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The grave world appears always to take him at, to his brother Gilbert, for his own use, and the his own light and reckless estimate, and as a much use of the rest of the family. He then settled more heedless youth than he really was.
with his wife at the farm of Ellisland, near Dumabout the time he occupied this farm, on which he fries, and entered the Excise. The rest of his had entered with his brother, that they might pro- story may be soon told. His conduct was not vide a home for the rest of the family, now de wise, nor was his life happy. Could we unveil all prived of their father, that Burns formed that con- the struggles of remorse, pride, shame, and des. nexion with Jean Armour his future wife, which, pair, in that heart so essentially noble, all the as a man of good feeling and true honour, does agony, in the latter years of life, of that mind so him more credit than may at first sight be ima- indefeasibly great, what a lesson it were of wisdom gined. When most anxious to repair the injury and warning! in which this young woman liad been involved by
Look on that brow!-the laurel-wreath what was certainly a mutual imprudence, he was
Beam'd on it like a wreath of fire! prevented from establishing his marriage by those forins which the laws of Scotland sanction, in con
Look on that brow the lowest slave,
The veriest wretch of want and care, sequence of the harsh and unjustifiable interfer
Might shudder at the lot that gave ence of her relatives, and no doubt in some degree
His genius, glory and despair ! by her own acquiescenee. A disgraced daughter appeared better than the wife of an honest man in
Burns died on the 21st of July, 1796, at his circumstances so hopeless and desperate as were house in Dumfries, in his thirty-eighth year, hav. those of Burns. His angnish on the occasion is ing, beyond any preceding Scotsman, extended and expressed with great feeling in one of his poems. His fame will ever remain an illustrious portion of
refined the intellectual pleasures of his country. Shortly after this it is well known how bright “ a change came o’er the spirit of his dream.” Ilis her literary honours—his misfortunes an indelible poems were published in Edinburgh; after he had disgrace to some of her institutions.—“ A life of come to the metropolis of his country, and met literary leisure,” he says in one of his letters, such a reception as no rustic author ever met be- and he often repeated the same thing—" with a fore, nor ever will again. The tide of prosperity decent competence, is the summit of my wishes.” flowed, for the time as high as even the hopes of a
This he never found; and his notions of compe. poet could have risen; and, caressed and applauded tence were certainly far from extravagant. by the gay and the great, the fair and the learn
When the faults of Burns are dwelt upon with ed, by men of rank and women of elegance, Burns a seeming zest even by the warmest admirers of returned home comparatively a rich man, and fin. his genius, it ought ever to be kept in remem. ally formed that matrimonial connexion which is brance, that the boy who did a man's office for his a trait in his character that none of his biogra- parents, and the man who divided his little forphers have sufficiently appreciated. This step, we
tune with his brother, lived with his infant family, are warranted in believing, he at last took from and with all his imputed reckless improvidence, the highest and purest motives.
on an income varying from fifty to eighty pounds dent mothers, virtuous sisters, and honourable a-year, and died without once incurring the bur. friends—even Miss Chalmers and Mrs. Dunlop-den of pecuniary obligation, or owing any man a would not only have pardoned his abandonment of shilling! His manly, independent spirit, and al. his future wife, but even have anxiously desired most savage pride, prevented him at least from to see him form a connexion more suitable to a
the debasing consequences which pecuniary inman of his changed prospects, and, above all, to volvement entails on the finest minds; from all one of his extraordinary enůowments. Burns him the pitiful shifts, subterfuges, expedients, and self ascribes his marriage to necessity; but it was complicated meannesses which degrade a man in a necessity which ninety-nine out of a hundred the eyes of his fellows, while they corrode his own young men—" all honourable men,” chivalrous heart, and ultimately destroy all delicacy of chaspirits—would have thought it quite justifiable to racter, and completely undermine that self-respect evade. One of the most generous sentiments that which is the prop of so many virtues. The faults any man ever uttered, contains the true reason of of Burns have often been held out in warning to this sacrifice to a high-minded integrity. In writ- young men of talent. They were great and laing to Mrs. Dunlop, Burns says of the marriage mentable, though none of them were those of a he had formed,—" The happiness of a once much cold, an ostentatious, or a mean nature. Let the loved and still loved fellow-creature was in my portant point. Neither vanity, nor self-indulgence,
warning be coupled with his example in this im. power, and I durst not trifle with so sacred a trust.”
