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more boldly lay the blame on those his wild horses present a beautiful spece Grace brings with him.” The Cardinal tacle when they are alarmned in their made a solemn oration, and when he native wilds by the intrusion of an ceased, behold the whole house was army. Instead of flying, as the deer struck by one unbroken and dead and other timid animals, they gallop silence! The minister addressed seve- round in compact masses of many thoural personally-each man was a mute. sands, apparently for the purpose of Discovering that he could not carry his reconnoitring the strangers; and frepoint by his presence, he seemed to quently advance boldly to within a few recollect that the custom of the house yards of the line of march, where they was to speak by the mouth of their halt to gaze at the troops, snorting and speaker, and Wolsey turned to him: shewing every sign of astonishment and More, in all humility, explained the displeasure, especially at sight of the cause of the universal silence, by the cavalry. These droves are always amazement of the house at the presence headed by some fine-looking old ba. of so noble a personage, besides that it shaws, whose flowing inanes and tails was not agreeable to the liberty of the plainly shew that they have never been house to offer answers-that he himself subject to man's control; and in the could return no answer, except every rear the mares and colts follow. one of the members could put into his

Literary Gazette. head their several wits." The Minister

A GentLEMAN paying a visit one abruptly rose, and departed. Shortly morning to a friend's, was shewn inafter, Wolsey in his gallery at White- to a room, where on a writing-desk hall, told More, Would to God you had been at Rome, Mr. More, when I

was a paper, on which a lady had bemade you Speaker!" "So would I of “Love in a Village :” remarking

gun to transcribe a song from the opera too!” replied More; and then imme- that shie had left off at the end of the diately exclaimed,

"I like this gallery two following lines :much better than your gallery at Hampton Court;" and thus talking of pic

In love should there meet a fond pair,

Untutor'd by fashion or arttures, he broke off “the Cardiual's He took up a pen and completed the displeasant talk.”

CRUELTY OF The Late King Fer- verse, by adding:DINAND WHEN A BOY.—Amongst other If on earth such a couple there are, facts recorded of him I will mention one

I'll be whipt at the tail of a cart! only, committed in the chamber of his THEOLOGICAL PROFUNDITY.-Every mother. The queen had a dog of ex one knows that rowing is a favourite treme beauty, and Ferdinand, whilst amusement with the Collegians at Oxpretending to play with him, caused ford; and that the different boats, some him to swallow a little ball, in which with eight oars, some with six, some were small pins stuck in various direc. with four, are called by the names of tions, and then covered them over with the Colleges to which they respectively paste. The unhappy dog swallowed the belong; as, “ The Christchurch." “ The fatal ball, when the Prince holding in Brazenose, "“The Magdalen,”' &c. A his hand a piece of twine, to which he young student, undergoing a public exahad attached the ball, began to draw it mination in divinity, manifested the upwards. The dog uttered piteous grossest ignorance on the subject. At cries. The queen ran to his aid, and length, the examinant, a good-natured the young wretch redoubling bis efforts man, and a friend of the student's, ancaused a portion of the intestines of the xious to save him from the disgrace of animal to attach to the pins, and drew being plucked, resolved to put a quesit through his throat.- Morn. Chron, tion, in the answer to which no blunder

EFFECTS OF COLD.-"Sir, I shall fine could possibly be made. The question you for not wearing a white cravat was— How many persons are there with your academic dress," said a strict in the Trinity ?”—To this the student, disciplinarian to an unfortunate fresh- without the slightest hesitation or diffiman, on a raw morning in January, culty, replied, “ Four and a steerer.” Fine me! I assure you, Sir, my cra- The universal roar of laughter that folvat is white."-" How can you say so, lowed may easily be imagined. Sir? Do I not see that it is blue.”_ ANIMAL SAGACITY.-There is now in “Oh, Sir, it was white when I put it the possession of Mr. Cross, of the on this morning, but it looks blue from White Hart Inn, Widcombe, a dog of the cold."

