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ST. RONAN'S WELL. author. The work (in lithography) is Since this Novel by the author of War to be published occasionally, and, if we erly was announced' we have looked into understand rightly, to be guided in this the statistical account of Scotland, for some

information as to the locality of the scene, point by the contemporaneous appear.

and thence the probable character of the ance of the novelists it revives on the

story. Our research, however, has not Stage at Covent Garden.

been attended with much success, or cer.

tainly of tracing. THE WHITE-HAIRED SCOTAKS.

Io the account of the parish or Barvas, in

the island of Lewis, we find it stated, that AMONGST the people who inhabit « Among other ruided Popisb chapels or Hungary the Scotaks must be included, churches, is one dedicated to St. Mulray ts of whom geographers have till now which the people arouod pay still a great made but little mention. The Scotaks deal of superstitious veneration. It is 50

feet long by 24 broad, and 16 feet in the live in seventy-five villages, in the dis

dis. side walls. A little to the north of it steed trict of Zemplin. They are of Sclavo- Saint Ronan's, and close by it to the souti nic origin, and appear to be between stood a house built by one of the Macleods, the slaves, the Ruceniaks and the Pols once the proprietors of the island."

A little farther on in the account of the ish; but differing from them in their

same parish :-" The island of Rona, sitedialect, manners and customs. The ate on the Northern Ocean, about 16 men and women have almost all white leagues from Eorapie," or the butt of the hair, it is very rare that an individual Lewis (which is reckoned the furthest to with black hair is seen. They gener

the north-west of any in Europe) beloops

to this parish," (viz. Barvas.) It is reckally live together in a patriarchal man.

oped a mile in length and half a mile in ner. The father gives the manage- breadth. There is a temple on it dedicated ment of his house to one of his sons to St. Ronan. It is rented by one of the whom he thinks most capable of

Ness Tacksmen at 41. sterling per annum, that office, and the others respect his open boat, and brings from it some corn,

who regularly every season sends a large orders, even though he be the young. butter and cheese, a few sheep, and some est in the family. Their principal em times a cow, besides some wild fowl and ployment in keeping sheep. They

frathers. There were once fire families

residing upon it, but now only one, employ. buy them every year in Transylvania

ed by the tacksman as servants." and Moldavia ; feed them during sum- It is very evident that St. Ronan is partimer, and in the avtumn sell them at cularly identified by this parish, from these the market of Hannussalva, or in Bohe- two passages ; but whether other parishes,

a possessing a well at least, might not lay mia, Moravia, or Silicia. Many of

claim to this saintship, we have not the them are waggoners, and carry wine means of determining. The little island of and leather to Poland, Russia, Prussia, Rona is at such a distance (16 leagues) and Austria. A full-grown man very that it could scarcely be much frequenied. seldom gets on horseback to drive a

--Perhaps the St. Ronan's in the first pas.

sage, was the seat of the Macleods, and carriage; this is confided to the boys near the church of St. Malray, to which in order not to overload the horses ; o superstitious veneration” is still paid, white-headed childer who are scarcely with the assistance of the novellist's fancy, taller than the sill of the saddle, are ca

may supply a well.

We have heard a tradition, that St. Ropable of managing six or eight horses. nan's Well was famous for the cure of In these teams there is always a white persons bewitched or labouring under the horse, that the driver may see him bet- influence of charins and evil spirits. A fine ter in the dark. The Scotaks very sele subject for a romantic story.

Io the account of the parish of North dom unite themselves with other peo- m

maven (in the island called the Mainlaod) ple or tribes; they preserve their own in the county of Orkney, we have a descriplanguage and take care not to intro- tion of Rona's Hill, 3994 above the level of duce foreign idioms.

the sea, with a house on the highest emi. nence, constructed of four large stones,

while two cover the top, under which 6 or Captain Parry is to commission the Hec. la for another voyage to the North next sea- house.

. 7 persons may sit. It is called the “watchson. He will, it is said, direct his course to Lancaster's Sound, and explore Prince Re. gent's Inlet.

