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clean, when the back of the most loathsome of reptiles turns in return for the favour which this gentleman and his coadoat, on examination, more beautiful than the butterfly? Who jutor have conferred upon us, by their exertions to enable us shall say what extremes may not meet, when, amid the filth of to improve our acquaintance with ourselves, we shall commuan Irish hovel, spring, like flowers, out of ordure, the graces nicate our own opinion of them, and hope they will be equally of a prince in his palace ?"
benefited by the knowledge. We think, then, that they are All this, the reader will remark, was seen from the top of a pair of gentlemen who must have a wonderfully good opia stage-coach on a drenching wet day! What wonderful nion of themselves, and that not altogether without reason, powers of observation he must have! The penciller next inasmuch as they possess in common one quality, which shall treats us to a song, descriptive of an Irish cabin, which he tells be nameless, but in which not even we, natives of the Emerald us was sung for him by one of the most beautiful women he Isle as we are, can pretend to compete with them. We do saw in Ireland. His memorable arrival in Drogheda is thus not think that there are any two Irishmen living, who would described :-
travel into a foreign country to represent its scenery like the “ As we drove into Drogheda, we entered a crowd, which one, or sketch the manners and characteristics of its inhabi. I can only describe as suggesting the idea of a miraculous tants like the other, and expect that they should be rewarded advent of rags. It was market-day, and the streets were so by the purchase of their works by that people or in that thronged that you could scarce see the pavement, except under country: Mr Bartlett is but an indifferent artist, unacthe feet of the horses ; and the public square was a sea of tat- quainted even with some of the rudiments of his art, who ters. Here and all over Ireland I could but wonder where and has acquired the trade-knack of making pretty pictures by how these rent and frittered habiliments had gone through the imitating the works of others, and by a total disregard of the preparatory stages of wear and tear. There were no degrees real features of the scenes which he undertakes to depict. - nothing above rags to be seen in coat or petticoat, waistcoat Mr Willis is a more accomplished sketcher in his line; and or breeches, cloak or shirt. Even the hats and shoes were in his delineations might be of value, if his conceited ambition to rags; not a whole covering, even of the coarsest material, was produce effect did not continually mar whatever intrinsic to be detected on a thousand backs about us : nothing shabby, worth they might otherwise possess ; but as it is, he is little nothing threadbare, nothing mended, except here and there a better than a pert and flippant caricaturist. Neither one nor hole in a beggar's coat, stuffed with straw. Who can give the other of these gentlemen, in short, would seem qualified me the genealogy of Irish rags? Who took the gloss from for the task which they have so daringly undertaken ; and we these coats, once broadcloth? who wore them ? who tore think it would have been well, if, before they resolved upon them ? who sold them to the Jews ? (for, by the way, Irish rags going through with it, they had been mindful of the Eastern are fine rags, seldom frieze or fustian). How came the tat- proverb, A lie, though it promise good, will do thee harm, ters of the entire world, in short, assembled in Ireland ? for and truth will do thee good at the last.” Applying this to if, as it would seem, they have all descended from the backs ourselves as critics, we feel in conclusion bound to acknowof gentlemen, the entire world must contribute to maintain the ledge that the prints in this work, considered as vings, supply.
are deserving of the highest praise.
X. Y. Readers, such of you as have been in Drogheda, did you ever see any thing like this? People of Drogheda, do you recognise yourselves in this picture here drawn of you? We
SUNRISE. are sure you cannot. But he is not done with you yet. He had been rather unlucky in the pursuit of his favourite sub
The night is past, jects for study in Belfast-namely, the beggars ; but this dis
And the mists are fast appointment was atoned for in Drogheda. He describes them
Receding before the morning blast; thus:
But still the light “I had been rather surprised at the scarcity of beggars in
Of the Moon is bright, Belfast, but the beggary of Drogheda fully came up to the
As reluctant she yields to the Sun his right; travellers’ descriptions. They were of every possible variety.