the French poodle breed, whose sagaTHE WILD Horses-The herds of city and intelligence are such as almost



to rival the noble superior faculty of Academy :-" The labours by which

He will fetch any specific sum Cuvier immortalized himself required of money from the till, wbich he will immense powers of memory. His mind open and shut hímself; he will fetch was stored not only with several thouand replace any article of wearing sand generic and specific names of ani. apparel, or other thing that is desired, mals of every species, but with the from any drawer or cupboard, which names and complicated genealogies of he will open and close himself: he will every leading family in Europe, both fetch an ottoman and place it in the of times past and present. Nay, as if most proper position for his mistress's there were a craving after eastern luxfeet with great politeness and much ury in this play of the memorative faculthoughtful examination; he will put ties, he could quote off hand the names shoes, boots, and other litters out of and dynasties of every Asiatic prince sight upon the slightest bidding, and and tribe, little as they seem deserving with a rapidity of movement that would of the toil. He was probably the best put any domestic to the blush. It is informed scholar in Europe ; and yet worthy of notice that Philip (his name) his memory huinbled itself to the meanis not quite twelve months old, and that est subjects, and, as one who sought no he has acquired all this knowledge other kind of scholarship, it heaped and usefulness without beating.

together all sorts of curious anecdotes, A CAMBRIAN MAGISTRATE.-A tra not forgetting the name of the parties veller reached late at night, one of the concerned; and over and above all principal inns in a borough town in these recreations, faithfully husbanded North Wales, and having acquired a the text of any lampoon, epigram, or pretty good appetite from the "sharp occasional poem, which was likely to mountain air," took on board a toler- acquire historical importance.". able cargo of provisions, and having A REGAL LUNATIC.-Christian the stowed it all safe in the hold, he cale Seventh of Denmark, who died in 1808, led for a bottle of wine, by way of wash- it is well known, was long a lunatic. ing down. On the landlord's appear. He knew one written document from ance, he began to praise the excellent another by its outward appearance, but supper he had made, adding, “ No one seemed to delight in affixing his signacould have made a better.' “Stop, ture any where but on the fitting stop,” says the landlord, “ You are in spot. Here he would decorate it with Wales, sir; and must not make per- letters as large as the sheet itself, and sonal comparisons, without adding, the there he would sketch all sorts of gromayor excepted.“No!" rejoins the tesque figures upon it, or subscribe other. “I'll except neither mayor nor some important decree of the Cabinet, alderman. I say no man could have like a Cockney chapman, with the made a better supper than I have done." words “Christian and Company.” It

not ?” says Boniface, was no rare occurrence for the stricken Then, let me tell you, you'll be fined Monarch to labour hard at inditing his five shillings. “Fined or confined, signature for an hour or two, and then, it matters not, I'll except not a soul of sending his pen to the furthest corner them."

The grateful landlord made of the apartment, cry out, "We will his bow and exit ; but the next morning write no more ; we've signed enough summoned his guest before the mayor to-day!" He was one day conversing for this act of petty treason; and the with a foreign Envoy, when he suddenfine was in consequence exacted and ly stroked his proboscis, exclaiming, paid ; when the traveller turning round "Jf your master's nose had been pulled to his landlord in open court, thus ad so long as my servants have pulled dressed him :-"I have travelled through mine, his would be just as long as my the greatest part of England, Scotland, own."--Those who dined at his table and Ireland, and, except the identical usually made no account of his royal animal that chews the thistle, I have presence, but chatted, roared, and amunever met with so egregious an ass as sed themselves as if he had been a you are, landlord," and then turning thousand miles from the spot. On one with an air of profound reverence to occasion, some ladies on either side of the bench, he added, “the mayor ex him having bent across him for the purcepted.”

pose of whispering some secret into one POWER OF MEMORY.-The following another's ears, he pushed each of their is related by Dupin of the celebrated heads back into its proper place, then Cuvier, whom he has just succeeded as threw his clenched hands on the table, one of the forty members of the French looked round with fury in his eyes,

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and raising his voice to its loudest live without brains ?'' To which Dapitch, roared out amidst their revels, vie, looking up in the face of the inter“Suppose I should suddenly come to rogator, and with a grin, to which his the right use of my senses again, what longitude of chin gave inimitable effect, next would you expect ?" You might promptly; but, unexpectedly replied, have heard a feather drop on

the * How auld may ye be yoursel profesground at the posing, thundering query sor ?" -Scotsman. echoed in their ears. There was not a

