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among the Furies,”-or, “ glory to gical opera in blank verse-has been prohave 'scaped the Stygian Pool!”. She duced at this theatre with success. We has a voice of great depth and richness, do not wish to see the experiment often and an honest straight-forward nature, repeated; but this once we shall not comof which we heartily wish Mr. Ellis- plain. The story, which is founded on ton, who must be acquainted with the murder of Rizzio in the presence of her merit, would allow to gladden his Mary Queen of Scots, seems to us hap

pily selected; because it affords a fit . Mr. Kean's benefit-always, as it opportunity for the introduction of the ought to be, an occasion of high interest refinements of Italian music, and the in the theatrical world—this year, not sweet and plaintiye simplicity of the only filled Drury Lane, but also the Scotch. The author, in representing his riyal theatre. He performed Jaffier, hero as softening the heart of an assaswhich is, we should imagine, one of the sin who is meditating his death, while most arduous parts for an actor in the he is unconsciously singing, has at once whole range of tragedy. It is a long finely complimented the influences of and weary part-with no very promi- the musician, and has made his song nent passages and no scope for that contribute to the action. The language exertion of energetic will which Mr. of the piece is of the best order of comKean is so fitted to embody. In the mon-place throughout, and sometimes earlier scenes he was ineffectiye, for he touches on the fanciful; but we, for the is a wretched declaimer; but he kindled most part, dislike blank verse, except with the passion, and where it broke when the representation is sufficiently into tenderness, melted all hearts by his dignified to become ideal, and the tremulous tones and little quiverings of thoughts are such as “ voluntarily move anguish. The finest thing in the per- harmonious numbers.". The music is formance was his way of telling Belvis almost entirely good, though in very Jera that his friend had struck him : his different styles; for the airs by Braham whole nature seemed to recoil at the in- are among his best; a song and chaunt dignity in extremest agony, and his ac- by Attwood are worthy the pupil of tion of bewildered shame was most true Mozart; and the selection from the old and affecting. Mr. Elliston was the Scotch tunes, which are to our hearts Pierre ; but, as he resembles that gay vil- the choicest in the world, is singularly lain in one thing, that" he has done the judicious. Mr. Braham, as Rizzio, sings state some service," we will say nothing as well, and Miss Carew, as Lady Mary, of the points in which his dissimilarity better than ever. The scenery is supewas obvious. Belvidera was well per- rior to that usually exhibited on this * formed by Mrs. M'Gibbon, who played stage, but it yet wants “the freshness 'the part neither so loudly nor so lus- and the glory" of that which contributes ciously as is usual. But the great source so largely to the attractions of the rival of attraction was evidently the farce, in theatre. which Mr. Kean had promised his friends COVENT GARDEN THEATRE. to display the accomplishments of the We have said, on some former occaadmirable Crichton, and in an intro- sion, that Maçready is the most romanductory address, delivered by Mr. Ruş- tic of actors. Since his performance of sell, suffered himself to be nick-named Macbeth, we may yield him this praise « The admirable Kean.” Alas! for hu- in a higher sense than before. If, in man hopes! He discovered great sweet- Rob Roy, he embodied a character of ness of voice, and some skill in the art of prose romance---one into whose manly fencing ; but before he had reached the heart the craggs and lone hills and rollsummit of his ambition as Harlequin, ing mists had sent their influences he sprained his ancle in a vain attempt here he has pictured to us the hero of to dance with Miss Vallancey, and was the most romantic poetry-one on whose afterwards able to exhibit nothing but soul the shadows of things not seen by his powers of mimickry. We are so sorry vulgar eyes are resting, one whom the for the result of his frolic, which has de- spirits of the earth fascinate, and about prived the stage of his real merit eyer whose path airy spells are hovering to since, that we shall only express our enchain and to delude him. Macready, feeling, that the man who can play from the time of the appearance of the Othello as he does, will add little to his Weird Sisters, looked and moved bewilreputation, by shewing that he is the deredly, seemed visibly acted on rather best dancer or mimic in the world. than acting, and spoke as in a fearful

A novelty on the English stage--a tra- dream. His mode of delivering the soNEw MONTHLY MAG.-No. 78.

