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fruits; cordials and grog for those who preferred them; / spair, and cut my way, hallooing to my companions. I did and tea and coffee for the ladies, and the more moderate not overtake them till we had got through the skirts of of the gentlemen.
the forest, by which time I was nearly exhausted from Breakfast over, the ladies donned their aprons, and re- the violent exertion I had been making. Breathless and tired to the pantry, where dreadful devastation imme- full of horror, I related my awful adventure and hairdiately commenced. Eggs were destroyed by hundreds ; / breadth escape, and judge of my mortification when I was sweetmeats, sugar, fruit, fowl, flesh, fish, turtle, were put told, after a peal of laughter had made the very woods in requisition; while the lords of the creation strolled merry with my misfortune, that none of the snakes in the forth to kill time, till the dinner hour should bring them island were venomous, but perfectly harmless, and were back the fair sex from their dreadful and murderous oc- much cherished by the planters for killing and dispersing cupation. A party of us, accompanied by two boys, car- the rats which infest the cane plantations. rying tishing rods, rifles, shot, powder, &c. made the best Every step we now took, the ground became clearer of our way to the stream or river where, the night before, and clearer, till at last we stood free of all impediments. I made my watery debut. Arrived at the water's edge, The size of the trees and the luxuriance of the foliage was we commenced a most vigorous attack on the mullets absolutely tremendous. I could only see the ramiers for with our rities, but our fire was far from deadly. How- a moment as they flew from tree to tree; and as for a ever, we sent two negroes to cut some branches from the glimpse of the blue vault of heaven, it was impossible. manchineal tree, the milk of which is a thousand times Every shot told like rattling thunder, and it was long ett worse than the strongest blister : indeed, some of the gar- the echo died away. We now came to a halt, and had rerison had fallen asleep under some of the trees in the heat course to a noggin of superb brandy, which the fora of the day, and, before night, they were found dead. knowledge of my companions had provided. We soon set These branches, on being thrown into the river, poison forth again, not exactly like giants, but refreshed, and our the water, and of course kill all the fish, which we now guides loaded with game of all kinds, agouties, ramiers, got in myriads. Surfeited with this, we sent back the partridges, neanakoes, &c. We got back by a shorter and boys with our rods; on their return with cutlasses, clearer route, just as the large dinner-bell was ringing for we buckled them to our waists, and, slinging our rifles at the first time. our backs, we strode on to the woods, to avoid the heat of In about half an hour, behold us seated round a smsthe sun, and to shoot ramiers (wood pigeons.)
king board, loaded, and groaning under the accumulated Our road first led up a steep acclivity, through an im- weight of turtle-soup, callipash and callipee, mutton and mense quantity of very high brushwood, and then along beef in a hundred varieties, hashes, stews, and harrices, the narrow ridge of an immense perpendicular cliff, at the potatoes, yams, cabbages, plantains, turnips, and couchconstant and imminent danger of our necks.. After ascend- couch; while the rear was brought up by as goodly a ing about half a mile, we entered the great forest which display of plum-pudding, tarts, and custards, as I ever occupies the whole centre, and more than one-half of the beheld in merry England or broad Scotland. What struck island. On gaining the summit of the path, one of the me most were four large pine-apples, placed at some dismost magnificent and romantically wild views I ever saw, tance from each other along the table, each of which was lay before me. As far as eye could reach in front, to the upwards of a foot in length, and proportionably broad, right or left, lay, in calm but majestic, nay, awful quiet, while their size was increased by the large luxuriant a seemingly boundless and impenetrable forest, whose tufts and leaves which almost covered them ;-Dor did trees are of enormous magnitude, and untouched by the their size diminish their flavour; they were every way
