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ment; but some prying duenna ac- been living in Newton-Stewart for quainted the countess with it, who, some time past. Most of the gentlemen cutting off, as she thought, all possi- in the town and neighbourhood have bility of retreat, hastened to surprise inspected the boy's eyes, who all seem them. The young lady's ears were to think there is no imposition in the quick, she heard the footsteps of the matter. The child is afflicted with old countess, ran to the top of the leads, water in the head, and although beand took the desperate leap of nine twixt five and six years old, it can feet four inches over a chasm of sixty neither stand nor walk.-Dumfries feet; and, luckily lighting on the battle. Courier. ments of the other tower, crept into her own bed, where her astonished mother found her, and of course apologized for the unjust suspicion. The fair daughter
SOMNAMBULISM. did not choose to repeat the leap; but the next night eloped, and was mar.
The following extraordinary case of rried.
Somnambulism has been communicated to us in an authentic manner. It is principally important in a medical
point of view, on account of the sucTO LIE IS HONOURABLE... cessful use of bleeding as a remedy:
A remarkable instance of this affecEvery where (said the celebrated tion of tbe nerves occurred on Sunday M. Jouy, in the Mirror) to lie is evening last, October 5, to a lad named honourable. Politeness is the false George Davis, 164 years of age, in the hood of friendship. Prating is that of
service of Mr. Hewson, butcher, of talent. Affectation that of grace. Bridge-road, Lambeth. At about 20 Gallantry is the falsehood of love. To
minutes after 9 o'clock, the lad bent declare that you are timid, is to say forward in his chair, and rested his to every fool, “ Laugh at me”-to forehead on his hands; and in ten every ruffian, “ Strike me”-to every minutes started up, went for his whip, swindler, “ Cheat me." Racine said
put on his one spur, and went thence every thing he ought-Corneille all to the stable ; not finding his own that he thought-Voltaire whatever
saddle in the proper place, he returned he pleased.
to the house and asked for it. Being asked what he wanted with it, he re
plied to go his rounds. He returned A BIT OF THE MARVELLOUS. to the stable, got on the horse without * "Pon my soul 'tis true—who says its a lie pus
the saddle, and was proceeding to
leave the stable ; it was with much In the year 1817, a woman in the difficulty and force that Mr. Hewson, parish of
became pregnant, junior, assisted by the other lad, could and sometime before her infant was remove him from the horse ; his born, gave as the father a married man strength was great, and it was with of the name of John Wood. The man difficulty he was brought in doors, strongly protested his innocence, and Mr. Hewson, senior, coming home at repeatedly said that he would not con- this time, sent for Mr. Benjamin Ridge, fess unless his name was stamped on an eminent practitioner, in the Bridgethe child's forehead. In a short time the road, who stood by him for a quarter woman was delivered of a boy, and in of an hour, during which time the lad about ten days thereafter, the letters considered himself stopped at the turn. “ John Wood," on the right, and “ born pike-gate, and took sixpence out of his 1817," on the left eye, became plain pocket to be changed; and holding out and legible. These words and figures his hand for the change, the sixpence are on the part of the eye which sur- was returned to him. He immediately rounds the pupil-betwixt the ball and observed, “ None of your nonsensethe white of the eye, so that they can that is the sixpence again; give me not for a moment be supposed to have my change.” When 3 d. was given been traced by any human hand. The to him, he counted it over, and said, form of the letters is truly beautiful. “ None of your gammon ; that is not The mother afterwards married an right; I want a penny more ;" making Irishman, who, with his step-son, has the 41 d. which was his proper change. He then said, “ give me my castor," port, was cruising off the bay of (meaning his hat), which slang terms Íslands, and had either stationed or he had been in the habit of using, and despatched a boat's crew, consisting of then began to whip and spur to get his five hands and a boy (James Caddel, horse on; his pulse was at this time the present chief), to one of the islands 136, full and hard ; no change of in quest of seals. The boat was taken countenance could be observed, nor by the savages in the vicinity of the any spasinodic affection of the muscles, Southern Cape, and the hapless men, the eyes remaining close the whole of with the exception of Caddel, were the time. His coat was taken off his killed and eaten. Fortunately, in his arm, shirt sleeve stripped up, and flight, the boy fiew to an old chief for Mr. Ridge bled him to 32 ounces ; no mercy, and happened to touch his alteration had taken place in him dur- ka-hah-how (the outward mat of the ing the first part of the time the blood chief), and thus his life became prewas fiowing; at about 24 ounces, the served, as his person was then held pulse began to decrease; and when sacred. Being in too distant a part of the full quantity named above had been New Zealand to indulge the hope of taken, it was at 80-a slight perspira hastily escaping from a wretched caption on the forehead. During the time tivity, Caddel became resigned to his of bleeding, Mr. Hewson related the apparent destiny, and insensibly adoptcircumstance of a Mr. Harris, optician; ed the manners and customs of the in Holborn, whose son, some years natives. About nine years since, he walked out on the parapet of the house was allied to a chief's daughter, who in his