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that miekle-mouthed Meg and her us to infinity. Can a mere English- be stated to show the effort a language husband were a very happy and loving man pronounce them ; or, if he could, is capable of making to relieve itself pair, and had a very large family, to why must he ape a knowledge above from the harsh adusixture of foreign ieach of whom Sir Williain Scott' be- his conception?' He may mangle thein trusion ;-the word curmudgeon must queathed good estates, besides reserve till he is tired, or till the feelings of his be acknowledged to be whinisical and ing a large one for the eldest.

hearers are competely excruciated, but grotesque both in appearance and FITZAENRY.

never will he fully comprehend their sound ; no length of time or literary

meaning, nor articulate them at all patronage can make it an elegant word, INNOVATIONS IN THE ENGLISH better than a jack-daw. Let us take though it can hardly be denied to be LANGUAGE.

one or two instances from these sam- an impressive one; and it barmonizes There is something in our nice con- ples for inquiry, and see if conse-infinitely better with us than its oriception of the exact shades of meaning quence, beauty, or necessity, can offer ginal cæur mechant (bad heart). Lifin the words of a language, which every any thing in their favour. Bon-not tenant is another crippled subject, tore one feels (and more especially if he (good word) will, by any Frenchman, tured into submission, and losing what understands more languages than one), be understood as wit well expressed ; little importance he had in military but which it is impossible to explain. but our witticism gives all the sense, gradationi

, by merging into unintelliFor instance, the word mæurs has by and a deal inore of propriety; for what gible nonsense. For a post of honour some been translated morals, and by will be thought of a counsellor who to be thus turned into ridicule, may to others, manners, while each party must should offer his services to speak a bon- some be a subject of regret; but in have been aware that his word but im- mot for a criminal at the bar ? We the language of the kitehen mach preperfectly expressed the idea intended; have a provincialism which deserves cision ought not to be expected and both are right, but both deficient, as some degree of tenderness and respect blomonge may be as easily comprethe original has an intermediate mean- from the extent of its circulation, and hended as blunc-mangé (white eating). ing, or rather includes both, with all for a still better reason, that it was till A few words, by way of digression, the hair's-breadth ideas associated be- lately the standard pronunciation, and may show that our transmarine neightween them. Yet still, though so ex- perhaps ought to have been so conti- bours can rival as in similar absurdities. pressive a word, it can never be pro- nued. No small degree of ambiguity They have adopted boo-lin-grin for perly Anglicised, and we ought rather has crept in upon as, by pronouncing bowling-green; and rosbif for roastto content ourselves with our deficiency, beat, feat, meai, &c. as beel, feet, meel, beef ; and if those alone who are faultthan attempt to graft so heterogeneous &c. It is true, that if the old sound less are intitled to . cast the first stone, and Crab-like a mixture upon our were continued, assimilating with bait, we have no right to commence the stock. The word ennui has lately gait, wait, &c. some confusion would fray. made more rapid strides among us still remain, but certainly not so inuch i have given these instances as bor. than its laziness would seem to coun- as would be sacrificed. One of this rowed from the Frenchi, that being tenance (and the fascinating tale which class still retains its primitive sound, more generally understood than any bears its name has aided the adoption), and if great be allowed to rhyme with other language, and because our litebut how miserable a figure does it cut strait, surely treat has an equal right tary, commercial, and (would to God I in our English uniform! Fashion pre- to the privilege. Take then your new might not add) our murderous interscribes that its Gallic pronunciation fangled Anglo-gallicism trait, and it course, have exposed as most to the shall be preserved; and surely it is will be found not a whit behind the innovations of which I complain. Many enough to give an Englishman the va- other in absurdity: it is totally un- other exaniples might be adduced as pours to twist his jaws to the barbarous tractable, and will no more class with taken from other languages, and which attempt at ong-wee. The trial is ridi- English perspicuity, than a pig will are countenanced by the literars, world culous, and while for our comfort we class with a zebra, or Borulaski with of these (to avoid prolixity) I shall have lassitude, weariness, spleen, lan- Daniel Lambert. Pronounce it as only state the ill-matched and discord. gour, and the blue devils at command, you will, and you gain nothing but a ant terminations from the Greek and