nor that contempt of future consequences, which Burns had brought five hundred pounds from death with Gilbert Burns, who had a large family of his own. This Edinburgh, the honourable reward of his abilities. debt of L.210 to his brother-for such he seeins to have considered ilOf this sum he lent or gave two hundred pounds* friends and admirers of Burns, had placed his widow far above the fear
of want, and every member of the family was respectably settled in ufa. . I have much pleasure in recording the following circumstance: It seems to have been almost the romance of integrity which induced Mr. Gilbert Burns, a man of considerable literary ability, and in all re Mr. Gilbert Burns to devote to the repayment of this Joan a sum of spects one “ of the excellent of the earth," died lately in East Lothian, money which he received from the boos sellers shortly before his death where he had long lived as the factor of Lord Blantyre. The mother for revising his brother's works. Had Burns survived, it would have of the poet, who many years survived her illustrious son, lived till her gone liard with him before he had taken back this money.
is sometimes senselessly arrogated as matter of me a Profissor of Humanity: What's Latin for breeches !" poetical privilege and the mark of a high spirit,
“ Fem--fem- femina.” “No, it's not, Sir; that's Latin for
a woman.” “Femora” “Can you do it ?" “Don't strike betrayed him, surrounded as he ever was with
me, Sir; don't strike me, Sir, an' I will." “ I say, can you: manifold temptation, into the dishonesty and mean. do it?" “ Femorali"-(whack, whack, whack," Ah, ness of living beyond his scanty income. In some Sir! ah, Sir! 'tis fermorali-ah, Sir! 'tis ferınorali-ah,
Sir!" points of pecuniary interest he indeed showed a * This thratement to a Profissor of Humanityspirit of poetic chivalry which his critics are well | (whack, whack, whack, whack, kick, kick, kick, thump,
thump, thump, cuff, cuff, cuff-drives him head over heels entitled, if they please, to call Quixotic. While a
to his seat.)—Now, Sir, maybe you'll have Latin for herd of inferior writers, noble or gentle, are every breeches again, or, by my sowl, if you don't, you must strip. day gaining hundreds and thousands by their pro- and I'll tache you what a Profissor of Humanity is !" ductions, Burns declined receiving any remuneration whatever for his unrivalled lyrics ! But a
THE SICILIAN VESPERS. few years have passed since it was thought shabby
In the notes on the month of August was mentioned for a gentleman in Scotland to sell the fruits of that foul stain on humanity, the Massacre of St. Bartho
lomew. Along with it is often coupled another diabolical his garden, or to farm out the game on his estate ; enormity, named the Sicilian Vespers. There was here no. and Burns probably had the idea, that to sell songs preconcert
, though in the progress of these horrible tranwas equally discreditable to the honour of the sactions men seem, under the excitement of remembered Muses." " A nation of shopkeepers” has very wrongs and brutal passions, to have become demons.—The
inhabitants of Palermo, according to ancient custom, reproperly dismissed this superstition. There is no
sorted to the church of Sante Espiritu, outside the walls disgrace now except in getting too little.
of the city, to celebrate the solemnization of Easter. On ( To be continued.)
the way they were watched by the French, who were al.
ways jealous of their assembling. Among them was a THE SCHOOL MASTER AT HOME IN IRELAND. lady, Nymphia by name, the wife of Rogero of Mastran.
