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Tuesday, April 13. St. Guinoch, Scottish bishop, d. A.D. 838.-Sun rises llm after 5-sets 50m after 6. April 13, 1821.-Expired, in bls 72d year, William Stevenson, F.A.S., an antiquary of some
note. He was for many years proprietor of the Norfolk Chronicle, and followed the pleasant trade of a bookseller at Norwich. Mr. Stevenson was much attached to archælogical pursults, and the study of ancient architecture, to wbtoh he con• tributed much by his valuable supplement to the edition of Bentham's Elye
Wednesday, April 14, St. Béneset, of Avignon, d. A.D. 1184.--High Water 17m'aft 5 Morn-40m aft 5 After.
In tbe Rustic Calendar, this day is called Swallow Day, from its being the pe. riod of the arrival of those welcome harbingers of Spring. One of our poets thus describes the season and its phenomena :
The Swallow, for a moment seen,
I welcom'd her come back again.
of some talent. His chief work is his Military Dictionary, which has passed through several editions. His poetical pieces appeared in two separate collec. tions, one in 1789, the other in 179); among thene, his lyrical effusions possess much merit,, . His epigrams very frequently enlivened the columns of the Morning Chronicle.
Thursday, April 15 St Mundi, abbot, d. in 962.-$un rises 7m after 5--sets 54m after 6. April 15, 177.6.-On this day expired the Rev. James Granger, the learned author of that highly
valuable work, the · Biographical History of England.'. He was seized with a fit while administering the sacrament on Easter Sunday, and died the following day, al bis vicarage of Shiplake, near Henley, in Oxfordshire.' The death of this divine wes similar to that of Cardinal de Berulle, the almoner of Henry IV., which took place in 1629.
Friday, April 16. St. Turibus B. of Astorga, d, A.D. 420.-Moon's Last Quar. 49m after 6 Mor: April 16, 1746.-Was fought the battle of Culloden, where the Duke of Cumberland obtained
a complete victory. By the best calculation that could be made. it was thought the rebels lost 2000 upon the field of battle, and in the pursuit. Two hundred and twenty-two French, and 326 rebels were taken prisoners, Lleutenant-Colonel Howard killed an officer who appeared to be Lord Strathallan, from the seal and different commissions from the Pretender found in his pocket. All the artillery and ammunition were taken, and all their baggage as well as the Pretender's. The battle, which was exceedingly bloody, did not last above half an hour, during which time no quarter was given on either side. Upwards of 1000 of the rebels lay dead upon the spot, sud about 200 were killed and wounded on the King's side.
Saturday, April 17. St. Simeon B. of Ctesipson, m. A.D. 314.-High Water 6m aft 8 Morn —44mn aft & After. April 17, 1790.--Expired at the advanced age of 84, at Philadelphia, Dr. Benjamin Franklin,
one of the greatest promoters of the independence of the American colonies. The
Sunday, April 18.
St. Galdin Archbishop of Milan, died 116.
For an account of Low Sunday see page 240 of our Third Volume. April 18, 1552.-Expired in a state of mental derangement, the famous antiquary John Lelaud.
A few years before his death, he made a literary and antiquarian tour of England of amazing minuteness and research, by virtue of a commissivn from Henry VIII. -He also made large collections for a history of London, which he intended to have publisbed, but before it was completed he fell into the unhappy state alluded to. Several of his papers were printed by Stow, the greater portion were lost and never recovered.
Monday, April 19. St. Elphege the bald, bish, d. A.D. 713.-Sun rises 5h Ilm-sets 7h Im. April 19, 1804.-Between this day and the 14th of the following May, 2,500 of the white ipha
bitants of St. Domingo were indiscriminately massacred by the ensanguined negroes, encouraged by their infuriate commander General Dessalines and the dreadful destřuction then ceased from necessity, for no more victims remained.
