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effect. It is worn exactly as the com- hold it to the breast; the flatter the mon dress, but is doubled about the head is, the greater the beauty in their body. The men also wear a hat in estimation. Polygamy is allowed, and the shape of a cone, with a string that they keep three or four wives ; they fastens under the chin. These people are not jealous, and so far from being have a horrid custom of flattening the at all delicate, they allow their women heads of infants. When a child is to go on board ship, and remain for born, they lay it in a small canoe or weeks, taking care, however, to be cradle made for that purpose ; they well paid beforehand. Their mode of then fix a pad on the forehead and bind burying the dead is to fasten them in a it tight down, and keep it so till it small canoe with all their property, and broadens the face and forces the eyes hang the vessel up between two trees out, giving them a most ferocious ap- or stakes; they then cover them with pearance. When the child screams mats. with pain, they loosen the bandage and
Wuo rides so late through the tempest wild ?
" Come with me, come with me, thou prettiest boy,
" Gratiano says an infinite deal of nothings,
More than any man in Venice.”—Merchant of Venice. MR. EDITOR, Do you wish to know what cant is ? Those who lay most claim to be
'Tis what Hamlet studied, “Words, considered citizens of the world, are words, words,'-not Wordsworth (as travellers ; yet among this class are to a gentleman of my acquaintance would , be found the oldest and most egregious say, who has the gift of making the of canters—from Sir John Mandeville very worst puns possible,) for there is to Tom Coryatt, and from the muchno worth in them. They stand for no abused author of the Crudities to any ideas, or rather stand for all. They one you please. Travel, I fear, wears are expressions to let, and are taken out more shoes than prejudices :—as into the service of those muddy con- the greatest and most startling novelty ceptions, that are beyond the reach of to the voyager is the language and all ordinary language. Were writing strange sounds of foreign countries, he and speaking confined to their legiti- catches words first, and leaves ideas to mate ends, there would be no such follow at their leisure—often omits thing ; but where quill and tongue go them altogether, by particular desire. for the writing and speaking sake, there Much in the same way with all of us, is no way of getting over the breaks, when we travel into life and knowthe puzzles, and the dubiosities, of ledge: we are taught vocabulariesmeaning, without a copious vocabulary made to repeat whole dictionaries by of cant. It is like its parent-a many- rote-learn explanations ten times headed monster; and from the cobbler more formidable than what they exto the king, each calling hath its stock. plain, ignotum per ignotius, and get With but this difference between the our ideas of things by the same method kinds, that the more vulgar are the that, folks say, lawyers get to heaven. more expressive-nothing being so No wonder if we cant and babble nondull, so stupid, and utterly fade as the sense. We are taught dead languages cant of high life.
and dead sciences, and are left to catch The only person free from this habit, the living principles, the vital knowand independent of this auxiliary, is ledge of humanity, from unmeaning the citizen of the world; but he is al- conversation, and from the worthless most an imaginary being. We are a stray volumes on the subject which universe of tradesmen, and all delve at may fall into our hands. We are left something; there are labourers in the for all this discipline—this nurture of palace, as well as in the vineyard. We the soul, in boyhood and youth to sanare each surrounded with our little at- guine fancy and untempered passion; mosphere, of which the atoms are and, as years roll on, are compelled to mighty to us: the objects with which we learn from that hard, cold teacher, Exare there conversant, are ever present perience, the futility of former hopes to our senses,—become a part and par- and old ideas. We are led thus to cel of our minds, and when we take judge of things that are to be, by the distant and more general views of things that were to be: we learn the things, we tacitly refer them to, and vanity of hope, but,in learning the harsh illustrate them by those lesser objects, lesson, we lose the mental strength, which are hourly before our eyes. — the independent, self-subsisting spirit, Hence the expressiveness of the vul- which might have enabled us to do gar, who apply the homely and the without it. Thus cheated of the future, tangible, where the learned and fash we turn our views upon the past.--our ionable use the affected and ideal.- reflections upon ourselves. We conCant with the vulgaris metaphor; sider our race of existence as run; with others, conceit—as a term of re- and, with the spiritual pride of beings proach, indeed, it should be applied that have fulfilled their period of exonly to the latter.
istence, we turn philosophers, and!
