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whom slıc is to be married is her brother : this dis- pleasant and good-natured a book. Thien he is a covery, which revolts our better feelings, is, how- little too verbose in his thanksgivings over the groen ever, proved to be founded in error--the gentleman fields; and he talks of the lanes, the woods, the deer, is only her cousin. The difficulty in the way of and the waterfalls, with such a redundancy of words, their union being thus removed, they are married that we at last “ sicken in the midst of sweets.” If in due form, and the curtain falls upon the puptial he would succeed, he must curtail his enthusiasm, knot according to established custom. Such is the think a little more slowly, and write in a spirit more main subject of these three volumes ; but the epic provident of paper. sodes with which it is interlarded, the variety of
Little Tales for Little Heads and Little persons who cross and interrupt the progress of the leading events, the quantity of superfluous matter,
Hearts, Wilson. London, 1837. in the shape of abstract disquisitions, that are brought As pretty a little volume as little hearts could in head and shoulders, and the innumerable refe- desire, or little heads extract little lessons from, rences that are made to circumstances which took Every thing in this tiny book is little the stories, place long before the narrative begins, and that have the engravings : the print alone is large, but that is nothing whatever to do with it, are so distracting, intended for little eyes that have not yet learned to that it requires no slight familiarity with works of read with facility. Each tale has its own little this description to extract from the chaos the thread moral, such as the danger of telling untruths, the of the actual story, or rather, to keep one's atten- impropriety of appropriating tempting fruits and tion closely upon it to the conclusion. But critics other nice things that do not belong to us, the nehave an instinct in such matters, and can discern the cessity of cultivating good temper and amiable feelbearing of the fiction afar-off, let the author cloud it ings, &c. These little stories are very well told, in as he may with obstructions. There is not a single language so clear and captivating, that they cannot actor in this strange drama, that acquits himself in fail to make an impression upon their young readers : such a way as to leave a decided impression behind. and the wood-engravings which illustrate them are They are all upon wires, and appear to be perpe- so truthful and so delicate, that the charm of the tually jumping and tumbling, destitute of any voli- juvenile volume cannot be resisted by the class for tion of their own, and obeying the behest of some whose pleasure and instruction it is especially deunseen hand that agitates them into fantastic motions. signed. The author has a certain fluency and power of expression that, properly cultivated, might produce a
My Travels. Westley and Davis. London, better work; but unless he can bring out his design
1837. with greater simplicity and clearness, he never can In this book, the reminiscences of a tour through succeed in the path he has chosen.
France, Italy, Malta, and Turkey, are very agreeBeauties of the Country; or, Descriptions sisters. The subjects are treated in a lively and
ably related, in the form of dialogues between two of Rural Customs, Objects, Scenery, and
amusing spirit ; and a considerable sprinkling of histhe Seasons. By Thomas Miller, author torical information renders the whole useful as well
. of “ A Day in the Woods.” London,
as attractive to the young, to whom the volume is 1837.
expressly addressed. The sketches are light, but MR. MILLER—who will be remembered as a poet not superficial : the habits and manners of the who originally appeared as one of the “uneducated” countries through which the author carries her --writes about the country with so ardent a love of readers, are described with fidelity: and the incirural delights, that one cannot help commiserating a dental summaries of historical circumstances greatly passion which, in his circumstances, we presume he increase the interest which is excited by the perhas but few opportunities of gratifying. He is sonal details into which the narrator enters. We clearly a town worshipper of nature-- his tastes draw would recommend the employment of a map in the him one way, liis avocation another, and between perusal of this work, which is so minute in its deboth he produces a sort of hybrid expression of ad- scriptions as to render immediate reference to the miration, that is partly artificial and partly real. locality not only useful, but, indeed, indispensable. This volume-which possesses more unity of plan We hardly know any better method of impressing than his “ Day in the Woods”-is the best work this rapid glance at history upon the mind, than by he has yet produced. It has a chapter dedicated to thus combining it with geographical research. every month in the year; and what with apostrophes Floral Sketches, Fables, and other Poems. to the beauties of nature, anecdotes of out-of-doorlife, sketches of country customs, festivals, and re
By Agnes Strickland. Wilson. London, verent rites, and hints upon the changes of the
