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METEOROLOGY.

under the influence of the varied and powerful im.

pressions whicb tbe inimitable performer aboveThe Marquis de la Place has relinquished the hypo- | The following better ochdressed to the Editor mentioned communicates to his auditors. Mr. thesis of the lunar origin of meteoric stones ; indeed it

Editor, the effect was irresistible. So much sweets never was tenable. A friend of ours, who witnessed the some years ago, for the purpose of insertion in

ness, modesty, and intelligence, united in one counfall of an aerolite in a brook, within two hundred yards

another journal, for which, after some considera-tenance, never before met my view, and I am afraid of him, during a dreadful storm, dammed out the water and dug for it a few days after. He was unsuccessful

tion, not being deemed altogether suitable, it was the frequency and duration of my (shall I call them) in his first excavation; but in his second attempt found laid aside. We have very little doubt that Mr. | gazes, were not strictly consistent with tbose rules the thunderbolt at about one foot and a half from the

of society, which the polite indiffertuce of modern

Muloch, late of this town, was the writer; and surface. Being rather of curious than scientific habits.

times has laid down for our observance. But I he lost this fine opportunity for experiment: but he de

they who are acquainted with the playful style of could not belp it, Mr. Editor, for the soul of me, I scribes the stone as spherical, and about four inches in that gentleman, before the late extraordinary | could not. The effect of Mr. Mathews's performdiameter. It was exceedingly heavy, and seemed to be a change in his views and pursuits, will draw the ance seemed to me as if doubled by being reflected dark fusion of iron and nickel. Broken with a hammer,

from her lovely face, and

but I will not there was discovered in the centre a cavity, three-fourths

same conclusion. of an inch in diameter, and filled with a black powder, Having somewhat more elbow roon since the en. arrired at the conviction, that with her assistance I

attempt to tell you by what gradations I at length strongly compressed. The smell was highly sulphureous. It is evident that such a production as this belonged to

tablishment of the Kaleidoscope, we avail our should be one of the happiest of inortals; for you the chemistry of the air, and electricity.-Literary selves of so convenient a vehicle for the publica.

must know, Sir, that being somewhat of & pbysiog. Gazette.

noinist, I believe myself qualified, after some iospection of this letter, which, although aot exactly

tion, to form a tolerably accurate estimate, noi 10

; Philology.-.M. Frederick Adeburg, Counsellor of adapted for a newspaper, is too good to be lost deed of the properties of the head, but of those of State to the Emperor of Russia, has lately published, in The Kaleidoscope will afford the Editor frequent the heart, belonging 10 a given set of features; and 153 pages, “ A View of all known Languages and their Dialects."

in this particular instance, unless admiration blinded opportunities of recording communications, now In this view we find in all 987 Asiatic, 587

in his port-folio, which, but for such a vehicle, European, 276 African, and 1264 American, languages

me, I will venture to say, that the fair casket I have and dialects, enumerated and classed; a total of 3064.

been attempting to describe to you, incloses a jewel might

of inestimable value. But now comes the rub, Sir. "

Blush unseen,
SULPHURET OF LEAD.

|I am eutirely unacquainted with this “sueet excel

And waste their fragrance on the desert air." lence;" her name, condition, and residence, are all A very excellent specimen of Sulphuret of Lcad, A literary composition may have no fault except its

equally unknown to me. I only know, that of all weighing 156 pounds, has lately been dug out of Wheal”

The womeu I have ever yet beheld, she pleases ore Penhale Mine, in Perranxabuloe, the property of engia; which we consider as a faull, w intended the most. What is to be done, Sir, in & case of this Mr. Hoblyn of Truro. It is very sonorous when for a newspaper, where the reader looks natu- kind? Had I the means of procuring an introduction struck with a hammer, and it is supposed to contain a

rally for an epitome of politics, news, the passing to her, which I have not, ought I put to pause before considerable quantity of silver. This specimen was found | imbedded in a clay Gossan.

occurrences, marriages, deaths, naval intelligence, II availed myself of them? Would it not be running &c. &c. Such an objection does not apply to a l of such an introduction on my part, are sufficiently

? | directly into the lion's mouth? The consequences · LYCOPUS EUROPÆUS, A SUBSTITUTE FOR

minor work like the Kaleidoscope, into the coPERUVIAN BARK.

obvious; but who can tell me, wbo but I be fair lady

lumos of which very few articles find their way berself can tell me, if my aitempting it would be M. Re, professor of the Materia Medica, at the Vete.

agreeable to her? Here then, Sir, here is a case for

except such as from their length, or some other rinary School of Turin, has discovered in a common

your interference. I admire the ladý; I cannot, dare plant a real succedaneum for Peruvian Bark. This

cause, over which we have little control, MUST

not tell her so; but I tell it to you: you repeat it plant is found in Piedmont, and principally in marshy HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED FROM THE MERCURY. to her in your weekly publication; she, only, recog. places, as if Providence had intended to place the remedy

Such, amongst many others, were all the Sketches nises herself, and perhaps me tov in ihe picture, and by the side of the evil. It is the Lycopus Europæus of

