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dramatized so often as to have hecome per- indifferent, are very well in their places ; fectly tedious. The piece indeed, as a whole, but the writer who would earn a lasting rewill add nothing to Mr. Peake's reputation: putation must supply us with something it is not, in fact, a dramatic composition better : they will do for the garnish, but there is too much of the “Wit-snapper” are not substantial enough of themselves about it. Strings of puns, good, bad, and to furnish out the meal.
VARIETIES. MARGATE HEALTH-HUNTING. considers to have been the inheri“Come to Margate," says Mrs. tance of the public, and their suppresAbrahams, “there you will get a col- sion a serious loss. our and an appetite, bless you.” Well,
AFRICAN LIONS. down they all go. First they take a The first number of the South Afwarm bath, then a cold bath-floun- rican Journal, published at the Cape dering about for an hour in the water of Good Hope, contains some very in-stay out sauntering about in the teresting details respecting the Lions night air...poke themselves into crowd- of that country. The writer says, ed libraries and dancing-rooms-go that beyond the limits of the colony, to bed at break of day—and then they are accounted peculiarly fierce come to town in a fever! Thus it and dangerous, and he thinks Mr. Barhas been lately with several ; and we row's representation, that they are at present visit a case which has had cowardly and treacherous, is a conclu
narrow escape from death-all sion drawn from limited experience brought on by health-hunting at Mar- or inaccurate information. gate.—Let people, if they go to water- prodigious strength of this animal (he ing places for health, go to bed at ten observes) does not appear to have o'clock-rise early,-immerse them- been overrated. It is certain that he selves in the water daily, and instant- can drag the heaviest ox with ease a ly leave it - live moderate—and mix considerable way ; and a horse, with the amusements only at proper heifer, hartebeest, or lesser prey, he hours, and they will return with im- finds no difficulty in throwing over proved health and spirits ; but Mar- his shoulder and carrying off to any gate now a-days, since steam came in- distance he may find convenient. to fashion, is the place to become an I have myself witnessed an instance invalid.
of a very young lion conveying a horse
about a mile from the spot where he Lord Byron, like his predecessors had killed it : and a more extraordiNapoleon and Dr. Johnson, it appears nary case has been mentioned to me has also had his Boswell, in the per on good authority, where a lion, havson of Captain Medwin, a cousin of ing carried off a heifer of two years the late Percy Bysshe Shelley. This old, was followed on the track for five gentleman, who we understand is dis- hours, above 30 English miles, by a tinguished for his literary attainments, party on horseback; and throughout went to Italy in the autumn of 1821 the whole distance, the carcase of the for the benefit of his health, and resi- heifer was only once or twice discovding for a considerable period with ered to have touched the ground. Lord Byron at Pisa, on the most fa- The Bechuano Chief, old Peyshow miliar terms, was in the daily habit of (now in Cape Town) conversing with noting down his conversations for his me a few days ago, said that the lion own amusements, and to curious mat very seldom attacks man if unprovokter for private reference. He alleges, ed; but he will frequently approach that although the various communica within a few paces and survey him tions were made to him without any steadily; and sometimes he will atinjunctions to sececry, they would not tempt to get behind him, as if he have been given to the world had it could not stand his look, but was yet not been for the destruction of his desirous of springing upon him unaLordship's own memoirs, which he wares. If a person in such circum
stances attempts either to fight or fly, posed to let him pass without furhe incurs the most imminent peril; ther parlance, and that he was rapbut if he has sufficient presence of idly approaching to the encounter, and mind coolly to confront him, without being without his roer (rifle) and otherappearance of either te rror or aggres- wise little inclined to any closer acsion, the animal will in almost every quaintance, he turned off at right angles instance after a little space, retire. --laid the sambok freely to his horse's The overmastering effect of the hu- flank, and gallopped for life. The man eye upon the lion has been fre- horse was fagged, and bore a heavy quently mentioned, tho' much doubt- man on his back ; the lion was fresh, ed by travellers ; but, from my own and furious with hunger, and came inquiries among lion-hunters, I am down upon him like a thunderbolt! perfectly satisfied of the fact; and an In a few seconds he overtook Lucas, anecdote related to me a few days ago and springing up behind him, brought by Major Mackintosh, proves that this horse and manin an instant tothe ground. fascinating effect is not restricted to Luckily the boor was unhurt, and the the lion. An Officer in India, well lion was too eager in worrying the known to my informant, having chanc- horse to pay any immediate attention ed to ramble into a jungle, suddenly to the rider. Hardly knowing himself encountered a Royal Tyger. The how he escaped, he contrived to scramrencounter appeared equally unex- bled out of the fray, and made a clean pected on both sides, and both parties pair of heels of it till he reached the made a dead halt, earnestly gazing on
nearest house. Lucas, who gave me each other. The gentleman had no the details of this adventure himself, fire-arms, and was aware that a sword made no observations on it as being would be no effective defence in a any way remarkable, except in the cirstruggle for life with such an antago- cumstance of the lion's audacity in purnist. But he had heard that even the suing a “ Christian man” without provBengal tyger might be sometimes ocation in open day! But what chiefly checked by looking him firmly in the vexed him in the affair was the loss of face. He did so.
