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years of professional practice, it would was seen; Dick put them down on appear he scarcely ever finds it neces- the dairy floor to keep them cool; and sary to repeat himself. This

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will here we sat as we are now, God bless say is imaginative fecundity with a us all, after dinner, when we heard vengeance. If you

proceed to interro- such a screeching an' hubbub as rang gate me on the merit or style of these through the house, an' brought us out extemporaneous effusions, I fear I can to see what was the matter. Into the answer nothing satisfactory. As to dairy we went-an' I'll tell you how matter, they are the most monstrous it happened. The rats came in, you and matchless combinations of narra: see, in the dark, an' were for being tive, out-Munchausening Munchausen curious about the oysters ; an' one of

always new, always jangling against the oysters that was as curious an’ each other; and, all I can add is, fit just as cute as any of the rats, opened to be laughed at for their very unfit- himself a little to take a peep about the ness to any thing else. But you should dairy; an' when a rat put in his fore hear this man tell them. There is foot to have a crook at the oyster, the whole charm. You should listen faith it held him as fast as it could ; to him as he sits at his ease with his which not being to the rat's mind, whisky-punch before him, and his nathing could make up to the passion friends around him, and his face in its he gat into, an’ the noise he made. unclouded meridian, without a muscle We staid some time looking on, an' wincing, as the fluent words quietly then went out for a dog to worry the pour out for ever, and choke every rat; an' as we had to go thro’ the one else with convulsions of mirth. yard to the dog, we were for stepping Let your fancy so far assist me as to down stairs quietly, when—what you get him thus present, and I proceed, think ?--By the life of O’Pharaoh, as the best mode of illustration, to re- Sir, we were forced to stand aside, an' late one-though by no means one of give way to a hundred rats at least, the best of his stories. I select it for that were come from borrowing a its brevity. It would begin thus : crow-bar from the forge, an' they had “ Arrah, come now--(turning to a it between them, walking up stairs in grave guest)--this will never do, fath- a body to break open the oyster an? er Cokoran—maister, sir, maister-or deliver their namesake from his hands." maybe you'd be for an oyster? We'll - I shall add no comment upon this get them there ; an' I pray God there fanciful narrative, further than to say, may'nt be such a story to tell o' them that it strikes me to be quite as good as the night last week that the gauger as the three hundred rats of which Mr. was here. I was in town that day, an' Hogg has made memorable use in his bought just as fine a hundred as ever last Novel.

SONG,
IT is not for your eagle eye,

Though bright its glance may be-
It is not for your sunny smile,

That, Ulric, I love thee.
It is not for your marble brow,

Nor for your raven hair :
It is not that you ride the ring,

And wear my colours there.
It is not for your gifts of gold,

Not for your lute's sweet chords i
It is not for your lordly birth,

Not for your honied words :
But it is that I deem your heart

Is given quite to me:
You love me, and can I do less,

Dear Ulric, than love thee?
ATHENEUM VOL. 2. 2d series.

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THE French physicians predicted he fell down in an apoplectic fit, lin-

as far back as May last, that if gered a few days, and expired. On the weather was hot, the King could the King being told of it, he merely not get over the summer. His legs had said, “ He was a good man, been a mass of corruption ; but in faithful servant.” June, instead of acute, the pains be The King treated M. de Chateaucame chronic, and he was in a state of briand in the same manner, and on continual lethargy. To give the ap- the same account. At nine o'clock on pearance of his being much better in Sunday morning, the minister was tohealth than he was, he was prevailed tally unacquainted with his fate; at on to take his drives as usual; but eleven, on going to the Chateau, he was though he travelled over the pavement stopped, and told he would, on returnat the rate of twelve or fourteen miles ing home, find the reason why he was an hour, the shaking had no effect on not admitted. his lethargy, and it was very rarely These acts, so totally at variance with that he uttered a syllable from leaving all our ideas of the forms of polished the chatean to returning to it. At in- life, and especially of a Court which tervals the sense of pain roused his sacrifices more to exterior forms than dormant faculties, and he was capable any other, are only to be attributed to of transacting business for a few min. the extreme irritation occasioned by a utes ; but so impatient of contradiction state of continual bodily suffering, was he, that he dismissed, without ce About this time caries of the spine remony, even those to whom he had spread itself.

