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of Derby, oree the Thalia of English performances, with more chasteness comedy, to whom the stage has produ- than usual. ced no eqnal, after a lapse of nearly Mr. Swift, a gentleman from Edinthirty years.
burgh, took the counter tenor part, The attention and judicious arrange- who, though gifted with a fine voice, ment of Col. Barnston and the commit- has much to learn, both in deportment tee, left nothing to be desired on the and professional study. The Italian score of management. The directors proverb, that there are a hundred reacted wisely in the principal point, by quisites to a good singer, and that a fine making an early engagement with Mrs. voice has ninety-nine, will by no means SALMON, who is, we believe, universally hold good in these days of refined science acknowledged by professional judgment and brilliant embellishment. To prove and the higher order of amateurs, the truth of this, let any one but Mrs. “· Queen of the Quire," and the only Salmon attempt the song of “ Rejoice vocalist who can set off the sterling gold greatly, 0 daughter of Sion," and see of Handel, and the diamond glitter of how abortive will be their efforts when Rosini with equal brilliancy and effect. compared with her's the finished reIn this they afforded a striking contrast sult of laborious cultivation and exto the bad taste or illiberality of the quisite taste. In truth, Italy has now Worcester managers at the triennial put forth the most striking illustration ineeting, at which place she had no en- of the futility of the remark, in the pergagement, to the great regret of every son of Madame Catalani, whose monotogenuine lover of highly cultivated ta. nous style never fails to tire in a festi. lent; since, without adverting to the val of this length after the close of the patronage bestowed on a foreigner, first day, spite of her almost preternawhich we hold to be an invidious topic, tural voice. this lady is absolutely unrivalled in Miss STEPHENS gave
6. I know that scientific accomplishments, and the my Redeemer livetli" with her usual extent and variety of her powers: we pathos ; but as to musical attainments would by no means except the far-famed in general, she is just where she was Catalani. Upon whose shoulders the four years ago, and her songs and balblame of this omission falls, we have lads now begin to pall by constant repe110 wish to enquire, more especially as tition. the triennial meetings at Worcester, We were here first made acquainted Hereford, and Gloucester, which have with two voices of great promise, Messrs. now subsisted for nearly a century, af. KELLNER and ROLLE; their pretenford a display of liberal spirit and mu- sions are perhaps about equal, but, as sical taste well worthy the imitation of successors to Bartleman, they fail most some Beotian choral cities that we woefully. It is invidious to try them could name.
by this criterion, but the impulse is irThe festival was opened on Tuesday resistible: Bartleman was a great actor morning with the performance of the as well as a great musician, which no Messiah, the only one of Handel's ora- one now seems sensible of, as expression torios that, from the change that has is hardly attempted at all. taken place in national taste, is now In the evening of the second day performed entire; and with respect even (Wednesday) there was a concert, that to this his masterpiece, selections from presented little variety, every piece his works are generally more attractive; having been performed at least thirty and though the church was this day times during last winter and spring in well filled, the assemblage of company London; with singers so excellent, was the thinnest of the four days of however, it is impossible not to be meeting. We have only to remark be- pleased, aided by such artists as Lindtween the admirers of the old and the ley and Mori, each of whom played a new school, that we would never wish to concerto. Surely Madame Camporesa hear the Messiah without Mozart's ac- might sometimes give us that fine scene companiments, any more than see Mac- of Tomelli, “ Berenice ove sei," which beth without the addition of the music places her in the first rank of her proof Locke. Mr. BRAHAM opened with fession; instead of the eternal repetition the fine recitative of “ Comfort ye,” of “ Di piacer;
99 it is absolutely which, it is said, has never been ade- 66 crambe repetita." Travers's beauquately given since the days of Norris. tiful colloquial duet, “ Haste, my NanHe sung with his usual exquisite feel- nette," was sung by Mrs. Salmon and ing, and throughout the whole of his Mr. Kellner, and was heard for a first
time by a gentleman near us, who which experience and reflection have seemed enchanted by the clear and de- hitherto suggested; but we are not inlicious notes slie poured forth, repeating formed of the details, for want of which with emphasis these lines of Dryden : our anxiety is doubly increased. How And I, so ravish'd with her heavenly note,
many instances occur daily to the most I stood entranced-I had no room for
casual observation, of the distress aristhought.
