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her to the asylum where she had ing character of the scenes. The been placed, and succeeded in ob series is altogether unique in the taining her hand, with a consider department of romantic literature, able fortune, which her father was and is well deserving of perusal. able to give her. The incidents Two shorter tales complete this follow each other in interesting suc volume.;, each possesses a great dem cession; the characters are excel gree of interest, and will be found lently well maintained, and the an exceedingly pleasant change, as reader will be alternately excited compared with the principal narwith different emotions, by the vary rative,

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Captain Ross' Expedition. The neck of land. This extraordinary friends of humanity, courage, and isthmus was subsequently visited by enterprise, will be delighted to hear myself, when Commander Ross

proof the safe return to his native coun ceeded minutely to survey the sea try of Captain Ross, the intrepid coast to the southward of the isthnavigator, bringing intelligence of mus leading to the westward, which the most important nature as the re he succeeded in tracing to the 99th sult of his expedition. In May, degree, or to 150 miles of Cape Tur1829, the expedition set out for the nagain of Franklin, to which point the purpose of solving, if possible, the land, after leading him into the 70th question of a north-west passage degres of north latitude, tended difrom the Atlantic to the Pacific rectly: during the same journey ke Ocean, particularly by Regent's also surveyed 30 miles of the adjaIsle. On the 13th of August the ves cent coast, or that to the north of sel reached the beach on which the the isthmus, which, by also taking Fury's stores were laid. She sailed a westerly direction, formed the on the 14th, and on the following termination of the western sea into morning rounded Cape Garry, where a gulf. The rest of this season was her new discoveries : commenced; employed in tracing the sea-coast but their progress was arrested by south of the isthmus leading to the ice on the 1st of October. Early eastward, which was done so as to in January, 1830," continues Cap- leave no doubt that it joined, as the tain Ross, we had the good for natives had previously informed us, tune to establish a friendly inter to Ockullee, and the land forming course with a most interesting con Repulse Bay. It was also detersociation of natives, who being insu mined that there was no passage to lated by nature, had never before the westward for 30 miles to the communicated with strangers ; from northward of our position. On the them we gradually obtained the im 29th of May, 1832, they were portant information that we had al- obliged to leave the ship at Victory ready seen the continent. of Ame Harbour, and reached Fury Beach rica, that about 40 miles to the on the 1st of July, 1892, completeS.W. there were two great seas, one

ly exhausted by hunger and fatigue. to the west, which was divided from They built a hut on the 7th of Octhat to the east by a narrow strait or tober, in order to pass the winter

thiệie. -! Our habitation,” says Cap- Adultery is punished with death to tain Ross, which consisted of a both parties; the female is tied in a frame of spars, 32 feet by 16 feet, sack and cast into the water to pecovered with canvas, was during rish, and the accomplice strangled the month of November inclosed, with these police cords. The Bisgis, and the roof covered with snow, or police officers, are armed with from 4 feet to 7 feet thick, which batons, with which they inflict frem being saturated with water when the quently summary punishment: they temperature was 15 degrees below also bore them, like the Roman zero, immediately took the consis- fasces, in processions before the Dey. tency of ice, and thus we actually Thieves have their right hands cut became the inhabitants of an iceberg off by a surgeon, and it is customary, during one of the most severe win- whether in order to increase the pain ters hitherto recorded ; our suffer or to stop the bleeding, to plunge ings, aggravated by want of bed- the culprit's maimed hand into boilding, clothing, and animal food, need ing pease immediately after the munot be dwelt upon. Mr. C. Tho- tilation. The yatagan is used to mas, the carpenter, was the only decapitate criminals ordered to be man who perished at this beach; so punished by the Dey or Cadis ; but three others, besides one who the victim is placed on his knees, had lost his foot, were reduced to and a single blow, so well tempered the last stage of debility, and only are the blades, suffices, and the num13 of our number were able to carry ber of executions is marked on the provisions in seven journeys of 62 instrument. Different modes of pumiles each to Batty Bay. On the nishment were adopted for the same 8th of July the party left Fury crime. Thenoble Türk was strangled, Beach ; on the 17th crossed Prince the Moor hung, and any guilty of Regent's Inlet ; on the 18th crossed sacrilege impaled. Specimens of all Admiralty Inlet; on the 25th cross these are in the collection exhibited. ed Navy Board Inlet, and on the New Steam Vessel.-Mr. Hale, following morning, continues Capt. of Colchester, has invented a steam Ross, to our inexpressible joy, we vessel upon a very novel plan; not descried a ship in the offing, be having any paddle wheels, but being calmed, which proved to be the Isa- propelled with extremely simple, yet bella, of Hull, the same ship which effective machinery fixed in the hold I commanded in 1818. At noon of the vessel, perfectly secure from we reached her, when her enterpris- injury, combining every advantage ing commander, who had in vain of acceleration by steam power, with searched for us in the Prince Regent's the free and effectual use of sails, Inlet, after giving us three cheers, equally available for sea voyage or received us with every demonstra- for inland navigation, and possessing tion of kindness and hospitality the facility of adaptation to vessels which humanity could dictate.already built, without any alteration

