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have understood, from what I thought him, that quarrelling with a fellow apgood authority, that he was apprentice prentice, he took an opportunity to in a coal vessel, in the employ of Mr. anoint the lad's head with a tar brush, Wilson at Whitehaven. It is told of and then set it on fire.

WHATEVER social ills may press us round,
Thou, sense of God, exalting and profound,
Tis thou to earth's sad children break’st the shock ;
Thou meet'st the poet on his lonely rock,
Revealst Jehovah to his ardent gaze,
And tunest his lips to confidence and praise.
Grand thought of God! to which, midst pleasures vain,
Our buman weakness conscious turns again ;
These are the blessings thou to man hast given,
And thus Religion links the ea rth to heaven.
Who shall disown thee ? - God withdrawn, a veil
Shrouds the dim earth and yon bright beavens turn pale ;
Laws-morals-virtue-prone to dust are hurl'd,
An uimless system and an orphan world!

THE POTATOE. I am now going to offer some re- they 'would become almost the only marks on what is likely to be general- food of the people; that they would ly appermost in the mind of an Irish- supplant the use of bread, abolish the man, as affording subsistence, not only arts of culinary preparation, and by the to men, women, and children, but extreme facility of providing a mere also to all those liye appendages, bellyful, promote idleness and vagapigs, dogs, horses, cattle, and poultry bondism, and multiply an ever-growing

- the potatoe. If you should happen propagation of paupers, he would, I to be disposed to conjectural anticipa- will venture to affirm, have been the tion, you will perhaps think that I very last man to advise or encourage mean to propose, wbat national grati- the culture of potatoes. But let me tude ought to have done tong since, not be considered as meaning to de. the erection of a statue to Sir Walter preciate so extraordinary and valuable Raleigh, by whom the potatoe was first a root. I only lament the excessive brought to this country, and presented use, or rather abuse, of one of the most to a nobleman, right worthy of being useful vegetable gifts which the bounthe dispenser of natural benefits, Rich- teous band of the Almighty Creator ard, the first Earl of Cork. But no, I has conferred upon mankind. Used bave no such intention. I question as they are in the sister island, as an whether any important advantage was auxiliary to better food, their worth is in the contemplation of the donor ; inestimable ; but constituting, as they and moreover, I doubt whether thé do here, almost the sole food of the culture would have been recommended lower orders, the effect is as I have by either of those great men, had they stated ; and though the blame be not been able to predict the future and re- attributable to the article itself, yet is mote consequences of the gift. The not the consequent wretchedness of great Earl of Cork, (as he is common- its consumers the less deplorable. ly called,) the munificent founder of They are 'objectionable in another remany towns, as well as of an illustrious spect, as being only a supply for the race, to whom the county of Cork has current year ; so that the superabundnever ceased to owe those obligations ance of a favourable season will conwhich the rare union of virtue and stitute nothing to the relief of a defiability so happily enables their posses- cient. Hence the superfluity of subsor to bestow, certainly contemplated a sistence among'a potatoe-led people different sort of subsistence than pota- in any given year, is but a superfuity toe diet for his numerous tenantry. waste, which does not afford the smallCould his lordship have foreseen that' est security against a famine on the

ensuing. Every other species of sta- promote the interests of the people go ple food can be held over; and, there- hand in hand, to ameliorate their style fore, for this, as well as other reasons, of living, and render them somewhat it should be one of the prime objects of less dependent upon the fluctuating all those, whose ability and wishes to comforts of the potatoe system.

NANCY DAWSON. A bird-catcher, wishing to increase cage. There they stood, eyeing Bully his stock of bull-finches, took out his in his citadel, with doubt and curiosity. caged bird and his limed twigs, and And now, they were beginning to placed them in such situation of hedge move inch by inch, hop by hop, toor gooseberry bush, as he judged fa- ward him, and to the fatal twigs : vourable to success in the anxious sport again they became stationary, and atof bird catching. It so happened that tentive. It was in this eager and sushis own bird was a bird of education ; pended moment, that the piping bullsuch as is usually termed a piping bullo finch suddenly strock up the old counfinch.-In the first instance a few ac- try dance of Nancy Dawson.-Away cidentally thrown out natural notes, or few every astounded bullfinch as fast calls, had attracted three or four of his as wings could move, in such alarm kindred feather, who had now taken and confusion as bullfinches could feel, their stations not far distant from the and they only can venture to describe.

