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yen now said, “ With such a wife, why should I grieve ? | fresh vigour, he laid aside his carriage, and when he I know that those who become immortal leave house and walked abroad, it was with such rapidity that his serfamily, and flee up to heaven. It is my desire to commit vants could scarcely keep pace with him. The following every thing into your hands.” His wife did not object, year Hwing-ŭ (the God of Fire) visited the city, and and he took his leave accordingly. The wife now, inde the devouring element raged for an entire day and night. pendently of her own support, had to sustain and instruct Unable to sleep, the family of Mung-sëen assembled in an adopted son; nor did she fail in these duties.
the hall, from whence they could command a view of the As Mung-sëen grew up he became a prodigy of talent : devastating flames. They were fast approaching the when but fourteen years old, the villagers called him the neighbourhood; all were in a dreadful state of cousterdivine youth. At fifteen he entered the Han-lin, or im- nation, and none knew what plan to adopt, when on a perial College, at Peking: And here, when desirous of sudden the golden ring which Ko wore on her wrisi extolling the virtues of his mother, whose name he knew few off with a loud noise. Its Aight was traced to the not, he called her Ko, the name of his step-mother. The distance of half a mile, where it was seen revolving in winter now set in, and the weather was extremely cold. the air, immediately over her father's house, in the form He asked one day about his father, and his step-mother of a half-moon. After a time it became stationary, and gave him at full the history. He at once determined to the open part of the circle* towards the south-east, and throw up his office and to seek his father ; nor was he could be distinctly seen. All were struck with wonder deterred from his project till bis mother-in-law remark. at so extraordinary a phenomenon. The fire now raged ed, “ Your father has left above ten years: I think that in a westerly direction, burnt a small dwelling-house ere now he has become a god ; if so, where will you seek under the opening of the ring, and then stopped. From him ?" Not long after this his majesty appointed him the violence of the fire, Ko iniagined that the ring would to superintend the national worship at the southern be damaged, or that she should never obtain it again. mountains. While on his journey, he was met in nar. Suddenly a bright cloud approached and bung over row defile by a party of marauders. A desperate con- them; the ring dropped at her feet. Upwards of ten flict ensued; and while the result was yet doubtful, a thousand houses were burned; yet, wonderful to relate, Taou priest appeared in their behalf, armed with a long that of Woo-tsing-yen was not even damaged, save the sword. The robbers were now put to flight; and Mung. little building, which, being immediately under the open. söen, as a recompense to his heroic deliverer, offered him ing of the ring, could not be preserved by it. Ko retain. a present of gold. This was proudly declined; but the ed her beauty, and the strength and health of youth ;priest, presenting a letter, said, "I have a friend who none who saw her, after she had partaken of the elixir lives in the same village with you: I will trouble you to of life, would have supposed her beyond the age of make civil enquiries for me.” Mung-sëen asked the per- twenty, though in truth fifty times had the sun brought son's name. Wang-lin,” was the answer. “I do not about the anniversary of her birth. remember such a name," said Mung-sëen.“ Probably not,” said the priest; "they are a poor family, with The author of the preceding story, though anowhom you, sir, are hardly likely to be acquainted.” Then sliding a ring from his arm: “ This," said he is nymous, was undoubtedly a follower, probably a worn by those who inhabit the retired apartments ; 'as i priest, of the sect of Séaow-tsze, a philosopher of am a priest
, it is of no use to me ; I beg you will accept great note in his day, who lived about five hundred it for your trouble.” When Mung-seen examined the years before the Christian era. His doctrines ring, he found it of exquisite workmanship, and studded were those of pure morality; but his followers, with gems of great value. Mung-söen put it into his during the Han dynasty, became noted for their bosom as a present for his wife. She valued it highly, zealous pursuit of alchemy, and their supposed and ordered a skilful goldsmith to make another like it'; skill in the occult sciences generally. Most of but, after many trials, he abandoned the task, declaring the remarkable adepts in China were of this sert. the workmanship was inimitable. When Mung-sëen Frequently among them arose some one who returned home, he enquired if there was a family named boasted that he had discovered the philosopher's Wang-lin in that neighbourhood. Finding none, he