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Barker against Evah's Sex, and Anguere as to protect the interior from the effects of
lodged seventeen Lilliputian coffins, form
ing two tiers of eight each, and one on a " In ancient Rome, when the empire was third, just begun! Each of the coffins concome to its height, and learning and arts tained a miniature figure of the human form were grown into reputation among them, it cut out in wood, the faces in particular being was the fashion for such as aimed at the pretty well executed. They were dressed credit of being accomplished gentleinen, to from head to foot in cotton clothes, and defrequent conferences, and entertain the com cently “ laid out” with a mimic representapany with discourses of philosophy, and all tion of all the funereal trappings which other specimens of study and wit. In con usually form the last habiliments of the sequence to this it happened, that others dead. The coffins are about three or four who had neither parts nor industry to inches in length, regularly shaped, and cut complish themselves on this manner, and out from a single piece of wood, with the yet were ambitious to have a share in every exception of the lids, which are nailed down thing that made men look great, made it with wire sprigs or common brass pins. their practice to buy some learned slaves The lid and sides of each are profusely out of Greece, and to carry those about studded with ornaments, formed with small with them into company; and then what- pieces of tin, and inserted in the wood with soever wit or learning the slaves could pro- great care and regularity. Another reduce, that the masters looked upon as their markable circumstance is, that many years own, and took the glory of it unto them must have elapsed since the first interment selves.” – Young (the father's), Sermons, took place in this mysterious sepulchre, and vol. 1, p. 97.
it is also evident that the depositions must
have been made singly, and at considerable Times, 230 March, 1836.-Wax and com intervals--facts indicated by the rotten and position casts from the heads of Fieschi, decayed state of the first tier of coffins, and Lacenaire, Avril, and David, exhibited at their wooden mummies, the wrapping cloths the Cosmorama in Regent Street; in ap- being in some instances entirely mouldered pearance like so many heads just separated away, while others show various degrees of from the bodies by the guillotine. And to decomposition, and the coffin last placed, make them more complete, the hair and with its shrouded tenant, are as clean and whiskers are those of the murderers them- fresh as if only a few days had elapsed since selves!
their entombment. As before stated, there
were in all seventeen of these mystic coffins; July, 1836. STRANGE Discovery.—“About | but a number were destroyed by the boys three weeks ago, while a number of boys pelting them at each other as unmeaning were amusing themselves in searching for and contemptible trifles. None of the learned rabbit burrows on the north-east range of with whom we have conversed on the subArthur's Seat, they noticed, in a very rug- ject can account in any way for this singuged and secluded spot, a small opening in lar fantasy of the human mind. The idea one of the rocks, the peculiar appearance of seems rather above insanity, and yet much which attracted their attention. The mouth beneath rationality; nor is any such freak of this little cave was closed by three thin recorded in the Natural History of Enthupieces of slate-stone, rudely cut at the up- siasm. Our own opinion would be, had we per ends into a conical form, and so placed | not some years ago abjured witchcraft and
demonology, that there are still some of the “Young men are as apt to think them. weird sisters hovering about Mushat's Cairn selves wise enough, as drunken men are to or the Windy Gowl, who retain their an- think themselves sober enough. They look cient power to work the spells of death by upon spirit to be a much better thing than entombing the likenesses of those they wish experience, which they call coldness. They to destroy."-Scotsman.
are but half-mistaken; for though spirit
without experience is dangerous, experience “ ALBAQUE puniceas interplicat infula without spirit is languid and defective." cristas." --Statius. Theb. lib. 4, v. 218.
Ibid. p. 308.
THEIR own interest he calls, “a solid sening, in one of his prize poems made up curity with knaves, but none with fools.”— from Politian, through the Gradus.
Ibid. p. 379. “Alba coloratos interstrepit unda la
That Alderman Venables who qualified pillos." “Candida purpureos interfluit unda la
himself for the Geographical Society by the pillos.”
exploratory voyage which he happily per
formed from London to Oxford during his CIBBER, in She Would and she would Not, mortal account was published by his chap
mayoralty, of which voyage a full and immakes Trappanti ask the Host at Madrid, lain and historiographer, but who cannot be “ Hate ye any right Galicia ?” and is an admitted a member of the Travellers' Club, swered, " The best in Spain, I warrant it.” because of the illiberal base upon which Galicia growing no wine.
that society has been established !
“ The half-taught and therefore the doubly ignorant classes."---RICKMAN.
