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sixty years, and has resisted all attempts niture or the floor. The Marquis Scipio to extinguish it. There is no doubt that Maffei was informed by an Italian noliving animal bodies are also liable to bleman, who passed through Cesena a internal combustion. It is recorded of few days after this event, that he heard the wife of Dr. Freilas, physician to an it stated in town, that the Countess Zanarchbishop of Toledo, that she emitted gari was in the habit, when she felt inflammable matter by perspiration. herself indisposed, of washing all her Another woman was known to vomit body with camphorated spirits of wine. flames at the point of death. Bartholin, So recently as 1744, a similar example in bis Acta Medica, mentions the case of spontaneous combustion occurred in of a poor woman at Paris, who drank our own country, at Ipswich. A fishernothing in the course of three years ex- inan's wife, of the name of Grace Pott, cept spirits of wine ; in consequence of of the parish of St. Clements, had been which, he says, ' her body contracted in the habit, for several years, of going such a combustible disposition, that, down stairs every night after she was one night, when she lay down on a half undressed to smoke a pipe. She straw couch, she was all burned to ashes did this on the evening of the 9th of except her skull and the extremities of April, 1744. Her daughter, who lay in her fingers.” But the most extraordi- the same bed with her, had fallen asleep nary cases upon record are the follow- and did not miss her mother till she ing ones, « One of the most remark- awaked early in the morning. Upon able cases of spontaneous combustion is dressing herself and going down stairs, that of the Countess Cornelia Zangari she found her mother's body lying on and Bandi of Cesena, which has been the right side, with her head against the minutely described by the Rev. Joseph grate, and extended over the hearth, Bianchini, a prebend in the city of Ve with her legs on the deal floor, and

This lady, who was in the sixty- appearing like a block of wood burning second year of her age, retired to bed in with a glowy fire without fame. Upon her usual health. Here she spent above quenching the fire with two bowls of three hours in familiar conversation water, the neighbours. whom the cries with her maid, and in saying her pray of the daughter had brought in, were ers; and having at last fallen asleep, almost stifled with the smell. The trunk the door of her chamber was shut. As of the unfortunate woman was almost her maid was summoned at the usual burned to ashes, and appeared like a hour, she went into the bed-room to heap of charcoal, covered with white wake her mistress; but, receiving no ashes. The head, arms, legs, and thighs answer, she opened the window, and were also much burned. There was no saw her corpse on the floor in the most fire whatever in the grate, and the candreadful condition. At the distance of dle was burned out in the socket of the four feet from the bed there was a heap candlestick, which stood by her. The of ashes. Her legs, with the stockings clothes of a child, on one side of her, on, remained untouched ; and the head, and a paper screen, on the other, were half burned, lay between them. Nearly untouched ; and the deal floor was all the rest of the body was reduced to neither signed nor discoloured. It was ashes. The air of the room was charged said that the woman had drank plentiwith floating soot. A small oil lamp on fully of gin overnight, in welcoming a the floor was covered with ashes, but daughter who had recently returned had no oil in it; and, in two candle- from Gibraltar." sticks, which stood upright on the table. DOMESTIC YEAST.-Persons who are the cotton wick of both the candles was in the habit of making domestic bread, left, and the tallow of both had disap- cake, &c. can easily inanufacture their peared. The bed was not injured, and own yeast by attending to the following ihe blankets and sheets were raised on directions :--Boil one pound of good one side, as if a person had risen up flour, a quarter of a pound of brown from it. From an examination of all sugar, and a little salt, in two gallons the circumstances of this case, it has of water for one hour. When milkbeen generally supposed, that an inter- warm, bottle it and cork it close, and it nal combustion had taken place; that will be fit for use in 24 hours. One pint the lady had risen from her bed to cool of the yeast will make 18 lbs, of bread. herself; and that in her way to open the window, the combustion had over

EPIGRAV. powered her, and consumed her body

If you no fire can in my verses see, by a process in which no flame was produced which could set fire to the fur. Try them by dame, and briglit enough they'n

J. R. P.

Cable Talk.

