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MISCELLANEOUS. The Law-HARMONIcon.-We hope the scheme i penses, I had calculated would cost us two pounds lately proposed, of instructing young barristers ten, which was all the money I could afford. The in music, has not been abandoned; for harmony price of the shawl was one guinea. Now, Sir, I cannot prevail to too great an extent in any pro- wished to demonstrate to Mrs. Pumpkin the folfession; and, moreover, if the views of counsellowing proposition :could be further harmonized, we should have less, “ If the price of a shawl be one guinea, and the perhaps, to complain of the law's uncertainty. expense of a trip to Brighton be two pounds ten; We have, accordingly, much pleasure in con- and if two pounds ten be all the money I can tributing to the promotion of this object, by the afford, then, if I buy my wife the shawl, I cannot suggestion of a new style of instrument, which afford to take her a trip to Brighton; or, if I take will be much more suitable than the present piano the trip to Brighton, then I cannot afford to buy for accompaniments to forensic airs. Its construc- her the shawl. tion is very simple, consisting merely of an ar- "Let A,' I began, 'be a given shawl.' rangement of keys, by which, on being struck,
"Exactly so,' interrupted my wife. "Give it certain shillings and sixpences are made to impinge to me; that's just what I want. on as many sovereigns, appended to vibrating "Pooh !' said I. Pray attend, and hear me wires, thereby producing a specirs of music which out. Let B be one guin a, and let the shawl A will be most agreeable to the legal ear. The pro- be equal to the guinea, B.' duction of cash notes, in fact, is the great object “It's equal to more than a guinea ; worth one of all pleadings, to which, when vocalized, the pound five at least,' cried Mrs. Pumpkin. gold-and-silvery sounds of this instrument will be 66° Nonsense !' Í said. “Let a trip to Brighton very appropriate.
be CD, and two pounds ten shillings be EF. Let It will also have the peculiar advantage of en- CD be equal to ÈF, and let EF be as much as I abling the student to practise in the key of Fee, can afford. Now, because A is equal to B, and of all olbers the most delightful to a pleader, and CD to EF; therefore ACD are equal BEF. Wherethe best accompaniment to the brief; also furnish- fore, if I purchase A, I cannot also afford CD; ing the most eligible quavers for legal crotchets, because ACD are equal to BEF, and I can only or opinions. The attorney as well as the barrister afford EF. Much less, if I am to go to the er. may perform upon this instrument, since it may pense of CD, ain I able likewise to incur that of A; readily be made to play the tune of Six-and-Eighi- for CD is equal to EF, which is the utmost that I pence.
can afford; wherefore, if I spend the whole EF, Lastly, it possesses a depth of tone which will equal to CD, I shall have nothing at all left whereaccord with the lowest Old Bailey practice, giving with to purchase A. Wherefore I shall be able it a vast superiority over the common piano, which to afford nothing for A ; wherefore I shall not is by no means base enough for all lawyers. be able to afford B; unless it be said that B is
nothing, which is absurd.' FAMILY MATHEMATICS-Beloved Punch-I •• B is nothing,' said my wife. Didn't you say am a Mathematician, and have the misfortune to that a guinea was B ? Surely a guinea is nothing be married. The great problem wbich I have 6. It was of no use. I bought the shawl, and continually to work out, is to describe from we are to go to Brighton. Where the money is my pocket, as a centre, a circle of expenditure to come from, 1 don't know. I suppose I must that shall be contained within the limits of my borrow the needful £1 9s. But I wish, Mr. Punch, means. My wife yesterday wanted a new shawl, you would exert your influence to cause ladies to or rather desired it, for she did not want it, having be instructed in Mathematics. a very good one already. We had just arranged “I am, Sir, yours obediently, a trip to Brighton, which, with the contingent ex- Punch.
" Euclid PUMPKIN."