gelo, whose beauty made an impression on one of the min. Pierce Mahon, come up wid your multiplication. Pierce, isters, Droghet. Under the pretext of ascertaining whether multiply four hundred by two-put it down—that's it, she had arms (which the Sicilians had been forbidden to 400
carry) concealed under her garments, be approached her, By 2
and was guilty of such disgusting rudeness, that the lady * Twicet nought is one." (Whack, whack.) “ Take that as swooned away in the arms of her husband. The insult an illustration is that one " “ Faith, masther, that's one fired all who were present at the procession ; but none had an' one any how ; but, Sir, is not wanst nought, nothin'; courage to avenge it, until a young man, whose name bis. now, masther, sure there can't be less than nothin'." “ Very tory has concealed, but whose memory will ever he dear good, Sir." « If wanst nought be nothin', then twicet nought to his patriotic countrymen, seized the sword of Droghet, must be somethin', for its double what wanst nought is see and plunged it into the lewd owner's heart. A shout of how I'm sthruck for nothin', an' me knows it-hoo! hoo! exultation was immediately raised by the multitude ; who, hoo! hoo !” “Get out, you Esculapian; but I'll give you in the excitement of the moment, swore to exterminate the somethin' by-and-by, just to make you remember that you odious strangers. As they had no arms at hand, they know nothin' - off wid ye to your sate, you spalpeen you seized stones and other missiles, which they hurled with to tell me there can't be less than nothin', when it's well such effect at the heads of the Frenchmen, that the ground' known that sportsman Squire O'Canter is a thousand pounds was soon covered with dead bodies. The citizens of Ps. worse than nothin'."
lermo rose as one man, and destroyed every Frenchman on, “Paddy Doran, come up to your «Inthrest.? Well, whom they could lay hands. Their example was followed by Paddy, what's the inthrest of a hundred pound at five per other towns—by none more heartily than Messina ; so that cent? Boys, some of you let a fox pass there_manners, scarcely, a Frenchman was left alive from one extremity of you thieves you."
the island to another. This indiscriminate butchery occu. « Do you mane, masther, per cent per annum ?". pied a full month. The church was no asylum for the “To be sure I do-how do you state it ?"
proscribed victims; nor, as we are told, though upon autho. "I'll say, as a hundhred pound is to one year, so.is five rity somewhat apocryphal, was much mercy showu to the per cent per annum."
Sicilian women who had married them. “ Hum-why-Irhat's the number of the sum, Paddy ?" ** 'Tis No. 84, Sir." (The master steals a glance at the Hint For INVALIDS." It is worthy of particular reKey to Gray.) "I only want to look at it in the Gray, mark, that it is not in the lungs only that the blood exerts you nee Paddy- an' how dare you give me such an answer, an action on atmospherical air, for a similar function apyou big-headed dunce you-go off an' study it, you rascally pears to belong to the skin, over the whole body. If the Lilliputian-off wid you, and don't let me see your ugly hand is confined in a portion of atmospherical air, or oxygen mug till you know it."
gas, it is found that the oxygen disappears, and is replaced * Now, gintlemen, for the Classics ; and first for the Lati- by a portion of carbonic acid. At the same time, a conmarian3- Larry Cassidy, come up wid your Agop. Larry, siderable quantity of watery fiuid transpires, and may be. you're a year at Latin, an' I don't think you know Latin collected by a proper apparatus. This fact gives us an in-, for frize, what your own coat is made of, Larry. But, in sight into one grand source of benefit arising from full exthe int place, Larry, do you know what a man that taches | posure to the open air."-Dr. Graham's Chemical Cate. clasics is called ?" “A schoolmaster, Sir.” (Whack, chism. wback, whack.) “ Take that for your ignorance, you A GOLDEN RULE. Industry will make a man a purse, Tooden-headed goose, you—(whack, whack)—and that to and frugality will find him strings for it. Neither the purse the back of it-ha! that'll tache you-to call a man that nor the strings will cost him any thing. He who has it tache classics a schoolmaster, indeed ! 'tis a Profissor of should only draw the strings as frugality directs, and he Humanity itself, he is—(whack, whack, whack,)-ha! you will be sure always to find a useful penny at the bottom of ringlader, you; you're as bad as Dick O'Connell, that no it. The servants of industry are known by their livery; waather in the county could get any good of, in regard that it is always whole and wholesome. Idleness travels very he put the whole school together by the ears, wherever he'd leisurely, and poverty soon overtakes him. Look at the be, though the spalpeen wouldn't stand fight himself. Hard ragged slaves of idleness, and judge which is the best imasfartone to you ! to go to put such an affront upon me, au' ter to serve-industry or idleness.