ORIGIN OF DRINKING HEALTHS. soul present but quaked at the proof of Hengistus, General of the Saxons, had returning sanity ; nor did his Majesty the Isle of Thanet given him by King choose to relieve them of their anxiety Vortigern, for assisting him against the for several minutes. At last he nod- Picts and Scots, and also obtained as ded to them, and resumed, with a good much ground as he could encompass humoured smile, “Well, my friends, with an ox's hide to build a castle, we'll let it pass for this once !" Good NeiguBOURS.-We copy the

which being completed, he invited Vor

tigern to supper. After the entertainfollowing from a Woodstock (Vermont, U.S.) paper :-An incident occurred in Rowena, who entered with great dig

ment Hengistus called for his daughter this neighbourhood on the 4th instant, nity and magnificence, carrying a golden so praiseworthy in itself, and so credit- bowl full of wine in her hand, out of able to the parties concerned, that we cannot avoid noticing it. The black which she drank, and in the Saxon lansmith's shop of an old man named Phi- guage said, “Be of health, Lord King." lip Harman, living near the North health.” This is the first health we

To which Vortigern replied, “ Drink Mountain, took fire on the 3d, and was

hear of in history, and boasts an antientirely consumed, together with all its contents of a destructible nature, in- quity of more than thirteen hundred cluding his account book. The 'next years. History adds, that King Vortimorning about forty of his neighbours married her in a short time after, and

gern, enamoured with Rowena's beauty assembled on the spot, with six waggons and teams, and felled, hewed, and gave her father the kingdom of Kent.

SMOKING Members OF PARLIAMENT. hanled up timber enough for another shop, which they raised up before House of Commons, issued about the

-Among the standing orders of the night, besides making the old man up middle of the seventeenth century, we a purse of 16 dollars, to furnish him find the following :-Ordered, that no with the necessary tools to enable him Member of the House do presume to to work again. HOW TO ANSWER ONE QUESTION BY table of the House, sitting as Commit

smoke tobacco in the gallery, or at the ASKING ANOTHER.- A pleasing example tees."- A Member of Parliament of the of this art, in which Saunders has the seventeenth, had not the dignity which reputation among his south country pertaineth to an M.P. of the nineteenth neighbours of being a proficient, occurs in the raditional records of the far- pleasure in a pipe a homely, though

century, and could, it appears, find famed University of Auld Reekie :A professor of what in this country is

a somewhat inelegant, luxury. What called Humanity, and who flourished in the olden time, when probably a

a scene must St. Stephen have presented not a hundred years ago, was not more representative in alluding io another, noted for his classical attainments than would speak of the Honourable Memfor the delight which he took in exercising his wit upon such of his pupils, Gallant Officer with the short cut!”. It

ber now lighting his pipe," or of "the as he considered to be fair game, either on account of their negligence or slu- claimers of any intention to be perso

must have been amusing to hear dispidity. Amongst the latter, the learned nal “ on the Learned Gentleman now professor seemed to think the well- blowing a cloud opposite,” or of any known David Erskine, the amiable wish to wound the feelings of the character of whose venerable and excel

“ worthy Member who had just emptied lent father, might have served to shield

his tobacco-box." his untalented son from the caustic wit of this gentleman. On one occasion, ON A YOUNG LADY'S MARRIAGE WITII when Davie had been less prepared than usual, the ned professor, in a supercilious manner, thus accosted the All the lovers that rued she delighted to vex: the unfortunate pupil :-“Pray, sir, Til she married a Kinder than all of his sex;

She was ricb, and they courted her pell; can you tell me how long a man can And then, she was Kinder herself,



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criminal means of indulging in profli

gate habits. A few instances, howTHE FORGER.*

ever, did occur of great offenders being Link'd with one virtue, and a thousand crimes. brought to justice; and the following

Byron history affords perhaps the most memoAt a recent period, when forgeries rable of all such examples. The names were so common, and so many crimi are disguised from respect to the relanals expiated their guilt on the scaffold, tives of the principal criminal, whose it was a singular fact, that the sufferers family was reputable in conduct, and were almost invariably poor wretches, even well descended. This disguise of who passed snjall notes for a miserable name is the only deviation from the sustenance, whilst the great wholesale strict truth of the history. manufacturers of the forged paper con

At a place called P-y Bridge, trived to escape with impunity. This about five miles from the great manuwas attributed to their large capital and facturing town of 'B—, there had immense profits, which enabled them resided a farmer who, though inoffenlo adopt many expedients to avoid de- sive, and, as the people said, “ keeping tection; and, above all, to their influ- himself to himself,” still attracted more ence on the lower orders of the police. notice than any of his equals in the Whether this latter assertion be true or county. This was, probably, of all calumnious, certain it is, that the de- things that which he was the most delection of the wholesale manufacturers sirous to avoid. and dealers in forged bank notes was

Mr. Desfield's farm was very large, very seldom, and bore no proportion but the land was poor, and the scene whatever to that of the thriftless starv. around him was sterile and desolate ; ing wretches, whose vices produced the and consequently his rent was low, and misery that made them resort to such he required a greater number of la* Metropolitan,

bourers in his business. Vol. X.


