promoted the welfare of her As the lone nightingale's, whose soul of love delicate subjects. They have been Out-gushes with her song? Jewels and rings ! showered on the heads of heroes, been Is not eaeh dewy blade, and leaf, and flower, Hong with a pearl, which, when the sun upsprings, chosen by Love as his most appropriate
twisted in the chaplets of Hymen, and Is dyed to amethyst and ruby? Nympholept.
gifts, and most intelligible symbols. The flower-garden is usually
in all Affection has delighted to strew them its glory in June, if the weather on the graves of the departed, and have been mild and favourable to vege- Poetry has sung their praise, till the tation. The region of Flora, with its wearied ear turns from the oft-told tale. odours and endless hues, is an object of Who will assert that in modern days admiration to man alone, and constitutes flowers are less honourably distinguishone of the most pleasing and innocented ?—who that has seen the Epergne recreations : to none but man is it an laden with their mingled blossoms; the object of the slightest moment. The most dainty dishes garnished with their general sense of beauty, as well as of brilliant tints; or the splendid drawinggrandeur, seems familiar man in the rooms and gay boudoirs, where they ereation. The herd, in common with grow in tubs, or float in vases, or stiffen him, enjoy the gentle breath of spring; in saucers filled with moistened sand they lie down to repose on the flowery who, above all, that has beheld them bank, and hear the peaceful humming in bunches, bushes, and arborets minof the bee; they enjoy the green fields gling with the tresses, towering high and pastures ; but we have reason to above the heads, or, as in recent times, think, that it is man only who sees the hanging confusedly about the throats image of beauty over the happy pros- of our most fashionable females ? pect, and rejoices at it ; that it is hid- • Flowers of all hues,and without thorn den from the brute creation, and de- the rose.' pends not upon sense, but on the intel With how much care, too, do we tend ligent mind.
the firstlings of the year, and endeavIn every age and every nation, flowo- our to persuade them to expand their ers have been honoured, cherished, bright petals, and breathe their deliloved and admired. In the olden time cious scents a little earlier than the they graced the festivals, and adorned laws of nature permit
. In the lanthe altars, of the deities. A goddess, guage of that exquisite poem, " The
92 ATHENEUM VOL. 11.
Flower and the Leaf, the choicest of- rived from the study of flowers,—that fering which Flora's altars ever re- study in which Israel's wisest monarch ceived,
delighted; he who' spoke of trees from When buds, that yet the blast of Eurus fear, the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop on Stand at the door of life, and doubt to clothe the year, the wall !' The daisy, insignificant as we tempt them forth, and promise them it apparently is, (yet immortalized by our fostering protection, Then, at our the pen of Dryden, and graced by the call emboldened,' the hyacinth, the song of Burns) becomes, on closer obnarcissus, and the crocus, burst' their servation, an expanse of wonders, a sheaths ; we delight to deck our rooms cluster of miracles. Scores of minute with these children of early spring- blossoms compose its disc and border, we display them exultingly at our win- each distinct, each useful, each delidows, and,' Qui possit violas addere, cately beautiful. The convolvulus and divas erit.' Faint, however, are the honeysuckle appear to the careless eye pleasures which flowers afford in cities, to twist in a similar manner round when compared with those which they every thing in their neighbourhood; bestow upon their admirers in the but the botanist discovers that they are country. There, the florist rears them governed by different laws, the former near his home, watches them, improves always twining itself according to the them by culture, takes a parental inter- apparent motion of the sun, the latter est in their progress, and a lover's in a contrary direction; and when pride in their charms, while health and busy man attempts to alter this arrangecheerfulness reward his labours. There, ment, he invariably injures, and perhaps the botanist explores the hedges, and destroys, the plant. traverses the hills in pursuit of some The physiology of vegetables is a new addition to his herbal or his knowl- most curious and entertaining branch of edge, and the barren heath and dull the science of botany; and, owing to common acquire interest and beauty in the great improvement of our micros
copes, may be pursued to an extent far Oh ! friendly to the best pursuits of man,
beyond the most sanguine hopes of forFriendly to thought, to virtue, and to peace,
mer students. In some recent experiare tastes and studies of this descrip- ments, the growth of wheat was actualtion, when cultivated as the amusenient, ly rendered visible to the eye ; a bubble not the business of life, and kept in of gas was seen to dart forth, carrying due subserviency to higher and more with it a portion of vegetable matter, useful pursuits.
which instantaneously formed into a Botany appears to be peculiarly fine tube, and one fibre was completed. adapted to the study of ladies, as it In short, with instruments like our's, tempts them to the enjoyment of air and what may we not hope to accomplish exercise, which though the best friends in studies, unexhausted and inexhaustito health and beauty, the most effectual ble as are those of nature ? remedies for nervousness and ennui, are
In this delightful month, the fields of yet very generally neglected by the clover (trifolium pratense) white and flowers of the human race. It is fa- purple, are in blossom ; and the dogvourable, also, to the acquisition of rose (rosa canina), and the poppy habits of inquiry and observation, and (papaver somniferum),have their flowsends the eye constantly abroad on ex
ers full blown.* The milky juice of peditions of discovery. It is not a botanist " who can travel from Dan to
Sleep is a god too proud to wait in palaces,
And yet so humble teo as not to scorn Beersheba, and cry, all is barren ;' on
The meanest country cottages ; the contrary, wherever a blade of grass His poppy grows among the corn. appears, he is on the watch for rarity or
The halcyou Sleep will never build his nest beauty, and seldom returns from a In any stormy breast. ramble without some novelty to relate, 'Tis not enough that he does find some treasure to display.
Clouds and darkness in their mind; On minute inspection, how much of
Darkness but half his work will do :
'Tis not enough; be must find quiet too amusement and instruction may be de
Horace, imitated by Cowky.