COLUMN FOR THE LADIES.
moustachios of some half Turk have charms for her, and she
wends her way-La Conelessa Catapulta Cavatina-to the loveBishop Heber's Widow.-The WRITING Winows.-Our ly land where all above is moonshine, and all below is heroisen voiden are all heroines pow; the newspapers say, that Lady and piracy. Thus goes the world of widows. Without know, Harcourt, wose noble husband could hardly have been con- ing or caring what kind of match Heber's masculine and man. signed to the earth when the late king was buried, sent for uging widow may have carved out for her tender fancies, it is twelve tickets to St George's Chapel. A snug funeral party enough for us to know that she has made eleven thousand pounds this. Of course they all got tickets, and were well entertained. by his “Remains," and is now worrying the public again with No doubt her ladyship was very much at her ease, and has con
his “ Life and Travels.” But we should be sorry to impe le tinued so ever since... Yet it is not so much by women of rank, the progress of the larly's prosperity, or the gooduess of the ea:eh who are bred up to this stony-heartedness as a part of their edu- which the man of moustaches has made in her, and we recomcation, and think much the sime of a dead husband as of a cast. mend its purchase to all those who patronize the Widow of. off gown, that our indignation has been excited of late. It is Ephesus class of marriageable dames above forty-five.- White with the “ weeping widows,” the “undone and bereaved of all taker's Monthly Magazine. their souls held dear," the walking hearses of a husband's beloved memory, black and tragic from top to toe-the writing severe paper was written, the widow of the amiable and ex.
[It is scarce necessary to say, that since this clever though widlows-those sorrowing authoresses, who, in insatiable fond cellent Heber has wedded and separated from the Greek ad. ness for the dear dead-and-grne, and “in a holy desire to give venturer, to whoin it was believed she was recretly married the world some knowledge of the virtues and various perfec- when the last of Heber's works was played off against public tions of him whom they shall never cease to deplore, whose credulity and sympathy. On the subject of these letters image they treasure in their heart of hearts, and whom they a late No. of the Edinburgh Review observes “ About some day and night implore heaven that they may soon rejoin in the feelings of a domestic nature, which allow the veil only to be grave; make books and sell them for the highest price they can lifted upon solemn occasions, and with a trembling hand. get; blustered up by puffery of all kinds, demands on the “re.
Among those letters, one is, we perceive, endorsed to my dear Collections of college frier ds," or," the sympathy of sorrowing wife, in case of my death.' It requests her to be comforted relations," and on the humbugability of the public in general. concerning hiin, to bear his loss patiently, and to trust in the These are the true Widow-of-Ephesus tribe ; and, we will con Almighty to raise up friends, and give food and clothing to her. fess, it would not seriously afflict our souls to see them thrown self and her children." Any one who had seen an advertiseinto public scorn, or hear the first application for assistance, the ment to this effect must surely have exclaimed " an enemy hath first presentation of the prospectus of “ The Recollections and done this!--or, would interpret the notice into a scandalous Remains of the late lamented Honourable Reverend Charles expedient for extorting money by purchasing suppression. 1 Montague Antonio Belville, with fac-similes of his writing, and
THREE FEMALE DANCERS. —The Schoolmaster has nothing his billets doux and epigrams in the magazines, carefully col- to do with dancers or singers, and only gives the subjoined bit lected, with notes, by his affectionate and di-consolate widow, of playful raving for the sake of the striking moral to be apthe Honorable Amelia Antoinetta Isabinda Seymour" answered pended to it. in every instance by “Madam, you are an impostor! No wo
“ The names of the three Poetesses of Motion, whom it is man who cared for a husband's memory, would make such the good fortune of rich and luxurious England to possess at an exhibition of him. You only want to parade yourself this season, are inscribed above. Of Brugnoli we have spoken before the public, and get money and a second husband as before, she is the impossible Grace ; Heberle is the goddess of fast as you can." - The
is not one of the scribbling widows elegance and art; 'Taglioni of elastic joy-of grace in ecstacy. that has not "changed her condition” with the greatest alert- None can equal Brugnoli, for her muscles are at once cornposness possible. The latest candidate on the list has been poored of ivory and Indian-rubber-she is a creature of vegetable Heber's widow ; this lady was the widow par excellence, all devotedness, all sublime, all the mother of the Gracchi. 'Bult gum and elephant's tooth; prior muscle never had its equal
either in energy or rigour. nobody better knew what she was about, when softening the * sentimental reader" was the question. With an alacrity worthy powers seem to transcend mortality; and yet we fancy we can
Heberle is a creature of the most refined art : her exquisite of an undertaker, she collected every fragment of the dead that discover their origin, progress, perfection. 'in the traces left beshe could turn into money, enlisted every friend he had in the hind. But it is like looking in the Pyramids for marks of scheme, made a Jew's bargain with a bookseller, and out came
masonry Attitude is the forte of the divine Heberle: she is the quarto :-The late Bishop Heber's Travels in India," &. " with sketches, engravings, vignettes," and, she ought to have great, too._ye gods, how great !–in the graceful exertion of alldel, in justice to the sentimental reader, with a variety of while they delight, siinply as it they were specimens only of
power: she seems to do those esquisite movements that dazzle weak correspondence and of childish and unepiscopal verses : Now, to those who have hearts in their bosoms, and have known make up our prescription for mental disease, we should say but the whole tenderly blazoned with notes by his widow: the
gifts that had been given to her.
