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could find a tree large and strong enough for her highest 1,944; 2. Do 'IJ BATUE DEMON LADY.
miasta Great Britain an ominous circumstance for the
superiority of British oak ! bad the glory of bestowing

AGAIN in my chamber ! = upon her a sufficient tree for that purpose ; ; it was dis

Again at my bed!

With thy smile sweet as sunshine,, covered amid the recesses of Albion's forests by a swine

120***'; . And hand cold as lead ! hierd! What is remarkable in the construction of this is I know thee, I know thee! e gigantic vessel is, that her sentina, on sink, though darge

Nay, start not, my sweet, and deep, was emptied by one man, by means of a pamp invented by Archimedes. Hiero, on finding that the

These golden robes shrank up,

And show'd me thy feet. Syracusan was too unwieldy to be admitted with safety into the harbours of Sicily, made a present of her to

These golden robes shrank up,

And taffety thin, Prolemy, who changed her name to the Alexandrian.

While out crept the symbols We may add, as a panergon to this long tale of a ship, .11

19 Of Death' and of Sin!" that Arcbimelus, the Greek epigrammatist, wrote a little poem on the large vessel, wbich was rewarded by Hiero

Bright, beautiful devil, with 1000 measures of corn a premium proportioned, if ‘yx* " Pass, pass from me now; not to the poem, at least to the magnitude of the theme * For the damp dew of death celebrated.

T. ..Gathers thick on my brow:
Dollar Institution,

io And bind up thy girdle,
Nov. 2, 1880. - 1. "

Nor beauties disclose. : More dazzlingly white * Than the wreath-drifted snowstabiatd,"

And away with thy kisses; *! THE DEMON LADY.

My heart waxes sick,

9 WTED [This able and original communication was sent to us anony.

As thy red lips, like worms, mously, but we have a shrewd suspicion it comes from our friend

Travel over my cheek!
Motherwell, whom we consequently henceforth cease to designate as
a dour deevil-LED.]

Ha, press me no more with
MANIFOLD and strange be the devices which, time out

That passionless hand,

'Tis whiter than milk, or of mind, the arch-enemy of Adam's race hath resorted to

The foam on the strand : for the purpose of entrapping our poor sinful souls. None,

'Tis softer than down, or according to most veracious narratives, has been more successful than that of arraying some subordinate fiend

The silken-leafʼd flower ;

But colder than ice thrills in woman's apparel, and bestowing upon the wicked de

Its touch at this hour, 17. aasta!!! coy every attribute of feminine loveliness. We could Aastapse many examples wherein he has triumphed over

Like the finger of Death
From cerements unrolld,

*}s:0 dis; human frailty by this gallant invention; but pretermit

Thy hand on my heart falls them for the present, lest we should be deemed tedious, cootenting ourselves by, throwing into something like

Dull, clammy, and cold.in 1.9 fps matrical harmony one of the many stories of a like sort which now.crowd upon our memory:

Nor bend o'er my pillow 1 According to the slight adumbration of a narrative

Thy raven black hair

O'ershadows my brow with trased in the following lines, you will perceive that the unfortunate sinner who had precipitated himself bead

A deeper despair ; and heels into the embraces of a fiend, awoke, ere he died,

These ringlets thick falling

Spread fire through my brain, to a bitter seose of his awful and fallen estate. While in articulo mortis he spurns the loathsome caresses of the

And my temples are throbbing

With madness again. witch-woman for a time; but her endearments at length

The moonlight! the moonlight! gvercome the counsels of the good angel within him, and

The deep winding-bay ! be Felapses once more into the most sinful abandonment,

There are two on that lone strand, and dies a ripened spirit for eternal torment. No question. tbe devil would chuckle heartily when be gained

And a ship far away! this, other recruit to his already crowded spirit land.

In its silence and beauty, I The metre-monger forbears to mention how the demon

Its passion and power, lady eloped with her earthly paramour; but we believe

Love breathed o'er the land, she would eradish in a flash of fire, according to establish.