(many of them when it is next my fortiine to meet her, with a single Linneus, and called by the peasants of Piedmont, the of GEOFFREY CRAYON, given (many of them Herb of China. The trials and experience of M. Rę,

glance she says to me, “ I bare no objection to your

originally) in the Second Volume of the old series give every confidence of its efficacy.

acquaintance;" or, “I have yo wish for it;" or, It of the Kaleidoscope.*

is a matter of indifference to me.” For all these IMPROVEMENT IN COPPERPLATE PRINTING.

things, Mr. Editor, and many more, the lady koors, . AFFAIRS OF THE HEART. .

and you know, and I know, may be said without M. Gonard, of Paris, is said to have brought the art Mr. EpiTOR.-Among the many ways in which a ever a word spoken. of copperplate printing to such excellence, that, if an

1 person in your situation may be useful to the public, ! Now, Sir, do but consider with me for a little, the an engraved plate be given him, he can take impressions! from it of any scale he pleases. He can at pleasure

there is one which probably may not yet have oc. advantage of such an office as l here recommeud to make them larger or smaller than the plate, and this curred to you, but which appears to me to promise you. Without offence given or taken on eitber side. without requiring another copper-plate, or occupying much of the useful as well as the agreeable, to your parties are by your means brought rapidly to an more than two or three hours. Thus, if the engravings readers. Whal say you, Sir, to becoming General understanding, on the most difficult of all affairs, of a large Atlas size, for instance, were put into his Confidante in what our neighbours over the water the affairs of the heart. What a world of mischief, hands, he would make an impression in octavo without call Affairs of the Heart?-A kind of agent between Sir, will be avoided by your means. The timidity changing the plates.

parties whom circumstances may prevent from of the one sex respected, the bolduess of the other

transacting their business in their own persons, until repressed; an unpleasant acquaintance, a disagree. TO DESTROY CATERPILLARS.

some previous understanding be established through able admirer civilly and speedily dismissed; a backA gardener at Glasgow practises a mode of destroying your intervention. But perhaps, Sir, my meaning ward lover modestly encouraged, a presuming one caterpillars, which he discovered by accident. A piece will be best explained by relating to you the occur repulsed : and all this without the expense, on the of woollen rag had been blown by the wind into a cur

rence which has suggested this idea lo me. It was part of the lady, of a single word. What a vast rant-bush, and when taken out was found covered by

Nor Deed These leafdevouring insects. He immediately placed my fortune, at one of Mr. Mathews's exhibitions, to field of utility opens itself to my view. pieces of woollen cloth on every bush in his' garden. I be placed iu the neighbourhood of a young lady, I your agency be coufiued exclusively to love affairs : and found next day that the caterpillars had universally whose peerless perfection of face and form it is utterly it may extend to more general objects. Many of taken to them for shelter. In this way he destroys impossible for me to do justice to in description. the occurrences which are daily taking place in su. many thousands every morning.

It was not the first time I liad seen and admired her; / ciety, and which the parties concerned cannot or

but it was the first that I had had the happiness of will not explain face to face, may be securely corRED SNOW.

being and continuing so near to her; and, above all, Gided to you, aud without any other trouble on your

it was the first and only time that I had enjoyed the part, than giving them a corner of your paper, a The fungi, now generally held to be the cause of red

opportunity of oontemplating her charming features right understanding is produced. I need not point ness, in the specimens of Arctic and Swiss snows, have en found by Mr. T. Bauer to vegetate when placed in

out the extensive benefits to wbicb this may lead.

The instance here introduced, tends so clearly to in the perspective, I think I can already see some fresh snow. They also vegetate in water ; but there the illustrate the ECONOMY of our work, that we cannot dozens of attorneys obliged to seek a new profession, produce is green instead of red.

refrain from once more alluding to it. The Second Vo-land many scores of old maids forced to sip their te a

lume of the Kaleidoscope, in which all the Sketches in lin silence, for want of matter to raise scandal upon. Singular Phenomenon. -At the sun's rising, two question (except one) were inserted, costs the subscriber stars were lately observed at Augsburgh, the one on the about eighteen shillings, HALF-BOUND; whereas, the At present, Sir, I will not further enlarge on this sun's right, the other on his left, both very close, and of two volumes of this same Sketch Book, recently pub subject. If you give my suggestions a place in the liveliest brilliancy. The sun appeared encompassed lished in London, sell for four and twenty shillings in your paper, it may be improved upon by some more with a luminous ring. In the evening, from six to boards. We need scarcely add, that the said Sketches ingenious correspondent. At all events, it may be seven o'clock, the ground was covered with a dew never formed only a very small portion of the contents of our of infinite service tv, Sir, observed there before. -Paris Papers. volume.

Your constant reader,

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BOMBASTES FURIOSO.

