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scrapes, but he is as unlike her as possi- ANTIQUITY OF OUR POPUble? a good-humoured tattling creature, LAR DIVERSIONS. with a perpetnal festivity of temper, and a propensity to motion and laughter, and The manual dexterity of exhibiting all sorts of merry mischief, like a school- cups and balls, is of very great antiquity; boy in the holidays, which felicitous per- and feats of rope-dancing and horsesonage he resembles bodily in his round manship were first brought from Egypt ruddy handsome face, his dancing black to Constantinople; from Turkey they eyes, eurling hair,and light active figure, travelled to Rome, and thence soon spread the youngest man that ever saw forty. over all Europe. The Romans are said His pursuits have the same happy juve. to have taught an elephant to dance on a nility. In the summer he fishes and rope stretched across the theatre; and plays cricket; in the winter he hunts and such was the confidence placed in the courses ; and what with grouse and par- dexterity of this unwieldy creature, that tridges, pheasants and woodcocks, wood- a person always mounted him when he pigeons and flappers, he contrives pretty performed this extraordinary feat. tolerably to shoot all the year round. Puppet-shows were well known among Moreover, he attends revels, assizes, and the ancients. Plato and Aristotle both quarter-sessions ; drives stage coaches, mention Dædulus, who was said to have patronizes plays, is steward to concerts, made statues, not only with locomotive goes to every dance within forty miles, power, but which were obliged to be tied and talks of standing for the county; so

down to prevent their running away. that he has no time to quarrel with bis Aristotle describes a wooden Venus made wife or for her, and affronts her twenty by this ingenious mechanist, to which times an hour, simply by giving her her motion was communicated by quick silver. own way.

When the astonished Greeks beheld it, To the popularity of this universal they cried out,“ it will soon walk.” Some favourite, for the restless sociability of his writers of the next generation absolutely temper is invaluable in a dull country affirmed that it did walk. neighbourhood, his wife certainly owes

Speaking-figures were as ancient as the toleration which bids fair to render the oracles of Greece and Egypt. At her incorrigible. She is fast approaching what latent period they were revived and to the melancholy condition of a privi- fell into the hands of jugglers, is not leged person, one put out of the pale of precisely known. Reitz mentions a man civilized society. "People have left off named Irson, an Englishman, who astobeing angry with her, and begin to shrug bished Charles II. and all his court with a up their shoulders and say it is her way, speaking-figure, till one of the pages a species of placability which only pro- discovered a Ronnish priest in the adjoinvokes ber the more. For my part, I have ing apartment, answering the questions too great a desire to obtain her good that were whispered to the wooden head, opinion to think of treating her in so through a pipe directly opposite to it. shabby a manner; and as it is morally certain that we shall never be friends

THE DERVISE. whilst we visit, I intend to try the effect of 'nop-intercourse, and to break with her the deserts, when two merchants sud

A DERVISE was journeying alone in outright. If she reads this article, which denly met him. “ You bave lost a is very likely, for she takes the New camel,” said he, to the merchants. “ In-, Monthly, (she is really a person oftaste), deed we have,”they replied. “Was he not and I think the title will catch her eye,--- blind in his right eye? and lame in his if she reads only half a page, she will left leg ?” said the dervise. “He was," inevitably have done with me, and with replied the merchants. “ Had he pot the Magazine. If not, there caa hardly lost a tooth?” said the dervise. “He be any lack of a sufficient quarrel in her had," rejoined the 'merchants. “ And company; and then, when we have ceased

was he not loaded with honey on one to speak or to curtsey, and fairly sent side, and wheat on the other ?”.“ Most each other to Coventry, there can be o certainly he was,” they replied, “and reason why we should not be on as civil terms as if the one lived at Calcutta and marked him so particularly, you can,

as you have seen him so lately, and the other at New York.

