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said he, I hope before I die, to see
METEORICK STONES. this your youngest daughter, a great ON the 19th of April 18 8, at one queen And I, replied the queen, hope
o'clock in the afternoon, a great quan. she will live to see you a Pope. These
tiiy of meteorolites fell in the comprophetical compliments were strict mune of Pieve di Casignano, in the ly verified, and that too within a short department of Taro (formerly the time of each other.
duichies of Parma and Placentia).
The air was calm, and the sky serene, METEMPSYCHOSIS.
but with a few clouds. Two loud exThe very ancient doctrine of the transmigration of the soul still pre- veral less violent, after which several
plosions were heard, followed by sevails in many parts of the east, where it is facetiously said, that the souls of fields saw one fall about fifty paces
stones fell. A farmer who was in the poets animate, after death, the bodies from him, and bury itself in the of grasshoppers, as these insects
ground. It was burning hot. A fragusually sing till they starve.
ment of one of these stones is deposi.
ted in the museum at Paris. AT the assizes for one of the mid
JEVENILE LINGUIST. land counties, a woman was tried for the murder of her bastard child, and
Progress of the English language after the Judge had taken great pains in allied countries, being a literal copy in explaining the provisions of lord of an advertisement (published out of Ellenborough's act, the jury acquitted compliment to the English garrison) her of the murder, and found her guilty of concealing the birth of the mo, on 10th anuary, 1807:-" Gaschild. The prisoner next tried, was
per Grifoni, a boy six years old, for his
benefit's night shall expose on the charged with stealing a goose, and the same jury, thinking that the law ap. stage four languages in mask, to wit, plied equally to both cases, acquitted English, French, Spanish, and Italian, the prisoner of the felony, but found
a him guilty of concealing the goose!
Tragick, and Lappanio Spanish, and
French servant. One of the most A nobleman (says Miss Edgeworth) tragical scenes, labour of the said boy
who shall expose in the middle of such inquiring of his Irish servant what was the cause of the noise he heard? graceful and ridiculous representa
" It is the singing in my ears," replied Pat, “and I have had it, your
METEORICK STONE. honour, these six months."
THE minister for the home department, has communicated to the
imperial academy of Petersburgh, LINES,
the following account of a meteorick Presented to a beautiful Lady, who had two stone, weighing 160 lbs. that fell in French dogs that slept regularly upon her
the circle of Ichnow, in the governpillow in muslin nightcaps.
ment of Smolensko. In the afternoon
of the 13th of March, 1807, a very YE mongrel race, who, lounge through violent clap of thunder was heard in Rotten-Row,
that district. Two peasants in the vilSt. James's, Bond-street, and who talk “ Bow-wow;"
lage of Timochim, being in the fields Who ape, with empty head, and curling at the time, say, that at ihe instant of lock,
this tremendous report, they saw a T} nat’ral qualities of happier Shock; Give up th' attempt-your trial is in vain, large black stone tali about forty pa
ces from them. They were stunned The fair survey your labours with disdain; CORINNA scorns such half-bred curs to
for a few minutes; but, as soon as wed,
they recorered themselves, they ran And takes two perfect puppies to her bed. toward the place where the stone
fell. They could not, however, disco- ture was of an ashen gray. Being
The subjoined characteristick Anecdotes of several species of Birds are extracted
from Shaw's General Zoology. THE DWARF HAWK,
THE SHRIKE. SMALLER than a Merlin: upper When this bird, says Levaillant, parts brown, the tail crossed by a few sees a locust, a mantis, or a small deeper bars: under parts white, mark- bird, it springs upon it, and immeed on the throat and breast by oblong diately carries it off, in order to imbrown spots, and on the belly and pale it on a thorn, and is so dexterous thighs by narrow transverse bars. in this operation, that the thori alThis small hawk is a native of the in- ways passes through the head of the teriour of Africa, where it was ob- bird or insect thus transfixed. If it served by Monsieur Levaillant, who cannot find a thorn, it fixes the head describes it as of a highly bold and of the animal between a division of spirited nature, preying on small two small branches, and this with as birds, and occasionally driving away much address as if performed by hufrom its haunts, even the larger birds man means. -We need only watch of its own genus, as well as Shrikes, this shrike for a single minute in or&c. It builds on trees, forming its der to witness its ravages; and if we nest of smail twigs, intermixed with take the pains to examine the spot
it moss and leaves externally, and lining frequents, we are sure to find on every it with wool and feathers. The eggs bush and tree the victims which it has are five in number, spotted with transfixed, the major part of which brown near each end. The female are often so dried as to be unfit for bird is nearly cwice the size of the his food; a proof of his singularly male. Monsieur Levaillant relates a destructive instinct. singular instance of the audacity of It is often taught to fight by the this species. He was sitting at a table, natives of Bengal, one being held up engaged in preparing some birds opposite to another, on the hand of a lately killed; when one of these hawks
mari, to whose finger the bird is fassuddenly stooped, and seized one of tened by a string, sufficiently long to the newly stuffed specimens, and enable it to fly and peck at ils adverAying with it to a neighbouring tree, sary. It is said to be of a remarkably began to plume and tear it open, but docile disposition, and is sometimes finding nothing but moss and cotton, carried by the young Indians, in order seemed indignant at ihe disappoint- to execuie little commissions of gal. ment; and, after tearing in pieces the lantry; and, at a signal given by the skin, at length contented itself with lover, will seize and carry off with devouring the head, the only part much dexterity, the small gold ornawhich remained in its natural state. ment usually worn on the head of a
young Indian lady, and convey it to detrimental to the country. The cause its master. It will also, with admira was considered in form. On the part ble celerity, follow the descent of a of the birds, it was argued, that they ring purposely thrown down a deep raked in the new ploughed grounds, well, catching it in its fall, and return- not for the sake of the grain, but the ing it to its owner. The Persian poets insects; and were, therefore, benefirepresent the Bulbul as enamoured cial. They were, however, proscribed of the rose, and grieved or angry, by the council; and, in the space of at seeing it rudely cropped.- What two hours after the sentence was ever may be said by poels and un. pronounced against them, not 2 scientifick observers, Mr. Pennant Grakle was to be found in the island. has not scrupled to declare his opinion This prompt execution was however that the natural note of this bird is followed by a speedy repentance. The harsh and unmelodious. If this be the locusts gained the ascendency, and case, the musick of the Bulbul may be the people, who only view the preconsidered as nearly allied to the cele. sent, regretted the loss of the Para. brated song of the Swan, so often re- dise Grakles. Mons. de Morave, concorded in the flights of poetick fic- sulting the inclinations of the settlers, tion.
