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fevers, &c., would affect one of them, kind, that the mind rather lidgers on whilst the other enjoyed perfect health. with pleasure that turns from in disgust; Judith, in her twenty-second year, fell but there is one superstition I have not into a species of lethargy, and appeared yet named, of so horrible and diabolic a to be dying; and Helen was simultane. nature, it was long before I could beously attacked by a slight fever, attended lieve in its extensive existence, of which with faintings, which reduced her to such fact, however, minute inquiry and sub. a state of debility, that scarcely three mi- sequent evidence have fully convinced nutes before the decease of her sister, she I allude to the belief that the left was struggling for life ; indeed, both ex hand of a corpse, if dipped into the pired nearly at the same instant, though milk-pail, has the effect of making the in the perfect possession of their mental milk produce considerably more cream faculties.
For. Lit. Gał. and of a richer and better kind than it
would have done without this spell. In THB ERRORS OF ANCIENT AND MODERN the year 1816, I saw a woman who had TRAVELLERS.
been apprehended and taken into cusThe individuals who, in ancient times, tody, on a charge of raising cream by sought for a personal acquaintance with means of a dead man's hand, and two distant regions were few ; and they were hands, in a shocking state of putrefacnot generally very accurate observers. If tion, were exhibited as evidences of the we may credit Diodorus Siculus, who was fact; it was afterwards, however, proved à traveller is well as an historian, there that these hands had been conveyed into were nations which had not the use of the dairy by some person who wished speech, and which lived promiscuously to injure the poor woman; but the cir. with other animals. Some, according to cumstance was sufficient to prove the exthe same author, subsisted entirely in istence of the superstition, which then trees ; not occasionally, like a tribe of became a general subject of conversation South America, in order to escape the in the neighbourhood where it occurred. periodical inundations of the Orinocobut habitually, like monkies. Herodotus tells us of Troglodytes, inhabitants of Snatches from Oblivion. Africa, who, instead of speaking, made a noise like a bat, and were hunted as
Out of the old fields cometh the new cord. beasts by the neighbouring nations. It is
SIR EDWARD COKE. probable that these, and similar descriptions, which are all wanting in that mi. puteness that characterises historical truth,
EVILS OF THE COMMONWEALTH. may be classed with the exaggerations of A singularly curious tract, printed in later travellers, who have suffered them. the first volume of the Harleian Miscellany selves to be imposed upon by the igno- with this title, " Awake, O England"; tant or the designing. Even the acute or, the Peoples' Invitation to King Sir Walter Raleigh, in his History of Charles : being a recital of the Ruins Guiâna, alludes to men “ whose heads do running the People and their grow beneath their shoulders ;"-in Hak. Trades ; with an opportune Advice to luyt's Collection of Voyages, published relurn to obedience of their Kings, unin 1598, we find a nation reported to der whom they flourished,”-contains have their eyes in their shoulders, ard the following relation of the many miseries their mouths in the middle of their the people of England suffered during the breasts ;"--and as late as the time of Lin. Republican form of Government, and næus, a well-compacted story of men with their regret at the issue of the change : tails found a place in that naturalist's the lainent of the nation runs thus :highly valuable work, the “ Amoenitates " When we paid ship-money, which Academicæ.” Such relations doubtless amounted not to so much as one of our belong to a state of infrequent and im- Friday-night suppers, in the whole year, perfect intercourse with distant countries ; by the pole, we had safeguard to our just in the same way that the belief that seas, our wool went to the workmen, our the elephant had no joints in its legs, and cloathing passed by the merchants to all the hyæna no vertebřæ in its neck, could parts of the world ; returns were made of only be received before Natural History all things we wanted at easy rates, even was established as a science.
to richness, glory and plenty ; our naviThe New Zealanders. gation was as sure as our travel from one
market to another ; our meanest seamen, SUPERSTITIONS OF THE IRISH. who took charge, had noble receptions at The superstitious opinions entertained home and abroad; we enjoyed our houses by the Irish are generally of a harmless and lands in peace, and had no com.
plaining in our streets ; our woods were to the decoration of churches, was not guarded by laws, and supplied by plan- very commonly used in dwelling houses tation ; our fleets were formidable upon till the century before the last. The winall seas, and our people of all conditions, dows of the middle ages were of lattice, as well civil as soldiery, brought honour either formed of wicker, or fine rifts of and dignity to our kingdoms. Instead of oak, in chequer-wise. lu the description these rejoicings, we are alled with howl. of Englandprefixed to Hollinshed's, ings; our trades are generally lost, and Chronicle, chrystal, and even beryle, we There is none to give us work.
