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ferior power, who has the occupation of Boulogne and Brest.
The wide separation of Russia and England, leaves no adWORDS IN SEASON FROM NAPOLEON.
jacent field of combat, on which they might measure their If the stability of a Government require a predominant forces, and decide the contest ; and England, it is now evi. faith, its tranquillity is opposed to a domineering religion.-dent, can best preserve the independence and prosperity of
Europe by preserving peace ; and her surest weapon is the (Alluding to the Roman Catholic.)
communication of her own knowledge and liberty ; before There are storms, which are instrumental to the strength which, barbarism, however potent, must bow, and stirred ening of a Government in its roots.
up by which, vassals, however depressed, will rise up and The maintenance of the law, in its rules and forms, is the shoke off the yoke. While Britain counterbalances the as palladium of civil liberty.
cendency of Russia in the west, she will divide with her the
supremacy of the east, and have for her share the fairest, if The throne is an irresistible magnet; no sooner are we not the most extensive, portion of Asia. They are the two seated upon it, than we are infected with a species of conta- great antagonist powers in the old world, opposite in their gion which the best cannot avoid.
nature as in their influence—the one physically, the other The right, which is universally acknowledged amongst morally great—the one at present retarding, the other ac
celerating, the march of European society ; but both ultiall nations, is that of scrupulous reciprocity.
mately destined to be instruments of political changes, Unuisciplined bravery has sometimes succeeded on land ; which will give a new face to the institutions of the ancient but never at sea.
Continent. As the balance of power is shifting among the The crimes of children are, in frequent instances, the nations that compose European confederation, it is chan. fruits of the vicious education they have received from their ging also in the component parts of each individual state ; parents.
and the struggle for political liberty is begun, which can How deserving are men of the contempt they inspire ? only terminate with the general acquisition of free instituBehold yon resolute republicans ! I have but to gild their tions. This tendency to freedom it is every way the intevestments, and every one of them becomes my servant. rest of Britain to foster and protect Despotic kings are
I found a crown lying upon the ground, and stooped to truly her natural enemies, who must inevitably wish to pick it up.
destroy those institutions which are of so bad example to We should never deprive princes of the inheritance of their own subjects ; and it is only from freemen, actuated whatever good they do, or whatever eloquence escapes their by a similar spirit, that she can expect cordial sympathy lips.
and co-operation. Virtue, like all things else, has its limits. Whoever Freedom, which far more than doubles the force of states, pretends to travel beyond them is most commonly a hy- derives a new value from the energy it would communicate pocrite.
to the nations, in resisting the attacks of every aggressor ; My enemies hold rendezvous around my grave ; but let and the new life and additional permanency it would infuse him look to it who is last there.
into the states of the Continent, who require every aid, in Of Talleyrand he said, “ Nothing need create less their present circumstances, and every amelioration in their surprise than his wealth. Talleyrand sells those who buy condition, to enable them to resist the pressure which they him."
must soon feel, from the vicinity and the growth of the Rus Of a Russian Count he observed, “ I was perfectly sian empire. aware the youth was a reptile, but I did not think he was If the fate of Europe were different from the expectations a viper."
that are formed of its rising prosperity, and its free and ci. THE FUTURE PROSPECTS OF EUROPE AND vilized states should fall before a new irruption of barba. AMERICA.
rians, America would soon fill up the blank, and take the BY JAMES DOUGLAS, ESQ.
