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Essence of Anecdote and mailit. This is bad enough : 'but it is nothing to

the following.--A tom cat, coloured not Argument for a week, Laughter for a

unlike a hare, was descried mousing in month, and a good Jest for ever."-Sbakspeare. the pleasure-grounds one morning, and

off went the wit, hound, and beagle, DR. JOHNSON.

full chace after his tabby majesty, who When Dr. Johnson read some parts Well," said his Lordship," have you

was caught, killed, and carried home. of his tragedy of Irene to his friend Mr. had a farce ?" “ No," said the wit, Walmsley, who was Registrar of the " it has been a tragedy; for (pulling Spiritual Court, Walmsley objected to his having brought his heroine into

tom from under his coat) there is the great distress in an early part of the

cat-as-trophy." play, and asked him,

6 how can you possibly contrive to plunge her into

MRS. SIDDONS. deeper calamity?" Johnson replied “Sir, I can put her into the Spiritual

When Mrs. Siddons called on Dr. Court !"

Johnson, in Bolt-court, he treated her,

contrary to his usual custom, with the ESSENTIAL BLUNDER.

most marked politeness. Frank, bis

servant, could not bring her a chair. The Company of Stationers, in the “You see, Madam," said the Doctor, reign of Charles I., took it into their “ wherever you go, how difficult it is to heads to command people to commit find seats.” adultery; for in the Bible they then printed at the King's printing-office,

A CURE FOR NATIONAL PREBlackfriars, now the Times' office, in

JUDICES. stead of the usual run of the seventh commandment, a great number of co When Marquis Wellesley, as Gover. pies were issued with this reading, nor-General of India, gave an order for “Thou shalt commit adultery.” Arch the black troops to appear in boots, the bishop Laud, however, had them up to Hindoos urged, as a plea for exemption, the Star Chamber, and fined them se

that the sacred veneration due to the verely for the oversight.

cow forbade them to wear any garment made of the skin of an animal to whom

worship was due. This petition was NUMERICAL ACCURACY. presented by the black captains, who reWe find Mahommed very exact in his ceived from his Excellency the Gover. punishments of the guilty in another nor-General a full permission for all world. The slightest of sinners will be private native soldiers to come to parade confined in hell 901 years, so very hot as without boots; but that, if any aspired to make the brain boil through the

to the rank of Captain, they must apscull: but downright sinners for 9000 pear in complete uniform, including years, in a place where the beat is sereu cow-skin boots. However, his Excel. times more horrible.

leney did not insist that any natire should become an officer; they were all

free to serve as private soldiers, in comPUNS.

pliance with the religious prejudices Those, who know any thing of the they were so anxious to retain. In a origin of sterling wit, must be aware

short time several of the black captains that, for many years past, there has asked an audience of Lord Wellesley, been established, about mid-way be- and shewed themselves equipped in tween Kensington and Shepherd's-bush,

boots. They were immediately proa manufactory of puns of so light and moted, and all the others followed their portable construction, that they have example; whereas, if the Governorcome into use among a certain parts of order, a mutiny might bare ensued,

General had arbitrarily enforced bis wits and politicians all over the country. A few, however, of the latest productions of this manufactory show ei. ther great decay in the machinery, or

THE FIRST EARL OF CARLISLE, great carelessness in the management, When this magnificent nobleman “Wherefore,”said his Lordship, " does journeyed to Holland, he paid the inn- : Mr. Hone call his tincture of the al. keepers where he did not travel, because manacks the Every-Day Book ?” “[ they might, unknowing of his route, insuppose," said the wit, “because no , cur expenses in preparing for bis rebody ought to read it upon Sunday," ception.