stone; others who were in possession of the uniopened the letter and read as follows: "To Wang-lin,versal remedy. They gave out that they had disWe lived affectionately together for three then we parted. You have buried my mother and in covered an island in the Eastern sea, where the structed my son : your eminent virtue has been recorded, genii lived ; to which isle they caused more than Having nothing valuable wherewith I can recomper.se one expedition to be fitted out, that they might you, I present you with a pill. After dividing it, and consult these mighty and mysterious agencies. eating a part of it, you will become a söen, or immortal.” Those who returned never failed to deal largely Having read the letter, but not discovering for whom it in the marvellous, and stated invariably, that the was designed, he gave it to his mother for her perusal. high priest of the Taou sect was an object of She, on reading it, instantly burst into tears, and ex. especial regard to the genii and to their pricce. claimed, “ This is from your father; Wang-lin was the At one period they caused large vessels to he name given to me while an infant.”. Mung-sëen was placed on the top of high buildings, to collect chmuch grieved at not knowing his father; and handing lestial dews, in which the emperor might bathe, mother left as a token of love to your father.” Mung: this manner for some time, till the head of the his step-mother the ring, she said, “This is what pour to preserve him from disease. Affairs went on in sëen now examined the pill, which was of the size of a pea, and said, with great joy, “ Since my father is be sect was by the reigning sovereign created a duke, come a god, doubtless on swallowing this I shall not which, together with his rapacious conduct, gave know death.” His mother-in-law objected to his thus umbrage to the nobles. A charge was accordingly doing, and concealed it till her father came; to whom preferred against him of deceiving the emperor; she shewed it, and read likewise the letter of Woo-tsing. he was in consequence beheaded. The sect was
Tae-she immediately broke in pieces the pill, and then persecuted in every way. Its total downfal, * parlook of it. Tae-she was at this time seventy re, and in his person extremely debilitated ; but * The amulets, usually of silver, worn by Chinese fe
ad he tasted this wonderful medicine than he male children, are round; but the golden ones bave an c and strong, his nerves and sinews received opening at the joint of the middle.
which happened soon after, removed innumerable writing the records of Newslead. But at Abbotsford it obstacles to the spread of Budhuism, or the sect flows gaily and cheerfully on, and indeed we know of no of Fuh, as it is called in China. This, with its two men in the world who could have better assimilated gorgeous temples and splendid processions, soon together than Scott and Irving. We do not enter into came into favour both with the people and at any comparison of their genius; it would be unseemly; court. The common people, even though them- we speak merely of their habits and feelings. Irving selves of the sect of Fuh, read and fully believe Ile is one whose bosom overflows with kindly feelings,
understood Scott perfectly, and appreciated him as well. this, and many other tales equally absurd, though, and whose senses answer the desire of his heart-a heart like the above, written to diffuse the doctrines of which teaches him to enjoy and sympathise with whata sect long since exploded.
ever is excellent upon earth! We shall look for the next volume which is to appear with increased pleasure.
When a writer is an accurate observer of human nature, and possesses also a benevolent mind, he cannot fail to
improve and interest his readers. How much, then, do From the London Metropolitan.
we not already owe to the author of the “Sketch-Book !" LAYS OF THE HEBREWS.-No. 1.
New Monthly Magazine.
Sketches and Recollections. By the Author of “ Paul
Pry.” 2 vols.
It is not our intention to review this work : it is in.
deed, unnecessary so to do, inasmuch as o'r readers are Is but the passing courser trace
already familiar with its contents,-the several papers Of Ishmael's fiery desert race.
having froin time to time appeared in the “New Monthly
Magazine." Still it would be unjust to Mr. Poole to omit On Jordan's banks no thrilling cry
all notice of his productions—collected, as they now are Arouseth echo, all is languor,
into two very pleasant-looking and most inviting volumes. No pilgrim multitudes pass by,
They are full of wit and humour—the quiet humour With cymbal clash and trumpet clangour, that tells upon all classes, because, though never ill. As when the shrine of Judah's God
natured, never personal, and never coarse, its grand out. Was borne across the sacred flood,
line is human nature, and it illustrates the characters and And Jordan paused, and reeled, or fled
peculiarities that are to be met with in every.day life. 16.
Holman's Voyages and Travels. Vol. 3.
