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THE SECOND SIGHT.
in his own esteem, the wisest, mutually looking down younger grandsons, seated herself behind the companion, with a graceful and condescending patronage and forbear- and clasped them under her cloak in her arms.
“ The vast peaks, cliffs, and pinnacles, were like a gorgeance upon each other. Nor dare we pass over in silence, in this our recapitu- shaken by an earthquake. The waters dashed from terrace
ous city with all its temples and palaces, shuddering, as if lation of Galt's good qualities, his beautiful and touching to terrace, and every point and spire was glittering and pictures of mild, enduring simplicity of heart, as we find gleaming with countless flames kindled by the sunshine. it in the Rev. Micah Balwhidder ; and still more, if it | But it cannot be described. Terror confounded every one be possible, in the Leezie Eglesham of the volumes now on board. A huge mass which projected far aloft, and albefore us.
most already overhung the ship, was seen to tremble, and Bogle Corbet, Mr Galt's last publication, is the history with a crash louder than thunder, it fell into the sea. The of an individual of a refined, contemplative, and rather The peaks and mountains were shattered with indescribable
whole dreadful continent, for such it seemed, visibly shook. hypochondriacal turn of mind, who has been forced by crashing, and, with a sound so mighty that it cannot be his guardians into the mercantile profession. His heart named, it sundered, as if several islands had separated, and is not wholly in his business, but neither is he much we saw through the dreadful chasm a ship under full sail averse to it. He is a good, easy man, who, in quiet beyond, coasting the weather-side. times, or in a safe and narrow range of business, or with
“Our danger was increased by the breaking up of that a more active and far-seeing partner, might have dis- | iceberg, which only multiplied itself; but the sight of the charged irreproachably the routine duties of his profession, wind soon carried us again to a considerable distance; still
distant sail cheered our despair, and a slight change in the and indulged himself in the cultivation of his elegant the different masses floated in view, and all day long we had But he is thrown into a hazardous line of busi
our eyes fixed upon them as they appeared to recede, fearful ness, in a day of over-speculation, and linked to a fool that another variation of the wind would bring them again As might be anticipated, he fails--recovers himself, and around us. Afterwards we saw several other icebergs, but again commences business with fair promises, which sink were not in danger from any again.” away from beneath him, leaving him, at an advanced period of his life, to seek a settlement and provision for his family in the back woods of Canada. The portion of “ In this frame, moralizing, half unconscious of our own the narrative, at which we have thus slightly glanced, reflections, I observed an aged woman coming towards us. occupies the first and second volumes; the third is dedi- She was not so old as the Captain's housekeeper, and con. cated to the adventures of our hero and his fellow-settlers siderably taller, but she leaned upon a staff, and her steps
were more feeble. in Canada.
" • God be with you, Dungowan !' said she; “it was not The great beauty of this work consists in the minute, me that expected to find you here well and hearty; but I elegant, and faithful touches, by means of which the could not abide the wearying, and came myself to see.' author succeeds in embodying all the little occurrences
“ The Captain turned to me with a smile, and said, 'She which, however trifling in themselves, formed, when
has the reputation of having the second sight; and then united, the mighty stream which bore down his hero.
addressing himself, with assumed solemnity, he said to They are all justly conceived, and made to arise in the
her, ' And why have you been so wearying ?'
"• It's no' a question that I can answer, was her serious most beautiful manner out of each other. The story is reply, as she stood before us, bending over her staff; · But evolved simply and naturally. There are interspersed a cold hand from Ardenhulish kirkyard has heavily touched frequent touches of alternating pathos and humour, which my heart.' serve to allure us onward. Many of the characters are *** • Save us ! replied the Captain ;'and to what effect felicitous and original conceptions. We may instance
“ • It was not him,' said the Sibyl, looking earnestly at Eric Pullicate the Radical Grub transmuted into a
me; I saw him there I saw him wellBailie Butterfly - the keen, sagacious, honest piece of ticing my question, she subjoined, turning towards the
«« Where and when ?' cried I eagerly; but without noselfishness the virtuous Iago, as Galt happily terms Captain, him.
« « And you were there, in your regimentals; and the We have only left ourselves room for two quotations. boat was at the shore, and Mi M'Groan, the minister.
