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upwards of thirty years ago. This was Harris, the famous highwayman, who robbed on the black mare. He committed a robbery in the morning, in Surrey, on a gentleman who knew him perfectly well; and, therefore, Harris rode for it with such speed, trusting to the goodness of his mare, that in the evening, about sunset, he appeared on the Bowling Green at York, and, pulling out his watch, shewed it to the gentlemen present. But, notwithstanding this prodigious performance ; namely, the riding one hundred and ninety-four miles in one day, so positive was the evidence against him, that he was convicted upon it. The old Duke of Richmond, as I remember, was so charmed with the vastness of the performance, and the bravery of the man, that he interceded for his life, and obtained it, on condition that Harris a would give him his word and honour never to be guilty of the like offence again. Harris gave him his faith that he would not, and was as good as his word. He immediately set up a fencing-school ; and afterwards married a woman of fortune at Steyning, in Sussex, where he lived in reputation till his death.” This is, unquestionably, a curious story; and if Harris be not an alias of Turpin, I can scarcely tell what to make of it. Here we have the black mare, the “ride to York in a single day,' and the incident of the ‘watch shewn to the gentlemen on the bowling-green,' told of Turpin at Hough. It is quite certain, that in all the records of crime to which I have had access, no memoir of any highwayman of notoriety, rejoicing in the aristocratic name of Harris, is to be found. It is equally certain, that before Turpin's day, the question of such a * ride' had never been mooted; and it is highly probable that Page's biographer, partially informed upon the subject, may have substituted one name for another, and related a traditional anecdote of Turpin, with some trifling embellishments of his own. The date referred to (1728) coincides with the supposed period of Turpin's exploit. Be this as it may—and it is impossible to settle so important and so perPlexing a point, if the ride in question was actually performed by Nevison, Harris, or Turpin (no matter which of the three)—it is a feat unrivalled in the annals of the sporting world ; and such as Mr. Osbaldeston, or any other ‘crack rider' of our time, would vainly strive to emulate. It could only have been undertaken, only have been executed, by a highwayman 1" Apropos of extraordinary feats of horses, we heard an instance the other day, which, though we (having seen the horses after the feat) can vouch for the truth of the fact, greatly surprised us. A gentleman had related the performance of an extraordinary pony which was driven twenty miles within the hour; and others referred to the famous wager won by the late duke of Queensbury, when they were all oclipsed by an individual, who asserted that he had witnessed a pair of horses, on the very day preceding, with a carriage, certainly a light carriage, go the unerampled distance of ninety miles in three successive hours ? The statement was more than questioned ; and, like most of such cases, ended in a bet, which the assertor won. This was only a fortnight ago. Misceli, an eous. By the Author of the “Heiress,” 3 vols. 12mo, London, 1837.

The Squire, a Novel. Bentley. THE RE is nothing in these pages that calls for criticism. The story is pleasantly told enough, but full of those improbabilities, dangers, and

discoveries, which have long formed the staple of circulating commodities. The character of the Squire, rough but kind, hasty yet well meaning, is natural and well drawn. Stirring Stanzas on Her Most Gracious Majesty's Invitation to the City. By Daniel Dump, Esq., Deputy of Dowgate. Pp. 37. London, 1837. Smith, Elder, and Co. A PUNNING piece of waggery on the approaching festival, and an amusing squib enough, without ill-nature or personality. Parrell's History of British Birds, Part III. London, 1837. Von Voorst. HAv1NG in this part concluded the group of

Falconidae, our very able naturalist proceeds to that of the Strigidae, and begins with the Eagle | Owl, the figure of which, by the by, seems to us to be rather short and squab, though certes these (in our eyes) handsome birds can ruffle | out their plumage wonderfully. The sense of o in the owl is very acute, and they are | usually divided into the tufted and the smooth |headed, the former having two tufts of feathers, or ears, to grace their whimsically sagacious countenances. The scops-eared, long-eared, short-eared, the white or barn owl, the tawny, the snowy, the hawk, and the little owl, are also well engraved and well described.

The History of the French Revolution, No. I., by M. A. Thiers. 8vo. (London, Bentley.)—This is a very cheap and neat edition of M. Thiers' celebrated History of the | French Revolution. The character of the work is too well known for comment; and the Number before us, is ornamented with characteristic embellishments.

Cabinet Cyclopardia: History of England, Vol. VII. 12mo. pp. 384. (London, Longman and Co.) — Shewing the same industry in collecting material as its predecessors; but not calling by any originality for careful criticism.

