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one' on which the Spring-Gun-Re tent spring-guns.-What an admi. peal-Bill, or the New Garden-Act, rable code is our game-laws !" was read for the second time. It is As I have hitherto regarded springalmost disgraceful to humanity to guns as they operate against the enter into an argument on the ne- guilty, if they are not to be defend. cessity of this measure ; however, as ed on that view, (and Heaven and the bill has not as yet passed, and has humanity forbid that they should moreover met with some opponents, be!) what can be said in their favour, I must out with my real opinion. with the knowledge that they are One question I would ask the advo- endangering the lives of the innocate of spring-guns, which I consider cent? Is it not horrible to reflect, comprehends all that can be said, and yet has it not often occurred, pro and con, the passing of the bill that strangers to the soil,—labourers for their discontinuance,-Which is returning from their daily toil, in the more worthy of protection, the ignorance of the neighbourhood of life of a fellow-creature, or the pre- these horrid engines,-have taken, as servation of a head of game?" If they consider, the nearest way to he admit the former, I cannot their homes, and have found it the think he can open bis lips again in shortest to eternity! defence of this authorizer of legitimatized man-slayersma law which Sensibility of Hangmen. seems to have an existence like that There is something particularly of the fabled vampyre, by the blood gratifying in the exercise of amiable which is shed to perpetuate it. feelings; and although there may

What is the ostensible object of be some who would sneer at the senspring-guns ? -To destroy those who sibility of Jack Ketch, let the folare in pursuit of game ; ergo, a mul- lowing fact do this hitherto-injured titude of needy peasantry are to be member of society justice. The son sacrificed, in order that the lord of of the late respectable individual the manor may enjoy a few months who executed the office, not having shooting in the autumn. Do you the fear of the Lord and his father's remember the story of the Algerine gallows before his eyes, committed a Dey, who, upon any grand occasion, theft, for which he is sentenced to for instance, the arrival of a foreign be whipped, one of the functions ambassador, would, by way of a treat, which Mr Ketch has to go through, order a score or two of his subjects jure officii. The gentleman who at to be slaughtered, expressly for the present fills the executive office, with entertainment and gratification of a delicacy which does honour to his his august visitors? The country feelings, has sent, I understand, a gentlemen of England, in regard to petition to the Court, (entre nous of the zeal they discover for the amuse- course,) expressing the shock be Inent of their September guests, ap- should feel in exercising his profespear to have forined their notions of sion on the son of the individual to hospitality from that amiable auto- whom he was indebted for the knowcrat. I do not believe it possible that ledge of it. Mr Serjeant Arabin, there can be a preserve of game at with a due appreciation of such represent in this country but what finement of feeling, has, I underhas been purchased by a life, or at stand, taken the matter seriously least a limb. What an honest pride into consideration. a hospitable lord of the manor must feel in observing to his au- An Advertisement in a late Numtumnal visitors, “ The covey you ber of the Times, addressed to a sprung this morning cost a half- young gentleman, who has abruptly starved labourer hisleg ;-the baunch quitted one of the Universities, after of venison of which you are now expressing the great loss and afflicpartaking was procured by the an- tion his absence has occasioned, connihilation of a villanous poacher ;- cludes by a noble reward of—THREE that hare which I sent you a fort- Guineas for the discovery of his night ago was taken out of the place of residence. Society must hands of one of my tenant's sons as really experience a “ great loss," he lay dead, shot by one of my pa- by an individual, on whose virtues and worth so modest a price is set" by his afflicted relatives and An attorney of the name of Fisher, friends !"

residing at Lyme-Regis, has obtained a verdict against Stockdale, the pub

lisher of Harriet Wilson's Memoirs, The Full of Elliston.

for asserting that he is “ a · ladyCities rise and fall!-einpires killer," has " black eyes," and (to flourish and decay !-kingdoms pass what a height will this notorious from the earth, and are heard of no woman carry her insinuations !) that more! If such is the perishability of he is " six feet high." In pure human concerns, can we wonder, if compassion for the amiction he must Mr Elliston gets dead drunk, he have endured, in being so horridly should fall likewise ? Yes! the mana- libelled, the Jury have awarded ger, the great lessee, and the first of him seven hundred pounds damages. comedians, has given a proof that Without reflecting on the verdict, human nature is prone to frailty, the charge of the learned Judge, or and that “ nemo mortalium omnibus attempting to defend the disgusting horis sapit.In playing Falstaff, a conduct of Wilson, still, I think, few nights since, this“ veteran there are many men who would member of the dramatic corps," and gladly give seven hundred pounds unaffected admirer of the brandy- for being charged with the identical bottle, just as he had spoken those atrocities which are laid at the door awfully appropriate words, of Mr Fisher,--have so grievously

