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of Mahomet and his family.-Vella Black into the White Sea, during the was condemned to imprisonment. autumn, when the Greek women, each To be continued.
provided with a boat and torch, pass
the whole night upon the water, fasciThe Naturalist.
nating the nilufer into their nets by
means of its impetuous dash at the HOPPERS. “There is,” says the
treacherous blaze. To the turbot, author of the Natural History of Sel roach, and lamprey, we have yet to adá borne, “ a small, long, shining fly in that monarch of the table, the swordthese parts, very troublesome to the fish, which is caught along the shore in housewife, by getting into the chim- wooden cells, on which the fishermen nies, and laying its eggs in the bacon will sit for whole hours, in motionless while it is drying. These eggs pro- abiding of a solitary victim. Shell-fish duce maggots, called jumpers, which, are also found in plenty and perfecharbouring in the gammons and best tion. The Bosphorus is at times enliparts of the hogs, eat down to the bone, vened by the gambols of shoals of doland make great waste. This fly, I sus- phins, whose effigies are extant on the pect, to be a variety of the musca pu
coins of many Greek cities. tris of Linnæus. It is to be seen in the summer in farm kitchens, on the Notices of New Books. bacon-racks and about the mantelpieces, and on the ceilings.” This fly A History, Description, and Survey is not peculiar to any county; its ra of the Cities of London and Westvages are felt as severely in London as
minster, the Borough of Southwark, in any part of England. In the ware &c. Part I. London: Effingham houses and cellars of wholesale cheese Wilson. mongers and factors, yon may see some of the finest cheeses rendered almost
From the specimen before us, we valueless by the larvæ of these abomi. may reasonably expect to see in due nable insects. In Wiltshire and Glou- course, a well arranged history of our cestershire they are called “Hoppers.” metropolis. We were ever friends to
such works; we would have a history ENGLISH MastiffS. Sir Thomas
of every nook within this island, and Roe took out some English mastiffs to feeling towards the one under notice.
must, therefore, entertain a kindly India, as a present for the Great Mogul. But we must exclaim against the bad They were of marvellous courage.One of them leaped overboard to al- the description of wood-cuts that ap
taste which has led the editor to adopt tack a shoal of porpoises, and was lost. Only two of them lived to reach pear in this part. So far from being India. They travelled each in a little positive blemish. Wood-cuts in works
an ornament to the work, they are a coach to Agra. One broke loose by of this kind should be small, and inthe way, fell upon a large elephant, serted amongst the letter-press; no and fastened on his trunk; the elephant at last succeeded in hurling him with great staring, vulgar prints, like
man of taste would purchase a book off. This story delighted the Mogul; those in a child's primer. Our goodand these dogs, in consequence, came to as extraordinary a fortune as Whit- has betrayed us into these remarks ;
will towards this history of London tington's cat. Each had a palanquin to take the air in, with two attendants compilations, and should regret to hear
we know the labour required in such to bear him, and two more to walk on that that labour had been expended in each side and fan off the flies ; and the vain. The reader will judge of the Mogul had a pair of silver tongs made literary portion of the work
from the that he might, when he pleased, feed following observations on the early them with his own hand.
