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Everything in London depends up The histories a thousandfold of the on the choice of season. Irving, flung frightful atrocity itself, the added histoup into vogue by the extreme idleness ries of everything human, bestial, inaniof the time at which he was recognized mate, that could be connected with it; among the cobwebs and grim physiogno- the crowding down to the trial; the mies of the Caledonian Chapel, would visages of the criminals lithographed in have been unheard of but for the closing all directions; the shilling a-piece for a of Parliament, the theatres, the Law peep into Gill's-hill Cottage: the sale Courts, and all other places detrimental of the horse and gig ; the sofa and the to preaching and puritanism. The supper-table that became sacred to this “ intellectual, and imaginative” world insane curiosity; and lastly, the exhiwould never have hazarded the abra- bition of those moveables at the suburb sion of a shinbone, or the loss of a shoe, theatres, which exulted in dividing those in the crush of cross streets, but for the reliques of the transaction ; were all acfatal abundance of time that afflicts it countable in the same way : the prefrom July to November. The return vailing famine of public subjects. Yet of “ something to do,” has, therefore, some of this interest was pushed within extinguished the orator ; and the hum- the confines of idiotism. What are we blest record of the wonders and absur- to say to the foolery that bought locks dities of this mighty metropolis that of the murderer's hair for fond rememtempts the passers by, at two-pence a brance, to the tender solicitations for his number, would now disdain to allude snuff-box and shoe-strings, or, last and to the performances of the Rev. E. Irv- greatest, to the purchase, at ten-times ing. Thurtell's affair was not less its worth, of the pistol, rusted with prosperous in its tempus. From the blood ? This is the rabidness of a culatter end of February, through the riosity that deserves the cat-o'-ninemerry months of spring, and the mer- tails. If ever there was a murder, merrier months of summer, Thurtell would ciless, cold blooded, and brutal, it was have been tried without a whisper out- this murder—if ever there was a villain side the walls of the Court, and hung who deserved to be expunged from the with no other consideration than that earth as a disgrace and horror to his which the Ordinary and the Hangman species, it was this murderer ; and yet give to the family of Cut-throats. It is it was round this savage and sanguinato be told, in vindication of the mon- ry villain that those foolish affectations strous and disgusting interest that gath- of sensibility were displayed. No lanered round this villain and his asso- guage can be too strong for the horror ciates, that the populace had nothing else of this crime, and no contempt too bitter to talk of; and in addition, that the for the miserable sympathy that attempnewspapers had nothing else to publish. ted to turn him inio a victim or a hero. All was tranquil everywhere through
(Blackwood's Magazine.) the land. Every man, from Inverness
MARRIAGES IN INDIA. to Scilly, was eating and drinking, India is a mart for every thing, and walking and sleeping, more majorum; has long been a receptacle for such lathe old firm of tumult was broken up; dies as could not find husbands at Cobbett was splitting straw for bon- home, or whose connexions in that nets; Hunt was roasting com for cof- country are respectable. European lafee; Manchester cried not forth: and dies were formerly in high repute, and Sheffield and Birmingham were ham- from the fact of being born in Europe, mering away with equal patience and unconnected with accomplishments pleasantness ; in short, the newspapers, or other fascinating qualities, were deprived of their natural nutriment, sure to get husbands of some rank ; were like mice in an exhausted receiv- men who longed after domestic happier, they gasped, and must have, in nine ness, would not, of course, wish to see instances out of ten, gasped their last, children of a mixed breed destined to but for the sudden intelligence from inherit their property, and carry their Hertfordshire.
name to posterity. The number of
OF SOUNDS ON
European women too was small, so rural scenery in a bright July morn. that, like every other scarce article, An admirable writer confesses, “I they became highly valuable. At this have often, in a splenetic fit, wished time men of the highest rank in India myself a dorinouse during the winter, often married women who had moved and I never see one of those animals in a very humble sphere at home. snugly wrapt in his fur, and completeHowever, the case is somewhat alter- ly happy in himself, but I contemplate ed; European ladies have become him with envy beneath the dignity of a more numerous; people are not so rea- philosopher. If the art of dying were dy to tie the matrimonial knot on ac- brought to perfection, the use I should count of their Anglo descent, and ma- make of it would be to attend the sun ny of them, at present in Calcutta, round the globe, and pursue the spring have got a very indifferent train of love through every sign of the Zodiac. 'This ers. This change in people's inclina- love of warmth makes the heart glad tions may be ascribed to various cau at the return of Summer. How deses: the most proininent among which, lightful is the face of nature at this seais this : of the numbers who came out, son, when the earth puts forth her all could not be immaculate either in plants and flowers, clothed with green, virtue or temper; and from the matri- and diversified with ten thousand dyes ! monial unhappiness which would natu- How pleasant is it to inhale such fresh rally ensue, the value of such connex- and charming odours as fill every livions became depreciated. Persons ing creature with delight !" who saw an unpleasant result, io some instances grew timid for fear of incurring a similar evil, and preferred being In the human ear the fibres of the contented bachelors to the risk of be- circular tympanum radiate from its ing miserable husbands.—Huggins's centre to its circumference, and are of Sketches in India.
