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he is rescued by the intrepidity of a waiting in an anti-chamber, Augustus stranger, reaches Wales, and recog- rushes from the gaming-table, runises his preserver in the person of minating on his distresses; and Reuben Glenroy, whose attachment goaded by despair, is on the point of to his ward he discovers. Reuben, committing suicide, when Reuben -called upon by the voice of distress arrests his arm, and prevails upon during a severe storm of snow, him to go home to his family, have rushes out, and in a short time re- ing first learnt from him that he has turns supporting Plastic, apparently pledged his commission for a gamlifeless--who, when recovered and ing debt to Plastic. Reuben's next finding himself in the same house interview is with Plastic. with Miss Somers, to further his de- deems his brother's commission; and signs, assumes the name of Maitland. Plastic, wishing to know to whom he Unlooked-for circumstances aid his is so much indebted, listens to wishes, and he not only contrives to Reuben's story, and finds he is carry away Rosalie Somers from the known: but Reuben still thinking protection of her friends, but also to that Rosalie has voluntarily left her make it appear that she consented to friends, and that her affections are an elopement with bim, and succeeds fixed upon Plastic, and having proin bringing her to town. Reuben, mised that his life should be devoted after having passed the night on the to her happiness, prevails upon him mountains, succouring the distressed to sign a written promise of martravellers, returns, and hearing that riage with the lady. Reuben, in comRosalie has eloped with the man he pany with Cosey, meets Plastic acpreserved, sinks into apathy, from cording to appointment, at the house which he is roused by the intelli- of Mrs. Glenroy :-Rosalie being ina ; gence that his brother Augustus, by troduced, an eclaircissement takes habits of fashionable extravagance, place, which exposes the ingratitude is on the brink of ruin. Hoping to of Plastic, and the young lady besave him from the vortex of dissipa- stows her hand and fortune on Reuben tion into which he is plunged, he Glenroy. The comic parts of theconsents to accompany Cosey to comedy arise from the incidents London. Rosalie, notwithstanding which are attached to Cosey, a stockall Plastic's caution, eludes his vigi- broker and a cockney; Trot, a great lance, and accidentally meeting with cotton-manufacturer; and his wife,

Trut, is, by that genileman, placed a would-be woman of ton; Hawbuck, under the protection of the hon. a lad brought up in a Yorkshire Mrs. Glenroy. Cosey and Reuben school; and Mrs. Glenroy, a spright arrive in town: the former gentle. ly elegante. man furnishes the latter with the means of relieving his brother's necessities.- Reuben loses no time in waiting at his house-meets with As Comedy implies a picture or Mrs. Glenroy, makes himselt known, representation of the prominent fea. and acquaints her with the purport tures of mankind, in which the peo of his visit; prevails upon her not to culiar virtues, vices, and follies, are go out that evening, and promises to displayed, exposed and ridiculed; bring her husband home. Reuben those dramatic writers deserve most then goes to a subscription-house for praise who are the ablest in delineata play, where he knows his brother ing what appears to be the closest was to pass the evening; and while copy of nature, without encumbera


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licence, and scorning the unities, in With faultless Monsters which the world troduces us to Sir Richard Arkne'er saw.

wright's spinning jennies in the In this view we are pleased and north--then carries us suddenly into Tharmed with the admirable writings Wales--and afterwards brings us back of Shakspeare, the wit of Congreve, again, with the same poetical rapidithe intrigue and vivacity of Farquhar, ty, to London, where the piece conand the dry quaintness of Goldsmith, cludes. so lasting and so attractive.

The proprietors have been at conIn the new comedy of · Town siderable expence in scenery and deand Country,' &c. although some corations; and the success of the may be of opinion that it has not piece will, no donbt, amply reward the qualities now described in their them for their laudable exertions to very highest degree, yet every im- please. partial observer will readily admit The performers acquitted themthat it has what constitutes a good selves in a very laudable manner. and a rational entertainment; and Kemble's acting

as in his very that Mr. Morton has been very suc- best style; and Fawcett, Emery, cessful ia the two last acts, in evin- and Blanchard, were very successful. cing some admirable efforts of the Mrs. Glover and Miss Brunton were nervous and the pathetic. He has very deservedly applauded. very happily contrasted the characters

The Prologue and Epilogue (for of Cosey and Trot; the former a which, see the poetry) were very strong advocate for the town, and well received; the first was spoken the latter a strenuous pleader for the by Brunton, and the latter very bucountry. Although the choicest sen

morously by Fawcett and Blanchard. timents of this new comedy be not Notwithstanding some designed very striking for novelty, yet they and illiberal opposition, the piece arise so naturally and are dressed in was given out for a second represente such becoming simplicity, that they ation amidst the loudest plaudits. often make a very lasting impression on the mind. Reuben Glenroy bears occasionally a very close resemblance to Penruddock : like him, he appears to the Editor of the Lady's deserted by the object of his fondest