trading of the Britons: Fish Of The BOSPHORUS.—The Bos “ Herodotus, who flourished about phorus swarms with myriads of the finny 450 years before Christ, says, “I have tribe, the most ordinary of which are nothing certain to relate concerning the scombri, a species of mackarel, the western boundaries of Europe ; I which are dried without salt, by the know as little of the islands called Cas- . Greeks; palamedes and stavidria two siterides, except from the tin which is species of dolphins ; and anchovies thence imported among us; and though and nilufer, which latter are caught by I have diligently enquired, yet have I torch light on their migration from the never seen any man, who, by his own
experience, could inform me of the na and Romans, and carried into the Eastture of that sea which bounds the ex ern Ocean from the origin of commerce: tremities of Europe ; however, it is tin,' he continues, "is enumerated by certain that amber and tin come from Arrian as exported to India, and if we its remotest parts.' 'Europe," he adds, find the produce of Britain conveyed to
has not been fully discovered by any Malabar in the earliest period that hisman ; and we have no account whether tory can reach, we find the spices of it be bounded on the north and east Malabar in Britain, in an age when the side by the sea.' The first classical course of the commerce with India was writer who expressly mentions the Bri- probably as little known as the existtish isles, is the author of De Mundo, ence of America ; the venerable Bede, a work that has been ascribed to Aris- who died in the year 735, was possesstotle; this writer speaks of a sea that ed of pepper, cinnamon, and frankincomes towards the Gallic Gulf, and cense. The Phoenicians, in fact, tradthence to the columns of Hercules.- ed to all parts of the known world, "In this sea,' he says, two is- perhaps from the time of Abraham.' lands, (Britannia Albion and lerne,) They enriched themselves by exchanglarger than those we named above: ing their manufactures, and the producthey are directly above the Celts.' He tions of the East, for the silver of Spain further describes the northern parts of and the tin of Britain. Spain was to Europe as inhabited by the Scythians, them what America has been to us; and the western by the Celts.
but Britain was so invaluable to their “ Polybius, who lived about 200 trade, that they uniformly endeavoured years before Christ, promises (in his to throw a veil of mystery over its sithird book,' to write a treatise respect. tuation and its produce. At every staing the British Islands, and the making tion they visited on the Mediterranean, of tin; but this tract unfortunately, if these enterprising navigators establishever written, is lost. Strabo, and other ed colonies ; Strabo mentions their posGreek historians, constantly mention sessing not less than three hundred on these islands; and there can be no the shores of that sea.
It cannot, doubt that they are intended by the therefore, be unreasonable to infer that Cassiterides of the classical authors. they established similar settlements in The Phænicians, according to Strabo, more distant countries, and particularly were long accustomed to visit the Cas- in Britain, where, for such a length of siterides from Spain, for the sake of a time, they possessed the monopoly of profitable traffic in tin, lead, and skins; an article which enriched them, and so jealous were they, we are told, of was so much required by other nathe monopoly of this commerce which tions." they at one time enjoyed, that when the Romans followed a Phænician ship bound hither, for the purpose of disco
Table Talk. vering the market, the master ran the vessel aground, and destroyed it, ra PLAYING The Fool.—How is a man ther than let them trace his course.- now-a-days to know how to play the There is great reason to suppose that fool? Where is he to find a master ? the Phænicians not only traded to Bri- There was once on a time seven wise tain for tin, &c., but established a co- men ; it is now a hard matter to find as lony here at a remote period; certain many fools. The old original British it is that the date of the voyage of Ha- fool is lost ; like the capercailzie, it is milco, who was sent by the senate of a thing that was. The world is getting Carthage, about the time of Darius on too fast; it is precocious; it is adNothus, to discover the western shores vancing beyond its strength; it is be: and part of Europe, agrees almost pre- coming too wise to last; it has flung cisely with the date of the coming over away its toys too soon, and is endanof several friendly tribes. Dr. Vincent, gering its life with too sedate a manin his treatise on the Commerce and hood ere its twenty-first century. A Navigation of the ancients in the In- really wise man will be discovered by dian Ocean, says, “that tin is mention- this sign, that he chooses to wear some ed as an import into Africa, Arabia, little foible or folly in such sort, that Scindi, and the coast of Malabar. It this friends and his foes may lay hold has continued an article of commerce of it when they list, and make it a hanbrought out of Britain in all ages; con- dle for detraction or disparagement. veyed to all the countries in the Medi- The most dangerous thing in the world terranean, by the Phoenicians, Greeks, is to be teres et rotundus, enwrapped
in excellence, as some rash folks strive size, and belonged to a peasant in to be. What is the consequence ?- Saxony. A little boy (the peasant's That envy or malice cuts boldly into son) imagining that he perceived in the them. They experience the fate of the dog's voice an indistinct resemblance tortoise, which was carried mid-air, to certain words, determined to try to and dashed to pieces against a rock by teach him to speak, and made such the eagle, because it was so inaccessi- progress that the animal was able to ble.
