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and awaits the arrival of Dolzan with impatience, ,, and enters the university of Dublin at the in order that he may deliver them into his hands. || age of seventeen, November, 1813. As he

This moment is arrived; but, when an expla- lis passing through the town of Lucan, the nation is about to take place, the Baron and his inseparable Robert come again with a formidable | coach, conveying him to Dublin, breaks retinue. They are in pnrsuit of Charles; their down about four o'clock on a November carriage is shattered to pieces among the rocks, | evening (we are sorry to observe the and the hot of Labrèche is the sole asylum that author of Bertram saying, of a November offers itself against the perils of the night, the evening). As he approaches Barrackdangers of avalanches, and precipices. There, || street, he is alarmed by the cry of a female then, they are all assembled, friends and foes,

from a carriage which had just rattled by in the hut of Labrèche ; bat in different com

him: he pursues it, finds a young lady partments.

Under the part occupied by Charles, Dolzan, / with a wretched old beldame, rescues ber and Christopher, is the powder magazine of La- from her power, and restores her to an brèche;' which powder is an article of commerce, elderly man of unprepossessing appearance, which he sells to the chamois hunters. Robert, || who calls the young lady his niece. in visiting the place, perceives the entrance of

He meets with this charming female the cave, and slips in at the vent-hole-secs what sort of furniture is there, and knowing again by accident, at Bethesda chapel, to what hosts are over head, he artfully prepares a

which place of worship he is introduced match, which communicating with the powder, || by his evangelical friend Montgomery; will blow them all up! Robert was not aware,

and he then becomes intimate with the neither were the audience, that the upper cham- || Wentworth family. Mr. and Mrs. Wentbers bad a passage that went out on the moun

worth are modern. Calvinists, and have Lains ; and Dolzan, with bis friends, have gone long destined Eva, their niece, to become to take a walk, Robert comes out of his hole, to judge, not of the process, but of the effect of the the wife of Macowen, a domestic teacher, explosion! He places himself, with Lerac, on

and as much a director in the family as the the summit of the rock ; tbe explosion takes / spiritual confessors of the Catholic church. place with a terrible poise; the detonation | It is needless to inform our readers that De shakes the snows, aud an avalanche falls on the Courcy falls in love with Eva; Montgotwo villains, burying them and their murderous projects together, in one dreadful abyss. Ame- mery loves her too, but De Courcy, in a lia consoles herself for the tragical death of her

fit of illness, attended by delirium, betrays father by marrying her cousin.

the secret of his passion: and Moutgomery, The new decorations at this theatre are in the true spirit of friendship, disclaims on a most maguificent and splendid scale; all preteusions in favour of his friend. the great chandelier is extremely brilliant; Charles, after some difficulties respecting and its private boxes, and loges grillées, bis want of conversion, is an accepted lover; with the banishment of females from the for De Courcy has three thousand pounds pit, would place it ou a footing with the

a year, and such a proselyte to the true theatres royal of Paris, if it was but fur faith is worth all their endeavours to gaiu! nished with better performers.

This pleasing prospect, however, is upIts ornaments consist of gilding, mingled set by De Courcy's being introduced to with painting, and are executed with taste; Siguora Dalmatiani, alias Zaira, au Opera but a care of being too expensive, has | singer, with whom he also, in a short time, caused the proprietors not to pay sufficient falls in love, though she is a perfect conattention to the thickness of the gilding.–

trast to Eva; and to whom he returns with The orchestra is prodigiously widened, so

all the ardour of his first affection, by that it takes off too much from the pit.

means of a thunder storm, struck by the unaffected terrors of the object of his pris

tine affections : but then a great fire at the LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.

druggists, in Castle-street, where Zaira REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.

displays such wonderful presence of mind, Women; or, Pour et Contre. By the Author | confirms him very strongly in his second

of Bertram, fc. Three Volumes, 12mo. || attachment. At this fire the old woman of Edinburgh.

the hovel, who had once gained the innoCHARLES DE Courcy is the orphancent Eva into her power, and who quite heir to a respectable property in Ireland, II the Meg Merrilies of the tale, is seen

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screeching wildly, uttering incoherent their scale, one of them is' unison, the other dis

cord-no barmony!" curses, and twirling herself round with rapidity. Eva dreams a dreadful dream in an after

“ As to literature, it is unfair to speak of them noon nap, while Charles, precisely at the

with reference to it: since the Restoration the same hour, sets off for the Continent with

puritanic party have become literary in their own his new mistress. And in the last volume, defence. They have borrowed jewels of silver, Mr. Asgill, the guardian of De Courcy, is 1 and jewels of gold, of the Egyptians, and spoiled very angry at the idea of his ward's marry them, and like the children of Israel, they have ing an actress ; and writes to bim a long quite forgotten the obligation. It would be al.

