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clear that some improvement of the whether he was, or was not, Secretary poor law must take place, or child of the Birmingham Radicals, Mr murder will become a national crime. Wakely of fire-office memory, and
A curious case occurred lately in that rather too dexterous paper-seller, the Department of the Lower Alps, Sir John Key. The speeches were which shows the simple yet true view by the regular performers alone, Messrs taken of such matters by untutored Hume, Molesworth, Grote, and way; reason. A woman was tried, on a all remarkably bad speakers at all charge of infanticide. The charge times, and all on this occasion deplor: was proved. But the peasant jury ably commonplace, giving us the mere acquitted her on the ground" that repetition of the tiresome twaddle and if the prefet, by a late order, had not vulgar radicalism which we have taken away the basket hitherto kept heard from them these ten years past. in every hospice for the reception of Nothing could be more adust. Old infants, the mother would never have Mr Byng, whose age might excuse destroyed her child.” In fact, they the visible decay of his faculties, thus brought in the prefet as the virtual tremblingly said, “ that he was still a destroyer. What would those honest Whig, and that he was content with peasants say of our Whig Poor Laws ? the Reform Bill." Joseph Hume,
who is a Whig and a good deal more, The Radical Meeting at Drury said that he differed from the old man Lane Theatre turned out, after three (whom he evidently insinuated to be months' boasting and three weeks' little better than an old woman), and preparation, a contemptible failure. was not content with the Reform Bill. Nothing could show more strongly That, in fact, with the bill, they were the actual want of management, com- worse off than ever-that they must go mon tact, and sense of their true si- on, finding an end to the means, and tuation, than having the dinner at all. means to the end ; till when and It was but last April, that the single where he cared not, but they must go association of the City of London on. So we are to have the national Conservatives had a dinner, almost fever kept up by national quackery, without any preparation beyond the until Mr Hume discovers that he is a moment; yet at that dinner they had hopeless blockhead-a discovery that a list of upwards of 300 stewards, all his common experience ought to have belonging to the City, all well known, made for him twenty years ago, but and combining almost the entire of which his sullen and brute vanity the commercial, banking, and opulent will never suffer him to make, until it firms of London. At that dinner up is forced upon him by exhibitions wards of 1100 gentlemen sat down, such as those of Drury Lane. together with a crowd of dukes, earls, It would be a mere waste of time, men of high legal rank, clergy, and to argue against the incredible nonindividuals conspicuous for their offi- sense talked by the whole clique. Mr ces, fortunes, and character.
Clay, who is evidently looking for At the Drury Lane meeting of the some windfall among the Commis23d of January, certainly not 1000 sioners provided by Lord John for attended ! Of the whole number, not the enlightening of puzzled conscienone-half were in any way connected ces, panegyrized the Ministers; for with Middlesex! Of the whole list, what? for all that they had intended to even of the Whig Peerage, pompous- do, but could not-a very easy source ly advertised to attend, not one was of praise of this trifling and tedious present, nor even condescended to apo. personage. One of the papers, with logize for his absence. With the ex- contemptuous pleasantry says: ception of young Lord Russell, who " When Israel of old forsook all that was took the chair, and old Lord William
good, Russell, who supported him, pretty She fell down and worshipped an idol of much in the way in which the blind wood : lead the blind, all were vulgar. The Our Radicals play the same part to this principal personages were actually daythe notorious Tom Duncombe, Mr But, like blockheads, bow down to an Scales, the Radical butcher of White. image of Clay.” chapel, and Joseph Parkes, whose There are few things more observ. short memory forgot some time ago able among those men than the miserable nature of their public speaking. if the discussion were of the price of Of course, it would be idle to expect figs, or the politics of Madagascar, Mr that they should be all orators. But Grote would wind up his very weak it would be natural to suppose that the harangue, by insisting that neither practice of public delivery, the custom figs would be cheap, nor the politics of debate, and even the nerve to be ac. of Madagascar quiet, unless Englishquired by constantly coming before vast men got the ballot. Leader is a noisy assemblies, would give them some of the personage, whose roar has only the ordinary ease, clearness, and effect of effect of thinning the House. He is good speaking. On the contrary, ex-officio the dinner-bell, and the cofthey are all wretched. Their speeches fee-house keeper ought certainly to may occasionally read well enough in fee him handsomely for his services to the papers, though they are all evi. his counter. He