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and unpolluted, and, I presume, irreproachable sources always been advancing; and the price of labour, the only
Workfrom statistical tables and deliberate reports. Nothing was thing they have to dispose remains the sames either exaggerated or over-coloured in pictures which hú- houses are, erected in one place, and infirmaries in arìother;
the poor-rates increase in proportion to the taxes; and in manity requires to be kept constantly before the public times of dearth the rich even prepare food, and retail it to eye-brought forward week after week, and day after day, them at a reduced price, or supply them with it gratuitill the evil is arrested, and the remedy found. But you tously; still every year adds to their number.” shall hear, if you please, what the Schoolmaster has to say What say you to this, my Friend? Can you lay your in the present week on this momentous subject; perhaps hand upon your heart, and pronounce this painful descripyou may find it less objectionable ; it is, at all events, from tion a false one ? a quarter you must respect. Reads
Friend. Why, this is worse and worse. This fellow is
more inflammatory than your worshipful self. You never HAPPY ENGLAND.
can publish this stuff. [You are to understand that this was written in Man. Schoolmaster. And yet it is written by a chief of the chester, twenty-four years before Dr. Kay's pamphlet, and conservative party-one of the best and ablest of themin the character of a Spanish traveller in England. ]
Mr. Southey. “We (the Spanish) purchase English cloth, English
Friend. Mr. Southey Well, I suppose we must not muslins, English buttons, &c., and admire the excellent skill with which they are fabricated, and wonder that from such call him an incendiary, and pander to the basest passions of a distance they can be afforded at so low a price, and think the mob. 'Tis a shocking state we are got into, that is what a happy country is England! A happy country in certain; but, after all, least said is soonest mended. It deed it is for the higher orders ; nowhere have the rich so may last our time.-Exit Friend, shrugging his shoulders. many enjoyments, nowhere have the ambitious so fair a field, nowhere have the ingenious such encouragement, nowhere have the intellectual such advantages. But to talk Tue LABOURING CLASSES.—THE WOOLLEN of English happiness, is like talking of Spartan freedom
MANUFACTURERS. the helots are overlooked. In no other country can such riches be acquired by commerce; but it is the one who « One half of the world does not know how the grows rich by the labour of the hundred. The hundred, other lives," is a common saying ; “One half does human beings like himself, as wonderfully fashioned by not care how the other lives, is a true one." Last nature, gifted with the like capacities, and equally made for immortality, are sacrificed, body and soul. Horrible week we gave the state of the manufacturers of as it must needs appear, the assertion is true to the very
cottons. Agricultural labourers, persons engaged letter. They are deprived in infancy of all instruction, and in mining, and at the potteries, are often in nearly all enjoyment; of the sports in which childhood instinctively as bad a condition. Let us then turn to the woollen indulges; of fresh air by day, and natural sleep by night. manufacture of Yorkshire. It is rightly supposed, Their health, physical and moral, is alike destroyed; they less liable to fluctuation and sudden depression die of diseases, induced by unremitting task-work, by confinement in the impure air of crowded rooms, by the par- than the cotton-trade of Lancashire. We quote at ticles of metallic or vegetable dust they are continually in large from a careful report drawn up last year, haling; or they live to grow up without decency, without after deliberate investigation. The sum of it may comfort, and without hope; without morals, without reli- first be given in few words: “On diligent inquiry, gion, and without shame; and bring forth slaves like themselves, to tread in the same paths of misery. The dwellings it was ascertained that the average support of memof the labouring manufacturers are in narrow streets and bers of families at Almondbury* and the adjoining lanes, blocked up from light and air, not as in our coun- hamlets was tuopence per day! and that there try, (Spain) to exclude an insupportable sun, but crowded together, because every inch of the land is of such value, tasted butchers' meat for many months, some of
were hundreds of adult persons who have not that room for light and air cannot be afforded them. Here, in Manchester, a great proportion of the poor lodge in celo whom have not even tasted bread nor tea, but lars, damp and dark, where every kind of filth is suffered lived upon potatoes." to accumulate, because no exertions of domestic care can How thankful would these poor starving creaever make such homes decent. These places are so many tures have been for the hardest fare of their rude hot-beds of infection; and the poor in large towns are rarely or never without an infectious fever among them-a ancestors, with whom their happy condition is so plague of their own, which leaves the habitations of the often contrasted. rich, like a Goshen of cleanliness and comfort, unvisited. Wealth flows into the country; but how does it circulate ascertain the state of the poor, said, the cases were not