* Tuesday, April 20.. St. James of Sclavonia, d. A d. 1485.-High Water 49m afeer 'll morn~Om Oh Afternoon, April 20, 1794.-This day records the surrender of the deland ots Gaadaloupe and its depend
encies to the British troops under the command of Sir Charles Grey and Sir John Jervis.
a vast number of animals brought from
remoie regions, and a selection of the raiest THE PHYSICIAN OF FRIBOURG ; and choicest minerals. He would fre
quently pass whole nights in his studio, A NIGHT OF TERROR. poring over immense comes of the sages For the Olio.
of antiquity ; notwithstanding his apartment, from the
numerous skeletons, In the year 1710, there lived in the that occupied its shelves, was any thing farge and handsome town of Fribourg, in but agreeable to a being of ordinary Germany, one Berthold Kuffner, a phy- nerve. But, however attentive Kuffner sician of eminence, who was frequently was to his profession, he was not unmindconsulted by the first men of the country. ful of the counforts of life, and not un· Kuffner was an aged man, of fine stature frequently indulged in those pleasures and pleasing manners, and was much es. which he forbade others. Smoking was teemed by his fellow citizens. He had then quite the fashion in Germany, and acquired a sufficient fortune to enable him Kuffner was one among the many devoto retire from professional duties; but so tees to the virtues of India's plant
... devotedly attached was he to the science A cold bitter evening in the monih of of physic, that he preferred a life of January furnishes me with the subject of study to a life of pleasure. He was a of my narrative. He was seated at the widower, and in remembrance of his wife, table in his studio, encircled by large had since her decease constantly worn a piles of his favourite authors, closely black velvet cap and a mantle which fas- perusing their contents, while he enjoyed tened close under his chin.
the luxurious fumes of his favourite weed, After much expense, and trouble, he and the rich juice of the Rhenish grape, had collected one of the finest museums The embers in the grate burned brightly. in Germany, which comprised some of the and somewhat tended to relieve the somgreatest anatomical curiosities, including bre appearance of this receptacle of the 26--Vol. IV. Q
dead. A brazen lamp stood belore him, he laid aside some of the voluminous whose rays were lost in the mass of books works before him, and entered into couby which it was surrounded. The moon versation with the painter. shone brightly through the latticed win “ A dry study your's," remarked dow, and shot its silvery light in the midst Herskmeiff. of some skulls, that lay in a heap in a " Ay, but a profitable one, young, corner of the room.
man,-and not so dry, I wot, since, “ Walk in," said the aged philoso- said 'he, exhibiting some fine specimens pher to a thump at the door, which was of Rhenish, “ we moisten our toils with immediately opened by his servant, who such medicines as these. announced the name of Frederick Hersk “ Truly, a very palatable dose,” said meiff, a smart young painter of some note the other, and with such treatment, I among his countrymen.
shall be very glad to call myself your “ I thought my orders were to remain patient." in quietude, said the physician, as he " And be it so," said the physician, removel the spectacles from his nose ; smiling, at the same time handing Hersk" but ask in my friend."
pipe of Knaster, and a cup of “ Doctor," said he, as he entered the Rhenish. apartment, I am glad to see you, but “I render ye my thanks, good mas; bid me depart if I disturb your quiet.” ter, and I pledge your best health,” said
"Not so, my son ; I've had hard work the painter, as he emptied it of its confor these old brains of mine this evening, tents. 'tis true, but thank my wits, my studies “ How like ye that plant, my son, is are at an end. I'm as glad to see thee, it not of marvellous virtue ?* said the for methinks after this toil, nature requires physician. some little pleasure where with to sweeten Trust
father, it is the finest I her labours ;-draw to the fire-side, and ever smoked, and I give you many com. make yourself sociable ;" saying which, pliments on your choice," said the other,
as he seni forth a column of smoke from ling wine had got the advantage of them his pipe.
both. They were both now enjoying them The sight of the skeleton had now selves in right earnest ; but the young grown more formidable to the affrighted painter could hardly reconcile himself to painter than ever, and overpowered as ihe terrific appearance of this Golgotha. he was by, the effects of the evening's He cast his eyes every now and then about debauches, he was unable to maintain the room, and saw nothing but bones, his fortitude, and gradually sank under skulls, skeletons, and preserved animals of his fears; while visions too horrid for the most forbidding appearance ; though, description flashed across the brow of when the physician observed his move poor Herskmeiff. Kuffner had observed ments, he judiciously affected to admire the young man's glances round the room, his collection.