1837. seasons, he contrives to fill it with a quantity of Miss STRICKLAND holds a high reputation amongst agreeable light reading, that will be heartily relished our female writers. Her publications invariably by country people. Unfortunately, Mr. Miller's exhibit some striking attributes, that surround them taste is not very refined; and he sometimes drops with attention. This picture book--for such it is, upon a passage, so poor in purpose and vulgar in ex- its little poems being quite as pictorial as its enpression, that we would willingly blot it out from so gravings is so admirably adapted for children, that had it been published a few weeks earlier, it would might well be set in so many rings or brooches, we have probably superseded some of the juvenile an- have a little likeness, which is also a great likeness, nuals. It consists of short pieces of verse, thrown of poor Malabran-Garcia. The Bijou Almanac is into the shape of tales or floral descriptions, in which one of the curiosities of literature, which D’Israeli the chief persone are birds, flowers, and insects; will have to celebrate in his next edition. and these are so prettily delineated in the musical Nicholles on Second Dentition. Third lines of Miss Strickland, that young people will be
Edition. likely to commit the whole volume to memory, in
It is not our custom to notice a work that has preference to half the fine declamatory compositions been some time before the public; but the general they usually find in their elocutionary compilations. utility of this
work has tempted us to violate “ the This little book will be a most acceptable present to
standing orders of our house.” Original in its ideas, children.
and simple in its expression, such a volume is inThe Bijou Almanac. Schloss.
valuable; not only from its intrinsic merit, but as Forth again-- in its fitting season—comes this affording a wholesonie antidote to that system of Lilliputian pigmy among annuals, with its embossed quackery, which obtains more in this, than in any binding, its jewel-casket case, and its internal of other branch of the medical profession. No lady, white satin. Verses-pretty ones of course_written who values her tecth, or her health, as far as health by L. E. L. are in its pages, printed in less space is connected with the teeth, should be without this than the Lord's Prayer occupied upon the sixpence; very useful manual. and among a dozen miniatures, that for their size
Portrait of Thomas Moore, painted by better than his Melodies and Lalla Rookh ; or
G. F. Mulvany, R.H.A.; engraved by who, being politicians, delight to honour his EpiG. R. Warde.
curean and Captain Rock, may now hang in study,
boudoir, or hall of council a most speaking likeness Those who have been fond of singing, after of their favorite. Portraits are usually more valuByron
able for their likeness than for anything else; but Here's a health to thee, Tom Moore;
the one in question is good in its composition, and or who, being gentlemen, love the Little's Poems has been exquisitely engraved in mezzotint by Mr. of the bard-or who, being ladies, know of nothing Warde.
THE ROUND OF THE THEATRES.
The only novelty worth notice at Drury Lane, is of the word, a dramatist. He describes feelings and the reduction of the prices. The Jewess, The passions, instead of giving to them words and actions; Siege of Corinth, and half a dozen similar mon. and though the two talents are not absolutely instrosities, having been pretty well worn out in the compatible, yet they have been so rarely found in service of the seven-shilling visiters, the manager, union, that one is almost tempted to believe we in a laudable spirit of economy, now offers his thread- shall never again meet the two qualities in the same bare articles at reduced prices to those who are con- person. It is a thousand to one that (sbaldiston, tented with second-hand apparel. By no very great having made one error in the selection of his drama, stretch of fancy, you may see King Bunn at his will commit a second of more importance, and will door, after the fashion of his neighbours in Holywellconclude that the public have no relish for tragedy; street—“Walk in, ladies and gentlemen-very goot in this case, he will back, with keener appetite than clothes I sells them cheap-so help me Cot, they ever, upon the rubbish of his friend Fitzball. We are not a pit the vorse for vear." Oh Drury! must have a national theatre, my Lord ChamberDrury !- why, even Osbaldiston laughs at you. lain, say what you choose ; and we will have it too, Shocked at such proceedings, the Covent Garden or we will make your office too hot to hold you. manager has made an effort in behalf of the legiti. You have the less reason to object to this, as you mate drama-an unlucky one, it is true, but still he favour the Italian squallinis with additional patronhas made the effort. This unfortunate achievement age, in the shape of a second Italian Opera House at was called La Vallière, from the pen of Mr. Bul. the Lyceum. And what have these gaudy foreigners wer, as the newspapers elegantly phrase it; and it done as yet for the benefit of the musical world? has proved to a demonstration, that whatever else Surely, they will not pretend to say, that there is may be the talents of the author, he is, in no sense any extraordinary mcrit in Ricci's Scaramuccia, or in Signor Coppola's Nina Pazza ? If they say any may be the writing, such imperfection forms no thing of the kind, we beg leave to tell them, that excuse for the actor not being thoroughly master of they are the veriest impostors, or the veriest block- the part he has undertaken. heads, that ever trilled note or drew bow across a In decided contrast to this elegant little theatre fiddle. The only redeeming feature in the evening's stands the Adelphi – i. e. the twin brothers—which entertainment, is the appearance of Malle. Guerra we presume is the classic appellation of Messrs. Giannoni, who reminds us, though at some dis- Yates and Gladstones, the joint proprietors of this tance, of the lamented Malibran.