are told, was sometimes used by our " If we look into our neighbour na princes and nobility ; of which last á par. tions, we are the subjects of their mirth, ticular example then existed in the winand the song of the scornful ; we (as if dows of Sudley Castle. But in regard to we were all guilty) are stiled murthorers, glass, even after it had begun to be used kioy-killers, and the very abjects among in windows, it was still preserved with them tràmple upon us for the blasphe- great care, as a precious rarity. The mous people among us have committed só Survey of Alnewick Castle, Northumber. horrible treasons as ought not once to be land, 1567, recommends, that, for fear of named among us ; if we turn our eyes injury during the absence of the owner, and ears from these dismal spectacles and the glass of the windows should be taken groans, we presently encounter another down, and laid up in safety, as its decay object of our sorrows, the body of our was costly and chargeable to be retrades is anatomised, dissected, and, from payred. And even Carew, in his Survey the most intrinsick secrets thereof, is dise of Cornwall, when he gives a representacovered to foreigners; all workings in tion of a common Cornish house, acknowwool, which, together with that material ledges that glass windows then were but have, by the providence of our ancestors, of late introduction. He wrote his Sur. been, with all their wisdom, restrained vey in the last year of Queen Elizabeth's from other nations, are now so much at reign. The Cornish houses then seemed liberty, and, by false-hearted English- to be on the same style and footing with men, made so familiar to strangers, as not the Scotch hovels of modern times, withonly our mysteries are laid open, but our out chimneys or windows : the smoke materials are made theirs, and that trade passing through a hole in the roof, or at of cloathing, which, in one valuable kind ihe door. or other, maintained eleven or twelve parts of our kingdoms, is almost totally lost to England, which, for many hundreds of
Anecdotiana. years, hath made them be both loved and feared of all other nations,
“As for our fleets, which were formido able, and our navigation, which was ho The present ruler of the French, being nourable throughout the world, our ships once prevented, by an unexpected acciare now daily brought into captivity, in- dent, from attending divine service at the somuch as, ihrough our short and im- usual hour, the officiating priest deterprovident war, made with Spain, above mined to wait his majesty's arrival. After 2000 English vessels have been carried the celebration of the mass, the king sent into their ports, and all the goods in them for the holy father, and thanking him for are made prizes ; many, who have been his attention, “ IÁ future,” said his.mavery able itterchants, who have not only jesty, " you will not wait for me in the kept hospitality at home to the great re. house of God I am no longer king." lief of the needy, but have built and maintained tall ships abroad, to the ho. nour and strength of our kingdom, and
PRIOR'S EPITAPH. to the increase of mariners and trade, have in these times been and still are himself, prefixed to his poems beneath
The epitaph which the poet wrote for brought to compound their debts, not with his portraitmore disrepute to their credit than grief. to their hearts, and ruin to their families."
Nobles and Commons, by your leave,
Here lie the bones of Matthew Prior, The son of Adam and of Eve:
Can Bourbon or Nassau go higher ? Illustrations of Utstory.
is said to have been taken from a Scotch
epitaph iz Dundee church-yard :INTRODUCTION OF GLASS.
Com'd of Adam and of Eve, This serviceable and beautiful material,
If any will climb higher, though applied about the twelfth century
I give him leave.
CHARLES THE TENTH.
Here lies a man
Diary and Chronology.
Wednesday, Mar. 24,
Our saint mentioned to-day was crucified in defence of Christ by a gang of re. probate Jews, in the twelfth year of his age. It seems that the Jews have in several Instauces perpetrated similar atrocities io those times, and have even escaped
the punishment awarded by the law. Mar. 24, 1820.- Marianne Colston, in her Journal of a Tonr through France and Italy, notices
in the following words, a sight she witnessed to.day, after viewing the Rospigliosi
Thursday, Mar:- 25,-
This festival appears to be of great antiquity, many writers agreeing that it was instituted in the seventh century, while others have dated its origin as early as the year 850.' The common or vulgar name by which this day is known, is Lady
Day, or the one consecrated to the honour of the Virgin. Mar 25, 1826. -Expired on this day at the great,age of 92, the Honourable and Right Reve.
rend Shute Barriugion. Lord Bishop of Durham. His lordslijp filled his high, princely, and arduous situation with the greatest prudence and liberality. Pew
prelates have been more solicitous to select deserving persons on whom he might !
bestow his valuable-preferments. He founded several schools in hiç diocese, and together with his friend the late Sir Thomas Bernard, was the chief founder of the Society for bettering the condition, apd increasing the comforts of the Poor. His literary works were chiefy sermons and charges, besides a new edition of his father's Miscellanea Sacra.
Friday, Mar. 26.
High Water 14m after 2 Morn --37m after 2 Aftern. Mar. 26, 1956.-Died by a stroke of the palsy, the learned and pious Dr. Gilbert Weai, better
known as the able translator of the Odes of Pindar. Dr. Johnson, speaking of
Saturday Mar. 27.