1 good flagellation bestowed on one or two, or a night's revealing his situation, returns to the prison to meet

lodging in the bridewell, would, I should think, effec. his sentence, and arrives just in tine to save his Mr. EDITOR,—One of your correspondents, in

Entrod_One of vowe pepondente in tually deter any others that might be inclined to fol- aged keeper from ruin. On his road, in passing ! the last Kaleidoscope, tells you, on the authority of flow their example.

through a wood, he is enabled to save the life of the the “ Biographia Dramatica," that Bombastes

I offer the above merely as hints of my own, There

King, who had been attacked by banditti; and that might be many ways found to prevent this annual saFurioso was written by a Mr. W. B. Rhodes, a clerk crifice of lives, would the proprietor, or any one else

act, when developed, leads to his pardon and union in the Bank of England. I have been informed very I give it the consideration it deserves.

with Plorence, Frederick's sister, to whom he had frequently, and I believe it is generally understood,

From the public's most obedt. servt. been long attached. llal a Right Hoa. Gentleman, who is M. P. for the

A.J. W. The progress of these events, which are very clearly second seaport town in England, is the real author Liverpool, 4th July, 1890.

unfolded, keeps up a lively interest for the fate of of this witty piece: wbether this is the fact or not I

the principal personages, and a strong curiosity for i will not pretend to say. Perhaps yourself, or some

the result of ihe situations in which, not only they, of your numerous correspondents will be able to

The Drama.

but the minor characters, are placed. The piece thrue some further light upon the subject.

abounds with misapprehensions and mistakes beYours, respectfully, Q-RIOUS.

tween tbe parties, and the dialogue is light, natural, Tuesday, July 24.

HENRI QUATRE;

and comic, seasoned by a large infusion of smart (See a note to correspondents.)

OR, PARIS IN THE OLDEN TIME. jests and pungeot repartees.

(From the European Magazine.)

LIVERPOOL THEATRE.
TO THE EDITOR.
This new Musical Romance, founded on French

TO THE EDITOR.
SIR,—The following remarks are copied from history, is from the fertile genius of Mr. Moreton; SIR,“ The Musical Romance of Henri Quatre,

* Gregory's Economy of Nature ;" I am induced to its success was sufficient to gratify the utmost de- founded on French history," has at leogth made its i send them to you, as they may be interesting to

mands of literary vanity, as we have rarely wit appearance on our boards; and, if I may be allowed

nessed a dramatic entertainment, which, on the first to judge from the universal approbation with which " those of your readers who have not before seen the representation, gave such unqualified satisfaction it was greeted throughout, is likely to remain a

Yours, &c. J.P. in every particular, to an unusually large audience. lasting favourite with the public. "As a literary It rains less in March than jo November, as 7 to 12

The incidents he presented are selected, without composition, this fascinating piece certainly pos.

any reference to chronological order, the author's sesses little merit, nor are the characters drawn by -..........., April.......... October, ..as 1 to 2 ]

endeavour having been to sketch the character of the hand of an experienced master. The plot, - .............May........... September, as 3 to 4 When it rains a deal in May, it rajus little io Sep

Henri's mind. That illustrious Prince, a short time though in its origin somewhat frivolous and improtember, and contrary.

previous to his triumphant entry into Paris, aban- bable, gradually assumes more importance during Hi A et Day is when it raios llb. troy in a square foot

dons the pomp and cares of royalty, and at once to the progress of the play; the incidents are nume. it in 24 hours.

give himself a holiday, and tu observe the disposi.rous, happily chosen, and highly interesting; and the

tions of the people, strolls forth, in the dress of a catastrophe is in true conformity with the established 0 ....... Week ... ....4 or more wet days.

trooper, to mingle in their amusements. He is ac- rules of romance. Pui...... Montb............ 3 wet weeks. .

Few stage exhibitions can boast coinpanied by his friend Sully in the same disguise. a selection of more pleasing music, or scenery so ...... Quarter ..........2.... mouths.

In their ramble, they enter a village, the inhabitants enchantingly beautiful. Mr. Morton, I beg' his A pale moon is a sigo of rain.

of which bad made preparations to hold a fete cham- pardon, "THOMAS MORTON, Esq." has introduced * A red moon is a sigu of wiud. The moon's natural whiteness, and a serene sky is a

petre in honour of their good King's birth-day, but some very pretty songs and churuses, which are set

find themselves involved in the most distressing per- to very pretty music, and have luckily fallen into F sign of fair weather.

plexity by the capture of the village innkeeper, Ger- the hands of extremely pretty singers. Great praise vais, whe, from some resemblance of features, was to is due to our maoagers for the first-rate style of ex

represent Henri on the rural throne. The real Mo- cellence in which they have got up this popular To the Editors of the Kaleidoscope. There are at pre.

Qarch is chuseo to supply the place of the fictitious drama, and it would be au act of injustice not to sent a number of foreigners going about the streets begging, with music, monkeys, and children throwing

one, and discharges the functions of his office to the notice the splendid painting of Meser's. Harrison and themselves into all manner of distorted positions ; i admiration of all his rustic subjects, when Gervaise Goore ; the first scene in the second act is particu. have heard many respectable inhabitants complain of most unseasonably re-appears. In the event, bow- larly grand, and surpasses any thing of the kind I them as a great nuisance. Now, I would ask, do not ever, Henri excites suspicion, and is on the point of had ever previously seen. there foreigners come as much under the vagrant act as being forcibly apprehended, when the appearance of Mr. Vandeobuff personated Henri, with his usual a poor British seaman, who, after having bled for his Crillon uofolds his true character. More important ability. Mr. Bass as Eugene de Biron, and Mr. country, if he were to sing a sea ditty or two, to excite affairs divert his attention from the simple groupe Younge as Frederick St. Leon, were each very rethe compassion of his countrymen, would be immedi. till his grand entry into his capital, when he recog. spectable. Mr. Larkin gave more effect to the part ately taken up and committed under that act ? I hope

nizes and showers on them marks of favour and ad- of Gervais, than I expected from a singer; it is eur' vorthy chief magistrate will attend to this, and remove this nuisance-Yours, &c.

