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given our opinion upon the subject, and them with great cruelty, and destroyed therefore shall merely express our fervent one of the number by famine and violence. wish that the accommodation may be She was found guilty on strong grounds, permanent, that the dread of danger may and ordered for execution. Ďuring her prove visionary, and that the evils of Ire imprisonment she stabbed herself in the land may be remedied.
throat with a knife, but not very seriously March 21.-A dreadful calamity oc “I don't care (she said) a pin about death, curred in Spain. An earthquake was felt but I don't like to be hanged like a dog." in the kingdom of Murcia, which in the --The chaplain in vain endeavoured to language of a royal address, “ converted prevail upon her to pray, or to turn her into a desert a spot that was just before mind from the contemplation of self-decovered with 4,000 houses, 20 churches, struction. She turned away from him and various manufactories, burying under with apparent contempt and abhorrence, the ruins a considerable number of the A short time previous to her attempting inhabitants, with their harvests, their flocks, to commit suicide she took leave of her and their fortunes.” His majesty gave a daughter, and, when asked if she had any small sum for the relief of those who were desire to see her other relatives, she reonly injured in their property, and private plied, “ Not I, indeed; they can't save subscriptions were made for the same pur- my life.” A little before the hour of exepose, but not with that liberality which cution, the under-sheriff went to her cell, would, on a similar occasion, have been asked her how she felt, and told her that manifested in Great-Britain. Ferdinand, her time was come. She said not a word, indeed, and his subjects in general, are except that she was going to be murdered; comparatively poor.
that she never used the child badly, alApril.-Princely Poverty.--As appli- though, to be sure, she did not treat her as cations for relief are frequently made to a mother would have treated her. Toward those who are supposed to be rich, the the churchwarden, who appeared against multiplication of such appeals must be her as a witness, her venom appeared to vexatious and troublesome to the higher have peculiar asperity. « Oh," said classes. To check this freedom, Henry, she to several who bave seen her since duke of Wurtemberg, published the fol- her conviction, “ I would think nothing lowing notice.--"For a considerable time of all this if I could only be revenged past I have been assailed with such a on the churchwarden - if I could only quantity of what are vulgarly called begging have his life some way or other, I'd die letters, that I know of no other remedy happy and comfortable.” When the old but to declare to the writers thereof, that it woman was conducted into the room where is in vain for them to attempt to wring con- the officers of justice were assembled, she tributions from my scanty purse. Although was pinioned, and had a strait-jacket on, I consider it a sacred duty to afford as and looked as pale as ashes. The expresmuch assistance as possible, still the per- sion of her countenance was suited to what formance of this duty depends not so had been so long going on within. Before much on the inclination as on the means she made her appearance, the under-sheriffs that are at the command of an honest man. entered the room, and informed Mr. Sheriff In my case these are very limited, and Booth that they never beheld so dreadful have been of late reduced by certain taxes, a spectacle as the old woman presented &c. Besides, my assistance is due, in the 'that she appeared only anxious to execute first place, to those persons in whose vici- vengeance upon others, and never once nity I reside; I request, therefore, all those thought of a future state. The instant she who fancy they can force me to contribu- entered the room, every one present was tions by dedications and other means, to of the same opinion. No one uttered a save themselves the trouble in future, in- word, and two of the sheriff's men led her asmuch as I have nothing else to reply to at once to the scaffold. When she aptheir alleged distress, than · Knock else- peared upon the platform, the thousands where, for I cannot assist you, however who had assembled rent the air with shouts inclined."
of exultation. She appeared to feel this April 13.-Brutal Barbarity and just salute, and looked forward to the specta Punishmant. A base follower of the abo- tors as if she would have performed the minable example of Mrs. Brownrigg, ap- office of executioner on all who were to peared in the person of Esther Hibner, witness her departure from this world. a tambour-worker, who, having several The hangman was not long occupied in parish apprentices in her service, treated fixing the rope, and every movement of
ILLUSTRATIONS OF WAVERLEY.
his was hailed with shouts of applause. perhaps brought down a smart jest, as on The moment the drop fell, the applause the following occasion :-A jolly dame bestowed upon the execution of his task who, not sixty years since,' kept the was greater than before, and a groan of principal caravanserai at Greenlaw, in execration followed.
