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I had now resolved to emigrate. I there. “ I'll not touch the reptile," said I: “ I'm fore stuck up printed hand-bills in my shop- sure its a rattlesnake. Wait till I" windows, that contained a great deal about “Oh! I am dying-I feel it stinging me. “ prodigious sacrifices,” “great catch,” &c.; Ah, ah !—there again,” interrupted my wife, and in a few days disposed of all the things throwing herself with all her force upon the I did not intend to take with me.
ground; and the snake, finding itself, I susEvery thing went on as well as I could pect, in no very comfortable quarters under wish; and I sailed on the 10th of July, in Amelia, who is corpulently inclined, aban. the ship Providence, from London for Quebec, doned its position, and, to its victim's horror, with a great assortment of goods.
glided across her mouth in its progress. She With respect to our voyage, I will say then got up; and the driver, who was innothing-neither about my own sickness and dulging in a fit of laughter at her expense, fears, nor those of Amelia; but will merely soon extirpated the reptile, which he prostate that, after a wearisome voyage of seven nounced of the most harmless dispositions. weeks, we arrived at the capital of Lower However, nothing could induce either of us Canada.
to taste the pie again ; on which the man We did not remain long at Quebec, for I and his companions breakfasted, and enjoyed was dissuaded from opening shop there by a hearty laugh at our expense. being told that the market was decidedly Nothing more occurred till we arrived at overstocked, and was advised to go to some the place where I intended to settle, as it is of the new settlements, where I should be called; and we got to the tavern just before able to drive a prodigious trade. I therefore sunset. Here we had some tea, and then determined to set off the next Monday, being went to the balcony, where we remained the second we had spent in the “ false city,' talking of our prospects in Canada till we as my wife denominated Quebec, giving were completely discomfited by whole swarms orders for the construction of an enormous of mosquitoes, that fastened on our hands beef-steak pie.
and faces in such a manner as to occasion us Monday turned out, our delight, a very some pain. fine day, and we started by six in the morn- In a few moments I became disagreeably ing in a vehicle denominated a wagon; itchy; and as we were scratching the blains which name, however, I cannot say I think in very agony, a person told us with a grave appropriate. We were - accompanied with face that doing so only made them worse, as three veritable wagons, containing part of our if it were possible to help it. In the irriluggage; the other part of which I had tation of iny nerves, I answered him very agreed with the man to be sent after me. tartly; and on his laughing, rew so angry
When we had travelled several hours, we that I quite forgot myself, and in the end began to feel the admonitions of hunger; made him equally furious. and we therefore resolved to breakfast at the From that time to this I have had reason place where we then were, as no inn was in to repent having so given way to my temper; view. So, having got it out of the wagon, but to the irritation produced by the bites of we placed the ponderous pie on the ground, the mosquitoes I attributed all the misfor. and satisfied the cravings of nature. Then tunes that I experienced in that part of the we spread a cloth over it, while we went to country; for I have reason to believe that look after the rest of our train, which was
person went about the village, and stirred just appearing in sight.
them up against me. We found no damage of a serious nature The next day I purchased a convenient had befallen our articles; and we therefore house, and removed my goods into it without prepared to re-enter our conveyance, when delay; and after being occupied a fortnight Amelia recollected our provisions, and ran to with carpenters, joiners, &c., I placed my fetch the pie ; with which she soon returned commodities in excellent order (the remainder and placed it upon the seat, while we got in; having duly arrived), and was quite prepared which we had barely accomplished, when we to receive customers. perceived the cloth moving.
My store, as they called it, being opened, “What can it be?” said my wife, putting the people of the village immediately focked down her hand to lift it. She had hardly to it, and bargained for articles, which, to my touched it when a hiss was heard beneath, astonishment, they were about to carry away and a snake thrust out its had and began to without paying; and on my asking them for crawl up her arm. She gave such a terrific money, they impertinently shrugged their scream that the horse took fright, and setting shoulders, and went away leaving the things off at fiill speed, ran foul of a stump, and pre- behind them. Strange as it may appear, it cipitated us, snake and all, to the ground. is the fact that not one of those who entered
“ Ah, ah !” shrieked Amelia, in a tone of the shop purchased an article: all without horror ; " I feel it twining down the back of exception, on my demanding the price, mutmy neck. Oh, oh! take hold of its tail - tered some outlandish gibberish and walked stop it !”
