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13 ledged so unconditionally that she had with a view of forming a collection. married him eight years before, for the Several observations, followed by exsake of his rank and fortune, in hopes to periments, induced him to believe that be soon rid of her incumbrance, that the this venomous animal was capable of effect on me was a perfect disgust; and being tamed. The means which he emwhen I considered the conduct of a girl ployed to effect this object are unknown, of twenty, thus sacrificing her delicacy but the fact is that he succeeded in a at the altar of ambition, and reflected most surprising degree. He ascribes that I was upwards of forty, and might his success entirely to the power of grow prematurely old, and have my music, and pretends that a tender melody deary's cordial wishes for a safe and is sufficient to tranquillize the greatest speedy voyage across the Styx, I steered irritation on the part of the animal. M. clear of my would-be widow, and put off Neale is now at Richmond (Virginia,)

where he makes a kind of exhibition of “Louise would have made me an ex his curiosities. Ho has two living ratcellent wife, I believe, but she said more tie-soakes. The male is four feet eight about liking an elderly gentleman, than inches long, and has eight ratiles in his was likely to be true; she also boasted tail, which shows that he is pine years of being an excellent nurse, and I had old. The female is smaller, and has no mind to fall sick, nor to try her hand but five. M. Neale has bad them in when all!ng nad decrepid; besides, a his possession thirty months. Their young cousin of her's, who came out of docility is so great, that having talked the Gardes du Corps into my regiment, to them a little, and stroked them with was so solicitous about my marrying, his hand, he takes thein as if they were that I suspected he was not quite disin- rope's-ends, and puts them up his breast terested on the subject; and I left him until they wind round his neck, and kiss to take the lady himself if he chose. I him. Far from injuing their master these was now about fifty years of age, and dreadful reptiles seem to emulate one anomy two last chances were a widow thrice ther in evincing their attachment to him.' married, who was too killing a charmer Besides the education of these snakes, for me; and a declining spioster at her M. Neale reposes his security in another ląst prayers, whose large fortune sosten cause ; for he has a remedy for their ed my heart; but when I found that it bite, of which he makes no secret. The was to be settlod entirely upou her, and first thing, te says, is to wash one's to returu to her family, and that, rot mouth with warni oil, then to suck the content with making me her pis aller wound, afterwards to diirk plentifully (or last shift,) she was avaricious and of a decoction of snake-root, which selfish, Ionce more escaped, and am now operates as an emetic; after which there resolved never to barter my liberty is nothing to fear.

M. Neale opens the against youth, or beauty; well aware mouths of his snakes, and shows their that my grey hairs are not worthy of venomous sangs. They are in the upper either, and that my bald forehead is jaw, two on each side ; and if extracted still a better ornament, than any that are renewed. They are pointed, bent could be put on' my head by officious behind, and lie flat towards the throat friends."

when the animal does not want to make Thus concluded Mon Oncle. The use of them. The venom (as is known) conclusion of the rest of the party was, exudes from a little bladder which is at that jealousy had increased with age, the root of the tooth. These animals and suspicion had assumed the place of change their skin, in summer, once every caution; but I leave this point to two months. Every year, except the the consideration of my lady readers, first, they acquire a new horn rattle, who must be better enabled to settle it whence they derive their name. Conthan myself.

sequently the number of these rattles indicates their age. They seldom shake

them, and only when they are irritated, NATURAL HISTORY, or rather when they want to fix the at

tention of their prey; that is to say, of RATTLE SNAKES.

the most lively animals, such as birds The Richmond Enquirer, an American and squirrels. M. Neale maintains the Journal, states some curious facts re truth of the Charming-power which these specting rattle-snake3. A Frenchman, snakes have been said to possess ; 'havM. Neale, being in North Carolina, en ing observed an instance of it in his Heavoured to procure come rattle-snaken, garden, on the part of his own maken?

the victim, conquered by his fears, falló jockey-coat, surtout, petisse, nor tunie, ing from branch to branch, and rock to bat a mixture of all four ; and the chrorock, until his enemy darted upon him. Rology of it might have puzzled the SoBut he denies that there is any thing ciety of Antiquarians to develope. After offensive in the breath of these animals, a welcome greeting, he conducted his having frequently received their close eloquent countryman to his dwelling. caresses ; on the contrary, he is con room on the first floor, which served him

vinced that it is soft and agreeable ! for kitchen, parlour, study, gallery, and The rattle-snake is not the only descrip- paiuting-room; but it was at that motion of snake which M. Neale has tamed. ment so befogged with smoke, as almost He has tamed every kind; and they are to suffocate its phthisicky owner, and all obedient to his orders.

