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moved, but when they were rich, they From a very remote period, barbers easily found amongst their fatterers, have enjoyed the privilege of retailing persons complaisant enough to render and disseminating news. A short time them willingly this service. According after their installation at Rome, their to the accounts of the ancients, it apshops became the rendezvous of all idlers pears, that, in most respects, the barbers and' newsmongers, who were greedy to and their shops, though, perbaps, more hear the reports of the town, and politi- elegant, much resembled pur own. cal intelligence. Plutarch affirms, that this custom, which they had of receiving

CROSS READINGS. the gossips of the town, made them all great talkers; and he cites on this sub A young man angling in the New ject an anecdote of king Archeloüs, River yesterday caught- an elderly wowhose barber, an intrepid speaker, asking man passing through Water Lane. him in what manner he would like to be A new percussion gun lock on an imshaved"without speaking a word,” re- proved principle which will discharge-a plied the king!

number of men at a Cabinet Maker's Amongst the ancients, a barber was a shop. much more important personage than in In the press and shortly will be our days. His shop must have been, in printed-150 pieces of fine blue calico. fact, greatly frequented. Every indi A good opportunity now presents vidual who had not the means of keeping, itself to a young married couple to take a slave, exclusively charged with the care of Death from the bite of a mad care of his beard and his toilette, was obliged every morning to repair to the A vacancy occurs in a Gentleman's barber's. It was rare for a man to have Seminary near Town for a young Bear at his own house, either mirrors, combs, just arrived from Greenland. or other apparatus for dressing; he was, It is said the Emperor of Russia will therefore, obliged to have recourse to shortly let a milk walk in Clerkenwell the barber, whose functions were to cut, doing a good stroke of business. pluck out and curl the bair, to shave and We beg to caution our readers against pair the nails.

a man going about Town, and carrying It often happened, that the dandies under his arm—the new London Bridge. entered the house of a barber, under It gives us great pleasure to hear that pretext of hearing news, but in reality, the Manufacturing Towns are removed to observe if the air or some other cause for the convenience of sale. had not deranged the symmetry of their Pursuant to an order of the High hair. Plutarch blames this excess of af. Court of Chancery thie-beasts at Exeter fectation; it is not rational, says he, that 'Change will be fed every Evening at when one leaves the chair of a barber, he nine o'clock. should present himself before a mirror, Wanted in a respectable evangelical to examine if his hair is well cut, and his family—a young prig just returned from beard well trimmed.

the Tread Mill. We have already said, that the barbers For Calcutta direct-the New Church cut the hair ; but they did not use scis- in the Waterloo Bridge Road. sars, like the moderns; they employed only We are very much concerned to state razors, more or less sharp. This custom that on Thursday last as a labouring man uudoubtedly preceded the invention of was going to his work Justice Bayley an instrument resembling our scissars, passed sentence of Death upon him. which was a piocer, terminating in two Marlborough Street - Yesterday a very sharp blades, which, in passing one effeminate looking personage was accused against the other, cut with facility. A of carrying away--.a fine large Elephant second pincer, but very small, was made just arrived from Bengal use of to pull out avd pluck the bairs of Thoughts and sentiments of a quare the head and face. If we may believe tern loaf for 8d. Tertullian, there were women whose only A man went yesterday into an eating trade it was to clear the faces of the men house in the Borough and devoured in from superfluous hairs, either with a the most voracious mnaner---that fine pincer, or by means of a pitch plaister, elegant teak built sbip Alfred, with all which they applied warm to the skin. ber sails, masts, rigging, &c. There were also some who shaved the It is reported (though we cannot vouch beard with as much dexterity as the most for the truth of it) that---chandler's skilful barber.

shop is to be disposed of. Those who wished to conceal their age

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LOUIS XVIII.

jects ought always to be my enemy.

