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nine o'clock we saw a ship standing to bestowed almost my whole undivided us from the Roads; they had seen the attention; this, however, was not allflame on shore, and sent out vessels in all my collections in natural history, all directions to our relief; and here and my splendid collection of drawings, certainly came a Minister of Provi- upwards of a thousand, in number, dence, in the character of a Minister of with all the valuable papers and notes the Gospel; for the first person I rece of my friends Arnold and Jack; to ognized was one of our Missionaries. conclude, I will merely notice, ihat They gave us a bucket of water, and there was scarcely an unknown animal, we took the Captain on board as a bird, beast, or fish, or an interesting pilot. The wind, however, was ad- plant, which we had not on board. A verse, and we could not reach the living tapir, a new species of tiger, shore, and took to the ship, where we splendid pheasants, &c. &c. all do got some refreshment, and shelter from mesticated for the



were, the sun. By this time Sophia was in short, in this respect, a perfect Noquite exhausted, fainting continually. ah's Ark. All, all, has perished; but, About two o'clock we landed safe and thank God, our lives have been spared, sound, and no words of mine can do and we do not repine. justice to the expression of feeling, 6 Our plan is to get another ship as sympathy, and kindness with which soon as possible, and I think you may we were hailed by every one. If any still expect us in July. There is a proof had been wanting that my ad- chance of a ship called the Lady Flora ministration had been satisfactory, touching here on her way home, and here we had it unequivocally from all; there is a small ship in the Roads, there was not a dry eye; and as we which may be converted into a packet, drove back to our former home, loud and take us home, as I have a Captain was the cry of “ God be praised !" and crew at command."

6 But enough; and I will only add, that we are now greatly recovered, in good spirts, and busy at work in getting In Captain Medwin's “ Conversaready-made clothes for present use. tions with Lord Byron," the following We went to bed at three in the after- conversation is interesting, as being alnoon, and I did not awaken till six this most decisive of the question as to the morning. Sophia had nearly as sound author of the Scottish novels. “I neva sleep, and with the exception of a er travel,” says Lord Byron, “without bruise or two, and a little pain in the Scott's novels, they are a perfect libones from fatigue, we have nothing to brary in themselves : a perfect literacomplain of.

ry treasure. I could read them once “ The property which I have lost, a year with new pleasure.” I asked on the most moderate estimate, cannot him if he was certain about the novels be less than 20,000l. I might almost being Sir Walter Scott's ? “ Scott as say 30,0001. But the loss which I much as owned himself the author of have to regret beyond all, is my papers Waverley to me at Murray's shop. I and drawings; all my papers, of eve was talking to him about that novel, ry description, including my notes and and lamented that its author had pot observations, with memoirs and collec- carried back the story nearer to the tions, sufficient for a full and ample time of the Revolution. Scott, entirehistory, not only of Sumatra, but of ly off his guard, said, “Ay, I ought to Borneo, and every other Island in have done so, but,”-there he stopped. these Seas; my intended account of It was in vain to attempt to correct the Establishment of Sincapore; the himself ; he looked confused, and rehistory of my own Administration ; lieved his embarrassment by a precipgrammars, dictionaries, and vocabula- itate retreat.- He spoiled the fame of ries; and last, not least

, a grand map his poetry by his superior prose. He of Sumatra, on which I had been em. has such extent and versatility of powployed since my first arrival here, and ers in writing, that, should his novels on which, for the last six months, I had ever tire the public, which is not like



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ly, he will apply himself to something half of its cubic bulk. Ten currents else, and succeed as well.”

of water at present fall upon it; and EFFECT OF OXYGEN ON GLOW-WORMS.

by means of a breach effected in its It is an interesting experiment (says centre, the spectator may observe at a Mr. Parke) to place a glow-worm glance, by the enormous beight which within a jar of oxygen gas in a dark still remains, the incredible effect

The insect will shine with which these little water-falls have pro-
much greater brilliancy than it does in duced. M. Venetz is unable to com-
atmospheric air. As the luminous ap. prehend how he had the courage to
pearance depends on the will of the begin undertaking the destruction of
animal, this experiment probably af- this glacier, but he now assures himself
fords an instance of the stimulus which of success.
this gas gives to the animal system.


