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Truly some of our Annuals are like mild days in Fe- lowing published his celebrated work, entitled ! De bruary tatbey bring into precocious existence a swarm l'Auscultation Médiate, ou Traité du Diagnostic des Maof insects (far be it from us, Mr Brougham, to call them ladies des poumons et du cæur fondé, principal ment sur ce paltry insects”), who dance about through nearly three nouvrau moyen d'exploration.” This work soon commanded yards of infinite space, and then immediately die, until the attention of the profession, both on the continent and the next fine day, like a new Aunual, calls them once in this country. It received a final revision from the more into being, once more to resume their dance through author in 1826, in which year the illustrious Lænuec died three yards of infinite space.

of consumption, thus falling a victim to the ravages of that disease which he had taken so much pains to illus

trate. A Treatise on Auscultation ; Illustrated by Cases and

Soon after the death of Lænnec, Dr Forbes published Dissections. By Robert Spittal, lately Physician's Assistant, and now House Surgeon, Royal Intir-cultation.” Besides which, we have treatises on the use

an English translation of his work on “ Mediate Ausmary of Edinburgh, ' President of the Plinian Na- of the stethoscope by Drs Stokes, Williams, Corrigan, tural History Society, and Member of the Hunterian &c., to say nothing of numerous essays which are scatSociety of Edinburgh Edinburgh. R. Grant and tered through various medical journals. In this, as in Sons 1830.

other branches of science, in the progress of time and WHEN the stethoscope was introduced into this country, experience, improvements were to be expected ; and we it produced a sort of schisun in the medical profession, for accordingly find, that since the death of Lænnec, much one sect lauded it to the skies as the greatest discovery of additional information has been thrown on the causes modern times, whilst another as vehemently contended and nature of some of the stethoscopic signs. The author that the invention was utterly useless, and not worthy of the treatise before us has bad, during his residence in of a moment's consideration. One disciple of Æscula- the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, abundant opportupius, who bad just attained the summos honores medi- nities of witnessing diseases of the langs and heart ; and cinæ," was, daily seen iperambulating the wards of the having paid considerable attention to the use of the stethoRoyal Infirmary with the stethoscope, like the wand of scope in these diseases, he submitted a treatise on this suba magician, evers in his hand; whilst another physician, ject to the Harveian Society, for which he was awarded equally confidento-but a little older in years, and sus- the Harveian prize. In consequence of this honour, peeted withal of being a little deaf-was observed a few having been conferred on him, he has been induced to paces off, curling his upper lip with ineffable disdain, and lay the prize essay before the profession. The first part ever and anon was heard to vent in gentle tones of sar of the work is devoted to the pathognomic signs obtained casm his hostility to the new instrument. Then suc- by the stethoscope in various diseases of the chest; and ceeded a little wordy war in the leading medical journals, the second part to those which are observed in diseases of and a few paper bullets” were fired across the Tweed, the heart. It is to be considered rather as a compilation and from one side the coast to the other. But time and on the subject of auscultation, than as a work containing experience have at length sobered the judgments of these much new or original information ; but it must be allowed medical Spartans, and each party, consenting to disturb that some of the views of the author possess a certain no longer the peace of Europe, has agreed to a general degree of novelty, and the cases adduced are all very artistice, the terms of which are, that it is mutually interesting, and deserve the attention of practitioners. allowed that the stethoscope may, in a vast number of We are obliged to speak thus generally concerning the cases, be applied with great advantage ; but nevertheless, merits of this “ Treatise on Auscultation," as our limits that it sometimes fails to detect disease where it does will not allow us to analyse, so fully as we could wish, the exists and occasionally, although very rarely, its signs views of its author. We recommend it, however, conare adt to be depended on.

