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were near,

“ Even so, dread Sir," said the lady; king—the monarch and her who had so “ it is to pray of your royal grace and lately been his humble petitioner.—The favour to grant to my orphan children the Romance of History. restitution of the forfeited estates of their father, Sir John Gray, of Groby. Great King! good King ! listen to my prayer. Think that the transgressions of the father

THE WARRIOR'S BEQUEST. have been expiated by his death, and

(For the Olio.) that, whatever they were, his infant sons had no participation in them. And oh ! gracious Sire, let not the boldness of their Lonely I strode o'er the red battle field,

Where the moon in ber lustre was beaming, mother, at a time when she knew not Coldly she shone on cuirass and shield, the illustrious person with whom she Where the warrior dead lay dreaming. conversed, stand in the way of your Highness's grace and favour towards the

Not a wandering breeze imparted a sigh,

Nor a fugitive shot responded, children."

And sternly they looked in their vermil die, " Thy petition, fair Elizabeth,” said When the death they had died I des. the King, " is granted, and Heaven pros

ponded. per the gallant house of Gray of Groby! But now it is my turn to play the suppli- I whispered a sigh, imbued with a tear, cant. Thou rememberest a promise made 'Twas the first that was breathed, but others to Edward March--a conditional promise, it is true, but the condition is now To greet their hapless story. performed. The poor youth-rest his soul !-is no more. When King Edward

I started, and deemed I'd heard a moan.

Which o'er the air came floating, entered his ancient palace of Westminster, And again I heard the anguished groan, he found it necessary to terminate the A soul's farewell devoting. existence of Edward March.”

“ Thus lowly,” said the Lady' “ do I I reared the head of a warrior knight, once more crave thy royal pardon. Thou And gently unclashing his helmet bright, who has proved the husband of the I spake of godly tiding. widow, and the father of the fatherless, accept their blessings and their prayers.

And then he muttered a broken prayer, The land which your Highness has re

But wild were the words he chanted, stored to them shall be held for the safe

As wildly he gazed, through a trembling tear,

On his sleeping brothers undaunted. guard of your royal person and the terror of your enemies; but jest not thus Apon he drew from his mangled breast, cruelly with your handmaid ; and pardon

A trinket, where beauty was beaming,

Which zealously unto his heart he prest, the presumption and boldness of which

While his eyes warm dew was streaming. she was unwittingly guilty.”

“ But under your favour, Lady Gray, “Sweet guest of a true and a faithful heart, said the monarch, laughing, “ I have not “We part in this world for ever, yet proved myself the husband of the And that is the sting of the conqueror's dart.

" From thee with life I sever. widow and the father of the fatherless; and until I do so, I will not accept either He said, and proffered the semblance, dear, their benedictions or their prayers. As To me the gem confiding, the representative of the deceased Ed. While his spirit to peace, from strife and care, ward March, I will take care and see that

Was slowly and calmly gliding. the promise which was so solemnly made

But lingering still he murmured of love, by him be performed. My. lords and

And promised bliss denied him, gentlemen,' he added, turning to the As he dimly gazed on the splendour above, wondering courtiers,

And I pillowed his head beside him. Queen!” “ God save Queen Elizabeth !” ex

“ Father should e'er you shine in the glance

“Of the shadowed seraph there, claimed all present.

Long live the

"You'll wot who she is in her elegance, noble Queen of England !"

“ And her tresses of golden hair, “ And now, my Lord of Canterbury," said the King, your part in this day's “Oh! a smile like the sun on her lips doth solemnities remains to be performed.”


" Though it never may beam there more ; Thus saying, he led the lady Gray to " But though the rose may be gone away, the chapel of the palace, followed by her “ The lily will that deplore. mother and children, Sir William Woodville, the prelate, and the rest of the cour “ Like to yon lonesome star in the west, tiers. There the nuptial knot was indis

“ As bright and as beautiful still,

“ And as lonely, she'll roam in sorrow drest, solubly tied between the beggar and the " When she weens the grave I fill.

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« Oh tell her communing with love I died, lieve that the administrators of the laws “ And when she wanders at even,

are in earnest in their endeavour to re“ To watch the course of yon star to guide To our meeting bower in heaven.".

press the honest labours of the common

wealth of plunderers is a mere delusion, He ceased ; and zephyrs around his head -a mental hallucination-a prejudice Wafted his soul from sorrow,

which is cultivated with infinite care, for And he quietly lay on the crimsoned mearl,

the sole object of rendering the legal posTill the sun-beam illumined the morrow.

sessors of property easy in their minds. The moon in beauty has gleamed o'er his It is a pleasing and satisfying beliefgrave,

amabilis insania, et mentis gratissiWhere the greedy worm is trailing;

mus error. The thieves and the police But kindred ne'er came to the couch of the magistrates know better. The profession

brave, In tears of woe and wailing.

is most diligently patronized by the admi

nistrators of the laws; not to speak it I've sought both in cot and canopiert hall, profanely, there are regular articles of

For the nymph o' the golden hair,
P've gazed on the portrait, not one of them' co-parceny* between the thief and those

who are falsely imagined to be his purall Could smile me the face that was there.