should think our vocabulary is as confusion of ideas; call it tray, and it Latin plurals. We bave naturalized rich and copious as the heart of me- smells of the butler's pantry, of the ja. the useful and expressive word memolancholy itself could desire.—Some re- panner's shop; or your hearers are left to randum, and why should not the s form cent adoptious have highly pleased me, guess, whether you mean your dog or a its plural, and thus correspond with as according well with the standard of tea-board; pronounce the terminating our general rule? -But nosimplicity, and improving themselves t, and it may then become turtle-soup, • He drew his bow, and shot at random, at the same time to the judgment of lolly-pop, or any other nick-nack in And killed his wife for a memorandum.' the linguist in their etymology; and epicurism. And why admit this ille or, as our innovating pluralists would such words as telegraph, panorama, gitimate upstart, when our good old have it and kaleidoscope, will hold a deserved feature contains every tittle of the And kill'd two men for memoranda.' place in our dictionaries as long as other's meaning? -Feature of the face, Thus we have phenomena, stimuli, these elegant inventions shallobe of the mind, of the country, of a bonk, strata, fungi, errara, and a thousand known; but never can common sense is as comprehensive and analogous in more ready to fasten upon as individual or English ears be reconciled to the every respect whatever.

caprice may suggest, and with the fa horrid jargon of ayd-de-caung, sang- It is useless to investigate the crowd tility of the vampire-seach one contrifroy, bong-tong, shay-doo-ver, bong of gallicisms that might be presented, buting his share towards the obscurity mo, ecclaw, see-de-vaung, rong-de-voo, and ninety-nine in a hundred of them and eventual destruction of a language, o-lure, day-numaung, tray, day-bu, and would be found as useless in their ap- which, probably, has had more varied such like trash, which is like to deludel plication. Two or three examples may capabilities displayed by the genius of its writers than any other which ever No, surely, no ; by cruel sport betrayed, little actress, Miss S. Booth, made her existed.

To glut the tyrant man's ambitions reign,

first appearance at this house on MonBut whatever reasons or apologies and dares thy hombeam coverts to invade;

He hunts thee panting o'er thy native plain, day night, in a melo-dramatic romance, may be given for these mongrel inno

entitled Mariette, the Maid of Switzera vations, as if this evil were not suf. But I will not infringe thy wide domain, ficient, the public are fostering another Do not erect thy head, thy fears are vain,

Nor will I hunt thee with the pealing hound; land. The piece is already familiar

to the public under the name of malady, and altering our pronunciation Nor agile, o'er the shrubs and brushwood Therese. Miss Booth sustained the as fast as ignorance or levity can dic

bound :

character of the heroine, which is one tate. Singularity appears to be the Alas! he flies my hateful sight, a guest

of intense feeling, with great effect, predominant whim; and I fear many of

Ungrateful, and leaves a rankling pang within
my breast.


particularly in her interviews with the our distinguished cotearporaries had

Countess and the villain Carwin. The rather be remembered by their 'ab

character of Carwin falls to the hands

THE EVENING PRAYER., surdities than sink into oblivion. M.

SWEEP soft, O wind of evenivg!

of a gentleman new to this stage. He Above the poet's grave,

has a good face and figure, and gives Original Poetry. And every tree around it

promise of being a good actor. In In solemn honour wave!

soine of the early scenes he was rather
On earth no sound delighted
His museful fancy more,

tame; but when writhing under the As pines the dove when from its partner torn, Than thine-at awful midnight

tortures of guilt and accusation, in the And, solitary, droops in gloomy shade ;

In calm or the ocean's roar.

last act, he displayed much approSo doth my wounded bosom ever mourn,

But chief he loved thy whisper,

priate energy. Mr. Bengough was the When thou art far away from me, sweet The song he heard thee sing,

Pastor, and looked and acted the chamaid.

When cavalierly wooing But if, again, his partner dear retums,

The tender-bosom'd spring.

racter extremely well. The Count Its little heart with pleasing rapture beats ; The woods and rivers hail'd thee

and Countess had good representatives With love increas'd its gentle bosom burns,

In answering echoes round;

in Gonery and Miss Poole; and HerAnd tastes, once more, of much-lov'd long- The nightingale sung sweeter,

ring was highly ainusing in the old Fara lost sweets.

As a rival he had found.

mer. So when again thou'rt present to my view,

O lovers lonely wand'ring The gloom disperses from my troubled

MR. BENGOUGH's Benefit.--On

At such a hallowed hour! breast;

What looks what aspirations!