attempts metaphor, a dently dry, heavy, and commonplace dangerous exercise for a blockhead, But the reporters put them all into and, like the bear, the higher he rises, this readable shape, condense their the more he shows his unseemly parts. perpetual repetitions, strike away Radicalism, with such faculties, can every thing that is absolute ponsense never be hazardous, but it can be inin them, and reducing a speech of an finitely contemptible. He is a wretchhour to one of fourth part of the ed speaker. Clay is prosy, feeble, time, make it pass muster. But to and intolerable. And among the hear one of those speakers is a singu. whole set, as if a judgment was upon lar trial of patience; a trial, indeed, them, there is actually not a vestige of to which the House very seldom sub. ability beyond that of the very lowest mits. Joseph Hume used to take his seat description. What must Drury Lane nightly by one of the pillars support. dinner, then, have been, with these ing the gallery, and there, with his wretched and tiresome people for its hand leaning upon the pillar, he talked orators, with a feeble boy in the chair, his financial nonsense by the hour and a superannuated old man for his Nobody in the body of the House director? They were certainly worever listened to him. The members thy of the rabble of Radicalism gath. got up from their seats, made their ered from every low haunt of the bow to the Speaker, and then ram- country, and probably one half of bled about the floor, as if they were in them coming on tickets given by the a large coffee-house. The buzz of Committee. But the whole meeting voices was loud, every man talked of was contemptible. What a contrast his own affairs, the gossip of the day, did it form to the Glasgow meeting !and so forth ; while Joseph Hume, a meeting in a provincial town 400 with his hand on the pillar, and his miles from the metropolis. And this face turned to the Speaker, was edify in the heart of London, with the ing that most weary functionary with whole Whig-Radical force pledghis wisdom; and was actually lis. ed to it on the eve of the meettened to only by the writers for the ing of Parliament, when party naturnewspapers. His voice is utterly bad, ally makes its best effort for a muster, heavy, harsh and indistinct. His and with the nephew and uncle of the manner just what might be expected minister in the House of Commons from a vulgar man educated in vulga. as its ostensible heads! And yet all rity, and his matter is the dullest, was failure. In what light are we most unidea'd, and prosaic stuff that to regard this, but as the signal tricould possibly be engendered in the umph of the renewed Conservative brain of a dull man. Grote is some spirit of England ! what brisker, but equally trite and commonplace. One frenzy has got Mr Kavanagh, the member for into his head, that he is the chosen Carlow, has lately died. He was, of apostle of the ballot. A foolish man, course, abhorred by the faction whose craving for rabble popularity, is na- member he displaced, on proof of corturally delighted with having made ruption and intimidation. He had such a subject his own. He accord- interfered terribly with the Great ingly brings forward his motion once Agitator's pleasant and well-known a session, and at intervals, drags it pecuniary arrangement with the notoin as a makeweight to his harangues, rious Raphael ; and Mr O'Connell aclet the subject be what it may. Thus, cordingly insulted him on his deathbed. The heroism of the Agitator always ers on the occasion were his son-inloves a safe subject. While this gen- law, Colonel Bruen, and his brothertleman was known to be suffering in-law, Lord Dunlo, who were accomunder a mortal malady, and obviously panied by most of the gentry in the approaching the grave, the honest and county, with their servants and equipmanly Agitator took his revenge in the ages. following decent expressions, before the mob in Carlow “ Poor old Ka- A remarkably interesting collection vanagh! Alas, poor Kavanagh. of Etruscan antiquities has been just (Laughter.) If he had not made the opened in Pall-mall, London. The colfatal alliance he did, one would be lection also contains many fine Greek glad that he would sink into his grave reliques. The proprietor is an intelliin that peaceful obscurity in which, gent Italian, Signor Campanari, whose for his own sake, he ought to have treasures, we should hope, the liberality remained, and not have the dead cats of the English nation will regard as a fit and dogs of the neighbourhood thrown accession to the British museum. The into it along with him.” The Dublin land of Etruria appears to have been Mail says that Mr Kavanagh was still one great mausoleum. The spade alive while this fine hint was given to constantly turns up urns and fragthe villain hearers of the Agitator. ments of urns. It is probable that a It was not, however, acted upon. vast amount of those most beautiful The remains of this much revered and works of art, where the feeling of the respected gentleman were conveyed poet and the grace of the artist are so from Borris House to the family vault wonderfully combined, may be hidden at St Mullins, amid the cries and la- from this generation, to be reserved mentations of hundreds of the poor for the renewed