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A new edition of a very old book has just been published at Paris : it is entituled “ Everlasting Prophecies, from the year 1521, to the end of the World.” The Author is Joseph Justo, of Naples. The Academy of Sciences, at Paris, is said to have transmitted this little work of fiftyfour pages, to the Minister, Louvois : and, what is still more, to have found it invariably correct for the last 140 years. Of the year 1806, it is said, “ Let people procure a supply of oats and commodities, for at the end of August commences a great war, which extends to many regions. The people suffer death, and great calamities. In 1807, a great quantity of snow will fall in the beginning of February ; many inundations.” The most important prophecy relates to the year 1811: “ It will be difficult to preserve the cattle, through the severity of the winter: from that year, a peace of a whole century will be enjoyed by Christendom; bread, wine, and clothing will then be cheap."
At a late contested election at Southson, between Mr. B. E. and Mr. G. R., a waggoner belonging to the former, accosted a servant of the latter, while driving an ox team into the town : 6. Well, John, I dear ze them oxen be to be rosted for your pearty to-day, beant them?” « Oh, yes,” answered John, “and the waggon is a gwine to be steawed for yourn."
There is living at present in the parish of Donaghadee, a farmer, aged 85 years, who has enjoyed such uninterrupted health, that he never had an head-ache but once, and that was occasioned by his having drank some strong Highland whiskey. There is also another instance of longevity in the same parish: a man aged 100 years, who enjoys good health, and can walk on an average ten miles every day.
· A traveller was lately boasting of the luxury of arriving at night, after a hard day's journey, , to partake of the enjoyment of a well-cut ham, and the left leg of a goose. Pray, sir, what is the peculiar luxury of a left leg ?”—“ Sir, to conceive its luxury, you must find that it is the only leg which is left .!”
A few days since an elderly man, who professed to be stone blind, and deplorably infirm, collected a great deal of money from the charitable visitants of a church in a great provincial city. Not long after he was observed by one of his benefactors approaching, with the boy who led him, to the door of a public house, when he exclaimed: “ No, this is not the house;" and pointing to another, at a little distance, “ see, that is the
A sample of opium, the produce of Porto Santo, one of the Madeira Islands, has been received in this country. It is said to be the natural juice of a poppy, yielded by incision. Its smell is much more aromatic than the common opium. It is also free from every impurity. Trial has been made with it on a cancerous patient, who, from the long habit of using opium was thought a fit subject of comparison ; but after the first dose, being taken alternately, not the least possible difference could be discovered between the Madeira and the common opium.
Justice of Peter the Great.—Miss Hambleton, a Maid of Honour to the Empress Catherine, wife to Peter the Great, had an amour, which, at different times, produced three children. She had always pleaded sickness, but Peter, being suspicious, ordered his physician to attend her, who soon made the discovery. It also appeared, that a sense of shame had triumphed over humanity, and that the children had been put to death as soon as born. Peter enquired if the father of them was privy to the murder; the lady insisted that he was innocent, for she had always deceived him, by pretending they were put to nurse.
Justice now called upon the Emperor to punish the offence. The lady was much beloved by the Empress, who pleaded for her; the amour was pardonable, but not the murder. Peter sent her to the castle, and went himself to visit her; and the fact being confessed, he pronounced her sentence with tears, telling her that his duty, as a prince, and God's vicegerent, called on him for that justice which her crime had rendered indispensably necessary, and that she must therefore prepare for death. He attended her also to the scaffold, where he embraced her with the utmost tenderness, mixed with sorrow. And some say, that when the head was struck off, he took it up by the ear, whilst the lips were still trembling, and kissed them: a circumstance of an extraordinary nature, and yet not incredible, considering the peculiarities of his character,
A Gascon qui pro quo.—Two of Napoleon's officers, from Gascony, disputing, a short time since, in the garrison of Boulogne, upon some topic of the day, one of them unhandsomely contradicted the other, by saying, “ That's not true : I know the whole affair much better.” The asserter of the fact instantly said," You are very bold, sir, to dare give me the lie ; if I was a little nearer to you, I would box your ears, to teach you better manners; and you may consider the blow as already given.” The brother officers present were alarmed for the consequence; but the other Gascon assuming a serious air, rejoined, “ And I, sir, to punish you for your insolence, now run you through the body ; so consider yourself dead.” The singularity of the repartee pleased the whole company, and naturally produced an immediate reconciliation a la Gascon!
The art of fainting with grace at a féle, or a masquerade ball, is now a part of female tuition in the polite world : it is found to bring those belles into fashionable notoriety, who have not yet acquired the Amazonian skill of dashing through an elegant mob by the muscular force of shoulders and elbows !
Anecdote of Field Marshal Wade..When Field Marshal Wade was only Lieutenant, he happened to be one of a party of officers in company with the Duke of Cumberland. The Duke, in the course of the evening, missed a favourite snuff-box, which he confidently asserted was in his pocket on entering the room. This induced a proposal, that the doors should be closed, and each individual searched; upon which Lieutenant Wade drew his sword, saying, he was an officer, and a gentleman, and that it was at the peril of any one to attempt to search him; but that far from wishing to prevent an investigation, he had no objection to retire into a private apartment, with one or two of the party, and there convince them the box was not in his possession. This was acceded to, when having informed them where he had dined and producing from his pocket the remains of a cold fowl, he added, that