* Oreby in the great map

MINOR THEATRES.

upon pure platina in powder, which is conAt the Adelphi, the performance of Tom

tained in a glass tunnel, hern.etically sealed and Jerry continues nightly to attract the

at the point, so that the gas mingles with the multitude, and the effects of such pieces

atmospheric air before it touches the plahave been dramatically imitated at the Sur

tina. "The moment that the current of gas rey Theatre, at which the story of the late

reaches the surface of the platina, the powatrocious murder of Mr. Weare has been

der of that metal becomes red and burning, represented. Thus the public might trace

and this phenomenon continues as long as the evil from its first low poisoning of the

the stream of gas is directed apon it. This mind_from merry mischief and slang as

fine discovery will open a new field for sociations---from rows and gamblings-to

to physical and chemical researches.

P fraud, robbery, and assassination. But

PHRENOLOGY. how disgraceful to a country to have such A very interesting memoir was read to scenes dramatized! To have wretches lin. the Phrenological Society in Edinburgh, gering in prison, untried, awaiting with communicated by Dr. Patterson, of Cal. horrid anxiety their final doom, personified cutta, with a donation of twelve Hindoo on the stage with brutal mimickry! We skulls. In human heads, it was stated, which wonder that general indignation did not at are not diseased, the size of the head indionce extinguish what the laws have been

cates power of character. The Hindoo evoked to put down.

head is to the European as about two to

three : or as the head of a boy of 16 to that THE SPAEWIFE.

of a man of 30—the Phrenologist ceases to Mr. Galt's new novel, The Spacwise, is wonder that 20,000 Europeans keep in subannounced as nearly ready for publication. iection one hundred millions of Hindostan. From the title, which is the familiar pame in Scotland for a fortune-teller, we should

NATURAL HISTORY. be led to expect that much of the language

Sir Ererard Home has recently made is in the broad vernacular style which pre

some interesting inquiries by way of comvails too much in the earlier Novels of this

parison between the auricular organs of . author ; but report states that this is not the

man and quadrupeds. The result of his case, and that it contains less of the ordi

researches seems to prove that shrill tones, nary Scotch dialect than any of his nation

or the upper notes of an instrument, have al Tales. The story is founded on a pre

comparatively little effect in exciting the diction mentioned in the histories of whe

attention of animals, whilst the full lower time relative to the assassination of King

tones stimulate them almost to a fury.

Sir Everard observes, that the effect of the James I. of Scotland, and the leading char bich notes of the piano-forte upon the great acters are of course historical; but the

lion in Exeter Change, only called his at. Spaewife is said to be a creature of the author's fancy, formed upon the supersti

tention, which was considerable, though he

remained silent and motionless. But no tion of the dark period in which the trans. actions take place.

sooner were the lower potes sounded, than

he sprang up, lashed his tail and yelled COAL GAS.

violently, and endeavoured to break loose ; In consequence of an explosion of foul

and became altogether so furious as to alarm air in a coal-pit, called the Plain Pit, be the spectators present. This violent excitelonging to the Mar quis of Londonderry, ment ceased with the discontinuance of the situate near Raipton, about five miles from music. The deep tones of the French horn Durham city, a number of unfortunate per. also produced a similar effect with the lowsong lost their lives. The accident took er tones of the piano-forte on the elephant place in the morning about five o'clock. and other animals on which the experiment The number of persons employed in the pit was made. at the time, from the best information, was

GAS FOR STEAM. between ninety and a hundred, of which number between fifty and sixty perished.

Sir Humphrey Davy has discovered that

the application of a certain gas, fifteen CHEMICAL DISCOVERY.

times heavier than the atmosphere, to the M. Dobereiner, professor of Chemistry in mechanism of a steam engine, will produce the University of Jena, gives an account of a a power fully equal to that which now rediscovery of the greatest importance. By sclts from the application of steam. The a series of entirely new experiments, he has great obstacle which stands in the way of ascertained that platina, the heaviest of all a general and iminediate introduction into elementary substances, when reduced into use of this gas is the difficulty of confining very fine particles, produces, by simple it. The task of constructing convenient contact with hydrogen gas, (the lightest of vessels, sufficiently strong for that purpose, elementary substances,) an electrical or Sir Humphrey proposes as a problem, the dynamic combination, which, if brought in- solution of which must be attended with in. to contact with hydrogen gas or with at. estimable benefit to this country. mospheric air, instantly dissolves itself,

GOLD MINES. yielding fire and water To prove this im. Some fine and productive gold mines portant fact by a brilliant experiment, M. have been discovered in the Ural MounDobereiner makes hydrogen pass from a tains, and it is expected that the working reservoir, by a capillary tube, curved below, of them will enrich the revenue of Russia.