vancement. These occurrences afford an opportu- with greater pleasure I'thus yield to him my tribute INHABITANS.

nity for developing the generous and amiable attri- of applause, inasmuch as those persous who move Liverpool, 11th July, 1820.

butes of Henri's character-his magnanimity, cou- in his sphere of the profession seldom care any thing rage, good humour, and clemency. The main inte at all about their acting ; an example, I am happy

rest, however, does not lie in the character and ad-to perceive, he is not disposed to follow. Jocrisse TO THE EDITOR.

ventures of the King, but in those of two French displayed tbe comic powers of Mr. Tayleure to

officers, Eugene and Frederick, and containiug the great advantage; and what little Mr. Rees had to SIR,-Encouraged by the humanity you have evinced illustration of the most heroic friendship, which is do, was done well. towards the brute creation in several late paragraphs of cemenied the more strongly by a duel, in which Florence St. Leon has enabled Miss Hammersley your excellent paper, I have taken the liberty ot draw. Eugene is wounded. Just previous to the rencontre, to prove herself a singer of the higbest order; that ing your attention to a higher subject, the preservation an order had arrived from the King, appointing she was such, I never yet doubted, and I think there of the lives of our fellow.ci

When I consider

Eugene to a most inportant service, which Frederick, are not many who heard her on Wednesday evening, the nambers that have perished by bathing in Jackson's

knowing his wound had disabled him from acting, who would now dispute her claim to pre-eminence. Dam, where there is not a year passes without one or more finding it fatal to them. I am astonished at the

undertakes in his name, and achieves with honour. Had the whole theatrical world been ransacked for temerity of those that still continue to frequent it, and

| The affair is kept a secret from the King, who is a Louison, I do not conceive it would have been still more so at its remaining unnoticed, not only by about to confer marks of distinction upon Eugene ; possible to procure a more s

about to confer marks of distinction upon Eugene; possible to procure a more suitable person, in every tbe proprietor, but by the higher authorities. It was whose nature is too noble to receive them, and be respect, than Miss Tree; she sings delightfully; is no later than the other week, that in searching for the confesses, not only the act of Frederick, but the an excellent actress withal; and makes altogether body of a youth who was known to have gone in and duel proceding it, which the Frencb law then punish the most charming little Frenchwoman I ever saw. was never seen to come up again, that they found noted with death. He is thrown into prison, and con. This young lady is a very scientific musician, en. enly it, but the body of another unfortunate being, I demned to dic on the following morning. Eugene | dowed witb a peculiarly pleasing, melodious, though which was supposed, from its appearance, to bave been there recollects that the marriage of his friend

there recollects that the marriage of his friend was unfortunately not powerful, voice; and executes her under water for several days. If it would be too great an expense to the owners to

intended to take place that evening with his sister, songs with more taste and judgment than often falls rail in this public nuisance, at least they should put up

Clotilde, and that without his signature to the con. to the lot of mortals. She is, in fact, one of those boards, prohibiting all persons from bathing in it, and Tract his friend's happiness would be delayed.

and Iract his friend's happiness would be delayed. The select few to whose mellifluous warbling we listen as the men employed in the mill are frequently about, gaoler, an old soldier, confides in his honour, and with yoinixed delight.-Yours, truly, it any one should disregard this prohibiciun it would be suffers him to depart on his parole. He repairs to

DRAMATICUS. karcely possible for them to escape detection, and a the chateau, unites his friend to his sister without! Liverpool, 281h July, 1820.

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Miscellanies.

Fielding.

CAUTION TO PUBLICANS.

| DEFECTIVE PENMANSHIP.If the correspondents of An act was passed in the 9th year of the reign of

our public journals were aware how often their contri. George II. which prohibits publicans from giving cre

butions are thrown aside, or postponed for reading at ANECDOTE of the DÚKE of WELLINGTON. dit to workmer, servants, and others, above the value

leisure, from no other cause than the difficulty of ar. of one shilling: gor can they recover any debt from riving at their meaning, owing to the bad hand.

that class exceeding the sum of one sbilling. During the campaign of the allied troops in Paris, a

A deci.

writing, it is probable some of them would bestor sion, to this effect, has been lately given. French citizen, who was returning from the country

more pains upon their penmanship, and more consia

deration upon the time, patience, and eve-sight of the through the Champs Elysees, where the troops were

BURNING GAS IN THE DAY.

poor editors. S. D. to whom we feel obliged for the encamped, was robbed of his watch by a serjeant in the British army. Complaint was immediately made

We understand, that a person of this place has been

trouble he has had in transcribing so much, might to the commanding officer, and the troops were pa. I

profit by the foregoing hint; as well as VERAR, fined in the sum of one year's gas rent, for his burning gas in the da

whose Swimming Anecdotes are given in our lase raded before the Frenchman, who was thus enabled

ay-time, contrary to his contract, and to the rules laid down by the company.--Leeds paper.