Vol. XIV. M

Kloquy was beautiful and new; instead to anticipate. The vast religious inteof starting suddenly as at a ghost, he rest of the original is not, and could not looked about amazedly, gradually recog- be, transferred to the acted drama; but nized the phantom of the heat-oppressed all the other parts of the story are brought brain, and awakened from the vision only out with a power, and wrought with a to a shuddering sense of real and deeper skill, which leaves a less chasm than horror. The scarcely mortal tones with could have been expected. The wrestwhich he gave the last lines—the trem- ling-match at the inn between Burley bling of his hand on the lock of the fa- and Bothwell-the scene in the loft, tal chamber, and his stealthy gliding into where Burley's remorse so tremendously it, left the audience in a hushed ex- shakes, yet does not burst the armour of pectation. Still finer was his entrance fanaticism with which his soul is girded after the deed: his delivery of the first the perils of Henry before Claverspeeches in a frightful whisper-his vivid house, and his deliverance-his awful picture of agony when the stupor ceased situation in the lone house where the

and his mode of giving the speeches Covenanters are waiting for his blood of “ I could not say Amen, when they till the Sabbath shall expire-and the did say God bless us,” and the heart- scene in the cave between Burley and bleeding description of “ The innocent Morton—though some of their strange sleep." No one can give a speech in solemnity is gone, have all the life and which, amidst the passion, there is a passion with which they are instinct in parenthetical beauty-as in this last, the novel. The catastrophe, indeed, is like him; his noble voice breaks into greatly improved from the original, the calmly imaginative, and gently gives where it is contrived with singular lack the placid image, and then rushes on of skill. Mr. Huntley's dress and apwith the passion, as if its course had pearance as Balfour-except that he is never been interrupted, with a delicate somewhat too tall — admirably realize discrimination and an all-pervading har- our ideas of the outward man of the inony. His performance of the banquet- holy assassin. His acting is no less exscene, which all his predecessors whom cellent, and, if propriety suffered him to we have seen either slurred over or pour forth the scriptural language of mangled, was almost perfeet. Instead of the novel, would be sublime. Mr. Watbullying the ghost from the room, he kins plays Morton in a fine, gallant style, trembled from it, sunk exhausted on a worthy of the character. Fitzwilliam is chair, and covered his face with his very clever in Cuddie ; but there is too hands, exclaiming, “ Hence, horrible much consciousness in his humour. shadow-unreal mockery, hence,” in the Mrs. Dibdin performs Lady Margaret tone not of command, but of agony. In with dignity and ease - Miss Taylor, the last act he most powerfully exhi- Edith with delicacy and pathos and bited the fearful struggle with destiny ; in Miss Copeland, Jenny Dennison with as which he seemed to bear up so bravely, pretty rustic coquetry and genuine naiveté that we could scarcely believe he was to as heart could wish. The whole is very fall. Terry's Macduff was alternately interesting, especially the scene in the energetic and affecting. Mrs. Bunn and cavern, where Morton bursts on Burley Mrs. Faucit have played Lady Macbeth in his awful moment of self-conflict to in turns, both respectably-and more recover the deeds of Lady Margaret's we do not expect, or even desire. We estate, seizes them from the flames, and should almost regret a tolerably successful leaps the tremendous chasm in safety. attempt to give some image of this cha- This wild and fearful scene is set visibly racter, lest it should disturb that one before us. In the battle of Bothwell sublime remembrance which yet remains Brigg, with which the piece concludes, “ in unapproachable divinity” in the Burley, stricken over the battlements, stateliest chambers of the soul.

but clinging to them with his feet, fights SURREY THEATRE.

with his head downwards till he expires The drama of Old Mortality, founded an improvement in the art of “ braveon the celebrated Scottish romance of ly dying, which we recommend to the that name, is far better than we ventured serious attention of Mr. Kean.

GREAT BRITAIN.

VARIETIES.

P. ananula febrifuga, but it is known to the { Cambridge, May 26.-The Hebrew Uni Indians by the name of chininha. It has been versity Scholarship for the present year has,

administered to several patients with interafter a long investigation, been decided in mittent fevers, in doses of from a sciuple to favour of George Attwood, B. A. of Pem- half a dram of the powdered root every three broke Hall; and to John Jowett Stevens, hours, and is said to have removed cases B. A. scholar of Jesus College, the sum of which had resisted the cinchona.

