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MECHANICS' ORACLE AND DOMESTIC GUIDE.

Mechanics’ Dracle and Domestic at first 9° C., and the mean temperature Guide.

at the end of six hours, was, by the wood, 13° C., by the coke, 16° c.; so that the

increase by the wood was 4o, by the coke INFLUENCE OF PRUSSIC ACID

7. These effects were produced by, UPON VEGETATION.

seventy-three kilogrammes (163 pounds) M. C. J. TH. BECKER, in his Disser. of wood, worth three and a half francs

, tatio de Acidi Hydrocyanici vi perni- and twenty-four kilogrammes (53 pounds) ciosa in Pantas, which appeared at Jena of coke, worth one frane eighty cents

. in 1823, in 4 to. has performed a number of During the progress of the experiment experiments, fromwhich it follows that the another stove had been treated for several Prussic acid prepared according to Van- hours with wood, and the temperature quelio's method, destroys vegetable life in had not risen above 13:. The use of nearly the same manner as it acts upon coke very quickly raised it to 15° or 16. animals. Grains immersed in this acid Hence it is concluded and with reason, that die, or lose their germinating faculty. coke is much preferable for these purposes The more delicate vegetables yield to it to wood; but where the stove is small the more readily than the robust ones. mixture of a little wood with the coke is

recommended to facilitate the combus

lion.-Bib. Univ. xxv. 237. AMMONIA DISENGAGED FROM PLANTS DURING VEGETATION.

SUBSTITUTE FOR MILK OR -M, CHEVALLIER has determined the

CREAM. very curious fact, that the Chenopodium vulvaria spontaneously disengages am

WHERE cream or milk cannot be got, monia in a very free state during the act

it is an excellent substitute to beat up the of vegetation; and he has also found, in whole of a fresh egg in a basin, and then conjunction with M.Boullay, that a great gradually to pour boiling tea over it, to number of flowers, even among those prevent its curdling. It is difficult, from which have a very agreeable odour, spon

the taste, to distinguish the composition

This might be taneously disengage ammonia during from tea and rich cream.

M. Chevallier likewise ob of great use at sea, as eggs may be pretained ammonia from the chenopodium served fresh in various ways. vulvaria by distillation,

TO TAKE MILDEW OUT OF

LINEN. BENZOIC ACID IN THE OIL OF

TAKE soap, and rub it well: then DAHLIA.

scrape soine fine chalk, and rub that also M. PAYEN having obtained an essen

in the linen; lay it on the grass; as it tial oil from the Dahlia, has determined, dries wet it a little, and it will conte out by numerous experiments, that it con

at twice doing tains two substances, and that the crystallizable matter presents several of TO TAKE OUT SPOTS OF INK. the characters of Benzoic acid.

As soon as the accident happens, wet the place with juice of sorrel or lemon, or

with vinegar, and the best hard white soap. ON THE COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE OF COKE AND WOOD AS FUEL

TO TAKE IRON MOULDS OUT OF

LINEN. Some trials have been made by M. Debret on the heating power of coke and wood, Hold the iron-mould on the cover of when consumed in stoves at the Royal a tankard of boiling water, and rub on the Academy of Music. Two similar stoves spot a little juice of sorrel and a little were heated, one by wood and the other salt, and when the cloth has thoroughly by coke, and the temperature of the ex

imbibed the juice,wash it in ley. terior taken at some distance from the fire.

The temperature of the flues was (Correspondents in our next.) LONDON:- WILLIAM CHARLTON WRIGHT, 65, Paternoster Row, and may be had of all Booksellers and Newsmen,

[SEARS, Printer, 45, Gutter Lane, Cheapside.)

The Portfolio,

Comprising I. THE FLOWERS OF LITERATURE. II. THE SPIRIT OF THE MAGAZINES.

III. THE WONDERS OF NATURE AND ART. IV. THE ESSENCE OF ANECDOTE AND WIT. V. THE DOMESTIC GUID E.

VI. THE MECHANICS' ORACLE.

No. XCVI. [Oro 11.or] LONDON, SATURDAY, NOV. 27, 1824. [2d.

VALMONDI, OR THE UNHALLOWED SEPULCHRE,

A Supernatural Romance, by Mr. MATURIN.

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Contentz.
Valmondi, or the anhallowed Sepulcbre.. 178 Love in a Convent

189 Foresight. 179 Women..

ib. Fatal Marksman

180 The Burn o' Ardon-Addressed to Mary Parliamentary Speeches of Lord Byron

Stuart...

ib. – Debate on the Frame Work Bill.. 182 Shakspeare ......................

ib, The Crypt, or Under Chapel in Lambeth German English

190 Palace 185 On Quadrilles

ib. Greece-From Col. Stanhope's Letters.... th. Anecdote of Mr. Sinclair..

