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(under the name of Dr. Faustus) holds with the Devil, in onr travelling puppet shows!"


an active, faithful and friendly animal, he is entitled to our notice and attention.

“ THESE dogs were originally brought from the country of which they bear the name, where their great strength and docility render them extremely useful to the settlers, who em. ploy them in bringing down wood on sledges, from the interior parts of the country to the sea-coast. They possess great strength, and are able to draw very considerable weights : four of them yoked to a sledge will trail three hundred weight of wood, with apparent ease, for several miles. Their docility is as material to their owner as their strength, for they fre. quently perform these services without a driver, and having been relieved of their load at the proper place, return in the same order to the woods from whence they were dispatcher, where their labours are commonly rewarded with a meal of dried fish.

“ They are web-footed, and can swim ex, tremely fast, and with great ease.

“ Their extraordinary sagacity and attachment to their masters, render them, in parti. cular situations highly valuable.

" During a severe storm, in the winter of 179), a ship, belonging to Newcastle, was lost near Yarmouth, and a Newfoundland dog alone escaped to shore, bringing in his mouth the captain's pockel-book. Ile landed amidst a number of people, several of whom in vain at. tempted to take it from him. The sagacious

animal, as if sensible of the importance of the charge (which, in all probability, was delivered to him by his perishing master), at length leapt fawningly against the breast of a man who had attracted his notice among the crowd, and de. livered the book to him. The dog immediately returned to the place where he had landed, and watched with great attention for all the things that caine from the wrecked vessel, seizing them, and endeavouring to bring them to land."... Bingley.


HAS so many charms that we may well dwell on its merits; they are thus pleasingly deline. ated.

THE historic page, that faithful and true witnesses, has been unfolded, ages and generations elapsed and gone have been made to pass in review, and the lessons of religion and virtue have been forcibly inculcated by a fair and im. partial disclosure of the effects which the observance or neglect of them have produced on the affairs of men. And the pencil of History has enriched the canvas, not only with men in groupes, but selecting distinguished individu. als, delineating them in their just proportions, and enlivening them with the colours of nature, has exhibited a collection of striking portraits for our entertainment and instruction. In con. templating these we seem to expatiate in a vast gallery of family pictures, and take delight in observing and comparing the various features of the extensive kindred as they resemble or differ from one another, and through the physi. ognomy piercing into the heart, we find them,

i though dead, yet speaking and pleasing compa.

nions."... Dr. Henry Hunter.


ARE proper subjects of curiosity, since we are so highly amused and instructed by his writings.

« THE person and mind of Cowper seem to have been formed with equal kindness by nature, and it may be questioned if she ever be. stowed on any man with a fonder prodigality all the requisites to conciliate affection and to inspire respect.

“ From his figure as it first appeared to me in his sixty-second year, I should imagine that he must have been comely in his youth; and little had time injured his countenance, since his features expressed at that period of life all the powers of his mind and all the sensibility of his heart.

“ He was of a middle stature, rather strong than delicate in the form of his limbs ; the co. lour of his hair was a light brown, that of his eyes a blueish grey, and his complexion ruddy. In his dress he was neat, but not finical; in his diet temperate, and not dainty.

" He had an air of pensive reserve in his de. portment, and his extreme shyness produced in his manners an indescribable mixture of awk. wardness and dignity ; but no being could be more truly graceful, when he was in perfect health, and perfectly pleased with his society"


THE ORIGIN OF ALL THINGS Is wonderful, and 'surpasses our limited con. ceptions; we still turn our enquiries towards it, though it is impossible to obtain full satisfaction.

“ The Mind, with all its powers, loses itself in surveying the works and ways of God. I have a dark indistinct recollection of my first emersion into thought. I can remember some of the impressions made, of the sorrows and joys felt when I was a little child. Soon after I began to exist, I began to perceive that I did exist, but for the knowledge of all that preced. ed, I stand indebted to a father's intelligence, 'to a mother's tenderness: they are to me the beginning of days and the oracles of truth; their own pittance of illumination flowed in the same channel. But there must have been a point when thought began --there must have been an intelligence which could communicate the power of comprehension---there must have been a spirit which could breathe into man's nostrils the breath of life..there must have been a Being without a beginning to make a beginning !".-Dr. Henry Hunter,


ARE essentially different in disposition and manners--they are a perfect contrast to each other ; we may judge from the following por: traits.

« TIE Frenchman is as free in a company he never saw before, as if he had seen ile

every day of his life; but an Englishman, on the contrary, will run into a corner, twist his thumbs, and if you can get' yes' and 'no' from him, without stuttering, after he has been there for twelve hours in your company, you may think yourself very well off. I believe that the perpetual gaiety of our neighbours arises from the freedom with which they discourse with one another, and from their running, when they see a croud, and pulling out a snnff box, beginning, without farther ceremony, to chat with every one present about what's passing; by this means they soon forget any little calamity that may afflict them. But if an Englishman labour under any, he will speak to nobody, bat hastening into solitude, mope and drive himself into such a state of melancholy as nothing but hanging can care. The taciturnity of an Englishman admits a contradiction in one sense. He is the most perfect living thermometer and barometer in the universe : if all his friends had lost their sense of feeling and seeing, they would know as well from him, every time they met him, whether the weather was hot or cold, wet or dry, as if they had the live. liest use of both."


Must yield a most delightful prospect of the first City in the world, and of the villages with which it is on every side surrounded.

“I NOW ascended several steps to the great gallery, which runs on the outside of St. Paul's great dome, and here I remained nearly two hours, as I could hardly, in less time, satisfy

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