Och hone ! and was all yon, do ye think, but a vision ? It THE ICEBERG.
could be no more, for the sadness is not of this world that
lies so cold in my breast.' “ That evening we had light airs and clear weather ; but “ • Tell us all,' cried Dungowan, sincerely serious, for when the first watch was set, the wind came so sharply he had become affected by her mystical manner, from the north, a fresh breeze, and so intensely cold, that “ * I saw the sun setting, and the hills' black shadow on the sailors said it must be blowing from an iceberg. Our the ploughed land, and the horse at the door, and your chief comfort in this apprehension was, that our course en
soldier-man Hector, and one, that to me is nameless, brought abled us to bear away with the wind several points free.
out the coffin.' We saw, however, nothing, although the moon was high; “ I started, and thought of Mr Woodriffe, whom we had but at midnight one of the men descried a brightening along left so unwell. The Captain was evidently not less disthe northern horizon, which left no doubt of the fact. turbed, and bidding the old wife call for some refreshment
“ An island of ice inflamed the imaginations of the pas- at the house, put his arm into mine, and, drawing me aside, sengers, and we all assembled with straining eyes on deck, said, and stood there shivering, without satisfaction, several "'* This daunts me: I have often heard of her dismal hours; at last the brightness began to assume outline and faculty, but deemed it a fantasy of her ignorant neighfeatures, and the wind rose as piercingly and rude as De- bours." cember, while the enormous mountainous mass was evi- “ Although not an actual believer in the second sight dently nearing. By its apparent extent, the Captain con- myself, yet sometimes a kind of hankering to credit the eetured we should pass to the windward of it without diffi- doctrine of foresigns has infected me, and made me ready to culty; but as it came nearer and nearer, the feeling of dan- believe in presages of sympathy-but at such a time and in ger mingled with the chillness of the wind, and we bebeld such a place, with such an avouch of authenticity, could I with awe and astonishment many streams of beautiful longer doubt? We hastened to the house, and were gladly water leaping and tumbling from the cliffs and peaks, as it surprised to find our friend seated on a chair in front of it, drifted in the sunshine towards us.
his spirits gay, and his lassitude gone ; but our joy was “ The wind, as the iceberg approached, slackened, and only for a moment; our appearance, for we came hastily we saw with the telescope, on a point that projected from upon him, brought on a violent cough, and before I could the side, a huge white bear couchant, which the sailors said assist him, he tumbled from the chair dead in my arms! was watching for fish.
“ But let me fly from the painful details that ensued “ No sight could be more solemnly impressive than the the boat I had observed with the Captain from the hill evidently advancing mass; at last it came so near, that we reached the island that night, and on board of her, passing feared it would be impossible to escape. Our dread made from Mull to Morven, was the Reverend Mr M'Groan, every one on board silent: Mrs Paddock, with two of her who kindly consented to stop until the body was prepared
for interment. The funeral, when the couter returned on “ Alexandria being at that time the centre of the scienthe second day after from Oban, was performed in all cir- tific world, Galen determined to perfect his anatomical cumstances as it had been described by the old woman; knowledge at that place, and from among his other preand with a throbbing heart and an awed spirit, I laid the ceptors particularly singled out Heraclianus, as the one head of Mr Woodriffe in the Ardenhulish churchyard." more pre-eminently entitled to his eulogy and gratitude.
“ At the age of twenty-eight, Galen revisited his native
soil, and was intrusted with the charge of the gymnasium, Outlines of the Ancient History of Medicine ; being a View attached to one of the temples of Esculapius. While in this
of the Healing Art among the Egyptians, Greeks, Ro- somewhat obscure employment, a revolution, which shortly mans, and Arabians. By D. M. Moir, Surgeon. afterwards broke out at Pergamus, fortunately for his fame, Post 8vo. Pp. 278. Edinburgh.