which he mistook for admiration, and " A fine museum your's," said Hersk was glad enough to make him more acmeiff.
quainted with the history of his bony “Ay, it is so," said the old man, look- companion. ing stedfastly at the other's contour, " and “That,” said he, “is the skeleton of since it creates so much ambition in Ger- Broofner, a notorious freebooter of some many, it behoves me to watch it very score years ago, and is one of the most narrowly, and I am never easy but when perfect models of nature I ever beheld; I am among its treasures.
I can set no value on it, and I am wrong “ No doubt, good sir, you would be if I did not observe you admiring it my very sorry to find your fears verified after young master," said Kuffner, as he the trouble and expense you have be- gladly anticipated a favourable reply. stowed in forming the collection; though, " By St. Anthony,” said the young to my mind, they are not of the value man, as he turned from the sight of they possess," said he, with a smile. the ghostly figure, “it is not now the
• Right, right, my son, I should never season to be in company with the dead ; survive the loss, knowing mine can com and I assure you I am not one to admire pete with any in Germany;" and here such subjects at any time." the worthy doctor exhaled a cloud from Kuffner eyed his young friend and his pipe, and assumed an air of vanity as smiled, then drawing a column of smoke he uttered the conclusion of his remarks. from his pipe, and tapping him on the
The pipe and glass kept the physician shoulder, exhorted him to be firm. and his guest in continual employ, and “Courage, my boy ! courage," said probably somewhat allayed the timidity of the old man,
a few the painter, which at times overcame him, skulls and bones ; I that am always among Indeed Herskmeiff, who at first felt ra them do not, and wherefore should ther awkward with a large male skeleton you betray those childish emotions ? at his elbow, had by this time pretty well Come, my son, see what this cup will familiarised himself with Kuffner's sanc do: it will banish thy timidity I warrant tum ; though, when his eyes unwillingly thee," continued the physician, good. caught any of the hideous skeletons naturedly, endeavouring to suppress the with which it abounded, he relapsed into painter's fears by handing him a full cup his previous terror; nor could he banish of the enlivening Rhenish. it even with the good cheer that Kuffaer It was needless for Kuffner to eulogize afforded.
the quality of the wine, which was too “Come, my son, replenish your cup, evident from the trembling of his hand, and be merry, and I pr'ythee, give us a and the inclination of both for dozing. song.
The effects of the wine grew still more • With pleasure, father,” replied the forcible as the night advanced ; but the young artist, “ if you will receive the will physician, notwithstanding, pressed the for the deed;" and forthwith gratified the cup on his guest, perhaps for the very physician's request. The evening now ingenious reason of the sooner replenishwas wearing late, and the old man frus- ing it for himself. Herskmeiff already trated his young friend's repeated attempts found that he had followed the physician's to depart by pressing the wine to his advice too closely—the medicine opera palate. The domestics had long since ted very powerfully, and a few minutes retired to rest as ordered, and the Doctor found them both in the arms of Morand his guest were left carousing by them- pheus ; from which, however, the physelves.
sician was presently aroused by some igThe clock from the beautiful church nited tobacco dropping from his pipe of Fribourg sounded the hour of mid- (which he had laid on the table) on his night, and the melodious chimes follow. silken hose. ed. Still they relaxed not fin their de “ By St. Gregory, but you had like bauches, though by this time the sparke to have had employment for yourself,
there doctor," said Herskmeiff, with a The servants, of course, were aroused smile, who was also disturbed from his from their beds by this hot engagement, nap by the accident..