establishment. Most terrible consumers are they Paulo minora canamus—which may be verna
of red lights, and blue lights, and of that perilous cularly rendered, let us talk of the minors. And stuff, gunpowder, to the great discomfiture of the first of the St. James's Theatre, which goes on much eyes and ears of those who visit this theatrical in its usual way, with nothing deserving of serious Tartarus. But notwithstanding all these fiery censure; but, at the same time, with nothing for any eruptions, and a most magnificent system of puffing, one particularly to admire. There is a great want it has been one perpetual low tide with the Adelphi, of vigour in the St. James's cabinet. The system except when the flood set in for a short time on of vaudeville pieces will never answer, unless sup- the appearance of Jim Crow. After having stumported by an excellent company; and the St. bled along through all the first part of the season, James's troop, though not positively bad, is far from and been nearly ruined by the managers' admirabeing excellent. Harsh as it may sound, we cannot tion of Buckstone's bad acting and worse writing, but confess, that the besetting sin of this theatre is, the rulers have at last hit upon a successful piece, its mediocrity in all things—mediocrity of music - called the Election. It is a pièce de circonstance, mediocrity of writing—mediocrity of acting. This
of which Mr. O'Connell is the hero. Go and see remark, of course, does not apply either to Braham it by all means, gentle readers ; but do not cross or to Harley, in their capacity of singer and actor; Waterloo Bridge to the Cobourg, which, under the the one being, as he always has been, unrivalled as management of its Jewish monarch, is sunk deeper a singer, and the other, as a comedian, holding an
in the mud than ever; it should seem as if no one eminent station. But we do find fault, and in no liked to go near a theatre, of which the visible unfriendly spirit, with their mode of management;
head is a bailiff. We remember, and it is à propos if they must needs imitate Madame Vestris in the to this matter, a little conversation between Charles style of their pieces, let them also follow her ex- Kemble and that odd compound of genius and imample in getting together a talented company, whose becility, Robert William Elliston : the unrivalled exertions may make some amends for the poverty comedian could not understand how it was that of the productions. Of all classes of composition, Drury Lane did not prosper under his managethe vaudeville is decidedly the lowest ; it is the
ment. “ The affair is very simple," replied Kemmost easily written, the most easily played, and the ble, drawing himself up, and assuming one of those least interesting. With a certain small portion of dignified looks, which none know better how to the community it has found favour, simply because put on than himself; “it is all plain enough; the it excites no violent emotions of any kind ; they character of a manager gives a tone to his company, like it, because it does not disturb their feelings, and if it be bad, taints the house itself, and keeps and allows them to sit placidly in their boxes, while away the respectable portion of society." How the actor and author tickle them gently, as it were, wicked little eyes of Elliston twinkled at this with straws. Still it requires an artist of talent to rebuke !-it was Falstaff, beating by a single look handle these same straws, or the tickling becomes
all the moralities of Prince Henry. By-the-bye, a very unpleasant operation.