The King was now been longest attached,--the compan- obliged to be strapped in his chair; ions of his exile and his friends in ad- and it was evident that he could not versity Of this number were the suffer much longer. As the malconDukes de Blacas and La Chatre,--the tents had long calculated on the royal former, for having presumed to offer demise for an insurrection, it was an opinion differing from that of his thought advisable to take every nieans Majesty on a very trifling point, was of concealing the state of his Majesty's dismissed from service, and, to gild the health; and for this purpose the cenpill of disgrace, appointed Ambassador sorship of the journals was revived, so to Naples; the latter, presuming on that no intelligence of the kind could the very long intimacy, the affection- reach the Provinces. And as his deate attachment that had always sub. cease was shortly anticipated, the ge- sisted between them, and the long and nius of M. de Villele suggested the valuable services he had rendered his idea of making the principal changes Majesty, conjured the King to aban- necessarily consequent on a new reign, don the project of the lowering the during the old one; so that when rate of interest of the public funds, as Charles X. came to the throne, there contrary to public opinion. The King could be no discontents from dismissmade no answer; but on the Duke ing one set of men to make place for going the next morning to attend as others, and those in office would be First Gentleman of the Chamber, the grateful at keeping their places, while Usher in waiting would not let him all the odium, if any, of the changes pass, and told him that his Majesty had would rest with old King, who had no farther occasion for his services. made them : hence the very numerous The poor old Duke was thunder- changes in the Council of State, the struck; he retired to Meudon to pour Prefects, &c. &c. &c. This was a out his sorrows in the boson of his old deep stroke of policy in M. de Villele, friend the Duke de Castries; but the which, it is believed, has secured him shock was too great for the consola- the entire confidence of Charles X. tion of friendship to heal the wound: The King's health gradually declinas he was eating an egg at breakfast ed, yet it was thought good policy to

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produce him as usual on State occa- that, on his deathbed, he refused to see sions, so that neither the regular recep- the children of the Duchess de Berry : tions of his own Court nor of the for- it is known that the King was not fond eign ministers were ever suspended. of them, and this is attributed to cirHe even held his regular leveé on the cumstances almost too ridiculous to be 7th instant for the reception of the di- related. On St. Louis's Day, in 1822, plomatic corps. Although he was when the children were brought to then in a dying state, he was strapped him, he asked the little Princess to sit in his wheel chair to prevent his falling on his lap; she refused: on being askforward, his head sonk entirely on his ed by the Duchess (her mother) why breast, and his chin concealed in the she would not sit on the King's lap, she blue riband of the Order of the Holy said she did not like it, because the Ghost; his hat, fringed with white King smelled. The other anecdote is feathers, lying on his lap, and his equally frivolous as a motive of dishand upon it. For a few minutes be like : the King asked the little Duke appeared to be asleep; at length he of Bourdeaux, a few months since, if he gave tokens of existence, and the Ba- would like to be a king ? “ No, Sir," ron Lalive, conductor of the Ambassa- was the reply.--"Why, my child, dors, named them according to the would you not like to be a king ?” order in which they stood in the circle,

6 Because I like to run about." The and each advanced to salute his Majes- boy fancying, from the only specimen ty: At two or three of the first names he saw, that the inability to walk was the King muttered something, but un

one of the attributes of royalty. intelligibly; he then relapsed into the The character of his Majesty, will, lethargic state, and the Ambassadors of course, be variously drawn--it may withdrew. At this leveé the Count be summed up in a few words: He d' tois appeared in perfect health, was neither cruel nor ambitious; all vigorous and active, as if he were not he wanted' was peace and tranquillity; above forty or fifty years of age. his long and painful state of suffering

It was now evident that the King prevented his paying the attention to could not survive many days; his flow business that was requisite : equally rid complexion appeared to be owing inconstant in his likes and dislikes, he to art, and the decay of nature seemed evidently possessed few or none of approaching the last crisis; the suppu- those higher affections which identify ration of the wounds became suspend- souls with each other; and it might ed; the animation of the lower extrem- be said of him as, Goldsmith said of ities was gone"; and the spark of life Garrickwas only prolonged by a surgical ope- He threw off his friends as a huntsman his pack, ration to which he was very unwilling For he knew, when he pleased, he could whistle to submit.

