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To all persons of quality, and others; the Wonder of all the wonders that the world ever wondered at.

óf Whereas the famous artist Emanuel Schoitz, is newly arrived in this city, who, to the great surprise and satisfaction of all spectators, shews the following wonderful performances, the like never seen before in this kingdom.

“ He heats a bar of iron red hot, then thrusts it into a barrel of gunpowder before all the company, and yet it shall not take fire.

“ He lets any gentleman charge a blunderbuss with the same gun-powder, and twelve leaden bullets; which blunderbuss the said artist dis

charges full in the face of the said company, with· out doing them the least hurt, the bullets sticking in the wall behind them.

“ He takes any gentleman's own sword, and runs it through the said gentleman's body, so that the point appears bloody at the back to all the spectators; he then takes out the sword, wipes it clean, and returns it to the owner, who receives no manner of hurt.

“ He takes a pot of scalding oil, and throws it by great ladles full directly at the ladies, without spoiling their clothes, or in the least scalding their skins.

“ He takes any person of quality's child, from two years old to six, and lets the child's own fa

ther or mother, take a pike in their hands; then · the artist takes the child in his arms, and tosses

it upon the point of the said pike, where it sticks,

to the great satisfaction of all spectators; and it may be then taken off without so much as a hole in its coat.

He mounts upon a scaffold just over the spectators heads, and from thence throws down a large. quantity of tiles and stones, which fall like so many feathers, without discomposing either perukes or head-dresses.

“He takes any person of quality up to the said scaffold, which person shall pull off his shoes, and leap nine foot directly down on a board, prepared on purpose, full of sharp spikes, six inches long, without hurting his feet, or so much as damaging his stockings.

“ He places the said board on a chair, on which a lady sits down, with another lady in her lap, while the spikes instead of entering into the under lady’s flesh, shall feel exactly like a velvet cushion.

“ He takes any person of quality's footman, ties a rope about his bare neck, and draws him up by pullies to the cieling, and there keeps him hanging as long as his master, or the rest of the company pleases: the said footman, to the great wonder and delight of all the beholders, holding a pot of ale in one hand, and a pipe of tobacco in the other; and when he is let down, there shall not appear the least mark of the cord about his neck.

“ He gives any gentleman leave to drive forty twelve-penny nails up to the head in a porter's backside, and then he places the said porter on a

loadstone chair, which draws out the said nails, while the porter feels no pain.

“ He likewise draws the teeth of half a dozen gentlemen or ladies, mixes and jumbles them together in a hat, gives any person leave to blindfold him, and returns to each their own teeth again, and fixes them as well as ever.

66 With his fore finger and thumb he thrusts several gentlemen and ladies eyes out of their heads, without the least pain, at which time they see an unspeakable number of beautiful objects; and after they have been fully entertained this way, he claps their eyes again into their proper sockets, without any damage to the sight.

With many more performances of art too tedious to mention.

« The said artist hath performed before most of the kings and princes in Europe with extraordinary applause.

“ He performs every day, except Sundays, from ten in the morning till one ; and from four in the afternoon till seven, without loss of time. Vivant Rex.

To the Printer.-I had lately occasion to travel the Norwich road, and putting up at Baldock, myself and fellow traveller paid a visit to the church yard. On our entering, we were surprised at seeing a little dog sitting in the usual attitude of begging, at the distance of about four yards from a seemingly fresh tomb-stone, gazing with a countenance of sagacity and attention as if reading the inscription. We viewed him for ten minutes, during which space he never took his eyes off his object, or the least notice of us, though we stood within two or three feet off him. On our moving nearer to him he ran away. We perused the inscription, and learnt by it, that Sarah Goldsmith lay interred there. An inhabitant soon after crossing the church-yard, curiosity led me to enquire if he knew any thing remarkable of the person who lay buried there ? (pointing to the stone) “ Yes, Sir, (replied the man) remarkable enough, for I believe she was the biggest woman in the world, she weighed eight and twenty stone." I asked if she had a dog when living? He answered, “ She was fond of a little curst yelping cur, that for two years, the time since she died, came three times a day to beg at her grave.” Philosophers, historians, and poets, have in all ages recorded the fidelity of this animal. My reading affords me not one more remarkable than the instance I now send you.


Paris, April 15.-Whilst others are coming here to see the pageantry of the marriage, the youngest daughter, Princess Louisa, having · got the King her father's consent, unknown to

every body else, went with her ladies of honour and all her attendants, as if on a visit, to the most austere and edifying convent of Carmelites at St. Denys. Being arrived there, she called for the Princess, and shewing her father's consent,

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begged the habit, to which she was admitted without delay; she then turned to her attendants, distributed all herjewels amongst them, discharged and took leave of them, sent by them her will to her father, letters to each of her sisters, &c. took the habit, and entered the Noviciate as last in rank. She is 31 years of age, was always most pious, sweet, and accomplished in every qualification of nature, or acquired; the council, comfort, and delight of the court, in which every body finds an immense void without her. Her judgment, wit, and abilities, cannot be made up. She now is dead to it, only to pray for those she leaves. The young Dutchess of Chartres, heiress to the two immense estates of the Duke of Mayenne and Count of Toulouse, and by her marriage first Princess of the blood, refused the sumptuous jewels and garments prepared for her, ordering them to be sold for the poor, declaring she would never wear clothes, that should cost above 600 livres, or 30 pounds, whilst poor people wanted bread; she appears at her own marriage, and that of the Dauphine, the first in rank, but in plain clothes, next to the King's children, and her mother, Dutchess of Orleans.

Inscription on a Looking-Glass.


Just like the fickle sex, I change, 'tis true,

But I reflect that's more that women do!

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