was absolved by the Pope, on the con

dition of his finishing, at his own exLORD BYRON'S OPINION OF Shelley. pense, the monastery of St. Boniface, Byron pointed out to me a boat anchor- near Morella. On another occasion ed to the right, as the one in which his (the year

before his death,) be forcibly friend Shelley went down, and he said carried off a married woman who had the sight of it made him ill. “ You the misfortune to please him; and when should have known Shelley (said he) the Pope reprimanded him for the unto feel how much I regret him. He was happiness he introduced into so many the most gentle, most amiable, and families, and the scandalous example least worldly-minded person I ever met he afforded his subjects, the hoary sinwith; full of delicacy, disinterested be. ner complained with bitterness, that he yond all other men, and possessing a had surely a right to do as he would. degree of genius, joined to a simplicity One cause of the favour with which as rare as it is admirable. He had his meinory is regarded, is his having formed to himself a beau ideal of all assumed the cross, and actually emthat is fine, high-minded, and noble, barked for the Holy Land ; but a and he acted up to this ideal even to the storm by which he was assailed off the very letter. He had a most brilliant coast of Sicily effectually cooled his imagination, but a total want of worldly devotion: with great difficulty he gainwisdom. I have seen nothing like him, ed a French port, and immediately reand never shall again I am certain. í turned to his dominions, resolved never can forget the night that his


never again to trust himself on the wife rushed into my room at Pisa, with treacherous deep. Lardn.r's Cyclopædia. a face pale as marble, and terror im

SANDY Wood's Plan OF SUPPORTpressed on her brow, demanding, with

ING A WIFE.-The eccentric and well all the tragic iinpetuosity of grief and remembered Sandy Wood, an eminent alarm, where was her husband! Vain surgeon in Edinburgh, at the outset of were all our efforts to calm her; a des- his professional career, married Miss perate sort of courage seemed to give Veronica Chalmers, second daughter her energy to confront the horrible of George Chalmers, W. S., a highly truth that awaited her ; it was the cause respectable man, and to whose honesty of despair ; I have seen nothing in and integrity his fellow-citizens bore tragedy on the stage so powerful, or so

the most ample testimony, by giving affecting, as her appearance, and it him the popular title of“. Honest George often presents itself to my meinory. I Chalmers." This marriage turned out knew nothing then of the catastrophe, very fortunate for both parties, though but the vividness of her terror commu- before it took place there was a danger nicated itself to me, and I feared the of it being impeded by the poverty of worst, which fears, were alas! too soon the intended husband. It is 'related that fearfully realized."- Journal of Coun. Mr. Wood, on obtaining the consent of tess Blessington from the New Monthly. the lady proposed himself to Mr. Chal

CHARACTER OF JAYME I. Don mers as his son-in-law, when that genJayme died in 1276, in Valencia, wbi- tleman addressed him thus :-"Sandy, ther he had advanced to chastise a par- I have not the smallest objection to you: tial insurrection of his Moorish sub- but I myself am not rich, and should jects; who, being aided by the King of therefore like to know how you are to Grenada, had defeated two of his ba- support a wife and family.” Mr. Wood rons. He is little deserving the high putting his hand in his pocket, and takcharacter given him by the peninsular ing out his lancet-case with a scarlet historians. If magnanimity can be re- garter rolled round it, presenting it to conciled with perfidy, devotion with him, said, “I have nothing but this, unbridled lust and barbarous cruelty, Sir, and a determination to use my best their encomiums might be just. His endeavours to succeed in my profesimmoderate passion for women, his sion.” Mr. Chalmers was so struck disregard of any tie of honour or reli- with this straight-forward and honest gion, or decency in its gratification, are reply, that he immediately exclaimed, notorious. In 1246, the Bishop of “ Veronica is yours." Gerona being so honest as to reprove UMBRELLAS, in my youth, were not his excesses, or so imprudent as to be- ordinary things; few but the macarotray his confidence, was punished by nies of the day, as the dandies were then the loss of the offending member, the called, would venture to display them. tongue. The Catalonian prelates in- For a long while it was not usual for stantly excommunicated him; but le men to carry them without incurring

