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and pour them into a pot with two gallons and a half of ladies' and gentlemen's wishes, fearing, as it seemed, to trust water.'—Why, dấnit, Quin,' they simultaneously ex his body within their reach. He had then to assure them claimed, ' you don't mean to say that the soup we've been that the breaking of the string was purely accidental, and drinking was made of old boots ?'— I do, gentlemen,' he that Messrs Thadeus O’Hoone and Patrick Byrne were replied, by G-d! my cook will assure you she chopped willing to come forward and make an apology. Their enthem up.' They required no such attestation; his cool, in- thusiasm had now passed away, and the ladies and gentleflexible expression was sufficient : in an instant, horror and men were open to reason and benevolence. The musicians despair were depicted on each countenance, in the full convic- appeared, were received into favour, the curtain went up, tion they were individually poisoned. Quin, observing this, and all was forgotten." begged them not to be alarmed, since he could contemplate no dangerous results from their dinner; but if they thought

We have room for only one other quotation. It is one it would sit uneasy on their stomachs, there was an apo we should be unwilling to omit, because it contains an thecary's shop in the next street. The hint was taken : anecdote of Joha Kemble with which we were before unan idea of personal safety subdued the rising throbs of in- acquainted, but which is of itself enough to stamp his dignation." Seizing their hats, away flew the whole bevy character as a man of courage, independence, and integrity: down the stairs, along the street to the place advised, where ipecacuanha and other provocatives were speedily procured, and the Siamese soup' (and all its concomitants) were

“ In addition to the assizes, a review was to take place, speedily disgorged."

this being a time of some political excitement both in Eny

land and Ireland. The latter was another cause which Such of our readers as have never visited an Irish contributed to the filling of the town and theatre, John theatre, are in worse than heathen darkness as to the real | Kemble was a member of the Dublin Volunteer Corps,' power and attributes of the gods. The manner in which which passed inspection on this occasion, and on the partithey there rule the roast from their own Olympian heights, cular day was exempted from his dramatic, to attend to his and the liberties they scruple not to take with the mere military, duties. In the evening, he dined with the corps, mortals below them, whether in the pit and boxes, or on

and when the glass had filled pretty frequently, a genthe stage, would astonish a novice in a degree beyond his cativeness of disposition which so eminently marks the vo

tleman next him, being mellowed to that open communiutmost calculation. Some small notion of their ways taries of Bacchus, vudged John, with a chuckle, and whismay be gathered from a scene which Mr Bernard wit- ) pered in his ear that there was a rare joke going on at the Dessed at the Mallow theatre, and which he describes with theatre. Kemble was eager to know it. Why, mum!' i good deal of humour, in the following terms :

said his coinpanion ; ' you know, Lord Clanwilliam' (who

commanded a troop of horse in the neighbourhood ;) . he has THE HUMOURS OF AN IRISH THEATRE.

laid a plan to carry off Miss Phillips after the performance; “ Our amusement commenced the instant we entered the the officers are to assist him, and I was to have been of the house, in listening to a conversation that was going on be party, only that I am much happier here.' tween the gallery and the orchestra, the latter composed of “Kemble was completely sobered at this information, a performer on the violin and one on the big drum : Mr Pa- for at that time there was a growing attachment between trick Moriarty,'shouted the combiner of horse-hair and cat him and the fair songstress; he had, therefore, observed gut, .bow are you, iny jewel?'— Asy and impudent, Teddy Lord Clanwilliam's attentions to the former, but never susO'Hoone; how are you? How's your son ?- Mischie- pected they were serious, or capable of resulting in such unyous and tender, like all of her sex. What tune would it manly, as well as illegal, measures. But he kept his seat plase you to have, Mr Patrick Moriarty ? Mr Patrick with that coolness which, always denoting courage, never was indifferent, and referred the matter to a committee of deserted him; pretended to laugh at the affair, and plied females. In the meantime, Teddy began to tune up, at his companion so briskly with the bottle, that the head of which another of his divine' companions above assailed the latter soon sank on the table. He then made his rehim.- Arra! Teddy O'Hoone! Teddy, you devil !'- treat, unobserved and unimpeded, and reached the theatre • What do you say, Larry Kennedy?'- Tip us a tune on before the farce had concluded. Within ten yards of the your tiddle-de-dee, and don't stand there making the crat- stage-door, he saw an evidence of what he had heard, a cher squake like a hog in a holly-bush. Paddy Byrne,' couch-and-four in waiting for his Lordship, and behind the Ato the drummer.) . What do you say, M. Kennedy ? scenes, its full confirmation-an officer was lolling at each * An't you a jewel, now, to be setting there at your ase, wing, and the noble personage himself sauntering backwards when here's a whole cockloft full of jontlemen come to hear and forwards. you thump your big bit of cowhide