ARTS AND SCIENCEs. BOTAN ICAI, so CIETY. Thuns DAY evening, Dr. Macreight, W.P. in the chair.—The routine business being gone through, Dr. Bossey read part of a paper, “On the Plants which have been observed to produce the Ergot.’ The parasitic fungi have an especial claim to the attention of the botanist, the agriculturist, and the medical practitioner, from the remarkable effects which they produce on the growth and developement of the plants to which they are attached; from the influence they exert on the quantity, quality, and value of crops; and as being the source of a most potent and useful medicine, and the cause of a fearful and fatal disease. The species treated of were, first, the Uredo segetum, the dust, brand, smut, or burnt-corn of the farmer. The genus Uredo consists of pulverulent parasitic fungi, developed beneath the epidermis of living plants, and composed of small, free, unilocular sporidies, or reproductive vesicles, which are filled with minute sporules, or seeds; and the species Uredo segetum consists of a scentless black powder, residing within the fruit or glumes of the grasses, by which the normal structure of the grain is wholly destroyed. The grasses affected by this species are rye, wheat, barley, and oats. The attack commences long before the corn is ripe, even while it is enclosed in the vaginal sheath ; and it is matured and dispersed in the state of a dry black powder before the harvest. The only ill effect on the animal economy produced by this species is said to be the occurrence of ulcers on the legs of persons walking in fields affected by it. The next species possesses the same generic characters— is called, by farmers, pepper-brand, stinking - brand, or smut - balls, and by botanists, Uredo caries. It differs from the former, however, in the following particulars: 1st. It affects only the farina

ings. 2d. Its granules are much larger, and

of a less intense black colour. 3d. It pos

sesses an extremely offensive odour. And, 4th,

it is not dispersed before the harvest, but is

reaped and carried with the sound corn. It is

readily recognised in wheat by the grains being

lighter, shorter, and rounder, than healthy

corn, and by the dirty appearance of its integu

ments. Grains thus affected are easily crushed

by the finger, have a greasy feel, and emit

their peculiar odour when rubbed. No means

of preventing its attack have hitherto been discovered ; but its less frequent occurrence in

wheat has been ascribed to the process of dressing to which that corn is subjected. Dressing consists in allowing the corn to macerate for some time in sea-water, or solutions of common salt or arsenic, &c. and then drying it by means of quick-lime. The advantages resulting from this treatment have been well illustrated by experiments, one of which Dr. Bossey related ; but which of the processes used for the protection of the crops is most effectual, he could not take upon himself to say. Wheat, when thus diseased, is so altered in its sensible and physical properties, that it is not likely ever to have been used extensively as an article of food; but its occasional admixture with sound corn has afforded opportunity of observing its deleterious effects on man. Galen speaks of “frumentum nigrum” in connexion with lolium, and cautions against its use. Longolius saw a man who, having from curiosity devoured a few grains of carious wheat, was affected with pains in the limbs; and Tissot states that chronic diseases of the abdomen and skin occurred in 1758, from the bread of that year containing a portion of it. An interesting conversation ensued, in the course of which (embracing chiefly the average produce of corn, the proportion destroyed by uredos and insects, different soils, the process of dibbing, &c.) it was stated that many persons were affected, in 1814 and 1816, with what was commonly known as mildew mortification.—Adjourned.

zoo LOGICAL SOCIETY. THE usual monthly meeting was held on Thursday afternoon, the Rev. John Barlow, F.R.S., in the chair.—Visitors to the gardens and museum, September and October, about 28,000. Stock at the gardens, 284 mammalia, 725 birds, and 23 reptiles; in all, 1032; being a dozen less than at last report. The secretary, in answer to Mr. Vigors, stated that the receipts at the present period of the year were less, by 38801., than they were this time last year; 10,0811. 12s. had been invested in the three per cents; the Society's liabilities were less this year by 1700l. than the usual average; so that, taking every thing into consideration, the real deficiency amounted only to about 600l. Two living hippopotami and several fine lions are expected shortly to be added to the menagerie. A number of individuals were elected into the Society. E1. ECTRICAL SOCIETY.

SATURDAY, Oct. 28.-Mr. Bachoffner read a paper “On the Electro-Magnetic Coil.” The construction is simply a thick coil of wire, carrying the battery current, surrounded by a thin wire of 2000 feet, in which is set up the secondary current; that a current of this nature is for a time established in the thin wire by its proximity to the one carrying the battery current, is a fact no longer disputed; but whether such current is the result of induction, or whether it proceeds from the expansion, and col

ceous part of the grain, and not its cover

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author stated, for future experiments. The introduction of the coil into the circuit of a voltaic battery, capable of effecting the decomposition of water, Mr. Bachoffner found, diminished, and not, as it has been stated, increased, the amount afforded in a given time. The following experiment had been tried several times with similar results:– Four pots, sustaining batteries capable of holding half-apint of liquid each, gave one cubic inch of the mixed gases-in two minutes and a half; but when the coil was introduced, the time occupied to obtain the same quantity was augmented to three minutes and a half. A like decrease of power was shewn with the battery on the table. Mr. Bachoffner stated his opinion, that no correct estimate of the action of the coil can be taken if an intensity arrangement be employed for that purpose. He then reversed the arrangement from intensity to one of quality, which he was enabled to do, by the ingenious contrivance of Mr. Clark, in a few seconds. The battery in that state was incapable of decomposing water; the introduction of the coil produced