And the morning star At the first turn the coach made in the town, we were very
Appears, afar, near running over a blind man, who knelt in the liquid mud of To announce the approach of Aurora's car. the gutter (the calves of his legs quite covered by the pool,
The silver sea and only his heels appearing above), and held up in his hands
Yet seems to be the naked and footless stumps of a boy's legs. The child As calm as the rest of infancy; sat in a wooden box, with his back against the man's breast,
And the mountain steep and ate away very unconcernedly at a loat of bread, while the
Is still in the deep blind exhibitor turned his face up to the sky, and, waving the Profound repose of a giant's sleep; stumps slightly from side to side, kept up a vociferation for
And the gurgling rill, charity that was heard above all the turmoil of the market
That is never still, place. When we stopped to change horses, the entire popu- Seems to double its noise to arouse the hill. lation, as deep as they could stand, at least with any chance of being heard, held out their hands, and in every conceivable
The Moon in the west tone and mode of arresting the attention, implored charity:
Now sinks to rest, The sight was awful: old age in shapes so hideous, I should And the night-bird withdraws to its ivied nest think the most horrible nightmare never had conceived. The
In yon antique tower, rain poured down upon their tangled and uncovered heads,
Which shows how the power seaming, with its cleansing torrents, faces so hollow, so de- And pride of man pass away in an hour : graded in expression, and, withal, so clotted with filth and
And the carol_hark ! neglect, that they seemed like features of which the very own
Of the early lark, ers had long lost, not only care, but consciousness and remem
Proclaims the Sun to the dell still dark. brance; as if, in the horrors of want and idiotcy, they had
A vellow ray, anticipated the corrupting apathy of the grave, and aban
As if from the spray doned every thing except the hunger which gnawed them into
Of the ocean, springs with the stars to play ; memory of existence. The feeble blows and palsied fighting
But they shrink away, of these hag-like spectres for the pence thrown to them from
As afraid to stay, the coach, and the howling, harsh, and unnatural voices in And leave the rude beam to disport as it may; which they imprecated curses on each other in the fury of the
And, one by one, struggle, have left a remembrance in my mind, which deepens immeasurably my fancied nadir of human
They all have gone,
And the sky is bright where they lately shone. degradation. God's image so blasted, so defiled, so sunk below the beasts that perish,' I would not have believed was to
The surges roar be found in the same world with hope."
On the sounding shore, But we, and our readers too, have probably had enough of
As if to awaken the mountain hoar ; Mr. Willis's “Pencillings by the Way" in Ireland--pencillings
But the morning light which would seem to have been sketched with a material to
Has just touched the height which he is apparently very partial, namely, dirt. And now, Of his topmost crag, and awaked his sight,
And twitched away,
“ It's kind of your honour to try and comfort me; but In mirthful play,
yours was always the good heart, and the kind one, and you His dew-soaked nightcap of misty grey.
never made the sight of your sunny face a compliment. But See yon green wood
it's no use- _there's no hope. The death's on her handsome That o'erhangs the flood
countenance.” Of that beautiful river; it seems as it would
He groaned deeply, and rocked himself backwards and for. Fain stoop to greet
wards. The water sweet,
" James,” said my father, we must be resigned to the will Which coquettishly glides away, as fleet
of God, but we need not make ourselves miserable by anticiAs a mountain fay,
pating evils.” In fairy play,
Your honour was but a slip of a gossoon when you danced And to the great ocean runs away.
at the bright girl's wedding, and you're come now in time to
see the last of the old woman - the old woman, the old Now the zenith is white With a doubtful light,
woman,” repeated he, as if something struck him in the sound
of the words as strange. That is dulled with the dregs of the recent night;
Two-and-forty is not old, but they But 'tis fast giving way
called her the old woman' since the boys began to grow up. To the saffron ray,
But she never grew old to me; she's the same now that she
was the first evening I told her, that she was the only treasure That can only be seen at dawn of day; And this is pushed on
on the face of the earth that my heart coveted. Only, much
as I loved her then, I love her more now. Oh! Mary, Mary, By the golden one Which precedes the car of the glorious Sun.
pulse of my heart, would to God I could die before you !"