Berwickshire, had the honor to receive under her roof a very worthy clergyman, with three sons of the same profession, each having a cure of souls; be it said in
passing, none of the reverend party were HAVING announced a revised, correct reckoned powerful in the pulpit. After ed, and illustrated edition of Sir Walter dinner was over, the worthy senior, in Scott's novels and romances, we gladly the pride of his heart, asked Mrs. Buchan communicate some of the interesting an whether she ever had had such a party in notations of the ingenious writer, whose her house before. 'Here sit I," he said, indefatigable literary industry we highly 'a placed minister of the Kirk of Scotcommend.
land, and here sit my three sons, each a “ Scottish Inns. The courtesy of an placed minister of the same kirk.-Coninvitation to partake a traveler's meal, fess, Luckie Buchan, you never had such or at least that of being invited to share a party in your house before.' The ques whatever liquor the guest called for, tion was not premised by any invitation was expected by certain old landlords to sit down and take a glass of wine or in Scotland, even in the youth of the the like ; so Mrs. B. answered drily, author. In requital, mine host was al. Indeed, Sir, I cannot just say that ever ways furnished with the news of the I had such a party in my house before, country, and was probably a little of a except once in the forty-five, when I had humorist to boot. The devolution of the a Highland piper here, with his three whole actual business and drudgery of the sons, all Highland pipers; and deila inn upon the poor gudewife was very spring they could play amang them!" ! common among the Scottish Bonifaces. “ The Castle of Doune. This noble There was in ancient times, in the city of ruin is dear to my recollection, from asEdinburgh, a gentleman of good family, sociations which have been long and painwho condescended, in order to gain a fully broken. It holds a commanding livelihood, to become the nominal keeper station on the banks of the river Teith, of a coffee-house, one of the first places and was one of the largest castles in Scotof the kind which had been opened in land. Murdock, duke of Albany, the the Scottish metropolis. As usual, it founder of this stately pile, was beheaded was entirely managed by the careful and on the Castle-hill of Stirling, from which industrious Mrs. B
while her he might see the towers of Doune, the husband amused himself with field sports, monument of his fallen greatness. In without troubling his head about the 1745-6, as stated in the text, a garrison matter. Once upon a time, the premises on the part of the Chevalier was put into having taken fire, the husband was met the castle, then less ruinous than at prewalking up the High Street, loaded with sent. It was commanded by Mr. Stewart his guns and fishing-rods, and replied of Balloch, as governor for prince Charles ; calmly to some one who inquired after he was a man of property near Callander. bis wife, that the poor woman was try- This castle became at that time the actual ing to save a parcel of crockery, and scene of a romantic escape made by John some trumpery books ;' the last being Home, the author of Douglas, and some those which served her to conduct the other prisoners, who, having been taken business of the house. There were many
at the battle of Falkirk, were confined elderly gentlemen in the author's younger there by the insurgents. The poet, who days, who still held it part of the amuse had in his own mind a large stock of that ment of a journey to parley with mine romantic and enthusiastic spirit of advenhost,' who often resembled, in his quaint ture which he has described as animating humor, mine Host of the Garter, in the the youthful hero of his drama, devised Merry Wives of Windsor, or Blague of and undertook the perilous enterprise of the George, in the Merry Devil of Ed. escaping from his prison. He inspired monton. Sometimes the landlady took his companions with his sentiments, and, her share of entertaining the company.
when every attempt at open force was In either case, the omitting to pay them deemed hopeless, they resolved to twist due attention gave displeasure, and their bed-clothes into ropes, and thus to
descend. Four persons, with Home him thought that he informed his father of the self, reached the ground in safety. But cause of his distress, adding that the pay. the rope broke with the fifth, who
was a ment of a considerable sum of money was tall lusty man. The sixth was Thomas the more unpleasant to him, because he Barrow, a brave young Englishman, a had a strong consciousness that it was not particular friend of Home's. Determin- due, though he was unable to recover any ed to take the risk, even in such unfavor. evidence in support of his belief. “You able circumstances, Barrow committed are right, my son,' replied the paternal himself to the broken rope, slid down on shade; I did acquire 'rights to these it as far as it could assist him, and then teinds, for payment of which you are now let himself drop. His friends beneath prosecuted. The papers relating to the succeeded in breaking his fall. Never- transaction are in the hands of Mr. theless, he dislocated his ancle, and had a writer (or attorney), who is now retired several of his ribs broken. His compa- from professional business, and resides at nions, however, were able to bear him off Inveresk, near Edinburgh. He was a in safety. The Highlanders next morning person whom I employed on that occasought for their prisoners with great acti- sion for a particular reason, but who vity. An old gentleman told the author, never on any other occasion transacted he remembered seeing the commander business on my account. It is very posStewart,
sible,' pursued the vision, that Mr. Bloody with spurring, fiery red with haste, may have forgotten a matter which is now riding furiously through the country in of a very old date; but you may call it to quest of the fugitives.”
