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were not his legal heirs. The per- last ?" Denon answered, that “with son to whom, according to law, his care, and in a proper situation, it wealth should have descended, short- might last, perhaps, five hundred ly afterwards fell into company with years." “ And how long,” said Naa lawyer of the neighbouring city, poleon, “will a statue last ?” “ Perwho informed him that as the laws haps," replied Denon, “five thoudid not recognize the customs of Alag- sand years." " And this,” returned na, he might instantly recover the Napoleon, sharply, “this you call property of which he had been so immortality !” unjustly deprived. At first the lawyer's offers of service were rejected;

TAME CROCODILE. but at length the disinherited man At Chantilly there is a crocodile demanded time for reflection, For so tame and well-disposed, that he three days he was observed to be is caressed with impunity by the plunged in meditation, and much keeper, who endeavours (although, disturbed ; an important matter, as as may easily be supposed, not often he remarked to his friends, pressing with success,) to induce visitors to upon his mind. At the end of that follow his example. time he went to the officious lawyer, and said " What you advise me to do

MONTESQUIEU. has never been done before in our This extraordinary man, whose village, and unquestionably I shall death was deplored by Lord Chesternot set the example of innovation.” field as that of a great statesman, was

considered in France merely as an

eloquent dreamer. His high qualiThis unfortunate undertaking has ties are much better appreciated by again been overflowed by the burst- his countrymen in the present day. ing in of the river; an accident So disgusted was Montesquieu with which, following all that was said the place which he held in society about " perfect security" after the during his life, that having underformer misfortune, ought not to have stood from a person to whom he had happened. But we fear this ingen- confided the education of his son, ious and really interesting scheme that the boy evinced great aptitude has been ill-managed, in spite of the of conception, and inclination to talents of Mr. Brunel, and the perse- write, he exclaimed, in alarm, verance and skill of his

co-operators. “What! he will be like myself, only The fact is, it has been far too much an original, a man of letters, a wortha thing of newspaper discussion. In- less fellow !" stead of having every nerve and all attention directed to the work, there has been a distracting diversion of Donnelly, the Irish pugilist (remind as to ways and means, and the membered as Sir Daniel), when askcourting of public opinion to favoured by a novice in his science what the speculation. It is now, in con was the best way to learn to fight ? sequence, a very bad job.

replied, “ Och, sir, there's no use in

life in a man's learning to fight, unORIGINAL ANECDOTE OF BONAPARTE. less natur gave him a bit of a taste

Napoleon being in the gallery of for it.” the Louvre one day, attended by the THE SPADE OF SFORZA. Baron Denon, turned round sudden The founder of the Sforza family, ly from a fine picture, which he had and father of Francesco, the first viewed for some time in silence, and Duke of Milan, who died, according said to him—" That is a noble pic- to Mr. Roscoe, about 1465, was a ture, Denon.”

“ Immortal,” was peasant, and following his labour, Denon's reply. “How long," in- when he was invited by his companquired Napoleon, “ will this picture ions to follow the army. He did not


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draw lots whether he should go or appears of a yellow hue, and seems not, but threw his spade into an oak, to resemble a small embodied flame. declaring, that if it fell to the ground It is generally stationary; and when he would continue his labours; but it moves, it wanders but very

little if it hung in the tree he would try from its primitive spot, sometimes bis fortune as a soldier. Some bit of mounting upward, and then descenda branch intercepted its fall, and gave ing to the earth. As it has frequenta father to a long line of princes, the ed this spot from time immemorial, most splendid sovereigns of Italy. it is now rendered so familiar that it

almost ceases to excite attention. It LE! TÁLIONIS.

is somewhat remarkable, that alAn Armenian jeweller, who had though many attempts have been sold a quantity of counterfeit dia- made to discover it in the place of its monds to the favourite wise of the appearance, every effort has hitherto Shah of Persia, was pursued by the failed of success. On approaching officers of the palace, and overtaken, the spot, it becomes invisible to the when the lady demanded an exeni- pursuers, even while it remains luplary satisfaction. The Shah, after minous to those who watched it at a many endeavours, finding it impossi- distance. To trace its exact abode, ble to propitiate the complainant, a level has been taken during its apconsented that the melefactor should pearance, by which the curious have be exposed, according to the custom been guided in their researches the of the country, in the arena for the ensuing day; but nothing has hithercombats of wild beasts. But, when to been discovered. all the court was collected to witness the spectacle of the execution, to the SIZE AND VALUE OF MAHOGANY. surprise of the poor wretch, who ex Few people are acquainted with pected to be instantly devoured, in- the immense size and value of some stead of a lion, a lamb was let out logs of mahogany brought to England. from one of the dens, which forthwith The following may serve as an exwalked up, and began to fawn upon ample. “ The largest and finest log him. The sultaness, indignant at of mahogany ever imported into this this affront, flew to her husband to country has been recently sold by explain what had happened, and in- auction at the docks in Liverpool. sisted that the master of the beasts, It was purchased by James Hodgson, who had ordered this, deserved no Esq. for three hundred and seventybetter than to be eaten along with eight pounds, and afterwards sold by the false jeweller, for company.

