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crowned with an immense plume of black themselves ad interim as they pleased. feathers, which bending before him, gave Barret on this occasion wore a stifflyhim very much the aspect of a mourning starched lady's ruff; and the waggish coach horse. Barret had some vanity barber powdered him so sufficiently as to and some judgment; he was fond of lodge a ridge round his throat, and give applause, and determined (to use his him the face of the ghost of Hamlet's own phrase) to have a belly-full. He father. When he returned to the stage, accordingly came on left hand upper en- he was received with a shout of laughter trance, and cutting the boards at a right that threatened to rend the roof. Paddy angle, paced down to the stage-door bowed full low for the honour conferred right hand, then wheeled sharp upon on him, and was about to proceed, when his heel, and marched over to the oppo- the “ Norman Quay' critics were at site side; his arms stuck a-kimbo, his him again. « Arrah! the boy's been robe flying, and his feathers nodding, in in a snow storm. By the powers ! he pretty accurate burlesque of the manner has put his head in a flour-sack! Paddy, of Mossop. His friends composing a Paddy Barret!” Glenalvon disregarded major portion of the audience, the clap- them sometime with a very laudable spiping of hands, waving of handkerchiefs, rit of contempt, till the yells, groans, and yelling of lips that greeted him, epithets, and exclamations, swelled the 1, having no powers of expression to diabolic chorus to a negation of the sense describe, must leave to my reader's of hearing. He then came forward a « powers of conception."? When the second time to inquire their wishes.tumult had a little subsided, Barret « Leedies and Jontlemen, what may it began to act; but some of his more in- plase ye to want now?” — Put some timate anquaintance, taking a dislike to paint on your nose," was the reply.-his costume, interrupted him with ex- & What!"_" Put some paint on your clamations of « Paddy Barret, Paddy nose, you ghost alive!'_« Paint my Barret !” Barret, however, was con- nose to play tragedy! Oh, bad luck to scious of the proprieties of his station, your taste! I tell you what, Terence and, turning a dignified deaf ear to such M‘Mulligun, and you, Larry Casey, with addresses, proceeded. His friends now your two ugly mugs up in the boxes resorted to a species of notice to obtain yonder, I see how it is : the Divil himhis, which is beautifully peculiar to an self wouldn't plase ye to-night; so you Irish audience-"a groan for Mr. Bar- may just come down and play the karakret." That happened, however, not to ter yourselves--for the ghost of another be the first time he had heard it; and as line will I never spake to-night.” — we pay little respect to things we are Saying which, he took off his wig, and familar with, Barret proceeded. The shaking its powder at them contemp“ darlings' were now stimulated to a tuously, walked off the stage in a truly decisive measure, by aiming an Irish tragical strut. The prompter was conapricot at his nodding plume, and shout- sequently obliged to come on and read ing out, “ Divil burn ye, Paddy Barret! the remainder of the part. will ye lave off spaking to that lady, and listen ?'. The potato triumphed; and
GENIUS ON THE WING. the actor, walking forward to the lamps, GALWAY, when representing the Player desired to be acquainted with his pa. Kin
his på King (in Hamlet), stepped forward to trons' wishes.-“ Put some powder in
repeat the lines
i your jasey, you black - looking coal. haver !"_“Oh! is that all you want,
“For us, and for our trage-dy,
Here stooping to your clemen-cy, my jewel ? why didn't you say so before ?
We beg your hearing patient-ly." Put some powder in my wig ! surely I'll do that thing; but I have ounly to tell Here he should have rested with Shakyou, my darlings, that I'm a Scotch jon- speare; but genius was on the wing, tleman to-night, and not Mr. Benjamin and he could not bring the eagle-bird to Barret; and so “Get out wid earth; therefore he continuedyour dirtiness, Paddy—you chimney. "And if on this we may rely, swaper-you tragedy crow! Do you Wby, we'll be with you by and by." think to bother us.wid your black looks ? Go and powder your jasey, you divil's
At which Whitely, who lay on the
ground, as Hamlet, snarled out, loud own body-box-maker.'"_"Oh, to be sure, I'll do that thing.” Saying which,
enough to be heard by all the audiencehe made a low bow, and retreated to the “And if on pay-day you rely, green-room, leaving the audience and
Take care I stop no sala-ry." Lord and Lady Randolph to amuse Thus justifying the rhyme by a very i. e. Undertaker.