K.

in all probability, conduct us unto him. “My friends,” said the dervise, “I have never seen your camel, nor ever heard of him, but from you.” “A pretty story, truly,” said the merchants,“ but where are the jewels which formed a

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part of his cargo.” “I have neither The King, much pleased with the prince's seen your camel, nor your jewels,” re smart answer, said, “ But what will you peated the dervise. On this they seized say to me, when we meet in heaven?”his person, and forthwith hurried him “ Great King," replied the prince, before the cadi, where, on the strictest “protect me under the shadow of your search, nothing could be found upon wings, but spare me with your talons :" him, nor could any evidence whatever be alluding to the black Prussian eagle. adduced convict him, either of falsehood, or theft. They, were then about to proceed against him as a sorcerer,

BACH, when the dervise, with great calmness, Or the Musical Disappointment. thus addressed the court: “I have been much amused with your surprise, and own that there has been some ground

From the same. for your suspicions; but I have lived long, and alone; and I cau find ample, AN Englishman came to Hamburg, scope for observations, even in a desert. where the great musician Bach resided, I knew that I had crossed the track of a which he was delighted to bear, and camel that had strayed from its owner, wished for nothing more than a personal because I saw no mark of human footstep introduction in order to make an acquainon the same route; I knew the animal tance with so famous a professor, and was blind in one eye, because it had assist at his concerts. He was accordcropped the herbage only on one side of ingly presented to Mr. Bach by a comits path; and I perceived that it was mon friend.

Mr. Bach was ready to lame in one leg, from the faint impression gtraify the Englishman's wish to hear which that particular foot had produced him play, and as soon as he came, sat upon the sand; I concluded that the down to the harpsichord, and played 80 animal bad lost one tooth, because finely as to think himself that he had outwherever it had grazed, a small taft of done his own outdoings; in the midst of herbage was left uninjured, in the centre one of the most beautiful passages where of its bite. As to that which formed the he was straining every finger to excel, the burtben of the beast, the busy ants in- Buglishman suddenly desired him to stop. formed me that it was corn on the one Bach, utterly astonished at the request, side, and the clustering flies, that it one held his hand, when Joho Bull frankly honey on the other."

asked him if he knew how many strings

there were to his iustrument. Bach said The Essence of Anecdote he could not tell; but I can, replied the and aalit.

Englishman, for I counted them while you

were playing WITTY REPLIES,

THE PAINTER AND THE

PAINTED. (From the German.)

(From the same.) In the first division of Poland, in the year 1775, the bishopric of Ermland fell A LADY who was very highly rouged, to Prussia. The prince bishop, Krasiky, addressing herself to the King called him a man of great learning and wit, soon saw warrior, poet, philosopher, &c. &c. when himself honoured with the King's highest his Majesty stopped her by saying, esteem, and dined almost every day with Madam, you have coloured my portrait as his Majesty. The King one day said high as your own, but we are both too pleasantly to the prince bishop, “ Be much painted. pleased wben you go to heaven to take me under your mantle;” upon which the prince bisbop replied, “ Your Majesty

DEFINITION OF A BEAUTIFUL

WOMAN. was pleased to curtailso muchof my reve. nues, and in consequence so mucli of the FONTENELLE, on being asked to define length of my cloak, I much fear, that ( a beautiful woman, replied---“ A beautiful should not be able to cover your Ma woman is the Hell of the soul, the Pur. jesty's feet, and should be detected in the gatory of the purse, and the Paradise of fact of smuggling contraband goods." the eyes.”

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MECHANICS ORACLE, AND DOMESTIC GUIDE:

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WITH THE ORIGINAL TALE ON WHICH THIS SPLENDID OPERA IS FOUNDED.

FROM THE GERMAN.

Contents. The Fatal Marksman

130 Stapzas Gennan Stories

131 Derman's Jev D'esprit. The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

ib. A Royal Misla ke. Rose-bud

132

Superstitious of Sir Walter Scott. Jorinda and Jorindel

134 Lally Old Sultan..

135 An lofallible Prescription.. Soow-drop

136 Despotism Serpents in Bombay.

138 An Apposite Text Wonderful Passage in the Life of Mansie Grief of a Swedish Widower Wauch, Tailor

139 A Gallant Reply Hebdomadary of Mr. Spooks the Grocer.. 140 Scraps.... The Victim of Superstition

141 Correspondents.

141

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The flowers of Literature,

THE FATAL MARKSMAN.

