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NAVAL ANECDOTES. Hundstoot (scoundrel) if you tell it to « There are three things," young any body.”. As soon as the king was gentleman,” said Nelson to one of his gone, they all came round the oficer, inidshipmen, in the war of 1793, “ which and asked what the king had said to him, you are constantly to bear in mun. but he would not tell, and replied, first, you must always implicitly obey “ Nothing, nothing.".

orders, without attempting to form any After a twelvemonth was passed, and opinion of your own respecting their not a word had transpired, finding the officer kept the secret, the king sent propriety. Secondly, you must consider him a commission dated a year back.

every man your enemy who speaks ill of your king; and Thirdly, you must hate

a Frenchman as you do the devil." JOHN CASPAR WURMSER.

At the reduction of Martinique the

sailors served on shore transporting the (From the German.)

artillery; and during a period of five The celebrated Jolin Caspar Wumser weeks performed actions that almost always swore by bimsell, and used no exceed probability. Their laborious other oath, holding this so sacred that exertions were very great. One day, nothing could make him break it, or in when the Commander-in-Chief of the the slightest degree dlepart from it; and arıy met Captain Harvey's detachment when John Caspar said it, it was sure to of seamen on the road, they, being ignobe true, and certain of being performed, rant that a battery was appointed for and nothing could shake the firm l'esolve them to serve in, surrounded the genewhich he had once sanctioned with his, ral, and offered him their services, christian uame. A soldier of his regi. swearing they thought it d bard to ment who bad served 17 years, and have all work and no fighting; and during this period, had always demeaned hoped his honour would let them have himself in a most exemplary manner, by some share in it. Upon the general the seduction of his comrades had un- replying, “ Well, my lads, you shall dertaken to do what in time of war was. have a battery to yourselves," they atonable only by death, but otherwise saluted bim with three hearty cheers, excusable by corporal punishment.

and went readily to their work again. It was unfortunate for this 'soldier, that when the report was made, the

THE FATAL LETTER. General was in a bad humour, and on

The following love adventure is ree! hearing it, exclaimed, As suure as my corded in Arthur Wilson's Life of James name is Jobn Caspar, this fellow shall be the First. To clear it of the faults of hanged.

this author's vicious style, one must The officers of the regiment pitied change bis forced and unnatural expresa the poor man's case, but as the General sions. had sworn by his forename, they did not · When the daughter of James I. mar dare speak a good word for him. The ried the Palatine, many English soldiers day of execution camo, and the General of fortune followed her: amongst these was at the head of his regiment, and gentlemen was one Duncomb, who was gave the word of command; wben the an officer in the Earl of Oxford's comdelinquent was withiu the lists, he thret:

pany. He left a beautiful mistress himself on his knees,, and begged the behind him in England, to whom he bad General to grant him a favour ; upon offered vows of the most faithful pasa which the General said, If it be for any sion, accompanied by a promise of mar.' thing after your death you ask, you may riage. Her fortame was however small, be assured it shall be fultilled, but haug and his father threatened to disinherit you must, The soldier said, it was for him if he carried his design into execusomething after his execution that he lion. To alienate his affections from asked, but that he might suffer calmly, this lady he sent him to the Palatinate, he begged the General to assure him on wbere he conceived time and absence his oath that be would perform his would efface the impressions which love petition. The General answered, As sure had made upon his heart. He charged as my name is John Caspar, I will per- him at his departure never to think of form it. Then the soldier begged, that her more, if he wished to be remembered the General would after he was dead kiss by him. Our loyer had been now absent his posterior. The General for his for some time, and his heart breathed word's sake pardoned him, because he with undiminished affection: He resolwould have been, at all events, obliged ved to give way to the pressure of his to break one of his paths.

feelings, and for this purpose wrote 10



his mistress, assuring her that no threats ON REAPING OF CORN.. N anger of luis unfceling parents should M. CADET de Vaux has lately recomever banish the tender recollection of mended, as an important and useful iutheir reciprocal passiou. Our youth, novativi, the reaping of corn before it. wbo was a careful lover, but a careless is perfectly ripe. This practice origi: writer, having occasion to write to his nated with M. Salles, of the Agricultural father at the same time, addressed bis Society of Beziers : grain thus reapeck father's letter, (in which he renounces (say eight days before it is ripe) is fuller, his mistress for ever) to bis mistress, and larger, finer, and is never atacked by the letter of his mistress to his father, the weevil. This was proved by reaping in which he promises a durable passion. one half of a piece of corn-field, ax The father, with harsh and cruel indig- recommended, and leaving the other till natiou, scut to his son a letter of the the usual time. The early reaped pormost uukind nature. Whether it was tion gave a hectolitre of corn mors, for tbis letter, or a sense of shame for the half a hectar of landi, than the latter mistake that had happened, that she reaped. An equal quantity of flour should see that he had renounced her; frei cach was made into bread: that the lover, alive to the finest sensibilities, male from the corn reaped green gave run bimself on his sword, and his death

seven pounds of bread more than the was sincerely lamented by all the Eug- other, in six decalitres. The weevil lish in the Palatinate.

attacked the ripe corn, but not the green. A CRYSTAL SUMMER-HOUSE.