CONJECTURE OF A New PLANET.-Several as- A GAMESTER'S CLOSE OF LIFE.-The Church of tronomical and mathematical papers were read England Quarterly Review points a moral deduced at the late meeting of the Paris Academy of Science from the life of a notorious gambler known in -the most remarkable by M. Leverrier. The England as “Riley of Bath," to all persons who object of it is to prove that there exists in our are or may be induced to engage in this unlawful solar system a large planet, which nobody yet has and dishonorable profession. Riley was both seen, but the orbit of which M. Leverrier has accomplished and gifted, and he for a time lived calculated, and which, be says, may be seen on a life of the most gorgeous luxury and extravathe 1st of January next year. He states that he gance. He was the company of sovereigns; he was led to his discovery by the observations col. squandered money with a profusion amounting to lected since 1690 on the course of Uranus. The incessantry, and won it by a good fortune that insurmountable difficulty experienced by geome- seemed connected with the supernatural. He ran tricians, says Mr. Leverrier, in representing the a brief course of dazzling splendor; he lived in real course of Uranus by analytical formulæ miglit palaces, continued to play, became unlucky, and arise from various causes. Either the theory was found fortune, w«alth, and friends desert him. not sufficiently precise, and they had neglected in At length the once pussessor of millions was seen their calculations some of the influence due to wandering through the streets of London, naked, the perturbatory action of the neighboring plan« ts, famished, and penniless; and, finally, he who Jupiter and Saturn; or the theory had not been had feasted emperors and fared sumptuously every compared with the observations with sufficient day, died of absolute starvation in one of the correctness in the construction of the tables of the miserable alleys of the great metropolis. planet; or, finally, some unknown cause, acting upon Uranus, added other influences to those PROTECTION OF LITERATURE.-A German jourwhich result from the action of the Sun,of Jupiter, nal states positively that the basis of a treaty has and of Saturn. To get out of this alternative, it been agreed upon by France and Austria, for the was necessary to resume the whole theory of reciprocal protection of Literature and the Arts Uranus,-recalculate, discuss the observations, against piracy. and compare them with each other; and this bard task he under ook. The result is, the posi- Statue of Francis I.-Report speaks of a tive conclusion, that the irregularity of the move statue of the Emperor Francis I., just issued from ment of Uranus is to be attributed to a special the foundry of Viscardi, and now on its road to cause, independent of all analytical error, and de- Vienna. Its gigantic proportions, as well as its duced from the constitution of the planetary sys- successful execution, entitle it to attention. It is tem itself. The fact of the existence of this cause nine braccia high, and weighs 37,000 Milanese being established, it was necessary to determine pounds. The monarch is enveloped in a large its nature,-and, therefore, a new career opened and rich toga, and bis brow is surrounded by lauupon M Leverrier. Was it admissible, as some rel. His right hand is in a raised position, as if in astronomers had proposed, to modify the law of the act of addressing the people; and in his left gravity for the distant regions in which Uranus he holds a sceptre, which is supported upon his movrs; or did it suffice to assume the resistance arm. Modelled by Marchesi, I might say it is ne. of the other or the influence of an obscure satellite cessarily excellent; but the fact is, says my in. moving round Uranus, or the accidental shock formant, that the precision of design, the energy from a comet? Or was he to admit of a still un- of expression, united to sovereign beauty of form, known planet whose existence was shown by the the exactness in all the rilievi and in all the folds, anomalous movement of Uranus ? M. Leverrier give this statue the appearance of life and motion, adopted the latter hypothesis; and, proceeding and make it a splendid triumph of art. —Lit. Gaz. upon that basis, has come to a conclusion, from all his calculations and observations, that no other RARE COLLECTION OF OLD PLAYS.-There was is possible. This planet, he says, is situated be- lately sold at Messrs. Sotheby's a rare and curious yond Uranus, at a distance double that which collection of old plays of Shakspeare, Lilly, Marseparates Uranus from the Sun, and in a slightly lowe, Nash, Peele, Beaumont and Fletcher, &c., inclined orbit. - Literary Guzette.
&c., the property of the late W. Holgate, Esq., of the Post-office. Some of the “plays' were not more than three or four leaves of old paper, un
bound - but fetched large prices. We find the folJunius's Manuscripts.-We understand that lowing quoted as a few of the examples :- The the collection of the Junius mss., in the possession Lamentable and true Tragedie of M. Arden of of the descendant of the printer of The Public Feversham, who was most wickedly murdered by Advertiser, is now in the hands of Messrs. Payne the means of his disloyall and wanton wife, and Foss, who have made the first offer of them printed in 1599 (21. 148.)—The Tragi-Comædi to the British Museum. Besides the private letters of the Vertuous Octauia,' by Samuel Brandon, exto Henry Sampson Woodfall, there are proof- tremely rare, printed by W. Ponsonbye, 1598, sheets of the original 8vo. edition of the letters, sold for 13 guineas.- The Historie of the Tryall with the author'; ms. notes, already printed; but of Chevalry, with the Life and Death of Cavaliero yet here, perhaps, the careful collector will find Dicke Bowyer, as it hath bin lately acted by the the clue 10 one of the literary and political enig. Right Honourable the Earle of Darby, Simon mas of the last century. There is a copy of verses. Statford, 1605, sold for 71. 10s. The Pleasant too, on the Duke of Grafion and his mistress, Comedie of Old Fortunatus, by Thomas Dekker; Nancy Parsons, racy and vigorous, but too broad as it was plaied before the Queenes Maiestie this to see the light in print, but which would argue Christmas by the Right Honourable the Earle that the great Libeller, a master in prose, could Nottingham,' black letter, 1600, sold for 61. 105.also wield the pen with effect in verse.