William Black compelled him to quit that city, and caused him to bend his
eyes on Rome, from the encouragement and patronage held wood. 1831.
out there to the Greek practitioners of medicine. Delta - the sweet singer of Blackwood — the grave which was in his thirty-fourth year,
“ Almost immediately after his settlement at Rome,
his accurate anatomical historian of the eventful career of Mansie Waugh-gives knowledge, and the general success of his practice, drew at us in this work a strong proof of the varied and versa
once upon him the attention of the public and the jealousy tile character of his talents. Mr Moir's merits as a of all the Roman physicians. Establishing a splendid repractical surgeon are well appreciated by the society in putation, he was induced, by the advice of many of the which his lot has been cast, and he shows us here how noble and the learned, more especially of the Consul Boethus, far he is above those narrow-minded empirics who think and the future emperor Severus, and of the philosophers practice incompatible with theory. He knows that no
Eudemus and Alexander of Damascus, to enter on the thing tends so to expand and free the mind from preju- for which he was eminently fitted, both by his knowledge
delivery of a public course of lectures on anatomy,-a task dice—to secure against the seductions of novel and and natural eloquence. So high against him, however, had fashionable quackeries—as a thorough acquaintance with the tide of professional rancour and malignity ascended, the rise and progress of the healing art, whose minister partly, no doubt, from mean and unworthy jealousy of he is. No one is entitled to our confidence as a medical excelling merit, and partly, it is to be feared, from the unattendant, who does not add to an extensive experimen- compromising and arbitrary tone which Galen ever maintal knowledge, such clear notions of the capabilities and tained to all opposition, that, on the breaking out of a malimits of his art as can only be obtained from a care
lignant epidemic, he withdrew himself in disgust from the
city, and re-embarked for Greece. ful study of its history from the first rude chirurgery
“Yet in his thirty-ninth year, and his thirst for travel of the savage, up through the gradual extension of the and knowledge unabated, he resumed his researches in naknowledge of anatomy, nosology, and materia medica, tural philosophy with great assiduity, principally with crossed and thwarted as its progress at times was by super- reference to medicine ; having a desire to see the various stition, hasty generalization, and fraud, to its present ad articles of the Materia Medica in their own proper climes. vanced state. This is a department of the study of me.
After visiting the Island of Cyprus, where he witnessed dicine which has hitherto been shamefully neglected in and collected a variety of mineral substances, he returned
the admirable manner in which the metals were worked, this country; but we trust that Mr Moir's outlines,
a second time to Palestine, to examine the bitumen and characterised as they are by diligent and critical enquiry, opobalsamum. and simple elegance in their arrangement and style, will “ Scarcely, however, had one year elapsed, ere he was go far to awake the attention of medical men to a topic recalled by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, who was at that so important. As a specimen of the work, we present time at Aquileia, prosecuting the war against the Marcoour readers with the biography of Galen
After traversing manni, and other German nations.
Thrace and Macedonia, he arrived there, and finding that " Claudius Galen was born at Pergamus, in Asia Minor, the Emperor Lucius Verus had died of the plague, which in the 131st year of the Christian era. His father, by pro
was depopulating the neighbourhood, he took the road for fession an architect, is represented to have been a person of Rome, where, shortly afterwards, he was appointed phyhigh moral character, active habits, and cultivated mind.
sician to the young Emperor Commodus,-with whom he In his mother, although a person of strict virtue and rigid justly became a great favourite, as well as with all his court, economy, he was by no means so fortunate ; but even al.
not only for his splendid professional knowledge, but for though she was sometimes too free with her tongue, and
his worth and virtues. occasionally bit the servants, it reflects little credit on the
" That in his declining years, Galen once more returned filial piety of her son, that in his writings he has preserved to his native country, is known; but neither that precise some traits regarding her, which, for both their sakes, had time, nor the year of his death, have been ascertained. From much better been allowed to sink into oblivion.
his writings, it is evident that his life extended to the reign “ The penetration of the father soon perceived in his son of Septimus Severus; and Suidas affirms, with every show the seeds of that promise, which time afterwards so glori- of probability, that he attained his seventieth year. Some ously matured. “Himself a scholar, be bestowed great care authors have asserted, that, from a conviction of the truth on his early education, and initiated him into a knowledge of the miracles performed by our Saviour, he had embraced of the principles of the Aristotelian philosophy. He sub- Christianity, and died, while on a journey to Judea. Alsequently turned his attention to the doctrines of the Stoics though the evidences of this important circumstance are not and Epicureans, under a learned Platonist of the name of very satisfactory, no direct proof exists to the
contrary; and Caius.
we have a pleasure in thinking, that this great physician “While yet very young, he had made such advances in and philosopher, who had examined all the mysteries of the general knowledge, that he composed a commentary on the ancient systems, may have died a convert to ibat of Him, dialectics of Chrysippus; and, from his love and eagerness who proclaimed peace on earth, good-will to men.”” for mathematical demonstration, was for a little time nearly bewildering his judgment in the darkness of Pyrrhonism. The light at length, however, shone clearly, and Galen for ever bade adieu to scepticism.