Dr. Hickman, of Ludlow, has in his mu- Liverpool, and in 2 hours three warehouses seum a pig, the anatomical structure of were a heap of ruins. These building which is as extraordinary as it is unac- were the loftiest in the town, being so less countable. The minute anatomy is not than thirteen stories high. Tbey were the given; but the external appearances are property of Messrs. Thomas Booth and one head, two eyes, four ears, eight legs, Co., and contained nearly 310,000 bushe's two tails. The internal structure, one of coro, principally foreign, under the tongue, and windpipe, one æsophagus and King's lock, and valued at 60,0001.; besides stomach ; one heart, having four circula a great quantity of cotton and other goods tions, vix two aortae to supply the body, Two steam engines, of fifty-horse poser and two vessels to supply the lungs; two each, are about to be erected for the drain Jivers, four kidneys, two bladders, two

age of Deeping and adjoining feps, to ob spleens, and two sets of intestines. The

viate the inconvenience felt from the prebody forms a division at right angles from

sent drainage mills when there is no wod. the navel downwards.

The engines are calculated to raise 720) CoVEGETATION IN ATMOSPHERES OF bic feet of water per minute to the height of DIFFERENT DENSITIES.

six feet; and it is supposed will cost atta The following experiments have been gether (including attendant expenses) Acar. made by Professor Dorbereiner of Jena. ly 20,0001. Two glass vessels were procured, each of

NEW WORKS. the capacity of 320 cubic inches, two por New Calliope, a collection of popular Me tions of barley were sown in portions of sic.-Corse Castle, or Keneswitha, 850, 12. the same earth, and moistened in the same -Hurstwood, a Tale of the year 1715, $ degree, and then placed one in each vessel. vols. 12mo. 168. 6d.-Jones' Fall of Coa The air was now exhausted in one, till re- stantinople, a poem, 8vo. 83. 60.-Don Juan, duced to the pressure of 14 inches of mer- Cantos 12 to 13. 8vo. 98.6d. Poetry withoat cury, and condensed in the other, until the Fiction, 18mo. 28.--Burcheli's Travel in pressure equalled 56 inches. Germination the Interior of Southern Africa, vol. 2, 410, took place in both nearly at the same time, 41. 14s. 60.--Shearman on Chronic Debilite, and the leaflets appeared of the same green 8vo. 78.--Herwald de Wake, or the Two tint; but at the end of fifteen days the fol. Apostates, 3 vol. 12mo, 18s. lowing differences existed. The shoots in

WORKS IN THE PRESS. the rarefied air were six inches in length, and from nine to ten inches in the condens

Mr. Murray's list of forthcoming poblicaed air. The first were expanded and soft ;

. tions contains the following among others the last rolled round the stem and solid.

of interest: The Book of the Church, by

the Laureate ; The Vespers of Palermo, a The first were wet on their surface, and es.

Tragedy by Mrs. Hemaps; Adventures of pecially towards the extremities; the last were nearly dry. "I am disposed,” says

Hajji Baba ; Sir John Feno's Original Lei

Sters of the Times of Henry VI., &C ; Lete M. Dobereiner, "to believe that the diminu

ters from Caucasus; a second rol. of Rose's tion in the size of plants, as they rise into higher regions on mountains, depends more

Orlando Furioso, &c. &c. on the diminution of pressure than of heat.

WASHINGTON IRVING is reported to bare The phenomenon of drops of water on the

collected materials for a very interesting leaves in the rarefied air, calls to my mind work during his recent Tour in Geriaus. the relation of a young Englishman, who,

The Novel of “ The Highlanders," so whilst passing through Spanish America as long announced by the Author of the “ Her. a prisoner, remarked, that on the highest mit in London,"&c. may shortly be expected, mountains of the country, the trees contin PIERCE EGAN, author of " Life in Looually transpired a quantity of water, even don," in employed on a new Work, entiin the dryest weather; the water falling tled “ The Life of an Actor," to be publishsometimes like rain."

ed in Monthly Numbers with, Plates.

