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The poor interpreter was confounded, are worthy of being one of us.” and unable to utter a word in his defence. this is the custom," added Dıvan Effendi At this critical moment, however, Messrs. (his Secretary.) “Your Happiness knows Fernandez, Pambonc, and others who that the friends (Franks) have many cushave access to the Pacha, interposed; and toms different from ours, and often such as it was some time before they could reduce are very riaiculous. For instance, if they his Highness to reason; his passion had wish to salute a person, they bare their thrown him into an hysterical hiccup. heads, and scrape with their right foot When his Highness was a little recovered, backwards ; instead of situng down comMr. Fernandez endeavoured to explain to fortably on a sofa to rest themselves, they him that there was no question about bu- sit on little wooden chairs, as if they were siness: that the ulemas of Frankfort were about to be shaved : they eat the pillao possessed of no stock but books, and had with spoons, and the meat with pincers ; do capital. “ So much the worse," replied but what seems most laughable is, that the Pacha; “ then they are sahhaftehi, they humbly kiss the hands of their wo(booksellers,) who carry on their business men, who, instead of the yashmak, (veil,) without money, like the Franks at Cairo carry straw baskets on their heads; and that and Alexandria." “Oh, no, they are no they mix sugar and milk with their coffee." sahhaftehi, but ulemas, kiatibs, (authors,) This last sally set the whole assembly (his physicians, philoussoufs, &c., who are Highness excepted) in a roar of laughter. only engaged in science. “ Well,” said Among those who stood near the fountain he, and what am I then to do in their in the middle of the hall, several exclaimsociety; I, a Pacha of three horse tails ?" ed with respect to the coffee with sugar
Nothing at all, your Highness, like per- and milk, Kiafirler! (Ah, ye infidels !) haps most of the members of their society, In the end the Pacha was pacified, and but by receiving you into their society, “ All's well that ends well;" but it had these gentlemen intended to show you been better, it seems, if, according to the their respect and gratitude.” “That is a customs of the east, the society of Frankstrange custom, indeed,” cried the Pacha, fort had sent the Pacha the unquestionable “ to show respect to a person by telling civility of a present, that he could have or writing to him in funny letters—you applied to some use.
ST. BRIDE'S CHURCH.
its last internal decoracions were effected On the 11th of January, 1825, a sketch in 1824. In it are interred Thomas of this church was taken from a second- Flatman the poet, Samuel Richardson the floor window in the house No. 115, Fleet- novelist, and William Bingley, a bookstreet, which stands on the opposite seller, remarkable for his determined side of the way to that whereon the and successful resistance to interrogaopening was made by the late fire; and tories by the court of King's Bench-a the subjoined engraving from the sketch practice which that resistance abated is designed to perpetuate the appearance for ever: his latter years were through that opening. Till then, it had ployed, or rather were supported, by the been concealed from the view of passen- kindness of the venerable and venerated gers through Fleet-street by the houses John Nichols, Esq. F.S. A. whose family destroyed, and the conflagration has been tablet of brass is also in this church. As rightly deemed a favourable opportunity an ecclesiastical edifice, St. Bride's is for endeavouring to secure a space of confessedly one of the most elegant in sufficient extent to render the church a the metropolis : an unobstructed view of public ornament to the city. To at least it is indispensable therefore to the na. one person, professionally unskilled, the tional character. Appeals which will spire of St. Bride's appears more chaste and enable the committee to purchase the effective than the spire of Bow. In 1805, interests of individuals on the requisite it was 234 feet high, which is thirty-two site are now in progress, and can scarcely feet higher than the Monument, but be unheeded by those whom wealth, taste, having been struck by lightning in that and liberality dispose to assist in works of year, it was lowered to its present public improvement. The engraved sketch standard,
does not claim to be more than such a St. Bride's church was built by sir representation as may give a distant Christopher Wren, and completed in reader some grounds for determining 1680. It has been repeatedly beautified: whether a vigorous effort to save a build
ing of that appearance from enclosure this month, and are entitled to a place in a second time ought rot now to be made. this sheet. The proceedings for that purpose are in
St. Bride's Church, London, as it appeared Jan. 11, 1825.
