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came off, and the sharp edge fell with some one. “ Merely by putting on the considerable force on the poor crea wooden ass,” (an instrument of punishture's foot; he bled profusely and ment in the Austrian service) said he. fainted, lime was unsparingly applied “Indeed !" replied another'; “then to the wound, the foot carefully wrap- the band was reformed by an ass. ped up, and the man conveyed to his

J. M. B. hut on a charpoy (bedstead,) where he Love of ADMIRATION.-A handsome was kept quiet without disturbing the woman once asked Frederick the Great, wound; at the end of a fortnight he “Why, after so many victories, he was walked about, and in another week re desirous of gaining more?” “For the turned to his labour." The above

reason, Madame, that such a mode of cure, we think, is quite novel pretty woman as yourself puts on in the practice of surgery.


J. M. B. WAX FROM POPLAR Flowers.-A ELLISTONIANA.- Elliston and Fairland-owner in Flanders, is said to have brother were one day sitting in a coffeesucceeded in obtaining a considerable shop, when an acquaintance of the lata quantity of wax, by putting the flowers ter came in, muffled in a cloak, which of the poplar-tree into bags, and sub- so disguised his features, that at the mitting them to preserve. The wax first glimpse Fairbrother did not reis of good quality, and has an agree- cognise him, while the other, extending able perfume.

his band, exclaimed, “ Don't you know me?'' “Excellent well,” said Ben, seeing who it was, “ Y'are a fish

monger.” “I never knew that,” said anecdotiana.

Elliston, who happened to be a little

acquainted with the gentleman's libeA CONCLUSIVE ARGUMENT.-An Ita- rality ; but I knew him to be a dd lian priest, some years ago, preaching scaly fellow.'

S. B. at Rome, spoke in strong terms against ORIGIN OF

THE PHRASE, AULD Voltaire and Rousseau. In the middle ReekiE.--This highly appropriate poof his argument be threw his cap into pular sobriquet cannot be traced bethe choir, and began abusing it as the yond the reign of Charles the Second. representation of Rousseau. After A curious and recondite tradition assome time, he said, “Well, philoso- signs the following as the origin of the pher of Geneva, what have you to ob- phrase:-An old patriarchal gentleman ject to my arguments ?" There being in Fife, designated Darham of Largo, no answer, he turned to his congrega was in the habit, at the period mention, saying, “You see I have so dumb« tioned, of regulating the time of evening founded this philosopher, that he has worship by the appearance of the smoke not a word to say for himself.”

of Edinburgh, which he could easily

J. M. B. see, through the clear summer twilight, TURNING THE TABLES.-A gentle- from his own door. When he saw the man, dining at a friend's house, found smoke increase in density, in consehimself placed between two young men, quence of the good folks of the city who amused themselves by turning him preparing their supper, he would call into ridicule. After some time, he said all the fainily into the house, sayingto them, “ It seems, gentlemen, you “It's time noo, bairns, to tak ihe beuks, take me either for a fool or an ass; and gang to our beds, for yonder's but I can assure you, you are mistaken, Auld Reekie, I see, putting on her nicht for I am only betwist the two."

J. M. B. A Prous Wish.--Archbishop Laud A FASHIONABLE Eclipse.—A lady of was a man of very short stature. Charles fashion was one day reading an alma- the First and the Archbishop were one nack, to see at what time an eclipse was day sat down to dinner, when it was to take place; “Ah,” said she," when agreed that Archer, the King's jester, they say seven o'clock, of course it should say grace for them, which he did means half-past.”

J M. B. in this fashion :-“ Great praise be A LONG-EARED Reformer. - A given to God, but little Laud to the colonel of an Austrian regiment was

devil!" one day boasting, that before he joined EPITAPH BY A HUSBAND ON HIS FIRST his regiment the band was detestable ; but he had made it the best in the ser

I've lost my melancholy,

Now thou art buried Dolly, vice. “How was it done ?'' asked

For, I've just married Polly.




Diary and Chronology.
Wednesday, Feb. 1.

On the Month of February.
St. Kinnia, Virg. of Ireland.

Now shifting gales with milder influence blow,
New Moon 16m. after 10 after.

Cloud o'er the skies and melt the falling snow;

The softened earth with fertile moisture teems, The snow-drop often peeps out of the ground on Candlemas-Eve, or even earlier, and was

And, freed from icy bonds, down rush the swelhence called our Lady of February, and after.

ing streams. wards, Maid of February, or Purification Flower. The French call it La Pierce Niege, La Cloche

Sunday, Feb. 5. Blanche, La Galantine Baguenardia d'Hyver.

