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vanced, she was thereby enabled to drag herself up , 'Midst tow'ring cliffs and tracts of endless cold, BY OEHLENSEHLAGER,

stairs : here she was however so faint, that a deadly
Published in 1816.
cold seized her, and would most likely have made her

Th’industrious path pervades the rugged stone, sink down for ever had sbe not forturiately recollected

And seems-Helvetia, let thy toil's be told that some little wine might have been left from the A granite girdle o'er the mountain thrown. (b) The following narrative, translated by a Liverpool last mass ; she made therefore one effort more to reach | No haunt of man the weary traveller greets, sentlemen, from the German, for the Kaleidoscope. I th e altar, and met with just as much as was sufficient No vegetation smiles upon the moor, may probably have been the original of the more de- for her exhausted frame. tailed story under the same name, given in the 9th No true believer had ever set the cup to his lips with Save where the flow'ret breathes uncultivated sweets, number of our new series:

more sincere devotion and gratitude towards his crea- Save where the patient monk receives the poor.

tor than she did thus administer the cheering draught | Yet let not these rude paths be coldly traced, “Adacht, the reigning Burgomaster of Cologne on the Rhine, had buried his young and handsome wife:

to herself. Her husband and servants found her in
that very act, and used such further means for her com-

| she had been subject to frequent fits, and never re

Let net shese wilds with listless steps be trod; covered from the last.

plete restoration, that in a few weeks afterwards she Here fragrance scorns not to perfume the waste, The funeral had been magnificent: and a vault in

could appear again in the saine place, to stand god Here charity uplifts the mind to God.. the majestic cathedral was to hold the body, which

mother for the sexton's cbild.
The above is said to have happened as far back as

His humble board the holy man prepares, had been put by in a coffin with glass panes and iron

1547. Cologne is one of the most ancient towns of

os ofl wire on the top, and, according to the manners of the

And simple food and wholesome lore bestows, times and the rank of the family, clad in costly robes,

Germany; and to judge by the great number of Extols the the treasures that his mountain bears,

es: churches, and richly endowed convents, the place the head adorned with a rich garland, and the fingers

And points the perils of impending snow 1 must have been formerly of much greater importance For while bleak winter numbs with chilling hand, with precious rings,

than it is now.” Peter Bold, the sexton, had locked the door and

Where frequent crosses mark the traveller's fate; made towards home, where a scene of a very different nature awaited him: his own wife had been prema

In slow procession moves the merchant band, turely brought to bed of a very fine boy; but he was

And silent bends, where tottering ruins wait. totally unprovided with any kind of comfort requisite

Yet 'midst those ridges, 'midst that drifted snow, on such occasions: his marriage had taken place against the wish of his employers, and he had no assistance to

Can nature deign her wonders to display; expect from that quarter. Isaac, the Jew, came in his

Her Andularia shines with vivid glow, (c) mind; but he would want a pledge: a pledge, mur

And gems of crystal sparkle to the day. mured Bold, within himself, and why not borrow

Here, too, the hoary mountain's brow to grace, from the dead, when nothing is to be obtained from the living. I have known this self-same lady that lies now


Five silver lakes in tranquil state are seen, yonder; she would not have refused a poor man in

While from their waters many a stream we trace, the days of her bloom, and why should her manes now


That, 'scaped from bondage, rolls the rocks between; begrudge what will do me good, without harming any

Hence dows the Reuss to seek her wedded love, one. Under reflections such as these, he returned to the SIR, I have no doubt but the following exquisite

And, with the Rhine, Germanic climes explore ; place which he had but just left, but where he now trod Poem by the Duchess rod Poem by the Duchess of Devonshire, will be accept

Here stream I mark’d, and saw her wildly move in a very different mood; he had been before in his

Down the bleak mountain, through the craggy shore duty, and now he came to commit sacrilege. How able to your readers, as such it is much at your service awful was the lonely stillness of the building, for insertion in your pleasing miscellany the Kaleidos. My weary footsteps hoped for rest in vain, and how threatening were the looks of the saints on cope. I believe it was never printed for sale, conse. For steep on steep, in rude confusion rose; the walls, and of the cherubs over the pulpit : his couquently it is very rare.

At length I paused above a fertile plain .. rage bad almost forsaken him when passing the altar; be had there to encounter the image of St. Peter him

Yours respectfully, i t

That promised shelter and foretold repose. self, who was his own patron as well as that of the


Fair runs the streamlet o'er the pasture green, church; but the remembrance of his miserable wife

Its margin gây, with flocks and cattle spread; and child overcame every other consideration, and on

Embow'ring trees the peaceful village screen, be went through the long choir towards the vault.


And guard from snow each dwelling's jutting shed The countenance of this lovely woman had nothing

MOUNTAIN OF ST. GOTHARD.. to renew his terror, and fearlessly he removed the lid

Sweet vale, whose bosom wastes and cliffs surround, and seized her hand; but what were his feelings when

Let me awhile thy friendly shelter share! that hand grasped his wrist : he made an effort to get By Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Emblem of life; where some bright hours are found loose, and left not only his mantle but his lantern...

Amid the darkest, dreariest years of care. Running away in the dark, he fell over a projecting stone, and lay for some time senseless on the Ye plains, where threefold harvests press the ground, Delved through the rock, the secret passage bende: floor; but as soon as he recovered, he hastened to- Ye climes, where genial gales incessant swell,

And beauteous horror strikes the dazzled sight; wards the house of the Senator, partly to unburden Where art and nature shed profusely round

Beneath the pendent bridge the stream descends, bis conscience, but still more to send assistance into

| Their rival wonders—Italy, farewel! the vault, as he found himself utterly incapable of re

Calm-till it tumbles o'er the frowning height: returning again to make examinations. Still may thy year in fullest splendour shine!