Wednesday night, this very deserving And when I find thou still to me art true,

Did homage to its power!

actor had a benefit at the English I feel, indeed, that I am truly blest.

Sweep soft, O wind of evening!

Opera House, when, much to the deSo happy, that for one sweet kiss of thine,

Above the poet's grave, The world and all its treasures P'd resign.

And every tree around it

light of a crowded audience, he intro, SAM SPRITSAIL. Io solemn honour wave! Mac.

duced that. phenomenon of human in

tellect, Miss Clara Fisher. The im. SERENADE.


pression which this child made on the FROM AN ARABIC MS.

WAKE, my love, the orbs of night public four years ago, will not easily be Supposed to have been written during the most Glitter in their midnight sphere, forgotten. She was then only six years splendid era of Arabian literature and mag- Busy life has ta'en its flight

of age, and yet sustained the character nificence in Spain, A. D. 912 to 961, in the

To distant regions dark and drear.

of Richard The Third with striking efCaliphate of Abdalrahman III.

All is still—the day is gone

fect. The moon has topp'd the mountain height,

She has since made the tour of

Silent Night rides through the air, And rides her cloud-built tower,

Sense to Somnus' cave is flown ;

the country theatres, and visited EdinAnd looks in the wave thro' the dark-eyed

Wake thee, then, my beauteous fair.

burgh with great success. On this nightOh, that's the holiest hour

Now the glittering meteors blaze,

evening she played Little Pickle, in For love and silence. In the moon-lit placid sky,

the Spoiled Child, and was the smartAnd there are the stars

And cast around their varied rays, est little romp we ever saw in the chaIn their paly cars ;

List and hear Alonzo sigh.

racter. Her next character was a sin. They sport the clouds so cheerily;

Now the goddess Silence reigns

gular one for a child, Crack, in the They strain the dew

Where Noise so lately held his court ; Turnpike Gale. Wie wish Munden Thro' the darken'd blue,

Listeu, listen, to my strains, And drink to the vight so cheerily :

could have seen how well one of his

Strains by love and madness taught. And echo cries ‘so cheerily'

best characters could be played by a Till all is silence. Wake, my love, the jealous Morn

mere infant. Her tast effort for the Then list to the chaunt,

Swift returns, with all his train; In the fairy haunt;

Soon night's stillness will be gone,

evening was in the Actress of AU Work, On the mountain tops,

And busy life return again.

in which she sustained about half-a

J.C.P. Where the eagle stops

dozen as varied and strongly contrastAnd then we'll move,

ed characters as ever were brought to. On the breath of night,

The Drama.

gether in the same drama. In every Like the courier dove

character she undertook, she displayed In his mid-air flightTo love and silence.

There has been no change in the a correctness and a power of delinea. August, 1820.

H.A. performances at Drury Lane and Cotion which might put many old actors

vent Garden during the week, except to the blush. We were happy to see, SONNET TO A DEER.

in the afterpieces at the latter house, among her audience, the first tragedian Written in Epping Forest.

which have been somewhat varied. of the day, Mr. Kean, who was ardentSTAY, timorous teniant of the woodland shade, Some forthcoining novelties are talked ly recognized. He appeared anxious

Ah! do not urge away thy rapid fight!
Yet can I be surprised thou strun'st my

of at both theatres, of which we shalt to afford his support to, and testify bis
give an early accoont.

approval of this extraordinary child. Or by my presence thou art fearful made ? SURRBY THEATRE, That favourite

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Literature and Science. Mr. Rennie, after doing little more than index to her temper-sharp, peaked,

superintending, and seeing the stone and sallow, and small eyes. The Scottish Novels. The author his statue on this national ornament, the whom several accourts have recently Time put in their place, is intitled to have

A Good Appetite. The man of of the Scottish novels is the most fortu- public will be the best judges, after this been published of - swallowing jack, nate writer of this or any age; and, if fair statement of facts that cannot be conthe following statement, which has just tradicted.

