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Pontln, is mentioned. These gentle- vantageously employed in the same men have combined the basis of vola- way. lile alkali with quick silver, and in Dr Parry, of Bath, has recently inthis way have formed an amalgam. vestigated the causes of the decay of Here is something metallic apparently wood, and the means of preventing it. composed of two gases, a circumstance For this purpose he recommends the in which the drcams of the alche application of a preparation of the mists seem to be realized.

resinous kind mixed with a certain From various observations made on portion of bees-wax. The proporthe newly-discovered planet Vesta, tion of the ingredients, and the mode Mr Groombridge has ascertained part of inixing them, are as follow.-Take of the elements, which are as follow: twelve ounces of rosin and eight oun

ces of roll brimstone, each, coarsely Inclination of the orbit..7° 8' 20" Ascending node.......104 38

powdered, and three gallons of trainPeriod.......... .3,182 years

oil; heat them slowly, gradually adding Mean radius..........2,163

four ounces of bees-wax, cut in small

bits. Frequently stir the liquor, From the increased angular motion in which, as soon as the solid ingrediits orbit, the eccentricity appears to ents are dissolved, will be fit for use. be considerable, but he has not yet suf. It is recommended to dress every ficient data to determine the quantity. part of the wood-work with this con

The Rev. Mr Leg, of Ashprington position ; twice over before the parts Devon, has invented a contrivance for are put together, and once afterwards; discharging the superfluous water from and a higher state of preservation is ponds, tanks and reservoirs, in times promised from its use than has yet been of floods. It consists of a beam of attained. It should be observed, that wood suspended by an iron pin, over in preparing this varnish, it is advisathe head of the water, so as to form a ble, in order to prevent accidents, to kind of lever or balance, having one use an earthen vessel, and to make end affixed to a chain which raises a the fire in the open air. plug, to let out the superfluous water, The following simple method of and having suspended at the other a preventing the destruction of fax by box or bucket, made rather leaky, in the caterpillar has been practised with to which the water is conveyed by a success in this country. It consists pipe, whenever it rises to a certain le- in making persons walk twice a day vel

. As long as the bucket continues along the furrows with a rope fastenfilled with water, the weight willed to two poles so as to cause the raise the plug, and when the water no rope to drag over the plants, by longer keeps the bucket full, the plug which the insects are swept off them. will return to its place, by the lever This operation repeated for four sucrecovering its level position.

ceeding days preserves the flax ; tho' It has been suggested that the sun- in some instances, in three days it flower might be successfully cultiva- has been found to produce the desited for the purpose of supplying our red effect. clothiers with oil. As much of the In the deparment of Gers, are grown oil imported from the Levant, under the annual or soft cotton, and that of the name of Florence oil, when it be. Ivica, which thrives extremely well. comes rancid, is sold to the clothiers Many land-owners have applied themfor the purpose of softening their wool selves to the culture of this imporwhen preparing for the loom, it is con- tant article, and they already reap the ceived that the oil extracted from the fruits of their care and industry. seeds of the sun-flower might be ad- An interesting analysis of coffee

has

has recently been made by M. Cadet, ven, of what our ancestors were at that apothecary in ordinary to the French remote era. The next qualification imperial household, from which it ap- consists in the capacity of rendering pears that the berries contain muci- this representation, not correct only, lage in abundance, much gallic acid, but also agreeable ; of giving interest a resin, a concrete essential oil, some to the narrative, and animation to the albuinen, and a volatile aromatic prin- dialogue. Without this, it is evident cipie. To these may be added such thai a mere abstract description would as are found in most vegetables, viz. be quite as accepiable. Here we suslime, pot - aslı, charcoal, iron, &c. pect our author will not be found Roasting developes the soluble princi- quite so successful ; his powers of imaples; but it ought to be moderated, gination are not certainly of the first if it be wished to preserve the aroma, order; yet they are not so far deficient and not decompose the acid, the gum

gumas to produce an absolute failure in and the resin. Mocha Coffee is of his object. They are such, as to renall kinds, the most aromatic and resi- der this, upon the whole, an amusing nous. M. Cadet advises that coffee publication. There is little, indeed, be neither roasted nor infused till the in the general story, which serves day it is intended to be drunk. merely as a thread to connect toge

ther a number of detached episodes.

