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pigeon; then again Circassián dews, and light gossamer net dress," with a sif Bayadere tooth powders, vegetable teeth, slip, is abominable after two balls." and ivory imperceptibles, induce those “ Mercy !" ejaculated my aunt, “ pray whom age, accident, or decrepitude, has what is to become of my silks and satins? deprived of their grinders, or whose My damasks you have long since dis. breath is not that of the violet, to empty posed of for chair seats." (Both nieces their purses in order to be able to smile together.) “Why the rose-colour will in spite of their teeth, and to sigh out cut up for shoes, the black will serve for spicy gales under the nose of admiring a work-bag, the green will make shades beaux. Every grapdam expects now to for the lamp, and all the others will do be a Minor de L'Enclos, as the respect for a bed for Napoleon, the poodle; but able powdered gentlemen of old times pray look to your engagements : a fancy now vapour about in auburn peruques, ball at a Lady's whose name we never cossacks, and whale-boned body clothes. kňew until yesterday,Mrs. Sydenham's Alas! alas! our youth is now too ex- “at home," our county member's dinner perienced, and old age is no longer party, the Counless Fleury's opening of reverend and honourable." Thus spoke her house, a stupid concert at our aunt Deborah, when the French dress banker's, and the opera, play, Vauxmaker appeared with a variety of dresses hall, and private theatricals to attend, for her use. « Oh law," cried the old all that in six days, then we must make lady, “I should be starved with cold in a maguifi'cept return.” “I wish it was a that spider-web concern, with a taffetas return to the coyutry sadlý," said the slip under it, why it is only fit for a girl aunt; *but all this work must be got of thirteen; frocks and slips indeed for through, since you have, dragged me the wrong side of sixty!” « Oh! milady, from the country, because it is necessary dats nulting," replied mademoiselle. that you should enter into life just as I « Nutting indeed; why this is a mere am thinking of leaving it.” « Vous net to catch butterflies in.” “Very plaisantez ma tantė," answered Grace; well, catch what you like.” “Yes, « you are only just seeing the world; catch and catch can," said aunty; but who knows but you may get a sweetheart sýrely my madcap nieces must have sent yet, ha, ba, ba." Auüt Deborah smiled me this in order to laugh at me, hy at the word sweetheart, but it was fol. making me ridiculous : how different lowed by a deep groan at the expence, from my silk or 'satin modest gown, with just as the distant thunder murmurs as a turhan for my hair, and a dust of the sudden refulgence flashes through a powder to give a grave respectable cloud. Now Aunty was persuaded to air." Ha, ha, ha! ha, ha, ha! (the door take a lesson of decarte, and to play opens, and Isabella and Grace come in). guinea points at whist, and was drawn "Mademoiselle, ban jaur, (in indifferent upon for à ballet master to perfect French) don't listen to my aunt--aunty, Misses in quadrilles and waltzes, and to you must be dressed like a Christian.” pay for chalking the floor for a magAunty, “well I think this masquerade nificent return; she was also (not likeaffair (holding up the dress) is a great wise) prevailed upon to invite à hungry deal more like the dress of a Pagan.” Lancer to dine daily en famille, and to (Dress maker) “Well, ma'am, dat it is, tolerate a half-pay captain of infantry to from a fine Grecian inodel.” (Aunt) attend her everywhere, and to laugh « Well, but then what is all this in at her over his left shoulder. Pride front?” “C'est bien garnt,” well gar. occasionally triumphed in her entré nished. “Yes, but I cannot expose my amongst high titles and splendid circles, chest thus." “ Chist, oh! never mind; and partial affection at times repaid her you open your chist for me, and me open for her vigils, and losses at play, from your chist for you; (loud applause) but witnessing the admiration bestowed on here come some French gloves and silk her nieces, and what she deemed their shoes.” Here poor aunt Deborah mur- growing celebrity; but moments of cool mured out ; « The gloves are cheap and reflection would as often engross her soft, but I have already burst three mind, and destroy all her brief enjoypair; and as for the shoes, they pinch ment. Languid and fatigued with what me to death for five minutes, and wear the giddy call pleasure, and fevered after out at the sides in an hour; they will a morning sleep, she would not unfreonly serve for a night.” (Niece Grace.) quently unload ber trunks, her boxes, « Law, aunty, a night! to be sure, all and her carriage seats, to sigh over a people of fashion wear out three hundred huge mountain of articles of wearing and sixty-five pair of shoes, and as many apparel, presenting an account of money pair of gloves, in a year : silk stockings" unprofitably sunk, and of articles now should never be washed but once, and a prohibited, as it were, by the Veto of