“ A fortunate whim determined the father to direct the The Botanical Miscellany ; containing Figures and Deattention of his son to medicine, and he commenced the scriptions of such Plants as recommend themselves by study of anatomy under Satyrus, a person of ability. By their Novelty, Rarity, or History, or by the Uses to Stratonicus, a dogmatist, and Æschrion, an empiric, he which they are applied ; together with occasional Botawas initiated into the principles of their respective systems. nical Notices and Information. By William Jackson " When young Galen was in his twenty-first year, his
Hooker, LL.D., Regius Professor of Botany in the excellent father dying, he left Pergamus to attend the lectures of Pelops, and of the Platonist Albinus at Smyrna.
University of Edinburgh. Parts IV., V. London. From thence he proceeded to Corinth, where, after for some
John Murray. 1831. time studying the philosophical doctrines of Numesianus, who was resident there, he prepared himself for travel,
This interesting miscellany was commenced by Proprincipally with a view of extending his knowledge of na
fessor Hooker several years ago, but soon discontinued. tural history,
Its publication is now resumed, under the bibliopol
auspices of Mr Murray, and when such an editor and
main one of the most stupendous exhibitions of British such a publisher combine their forces, a work is in little power. danger of failure.
From the relics of Captain Carmichael, we select some The nature of the periodical, which we observe is to interesting notices of Capetown and its inhabitants, and be continued quarterly, is detailed in its titlepage with with them we shall close this desultory notice. The sufficient accuracy and fulness, to spare us the necessity town itself is thus described : of entering into any exposition of it. The parts now
“ The plan of Capetown is quite regular. The streets before us contain :- The commencement of an interesting are perfectly straight, and intersect each other at right biographical notice of the late Captain Carmichael, by the angles. They are laid with a sort of coarse gravel, cemented Rev. Colin Smith, minister of Inverary; a sketch of a by a red ferruginous clay, which being soaked with water, short botanical excursion in Jamaica, by Dr MacFadyen; and well rammed, acquires an almost stony hardness. A a sketch of the late Robert Barclay, one of the most small stream which runs through the town, is confined on munificent patrons of botany and horticulture, by the either side by a wall, and it can be checked at pleasure by Editor; some notes of Mr Burchell's Brazilian jour the appearance of a canal.
a series of locks, placed at certain intervals, which give it ney; an account of an excursion from Lima to Pasco,
“ The houses are built in general of bricks, bedded in by Alexander Cruckshanks, Esq. ; an extract from tra- loam, but so imperfectly burnt, that they absorb the rain, vels across the Altaïc Mountains, by Lebedour, a profes- and would soon crumble away, if the walls were not secusor at Dorpat, in Liefland; together with classitied de- red by a thick coating of plaster. In the front of each scriptions of Malayan plants, by William Jack; illustra- house is a platform, called a stoop, from four to six feet tions of Indian botany, by Dr Wight; and a notice of broad, and furnished at each end with a seat. These stoops the plants collected by Mr Cruckshanks during his ex
are a great annoyance to the public, occupying an unreasoncursion, from the pen of the Editor. Of these articles,
able proportion of the large streets, and reducing the smaller ones to mere lanes. The surbase of the walls
towards the the most interesting to the general reader are—Lebedour's street, is always painted in panels, in imitation of variegaobservations on the Flora of the Altaïc Mountains and ted marble. The roofs are fat, and rendered impervious to the neighbouring steppes, the biography of Captain Car- the rain by a thick layer of mortar. The ground-floors are michael, and the brief sketch of the liberal exertions of paved with glazed tiles, which preserve a refreshing coolthe East India Company in behalf of botanical research, ness in the apartments; but, in constructing the stairs, even prefixed by the editor to Wight's illustrations of Indian of the best houses, the model seems to have been the combotany.