The proper time for reaping is when the

grain, pressed between the fingers, has FURETIERE has given a description à doughy appearance, like crumb of of a very curious crystal summer-house, bread just hot from the oven, when invented for the king of Siam. The pressed in the same way. description was transmitted to hiin by a friend, who had the honour of a seat


The best method of preparing this is, The king of Siam has, in one of his to boil, very gently, one part of phoscountry palaces, a most singular pavi- phorus with six of oil of olives. The oil lion. The tables, the chairs, the closets, thus charged with phosplorus must be &c. are all composed of crystal. The kept in a bottle well corked. It has the walls, the ceiling, and the floors, are property of becoming luminous in the formed of pieces of plate glass, of about dark as soon as the phial containing it is an inch thick, and six feet square, só unstopped, and opaque again when the nicely united by a cement, which is as phial is corked. "This liquid may serve transparent as glass itself, that the most for shewing the hour of the night, by holdsubtile water cannot penetrate. There is ing a pocket watch against the bottle, but one door,'which shuts so closely, that when unstopped. It may likewise be it is as impenetrable to the water as the used for forming luminous writings or rest of this singular building. A Chinese drawings, by means of a small brush. It engineer has constructed it thus, as a

also may be rubbed on the face, hands,&c. certain remedy against the insupportable to make them appear luminous, without heat of the climate. This pavilion is injury. twenty-eight feet in length, and seven

Liquid phosphorus may likewise be teeu in breadth; it is placed in the midst prepared by triturating phosphorus in a of a great basin, paved and ornamented glass or earthenware mortar, with oil of with marble of various colours. They cloves. fill this basin with water in about a quar

THF REAL STAGE TO GRAVESEND. ter of an hour, and it' is emptied as quickly: When you enter the pavilion, A person accosting old Paddy, did say,

“ Hast seen, friend, the coach to Graresend the door is immediately closed, and

pass this way? cemented with mastic, to binder the I yesterday did an outside place engage, water from entering ; it is then they And lost is my money, if missed is the stage." open the sluices, and this great basin is

" Arrab, honey," said Pat, "ye're not left in

the lurch, soon filled with water, which is suffered

for the Gravesend stage stands at the door of to overflow the land; so that the pavilion

yon church." is entirely under water, except the top Away posted the man, but his search was in of the dome, which is left untouched And he quickly returned to enquire again. for the benefit of respiration. Nothing Said Patrick, " I say, as I told ye before, is more charming than the agreeable That same stage now stands just close by the coolness of this delicious place, while And if you would wish me to make it more clear, the extreme fervour of the sun boils on

'Tis the “hearse"-that's the real stage to the surface of the freshest fountains.

Graves-end, my dear."

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But they that will be rich, fall into tempt Thou shalt not come down off that bed on ation, and a snare, and into many foolish and which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction

2 KINGS, i. 16. and perdition.

1 TIM. vi. 9,

From the soft bed, O youthful maid, That worldly goods they may procure, Whereon thy limbs now lie, And wealth immense obtain,

Permission ever to arise, What troubles will mankind endure, Thy cruel fates deny : What evils, and what pain !

For soon shall Death thy lifeless frame But men whom dangers thus surround, Subdue without remorse, Will Fortune tempt to bend

And in the solemn winding-sheet Their footsteps to those beaten paths

Enwrap thy breathless corse. Which in destruction end.


in vain that a lawyer stated the case, THERE has been found in Greece, in and contended the right of appearing as digging in the ruins of a Temple dedi- a pick-pocket as well as in any other cated to Saturn, a great number of character. The rule was made absolute manuscripts that date from very remole for kicking him out; but by some means periods. "In Macedonia, we are assured, or other a number of purses and watches has been discovered the manuscript of disappeared in the very moment the the famous Iliad, inclosed in a cedar box, judgment was given. with plates of gold, which belonged to Alexander the Great!!!


SIR B-R -, an Irish knight, ANECDOTE.

was married to the daughter of Lord At a masquerade some time ago, a connection of which the knight there was a tumult occasioned by the was somewhat proud. Boasting of his circumstance of a person having assumed union once to a friend, he observed that the character of a Pick-pocket. He was his lords bip had paid him the highest performing the part very dexterously, compliment in his power. He had seven and with success, when a gentleman daughters, said he, and he gave me the ridiculously took an exception, simply ouldest ; and he tould me too, that if he because he had lost his watch. It was had an onlder, I should have her.

LONDON :-WILLIAM CHARLTON WRIGHT, 65, Paternoster Row, and may be had of all Booksellers and Newsmen.

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Contents Description of the New London Bridge.. 50 Anecdotes, Historical, Literary, &c.... 69 Reallara..