fashion; here was a rich silk robe, the a whole summer. One niece accomform of which was quite superan- panied her husband to the rules of the nuated; there a black satin dress, trimmed King's Bench, the other ran away with with bugles, which had figured at an a recruiting officer : aunt Deborah shut election ball, but which was now toober door against every one, turned short in the waist, and equally un. Methodist, and thus ended “the Journey fashionable in other points; another to London."--European Magazine. dress bad faded ; a third (a wbite one)
BLUNDERS OF LEGISLATION. had acquired a cream-coloured hue from
THERE was an article in the Spanish İying by; a fourth was too tight and too
constitution, which enacted that every short, in consequence of aunty's having
man must be humane and charitable. grown a little larger than when it was first This absurdity has been equalled in some made tight enough to sew her up in it; a
minor legislations at home. Some year's fifth (trimmed with sable) had been attacked by moths; a sixth was spoiled
ago, the publishers of the monthly peri
odicals, finding that the last day of the by Grace's throwing eau de Cologne over
month sometimes happened on a Sunday, it; one was country made; and another
had a meeting at the London Coffee was promised by my niece to her lady's
House, when, to remedy the inconvemaid; laces had lost their colour, patterns
nience, it was resolved that the publishing were out of vogue; thus were all her de former ornaments come to nothing ; month. never dreaming that it would as
day should be the last day but one of the this in a few weeks, was all the matron-' freonently fall on a Sunday as any other like respectability of a worthy country
day. Both of these blunders are out-stripgentlewoman brought down to the standard of drawing-room lumber, and
ped by one of the laws of the Mechanics'
la Institution, which declares that the first confounded with a legion of old fan. Tuesdav in every month shall happeu. twinkling faded coquettes, who out-liven
before the first Wednesday. Unluckily admiration, pass by consideration and
for the Solons who drew up this code, esteem, and infest the theatres and gaudy
they cannot foresee ; and in the present apartments of the fashionable world.
month, the first Wednesday falls six days Nor was this the worst; if her coming to he
ring to before the first Tuesday; and proceedings torm was so fraught with trouble and which were to take place on consecutive vexation, her quitting it was still more
days are delayed a week. serious and perplexing. Her coffers were drained from the ruinous expence
TROUBADOUR SONG, of six weeks in town; her niece Grace
THE CAPTIVE KNIGHT. had run away with the Lancer, whose 'Twas a trumpet's pealing sound ! fortune had long since been spent; and And the Knight look'd down from the Paynim's Isabella had lost her character by flirting
And a Christian host, in its pride and power, it away with a married man. Aunt Through the pass beneath him wound. Deborah was blamed for all this, laughed Cease awhile, clarion! clarion wild and shrill, at in town, and pitied in the country. On Cease! let them hear the captive's voice,-bo
still! her return she brought down with her a variety of fashions, which induced her
I knew 'twas a trumpet's note !
And I see my brethren's lances gleam, female neighbours to borrow them of And their pennons waye, by the mountain her ; but instead of the welcome and stream,' admiration which sbe anticipated, her And their plumes to the glad wind float !
Cease awhile, clarion ! clarion wild and shrill. charitable acquaintances and her faithful Cease! let them hear the captive's voice.be waiting woman brought her back all the still! kind expressions of the ladies of the I am here, with my heavy chain! neighbourhood, such as a beautiful gros And I look on a torrent, de Naples indeed, and exquisitely made, And an eagle, rushing to the sky,
And a húst, to its battle plain!' but what a caricature must aunt Deborah Cease awhile, clarion! clarion wild and shrill, be in such a juvenile habit! This frock Cease! let them hear the captive's voice,-bestill! and slip are admirable, but what an old Must 1 pine in my fetters here? fool must our neighbour be to venture With the wild wave's foam, and the free bird's on wearing such a dress! Poor thing,
5. And the tall spears glancing in my sight, her old noddle must be turned ere she a
And the trumpet in mine ear! could have been persuaded to make her. Cease awhile, clarion! clarion wild and shrill, self thus ridiculous. So much for the
Cease! let them hear the captive's voice,-be tittle tattle behind her back, the conver.
still! sation in her presence was little less
They are gone! they have all pass'd by! annoying. «Poor Grace !" was an object
They in whose wars I had borne my part,
They that I lov'd with a brother's beart, of insulting commiseration to half her They have left me here to die!
canaintance. whilst her other niece Sound again, clarion ! clarion, pour thy blast! was the theme of village scandal during
Sound! for the captive's dream of hope is past i
New Monthly Mag.