THE “SIX-BOTTLE MEN." and Wat Tyler ?” the audience laughed I visited a “ six-bottle club” but once, loudly, and turned their eyes upon Capand from the headach it cost me, was tain Wat Tyler in the boxes. Cherry wise enough ever afterwards to decline , was known to be in the habit of intro. an encore : but I remember very well ducing jokes of his own; and the gallant being invited to one which held its orgies officer concluding this to be such a one, at a sea-side hamlet, and was very gene- left his seat when the act was over, and rally attended, with the following highly went behind the scenes, where he de. cheerful inducements : « Will you come sired Dick Row, our prompter, to let over to us, Mr. Bur-nard, for a wake ? him look at the book. He was greatly You'll be mightily plased with the fillows agitated, and Row in an instant suryou'll mate there, and plinty of variety: mised the cause. “Sir," said he, as for one Sunday night you'll see as merry the captain turned over the leaves hura set of divils round the table as your riedly, his face burning, and throat heart could desire; and the nixt, more choking with indignation, « Mr. Cherry than half will be under the sod, and a set spoke the author.”-“ Indeed, sir!) of frish faces will pop into their places. replied the son of Mars; “I'm afraid Will you come, Mr. Bur-nard ? 's* not, sir-I'm afraid not; and by St.
Patrick and the seven holy stars! if THE WRONG LEG.
he dared to--1-eh-" At this moAMYAS Griffiths was deformed both m
eformed both ment he had found the right place, and in his back and legs, which procured
red the words met his eye : his features him from many the title of the modern
instantly relaxed into a comical smile, Æsop. One evening he was rattling and, looking at Row, he exclaimed, " By and sparkling away, with the least
the powers ! there's two of us, sure crooked leg of the two thrown over the
enough! Mr. Cherry, sir, was correct, other (a piece of pardonable policy),
and I beg you ten thousand pardins for
this intrusion :" saying which he rewhen the conversation happened to turn upon dancing. A wag in company, who
turned the book, made an elegant bow, knew his good humour, asked him “if
and retreated. he was fond of the amusement ?” “ Yes,” he replied, “and mean to sub The Naturalist, scribe to the winter-balls.”_"What ! with that leg?'._Ay, with this leg;
THE SHIP-WORM. and, notwithstanding your sneering, I'll MR. CARPENTER (in Gill's Repository,) bet you a rump and dozen, there's a
& relates the following very curious partiworse leg in the room.”—“ Done, done!" cried a dozen voices.
ne, culars of these destructive little crea
Amyas tures : --Alarming as the depredations shook the hands of each. “Now,”
of white ants appear, yet they fall insaid his antagonist, with a smile of con
finitely short of the dangerous ravages fidence, “ come forward, gentlemen, and
made on the timbers of ships, &c., by let Mr. Griffiths point out such another limb as that.'_Here it is," he re
various species of sea-worms. I hereplied; and throwing off his left leg,
with send several portions of ship raised his right in the air, immeasurably
timber, which has been perforated by
one particular species, teredo navalis ; more hideous that the other. A gene
you will observe among the whole numral laugh was the result, and the society decided he had fairly won his wager.
ber of pieces that every part of the in
terior has been excavated by these aniON A BRUTAL MANAGER, NAMED SHEP- mals. I wish to direct your attention to HERD-BY ONE OF THE COMPANY, one of the pieces in particular, it being “How different David's fate from mine! part of the false keel of a ship. The His blessed, mine is evil;
whole of the keel was perforated Hjó shepherd' was the Lord divine, My shepherd' is the Devil.”
throughout in a similar manner to this
piece. You will observe numerous miTHE TWO “WAT TYLERS."