Hal has a few frolics to answer for himself; but Having said this much of one vaudeville Thea- then he is a prince, every inch a prince. Never tre, we have the less occasion to stop long at the did any one walk the stage more noble or more Olympic, where, as already said, these things are dignified than Charles Kemble. managed much better. Liston, Matthews, Vestris, From the Cobourg is but a short trip to the Surand Orger, form a phalanx of the first class ; while which is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the in the second we have Oxberry, Wyman, and most amusing of all the minor theatres. Strange Honey, who are daily improving in public estima- to say, there is on this stage a comedian little tion, As regards pieces, the Olympic queen has known to fame, but in every respect equal, if not been somewhat unfortunate this season, though superior, to Faucit- gaudet nomine Sybillæ–he why, we cannot even guess, for they are neither rejoiceth in the name of Smith, being about the better nor worse than those produced in previous hundredth so called, in the theatrical service. years, and most assuredly they were all admirably There was a report that the manager of this estasupported. And this reminds us to give a word blishment was about to place himself on the throne in passing to young Oxberry; he has talents of no of King Bunn; but this hardly accords with the mean order, and is becoming a great favourite with well known sagacity of Davidge, one of the the public; but if he wishes to rise yet higher in shrewdest men that ever wielded a theatrical trunthe profession, or even to maintain his present cheon. Drury Lane) is a regular vortex, into place, he must take the trouble of making himself which, whoever plunges, has hitherto been swalperfect with the text of his authors. However bad
Still if any one could give the lie to:
our fears, it would be Davidge, if we may trust to in a comfortable glass of hot grog, much to the his reputation in the theatrical world.
envy of the few unhappy, half-starved stragglers in The Queen's Theatre is still kept open, though the pit. Such an orderly set of people too, as for what reason it is difficult to divine, seeing that they are! the poor souls sit sneezing and coughing, the lowest of low prices will not tempt any body to with blue lips and pinched noses, stupified by the visit it. Oh, for the palmy days of Zarah, and the performances, and yet unable to sleep from the elegant and accomplished Mrs. Nisbett! when cold of an empty house, and the abominable stench there was
a good company, good prices, and of the sewers. But we have comfort in store for crowded houses. In those days, it was really a the people of the neighbourhood. Ward, of Drury pleasure to visit this little theatre, whereas now, Lane, is building a decent theatre in the Queen's all is weary, flat, stale, and unprofitable. The Bazaar, which will be ready for their reception in most illustrious and constant visitor of the private April. And with these glad tidings, we conclude boxes is the landlord himself, a builder, or some our theatrical notices for the month, such thing, who is occasionally seen there indulging
SOCIETY OF BRITISH MUSICIANS.
The two first concerts of this society took place could not fail of being musical festivals, at which respectively on the 11th and 25th of January, in the guests might make sure of enjoyment. SymHanover Square. The establishment and success phony, Glee, Cavatina, Trio, Quartet, Air, Recitaof the society is one of the numerous proofs of the tive, Scena, Song, Solo, Ballad, and Overture, progress of musical taste and intelligence in this succeed each other in all the attractions and fascicountry. The programmes display an array of nations of entrancing variety. Our space forbids names of persons at least highly talented, if not of us to particularize as we could wish the respective first rate eminence. The compositions have been shades of talent which presented itself, where all selected with excellent taste, and to support them had some; but we must not refrain from making we have had Miss Birch, who has made a most favourable allusion to the two Overtures of Bensuccessful début ~ Wilson Mrs. Geesin (a fair netti and Griesbach, in the second concert, nor to chanteuse of high merit), Leffler, Leoni Lee, Holmes's execution in playing his own Concerto. Bradbury, Miss Howard, Westrop, Wills, a grove
Miss Dickens (is she not a sister of Boz?) sang and a grave in the shape of Blagrove and Mus- prettily from the Village Coquettes, and Miss Birch grave, George Wood, Hatton, Moxley, and others with the beautiful chastity which is the chief ornaof vocal and instrumental celebrity, and all under ment of her style. The compositions chiefly the direction of Mr. Rooke, who if he be the Mr. selected have been from Hullah, Holmes, MacKooke of Newman street, long afore known to us, farren, Bennett, Pyne, Blockley, Calkin, Reed, is without doubt a person of first rate musical Allen, Barnett, Nielson, Cipriani, Potter, Litolff, ability, not only in performance, but in composition, &c. We will add to this notice that they have received and that too of the highest order. We have general justice, and that the lovers of excellent heard portions of an opera of his at
music, excellently performed, whether vocally or thinking and delightful, embracing every order and upon instruments, can go no where with greater form of harmony, from its grandest and most lofty certainty of what they love to call a treat, than to to its softest and most fairy-like romance. Under the Concerts of the Society of British Musicians. all favourable auspices and the most admirable The next Concert takes place on the 7th of management, the two concerts that have transpired February.
