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ly extirpated, have rendered the and of the whole world. This Spanish name detestable on that being consented to, the next day vast continent. One of the gene- the Spanish general assured the rals of Spain, however, not in- American chiefs, that he had sensible to the dictates of hu- been praying to the true God to manity, was desirous to spare the obscure the splendour of that effusion of blood, and to owe his great luminary which his eneconquest to the more innocent mies worshipped, that by such arts of stratagem. With this a signal miracle he might subview, he proposed to the chiefs due them to his laws, and to the of certain nations who adored dominion of the king of Spain. the sun, that either of the two In two hours, added the Spanicontending parties which appear- ard, this will certainly be. He ed to be visibly protected by knew that there would be an heaven should reign over the eclipse precisely at that time ; other—who, moreover, should and the poor Indians, not having embrace their religion : that the the least idea of astronomy, were Americans, therefore, should im- so astonished to find the predicplore the assistance of the sun, tion of the Spaniard fulfilled, while the Spaniards should be- that, from that moment, they seech the protection of the in- hesitated not to submit themvisible, but supreme Being, whom selves to the religion and governthey adored as Lord of the sun, ment of Spain.
Nelson. When earl St. Vin- captain Gray, “fighting and runcent commanded in the Mediter- ning.” “ Nelson running !" repliranean, the island of Corsica ed the veteran—" then by G-d, was obliged to be evacuated. it is time for us all to run ;” and The squadron then consisted of without waiting for further infor13 sail of the line, laying at mation, he hastened on board, single anchor in the bay of St. slipped his cable and went to sea Florenzo.--Captain Nelson, in that night. The following mornthe Agamemnon, was sent out to ing the combined fleets entered reconnoitre; he fell in with the St. Florenzo, but the birds were enemy's combined fleets (French flown in safety. Earl St. Vincent and Spanish), amounting to 36 knew the force must be great sail of the line, before whom he from which Nelson fled, and deretreated, exchanging broadsides, cided upon his actions without and making signals. Upon the -even making a signal. Thus the heights of Martello, earl St. Vin- character of Nelson saved the cent observed the scene, and the British fleet ; for had they waited hon. G. Gray, his flag-captain till signals could have been exalso . “ What ship is it ?” said the changed, the enemy would have admiral. “ 'Tis Nelson !” said been upon them before daypreserva
break; but St. Vincent knew whose aristocratical honours dewell that Nelson would never run pended solely upon
the without reason.
tion of the majesty of that throne Oath of a Judge.—The oath which he degraded himself by of a deemster, or judge, in the insulting. That his pride had Isle of Man, runs thus ;—" By little accordance with English this book, and by the holy con- humour, we need not be told. tents thereof, and by the wonder- “ Get out of the way,” said one ful works that God hath miracu- of his people to a countryman lously wrought in heaven above, who was driving a hog along the and in the earth beneath, in path by which the duke had to six days and
" Why?" inquired the I, do swear,
that I boor. “ Because my lord duke will, without respect of favour is coming, and he does not like or friendship, love or gain, con- to be looked at,” rejoined the sanguinity or affinity, envy or
The clown, enraged at malice, execute the laws of this the imperious manner in which isle, justly, betwixt our sove- the mandate was urged, exclaimreign lord the king and his ed—“ But I will see him, and my subjects within the isle, and pig shall see him too !” and seizbetwixt party and party, as in- ing the animal by his ears, held differently as the herring's back- it up before him till his grace bone doth lie in the middle of the and retinue were gone by. Lady fish."