The following fact occurred at Clag.
Mention has been already made by enfort, in Carinthia, when the French
us of the labours directed by M. Ve army occupied that town. The thun-
netz, engineer of the bridges and roads der had much injured the point of the
of the department of the Valais, to ac- very high steeple of the principal
complish the destruction of the ice, Church ; and a mason and his son
which covers the Dranse. Last autumn were employed to repair it. A crowd
there remained only 292 feet. The of inhabitants assembled
work has re-commenced this summer ;

to witness this perilous operation. but the avalanches which have fallen The father, a man of fifty years of from the upper glacier, during the age, still vigorous and active, ascended winter, have so filled the breaches first ; his son followed him; they alwhich were made last year in the low- most reached the summit; the spectaer glacier, that at the beginning of tors tremblingly counted their steps

, June the Dranse was covered again to when they saw the son suddenly loose an extent of more than 1,000 feet hold of the ladder and fall to the During the course of the same month ground. A cry of terror arose. All the work was considerably impeded by crowded towards the unfortunate man avalanches, which fell every instant, who lay shattered upon the pavement and even on the 8th July, a great part without a sign of life

. In the meanof the pipes were covered with a huge time the father continued to ascend

, mass of ice.

In placing some new performed his task, descended with ones at the commencement of the sang froid, and appeared with a melanmonth of August, they discovered choly but composed air before the specsome remains of the last, at more than tators, who immediately surrounded thirty feet deep. It is truly a war

him. All endeavoured to console hin; against nature that they carry on;

but they soon learned with horror that scarcely have they been overcome on the fall of his son was not accidental

, one point ere they attack another; for that he himself had precipitated and when M. Venetz cannot reach the him from the top of the steeple

. glacier by falls of water, he dams up 6 Heavens !” exclaimed they, “ is it and makes the Dranse overflow itself, possible. What fury !'what madness." in order to undermine it at the foot. ic Listen to me," replied the father, It is thus that he is continually imped- without emotion :ed by a thousand foreseen and unfore " In our trade there are certain rules seen obstacles. Unfortunately, to this and customs. The oldest and most is added the most distressing circum- experienced ventures into danger the stance of all, that of an illness brought first; the younger follows. Accord on by the excess of his fatigues, and ing as one ladder is secured by cords from which he is scarcely recovered another is raised, which is at first lastat this moment. But hopes still, in ened at the bottom to the top part

ol spite of all, to free the Dranse entirely the other. Then the eldest ascends this year. 'i he whole mass of the this ladder which is only steadied at glacier is already reduced about one- the bottom; and assisted by his com

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panion, who supplies him with cord, ledged that his reasoning, however he proceeds to fasten it at the top. horrific, was just, and exhibited a pre-. This is the work of greatest danger. sence of mind to which, though with As I was occupied at the highest ex. shuddering, they could not refuse their tremity of the ladder, I suddenly heard admiration. my son exclaim below me, Father, father, there's a cloud before my eyes ;

Lieutenant Goldsmith and his crew have I know not where I am.” I instantly commenced the arduous and dangerous at

tempt to replace the Logan-stone. Lieut. raised my right foot and gave him a

G. seems quite confident of success, and kick, which struck him in the forehead, has landed the requisite implements. The and he fell without uttering a word. Logan-stove is estimated to weigh 70 tons, “ Infamous wretch! monster ! what and the purchases provided for lifting are e

qual to 120 tons,which, from the nature of the demon could have urged you to such a rock, must be placed on a plank scaffolding crime?"_" Softly, gentlemen; I am to be erected around its summit: bence the assuredly to be pitied, much to be piti- attempt is considered full of risk ; but the ed; but I am far from believing myself going cautiously to work. It is only three