Above, was a lovely sky, and over all was cast the the most delicious things I ever tasted. burning splendour of a tropic sun; while the incessant A dinner is a dinner all over the globe, and this was screeching of the hawk, the distant moaning of the per- like the rest. I made my escape as fast as possible from drix, or Indian partridge, in the far-stretched forest be- the enormous libations of claret and madeira which neath, and the continued cooing of the ramier all around the guests were pouri on the altars (i. e. throats) of us, enlivened with the notes of the thrush, mocking-bird, their deities—themselves. When I got out, I found all and an infinite variety of the feathered tribe, with the in- the negroes assembled on the green, splendidly dressed, cessant fluttering of those minions of the fairies, the and tripping it on their dark fantastic toes in the moonhumming-birds, as they danced, in all the minute and gor- light. They had formed a large ring, in the inside of geous splendour of their gem-like plumage, from shrub to which, at one end, three boys were seated on a log of shrub, and from flower to flower, seemed to invite, or ra- wood, with their tamboos before them. This is a small ther welcome us to the lovely scene. I could have shrieked cask or barrel, with its head tightly covered over with for joy; but, after gazing for some time in silence, we prepared goat or sheepskin, across which a string is began to descend into the forest below. We soon lost all stretched, having a few beads, pieces of quill, and pins vestige of a track; and as our way now lay through an &c. attached to it, which, when they strike, makes the almost impenetrable barrier of brushwood, vines, thorns, instrument give forth a quivering sound, by no means and leans, * we had to make good use of our cutlasses to unpleasant when artfully managed. After a short preclear the road before us. I hacked away at a noble rate lude, a man enters the ring, and after a variety of gestill I heard a rustling among the leaves before me, and tures and dancing, darts his eyes towards his favourite directing my eyes to the spot, they became riveted on a fair, or rather dark one; and after running three times large snake. His eyes glared at me, but, from the mo- round, approaches her, driving against her as if he inment they met mine, his body remained stationary. I am tended fairly to upset her. This, I was told, was the not naturally a coward ; but this dreadful appearance in an very height of negro civility. They then enter the ring Indian forest brought out a cold sweat over my whole together, and caper away in a most amusing manner. In body. I felt, as somebody says, “ concealed into an icicle." a short time the centre of the ring is occupied by a legion At last he appeared to be preparing for the spring that of these innocent devils, capering as if quicksilver was in was to seal my doom. I made one desperate stroke with their veins. They call this dance, I think, Yaba. my cutlass, and severed his body in twain. The blade I was summoned from this happy group to a tedious crashed through sticks and bushes, and so great was the set of quadrilles in the interior of the mansion. The force of the blow, that my body followed it. Victor and Lancers were put through their exercise to the dulcet vanquished alike bit the dust, or rather the dry sticks sounds of one of the most execrable tiddles that ever mur. which covered it. I rose, sputtering, in terror and de- dered music, accompanied by a tambourine. After seve
ral of these half-strangled attempts, supper was announA sort of tough, ropy weed, or stalk, that runs along the ground, ced. The glass and the song went round. Our native from the body of one tree to another, and frequently covered with large strong thorns,
lands were in our flowing cups freshly remembered; and
the morning was far spent ere that kindly and hospitable board was deserted. Thus ended my Christmas in the West Indies.
KNOWLEDGE. By William Kennedy, Author of “ Fitful Fancies,” g'c.
" In much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth know. ledge, increaseth sorrow.”—Ecclesiastes.
A BITTER text, stern Eastern sage,
More bitter as 'tis true-
Believed and felt by few.
Of thought, that meet the view
Draw lightning from the skies,
Yet not be very wise;
A shrouded demon cries
Despair, thou fool !-to such as thou
Who hail him as their pride;
Life's dross is deified ;-
In sloth, are not supplied
Which but one impulse draws
Of God's eternal laws?
May light upon “a cause,”
It feels and thinks with all-
Counts nothing great or small.
Were but a worthless ball-
Appears as yesterday;
Where gleams the rising ray ;
It doth familiar stray-
For him, to whom is given
To make of earth a heaven!
While onward, onward driven,
The world has changed its outward guise
Since ancient Pagan times, Altered by grand discoveries
In science, arts, and crimes ;-Olympian Jove hath pass'd away, Yet have we deities of clay
In these our Christian climes;
For our improvement done?
To rule beneath the sun ?
But thou art barely one ;
As 'tis in every other,
Each tramples on his brother.