decomposition, or intensity effects; and these were considerably increased by intercepting the flow of the battery current, and again permitting it to take its course, or, as it is termed, making and breaking contact, not too rapidly. A bundle of wires, short pieces from eight to ten inches long, bound firmly together by an insulated wire of the same metal, inserted in the centre of the coil, increased the power twenty fold. The chemical effects likely to be produced by the action of the coil offer a wide field of research. The various contrivances to break and renew contact, viz. Ritchie's magmet, Barlow's spur wheel, Collen's electromagnetic repeater, as also Mr. Golden Bird's, submitted to a former meeting, were cursorily noticed: they all require mercury at the points where contact is broken ; consequently, are subject to the combustion of that metal and the common inconveniences attendant upon its use. Mr. Bachoffner had substituted an apparatus with a spring and ratchet wheel, upon the well-known principle of the child's rattle. It dispensed with mercury, and, from its simple construction, is not liable to get out of order. It, however, requires turning, and does not perform its task silently; the latter inconvenience may be removed by filling up the vacant spaces of the wheel with pieces of ivory. The electric light given out from this apparatus, on breaking contact, is highly interesting. Several experiments were shewn with springs tipped with different inetals. One fact connected with the platina spring is likewise interesting: the smell peculiar to dry frictional electricity is very palpable.

ROYAL GEOI, OGICAL SOC. OF CORN WAI, i,.

THE council of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall, in their twenty-fourth annual report, observe, that they feel called on to notice, before every other circumstance, the loss which the Society has sustained by the demise of its illustrious and royal patron, King William the Fourth, who graciously took it under his protection and patronage, and was pleased to bestow on it an annual donation of twenty pounds; and to record with grateful acknowledgment that her majesty the Queen Victoria has munificently signified her intention of continuing the same bountiful support. The report goes on to state that the labours of the Society during the past year have principally had reference to the organic remains which have been found in different parts of the county: for, although

was well known, no suspicion was entertained of their occurrence in so many localities and in such abundance. This year has also witnessed the completion of an object which was one of the chief desiderata at the institution of this Society. The valuable researches of many of its members, and of Dr. Boase in particular, had given a good general outline of the geology of Cornwall, and accurate details of many parts of it ; but the labours of Mr. De la Beche, under the directions of the Board of Ordnance, have at length brought to perfection a geological map of the county, executed with the accuracy for which that eminent geologist is so distinguished. This, and a book of reference, are now in a forward state, and they are to appear early in the ensuing spring. Mr. Henwood's valuable survey of the mines is also completed. The donations to the museum have been of great value and importance.

LITERARY AND LEARNED. October 30, 1837. SIR,-Supposing that, as editor of a literary publication, you will not disdain the veriest scraps of notices connected with literary subjects, allow me to point out to you a laughable blunder, committed in the last-published part of the “ Encyclopaedia Metropolitana,” and which well deserves a place in that system of domestic cookery, mentioned in your last, in which the curious receipt for making hell-broth may be found. (Encyclopædia Metropolitana, Part XLVI., page 274, of the Lericographical Division.) “Salad,—Fr. salade; It. insalata; Sp. ensalade, quasi salada, salted; because eaten with salt ; the Lat. acetarium, because eaten with vinegar (acetum).” Judge, sir, what was my astonishment at finding the following, cited to illustrate the above. “And thus, having so good a reason as this, to induce and draw us on, we may not sticke to have pretious haulmes upon our heads, so it be under our sallats and mourrons.”—Holland, Plinie, book xiii., chap. 3. Either Pliny, or Holland, or the encyclopaedist, is here outdoing Hannibal with a vengeance. He, it is said, sopped the Alps with vinegar, but certainly without any intention of eating them; and who, I pray, would ever think of pickling a sallet or morion with salt and vinegar, unless it were to provide a dainty dish for an ostrich 2 Now, sir, you need not to be informed that this quotation ought to have appeared eight pages further on, in connexion with a word, which, although very like unto the above in sound, is very unlike in sense; viz. page 282. “Sállad, or Sállet.— Fr. salade, a helmet, or head-piece,” &c., &c. And here you will find a quotation from Shakespeare, in which mention is made of the word in both its senses, and, therefore, might have been cited by the encyclopædist, with equal propriety in both places.—Wide Henry VI. Part 2d, Act iv. Scene 10. Iden's Garden. Cade loquitur. —“On a brick wall have I climbed into this garden ; to see if I can eat grass, or pick a sallet another while, which is not amiss to cool a man's stomach this hot weather. And, I think, this word sallet was born to do me good ; for, many a time, but for a sallet, my brain-pan had been cleft with a brown bill ; and many a time when I have been dry and bravely marching, it hath served me instead of a quart pot to drink in ; and now the word sallet must serve me to feed on.” But it may be objected, that, whereas sallets

their existence in one or two insulated spots

and morions were formed of various materials;