R. Dodd.

knives, bullets, marbles, &c. died appeared in the Monthly Magazine, Lactometer.-In consequence of the lately in an alms-house in consemust be a fortune to both author and in the adulteration of skiinmed milk, his life to the attending physician, in can be relied on, euch of his works numerous frauds practised in Ireland, quence of overloading his stomach with

those articles. He gave a history of hookseller. His first editions are Mr. Dávy, of the Cork Institution, has 20,000 copies (we have heard even been led to direct his attention to the


many wonderful facts will doubt. 30,000), and to this is usually added subject, and has constructed a simple lessly' appear. On opening his body,

all another of 10,000. The following, lactometer, which detects the fraud hithen, is something like the account be therto practised, in an article of the his stomach, one of them four inches tween' bini and his printer, for a novel most extensive consumption.

and-a-half in length and one and a of three volumes, of fifteen sheets

quarter wide, and among then the each :

pocket-knife of the Philadelphia phyThe Bce.

sician, with his name on it. An an: • 1800 reams of paper, 26s. Printing forty-five sheets, at 211.

Floriferis ut apes in saltibus omnia liinant, thentic report of this very remarkable Alvertising

Omnio nos itidem depascimur aurea dicta.' case will undoubtedly be made in the Commission and other expenses

LUCRETIUS. • Medical Repository,' with more pase

A Persian poet takes the following ticulars than it would be adviseable to Taking the returns at only 11. Is. per

liberty with the fair sex: · When thou give on our hearsay authority.—Amecopy, the retail price being 11. 11s. 6d. 21,000 art married seek to please thy wife; but rican Paper. we have a net produce of

listen not to all she says. From man's Quick Work. --Some years ago,

right side a rib was taken to form the there was a woman who lived in a vilProfit on first edition


woman, and never was there seen a rib lage in Glamorganshire, South Wales, If to this be added 8000l. for the quite štrait ; and would'st thou straight- whose husband, with the little fortune profit of the second edition, it appears en it? It breaks, but bends not; he got with her, bought a small farm; that each of these novels of three vo- since then 'tis plain that crooked is wo

he had hardly closed the purchase, Jumés, yields the enormous profit of man's temper, forgive her faults, and when death closed his eyes; however, 5,0 151.! Monument 10 Mr. Rennie. - It hav- thee, nor coercion use, as all is vain to married a second husband, who sowed

blame her not; nor let them anger not intimidated with this, the widow ing been proposed to erect a statue to straighten what is curved.'

it; he likewise died, and she tried a the memory of the late Mr. Rennie,

A French Kettle-The following is third, who reaped it, but death soon on Waterloo Bridge, the erection of related as a fact: There is a very large snatched him away; she then married which he superintended, Mr. Dodd, cauldron in a house at Paris, which is a fourth, who threshed it, but he also the architect, who actually designed called La Marmite Perpetuelle, followed the fate of his predecessors; this noble structure, has addressed the from its having been on the fire cighty- and she then married a fifth husband, following letter on the subject to one seven years; during which period it with whom she enjoyed the produce of of the daily papers :

has boiled more than 800,000 capons ; it. All this happened in less than Sir,---If there is any impartiality or in- and it boils nothing else. It is situated eighteen months. dependence in your paper, which I pre near the principal.narket for fowls, some there is, I am sure you will readily which have thus Only a step to be carried

TO READERS & CORRESPONDENTS. of those that have too often suffered by from the market into the cauldron, At The MEDITATOR, No. 1., “ Fragment,' • The other persons reaping both the honours any hour, night or day, on applying Culprit and the Colonel, A Comparison, and profit of their previous labours; for, to that succulent house, a boiled ca- Lines to Mary in Death,' and a Letter on Naalthough I have often contradicted the pon issues from its nutritious gulph, tional Education, in our next. mis-statement of Mr. Rennie's friends re- where they are incessantly regenerated, J. R. P., Mr. Hatt, and Dramatiens have been

The favours of Mr. Wildernesse, E.G. B., specting the Waterloo Bridge, it appears in a wonderful manner. now too much to hear them talk of raising A Common Scold.- At Philadelphia, a statue to him on that bridge as its archi

Anxious to give a full view of Kotzebue's tect, when the real fact is, that Mr. Ken- lately, Catherine. Fields was indicted voyage in a single number

, we have been com

common pelled to postpone a'notice of M. Belzoni's exnie was not the architect designer. This and convicted for being a is well known to all the original subscrib- scold. The trial was excessively amusa bibition, and several other articles, until our ers; and it is also known that the plans ing, from the variety of testimony, and