BOOKS IN THE PRESS.
Some Account of the Private Life, Manners and “Letters from the South,” by T. Campbell, Esq., Customs, Religion, Government, Arts, Laws, and author of “ Pleasures of Hope.”
Early History of the Ancient Egyptians ; derived “Human Nature,” by the author of “ Tremaine" from the study of the hieroglyphics, sculpture, and “ De Vere."
paintings, and other works of art, still existing, “ Johnsoniana; or, a Supplement to Boswell's compared with the accounts of ancient authors. By Johnson :" being Anecdotes and Sayings of Dr. J. G. Wilkinson, author of “ Egypt and Thebes." Johnson.
“ History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman “ Parish Sermons," on the Lessons, the Gospel, Empire," by Edward Gibbon, with Notes by the or the Epistle, for every Sunday in the Year, and Rev. H. H. Milman, Prebendary of St. Peter's, and for the Principal Festivals. Preached in the Pa- Vicar of St. Margaret's, Westminster. 12 vols. rish church of Hodnet, Salop. By the late Reginald 8vo. To be published in monthly volumes. Heber, M. A., Rector of Hodnet, and afterwards Poems, Original and Translated, by Charles Lord Bishop of Calcutta.
Percy Wyatt, B.A.
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS.
January 31, 1837. BIRTHS.
T. Hooper, Esq. of Torrington Park, Hunts, to On the 3rd inst, in York Terrace, Regent's Park, Catherine Price, of the Priory, Monmouthshire. On the Lady of the Baron de Torre de Moncorvo, late the 5th inst. at Rooss, Yorkshire, the Rev. C. Portuguese minister at this court, of a son. On Hotham, to Lucy Elizabeth, widow of the Hon. and the 1st inst. at Harborne, the Lady of D. Wakefield, Rev. H. Duncombe, and daughter of the Rev. C. jun. Esq. of a daughter. On the 7th inst. at the Sykes. On the 7th inst. at Liverpool, J. Ewart, Vicarage, West Tarring, Sussex, the Lady of the Esq. of Fortes Green, Finchley, to Auna, daughter Rev. J. W. Warter, of a daughter. On the 8th
of Captain J. Pech, late of the 9th Foot. On the inst. at Cheltenham, the Lady of Captain Forbisher 31st ult. at the British Ambassador's, Florence, T. of a daughter. On the 17th inst. the Lady of C.
T. Fawcett, Esq. of London, to Mary, daughter of T. Warde, Esq. of Westoon House, in the Isle of R. Edmonds, Esq. of Hatcham, Kent. On the Wight, of a son, still-born. On the 14th inst. at 18th inst. at St. George's, Hanover Square, Lieut.Castle Hill, High Wycomb, Mrs. Rumsey of a
Col. E. H. Bridgman, son of the late Hon. and daughter. On the 15th inst. Mrs. J. Ormerod, of Rev. George and the Lady Lucy Bridgeman, to Halliwell Lodge, near Bolton, Lancashire, of a son.
Harriet Elizabeth Frances, niece to the late Lady On the 14th inst. at Hatfield, the wife of the Rev.
Hertford and Lady W. Gordon. B. Peile of a daughter. On the 17th inst. in Port
DEATHS. land Place, the Lady of B. B. Williams, Esq. of a
At Murrell Green, on Wednesday, the Ilth of son, still-born. On the 17th inst. in Cumberland January, Major-General the Hon. F. C. CavenTerrace, Regent's Park, Mrs. W. S. Browning of dish, K.C.B., Colonel of the Royal Dragoons, twins, one still-born. On the 17th inst. the Lady second son of the Earl of Besborough. On the of H. Hendricks, Esq. of Oxford Terrace, Hyde 14th instant, of apoplexy, the Rt. Hon. Lord Park, of a son. On the 16th inst. at the Vicarage, Audley, aged 56. At Bromley Hill, on the 18th Tottenham, the Lady of the Rev. E. Vaux of a
instant, the Right Hon. Lady Farnborough. On daughter. On the 21st inst, at Coptford Hall, in
the 20th ult., at Edinburgh, the Lady of Sir John the county of Essex, the Lady of Henry Arundell, Nasmyth, Bart., of Posso, Peebleshire ; and at the Esq. of a son. At Paris, on the 14th inst. the
same time and place, her second son Stewart Lady of Major-General Sir Neil Douglass of a
Nasmyth. On the 28th ult. at Heydon Hall, Nordaughter. On the 24th inst. at Leyton, Essex, the folk, aged 29, Emily, wife of W. L. Bulwer, Esq. Lady of the Rev. C. J. Laprimaudaye of a son.