"Like the soul of a flower. ad usage in similar occurrents. And we much fear that

The billows were chiming the sounds of her departure would have little resemblance

1:849031" On pale yellow sands; . to the 4. melodious twang” which Aubrey assures us fol

And moonshine was gleaming lowed the disappearance of a spirit with whom he seems

On smallivary hands. to haye been upon a most harmonious understanding.

There were bowers by the brook's brink, Sailers are the most susceptible of amphibious creatures;

1. And flowers bursting free; and hence the devil peoples every creek, bay, and river

1. There were not lips to suck forth ich mermaidens or water-nymphs in marvellous abun

****** A lost soul from me! dance, and the poor fellows are caught in the meshes of beir sunny locks by dozens. The hero of this piece ap

Now, mountain and meadow, nears to have been the master of some rich argosy at the

Frith, forest, and river, ich he freighted his soul with so much sin as to sink

Are mingling with shadows.com Lipto fathomless perdition. Deeply it is to be deplored

Are lost to me ever. hat he did not insure his soul at the same time that he ested an insurance on his ship and cargo. These idle

Belike she was a crow-footed lady. She devils, we believe, have Folixities, however, are keeping you from the mournful

generally bird claws at their lower extremities; male fiends are not hetges which describe his latter moments. They are as

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ments.

The sunlight is fading,

Kit).

These ** quods" agam ousted the opponent, whom Small birds seek their nest;

appealed to the old English translations of the Bible? While happy hearts, flower-like,

The following hereupon were produced
Sink sinless to rest.

“Cranmer's Bible, 1566."
But I !-'tis no matter ;-

1.4 Behold how good and joyful a thing it is for brethren. Ay, kiss cheek and chin;

in unitie ; like the precious ointment Kiss-kiss-Thou hast won me,

upon the head, Bright, beautiful Sin!

Aaron's beard, and went down to the skirts of his garo

“ Bishop's Bible, 1572," the same. CRITICA SACRA.

After long and warm altercation, an appeal was at last AN ENQUIRY CONCERNING AARON'S BEARD..

made to the original Hebrew, and to a learned professor I REMEMBER, when a boy, that I thought." lead us not of that language, whose written document in answer is into temptation,” meant neither more nor less than a direct couched in the following words : allusion to the " teetotum" with which the fate of various "Dear Sir,--I have examined; in the original, the large and small pins were determined ! I bave some passages to which you allude ; it gives you do farther recollection likewise of mistaking the phrase, “ he took assistance than the English translation does, in determi. up this parable, and said," for, “he took up the sparable, 'ning the point. The term for ointment is masculina and said;" as if that small headless nail had been the and

that for beard appears to be common to both gendersi thing taken up previous to the saying mentioned. The the W for V8 translated that, is indeclinable apd com.. “chief priests of the Jews," I read the “ thief priests ;” and mon, and the verb is masculine. There appears, therefore, "he died in a good old ago," was to me, he expired in a to be nothing in the grammatical structure of the

passage good old egg. ' Such things were to me in my infancy; but determining precisely whether that refers to the first of since I attained the age of manhood, I have never heard to the last of the two terms. Your truly," &c. of such a mistake so firmly and pertinaciously supported Hereupon the advocate of “ beards” assumed a new posi

: as the following:

tion, and began to crow accordingly, when the following A conversation took place, in the presence of some reasoning on the nature of the passage was submitted. divines, or established clergymen of the Church of Scot It is evident, that the length or breadth ot daton's beard land, together with a sprinkling of learned and distin- is not the subject of assertion or illustration, but the adguished professors, respecting beards. It was alleged by vantage and beauty of unanimity amongst

brethren, à venerable and critical individual of the party, that in particular. This is illustrated by tivo comparisons Knox's beard must have been somewhat lengthy ; but it the first is “ ointment," poured, according to the Jewish was at the same time affirmed, that, long as it was, it custom, on the head, and then tlowing or descending ore was nothing to that of Aaron, which descended even to the whole person, “ ad imos talos;" the second is the the skirts of his garments, An individual questioned im-dew of Hermon,” which descendeth upon Mount Zion mediately and directly the longitude of the beard men- in consequence of which, a blessing is commanded tioned, in consequence of which an appeal was made to God. In the next place, it is physically impossible that any the text.