“ Be him for five hundred and twentymerciful, fair Yasili,” said the good- five pounds, and if it open well, it is tempered prince; "the Armenian supposed to be worth one thousand has been punished by the law of re- pounds. If sawn into vineers it is taliation. He deceived you, and he computed that the cost of labour in has now himself been deceived ; let the process will be seven hundred him be quit, for this time, pour le and fifty pounds. The weight at the peur."

King's beam is six tons thirteen hun

dred weight." In the parish of St. Austle, Cornwall, there is a singular phenomenon; it is the appearance of a light near The Abbé De Lisle says, that the the turnpike road at Hill Head, about Arabs have one hundred and fifty three quarters of a inile west of the words for a lion, and three hundred town. In the summer season it is for a serpent ! rarely seen; but in the winter, particularly in the months of November

IN THE PRESS, and December, scarcely a dark night The Omnipotence of the Deity; passes in which it is not visible. It a Poem by Mr. R. Montgomery.



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THE Sabbath-day passed on as oh Lord!" and then the words died

usual ; its wonted calm, un- away, and the heart only spoke, for broken even by Josiah's eager anti- jts eloquence was unutterable ; yet cipation of the morrow—for so early he continued near an hour in that and so severely had Andrew incul- holy communion; and when at length cated the duty of a grave and solemn he rose up from his knees, and benddemeanour on the Lord's day, that ing over his child, bowed his head to the child had learnt to imitate his imprint the accustomed kiss, large father's serious and mortified aspect, drops rolled down his rugged features, and his joyous laugh was rarely heard and fell on the soft glowing cheek ringing through the house during of the little sleeper. those long twelve tedious hours; and, Andrew Cleaves laid himself down contrary to his usual vivacious habits, to rest that night, with such thoughts he was always anxious to go to bed as might, “ if heaven had willed it," very early on the Sabbath evening, have matured even then to fruits of and he had already been some hours blessedness. But his time was not in a sweet and profound sleep, when come. The rock was stricken, but his father came to bed on that last as yet the waters gushed not freely night preceding the important Mon- out. day.

Daylight brought with it other Ifever prayers were breathed from thoughts, and more worldly feelings ; the heart, such were those of An- and Andrew Cleaves rose up himself drew Cleaves, when, by the pale again, stout of heart and firm of purlight of a cloudless moon, he knelt pose, remembering that he was to down at that solemn hour, beside the appear among men ; and scorning to pillow of his sleeping child, who betray, before his fellow creatures, " looked like an angel as he slept,” any symptom of that tender weakness the tender moonbeans playing like which he felt half humiliated a glory round those young innocent having yielded to, in the sight of his temples. Yes, if ever prayer came

Creator. direct from the heart, such was that He roused the boy up hastily and of Andrew Cleaves at that solemn cheerily, and hurried old Jenny in hour ; yet never before were his her breakfast preparations, and in whispered aspirations so broken, so completing the packing up of Josiah's faintly murmured, so devoid of all bux, and equipping him for his dethe graces

of speech and metaphor. parture, and the new scene he was Over and over again his lips inur about to enter on, in a suit of bran mured—“Bless my child-bless him, new clothes, made, however, after the


in Continued froin page 25. 6 ATHENEUM, vol. 9, 2d series.

precise fashion of his first manly ha- might be wild, riotous chaps, given biliments ;-and Andrew himself was to such wicked ways as Andrew less methodical and deliberate than trembled to think of. usual in his own proceedings, finding The boy had listened to this edifysomething to do, or to seek for, which ing exhortation—which had held on hurried him hither and thither, with through four interminable miles, for a busiling restlessness very unlike his Andrew was always soothed and ingeneral clock-work movements. spired by the sound of his own dro

He sat scarce five minutes at his ning preachments—just as he had breakfast, and had not consumed half been wont to listen to the Rev. Mr. his morning's portion of oatmeal por- Leadbeater's hydra-headed sermons ridge, when he started off to draw -in silence indeed, but with most out the cart, and harnesss old Dob- disconsolate yawnings and twitchbin ;-and the box was locked and ings, and indescribable fidgetings—but brought out-and the boy rigged at when his father came to the head of all points, like a little bog in armour Schoolfellows, his attention was inand the horse and cart at the door stanıly excited, and suddenly bright-and all ready, though Andrew pro- ening up, and skipping over the professed he had believed it later than it hibitory clauses of the discourse, bę really was, by a full hour, and the broke in on it with an inquiry of sooner they were off the better-so whether the boys were like to be cutting short, with peevish impa- good hands at hoops and marbles ? tience, the blubbering adieu of poor An interruption so ill-timed and in, Jenny—just as Josiah was beginning congruous, would have drawn down to sob out in concert-and saying a sharp rebuke on the heedless of“ Up wi'ye, my man,” he jerked fender, but just as it was breaking him suddenly into the cart, and from Andrew's lips, a sudjen turn of mounting himself, drove off at a rate the road brought them to the top of that caused old Jenny to exclaim, the last hill overlooking the town of " Lord save us, for certain master's C-, which now opened at a short bewitched !"-and greatly inconve- distance in full view of the travellers. nienced Dobbin, whose usual paces There-the father remembered he were every whit as sedate and de- was to leave his boy—so the severe liberate as her master's.

