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An awful one, with a hand of bone,
Seems to beckon him off to the tomb; And I laugh as I whirl through the night's black furl,
And the film of the shadowy gloom.
As 'tis, I leave, as thus upon the cairn
Soon after coming down from this hill, went up to Glasgow.
When the sweet babe lies, with its half-closed eyes
As blue as the sky of even,
That its dreams are of joy and heaven,
In meek composure lies,
Of its visions of Paradise ;-
Is long ere it pass away,
Is remember'd for many a day.
By William Danby.
Wrapp'd round in the midnight's pall ;
When the tapestry flaps on the wall ;-
Where she screams in fear and pain;
As it whirls round the madman's brain; And down sweeps my car, like a falling star,
When the winds have hush'd their breath; When
ye feel in the air, from the cold sepulchre, The faint damp smell of death.
When the clouds first-born of the breezy morn
In the eastern chambers roam, I glide away in the twilight grey
To rest in my shadowy home; And darkness and sleep to their kingdom sweep,
And dreams rustle by like a storm ; But where I dwell no man can tell
Who hath seen my hideous form;
Where the rolling breakers go,
Or the depths of hell below.
My vigil I keep, by the murderer's sleep,
When dreams round his senses spin;
In the shape of his deadliest sin;
In the depth of his strangling pain,
And faintly rattles his chain.
He wakes with a deep-drawn sigh ;-
And he calls on the saints on high.
WRITTEN IN THE HIGHLANDS.
LADY! a wanderer from the hum of men
Thrown for a moment, by life's billowy sea,
Into the sight of Nature and of thee, Invokes a blessing on this lonely glen :Hereafter he may stand forth from the crowd,
And be, perchance, the lion of a day;-Thou wilt pursue the tenor of thy way
In calm seclusion. But if e'er a cloud Obscure the sunshine that surrounds thee now,
Believe that he would part with all his fame
To give thee back to joy, and see the same
H. G. B.
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
I Ay to the bed where the weary head
Of the poet its rest must seek,
Of joy on his pallid cheek.
And its cold and heartless pleasure,
Is his best and dearest treasure.
To a darker and deadlier hue;
And his heart is broken too.
Afar on the boundless sea,
Return'd, from his dangers free,-
And sweep him away from her heart,
To think that in death they part ;
The images whirl and dance,
And she wakes as from a trance.
THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON.- We have just received this Institution's notice of its course of lectures for the session 1829-30. The department of languages and general literature is amply and satisfactorily supplied ; and lecturers for Zoology, Natural Philosophy, and Mathematics, have been appointed. Only two classes have as yet been opened for the students of law; but the arrangements for the instruction of medical students are extensive. Professors of Logic, and the Philosophy of the Human Mind, Moral and Poli. tical Philosophy, History, Roman Law, Mineralogy, and Geology, have not yet been appointed, although all these branches are included in the plan of the University. The library contains already upwards of eight thousand volumes, and is daily increasing. The plan of the lectures and examinations, as announced in the prospectus, is well conceived. We incline, however, to object to the very juvenile age at which students are admitted. In old times, when Universities were the only institutions where instruction was to be obtained, it was right to admit all ages; but now that preparatory schools are every where established, Universities ought to be set apart for those whose object it is to fathom the deeper recesses of knowledge. No person ought to be admitted under eighteen or twenty years of age; certificates of proficiency in certain preliminary studies ought to be insisted on; and the business of the institution ought to be condueted in a manly and liberal spirit. A register, we observe, has been opened at the shop of the University's bookseller, where the names of such persons as are willing to receive boarders are inserted. As yet
With dreams I affright the startled sight
Of the miser, wither'd and old, And he strives to arise, with horrible cries,
As he thinks of his stolen gold ; But faint is each limb, and ghastly and grim
Gurgles his stifled gasp, And his sinews I strain on his bed of pain
Till he faints in my elvish grasp :
the London University has gone on steadily and seusibly: it has adapted from the French at the Haymarket, and a new cpera from every motive to exert itself, for only by the most undeniable distinc- the German is said to be in rehearsal at the English Opera House. tion can it earn a legal recognition of its existence.
