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"" The flycatcher is, of all our sum- “ this morning witnessed a rick of bar, “ mer birds, the most mute and the most“ ley, standing in a detached field, en“ familiar; it also appears the last of“ tirely stripped of its thatching, which " any. It builds in a vine, on a sweet-" this bunting effected by seizing the “ briar, against the wall of a house, or “ end of the straw, and deliberately " in the hole of a wall, or on the end of " drawing it out, to search for any grain “ a beam or plate, and often close to the " the ear might yet contain; the base " post of a door where the people are" of the rick being entirely surrounded “ going in and out all day long." " by the straw, one end resting on the And in p. 28 of White,
}" ground, the other against the mow" " There is one circumstance charac. lmow!), “ as it slid down from the sum“ teristic of this bird which seems to “ mit, and regularly placed, as if by " have escaped observation, and that is," the hand ; and so completely was the “ it takes its stand on the top of some " thatching pulled off, ihat the imme“ stake or post, from whence it springs“ diate removal of the corn became ne. “ forth on its prey, catching a fly in the “ cessary." “ air, and hardly ever touching the To inatch this story exactly, one must “ ground, but returning still to the have another such “ Naturalist;” but ~ same stand for many times together.” we will do our best to keep him in coun
As far as our own observation goes, tenance. In White, p. 106, we find : the stake out in the “ very middle of “The great titmouse, driven by stress the grass.plot,” is the least likely of all “ of weather, much frequents houses, places for the flycatcher : for there are" and in deep snows, I have seen this the fewest of the winged insects on “ bird, while it hung with 'its back which it feeds. Under a willow over “ downwards (to my no small delight hanging a rivulet, and on a post or stake " and admiration), draw straws length. in the bank or hedge in this situation, “ wise from out the eaves of thatched we have observed this little bird very“ houses, in order to pull out flies that active as White describes, swinging “ were concealed between them, and round in a very narrow circle, appa-“ that in such numbers that they quite rently without doing more than open its “ defaced the thatch, and gave it a ragwings, and seeming to catch something |“ ged appearance." every time.
The water ncut, page 310, compare The thrush is described by the “ Na- with WHITE, pages 50 and 58. The turalist” in pages 210 and in 249 and earth-worm, p. 343, compare with 250 ; and the passages may be found White, 216. In page 366, he says that in WHITE, pages 190 and 480 ; but we in the year 1827, the leaves of the sloe, have already gone so far beyond what whitethorn, crab, and some of the orwe intended, that we cannot quote the chard trees, were completely devoured long passages, and have scarcely room by caterpillars, and then he tells us, enough left for a short one or two that which we really cannot believe, thatwe cannot but point out.
I “ The chief singularity in all this was In bold assertions our author abounds, “ the appearance of the sloe-bush, all and the following is a good specimen; “ the foliage being consumed by insects, but even here we shall find that he has" or crisped away by severe winds, leavfoundation for what he says, and the “ ing the sprays profusely covered with astounding anecdote is clearly nothing “ the small young fruit, perfectly uninmore than an out-bidding of White," jured, and proceeding in its growth; whom he seems to think he has copied " so that, by the time the foliage was long enough. We take it from p. 248, 1“ renewed in August, it had obtained where, speaking of the , bunting, he “ its usual size. This was the case, too, says :
1" with the crab, and some of the or"It could hardly be supposed that “ chard fruits, presenting the unusual
this bird, not larger than a lark, is ca. " sight of fruit growing on the boughs “pable of doing serious injury ; yet Il" without leaves ?”