We are compellid to smother, Lest those, for whom we grieve, should mock The silly hearts that were not roci ! Some there have been so mild of mood,
In holy hope so strong, As to anticipate that good
Would triumph over wrong.
In the polluted throng ;
Proclaims a different story ;
Its bravos prate of glory.
Till the last head is hoary ;
The world will end as it began. Box-Hill, Dec. 20.
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES IN
Monday, 21st December. Professor Russell in the chair. Present,— Baron Clerk Rattray; Sir George S. Mackenzie; Sir William Hamilton; Professors Wallace, Alison, and Christison ; Drs Duncan, Maclagan, Knox, Berry; Henry Witham, John Robison, Stevenson, Esquires, &c. &c.
Dr Knox read “ Remarks on the Osteology and Dentition of the Dugong."*
* The Dugong belongs apparently to the class of Cetaceæ. Its head is small and obtuse; the upper lip forms a short, thick, and nearly vertical snout; the lower resembles a round or oblong chin; two fusks project forward from the upper jaw, and are nearly covered by the upper lip: the eyes are small, and situated on the side of the cranium; the aperture of the ears is so small as to be wi h difficulty discernible, and is situated at sorne distance behind the eyes. The body is rounded, and diminishing towards the tail, which is broad, horizontal, and of a crescent form; there are two pectoral fins, without nails; but no vestige of dorsal or ventral fins. The skin is smooth, thick, bluish above, and whitish beneath, with a few scattered hairs. lt is found on the shores of the Eastern ocean, in shallows and inlets from two to three fathoms deep; never on land or in fresh water. It browzes on the marine algae, like a cow in a meadow. The affection of the mother is strongly marked-when her young one is taken, she follows, and becomes an casy prey. The young einit a short, sharp
Dr Knox commenced by expressing a doubt whether took place in the direction of the wind, its first indicathere were a complete skeleton of an adult Dugong in tions were uniformly observed on that side from which Europe. He had indeed heard, that M. Cuvier had de- it was about to blow. Sir G. further noticed, as inconclared he was now in possession of five complete skeletons. sistent with the theory of rarefaction, the fact that curIf so, M. Cuvier must have acquired them subsequent to rents of air seldom extended far in the same direction. the publication of his work, entitled “ Ossemens Fossiles." He mentioned, as a circumstance tending to establish this By complete skeleton, the Doctor meant one prepared by a fact, that he himself, sailing on one occasion from scientific anatomist; extensive experience having clearly Stromness with an easterly wind, was shortly after besatisfied him, that skeletons, prepared in the colonies, or calmed; the wind, when it returned, veered about to difby those who are not anatomists, cannot be depended on. ferent quarters, and was occasionally violent; yet he It was not sufficient, then, to say that a skeleton is com- learned, on returning to Stromness, that the same wiod plete ; the person must be known who dissected and pre- which carried him out of the harbour, had continued tə pared it, before the zoologist or anatomist can place im- blow steadily in the same direction for a week. Of the plicit reliance on its various details. He showed, that same import, he conceived, was an observation he had the engraving of the skeleton of the Dugong in M. Cu- made on an easterly wind of long continuance, wbicha, vier's great work had been made from an imperfect skele- had it (as its direction indicated) swept up the Baltic, ton; inasmuch as the bones of the sternum were awant- and over the German ocean, must necessarily have al ing. The remarks which he had now to submit to the sorbed a great quantity of moisture, but which remained Society, rested upon the examination of a skeleton of the excessively dry during the whole time of its continuance, animal which had come accidentally into the possession It seemed that the motion of the currents of air revolving of the University Museum, and a head of the Dugong, round a vertical axis, was most consistent with such pbe presented a year and a half ago to the Society, by Mr Swin- nomena as had occurred to him at Strom ness. It was ton, which was now upon the table. A short allusion also in accordance with what we might often witness was made to the structure of the heart of the Dugong, different current in the upper regions of the atmosphere preserved in spirits, which stood before him. There from what we experienced in the lower. It accorded was a very deep incision between the ventricles, not so likewise with the phenomena of whirlwinds. Sir G. much, however, as to separate them entirely, indicating was of opinion, that we were not sufficiently acquainted an attempt, as it were, on the part of nature, to divide this with the various indications of the barometer to inter much organ into two—an extraordinary phenomenon, in an ani- from