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FATAL EFFECTS OF LIGHTNING.
with the humble fare of a brewer One of the crew was in a manand his wife. At the same time, ner, annihilated by the thunderthe reverend applicant for par- bolt—no mark remained of him don must clearly understand, but spots of his blood on the that Lady Elizabeth Whitbread sails and rigging. Another, can never admit blasphemous whom the lightning struck, language as an apology for un- was so severely wounded on the gentlemanly conduct." - Oxford head, and so much scorched, Herald.
that he remains unfit for duty. The rest of the men were more or less hurt by the fall, when the masts and rigging came
down. The dreadful situation of GEORGETOWN, OCTOBER 24, the master of the vessel may 1821.-An instance of the extra- well be conceived, but cannot ordinary violence with which be described. It is gratifying, lightning acts, on the sudden however, to know that the crew explosion of electrical clouds, oc- reached the vessel, and, with the curred, in these seas, not many usual intrepidity of British seadays ago,
on board the Brig men, immediately set about cutSusan, Captain Thompson, which ting and clearing the wreck, alarrived here on Friday last. On though the most of them must the 16th instant, about 12 have been violently stunned from o'clock, all hands being on the being dashed overboard. After fore top-sail yard, the dangerous considerable labour they sucAuid struck the vessel with terri- ceeded in erecting a jury-mastble force, coming down by the and enabled to proceed wedges of the fore mast, which hither. Many
of our readers it carried away in a moment, must have been astonished at the about eight feet above the board, power of electricity, when onalong with every soul aloft, and ly collected and employed by shattered the main-top mast and human art ; but jib-boom into splinters. It also more awful is it when directed burst the ship on the starboard and exercised in the course of bow, two planks from the deck. nature.
ANECDOTES, &c. THE LATE MR. Courts. Some ed at once by a decay both of years ago Mr. Coutts was at purse and constitution, and felt Bristol Hot-wells, and occasion- desirous of relieving him, but ally walked about in attire which knew not how. At length, perconveyed no sort of notion of ceiving that Mr. Coutts was in his wealth or consequence. On the habit of walking with his an occasion of this kind, a gen- hands behind him, he took an tleman, who observed him, took opportunity to slip a guinea into it into his head that he was some
one of them, and stole away, not venerable person who was afflicts without being perceived by the
astonished banker. The conse- roughly reproved the stranger quence was an inquiry, and a for his impertinence, who, bowformal invitation to dine with ing, and civilly asking pardon, Mr. Coutts, by which the chari- informed the doctor, that he was table donor felt himself highly a painter, and was then engaged honoured and gratified. He of in designing a picture of Nathan course attended, but did not re- reproving David ; and never had cognise the object of his charity, he seen a face so reproving as until Mr. Coutts formally drank that of his reverend antagonist. his health, and told him he was The doctor, enraged, used still indebted to him a guinea. The harsher language. “It is enough, confusion of the gentleman was sir,” replied the artist, “ I have extreme ; but Mr. Coutts said he got as much as I desire, and am was fully aware of his generous greatly indebted to you ;" saying motive, and assured him that if which, he coolly walked away. ever he could do him a service Agathocles, who, from the son in return, Thomas Coutts might of a potter, came to be king of be commanded. The pledge was all Sicily, would never wear the afterwards redeemed, by using diadem, nor have any guard about his influence to procure for a near
him. He also caused his name connection of his new acquaint- to be engraved in Greek letters ance an official appointment of upon vessels of earth; these considerable value.