his recollection by this token, that, when “ Mr. R-d's Dream.—The legend I came to pay his account, there was disof Mrs. Grizel Oldbuck was partly taken ficulty in getting change for a Portugal from an extraordinary story which hap- piece of gold, and that we were forced to pened about seventy years since in the drink out the balance at a tavern.' Mr. south of Scotland, so peculiar in its cir- R-d awaked in the morning with all cumstances that it merits being mentioned the words of the vision imprinted on his in this place. Mr. Rd of Bowland, mind, and thought it worth while to ride a gentleman of landed property in the across the country to Inveresk, instead of vale of Gala, was prosecuted for a very going straight to Edinburgh. When he considerable sum, the accumulated arrears came there, he waited on the gentleman of teind (or tithe), for which he was said mentioned in the dream, a very old man; to be indebted to a noble family, the titu- without saying any thing of the vision, he lars (lay impropriators of the tithes). He inquired whether he remembered having was strongly impressed with the belief conducted such a matter for his deceased that his father had, by a form of process father. The old gentleman could not at peculiar to the law of Scotland, purchased first bring the circumstance to his recol. these lands from the titular, and therefore lection, but, on mention of the Portugal that the present prosecution was ground piece of gold, the whole returned upon less. But, after an industrious search his memory; he made an immediate search among his father's papers, an investigation for the papers, and recovered them, so of the public records, and a careful inqui that Mr.R- carried to Edinburgh the ry among all persons who had transacted documents necessary to gain the cause law business for his father, no evidence which he was on the verge of losing. The could be recovered to support his defence. author has often heard this story told by The period was now near at hand when persons who had the best access to know he conceived the loss of his law-suit to be the facts, who were not likely themselves inevitable, and he had formed his deter- to be deceived, and were certainly incapamination to ride to Edinburgh next day, ble of deception. He cannot therefore and make the best bargain he could in the refuse to give it credit, however extraorway of compromise. He went to bed dinary the circumstances may appear. with this resolution, and, with all the cir- The circumstantial character of the inforcumstances of the case floating upon his mation given in the dream, takes it out mind, had a dream to the following pur- of the general class of impressions of the pose. His father, who had been many kind which are occasioned by the fortui. years dead, appeared to him, he thought, tous coincidence of actual events with our and asked him why he was disturbed in sleeping thoughts. On the other hand, his mind. In dreams men are not sur few will suppose that the laws of nature prised at such apparitions. Mr. R
d were suspended, and a special cominuni.
cation from the dead to the living per not uncommon for persons to recover, mitted, for the purpose of saving Mr. R-d during sleep, the thread of ideas which a certain number of hundred pounds. The they have lost during their waking hours. author's tbeory is, that the dream was It may be added, that this remarkable cironly the recapitulation of information cumstance was attended with bad consewhich Mr. Rd had really received quences to Mr. R-d, whose health and from his father while in life, but which at spirits were afterwards impaired by the first he merely recalled as a general im- attention which he thought himself obliged pression that the claim was settled. It is to pay to the visions of the night."
The British Institution, third Survey.— by the supposed severe criticisms of Sir A Scriptural piece of considerable merit is Joshua Reynolds, which, being overheard entitled, “ the Angels announcing the Birth by the sanguine young artist, made him of Christ.” Mr. Saint-Jobn Long is the destroy his picture, while the effects of artist who produced it. An originality of the animadversions destroyed himself. manner, a skill in composition, and good Some of the landscapes are very skilcoloring, entitle it to praise.
fully executed. Mr. Crome's two repreMr. Singleton's Conflict is a fair speci- sentations of shipping by moonlight are men of talent. A critic, mingling (from good examples of the variety of lunar a sense of duty) censure with praise, says, effect, and remind us of the style of Van" If, in addition to the excellent qualities derneer.--Mr. Danby's scene near the of this highly-respectable artist, he had, falls of the Conway, is a fine instance of in early life, avoided the fatal error of depth of tone and appropriate coloring substituting, for a constant reference to Mr. Barrett's Morning has a beautiful and nature, an ideal style, which, however Claude-like effect: it seems to be instinct fluent and elegant, palls upon frequent with light and life ; and Mr. Hofland's repetition, we have no doubt that he Moonlight is as correct in composition as would have been one of the most distin. in character. A scene on the coast of guished painters that the English or any Spain, by Mr. Rogers, looks better in the other school ever produced.”
foreground than in the distance. Of the six pictures exhibited by Mr.
Miss H. Goldsmith's view of the islands Uwins, the Morning of the Wedding in the Regent's Park, reflects credit on seems to please the most. From having her tasteful pencil. Who would have been one who appeared to trust entirely to imagined, a few years ago, that so plain his own memory for the proper tints and and unornamented a surface would have surfaces of objects in nature, and conse been so rapidly converted into gardens quently almost uniformly failing to pro and plantations, decorated with villas, duce the requisite effect (for dame Nature watered by lakes, and transformed into never fails to desert those who fail in pro- every variety of picturesque beauty ?per homage to her), this artist has changed The view is well selected, and executed his style of coloring and choice of sub in an artist-like manner. jects, much for the better.
