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Like lovelier things, deluded flower,
THE SPECTRE OF THE MIST.
that cannot be resolved. It is a curious consideration that intervals, at a certain distance, aided by certain accompaniments, shall give an air of dignity to the singer or that the very soul of tenderness shall dwell in certain appogiaturas; but difficult as it is to comprehend the source of the composer's inspiration, this intelligible music furnishes the easiest, as well as the most honorable and profitable employment of the student. Still more interesting is it to trace the operations of The musician in characters of a mixed expression; as in the Poor Mad Nina of Paesiello; or where several persons of different characters are brought into one piece to cantrast with and relieve each other, as in the celebrated quartet of Il Don Giovanni, « Non ti fidar." In neither of these compositions are the proper boundaries of the voice overstepped, though nothing can be more dissimilar than the melodies, yet each has the proper vocal character. However, there are some excellencies of singing which are certainly more worthy of attain. ment than others, and at the head of all may be placed the tender and pathetic. Certain singers are gifted with voices of a quality peculiarly fitted to effect in these styles; others, with a sweet and smiling tone (like Caradori's,) which seldom makes impression. The pupil must, as we said before, be greatly guided by inclination ; but we would recommend that the approval or disapproval of such music as “ Che Faro," in Gluck's Orfeo, or the duet “ Deh Prendi," in Mo. zart's Clemenza di Tito, should decide whether the musical sentiment in really strong in the hearer or not. The abundance of exqnisite melodies which are to be found in the hymns to the Virgin, and other parts of the Catholic service, are calculated, next to those, to lead to great purity of taste : they are slow and graceful in the movement, and require that nicety of swelling and diminution of tone which indicate feeling. But to avoid the extremity of vulgarity in musical taste, the student must eschew the greater part of English songs;
--we mean those that are born and die in a day; they are generaly replete with bad accent, bad harmony, and common melody. The more popular the song, the worse it is sure to be ;—there is always some new fashion in the melody of songs which strikes the fancy for a week or two and is then thrown aside and forgotten for ever. Except the airs of Mr. Bishop, there are hardly any of native produce, calculated to have a favorable influence upon the taste; and as there exists at present no really English style, the less attention given to this class of music the better.
“. About twenty-five years since I served as Lieutenant on board the Minerva. Our ship had gone as convoy to some merchant-vessels bound to Canton, and it was our intention to return the same way as soon as they had taken in their landing. The season was far advanced, and we were prepared to encounter many dangers. The Captain of the Minerva was a stern determined character, and so obstinate that he would listen to no one's advice. Avarice was his ruling passion ; and from this vice the crew suffered great privations, as he never laid in stores sufficient for the voyage, but trusted receiving a supply from the merchant-vessels should it be required, without reflecting that if we were to be separated from them, our situation would indeed be dreadful. As we lay at anchor at Java, I thought it my duty to warn the Captain of what might take place ; but he replied that it was no business of mine to meddle in matters that did not concern me; and that unless I wished to bring punishment upon myself, I would instantly desist from my impertinent interference. Upon this I was silent, and although we had the fruitful coast of Java before our eyes, yet no one dared approach the island. At length we put to sea, and sailed between Sumatra and Malacca, through the dangerous straits. Here it was that our Captain showed his skill and courage. With the greatest ability he piloted us through the numerous rocks and sand-banks by which we were encircled, and the merchant-vessels followed in our course. We safely passed the dangerous sound; but we had hardly reached the open sea, when a dreadful storm arose, which raged during the whole of the night. Our vessel, though good and strongly built, yet sustained some damage, though fortunately not of much consequence. But you may imagine our horror, when daylight broke, on finding that the ships under convoy had all disappeared. Not a sail was to be seen. For the first time, the Captain seeméd anxious and discomposed. All on board were aware that the cutter had only provisions for a few days; the evil which I had anticipated had now overtaken us; and with one voice the crew insisted that we should return, and procure provisions at the first port. This proposal recalled the Captain to himself. A dark shade overspread his countenance, while, with a voice of thunder, he exclaimed, • Silence, every man of you! The first who dares to murmur, I shall hang at the yard-arm. I know my
TO A ROSE. THE THOUGHT FROM THE ITALIAN.
