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ambitious heroes who strut to the theatre, flame away in the front boxes, and hector every old apple-woman in the lobbies.
Such, my friend, is the gigantic genius of this nation, and its faculty of swelling up nothings into importance. Our bashaw of Tripoli will review his troops, of some thousands, by an early hour in the morning. Here a review of six hundred men is made the mighty work of a day! with us a bashaw of two tails is never appointed to a command of less than ten thousand men; but here we behold every grade, from the bashaw down to the drum-major, in a force of less than one tenth of the number. By the beard of Mahomet, but every thing here is indeed on a great scale !
BY ANTHONY EVERGREEX, GENT,
I was not a little surprised the other morning at a request from Will Wizard that I would accompany him that evening to mrs. 's ball. The request was simple enough in itself, it was only sins gular as coming from Will;-of all my acquaintance Wizard is the least calculated and disposed for the society of ladies--not that he dislikes their company; on the contrary, like every man of pith and marrow, he is a professed admirer of the sex; and had he been born a poet, would undoubtedly have bespattered and be-rhymed some hard named goddess, until she became as famous as Petrarch?s Laura, or Waller's Sacharissa ; but Will is such a confounded bungler at a bow, has so many odd bachelor habits, and finds it so troublesome to be gallant, that he generally prefers smoking his cygarr and telling his story among cronies of his own gender :-and thundering long stories they are, let me tell you ;-set Will once a going about China or Crim Tartary, or the hottentots, and heaven help the poor victim who has to endure his prolixity; he might better be tied to the tail of a jack-o'lantero. In one word—Will talks like a traveller. Being well acquainted with his character, I was the more alarmed at his inclination to visit a party; since he has often assured me, that he considered it as equivalent to being stuck up for three hours in a steamengine. I even wondered how he had received an invitation ;-this he soon accounted for. It seems Will, on his last arrival from Canton, had maile a present of a case of tea, to a lady for whom he had
once entertained a sneaking kindness when at grammar school ; and she in return had invited him to come and drink some of it; a cheap way enough of paying off little obligations. I readily acceded to Will's proposition, expecting much entertainment from his eccentric remarks; and as he has been absent some few years, I anticipated his surprise at lae splendor and elegance of a modern rout.
On calling for Will in the evening, I found him full dressed, waiting for me. I contemplated him with absolute dismay. As he still retained a spark of regard for the lady who once reigned in his affections, he had been at unusual pains in decorating his person, and broke upon my sight arrayed in the true style that prevailed among our beaux some years ago. His hair was turned up and tufted at the top, frizzled out at the ears, a profusion of powder puffed over the whole, and a long plaited club swung gracefully from shoulder to shoulder, describing a pleasing semicircle of powder and pomatum. His claret-colored coat was decorated with a profusion of gilt buttons and reached to his calves. His white casimere small clothes were so tight that he seemed to have grown up in them; and his ponderous legs, which are the thickest part of his body, were beautifully clothed in sky-blue silk stockings once considered so becoming. But