We view the fearful pass-we wind along In the mean time the lady had entirely recovered her Its icy darts in vain may winter throw! ?

The path that marks the terrors of our way; senses : she overturned, indeed, the lantern, with the la

be To thee, a parent, sister, I consign, (a) first motion of her arms, and was therefore, for a

, | Midst beetling rocks, and hanging woods among, while in the dark; but the moon cast a feeble light And wing'd with health, I woo thy gales to blow. The torrent pours, and breathes its glittering spraš. through a small opening in the top, and by degrees she Yet pleas'd Helvetia's rugged brows I see,

Weary, at length serener scenes we hail, began to recognise the place, She felt around her, and And through their craggy steeps delight to roam, More cultivated groves o'ershade the grassy meads ; met with the golden ornaments on her head, and the Pleas'd with a people, honest, brave and free,

The neat, though wooden hamlets, deck the vale, rustling thin silk in which she was dressed: oh, agony ! oh, despair! she was buried alive. She uttered a cry; While every step conducts me nearer home.

And Altorf's spires recal heroic deeds. but she knew too well that it would not be heard. The I wander where Tesino madly flows

But though no more amid those scenes I roam, vault was just under the choir; and what voice could From cliff to cliff, in foaming eddies lost:

My fancy long each image shall retain penetrate the massive arches? The little air-hole

The flock returning to its welcome home. opened into a private part of the church yard, which on the rude mountain's barren breast he rose, was separated from the rest by an iron railing, and In Po's broad wave now hurries to be lost.

And the wild carol of the cowberd's strain. (d) might not be visited for a considerable time.

His shores, neat huts and verdant pastures fill, Lucernia's lake its glassy surface shows, (e) Her dead ancestors were then to be her last com And hills, when woods of pine the storm defy;

While nature's varied beauties deck its side ; panions; and her last occupation was to be that of Eracing with ber nails upon the black walls the melan- While, scorning vegetation, higher, still,

Here rocks and woods its narrow waves inclose, .. choly progress of her real death. | Rise the bare rocks coeval with the sky.

And there its spreading bosom opens wide. Chilled with horror, she sought for something to Upon his banks a favourite spot I found,

And hail the chapel ! hail ihe platform wild ! cover herself, and she found the cloak which Peter laad | Where shade and beauty tempted to repose;

When Tell directed the avenging dart, (f) dropped: the warmth which it communicated revived her a liccle: she recovered strength enough to get out Within a grove, by mountains circled round,

With well-strung arm, that first preserved his child, of the coffin, and to throw herself on her knees, im-1 By rocks o'erhung, my rustic seat I chose.

Then winged the arrow to the tyrants heart. ploring the mercy of heaven; she then attempted to Advancing thence, by gentle pace and slow,

Across the lake, deep embowered in wood, get to the door, and to move its rusty latch; but who | Unconscious of the way my footsteps prest,

Behold another hallowed chapel stand, cao paint her joy when she found it open: she crept mechanically tbrough the dark and narrow passage, Sudden, supported by the hills below,

Where three Swiss heroes, lawless force withstood, and perceiving the influence of a better air as she ad-1 ST. GOTHARD's summits rose above the rest. And stamp'd the freedom of their native land;


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Thår liberty required no rites uncouth,
(h) “ When, source of streams, eternal glaciers rest,”

No blood demanded, and no slaves enchain'd; | The glaciers are formed probably of such an accumu.

Here rule was gentle, and her voice was truth, lation of ice, that the summer's sun only melts what is
By social order formed, by laws restrained.

sufficient to supply the rivers, without diminishing the

original stores which are there congealed. These, howWe quit the lake- and cultivation's toil,

Ludimus effigiem belli........... Vida. ever, vary their forms, which are sometimes very beauWith nature's charms combin'd adorns the way; tiful, in waves, arches, pinnacles, &c. and the light of and well-earned wealth improves the ready soil, the sun gives them prismatic colours. The glacier of

Grindelwald, in August, presents a wonderful phenome.
And simple manners still maintain their sway.(g)

non, the ice may be touched with one hand, while the
Farewel, Helvetia ! from whose lofty breast
other gathers strawberries that grow at its foot.

The White to checkmate in FIVE Moves, Proud Alps arise, and copious rivers flow; Where, source of streams, eternal glaciers rest, (h) FALL OF THE GLACIER OF THE

(Lolli, page 545.) The reason and peaceful science gilde the plains below.

WEISSHORN. Of on thy rocks the wond'ring eye shall gaze, bese Thy rallies oft the the raptur'd bosom seek ;

The village of Randa is situated about six leagues in het There, nature's hand her boldest work displays,

above Vispach, commonly known under the name of
the Valley of St. Nicolas. The village is about 2,400

8 4

& & I . mes Here, bliss domestic beanas on ev'ry cheek.

feet from the right bank of the Visp, on the steep deTags Hope of my life! dear children of my heart !

clivity of a hill composed of fragments, the stony relati That anxious heart, to each fond feeling true, ground of wbich has been converted, by the industry band, To you still pants ench pleasure to impart,

of the inhabitants of Rauda, into pastures. Opposite

to this hill is another of the same nature, above which And more-sh transport !-reach its home and you !

are the rocks covered by the Glacier of Randa, the

highest summit of which, called the Weisshorn, is eleV EXPLANATORY NOTES.

vated about 9000 feet above the village. The breadth

of the valley at the height of the village (nearly 250 (a) “ To thee, a parent, sister, I consign,"

feet above the river) is about half a league. On the The Duchess left Lady Spencer, and Lady Bes- 27th of December, 1819, about six o'clock in the morn. borough at the baths of Lucca, intending to pass the ing towards the eastern and very steep side of the bigh. winter at Naples.