Society of British Artists. The memThe Trial of Charles I. in Westminster bers of this association follow the encouHall, by Mr. Ramsay, is rendered a very raging maxim, “Go on and prosper." interesting picture, by the important his. Their present exhibition is better than the torical event which it'illustrates, and also preceding one. Some of the portraits are by the manner in which this story is told excellent, more particularly those of Mr. by the artist. It is indeed a striking James Montgomery the poet, Mr. Mott, piece; and, while we are viewing it, it the hon. C. A. Murray, and Mr. Adol. appears to us to be almost impossible for phus the barrister. Mr. Dawe's portrait any one who has read the novel of the of the presumptive heir to the crown is Disowned, not to think of the history of also a faithful and spirited representation. the young and enthusiastic painter War- Mrs. Pearson's Corinna seems intended ner, who had chosen this as the subject of for a real person, and is a very pleasing the painting on which he was to build his specimen of her talent. hopes of fame-hopes which were blasted The Departure of the Israelites out of
the Land of Egypt, by Mr. Roberts, may lieved by a dark-brown wainscot in the be said to place that artist in a new light. back-ground. The other, entitled the 2017 He was before known almost exclusively Sibyl, has, in some respects, higher claims as a landscape painter; but, in his present to merit. A young lady is supposed to performance, he has directed bis admir- have her fortune told. Her figure is pretty able skill in architectural drawing to an and graceful, while that of the gypsy is historical subject, and has succeeded so hit off with admirable ease and truth. well, that we hope to see more of similar Works of a New Sculptor. -A rising
e Pica productions from his pencil
. The massy artist, of the name of Thoms, is now exhiand extensive piles of Egyptian architec. biting (in Bond-street) two remarkable ture are painted with a force, and at the figures, sculptured in a kind of hard sand- 2 Fut same time with a minute correctness, stone, representing the Tam O'Shantera bedie never yet seen in any pictures in which and Souter Johnny of Burns' inimitable ihey have been introduced. He has ma tale. The great wonder is, that they should naged with a happy effect the multitude be the production of a man who has not with which he has filled up the middle had the advantages of education in his art, part of the picture. The nearer figures and who has hitherto followed the humble are well conceived, and tell the story with occupation of a journeyman mason. The great power, while the distant host, “ the talent he has displayed is, however, of so 600,000 men,” the “flocks, and herds, unquestionable a kind, that we think he and very much cattle,” are all so well in- may bid farewell to tombstones and win. dicated, and so skilfully arranged, as to dow.sills, and attain the higher rewards convey an adequate notion of the grand and distinctions which await the possesand picturesque scene to which they re sors of real genius. The quiet humor of late. The perspective, the distant effect the Souter, and the uproarious mirth of of scene, and the eternal pyramids Tam, are given with admirable correctness, wrapped in the mist of morning, are and a close observation of character. The painted with great delicacy and skill.
workmanship of the dress and limbs is There is a piece by Mr. E. Prentis, very clever ; but the faces, although full well calculated for moral effect. It is of humor, betray a vulgarity and want entitled, the Profligate's Return from the
of power in the mechanical execution. Ale-house. The artist (says a critic) must This only proves that the artist has much have well studied the chief character in to learn of the details of his art, while this scene of domestic misery: a face of there is quite enough of merit besides, to more intense and revolting brutality we prove that he has the right feeling neces. have never seen upon canvas; and it loses sary to ensure success in a more exalted nothing of its force by the contrast which effort, when additional practice and study it exhibits to the half-hidden countenance shall have given a finish and force to his of the suffering wife. The various indi- talents. He is unfortunate, too, in his cations of want in the apartment are inge- choice of the material ; the speckled brown niously conceived, and exceedingly well stone in which he works is
able to the expression of the human face. Mr. J. Inskipp displays two interesting As a beginning, and as an effort in a new pieces. One represents a young lady line of sculpture,for it has hitherto been reading what seems an old romance. The commonly thought that stone was incapasubject and its treatment are not unlike ble of expressing any but deep and quiet one of Mr. Newton's favorite pieces; at feelings,—these figures are exceedingly the same time, the style of countenance, interesting. They are destined, we underto our taste, is of a higher character. The stand, for the tomb of Burns. coloring is rich, and the figure is well re
musíc. Many musical publications, of various pleasing compilation. It is formed of degrees of merit, have appeared for the reminiscences of those gems of melody gratification and instruction of amateurs ; and harmony which have lately become but we can only take notice of a few.
popular, collated, arranged, and adapted The “Christmas-Box, a new musical to the piano-forte, by N. B. Challoner. Souvenir," may be recommended as a The favorite airs in Pacini's opera,