Many of these, however, possess conSCOTTISH REVIEW.

siderable interest. The style is, in

neral, rather heavy, and loaded with 1. Queenhoo-Hall, a Romance; and common place ; but displays of genius

Ancient Times, a Drama. By the sometimes break forth. The dialogue, late Joseph Strutt, Author of Rural in particular, is conducted with spirit, Sports and Pastimes of the People and shews considerable observation of of England. 4 vols. 12mo. 18s. mankind. The intentions of the auMurray, London. Constable and thor seem to be throughout excellent. Co. Edinburgh.

The description of the ceremonies of

May, which opens the work, is curiTHE object of this

romance is to ous. The tale of Margery and the exhibit, under an amusing and witch, gives an amusing view of vilpopular form, a view of English do- lage manners. Emma's tale sher's mestic manners, as they existed in the some tragic powers. Ingold's story is reign of Henry VI., a period, it is ob- rather insipid. The wanton monks served, during which they are very shew some humour, though they are a little known. For the due execution copy, not improved, from the excelof such an undertaking, two qualifica- lent old Scottish ballad, of “ the Monk tions were necessary, which are not of- and the Miller's Wife.” Gregory's ten found united. The writer must story is good; and the conclusion of first possess a perfect knowledge of the whole is animated and interesting. the subject which he thus undertakes As a specimen of the humourous to illustrate, that is, of the customs, and familiar style of our author, we dress, amusements, and other particu- shall give the following description of lars of the times in which he places the exploits of a juggler, which is sehis narrative. Few who are acquaint- lected merely because its length is aced with the previous performances of commodated to our limits. Mr Strutt in this department of antiquarian information, will be disposed the Crowe, found Robin Tosspot the

Our jovial company, being come is to question his capacity of exhibiting butcher's man, Jack the basket-maker a view, as accurate as can now be gi- of Wellwyn, and some other pusty

drinkers,

drinkers, already assembled there ; and comrades burst into a roar of laughter; in the midst of the room sat Bernard -the owl, being frightened by the noise the blind bagpiper of Hartford, who flew from the table, and perched upon was playing a tit of music; and when one of the shelves. he had done, Gillys the ju gler started " You shall now see," said Gillys, up and said, “ By the bones, my mas- “ that I can readily bring my hawk to ters, but if you would see a sight well “the lure ;"—whei, imitating the hootworth the guerdon, I am the man who ing of an owl, the bird flew down to him, can quit you.-Would you see any le- and he put it into a pouch which hung gerdemain or cleanly conveyance, cal- by his side. The clowns were wonderled by the learned cierks deceprio visus ; fully delighted with this performance; because, my masters, if your eyes are

but Tib the innket per's wife, believing not as quick as my hands, I shall put the owl to be in reality an evil spirit, the changelig upon you.---There,"ad- counted her beads, and crossed herself ded he, throwing a crab-apple upon the for security's sake. table, " what call you that, I prithee ?” “ And now, my good masters," con.

* Out upon thee for a lozel !” said tinued the juggler, clapping a box u. Tosspot ; " dust think we be such seely pon the table, “ I have here a jack•inlobs as not to know a ciab?"

the-box, the greatest curiosity ever seen “ To be sure; why not?" replied the in this or any other country. This juggler; wiser men than you have wonderful motion has travelled farther been deceived.-Look ye, my masters, than Noah's ark.-It was exhibited, all fair play, and above board, will with unspeakable applause, to Mahound, she' you, for a tester, more craft, and Soldan of Constantinople, when he dinas cleanly cast, as Juhn Rikell the king's ed with the Emperor Sigismund, at the tregetour will for two angels of goid.-- palace of the Seneschal of Nineveh. You see, I cover this crab with this cup where the Dolphin of France tilted with of latren; and you,” addressing himself the Prince of Fess for the fair Sabrina, to Tosspot,“ clap your hand upon it, daughter to the Queen of Bohemia. and hold it down, for fear the apple The King of Spain preferred it to all the should be gone."-Robin readily obey. tricks set forth by ten select companies ed, looking slily at his comrades; and of minstrels. All the crowned heads in the juggler continued his harangue :- Europe speak highly of its merit; and “ Hark ye, my masters, if my familiar our own gracious Sovereign was so dedeceive me not, I will send this puor lighted with it, that he commanded me John a-nutting on holy-rood day to meet to play it over five rimes, and gave ten the foul fiend,"

marks for my reward; and bis excel. Ay marry,” cried Robin,

you

lency the Protector, Humphrey Duke talk main well, master juggler'; but I of Gloucester, gave me two angels of beo's to be cuusened so easily as you goid from his own private purse.' think for,"