Drury Lane is beautifying for the winter campaign ; and Covent GEORGE WATSON'S HOSPITAL. —The examination of the boys in Garden is yet without a tenant, and it seems uncertain whether it Watson's Hospital took place on Thursday last, and was exceedings will be opened next season at all. - Liverpool still continues at the ly satisfactory. The progress which has been made by them during head of provincial places of attraction. Sontag has been giring conthe last year was very marked, and reflects much credit on the dili
certs there, and Miss Foote has succeeded Kean and Miss Smithson. gent perseverance of their teachers. By Mr Brown they have been
of this last young lady, who was so much be-puffed on the continent, instructed in English Reading, Religious Knowledge, Geography,
a judicious Liverpool critic expresses himself in the following terms : and History; by Mr M.Millan, in Latin ; by Mr Cunningham, in
"When this young lady appeared formerly on our boards, she took Greek, Arithmetic, Geometry, and Algebra; by Mr Robertson, in
a certain range of comic parts, in which, though her ability was very Writing; by Mr Hill, in Drawing; and by Mr Knott, in Vocal Music.
unequal to play them excellently, yet the beauty of her person, and It is a truly agreeable consideration, that at this most useful in titution the cultivation of the youthful mind should be so efficient
the absence of all pretension on her part, enabled an audience to wit
ness her performance without impatience, and even with some plealy attended to. A Collection of Spanish and Portuguese airs, by the most esteemed
sure; but now that she comes before us in the first characters of tracomposers of these countries, is announced. It is to be called Pen- gedy, and with pretensions not indeed assumed by herself in any arinsular Melodies; the poetry is to be principally by Mrs Hemans ;
rogant manner, but which necessarily attach to one who has been and the work is to be edited by George Lloyd Hodges, Esq.
highly applauded, we must say, we hare no other words that may ade Early next season will appear the History of the Arab Domination
quately express the quality of her performance, than to say, it is a in Spain, by William Fraser, Esq. The work will extend to about
melancholy failure. There is a singular want of case in her acting, two octavo volumes.
not to speak of any greater fault, which is alone enough to hinder her Messrs Whittaker & Co. are, we understand, making arrangements
from producing any agreeable impression. But, indeed, her judgment for the regular publication of four series of Popular Histories, under
is more defective than her execution. Never, surely, since the stage the respective titles of Literary, Philosophical, Scientific, and Poli- began, was there such an atrocious maltreatment of a scene as hers tical History. The co-operation of very distinguished writers has of the trial scene in the Merchant of Venice. The beautiful didactic been either promised or procured ; and the collection bids fair to be passage, beginninga valuable addition to our national literature.
“ The quality of mercy is not strain'd," M. Michel Carrier, an eminent Naturalist of Savoy, has issued pro- was pronounced by her with all the vehemence, or, one might say, posals for forming, by subscription, a Geological Collection of the
the agony, of passion. Had they been any other words than these whole range of the Alps. The Collection will contain all the mine.
beautiful words of Shakspeare, we could have laughed outright. As rals, metals, and fossils, which have already been found, or which M.
it was, one was rather inclined to weep to witness such a horrible Carrier may discover, in the Alpine Chain ; a space occupying 2600
murder perpetrated upon the noble sense of the poet. We do not, square leagues, in which are situated the highest mountains of Eu
in short, know a single point of merit in Miss Smithson's acting, rope, and which contains formations the most rieh in objects of inor
considering her as one assuming to play in the first parts of tragedy. ganic nature, as well as in the spoils of primeval ages, and composed
When she would represent simplicity, as in Juliet, she exhibits mere of strata the most varied, and abounding in interesting geological childishness, without grace or delicacy. Pathus, in her delineation, facts of every kind. Eight years will be necessary to finish this great
is an ineffective whine, with some fantastic gesticulation. Her tenwork; and eighty subscribers at £120 each are required.