192 Plum-pudding.. 188 Clerical Repartee...

ib. Printer's Ink too much for the Devil...... ib. Female Gairulity ......

ib. Rodolph's Daughter ib. Anecdote of his Majesty..

ib.

NOTE.-Our ARTIST has eclipsed the "SCENE PAINTER” and “ PROPERTY MAN." The Demon in the Original Tale is described as ASCENDING with his Victim imperceptibly beyond the bounds of Vision. No egress from the Apartment could possibly have been effected; yet “ Wben bis Associates hastened together to the Apartment, "IT WAS EMPIT--hot a vestige of its last infiabitant remained."-EDIT. VOL. IV.

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The flowers of Literature. delight can no where perhaps be spent

in the presence of dramatic horrors, than

in this splendid little theatre. VALMONDI,

It would be difficult to give, within Or, The Unhallowed Sepulchre.

our limits, even a complete sketch, how.

ever slight, of this story, and with our The foundation of the extraordinary splendid engraving, closely representing production on which the drama of the last scene, and some extracts from VALMONDI is built, is as remarkable the original story, in the glowing and as the superstrncture itself. A passage energetic language of Maturin himself. in one of Maturin's Sermons runs thus: The first of these is one which most “ At this moment, is there one of us impressively describes the presence of present, however we may have departed the infernal spirit in the person of the from the Lord, disobeyed his will, and condemned and self-immolated victim. disregarded his word, is there one of us

The scene is a bridal feast.

« The cerewho would, at this moment, accept all mony which Father Olavida had just that man could bestow, or earth afford, been performing, had cast a shade over to resign the hope of his salvation the good father's countenance, which There is not one-not such a fool on dispersed as he mingled among the guests. earth, were the Enemy of Mankind to Room was soon made for him, and be traverse it with the offer."

happened accidentally lo be seated oppoThis passage, it seems, suggested the site the Englishman (with Maturin the idea of a powerful and not sufficiently victim of the Evil One). As the wine known, or duly appreciated Novel,

was presented to him, Father Olavida, a « Melmoth the Wanderer,"

a work man of singular sanctity, prepared lo abounding with transcendant beauty, utter a short internal prayer. He hesiboth of conception, of imagery, and of tated—trembled_desisted; and, putting language; containing episode of charac- down the wine, wiped the drops from his ter and intensity of interest, scarcely, if forehead with the sleeve of his habit. at all, to be equalled in the wide circle of His lips moved, as if in the effort to romance : pictures of actual life nowhere pronounce a benediction on the company, to be found of equal and fearful effect, but the effort again failed, and the change The Novel itself possesses, to our best in his countenance was so fearful, that feelings, something of a still more impe- it was perceived by all the guests. So rative nature: its author, an exemplary, strong was the anxiety with which the and we are bound to believe, a respected company watched him, that the only functionary of our religion, stales dis- sound heard in that spacious aud crowded tinctly in his preface, that he is com- hall, was the rustling of his habit, as he pelled to write povels to ensure the attempted to lift the cup to his lips once means of subsistence, denied bim by the more in vain. The guests sat in astoimposed poverty of his profession!

nished silence. Father Olavida , alone On “ Melmoth," as Maturin has pro- remained standing; but at that moment duced it, is founded a busy, showy, most the Englishman rose, and appeared expensive, and we are bound to say, an

determined to fix Olavida's regards by a effective drama, which the Management gaze like that of fascination. Olavida rockof the Adelphi Theatre has christened ed, reeled, grasped the arm of a page, and Valmondi.

at last, closing his eyes for a moment, as The story hinges on the fearful although if to escape the horrible fascination of somewhat hacknied circumstance in dra. that unearthly glare (the Englishman's matic concerns, of an ambitious and eyes were observed by all the guests, from self-willed mortal exchanging bis eternal the moment of his entrance, to effuse a welfare for temporal power, and the un

most fearful and preternatural lustre), controuled means of enjoyment, by a exclaimed, “ Who is among us? Who? league with the Arch Enemy The main I cannot utter a blessing while he is here; incidents of “Melmoth,” are necessarily I cannot feel one. Where he treads, the violently compressed in order to con earth is parcbed! where he breathes the dense a story occnpying four volumes air is fire! where he feeds, the food is into a entertainment of three hours, and poison ! where he turns, his glance is for the character of originality, which, lightning! Who is among us? Who?" with all our liking of the Adelphi The repeated the priest, in the agony of adjuatre's version, and our warmest good ration, while his cow fallen back, his wishes, we consider need not have been few thin hairs around the scalp, seemed so anxiously sought : it is, however, ob. alive with terrible emotion, his outtained, and most successfully, and spread arms protruded from the sleeves three hours of more rational and glowing of his habit, and extended towards the