MECHANICS' ORACLE AND DOMESTIC GUIDE. 383 ABechanics' Dracle and Domestic Meat should be cut at table as well Guide.

as bread, if either economy or enjoyment be desired; it not only prevents

. waste, but preserves the flavour and “ Let thine descend

succulence of it till the moment that the « To trace with patient Industry the page of Income aud Expense."-Shenstone.

mouth is ready,

Some cooks, to make cold meat look

smart, cut off the outside slices every Some housekeepers allow their cooks be done, because the first person help

time it goes to table. This should never a certain sum instead of the kitchen- ed will not like the outside-bur expect stuff, Give those you are obliged to the ceremony which has been performed trust every inducement to be honest, in the kitchen should be repeated in the and no temptation to play tricks. A kitchen-stuff merchant gave us the fol

parlour. lowing anecdote of the History of Grease:-“ Some cooks will strip your The late hospitable Colonel Bosville meat of its fat-crib your candles had his dinner on the table exactly two cabbage your potatoes, &c. to increase minutes before five o'clock—and no the contents of their grease pot; nay, guest was admitted after that lour, for are so naughty as even to cheat me! he was such a determined supporter of Do you know that, after melting 20 punctuality, that when his clock struck pounds of fat, that I have found almost five, his porter locked the street-door, half that weight of potatoes, which when and laid the key at the head of the dinnicely mashed, and stirred well into the ner-table; the time kept by the clock in hot dripping, alas ! worse luck, I cannot the kitchen, the parlour, the drawingdetect till melted!!"

room, and the watch of the master, were

minutely the same; that the dinner was BEER AND TABLE BEER.

ready was not announced in the usual Beer should be at least a month in way; but when the clock struck, this your cellar to get settled and fine before. superlative time-keeper himself declarit is tapped. If you have good and ca

ed to his guests pacious cellars, desire your brewer,

inner waits.” about the months of March and Octo

His first covenant with his cook was, ber, to lay in the quantity of beer that that the first time she was not punctual will last the family for at least six

would be the last she should be under months-or if you have room to contain

his patronage. enough to carry you through the whole

As a certificate of your intention to year, the brewer will engage that it be punctual, you may send your friends will keep good and fresh the year round;

a siinilar billet to the following: and if it becomes too stale will take it

“My dear Sir, back and change it for fresh. This is

“ The honor of your Company is rethe best plan of having good beer.

quested to Dine with It is a good rule not to draw more


1825, than half a pint per head—we mean this

« The specimens will be placed upon for the kitchen dinner; for the present the Table at Five o'Clock precisely, fashion has voted that Sir John Barley- when the Business of the Day' will imcorn's old English cordials are extreme mediately commence. ly ungenteel in the parlour: however,

“ I have the honor to be, the saccharine and mucilaginous mate

“ My dear Sir, rial of the malt, and the astringent and

“ Your most obedient Servant, tonic power of the hop, render good beer

SECRETARY." a much more nutritive and strengthening beverage than any wine.

" Pay what you owe, If more beer is drawn than is drunk And what you're worth you'll kuow." at dinner, put a piece of bread into it and it will be almost as pleasant drink


MENTS, ing at supper as if it were fresh drawn.

which most tradesmen rate as ready

motiny: if you take six months'credit, In serving luncheons or suppers, the you inust for many things pay 15 or 20 frugal housewife will forbid all cutting per Cent, dearer. up cold ham, tongue, &c. into slices, to make what those whose eye requires

(To be continued.) more pleasing than their palate does, call pretty dishes.


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contents. The Harbour of Boulogne .....

385 thoughts on sleep ...................... 307 Pensive Stautas to Miss A, M.T—, a fa British Museum

398 vorlte Actress ........... 386 Bath Literary Institution

398 Teetimonies of the existeilce of People Surrey Literary Institution

398 with Tails in Farther India ........ 387 Brandy from Potatoes .............."