speculators, and teachers. Our feel- taste, such a resemblance to those popings and perception, dormant upon one ular snatches of tune, which another, lie rankling and rotting into “We whistle as we go, for want of thought." morbidity and corruption. Ever con- There are many who could no more templating our own confused minds, live without the favourite tune or faand their more confused copies of vourite line of the hour, than they could things, we grow dizzy, as we flatter without the morning newspaper; it is ourselves we grow wise. A haze to them just what tobacco is to the poor spreads itself between us and the world artizan-a soothing employment, a genof intellect; yet we talk on, as if the tle opiate, objects were as distinct as ever. The
“To steep the senses in forgetfulness." crazed mind, from which has been We are such unspiritual beings, that blotted every idea, clings in vanity and thought requires some mechanical acdotage to the words, and the sounds, companiment; some people, even of with which it has been familiar; and intellectual habits, cannot raise an in pleasing and happy self-delusion idea while they sit-their minds won't takes sound for sense, and cant for phi- go without their legs. We know an losophy,-like Lear with his straw author who regularly destroys a pair sceptre, it is every inch a king. It
of gloves_literally eats them-for evis often the primates of intellect who ery song he writes; and another, who are thus visited; but it is some conso
always sits down to a lathe, as a prelation to them, that the world can
parative for composition. For those scarce perceive their aberrations--there whose cogitations do not tend paperis no measure by which they can be wards, a tune is the simplest spell of meted. If their effusions be unmean- the kind, at once soothing and exciting. ing, a spirit still glows through them, · But we have heard or read somewhere, which affoights the vulgar from ques. that medical men look upon a person's tioning, and makes them esteem it having one of these snatches continualprofane to attempt unveiling the noth- ly in his head, as a symptom of some ingness that is enshrined within.- disorder. I have not had much expeThere is generally a slight glimmer rience in this line, but I have found, throughout that looks like Platonicism, that people thus affected are generally and is more striking from the surround very much inclined to commit verse. ing darkness. With the vulgar rev- The fashionable catch the air from erence for obscurity, we are at first the last opera, and the expression from more inclined to attribute the unintel- Boxiana or Cribb's Memorial. The ligibility of a work to our own dulness Savoyards have been a national benefit than to that of the author, till we take in this way, and have furnished matter up books of philosophy and perspicaci- for humming to all the boys about town: ty united, which shake our worshipful this humming is at first an accompaniopinions of the obscure.
ment, and afterwards a substitute for “ The works of Des Cartes,” says thought. Exactly the same, but withLe Clerc, “ were the first books that out the music, are the thousand species brought Mr. Locke (so he himself told of expressions, adages, and illustrations, me) to the study of philosophy : for which on their first application, no though he did not assent to the truth of doubt, meant something, but which all his notions, he found that he wrote have long since laid aside the useful with great clearness, which made him property of meaning. Those sweet think that it was the fault of the au- words are to the author what the fathors, rather than his own, that he had vourite tune is to the saunterer—a stopnot understood some other philosophi- gap in cogitation and in sentences. A cal books."
reader may be puzzled to find out the If we proceed from hence to poetry, association ; but the difficulty is solved, we shall find cant more at home : it is when he learns, that, like the Pax vohere in its original signification of song, biscum of Wamba, it is a passe parand not inexpressively derived, bear- tout. Ing as it does, even in its most prosai Cant is the epidemic of periodical
essayism (we have no doubt of this There are some species of cant exvery page practising what it preach- tremely amusing, from the impudence es :) but with a “mi ignosco meis with which it is endeavoured to pass vitiis," it is very allowable. Who them for something better : they stare could be for ever writing sense ? or you in the face, like a lawyer of empty who would, when nonsense will do bag, with most vacuous importance. better? A lively gentleman, with a Of these the most insignificant are the stock of egotism, and the old dramatists most barefaced-witness the dash, and common-placed, will write more popu- the letter I. Of the pages of modern lar essays in a week than Bacon and composition they have more than oneClarendon excogitated in a year.- half in their own possession, yet the Cant is current coin, as Langland sum of their signification is nothing, would say ; sense is your heavy ingot, How is it that our ancestors were conthat nobody will carry, or take the tent with colon and semicolon, and yet trouble of assaying. Wisdom will not contrived to be abundantly wity ? be listened to, unless ushered in by That the dashless Addison was facenonsense ; and the only way to con- tious, elegant, philosophic-all in the vey instruction is par parenthèse, sur- way of plain punctuation. But taste is rounding it with drollery, like the changed: we read, think, and talk knowing fellow's mode of passing a hurry-skurry, and should never get to bad guinea, “ Slip it between two half- the end of a speech or paragraph withpence, and it will pass without chal- out the assistance of parenthesis, lenge.”
and quotation :
Hail, thou inscrutable prosaic Muse,
Where'er thou dwell'st,-in would-be poet's dream,
Or essayist's, or preacher's sonorous theme;
To visit with thy sage and sapient store
Of common-place books and compiled lore,
In all thy temples been, and sung the Pæan,
And in the realms Cottonian and Harleian
MOUNT ETNA AT DAY-LIGHT.
