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Slaves in their souls! their native scorn
To freedom, honour given;
Where England wars for Heaven.
There's not a form of all that lie
Thus ghastly, wild, and bare,
Black in the burning air. .
Dreamers! away! your clasp no more
Shall give the welcome home!
The vulture's throat's his tomb.
And shall they perish all! and blood
Like their's be idly shed ? ·
For justice on the head,
They died, they gave their lives as free
As foam upon the wave,
The passage to the grave.
The distaff and the warrior's brand.
St. Helena Races.--The Knowing Ones taken-in. -These races, which took place in September last, presented the sporting amateurs with a novelty, such as perhaps is not to be found, recorded n the annals of horse-racing. An officer of the Lady Carrington undertook to trot one of those immense dray-horses which are made use of in London, and which had been brought out in that ship for the purpose of drawing the stores up from the beach, against an ambling nag of the island, whose favourite pace was a canter. The match was made for 20 guineas, and the distance to be trotted was one mile. Considerable curiosity was excited. At the appointed time, the gentleman who rode the daisy cutter, was upon the ground, waiting for his opponent, the knight of the Dray-horse, who soon made his appearance over the top of the last hill, which he had to surmount on his way from town to Deadwood ; for he rode all the way up, nothing fearful of fatiguing his colossal beast, of whom it was truly observed, “ the trembling earth resounds his tread.” He was accoutred, if not in Dandy, yet something in Dandy Dinmont-like style, with a large white frock coat, a white hat, the slouching brim of which had “ ample room and verge enough” to shield its wearer from both sun and rain ; large top boots, and his dexter hand flourishing a long whip. As they rose over the brow of the mountain, the horse and the rider had more the ap pearance of one of those gigantic shapes which the mists often assume in a mountainous region,
than animals of blood and bone. They started, and bets ran high against poor dobbin, but his opponent, perhaps, scorning such a competition, or finding a trot uneasy to his rigidity of limb, soon broke off into his accustomed two-upandtwo-down, and was consequently obliged to return, and start anew. He did so, but with no better success, yetstill bets were in his favour; 'a third time he started, but “ still beginning never ending," was a third time obliged to return. The tide now turned in dobbin's favour, who all this while kept on “ the even tenour of his trot,"..
« And backward and forward he switched his long tail,
On Hydrophobia.- To the Editor of the Times.—Sir, Having read in the Medical and Physical Journal some of Dr. Pincard's very admirable remarks on Hydrophobia, I am induced to address this letter to you, fearful that what he has so well observed will not sufficiently soon circulate for public good. The very fatal cases that have of late been given us is surely enough to
induce every thinking person to offer most readily whatever may occur to be the least useful. The remedies hitherto offered by the lancet, by mercurial inunction, or with opiates, have certainly all failed. As far, then, as we have gone and observed, the knife stands the first on the list of remedies : the skilful excision of the part bitten, perhaps, should be always performed; but, alas ! need I here take up any space in your paper, to be understood on such a horrid dernier resort ? Allow me, then to be permitted to quote Dr. Pincard's recommendation of the concentrated acids, the trial of which, I think, should not be neglected by the surgeon. But I began this letter more for the benefit of giving general directions to the public than to offer any thing to the profession. As far as relates to the acids, (viz. sulphuric, nitric, and muriatic), as recommended by Dr. Pincard, and their effects both on the living and dead body, are very desirable to know. Would I could immediately and decidedly point out the best to be used for this terrible malady. I should give a preference to oil of vitroil : oil of vitriol will be found to act as a powerful caustic, but as well it actually burns and constringes the parts exposed to it. Nitric or nitrous acid is most rapidly decomposed, and its effects are very destructive. Muriatic acid is not quite so common in shops, por so concentrated as the others, or, in consequence of the powerful and peculiar effect it has when joined with soda, making our table salt on all dead flesh, or with silver on living matter, I
should be inclined to regard it very much. But if I had at hand the oxymuriatic-acid, I should prefer it to all others; and if I had no surgeon of eminence to consult with or direct me, I should then, in preference to an operation, in the best manner possible defend the neighbouring parts bitten with whiting or scraped chalk, first made into a putty-like consistence with sweet oil. Having now fenced round the torn or bitten parts, I should then instantly apply the acid in its undiluted state, and keep it there as long as I judged it safe, and immediately after this apply spirit of wine, brandy, rum, or gin : but I prefer ether to all these.
As Dr. Pincard has hinted at the use of the mineral acids, I trust I shall not be too presuming in entreating the attention of surgeons to the employment of ether after the use of acids, having seen many very bad cases cured in a few hours : whether these speedy good effects arise from the cold produced, or whether it aets sedatively like, opium, I shall leave for discussion. But that ether cures burns and scalds of the worst kind, when plentifully and judiciously added drop by drop, even on the denuded surface, is quite true : where the surface injured is great, you have only to dip linen rags into the ether, keep them constantly moistened, and skilfully apply them, keeping them as constantly blown on with a pair of bellows. As no instance of the bite of a rabid animal should occur without a professional man being sent for, I need not recommend the use of opiates