“Well,” says I to myself, “ these are the appeared above the ground on 3rd Sept., poor people of the village, who are trying to 1833, had, on 9th October last, reached the get me wheedled out of my property; those height of 25 feet. Its circumference at the that can pay will come to-morrow.”
base was nine inches, and at about six feet But the next day, and the one following, from the ground, seven inches. If it can be not the shadow of a customer crossed my reconciled to this climate, it will become of threshold, and I began to fidget; but I shall great utility, from the rapidity of its growth. always think that it arose from that quarrel I It is propagated by shoots, which at the end had at the inn; and what makes me more of five or six months may be separated from certain is, that the same individual told me the mother root; and it may also be multithat the reason I had no custom was because plied by cuttings.- Paris Advertiser. I did not give credit, as if I should have
Passage to India.—The first Indian mail trusted persons I never saw in my life before. They were
, however, to say the mildest thing by way of Alexandria and the Red Sea, of them, barbarians ; for they could not speak March 3, in the African steamer, arrived at
which was despatched from Falmouth on a Christian tongue, but uttered gibberish, and laughed one with another as they left the Bombay, April 22, in 50 days from England.
The passage by this route may now be geneshop. As a proof of their utter foolishness, when I was showing some capital cloth to rally accomplished in 50 days, viz. 17 days one of these habitans, as they are called, he from Falmouth to Malta, 5 from Malta to
Alexandria, and 28 from Alexandria to Bomheld up his garment, and said, with a correspouding shrug, “ It isn't as goot as dat ;" bay, including stoppages-Puris Advertiser. when it was better beyond comparison. But Eprouvettes. We undestaud, by eproumy store-keeping business was fast coming vettes, dishes of acknowledged flavour, of to a conclusion.
such undoubted excellence, that their bare
appearance ought to excite in a human being, (To be concluded in our next.)
properly organized, all the faculties of taste.
A distinguished gastronomer proposes eprouThe Gatherer.
vettes by negation. When, for example, a
dish of high merit is suddenly destroyed by The Observatory at Paris.—Neither wood accident, or any other sudden disappointment nor iron were used in the construction of this occurs, you are to note the expression of your building. The whole is of stone, and all the guests' faces, and thus form your estimate of rooms and staircases are vaulted. In one their gastric sensibilities. We will illustrate apartment, by putting the mouth against a
this matter by an anecdote.-Cardinal Fesch, pilaster, and speaking low, the voice may be
a name of honour in the annals of gastroheard by a person at the opposite pilaster,
nomy, had invited a large party of clerical and by no other person in the room. Upon magnates to dinner. By a fortunate coincithe floor of another apartment is engraved an dence, two turbots of singular beauty arrived universal chart.
as presents to his Eminence on the very
morning of the feast. To serve both would Liverpool and Manchester Railway-In one week of the last month, 14,588 passen
appear ridiculous, but the Cardinal was, not
withstanding, most anxious to have the gers travelled the whole length of the line credit of both. He imparted his embarrassalong the Liverpool and Manchester railway. ment to his chef—“Be of good faith, your This is exclusive of passengers going short Eminence :” was the reply, “ both shall ap. distances, and of those proceeding, by the pear: both shall enjoy the reception which Bolton and other branch railways. The fol- is their due.” The dinner was served : one lowing is the number of passengers along the of the turbots relieved the soup. Exclawhole line during the first seven months of mations unanimous, enthusiastic, religious, the present year: January, 26,572; February,
gastronomical—it was the moment of the 24,171; March, 26,880; April, 31,300;
eprouvette positive. The maître d'hôtel adMay, 35,118; June, 56,280; July, 54,642; vances: two attendants raise the monster, Total, 255,053. This number is also ex
and carry him off to cut him up; but one of clusive of short distances and branch railway them loses his equilibrium : the attendants
and the turbot roll together on the floor. At A slip of bamboo care, twelve inches high, this sad sight, the assembled Cardinals bewas planted on the 1st of April, 1833, in a came pale as death, and a solemn silence garden at Hières, iu the Var, (France,) and reigned in the conclave-it was the moment has thrown out several shoots of from 20 to of the eprouvette negative—but the maître 26 feet high. The ground has been con- d'hôtel suddenly turns to the attendantstantly irrigated during the hot season ; but Bring another turbot,” said he, with the the degree of cold it is able to bear has not most perfect coolness. The other appeared, been ascertained, since the late winters have and the eprouvette positive was gloriously
mild. One of the shoots, which renewed. -Quarterly Review.