scientiously to the medical profession. It is throughout 4. But what is this stethoscope ?” enquires an intelligent very well written; and, in discussing the contlicting non-professional subscriber, half inclined to discontinue opinions of others, the author displays much critical the perusal of our present article. Our explanation acumen. We bave only to add, that the work is illusshall be brief. Hippocrates, that princeps medicorum, trated by tabular views and a number of plates, which, very long ago, made trial of immediate auscultation, i.e. we understand, aru executed by Mr Lizars. he endeavoured, by applying his ear to the chest, to ascertain the existence and nature of the disease which he slexpected to exist in that region. But Lænnec, recollect- Ackurmann's Juvenile Forget-Me-Not, a Christmas, Newing the simple fact in acoustics, that souud may be very

Yvar's, and Birth-Day Present, for Youth of both distinctly conveyed to the car through certain solid

Sexes. 1831. Edited by Frederick Shobert. London, boties, rolled together a quire of writing paper, and ap

The New Year's Gift; and Juvenile Souvenir. Edited plied it,' as Hippocrates had done his naked ear, to the

by Mrs Alaric Watts. London. Longman, Rees, Orine, chest. He rested one end opposite the heart, and brought

& Co. 1831. his ear in contact with the other. He thus found that We think both of these works improvements upon last he could hear distinctly every action of the heart he year. The embellishments and the contents are such as then applied it to other regions of the chest, and heard as especially suit them for the young people for whom they clearly the air passing through the air tubes of the lungs. are intended. Among the illustrations of the Juvenile Hayfig, by repeated observation, ascertained what sounds Forget-me-not, we are particularly pleased with the head accompatiy the healthy action of these organs, he pro- of the “ Infaut Samuel," which tull of life and spirit, ceeded to examine what modifications and varieties of and - Who'll serve the King ?” where two jovial little sound arose from them when in a state of disease. The fellows are playing at soldiers,” in a manner most true first inistrament he used was a cylinder of paper, formed to nature and amusing to see. The other embellishments of three quires, compactly rolled together, and kept in are all interesting. Among the contributors, we find W. shape by paste; but his subsequent experiments induced H. Harrison, William and Mary Howitt, Miss Jewsbith w employ a cylinder of wood, an inch and a half in bury, Mrs Hofland, the Ettrick Shepherd, Thomas Hood, dräteter, and a foot long, perforated longitudinally by a and others. On the whole, the prose is better than the båre three lines wide, and hollowed out in a funnel shape verse ; but little boys and girls, whom the gods have not to the depth of an inch and a half at one of its extremi- made critical, will no doubt like both equally well. tied Dienned, two years afterwards, explained this Among the embellishments in Mrs Watts' pretty volume, method of auscultation, in a memoir which he commu we recommend to particalar attention the - Wooden nicated to the Academie des Sciences, and the year fol- | Leg,” “ An Indian Svene, "." Little Savoyards," and "I

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am far, far from Home,” though none of these please us residence there, it is with confidence I now submit this quite so much as the two we have mentioned above. The small treatise to public notice." “ Misery," says the preprose of the New Year's Gift is fully equal to that of the verb, "makes us acquainted with strange bedfellows; Juvenile Forget-me-not, and the poetry is superior, The and, in like manner; editorship makes us acquainted with “ Conversation on Mineralogy and Geology”, is excellent, strange books. It is taken for granted that we must be and we should be glad to see papers that contain real acquainted with every art and science under the sun, and information, in a garb adapted to the understanding of we are expected to pronounce a definite judgment upon the young, more frequently introduced in works of this all sorts of works. Far be it from us to deny the truth kind. We extract the following poem by an American of this popular belief, or to belie the expectations that may contributor, because it is one of the best in the volume : be formed of us. In the present instance, we are happy THE SOLDIER'S WIDOW.

to be able to say, that though we never danced the gallope By N. P. Willis.

ade at the Duke of Devonshire's, nor the Mazourka in

Poland, or at the ambassador's assemblies in London, w “ Woe! for my vine-clad home!

nevertheless have performed an unworthy part in both; That it should ever be so dark to me, With its bright threshold, and its whispering tree !

and are therefore able to declare, upon the honour of an That I should ever come,

editor and a gentleman, that Mr James Thomson of Bearing the lonely echo of a tread,

Glasgow is no unworthy pupil of the celebrated Mons. Beneath the roof-tree of my glorious dead !