MAGAZINE. wishes; like him, in bitterness of heart he recites the injuries inflicted

Sir, on his wounded spirit; and, like him, THE serious alarm excited by dogs is generously anxious to relieve his becoming mad in several parts of treacherous betrayer. This assimi. the town and country, which has lation may, however, be accidental; very properly drawn the attention of for, as Mr. Sheridan very truly the magistrates, and occasioned them observes, in his preface to · The to issue notices requesting that all Rivals'.

persons would shut up their dogs, • Faded ideas float upon the brain has induced me to send you the fol. like half-forgotten dreams, till the lowing account of the nature and fancy in her fullest enjoyments be- mode of treatment of the Hydrophocomes suspicious of her offspring, bia, or that dreadful disorder which and doubts whether she has created ensues in consequence of the bite of er adopted.'

a mad dog. It is extracted from the Mr. Morton, with Shakspeare's new edition of the London Medical

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Dictionary, written and compiled by is a desire of biting, from being bitten
the late Dr. Motherby. It will pro- by a mad animal.
bably not be unacceptable to many 2. Hydrophobia 'simpler, without
of your readers*. - Yours, &c. rabies, or a desire of biting.
Southwari, Feb. 23, 1807.

R. B. The principal and original seat

seems to be about the stomach, and Hydrophobia, a dread of water; parts contiguous to it. is a symptom of the disease caused by of a mad dog produces the disease.

The smallest quantity of the saliva the bite of a mad animal; but not peculiar to this disease, nor always

The infection may lie dormant for a attendant on it. The disorder has period, differing according to the usually had the same appellation, habit of the patient, the time of the and is called also canina rabies

, cy- animal, or the place in which the

year, the degree of the disease in the nanthropia, cynolesia. Dr. James observes, that this kind of madness

wound is made. If the patient is properly belongs to the canine genus,

not of a strong inflammatory habit, viz. dogs, foxes, and wolves, to whom

and no circumstances intervene, only it seems innate and natural ;

which otherwise affect his health, it scarcely ever appearing in other ani- seldom takes effect till after about mals, except communicated from forty days: if in six weeks, or two these. Dr. Heysham defines it to months, no sign of disorder appears, be an aversion and horror at liquids, be safe. It has been observed,

the patient is usually concluded to as exciting a painful convulsion of

that the pharynx, occurring at an inde.

the nearer the place bitten is to the termined period, after the canine head, the sooner the symptoms apvirus has been received into the pear. If the part bitten is covered system.

with woollen or leather, the bite is The hydrophobia is a nervous disa harmless. The dread of water is a order, though attended with some

symptom in some fevers, and in appearances of inflammation. Dr.

some particular inflammations (EdinCullen places it in the class neuroses,

burgh Medical Commentaries, vol. and order spasmi, and defines it a

xi. p. 331); and it is highly probaloathing and great dread of drinking

ble, that in those cases where the any liquids, from their creating a

poison is said to lie dormant for six painful convulsion of the pharynx, disease was connected with fever

or nine months, or even a year, the occasioned most commonly by the bite of a mad animal. This defini

rather than the rabid poison. tion, however, scarcely includes the

When a dog is affected with madfull idea of the disease; and we would

ness, he becomes dull, solitary, and suggest the following as more com

endeavours to hide himself, seldom plete: melancholy, a dread of cold barking, but making a murmuring air, of any thing shining, and parti- noise, and refusing all kinds of meat

and drink. He ties at strangers ; cularly of water, often arising from the bite of a mad animal. He dis- but, in this stage, he remembers and

ter ;

hangs out his tongue to discharge a saliva flows from the mouth, though great quantity of froth from his the fauces are dry ; the tongue bemouth, which he keeps perpetually comes foul, and the breath occasionopen; sometimes he walks slowly, ally fetid. The fetor is often only as if half asleep, and then suddenly perceived by the patient; and someruns, but not always directly for- times it attends the discharge from ward: at length be forgets his mas- the wound, the dressings of which

his eyes look dispirited, dull, are said to be frequently black. Befull of tears, and red; his bark is sides these, from the beginning, there hollow and hoarse; his tongue of a is a peculiar stricture and heaviness lead colour; he grows faint, thin, on the breast, a struggling as it were and weak, often falls down, again for breath, a sighing, a nausea, and rises, attempts to fly at every thing, often a bilious vomiting. This opand soon grows furious: this second pression of the precordia is one of stage seldom continues thirty hours, the constant symptoms of this disordeath by that time putting an end der; it begins, increases, and ends to the disease, and a bite received at with it. As the above symptoms this time is the most dangerous. increase, the second stage advances;