The third volume of this truly interesting work, com-
mencing with the author's arrival at the island of Johan. Nor rings the tinkling castanet,
na, contains his subscquent visits to the Seychelle Islands, Which virgins chimed when fond hearts met
the Mauritius, Ceylon, Pondicherry, Madras, and Cal. To tread the measured dance, and dream
cutta. Upon its general contents, we have only the same
remarks to offer which were contained in our notice of That life was fair as Jordan's stream.
the first and second volumes. There is the same fidelity The light that gleams on Jordan's wave,
of description—the saine industry in rendering avail. Falls beautiful and free as ever;
able every means of information—the same singular ex. But where are they, the fair, the brave,
bibition of unshaken enterprise—and the same successful Whose voice pealed on the passing river? opposition to difficulty, which render Mr. Holman's Ask Time, the Gatherer! this, ay more
writings so fertile in interest, and we may add, in valuable Why Israel dwells not as before,
instruction to the public. The present division of his Why she hath now a robe of scorn,
labours abounds with incidents, which display his courage And Judah now a wreath of thorn ?
and hardihood in a striking light. For example, we find him one at time pursuing his way with none but native
attendants among the elephant paths of Ceylon, and shortly Critical 2 otices.
afterwards hazarding life and limb among the precipices of Adam's Peak, or encountering wild beasts in the midst
of a band of venturous hunters—or ascending to the Abbotsford and Newslead Abbey. By the author of the main-top-gallant-mast-head of a vessel ploughing her way * Sketch-Book."
through the waves, under the influence of a stiff tropical
breeze. Nor is he less remarkable for the tact with which During the past month this volume has been so copiously he seems to have turned every power to account, in extracted from, and its circulation has been so great, that searching for knowledge through the instrumentality of our notice comes too late to serve it as we desired to do ; | those about him. His statistical tables are remarkably all that is left for us is to bestow unqualified praise on comprehensive and ample, and appear to wear the stamp every page of one of the most delightful books it has of great correctness, while he has even contrived, by the ever been our good fortune to mect. There is a halo assistance of a friend, to furnish several beautiful views over both places, and a sadness too, particularly with all of the scenery through which he passed, and which, relating to Lord Byron : although the latter days of although unconscious of its attractions himself he has Scott were overcast by pecuniary inisfortunes, there was thus been successful in preserving for the pleasrue of something so noble, so benevolent, so exalted in his others. His remarks upon men and manners will also career, that he is remembered with the triumphant ox. be found to be far from uninteresting. A quiet, good. pression of " See what genius can achieve !" The re- humoured, and impartial listener to the conversation of Cords of Byron and his ancient house are gloomy and the various classes of men among whom he has been magnificent, and the kindly and gentle pen of Washing. thrown, he has delineated them with a skill as striking ington Irving becomes paralysed, in a degree, when I as that by which he has been enabled to impress the
VOL. XXVII. ACGUST, 1835.-28
minds of his readers with vivid pictures of local and | The Pacha of Many Tales. By the author of " Peter physical peculiarities. Few we think can rise from the Simple,” “ Jacob Faithful,” &c. 3 vols. Saunders perusal of his works without feeling convinced that there and Otley, Conduit Street. is no need of the remarkable circumstances under wbich Shortly after the demise of Voltaire, all the French they have been written to recommend them to the public savaris, at that time present in Paris, met together in full favour.- 1b.
conclave-for our neighbours delight in etlect-to celebrate, by a succession of orations, the universal genius of the departed great man.
The first mathematician took The Faust of Goethe ; attempted into English Rhyme. the lead. lle" spoke a great deal of the mathematics, By the Hon. R. Talbot.
