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able; like most other houses in this part of the Tyrol, the the finest gentleman of his age. Thus, however, by the entry to it is by a wooden stair outside, which leads to a Lollards the rent was first made, and thence the alien pri. little balcony. Several targets, perforated in many places ories, which had been occasionally seized by Edward the near the centre, were fixed to the wall, evidences of Hofer's First, Second, and Third, were dissolved by the second ol prowess in marksmanship. In the house, which is, and ever Henry V., and vested in the Crown. After came, but at a has been an inn, I resolved to spend the night.

long interval, Luther's heresy_his order was overlooked I had finished a rural meal on the balcony, when four and Henry VIII., defensor fideiz—who loved virgin wives peasants of the neighbourhood walked in, to refresh them like a Jew, and married them like a Mahometan--halved selves with a little wine, and possibly to see the stranger. the reformation proposed in Parliament in Henry VII They were fiue looking, and intelligent men; and spoke reign, playing Filch with the temporalities of the Church without much reserve about the state of the Tyrol, and the How Cranmer, while he rejoiced at the Reformation, lo patriot who had owned a home in that valley. One of them, mented that the property of the Catholic Church did no a man about fifty years old, had known Hofer well, and descend entire to the holy men of his tribe; he asserted a had attended his obsequies ; and when he said that the Aus- Messrs. Lefroy and Shaw in our days, that ecclesiastical trian authorities, professing a reverence for him, had at properties should be reserved for ecclesiastical purposes tended the procession, he spat with violence on the ground, This was the cause of the poverty of the Church of Engel to express contempt of the hypocrisy: he represented Hofer land- for all things are comparative. Some think the as a sturdy broad-shouldered man; with a high and capa- Church is rich. The Rev. Francis Wrangham asserti cious brow; eyes a little sunken : and an honest expression that the opulence of the Church is a misnomer." The of countenance : he wore mustachios, and a beard,-why Rev. Daniel Lysons is most pathetic on the same point, as the latter, I was not able to learn. We shared amongst as serting “ that most of them (the Bishoprics) and even the several bottles of tolerable wine ; and drank to the memory most plentiful, are now scarcely answerable to the bordets of Hofer, and to better times.

that attend them.” What a state is this for the bishop, It was dusk when the party broke up; and I accom- whom Laud, with his usual discretion, declared to be jun panied one of the number to his house, about a mile farther divino ; though Prettyman, Bishop of Lincoln, does

, in his up the valley ; here we repeated our toast ; and in the old Elements of Christian Theology, rather reduce their di

. fashion, he accompanied me half-way back. “We can never vinity, as he says, in speaking of the difference of bisteşi be otherwise than we are," said he, “ unless France stretches and priests, “a point which can be decided only by the anher hand to ns.” It was a quiet and calm scene as I strolled cient ecclesiastical writers." However that may be, bishop leisurely back to the house of Hofer : there was only the are bishops, and no one can doubt, for the Quarterly le noise of the stream, which guided me safely to my quarters view give it their high sanction, “ that the Protestant Ro Ibid.

formed Church of England, is the best constituted that this BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH ing and excepting the Protestant Established Church of

world has ever seen." (No. xxiii. p. 190.) So say I, sst. OF ENGLAND.

Ireland ; yet is this Church poorer than the English Upon a text furnished by the Quarterly Review, which tion of the Irish Church, as if the clergy were like the priesti

a writer in a magazine of this month talks of the destita. states that “the Established Church is the greatest of all of Boudha, who entirely depend on alns. And yet this our blessings,” Mr. Ensor, after making some pungent Milesian contributor of Irish articles to the Scotch periodi

. commentaries on the text, gives the following precis of the cal, possesses a greater income as Protestant parson, than history of this greatest of our blessings :

the primate of that religion enjoys, which he renounced

The Irish Protestant clergy are poor. The primate has only Its present excellence is not inferior to its reverential an. L.15,000, and his successor is to be reduced to 1. 10,00) 2tiquity. It may be dated from the day that Constantine, year net revenue.