that they were made, not only of metals, but also of the skins of divers beasts; so, under the supposition that those in question were actually of the latter material, the encyclopaedist might yet be justified in his quotation; for that an old leathern helmet, dressed with salt and vinegar, might afford an enviable meal to a soldier on short rations,— I must, therefore, refer you to Pliny himself for an answer to this objection. His words are: – “Ista patrocinia quaerimus vitiis, ut per hoc jus sumantur sub casside nnguenta.” And I believe it to be universally admitted, that, while galea is the term employed to designate a leathern helmet, so cassis is used to signify one constructed of materials certainly not more digestible than iron or brass.- I remain, &c. F. B. P.S. Since writing the above, I have discovered that the same blunder has been made in the “New Dictionary of the English Language,” by Charles Richardson. While I am on this subject, will you permit me to inquire whether you or any of your readers can help me to the meaning and etymology of the word coresing, which occurs in the passage below. I have a fancy of my own on the subject, but I feel so uncertain with regard to it, that I had rather seek for information from others than venture to broach my own opinion. (Three Primers put forth in the Reign of Henry VIII., reprinted at Orford, 1834, and edited by Dr. Edward Burton, Regius Professor of Divinity, page 175.) “Then they that were come thither with their master, considering what was like to fall, said to him, * Master, shall we smite them with the sword *" for that, that their master had said before, as concerning the sword to be so necessary, that all their money, their meat, yea, their very coats, ought to be changed for swords, signifying the great power and violent hands of their enemies to come ; they, like as yet carnal men, gathered of these his sayings, that they might slay, or use the sword. Wherefore even then said they, “Master, lo, here are two swords.' But their master neither would, nor meant any such defence. Notwithstanding, yet, here at this time, before he could answer and shew them his mind, as touching this coresing of words for their other necessaries, Peter Simon, which pretended to love his master more fervently than other, having then one of these two swords, had drawn it, and smote off the right ear of one called Malchus, the bishop's servant.”

univ Einsit Y in thei, LIGEN ce.

Oxford, October 26.-The following degrees were cou-
ferred :-
Doctor in Divinity.—Rev. T. V. Short, late Student of
Christ Church, Rector of St. George's, Bloonsbury, and
Deputy Clerk of the Closet to her Majesty, Grand Cum-
pounder.
Doctor in Ciril Latc. – Rev. F. Gooch, Fellow of Ali
Souls’ College.
Bachelor in Civil Law.—J. Lane, Queen's College.
Masters of Arts.-Rev. H. Rogers, University College;
H. Woollcombe, Rev. W. L. Hussey, R. R. Anstice, Sto-
dents, Rev. W. G. L. Wasey, Rev. J. C. Barrett, Chris:
Church; Rev. W. Sinclair, St. Mary Hall; W. C. Le
Breton, Fellow of Exeter College: Rev. J. Price,Jous
College; Rev. C. W. Landor, Worcester College: A. En-
twisle, Fellow, Rev. S. R. Waller, Rev. A. W. Radcliffe,
Brasennose. College; G. A. Payne, Pembroke College;
Rev. W. Brock, Queen's College.
13achelors of Arts.-Sir R. H. Leigh, Bart., Grand Co-
bounder. J. C. B. ltiddell, R. H. Pollen, Christ Churr
. Halliwell, New Inn Hall : E. Salmon, Exeter Corse:
F. M. R. Barker, Oriel College: F. P. Voules, wadham
College, incorporated from Trinity College, Dublin.

CAM propor, October 25th.—The following degrees were
conferred :-
Bachelor in Divinity.—The Rev. R. Parkinson, St.
John's College, Fellow of the Collegiate Church of Man-
chester, and Hulsean Lecturer in this University.
Bachelors of Arts.-E. D. G. M. Kirwan, W. A. Cariri,
Fellows of King's College.
Trinity College.—The prize for the English Essay was

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this year adjudged to J. A. Hardcastle; and the Latin Verse prizes to A. M. Hopper, and J. M. Neale.

Queen's College.—The theological-dissertation prize was adjudged to W. R. Smith; the Latin declamation prizes to J. o and F. Simpson; and the English Essay to W. Mathews.

LiTERARY AND SciENTIFIC MEETINGs roit ‘the ensu in G W elek.

Tuesday—Architectural Society (Conversazione.) Wednesday.-Medico-Botanical.

Fine arts.