beard wbatever could grow so long as to reach the ground, Now the text, according to the verse translation sang from the elevation of the chin of an ordinarily sized mas, in our churches, is as follows:

In fact, beards, after shooting out to ten or twelve inches “ Behold how good a thing it is,

get roughened, and split in the extremities of the hains: And how becoming well,

and no power of oil, or combing, will induce them Together such as brethren are

descend farther. And, in the last place, bad Aaron In unity to dwell.

beard (as his garments were flowing) descended to the Like precious ointment on the head,

skirts thereof, he must have provided himself (as they de That down the beard did flow,

some countries with regard to the tails of sheer) with Even Aaron's beard, and to the skirts

a little cart or waggon, with the view of pushing along Did of his garments go.".

this immense redundancy of chin ornament. Vide Psalm 133. Now, Sir Editor, that you have heard the case stated,

give your own opinion, or ask at Dr Brown af Eskdale It being evident from this version that it was not the muir. “ Did the beard of Aaron reach to the skirts of an beard, but the ointment, which reached the skirts of the garments, or did it not ?" I pause for a reply. At some garments of the chief priest, recourse was had to the

AXTIBARBATUS prose translation in the Old Testament, which, as far as

NOTE BY THE EDITOR the beard is concerned, ruus thus 17" It is like the pre

W. have never, like the Emperor Julian, written a misopagoa cious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the

ve are neither professedly nor practically a beard-kaler, yet we have beard, even Aaron's beard, that went down to the skirts no patience with so preposterous a beard as our learned correspo of his garments.” Here a triumph was proclaimed by dent's learned friend would give to the Jewish high priest. The sco the advocate of beards, he very knowingly concealing the of the comparison in the original is evidently to this effet, semicolon, which shows, at least, the opinion of Dr Har- mutual friendship of brothers, is like the precious ointment with dinge, Dr Reynolds, Dr Holland, Dr Billy, Mr Smart, which the high priest was anointed, and which, being poured upes Mr Pratt, and Mr Farcelance, (translators, at Oxford, garments, communicating its agreeable odour to his whole person." of the Hagiography,) upon this subject !

Thus Buchanan in his paraphrase : Being driven from this point, the advocate of five and

balsamum, &c. a half feet beards took refuge in the “ Septuagint," which

imbre læeto proluens barbam et sinus, runs thus:

Limbum pererrat aureum. Ως μυρον επι κεφαλήν καταβαινον επι πωγωνα τον πωγωνα | gui descend sur la barbe d'Aaron, ET qui découle sur Pouverture

Thus also the French ;="Une huile precieuse repandue sur la tête τον Ααρω, ΤΟ καταβαινό», &c.

de la-haut de ses vetements." The Spanish, indeed, meuticas, Here the accuracy of the Greek translation of the an

“barba muy crecida," and has only a comma after Aaron; but the cient Hebrew triumphed, with its “ TO," over every Portuguese decidedly supports the common reading mang .doubt; but the enemy was not thus suddenly to be dis- cahe sobre toda a barba,&c. e vem descendo até á extremidade. Perez lodged, so recourse was had to the Vulgate, which raps

ra's Tr.) We need not quote Martini's Italian version, since it literal thus :

from the Vulgate, Diodati, the most faithful and elegant of farinn

translators, expresses himself decidedly against the beurt ad eadetes “ Sicut unggentum in capite quod descendit in bar

“Come-Volio eccellenté, &o il quate gli sconde, des patients his bam, bærbam Aaron, quod descendit,” &c.

al lembo, deci &" In short, all authority scerns unfavourable

the beardal Nevertheless, since the Hebrew is doubtful, our friend's friend may possibly be right, though the general sense of mankind is against him. In justice to him, we may hint, that what our transla. tion calls the "skirts of his garments," Deed not signify the lower extremities. Poole on the passage says, “per oram (this is the literal translation of the Hebrew word) intellige foramen illud, cuidaditur collam, vel supremam vescium partem, cui barba incumberet." on the beerd supposition, therefore, this ornament of Jewish priesthood need have been of no such inadmissible length as our correspondent supposes. But our own ex cathedra opinion is for the ointment.