In a few minutes, the saddle. He returned next day the tyger, which appeared prepared with a party of friends to take vento make his final spring, grew disturb- geance on his feline foe; but both the ed-slunk aşide-and attempted to lion and saddle had disappeared, and creep round upon him behind. The nothing could be found but the horse's Officer turned constantly upon the clean-picked bones. Lucas said, he tyger, which still continued to shrink could have excused the schelm for killfrom his glance ; but darting into the ing the horse, as he had allowed himself thicket, and again issuing forth at a to get away, but the felonious abstracdifferent quarter, it persevered for tion of the saddle (for which, as Lucas above half an hour in this attempt to gravely observed, he could have no catch him by surprize ; till at last it possible use) raised his spleen mightily, fairly yielded the contest, and left the and called down a shower of curses gentleman to pursue his pleasure walk. whenever he told the story of this hairThe direction he now took, as may be breadth escape." easily believed, was straight to the tents EXTRAORDINARY PHENOMENON. to double quick time.”
After relating Our correspondent at Leeds has forwardseveral terrific stories of encounters
ed to us the following account of one of the
most extraordinary phenomena of which with lions, the writer concludes his arti
we remember to have seen an account in cle with one, not quite so fearful, rela- England :-"On Thursday last, the 2d inst. ted by Lucas Van Vuuren, a Vee Boor, at Haworth, five miles south of Keighley, his neighbour at the Bavian's river:
in the West Riding of York, and on the “ Lucas was riding across the open the evening, a part of the highlands on the
borders of Lancashire, about six o'clock in plains about daybreak, and observing Stanbury-moor opened into a chasm, and a Lion at a distance, he endeavoured sunk to the depth of six yards, in some to avoid him by making a circuit. Llic places exhibiting a ragged appearance, and cas soon perceived that he was not dis- forming two principal cavities—the one
was about 200 yards, and the other not less
than 600 yards in circumference. From on the outside were very noisy. However, these hollows issued 2 immense volumes of nothing serious occurred, and the ceremony muddy water, and uniting at a distance of was completed. Another day a pig was upwards of 100 yards from their sources, killed and placed in a coffin ; it was then constituted, for about two hours, an over carried to Norwood, where it was burnt. whelming food from 40 to 50 (sometimes The ashes were collected and preserved, 70) yards in width, and seldom less than and a portion of them was folded up in four yards in depth. This dark slimy paper, and given to the believers. The anmixture of mud and water followed the imal was accompanied to the place where course of a rivulet, overflowing its banks it was burnt by a considerable party, some for 20 or 30 yards on each side, and to the armed with sabres. The house, in which distance of seven or eight miles from the the ceremony of lying in state was performimmediate irruption ; all this way there is ed, on being inspected, betrayed that apdeposited a black moorish substance, vary- prehensions had been entertained by the ing from eight to 36 inches in depth, and occupiers, that it might possibly be entermixed occasionally with sand and rocky ed by the Police, for it was completely fragments, pieces of timber, and uprooted stripped of all the paraphernalia of Office, trees, which had been borne along by the not a book nor a vestige of the ceremony impetuous torrent. This heavy and power having been left behiud. ful stream broke dowu one solid stone
LONGEVITY. bridge, made breaches in two others, clog
In the commune of Esladens, Upper Garged up and stopped several in ills, laid flat onne, there died on the 22d ult. a man of the and destroyed several whole fields of corn,
name of Stephen Baque, who was upwards and overthrew to the foundation several
of 124 years of age, He was born on the hedges and walls. In its course it entered
16th of January, 1700. For the last sixty the houses, floating the furniture about, to the astonishment and terror of the inhabi. years, he constantly traversed the Pyre
nees, collecting medicinal herbs, and living tants. At the time of the irruption the
on the charity of the peasantry. The exclouds were'copper-coloured,and lowering ; cess of alms which his extraordinary reputhe atinosphere was strongly electric, and
tation for sanctity obtained, he distributed unusually close and sultry. There was at
among the poor ; and, relying on general the same time loud and frequent thunder, benevolence, he repeatedly refused the sucwith much zigzag lightnings, peculiarly
cours even of Government. His grotesque flaring and vivid. The whole is conjectur- dress excited surprise, and his piety comed hy the neighbours to be caused by some
inanded respect wherever he went. His subterraneous commotion, the most considerable as to its results that has taken place the last, was so strong as to enable him to
memory, which continued unimpaired to in the kingdom for many generations. The recognize his friends after 50 or 60 years river Aire, at Leeds, presented the effects of of absence, and recount to yonngsters of this phenomenon last Friday afternoon : 80, the occurrences which took place in the the water that came down the river was in days of their grandfathers. such a polluted state as to have poisoned
LITERARY NOVELTIES. great quantities of fish ; and the water continuing in much the same turbid state,
It is whispered about, that the author of has become entirely, useless for culinary try in the press ; consisting of one princi
« Pleasures of Hope" has a volume of Poepurposes as well as for dyers, &c.