Algerine Museum. -- A curious in their form. In the connexion museum is now exhibiting in Paris; with the propeller, Mr. Hale emit consists of a complete collection ploys a very ingenious apparatus of the instruments of punishment in for reversing the movement, or reuse at Algiers. There are ropes gulating the speed of the vessel, at used by the police to punish female the direction of the helmsman, withslaves guilty of slight transgressions. out reference to the engineer, and


affording besides a protection against be seen. By means of a tolerably stranding. Its powers are shortly correct survey, made with an exact to be exhibited in St. Katherine's azimuth compass, the vessel being Docks. biti

in the direction of the shoal (upon Politeness of the Press in America. which a boat was stationed), and the

A Kentucky paper thus speaks to highest part of the island of Pantaand of a contemporary and neigh- laria, these two points were seen bour:-" Is he waiting for an excuse beating N. 54 degrees E., and S. 54 to call us to the field? We can fur- degrees W. The latitude of the nish him with none whatever, farther point upon which the boat was moorthan to pronounce him, as we do ed was found to be 37 degrees 10 most sincerely, and with an especial minutes N.; and with the assistance regard to the meaning of our words, of a chronometer, whose daily proa drunkard, a liar, a puppy, and a gression was precisely known, the most redemptionless scoundrel." longitude was fixed at 12 degrees 44

*The Volcanic Island. -- "The minutes 59 seconds E. of GreenVolcanic Island, which has ceased wich. The latitude of the volcano, to appear in the canal of Malta, has taken by Commander W. Smith, of left in the same place a dangerous the English brig of war Philomel, shoal of an oval figure, about three's when in a state of eruption, was 37 fifths of a mile in extent, having its degrees 11 minutes N., and the lonlongest diameter in the direction gitude 12 degrees 44 minutes E. from S.S.E. to N.N.W., and being Travelling a Hundred Years ago. something less in size than the base -The following curious advertiseof the island itself when visible. ment is extracted from the Caledo- 2 The upper surface is composed prin- nian Mercury of July 10, 1721:cipally of black stones, and some of “Whereas it has been reported that a darkish yellow, exactly like those the stage coach (from Edinburgh) to observed round the crater of the London, hath not performed in nine volcano, with a sprinkling of sand days, as was promised in their bills. here and there. In the centre is a Now this may satisfy, that the badblack rock of the diameter of about ness of the weather and roads beat 26 fathoms, over which there are 11 down the horses of a sudden, which feet of water, with the exception of could not be prevented by the untwo points in the line from N.E. to dertaker; but, for the future, it will S.W., which have a depth of only be punctually performed in nine days, nine feet. At the distance of 60 at least till Michaelmas, one of the fathoms from the central mass there owners being now down to put in are 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 fathoms water, fresh horses." the depth of which increases with Old Bedlam.-Old Bedlam at that the distance. At 75 fathoms from time (1808) stood close by London the S.W. of the central rock there wall. It was built after the model is a small detached rock with 15 feet of the Tuileries, which is said to water over it. In


direction have given the French king great around this danger the depth is

offence. In front of it Moorfields great. Neither the barrel placed extended, with broad gravel walks there by Captain Swinburne in 1832, crossing each other at right angles. and which could scarcely make any These the writer well recollects, and resistance, nor the discoloured water Rivaz, an underwriter at Lloyd's, observed by him, are any longer to

has told him that he remembered


when the merchants of London would pendent upon the conjoined influ. parade these walks on a summer ence of climate e and temperature. evening with their wives and daugh- Birds are equally subject to those ters. But now, as a punning bro-u: rules, as might be expected from ther bard sings, ." Moorfields are


more extended locomotive fields no more." lai adto jesa tenggir powers; their ranges are wider, and The Shah of Persia's Plate. ---The some groups