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awful stranger, suggested the idea of an view; but now the lines of extreme age inspired bciog in the dreadful rapture of were visible in every feature. His hairs denunciation. He stood, still stood, and were as white as snow, his mouth had the Englishman, that unearthly being, fallen in, the muscles of his face were stood calmly opposite, him. « Who relaxed and withered,- he was the very knows him?" exclaimed Olavida, starting image of hoary decrepit debility. He apparently from a trance; “ who knows started himself at the impression which him who brought him here?"

his appearance visibly made on the inThe guests severally disclaimed all truders. “You see what I feel,” he exknowledge of the extraordinary visitor, claimed; “the hour then is come. I am and each asked the other in whispers, who summoned, and I must obey the summons had brought him there! Olavida then -my master has other work for me! pointed his arm to each of the company, Men; retire! leave me alone. Whatever and asked him individually, “ Do you noisés you hear in the course of the aw. know him?" « No! no! no!" was uttered ful night that is approaching, come not with vehement emphasis by each indivi- near this apartment, at peril of your dual. « But I know him," screamed lives. Remember," raising his voice, Olavida,“ by these cold drops !" and lie which still retained all its powers, wiped thein off ; “ by these convulsed member, your lives will be the forfeit of joints !” and he attempted to sign the your desperate curiosity. For the same cross, but could not. He raised his voice, stake I risked more than life, and lost it! and evidently speaking with increased Be warned, and retire!" They retired, difficulty, “ By this bread and wine, and passed the remainder of that day which the faithful receive as the body without even thinking of food, from that and blood of Christ, but which his pre- intense, and burning anxiety that seemed sence converts into matter as viperous as to prey on their very vitals. At night the foam of the dying Judas-by all they retired, and though each lay down, these I know him, and command him to it was without a thought of repose: be gone! He ishe is -" and he repose, indeed, would have been imposbent forwards as he spoke, and gazed on sible! The sounds that soon after mid. the Englishman with an expression which night began to issue from the apartment the mixture of rage, hatred, and fear, ren- of the Wanderer, were at first of a dered terrible. All the guests rose in description not to alarm, but they were affright and terror at these words; the now exchanged for others of indescribable whole company now presented two sin- horror. In a short time the sounds he gular groupes, that of the amazed guests came so terrible; that scarcely had the all collected together, and repeating, awful warning of the Wanderer power to “ Who, what is he?" and that of the withhold them from attempting to burst terrific and unearthly Englishman, who into the room. These noises were of a still stood unmoved, and seemingly im- mixed and most indescribable kind. They muveable as a rock; and Olavida himself, could not distinguish whether they were who dropped DEAD in the attitude of the shrieks of supplication, or the yell of pointing to bim.

blasphemy: they hoped inwardly they Another passage, which our Engrav. might be the former. Towards morning ing illustraies, will sufficiently elucidate the sounds suddenly ceased ; they were var observations on this extraordi- stilled as in a moment. The silence that nary piece: in the drama it produces succeeded seemed to them for a few a stage effect really unique, and, for the moments more terrible than all that extent of the theatre, we should speak preceded. After consulting each otber but lightly of its merits, were we to stop by a glance, they hastened together to when we say it is UNPRECEDENTED the apartment. They entered! IT WAS IN ITS SPLENDOUR, and UNRIVAL- EMPTY!--- Not a vestige of its last ED IN ITS EFFECT.

inhabitant remained, or was to be traced « At the sound of their approach, he within. half started up, and demanded what was the hour. They told him. « My hour

FORESIGHT. is come," said the Wanderer, “it is an hour you must neither partake or wit The overthrow of some persons' forness: the clock of eternity is about to tunes, and the sudden rise of those of strike, but its knell must be unhcard by others, are worthy subjects of reflection ; mortal ears!” As he spoke they ap- consequently, says a French observer, proached nearer, and saw with horror“I never give alms to a beggar without the change the last few hours had wrought saying to him-Friend, think of me if on him. The fearful lustre of his eyes you happen to become a Minister, a had been deadened before their late inter- Director, or a Deputy.”