on the top of a butter “ Miss Phillips's dressing room was on a level with the

stage, (being a disused property-room,) and by its door John " A popular air was at length decided on in the gallery, took his stand, with the utmost decision, but indifference. and a general dance ensued, as a sort of active preliminary Lord Clanwilliam and his companions were far from susto the amusements to come; but which proved highly un pecting his design, but fearing he might be a hinderance to pleasant to us, who did not participate, inasmuch as the theirs, endeavoured to draw him away, by inviting him to cockloft being rather wide in its seams, our hats and coats supper. John, however, steadfastly refused their temptawere presently covered with as thick a layer of dust as might tions, and, when the curtain tell, stept up to Miss Phillips, have been accumulated in a hundred miles' ride on the and said, in the hearing of all present, I have been told, dicky of a coach. The exhilaration of the gods, moving what I don't wish to believe, but have come here to ascerthrough their peculiar measure on Olympus' top,' and ut. tain, that a most unmanly and disgraceful plot has been laid tering their wild shrieks and cries, would have been rather to carry you off, after the performance, this evening.' amusing, had we not feared every moment that the loft (Actors, officers, and scene-shifters, stared in confusionwould come through. The unfortunate fiddler, however, Miss Phillips clasped her hands. ) - Don't be alarmed," he who was ministering with great diligence to their diversion, continued ; * I have come here to protect you; and if you at length broke a string and suspended it; but they were do get into the coach which is waiting at the door, it shall now in a state of too bigh excitement to permit accidents, only be by your own consent, or when I have lost the power or enquire into causes; and the inusician's sudden defalca- to wield the weapon at my side.' tion from duty could only be looked at in the light of a per “ With these words, be conducted her to her room, and, sonal affront. The gentlemen above stairs had not brought unsheathing his sword, planted himselt before it, in a tragic pistols, but they had got potatoes; and my reader can ima- attitude certainly, because it happened to be a very serious gine how they revenged themselves. A hurricane of epi-one. The regimentals he wore guaranteed his resolution, thets-too delicate to be repeated-broke from their lips, and the full proportion of his frame amply evidenced his and then each saltator grasped his potato, and, like a skil- power to carry any threat into effect. John was not actful body of engineers, directed a discharge at the pericra- ing now ! niams of the band.' This active expression of their feelings “ Miss Phillips, on entering her room, burst into a flood was managed with such true aim and vigour, that the of of tears; and the company gathering round, their presence, fender and his companion made a speedy retreat behind the together with the lowks of Kemble, led the officers to conFreen curtain.

The potatoes being boiled, however, instead clude that the stratagern was pretty effectually frustrated : of indicting any injury, conferred a benefit; the fiddler was they accordingly sneaked out, one by one, leaving their noenabled to pockel the affront. A terrible uproar now en ble commander leaning in a kind of' stupor against a wing. sued, and the manager was called for, who, after some Miss Pbillips at length quitted her room, and put her arm delay, put his head but at the first sing, to enquire the under Kemble's, who, buwing to ber adınirer, conducted

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her out of the theatre, and passed the group of officers cole receive donations and bequests, and to exercise other lected near the door; neither obstruction nor insult was

functions usually appertaining to similar corporations. offered him, and he left his fair companion at her residence The notices of European Literature are contained in in safety.

" The next day this circumstance got wind, and neither essays upon the Report of the Meeting of German NatuLord Clanwilliam nor his troop would show their faces in ralists at Heidelberg in 1829; Villemain's Miscellanies; the city. They laughed it off, however, in the usual way, Moore's Life of Byron ; Stewart's Moral Philosopby; when schemes are frustrated, by saying it was a joke. But and Griesbach's New Testament. The first of these papers the public believed otherwise, and demonstrated their sym- gives an account of an association, with the name and obpathy at Miss Phillips's benefit; they also recompensed ject of which we have already made our readers acquaintKemble for the loss of his Lordship's patronage : certainly ed. The reviewer notices the deputation from the French never did a private circumstance so suddenly exalt a man in

savans connected with the Bulletin Universel, and expopular esteem. Kemble's gallantry and courage were the general theme of conversation.”

