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enees with the Pope, (I speak of|able entertainment to the reader, as persons who bear no public cha- it really was to me, after a long, racter,) and the difficulty of obtain- stay in Rome, to take a trip to the ing them, are much the same at most reínarkable places in the the court of Rome, as in those of nighbouring country, before other princes. When a person has take a final leav of this ancient made proper application, and ob- metropolis. Being almost weary tained: leave to be admitted into and surfeited with such a long his Holiness's presence, he is in- feast on the delights of the city, troduced with a great deal of cere- our curiosity led us to pay a visit mony, and finds the Pope seated to Tivoli, the ancient Tibur, under à canopy on å throne as- whose situation is as beautiful as cended by three steps, with his any in Italy. It stands on the right foot resting on a cushion of side of a hill covered with olive red velvet. He must kneel three trees for several miles together. times, once at the entrance of the chamber, again in the middle, and
To be contiued. a third time at the Pope's feet, when he kisses his slipper, and
To the Editor of the Oxford Enterreceives his blessing.
tuining Miscellany. It would be too tedious to give
SIR, an account of all the pompous
I lately met with the ceremonies at the Pope's corona
following system of amusement, tion, which is performed in the which a party of my friends, a few gallery over the portico of St. Pe- evenings ago, put into practice; ter's church, where he is seated and, Mr. Editor, it giving such, on a very high throne, in order to general satisfaction, I am induced be seen by the people. Two car- to recommend it to the Public dinal-deacons take off his mitre, through the medium of your widelyand place the tiara on his head, a circulated Pamphlet. I also send kind of raised cap, encircled with
you a tale composed by one of three crowns one above another, the party, which I will thank you and embellished with jewels of
to insert after the description of prodigious value. Then the Pope the game. rises up, and gives his solemn
Yours, &c. benediction to a vast crowd of
J. G. P. spectators, who fill the great High Street, Oct. 7th, 1824. square below, and the streets that lead to it; after which he is car
RATIONAL CARD PLAYING. ried to his apartment in a grand
The Countess of Bassewitz, procession.
of the court of Mecklenbergh Now, perhaps, it will be an agree- Strelitz, in a letter written from
the German Spa, in the year 1768, sometimes enlivens the conversa gives the following account of a tion with the most comical sallies. new and amusing sort of game at For people, whose business is wa. cards, which had been introduced ter-drinking, I do not think this there by General Isemburg. a bad amusement; it neither stu
- A propos of wit: you pifies the mind with the empty must expect none in this letter; sameness of cards, nor fatigues įt
with the stern reflection of Moorfor I spend it by handsful at a deuce of a game brought here by ish chess and draughts. It stimuGeneral Isemberg. Prince Lewis lates emulation, employs the fanof Wolfenbuttle, is so intoxicated cy agreeably, and relieves the head
” with it, that he keeps us playing with mirth.” from morning till night. He,
The following is the tale alluded to
in the introductory letter: old General Deffing, Brigadier Chair, horrible, bell-rope, black, Schlipenbach, Marquis Angelini, snuff, hands, book, wretched..
Our friend, the author of “ Fiction," Stemdurg, Count Furstenburg,
has faroured us with another Novel. Madam Bothmar, Miss Schulem
In one part of it the hero of the piece, berg, and I, commonly make Sir Samuel Wildbrain, details a dream the party. We have about five he had after returning from a gam-hundred cards, with different bling house, where he bad lost a conwords written on every one: We
siderable sum of money. He relates
it thus, “Dreams, brother Shuffleton, shuffle, cut, deal; and each re
we seldom can remember correctly, ceiving eight cards, is obliged to but I found myself sitting in a chuir tell immediately a story, or say in a most horrible place: lofty bare something else that has some sense, walls--and beside me was a snuf just and contains the eight words on going out, which cast a gloomy aphis cards. I will give you an in- pearance round this antique and illstance: they dealt me last evening fire that burned blue to a degree, and
looking place. I was sitting before a the following words: modesty, which brought to my memory all the creum-tart, address, jealous, hus-dreadful adventures through haunted band, ball, sense, beau, beard. mansions, related to me when young, Comes the story.