words died away npon his lips,--and It is not to be inferred, however, the child looked, for the first time in that he continued to urge on the his life, on the wonderfullabyrinth of venerable beast to those unnatural houses, churches, markets, and maexertions throughout the whole five pufactories, that constitute a considermiles. Andrew was so far a humane able county-town; and his amazeman, that he was “nierciful to his ment and delight broke forth with beast," and once out of sight of home, inexpressible vehemence.-—" Ay,-permitted her to fall into her old it's all very fine, ny man!” said the jog-trot, taking the opportunity, after father, shaking his head—“A fine clearing his throat with sundry hums thing to look at, yon great city; and and ha's, to hold forth very lengthily ye've seen nothing like it afore, poor to his young companion, on the new innocent lamb; but God keep ye course of life he was about to enter from the evil ways that are in it, and on—the new duties he would have to from the tents of the ungodly!" Şo fulfil the zeal for learning-aptness, groaned Andrew; but nevertheless diligence, and perseverance, that he drove on with his precious charge would be expected from him—the towards the tents of ungodliness, for cáre he was to take of his clothes, he had worldly and ambitious views and his new Bible and Prayer-book, for the boy, and they were not to be and the caution with which it would forwarded in the desert, behove him to select intimates among The road wound quite round the his schoolfellows, many of whom brow of the bill in a somewhat retro

grade direction, so as to alter the from the land !" cořichading the third otherwise precipitous descent,into one repetition with a sonorous ** Amen!" more gradual and easy. On one side which was sofily re-echoed by the arose a wall of chalky cliff-on the tremulous voice of the unconscious other a steep slope of slippery down child, who, having been accustomed --s0 Andrew guided old Dobbin at home and at church always to reslowly and carefully round the pro- peat the word after the clerk or his montory's brow; and on doubling father, now chimed in mechanically the point, an unexpected and unwel- with the pious aspiration. “Amen!" come sight saluted him. Just be- quoth Andrew, and whipt on Dobbin, death, on a sort of green platform though rather perplexed at having to half way down the declivity, had make his way through the closestood from times beyond the memo- wedged multitude. Andrew Cleaves, ry of man, an awful fixture, from though a severe, was not a cruel man': which the eminence derived its desig- Though a zealous advocate for the pation of " Gallows-Hill." Round extreme rigour of the law, he took no that fatal tree, and quite down the delight in witnessing the actual exeremaining descent, and ranged, ledge cution of its dread sentence; neither above ledge, up the chalky sum- did he desire that his innocent commit, the whole population of C-panion should thus prematurely beseemed now assembled ; yet such hold a sight so awful. Therefore he was the stillness of the vast multi- pushed on as fast as possible, hoping tode, that no sound, indicative of to get clear of the crowd before the the scene they were approaching, arrival of the Sheriff and the mournhad reached the ears of Andrew or ful cavalcade, which was slowly aphis son, till they came in full sight of proaching. As they passed close to it. Andrew Cleaves instinctively the foot of the gibbet, Josiah, glanctightened his rein and halted abrupt- ing upwards at the fatal tree, shrunk ly, and the boy jumped up and caught close to his father, as if he would hold of his father's arm, but uttered have grown into his very side ; and not a word, as he looked down breath- now their onward progress became lessly on the condensed living mass. more difficult almost impossible. At last he drew a long deep inspira- The fatal cart was close at hand, and tion, and looked round in his father's the curious people thronged about it face, the seriousness of which had to catch a passing view of the condarkened into unusual severity. Rath- demned. It was in vain that Andrew er in answer to his own momentary urged on the old mare with voice and surprise, than in reply to the boy's lash: she could not force a passage inquiring looks—Andrew uttered, in through the living wall, so he was his deepest, lowest tone-"Ay, I see fain to take patience and draw up to how it is—’Sizes are over, and there's the side of the road, till the sad paan execution going forward. So geant had passed by. The crowd perish the guilty from the land !" which had arrested his progress,

imAndrew Cleaves would have been peded also the advance of the cart a sturdy champion for that faith, in with its wretched burden ; and durthe strength of which the valiant ing the time of its tedious approach, Bishop Doo Hieronymo urged on the Andrew gathered from some of the slaughter of the Infidels, with the bystanders, that the criminal, who was shout of "Smite them, for the love that day to meet an ignominious and of God!" And under the Jewish untimely fate, was a mere youth, have dispensation, he would never have ing barely attained his 20th year; that spared' Agag, whatever he might he had been a boy of fair promise, have done by " the best of the sheep till seduced by bad company, and and oxen.” So now twice over evil example, into irregular ways, yea, three several times, he fervent- and lawless practices; which, proly ejaculated. So perish the guilty ceeding from bad to worte, had at

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