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lieve it formed part of his own nose. what seemed to be water ; so, folI was much astonished, however, lowing our imitative propensities, when a great noise, as of thunder, we either lifted them in our foreissued out of the end, with a cloud paws, or dipped in our heads, and of dust, and my wife, who was close began to drink, as the strange aniby my side, began to scream, and mals had done. In a very short tumbled out of the tree. I attributed space of time, I felt myself unusuthe fall to her own clumsiness, as ally vigorous and active : it seemed she was an awkward monkey ; and, to me as though I was larger and to say the truth, we had not lived stronger than any of our troop; and bappily together for some time, for my courage was such, that I almost she was considerably larger than wished my old wife alive again, that myself, and had given me a severe I might return the drubbings she beating only the day before. When had given me. My companions I saw her lying on the ground, and likewise appeared to have underperfectly quiet, I knew she must be gone a change. The females seemdead, being satisfied that nothing ed handsomer, and the males uglier less would have quieted her ; and than usual ; but all were merry and I felt my mind greatly relieved, and clamorous: and, indeed, it appeared began to look round among our as though we were trying which troop for another mate.
should make the most noise, and In the meanwhile,
most frequently get possession of ers below began pulling my dead the gourds to imitate the strangers. old wife about in a strange manner, I have a very confused recollectuning her round and round, and tion of the manner in which that jabbering to each other. At first eventful scene terminated. There I fancied they were going to eat was some quarreling, I remember, her; but, at length, they laid her among us, and we fought ; but I down, and I was glad to perceive have no idea what it was about. that they had not had the sense to The last thing that I can call to take the fruit which was in her mind appears like a dream ; and I pouch, and which I resolved to should ever have believed it nothing make my own immediately on their more, but for the deplorable consedeparture.
quences, by which the whole tenor The strange creatures now clus- of my life has been changed. It tered together, and began to eat seemed as though the straitge and and drink, after an extraordinary great animals suddenly came upon fashion, out of the shells of cocoa us; but their manner was altogether nuts and large gourds. Their mode different from that which they had of drinking out of the latter particu- practised on their first visit. Instead larly interested us; and, when they of moving slowly as before, they now went away, we were somewhat sur- flew about, like birds, in every diprised to observe that they left se- rection ; and I was astonished to veral behind them standing on the see them overtake and lay hold of ground.
several of the most active among Perhaps my spirits were some us. At length one approached me, what elevated in consequence of my and stretched out his long forepaw. wife's fall. Be that as it may, I Resistance against such a monster was one of the first to descend and was not to be thought of. I thereexamine the hollow gourds left by fore ran towards a stem of the banthe strangers; and I was accompa- yan, which I unaccountably missed ; nied by several young females of but in a very short time I laid hold our tribe, who had witnessed Glum- of another, which I thought to climb dalla's accident, and therefore knew with the speed of lightning; when, that I was at libery to attend them. to my great amazement, the whole The things were half filled with tree had suddenly grown to such a
height that its branches were above resemblance to us, as they sit and the clouds, which I plainly perceiv- grin and nod at each other ; but, ed rolling between me and them. after a while, they become awkward Overcome by the dread of my pur- and stupid, and are not fit to be suer, and this appalling change in compared with the meanest of our the face of nature, my limbs refused tribes. The only motive that I to perform their office-I fell, ex- guess for this strange practice is, hausted, to the ground, and all re- that they thereby get rid, for a time, mains a blank on the tablet of me- of a very troublesome thing which mory, from that moment till I awoke, they call reason,” about which ill and feverish, and surrounded by they are eternally chattering, and the human species.
pretending that it is something suIt seems that the liquid which perior to our instinct. they had left in the calibashes (as What the precise nature of this they call them) was of an intoxi- boasted “reason” is, I have never cating nature, and had deprived us been able satisfactorily to decide. of the use of our faculties. I had It is, however, somewhat remarkagot drunk. What “ drunk” means, ble, that whenever a man has lost together with many other terms and what little falls to his share, in one things unknown to us, shall be ex- of these drinking bouts, he always plained in a glossary, which I shall imagines that he is possessed of annex to this manuscript, for the much more than any one else, and benefit of all inquisitive monkeys. believes himself the only animal fit The cruelty of thus depriving us to rule over his tribe.