We have frequently witnessed the de-| the proprietor, of this work as well as vastations of caterpillars in this way, I of the Quarterly Review which recombut have invariably found, and always mends it so strongly to the public. heard, that the pest never arrives to such ! a height but a total failure of crop may be expected. One would think that a “ Naturalist," an “investigator," would/ THE LEADING NEWSPAPER have had the precise date of these occur
PRESS. rences, and then we should probably
(From Cobbett's Magazine.) " have found this work done so early in
THE EXAMINER. the spring that the young setting fruit have been as much the food of the ca
GENERALLY speaking, the Examiner terpillar as the leaf, and that, which is
is an excellent paper, both as to manner generally the case, all was eaten off at
and matter ; but it evidently proceeds the same time.
upon the belief, that the great changes As we said when we began this no
which are necessary in this country, tice, the book is a hash made up out of
un out of could be brought about by gentle the writings of real naturalists, and we means, if the holders of the reins of think just the opposite of what is power were sincerely desirous of seeing thought by the reviewer when he says
those changes effected. This is, doubtthat it does not « interfere with the less, the reason why we find the talents History of Selborne ;" for a large part
of the editor almost continually emof it is palpably taken from that unas-Proved upon matt
ployed upon matters which we consider suming and amusing work, in which we of minor importance when put in comhave the name of the author, are parison
parison with those on which the permabrought almost into his company and
nent interests of the country depend. that of his correspondents, and cannot
The Examiner is entitled to especial but yive implicit credit to all that he approbation on account of all that part affirms; in which the language is as
of it which is independent of politics. unaffected as the writer's ways, and in
As a weekly newspaper, it contains the which we are never offended by a cox
best information, conveyed in the best combical phrase from the beginning to
way. Its literary part is performed the end. In this respect, how different.
with most ability and most genuine is the author of the “little unpretending
taste. As a source of mere amusement, volume " so puffed off by the Quarterly lit is far more rational than any of the Review! To take one instance :' he rest; and, while it is never wanting in has stunbled upon the lucky discovery
entertainment, it never condescends, in that the word obnoxious is not com
its representations of life, to bring monly used in its strict classical sense, Merry-Andrew or
Merry-Andrew or Jack-Pudding on the so he must use it properly, and he plies stage. us with it constantly throughout his THE MORNING CHRONICLE. book : thus (page 148) “ When we We are afraid that this paper must “ consider the many casualties to which be classed with the Examiner. There “ old birds are obnoxious from their is an evident affinity between the minds “ tameness," &c. : and in p. 343, “Lit- of the conductors of the two. The “tle obnoxious to injury as this garden Morning Chronicle has, indeed, along “ snail appears to be," &c. In short, with the Examiner, supported the cause we see nothing in this little volume to of reform both honestly and powerfully. admire, except the paper, the print, and Honour, therefore, to whom honour is the plates (for, of the latter there are due. And, as the Morning Chronicle eleven very good ones) all to be attri- will, we fear, soon find that the present buted to the publisher, Mr. Murray; the men do not intend to propose the mea. only thing we have to say with respect Isures indispensable for our full relief, to whom, is, that we wish he had not we are not without hope of seeing its been certainly the publisher,and possibly energies, which are great, directed to
the accomplishment of those further that extension of corporeal length and reforms which the declarations of the breadth which afterwards gave the Ministers have made necessary. This newspapers the name of“ broad-sheet." paper is eminently prone to abstract | Iis thickness, of a purely spiritual kind, theory, and philosophical speculations. was always unbounded. The Morning Though it be true, that where there is Herald, we remember, first attracted smoke there will be fire also, we do, in this its modern readers by a series of police case, frequently find ourselves involved reports. They were too taking with a in the one without any flame from the certain class of people not to ensure a other bursting forth to enlighten our sale. Our respect for civility in landarkness. The editor, as a wit, is guage prevents us from expressing all sometimes happily sarcastic; as a man the disgust those “ reports ” excited in of reflection, he is not less sagacious, sous. The great want in the Herald is of long as he is content to explore his something to keep interest alive. In this proper element. See him out of that, it is more deficient than any other puband, though sometimes strikingly cor- lication we know. If you ever by chance rect, he is, more commonly, strangely meet anything in the Morning Herald erroneous. Like all divers in the deep, to rouse you above the medium of your he is apt to miss the precious object he spirits, its leaden “ leader” is sure to plunges for: the Chronicle's pearl, contain other matter of weight under when brought ashore, but too often which you must, unless naturally very turns out to be not worth a pean buoyant, be depressed to the bottom of
