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hour?" said the Countess. The waiting PARTICULARS OF THE INTRIGUES PREmaid ran in, crying out, “ It is M. le Compte, CEDING THE OTH NOVEMBER, 1799, BEMadame, M. le Compte!"_“ My hus. TWEEN BONA PARTE AND BARRAS. band," said the lady, “ is as jealous as a On the first or second of November the tiger; we are lost. Hide yourself; per colleagues supped at Madame Tallien's; haps he may come here for an instant, after and it was determined that Barras should which he will retire to his apartment." be at the head of the provisionary govern. « Here he is, Madam, here he is !" cried ment, with the title of First Consul, and the Abigail."_" Quick," Sir, quick," said that Syeyes and Bonaparte should second tbe Countess, dragging him towards a bal- || him under the denomination of Second cony, which she opened, and which looked and Third Consuls. The supper was gay. into a garden. The terrified Duke suffer- || in the extreme: Barras drank copiously, ed himself to be shut ont on the balcony, Bonaparte pretended to drink, avd Syeyes, though a dreadful shower of rain was fal). on pretence of a delicate state of health, ing. He heard soon after the wife and refused to join in the toasts that were husband arguing together. Silence fol- | quaffed to the success of the republic. Jowed; he hoped to be released, but he || Barras gave himself up to all that gayety waited more than an hour. He was con which belongs peculiarly to Frenchmen in vinced now that a trap had been laid for the meridian of life: Bonaparte smiled, as him ; he therefore began only to think of satan is said (by Milton) to have smiled the means of escaping; and cautiously when he reviewed bis army of rebel angels, placing his feet on the trellis work under | with which he hoped to dethrone the Althe balcony, he supported bimself with his mighty. As to Syeyes, he was only embands on the rails : but as he was aban. || ployed in seeing that the doors were all doning the balcony altogether, the trellis | secured, and that the servants were not work, being rotten, gave way, and broke listening, as they might very easily hear under bis weight: he fell amongst a num what was said through the slight partition ber of rose-bushes, and returned home with

of the dining-room. a rueful face, tora and disfigured by the The grand movement was fixed for the thorns.

9th, and the night being far advanced, It is not likely that this adventure should || every one retired home; Syeyes promising transpire through him; but Bonaparte had bimself he should cheat Bonaparte, and a peculiar relish for anecdotes of this kind, Bonaparte that he should cheat both Barras and the Countess herself informed him of and Syeyes. it; the ci-devant Emperor never failed to

The next morning Bonaparte and Syeyes rally the Duke on this love adventure on had a private interview in the Rue Chanevery occasion; uor did Bonaparte stop || tereine, where they agreed to hasten the there, he related it to the mistress of Maret, || day which had been fixed for the revolu. so that the public soon became informed tion. of the transaction.

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THE GLEANER'S PORTE-FOLIO; CONSISTING OF INTERESTING ARTICLES FROM RECENT PUBLICATIONS, PUBLIC

JOURNALS, &c. &c.

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ROYAL HIGHNESS

THE PRINCESS OF

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HER | of this enchanting capital, than with tho

altention shewn to her by his Neapolitan

Majesty Joachim Murat, wlio spares no You must doubtless have heard of a pains to make ber abode in this kingdom certain illustrious visitant, who this season | agreeable. The Queen is said not to be has chosen Naples for her winter residence, on equally friendly terms with her illustriand who, it is understood in the higher ous guest, the cause of which some attricircles, is not less pleased with the society bute to her Majesty's want of hospitality, No. 116.Vol. XVIII.

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others to those fanciful whims in which , and conversed with many of the ladies, the great are too prone to indulge them- | particularly with the Duchess de Gallo, selves.

whose husband is his prime minister; The palace of the illustrious personage is Lady Lapdaff and Lady Oxford also drew splendid, and delightfully situated at the a large share of his attention. Murat is Chiaga, and a guard of honour is stationed, considered by the ladies as graceful in bis by order of the King, at the entrance of mapners, and studious to please all, and ber mansion. Her residence in this capital appears to be quite a Chevalier Français certainly contributes not a little to enliven till he opens his mouth, when the charm is its society, as she gives dinner parties every at once dissolved. Vulgar oaths seem faday, and a ball once a week. Mr. Stan- | miljar to him, nor did he restrain himself hope, Mr. Maxwell, and myself had the in the use of them even when conversing honour of being presented to her by the with women of the first rank: so disgustHonourable Mr. Craven, who acts as hering was this to many present, and even to chamberlain. We were ushered into a bis suite, that I heard several of them make spacious and elegant apartment, where we their remarks upon it. found a large circle, mostly composed of A Neapolitan nobleman near me was Neapolitan nobility of both sexes, together bold enough to make severa! ill-natured with some English of distinction.