derness is feeble, and at the same time affected; her passion a rant, Dr Maginn has announced Tales of the Talmud.
accompanied with a certain rolling of the eyes, most disagreeable to Blackstone's Commentaries, brought down to 1829, is in the press.
behold. One can have no other feeling, in witnessing her efforts on A work has been announced in Paris likely to excite some interest;
the stage, than distress to see a very fine woman, whom, as a woman, it is a Translation of the Odes of Horace by Louis XVIII.
all must admire, make herself be regarded with feelings so nearly Mr J. A. Jones is preparing for publication a work to be entitled approaching to aversion."-We observe that Mr Jones, of our Tales of an Indian Camp. The long residence of the author among theatre, is at present giving lessons in elocution in London, and is the Indian tribes of North America, has enabled him to collect most to remain there during the College vacation.-We hear it said, that of the traditions current among all the nations of the Red Men dis. it is not likely that Mr Thorne will make one of our corps dramatique persed over three millions of square miles in that vast continent, ex
next winter. It is impossible yet to guess what sort of company hibiting their notions respecting the Supreme Being; the creation; the Manager will present us with.—“ Margaret of Anjou, or the the origin of their tribes; and comprising an account of their man.
Noble Merchants," a Drama in three acts, by Mr John Mackay Wilners, habits, modes of life, marriage ceremonies, and other interest- son, has been very successfully received at the Caledonian Theatre. ing subjects. The Earl of Marchmont's papers, which we have already announ
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. ced as preparing for publication, comprise a variety of original docu
The communication from Gottingen in our next. We are afraid ments, diaries, and letters. Pope, Swift, Gay, Arbuthnot, Bathurst,
we shall not be able to find room for the article which describes the Bolingbroke, Murray, Pulteney, Warburlon, Walpole, Addison,
eccentricities of John Graham.-We certainly owe an apology to Steele,-in short, all the eminent persons, whether poets or states
“ R. F." of Kirkaldy, but the multiplicity of our Editorial duties men, who lived at the same time, were his associates and friends.
must plead our excuse; we are unwilling to comply with the request Marchmont, Murray (afterwards Lord Mansfield), Lord Bathurst,
he makes in his last letter unless it be insisted on. and George Arbuthnot, were the executors to Pope's will; and
Mr Brydson's communications will be attended to. We have re. Marchmont being the survivor, to his care and judgınent the poet ceived this week two poetical effusions to the Ettrick Shepherdone committed all his manuscripts and unprinted papers.
from “ Paisley," and the other from the “ Braes of Angus." Both The March op Tailors.-A work on the art of making clothes, have merit, and may appear on a future opportunity.-We shall enis about to be published in Paris, under the following highly inte
deavour to find room for the Lines by "R." of Aberdeen.-We are resting litle :-L'Art du Tailleur, ou application de la géometrie à la
under the necessity of postponing our notice of Hugh Ainslie, with coupe de l'habillement; par M. Compaing. 2de edition, augmentée
extracts from his Manuscript Poems, for a fortnight. The Verses by d'une leçon de coupe d'habillement, faite pour donner l'explication
A Student of Glasgow," and by " J. G. M." will not suit us. We d'une nouvelle fausse équerre, lithographée sur bois, et disposée
must request “ T. B. J." of Glasgow, to allow us ten days to form an pour tracer habits, gilets, et pantalons, etc. Elle est proportionnée opinion on the Manuscript he has sent us. pour plusieurs tailles, et divisée d'après le système métrique."