most an awful question to ask (it would be cer. and awakening epistle, which has the de- || tainly a question of deep national interest), What sired effect: but what is very singular, I would have been the result had these people Eva proves to be Zaira's daughter, born in the issues of intellectual life and deatb in their honourable wedlock; and Zaira is the hands? Is there one of them that would have daughter of the old mad woman, but of escaped ? History would appear to them a re. illegitimate birth. Eva, her grandmother, / cord of the crimes of unenlightened men ; poetry,

that language of the Gods, as the wantonness of and De Courcy all die ; but Zaira is left

a depraved imagination; science, as the prealive.

sumptuous effort of overweeping pride. All Such are the principal outlines of this knowledge, all intellectual cultivation, they story; we shall now proceed to lay before would have reckoned as worse than 'nothing, our readers a few extracts.

and vanity.

“What would these people make of the world! SOCIETY AT THE WENTWORTHS. Their history would be the experience of con« The dinner went on; the men and women verts and preachers; in other words, the vacilseated alternately, spoke of their popular preach-lation of the human mind between infidelity and ers, and of popalar works of evangelical divinity, | madness. Their poetry would be the obituary and of eloquent speeches made at the meetings tears of an Evangelical Magazine; and their of the Bible Society, and of the diffusion of the science-they would they could have no science gospel throughout Ireland; and they uttered | beyond tbe use of the plamb-line that enabled sundry strictures on the parochial clergy who them to measure the walls of their gloomy conopposed the circulation of evangelical tracts, | venticles, or the clock that summoned them to with many a bye blow at the contrast between their devotions, and told legible their midnight the Calvinistic articles of the church of England of despair.' As for the arts—those persons may and the Arminian creed of her modern sons. look on them as lawful means for extorting sub."

“ Such was the conversation ; and when the sistence from the ungodly; but how would the women retired it was not a wbit more enlarged. arts fare, if the world consisted of persons like One man talked incessantly of the election of them? Would not Guido's Aurora, and Raphael's grace,' his mind literally seemed not to have Cartoons, and Rembrandt's Descent from the room for another idea ; every sentence, if it did ! Cross, be all mortgaged this moment for the vile not begin, ended with the same phrase, and

wooden cut of an evangelical preacher, with his every subject only furnished matter for its intro lack hair and Iscariot visage? Would not sculp.. duction."

ture, if she pleaded for her life with Laocoon in one hand, and Niobe in the oiber, be rejected. for some spruce inonument over the reliques of

Dr. Coke or Dr. Huntingdon ?" " What a life would these people have us lead! Their society is compressed into their own cast; they have no other standard for ex

FRENCH LITERATURE. cellence, moral or intellectual, but conformity to Souvenirs de Brighton, de Londres, et de their creed.

Paris. By Madame Simons Candeille. “ All the virtues, talents, and graces on earth,

One Volume. Paris. if it were possible to combine them in one forto (as I have seen them combined), would appear The recollections of a pretty woman, to them only as a brilliant victim, arrayed for and especially when that woman is ensacrifice on the altar of satan! When they mix | dowed with superior wit, have always a in society, they mix only with a view of hearing their sentiments echoed by those who join in strong attraction with her readers. Fa. them, or opposed by those who differ from them.

voured alike by the Muses and the Graves, Their only alternative is monotonous assent, or

Mademoiselle Candeille has shone, equally clamorous hostility. They have but two notes in as an actress on the stage, and on the great

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theatre of the world. As an actress, an, plates, now in the press, by Mr. Guy, in author, and a musician, she has, by turns, a small volume. The work will comprise equally charmed the eye, enchanted the all that can be interesting to youth, and ear, and led captive the heart. We were || within their comprehension. in haste to peruse her work, expecting to A Short History of France, after the see our best societies and manners elegantly manner of the late Mrs. Trimmer's Histo described; we were, however, deceived; | ries for Children, by a daughter of that the voyage of Mademoiselle Candeille is || lady. merely picturesque and sentimental: she The Child's Introduction to thorough Bass, tells us, in the most pathetic language, the in conversations between a Mother and a adventures of a poor man's dog, and gives | Daughter of ten years old. an account of the celebration of a feast for On 1st January, 1819, will be published, orphans.

a new work, exclusively devoted to music It is easy to discover that the fair author alone, eutitled, The English Musical Gacannot boast much of English politeness. | zelte. To be continued every month. The greatest part of the work consists of conversations on French literature; and

FUNERALS OF THE CHINESE IN BA. which prove them to be those of a very

TAVIA. sensible female, but they cannot have the

When a Chinese of note dies, his nearest same attraction in Paris as they might relations announce the melancholy event bave in London. Those long quotations in form to all the branches of the family. from the Art of Poetry, by Boileau, and The body is washed, perfumed, and dressed Des Jardins, of Delisle, are not very new

in the best apparel of the deceased. The to the French. Mademoiselle Candeille corpse is then seated in a chair; and his seems to have wit of her own sufficient to wives, children, and relations, fall down have filled ten volumes, and she need not before it and weep. On the third day it is have quoted that of others to swell out the put into a coffin, which is placed in one of bulk of one.