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. The Italians call it Galanto.

In the “ Florileguim,” it is said, “ Even as the Lessons for the Day, 59 chap. Isaiah, Morn. snow drop is whiter and clearer than all other

61 chap. Isaiah, Even. flowers, so is the spotless purity of Our Lady

Feb. 5.-45 B. C. To day, Cato, the celebrated fairer than that of all other virgins.” The fol

Roman patriot and stoic philosopher, who consilowing lines of Mrs. Barbauld are very expres

dered Freedom as that which alone“ sustains the sive :

name and dignity of man," unable to survive the Already now the snow-drop dares appear,

independency of his country, stabbed himself at The first pale blossom of the unripened year ; Utica, near Tunis in Africa. By this rash act of As Flora's breath, by some transforming power, suicide, independent of all moral or religious Had changed an icicle into a flower :

considerations, Cato carried bis patriotism to the Its naine and hue the scentless plant retains,

highest degree of political phrenzy; for Cato, And Winter lingers in its icy veins.

dead, could be of no use to his country ; but had Thursday, Feb. 2.

he preserved his life, his counsels might have Purification of our Lady.

moderated Ceasar's ambition, and have given a High Water 31m. aft. 2 Mor.-49m. ast.. after. different turn to public affairs.

Herrick, among many other sweet pictures of old English practices, gives us one of the cere.

Monday, Feb. 6. monies to be observed on Candlemas-day. llis

St. Barsamiphius, anchoret.
directions for this day are as follows :-
Down with rosemary and bayes,

Sun rises 20m. aft. 7-Sets 20m.'aft. 4. -
Down with the misleto,

Teb. 6, 1831. Expired at Geneva Rodolphe
Instead of holly, now up-raise

Kreutzer, the celebrated violin player, ETAT 66.
The greener box, for show.

Until an accident which deprived Mr. Kreutzer
The holly hitherto did sway ;

in 1817, of the use of his arm, he was justly con-
Let box now doniineere,

sidered the most accomplished violinist in Europe.
Untill the dancing Easter-day,

His method is the best that is known. Besides
Or Easter's eve appeare.

being for many years director of the Academie
Then youthful box, which now hath grace

Royale in Paris, Mr. Kreutzer was also principal
Your houses to renew,

violin professor at the Conservatoire. Most of
Grown old, surrender must his place

the young violin professors of eminence in France Unto the crisped yew.

were, therefore, bis pupils, and take great credit in

calling themselves such. As a composer, Mr.
When yew is out, then birch comes in,

Kreutzer has also greatly distinguished himself.
And many flowers beside,

Besides an immense number of violin concertos,
Both of a fresh and fragrant kilme,
To honour Whitsontide.

quartets, duets, &c, he has written several operas,

among which are the well known Lodoiska, Pau! Green rushes then, and sweetest beuts,

et Virginie, La Mort d'Abel, and Aristippe. Mr. With cooler oken boughs

Kreutzer enjoyed the personal friendship of
Come in for comely ornaments,

Napoleon, who often conversed with him in
To re-adorn the house.

familiar manner, appointed him his Maitre de Thus times do shift ; each thing bis turne do's

Chappelle, and conferred on him the gold cross hold;

(officier) of the Legion of Honour. Napoleon New things succeed as former things grow old.

used to say that time was too precious to be einFriday, Feb. 3.

ployed in listening to instrumental music, exSt. Margaret of England.

cepting when Kreutzer was playing a concerto Sun rises 25m aft 7-Sers 35m aft 4.

on the Violin. Candles were lighted upon this day, as weli as on Candlemas-day, in former times, and their

Tuesday, Feb. 7. power over the coming weather was acknowledged by the superstitious, who co founded a

St. Angulus, Bishop in England, m. particular physical fact with an imagined mira High Water, 37m, aft. 5 morn. 58m ast. 5 after. culous influence. Great light, as great noise, is

In early seasons the raven is now employed known to break super-impending clouds, and a About the reparation of her nest : great blaze of light may exercise an influence on

On antient'oak or elm, whose topmast bonglis impending storms.

Begin to fail, the raven's twig-formed house
Saturday, Feb. 4.

Is built; and many a year the self-same tree
St. Modar of Scotland.

The aged solitary pair frequent.
High Water, 43m, aft. 3 Morn. Im, ast. 4 Aftern. But distant is their range; for oft at morn

A few lines upon the month, that we have now They take their fight, and not tlll twilight grey fairly entered, cannot be out of place here:

Their slow returning cry hoarse meets the ear.