their scale. THE MORNING HERALD. The Herald is liked by many persons,
THE TIMES. because it is “ a thorn in the side ” of As this paper always makes it a point the Times ; not only as a rival for profit, to be on tolerable terms with “ the but because it frequently performs the powers that be,” it is, of course, geneeasy task of exposing the cotradic-rally more or less iuforined as to what tions and absurdities of that paper. As is hatching. Thus we find it just now to its politics, if the writer knows what putting forth its feelers upon the subthey are, he has taken care (perhaps less ject of Church Reform; we find it prothrough art than innocence) to keep the claiming that the reform is to be of the secret to himself. He deals a great most searching kind. This is to satisfy deal, in general phrases, on the duties the clamorous for abolition of tithes, of governments, &c. &c., but is at pre- and to make an impression favourable sent entirely undecided as to any parti- to its patrons, as the advocates of recular side or party. We should say that torm ; but as it really wishes to prehis ponderous columns would lean to-vent all reform, in order to conciliate wards the side of the Conservatives, if those who profit by abuse, it announces that party had not entirely destroyed that the rabble (that is, the working peoitself. That destruction, however, does ple) will be disappointed, for that no not necessarily exclude the probability diminution of the total amount of the of his Conservative bent : though the church revenue will be made. Even in impetus of his valour be not of that a matter of religion, in which the souls kind which made Bojardo's hero con- of the people are concerned, the Times, tinue to fight after he himself was slain, as in all others, thinks alone about that the Herald's powers of perceiving are big body which a repeal of the stamp such that it may consistently cry “ Let law would quickly reduce to a natural live ! ” in defence of others defunct. size. The Times generally contrives to This paper, as respects comparative have two articles on the same subject, number in words and thoughts, appears the one conveniently contradicting the to be about the extreme opposite of other; so that upon any subsequent multum in parvo. The original cause emergency either can be referred to as of preference in its favour consisted in the case may require. Proteus has long. been its hackneyed appellation. Pro- sanguinc, still always sanguinary. If, tean it is. Yet, in one respect, the most especially, there be some poor anonymous monster differs essentially creature whose only hopes are placed in from the fabulous :
the expectation of a fair trial, and whom " neque est te fallere cuiquam”
its cunning looks upon as likely to die;
then there is an alacrity about the Times, must be said with exceptions. Deep as a freedom of action, a disposition to disit is in the study to deceive, the old patch, a gladness and a going to work
Times is not quite proof against decep- in good earnest, which do not commonly tion. So it knows. With that caution belong to it. It then anticipates, by its which grows out of the experience of own conduct, the worst that others can harm arising from rashness, this know-possibly have in design; takes the lead, ing one takes the double care not to with impatient delight, towards that to venture too far a-head, not to be left in which human nature proceeds with the lurch. Hence you find it for ever slowness and a shudder; not satisfied to treading on your heels with its toes, or, (leave the law to take its course, it forces on your tocs with its heels; if it is some- its way into the dismal cell, fixes its times sidelong, that only happens while claws on the defenceless accused, lugs it is uriigling its way round, backwards him forth, and, cursing and kicking, and or forwards. All at once the Times spitting venom at all who would interslipped in front as a “Radical ;” but pose, sticks him up on its own frightful back it soon dropped again to its posi- (gibbet (the unwarranted Jack Ketch!), tion a-heel, inventing, in the course of before even speedy justice has had time transit, “ Ultra-Radical,” a term by to consider whether he be guilty or inwhich to suve its right of making ano-nocent. It would be too long to say ther shift! Faith, Hope, and Churity, all the Times is like. Thus much, howseem to be the cardinal objects of its ever is like the Times; and what a averson. It joins all that are rising picture, O sweet Mercy, however iminto power ; betrays all that are declin- perfect, it is ! ing. Like the false credit whence it has
