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should not be thrown away, but should to strengthen the corps of performers, be made the most of. Madame Cata- but told Mr Ayrton distinctly, you lani had rated her services so high, that are not to expect a remuneration : that Mr Waters could not engage her last was the proposition he made to Mr season ; that lady was of herself a host, Ayrton, to which he conceded. Mr and when she sung, Mr Waters trusted Ayrton having conceded to this proi to the General, not so much attending to position, went to Paris, and, to a certhe Soldiers ; but, since her departure, tain degree, assisted in the selecting the attractions of the Opera had de- of performers for a short time ; but pended on the management of the it was found that a Mr Bonnelli, who plaintiff, and certainly there never had was on the spot, was more experienbeen a season at the Opera House eed than Mr Ayrton, and was a perwhich had passed off so pleasantly to son who spoke the languages fuenta the performers, or so beneficially to ly-French and Italian accurately; the proprietor.

and could do this more completely Mr Serjeant Copley rose, and made than Mr Ayrton. Having dune this a very able defence on the part of the at the expence of Mr Waters, after he defendant. He said, that with regard had run through all the amusements of to one observation which was made by Paris, he returned to this country, and his learned friend, namely, that the almost immediately after called on Mr gentleman who was the defendant was Lees, a friend of Mr Waters. Mr well known in the Courts of Law, in Lees was desirous of knowing what consequence of the litigation which he arrangements were made ; upon which was carrying on-he was quite sure Mr Ayrton said, “ I don't know, bethe Jury would be satisfied that Mr cause the business has not been transWaters was not influenced by a spirit acted by me, and it has been a party of of litigation. This was not a question pleasure." So much with respect to as to the general merits of litigation. that part of the demand, and I am sure This was not a question as to the ge- that when he comes to prove this conneral merits of Mr Ayrton, and what tract, there will be an end of all claims Ayrton would be entitled to receive ; on the part of Mr Ayrton. Then to but the question was, what was the the second part, namely, what remuspecific contract entered into, and what neration this gentleman is entitled to sum this gentleman was to receive by receive in consequence of his services. express stipulation. If he proved what Mr Kelly, who had been manager for was the extent of the remuneration he twenty-six years, had never had a salary was to receive by a contract, that would of more than 4001. for all his various be the measure of the damages. In duties. Mr Ayrton, who merely took 1816, in consequence of the personal under his direction the musical depart. infirmities of Mr Kelly, who had su- ment, was engaged at a salary of

4001, perintended the management for a pe. By the assistance of Mr Lees, he should riod of twenty-six years, it became ne- prove that Mr Ayrton was engaged at cessary to look for some assistance 4001 for the season, and the Jury would with respect to the stage management say whether or not that was really the -not the general management, but contract between these gentlemen. with respect to that department in Charles Lees sworn. Examined by which Mr Ayrton was engaged for Mr Serjeant Copley.--Said he was an one season, for the sum of 4001. Im- assistant of Mr Waters. Mr Ayrton mediately after this engagement, Wa. was engaged in September; he reters proposed going to Paris, in order peatedly told witness that he was en.

gaged at a salary of 400l. At the pee did not say so. There were various riod of the negociation of the noble. sorts of lies told respecting the Operamen and Mr Waters, Mr Ayrton beg. House ; he meant respecting orders is. ged of him to mention to Mr Waters, sued, and so on. It was necessary that his 400l. should be changed to that a person becoming connected with 5001., and instead of his name stand. a theatre should sometimes state that ing in the book as Mr Ayrton, it which was incorrect, with a view to should be changed to William Ayrton, meet the objects of the concern. Esq. Mr Waters objected to the al- Mr Scarlett now replied at consiteration of the 4001. io 5001., but he derable length, and with great inge. smiled at the alteration of