sleep. The boy joined the con- is also sister to a chief; and, by this versation, and observed, he lived at two-fold tie, he became a prince of no the corner of Brownlow-street. After small influence among such subjects the arm was tied up, he unlaced one as those barbarous despots are des. boot, and said he should go to bed ; in tined, in the present constitution of three minutes from this time he awoke, things, to have the control of. Caddel got up, and asked what was the matter, lost his own language, as well as (having been one hour in the trance), European customs, and soon became not having the slightest recollection of transformed from the English sailorany thing that had passed, and won- boy into the dauntless and terrifying dered at his arm being tied up, and at New Zealand Chief. It required some the blood, &c. A strong aperient argumentation to induce him to visit medicine was then administered, he New South Wales ; and he would not went to bed, slept well, and the next have come without his partner, to day appeared perfectly well, excepting whom he appears to be tenderly atdebility from the bleeding and opera- tached. tion of the medicine, and has no recollection whatever of what had taken place. None of his family or himself were ever affected in this way before.
A SHORT BIOGRAPHICAL AND EXTRAORDINARY FORTUNES. DESCRIPTIVE MEMOIR OF
THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON; By a vessel from New South Wales, we have received a file of Sydney
PRINTED AT VENICE IN 1580. Gazettes, from one of which we extract The Scotchman, whose name is James the following instance of extraordinary Crichton, is a young man of twenty fortunes :
years of age, upon the 15th of August SYDNEY, April 3.-Captain Edward. last. He is distinguishable by a birthson, of the Snapper, brings from New mark, or mole, beneath his eye; he is Zealand two chiefs, one of whom is ac- master of ten languages: these are companied by his wife. One of them Latin and Italian, in which he is exis a youth about 16, and the other is cellently skilled ; Greek, in which he 30 years old. The name of the latter has composed epigrams; Hebrew, is James Caddel, an Englishman by Chaldaic, Spanish, French, Flemish, birth, and whose history is briefly as English, and Scotch; and he is also follows:-In 1807, or thereabouts, the acquainted with the German. He is ship, Sydney Core, a sealer, out of this deeply skilled in philosophy, in theo. logy, and in astrology; in which and, indeed, such is his facility upon science he holds all the calculations of these subjects, that he has never disthe present day to be erroneous. puted, unless upon matters which were
On philosophical and theological proposed to him by others. questions, he has frequently disputed The Doge and his consort were with very able men, to the astonish- pleased to hear him; and, upon doment of all who have heard him. He ing so, testified the utmost amazepossesses a most thorough knowledge of ment. He also received a present from the Cabala. His memory is so astonish- the hands of his serene highness. Upon ing, that he knows not what it is to the whole, he is a wonder of wonders ; forget; and, whenever he has once insomuch so, that the possession of heard an oration, he is ready to recite such various and astonishing talents, it again, word for word, as it was de- united in a body so gracefully formed, livered. He possesses the talent of and of so sanguine and amiable a composing Latin verses upon any sub- temperament, has given rise to many ject which is proposed to him, and in strange and chimerical conjectures. every different kind of metre. Such is He has, at present, retired from town his memory, that even though these to a villa, to extend two thousand verses have been extemporary, he will conclusions, embracing questions in recite them backwards, beginning from all the different faculties, which he the last words in the verse. His ora- means, within the space of two months, tions are unpremeditated and beautiful; to sustain and defend in Venice, in he is also able to discourse upon poli- the church of St. John and St. Paul, tical questions with much solidity. In not being able to give his attention his person he is extremely beautiful; both to his own studies, and to the his address is that of a finished gentle wishes of those persons who would man, even to a wonder; and his man- eagerly devote the whole day to hear ner, in conversation, the most gracious him. which can be imagined. He is, in addition to this, a soldier at all points, ( soldato a tutta botta) and has for two DESCRIPTION OF THE TWELVE years sustained an honourable com
MONTHS, mand in the wars of France. He has attained to great excellence in the AS SAID TO BE PRINTED IN THE REIGN OF accomplishments of leaping and danc HENRY VII. IN A SARUM BLACK-LETTER ing; and to a remarkable skill in the MISSAL : use of every sort of arms; of which he has already given proofs. He is a re
JANUARIUS. markable horseman, and breaker of The fyrst six years of madnes byrth and horses, and an admirable jouster,(gios
aege, trator esingolare). His extraction is May well be compared to Janyure, noble; indeed by the mother's side, re. For in this moneth is no strengeth nor gal; for he is allied to the royal family
courage of the Stuarts. Upon the great ques. More than in a chylde of the aege of tion of the procession of the holy spirit, six yeres. he has held disputations with the Greeks, which were received with the
FEBRUARIUS. highest applause; and in these con- The other six yeres is like February, ferences has exhibited an incalculable In the end thereof begyuneth the mass of authorities, both from the
Sprynge Greek and Latin fathers, and also from That tyme chyldren is moost ápt and the decisions of the different councils.