The tribute of respect to Col. Ponsonby, and designs of it, which were approved of the diversified manner in which this though justly merited, is rather out of season. and sanctioned by Parliament, were not Xantippe pursued her various propen- Erratum in our last, p. 678, col. 2, line 30, from the head or hand of Mr. Rennie, sities. Ruder than March wind,' she for Country Magistrate read County Magisbut Mr. Dodd; and an act granted for its blew a hurricane; and it was given in

trate.' erection, in which the present dimensions evidence, that, after having scolded the

by J. Limbird, 355, Strand, it now stands, and contracts were made family individually, the bipeds and tw doors East of Exeter Changczowhere ad termice with Joliffe and Banks, and other persons

, quadrupeds, the neighbours, hoys, Editor (pose paid) are to be addressed sold also for its building, and the works proceeding poultry, and geese, she would throw the on. Souter 3 St. Paul's Church Yard; Simpkin before Mr. Rennie had any thing what windows up at night to scolu the Mall, GrapelLiverpool, and by all Bookseller ever to do with it. Therefore, how far I watchman. Her countenance was an

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the Four-in-hand Club, when mounted on Scotch; it is not in a very flourishing the box, feels more elated than the Cana- condition, principally on account of

dian peasant does while driving his sorry the want of some capitalists; all the Sketches of Upper Canada, Domestic, horse and shackling chariot. He is all settlers were very poor when they com

Local, and Characteristic: to which life and gaiety, and talks to his horse and menced their labours, and few of them
are added, Practical Details for the to the traveller alternately. He points have more than sixty or seventy acres
Information of Emigrants of every out the beauties of the prospect, and if
Class; and some Recollections of the the carriage or harness gives away, he cleared. In suiling up to Kingston,
United States of America.

dismounts and repairs it, regains his seat, on the St. Lawrence, the party landed

and dashes on. He relieves bis horse by on one of those nuinerous islands, pp. 339. Edinburgh, 1821. We have so frequently stated the im- himself upon this sacrifice, by calling to river, and were gratified with what, to

walking up every hill, and compliments which are to be inet with in this noble portance we'attach to the reinaining the animal, Ah pauvre cheval! Vous an English sportsman, would be a great British possessions in America, that we avez un bon maitre, &c. The Canadian novelty-a deer bunt by torch-light. shall not detain our readers one moment pea-antry display a native politeness, a The party hearing a noise in the night, with any disquisition on that subject; presence of mind, and a degree of address, but merely observe, that of all the which, though extremely pleasing, soine were afraid of being surprised by some writers who have hitherto undertaken times betray their possessors into too | Indians, but,an account of our transatlantic posses- much gaiety and sentiment in these nis- than the crew of a brigade of batteaux,

much · familiarity; however, there is so • The supposed Indians were no other sions, Mr. Howison is the most mi- takes, that one cannot but heartily excuse and the shouts we heard were raised in pute, and, we believe, as well-informed them. My drivers always shook hands consequence of their having seen three and as accurate as any that have pre- with me, and wished me a good journey, deer, in the pursuit of which they receded him. He confines himself before we parted, and they sometimes po- quested us to join. This proposal was acprincipally to Upper Canada, a colony litely asked me to join thein in drinking a ceded to by all parties, and some began growing rapidly into importance, and glass of cider. The Canadians are dark to kindle large fires in several parts of ilie possessing advantages of soil and cli- complexioned, and generally meagre, at- island, while others stript the hickory tree mate superior to the neighbouring pro- small, sparkling, and animated ; but none påred, we sallied forth, some carrying

though rather athletic. Theit eyes are of its bark, and made torches. Thus prevince. Mr. Howison's information was of the men have any pretensions to per-arms, and the others being provided with collected during a residence of two sonal beauty.'.

blazing flambeaux. Intending to suryears and a-half; and, though it is ra- I was much struck with the politeness round the deer, and gradually close apon ther of a personal and domestic pa- of the common Canadians. They never them, we dispersed into a large circle, ture, yet the cominercial, political, and passed without uncovering; and when and sent two dogs among the brushwood, agricultural state of the province is two drivers came within call, they always to ronse the game, which they

soon accomnot neglected. The work assumes the saluted each other by the word monsieur. plished, and we accordingly made regular form of letters, which are written in an The children make a low cbeisance to encroachments upon their precincts. Ilie easy and familiar style, though not al- every genteel stranger; and I cannot help deer, when they saw tiemselves thus en

mentioning a trifling incident which was sironed, sprung from one side to the together free from affectation. Our occasioned by this custom. A little boy, other, leaped into the air, reared upon author dismisses Lower Canada in a who had apparently just begun to walk, their hind legs, and at last sunk down apsingle letter, from which we shall :nake stood at the door of a cottage, with ar im- parently in despair; but, upon the disa single extract, respecting the gegeral mense broad-rimmed hat upon his head charge of a couple of fowling-pieces, they character of the Canadians:

When I approached, he took it off and again started, and having escaped our cir• I remained all vight at La Chine, and, bowed, but in attempting to regain the cle, plunged into the river, at an early hour next inorning, was pro- erect posture, he found the weight of his Several of the boatiren had remained vided with another calash and driver. chapeau too great, and fell forward on his upon the banks of the island, that they This man possessed a most happy dispo: face, but without receiving any injury: might prevent the deer from taking the sition, and was altogether so free and des I thought at the moment, that it would river; but when they found this impracgagé in his manner, that he affordled me have been well if the British Government ticable, they shouted to us and ran to the much amusement. Though à carpenter

had furnished Lord Amherst wiih a hat of batteaux, and inimediately unmoored by trade, he kept a calashi for the accom- this description, to be used on his first them. The remainder of the crew soon modation of travellers, and would either audience with the Emperor of China. I followed, with arms and torches, and they drive a horse or a nail, as best suited his would have occasioned a prosiration high- all rowed out in pursuit of the game. purpose. The Canadian post-horses are y gratifying to his wajesty, and from its Nothing could be more brilliant anil picin appearance the most wretched aniniais being entirely accidental, of course quiteturesque than the scene which succeedimaginable, being lank, clumsy, and satisfactory to our administra.ion.'

ed. We saw the heads and antlers of the rough-coated; but they become both ac.

The first regular settlement in Up- beautiful animals moving with graceful tive and spirited under the influence of per Canada, is called Glengarry, and, rapidity upon the surface of the water, the whip, which their drivers generally, as may be conceived from its appella-, while the brightness of their eyes rivalled yse very freely. I believe no member of tion, contains ? large proportion of that of the transparentdrops which sparkVol IIL

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led around them. When the shouts of the names and dimensions of which I have and all the other lakes, seven and-a-half the crew and the dashing of the oars as. now forgot.'

feet perpendicular, is so vast, that it is imsailed their ears, the exertions they made King ton was a place of great impor- possible to conceive where its source can to escape were inconceivably strong-tance during the last war, as it alone af- lie. The height of the waters of the sometimes raising themselves almost en forded as the means of successfully carry- | lakes, indeed, varies a few inches almost tirely out of the water, and sometimes ing on our naval operations on Lake On. daily'; but this is occasioned by changes springing forward several yards at one tario. You are aware that no affair of in the direction of the wind. When it is leap. The bustle among the boats, the any importance ever took place between east or north-esat, the waters are driven glare of the torches, and the ferocious the American fleet and ours; the respec- back, or at least impeded in their course, countenances of the crew, were finely tive forces were for a long time so exactly and consequently an accumulation takes contracted with the meekness and timi- balanced, that neither of the parties deem- place, which makes the lakės rise; but if dity of the deer, and the whole effect was ed it prudent to venture upon a general it blows from the south, or south-west, heightened by the islands around, the wild engagement; and the warfare consisted the direction in which they flow, their and romantic features of which were almost entirely of a system of reconnoi- waters are hurried towards the St. Lawstrikingly displayed at intervals, when the tering, in the course of which we were al- rence, and, of course, decrease in height ruddy light of the torches happened to ternately the pursuers and the pursued. in proportion to the strength of the ww.d.' fall upon them. However, at last, when the St. Lawrence

The town of York is disadvantage • Several shots were fired, though ap- was finished, we gained a decided supeparently without effect, and I began fer- riority, for she made us master of Lake ously situated on the shore of Lake yently to hope that the deer might escape. Ontario without firing a single gun, the Ontario; it has some good houses, and Two of them eluded their pursuers, but enemy's feet never having ventured far contains about three thousand inhabithe batteaux surrounded the other, and out afier she left Kingston harbour.' tants. The town is defenceless at prethe Canadianis beat it to death with their Mr. Howison embarked for York sent, and the trade inconsiderable, oars, and, having taken it on board, re- on board the Frontenac, the largest Mr. Howison re-embarked on board turned to the shore.'