A NXIOUS expectation more than At length faint streaks of light shoot2 doubled the time in which we ing athwart the horizon, announced the waited for the appearance of the sun; approach of the great luminary of day; but we felt none of those unpleasant and when he sprang up in splendid sensations in a difficulty of respiration, majesty, supported, as it were, on a which are said to arise from the tenui- throne of golden clouds, that fine scripty of the atmosphere, and of which tural image of the giant rejoicing to run many travellers have complained : at his course, flashed across my mind. this amazing altitude the mind seems As he ascended in the sky his rays more affected than the body; the spirit glittered on the mountain tops, and Siappears elevated by the change, and cily became gradually visible, expanddismissing those cares and passions ed like a map beneath our eyes. This which disturb its serenity below, rises effect is most extraordinary; nearly all from the contemplation of this sublime the mountains of the island may be desscenery to the adoration of its divine cried, with cities that surmount their Architect.
summits; more than half the coast, with its bays and indentations, and the coast. The sides of Etna itself are promontories of Pelorus and Pachy- covered with beautiful conical hills, num, may be traced, as well as the from which ancient lavas have issued; course of rivers from their springs to their exhausted craters are now filled the sea, sparkling like silver bands with verdant groves of the spreading which encircle the valleys and the chesnut, exhibiting the most sylvan plains. We were unable to distinguish scenes imaginable : on the plain beMalta, though I do not, on this ac- low, these cones would be lofty mouncount, doubt the relation of others who tains ; here they appear but excrescenprofess to have done so : the Lipari ces that serve to vary and beautify the isles were very much approximated to ground.—Hughes's Travels in Sicily, view by the refreshing power of the just printed. atmosphere, as also was the Calabrian
OR, ORIGINAL ANECDOTES OF REMARKABLE CHARACTERS.
MICHAEL ANGELO BUONARROTI. of Michel Angiolo, with his superb ofTHIS “ Dante of the arts,” (II dan- fering, was read aniongst the subscri
te delle belle arti) the pride of bers. “La cui memoria volle ornare sculpture, of painting, and of architec- con un magnifico sepolero, siccome costure, possessed also a singular talent for ta da ima supplica a Leon X. Ivi l'Acpoetry, and his mottos have been con- ademia Medicea richiede le ossa del disidered equal with those of the Greek vino poeta ; fra 'soscrittori si legge il authors we read of in Dati, as posses- nome di MichelAngiolo e la sua offerta." sing all the acumen of wit and the fire His sculpture. It may be accountof imagination. Lorenzo the Magnifi- ed, perhaps, a propitious occurrence for cent, the patron of all that is splendid the future excellence of Buonarroti, in design, of extensive in execution, was that Dominico Ghirlandaio, the master so well pleased and convinced of this, of this angel in sculpture, not less than that he took Buonarroti into his own in painting, jealous of the too visible house, made him the confidant of the superiority of his splendid genius in the learned, the friend of Poliziano, and latter art, succeeded in his endeavours even the companion of his own sons. to direct his uncommon disposition toMichael Angelo derived the most inval- wards the former. Whoever has seen uable advantage from such distinguish- his Moses at the sepulchre of Julius the ed protection, and divided his studies Second, at St. Pietro in Vincoli at between the antient marbles with which Rome, his Christ at the Minerva, or the house of Lorenzo then abounded, his Pieta at the Vatican, to say nothing and the composition of sonettos, He of those statues which Florence posseswas most particularly partial to that ses of him at St. Lorenzo, and the varisongster of hidden learning, Dante, and ous palaces of the sovereign, must conhas celebrated many of his sublime im- fess with Condivi and others, that, howages in a code which has perished to ever towering upon the summit of the the heavy loss of the art. Gori says in three arts, his chisel is still preferable his illustration of the life of Condivi, to his pencil. Herein, indeed, he apthat the soul of Michel Angiolo was pears certainly to have exerted himso much enraptured with the almost in- self the most to the purpose, and to comprehensible effusions of the divine have laid the foundation of his neverpoet, that he not only wished to adorn dying fame. It would be too much to his memory with a magnificent sepul- follow Vasari, who speaking of the chre, as appears from a supplication great David, placed near the old palace, made to Leo the Tenth, but also when (Palazzo Vecchio) of Florence, says, the Medicean Academy demanded the « that it took away the reputation from bones of the illustrious bard, the name all antient or modern staiues, Greek or