Providence, from inscrutable motives, In consequence of the death of Louis may ordain that I shall end my days in XVIII., a biographical accouut is naturally exile; but neither my contemporaries looked for by the readers of the Port- nor posterity shall ever, even to my last FOLIO ; and ever anxious to oblige our breath, say, that in the hour of adversity friends, we present them with the follow. ) showed myself unworthy of occupying ing memoir of that Monarch :

the throne of my ancestors." Louis Stanislaus Xavier de France, In the summer of 1793, when looking Count de Provence, second son of the out of the window of an obscure German Dauphin, the son of Louis XV. was born inn, near Ulm, he was wounded in the at Versailles, November 17, 1755 From upper part of the forehead by a ball, his earliest years he manifested a timid supposed to have been fired from a and reserved disposition. Educated with horse-pistol on the opposite side of the his two brothers, the Duke de Berri street. The perpetrator was never dis(afterwards Louis XVI.) and the Count covered, and Louis forbade all search to d'Artois, he always displayed a greater be made after him. reserve towards bis elder than his younger In 1798, Louis XVIII. was acknow. brother. He made considerable acquire- ledged by the Emperor of Russia, Paul ments in classical literature, and bore I, as King of France and Navarre; and the reputation of being an elegant scholar, was invited by bim to reside in the ducal and a man of wit.

castle at Mittau, until he could restore On the 20th of June, 1791, he fled him to the throne of his ancestors. secretly from Paris, at the same time as Louis therefore left the army of Condé, Louis XVI., but by a different and more with whom he had for nearly two years fortunate route. While his Royal brotlier shared all privations, penury, want, and was led back from Varennes to prison dangers. At Mittau he was tirst treated and a scaffold, the Count de Provence with all the honours due to a Sovereign, escaped to Coblentz. Failing to rally which another more fortunate Prince round him a sufficient number of French- could bestow. He had a guard of men to attempt his restoration, he honour of 200 Russians in his castle, sought refuge in Germany; he after. besides a body-guard of French noblemen wards lived at Turin with his father-in- created for him, and paid by the Emlaw, the King of Sardinia, and then at peror. The Russian commander at Verona, under the name of the Count de Mittau was entirely under his orders; Lille. On the death of his nephew, and his levees were crowded by the Louis XVII., he assumed the name of nobility of Courland, Livonia, and Russia. Louis XVIII.

As the pecuniary bounties of Paul were In 1796, Louis, who had resided some more than sufficient for a Prince, econotime at Venice, was, in compliance with mical from principle and custom as well a requisition from the Government of as from delicacy, a number of ruined France, commanded to leave that State. exiles flocked to Russia to share them. He then, accompanied by only two The duration of this prosperous adver. officers, repaired to the head-quarters of sity, however, was not long; the Emthe Prince of Condé, at Riegal.

peror, influenced by the power of France, Louis learned at the same moment the suddenly changed his conduct, and sent death of the Duke d'Enghien, and that the King, whom he had acknowledged the Order of the Golden fleece had been and invited to his dominions, orders to bestowed upon Buonaparte. His Ma- quit the Russian territory within a week. jesty instantly returned his decoration of Three months previous to this order, the the Order, the investitureof which he had payment of the usual pension had been received, being a French Prince, to withheld, and Louis XVIII. and all the Charles IV , with the following letter : Frenchmen at Mittau, were, in conse

«Sire and dear Cousin. It is with quence, reduced to the utmost distress, regret that I return you the insignia of because they had all been ordered to the Order of the Golden Heece, which bis depart with their king. Majesty, your father, of glorious memory, The Duchess of Angouleme, the confided to me. There can exist nothing virtuous daughter of Louis XVI. had in common between me and the great never ceased to reside with her uncle criminal whom audacity and fortune since she had recovered her liberty, and have placed upon my throne, which he married her first cousin. On the order has had the barbarity to stain with the coming from the Emperor, she inquired pare blood of a Bourbon, the Duke of her uncle what he intended to do? d'Enghien. Religion teaches me to pardon The King told her it was his determi. an assassin; but the tyrant ,of my sub-pation « to quit within 24 hours

country where insult and humiliation pensions from the several crowned heads had taken the place of hospitality, and of Europe (at one time amounting to that as he had not the means to travel as 120,0001. a-year), had ceased, they still he had formerly done, and the little that received sufficient to enable them to live he possessed was necessary for the in splendour. The royal palace at support of those of his subjects who had Holyrood was assigned to them ; but accompanied him, he would on the next Louis XVIII, principally resided at day leave Mittau on foot, and show the Hartwell, a seat belonging to the unfortunate French exiles an example Marquis of Buckingham. There he how to support misfortunes."