adventurers have declared tbeir intention of guilty. In our trade it is well known feet from its original site. that if the head turns giddy in a dan MEDALS FOUND IN FRANCE. gerous position, where there is no The excavations for antiquities at means of assisting one's-self, and of Famars were resumed on the 23d of taking time to recover, that man is August in the orchard of the chateau. irretrievably lost. Now such was the The most interesting discoveries made case of my son. From the moment in these buildings were, a small statue that his sight was gone, there was no of Minerva in bronze, clasps of the hope for him; in two or three seconds same metal very well executed,and two more he must necessarily have fallen; ivory combs of curious workmanship. but before that, and in his last agonies, On the 25th of September, a very he would undoubtedly have grasped at precious discovery crowned the labors the tottering ladder on which I was pla- with a degree of success beyond the ced; he would have dragged it away, most sanguine hopes : At the foot of and we should have both fallen. In an the main wall which encloses the Hyinstant I foresaw this inevitable result, pocausta, discovered in 1813, there and I prevented it by dealing him the were found two bronze vases killed blow which precipitated bim,and which with silver medals. The first of a

-saved me, as you see. Now tell round form, and covered with a bronze me, you who call me a monster, if I patrea, contained 3,920 : the second, had killed myself at the same time, of a more elliptical shape, and furnishwho would have supported his unfor- ed with a handle, contained 2,658 : tunate wife and children, who hence- and 3,377 were found in a third vase forward have nothing to look for but of an elegant form, and which was my labours ? To die for him would preserved whole. The total number perhaps have been the duty of a fa- of silver medals is 9,955. These coins, iher ; but to die along with him with which were in excellent preservation, out any utility, is, believe, what are from the age of Augustus to that of neither religion nor justice require." Constantius. A considerable number,

During some moments a profound especially the more recent, are as brilsilence reigned throughout the assem- liant as if they had just come from the bled crowd ; but the clamours re-com- mint. It would be difficult to fix at menced ; the mason was arrested, and present the value of this treasure ; we delivered over to the tribunals. He can however state that several reversthere displayed the same firmness he es, mentioned as rare by Mionnet and had shown before the people. The other authors, are in great numbers. Judges, like the multitude, could not This is considered to be the most imresist a first impulse of horror; but,upon portant discovery of the kind made in reflecting on the situation in which he ihe department of the north. was placed, and the motive he had To the above interesting notice we assigned for his conduct, they acknow subjoin the following, extracted from

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the Petites Affiches de Valenciennes of make responsible for all our crimes
Saturday, the 9th October :-

and follies; a Necessity which we set
A second important discovery has just down for invincible when we have no
taken place at Famars, at the moment when wish to strive against it.
the shareholders of the excavations sponta.
ncously doubled their shares. On the 7th

Dice.- Playthings which the Deof October, four vases of terra cotta, filled vil sets in motion when he wants a new with silver Roman medals, were discovered supply of knaves, beggars and suicides

. at six paces distance from those found be

Diplomatist--A privileged cheat

, fore, and at the foot of the same wall. The first contained 1,065, the second 1,923, the hired to undermine, overreach, and cir. third 1,412 : these three vases were of red cumvent his opponent, and rewarded earth, with only one handle ; the fourth, a with court dignities in proportion as be very large one of an orbicular form, con. is deficient in all the moral ones. tained alone 5,115 medals ; total 9,515; which added to the 9,955 found on the 25th

Dinner.-A meal taken at supper. of September, makes the astonishing num time; formerly considered as a means ber of 19,470 silver medals found at Famars of enjoying society, and therefore mod. in less than a fortnight. What hopes for erate in expence and frequent in octhe future! One of the red vases is perfectly whole. The medals of the last dis

currence ; now given to display you covery are larger than those of the first; self, not to see your friends, and inhosthey are all radiated heads ; among them pitably rare because it is foolishly exare the effigies of Balbinus, Pupienus, Gor

dianus Pius, Philippus senior and junior,
Oracillia, Severa, Trajanus Decius, Herun-

Discipline, military.—That subordi-
nia Etruscilla, Hostilianus, Trebonianus nation which is maintained upon the
Gallus, Volusianus, Carinus, and others, Continent by the hope of distinction,
with a great variety of different reverses.- in England by the fear of the cabo
The partakers in the excavations at Famars nine-tails.
are informed that the distribution of the lots
of medals will take place next week.