This is poverty, but I repeat not lanetwho was hailed Emperor by the British legions, saw the table destitution ! and as to the clergy in this diocese of cross in the clouds with the inscription,—* By this sign Armagh, very few have so little as L.400 a-year, and suita you shall conquer." Charlemagne, another conqueror, took receive as much as L.2500 a-year. They should have mure religion under his special protection ; but it was through of course, and yet they, in fact, seized the first-fruits to their our own conqueror, William the Norman, that the Church

own use; they obtained the Composition Act—an Act reached its palmy siate. Then, of 60,215 knights' fees into beneficial for the clergy that it is to be adopted for the Engine Church and the vassals of the spiritual brethren :—and they may obtain 15 per cent., from their tithes, yet they wito te proceeded accumulating till they had nearly obtained, what not concur in this arrangement are regarded askance, ty St. Augustin says is the right of the saints--the property of some parsons at least. By it the landlord becomes via the nation. At this period the country became distressed tually tithe-proctor,

and security for the payment in more there was a difficulty to meet the expenditure ; and, in of L.85 in every L.100. The parson, in consequence

, note plies proposed that the King should seize all the temporali

: his rent. The parson should be paid, I admit, the fall ties of the Church, and employ them as a perpetual fund for L-100; yet still 2.85, without vexation, or expense in cola the exigencies of the State. The Archbishop of Canterbury lection, or losses by various circumstances in one sun, is replied, that the clergy prayed day and night for the pros- not a mortal stripping of the clergy. perity of the State. The speaker smiled, and said that was Church of England, in England, all is fair sailing

. By a slender supply. In the eleventh of the same King, the some unaccountable cause the dissenters inercased in Euro Commons again attacked the opulent

Church, and they pro- land till they doubled the amount of the members of the posed that, instead of the bishops, &c., 15,000 parish priests Established Church. companied with a request that the

statutes against the built ; had 17e sther 39 heen erected, who could say what

parliamentary vote to build 50 churches ; only 11 wers Lollards should be mitigated. The King was angry, and to would have been the result. The want was obvious 3 rule Parliament, ordered a Lollard to be burned, as lately anti- are shut out

from the cominon pastoral offices of puheluita Indend it skewed great reserve in his Majesty to have male London...po remedy this, the Minister proposed in Mara a single sacrifice. The Lollards were in truth heretics

and 1918, a grant of 1.1,600,000, to build churches in Englance of Church and State is complete. They preceded the Puri- | Clarke

Ynentions the page of the Government of Sweden for terians, a most ungentlemanly sect according to Charles 11., 1 sums were granted to propagate the Established Cherok in

With respect to the

In Queen Anne's time there was a

the Colonies ; but what was still more interesting to the convinced of this, struck out the words with his own pen. Establishment, there were annual grants of L.100,000, to But Hooper's second scruple about the habits was not so the English clergy. În 1809, Mr. Baring resisted the easily overcome. He contended that they had no sanction grant, saying, '“ There was no part of the civilized world in scripture; that they were the inventions of antichrist, in in which sò large a portion of the produce of the earth and the most corrupt ages; that they had been abused to superthe industry of the inhabitarits were appropriated to the rise stition and idolatry; and consequently to retain them was of the clergy, as in this country. The money thus voted to agree with antichrist, to mislead the people, and to opevery year was laid out in stock, so that the clergy had not pose the simplicity of the religion of Christ. The king and only a tenth of the produce of the earth, but they also council seemed disposed to concede the point ; but several derived profit as stockholders.” The grant passed by a ma of the bishops vehemently opposed. With a most strange jority of 94 to 20. These were the halcyon days of the perverseness, they would not allow him to decline either Church. Then the Church prayed for George III., in a the habits or the bishopric. Sincere as was his nolo episfirst and a second edition of a prayer, both issued on the copari,' they resolutely refused his plea, in spite of him. same day, the 25th of May, 1804, (prayer is better than self he must be a bishop; and he must be consecrated to sleep, says the Koran,) as they had prayed on the 18th of the office in the habits which the law imposed, and which February in the same year, for his Majesty afflicted, accord. he regarded with loathing and abhorrence. To force his ing to them, for the wickedness of his people, and whom compliance, he was served with an order in council, first to they called the nursing father of the Church: a rhetorical silence him, and then to confine him to his own house, but expression, yet not contrary to nature, as Humboldt men he was afterwards imprisoned for several months in the tions an authenticated account of a man, who, during the Fleet. The difficulty was at length got rid of by a slight illness of his wife, suckled his child for four months. compromise. We have detailed this circumstance at greater George III. was not particular in this respect, for Denham length than so brief and compressed a narrative might seem rhymed truly :