lead in the advancement of society. The enlightened and THROUGHOUT Europe, there is no less a revolution in the the brave of the old world would withdraw from the slavery relative position of the nations towards each other, than in of their native lands, and, with the same ardour, on another the interior condition of each. The French and the Rus- side of the globe, would follow the pursuit of truth, and ensians have changed situations in the political scale; Peters- large the boundaries of science. America, no longer receiv. burgh has become the centre of aggression, and Paris, that ing the supplies of knowledge from abroad, would comeof resistance and defence. The invasions which Europe mence an original literature, and beginning where the Eu. has now to dread are from the north, and the hope of its ropeans had ended, would enter a fresh career of improveultimate freedom rests upon the energy and the prosperity ment, and explore new riches of mind. In less than 25 of its southern states. The position of Russia is eminently years the American States double their population, and favourable for successful and limitless encroachment, and more than double their resources; and their influence, which possesses within itself ample space for ever-increasing num- is even now felt in Europe, will every year exert a bers. It has no enemy behind it, to distract its attention or wider sway over the minds of men, and hold out to them a divide its efforts ; it has only opposed to it a weak and more illustrious example of prosperity and freedom. In broken frontier, without any one commanding defence, and little more than a century the United States of America with vulnerable points innumerable, from the Baltic to the must contain a population ten times greater than has ever sca of Japan. The Swedes, the Turks, the Persians, the yet been animated hy the spirit and energy of a free govern. Turcomans, and the Chinese, are unable to cope with the ment; and in less than a century and a half, the new world Russian armies, and must yield at the first shock of the in- will not be able to contain its inhabitants, but will pour vaders. Austria and Prussia hold their Polish provinces in them forth, straitened by their overflowing numbers at some measure at the mercy of Russia, and France is the only home, upon the shores of less civilized nations, till the whole nation which, single-handed, could afford an adequate re-earth is subdued to knowledge, and filled with the abodes sistance. As France has changed from the attitude of ag of free and civilized men. But the spirit and the imitation gression to that of defence, England, the supporter of the of American freedom will spread still more rapidly and independence of the Continental nations, becomes the natu- widely than its power. No force can crush the sympathy ral ally of France, instead of being its natural enemy;" that already exists, and is continually augmenting, between and henceforih it is manifestly the interest of this country, Europe and the new world. The eyes of the oppressed are that the French should be great, powerful, and free. It is even now turning wistfully to the land of freedom, and the certainly for the advantage of England, that the seat of ag. kings of the Continent already regard with awe and dis. grandizement and danger should be removed from the banks quietude the new Rome rising in the west, the fore shaof the Seine to the shores of the Baltic ; and an Atšila, dows of whose greatness yet to be are extending dark and whose troops are encamped in Poland, and along the fron- heavy over their dominions, and obscuring the lustre of tiers of China, is less to be dreaded than an enemy of in- their thrones.
which her very soul embraces in its passing. Her Little
Nancy, now no longer, through the intervention of fee THE PROPS OF THE PULPIT.
male charity, an object of parish relief, sits on her gown UNDER the above title, your imagination, gentle and in- tail, looks up the psalms and texts, and occasionally en. telligent reader, will naturally disport itself amidst the joys, with a half-formed smile, the old woman's embar. members of our General Assembly. You will think incon- rassment in fixing her untempled spectacles firmly and tinently of our Inglises, our Cookes, our Chalmerses, our graspingly on her nose. The history of that womac Thomsons, or such other Tuscan and Doric pillars upon and her orphan ward is interesting, and on another ocwhich the Church visible at present rests ; or, in the retire casion you shall have it; in the meantime, you must be ments of former ages, you will discern those mighty shades content with a more limited notice of her next neighbour which have long taken their place with the illustrious de- in the order of stair ascent, videlicet, Janet Smith. parted. Or, perhaps, in the grosser materiality of appre Janet is a queer body. I have never been able yet to hension, you may even conjure up those beams and pillars find out with perfect assurance whether Janet is, or is on which our pulpits are outwardly and visibly supported. not, truly religious. She is remarkably sagacious, that is Bat in all such efforts, you will come wide of the truth, certain, knows the Scriptures better than most clergy. and the “ Props of the Pulpit” which are here meant, are men, and attends most regularly on the ordinances of nothing more nor less than old men and women who religion. But then, on the other hand, Janet's voice is commonly cluster around our parish pulpits, to the exceed- loud when a proclamation has been made over her head ; ing annoyance of the precentor, and the great delight of nor are her commentaries always made in perfect charity. every efficient and faithful pastor.