In one of the many poems we receive weekly, the following strie FLYING.-It is stated, in a letter from Vienna, that a Frenchman
king verses occur:is now in that city, who has really brought to perfection the long-de
“ Oh! the hands of my love are white and soft, sired art of flying in the air. He is said to have reached, in his last
And I have with rapture compressid them oft ; essay, a height of more than nine hundred feet, and to have then
But when to her lips I dared to aspire, proceeded with perfect ease a great distance horizontally. We wish
Their pressure envelop'd my heart with fire. this were true. NEW MUSIC.-" Alieu, fair Isle," a Song, from Mr Sillery's
" But my wayward mood delights for to roam, “ Vallery," has just becn published by Purdie, of Edinburgh. It is While my love's thoughts are all fix'd at home; the composition of Mr Jolly, organist of St Philip's Chapel, and is
And I fear that I could never abide of a sacred cast, the music being, in this respect, well adapted to the
To settle at home, though she was my bride." words. The melody, which is in E dat, is exceedingly pleasing ;
We think this poet must be a very naughty man. and we think our fair readers will find it an agreeable addition to
We have received the volume from Forres, and shall notice it as their stock of pianoforte music.
soon as possible. Theatrical Gossip - Very little indeed is doing at present in the Several interesting articles are in types, but unavoidably post. theatrical world of London. One or two short pieces have been poned.
men, the crowd separate, and avoid him. He is alone in the world.
We think the first volume the best, in point of execuMemoirs of Vidocq, principal agent of the French Police tion. We also think that it, and the part of the second
until 1827, and now proprietor of the paper manufacture which contains Vidocq's adventures up to the period when at St Maude. Written by himself. Translated from he entered into the service of the police, are the most inthe French. In four volumes. Hunt and Clarke ; teresting. The remainder of the Memoirs derive what Whittaker, Treacher, and Co. London, 1828–9. interest they possess chiefly from the adroitness and cou
rage displayed by Vidocq. The earlier part of the narraTHERE are readers who mistake slang for wit, and the tive is of importance, as it throws much light on the conflippant tale of a blackguard for cleverness. The memoirs stitution of the dishonest portion of society. of Vidocq are full both of slang and flippancy; and had Under the present frame of things, there necessarily this been the whole, we should have left them to sink or exists, in every old country where the executive branch swim as the fickle taste of the amateurs of the Newgate of government has obtained the due ascendency, a large Calendar might decree. They contain, however, amid a body of men who live by crime,-a state within the sickening mass of abominations, much food for deep and state, governed by its own laws and customs. We allude serious reflection, and the consciousness of this alone has not simply to men originally of good principles, and placed upheld us in the task of wading through them.
in a respectable rank of society, who are impelled by their Eugene François Vidocq is extremely anxious to pass own passions, or external seduction, to the perpetration for an honest man. He lets slip no opportunity of vin- of crime ; but more particularly to that unfortunate class dicating his title to this character. Nay, he quarrelled which, born of parents who had supported themselves by with a literary gentleman whom he engaged to correct dishonest means, have been regularly educated to commit his manuscripts, and accuses him of having entered into a crimes. To repress and keep this class within the narconspiracy to blast the fair fame of an innocent and calum- rowest possible limits, is the object of all police establishniated man, upon no better grounds, that we can see, than ments. It is a sort of savage class, living within the pale the retrenchment of those wordy pieces of special-plead- of civilized society, unaffected by its advances in knowing, which, without wiping out one stain, encumber and ledge and moral training. Circumstances had impressed retard the narrative in the last volumes of the work. Vi- a very peculiar character upon this part of the French docq was plunged, by early and precocious passions, into the nation, at the period which immediately preceded the practice of libertinism. He commenced his career of Revolution. The increase of luxury had broken the public villainy by robbing his own parents. He continued, slender fortunes of many young men accustomed to selffor a long period of years, to herd, in the prisons and at indulgence, and not strongly disciplined in morals. The large, with the most depraved of his kind. He left this gaming-table, intrigue, and forgery, offered resources to society only to be its destroyer,--to acquire which charac- them. The theatre, the opera, and different branches of ter he had to become a living lie. This is the brief ab- art, were daily raising talented and unscrupulous indivistract of his career, and not one of these facts does he in duals into wealth and notoriety. These two classes cosubstance deny. He only attempts, by using the lan- alesced to flatter and prey upon their wealthy protectors. guage of a convenient morality, to white-wash this se- The lax morality of the times admitted them to a certain pulchral receptacle of bones and rottenness. He allows status in society. This body of genteel rogues were frethat he was criminal—but at first only by the impulse of quently obliged to seek the agents of their schemes among passion, afterwards only by the necessity of circumstances. more vulgar and commonplace persons; and thus a sort He allows that he wound himself into the hearts of his of alliance, offensive and defensive, was maintained bevietims, by false shows of friendship; but then they were tween these respectable fraternities. The government of monsters of villainy, and he was fired by zeal for public the time, directed by favouritism, and much more anxious justice!