to allow, for the purpose of showing our young readers how Our monarchs were acknowledged here,

early and how vigorously the spirit of Protestant noncon. That they their churches' nursing-fathers were.

formity began to work, and that it was in point of fact They gave and they took, “like the sweet south, that coeval with the existence of the church of England herself breathes upon a bank of violets, stealing and giving odour.”

that they began to exist and to act almost together. It And they have nursed the Irish Church ; and it is nurse

will shew also how inconsistent were the practices of the ing with a vengeance. Tithe, which was proclaimed to be rulers of the reformed church with their own professed extinguished, has been levied in the Protestant county of principles. To justify their separation from Rome, they Armagh by police, headed by magistrates specially compleaded the sufficiency of the holy scriptures as the rule of manded to do sommagistrates, who employ paid agents too | faith, and the right of private judgment in the concerns receive their own rents. The commission under the Church of religion ; but when they came to shape and organize Temporalities' Bill, has obtained a fresh infusion of episco- their own church, and to legislate for its constitution, orders, pacy; nor can any act of the commissioners be valid with- and services, they admitted other laws and authorities than out the signature of one ecclesiastic. Ten bishops are to be the word of God, and they allowed no liberty of thinking abstracted, but twelve are to remain. On what principle and acting to those who differed from them, but insisted are so many reserved ? Two bishops in the English Church upon a passive obedience and an absolute uniformity. In (the best possible church) manage the affairs of 2200 the reign of Queen Elizabeth, this tyrannical and domineerparishes, and these two bishoprics contain 3,000,000 of ing spirit was pushed to still greater lengths, and made fear. Protestants; all Ireland does not number half a million of ful havoc amongst those who scrupled compliance with any Protestants of the Established Church. By a simple rule of of the forms which the Queen and her advisers thought pro. arithmetic, if two bishops suffice for 3,000,000, one-third of per to introduce. They whose consciences were tender, and one bishop would suffice for half a million; we could, who wished for further reformation, were nicknamed Puri. therefore, without hating bishops as the Biscayans or the tans ; and though they were amongst the best, the ablest, Cameronians, do very well without one entire bishop, ac- and inost learned men, and the most powerful preachers of cording to the scale of duties and of the flocks of the bishops those times, yet because they could not submit to popish of York and Chester. One-third of a bishop might be con- habits and ceremonies, nor take oaths which they deemed verted into a four months' visit in the year by some Welsh unlawful, and subversive of the authority and power of bishop, or, what would be better perhaps, by William Christ, as the Head of the Church, they were not suffered to Ward, who would thus be indemnified for the loss of Sodor, hold their livings, and were harrassed with every species of which was lost to the bishopric of Man, when that island persecution. Year by year, great numbers of them were was conquered by the English.

deprived. Some left the kingdom ; others retired into pri

vate life; and many were received by the nobility and ORIGIN OF ENGLISH NONCONFORMITY. gentry, who favoured their opinions, and valued their learn. It was about this time (the reign of Edward VI.) that ing and piety, into their houses, in the capacity of chaplains the distinction between conformist and nonconformist took off from the church, who held private associations, and met