presses a wish that some American naturalists might

take measures for establishing a similar scientific interThe two volumes of this work hitherto published bring course between Europe and America. We may remark, down Mr Bernard's retrospections only to the year 1797, whilst upon this subject, that we hoped to have been able when he embarked for America, to take under his ma ere this to announce to our readers the formation of a nagement the principal theatres of the New World. He society of Scottish naturalists, and the departure of some went on the stage originally in 1774, and did not leave of its members as delegates to the Gerinan Association, it till 1820, so that we are as yet presented with only the which meets this year in Hamburg. We trust the scheme half of his narrative. Whether the remaining portion has only been deferred, not abandoned. - To return to will appear or not, seems to depend on the success of that the North American Reriew,—the critique of Villemain's now published. We confess we should be sorry to lose Miscellanies consists of a series of elegant disquisitions, as the continuation of a work which we have perused with multifarious as the topics treated of in the book itself. pleasure, the more especially as the latter half is likely to The review of the Life of Byron takes a view of the contain many things fully as interesting as the first. noble poet's character diametrically opposed to our own,

but ably brought out, and stated in a manly and candid

tone. The article on Griesbach's New Testament conThe North American Review. No. LVIII. July, 1830. tains a judicious appreciation of the critical merits of that

celebrated edition. Boston : Gray & Bower. Edinburgh: Adam Black.

That upon Dugald Stewart's Philo

sophy, although perhaps a little lengthy, contains much This is the best and most amusing number of the good and ingenious remark. The following passage seems North American Review that we have received for some to us at once just and well expressed : time back. There is a great variety of matter, and the “ The distinguishing characteristics of the talent and different subjects are treated frequently with much elo. manner of Stewart being thus, as we have described them, quence.

of a nature to give bis works a great popularity, and to enThe topics, exclusively American, are discussed in three able him to exercise an extensive intiuence upon publie papers : one upon the New England Asylum for the opinion, it is not less fortunate for the world than credit

able to himself, that they are inspired throughout by the Blind; one upon Sunday Mails; and one upon a work purest and most amiable moral feelings. We are acquainted entitled “ Sketches of Indian Life and Character.” The with no philosophical writings in any language, which second of these evinces an amiable and pious spirit in the leave upon the mind a happier impression. The principles author, but the strong disapprobation he expresses of the which he sets forth upon the most important points in the practice of forwarding the mail upon Sundays, seems to theory of ethics are, in our opinion, far from being in all us to rest upon a misapprehension. The Indian Sketches, cases true, as we shall presently have occasion to show; but although highly praised by the reviewer, appear more determines the general effect of the whole upon the opinions

the tone of sentiment is uniformly pure; and as it is this that valuable as correct portraitures of savage manners, than and feelings of the mass of readers, it follows, of course, on account of any imaginative power displayed in them. that the effect is uniformly good. This amiable writer has, The first mentioned article is by far the most important in fact, breathed into all his works the kind, gentle, social, of the three. It contains an ingenious, though, on and benevolent spirit by which he was himself animated some points, even fanciful, discussion respecting the He not only teaches us to believe in virtue, but brings the comparative advantages and disadvantages of blindness ;

celestial vision before us, in full loveliness and beauty, so as an able sketch of the Edinburgh and Parisian systems fends all the liberal and philanthropic notions that have ever

to engage our affections in her favour. He adopts and de of education for the blind ; and some interesting sta

been advanced by the lovers of mankind, while be avoids, tistical details respecting the prospects of the Asylum at the same time, the excesses by which injudicious partilately established at Boston. A resolution, it appears, sans have so often brought, and are still bringing, the best was passed by the legislature of Massachusetts in 1829, of causes into contempt and ridicule. He is pious, without requiring the select-men of the several towns to make fanaticism,-cheerful and benevolent, without an approach returns respecting the number and condition of the blind

to licentiousness. He is devotedly attached to liberty, with throughout the colony. Only a few of them complied, order and good government. He believes in the practica

out deeming it necessary to renounce his respect for social but the deficiency was in some measure made good by bility of improvement, without indulging in the idle dream the exertions of the clergy, to whom circulars were ad- of an earthly millennium. It had happened, by a sort of dressed. By these means advices were received from fatality, that almost all the works on moral philosophy, at one hundred and forty-one towns, that is from somewhat least in modern times, which were written in an agreeable * less than the half of the whole number within the state.