QUEEN of Flora's emerald bowers,
duty; I command here; my orders shall be obeyed, stare at me if I did not know that; but a fog in this though every soul should go to the bottom.' To this shape, and upon these seas, is something worse than none had the courage to reply. I myself could not but common evening mist. Have you never heard, Lieuwonder at this bold speech.
tenant,' he continued, of the Sea Spectre?' I shook “For some days we continued to cruise in the Eastern my head. "Well,' said he, • I shall tell you of this Ocean, without meeting a single sail, and always re spirit, of which I have heard from old sailors who have ceding from the coast. The daily rations at length been in these seas. It is well known that this spectre were so diminished that, from exhaustion, the crew comes on board every vessel which has the misfortune were disabled from working the ship. I now remarked to enter these seas. Over the winds and the provisions that the Captain had become extremely irritable; his has this spirit, which is called the Spectre of the Mist, countenance alternately changed from the flush of fever no power, but only over the wretched crew. It takes to the paleness of death. The orders which he formerly its place at the helm, and steers where it thinks fit. issued with determination, were now given with in This spectre seems every moment to increase in size ; it temperance, and if not instantly obeyed, the crew were begins to move a few steps from the helm, to which it severely punished. Amongst others, Tomkins was soon returns, and at every step it takes, dooms its vicharshly punished for a very triling fault; but on my tims to death; but if it once reaches the other end of remarking that this was the effects of fever, he thought the ship, all hope is lost, and the spectre either brings no more of the matter. The same day, the Captain the captive ship on a rock, or sinks it in the deep.' died. His body was the first that was food for the “ The story of the old sailor appeared so truly rifishes: but many were to follow. Already had the diculous, that but for our melancholy situation I would Spirit of Destruction marked us for his prey.
have laughed outright. • Tomkins,' said I, as I turned “ After the Captain's death, I assumed the command. | to go to the cabin, I fear not your spectre: we have As I thought it probable that the dispersed vessels euough of real evils, without troubling ourselves with were driven to the cost of Sumatra, I determined to bend a fabulous spirit.'—We shall see enough of it by and our course there, and this determination gave universal bye,' grumbled the old man as I left him. satisfaction to the crew. The state of exhaustion, how
" Want of sustenance, and the fatigue of watching ever, to which hunger had reduced us, rendered our upon deck, had so much exhausted me, that I soon fell reaching the coast so improbable, that a feeling of des into a deep slumber. About midnight I was suddenly pondency took possession of us. Notwithstanding all awakened by a dreadful tumult on deck ;—the noise of our economy and care in regard to distributing the voices, the clashing of swords, and the firing of pistols, provisions, to our horror we found that we had only became tremendous. I flew to the door, but, to my one day's allowance on board ; and, even with a favour rage and disappointment, I found it locked. This is able wind, we could not expect to reach the nearest coast mutiny,—was my first thought. I called on the mate, in less than five or six days. With a heavy heart I watched the boatswain, on old Tomkins, but no one answered the ship's course, which, with a slight wind, moved me. I went to the cabin window, and listened attenslowly on. The heat now became oppressive. I was tively; the tumult appeared to be over the gangway. the only one on deck. When twilight began, Tomkins I fired my pistol, but no notice was taken of it. approached with a mysterious look, and said, in a “ It was nearly an hour before the affray ceased; I half-whisper, · Lieutenant, it goes ill with us; in a heard the boatswain exclaim— Surrender instantly, short time the Minerva will be driven out of the open you rascals! or, as sure as you are imps of Satan, I'll sea. Have you not remarked the oppressive heat? See fire the powder-room, though we all should dance in the how her sails flap together! All hope is past, for there air together.' This threat seemed to take effect, for will be a dead calm, which will last for many days.' I again heard the boatswain say-- Ah! it is well, old · Tomkins,' I replied, “ you yesterday predicted calm boy; and now I will bind you so tight, that the blood weather; it may be so; but may we not be fortunate will spring out from your finger ends. And now, enough to procure some fish or wild fowl ? or perhaps Tomkins," he added, you may go and free the lieu. we may fall in with some vessels that will bring us as tenant, whom we locked in. sistance ?' • Sir,' answered Tomkins with a serious “ In a few minutes the cabin-door flew open, and old look, · don't be offended that I speak my mind freely. Tomkins entered, who told me the crew had broken I am not the man to grumble at the want of provisions. open the provision-room, and had