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diers called out, “ Is the prince satisfi
ed with us?" 6 My friends,” replied The Dauphin has from his infancy his Royal Highness, “I was going shown himself to be good, modest, stu- to ask you if you were satisfied with dious. The admirable remark that he me." made, when a boy, to Suffren, when One day the Duke, incognito, was the latter was presedted to him at Ver- inspecting the quarters established in sailles, on his return from the Eastern the suburbs of Andujar. In a narrow seas, is 'not yet forgotten. The Duke shed be observed an old soldier of the d'Angouleme had at the time a Plu- guard lying on a truss of straw. His tarch in his hand: “I was reading the Royal Highness approached him, and history of a hero,” exclaimed the striking him lightly on the shoulder, young Prince, embracing Suffren; “I said, “Comrade, pray make a little now see one. Henry the Fonrth, room.” With great pleasure," rewhen a child could not bave said a plied the soldier, drawing back; better thing.
“there was straw enough for two." When the Sovereigns of Europe, His Royal Highness lay down, and whose thrones were all menaced with soon fell into a profound sleep. An destruction, combined against the op- instant after the soldier wakened thora pressor of nations, and Buonaparte oughly. His astonishment and delight fell, the Duke d’Angouleme was at on discovering that it was the royal Bourdeaux, that loyal city, which had generalissimo who reposed by his opened its gates to him on the 12th of side, may be easily conceived: After Marcb. “God be praised !" cried the having covered his Royal Highness Prince, “there will be no further effure with his cloak, he mounted guard over sion of French blood.” A great num. him; and never was a post of honour ber of the inhabitants of Bourdeaux so- filled with greater zeal, or a more licited the honour of being presented to ble pride. him. It had been thought necessary TOPHAM, THE STRONG MAN. to place at the head of the list the per The most extraordinary instance of sons most qualified by their titles and human strength recorded in modern birth. : « Let the list be re-modelled times, is that of Thomas Topham, 'a in alphabetical order," said his Royal man who kept a public-house at IsHighness ; " since the 12th of March lington. Mr. Hutton, in his history of everybody is 'noble at Bourdeaux.”
Derby, gives this account of him :When his Royal Highness repaired He performed surprising feats of to the South, by order of the King, in strength-as breaking a broomstick of consequence of the disturbances which the first magnitude by striking it took place at the end of the year 1815, against his bare arm, lifting two hogsthe following were the noble expres- heads of water, heaving his horse over sions which he addressed to the presi- the turnpike gate, carrying the beam dent of the consistory of the reformed of a house as a soldier carries his firechurch at Nismes: “No doubt preju- lock, &c. When this Second Samson dices have been instilled into your appeared at Derby as a performer in mind against me. You have probably public, at a shilling each, upon applibeen told that I do not love you. Cer- cation to Alderman Cooper for leave to tainly I am a good Catholic; but I can exhibit, the magistrate was surprised never forget that the most illustrious of at the feats he proposed, and as his apmy ancestors was a Protestant."
peatance was like that of other men, Two days after the capture of the he requested him to strip, that he Trocadero, while the regiments who might examine whether he was made had shared in that glorious enterprize like them ; but he was found to be exwere passing in review before the tremely muscular. What were holDuke d’Angouleme, some of the sol- lows under the arms and hams of oth51
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ers, were filled up with ligaments in of the kitchen spits from the mantelhim.