Could an apothecary so commingle essences, that he might the loss of any for whom they felt even common regard, the Recipe, the power, and the grace, and the form of Heberle : mix idea of hunting over their papers, conning their letters, gather-them in some vase of witchery: let lights innu nerable, odeurs ing every scrap that fell from their hands, recalling the familiar inexpressible, and tones inconceivable, fill the air and imprese penmanship, the familiar phrase, till almost the familiar voice
nate it with delight; and at some favourable moment of return. is in the ear, and the dead seems to stand before them; is one ing spirit, draw up the curtain. Such a vision floating behind of the most repulsive thoughts that can come into the mind; in it! If inusic cin cure the bite of a tarantula, then is Heberle fact, those who have any heart at all, shrink from it wholly
a specific for the Cholera." and cannot prevail upon theinselves to go near any object
The sister of the young foreigner thus bepraised, died of Cholera which calls back the image; and if they make any exer- in two hours illness, before this paragraph could have travelled tion, it is to avoid all recurrence to sensations which can
the rounds. Heberle fled in horror. This incident may teach a not return without great pain. But not so with the she-editor. better style of joking to theatrical critics. The Widow of Ephesus first looks to the market, considers how much better books will sell if they are taken in time; and then before the breath is well out of the husband's body, she is neck
The Dahlia was a flower unknown in Europe within deep in his truoks, turning out his portfolios, cutting extracts the last twenty years; it is a native of the marshes of out of his books, and inditing circulars to all his friends for Peru ; it was called after Dabl, the famous Swedish bo. every frayment of his letters ; then comes, without a inoment's tanist. Its varieties at present amount to nearly 505. delay, the Proposal for publishing the Life and Remains, with The most beautiful flowering time of the dahlia is from Notes by his Widow !" The book is published ; sympathy with the beginning of August to the middle of October; a tem. some, shame with others, common charity with the rest, make perature of ten or twelve degrees appears to be the most a considerable sum of money; which the world, of course, con favourable for them. The dahlia is multiplied by seeds ceive that they are contributing for the support of a worthy and parting the roots; the French say, by slips and grafts ; man's children, and giving into the hands of a worthy widow. but they are so easily increased by the two first methods, But the money is scarcely lodged, when, lo! the widow is a wife ; some gay lounger of St. James's air has caught her laste,
that the others need not be adopted even if practicable. and wooed her to be his, by virtue of his knowledge of her sub- The double varieties, that flower first in the time, are those scription ; or she has been charmed by the grin and guitar of whose time of florescence soonest terminates, while the some exquisite, who, though figuring as a peruquier in the latter plants, whose first blossoms are lovely, generally fur. sunny south, figures as a Marquis infoggy England ; or the nish the finest flowers, on the approach of winter.
TYE LIVERPOOL RAILWAY.
