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founds with their dreadful yells and growlings. It often happens that the combatanrs make an armistice for an hour, to recreate their forces, during which they lie beside one another without any danger; then both parties suddenly rise up, each takes its place, and the battle begins anew with redoubled fury. This goes fo far, that they pursue one another into the sca, whren those of the victorious party drag their enemies back to land, and put them to the torture of their bites so long till at length they lie faint and exhausted, and finally perish by the talons and beaks of the ravenous birds of prey that are hovering round. The authority with which the husbands rule over their wives and children, is frequently displayed in a very tyrannical manner. When the wives, on being attacked by the hunters, abandon their cubs from affright, and there are carried off, the husbands immediately ceatc from pursuing the common foe, and turn upon the mother, as if to demand an account of what is become of them; then seizing them with their teeth, da lh them with violence against the rocks. The wives, stunned with the blows, creep and crouch at the feet of their despots, and, careffing them, laed abundance of tears. While the husband continues to feel his vexation, he goes growling to and fro, and rolling his cye-balls, just as the land-bear's are wont to do ; but when his rage is abated, he then begins also bitterly to weep for the loss of his young,
OCTOBER 3. A New musical entertainment, en.
A titled the Embarkation, was in. troduced this evening, the characters of which stand thus :
Captain Beverley . . .'. Mr. Holland
Mr. W ewitzer
Mr. Sparkes First Dutchman
Mr. Cory First Soldier . .
Mr. Trueman O'Splash . . . . . . .
Mr. Palmer Ramrod i . . . . .
Mr. Suett Jack Juniper . . . . . Mr. Bannister Eliza . . . . . . . . Miss De Camp - o Mary . . . . . . . . Mrs. Bland Child ........ Master Tokeley. MR. FRANKLYN, the author, has laid the scene of this piece occasionally in Engiand and Holland, of the coasts of which there are some pretty picturesque views. The 'embarrassment of Mushroom, a coxcomb, whose curricle is put in requisition on his road to Margate-the failing of the troops--the attack on the Helder--the release from prison of Eliza, the wife of Captain Beverley, and the final victory of the English, form the out
lines of the story, which is embellished with the humour of Jack Juniper, a drunken sailor; O'Splash, a blun. dering Irish Serjeant, and Hokenfoken, a phlegmatic Dutchman.
The entertainment contains much life and bustle, nor is it without humour; the music also, by Mr. REEVE, has much to recommend it. All the songs were appropriate, and one very delicate air by Mrs. BLAND, was loudly encored.
By the lower part of the house this new production was well received; but the galleries were clamorous upon its being announced for second representation.
Since we committed the above sketch to writingthe expedition to Holland, has, in a measure, failed. This circumstance, therefore, must prove a confiderable impediment to the popularity of the Embarkation. Indeed we should not wonder even, if it were withheld from further exhibition. To such an issue are all temporary pieces unavoidably exposed !
OCTOBER 5. A new musical entertainment, by MR. DIBDIN, called the Naval Pillar, was produced here this evening; and very favourably received. The intended pillar to be raised, by national gratitude, on which are to be infcribed the atchievements of our na. val heroes, gave rise to this piece. The plot contains very few incidents; but they are contrived to introduce certain songs of an humourous cast and laughable tendency. Of these the most whimsical and eccentric, is one by MR. FAWCETT, reciting the adventures of SIR SYDNEY SMITH, and another by MR. MUNDEN, in the character of a Quaker, being a bundle of proverbs, adapted to the present political ffate of Europe.
The The first scenes of this entertainment exhibit a meeting of the sailors and their sweethearts; then fucceeds a large club of sailors, in which the Naval Pillar forms a subject for wit, songs, and conversation. JohnSTONE and INCLEDON are the principal agents in this business. A plain pillar is at the last introduced, with the names of the most celebrated admirals on a scroll, round which the sailors and their sweethearts dance with peculiar festivity.
The Pillar now flies open, and displays a most magnificent and appropriate spectacle-consisting of Bri. tannia, personated by Mrs. CHAPMAN, under a rich canopy, with the figures of a sailor and a soldier for fup. porters, pointing to the letters G. R. over a brilliant sun, which turns on the centre ; shrouded in clouds above, and surrounded by angels, is a medallion of Lor, Howe, and on columns on each side of the ca. popy, are inedallions of our great living naval com. manders.
From this sketch it appears, that the Naval PirLAR is one of those patling effufions of the day, which derives its chief merit from the magnitude of events, in which all our feelings are concerned. The capture of Alkmaar was also pressed into the service with the happiest effe&t. The house was very full, and re-, . founded with applauses.
FOR OCTOBER, 1799.
TO CHARITY. DENIGNANT deity! whose sparkling eyes
D With radiant luftre bçaming, kindle joy In ev'ry countenance whereon they glance; Why scarcely shewell thou thyself amongit Earth's habitants? Why is it that their hands Deal out so sparingly thy noble boons, Yet copiously lavish wealth, and time And future happiness, on pleasures, vain, Fallacious, fraught with woe? Alas! for why Do public spectacles and crowded feasts, Intoxication, riot, revelry. The gaming table and destructive turf, Engage near sole pursuit, while thou, dear maid, And thy exalted works, neglected lic? Is it because the man of gen’rous mould, In practical benevolence employ'd, Experiences no delight, nor feels Those sweet sensations which can footh the ills Inimical to mortal's perfect peace ? Or is it rather that the hours we spend In thoughtless follies and the giddy track Of dissipation, are from trouble free, Devoid of pain, and care, and that his mind, Who’lifts himself the votary of vice, Is ne'er o'er-thadow'd with anxiety
Ah me! the generality of men VOL. VIII.