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six hundred to two thousand four hundred francs ; the pub- provided she could but dazzle, she cared not by what a tone to which she had not been used, and which bei lic supply the expense of the illumination of the public means.
not like. He had a particular objection to any thing e buildings, bridges, churches, theatres, and monuments; Bendorf was long wavering between these two stars; resembled command; and it struck him, that if the bil as well as of houses occupied by men holding public and he would, perhaps, have had no objection to court dared to speak in such a manner, the wife might
feel offices. The river is covered by illuminated vessels, which, them both; but since it was necessary to make a choice, clined to persevere in it: he remained obstinate in his by their reflexion in the water, produce the most beautiful his better genius decided at last for Amelia. He became fusal of going forthwith; and he left the room, for el illusion. The population of Pisa does not amount to her declared lover, and it was perfectly understood that first time, with unpleasant feelings. Arrived at his hom more than 15,000 inhabitants, but it contains during the the marriage would take place as soon as his predecessor he found, however
, that he had been rather too positive festival week, at least 200,000 persons, assembled together in the expected employment should be pleased to make that man (being the stronger) ought to indulge the weak from distant parts of Italy and even from foreign countries: room for him by death or promotion. This decision was creature, and he resolved to comply, on the next da among them may be seen English and Africans, whose no sooner known, than a considerable alteration took place with Amelia's request, provided she repeated it in Vessels are lying at anchor in the port of Leghorn. The in the behaviour of the young man's acquaintances. The softened style. whole of the quay of the Arno, which forms a sort of fathers of marriageable daughters received his visits much The next morning Bendorf was just getting ready to crescent from the gate of Allepiage to that of the sea, may more coolly, and did not invite him so often to dinner as out, when Amelia's maid brought him a note, in whi be discovered at, a single glance, and forms a magnificent they had done before; the mothers thought that he had the fair one stated, that she was suddenly called out coup d'æil.
been rather hasty in coming to a conclusion ; the young town by the indisposition of an aunt, and that he mi The Pisans give to these games an origin of great an- ladies discovered that his nose was (after all, a little too make haste if he wished to see her before her departu tiquity: the learned of their country affirm that the first Roman, his figure too slender, and his conversation too but that she could only allow him to take leave, on ultramontane nations who invaded Italy, introduced there serious : some secret rivals even pretended
to have learned express condition of his first settling the disagreea the custom of exercising the youth in feigned combats, that his official labours were not approved by his superiors. business of yesterday. This spoiled all: the young m vulgarly called in France petite guerre, and that in those Bendorf observed what was going on without being had been already determined to take the requested ste remote times, the game of the bridge was established at much afflicted by it: he lived only for his Amelia ; and but startled by this new instance of Amelia's haughtine Pisa. They are fond of boasting of the magnificence and as he was soon after fortunate enough to obtain the situa. he set out for Julia's house, but with no very friendly fel good order displayed at chese festivals in 1785, which, say tion for which he had been waiting, his beloved fixed her. ings towards the former. He was forthwith admitted an they, excited the admiration of the king and queen of the self the time of their union at a month's distance. The the offended lady asssured him that the circumstance ha the two Sicilies, of the Archduke Ferdinand, Governor of young man was in raptures, and he spent every spare already been half effaced from her memory before his i Austrian Lombardy, and of all the royal family of the moment in the society of his bride." One fine afternoon rival, and that it should now be entirely obliterated. & Grand Duke of Tuscany. Well may the 'remembrances he found her sitting at the open window, reading, and (at whispered a few words to her servant, and invited awakened by these games be dear to the inhabitants of intervals) cracking some filberts, which lay upon the table. gentleman to sit down. The conversation soon took Pisa ; they are all that remain to them of their former He was very well received, and the book was soon laid pleasant turn; for Julia set all the brilliancy of her wit grandeur, glory, and wealth.
aside : both spoke of their approaching happiness, and work, in order to make herself an agreeable compania Liverpool
A. W. Bendorf became so animated that he hardly knew what he and was the more successful in her endeavours, as Bebeli
was about: in his ecstasy he threw the nut-shells, one by had not been at all prepared for such a reception. # THE NUT-SHELL.