The Cuts by the celebrated Bewick
No. XV.--THE FRIAR PROVISOR.
No. XVI.-THE CANONESS. And be saved them from the band of him that Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go haled them, and redeemed them from the hand not into the way of evil men. PROV. iy. 14. of the enemy.
PSALM cvi. 10.
THERE appears in this young and As he is just stepping into his con- beautiful recluse, a striking mixture of vent, with bis Christmas-box and wallet, gallantry and devotion. On her knees Death stops hi n at the door; and deaf before a little altar, with her rosary in to his cries, as well as regardless of the her hand, she is amorously listening to fright he throws him into, drags bim with the songs which a young man, seated on all his might by his cloak, and renders a bed, addresses to her, accompanying all the good Friar's attempts to dis- them with his lute. Death comes to pgage himself ineffectual,
put out the tapers burning on the altar, and to change into sadness the pleasures of this conversation.
WHAT IS DELICACY? liberal display of limb, and fearful as to This is really a very puzzling question,
what extremity the performers might be
hurried in, to the delirium of their movefor we every day see things practised 'by the most scrupulous persons, which
chments, her majesty hinted to some of her
suite, the propriety of retiring: 'Madam,' we should a priori consider any thing but delicate, that our ideas on the subject
said one of her attendants, 'however re
pugnant it may be to your delicacy, you are somewhat perplexed and in that in
must stop. Do you not perceive that definable moral chiaro scuro that just
your retiring under the present circumserves to show us darkness visible. Are
stances would be the cruellest libel in the wedding visits altogether delicate?-Wo
world on all the ladies in the house? men of the nicest virtue-such is the
Besides, it would be prudery in your force of custom, see nothing in them
majesty to affect to be shocked at an ento raise the slightest scruple. Is waltzing,
tertainment which English ladies can conis opera dancing, compatible with pro
template with so much complacency, for, priety and female delicacy?-We shall
have we not been told, over and over reply to this debateable question, by the
again,-se non é vero é ben trovato, and following anecdote, merely premising
that Englishwomen are the most virtuous that it has completely set at rest all the
, under the sun?' Whether, after all, the doubts and scruples which we had hitherto entertained. When her late majesty of
anecdote be not somewhat apocryphal, the Sandwich Islands visited the opera,
we do not pretend to say: it is sufficient she was rather shocked at the voluptuous.
for us thut it may serve to throw some
to light on the question that stands at the and significant attitudes of some of the
1 head of this paragraph. dancers and figurantes. Astor, ished at the
The DANCE of ALATU.
The Cuts by the celebrated Bewick.
No. XVII.-THE PREACHER. xit No. XVIII.-THE PHYSICIAN. Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for
Death is leading to him a sick old darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
ISAIAH, v. 20. man, whose urine he is presenting to As he is preaching to his congre- him in a phial, and appears to be saying, gation, Death, who is behind him with a in a jeering maner, Dost thou think that stole about his neck, holds over his head thou art able to save a man whom I the bone of a dead body, and by shewing
have already in my power ?
acid, which left a blackish powder in NEW METAL TASCHIUM. ' small quantity, and also some grains of A DESCRIPTION of a new metal, with silicious sand. The powder was well an accompanying specimen, has been
washed, and then being heated on platina sent to the President of the Royal Society.
foil in the fame of a spirit lamp, did The metal has received the name of
nut burn or volatilize, but became of a Taschium, from the mine of Taschio, in
deep red colour. Muriatic acid being which it was found. The specimen sent
** added to another portion of the washed was said to be silver containing the new
powder, and a gentle heat applied, dismetal, the two metals having been sepa
solved by far the greater part of it, rated by amalgamation, and the mercury
forming a red solution, which being evaafterwards driven off. On dissolving the porated till the excess of acid was driven .button in pure nitric acid, it was stated off, and then tested, gave blue precipi. that the Taschium would remain as a tate with prussiate of potash; black with black powder. The Taschium was de tincture of galls; and reddish brown
scribed as being combustible, with a with ammonia. On evaporating to dry· bluish flame, a peculiar smell, and dissi. ness, it left muriate of iron. Nitropation of the products. Amalgamating
muriatic acid being made to act on the with mercury, and in that way being minute portion of powder yet remaining, separated from its ores. Not soluble in dissolved very nearly the whole of it: . single acid, but soluble in nitro- ducing a solution similar to the former.
