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THE SAILOR'S JOURNAL. Grammar is heard in a public bouse, . Hove out of Portsmouth on board the A Post is as prim as a quaker ; Brittania Fly-a swift sailor-an out. And good Mister Lion he squeaks like side berth-rather drowsy the first

a mouse, watch or two-like to have slipt off While old Mistress Stiff is a shaker. the stern-cast anchor at the George, took a fresh quid, and a supply of Miss Brown is fair, and Miss Black is grog - comforted the upper works

red, spoke several homeward-bound frigates And Peter Blunt is civil: on the road and, after a tolerable voy- Nelson to sea was never bred, age, entered the port of London at ten Old Angel's a very « devil;" minutes past 5, P.M. Steered to Nan's Parry beats all by parrying law, lodgings-unshipped my cargo-Nan Stringer ne'er wound a reel. admired the shiners--so did landlord Edge never used nor set a saw, gave them a handful a-piece-emptied Nor Fast withstood a meal. a bowl of the right sort, with landlord, to the health of Lord Nelson-all three Le Dieu, sirs, keeps a house for beer ;set out for the play-got a berth in a Tom Paine's a goodly fellow, cabin on the larboard side--wanted And, in spite of Cobbett, he will apto smoak a pipe, but the boastwain

pear would'nt let me-Nan, I believe, called In flesh and bones, though sallow; the play Poll-zaro, with Harlekin-Ham- Tailor a stich has never sewn, let-but'd-me if I know stem from Serjeant was ne'er enlisted, stern--remember to rig out Nan like Slim, with surprise, is lusty grown, .. the fine folk in the cabin right a-head And Miss Roper's still untwisted. saw Tom Pink aloft in the corner of the upper deck-hailed him--the sig- Miss Martins Never fledged their wings, nal returned-some of the lubbers in Miss Swallows never travel, the cock-pit began to laugh--tipt 'em Miss Bird nor Starling ever sings, a little forecastle lingo till they sheer'd Miss Stone is as soft as gravel. off-emptied the grog bottle-fell fast Here's widow Jay completely dumb, asleep-dreamt of the battle of Cam. Here's widow Cross good natured ; perdown my landlord told me the Here's Mr. Handy without a thumb, play was over-d-n'd glad of it, And Cowie human featured. crowded sail for a hackney coach-got on board-squally weather-rather in-. Here's Mr. Fox without a tail, clined to be sea-sick-arrived at Nan's Thomson who is no poet, lodgings-gave the pilot a two-pound Cooper who cannot make a pail, note-told him not to mind the change And Sell who will not show it.

-supped with Nan, and swung in the Draper has never dealt in cloth, same hammock-looked over my rhino Excepting his profession, in the morning--great deal of it to be Armstrong has never killed a moth, sure but I hope, with the help of a few Or Garret kept possession. friends, to spend every shilling of it in a little time, to the honour and glory of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, OLD ENGLAND.

have ne'er

Been scribes in sacred writ;
ISLINGTON WORTHIES.

Water's so dry, he covets beer, ..
Here is Mr. Quick, who can scarcely And Lack entraps with wit;
walk,

Jolly is sick, Gay is sad, Mrs. White à decided tawney;

Badger's a gentle fellow; And Rhodes is supported by milk and Goode, like his name, is rarely bad, chalk,

Or Pearman ever mellow. And Miss Hogg is too lean to be brawney ;

I've hosts of others left in store-Mr. Flower's a flourishing Aaron's Rod, Anon, I'll ring their changes, Hogarth's a garden-painter,

When memory flings their pleasures French out of Britain has never trod,

And Miss Rose than a lily is fainter. And fancy round them ranges;
Bracebridge an arch has never made. For Islington contains such folks
Smith never beaten an anvil;

As love with friends to mingle
Miller knows nought of the foury trade, To please the married with the jokes,
And Stock stils will never be stand And marry all the single.
still;

Islington.

J. R. P.

THE LATE MR. NOLLEKENS. mand for his works, and that his cir

In private life, Mr. Nollekens was cumstances would compel him to quit considered penurious. It frequently a house in which he had resided for happens, however, that parsimony in thirty years, and in which he had hoped trifling matters, is found to be perfectly to die. Nollekens urged the propriety compatible with generosity in Things of of his giving up the house, and retiring moment. It was so in a great degree to cheap lodgings. This advice inwith Mr. Nollekens. While he would creased Mr. R.'s distress, which Nollehesitate to give half-a-crown to the ser-ken's perceiving, thus closed the convant who had brought him a haunch of versation" Well, well, remain in the venison from his friend the late Lord house ; keep your old study, and what Yarborough, he would not scruple to other rooms you want; let out the rest; put five pounds into the hands of any and here, take this (giving twenty distressed applicant whom he thought guineas, twisted up in a paper, and deserving of relief. Numerous exam- evidently prepared for the purpose) ; ples might be adduced of his liberality and, mind, I will send you the same in this respect. He had formerly an sum every year while you live." Mr. uncle who lived in France, to whom he Nollekens kept his word. allowed 301. per annum; and at various times he admitted regular pensioners on his bounty. The following anec

THE HOUSEWIFE. dote affords further and very pleasing

No. XIV. proofs of the great kindness of his disposition.