£20 was voted to be presented as a premium Cheap Mode of preserving Anatomical Prefor the great knowledge of Hebrew display- parations. It has been usual to employ, for ed by him in the examination.--The Chan- this purpose, spirit of wine, somewhat above cellor's gold medal for the best English proof, and which costs about 188. or 20s. poem, for the present year, is adjudged to per gallon. It has been ascertained by Mr. Mr. G. E. Scott, of Trinity Hall-subject, Cooke of London, that a saturated solution of Waterloo."

muriate of soda (common salt) answers the Our scientific readers will hear with plea- purpose equally well ; and this solution sure of the intended establishment of two (about three pounds of salt to the gallon) new Observatories. One of these we have does not cost above iod. per gallon. Mr. already mentioned ; it is to be at the ex Cooke has received from the Society of Arts, pense of Government, and is to be built at for this discovery, the society's silver medal. the Cape of Good Hope, with an astronomier, Poetic Festival.The congress of Bards, assistants, &c. The other is to be built at which was to have taken place at Wrexham Cambridge, partly at the expense of the in August, is, in consequence of the coronaUniversity, and partly by public subscrip- tion, postponed to the second week in Seption. The Plumian professor is to be the tember. observer at this latter place ; and this, it ap Royal Academy.The King has been grapears, is guaranteed by the foundation-deed. ciously pleased to distinguish the Royal Both these observatories are to be furnished Academy by a new mark of his gracious with the best instruments our artists can favour, in giving the President for the time make, and the observations made at the lat- being, a gold medal and chain, to be worn ter place are to be printed annually, and cir- by him as President of that Institution. culated amongst the different Observatories The medal bears a portrait of His Majesty, on the Continent.

and is inscribed—“ From His Majesty King Foreign Commerce.-An old Asiatic Mer- George the Fourth to the President of the chant's Reflections on the present difficul- Royal Academy.” ties of the country, and on relieving them Sherbet.-It is not generally known that by opening new markets to our commerce, this beverage, so often mentioned with praise has justly attracted the notice both of mer in Arabic poetry, is neither more nor less cantile men and of statesmen. The author than a decoction of oatmeal and sugar, seais a member of parliament, and we observe soned when cold with rose water. with pleasure that he has been added, by Extraordinary Production.—There grew special vote, to the committee now investi- last year in the garden of Mr. Johnson, at gating the petitions. He states that the Sunbury, a stalk of wheat in the hollow Americans have almost a monopoly of the of an apple-tree, five feet from the ground, trade of Continental Europe to China ; and which produced, without care, or scarce this, combined with very great interme- any notice, 361 straws, 33 ears, and 109:2 diate advantages, viz. the demand for our grains of wheat, besides what was destroyed manufactures in the extensive eastern Ar- by birds and insects. The straw is still to chipelago,' and the adjacent coasts of the be seen in the hollow, where it grew all China sea, might be secured to the enter affixed to one root, and the produce growprize of our merchants, by an arrangement ing upon and covering near two roods of with the India Company to permit private ground. ships to trade with China in every thing but The Longitude.-A. M. Hoene Wronsky tea. He gives the heads of a plan for pro- complains in the Gazette de France of the moting this Eastern trade, which are so illiberality of the British nation in not grantclear, and at the same time so practicable, ing him the reward of 20,000l. proposed by that we trust the matter will be seriously Parliament for the discovery of the longitaken up, and a negociation entered into tude. This person declares, that “ he has with the Court of Directors for opening this established a new lunar theory, which gives inexhaustible market for the manufactures the solution required.” Proud of his disand trade of the empire.

covery, he hastened from Paris to London, Substitute for Cinchona.—Dr. Joseph Pa- where he immediately waited upon Sir Jovon lately read to the Academy of Sciences seph Banks, who referred him to Dr. Young, of Madrid, an account of a new-discovered by whom he says, "every thing is done at plant of South America, possessing qualities the Board of Longitude.” In the mean time similar to those of Cinchona. It is a shrub all his instruments, in spite of his remonof a new genus, and has been called by Dr. strances, were taken from the Custom

house, and exposed to the Board of Longi- 34 new tracts, calculated to counteract blastude, who, after having minutely examined phemous and infidel publications; and, of them, discovered his secret, and then, coolly these and other publications of the Society, returning them to him, informed him that upwards of 400,000 have been issued in the his discovery was not new, and that the last three months. More than 5,000l. has Board had entertained a similar idea. M. been subscribed in aid of this particular obWronsky complains, that not only was heject. -- It has been ascertained that the marefused the Parliamentary reward, but even nufacturing districts in the North of Enghis expenses to London were not paid, land, and the Western parts of Scotland, are which, he says, was the more unjust, as deeply and awfully imbued with irreligious the English unfairly obtained a knowledge principles. of his lunar theory, and his theory of re Universities. There are at present 1634 fractions. We should be glad that the students on the books of Trinity College, Board of Longitude would reply to M. Dublin--an unprecedented number. OxWronsky's statements.