To young preachers, or stibblers, as she calls them, she is It is quite possible that a very useless and inefficient mi- quite ferocious, cutting them up at the kirk-style, and, nister may be popular ;—the walls of his church may per- indeed, all the way home to her hut in the clachan, at no spire from door to door, and from floor to ceiling, encom allowance ; and occasionally, if I am rightly informed, passing a dense and gaping multitude, and yet all this taking a pretty sound and protracted nap, even in the while the speaker may be a mere dandy, with a high collar midst of my very warmest addresses. For this I venand a white handkerchief, a showy style and a retentive tured, one day lately, to challenge Janet ; contrasting her memory. But no such orator will ever clothe his pulpit vigilance and attention, when a young man had officiated, stair-way with tartan plaids and Shanter bonnets, with with her supineness and inattention under my own miniso clasp-bibles and crooked kents. Till, however, such con trations. « And d'ye no ken the reason o' that, sir," request has been made, and the venerable and pious “ Props" sponded Janet, with a look that intimated, in her own I refer to have been attracted into their places, the speaker, language, “ that she had not her tale a-seeking ;" “ D'ye though he may tickle the imagination, and gratify the ear no ken the reason o' that, sir ?" I immediately acknow. of his audience, is yet a great way from utility,—from that ledged my ignorance. “ Troth, sir," proceeded my in. true and genuine efficiency, which bespeaks the operation structor, “whan it's yourself that delivers and expounds of " Grace," through the instrumentality of our honest, and the oracles,' we can a' take a nap wi' safety, for we fervent, and devotional feeling and utterance. Take your ken brawly in wha's han's they are.
But when a young summer excursion from “ the Mull” to “ Pomona," from birkie like yon opens, and tries to explain the sacred word, Ailsa to the Bass, and mark, in your progress, the Sabbath it tak's us a' to look sharp after him!” T. G. ministrations of every minister in Scotland. Deaf though [T. G. being interpreted, meaneth Dr. Gillespic, who you were, and altogether incapable of ascertaining from wrote as above in the Literary Journal.] the year the power and value of the respective ministrations, you may gather froin the eye alone, from these “ Pulpit
PADDY FOORHANE'S FRICASSEE. Props," how the spiritual interests of each parish fare, PADDY FOORHANE kept a shebeen house at Barleymount whether the incumbent preaches himself or his master, the Cross, in which he sold whisky—from which his Majesty Gospel or the idle showiness of learning, ingrafted on vanity did not derive any large portion of his revenues--ale, and of worldly wisdom and conceit, gilt and glossed over with provisions. One evening a number of friends, returning a show and a seeming of godliness.
from a funeral-all neighbours too-stopt at his house “ beIt may be that the church you have visited is not crowded cause they were in grief,” to drink a drop. There was to the door, and that, even amidst a comparatively limited | Andy Agar, a stout rattling fellow, the natural son of a number of hearers, you observe somewhat of an unexcited gentleman residing near there ; Jack Shea, who was afterand inattentive aspect, as if no great expectation had been wards transported for running away with Biddy Lawlor; raised, and no particular exertion had been made to excite Tim Cournane, who, by reason of being on his keepiny, it. But if you have the aged and wrinkled faces of three was privileged to carry a gun; Owen Connor, a march-ofscore and ten immediately fronting you,—if you can mark, intellect man, who wished to enlighten proctors by making while the venerable and venerated man of God is com- them swallow their processes ; and a number of other posedly dividing the word of truth, a gradual and a solemn is good boys." The night began to “ raiu cats and dogs," lifting and falling of the hands ; if the Bible lies half and there was no stirring out; so the cards were called for, Gpened, and dog-leafed at the text, in the lap of age, and the a roaring fire was made down, and the whisky and ale be eyes of the surrounding “ Props" are ever and anon raised gan to flow. After due observation, and several experi in humble acquiescence to the face and the utterance of the ments, a space large enough for the big table, and free from pastor, then all is right : such a parish has been blessed the drop down, was discovered. Here six persons, including in its minister, and such a minister has had, and will have, Andy, Jack, Tim—with his gun between his legs and reason to rejoice in his pastoral labours. I had rather sit Owen, sat to play for a pig's head, of which the living under such a ministry, than under all the fiery and scalding owner, in the parlour below, testified, by frequent grunts, droppings from the lamp of the red-hot zealot, or blazing his displeasure at this unceremonious disposal of his property. martimentalist.