and attractive style, had inculcated principles not only false Taking the estimate furnished by these returns as a basis, in themselves, but completely subversive of the good order and adopting the census of 1820, the number of blind at the eighteenth century, had presented tbeir detestable doc

of society. Helvetius, and the other French sophists of that period in New England could not be less than six-trines in the dress of the sweetest and most seductive teen hundred and fifty. It also appears from the returns language, and had introduced it, by this means, into the that a large proportion of the blind in Massachusetts are brilliant saloons of fashion, and even the boudoirs of the in humble circumstances. Since the year 1825, an ap

ladies. Hume, in like manner, had disguised his still propriation has been continued by the legislature, for the more fatal, because more subtle, poison, under one of the purpose of maintaining a certain number of blind pupils most chaste, correct, and elegant forms that the English at the Asylum for the Deat' and Dumb at Hartford. An I writers of the British materialist school of vibrations and

Even Darwin, and the other act of incorporation was granted, in March 1829, to cer- vibratiuncles, the most pitiful and contemptible, perhaps tain petitioners, authorizing them, under the title of the that has yet appeared in the philosophical world, trick“ New England Asylum for the Blind," to hold property, led themselves out in a gaudy and fantastic sort of mas

querade habit, which was singularly enough mistaken at tish public towards America, and the complaints of the the time for something highly graceful and attractive.

reviewer, had they been made in a calmer mood, would Paley, a dignitary of the church, had lent the charm of a lucid and pleasing exposition, as well as the authority of havo convinced us he harboured the very feelings he was his calling and the cloak of religion, to a system of absolute imputing to others. selfishness. In the meantime, the better opinions, if ad

In bis selection of instances of this jealousy, the reviewvanced at all, had been maintained in a dry and heartless er has been rather unhappy. He condescends only upon manner, in treatises for the most part devoid alike of depth the paper in the Edinburgh on Dr Channing's works, and elegance. Under these circumstances we regard it as and a late article in the Scotsman newspaper. The fora singularly fortunate thing that a writer should have ap

mer, we agree with him, evinces a paltry and contempti.. peared, who, adopting a system of intellectual and inoral ble spirit. We said so at the time it appeared, and we philosophy in the main ju-licious, free from danger even in its errors, and inspired by a uniforınly pure, amiable, and

say so again. We will go farther, and say that the tone elevated moral feeling, should have been able at the saine assumed by the Edinburgh Review towards America bas time to interest the world, and give his notious a general been uniformly shufiling and disreputable. But the paper, popularity by the beauty of his language. The works of in the Scotsman is neither an attack upon America, nor such a writer were absolutely necessary to prepare the way composed in a spirit of covert ill-will towards that coun. for that complete reformation of the theory of inoral science try. On the contrary, it is an attack upon the North, which is so much needed. They want, it is true, the American Review, and that solely because it does not constrong originality of thought, the vigorous correctness of reasoning, the nervous precision of language, which would ceive it sufficiently imbued with American characteris-. be required for effecting this great object, but they possess

tics. The North American Review knows as well as we the qualities that were proper for bringing about a favour- do that it speaks the sentiments only of a portion of the able change in the state of public sentiment on these mo American public. The Scotsman merely says that be. mentous subjects. They are like the voice of one crying in prefers the sentiments and principles of their opponents. the wilderness; they prepare the way for the coming of a On this point we confess that our judgment is decidedly still greater teacher, and collect an audience previously well disposed to listen to, and profit by, his instructions. At

in favour of the Review, and opposed to that of the the same time, by creating a general feeling in favour of the respectable newspaper we are speaking of; but this is no science, and thus leading many persons to study it with

reason why the Scotsman should not speak his mind correct prepossessions, they tend to produce the retoriner, treely, still less is it a reason why his baving declared whose success they prepare and facilitate. Such are the great himself more favourable to that portion of the American services which the writings of Stewart bave rendered, and public, whose opinions agree with his own, should be are rendering, to the cause of truth and virtue. They are

travestied into an avowal that he hates the nation. sufficient to entitle him forever to the respect and gratitude of all good men.”