One can of our senses, for the sake of after- hardly conceive anything more riwards taking us prisoners, must diculous. If they had any quality appear to the reader as most exe at all comparable with instinct, it crable. But, to do justice to the would be impossible for them to fall human race, they do not consider twice into such a stupid error ; for the former any punishment ; on the they really make themselves quite contrary, it is an infliction which ill by this foolish custom ; and I they constantly practise on their have heard that some even hasten dearest friends, and nothing seems their death, and make their lives to afford them greater pleasure. miserable thereby. Yet, while They meet together frequently in they are at it, they every now and large bodies, for this very purpose; then interrupt the general course of and at the commencement of their conversation, and cry out“Health!” proceedings, I have sometimes been But enough of this folly! quite startled at their very close
A REMARKABLE discovery has lately of snow and ice, which had been been made on Etna, of a mass of preserved in the spring of that year, ice, preserved for many ages, per- for the use of Catania and the adhaps for centuries, from melting, by joining parts of Sicily and the neighthe singular event of a current of boring island of Malta, to fail enred hot lava having flowed over it. tirely. Considerable distress was The following are the facts in attest- felt for the want of a commodity reation of a phenomenon which must garded in these countries as one of at first sight appear of so paradoxi- the necessaries of life rather than an cal a character. The extraordina- article of luxury, and on the abunry heat experienced in the south of dance of which, in some large cities, Europe during the summer and au- the salubrity of the water and the tumn of 1828, caused the supplies general health of the people may be
said to depend. The magistrates of the ice in this locality. We may Catania applied to Signor M. Gem- suppose, that at the commencement melaro, in the hope that his local of the eruption a deep mass of drift knowledge of Etna might enable snow had been covered by volcanic him to point out some crevice or sand, showered down upon it before grotto in the mountain where drift the descent of the lava. A dense snow was still preserved. Nor were stratum of this dust mixed with they disappointed : for he had long scoriæ is well known to be an exsuspected that a small mass of pe- cellent non-conductor of heat, and rennial ice at the foot of the highest may thus have preserved the snow cone was part of a larger and con- from complete fusion when the tinuous glacier covered by a lava burning flood poured over it. The current. Having procured a large shepherds in the higher regions of body of workmen, he quarried into Etna are accustomed to provide an this ice, and proved the super-posi- annular store of snow to supply tion of the lava for several hundred their flocks with water in the sumyards, so as completely to satisfy mer months, by simply strewing himself that nothing but the subse- over the snow in the spring a layer quent flowing of the lava over the of volcanic sand a few inches thick, ice could account for the position of which effectually prevents the sun the glacier. Unfortunately for the from penetrating. When lava had geologist, the ice was so extremely once consolidated over a glacier at hard, and the excavation so expen- the height of ten thousand feet above sive, that there is no probability of the level of the sea, we may readily the operation being renewed. On conceive that the ice would endure the Ist of December, 1828, I visit- as long as the snows of Mont Blanc, ed this spot, which is on the south- unless melted by a volcanic heat east side of the cone, and not far from below. When I visited the from the Casa Inglese ; but the great crater in the beginning of fresh snow had already nearly filled winter (1828), I found the crevices up the new opening, so that it had in the interior encrusted with thick only the appearance of the mouth ice, and in some cases hot vapors of a grotto. I do not, however, were streaming out between masses question the accuracy of the con- of ice and the rugged and steep clusion of Signor Gemmelaro, who walls of the crater. After the disbeing well acquainted with all the covery of Signor Gemmelaro, it appearances of drift-snow in the fis- would not be surprising to find in sures and cavities of Etna, had re- the cones of the Icelandic volcanoes cognized, even before the late ex- repeated alternations of lava streams cavations, the peculiar position of and glaciers.