helped themselves to Do you think that an empty larder is depressing to me? all that they found there; and that some of them had enthat that is the evil I dread ? No, no; old Tomkins has tered into a conspiracy to barricade the cabin-door, and suffered that privation too often to be cast down by it. leave the vessel to its fate. They carried the stolen proviBut,' continued he with earnestness, there is a spirit sions on deck, where an unexpected reception awaited coming on board, which is always the forerunner of them, they were immediately attacked by that part of the destruction. Do you see nothing, Sir? Do you not crew who would not join in their enterprise, and a severe observe something extraordinary upon deck? Hist! it , conflict ensued. In the meantime, some of the muti. moves !' he exclaimed in a suppressed voice. And now | neers had, unobserved, placed the provisions in the I did remark that the evening mist had assumed a boat, which they instantly lowered into the sea ; and strange spectral form, which laid itself down upon the having taken possession of it, they were soon joined deck. How, Tomkins!' said I in an ironical tone, by their companions, who had the good fortune to fight • have you no other grounds for your anxiety than the their way through those who oppoed them, and to reach phantoms which are raised by the mists of the evening? the boat in safety. Deep was the indignation of those You, who are an old sailor,ought to know that this who remained at the treachery of their companions. All often occurs without any evil agency.' • Ah, to be had taken to fight except four, who had been placed sure,' grumbled the old sailor, every cabin-boy would as a guard at the door of the cabin. I immediately
ordered lights to be hung out, and sent several shots never had that in my power until now,' said I, I have after the cowardly rascals, which unfortunately missed done nothing more than you would have done, had you them, and they soon vanished in the dark. In the been in my place, Tomkins, for I think you are a warmgangway we found many dead, and some severely hearted fellow.' But,' answered Tomkins, I would wounded: the first we lowered into the sea, and we rather have kept the dog for another and a worse time, bound up the wounds of the latter. Our situation was which we may yet see.' now indeed deplorable.
“In the evening I felt some one touch my shonlder: “ At break of day, as I stood mournfully upon deck I quickly turned round,- it was Tomkins. Our gazing upon the calm sea, old Tomkins again ap steersman is here again,' he whispered; see how resi. proached me, saying, “Well, Sir, you yesterday laughed less he becomes, and how he strides backwards and forat me for telling you the spectre would pay the Minerva wards. Courage will not help us here; those over a visit; but I don't think that you will again take the whose heads he walks, are doomed by him, and he old sailor Tomkins for a man who troubles his head with makes himself sure of us also.' I now looked towards a fabulous spirit.' In truth, I did again observe some the helm, and saw the spectre more distinctly than I thing standing immoveable by the helm, which appeared had done in the morning. On approaching nearer, I like the figure of a large, tall man. Without waiting remarked with horror and astonishment two eyeless to reply to Tomkins' remark, I quickly approached this sockets; and the dark and furrowed countenance of the singular apparition. The nearer I approached it, the phantom was meager and yhastly. With crossed arms more indistinct and shadowy it became. When I reached and measured steps he paced between the helm and the place where the phantom stood, to my astonishment the mast, I summoned my courage to my aid, apit had disappeared ; but the instant I left the place, | proached and addressed him; but he silently continued the spectre re-appeared, and assumed the singular form his walk, without appearing to have observed me. I of an old sailor in a bending attitude. See, Lieu now drew my sword from the scabbard, and made a tenant,' said Tomkins, the spectre makes himself sure thrust at the anbidden guest, but it only cut the air, of a good prey this night, because he is seen more dis- and the spectre qnietly persued its wanderings. You tinctly. He will now begin to take cominand of the are right Tomkins,' said I, as I turned to the old man; ship, which he will keep for days.' I knew not what Satan has taken up his abode wieh us, and I have no to think of this matter, but being called down to the power to drive him away. With a feeling of terror cabin, where two of the steersmen lay mortally wounded, which till then I had never experienced, I went for. I cautioned Tomkins to say nothing of it to any of the ward, leaving the spectre to continue his walk undis. crew, as not a man would stir from horror of the appa: | turbed. The moon had risen ; the heavens were berition. I found both the wretched men at the point of | spangled with stars : Tomkins and I were sitting upon death. The same day, four more of the crew died, deck, lost in thought, when suddenly a wild song arose and at midnight we had only twelve men on board the from the steerage-without doubt the unfortunate Minerva.