Latro is arraigned and fur sits W. MORLEY

on the bench.” Those who affect to be hunting out the criminal are the dignitaries of the commonwealth of crime.

The mistaken people who, in general, THE LEADING PROFESSION.

are hanged, or transported, or immured (Continued from page 284.) in solitary cells, or whipped, are not

registered in the University of Larceny. But the great encouragement to the They are fools who attempt to do busiadoption of this branch of the profession ness in a small way, without regard to of the Bar consists in the rich endow- the corporate rights of Bow Street and ments which Society has provided for Union Hall. They have not graduated its cultivation. All the property, and and they must pay the penalty. But a with it all the gratifications of this earth, prudent adventurer never enters the are the patrimony of the judicious thief. higher walks of the profession without For him the covetous man gathers his protection. He incurs no risks ; he surpelf, and the ostentatious man his plate renders a handsome portion of his profits and jewels. In his case there is no tedious to enjoy the remainder in peace" under waiting for employment; no sighing for his own fig-tree.' To such the police

maiden brief," as in the is not an affair of discovery or of prelaw-no starving for life upon a Welsh vention, but of regulation. There is no curacy, as in the church-no wearing affectation of a want of 'union in the seveaway

the best years of life in the sickness ral callings of the thief and the officer. of "hope deferred,' as with a subaltern They have grown together in happy relaor a midshipman—no walking the world tionship since the days of Jonathan for a day's work, as with the starving Wild.' A poet of the last century says, Irish labourer. In this privileged profession, the supply always keeps pace My evenings all I would with i sharpers with the demand. The active world is

spend, a community of bees, but the thief gets

And make the thief-catcher my bosom

friend, the honey. His business is “ to rove abroad, centum puer artium, to taste of And indeed they are very pretty com. every dish, and sip of every cup.' He

panions together over their claret. The has no care for the morrow, because he dignitary sits with his feet under the knows that for him the heads and hands

same mahogany with the returned conof innumerable servants are doing his vict; or he is Vice to the Rothschild of bidding. He has only to walk forth and the flash-house, who at that moment is choose. He lives in a perpetual belief negociating with the partners of the Bristhat the world was made for him :

tol Bank, touching the return of twenty and he is as right as Alexander was.

thousand abstracted bills, for the honourThe times are past when thieves were able consideration of fifty per cent and persecuted. This may appear a paradox no prosecution to those who look only upon the surface, Civilization was very little advanced —who hear of a score of unfortunates when the commonwealth of thieves was perishing annually at the Old Bailey, or really persecuted. The present adminisbehold the Recorder of London pouring into the ear of sovereignty the tale of their sorrows and their crimes. To be

Quære, Co-larceny. PRINTER'S DEVIL.

for a



tration of the laws against felony is the -and he leaves the world with such exkey-stone that binds the arch of depre- ultations of pious people attending him, dation. Without magistrates and officers as martyrs were wont to monopolize,who do not prevent crime, but nurse it, bowing to the admiring crowd, and men individually would peril their lives “ sucking an orange till the drop falls." against those who invade their property. We apprehend that in this rapid sketch But all this possible bloodshed is now we have said enough to prove that one saved. A well ordered police, the sti- calling is still open to the talented and pendiaries at once of the public and those the ambitious, and receives adequate enwho ease the public of their superfluous couragement from the highest authorities. possessions, accommodates all difficulties, That such a profession, indeed, should and gradually, the rights of thieves are have attractions, in comparison with as effectually recognized as the rights of which all others fade into nothingness, is any other pains taking class of the com- perfectly natural ; for the thief feeds upon munity. Look at this arrangement, and the fat of the land, in his pilgrimage see, not only how much it has contributed through this life, and passes from it with to the respectability of the profession of the most assured prospects of the highest larceny, but what an insurance of their rewards in the next. London Magalives it gives to society, by rendering rob- zine. bery a quiet, gentlemanly art, in which violence is only the argument of bunglers, and which is carried to the highest point of perfection by that division of labour, upon which all excellence, whe. of old, when Burke with indignation rude,

The people named the swinish multitude, ther mental or mechanical, must be

With rage at him, they champed their filthy bnilt.

jaws, It occasionally happens that the most But now his scorn is scoffed at by the prigs, brilliant example of professional success

