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AGE OF THE HUMAN SPECIES. save whose life a courtier warmly in
In the last number of the Edinburgh terested himself, and presented a petiPhilosophical Journal, we find the fol- tion to bis sovereign accompanied by a lowing statement in regard to the age of compliment of 2000 dinars. But the the human species.
Caliph rejected his prayer, saying, Discovery of Human Skulls in the “Go, and find me a man as culpable same formation as thut which contains as this wretch, who desames innocence, remains of Elephants, Rhinoceri, &c. and he shall not only die in bis stead, Some years ago Admiral Cochrane
pre- but I will give you 10,000 dinars." septed to the British Museum a human Confession.-A female confessing skeleton, incased in a very compact al. her sins, among other things, ackoowlluvial aggregation of coral and other edged that she wore rouge. “ For similar matters. This curious specimen what purpose ?” asked the Father. was at first considered as a true secon- “ To make me
“ To make me appear captivating,” dary limestone, and therefore as afford- was the answer, " But does it make ing evidence that the human species had you look more beautiful.” " At least, been called into existence during the holy confessor, I think it does !” The formation of the secondary strata. Ge- priest took the penitent out of the conologists pointed out the inaccuracy of fessional into the light, and gazing stedthis opinion, and proved that the enclo- fastly at her, exclaimed, “ Madam, you sing mass was not a portion of the older may paiut without offence, for you are strata of the crust of earth, but merely a still very ugly." portion of one of those calcareous for- A superannuated wit, who still ocmations daily taking place on the shores casionally said a good thing, was very of the West India Islands. It is well happily compared to an old castle now knowo to geologists, that several exten- and then revisited by Spirits. sive tracts in Germany are covered with
IRON RAIL-ROADS. a deep deposite of calcareous tuffa,
We have received a report from Muwhich contains fossil remains of the mastodonton, megatherium, Irish elk, well deserves the attention of our coun
nich, which, if it be not exaggerated, (Alei gigantea, Blum.), and elephant (Elephas primigeni), and other colossal trymen. A model, on a large scale, animals, which are now considered
of an iron rail-road, invented and com
as extinet. In this very ancient alluviai pleted by the chief counsellor of the formation, human skulls have been dis- mines, Joseph Von Baader, has been covered ; and if the statements given in Mechanical Inventions, which is said to
received at the Royal Repository for regard to this interesting discovery, at Meissen in Saxony, be correct, we have surpass in utility whatever has been obtained a proof of the co-existence of
seen in England ; some say by a prothe human race, with the gigantic me- less by half. On a space perfectly level, the human race, with the gigantic me portion of two-thirds, although it costs gatheria, elks, and elephants.
laid with this invention, a woman or a ANECDOTES, &c.
child may draw with ease a cart laden Elopement.-A dandy who recently with fifteen or sixteen cwt. And if no contrived to undergo the fatigue of an greater inclination than six inches and a excursion to Scotland with an heiress, balf on a hundred feet in length be alin the hurry of such affairs took his lowed, the carts will move of thembride before the Priest in a riding coat. selves, without any external impulse. A Before proceeding with his brief cere- single horse may be the means of conmony, the minister look d attentively veying a greater weight than twenty-two at the parties, and said—“ But to pre- horses of the same strength on the best vent any mistakes hereafter, tell me of common roads. without prevarication, if ye are both
RIDICULOUS ANGER. wonien in disguise ; or if not wbich is
Nothing can be more ridiculous the man ?"
tban an insignificant man in a fit of anCalumny.—An oriental Caliph had condemned to death a calumniator, to
ger: He is a mole-hill vomiting fire.