and which now seemed realized. I ball used the utmost address to
turned myself round, when my hair make a certain husband jealous : ling a pair of hands nailed to the door!
stood stiff as porcupine's quills at seebut as the husband had
My candle was just now at last, and his wife modesty, all he got for the fire also was diminishing its rays. his trouble wis a beard, well la- I cast my eyes round this black resithered with crean-tart." When dence and espied an old bell-rópe. all have told their story, we play which I went to pull
, but checked mythe cards round,' answering the self
, for, alas, thought I, who or what may come.
Now I was completely word given with some other kept wretched, being without hope. I feared back, so as to make sense. This to open the door every limb trembled
- A beau at a
the more as the candle spent itself. That ghastly thought 'would driok up By chance I found a book, and had all your joy, just sufficient light to see a lipe or And quite unparadise the realms of two of its contents, and beheld in light. the lid of it, the name of my sister-this Safe are you lodged above yon rollsomewhat allayed my fright, when 'ing spheres : happily I awoke."
The baleful influence of whose giddy
Shews sad vicissitude of all beneath. A WALK BY MOONLIGHT.
YOUNG, (Continued from Page 184.) I now pursued my lonely excursion,
Such joys are prepared for the all awful and solitary, with my eye righteous which are unseen by morfixed on the unclouded' arch of hea- tal eye, by mortal ear unheard, and ven, where suns unnumbered shine,
unconceived by any human imagina. and worlds unnumbered roll; where tion! What a prop is here to support lightnings flash, and thunders awful, the soul under all the afflictions and roar; amazing amphitheatre! what disappointments of the present calamian august, what an admirable concep
tous scene! were it not for this hope, tion (if human imagination can con
we should be, of all men, most miseraceive it,) does this give of the works of ble. Ye sons and daughters of sorrow, the great Creator! Thousands of I commiserate your sufferings, I pity, thousands of suns, multiplied without I sympathise with you, whose life is end, and ranged all around us, at im- gall and bitterness of soul: but exmense distances from each other, at- tend your views, and a gleam of com'tended by ten thousand times ten thou-fort beams on your benighted mind. 'sand worlds, all in rapid motion,
-ye good distrest! Calm, regular, and harmonious; Ye noble few! who here unbending keeping the paths prescribed them;
stand and these worlds peopled with my
Beneath life's pressure, yet bear up ‘riads of intelligent beings, formed
awhile, for endless progression in perfection And what your bounded viewi which and felicity!
only saw Transporting reflection! when, oh! A little part, deem'd evil, is no more; when will that happy period arrive, The storms of wintry time will quickwhen my soul, 'disengaged from this corporeal prison, this tabernacle of And one unbounded spring encircle clay, shall spurn this abject sphere,
THOMPSON. and wing its way to the region of
-3. immensity, there to contemplate unconfined the great Creator's works? not for a day, a month, or year, but
arieties. for ever!
The Banyan Tree.-The tree, O ye blest scenes of permanent de- wbich by the English in the west light,
of India is called the Banyan Full above measure ! lasting beyond bounds!