ART ists' AND AMAT Euns' conversazion E. The first meeting of the above society took place on Wednesday last, at Freemasons' Tavern, and displayed a good assemblage of works of art and men of talent. Mr. Robert Graves exhibited his etching of Shakespeare's Trial, after Mr. G. Harvey, which he is now engraving for the Scottish Association. We also observed a pair of splendid etchings, from pictures by Robéot, of Paris, of Roman peasants; a beautiful etching, by Bromley, of the royal hounds; some pictures by Stanfield; and drawings by Pyne and others. Also, a fine picture by De Bree, of Henry IV. and the Duc de Sully in a nunnery.—Mr. Sams, the Egyptian traveller, who was present, exhibited various interesting articles from ancient Egypt, illustrative of the early art of engraving : among others, a remarkable necklace, of great beauty. It is composed of Oriental cornelian, chrysoprase, and gold, intermingled, and is supposed to have belonged to some princess of the time of the Pharaohs. Six of its pieces, longer than the others, bear inscriptions, evidently cut with the graving tool. There was also a remarkable lamp, having an inscription in Greek, in the uncial character; and, particularly, an extraordinary and magnificent royal signet, of solid gold, weighing nearly an ounce and a half. This beautiful object has the king's name, one of the most ancient Pharaohs, engraved upon it, as well as other inscriptions, all evidently cut with the graver. The form of the signet is simple, but curious: a large, massive, and accurately squared piece of gold is hung on a

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I’ortrait of His Grace the Duke of Wellington, R.G. &c. &c., as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. Painted for the Mayor and Corporation of Dover, by John Lilley, Esq.; engraved in mezzotinto by James Scott. Boys. IN noticing the fine whole-length portrait of England's illustrious warrior and statesman, which was one of the most attractive features of the last exhibition of the Royal Academy, and from which the present print has been engraved, we said:—“The resemblance is excellent; and the depth and richness of the tones, and the general management of the effect, would do honour to the most experienced hand : yet we understand that Mr. Lilley has not yet attained the age of twenty-one.” It appears that our opinion on this subject be. came so strongly that of the public, as to call for two prints—one a whole length (now in the course of execution), the other the half length before us, exactly corresponding in size to the portrait of Sir Robert Peel, engraved by Mr. Turner from Sir Thomas Lawrence's picture. Mr. Scott has acquitted himself with great ability; and has been remarkably successful in preserving that most difficult achievement of a portrait-painter's pencil, the characteristic expression by which the original picture is distinguished. The print is dedicated, by special Permission, to her majesty.

IIeath's Picturesque Annual, 1838; Ireland. Illustrated by T. Creswick, and D. Maclise, A.R.A. M'Cormick. Howeven little the text of this annual may justify the title of “picturesque,”" the illustrations fully support its claim to that appellation. As was the case last year, the great majority of them are from the pencil of Mr. Creswick. Mr. Maclise has furnished only three; viz. “A Lady at Prayers,” “The Irish Market Girl,” and “The Irish Jig.” The last is especially spirited and characteristic. The number of Mr. Creswick's contributions is sixteen. We need not add, that they are all exceedingly beautiful. No artist knows how to arrange designs in a vignette form better than Mr. Creswick. He “ focuses '' o our able friend Burnet would call it) the light and shade with singular skill. Of this quality, “ Waterloo Bridge, Cork,” “ The Gap of Dunloe,” “M'Gillicuddy's Reeks, and the Upper Lake of Killarney,” “Fair Head,” “Carrickfergus Castle,” “Comme Dhur (The Black Valley),” and “Donegal Castle,” are fine specimens. Memorials of Cambridge. A Series of Views of the Colleges, IIalls, Churches, and other Public Buildings of the University and Town of Cambridge. Engraved by J. Le Keux, from Original Drawings, made expressly for the Work: with Historical and Descriptive Accounts of the Buildings, &c. by Thomas Wright, M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge.—No. 1. London, 1837. Tilt; Cambridge, J. and J. Deighton, and T. Stevenson ; Oxford, J. H. Parker. THE success which has attended the publication of the “ Memorials of Oxford,” has encouraged the proprietor of the publicatiou under our notice, to commence a similar undertaking with reference to Cambridge. “He is convinced,” he observes, “ that it yields not to its sister University, either in beautiful subjects for the pencil and the graver, afforded by its public buildings, and by the scenery which immediately surrounds it; in interesting relics of past ages; in matters of historical interest and importance ; or in the number of great and distinguished men who have been formed within its precincts.” The subject of the first number is Trinity College. Besides woodengravings of the “Cycloidal Bridge,” and of the “ Statue of Edward III. on Gateway Tower,” there are views of the “Library,” and of the “Great Court,” executed in the same style of clearness and beauty that so frequently elicited our commendations of the “Memorials of Oxford,” to which Work, we have no doubt, the Memorials of Cambridge will form a very worthy companion. The high reputation and talents of the author are a sufficient pledge that the historical and descriptive matter will be of sterling character and value.

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We caught his spirit and learnt to love
The cageless eagle more than the dove;
And wild and happy souls were we,
Roving with him by the heaving sea:
He whisper'd the midnight work they did,
And shew'd us where the kegs were hid,
All secrets were ours—a word might destroy,+
But we never betray'd the smuggler boy.

We sadly left him, bound to range
A distant path of care and change ;
We have sought him again, but none could
relate
The place of his home, or a word of his fate;
Long years have sped, but we dream of him
now,
With the red cap toss'd on his dauntless brow;
And the world hath never given a joy
Like the moonlight sail with the smuggler boy.
EL1zA Cook.