His Majesty's attachments were few; Charles X. on succeeding to the and out of sight out of mind was rather Throne, has promised to observe the a part of his character. M. de Cazes charter and the institutions of the State, was a long time his favourite; he used as his brother had done. This, cer

call him his Son; he could not pass tainly, is not promising much, for many a day without seeing him : but when and frequent were the infractions of the Duke de Berry was mordered, and the charter by Louis XVIII. Indeed, De Cazes's enemies attributed it to his the charter, got up in a hurry, betrays favouring the Liberaux too much, pre- all the haste and incompleteness of its posterous as the charge was, the King, origin : as an organic constitution, it is on finding a loud outcry against his extremely imperfect; the lacunce are favourité, abandoned him. M. de numerous, and those attempted to be Villele seemed latterly to possess his filled up have not been filled up in the unbounded confidence; and on the most desirable nianner. This is not to marriage of the Minister's daughter, be attributed entirely to the want of the King presented the bride with one liberality in Louis XVIII. but to the hundred thousand francs. It is stated ceaseless efforts of the Buonapartists and

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Republicans to sow dissensions, inspire ciples and absolute power. This atose distrust, create disturbances, and fo- from the necessity which heirs apparment conspiracies. These were atent generally feel of forming a party, length carried to such a height, that a which must necessarily differ in politigeneral conspiracy to overturn the cal principle from that of the Court, or Government was organized throughout it would cease to be one. Now there the kingdom; almost every regiment were only two extremes to choose was corrupted: the conspiracies were from, the liberals, or what is called the detected on several points, but, not- pure royalists. That the Count d'Aro withstanding they failed at Paris, at tois should not prefer the party of the Befort, at Colmar, at Poictiers, and revolution, can be easily imagined; Rocbsort, the spirit of the conspirators therefore he had no alternative but was unbroken when the insurrection in taking the other course, which was, Spain broke out. As it had been more consonant with his principles, his found impossible to collect a consider- habits, and the position in which he able body of rebels on any single point was placed. But this may be said for. in France, it was resolved to effect it the Count d'Artois, that he always disin Spain, and thither all the discontent- approved of the excesses of his own ed and revolutionary flocked from party, and if he pardoned them, it was France, Belgium, England, and Ame- from a noble feeling--that of never for rica : General Lefevre Desnovettes getting the services of an old friend, and General Lallemand came from and which induced him to forgive America with this object; the former slight or temporary errors." In this was drowned off the coast of Ireland, point Charles X. differs widely from but Lallemand sailed from England to Louis XVIII. : his affections are Spain, where Colonel Fabrier had or- strong, and constant as they are strong> ganized a body of French refugees; he will make few political changes, Sir Robert Wilson and his Aide-de- save to recompense the zeal, fidelity, Camp went to Spain to join them, and and constant friendship of the comproclaimed himself the precursor of panions of his exile ; and that he is no 66. ten thousand English, who would friend to absolute power, will be exis soon join them, to put down all tyran- dent from the suppression of the cenny and tyrants.The total failure of sorship, which will be taken off almost all atteinpts of the refugees to make a immediately. His mind is not so cultilanding in France, or corrupt the in- vated by study as that of the late King; vading French army, gave the death- but whatever superiority Louis XVIU. blow to the hopes of the conspirators; had over him in that respect, it was and the result of the Spanish war de- more than counterbalanced by that has stroyed entirely their sanguine expec- bitual suffering, which paralysed the tations of effecting a revolution in understanding and affected the judgFrance at the moment, or organizing it inent. at the death of the King. But it was The King is healthy, he is in the this well known threat and intention full possession qf all his faculties; he which induced M. de Villele and M. can see with his own eyes and judge de Corbiere to take every precaution, for himself; and there is little doubt of when they found the King hastening to France being happy, and prosperous his final dissolution; hence the censor- during his reign, for the rising spirit of ship, and the numerous changes of rebellion is put down, and its elements Prefects, Sub-prefects, Mayors, &c. dispersed.* through all the departments. We, who know France, firmly believe the

* We give this interesting account as we have precaution unnecessary : yet it was

received it, knowing the ampte means our Corresprobably as well to convince the disaf

pondent possesses of obtaining the best informafected that every thing was foreseen. tion, where he is not a personal observer, Where From the conduct of the Count

we might differ from him in opivion, we bave re

frained from urging our views, because we do not d'Artois, it was supposed he was feel that we enjoy such good grounds wbereon to strongly inclined to ultra-royalist prin form a judgment. te'