The younger son Pat, his mother's favourite, now entered Now, the fearful pride
the room in a state of pitiable excitement. He had been at Of the mountain's side,
the dispensary to procure the medicine prescribed by the Rocks and chasms and cliffs one by one are descried ; doctor, and to his imagination every person and every thing And the brightening light
seemed to have conspired to delay him, whilst the lookers on Descends the height,
deemed his haste almost superhuman. With majestic step, to the plain now bright;
He immediately attempted to administer the draught he had And the golden vest
brought, but his mother could not be made to understand what Which adorns the east,
was wanted of her; and at length, as if teased by his imporSends its searching rays to the dark, sullen west. tunities, she suddenly dashed the cup of medicine from ber. The carpet of gold
The look of unutterable anguish with which he regarded O'er his path 's now unrolled,
her, as she rejected and destroyed that upon the taking of And all Nature's expectant its king to behold
which depended the last hope, was indescribable. And see! the first gem,
The almost fierceness of his haste, which he now saw had The most brilliant of them
been utterly useless, had flushed his cheek and lighted up his That flash in the front of his diadem ;
countenance, and he stood with his hands clasped, and raised And-majestic--slow,
as if in prayer, with firmly shut lips, and his eyes, in which He uprises now,
you could view the transition from eager hope to utter despair, O'er rejoicing worlds, his radiant brow!
fixed upon her face, like a being that was changing into stone.
At the other side of the bed was his father, who had re
sumed his former attitude, and beside him stood his eldest son, OLD PROVERBS.
whose utterly wretched countenance, alternating from one “ THERE'S LUCK IN LEISURE."
parent to the other, showed that he suffered that lowest state
of misery, which anticipates still further and greater woe as a DELAYS ARE DANGEROUS.”
consequence from that which overwhelms at present. “ JAMES SCANLAN wants to see you, sir.
I told him you
My father left the room. I looked upon the group one inwere hardly done dinner, but he begged me to let you know stant. I felt that I could have resigned the possession of worlds he is waiting.”
to be permitted the luxury of raising the load of grief from “ Dear me," said my father, “what can he want? Show those afflicted hearts; but it could not be, and I retired to him in, Carey.--Well, James, what is the matter ?"
relieve my surcharged feelings in solitude. “Oh! your honour, sir, won't you come see my poor father? Ere morning dawned, nature had received another instala Jle'll speak to you, but we can't get a word from him. He's ment of her debt. dying of grief, my mother is so bad.”
My father and I attended the funeral, and were surprised Your mother, James ! --what has happened her ?" at the apparent fortitude of Mr Scanlan. We wished to bring “ She took a heavy cold, sir, on Friday last, from a wetting him with us to the Hall after the sad ceremony, but he would she got going to Cashel; and when she came home, she took not come. We then accompanied him to his own house. As to her bed, and it's worse and worse she has got ever since, we entered, I glanced at him: he was ghastly pale. He looked and at last she began to rave this morning; and as Dr slowly round, fixed his eyes one moment on the countenance M'Carthy was going past to the dispensary, Pat called him of his younger son, another on the elder, and sank upon a in ; and when he looked at her, he just shook his head and said chair. he'd send her something, but that we must be prepared for Since the period of which I now write, I have often witany thing that might happen. Well, sir, when my father nessed the closing scene of mortality, and various are the opi. heard that, he went and sat down by the bedside, and taking nions I have heard, as to which point of time, between the my mother's hand in his, says he, · Åh, then, Mary, a-cushla- moment of death and the first appearance abroad of the surmachree, am I going to lose you? Are you going from me? vivors in their mourning apparel, is the saddest, the most Did I ever think I'd see this day? Ah, Mary, avourneen, aflicting, or the most trying —whether the moment of dissure you won't leave me?” And from that to this he has solution, the first appearance of the undertaker, the laying never stirred, nor spoken, nor taken the least notice of any out in the apparel of death, the bringing of the coffin, the last one--not even of me--not even of me."
frantic kiss and look, the screwing down, the carrying out, The poor fellow burst into a flood of tears.
the dull thud of the clay upon the coffin lid. Oh! think not In a few minutes I was standing with my father by the bed that I am coolly writing this, that I am probing with the sur. side of Mrs Scanlan. She was quite unconscious of what was geon's calmness the deep, the sensitive (with many bleeding) passing around. Her husband, who was my father's principal wounds that death has given. tenant, and a substantial farmer, sat as his eldest and I am but a young man, yet my brain reels, and my eyes favourite son had described ; and although the object of my burn, and my heart swells to my throat, as memory holds i he father's visit was to rouse him from his lethargy, it was long mirror to my view, and I see depicted in it the scenes, and ere he addressed himself to the task. It seemed almost feel again the feelings, that have been more than once or twice sacrilegious to disturb such hallowed grief.