Coulon, and that his work reflects credit on “ the other

masters of L'Academie Nationale à Paris." The in“ Lend on! my orphan boy!

structions which the treatise contains are simple, corThy home is not so desolate to thee!

rect, and useful. And the low shiver in the tender tree

May bring to thee a joy;
But, oh! how dark is the bright home before thee
To her who with a joyous spirit bore thee !

Six Views of Brussels, exhibiting some of the Principal “ Lead on ! for thou art now

Points where the recent Contests took place with a Plur of My sole remaining helper ; God bath spoken,

the City. Drawn and etched by Lieatenant-Coletiel And the strong heart I lean'd upon is broken;

Batty. London: Jennings and Ohaplin. Edinburgh : And I have seen his brow, .

H. Constable. 1830. The forehead of my upright one and just,

To all who feel an interest in the recent outrages Trod by the hoof of battle to the dust,

which have disgraced the capital of Belgiam, these viem “ He will not meet thee there,

will afford an opportunity of becoming acquainted with Who bless'd thee at the eventide, my son;

the localities in which the revolutionary struggles bave And when the shadows of the night steal on,

taken place. Colonel Batty's celebrity as a draughtsman He will not call to prayer ;

is sufficient to guarantee their distinctoess and accuracy. The lips that melted, giving thee to God,

The points of view he bas selected are, the Botanical Are in the icy keeping of the sod!

Garden and Conservatory, the View from the Roe Ay, my one boy! thy sire

Royale, the Palace of the States-General, the Avenues Is with the sleepers of the valley cast,

in the Park, the King's Palace, and the Place Royale. And the proud glory of my life hath past,

They are all light etchings, done with the pen, but are With his high glance of fire.

happily and spiritedly executed. Woe! that the linden and the vine should bloom, And a just man be gather'd to the tomb ! “ Yet bear thee proudly, boy!

The Duty and Advantages of Early Rising, as it is It is the sword he girded to his thigh,

favourable to Health, Business, and Devotion. Fourth It is the helm he wore in victory!

Edition. James Robertson, Edinburgh. 1831. PA And shall we have no joy?

152. For thy green vales, 0, Switzerland, he died !

We are asbamed to confess that we have never been I will forget my sorrow-in my pride!”

much in the practice of early rising—and we are afraid It would be very difficult for us to say whether we that all argument in its favour is thrown away upon us, should award the preference to the Juvenile Forget-me-not, There may be some of our readers, however, with whom it or the New-Year's Gift. Uncles and aunts who have is not too late to mend, and to such we beg to recommend more than one nephew or niece, and parents who have this little work, where they will find much good advice more than one child, should buy both.

upon the subject. The essay contains many interesting extracts from some of our most eminent writers, and may

be placed with advantage in the hands of the young. A Treatise on Les Gallopades and Mazourkas, giving a

minute Detail of the Manner in which these fashionable
Dances should be performed. Illustrated by Six Dancing Ralph Gemmel: A Tale for Youth. By Robert Pollok,
Attitudes; also a few Music Plates, arranged for the A.M., Author of “ The Course of Time." Fifth
Piano-forte. By James Thomson. Glasgow. Richard Edition. James Robertson, Edinburgh. 1830. PP
Griffin and Co. 1831.

207. There are certainly“ more things in heaven and earth The Persecuted Family: A Narrative of the Sufferings than are dreamt of in our philosophy,” Who would have

of the Presbytèrians in the Reign of Charles l. By expected a pretty little brochure of this sort from the Robert Pollok, A.M. Fifth Edition. James Robertgreat mercantile city of the west ? Mr Thomson must be son, Edinburgh. 1830. Pp. 217. a man of mettle, and entitled to all encouragement. He These two little volumes are of a very unpretending informs us in his preface, that, Having heard so much character, but of real merit. They are valuable princrespecting Les Gallopades and the Mazourkas during the pally, as proceeding from the pen of a highly-gitted young last season, I determined on making a professional tour to man, whose pame ranks among the distinguished pochet the continent, for the purpose of becoming thoroughly the nineteenth century—but they are also entitled to acquainted with them; and having studied under the considerable praise, on account of the good priuciple celebrated Mons. Coulon, and the other masters of L'Aca- which they inculcate, and their own literary merits, They demie Nationale à Paris, besides attending such assem- likewise contain a short but interesting biographica me blies and private parties as offered themselves during my moir of the author.