Mr to Esq., nuity, contending that nothing had and adopted it. Mr Waters after been offered to lessen the demand of wards made a proposal to witness to the plaintiff, who, he submitted, was go to France, when he recommended entitled at least to 10001. Mr Ayrton, and afterwards commu. The Under-Sheriff then summed up nicated Mr Waters's proposal to Mr the evidence, leaving it to the Jury to Ayrton, which he accepted very wil. form their own conclusion as to whelingly, and added, that if Mr Waters ther the contract described by Mr would pay his expenses there and back, Lees had actually been entered into he should be glad to go. Witness between Mr Waters and Mr Ayrton, communicated this to Mr Waters, and or not. If they were of opinion that he went. He was absent about two the contract had been entered into, months. Mr Waters said he would then Mr Ayrton's claim must be li. also pay for Mr Ayrton's amusements mited by his own agreement. If, on at Paris. The morning after his re. the contrary, they thought no such turn, witness saw him, and on ask. contract had been formed, they would ing what had been done, he said he then advert to the general nature of had scarce had any thing to do with the duties which Mr Ayrton had perthe engagements which were made by formed, his fitness to perform them, Mr Waters, and added, that as for any and the reward to which he was enassistance he was to Mr Waters, he titled. Upon this point they would be might have remained at home. enabled to form their judgment by the

Cross-examined by Mr Scarlett. evidence which had been given in the Held no situation under Mr Waters. early part of the cause. His connexion with him was a friend. The Jury, after a short consulta. ly one. He did receive a gratuity for tion, found a verdict for the plaigtiff. what he did. He assisted Mr Waters Damages-7001. Costs, 40s. in the management : He received no settled reward for this ; it was quite at the discretion of Mr Waters. He had received large sums from Mr Waters SAILOR AND MONKEY. for a concern in the beginning of 1815, when he came to the Theatre with Mr

Mansion-House. Perry ; was not sent by Mr Waters to Mr Ayrton. Had no recollection On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Lord of having said to Mr Ayrton that no Mayor, in the course of his business, man could exercise an active employwas interrupted by a sailor, a showment in the management of the Ope- man, and a monkey, who arrived at ra. House without becoming a con. the Justice-room with a great multifirmed liar ; would positively

swear he tude behind them. The monkey was

making a most hideous noise, and the ately told the keeper that it was his, sailor and showman, who had been monkey, and have it he would. The arguing on their way to the Mansion- keeper refused to give it up, and de. house, were so completely absorbed in clared that his master had bought it the subject of dispute, as not to take fairly for 11. notice, for some time, of the authority The showman here got into a high presiding. The monkey, however, was passion with the monkey, who had more respectful in his manners, and seized him with such violence by the seemed to have a due impression of nose as to make him roar out. The the dignity of the magistrate before animal growing more and more averse whom he was brought. His Lord. to the control of the keeper, held his ship having noticed the respectful de. paws out to the sailor, and moaned meanour of the monkey, called upon piteously, the sailor and showman to follow the The Lord Mayor said, the only example of the animal, who at that way for him to decide upon a case in moment began to exhibit some of his which there was positive assertion on most amusing tricks, such as pulling both sides, was to leave the matter to the showman's nose, untying his cra- the monkey himself. His Lordship vat, dragging open his waistcoat, &c. then directed that the monkey should

The Lord Mayor having desired be placed upon the table, and that that if there was any complaint to be each party claiming him should use made, it should be proceeded upon, his powers of fascination, in order to the sailor said, he and the monkey ascertain to whom the monkey was were the injured party; the showman most attached. was the aggressor.

The monkey was put upon the His Lordship seemed to think that table, but narrowly escaped death, the monkey would be as well able to from an attack made upon him by a explain the matter as either of his dog, a constant attendant at the Man. companions; and the conclusion ap- sion-house. Having escaped this dan. peared to be just, for while the features ger, the Lord Mayor marked the efof the men were agitated with passion, fect of so important an adventure, and the monkey's were as grave as those of seeing that the monkey fled to the a philosopher.

arms of the sailor (who shewed most The monkey kept his eye fixed upon concern,) for protection, and that the the Lord Mayor, and at the conclu. animal throughout had evinced tosion of every sentence from his Lord. wards him the greatest attachment, he ship, uttered a piercing cry.

