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was placed naked on a table. By the was the doctor who had attended me. conversation of the two fellows with But still I was as dead : I could, howthe servant who admitted them, I ever, discover among the students the learnt that I was that night to be dis- faces of many with whom I was fasected.
miliar; and when my eyes were openMy eyes were still shut, I saw noth-ed, I heard my name pronounced by ing ; but in a short time I heard, by several of the students, with an accent the bustle in the room, that the stu- . of awe and compassion, and a wish dents of anatomy were assembling. that it had been some other subject. Some of them came round the table, When they had satisfied themselves and examined me minutely. They were with the galvanic phenomena, the depleased to find that so good a subject monstrator took the knife, and pierced had been procured. The demonstra- me on the bosom with the point. I tor himself at last came in.
felt a dreadful crackling, as it were, Previous to beginning the dissection, throughout my whole frame—a conhe proposed to try on me some galvanic vulsive shuddering instantly followed, experiment—and an apparatus was ar- and a shriek of horror arose from ali ranged for that purpose. The first present. The ice of death was broken shock vibrated through all my nerves: up my trance ended. The utmost they rung and jangled like the strings exertions were made to restore me, and of a harp. The students expressed in the course of an hour I was in the their admiration at the convulsive ef- full possession of all my faculties. fect. The second shock threw my eyes open, and the first person
ORIGINAL ANECDOTES LITERARY NEWS-REMARKABLE INCIDENTS, &c.
(English Magazines, &c. Nov.)
marked his Majesty's conduct in his short When the yacht was endeavouring to excursion to Calais : when the yacht arrivdouble the Lands-end (on the return from ed off that port, it was blowing hard, with a Ireland) the weather was terrific; it blew heavy sea running, the waves rolling in a hurricane, and seemed settling in. Sir struck her on the weather side, and dashed Charles Paget told the King that he would furiously over her quarter-deck. It was not be answerable for the consequences of reported, that as his Majesty's barge was persevering: His Majesty said, “ Paget, pot arrived, and no means of ensuring a do nothing but what is right ; act as you safe landing, were at hand, they must stand would do if I were not here."
out to sea for the night. The King asked if In altering the course to run for Milford, there was no French boat ; a French fish. a thick fog came on, and it was impossible ing-boat was dancing before the yacht at to see a ship's length; the gale increased, the moment; the people offered their serand Sir Charles naturally anxious in hav- vices. Sir Edmund Nagle and Sir Charles ing a charge so precious in his care as our Paget (both experienced naval officers) beloved King, again felt it his duty to state wished to deter his Majesty from going, but the danger in which he thought the vessel. he called to the Frenchmen in their own His Majesty received the communication language, and asked them if they could carwith the greatest coolness, and again desir. ry him safe ashore; they affirmed that they ed him not to think about him.
could: upon which his Majesty, turning Still the weather grew worse, and while with a smile to his nautical attendants, said, the yacht was under bare poles, or nearly so,
“Come-I am quite sure you don't mind a a sea struck her wheel, and unshipped her ducking;" and instantly went down the tiller ropes; to any person acquainted with side-they of course followed. nautical matters, this occurrence in a storm, The boat having got entangled in some needs no remark; and Sir Charles felt it ropes which were adrift, a sea completely his duty to dispatch an officer to report the washed the whole crew. Sir Charles Paaccident to the King. “Tell Paget,” said get, alarmed for the King, was about to seize the Monarch, " that I am quite satisfied in the helm, when the King touching his arm, having as gallant and skilful officers, and said, “ Be quiet, my good friend, leave the as active a crew as Europe can produce Frenchmen to manage their own boat in for the rest we must rely upon Providence.” their own way, and I'll be bound for them,
Similar fortitude and presence of mind they shall land us safe."
They however struck three times on the that arose from the publication.
« A barbar, and were very nearly swamped. gain be it,” said Ramsay. Mr. Thomson À LATE DUKE OF NORTHUMBERLAND. what is said above, Mr. Thomson, the au
delivered him the manuscript. So, from After the fatal attack of Bunker's Hill in thor of “The Seasons," is the author of America, Earl Percy gave to the widow of “The Gentle Shepherd,” and Allan Ramsay every soldier in his regiment, who fell in is the father of it. This, I believe, is the the battle, an immediate benefaction of sev
truth.-An Old Shepherd from Logan House, en dollars; he paid their passage home, G. D. Oct. 3, 1821.” Such is the story i and ordered five guineas to be given to but it seems very improbable. each of them on landing in Britain. His humanity to the sick and wounded whom
MIRACLE. he supplied with wine, fresh provisions, &c., The Gasette de Lyon, of the 14th, conand his generosity to their families during tains the following article :-"A Nun of their long stay at Boston, were unparallel. this city had, for several years, been coned. He had a large tent provided for every fined to her bed by illness; and, from some company at his own expense, to accommo- singular cause, her whole body was in a date the women ; and he made it a rule to state of putrefaction, though her senses still receive no other servants into his family retained their full vigour. This woman died but soldiers or their wives. Though his some time ago, and her body was buried in regiment was distinguished for its admirable the vault of the convent. Her brother, discipline, yet he never suffered his men to whose sentiments were very different from be struck; but won them to their duty by those of the deceased nun, and who was generous treatment, by rewards, and by generally looked upon as a strong-minded his own excellent example, requiring no man, descended into the vault to see the service from the meanest sentinel which he body. He cast his eyes on the corpse; the was not ready to share with them, whether head was uncovered, and the countenance as to hardship, danger or fatigue.