leaving a small trace of salica, and promuriatic acid. If previously boiled with potash. then soluble in muriatic acid, Hence the Taschium in this button of the solution being precipitated by water.
silver was nothing else than iron; and Its solution giving, with prussiate of pot. from the presence of silicious sand it ash, a blue precipitate brighter even than may be supposed to have been intro. that with solution of iron, but not preci- duced into the button through the inac. pitating with tincture of galls. The but- curacy of the preparatory manipulations, ton was therefore dissolved in nitric New Monthly Mag.."
the villagers, to whom this task was
assigned, came, and deposited their (From Rhode's Tour.)
money in troughs, through which the
stream ran, and thus purified the purEYAM, a small town in the romantic chase money used in this perilons traffic: part of Derbyshire, has become an object this rivulet obtained the name of Momof considerable interest, from having pesson's brook. been visited, and almost depopulated, by This excellent man, conceiving that the plague in 1666.
assembling his congregation in the Suffering has sanctified its claim to church during the hottest part of the notice, and the curious and inquiring year would aggravate the violence of traveller feels a melancholy pleasure in the disorder, collected bis dock together tracing out the records of the ravages in a deep romantic dell, in the immediate made in this village by that " scourge of vicinity of Eyam, where, on Sundays, nations.” Dr. Mead, in his narrative of and occasionally, he addressed them the great plague in London, particularly from a rocky eminence, now called mentions its introduction into Eyam, by Cucklet Church, The rock so denomithe means of a box of clothes sent to a nated, projects from the side of a steep tailor wbo résided there. The person bill, where it stands like a rugged and who opened the box was the first victim irregularly formed building. It is exand the whole family, with the exception cavated through in different directions, of one, shared the same fate. The dis- the arches being from 12 to 18 feet high. ease spread rapidly, and almost every From the portico of these arches, surhouse was thinned by the contagion. rounded by the rocks and mountains of Wherever symptoms of the plague ap- the peak, the good pastor administered peared, so hopeless was the recovery, the consolations of religion to his moarnthat, in the church-yard, on the neigh- ing people, during a period of sorrow bouriçg hills, and in the fields bordering and suffering almost unparalleled in on the village, graves were dug ready village history. . . for the expiring sufferers, and ihe earth Mr. Mompesson was, at this time, in with uphallowed baste was closed upon the prime of life: he lived to see the them. The population of Eyam, at disorder subside, and to witness the comthis time, was 330, of whom 259 fell by plete success of big endeavours to prevent the plague.
its extension beyond the little village Mr. Mompesson, who at this time held that was bis peculiar care, and which it the living of Eyam, was eminently suc. had afflicted for nearly seven months. cessful in preventing the spread of the He was, however, personally destined to disease to the surrounding country. The participate in the general distress, and to salutary measures he adopted, and the drink deep of that cup of sorrow that enthusiastic affection with which they went round among his parishioners. His were carried into execution, were attended wife, an amiable woman, only 27 years with the happiest results. He was the of age, and the mother of two chilpriest, the physician, and the legislator, dren, was one of the victiws of the of a community of sufferers ; and, even plague. She died in the month of at a time when men usually listen to the August, and her remains lie near the suggestion of personal safety only, he church of Eyam. In a beautiful letter, was regarded with reverence, and obeyed written to Sir G. Saville, when the de. with alacrity. He represented to the stroying Angel had entered his dwelling, inhabitants the consequences of leaving and under the expectation of his own their homes, and communicating to immediate dissolution, he says, “ Had others the pestilent malady with which my dearest wife loved herself, as well as they were visited, and the little proba. she did me, she had fled from this pit of bility there was of escaping the contagion destruction with the sweet babes, and by fight. His character and example, "might have prolonged her days; but combined with his authority, drew a she was resolved to die a martyr to my circle round Eyam that none attempted interests." . to pass, even though to remain within The couduct and character of Mr. was to hazard almost inevitable death. Mompesson procured him many friends, At his suggestion an arrangement was and promoted bis advancement in the made, by which supplies of food, and Church ; and had he been solicitous of every thing necessary to mitigate the ecclesiastical preferment, he might have horrors of the disease, were deposited on attained to yet higher honours. He one side of a little brook, which formed died in 1708, but, as Miss Seward obthe boundary line, over which none were serves, “his memory ought never to permitted to pass; and to this brook, die : it should be immortal as the when the sellers were departed, some of spirit that made it worthy to live." M.