remained until the fall of Buona parte At her marriage, the Duchess of enabled him to ascend the throne of his Angouleme had received from her first ancestors. cousins, the Emperor and Empress of

When the Senate and Legislature of Germany, a box of jewels ; and without France had recalled this long-persecuted informing any person of her inteutjony Monarch, he passed through London on she sent for some Jews and obtained upon his way to Paris. His entry into the these jewels a sum of money sufficient, British metropolis on the 20th of April, not only for her uncle's travelling ex- 1814, was like a triumph. The Prince penges, but to provide for the immediate Regent went to Stanmore to meet hini, wants of her countrymen at Mittau. from which place they were to proceed When her ncle, the next morning, in state. When his Majesty had got discovered this generous act, the tears of within a short distance of the village, all the relieved Frenchmen told their the populace took the horses from his Prince, that by pressing his niece to his carriage, and drew him into the town. bosom, he should reward, instead of The Prince received the exiled Monarch resenting, the first act of her life which at the door of the inn, according to the she had ever concealed from him. This French custom, by affectionately emyoung Princess had, in the dungeons of bracing him. They then rode together the Temple, early learnt to know the in the state carriage to town, where an little value of either jewels, rank, or even immense concourse of spectators of all life ; as well as the real duty of huma- ranks had assembled to view this inter. wity, and the worth of undeserved esting procession. On the 23d, the wretchedness.

King left town for Dover, and the Prince After some wanderings in the wilds of Regent, who had set off from London inhospitable Prussia, the policy of Buona. two hours before him, dined with him parte to keep Louis XVIII. at a distance in the evening on board his yacht. from his kingdom, left him at last The next day he proceeded in triomph permission to inhabit the castle of the to his capital, after an exile of 23 years, dethroned King of Poland, at Warsaw; where, iu more fortunate times, one of CHARLOTTE CIBBER. his own ancestors, Henry III., had ruled as a King ; where his maternal grand SOME account of this singular woman father, Stanislaus, had been elected King may not prove uninteresting to our by a Polish Diet, and proscribed as an readers. Usurper by a Polish faction. What CHARLOTTE CIBBER was the youngpainful remembrances, what sad reflec- est child of Colley Cibber, the poet tions, for the well-informed and active laureat, born when her mother was mind of Louis XVIII!

forty-five years of age, and in her infancy The tranquillity of this retreat was discovered a wild and ungovernable disdisturbed by another humiliation from position. In her narrative of her life, another Monarch. The Prussian Minis- she gives an account of her propensity ter, Meyer, asked Louis XVIII, to to a bat and wig at four years of age, renounce the throne of France in favour and mentions several strange frolics of Buonaparte; but he refused with a played by her in her youth. She had “a noble diguity, which must have appalled natural aversion," she says, 'for a needle, the man who thus dared to insuli him. and a profound respect for a currycomb, A plot having been discovered, which in the use of which she excelled most had for its object the assassination of young ladies in Great Britain.' Her the King, determined him to quit father, however, spared no expence in Warsaw, which he did within a few days her education : she was taught French, after.