which, during life, had been pale and ema
ciated, suddenly assumed the hue of health, THE PERCY's.
It is added, that the dead nun, who had The Abbe De Percy, some time after the long made useless efforts to convert her commencement of the revolution in France, brother, exclaimed with a loud voice, was obliged to fly from his living in Nor “ Wretched man! think on thy salvation!" mandy to England. Soon after his arri
“It is not accurately known whether val in London, he was hustled in New these words were really produced. They Street, Covent Garden, and robbed of twen
were heard only by the individual to whom ty guineas, which he had received but a they were addressed, and this part of the few minutes before at Sir Robert Herries's. story is somewhat destitute of the proofs. With the remainder of his little property, he usually required to corroborate facts of so went to Bath, where it was soon expended. extraordinary a nature. It has, however, In this dilemma, his countrymen there re been alleged, by credible witnesses, that the minded him, that he was related to the Eng- body of the nun, which, during her life, lish Percy's, and, as the Duke of Northum
was in a state of putrefaction, has resumed berland was at that time there, they advised the fresh and natural appearance of health. him to apply to his Grace for relief. The
“ The brother of the nun was so terrified Abbe immediately wrote to the duke, who by the miracle of which he was a witness, returned a polite answer, and requested a that he has entered a convent of Trapistes." few days for investigation. In the meantime, his Grace wrote to Lord Harcourt, at
BENEVOLENT GAMESTERS. whose house the Duc d'Harcourt resided,
A very respectable gentleman, who had and enquired whether the Abbe was one of an aversion to cards, but did not wish to the Percys of Normandy; soon after which, seem unfashionable in a family where he he transmitted to his new cousin a gold box, often visited, and where public days for with a bank note inclosed in it for one thou: play were set apart, found himself under sand pounds, and a general invitation to the necessity of playing deep. It was his his table, which was from that day open to good fortune, however, generally to be suchim.
cessful. After some years of intimacy, the
master of this family took him aside one LITERARY DISCOVERY.
day, and imparted to him the melancholy. The Edinburgh Star says, “ About 30 secret, that his affairs were in a most embaryears ago, there was a respectable old man, rassed state. The gentleman expressed of the name of John Steel, who was well his concern at his friend's distress, and enacquainted with Allan Ramsay; and he treated him not to despair. told John Steel himself, that when Mr. On his return home, he opened a private Thomson, the author of “ The Seasons," drawer in his bureau, in which he had was in his shop at Edinburgh, getting him- nightly deposited his winnings at the card self shaven, Ramsay was repeating some of tables in his friend's house; and the next his poems. Mr. Thomson says to him, “I day, he insisted on refunding the sum this have something to emit to the world, but I inconsiderate man and his family had lost. do not wish to father it." Ramsay asked It was sufficient to save his friend from inwhat be would give him, and he would fath- stant imprisonment, and to give a turn to er it. Mr. Thomson replied, all the profit his affairs; but he restored it only on condi
tion that they should never play at cards scanty, it is extremely fertile, and has en again.
excellent harbour. Hydra, with only The late General Scott, so celebrated for 20,000 inhabitants, has fitted out several his success in gaming, was one evening formidable squadrons since the commenceplaying very deep with the Count D'Artois, ment of hostilities, and is celebrated and the Duke de Chartres, at Paris, when throughout the Mediterranean for the exa petition was brought up from the widow cellence as well as bravery of its seamen, of a French officer, stating her various mis- whose intrepidity could not have been ex fortunes, and praying relief; a plate was
ceeded by the heroes of Salamis and My. handed round, and each put in one, two, or
cale. three louis d'ors; but when it was held to
HYDROGEN EXPLOSION. the general, who was going to throw for a A dreadsul accident occurred on the 9th stake of five hundred louis d'ors, he said, Aug. 1821, in the department of Saone et " Stop a moment if you please, sir, here Loire. A considerable mass of sulphurated goes for the widow!" The throw was suc- hydrogen gas had accumulated in a coalcessful; and he instantly swept the whole mine during a suspension of the works. into the plate,' and sent it down to her. The workmen, on the renewal of their la
Many years since, a Mr. Bradshaw had bour, had descended the mine to the depthe won about £200 at a gaming table. A yen- of 550 feet, when a loud explosion took tleman standing behind him, exclaimed, place, and a column of fire was seen to rise ( How happy should I be with that sum !"