The winter morning ! from a spug warm nest,

'Tis then a daring, desperate deed to pass Into the air ; and, shivering and half-drest,

Coolly to seat ourselves before a glass, For half-an-hour, percbance, the chill to brave, And then with frosted water try to shave.

Ah! then, indeed, the thiekly-budding chin,

'Tis fearful with a razor blunt to bare, Whose excellence consists in taking skin

And letting blood, but leaving on the hair; While heart-wrung tears of agony escape, In dúinb confession of our awkward scrape.

More miseries - more! A mighty rise takes place

Upon the price of coals, and the amounts
Of servants' wages, taxes, house-rents, chase

Each other, and us too ; and his accounts
Many and long-each smiling dun presents,
Mocking us with the season's compliments,
Yet, Winter, thou hast consolations too,

And glimpses, not of sunshine, but of gas;
When every thing except thy sky looks blue,

And not unpleasantly our time we pass-What with plays, concerts, Christmas and its cakes, Its midday cordials, and its midnight wakes. But preach not ye, who have the care of souls,

Of hell in winter, or your labour's lust; For then we almost creep into the coals,

And fire no terrors hath in time of frost, And, while the nose is freezing on the face, We're apt to think it not so bad a place.

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THE LONDON DRAMA.,

***"Monday, Nov. 15, 1830. "Last week introduced to us a new farce at each house, both of which were produced on the same evening, both were from the French, and both were well acted, and successful." Drury Lane's novelty was entitled “ Tarning the Tables;" very pleasantly paraphrased' by Mr Poole, froth Scribe's " Nouveau Parceaugnac," in which Listoni

, Cooper, and Mrs Orger, as Jack Humphries, Jeremiah Bumps, and Patty Larkins, were all admirable, . and the applause was incessant whenever the laughter would permit it. On the same night, Planché's " How fer,"

;" with Rossini's music to William Tell," was revived, with Missės Pearson and Russell as the very inadequate substitutes of Miss Stephens and Madame Vestris, the latter of whom commences this evening at the Tottenham Street Theatre, and her sister Josephine, of King's Bench 'notoriety, at the Coburg! Drury Lane has also produced' a new divertissement, called " Les Trois Sultanes, to introduce a Mademoiselle Rosalia Guet, as the principal danseuse. Both were, however, entirely unworthy of a Theatre Royal ; and if Monsieur Simon, the new Ballet Master, have done his best in his recent specimens, the sooner he be cashiered the better for all parties.

The new farce at Covent Gardehr was called “ Hide and Seek," Anglicised by Mr Lunn from a French originat, which, ander the title of " The Secret,” has gone the round of all our Minor Theatres. years ago. Miss Ellen Tree and Mr Keeley, who had the only characters of any consequence, played excellently, and its repetition was

s announced without even one solitary biss. Miss Kemble's Mrs Haller, in «The Stranger,” is increasing in popularity ; and Miss Taylor's next character is to be Rosalind, to Charles Kemble's Orlando, in “ As You Like It,” on Thursday next.–Drury Lane is to have a new “ dramatic tale,” called the “ Conscript, or, the Veteran and his Dog," also from a Gallic origin, on Wednesday,

and there is a greenroom schism there between Macready and Mister Manager Walfack, which at present precludes the publie from being amused by those gentlemen both at once. Cooper's naval novel of the “ Water Witch, or, the Skimmer of the Sea," dramatised by Mr Bernard, is to be produced at the Adelphi this evening; and a newspaper contest between Mr Backstone, and a Me Almar of the Surrey Theatre, is supplicating the public decision as to which is the " true man" and which the "thief," with regard to their respective burlettas; both stolen, by the by, from the same original, the second series of " Tales of a Voyager," published last season by Colburn. 51734