beings were endeavouring by this means to restore “ When we sunk the last body in the sea, I looked their cheerfulness. As I was still in hopes that the towards the helm, but the apparition had vanished. spectre would suddenly vanish, I looked towards the Tomkins, who stood beside me, whispered, that it helm, but to my disappointment, I still saw him pacing would again appear in the evening, and that it would backwards and forwards as before. Since the evening be more distinctly seen than hitherto. We had paid I had allowed all the work of the ship to stand, as the the last honours to the dead, and my unhappy comrades | famished crew were quite unfit for service; and as no had gone below to avoid the oppressive heat, and I exertions on our part could be of the slightest use. stood lost in thought on our inelancholy situation; not All was now quiet in the steerage. That is the calm a breath of air cooled the burning atmosphere; not a of desperation, thought I ; and as none of them came star glimmered in the wide horizon. Our vessel rocked on deck to enjoy the cool breeze, I went down to enfrom side to side, the helm had lost all power over her. quire the reason, and to my surprise I found them all I now apportioned what remained of our provisions to in a state of insensibility. They had emptied the last the crew ; for myself I retained none. Tomkins was anker of rum; the empty keg lay upon the table, and still the most active and unrepining.
the unhappy crew were extended without any signs of “ As soon as I had dealt out the small remains of the life. At first, I thought it was from intoxication, but provisions, I returned on deck. Here I found my fa on finding behind the empty anker, a bottle with opium vourite dog, Cynthio, who, the moment he saw me, inscribed upon it, and which was also empty, I soon turned with feeble steps towards the helm, and looking found that the miserable wretches, to console themsteadfastly on the place, hegan to howl. Sorrowfully selves under their privations, had had recourse to this I called the faithful animal to me. • Cynthio,' said i, dangerous and fatal remedy. I hastily called Tomkins • for many years you have faithfully served your mas and told him my suspicions: we tried to restore them ter; you now receive your death from his hand.' 1 to consciousness, but without success. • Sir,' said need not express to you what my sensations were ; | Tomkins, I greatly fear none of these poor fellows seizing my pistol, a deep groan followed the shot, and will ever come to life again: take notice, 'tis not for then all was still. The report brought all the crew nothing the spectre is walking over their heads'. He upon deck. With a bitter sigh I gave the dog to the was right. The same night eight of the unhappy poor fellows. Their repast was soon prepared, and crew died in violent convulsions : but the boatswain they all expressed their gratitude for the sacrifice I had and cabin boy became sensible next morning. They made. When Tomkins returned upon deck, he ap- | told us that they had all partaken of the drug, for the proached me and said, Lieutenant, you are a generous | purpose of delivering them from their wretchedness. man, and spare nothing to your crew.' "Truly, I have | As they had frequently indulged in the use of upiam
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its ojeration was slow, but at length death asserted his had divided the last cocoa-nut, "Tomkins,' said I, I power, and by mid-day all was over.
owe my life to you, and the service you have rendered “With a mind full of sadness, I paid the last rites me is the more to be praised, as you will probably live to the dead. Tomkins was still active and chreful, some days longer, and have noihing left for yonrself. whilst I, who was so much younger, could hardly sup Let us, Tomkins, boldly meet death as brave seamen, port myself on this sorrowful occasion. When all was nor fear the spectre as he stands before us with his concluded, I became extremely faint. I threw myself threatening looks and gestures. Upon this I went down upon deck; every thing seemed to move around down to the cabin, to give an account of the destruction me, and I soon fell into a stupor: my thoughts wan. of the vessel aud the crew. I had just finished the dered and became unsettled. I dreamt that I was on ai document, which was to be thrown into the sea, and fertile coast, and that several persons approached me believing my last hour to draw near, I lay down in my with the most delicious fruits. A number of slaves hammock, when I was suddenly aroused from my uncame near, bearing in their hands cups of gold, which easy and disturbed slamber, by the joyful voice of Tomemitted the most delicious perfumes. From this en kins, who, rushing into the cabin, exclaimed, · Hurrah, chanting vision I suddenly awoke; but on opening my | Sir, our deliverance is near. The spectre has disapeyes I thought I still dreamt, for Tomkins stood be. peared, and a stiff breeze now fills the sails. I few fore me, holding in his hand some of the fruit I had upon deck, and found to my relief, that the dreadful seen in my dream. Without enquiry I took part of it, | spectre had indeed taken to fight; but I could not from which I found great refreshment. Enquiringly, restrain a sigh at the loss of the crew, as from want of I looked at Tomkins, who, in confusion, threw down hands we could make but little way. • Courage, Lieuhis eyes. “How came you by this fruit, Tomkins ?' I tenant,' raid Tomkins, if this wind will not take us to asked after a pause: "Did you swim for it to-day, sir? any vessels, it may bring them to us. The phantom that's a sign we must be near some coast.' 