one, out of the window; but his companion had no sooner situation with Amelia made him moreover particula
perceived it, than she bid him to desist, and represented to anxious to kill a little of his time by a relieving diversi FROM THE GERMAN OF MEISSNER, BY L. MAN, OF LIVERPOOL him the impropriety of the proceeding. He looked out of Time passed indeed so quickly, that dinner-hour was i [Translated expressly for the Kaleidoscope.] the window, and withdrew his head with every mark of approaching, and Julia's father made his appearatu
consternation: Amelia observed it, and anxious to know This was a good-natured old man, whom his only daught The threads of the spider and of the silk-worm are very the extent of the misfortune, took a peep herself; but managed at pleasure, and who had already received til fine, but the threads which compose and connect the web what was her confusion, when she not only sa w Miss Julia cue for the occasion : he was greatly rejoiced at the tu of a man's fate are often still more delicate ; and I have Hilmer, with several of her friends, but heard, at the expected visit, and invited the visitor, in the most poli now to relate the shame and misery which were caused by same time, the following words:-" I am sure, I am very and pressing manner, to join a party of friends, whom the inconsiderate throw of a nut-shell.
much obliged to you, Mr. Secretary; your gallantries are expected that day. Bendorf was a rash but deep-feeling youth, with strict not very refined; but they may be very fashionable at the Bendorf, however, now recollected Amelia and I notions of religion and rectitude ; constant with male university. Were you afraid of not being conspicuous speedy departure; he thanked him for the intended civili friends, but a little given to flirtation with female ones. enough with your fair companion ; and are you so deter. but urged the absolute necessity of his waiting upon He had just returned from the university with a well- mined to bring your intimacy into notice ?"
bride before she left town. Julia rallied the over-u furnished head, and a heart open to every thing good Bendorf had, since his engagement, renounced almost punctuality of the faithful shepherd, questioned the real and beautiful. His candour in conversation, the origi- all female society except that of his betrothed ; and Julia of the mentioned excursion, and finally persuaded him nality of his expressions, the elegance of his manners, and had been avoided by him with particular care ; either be put off his farewell visit until after dinner. The expeet his courage in bidding defiance to prejudice, brought him cause he had no great confidence in his own strength of guests arrived, and the company was as numerous as * soon into notice. His male acquaintances (particularly mind, or because he had observed some slight seeds of chosen : the dinner was good, the wine excellent, the elder ones) sometimes shook their heads, and pro jealousy in the otherwise very indulgent character of Bendorf, having Julia for his neighbour, soon forgot et phesied him not much good; but there were others who Amelia. Julia, on the contrary, ever surrounded by ad- thing but present enjoyment: he so well availed him: would now and then encourage him with a half-whispered mirers, could not brook the idea of quietly giving up that of his neighbour's advances, and repaid them so liberi bravo. With the ladies he was an acknowledged favou- solitary rebel Bendorf, and had tried all the arts of co- by his refined compliments, that one of the other la rite; and many great gentlemen, with richly-embroidered quetry to draw him into her snares : what wonder that she asked him, in a whisper, how he would like a faith coats, were less listened to than the supernumerary young now looked upon his act as an intentional insult? Amelia report of his behaviour to be sent to Miss Amelia Midi Secretary: his criticisms were repeated by young females, was in despair ; and her lover attempted, in vain, to tran. He became embarrassed at the malicious question, but and even the elder ones allowed that there was sense in quillize her with the trite maxim, that "whatever has mustered up sufficient courage to reply that he did what he said. He might have paid his addresses almost once happened cannot be undone." The affair became care. The remark had, nevertheless, the effect of remi any where with hope of success, but two objects claimed still worse by the report of the servant, who had acci- ing him that it was high time for him to take bis la his particular attention. Amelia Mildau, amiable, hand.dentally been at door, and who had heard all the biting and he firmly refused joining the company in an af some, young, and rich, rivalled Julia Hilmer, who was remarks which had been produced by the dropping of a noon's walk. Julia was obliged to content berself equally wealthy, and much handsomer, but less good. nut-shell on the pretty nose of a rival. Amelia foresaw his promise of calling again, as soon as he should be natured.