them; and that much light might be thrown on this mal ranking so high in organization as the Dugong. There difficult matter, by a carefully conducted series of observawas a considerable diversity between many of the bones in tions with the electrometer. He also anticipated interesting the cranium belonging to the College Museum and that on results from the employment of a machine for indicating the table ; they were, however, scarcely of such a decided the force of the wind, to the construction of which be character as to indicate a specific difference. But, with had devoted much time and attention. Lastly, considerreference to the tusks, (and on this matter hinged, as it ing the limited range of currents of air, simultaneous cowere, the object of the paper,) there were indeed differ- servations, at different places, would be interesting and inences seemingly specific betwixt the two crania. It would structive. seem that this diversity in the form of the tusks had been The secretary next called the attention of the meeting originally noted by Sir Everard Home, but was considered to a collection of objects of Natural History, presented by him not as indicating specific differences, but merely to the Society by Mr Swinton, of Calcutta, and beautias having a reference to age. Dr Knox farther supported fully prepared by Dr Knox. The Society then adjournhis views by a reference to the dentition of the elephant, till the first Monday in January. the narwhale, and by the well-known physiological laws The meeting of the Wernerian Society, which, accordwhich regulate the growth of the human teeth. The ing to the usual rotation, should have been held on So author hoped that the length of the paper would be rea- turday the 19th, was postponed. dily excused, when the great ignorance, even of good zoologists and anatomists, was taken into account, as to
THE DRAMA. the natural history of the cetaceæ and other animals, which, like the Dugong, approach them in habits and in struc
There has been little novelty at our theatre this week.
“ The House of Aspen" has been performed every night, Sir George S. Mackenzie read " A notice regarding and the afterpieces have not been of the newest descrip some observed anomalies in the phenomena of the atmos
tion. Sir Walter's play has not drawn very crowded phere.” The great aim of the essay was to establish, that houses ; and we must say that it is, upon the wbole, a in attempting to explain atmospheric phenomena, too little heavy. It was probably judicious to arrange it in mach had been attributed to rarefaction of the atmos
three acts; but each act is, in consequence, too long. phere, and that the generation of heat and cold in the There is a want of relief throughout ; and we must again air had been too exclusively attributed to the solar infly-repeat, that we regret the Manager did not take the part
With regard to that theory which accounted for of Rudiger. We are convinced he would have perforined the production of currents of wind on the hypothesis of a it in a manner that would have added another laurel ta rarefaction of the atmosphere in one part, and a rushing his reputation. Sir Walter Scott, having availed himself from the denser parts to supply this demi-vacuum, if it of the present holidays to go to his favourite Abbotsford, were correct, that portion of the denser atmosphere which has not been present at the representation of the piece ; was nearest the rarified air, must first be set in motion, which we regret, for more reasons than one.
With rethen a portion more remote, and thus, any person so situ- gard to Mr Thomson's music, our opinion is the same ated as to discern the approach of a current of air, would that it was last Saturday. There is a great deal of get find it advancing towards him by a retrograde motion. nius in it; but it is too much after Weber. There is no But the contrary was the fact; for whenever any change young man in Great Britain at the present day more
likely to distinguish himself in the musical world than cry, and are said by the natives to weep when taken. The Malays Mr Thomson, but he must, above all things, avoid imitafrequently allude to this animal as an instance of maternal affection ; and the common people preserve what they believe to be the tears of tion. We can allow him mannerism, if he chooses, but the young, under tne impression that they conciliate for the wearer not imitation. We are certainly not at all sorry to per. the affections of those to whom he is attached. The Dugong is ceive that he is an intense admirer of Weber, who bas taken by spearing: it is considered by the Malays a royal fish; and its flesh, which tastes like young juicy beef, is preferred to that of the already been spoken of in the Literary Journal as the cow or buffalo.-Cuvier," Recherches sur les ossemens fossiles des Lord Byron of modern music; but do not let him conQuadrupedes." Vol. IV.—Philosophical Transactions, Vol. CX. pp. fine his admiration too exclusively to Weber, - let his soul 111, 171, 315.