Italian, and soine Latm ; and instructed The last and only safe asylum of the in geography, music, and dancing: EmHouse of Bourbon was in England, where ployments of a very different kind, howthey were received, not only with the ever, frequently engaged her attention ; kindest hospitality, but when all the and when she was fourteen, she was very

PETER THE GREAT.

fond of shooting ; imagining herself, she PETER THE GREAT. says, 'equal to the best fowler or marks

PETER the Great bad a violent affecman in the universe.' Among her other favourite amusements were hunting,

tion for an officer's daughter, named riding races, and digging in a garden: Munce, and used more

assiduous means She married, when very young, Mr. to gain her, than monarchs are generally Richard Charke, an eminent performer forced to : at last she yielded, and became on the violin ; but her husband had a

his public mistress, and for many years great attachment to other women, and he loved her with a fondness rarely found. they soon separated. She then went had built in the sea, attended by his own

One fatal day he went to see a castle he upon the stage, and first appeared in the character of Mademoiselle, in the Pro- and the foreign Ministers. At their revoked Wife, in which she was well turn, the Polish Minister, by some accireceived. From this she rose, in her đent, fell over the draw-bridge, and was second and third

attempts to the capital drowned, notwithstanding all endeavours chiaraeters of Alicin in Jane Shiore, and to save him. The Emperor ordered all Andromache ia the Distressed Mother. the papers in his pocket to be taken out She was bereupon engaged, at a very On searching his pockets, a picture drop

and sealed up, before all the company. good salary, at the Theatre at the Haymarket, and afterwards at Dirury Lane. ped, which the Emperor took up, and,

But her imprudence aud impetuvsity of judge his surprise, when be found it was temper, occasioned her to quarrel with the portrait of the Lady. In a sudden Mr. Fleetwood, the then manager, whom gust of passion he tore open some of the she not only left on a sudden, without papers, and found several letters from any notice given, but vented her spleen her written to the deceased in the tenderagainst him in public, by publishing in est style. He left the company that 1735, a farce called The Art of Ma- instant, came alone to the apartment of nagement ;' in which she endeavoured to

one of the Jadies in waiting, and ordered place him in a very ridiculous light. her to send for the lady thither. When llowever, at the desire of her father, he she entered, he locked the door on them received her again; but her repeated write to such a person? She denied she

three, and asked her how she came to misconduct soon caused her to be thrown had; he then

produced the picture and out of employment in her profession as an actress. She then commenced trader, she burst into tears, while he reproached

letters, and, when he told her of his death, and set up as a grocer and oil woman in her with ingratitude, in such a storm of a shop in Long Acre. But this situation. she soon quitted, and became mistress of passion, that the Lady who furnished a puppet-show, by which undertaking dered; but, 'on a sudden, he also melted

this account, expected to see her mur. she was a loser. After that she went into tears, and said

he forgave her, since for many years, in man's clothes. For he so severely felt how impossible it was some time she was valet de chambre to to conquer inclination ; "for," he added, a peer, afterwards set up an catinghouse« notwithstanding you have retarned my in Drury Lane, and at length became a drawer at Marybone. She was also a

fondness with falsehood, I fiud I cannot dealer in pork, and nine years of her hate you, though I do myself for the life she was a strolliug player in the meanness of spirit I am guilty of; but country. ln Wales, she turned pastry continue to live with you ; therefore

it would be quite despicable in me to cook and farmer; and at Bristol, hired be gone while I can keep my passion herself to a printer, as corrector of the press. On her return to London, she

within the bounds of humanity. You published in numbers, 1755, a varrative,

shall never want, bot I will'never see you of her own life, to which she prefixed a.

more."

He kept his word, and snou dedication from herself to herself. She after married her to one who had an complains much that her father would employment at a distance, and not take the least notice of her ; but he always kind to them is point of fortune. was very indulgent to her in the former

Very different behaviour was shewn part of her life, and seems not to have by the Czar to his wife Eudoxia, of the deserted her till she was grown profligate her when he was very young, and by her

woble family of Lapuchin. He married to a very high degree. She kept a public house at Islington for some time, death, but left a son and daughter be

bad one son, who was afterwards put to and died on the 6th of April 1760.