to exert its powers to secure its own permanency, than Thus much we will concede in his favour: that he was perform its duty to society, dealt towards them with a brave; that he was by nature far from cruel ; that his leniency that is scarcely credible. Our author thus speaks sense of pleasure was keen and overpowering ; that he of it: would not have done a dishonest action, if he could otherwise attain his ends with ease to himself; and that he MM. de Sartines and Lenoir employed to constitute the
“ I know not what species of individuals they were whom had a sense of shame, and a desire to live on good terms police, but I know very well that under their administrawith society. More we cannot say for him, and more tion thieves were privileged, and there were a great number we will not say against him. If he has sinned, he has of them in Paris. Monsieur the lieutenant-general took likewise suffered. We cannot conceive a more dreadful little care about checking their enterprises ;—that was not his state of existence, than that which he paints in the latter business : he was not sorry to know them, and, from time portion of his Memoirs. He is obliged to wear the mask to time, when he found them to be clever, he amused himself
with them. continually, to be ever awake, lest he forget his assumed
“ In those times of happy memory, M. the lieutenantcharacter. He is exposed to the infuriated assaults of general of police assumed no less vanity from the skill of the wretches whose apprehension is the employment of his thieves, than did the late Abbé Sicard from the intellihis life. If he appear in his real character among honest gence of his dumb pupils; great lords, ambassadors, princes, the king himself, were present at their exercises. Now-a- this kind was the company of the gallant Roman, hauntdays we bet upon the fleetness of a horse, then people betted ing between Aix and Toulon, of which our readers may on the adroitness of a cut-purse ; and if persons wished to find an account at the end of the first volume of the Meamuse themselves in society, they borrowed a thief from the
moirs. The last important branch of this einpire of police, in the same way they now do a gendarme. M. de Sartines had always at his elbow some score of the most misrule, consisted of those banditti who exercised their skilful, whom he kept for the private pleasures of the court; trade without any false pretext, and trusted for concealthey were generally marquises, counts, knights, or at least ment to their practice of disbanding during the day, and people who had all the tine airs of the courtiers, with whom affecting to pursue the ordinary avocations of life
. All it was so much more easy to confound them, as at play a ranks might be found at times in this motley group, similar inclination to cheat established a certain parity be- whom ungovernable passions and consequent ruin had tween them. “ More than once, at the solicitation of a duchess, a re
reduced to despair. The most atrocious were the Chaufnowned robber was released from the cells of the Bicêtre; feurs. We have several times rubbed our eyes, and given and if, when put to the proof, his talents equalled the ut- ourselves a shake, while reading the accounts of their most expectation which the lady had formed of them, it atrocities, impressed with the belief, that, having fallen was seldom that M. the lieutenant-general (whether to asleep with Vidocq in our hands, our fancy was labourkeep up his credit or aid his gallantry) refused freedom to ing under a nightmare visitation, inspired by his remiso valuable a member of society. At a period in which niscences. The more efficient police, however, introdothere were pardons and lettres de cachet in every person's ced by Napoleon, soon succeeded in disbanding these inpocket, the gravity of a magistrate, however severe, was not opposed to the knavery of a scoundrel, if he were at all cri- croyables : thus justifying his almost dying declaration, minal and adroit. Our ancestors were indulgent, and much that his elevation to the throne of France was the first more easily amused than ourselves; they were also much step towards an anti-revolution—to a return from disormore simple and much more candid; this is, no doubt, the ganization to the re-establishment of that energetic power, reason why they thought so much of whatever was neither which, whatever limits it may be thought necessary to simple nor candid. In their eyes, a man who, for his ex- prescribe to it, is indispensable in society. But though ploits, was condemned to the wheel, was the ne plus ultra the union was broken up, the individual miscreants who of all that was admirable; they felicitated, they exalted, they loved him, and related or listened with pleasure to the rela composed it yet remained in fearful number. And let tion of his deeds of prowess. Poor Cartouche ! when he us here do justice to Vidocq; their subsequent diminuwas led to the Grève, (place of execution,) all the ladies of tion was mainly owing to his exertions. Let his motives the court shed tears-it was a perfect desolation !"