the brand of effeminacy, and they were tain the cause. Perceiving who it was vulgarly considered as the characteris- that had occasioned it, and being actics of a person whom the mob hugely quainted with her propensity, he dedisliked, namely, a mincing French- termined, out of curiosity, to follow man! At first, a single umbrella seems her. It was a fine moonlight night, to have been kept in a coffee-house for and he was enabled to observe distinctsome extraordinary occasion-lent as a ly her actions. The cautious manner coach or chair in a heavy shower—but in which she passed along, evinced not commonly carried by the walkers. that something more than ordinary was The Female Tatler advertises, “the occupying her thoughts. She approachyoung gentleman belonging to the cus ed the place where the knives were iom-house who, in fear of rain, borrow- kept, and selected the largest. Alarmed the umbrella from Wilks' Coffee- ed lest she should injure herself, the house, shall the nexttime be welcome to man was about to awake her, when his the maid's pattens.” An umbrella car- interest was still further excited by ried by a man was obviously then con- seeing her conceal the knife in the sidered as extreme effeminacy. As late folds of her dress, and then, in the same as 1778, one John Macdonald, a foot- cautious manner, as if fearful of detecman, who has written his own life, tion, retrace her way to the room she informed us that when he used “a fine had left. With almost breathless agisilk umbrella, which he had brought tation, he followed. To his astonishfrom Spain, he could not with any com ment and alarm, she approached the fort to himself use it; the people calling bed in which lay her sister. The knife out 'Frenchman! Why don't you get a was raised to give the fatal blow, when coach ?'" The fact was that the hack- the man rushed forward, caught hold of ney-coachmen and the chairmen join- the uplifted arm, and by his exclamaing with the true esprit de corps, were tions, awoke the sisters to a sense of clamorous against this portentous rival. their danger. Their alarni may be This footman, in 1778, gives us further conceived. Reason for a time seemed information. “At this time there were extinguished in the mind of the unhap. no umbrellas worn in London, except py individual who had nearly proved in noblemen's and gentlemen's houses, the destroyer of her sister, nor is it where there was a large one hung in likely that she will ever recover the the hall to hold over a lady or a gentle- shock which it occasioned. man, if it rained between the door and their carriage.” His sister was com

Varieties. pelled to quit his arm one day from the abuse he drew down on himself and his RAMMOHUN Roy.--This extraordiumbrella. But he adds, that “he per- nary individual, who has been spending sisted for three months till they took no the last sixteen months in this country, further notice of this novelty. Foreigners has just set out to visit Paris and Rome. began to use their's, and then the Eng- When recently in London, the Rajah lish. Now it is become a great trade went to hear the Rev. William Jay, of in London.” This footman, if he does Argyle Chapel, in this city, and was so not arrogate too much to his own con- impressed by the discourse, that he sofidence, was the first man distinguished licited the MS., for the purpose of printby carrying and using a silken umbrella. ing it at his own expense for circulaHe is the founder of a most populous tion. This he has done. We have school. The state of our population seen a copy; and were struck by the might now in some degree be ascertain- following passage and anecdote, around ed by the number of umbrellas. which, in every copy this interesting

SOMNAMBULENCY.- In the neighbour- personage has given away, is a pencil hood of C lived two sisters, one line drawn with his own hand :-" The of whom was in the habit of walking in only way to be loved is to be and appear her sleep. On the day previous to the lovely, to possess and display kindness, following occurrence, a slight quarrel benevolence, tenderness; to be free had taken place between them; but be- from selfishness, and to be alive to the fore the close of the day they were re welfare of others. When Dr. Dodconciled, and both retired to the same dridge asked his little daughter, who 'apartment, as usual. During the night, died so early, why every body seemed however, the elder sister arose in her to love her, she answered, I cannot tell, sleep, and descended to the kitchen.- unless it be because I love every body. A servant man who resided in the This was not only a striking, but a very house, hearing a noise, went to ascer- judicious reply. It accords with the

sentiment of Seneca, who gives us a said a bystander" if you go, for there love charm ; and what do you suppose could not be a greater swell in the the secret is? 'Love,' says he, in order Channel.” to be loved.' No being ever yet drew SIR WALTER SCOTT.-The following another by the use of terror or autho. passage from the pen of the gifted Barity."- Balh and Cheltenham Gazette. ronet will be read with melancholy,

John WESLEY-When John Wesley interest at the present period. It is chawas vainly endeavouring to convince racteristic of the author :-“I must rehis sister that the voice of the people is fer to a very early period of my life, the voice of God, “ Yes,” she inildly were I to point out my first achievereplied, “ it cried, crucify him, crucify ment as a tale-teller; but I believe him.!"

some of my old school-fellows can still EFFECTS OP GAMBLING.-A certain bear witness that I had a distinguished English nobleman returning from the character for that talent, at a time when gaming-table between seven and eight the applause of my companions was one morning, he begged of his wife to my recompense for the disgraces and take a coach, and make a visit to a punishments which the future romance chateau which was on sale, distant only writer incurred for being idle bimself a few miles from town, which he was and keeping others idle, during hours anxious to call his. The lady con- that should have been employed in our sents, and drove off; but no sooner had tasks. The chief employment of my she turned her back on the mansion, holidays was to escape with a chosen than her husband, a man of the nicest friend, who had the same taste with myhonour, makes over the house, furni- self, and to alternately recite to each ture, and all that belonged to it, into other such wild adventures as we were the hands of the person who had won able to devise. We told each in turn them the night before, by a lucky interminable tales of knight-errantry chance of the dice.