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THE morning dawns in silent beauty dim,
And bars the grey clouds with its misty gold ;,
The heaven-born skylark, soaring with its hymn,
Greets the bright day, whose glories wide unfold,
While melódy from gleg and grotto old,
of waterfall and woodland song,
Or beat of timbrel humming long,
Fills the far groves with joyance wild and sweet.
But oh, tess searching to the secret heart-
Home of deep memory and love's retreat ;
Less winning to the sense-forth-charming woe

the Than thy'sweet tones, which vibrate, swell, and glow, And leave an echo that can ne'er depart.

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LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.

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We are happy to understand that Mr Sheridan Knowles's new play, “ Alfred," which has been written for some time, but has been a good deal altered and improved of late, is likely to be brought out soon at Drury Lane, where Macréady will sustain the part of Alfred. Mr Knowles, has also made considerable progress with a comedy, on which he is at present engaged.

The Widow and her Son, a Borough Tale of 1782, in four Cantos, by John Milne of Aberdeen, is announced for publication early in December

The Death-Wake, or Lunacy, a Necromaunt, in three Chimeras, with other Poems, by Thomas Tod Stoddart, is in the press, and

will speedily appear. We are enabled to promise both originality dry land, he was so fearfully exhausted, that had it not been for the and vigour in Mr Stoddart's volume.

timely assistance of Dr Moir, who was instantly sent for, and the A Novel, in threo volumes, is announced, by Mr John Mackay bled him on the spot, I doubt much whether Ms Hope woeli Wilson, who is at present residing in Glasgow,

not have had cause to repent of his ingenuity. Speaking of Dr Mar. An Experimental Enquiry into the Number and Properties of the naturally leads me to tell you that literature is progressing very Primary Colours, and the source of Colour in the Prism, by Walter slowly here. With the exception of the triangular bard, we have se Crum, Esq. of Glasgow, will shortly be published, by Mr Atkinson. one to look to ; and even with regard to him, how true is the This work is said to exhibit some striking results, and to evince ori- saying, that “ a prophet is worshipped everywhere but in his om ginal and powerful habits of investigation.

country!" Mr George Combe, your learned townsman, when proRemarks on a new and important remedy in Consumptive Diseases, posing Dr Moir's health at the public dinner held on the occasion et by John Humphreys Doddridge, surgeon, is announced.

our Riding of the Marches, very justly remarked, " that though The Life of Thomas Fanehawe Middleton, D.D., Lord Bishop of to the world he was known as the poet, yet here he might be only Calcutta, by the Rev. C. W. Le Bas, M.A. is in the press.

singled out as the benevolent physician." Dr Moir, however, $ The Schah of Persia has just published a collection of his poetical not the only member of his family who is addicted to the cacertas works, under the following title: “ Poems of Him before whory all scribendi ; the second and youngest brothers have contributed, toets Nations prostrate themselves in adoration.” He must needs be a certain knowledge, many interesting papers to not a few of the po bold man who will criticise this work. The autocratof all the Russias pular periodicals of the day.-Mr William Brooks, of this place, ha may perhaps undertake it.

just published a poem on our last Riding of the Marches, in which CHIT CHAT FROM EDINBURGH.-If there was any doubt as to the he gives us a sketch of all the leading characters in that splendid winter having commenced last week, there can be none now, for the procession. I send you one verse, as a specimes : Court of Session and the Theatre have opened. Of the introductory

“ The Magistrates and Councilors, addresses, that delivered at the former house of entertainment

With officers before, struck us as the most original. In what regards the comic strength

Arranged their banners, and fell in of the respective companies, we suspect the Theatre has the better