equal length; but Sir E. Home has
found that in the elephant, where the It is mentioned that some of the tympanum is oval, they are of differmost recent excavations at Pompeii ent lengths, like the radii from the fohave been rewarded by very interest- cus of an eclipse. He considers that ing discoveries.
the human ear is adapted for musical MIMICRY.
sounds by the equality of the radii, and There is a sort of raillery, I will not he of is opinion that the long fibres in call it wit, but merriment and buffoon- the tympanum of the elephant enable ery, which is mimicry. The most it to bear very minute sounds, which it successful mimic in the world is always is known to do. A pianoforte having the most absurd fellow, and an ape is been sept on
purpose to Exeter infinitely nis superior. His profession Change, the higher notes bardly atis to imitate and ridicule those natural tracted the elephant's notice, but the defects and deformities, for which no low ones roused his attention. The man is the least accountable, and in the effect of the higher notes of the pianoimitation of which he makes himself for forte upon the great lion in Exeter the time as disagreeable and shocking Change was only to excite his attenas those he mimics.
tion, which was very great. He reTHE APPROACH OF SUMMER. mained silent and motionless. But no Pure elevated minds receive more sooner were the flat notes sounded, pleasure from the genial warmth, the than he sprang up, attempted to break cloudless sunshine, and soft zephyrs in loose, lashed his tail, and seemed so fine weather, than from any sensual furious and enraged as to frighten the gratification. In spite of the auxiliary female spectators. This was attended bottle and seacoal fire, the masculine with the deepest yells, which ceased sex are apt to droop in a gloomy day, with the music. Sir E. Home has and no domestic amusement for the found this inequality of the fibres in fair can so exhilirate their spirits as a neat-cattle, the horse, deer, the hare, walk with pleasant companions amidst and the cat.
IRON FOUND IN BOGOTA, IN AMERICA. ameter, and tied by a little stem or
Humboldt lately communicated to stalk to some stick or stone, Somethe French Academy of Sciences an times they are laid in a single, and extract of a letter from M. Boussin- sometimes in a doudle spiral line; gault, at Santa Fé de Bogota, in which sometimes transversely. Many of the that traveller states, that he found in moths cover their offspring with a thick the Cordillera of Santa Rosa, between bed of hair, which they gather from Timja and Bogota, many masses of their own body; while others cover very ductile native iron, some of which them with a glutinous coinposition, weighed about 30 quintals.
which, when hard, protects them from MAIZE GRAIN REMARKABLY RETENTIVE moisture, rain, and cold. The gall
OF THE POWER OF GERMINATING. fies, it has been observed, know how It is worthy of notice, that the to open the nerves of the leaves, to demaize which is found in the graves of posit their eggs in a place which after. the Peruvians, who lived before the ar. wards serves them for a lodging and a rival of Europeans in that country, is magazine of food. The solitary bees still so fresh, that, when planted, it and wasps prepare a habitation for grows well, and yields seed.
their little ones in the earth, placing EFFECTS OF AN EARTHQUAKE ON there a proper quantity of food for
TAE VEGETATION OP WHEAT. them, when they proceed from the egg. It is a remarkable circumstance, The voracious spider is careful of its that, since the great earthquake of eggs; the wolf spider carries them on 1687, no wheat will grow on the coast its back in a little bag of its silk. of Peru. In some places, indeed, a Algiers.—The country round the warlike little is raised; but it is very unpro- city of Algiers is very inountainous, baving ductive. Rice, on the contrary, yields regions ; but the hills and vallies are beaua great return. Before the earthquake, tifully ornamented with trees, and all the one grain of wheat yielded 200 grains.' flats are in high cultivation. The city EGGS OF INSECTS.
