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riment. Our canoe was only large tinued until three in the morning of enough to hold us all when sitting, so the 17th, when it became clear, and we that we had no chance of lying down. saw the stars sparkling like gems over Had we been able to muster up thirty our heads. Therefore, we again prothousand cowries at Rabba, we might ceeded on our journey down the river, have purchased one which would have there being sufficient light for us to see carried us all very comfortably. A our way, and two hours after, we put canoe of this sort would have served into a small insignificant fishing vilus for living in entirely, we should lage, called Dacannie, where we landed have had no occasion to land, except- very gladly. Before we arrived at this ing to obtain our provisions ; and island, we had passed a great many having performed our day's journey, native towns and villages, but in conmight have anchored fearlessly at sequence of the early hour at which we night. Finding we could not induce were travelling, we considered it would our people to land, we agreed to con- be imprudent to stop at any of them, as tinue on all night. The eastern hori- none of the natives were out of their zon became very dark, and the light- huts. Had we landed earlier, even ning more and more vivid ; indeed, I near one of these towns, we might have never recollect having seen such alarmed the inhabitants, and beer strong forked lightning before in my taken for a party of robbers; or, as life. All this denoted the approach of they are called in the country, jaca storm. At eleven P. M. it blew some- calees. They would have taken up what stronger than a gale, and at mid- arms against us, and we might have night the storm was at its height. The lost our lives; so that for our safety we wind was so strong, that it washed continued down the river, although we over the sides of the canoe several had great desire to go on shore, In times, so that she was in danger of fill- the course of the day and night, we ing. Driven about by the wind, our travelled, according to our estimation frail little bark became unmanageable; a distance little short of a hundred miles. but at length we got near a bank, Our course was nearly east. The Niger which, in some measure, protected us, in many places, and for a considerable and we were fortunate enough to lay way, presented a very magnificent aphold of a thorny tree, against which pearance, and, we believe, to be nearly we were driven, and which was grow- eight miles in width. ing nearly in the centre of the stream. Presently we fastened the canoe to its

Table Talk. branches, and wrapping our cloaks round our persons, for we felt overpowered with fatigue, and with our MARRIAGE SYMPTOMS.

One day legs projecting half over the sides of Madame Geoffrin was taking very sethe little vessel, which, for want of verely to task an author in whose beroom, were compelled to do, we half she had interested herself, and lay down to sleep. There is something, who endeavoured, with some warmth, I believe, in the nature of a tempest to exculpate himself; Monsieur D'Holwhich is favourable to slumber, at least back, who had been standing by witso thought my brother; for though the nessing the dispute, approached towards thunder continued to roar, and the them, and laughingly observed, " Why, wind to blow,—though the rain beat in really, any one hearing you quarrel in our faces, and our canoe lay rocking this manner, would imagine that you like a cradle, still he slept soundly. were privately married." The wind kept blowing hard from the CHARES Fox once received a severe eastward, till midnight, when it be- lecture from his father about his extracame calm. The rain then descended vagance, who concluded by saying he in torrents, accompanied by thunder wondered he could enjoy a moment's and lightning of the most awful de- repose, when he considered the imscription. We lay in our canoe, mense sums he owed. ' Lord, sir,” drenched with water, and our little replied he,“ you should'nt wonder at vessel was filling so fast, that two peo- that ; but rather low my creditors ple were obliged to be constantly ba- can. ling out the water to keep her afloat. ANIMAL Life.- Average duration of The water elephant, as the natives animal life, by an experienced zooloterm the hippopotami, frequently came gist.—Quadrupeds : the horse, from 8 to snorting near us, but fortunately did 32 years; ox, 20; bull, 15; cow, not touch our canoe. The storm con- ass, 33; mule, 18; sheep, 10; ram, 15;

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dog, 14 to 25; swine, 25; goat, 8; cal, exhibited to the king, and the credulous 10. Birds: Pigeons, 8 years; turtle of London, which, being touched by a dove, 35; goose, 28 ; parrot, from 30 hot iron, invariably emitied a sound to 100 ; raven, 100. Amphibious: resembling deep human groans. This turtles and tortoises, 50 to 100.

sensitive and very irritable board reFILIAL DevoTION.-This virtue is ceived numbers of noble visitors; and more practised by the Chinese than by other boards, sympathising with their any other people. The following is an afflicted fellow, soon demonstrated how instance:

A formidable leader of the much they might be made to groan by Ladrones had dispatched the greater similar means. A“ long dresser,” at part of his force down the river, and the Queen's Arms Tavern, St. Martin's proceeded afterwards himself almost Lane, recently pulled down in conunattended. Of this the officers of sequence of the new improvements, government were informed ;. but so eclipsed all its competitors in the exergreat was the dread he had inspired, cise of this plaintive power, and, an that they were afraid to attack him. old paper, “ The Loyal London MerThey seized the whole of his family, cury, assures us, filled the house perfrom the grandfather downwards ; on petually with visitors. which the robber, finding his family in MARCH OF INTELLECT.-A gentleman the power of Government, voluntarily one day asked a mendicant how much went to the liouse where they were, he collected a week on the average. saying, “ It was unnecessary that só The beggar replied in the following many should die for one;' but, as the manner :-" Why, as for that, ours is soldiers still hesitated to advance, he like erery other business, it is falling came from the house, and, placing him- off; there are too many of us; and, to self between them and his family, drew speak the truth, there is so much come the knife which he wore and stabbed petition, that the true beggar is not himself, telling the officers “they were able to get a respectable livelihood ; it now welcome to seize him."

is so degenerated, that a set of low vagaETYMOLOGY.-We picked up the fole bonds crawl about the streets, and conlowing singular etymology the other descend to take half-pence, so that day from an old paper. The word those who have been brought up to the

news” is not derived, as man sup- trade, are obliged to be content with poses, from the adjective new, but from fifteen shillings or a pound a week." a practice that obtained in newspapers DR. BARROW.-Dr. Barrow had noof an early date, of prefixing to the thing in his person or external appeartitle the letters expressive of the four ance that was likely to command any cardinal points, thus

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with regard to his dress, that it is remeaning that their intelligence was de- lated of him being engaged to preach rived from “all quarters of the globe.” for Dr. Wikins, at St. Lawrence Jewry, This must be allowed to be at least an in London, his slovenly appearance, ingenious etymology.

awkward gait, and meagre aspect, preSUBSTITUTE FOR CLocis.-In Cey- possessed the audience so much against lon the day is divided into thirty parts, him, that when he mounted the pulpit, and the night also, each of which parts, the congregation withdrew; and he was called a pay, is thus computed : A small left almost alone in the church. Mr. copper dish, with a hole in the bottom Richard Baxter, the Nonconformist diof it, being put into a tub of water, fills vine, however, was one of those few during one of these pays, when it that remained; and his testimony was sinks, and is again put into the water highly honourable to the preacher, for to reckon another interval.

he declared that he had never heard a ANAGRAM.- Pilate's question to our better sermon, and that he could with Saviour, “ What is truth ?" in the pleasure have listened all day to such Latin Vulgate stands thus, “ Quid est preaching ; upon which, those persons veritas !" These letters transposed, who complained to Dr. Wilkins of his make " Est vir qui adest,”—“ It is the substitute were ashamed of their conman before thee.

duct in deserting the church, and reGROANING BOARDS -One ofthe most duced to the necessity of acknowledgcurious and ingenious amusements ever ing that their prejudice was solely the offered to the public, was contrived in result of his unconth appearance. the year 1682, when an elm plank was AUDIENCE EXTRAORDINARY! -When

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Mr. Mon commenced learning the key means, the Lord Treasurer saved the bugle, he felt some scruples as to the king £15,000, at once. W.C. annoyance he feared his practising EDWARD THE FOURTH might prove, not merely to the inmates WidoW, OR A Golden Kiss!—Edward of his own house, but also to those in- the Fourth to raise money for a war with habiting the surrounding ones; and France, sat himself sundry hours every turning over in his mind how he could day to receive contributions from his best obviate the disagreeable of be- subjects, who subscribed pretty liberally coming a common nuisance, he re, in consequence of their animosity to solved, as it was the summer season, the enemy. Among others, a rich, yet to play out in the open air ; he accord- niggardly old widow, brought £20, ingly went in quest of a fitting place, large sum in those days,) to him. This and fixing upon a ditch in the fields so highly pleased the king, “that he which have been converted into the

not only returned her thanks,” but told “ Regent's Park,” repaired thither her, “For her kindness she should kiss daily to practise. It so chanced, how a king,” which being done, the old ever, one morning, soon after having woman pulled out another bag, saying begun playing, that, during the rest of “Udsbodikins, if kings sell their kisses a bar or so in the piece of music before so cheap, give me 'tother touch of the him, he heard a slight noise, and, on lips, and here is another £20 for you!” looking up, beheld to his indescribable The king smiled at this, took her at her terror, that he was surrounded by a word, and thought his kisses well sold. vast number of horns of all sorts and