The WATCH or DEATH.

THE last low murmur of the chimes of night,
Boom'd from the rustic village spire. Beside
A sick man's couch, with looks which could
not hide
Affection's fears, a maiden watch'd. The light
From her dim lamp fell on her face, like blight
On some fair flower. Fond girl she seem'd
to chide laside
Her own low sighs : her eyes ne'er turn'd
From the poor sufferer; lest to realms more
bright
His soul should wing. The room was still.
He slept.
His bony hands lay motionless and cold :
His livid cheek, down which a tear still crept,
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SKETCHES.
Streetology, No. V.-As is our custom, we
noticed the début of this publication, though
addressed to the lowly subject of street beggars
and itinerants; and as is also our custom, we

estimate includes the marine consumption; and

although match-making may be made light of,
it will be seen from Dick Tynt's authority,
that it is a very important and weighty matter,
and one that certainly supplies bread to a great
number of unfortunates, and is of vast con-

have abstained from any further remarks on its sideration to every one who keeps a tinder-box,
contemporary progress. Our principle is, that and eschews lucifers.”

as we cannot praise all, we have small right
to impede or injure by censure, works either in
the same, or in something like the same line
with our own ; and therefore it is best, accord-
ing to the old saw, to let every herring hang by
its own head. But we have not on these
grounds felt ourselves precluded from an occa-
sional notice of any insulated matter which

might occur to us, and in this spirit we insert

Music.

'Twas the Day of the Feast, a Historic Ballad.

Written and composed by Samuel Lover,

Esq. Duff and Co.
THE affecting circumstance on which the poet
has seized with so true a spirit of grateful
patriotism and loyalty, must be in the memory
of our readers. Lord Munster, by the act of

the following curious quotation from the slight | filial piety this verse enshrines, imparted the
Production which we have named. It con- last earthly solace to the fainting soul of our
cludes the biography of a singular match-l lamented king: the melody is beautiful, and, in

vender, and might be treasured among the
archives of the Statistical Society as part and
portion of the statistics of London. “With
respect, then, to match-venders, or Streetological
‘timber merchants,’ there are, including men,
women, and children, about seven hundred
who are to be found in and about the metro-
polis, some carrying a few old-fashioned bundles
in their hands, going from door to door, knock-
ing or looking down into the area windows,
and forcing a sale of their timber splinters,
with the inquiring cry of “Please do you want
any matches pray do take a hap'orth of a
poor woman, with a large family of small
children. God bless you, mar’m, thank you.’
Some of them carry a basket with a few laces,
threads, needles, &c.; and occasionally in ad-
dition to the match business, some of the old
women carry a pack of cards, which frequently
enables them, if once they catch hold of an
unwary servant, and obtain admission to the
kitchen, to draw a shilling or two for a ‘lay-
out,’ and a little fortune-telling. * * *
Men and women respectably dressed may be
seen standing in the obscure streets, at a dis-
tance from the glare of the gas-light, with a
basket or clean cloth, containing a few bunches
of matches: these are the newly initiated beg-
gars, who carry a few bundles of matches,
merely to avoid being taken by the officers of
the Mendicity Society. The principal markets
and avenues leading thereto, are studded with
itinerant timber merchants. There is one
more class, that may be termed the wholesale
retailers, being in number about fifteen or
twenty ; they live by supplying the ship-chan.
dlers in Thames Street, Wapping, Limehouse,
Blackwall, Greenwich, Woolwich, Gravesend,
and other water-side localities, and are seldom
found exercising their callings in the street.
The itinerant match-venders dispose of about
ten shillings' worth per week each upon the
average; the timber costing them about eight
pence, and the brimstone threepence—say one
shilling in all, thus then they have for labour
of cutting and selling, nine shillings. Admit-
ting that they are sold in half-penny worths,
although many persons take two or three
pennyworth at a time, while others only pur-
chase a farthing's worth, each vender will
supply 240 families, and the whole match-
making fraternity will, consequently, supply
148,000 families weekly, and receive in the
aggregate for that apparently useless and in-
considerable domestic article—a brimstone-
dipped stick, the immense sum of 350l. It is

estimated that in London and its environs, not

our opinion, not unworthy of the occasion.
“The last annual tribute of the flag of Waterloo to the crown
of England was made to William the Fourth a few hours before
his Majesty's lamented death; on receiving the banner, the king
pressed it to his heart, saying “It was a glorious day for Eng.
land;" and expressed a wish he might survive the day, that the
Duke of Wellington's commemoration fate of the victory of Wa-
terloo might take place. A dying Monarch receiving the banner
commemorative of a National Conquest, and wishing at the same
time, that his death might not disturb the triumphal banquet, is
at once so heroic and poetic, that it naturally suggests a poem.
The following lines were written immediately after the event,
but the publication of the song has been delayed through a fe-1-
ing of respect; the laurel should not be placed too close to the
cypress, nor the sound of the lyre be heard too near the grave of
a king.
'Twas the day of the feast in the chieftain's hall,
'Twas the day he had seen the foe-man fall,
'Twas the day that his country's valour stood
'Gainst steel, and fire, and the tide of blood.
And the day was mark'd by his country well,
For they gave him broad valleys, the hill and the dell,
And they ask'd as a tribute, the hero should bring
The flag of the foe to the foot of the king.

