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RESCENCE OF TAE OCEAN.

MERMAID

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some species breed here, especially the that they have all the docility of horwild-duck and wood-pigeon; that the red.

These animals are harnessed wings and fieldfares are the most regular and uniform in their appearance and disap- exactly like our carriage horses, and pearance, and most probably never risk have entirely lost their ferocious in the trial of incubation here, or at least stinct. The police have only requirnot in the part of Gloucestershire where ed that they shall be muzzled. M. Dr. Jenner resided; that they quit the W. K. parades the city in this equipcountry temporarily, in severe and longcontinued frost, through want of food, and age several times a day, and always return to it again at the approach of more attracts an immense crowd.--Mr. Extemperate weather ; that the arrival of Sheriff Parkins, some years since, water-birds forbodes the approach of intense frost, and the usual return of the drove about in this way two zebras, or water-birds a thaw; that the examina- wild asses. tions of the latter, prove them to have

ILLUSTRATION OF THE PHOSPHO-, taken long flights before their return, and sets the fact of temporary migration beyond the reach of doubt. The paper con.

Pour a little phosphorated ether or cludes with some additional particulars re a lump of sugar, and drop it into a specting the different sizes of the genera- glass of tepid water.

In a dark place tive organs of migratory birds, as they ap- the surface of the water will become pear at different seasons of the year.

very soon luminous, and if it be movThe Drogheda Journal states that beautiful and brilliant undulations of

ed by blowing gently with the mouth, three persons, whose names it gives, the surface will be visible, exhibiting on the 18th ult. a creature

the in the sea, which answered the de. Those who cannot see the ocean in a

appearance of liquid combustion. scription given of Mermaids, having flame may adopt this feeble mode of the human form from the waist up- imitating it, and it will give them a wards ; long arms, long hair, and a faint idea of a phenomenon which has fish's tail. They do not mention the called forth the admiration of all who looking-glass!

have ever seen it, and which has been

recorded by Lord Byron in noble poA rich man being asked to pay a

etry. debt of a hundred pounds, contracted by his son, who had fled from his cre

has arrived at his house in Grosvenor. ditor, replied, “ I have sworn by my street, from Denmark, after a stormy pashonour, and by all that is most sacred, sage across the North Seas, in the Comel never to pay one of my son's debts; steam-boat. Sir Humphrey has been enand I should be wanting to my honour gaged, during the months of July and An. if I were to break my word.”

gust, in pursuing various philosophical re

searches along the coast of Norway, Swe. NEWSPAPER ACCURACY.

den, and Denmark, for which the Admi. The following appeared in a Sun- ralty granted him the use of the Comet

steam-boat. He has ascertained, we underday newspaper of the 29th ult. :

stand, that his principle of preserving the ś Suicide.-On Friday evening a copper-sheathing of ships by the contact of poor woman was put into St. Giles's 1-200th of iron, succeeds perfectly in the watch-house for being disorderly in most rapid sailing and in the roughest sea. the street, and shortly after hung her. During this expedition, Dr. Piarks has con

nected, by chronometrical observations, self, and was not discovered till quite the triangulation of Denmark and Hanover dead. She was taken to Marlbo- with that of England; and, by the desire rough-street police office on Wednes of the Admiralty, various points of longi. day last on a similar charge!!

tude have been determined by their chro. nometers, of great importance to naviga

tion : amongst others, that of the Naze of A singular equipage has been seen Norway. for the last six months in the streets of

DAVID'S LAST PICTURE. Munich. It is a calash drawn by two When David was on the eve of departing enormous wolves, which M. W. K. from Paris into exile, he is said to have formerly a merchant of St. Peters- told his pupils that he was about to alter burgh, found very young in a wood

and improve his style, and that he would

send them from the Netherlands,-the near Wilna, and has so well tamned country which he had chosen for his future

HONOUR.

SIR HUMPHREY DAVY

WOLVES IN HARNESS.

residencë,-a specimen of colouring, which many other geological theories, has been should be far superior to any thing which produced by a desire to explain a particu. he had heretofore produced. In the pre lar phenomenon, apparently irreconcileable sent picture, David has fulfilled his promise with any other geological hypothesis. M. with