est summit of the Weisshorn, a part of the glacier

became loose, fell with a noise like thunder on the mass (b)“ A granite girdle o'er the mountain thrown." of ice below, and announced, by the most dreadful * Mr. Car's editor (Mr. Raymond) calls it a granite crash, the ravages with which the valley was threatened.

riband thrown over the mountain. This wonderful work At the moment when the snow and ice struck on the is a road of nearly 15 feet in breadth, paved with granite, lower mass of the glacier, the clergyman of the place, and executed even through the most difficult part of the and some other persons, observed a strong light, which, mountain; sometimes supended on the edge of a pre- however, immediately vanished, and every thing was apice; sozietimes pierced through the rocks, where no again enveloped in the darkest night. A frightfui hurother passage offered ; sometimes forming bold and light ricane, occasioned by the pressure of the air, instantly

8 7 6 5 succeeded, and in a momentspread the most tremendous

4 3 2 badges, from rock to rock.

1 devastation. The fall of the glacier itself did not hurt


WHITE. . . (c) 4 Here Adularia shines with vivid glow," the village, but the hurricane which it occasioned was No mountain is more rich in its mineral productions, so powerful, that it threw mill-stones several toises up mmarinnaranemaannamarisiminimmainanananananiniwania at least with regard to beanty. The Adularia is a beauthe mountain; tore up by the roots distant larch trees

SOLUTIONS tiful variety of the Peldt Spar, and is thus called after of the largest size; threw blocks of ice four cubic feet

WAITE. se!' - BLACK. the ancient name of the mountain. The crystals of St. l over the village a distance of half a league : it tore off

1 Castle....1-86 .. - Gothard are very much celebrated ; in it is also found the top of the stone belfry ; levelled several houses

1 King ....1-8. the blue Sboerl or Seppar, and also a marble which has with the ground, and carried the timbers of others 2 Queen ...,1-6+'; 2. Castle ....1 7 the les quality of bending and being phosphoric; 1 more than a quarter of a league beyond the village into 3 Castle ....3-8+ 3 Bishop.....3-8 1 is called Dolomite, from the name of its discoverer, the forest.

4 Queen ....3-8+ : 4 Queen ....2 8 | Eight goats were wbirled from a stable to a distance

5 Knight....2-6+-MATE. exceeding 100 toises; and it is remarkable that one of

! d. And the wild carol of the cow-herd's strain." them was found alive. More than a quarter of a league The circumstance alluded to practised every evening

above the valley, the barns opposite the glacier are seen There are two other modes in which the Black by the cow.herds, in the mountains of Bern, and in all stripped of their roofs. On the whole, nine houses in the village are totally destroyed, and the other thirteen

n might have played: ia the one case he would be Swisserland. At evening, a flock of goats return to the S village from their pasturage ; immediately each goat

more or less damaged; eighteen granaries, eight small checkmate in three, and in the other in four Moves. goes to its peculiar cottage, the children of which comel dwellings, wo mills, and seventy-two barns are out to welcome and caress their little comrade. The stroyed, or irreparably injured. Of twelve persons who Rans des Vaches, sung by the Swiss cow-herd, is a sim

were buried in this catastrophe, teu are still living; Ple melody, intermixed with the cry which they use to

one was taken out dead, and tbe twelfth has not yet call the cows together. i alle with it.

been found. The avalanche, formed of a mixture of
snow, ice, and stones, covers the fields and the pas.

For OCTOBER, 1820, ,
(e)" Lucernia's lake its glassy surface shows." turages situated below the villages for the length of at
The Lake of Lucernia is also the Lake of the four

least 2400 feet, and extends in breadth about 1000 feet. Cantons, and is as diversified and beautiful as any in The mass which has fallen measures on an average 150

This month was called Donitianus in the time of feet in height. Swisserland. Embarking below Altof, the first part of

The damage is estimated at about Domitian; but after his death, by the decree of the the navigation is narrow but romantic, bounded by the 20,000 francs. It is remarkable, that some barns on

Senate, it took the name of October, every one hating maky shores of Uri and Underwald; after passing !

the other side below the glacier, which were almost
covered with the fragments, were thereby protected

the name and memory of so detestable a tyrant. tarough the narrowest part, a large expanse presents Itself, bounded to the right by Switz, to the left by

from the hurricane, and escaped uninjured; but what

is much more extraordinary, is, underwald, and having Lucerne and the distant moun.

o persons

How fresh the air ! what fragrance from the ground tains in front. lost their lives, though some families were carried away

Steams upwards as the cloudless orb of day with their houses, aod buried under the ruins and

Sinks to the west, and all the landscape round “When Tell directed the avenging dart," drifted snow. The prompt assistance afforded by the

Basks in the splendour of his parting ray! , The circumstance here alluded to, is almost engraven

clergyman, who did not suffer personally, and of the
cwo sextons, who escaped, contributed to save several

This is thy magic pencil, AUTUMN; thine upon the mind of every one who reads; and would

persons. It is not the first time that such a disaster has A Chapel is!