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Narrative of the French Revolution in 1830. With the Among the most intimate with her, was one Margaret

Occurrences preceding and following. Accompanied with Innes, a young and lively girl, but far below Jane's rank State Papers and Documents. Paris : A. and w. in life. The daughter of an aged fisherman, it was not Galignani. London : R. J. Kennette Edinburgh : uncommon för Jane to find her employed in offices the Henry Constable. 1830.

most servile ;- for all this she loved her not the less. The

affection and humble virtues of Margaret amply repaid Jane - In point of paper and typography, this volume is un

for her condescension. Mr Malcolm himself saw no harm exceptionable.

It is of the same size as the Family in this growing friendship, marked, as it was, with such Library, " to which,” says the preface, presumed, it will form a not unsuitable addition." It appears, circumstance that Margaret Innes had a brother, a hand

a strong disparity of situation. But be overlooked the however, rather a hasty compilation, and is not the work

fearless lad. of any one who has bad access to the best sources of in

A sailor by profession, it is true he

was seldom at home, but though seldom, he was often formation. It is nevertheless temperately written, and is a fair enough chronicle of the events it records. The with it a stronger impression in his favour. When very

enongh for Jane to discover that his every return brought author is Mr Colton, known by his book entitled “ Lacon,

young they were play-fellows together, and now, when or Many Things in few Words."

both grown up, she could not refuse a smile or a word,

whenever, after a long voyage, the light-hearted sailor MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE.

looked in upon his native home. Sandy felt vain of her notice, but by no means attempted more familiarity than

was consistent with his station. Without daring to love, JÄNE MALCOLM.

be would have done any thing to serve Miss Malcolm, A Village Sketch.

and his readiness was not unfrequently put to the test.

Nothing Jane loved better than a short excursion upon Every town or village in Scotland has its character, the neighbouring sea. The boat of the old fisherman in the shape of some, bedlamite, innocent, or odd fish. was often in request for this purpose, and he himself, acThere is something interesting about these out-of-the-way companied by his daughter Margaret, made up the party beings. Every thing tbey do is a kind of current chapter on these occasions. When Sandy was at home, he supof biography among their neighbours ;-what they say is plied the place of his father, and his active and skilful regarded as the words of an oracle-more worthy of hand directed many a pleasant voyage-made more pleamemory than the enquiries of the laird, or the advice of sant by a fund of amusing anecdotes and adventures picked the parson. They are in a manner immortalized.

up in the course of his travels. One afternoon, on the day Having, in the course of different summers, taken up after his return from the coast of Norway, this little a short residence in some of the smaller borough towns group had embarked to enjoy the deligbtful freshness of and villages scattered through Scotland, I took no small the sea-breeze, after a noon of intolerable beat. Standing delight in observing the peculiarities of many of those up to gaze at a flock of sea-birds, collected for the purpose objects of compassion, and in tracing the source of that of devouring the small fry of the herring which at tbat dismal malady which laid prostrate the edifice of reason, season visited the coast, Jane Malcolm accidentally fell into and put arrest upon the harmonious mechanism of an the water. The boat receded rapidly from the spot--its organized mind. The task was sometimes of a melan- sail being filled by the wind. Immediately, however, choly nature ; I found histories-real histories-turning Sandy Innes swam towards the terrified girl. She clung upon incidents the most tragical, and only wonder they to him for support.' It was no easy matter to reach the are so little known, and meet with such slender sym- boat, carried along as it was by the breeze, and not till pathy. The crisis of a well-written romance brings out Margaret had recovered from her first alarm, was she more tears than were ever shed for the fall of man,but able, by turning the helm, to give them the required never have I read of any thing so pathetic as was de- assistance. They were soon safe. This adventure called veloped in the following sketch-a sketch, the pen of forth the liveliest feelings of gratitude on the part of Jane Sir Walter could do little to adorn. The naked truth of Malcolm. She regarded the youthful sailor as her prethe story is a series of catastrophes, a parallel to which server, and thought no recompense too liberal for the imaginatiou seldom produces. It was told me by a service he had rendered. Imprudently she revealed to sister of the unfortunate female who figures so conspi- his sister the history of her growing attachinent. Marcuously in it.