Tait's Edin. Mag. articulate as many as thirty words, WAR.- Fortune and success are apt being able to call, in an intelligent to represent things as glorious, which manner, for tea, coffee, chocolate, &c. in their nature are detestable.' What It appears, however, that it was necesmillions have the phantom_false-glory sary that the words should be repeated sacrificed at her altars! The actions over to him each time, and he, as it of great conquerors, however unworthy were, echoed them from his preceptor. are often viewed in distant ages and The French Academicians say, that if remote regions, not with wonder and they had not possessed the testimony of amazement only, but even with envy. could have credited the story.
so great a man as Lubnitz, they never But the prospect of eternity must convince us that to die for the service
The Ladies Of CARACAS. View of our fellow creatures is really glori. them in church, in the inagniticent caous; whilst those who trample upon a thedral, especially on festival occaprostrate world and violate the laws of sions, and you are full of admiration. humanity, are but as dreadful storms or They are richly and even elegantly pestilential blasts, to execute the wrath dressed --all silks of various kinds and of an offended God. Men who trace colours. A silk shawl adorns the head, the paths of glory by the light of fire perhaps rather fantastically, and hangs and sword, can have no right to be re down over the shoulders in the most membered, except it be with horror or graceful manner, but is studiously preindignation.
vented from concealing the beauties of CLOCK AT GENEVA. - In the long the bosom and waist. The skirts beroom of the public library at Geneva, low are equally guarded against envi. is a clock in the form of a temple, on ously withholding from view the neatest the dome of which stands the figure of ancles which ever nature turned. The the bird," whose lofty and shrill- stockings and shoes are suited to all sounding throat awakes the god of day.” this array of grace and charms. They The mechanism being wound up, chan come tripping into the hallowed house, ticleer flaps his wings and crows lustily; a damsel steps from behind, and lays whereupon twelve figures, representing a cushion for her mistress's knees, the apostles, dance to the music of which would do no discredit as a chimes, round a peristyle: still lower hearth-rug to the most splendid draw. down the mimic structure is a balcony, ing-room in London. It is in the midin which the Virgin Mary sits en dle of the consecrated place, where no throned ; to her, out of a door on the seats or forms obstruct your view.right, comes a winged figure, repre- As soon as the lady drops on her knees senting the angel of the annunciation: she adjusts, with reverted hand, her presently after, from another door on dress behind, as if fearful of accidental the left-hand side, a skeleton, as the exposure, but carefully abstains from image of death, advances, and falls covering her fine feet and ancles.prostrate at the feet of the Virgin. At Whether it be “nature that works in that moment a personage in the centre her so,” as Milton has it, or whether of the dome, behind “our Ladye,” the practice is derived from times when opens a third door, and strikes upon a men, as well as women, frequented bell the time of the day. On this whim- Catholic churches, I am not able to sical piece of horology is inscribed the determine. Their dark round eyes are date, 1650.