and battles and enchantments, which Genuine LIBERALITY. The late were continued from one day to another, Archbishop of Bordeaux was remarkable as opportunity offered, without our ever for his tolerance and enlightened bene- thinking of bringing them to a concluvolence. The following anecdote of him sion. As we observed a strict secrecy. will not be read without interest : on the subject of this intercourse, it ac“My lord,” said a person to him one quired allihe character of a concealed day, “ here is a poor woman come to pleasure ; and we used to select for the ask charity; what do you wish me to do scenes of our indulgence long walks for her?" How old is she?” “Se- through the solitary and romantic enventy.'' " Is she in great distress?” virons of Arthur's Seat, Salisbury Crags, “She says so." "She must be relieved; Braid Hills, and similar places in the give her 25 francs.” “Twenty-five vicinity of Edinburgh; and the recolfrancs! my lord, it is too much, espe- lection of those holidays still forms an cially as she is a Jewess." " A Jewess!” oasis in the pilgrimage which I have to “ Yes, my lord.” “Oh, that makes a look back upon.” great difference. Give her 50 francs, American Learning.– A speculator, then; and thank her for coming.' who had rapidly amassed a princely

HAYDN.-The poet Carpani once ask- fortune, wishing to figure as a scholar, ed his friend Haydn“ how it happened sent the following order to a bookseller that his church music was almost always in Boston :-" Sur, I wants to by sum of an animating, cheerful, and even gay Buks. As I am prodighouse fond of description ?" To this Haydn answer- larnen, plese to send by the Bear here ed, “I cannot make it otherwise : 1 write 5 hunder dollars woth of the handaccording to the thoughts which I feel: sumest you have.” when I think upon God, my heart is so Caledonian COMFORT.-Two pedesfull of joy, that the notes dance and trian travellers, natives of the North, leap as it were from my pen; and since took up their abode at a Highland hotel God has given me a cheerful heart, it in Breadalbane. Next morning, one of will be easily forgiven me that I serve them complained to his friend that he him with a cheerful spirit.”.

had a very indifferent bed, and asked A DANDY, at Dover, was lisping out how he had slept ? _" Troth man," his wish to cross over to Calais ; " but,” plied Donald, “ nae verra weel either, said he, “I am terribly afraid of the con- but I was muckle better aff than the sequences should there be a heavy sea." bugs, for de'il ane o' them closed an

" And you may be sure there will," e'e the hale night.”


To CORRESPONDENTS.-We feel obliged to J. W. M. but cannot send the Nox, as request. ed. The Court of Aspar, with another dramatic piece, are cleverly written, but will not suit our readers. Walter Ashton is under consideration. J. R. P. shall, if possible, hear from us next week.

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Illustrated Article.

“In the name of St. Jacques de Tou

louse where did you come from?” reBLANCHE ROSE.

plied one of the sergeants, i glancing at

his cockle-shell. The bells of Toulouse were chiming “That is no point of your charge," for primes.* The spires, steeples, and replied the stranger, 66 but I would lurrets, fluttered with pennons and know what saint you are going to celebanners, and clustered with caps brate.” and bonnets like swarming bees. The Truly we call him not saint as main street was lined by the burgher yet,” replied the sergeant, “though I guard, and crowded with citizens, doubt not he is as good as St. Dennis, strangers, troubadours, and minstrels, or St. George, or any other St. Chevaabove whose motley show the windows lier in the calendar; but in respect of and galleries were hung with cindont the canonization, he is yet only Rayand arras, and filled with scarlet gowns, mond de Toulouse-" La Fleur de furred tabards, and all the riches, Chevalerie' -' la lame de France,' our splendour, and beauty of “ Bel Lan- young prince that shall return to-day, guedoc. A deep stillness reigned in with the glory of heaven and earth, from the crowd, and all eyes were turned to- the holy croisade." wards the east gate, where a triumphal The pilgrim crossed himself, and arch crowned with laurel, palm, and while he was yet speaking with the the white cross of Toulouse stood as guard, the sound of cymbals, kettlehigh as the bartizan of the city port. drums, and a corps d'harmonie came

“Santa Madre! what jour de fete is fainily through the still sunshine. this?” said an old pilgrini, as he push "On viens !" exclaimed the sergeant, ed through the men-at-arms at the barrier.

I A soldier between the rank of an esquire

and man-at-arıns, who generally worked the Fine white linen. engines. VOL. X.


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