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sold such things to them at an easy rate.” years. The Duke of Montague traces his He added, that it was suitable to the re- descent by the female line from Charleputation which a judge ought to preserve magne. The Earl of Shrewsbury's family io make such bargains that the world is derived from the famous Talbot, the "might see they were not too well used on terror of France. Hence they have been some secret account.
Peers for 500 years.
OF THE SINGULAR MOVEMENTS OF THE
BLOOD AFTER BEING TAKEN FROM THB
By the law of England, marriage is in
dissoluble, except in the single instance A minute drop of blood, (says the able of the crime of adultery. The first case and well informed Editor of the Technolo. of divorce that occurs in Parliamentary gical Repository, in an article upon the history, was in 1669, and was that of Microscope,) freshly drawn, being laid Lord Roos, who was afterwards Duke of upon a slip of glass, and covered with Rutland. King Charles II. attended the a thin slice of talc, will continue to flow debates in the house on the bill for the for several hours afterwards, and will dissolution of his Lordship's marriage, afford a most interesting object under the which passed only by a small majority. microscope. It, however, requires an Bishop Burnet aitributes its passing to a excellent instrument to view it; we have sceptical and libertine spirit ai Court, and found the single lens of our Varley's a desire on the part of the King himself to microscope, of the sixtieth of an inch ob'ain a divorce from his queen, Cathe. focus, to answer perfectly. Sometimes rine of Braganza. From that time to the single cakes alone flow forwards in the 1800, a period of 130 years, there were serum, and frequently rows of the com- only one hundred and thirty-iwo divorces bined ones will be intermingled with by act of Parliament; whereof eight were them. What this very singular property in the first 45 years ; fifty in the next 60 may be owing to, is, we believe, yet un years; and seventy-four in the last 25. ascertained ; it may possibly be the curd. Then the divorces ran on in rapid proling action of the blood, or that part of it portion ; for from 1820 to 1830, there termed the crassamentum, in separating have been twenty-six cases of parliamentfrom the serum, or more fiuid part of it; ary divorce. at any rate it constitutes a highly interesting microscopic object.
THE ORIGIN OF KINDLING STRIFE.
Ants are often at this season of the “ That set on fire the fire,
year very annoying to the gardener in That burned the burning."
the conservatory and green-house. They One brought fire and another after may be totally exterminated by mixing a brought wood; he that brought wood small quantity of arsenic with some powwas bound to pay. One brought wood dered sugar, spread on a sheet of paper. and then another brought fire ; now he Mode of 'Destroying Bugs.-TO that brought the fire was bound to pay. effectually annihilate these noxious inIf one came and made the flame, then he truders, their common harbour, the bedwas bound to pay. But if either complied stead, should be taken to pieces, and all not with the law propounded, he was said the joints and crevices washed well with to kindle strife, and unworthy of that spirits of wine and then fired. This will mutual aid which is expected by kindred at once reinove old and young and destroy beings in communion with each other in the eggs deposited. As a further pre. the common cause of human fellowship. caution, close every interstice or cavity
with the best soft soap mixed up with ver
digris and Scotch snuff. On this composiIt is a fact but little regarded, tha: the tion, should any young ones have remainfirst noble family in England was that of ed or quit the eggs after the igniting of the Lord Courtenay, who descended from spirits, they will feed and speedily die. those Earls of Devonshire who often in An excellent method of killing in. termarried with the blood-royal of France sects for preserving in cabinets, consists and Britain, as may be found at the com of enclosing the insects to be killed in a mencement of Sully's memoirs. The Duke small glass phial, and, after corking it, of Beaufort is descended from Geoffery putting it into boiling water, or exposing Plantagenet, Earl of Anjou, son of Fulke, it on the fire. In this method the wings king of Jerusalem, and grandson to the are not apt to become wrinkled, as the Empress Maud, daughter to Henry I. vapour arising from the bodies of the Consequently this family has flourished as insects, or from the moisture contained in Dukes, Marquesses, and Earls, without the bottle, is suficient to prevent their descending to a lower degree, for full 700 shrivelling.
