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THE LADLE AND BOWL. NOTHING TO BOAST OF. A man was brought before Lord It was said. by Sir Thomas Overbury, Mansfield, when on the home circuit, that the man who has nothing to boast who was charged with stealing a silver of but illustrious ancestors, is like a ladle. In the course of the evidence, potatoe—the only good thing belonging the counsel for the crown was rather to him is under ground. severe upon the prisoner for being an attorney. “Come, come,” said his ANECDOTE OF BURNS. lordship in a whisper to the counsel, 1 'Once on a time, when the poet Burns “ don't exaggerate matters ; if the fel dined with a party of friends at Glaslow had been an attorney, depend upon gow, among the company was a Mr. it he would have stolen the bowl as Barton, a dandy of that day, both in well as the ladle.
dress and language, his constant ex
pressions being “D—n my eyes! D-n A SMART REPROOF. my blood !” Burns had frequently been It is related of a dissenting minister, but declined the task, till Barton one
requested to write an epitaph for him, who resided the greater part of his day adding his own entreaty, Burns days in the city of Norwich, (a wag drew forth his pencil and wrote the in his turn) that as he was in the midst following: of a discourse, he perceived one of his congregation fast asleep just under
" Here cursing, swearing, Barton lies;
A bean, a back, or d-n my eyes ! his pulpit-raising his voice to its
Who in his life did little good, highest pitch, he suddenly exclaimed, And his last words were-'dn my blood !"" “ Fire! fire! fire !” The offender awaking, as suddenly jumpt up, crying
EPIGRAMS. in his turn, “Where? where? where?”
V PON A COBLER.
Because hee was still on the mending hand;
weather THINGS AS THEY WERE. And ripps vpp his soule from ye vpper leather. • When Buonaparte had abdicated
ON A TAYLOUR. the throne of France in 1814, it was
To one a Taylonr did this reason give said by some person at a fashionable
For his large bill that all nen wish to live:" party in Paris, that things were to be Nay Taylour, by my faith (quoth he) you lye; restored to the same state they were Your father hang'd hiinselfe-HEB wist to previous to the Revolution. “Oh! I dye. am delighted to hear that," exclaimed a lady present, who was no longer pos ANECDOTE OF A MISER. sessed of the bloom of youth, “ for then A miser having lost an hundred I shall be only 18 years of age.”
pounds, promised ten pounds reward
to any who should bring it him. An THE NON-PAYMENT OF THE
honest poor man, who found it, brought
it to the old gentleman, demanding the CIVIL LIST.
ten pounds. But the miser, to baffle George the Second, once, in a great him, alledged that there was a hunrage, sent for Mr. Pelham, then minis- dred and ten pounds in the bag when ter, to demand a reason why the civil lost. The poor man, however, was list was not paid. The minister replied, advised to sue for the money; and. “ The money destined for that purpose when the cause came on to be tried, it had been appropriated to another use, appearing that the seal had not been more urgent.” His majesty, with an broken nor the bag ript, the judge oath, told him, that if he did not pay said to the defendant's counsel, “ The it, he must get another minister who bag you lost had an hundred and ten would; “I will not,” added the king, pounds in it, you say;" “Yes, my “ be the only gentleman in the king- Lord,” says he: “ Then,” replied the dom who does not pay his servants' judge, “ according to the evidence given wages when due."
in court, this cannot be your money: for here are only an 'hundred pounds: therefore the plaintiff must keep it till the true owner appears."
THE POET'S CORNER.
Let cypress trees, and willows wave,
But all I ask to deck my grave I heard the lark warble aloft in the sky,
Shall be-“ Forget me not." But sad was my heart, and more tearful
W. M. B. mine eye. I wandered alone by the shadowy grove, The daisy was blooming, and cooing the dove,
LINES, To water the daisy, soft stole from mine eye Written on the Window of an Inn at Wick. A tear, and the dove seem'd to mock my sad
ham, in Hants. sigh.
Le monde des sots est tonts remplis, I sought the green bower, my William's retreat,
Et pour ne les jamais voir, The thyme and the moss was all wither'd of late;
Il faut se cacher chez lui, The primrose and violet bedecked the sad
Et casser eon mirroir. scene,
In English. But dead were their flowers, and drooping the He that's determind ne'er to see an ass, green.