ing from the want of attention to trifles, The performances on Thursday, and which ought to be familiar to every
or through forgetfulness of remedies Friday, consisted of selections from
one's recollection? I have kuown faHandel
, Haydn, and Mozart, and the whole was closed with a second concert
milies exceedingly annoyed by the on the evening of Friday, which seemed
excessive fetor from a corpse, while
some of their members had sufficient to give more general satisfaction than the former ; it presented nothing new.
intelligence to have used a simple reof Mr. Keliner we would say a word medy, which nevertheless is seldom at parting: he is a young man in whom applied or thought of.
The powerful effects of chemical fuis obviously not pleased with himself, migation have long been made known is obviously not pleased with himself, to the public, especially through the and very unassuming; his voice is good, medium of the French chemists; but and his extemporaneous accompani- has the principle been applied in such ment to Mad Tom truly fine, and, from the execution of that singular song, we
widely extended experiments so as to should place him much higher in the embrace a whole town or district ? Not scale of musical excellence, than a very whether the contagion is diffused
to enter into the unprofitable enquiry, able critic in your Magazine for August throughout the atmosphere, or is caught seems willing to allow. The road to eminence lies before him. Bartleman by personal contact, the same means has departed, and his mantle has fallen
must be applied as the preventative in
either case; and while any means reupon no successor. It is needless to add, that the per- it will be impossible to reconcile it with
main untried which science can suggest, formance, upon the whole, seemed to give universal satisfaction; the church
the principles of humanity or justice, was each day crowded with a brilliant that thousands of our fellow creatures and delighted audience. Lord Grosve- forbidden to escape from it, even as a
should be doomed to destruction and nor displayed his usual hospitality on this occasion, his unique and magnifi-. measure of self-defence by those who cent mansion being filled with company.
may possess the power of controul. As The Archbishop of York and the
a practical chemist, I ask myself the Bishops of St. Asaph and Chester ho. question twenty times a day-has all noured the meeting by their daily at
the lime in the neighbourhood been tendance ; and the receipts of Thurs- held in requisition ? has it been distri
buted in all the reservoirs belonging to day amounted to £3,900. collected from
water-closets ? in all the receptacles of a public, whose gratification would preclude any regret at the expence incur- putrid matter of every description ?
on the dead bodies in the grave, but red. Chester, Nov. 1, 1821.
more especially on those exposed in
the streets ? There appears in nature To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. different degrees of putrefaction, one SIR,
which is not inimical to life, the other NHE accounts we read from Spain where the electric fluid is so speedily are truly appalling, and the public in- instant contagion; a proof of which is terest which is excited is evinced by seen in the contagion being invariably medical gentlemen leaving Paris at the diminished or destroyed by a reduction imminent risk of their lives, to admi- of the atmospheric heat. nister to the sufferers all the assistance J also as often enquire-has a liberal that science and humanity can bestow; diffusion of the muriatic acid gas, or but the immediate duties of the physi- the gas chlorine taken place, produced cian, are of a different nature from say, from 20 or 30 tons of muriate of those of a board of health. It is highly soda? I would not fear facing the probable that every means to stop the most deadly pestilence, with an apparacontagion have been brought into action, tus in my hand producing either of
these gases; these I should employ for tion will not only apologize for indi. its destruction, and the lime to prevent vidual advice and interference, but its reproduction. I would strenuously render them absolute and imperious recommend such an unlimited applica- duties. tion of these principles, as that every But perhaps I am deceiving myself, building in the suffering district should these means may already have been apbe impregnated with the antiseptic plied. There are many Spaniards in effluvia. The materials are at hand in England, and it would be a great sagreat abundance, and a few thousand tisfaction to millions of feeling hearts pounds, if necessary, might do as much to be informed more particularly what for the preservation of human life, as efforts have been made. is too often expended on its voluntary
JOSEPH LUCKCOCK. destruction. This would indeed be an Edgbaston, near Birmingham, attempt worthy of the improvements Nov. 7th, 1821. in modern chemistry, and make some reparation to humanity for the miseries To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. it has inflicted by supplying additional SIR, means to the evils of war.