full of life, and, you hastily conclude,
of intelligence. A SPEAKING Dog.-Some author of antiquily, whose name has escaped us, CURIOUS LETTER.-A Quaker, who writes of a dog which spoke many had sent his watch to one of the same words. This will not be doubted after belief three or times to be repaired, reading the following curious account but which was not at all benefited in of a dog, communicated by the celebra- the end, dispatched the following chated Lubnitz to the Royal Academy of racteristic epistle to the watch repairer: France :- This dog was of middling “ Friend John--I once more send thee
my erroneous pocket clock. The last they take immense quantities. Their time she was at thy board, she was in method of preparing it is extremely no ways benefited by thine instructions. simple, it being merely bruised or I find, from the wavering of her hands, crushed between two stones, and ground and the index of her mind, she is not to a consistence of paste, diluted with right in the inward man--I mean the warm water; and in this state passed mainspring. Therefore, take her and round to the company in calabashes, purge her with thy adjusting tool of containing each about a quart: some truth; and, if possible, drive her from Indians drink eight or ten quarts at the error of her ways. Let her visit a sitting, which induces a state of the sun's motion, the true calculation sleepy insensibility.” table, and the equator; and, when thou PersoNAL APPEARANCE OF FREDEhast brought her conformable to the RICK THE GREAT.-I examined, with standard of truth, send her home with strong curiosity, this man; great in the bill of moderation, which shall be genius, small in stature, almost bent remitted to thee by thy friend,
down under the weight of his laurels " Obadiah B and his long labours. His blue coat, “ Dated this second day of the week, worn out like his body, his long boots commonly called Monday.”
that went higher than his knees, his
waistcoat stained with snuff, formed a GROWTH OP HAIR AFTER DEATH. The learned Honoratus Fabri (lib. 3, The fire of his looks showed that his
singular and yet noble appearance. de Plantis,) and several other authors, mind had not decayed with age; in are of opinion that hair, wool, feathers, nails, horns, teeth, &c. are nothing but spite of his invalided appearance, vegetables. If it be so, we need not be
was seen that he could still fight like a surprised to see them grow on the bodies young soldier ; in spite of his small
size, the mind still saw him greater than of animals, even after their death, as
all other men.” has frequently been observed. Petrus
Memoirs of Count Segue. Borellus, Hist. et Obs. Med. Cent. I.
CATHARINE OF Russia. She had Obs. 10, pretends that these productions an aquiline nose, and graceful mouth, may be transplanted as vegetables ; and blue eyes, and dark eye-brows, a very may grow in a different place from that gentle look, and when she wished it, where they first germinated. He also
an engaging smile. In order to disrelates, in some of his observations on guise the corpulency of age, which the subject, amongst others, that of a effaces every charm, she wore a loose tooth drawn out and transplanted, which robe with long sleeves, a dress very may appear pretty singular.--- Annual much like that of the early Muscovites. Register, 1762, p. 70. Immediately The whiteness and beauty of her skin following this article is another, en were the attractions which she pretitled “ Observations on the Hair of served the longest.”
16. Dead Persons,” being an extract of a
Russian Police.-" The following letter from Bartholine lo Jacks, inserted in the Arts of Copenhagen, and as it is occurrence,” says a recent writer on
Russia, 6 witnessed one day in the not very long, while we have the work street at Saint Petersburgh, by a before us, we may as well transcribe it friend of mine, serves to instance also:"I do not know whether you the dread entertained by the lower ever observed that the hair, which, in classes of getting under the power of people living was black or gray, often the police. As he was passing the after their death, in digging up their Isaac Bridge, a drooshka suddenly graves, or opening the vaults where they lie, is found changed into a fair stopped before him,' when the driver or faxen colour, so that their relations of consternation. took his passenger
leaped down, and with every symptom can scarce know them again by such a from off the seat of the vehicle, and mark. This change is produced, uulaid him on the road; he then hastily doubtedly, by the hot and concentred remounted his box, and drove away vapours which are exhaled from the with all possible speed. The passenger dead bodies."
had been seized with a fit, when, thinkThe Valiente Indians.—“In the ing he might die, the affrighted, but wet seasons,” says Roberts, in his Tra- prudent Russian, took this method of rels in Central America, “ which with getting rid of him, in order to avoid the Valientes is a period of rest and the trouble and expence the police enjoyment, they form parties for drink- would have imposed upon him, had he ing weak preparations of cocoa, of which been found with the dead body."