bind him. After some years marriage he grew weary of her, and pretended jealousy. She was on this suspicion confined, and all her nearest relations,

was

and soine of the gentlemen of her court, some frgments of vases for sacrifice, and taken up, and, aceording to the custom medals. It has been ascertained that adopted in Russia, examined by torture; these pieces were coined by the Samnites, but none of them accused her, though so far back as 276 years before the founthey had offers of pardon if they would. dation of Rome. Therefore the age of These examinations lasted some months, this tree, which at that period might in which time about fourteen of her bave been sixty or eighty years old, nearest relations were put to death; and amounts to near 3600! It is the “Echo one of her gentlemen, Colonel Glebow, du Nord” that relates this fact. We of whom Peter had the greatest suspi- must believe it, unless we choose to cion, underwent such repeated tortures, make a journey to Ardennes. as it was thought no creature could have borne, with great constancy, persisting

NEW ROUTE TO ITALY. in his own and her innocence during his torments. At last the Czar himself came

The beautiful road of Posilippo, to him, and offered him pardon, if he began by the French in 1811, and carried would confess. He spit in the Czar's on with much art up to the foot of the face, and told him “ he should disdain to mountain near Puzzuoli, is continued speak to him, but he thought himself upon the same plan by the Austrians, obliged to clear his mistress, who was as and will be completed immediately. virtuous a woman as any in the world; The trenching which these works made and, said he, the only weakness I know necessary has been the mcans of disher guilty of, is loving thee, thou inhu- covering tombs inclosing skeletons, and man butcher; and, if any thing can vases with money placed in the mouths make me think thee more a devil than of the skeletons. thy cruel treatment of her, it is fancying I could ever be brought to accuse an THE CHAPEL TREE. innocent person to save myself; for,

THERE is at present at Allouville could my body hold out these torments (pays de Caux) an oak, the circumference as long as thou shalt plague the world, of which is thirty-four feet above the I could suffer them with pleasure, rather roots, and at the heighth of a man, than relieve them by such falsehood.” twenty-six feet. Its elevation does not After this he would speak uo more, and, accord with its thickness. It is chiefly at when no confession could be got from the top that it extends its width. Its him, his head was severed from his body. enormous branches rising from the trunk The unhappy Empress was immured in

at seven or eight feet from its base, a convent during the remainder of the spread out horizontally in such a manner Czar's life; but on the accession of her

as to cover au immense space. The grandson to the throne, she returned to trunk from the roots to the sunimit

, is of court, and lived in ease and tranquillity. a very decided conic form, and the

interior of this cone is hollowed throughMEDALS.

out the whole length. Different openings, The trenches that have been lately of which the greatest is below, give access opened at Bagueres to lay the founda- to this cavity. All the central parts tions of the beautiful establishment that have been long since destroyed; it is is to bear the name of the Thermes de only by the exterior layers of wood, and Maria Therése, have caused the disco- by its bark, that this ancient child of very, at the depth of a metre and a half, the forest at present subsists, full of of several square pools, as also medals vigour, clothed with a thick foliage, and of the reigns of Augustus, Trajan, loaded with acorns. The lower part of Marcus Aurelius, &c. &c. These medals the cavity has been converted into a have the form of bricks. The elegance chapel, six or seven feet in diameter, of the mouldings and the nature of the carefully foored with marble.

The cement leave no doubt that these dis- image of the virgin decorates the altar; covered remains have been the work of and a grated door incloses this humble the Romans. The ancient walls of the sanctuary, without concealing the image town were built in part upon those pools, from the sight or homages of the pious about the year 1200, and what yet exists traveller. Above the chapel, and which of them increases the difficulty of making is also closed, is a little chamber, conthe trenches.

taining a bed (a habitation worthy of

some new stylite,) and to which you are SAMNITE COINS.

conducted by a staircase that winds A WOOD-CUTTER bas lately felled, in round the trunk. Its summit, which has the forest of Ardennis, a very old and long since attained its full height, and lofty oak, which concealed in its trunk which presents at the point of its terini

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