This saint lived the life of an anchorite in a rocky cell near Lycopolls; he existed upon undressed herbs, roots, and grain. On Saturdays and Sundays, be gave spiritual instruction to those that would come to his retired dwelling to
hear him discourse. Mar. 27, 1699.-Expired on this day, the celebrated Dr. Stillingfeet, author of Origines Sacræ. He was a man of profound learning, an able writer, and a sound divine.
Sunday, Mar. 28.
PIFTR SUNDAY IN LENT. Less. for the Day, 3 chap. Exodus morn.-5 chap. Exodus even. St. Gontran, King & Confi Mar. 28, 1829.-Expired, BT. 66, Henry Hase, the chief cashier of the Bank of England.
Time's Telescope for the present year thus speaks of him, “ He was a gentleman
Monday, Mar. 29.
Our saint was spiritual lather to 600 monks and several bishops aud saints. He
died A.D. 625. ** Mar, 29, 1711.-Died Bishop Ken, a man of the most amiable manners, extensive cbarity, and
exemplary piety. He attended the last hours of Charles II., but was prevented
Tuesday, Mar. 30.;.
Our saint, who was called Rieul, was Apostle and Bishop of Senlis.
in a violeat attack on the Fort St. John d'Acre. At this once noble place, Edward 1., (then prince,) received a wound from a poisoned dagger, which his amiable and
heroic consort cured by sucking the venom from it, at the risk of her life. In our next. The Chaffeurs, an original French tale.-A Paper on B. R.Haydon the Painter
Donald of the Mist, or the Dwarfies Horn, a Scotch Legend; and an unpublished poem of the rural poel, Bloomfield.
committed by him or his companions during the night, evaded all pursuit and
completely set the police at defiance. So THE CHAUFFEURS ;
great was the terror created by these
wretches, that the villagers dreaded the AN ANECDOTE OP THE NINETEENTN
return of night, and often formed parties
to watch until day-break. (For the Olio.)
Duval had long observed that an aged
couple dwelt at a lonely collage, at least The biography of the French Jonathan a mile from any human habitation. ReWild, M.Vidocq, renders any explanation port said that they were rich, and the of the above tile unnecessary, except to ruffian determined at once to extort from those who have not had the good fortune them a confession of their wealth and the to peruse those interesting memoirs. To place where they had concealed it. Pierre such it will be necessary to give some Dudon and his aged partner had just sat description of these desperadoes. The down to their supper, when Duval and his Chauffeurs des pieds were gangs' of band surrounded the house, and having ruffians, who broke into the houses of forced open one of the shutters, they those who were supposed to be wealthy, rushed in and secured their victims. Res and extorted a confession from their vic- sistance was vain. The aged Pierre was tims where their wealth was hidden, by seized and bound in an instant, and on or roasting the soles of iheir refusing to disclose where his money, was
hidden, his feet were immediately brought A few years since, a band of these in contact with the fire. The wretches, wretches infested the Limousin : they were however, were disappointed : the old man headed by a ruffian named Jacques Duval, bore the torment with surprising fortiwho, though scarcely a morning dawned tude. without a fresh account of some outrage “ Hoist him up into the chimney,"cried 13_Vol. V. N
Duval," and smoke the old rogue to who had not made so free with the wine.
cup as the others, paid particular attention This brutal command was immediately to his relation : he had been an inbabi. obeyed, and the aged sufferer was sus tant of the village which had been the pended over the fire until life appeared scene of Duval's exploits, and perfectly extinct : it was then that his wife yielded well remembered the murder of the old to their entreaties, and disclosed the secret collager. He, however, had the pruwhich her husband had so obstinalely re. dence to remain silent, and pretending not fused to reveal. Their object gained, to notice the subject, quitted the place Duval and his companions quitted the and committed the whole to paper. house, leaving their victim in a dying Upon the return of ihe French army, state. Pierre Dudon expired on the fol. Périgord hastened to the scene of Duval's lowing day of the injuries he had received, atrocities, and instantly laid the whole and his murderer, anticipating the inevit before the Maire of the Commune. The able result of such a guilty career, shortly result was the apprehension of Duval and after quitted his associates and joined the three of his associates. The evidence French army, then about to march for against them was complete: the widow Spain to the succour of the odious Ferdi. of Pierre Dudon identified them, and they nand.
suffered death by the guillotine in the It was here that one day Duval, with presence of an immense concourse of the several of his brother soldiers, met in a peasantry, to whom they had once been wine house : each boasted of his exploits, so terrible. and amongst the rest Duval, who, half This instance of retributive justice bears intoxicated, roared out that he, when in a strong resemblance to a well-known France, had been a chauffeur, and that anecdote of some sixty years ago, but the he had once smoked an old rogue of a reader may be assured of its anthenticity. miser to death. Unluckily for the ruffian,
ALPHA. one of his comrades, named Jean Périgord,