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MEMOIRS OF THE YEAR 1824.
house in this reign. Crim. Con. affairs posted at the bar in Marlborough Street very numerous : Erskine v. Murray: for being drunk. Interesting squabble M'Gowan v. Mitchell. Crim. Con. re- of Lady Hawke and Lady Winnington duced to a regular science, and its vari- with the police. ous degrees of profit estimated to a October Spots discovered at the nicety by managing husbands and keen beginning of this reign in the solar disk; lawyers. Tender lien between Mrs. B. and ditto in the “newest gloss” of the and a long pole: Mr. W. the wrong end “ golden opinions” won by the new of the stick in the affair. Advantages of French king. Death of Philippe the being silent exemplified by Solomon's actor : resurrection of Peyronnet's wife; Proverbs,and by his letter to Galignani. and re-appearance of M. de ChateauMiss Paton presumed to be Lady Mary briand as a pamphleteer. Pericles the because presumed to be married to Athenian also re-appeared at the ManLord William Lennox. Arrival of Sir sion-house, on the 24th, and danced a William Curtis's small craft at Broad- pas seul. No Aspasia to be found. stairs, as being most likely to bear a November. Great fires at London man of his breadth and weight. Arri. and Edinburgh, and antichristian in val of Lord Byron's body. . An Opera both places : in Edinburgh the Tron Nightingale, or Rossignol, on the point Kirk consumed; in London, St. Bride's of departing with 10,0001. of John Bull's church spared, in order to be a recepnotes in exchange for his, caught and tacle for Carlile's infidelity. The Bcaged by a Dore with a red tail. terary world also on fire with rage at
September commenced its reigu with Medwin's libels on Lord Byron. Dalthe usual happy auspices of the Septem- las's Conversations a damper. An albering family; fusilades and Satur- liance of Cobbett with the Catholic Assonalia; the first and third glorious days: ciation; and breach between Miss Foote one devoted to gamesomeness; and and Mr. Hayne. Some philosophical the other to game. Peasants, how- associations à la Berkeley supposed to ever, more in danger than pheasants; have influenced Mr. Hayne. The resnips than snipes : a hare stands a better tort courteous on Mr. Hayne is, that he chance than a hedger; and a covey of is a male coquet, having three strings to partridges is much less likely to be his bow in one family at the same time. brought down than a litter of pigs. Mr. H. however, having lost his Foot Visit of Mr. Canning to Ireland, à la race, has subsequently won a horse Burleigh, in order to shake his head race. The great Canadian hulk, Coand say nothing. Royal progress of lumbus, lying “like a lubber” on the Mrs. Coutts and suite through Scotland mud off Blackwall Folly, found to be a à la Queen Elizabeth, in order to ex. great attraction to Cockney credulity. hibit the vative sovereignty of wealth. Arrivals and departures, Lafayette and Mr. Fauntleroy arrested: the usual Iturbide; one arrived at, and the other mingled tears and calumny à la Thur- departed for, the other world. Humane tell of the gentlemen of the press. Stop- bets in the sporting world on a similar page of the bank of Marsh; ditto of departure by Mr. Fauntleroy. ThouChambers; ditto of a mud-bank in Co- sands of the softer sex present at his vent Garden ; and a great run of water execution. Great rage for bad translaon it in consequence. France and the tions of Kinder's Freischütz: the pub. “ Female Ouvrard" dissolved in tears lic growing kinder to the jumble of for Louis the Inevitable. Shawls a l flames, bullets, clouds, hobgoblins, &e. enterrément, and reticules a la dissec- in proportion as each successive transtion, worn by the Parisian belles. Mon- lation becomes better adapted for Kinsieur with tears on one cheek and smiles der. Great prize fight at Warwick, on the other, like the half-skeleton, under the patronage of the gay deceiver, hall-beauty, at Bowles's print shop. Mr. Hayne; “ a love of bloody noses Colonel Hanger's life suspended by and cracked crowns" appears to have death in London; and Mr. Fletcher sus- succeeded his thirst for triumphs in the pended by the Scotch Kirk in Edin- territories of Cupid. Cannon his great burgh; and M. Legendre and the Duke gun ; the said Cannon reported, by a of Rochefoucault in Paris. Death of sporting gentlemen of the press, to have Major Cartwright: another great mau's “ one eye closed, the other nearly blind." will: kind recommendation therein, to Seducing picture! Prize fights an irreturn the pyramid of society topsy-turvy. sistible proof of 'the refinement and suThe Earl of S--- posted at Brighton, periority of English society. Thę Lord P--- posted at the watch-tower in same gamesome swain, who patrouised St. Jaynes's Street, and the Earl' of H... the above amiable bruising, held to bail
for nearly beating a man to death in Closed are the eyes which sparkled bright, conjunction with his game-keeper; his The hearts are still'd in silence drear, fair intended's friends may be congra- That might have throbb’d with ours totulated on having disentangled their night, .Foot from so boisterous a connexion. To hail the coming year! Black eye pretty ; but black and blue eyes objectionable.