become imbued with the beauties of other great composers evenings in the week; and were it not for him, the house also, and then his own fine thoughts will run a less risk would, I very much fear, realize old John Kemble's pró
of assuming any one particular tone, or of flowing conti- phecy, and become " a splendid desert.” He has, howe nually in the same channel. Were Mr Thomson to ever, merely rung the changes as yet in Richard, Sir Giles B& fix his residence on the Continent for some months, and Overreach, and Othello, though he is promised in a new
place himself under the tuition of Hummel, Cherubini, character, which, for the sake of the Theatre, and his own or some other old and practised master, he could not fail fame, he will, I hope, take time and pains enough to study to reap much benefit from their remarks on his composi.. well and perfectly. The subjects of the grand Christmas tions; and whilst he probably would acquire a freer and Pantomimes, which we, who are in the secret, may whisper
less limited style, he would, at the same time, retain and to be very excellent, are, at Drury-Lane, “ Jack in a Box, DE improve all his own natural taste and talent.
or Harlequin and the Princess of the Hidden Island ;" We have this week seen Miss Jarman again in the and at Covent Garden, the old nursery tale of “ Who part of the Youthful Queen. We do not hesitate to pro- killed Cock Robin?” which must come home to “the businounce her acting, in this piece, equal—probably superior ness and bosoms” of all its juvenile visitors. The ponto any thing the stage can at this moment produce. derous Mademoiselle D'jeck still continues so attractive at Her picture of the young, ardent, beautiful, intellectual, the Adelphi, that it is absolutely requisite to secure places and impassioned princess, is the very embodyment of a ten days before-hand; and the Cobourg has announced poet's dream. Had Miss Jarman made her debut in Lon- another still more surprising Elephant in a new drama
don in this part, under similarly favourable auspices as by Tom Dibdin, with the classical cognomen of “ Siami Miss F. Kemble, when she came out as Juliet, the piece araindianaboo !” My next will, I expect, contain more 7would have run every night for a whole season, and we news; and my letter therefore will be, I hope, better worth * should never have heard the last of it. If the London my writing and your reading. er people rave so much about Miss Kemble, who has ap- I am extremely glad to find that Miss Smithson seem 20 peared as yet only in two characters, we certainly do not at last to have found her proper level. How the Parisians
see why we in Edinburgh should not be allowed to ex- ever came to praise her as they did, was always a myspress ourselves somewhat enthusiastically regarding an tery to me, who so well remember her insipidity at Druryactress like Miss Jarman, who is put to the severe test of Lane ; but that she should have been praised in England,
taking the first female part in almost every piece that is as she has occasionally been since her return, is still more to acted, and who, although many of them are foreign to enigmatical.
her dispositions and her genius, never fails at least to * please, and more frequently to delight. We trust that Mr Murray will endeavour to secure Miss Jarman as a
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES. rin permanent member of his company; and at all events,
we can assure him, that having accustomed us to her act- We have been favoured with a perusal, in sheets, of the forthing during one part of the season, he will not consult his coming third volume of the History of the University of Edinburgh. own best interests if he does not keep her here for the re- It contains much curious and interesting matter, and shall be review. mainder of it. He may have engaged the support of a
ed in the Journal next Saturday. succession of stars, but a single star, without the assist
A copy of The Excitement, or a Book to induce Boys to read, ance which no other of the company but Miss Jarman can attractive and pleasing volume, and will form the subject of an in
which we announced in our last, has been handed to us. It is a very give, will not be satisfactory. We know this opinion to teresting notice in our next. be general.