These deep'ning shadows, and that golden glow, be here useless to introduce the narrative.

befallen the village of Randa. In 1636, it was destroyed Rich as the gems which, in some eastern mine, Quilt upon the very spot where Tell stood when he slew

by a similar avalanche, when thirty-six persons lost Athwart the gloom their mingled radiance throw. The tyrant Geissler, it is surrounded with picturesque

their lives. It is said, that at the time the whole glawood, and the simple story of Tell, in the appropriate cier of the Weisshorn had fallen down. Two other

The general state of the weather toward the close dresses, is painted within the Chapel. less consideradle falls happened in 1736 and 1786, but

of autumn has a tendency to revive the natural (8) " And simple manners still maintain their sway." | not precisely in the same place.

spirits of those whose constitutions have been debia

litated by the preceding beats. The domestic society and simple gaiety of most parts

A great part of the Swisserland exist in spite of the inroads of strangers ; There is a new method practised in Paris, of joining

day during the summer is too sultry for exercise; deed it seems impossible not to seek rather to join in mirrors so perfectly as to make the seam, or line of but, as autumn advances, the air becomes more

eir happy amusements, than to wish to introduce the junction, invisible. By this art mirrors may be exten- | temperate, and the evenings, particularly, are serene essipation of other countries among then.. . ded to an immense size, at a trifling cost.

and pleasant.

The Naturalist's Diary,

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The groves now lose their leafy honours; but, Lovers who may bestride the gossamer

The Drama. before they are entirely taroished, ad adventitious

That idles in the Winton summer air, beauty, arising from that gradual decay which And yet not fall loosens the withering leaf, gilds the autunnal land- but spiders, who, long before Montgolfier, nay, ever

TO THE EDITOR. scape with a temporary splendour, superior to the since the creation, have been in the habit of sailing verdure of spring or the luxuriance of summer. through the fields of ether in these air-light chariots! SIR-Some of the Liverpool critics having recently See yon huge oaks, bathed in the amber flood;

This seems to have been suspected long ago by manifested a disposition wholly to under-rate, or See, through its brightness shines the mellow green, Henry Moore, who says

entirely over-look, the merits of our highly respect. Telling how long those reverend forms have stood,

As light and thin as cobwebs that do fly

able corps dramatique, I trust, should no one better And what their strength and beauty once have been.

In the blew air, caused by the autumnal sun,

qualified for the task undertake to remove, at least They wreathe their roots, they Aing their branches wide That boils the dew that on the earth doth lie,

in some measure, the effects of such injustice, tra O'er von smooth meadow, as in ages past :

May seem this whitish rug then is the scum;

will permit me to enter the lists, as their champion: Assailed in vain, and shattered, they deride,

Unicss that wiser men make't the field-spider's loom. an inefficient one, perchance, but willing, if such Deep anchored still, the fury of the blast.

should be the fortune of the figbt, to fall in lleu Where he also alludes to the old opinion of scorched | defence. Some are uninjured yet:--their leafy heads

dew. But the first naturalists who made this disShelter the flocks, as they recline, or graze

While a variety of writers, whose effusions I perest covery appear to have been Dr. Hulse and Dr. with no inconsiderable degree of pleasure, are de O'ercanopied, what time the Dog-star sheds Full on the withered turf his fiercest blaze.

Martin Lister; the former first observing that spi-voting all their forensic talents, either to the exalta.

ders shoot their webs into the air ; and the latter, tion or degradation of one individual, relative 10 Now to the dust, in ruins down they go,

besides this, that they are carried upon them in that whom there exists a vast difference of opinion, i · Verdure above, but canker all beneath;

element. This last gentleman, in fine serene wea has been matter of surprise to me, that none here As o'er some couch hangs poised th' uplifted blow,

ther in September, had noticed these webs falling yet appeared 10 vindicate the injured party; for · Where ebbing life contends in vain with death.

from the heavens, and in them discovered more than such I cousider those, who, occupying less protaSince these were acorns, since their course was run once a spider, which he oamed the bird. On another nent situations in the business of a play, tbvagh Prom youth to age, from vigour to decay,

occasion, whilst he was watching the proceedings of a often by no means less praise-worthy on that ac. What deeds have in the busy world been done!

common spider, the animal suddenly.... darted forth count, are either assailed by the supercilious grind What thrones have sunk, what empires passed away! a long thread, and, vaulting from the place on which malignant scoro, or, what is sometimes nearly as

Hips, hawssloes, and blackberries, now adorn it stood, was carried upwards to a considerable height. bad, passed over with silent contempt. Thus a cs. our bedges; and the berries of the barberry (berberis Numerous observations afterwards confirmed this temporary print, not much celebrated for Feracils vulguris ), bryony (tamus communis), honeysuckle, extraordinary fact; and he further discovered, that, it is true, after hespattering with fulsome paden. elder, holly, woody-nightshade, and privet (ligus while they dy in this manner, they pull in their long ric the resplendent Star, that recently illuminated trum vulgare), afford a valuable supply of food for thread with their fore feel, so as to form it into a our theatrical hemisphere, unblushingly, declares, many of the feathered race, white passiug their win-ball, or, as we may call it, air-balloou of fake. that with regard to the other actors who appeared ter with us.

The height to which spiders will thus ascend le af. in this tragedy we have little to say, and that little About the middle of the month, the common mar. firms is prodigious. One day in the autumn, when is not to their advantage.” This knowing scribe tin disappears; and, shortly afterwards, the small the air was full of webs, be mounted to the top of might, surely, for once, bave condescended to speak est kind of swallow, the sand martin, migrates. The the bighest steeple of York Minster, from whence he the trutb ; had he done so, I positively aver, that Roystou or hooded crow (corvus: cornis) arrives could discern the floating webs still very high above however "little" be had said, “ it would have bees to from Scotland and the northern parts of England, him, Soine spiders that fell and were entangled their advantage." Oh, ob ! says he, “bat Virginia, being driven thence by the severity of the season. upon the pinnacles he took. They were of a kind that like another Atlas, sustained the whole weight of the The woodcock returns, and is found on our eastern never enter houses, and therefore could not be sup-piece, in a manner that not only did bodour to bi coasts.