J. P. R.
CUSTOMS OF THE MALTESB.
FOUR GOOD THINGS.
Customs of Various Countries, he seizes the standard, the globe divides,
and outfly a number of pigeons. This
fete, during which the shrieks of joy forThe marriage ceremonies of the people tunately drown the cries of the poor of Malta are the same, says Wilkinson in animals which are hung up, and which his valuable “ Epitome," as in many other they snatch off even alive by piecemeal, parts of Christendom; the first visit the is highly gratifying to the populace. bride pays to her parents is merely celebrated by a fête called nargia, and which consists of a grand conversazione, as in
Anecdatiana. Italy, during which the company receive refreshments of all kinds. In this island no longer is seen the Neuicha following a
Sir James Graham is a fine speakerfuneral but two women in black cloaks has a fine person-a fine wife--and a carrying chafing dishes with incense. The fine fortune. only particular custom which is confined to the houses of the rich, is the Cucciha, she sang in France for charity, in Eng.
Catalina has the credit of saying that or a meeting of relations and friends on the birth-days of their children. When land for money, and in Italy for fame ;
and there is but little doubt of the truth all the company are assembled, they present to the child, if a boy, two baskets, of this assertion. one containing corn and comfils, the other jewels, money and an inkstand, sword, &c. Sir John Harrington was so careless of His choice determines the profession or
his affairs, that his extravagance comcharacter he will assume in growing up: pelled him to part with a fine estate if he chooses the corn, it is a sign of gee ler relates, thał Sir John one day riding
named Nyland, in Somersetshire. Fulnerosity; if he prefers the inkstand, he is designed for trade or the bar ; if he seizes over his manor, accompanied by his the sword, they trust in his valour; thus trusty servant John, he tiirned suddenly Achilles by a similar choice betrayed at round, and with his accustomed pleasantry the court of Lycomedes, that the robe he said — wore concealed a hero. If it is a girl, in “ John, John, this Nyland, stead of the sword and inkstand, they
Alas! once was my land.” substitute needles, silks, and ribands. On To this, John as wittingly answered the last day but one of the carnival, a fête " If you had had more wit, Sir, takes place in the great square of Valletta. It might have been your's yet, Sir." Before the Corps de Garde they erect long poles, and the intermediate space is filled The Duke of Wellington's house at with rope ladders; the whole is covered Hyde Park corner, was originally built with branches of trees, on which are hung by Lord Bathurst. After it was finished, from top to bottom live animals, baskets the late King visited Lord Bathurst, and of eggs, hams, sausages, garlands of having looked about the house, his Ma. oranges; in short, all sorts of food : this jesty said, with reference to its situation, pile, which they call a Cocagua, is ter “Well, well, I must congratulate your minated by a globe made of cloth, on lordship on your promotion." Lord which stands a figure of Fame: the whole Bathurst, thinking his Majesty had chansquare is filled with people, anxiously ged the subject, regretted that he was waiting for the signal from the gran vis- not aware to what allusion was made.-conte, who is head of the police: the “O yes," said the King," Maltese are so submissive, and their fear had a conspicuous promotion-you are of this officer so great, that by his order, now muster-master-general of dust for one day, a false signal being given for the western district." assailing the Cocagna, the crowd, which had already covered talf the ladders, SINGULAR EPITAPH RECENTLY INSCRIBED quietly came down again. They neither suffer strangers or soldiers to partake of Tread lightly on his ashes, the profits of this feast, and even ill-treat
Ye men of Genius, them if they present themselves. The
For he was your companion !