vessels he disposed amongst On another occasion, while re- the richest of his pots of silver siding at Clifton, with lady and gold, that he might be Guildford, he used to walk up thereby reminded whence he dePark-street, when the carriage scended. usually took him up at the top. Alexander having conquered a As his dress and appearance had great part of the world, came inmore the costume of a decayed to an island of the Brachmans, a gentleman, than that of a rich people who used no clothing but banker, he was mistaken one day, the skins of beasts-no houses, whilst walking to and fro for the except caves--nor any meat but carriage, which was detained in such as nature procured. He town, by a person of the street, demanded the reason of their and who, having noticed his anx- strange manner of life; to which ious looks, and somewhat worn they replied, “we know we must apparel, sent a servant to him die ; whether this day or to morwith five shillings. The wealthy row, we know not; and, therebanker smiled, and returned his fore, why should we be anxious thanks, with an assurance that to obtain power to rule-honour he was not in immediate want! to be esteemed-or riches to live
A REPROVING Face.--Dr. Res- in pleasure !” With this answer bury, a divine in the reign of Alexander was so much affected, Charles II. while walking in the that he desired them to ask for streets of Windsor, observed a what they would, and he would person pass him, and turn fre- give it them. The favour which quently to consider him with at- they requested was, that they tention. Offended, at length, by might not die. To which, he an observation so pointed, he replied, he could not give that ;
“ for” said he, “I myself must quet, but it is not said that they die.” Why then,” replied the profited by it.-American Paper. Brachman, « art thou so foolish ABSENT MEN.—The count de as to live in such pride, seeing Brancas was walking in the thou knowest thou shalt die ?" street, and the duke de la Roche
The celebrated physician, Ma- foucault crossed the way to speak louin, at Paris, had such a vene- to him.
“ God bless thee, poor ration for his profession, that he man !” exclaimed the count. declared himself convinced that Rochefoucault smiled, and was Moliere's death was a just judg- beginning to address him :-" Is ment on him for his want of re- it not enough,” cried the count, spect to the science of medicine. interrupting him, and somewhat Being once a witness of the anx- in a passion, “ is it not enough ious punctuality with which a that I have said, at first, I have patient took a most nauseous nothing for you? Such lazy medicine, he said to him with beggars as you hinder a gentlegreat solemnity—“Sir, you de- man from walking in the streets." serve to be sick !”
Rochefoucault burst into a loud SYMBOLIC FestivAL.-An old laugh, and awaking the absent Dutch merchant, retiring from man from his lethargy, he was business with an opulent for- not a little surprised himself, tune, invited his city friends to that he should have taken his dinner. They were shewn into friend for an importunate mena splendid room, and expected a dicant ! corresponding banquet, when a La Fontaine is recorded to couple of old seamen brought in have been one of the most absent the first course, consisting of of men ; and Furetiere relates a herrings, fresh, pickled, and circumstance which, if true, is dried, served up on wooden one of the most singular distracplates, put on a blue canvass tions possible. La Fontaine atcloth. The guests stared, and tended the burial of one of his and did little honour to the re- friends, and some time afterpåst; when a second
wards he called to visit him. came in, of salt beef and greens. At first, he was shocked at the This being taken away, a splen- information of his death, but re' did festival appeared, brought in covering from his surprise, he by powdered lackies, served on observed" It is true enough! damask table-clothes, and a side- for now I recollect I went to his board of generous wines. The burial !” old merchant then said—“ Such, Louis XV.-Nothing can more gentlemen, has been the
progress endear a monarch to his subjects, of our republic. --We began with or render him more illustrious in strict frugality, which begot the estimation of the thinking ' wealth ; and we end with luxury and the good in all countries, and profusion, which will beget than when he dispenses his bounpoverty. It is better to be con- ties with a single eye to the tented with the beef, that we claims of humanity, uninfluenced may not be forced to return to by the ignoble views of party, or our herrings.” The guests swal- the interested solicitations of the lowed the maxim with the ban- great and affluent. Of this, his
most christian majesty has given the young gentlemen, who were us an instance, which, while it candidates for the vacant places speaks the goodness of his heart, in the military school. In this cannot fail to give the noblest list was a great number who right to the appellations of the were very strongly recommended great and the well-beloved, with by persons of the highest rank. which, adulation had dignified « Since these,” said the king, his two immediate predecessors. “ have no protectors, I will be The prince de Monteborg had their friend;" and he instantly presented a list to his majesty of gave the preference to them.