But there were also many who did not break its rise, owing to a difference of opinion amongst the clergy on the subjects of habits and ceremonies, the former readily frequently for the purpose of concerting measures to effect a and unscrupulously submitting to whatever forms and cere

further reform, and to restore the discipline of the first ages. monies might be imposed by authority; the latter

(amongst the stirring impulse of that spirit which gives the character

In all such movements as these, our readers may perceive whom were some of the best and holiest of the British re. formers) objecting strenuously to many of the rites and to Protestant dissent, and which spurns at all human im. garments which had been derived from Rome, and which positions in the concerns of a divine religion, and recognises contributed to perpetuate a spirit of idolatry and superstition no other authority than that of Christ himself in his own amongst the people. Dr. Hooper, a man of eminent zeal, church, and no other rule for his government than the holy learning, and piety, along with many other worthy and con- scriptures, which contain “ the law of his house.”—Proscientious ministers, deemed these canonical habits altoge

testant Magazine. ther inconsistent with the simplicity of Christian worship, HIGHLAND INDORSation. The following words were and decidedly resisted their imposition. This excellent actually written upon a bill some time ago, at Oban, by man having been appointed to the bishopric of Gloucester, person belonging to one of the isles :-“ Pay the within to declined it for two reasons; first, the form of the oath of the bearer; and if you fail to do so, may the 1.- have supremacy, which he called foul and impious, and which mercy on your bones, for I will have none. JOHN required him to swear “by God, by the Saints, and by the M'Lean." Holy Ghost.” He considered that God only ought to be appealed to in an oath, since He only knows the thoughts and which mean, I have no wishi, or I am unwilling, to be made á

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YOUNG NICK AND THE BOSUN.

King's health," and saying "God save the King;" bue ril

just ask you whether that there was any more nor masWien Lord Durham went out on the secret or humbugners in Nick, considering as how he was lushing at his Ma. mission to Russia last year, it may be remembered that a jesty's expense, on board one of his Majesty's ships? 8.fiilsome account of the visit made by the Emperor to the tinly not; but I snppose the swab arn't been used to peopše officers of the Talavera appeared in the London papers, to

as knows what manners is. There was a sight o' pa

laver between Nick and the Captain, which I did'nt pas the disgust of almost every one that read it. Nicholas, who

no attention 10, though I stuck quite close to 'em, as I 600. like his predecessor Alexander is a great pretender to re sidered I was obligated in duty for to do. And 'cause why? ligion, nay, we believe, to Christianity-yes, to Christi. Why 'cause I did'nt think as how a chap, whose family anity !--the cruel extirpator of the Poles! among his afore him, as well as himself, had been so long in the habit other pious declarations and fulsome flatteries, informed oprigging from their neighbours the very ground they the crew, who, we suspect, very nearly made fools of them walked upon, was very likely to have heard o' such a thing selves, that he prayed for their brave Sailor King every

as the 8th commandment. So, as you may suppose, I kept

sharp look-out arter him. night! One of the crew of the Talavera, or some one for

I'm very sorry to say the swab's right when he says that him, sent the following amusing letter to the Times, as a Nick would shake hands with all the officers,- from the true statement and running commentary, on “t'other swab's | Captain dowu to the Mids. ; and when I saw that there sort yarn of a swab."

o' grappling going on, I thought upon the poor murdered H. M. Ship Talavera, off Plymouth, Aug. 17, 1832.

Poles, and thank'd my luck I was no officer, but only a B

I should as soon ha' thought o'tippling my daddle to Mr. Editor, I makes so bold as to trouble you with his namesake, -I meant t'other old Nick, what cruises abont these here pothooks and hangers o' mine, 'cause me and my in the latitude of Davy's locker. messmates is given for to understand as you're a real trump, Well, you see, as we'd shew'd Nick all he wanted to me and does the thing what's right, without caring a for -and as he couldn't be such a fool as not to know well nobody. Now if so be as you're that there sort o'chap- enough, that his craft warn't worth looking at arter our'n why then you don't want no palaver; and so here I goes -why he couldn't well do no less than give us a sight on at once to the pint.