thought he was the rightful owner. The sailor at length made his com- The desired experiment, however, was plaint. He stated that he went into now made, and the showman put a Gilman and Atkins' exhibition of wild piece of stick into the monkey's paw, beasts, in Bartholemew Fair, and while and desired him to shoulder arms. Inhe was looking at the curiosities, he stead of obeying this order, the mon. recognised the monkey which was now key struck the keeper on the head, before his Lordship to be his own pro- and then threw it in his face. perty. He had purchased it for four The sailor next called upon the ani. or five dollars at St Kitt's, some months mal, saying, “ Jack, look sharp, and ago, and upon his arrival in this coun- make a salam to his Lordship.” The try, he had lost it at Portsmouth. monkey instantly stood erect on his Upon entering the show, he immedi- hind legs, raised his paws to the top



of his head, and made a low bow to rel with him." These marks were obthe Lord Mayor, in the Turkish style. served. He then hugged and fawned upon the The Lord Mayor advised the show. sailor as before. “ If any thing else man to give up all claim to the monis necessary,” said the sailor, " to key, but he refused. The sailor refuprove him mine, I can show it. There bed to part with the monkey, and the is a hole in one of his ears, which I monkey would not part with him. bored in St Kitt's, for it is fashion. The disputants at length left the of. able for the bucks to wear an ear-ring fice, the monkey clinging to the neck there. His left paw is marked by a of the sailor in the most affectionate fishing-hook, and part of his tail is manner. bitten by a parrot that used to quar.


ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON. raised, and to confirm the favourable

reports that had been made on the subThe Society met on November 6, but ject. in consequence of the death of the On Monday, Nov. 31. the Society Princess Charlotte of Wales, the meet. held its annual meeting for the elecing was adjourned.

tion of officers for the ensuing year. Nov. 20.-Sir Everard Home read There were elected, the Croonian Lecture, the subject of which was the changes which the President.-— Right Hon. Sir Joseph blood undergoes in the act of coagu. Banks, Bart. G.C.B. &c. lation.—A considerable part of the Secretaries.-Wm. Thos. Brande, paper consisted of an account of a Esq. and Taylor Combe, Esq. number of minute microscopical ob- Treasurer.-Samuel Lysons, Esq. servations that had been made by Mr There remained of the old council, Bauer, on the red particles of the blood. Right Hon. Sir Joseph Banks, Bart.; He attempted to form an estimate of William Thomas Brande, Esq. ; Sa. their size, and gave a description of muel, Lord Bishop of Carlisle; Taytheir appearance:

Their colouring lor Combe, Esq.; Sir Humphry Davy; matter he conceives to be something Sir Everard Home, Bart. ; Samuel superadded to their proper substance: Lysons, Esq. ; George, Earl of he supposes that they possess a regu- Morton ; John Pond, Esq.; William larly organized structure; and by com- Hyde Wollaston, M.D. Thos. Young, paring them with the appearance which M.D. the muscular fibre exhibits, when high- There were elected into the council, ly magnified, he concludes that these George, Earl of Aberdeen ; Davies particles are the immediate constituents Gilbert, Esq.; Charles Hatchett, Esq.; of the fibre. With respect to the ge. Captain Henry Kater; William, Lord neration of vessels in effused blood, he kishop of London ; Right Hon. imagines that it depends upon the gas Charles Long; John Reeves, Esq. ; which is extricated from blood during Richard Anthony Salisbury, Esq.; its coagulation ; this, by insinuating Edward, Duke of Somerset, Gloces. itself between the adhering particles, ter Wilson, Esq. produces tubular cavities, which are Since the last anniversary, 21 memafterwards converted into more perfect bers have died; one has withdrawn, vessels.

and 25 new members have been admit. Nov. 27.-A paper by Mr Seppings ted. The present number of members was read, on the increased strength is 652, of which 40 are foreign memgiven to ships of war by the diagonal bers. braces.-It contained an account of The Copley medal was adjudged to some very ample trials that had been Captain Henry Kater, for his experimade of this method of constructing ments on the length of the pendulum the framework of vessels, the result of vibrating seconds. which was such as completely to jus- On December 11, a paper by Captify the expectations which had been tain James Burney was read on the

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