Must bar his doors and break his looking glass. The pipe tree that lately had shaded the view. The lightning had shiver'd, and splinter'd the yew:
WRITTEN IN A YOUNG LADY'S I smiled on the ruin, nor wept as before,
PRAYER BOOK. For why should they flourish when William's
Youth, beauty, health, aud mirthful ease, no more.
Have each their sev'ral powers to please ;
That knows the charm, the pow'r of prayer?
Believe me, Hebe, in this book
May seek, may find a better grace
Than e'er adorn'd the fairest face.
Yet the recital of the words *And water'd by her tear.
Nor love, nor joy, nor grace affordy;
When prayer its proper mosic brings,
The sool itself must strike the strings. .
The pious heart, with love sincere.
May breathe its sighs in secret here;
Or burn with joys to all unknown,
But breasts of angels and its own.
Will live in Memory's sigh.
THE TWOPENNY BAG.
“My friends," he cried, “p-x take you for your care."--Pope. X. has adopted our motto, and we congratulate him on the result; indeed, his “ Lament" is in such very pretty strains, that we shall lament if we do not hear from him often.
It won't do, indeed it won't, Mr. Teaseall. It may be true, that the lady you mention “Paid bells, and musicians,
“ Wigs, gowns, skins, and trimming, “ Drugs, nurse, and physicians, “Good books for the women “Balls,raffles, subscriptions and chairs, “Plays,concerts, tea,negus,audprayers," but personal abuse is not what we want for our pages. We have, as requested, put the manuscript en feu.
The second Letter of “Giles in Lunnun to his brother Dick in the Country," is received, and will appear soon.
“ Cockneyisms" next week.-W.M. B. will see that we have not neglected his communications. He may guess the rest.
“ Sigh no more ladies," for we have just received an “ Ode” addressed to your dear selves, one and all--but really the gentleman has told his “tale of love" in such low strains, that we forbear inserting it: for the consequence might be fatal to some of our fair readers, though among the rational part
“ One half would never be believed,
“And t'other never read.” ** Contributions (post paid) to be sent to the Editor, at the Publishers.
“ We ought not, like the spider, to spin a flimsy web wholly from our own magazine; but,
like the bee, visit every store, and call tlie most useful and the best."-GREGORY.
VOLCANO IN JAPAN. disappeared with their inhabitants, or M. Titsingh, in his account of the were swept away." above volcano, says, “ In September, Java, one of the finest islands in the 1783, I received from Yedo the fol- world, is almost entirely volcanic. In lowing particulars of the dreadful 1586, there was an eruption which killed ravages occasioned by the eruption of 10,000 persons. In 1772, a great part the volcano, Asma-ga-daki, in the of the Passandayang was swallowed, districts of Djozou and Zinzon. At with violent explosions. Forty villages eight o'clock in the morning, there were destroyed; 2957 inhabitants, and arose in the province of Sinano, a very 16 miles in length and six of breadth strong east wind, accompanied with a were ingulphed. But a more extradull noise, like that of an earthquake, ordinary eruption was that of Tomboro, which increased daily. In four days a mountain in Sambawa, in 1815. So there was a tremendous noise, and a tremendous was this explosion, that its shock of an earthquake; the walls of effects extended over the Molucca the houses cracked, and seemed ready Islands, Java, and a large portion of to tumble; each successive shock was Celebes, Sumatra, and Borneo, to a more violent, till the flames burst forth, circumference of 1000 miles from its with a terrific uproar, from the summit centre, by tremulous motions; and the of the mountain, followed by a tre- report of the explosion was heard at mendous eruption of sand and stones : Java, 300 miles distant; while showers though it was broad day, every thing of ashes fell upon the island, and totally was enveloped in profound darkness, darkened the atmosphere. The ashes through which the flames alone threw lay an inch and a half deep at Macassar, at times a lurid light. For three days distant 250 miles. The sea was, for the mountain never ceased to cast up many miles round Sambawa, so covered sand and stones. The large village of with pomice-stone and trunks of trees, Sakamoto, and several others, situated as to impede the progress of ships ; at the foot of the volcano, were soon and the atmosphere was, for two entire reduced to ashes, by the ignited matter days, in total darkness. The explowhich it projected, and by the flames sions were not orily heard at Java, and which burst from the earth. (See the the 'before-mentioned islands, but at Engraving.) The inhabitants filed; Banca and Amboyna; the latter 890 but the chasms, every where formed miles distant, the former 986. by the opening of the grouad, prevented their escape, and in a moment a great number of persons were swallowed up