So saying, he handed his bonnet round Certainly not, said Gilly's ;-—" for among the rustics, to collect their dohere is the crab, my masters," holding nations; but finding they did not comit up in the sight of the company :

municare very liberally, he added;

“ Maister John Rikell, the king's tre« Then let the sot

getour, offered me fifty pounds in gold, Uncover the pot, And see what a dainty fine apple he's got.” pany, for this admirable motion ; but I

and a place next to himself in his com" For all your bantering,” said Ro. warrant ye, my masters, I refused him, din, “ I have another crab under the and would have refused him had he of. cup, I trow:"-but, raising it from the fered twice as much; for the whole table, there appeared, to the great as. world cannot produce its fellow. Why tonishment of the spectators, in place of should you, then, by withholding a few the apple, a young howlet.

pence, deprive yourselves of a sight you “ I thought how it would be, my mas- never may have another opportunity of ters," quoth the juggler; “ Birds of a seeing?" feather flock together :-and the wood. He then put his bonnet about a secock is fairly springed."

cond time ; and when he had collected Robin looked very foolish, and his all the money together that he could, Oct. 1808.

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he opened the box, and produced the time after, I closed my eyes in a kind pupper, dressed like a Moorish lady, of melancholy stupor, and, half asleep Bernard played a rune appropriated to half awake, a thousand dreadful imagithe purpose upon the juggler's vielle, nations crowded into my mind.-My ! and Gillys caused the figure to perform garments appeared to be besoiled with all the motions of a dance in such a blood. I then thought that I was walkmanner as surprised his spectators, who ing in a strange place, where a heap of expressed their satisfaction by reitera- dead bodies obstructed my passage.

I ted applauses.

Vol. I. p. 69.

was then labouring to ascend steep rocks The following will afford a speci- inade the spectator of pompous funerals

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and precipices without assistance, or men of his tragic style. It is in the

At last, however, my dear brother apstory of Lady Emma, who, in travel

peared to me standing by my bed-side ling with her brother, is benighted covered with wounds, and his counte. near a solitary inn, where they find nance overspread with a ghastly pale. themselves under the necessity of ac

ness. He reached out his hand, and laid cepting a night's accommodation.

hold of mine, his hand was as cold as After

ice : he then looked wishfully at me she supper, says,

and, in a hollow tone of voice, said, Sis, Flaving embraced my dear brother, ter, remember me! The coldness of the we parted from each other; I following hand, the solemnity of the address, had the daughter, and he the father, to our such an efiect upon my mind, that I chambers. Though I had not a distant started upright in the bed, confused and thought, that the host or hostess had affrightened to such a degree, that it formed any malevolent designs against was a long time before I could suffici. us, yet I parted from Henry with the ently recollect myself, or be convinced greatest reluctance; and pardon me, la- that these dreadful appearances were not dies," said she, while she heaved a deep the effects of reality. The thunder had sigh, and wiped away the tears that subsided, but the wind and the rain were started from her eyes, a little did I not the least abated: the lamp, by some think that I should never, never see my means, was extinguished, and we were dearest Henry any more:--But I for- in total darkness. While I was sitting get myself, and my feelings lead me to upright in the bed, I thought during an foretel the scory of my misfortunes.- interval of tempeso, that I heard a conThe tempest still continued--the rain sused rumbling in an adjacent chanaber, beat against the casement of my cham- and a faint cry of murder. “Oh, bles. ber--and the furious gusts of wind, to sed Lady,” cried I, clasping my hands which it was exposed, kept it in con- together, “ what horrid exclamation is stant agitation. The horrors of the that !” A sudden gust of wind at this night added not a little to the uneasi: moment shook the casement so furiousness of my mind. The inn.keeper's ly, that I expected it would have been daughter assisted me to undress, and, in blown in upon us. When the turbuher way, was complaisant and obliging; lence of the storm became less violent, but she was very fearful of the thunder, I listened with the greatest attention, and was constantly calling upon Saint but did not hear the rumbling noise Agnes, repeating her ave-maries, or ut- within any more, nor repetition of the tering some ejaculations from her Pri fearful cry: I then endeavoured to per. mer. This circumstance indeed plea- suade myself, that the whole was mere. sed me ; and thence I formed a very ly the etiect of my be wildered imagina. favourable opinion of her pietv. How. tion. Cluse by my bedside, the innever, she had not long been in bed be- keeper's daughter slept soundly; not fore she fell asleep, and I was not the being disturbed either by my restlessleast inclined to disturb her rest; I on- ness, or the violent rattling of the winly wished to participate in her repose, dow. I was several times tempted to but I could not sleep. I heard the mid. awaken her ; but then again I considernight bell of a neighbouring convent td that it would not answer any good calling its inhabitants to their devotions, purpose ; and for that reason I lett her and I oficred up my fervent prayers to to her repose. All the efforts, however, heaven for my brother's safety. Some that I made to tranquillize my mind