Mr. Geo. Beaumont, one of the committee appointed to there ? Not equally and healthfully through the whole selected, but taken from door to door. The first case was system; it sprouts into wens and tumours, and collects that of a widow, with six children, whose weekly income in aneurisms, which starve and palsy the extremities. The government, indeed, raises millions now as easily as it starvation ; the youngest child was ill of the typhus fever,
was 6s. When visited, they were in a state of actual raised thousands in the reign of Elizabeth. The metropolis of which disease its father died some months before. is six times the size which it was a century ago. It has the time of his decease, there was not a farthing or a
At nearly doubled during the present reign. A thonsand car
farthing's worth of food in the house, nor the least bit of riages drive about the streets of London, where three gene- soap to wash their few rags—nor any means of getting rations ago there were not a hundred. A thousand hackney coaches are licenced in the same city, where at the same
any. The second case was that of a family of three perdistance of time there was not one. They whose grand- sons, whose income amounted to three shillings, who lived fathers dined at noon, from wooden trenchers, and upon the upon potatoes, and sometimes a litle oatmeal. This poor
man was 18s. in arrear with his rent, for which his laud. produce of their own farms, sit down by the light of waxen
lord sold his jenny, which cost him 31., so that if the man tapers, to be served upon silver, and to partake of the deli- had work, he had no means of working. The next case cacies of the four quarters of the globe. But the numbers of the poor, and the sufferings of the poor, have continued to increase. The price of every thing they consume has
# Near Huddersfield.
was a family of ten persons, whose weekly income was 6s., | are employed in weaving woollen ends at Is. 4d. per score; and who, when visited in the evening, were found break- she scoured her own weft, for doing which she had noing their fasts with coarse bread and mint tea, without thing allowed, and took her work to Huddersfield. There sugar. The mother was crying over her distressed offspring. was neither meat, drink, nor money in the house, when Case the fourth :-a family of five persons ; weekly in. visited. 8. A family of three ; weekly income, ls. 8d. ; come 8s.; the wife had been in the typhus fever ten weeks ; no bed, excepting some straw, with an old bag for coverthe family lived chiefly on potatoes and salt, balm tea, ing. It was so long since this family had any animal food without sugar; and they had had only four ounces of that they did not recollect the time. They had not had sugar during four weeks. Case the fifth a family of any bread in the house for the last five years. The old fire, whose weekly income for the last twelve months was woman is seventy years of age, and his long been praying 6s. ; they lived upon potatoes mixed with salt and water, for death to relieve her from her misery. 9. A family of sometimes an onion to savour this unsavoury food. Case four, whose weekly income was 3s. ; they could not tell sixth :—a family of seven, all without work, and had not when they had any animal food, and it was two years had more than a pound of animal food during the last four since they had tasted bread. This was the state of men in months. The seventh case was a family of seven, who had middle age, and in the prime of life—of young men and not more than 78. 8 week for the last three months. These women ; what, then, was the state of their aged parents ? unfortunate beings had not tasted animal food for eighteen If they searched the work house and poor books, they weeks; they lived chiefly upon oatmeal porridge ; and, would find that they had so much allowed them as would when visited, they had not a morsel of food in the house; keep them alive, and keep them miserable or pining in they were all pining for want. This was on a Tuesday, workhouses. and they had not had any food since the previous Friday, excepting a little that they borrowed. Case eighth :
And this is England ! rich, glorious, prosperous a family of seven ; weekly income 10s. ; they had not England! We shall not dare to look at Ireland, tasted animal food for many weeks, and had not had a gill nor our own country, though the latter cannot be of beer in the house for two years. They knew not how worse than wealthier England, and in fact is, on they lived; they were tired of living. The ninth case was a family of five; weekly income, for the last six the whole, better, how long to continue no one months, 75. ; all the furniture had been taken for rent ;
can tell. not a table or chair left. When visited they had no animal fool, no bread, no beer, no tea, no nothing. They had
BOOKS OF THE MONTH. neither tea nor sugar in the honse, but lived upon potatoes Though the length of the Parliamentary Session has made and oatmeal porridge when it could be prcoured. The tenth was a family of five, whose weekly income was 7s this a long publishing season, few original works have apOne of these poor creatures had to work all the night be- peared that promise abiding interest. Yet there are some fore he (Beaumont) took his statement, to finish the work to be bought, a few to be borrowed, and a considerable in his loom, for the purpose of saving the rest from dying number to be glanced over, if they fall easily into one's of actual starvation, as the whole family had not had more than sixpennyworth of food for the three preceding days.
