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ORIGINAL ANECDOTES-LITERARY NEWS-REMARKABLE INCIDENTS, &c.

AN occurrence las just taken place ing to the Indian, he accidentally let the

at Paris, which has sensibly affec- point touch his chin, and a slight scratch ted the public mind here, and gives rise was inflicted thereon. At the moment to reflections, with the expression of he paid no attention to the circumstance, which we do not wish to trust ourselves. but in a very short time the wbole of We allude to the conversion of the cl- his chin and the side of his face turned der daughter of a Mr. Douglas Love- black, and was very much swollen. day, an English gentleman. This un- These symptoms began rather to alarna fortunate man, smitten, it seems, with Mr. C. he sent for three medical gentlethe too prevailing mania for a French men, who used their utmost skill to exeducation, was induced to place his tivo tract the poison, and render their padaughters and his niece at the boarding- tient service ; but their efforts proved school of a Madame Reboul, with an ineffectual. The Wild Indian stood by express stipulation that there should be with the utmost sang froid, and witno interference with their religious nessed the medical applications; after principles. At this school they con- which he coolly walked away, and protinued for six years, and, at length, the duced some root used in his country to father announced his intention of take extract the poison from the wound, and ing them back to England. What was applied some to his master's face. It his horror, however, on going to the rendered immediate relief, the swelling school for the purpose, at finding that went down, and the discolouration dethey had not only all been converted to creased. Had not this remedy been Catholicism, but that the eldest bad applied, mortification would have probeen juggled into a convent. It seems bably ensued. Mr. C. is now doing their understandings were darkened, very well, and since the accident has and their terrors excited, by some fraud- caused the points of the arrows to be ulent legend of a miraculous host tor- divested of all the poison.-Gent.Ma. tured by a Jew in the year 1290, under the reign of Philip le Bel. Mr. The conversion of the daughters of Loveday presented a petition on the Mr. Loveday, in Paris, to the Catholic subject to the Chamber of Deputies, faith, whilst under tuition of a French complaining of the fraud, and implor- governess, has made a considerable ing the restitution of his child. This impression both here and abroad ; not petition is to be the subject of a future occasioned so much by the change of discussion, and is said to have been one religious belief for another, as by drawn up by Dupin, the celebrated ad. the unfair and treacherous means revocate. It embraces all the facts, and sorted to, and the difficulty thrown by occupies much more space than we can the French authorities in the way of spare. The father states, that having redress. One fiction made use of to gone to the convent to demand his influence the imaginations of the young daughter, he was compelled, under devotees was, The Legend of the Mifour bayonets, to settle a pension for raculous Host, the force of which may life on her to enable her to live there, now be generally appreciated, it having while the infatuated victim, surrounded been translated into English, and pubby monks and nuns, actually laughed lished by Mr. Hone, with several marat the agony of her own father. vellously expressive wood cuts from the

hand of Mr. Cruickshank. It is a A few days ago Mr. Charbert, the very reverend legend and speaks proprietor of the Wild Indian Chief, in abundantly for itself. Within the walls New Bond-street, met with a curious of a convent, and covered with the dust accident. It appears that while examin- of five hundred years, it no doubt proing one of the poisoned arrows belong. duced great effects; but in its modern

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ized dress, we fear that a protestant na- They told her how, upon St. Agnes’ Eve, tion will think of it with scorn. Ap- Young virgins might have visions of delight

,

And sott adorings from their loves receive pended to the principal subject is an

Upon the honied middle of the night, extract from the works of Father Pin- If ceremonies due they did aright; amonti, a Jesuit, containing a most As, supperless to bed they must retire, elaborate and highly finished picture of And couch supine ;

Nor look behind, nor sideways, but require the infernal regions, coloured with a

Of heaven with upward eyes for all that they desire. vividness beyond which not even methodism itself can go. Viewing this Madeline prepares to retire to rest, pamphlet as a means of exposing silly that she may dream of her lover, while superstition, and repressing that fanati- her rich kinsmen, the opposers of her cism which is again endeavouring to love, are keeping holiday in another raise its head in France, we think it is part of the house. In the following seasonably applied; and we are per- exquisite description of Madeline's suaded that this is its true aini, without chamber, and highly finished portrait any intention on the part of the pub- of the heroine, we have a striking spelisher to bring unmerited odium upon cimen of the sudden and strong maiuany sect or country. Mon. May. rity of the author's genius.