After thus expustulating with the reviewer, we must

do him the justice to say, that even in his anger he re-, This Number also contains a paper on the character of members his English descent, and seeks not to tear asunJoseph II. of Austria, which we consider the most phi- der the holy bands of brotherhood that must ever bind losophical and eloquent appreciation of that monarch's the two nations together. We confess, too, that it is al-, character we have met witb.

ways better that grievances should be loudly, even intemAn essay on the Mexican revolution, and another on perately, stated, than that they should be allowed to ran" the Tone of British Criticism," complete the contents kle in silence. Freemen dare to expostulate openly and of the Number. The former is an article which will angrily; the slave holds his tongue, and has recourse to richly repay the labour of perusing it, but to which we the knife. We trust that the North American Review, should be doing injustice did we attempt to pare it down, having given vent to its spleen, will proceed in its great. so as to render it fit for appearing in our columns. To labour of pointing out merit, and exposing pretence, withthe other we have a few words to say.,

out reference to the one or the other side of the Atlantic., The reviewer has here lost his temper, and, in his We feel proudly conscious that none of its remarks apwrath, he has allowed bimself to magnify the delin- ply to us—we have always spoken of America as it dequencies of a few scribblers into a token of national jea- serves--and, in our own sphere, shall be happy to do so. lousy. We deny most unhesitatingly that articles in again. half-a-dozen reviews and newspapers are to be taken as expressing the sentiments of Great Britain. The geese cackled loudest when the Gauls attempted to scale the De L'Orme. By the anthor of “ Richelieu” and “ DarnCapitol, but the geese, though they happened to be

ley.” 3 vols. London. Colburn and Bentley. 1830. on the right side, were not the representatives of Ro. man feeling. We deny, inorenver, that there exists any This is an historical romance of very considerable tasuch jealousy on the part of the British public. We lent. The author, Mr James, has already distinguished, may laugh occasionally at some peculiarities of Trans- himself as a writer of fiction, and the present work will atlantic growth; but is that a proof of hatred ?

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not diminish the reputation he has gained. In these France at this moment ; how eagerly does it hearken times, when books of fiction are remarkable chiefly for after Britain's expression of approbation! And shall we, their childish insipidity, it is enlivening to encounter a with such demonstration to the contrary, believe that mind of some individuality of character—some acquaintFrance is jealous of us, because we see caricatures of some ance with the phases of nature and humanity which are of our home-bred fools exposed in the Parisian print- described. As to the propriety of investing history with a shops ? Lastly, we deny that there is any the least cause fictitious glitter, and mixing it up with actions and characfor jealousy, America is capable of becoming more than ters purely imaginary, it is needless now to speak, for we can conceive ; but the great mass of the people are Shakspeare and Scott have both committed the error, if couscious only of the present, and are not easily stirred

it be one. by contingencies. Again, free America, all-powerful What we chiefly have to condemn in De L'Orme, is though she be, is like Bramah in the state of contempla a seeming carelessness in the arrangement, and a basty tion, her energies cannot be directed outwards.

To en

sketchiness of manner, which hurries the reader from able any portion of her to act aggressively, (and it is only scenes and character with so much rapidity that the mind of a power likely to become hostile that nations are jea- has scarcely time to make any of them its own, or to carry lous,) she must be split down into smaller states, and away a lasting impression of any one object presented to these must be organised after a different manner. Situa- it. For this reason, when we rise from the perusal of ted as we now are, our little cock-boat would sail round the three volumes, and begin to analyze the various pic-' her huge hulk before she could set her sails. We repeat tures left upon the memory, we find that they are by no it, there is no jealousy or ill-will harboured by the Bri means deeply engraven, though their colouring may bave

appeared brilliant for the moment. The desultory style bandsome man in all the world, who, moreover, had the ad in which the incidents are hurried one upon another, vantage of being this young lady's confessor, so that they met arises partly from the author choosing to make his hero regularly once a-week; for she took good care not to let her

sius get stale, and had them all off her conscience every Satell his own story. The use of the first person singular turday morning. How the business went on I cannot take implies the necessity of keeping up a constant flow of upon me to say, but the Devil always got behind the young personal narrative, and allows no time for a proper con- priest when he was reading his breviary, and whenever he sideration of the various characters introduced. Thus, looked at the picture of the Virgin Mary, Sttan slipped it the nature and disposition of the heroine, a person com

out of the book, and in he put that of the young lady, so monly of no small importance in novel and romance, are that there was tine work for the young priest's fancy.