steam-boat in Canada; ber deck is the steam-boat, and when at the village of Kingston, which is the largest 70 feet long, and 32 feet wide, and her of Niagara, met with an affecting incitown in Upper Canada, our author burthen 740 tons. Of Lake Ontario dent: gives a good account:and its periodical increase of waters,

• One evening,' says he,'' as I strolled we are told :

along the beach of ihe lake, in front of Kingston contains about five thousand inhabitants, including military. The

Lake Ontario is two hundred and | Niagara, a woman, whom I had observed plan of the town is elegant and extensive, widest part. Its waters are quite transpa- low her; and, as she seemed to be in thirty miles long, and sixty broad at its at some distance, approached, and, after

several low curtsies, requested me to folbut not yet nearly realized. Most of the houses are built of lime-stone; inexhaust- i sant to the taste. Soundings are rarely to

rent and colourless, but vapid and unplea: deep atliction, I immediately complied, ible quarries of which lie in the immediate be met withi, except near the shore ; and, Lucted me to a kind of care, under a

without asking an explanation. She convicinity of the town, and are of the greatest importance to it, as Kingston, being sent themselves upon its expause, it is high sand-bank, the mouth of which was quire strong fortifications. There is no will, of course, adinit vessels of the largest the floor of this wild abode, and two adapted for every kind of navigition, and barricadoed with a chest of drawers, se

veral trunks, &c. A maitress occupied thing the least interesting or remarkable: size. The current which moves forward children played gaily with one another in either the streets or buildings of this this immense body of water is distinctly place. The better class of people, most of whom are in the mercantile line, live perceptible, being, on an average, at the upon it, the one attempting to beat his in good style, but are not very hospita: with the direction and strength of the raising shouts of laughter and delight ble; and here appears to be little polish wind. rate of half a mile an hour, but varying merry companion with an old pillow, and

every time he succeeded in giving a among them, and not much social com

The most remarkable phenomenon

blow. The mother, who conunued to munication. • The natural position and local advan- that increase and rise of their waters, been induced, by a series of misfortunes, which this and the other lakes exhibit; is shed tears, told me, that she and her fa

mily were Irish emigrants. They had tages of Kingston are such, that, by which is said to take place at regular pe- lio set sail for Canada, with the intention means of proper fortifications, it might be riods. It occurs, in a moderate degree, of oblaining land, and had, after many made almost impregnable. It lies behind every seven years, and to a very great ex. difficulties, got thus far in their voyage; a point of land, on the extremity of which tent once in thirty or forty. In the year but, being now destitute of money, they there is a strong fort, that commands the 1816, the waters of Lake Ontario were setown and the entrance into the hairbour so ren feet and-a-half perpendicular above

were unable to procure a lodging, and completely, that although an enemy had their average height, and Lake Erie was

knew not where to apply for work, assispossession of the former, he could not affected in a similar

tance, or information. in A husband and

I have visited occupy it with safety, nor receive any the shores of Lake Ontario several times, that now remain to me. My little girl.


these two boys,” said the woman, "are all supplies by means of ihe latter.

• The bay affords so fine a harbour, that upon them, whose intelligence and indis- died in the ship, and they threw her into a vessel of one hundred and twenty guns putable veracity made me put full confi- the sea. Aye, sure, tlut was the worst of can lie close to the quay. The st. Law-dence in the information he gave, and all,"continued she, in an agony of grief. rence, which carries one hundred guns, from whom I received proofs of the accura

Poor babe ! she had neither prayers was in this position when I visited King: cy of what I have stated. Tlikewise saw

nor a wake !" ? ston, and I enjoyed an opportunity of the remains of a large storehouse which

Our author has a taste for the picsering every part of her. She is built in had been built a few years before, in a si- turesque, and frequently describes the the plainest style, but is amazingly strong tuation that seemed quite inaccessible to romantic scenery he witnessed, with and beautifully modelled. Near her lay the lake, although the waters have sur-much spirit :the Prince Regent, a sixty-gun frigate, rounded and nearly demolished it.

• The environs of Queenston are beautithe elegant form and just proportions of • This singular phenomenon affords a fully picturesque and romantic, and nowhich have excited the admiration of the problem very difficult to solve. The thing can be finer than the prospect up best judges of naval architecture. There quantity of water that must be required the Niagara River. Immediately abote were several other frigates in the barbour, I to increase the depth of Lake Ontario, ! the village its channel narrows very

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