A casement bigh and triple-arched there was,
POPULAR SUPERSTITION ON SAINT All garlanded with carven imag'ries
AGNES DAY-JAN. 21.

of fruits, and flowers, and bunches of krot-grass, Saint Agnes has been always con

And diamonded with panes of quaint device,

Indumerable of stains and splendid dyes, sidered by the Catholics as a special

As are the tiger-moth's deep-damasked wings; patroness of purity, with the inmacu- And in the midst, 'mong thousand her aidries, late Mother of God and St. Thecla. And twilight saints, and dim emblazonings, Rome was the theatre of the triumph A shielded scutcheon blushed with biood of

and kings. of St. Agnes; and Prudentius says, that her tomb was shown within sight Full on this casement shone the wintry moon, of that city. She suffered not long af- And threw warm gules on Madeline's fair bırast, ter the beginning of the persecution of As down she knelt for heaven's grace and boun ;

Rose-bioom fell on her hands, together prest,
Dioclesian, whose bloody edicts ap- Add on her silver cross soft amethyst,
peared in March in the year of our Apd on her hair a glory, like a saint:
Lord, 303. She was only 13 years of She seemed a spendid angel

, newly drest,

Save wings, for heaven:age at the time of her glorious death.

On this day, some women still fast all day, and take care that they do not soon, trembling in her soft and chilly nest,

In sort of wakeful swoon, perplexed she lay, touch, or are touched by, a male, in or

Until the poppied warmth of sleep oppressed der that they may dream of their lovers Her soothed limbs

, and soul fatigued away ; at night. Many other kinds of divina- Flown, like a thought, until the morrow-day ; tion are practised by our rustic dam- Blissfully haven'd both froni joy and pain; sels, for the same purpose. On this clasped like a missa? where swart Paynims pray;

Blinded alike from sunshine and from rain, innocent superstition the late Mr.

As though a rose should shut, and be a bud again. KEATs has founded his beautiful poem of The Eve of St. Agnes.'

A singular discovery of hidden treas

ure was lately made at Elon. Mrs.Coker, Ab ! bitter chill it was ! The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;

who had for many years kept a grocer's The bare limped trembling through the frozen gruss, shop in the College, lately died, leaving And silent was the flock in woolly fold:

property to a considerable amount to Numb were the Beadsnjan's fingers, while he told

her relations. The house in which she His rosary, and while his frosted breath, Like pions ineense from a censer old,

lived was, with two others, sold last Semed taking fight for heaven, without a death, week. Previously to the purchaser Past the sweet Virgin's picture, while his prayer he taking possession, one of the executors saith.

considered it his duty to look round the The precautions to be observed by premises, to see that no article of perthe fair Madeline differ somewhat from sonal property had been left behind those just mentioned, and are thus pret- In a dark corner under the counter he tily enumerated by the poet :

discovered a small box, of considerable

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weight, and well secured. He brought which the good old lady dealt—but it to the light, and upon opening it seven hundred guineas, and fourteen found—not any of the commodities in 50l. bank notes.

Intelligence. The FORTUNES or Nigel, (that is the The Widow's Tale, and other Poems, name of the next of the Waverley Novels,) by the Author of Ellen Fitzarthur, are to will be ont in a few months. The collisions appear next week. of English and Scottish Characters, Manners, and Interests, during the queer days

Miss Lowry, daughter of the celebrated of the British Solomon, are to furnish, we

engraver of that name, has nearly ready hear it whispered, the Materials of this ralogy," illustrated with pumerous plates

for publication, “ Conversations on Minenext tragi-comedy.

by her father. It is currently reported in the Literary Circles, that Lord Byron has sent to the