stands on the point of the Mole Head ; the Divine Providence instructs the in buildings are mostly of white stone, angu
larly shaped ; there are batterries, with sects in a most remarkable manner to heavy brass guns, all round towards the deposit their eggs, not only, in safety sea, and a light-bouse nearly as high as the from their numerous enemies, but also Monument in London, with an immense in situations where a sufficient quantity luminary on the summit ; a half-moon hat
tery of 120 guns protects the entrance into of food is on the spot to support and the Mole. in the inner Mole or harbour, nourish the larva' immediately on we can distinctly see the masts of several breaking the shell. The gnat, (mus- frigates and small cruizers
. Soon after quito) the ephemera, the phryganea,
we anchored in the bay, the captain of the the libellulu, hover over the water all port came on board; he is a five manly.
looking personage, with a long bushy grey day to drop their eggs, which are beard, an immense long red turban, long haiched in ihe water, and continue red trowsers or wrappers, and a blue coat there all the time they are in the larva jacket richly embroidered with gold braidform. The mass formed by the gnat and wrists; he wore no stockings, his slip
ing on the shoulders, backs, elbows and resembles a little vessel set afloat by pers were of thin blue leather, with strings the insect; each egg is in the form of a or buckles.--Ext. of a leller dated 18th Apr. keel, and curiously connected together. The gnat lays but one egg at a time,
FROM THE GERMAN-For a Catch. which she deposits in the water in a CASSINI, that uncommon man, very ingenious and simple manner, she
In vain Heaven's azure depth doth scan,
New stars in it to see : stretches her legs out and crosses them,
The reason's plain-he pores, and thinks. thus forming an angle to receive and
pores again; but never drinks hold the first egg: a second egg is soon His wine like you and me. placed next the first; then a third, and
We know far better ; we can sit so on, till the base is capable of sup Astronomers midst wine and wit porting itself; these, as they come to
Without or toil or trouble; maturity, sink deeper. The spawn of
And then, when through our glass we pore, this insect is somewhat above an inch
New stars we see ne'er seen before ;
And hark ye, friend, I'll tell tbee more, long, and one-eighth of an inch in di
We see each old star double.
(Lond. Lit. Gaz.)
Hatching Chickens-Capt. Parry's Déjeuné. Hatching Chickens by Steam is no of vital function takes place, as nearly joke: I have seen it done, and it is do- as possible, about the seventy-second ing in a room over Mr. Bullock's Mex. hour, when a quivering, like an electric ican Exhibition. There are hundreds ispark, is observable. This is almost of eggs, not only of hens, ducks, and too minute for human sense, and vanother domestic poultry, but of emus* ishes momentarily: yet it seems to be and other strange birds, in the common the beginning of life, the incipient of course of incubation. The apparatus the nervous system. is very simple. The eggs are deposit Captain Parry's déjeuné on board ed in trays on straw, and kept at a tem- the Hecla on Tuesday, was a sight to perature of about 101, the natural tem- be seen. There were assembled as perature being about 104. In three many lions (independent of the Capweeks, the usual period for hens, the tain) as the acquaintance of the enterchickens burst the shell, and seem as tainers and the showery morning allowhealthy and lively as when produced ed. A steam ship, a bulk ship, and by the compon process. Other birds the tivo discovery ships, were tied and fowls follow the same rule as to alongside of each other as the scene of time. But the most extraordinary action. Flags were over head, instead part of this exhibition is an invention of being under feet as in the street to show or demonstrate the whole pro. pavements; and this the ladies consigress of hatching froin day to day, dered to be a great novelty. But they from the first deposition of the egg to seemed to be infinitely more amused the final development and ejection of in rummaging the officers' and sailors the animal. This consists of a series births (not their being brought into exof twenty-one illuminated vessels, in istence, but the sea term for their sleepeach of which an egg is exposed, open- ing holes,) and never was vessels more ed, from the first 10 the twenty-first curiously inspected. There was hardday, and viewed through a glass. Thus ly a female present who did not disthe entire operation and secret of na- play great talents for a Discovery Exture is rendered palpable to the sense. pedition, and if their organs of approYou see the yolk thicken; by the third priation were at all comparable, I am day it displays whitish annular rings; sure they might as well have remained by the fifth there is a red speck and a on board the hulk, or stayed ready for curious formation of slight red fibres the transport. The refreshment tables the future heart and blood-vessels of were spread between decks; and the the bird ; by the eighth or ninth these early visitors, with appetites sharpened assume more perfect forms, and a black by voyaging on the Thames, cast many speck indicates the eye, which, in a few a longing and lingering look below, days more, is placed in the head above till the tiine arrived when the hatch: the beak; all these, and all the other ways were thrown open, and the chickparts, feathers, &c. gradually form, till ens were consequently attackable, at last, about the nineteenth day, the Then there was a rush down a narrow remainder of the yolk is drawn into the stair inscribed “ Way down;" and body by the navel, and the perfect ani- after the first mess was satisfied, they mal subsists thereon till it is enabled to revisited the upper deck by another burst its shell. This it effects very in- ladder, marked “Way up.” Others geniously. But I must often revisit succeeded them, and some danced and this striking exhibition, which throws a sang. Among the latter were Leete, wonderful light upon one of the least Hawes, Terrail, Goodall, Paton, and understood matters in the whole circle Pasta; but Miss Stephens was not of natural science. I have only at there, because the weather looked lowpresent to add, that the first indication ering. After a few hours spent in the * These require seven weeks and șis days incu- every body was tired and came away.