posed to bave taken their flight from the steeple.”' talents, but contributed in the highest degree to the Various kinds of waterfowl make their appear. There are several questions connected with the gratification of bis audience." Tudeed! Prayer ance; and, about the middle of the month, wild formation of gossamer, which still remain open Mr. Courier, what other character is there in the geese leave the fens, and go to the rye lands, to de. for the researches of naturalists. Whether the ter-wbole play calculated to do honour to the fake! vour the young cora. Rooks-sport and dive, in a restrial and aerial gossamer be formed by the same of its representative ? Now, only suppose that playful manner, before they go to roost, cougregating animal, though bighly probable, is yet uodecided. other actors who appeared in this tragedy," in te in large numbers. Stares assemble in the fen coun. The purpose for which these nets are spread over the venge for the contemptible parts assigned them, bad tries, io vast multitudes, and, perching on the reeds, surface of the fields, is not less a matter of doubt. thought proper to damn " the piece," and there!! render them wofit for thatching, and thus materiallý | The present writers adopt the opinion that the nieshes | bave rendered the exertions of your mighty " AS injure the property of the farmer,

are intended as bridges, by which the little animal of none effect? What think you, O worthy Couriet, The appearance of the gossamer, in tbis and the may pass with facility from straw to straw, or from would then become of him? With all bis report preceding month, leads us to speak of its cause in clod to clod; and that they also serve to collect the ability, without their strenuous co-operation those wonderful spiders which produce the gossamer dew, which spiders drink with avidity. We thiok would have cat but a sorry figure. Without teen webs, by the buoyancy of which, it is conceived, that they have too easily doubted that they are chieflyderable assistance from them, be could have done, they are enabled to sail in the air, and to mount to designed to catch the flies when they rise in the comparatively, nothing; and bad they withheld prodigious elevations. These webs, which so fre morning from the sarface of the earth. What, again, I aid which he required, neither the audience portal quently cover the surface of fallow and stubble fields, is the purpose of the lofty excursions of spiders into author could justly have blamed them. Wito or form a delicate tracery upon our hedges, strung the upper regions of the atmosphere? It appears this power at their disposal, tbey generously rell with the pearl-like drops of the morning dew, are scarcely rational to doubt that these are predatory to exercise one iota of it; and vet we are impudel inost common in the autumn. In Germany, their voyages, and that spiders sail among the clouds of told, that to speak of them, even a "Jittle," To appearance is so constant at this period, and so gnats, and the swarıns of flies, which sport' in the “ not be to their advantage !" " Why? Becaus closely connected with the change of season, that more elevated strata, the exuvia of these animals forsooth, they contributed greatly to the succes they are popularly denominated by the expressive being frequently found in these filmy balloons, when both Virginius and his author. I contend, the name, Der fliegender sommer,-the flying summer. descending to the ground.

that, to a certain extent, they were equally as di The production of these webs was, with the natu


|ing of praise as the sapient Courier's Magnus Al ralists of former times, a subject of strange specula

If he questions the truth of my assertion, let bim Ask tion. Spenser alludes to the vulgar idea of their

his “ accomplished" friend, in wbat provide formation, when he speaks of “The fine nets which Small, viewless aëronaut, that by the line

tre he ever played with a more respectable uft we woven see of scorched dew!” Robert Hooke,

Of Gossamer suspended, in mid air
Float'st on a sun-beam-Living atom, where

Claudius than Mr. Younge-a more credi one of the earliest Fellows of the Royal Society, Ends thy breeze-guided voyage? With what design

nictorius than Mr. M'Gibbon_a betterand an emineat philosopher, gravely conjectures In æther dost thou launch thy form minute,

than Mr. Andrews-an Icilius preferable respeeting the gossamer, “ 'tis not unlikely but that Mocking the eye? Alas! before the veil

Bass-a finer Caius Claudius than Mr. Merce those great white clouds, that appear all the summer of denser clouds shall hide thee, the pursuit

a Virginia equal to Mrs. M'Gibbon? Let Mi time, may be of the same substance!” la France, of the keen Swift may end thy fairy sail !

ready be thus interrogated, and I am satistie where these webs are called Fils de la Vierge, it has | Thus on the golden thread that Fancy weaves

answer will be “ to their advantage."-As a gent been imagined that they are formed of the cottonu | Buoyant, as Hope's illusive flattery breathes,

actress, Mrs. M'Gibbon bas pow no superior envelope of the eggs of the vine coccus. The young and visionary Poet leaves

there are some particular characters, in which Life's dull realities, while sevenfold wreaths Messrs. Kirby and Spense, in whose work on Of rainbow light around his head revolve.

unequalled. Her conceptions are mostly " Entomology" these opiaions are enumerated, give Ah! soon at Sorrow's touch the radiant dreams dissolve.

ably bappy; aud if she fails in their execar the following natural account of this phenomenon.

C. Smith, fault is more attributable to nature than to 66 These webs (at least many of them) are air-balloons,

She possesses the felicitous art of converting and the aeronauts are not

(To be concluded in our next.)

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nature than to herselí.

it to the best possible account, and on this score our have only to state, that I am too well acquainted | Though the features were much collapsed, the face

vdern authors especially are much indebted to her : with your character, to ascribe your conduct to any was no where divested of skin. The skin itself was of itb ber, a good character seldom suffers apy loss, , motive which does not appear to yourself correct; la chesnut-brown colour. The brow was well-shaped, ada bad que invariably acquires celebrity. I have and to assure you, that however erroveous I may

though, if any way defective, narrow; and to some it

may be interesting to learn, the organ of Music was Dund lately enjoyed the pleasure of seeing ber in the think your judgment to have been in the malter,

I prominent. The nose, though slightly compressed, relugher walks of tragedy, but have been considerably there is on my part no diminution of the esteem

tained enough of its original shape to be recognised as gratided with her Virginia and Desdamona, in the with which I have often subscribed myself