and still more of himself, and he ended his elaborate We perfectly agree with the gentleman to whom we speech by pronouncing with an air of the most sovereign are indebted for the translation now upon our table, in certainty, that, of the exact sciences, Voltaire was totally thinking, that notwithstanding the translations of Faust ignorant, but, with that exception, he was truly a unialready submitted to the public, "ample field is still lett versal genius. A famous jurist next rose, and dwelt for further competition." We also consider with him upon the mere pretensions of Voltaire to any thing like a that “ the world in all probability will have to wait long knowledge of civil laws, but, with that exception, pro
A famous prose before it sees a clear and undistorted image of this ex. nounced him a universal genius. traordinary poem.”. Since the first iranslation by Lord writer next followed, and proved that, all that this wender F. Egerton, several have come under our notice, and in of France had written which was not verse, was beneath none have we seen the real meaning of the poet so well contempt, yet, with this slight exception, he did honour embodied in our language as it is in some parts of the to his universal genius. A manutacturer of metre sucvolume now before us. We are particularly struck by ceeded the proser, but really could not allow the man, the fidelity with which the scene between Faust and whose memory they had met to commemorate, was, in Wagner is rendered. There is none of the gène gene. the strict sense of the word, any thing resembling a rally to be perceived in translations from the German ; poet, but with that slight drawback, he assuredly was a but a quotation from this scene will speak better for it- universal genius. A physician, a painter, a botanist, a self than we can.
geologist, and several other professionals ending in ist “ Faust.
followed ; but Voltaire did not fare a bit the better in
their hands. At length the president, who was neither "Oh! happy he, who might the hope enjoy,
poet, painter, lawyer, doctor, or any thing at all ending in From out this sea of error to arise !
ist, but merely a man of sense, and an admirer of talent, Man evermore for what he knows not sighs,
rose with a sly gravity, and told the learned assembly Yet what he knows he never can employ!
that he was very sorry to have given them all so much But o'er the brightness of this scene
trouble, as it was very apparent that they had met to Suffer no gloomy thoughts a cloud to throw !
commemorate the greatest blockhead in a country that See yonder huts, embowered in tender green, shows so little toleration to the stupid. Tinged by the slanting sunbeams, how they glow! The moral of this may, in the degree, be applied to
That sun departs, the day's brief hours gone by, the author of these tales. Much as we admire him, let Yet hies he hence, new regions to revive!
is not be misunderstood, that we wish to insinuate that Oh! for a wing, that I might mount the sky, he bas proved himself like Voltaire, to be a uniretsal And after him for ever, ever strive !
genius. All that we contend for is, that he has succeed. Then, an eternal evening would disclose,
ed in every thing that he has essayed; and, that by the Beneath my feet, the silent world below,
critics of the day, he has been used a little after the Each hill on fire, cach vale in soft repose,
manner in which Voltaire was used by his orators. A As to the golden stream the silver runnels How ! few naval authors were very invidious against his first
Then, nothing should impede my godlike flight, naval novels; they could not tolerate a writer so superior Not the wild Alps, with all its yawning caves !
in their own line ; however, the captain was consoled by Now ocean, with its countless waves,
the avidity with which his works were purchased. He Its sheltered creeks burst on my wond'ring sight-- then, leaving salt, had recourse to fresh water, and wrote Downwards, at last, the god appears to sink
" Jacob Faithful.” Up in arms then rise all the cockney But my new impulse wakes with gathered might, literati who had ever sculled a wherry to Putney, and cry And I rush forth, his endless light to drink,
out, looking big with the honours of a voyage to Rich. The day before me, after me the night,
mond, " Ah, his naval novels are excellent-not to be The heavens above and under me the main !
surpassed; but how lamentably he has failed upon the A beauteous dream! but he, the while, is gone! river!" One critic, whose genius we respect, and whose Alas! corporeal wings must seek in vain
honest political consistency we have always admired, and To mate with those that urge the spirit on!
from whom we had expected more candid things, so far Yet there's a power in every breast innate
descended as to supply the place of criticism by ribaldry, That lifts the soul, and hurries it along;
and told his readers that old Beazeley in “ Jacob Faith. When lost amid the clear, blue sky, elate,
ful,” was old Beastly. Still, the public took the author's The lark unfolds her thrilling way
part, bought up quickly two large editions, and the third When o'er the pine-clad mountain's giddy height, is now making rapid progress. We suppose that we shall On balanced wings, the eagle soars
have a new class of evil inclined commentators upon Or when the crane pursues her onward flight,
Japhet in Search of a Father," when it shall have O'er lands and seas, to gain her native shoies." made its appearance in a finished state. It is a fortunate We wish we could praise the whole of the work as know not how much prose and verse he gives the world
occurrence for the captain, that these doers of criticism much as we have done thisscene. We know that the trans- in his Magazine. lator had a difficult task, and upon the whole the transla
The reader may be a little surprised to find that we tion is not worse than any we have seen; in some parts are thus speaking of ourselves ; but it happens just now, it is better, and we can recommend it to our readers as a that we are not he. He is making a continental tour; work from which they will perhaps be able to understand and we, with a laudable adhesion to good old English Faust as well as it is possible to do through the medium customs, rise, with a great deal of enthusiasm, and after of a translation.
a literary fashion, and propose his health in his absence.