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little pause, his memory
From the European Magazine. when Gabrielle,entering ber aunt's room THE GALLERY OF GRONDO. with a composed countenance,enquired THE NHE President of our taletelling for her femme-de-chambre. The woman
divan opened his portfolio with was summoned, and the child, with sinthe gravity of a prime minister, and gular presence of mind and calmness, the next engraving drawn from it re- desired her to bring all her fellowpresented the celebrated Gallery of servants into the gallery. Madame Grondo, hewn by almost miraculous Vermont, aware of her own finesse, labour through solid rocks. According permitted the assemblage without ques. to the established rules of our lottery, tion; and when the whole household the old kirk-minister was required to had collected in the corridor, the young tell a tale adapted to this scene, or in heroine informed them that she had some way relating to it; and after a discovered an intruder, and had locked he gave us the first fruit of bim in her chamber. She offered the
key to the English valet, who, after During the short truce of 1801, an
a little demur, referred the hovour of English commoner of noble but decayed the first entry to the cook, and he to estate removed his family to Langue
After much debate, a doc. Liberal principles, neutral con- formidable procession, headed by Gaduct, and, above all, his purchase of a brielle herself, entered the chamber, and good estate with an avowed intention the groom, armed with a long sword to domesticate himself as a French citi- and a broom, drew forth the terrible zeo, gained him the privilege of tran- effigy. Peals of laughter and many quillity. Ten years peaceably spent
hints of cowardice followed among the gave bim also a kind of familiarity servants, but the keen and bold
of with the municipal officers of the town, their young mistress observed one face which enabled him to afford both aid less datural in its expression of mirth and personal courtesy to the numerous
than the rest. She had firinness and Euglish prisoners whose ill-fortune discretion enough to join in the genebrought them there. He had a sprightly ral raillery, and to keep her observawife, of manners decidedly French and tions secret till she found an oppora niece too lovely in his opinion to walk tunity of revealing them to her uncle. unprotected on the banks of the Ga. He understood and valued them. Severoane, then nightly infested by troops ral nights after this adventure, he of freebooters, composed partly of dis- watched in silence and darkness, but banded royalists and desperate republi- saw nothing of the man he suspected. cans. Gabrielle chose to pursue her More than a month had passed, and the evening walks with the careless courage
anong the household of fifteen ; and her aunt conceiving ter. seemed to increase in bitterness ; but sor a more powerful impulse than rea
the superiors of the family affected no son, contrived what she thought suffi- regard, till they were disturbed one cient to alarm her niece's imagination night by shrieks and murmurs. M. effectually. She placed a pair of huge Vermont's questions were answered by sabots or peasani's shoes under the a siognlar story. The fille-de-chainbre fringe of her bed, with such accom- of Madame, piqued by jests on her paniments as at a sudden glance by fover's cowardice, had been urged to a dim light might seem the figure of try bis affection and strength of mind a man. Then, without cominunicating by another stratagem.
On his return her stratagem to her more discreet huse from a trifling journey, Durand was band, she seated herself in ber dressing- told that his beloved had suddenly exroom to await its consequences.
pired, and was already prepared for All remained silent till an hour after, * By the Tuthor of Legends of Lampidosa.
interment. He was a Swiss of simple myself into your hands; and I do not manners and strong affections. First seek to intimidate you by these weahe rebuked his fellow-servants for their pons, which I disdain to use against falsehood, and next insisted on seeing an unarmed adversary. You have eaten the pretended corpse. She had allowed my bread and slept under my roof-I herself to be equipped and extended in have no other defence against you and a winding-sheet on her bed, to wbich your accomplices."— The Swiss fell at the contrivers of the farce led Durand his master's feet, and wept. Presently with a single candle and faces properly taking up the pistols, he placed them composed. They were prepared for both again in Vermont's hands, adding, a shout of mirth at bis agony of grief, “Nothing but an oath could hold me when the servant who carried the light silent after this. Sir, if I dare not break perceived the body was really stiff in an oath, I deserve your trust. It is death. Screams of terror and surprise true, men assemble at your house unfollowed this discovery, and revealed known to you-I am one of the band, the abettors of this criminal mockery. and our names are made safe by a hond Nannette was dead, and her master, sealed with our blood. They are after viewing the body, dismissed the robbers, but no article of your property spectators with a severe reproach, for or secret of your family ever fell into
aciti her to practise the presump- their keeping. Nanpette discovered tuous fraud, which had probably, by their meeting in your barn last night, overstraining her weak nerves, pro- and my oath bound me to sacrifice her duced the death she counterfeited. So life-There was no other way to save be assured his household, but he per- your's and your family's !"--Saying ceived evidences of a different cause. this, he fell again at his master's knees, His suspicions rested on Durand him. and wept bitterly.