FRENCH BOMBAST. Sterne exemplifies the French ten- purpose of trying the experiment! An dency to conversational bombast of English hair-dresser would have conexpression by the asseveration of his tented himself with suggesting a dip in barber ; who protested to him, that a bucket. This habit of exaggeration * the curls of his wig would 'stand in their common-life language has been though he plunged them in the ocean.” adduced to account for the characterAs if, quietly observes the sentimental- istic meagreness of diction in verse : as ist, I should pull on my boots and post if having exhausted their force of exto the shores of the Atlantic, for the pression, they had nothing left.

NEW DRAMA-BY J. HOWARD PAYNE. At Covent Garden, May 27, a spor

DUET. tive drama, in three acts, and entitled « Charles the Second, or the Merry

LOVE, one day, essayed to gain

Entrance into Beauty's bower ; Monarch," was produced at this theatre Many a toil and many a chain with entire success.

Miss M. '[ree Guarded round the precious flower. played archly and sweetly ; and in two But Love laid aside his bow, songs, as well as a duet with Duruset, Veiled his wing, hid his dart, did justice to some of the most beautiful

Entered more than Beauty's bower,

Entered also Beauty's heart. words we have lately heard introduced for theatrical music, which we subjoin :

Hence was the sweet lesson learnt

Fond hearts never should despair ;

Kept with truth, and led by hope,
OH, not when other eyes may read

What is there Love may not dare ?
My beart upon my cheek-

Oh, not when other ears can bear,

Thrice beautiful !-alas ! that here
Dare I of love to speak :

Should ever come a frown or tear ;
But when the stars rise from the sea,

But not beneath the gilded dome
Oh, then I think of thee, dear love!

Hath happiness its only home.
Oh, then I think of thee.

When o'er the olives of the dell

Not in the pictured halls,
The silent moonight falls,

Not amid marble walls,
And upon the rose the dew
Hangs scented coronals,

Will young Love dwell ;

Love's home's the heart alone And buds close on the chesnut-tree,

That heart, too, all his own,
Oh, then I think of thee, dear love!

Else, Love, farewell.
Ob, then I think of thee,

(Lond. Lit. Gaz.) THE SICILIAN DWARF. ments of this most extraordinary huI am sure my readers will be very man Being, and the type annexed is glad to hear that I have accommoda- the size of her fore-finger ring. Among ted matters with my fair friend, Miss the other means taken to ascertain the Crachami. Feeling for the mortifica- extent of her faculties and feelings, I tion under which I must be labouring, presented a common waxen doll, about in consequence of her jilting me, she a head taller than herself : her scream had even the condescension to visit me of rapture was extrenrely curious, and in person. My delight and gratitude, she hugged and stroked the image with of course, may be understood by peró far greater delight than seemed to be sons of fine sensibilities, like my own. afforded her by any other thing. One I can only say I can say no more. of the small waxen dolls, about five inWell

, we had a pleasant chai together; ches long, was rejected with strong and I found my little lady, like all other marks of disdain ; though, in relative ladies, much more agreeable in private proportion, exactly what ought to have than in public. She was lively and in- pleased her as a plaything. But the teresting ; sat upon a small tea-caddy larger one was a playfellow, a companwith infinite grace, and listened to mu- jon, a sister. Weak diluted wine and sic with evident pleasure, beating time biscuit she relished much, and patted with her tiny foot, and waving her her stomach, saying “good, good," as head just as any boarding school Miss children are sometimes taught to do. in her upper teens, and conscious of For a couple of hours ber attention the beauty of her movements, would was unrelaxed, and she was observant

Being desirous of proposing cer- and animated throughout. She walked tain delicate measures, I took great a few paces, and expressed many varipains to make a favourable impression ous feelings, of like and dislike, both to on her heart, and had the happiness to persons and things, of impatience, ensucceed: the consequence of which is, joyment, mirth-the latter prevailing. that besides retaining a ring (see be- Upon the whole, I became more perlow) as the proof of her affection, I fectly convinced that this Dwarf is cer

tainly the greatest wonder of the kind that ever existed. [See Ath. p.229.287.