observations; among the rest he expressed I had the honour of dining with this his surprise that a certain illustrious perillustrious traveller, and found the society | sonage should dress à-la-Française, and not mostly composed of English. Besides those after the fashion of her own country: he belonging to the establishment, were the also wondered at ber affability ip waltzing Earl and Lady Landaff, the Marquis' of with strangers. Being desirous of breakSligo, the Honourable Montague Matthew, ing off this conversation, which was veither Madame Falconnet, Mr. and Mrs Procter, | pleasant vor becoming, I retired to the Mr. Coffin, Mr. French, and Mr. San. other side of the saloon, but be soon folvayre.

lowed me, and continued his observations, The ball on the 7th of January was par « Pray, Sir," said he, “is it customary in ticularly splendid, and was attended by the England for the pages to waltz in comwhole court, as well as all the first society | pany with the illustrious personages they in the place. Many English ladies of rank attend? I am surprised that the young excited general admiration, as well by the protégé does not dance with a lady of bis beauty of their persons as by the elegance | own age; instead of which he chuses one of their manners, in both which particu- il of the best dancers in the ball-room withio Jars they formed a pleasing contrast to the gut any regard to the disparity of her Neapolitan ladies.

years."-The loud laughter of four English At ten o'clock his Majesty arrived: the gentlemen, who at that moment entered Queen was expected, but it was reported the ball-room, Dext drew his attention. that she was prevented from being present

The fact was, that these boisterous sons of by indisposition. Murat was attended by mirth had just quitted a convivial party, a long retinue of courtiers, all decked out and were rather dans le vigne du Seigneur, in embroidered coats, to whom he formed and probably not apprised of the illusa striking contrast, being simply dressed trious personage being present. in a plain green coat with white mother We had a masked ball given upt lang o'-pearl buttons, and a white waistcoat; | before by the same august personage, at a his shoes were tied with ribband, and he garden near the Castello del Novo, which wore no decorations; his mustachios were was equally splendid. The garden be large and black, and his hair hung loose longs to a branch of the royal family: it over his shoulders, without any powder. was lighted with a great variety of coloured Such was the dress of this great sovereign, lamps; there was also a grand display of which, it must be confessed, was quite in fire-works, and every thing went off with character.

éclat. The King and the Queen attended After he had kissed the hand of the illus in masks; his Majesty appeared first in a trious hostess he walked about the saloor, hunting dress, but soon changed his cose

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ta'me to that of a British tar.-Letters of a silence; the monks never speak but in Prussian Traveller, published in 1818. prayer. There are no nuns of this order!

By the way, the women of Linz, and so ACCOUNT OF GERMANY.

on to Vienna, and in Vienna, are celebrated UNTIL you pass Hoepliaden (famous for throughout Europe for their beauty, and a battle, and Campbell's Poem) the country || in my mind justly so. I never saw such a all the way from Munich forms a dead flat. number of fair faces, black eyes, and arched Munich is situated in a plain, nearly sür- | eye-brows; they are said to be extremely rounded by the mountains of the Tyrol, | chaste, but this I ouly give you as an on and refreshed by the rivers Tan and Iser. | dit. The worst of the German men is they After quitting Hoenlinden the road bedriuk so hard, and beer too: They will comes more picturesque with woods near, driuk five or six quarts each at one sitting. and huge forests at a distance; and at the Vienna is a fine city, not large, but its extremity of our view are seen, as if in the palaces are more splendid, and, on the čloads, the snow-topped mountains of Bo- || whole, more modern, than those in Rome hemia. We reached Passau the evening or Paris; when I say palaces, I meaii the of the day we left Munich, and the follow- ' residences of the nobility. As for the Ima ing afternoon commenced our excursion perial palace, it is, indeed, a huge mass of upon the Danube. The mention of this building, without either end or order. The gigantic river and its accompaniments will ball-room, however, is very fine. There is recaf to your mind and imagination the no limit to the extent of the Imperial apartearly impressions of your youth; and the ments, or to the splendour of the furniture stories appertaining to them, whether real and the gold and silver ; 'but you must not or fabulous. The last memorable spot we examine too curiously, for at the end of had courage to visit was the Castle of almost every fine room stands a screen,