BIRTH-DAY OF TYCHO BRAHE.-From Copen- | to render useless, many of the best harbors now hagen, we learn that, on the 21st ult., the inhabit on the coast. At Port-de-Grave a series of obants of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, to the servations has been made, which proves the rapnumber of 8,000, met on the little island of Hvèen, id displacement of the sea-level in the vicinity. to celebrate the three-hundredth anniversary of Several large flat rocks, over which schooners the birth-day of the illustrious astronomer, Tycho- might pass some thirty or forty years ago with the Brahé. The flags of the three Scandinavian king greatest facility, are now approaching the surface, doms floated from the feet of steamers which the water being scarcely navigable for a skiff. At bore the pilgrims, from the opposite points, to the a place called the Cosh, at the head of Bay place of rendezvous-a government war-steamer Roberts, upwards of a mile from the sea-shore, conveying the professors of the Universities of and at several feet above its level, covered with Copenhagen and Kiel, the members of the Royal five or six feet of vegetable mould, there is a Academy of Sciences and of the Royal Northern perfect beach, the stones being rounded, of a Society of Archæology, other personages of the moderate size, and in all respects similar to those Danish capital distinguished for literature, art, or now found in the adjacent land-washes – Newscience,-and a colossal bust in white marble of foundland Times. the subject of the day's celebration. The princi. pal ceremonial was the inauguration of this mon. ument, beneath a triumphal arch erected amid the ruins of the old palace of Uranienburg, where the philosopher was born and spent most of his life. The brow of the image was encircled with a laurel crown; an then, a thousand young voices raised, in honor of him whom it represents, the national songs of the three Scandinavian countries-and the Pbilharmonic Society of Co. penhagen executed a cantato, written for the SELECT LIST OF RECENT PUBLICATIONS. occasion. The monument was solemnly handed over to the guardianship of the people of Hvéen ;
Gicat Britain. and left to its solitude of ages on an island which numbers not more than a hundred inhabitants.
A Visit to the French Possessions in The two hundredth anniversary of the birth-day Algiers. By Count St. Marie. of the philosopher Leibnitz was celebrated with Two concluding volumes of Sir Henry great pomp, a few days ago, by the University of Ellis' Series of Original Letters illustrative Leipzig, of which city lie was a native.-Ath.
of English History, including numerous
Royal Letters from autographs. An AFRICAN EXPEDITION,- We learn that four Jesuits-Bishop Casolani, and Fathers Ryllo, Wanderings in the Wilderness. By Knoblica, and Vinco—are about to leave Rome, Henry H. Methuen. on a journey of exploration and civilization in Echoes from the Backwoods : or Sketches Soudan. Casolani and Ryllo will start from of Transatlantic Lise. By Captain Levinge. Cairo, in January next-having previously obtained a firman from Constantinople; and pro
Progression of Antagonism: a Theory inceeding through Upper Egypt, Nubia, and thence volving considerations touching the present by Kordofan and Darfour, they hope to reach position, duties and destiny of Great BritBornou,—and meet there their brethren, who ain. By Lord Lindsay. travel by way of Tripoli and Mouryok. Should
Letters from Madras. By a Lady. they be fortunate enough so to meet, it will then be determined which route shall further be fol- Father Darcy, a novel. By the author of lowed. They have determined, as we are inform- “ Mount Sorel.' ed, to accomplish what they have undertaken, or Select Works of the late Dr. Joseph perish in the attempt. From the high character Fletcher, Stepney. 3 vols. 8vo. of all the parties, great hopes are entertained of the result of this journey. Bishop Casolani is a
Life of Mary of Modena-No. 9 of Miss Maltese by birth; a man of extensive learning, Strickland's Lives of English Queens. speaking the Arabic with the greatest fluency, Hochelaga; or England in the New and having an intimate knowledge of the man. World. By Eliot Warburton, Esq., author ners and customs of the East. Father Ryllo, by of Crescent and the Cross." birth a Pole, is well known as the medium by which the nuns of Minsk communicated their
Cholluton; a tale of our own times. misfortunes to the world. His lengthened resi. The Deershurst. By the Countess of dence in Syria gave him great influence with the Blessington. Druses; which excited the jealousy of the French, and caused them to procure his expul- the Court of the Czar. By R. Southwell
St. Petersburg and Moscow: a Visit to sion from Syria.
Bourke, Esq. 2 vols. GRADUAL RISE OF NEWFOUNDLAND ABOVE Wealth and Want: or Taxation as influTHE SEA. --It is asserted that the whole of the encing private riches and public liberty. land in and about the neighborhood of Concep: By D. Urquhart, Esq. tion Bay, very probably the whole island, is rising out of the ocean at a rate which promises,
Beckman's History of Inventions. Transat no very distant day, materially to affect, if noi|lated by W. Johnstone.