have been what they may—and we have already confessOne might think that Vidocq gave his satirical pened that we are suspicious of them—he has been useful in too great a license—that these were the reckless words of his day and generation. one at war with his kind; but he is borne out by the me- Vidocq has taught us two important lessons. The first moirs of the period, by the autobiography of Casanova, is not exactly new, but has frequently been placed by hiin and the documents regarding Cagliostro. The troubles in a new and more striking light. It is, that there exists during the early stages of the Revolution, and the weak in the bosom of civilized society, beneath all the external ness of the government established after the overthrow of appearance of quiet and security, superinduced by the the monarch, threw these reprobates almost entirely loose strict exercise of the law, a large and affianced body, the from the bands of society. For a while they carried on end and aim of whose existence is crime. He has given the war against the honest portion of the community, and us much valuable information respecting the various comagainst the executive government, in some measure on a stituents of this body, the nature of their union, and their footing of equality. At times, the exceeding boldness of modes of action. The second lesson taught us regards a gang, or individual robber, might render it necessary for the best way of dealing with these people. The necessity the local police of a province to exert itself, or the internal of holding a high hand over them, and awing them at government, ashamed of its own inefficacy, might make least into comparative inaction, is admitted on all sides. an unavailing effort ; but, in general, amid the march and But an attempt has been made of late to unite instrucdin of armies, hastening to all the frontiers of France, tion to punishment. We are more than doubtful of and over the ruins of the old institutions which used to the feasibility of this scheme. The criminal receives incontrol them, cheats and robbers of all descriptions walk-struction but for a limited period; he receives it with ed in triumph. A large body of military men, of every ill-will, as connected with and forming a part of his rank, from the general to the private soldier, with com- punishment; he brings no capabilities for receiving it; missions and certificates of their own fabrication, travel- his better feelings, upon which it should work, have been led from town to town, changing from army to army, ac- paralised. Even allowing that his heart should be touchcording as they liked the commandants with whom they ed, the moment he is again let loose on society, the imencountered, subsisting by the gaming-table, and, when possibility of earning an honest livelibood, the suspicion need was, other modes of industry. This was the famous with which the respectable part of the community hold “ Armée de la Lune.” This body, by incorporating it aloof from him, and his return to his old companions, self with the regular army, whence desertion speedily speedily efface all compunctious visitings. Nay, even in freed any one who became suspected, continued in exist the prison he may receive the moral infection. The best ence for a short time after Napoleon had assumed the classification must be regulated by what is known of the Imperial title, and was, even under his energetic govern- prisoners' previous conduct, and by their outward deportment, exterminated with difficulty. Another portion of ment; but these are most fallible indications
. The the brigands united themselves into bands, who, under smoothest knave is frequently the deepest. We repeat
, the pretext of being in arms to forward a political reac- therefore, that we believe it is impossible to unite ad van. tion, exercised a most extensive brigandage. These were tageously instruction and punishment. It is true that the “ Chevaliers du Soleil,” the “ Compagnie du Jesus," these are the two grand instruments by which crime is to &c. The mere accession of the Emperor, by blasting, for be diminished; but they must be applied independently of the time at least, the hopes of the royalists, robbed these each other, and from different quarters. Punishment of their mask. Let us, however, do justice to some of paralises the activity of the evil disposed—it keeps them these bands, who, whatever the habit of living in oppo in comparative
inaction. Education, extended to all classes sition to the regular government might eventually trans- of society, goes indirectly to work, and, by stretching its form them into, were originally what they gave them- influence within the pale of this savage colony, insensibly selves out for,-men who, rather than yield to what they diminishes their numbers. Any attempt to accelerate the esteemed a parricidal usurpation, betook themselves to the operations of nature, by an arbitrary union of these two woods and mountains, with nothing but Heaven and discordant elements, can, at the best, only leave matters their arms to trust to for sustenance and defence. Of as they were.