“If it is not true, every word of it, may this be ibe last involved in sad obscurity. We meet with her now and then indeed, but it is only in imperfect glimpses, when draught I ever shall drink!' and lie replenished bis cup and we are made to understand that she is amiable and pretty, « • Well, as I was saying,' continued the Capuchin, one and exceedingly in love with the hero. But this is by morning, early, the priest went out to take a walk on the no means enough; the reader enters not into the warm high bill behind the town, and he was just looking out feelings of the lover; his perception, of course, extends pensively over the valley to another hill beyond, when he only as far as the author has developed her character ; he saw, tripping up the path before him, the young lady, bis sees nothing more in Helen than he has himself seen in penitent,

holding up her petticoat, not to show ber ankle, but casual meetings with many girls whose individual images her piously, so piously, indeed, that he did not see the Devil

to keep the hem out of the dust. The young priest looked at passed from his memory without the slightest regret. For slip out from a bush close by, and wiche him up behind an the lady in the Episode of Saragossa, our feelings are old stone cross that stood thereabout. However, the young far more interested than they ever are for the heroine; and lady came up, and made the young priest a low curtsey, yet, in the language of painters, the one ought to bave with a very dismal face. He could not do less than ask been only the middle distance to the foreground of the what was the matter with her, to which she replied that other. But Mr James likes not the calm and beautiful; she was very much afraid she had committed a very great he cannot dwell upon it, and describe its points of minute Heaven knows what sin he fancied she had committed, but

So then the young priest got into a very great Hutter. loveliness · his strength lies in action, in the terrible con-being very anxious to hear all about it, he said to ber, * Well, flicts of the elements, and in the unnatural struggles of I have halt an hour to spare, and if you think you cannot human nature. The description of the murderess is art- get on till Saturday, I will confess you now. This place fully managed ; we cannot help feeling for her, almost is all convenient.' So it is,' said the young lady, and admiring her, though her victim lies bleeding before us. nobody can sve us.' So down they sat on the stone at the Helen, on the other hand, never appears in any situation foot of the cross, and she put her month to his ear, and be

cause the stone was not large enough for both of them to sit of a particularly trying nature. She is decidedly a sweet conveniently, bę slipped his arın round ber waist, just to girl, but her sweetness is that of the milk of a cocoa-nut. keep her on.

It is not our intention to analyze the story, as, from its "If it is not as true as holy writ, may this be the last rambling and desultory nature, it would be very difficult drop I shall drink in my life!' and he applied himself rigerto do so. The scene lies in France and Spain, daring the ously again to the good wine of Cahors. reigns of Louis the Thirteenth, and Philip the Fourth. It

“Oh, Father Philip,' said the young lady, I am afraid is the history of himself by an old man, from his earliest I bave committed a great sin, ad abominable sin, Pish!"

cried Father Philip. * A very abominablo sin !' repeated recollections, when, with a bounding step, he hunted the

sbe. • Qut with it, daughter!' said the priest. I have izzard on his paternal mountains, down to the period fallen in love !" replied the young lady. The devil you when age is carrying him back to a second childhood. have !' cried Father Philip. Don't interrapt her,' whis Though naturally of an ardent and enterprising disposi- pered the Devil from behind. I have fallen in love with tion, his youth glides on in comparative quiet. When a priest ! cried she, making a violent exertion. "Oh! oh!" about nineteen, however, owing to an angry encounter

said Father Philip..Oh! oh!' said the Devil from behind; with a nobleman of great influence and power, the Mar- but, just at that moment, plump! down comes St Denis, and

taps the Devil on the shoulder, saying, 'Hallo! Satan, what quis de Saint Brie, he thinks it prudent to leave his coun

are you about here ??- Mind your own business, Denis' try, and pay a short visit to Spain. On his way thither, answered the Devil, and leave me alone to mind mine.' he encounters at an inn a soi-disant Capuchin, who re • Come, don't be insolent,' replied the Saint ; ' but you shall lates the following tale, which, as it is complete in itself, not make two very good people two very bad ones, while I am and also almost the only specimen of humour in the book, in the land of the living ;-so budge!' - I'll be

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du,' said Satan. • You don't treat me like a gentleman,

Mailre Denis, and you know that I am better than you THE CAPUCHIN'S TALE.

are, both by birth and education.'-' You foul-mouthed « « Now, I pray you, mark me, gentlemen,' said the thief!' cried the Saint; say that again if you dare ! Capuchin, and remember, my story is true. If there be • What then?' cried the Devil: I do say it again! Now!" one word of falsehood in it, may this be the last drop I and he set his arms a-kimbo, and stuck out his under-jaw in ever shall drink in my life !' and thereupon be filled his the Saint's face. But St Denis lost all patience, and seicup, and emptied it to the dregs, with a neat, clear, self-zing him by the arm, and giving a turn round as quick as confident toss, calculated to impress one with the idea of light, set his foot just under his tail, and, with one kick, his own belief in the veracity of his tale.