Charlotte Finch, his second wife, DUKE OF SOMERSET, IN once tapped him playfully on the REIGNS OF ANNE AND GEORGE I. shoulder with her fan : he turned -On a quarrel with George I. to her with marked displeasure, the duke threw up his appoint- and observed—“ My first wife, ment of master of the horse, in madam, never took that liberty, a manner which sufficiently evin- and she was a Percy.” His two ces the littleness of pride. Hav- youngest daughters were accusing commanded his servants to tomed to watch him, standing, strip off the royal and put on the while he slept in the afternoon; family livery, he sent for a com- one of them, overcome with famon dust cart, and directed that tigue, sat down. The duke all the badges of his office should awoke, unexpectedly—he assurbe thrown into it; he then, fol- ed her that he would remember lowed by his retinue and the her disobedience; and, accordaforesaid vehicle, proceeded to ingly, left her £20,000 less than the court-yard of St. James's her sister. palace, and, after ordering the USE OF A DEAD WIFE.-A Gerdriver to shoot the rubbish, he man journal contains the followstalked back, indignantly, to ing paragraph :-" The wife of a Northumberland-house, accom- labouring man, in the neighbourpanied by the same cavalcade in hood of Stockholm, died some which he had left it. This petty days ago, and the husband made and petulant spitefulness would the necessary preparations for have accorded far better with the her interment. He, however, spirit of some retail demagogue, deposited a block of wood in the than a nobleman, the lustre of coffin, instead of the corpse
which he conveyed, during the puted spot, in each of which the night, into a forest, that it plaintiff and defendant's lawyers might serve as a bait for wild put one of their legs, and remain beasts !-By this horrible ex- there until one of them is tired, pedient he succeeded in catch- or complains of being stung by ing a wolf and two foxes. On the insects; in which case his the circumstance being made client is defeated. In this counknown, the man was arrested, try it is the client, and not the and carried before a court of lawyer, who puts his foot into it. justice ; but far from being in- GEORGE Fox's COMMANDMENTS. timidated, he claimed the reward – Thou shalt not pay tithes. for destroying ferocious animals. Thou shalt not marry with a
Cupid's TELEGRAPH.—At a pro- priest. Thou shalt not put off vincial town, we learn, that a thy hat in respect to thy superior. new system of signals has been Thou shalt not shut thy shop on introduced, which are rendered the world's holidays. Thou shalt subservient to the affections of not pay towards the repair of the heart and the obligation of parish churches, nor toward the the parties. For example—if a trained band. Thou shalt not gentleman wants a wife, he wears carry guns in thy ship. Thou a ring or diamond on the first shalt not wear lace, nor ribbons, finger of his left hand ; if he is nor skimming dish hats, nor engaged, on the second finger; short aprons, nor slits on the if married, on the third ; and on waistcoat, nor unnecessary
butthe fourth, if he never intends tons. Thou shalt call the days to be married. When a lady is of the week first day, second not engaged, she wears a hoop day, third day; and the months, or diamund on the first finger; first month, second month, third if engaged, on the second finger: month. if married, on the third ; on the THE WORLD. There are three fourth, if she intends not to ways of treating the world—by marry. When a gentleman pre- abusing its views and follies, lasents a flower, a fan, or a trinket, menting them both, or laughing to a lady, with the left hand, it at them. Juvenal did the first, is, on his part an overture of re- with all the tribe of satirists ; gard ; if she receives it with the Heraclitus, the philosopher, wept left hand, it is an acceptance of at the ways of the world ; Dehis esteem ; but, if with the mocritus laughed at then. right hand, it is a refusal of his KISSING, &c.—John Bunyan, offer. Thus, by a few simple though a married man, had no tokens, explained by the above great esteem for the fair sex. rules, the passion of love is ex- He says of himself—“ It is a pressed ; and, through the medi- rare thing to see me carry um of Cupid's telegraph, kindred pleasant towards women. The hearts communicate information. common salutation of women I
LAWYERS.-According to the abhor. It is odious to me in Asiatic Researches, a very curi- whomsoever I see it.
Their ous mode of trying the title of company alone I cannot away land is practised in Hindostan. with. I seldom so much as touch Two holes. are dug in the dis- a woman's hand; for I think
these things not so becoming me. other murders, in the peculiar When I have seen good men sa- severity of the punishment.” lute those women that they have It has been said, that there are visited, or that have visited three sorts of marriages :- 1. Of them, I have at times made my God's making, when two young objections against it; and when folks are united :-2. Of Man's they have answered that it was making, when one is old and the a piece of civility, I have told other is young :- and 3. Of the them it was not a comely sight. Devil's making, when two old Some, indeed, have urged the folks wed. holy kiss; but I have asked why How To HUMOUR THE WORLD. they have made baulks? Why -No man can make other men they have saluted the most hand- accommodate to him, or alter some, and let the ill-favoured their modes of acting ; so if he
Kisses, how laudable is a prudent man, he accommosoever such things may be in the dates himself to the humours of eyes of others, they have been those around him. The prophet unseemly in my sight.”