was quite impervious to the rays of vision. Barry apologised ;

dd ANECDOTE OF BARRY,

the bungling chimney doctors ; hoped

the smoke would clear up, as soon as (THE CELEBRATED IRISH PAINTER.) the fire burned bright; and was quite at

a loss to account for “ such an infernal Sauntering one day alone in St. smother,” until Mr. Burke, with some James's Park, he accidentally met difficulty convinced him he was himself Burke, who accosted him in a most kind the cause : for, in order to remedy the and friendly manner; expressing errors of his chimney, he had removed much pleasure on seeing him, and gently the old stove grate from the fire-place chiding him for not having called to see into the centre of the room, where it him for so many years.

Barry, with was sustained by a large old dripping great freedom and cheerfulness, recog- pan, by way of a platform, to save the nized their old acquaintance and friend- carpet from ignition ; and he had been ship in earlier years; but he said it was occupied for half an hour with the bel. a maxim with him when any of his old lows to cheer up the coals to a blaze. friends soared into regions so far above He was now prevailed on to assist his his sphere,seldom to trouble themwith his guest in removing the grate to its proper visits or obsolete recollections ; he con situation, and the windows being

thrown sidered therefore his old friend Burke, as open, the smoke soon vanished. He now now too great a man for intercourse with proceeded to conduct his guest to see a groundling like himself. Mr. Burke, his pictures in certain apartments on the rather hurt at this unmerited taunt, (for higher story, where many exquisite no man was less proud, more kind, or pieces without frames, stood edgewise assumed so little on the score of rank on the floor, with their fronts to the and talents,) pressed Barry to a friendly walls, to guard them from injury; and visit at his house: but Barry insisted by the aid of a sponge and water, their on precedence in the march of hospitali- coats of dust were removed, and their ty, and invited the statesman to come beauties developed, much to the delight next day, and take with him a friendly of the guest. Having lectured con heef-steak, at his house in little St.

amore upon the history and merits of Martin's Lane; to which Mr. Burke the paintings, his next object was to disa agreed, and kept his appointment. play to his guest the economy of his bedWhen he rapped at the door, however, room; the walls of his apartment, Dame Ursula who' opened it, at first too, were occupied by frameless pictures, denied that her master was at home; veiled in perennial dust, which was likebut on Mr. Burke's expressing some wise sponged off, to develop their beausurprise and announcing his name, Barryties, and display some first-raté gėms of overheard his voice, and ran down the art. In a sort of recess between the stairs in his usual trim of abstracted fire-place and the wall, stood a stump genius, utterly regardless of his personal · bedstead without curtains, and counterappearance : his scanty. grey hair, un

paned by a rug, bearing all the vestiges conscious of the comb, sported in dis of long and arduous service, and tinted ordered ringlets round his head; a greasy only by the accumulated soil of half 'a green-silk shade over his eyes, served as century, which no scourer's hand had ap auxiliary to a pair of horv-mounted ever prophaned. “That, Sir," said the spectacles, to strengthen his vision. His artist: " is my bed; I use no curtains, linen was none of the whitest, and a cause they are unwholesome, and I sort of roquelaire served the purposes breathe more freely, and sleep as soundly of a robe de chambre; but it was of as if I reposed on down, and snored the composite order, for it was neither j under. velvet.

But there,' m

friend,

FABULOUS

BELIEF

BRITONS.

THE PORTFOLIO. continued he, pointing to a broad shelf,

VARIETIES. fixed high above the bed, and fortified on three sides by the walls of the recess,

OF THE ANCIENT " that is my chef-d'ouvre.-Ecod Í have outdone them at last,:”-Out-done