tree, by the Portuguese Arbor Could you so rich in rapture, fear an
de raiis, and by the Malays end,
Jawee jawee, possesses the un
common property of dropping that this wire gave musical tones roots or fibres from certain parts sounding exactly an octave, and of its boughs, which, when they he found that an iron wire extend touch the earth, become new ed in a direction parallel to the stems, and go on increasing to meridian, gave this tone every such an extent, that some have time the weather changed., A measured in the circumference of piece of brass wire gave no sound, the branches upwards of a thou- nor did an iron wire extended east sand feet, and have been said to and west. In consequence of these afford shelter to a troop of horse. Observations, a musical barometer, Near Manjee, twenty miles west was constructed. In the year of Patna, in Bengal, there is a Ban-1787, Capt. Hans, of Basle, made yan tree, the diameter of which is one in the following manner : from 363 to 375 feet, and its thirteen pieces of iron wire, each shadow in circumference at noon 320 feet long, were extended from is 1116 feet. The roots or fibres his summer-house to the outer which the Banyan tree drops, court, crossing a garden. They when they meet with any obstruc- were placed about two inches tion in their descent, conform apart; the largest were two lines themselves to the shape of the re- in diameter, the smallest only oni , sisting body, and thus occasion and the others about one and a many curious metamorphoses. half; they were on the side of the
house, and made an angle of twenMusical Barometer.-A gen- ty to thirty degrees, with the horitleman at Burkil, by the name of zon; they were stretched, and Ventain, not far from Basle in kept tight by wheels for the purs Switzerland, invented some years pose. Every time the weather ago a sort of musical barometer, chunges these wires make so much which has been called in the noise that it is impossible to conGerman wetter harfe (weather tinue concerts in the parlour, and harp), or reisen harfe, (giant the sound resembles that of a teaharp), which possesses the singular urn when boiling-sometimes that property of indicating changes of of an harmonicon, a distant bell, the weather by musical tones. or an organ. In the opinion of This gentleman was in the habit the celebrated chemist, M. Dobeof amusing himself by shooting at reiner, as stated in the Bulletin a mark from his window, and that Technologique, this is an electrohe might not be obliged to go af- magnetical phenomina. ter the mark at every shot, he fixed a piece of iron wire to it, so as Purchasing a husbund.--Susan, to be able to draw it to him at a country girl, desirous of matripleasure. He frequently remarked mony, received from her mistress
a present of a five-pound bank where I found the noise, which I note for her marriage portion. soon ascertained proceeded from Her mistress wished to see the the bottom of the vessel, increased object of Susan's favour: and a to a full and uninterrupted chorus. very diininutive fellow, swarthy The perceptions that occurred to as a Moor, and ugly as an ape, me on this occasion were similar made his appearance.
“Ah, to those produced by the torpedo, Susan,” said her mistress, “what or electrical, which I had before å strange choice
have made!” felt; but whether those feelings -"La, ma'an,” said Susan, “ in were caused by the concussions of such hard times as these, when sound or by actual vibration in the. almost all the tall fellows are gone body of the vessel, I could neither for soldiers, what more of a man then nor since determine. In a than this can you expect for a few moments the sounds, which five-pound note ?"
had commenced near the stern of the vessel, became general through
out the whole length of the botMusical Fish.—The following tom. Our linguist informed us account of a musical phenomenon, that our admiration was excited said to be produced by fish, may by a fish of a flat oval form, like a not be unacceptable to our readers. Aounder, which, by a certain conIt is taken from Lieut. White's formation of the mouth, possesses History of a Voyage to the China the power of adhesion to other Sea, and occurred to him at a spa-objects in a wonderful degree, cious estuary on the Douai river, and that they were peculiar to the in Cochin China :—“Our ears Seven Mouths (the part of the were saluted by a variety of sounds river where we then were) : but resembling the deep bass of an whether the noises we heard were organ, accompanied by the hollow produced by any particular congutteral chaunt of the bull frog, struction of the soporific organs, the heavy chime of a bell, and the or by spasmodic vibration of the tones which imagination would body, he was ignorant. Very give to an enormous Jew's-harp. shortly after leaving the basin, This combination produced a thril- and entering the branch through ling sensation on the nerves, and which our course lay, a sensible as we fancied, a tiemulous motion diminution was perceived in the to the vessel. The excitement of number of our fellow-travellers, great curiosity was visible on and before we bad proceeded a every face on board, and many mile they were no more heard, were the sage speculations of the On the ship's return down the sailors on this occasion. Anxious river, the same submarine sereto discover the cause of this gra- riade again saluted the ears of the tuitous concert, I went below crew at the same place."