Since Birkbeck turn'd them into learned pigs,

Taught them to spell, and grunt in his apis apprehended, convicted, and hanged.

plause. This is a part of the contract by which

J. W. B. the commonwealth of thieves has purchased its charter. The compact is--for the police a share of profits, and no trou

CUSTOMS OF VARIOUS COUNble ;-—for the sons of Mercury, protection in general, and a very sparing selection

TRIES.-(No. XVII.) of needful victims. When the time

THE DIVERSION OF SHOOTING AT THE arrives that the career of individual happiness and friendship is to close, there is no shrinking. The ripened felon is a

The people of Hamburgh amuse themsoldier, under the orders of a commander selves on the ist of July by practising whom he honours, and it is to him a gra

the following diversion called " shooting

it is celebrated as follows. tification to look back upon the years of at the bird ; comfort he has secured by this compro- of the senators, and attended by a mili

A company of archers, headed by one mise with power, instead of being perpetually hunted into some pitiful occupar of the city gates, where they aim at the

tary escort, proceed to a spot out of one vigilance which should never sleep. "At wooden figure of a bird, fixed upon a last he dies. Well! in the latest moment lofty pole. The senator is entitled to the he is a privileged being. Fame hovers first shot, and the others in succession,

This amusement around him, from the bar to the gallows. till the effigy falls. He exhibits great composure on his trial; sometimes continues a whole week. The leaves his defence, with a dignified satis- person who brings down the last fragment faction, to his council ; bows to the judge, of it is decorated with a silver breastplate when he pronounces sentence ; and, " is and medal, and is formally proclaimed fashionably dressed in a complete suit of

“ king” for the ensuing year. black.” Then come the consolations of spiritual friends. In the interval between the condemnation and the Recorder's report, he becomes perfectly satisfied' that Science and Art. he is purified from every stain ;--after the fatal mandate arrives, he declares that his only anxiety is to die, lest he The immense increase of power requishould fall into his former errors, and be site to obtain a small increase of velocity, deprived of that everlasting happiness ought to have its influence in determining which he now feels will be his portion ; the speed of a steam boat during a long




horses' power.




voyage, and its proportions ought to be

Anecdotiana. adapted to that speed, with a small excess of power for emergencies. The powers required to give a boat different veloci

The Romans bad a great veneration for ties in still water are as follow :

their beards, even when they adopted

through effeminacy, the custom of shavMiles.

ing, they preserved the most religious 3 per hour.

respect for this mark of manhood. The 4


first shaving of a young man was per, 5


formed with the greatest ceremony ; and 6


the first fruits of the chin were carefully 69

collected in a gold or silver box, in order 8


to be afterwards presented to some God, 9


as a tribute of youth; this pious offering 10


was mostly made to Jupiter Capitolinus. The mechanical power, or power of a

ALEXANDER THE GREAT. steam engine to impel a boat in still

Alexander making a libation to the hewater, must be as the cube of the velo

roes at Troy, poured oil upon the tomb city. Therefore, if an engine of twelve- of Achilles, and placed a crown of gold horse power will impel a boat seven miles per hour, it will require one of thirty upon it, saying, he was the happiest per

son in the world ; 'for while he lived. five horse power to impel the same boat Patroclus was his friend; and when dead, at the rate of ten miles per hour. The Homer perpetuated his memory. action of what is called a twenty-five horse power engine, is just equal to the impulse given by 1000 cubic feet of wa

This monarch, who was the most dister falling through the height of ten tinguished of the kings of France, whefeet.-New Mon.

ther considered as a warrior, or a patroniser of learning or the Liberal Arts, being

about to invade Italy, called a council of The estimated number of looms pro

war to advise with his officers, which way pelled by water and steam power in the which Amaril, the king's fool, overhear

he should lead his forces over the Alps, United Kingdom, including those in pre- ing, told them they should rather consult paration for working previous to the stag- how to bring them back again out of nation, and as near as any calculation can be made, is 58,000. The average pro- importance. "Well had it been for the

Italy, as being an affair of the greatest duce, taking it oat. 22. Square yards a day brave monarch and his followers, had he nute; weekly, 7,524,000 ; monthly, 31, listened to the wise advice of his witty 300,000; yearly, 376,200,000. Al.

dependant, for scarce a man of them ever lowing six yards to each person for year

saw France again. ly consumption, will supply 62,700,000,

PASQUINADE and will cover 62,700 acres of ground, and in length would extend 213,750 miles following pasquinade, ridiculing the co

Fuller in his Church History gives the and reach across the Atlantic Ocean se

vetousness of Dr. Bancroft, archbishop venty-one times.Ibid.