all the consequences of the event, and how bitterly Julia liberty. He hastened to Amelia's house, and foun Amelia seemed to be most fit for a happy domestic life, would try to avenge herself, if she could not be persuaded chaise at the door: the servant told him that her mist whilst Julia had all the qualities calculated to render her of their innocence. Bendorf admitted the correctness of had long been waiting for him, and that it would be attractive in society; her sparkling wit displayed itself in her statement; and he intended to seize the first opportu- fault if they had now to travel by night. He flex almost every word she uttered, and her expressive mien nity to make an apology, and to bring about a reconci- stairs, and found Amelia walking to and fro with hi supplied what little might have still been wanting in the liation : but all would not do. The alarmed belle insisted steps; his awkward attempts at an apology were recei poignancy of her remarks. She would have had talents on his going immediately, and she urged him to do so in with a forced smile of indifference, and he was retním to govern a country, and to ruin it too, had her charms
of his former glowing protestations, which his pred
In , bride and brideattracted the notice of its prince. Amelia had more groom as soon as they are formally engaged to each other; conduct did not at all verify
. This remark confirmed friends, but Julia had more admirers; the former was but the appellatiou does not extend beyond the day of mar- in the already half-formed design of concealing the trip oftener praised, but the latter was oftener spoken of ; and, riage.
and he had the weakness to commit an unpardonable i fer the sake of hiding a venial one. He stammered some- | raised him to a level with the nobles of the land ; by na- When Burns died I was then young, but I was not in. thing about an invitation, which it would have been im- ture, if not by birth, he was the peer of Byron. I knew sensible that a mind of no common strength had passed posible to refuse; and when Amelia repeated the impos- one, and I have seen both; they rose by the force of their from amongst us. He had caught my fancy and touched
genius, and they fell by the strength of their passions; one my heart with his songs and his poems. I went to see w with emphasis, he named one of his superiors in wrote from a love,
and the other from a scorn, of man- him laid out for the grave; several eldern people were réce
, whom he pretended to have met at his leaving Julia kind; and they both sang of the emotions of their own with me. He lay in å plain, unadorned coffin, with a is the morning, and who had invited him to dinner for the hearts with a vehemence and an originality which few linen sheet drawn over his face; and on the bed, and
around the body, herbs and flowers were thickly strewn, ake of having a long conversation on business. Having have equalled,
and none surely have ever surpassed.
The first time I ever saw Burns was in Nithsdale; he according to the usage of the country. He was wasted ence said so much, be launched out into a description of was tall
and of a manly make, his brow broad and high, somewhat by long illness ; but death bad not increased the man's remarkable irritability, and of the great injury and his voice varied with the character of his inimitable the swarthy hue of his face, which was uncommonly dark which the anger of such an individual might do to his tale; yet, through all its variations, it was melody itself. and deeply marked—the dying pang was visible in the furare prospects ; but Amelia stopped him short, by first He was of great personal strength, and proud too of dis- lower part, but his broad and open brow was pale and sarcastically inviting him not to set up for a rival of La playing it; and I have seen him lift a load with ease, serene, and around it his sable hair lay in masses, slightly
which few men would have willingly undertaken. touched with grey, and inclining more to a wave than a Bruyére in the drawing of characters; and then asking
The first time I ever saw Byron was in the House of curl. The room where he lay was plain and neat, and bio whether he did not think it the greatest offence ima- Lords, soon after the publication of “Childe Harold.” the simplicity of the poet's humble dwelling pressed the pixable, when one person attempted to make another He stood up in his place on the opposition side, and made presence of death more closely on the heart, than if his believe an absolute falsehood. The young man stared ; a speech on the subject of Catholic freedom. His voice bier had been embellished by vanity and covered with the but the lady told him very coolly, that she was already was low, and I heard him but by fits; and when I say he blazonry of high ancestry and rank. We stood and gazed
was witty and sarcastic, I judge as much from the invo. on him in silence for the space of several minutes we informed of his having dined at Julia's, and of his having luntary mirth of the benches, as from what I heard with went, and others succeeded us there was no jostling and been the life and soul of the whole company: she added, my own ears. His voice had not the full and manly me- crushing, though the crowd was great man followed man that she would bave forgiven it, if he had made an honest lody of the voice of Burns; nor had he equal vigour of as patiently and orderly as if all had been a matter of confession ; but that, after what he had done now, she frame, nor the same open expanse of forehead. But his mutual understanding—not a question was asked-not a would only request him to leave her house, and never to face was finely formed, and was impressed with a more whisper was heard. This was several days after his death.
