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unperceived immediately arouses from purchased the same from the Crown,

play its fall energy of character, of ground in the Strand, within the retirement for the day, and, if possible, they have a right by a grant from Wal

a its apparent torpor, its beautiful eyes for the purpose of erecting a forge, on sparkle, it moves with alacrity to its condition of his rendering to the Exprey, and assumes a degree of anima chequer annually for the same a quittion incompatible with its general slug- rent of six horse-shoes, with the nails, gish appearance. When arrived at' a &c. and which was twice paid there proper

distance, it makes a full stop, in the reign of Edward I.; and although and, in the attitude of a pointer, mo- this piece of ground is not at present in tionless eyes its destined victim for a the possession of the city of London, few seconds, when it darts out its ton- yet the custom of making this tender gue upon it, and lodges it in its throat annually at the Exchequer, by the with a velocity which the eye can hands of the Sheriffs is still continued. scarcely follow. It sometimes happens to

New History of London. make an effectual stroke, and stuns the

ANTIPATHY OF THE WOMEN OF ROME insect without gorging it, but never to Perfumes. - One of the most extramakes a second stroke until the insect ordinary phenomena that present themresumes motion. It uniformly refuses selves to a foreigner who resides for to feed on dead insects however recent. any length of time at Rome, and which For several years a toad took up its is liable to bring him into unpleasant abode, during the summer season, un- situations, is the antipathy of the female der an inverted garden-pot, which bad sex in that city to perfumes. A Roman a part of its riın broken out, in the woman scents a monthly rose at the writer's garden, making its first appear- distance of from sixteen to twenty paces, ance in the latter end of May, and re- and falls into convulsions if it is not treating about the middle of September. immediately removed. Lying-in women This toad, there is reason to believe, are particularly affected by such odours; distinguished the persons of the family, and the physicians of Rome assert, in who daily fed it, from strangers, as it all seriousness, that at such a time exwould permit them to pat and stroke it. posure to the smell of roses or violets, To try the indiscriminating appetite of if for only five minutes, would be likely these animals, the writer has dropped to prove fatal to them. Persons in this before a full grown toad, a young one condition, indeed, dislike strong smells of its own species, about three-fourths in general, for instance, that of leather, of an inch long, and the instant it be- roasted coffee, &c.; hence, wherever gan to move off, it was eagerly struck at there is a lying-in woman, no coffee and swallowed; but the writer, in re- house-keeper dare roast his coffee in peating this experiment, found that the street. Let it not be supposed that more will refuse than devour the young this is affectation ; from that no women of their own species. When living in the world are more exempt than minnows were dropped before a toad, those of Rome. A still more extraorthey were struck at and swallowed in dinary circumstance, however, is, that the same manner. These experiments natural animal odours of every kind, were made on toads at full liberty, and and even such as arise from matters in met with like resultsToads gene- a state of putrefaction, excite no disgust. rally return to their winter quarters A lady of the highest rank, those apartabout the time that swallows disappear.ments not a flower of any kind is perThe writer, on snch occasions, has seen mitted to enter from one year's end to them burrowing in the ground back- another, will live in the hottest months wards, by the alternate motion of their of summer over a butcher's shop, withhind legs as dy 91153 tai tous out turning up her nose; nay, even 5 ORIGIN OF THE TENDER BY THE the smell proceeding from the common SHERIFFS FOR Şıx HORSE-SHOES.-The sewers, in long-continged dry and hot year 1235 is memorable for the origin weather makes no impression upon her. of the payment or tender for six horse -ON READING HEATH'S BOOK OF shoes, with the nails thereunto belong BEAUTY,' BY MISS LANDON, ing, by the Sheriffs of London and Heath's Book of Beauty, ' formed by L.E.L., Middlesex, at the time of their swear. Is made for bearts which lovers ought to ing into office before the Chief Barone of the Exchequer 3 and this custom

And if so beautiful, in passion's spell, ariseth from the possession of a piece

Of what materiais must the authoess he! ERRATA- In the article on the Panorama of Stirling in our 2014 Number, for ' vernalıries,'

read ver nalries-for' Jurid' read lucid--and for • roads' read walls.

