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sad in sound, which amused the ear lutionary acts, for the sole purpose and served the purposes of watch- of maintaining order, and carrying words. The people complained on the business of the country. A loudly of taxes, of being compelled the first unequivocal signal of an hoto use the Dutch language, of an nest intention to meet the complaints unequal partition of places ; where- of the people, their arms would have as, in point of fact, they were sim- been laid down. No such sigo was ply in a very bad humor at the given : all was palaver. Though treatment of their newspapers, tired to death of military employwhich had naturally enough iden- ment, the citizens would have been tified their own cause with that of too glad to resign their weapons on the national liberty and indepen- the slightest pretext : they could not dence. Thus the Belgian revolu- do it in very shame.
The king - tion is a newspaper revolution, as would not afford them an excuse. Ali was that of Paris.
his talk was of the fundamental law It never, however, could have and the States-General : the people come to anything, had it not been well knew they had nothing to look for the extreme folly and misman. to but the monarch's will. If the agement of the government, who design had been to tire out the bouractually enticed and tantalized the geois, who were neglecting their Belgians on to revolt.
business, losing their time, and oc. The beginning was a mob or riot cupied in disagreeable duties, there after the play : the house of Van might have been some wisdom in Maanen, the prime minister, was the plan. But the king would neiburnt and pulled down ; and the ther disband these rebels by prompthouse of the prime minister's devil, ness, nor weary them out by delay : Lebry Bagnano, the editor of thé he neither used clemency nor seNational, and a printer. The re- verity, but shilly-shallied between spectable citizens at length suc- the two, till he had absolutely driven ceeded in quelling the violence of even the best-intentioned into rethe mob, and with arms in their bellion. He then, when it was too hands—those they had used against late, and while he was still pretendthe rioters—they began to treating to defer the question to the with the government respecting the States assembled, secretly marched grievances alleged to have laid an army to the siege of Bruxelles. the foundation of the popular com- While the States were deliberating motion. The king listened with ap- upon the demands of the complainparent attention, temporised, and ants, the army of Prince Frederick shuffled. He exhibited both his was cutting them in pieces in the fear and his obstinacy. The Prince streets of the capital. of Orange arrived in Bruxelles, The success of the citizens of avowedly to inquire into the com- Brussels, in their opposition to the plaints of the people, and to as- Dutch troops, is almost unaccountsist in remedying them. He grew able. It required cowardice and alarmed, and, under pretext of bear- incapability of the most eminent deing a message to his father, decamp- gree, to ensure a failure of the ened. The people were again left to terprize. In the first place, they themselves; with arins in their were scarcely opposed at all; they hands, and a mob ready to rise into were stopped simply because they violence, the very first moment of dared not proceed, and when they encouragement. The municipal au were opposed, it was because they thorities perceiving the royal gov- in a manner invited the attack; it ernment too weak to protect them, was a kind of rising to crush a redeserted their posts, and the citi- treating, trembling monster, that zens were driven to erect tempora- while it grinned and showed its ry governments, and to other revo- teeth, was evidently bent upon tak
ing to its heels on the first opening plunderings, were commenced. Perthat presented itself. There is per- haps the Aying army did its share ; haps an inaptitude in both Dutch but it was the canaille of Bruxelles, and Belgians to military command : sallying forth from lane and hovel, the commanders of the king exhibit- garret and cellar, that perpetrated
ed the extremest ignorance and im- iar more than half the mischief. 1
becility, and the commanders that This has never been said in Brux1
sprung up on the popular side were elles, for a very good reason : noforeigners ; Van Halen, a Spaniard, body dare say it. °From the time of and Mellinet, a Frenchmen; and the victory up till very lately, the subsequently Duvives and Ponte- mob has always been at least coulant, both, we believe, natives dreaded. of France, or at least born of The apparent stand against the French parents. Viscount Ponte- king had been made by the bburcoulant commands in West Flan- geois, the respectable tradespeople, ders; and I, who was a witness of who, with muskets in their hands, his proceedings, was struck with had treated with the king, and had the soldierly air, and the familiarity been represented by the Committee and mastery he appeared to have in of Safety, and by their Commander all military and administrative func- in Chief. It was they who treated, tions over the Belgians acting with but it was not they who fought. him, many of whom had had equal When the troops approached, they opportunity for acquiring warlike gladly let the mob take their arms, experience.