It is true, that we expect but sorry thanks for our trouble fthat department of the art in which she now appears when he returns. But we will, for once, brave his anger, before the public, we would recommend to her the study in order to do an act of justice, though the hair of all of those writers who trusted more to their singers and the booksellers' heads (we except those who wear wigs) alloted less to the accompanist. In too many modern should stand on end at such a solecism of Magazine compositions, the latter is the principal and the former nanners, as we, speaking in favour of ourselves, review- but the subordinate person in the performance. ing our own works, and macadamising the plural per. sonal pronoun in such a manner, that, in the fractions, Though on earth we are parted." the brighter part should stand confessed.
“ Mi giuri che m'ami." We have not yet spoken of the “ Tales of the Pacha." “ I'm saddest when you sing.” We like them, and the public will like thiem, for they “ Friend after friend de parts." are the most humorous, ihe most original, and the most “ I never cast a flower away." varied of the captain's writings. Yet they belong neither “ The stranger knight." to the salt nor the fresh clement; and they wear the
This formidable list of publications, seeming to have livery of no school, but that very extensive one of human issued at the same time froin the press, is the production nature. But we must take care what we are about. of an amateur. From the many unprofessional compoWe may not speak all the good we think of them; and sitions which are appearing now-a-days, the question whatever that is faulty, they may posse-s, the hundred whether the English are a musical people ?" might tongucd press will, no doubí, take especial care that it
seem to be decided in the aflirinative. But we must shall not remain unbruited. In making these few re- have stronger and more palpable evidence than amateur marks, we feel that we have spoken too much for our coinpositions usually afford, and more decided proof of personal interests, though far, very far too little for our various other kinds, before we can come to this conclusion feelings of admiration, and some other feeling of a more That quantum of information which will enable a man noble nature, to which we will not advert. Should the either in music or literature to a place among "the mob person most concerned be irritated at our remarks, we of gentlemen who write with ease,” is obtained without will take a scrupulous care to withhold for the future, much expense of time or thought. Words and notes. our commendation, until he be gathered to his fathers; are easily at command, ideas are not quite so plentiful; should the public think ill of it, we pity them for their and hence reminiscences commonly supply their place. ill thoughts--and au pis aller-should the editor be The publications before us, with the exception of the mightily chagrined, he will take care not to be on a con. first, are songs written in different styles, and, on the tinental tour when the proper time shall come to correct whole, pleasingly and correctly written. There is here the press for the Magazine for the ensuing month.
and there an error, in composition ; but the author's not But we must advertise our readers, that though absent having ventured deeply into the labyrinths of harmony, physically, our editor is with us spiritually-with us in has seldom lost his way. The first on the list is a duet, his writings, in the arrangement, and in the selection of and we are better pleased with it than with his songs. the articles offered to public approbation. However, as The parts flow agreeably and melodiously, and the com. it must be a long rein that could curb us from Brussels, position will not fail to please its hearers. Of the songs, the above notice proves that we can run riot.-- Metropo- there is none that rises much above its fellows, or deserves litan.
more than the general praise we have awarded to the whole.
The Vocal Souvenir, for 1835. By Mrs. II. Mason.