The multitude who accompanied Burns to the grave trouble her again in any manner whatsoever. She left him singular conformation of ear; the lower lobe, instead of went step by step with the chief mourners; they might vite these words, and bolted the door after her. Bendorf being pendulous, grew down and united itself to the cheek, amount to twelve thousand. Not a word was heard ; and made some vain attempts to get admittance; and, whilst and resembled no other ear I ever saw, save that of the though all could not be near, and many could not see, he was still addressing his entreaties to the empty room, Duke of Wellington.
when the earth closed on their darling poet for ever, there be heard the chaise setting off, and perceived that the from the Browwell of Solway; be had been ailing all expressed. It was an impressive and mournful sight to
The last time I saw Burns in life, was on his return was no rude impatience shown, no fierce disappointment irritated fair one had taken her egress through a cabinet spring, and summer had come without bringing health see men of all ranks and persuasions and opinions mingling which opened towards the stairs. He became angry in with it; he had gone away very ill, and he returned worse. as brothers, and stepping side by side down the streets of turn, and resolved not to bear such treatment; he He was brought back, I think, in a covered
spring cart, Dumfries, with the remains of him who had sang of their maubed out of the house, and hastened to get out of town, and when he alighted at the foot of the street in which he loves and joys and domestic endearments, with a truth and Border to dissipate his grief a little in the open air : he door with difficulty. He stooped much, and there was a I could, indeed, have wished the military part of the prostemnished at his being suddenly stopped by some female in a blue coat, with the undress nankeen pantaloons of the His fate has been a reproach to Scotland. But the rehands
, whilst loud bursts of laughter saluted him from all volunteers, and his neck, which was inclining to be short, proach comes with an ill grace from England. When we iles. He found himself in the midst of the very com- shovel hats of the episcopal clergy. He was not fastidious and Chatterton's poison cup, we may think that we stand ay which he had been invited to join before. The about his dress; and an officer, curious in the personal alone in the iniquity of neglecting pre-eminent genius.. I adies now took formal and forcible possession of his body, appearance and equipments of his company, might have found myself at the brink of the poet's grave, into which nd would not allow him to say a word in defence of his questioned the military nicety of the poet's clothes and he was about to descend for ever; there was a pause among liberty. Perceiving that resistance would be useless, he
the mourners as if loath to part with his remains; and submitted quietly to his fate, which, after all, did not untimely death, Dumfries was like a besieged place. It earth sounded on his coffin-lid, I looked
up and saw tears From the day of his return home, till the hour of his when he was at last lowered, and the first shovelful of appear to be so very hard ; for his recent quarrel with his was known he was dying, and the anxiety, not of the rich on many cheeks where tears were not usual. The volun, hride added new lustre to the charms of Julia, who im- and the learned only, but of the mechanics and
peasants, teers justified the fears of their comrade by three ragged Betliately joined him, and engaged him anew in so lively exceeded all belief. 'Wherever two or three people stood and straggling volleys. The
earth was heaped up, the estiversation, that he would not even have remarked the together, their talk was of Burns, and
of him alone; they green sod was laid over him, and the multitude stood Haize, by which they were overtaken, if his fair companion family—of his fame, and of his untimely and approach. melted silently away. The day was a fine
one, the sun not herself ordered him to wave his hat and cheer his ing fate, with a warmth and an enthusiasm which will was almost without a cloud, and not a drop of rain fell falcines. He stood motionless, like a boy who is caught ever endear Dumfries to my remembrance.
from dawn to twilight. the very act of playing truant. Amelia had been de- His good humour was unruffled, and his wit never for- A few select friends and admirers followed Lord Byron sted by a friend, who was to accompany her, and she sook him. He looked to one of his fellow volunteers with to the grave. His coronet was borne before him, and
2 likewise surprised at finding her discarded beau so said, “John, don't let the awkward squad fire over me." Assembled multitude, no indications of his genius. In ably consoled; but she mustered up as much contempt He was aware that death was dealing with him;
he asked conformity to a singular practice of the
great, a long train bet naturally soft features could express, to congratulate a lady who visited him, more in sincerity than in mirth, of their empty carriages followed the mourning coaches,
neeringly, on his good fortune, and to remind him what commands she had for the other world. He re- mocking the dead with idle state, and impeding the de request which she had had the honour of making them he had lived long enough. "As his life drew near a Where were the owners of those machines of sloth and etben urged the postillion to drive on, and Julia ex. close, the eager, yet decorous solicitude of his fellow- luxury? Where were the men of rank among whose dark
“ How is this ? have you been quarrelling? I townsmen increased. He was an exciseman, it is true,– pedigrees Lord Byron threw the light of his genius, and Seit was not on my account? and yet, when I consider a name odious, from many associations, to his country- gave the brows of' nobility a halo to which they were stranmela's jealousy, and your stay with us this afternoon, men-but he did his duty meekly and kindly, and re- gers? Where were the great Whigs? Where were the il
it must be so, and I am very sorry." "So am not I, pressed, rather than encouraged, the desire of some of his lustrious Tories ? Could a mere difference in matters of Ented Bendorf, who felt extremely provoked at the fore much beloved ; and the passion of the Scotch for above all, where were the friends with whom wedlock had dizity of the reprimand he had received,) I have for poetry made them regard him as little lower than a united him? On his desolate corpse no wife looked, and
been in a better humour," he continued; and he spirit inspired. It is the practice of the young men of no child shed a tear. When the career of Burns was Mally endeavoured to make good his assertion by enter- mission from Tabour, and by these means I had an oppor- helpless sons ; they came into the streets in their mouri with full spirit into the amusements of the evening, tunity of witnessing the general solicitude of all ranks ings, and
public sympathy was awakened afresh. I shall by rendering himself as agreeable as he possibly could. and of all ages. His differences with them, in some im- never forget the looks of his boys, and the compassion [To be continued.)