Roman. The cheekbones were prominent. The a lower. The chaste and elegant simplicity of her

Your obedient servant, mouth, most likely from the shrinking of the muscles attire, added to her prepossessing appearance aud

G. N.

attached to it, was wider than accorded with the general parity of actiog, rendered ber a very interesting

good proportion of the face. The space between the Roman dame, and a most fascinatiog Venetian lady;

nose and the chin, especially between the nose and ench excited alike our admiratiou and our pity,


mouth, was also proportionally too distant. Indepen.

dent, however, of these exceptions, the face was decidedThe eyes which for a short time sparkled with heari.

ly handsome. There appeared upon the chin, not the fel deliglat, were soon moistened with the genuine


slightest vestige of hair, but that upon the eyebrows was tears of unaffected sympatlıy.

distinct and finely arched. Upon the scalp there was a Actuated by no other motive than an ardent desire

profusion of silky golden hair, about two and a half to promote the welfare of the theatre, I have taken

Sir,-The great celebrity of Mr. Kean at-|

inches in length. A small portion of the scalp acci. leave to revert the order complained of above ; and,

dentally removed, showed the skull with all the fresh, tracted me to the Theatre on Monday erening, i astead of adopting Mr. Macready for the burden

89 |ness of recent bone. Having separated the lips about and I must confess the superior talents evinced by the eighth part of an inch, the fore teeth could be seen, aod sum-total of my observations, to the exclusiou

bim, although his performance in many parts of of érery one else, have selected others, and almost

remarkably white, and regularly shaped. fended me, might have caused me to overlook the excluded Mr. Macready; who, though not a greut,

One circumstance must have struck all who had an imperfectious of the other actons; yet the blunders of opportunity of seeing the above interesting examination ; is certainly a good actor. Such au arrangement

Mr. Bass, who played Welborn were so palpable that namely, the dissimilarity of the features to what we are in ay pot perhaps be palatable either to bimself or if your correspondents are all silent upon tbe subject,

taught to believe were those of the inhabitants of Egypt, bis friends, but of that I care not a rush: for if it I hope you will yourself point out to bim bow very

at the remote period at which the custom of embalming lae just to put on record his excellencies, it is reprehensible such conduct appears in the eyes of

existed in that country. A moment's reflection will suta equally so to register with them those of his fellow those who go to the play, expecting to hear the lan.

fice to convince us, that this circumstance can in no way les bourers.

throw discredit on the antiquity or genuine character of guage of some favourite author, aud pot Ahat of an the Mummy. It is sufficiently well known that at all Yours, truly, idle or assuming performer.

times the conqueror has adopted, in a greater or more Laserpool, Sept. 25, 1820. , DRAMATICUS. 1, Mr. Tayleure last night, in the first soliloquy of partial degree, the customs of the conquered. We

Lanncelot Gobbo addressed bimself altogether to the should therefore naturally expect that the Grecian set

audience, which is most uapardovable. Phere is no tlors whom Alexander left in different parts of Egypt, TO THE EDITOR.

practice more common than this amongst vulgar after its conquest, would imitate the habits of the Egyp. actors, and none which should be more discountetians in this and other respects; or we have, perhaps, nanced. I wish our performers would copy the

* a more direct solution of the difficulty (if so it can be MAR-So deeply am I impressed with a convicexample set them by Mr. Kean in this respect.-I

considered) by supposing, what would in many instantion of the folly of disputing upon matters of taste,

ces take place, the intermarriage of an Egyptian with I taste, am, Sir, Lhat shen I formed the determination of sending

the daughter of a Greek Your humble servant,

Mr. Millar, portrait painter in this od occasional notices of our theatrical amusements,

T. K. finishing a likeness in oil, of the face and surrounding I determined also never to eogage in controversy

Friday, September 29, 1820.

parts, as they appeared immediately after they wero nesporting them. To this sesolution I have bitherto

exposed ; and was completely successful in the accuracy daered, and from it I do not feel in the least dis-,

of the likeness before the exposure to the air had conposed to recede.

verted the face from a brown to a sable bue, which it My preseul object is not to dispute with you on

The following article is transferred to the Kaleidoscope did in the short period of three hours.--Glasgow Herald.

The following article is transferred to the Kaleidosc ar respeetive estimates of the inefits of an actor, from the Mercury, at the most earnest request of a Emut to offer an explanation to your readers, which is valuable correspondent. . alled for by the notice you have taken of my two

compare last communications.

To do this it is necessary to
stake, that when I sat down to pen my first police

Nr. Macready, I jntended to record ia in your

There was once in a certain part of India such a voAuges, the prominent boauties and defects of this

The Hunterian Museum at Glasgow has just been en-luminous library, that a thousand camels were requir gioius. Before I compleated any task, I had' riched by the acquisition of an Egyptian Mummy, the site for its transport, and a hundred Bramins be transgressed the limits you prescribe for communi-donation of Mr. Joshua Heywood, jun. of this city ; 1 paid for the care. Callions of this kind. I therefore, after giving a which, from its high state of preservation, may be con- The King felt no inclination co wade through all ibis C heral opiuion of his perits, and quoting a few sidered as the most interesting addition, in the antiqua. heap of learning himself, and ordered his well-fed

massages of peculiar beauty, ia bis performance, rian department, made to that very valuable collection librariaps to furnish him with an extract for his private

deterred until your pext, to notice the faults by since it became the property of the University. The use. They set to work, and in about twenty years time _which it was dish gured. lg the mean time, certain

body, shrouded in from fifty to sixty folds of rather they produced a nice little Encyclopædia, which might cousiderations induced me still further to delay this

coarse pale brick-red coloured linen, is deposited in a have been very easily carried by thirty camels. But