Brutus, according to Geoffrey of Monwhom?" said Mr. Bürke. The rats, mouth, was son of Silvius, grandson to the drats, my dear friend,” replied Ascanins, and great grandson to Æneas. Barry, rubbing his palms in ecstacy Having accidentally killed his father in they beat me out of every other security the chace, he was banished by his in the house could not keep any thing kindred from Italy into Greece, where for them, in cupboard or closet; they he delivered his countryman the Trojan devoured my cold meat, and bread and from the bondage of Pandrasus ; and cheese, and bacon: but there they are having made a treaty with him, and now, you see, all safe and snug, in defi- married his daughter Innogen, left ance of all the rats in the parish.” Mr. Greece with the Trojans, in a fleet of · Burke could not do less than highly 324 sail, in search of a new country ; commend his invention, and congratulate and after wandering about some time, in him on its success. They now descend- the course of which he met with Corineus ed to the first room ; Barry, whose only in Tuscany, with whom he joined forces, clock was his stomach, felt it was his at length arrived in Totnes, in Devondinner hour, but totally forgot his invita- shire. Cornwall by lot fell to Corineus, tion, until Mr. Burke reminded him of it: and Brutus himself reigned over the “Ods-oh! my dear friend," said he, Island, (the name of which he changed I beg your pardon: so I did invite you, from Albion to Britain) 24 years, when and it totally escaped my memory :-but he died, and was buried in a city, built if you will sit down here and blow the by himself, called Troja Mora, afterfire, I'll step out and get a charming wards Trinovantum, on that which is beef-steak in a minute. Mr. Burke now the site of London. This fable of took the bellows to cheer up the fire- the descent of the Britons from the and Barry his departure to cater for the Trojans appears to have been believed banquet. And shortly after, he returned in England, and Scotland, in Edward the with a comely beef-steak, enveloped in First's time, about 1301. cabbage leaves, crammed into pocket; the other was filled with potatoes; under each arm was a bottle of port, procured at Slaughter's coffee Two Frenchmen, on their return from house; and in each hand å Frelich brick. London, compared notes. An antique gridiron was placed on the

Monsieur de la Chicordie, le bif-rote is fire, and Mr. Burke performed the office

charmant a London. -- 'Oui yes,' replies of cook; while Barry, as butler, set the

M. des Epinards, dat is vrai, but je pretable, which he covered with a table fere le rum-teak,' - Le rum-teak, vat is cloth, perfectly geographical ; for the de rum teak ?' 'Voyez vous, it is stains of former soups and gravies had toujours de bif-teak, mais day call it given it the appearance of a Map of the rum-teak parceque day put de rum in World. The knives and forks were

de sauce.' veterans , brigaded from different sets, for no two of them wore the same uni

CURIOUS JEWISH CUSTOM.. form, in, blades, handles, or shapes. Mrs. Holderness in her Journey from Dame Ursula cooked the potatoes in Riga to the Crimea, says, that the Tiperarian perfection, and by five Jews, when' first married, wear a shirt o'clock, the hungry, friends sat down of finer texture than ordinary, 'which, like Eneas and Achates to make a hearty after the wedding-day is carefully put meaf : after having dispatched the by unworn till the time of their death, “ pinguem ferinam,” they whiled away' when they are uniformly buried in it. the time till nine o'clock, over their two So valuable is this shirt in their estimaflaggons veteris Bacchi,??

tion, and so indispensible a part of their “ And joked, and langhed, and talked, of former possessions, that in money transactions, times.”

when they require to borrow, and bave Mr. Burke has often been heard to de no pledge of value to give, they freclare, that this was oue of the most quently deposit this shirt, which is alamusing and delightful days of his

ways a satisfactory security to the lenwhole life.

der, as the Jew could not die happy without redeeming it.

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SELECT POETRY.

THE COUNTRYMAN AND THE LAWYER.

THE PUZZLED PATIENT.

A Country Bumpkin, pence by pence, had got

The golden semblance of his gracious King : Day after day he bless'd his happy lot, And view'd with monstrous eyes the glittering

thing! It chanc'd he wanted Counsellor's advice,

And sore at heart and much perplexed was he: His hard earn'd Guinea going in a trice!

What Counsel gives advice without a fee ? He told his story o'er and o’er again,

And thus attention to his cause bespoke :6 'Tis true that I's be desp'rate poor, but then,

“ I always keeps a Guinea in my poke.” This news affected much the Man of Law;

He laid the case down clear as noon-day sun, And, as is customary, held his paw

To catch the fee as soon as he had done. Hodge thought (and wisely too) a Guinea now,

If given, could not make his case more clear : Puli'd off his bat, presented his best bow, And said "I thanks ye-kindly thanks ye,

Sir!" “ Come, come !" at length, the angry Lawyer

cries “ You understand me--you are pleas'd to joke “ The Guinea!"_“No! I told you,” IIodge re

plies, “I always keeps a Guinea in my poke!”