portant points of human speculation and religious hope, which they excited. The poet's life had not been without were forgotten and forgiven ; they thought only of his errors, and such errors too as a wife is slow in forgiving;
genius, of the delight his compositions had diffused; and but he was honoured then, and is honoured now, by the ROBERT BURNS AND LORD BYRON.
they talked of him with the same awe as of some depart- unalienable affection of his wife and the world repays
ing spirit, whose voice was to gladden them no more. His her prudence and her love by its regard and esteem. (From the London Magazine.)
last moments have never been described; he had laid his Burns, with all his errors in faith and in practice, was have seen Robert Burns laid in his grave, and I have attendant reminded him of his medicine, and held the cup where he resided; no one thought of closing the church
head quietly on the pillow, awaiting dissolution, when his laid in hallowed earth, in the church.yard of the town a George Gordon Byron borne to his. One was a pea. to his lip. He started suddenly up, drained the cup at a gates against his body, because of the freedom of his ller, and makes amends for the injuries of fortune by swim, and springing from head to foot of the bed, fell with Byron laid among the illustrious men of England, in le richness of her benefactions: the genius of Burns his face down, and expired with a groan.!
Westminster Abbey ?
THE FATHER'S LAMENT WHILST KEEPING WATCI
OVER HIS DEAD INFANTS BODY.
AN ADDRESS TO THE ECHO.
(From the London Magasinc.)
(FROM THE LIVERPOOL MERCURY.
If I address the Echo yonder,
Echo I wonder !
Echo-A proper tie!
Echo-Come plain then!
Echo-Come undress'a !
Echo-You'd see, sir !
Echo_Then lick her!
He came: he look'd around, and died:
Sweet little innocent!
His Sister's merriment!
As to a place well-known;
And down to earth had flown.
He smiled e'en from his birth: But that to say so were a sin,
He seem'd too good for earth!
No tear his eye-balls shed;
But now that smile is filed!
Come down to visit earth,
In realms of bliss and mirth!
Thou wert of mortals born; Short-lived was thy mortality!
Ah! brief thy young life's morn!
Where all would wish to go;
Mocking a Father's woe!
Within thy coffin shed,
To share thy grassy bed.
Left, my sweet child, by thee!
Oh, God, pray pardon me!
Will shine upon thy sod!
Thy soul returns to God!
And grace upon me pour!
TO THE EDITOR. GENTLEMEN,—A few evenings ago I chanced to cast my eye over a jeu d'esprit, entitled " Address to the Echo," which appeared, I believe, originally, in the London Magazine of this month, and has thence found its way into a multiplicity of our public journals. It may be the height of presumption to criticise any composition, emanating from the literary galaxy of the metropolis, and it is, therefore, with fear and trembling that I presume to offer it as my humble opinion, that the aforesaid address to Echo is not absolutely perfect. The nymph, who has condescended to reply to the interrogatories of the rhyming lover, must have been that identical Irish echo, who, when asked " How do you do ?" replied
Very well, thank you!" To my ear, at least, such a response is fully as legitimate as the following, selected from the dialogue under consideration :—Celibacy, silly Bessy !-Common dressed, come undressed-Property, proper tie-Seize her, you'd see, sir, &c.