while they ran away to their cellars The loss experienced on both and hiding-holes. This was called sides in Bruxelles was certainly con- being disarmed by an insurrection siderable, but it has been greatly of the mob : the authorities of the exaggerated. The forces brought bourgeois took this favorable occaagainst Bruxelles amounted proba- sion to disappear. So that when bly to 7,000 or 8,000; though as the army arrived, the talking and many more might be approaching, treating revolutionists had disapto join the forces under the com- peared : the chief part of the tradegmand of the Prince. Of their loss people and their families joyfully it is difficult to form a calculation. made ready to receive the prince The people had killed 400 or 500 : and his troops, for revolutions are 1,500 more were wounded, and a bad for trade, and it was universalconsiderable proportion died of their ly expected that the army would wounds-perhaps 300.
enter and take possession of the Persons at home, who formed city. But the army seemed to think their opinions through the exagge- twice about the matter. They came rating medium of the newspapers, in shuffling and looking behind whose correspondents probablywrote them; they were evidently in a in great haste, and in some confu- dreadful taking. This encouraged sion, have imagined the picture of a few of the mob—they who had an infuriated population falling upon picked up the arms of the bourgeois a numerous army in the act of tak- guard—to fire. They fired, and ing their city by storm. Nothing, fired,-up a lane and from the bothowever, that was warlike, could be tom of an alley, or the top of a more peaceable than was the fight house, or out of a garret window; of Bruxelles. It was a set-to at but the attack was perfectly despipop-game, whieh lasted four days. cable. The town had neither spiThe horrors, of which we have rit, leaders, nor ammunition, and on heard so much, began when the ar- the field no force at all. The
pasmy was in the act of being driven siveness of the Dutch, however, out : it was then that the atrocities, soon brought everybody upon them. the burnings, the rapes, and the Delay encouraged, the peasants
flocked in, and at last a very consi- its soul, the spring on which it derable crowd was collected. Mus- moved, its oracle, and its guide. kets peeped out of every door, lane, The situation of the Provisional and window-from behind every Government was one of extreme lamp-post, balcony, and buttress, difficulty; the interval between the till at last they all took courage ; á victory of Bruxelles and the assemman with a wooden leg trundled a bling of Congress, of extreme danfield-piece en avant, the mass shout- ger. All the strong places of the ed, and followed, an explosion took country were filled with Dutch place, and the Dutch army retreat- troops ; luckily, however, mixed ed. Night fell, and when morn- with Belgians. A war was to be ing came, no enemy was to be found. carried on without funds, and a The combatants were out of work ; starving and excited people to be for it is odd enough, as they were kept in order without a police, with almost all laborers and artizans, so scarcely a single existing municipal did they keep workmanlike hours, authority. Troops were, however, going to their meals with wonderful set on foot, and the war successfully regularity. As soon as the customa- maintained, and the people, with ry hour was ended, and nature sa a few exceptions, that of Bruges, tisfied, they returned to their occu- for instance, hindered from breakpation of popping. The greatest ing out into open sacking and plunslaughter took place among the dering. In most towns there was milk people, who made a point of nothing to prevent the numerous supplying their customers, as usual; poor from rising upon the fewer and in order to do this with security, rich, except their own notions of they delivered their milk at a very right and wrong, and also the conearly hour, before the fighting be- ciliatory precautions taken by the gan. But many, not sufficiently wealthy, who were well aware of active, or sufficiently early, were their danger. All this was done caught by the Dutch bullets in the amidst the intrigues of the Datch street before all their pratique was court, and the apprehensions of supplied.
foreign intervention. Besides which, We would not wish to ridicule an the Government found leisure greatevent which is likely to be produc- ly to ameliorate the existing laws, tive of great consequences, and and by several popular and liberal which certainly was accompanied enactments secured the favor of the by much suffering ; but the blame country. They also organized the must lie at the door of those who assembling of a Congress of Notapuff the courageous exploits of the bles, by which the form and princibrave Bruxellois, and compare the ples of the native constitution of the battle to that of Paris.
independent state should be decided When the victory was decided upon. Up to the very meets of nay, indeed, when it appeared pro- this assembly, the Government apbable that it would turn in favor of pears to have gone on with unity the people, the authorities, the or- of purpose, and in harmony of feelgans of the revolution, made their ing. The course of procedure to appearance. A Provisional Go- be adopted by the Provisional Go. vernment was immediately patched vernment, as respected the form of up, and as soon as the arrival of the acknowledging the authority of the news at Paris informed M. de Pot- Congress, became a matter of dister of the state of things, he lost not cussion, and De Potter seems to a moment in returning to the coun- have been left in a minority of one. try whence he had been so unjustly The immediate consequence has banished. He was immediately co- been his retirement altogether from optated by the Provisional Govern- the management of affairs. What ment, since which time he has been the future consequences of his se
cession may be, it is more difficultive and zealous faction being able to say. De Potter may now be to place at their head so distinconsidered the head of the Repub- guished a chief, may very seriously lican party, and the fact of that act- affect the fortunes of Belgium.