To be bought, at least, by all Book-clubs and SubAt Scammoden in that same neighbourhood, in scription Libraries is—The Economy of Machinery and Yorkshire, the richest agricultural county in the MANUFACTURES, by Charles Babbage, Esq., Mathematiworld perhaps, the results of investigation were yet cal Professor, Cambridge—a thorough master of the details more distressing—of thirty-eight cases selected of this multifarious subject. The work opens with a diswe give nine.
cussion on the value of Machinery and Manufactures 1. A family of three-income 1s. 9d. per week ; they and their various capabilities of converting worthless subsleep in a corner of the loom-shop, upon straw, strewn stances into useful prodacts of saving human labour, and upon the floor, withont any covering except the old cloth. time, and gainiug many additional powers. We give one ing which they wore in the day time. 2. A family, of small specimen of the writer's manner :four-weekly income 5s. ; they lived on potatoes and thin water porridge ; no milk, as they could not pay for it; no
« The force of vapour is a fertile source of moving power; bread, no meat ; had woven 160 yards, and travelled 48 but even in this case it cannot be maintained that power is miles, for 16s. 41. 3. A widow and four children with a created. Water is converted into elastic vapour by the weekly income of 4s. 6d. ; they lived upon oatmeal por combustion of fuel. The chemical changes which thus ridge, without milk, treacle, or any thing else ; no furni- take place are constantly increasing the atmosphere by ture ; their bed was not worth a penny ; indeed, they were large quantities of carbonic acid and other gases noxious to perishing for want of food. 4. A family of nine, whose animal life. The means by which nature decomposes or weekly income was 78. ; the whole of them lay on a bed reconverts these elements into a solid form, are not uffi. of straw, in a corner of a wretched hovel, not fit for one of ciently known ; but if the end could be accomplished by the brute creation to inhabit. They had no bed clothes or mechanical force, it is almost certain that the power neces. other covering, except a dirty coarse wrapper. In this sary to produce it would at least equal that which was gefamily misery reigned in silent triumph. 5. A family of nerated by the original combustion. Man, therefore, does nine, with a weekly income of 8s. ; they laboured fourteen not create power; but, availing himself of his knowledge hotuts per day; they had three beds, and but one blanket of nature's mysteries, he applies his talents to diverting a for the three, and that was nine years old. These miser- small and limited portion of her energies to his own wants ; able creatures, when visited, were getting their breakfast ; and, whether he employs the regulated action of steam, or the mother had a gill of milk, which she measured out by the more rapid and tremendous efforts of gunpowder, he it foonfuls to their thin water porridge, being only two only producing on a small scale compositions and decompoproafuls and a half cach. 6. A family of ten, 'whose sitions which nature is incessantly at work in reversing, for Weekly income was 10s.-; they had only one straw bed the restoration of that equilibrium which we cannot doubt for the whole family, they had no bed-clothes, but slept in is constantly maintained throughout even the remotest lithose which they wore during the day. This family lived mits of our system." chiedy on potatoes, but sometimes had a pound of snet ;
Of Time gained, or saved by contrivance, we have this they had not had a pouud of bread in the house, excepting familiar illustration from the printing press :two or three penny cakes, during the last three years. 7. A family consisting of a widow and three children; they “ In the old method of inking types, by large hemispherical
EXCURSIONS IN INDIA.