HYDROPHOBIA-ILL MANNERS-PHYSICIANS AND POETS.
North.—Is it a true bill, James, that ken a Hogg frae a hoolet. The opyou have had Hydrophobia ? tic nerves o’ his een are a' diseased
Shepherd.-A fearsome fit o' it, -as ye may weel see, gin ye hae sir, no o' the mere feegurative sort, courage to examine sic pupils—and sic as reigns at a Noctes, but bonny they dootless distrack the cretur's feedy, bodily, flesh and blude, bane sowl within him wi' hideous appariand sinny convulsions.
tions o' his ain master, in the shape North.-I did not believe, my o’the decvil, wi' a pitch-fork, gaun dear James, there ever could have to pin him up again the barnexisted a dog in all this world so door. mmad as to bite the Shepherd.
Mr. Sewurd.-Buller, how picShepherd.-A mad dowg does na turesque ! 12 ATHENEUM, VOL. 5, 3d series.
Mr. Buller.—The great Poet of Mr. James Ballantyne (much afHydrophobia !
fected).Shepherd.—The very bit weans And from mine eyelids wipe the tears that used to ride on his back, wi’ That sacred pity hath engender'd.” their arms roun' his neck, and some Shepherd.—A' the parish wi' times kissing the very chowks o? pitchforks are at his heels. In the him, seem then to the destracked haunted glimmer o' his blindness, dowg to be sae mony demons, a' the puir possessed colley misses the glowerin' and girnin' at him, wi’ red brig, and the rinnin' stream seems het pokers in their talons, threaten- to his red een a pool o'blude. He ing him wi' the death o’Edward the daurna—he canna-lowp in to soom Second in Berkley Castle. Wee for his life—for the Hydrophobia is Jamie himsel—though certes a bit stronger than his dim dread o' his angel o licht-seemed to Luath, fellow-creturs, and shiverin', and when he gaed mad, a very imp o' shudderin', and yowlin', as if he hell. No wunner he tries to bite. had fa'n intil a bonfire or a biler o' But in the last stage o’the disease bilin’ water, he cowps owre, sticket -he can only snap-snap-snap— and shotten wi' a hunder prongs for his unner jaw has amaist lost a' and a thoosan bullets, in convulsions its poor,-his puir tongue's hingin' o' the dead-thraws. 'A' the while out, -his flew a' smeared wi' slaver, women and weans are seen tossin? his hide rouch and tawted, wi' a' their arms, and heard shriekin' frae the hair stannin' on end like the hill-taps, and wundows o' houses feathers o' a frieslan',-his lugs like wil steeket doors, and the boughs sere leaves, owre feeble even to o'trees—till Luath lies still at last, flap,his tail nae mair“ hingin' covered wi' a rickle o' cruel stanes, owre his hurdies wi’ a swirl," but only a bit o' his skin here and there mire-woven and a' draggled wi' seen through,—and then, to be sure, dirt ;—and there he gangs stoiterin' there is a wailin' o' weans, baith frae ae side o' the road to the tither, callants and lassies, to think that and wae's me! aften stacherin' colley should hae been killed, wha quite doited intil the ditch,—noo used to gang wi' them to the verra and then emittin' a sort of short kirk on the Sabbaths, and, till God snoke o' a sneevil frae his rinnin' had allowed him till gang mad, had nose,- for to bark noo has lang never offered to bite onybody but been beyont his abeelities, puir fel neerdoweels, a' his born days! low ! let him try't as he may, - Grown-up folk are a' feared to bury though ance he could bark, walkin' him—but — I'm tellin' a true storyabout the house a' nicht on the wee Jamie and his feres, in their watch for trampers stravagin' thro' grief, ware na sae couardly, and the kintra at untimeous hours, after placing the dead body on a haunnae gude. A rueful spectaclé, Mr. barrow, they muved awa' wi’t in North, to them that kent him when funeral procession - heaven bless he was wice, and aneuch to break them—and haein? howkit a hole, ony Christian heart that kens hoo buried their beloved Luath aneath he used to lie during the evenings a green brae, and laid a flat stane on the hearth“ beside the ingle on him frae the channel o’the Yarblinkin' bonnily
in the midst o' row, just as if he had been a Christhe sma' household, hearkenin' and tian interred in a kirkyard ! unnerstaunin' a' that was said,
Mullion.--Now, Jamie, yourself and hoo he used, God pity him, as in hydrophobia. regular as clock-work, to loup up Shepherd.-Na. I shanna—for upon the coverlet on the wide chest- nae ither reason,
mjust becausebed, and fa' into a watchfu’ sleep wi' that girnin' gab-you asked me at the bairns's feet !