One boy held several splinters to light them, and another Do you observe that figure which occupies the lowest was charged with the sole business of making more, and step of the pulpit range? There she sits, with her little drying them in little bundles at the fire. This, however, orphan grand-daughter at her feet, and there she has sat did not prevent him from making many sallies to discover for many years past : she never desires to ascend higher, the state of the game. A ring, two or three deep, surroundor to come into contact and coinpetition with the persons ed the players, and in their looks exhibited the most inte. or the privileges of the precentor or bell-man. Her heart rest. This group formed what might be termed the fore. is hgmble, yet it is feelingly alive to any acts of conde- ground of the picture. In one corner were squatted five scension or kindness with which it may be visited. Care. boys and three girls, also playing cards for pins. But nottally, as the minister ascends to the pulpit, does she draw withstanding the smallness of the stakes, there were innu. in the extremities of her dress, contract her body to leave merable scuffles, and an unceasing clamour kept up, through the requisite breadth of stair-way for the well-known foot, which the treble of the girls was sure to be heard, and which,
every now and then, required curses, loud and deep, from some of any unusual food. One of the most deadly modes of unfortunate player at the large table, to silence. On the revenge they can employ, is to give an enemy dog's or cat's block by the fire sat Paddy himself, convulsing a large au flesh; and there have been instances where the persoas who dience with laughter at some humorous story, or at one of have eaten it, on being informed of the fact, have gone mad. his own practical jokes, while his wife bustled about, beat But Paddy's habit of practical jokes, from which nothing the dog, set pieces of plates and keelers to receive the rain could wean him, and his anger at their conduct, along with wherever it oozed through the thatch, and occasionally the fear he was in, did not allow him to hesitate a moment. stopped, half-provoked and half-admiring, to shake her Jillen remonstrated in vain. “Hould your tongue yoa head at her husband. Card-playing is very thirsty, and the foolish woman. They're all as blind as the pig there. boys were anxious to keep out the wet ; so that long before They'll never find it out. Bad luck to 'em too, my leather the pig's head was decided, a messenger had been despatched breeches, that I gave a pound note and a hog for in Cork. several times to Killarney, a distance of four English miles, See how nothing else would satisfy 'em!" The meat at for a pint of whisky each time. The ale also went merrily length was ready. Paddy drowned it in butter, threw out round, until most of the men were quite stupid, their faces the potatoes on the table, and served it up smoking hot swoln, and their eyes red and heavy. The contest at with the greatest gravity. length was decided ; but a quarrel about the skill of the “By J. ,," says Jack Shea, “that's fine stuff. How a respective parties succeeded, and threatened broken heads man would dig a trench after that." at one time. Indeed, had Tim been able to effect the pur “I'll take a priest's oath," answered Tim Cohill, the pose at which he diligently laboured, of getting the gun to most irritable of men, but whose temper was something his shoulder, it is very probable
he would have taken ample softened by the rich steam. satisfaction for some dreadful affront offered him by Andy, “ Yet, Tim, what's a priest's oath? I never heard that." who, on his part, directed all his discourse to a large wooden “ Why, sure, every one knows you didn't ever hear of gallon at the other end of the table. The imperturbable cool. anything of good.” ness of his opponent provoked Andy exceedingly. Abuse “I say you lie, Tim, you rascal.” is bad enough; but contemptuous silence is more than flesh Tim was on his legs in a few moments, and a general and blood can bear, particularly as he felt that he was run battle was about to begin, but the appetite was too strong, ning aground fast when he had the whole conversation to and the quarrel was settled ; Tim having been appeased by himself. He became quite furious, and, after two or three being allowed to explain a priest's oath. According to him, efforts, started up, and made a rush towards his wooden ad- a priest's oath was this :-He was surrounded by books, versary; but the great slipperiness of the ground laid him which were gradually piled up until they reached his lips on the flat of his back. This gave time, so that several in- He then kissed the uppermost, and swore by all to the bot. terfered, and peace was made ; but the harmony of the tom. As soon as the admiration excited by his explananight was destroyed. At last, Jack Shea swore they must tion, in those who were capable of hearing Tim, had ceased, have something to eat; damn him but he was starved with all fell to work; and certainly, if the tripes had been of drink, and he must get some rashers somewhere or other. ordinary texture, drunk as was the party, they would soon Every one declared the same; and Paddy was ordered to have disappeared. After gnawing at them for some time, cook some griskins forthwith. Paddy was completely non “ Well," says Owen Conner, “that I mightn't !- but these plussed :-all the provisions were gone, and yet his guests are the queerest tripes I ever eat. It must be she was very were not to be trifled with. He made a hundred excuses
mould.” « 'Twas late-'twas dry now and there was nothing in the “By J-" says Andy, taking a piece from his mouth house ; sure they ate and drank enough.” But all in vain. to which he had been paying his addresses for the last half The ould sinner was threatened with instant death if he de hour, “I'd as soon be eating leather. She was a bull, layed. So Paddy called a council of war in the parlour, man; I cant find the soft end at all of it.” consisting of his wife and himself.