MEDICAL QUALITIES OP ' A Mr. R- formerly well known

POTATOES. as the publisher of some valuable anti The proportion of starch contained quarian works, was for many years in in the potatoe varies according to the habits of intimacy with Mr. N. . One species, but it is frequently as high as day he called at Mr. N.'s study, and 18 per cent. Analysis also discovers à appearing much depressed, Mr. Nolle. considerable portion of sugar, water, kens asked what was the matter. He and a peculiar vegetable juice, even in complained of faintness and extremely the driest sorts. The waxy sorts, which low spirits; on which Mr. N. said, are only, we believe, relished in Lon:

Go to the pump, and get a glass of dop, seemed to contain less farinaceous cold water." The poor fellow turned matter than the Irish or Scots potatoes. away with a big tear standing in his The introduction of the potatoe was eye at such apparently unfeeling ad- long opposed, like many other useful vice. This silent reproach, though un- things, by vulgar prejudice, which was observed by Nollekens, was noticed by first effectually weakened by Louis Mr. Smith (the father of the present XV. wearing a bunch of the flower on keeper of the prints in the British Mu. a festival day, in the midst of his seum), who was at that time Mr. Nol. Court, a circumstance that soon atlekens principal assistant. Immedi- tracted attention to its qualities. It is ately after the retirement of Mr. R-, not to be concealed, however, that the Mr. Smith told Mr. Nollekens that he potatoe, as it belongs to the family of had unnecessarily wounded the feel. the Night-shades, must have some of ings of a distressed man. Nollekens, the qualities of a narcotic poison and who had really recommended the cold accordingly we find that Dr. Latham water as the best remedy for low spirits. has tried an extract, prepared from the because it was that to which he himself leaves and flowers, by Mr. Hume, of had constantly had recourse,was shock Long Acre, which in the small quantity ed to think that he could have been so of two or three grains, acts as an anomisunderstood, and went directly to the dyne, and a double dose produces stuhouse of Mr. R-- , whom he found, por and giddiness. no doubt, indulging in bitter reflections Like Cassava, however, the potatoe, on his old croney's unkindness. 6 Tell if it possesses a parcotic juice in a raw me what's the matter," said Nollekens; state, most certainly loses it by the pro* I recommended cold water to you not cesses of cooking, and becomes one of from indifference, but as the best advice the most easily digested and nourishI could give you. Tell me as a friend ing articles of vegetable food, which is the cause of your atliction.” He im- not apt, like other vegetables, to promediately laid open bis situation, and duce viscidity and flatulence, though, it appeared that he had outlived the de. when used for the whole diet, as it

often is among the poor, it is apt to are aphrodisiac, or perhaps the opinion
weaken and relax the bowels. Cobbett may have arisen from Falstaff, in the ,
calls it the “ Root of Misery." The Merry Wives of Windsor, when he
celebrated chemist, Parmentier, for an says, “ let the sky rain patatoes,"
experiment, lived exclusively on .pota- though his allusion is to the sweet po-
toes for a month, without the least tatoe, a very different vegetable, now
effect on his health. The ease and ra- little used. We do not, however, think
pidity with which potatoes are digest- potatoes possess any specific aphrodi.
ed, is proved by the remark of labour- siac power, except by being nutritive.
ing people, who sooner feel a renewal
of their appetite after them, than any
other sort of food.

FRAUDS IN SOAP. Potatoes are most wholesome when The test of good soap is that it be either plainly boiled, steamed, baked hard, very firm, and without any ranin an oven with their skins on, or roast- oid' or tallowy smell. If any of this ed in an iron pot. By all of these me. smell can be observed, there has been thods the coarse rank juice is either ex. an under portion of the soda or pottracted or ameliorated, and the farina. ash used in the manufacture, and very ceous part rendered mealy and palata. probably a quantity of fuller's earth ble. By most other methods of dress. added to conceal the imperfection, ing, their nutritious and digestible pro. Rancid tallow, besides, often used for perties are more or less injured. cheapness in soap and candle-making, Mashed or beat potatoes, for example, has had a portion of its substance quite form a tough paste, which contains a destroyed by putrefaction, and the magreat proportion of air, beat into the terial it is used for is of course dete. mass while it is preparing, and con- riorated. This fraud is, we are infined by the tenacity of the potatoes. formed, more usually practised in During digestion this air is disengaged, making white and mottled soap, than and occasions an unpleasant flatulence in the other sorts.