curiosity of the future. peasantry and their families, who lived The soil seems inexhaustible. The upon his bounty for years. So heart. spectator, on entering the exhibition, rending a scene was never witnessed. is first shown a chamber, arranged so On the hearse passing through the as to represent the inside of one of the gates into the town of Borris, the peo- tombs from which the reliques have ple congregated round the remains of been obtained. " The original chamhim who was their friend and bene- ber had been lately discovered on the factor, uttering curses “ both loud and ancient road leading from Toscanella deep" on the heartless miscreants who (Tuscania) to Corneto (Tarquinia). would dare insult the memory of the In the thickness of the wall at the enmost kind-hearted and honourable man trance are painted two Charons, or that this country ever produced—the guardians at the gate of the dead, with man who fed the hungry, clothed the strange and disagreeable countenances, naked, and whose doors were ever after the Etruscan fashion. Both of open to give a friendly reception to them bear the double mace, to chasthe stranger. The funeral extended tise the wicked who might attempt to about two miles of the road to St Mul. violate the tranquillity of the tombs; lins, every part of his extensive estates one of them is also armed with a pouring forth their tributary streams scythe." to swell the melancholy procession. The second chamber is the fac simile There were twenty-one clergymen of of one which was discovered on the the Established Church in attendance; road leading from Tuscania to Tarand, on arriving at the burial-ground, quinia, at a little distance from the forthere could not be less than 10,000 mer. “ It seems to have been the persons present. The funeral service sepulchre of a whole family, from the was performed by the Rev. Mr Hawk. number of urns which it contains." shaw, vicar of St Mullins. After These urns are, in fact, oblong stone sarwhich an eloquent and appropriate cophagi, of which this division of the sermon was delivered by the Rev. P. collection contains four. On the top Roe of Kilkenny. Throughout the or lid of the first is the recumbent whole day not a person could be seen statue of a priest of Bacchus, in fine in the fields ; the people having aban- preservation, holding in his hand the doned their usual pursuits to pay their prafericulum; his head is surroundlast respects to the remains of their ed by a chaplet of ivy leaves. In the lamented landlord. The chief mourns sarcophagus the skull is exposed to view, surrounded with a similar chap- estimate to be made of its value. It let of pure gold, well wrought. The would be writing a treatise on Etruscan sarcophagus contains also many curi- antiquity to describe its contents with Ous objects of antique worship. On the accuracy their elegance, value, and the lid of an opposite sarcophagus is antiquity deserve. the figure of a recumbent female, and within it is seen the skull, surrounded
THE RADICAL FEAST. with a chaplet of gold myrtle leaves. Drury's in a glorious bustle, The other sarcophagi in this apart Radicals to see the fun come; ment are surmounted with two figures, Harlequin by baby Russell, apparently of older persons, but well Pantaloon by “sweet Tom Duncombe." executed, and in perfect preservation. The sides of these coffins are all Butter Byng is quite pathetic; adorned with alto reliefs of good
Bathos more in Joseph's way; workmanship. In the third chamber Gaffer Grote is all prophetic, is the sarcophagus of a warrior: it is And (though moistened) dry is Clay. open on the top. Within are seen the skull of the deceased, covered with a
Now the pantomime begins, casque of the Greek shape, an enor
Off at once go all disguises ; mous circular shield, capable, from its
Patriots in their proper skius,
Asses of all shapes and sizes. convexity, of holding a great quantity of water, and differing totally from the
Molesworth, great a goose as ever, Venetian shields and the shields of later
With his mercenary quill; ages ; the greaves, or leg pieces of the Sir John Donkey, Parkes the clever, warrior, of brass ; and a sword and Scales, the genuine butcher still. lance of iron, much rusted, but yet in comparatively good preservation. The All is now a gallant tussle reliefs on the side of this coffin, which (Patriots scoff at hulks and jail); is of soft stone, are admirable, and Screams with rapture Baby Russell, show a very high state of the arts : Lowest tip of Daniel's tail. they represent the immolation of human victims. This coffin is the finest Harlequin now waves his dagger thing in the collection. In the fourth (Magic king of paint and lath); chamber there is another sarcophagus, Joey Hume starts up to swagger, surmounted with an alto relief, as large Full of pudding, port, and wrath. as life, of a recumbent figure. The walls are decorated with copies of the
Ladies, have you read the fable original paintings found in the actual
Of the lap-dog and the ass ? excavations. In the rooms up stairs
Joey jumps upon the table,
Makes his bow, and drains his glass. some very fine specimens of Etruscan and Greek vases are displayed, with
Then commences his harangue, urns, patere, drinking cups, &c. Some of those are most elaborately painted.