excited at the stages which I have just recounted in order. At length he laid his hand upon Scanlan's shoulder. Come, But of all the stabs thus given to the heart, of all those mo. James," said he, “ look up, man ; don't be so utterly cast down. ments of anguish, the keenest is that felt when the survivor You know the old saying, Whilst there's life, there's hope.' re-enters the house, where the form and the voice and the cheerful laugh of the departed one had made his home a little would produce a great deal more, whilst it would be only in paradise, and feels that that home is now for ever desolate! the event of a bad season that I'd be apt to lose. • There's Is there a desert so deserted ?
luck in leisure,' said I; ' I'll wait.' “ James,” said Mr Scanlan, after he had looked steadfastly Well, the season was dreadful; most of the crops were toat him for some time, “ you were the first she brought me; and tally destroyed, and we suffered more than almost any of the when you came into the world, I was almost beside myself with neighbours. I was afraid to look Mary in the fare, when I joy; and when I was allowed to enter the room where she was had made out the extent of my loss, but she only said, Come, sitting up in bed, with you in her arms, I almost smothered Jemmy, it can't be helped; the worse luck now, the better you both with kisses; and I cried, and laughed, and danced another time. You'll attend more to wise old sayings for the about as if I was mad. Sure I need'nt be ashamed to own future; they were made out of wiser heads than yours.' it, now that she's gone. And when I told her that they said * Ah, but, Mary, a-cushla, it was following an old saying that you were the image of me, she answered me, "So he ought, I was; sure you have often heard say, " there's luck in leifor sure you were always before my eyes ;' and when I said sure. * Poh,' said she, “that's only a foolish saying, take that I could'nt be “always,” she said that 'twas the eyes of her my word for it.' heart she meant. So, Pat, avourneen (addressing the younger, Next year the sky-farmer came again. He had lost nowho had been all this time crying bitterly), though you're the thing, for no one would deal with him, on his terms, the
year living image of her that's dead, and though father could'nt before ; and to hear how heartlessly he'd jeer and jibe then love son more than I do you, you're not surprised that I that had the sore hearts in their bosoms, and calculate up for gave James the preference sometimes, though I never loved them how much they had lost, and then he'd
supposed you the less.”
they would'nt refuse a good offer another time. Well, I asked “ Father dear,” said Pat, “ I was never jealous of Jem, him was he going to make me a good offer, and he said he nor he of me; we both knew that our faces and tempers and would'nt care if he did, and he offered as much as would dispositions took after you both-Jem's after you, and mine hardly pay the rent, letting alone seed and labour. “Why,' after my mother. Oh! mother dear! mother dear!" }le burst said I, "you'll give as much as you offered last year.'. *Not I into a paroxysm of grief, ran wildly into his mother's room, indeed,' said he; ' I bought experience instead of corn last year, and threw himself across the bed, roaring in a frenzied manner, and you paid for it;' and he laughed, and shook himself with
James, honey, isn't the house terrible lonesome?" and a glee, and chuckled, and jingled the guineas in his pockets, violent shudder ran through poor Scanlan's frame. " Isn't until I was hardly able to keep from knocking him down. there a great echo in it? It's very chilly; I believe I had Well, I higgled and bargained, and tried to raise him, but better go and lie down on the bed."
not another penny would he give; and at last he said that He stood up, and, continuing the forward movement of his he was going away in the morning, and so I might take it or body after he had risen to a standing position, would have leave it, as I liked, he would'nt force his money on any man, fallen, extended on his face, but that I caught him just as his not he. * Delays are dangerous,' thought I; and, though it watchful son had sprung to save him.
was a certain loss, I agreed. Poor Pat now mastered his feelings in some degree, and A finer season than that, never came from the heavens. turned his entire attention to assist his surviving parent. The factor came to see the crops, and such crops as they were ! He was laid on the bed, and shortly recovered binself, and Several others had done like me; and if he laughed at us the addressed my father. “ I know your honour feels for my year before, he laughed ten times more now. The year before trouble, and will excuse the boys and me for not showing he had lost nothing: this year he had made a fortune. He the attention we ought to show for your goodness.”
had laughed at our losses before, but he now laughed over his “Say nothing about attention to me, James; I am sorry for own gains. They may laugh who win.' your trouble, and, God knows, I wish I knew how to relieve If he had taken it quieter, he might have done the same and comfort you.'