Disguise.-- That which we all wear

on our hearts, and many of us of our SPECIMENS OF A PATENT POCKET DIO

faces. TIONARY.

NEW WORKS. “ These lost the sense their learning to display,

Stanhope's Greece in 1823-94, 8vo. 13.
And those explain'd the meaning quite away." -Medwin's Conversations of Lord Byras,

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2d edit. 8vo. 188.-Edmeston's Patmos, and used to fill up vacancies of matter, and erings of Lucan and Dinab, 8vo

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The Memoirs of the celebrated Madame buzzes impertinently in their ears. been occupied for many years, are about to

Day und Martin.-See “ Hand- be published in 4 vols. 8vo. A more interwriting on the wall."

esting work could scarcely be announced. Debt, National.-Mortgaging the Byways," now passing rapidly through the

The second Series of a Highways and property of our posterity that we may press, is to consist of 3 volumes in Bro; be better enabled to destroy our con- each containing one Tale. The scenes of temporaries.

the stories are placed in the Pyrenees, Per

; Debates.-An useless wagging of

sailles, and Normandy; and the heroine ei

one of them is the ill fated Marie Antoiuette, tongues where the noses have been al- the late Queen of France. ready counted.

Rothelan, a Romance of the English HisDelay.--See Chancery court.

tories, by the Author of « Annals of the Destiny. The scapegoat which we

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until they find the burrow, and also HUNTING this useful animal forms under the projecting

roots of large a source of amusement and emol- trees, the hollows of which afford them ument to the Indians of Bocca Mon- shelter. When the burrows are in tana Albarregas, and most tribes that trees, they seldom give themselves the inhabit the higher regions of the Core trouble of erecting pitfalls for them, as dilleras, from Coro to Cumana. As their curs kill and drag them out, or there are no stated periods for taking else they dig them out. When the it, although in the months of August, burrows are in the rocks, they set to September, and October it is certainly work to erect pitfalls, or traps, in the fattest, they continue to search for it building of which they display a reguthe whole year round, unless during larity and system that would do credit the breeding season, when the flesh is to an European mason. As the falls rank and lean, and the lard or butter, are four feet by four in height and manteca, rancid. In making their breadth, the flags with which they are hunting dispositions, they form par- built are so closely set, as to prevent ties of seven or eight, or more. When the creature introducing his paw-nails the tribe is numerous, they will some between them, for his strength is such times take five, six, or seven miles in a that he would raise a stone of two or sweep over the country : and such is three hundred weight. As the badger's their dexterity and address in taking family generally consists of seven or these animals, that they will nearly eight, the hunters set as many of those clear it for five or six years of badgers, pitfalls in their way as will intercept potwithstanding all the obstruction of them, one by one, in making their pasbrushwood, cover, &c. &c. In these sage to their burrows, and frequently excursions they are accompanied by a one in the mouth of the burrow, pronumber of women and boys, whose vided it is large enough, covering them business it is to build temporary buts, with turf, earth, and leaves over little cook, collect fruits, and lastly, to cure twigs. As soon as they have made a what badger bams and gammons the sufficient number, with incredible lamen catch : this is no sinecure, and al- bour and perseverance, using no other though they rest during the night, the iraplements than their hatchets and day ushers them in more labour than stone-bammers, the covering-flag is comes to the hunters' share. When placed over ; at the back of this they they arrive at the badgers' haunts,– place a quantity of rubbish, so as to generally in high situations, contiguous give weight to its fall, and plant bushes to rocks, for the purpose of burrowing so artfully as to deceive a stranger, when hard pressed, -they soon dis- forming a lane, through which the cover bis traces by the manner in creature must necessarily pass to his which he scrapes for pistachios and burrow. Then one or two ascend the other oblong nuts, the names of which trees or highest rock, to give notice of

They then search the rock the badger's approach; while another 47

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