This production is not, in the present acceptation of the term, an Annual, but simply consists of four songs
12otabilía. and one duct, by the same composer, a lady, who as we understand, has studied music only as an accomplish. TEMPERANCE SOCIETIES—The increase of members of ment. These compositions are not merely airs hammered the Temperance Society, in England and Wales, from out of the piano-forte, and then handed over to some 1st Feb. 1834, to 1st Feb. 1835, is upwards of 37,000 professional drudge to be reduced to form and rule, and the total being 110,525. Last year the members of the; set forth with an accompaniment, but are evidently Bristol Society amounted to 1500 ; this year they are throughout, the work of one mind. Mrs. H. Mason has 2562; being an increase of 962. The American Temstudied assidously and perseveringly, not merely the ru- perance Societies now consist of nearly 1,500,000 mem. diments, but many of the intricacies of the art. Hler bers. accompaniments are wrought up with considerable skill, Children Burnt.-By a return made from the city and evince much power of conception as well as execu. and liberty of Westminster, it appears that during the tion. But she fails in the power to originate an interest. last year no less than about 100 children have been burnt ing melody ; her passages are not sufficiently vocal, and, to death, chiefly owing to their parents leaving them we suspect, were played rather than sung before they alone in a rooin with a fire in it. Of this number about were committed to paper. This is a fault common to four fifths were girls, and the remainder boys. This most pianoforte players when they attempt to write for arises from the difference of clothing between boys and the voice. It is not enough that certain passages are girls. When the boys have been burnt to death, it has
pleasing and perhaps easy on the instrument: the coin. been chiefly owing to wearing pinafores. 1. poser should ask will they sing well ? above all, do they many of the cases the accidents have occurred from the
convey the meaning of the poetry (if meaning it chance children getting on a chair to reach something off the to have) by appropriate sounds ? are there no false ac. mantel picce, when their clothes easily ignite. cents, no emphatic “oss” and “thes," no lines in which FRIENDLY SOCIETIES—The Lords of the Treasury have the sense is severed by an impertinent symphony, no very properly had printed for gratuitous distribution, needless repetitions of unimportant words ? If any such" Instructions for the formation of Friendly Societies, things occur, they should be noted and erased as ble with rules and tables applicable thereto,” in order to asmishes which mar the just purpose and end of vocal sist in the establishment of these valuable institutions writing. The fair authoress of these songs is evidently upon sound and legal principles. in possession of much native and acquired talent; and in Tolls. It is now the law that no toll shall be paid for order that she may attain to greater force and skill in cattle and other beasts going to or from water or pasture,
In a great
or to or from being shod or farried, or passing on any possessed the Crimea. The director of the Museum at turnpike-road, provided they do not pass more than two Kertch, after opening eleven successively, without meetmiles on such turnpike-road. All horses and beastsing with any relics but fragments of the tombs, was, drawing carts with materials for the repairs of roads, however, recompensed for his pains when he came to the although the wheels of such carts shall be less than twelfth, which he found to inclose a tomb of freestone, four inches and a half, are also to be exempt from toll. without cement, and filled with earth. In this tomb Lastly, all horses or carriages, cattle or other beasts, were contained the following objects ; 1. A large urn crossing any turnpike-road, or not going above one with two handles, covered with black varnish, and orpahundred yards thereon, are exempt from toll.
mented with garlands, on which some traces of gilding POPULATION Returns.—For the first time, a return was are to be discerned. This urn was placed at the feet of made in the last census of the number of illegilimate the deceased, and contained some bones resembling those births occurring in Great Britain. There were 20,039 of a sheep. 2. A large fluted vase, finely shaped, coverof them in the year 1830, in the proportion of 41 males ed with a gilt garland, also placed at the feet of the deto 40 females ; as compared with legitimate births, they ceased. 3. A ring of a superior construction, with a are reckoned as one in 18 for the whole of England and signet representing a lion couchant, in cornelian. On Wales. The minimum of illegitimate births is in Mid- the plain side are engraved a buckler, a casque, and a dlesex, and the maximum in Wales - Merlical Gazelle. sword. 4. A bunch of five ears of corn, with the leaves
The CRETAN SARCOPHAGUS.—A magnificent sarcopha. in amber, found on the liead of the skeleton. 5. Three gus was discovered last year in Crete, by Sir Puliney golden rings set with Syrian granite. 6. Two small Malcolm, who patriotically brought it to England, and gold buckles representing couching cupids. No medals propuses, we hear, to present it to the University of Cam. were found in the tomb, so that the precise epoch to bridge. It is of Parian marble, and more than seven which it belongs cannot be ascertained. feet long, and in fine preservation. It was found in a Sicily.—It is stated, by some of the French papers, that small plain, near a village called Ayo Vasile, seven or an extraordinary phenomenon has taken place at Marsala, eight iniles from Viano, and though broken into many in Sicily. After ihe dreadful hurricane, during the night pieces, the whole has been ingenionsly united under the of the 16th of December, which was accompanied by direction of Chantrey, in whose studio it may be seen by rain, hail, thunder, and violent agitation of the sea, it all who are curious in antique sculpture.