balls stuffed and covered with leather, (sheep-skin) the printer, may peruse with benefit “ AUTHENTIC INFORMATION after taking a small portion of ink from the ink-block, was about New South Wales, by Mr. Busby;" and also the continually rolling them in various directions against each
“Van Diemen's Land Almanack,” which gives a good and other, in order that a thin layer of ink might be uniformly spread over their surface. This he again transferred to the recent history of the colony. type by a kind of rolling action. In such a process, even
BY CAPTAIN SKINNER. admitting considerable skill in the operator, it could not fail to happen that a large quantity of ink should get near A PLEASANT, companionable book, into which, if found the edges of the balls, which not being transferred to the type became hard and useless, and was taken off in the lying in an inn window, or on a steam-boat table, we may form of a thick black crust. Another inconvenience also dip at random, and be sure to bring up such lively passages arose,—the quantity of ink spread on the block not being as this, describing a ride through the streets of Delhi : regulated by measure, and the number and direction of the
“ Riding through the town requires much management, transits of the inking-balls over each other depending on and some skill. It is necessary to shout, push, and kick the will of the operator, and being irregular, it was impos- the whole way to warn the multitude to get out of the road. sible to place on the type a uniform layer of ink, of exactly Occasionally you have to squeeze past a string of loaded the quantity sufficient for the impression. The introduc- camels, or start away from a train of elephants; and if tion of cylindrical rollers of an elastic substance, formed your horse be frightened at these last animals, which is freby the mixture of glue and treacle, superseded the inking-quently the case, it needs some ingenuity to avoid being balls, and prodnced considerable saving in the consumption plunged into the caldrons which simmer on each side of of ink ; but the most perfect economy was only to be pro- the way, in front of the cooks' shops. The fear is mutual duced by mechanism. When printing-presses moved by the very often ; and the elephants, in attempting to escape from power of steam, were introduced, the action of these rollers the approach of a horseman, may well be supposed to throw was found well adapted to the performance of the machine; the whole street into a fine confusion. In one of my strolls and a reservoir of ink was formed, from which one roller through the city on horseback, I was nearly swept away by regularly abstracted a small quantity at each impression. a species of simoom, caused by the progress, through the From three to five other rollers spread this portion uni. dusty town, of some important personage travelling in formly over a slab (by wost ingenious contrivances varied in almost each kind of press,) and another travelling roller, “ When overtaken by such a storm, it is a long time be having fed itself on the slab, passed and repassed over the fore you can recover either your sight or position. The idle type just before it gave the impression to the paper." cause of all this tumult was reposing quietly in a shining,
Every one connected with the construction of machin- yellow palanquin, tricked out with gilt mouiding in every ery, or with manufactures and trade, should read this possible direction. He was preceded by a large retinue of
strange-looking beings, mounied on horses and dromedaries laborious digest. The moral consequences of the manu- and dressed in the most fantastic style. The animals were facturing system lie out of the author's road. He is, more covered with scarlet housings, bound by gold lace, their over, an economist out and out, a Pharisee of the Pha- bridles studded with shells; round their necks were collars risees, save in the Truck system, which we are glad to find of gold or silver, with little drops hanging to them, that Mr. Babbage reprobates. When we can obtain a Govern- camels were likewise adorned with bells.”
kept time most admirably with their jogging measure. The ent of angels, or of angel-men, to apply the strict principles of political economy, for the good of the whole human
The source of the Ganges, the river of Indian worship, race, we shall all be economists as rigid. Till then the
was thus first seen by the retinue of Captain Skinner. hearts of many will misgive and shrink from some of the “ After emerging from a grove of reeds, (many of them palpable consequences of the system, well as it works in broken and strewed on the ground, which gave a variety to theory and for some in practice.
the cause of our slipping, though the effect was much the same,) we found ourselves on the point of a projecting crag that beetled o'er its base,' and gave us the first glimpse of the Ganges, which was rapid and broad, but dark and sandy as it flows through the plains. If the sound of Jumoona ex.
cited my followers to a high pitch, at merely the commenceBOTU works may be read with advantage by persons modi.ment of their pilgrimage, how much more so would the tating emigration. The latter work is a compilation from thrice welcome shout of Gunga Jee! when they had at many late volumes, with useful tables, maps, &c., &c. The length gained it, after a painful journey of more than thirty
days. Gunga Jee! was the universal cry for some mi. author of the first work broaches as original the plan of nutes ; and Gunga Jee! was echoed by the woods and what he calls Infant Emigration, which is only a revival of hills around, till it reached the ears of the slowest of my ndenting or selling children to the colonies. The idea will stragglers, when, calling upon its name long before they be eagerly grasped at by churchwardens in England ; and sight they had been so long toiling to obtain,
saw it, they endeavoured to rush forward, and enjoy the
The Hinrevolting as the plan is, infant bond-servants may be as com- doos salaam'd and muttered its name over and over again ; fortably placed in the Canadas, as are parish apprentices at and even the unbending Mahometan seemed in some way home, and have besides a speedier prospect of emancipation; softened by the scene. I sat on one side, to allow full scope as they could, and no doubt would, if they found it convenient, much as they were by the veneration of the river.”