Weed his grave clean, provisions of the Cocagna belong to those
Ye men of Goodness, who seize them, and they know very well
For he was your brother !* how to protect them from being carried off by the crowd ; this frequently produces * In the same Church-yard, not far from quarrels between different sets. The man
“ Afflictions sore long time I bore, who first gets up to the figure of Fame is the following grave orthography,
Physicians was in vain," &c. receives a present in money ; the moment
IN TOTTENHAM CHURCH-YARD.
" A seancear friend."
Biary and Chronology.
Tuesday, June 1. St, Wistan of Mercia, died A.D. 849.- Sun rises 53m after 3-sets 7m after 8. June 1, 178H.-Upon this day sixty English officers in the service of tbe Empress of Russia,
tendered their commissions to the Empresa in consequence of her having appointed the notorious Paul Jones to a command in the Russian fleet, declaring they would neither serpe witb, nor under that renegado.
Wednesday, June 2. Sts. Marcellinus & Peter, mar. d. 301.--High Water 45m
after 9 mor.--21m after 10 After. June 2, 1653.-On this day the English, commanded by Monk, desented the Dutch under Vaa
Trump, taking and destroying twenty of their ships, and pursuing the evemy to their own harbours. This engagement, which happened off the North Foreland, iu Kent, lasted two days.
Thursday, June 3 St. Lifard, Abbot, 6th Cent. -Sun rises 34m after 4- sets 27m after 7. June 2, 18.6.-Died at his apartments in the Taurida Palace, Nicholas Von Karamsin, the ce
lebrated Russian historian and poet. At the time of his death he was engaged in the twelfth volume of his “ History of the Russian Empire." Karamain is regarded as the most popular writer that Russia ever produced ; ali bis productions are said to indicate the greatest genius and power, and are of a very striking and impressive character.
Friday, June 4. St. oc, Virgin, died A.D. 467.-High Water !1h 53m Morn.-Oh Om Afternoon. June 4, 1820.--Expired la the 74th year of his age, the Right Hon. Henry Grattan, M.P. This
illustrious statesman and orator was born in Dublin, where his father was an emi. nent barrister. He was educated to the same profession, but becoming disgusted with it, retired from its avocations, and in 1775 entered the Irish House of Commons; here he roon distinguished himself both by his superior talents, and by his zealous patriotism. Throughout his whole parliamentary career, he was assiduous to obtain an entire abolition of all the peval laws against the Catholics, and in this cause he at last expired. The remains of this eminent patriot are deposited in Westminster Abbey, not far from those of the illustrious Pitt and Fox.
Saturday, June 5. St. Dorothens of Tyre, martyr --Sun rises 30m after 4-sets slm after 7. June 5, 1826.- Anniversary of the death of Carl Maria Vou Weber, the emineut composer of
the operas Der Freischutz and Oberon; the success which attended tbe production of the former piece is unequalled in the Anvals of the English Drama.
Sunday, June 6.
Full Moon 19m after 2 Afternoon.
p. This celebrated tavern has furnished subject matter for the pens of our tirat writers from Shakspeare down to Washington Irving. The back windows of this hostel, wbere the sons of kings have deigned to revel, used to look into the burial ground of St. Michael's, and it is a curious aud remarkable fact that it contalos an inscribed gravestone in memory of the individual here mentioned. The epitaph of honest Robert rung as follows:
Bacchus, to give the toping world surprise,
Monday, June 7.
tion-stone of the Royal Exchange, and with such activity did this munificent citl, zen proceed in its erection, that it was wholly completed at his own cost, before the November of the following year.
Tuesday, June 8. St. Gildard, Bishop, died 511.-sun rises 4son after 3-sets lin after 8. June 8, 1828 -Expired the Rev. W. Coxe, RT.81, author of Travels in Switzerlaud ; Memoirs
of tbe Earl of Oxford ; Historical Tour in Monmouthshire ; History of the Honse of Austria ; Memoirs of the Kings of Spain ; Memoirs of John Duke of Marlbo
rough; and many other valuable and interesting works, ERRATA.-Al page 307, in the “ Skeleton Rider," in the 32d line for "ould” read ' auld."
in the eighth, for ** loitered” read "twittered;" and, in the second column, the fofa lowing line should succeed the 19th line from the bottom :
" Wad'st drink up a'the Fairies' river."