'Not to has taken himself off, that is the principal thing, and day,' said Tomkins; 'but I swam for it when we lay convinces me that we will soon be succoured.” Tomkins at anchor on the coast of Java.' •Impossible, Tom was so strong in this hope, that in the evening he hung kins!' I replied, as I angrily sprung up: 'surely you out lights, and fired a signal gun; but, as the morning could not have kept this refreshing fruit when so many dawned, not a sail could we descry on the wide and soof your messmates were dying of want?' I give you litary ocean. I now gave up to despair, but nothing my word sir,' said Tomkins, with a firm voice, I have could damp the hopes of Tomkins. He ascended to the always divided my rations with them: they are nowm asthead, declaring he would stay there till he saw a dead; but not from famine alone, but from their wounds sail, or die like a brave sailor. This affected me much. and the opium they drank.' This reply placed the old I threw myself upon deck, there to await our unhappy sailor in a very favourable light. He told me he had | fate. I was soon roused from my painful reflections by overheard my conversation with the captain, in regard an exclamation from Tomkins, of "A sail! a sail ! to our want of provisions, in consequence of which, a sail before the wind!' he exclaimed in breathless when keeping watch during the night, he swam se. | haste. The joyful intelligence instantly restored my cretly to the shore, brought some fruit, and returned strength. While Tomkins fired a signal gun, I went without being missed. He expressed his happiness at | up the mast, and there saw, not one, two, or three, but having an opportunity of showing his gratitude to me, | four sail. It was the fleet which we had conveyed to for having saved him from a punishment with which Canton, and, to my great joy, I saw the vessels bending the captain had threatened him. We now went down towards us. to the steerage, where he showed me where he had hid “I was soon in the arms of my friends. Some sailors the fruit, and some cocoa nuts, under an old chest. who where on board, informed us, that the spectre was
"In the evening our spectre friend again appeared : the apparition of a Portuguese corsair, who two hundred he was even more restless than ever. With rapid steps years ago had drowned himself in the Eastern Ocean, he quickly strode to the bench where we sat, and with from remorse at having, in the most cruel manner, allowed a commanding air he stretched forth his right hand. | his crew to die of hunger.-U. S. Journal. On his deep furrowed features lay the expression of a fiend. By heavens, my young friend, I have stood the
SAYINGS & DOINGS OF THE PAST MONTH. battle's thunder without feeling the terror which seized me at the sight of this spectre! As it approach The proceedings at Bow Street Office respecting a ed me, a shudder ran through my veins. The dreadful certain member for a Northern City, whose dealing's feeling of expectation which filled me, at every turn in looking glasses have produced some strong reflections, the spectre took, became at length so insufferable, that offered to stake his honor that the suspicions against drawing a pistol from my belt, I fired at the wandering | him are untrue, but the usurers declined taking any spirit; but it had not the least effect on him. “Of more of his pledges. what use is it sir,' said Tomkins, as I threw myself in We have been favoured through our interest with a deep disappointment by his side, no human hand can most zealous disciple and confidant of Sir Andrew injure him. We, too, are marked out for his sacrifice, Agnew, (a venerable purveyor of roasted apples to the and he is compelled to continue his wanderings over rising generation) with the following propositions the whole ship. If he again comes this way we are which have been made to the society that proposes to lost. You had better now write down the melancholy make men religious by compulsion. intelligence, how that the cutter Minerva and her crew “1. A plan to prevent the flowing and ebbing of the were sunk into the sea.'
tide in the Thames River on Sunday, by means of ex. “In the evening, the spectre again began its wan tensive flood-gates, to reach from Tilbury Fort to derings, which continued till next morning. After we | Gravesend.”
“ 2. To introduce a law subjecting cats to death without benefit of clergy for exercising their mousecatching propensities on the first day."
“ 3. To stave every barrel of ale found fermenting or working on the Sabbath; the liquor to be sold for the benefit of the Home Missionary Society.”
• 4. To build a steam engine at Gravesend, to pump sea water into the various London reservoirs every Saturday night, so as to put an end to the impions use of palatable water on Sundays."
“ 5. To punish any one offering goods for sale on Sundays, with flogging and twelve months solitary confinement for the first offence, and banishment for three months to Sir Andrew's estate at Locknaw for the second.”