strong wooden coffin, fashioned so as to bear a rude re. the monarch found it still too large, and had not even unpleasant part of the duty I had imposed on my semblance to the human shape. At the upper extremity patience enough to read the pretace.. The indefatigasell, *ieb cunsiderations stated to you in a letter is carved a face, the features of which (as is the case ble Bramins began therefore atresh, and reduced the Cuatatoing a few further general remarks on Mr. with all Egyptian sculpture) are very much of the thirty cargoes into so small a substance, that a single Blacready, I requested that if those remarks were Negro cast. The coffin, along the entire length of its ass marched away with it it in confort : but the kingly objectionable, you would not print them, but to pub- outside, is richly ornamented with a profusion of hiero- dislike for reading had increased with age, and his ser. listi only the last paragraph, containing my reasons glyphical characters, of various colours, all in a state of vants wrote at last on a palm leaf for postponing the conclusion of any observations on the most perfect preservation.

The quintessence of all science consists in the little Mr. Macready's Virginius. Now, Sir, after receiv. The case inimediately containing the body is again word-PERHAPS!

Three expressions contain the history of mankind: 1ap such an intimation, was it liberal or correct in /inclosed in a second, similarly shaped, but more spa

ringly ornamented, and exhibiting a greater appearance | they were born; they suffered ; and they died. you to give tbe objectionable part of that communiwonable part of that communi of antiquity.

Love only what is good, and practice what you love. Calog to the public, and to suppress the only part| This higắly interesting relic was examined in presence Believe only what is true, but do not mention all amut which I was in the least anxious? Does such of several Professors. Upon opening the inner coffin, what you believe. cunduct shew a proper feeling of respect for your the freshness of the linen forming the investment, exEstrespondents? Or does it form any part of your cited a desire of carrying the investigation the length of

REVENGE. Editorial duty, thus to give publicity to a communi. ascertaining the actual existence of an embalmed human calion, which, if it met with your disapprobation, body.

A dervise had entreated the favourite of a Sultan for you were requested to suppress? I must be per

A longitudinal incision was made through the cover - charity ; but the haughty courtier threw a stone at him.

ings immediately over the face, which were evidently This the dervise preserved, resolving to hit the man in Atted to add, that however far I may be from call

continuous folds of the same web. Those in immediate his turn, whenever an opportunity should occur ; but question your right of commenting on any

contact with the skin were soaked in liquid asphaltum, a learning soon after that the vizier had been disgraced, icle, you insert in your miscellany, I may never

substance of highly antiseptic power, and said to have and would be dragged through the streets, the dereless doubt is necessity, after you have distinctly been employed by the Egyptians in embalming. The vise immediately fetched his stone, and threw it in a

a vowed any identity with the opinions of your head was completely denuded of these coverings, showing well; saying, at the same time,“None but a fool would strespondents.

a face, apparently female, in an astonishing state of revenge himself on a powerful enemy, and none but a Having thus freely remonstrated with you, il preservation.

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It was on perusing the manuscript from whence To Correspondents. this is taken, that a young lady presented me with

the following verses, which, though not strictly to the lines of HENRICUS, addressed to the young SIR, I have little doubt of the authenticity of the point, it is hoped contain nothing unbecoming BACHELOR, were given into the hands of the prin. the following extract from my ancestor's journal. female sensibility.

ters, when we discovered that there was a point of two

upon which it was desirable to consult the writer, whal It has been regularly transmitted to me, and the

is requested to revise that part of his composition circu'mstance alluded to is still fresh in the memory


where the following lines occur, of some old people in the neighbourhood of Cullo

" When love is o'erwhelmed with distresses, See o'er yon grave a mourner weeps

They flow from our folly alone; den. Should you think it worthy a place in your

And heaves the heartfelt sigh;

But of all the joys he possesses, interesting columns, its insertion will gratify the In that cold grave a father sleeps,

Are tender delights of his own.' . vanity of

Hid from each mortal eye:

The two latter lines are unconnected and not very in
But grief's first dreadful tumult o'er,

telligible; one of them is also imperfect in measure Delusive hopes return,

-The two concluding lines of the piece contains And whisper, "Mortal, weep no more,

bull, if we mistake not. At all events, is it not rathe Man was not made to mourn !”

odd to require a lady to love in return, when sheil [FROM MY GRANDFATHER'S JOURNAL.1

He listens to the syren's lay,

not aware that the swain loves her, in the first i Tho' his heart is fill'd with sorrow,

stance ? and yet such is the import of the lines | “ Culloden, 1746. And paints a better brighter day

which we allude, and which shall speak for them. ' A When I reflect on the various natural evils that


selves, to wit: exist in the world, and on those which have been

And does To-morrow's sun arise

Ere they love, proper care should be TAKEN, superanded by the human species, I find there is no

To bring his heart relief?

That somebody love in RETURN." situation in life exempt from pain, trouble, and Or does it find his languid eyes

These little anomalies excepted, the verses preness misfortune. It is true that though this has been

Free from the tear of grief?

some merit; and when the author has re-considered the general complaint in all ages, yet all do not feel No! he still lingers o'er the sod

them, we shall be glad to hear further from bin. them in an equal degree, for all have not equally

To bid a last adieu ; felt the reverses of fortune or the fluctuating tur

And scenes which once a father trod,

G. N. shall not have to complain this week of the sup, bulence of the human passions. "Wars,' an infal.

Affection brings to view:

pression of any part of his letter, although we are it! He's found that the sad child of grief

this instance the subject of his criticism. Not bante lible authority assures us, are the offspring of our

Who feels the pang of sorrow,

the MS. of the former communication to whick, la Justs ;' and when I look round on the desolate scene

May hope in vain to find relief

alludes, before us, we are at a loss to comprehend the before me, I cannot but feelingly acknowledge aud


full extent of our editorial crime. We shall, bor lament its force.