Now there dwelt not many leagues dis
tant from Brondinberger Hall, and in the RUDIF BRONDIN BERGER. same period, a brave and generous baron, A LEGEND OF THE RHINE.
called Arnold Maldenhein, between whom (For the lio.)
and Sir Conrad a very close intimacy had
long 'subsistéd, insomuch that one-half On the borders of the Rhine, a few the year was chiefly passed by Sir Arnold leagues below Oberwessel, and partly at the hall, and the other by the knight hidden by the tall heathy hills which of Brondinberger at Maldenhein ; a sepaskirt the river, the vestige of a rude gothic ration, therefore, helwixt them, even for tower, 10 which tradition assigns the fol. the space of a single day, was a thing of lowing singular legend, is yet discernible. very rare occurrence.
Its earliest possessor is said to have been Their friendship originated during a a haughty though valiant knight, named hunting excursion in the adjacent forest : Conrad Brondinberger, unto whom it was Sir Conrad Brondinberger, flushed with presented by the renowned Frederick Red- success, had unwittingly pursued his game beard, at the termination of a desperate into its dark and dismal recesses, and ere border fray, wherein he had defended the he could withdraw himself from its be. emperor against a band of spearmen, wildering maze, a wolf of monstrous size hacking and hewing his way through sprang suddenly from among the brushthem with a courage and resolution worthy wood which beleaguered his path upon even of Ruberzhald himself. Indeed, the neck of his steed, and fastening on there were many who looked upon him the shoulder of its rider, bore him in an as one descended from that whimsical and instant to the ground. At that very momalicious sprite, and many there were ment a shaft came whistling through the who scrupled not to vent their opinions leaves, so truly aimed that it struck the pretty openly and pretty largely upon the ravenous monster full on the forehead, subject.
when he instantly relaxed his jaws, and 22-Vol. V. Z
dropped dead beside his intended victim. enamoured with the daughter of his friend,
This exploit was followed by the appear- insomuch that he at length besought her ance of Sir Arnold Maldenhein, who, hand in marriage. She was then in the with two or three of his attendants, came very bloom and beauty of womanhood, to the aid of Sir Conrad.
possessed of every charm, and endowed “ By St. Bernhald ! but thou hadst an with a nature peculiarly mild and fasciugly foe to contend with,” said the baron nating. The knight of 'Brondinberger, as to the knight of Brondinberger, as he has been already stated, exercised an air bound up his frightfully mangled shoulder of extreme haughtiness, and had, beside, with his scarf ; " 'twas well the game a seemingly inherent propensity to quarattracted us both to the same spot, or yon rel and domineer, which oftentimes broke grisly monster would scarce have been out upon the most frivolous occasions.despoiled of his feast."
This, though it could not entirely escape Thy assistance came most oppor. observation, was nevertheless greatly ditunely," answered Conrad, grasping the minished in the eyes of his friend comhand of his deliverer, " and I thank thee pared with those of the lady Beatrice, for it. I have heard full oft of the gallant and therefore determined the baron, at the warrior of Maldenhein, and have as often earnest desire of the latter, at once to coveted his friendship. Lead me to my reject his suit, which he forth with did, castle on the river side, my hurt calls for observing all possible courtesy. Then it instant attention."
was that the indomitable spirit of BronNotwithstanding the strict intimacy dinberger showed itself at once in its true which succeeded this event, and which colours. When the baron tendered him appeared to increase daily, it had not his refusal, he stood surrounded by his lasted above a year or so, ere it was sud numerous and splendidly clad retinue, denly converted to the most deadly hate, whom he had assembled purposely 10 -Sir Conrad Brondinberger, during his escort their expected mistress to the hall. stay at Maldenhein, had become greatly The condition of its haughty