EING both a constant reader":
of the town were employed, and the fumi- occasional contributors to its pages, gating process used in each of them, I have had repeated opportunities of and at the same time quantities of limé perceiving its great utility, and of excarried to distribute where most want periencing kind attention from you toed; let these vehicles have awnings towards one or two letters with which I confine the gas when first produced to have thought it expedient to trouble the lower parts of the atmosphere, and you; and I beg of you to-day the favour the whole employed in the windward of an insertion, if the theme, on examidirection; and the danger of the ope- nation, shall appear worthy of a place rators I should hope and believe, would in your columns. It is a description be inconsiderable, and I canuot think of an improvement in the present inode it a wild or visionary expectation that of extinguishing the lights of common the effects of the attempt should be chamber candlesticks and lamps, by the instantaneous and powerful. Some of application and use of which, sufficient our public papers state the intention of time and light may be afforded to get bombarding one of the wretched towns, înto bed will comfort and safety. and reducing it to a heap of rubbish. Those candlesticks or lamps must be What an unphilosophic idea ? As if selected for the purpose, which enclose smothering the infection could destroy the flame in a glass 6 chimney" or tube ; its future effects, or as if the baneful and which, by the bye, are certainly cause would be destroyed by removing preferable for general purposes on acit from the eye.
count of the steadiness of the flame, The heroism of the French physici- and their peculiar safety. To the upper ans is deserving of the most gratifying opening of the glass, let a top or.cover of reward in the power of man to bestow, either tin or brass be fitted and when the even should their labours be ineffective: light is to be put out, you have merely what then would be 'due from the to cover up the aperture with it, when united world to him who could demon- the flame will gradually sink, till it is strate that he had arrested the terrific extinguished by the rarefaction of the scourge in its mid-career, and not air cuclosed. Upon the length and only succeeded in the present instance, diameter of the tubė, will of course but relieved posterity from the agoniz- depend the time occupied in the ex. ing and perpetual alarm of its fatal re- tinction, a circumstance which shonld currence? This is a subject which be considered by any one about to order comes home (or should do) to every the apparatus. It is scarcely necessary man's bosom. We know not how soon to add, that where a candle is used, the the case may be our own. A single cover should be at least three or four act of desperation from the miserable inches above the flame, or the extinccrew of a diseased vessel, or number- tion will be too sudden. If the cover less instances which the most vigilant be provided with a hook, similar to precautions cannot always avoid, may those now fixed on the common extinbring the distress into the bosom of guishers, it may, like them be conveour own families, and this considera- niently secured when out of use.
For the Monthly Magazine. surely the punishment is hard. Heavenly THE GERMAN STÚDENT. father, I would not murmur, but the punishNo. XXI.
ment is hard. (throws himself sorrowfully (Continued from page 226.)
on a chair.) EXT in the order of composition, Louisa. (from the corner where she sits.)
it is said, though not in the order Thou dost well, poor old man, to learn be of publication, should be arranged the times what it is to lose. tragedy entitled Cabal and Love, which
Miller. (jumps up.) Art thou there, my was first translated into English in child; but
why so lonesome and without
a light. 1795, by Mr. Peter Colombine, of Nor
Louisa, I am not lonesome. When all wich, and afterwards in 1797, by Mr. around me is thus black, the visitors I like Lewis, with less fidelity and more elo
best are here. quence, under the title of the Minister.