'Twas the day of the feast in the chieftain's hall,
And the banner was brought at the chieftain's call,
And he went in his glory the tribute to bring,
And lay at the foot of the brave old king;
But the hall of the king was in silence and grief,
And smiles, as of old, did not greet the chief,
For he came on the Angel of Victory's wing,
While the Angel of Death was awaiting the king.

The chieftain he knelt by the couch of the king;
: I know,' said the monarch, the tribute you bring;
Give me the banner ere life depart 1"
And he press'd the flag to his fainting heart.
: It is joy ev’n in death, cried the monarch, to say
That my country hath known such a glorious day:
Heaven grant I may live 'till the midnight's fall,
That my chieftain may feast in his warrior hall: ”

IDR.A.M.A.

Drury Lane.—On Saturday was produced
the Indian Girl: a piece of mingled dialogue
and stage action, or dumb-show ; in which, of
course, Celeste sustained the principal part—
that of an English girl, the daughter of one of
our regicides, carried off by the Indians, and
made the wife of a red chief. She is retaken;
and her recognition of her family, almost ob-
literated from her memory by ten years of
savage life, affords fair scope for her powers,
and all the rolling artillery of a pair of large
French eyes. Her child is made an instru-
ment, and too frequently, to affect her mind
and passions; for, in such cases, the morning
gun ought not to be too often repeated. M'Ian,
as the Indian warrior, is very calm and cha-
racteristic; and the fatal catastrophe forms a
striking tableau : but the whole is far too
long for the material, and there is not in-
terest enough to carry out a sixth portion of
the time and grimacery.

St James's Theatre.—The Cabinet, revived
in force, with Braham in full song, has been
the great attraction here since our last.

Adelphi...—Con Monday, a most gorgeous
melodrama, worthy of the highest scenic efforts

of this theatre, was produced. It is entitled,
Walsha, the Slave Queen, and founded on a
Bohemian tradition. The costumes, the pa-
geantry, and the scenery, are splendid; and it
is quite wonderful to see so much of striking
beauty and interest effected on any stage, and
still more on one of the Adelphi limits. The
finale is fearfully fine and impressive. Mrs.
Yates performed Walsha in her most touching
and finished style; and O. Smith, a stubborn
ruffian, with some few touches of nature, ad-
mirably. The whole is got up in a manner
which reflects the utmost credit on the manage-
ment for spirit and profuse expenditure ; and,
as we anticipate a long and prosperous run for
the Slave Queen, we rejoice to be able to say,
that, with all the strong features of the French
stage, this drama is not only altogether free
from the stain of immorality, but, in truth, the
plot, from first to last, is well devised to point
a moral. The adaptor is, we believe, Mr.
Coyne; and the success of his work is quite
uproarious and triumphant.

The Opera Buffa.--We are glad to find that
the Opera Buffa is about to re-open for another
season at the Lyceum, and with such a pro-
gramme as bids fair to make it all the public
could desire. An opera of Mozart's is intended
for performance once in every week. Cinti
Damareau will join if she can obtain the need-
ful leave; and, already, with the exception of
Mademoiselle Scheroni, the young and pretty,
who is announced for December, a host of
talent has congregated in London. A great
variety of excellent operas, some of them new
to us, are, we see with pleasure, in the bill of
fare.