Thiéreitstein, built upon a rock, command behind which is placed a little dirty bed ing a vast view of the Davube, palaces, stead, and in the corner of all the rooms a monasteries, cities, and towns, without end: spitting-box for ladies as well as gentlemen. for the Danube being, from all time; the Not withstanding these drawbacks, our conimercial river of Germanyy its banks are Queen's house, Carlton house; the Pavilion, populated in great profusion. We found and even Windsor Castle, are 'vothing to much difficulty in ascending this nearly compare with even an inferior palace on perpendicular rock, notwithstanding the the Continent. Those in Germany are, in proprietor, Prince Hardenberg, has within general, fine indeed; those in Italy fine but these few years made a sort of footpath; || meanly decorated, with a few splendid exo but when we did arrive at the summit, the ceptions; but those in France, furnished prospect was indeed sublime. The Castle and adorved by Bonaparte, leave, in point itself is a venerable ruin. Here was con- 1 of maguificence, all others at an immedfined our hon-hearted Richard, and beneath ! surable distance. These are amongst the its tower the minstrel touched his harp and glitteriog remnants of Napoleon :the heart of Richard at the same moment. 4.O gloria! vincitur idem

In Bavaria all monastie institutions are “ Nempe, et in exiliom.” abolished, but in Austria, with the excep The Germans, like the English, love tion of the coufiscation of a few (the wines i eating and drinking, their wives and of which, upwards of a hundred years old, home. Perhaps in less frequenfed parts have been sent to the cellars of the Em- of the country the Germans do not deserve peror), they are permitted to remain with my eulogy; I have seldos been off the all their accumulated wealth'; much of great road, or out of large cities. The their ready money, however, was (consi- worst is still behind, especially if I visit dering it, as Gibbon says of another monk- Saxony and Westphalia. I give the preish possession, “a superfluous treasure,") |ference, and I trust shew inore taste, by taken from them by Vandamme and other wishing to return (after Dresden) by Leiprevolutionists. On Saturday we passed zig, Jeva, Cassel, Gottio,en, Dusseldorf, another grand monastery, which looks over and through Holland. -Letters of a Travelthe Danube: the creed of this order is | ler in Germany.

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EGYPTIAN FEMALES.

flowing robe which covers them, to the With respect to the economical ar. heels, though it may conceal deformity, rangement of their families, we found that seems, by the easiness of its drapery, to the Arabs seldom have more than two || heighten their stature, and even to render wives; commonly but one. The second their air graceful. Indeed, I have never wife is always subservient to the elder in seen any women who have displayed so the affairs of the house. The women co.

much easiness of manner, or so tine a carlour their nails, the inside of the hands, riage ; being superior, in this respect, even and the soles of the feet, with a deep to the women of Circassia. Probably the orange-colour, sometimes with one of a elegance and dignity of their gait may derosy appearance: this is done by means of pend upon the babit of carrying every benua. They likewise apply a black dye thing on their heads. They are taller in to their eyelashes, eyebrows, and the hair general, than our European women. From of their bead; a brilliancy, it is sup ignorance of their language I could form posed, is thus given to the eye, and the 110 opinion of their conversation, yet, from sight is improved. The women in general,

their numerous and graceful gestures, I supI believe, can neither read nor write; but pose it might be pleasing, in spite of the the better sort are taught embroidery and shrillness of their voices.

As the army ornamental peedle-work, in which they was passing through the villages, they mostly pass their time. An Arab mer. mounted upon the house-tops, and made chant of property made me a present of an a confused noise like the cackling of cranes, elegantly embroidered handkerchief, work. which was interpreted to us as indicating ed, as he said, by his wife's hands. The wishes for our success. women of rank are seldom seen abroad The Ethiopean women brought to Egypt many of these were murdered by the Turks, || for sale, though black, are exceedingly after we evacuated Alexandria, in 1803; beautiful; their features are regular, their but some of them, and in particular two eyes full of expression. A great sumber Bedouin girls, succeeded in escaping to of them had been purchased by the French Malta.

during their stay in Egypt, who were The features of the Arab-Egyptian wo anxious to dispose of them previously to men are by no means regular. In general, their leaving the country; and it was the the cheek-bones are high, the cheeks broad custom to bring them to the common mar. and flabby, the mouth large, the nose short, ket-place in the camp, sometimes in boys' thick, and flat, though in some it is promi clothes, at other times in the gaudiest fenent; the eyes black, but wanting anima. male dress of the French fashion. The tion. The bad appearance of the

veck was in general naked, and the pettiin some measure, owing to disease. The coat on one side tucked up to the knee, to skin is of a disagreeable Mulatto colour. shew the elegant form of the limb. Tho The hair, which is commonly black, is price of these women was from sixty to matted, and often smeared with a stinking one hundred dollars; while Arab women ointment. It is formed in two or three might be purchased at so low a price as divisions, and suffered to hang down the ten!-Walpole's Memoirs of Turkey. back. At a distance, however, the long

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A CONCISE ABRIDGMENT OF NATURAL HISTORY;

IN A SERIES OF LETTERS FROM A LADY TO HER DAUGHTER.