garet was too generous all at once to give her brother the Jane Malcolm was the daughter of a lint-mill proprie advantage offered. She reasoned with Jane on the im-, tor in the small town of K Her father, being a propriety--the unsuitableness of such a union as was wealthy man, beld for a long time the provostship of the hinted at ; and, to render it impracticable for the present, place-a Scottish borough. His family consisted of two she induced Sandy to engage with a ship bound for daughters and a son. Jane was the youngest of these, North America. Accordingly, he again left the country. and her father's favourite. There was sometbing about Miss Malcolm was not to be deterred. She upbraided the girl extremely attractive; she possessed all the ad- Margaret for her want of feeling; and, in short, took it vantages of personal beauty, combined with a gentleness so much to heart, that the poor girl, on Sandy's return, of disposition and quickness of understanding that was, out of self-defence, obliged to communicate to bim wrought upon the affections of all she knew. At the the tidings she willingly, would have bid, To be brief, manse she was peculiarly beloved; the good old minister they were married without Mr Malcolm's consent. This recognised in her the image of one be had lost; the illu- ) was a blow the old man never got over ; he died a few sion strengthened as she grew up, and Jane Malcolm was days after the ceremony. His only son had just returned as touch the inmate there, as she was in the house of from England, a lieutenant in the army, alas ! it was to her father. A few years saw her removed to Edinburgh, lay in the grave the remains of a heart-broken father. to finish an education imperfectly carried on under the Enraged at the cause of this melancholy blow, he vowed superintendence of a village governess. She returned revenge against the innocent intrader into his domestic graceful and accomplished, to be looked up to by all her peace. The feelings of his unhappy sister be thought no former companions. But Jane was not proud-her early sacrifice to win retaliation ;—the step she bad already friendships she disdained to supplant by a feeling so un- taken showed them, in his eye, to be blunted, and incaworthy to unlike herself. Her over-bending nature was pable of injury. To have challenged one so much his her faaltit brought the vulgar and undiscerning miod inferior, never entered into his mind ;-he brooded over into too much familiarity with her own. It became the a purpose more dark and sanguinary, though less consisteatise of all her misery.

ent with his honour. His design was to have the hus'