majesty of Persia, laughing, “but cer
tainly I should not like to be king of SINGULAR Mode of FISHING.-At such a country.” the magnificent estate of Count Marnix,
ANECDOTE FREDERICK THE the Grand Veneur of the Netherlands, Great.-One day, at Potsdam, the king there are such immense decoys for wild heard from his cabinet a considerable ducks, that in winter time, during a
tumult in the street ; he called an offihard frost, 1500 to 2000 couple of wild ducks are caught ; and, in a favourable cer, and told him to go and ascertain
the cause. The officer went, and came season, most of the towns within 100 back to tell his majesty that a very miles of Bornheim are supplied with scurrilous placard against his majesty them at the rate of ls. 2d. a couple. In
was fixed on the wall, but that it was the middle of this estate there is a lake placed so high that a great crowd about seven miles in length, which, pressed forward, and were pusbing many centuries ago, formed a branch of each other to read it. " But the the Scheldt. Here a mode of angling, guards,” he added, “ will soon come or rather of making ducks angle, is and disperse them." “ Do nothing of practised. To the legs of half a dozen the kind,” replied the king, “ fix the tame ducks, short lines, with hooks and placard lower down that they may read baits, are attached ; the birds swim it at their ease.” about, and as the lake is well stocked with fish, in a few minutes they are
ITALIAN PUN. - When Buonaparte sure to bite ; a struggle then takes place made his first campaign in Italy, the between the duck and the fish, the latter French were deserted. Some Italians
remarked that the French were all rasattempting to escape, and the bird endeavouring to get to shore, where, the cals, upon which a punster observed : instant he arrives, a good supply of food Non tutti, mai Buona-parte. is given to him. The scene is truly lu
Not all, but a good many of them. dicrous, and indeed cruel, when it hap During the Chancellorship of Sir pens that a large pike seizes the bait ; Anthony Hart, application was made the poor bird struggles with all his for proceedings against a Trinity stumight to reach the bank, but is often dent, who had gone off with a wealthy pulled under water, and would be heiress named Grace.
The parties, drowned, did not a person go out in a however, became reconciled, and the boat to his assistance.
matter dropped :PERSIAN UNBELIEF.-" I have heard Thus mighty Love the secret could impart, a report, ,” said the Shah, “which I
To catch a Grace beyond the reach of Hart! cannot believe, that your king has RETORT.-Tom Little was trying to only one wife.”—“No Christian Prince speak Italian once, when he was incan have more,” said the Eelchee. terrupted by a nobleman who was ac“O, I know that, but he may have a quainted with that language (though little lady.” “Our gracious king, with nothing else worth knowing,) with George the Third,” replied the Envoy, the hackneyed truismi, "a little learning “ is an example to his subjects of atá is a dangerous thing ;" to which the tention to morality and religion in this poet replied, “ Then you must be in a respect, as in every other.”—“ This very perilous condition, for you know may all be very proper,” concluded his less than little.”
Diary and Chronology.
na, which nearly destroyed that city. It first High Water 38 m. after 2 morn.
broke out at the house of a Jew. The Christian 1716.-On this day, the House of Commons
mercbants were so fortunate as to save the greater passed an Act for the punishment of all persons,
part of their property ; but the distress, in consewho should seduce soldiers to desert from the
quence of this awful visitation, was inexpressibly
dreadful. English army. It also made the enlisting of Roman Catholics into his Majesty's service liable to 1750.--Sir Edward Seymour's claim to the fine and imprisonment.
dukedom of Somerset, which had been so long Monday, July 2.
considered by the Attorney-General, received the High Water, 7m, after 11 morn.
sanction of that functionary in this year. 1716 --Anniversary of a dreadful fire at Smyr.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. We are sorry we cannot avail ourselves of the communication of T. F. His FIRST packet did not reach us.
“ The Silver Bell,” by Roger Calverley, in our next. May we hope to hear again from E. S. Craven ?