sent bim over the valley, to the hill on the other side, “ • Once upon a time, in a certain town of Normandy, « • That part of the bill was rather sloppy, and the Devil's which shall be nameless,-there's no use naming towns hoofs sticking in the mud, annoyed him greatly; so he any more than persons, especially when the Devil has had toundered about in vain to get out, crying out I wish any thing to do with either ; but in this town, which I Denis was at the Devil for getting me into this mess ! allude to, there lived a young lady, as good as young ladies “. • Heartily had the Saint laughed to behold Satan fly generally are, and a great deal handsomer. She had the across the valley like a tennis balt; and seeing him stick on prettiest foot in the world, and the prettiest ankle, and the the other side, he took a hop, skip, and a jamp, and coming purettiest mouth, and the prettiest person altogether, so that up with him in a minute, be gave him another kick in the every body was in love with her, high and low, rich and same part, which sent bim just as far as the first. Thus poor'; and the whole town made her an offer. Neverthe- they went on, from mountain to mountain, the Saint kickless, whether it was prudery, or coquetry, or coldness, or ing, and the Devil kicked, all through Normandy, till at what, matters not one sou to my story; but nobody would length the poor Devil got sore, and was fain to cover bimshe marry, telling them all civilly that she did not care a self up behind with the palms of his hands, which made straw for them, and that they might all go back just as him such a ridiculous figure, that the Saint had nearly split they came, and that she should not mind to see them all his sides with laughing; and a few miles beyond Cass, out drowned the next day, as her grandmother drowned her of sheer compassion, he mustered up a good kick, and pitebed kittens once a-month.

him into the sea. After which, St Denis went back, with “• Now, in the same town was a young priest, the most the best intention in the world, to see what had become of

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the priest and the young lady, when he found, to his as I was thus busily scanning his countenance; and I know tonishment, that they had both gone home."

not why, but my glance sunk in the collision. « • And if every word of this story is not true, may this • Ha!' said he, rather mildly than otherwise, you be the last drop I ever driuk in my lite !' and the Capuchin were gazing at me very strictly, sir. Are you a reader of emptied the flayon,"

countenances?' When once fully afloat upon the world, our hero's life

“ • Not in the least, Monseigneur,' replied I; I was is one of continued bustle and action. He becomes lover, but learuing a lesson—to know a great man when I see oue

anotber time,' exile, captive, head of a revolution, gambler, diplomatist,

“ • That answer, sir, would make many a courtier's forgeneral, captive again, and, lastly, husband and father. tune,' said the minister, nor shall it mar yours, though I The cameleon-like ease with which his character varies understand it. Remember, Aattery is never lost at a court! its hue, stretches or contracts, under all these different 'Tis the same there as with a woman--If it be too thick, fates, is perhaps rather too overdrawn even for a romance; she may wipe some of it away, as she does her rouge; but yet there is a splendour and exuberahice of fancy about it she will take care not to brush off all !' which almost atones for the improbability. The histori- ding, that the blush rushed up into my cheek, with the

“ To be detected in flattery has something in it so degracal characters of greatest importance with whom De burning glow of shame. A slight smile rurled the minisL'Orme comes in contact in the course of his career, and ter's lip. • Coine, sir,' he coutiqued, ' I am going forth which are well and splendidly dashed off, are the Cardi- for half an hour, but I may have some questions to ask nal Richelieu, Le Conte de Soissons, Bouillon, and De you ; therefore, I will beg you to wait my return. Do not Retz. We select, as the most interesting, a slight sketch stir from this spot. There you will find food for the mind," of the first named minister—a man equally famed for his he proceeded, pointing out a small case of books ; ' in other great talents and his criminal ambition :

respects, you shall be taken care of. I need not warn you

to discretion : You have proved that you possess that quaDE L'ORME'S FIRST INTERVIEW WITH RICHELIEU. lity, and I do not forget it.' “ Thus saying, he led me into a small hall, and thence