« Gude guide us," I said, taking a on the top o't, he dug away wi' his lang breath to drive the blude frae my spade, throwing out the mool, and the heart, and something relieved by Isaac's coffin handles, and the green banes and company---"Come now, Isaac, ye're just sic like, till he stoppit a wee to tak gieing us a fright. Isn't that true, Isaac?" breath---What! are ye whistling to

“Yes, I'm joking---and what for no? yoursell ? quo' Isaac to me, “and no ---but they might have been, for onything hearing what's God's truth!" ye wad bae hindered them to the contrair, « Ou, aye," said I, “but ye didna tell i'm thinking. Na, na, ye mauvua lock me if onybody was cried last Sunday?"the door ; that's no fair play."

I wad hae gien every farthing I had When the door was put a jee, and the made by the needle, to hae been at that furm set forenent the fire, I gaed Isaac a blessed time in my bed wi' my wife and dram to keep his heart up on cic a weans. Ay, how I was gruing! I mostly cauld stormy night. Od, but he was a chacked aff my tongue in chatteringdroll fallow Isaac. Hesung and leuch as But a' wad not do. if he had been boozing in Luckie Thamp “ Weel, speaking of ghaists—when he sons wil some of his drucken cronies. was resting on his spade he looked up to Feint a hair gaed he about auld kirks, or the steeple, to see what o'clock it was, kirk-yards, or vouls, or through-stanes, wondering what way Jock hadna come, or dead fock in their winding-sheets, wi when lo! and behold, in the laug diced the wet grass growing ower them ; and window of the kirk yonder, he saw a at last í began to brighten up a wee lady a' in white, wi' her hands clasped mysell, so when he had gone ower a good thegither, looking out to the kirk-yard few funny stories, I said to him, quoth I, at him. “ Mony folk I dare say mak mair noise « He couldna believe his een, so he about their sitting up in a kirk-yard rubbit them wi' his sark sleeve, but she than its a' worth. There's naething here was still there bodily, and keeping ae ee to harm us?"

on him, and anither on his road to the « I beg to differ wi'ye there," auswered yett; he drew his coat and hat to him Isaac, taking out his horn mull from his below his arm, and aff like mad, throwing coat pouch, and tapping on the lid in a the shool half a mile ahint him. Jock queer style--.“ I could gie anither version fand that ; for he was coming singing in of that story. Did ye no ken of three at the yett, when his maister ran clean young doctors-- Eirish students---alang ower the tap o' him, and capsized him wi' some resurrectioners as waff and wild like a toom barrel ; and never stoppit, as themselle, firing shottie for shottie wi' till he was in at his ain house, and the the guard at Kirkmabrecke, and lodging door baith bolted and barred at his tail. three slugs in ane of their backs, forbye Did ye ever hear the like of that, firing a ramrod through anitherane's hat?" Mansie? Weel, man, I'll explain the

This was a wee alarming.---“ No," hale history o’t to ye. Ye see-Od! how quoth I; no, Isaac, man ; I ne'er sound that callant's sleeping," continued heard o't."

Isaac; “ he's snoring like a nine-year“But, let alane resurrectioners, do ye

auld." no think there is sic a thing as gbaists ? I was glad he had stoppit, for I was Guide ye man, my granny could hae like to sink through the grund wi' fear; telled as muckle about them as wad hae but na, it wadna do. filled a minister's sermons from June to “ Dinna ye ken-sauf us! what a January."

fearsome night this is ! The trees 'll “Kay.--kay---that's a buf," I said. be a' broken. What a noise in the lum! “Are there pae cutty-stool businesses. I dare say there's some auld bag of a are there nae marriages gaun, Isaac ?" for witch-wife gaun to come rumble doua't. I was keen to change the subject.

It's no the first time, I'll swear. Ha'e ye “Ye may kay---kay, as ye like, though; a silver sixpence? Wad ye like that?" I can just tell ye this---ye'll mind auld he bawled up the chumley. “ Ye'll hae Armstroug wi' the leather breeks, and heard,” said he, “ lang ago, that a wee the brown three-story wig---him that was murdered wean was buried---didna ye the grave digger ? Weel, he saw a hear a voice !--- was buried below that ghaist wi' his leeving een---aye, and corner---the hearth-stane there, where the what's better, in this very kirk-yard too. laddy's lying on?" It was a cauld spring morning, and day I had now lost my breath, so that I light just coming in, whan he cam to the couldna stop him. yett yonder, thinking to meet his man, “ Ye never heard tell o't, didua ye? paidling Jock --- but he had sleepit in Weel, l’se tell’t ye---Sauf us, what swurls and was na there. Weel, to the wast of smoke coming doun the chimley---1 corner ower yonder begaed, and throwing could swear something no canny's stopbis coat ower a headstane, and his hat ping up the lum head-.Gang out, and see!

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