At Bailie Carse's door." of it-the more especially as the Liston of the other house is at present starring it in London.-A Medical Cyclopædia is talked of, to be We have likewise had a very ingenious history of the ancient game of got up here in emulation of Dr Lardner's Omnium Gatherum. The Golf, drawn up by a Mr Lees, a promising young lawyer, for the be plan does not strike us as remarkably feasible. We have been much nefit of the Club; the pamphlet does him credit.-A sough west interested within these few days by a visit to the studio of Mr Steele. abroad lately that we were to have an Anti-Slavery Neeting, # We bad been prepared, by one or two busts of his executing, which which Dr Andrew Thomson was to hold forth; but, behold! the we had casually seen, to expect fine feeling and pure taste in his sough has passed away, and here we are, and the House of Lords and works, and we found more. He has at present in hands an excel Commons know not how we stand with regard to the great question. lent and characteristic likeness of Dr Gordon-the lower part of the -We have been pat about a little with a report that the Ex-King countenance is real flesh;-a small model of a Hebe-a juvenile work, had taken a house at Inseresk; but it has turned out a mistake I we understand-in which the goddess raises her cup with a fine mix. suppose he does not care much about trying, during the winter ture of devotional and convivial feeling ;-a boy fishing, in which the months, the air of the Montpelier of Scotland, as it is called action is not only true and lively, but the features (as far as we can have not yet heard of any balls likely to be started among us the judge from the scarcely-finished model) express completely the throb winter ; but mayhap “ the note of proparation" may be sounded in bing anxiety of the angler, as he feels the intermitting tugs of his my next. stricken prey. A small model of Daniel in the Lion's Den is also a fine CHIT-CHAT FROM GLASGOW,-The winter courses of lectures in conception. But the work which Mr Steele is principally directing our Universities, the Pentland School of Medicine, and the Mechas his attention to at present, is of more importance than any of these. nics' Institution, have opened, each with an attendance both " It is a colossal group of Alexander taming Bucephalus; and, from merous and respectable,” to use the established phrase of paragraph the progress he has already made in it, as well as his talents, and mongers. We have no less than four new lecturers on philosopiy enthusiasm in his art, there is good reason to believe that this work, and half-a-dosen on medicine, &c., and I beliere they are all sputte when finished, will reflect honour on himself and his native city. ting themselves well, although some of them are very young. -la the Circumstances have prevented the completion of this piece of sta- Andersonian University, the weekly soirees are about to be resumed tuary so soon as Mr Steele anticipated; but we recommend to him on the plan of the social and scientific meetings at the Royal Ipsthe example of one with whose life and writings he is no doubt well tution. --Lord Kelburn is still master of hounds in the west entries, acquainted-Cellini. Manly perseverance and ready invention of and a bolder or more skilful rider never crossed a saddle. The resources add a dignity even to the character of an artist.

“ field” is always, however, small, I learn, and the noble sport of CHIT CHAT FROM LEITH.-A new periodical, to be entitled the fox-hunting does not seem to be popular in this most sedentary of Argus, is at present on the tapis, and will shortly commence in this districts. Indeed, it is seldom talked of.-But we have had no lock place. The prospectus is not yet published, but the pages of the of gossip matters, and never were tea-table coteries more best work will, I understand, be wholly devoted to the local politics of the than at present-Mr Alexander has re-opened his theatre with a town.-Roberts has been giving readings here, and Mr Fitzgerald company almost new, and, in some departments, excellent. He is te has been making people laugh with ventriloquism and other things have Kean next week. There are to be no subscription-concerts Our Mechanics' Institution has opened its fifth session. Mr Keid be. this season. gan the course with an excellent lecture on Chemistry. Our shores CHIT CHAT FRON ABERDE EN. A monthly periodical is soon to be are all deserted by bathers now, with the exception of one or two started in this city, under the title of The Aberdeen Magazine ;-the daring spirits. I had a dip the other morning in the “ deep deep first number is to appear early in January; Mr Lewis Smith is the sea," with as much comfort and pleasure as ever I had in the warm-spirited publisher.-The Aberdeen Independent has ceased to exist; est of the dog-days. For the more luxurious, we have got excellent and the Portfolio has never seen the light, except in the shape of $ baths, fitted up in a very superior style by Messrs Goodlet and Co., prospectus.-A sermon on “ The Danger of Forgetting God," by these whose charges also are exceedingly moderate.