was discovered that the roofs of the houses were covered The ends, as well as front of the sarcophagus, includ. | with aerolites, the size of a common walnut, round and ing the cover or lid, are entirely sculptured. The sub. extremely hard. The learned chemists of Sicily are busy ject is the triumphant return of Bacchus from India, and analysing these aerial productions. Others of the French though this seems to have little connection with death papers pretend that nothing more bas happened at Marand the grave, it must be borne in mind that the god was sala than a violent hurricanc. born in the isle, and the Cretans invented the orgies in At the last meeting of the Medico-Botanical Society, his honour. The figures are in high relief: a naked Dr. Hancock read a paper on a plant called coomi-paru youth, stooping under a wine-skin, accompanied by a by the natives of Guiana. It is used to intoxicate fish musician, leads the procession ; an elephant follows, with so as to enable the fisher to catch them with the hand. three girls on its back, playing on the double pipe and It flowers at all seasons of the year, and is constantly cymbals ; Silenus, sufficiently intoxicated, is borne after covered with leaves of a purple colour; the flowers are by two youths, who seem not unconscious of the weight; small and white. The fluid circulating in the plant is while a satyr follows, striking a tambourine, and actually latescent, nearly as thick as cream, and is so abundant leaping into the air with delight. A male and female as to trickle down in a small stream if the bush be centaur succeed ; "one seems woman to the waist, and wounded. A seed of this plant taken inwardly is of fair, but ending foul ;" the other has his brows bound in great use in dropsy. vine-leaves, and seems in a passion, which his female The following is given as the indefatigable Landolina's companion tries to soothe, by throwing her arm round mode of performning anew the ancient process of paper his neck; an empty cup, depending from her fingers, in making from thc papyrus; it is given on the authority of timates that wine has something to do with the wrath a recent German iraveller' in Sicily and Malta ; the diswhich agitates him; this is more distinctly intimated by coverer resides at Syracuse:-" He softened the lower the action of the closing group. Bacchus appears-all part of the stalk in water, loosened the external skin, and youth and beauty-grave rather than joyous--in a cut the soft white pith in the thinnest slices possible. splendid car, on a panel of which a youth and satyr are These were laid upon each other crosswise, pressed, contending; the right hand of the god clevates a trophy, carefully dried, sized, and after many failures at length while the left hand protects a trembling faun, his com- produced a perfectly useable dazzlingly wliito writing panion in the car, at whom the angry centaur seems in paper. ihe act of throwing a wine-cup. The fear of the one, Fulton's ORRERY.–This orrery conveys a more per. and the surly wrath of the other, are well expressed. fect idea of our solar system than any one that we have Two men, on one end of the sarcophagus, seem disputing seen, whether scenic or solid. It is constructed on a about a child, which they are bearing away in a basket; similar principle to the small mechanical orreries sold by while on the other end two cupids are engaged in an opticians, but its moveinents are far more various and attempt to put a tipsy satyr to bed ; drapery is suspended complicated, and its size very much greater--the orbit of between two trees; the urchins have their friend on their Herschel describing a circle of nine feet diameter. The shoulders, and are striving, on tiptoe, to heave him up, true inclination of the axis of each planet and of the while a quiet smile playing over the brows and in the plane of its orbit is shown, and the due relative distances corners of his mouth at their fruitless endeavours. All of the planets from the sun and each other; and each this seems more akin to luxurious painting than to the performs its rotatory or diurnal motion on its axis, and simplicity and gravity of sculpture. The relief wrought its annual revolution round the sun in the proper relative on the lid is of a stiil more joyous character.- London space of time—the annual revolution of our earth being Atheneum.
made in a minute, and the others in proportion. The The Odessa Journal contains the following :-" The motions of the satellites are equally exact in point of poarchaiological researches prosecuted in the tumuli on the sition and time. The eccentricity as well as the inclinaline of the new quarantine, towards the northeast of the tion of the orbit of Mercury, and the inclinations of the city, are rarely profitable, in consequence of their having orbits of the secondary planets, Ceres and Pallas, are long since been rifled by some of the people who anciently likewise given. Dials marking the hour, the day, the