Lnvar Roads
Hands and Riags

A Traveller's Siugularities

61 Sopnet. The Bride.


ib. Midshipman's Song ib. Stanzas.—By Alaric A. Watts.

ib. Superstitious ofthe Peasautry of Westphalja 54 On the Death of a Young Girl.

ib. Descriptive History of the Steam Engioe.. 55 The Greek Chiefs.-No. 11. Demetrius My Sporting Escursion

Ypsilanti ...

62 Scotch Prench

59 American Painters. -No. 1, Mr Leslie.... ib, Memento Mori.. jb. Matrimonial Lottery.

63 Cythna-By Alaric A. Watts.. ib. Marriage Brokers

ib. Anecdotes, Historical, Literary, and Per.

Dance of Death.

64 sonal

The Peasant.

ib. A Traveller's Tale.

The Knight.

ib. Sagacity of a Dog.. ib. Sinking of the Earth at Tivoli.

ib. Value of Time. ib. The Learned Tortoise.

ib. An accommodatiog Chancellor... ib. Improved Fornace,.

iba Singalar Custom. ib. Bon Mot

ib, VOL. IV.


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THE NEW LONDON BRIDGE, St. Margaret's Hill in the Borough, co

the other. Now in progress of erection,

The scene to be imagined on the comAnd to be completed in 1828. pletion of this structure will surely im

Our engraving presents the new prove the general appearance of the bridge of the metropolis, as it will ap- metropolis from the river; and if we pear when completed to a spectator may not then realize the picture which situated over the middle of the river Milton drew, nearly opposite the Tower, and a height

"On each side an imperial city stood, ahove the water of about fifty feet, or

With towers aud temples proudly elevate," the topmast liead of an ordinary nierchant vessel. From that situation he we may look, at least, for an im will see the structure itself as we have 'provement which will bring us nearer depicted it, and with it the Southwark the level to neighbouring France. We and Blackfriars bridges.

are as jealous as Englishmen ought to Of the necessity of the new bridge, be of all national distinction, aud are as to the credit of the first metropolis of desirous of generous emulation ; but Europe, as well as to the better safety none of us, who have visited Paris, of the labouring community, there is will deny that, in the architectural unfortunately no question at the present beauty of their metropolis, the French day; the average annual loss of thirty are probably a century and a half in human beings, and twenty thousand advance of us. pounds in actual property, which for If we might be allowed by the reader ibirty years has been the frightful con to pass fruni plain descriptive matter sequence of its whirlpools and sweeping of fact, a few steps into philosophical cataracts, satisfy every resident of Lon- reverie, we would observe, that, to us, don. Foreigners accustomed to the there is much natural grandeur in the metropolitan buildings of the Continent, view of large and beautitul cities, a feel our old city bridge to be beneath beauty far surpassing the scenery of their tread, and shrink from the prospect Nature iu her oun form. We greatly afforded by a glance through the crum- prefer the view of a large city, to the bling fence which stands between them best Alpine scenery: let other's admire and the horrible chaos below. It is whitening cataracts, and pyramidical sufficient for us to ray in this place, that mountains, hiding in the clouds their the old bridge has already stood upwards useless magnitude: we experience a more of 600 years, and has probably cost the intense delight in the contemplation of Corporation more for repairs, than the buildings of man,--of stones, which would have sufficed to employ the best mind has moved, and shaped into habitalent of the country in the erection of tations for myriads of men,-of rivers, ten new bridges !

which bridges yoke, and navigation beThe new bridge is building on the swims. The ages which have beeu newestern side of the old one; and as near cessary to purse and rear a large city to it as is practicable. Ils material is into its present imniensity; the quantity Scotch granite, which ensures the im- of buman labour which has been enportant points of durability and beauty. ployed to produce this vast, convenient, Its arrangement consists of five elliptical tenantable arrangement; the study, the arches, the central one of which is of refinement, the art, the intellect, which 150 feet span between the piers: the were required to impress so tasteful an two next are of 140 feet each; and the exterior form, where the sculpture of two arches adjoining the abutments are every capital carrits back the imaginaof 120 feet each. The height of the tion to Athens and to Rome; the thou-middle arch on the under side, above the sand roads and water-courses; the extenlevel of high-water mark, at spring tide, sive cultivation and commerce, which is 30 feet, and from the low-water mark the habitations of so condensed and at the lowest 48 feet. The great alti- thronged a population imply; the great tude thus given to the road-way, is an events of which those cities have been important desideratum, inasmuch as it the nest and the seat ; the imperial enables vessels of 200 tons burthen to pass authority which they exercise over disthrough its arches, by lowering topmasts. tant men and distant ages, in opinions, The acclivity to passengers on the road in laws, and in institutions,mall these will, on the other hand, be reduced, by crowd on the mind of the contemplative carrying the curve line farther each way man, and become immediately associated from the river, reaching in all probabi- with the walls and roofs, the pinnality at least a quarter of a mile towards cles and bridges, above, about, and Gracechurch Street on one side, and to underneath.

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