Rev. Mr Thorburn, of the Union Chapel of Ease, in this city, has CHIT-CHAT FROM MUSSELBURGH.-As you seem anxious to have been published; the profits arising from its sale, are to be given in a few hints of what is going on everywhere, perhaps you will have aid of the Infant School which is intended to be built in Aberders. no objections to spare a corner, just to let the world know all about -Mr Joseph, the eminent sculptor, formerly of Edinburgh, and doe the ancient town of Musselburgh. We are, every one of us, so fond of London, has finished an elegant marble bust of the late Prick of your periodical, that we have some little claim on yourindulgence. pal Campbell of Aberdeen, which is to be placed in Mariscbal de Well, then, without farther circumlocution, we have had, every lege, when the subscription is completed. --A number of the tenant alternate evening for a fortnight past, a Mr Dickenson lecturing ry on the Southesk estates gave a dinner, a few weeks ago, to their on Chemistry, in our Town Hall, and we have been all very much landlord, Sir James Carnegie, Bart. M.P. for this district of burghs. edified by his visit. We had a Bible Society Meeting on Mon in the Farmers' Hall, adjoining the Swan Inn, Brechin ; Mr Lyall, day week, at which not a few rather goodish speeches were delivered; Carcary, in the chair.-Mr Barclay of Ury's annual sale of sheep the collection, however, at the conclusion of the meeting, I am and cattle was lately held, and was numerously attended by admin afraid, will not go far to convert “ India's dark daughters."-On culturists, from distant as well as from the adjoining districts of Friday the 9th inst., a deputation from the Edinburgh Temperance the country.--Our new Suspension Bridge is attracting crowds of Society held a public meeting in our Town Hall; but, as we are ra visitors; it is rather romantically situated, about midway btvæn ther a thirsty race, from our unfortunate proximity to the sea, I sus the bridge of Dee and the Waterloo Quay, and commands an a. pect they made few converts. The humbug will not take in this tensive prospect of the city, the bay, harbour, shipping, &c. The quarter. Mr Robert Hope, of this place, has just invented a new span of the bridge is 215 feet-Ducrow's Royal Amphitheatwded apparatus for saving lives in cases of shipwreck ; but I have not yet on Wednesday the 9th insant. Mr Ducrow gave a performance seen it, so can give you no description. The first attempt with it Saturday last for the benefit of the Poor's Hospital in Alanden was rather an ominous one. Having bribed a poor man here of the He has now gone to Edinburgh, with his company and stud, for the name of Wilkie to trust himself in the watery eleinent with his new winter.-We have got no military to replace the depat of the sth invention, and a rope fastened round him, he pulled him in and out Highlanders in our barracks, which seems to imply that we are comto such purpose, that the last time the unfortunate being touched | sidered to be peaceably inclined.

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LITERARY CRITICISM.

general practice. Among the most able, and certainly by far, the most scientific, of our contemporaries, the Westminster

Reviewers, in their XXVth Number, have touched this The Practical Planter ; containing Directions for the subject with their usual discrimination, respecting the

Planting of Waste Land, and Management of Wood; progress of science. with a N-2 Method of Rearing the Oak. By Thomas “ The slowness,” they say, “ with which prineiples, Cruickshank, Forester at Careston. William Blackwell known, and, one should think, capable of the most

wood, Edinburgh ; and T. Cadell, London. 1830. obvious application to purposes of utility, come to be so A Series of Facts, Observations, and Experiments on the applied, is not a little remarkable. The clear perception

different Modes of Raising Young Plantations of Oaks, of the use to be made of a principle, and the intellectual for future Navies, from the Acorn, Seedling, and Larger vigour adequate to demonstrate the use by the applicaa Plants ; showing the Dificulties, fc. fc. By William tion, would seem to be an endowment almost as rare, and Billington,