“And that's true for you, Andy," said the man of the “Agrah, Jillen, what will we do with these? Is there
gun; “and 'tis the greatest shame they hadn't a bull-bait any meat in the tub ? Where is the tongue ?
If it was to make him tinder. Paddy, was it from Jack Clifford's yours, Jillen, we'd give them enough of it; but I mane the
bull you got 'em ? They'd do for wadding, they're se cow's," (aside.)
tough." “ Sure the proctors got the tongue ere yesterday, and you “ I'll tell you, Tim, where I got them—'twas out of know there an't a bit in the tub. Oh the murtherin vil. Lord Ramorne's great cow at Cork, the great fat cow that lains I and I'll engage 'twill be no good for us, after all my the Lord Mayor bought for the Lord Lieuteuant—as a white bread and the whisky ;-that it may pison 'em.”
churp naur hagusheh. “ Amen! Jillen ; but don't curse them. After all,
“Amen, I pray God! Paddy. Out of Lord Ramorne's where's the meat ? I'm sure that Andy will kill me if we cow ? near the steeple I suppose. The great cow that don't make it out any how ;-and he hasn't a penny to pay couldn't walk with tallow. Ву these are fine tripes for it. You could drive the mail coach, Jillen, through They'll make a man very strong. Andy, give me two or his breeches pocket without jolting over a ha’penny, Com- three libbhers more of 'em." ing, coming ; d'ye hear 'em ?"
“Well, see that ! oui of Lord Ramorne's cow; I wonder “ Oh, they'll murther us. Sure if we had any of the tripe what they gave her, Paddy. That I mightn't!--but these I sent yesterday to the turf-cutters."
would eat a pit of potatoes. Any how, they're good for the “Eh! What's that you say? I declare to God here's teeth. Paddy, what's the reason they send all the good mate Andy getting up. We must do something, Thonom an from Cork to the Blacks. Dhiaoul, I have it. Jillen, run and bring me the leather But before Paddy could answer this question, Andy, who breeches ; run, woman alive. Where's the block and the had been endeavouring to help Tim, uttered a loud « Thou hatchet ! Go up and tell 'em you're putting down the
nom an dhiaoul ! what's this? Isn't this fanel" The
fact was, he had found a piece of the lining, which Paddy, Jillen pacified the uproar in the kitchen by loud promi- in his hurry, had not removed, and all was confusion ses, and returned to Paddy. The use of the leather breeches Every eye was turned to Paddy, but with wonderful quickpassed her comprehension ; but Paddy actually took up the ness he said, “ 'Tis the book tripe, agragal, don't you see, leather breeches, tore away the lining with great care, -and actually persuaded them to it. chopped the leather with the hatchet on the block, and put
“ Well, any how,” says Tim, " it had the taste of wool.” it into the pot as tripes. Considering the situation in “ May this choke me,” says Jack Shea, "if I didn't think which Andy and his friends were, and the appetite of the that 'twas a piece of a leather breeches when I saw Andy Irish peasantry for meat in any shape_"a bone” being chaving it."* their summum bonum--the risk was very little. If dis. This was a shot between wind and water to Paddy. His covered, however, Paddy's safety was much worse than doubtful as no people in the world have a greater horror
. May it never come out of his body.
DEDICATED TO THE LADIES OF EDINBURGH.
Felf-possession was nearly altogether lost, and he could do
COLUMN FOR THE LADIES. no more than turn it off by a faint laugh. But it jarred most unpleasantly on Andy's nerves After looking at
AN ESSAY ON FLIRTS. Paddy for some time with a very ominous look, he said, * Firtos Pandhrig of the tricks, if I thought you were
FLIRTs are especial favourites of ours, and we hold our. going on with any work here, my soul and my guts to the selves bound, as good knights and true, to do battle for their devil if I would not cut you into garten. By the vestment reputation, at all times, and against all comers.