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more I esteemed the qualities both of

his bead and heart. One day he inTHE SPECTRE OF THE MIST.* vited me to take a sail with him as far

as Greenwich, and we soon reached At a coffee-house in London I be- that noble hospital, which is a refuge came acquainted with a gentleman for more than 2,000 invalid seamen. whose singular life is worthy of being We had scarcely entered the court, related. From the first moment I felt when I observed that the eyes of my interested in the stranger; the naval companion were anxiously in search uniform, and his liandsome sunburnt of some one. With hasty steps he apcountenance, showed he had visited proached an old sailor, with snow-white foreign climes. We generally dined hair and a weather-beaten countenance, at the same table, but seldom addressed who was seated on a bench warming each other. A circumstance, however, himself in the sun. The moment the brought us intimately acquainted. In- old man saw the captain, he instantly disposition had for some time confined rose and touched his hat." me to my apartment ; when I returned old shipmate," said the captain, you to the coffee-room I found my friend in seem to be lying quietly at anchor here; his usual place. He welcomed ine you have tumbled into a secure and with a kind smile, saying, “ You have peaceful haven after the storms of life." been a long time absent, sir; I am 5. Thanks to my king and to you, sir,'' afraid you have been unwell ; and in- said the old man, with a cheerful smile, deed, from your paleness, I fear you while he again resumed his seat, "L suffer still.” The restraint which at still sail with a fair wind, and hope to first existed between us being thus re- enjoy a few more years yet in this quiet moved, we soon became intimate, and haven. This day twenty-five years the more I saw of my new friend, the since," he continued, with a significant

* From the United Service Journal. wink, we little thought to live to see Vol. X.


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this day, or to reach such a secure At length' we put to sea, and sailed be. port: and 10 think that I still sail with tween Sumatra and Malacca, through a fair wind, and have anchorage in this the dangerous straits. Here it was that good haven here to rest from all my our captain showed his skill and courtoils and cares, 'is more than I could age. With the greatest ability he pihave looked for. Take it not amiss that loted us throngh the numerous rocks I speak thus freely; but our meeting and sand-banks by which we were enthis day brings back many a long yarn.' circled, and the merchant-vessels fol

Yes, yes, Tomkins,” said the captain, lowed in our course. We safely passed " this day twenty-five years since was the dangerous sound; but we had hardly a dreadful day; and I would not have reached the open sea, when a dreadful given sixpence for either of our lives; storm arose, which raged during the but courage and firmness often over whole of the night. Our vessel, though come danger, as the Spectre found who good, and strorgly built, yet sustained 80 obstinately persisted in taking up some damage, though fortunately noi of his quarters with us.';, Tomkins gave much consequence. But you may ina. a significant nod in reply; and my gine our horror, when daylight broke, friend having spoken a few words aside on finding that the ships under convoy lo the old sailor, slipped some money had all disappeared. Not a sail was to into his hand, and we left hiin. be seen. For the first :ime, the captain

On our return my friend informed me seemned anxious and discomposed." All that Tomkins had served many years on board were aware that the cutter had under liim; that he was steady and only provisions for a few days, the faithful and that he owed to him his evil which I had anticipated had now life. This account gave me a desire to overtaken us; and with one voice the hear more of his history, and I re crew insisted that we should return, quested my friend to gratify me. “ Yes,” and procure provisions at the first port. said my companion with a thoughtful This proposal recalled the captain to look, " it is indeed a wonderful story, himself. A dark shade overspread his of which I have never yet spoken; but countenance, while, with a voice of to you, my young friend, I will confide thunder, he exclaimed, 'Silence, every what has never yet crossed my lips : man of you! The first who dares to

“ About twenty-five years since I murmur, Islall liang at the yard-arın. served as lieutenant on board the Mi- I know my duty; ! command here; my nerva. Our ship had gone as convoy orders shall be obeyed, though every to some inerchant vessels bound to soul should go to the bottom.' To this Canion, and it was our intention to re none had the courage to reply. I myself turn the same way as soon as they had could not but wonder at this bold speech. taken in their lading. The season was “ For some days we continued to far advanced, and we were prepared to cruise in the Eastern Ocean, without encounter many dangers. The captain meeting a single sail, and always reof the Minerva was of a stern and de- ceding from the coast. The daily ra. termined character, and so obstinate tions at length were so diminished that, that he would listen to no one's advice. from exhaustion, the crew were disAvarice was his, ruling passion; and abled from working the ship. I now from this vice the crew suffered great remarked that the captain had become privations, as he never laid in stores extremely irritable ; his countenance sufficient for the voyage, but trusted to alternately changed from the flush of receiving a supply from the inerchant- fever to the paleness of death. The vessels should it be required, without orders which he formerly issued with reflecting that if, we were to be sepa- determination, were now given with rated from them, our situation would intemperance, and if not instantly indeed be dreadful. As we lay at an- , obeyed, the crew were severely punishchor at Java, I thought it my duty to ed. Amongst others, Tomkins was warn the captain of what might take harshly punished for a very trifling place; but he replied that it was no fault; but on my remarking that this business of mine, to meddle in matters was from the effects of fever, he thought that did not concern me; and that un no more of the matter. The same day, less I wished to bring punishment upon the captain died. His body was the myself, I would instantly desist from first that was food for the fishes ; but