nearly as important, as the faculty of tracing that link

of connexion between similar, and apparently dissimilar, There is perhaps po given subject, agriculture except- though related phenomena, which leads to the discovery ed, in which so many and such various persons are in- of new principles. An hundred thousand minds bad obterested, as the CULTIVATION OF Wood. Besides its vital served the force of Steam, before it occurred to a single importance and utility to Great Britain as a Naval power, one that it might be applied to save muscular exertion, it is more generally attractive even than agriculture, from and to produce results that no muscular exertion can the unequalled beauty and variety of its productions, accomplish ; and even this thought had probably been

In the present advanced condition of planting as a prac-conceived by many thousands, before it engaged the attentical art, it has long appeared to us, that neither those tion of one, that was capable of giving the actual de who practise it, nor those who make it the subject of their monstration of the fact, by the invention of the steamwritings, adopt the best means for its permanent improve engine. The wonderful actions that take place, between ment. Arboriculture, in as far as the operative part is certain physical agents and certain vital fuids, in some concerned, was carried to a considerable height by the of the processes of life, which chemistry clearly and beau, ancients. It has, within the two last centuries, made tifully discloses, were long known to be invariably pregreat strides towards excellence among the nations of sent, wherever the functions of animal life are performed, modern Europe, and in none more conspicuously than before analogous actions were discovered in the living among ourselves. From the time of Evelyn, the vene- plant. And, when discovered, it was still longer before rable father of English planting in the 17th century, it the great practical facts, which they brought to light, bas always been among the most favourite pursuits of were applied to the improvement of agriculture; and the British landowner. Wbole libraries of books and even, when at last applied, with the most surprising ada trentises have accordingly been composed on so pleasing vantage to that art, they have not been, to this hour, an art, and the best rules laid down for its practice. Yet generally applied to Arboriculture ; although there is no it is truly singular, amidst so immense a body of facts department in the vegetable economy, in which the effects and experiments thus brought forward, that no general of their application would be more striking, or the fruit principles have been deduced, for regulating its progress; more precious, or more abundant.-We have thus taken principles, on which alone the practice of every art really some pains to prepare the reader for the full understandimportant should rest as a basis. There is but one way, ing of this fact, conceiving it to be one of great interest, as we conceive, in which it can be carried to a higher no less on account of the purposes of utility to which it degree of dignity as well as utility; and that is, by calling may be applied, than of the beanty of which it may be in the aid of Physiology, and partly also of Chemistry, for made the source. For the power of affording a full illusits improvement, and bringing those sciences to bear upon tration of it, we are indebted to the author of The it with effect.

PLANTER's Guide,' who has done for Arboriculture, by It was therefore with unfeigned satisfaction, that, means of Physiology, what had been already accomplished nearly three years since, we hailed the first attempt to- for agriculture, by means of chemistry.” wards this object, that has been made, in any language, These are just and ingenious remarks; and it is curious by the appearance of “ The Planter's Guide,” by Sir enough, in consonance with them, to observe, that it is not Henry Steuart (see our 1st Volume, No. 67); of which much more than ten years since science has, by universal the design is, to send planters for instruction to the works practice allover the island, been acknowledged to be all-effiof Nature herself, and to the stady of her laws, as they cient in agriculture, and yet it is nearly forty since the inge are set forth in the anatomy of plants, and the develope- nious Earl of Dundonald wrote, and showed that it should ment of their functions; which course, if pursued with be so. In the same way, the work of Sir Henry Steaart industry and a scientific spirit, will, ere long, render has been about three years before the public, in a country arboriculture wholly a new art in modern hands. But which boasts of being the birthplace of vegetable anatomy it principles of science are slowly deduced from facts and and physiology, and yet practical men of the first reputaexperiments, their only true and genuine source, we re tion (whose names stand at the head of this article) are gret to perceive, that, however they may be abstractly as completely ignorant of what scientific tree-cultare incontrovertible, they are still more slow in influencing means, as if they had lived in the days of Evelyn and

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