pal, and several minor poems. FOLLOWERS OF JOANNA SOUTHCOTE. The author of the "Stories of Old Daniel,". On Saturday week, an application was
&c. &c. has a new work in the press, entimade for an officer to protect a house near
tled " The Sisters of Nansfield, a Talc for Whitehall, at the back of the County-ter. young Women.”. race, New Kent-road When he got there,
Mr. Boaden's Life of Mr. Kemble is now he discovered the windows were broken, in the press. and the neighbourhood had been greatly
" Fire-side Scenes,” by the author of the disturbed by a crowd of persons who had
Bachelor and Married Man,” will appear assembled round the house a few days before. early next season. The cause of the crowd assembling was re
“ Dunallan, or the Methoported to be owing to some ceremonies dist Husband,” in 3 vols. 12mo. by the auwhich were carrying on by the followers of thor of “Decision," " Father Clement,” &c. Joanna Southcote ; and it was alleged “ Tales of the Crusaders,” by the author by the spectators, that an old woman was
of “ Waverley,” are annouuced as being in then lying in state to personate the proph- the press, and may be expected about the etess (Joanna) and that several wax can
end of November. dles were disposed about the room. The
NEW WORKS. old Lady who had thus undertaken to per The Improvisatrice, 2d edit. 12mo. 10s. form the part of a corpse, had so well exe 60.-- Bidcombe Hill, a Poem, 8vo. 78.cuted her task, that it was almost doubtful, Poems for a Melancholy Hour, 12mo. 6s.on the first glance, whether she was or was Lights and Shadows of Scottish Life, 4th not a corpse. Prayers were offered up by edit. 8vo. 10s. 6d.-Memoirs of the Dufane a sort of High Priest of the prophetess. Family, 12mo. 48.---The Two Mothers, by While this was being carried on, the crowd the author of 'Emma and her Nurse,' 12mo.
In the press,
SKETCHES OF SOCIETY.
JUST COME TO TOWN.
LACK a-day,” exclaimed aunt courages an old maid with spare
Deborah, on throwing down the locks, greasy and straight as a pound newspaper, which she had been read- of candles, to try Mr. Superexcellent's ing, “ what will folks come to at last ? curling fluid, which will bestow on I declare, my poor brain is all in a her nut-brown curls as thick and well whirly-gig at the number of advertise- formed as those of her poodle dog ; ments that are here before me; self-adjusting corsets invite on why there's not such a thing as an old hand ; a more improved model of woman to be met with in London. stays invite on the other ; the one is I've made a pretty kettle of fish of my to combine ease and proportion ; and matters; all my clothes, bought only to give ease to stiff rheumatism and two or three years ago, are antiquat- deformity; the other is to supply the ed. I am told that I must not wear deficiences of nature, and to convert an article of my wardrobe; my jew- the straits of Toolong* into the harels must be reset, my hair must be bour of breast, changing a thin neck hidden, my eye-brows must be co- of mutton to the plump bosom of a loured, and I must be wholly trans- pigeon; then again, Circassian dews, mogrified, and all this to please my and Bayadere tooth powders, vegetatwo giddy nieces, who look to inher- ble teeth, and ivory imperceptibles, iting my fortune, and who say that induce those whom age, accident, or they would be ashamed of me if I decrepitude, has deprived of their went out as discreetly and respecta- grinders, or whose breath is not that bly dressed as I used to do when I of the violet, to empty their purses in visited our neighbour the rich squire, order to be able to smile in spite of or the mayor of our county town. their teeth, and to sigh out spicy gales Then again, how to choose amongst under the noses of admiring beaux. all these ornaments for the person, Every grandam expects now to be a and these infallible cures for old ageMinor de L'Enclos, as the respectable Here i putting on her spectacles and powdered gentlemen of old times now taking up the paper) here we have a vapour about in auburn peruques, Kalydor, the meaning of which I sacks, and whale-boned body clothes. don't understand, which is to beautify Alas! alas ! our youth is now too exthe plainest face, there a bloom to re- perienced, and old age is no longer store the spring tint to fea es, of reverend and honourable.” Thus which autumn had long ago taken spoke aunt Deborah, when the French leave. In another long advertisement dress-maker appeared with a variety we find oils to make a plentiful crop of dresses for her use.
« Oh law," grow upon a sterile forehead, and cried the old lady, “ I should be bear's grease to produce hair where starved with cold in that spider-web gone ever grew before. One puff as- concern, with a taffetas slip under it, sures us that a single dose of some re- why it is only fit for a girl of thirteen; vivifying cordial will impart the spark frocks and slips indeed for the wrong of youth to old age ; another challen- side of sixty !" « Oh! milady, dat's ges all the world to make a wig like nutting,” replied Mademoiselle. “Nutwhat the advertiser recommends to ting indeed; why this is a mere net the pablic; here a whole column ex to catch butterflies in." “ Very well, plains the nature of a dye, which will catch what you like.” “ Yes, catch impart the fine jet hue of the raven and catch can,” said aunty ; to an iron-gray grandmother ; there surely my madcap neices must have something brief, but impressive, en sent me this in order to laugh at me,
* Toulon, perbaps the old lady meant.