my impertinent interference. Upon this many were to follow. Already had the 4. I was silent; and although we had the Spirit of Destruction marked us for his 1 fruitful coast of Java before our eyes, prey.

yet no one dared approach the island. "After the captain's death, I assumed





the command. As I thought it probable that ; but a fog in this shape, and upon that the dispersed vessels were driven these seas, is something worse than to the coast of Sumatra, I determined common evening mist. Have you never to bend our course there, and this deter- heard, lieutenant,' he continued, of mination gave universal satisfaction to the Sea Spectre?' I shook iny head. the crew. The state of exhaustion, how. Well,' said he, 'I shall tell you of ever, to which hunger had reduced us, this spirit, of which I have heard from rendered our reaching the coast so im- old sailors who have been in these seas. probable, that a feeling of despondency It is well known that this spectre comes took possession of us. Notwithstanding on board every vessel which has the all our economy and care in regard to misfortune to enter these seas. Over distributing the provisions, to our hor- the winds and the provisions has this

we found that we had only one spirit, which is called the Spectre of the day's allowance on board; and, even Mist, no power, but only over the with a favourable wind, we could not It takes its place at the helm, expect to reach the nearest coast in less and steers where it thinks fit. This than five or six days. With a heavý spectre seems every moment to increase heart I watched the ship's course, in size; it begins to move a few steps which, with a slight wind, moved from the helm, to which it soon returns, slowly on. The heat now became op- and at every step it takes dooms its pressive. I was the only one on deck. victims to death ; but if it once reaches When twilight began, Tomkins ap- the other end of the ship, all hope is proached with a mysterious look, and lost, and the spectre either brings the said, in a half-whisper, 'Lieutenant, it captive ship on a rock, or sinks it in goes ill with us; in a short time the the deep.' Minerva will be driven out to the open

" The old sailor's story appeared so Have you not remarked the op- truly ridiculous, that but for our mepressive heat? See how her sails flap lancholy situation I would have laughed together! All hope is past, for there outright. Toinkins,' said I, as I will be a dead calm, which will last turned to go to the cabin, ' I fear not for many days.'. 'Tomkins,'1 replied, your spectre : we have enough of real you yesterday predicted calin weather; évils, without troubling ourselves with it may be so ; but may we not be for: a fabulous spirit.' -- We shall see tunate enough to procure some fish or enough of it by and bye,' gruinbled the wild fowl? or, perhaps, we may fall in old man as I left him. with some vessels that will bring us as “ Want of sustenance, and the fasistance ?' 'Sir,' answered Tomkins, ligue of watching upon deck, had so with a serious look,' don't be offended much exhausted me, that I soon fell into that I speak my mind freely. I am not a deep slumber. About midnight I was the man to grumble at the want of pro- suddenly awakened by a dreadful tuvisions. Do you think that an empty inult on deck; the noise of voices, the larder is depressing to me!--that that clashing of swords, and the fring of is the evil I dread? No, no; old Tom- pistols, became tremendous. l flew to kins bas suffered that privation 100 the door, but, to my rage and disapoften to be cast down by it. But,' con- pointment, I found it locked. This is tinued he with earnestness,' there is a mutiny,—was my first thought. I called spirit coming on board, which is always on the mate, the boatswain, on old the forerunner of destruction. Do you Tomkins, -but no one answered me. I see nothing, sir? Do you not observe went to the cabin window, and listened something extraordinary upon deck ? attentively; the tumult appeared to be Hist! it moves!' he exclaimed in a over the gangway. I fired my pistol, suppressed voice. And now I did re but no notice was taken of it. mark that the evening inist had assumed “ It was nearly an hour before the a strange and spectral form, which laid affray ceased; I heard the boatswain itself down upon the deck. How, exclaim, “Surrender instantly, you rasTomkins !' said I in an ironical tone, cals! or, as sure as you are imps of ' have you no other grounds for your Satan, I'll fire the powder-room, though anxiety than the phantoms which are we all should dance in the air together.' raised by the mists of the evening ?- This threat seerned to take effect, for I You, who are an old sailor, ought to again heard the boatswain say, “Ah ! know that this frequently occurs with- it is well, old boy; and now I will bind out any evil agency.' Ah, to be sure,' you so tight, that the blood will spring grumbled the old sailor, every cabin out from your finger ends. And now, boy would stare at me if I did not know Tomkins,' he added, you may go and