He was a stranger in the county; thing, she did not go to market like nor could provincial curiosity discover other farmers' wives ; and then her from whence he had come, or who he daughter, the fresh and delicate, the was, though it was usually believed gracefuland beautiful young Einily Desthat he was a native of Kent; and whilst field, not only eclipsed all girls of her some asserted that he had been a cap- station in dress on Sunday, but her tain in the army dismissed for some father had bought her a grand pianoirregularity of conduct, others, and pro- forte at a sale of a bankrupt-banker's bably with as little foundation, main- furniture and the very master from B-, tained that he had been a desperate who taught singing and music to the smuggler on the coast.

rector's daughters, likewise taught her Desfield was a tall, powerful man, the same accomplishments. She rode a whose turn and action of limbs, and very fine borse, not to market, but carriage of person, not only indicated “out a pleasuring, like any lady;" and great energy, but the very reverse of when these things were talked of, as vulgar, rustic, or undisciplined strength. they always were, by the farmers at the His features were strongly marked and the inn dinner on market days, some extraordinarily well formed; but the kind-hearted neighbour would generally expression of his countenance was cer- add, “ Ah! no good will come of it, I'm tainly the very reverse of prepossessing. sure;" whilst some equally kind SaHe appeared calm and reflective, a man maritan would add, “I'll be bound she's of unconquerable firmness; but with a no better than she should be." Notwithnobility of brow that carried pride and standing all this, Emily Desfield was a self-possessed haughtiness to the ex- mild, unassuming girl, who always aptremes of repulsive severity, whilst peared pensive and unhappy; and the the drooping of the corners of his mouth, beauty of her father's attention to her which was well-formed, and arose out was heightened by its appearing almost of a short, thick and firm chin, was the only human sympathy of which he more expressive of scorn than any thing was possessed. Except at public places, Sever witnessed.

he associated with nobody. Not a perSuch was the man who had long been son had ever been regaled in his house. suspected of being the great Dagon of He was, of all men, the most scrupul. all forgers ; and it was rumoured that ously punctual at places of worship ; he had brought more men to the gallows for though good men may abstain from than all others in that iniquitous trade. this, bad men never can ; for the outBut suspicion appeared to me to arise, ward show of devotion is an indispenin the first instance, from very inad- sable muniment of the game they have equate canses. Desfield, or Mister, or to play in the world. Gentleman, or Esquire Desfield, as he What, probably, hastened the deterwas called in derision by his brother mination of the police to suspect Desfield farmers," had given great ground of of forgery, was his unaccountable imoffence to all his neighbours of his own prudence in denouncing the police officlass. In very difficult times, he was cers as a set of bribed and corrupt peralmost the only farmer that had paid sons; and this he never scrupled to do his rent punctually, and without claim- upon all occasions. His fate was sealed. ing or accepting any deductions of his This man's courage, boldness, and vigilandlord. He was on equally good terms lance, with his extreme cunning and with the rector, albeit disputes of the numerous resources, rendered it a task quantity had given way to discussions of no ordinary difficulty to capture him; on the principle of tithes. He had oc that is to say, legally, and with the dou. casioned even a deadly hatred in bis ble object of securing the machinery brother farmers, by refusing to let any which was to establish his guilt - if he labourer in his employ receive aught of was guilty a thing that was, as yet, his wages out of the poor-rates; and only surmised upon envy, and strengtheach of them was paid from two to even ened by the fact that the man had alfive or six shillings a-week (if they had ways the command of large sums of families) inore than the labourers em money. ployed on the neighbouring farms. The capture resolved upon, the mode

To these substantial sources of enmity of effecting it occasioned much discusin a Christian country, were added' sion. The most determined and expeothers of almost equal heinousness. rienced police officer was entrusted with Mrs. Desfield was a plain, vulgar, hard- the warrant, and it was at last resolved working woman : but then she was that he should employ for his purpose above going, or, what was the same a small party of the regiment of

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