Vermont was self, and he fixed them by remarking struck with the extent of his danger
, the changes in his countenance when and the terrible nature even of the faith asked to watch beside the body. How that seemed to preserve bim. But his ever, Durand accepted the task; and English babits of reserve prevented the when every other person in the house gush of feeling which would have had gone to rest, our Englishman, belt- opened his heart, and he only answered, ing on his sabre and holding a loaded “I trust you, Durand !-remember it.” pistol in his hand, entered the chamber And without another question or rewhere the body lay. The Swiss sat be- mark, he returned to his apartment and side it with his head resting on his knees, his wife with a cool countegance, and and hardly raised himself when his mas- made no allusion to his discovery. ter stood before him. “Durand !" said Durand remained another year in M. he, “I am not now to learn that you Vermont's household, and his master have had some secret reason for deg. had sufficient courage and magnanimity troying this young woman-I know to forbear either nightly watching or your journey was a pretence--you were appearance of restraint in his daily concealed in or about my chateau all intercourse with his servant. At the day, and I expect nothing from you but ternination of this year Durand gave a confession of your motives." — The a public and ordinary notice of removal, young man raised his eyes, and, starting which was accepted without com est, up, laid both his hands on the fore- and he departed unobserved. head of the dead woman. “I declare," Fifteen months passed after this event he answered, “ before him whom I will and the fainily of M. Vercont removed not name, that I love this creature bet. to Orleans, where the fury of faction ter than my life: but I could not save became drep and dangerous during the ber's without betraying
crisis of 1815. Vermont, now a domiH stopped short, and Vermont de 1b- ciliated subject of France, and interest. erately laid lois brace of loaded pis- ed in her internal politics, was arrested tols on the table. ** You see, Dirand, by order of the power that prevailed I treat you as a brave man, for I put during the Hundred Days, and lodged
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in the Conciergerie. The charge against sister, whose manders were very well him announted to a secret correspond- calculated to be a foil to her's. The ence with England, and a treasonous lady's name was Gabrielle, and her age ad nission of an English spy into his appeared more than thirty; but her eyes bouse. On the day of his arrest, Mar- were wild and her gestures abrupt. She shal N. received a billet from one of bis answered no questions, and never spoke agents, a man who had stood by the except to her brother, who seemed Emperor's carriage at that memorable much younger, and of gentle temper. and unparalleled moment when he re- The accomplished mistress of the manceived news of his deposition, and sion had received instructions to accomalighted to hold council on the road- modate them in the most retired manner side in darkness with the few friends three days, and to expedite their dethat then adhered to him.
parture on the fourth, without enquiring “ Marshal!
whither they went, or by whom their “I need not remind you of what cabriole was driven. This was enough passed on the road to Footainb'eau : for an agent of espionage, but not I have only one façour to ask in return, enough for a woman who retained her Your wife has some secret apartments taste for adventure, Gaston, as the and a cabriole to spare-They will ac- young man's sister called him, was procommodate two persons who will be bably but little experienced in female with you on the morning of the 20th.” blandishments, and the adroit coquette
'On the 20th, a cabriole was seen addressed herself with great skill to his passing through the road to Fontain- vanity and his better feelings. It was bleau, towards the maisonette inhabited surprising, considering her experience, by a relative of the Marshal. The that she did not observe how readily lady who presided there was one of the young Gaston listened to her flatteries, Dumerous regiment of female allies to and availed himself of her indirect intiwhom M. Fouche honestly ascribed mations of compassion. When she saw, the most successful intrigues of bis or thought she saw, her victim strugpolice. Madame de Sevrac had dis- gling with his fear and his desire to tinguished herself
by undertaking to reveal the secret wbich seemed so preprocure from a German author the cious, she affected to praise the submapuscript of a very powerful appeal lime instinct of generous hearts, and obnoxious to French politics. She assumed that air of self-denial which had been furoished wiih unlimited commands so much more confidence drafts, and with the title of a baroness, than curiosity. Alas, madam!" said to seduce the literary man; but his Gaston, as they sat together at supper genius, his courage, and, above all, on the night appointed for his journey, bis affection, so touched the intriguante, “bis unfortunate person, whom I call that she brought off the manuscript sister, is in fact my betrothed wife. She without surrendering the author. There is insane. Judge of my anxiety and fore she was held in high esteem by her my interest in her escape
hear employers, for they knew she had that the cause. I was her father's ward, degree of honour which is necessary and her daily companion, but circumeven among the wicked.
