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was delirious. Now, quiet yourself, and do not talk any more to. night. Say nothing about it; and another day, when you are better, you shall convince yourself, for Mrs. Rowel shall take you all over my house--you shall see everybody in it—and prove to you that your father cannot be there. As I told you some time ago, I know some. thing about you, and will take care to see you righted as far as I can; but ihen you must not listen to the wild nonsense of a man who did not know what he was talking about : it ruins every thing."

Fanny was silent; but she still beheld, as in a vivid picture, the corpse-like figure of the lawyer sitting up in bed, its glazed eyes upon her, and its finger pointing towards that man. She heard the rattle of its horny tongue as it articulated those last words, “In his madhouse! -his madhouse !" And she thought of the words of Colin's mother, which had been told to her only a few hours previously, that dying peo. ple always speak the truth. But, was he dying?

4. Is he dead ?” asked she. “ My dear,” answered Rowel, “ do not alarm yourself : but he is "O God! what have I seen !” cried the affrighted young woman, as she hid her head beneath the bedclothes, for a spirit seemed to pass be. fore her when she heard those words, and it was that of her dead master.

The doctor departed; but in that house there was no sleep that night.

dead."

Prospectus of a New Joint Stock Company.
THE LONDON SUICIDE COMPANY.

Capital, One Million.

AND

DIRECTORS.
LORD VISCOUNT GRAVESEND, Chairman.
EPHRAIM BONE, Esq.

RICHARD CHURCHYARD, Esq.
SIR Timothy Coffin, Bart.

SIR THOMAS SEXTON. John DEATH, Esq.

John Knell, Esq.
JAMES DE BERRYER, Esq.

PETER WORMS, Esq.
REUBEN GRAVES, Esq.
The CORONERS for LONDON, MIDDLESEX, and the neighbouring

Counties. The well-known propensity of the natives of this highly-enlightened and free nation to put an end to themselves, and the great receat increase of suicides, have suggested the formation of a Company, having for its object the encouragement of this national pursuit, and the facili. tating its easy and convenient exercise.

With this view, the Directors have the high gratification of an. nouncing that they have already made arrangements with the Civic authorities for the exclusive use of the MONUMENT (which has recently become so much in request for suicidal purposes ); and, eligible

as that edifice is already, they intend, by the removal of the very slight impediments at present existing, to render it one of the safest, most certain, and expeditious means of exit this metropolis can offer. They are also in treaty for the iron gallery at St. Paul's, but have not yet agreed upon terms with the Dean and Chapter.

An offer for the sole privilege of using the top of the Duke of York's column is about to be made in the proper quarter, for the convenience of West-end subscribers.

The proprietors and shareholders of Waterloo Bridge have likewise entered into an arrangement with the Company on most advantageous terms, by which the very few guards that at present interfere with this place of popular resort will be entirely removed; and the proprietors have further agreed with the Company to engage none but deaf toll-keepers, and use every precaution to prevent assistance through the officiousness of watermen or mistaken philanthropists. The Company, in return for these unprecedented advantages, have engaged to preseni a hundred free shares (entitling the bearers to all the peculiar advantages of this institution) to the original bondholders of the Bridge Proprietors, for their own personal ease and enjoyment.

As a further inducement, the Directors have also the pleasure of stating that they have received an official intimation from the Government, which, with its customary solicitude for the privileges of property, has kindly permitted the approaches to the Serpentine in its most dangerous parts (heretofore accessible to the public at large) to be exclusively appropriated to the shareholders of this Company. The Directors have also entered into an agreement with the Committee of the Humane Society to preserve its usual apathy, so as to prevent the slightest possibility of disturbance or intrusion.

Subscribers who prefer the now nearly obsolete ways of going out of the world—hanging, shooting, and poisoning—will find their predi. lections have been attentively regarded. The provisional board of management has already secured the eminent professional aid of John KETCH, Esquire, (whose abridged duties since the amelioration of the Criminal Code have enabled him to accept their proposals,) and who has engaged to instruct such shareholders as shall be desirous, in the easiest and most elegant way of tying themselves up. The propri. etors of Vauxhall Gardens (uninfluenced by any paltry feeling of com. petition or rivalry) have proffered the use of iheir extensive grounds for the exercise of this part of the Company's business; and the Di. rectors will, at their own expense, throw open a view of the Penitentiary of Millbank, for the purposes of deepening the gloomy feelings of such of the subscribers who may not have completely made up their minds.

The selection of POISONS has been confided to an eminent chemist, who has succeeded in preparing a formula of the most deadly and efficacious. The company proudly invite public investigation to their preparation of prussic acid. Many eminent brewers, distillers, and wine-merchants, have offered some valuable assistance in this branch of the undertaking.

Retired places in the Company's grounds, and a commodious shooting gallery, (embellished with views of Frescati's, and the principal London hells, the different race-courses, the Stock Exchange, and Westminster Hall, will be appropriated for the patrons

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; of SHOOTING. Hair-trigger pistols, with percussion caps, by the best

makers, will be devoted to the use of subscribers, under the immediate superintendence of a retired officer of artillery, who will give the necessary instructions to the nervous or inexperienced.