thing again; but by acting as he did, he set every one against “ I'm sure you do, sir.-Boys, I won't be long with you. him, and he never after could buy up growing crops here. The pulse of my heart is gone. Look up to his honour, and Mary, my darling,' said I,“ we're almost ruined, in the never forget, that, though there's no clanship in these times, second year, by following old sayings. I'll never believe in and though many a shoneen holds a higher head than his in the them again.' Jemmy, dear,' said she, “I have been thinkcountry now, you still owe him your love and fealty, for he'sing the matter over, and I believe it's not the sayings that are one of the real old stock; and your forefathers followed his wrong, but the wrong use that's made of them ; for if we had forefathers in war and peace, when, if you stood on the highest said them the other way, we'd have made money instead of crag of the Bogaragh, you could'nt see to the bounds of their losing it; and for the future we'll try to use the sense that wide domains. And while his honour is present, and I have God has given us, and the acquirements such as they are that my senses clear about me, I'll lay my commands on you both, He has enabled us to obtain, in directing us to the proper use boys; and if ever you break through them (though I am sure and timely application of those proverbs that are really wise you never will), let his honour, and the young master here bear and useful when properly applied.”. witness against you."
As it was the will of the Almighty, boys, that your dear He then delivered what was simply a verbal will, directing mother should not have had her senses about her when departhow they should dispose of and divide his property and effects, ing, and it's likely that these are the last of her sensible words and concluded as follows :
that I'll ever be able to tell you, I'd have you take them, and “When your mother and I were married, we were both of think upon them as if they were her last addressed to you, us full of old sayings and proverbs, and we thought, like most and let neither proverbs, however apparently wise in themothers, that their meaning should be taken in the plainest and selves, nor superstitious remarks, ever guide your actions or fullest signification; and as most of them are universally sway your conduct until you have applied to them the touchallowed to contain a great deal of wisdom and good sense, we stone of your own common sense. thought that whoever regulated his or her conduct strictly May God bless and guide you, my darling boys; and now according to their rule, would of necessity be the wisest per- I have done with the world and its affairs.' son in the world.
That day fortnight the funeral of James Scanlan was atOne of these sayings, that I had been taught to believe was tended by
NAISI. one of the wisest ever pronounced by man, was, there's luck in leisure,' and this was my most favourite maxim; but when IRISH BULLS.-On the first appearance of Miss EdgeI got married, I found that your mother—that your mother worth's admirable " Essay on Irish Bulls,” the secretary of had a favourite one also delays are dangerous."
a celebrated agricultural society in Ireland received orders Well, the first year, when the corn was coming up, a corn from its committee to procure several copies of the book, for factor came to this part of the country, and offered a middling the use of the members in their labours for improving the fair price for an average crop. Mary bade me take it, as I'd breed of cattle! have that much money certain, and if the season should turn AN AMBITIOUS HORSE AND ACCOMMODATING Rmper.-An out bad, the factor would be the sufferer, and I'd be safe. Irishman was riding through a bog, when his horse sank • Take it at once,' said she; ‘you know " delays are dan- deeply into the mud, and in his efforts to extricate himself, gerous."
Bob got his foot into the stirrup. “ Arrah, musha !” exI began to consider that if the season should be only mid-claimed the rider, “ if you are going to get up, it is time for dling, inclining to bad, I might get as much money still, as me to get down !” and he forthwith proceeded to dismount the factor offered; and if it should turn out fine, the crop I with all reasonable speed.
NOVEL AND SINGULAR MODE OF RELIEVING passes more his chin was spasmodically buried in his breast,
and his wrinkled features expressed the acutest suffering. NERVOUS COMPLAINTS.