Stuttering, shambling, loose and low;
Nonsense half, half rabble-slang, The walls of the room are covered
Middlesex's true Jim Crow! with copies from paintings found in the tombs, and all remarkable for their com. So concludes the day of wonders, position, correct drawing, and spirit. England, England, blush for shame; In addition to all this, there is a small Why still sleep the indignant thunders ? collection of gems set in pure gold; Rise and vindicate thy name! and very beautiful and delicately manufactured ear-rings, representing the Preparatory to the meeting of Parchariot of the sun, drawn by four liament the Whigs have given away horses : the shape of these earrings is six peerages. This may be a good perfectly of the present fashion, and Whig maneuvre, to tell the world the the workmanship is equal to any thing terms on which they are ready to hire for produced by modern jewellers. There the session. But it is rather a strong is also a gold bracelet of good work- measure after all. The Whigs at all manship ; with a neck chain of pure times have been the loudest to exclaim gold, elaborately executed, &c.
at the prostitution of public honours. This notice can furnish only a vague “ If ever they should come into power, notion of the collection. It is only a then would the reign of merit begin ; personal view that can enable a just ability, virtue, and public services alone would be acknowledged; while medi. Yet this is the man whom the Cabinet ocrity would be left to its fate.” It is have made a Lord and a Legislator! remarkable, in total contradiction to those promises, that since the luckless
A SIMILE. accession of the Whigs, not one man They tell us that the traveller, of any public merit whatever has been Who wants to cross an Alpine pass, raised to the Peerage. And now Lest his own timid steps should err, they have advanced, at one stroke of Gets on the outside of an ass ; the pen, six men utterly undistin. There, helpless, he is forced to sit, guished by ability, personal acquire. While the beast takes his beastly pleament, public effort, or any exemption sure, from the fattest order of fat, contented Pausing at every ugly pit, ignorance." Is it not fair to ask, what Or ambling onward at his leisure. does the nation know of Lords Howard of Effingham, Ducie, and Yar Sit quiet, and the stubborn brute borough? What of the new Barons,
Is sure of making no miscarriage ; Messrs Portman, Hanbury, and Fraser?
So strong his nous, so firm his foot,
'Tis just like riding in your carriage ; Nothing on earth. It was scarcely known even that they are hangers-on
But if you goad his hide, he feels of the Whigs. But the case of the
Insulted, and resents the evil,
Up, in a moment, go his heels, sixth, Thomas Alexander Fraser of
And you go headlong to the d-1.
Must go just where O'Connell pleases, The title of Lord Lovat, forfeited in Must follow this, or t'other track, the rebellion of 1745, and whose pos- Just as the whim O'Connell seizes. sessor at that time forfeited his head Yes, though he sees destruction near, on Tower-hill for his treason, was ex. And ruin all around him lying, cluded from the list of the Scottish He dares not move a limb, for fear titles restored on George IV.'s The beast should punish him by shying. visit to Scotland in 1822. Among the reasons for this exception were, Monck Mason's narrative of the that the present T. A. Fraser, the great balloon expedition to Germany holder of the Lovat estates, was not is a remarkably curious and interestonly a Roman Catholic, but could not ing detail. In process of time this doprove his lineal descent from the cument will be treasured, as the logattainted Lord. Two attempts made book of the Argonauts might have before the Committee of Privileges been by the Colchians or Greeks. utterly failed. But what makes the The variety of ascents which Mr matter still more extraordinary, there Green had made, amounting to 226, is an actual claimant of the title in had justly taken off a good deal of the the field, as being of the male line, nervousness natural to the feelings of and his claims were on the eve of one swept up three or four miles into being submitted to the House of Peerz. the air, and flying over the earth at the The natural result of conferring the rate of forty miles an hour. But his title in the singular way in which it dexterity had produced two improvehas been done, must be, to put an end ments of the first importance. One to the claim, which may, after all, be was, the use of coal-gas in place of hy. the right one: the demand of the na- drogen. The expense of the hydrotural claimant may be thus prejudged, gen, and its affinity for the atmosand the true Lord Lovat forced to see phere, rendered it a most difficult and his honours borne away by a pre- wasteful mode of inflation. The still tender. Another remarkable point in more important invention was, that of this case is, that it is the first instance the guide rope, a rope of considerable of the creation of a Papist Peer length and magnitude, trailing on the since the days of James II. Mr ground, and if over the sea, with a Fraser, who is henceforth to assist in sufficient quantity of water, liquid balmaking laws for Protestants, is a wor- last, contained in vessels drawn along shipper of the Virgin, a worshipper of the surface. This invention promises St Peter, and all other saints, nominal to approach nearer to the required and real, according to the command of means of directing the balloon than his church, and a subject of the Pope. any other which has been suggested.