Kaleidoscope. to single out the offences. A court-martial was held,

Difficult as the feats he records may

be to perform, the decyphering his hieroglyplies, and the criminal condemned to die on the following

with their endless interlineations, was a task almost as morning. As early as four o'clock, the whole of the

great. allied arny was assembled in the Bois de Boulogne,

To Correspondents. near Paris, where the prisoner was to undergo the

AUTHOR OF BOMBASTES FURIOSO.-Our cortessentence. The charge upon which he had been tried

pondent Q-RIOUS is certainly not singular in his and convicted was read aloud, and the unfortunate

THEATRICAL CRITICISMS.-On this subject we have conjecture that Mr. CANNING is the author of this man prepared for the presence of an offended Maker.

been perplexed with a variety of letters, containing whimsical burletta, which we have repeatedly heard Not a murmer ran through the ranks. The justice of

almost as great a diversity of opinions, on the pro ascribed to him. Such a supposition is natural the decree was acknowledged by every soldier, and if

priety of devoting a portion of our work to the business

enough with those who recollect certain excellent

of the stage, whose office is, according to the great bard the short lapse of time between the offence and its so

satirical pieces which appeared some ycars ago in the lemn expiation excited feelings of terror, they were

styled by way of pre-eminence the “ immortal"

Anti-Jacobin, and which were attributed to that genmingled with respect for the stern severity of their

To hold as 'twere the mirror up to nature ; shew tleman. We have it in contemplation to give a place commander ; the drums beat, and the black flag waved

vice her own feature, and scorn her own image ; in an early number of the Kaleidoscope to one of thes niournfully in the air. Thc ministers of justice bad

and the very age and body of the time, its form pieces, which is perhaps unrivalled in its way; and raised the engines of destruction, and the fatal mono

and pressure.

which is every way suitable to the plan of our work syllable Fire. was half ejaculated. when the Duke of It is gratifying to find that the majority of our corres

En passant, --Can any of our readers infonnus, Wellington rushed before their firelocks, a.:d com pondents appear to regard the stage in this very im.

whether Tom Thumb was ever published in England manded a momentary pause whilst be addressed the portant light; and consequently, entirely approve of

if so, where and when ? We have heard there has prisoner: « You have offended against the laws of our assigning an occasional column of the Kaleido. becn an Irish edition, but believe that the work (25 God, of honour, and of virtue,--the grave is open be scope to its concerns. There are some, however, like now performed) does not appear in the works of fore you in a few short moments your soul will ap. CRITICUS, who appearapprehensive that our critiques, pear before its maker, your prosecutor complains of

or rather those of our correspondents may be influ.

We should be glad to look over the nuinbers of the your sentence, the man whom you have robbed enced by personal pique, or individual partiality. would plead for your life, and is horror-struck with We are aware how difficult it is to avoid becoming

work alluded to by a correspondent, who subscribes

We shall take the the rapidity of your judgment. You are a soldier, you

(as we read it) SriNsOMUONI.

partizans; and we cannot but have observed, that have been brave, and as report says, until now, even men, whose educations might naturally be supposed

greatest care of the work, and return it punctually.virtuous. Speak boldly

to qualify them in the face of Heaven and

The verses which this correspondent has been at the

for the office of critics, frequently as a soldier of an army devoted to virtue and good pronounce diametrically opposite judgments upon

pains to transcribe for us, are declined, not from any order, declare now your own feelings as to your sen. | the same actor, and in the same character : thus,

deficiency of merit, as they are extremely pointed. tence."- General," said the man, “retire and let my

The second line transgresses against those laws of not many days have elapsed since we heard the percomrades do their duty; when a soldier forgets his formance of Mr. Dowton, in Sir Peter Tcazle, extolled

decorum by which we intend to abide, as well froin honour, life becomes disgraceful, and an immediate

taste and duty, as from a wish to preserve the esteem

as a chef d'auvre; a judgment in which we have punishment is due as an example to the army-FIRE.” little doubt, we should have acquiesced had we seen

and confidence of our readers. “ You have spoken nobly," said the Duke with a tear it; although we soon after heard the same per. We take this opportunity to thank R__ N for the serap in his eye. You have saved your life,-how can I formance most severely handled. From several let.

book with which he has accommodated us, and from destroy a repentant sinner, whose words are of greater ters before us, we find that the Charles Surface, of

which we shall extract occasional glcanings value to the troops than his death would be? Soldiers, | Mr. Bass is regarded in a much more favourable bear this in mind, and may a sense of honour always | light, than that in which he was viewed by G. N. in A CoxstANT PURCHASER is perhaps correct in the deter you from infamy." The troops rent the air with No. 4, of our New Series, page 32. The principal opinion that the satire of Julia was rather of too pullo huzzas, the criminal fell prostrate before the Duke, object of our present observations is to assure our tical a character for our columns. The satire, however, the word March was given, he arose and returned alive readers, that whatever diversity of opinion may be is of a general, rather than of a party complexion ; it 15 in those ranks which were to have witnessed his exe entertained by our correspondents, as to the merits possible to be too squeamish, as well as too much of a cution.