The author of the Panorama of Youth, Hon. Douglas Kinnaird the MS. of a Par. has appeared again before the public with ody on Mr. Southey's Vision of Judg. readers, under the title of The Life of a

a work well adapted to the juvenile class of ment;" which is, as might have been ex. pected, unfit for publication. Leigh Hunt, Boy, in two thick volumes in octavo. The and Bysche Shelley, are also understood incidents of the story are simple, but suffito be his Lordship's colleagues at Pisa, ciently varied to support the necessary de. where they are engaged in the production gree of interest, and the instructive portion of some periodical work, for transmission of the work, which is by no means the least, to England, to console their absence.

is so mixed up with the lighter part, as to

give to the whole a pleasing and entertainThe Rev. E. Berens, author of Village ing character. It is written in a clear and Sermons, will shortly publish another Vol

easy style ; and we can safely recommend ume, containing Sixteen Village Sermons it as affording a very suitable and unexcepon certain Parts of the Christian Character. tionable addition to the youthful library.

Mr. Southey is preparing for publication Dr. Drake has in the press a new Work, a Third Volume of “ The Remains of Hen- entitled, “ Evenings in Autumn." ry Kirke White,” which will appear in March.

Constance, a Tale, by Isabel Hill. The

authoress of this little volume has already Mrs. Opie's new Tale of Madeline, and made a favourable impression on the pubMiss A. M. Porter's new Romance of Rochlic by her Tragedy of" The Poet's Child." Blanc, will be published next month.

LOSS IN DELAYS.

Shox ays, they breed remorse,

Take thy time while time is lent thee;
Creeping snails have weakest force,

Fly their fault lest thou repent thee;
Good is best when soonest wrought,
Lingering labours come to nought.
Hoist up sail while gale doth last,

Tide and wind stay no man's pleasure :
Seek not time when time is past,

Sober speed is wisdom's leisure.
After-wits are dearly bought ;
Let thy fore-wit guide thy thought.

Time wears all his locks before,

Take thou hold upon his forehead;
When he flies he turns no more,

And behind his scalp is naked.
Works adjourned have many stays ;
Long demurs breed new delays.

SPIRIT

OF THE

ENGLISH MAGAZINES.

BOSTON, MAY 1, 1822.

(London Time's Telescope for Nay 1822.)

Mag. I not this the merry month of May,

in the • Moderate Intelligencer, 26th When love-lads masken in fresh array? -Youth's folks now flocken in every where,

April to 30th May, 1654:To gather May-buskets, and smelling breere,

Hyde Park, May 1. This day there But we here sitten as drowned in a drean.

was the hurling of a great ball, by fifty Spenser.

Cornish gentlemen on the one side, ALL. ranks, formerly, went out into and fifty on the other: one party play

the woods a maying early on the ed in red-caps and the other in white. 1st of this month ; returning laden with There was present his Highness the boughs and garlands, and spending the Lord Protector, many of his privy remainder of the day in dancing round council, and divers eminent gentlemen, a May-pole, * crowned with flowers. to whose view was presented great Of customs like these, yet in full vigour agility of body and most neat and exin the age of Elizabeth, Mr. Leslie's quisite wrestling at every meeting of picture of May morning in the last ex

one with the other, which was ordered hibition (1821) at Somerset House, with such dexterity, that it was to show conveysa most excellent representation. more the strength, vigour, and nimble The hobby-horse, the dragon, the May- ness of their bodies, than to endanger pole, &c. as well as the dresses of a their persons. The ball they played mixed company, are faithfully and ably with was silver, and designed for the depicted. This truly English picture party that won the goal. The same is a work of novelty and merit, and we paper goes on to observe: This day think that a well-executed engraving was more observed by people's going from it would be a profitable specula- a maying, than for divers years past, tion to the very deserving artist. 1 and indeed much sin committed by

Other sports and pastimes besides wicked meetings with fiddlers, drunk. those of maying, were celebrated byənness, ribaldry and the like : great our ancestors on this day. The fol- resort came to Hyde Park, many hunlowing curious record of these observ- dreds of rich coaches, and gallants in ances, in the time of Cromwell, we find rich attire, but most shameful powder

One of these poles was standing in East-Smithfield, till about the year 1760: some are still to be seen in different parts of the country.