Card-playing. This diversion, resorted to at visitings better man than bishop Jeremy Taylor." during the twelve days of Christmas, as Certainly not; and therefore an objector of ancient custoin, continues without to this pastime will do well to read the abatement during the prolongation of reasoning of the whole passage as it stands friendly meetings at this season. Persons at the end of the archdeacon's printed who are opposed to this recreation from sermon: if he desire further, let lui pereligious scruples, do not seem to distin- ruse Jeremy Taylor's “ advices." guish between its use and its abuse. Mr. Cards are not here introduced with a Archdeacon Butler refers to the “harm- view of seducing parents to rear their less mirth and innocent amusements of sons as gamblers and blacklegs, or their society," in his sermon on “Christian Li- daughters to berty," before the duke of Gloucester, and “a life of scandal, an old age of cards ;" the university of Cambridge, on his roya. but to impress upon them the importance highness's installation as chancellor, June of not morosely refusing to participate 30, 1811. The archdeacon quotes, as a in" what the archdeacon refers to, as of note on that point in his sermon, a re
the “harmless mirth and innocent amusemarkable passage from Jeremy Taylor, ments of society." Persons who are who says, “ that cards, &c. are of them- wholly debarred from such amusements selves lawful, I do not know any reason in their infancy, frequently abuse a pleato doubt. He can never be suspected, in sure they have been wholly restrained any criminal sense, to tempt the Divine from, by excessive indulgence in it on the Providence, who by contingent things re- first opportunity. This is human nature: creates his labour. As for the evil ap- let the string be suddenly withdrawn pendages, they are all separable from from the overstrained bow, and the rethese games, and they may be separated laxation of the bow is violent. by these advices, &c.” On the citation, Look at a juvenile card-party-not at which is here abridged, the archdeacon that which the reader sees represented in remarks, “Such are the sentiments of one the engraving, which is somewhat varied of the most truly pious and most pro- from a design by Stella, who grouped foundly learned prelates that ever adorned boys almost as finely as Fiamingo moany age or country; nor do I think that delled their forms—but imagine a juvenile the most rigid of our disciplinarians can party closely jeated round a large table, produce the authority of a wiser or a with a Pope Joan board in the middle;
each well supplied with mother-o'-pearl versary, who has slipt a wrong card, to fish and counters, in little Chinese orna- take it up and play another. Of such it wented red and gold trays; their faces and may be said that they do not play at the candles lighting up the room; their cards, but only play at playing at them. bright eyes sparkling after the cards, Sarah Battle was none of that breed; she watching the turn-up, or peeping into the detested them from her heart and soul; pool to see how rich it is; their growing and would not, save upon a striking anxiety to the rounds, till the lucky card emergency, willingly seat herself at the decides the richest stake; then the shout same table with them. She loved a thoout of “Rose has got it!” “It's Rose's !" rough-paced partner, a determined enemy. “Here, Rose, here they are-take 'em all; She took and gave no concessions; she here's a lot !" Emma, and John, and Al- hated favours; she never made a revoke, fred, and William's hands thrust forth to nor ever passed it over in her adversary, help her to the prize; Sarah and Fanny, without exacting the utmost forfeiture. the elders of the party, laughing at their She sat bolt upright, and neither showed eagerness; the more sage Matilda check- you her cards, nor desired to see yours. ing it, and counting how many fish Rose All people have their blind side their has won; Rose, amazed at her sudden superstitions; and I have heard her dewealth, talks the least; little Samuel, who clare, under the rose, that Hearts was her is too young to play, but has been allowed favourite suit. I never in my life (and I a place, with some of the "pretty fish” be- knew Sarah Battle many of the best years fore him, claps his hands and halloos, and of it) saw her take out her snuflbox when throws his playthings to increase Rose's it was her turn to play, or snuff a candle treasure; and baby Ellen sits in “ in the middle of a game, or ring for a serther's” lap, mute from surprise at the “up- vant till it was fairly over.
She never roar wild," till a loud crow, and the quick introduced, or connived at, miscellaneous motion of her legs, proclaim her delight at conversation during its process : as, she the general joy, which she suddenly sus. emphatically observed, cards were cards. pends in astonishment at the many fingers A grave simplicity was what she chiefly pointed towards her, with “ Look at baby! admired in her favourite game. There iook at baby !" and gets smothered with was nothing silly in it, like the nob in kisses, from which “mother” vainly en- cribbage-nothing superfluous. To condeavours to protect her. And so they go fess a truth, she was never greatly taken on, till called by Matilda to a new game, with cribbage. It was an essentially and “mother” bids them to “go and sit vulgar game, I have heard her say,—disdown, and be good children, and not puting with her uncle, who was very parmake so much noise:” whereupon they tial to it. She could never heartily bring disperse in their chairs; two or three of her mouth to pronounce 'go,' or “ that's the least help up Samuel, who is least of a go.' She called it an ungrammatical all, and “mother” desires them to “take game. The pegging teased her. I once care, and mind he does not fall.” Matilda knew her to forfeit a rubber, because she then gives him his pretty fish “ to keep would not take advantage of the turn-up him quiet ;" begins to dress the board for knave, which would have given it her, a new game; and once more they are but which she must have claimed by the as merry as grigs."