of the Liverpool performers, and whatever may be latitudinarian ; such shrinking from any satire which the motives, whether personal or unexceptionable, may lash men in power, would exclude from the

which influence their decisions ; we wish to act, libraries of the too sensitive, the works of Pope, Swift, SINGULAR EDICT.

in our editorial capacity, with fairness; we are of and the best British Classics. We mast, however,

no party ; neither Keanites-Komblcites-O'Neilites, confess to our correspondent, that had we perused the The following anecdote serves to show the high wis- nor any other kind of ulcs.

work in question, more carefully, we should perhap, dom of the Emperor of Morocco :

have excluded it from our columns, to which it found POETICAL CORRESPONDENTS.--In consequence of a A Jew had ordered a French merchant to furnish

access the more readily, from the circumstance, that

note addressed to a poetical gentleman last week, we him with a considerable quantity of black beaver hats, have been served with the following challenge:

it had previously been selected and extolled by & green shawls. and red silk stockings. When the arti

literary journalist, decidedly of the ministerial party.

"A Constant Purchaser dares the Editor to carry cles were ready for delivery, the Jew refused to receive

his threat into execution. That justice which the The Letter of A DECENT FELLOW is reserved for them. Being brought before the Emperor, who, as it

private piquc of an illiberal Editor denies, he is

our next. In the present state of our MAGAZINE, is well known, administers justice himself, he denied

confident of meeting with from a liberal public.”

we must not expend our ammunition too fast, but en having given the order, and maintained that he did not

We suspect, however, that the writer of the above even know-the French merchant. “ Have you any

deavour to keep up a regular, rather than a too brisk fire. billet, is not the “real Simon Pure,” but some wag

From the present experiment, we take our corres witnesses?" said the Emperor to the Frenchman.

who wishes to have a laugh at his expense. Without

pondent to be an expert marksman; and we hope “ No."-"So much the worse for you; you should

deeming it necessary to justify ourselves from the that 'he will often amuse himself and our readers, by have taken care to have had witnesses: you may re extraordinary charge of entertaining a private pique shooting folly as it flies.tire." The poor merchant, completely ruined, re

against an anonymous writer, we shall only observe, turned home in despair. He was, however, soon

that if our present correspondent would persuade us We thank H. B. for the loan of the London Magazine ; alarmed by a noise in the street; he ran to see what it

that he is the author of the verses to which we alluded and we shall peruse the articles recoinmended at our was. A numerous multitude were following one of

last week, he would best succeed by addressing us in earliest leisure. the Emperor's officers, who was making the following

the original hand, and not assume a feigned character: proclamation at all the cross roads :-" Every Jew,

let him do this and we will comply with his wishes. who within four and twenty hours after this proclamation, shall be found in the streets without a black bea. R. P. is informed that the story of John Gilpin never

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Liverpool Mercury Office. seized, and conveyed to the first court of our palace, have devoted some pages of our work to a story, which, to be there flogged to death.” The children of Israel owever humourous it may be. is already familiar tó / Sold also by John Bywater and Co. Pool-lane ; Messrs. all thronged to the French merchant; and before even

Evans, Chegwin and Hall, Castle-street; Mr. Thor

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Smith, Paradise-street ; Mr. Warbrick, Public to demand for them. After this, who will presume to The Trip to Birkenhead is somewhat too long for our Library, Lime-street; Mr. G. P. Day, Newsman, question the sovereign equity of the monarchs of Mo columns, although it is by no means destitute of Dale-street; and Mr. John Smith, St. James's-road, TOCCO? merit.

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Literary Notices. name to any of his productions. The first any influence upon our minds, believing as

which appeared was elicited more by the we do, that an author is not always bound SIR WALTER SCOTT,

urgent solicitations of his friend Mr. Ers- to acknowledge his productions, or, ace PRONOUNCED NOT TO BE THE AUTHOR OF kine, than by any thirst for fame or hope cording to our great prose moralist and THE TALES OF MY LANDLORD. for fortune. In order to feel his way be- philosopher (Dr. Johnson), to withhold an

fore he ventured to launch into the great absolute negative when he deems it nécesPublic curiosity having been strongly ocean of literature, and to brave alike the sary to use one. excited by the announcement of an article rocks of criticism and the quicksands of a "The fact is, these works were written in Gold and Northouse's London Magazine vitiated taste, he spread his sails under a by a near relative of Sir Walter Scott; of this month, which would divest Sir foreign flag, and published two poems in they were sęyerally sent to him by that Walter Scott of the credit of the celebrated one volume, with the titles of The Chase,' relative in an unfinished state, for revision, Sorels ascribed to his pen, we take occasion and · William and Mary,' ballads from the correction, and methodizing ;nearly the to present our readers with the following German; the preface to which was written whole of the poetry is his own composition, extract from the Memoir in which the at- by Mr. Erskine. It would be a pleasant, as well as many of the descriptions : through tempt is made :

though perhaps an useless task, to trace the his agency the arrangement for disposing of * Sir Walter Scott was born on the 15th romantic feeling, chivalrous incident, and the copyright, and the time and manner of of August, 1771, and is the eldest surviving glittering description of his later and more publication, was made : and notwithstandson of Walter Scott, Esq. writer to the popular productions to their earliest source, ing the continued mystery in which the Signet, in Edinburgh. His mother was the otherwise we are persuaded that few men whole affair is enveloped, it is firmly be, daughter of David Rutherford, Esq. who can peruse this little work without disco- lieved by the parties with whom he has been Was a very able and popular practitioner of vering the elements of those peculiarities in obliged to be immediately connected, that the same profession, and in the same place. a faint degree, and an undigested state, they are solely the productions of his own She was the author of several poems, pos. which have since been so powerfully dis. pen.