some sort or other, if it was only by way of swap in rand You must know that as soon as we got in this here lati- manners. This was how he come for to shew us them there tude, off comes the bum--boat ; and Bumboat Bet—who's lobsters of his going through their derilutions, as the sea always been mighty civil to me ever since I pressed her lub- who wrote t'other yarn calls 'em. I was as much gravelled berly husband (what had the luck to bave his head blowed

as the swab at that there gimcrackery, and so I can't tell me off in his country's sarvice afore he'd been at sea three more than him how the lobsters did it. Don't go for to weeks)-hands up to me a Lunnun newspaper. The old suppose though, as how I was such a girl takes that there way o' showing her gratitude to me, be humbugged like the swah, when them there knortly 'cause she knows the ship's company looks up to Ben Bowl- slaves in uniform called Old Nick “father," and sed ing for all the news-as well them as can't, as them as “ we'll live and die for you." No, no. Do you think all won't read them there printed logs as you chaps in Lunnun that there warn't down upon their orders ?-do you think keep about every thing in the whole universal world.

the drill sergeant had'nt told 'em to make that there speech Well, I unfurls the log, and the very first thing as I claps for some fool in our company, to carry home with my precious eyes upon was a gallows long yarn about the him and tell to the marines ? Lord love you, there is Emp'ror o' Rushy and we o' the Talavera ; and shiver my no more earnest in it than in anything you ever seed from timbers if I shall ever forget it-no, not if I live as long as

the one-shilling gallery in a play-house. None but the the Wundering Jew of you landsmen, or the Flying Dutch swab was gammoned by that there clumsy tack. I'll war. man as haunts us sailors. It struck me all of a heap like rant. and well it might,- for I'll take my fidavy that I looks upon Concerning Old Nick going to prayers in that there sort that there rigmarole as a disgrace to the British navy, and a downright insult to the crew o' the Talavera. My eyes !mf subject, and so now just look you, friend, while I take in

of a way, as the swab describes—why, that there's a serious you had but a' seen what a rag it put all my messmates into! Howsumdever, they all pulled together, and agreed, Bowling a little out of his latitude in all that there for

a reef or two, and scuds along steady. The swab takes B-a that, seeing as how I was the best scholar among 'em, i spatter of his about the priest, and the altar, and a tear should tip you a yarn in the name o' the ship's company – glistening," and the beggarsdescription;" sở for fear I shoulil just for to shew that we arn't such a set o'

spoonies make a false report about his craft, and what sail she care as that there lying log makes out.

ries, I'll just make so bold as to scatch you out his og ser! Concerning o' that there swab as wrote t'other yarn, 1 words :shall only say as how I considers such a snivelling son of a

“ The Emperor alighted from his carriage with his heal gun as beneath the notice o' Ben Bowling,-- unless so be uncovered, and the priest stood forward and offered up. the Captain should order him what he desarves, which, God the evening prayer, which was responded by the as. according to my reckoning, is a round dozen at least; and sembled thousands. Need a British sailor blush to acknow. if the Captain does--my precious eyes !--how I shall bless led 'e that he was affected, even to tears, at such a scene the wind that blowed me into the birth of Bosun to the No! I saw the tears glistening in the eyes of more than de Talavera. I'm pretty sartin, though, he'll turn out to be of my brother officers; and I gloried to see, that though the none of our crew. Perhaps it was one of those land lub- could not join in the language, yet they joined in spirit ut bers we took out to wait on the embassy,—or a marine may the worship of the king of kings, the one God and Father be,-one o' the young 'uns. I'd hardly believe the First of us all.

I assure you the effect was so grand, Lord of the Admiralty himself, if he told me that any Bri. so sublime! that it beggars description." tish seaman would go for to disgrace the sarvice in such a Now I arn't neither a jew, nor a Heathen, nor a Tars. way as that there. But he be ; he arn't worth talk

nor no other Dissenter whatsumdever, but 3 rale right armen ing about.