a vigour of execution that could Chabrier, convinced that the aforesaid scarcely have been expected in youth it- blocks of granite did not come from the self. On this piece he has devoted his Hartz Mountains or from Sweden, conwhole time during his exile at Brussels. cludes that they must be aerolites!! HavThe following description will enable your ing subsequently ascertained, by a scrupureaders to form some idea of the composi- lous examination of the mountains, that tion of this piece :-Mars having returned they were only heaps of rubbish, he began fatigued from the field of battle, has seated to doubt whether the granite spread over himself on a couch, from which Venus has the surface of the globe had been formed apparently partly risen, in order to make and crystallized in a primitive sea, which room for him. The latter has one hand (says he) nobody had seen. Accordingly, resting on the former, and is with the after he had obtained the certainty of the other about to place a garland of flowers contrary, he formally denies this fact, and on the head of Mars, on condition that he does not hesitate to assert, that the granite forsakes for the future the pursuit of arms. came, as it is, from the atmosphere, with Mars is with his left hand resigning his the other substances to which it is somnesword, as a token of assent to this proposi- times united, and by which it is also often tion; and with the other, which is banging surrounded. This terrible shower of mounover the head of the couch, holding a spear. tains-warising from the progress of a planTwo of the Graces are taking hold of his etary body violently struck by a comet, or helinet and shield, and the third presenting caused by the explosion of the central vol. him with nectar. Cupid is seated at his cano of that planet-poured at once upon feet ? busily employed in unloosing one of the nucleus of ours, about which M. Chahis sandals.--The disposition of the whole brier does not trouble himself, the Alps, scene is. admirably conceived, though the the Pyrenees, the Andes, &c, and all such arrangement is, in my opinion, rather too beds of primitive rocks. These substances studied. The drawing is as chaste as it is in combustion, falling on the tufted forests beautiful; and the colouring, in variety, of the earth, reduced them to pitcoal!! richness, and truth of tone, is truly admira

This, he farther maintains, was undoubtble, and far superior in brilliance to any of edly the planet which had for its satellites his former productions. The head, body, the four little moons, Ceres, Pallas, Vesta, and in short the whole person of Mars, are and Juno, which irrefragably prove the forpossessed of great beauties ; but the Venus, mer existence of that unfortunate planet. though the back is beautiful and the feet But even this monstrous shower of moun. admirable, is possessed of no portion of tains is not enough for M. Chabrier : it that melting voluptuousness, which usually

was accompanied, he says, by all the waters belongs to the Venus of Greece and Rome; of the planet, which, falling in cataracts, for, instead of that, we find nothing but submerged the earth and deluged its inanxiety and dejection. Nor are the fea- habitants; but the rain of waters preceded tures of the Graces more agreeable ; and that of the solids, and the latter came very the figure of Love is both misplaced and opportunely to confine the waters in part, badly embodied. But in spite of these ob- and to forın our present continents and servations, I must acknowledge that, taking mountains,—but for which, Noah would into consideration the great age of the ar not have found a resting-place. We must tist, and the novelty of the style of the pre- refer our readers to the work itself for the sent undertaking to him, that it is a great series of proofs and reasonings adduced by work, and will always be admired, as a the author, which will we dare say, convince splendid speeimen of colouring. This is them that M. Chabrier's system is exsaid to be the last picture which David in- tremely probable, and that bears all the tends to undertake.

marks of reality in the simple and easy exNEW SYSTEM OF GEOLOGY !! planation of all the facts. Thus, for inA Frenchman, of the name of Chabrier, stance, the fossil trees and fish, the petrifihas published a Dissertation on the Univer- ed hugsan skeleton of Guadaloupe, are resal Deluge.

mains of the vegetable and animal king. M. Chabrier's occupations obliging him, doms of the destroyed planet, the fragments it appears, to travel frequently, especially of which we tread under foot. But an idea in the vorth of Germany, he was extremely which is certainly new, and deserving of puzzled by the blocks of granite (frequently the most serious attention, according to M. of vast size,) which are scattered in profu- Chabrier, is, that some of the human creasion on both sides of the Elbe, in the terri tures of this planet, notwithstanding their tories of Bremeo and Hamburg, Mecklen- rough usage, may have survived this fall : burg, Pomerania, &c.; all which countries and it is thus he accounts for the difference are very remote from the granite moun of races characterized hy Blumenbach, kains. The results of his long and ardu- Cuvier, &c. Thus the Negroes, the AmeriBUS meditations are here given to the cans, or the Malays, are probably descenpublic in the form of a theory, which, like dants of the inhabitants of another world,

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FRANK

CLERMONT inherited may be said to be dying of want, an estate of twenty thousand a though he is in the receipt of 'five year; having, besides, fifty thousand thousand a year! pounds in the funds which were left P- began the world without a to him by a great uncle.

shilling ; but by unceasing industry, The ready money was disposed of by watching for and taking advantage before he was of age, and ten years of every opportunity by which money after his income was reduced to five was to be made, and, when made, by thousand per annum. He could not using it most parsimoniously, he has make it less, one-fourth of his proper- at last succeeded in realizing a plum : ty being so entailed that it was virtu- --the ultimatum of his worldly desire, ally impossible for him to get rid of it. the object which he had in view from He nevertheless considered himself to boyhood—the hopes of attaining which be reduced to absolute beggary, and caused his most arduous exertions to became more discontented, perhaps, be " Labor absque labore." than if he had been without the com He never even allowed himself the mon means of subsistence.