Miller. God shield thee. Only the Already in 1790, Dr. Ash, in the Spe- worm of conscience strolls before the owl; culator, had published some scenes of it. guilt and evil spirits shun the light. The action of the play is laid in a Louisu. Eternity also, which
holds conpetty court of Germany; whose prince, verse with the helpless soul. attached to Lady. Milford, an English Miller. Daughter, daughter, what are woman of brilliant accomplishments, you meditating? is about to contract a marriage of state
Louisa. (rising and coming forward.) policy. Herr von Kalb, conceiving the
I have fought a hard battle, you know, influence of Lady Milford to be by no
father. God gave me strength, and the means on the wane, is desirous of a
strife is over. They call our sex soft and
weak. Believe it not. We shake off a matrimonial connection with her, as a
spider with trepidation, but 'tis in sport. step to advancement at court. Presi
The black monster-dissolution-we can dent Falkner, from similar inotives, wishes to secure this alliance for his Louisa is in spirits.
hug. So much for intimation, father, thy son Ferdinand : but the high-minded Miller. I would rather hear thee sob: young man resolves to defeat this dirty I should be easier. cabal, to sacrifice every thing to love, Louisa. How I will overreach him, father, and to unite himself with Louisa, the how I will cheat the tyrant. Love is cunbeautiful and amiable, but ignoble ninger and bolder too than malice. That daughter of a music master. By means the man with the star was not
ware of. of Worm, an agent of the president, They come off with flying colours while Louisa is persuaded to write a letter of they have only the head to deal with; but assignation to Herr von Kalb, which is when they engage with the heart they are exhibited to Ferdinand just after he put to a stand. Did he think to cover his has rejected the advances of Lady Mil
treachery by an oath. Oaths, father, may ford. As soon as he is convinced of bind the living, but death dissolves the
iron bonds of a sacrament. Ferdinand Louisa's perfidy, he determines to poison her and himself, and, having charge of this letter, father?
shall then know his Louisa. Will you take effected this purpose, learns too late,
Miller. To whom, daughter. by what foul means the letter had been
Louisa. Strange question. Infinitude obtained.
and my heart together have room but for The scene which opens the fifth act,
a single thought of him—to whom else wherein Miller dissuades his daughter could
I write. from suicide, may best deserve tran- Miller. (alarmed.) Hear me, Louisa, I scription.
shall open this letter. ACT. V.--Scene 1.
Louisa. As you will. You can learn (Dusk. A room in Miller's house, where but little there. The characters are dead Louisa sits mute and still in the darkest cold carcases, which only the eyes of love corner, with her head sunk upon her arm. can animate. After a deep pause, the father enters with Miller. (reads.) “Ferdinand thou hast a lantern, looks round without perceiving been betrayed. A villainy without parallel Louisa, then lays his hat on the table and has rent asunder the bond of our hearts : sets the lantern down.]
but a tremendous oath has fettered my Miller. She is not here then. I have tongue, and thy father's listeners watch traced every street, been to every acquain- around. But if thou hast courage, my betance, enquired at every gate. Mly child loved, I know a third place, where oaths has been seen no where. Patience, poor bind no longer, and where no listener unhappy father. Wait till it dawns, then lurks. (Miller stops and looks earnestly perhaps thy only one will come swimming in her face.) at last to shore. O God, if my heart has Louisa. Why do you stare so at me? hung on this daughter too idolatrously read, read on. MONTHLY MAG. No. 36).
Miller. (reads.) “ But thou must have grave. Yet I would not add to the beavi. courage to travel through a dark passage, ness of thy heart. I was saying awhile where thou shalt find no light but God and ago I thought myself alone, but you heard thy Louisa. Only Love must come with me--that thou wast my idol. Hear me, thee; not the hopes and the boisterous Louisa, if that breast have still place for wishes : thou wili want nothing there but the feelings toward a father, thou art my thy heart. Dost thou accept my invitation all. It is not thy own what thou art about get off when the clock on the Carmelite to throw away. I too have my all at stake. steeple is striking twelve if not, erase Thou seest how my hairs grow grey, and the word courageous from thy sex, and let that time draws daily nearer, when fathers a maiden put thee to shame.” (Helays down want to make use of that capital of love the letter, beholds Louisa for some time which they have hoarded in their children's anxiously, and says with a broken voice) hearts. Canst thou rob me of that, Louisa, And this third place, my daughter?