the best apartments, hung for the occasion The article on the English Theatre is

with white linen cloth, the colour, with peculiarly well written ; but in regard to them, of mourning. In the middle of the the whole of the work, it wants both order

apartment an altar is erected, and on it the and connection; it appears like a porte

portrait of the deceased is placed, with folio that has been thrown down, and the incense burning near it. The sons stand detached pieces put together just as they

on one side of the coffin, dressed in white

coarse linen, and making every sigu of were taken up again; in which, however, the recollections on London seem most

sorrow; while the mother and female rela.

tions are heard lamenting behind a curtain. numerous; those on Paris are, certainly the

On the day of burial, the whole fainily greater part of then, lost: nevertheless, all

assembles, and the corpse is conveyed to that is preserved of these scattered morsels proves the porte-folio to have been that of the grave with much solemu pomp. Images

of men and women, relations of the family, a woman of profound sense and erudion.

as amongst the ancient Romans, and even of animals, together with wax tapers and

incensories, are carried first in the procesWORKS IN THE PRESS.

sion. Then follow the priests with musical Preparing for publication, The History instruments, and after them the corpse and Antiquities of Kensington and its En. || upon a bier, attended by the sons of the virons; interspersed with Biographical deceased, clothed in white, and leaning on Anecdotes of royal and distinguished per- crutches, as if disabled, through grief, from

Deduced from ancient records, state supporting themselves erect. The female papers, manuscripts, parochial documents, relations are carried in chairs, hung with and other original and authentic sources. curtains of white silk, concealing them from By Thomas Faulkner, author of the Histo- | view, but their lamentations are distinctly rical account of Chelsea and Fulbam. heard; and other womeu are hired who

A School Astronomy, accompanied with are trained to utter shrieks still louder

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VARIETIES CRITICAL, LITERARY, AND HISTORICAL: and more piercing ; which last is a custom of her Highness the Duchess of Orleans is still retained in some parts of Europe. | now employed in taking the portrait of this Previous to the funeral, a table with fruits living century and other eatables is laid before the

corpse,

Some years ago six old men and six old and wax figures of servants placed on each women were subpæned out of the town of side, as attendants upon it.

Stockport to appear on a trial in the court of Westminster. The eldest of the men

was one hundred and five, and the youngest INDIFFERENCE OF THE ALBANIANS

sixty-seven years old; the eldest of the AT THE APPROACH OF DEATH.

women was one hundred and three, and They are in general brave and ready to the youngest sixty-five years old! Two encounter danger; the fear of death makes || coaches were provided to take these twelve no impression on them, as may be judged persons to London ; but the old lady aged by the following anecdote. An individual one hundred and three, refused to ride in of the Liapis clan being condemned to the same coach with the old gentleman of a death, was brought out to be conveyed to hundred and five, saying, “ I do not thiak it the place of execution, which was situated | prudent to ride with one of his sex. I have without the walls of Prevesa. Being ar. supported a good character so far,' and ! rived about midway, he passed by a large am determined to support it as long as I fig-tree." Why," said he to those who | live in this world !"--They all arrived safe conducted him, “ do you wish me to travel at a gentleman's house apon Newington half a league farther in the hottest part of Green, near London. The gentleman wishthe day ? Cannot you hang me here?"- ed our old men to be shaved twice a-week, This favour being granted bim, he himself but they refused, saying, “'the London put the rope around his own neck. A few barbers were a set of knaves for charging hours afterwards another Liapis passed by them twopence à-piece, for in Stockport the same place, and seeing that the clothes they never paid more than one halfpenny of the deceased were better than his own, | a-head."-It happened that one of the old began, with the greatest indifference, to men, as he was walking in Bishopsgateundress him, and exchanged them for his street, read on a board-Shaving for one own rags.

penny; he relarned and informed his friends of this lucky discovery, and they all set out

next morning to get shaved. The old man IMPORTANT CAUTION TO FEMALES.

who found out the penny barber was al A young lady in France had the fatallowed the honour of sitting first; 'when the habit of cleaning her ears with pins; a barber had shorn one side of his face, he trifling bumour was the result, which ter- pulled the cloth away; the old man shoutminated lately in a cancer. The brass and | ed, “ Halloa, measter, you forgettou to quicksilver used in the preparation of pins || shave this side," pointing with his finger may easily account for this circumstance, to the side that had not come under the and which render them so very pernicious razor. The barber replied, that if he sliaved to the teeth when used as tooth-picks. the other side he must have another penny!