nute openings on the under side, which My. Tyler had a brother Watkins, who were made by the animals whilst in commanded in a corps of volunteers, and their young state, in order to work their was invariably present in our boxes. This way into the interior; and, as they in, gave rise to a droll coincidence: Cherry creased in size, they enlarged or scoopwas playing Lingo in * The Agreeable ed out their dwellings; the wood which Surprise" one evening ; and when he they thus scooped out, serving them as came to the question to Cowslip-“ You food. They are also provided with two never heard of the great heroes of an- singular organs, by one of which they tiquity, Homer, Heliogabalus, Moses, draw through the holes they made at
the entrance into the timber, the sea that these creatures had totally abanwater, in which they find animalculæ doned these coasts. Thus a contempwhich serve as their nourishment; the tible worm, multiplying beyond its usual other organ is used by the animal to limits, is capable of destroying the most convey away the waste fluid through boasted efforts of human industry! No their intestinal canal, and which fluid contrivance has yet been suggested by carries off with it the portions of the human ingenuity that has been found wood, after the animals have extracted fully sufficient to prevent the formidable those virtues from it which are necessary ravages of these animals. for their sustenance.
When Professor Thunberg was in - This destructive animal is in general, Japan, he observed the manner in which when full grown, from four to six inches the Japanese contrived to preserve their in length, of a grey colour, and about vessels against the ravages of this dethe thickness of the middle finger. It structive worm. This was, simply to is covered with a very thin cylindrical drag them on the strand, and burn the and smooth shell, and has two calca- sides of them as high as the water reous hemispherical jaws, flat before, usually reached, till they were well coand angular behind. Great numbers of vered with a coat of charcoal. these worms, which are supposed to The head of this creature is well prehave been introduced from India into pared for the office of boring, being Europe, are, as before observed, found coated with a strong armour, and furin the sides and bottoms of ships, so nished with two sharp instruments, by much so, indeed, as often to endanger means of which it scoops out the wood. them! It is said thật our vessels never The neck is provided also with muscles suffered from these enemies till within of great strength. It is very minute the last century, and that we imported when it first issues from the egg ; but, them from the sea about the Antilles. as before observed, grows to the length
In the year 1730, the inhabitants of of near six inches. This tribe of ani. the United Provinces were under serious mals generally act gregariously, and alarm concerning these worms, which take especial care not to interfere had made dreadful depredations in the with each other's cells or habitations; expiles that support the banks of many ternally, the opening is scarcely visible; parts of those coasts. One of the per- but when they have committed their sons who had the care of the Dutch depredations, on taking off a layer of coasts at that time, observed, to his as- the plank, the whole of the interior tonishment, that some of the timbers exhibits a honey-comb appearance, and were, in the course only of a few months, is generally entirely destroyed. In made so full of holes, that they could some sense, this tribe may be said to be beaten in pieces with the least force. co-operate at sea with the labours of the • The perforations, when the mud was termites fatales, or white ants, on land. scraped off, did not appear much larger While, however, it commits enormous than to admit a pin's head to be thrust mischief on the labours of the shipinto them. A very thin piece of whale- wright, it also effectually removes those bone being put into one of these, would obstructions in rivers, and even in many enter straight forward for three or parts of the ocean itself, which would four lines, and the holes then gene. Otherwise ensue from such immense rally for some distance farther proceeded quantities of trees as are often washed upwards. One of the piles being split down by rapid torrents from the mounlengthwise with a hatchet or wedge, tains, and which would otherwise rewas found full of passages, or hollow main in a state of perfect preservation cylindrical ducts, each of which con- under water for centuries. tained a worm, enclosed in a kind of testaceous tube or covering, of a white colour, which it exactly filled, but in
THE GNAT. such a manner as to be able to move THE wings you will find ornamented with freedom. This tube was found with a fringe of feathers or scales, as straight or bent, according to the form are also the ribs of the wings. The of that part of the hole where the ani. wings, when viewed as transparent obmal was employed. The holes at the jects, present a most interesting specouter surface were very narrow, but in- tacle ; but when viewed under the creased in width within, evidently as the opaque speculum, and placing a black worm increased in size. They were ground behind them, they present to the never found to run into each other, but eye of the observer the most splendid all to proceed separately. It was hap- colours, equalling some of the most pily discovered, a few years afterwards, brilliant specimens of minerals! The
horns are also fine objects, so also are the patient was determined to conceal. the head, eyes, and legs; in short there The deep gloom of the unfortunate genis no part of this insect but is highly tleman-the embarrassment, which he interesting in the examination! Every could not conceal from his friendly part of it is profusely ornamented with physician – the briefness and obvious scales or feathers, varying in their cha- constraint with which he answered the racters from each other, according to interrogations of his medical adviser, the part from whence they are taken. induced my friend to take other methods Each of these deserves minute inspec- for prosecuting his inquiries. He aption under the microscope, in order to plied to the sufferer's family, to learn, discover the beauties with which this if possible, the source of that secret grief insect is adorned.-Gill's Repository. which was gnawing the heart and suck.