disgraceful tenure of declaring two for In contrast to the jocund pleasure of his heels.' Sarah Battle was a gentlechildren at a round game, take the pic- woman born.” These, omitting a few ture of “ old Sarah Battle," the whist- delicate touches, are her features by the player. “A clear fire, a clean hearth, hand of Elia. “No inducement,” he says, and the rigour of the game," was her ce- “ could ever prevail upon her to play at lebrated wish. “ She was none of your her favourite game for nothing." And lukewarm gamesters, your half-and-half then he adds, « With great deference to players, who have no objection to take a the old lady's judgment on these matters, hand, if you want one to make up a rub- I think I have experienced some moments ber; who affirm that they have no plea- in my life when playing at cards for sure in winning; that they like to win nothing has even heen agreeable. When one game, and lose another; that they Jam in sickness, or not ju the best spirits can wile away an hour very agreeably at I sometimes call for the cards, and play a card-table, but are indifferent whether a game at piquet for love with my cousin they play or no; and will desire an ad. Bridget-Bridget Elia" Cousin Bridget and the gentle Elia seem beings of that age beautiful effect, and form a delightful wherein lived Pamela, whom, with “old shade in hot weather. Vessels of all Sarah Battle," we may imagine entering kinds are frequently moored to these their room, and sitting down with them to trees, but Leyden being an inland town, a square game. Yet Bridget and Elia live the greater part of those which happened in our own times : she, full of kindness to to be in the Rapenburg were country all, and of soothings to Elia especially;-he, vessels. Several yachts, belonging to no less kind and consoling to Bridget, in parties of pleasure from the Hague and all simplicity holding converse with the other places, were lying close to the world, and, ever and anon, giving us scenes newly arrived vessel, and no person was inat Metzu and De Foe would admire, aware of the destructive cargo it contained. and portraits that Denner and Hogarth A student of the university, who, a: would rise from their graves to paint. about a quarter past four o'clock in the
afternoon, was passing through a street
from which there was a view of the Ra January 12.
peuburg, with the canal and vessels,
related the following particulars to the St. Arcadius. St. Benedict Biscop, or editor of the Monthly Magazine :--Bennet. St. Ælred, Tygrius.
" At that moment, when every thing St. Benedict Biscop, or Bennet. was perfectly tranquil, and most of the Butler says he was in the service of Oswi, respectable families were sitting down king of the Northumbrians; that at twenty- to dinner in perfect security, at that five years old he made a pilgrimage to instant, I saw the vessel torn from its Rome, returned and carried Alcfrid, the moorings; a stream of fire burst from son of Oswi, back to the shrines of the it in all directions, a thick, black cloud apostles there, became a monk, received enveloped all the surrounding parts and the abbacy of Sts. Peter and Paul, Canter- darkened the heavens, whilst a burst, bury, resigned it, pilgrimaged again to louder and more dreadful than the Rome, brought home books, relics, and loudest thunder, instantly followed, and religious pictures, founded the monastery vibrated through the air to a great disof Weremouth, went to France for tance, burying houses and churches in masons to build a church to it, obtained one common ruin. For some moments glaziers from thence to glaze it, pil- horror and consternation deprived every grimaged to Rome for more books, one of his recollection, but an univers relics, and pictures, built another mo- sal exclamation followed, of “() God, nastery at Jarrow on the Tine, adorned what is it?” Hundreds of people might his churches with pictures, instructed be seen rushing out of their falling his monks in the Gregorian chant and houses, and running along the streets, Roman ceremonies, and died on this not knowing what direction to take; day in 690. He appears to have had a many falling down on their knees in love for literature and the arts, and, with the streets, persuaded that the last day a knowledge superior to the general was come; others supposed they had attainment of the religious in that eariy been struck by lightning, and but few age, to have rendered his know.edge sub- seemed to conjecture the real cause. servient to the Romish church.
In the midst of this awful uncertainty, the cry of “O God, what is it?" again
sounded mournfully through the air, but 1807. The 12th of January in that it seemed as if none could answer the year is rendered remarkable by a fatal dreadful question. One conjecture folaccident at Leyden, in Holland. A lowed another, but at last, when the vessel loaded with gunpowder entered black thick cloud which had enveloped one of the largest canals in the Rapen- the whole city had cleared away a liitle, burg, a street inhabited chiefly by the the awful truth was revealed, and soon most respectable families, and moored to all the inhabitants of the city were seca a tree in front of the house of professor rushing to the ruins to assist ihe sufferers. Rau, of the university. In Holland, There were five large schools on the almost every street has a canal iu the Rapenburg, and all at the time full of middle, faced with a brick wall up to the children. The horror of the parents and level of the street, and with lime trees relations of these youthful victims is not planted on buth sides, which produce a to be described or even imagined; and