Old Cerberus. Mr Klauer Klattowski, author of the German Synoptical Gram
mar, has in the press a Manual of German Literature, intended for
self-tuition. The whole selection will be illustrated by copious exMETROPOLITAN THEATRICALS.
planatory notes, and the first portion of the work will be accompanied London, December 21st, 1829. by an interlinear analytical translation. Mr Klauer has also nearly Upon Miss Kemble's first performance of Belvidera, ready for publication a Manual of Icelandic Literature, with an
Abridgement of Dr Rask's Swedish Icelandic Grammar. though the free-list was suspended, yet hundreds were
In the edition of Boswell's Life of Dr Samuel Johnson, which is turned away for whom there was no room ; and even now in preparation by the Right Hon. John Wilson Croker, we unthe orchestra, to the exclusion of all the band, excepting derstand that much new light will be thrown on the manners of the some half dozen violins, was let in extra seats, to accom- time, the state of society, and the characters of persons. Many modate about ninety persons, at one guinea each! Though curious and entertaining circumstances which occurred in the intersuffering from severe indisposition, all doubt was very vals of Boswell's visits to London will also be introduced. speedily at an end respecting her renewed triumph, for
Early in January will be published, Part I. to be completed in
about 12 Parts, of a new and highly embellisherd edition of Walton's never was an audience more delighted, or more unani
and Cotton's complete Angler, with Illustrations by T. Stothard, Her subsequent performances have certainly been R.A., and original Memoirs and Notes by Nicholas Harris Nicholas, improvements on her first; and, on the whole, she may, Esq. In the Appendix, the celebrated Treatyse of Fysshynge with in the present state of the stage, defy all rivalry. The
an Angle, by Juliana Berners, will be printed entire from the Book new scenery is most splendid, and the other leading cha- of St Albans. racters such as they ought to be, to support such a Bel- Mr Robert Montgomery's new poem, entitled Satan, will make ridera. The Theatre, on Miss K.'s nights, still continues its appear:nce next week.
Mr A. G. Stapleton, formerly private secretary to the late Mr crowded; and, to meet the increased and increasing de. mand for places, one row of seats is still taken from the vidual, from his acceptance of the Seals of the Foreign Department
Canning, announces the Political Life of that distinguished indiorchestra every evening.--Miss Foote, much improved in September 1822, to the period of his death in 1827. since she was last here, is much applauded, but does not, The next volume of Dr Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopædia, to be pubas indeed might be expected on the bye-nights, draw great lished on the 1st of January, will be the first volume of the History houses. The immortal “Black-eyed Susan” is yet play- of Maritime and Inland Discovery.
Mr Sotheby, the ingenious translator of Oberon, is about to sen: ing, and to be played until the holidays.
to press a new translation of the Iliad, which, we understand, posDrury-Lane's bad taste, and ill success in novelties, still
sesses merits of no mean order. seem to attend her; since, only on Saturday last, a new The first volume of the Family Classical Library, commencing drama by Douglas Jerrold, somewhat quaintly styled in with the Orations of Demosthenes, translated by Thomas Leland, the bills, “ entirely new and original,” was most decidedly D.D., will be published on the 1st of January.
Number I. of Gray's Illustrations of Indian Zoology, consisting and deservedly condemned, under the title of the “ Witch
of coloured figures of Indian Animals, unknown or not yet publishFinder," although the talents of W. Farren, Harley, ed, will appear on New-Year's Day. Cooper, Sinclair, &c. were all exerted to the utmost to The Rev. Hobart Caunter is preparing for publication a poem, enmake it palatable. Kean continues to draw for three titled " The Island Bride,” with an illustration by Martin.
Among other interesting new works announced by Mr Murray of the point of joining issue, majestically walks between thern, and Albemarle Street, we observe,-Consolations in Travel, or the Last does as much as to say, Put up your swords,' which they readily Days of a Philosopher, by Sir Humphry Davy. A Memoir of the do. The sagacious arbitrator of war must have his banquet afte Life and Public Services of the late Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles.
such a toilsome exhaustion of the animal system and of the meatal The Book of Psalms, newly translated from the Hebrew, and with faculties, and he accordingly rings his bell, for dish after dish, ed Explanatory Notes, by W. French, D.D., Master of Jesus College, bottle after bottle, which, with his napkin under his chin, he ecs. Cambridge, and G. Skinner, M.A. Fellow of Jesus College, Cam
sumes with evident satisfaction. Next he dances what may be wd I bridge. A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Giovanni Finati.