procured three or four of these birds
eight years after their proscription. PARADISEA TRISTIS.
They were received with transports This bird is a native of India and of joy. Their preservation and breethe Philippine islands, and is said to ding were made a state affair. The be of a very voracious nature, feeding laws held out protection to them, and both on animal and vegetable food, the physicians, on their part, declared and is particularly fond of locusts and their flesh to be unwholesome. After grasshoppers. On this head the count so many powerful expedients for de Buffon relates a curious anecdote. their welfare, the desired effect was The island of Bourbon, where these produced; the Grakles multiplied, birds were unknown, was overrun and the locusts were destroyed. But, with locusts, which had unfortunately an opposite inconvenience has since been introduced from Madagascar; arisen. The birds, supported no longer their eggs having been imported in by insects have had recourse to fruits, the soil with some plants which were and have fed on the mulberries, grapes, brought from that island. In conse and dates. They have even scratched quence of this, Mons. Deforges Bou- up the grains of wheat, rice, maize, chier, governour general of the isle of and beans; they have rifled the pigeon Bourbon, and Mons. de Poivre, the houses, and preyed on the young; intendant, perceiving the desolation and thus, after freeing the settlers which was taking place, deliberated from the locusts, they have themseriously on the means of extirpating selves become a more formidable the noxious insects; and for that pur scourge. This, however, is perhaps an pose, caused to be introduced into exaggeration; since Mr. Latham in This island, several pair of the Para- his second supplement observes, on dise Grakle from India. This plan the subject of this bird, that Mons. promised to succeed; but unforlu- Duplessin, who had resided many nately, some of the colonists, obser- years in the isle of Bourbon, had given ving the birds eagerly thrusting their his opinion that the Paradise Grakle bills into the earth of the new sown might be advantageously introduced fields, imagined that they were in into that part of Spain nearest the quest of the grain, and reported that coasts of Africa for a similar purpose, the birds, instead of proving benefic and added, that, so far from its having cial, would, on the contrary, be highly become a nuisance in the isle of Bour
bon, the laws for its preservation were If kept in the poultry yard, it spon, still in force,
taneously mimicks the cries of all the This bird according to Buffon, is domestick animals, hens, cocks, of the same lively and imitative dis- geese, dogs, sheep, &c. and this chatposition with the India Grakle, and tering is accompanied by many singuwhen young, is easily taught to speak. lar gesticulations.
EDWARD AND ELLEN.
A modern Sonnet.
ed home; More for his Ellen than himself he feared,
For she, alas ! was little used to roam.
Bright let the tapers beam: the ruddy fire
The open heart's exhilirating fiow!
And now was seen the lightning's distant
flash, Its splendours spreading in th' horizon's
AIR. brow, Whilst deep toned thunder rolled in aw Oh! roses are sweet on tire beds where ful crash,
they grow, Between the lurid lightning's fervid
Fresh spangled with dews of the morn: glow.
On Nature's kind bosom in safety they
glow, Poor Ellen shuddered at the coming Protected by many a thorn. storm,
There awhile in full richness exists the And, trembling, staggered on her sweet flower, homeward road,
"Till its fast falling leaves drop around; Whilst Edward strove to guard his fair
There soon, of the charms of the pride of one's form,
the bower, ”Till they should gain some sheltering There's nought but the thorns can be kind abode:
found. For she, poor maid--was drunk !-and
Ah! roses are sweet, but sweet roses will Edward's care
fade! Protected Ellen home from Fairlop Fair !
J. M. L. So fares it with beauty, in life's early
prime, When armed with stern rigour the
breast; SONNET, BY ANTHOCLES.
It blooms in cold pride, fresh and sweet THE midniglit storm is high; and sadness
for a time, brings
Then sinks into age still unblest! To many a musing melancholy mind: Beware, then, ye maids, with too cautious It seems the tempest on his dreary wings, an art, Bears tribulation: and the hollow wind
How you guard your soft breast from Is filled with boding voices: but to those
love's woes, Whom blithe content surrounds, who Lest apathy spreading like thorns round
deem it not A sin to feel delight, the blast that blows You at last drop alone like the rose. Is quickly perished, and its breath for. For roses are sweet, but sweet roses will got:
PHILOSOPHICAL AND ECONOMICAL INTELLIGENCE. American Fir to be compared with that of a committee be appointed to inquire into Europe.
the truth of the above suggestion; and to AT a meeting of the Dublin Society, report to the society on the comparative held at their house in Hawkins street, on strength of Norway and Memel timber, the 11th of May, various resolutions were with that of the timber of North America, passed. It having been suggested to the in which the committee will distinguish society, that the timber imported from the particular states of North America, North America differs very materially, in whence the timber may have been importquality and strength, from the timbered, the comparative qualities of which, which has, for many years past, been used with those of Memel and Norway, shall be in this kingdom; it was resolved. That reported upon.