piece, and bent it round his neck like He appeared nearly five feet ten, a handkerchief; but as he did not turned of thirty, well made, but nothing chuse to tuck the ends in the ostler's singular; he walked with a sma) bosom, the cumbrous ornament excited limp. He had formerly laid a wager, the laugh of the company till he condethe usual decider of disputes, that three scended to untie his iron cravat. Hadi horses could not draw him from a post he not abounded with good nature, the which he should clasp with his feet; men might have been in fear for the but the driver giving them a sudden safety of their persons, and the women lash, turned them aside, and the unex- for that of their pewter shelves, as he pected jerk had broke his thigh. could instantly roll up both. One
The performances of this wonderful blow froin his fist would for ever have man, in whom were united the strength silenced those heroes of the Bear-garof twelve, were, rolling up a pewter den, Johnson and Mendoza. dish of seven pounds as a man rolls up At the time of his death, which hapà sheet of paper ; bolding a pewter pened 10th August, 1749, he kept a quart at arm's length, and squeezing public-house Hog-lane, Shoreditch. the sides together like an egg-shell; Having, two days before, a quarrel lifting two hundred weight with his with his wife, he stabbed her in the little finger, and moving it gently over breast, and immediately gave himself his head. The bodies he touched seem- several wounds which proved fatal to ed to have lost their powers of gravita- him, but his wife recovered. tion. He also broke a rope fastened to the floor, that would sustain twenty The Glasgow Courier gives the folhundred weight; lifted an oak table six lowing communication respecting this feet long with his teeth, though half a ill-fated traveller, from notes made in hundred weight was hung to the ex- 1822. 6 Duncanno, a negro,was born tremity; a piece of leather was fixed at Birnie Yaourie. He was in the to one end for his teeth to hold, two of Pass about to be mentioned, to sell the feet stood upon his knees, and he collas,when he was seized by the Fouraised the end with the weight higher lahs, carried off as a slave, and afterthan that in his mouth. He took Mr. wards taken to the Gold Coast, where Chambers, Vicar of All Saints, who he was shipped on board a Portuguese weighed twenty-seven stone, and rais- vessel, and carried to Bahia, where he ed him with one hand. His head be- remained three years. He was eming laid on one chair, and his feet on ployed in a Portuguese slave ship as a another, four people, (fourteen stone seaman, and returned to Africa in her, each) sat upon his body, which he during Governor Maxwell's residence heaved at pleasure. He struck a
on the coast. Duncanno states, that round bar of iron, one inch diameter, he was in his native country, Birnie against his naked arm, and at one Yaourie, sixteen years ago (1808), stroke bent it like a bow. Weakness when Mr. Park arrived there in a caand feeling seemed fed together. noe with two masts ; no persons land
Being a master of music, he enter- ed. The canoe continued her course tained the company with Mad Tom. down the river, with the travellers in I heard him sing a solo to the organ her. The king of Yaourie, aware of in St. Werburgh's church, then the their danger, sent off eight canoes afonly one in Derby; but though he ter them to warn them of it, and in might perform with judgment, yet the one of the canoes was sent a red cow, voice, more terrible than sweet, scarce-' intended as a present to the white men. ly seemed human. Though of a pa- Mr. Park did not communicate with cific temper, and with the appearance them, but continued sailing onwards. of a gentleman, yet he was liable to The canoes followed, and at last Mr. the insults of the rude. The ostler at Park, probably dreading hostile intenthe Virgin's Inn, where he resided, tions, fired upon them, but fortunately having given him disgust, he took one did not kill any one. The cacoes re
turned, but the king, anxious for the black was the only individual saved, safety of the travellers, again sent peo- and that that man only was left at ple to proceed after them, requesting Boussa. The people of Boussa went them to stop, and he would send peo- in canoes to this « bad place” in the ple to show them the safe and proper river, where Park’s vessel was broken, passage in the channel of the river. and where he was drowned, and some The messengers however, could not expert divers dived into the stream and overtake them. Park continued his picked up twelve pistols and two long voyage, till the vessel got amongst musquets. “ Plenty of people went the rocks off Boussa, and was, in con- from Birnie Yaourie to Boussa to see sequence, “ broke.” Birnie Yaourie is the wreck, after the king of Boussa had in Houssa, but Boussa is not. The lat. sent to the king of Yaourie to inform ter is in the country called Burgoo. him of the disaster. Park informed Birnie Yaourie is by land distant one the black man who was in the boat, day's journey from Boussa, but by that in a week or two he should carry water one day and a half. Duņcannoo him with the canoe into a great described the place or pass where the ocean,” where the water was salt !" canoe was broke, to be like the cataracts in our mountains. The water A Tour in Germany and some of the ran with great force. The canoe was Southern Provinces of the Austrian carried rapidly along, and before they Empire, in the Years 1820, 1821 -could perceive their imminent danger, and 1822. 