'Tis thus with many happy scenes

ever, examine it, and if we have been even uninte .'" It was on the 16th of April, in the eventful

We form of future joys,

tionally guilty of any violation of propriety, or ini. year 1746, on the plains of Culloden, that I took

partiality, we shall not hesitate to make our confessica

A cloud of sorrow intervenes a solemn review of my journal. I was now in the

And all our bliss destroys:

Feeling unconscious, however, of any such offenes, immediate vicinity of that place where I had spent

we must suspend the period of our humiliation. We

Nought but the present moment's ours, 'my earliest, need I say my happiest days; twenty

frequently suppress or abridge some portion of the This we may call our own;

communications of correspondents who rank rather long years had rolled away since I had left it, during But the events of future hours

high in the literary and political world; and we the greater part of which period, the sword had been

Are known to God alone;

maintain "our right so to do, provided the sense my companion, the green sward my couch, and the For he who now is happy, free,

consistency of the composition is not thereby come heavens my canopy. But I still hoped a day would

And laughs at future sorrow,

mised. If G. N's critique has suffered on this score, come to restore me to my liberty and my home;

May sleep beneath this clay cold sod

it was an oversight on our parts; but we must, as we that day has come, but alas! how replete with me

before observed, consult the original before se stal lancholy associations !

Everton, Sept. 13th 1820.

concede that point. As for the privilege of an edut to comment freely upon the reasoning or taste

of his correspondents: it is so clearly within « My allegiance to my Sovereign compelled me to plunge the sword into the vitals of those who were the follow

province, that it needs no vindication. Pebap ho were The following is one of the best specimens of antithesis we may be falling again into error, in alludin dear to me by every tie of nature and affection.

and pun we ever met with ; although, for the sake of to any thing stated in the postscript to G. Though their claims and their conduct were alike

letter, as the writer may turn short upon us at unwarrantable, yet when I heard the pibroch re

the point, the writer has been compelled to elevate the

week, and say that such postscript was confidentia sound, and saw the plumes of my countrymen late Mr. Rae into a comparison with Mr. KEAN.

We shall venture however to ask G. N. how could dance in the breeze, with the gallant and gay cheva

ke upon himself to say, that we prefer Me. lier at their head, I secretly cursed my own want

Macready to Mr. Kean? We know that we nova of resolution, and bitterly reproved the indiscrimi


said any such thing ourselves either to him orta nating censure of the world. But the journal of my

one else. life and my misery is not yet complete: on the reMourn, Drury! mourn thy half deserted scene,

We feel particularly obliged to some unknown friend collection of this day, from many an eye will the

for the loan of the splendid edition of the poem embittered tear-drop fall—by many a heart will the Thy triumph once, thy sorrow now is KEAN;

LEONORA, which shall have a place in our column keen pang of separation be felt-but by none more And, in fresh gloom to wrap thy setting day,

when previous engagements with other corresponda vividly than my own Lost is thy other son, extinct thy RAE;

will admit. In the mean time, the greatest care stau “ In the evening when the thunder of battle was Hope's anchor raised, her swelling sails unfurled,

be taken of the original. over, and the contest for a prison or a throne had this seeks “ another," that " a better world !"

A person who styles himself A SUBSCRIBER, 29 Sepsubsided, I stole out to see if among the mangled

writes in so impertinent a style, that we shall make me bodies of my countrymen, I could recognise any

other reply, than that it is a matter of total indifference friend of other years : after traversing for some time


to us, how soon he carry his threat into execution. among the dying and the dead, I accidentally stum. bled over the body of an old man, who gave signs

We will thank an unknown friend to inform us who

the author of the Essay on Laughter, with which of existence by a deep groan; his hair, in whiteness, might have rivalled the snow of the Teviot bills,

has favoured us.

TO THE EDITOR. and his dress indicated that he had been made a

We have further to make our acknowledgments to soldier by the emergencies of the times. On ex- | SIR, I am no architect, but I conceive there is a -CYRUS,-A. L.-FLEUR DE LYS, W. amining, I found he had received a mortal wound great eye-sore on the new steeple of St. George's. The

eve-sore on the new steeple of St. George's. The READER -B-Lines to a Rose, by K.The on his left shoulder, which had penetrated deeply top corners of the main square tower are bevelled down, of a Tour,-E. J. Potteries. into his neck. I was afflicted with his misfor- and the sloping space covered with lead, which, in such tunes, and felt desirous to relieve his misery: for a situation, upon handsome stone work, has a very un

Printed, published, and sold this purpose I carried him to a burning pile of ruins;

pleasant appearance. There is yet time to remedy the
defect, and I am sure if the corners were carried up,

BY EGERTON SMITH AND CO. whose faint glare exhibited an allegorical picture of square, to the level, and the vacancies on the top, occu

Liverpool Mercury Office. the object of my pity-the feeble remains of both

pied by handsome urns, corresponding with those on Sold also by John Bywater and Co. Pool-lane : Meses were about to be shortly extinguished for ever.

the body of the church, a very striking deformity Evans, Chegwin and Hall, Castle-street; Mr. But, О reader ! if thou hast a soul, conceive what would be removed, without any disadvantage to the Smith, Paradise-street ; Mr. Warbrick, was my grief-astonishment and despair, when I superstructure. This may, for aught I know, be con- Library, Lime-street ; Mr. G. P. Day, News found him to be no other thau my own father ;-hetrary to the rules of art, but I am sure it would be Dale-street; Mr. Lamb, Hanover-street; and died in my arms !" 1 agreeable to the eye.

John Smith, St. James's-road, for ready monyong

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