ing the life-blood of his unfortunate paThe Selector ; tient. The persons applied to, after
conversing together previously, denied LITERARY NOTICES OF all knowledge of any cause for the bur
den which obviously affected their relaNEW WORKS.
tive. So far as they knew-and they
thought they could hardly be deceived LETTERS ON DEMONOLOGY AND WITCH his worldly affairs were prosperous; no CRAFT.
family loss had occurred which could be • By Sir Walter Scott, Bart.
followed with such persevering distress;
no entanglements of affection could be THERE is so much attractive reading supposed to apply to his age, and no senboth new and old, in this volume of the sation of severe remorse could be conFamily Library, that we would rather sistent with his character. The medical take an evening or two before we fully gentleman had finally recourse to serious introduce it to the reader. In the mean argument with the invalid himself, and time we extract two narratives related urged to him the folly of devoting himby Sir Walter :
self to a lingering and melancholy death, of the friend by whom the facts rather than tell the subject of affliction were attested, I can only say, that if I which was thus wasting him. He spefound myself at liberty to name him, the cially pressed upon him the injury which rank which he holds in his profession, he was doing to his own character, by as well as his attainments in science and suffering it to be in ferred that the secret philosophy, form an undisputed claim to cause of his dejection and its consethe most implicit credit. It was the quences, was something too scandalous fortune of this gentleman to be called in or flagitious to be made known, beto attend the illness of a person now queathing in this manner to his family a long deceased, who in his life-time suspected and dishonoured name, and stood, as I understand, high in a parti- leaving a memory with which might be cular department of the law, which associated the idea of guilt, which the often placed the property of others at criminal had died without confessing. his discretion and control, and whose The patient, more moved by this species conduct, therefore, being open to pub of appeal than by any which had yet lic observation, he had for many years been urged, expressed his desire to borne the character of a man of unusual speak out frankly to Dr. — Every steadiness, good sense, and integrity. one else was removed, and the door of He was, at the time of my friend's vi the sick-room made secure, when he sits, confined principally to his sick- began his confession in the following room, sometimes to bed, yet occasion- manner :-“You cannot, my dear friend, ally attending to business, and exerting be more conscious than I, that I am in his mind, apparently with all its usual the course of dying under the oppression strength and energy, to the conduct of of the fatal disease which consumes my important affairs intrusted to him ; nor vital powers; but neither can you undid there, to a superficial observer, ap- derstand the nature of my complaint, pear any thing in his conduct, while so and manner in which it acts upon me, engaged, that could argue vacillation of nor, if you did, I fear, could your zeal intellect, or depression of mind. His and skill avail to rid me of it.. “ It is outward symptoms of malady argued no possible," said the physician, “ that my acute or alarming disease. But slow- skill may not equal my wish of serving ness of pulse, absence of appetite, diffi you; yet medical science has many reculty of digestion, and constant depres- sources, of which those unacquainted sion of spirits, seemed to draw their with its powers never can form an estiorigin from some hidden cause, which mate. But until you plainly tell me your symptoms of complaint, it is im- more important sort, or which at least possible for either of us to say what may had a more imposing appearance. This or may not be in my power, or within was no other than the apparition of a that of medicine." 