indulgence of a hackney coach, or He is persecuted by duns from ride on horseback, till he was worth morning till night. His equipage is £50,000 ; but soon after this sum shabby, and he is looked upon in his was realized, his ideas became more own circle as a ruined man, and of expanded, and he absolutely began to course treated as one. By his friends, think that he could afford to marry a who have not entirely forsaken him, widow with' ten thousand pounds, tohe is usually invited to help off with wards whom he had long felt rather the fragments of feasts which have the tenderly. He made the state of his day before been given to his former heart known, and as the lady deemed titled companions ; and his own en- it a prudent connexion too, there was tertainments are attended by those not much hesitation on her part. only with whom a short time ago he Never were a couple united whose would have deemed it a degradation ideas more entirely alike. to associate.

Wealth was the grand object which At first he thought of retrieving his they both kept constantly in view, circumstances by marriage, and com nor did they cease living with their menced fortune hunter; but being un ancient parsimony till the plum was successful in an overture which he attained: but as soon as it was, they made to a lady whose reputed fortune lanched out, and now they sport one was two hundred thousand pounds, he of the most splendid equipages in gave up the pursuit in despair, and the city. Their entertainments are has since taken so immoderately to first-rate in their line. They have an drink, that he is fast hurrying himself elegant country villa at Richmond, to the grave; so that, literally, he and in fact revel in all the luxuries of

37 ATHENEUM VOL. 2. 2d series.

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wealth, and are regarded by every fear few are capable of arriving at such one as people of consequence ; yet I an enviable state of refinement. will venture to say that they spend Though had realized a million within two-thirds of an income which long before he died, he was often is not more ample than Frank Cler- heard to say that he should not conmont's, who finds the whole of his to sider himself to be a rich man till he be insufficieent to procure him the had doubled his capital; but yet, common necessaries of life.

where his own interest was not conWhat constitutes wealth ? is not an cerned, his ideas of “ What constiunamusing speculation-perhaps no tutes wealth” were narrow enough: two people have ideas alike on the he thought, for instance, that he subject. A poor man, who is obliged amply provided for his four maiden to support a wife and a large family on sisters by leaving them five hundred a pound a week, imagines that a hun- pounds each; and even inserted in his dred a year would procure every lux- will, that if they were not able to live ury that his heart could desire ; while on this sum, they were not fit to live a hundred a year with gentility attach- at all, and that more would only leave ed to it, is considered to be a most them a prey to fortune hunters. miserable pittance.

Many a rich man deems a guinea, Yet there are those who can be dealt from “ his pocket's avaricious Passing rich with forty pounds a nook," to be an inexhaustible sum, year," or even less ; but then they L

who can command many possess that " wealth of the mind,” thousands a year, lately visited an old that true independence, which makes school-fellow on the brink of ruin, riches or poverty alike a matter of in- from recent extensive losses in trade. difference to them. Mr. a man All his latent feelings of sympathy of profound erudition, was lately em were roused by witnessing the suffer. ployed by some literary friend to ings of his old friend, (who till within write a work of great research, which the last month had been a rich man ;) vas likely to occupy him at least for a and in the most soothing tone he ofyear. As he was completely without fered assistance. Poor B.'s counteresources of his own, they asked him nance beamed with gratitude. He what remuneration he would require saw himself at once saved from bankfor so much time and labour. He re- ruptcy, and again established with plied, that half a guinea a week would credit, by a prospect of such seasonaamply supply all his wants! And I ble help. But what was his astonishhave somewhere read of another man ment, when he beheld a purse drawn of learning, though I cannot vouch for forth, and a guinea, one guinea, tenthe fact, who supported himself com- dered to his acceptance ! fortably on a halfpenny a day! But I

SONNET,_WRITTEN AT A CONCERT.

Let him who deems that woman's lovely form

Is void of soul, come, gaze upon her here;

While down her cheek there steals the tender tear
As music sheds its wild resistless charm,
And the deep passions of her bosom warm,

And the soft soul beams melting iu her eye,

And her beart sends responsive harmony
As the glad flute is heard, or trumpet's wild alarm.
What recks the graceless Moslem's boasted creed ?*

Out on their maids, in paradise that dwell.
Their dream-born Houris on ambrosia feed ;

'Tis better here to mark each bosom swell
With those soft thoughts, which music bids arise,
Tban taste the thousand joys of Paynim paradise.

* It is a part of the Moslem's creed, that women are destitute of souls.

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