ford has 4102, and Cambridge 3958 memVariation of the Magnetic Needle. — From bers ; also quite beyond former example. the mean of daily observations on the mag Champagne.-This celebrated wine is in. *netic needle this year, it has been found to debted for its characteristic properties to the decrease about a' in its Western course, presence of carbonic acid. It produces rapid compared with observations made last year; intoxication, in consequence of the alcohol, but whether this recession will be progres- which is suspended in, or combined with, sive is a question of considerable import- this gas, being thus applied in a sudden and ance, and which must be decided by fur- very divided state to a larger extent of nerther observations; if so, the magnetic needle vous surface : for the same reason its effects may be said to have arrived at its maximum are as transitory as it is sudden *. variation Westward. The mean variation of Philosophic Girl.-The Italian Journals the magnetic needle at the close of 1819, was mention that a young lady, only 13 years of 24° 36' W.

age, named Maria Catherina Gherardi, a naPrecious Slones.-A diamond said to be tive of Serola, has maintained in public a worth 20,000l, and consequently one of the series of philosophic theses, in the Latin largest in the world, was among the spoils language. of the Peishwa, and is now in the East India A Free Monarchy.-In the work of James Company's treasury, to be sold for the bene- I. entitled, “True Law of Free Monarchies," fit of the captors. It was brought to England it is laid down, that a free monarchy is one by the ship York. A block of amethyst, or in which the monarch is perfectly free to do rather a mass of amethysts, has been sent as he pleases ! from Brazil to Calcutta. This extraordinary Administration of the Law.-The nation specimen is four feet in circumference, and ought no longer to be insulted with that weighs 98 pounds. It is in its rough state, public scandal of hired bail. As the judges and consists of more than 50 irregular co go to their chambers in Serjeant's Inn, they lumns, smooth, transparent, purple and have to pass through a host of shabby illwhite, shooting up like crystals from a com- looking fellows, who wait to become bail for mon matrix.

any body, and to any amount, for the consiBritish Antiquities. A subterraneous ce deration of half a crown. If the plaintiff, on metery of very remote antiquity, was lately receiving notice, objects to such bail, other discovered by a farmer on the Carmichael persons are afterwards procured to justify, estate, near Hyndford Bridge, between by swearing themselves worth double the Douglas and Lanark. Several stone coffins debt. It is well known that many are hired have been found.

for this latter purpose also, who commit Coffee.-Substitutes for this useful berry perjury on very moderate terms.

All this have grown so much into use on the Continent, that the importation of that article into Europe is reduced frorn seventy millions Dr. Haknemann, may be relied upon in all

* The following simple test invented by of pounds annnally to below thirty millions. cases when an adulteration of lead is sus

Arakatscha.-Europe owes infinite grati- pected.-Expose equal parts of sulphur and tude to the memory of Sir Francis Drake, powdered oyster-shells to a white heat for who first introduced from America the pota- fifteen minutes, and, when cold, add an toe.

It has been lately stated, that there equal quantity of cream of tartar: these are grows in Santa Fe de Bagota, a root even

to be put into a strong bottle with common more nourishing and as prolific as this plant. water, to boil for an hour ; and the solution It is called Arakatscha, and resembles the is afterwards to be decanted into ounce Spanish chesnut in taste and firmness. It phials, adding twenty drops of muriatic acid is indigenous to the Cordilleros, a climate

to each. This liquor will precipitate the as temperate as that of Europe, and might least possible quantity of lead in the most be cultivated here with the same facility as the potatoe.

rapid manner; the muriatic acid being added

to prevent a precipitation of iron, which is Counteraction of Infidel Principles.—The innoxious, and might accidentally be conChristian Knowledge Society has published tained in the wine.