W. C. sizes, appertaining unto the heads and Genuine Irish Wit.-A gentleman, bodies of a grand selection from Mr. living quite at the upper end of the New Willan's far famed nine hundred and Road, much annoyed by beggars, and ninety-nine cows ; upon which disco- the itinerant venders of small-wares, very, without further pause, to the great daily knocking at his door, either to soastonishment of his listeners, Mr. M-n licit charity or proffer their goods for performing sundry flourishes with, in- sale, happened a few mornings since to stead of upon his instrument, scrambled be standing at his window, when he out of the ditch, and, in the utmost saw a man bearing a band-box in his fright, made good his escape as fast as hand, open the gate, and very deli. he could; fervently ejaculating, as he berately proceed up the little gravelthus precipitately retreated from his walk, leading to the house, and guesshorned admirers, a safe deliverance ing he had something to sell, determinfrom the horrors of such a disagreeable ed to stop his further progress, and for audience!

this time, at least, prevent his knocker's A LONG Sleep!-A. D. 1545.- being assailed, he, therefore, shook his William Foxley, pot-maker to the Mint, head, frowned, and waved his hand as slept in the Tower of London (not being signals for the man to retire, but all to by any means to be waked,) 14 days no purpose, as he obstinately kept adand 15 nights; and when he waked, it vancing. Mr. quite angry at the seemed to bim but as one night.

instruder's perserverance, hastily threw

W. C. up the window, and in a loud authoritaJames The First.-It is reported of tive tone exclaimed, “ There, there, go this king "That having given Sir away, go away, we do not want any Robert Carr, (one of his favourites) thing!" Arrah, now, and so much £20,000, the Lord Treasurer Salis- the better,” replied Pat promptly, “ for bury, that he might make the king sen I have nothing to give, I was only sible of his folly, invited him to an just going to enquire civilly, whether entertainment, and so ordered it, that he one Mrs. Harris lived here ?ió should pass through a room, wherein he had placed four tables, and on each

Garieties. table £5,000, in silver ; when the king came to the room, and saw the money, GOLD Fish. - This beautiful little he started, as amazed at the sight, (hav fish, called in this country“ Gold and ing never before seen such a sum,) and Silver Fish," are originally natives of asked the Treasurer the meaning of it.” China and Japan, where they are held The Treasurer told the king, “It was in great estimation, and are called Kinthe Boon he had given to Sir Robert. yu. From China the English carried “Swounds Man!" says the king, (which some of them to the island of St. Helena; was the oath he usually swore,) but and from thence the captain of one of £5,000 shall serve his turn." Bywhich our East India ships brought some of

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them to England in the year 1728. It and provision for myself for the next
is said by a learned foreigner (Dr. day, I dropped despairingly into a house
Baster) that having great quantities of near the Strand, and ordered pen and
them in his ponds, he used sometimes ink, and a “nip” of Burton ale, in
to regale his friends with them, and had order to concoct a few 4. dreadful acci-
them dressed with various sauces; but dents,"&c. which had never occurred but
that egg-sauce in particular gave them in the author's brain, when my atten-
an excellent relish, even superior to tion was arrested by a jolly son of Mo-
carp. It is of course to be understood mus seated opposite to me
that frying is the best mode of cookery.