panion-ladder of an Indiaman, they are so steep, so narrow;
and badly lighted. Over every house door, there is a half In the year 1788, a botanic garden was formed at window, in the centre of which is fixed a glass lanteru, Calcutta, and placed under the management of Colonel projecting outwards. These lanterns, furnished with a Kydd. In 1793, Dr Roxburgh was appointed to the candle or lamp at night, light the halls within, and serve, charge of the establishment, who, by his abilities and at the same time, as a good and cheap substitute for street exertions, augmented the number of species to 3500, avd lamps. The windows are extremely large; but the upper formed a collection of nearly 2000 drawings, executed by sash is usually blind, being covered with painted wood or native artists, whose talents for flower-painting are asto
canvass. The houses themselves are larger and more showy nishing, which, with descriptions made by himself from is seldom that more than the ground-foor is furnished, the
than the opulence of the citizens can well warrant: but it recent plants, he transmitted to the Company's museam upper part being used as a store, or let occasionally to in London. Dr Roxburgh was succeeded by Dr Francis lodgers.' Buchanan Hamilton. This gentleman retained the situation but for a short interval, during which, however,
The inhabitants are thus described : he was of material service. His extensive travels, first
“ The first thing which arrests the attention of a stranger, to the court of Ava, when he had an opportunity of on his arrival at Capetown, is the wonderful diversity in seeing the kingdom of Pegu and the Andamman Isles, of people who crowd the streets. He feels amazed at finding
the features, colour, and costume, of the various descriptions then over the greater part of the peninsula, and into himself in a sort of Noah's Ark, where he meets with more Nepaul, had given him facilities for studying the plants of varieties of one species than the Patriarch had under his an immense extent of Indian territory. But it is the charge of the whole animal creation. Here he may see the appointment of Dr Wallich to the superintendence of the pure spotless robe of the Hindoo rubbing against the painted botanical garden at Calcutta that constitutes the most kaross of the Caffre and the soot-stained sheepskin of the prominent era in the botany of India. At his sugges- tain stares at the polished boots of the London Cockney;
Hottentot; here the barefooted boor from the Snow Mountion, the directors allotted a space of five miles in cir. here he may contrast the crop of Pennsylvania with the cumference for the botanical garden at Calcutta, and pendent crown-lock of the Chinese : here the Brazilian may employed upwards of three hundred gardeners and la- shake hands with the Malay, and the Guinea Negro with bourers in the charge of it. Gardens in connexion with his brother from Madagascar. In the midst of this motley it have been formed in remote parts of the Indian pos- group, Europeans of every description, either as traders or sessions ; collectors have been sent out to discover new, prisoners of war, pass in review before him. The geograand especially useful plants; and the residents have phical position of the colony will account, in some measure, been invited to send the vegetable productions of their lation. The peculiar circumstances under which it was
for the concurrence of these heterogeneous elements of popurespective districts to Calcutta, both in a living and dried originally established, facilitate the emigration of people
In 1820, Dr Wallich undertook a journey into from all parts of Germany and the North of Europe. The Nepaul, which lasted eighteen months, and from which he revocation of the Edict of Nantz drove numbers of French returned laden with botanical treasures. In 1825, he Protestant families here for refuge; the practice of disexamined and collected the plants of the kingdom of Oude, charging soldiers in the settlement, after a certain period of the province of Rohilcund, the valley of Deyra, &c. His service, few of whom ever returned to Europe ; the extenlast mission was to Ava. The number of species now
sive communication between Europe and India, in the deposited at Calcutta is estimated to be from eight to hope, or forced by distress, to relinquish their prospects in
course of which numberless adventurers were induced by nine thousand. Duplicates of these plants have been the East, and settle in the colony; and, finally, the salubrity liberally issued by the Company to botanists of all na- of the climate, inviting the martyrs to tropical diseases to tions, who have been encouraged to examine and publish repair hither for the re-establishment of their health : such them. Under the auspices of our merchant princes of are the lights of the picture; the shades are furnished from Leadenhall Street, several splendid works of botanical the coasts of Africa and the Indian Archipelago. illustration have already appeared, of which Dr Wallich's varied as the materials of which it is composed ; and ages
“ In a society so constructed, the manners must be as Planta Asiaticæ Rariores is the chief. Such powerful must elapse ere they can amalgamate and assume a naexertions in behalf of science are the proudest boast of a tional form. This renders the Colonists peculiarly prone Company wbich, maligued as it has been, will still re- to adopt the customs of strangers; and as these adoptions
are oftener the fruit of caprice than of sound judgment, they most expensive articles of housekeeping in Capetown : I are apt sometimes to excite a smile. Can there be conceived, may venture, indeed, to say, that in some of the most for instance, a more awkward or more ludicrous object than respectable families there, the diet costs less than the firea huge boor heaving up his ponderous shoulders in imitation wood required to dress it." of a Parisian, twisting his neck, and drawling out, . Ik wit
Professor Hooker's Miscellany is printed at Glasgow, neit,' whilst his utmost endeavours cannot throw the corresponding expression into a countenance where the muscles and its typography does no discredit to the city of the are so deeply imbedded in blubber, that even the convulsions Foulis's. of death could not produce any visible derangement of features?"