When the human species are a fever comes on, which at first is the subjects of this disorder, a slight' mild, and attended with momentary pain in the wound is first felt, some. horrors, though there is sometimes times attended with itching, but no fever; sleep is lost, the mind is usually resembling a rheumatic pain: more and more disturbed, a delirium it extends into the neighbouring parts, approaches, and an aversion at first and the cicatrix begins to swell, in- to polished bodies, then to light, afflames, and at length discharges an terwards to fluids, is perceived. The ichor; this pain is considered as the air offends if it touches the skin, and primary invariable mark of a begin- the slightest sound is very painful., ning hydrophobia. There are more A constriction of the gullet, with general pains of a flying, convulsive difficulty of swallowing, first occurs; kind; which are said to affect the but as yet liquids are freely taken; patient in the neck, joints, and other afterwards, however, they are refusa parts; often a dull pain scizes the ed. This symptom augments so vihead, neck, breast, belly, and along sibly, that on the sight of any liquid the back-bone: towards the conclu- a horror seizes the patient; and if sion of the disorder the patient com

he strives to drink, spasms, anxiety, plains of this pain shooting from the and loss of sense follow. As soon arm towards the breast and region as the surface of the liquid is touched, of the heart. A lassitude, a dull a strangulation in the throat is felt; pain in the head, and a vertigo, soon the stomach is intiated; the larynx come on : the patient is melancholy, is suddenly sweiled externally, though mutters, is forgetful, and drowsy; the swelling quickly disappears. his mind seens disordered; his tem. While liquids are thus rejected, solids per irritable and irregular; his slum- are swallowed with tolerable ease ; bers disturbed, and convulsive agita- yet this sympton may become so tions immediately follow his waking; violent as totally to prevent solids a deafness is sometimes complained also from being swallowed. The of; the eyes are watery; the aspect patient now mourns bitterly; at times sorrowful; the face pale and con- loses all knowledge of his intimate tracted; sweat breaks cut upon the acquaintance; but reason returns at temples: an unusual discharge of intervals, and he laments his own

calamity: the thirst excites a desire so uncertain we were to draw ang of drink, but he strives in vain to prophylactic indications, they would swallow, and soon sinks into the be, first, to prevent the poison from most affecting despondency; he ad- acting, though it exists in the body; vises his friends to keep at a distance, secondly, to evacuate it by the most and it is supposed that he feels an speedy methods. inclination to bite; but this is sus- This disease is peculiarly rare. picion only, and it is highly impro- Somé practitioners of the most exbable that, with the disease of a dog, tensive experience have never seen he should adopt his manners : biting it; and some have boldly defied its is the common method by which existence. In general, very few of that animal shows his resentment, the dogs reputed to be mad are really The barking like a dog is equally so; and but a small proportion of imaginary. As the conclusion ap- those bit by a dog, really mad, reproaches, the fever and thirst increase; ceive the infection, as the parts are the eyes are bright and furious; the usually defended by the clothes, and urine is high coloured, acrid, and in the teeth of the animal are consesmall quantities; the tongue hangs quently wiped clean before the wound out; the mouth foams; the pulse is inflicted. This circumstance has throbs, strength fails, cold sweats given a delusive credit to many tricome on, the tightness of the breath fling preparations employed as proincreases, and the patient soon ex- phylactics. None are to be trusted pires in spasms, often losing the dif- except excision. ficulty of swallowing liquids, for Nature is able to evacuate morbid many hours; so that the dread of poisons, if the animal power is supwater is by no means a pathogno. ported, or at least no cause of debilimonic symptom.

ty gives the poison activity. Weshould The poison of rabid animals is, therefore avoid whatever may depress like thai of the smallpox, secondary or weaken, and employ every plan in its operation. It lies concealed to give a tone to the system. The till, perhaps, by an assimilatory pro- depressing passions are consequently cess, its quantity is increased, or to be counteracted ; and should the from the heat of the body it becomes patient's mind rest on the circummore active. It is sufficiently cer- starces of the bite, it should be cheertain, that if the part is extirpated ed by every encouraging representasoon after the bite, the patient is tion. Perhaps the ridiculous specisafe : it is highly probable that the fics, as eating the liver of the dog same operation at the first com- broiled, or tying the skin of an hymencement of the inflammation ana about the arm, may have been would be equally advantageous. useful by inspiring confidence ; and

The disease in dogs is not owing avoiding cold and excesses of every to heat, but is probably produced kind must be advantageous in every by their confinement in kennels. In view. Stimulants are useful with man the disease is exclusively owing the same design; and numerous are tothe poisonintroduced by the wound; the remedies of this kind recombut its action is said to be accelerai- mended by the ancients, though con. ed, probably increased, by fear, grict, demned by Boerhaave. or any of the depressing passions. We may evacuate the poison from The prognosis is always unfavour- the wound by sucking, by washing able.

it with hot water, by cutting it out, If in a disease where remedies are by bleeding with cupping-glasses, by

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