to their feelings, affected by the beauty of the picture as decamp across the frontier as soon as their legs would bear them. This writer gives encouragement to weavers and per
MIRABEAU'S LETTERS FROM ENGLAND. sons of trades for which there is no demand, to emigrate ; by Or the authenticity of these letters, written in the scapethe assurance that they may makevery good American farmers grace days of Mirabeau, there are some doubts. The name though not trained to agricultural labour. Those linen of their author is the chief attraction, and the introduction wqa vers who are accustomed to throw the shuttle with both of such names as Romilly, then a young barrister, and hands, make capital wood-choppers, as they can wield the Chatham in the noon of his fame. Many of the passages: axe with either hand, to the help of both. Emigrants in these letters do look like after thoughts, though the prowhose object is New South Wales or Van Diemen's Land,'bability is in favour of their authenticity,
EMIGRANT BOOKS-STATISTICAL SKETCH OF UPPER
BY A BACKWOODSMAX.-CANADAS.
BY MRS. JAMIESON.
CHARACTERISTICS OF WOMEX.
O! fleetly sped my gallant Grey
Like wild bird o'er the hill; The book for drawing-room tables in the autumn of 1832
Full well it knew the love.ward way, It is elegantly embellished. The sketches of Shakspeare's
And guessed its master's will! heroines, Rosalind, Beatrice, Imogene, and Miranda
With swifter pace my wishings flew,
My heart leaped yet more free; are written with a fine feeling of the beautiful in their
It well the priceless value knew chincters. Thus of Rosalind :
of one fond hour with thee. « Everything about Rosalind breathes of youth's sweet
“ Barry Cornwall's Songs" will not add much to his prime she is fresh as the morning, sweet as the dew-fame as a poet, though some of them are rather pretty. awakened blossoms, and light as the breeze that plays He is becoming Radical, even imitative, at humble distance, anlong them. She is as witty, as voluble, as sprightly as
of the author of Corn-Law Rhymes. The Leveller is Beatrice ; but in a style altogether distinct. In both, the wit is equally unconscious; but in Beatrice it plays about but one production of this sort, which we can give out of us like the lightning, dazzling, but also alarming; while many. the wit of Rosalind bubbles up and sparkles like the living
THE LEVELLER. fountain refreshing all around. Her volubility is like the
The King he reigns on a throne of gold, birl's song; it is the outpouring of a heart filled to over
Fenced round by his "power divine;'
The Baron he sits in his castle old, dowing with life, love, and joy, and all sweet and affection.
Drinking his ripe red wine : ate impulses. She has as much tenderness as mirth, and
But below, below, in his ragged coat, in ber most petulant raillery there is a touch of softness
The beggar hc tuneth a hungry note, * By this hand it will not hurt a fiy!'”
And the spinner is bound to his weary thread,
And the debtor lies down with an aching hcad. LETTERS OS NATURAL MAGIC. BY SIR D. BREWSTER,
So the world goes!
So the stream flows! Is a book to delight boys, and a guide to juvenile experi
Yet there is a fellow whom nobody knows, Lents. It contains explanations of the arts of necromancy,
Who maketh all free
On land and sca, phantasmagoria, mysterious writings on the wall, &c., &c.,
And forceth the rich like the poor to flee! ketler spectral illusions, echoes, ventriloquism, aerial spectres,
The lady lies down in her warm white lawn, jugglers' tricks, the Invisible girl, Automaton chess-player,
And dreams of her pearled pride; and, in brief, many curious things put together in a long
The milk maid sings, to the wild-eyed dawn,
Sad songs on the cold-hill side: wurse of peculiar reading. As a specimen of the work we
And the Saint he leaves (while he prattles of faith) wleet The Art of Breathing Fire, an art which is still
Good deeds to the Sinner, as scandal saith,
Aud the scholar he bows to the face of brass, practiced to the wonderment of many. This is an ancient
And the wise man he worships a golden ass ! feat, but the old method is not exactly known. Now, ac.