This was allowed to continue for a few seconds, when the In a London medical work entitled The Doctor, are given the north pole was again presented to the finger, and the agony particulars of an interesting case of neuralgia, or tic douleureux, speedily subsided. The spectators then left the man lying which, it appears, after having been treated with the usual with a countenance perfectly tranquil. medicines for more than two years, with little or no remis
At the extremity of the ward lay an elderly lady, a sion of the painful symptoms attending it, yielded at length martyr to tic douleureux in the lower jaw, extending to the to a new and extraordinary remedy, in the shape of a metal ear, and affecting a large portion of the head. The disease, magnet. The experiments tried upon the occasion promise she stated, was of more than nine years' duration, and had results of such considerable interest and practical importance never ceased to afflict her for a day during that period, up to to the health perhaps of thousands, that we shall offer no her entrance into the hospital. Her appearance was proporapology to our readers for copying the history of the cure tionably miserable. The magnet had also been applied in and the accompanying details into our columns, premising her case, and with similar advantage, as she stated. On the only, that while we individually place every reliance on the present occasion it was found, on approaching her bed, that good faith of the witnesses who attest the facts recorded, she was in consequence free from pain on that morning, and we do not consider ourselves bound to vouch for their state the further aid of the magnet was not needed. • But cannot ment authoritatively to others, or draw any inference of a you show its power by producing the pain ?' inquired a bypositive kind with respect to a remedy, of the nature and stander. The suggestion was acted on. The south pole of effects of which, after all, it is properly the province of the the magnet was passed from the centre of the chin along the faculty alone to form a judgment.
lower jawbone up to the ear. At the third pass the poor “Our readers (observes the writer) will remember the in- woman indicated that the tic was commencing, and in a few teresting case of neuralgia of the finger, at St Thomas's Ilos- seconds more the affection was experienced intensely. The pital, upon which Dr Elliotson stated, in a clinical lecture, process was then stopped, as the experiment had been carried that he had exhausted his store of remedial agents, without far enough to satisfy all present of its consummation; and developing a shade of improvement. [The remedies resorted to after a brief space the presentation of the north pole wholly primarily were, carbonate of iron, cyanuret of potass, strych- freed the sufferer from pain. The operator subsequently nine, croton oil, hydrocyanic acid, and extract of bella- stated, that by continuing the passes he could have carried donna.] A more severe ease, probably, was never subjected to the pain on to the production of delirium. treatment. The man left the hospital for a time, totally un- There is a female patient in another ward, who had sufrelieved, but soon afterwards returned, when, in accordance fered intense toothache for three months, when, a fortnight with a suggestion, as Dr Elliotson has since observed, of a since, according to her own evidence, which we have no reacorrespondent of our own, the colchicum autumnale was tried son to doubt, it was instantly cured by one application of the in the case, without, however, the slightest beneht being de- magnet, through the medium of a key, and had not returned rived therefrom. The sedative powers of the lobelia inflata in the slightest degree up to the period of the visit of which then suggested to Dr Elliotson the propriety of giving the we have given the details. patient the chance of that medicine. The grounds on which These are very interesting facts. We submit them to it was employed proved to be in some measure correctly our readers unaccompanied by comment. The specific name founded. The man took the lobelia, in increasing doses, every given to his instrument by Dr Blundell, is that of mineral hour, beginning with seven drops of the tincture, and adding magnet.' 'How far its application to disease admits of extena drop to each progressive dose, until as large a quantity had sion, we are at present ignorant.” been reached as could be taken without deranging the functions of the stomach. Some amelioration of the affection fol. lowed this treatment. The patient, who was before unable
A SOLVENT BANK.—The best bank ever yet known is a even to cross the ward, or bear without excruciating agony bank of earth; it never refuses to discount to honest labour ; the slightest contact with his finger-nails, and had become and the best share is the plough-share, on which dividends emaciated to the extremest degree, from pain and sleepless- are always liberal. ness, was now enabled to walk a little way and enjoy inter- An Irish BulL OF 1630.–Nowe that Ireland doth give vals of rest, partly recovered his good looks, and became birthe to strange sortes of men, whose too greate quicknesse comparatively cheerful.
of thoughte doth impeede theyre judgmente, this storye whiche The relief, however, was very far from being either perfect I have heard, will shewe. Å wealthie lord of the countie of or permanent. In fact, the continued exhibition of the me- Corke there had a goodlie faire house new-built, but the broken dicine was demanded to secure any portion of rest.
brickos, tiles, sande, lime, stones, and such rubbish, as are A short time since, however, a new remedial agent pre- commonlie the remnantes of such buildinges, lay confusedlie sented itself, in the form of the magnet. The hospital was in heapes, ande scattered here ande there; the lord therefore visited, first by Dr Kyle, and subsequently by Dr Blundell, demanded of his surveyor, wherefore the rubbish was not conwho followed up the application begun by Dr Kyle. The veyed awaie; the surveyor said, that hee proposed to hyre lobelia inflata was allowed by Dr Elliotson to be suspended, an hundred carts for the purpose. The lord replied, that the and the effect of the magnet tried. That effect was, to the charge of carts might be saved, for a pit might be digged in surprise of all who witnessed it, a most decided one; the the grounde, and soe burie it. “Then, my lord,” said the surpain was, on every application of the instrument, removed, veyor, “I pray you what will wee doe with the earth which wee and continued absent for several hours.