VariETIES.
Ornithological Society. It is out of its
regular place, but we have merely to state that
the Ornithological Society met yesterday: when
Messrs. Blyth, Macleay, and Vigors (the latter
in the chair), made some interesting remarks
on various peculiarities in birds, the egret in
owls, the bill in hornbills, &c. &c.
La Mosaique.—A French weekly publica-
tion, No. I., has joined our periodical ranks;
and we hail it with pleasure, for it is very
various, very meritorious, and offers a most
agreeable vehicle for familiarising readers with
the language.
Weather Wisdom. – This is an important
week, for Thursday is the Lord Mayor's Day,
and the Queen is going to feast with the city.
What says our oracle “Cold air on the 4th
—a fall of snow. The sextile of the Sun to
Jupiter on the 6th will mitigate the cold; but
Saturn near at hand, may cause snow. The
influences are of a windy nature about the 8th,
with many changes—dark and gloomy weather."
Painful uncertainty: The ninth is in doubt.
May it be sunny as the occasion :
II. B.s.—As politics begin to resume their
season, H. B., of course, becomes more fertile.
We have this week two novelties (Nos. 504,3),
in which the same characters figure, viz. the
Queen and Lords Melbourne and Palmerston.
In the first they appear on horseback, as Su-
sannah and the Elders; and in the last, as Kitty
and two of the livery in High Life below Stairs,
but inverted as lately performed at Windsor,
when the sheriffs' livery suits were exhibited
to royalty. The likenesses are very good. but
there is not much satire in these sketches. The
first is the best. - -
The late Dr. Valpy.—We are informed that
the subscription for a monument to the me-
mory of the late Dr. Valpy, for upwards of fifty
years head master of Reading school, is filling
up in a very gratifying manner, and that the list contains many distinguished names of gentlemen educated at that seminary. Meteors.-We need hardly remind our astronomical readers, that the return of periodical meteors assigned to the 13th of November, or thereabouts, will soon require their watchful observation. Electrical experiments may also be made with advantage at this period. Fine Arts: Newcastle. — A Society for the Promotion of the Fine Arts has been formed at Newcastle, under the presidency of the Bishop of Durham, and patronised by many resident men of rank and influence. Encouragement of Art in France.— Mr. Horace Vernet has been appointed by the king to paint a picture of the taking of Constantine; and set out to Africa on this mission. Thus are the fine arts and national feelings cultivated at the same time by a judicious government. To a Lady who is said strikingly to resemble Chalom's Portrait of the Queen in her Robes and Jewels. Who likens thee to Briton's queen, Not far from truth departs;

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General Observations.—The temperature of the month was lower than since September 1833, as respects the mean and maximum, although the minimum in 1834 was half a degree lower. The barometer was higher than in 1835 and in 1836; and only once, in the last fourteen years, has so little rain fallen in September– viz. in 1832, from the 18th to the end of the month, no rain fell, and the weather was very fine.

To corur-Esporun on Ts. A. E. H. is advised that wrung and one cannot pass as rhyme, though the ideas are poetical enough. 4 reads roughly, and the story is very familiar to readers. We have used all we can of R. E. I.'s tableaux,

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II. The Lady Anabetta. By the Author of “Constance,” “Rosabel,” &c. III. . Country Stories; A Sequel to “Our Village.” - - IV. Society in America. By Miss Martineau.

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BOOKS IN THE PRESS.

NEW WORK BY The Author of “TREMAIN E.” *:::: in November will be published, in 1 vol. post 8vo. - ----ISTORICAL ESSAY on the REAL CHARACTEIt of the EVENTS which led to the REVOLUTION of 1688, and the real amount of that great Precedent; in which the Doctrines raised upon them by Locke, Mackintosh, Price, Hallam, Blackstone, and others, are critically considered; to which is added, a particular Review of the Opi. nions of Mr. Fox, in his Historical Work on James II., and of Locke upon the Right of Resistance. Addressed to the Right Honourable Charles Williams Wynn, M.P.

By R. PLUMER WARD, Esq.

Author of “Tremaine,” &c. &c.

John Murray, Albemarle Street.

Alison's his TORY OF THE FRENcii Revolution.
On the oth November will be published, the Sixth Volume of
ISTORY of EUROPE, from the Com-
mencement of the French Revolution, to the Restora-
tion of the Bourbons.
By ARCHIBALD A LISON, F.R.S.E.
Contents.
Chap. XLIV. Campaign of Eylaw. December 1806–March
1807

- -
XLV. Domestic and Foreign Measures of Mr. Fox's Adminis-

tration. February 1806–March 1807.
XLVI. Campaign of Friedland and Tilsit.
XLVII. Continental System and Imperial Government of Na.

oleon. July 1807–August 1812.

XLVIII: Foreign Transactions of Europe, from the Peace of

Tilsit to the Opening of the Spanish War. July 1807–Spring

ena.
XI, IX. Proximate Causes of the Peninsular War.
L. Campaign of 1808 in Spain and Portugal.

--- Lately published,
New editions of the First Five Volumes.
W. Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh; and T. Cadell, London.

In a few days will be published,
NDIA. – RISE and PROGRESS of the
BRITISH PoW ER. Vol. II. 8vo. Price it. 1s. cloth.
By PETER AUBER, M.R.A.S.,
Late Secretary to the Honourable East India Company,
Comprising the Administrations of Marquess Cornwallis,
Lord 'I'eignmouth, Marquess Wellesley, Earl Minto, Marquess
Hastings, Earl Amherst, and the Right Honourable told Wm.
Cavendish Bentick; with Original Correspondence.
London W. H. Allen and Co., 7 Leadenhall Street.

2 vols. 8vo.

VI.
Turkey, Greece, and Malta.
By Adolphus Slade, Esq.
Author of “Travels in the East.”

Wii.
The Great Metropolis: Second Series.
By the Author of “Random Recollections of the Lords
and Commons.”
- viii.
Memorials of Mrs. Hemans.
With Extracts from her Private Letters.
By H. F. Chorley.
For Ireland, J. Cumming, Thublin; for Scotland,

Agents
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