So the world goes, &c. cording to Sir David
“ The Blue Bag" is a collection of political parodies on - This art is performed more simply by the modern jug- popular songs, which without much point are amusing gler. Having rolled together some tax or hemp, so as to form a ball the size of a walnut, he sets it on fire, and al- enough.-Croker-go-bragh sets out with lows it to burn till it is nearly consumed : he then rolls
To London there came a poor lawyer from Erin,
Ah! beavy the mud on his brogucs old and thin, round it while burning some additional flax, and by these
Through his threadbare green coat, his red elbows were peering, sana the fire may be retained in it for a considerable time.
Nor had he a stocking to cover his shin, At the commencement of his exhibition he introduces the kell into his mouth, and while he breathes through it the it is revivedl, and a number of burning sparks are project
There is generally a second crop of novels about this ed from his month These sparks are too feeble to do any barn, provided he inhales the air through his nostrils.”
season, to appear spick and span new at the watering places ;
two belong to Scotland, “ The Highland Smuggler," by Mr. This volume is to be among the last of Murray's Fa- Fraser, author of Kuzzilbash, which we have not yet read mily Library, which has it seems turned out a bad concern.
but sce noticed with approbation in the reviews : and « Cla. OF THE EDINBURGH CABINET LIBRARY, The 3d vo
rensucold, or Tales of the North,” a neat volume in its out-, hne of the History of India has appeared, and completes ward shew, and of fair promise otherwise, if the author be, this useful portion of a well-conducted series.
as we understand, still very young. FILDERSPIN OX INFANT TUITION
THE HEIDEN MAUER, by the American author of the la merely mentioned here as a work recently published. Spy, Pioneers, Pilot, &c. &c. will prove a disappointment The subject of Infant Education deserves an article to it and a provocation to many. It is a romantic storf, laid in , of which this book must be the text.
Germany. Mr. Cooper must keep to Sea, or to his own la Poetry there are several small volumes lately published. side of the Atlantic, and to his own line, in which he is The Beth vohunse of the cheap edition of Byron contains the
CONTARINI FLEMING, by the author of Vivian Grey, pobie of Childe Harold, with a few additional vituperative
or at least universally attributed to that gentleman, has been cs, which neither add to the beauty of the poem, nor bay konour to the memory of the poet.
bandied about among the weekly critics like a shuttle-cock
the excessive praise of the one, drawing forth the sneers of THE WESTERN GARLAND
another; the book exhibits some power, alloyed with much publication: “Original melodies;"—'The words absurdity, and wilful perversion, both of taste and judgby Mr. Alkinson, the most versatile and copious of wes- ment.–Enough, and too much of books merely to be Gert Beautiful, or at least, fresh young lips may glanced at if they fall in one's way. pingut this hour under the shadow of the Argyle EARLE'S RESIDENCE IN NEW ZEALAND will be pethémalle
, or on the shores of Bute, the sweet little song, rused with interest by those who already know something of *De lour with thee," of which this is a stanza : the character of the manly and energetic race depicted
Mr. Earle's anticipations of the rapid civilization of the for the prowess and achievements of particular Clans, which New Zealanders appears sanguine to us who cannot see will prove yet more interesting. with his eyes. It would, however, be as presumptuous in us
CHAUNTS OF THE PEOPLE. to pronounce them wholly unfounded, as it is rash in him, As we wish our pages to reflect as closely as possible the to assert that the labours of the Missionaries in New Zea- image of the time, we cannot pass over without notice land have been worse than useless. If the constant prac- what is called the mob poetry, when it appears in the vigorous tice of cannibalism among the New Zealanders had not
and definite shape of these Chaunts. Barry Cornwall's been "previously suficiently established, Mr. Earle's direct songs reflect a softened resemblance of “the spirit bitterer testimony might settle the point; to satisfy his curiosity he than aught in books,” but it is merely the shadow of the visited a chief while the process of baking a young run
stern and rugged substance which we find here. Who is away female slave was going on.
the author of these effusions composed evidently with pur" Atoi received us in his usual manner; and his hand- pose prepense? some open countenance could not be imagined to belong to
THE POOR MAN'S SONG. $0 savage a monster as he proved himself, to be. I shudderd at beholding the unusual quantity of potatoes his
I'll sing a song, and such a song slaves were preparing to eat with this infernal banquet.