One of the very worst forms in which am enabled to mention, without be- London presents itself, even to a Lontraying confidence, or impugning the doner, is that of the inn, hotel, xenofemale character, what those measures docheion, khan, or caravansera, to actually were. First, then, I found which, (if he have no househeld gods that the real height of Miss Crachami of his own,) he must repair on his ars is nineteen inches and a half; her rival. What then must a Frenchman, weiglit five pounds; the length of her or a native of Southern Europe, think for (Cinderella was a nobody !) three of a similar reception ?- The soi-disant inches and one-eighth ; and the length coffee-room, stalled off like a stable, of her fore-finger (she would not give with its two or three miserable candles, me the wedding one) one inch and its sanded floor, its phalanx of empty seven-eighths !!! Having thus gone decanters, and wine-glasses full of my lengths, I was allowed to go my tooth-picks and safers, its solitude and rounds; and they follow : Round the its silence! To such a place vas I head, twelve inches three-eighths ; obliged to betake myself, after a first round the waist, eleven inches and a and a long absence, which had canquarter; round the neck, (only think celled abundance of national prejudices, of taking such a creature round the and impaired the power of accommoneck !) five inches and three-eighths; dating to the habits I was about to reround the ancle, three inches and a sume. The newspapers, those poiyquarter; and roand the wrist, two in- glott versions of the infinitely diversicres and seven-sixteenths !!

fied events, accidents, crimes, punishThese are, bona fide, the measure- ments, and contingencies of an enor



mous metropolis, for a single day, were single knocks I say nothing-ex uno the only resource. But their interest disce omnes--there is no eloquence in was lost to me, and after listening them. The postman and the taxa-while to the ticking of the dial, and gatherer's knock of office, expresses making many a fretful glance at the the impatience of authority very incoffee-house system of Naples, Venice, telligibly; and the knock domestic, and Paris, I abruptly summoned the your own knock, makes everybody chambermaid, and followed her to the I hope glad, and stirs up the spaniel cell to which she had destined me for from the hearth-rug. I have not leithe night.

One advantage, indeed, sure to notice the interesting associathere was in this ambitious apartment, tion of bell and knockers into one that if a fire should take place in the compound instrument of considerably better frequented floors of this im- increased power, but at some future mense barrack, “ourselves" and the time I may probably favour the world pigeons would probably be the longest with a small volume, entitled, “ Tuptosurvivors.

logia" (Keraunologia would be bet

ter still.) with plates of the various It was in London that I began to kinds of knockers, and directions for attend to the harmony and expressive- their use. In fashionable streets, (sit ness of the various knockings or pulsa- obiter dictum,) the knockers ought to tions of which a street-door is suscepti- be of silver, the only objection to ble. I shall say a word or two on this which is, that (notwithstanding the subject, as there are no knockers across marvellous effects of education) they the Channel.--" Quanquam animus would occasionally be stolen. ineminisse horret-incipiam."— These

MISCELLANEOUS COMFORTS. instruments, like mortars, are made of

In order to complete the litle sketch bronze or cast iron; and as they are that I proposed to give of the impresof various calibres, they can, of course, sions wbich a return to London makes project sound to various distances. A upon the senses, I now add a few misdischarge of this kind in Grosvenor- cellaneous remarks. square, when the wind is favourable, The climate and atmosphere of will frequently startle the deer in the London is not only extremely salutaPark, ruffle the water of the Serpentine, ry and contributive to the longevity of & vibrate in the alcores of Kensington. blind men, and other mendicants, but

I also conceive that there is already it is astonishingly favourable to that room, even in the present imperfect of fish, which, however deprived of “ state of the science," for distinguish- their natural element, remain alive for ing the different kinds of performance a very considerable time. Cod, soles, on this instrument, by an adequate po- and flounders, in London, are always menclature.

« alive!and living sprats are vendI would divide knocks, for the pres- ed in myriads! The tenacity of life ent, into, 1. Hesitating or submissive. of some of these animals is so obstiThese are usually performed by thin nate, that there is reason to believe pale-looking persons with folded pa- they continue to live for several days pers, in their hands.--"Could I speak together. It might be interesting to for a moment to the lady ?" 2. Im- mark the tail of a particular indiportunate or expostulating, perform- vidual, in order to learn how long ed by tradesmen.“ Did you tell Mr. he continues in this state of disagree A. I called twice last week ? When able existence. Salmon and herring, I will be be at home?” 3. Confident observe, are only announced as being or friendly.-- Well, John, is your fresh, that is, recently dead. I looked master at home ?" 4. Alarming or out of my window one day on a basket fashionable. These are preceded by of lobsters, which the proprietor dethe short sharp stop of a carriage, ge- clared to be alive ; a peculiar species, nerally of the barouche kind, and are I presume, for they were of that fine followed by the sound of many feet coral colour which this animal usually in kid slippers on the staircase. Of assumes when boiled.