It may be the fault of my ear, but I cannot, for the life of me, reconcile those accomodating responses; as all the echoes I have conversed with are most scrupulously faithful in replication.
Well, Gentlemen, after reading, or, I believe, in the very act of reading, the jeu d'esprit in question, I fell asleep, and had a strange dream, which I shall briefly relate.
Methought I was sauntering by moonlight in a romantic wood, in which there was a remarkably fine Echo, when I perceived a female pass into the most shady part of the grore. She entered into a dialogue with Echo, which, as it was very brief, I was enabled to transcribe after I awoke. The damsel, although I could not very clearly distinguish her form, must have bcen of low degree by her provincial accent, and the rustic names of her admirers. With this preamble, I shall proceed to narrate the dialogue, which was as follows: Sweet Echo, no longer I single will tarry, Of all my admirers, pray which shall I marry?
EchOH's a sot.
Echo-Go dangle. Methought, that the desponding damsel, upon uttering these words, rushed forwards, in frantic despair, towards the aforesaid weeping willow. I attempted to pursue her, to prevent the fatal catastrophe; when I fell into a quagmire, and awoke well nigh suffocated with mud and sympathy.
Your old correspondent, Liverpool
And was it but a fleeting shade,
A mocking form of bliss,
Resembling happiness ?
That fled with opening day?
And friendship, scarce less dear,
How false are all things heres
Though dazzling bright they be,
Treacherous as summer sea !
And bids it cling to life,
With keen, unpitying knife.
Beyond the reach of change;
Through bowers of light can range.
of glittering Arcady;
The soul's support must be:
Who, weaned from earthly love,
Secure in realms above!
TO THE EDITOR SIR,-Should the following find favour in your eye the insertion of it in the Kaleidoscope (with which a little attempts of mine have been lately honoured) * oblige
A SCHOOL BOY.
EPIGRAM. Δακρυει Φειδων και φιλαργυρος, έχ οτι θνησκει, 'Αλλ 'ότι πεντε μνών την σορον επριάτο.
A coffin :-and zounds!
It cost him five pounds!
SONNET, FROM THE ITALIAN OP PETRARCH.
Beautiful bird ! that in the twilight singing,
Strayest beneath the dark and wintry sky, Mourning the dreams around thy spirit clinging
With the reflected light of days gone by; Oh! could'st thou know my griefs, in secret springing,
Even as thine own, how swiftly would'st thou fly Here—to this desolate heart!—some solace brioging
Each, by dividing what in each may lie: I know not, if the lots would equal be,
For she may live that draws thine inward tears, Which envious heaven and death deny to me;
But the dear season, and the day's decline, With memory of sweet and bitter years,
Invite my soul to sympathy with thine.
With respect to the connexion between the bite of a That very amusing and industrious writer, D'Israe
dog and the dreadful disease of hydrophobia, were we to in the second volume of his Curiosities of Literature, pa (F'rom the Liverpool Mercury.)
declare ourselves sceptics, our opinion can have little 473, relates the following case :
weight upon such a subject; we take this occasion, “A man in a burning fever, leaning over his bed-sid HYDROPHOBIA, REAL OR IMAGINARY,
however, to observe, that we know medical men, of pointed to the chamber door, begging he might swim i MEASURES ADOPTED IN CONSEQUENCE OF PREVAILING PANIC.
high professional character, superior education, and ex- in that lake, and then he should be cool. The physicia
tensive reading and practice, who do not hesitate to humored the conceit; the patient walked carefully abou “Their manner of knowing whether a dog be mad or no, express their total disbelief in the connexion to which we the room, seemed to feel the water ascend, till he declare somewhat resembles the ancient European custom of trying have alluded; not that they doubt the presence of those himself perfectly cool, and was so found.” witches. The old woman suspected was tied hand and foot, dreadful symptoms and spasmodic affections which are
If it be true that symptoms of real disease can be i and thrown into the water. If she swam, then she was instantly carried off to be burnt for a witch, if she sunk, then generally supposed to be peculiar to hydrophobia :-un- lieved by an effort of the imagination, it is still me Indeed she was acquitted of the charge, but drowned in the fortunately, the melancholy cases of this description are notorious and undeniable, that certain predicated or an experiment. In the same manner a crowd gather round a
too numerous and too well authenticated to be questioned: cipated symptoms or results may be brought on also dog suspected of madness, and they begin by teazing the debut although they feel themselves conipelled to acknow- the imagination of persons even of sane mind. V voted animal on every side; if he attempts to stand upon the defence and bite, then he is unanimously found guilty, for a ledge that a certain effect has been produced, and even mad dog always snaps at every thing; if, on the contrary, he that a dog had bitten the individual upon whom that Dutch doctors are also of opinion, that certain cases of t strives to escape by running away, then he can expect no effect was produced, it by no means follows that they must drophobia which have occurred, notwithstanding no compassion, for mad dogs always run straight forward before regard the dog and the disease as cause and effect, espe- stance of canine madness was ever known on the islas them."-Goldsmith's Citizen of the World.