Alag---alas! why should we moura December, the month of rain, fogs, O'er mellow pleasures which have been? dirt, and washerwomen, commenced Could sorrowing make the past return, appropriately with the first essay of Or bring the vanish'd scene--the Steam-washing Company: found Could sighs restore whom we deplore, necessary to separate the linen in con The foreign-far should now be here, sequence of an unseemly conversation And voices join with thine, and mine, between a male and female night-cap of To hail the coming year! distinction. A truly Irish meeting of the Catholic Association held; in which Then far from us scowl sullen Care... a public proposal from a Mr. Iver, to And, as yon stars more brilliant seem, act the part of a secret and anonymous When frost is in the moonless air, agent abroad, was received with accla And ice upon the stream: mations by that learned body. A pud- So let us cope, in buoyant hope, dle in a storm again. A Poole dis Yea, brave all ills with dauntless cheer, turbed by the kick from the governor- And trust to meet in friendship sweet, general of Drury Lane, and the gover For many a coming year! nor-general treated in return with a sprinkling of blows from the Poole. Charity becoming very warm in its
.. SONG. zeal as the period of the general election approaches: shoes, blankets, coals, My heart is filled with bitter thoughts, and flannel, being very liberally dispos
My eyes with bitter tears ; ed of, in the various vicinities of con- I have been thinking on the past, tested boroughs. Reports of divisions
And upon future years. of Turkey more current, as Christmas approaches. Joys of little boys. Years past-how sad they all have been, Breaking-up of the Academising and And how long too they seem! Macadamising systems: the levelling And years that are as yet to come, system disapproved in many quarters : Of them I dare not dream. suggested, that breaking of stones may tend to breaking the public peace; and The past is as a battle-field, the windows in times of commotion. Where many a hope lies dead, Miss. Foote awarded a Christmas-box Haunted by ghosts of pleasures past, of three thousand pounds, by a jury,
And feelings long since fled. for her loss of Mr. Hayne. British Magazine.
The future is a desert waste,
Unknown, and dark and drear,
Where my thoughts know not what they The flowers of Literature.
They only know they fear. FAREWELL TO TWENTY-FOUR. Are there not stars whose evil light
Is given but for ill ?
One such is mine-go where I may, Fare thee well, then, Twenty-four,
That star shines o'er me still! The latest of thy days are come!
L.E.L. Fair water in the china pour,
And add the golden rum,
Sympathy, daughter of Pity and Love, Yet, where are they, the loved—the lost.. Was a native of heaven and came from Oh where are they, the young---the
above glad ? On Lise's rude ocean tempest-tost,
To brighten life's path-so sombre and
drear, Or in the churcbyard bed.
To booth ev'ry woe and to dry every tear,
BY F. R.
Which unkindness or envy hath made us But if his teeth are worn and gone,
Without one left to scrape upon,
Impromptu on seeing an Accident on a It warms or it chills the bosom's core,
new Macadamized Pavement. 'Tis the germ of life, 'till life is o'er.
“Your roads are not level," said a fellow And to the heart that can feel the thrill
one day, Of Love---or of Friendship---sympathy As crossing o'er Bridge Street he hapwill
pened to fall; Come like the halo of mercy, and stay, “ Oh, leave it to Time," said M‘Adam,"Till life's latest pulse shall ebb away.
“I pray :”. Pentonville, Dec. 17.
ri Ah, indeed," said the man,
« Time will lerel us all.”
Lines written on presenting a young
LONDON, SATURDAY, JAN. 8. And when, dear maid, by Love's superior We have the pleasure to present to our
powers, In wedlock's cage you pass the circling
readers three engravings this week, hours,
We are determined not to be eclipsed by May you then sing as cheerfully as he: the efforts of any cotemporary. May every joy attend thy kinder fate; For, blest the man pair'd with so fair a
There are some evil-disposed permate.
sons" who are eternally pestering us
with their foolish doggrels for poetry. GLEE SINGING.
And when refused, they cudgel their [At the last meeting of the Somerset- brains to prove themselves wiseacres. house Lodge of Freemasons, a capital
To those we have to say, that we have Glee, composed to some whimsical words, written many years ago by Mr. Madan, a public duty to perform ; it is therefore was sung for the first time by Mr. Wesley, incumbent on us to decide on the merits Mr. Goulden, and another musical Brother. A copy was shewn, with a humorous ca or demerits of any correspondent, fearricature drawing of a person in the act of lessly. swallowing himself, having begun by cram
To those who are willing to intrust ming his foot into his mouth. This created much merriment; and we regret that in their lucubrations to our care, we will transcribing the words for the Portfolio, say a few words. we cannot accompany them with the droll picture or the clever music.]
We are always ready to give insertion
to the sensible and well-written essay.' Autophagos.
As the London Magazine has pubA new Glee, for Three Voices, respect- licly declared that they have secured
fully inscribed to the Rev. Wm. Fallofield, Worshipful Master, and the all the poetry of the country, our corBrethren, of the Somerset-house Lodge, respondents will excuse us if we look by Samuel Wesley.
at theirs through dimmed optics. We When down his throat a man dotha choose conclude in the words of Bentham :
(For fun) to jump or glide, First on his teeth he 'll scrape his shoes,
“We shall conceal nothing --we shall Nór soil his own inside.