1. I may answer gentleman-usher, dressed as if to wait you,” replied the patient, “ that my upon a Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, a case is not a singular one, since we read Lord High Commissioner of the Kirk, of it in the famous novel of Le Sage. or any other who bears on his brow the You remember, doubtless, the disease rank and stamp of delegated soveof which the Duke d'Olivarez is there reignty. This personage, arrayed in a stated to have died ?? « Of the idea,” court dress, with bag and sword. tamanswered the medical gentleman, “ that boured waistcoat, and chapeau-bras, he was haunted by an apparition, to glided beside me like the ghost of Bean the actual existence of which he gave no Nash; and whether in my own house or credit, but died, nevertheless, because in another, ascended the stairs before he was overcome and heart-broken by me, as if to announce me in the drawits imaginary presence.” “I, my dearest ing-room; and at some times appeared doctor,” said the sick man,“ am in that to mingle with the company, though it very case; and so painful and abhorrent was sufficiently evident that they were is the presence of the persecuting vision not aware of his presence, and that I that my reason is totally inadequate to alone was sensible of the visionary hocombat the effects of my morbid imagi- nours which this imaginary being seemnation, and I am sensible I am dying, a ed desirous to render me. This freak wasted victim to an imaginary disease." of the fancy did not produce much imThe medical gentleman listened with pression on me, though it led me to anxiety to his patient's statement, and entertain doubts on the nature of my disfor the present judiciously avoiding any order, and alarm for the effect it might contradiction of the sick man's precon- produce upon my intellects. But that ceived fancy, contented himself with modification of my disease also had its more minute inquiry into the nature of appointed duration. After a few months, the apparition with which he conceived the phantom of the gentleman-usher was himself haunted, and into the history of seen no more, but was succeeded by one the mode by which so singular a disease horrible to the sight, and distressing to had made itself master of his imagina- the imagination, being no other than the tion, secured, as it seemed, by strong image of death itself-the apparition of powers of the understanding, against an a skeleton. Alone, or in company,'' attack so irregular. The sick person said the unfortunate invalid, “ the prereplied by stating that its advances were sence of this last phantom never quits gradual, and at first not of a terrible or me. I in vain tell myself a hundred even disagreeable character. To illus- times over that it is no reality, but trate this, he gave the following account merely an image summoned up by the of the progress of his disease :-“ My morbid acuteness of my own excited visions," he said, “ commenced two or imagination, and deranged organs of three years since, when I found myself sight. But what avail such reflections, from time to time embarrassed by the while the emblem at once and presage presence of a large cat, which came and of mortality is before my eyes, and disappeared I could not exactly tell how, while I feel myself, though in fancy till the truth was finally forced upon me, only, the companion of a phantom reand I was compelled to regard it as no presenting a ghastly inhabitant of the domestic household cat, but as a bubble grave, even while I yet breathe on the of the elements, which had no existence, earth? Science, philosophy, even resave in my deranged visual organs, or ligion, has no cure for such a disorder ; depraved imagination. Still I had not that and I feel too surely that I shall die the positive objection to the animal enter victim to so melancholy a disease, altained by a late gallant Highland chief- though I have no belief whatever in the tain, who has been seen to change to reality of the phantom which it places all the colours of his own plaid, if a before me.” The physician was discat, by accident happened to be in tressed to perceive, from these details the room with him, even though he how strongly this visionary apparition did not see it. On the contrary, I am was fixed in the imagination of his parather a friend to cats, and endured with tient. He ingeniously urged the sick so much equanimity the presence of my man, who was then in bed, with quesimaginary attendant, that it had become tions concerning the circumstances of almost indifferent to me; when within the phantom's appearance, trusting he the course of a few months it gave place might lead him, as a sensible man, into to, or was succeeded by, a spectre of a such contradictions and inconsistencies