and hurried into the study to ascertain the The hilarity of the evening recommen. cause of disturbance, where they found ced, nor did it terminate until exhausted the victorious Herskmeiff pacing to and nature
more demanded repose, fro, ready to brave any future attack; But the hideous objects in the apartment and so dark was the apartment, that had made such a fearful impression upon the moment they entered, the young hero the poor painter, that his sleep was ren renewed the conflict, (thinking they were dered wretched by the most frightful a fresh reinforcement of enemies) and oblidreams and fantasies too numerous to ged them to cry for quarter. describe, and of the most revolting na The truth now soon came out-a light ture, magnifying the reality tenfold. was procured, and the confusion disco
At times he imagined the reptiles and vered ; skulls, bones, animals, reptiles, animals had descended from their sta. -all were scattered about the room in tions to assail him, and “suiting the “ most admired disorder." A little inaction to the word,” threw his hands quiry, however, soon accounted for the about a la Gaynor at the expense of mysterious occurrence. It appeared that “mine host's” glass bottles, which he in waking from his sleep, Herskmeiff floored triumphantly in succession ; ne. had, when“ stretching his legs,” disturbvertheless, the physician was not aroused _ed the wires of the skeleton, (which from his slumber by the attack.
was used by the physician in giving ana. The church clock at this moment struck tomical lectures to his pupils) and had three, succeeded by its harmonious chimęs. put it in motion as above described. A At this juncture, Herskmeiff, either from hearty laugh followed the discovery, in having sufficiently refreshed his weary which Herskmeiff could not avoid partilimbs, or from being disturbed by the cipating ; but he resolved by every thing bells, woke from his stupor, threw his sacred, never again to spend another arms and legs about as usual, when he night in the study of the Physician OF was instantly seized by the skeleton at FRIBOURG.
W. his elbow, (who had hitherto remained motionless) who grappled him so tight
THE BONNY OAK. by the throat, that the poor panic-struck painter could with difficulty disentangle By HENRY BRANDRETA, jun. Author of
“ The Garland,” &c. himself from his grasp. His teeth gnashed bitter vengeance on his terrified victim, as
Or all the various trees that fall if avowing the severest punishment for Beneath the woodman's blow, thus violating the repose of the dead. Of all the stately ones and tell The unfortunate painter was so complete. There's one I prize 'bove all the rest,
That in the forest grow, ly" paralysed by this unexpected attack, Nor heed the raven's croak, that it was some time ere he recovered For 'tis by deeds of glory blesthis senses, which indeed had been greatly. Some may demur and choose the Fir, impaired by the inordinale potations of
But oh! be mine the Oak ! wine he had taken during the evening. Herskmeiff's courage gradually re
'Tis sweet, when glows the sultry noon, turned-he seized and grappled with his
To sit beneath its shade;
'Tis sweet, when shines the harvest moon, ghastly antagonist, and in the scuffle he
To tread the forest gladem dislodged the dexter arm bone of the. For whether beauty's smile be ours, skeleton, which proved an admirable
Or labour's rustic joke, weapon of defence for the painter, and still dear to us our acorn bowers,
Still dear the lordly Oak, with which he belaboured bis bony competitor to the heart's content. In wield. They say our glory's in eclipse, ing it about, however, he unintentionally for while we've oak we still have ships, struck the still dosing physician a merci.
With ships we'll ne'er be slaves ! less blow on his cranium, which levelled And should on land our hopes e'er fail, him to the ground, and left a purple me By Fortune's adverse stroke ; mento of the dead ;-the fire having gone 'Tis clear the deck, and furl the sail,
And trust the walls of Oak!" out, and the oil in the lamp being nearly exhausted, rendered the assault excusable The ray of valour's ever bright on the part of the half distracted painter. But deeds of equal valour light
Where England's armles roam ; Herskmeiff sill manfully followed up
The sailor's ocean-home. the charge, and in a very little period com Then should, where Fame or Freedom calls, pletely put to the rout the whole of his The foe our wrath provoke; very formidable enemies on the shelves,
A glass to England's wooden wallsand gained a memorable victory over his some may demur and choose the Fir.
God bless the bonny Oak ! multitudinous and odious opponents. But oh I give me the Oak. Gent's Mag.