were

were altogether ineffectual; fresh im bedclothes disturbed, and cast upon the ages of terror floated before my eyes foor; but not so as a person would have whenever I attempted to close them: I left them rising in the usual way frora fancied that my hand, which my bro. his rest, and my brother not there. ther had grasped, was cold as ice; and 'Surely,” said I, turning to the girl, the solemn words,- Remember me! sound who now ventured to look in,“ you ed in my ears like a warning voice from have brought me to the wrong cham. heaven. On, gracious saints and angels, ber.” “ Indeed, my lady,” said she, what a night did I pass! and what a " this is the chamber I prepared for the murning followed !"

chevalier, and you see that some one Here she paused for a while; but ha- has been in the bed." A floed of tears ving wiped ber eyes, which were bath prevented my returning an answer ; but ed with tears, she thus resumed her dis- entering the room a little further, I saw Course:

a gisarme, stained with blood, lying u. Upon the first appearance of the pon the floor, which was also covered dawn of day, I awoke my companion, with blood in several places. The girl and she assisted me to dress myself; perceiving that I was greatly distressed, and the moment I had so done, 1 en said, in a soothing tone of voice, “I bea treated her to show me to my brother's seech you, lady, do not cry so, and take room. While she was slipping on her on; the chevalier bas risen sooner than juppon, I went to the casement; the usual, and is only gone to see after the storm, that had continued with such horses, or to refresh himself with the violence during the night, was passed morning air." I then, unconscious of over, and I saw the sun, without the in. what I was doing, seized upon her hand, tervention of a cloud, emerging from and drawing her further into the chamthe horizon. I bowed my head in re- ber, pointed to the blood upon the floor, verence to the Maker of that glorious and the blood-stained gisarme; and then luminary, and repeated a paternoster; elasping my hands together, exclaimed, then, turning to my companion, I en. in biiterness of soul, My brother, my treated her not to delay : she yielded to dear brother, is surely murdered !" my solicitations, and, without having " Murdered !" cried the girl, and tremlaced the bosom of her kirtel, quitted bled while she spoke. “Saint Denis forthe room, and bid me follow her.“ But," bid!" and then, to my astonishment, says she, "you will disturb the young started backwards, calling out with all chevalier; for I dare say he is asleep.' her strength, “ Thieves, thieves ! My "Do not fear that,” said I; “but if it father is robbed ! We are undone !" Hér should prove so, I know that he will powerful vociferations soon raised the excuse me : but where is the door?” people of the house ; and the first that “Here, just before us," said she, lead- came was the inn-keeper himself, half ing me through the return of a long gal- undressed, and rubbing his eyes. He lery. “Well then,” said I,“ rap at it hastily enquired what was the reason for gently.” She then stopped short, and this outcry, “ You are robbed !" said his replied, “ This is the door, lady; but daughter. “ Your coffer is broken open ; it is open. Saint Genevieve protect me! the plate is gone; and the young chethe chevalier sleeps with his door o. valier is not to be found !" “ By Saint pen." " Is it possible !" said I. “ Yes, 'Ursula,” cried the host, “ It is true! indeed," said she, drawing back :“I be. The young chevalier, quotha; the young seech you, lady, go in; for I would not rogue, vagabond, knave.-Oh, I am have him see me thus undressed for an ruined, I am undone! All my money, angel of gold.” My mind instantly mis. all my plate !"-I now perceived a bro'gave me ; the terrors of the night re- ken cabinet at one corner of the room, turned; the fatal words sounded in my and the drawers that belonged to it ears; and I trembled while I passed by were thrown out upon each other,: this ber to enter the chamber; calling out I considered only as a concerted 'trick, at the same time, “ Brother, my dear to conceal the murder of my brother, brother, where are you?” Judge then- and throw the su»picion of the robbery but who can judge that has not been in- on him. Blessed Virgin, how can L volved in the same deplorable circum- describe what I felt at ibis dreamful mo- stances ?--hat I felt upon seeing the ment ! words have not weight suficient

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