On the 29th ult. at Morecut House, Birmingham, MARRIAGES.
J. Johnstone, Esq. M. D, aged 68. On the 29th At Oakley Park, Suffolk, on Tuesday, the 5th of ult. at the Adelphi Terrace, the widow of Sir January, by the Hon, and Rev. William Henniker, Joseph Banks. On the 30th ult. the Rev. H. the Right Hon. Lord Henniker, of Major House, to Crosby, aged 68. On the 1st inst. in Chelsea Anne, daughter of Major-General Sir Edward Ker- Hospital, Field-Marshal the Right Hon. Sir S. rison, M. P. At Oddington, on the 4th inst. by Hulse, G.C.H. governor and commandant of that the Rev. William Sweet, Escott Charles Agustus establishment, and Colonel of the 62nd regiment of Amey, Esq., 51st King's Own Light Infantry, to Infantry, aged 91. On the 1st inst. at Spaw, Cecil, second daughter of the Hon. and Very Rev. Berks, the Rev. G. Wylde, aged 76. On the 4th the Dean of Gloucester. On the 10th inst. at inst. J. de Grenier Fonblanque, Esq. Bencher, of Marylebone Church, by the Hon. and Rev. Frede- the Middle Temple, and formerly M. P. for Camelrick Butie Percival, eldest son of Percival Walsh, ford, aged 77. On the 21st ult. at -Aberystwith, Esq. of Oxford, to Emily, youngest daughter of Viscountess Bolingbroke, wife of Henry Viscount Edmund Tufton Phelp, Esq. of Coxten, Leicester- Bolingbroke, and daughter of the late Sir Henry St. shire. On the 29th ult. at Bodminton, C. W. John Mildmay, Bart. On the 29th ult. at RichCodrington, Esq. M. P., to the Lady Georgiana mond, C. Ramsden, Esq. M. P. On the 6th inst. Somerset, daughter of his Grace the Duke of Beau
at Segnicol, Gloucestershire, Sir C. Cockerell, Bart. fort. On the 29th ult. at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, M. P. for Evesham. On the 1st inst. at Kensingthe Rev. F. Wickham, M. A., Fellow of New Col- ton, Capt. W. Maxfield, of the Indian Navy. On lege, Oxford, to Louisa, daughter of the Rev. E. the 3rd inst. at Leamington, Mrs. Lefanu, sister of Chaplin, of Camden Town. On the 3rd inst. at
the late Right Hon. R. B. Sheridan. On the 10th, at Grustling Church, near Hastings, by the Rev. R. Thornham, Suffolk, the Right Hon. Mary Dowager W. Close, the Rev. N. J. Richmond, to Eliza, Lady Henniker, relict of the late John Minet Lord daughter of Major Close, Royal Artillery. On the Lord Henniker, aged 61. On the llth, at the 30th ult, at Llanidloes, North Wales, by the Rev. Vicarage, Dunchurch, Warwickshire, Frances CaJohn Meredith, M. A., William Hunt, Esq. of the therine Sandford, relict of the late Right Rev. island of St. Vincent, to Mary Lloyd Price, third Bishop Sandford, of Edinburgh. On the 16th, daughter of T. Price, Esq. of the Green, and J. P. at Lant House, Dorset, the Right Hon. Viscount for the county of Montgomery. On the 3rd inst. Weymouth. On the 24th, in Harley-street, at Chichester, the Rev. W. Potter, of Witnesham, Janet, the wife of James Lewis, Esq., of Clifton, Suffolk, to Harriet, daughter of W. C. Newland, near Bristol. On the 23rd, at Brighton, Elizabeth, Esq. of Chichester. On the 5th inst, at Caerleon, the wife of the Right Hon. Sir John Bayley, Bart.,