Among the members who voted for the bill, we read the name of Calcraft, John
" VOILA une abdication sans les trois jours !” was what one of the French minis- Too surely may the scripture be applied ters said, upon hearing of the Reform Bill. to the government and constitution at this
time," he that is not with me is against GARASSE, whose most uncharitable writings belie his own nature, as his death proves, came to this charitable conclusion, He looks at things with an evil eye, and “que la pluspart des fautes se committent when the "eye is evil, the body also is full
of darkness." par sottise, et qu'il y a plus de sottise au monde que de malice." — Doct. Concup. p. 196.
THERE are times when it may be “impossible but that offences will come, but
woe unto him through whom they come." Taking a Licentiate's degree in the University of malice.-Ibid. p. 613.
CALVINISTIC teachers. Deuteron. xvü.
20-2. “Every man,” says Swift, “ knows that he understands religion and politics, though FEMALE B. Soc. By far the most delihe never learned them.". - CHESTERFIELD, cate branch of the B. Soc. system, "it vol. 1, p. 125.
scarcely needs to be intimated of how great importance it is that all the duties attached
to it should be regulated with a more than | became the more degraded and corrupt in ordinary regard to propriety and decorum." their national religion." -Owen. Hist of B. Soc. vol. 2, p. 529. See vol. 3, pp. 154-5.
“It is no bad maxim, where there are
two handles, to take hold of the cleanest.”— How the B. Soc. may be looked at by its MAJOR DOYLE. Irish Debates, vol. 7, p. 225. friends.-Ibid. vol. 1, p. 44.
“ WHEN the payment of the clergy by “What truth, what knowledge, | tithes in kind was instituted, the landlord What any thing but eating is good in her ? was also paid in kind. The clergy were 'Twould make a fool prophecy to be fed paid by the produce of the land, to be concontinually;
sumed upon the land ; and the landlord was Inspired with full deep cups, who cannot also paid by the produce for the use of his prophecy?
land.”—MR. BROWNE. Ibid. p. 349. A tinker, out of ale, will give predictions."
BEAUMONT and FLETCHER. “Coarse expressions—which men are apt
vain for strong ones.”—MR. BURKE. Ibid. Bp. REYNOLDS, vol. 3, p. 201.-Wish for vol. 11, p. 327. a Bible in every family,- for education and Lords B. and Nugent to wit. discipline.
“APRÈS avoir creusé les fertiles sillons, Ibid. vol. 4, p. 268.—Church and State. Qui reçoivent le grain, espoir de nos moisPlato.
sons, The Jesuits divide them,-agreeing here Si chaque jour le soc repasse sur la terre, with the schismatics.
Au lieu de l'abondance il produit la misère,
Et detruit aujourd'hui ce qu'il a fait hier. Ibid. pp. 290-1.—How unity is to be pre Tel est le mouvement dont le siecle est si served — unquiet — and in the end uncom fier. fortable singularities.
Le talent naturel s'éteint dans la lecture,
Et l'esprit est sterile à force de culture." “The very philosopher could say that wickedness doth putrify the principles of “D'un ton fier, en vrai gentilhomme de the mind,' and that such as are men's lettres," said of Chateaubriand in this MS. courses of life, such likewise are the dispo satire. sitions of their minds towards practical truth.'"-Ibid. p. 303.
Nov. 1786. -“ A MEETING of lawyers at
Lord Mansfield's to take into consideration Kaxia paprikn ápxñs. — Arist. Eth. the alarming growth of perjury, which had lib. 6, c. 5.
| become so very rife in our courts of jus
tice, as to threaten the most dangerous conΑί ακροάσεις κατά τα έθη συμβαίνουσιν. sequences :' it was determined at this meetως γάρ ειώθαμεν, ούτως αξιούμεν λέγεσ ing that nothing short of capital punishment 0a1.- Ibid. Metaphys. Min. lib. 1, c. 3. | was sufficient to deter persons from the
commission of this crime, and it was agreed " It is curious to observe," says GODFREY | that a bill should be prepared to make perHiggins, (Celtic Druids, p. 207) “ that the jury in any court of justice, &c. a capital more elegant, polite, and learned these offence, punishable with death.” – Lady's people became, in the same proportion they | Magazine, vol. 17, p. 667.
“Quoiqu'on en dise, l'imagination sert à | long volumes of antiquity, if we would be voir beaucoup de choses très-réelles.” diligent to mark them, so that they can be F. R. Bibliothèque Universelle. Mai 1830. compared to nothing fitter, than to a wheel
ever turning in the same motion.”—Ibid.
“L'ANGLETERRE avec son orgueil, sa population, ses richesses, ses prejugés, et ses “WHATEVER occurrences seem strange, cérémonies, est le Japon de l'Europe." – they are but the same fable acted by other M. DE CUSTINE, vol. 2, p. 189.
persons, and nothing different from those
of older times but in the names of the acOAFBOROUGH, Rascalburgh, and Rabble-tors."— Ibid. p. 8.