of Canterbury

Here lies his grace, in cold clay clad, DESTRUCTION OF SNAILS BY COMMON


Idleness like a fever soon is caught, M. Em. Rousseau had applied common And to the grave hath many a subject brought; salt as a manure to a small piece of gar It grows to waste, to canker and decay,

P. den, and remarked that where snails had Wearing the precious core of life away. come in contact with the salt they quickly

TO A MISERLY BACHELOR. died. Wishing to confirm the fact, he

Thou art just like a spail with thy treasure strewed the salt upon the ground, and

and pelf, placed a number of snails amongst it; all Because thou dost keep all thy house to thyse.f,

P. those which came out of the shells and touched the salt immediately threw out a

EPIGRAM greenish, globular froth, and in a few mi. Liquor when swallowed increases in strength, nutes were dead. The fact may be turned Though it steals from the tongue nature's to account by agriculturists and garden- For, the while it reduces a man to his length, ers.--Bull. Univ. D. viii. 276.

It gives the eye faculty double refraction.


Who died for want of what he had.


Diary and Chronology.






May 16 Thurs. St. Dympna, 7th May 15 Ascension Day is set apart to commemorate
cent. Ascension

Saviour's ascension into Heaven.
Day, or Holy

1821. Died, John Bonnycastle, the author of seThursday.

veral valuable and scientific works, one of which, Sun ris, 13m af. 4

the Scholar's Guide to Arithmetic, has passed sets 47m af.7

through no less than twelve editions. His Trea. tise upon Astronomy is the most popular of all works written upon that sublime Science, being remarkable for perspicuity, it has become a general library book, and remains a testimony of the

attainments of the author, 16 Frid. St. Abdas.

-16 st. Abdas, was a Persian bishop. He was a man High Water,

of great virtue and zeal. He destroyed the Vesta 41m af. 3 morn

or Deified fire of the Persians, which act so en57m af. 3 even

raged their king, that he caused him to be put to death, and ordered the destruction of the Chris.

tian churches. 1568. On this day Queen Mary, of Scotland, after

the dispersion of her friends by the Regent, Murray, who pursued her with inveteracy for escaping from her confinement in Lochleven castle, filed into England, imploring the protection of Elizabeth, who acted towards ber with the great.

est baseness, and under the idea of granting her 17 Satur. St. Possidius.

an asylum, betrayed her into a prison. -17

St. Possidius was bishop of Calamus, in Africa, Sun ris. lim af. 4

and died A. D. 430. He was a disciple of St, sets-49m af. 7

Augustin, 1729. Expired, the learned divine, Dr. Samuel

Clarke, the translator of Sir Isaac Newton's Op. tics, and editor of the Commentaries of Cæsar. Dr. Clarke was a profound scholar, a close rea. soner, an acute critic; well versed in mathema. tics and philosophy, and a man of unaffected

mild and amiable manners.
18 SUN. Sunday af Ascen -18 1806. On this day Bonaparte assumed the title of
LES. for the DAY

Napoleon, I. Emperor of the French.
Deut. 12 c. morn

1802. Died, Dr. Erasmus Darvin, a physician Deut. 13 c. even,

and poet of celebrity; author of the Botanic St. Potamon, bi

Garden, Zoonomia, or the Laws of Organic shop of Hera

Life ; the Loves of the Plants, and numerons clea, in Egypt,

other works. His works prove him to have been died, A. D. 341.

a poet, botanist, and philosopher of no ordinary

powers 1J|Mond. st. Dunstan.

-19 st. Dunstan was made bishop of Worcester by Easter Term ends

kiag Edgar; he was afterwards bishop of LonHigh Water,

don, and archbishop of Canterbury. He died 25m af. 5 morn.

A. D. 988, in the 64th year of his age. Of this 44m af, 5 even.

saint many miracles are related, among which is

the familiar legend of his holding the Devil by the 1536. Beheaded, Anne Boleyn, the ill-fated wife

of the tyrannical Henry VIII, and mother of Q. Elizabeth. She was tried and condemned for alleged unchastity with her brother and four others, although the charge of incontinence was

never substantiated. 1795. Died, James Boswell, the friend and Bio

grapher of Dr. Samuel Johnson, who he accompanied on a tour to the Western Isles of Scotland, in 1773, of which tour he wrote an in

teresting account, -20 Tues. St. Ethelbert, -20 st. Ethelbert, king of the East Angles, son of Sin ris 7m af. 4

Ethelbert, who was converted to Christianity by -sets 53m af. 7

St. Austin, and was treacherously murdered by Offa, the king of the Mercians, who under the guise of inviting him to marry his daughter, caused him to be beheaded, and thereupon seized

his kingdom.
1793. Died, at Geneva, the distinguished Natu-

ralist, Charles Bonnet, RT.78. He was
of great learning, and author of many works on



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