But hy all the experiments on tubes it appears that the trans
mission of sound is infinitely more rapid 'han in the open air, or MECHANISM AND ITS Marvels. This is the age of me-actually occupies no time whatever. A series of experiments chanical invention, and we have no doubt, that before its course
made a few years ago by M. Birt and other French mathemati. is run out, we shall have made a prodigious advance in the cians when the iron
pipes were laying down for conveying water power of man over nature. The railway system is of itself a great They joined long ranges of those pipes to each other, so as to triumph. We are not to be discouraged by the accidents which
The results were, from time to time occur in its use, for in every instance of those make a contioued tube of several miles. accidents the misfortune has been fairly earned by the fully or
that the lowest whisper at one end of the tube was heard with rashness of the sufferer. Two or three things of this kind have the most perfect distinctness at the other, and that it was heard Lutely happened on the Liverpool Railway. But what is to be instantaneously. The moment the speaker at one end was seen expected. if a clowo who thinks he can outrun a vehicle Aying to apply his lips to the tube, his words were heard at the other. thirty miles an hour, is crushed in consequence. Another fel. If this discovery should be substantiated by the railway tube, low gets drunk, and will choose no place to sleep off his drunken.
man will possess another power over nature of the most curious Dess but the middle of the railway the engine comes, with the and the most
useful kind. The telegraph, admirable an invenrapidity of a shaft of lightning, and before the engineer can see
tion as it is, would be a toy to an instrument by which a public that there is any thing before him but the sky, the body is cut order or any other piece of intelligence could be conveyed at its in two Another clown chooses to hang on the engine, at full full length from the seat of government to a seaport, or any other speed, as he would bang on the shafts of his eart ; warning is of important spot of the kingdom, equally in fog and clear weather, Do use to him; he drops off, and is ground into powder at the night and day, and without even the delay that occurs by the moment. But those are no more impeachments of the system telegraph. The sailing and triumph of a fret, the surprise of than the possibility of breaking one's neck by a fall from a first
an enemy, a stroke that might decide the fate of a nation, might floor window is an argument for living on the ground. Even be the consequence of this simple invention. And its value the more serious doubt, whether the railway be in reality the would be still enhanced. if in the course of time, it could be cheaper, as it is decidedly the more rapid and powerful mode, turned to the iudividual se of the community; if a systein vanishes before just consideration. The expense of the Liverpool could be established allowing every body to avail bimself of this railway has been heavy, and like all commencements, there have mode of communication ; like the Post Office, the intercourse been errors, and even some unnecessary expenditures in the un
of which was originally established only for the uses of the state dertaking. A railway, too, on which the chief articles of carriage and monarchs, but is now turned to the service of every man mus: be the bulky products of manufacture, or the still bulkier who desires to write a letter. raw material, must have dimensions that can scarcely be re
MR. COULTHURST, THE AFRICAN Traveller. It is with quired for the usual intercourse of the country. There may feelings of deep regret that we have to announce the death of this have also been a rather Ostentatious attention to magnificence in the design, which, however laudable and even fitting in a great long and melancholy catalogue of men of spirit and tulent who
young and enterprising traveller--another victiin adiled to the kingdom, But this is of all, faults the most venial. We hope fortnight's journey from the Old Calabar river into the interior, conde Lion between two trading towns in a remote part of the have fallen u sacrifice to their enthusiasın on the subject of
African discovery. Mr. Coulthurst hail, it appeirs, made a that no London railway will be constructed without a view to
when, for reasons unknown at present, he returned to that the natioual honour. It is a nobler monument than all the place, and embarked on board the Agnes, a Liverpoul vessel triumpbal arehes of Rome. We say, then, that the Liverpool bound for Fernando Po. It was during this voyage that this railway is an experiment no longer; th't it has fully succeeded. The profits may be less than the sanguineness of speculation intelligent and amiable inan breathed his list, on the 15th of imagine. But the facts are ascertained that a stearn-engine can
THE African ExPEDITION.—The expedition will procarry weights to which no animal power is equal, with a rapid . ity that sets all animal speed at defiance ; and that it can do bably leave Liverpool in a day or two. this without intermission, without regard to night or day, frost
one of which is composed of iron, are two of the neatest or sunsbine, the height of summer, or the depth of the most and most elegant construction, and have been very generinclement season of tbe year. If the Liverpool railway were ally admired. not to pay its own expenses, all that could be rationally said THE IRISH WIDOW'S FAREWELL TO HER would be: There has been some rashness or cluinsiness in the
INFANT. details, but you have got all that an inventive people can require. You have got a new and mighty power of nature; such
0, where is thy father, my own lanna-bawn," ibings are not vnuchsafed for nothing; and your business is
Who kissed the fresh balm of thy lip, as with dawn now to bring to it the observation and ingenuity with which
He rose, and with eyes raised to Heaven in prayer, you have been furnished by Providence for such purposes, and
Sought blessings for thee and his wedded love there? to bring this noble principle, this new revelation in inechanics, From thence, 'till the day-star sank tired in the west, into the active and manageable employment of man.