Potatoes cooked under a roast, or Another test of considerable impor: roasted or fried with butter or drip tance in buying soap, is to observe the ping, have their farinaceous qualities quantity of water it contains. You remuch injured, and the brown crust quire not to buy water at the rate of usually formed on them, however pa eight-pence a pint from your chandler, latable and savoury it may be, is very though you do so to a great amount indigestible, in consequence of partial annually, if you buy his soap, however charing, and of the empyreumatic oil cheap, in a soft state, as it is water that which it contains. This will often de renders it soft. This fraud is, by range even the most vigorous stomach, means of fuller's earth, &c. often and ought never to be touched by the carried to the extent of one half the weak. Soup made with potatoes is weight. You would, consequently, be not so flatulent nor indigestible as pease as cheap in the end by buying good soup. New potatoes, though an agree hard soap at double the price of soft, able dish, contain very little of the nu tallowy, rancid stuff. tritive farina of the mature roots, being chiedy composed of mucilaginous mat

OXALIC ACID USED FOR ter, water, and sugar.

PUNCH AND LEMONADE.. Neither potatoes nor any other ve. Both in Britain and on the Contigetable dish, with the exception of nent, oxalic acid is much used as a pease soup, ought, ever to be warmed souring for punch, and for lemonade. up after standing over from a preced. Of course it is a cheap substitute for, ing meal, as in such cases they will and goes under the name of, essence of always be more or less unwholesome. lemons, citric or tartaric acid. We

When mixed with flour, potatoes are assure our readers, on the faith of both much used to increase the quantity of experiment and experience, that howbread at a cheap rate, and it has now ever dangerous this adulteration may become a common practice with bakers. appear, it is but little, if at all injurious. In Scotland they are kneaded with In order to prove a poison, oxalic acid oatmeal or barley flour, and cakes must be taken in considerable quanmade from the mixture. From the tity-at least an ounce, or half an Irish peasantry living chiefly on the ounce:- Epsom salts themselves would potatoe, and their being proverbially be equally poisonous if taken in a very prolific, it has been thought that they large dose. A large dose of sugar will

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als y prove poisonous, probably from From the gallant féis and in downoast its oxalic acid, as all oxalic acid is made state from sugar-a circumstance not popu. He back t'ward Granada hies, larly known. The chief use of oxalic While the sorrow and pain that madden acid is in cleaning boot tops.

his brain

Gush forth in his humid eyes. THE LOVERS' QUARREL. But the fairest frame that may chill The morning bright bathed in ross light love's flame Say Lucar's ample street,

With the fear of a rival's art, When Gazul drest in a snow-white vest Will ofttimes see that, like ghaont Mounted his courser fleet;

envy, With purple and green and in golden She preys on her own torn heart. sheen

Ere evening was near, after many a His trappings and harness shone,

tear Stately and loud and with champings Paid by burning love to pride,

Zelinda once more from her chamberCaracolld his brave steed on. ·

door At a mansion high with a balcony

Calls her page to her couch's side.Where a form of beauty stood

“My eyes overflow, haste, my dear Like an angel fair in the clear blue aire page, go On an errand of mortal good;

To Gazul the Moorish knight, Gazul checks his rein, for the pride of Say Zelinda will wait at her garden• Spain

gate · Was there in her matchless grace; At the hour of pale moonlight.On his soul she gleams, as the sun's Yet stay -oh, no! yes, my good page,

first beams O'er a soft cloud's silvery face.

Then she calls him back as fast

As her pride prevail'd and love's imHe lights on the ground with a war pulse fail'd, rior's bound,

But she sent him away at last.
And his knee to the earth is bent,
But his gaze is above at tbe maid of 1

of The moon slept sweet on San Lucar's his love,

street, From his heart's devotion sent:

And the trembling stars were bright, “To Gelves I go and the tourney's

is When the lover stole to the maid of

hís soul, - show, O vision of hope to me!