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Original Anecdotes, Literary News, Chit Chat, Incidents, &c Why the eyes of a portrait, which look di- on, whilst Mr. Jenner was resident in his rectly of a spectator in front, do so also is house as a medical pupil. The son of Dr. any other position, has remained without an Jenner has, since his decease, communicatexplanation until lately. Dr. Wollaston af-' ed to the Royal Society his father's manuter considering the matter, observes, when scripts on the subject, which have been two objects are seen on the ground at dif- printed in the Philosophical Transacferent distances from us, in the same di. tions,-a recapitulation of which is as fol. rection, one appears, and must be repre. lows, viz.--First, Dr. Jenner adıluces some sented to a picture, as exactly above the arguments in support of migration, beother, so that a vertical plane from the cause of the fact itself not being generally eye would pass through them; and since admitted by naturalists of celebrity, and such line will be seen upright, however, far also against the hypothesis of a state of we move to one side, it follows that the torpor, or what inay be termed the hybersame object will still seem to be in a line nating system. He next shows, from rewith us, exactly as in the front view-seem- peated observations, that the swallow tribe, ing, as we move, to turn from their first and many other birds that absent themdirection. In portraits, the permanence of selves at stated periods, return annually to direction, with reference to the spectator, the same spot to build their nests; and depends on the same priuciples. So the that any inference drawn from this fact, in nose, drawn in front with its central line support of a state or torpor, would be falupright, continues directed to the spectator, lacious, upon physiological principles. la though yiewed obliquely; or, if the right corroboration and continuation of the obside of the pose is represented, it must ap- servatious of John Hunter, Dr. Jenner pear directed to the right of the spectator, shows, that certain periodical changes of in all situations.

the testes and ovaria are the exciting causes The temporary derangement of vision, of migration,--and states many facts, his which very commonly follows acidity or therto unnoticed, with respect to the cause flatulency in the stomach, and as which excites the migrating birds, at cermooly precedes sick-headach, or else un tain seasons of the year, to quit one country usual sleepiness, in great numbers of per- for another, viz. the enlargemeut of the sons (the writer amongst the number), testes of the male, and ovaria in the fehas lately attracted the attention of Dr. male, and the need of a country where Wollaston, who, with his wonted sagacity, they can, for a while, be better accommohas discovered that, usually, one balf only, dated with succours for that infant brood either

to the right or to the left of each eye, than in that from which they depart. It is in these cases temporarily affected with is attempted to be shown by Dr. Jenner, blindness. From a careful consideration that their departure from this country is of the circumstances attending five cases not in consequence of any disagreeable. of temporary half blindness, which are de. change in the temperature of the air, or tailed in the Philosophical Transactions from a scarcity of their common food, but jast published, the doctor has been led to an the result of the accomplishment of their important anatomical discovery, as to the errand, i. e. the incubation and rearing of serai-decussation of the optic nerves in the their young, and the detumessence of the human subject; that is, instead of the en testes and ovaria ; that successive arrivals tire optic nerves from the two opposite of migrating birds are attributable to the thalami of the brain, crossing each other, progressive development of the generative and proceeding entire to the eyes, on op- system in the male and female ; that proposite sides, as has generally been suppos- gressive developments are wise provisions ed, that portion of nerve which proceeds of the Creator; that premature arrivals from the right thalamas to the right side of and departures are frequently to be acthe right eye, passes to its destioation counted for on the same principle ; that without interference'; and, in a similar the departure of the spring migrators is manner, the left thalamus supplies the owing to a change in the testes and ovaria, left side of the left eye with one part of the very opposite of that which took place its fibres; whilst the remaining halves of in the spring; that the departure of the both nerves, in passing over to the eyes of young birds is not guided by the parents, the opposite sides, intersect each other, but the result of an unknown principle. either with or without intermixture of their In the second part of the doctor's paper fibres. On this principle, Dr. Wollaston some observations are made on the winter most ingeniously explains how single vision birds of passage :--that they quit their is produced by two eyes—how infants are homes in this country, in the spring, in enabled to avoid squinting, &c.

quest of a country better suited to their inMIGRATION OF BIRDS.

tended purpose than this ; that they are The migration of birds was a subject actuated by the same impulse in quitting which, during many years, engaged the at

this country that causes the spring birds to tention of the late celebrated Dr. Jenner, come to it, and that want of food cannot be having been early in life stimulated to the the inducement; that the emigration of inquiry by the investigation on this subject the winter birds is less complete than that which the great John Hunter was carrying of the others, or spring migrators; that

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