2 vols. 12mo. it struck with violence on some rocks There is a great deal of ability in and was dashed to pieces. The people these volumes, and what is more to of Boussa stood upon the rocks project- the purpose, at the present day, of ing into the river, desirous if possible, amusement. The writer appears to to afford the white men assistance : but be one of those well-informed persons, the catastrophe was so sudden, and the who make the best use of their eyes, violence of the stream so great, that ears, and time, during their travels, they could not reach them. The and who have the tact of selecting break of the river on the rocks is des- what is likely to prove interesting to cribed as dreadful, the whirlpools form- their untravelled countrymen. The ed appalling, and the agitation of the opinions which he has formed, appear waters so great, as almost to raise the on the whole to be fair enough, though, canoe on its end, and precipitate its here and there we trace a little dread stem forwards into the gulfs below it. of liberalism. The most interesting At the moment the vessel struck, Mr. portions of his tour are, perhaps, those Park had something in his hand, in which he has given an account of which he threw into the water, just as the German Universities, and of the the vessel appeared to be going to piec- state of society in Vienna. Nothing
The “water was too bad," so ag- more lamentable can be imagined than itated that he could not swim, and he the laxity of morals, nothing more was seen to sink in it. There were detestable than the system of espio. “ plenty” of other white men in the nage existing in that metropolis. The canoe, all of whom were drowned. worst symptom of all is, the contentThe river there is as broad as from Le ment of the people under such cirFevre Point to Tagrin Point, Sierra cumstances. If the administration of Leone, or above four miles. There Metternich fails to rouse the spirit of was a black man, a slave, who was the Austrian, to what will they not saved from the canoe. This black submit ? Our readers will, perhaps, man spoke the Foulah language, and be gratified with the following porwas a slave to a Foulah man. When trait of this statesman. Duncanno left Yaourie, this man was “At the head of the ministry, stands still in Boussa ; but he knows nothing despotic the Chancellor of State, more of him.
Duncannó asserted Prince Metternich, the most powerful positively that no person from Park's individual in Europe who does not vessel landed at Birnie Yaourie,that the wear a crown. A private nobleman
THE LANGUAGE OF BIRDS.
from the banks of the Rhine, whose stone ; in which situation, the saw, most celebrated vineyard has been drill, or file is made to act on it until bestowed on him by the grateful mon- it becomes broken down in smaller archs for whom he laboured; he has pieces, the fragments of which are subraised himself to be absolute master sequently ejected by the urine, aided of the empire, firmly rooted in the by a copious injection of warm water confidence of his master, unwilling to to facilitate the discharge. Although bear a rival near the throne, but nei- there must be considerable delicacy rether liked nor admired by the people. quired, and some degree of hazard atWhen I first saw him in the ball-room tending this mode of operating, yet M. at Baden, he was sitting by the Court Percy relates three cases, in which it but yet alone. He was dressed in was attended with complete success. a plain suit of black, for it was the The first, a man thirty-two years of mourning for the late Queen of Eng- age, underwent the operation three land. "His eyes were fixed on the times before the stone was completely floor, as if in deep thought, except removed, and was so little incommodwhen they glanced up to follow the ed as to be capable of walking to the fair Countess A— who was flying house of the operator. The second round the ball in the waltz. His instance-a small stone was broken appearance has nothing striking or down and ejected, leaving for its pucommanding. He is of middling stat- cleus “a white kidney-bean!"
meagre than otherwise, but the third case, a stone as large as a altogether a handsome man. His pigeon's egg, was completely broken countenance is pale ; his large broad down, and discharged. brow is marked with what seem to be the wrinkles of cunning, rather than · From the notes and tones of our dothe furrows of thought : his smile ap- mestic fowl alone we could produce a pears to be so habitual, that it bas variety of instances to show that they scarcely any character, except when are adapted and directed to particular it is satirical. His manners are po- occasions, all expressive of and worklite and conciliating, for he is through ing to a meaning and an end. We and through a man of the world. He might dwell upon the difference of possesses in a high degree the power their tones or vocal sounds when they of concealing his own sentiments, and
come cheerily forth at early morn, a coolness which keeps him clear of all themselves gay, humble, and sprightly, embarrassment."