BEAUTY IN DISTRES.-An ex- lord insisted that, he should not traordinary wedding took place leave his farm; gave him a reat St. Andrew's, Holborn. At ceipt. in full for his rent, and rea late Old Bailey sessions an duced it, in future, 20s. an acre ! interesting young female was -Bury Post. convicted of robbing her mas- Curious ROBBERY.-Some time ter; her tears so affected the since, a horse-thief stole a horse nerves of a young man in the near Stubenville Ohio, in the gallery, that he fell desperately following manner ;-During the in love with her, introduced night he went to a field adjoining himself to her in Newgate, and the mansion-house, in which declared himself an honourable there were two horses, one a suitor. Her previous good cha- young horse, which was difficult racter, added to her decent de- to catch, the other an old one meanor in prison, were adduced easily caught. While he was atby her romantic lover as argu- tempting to catch the young ments with the recorder and horse, the owner awoke, and secretary of state for a pardon. listening, heard a man say to Love triumphed, and Hymen himself, “ since I cannot catch lent his smiles to the happy pair. you, I'll take the old one.” The It ought to be added, that the owner, knowing that the young performance of the marriage horse could overtake the thief, ceremony
considerately permitted him to proceed. As made an absolute condition on soon as he was gone, the owner getting the pardon.
caught the young horse, and A GENEROUS LANDLORD.-A went directly, properly armed, tenant of a gallant Baronet, re- in pursuit of the thief.
On obsiding in this neighbourhood, serving that he was pursued, he lately applied to his landlord, to left the horse, and ran into a deinform him that he could go on serted cabin by the road side. no longer, and wished the latter The owner tied his nag, and folto enter upon the premises and lowed the thief into the cabin, pay himself for two years' rent who had by this time climbed to which was then due. The land- the top of the chimney; and,
erroneously convicted at Middle- SINGULAR MEDICAL CASE.-A burg of robbing her master; case of singular interest has, we the property was found locked understand, lately fallen under up in her box-her mistress had the observation of Dr. W. Pickplaced it there. She was flogged, ells, one of the physicians to the brand-marked and confined to dispensary of this city (Cork), hard labour in the rasp-house. that of a female, aged about Whilst she was suffering her twenty-five years, in which the sentence, the guilt of her mis- larvæ of a great number of intress was detected. The cele- sects of the beetle and fly kind brated Ploss van Amste was were discharged alive from the her advocate. The mistress was stomach. Several of the larvæ condemned to the serverest of the beetle kind, though disscourging, a double brand, and charged upwards of a fortnight hard labour for life. The sen- since, remain still alive, in health tence was reversed, a heavy fine and viguur. They consist, beinflicted on the tribunal, and gi- sides the head, of twelve joints, ven to the innocent sufferer as an and are furnished with six feetindemnification.
some exceed an inch in length. An immense large shark was The young woman laboured at observed last week off Calshot intervals, during a long time Castle, by Mr. Bailey, master past, under vomiting of blood, of the canteen there, who was and the most violent convulsions, in his boat at the time. He in- which have been considerably stantly rowed on shore, and hav- alleviated by the discharge of the ing procured a musket, with insects. The probable supposisome ball-cartridges, again put tion is, that the ova, or eggs, off to the spot. The monster were taken in by the mouth, and darted with great velocity to deposited and hatched in the wards the boat, when Mr. B. stomach. The case, we underdischarged the piece, within a stand, will shortly appear in a yard of the fish. On receiving detailed form in a distinguished the fire, it went off, but almost medical publication instantly returned, and with his It is very properly suggested, tremendous jaws wide open, at- that chemists preparing oxalic tacked the boat, and received a acid should give it some coloursecond shot, near the shoulders, ing, so as to destroy its similiwhich caused it a second time to tude to Epsom salts. disappear—but it came up again ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY IN LONin about seven or eight minutes, DON, March 8.—A letter was to all appearance in a distressed read from M. Causes, respecting state. The effect of the first shot
a very simple contrivance for a was visible on its belly, it having signal, in geodetical operations, gone quite through, and the which may be seen at an imblood discolouring the water. mense distance. This contrivance On a third shot being fired, it is nothing more than the comwent down, and was seen no mon reflecting speculum of a more. It is conjectured, that sextant, being about two inches' the fish was from 14 to 16 feet long, and an inch and a half in length.
broad, and mounted in such a