of Mecca was very wise, when on CALUMNY.-Fielding has given observing that a hill which he had the following admirable charac- called on to approach him conter of dealers in calumny.-"Vice tinued immoveable, he exclaimed hath not,” says he,
a more ab
Well, if the mountain will ject slave ; society produces not not come to Mahomet, Mahomet a more odious vermin; nor can must go to the mountain.” the devil receive a guest more HUMAN SYMPATHY.
Among worthy of him, nor possibly more common accidents, standing on welcome to him, than a slan- the brink of a precipice, or walkderer. The world, I am afraid, ing over a narrow bridge, and regards not this monster with looking down on the water, or half the abhorrence which he other objects below, often make deserves ; and I am more afraid us tremble and grow giddy. to assign the cause of this crimi- The seeing a person eat austere nal lenity shewn towards him ; or crabbed fruit, will cause a yet, it is certain, that the thief kind of stupor in the teeth ; or looks innocent in the compari- the beholding another feeding on son ; nay, the murderer himself, delicacies of which we are fond, can seldom stand in competition will occasion a real flux of the with his guilt: for slander is a saliva. The sight of a person in more cruel weapon than the affliction, in misery, or in torture, sword, as the wounds which the will induce the compassionate to former gives are always incura- fancy he feels a pain like that of ble. One method, indeed, there the unhappy sufferer : and nois of killing, and that, the basest thing is more frequent than for and most execrable of all, which a grating jarring noise, to set bears an exact analogy to the the teeth on edge; or the sight vice here declaimed against, and of a person yawning, to occasion that is poison : a means of re- in us the action. venge so base, and yet so horri- PRESS FOR THE BLIND.-A jourble, that it was once wisely dis- nal, printed at Geneya, thus antinguished by our laws from all nounces a very interesting inven
tion.-"A lady, deprived of sight thereupon his own genius, and from her birth, but distinguished that of his
that of his servant, Claude for her wit, her talents, and good Lachet, a man endowed with the temper, conceived that it might highest degree of natural talent be possible to communicate her for mechanics, were strongly exthoughts to her family and friends cited. They went to work, and by means of printing, if some the press was invented; and skilful mechanic would invent being finished by Claude, was for her a press, and give her the sent, with a collection of type, necessary instructions to make to the amiable suggestor of the use of it—the application and plan, who soon made herself patience for its accomplishment mistress, most completely, of becoming afterwards entirely her this invaluable means of com
She addressed herself to municating her ideas. We have our countryman, Mons. Francois seen a letter of thirty-three lines Huber, the celebrated historian addressed to her happy benefacof the bees, to whom she had the tor, composed and printed by advantage of being related ; in herself with common ink, withaddition to which, a community out a literal error, or a single tyof misfortune (for he also is pographical irregularity.”—From blind) increased the interest he the Courier de Londres of April had in gratifying her request; 5, 1822.
half famished. It was a female
child, apparently about three Bow STREET.-Late on Tues
old. day evening, June 18, the parish It appeared from the evidence constables of St. Martin's brought of several respectable persons, a poor creature before the sitting that she was observed about four magistrate, upon a charge of that afternoon, beating the having cruelly ill-treated a child child's head against the wall in which she carried in her arms. Parliament-street, though not She is a tall, meagre young wo- with any great violence. The man, miserably clad, but it was circumstance, however, induced evident from her address that she
some persons to watch her; and had seen better days. At the in her walk from thence to Charsame time there was a melan- ing-cross, she was choly wildness in her manner, times beating the poor little inand in the tone of her voice, nocent without any apparent which savoured of “ crazed wits," cause, and at other times strainand reminded us strongly of ing it franticly in her arms till it Madge Wildfire in the Scottish shrieked aloud with the pressure. novel. The child, she still clasp- O of the witnesses, a decent, ed in her wretched arms, had its elderly woman, at length interlittle chin bathing in blood, and, fered, and asked her why she like its miserable mother, seemed used the child so cruelly? She