+ That the good Queen Elizabeth actually weni a maying, we have the authority of The Progresses of this Queen' (vol. iv. part I.) where the fact is thus stated : May 8th, 1602. On May-day, the queen went à maying to Sir Rich. Buckley's, at Lewisham, soine three or four miles of Greenwich.

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ed-hair men, and painted and spotted

TO MAY, wonen; some men played with a sil- Come, fairest nymph, resume thy reign! ver ball,and some took other recreation. Bring all the Graces in thy train ! A peculiar rustic ceremony used an

With balmy breath, and flowery tread, nually to be observed at Horncastle, Where, in Elysian slumber bound,

Rise from thy soft ambrosial bed; in Lincolnshtre, about forty years ago, Embow'ring myrtles veil thee round. which evidently derived its origin from the floral games of antiquity. On the Recal the Zephyrs from the West:

Awake, in all thy glories dressed ; morning of Mayday, when the young Restore the Sun, reive the skies: of the neighbourhood assembled to At mine, and Nature's call, arise ! partake in the amusements which ush- Great Nature's self upbraids thy stay, ered in the festivals of the month of And misses her accustomed May. flowers, a train of youths collected See! all her works demand thy aid ; themselves at a place to this day called The labours of Pomona fade :

A plaint is beard from every tree; the May-bank. From thence, with

Each budding flow'ret calls for thee; wands enwreathed with couslips, they The birds forget to love and sing ; walked in procession to the May-pole, With storms alone the forests ring. situated to the west end of the town, Come then, with Pleasure at thy side, and adorned on that morning with ev Diffuse thy vernal spirit wide ; ery variety in the gifts of Flora. Here, Create, where'er thou turn'st thy eye, uniting in the wild joy of young en

Peace, Plenty, Love, and Harmony; thusiasm, they struck together their And Heav'n and Earth be glad at heart,

Till every being share its part, wands, and, scattering around the cowslips, testified their thankfulness This invocation was written by Mr. for that bounty, which, widely diffusing West, the friend of Gray the poet, its riches, enabled them to return home eighty years ago, and affords some rejoicing at the promises of the open- proof that the fickleness of our climate ing year.—(Heir's Sketches of Horn- is not so great a novelty as it is usually castle.)

esteemed. Backward springs, wet There is a singular species of festiv

summers, fine autumns, and mild winity at Padstow in Cornwall, on the ters, seem to have occurred at almost 1st of May.

stated periods within the last century. This is called the Hobby-Horse ; from canvass being extend- winds and a gloomy atmosphere but

May is often very changeful, and cold ed with hoops, and painted to resemble a horse, Being carried through the blue sky, and an enlivening sup.

too often usurp the place of a clear street, men, women, and children, flock round it, when they proceed to a

The very seasons meet, flinging the buds of spring

Into the lap of summer. place called Traitor-pool, about a quarter of a mile distant, in which the

This month, in favourable seasons, hobby-horse is always supposed to is bright with sunshine, and fragrant drink; when the head being dipped in- with perfumes, covering the meadows to the water, is instantly taken up, and with verdure and decking the gardens the mud and water are sprinkled on the with all the mixtures of colorific radispectators, to the no small diversion of ance; a month from which the man all. On returning home, a particular of fancy draws new infusions of imagsong is sung, that is supposed to com- ery, and the naturalist new scenes of memorate the event that gave the hob- observation. by-horse birth. According to tradi Now the flowers are appearing, tion, the French on a former occasion

In the blythe month of May, effected a landing at a small cove in the and the smooth-shaven elastic lawns vicinity ; but seeing at a distance a are smothered with lilacs and laburnumber of women dressed in red nums; the bees hum about the clover cloaks, which they mistook for soldiers, and sweet peas, and the early birds they fled to their ships, and put to sea. shake away the moisture from the The day generally ends in riot and dis- young twigs in a rosy shower. sipation. — (Hutchins's History of The recurrence of Spring brings Cornwall.)

with it recollections of past happiness,

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