He toiled with delight for the pair he loved best; TRANSMISSION OF ARTICULATE SOUNDS. --One of the eurious results of the railway will probably be soine im.
Then homeward, though wearied, he hastened to twine provement in the communication of 'sound. Every body
His heart in pure fondness with yours, babe, and mine. knows the contrivance, which has now become so common Wo, wo to the day, when a blood-thirsting band in the shops of workmen and tradesmen, the tin tube by which Came to levy the tithe and arrears of our land; : ressage is conveyed through all parts of the house, at the Its morn saw thy father young, beauteous, and bold, mornent, and which of course saves the delay and trouble of Its noontide beheld him pale, gory, and cold. xading a servant. Those tubes are capable of much more ge
Redeemer of man! didst thou grant, for one hour, meral application, and might be very corveniently applied to every house. The principle is now to be tried on a large scale.
To thine own chosen priesthood the right or the power k is proposed, by means of a small tube throughout the length
To go in robed state to thy temple and pray, of the Liverpool and Manchester railway, to convey information
Then take from distress its last morsel away? as quickly as in conversation. The length of the longest tun. They have taken our blanket-our last one and where Del of the Liverpool and Manchester railway is about 6,600 feet, Shall I shelter my darling? My bosom is bare but it is thought that articulate sounds could be transmitted not And withered ; and ah, such a chill's in my heart, saly through the tunnels, but along the whole length of the railway. Its convenience on the railway would be obvious, as
That the grave of thy father more warmth would impart. by a few men stationed at regular distances several miles apart,
I could live for thee, doat on thee, beg through the world, Warning could be instantly given through the speaking-pipe of Nor repine, though by want, ay, even misery unfurled ; any obstruction or accident. But the probability is, that it But grief for thy parent, and terror for thee, will be discovered that not only can the words of a speaker at Have dried up the source of existence for me. Liverpool be transmitted to Manchester, but that they can be
I leave thee, my lanna, all helpless and lorn ; transmitted through any distance however great, and with an almest instantaneous rapidity. The progress of sound through
Were it lawful, I'd wish that thou never wert born, the air is well known to be 1142 feet in a second, and it is a
Or rather the tithe-bullet pierced thy young breast, engular fact that the feeblest sound travels as rapidly as the
Then sweetly with thee and my love I would rest. laudest ; thus a whisper has the speed of a burst of thunder.
My fair-haired babe.
EXTRAORDINARY INSTANCE OF STRENGTH AND SPEED.
One of the most extraordinary instances of strength combined HUMBUG.Every body is not acquainted with the etymology of the word humbug, which is now very generally applied to lately in Manchester. In a warehouse in Dale Street, a con
with speed that we ever recollect to have heard of, took place cholera. It is a corruption of Hamburgh, and originated in versation lately took place about running between a young the following manner :-During a period when war prevailed man employed there and a porter belonging to the Railway on the continent, so many false reports and lying bulletins were Company, who was waiting at the warehouse for some packfabricated at Hamburgh, that at length, when any one would
ages that had to be forwarded by the Railway, when the Rail. signify his dishelief of a statement, he would sav, You had
way porter, whose name is Darlington, said he could run 120 that from Hamburgh ; and thus, That is Hamburgh,' or yards with a certain package upon his back whilst the warehumhug,' became a common expression of incredulity.”