Church-of-England man, as our chaplin is ready to sartifs, Well, then, now for my yarn about this here Emp’ror o' and a good Christian, too, I hope, though I never saile! Rushy, and the Talavera. There can't be no manner o doubt that the Rusby Old piped all

hands to morning sarvace on board the Baxterne

along o' Admiral Gambier (nor never wants) nor meter Nick, as my messmates call him, did come aboard to look chapel off Wapping (nor never will) But what I at the Talavera ; and odd it would have been if he this here_namely,—that that there patter of the swa had'nt, considering the difference between she and the craft don't do him no credit as a Christian or a British seamas; what his Board o Admiralty turns out. The swab as wrote and if he means to say as how any of our crew joiued in the t'other yarn makes a fuss about Old Nick drinking " the prayer, why we denies it plump. I don't blush to own tikai

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I was very near piping my eye at this here part of the con- has frequently seen in the ears of hyenas that have been carn ; but 'cause why ? 'cause wher. I looked round me at shot, caught in traps, or speared by himself; but in what all them there thousands o' soldiers, the poor Poles came way these ornaments came to be so strangely applied, he deinto my mind again : and when I thought o' them, I clares that, after taking considerable pains to investigate the couldn't help recollecting how cruelly they'd been sarved subject

, he had been utterly unable to discover. Besides the out, and how their wives and young 'uns has been clapped power that these persons are supposed to have of transform into limbo, or sent to the Rushy Bot'ny-bay in Siberia, by | ing themselves into wild animals, they are imagined, as that there very chap as was then axing mercy for himself, we have already stated, to possess the still more dangerous though, like a pirate as he is, he never show'd no mercy to attribute of inflicting disease by directing a malign look tothem there poor creaturs. These here were the things as wards their victim. So fully convinced, too, are the Abyswas running in my head, and instead o' keeping a look-out sinians that these unhappy blacksmiths are in the habit of arter what the swab says was so grand, and all the rest on rifling the graves in their character of hyenas, that no one it, why I was saying to myself, says I, “ Ben Bowling, Ben, will venture to eat what is called quanter, or dried meat, my boy, how much would you take to stand in the shoes o

in their houses, though they have not the smallest repugthat there Emp'ror?” “ Not all the gould o' the Ingies,” nance to sit down with them to a repast of raw flesh, where says 1,-ay, and I say it again now, and all my messmates the killing of the cow or sheep before their eyes dissipates say ditto to it-and we means it.

at once the horrible illusion. Mr. Coffin relates a story reNow, this here's the plain truth o' all that there yarn, specting one of these Budas, the circumstance of which fell what some snivelling swab has been pitching so strong in under his own observation. It happened that among his the log as Bum-boat Bet brought us; and what we just servants he had hired an individual of this gifted class, axes o' you is to shore this here yarn o' mine into your who, one evening when it was still perfectly light, came to log ; 'cause, you see, as there's been a swab fool enough to

request leave of absence till the next morning. His petiwrite t'other yarn, me and my messmates begins for to

tion was immediately granted, and the young man withthink as how some o' you poor simple landsmen may be drew; but scarcely had the master turned round to his lieve that a crew of British seamen have been humbugged other servants, when some of them called out, pointing in into taking a liking for such a land shark as that there the direction the Buda had taken, “ Look! look! he is Rushy Old Nick. Bah! the swab might as well ha' said turning himself into a hyena !” Mr. Coffin instantly that every man in the ship had married a she bear, and de- looked round, and though he certainly did not witness the sarted into the Rushy sarvice. I don't think Marm Bruin transformation, the youth had vanished, and he saw a large or the Rushy sarvice would have any great catch if the swab hyena running off at the distance of about a hundred paces. was to do both ;-but the sooner he does, the more agreeable This happened in an open plain, where there was not a it will be to the crew of the Talavera, and particularly to bush or tree to intercept the view. The absentee returned your humble sarvant at command,

in the morning, and was attacked by his companions on BEN BOWLING.