SHOLTO PERCY, one of the Benedictine A bricklayer einployed in some repairs Brothers, to whom the public are indebted in the interior of Eastmen Church by an for so much amusement in the shape of accidental stroke of his trowel against the

« Avecdotes," has in preparation a series wall, displaced some of the plaster, when a of origina

of original Skeiches of Men and Manners, painted head of extraordinary size was dis. under the title of “Lile's Progress; closed to his view. On procecdine farther. which are to be illustrated by Engravings he discovered the whole length figure of a by Cruikshank. We understand that No. giant, bearing on his shoulders a female. 1. will appear early in the ensuing year. holding in one hand a ball resembling á Mr.Wright a Reporter of the Morning Her globe, while the other was held up near her ald, has in the press a Selection of 100 of face. The giant held in his left hand a large bis Reports during the last three years, ilstall, or what is more probable, a spear, lustrated with numerous wood cuts by part of which is defaced ; a dragon was al. George Cruikshank. so at his feet. The whole is very well exe. The prospectus of a new Quarterly Recuted, particularly the drapery. • A fire was lately discovered in the lofty

view, to be called the Westminster Review

has been put forth, the first number to ap. range of warehouses opposite to the Kin's, pear in Jan. It disclaims party politics.

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'Twas Hallow Eve when“ round the hearth

A gay and youthful party sat,
And passed the time in social mirth,

Apd merry tales and friendly chat.
Each customary trick and charm

They tried to cheat the fleeting night,
And free from guilt nor fearing harın,

The hours flew by in gay delight.
The fairest of the maidens there

Was Mary, William's destin'd bride ;
Beauty had moulded her with care,

And every winniog grace supplied.
How fondly on her lovely face

William, enraptur'd, fix'd his gaze.
What bliss his future path to trace

With her along life's sunny ways.
Oh ! wherefore Hope dost thou supply

Thy magic tints to future views,
When Fate has fix'd her deadly eye,

And wrapp'd them in her darkest hies !
And now the witching hour of night

From the old church was heard to toll;
A signal for the prison'd spright

To break away from earth's control.
Just then was heard a hollow blast,

Mix'd with a raven's boding cry ;
The startled pariy look'd aghast,

And terror fix'd each youthful eye.
The blast grew loud and louder still,

While hoarsely rush'd the neighb'ring stream,
The casement shook, and, high and shrill,

Thrice was the raven heard to scream.
But when the breast with bliss is fraught,

When Hope illuminates the eye,
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The heart admits no gloomy thought,

The eye can see no danger nigh. And so it was with Mary Gray,

Who mock'd her young companions all, As thus they sat in mute dismay

To bear the raven's boding call. " I wonder," cried her lover, then,

" Since Mary seems to mock us so, To the old kiln above the glen,

I wonder would she dare to go ; And, casting in the dark abyss

A worsted ball, hold fast the end, And, waiting till 'tis held say this,

Who holiis my ball—a foe or friend ?" “ This spell is not"-gay Mary said,

“ For me, your destin'd bride, to prove ; 'Tis meant for some unplighted maid,

Who'd wish to know her future love :" And then she turn'd her laughing eye

To where two maidens sat apart" Here's Jane and Bessey, both may try,

To angle for some simple heart. But let them heed who pulls below,

And answers to their timid call, For on this witching night we know

There's one abroad, the foe of all. Who knows,”-she added in a tone

of mystery affected well" Who knows but 'twas the evil one

That made just now that fearful yell. 'Tis certain that he must be nigh,

For look! how bluely burns the light; Heav'n shield us all, good folks, say 1,

We're met upon an awful night.” And awfully her head she shook,

And glanc'd mysterious round the room, Then laugh'd outright, as ev'ry look

About her wore a deeper gloom. But William still pursu'd bis jest,

And, bent on frolic, thus exclaim'd, " I've put her courage to the test,

And only see how soon 'tis tam'd. She hopes by thus awaking dread

In others to conceal ber own: And sooner would she lose her head

Than venture out to pight alone. Bless us! how quick her little heart

Would pant at ev'ry sound she'd hear; And then-how fearfully she'd start,

Should any living thing appear. She'd surely faint in sudden fright

If in her way an ass should be. And certainly she'd die outright

My grandmother's white calf to see.” With rising heat then Mary cried,

" It is not that I fear to go, And stand upon the old kilo's side,

To cast into the depth below A worsted ball--if I were free,

Your challenge should not be in vain; But,”-and she paus'd ' your wish may be,

That we should both be free again. If so," (sbe added with a tear,

Which with a smile she strove to hide) "I'll find a bridegroom, never fear,

As soon as you will get a bride."

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