“So justly is avarice plagued in itself, JOBBING like smuggling. The same lax that I know not which be greater, the sin morality is the cause. In our indignation or the punishment.”—Ibid. p. 10. against the former, let him who is guiltless And this is equally true of all sins. of the latter offence cast the first stone.
ALEXANDER and Cæsar “ pricked like The system of reducing a conquered bladders in the height of their tumour.”— people to bond-service seems always to have | Ibid. p. 13. been pursued when wars of extermination ceased.—1 Kings, ix. 20-22.
“ ELIZABETH advised the House of Com
mons to prefer the most weighty matters The man who (for a wager) was made to first, and not trouble themselves with small suppose himself ill,—and died in conse- matters and of no weight.”—Parliamentary quence.
History, vol. 1, p. 707. A case like that of this nation at this See also, Ibid. p. 909. time.
Upon the money-getting system no tree “Ne mea dona tibi studio disposta fideli, would be allowed to stand after it became Intellecta priùs quàm sint, contempta relin- worth forty shillings. We should have quas.”—LUCRETIUS, lib. 1, v.
young mutton, young beef, and no old
timber! “Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight." Almost every where we might ask, as ISAIAH y. 21.
Arthur Young does of the Weald in Sussex,
“ Where is the good for nothing land ?" “Since it is customary for men to bequeath to their posterity the goods of for- “ The wastes only within forty or fifty tune, and not to bury them with them, why miles of London would supply that city should they suffer that which is more pre- with bread.”—Young's Survey of Sussez, cious to die with them, and not communi- p. 188. cate for the instruction of others, some part of the knowledge and experience wherewith That breed which gives the greatest time has enriched them.” ALDERMAN net profit in money from a given quantity WHATson, p. 7.
of food, must at last be allowed to contain
the sum total of merit.”—Ibid. p. 241. “CERTAINLY the volume of one life would So think our political economists of man! afford as great a variety of examples as the
“The public mind," says Sir E. BRYDGES, | thereby intimating that solitude was the “ is as servile as it is capricious."--Recollec- best opportunity of religion.”—Ibid. p. 163. tions, vol. I, p. 163.
“ THERE are monstrosities in the soul as Ibid. p. 243.—" -“ To suppose that poets well as the body.”—Ibid. p.
224. are less in search of truth than philosophers, is to draw the opinion from bad poetry.”
" It is well observed by PLUTARCH, “that
men of desperate and bankrupt fortunes Even of ploughs, VANCOUVER says, “ that have little regard to their expenses, because some improvement may be made upon should they save them, the tide of their these ancient machines, daily experience estates won't rise much the higher, and so very clearly shows, at the same time it was they think it impertinent to be frugal, when fully demonstrated that there is an absolute there's no hope of being rich. Yet they necessity of not altogether departing from that see their heaps begin to swell, and that a principle the utility of which has been they are within the neighbourhood of wealth, established upon the practice of ages."
think it worth while to be saving, and imSurvey of Hampshire, p. 92. See also prove their growing stock."—Norris, Mis
cell. p. 268.
EXPERIMENTS upon old civilization are LEVELLERS.
It is not thus that every like breaking up old pastures.
valley shall be exalted and every mountain
and hill shall be made low; that the crooked " The age immediately preceding one's shall be made straight and the rough places own is less known to any man than the plain.”—Isaiah xi. 4. history of any other period.” — HORACE WALPOLE, Pinkerton Correspondence, vol.
" It is not to be conceived how many 1, p. 61.
people, capable of reasoning, if they would,
live and die in a thousand errors from lazi“ And Friendship like an old acquaintance ness; they will rather adopt the prejudices sends
of others than give themselves the trouble To his friend Justice, that she should be of forming opinions of their own. They mild
say things at first because other people have And look with eyes of mercy on your fault." said them, and then persist in them because GOFFE's Orestes, p. 237.
they have said them themselves.”—Ches
TERFIELD, vol. 1, p. 335. NORRIS's Miss. p. 158.- The atheistic argument from the self-sufficiency of God,
SPEECHES or things which one wishes -to which that from his goodness is a con
to be : clusive answer.--P. 320.
“ μίνυνθά περ, ότι μάλα δήν."
Hom. Il. i. 416. “ CERTAINLY," says NORRIS (ibid. p. 160), " there is more required to qualify a man “ Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, for his own company than for other men's." that ye may see.”—Isaiah xlii. 18. It is not every man that has sense and thoughts enough to be his own compa PRINCIPLE of equality.--Voyageur Philonion."
sophique, tom. 2, p. 306.
" The ancients chose to build their altars and temples in groves and solitary recesses,
PROPOSAL that every one on arriving at the age of twenty should be required to