band of his sister murdered, and he appears to have an asb-tree, and Hanked by a bawthorn, called Las formed it without a moment's hesitation. 1 Professing cairo, 60 pamed, in all probability, from a cairn of stone, regard for his new brother-in-law, he pretended to be almost in the centre of which this simple habitation was reconciled to the unfortunate marriage, and even divided placed, in which, even within tbe period of my remenwith him and his other sister the patrimony of the de- brance, three maiden veterans kept rock and reel, bleeceased. This show of friendship had the effect of pro- zing hearth and reeking lum. They were uniformly ducing a seeming intimacy between them. Many a time mentioned in the neighbourhood as “ the lasses o' Larsthey went out for a few hours upon fishing excursions, cairu;" though their united ages might have amounted without any discovery being made by Sandy Innes of to something considerably above threescore thrice tuld. the growing hostility harboured by young Malcolm. One Janet, however, of whom I am now speaking, had been evening, however--the latter having, by various exeuses, married in her teens, and her husband having lost his delayed their return to shore till after sunset-as the boat life in a lime-quarry, she had been left with an only was lying quietly at anchor, about a mile from harbour, child, a daughter, whom, by the help of God's blessing, the unsuspecting sailor leant over to recover an oar which and her wee wheel, she had reared and educated as far Malcolm had purposely dropt, when he found himself as the Proofs and the Willison's. This daughter having suddenly precipitated into the sea. In attempting to re- attained to a suitable age, had been induced one fine suigain the vessel, he was driven back, and violently struck mer evening, whilst her mother was engaged in her with the boat-hook, which his villainous brother-in-law evening devotion under the shadow of the ash-tree, to had seized, with intent to put the finish to his murderous take a pleasure walk with Rob Paton, a neighbouring treachery. In this, however, he was disappointed. Sandy ploughman, but then recently enlisted, and to share his Innes, with strong presence of mind, caught hold of the name and his fortunes for twenty-four months to come. instrument-managing, at the same time, to overset the At the end of this period, she found her mother nearly boat, and thus involve Malcolm in the same fate with in the same position in which she had left her, praying himself. Both had a hard struggle for life ; but, alas ! earnestly to ber God to protect, direct, and return ber without success. The next morning discovered the bodies “ bairn." There were, however, two bairns for the of the two young men lying upon the beach. They were good old woman to bless, instead of one, and the young carried into Jane's habitation without her knowledge “ Jessie Paton" was said to be the yery picture of her the unfortunate girl having gone out to a different part mother. Be that as it may, old Janet, now a grannie, of the shore in quest of the boat, which she fancied, by loved the bairn, forgave the mother, and, by the help of the wish of her brother, had harboured all night at Inch- an additional wheel, which, in contradistinction to her keith. When she returned, the first object that met her own, was designated “ muckle,” she, and her brokai. eyes was the corpse of her own husband--a cold corpse, hearted deserted daughter, contrived, for years, to earu with the long black hair hanging down over his once such a subsistence as their very moderate wants required. noble brows, and the dark eyes wide open, as if fixed in At last a severe fever cut off the mother, and left a sotedeath upon her and heaven. A few days after, and the what sickly child at about nine years of age, under the young men were buried, pot side by side,—for a fearful sole protection of an aged and enfeebled grandmother. It story was whispered of Malcolm's guilt-how he was seen was at this stage of old Janet's earthly travail, that, in the by the crew of a boat that had landed, without potice, character of a schoolboy, I became acquainted with her upon a neighbouring rock-at the moment he attempted and her daughter,-for ever after the mother's death, the the atrocious deed. Their assistance, though instantly child knew her grandmother by no other name, and offered, was too late, for both had gone down ere they under no other relation. reached the spot.

Janet had a particular way, still the practice in DamAfter that sad catastrophe, Jane was never herself. A fries-shire, of dressing or preparing her meal of potatoes. fever carried away her intellects, and left her mind in They were scraped, well dried, salted, beetled, buttered, ruins. Though possessed of a competency, it has never milked, and ultimately rumbled into the most beautiful been used. The same weeds, though now reduced to and palatable consistency. In short, they became that rays, still cover her in her long and sorrowful widowhood. first, and, beyond the limits of the south country, leasi The last time I saw her, I saw a fearful picture,-a known of all delicacies, “ champit potatoes." As I ro beautiful female altered to a revolting spectacle of squa- turned often hungry and weary from school, Janet's pot lidness and deformity. The body was sunk into itself. presented itself to me, hanging in the reek, and at a wnAbout her wan visage hung a long sweep of grey hair, siderable elevation above the fire, as the most tempting which the breeze lifted like torn streamers on the wreck of all objects. In fact, Janet, knowing that my bour of of some stately vessel. She was gathering the shell-fish return from school was full two hours later than hers of from among the brown layers of tangle, far out at the repast, took this method of reserving for me a full beaped farthest ebb of the tide. Now and then she broke the spoonful of the residue of her and her Jessie's meal. shells with her teeth, muttering, “ We shall find him Never whilst I live, and live by food, shall I forget the here-we shall find him here ;" and then she threw the exquisite feelings of eager delight with which that single shells round about her, with a sad sigh, as if her heart overloaded spoonful of beat or champit potatoes was dem was longing to break, but felt chained up in a lone and voured. There are pleasures of sentiment and imaginan weary prison. As I passed, I called to her," Jane, tion of which I have occasionally partaken, and ochers this is a cold day, and you seem at cold work."