We thank J. M. B. for his candour, and feel confident that he will see far superior engravings in our work than that which has elicited his praise. No, 6 of the “Tales of a Bureau,' entitled Woman's Love, will appear illustrated in our next. Hans Swatzen is in the bands of our artist.

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ciating with him; and the small pro

perty his father left hiin, consisting TALES OF THE BUREAU DE only of a few acres of land, was fast POLICE.- No. 6.

dwindling away, to meet his frequent WOMAN'S LOVE;

necessities. OR,

But the truth was, Marie loved him AFFECTION AND DEPRAVITY. with sincere affection in early years ; For the Olio.

they had been much together, their

parents having been neighbours; and It was a matter of surprise to every long ere the vices of the man had one, how so amiable and well-dis- shewn themselves, she had learnt to posed a girl as Maria Dupin could call him her own Antoine, whilst he, ever become the wife of such a worth- in return, called her bis dearest Marie. less man as Antoine Laurent. He had So often had they dwelt on the future nothing to recommend him save his that was to see them united, that it beoutward form ; for his disposition and came too firmly fixed in her imaginapropensities were of the worst and low- tion ever to be removed. She could est kind ; and none of those persons in 'not, indeed, reirain ignorant of the his native village, who stood fair with character he acquired as he grew in the world, were ever desirous of asso years, or that when any act of violence VOL. IX.


or daring was mentioned, he was sure own superintendance.

Marie was to be named as the leader; but she much esteemed by all, and would have thought the world was harsh - too lived truly happy had not her mind quick in its condemnation, and wrong been clouded with evil forebodings of in attributing those acts as the offspring her husband's fate. of a bad lieart, which were but the Years passed on and found Marie outbreakings of an ardent youthful dis- still with Madame Germain, who had position. She had often heard that a removed to Paris, for the benefit of her reformed rake makes the best husband; children's education. She still rebut she did not look further to see mained ignorant of what had befallen what a confirmed reprobate would be her hasband, or even of his existence, likely to make. She was all confi- and had gradually brought herself to dence in the success of her plans for the belief that they had parted for his reformation, and being an orphan ever. and without control, she gave herself She was one day witnessing a reand her little property to the free pos- view in the Champ de Mars, and paying session of him who already had her deep attention to the manœuvres of heart.

the troops, when suddenly she felt her The few first weeks of their union reticule snatched from her hand ; she no one could be more attentive than turned round to see who had robbed Antoine ; and Marie became confirmed her, but every body seemed attending in her opinion, that his acts had been to the scene efore them. It was clear too harshly construed by the world, the bag was gone, but as there was and his youthful errors would soon little of consequence in it, she was too merge in the fond husband. Poor much of a Frenchwoman to be annoyed, Marie! she saw not in the calm the and in adıniration of a charge of caforerunner of the storm which was im- valry, which was then taking place, pending over her. He soon gave way quite forgot her loss. to the true bent of his disposition ; “ Bless my soul!” cried some one; joined his former lawless associates ; "well, I declare, it is the oddest thing made long and frequent absences from in the world! What! Marie, my home, and returned, generally, in a sa- girl! you hav'nt forgot me, have vage and discontented humour, to find you ?" fault with every thing, and would sit Hearing her name, she turned to for hours wrapped up in his medita see the speaker. There were three illtions, scarce noticing the anxious at- dressed looking men standing together, tentions of his wife.

one of whom she recognised as her In a few months time she found that husband. poverty was fast gaining upon them. “Ah! Antoine ! is that you ?" Antoine had sold all their property, “Yes, my dear, it is indeed me. 1 and spent all the proceeds in riot and suppose you thought me dead ?" debauchery; and, to crown her unhap "I had feared as much, Antoine.” piness, her husband, joining some of Aye, so many thought; Igot through his associates, left for ever the place of it though; but bless my politeness ; his birth, bearing with him the ill here Le Coq and Petit Singe, allow me wishes of all who knew him, save one, to introduce you to my wife.” his forsaken wife, who, 'midst all his His friends lifted up their red nightunkindness and unrequited affection, caps, and professed themselves much still fondly loved him, and wished him honoured in being introduced to the well where'er his course might lead wife of such a “brave enfant as Anhim.