As men will weep to hearWe talked coolly with him on the subject; for as we could
A sorrowing song, of right and wrong, not prevent what had taken place, we were resolved to
So brethren, lend an ear. learn, if possible, the whole particulars. Atoi at first tried
God said to man, “ This pleasant land to make us believe he knew nothing about it, and that it
I make it wholly thine." was only a meal for his slaves; but we had ascertained
I look and say on this sad day, it was for himself and his favourite companions. After
There's not one furrow mine. various endeavours to conceal the fact, Atoi frankly owned
God said to man, “ Increase, enjoy, that he was only waiting till the cooking was completed to
Build, till, and sow your seed;" partake of it. He added, that, knowing the horror we Eu
But through the land tie Lord gave nic, ropeans held these feasts in, the natives are always most
My children beg their brcad. anxious to conceal them from us, and he was very angry
The north belongs unto the crown,
The south to the divine ; that it had come to our knowledge; but, as he had
And east and west Wealth holds her hands, acknowledged the fact, he had no objection to talk about it.
And says the rest is mine, He told us that human flesh required a greater number of
God said to man, “ All winged fowl, hours to cook than any other; that if not done enough, it
The finned fish of the food, was very tough, but when sufficiently cooked it was as ten
The heathcock on his desert hills, der as paper. He held in his hand a piece of paper which
The wild dcer of the woodhe tore in illustration of his remark. He said the flesh
Take them and live." The strong man camc, then preparing would not be ready till next morning ; but
As came the fiend of yore one of his sisters whispered in my ear, that her brother was
To Paradise--put forth his hand, deceiving us, as they intended feasting at sunset.
And they are mine no more. We inquired why and how he had murdered the poor
I saw the rulers of the land, girl. He replied, that running away from him to her own
In chariots bright with gold relations was her only crime. He then took us outside
Roll on-1 gazed my babes and I, his village, and showed us the post to which she had been
In hunger and in cold. tied, aud laughed to think how he had cheated her--“ For," said he, “ I told her I only intended to give her a flogging ;
I saw a prelate, sleek and proud, but I fired, and shot her through the heart!” My blood
Drawn by four chargers, pass :
How much he seemed like Jesus meek, ran cold at this relation, and I looked with feelings of hor
When he rode on an ass! ror at the savage while he related it. Shall I be credited
A trinket of a Lord swept by when I again affirm, that he was not only a handsome
With all his rich array, young man, but mild and genteel in his demeanour? He
And waved me off, my babes and I, was a man we had admitted to our table, and was a general
As things of coarser clay. favourite with us all; and the poor victim to his bloody
There followed close a hideous throng cruelty was a pretty girl of about sixteen years of age !"
Of pert and pensioned thingsThis is sorry progress in civilization.
Muck-worms, for whom our sweat and blood
Must furnish gilded wings.
I will not tell you what I thought,
Nor for my burning looks
Find words ; but they were bitterer far like a regular history of that singular portion of the Scottish
Ihan aught that's writ in books, people, which has, for a half century, fixed the attention of
I'll set my right foot to a stone, the rest of Europe. The History of the Clans could not
And 'gainst a rock my backhave fallen into better hands than those of Dr. Browne,
Stretch thus my arm, and sternly say,
“ Give me my birthright back." from private and personal considerations even inore than
WHISTLEBINKIE ability and literary qualification. ' His former writings eyinced that warm and enthusiastic feeling towards the We must not forget ; a snug little collection of capital songs Highlanders, and intimate acquaintance with their charac- just published in Glasgow, for the daily and hourly conteristic peculiarities, without which other requisites would sumption of a merry or a pensive public. But we defer have been comparatively a dead letter. Part I., which individual merits for the present. appears in a shape worthy of the permanent place to which
DRINKING.--Lime applied to trees makes them put forth the work is entitled in Scotchmen's libraries, is devoted to
leaves, and flourish, and produce food early; but then it the carly history, antiquities, manners, language, poetry and kills them! Wine cheers and stimulates men, and makes music of the Gael, and to their wars with the Danes. It them put forth flowers of wit; but thou there is no doub gets over a great deal of curious ground, and clcars the way it shortens life.