52 feet above the entrance to the pit. Bradshaw, without looking at him, handed Seventeen men, fourteen of whom left famithe purse of money over his shoulder. The lies, were the victims of this fatal catastrostranger took it, fitted himself out for In- phe. dia, and in a few years acquired a large for.
LORD GORMANSTON. tune. On his return to England, he wait In the month of October, 1816, the Mary, ed on Mr. B. to whom he made himself of Glasgow, was stranded near Balbriggan known, and offered restitution. Mr. B. in Scotland. On the vessel filling, the unhowever declined accepting it; but he soon fortunate seamen lashed themselves in the afterwards received from the gentleman a shrouds, and every attempt to relieve theru present of much greater value.
proved inefsectual from the heavy swell and
surf. Two days afterwards, Lord GormanCasimir II. King of Poland, received a
ston, who had been made acquainted with blow from a Polish gentleman, named Ko
the shipwreck, offered two hundred gune as narski, who had lost all he possessed while to six gallant fellows, if they would renplaying with the prince. Scarcely was the
ture to rescue the seamen from their periblow given, when sensible of the enormity lous situation. They immediately pushed of his crime, he betook himself to fight, of in a stout boat; and at the great hazard but was soon apprehended by the king's of their own lives, brought the whole crew guards, and condemned to lose bis head. Casimir, who waited for himn in silence 'Mr. Filgate, of Lowther Lodge, added
on shore though almost in a lifeless state. amid his courtiers, as soon as he saw him twenty guineas to the handsome reward of appear, said, “I am not surprised at the his lordship. conduct of this gentleman. Not being able to revenge himself on fortune, it is not to COLUMBIAN PRINTING PRESS. be wondered at, that he has ill-treated his The Columbian Press has been recently friend. I am the only one to blame in this introduced into the printing office of M. affair, for I ought not by my example, to Didot at Paris; and so favourable a report encourage a pernicious practice which may was made to the King of the Netherlands, be the ruin of my nobility.” Then tura- by a Committee of Printers, that his Majes. ing to the criminal, he said, “You I per- ty awarded to Mr. Clymer, the inventor, an ceive are sorry for your fault—that is suf- elegant gold medal, weighing between 11 ficient; take your money again, and let us and 12 oz.; on one side of which is a likerenounce gaming for ever."
ness of the King, and the other an appro
priate inscription, surrounded by a wreath. The following enumeration of a few of
SAMUEL BAILEY. the islands in the Grecian Archipelago will Died, Oct. 11, at the advanced age of 92, serve to give some idea of its importance Samuel Bailey, farmer, of Hale Common, generally :-Candia, 180 miles long, by Isle of Wight. He acquired upwards of from 20 to 30) in breadth ; population £10,000 by means the most degrading, 280,000, of whom more than two-thirds are The privations he and his family suffered Turks. Rhodes contains nearly 30,000 are almost incredible.
As bailiff to Mr. souls, and possesses one of the finest ports Thatcher, he saved some property, and be in Europe. The population of Samos came a small farmer ; but cattle were alamounts to 60,000,"all Greeks ; that of most strangers to his farm, as he and his Scio is estimated at 150,000 ; of whom there children used to perform their offices, even is but a small proportion of Turks. Eem- in ploughing, &c. Scarcely any of the ne nos contains 80,000, and not more than cessaries of life ever entered his roof: even 1,000 Mussulmen; that of Negropont is tea was unknown; and carcases of dead 16,000. Though the population of Milo is cattle and carrion were often bis food. Hit
- wisdom sound
avarice absorbed every other feeling. He atmosphere is more or less charged with it.
has published a letter in the Sporting Mag-
azine, in which he says, that one evening in Died, Oct. 11, at Clapham, aged 75, the latter end of July last, he observed a Mrs. Elizabeth Newbery, widow of Mr. rustling in a strawberry-bed in his garden, Francis Newbery, formerly of St. Paul's and found that a toad had just seized a Churchyard, after an illness of 16 years, en
field-mouse, which had got on the toad's dured with uncommon fortitude and resigna. back, scratching and biting to get released, tion
Mr. F.Newbery, the husband of Mrs. but in vain. The toad kept his hold, and as Newbery, was nephew of the celebrated Mr. the strength of the mouse failed, gradually John Newbery, the recollection of whom in drew the unfortunate little animal into his our infantile days, is strongly impressed on mouth, and gorged him.- Another corresour memory, by those delightful little Tales pondent in the same Magazine relates a
- The “ History of Goody Two Shoes," wonderful instance of the voracity of stoats. and of " Giles Gingerbread, who in
Some workmen, on removing a pile of fag
gots near a coppice, where it had lain about Sold useful learning by the pound."