By Susanna Strickland, · This is the outward semblance, but the captain gives Enthusiasm and other Poems.
(now Mrs Moodie.) Pp. 214. London. Smith, a peep or two beneath the surface; as witness these
Elder, and Co. 1831. remarks:
“ Among the terrible reactions produced by the slave. This little volume is the production of an amiable and trade, none is perhaps more merited or more evident than gifted mind. The author, though still very young, has the dissoluteness of morals, and ferocity of disposition, which for several years past been a contributor to some of the it creates among the people who are concerned in it. The cold
blooded calculator of profit and loss, the prime agent | Annuals, in whose pages we first became acquainted with in this unhallowed traffic, feels its influence, but in a remote her as an author. The poems in the present volume are all and subordinate degree. It is when we cast a view on those of a serious character, and are pervaded by a genuine who are placed immediately within the sphere of its action, piety, easily distinguishable from the spirit of certain that we perceive the full extent of its deteriorating effects; modern religious poetry, which aims at effect, but in their morals, their temper, their air, and their very features which the heart has no share. Many of the little pieces confessing its malignant influence. The softer sex, more esper possess a degree of imagination seldom found in the poetry cially,
are transformed by it into cruel tyrants. When you of our female minstrels, whose harps with reverence mix in female society, you look in vain for that cheerful play of features which indicates a sweet disposition ; in be it spoken-have too often but one string, their muse vain you listen for that harmonious tone of voice which is but one theme, and that is “ Love, still love." The mellowed by the habit of associating with one's equals. author of these poems belongs to a higher order of minds,
“ I was one day attracted to the window by a strange -her thoughts take a wider range,-ber descriptions of pasort of noise that seemed to issue from a small court behind ture are vivid and original,—her reflections are always just, the house in which I lodged. On looking out, I observed and often profound. We extract the following passage my landlady in the act of administering correction to a slave from a poem on the Deluge, in which, after describing boy, who had, by some offence, incurred her displeasure. How shall I describe her appearance? Her figure was of the procession of the multitudes who went forth to see the the true Dutch cast, tall, fat, and coarse. An unnatural Ark, and to mock at the prophetic warnings of Noah, she enlargement of the thyroid glands, which vied with her thus concludes :cheeks in size and colour, gave to her countenance a pecu
“ Tremble, earth! the awful doom liar, but I cannot say an amiable, expression. Her voice resembled the notes of an angry turkey-cock; with her left
That sweeps thy millions to the tomb,
Hangs darkly o'er thee, and the train hand she held Mungo by the nape of the neck, while her right band brandished a huge shambok,* which she applied
That gaily throng the open plain to his shoulders with the skill and perseverance of a dilet
Shall never raise those laughing eyes
To welcome summer's cloudless skies;
Shall never see the golden beam the epithets, Rascal — scoundrel - slave'-and • God
Of day light up the wood and stream, d-n,' uttered with peculiar volubility of tongue, 'and
Or the rich and ripen'd corn repeated in a sort of measured cadence, corresponding with the manual exercise, of which they formed the accompani
Waving in the breath of morn, ment. I was the more struck with this last circumstance,
Or their rosy children twine as I knew that Juffrouw understood as little the meaning
Chaplets of the clustering vine;
The bow is bent! the shaft is sped ! of these flowers of rhetoric, as did the poor culprit on whom they were so lavishly bestowed. • How is this?” thought
Who sball wail above the dead ?