Through the shades of that lovely And thou art the charm that shall To the gate he is come, where the page

nerve my arm With the power of victory."

stands dumb

With the wicket in his hand : But with haughty scorn from the war. He has enter'd there to his mistress fair, rior-born

The star of Granada's land. Zelinda looks away,

Zelinda blush'd, but her voice was His love she spurns, for her bosom

hush'd burns

At the thought of her pride and In a hell of jealousy.

scorn, “Go, haste to the tilt, or the maid if And the Moor look'd down as he thou wilt,

fear'd a frown Whom thou lovest far more than : Might wither his hope new-born, me!”

A moment they stood as all lovers Not a moment is past and the casement would is fast,

· That had suffered a like annoy; . While the lover is on his knee. Then the knight in his arms lock'd his He gazes round, then low to the ground mistress charms, Casts a thunder-stricken glance,

In his bosom's speechless joy. And in wild despair on the marble “ By our prophet I swear, my Zelinda there

fair, Shivers his useless lance:

(Said the knight when he silence

broke) • The Moorish Romance in Gines Perez,

rer; That I'd sooner die by my enemy, beginning « Por la Plaça de San Lucar." is similar to the above in story.

Or suffer the Christian's yoke,

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Than day by day drag my life away got drunk for the good of his country.

Unwarm'd by thy eyes' bright beam, He was commonly followed by a cou. And the lists to me bring no victory ple of greyhounds and a pointer; and

But by spell of thy magic name. announced his arrival at a neighbour's “When I couch my lance, I see thee house by smacking his whip, or giving advance,

the view-halloo. A journey to London And direct it to my foe :

was, by one of these men, reckoned as When faint grows my stroke, I thy great an undertaking as is at present a name invoke,

voyage to the East Indies, and underAnd it nerves my falchion's blow; taken with scarce less precaution and No laurels I wear but for thee, my fair, preparation.” No hopes in my bosom spring

The mansion of one of these squires And I give no prayer where thou dost was of plaster, striped with timber, not share

not unaptly called calimanco-work; or My heart's whole offering."

of red brick, large casement bow win

dows, a porch with seats in it, and In the eloquence of her dark eyes' over it a study ; the eaves of the house sepse,

well inhabited by swallows, and the On the knight the maiden gazed,

court set round with hollyhocks ; near They told her tale more than words, the gate a horse-block for the conveavail,

niency of mounting. And the flame that within her

The hall was furnished with flitches blazed:

of bacon, and the mantle-piece with “Go, Gazul, go to the tourney's show,

guns and fishing rods of different diThy turban I'll dress for thee,

mensions, accompanied by the broadLest men should say that my fault to

sword, partizan, and dagger, borne by

his ancestor in the Civil Wars. The Robb'd thy arm of a victory." .

vacant spaces were occupied by stags' On his barb he sprung, while the

horns. Against the wall was posted

King Charles' Golden Rules, Vincent 'morning hung Like pearl in the eastern sky,

Wing's Almanack, and a portrait of And rock, tower, and tree, lay tran

the Duke of Marlborough. In his

window lay Baker's Chronicle, Fox's quilly In their colourless nightly dye.

Book of Martyrs, Glanville on Witches, To Gelves he went to the tournament,

Quincey's Dispensatory, the Complete With his mistress'token and prayer

's Justice, and a book of Farriery." Could he fear a blow from the boldest

doct The best parlour, which was never foe,

opened but on particular occasions, When Love was his armour there?

was furnished with Turk-worked

chairs, and hung round with portraits OBSOLETE CHARACTERS.

of his ancestors; the men in the characters of shepherds, with their crooks,

dressed in full suits, and huge fullTHE RURAL SQUIRE. bottomed perukes ; others in complete Grove draws the following amusing armour or buff coats, playing on the portrait of the country squire of the base-viol or lute. The females likeearly part of the last century. “I wise as shepherdesses, with the lamb mean,” says he, “the little independent and crook, all habited in high heads gentleman, who commonly appeared and flowing robes. in a plain drab or plush coat, large Alas/ these men and their houses are no more! silver buttons, a jockey cap, and rarely without boots. His travels never ex- THE OLD ENGLISH YEOMAN. ceeded the distance of the county town, Harrison, in his Introduction to Holand that only at Assize and Session linshed's History of Great Britain, gives time, or to attend an election. Once the following interesting definition of a week he commonly dined at the next the substantial yeoman or farmer in market town, with the Attorneys and Queen Elizabeth's days :Justices. This man went to church « This sort of people have a certaine regularly, read the Weekly Journal, preheminence, and more estimation settled the parochial disputes between than labourers and the common sort of the parish officers and the vestry, and artificers, and those commonlie live afterwards adjourned to the neigh- wealthilie, keepe good houses, and trabouring ale house, where he usually vell to get riches. They are also for

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