Hal, if thou should'st see me down in wounded his fair fame and reputa the battle, bestride me, so—'tis a point however, to be a married man, and

tion. I understand that gentleman, of friendship!

the father of a large family. when, overcome by the force of So much for what I have seen, his feelings, or the liquor he had heard, and read, during the present swallowed, he staggered and fell !-- nonth. If you are not sufficiently « Oh! what a fall was there, my bored with the present, I promise countrymen!" Mr Wallack endea- you a fresh supply of gossip in my voured in vain to reinstate him, but next; and as I have upon this occathe great lessee had already risen too sion dilated pretty largely on persons, high in public estimation, and sank I shall confine myself, in my future too heavily on the boards, to be speculations, rather more closely to rained by his stage-manager ! things.--Vale.

Y.

VIOLANTE; A TALE FROM THE GERMAN. A CONSIDERABLE time before the dows with great violence, became inn on the summit of Mount St. the subject of laughter. The song Bernard had attained its present went round, and every individual magnificent form, a stormy winter gave a specimen of the language and night led several travellers to seek manner of his country, for which the shelter of the small dwelling indulgence, or rather praise, was bewhich friendly hands had erected on stowed on him by the others, who, that spot. A cheerful fire blazed upon for similar communications, met the hearth, and the company, which with the same friendly return. This consisted of young men of rank, or, happy harmony caused, at last, the at least, of fortune, who were all eyes of all to rest upon the only more or less acquainted, having of- person who seemed unsusceptible of ten before met on both sides of the it. It was a young German nobleAlps, gathered round it, to enjoy, man, who thrust his discord into the over some flasks of old wine, the cheerful chorus. Bernwald was his conviction of having escaped from name, and he was known to all the serious danger. The inspiring li- company either personally, or by the quor soon raised the spirits of the favourable reputation which his guests, and the snow-storm, which manly character and noble manners continued to drift against the win- had every where obtained for him.

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To press such a guest with indis- and her manner, to be a high-born creet questions, or to make his si- lady. She stopped a moment, as if Jence the subject of mirthful jests, arrested by Lindan's song, but when was not deemed advisable ; but the surprise at the apparition silenced wish to learn what had thrown the him, she turned away in disappointyouth, formerly so cheerful and so- ment, and vanished amongst the ciable, into this deep dejection, in- shrubbery. Some soft chords from creasing in every breast, some of his Lindan's guitar followed her, and I more particular friends ventured to said, in a laughing tone, ‘She looks ask him, in a sympathising tone, why like a Nausica here on the beach, he would not to-day enliven their my friend, for whom one would will. joy, by sharing it.

ingly submit to an Odyssean shipRaising his head with an expres- wreck, and a ten year's wandering sion of mild sadness in his counte- into the bargain, for the pleasure of nance, he seemed astonished to find being comforted by her, and, having the social rejoicing silenced, and the no Penelope at home, to marry her, eyes of all present fixed upon him- if possible.' Lindan had but half self; he therefore, after a short pause, heard my speech, he repeated, thus addressed them:-“My friends, "Shipwreck! wandering ! our whole my melancholy aspect has interrupto existence is perhaps no better, and ed your joy ; 'I feel that I owe you the love even of this sorceress may some indemnification for it; will lead to the same end.' you accept as such the communica- “ He resumed his song, but, as if tion of the extraordinary circum- seized with a prophetic feeling of apstance which has cast this gloom proaching grief, he gave it a more over my mind and my countenance ? tender and more melancholy expresIt cannot affect you so powerfully sion, until a melodious female voice, as it has affected me, who was part from a neighbouring bower, inter, ly involved in it, and who am most rupted him. The singer scolded intimately connected by the ties of bim, in sweet Italian sounds, that he early friendship with him to whom could venture to awaken, with foreign this occurrence happened ; neverthe- and even lamenting tones, the echo less, it may move your sympathy to of the Parthenopean shore. Lindan, hear how the delusions of the world familiar with the cheerful art of the brought destruction and grief on the improvisatore, was replying in a si, noblest love."