What arrests tbeir frantic course ? I, • has the Dutch language become so polished that it can.
Back recoils the startled horse, not furnish terms sufficiently expressive of the angry pas
And the stifling sob of fear, sions ;-or is the English so much more energetic in its expletives, that the mere sound, independent of sense, can
Like a knell appalls the ear! wound the feelings on one side, and assuage the tempest of
Lips are quivering-cheeks are pale
Palsied limbs all trembling fail; wrath on the other ? »
Eyes with bursting terror gaze We wish that we could present our readers with one On the sun's portentous blaze, of the bold sketches, given by this writer, of the grand Through the wide horizon gleaming, scenery of the Cape, but must restrict ourselves to the Like a blood-red banner streaming ! following general remark :
Wbile, like chariots from afar,
Arın'd for elemental war, « « The country over which we travelled is the least in
Clouds in quick succession rise, teresting to an admirer of natural scenery that can be ima
Darkness spreads o'er all the skies, gined; a remark which I feel no hesitation in extending to every part of the Colony that I have seen. No country in
And a lurid, twilight gloom,
Closes o'er earth's living tomb! the world, perhaps, unites so much boldness of outline with such unvaried tameness ot' detail. This tameness, arising
« Nature's pulse has ceased to play,from the disposition of the surface, becomes the more fati
Night usurps the place of day, guing to the eye from the total want of wood. In the whole course of our travels, we did not see a single tree
Every quaking heart is still, of Nature's planting, nor a shrub much taller than one of
Conscious of the coming ill. ourselves. In the mountain ravines, you sometimes meet
Lo, the fearful pause is past,
The awful tempest bursts at last! with stumps which show that trees of a considerable size did formerly grow there; but nothing of that sort can be
Torrents sweeping down amain, traced on the acclivities of hills, or the interjacent plains.
With a deluge flood the plain; These seem to have always been as destitute of wood as
The rocks are rent, the mountains reel, they are now. The want of wood will be severely felt by
Earth's yawning caves their depths reveal;
The forests groan,—the heavy gale the Colony ere long, as no trace of coal has yet been detect
Shrieks out creation's funeral wail. ed, nor, from the geological character of the country, is
Hark! that loud tremendous roar! there any hope of its existence. Fuel is already among the
Ocean overleaps the shore, * A whip, in use among the colonists, and made of a strip of
Pouring all his giant waves rhinoceros' or hippopotamus' hide.
O'er the fated land of graves;
Where his white-robed spirit glides,
dressed in a cast-off court suit, which was worn by Death the advancing billow rides,
Christopher North on the occasion of his late Majesty's
visit to Scotland, but was now strangely soiled and tat-
pie, which the said Christopher had, a few days before,
ordered his cook to throw out, and, advancing to the chalThe Edinburgh Review. No. CV.—The Quarterly lenger, shook his fist in his face. Tom's backer bowed to
Review. No. LXXXIX. - The Westminster Review. the new comer, reminded him of the pleasant meetings they
The assembled worthies now rushed
and hugging-swearing, bullying, and bawling after a
fashion that no one can describe, but he who mustered We have little to say of the four ponderosities which Marmion's warriors to the fight : all the respectable porstand first on the list. They hold on the even tenor of tion of the assembly looking on meanwhile in silent their way_each diligent in its calling-cach, now that astonishment. the Westminster has abandoned the ill-bred practice of The meaning of all this is easy to decipher. There taking its brethren to task, apparently unconscious of the are too many of these gentlemen to earn a decent subexistence of each other, and of all other periodicals. sistence, and in the rage of hunger, nursed and cherished “ Heedless as the dead are they
in the idle hours of non-employment, the most hungry Of aught above, around, beneath ;
strive to snatch the bread from their luckier brethren. Each only chatters for itself."