most agreeable manner imaginable,
Sights of London-Sicilian Droarf-The Ramahs-Pompeii. 287 Some of the fair sex were however so now clouded, its picturesque cottages, enchanted, that they expressed their its pastoral herds, (and not that little willingness to go even to the North trick of a flowing rill), is a beautiful Pole; but Captain Parry (it was whis- subject for contemplation. It perfects pered) declined entering into any fe. the idea of Switzerland in the untravelmale engagements previous to sailing led spectator. The other piece, the on this voyage.
Chapel of the Trinity in Canterbury Our little friend, Miss Chracami, is Cathedral, is a good companion to the so beset with visitors, in consequence landscape ; differing in character, and of our report, that it seems to have being equally well esecuted. I have turned her litile brain. Only think of
discovered by my peculiar instinct in averdupois ! This is literally the case, will gainsay me. a jilt and coquette of five pounds such matters, that these pictures are
not entirely plain surfaces—let who
In Paris, I observe, and the ingrate absolutely broke an engagement with us last Sunday. We they have got a Diorama of the ruined would revenge ourselves, but as Swift Chapel of Holy-rood (as they call it
meaning, I suppose, St. Anthony's). says
It is painted by Daguerre, and exbibitWho would be satirical
ed under varieties of moon and lampUpon a thing so very small ?
light. The effect of the latter in the Our great friend, the Swiss Giantess, hands of a mourning female, and depoycleped in the bills, “ The beautiful sited on a tomb, is said to be very Swiss,” may be so to the lovers of touching ;-La mélancolie est friande, loveliness on a large scale : more than quoth old Montaigne, and the Parisians enough for us. Her manners are wone here confess it. derfolly modest, considering her prosession. Her beanty is of the heavy Strand, represents an object of deep
The Panorama of Pompeii, in the German cast; her limbs thickish orso; interest.- do not but she is altogether well proportioned, having been buried so long. The
mean from its about 23 years old, six feet five inches view is taken from an angle so high as high, 24 stone weight, and can likt 3 to present Pompeii in a light in which cwt. with one hand! The great King
it never can be seen. of Prussia being dead some time, she
But perhaps this has been allowed to leave the Conti
was unavoidable, in order to display Dent; and may be seen, by the admir- all its features. The design and exe
cution are alike excellent. In one ers of great curiosities, in Piccadilly.
minute you must fancy yourself a creaThe Ramas !-One would think ture of eighteen centuries ago--you the population of the British Metropo- were acquainted with the elder Pliny, lis had turned Turks, and this was the and mourn bis recent fate. Forum, season of the Ramadan; for we have and Temple, and Basilica, and Prison, the Diarama, Cosmorama, Panorama, at first strike the eye; but you soon Peristrephic-panorama, and Naturora- enter into the far more romantic feelma, all inviting the public to pay for a ing, which is excited by the commonest peep. I made my second visit to the objects—the ancient inn with its brokDiorama the other day, which was en cars and wine vessels; the baker's clear and eligible for the purpose. shop with its ovens and mills; the This is really a charming illusion, by kitchen of Panza, with its stoves and wbatever means produced ; by trans- paintings of victuals ;-these awaken parent colours, reflected lights, and the strange thoughts, and the people, the intervention of opaque or demi-opaque occupations, the habits, the manners, substances behind the pictures. The the customs, the enjoyments of other process is a triumph of art, and the cu- times, are rapidly conjured up by the rious will do well to see it before a imagination, wbile the sight rests on so change of scene takes place. The perfect a picture of their actual exisValley of Sarnen, with its snow-topt tence when sudden ruin overwhelmed mountains, its misty distances, its smil. them. is the best revival of ancient ing slopes, its waters now lucent and recollections, nunc denique.