cially when, as professional men, they are aware, that may be attributed to climate, and the state of the cous The dread of Hydrophobia was never, in our recollec- symptoms precisely similar to those of hydrophobia have tution as affected by it. The bite of the large Indiat t tion, so prevalent and general as at this time. It appears accompanied violent inflain mations and hysterical fits, hydrophobia and certain death; an opinion which, Tu to have spread simultaneously from one extremity of the where there has not been the slightest suspicion of canine derstand, is also entertained on the coast of Malabar. I kingdom to the other; probably in consequence of the infection."
bite of an enraged man is said to be as certain of produci presumed connection between this disease and the preva
Whatever may be thought of the light in which we hydrophobia as that of a mad dog, two cases of which.ba lence of sultry weather,-a connection for which there view this subject, our opinions, whether just or ill found. Stated by Dr. Le Duix, in the 5th volume of the teen does not appear to be any rational foundation, as hydro- cd, can do no possible harm; on the contrary, they are cal. actions of the Batavian Society, a work little known phobia is wholly unknown in many tropical countries, culated, as far as our influence extends, to allay, in some Europe," I shall use no apology for inserting a translati where the dogs are very apt to perish from exhaustion degree, the general panic, which is almost as bad as tbe of it.
• On 17th March, 1789, ! occasioned by heat and want of water. We have been in. / disease, in the apprehension of which it has originated. Our fore the court of justice that the writer, Balthazar V formed by gentlemen, who have resided both in Constan- observations will not have a tendency to relax the
precaur Vliet, in a fit of madness, had plunged a knife into tinople and in Lisbon, that although dogs are extremely tions against hydrophobia, but they may be the means of bowels
. The court proceeded to the place without dela numerous in both those cities, the disease which we call conveying consolation to some of our fellow.creatures la. attended by the town surgeon, Lombart, where the the hydrophobia is altogether unknown there; and Dr. bouring under the most frightful apprehensions that can found the patient, by direction of the surgeon attendi Hunter informs us, that although dogs are more nume- haunt the human mind. Under this impression, we shall him, bound, and in strong convulsions, particularly ef: rous in Jamaica than in any other part of the world, hy. proceed to state our opinions with all becoming diffidence
. his complaint, related, that; four or five days prerious drophobia is never heard of in that island. There is,
The minute details of the sufferings and deaths of per the act, the patient had a quarrel with a friend, whi perhaps, no disease, respecting which so much ignorance sons afflicted with hydrophobia are so truly terrific, that proceeded to a furious scuffle, when his antagonist, findia
himself not a match for the patient, in the moment of rag prevails as that which is supposed to be communicated by it is by no means impossible that the imagination of a the bite of a rabid animal; and ninety-nine persons oue weak person, of bad habit of body, who has been bitten by bit him
in the arm. The wound was bound up in til of a hundred believe, that dogs labouring under that ma. 2. dog, may be so powerfully affected, as to induce all dreadful consequences which a bite thus made, in the be lady avoid and loath water, whereas there is nothing those frightful symptoms which he has been prepared to of passion, was capable of producing. Three days aft which they so eagerly seek for.