redy The same exuberance is shewn when To receyve chastysement nurture and he discourses upon the subjects of lernynge. philosophy or theology ; in which he has all Aristotle and the commen
MARTIUS. tators at his fingers' ends, ( alle mani) March betokeneth the six yeres fol. St. Thomas and Dans Scotus, with lowynge their different disciples, the Thomists Arayeng the erthe with pleasant verand Scotists, he has all by heart, and dure is ready to dispute in utramque parten; That season youth thought for nothynge which talent he has already exhibited And withought thought dooth his sporte with the most distinguished success; and pleasure.
PARLIAMENT IN THE REIGN The next six yere maketh four and OF GOOD QUEEN BESS. twenty
QUEEN ELIZABETH'S SPEECH AT THB DISAnd figured is to joly Aprill
SOLUTION OF HER PARLIAMENT, 2d That tyme of pleasures man hath most
JANUARY, 1566. plenty Fresh and louying his lustes to fulfyll. “I have in this assembly found so MAIUS.
much dissimulation, where I always
professed plainness, that I marvel thereAs in the moneth of Maye all thyog in
at; yea, two faces under one hood, and myght
the body rotten, being covered with So at thirty yeres man is in chyef lyking
two vizors, succession and liberty. But Pleasaunt and lustie to every mannes
alas! they began to pierce the vessel
before the wine was fined, and began In beaute and strengthe to women
a thing not foreseeing the end. Now, pleasyng.
by this means I have seen my wellJUNIUS.
wishers from my enemies, and can, as In June all thyng falleth to rypenesse
meseemeth, very well divide the house And so dooth man at thirty-six yere olde into four. First, fault; second, the And studyeth for to acquyre rychesse spea
speakers, who by eloquent tales perAnd taketh a wyfe to keepe his house. suade others; third, the agreers; and holde.
lastly, those who sat still mute, and JULIUS.
meddled not therewith, but rather won
dered, disallowing the matter, who in At forty yere of aege or elles never Is ony man endewed with wysdome
my opinion are most to be excused.” For than forgth his mybt fayleth ever As in July doth every blossome. AUGUSTUS.
PRIVILEGES OF THE ALDERThe goodes of the erth is gadered ever
MEN OF LONDON. more In August so at forty-eight yere
In Strype's Edition of Stow's History Man ought to gather some goodes in
of London, we have a picture of the
high privileges assumed by the Alderstore
men of London in ancient days :—" To To susteyno aege that then draweth
make an attack upon an Alderman,” says nere. SEPTEMBER
the author,“ subjected the offender to the
penalty of losing his right hand.-ReLet no man thynke for to gather plenty bellion to an Alderman called down the Yf at fifty-four yere he have none penalty of imprisonment for a year and No more than yf his barne were empty a day, besides loss of freedom to the In September when all the corne is gone, offender-opprobrious words spoken to OCTOBER.
an Alderman were also punished by By Octobre betokeneth sixty yere
imprisonment.-Butwhilstourancestors That aege hastely dooth man assayle
were thus studious to protect the AlYf he have outgh than it dooth appere
dermanic dignityfrom being invaded by To lyve quyetly after his travayle.