five months, found 63 rabbit-skins and 25
hare-skins, all perfectly whole, besides fragMr. Francis Newbery pursued the same ments of skins ; on removing a few more line of publishing as his Uncle had so suc bundles they found six stoats, four of which cessfully begun, and continued it until his they killed, the other two escaped. It is decease in the year 1780;—his Widow then generally thought that stoats merely suck succeeded him, and added many an useful the blood of these animals, but this fact and engaging work to the stock of Juvenile proves that the opinion is erroneous. Literature ; on her relinquishing business in
DOG AND GOOSE. the year 1801, she was succeeded by the present publishers of the Gentleman's Mag. Barnet, in Hertfordshire, was observed to
A Canadian goose, kept lately at East azine, who with unabated zeal, are doing attach itself in the strongest and most affecmuch for the rising generation, by bringing tionate manner to the house dog, but never forward books which have a sure tendency presumed to go into the kennel except in to store the minds of youth with religious rainy weather ; whenever the dog barked, morals, and scientific and amusing informa- the goose would cackle, and run after the tion.
person she supposed the dog barked at, and AFRICAN SYMPATHY.
try to bite him by the heels. Sometimes A poor Negro walking towards Deptford, she would attempt to feed with the dog ; saw by the road side an old sailor of a difó but this the dog, who treated his faithful ferent complexion, with but one arm and companion with indifference, would not suftwo wouden legs. The worthy African im- fer. This bird would not go to the barn mediately took three halfpence and a far. with the others at night, unless driven by thing, his little all, from the side pocket of main force ; and when in the morning they his tattered trowsers, and forced them into were turned into the field, she would never the sailor's hand, while he wiped the tears stir from tie yard gate, but sit there the from his eye with the corner of his blue whole day in sight of the dog. At length patched jacket, and then walked away quite orders were given that she should no longer happy.
be molested ; being thus left to herself, she NATURAL BAROMETER.
ran about the yard with him all night, and
what is particularly remarkable, whenever The Mnemosyné, a Finland Journal, the dog went out of the yard and ran into makes mention of a singular stone, (therein the village, the goose always accompanied called meteorological) in the northern part bim, contriving to keep up with him by the of the province, which serves there as a sort assistance of herawings, and in this way of of public barometer. At the approach of running and Aving, followed him all over rain it takes a black or greyish black colour, the parish. This extraordinary affection of and when the weather changes to fair, it the roose towards the dog, which conbecomes covered with white spots. Ti is tinued till his death, two years after it probably an argillaceous substanre,contain was first observed, is supposed to have ing rock salt, or aminopiac, or altpetre,and originated in his having saved her from absorbing more or less of moisture, as the a fox, in the very moment of distress,
While the dog was ill, the goose never
LITERARY. quitted him, day or night, not even to feed; On the 1st of January, 1822, will be puband it was apprehended that she would have lished, a New Poem by the author of the been starved to death, had not a pan of widow of Nain, &c. entitled, Irad and Adah; corn been set every day close to the kennel. a Tale of the Flood. To which will be At this time, the goose generally sat in the added, Lyrical Poems, principally sacred; kennel, and would not suffer any one to ap- including Translations of several of the proach it, except the person who brought Psalms of David. the dog's, or her own food. The end of Mr. T. C. HANSARD, the eminent printer, this faithful bird was melancholy; for when will soon publish in one volume. 4to. ad usethe dog died, she would still keep posses- ful and elegant volume, called Typographia; sion of the kennel; and a new house dog an historical sketch of the Origin and Probeing introduced, which in size and colour gress of the Art of Printing ; with details of resembled that lately lost, the poor goose the latest improvements, and practical diwas unhappily deceived, and going into the rections for the mode of conducting the vakennel as usual, the new inhabitant seized rious branches of the art, including the proher by the throat and killed her.
cess of stereotyping, and of lithographic printing
THE NATIVE MELODY.
Stanzas, supposed to be repeated by an Exiles
And wake that wild impassion'd strain ;
Flash from my heart through every vein ! -
And conjures up, with viewless wand,
My early days, my native land!
Upon a far and foreign strand,
Fondly to press once more his hand ;
And talk, with heart-felt ecstasy,
Upon the hours of years gone by!
Remembrance of thy carrols wild,
By whom thy glory is reviled ;
To live, to die, to pass away
And mix with earth's neglected clay
These native accents, breathwg joy,
I sate, and listed, when a boy ;
Ah! ne'er from inspiration fell
Tones hymn'd so sweet, or loved so well!
Afar from all that blessed me, when
No! dear they are to me as then :
And more melodious far when sung