toine Laurent.” Marie was too much a favourite in Much as Marie had wished to see the village, to have any doubts as to her husband, she could not but feel that her being able to maintain herself by their meeting would be the source of her industry, and gladly accepted the much pain to her. His appearance, offer of a Madame Germain to become and that of his companions, was strongher own immediate attendant.

ly indicative of their profession, and Madame Germain was the wife of a she had little doubt, in her own mind, private gentleman, of some considera- that one of the gentlemen had taken ble property, who had resided many her bag. It was with feelings of sadyears in the midst of his estates, passing ness she accompanied Antoine and the his time in endeavouring to ameliorate Sieurs Le Cory, and Petit Singe to a cathe condition of his tenantry, and en- baret in the neighbourhood. hance the value of his property by his Antoine's story was short. Accord

ing to his own account he had been in Marie, and support themselves by honthe army, and left it, because he found est industry. a military life too irksoine for a man One night, as I was going my rounds of spirit like himself; and Le Coq had with some of my men, i perceived, been a brother in arms. Petit Singe, loitering about at the corner of one of to be sure, had not been in the army, the streets, an old acquaintance of but then he had a wish to go there, and mine, the Sieur Petit Singe, and it was that was the same thing. After he had very evident that he could not be waittold Marie all he had to say concern- ing about so late at night for any good ing himself and friends, he was very purpose, and as he had not perceived desirous to hear how she had done me, I determined to watch him unobsince misfortune, as he called it, forced served. In a few minutes he was joinhim from a wife he loved more than alled by another acquaintance of mine, the world ; and drew such a picture of the Sieur Le Coq, when they walked the anguish he had felt in leaving her, together some way up the street, uniil that it moved Petit Singe even to tears, they came to a large house, and Petit or at least to the occasional pressing Singe, looking round to see if any perthe tassel of his night-cap, first to one sons were near, gave a gentle tap at eye and then to the other, as if he were the door, which, to my surprise, was much moved at his friend's sufferings. instantly' opened to him.

This was When Marie had stated the truth, strange! The house belonged to Monher husband became extremely anxious sieur Germain, and I could not believe in his enquiries, as to whether Mon- that the two gentlemen, who had just sieur Germain was rich, kept many gone in, were carrying on an intrigue servants, and was regular in his hours. with any of the servants, since nature The answers, he said, were very satis- had not moulded either of them in one factory; because, though he had led a of her niost favourable moods. Le Coq roving kind of life himself, yet he was a most desperate character and should have been extremely unhappy Petit Singe a most consummate villain, to think his wife was living in any deficient only in one thing-courage, other than a respectable family; and but which he generally contrived to as Le Coq knew that he had often ex make up for, by a quickness of invenpressed himself most anxious that his tion, which rendered him a valuable dear wife might not be prejudiced in ally to those who planned the commisthe good opinion of others, by his own sion of any desperate deeds. follies. At the beginning of this speech On entering they had left the door Petit Singe had caught hold of his tas- ajar, for the purpose of facilitating their sel, but not finding any thing sufficiently escape, in case they should find it exsad for a tear, contented himself with pedient to depart in a hurry. I availed a long drawn ah, and declared that he myself, therefore, of the opportunity to had heard him say so at least a thou- 'follow after them, with my men, and sand times; and Le Coq, who was a perceived them ascending the stairs, in man of taciturn habits, bobbed his head company with Antoine Laurent; this in token of assent.

soon explained how they had so easily The result of this interview was a obtained their admission. They had promise, on the part of Antoine, to see no sooner reached the first landinghis wife on the following day, who en place than they heard some one coming gaged to supply him with money to down stairs: this seemed to perplex enable him to look more respectable ; them extremely, and Petit Singe, after and if he would reform, she did not liding the light he was carrying, began doubt being able, through Monsieur to descend the stairs, three steps at a Germain's kindness, to procure him time, perhaps judging that a general some situation, by which he might ob- always fights best in the rear. The tain an honest livelihood.

person who had alarmed them was no He did not fail to see his wife on the other than Marie, who was coming following day, and became very assi- down stairs with a light in her hand. duous in his attentions, vowed his affec- She had no sooner reached the landingtion was undiminished, and scarcely place, than Le Coq and Lanrent darted allowing a day to pass that he did not forwards and seized her, one by each look in at Monsieur Germain's to see hand, whilst Le Coq pressed his hand her. He repeatedly declared, too, he over her mouth to prevent her screamhad suffered so much in his wild way ing. When she had in some degree of life, that his only wish now was to recovered from her aların, Le Coq alsettle down quietly with his dear lowed her to speak. Her eye fell

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