RURAL ECONOMY.

might be very easily altered. Previous no- particular orders of knighthood, no laurels, tice should, in all cases, be given of the per- no allegorical personifications. Even motsons who are to become bail, and they toes should be avoided, for what sovereign should be made to justify at the same time. cannot command the most flattering pane

Sea Water.-The practice of many who gyrics of this kind? frequent sea-bathing places, of descending to the beach, and there swallowing, periodically, copious draughts of sea-water, is ex To destroy Caterpillars.-A gardener at tremely detrimental to the health, from the Glasgow practises a mode of destroying caexcessive and permanent irritation of the terpillars, which he discovered by accident. stomach and bowels produced by this potion, A piece of woollen rag had been blown by the in its state of mechanical mixture with sele- wind into a currant-bush, and when taken nite, floating particles of algæ and fuci, and out was found covered by these leaf-devourits integral combination of muriate of soda. ing insects. He immediately placed pieces

New Coinage. It is earnestly hoped that of woollen cloth in every bush in his garden, the coinage to be issued on the Coronation, and found next day that the caterpillars had will evince a more national and enlightened universally taken to them for shelter. In taste than we have lately been accustomed this way he destroys many thousands every to. We hope to see no devices belonging to morning.

FOREIGN VARIETIES.

FRANCE.

SWITZERLAND.

Gymnasio della Sapienza, proposed, on the French Dramas, extensive Collection of.- invitation of his superiors, to print his course It may be interesting to our amateurs of of Astronomy, in which the circulation of national, and especially of theatrical, anti- the earth as a planet was taught positively, quities, to be informed that a bookseller of not hypothetically. The inspector of books Paris, M. Royer, a collector of literary cu

previous to publication, has withheld his riosities, unpublished MSS. and other in- permission for printing this work ; consevaluables, possesses a series of old French quently has prevented its publication, under plays, from the time of the Mysteries to that the authority of the decision and rescript of Rocrou, in one hundred and sixty-two vols. above referred to. It is said, that the author quarto. It is well known what use has been has determined to obtain a definitive determade of similar collections by Mr. Douce mination on this point from the Congrega, and other commentators on Shakespeare, by tions of the Holy Office, and of the Index the late Mr. Beloe, in his “ Anecdotes of Expurgatorius. Literature ;", and how far they contribute to illustrate the manners of a nation, and of the Plantain Root, a Febrifuge.--Dr. Perrin times to which they belong.

has lately read to the Society of Natural Classical Hermes suspended.-M. Pottier Sciences, of which he is a member, observahas been obliged, by particular circum- tions he has made on the febrifugal virtues of stances, to suspend the publication of his the roots of the plantain (plantagó major, Classical Hermes ; but intends to embody in minor et latifolia, Linn.) He is of opinion a separate work the materials he had pre- that it may be employed with advantage in pared for its continuation,

intermittents. The question may easily be

brought to the test of experiment, as the Copernican System of Astronomy pro

plant is common in all parts; and the leaves scribed. - That the immortal, but unfortu

are known to every school-boy as a vulnate, Galileo was imprisoned for insisting on

nerary the motion of the earth round the sun, as its primary-if that were the true cause of his Powerful Rockets, Luminaries.--It may imprisonment - is well known : also, that be within the recollection of our readers, since that time, by a rescript of Benedict that “wicked Will. Whiston," as Swift XIV. the Copernican System has been al- called him, proposed to ascertain the longilowed to be taught among Catholics hypo- tude by means of great fires kindled in places thetically only, not positively. The pretence distant from each other. Something not for this rejection of science and truth is a very unlike his notion seems to be in the veneration for Scripture, or rather for a ver way for being realized by a late invention of sion, that in the Romish church holds the M. Schumacher, captain of Artillery, at Coplace of Scripture, wherein it is said, the sun penhagen. He fabricates a new species of stayed at the command of Joshua ; and else- rocket, which is much larger than a Conwhere, the sun rises, and the sun sets, but greve rocket, and rises to a prodigious height; the earth abideth ever;" or, as they render when arrived at the extreme point of elevait, the earth standeth still, or reposeth, ever. tion, it bursts, and spreads a light so lively Whether this prohibition will be persisted that it may be seen at the distance of thirty in is likely to be brought to the test before leagues. The inventor discharged several of long. Sig. Settele, Professor at the Archi- these rockets from the little island of Hielm

ITALY.

DENMARK.

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