the subject of his metamorphosis, which, according to the Bosun of H. M Talavera.

usual practice of his brethren, he rather affected to coun. P.S. My messmates and I consider as how our Captain tenance than to deny. From the latter circumstance it has Brown ought to take up this here mater; 'cause, if what been inferred that the belief in this most extravagant suthe swab says of him is the rale truth, why, blow ine tight, perstition is, owing to some motive or other, encouraged by it Captain arn't done Brown. Howsumdever, that there's the Budas themselves. The trades they follow are the the Captain's look out.

most lucrative in the country; and as these are exclusively . We have sent Mr. Bowling's, letter to “ Susan" as in the hands of particular families, in whom the right of directed ; and put the order for the shag and pigtail into exercising them descends from father to son, it is not imthe two-penny post. Times.

probable that, in order to prevent all competition, they may

choose to envelop their persons and their craft in a certain SINGULAR SUPERSTITION.

degree of mystery. With this view, it may be presumed,

they place the ornaments described above in the ears either In Dr. Russell's Nubia and Abyssinia, we find an account old ones, which are frequently entrapped, and then dismiss

of such young hyenas as they may happen to catch, or of of the following superstition, which the author, with great them to the wilderness with their newly-acquired embelprobability, imputes to the true cause--a juggle kept up by lishments. This idea was stated to Mr. Coffin, who thought cunning, interested craftsmen, to preserve their lucrative the conjecture more than probable, and promised on his remystery from interlopers :-“Of the superstitions of the turn to the country to do all in his power to ascertain the Abyssinians none is more remarkable than the prejudice fact. He remarked at the same time, that he had never which expels from society, and even from the holy sacra. seen a very young hyena with the gold ring iy, its ear. ment, all men who work in iron or pottery. One reason for this strange aversion is, that such artisans are consider CHURCH REFORM WITH A VENGEANCE.-The following ed even by their nearest neighbours as possessing the super- ludicrous, at the same tims scandalous scene was enacted natural power of changing themselves into hyenas and other in the church at Tarbes, in the Hautes Pyrennees, a few ravenous beasts. All convulsions or hysterical disorders weeks ago. The late bishop, from some cause, interdicted which are as common in Abyssinia as in other parts of the the entrance into the cathedral of an elderly priest named world, are attributed to the evil eye of these unfortunate Claverie, who, however, was much beloved by the people, workinen. They are known by the name of Buda ; and or probably by the ancient devout ladies of the place, to many marvellous exploits are attributed to them, not only whom the disgrace of their favourite pastor was a great by the vulgar, but even by individuals of superior intelli- mortification. On the death of the bishop it was hoped he gence. Though excluded from the more sacred rites of would be restored to his functions, but the chapter thought Christianity, they still profess great respect for religion, fit to continue his exclusion from the sacred offices. This and are not surpassed by any of their countrymen in the over-excited the zeal of his female aılmirers, and one day, strictness with which they keep Lent and the other stated after vespers, the doors of the church were suddenly closed, fasts. Pearce readily acknowledges his inability to trace and the disappointed devotees fell upon the canons, grand this whimsical notion to any plansible source. Mr. Coffin, vicars, and other ecclesiastics, beat them with their umwho was in the country at the same time, and who appears brellas, rolled them upon the ground, tore their vestments to have enjoyed the gift of deeper reflection than his com- from their shoulders, and then turned them out bareheaded, rade, is equally puzzled, and regards some of the facts which and almost devoid of decent covering, to malce the best of came immediately under his own knowledge as almost in their way home. The victorious Amazons then affixed a explicable. The Budas are distinguished, it seems, from placard on the church door declaring they would acknow other classes by a peculiarly formed gold ring, worn by ledge no one for their pastor but their beloved curé Clathe whole race, and which kind of ring, he declares heverie.