Who wrapt in delicious repose,
The gourmand whom we quote, states Most inharmoniously was playing a tune on
that he had them sometimes boiled, but
that they were decidedly better by the Knowing who it was, and that he
former mode. These fish are said to was only taking a refresher,” I re-
grow no larger in China than an an- solved to bear with the inconvenience,
chovy, but they are to be seen in Eng- and proceeded in my vocation ; when
land of the length of ten or twelve having completed my task, and placing
inches ; so that our climate seems to it in my pocket, exclaiming, “there is
agree with them better than that of their quantum sufficit," up started my oppo-
natiỹe country. It is in the second site neighbour-who has the knack upon
year of their age that they acquire that rousing up, of catching the two or three
splendid appearance for which they last words which he happens to hear
are so prized; that they undergo but spoken-in a great gage, and applying
little or no change in the third year; my unfortunate lapsus lingue to him-
but that there are many of them that self, indignantly demanded of me,
continue always black. Linnæus de " What right I had to apply such obser-
scribes them as of the carp species, and vations to him ? Upon my life,
distinguishes them by the name of the said he, “I was never so insulted be-
“ Gold Carp.”

fore. I beg to tell you, Sir, that your ANECDOTE OF A great ACTOR. assertion is not bottomed in truth, for Returning the other evening through I have not yet taken anything. Here, the Strand from an unsuccessful tour to Tim, bring me a pint of Burton and a the West-end in quest of “incidents" to Welch rabbit ?" I apologized for my

pply materiel for the Daily Press unintentional offence, and departed.

Diary and Chronology.
Wednesday, March 21.

Sunday, March 25.
St. Benedict.

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT.
The founder of the Benedictine Order of Monks

Lessons for the Day.-27 ch, of Genesis, morn. was born at Norcia, in Italy, in the year 480. He

34 ch. of Genesis, even. was remarkable for his austerity and piety, and died, while in fervent prayer, at the age of 63, in

Anniversary of the blessed Virgin, or Lady-Day. the year 543.

The Festival of the Anuunciation commemo

rates the glad tidings brought by the angel Thursday, March 22.

Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, concerning the Sa

viour of the World. It was first instituted in the The planet Saturn about this time presents a beautiful telescopic appearance, and would well

year 350. repay the vigilance of the skilful observer, leading

Monday, March 26. there is little doubt to further discoveries con

Suon rises 7m, aft. 6-Sets 50m, aft, 5. nected with its mysterious structure.

Tuesday, March 27.
Friday, March 23.

Scarce does the primrose shew her head,
This is the anniversary of the death of the Rev.

Though eldest daughter of the Spring ; Archdeacon Churton, who was one of the most

Nor dares the cowslip leave her bed, learned men of his time.

Affrighted at the northern blast,
Who blights each blossom with his wing

While the dun æther's overcast :
Saturday, March 24.

Of violence how short the sway!
Moon's last quar. 4m af. 8 Morn.

'Tis but the pageant of a day,

+++ We are sadly in arrear with our Correspondents, but when we state, that other are raugements have been entered into for the future management of the work, we trust tending to its very great improvement, we shall stand excused for what, without ihis explanation, might appear an unpardonable neglect of their kind and valuable favours.

To R. J. we beg to reply, that he shall not in future have cause to complain.
Our answers to Correspondents will appear on the wrapper of the next Monthly Part.

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A TALE OF ITALY.

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Illustrated Article.

soft and gentle melody. A passer by

might have observed, as the light from THE AVENGER.

before an image of the Virgin shone on Che countenance of the serenader, that he was one who had seen some seven

or eight and twenty summers, with a The busy city of Naples had sunk to form moulded in the truest proportion almost silence in the still hour of night, of manly beauty, and a face handsome, and scarce was there a falling footstep but overshadowed with a cast of pento say that it was the dwelling of life, sive sadness. As the air drew towards whilst at intervals the deep loud bells conclusion, the trellis work was slowly tolled forth the divisions of hours as opened, and a young fair creature they swiftly passed onward. It was leaning forward, entered into earnest that time of night when all have left the conversation, though in a subdued tone, lovely city's proud streets, save the with the man below: the only words fond lover, who hastens to pour forth uttered above a whisper werethe feelings of his heart in words of “ You will meet, then, near the song, or the prowling assassin, track- church of St. Filippo Neri, to-morrow ing his unwary victim. At the corner at nightfall." of one of the streets stood a man gazing “I'll not forget," replied the fairer upwards to the trellised window of a being, and pressing her hand to her lofty house, whilst supported by a lips, softly closed the trellis work. broad ribband thrown across the left *** Farewell, sweet confiding creature, shoulder was a guitar, over the cords who could wrong thee ?

Not I, by of which his fingers from time to time heaven; and yet, I fear this unsusswept, as his voice breathed forth a pecting love of thine will lead to years Vol. IX.

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