In the early spring, among many pose-advantage to passers by from little elegant local customs, this is one: that attitude--especially with black That as you take a morning walk in coats--Lamp-lighters--alarm occathe green park, you meet several young sioned by their thuribulum-benevowomen, who extend a bunch of match- lent provision for cats and dogs-bares to the immediate vicinity of your rows containing ditto on the pavement nose, with as much confidence as if -provocative of appetite-Jews ready they were primroses. These flowers to strip you to the skin, or clothe you of Brimstone are the first vernal pro- at any price—or cram your pockets ductions of the Flora Londinensis; with open pen-knives and oranges they are not presented quite in so win- (bad neighbours) on your own terms. ning a way as the violets, that are White horse cellar, elevement of young thrown at you in the palais royal ; women (struggling in vain, to go to but I have no doubt that the bouquet, Fulham,) to Hammersmith or Brenton the whole, is a wholesome one, and ford. very probably useful as a prophylactic. To persons of classical mind, The Witeh-Finder, a Romance, by the this offering of matches, Sulfura cum author of The Lollards," &c. 3 vols. 12mo, tædis," will suggest the Lustrations of 11. 18.-Ourika, a Tale, from the French of

the Duchess de Duras, 12mo. 35.- Idwal, a the ancients; though to others, of an Poem, with Notes, 8vo. 88. 60.-Rushton's irritable fibre, or uneasy conscience, Poems, 8vo. 65.—Boxiana, vol. iv. 8vo. 18s. I should be apprehensive that it might Mornings at Bow-street, 8vo. 108. Ad. ; excite disagreeable reflections. Vide proofs, 13s.-Beckford's Biographical Me

moirs of extraordinary Painters, 12mo. 58. Giovanni, scene last.

Lanfear's Letters to Young Ladies, f. cap. Often, too, when you are most in a 8vo. 4s. 68.-Westall's Illustrations of Souhurry, you will attend the passage of they's Roderick, prints, 10s. 6d. ; proofs, the same procession (a train of coal 18s.; India proofs

, 11. 45.--Vignettes of waggons, six in number, with six horses Derbyshire, post 8vo. 5s.6d.-Coddington's

Optics, 8vo. 88.-Life of Gilbert Earl, Esq. each!) in long diagonal from the end of post 8vo. 8s. -Moore's Life of the Rev. John the Haymarket, to Marybone Street, Wesley, vol. i. 8vo. 108. 6d.—Mill's History cutting off parties of light and heavý of Mexico, 8vo. 10s. 6d.-Mementos of a armed, impetuously facing each other. Tour through France, &c2 vols. 8vo. 11. 4s.

-Steel's Notes on the War in Spain, crowa These at Weeks's museum, and Those 8vo. 98.-Kerr'sVoyages, vol. xviii. 8vo. 14s. at Eggs' the gun-makers—I have seen Boyle's Advice to Settlers in Tropical Clia great many maneuvres practised on mates, 12mo. 2s. 6d.-Wilkinson's Tours to those occasions, but the coal waggons Corbaux on the National Debt, 4to. 128.

the British Mountains, post 8vo. 8s. 60.have always the best of it.

Faber's Difficulties of Infidelity, 8vo. 78. Such are the Trivial hinderances to Benson's Sermons, Part ii. 8vo. 6s.-Wade's the pedestrian in London. On such an

Observations on Fever, 8vo. 45. —Ventouil.

lac's French Classics, vol. v. and vi. conample theme it is difficult to desist; taining Charles XII. 85.—Gilchrist's Etymobut troppo e troppo; I shall just run logic Interpreter, Part i. 8vo. 88 - Dictionover the heads of my notes, and have ary of Quotations, Part ii. (blank verse,) done.-Walk into the city more plea

12mo. 73. sant than formerly-pavements wider -houses down-more coming-multa Died, at Gato, near Benin in Africa,on the cecidere cadentque) whole of city more

3d of December, Mr. G. Belzoni, so well healthy than formerly-ruddy nursery

known for his Egyptian Tombs. He was

so far on his way into the interior, endeamaids (id genus omne interesting) and vouring to reach Houssa, when a dysentery fine children-young cockneys grow put an end to his valuable life. He was taller-College of Physicians, removal buried at Gato the day after his decease, of-how connected with foregoing re

and a board with the following inscription

was placed over his grave. marks-cause or consequence?-inter

" Here lie the remains of esting question, but delicate- Bakers

G. BELZONI, great admirers of the fine arts, stand Who was attacked with dysentery at Benin at print shops-position of their Bas

(on his way to Houssa and Timbuctoo,)

On the 26th of November, and died at ket on those occasions thrown on the

this place back like the clypeus of a hero in re

December 3, 1923.


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