398 Benevolence of the Duke de Berry .... 388 An Acrostic .........................

398 Visit to a Work house... 389 Epigrams ......

308 Extracts from Dr, Kitchener's Journal.. 391 Anecdote of Geo, Stevens

399 Conversazione of the Editor .......... 392 Mistaken Parsimony

390 The Rock and Fortress of Gibraltar .... 303 Illustrious Prince......................

399 Chronology for the Year 1824 .......... 393 A Home Stroke

399 A View in the Horse Bazaar 394 Correspondents ......................



The Harbour of Boulogne was, du- poleon, and the object of an incessant riug the last war with France, of con- vigilance to our fleets of observation an siderable importance to us, and was in. object of attack, whenever the state of deed an object of vast and intense anx their preparations indicated unusual ac. iety. The immense armament prepared tivity, and at all times a spot kept in in the Harbour for the invasion of the the eye of the administrative governopposite English coast, by an almost ment. countless flotilla 'of gun vessels and Our engraving shows the sea view of transports for troops, made it to the the fort, batteries, and the town, the natives of Britain, appear the very cen- neighbouring heights, with the theu tre of the warlike preparations of Nan unusual encampment of troops, and the VOL. IV,

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flotilla, apparently in countless number, What's Clari without you, and what for the reception of the threatening in Farmer Fawcett's old corn-yard?-I yading army.

A British squadron is, as was usual Not for Home, sweet Home, where you at such times, passing or rather station are not ed within long-gun shot of the fort, and Nor a palace if you are not there! is employed in reconnoitring the prepa

2. rations and positions.

It was at the height of one of these if I knew Mr. Bradshaw, I would scenes of preparation, that the invinci.

Remonstrate against your retreat! ble Nelsen undertook the difficult task Now Rosalind dies in the wood,

And Rosina must rót in the wheat ! of entering the harbour, storming the fort, and destroying the flotilla, under Your marriage will consecrate two the guns, and in the teeth of the most

With happiness, that I believe i formidable state of defence the engi. But what is the Public to do ?-neering state of the French military

What the world?—what must I do could deyise; of the nature of those de

but grieve?

3. fences and their extent, little more need be said, than that the invincible, and Have you given us Pittites a thought? immortal, the all-accomplished leader Your earliest admirers, Miss Tree? of a desperate enterprise failed. The Is the love of a populace nought? vessels of the flotilla were universally Is my happiness nothing to me? chained together, forming, as it were, Oh think ere you enter the ring, lines of defence, and an interminable The prize-ring, when you are within battery; they were with similar precau it, tion protected against fire, and the What voice will be left us to sing, firmest and bravest band of assailants What voice like thine own, little Lin. Britain ever dispatched against an ene. net ? my, returned with untarnished honour,

4. but without fresh laurels ; they could When you sing when you speak-Lady make but little impression on Boulogne. bird !

Our present scene is drawn expressly from a series of original sketches made That one thinks yonr heart's echo is

You are somehow so musical-sweet; by the writer of this article, during the

heard, war, under the orders of the Admiralty, for the purpose of projecting other at

And one's own begins straightway to

beat! tacks. The reader may, if he pleases, Your eye hath a music, I swear! imagine himself seated on a gun, on the larboard quarter of the vessel, now a

And your step hath a melody too ! breast of the batteries firing upon her;

Oh! I think, on my life, your whole air

Is an air-and the town thinks so too! he will form, perhaps, a clearer and a more artist-like conception of the

5. scene, which, notwithstanding the occa. You remind me of dreams,-fairy-tales, sional roar and splash of heavy shot, Book fancies,-and poësy things ;was more lively, animated, and beau. Your Psyche-like voice never fails 'tiful, than any person, never placed To make my mind take to its wings ! under similar circumstances, caŋ well You're the " Siuging Tree," that Faiimagine. We propose to follow this

ry One, singular sketch with others of similar Which in Pantomime now one may character.

see !

You're the orange, bee-lor'd, in the sun! The flowers of Literature. A person alive-yet a Tree!

6. PENSIVE STANZAS TO MISS A. Where will honest Will Shakspeare's

old songs, -M, TT, A FAVORITE ACTRESS.

Old songs of the heart,-find a tone “She's tall and she's straight as a poplar Fit to make mellow work of the wrongs tree."-Rosina

And the joys of true love, when you're

gone ? 1.

Oh ! think, dear M. A. ! ere you part, My Jasmine! my Myrtle! my Rose ! What Orlando will do for a mate ? My pretty, my favorite Tree!

What a death-blow to Viola's heart ?I shall give up the play, heaven knows ! Do you think Mr. B. could'nt wait !

If you give up its temple, and me

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