milar manner, when we perceived The company having expressed the female figure who had first their approbation of Bernwald's pro- passed us leave the bower, and adposal, he began as follows:-"Somevance towards us. Yielding to the of you have known the young Count entreaties of my friend, she raised Lindan, and have loved him for his the veil which hid her face, and we worthy mind, his affectionate disposi- discovered the beautiful Violante, tion, and, above all, for his poetic ge-' the daughter of a Neapolitan noblenius, which first allured him out of man, and the most celebrated beauhis dear old Germany into this coun- ty of the land. We had never betry. Notwithstanding his travels and fore had an opportunity of closely his wanderings, a strong attachment admiring her charms, iny friend's for the place of his nativity, for its excursions and searches after old customs, its legends, and its poets, lore and legends among the country ever filled his heart, and he often ex- people having excluded us from the pressed this feeling in songs which he gay world ; but she now, after askused to accompany with the guitar. ing our names and rank, invited us One evening, as he was seated on to follow her to her father's villa, the fragments of an ancient temple on that she might introduce us to bim, the sea shore, in the neighbourhood We gladly accepted the offer, and of Naples, he was singing one of his have lived since that evening under favourite songs, and I was stretched the magic spell of the lovely apparion the fragrant grass by his side, lis- tion. We entered, in the mean tening to him, when two veiled fe- time, into closer connexion with the males glided past us, one of them world, and my friend strove, by the seeming, by her dress, her figure, tenderest attentions, to gain the heart

us.

of Violante for himself, and for his youth_soon became troublesome to country. He soon succeeded, as far The common-place courtliness, as regarded himself; his handsome which had at first modestly stood figure, his pleasing and affectionate back, raised itself to higher and more manner, shortly gained him the assuming stations, until it gained, love of his fair mistress; but Vio- no one could tell how, the highest lante heard every proposal to go to place in the assembly, and circumGermany with decided aversion. A scribed and suppressed every expresstrife began between the lovers, where. sion of genius as well as originality, in-may every foreigner in this as- under the pretence of gratifying all, sembly excuse the expression !--the whilst it, in reality, gratified but its German depth and purity of feeling own spokesman. Lindan grew silent carried the point against Violante's and reserved in company; a song Italian pride, and her effeminate dis- from Violante, a solitary walk with inclination for the uncouth sounds her, recompensed him for many a of a northern language. She sub- tiresome hour spent in the now momitted to the task of learning the votonous circle. He scarcely noticed German from her friend ; and whilst the young Frenchman's wish to gain he was making her acquainted with Violante's love, and when he did, our poets and our philosophers, new he merely smiled at it, as an extraand wonderful blossoms germinated vagant undertaking. I felt differin her breast. It afforded great ently. I saw but too clearly how delight to observe the progress of much the stranger gained in Violanthese northern flowers and tendrils te's eyes, and how much the sweet in this southern garden ; and the plants, which Lindan fostered in her attentive gardener, my good and mind, lost thereby. Daily one of pious Lindan, fostered his beautiful the tender blossoms faded, and at love-blossoms in silent happiness, last there sprung up so many Pariwithout forming for the moment sian tulips, that a German forgetanother wish. Violante was the me-not, and a proud Italian rose, first to suggest the necessity of see could but seldom raise their heads. curing their union ; every thing was Lindan, for a long time, shut his accordingly prepared for Lindan to eyes, as if intentionally, to this memake a formal proposal to her father. lancholy change. One evening, He thought with trepidation of the however, he sought me after leaving important day; not that he had any the circle, and his eyes were filled cause to apprehend a refusal, against with tears. "I fear, Bernwald,' which his rank, his fortune, and his said he in a low voice, 'I have lost faith in the Roman Catholic religion, her !' I was silent, but a deep sigh protected him, but he dreaded the ce- escaped my troubled breast. And remonies of a court presentation, and yet,' continued he, 'I must strive for all that follows such a step. Poor her as long as I am able. Such a Lindan, thou wast spared all these paradise is not so easily resigned. formalities, but in a far, far dif- After this, Lindan's behaviour toferent way from what thou hadst wards the Frenchman grew serious, anticipated or wished! Some time nay, almost hostile. He openly athad elapsed since a young French- tacked his pitiful shallowness, but man had been introduced to Vio- the adversary always effected his lante's father. We at first over- escape. The circumstance, that most looked him in his common-place of the phrases which the smatterer courtliness; but he soon succeeded, uttered passed his lips without beby means of some pretty canzonettes, ing understood, and left his heart and some stale jokes, the emptiness without being felt, was as great an of which constituted their most pro- advantage to him, as oil to smooth minent quality, to raise himself into the body is useful to the wrestler, notoriety. Lindan met this new ap- while it prevents his antagonist from parition with friendly affection, his obtaining anywhere a secure hold of cheerful and unassuming disposition him. We lived melancholy, annireflecting every new formation of hilating days! the human mind to its best advan- “One fine mild evening assembled tage.