WITH

DER FREISCHUTZ. “ LISTEN, dame," said Bertram, the

old forester of Lipdeo, to his wife, “ once

for all listen : it's not many things that THE GRAND SCENE OF THE I would deny to thy asking: but for this INCANTATION,

notion, Anne, drive it out of tby bead : root and branch, the sooner the better ; and never encourage the lass to think

more about it. When she knows the THE ORIGINAL TALE

worst, she submits; and all goes right. On which this splendid Opera is founded. shilly sbally, and letting the girl nurse

I see no good that comes of standing

herself with hopes of what must not bor." (From the German.)

“ But Bertram, dear Bertram,”.replied old Anne, “ why not ? could not our

Kate live as happily with the bailif's AMONGST the numerous advantages clerk as with the hunter Robert ? Ab! which a polished state of society receives you don't know what a fine lad William from the drama, not the least is that is; so good, so kind-hearted," description of spectacle which illustrates « Like enough,” interrupted Bertram ; the popular and highly wrought legends kind-hearted, I dare say, but no hunter of a country less favoured in the pro- for all that. Now, look here, Anne : for ductions of the arts than our own, which better than two hundred years has this embodies strong and forcible composition farm in the forest of Linden come down with the powerful aid of painting and from father to child in my family. music, and, as in the drama before us, Hadst thou brought me a son, well and carries this illustration perhaps as far as goud: the farm would have gone to him ; scenic deception, with vocal music, and and the lass might have married whom an orchestra never witnessed in our thea- she would. But, as the case stands -00, tres, can pursue it. Der Freischutz is, I say. M's not altogether Robert that i in spite of all our sober-minded criticism care about. I don't stand upon trifles : on the sometimes monstrous improba. and, if the man is not to your taste or bilities of the German drama, a spectacle the girl's, why look out any other actire which no lover of the marvellous, no huntsman that may take my office beadmirer of grand and imposing scenery, times, and give us a comfortable fire-side no entbusiast in the harmony of sounds, in our old-age: Robert, or not Robert, no man with a music in his soul," 10 so that it be a lad of the forest. man with the love of the arts, and a For the clerk's sake old Anne would sound admiration of the stage and its have ventured to wheedle her husband a best uses, will omit to witness: this vast little longer : but the forester, who knew effort and combination of the immense by experieụce the efficacy of female.elofacilities which can be commanded but quence, was resolved not to expose his in some vast establishment like our own, own firmness of purpose to any further may be scen nightly.

assaults or trials; and, taking down his The scene (for our limits, much against gun from the wall, he walked out into our serious and anxious inclination, con the forest, fire us to one) is that of the incantation, Scarcely had he turned the corner of or the casting of the balls, in the pre- the house, when a rosy light-haired face sence and under the agency of the infer- looked in at the door. It was Katharine : nal powers. The original tale will smiling and blushing, she stopped for a most powerfally describe this scene of moment in agitation, and said :-" Have horrors

you succeeded, mother? was it yes, dear The proprietors of Covent Garden mother?” Then, bounding into the room, Theatre have, with a liberality that uni- she fell on her mother's neck for an answer. versally characterises their actions, pro. « Ah, Kate, be not too confident when duced ibis opera in the most splendid thou shouldst be prepared for the worst : and magnificent style possible. Crowded thy father is a good man, as good as ever houses have been the result of such un- stepped, but he has his fancies; and he precedented liberality, and, we trust, is resolved to give thee to none but the present season will mightily increase a hunter : he has set his heart upon it; their treasures. The following is the and be'll not go from his word; I know original tale.

him too well." --To be continuod.

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