called a pas seul, for one leg most reluctantly follows the aber, , The Life of Julius Cæsar, by the Author of the Life of Alexander leaving it seul for no short period. Finally, when the legitiznate ani the Great Financial Reform, by Sir Henry Parnell. The Kirby
the usurper are crossing blades, the Elephant majestically enten, Letters, a Family Tour from Yorkshire to Penzance. Principles of
takes the crown from the head of the latter, like ' a good and local Geology, by C. Leyell, F.R.S. The Life of Sir Humphry Davy, lifts in the air, bearing him out of danger; and afterwards he ca:
gentleman,' places it on the head of the rightful sovereign, whon ke comprising a great part of his early Correspondence, by Dr Paris, The Mirror of the Graces, or the English Lady's Costume, is an
ries the rightful King and his mistress upon his back in grand pro nounced for early publication, by a Lady of Distinction.
cession, a living sign of the Elephant and Castie.' In fact, the Musical Illustrations of the Waverley Novels, by Eliza Flower, are
Elephant is well introduced, and between the narrow scenes he isaka
of an enormous bulk. In certain lights, his skin seems of a dara announced. Anecdotal Reminiscences of distinguished Literary and Political
mouse-colour, and instead of the unpleasant appearance of the hartu Characters, with Autographs, is announced by Mr Leigh Cliffe.
encrusted testaceous hide, it looks from above as if it had a fire
C The Poetry of the Magyars, with an account of the Language and
coat of down. The house, this week, has been fillert to orerioris, Literature of Hungary, by Dr Bowring, is in the press.
and with really good company."-On the recent occasion of Miles A poem entitled the Reproof of Brutus is announced, which will
den hoft's benest at Liverpool, he received a substantial proof of the contain appeals, on the state of the country, lo Mr Peel, Sir F. Bur- high estimation in which he is held by the patrons of the dramathers dett, Messrs Hume, Horton, and Sadler, the Archbishop of Canter
The house was crowded in every part; so great was the pressures bury, &c.
the pit, that numbers received back their money, and retired. It Among other novelties, a complete edition of the poetical works of receipts amounted to L.275.-There has been a terrible row at Me
PE the Rev. George Cruly is preparing for publication. Mr Croly de
chester between De Begnis and the Manager of the Theatre Ray servedly holds a very high rank among our living poets.
The latter, however, has made good his point, and prevented i Time's TALESCOPE –We are requested by the editor of the first Italians from performing operas in the minor theatre, which
GK sixteen volumes of this work to state, that he is in no way connected
looked upon as an infringement of his patent. They nor gire ceny with the forthcoming volume for 1830.
concerts.-Master Burke, who has called himself ten years of JAMES SHERIDAN KNOWLES. - Mr Knowles is delivering his Lec- for the last fifteen, is playing at Carlisle. - Alexander has opened the tures on Dramatic Literature with great success at Manchester. It Theatre-Royal, Glasgow, with applause, but with a very indifere is stated in one of the Manchester papers, that his observations on coinpany.-We regret to learn that Mr Macready is still in bed various points are calculated to produce as strong an effect on the health, having been threatened with the return of an alarining aan
Rc judgment of his audience, as the beautiful readings and recitations stitutional complaint.--" The Youthful Days of Shakspeare," a peu with which his Lectures are interspersed produce on their feelings.
drama, which has been successful at Covent-Garden, is to be pri LADIES' TEMPERANCE SOCIETY.-The New York Observer in- duced here next week; also the Christmas pantomime. forms us, that the ladies of a town 'in Ohio have formed themselves into a Temperance Society, and adopted the following constitution :
WEEKLY List or PERFORMANCES. - We, the subscribers, having witnessed and heard of many cases
W 月 of misery and ruin, in consequence of the free use of ardent spirits,
Dec. 19-26. and desirous to prevent, if possible, so great evils, have resolved--1. We will wholly abstain from the use of ardent spirits on all occasions,
SAT. The House of Aspen, of the Youthful Queen.