--Moolyon. You've na bizziness
till be impident. In a' Mr. North's “ Smooth the down o' my ravin' darkness
till it smile." banter-even when at the waurstthere's sic a visible and audible Delta.-Let me feel your pulse, speerit o amity and respek, that I my dear sir. can thole amaist ony nonsense frae (Delta takes out his gold stop-watch, him—though my face, at chance a keepsake from ChristOPHER-a times, wull grow a wee red—at memorial of friendship—and mark least a wee het ; but hoo daur ye of gratitude to him, the Pain-represhume to imagine that I will liever-presented to the Poet by thole a thimmlefu o' impertinence North at the termination of a fit frae the likes o' you, wha, I aften of gout in the stomach, which, but think, are sairly out o’ your ain for Mr. Moir, had certainly proved place in a Noctes, and would be fatal). seen to far mair advantage in your A hundred and ten—a hundrednatural sphere, your ain provision- ninety-eighty-seventy-five-sixwarehouse, ye bardy body, in the ty-eight.-Now-you will do—my Lawnmarket! As Joe says, “ Tak dear James. The circulation is your change out o' that ! >>
restored to its former currency. Mullion (aside to his next-chair North.—My dearest Delta, it has neighbor).-He's gettin' fou. long delighted me to see you and
Shepherd. - What's that you're our friend there, whom we have sayin', sir ? nane o’your whusper- christened by the somewhat heain?! The man that whuspers in thenish name of the Modern Pythacompany should be smothered— gorean*-strewing the paths, and pitten intil a tea-chest, and sent aff adorning the pursuits, of your profesto Dr. Knox. The maist disgust- sion, in the olden time often so strewfu'est trick about a whusperer is, ed and adorned
witness Garth, that a' the while he's whusperin' Armstrong, Arbuthnot, Akenside, intil anither's ear something about Glyn, and many other men of you, the coof, though cunning and poetical powers, or otherwise fine crafty aneuch for ordinar, forgets genius—with the flowers of literathat ye may be observin' his mean ture. motions, and senselessly keeps Delta.— I have long since diskeekin' up at you, every noo and missed from my mind, my dear sir, then, with the odious tail' o' his ee, any misgivings on that subject. joggin' wi' his loathsome elbow him Your judgment, and that of other he's forcin' to commit a breach o’enlightened men, have confirmed gude mainers in listenin' for ae sin- my own, that such occasional regle instant to his sickenin'insinia- laxation, as the study of elegant tions—till he is recalled to a sense literature affords, from the not uno'the awkwardness o’his situation, severe and rarely intermitting laand the enormity o his sin, by á bors of a profession, of which I conjug o' water just aff the bile, sent scientiously endeavor to discharge wi’ a bash intil his face, and a blat- the duties, to the best of my skill ter again the wa’ ahint him, and and knowledge, so far from either deevil tak him but he wou'd hae incapacitating or disinclining my been cheap o't, had he been brain- mind from such labors and such
Faith—I'm rather ruffled - duties, does greatly strengthen both come, my dear Delta—for you are its moral and intellectual energies ; aye the gentleman—by some plea- and I am happy-heaven forefend I sant observation - as Milton, I should say I were proud—to believe think, says, or something like it, that in my own circle those occafor I hate a correck quotation sional relaxations, so far from being
Robert Macnish, M.D., author of “ The Anatomy of Drunkenness.”