She was, as
stances prevented our public union. this anecdote implies, a woman capable She suddenly received my visits with of right feeling herself, and of assuming airs of aversion and chagrin, which her the demeanour which ought to accom- parents mistook for girlish coquetry, pany it. Her adınirable taste was ex- but I knew and regretted the secret ercised in preparing apartments for the motive. She believed her infant dead, mysterious visitors who came to her ac- but I had preserved it from the death eredited by such high authority. Late she designed for it, and had the happiat night they arrived ; and she had the ness of seeing it flourish under the care pleasure of seeing a young man whose of a wood-cutter's wife in the forest of countenance promised employinent for Vincennes. One evening, when its her talents, accompanied only by a third birth-day had arrived, I tempted
her to walk there with me under pre- de Sevrac perceived, even by the dim tence of eating fruit at the forest-but, moonlight which guided it, how deep and while the woodman's wife was sent and strange a sullenness had overcast away to gather some, I observed her Gabrielle's face. She attributed it to eyes fixing on the sleeping child. She jealous aversion ; and when from time praised its beauty, took it on her lap, to time the supposed lunatic stole a and I thought the instinct of a mother malicious glance at her, she could not had prevailed. I ventured to say, avoid suspecting that her insanity was “This is our son!”—but instantly not real. Their journey was rapid and bursting into a frightful laugh, she safe till they reached the frontiers of grasped it tightly for an instant, and
-, where some powerful agents hurled it from her. I remember noth- of the French governinent presided. ing more-nothing except looking The evil genius of Madame de Sevrac round for some weapon to revenge its returned, and habits of intrigue predeath. When I returned to my senses, vailed over the momentary instinct of the woodcutter's wife was standing at • good. She stole at midnight from the my feet weeping over her dead foster- inn where they rested, and made herself child-its miserable mother had Aed known to the lieutenant of police in the into the forest. She was found in the town, professing that she travelled unstupor of that fatal madness which der secret orders from M. Fouche to arises from shame, pride, and despair. resign one of her companions to the The secret could not be preserved, and custody of the — government. I am conveying her thus privately he- She did not dare to tell the story of the yond the reach of a public executioner." infant's murder, because she began to
Madame de Sevrac was extremely doubt whether such an incident had touched by this narrative. She loved really occurred; and she bad not sagathe excitement of tragic stories, and city enough to perceive that Gaston especially such as evinced those violent represented Gabrielle as a criminal and passions which had been her instru.. a lunatic only to excuse the wild and ments through life.-Gabrielle's crime stern singularity of her aspect, and to gave her that strong hold on Madame misguide suspicion. She knew the de Sevrac's compassion which naturally fact involved no particular claim on results from sympathy and similar de- this officer's aid ; but she stated cerbasement; and the generous part of tain inysterious truths which induced her woman's nature revived in ber him to agree that a pariy of his agents behalf. The coldness, the melancholy should surround the carriage in the and the impenetrable reserve of this une Gallery of Grondo, and secure the fortunate woman had dignity in them, female refugee. Thus assured of her and Gaston's tender solicitude for her rival's removal, this dangerous woman safety gave him the most powerful returned to her companions, and when charm in the eyes of bis entertainer. they renewed their journey, proposed Nothing so strongly touches and to disguise herself in male attire, and amnends the feelings of an erring woman drive their cabriolet herself.
Gaston as commiseration shewo to a sister- expressed some slight reluctance, which sinner. Madame de Sevrac suddenly she overcame by alleging the danger besought Gaston's protection, and offered of crossing that mountainous road with to quit with him both her native country a bribed hireling, and by remarking the and the vile profession wbich her splen- suspicious comments excited at the last did establishment concealed. Gaston post town by their imperfect passports. appeared more touched and agitated by The cabriolet set forth, driven by Ma. her protestations of remorse and re- dame de Sevrac in a postillion's attire; formation than by her former blandish- and as it plunged into the stupendous ments. They had few moments to de- defile called the Gallery of Grondo, bate in, and the conference ended in ad- she fixed her eyes on a white cross mitting her into their cabriole in the near which her agents were stationed, disguise of a fille-de-chambre. Madame and drove rapidly towards it. The