“ This provision not to prevent the opening of gin shops kept by pious proprietors, nor the sale of tracts for the benefit of the Sabbath-enforcing Society.” . It was proposed by an Irish member of the society, “ to inflict the punishment of death for the first offence, and transportation for life for the second ;” but after a warm discussion, the original motion was put and carried, the sense of the meeting being decided in the incomparably greater severity of being compelled to reside in Sir Andrew's neighbourhood.
-A Hint to Professors of Dancing.--" A number of free emigrants have lately arrived from England: the useful mechanics have all obtained employment but the weavers and dancing masters must, I am afraid, be re-shipped for Europe; they are perfectly useless here."
Extract of a letter from New South Wales, -The washerwomen of the metropolis are in extacies at Lord Althorpe's Budget. The reduction of the soapduty is an advantage they do not intend to let slip through their fingers, and they purpose erecting a monument to his memory, but they have not decided upon the material. Soft soap has been recommended.
The duty on soda and pearlash was at first intended to be rescinded, but Sir John Cam Hohhouse remonstrated, saying he would resign if they meddled with the army per-lash.
-Mr. Martin, the author of Philip of Anjou, unites in his own person, the various professions of dramatist, composer, singer, and actor. We had far rather hear him sing his own compositions, than act his own dramas, if we may judge from his “ Philip of Anjou."
Chorus was touching, and characterized by deep feeling, and the grand finale extremely effective. The disci. pline of the orchestra, under Mr. Hummel is most complete.
Drury Lane.--Robert the Devil has been reproduced, in which Mrs. Wood took the part of Isabella - Miss Betts’ Alice was excellent. In the Maid of Cashmere, Malle. Augusta was substituted for Malle. Duvernay, and though we would not say that we experienced no diminution of delight, we must give the latter young lady the credit due to her, and record our pleasure at her performance. Taglioni was among the audience, and was not backwarii in evincing her satisfaction at rival talent, though it must not be forgotten, that she saw in Augusta, a rival's rival.
Covent GARDEN produced an amusing spectacle for the holiday folks, called the Elfin Sprite or the Grim Grey Woman; the scenic part of the representation was gorgeous and splendid in the extreme, the machinery &c. have been improved since the first introduction.
Mr. Aldridge (styled the African Roscius), has been displaying his powers on this stage, where his career however was but short, and the rays of his genius now beam on the frequenters of a theatre of minor pretena sions. We could discover in him few of the more important intellectual requisites for the assumption of so arduous a character; his voice and figure are good, but we see no great benefit the public can reap from his being saved the trouble of making an artificial complexion, however advantageous a manager might consider the saving in lamp black and pomatum, usually employed in Africanizing the Othellos of Europe.
We would not wish to be unnecessarily severe on one who claims our hospitality, as the native of a less favored clime, but we trust the time will return when the English stage shall cease to be the medium of crude experiments on our good nature and taste.
The HAYMARKET has secured an effective and judi. ciously chosen company. Among then we have Mrs. Glover, Mrs. Honey, and Mrs. Yates, Messrs. Dowton, Elton, Webster, Weekes, and Buckstone.
Hacket performed the Kentuckian with increased effect,
The“ prevailing epidemic,” (as the vewspapers have it has been merciless in its attacks here, to such an extent indeed, as to close the theatre for a week, to the great disappointment of the lovers of the legitimate drama, to which this theatre generally contines its performances.
The English Opera Company at the Adelphi, commenced with the musical drama of Philip of Anjou. The dialogue was as wretchedly bad as all dialogues are, when employed as the mere pegs by which the various songs, duetts, &c. are fastened together. There are some redeeming points in the music.
The Climbing Boy has been revived here; it was well got up, and deservedly successful. Reeve was as irresistibly comic as ever.
The SURREY manager has engaged the “ African Roscius," whose performance of Othello we have alluded to above.
Il Diavolo Antonio and his eel-like offspring, are performing here some extraordinary exhibitions of strength and agility. Their bones have the elasticity of whalebone. The perfect confidence which Antonio seems to have on the rope, quite sets at rest the painful
That erratic traveller, the Influenza, has been of late the chief performer on the London boards, to the exclusion for many nights of more than half the corporeal ones. He has made nothing of laying a score or two of them on their backs at once, and we could consequently record more of his exploits during the last week or two, than of those regularly engaged.
The King's Theatre.-Beethoven's magnificent opera of Fidelio, was performed by the German company, to the gratification of a numerous audience. Though not equal in individual talent to the Italian company whom we saw in the previous representation of this admirable composition, they were collectively entitled to the highest praise, from the efficient manner in which the chorusses were conducted. The Prisoners'
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