LETTER XVII.

you have so often viewed with pleasure DEAR CAROLINE,-According to the and delight-that elegant little creature promise with which I concluded my last letter, I shall commerce with the lizard,

THE GREEN LIZARD. and first present to your mipd's eye what It is to be fouud in all the warmer parts,

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THE CAMELEON.

of Europe; this creature, though the one most common in Europe; in the warmer your uncle preserved for you with such un regions of the earth their species vary conremitting care is very small, sometimes ar siderably, but the propensities and nature rives to a very large size, measuring more of the animal are the same. One extraorthan two feet to the extremity of the tail; || dinary species of the lizard tribe must not, its general length, however, is seldom more however, be passed by, which is than from ten to fifteen inches. Its colours are the most beautiful of all the European tribe. The mixture of darker and lighter Few animals have been more celebrated, green affording a rich and splendid va- | though none are less universally known. riety; especially from its being interspersed It is constantly affirmed, that it is capable with specks of yellow, brown, black, and of changing its colour at pleasure, and of sometimes red; the head is uniformly green, taking that of any particular object or situand covered with angular scales; the body ation. This assertion, however, should not is covered with round scales. The tongue be credited in an unlimited degree: the of this kind of lizard is long, broad at the change of colour in the animal depends base, and cloven at the tip. Nothing can much on circumstances of health, state of equal the activity of this creature when the weather, and various other causes; and placed on a warm wall, where it pursues the change consists chiefly in the natural its insect prey with uncommon celerity, || green or blue grey into a pale yellowish and escaping with equal swiftness if it is colour, with irregular patches of a dull itself pursued. I need not tell you bow | red: but the usual colour of cameleons remarkably tame it is, when it becomes vary exceedingly; some are much darker familiar with its protectors.

than others, and 'approach even to a tinge But the first lizard which took your in- of black; and this striking change is mani. fant notice, and which, when you first saw, | fest through the whole race of lizards. you exclaimed, runuing to me, that you The length of the cancleon, from the had found a “fairy's crocodile," is the most tip of the pose to the beginning of the tail, common in our country, and this is is generally about ten inches, and the tail

is of a similar length. It is a harmless THE SMALL GREY OR BROWN LIZARD. creature, and supports itself by, feeding on

It seldom exceeds six or eight inches ; | insects; for wbich purpose, Providence has its colour is generally of a pale greenish | finely adapted the structure of the tongue; brown, or grey, with a few yellowishi va. it is a long missile body, furnished with a riegations: in hot summers, this creature tubular tip; by means of which the animal multiplies much in England, and the spe. seizes the ipsects with surprising ease, dartcies may be found, ip great quantities, I ing out its tongue in the same manner as about the roots of trees, and on old walls; the woodpecker, and then instantly drawthey are always busied in pursuits of in ing it in again with the prey on its tip. sects: and though they endeavour to escape | The cameleou can support a long abstiat the pursuit of a stranger, they soon be netice, and hence arose the vulgar idea of come tame with those they know, and its being nourished ou air. It is a native whom they find are not inclined to injure i of India and Africa, but is found in Spain them. The lizard generally makes itself and Portugal. friends ; for they do no injury to gardens, This animal has the same power with &c. but are rather useful iu destroying in- other amphibia, of inpating its lungs, and sects. The English lizard may, however, retaining the air for a great length of time; find au enemy in the apothecary, as it is so that it appears, at times, plump and said to possess siroug medicinal virtues, i Heshy—at others, when it evacuates the air, particularly in a loathsome disease now it luokis like a mere skin, the ribs being little known in England, the leprosy; a cumpletely visible on each side of the body. disorder which, ihere is little doubt, has The feet cousist each of five toes; three been eradicated ibrorigin our increased at and two of wbich on each foot are contention to citan?mess.

vate, or united so far as the claws by a These are the two lizards which are the li commou skią: ou the fore-feet the two out

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