connected with what is called the heart and affections ; ay!” she replied, “and so are the worms! But did ye all these are beautiful and engrossing in their way and see him ? - Bonny Sandy!- If ye be gaan into the toon, in their season, but to a hungry schoolboy, who has detell Meg Innes to come ; for he's a wild laddie, and voured his dinner“ piece" ere ten o'clock A. M., and is maybe she'll ken wbar he's hidden himsell !" Poor returning to his home at a quarter before five, the precreature! thought I, she will find rest in the grave.

sentiment, the sight, and, above all, the taste and reflection connected with the swallowing of a spoonful and sacha

a spoonful !--of Janet Smith's potatoes, is, to say nothing RECOLLECTIONS OF A PARBONAGE,

Mighty or extravagant, not less seasonable than exquisite
As my tongue walked slowly and cautiously round and

round the lower and upper boundaries of the delicious JANET SMITH,"

load, as if loath rapidly to diminish that bulk, which the

craving stomach would bave wished to have been inOn Janet Smith, of whom mention was made in my creased, had it, been tenfold, my whole soul was app last Recollections,” lived in a cottage overshadowed by in Elysium ; it dumbled about, and rioted in an excess of


delight, a kivd of feather-bed of downy softness. Drink tendency of Janet'si address to her Maker. She was ing is good enough in its season, particularly when one is manifestly engaged in asking a blessing on her daily thirsty; but the pleasures attendant on the satisfying of meal; and was proceeding to enumerate, with the voice of the appetitefor me!-this is assuredly the great the thanksgiving, the many mercies with which, under God's master gratification.

good providence, she and hers had been visited. After But Janet did not only deal in potatoes, she had like an extensive enumeration, she came at last to speak of wise a cheese, and on pressing occasions, a bottle of beer that ample provision on which she was now imploring a besides; the one stood in a kind of corner press or cup- blessing. In this part of her address, she dwelt with board, whilst the other occupied a still less dignitied po- peculiar cheerfulness, as well as earnestness of tone, on sition beneath old Janet's bed.' To say the truth of that goodness which had provided so bountifully for her, Janet's cheese, it was not much beholden to the maker. whilst many, better deserving than she, were worse cir. It might have been advantageously cut into bullets or cumstanced : the whole tenor of her prayer tended to marbles, such was its hardness and solidity--but then, impress the listener with the belief that Janet's board, in those days, my teeth were good—and, with a keen though spread in a humbler hut, must be at least amply stomach, and a willing mind, much may be effected even supplied with the necessaries of life. But what was Lord on a " three times skimmed sky-blue !" The beer--for W.'s surprise, on entrance, to find that a round oaten banwhich I have often adventured into the “terra incog- nock, toasting before a brick at a peat fire, with a basin of nita" already mentioned, even at the price of a prostrate whey--the gift of a kind neighbour-composed that ample person and a dasty jacket—was excellent-brisk, frothy, and bountiful provision for which this bumble, but conand nippy—my breath still goes when I think of it. tented and pious woman, expressed so much gratitude. And then Janet wove such long strings of tapé, blue and Lord W-was struck with the contrast between bis red, white and yellow, all striped and variegated like a own condition and feelings and those of this humble pair; gardener's garter! I shall never be such a beau again, and, in settling upon Janet and her inmate L.6 a-year for as when my stockings on Sabbath were ornamented with life, he has enabled her to accommodate herself with a a new pair of 'Janet's well-known, much prized, and new plaid and black silk hood, in which she appears, admired garters."

with her grandaughter, every Sabbath, occupying her It was, however, after all, on Sabbath that Janet ap- well-known and acknowledged position on the lowest, peared to move in her native element. It was on Sab- step of the pulpit stair, and paying the same respect to

bath that her face brightened, and her step became ac the minister in passing, as if she were entirely dependent be celerated that her spectacles were carefully wiped with on her own industry and the good-will of her neighbours ! the corner of a clean neck-napkin, and her Bible was as formerly.