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A WORD IN SEASON.-People, though hot themselves, forget how much more hot their suffering furred or feathered friends must be in dry, sultry weather. Let your dog or dogs have free access to water, and opportunities of swimming in the sea, lake, streams, or pools. They may at least have air and dew in almost every situation. Let your horse have plenty of water, and the frequent means, with your help, of moistening his mouth. Do not expose birds in cages to the sun without a shade over the cage of baize or fresh turf, or green branches, or the fresh weeds run to seed, which birds delight to pick. Nor should you forget your fishes kept in glasses. The former animals are called “ dumb creatures,” yet they may make loud intimations of distress. The latter are the 5 mute creation," and thus more helpless when subjected to man's immediate control.

FOX HUNTING. Forty men in scarlet coats, with the button of the club, and forty lounds are matched against one fox. It is not a fair fight—the proposed victim derives no advantages from his superiority in prowess, over any one of his pursuiers, human or quadrupedal. He can save his life alone by speed, or cunning. The human portion of his enemies incur no risk of being tickled by his glibsome tooth-they war on him on horses sixteen hands high. They have taken the field" to see the fun-not to join in the strife. They stand aloof, and yell, while their four-footed ministers, by force of superior numbers slaughter the enemy. They have not the plea of necessity—their dinners are ordered—they don't hunt him to eat him—their sublime ambition is to obtain his brush. The savages of America scalp their victims—those of this country are content with tails. Imagine for a moment, how pathetically honourable gentlemen would protest against a similar course, were it possible, being taken against them. selves. What would Captain Berkeley say, if, while prowling peaceably near his noble friend's residence in the sister country, he were to be held hotly in chase by an imported pack of gigantic Pongos, Chimpanses, and orang-outangs, followed by fifty giraffes and emus, as enthusiastic spectators of his agony and bootless speed! What consolation would it be to him, that, in an account of the recreation, all proper honours would be awarded to his exertions to get off-that (shifting the scene with Shaksperian celerity, to allow us the benefit of an extent or two in point) among the exalted portion of his pursuers--the Giraffes and Emus, “bellows to mend was the order of the day;" that “he crossed the road near Tetbury, and sinking the wind through Cherrington Park, was headed near Hampton ; being thus obliged to vary his direction to Cowcomb, he took a peep at Lord Bathurst's woods; and after having occasioned the most beauti. ful hunting ever heard of -gratifying at once the oldest and the best-he was run into and killed at Charford-thereby making good, his distance of sixteen miles,—that the fair Diana in the hunt, who has honoured every cover in the county with her smiles-our amiable and accomplished townstvoman, Mrs John Cold_accepted his brush?” What would Captain Berkeley think of this ? Let him bless his stars if he should have any--that Providence has made him a Member of Parliament, and not a fox.-Monthly Mag. ANTICIPATIONS OF STEAM-CARRIAGES ON RAILWAYS.

Speaking of the railroads for small coal-carriages, in the neighbourhood of our coal-mines and foundries, Southey, in his Letters of Don Manuel Espriella, written in the year 1807, says. It has been recommended by speculative men that they shonld be universally introduced; and a hope is held out that soine future time this will be done, and all carriages drawn along by the action of steam-engines, erected at proper distances. If this be-at present one of the dreams of philosophy, it is a philosophy by which trade and mannfactures would be benefited, and money,sayed ; and the dream therefore may probably one day be accomplished,"

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CONTENTS OF NO. XLVIIL Old Scottish Holidays,...................38 External Comfort and Domestic Accommodation of the People Natural History,...........**** The True Balm,....... COLUMN FOR THE LADIES.--Free Trade A Scotch D'eon

Helen Oliver. Love at First Sight; and a Love Letter... 9 Tue STORY TELLER.—The Ten Years of Silvio Pellico........ Ventriloquism,........ Household of the Tyrolese Peasant,. The Dwelling of Hoffer.... Brief History of the Established Church of England,.. Origin of English Nonconformity,..... Young Nick and the Bosun,...... Church Reform with a vengeance,......... Singular Superstition,... SCRAPS~A Word in Season Anticipations of Steam Cartringen

and Railways --Verses to a Lonely Loch in the Highlandscam

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