and species a

are morets Shah of Persia possesses the most generally spread over the world than magnificent collection of plate in this those beings which require the as-o: world. It consists of upwards of sistance of a solid medium to trans-in 4,000 utensils of gold, most of which port themselves from place to place. are set with precious stones or pearls. Instances of this kind may be given Among them are a set of spoons, in one or two examples. Th vases, cups, jugs, basins, dishes, &c. families of the falcons, pigeons, and Some of the cups are so heavy, that swallows, are universally diffused; when filled they cannot be lifted with parrots are found in every quarter one hand. Perhaps the most re-w of the world, except Europe; and markable portion of the collection is wood-peckers are wanting only to a set of spoons, each a foot long. New Holland. The peregrine falThe bows of these spoons are of con, so renowned

d in a noble but wrought gold, and the handles are nearly forgotten sport, has its free richly set with rubies, and terminat-, range over the greater part of ed by large diamonds. The im rope, America, and Greenland, and mense size of these spoons is occa has been sent from the distant conge sioned by the Oriental custom of tinent of New Holland; the short eating seated on the ground. Fo-eared owl is common to Europe, reigners are permitted to see this Siberia, and the neighbourhood of -splendide and unique collection of Canton, in China; the common magplate, and also the crystal bedstead, pie extends over Europe, has been lately presented by the Emperor of sent from the Himalayan range in Russia to the Shah of Persia. It wo: India, and

reaches to

the cold reDistribution of Birds.--The geo-gions of North America; while spe graphical distribution of the various cimens of the glassyibis have reach races of created beings has, of late,ed this country from each of the excited considerable interest; and a four quarters of

f the world, besides mass of facts have been collected, from many of its far distant insuwhich

go far to prove that it is re lated lands. sredo santa teuta gulated by certain laws chiefly de sisi zaan(cel 1990 roni arterissi

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• Traits and Traditions of Portu nevese De Caudolle. From the re. gal,' containing the result of ob- ception which the public gave to servations and collections made dur these attempts, it is pretty apparent ing a residence in that country. By that they were disappointed in the Miss Pardoe.

manner in which the task was exeA new novel, entitled "Cecil cuted, and it is now manifest that Hyde,' from the pen of a gentle- nothing short of the original itself

will satisfy its curiosity. The work *Lodge's Peerage,' in two editions will be published in 50 numbers, at every year.

One Shilling each; they will appear A new historical novel, entitled, uninterruptedly on the 1st of every • Barnadiston ;' a Tale of the seven month, or oftener, and every numteenth century.

ber will be embellished with two The little work some time since beautifully engraved steel plates announced, 'The Language of Flow of plants, agricultural implements, ers.'

plans of gardens, farms, and every • The Lives of British Actresses, modern improvement in husbandry, who have intermarried with noble that requires illustration by design, Families.' In 4 vols. post 8vo. By &c. The whole work will be comWalter Stubbs, A.M.

pleted within twelve months. • The Commentaries of John Cal. Theory of Pneumatology; in vin on the Epistle to the Romans.' reply to the question, What ought To which is prefixed his Life, by to be believed or disbelieved conTheodore Beza. Translated by F. cerning Presentiments, Visions, and Sibson, A.B., Trinity College, Dub- Apparitions ?' By Doctor Johann

Heinrick Jung Stilling, late ProfesThis day was published, in demy sor of the Universities of Heidel8vo., printed entirely with new type berg and Wurburg, and Privy cast expressly for the work, the first Councillor to the grand Duke of number of Miller's Gardener's Dic Baden. From the German, by S. tionary, Revised.' – The vast popu Jackson, translator of the Life and larity in which the celebrated Dic. Writings of Gerhard Terteegen. tionary of Miller was at all times In the press, and will be publishheld, has led to repeated attempts, ed immediately, The Hand Book since his death, to bring forward of Gardening ;' for the use of this great work in a new and im Schools, and Self-Instruction. Deproved form. The chief versions dicated to J. S. Monteith, Esq., of which purported to be founded on Closeburn - Hall. By Professor Miller's production are those of Rennie. Professor Martyn, and the one now In one volumé, post 8vo., “The nearly concluded by Don. With Book of the Unveiling :' an Exporespect to these productions, it is sition. With Notes. merely necessary to state, that in Grammar of Astrology,' written neither is the least justice rendered by Zadkiel the Seer, to enable any to the original. In the Dictionary person understanding common arithof Mr. Don, particularly, there is metic to calculate his own Nativity, not a single trace of the most enter and decide for himself, by the motaining of botanical writers, either dern and improved rules of Astroin the plan or the descriptions, but logy, how far that science is true or it is rather a translation of the large false. work on plants, written by the Ge


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