Be it unI'd make a furhurmeen of you."
derstood that we speak now of Flirts in the restricted ac“ Is it I, Andy ? that the hands may fall off me!"
ceptation of the term, and not of Jilts, who are immoral, nor Bat Tim Cohill made a most seasonable diversion of Coquettes, who are heartless personages. The true Flirt * Andy, when you die, you'll the death of one fool, any is quite a different sort of
person. how. What do you know that wasn't ever in Cork itself The appellation is the same with that used to designate a about tripes. I never ate such mate in my life: and 'twould certain sudden, but not ungraceful, mode of unfurling a be good for every poor man in the County of Kerry if he fan ; and if we may credit the tradition embodied in one had a tub of it.”
of our most venerable “ Joe Millers," there is some mysTim's tone of authority, and the character he had got for terious analogy supposed to exist between the character of learning, silenced every doubt, and all laid siege to the tripes the motion, and that of the class of the fair sex to whom again. But after some time, Andy was observed gazing the name Flirt has been applied. with the most astonished curiosity into the plate before
A Flirt is a girl of more than common beauty, grace, kim. His eyes were rivetted on something; at last he and amiability, just hovering on the verge which separates touched it with his knife, and exclaimed, “ Kmhappa dar childhood from womanhood. She is just awakening to a Dhia !"
sense of her power, and finds an innocent pleasure in exer“ What's that you say ?” burst from all; and every one cising it. The blissful consciousness parts her lips with rose in the best manner he could, to learn the meaning of prouder breath, kindles up her eyes with richer lustre, and the button.
gives additional buoyancy and swan-like grace to her mo* Oh, the villain of the world!” roared Andy, “ I'm tions She looks for homage at the hands of every man pisoned! Where's the pike?. For God's sake Jack run who approaches her, and richly does she repay him with for the priest, or I'm a dead man with the breeches. Where rosy smiles and sparkling glances. is he? D— yeer bloods won'nt ye catch him, and I pisoned?" There is no passion in all this It is the first trembling
The fact was Andy had met one of the knee-buttons into conscious existence of that sentiment which will be sewed into a piece of the tripe, and it was impossible for come love in time. It is the heart of woman venturing him to fail discovering the cheat The rage, however, was
timidly to inhale imperceptible portions of that atmosphere mt confined to Andy. As soon as it was understood what of devoted affection in which alone she can afterwards bad been done, there was an universal rush for Paddy and breathe and exist. There is nothing of vanity in it, nothing Hilen ; but Paddy was much too cunning to be caught after of selfishness. She thinke not of her beauty while thus the narrow escape he had of it before. The moment after triumphantly wielding its spell, any more than does that the discovery of the lining that he could do so without sus young greyhound fetching his graceful gambols before us. picion, he stole from the table, left the house, and hid him. She feels only the delight of exercising a new-born power. self
. Jillen did the same; and nothing remained for the She regards not her own indulgence; happy herself, she sees eaters to rent their rage but by breaking every thing in the others happy to sun themselves in her smile, and feels yet cabin, which was done in the utmost fury. 'Andy, how- more happy in consequence. It is the rich gush of young ever, continued watching for Paddy with a gun a whole month existence that mantles at her heart, and overflows in loveliafter. He might be seen prowling along the ditches near
Oh ! blame it not, nor regard austerely. Like the the shebeen-house, waiting for a shot at him. Not that he first blush of morning, it dies away before we can well note would have serupled to enter it were he likely to find Paddy its surpassing beauty, and all that is to succeed of after life there ; but the latter was completely on the shuchraun, is dull and tame in comparison. and never visited his cabin except by stealth, It was in
That a girl chances to be a Flirt at a certain age, is no one of those visits that Andy hoped to catch him.- Tait's proof that she is incapable of enduring affection, but rather Magazine.
the contrary. (This is the genuine Irish story which we promised our
Beauty is the exuberance, the fulness, the overflow of readers long ago.]