digge out of the said pitt?" "Why, you coxcombe,” said the On Tuesday last [in June 1833], Dr Blundell attended the lord, " canst thou not digge the pitt deepe enough to hold hospital at the hour of Dr Elliotson's visit, when, in the pre- rubbish and all together ?”—From the works of Taylor, the sence of the pupils and our reporter, he drew forth the mag. Water Poet. net, and commenced its application to the patient's finger.
CAROLAN'S LIBERALITY.-Carolan never prostituted his The instrument is of the horse-shoe form, about ten inches muse to party politics or religious bigotry, though attachin its long axis, and five in its short, composed of five layers ment to the ancient faith and families of Ireland was the of metal, the central being the longest, and the whole bound ruling principle of his heart; yet he could discern the virtues with stout ribbon. The patient was at the time apparently and celebrate the praises of those who dissented from the one, suffering considerable pain, and unable to use his hand. The or claimed no connection with the other.-Hardiman's Irish north pole of the magnet was gently passed five or six times Minstrelsy. down the sides and back of the middle finger, and then rested
FULLER.--The well-known author of “ British Worthies" on the central joint. The result was such an immediate ces- wrote his own epitaph, as it appears in Westminster Abbey. sation of suffering, that he could gnash his fingers into the It consists of only four words, but it speaks volumes, namely, palm of his hand with ease and comfort, and he declared him- “ Here lies Fuller's earth." self to be entirely relieved. The power of the instrument, however, did not cease here. Dr Blundell showed that it Printed and Published every Saturday by Gunn and Cameron, at the Office
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CAISLEAN-NA-CIRCE, OR THE HEN'S CASTLE. Our prefixed illustration gives a near view of one of the most O'Conor, King of Connaught, and some venture to conjecture interesting ruins now remaining in the romantic region of that this king was no other than the unfortunate Roderick, Connemara, or the Irish Highlands, and which is no less re- the last King of Ireland; and that the castle was intended by markable for its great antiquity than for the singularly wild him to serve as a place of refuge and safety, to which he could and picturesque character of its situation, and that of its sur- retire by boat, if necessity required, from the neighbouring rounding scenery. It is the feature that gives poetic interest monastery of Cong, in which he spent the last few years of his to the most beautiful portion of Lough Corrib—its upper life : and it is only by this supposition that they can account extremity—where a portion of the be, about three miles in for the circumstance of a castle being erected by the O'Conors length, is apparently surrounded and shut in by the rocky and in the very heart of a district which they believe to have been precipitous mountains of Connemara and the Joyce country, in the possession of the O'Flahertys from time immemorial. which it reflects upon its surface, without any objcct to break But this conjecture is wholly erroneous, and the true founders their shadows, or excite a feeling of human interest, but the and age of this castle are to be found in our authentic but as one little lonely Island-Castle of the Hen. That an object yet unpublished Annals, from which it appears certain that thus situated—having no accompaniments around but those the Hen's Castle was one of several fortresses erected, with in keeping with it-should, in the fanciful traditions of an the assistance of Richard de Burgo, Lord of Connaught, imaginative people, be deemed to have had a supernatural and Lord Justice of Ireland, by the sons of Roderick, the last origin, is only what might have been naturally expected; and monarch of the kingdom. It is stated in the Annals of Consuch, indeed, is the popular belief. If we inquire of the pea- naught, and in the Annals of the Four Masters, at the year santry its origin, or the origin of its name, the ready answer 1225, that Hugh O'Conor (son of Cathal Crovedearg), King is given, that it was built by enchantment in one night by a of Connaught, and the Lord Justice of Ireland, Richard De cock and a hen grouse, who had been an Irish princa and Burgo, arriving with their English at the Port of Inis princess !
Creamha, on the east side of Lough Corrib, caused Hugh There is, indeed, among some of the people of the district a O'Flaherty, the Lord of West Connaught, to surrender the dim tradition of its having been erected as a fastness by an island of Inis Creamha, Oilen-na-Circe, or the Hen's Island,