The old man got up in 'a rage, called the

barber a cheating scoundrel, and swore be LONGEVITY.

would return to Stockport half shaved, as THERE is now living in be neighbour- | he was, before he would give him another hood of Monthuçon (Allier), a woman nam. penny.

He took bis handkerchief and ed Barbė Raco, aged a hundred and twelve wiped the lather off his face, put on his years; she is in full possession of all berhat, and, with his venerable companions, faculties, and her mental qualifications are adjourned to the sign of the Fox and Anchor, not the least impaired. She waits entirely || Charter-house Lane, where they stopped on herself, walks with no other help than || till they got inebriated; and it was the third a slight stick, and recollects all the days of day after, before the gentleman (ou whose her youth. She has only left of her family || suit they attended) could prevailon them to a few great grandchildren. The painter II get shaved by the two-penny barber.

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ADVENTURE OF A PARISIAN good peppel all behould & see a oven in a hollor
HUSBAND.

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A STORY, more amusing to our national

you neve say the Like sins you was barn of a

woman malice tban creditable to our morality, is

a oven in a hollor tree it is not comon told every where. M. de B, the hus

Com nebers com com bere and see if Ever you, band of a very pretty woman, being dissa

say tisfied with some instances of levity and the Like be fore for one penne I will give you coldness on her part, adopted a strange

thre mode of reanimating the tenderuess of Samuel kerry is my name & I bult this

oven in this Lain their honeymoon-it was no other than assuming an air of the utmost indifference The late Bishop Watson, shortly before on his part

. The lady, bowever, affected his retirement, took lodgings in Cambridge, not to notice this, and followed her usual

at a house adjoining an alehouse, the sign course. The husband now became furious of which being Bishop Blaise, he was in- storm succeeded the treacherous calm duced' to compromise with the tavern. -Madame was accused, reviled, and her keeper to take it down, as thinking it dewriting-desk broken open; but the contents rogatory to the episcopal dignity, which turned out to be perfectly innocent. Still occasioned the following epigram from Dr. his jealousy was uoallayed; he came home Mansell, now Bishop of Bristol :at the most unexpected hours, entered his

“ Two of a trade can ne'er agree,” wife's chamber without knocking-but all

No proverb e'er was juster;

They've pulled down Bishop Blaise, d'ge see, to no purpose. He now proposed a se

And pat np Bishop Bluster! paration by private arrangement : this the lady instantly rejected, considering her vir

BIRTHS. tue, like that of the wife of Cæsar, above

At Gorhambury, in the county of Herts, the being suspected. The husband, in this

Countess of Verulam, of a son. predicament, resorted to the following

The Right Hon. the Countess of Shannon, of means of producing a separation :-He posted several of his friends, late in the At his Lordship's house, St. James's-square, night, within view of his wife's chamber, Lady George Anson, of a son. with orders not to stir,, whatever they be

Ai Hurst-house, Lady Berkeley, of a son. held. They bad not long been at their

At Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire, the Lady of

the Earl of Normanton, of a son and heir.

rope Jadder to the lady's window, and mounting a danghter. by means of it. One of the sentiuels, unable At his Lordship's seat, Bourn-house, near to controul bis indignation at the outrage

Caxton, Cambridgeshire, the Countess De la to his friend's honour, caught the gallant Warr, of a daughter. by the foot, and dragged him down. The Balfour, of a son and beir.

At Rockville-house, Ireland, 'Lady Eleanor poise attracted the rest. What was their asto

At Doneraile-house, Ireland, Lady Charlotte nishment, to find, in the supposed gallant, St. Leger, of a son and beir, M. de B himself! The first thing was At Blithe-bouse, Brook-green, the lady of the an expression of surprise the next, a burst

Solicitor-General of a daughter, of loud laughter, from all but M. de B

At the Palace, in Bangor, the lady of Major The wife being informed of the whole mat

Hewett, Assistant Adjutant-General, and young

est daughter of the Lord Bishop of that diocese, ter by a kind neighbour, resolved to insti.

of a son and heir. tute proceedings against her husband for At Raventhorpe, in Northamptonshire, Mrs. calumny, and demand a separation.-Paris Hart, the wife of a respectable farmer and gram Paper, ,

zier, of three five female infants, all of whom, with the mother, are likely to do well.

At his house, in Lower Berkeley-street, PortCURIOUS INSCRIPTIONS.

man-square, the lady of George Barnett, Esq. of The following lines are copied exactly

a daughter, from the manuscript of the author, Samuel Sir James Duberly, of a son.

At Gains-hall, Huntingdonshire, the Lady of Kerry, of Smalley, near Derby, (the man

At Belcamp-house, pear Dublin, the lady of who built the oven);

the Hon. Graham Toler, of a son.

a son.

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