nature. And the richer, the more dazzling the beauty at
the moment, when, like a butterfly bursting from its hull, Opiux MEDICUM.—The true Odium Medicum, says Gre- the girl passes insensibly into the woman, the more reason pory, in his memorial to the Royal Infirmary, approaches nearer there is to expect a ripe store of affection beneath. It is,
saa any thing else known in human nature, to the genuine indeed, warmth of heart alone that can give the finishing Odiua 'Theologicum. It has even been doubted, by compe. grace to the gay and playful creature we have been describsicians have never get carried the joke so far as to burn alive ing. If there be beauty, and elegance, and sportiveness, their adversaries whom they could not convert them as Dominican
and wit at will, and yet the beholder feel himself obliged to sonks and others used to do very successfully with their ob- confess that there is some charm awanting-he cannot tinate opponents ; yet there is reason to suspect, that this exactly say what, although he feels its absence he may * reserve and delicacy on the part of our faculty has proceeded' depend upon it that closer search will show him minute, amore from want of power than from want of good will to the , but sure signs of heartlessness. work. It is certain, at least, that, at one time, about two hun A Flirt is, however, a dangerous creature ; not that she dred and fifty years ago, in Spain and Portugal, they fairly means any harm, but that she unconsciously and involun. tried it, and they had well-nigh succeeded in their attempt. There tarily turns the heads of all who approach her. Boys she was formerly, in the time of Sydenham, a controveray be strikes down by dozens, wherever she moves. If, while Teen those doctors who thought purging good in cases of fever, tripping along the street on a windy day, the increasing a those doctors who thought it bad. One of the purging vehemence of the blast force her to turn away from it to davtors and one of the anti-purgers, meeting at the entry to Sion College, soon came to hard words and from hard words adjust the set of her bonnet, the sweep of her laughing eye hard blows; the result of which was, that the purging to see whether any one observes
, and the ready blush when telor knocked the other down, and drawing his sword, bid she marks all eyes turned upon her, make captive at least sa beg his life.“ No, doctor," replied the fallen hero, as he six juvenile swains. In the turn of a waltz, her aerial
sprawling, with the point of his enraged adversary's sword gliding (vera incessu patuit dea) draws the attention of at his throat; “ that I will not do, unless you were giving me all. She cannot ask for a glass of lemonade, without makphysic' "-We leave our Edinburgh readers to draw their own ing an involuntary conquest. Nay, “ tough seniors": conclusions from this text.
men inured to business are not safe. They look with • A button, by
complacency on a thing so lovely with a paternal placid
benignity--but longer conversation awakens
but herself, and that attachment knows neither change Dor thoughts, and, in proportion as the infusion of the passion decay. is more difficult into such toil-strung themes, so is its eradi. Having thus done our best to guard our favourites against cation more difficult.
popular misconstruction, by pointing out the essential difBut the danger does not stop here. By a retro-active in ference between them and two other classes with whom Auence, all this lip and eye homage may well at times turn they have occasionally been confounded, we proceed to comthe head of a giddy and inexperienced girl. This, however, plete our task, by remarking upon one or two inaccuracies is a danger not to be avoided ; and cure we know of none in the language of common conversation, which have a tensave a generous, deep-rooted affection, which, sooner or dency to foster misapprehension. We not unfrequently hear later, is the lot of every true woman. It is beautiful to see people say, that such or such a married woman is a great the effect of serious love upon the gayest of these creatures ! Flirt, or fond of Flirtation. This is a shocking abuse of -how completely all their little vanity is melted away by the term. A married woman whose deporument bears any its engrossing warmth. Not that we think love, any more likeness to that of a Flirt, must either be one who is pos. than the feeling we have been describing, an enduring pas- sessed of a gay and buoyant temperament, but without sion. It is only more intense and absorbing. That affec-heart, and who seeks the pleasure of the moment, careless tion alone is lasting, in which love has, upon further ac- of every other person's happiness ; or she is one who know. quaintance, been confirmed by esteem, and which has been ingly and wilfully lingers on the frontiers of vice, to indulee heightened by common sympathies, strengthened by the en- herself with the contemplation of its charms --one who durance of common trials, rooted for eternity by mutual wants only courage to be wicked. Had Heaven, for our forbearance. No one, we will be bold to say, has read the sins, seen fit to doom us to the married state, we do not romance of Undine without pleasure, and yet we suspect know which of these two we should have regarded as the that to the majority of readers (to ourselves we know) its greater curse. supernatural mysteries constitute the least part of its at. Another strange perversion of language is to speak of traction. The interest centres in Undine. And what is male Flirts. Male Jilts there are, and male Coquettes in she? A shadowy type of every beautiful and amiable wo- plenty-with sorrow and shame we make the confession man, in the successive stages of her mind's development- But a male Flirt would be an anomale in creation. Nerte, the Flirt, the Lover, and the Wife.