To these remarks we subjoin, as a specimen of Vidocq's ral toilet was made. But for their prominent features, style, his account of the gipsies—the most picturesque without their raven-black tresses, and that oily and tanned band of miscreants whom he introduces to our notice. skin, I should scarcely have recognised my companions of In his days of vagabondage, he had engaged to travel with land vests, with leathern sashes like those worn by the men
the preceding evening. The men, elad in rich jockey Hola person who gave himself out for an itinerant doctor. of Poissy, and the women covered with ornaments of gold Vidocq, having observed something ambiguous in this and silver, assumed the costume of Zealand peasants : even worthy's conduct, pressed him to explain, which, with the children, whom I had seen covered with rags, were considerable reluctance, he did as follows:
neatly clothed, and had an entirely different appearance. * • My country?' said he, answering my latter question; they might not reach the market-place together, where the
All soon left the house, and took different directions, that • I have none. My mother, who was hanged last year at country-people were assembling in crowds. Christian, seeZemeswar, belonged to a gang of gipsies (Bohemiens) who ing that I was preparing to follow him, told me that he were traversing the frontiers of Hungary and Bannat, should not have need of me the whole day, and that I where I was born in a village on the Carpathian mountains. might go wherever I pleased until evening, when we were I say Bohemiens, that you may understand, for that is not our proper name; we call ourselves Romamichels, in a lans to meet at the house of the Duchess." guage which we are forbidden to teach to any person; we
In the fair, Vidocq met an old acquaintance, who gave are also forbidden to travel alone, and that is the reason him further information respecting his new friends. why we are generally in troops of fifteen or twenty. We “ It was in the prison (Rasphuys) of Ghent, where I have had a long run through France, curing charms and passed six months, soine years since, at the end of a game spells of cattle, but this business is pretty well destroyed at at which some doctors (loaded dice) were discovered, that I present. The countryman has grown too cunning, and we made acquaintance with two men of the troop now at Vahave been driven into Flanders, where they are not so cun- lines.
These people come from the country about ning, and the difference of money gives us a finer opportu- Moldavia. Their name changes with their change nity for the exercise of our industry. As for me, I have of country; they are zigenners in Germany; gipsies in been at Brussels on private business, which I have just set England, zingavi in Italy; gitanas in Spain; and Bohetled, and in three days I rejoin the troop at the fair of Ma- miens in France and Belgium. They thus traverse all Eulines. It is at your pleasure to accompany me: you may rope, exercising the lowest and most degrading trades. be useful to us. But we must have no more nonsense now! They clip dogs, tell fortunes, mend crockery, repair sauce
* Half embarrassed as to where I should shelter my head, pans, play wretched music at the public-house doors, speand half curious to see the termination of this adventure, i culate in rabbit-skins, and change foreign money which agreed to go with Christian, without at all understanding they find out of the usual circulation. how I could be useful to him. The third day we reached “They sell specifics against the illness of cattle, and to Malines, whence he told me we should return to Brussels, promote the business, they dispatch trusty envoys, who, Having traversed the city, we stopped in the Faubourg de under pretences of making purchases, get into the stables, Louvain, before a wretched-looking bouse, with blackened and throw drugs into the mangers, which make the cattle walls, furrowed with wide crevices, and many bundles of sick. They then present themselves, and are received straw as substitutes for window-glasses. It was midnight, with open arms, and knowing the nature of the malady, and I had time to make my observations by the moonlight, they easily remove it, and the farmer hardly knows how for more than half an hour elapsed before the door was to be adequately grateful. This is not all; for before they opened by one of the most hideous old hags I ever saw in quit the farm, they learn whether the husbandman