Louis XIV.-In the royal library, at Paris, and, from being first called Vaux-de-Vire, is a pair of globes, nearly 12 feet in diameter, afterwards assumed the name of Vaudeville. and 35 in circumference; which are sup- The New York papers announce the death posed to be the largest in Europe, except one of Enoch Crosby, in the 88th year of his age, in the University of Cambridge. Au inscrip. He was the original of Fenimore Cooper's tion on the celestial sphere informs us that character of Harvey Birch, in the novel of “ all the planets are laid down in the position The Spy, and rendered important services to they occupied at the birth of Louis le Grand:” General Washington during the American and one on the terrestrial globe asserts that " it was constructed to exhibit the countries which that great monarch might have sub; well's followers,
who filled the important
Magisterial Ignorance.- One of Crom. dued, had not his moderation prescribed station of an Irish Justice, at the period of limits to his valour."
1661, having occasion to write the word Every one has observed that dogs, before “usage,” contrived to spell it without using they lie down, turn themselves round and
a single letter of the original word; his imround several times. Those who have had proved orthography was, “youzitch.” When an opportunity of witnessing the actions of
some remarks were made on similar feats, animals in a wild state, know that they seek he averred that “nobody could spell with long grass for their beds, which they beat pens made from Irish geese." F. J. S. down and render more commodious by turning round in it several times. It would
Eating Fast.—The habit of eating fast appear, therefore, that the habit of our do- and carelessly is supposed to have paralyzed mestic dogs in this respect is derived from Napoleon on two of the most critical occa. the nature of the same species in the wild sions of his life,—the battles of Borodina state. This is a curious fact, and serves to
and Leipsic, which he might have converted prove how much the instinctive habits of into decisive and influential victories by pushwild animals are retained by their domesticing his advantages as he was wont. On each
of these occasions he is known to have cated progeny.-Jesse's Gleanings.
been suffering from indigestion. On the Poverty is, except where there is an actual third day of Dresden, too, the German nowant of food and raiment, a thing much more velist Hoffman, who was present in the imaginary than real. The shame of poverty town, asserts that the Einperor would have
-the shame of being thought poor-is à done much more than he did, but for the great and fatal weakness, though arising in effects of a shoulder of mutton stuffed with this country, from the fashion of the times onions—a dish only to be paralleled by the themselves.-Cobbett.
pork chops which Messrs. Thurtell and Co. A Truth.—I cannot form an idea of a regaled on after completing the murder of mortal more wretched than a man of real their friend Mr. Weare. talent, compelled to curb his genius, and to Fortune. In the obituary of the year 1799, submit himself in the exercise of that genius, we find recorded the deaths of two persons, to those whom he knows to be far inferior to whose circumstances are extraordinary examhimself, and whom he must despise from ples of reverse fortune. The first was Mr. the bottom of his soul.-Cobbett.
James Calvert, who in February died in indiOnions. In a garden here, (at Old Rom- gence, having been the sole proprietor of the
first ticket ever drawn so high a prize as ney,) I saw some very fine onions, and a prodigious crop-sure sign of most excellent 20,0001. in the English lottery; and in a subland. - Cobbett.
sequent lottery he gained 5,0001.: he was
originally a capital vinegar-merchant, at the Blackberry Jam.-A Correspondent of the
corner of Old-street, in the City Road. In Magazine of Domestic Economy, writes with the following month died Mr. Abrahain homely emphasis : " Blackberry jam, I have Newman, who was one of the richest citievery reason to believe, is the most salubrious zens of London, and a happy instance of the preserve that can be devised for the gratifica. powers of accumulation by the steady pursuit tion of human beings. I speak from ample of honourable industry. Without speculation experience, having had made, and seen con.
or adventure, he acquired 600,0001. as sumed, many hundred weights of it within grocer: he retired from trade about four years the past few years."
before his death, but so forcible was his habit, Vaudeville.—This species of drama is said that he came every day to the shop, and ate to have derived its name from the following his mutton at two o'clock, the good old city circumstance. · Oliver Basselin, a fuller in hour, with his successors. Normandy, at the beginning of the fifteenth century, used to compose humorous songs, Printed and published by J. LIMBIRD, 143, Strand, which he sang as he stretched out his cloth (neur Somerset House,) London ; sold by G. G.
BENNIS, 55, Rue Neuve St. Augustin, Paris ; in the vaux or valleys on the banks of the river Vire.