Such ladies and gentlemen whose resolutions are not completely formed on the subject, will have the necessary encouragement afforded them by the committee of management.

Prospectuses of all the joint-stock companies, and schemes of for. eign funds and lotteries, will be regularly taken in, and filed, and will at all times be open to the free perusal of the subscribers : and the works of Paine, Volney, and the most eminent Deists, Atheists, and Free-thinkers, will be provided for the exclusive enjoyment of the Company. The directors are also in negotiation with a gentleman of distinguished newspaper celebrity, for a course of lectures on Mr. Owen's principles, in which conjugal infidelity, and the encouragement of independence, will be powerfully recommended.

Independent of its claims for social improvement, and its adaptation to the national characteristic, the Company possesses strong altractions to the capitalist and monied speculator. The patronage it has already secured of the respective coroners throughout the kingdom,—the num. ber of eminent undertakers who have iaken shares, and solicited to become part of the directory—and, above all, its close connection with the principal metropolitan cemeteries, insure a handsome return for the capital embarked.

The Company will commence business on the first of November next, and confidently anticipate to be in active operation during that month.

Applications for shares (each admitting the holder to a free parti. cipation in all the advantages above enumerated) to be made to the Secretary of the Company, John MATTOCKS, Esquire, Church-yard Court, Temple.

SONNE T. *

(Written on the 21st of October, 1839, the Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.)

BY EDWARD HERBERT.

Great deaths have been borne greatly ; men have died

In honour'd martyrdom, the patient death;
Torture hath only clung to hearts that sigh'd,

Which, mastering pain hush'd with pathetic breath :
Ridley and Latimer, in pious pride,

Offer'd their lives, like prayers; though fires beneath
Their palms and eyes licked upwards on each side ;

The fatal flames that form the martyr's wreath !

Three deaths have ever seem'd sublime to me,

And will be wondrous to my dying day!
Nelson's all splendid parting life at sea !

When Victory lit him on his awful way!
Russell's stern hour-his wife, no more to be

His sacred joy !—The death of sweet Jane Grey ! ." The most triumphant death is that of the martyr; the most awful, that of the martyred patriot; the most splendid, that of the hero in the hour of victory!

SOUTHEY'S Life of Nelson.

BENTLEY'S

MISCE L L A N Y.'

DECEMBER, 1839.

Contents.

Page JACK SHEPPARD, WITH THREE ILLUSTRATIONS BY GEORGE CRUIK. SHANK,

BY W. HARRISON AINSWORTH 543

Epoch the Third-1724.
Chapter XVII.--The Iron Bar.

Chapter XXI.-What befel Jack Shep-
Chapter XVIII. - The Red Room.

pard in the Turner's house.
Chapter XIX.-The Chapel.

Chapter XXII.--Fast and loose.
Chapter XX.-The Leads.

Chapter XXIII.-The last meeting be

tween Jack Sheppard and his Mother. KATERINA, THE DWARF OF THE JUNGFERNSTIEG,

561 THOSE SWEET DAYS! THOSE HAPPY DAYS! BY P. MÁTEAGUE 074 THE MORAL ECONOMY OF LARGE TOWNS INDIGENCE AND BENEVOLENCE,

BY DR. W. C. TAYLOR 575 POETRY,

583 THE TOLEDO RAPIER : A TALE,

BY R. B PEAKE 584 FAREWELL SONNET,

BY J. AUGUSTINE WADE 597 LINES ON A SPOT WHERE IT IS INTENDED TO BUILD A CHURCH 598 PROSPECTUS OF AN INTENDED COURSE OF LECTURES ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF HUMBUG,

BY PROFESSOR VON BIBUNDTUCKER 599 THE INQUEST,

BY LIEUT. JOHNS 603 THE MOONBEAM,

BY P. M-TEAGUE 614 THE CITY OF THE DOGE, OR LETTERS FROM VENICE,

BY THE AUTHOR OF “A SUMMER IN ANDALUSIA" 615 DOLIN CLINK,

BY CHARLES HOOTON 623

Book the Second.
Chapter V.---The Doctor's reflections on his return.
Chapter VI.---A jury of blockheads sits on the body of Skinwell. Colin advises

Fanny Woodruil upon a subject of some importance.
Chapter VII.-Colin seeks an interview with Squire Lupton. An unexpected ad-

venture takes place, which raises him to the station of a hero, and promises great
things to come.
Chapter VIII.--Gives a description of Fanny's visit to the madhouse, and of her in-

terview with her Father.
Chapter IX.-Is so very necessary between the eighth and tenth, that it could not

possibly be dispensed with.
Chapter X.---Plot and Counter-plot. The difference between two sides of the same

question curiously illustrated
Chapter XI.---Colin prepares for his undertaking, and exhibits great stubbornness of

temper in withstanding many difficulties. SOME ACCOUNT OF A NEW PLAY,

BY THOMAS INGOLDS BY 639 VINCENT EDEN, OR THE OXONIAN,

BY QUIP

646 Chapter X.-- Contains a further account of the proceedings at Henley.

Chapter XI.---Transports the reader back to Oxford.

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