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free the lieutenant, whom we locked tinctly. He will now begin to take
in.'-In a few minutes the cabin door command of the ship, which he will
flew open, and old Tomkins entered, keep for days. I knew not what to
who told me that the crew had broken think of this matter, but on being called
open the provision-room, and had helped down to the cabin, where two of the
themselves to all that they found there; steersmen lay mortally wounded, I cau-
and that some of them had entered into tioned Tomkins to say nothing of it to
a conspiracy to barricade the cabin- any of the crew, as not a man would
door, and leave the vessel to its fate. stir froin horror of the apparition.
They carried the stolen provisions on found both the wounded men at the
deck, where an unexpected reception point of death. The same day, four
awaited them: they were immediately more of the crew died, and at midnight
attacked by that part of the crew who we had only twelve men on board the
would not join in their enterprise, and Minerva.
a severe conflict ensued. In the mean " When we sunk the last body in
tine, some of the mutineers had, un the sea, I looked towards the helm, but
observed, placed the provisions in the the apparition had vanished. Tom-
boat, which they instantly lowered into kins, who stood beside me whispered,
the sea; and having taken possession of that it would again appear in the even-
it, they were soon joined by their com- ing, and that it would be more distinctly
panions, who had the good fortune lo seen than hitherto. We had paid the
fight their way through those who op- last honours to the dead, and my un-
posed them, and to reach the boat in happy comrades had gone below to
safety. Deep was the indignation of avoid the oppressive beat, and I stood
those who remained at the treachery of lost in thought on our melancholy si-
their companions. All had taken to tuation ; not a breath of air cooled the
flight, except four, who had been placed burning atmosphere; not a star glim-
as a guard at the door of the cabin. I mered in the wide horizon. Our ves-
immediately ordered lights to be hung sel rocked from side to side, the helm
out, and sent several shots after the had lost all power over her. I now ap-
cowardly rascals, which unfortunately portioned what remained of our provi-
missed them, and they soon vanished in sions to the crew, for myself I retained
the dark. In the gangway we found none. Tomkins was still the most ac-
many dead, and some severely wound- tive and unrepining.
ed: the first we lowered into the sea, “As soon as I had dealt out the
and we bound up the wounds of the small remains of the provisions, I re-
lalter. Our situation was now indeed turned on deck. Here I found my

favourite dog, Cynthio, who, the mosi At break of day, as I stood mourn ment he saw me, turned with feeble fully upon deck gazing upon the calm steps towards the helm, and looking sea, old Tomkins again approached steadfastly on the place, began to howl. me, saying, 'Well, sir, yon yesterday Sorrowfully I called the faithful anilaughed at me for telling you the spectre mal to me. Cynthio," said i, for would pay the Minerva a visit; but I many years you have faithfully served don't think that you will again take the your master ; you must now receive old sailor Tomkins for a man who your death froin his hand.'. I need troubles bis head with a fabulous spirit.' not express to you what my sensations In truth, I did again observe something were ; seizing my pistol, a deep groan standing immoveable by the helm, which followed the shot, and then all was appeared like the figure of a very large, still. The report brought all the crew tall man

Without waiting to reply 10 upon deck. With a bitter sigh I gave Tomkins's remark, I quickly approach- the dog to the poor fellows. Their 'reed this singular apparition. The near- past was soon prepared, and they all er l approached it, the more indistinct expressed their gratitude for the sacriand shadowy it became. When I fice I had made. When Tomkins rereached the place where the phantom turned upon deck, he approached me stood, to my astonishment it had disap- and said, 'Lieutenant, you are a gepeared; but the instant I left the place, nerous man, and spare nothing to your the Spectre re-appeared, and assumed crew.' "Truly, I have never had that the singulár form of an old sailor in a in my power until now,' said I; "I have bending attitude. • See, lieutenant,' done nothing more than you would said Tomkins, the spectre makes him- have done, had you been in my place, self sure of a good prey during the Tomkins, for I think you a warm-heartnight, because he is seen more dis- ed fellow.' 'But,' answered Tomkins,

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