expect as the inevitable consequences of the bite of a rabid this happened the patient was attacked with fever ; ! The panic so prevalent at present must be our apology animal That such consequences may result from mere still no particular regard was had to the wound. Thes for the observations we are about to make upon a subject apprehension, especially where the patient is labouring geon who attended him observed that he was in a state in which we feel a deep interest, on account of our habi- under raging
fever, will hardly be pronounced impossible
, kind of medicine; and, in particular, a strong afersian tual attachment to dogs, and our regret and indignation
or even highly improbable, by those who know how water. On the fourth day the surgeon, on entering! at the barbarous mode resorted to in order to annihilate powerfully the mind acts upon the body; nor is it more apartment, found him stabbing himself repeatedly wit these faithful companions of the human race. We do not difficult to believe that a disease may be produced by knife. With some difficulty they seized and bound bi intend to convey the slightest reproach to our worthy apprehension, than that it may be cured or allayed by down on a sofa. On the town surgeon being sent fot. Mayor in consequence of the orders he has recently issued imagination. Many instances may be adduced of the on being told it was gin, he endeavoured, with great di on the subject; neither is it our present business to ques- latter phenomenon ; one of which we shall select in illus. culty, to swallow it. When a glass of water was preser: tion the right of the magistrates to enforce a regulation tration of the theory in which we have the presumption to him, the most ghastly spasmodic convulsions were i
servable in his face, and over his whole body, accompas which has, unquestionably, been adopted for the general to indulge.
with such a degree of terror, that he exclaimed, “Wafi good, and upon such evidence of its necessity as left them
Oh! Jesus, have mercy on me!" His terror increased no alternative. It is the manner in which these orders immersion in mephetic gas, or the effluvia from the pyrolyg- i wiping his bloody hands with a wet napkin, when, in a liave been occasionally executed that we have protested neous acid works, which may be produced in any quantity at vulsive agonies, he called out, : Oh! God; water against, and still do protest against.*
Perceiving clearly that hydrophobia had supervened ft We do not now recollect the name of the gentleman the bite received in anger, we resolved to treat him acco We have, in another column, inserted a letter on this who saw the dog put under the cart-wheel; but if this note ingly; but he died in the afternoon of the same day." subject from a correspondent. In addition to which, we should meet his eye, we request he will communicate his ad- ''That the bite of a man is attended with very ma can state, on very good authority, that one of the ruf- dress, and if he would verify the fact to our respectable chief nant symptoms was a doctrine which prevailed in arci fans engaged as a dog-butcher, after having beaten a poor magistrate, it will probably be the means of preventing the times. Pliny classes it among the very worst of you animal in the most wanton and savage manner, actually recurrence of a similar outrage.
given in this manner. Morsus hominum inter asperrin put its head under the wheel of a cart which was pas
• In many circumstances the Tetanus bears a considerable quoque numeratur. And it appears to be a well authentica sing along, and thus despatched his victim.
It may be resemblance to Rabsès, and has doubtless been mistaken for fact, that many animals, beside dogs, when highly enras said that it was an act of mercy thus to put an end to the suf- it. This, most violent of all diseases, is most frequently become morbid, and acquire
the power of communicati ferings of the poor animal, and this may be true; but we con- cecasloned by slight wounds, especially
about the hands and the infection
by their bite. Dr. Le Dulx mentions, in tend that it is disgraceful to civilized society, and highly detri- other tendenous parts. It seldom appears till after some mental to the public morals, to permit such scenes to be wit- time has elapsed, and the wound has healed. It is marked to the bite of enraged animals, as the case of a boy bit
same paper, several instances of hydrophobia succeed nessed in the public streets: neither can the necessity for the by paroxisms of violent general spasms, beginning in the a duck which he had disturbed in its amonrs ; and el act be contended, as the object for which the
recent orders neck
pecked in the hand by one have been issued, might be accomplished in another manner. ing, &c.—Recs's Cyclopedia.
these animals, in separating it from its antagonist
, When the dogs are captured they might be removed to some + The subjoined extracts from Barrow's Cochin-China under every symptom of hydrophobia and madness. 1 convenient place of security, to be claimed by their respective are so much in point, that we have transcribed them, in bite of the common domestic cat, rendered furious by e owners, upon payment of a certain fine, and producing a cer- order to show that bydrophobia exists in countries where vocation, is well known to produce hydrophobia
. In #1 tificate that the dog-tax had been paid; the owner of the dog canine madness is unknown :
manner this extraordinary state of morbidity in the s to be subject to a heavier fine if his dog was found abroad “* To this relaxed state of the body may certainly be at- mal body is generated remains get an arcanum in enini a second time. At all events, if dogs found at large must be tributed the fatality attending many disorders which in pathology; but it is pretty evident that the poison is destroyed, they ought to be put to death in the most merciful Europe are not considered to be dangerous. The prick of creted by the salivary glands, and conveyed into the e way; and a very effectual and instantaneous mode would be a pin or a needle will sometimes occasion a lock-jaw. The culation with the spittle of the morbid animal."