« Thus speaking, he left me, and for a few minutes I reinto a cabinet beyond, hung with fine tapestry, and lighted mained struggling with the flood of turbulent thoughts, by a single silver lamp. Here he bade me sit down, and which such an interview pours upon the mind. This, left me. In a few minutes, a door on the other side of the then, was the great and extraordinary Minister, who at room opened, and a cavalier entered, dressed in a rich suit that moment held in his bands the fate of half Europeof black velvet, with a bat and plume. He was tall, thin, the powers of whose mind, like Niorder, the tempest-god and pale, with a clear bright eye, and fine decided features of the ancient Gauls, raised, guided, and enjoyed the winds His beard was small and pointed, and his face oval, and and the storms, triumphing in the thunders of continuat somewhat sharp; and though there was a slight stoop of war, and the whirlwinds of political intrigue !" his neck and shoulders, as if time or disease had somewhat If our limits permitted we might select other passages enfeebled his frame, yet it took nothing from the dignity of illustrative of the author's style and manner, but the book his demeanour. He started, and seemed surprised at see. ing any one there, but then immediately advanced, and, circulation which its merits deserve. As we have already

is in the hands of the public, and will no doubt obtain the looking at me for a moment, with a glance which read deeply whatever lines it fell upon, . Who are you?' demand stated, our chief objection is to a want of connexion in ed he:.. What do you want? What paper is that in your the incidents, and to this we may add, the clumsy method band?'

of winding up every thing at the conclusion, We see 4. My name,' replied I, 'is Louis Coant de L'Orme; no reason why, instead of three volumes, there might not toy business is with the Cardinal de Richelieu ; and this have been twenty. written in the saine strain, without paper is one which I am charged to deliver into his hand.' fear of injuring the tenor of the tale.

*. Give it me,' said the stranger, holding out his hand. My eye clanced over his unclerical babiliments, and I replied," : You must excuse me. This paper, and the farther news I bring, can ovly be given to the Cardinal himselt.' Travels to the Seat of War in the East, through Russia and

* • It shall go safe,' he answered, in a stern tone. “Give it to me, young sir.'

the Crimea, in 1829. With Sketches of the Imperial “ There was an authority in his tone that almost induced

Fleet and Army, Personal Adventures, and Character, me to comply, but reflecting that I might be called to severe

istic Anecdotes. By Captain James Edward Alexan account by the uurelenting minister, even for a mere error

der, late 16th Lancers. In two volumes, 8vo. Lonin judgment, I persisted in my original determination. “I don. Colburn and Bentley. 1830. Pp. 308 and must repeat,' answered I, that I can give this to no one

327. but his Eminence himself, without an express order from his own hand to do so.'

Tuat class of human beings, called, by the vulgar, tra“• Pshaw !' cried he, with something of a smile, and vellers, is daily increasing in number. In former times, taking up a pen, wbich lay with some sheets of paper on the writer on statistics could divide the earth into the the cable, he dipped it in the ink, and scrawled in a large stationary and nomadic nations ; and the regions inbabold hand,

bited by these two great divisions were so definitely mark* * Deliver your packet to the bearer.

• * RICHELIEU. ed out from each other, that no confusion could arises "I made him a low bow, and placed the letter in bis But now, a new race has sprung up; and we observe, in hands. He read it, with the quick and intelligent glance the heart of the most civilized and oldest nations of Eun of one enabled by long habit to collect and arrange the ideas rope, a large and intiuential body of men who possess no conveyed to him, with that clear rapidity possessed alone by settled residence, who are to be found to-day in one courmen of genius. In the meantime, I watched his counte try, to-morrow in another, staring about thein, and mahance, seeking to detect amongst all the lines, with which king absurd remarks, talking all languages, but none of years and thought bad channelled it, any expression of the them well. They stand forward in avowed idleness, and stern, vindictive, despotic passions, which the world charged him withal, and which his own actions sufficiently evinced are every where recognised

as a people whose great privi.. -it was not there, however ; all was calm.

lege it is to do nothing. They are to be found, in great “ Suddenly raising his eyes, his look fell full upon me, as numbers, in most countries of Europe, bat chiefly in those

which have any thing peculiarly striking in their scenery " This story has come down, word for word, to the present times,

or bistory. Their favourite haunts are, Italy, which is and it is both told in Britanny and Normandy, where many of the inundated with them in all quarters; France, especially hills, which formed the Devil's halting places, are still shown, and the vaenities over which the Saint is supposed to have kicked him,

in the southern provinces, and in Paris ; Switzerland ; are, to this day, termed, Les sauts du Diable, or, the Devil's jumps the banks of the Rhine and Vienna; the Lakes in WestThe person who told this tale to the writer of these pages, repeated moreland ; and the Scotch Highlands. A few picquet chuel to the place of St Denis, and made the Devil's last leap to departments are generally stationed at Weimar, Berlin, hare beta from the famous Mont St Michael. This, for obrious and St Petersburgh. The community has also been reasons, has been alterad, though the narrator believed it fully more than the Capuchin."

throwing out advanced bodies of late years,-feelers, as it

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