JIBQA. Zoology. THE GREAT JIBOYA OF JAVA whence they sally out unawares, and rais
ing themselves upright on their tails, will AND BRAZIL.
attack both men and beasts. They make LEGỰAT affirms that he has seen this a loud bissing noise when exasperated; animal "fifty feet long; but the largest sometimes they wind themselves round animal of this kind which has been trees, where they patiently wait for their brought into Europe is but thirty-six prey ; on the approach of a beast, or even feet long ; though it is probable that much à traveller, they dart down, and twist so larger have been seen, 'and destroye:1, be- closely round their bodies as to despatch fore they were thought worth sending so them in a few miðutes. far to satisfy European curiosity. The To this class of large serpents we may most usual length, according to all travel- refer the Depona, a native of Mexico, with lers, is about twenty feet, and the thick- a very large head, and great jaws. The ness in proportion. The teeth are small mouth is armed with cutting, crooked teeth, compared to the size of the body; nor are among which there are two longer than the they used, but when it seizes the smallest rest, placed in the fore part of the upper prey. It lies in wait in the paths frequented jaw, but very different from the fangs of by wild animals, and having cast itself upon the viper. All round the mouth there is a its prey, wraps so closely round the body as broad, scaly border, and the eyes are so to break all the bones, and then takes the large that they give it a very terrible aspect. whole at once into its enormous mouth. The forehead is covered with very large
The Boicuagu is supposed to be the scales, and on which are placed others that next in magnitude, and has often been seen are smaller, curiously arranged : those on to swallow a goat whole. It is the thickest the back are of a grayish colour. Each side in the middle of the body, and grows small- of the belly is marbled with large square er towards the head and the tail. On the spots, of a chesnut colour, in the mid. middle of the back there is a chain of dle of which is a small round yellow small black spots, and
on each side there spot. They avoid the sight of man, and, are large round black spots, at some dis- consequently, never do much harm. tance from each other, with wbite specks To these .which we have enumerated in the centre ; between these, near the might, possibly, be added many other tribes belly, are two rows of black spots, wbich of serpents ; and, indeed, to those naturalrun parallel to the back. It has a double ists who are inclined to consider every difrow of sharp teeth in eacli jaw, shining like ference in marks and colour as a distinct mother-of-pearl. The head is broad, and species, their varieties must be innumeraover the eyes it is raised into two promi- ble; but that such would be a false codnences : near the extremity of the tail there clusion is clearly demonstrated by the fact, are two claws, resembling those of birds. that the brood of one serpent are frequently
These serpents lie hidden in thickets, of seven or eight different colours.
THE TEST OF LOVE. them herself with her knowledge and
her feelings, and then fancied that he BY AUGUSTUS VON KOTZEBUE,
was a most entertaining companion, WHEN girls begin to think for the first Edward was still poorer than Wilhel. time of love, they commonly deceive mine, but this circumstance was in his their lovers and themselves; not inten- favour; for poverty served to win pity tionally indeed; for, on the contrary, to its side. Wilhelmine's parents, bow. they are thoroughly convinced of the ever, thought more rationally, and for. reality and the strength of their pas- bade an intercourse which could only be sion.
productive of mischief. This ivfluenced Wilhelmine, the daughter of humble not the mind of their daughter, who parents, was beautiful, virtuous, and vowed within herself never to fórsake intelligent. Her father, a well-informed her Edward. man, cultivated her understanding; her Count Wallenthal was one day huntmother, who was strongly tinctured with ing in the neighbourhood, when a vioenthusiasm, formed her heart. In the lent storm compelled him to seek a shelsolitude of a rural life she attained the ter in the house of Wilhelmine's paage of eighteen years. Love, then, in- rents. The Count was rich, and possinuated itself into her bosom-not love sessed a highly cultivated mind, and for any particular person, for she had polished manners. He beheld Wilhelno intercourse with the other sex-but mine, and was charmed with her beauthat general feeling which seeks an ob- ty, and still more with the purity of her ject out of itself to cling to. In this heart. At length the approach of night disposition of mind, she beheld a hand- reminded him to depart; he did not some youth, who had been placed with quit, till, by a flattering compliment, he the ranger of a neighbouring forest to obtained permission to repeat his visit. learn his profession, in the hope of ob- He then retired, leaving his heart betaining an appointment in that line from hind him. As soon as decency seemed the prince. Edward possessed a good to permit, he hastened back to the foheart, but an uncultivated mind. The rest. Every visit served to convince former Wilhelmine prized very highly; him more firmly, that Wilhelmine was the latter she never observed, for he was the jewel which he had long relinthe first who had looked kindly at her quished all hopes of finding. He soli-the first who had presented to her cited the hand of Wilhelmine. Her paimagination a form to which her heart, rents immediately assured him of their created for love, could attach itself. His compliance with his wish, in case he conversations were empty, but she filled should obtain the consent of their daugh.