ANECDOTES OF MR. ABERNETHY.
MR. TƏ, a young gentleman native of Newmarket, county of with a broken limb, which refused Cork, in the year one thousand seto heal long after the fracture, went ven hundred and fifty. My father to consult Mr. Abernethy ; and, as being employed to collect the rents usual, was entering into all the de- of a Protestant gentleman of small tails of his complaint, when he was fortune, in that neighborhood, obthus stopped almost in limine- tained my entrance into one of the “Pray, sir, do you come here to Protestant Free-schools, where I talk, or to hear me! If you want obtained the first rudiments of my my advice, it is so and so -I wish education. I was next enabled to you good morning.”
enter Trinity College, Dublin, in A scene of greater length, and the bumble sphere of a sizer”. still greater interest and entertain- and so he continued for several miment, took place between this emi- nutes, giving his astonished hearer nent surgeon and the famous John a true, but irresistibly laughable Philpot Curran. Mr. Curran, it account of his birth, parentage, seems, being personally unknown and education,” as desired, till he to him, had visited Mr. Abernethy came to his illness and sufferings, several times, without having had the detail of which was not again an opportunity of fully explaining interrupted. It is hardly necessary (as he thought) the nature of his to add, that Mr. Abernethy's attenmalady. At last, determined to tion to his gifted patient was, from have a hearing, when interrupted in that hour to the close of his life, ashis story he fixed his dark bright siduous, unremitting, and devoted. eye on the doctor,” and said Mrs. I. once consulted him on a "Mr. Abernethy, I have been here nervous disorder, the minutiæ of on eight different days, and I have which appeared to be so fantastical, paid you eight different guineas ; that Mr. Abernethy interrupted their but you have never yet listened to frivolous detail, by holding out his the symptoms of my complaint. I hand for the fee. A one-pound note am resolved, sir, not to leave this and a shilling were placed in it ; room till you satisfy me by doing upon which returned the latter
Struck by his manner, Mr. to his fair patient, with the angry Abernethy threw himself back in exclamation of, “There, ma'am! his chair, and assuming the posture go and buy a skipping-rope : that is of a most indefatigable listener, ex- all you want." claimed, in a tone of half surprise, Mr. Abernethy's strong point in half humor, “Oh, very well, sir, prescribing is generally addressed am ready to hear you out. Go on, to the relief of the bowels, and to give me the whole-your birth, pa- the lowering and regulation of diet rentage, and education.
I wait and regimen. He is, consequently, your pleasure ; go on.” Upon much sought in dyspeptic disorders; which, Curran, not a whit dicon- and, it is stated, often refers to such certed, gravely began : “ My or such a page in one of his books, name is John Philpot Curran. My where he has already given the reparents were poor, but I believe ho- medy. The patients have only to nest people, of the province of Mun- buy the work, where they will find ster, where also I was born, being a an exact description of their symp
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toms, and a recipe for their cure. meantime, I wish you and your On one occasion, a lady, unsatisfied daughter seriously to consider the with this amount of information, proposal I am now about to make, persisted in extracting from Mr. A. It is abrupt and unceremonious, I what she might eat, and, after suf- am aware ; but the excessive occufering from her volubility with con- pation of my time, by my professionsiderable patience for awhile, he al duties, affords me no leisure to exclaimed to the repeated “May I accomplish what I desire by the eat oysters, doctor? May I eat more ordinary course of attention suppers ? " "I'll tell you what, and solicitation. My annual rema'am, you may eat anything but ceipts amount to £-, and I can the poker and the bellows ; for the settle £-on my wife ; my characone is too hard of digestion, and the ter is generally known to the pubother is full of wind."
lic, so that you may readily ascerThe reported fashion of his court- tain what it is. I have seen in your ship and marriage is also extreme- daughter a tender and affectionate ly characteristic. It is told, that child, an assiduous and careful while attending a lady for several nurse, and a gentle and lady-like weeks, he observed those admirable member of a family. Such a person qualifications in her daughter, which must be all that a husband could cohe truly esteemed to be calculated vet; and I offer my hand and forto render the married state happy. tune for her acceptance. On MonAccordingly, on a Saturday, when day, when I call, I shall expect taking leave of his patient, he ad- your determination ; for I really dressed her to the following pur- have not time for the routine of port : " You are now so well, that courtship.” In this humor, the laI need not see you after Monday dy was wooed and won ; and, we next, when I shall come and pay believe we may add, the union has you my farewell visit. But, in the been felicitous in every respect.
THE REALMS OF AIR.
Tue realms on high-the boundless halls, where sports the wing of light,