Each abuses the other, and puffs himself. The great cry The Quarterly is stately, classical, and aristocratical. at present is_independence. They seek to recommend The Westminster is bustling, sturdy, and democratical. themselves, not because they are advocates of right prin. The Foreign Quarterly is intelligent, plain, and instruc- ciples, or because they are more talented than their rivals, tive. The Edinburgh is pensively and leisurely sinking of more powerful virtue than charity-for it covers every
but because they are independent. Independence is eren to its long home. Blackwood, the oldest and still the best of the maga independent. It may be blackguard, like Frazer—but it
sin. A work may be dull, like the Athenæum—but it is zines, treads in like manner, with conscious power, the is independent. We have sometimes been puzzled to even tenor of its way. The Journal of Natural and Geographical Science continues quietly and steadily to
find out wherein this independence consisted. In the improve. The classical scholar will be delighted with former of these, it seems to be neither more nor less than the “ Flora Virgiliana,” contained in the present number: by the way, were never offered. In the other, it is
superiority to the blandishments of Mr Colburn—which, But when we turn to the London Monthlies, this quiet superiority to all the rules of common decency, and the scene is past
respect of good men. But the most mistifying and per. “ Arma virumque cano."
plexing claim of all is that of Mister Jerdan, who, in his There is a fearful bickering among the metropolitans- last number, gravely tells us that the eminent success of a sort of Parisian 30th of July—or rather a Donnybrooke his Gazette has been owing to-Its INDEPENDENCE!!! Fair concern, where every man's hand is against his neigh- The truth is—and we whisper it confidentially in the bour, and his neighbour's fist busy returning the compli- ears of these combatants, that the magazine among them
The row was begun—it is always the lowest which is most talented and independent must ultimately swabs that are the first to stir—by the Spectator news succeed, but its superiority will be established, not by paper. This “ best family nightcap,” in noticing the self-praise, which, as all the world knows, stinksfirst number of the Englishman, propounded, with all its stinks most abominably—but by deeds. Let them leave own asinine gravity, the astounding doctrine that the day quarrelling and mind their business—let them “ leave for magazines (and, per consequence, for all works of less their damnable face-making and begin.” And as to the frequently recurring periodicity) was gone by. Nothing kind of independence about which all this row has been need be studied now but newspapers, and of all news- kicked up, it is of the very lowest and most easily attainpapers, the weeklies are the best,--and of all weeklies, able kind,—that kind, the want of which certainly incathe Spectator, facile princeps. The Englishman, like a pacitates a man from holding a place in decent society, young elegant, whose pugilistic education has not been but the possession of which affords, after all, but a deganeglected—a dux fresh from Eton, when attacked by tive claim to a place in good company. Broad, palpable some coal-heaving bully—turned quietly round and bribery it is easy to spurn-self-interest teaches us that; knocked the fellow down. The signal for mischief being but the blandishments of friendship, the intoxication of given, Tom Campbell, who bas been remarkable for his fattery, the yielding of good-bumour, the instigations of pugnacity ever since he dubbed himself, in a boozy mo- anger,--he alone who is superior to these, dare lay claim ment, Lady Byron's champion, rushed out and challenged to the character of an independent man. the field. He bawled out to the whole of the gentlemen It only remains for us to say a word or two as to what present, that they were a pack of knaves, employed in each of the principal London magazines has done this
diffusing false impressions," and that he himself was month. First comes the New Monthly, which has dethe only true mau among them. A decently-dressed cidedly improved of late in energy and definite purpose, man, with an air of assumption about him, whom we while its contributors continue materially the same. The heard called Athenaun, or some such name, clapped him best articles in the present number are the sweet tale of on the back, and cried, “ Go it, my hearty! we are the Lucy Franklin, by Mrs Norton ; and “ Good Night!" only gentlemen present.” An old chum of Tom's stood by L. E. L. How truly felt, and powerfully, though forward from the crowd, and said that this was very simply expressed, is this thought! improper conduct,—that he was as good a man as Tom
“Good night !-what a sudden shadow any day,—and insinuated that he had been obliged to
Has fallen upon the air, kick him out of his house not long before. This, Tom I look not around the chamber, of course vehemently denied. A pert, vulgar individual, I know he is not there.