strength, and manly vigour, are the characteristics of our In our opinion, however, the period of flirtation is of very sex, and they at no period unbend into such a happy and brief duration. It is (we beg our fair readers not to ima- graceful unconsciousness as constitutes the Flirt. It is gine that any improper insinuation is couched under this ours to be attracted ; when a man sets about to attract, he simile) an ebullition of momentary excitement, akin to that reverses the order of nature. He acts a part-and he uni. of the pointer when loosened from his chain on a fine Sep- formly acts it in a loutish and ungainly style. tember morning. It excites admiration only so long as it Thus we have discharged, however imperfectly, the task is unconscious. The instant a woman plays off these little we undertook. We rest the defence of Flirts, not upon any airs with foreknowledge and predetermination, their inno- desert we suppose to be inherent in them, nor upon any cence is gone. They are to be reprehended as indications moral value we attribute to them. When young, we loved of a designing mind. Their exercise is on a par with the and admired them, because it is their nature to awaken use of cosmetics and dress to repair or conceal the ravages such feelings. They are as the blossom, delicately expand.
Our fair friend has ceased to be a Flirt, and has ing amid the freshness and dews of a sunny morning_35 become a Coquette.
the early song of birds, full of flutter and delight-as every We have already stated that there exists a distinction be- thing that is most lovely and evanescent. We commend tween these two characters, and that this distinction is not to the cherishing of future ages these delicate creatures, in favour of the latter. A Coquette may have been, or she who, although they were the plague of our youth, have been may not have been, a Flirt. She is one who envies the suc the objects of tranquil and kindly admiration to our old age. cess of the other, and seeks to emulate it by acting her cha- But such commendation is needless, for there is a chara racter. She is artificial-she has a part to support, and about them which must ever command a willing obedience that alone detracts from the worth of any human being. It from all young hearts.- Edinburgh Literary Journal. certainly is our duty to cultivate our powers, even of pleas. ing, to the utmost, and to check our weaknesses ; but this
AN IRISH ELECTION BILL. must be done in accordance with the original constitution A TRUE copy of an account furnished Sir Marcus Soner. of our mind : to seek to new-form ourselves according to ville by a publican of Trim, after an election :some favourite model, is to destroy what little good we may To eating sixteen freeholders above stairs, for Sir Marks, have. The Coquette may generally be known by her over at 3s. 3d. a-head, L.2, 12s. acting the character. Her gestures and words come not To eating sixteen more below stairs, and two clergymea froin the prompting of feeling, they have no internal stan- after supper, L.1, 15s. 9d. dard to regulate them; they are false, constrained, or exces To six beds in one room, and four in the other, at two sive. Her glances are stares, her movements sudden and guineas every bed, three or four in a bed every night, and awkward, her languor overacted. The Flirt attracts us cheap enough, God knows, L.22, 15s. involuntarily, and we feel that this is the case—the Coquette To twenty-three horses in the yard all night, at 134, gives us encouragement. Even a sensible man is in danger every one of them, and for a man watching them all night, from the Flirt—the Coquette inspires him with aversion. L.5, 5s. The victims of the Flirt's charms never complain, for they Breakfast and tea next day for every one of them, and as know her free from any design upon them—the fools who many as they brought with them, as near as I can guess, fall into the lures of the Coquette, accuse her, and justly, of L.4, 129. heartlessness and vanity.
For beer, and porter, and punch, for the first day and The Jilt we have called an immoral, we may add, a night, I am not very sure, but I think for the three days coarse and vulgar mind. Jilts are of two kinds : those and a half of the election, as little as I can call it, and to be who are iņcapable of affection, and sell their show of tender- very exact, is in all, or thereabouts, as near as I can guess, ness to the wealthiest ; and those who have a sentiment and not to be too particular, L.79, 15s. 9d. which they call love, but which is transferable at a mo. To shaving, dressing, and cropping the heads off 42 freemeni's notice to another. The latter like to indulge in this holders for Sir Marks, at 13d. cvery one, cheap enough, feeling, but they have no real regard for any one but them. 4.2, 53. 6d. selves. They are of those concerning whom it has some
(In the place of Jeremy Carr) where been said, that “they love the love, not the lover.”
BRIAN GANRATTY. In blaming a person of this unamiable class, people are apt N.B.- On inquiry it was found that the publican fur. to lay much stress upon her inconsistency. This is taking nished one shoulder of mutton, two barrels of beer, three an incorrect view of her character. She cares for nobody beds, and a spacious back-yard for the horses.'