CHARLES JUGEL, Francfort; and by all News. These songs became popular, men and Booksellers,
IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY.
NOT TO PERPETUATE A NAME
BUT TO SHOW
RAISED THIS MONUMENT TO
TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF
AND ROSE TO AN EMINENT PLACE
tion list, with a subscription of 5004 STATUE OF JAMES WATT,
Humphry Davy, who followed, in so
quent comparison between Watt ArchiThis noble monument, by Chantrey, is placed medes, said that Archimedes..eld abstract in St. Paul's chapel, one of the small chapels science in the highest estem, while the on the north side of the choir of the chapel genius of Watt, on the contrary, transformed of Edward the Confessor. Its pedestal, or every principle upon which it seized into a base, hears the following eloquent inscription, useful practical application, and might be written by Lord Brougham:
said to have called down science from heaven to earth.”
“ It was at this meeting that Mr. Peel did
himself so much honour by his frank and ARTS FLOURISH,
ardent acknowledgment of the debt of gratitude due by himself and his family to the inventer of the steam-engine, to whom he said, they owed all that they possessed. He
felt that the class of society from which he WHO BEST DESERVE THEIR GRATITUDE, THE KING,
had sprung had been ennobled by the genius
of Watt. Mr. Brougham dilated eloquently, HIS MINISTERS, AND MANY OF THE NOBLES
and, as M. Dupin describes it, “in a tone of AND COMMONERS OF THE REALM,
voice simple, grave, impressive,' on the
geJAMES WATT, neral character, both intellectual and moral
of his illustrious friend, whose memory they WHO, DIRECTING THE FORCE OF AN ORIGINAL
had come together to honour. Not, he GENIUS, FARLY EXERCISED IN PHILOSOPHIC RESEARCH, make it immortal; for the remembrance of
said, ' that his memory needs a monument to THE STEAM ENGINE,
him will be as durable as the power which he
has subjected to the use of man; but to coliENLARGED THE RESOURCES OF HIS COUNTRY,
secrate his example in the face of the world, INCREASED THE POWER OF MAN,
and to show to all the world that a man of extraordinary talent cannot employ it better than in devoting it to the service of the whole human species." "*
The statue is a masterly performance of BORN AT GREENOCK, MDCCXXXVI.
art, and adds even to the sculptor's high repu. DIED AT HEATHFIELD, IN STAFFORDSHIRE,
tation. It is said by those who knew Watt, There is not a word of monumental flattery will associate his noble genius and capacious
to convey his figure and aspect: even a glance in these emphatic lines; but they assert certain useful truths, upon which are based the interests and happiness of the whole of THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK. the human race.
(From the French.) The erection of this monument originated at a meeting held in the Freemason's Hall, We find in the
History of the French Revoon Friday, June 18, 1824,-or upwards of lution, by M. Desodoard, a singular remark eleven years since. “On this occasion, the relative to the Prisoner of the Bastile, so ate Earl of Liverpool, then Prime Minister, famous under the name of “ Iron Mask.” was in the chair , and was supported by his tile, (says M. Desodoard,) all the doors of
Immediately after the taking of the Bas. colleagues, Mr. Peel and Mr. Iuskisson. Mr. Canning was also to have been present, which were deposited in this state-prison
the interior were thrown open. The papers but was detained by official business. The other principal speakers were Sir Humphry (and the preservation of which would have Davy, Mr. Wilberforce, Sir James Mackin. been a great acquisition to history,) were tosh, and Mr. Brougham.” Of these illus- left entirely to the mercy of the multitude. trious men, two only, (Mr. Peel and Mr. However, the more curious collected together Brougham,) have lived to see completed the and preserved some of these documents, among tribute which their eloquence so honourably meeting is due to the Printing Machine. There are
* Our acknowledgment for these particulars of the advocated. “ Lord Liverpool, who first ad. two remarkable circumstances connected with this dressed the assembly, concluded his speech statue, which ought to be noticed. First, the meetby announcing that the King himself had ing at which it originated is said to have been promptdesired him to state how deeply penetrated have elapsed between the proposition and completion
ed by the Baron Dupin. Secondly, eleven years his Majesty was with the sense of the ser- of the monument. Indeed, there is a third fact: vices rendered to Great Britain by him whose Watt was not honoured with burial in Westminster memory they were met to honour, and desired Abbey, and the Baron Dupin speaks of his remains to place his name at the head of the subscrip- cemetery.
lying in the obscure retirement of some unkuowa