and snatch with thee all thy father's earthLouisa. Do not you know, do not you ly wealth and goods ? really know, my father? The place is Louisa. ( kisses his hand with lively emopainted so as to be found. Ferdinand will tion.) No, no, my father. I quit this world find it.
your greatest debtor, and will repay you Miller. Speak out more plainly.
throughout eternity with interest. Louisa. I do not know a pretty word
Miller. Take heed, my child, lest your that suits it; what if I give it a naughty reckoning be false. (with earnest solemni. name. This place-if Love had invented ty.) Shall we meet yonder, Louisa? See, language-should have had a noble title- how pale thou growest. My child must it is what we coarsely call the grave.
feel that in another world I cannot overMiller. (staggering to a chair.) O my take her, because I do not hurry out of God!
this so fast. (Louisa rushes to his arms Louisa. (goes to him and supports him.) shudderiug with horror; he presses her Not so, father; these are but horrors that with warmth to his breast, and solemnly cling about the word away with these, proceeds.) O daughter, my fallen, perhaps and 'tis a bridal bed, on which the morn- lost daughter, take to thy heart the solemn ing spreads a golden carpet, and where warning of a father. I cannot watch over spring strows his gayest garlands. None thee. If I take away the knife, a needle but a groaning sinner can misname death a may suffice for thy destruction. Poison I frightful skeleton-he is a kind and gentle may keep from thee; but that very neckyouth, blooming as Love himself, but less lace might prove fatal. Louisa, Louisa, I deceitfulma silent benevolent geuius, who ran only warn thee. Wilt thou risk, on lends a helping arm to the soul worn out the tremendous bridge which divides eterin this world's pilgrimage, opeos to as the nity and time, being abandoned by that fairy palace of everlasting bliss, gives us a faithless vision which now deludes thy friendly nod, and vanishes.
cheated senses. Wilt thou ruşb with a lie Miller. What art thou planning, daugh- before the throne of the Omniscient : “ For ter, violence from thy own hands?
thy sake, Creator, I come here :" while Louisa. Call it not so, father. To quit thy guilty eyes are seeking only for their a company in which I am not welcome-to perishable idol. And when this frail divispring forwards to a place from which my nity of thy brain, a worm like thyself, absence is become intolerable-is this a prostrate at the feet of a common judge, in sin ?
that fluctuating moment, shall give the lie Miller. Suicide, is of all sins, child, the to thy impious confidence, and refer thy most detestable; the only one whence re- cheated hopes to that eternal mercy, which pentance is cut off for ever, for the com- all the wretch's prayers can hardly venture pletion of the guilt is the term of existence. to implore for himself how then? (louder
Louisa. Horrid--but it shall not be so and with more energy.) How then? (he sudden: I will throw myself into the river, holds her fuster, considers her awhile with father, and call on the Almighty for mercy a fixed and penetrating look, then suddenly
lets her go.) From this moment I know noMiller. Tbat is, thou wilt repent of rob- thing more. (elevating his right hand.) To bery, when what thou hast stolen is secure. thee, Judge of all things, I answer for this Daughter, beware, and sport pot with thy soul no more. Do as thou wilt. Offer to God at 'the moment thou hast most need of thy base sweetheart a sacrifice, which will him. Oh! it is far, far gone with thee in- make thy bad angel shout for joy, and thy deed. Thou hast ceased to pray; and the good angel step back in tears. Go, load All-merciful has withdrawn his hand from thyself with all thy sins, and omit not this, thee.
the last, the most dreadful; and if the burLouisu. Is it then a crime to love, father? den be still too light, take also my curse to
Miller. If thou lovest God, thou needest complete the weight. Here is a knifenot fear any other love. Thou hast bowed pierce thy own heart and a father's. (sobme low, my only one, perhaps down to the bing and endeavouring to rush out.)
as I sink.