has my life. We were then introduced to a long room, where any crowns of such and such a year, or such and such a thirty persons, of both sexes, were indiscriminately smo- stamp, promising to give a premium for them. The inteking and drinking, mingling in strange and licentious posi, rested countryman, like all persons who but seldom tind tions, Underneath their blue loose frocks, ornamented an opportunity of getting money, spreads his coin bewith red embroidery, the men wore blue velvet waistcoats, fore them, of which they invariably contrive to pilfer a with silver buttons, like the Andalusian muleteers; the portion. What is almost incredible is, that they are seen clothing of the women was all of one bright colour: there to repeat with impunity the same trick frequently at the were some ferocious countenances amongst them, but yet same house. Indeed, what is most villainous of all in their they were all feasting. The monotonous sound of a drum, transactions, is, that they profit by these circumstances, mingled with the howling of two dogs under the table, ac- and their knowledge of the localities of the country, to point companied the strange songs which I mistook for a funeral out to burglars the detached farms in which there is money, psalm. The smoke of tobacco and wood, which filled this and the means of getting at it; and it is needless to add, den, scarcely allowed me to perceive in the midst of the that they come in for their share of the spoil.” rooin a woman, who, adorned with a scarlet turban, was
Vidocq resolved to steer clear of the connexion, and we performing a wild dance with the most wanton postures.
“ On our entrance there was a pause in the festivity; the hear no more of the gipsies till at an advanced period of men came to shake bands with Christian, and the women
his police career. Information is given of a burglary. to embrace him, and then all eyes were turned on me, who Vidocq learns, on making enquiries, that some unknown felt much embarrassed at my present situation. Í had people had not long before cured the mistress of the house, been told a thousand strange stories of the Bohemiens, and given a premium for some old coins. These cirwhich did not increase my comfortable feelings: they might cumstances set him on the look-out for his Brussels take offence at any scruples I should make, and might get friends, whom he succeeded in apprehending and delirid of me before it was even known where I had gone vering into the hands of justice. to, since no one could trace me to such a haunt. disquietude became sufficiently apparent to attract the attention of Christian, who thought to assure me by saying
The History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland, that we were at the house of the Duchess, (a title which is
from the Restoration to the Revolution. By the Rev. equivalent to that of mother amongst such comrades,) and
Robert Wodrow, Minister of the Gospel at Eastwood; that we were in perfect safety. My appetite decided me on taking my part at the banquet. The gin bottle was often
with an original Memoir of the Author, Extracts from emptied and filled, when I felt an inclination to go to bed. his Correspondence, a Preliminary Dissertation, and At the first word that I said, Christian conducted me to a Notes. By the Rev. Robert Burns, D.D., F.A.S.E., Deigbbouring closet, where were already, on clean straw, Minister of St George's, Paisley, Author of Historical several Bohemiens. It did not suit me to be particular; Dissertations on the Poor of Scotland, &c. In 4 vols. but I could not prevent myself from asking my patron why
8vo. Glasgow. Blackie, Fullarton, & Co. 1829. he, who had always before selected such good quarters, had
Vols. I. and II. made choice of so bad a sleeping place? He told me that in all towns where there was a house of Romamichels, they We are glad to see so much accomplished of this vawere constrained to lodge there, under pain of being consi, luable and interesting work, and if it is not already dered as a false brother, and as such punished by a council known to most of our readers, we would the more earof the tribes. Women and children all slept in this military nestly recommend it, as one highly worthy of general bed; and the sleep that soon overtook them proved that it
encouragement. The superior execution of the present was a familiar couch.
" At break of day every body was on foot, and the gene edition, and the moderate price at which it is offered to