THE TRUE SUN. obtained its importance, it is “strength “ in the beginning, and weakness in the We sincerely hope that this honest “ end." There is hardly an atrocity that paper will not be suffered to become it has not applauded, nor one of those one of the “ brave, alas ! in vain." If with whom it has been accomplice in it had done no other good, it would crime whose tortures it would not ag- have done enough in showing, as it gravate at the day of punishment. It is has, by its struggles with death, what a swaggering bully, the proudest to be a truly deadly tax is that of the stamp. in your train till misfortune meets you, To think, that the paper, above all but the surest to decamp when it sees you others, which every reformer would arrested ; and lucky are you, though de. like to read, should, in these times serted, if the movement of the backslider of reform, be nearly obliged to relinbe not announced by a back-handed blow. quish a hold which it ought, for our Professing to deprecate what it loves to own sakes to have on us ! But, as it do; it is the first to call “ Murder !” is with the able and industrious poor, though the first to commit it. Though so it is with those friends of theirs, having nothing of that ardour of pur- whose efforts are made through the suit which sometimes leads the consci-press. Friends and befriended, how. entious astray in the cause of right, it ever, will both soon find a relief; a has no sort of hesitation to do wrong, ministry of “reformers” never can disproviding that be certainly acceptable: cover reasons for the continuing of the most cool to propound an argument, a law which has, more than any one the quickest to countenance a measure, other, promoted the abuses which have the most anxious to urge the necessity, required this reform. The True Sun is for a spilling of blood. Though never ably written. We seldom read any,
thing in it that we can object to. If ride; " and when the rider gets off,
Good or bad, you have nothing origiThis is the high-Tory paper. We are, nal here. Observe the sexflua flumina nevertheless, not without a liking for of the Times for one week through, look the Standard, because its readers find in in the waters of each murky stream, it what everybody likes, a great deal of take notice of the objects borne alung in cleverness. The editor has too much the niorning's flond, turgid with what sense to employ it as he does, and be, the elements of mischiet have contri. at the same time, sincere : it is appa
buted to it during the preceding night; rent, that his real convictions are, upon
turn to the Globe of each evening folmost points of importance, pretty nearly
pretty nearly lowing, and you will see that this is, at the very reverse of what he says. The best, but a branch of the great overStandurd's writiny is not, as some think, swollen river. But “ satius est fonies of a merely superficial order, and he is,petere quum scclari rivulos” is a good certainly, the most generally engaging, maxiin ; if you must watch any such the most straight to the mark, spright- dirty waters at all, you may as well conly, and humorous, of them all. In the fine your inspection altogether to those race be undertakes to run, he is, now of the one they first come from. The and then, necessarily driven to make Globe, then, is the same, only in a smal. desperate bolts from the course which ler way, as the Times. The contents true logic marks out. We have often of its cup are derived from the dregs of laughed to see him when he is obliged the other one's urn; its bowl-dish is to take notice of a sound argument with filled by a shake-up of his bucket. which he would fain have nothing to do. Pinched between the strict parallels of a syllogism, like a dog with a cleft stick,
From the LONDON GAZETTE, he does not, however, run off as common curs do in such cases, but ma
FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 1933. nages to claim some honour from the
INSOLVENT. disgrace by the sportive mode in which GARLAND, GEORGE, Petworth, Sussex, he deals with his difficulty. The jonkeeper. Standard, moreover, is endowed with one negative blessing, which, now-a
BANKRUPTCIES SUPERSEDED. days, is a ureat one. He never wears MYERS, MYER, Birmingham, factor.
WRIGHT, JOHN, Liverpool, silk mercer. out your patience before he has disposed of the subject to which he draws your
BANKRUPTS. attention ; never has a dull article.
| CLARK, W. A., Bishopsgate-street, wine. THE COURIER.
EVANS, J., Haverfordwest, baker. If you would know what ability and JAMES, T., otherwise ROLLAND, Walcot, what views are to be found in the Couo Somersetshire, letter of horses and gigs. rier, you have but to consider what are MAY, G., Evesham, Worcestershire, bookthose of the existing government itself.
NEWBOLD, W., Birmingham, leather-seller, If you are acquainted with the latter, you PIERCY, E., Titchborve-street, Gulden-sq., need not look into the Courier to see what that paper is. This is the hack, RICH, G., Curzon-street, May-fair, tailor. which each succeeding adininistration
RUTLAND, T., Nottingham, coach-maker. bridles and saddles at its own conve
SANDERS, S., Totuess, Devonshire, coach
builder. nience, and with which each has “a SIMSON, J. M., Frating, Essex, cattle-jobber.