others, they were not negligent of
adopting rules and by-laws, whereby NOVEMBER.
to impose on the holders of that hoWhen man is at sixty-six yeare olde
nourable office the necessity of supportWhich lykened is to bareyne Novembre
ing the respect of the body to which He waxeth unweldy sekely and cold
they belonged. Neither the Mayor or Than his soule helth is time to re
Aldermen, or any of their servants, member,
could hold a brewhouse, a tavern, or a
bakehouse, least it should be suspected DECEMBER.
that he made use of the influence The yere by Decembre taketh his ende which his office gave him over those And so doeth man at threescore and establishments so necessary and indistwelve
pensable to the comforts and even existNature with aege wyll hym on message ence of the public, to promote his owninsende
terests and protect fraudulent dealers." Thu' tyme is come that he must go They were also anxious to enforce a hymselve.
due regard to the established costume
of office, as will appear by the follow- sagacious traits of canine fidelity. The ing entry in the time of Henry the story is, that a favourite grey hound Sixth :-“ Alderman Robert Byfielde absented himself from the chase to having neglected to line his cloak which guard his master's heir in the cradle, he uses in procession, it is therefore which was attacked by a wolf. The adjudged by the Court, by way of pu- greyhound hid the child and killed the nishment for such neglect, that the wolf; but his master on returning, perMayor and Aldermen do breakfast with ceived the blood, and missing the child, him on Thursday next." This was, as in his anger plunged a sword into his we may suppose, intended as a mode faithful dog, whose dying moans awoke of punishment for his parsimony, as the child, and discovered to his redisplayed by him in wearing a cloak pentant master the dog's service and without a lining.
his own rashness. A monument of the Herbert family, near Abergavenny, re
presents a knight with a greyhound at ANECDOTES OF ANIMALS. his feet, of which this story is related.
Homer's account of Ulysses's dog In the churchyard of Edinburgh Argus, is equally interesting, and there lies buried a favourite dog, whose highly pathetic. When Ulysses emsagacity and attachment to his master barked at Ithaca (a small island in the procured him this mark of esteem. The Ionian Sea, and the residence of that story is, that his master having tra- chief) to attend the Grecians at the velled the continent, and being at Rome, siege of Troy, he left this dog with his left his dog there with a friend ; but the wife Penelope, and after an absence of dog, it seems, not liking his new situa- twenty years returned, when he was tion, set out in quest of his former quite unknown to all except his faithful master; passing through Italy, the Argus. Alps, and France, came at last to “ Him when he saw, he rose and Calais, where he made several attempts
crawld to meet to get on ship-board, but was prevented ('Twas all he could) and fawn'd and by the sailors, till a gentleman on board
kiss'd his feet; took him under his protection, expect Seiz'd with dumb joy, then falling by ing to retain the animal for his trouble,
his side, who, by this time was reduced to skin Own'd his returning lord, looked up and bone, having no regular subsist
PoPE, ence in his journey. The gentleman showed the dog particular attention A chicken, belonging to James Dib: during the passage, and thought he dan, of No Man's Land, was a few had gained his affection; but when days since hatched, having four perfect within a few yards of Dover, the dog legs, three on one side of the body and jumped overboard and swam ashore, one on the other, all of which are used running off with speed. The collar by the little bird when walking. round his neck showed to whom he belonged, and, in less than six weeks
As Mr. Fisher, of Barrow, in Furfrom the time he had left Rome, this
ness, was passing through the harvest faithful and sagacious animal arrived
field, he observed a large viper or hag. at his master's house at Edinburgh,
worm, which he killed, and, on openhaving travelled, supposing he could
ing it, found seventeen young ones, have come in a straight line, upwards of 1,100 miles, and allowing for the
measuring each from eight to ten inches traverses which he must necessarily
in length; the old one measured twentyto
four inches. make, we may estimate the space passed, more than 2,000 miles; a circumstance which is far beyond the sagacity
In the belly of a herring bought in of the human mind unaided by the
Ulverston Market last week, by Mr. assistance of speech, or artificial means.
James Robinson, of the Gill, a copper farthing, something less than a shilling,
was found. Upon one one side of it, The Welsh legend of “ Berth Gelert, in the centre, were the initials W. P. or the Grave of the Greyhound," which around which was the word “ Paris celebrated in an affecting little poem, thing." On the other side, “ Pro deserves to be mentioned among the bono Publico." Date 1757.