like itself ; and the drawling gravity
of their notes suited to the Joiter and The Ann. de Chemie contains a re- slowness of their step, when day is port from M. Percy, of the following drawing to a close, and they are saunoperation for breaking down and ex- tering in the direction of their dormipelling calculi :-A straight sound, tory and their perch. As the air, acmake of silver, containing a smaller tivity, and gaiety of morn were greetsound sliding within it. The smallered with their poor but best music, in sound near its inner extremity is divid- brisk and flippant salutation, 80 ed into three arms, which spring open their retiring notes expressive of the when they pass through the end of the quietude and composure of the evenexterior sound, forming a kind of spring ing hour : their farewel requiem to the foreceps. Through the inner tube, à day. It was the observation of Dr. steel rod, having a saw, a file, or a Jenner, that the songs of birds varied knife, at the extremity, is inade to slide in character with the varying season of with ease. The instrument being in- the year. The most familiar instance serted through the uretha into the blad- was the robin. Spring and autumn der, the inner sound is moved about afforded, of course,
the most favourauntil the forceps grasps a portion ble specimens of the justness of his obof calculus ; when the operator, servation, by exhibiting the lovely song by partially withdrawing the inner of this bird at its greatest distances ; sound, closes the forceps firmly on the comprehending also its different grada
NEW OPERATION ON URINARY CALCULI.
REVELATIONS OF THE DEAD-ALIVE.
tions of composition and character of breathe gently and speak softly. We touch, from brilliant sprightliness to were all astonished, to the last degree, the graver notes of lengthened sweet at this unexpected change; and after ness long drawn out.' But this saga- some further conversation with him, cious observer of nature applied a and with ourselves, went away fully similar remark to all song
birds. satisfied as to all the particulars of
this fact, but not able to form any raThis volume shows considerable
tional scheme how to account for it." power of thought o
on a variety of sub On this strange anecdote, the Revejects; on literature, the fine arts, and lations of the Dead Alive are founded; many abstract questions. The idea,
but the author carries this idea much too, of the story is good; but the exe
farther than Dr. Cheyne. He supcution falls somewhat short of the con- poses that, for every day his hero lies ception. It is founded on an anec. in this trance of death, he lives through dote, related by Dr. Cheyne, of an in- a year of futurity in vision; but, undividual who had the power of dying like other visions, things are presented at will for a certain number of hours. with all the vividness and determination The tale is sufficiently curious to be of real life. The object, therefore,of the repeated :
sleeper is, to prolong his trance as “ He (the patient) could die when much as possible ; and the only obstahe pleased ; and yet, by an effort, or cle to its duration is in the natural somehow, he could come to life again. cravings for hunger. At last he finds He insisted so much upon our seeing a remedy for this in the writings of the trial made, that we were forced to Huniboldt, from whom he learns that comply. We all three felt his pulse: the Ottomans subsist for months tofirst, it was distinct, through small and gether on one good meal of a peculiar thready, and his heart had its usual kind of clay. Accordingly he visits beating. He composed himself on his the savages, purchases the requisite back, and lay in a still posture for food, and lying down on the heights of some time. While I held his right a giant-tree, he swallows the clay, and hand, Dr. Baynard lay his hand on his gives himself up to death. His trance heart, and Mr. Skrine held a clear lasts for one hundred and ninetylooking-glass to his mouth. I felt his nine days and
a quarter; and for pulse sink gradually, until, at last I every day he runs through a year of could not feel any by the most ex- futurity. But in this respect he has act and nice touch. Dr. Baynard could not shown much invention, as be only not feel the least motion in his heart, shows this futurity in its thoughts and por Mr. Skrine perceive the least sort opinions of the present: he seldom of breath on the bright mirror he held ventures to show the actual state of the to his mouth. Then each of us, by time to come, and when he does, he turns, examined his arm, heart, and evinces a small portion of imagination. breath ; but could not, by the nicest On the other hand, his language is scrutiny, discover the least symptoms powerful, his ideas original, and his of life in him. We reasoned a long work by no means belongs to the comtime about this odd appearance as well mon order of every-day publications. as we could; and finding he still continued in that condition, we began to Whilst learned men are engaged in conclude that he had indeed carried discussions upon the pretended fossil the experiment too far; and at last we man, the Lyonese have just discoverwere satisfied that he was actually ed, not far from their walls, a real fosdead, and were just ready to leave sil elephant, in ground which had not him. By nine o'clock in the morning, till now been dug up. M. Bretin, Diin autumn, as we were going away, rector of the Royal Veterinary School, we observed some motion about his has visited the openings,and has ascerbody, and, upon examination, found tained that the petrified bones found his pulse and the motion of his heart therein have really belonged to an gradually returning :- he began to elephant. The less learned persons