. .' sessing some merit, and was intimate with played in his various poetical publications." «These facts were communicated by the Purns, Blacklock, and Allan Rainsay. Her After enumerating and remarking on the real author of the novels, to a colonel in poetry, if it did not gain an amarantine various works that indisputably proceeded the army, who is well known, and eminently wreath for herself, had doubtless a consider- from the Baronet's prolific pen, the author respected for the gallantry of his services, ahle share in procuring one for her son, by of the Memoir proceeds :

the powers of his mind, and the extent and eliciting and cherishing the germ of poetry“We now come to the question that depth of his erudition; and we have no which existed in his bosom.

has been so long and so earnestly argued ; doubt that we shall obtain permission from * Unlike many of his celebrated and is he, or is he not, the author of what are him, previous to the publication of our next eminently-talented cotemporaries, his genius emphatically denominated The Scotch number, to set this question for ever at rest, was not precocious. He did not in his Novels.' We expressly and confidently de- by giving up the name of the real writer of boyhood discover any reculiar trait of na-clare He Is Nor.

those admirable works of fiction, as well as tural'ability, and had not the circumstances “In hazarding this bold assertion, we his own. We have already referred to, of his mother's know and feel the responsibility we have “The reasons for throwing, and conti. attachment to poetry, acquaintanceship voluntarily incurred. We know, likewise, nuing to throw, the garb of anonymy over with poets, as well as his incapacity for that in stating it in this unqualified manner, these novels, must be obvious to every inother pursuits from his lameness, driven we shall not be justified by any argument quiring mind. Since their commencement him to literature and the muses, it is fair deduced from any fancied internal proof in they have been almost universally attributed presumption that the advocacy of legal the works themselves, or from any opinion to Sir Walter Scott : hence any advantage causes at the Scottish Bar would have been we may have been induced to form from that might accrue from a name so prethe summit of Sir Walter's ambition. mere circumstantial evidence. Nor do we eminently popular and successful, they in.

“Mr. Scott had attained the age of hold that the pertinacious and perpetual herit in the fullest degree ; and, in addition, twenty-five before he ventured to prefix his denial of Sir Walter himself ought to have possesses that peculiar air of mystery which,

by continuing to excite the attention and to maintain. The fourth book contains the reigns of to lead them to revenge. His uncle, Espoz, elicit the inquiries of - literary men, will

Hassan II. and of Mahomet II. both of whom upheld was the chief whom they selected, and he

the doctrine of the impunity of crimes. Their history proved himself worthy of the high trust. keep the novels themselves continually be

is interspersed with curious details relative to the litera. He stands first amongst those whose names fore the public eye. We much doubt, not-ture of some contemporary oriental and western authors. I are chaunted through Spain in the hymns withstanding their intrinsic excellence, Also documents hitherto unnoticed of the Templars, I of triuniph of a delivered people. He whether the Letters of Junius would have

who at that period appear to have been actuated with watched 'faithfully through the dark and

the spirit of the Ismaelites. A charge is laid to Richard, heen half so much read, if, instead of pre

perilous night which overhung his country, en nait so much read, II, Instead of pre King of England, that he resorted to the assistance of serving such a mysterious silence respecting the Assassins, to effect the destruction of the Margrave

and when the morning of her deliverance

broke, Espoz was seen chasing the last the author, his curtain had been undrawn, Conrad de Montferrat. T'he fifth book contains the

Frenchman from Spain. But let not the and his vizor unlocked. This hypothesis od his vizor unlocked This honothovin reigns of three Assassin princes, the former of whom, Dschelaleddin, had his sovereignty acknowledged by

full glory of the uncle diminish that of the will apply with double force to the Scotch the Caliph of Bagdad. His son committed a parricide,

nephew. Xavier Mina was less fortunate, Tales; for whilst the one animadverts on but perpetrated no crime, according to the established | but not less deserving than Espoz. Ego

principles of the Assassins. This book has also the eci, tulit alter honores.

This book has also the passing ephemeral events, which lost much principles of the Assassins.