house porter ran 200 without load. This package contained AN OUT-AND-OUT SKITTLE-PLAYER.--In an imperial city, 120 pieces of prints, weighing about 3 lbs. each, and had been lately, a criminal was condemned to be heheaded, who had a packed in an hydraulic press. A wager was made for bs., balf singular itching to play at nine-pins, While his sentence was in ale and ha!f in money, and preparations were instantly made pronounciug, he had the temerity to offer a request to be per for the race. The package was lowered on the shoulders of the mitted to play once more at his favourite game, at the place of man, and when properly balanced off they started, when to the execution; and then, be said, he should submit without a mur
utter astonishment of several who witnessed the exploit, the mur. As the last prayer of a dying man, his request was grant man carrying this ponderous load Gnished his 120 yards, when ed. When arrived at the solemn spot, he found everything the other, who is, by the bye an excellent runner, was eight prepared. the pins being set up and the bowl being ready. He
yards from home. played with no little earnestness ; but the Sheriff, at length, A DRAKE BETTER THAN A Duke.- The Duke of Leeds was seeing that he shewed no inclination to desist, privately ordered
very affable with his tenants and people; one of them came up the executioner to strike the fatal blow as he stooped for the
to bim oce day when he was riding, and told him he had a great bowl. The executioner did so, and the head dropped into the favour to beg of him. The Duke asked him what it was. The culprit's hand, as he raised himself to see what had occurred;
man replied, after some hesitation, that he had a little boy who he immediately aimed at the nine, conceiving it was the bowl plagued him day and night to let him see the Duke, and that which he grasped. All nine fulling, the head exclaimed, “By-, las his Grace was now close to his cottage, he would perhaps do I have won the
him the great favour to let his son look at him. The Duke INEFFICACY OF GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS ox Com- readily consented, and rode laughing to the cottage, where the MERCE. - It is the policy of many of the states of Italy rigidly delighted father ran in and fetched his child. The boy stood tn exclude British manufactured goods from their territories. amazed, looking at the middle-aged gentleman of not very comYet as we annually take from them merchao.lize, principally manding exterior before him, of whose greatness and power be raw silk, to the value of two millions sterling, anri as no expor beard so much; and suddenly asked “Can you swim?"_"No, tation of the precious metals is made in ‘payment for the same,
my good boy." said the Duke." “ Can you fly?"_" No, I it became a question ir. what shape and by what channels the can't Ay neither.” “ Theo I like father's Drake better, for he Italian merchants obtained returns for their, prodace. Upon can do both." investigation, it appeared that the foreiga traders took their remuneration in bills of exchange drawn upon London merchants,
TO CORRESPONDENTS. by far the largest portion of which were remitted to Manchester
The hint regarding Public Institutions, will fbe attended to. We and Glasgow from Austria and the German states, in return
should be glad to see the College Museum on such a footing that a for those products of British industry against which the Italian popular guide to it would become desirable. But while 2s 6d. must be governments so strictly closed their ports. -Cabinet Cyclopædia. paid at each visit, by child, as well as adults, its treasures are so far A life of contemplation is not unfrequently a miserable one ;
sealed. A man should be active, think less, and not watch life too
We are indebted to several correspondents for pieces of poetry of closely.-Mirabeau's Letters.
Tur Duties OF THE GREAT — When a prince or prelate, merit ; but our narrow limits forbid the insertion of original composi. a noble and a rich person, hath reckoned all his iminunities and degress of innocence from those evils that are incident to in
CONTENTS OF NO. IV. Serior persons, or the worse sort of their own order, they do
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sidence in New Zealand; History of the Highlands and Clans of involuntary adulation on a sinu le prominent figure, to have
-Chaunts of the People, &c.
51 ta 51 an excuse for withdrawing our notice from all other clauins
American Modes of Thinking; Horse Selling- A Scene at (perhaps juster and more galling ones) and in the hope of shar Tattersall's........ ing a part of the applause as train bearers.
ELEMENTS OF TuououT-Power of being Useful to Mankind; BEING CONTENT. - It is a very right thing to be content ;
Sympathy; Forbearance; Motives to Mutuni Charity ; scripture and reason teach us the same ; that is, we ought to Artificial Man, &c., &c... be content with what we have, when we have done the best for THE STORY. TELLER-Elizabeth Villiers, a Tale for the Young 57 ourelves, but not before. If a inan is content with dirt, poverty, ROBERT BURNS... ani rigs, when he might by care and industry better his condi The Sicilian Vespers; Hints to Invalids; A Golden Rule; tion, he is a fool to be content. I have seen a mud cabin or cot The Schoolmaster at Home in Ireland... in Ireland, where they were content to have the pig, the ass, COLUMN FOR TUR LADIES- Bishop Heber's Widow; Three the ducks and fowls, all in the kitchen with the children : and Female Dancers; The Irish Widow's Farewell to her Infant 09 it is said they often burn a stair at a time to save the trouble of
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