T. G. called into early, and almost uninterrupted use. It was i on Sabbath that her devotions were poured forth—both

in a family and private capacity—with an earnestness and a fervency which I have never seen surpassed, in

THE LONDON DRAMA, $manse or mansion-in desk or pulpit. There is, after all, nothing in nature so beautiful and elevating, as sin

Regent's Park, London, ore and heart-felt, heart-warming devotion. There is

Monday, Nov. 1, 1830. sa poor, frail creatore, verging on threescore and ten years, To the honour both of the management and the public, with an attendant lassie, white-faced, and every way we have this week to record the very successful revival.

shilpy" in appearance. Around them are nothing more of Sheridan's “ School for Scandal” at Drury Lane, with elevating or exciting than a few old sticks of furniture, a cast so strong, as even to include Sinclair to sing the

sõoty rafters, and a smoky atmosphere. Surely imbe celebrated drinking song in the dinner scene; which we * cility has here clothed herself in the forbidding garb of recollect, however, that Braham, for a benefit, we believe,

dependence and squalid poverty! The worm that crawls oncedid before him. With Farren, Dowton, Maçready, and sitto light through the dried mole-hill, all powdered over Wallack, as Sir Peter, Sir Oliver, Joseph, and Charles, with the dust from which it is escaping, is a fit emblem and all the subordinate characters equally ably repreof such an object, and such a condition. But over all sented--though of the ladies, we can say only, that Miss this

, let us pour the warm and glowing radiance of ge- Chester's Lady Teazle looked admirably, and that Mrs nülne devotion! The roots of that consecrated “ash" Glover's Mrs Candour was excellent--the comedy could can bear witness to those half-articulated breathings, not but be effective; which opinion has already been which connect the weakness of man with the power of ratified by two most crowded audiences. On Thursday Got the squalidness of poverty with the radiant rich- last their Majesties visited this Theatre for the first time ness of Divine grace. Do those two hearts; which, under since the King's accession, when

their welcome was enone covering, now breathe forth their evening sacrifice in thusiastic, and the numbers who endeavoured to gain hope and reliance-do they feel do they acknowledge admission were large enough to have filled the house half any alliance with the world's opinions, the world's arti a dozen times over. God save the King," with two ficial and cruel distinctions? If there be one object more new verses, one by Planché, and the other by an anonypleasing to God, and to the holy ministers of his will, mous Mr W. B., and “ Rule Britannia,” were both ably than another, it is this—age uniting with youth,' and sung on the stage, and right loyally and vociferously choyouth with age, in the giving forth into audible, if not russed by the audience; and, judging from his Majesty's articulate expression-the falness of the devout heart ! evident enjoyment of the whole evening, our Sovereign

Lord W. whose splendid residence stands about and his subjects must have been both equally gratified. So fifteen miles distant from Lasscairn, happened to be en- eager, indeed, was the desire to see the King and Queen gaged in a banting expedition in the neighbourhood of at the Theatres, that at Covent Garden, where the eventhis humble and solitary abode, and having separated from ing of the Royal visit was not fixed until some days after his attendants and companions, he bethought him of rest- that to the other house, the boxes, for every probable night, ing for a little under a roof, however humble, from were taken and paid for long before the announcement, which he saw sinoke issuing. But when he put his so that a very few back seats only, and those upstairs, thumb to the latch, it would not move; and, after an were left, when the time was actually advertised. effort or two, he applied first his eye, and lastly his ear, to A Miss Crawford, from a place not mentioned, has the keyhole, to ascertain the presence of inhabitants. The made a very

promising debut as the Page Cherubino, in solemini Voice of fervent prayer met his ear, uttered by a Figaro,” at Drury Lane; and a Mr Parry, from Liper sort' evidently not in a kneeling, but in 'ati erect posi- verpool, a rather equivocal first appearance as Durinel

, ther; he could, in short, distinctly gather the nature and in Charles Kemble's “ Point of Honour," at Covent

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