It was Xavier who of their interest with their immediate exist

o reign of Rockneddin Charschah, the last Grand Master | first taught the mountaineers of his province

of their order, with an account of his wars with the where to strike at the invader, and gave ence; the other, being generally accurate Mogul Hulagu, and the taking of Alamut and the rest system to their irregular valour; he encou• and admirable sketches of Scottish manners of their castles, in 1258. The extermination of this raged by his successes the Spaniards to and Scotrish history possesses the seeds of horde of Ismaelites forms the subject of the sixth book. follow his daring example; he braved t#

It contains also the description of the taking and plun- terrors of Napoleon's vengeance, and openimmortality as national records, besides an|

dering of Bagdad by the Moguls, in 1258, with the ed with his sword the path which led to the amarantine wreath of popularity for their punishment of the Caliph. In short, it details the de- deliverance of his country. He was not fascinating power of natural delineation:" | feat of the Assassins in Syria, by Bibras, the sultan of one and twenty when taken prisoner. What

Egypt, and the gradual extirpation of the doctrine of the might not have been expected from this

Ismaelites. The author concludes by a summary retro-l heroic youth, if he had continued his career. i THE ASSASSINS. spect of the remains of this sect which yet exist in Persia

Mina was taken to Paris atier his capand Syria, though unable to realize their horrible systemture, and shut up in the castle of Vincennes A history of the Assassins, drawn from oriental sources, of politics.

The afflictions which prest upon the unfor. has appeared lately at Stuttgard. From this work we

tunate state prisoner were there aggra. learn that the Assassins, a confederate people or society, which, in the time of the Crusades, for two centuries,

vated by the care with which all intellie Biographical Notices.

gence of the fate of his relations or strug. acted an important part in Asiatic history, were origi

gling country was concealed from him. nally a branch of the Ismaelites. The author, M. de

XAVIER MINA.

His hair came out, and his person com. Hammer, illustrates many of the events of the middle

pletely ehanged. In time, however, the ages, and shows, at the same time, the advantageous

rigours of his imprisonment were softened use that might be made of oriental literature, if its cul.

[From the Philadelphia Union.] tivation were more generally attended to.

and books were given him. He applied

(Concluded from our last.) The Assassins were a secret society, originally organ

himself with great industry to the study of ized at Cairo, wherein the adepts took an oath to obey

the military art, in which he derived great implicitly a chief that was even unknown to them.

| assistance from some of the veteran officerz

In the winter of 1810-1l, Mina was die who were his fellow-prisoners. In Vincennes Their horrible dogmas inculcated murder, and one of

rected by the Spanish Government to detheir fundamental positions was the principle that all

he remained till the allied armies entered stroy, if possible, an iron foundry near France ; nor was he set at liberty until the buman' authority, including kings, magistrates, and

Pampeluna, from which the French were general peace, which took place upon the priests, was superfluous and pernicious. The author

supplied with a number of articles for the läbdication of the Emperor Napoleon. draws a parallel between these assassins and the society

service of the war. Whether it was from of Jesuits, who, though deprived of their former influ.

Being conspicuous members of the party ence, persevere in maintaining their order. The princes one of

one of those accidents which no prudence of Liberales or Constitutionalists, the of the east were frequently so imprudent as to make

I can prevent, or that the enemy had infor- | Mivas soon experienced the displeasure ol common cause with Hassan Sabah, chief of the order, amation of mis movements, this unfortunate the court, and the frowns of the king headstrong adventurer, who soon after became a terror

enterprize was fatal to Mina. Two strong | Xavier, lowever, who was in Madrid, was to all princes and governments, polluting thrones, tri.

es, tri. bodies of French troops, (commanded, it offered the command of the military forces bunals, and altars with blood.

is supposed, by Gei). Belliard) on their lin Mexico, a situation next to that of the To the materials collected from Arabian, Persian, and march in contrary directions, arrived at the I viceroy of New Snain. He declined i., Turkish manuscripts, M. de H. adds what Sylvestre de same time at the two entrances of a narrow

owand apprehensive of the consequences, Sacy and others have written before him on the same valley, and completely enclosed Mina and retired into Navarre. Espoz y Mina, who subjeot. His work is divided into seven books. The his corps, who were in at the same time. I still remained at the head of his mountam tirst treats of Mahomet, as the founder of Islamism, | The fight that ensued was obstinate and warriors in Navarre, immediately receive and only dwells on such principal points as have not bloody. The gallant Mina defending himbeen noticed by Voltaire, Gibbon, and Muller.. It self with his sword, fell, piereed with | Matters being thus brought to a crisis, in

an order depriving him of the command contains a synopsis of the doctrines of Mahomet. The wounds, a prisoner in the hands of the was determined by the two Minas to raise second book narrates the foundation of the order of French. Assassins, in the year 1004 of the Christian wra, and

the standard of the Cortes and the Consila

Thus ended the rapid, but brilliant Gue-tution. under the government of the first grand master, Hassan

They had no time to form any Sabah. One of his deys, Hassan Ben Sabah Homairi,

rilla career of Xavier Mina Fortune, as extensive plan, it was agreed to strike in a competitor for the throne, became, towards the end of 11 jealous or the skill and heroism which mediately before the ord

if jealous of the skill and heroism which mediately before the order depriving Espoz the eleventh century, the founder of a new sect. He threatened to raise him above her capricious of his command should be publicly know" seized on the strong castle of Alamut, between Dilem favors, played him false at last. But the | The details of this bold and chivalrous la and Irak, and made it the seat of his power. The third spirit which he had roused was still alive; tempt are interesting, and present some book is an account of the reigns of Kia Busurgomid the 'rage of his warrior mountaineers was features of romance : but we can only and of his son Mahomet, and the wars which they had I kindled, and they chose one of his family glance slightly at them. While Espoz was

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