Dear Cousin, much I wish for your advice, 'Tis on a point extremely nice,

'Bout which my mind is in a cold quandary By your opinion I would fain abide, Betwixt two personages to decide

My dog and my apothecary.
To state the case_Monsicur L’Apothecaire
Thinks proper to declare

That I must drink a pint of bark a day;

Because, he says, 'twill be the way To strengthen and recruit me now I'm wasted.

That may be true; yet still I'm loth to drink; It is the vilest stuff I ever tasted. But that's not all ; for you must know

A noisy house- log that I keep, Datliev'ry night contrive it so

That I can get no sleep :-
And am I nut in piteous plight,
With bark all lay, and bark all night?
Now prithee, cousia, tell ine what to do
Betwixt the two:
“Whyhing the dog,” i think I hear thee say,

Alas, poor Tra!!!
Woulil that be t:eating thee quite fair?

If either must be hung'd Ion
I'd rather leave the dog alone,

Andi hang the other spark

Who deals in bark Monsieur L'Apothecaire.

THE BACHELOR'S SOLILOQUY. Or a New Puzzle* in praise of Women.

NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS.

Happy a man may pass his life

While free'd from matrimonial chains When he is govern'd by a wife

He's sure to suffer for his pains. What tongue is able to declare

The failings which in women dwell The worth that fall's to women's share

Can scarce be call'd-perceptible. In all the female race appear

Hypocrisy, deceit, and pride Truth-darling of a heart sincere

In woman never can reside.

We thank Fidius for his suggestions and shall

at the first opportunity avail ourselves of his

friendly hint. Sosia, H.P.C. and Harriet, have come to hand,

and shall have immediate perusal. We cannot comply with the request of Numa;

it would be in complete opposition to the

plan we have hitherto adopted. Fungus is too long and too dull for our use. Simplex, Cimber and N. S. are inadmissible.

They're always studying to employ

Their time in vanity and prate Their leisure hours in social joy

To spend is what all women hate. Destruction take the men I say

Who make of women their delight Those who contempt to women pay Keep prudence always in their sight.

Anna Maria,

LONDON.-Printed and Published by W.

KEENE, at the Office, New Church-court, Strand, where all communications for the Editor, and orders for the Portfolio, (post paid) are requested to be addressed: also by DUNCOMBE, 19, Little Queen-street, Holborn, SIMPKIN and MARSHALL, Patermoster-ron, and all respectable Booksellers,

When read in praise of women, the first and third lines, then the second and fourth, must be read,

THE PORTFOLIO

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ENTERTAINING AND INSTRUCTIVE VARIETIES

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History, Literature, the Fine Arts, &c.

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THE PUNISHMENT OF MADAME LAPOOKIN BY THE

KNOUT, IN RUSSIA. This species of punishment is of all Cossacs and other troops ; as soon as others the most severe and sanguinary, the culprit arrives at the platform a paper and is seldom inflicted except for crimes is read aloud, which contains a descripof the deepest dye; although it may ap- tion of his crime and the sentence of the pear to the casual observer little more Court before which he has been tried. than our punishment of whipping petty In ordinary cases, the criminals, each offenders, yet its effects are greatly en in their tum, are fastened to an inclined creased, and death frequently ensues in post, having a ring at the top to which consequence of the pains taken by the the head is so tightly fixed by means of judicial authorities in Russia to perfect a rope as to prevent the patient from the executioners in their horrid trade. crying out. The hands are then closely

The Knout is a very heavy thong tied on either side, and at the bottom as thick as a man's wrist, and weighing the feet are secured by means of two from two to three pounds: the lash is of rings, the back is then bared to the waist, leather about the breadth of a broad and the executioner coinmences his duty. tape, and narrowing at the end, and the In the execution which our engravipg handle is about two feet long.

illustrates, it will be perceived that fe. The place usually chosen at St. Pe- males have undergone the punishment of tersburgh is an open muddy plain near the Knout. the river Neva, and the execution is The Abbe Chappe D'Auteroche, realways attended by a military guard of lates an execution of a female in the YOL. IIL

No. 63.

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