Nevertheless, the foreign us all on the terrace in front of the Villa. The night rose so majesti- by deriding his vanquished foe's vain cally out of the sea, spreading slow. attempt to make the beautiful Violy over the yet faintly illuminated lante Tedesca. Yes,' he added ; earth, while a few stars were smile' every nation must have its partiing down upon us from the azure cular poetry; but to introduce boor. sky, that we all, wrapped up in deep ish songs into the boudoirs of highadmiration, unconsciously grew si- born beauties, marks a boorish edulent; even the Frenchman's inde- cation.' fatigable tongue ceased for a moment I was going to speak, when Linits exertions. Lindan was seated dan stopped me, and said, in Gernext to Violante ; an ardent desire man, This is my concern, my after the love he had lost, and the brother; by thine honour, and by happy days that had gone by, com- our friendship, thou shalt prepare it ing over him, he asked the beautiful for me.'. He then arose, bowed to girl for a German song, which she the company, and withdrew. Vioformerly was wont to sing with great lante was struck, the others were emotion.

embarrassed, and the Frenchman “ The general silence caused the seemed unconscious of any thing but Frenchman to overhear his words; his triumph, until I took a favourand, without waiting for Violante's able opportunity of whispering to reply, he expatiated on the barbarity him, - Count Lindan expects you of expecting such beautiful lips to to meet him to-morrow morning at utter such Gothic sounds. "The five o'clock, with a second and a answer of my fair neighbour is the pair of pistols, on the small island only one that I can accept of,' said which you here see before us.' A Lindan mildly; but when the sudden paleness spread over his feaFrenchman continued his gibes, Lin. tures; but, true to the dictates of dan would have retorted, had not old French chivalry, he immediate „Violante, perceiving his intention, ly recovered his presence of mind, endeavoured to prevent it, by add and accepted the challenge with the ing, while her face was yet brighten- best possible grace. I withdrew. ed with smiles, called up by the The following morning we met French jokes, Indeed, my dear at the appointed hour. The chevalier Count, if it be doing you a great fa- was accompanied by a surgeon and vour, I will sing the song ; but as an elderly French gentleman, who to pleasure, it really does not afford tried to speak of a reconciliation, me any. You are going to scold, but was prevented by the youth, my good teacher ; but you must who observed Lindan's serious and confess, that you laid my poor lips determined silence. They agreed to under some restraint, by teaching fire in advancing, the Frenchman me your German language. If ever having disputed Lindan's right to I found any pleasure in it, you must the first shot, an advantage which ascribe it to the charms of novelty, Lindan was as uuwilling to give up and I now return to the pationality as to contend about. They stood which is natural to me; neverthe opposite to each other. I gave the less, should any thing foreign be re- word to fire. They advanced. The quired, you will allow me, that the chevalier fired, a struggle in Line pretty chansons which the cheva. dan's body told me he was wounded. lier has taught me are better quali- Blood streamed from his side, yet fied for general amusement.” he advanced a few paces. His shot

“Yes, yes, if that was the mean- entered the chevalier's breast, and ing! replied Lindan, in a depressed stretched him on the ground. The tone of voice, and sunk into deep ab- surgeon declared the wound to be straction, without noticing even the mortal; and as Lindan was only triumphant exclamations of the hurt by a grazing shot, I hastened Frenchman. I held the German to save him from the dangers which cause and myself in too high esti. the chevalier's near connexion with mation to make any reply to this the Ambassador of his country migbo verbal abstract of Boileau and Bat- occasion to us. teux. He consequently let his suada “We went to Rome, and there take its free course, and concluded weekly received accounts of the che

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