Mon. except when prescribed by a temperate physician. 2. We will dis.
Do. & The Robber's Wife. countenance all addresses in any of the male sex, with a view to ma
1 Ues. Do. of The Noyades.
WED. trimony, if they shall be known to drink ardent spirits, eiiher periodi
Do. The Youthfal Queen. cally, or on any public occasion. 2. We, as mothers, daughters, and
THURS, Do. & The Magpie and the Maid.
FRI. sisters, will use our influence to prevent the connexion of our friends
(Theatre closed.) with a man who shall habitually drink any kind of ardent spirits.” We leave our readers to draw their own inference in regard to these reformadoes (as the Baron of Bradwardine sayeth); but we should
TO OUR READERS. merely like to know what w re the characters of the ladies before the above resolutions were entered into. To say the least, it looks a leetle In our next Number, which will commence the Third Volume at suspicious.
the LITERARY JOURNAL, we shall take an opportunity of informing A KNOWING EDITOR.-In La Belle Assemblée for December, the our Readers of our projects for the future. editor of that fashionable work thus displays his acquaintance with the state of affairs in the literary world :-"We certainly anticipated the extinction this year of some of the mob of the annual pretenders.
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. Whether the Keepsake is amongst the dead and forgotten, we have not been informed; we only know we have not seen it; if gone- We regret that, notwithstanding our double Number, we have peace to its manes! The Landscape Annual, about which so much
been obliged to omit this week several articles by esteemed Corre fuss was made, has not yet appeared ; and, for aught we know, will spondents, which are in types, and will appear speedily. not be published at all (!)" All the world of course knows, with the
Our table is covered with new books, all of which we shall over exception of this editor, that both the works he mentions have been
take in our next, and succeeding numbers, printed, published, and reviewed nearly six weeks ago. Does the edi
We shall be glad to hear again from “ Astolpho" at his convenia
ence.—The Memoir of the late Mr Hackei of Inveramsay may be tor of La Belle Assemblée live at Timbuctoo? Theatrical Gossip.-To show that there is no slight diversity of
forwarded to us at any time that is most agreeable. opinion regarding the merits of Miss F. Kemble, a friend to whom
The Stanzas by “G. B." of Stonehaven, and " W.S. M." of
Thurso, shall have a place.-Of many other poetical favours we cab we expressly applied for a rerdict concerning her, thus writes on the subject :-“ Fanny Kemble I saw (in company with a judicious friend) dical Adrice," and an “ Epitaph,” by J. D.” of Leith, " Epitaka
at present only acknowledge the receipt. Our list includes" He play Juliet. We agreed in thinking it a most audacious humbug. The name of Kemble and the newspaper trumpery led the miserable
on a Lady of Quality at Bath,"_" Song,” by “C. W."-" A PoesCockneys. The
, one and all, I know, and a precious içal Epistle to the Editor, "-"' A Poem, consisting of forty-up knot they are. Take it as an infallible rule, that their ecstasies are
stanzas of ottava rima, written in pencil,”_" The Vision," by " L. the agonies of truth and taste.” We hope this is a little trop ! P.,"-and “Woman,” by “W." fort.-Of the performances of the Adelphi elephant, which we
of the Poems transmitted to us from west-Houses, we shall is a shrewdly suspect is little better than a large humbug, also, the Court
week or two insert, with a few alterations, that esitled " The Witch Journal furnishes the following account :-" The drama which
Dance." The others will be returned. Our opinion upon the longer introduces this enlightened foreigner to an English audience, is poem alluded to is at the author's service. modestly composed, so that there may be no jealousy between the Elephant and the author, the whole merit being left to the ERRATA IN OUR LAST NUMBER.-In Me Tennant's Remarks on quadruped—who presents posies to the ladies of the harem-car ries a letter from a distressed damsel to her lover - incarcerates read plethory; for discurbed the image," read distorteri the image :
the Psalms, for " paraphrases," read periphrasis ; for “ plethargs," a whole body of traitors-and, when two hostile arınics are a: and for a concerned to accompany," read conceired to actuna pe niyo