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than humane: the dog was put in the wheel, and a
had seen our Pompey;” up came a third, while they were talking, to inquire for her Toby,--and there was no roast meat in Bath that day.
It is told of these dogs in this city, that one Sunday, when they had as usual followed their mistresses to church, the lesson for the day happened to be that chapter in Ezekiel, wherein the selfmoving chariots are described. When first the word wheel was pronounced, all the curs pricked up their ears in alarm; at the second wheel they set up a doleful howl; and when the dreadful word was uttered a third time, every one of them scampered out of church, as fast as he could, with his tail between his legs. Don Manuel Espriella.
CRITICISM.—This malignant deity dwelt on the top of a snowy mountain in Nova Zembla: Momus found her extended in her den upon the
spoils of numberless volumes, half devoured. At her right hand sat Ignorance, her father and husband, blind with age; at her left, Pride, her mother, dressing her up in the scraps of paper herself had torn. There was Opinion, her sister, light of foot, hood-winked, and headstrong, yet giddy and perpetually turning. About her played her children, Noise and Impudence, Dulness and Vanity, Positiveness, Pedantry, and Ill Manners.
Swiftiana, v. 1, p. 143.
In peace, love tunes the shepherd's reed;
Scott's Lay of the last Mistrel.
MR SWALLOW, some years since the British Consul General in Russia, records the following fact. Having occasion to go from Petersburgh to Moscow, where eels are a great rarity, he ordered some, to carry as a present; upon being taken out of the water, they were thrown upon the ground to be frozen, and soon appeared quite dead, and almost a piece of ice; they were then, packed in snow,
and when arrived at Moscow, which was four days after, the eels being put into cold water, and so thawed, discovered gradually signs of life, and soon perfectly recovered!
Sporting Anecdotes, p. 192.
The mayor of Potsdam thinking himself a great man, and sometimes amusing the king with his importance, his Majesty placed his statue on the top of the town-hall, as Atlas supporting the globe; and the mayor, who did not perceive the king's satire, came to thank him for the honor he had done him.
Duten's Memoirs, d. 9, p. 26. The payment of tythes among the Jews formed part of the foundation of their republic; but on their first introduction into Christendom, Charlemagne, who established them, found them opposed by the people; “ who (says Montesquieu) are rarely influenced by example, to sacrifice their interests,” and who considered them “ as burthens quite independent of the other charges of the establishment. A synod of Frankfort had recourse to their superstition to ensure their obedience, by protesting, that in the last famine the spikes of corn were found to contain no seed, the infernal spirits having devoured it all; and that those spirits had been heard to reproach them with not having paid the tythes." Owenson's Patriotic Sketches of Ireland, v.1.p. 123.
A tradesman who lived in a village near St. Albans, had been twice married, and ill-treated his wives so as to cause their death.
He sought a third, but as his brutality was well known in the place where he dwelt, he was obliged to go fifty miles off for a wife.
He obtained one, and after he brought her home, all the neighbours came to visit her, and acquaint
her in what manner her husband used to treat his former wives. This somewhat surprised her, but she resolved to wait patiently till her lord and master might take it into his head to beat her. She did not wait long, for her husband was a terrible fellow.
One morning he waited on his lady with a cudgel, and was preparing_hinself to make use of it. “ Stop," said she, “I fancy that the right which you now pretend to have over me is not mentioned in our marriage contract; and I declare to your worship you shall not exercise it.” Such a distinct speech disconcerted the husband so much, that he laid down his cudgel, and only began to scold her. 6. Get out of my house,” said he,
16 and let us share our goods." “ Readily," said she, ” I am willing to leave you;” and each began to set aside the moveables. The lady loosens the window curtains, and the gentleman unlocks an enormous trunk in order to fill it with his property; but as he was leaning over to place some articles at the bottom, she tripped up his heels, pushed him in, and locked the lid.
Never man was in a greater passion than our man; he threatened to kill her, and inade more noise than a wild-boar caught in a trap. She answered him very quietly:
My dear friend, pray be calm, your passion may injure your health ; refresh yourself a little in this comfortable trunk, for I love you too much to let you out now you are so outrageous. In the mean time she ordered her maid to make some custards and cream-tarts, and when these were baked and ready, she sent round
to all the neighbouring gossips to come and partake of her collation.
This was served up, not on a table, but on the lid of the trunk. Heaven knows what pretty things the husband heard all these famous tatlers publish in bis praise. In such a case, a wise man must submit and give fair words. So did our friend in the chest. His language was soothing, he begged pardon, and cried for mercy.
The ladies were so good as to forgive him, and let him out of the trunk. To reward him for his good behaviour, they gave him the remainder of the custards and tarts. He was thus completely cured of his brutality, and was afterwards cited as a model for good husbands; so that it was sufficient to say to those who were not so, take care of the trunk, to make them as gentle as lambs, like himself.
An old gentleman had made a settlement of fifty pounds a year on a young girl, to be paid as long as she loved him. She inconsiderately left him, and attached herself to a young man, who, having examined that contract, thought he could revive it. In consequence, she claimed the quarters which were due since the last payment, informing him upon stamped paper that she still continued to love him.
In all wars, it is usual for the contending powers to offer up prayers to heaven for their own success and the overthrow of their enemies, each party frequently adding, “ According to the justness of