LITERARY CHARACTERISor consumed by the flames. The water of the rivers Yoko-gawa and Carou
TICS AND CURIOSITIES. sawa boiled; the course of the Yonegawa, one of the largest rivers of Japan,
- Why, what would you ? was obstructed, and the boiling water
List to a brief tale
Shakspeare. : inundated the adjacent country. The SWIFT'S LAST LINES. bears, hyænas, and other beasts of prey, fled from the mountains, and Swift, in his lunacy, had some interflocked to the neighbouring villages, vals of reason. On one occasion his where they devoured the inhabitants, physicians took him with them to enjoy or mangled them in a most horrible the advantages of fresh air. When they manner. The number of dead bodies came to the Phoenix Park, Dublin, Swift floating upon the rivers was incalcu. remarked a new building which he had lable. Twenty-seven villages were never before seen, and asked “what it swallowed up, and four only escaped ; was designed for?" Towhich Dr Kingsnamely, Matsyeda, Yasouye, Takasa- bury answered, “That, Mr. Dean, is kie, and Fousie-oka. At the last of the magazine for arms and powder, for these places there fell a shower of red- the security of the city." " Oh, oh!" hot stones, each weighing four or five says the Dean, pulling out his pocketouncez. At two o'clock the same day, book, “ let me take an item of that. the mountain of Asama cast forth a This is worth remarking; "my tablet's!' torrent of flames and balls 'of fire, and as Hamlet says, my tablet's ! memory the whole country was enveloped in put down that."" Which produced the darkness. Many other villages, be following lines, being the last the Dean sides those here named, either partly ever wrote:
* '« Behold a proof of Irish sense!
ON TAE DIGNITY, POWER, AND AUTHO-
· RITY OF THE PARLIAMENT, AND OF and then put up his pocket-book,
THE ORDERS OBSERVED THEREIN, laughing heartily at the conceit, and
FROM A PAPER WRITTEN IN THE clenching it with, “When the steed's
stead's REIGN OF QUEEN ELIZABETH. stolen, shut the stable door," . [Continued from page 391.)
Also, every one of these members HYPER-CRITICISM.
onght to be incorrupt, no briber, nor
taker of rewards, gifts, or money, either When Colman read his admirable for devising of any Bill, or for speakopera of Inkle and Yarico to the late ing of his mind, but to do all things Doctor Mosely, the Doctor made no uprightly and in such sort as is best remark during the progress of the for the King and Commonwealth. piece, but when it was ended, being
Also, every one ought to be of a quiet, Asked what he thought of it? “ It he
honest and gentle behaviour; none won't do," said the Doctor, “stuff, taunting, checking, or misusing another nonsense !” Every body else having in any unseemly words or deeds, but been delighted with it, this decided all, affections set apart, to do and endisapprobation puzzled the circle; and deavour, in wisdom, sobriety, and on being asked why? “I'll tell you,"
knowledge, that which that place replied the critic, you say in the requireth. finale
Also, all the prisons, wards, jails, . . Now let us dance and sing
within the realm, and the keepers of • While all Barbad pes' bells shall ring.' the same, are at the commandment of It won't do, there is but one bell in the
the Parliament for the custody and whole island.
safe keeping, or punishment, of all and every such prisoners as shall be sent to
any of them by the Parliament-houses, on THE RAMBLER.
or any of them: bowbeit most comIt is a curious trait of that age, that monly
+ monly the Tower of London is the when Dr. Johnson's Rambler was first prison which is most used,
Also, if my one of the Parliamentpublished, the sale was very confined and inconsiderable, and the only paper
house be served, sued, arrested, or which was really popular, and had a
attacked by any writ, attachment, or prosperous sale, was No. 97, which minister of the King's Bench, Common was said to be written by Richardson,
Pleas, Chancery, or what court soever and not Johnson.
witbin this realm, the party so troubled and making complaint thereof to the
Parliament house, then forthwith the GENEROUS PATRONAGE OF Serjeant-at-Arms is to be sent to the POPE.
same court, not only advertising that A needy disciple of the Muses once
the party so molested is one of the Par.
liament-house, but also inhibiting and sent a poem to Pope, which ended with the following lines :
commanding the officers of the said
court to call in the said process, and The most I seriously wonld bope,
not to deal any further against the said 'Is just to read the words A. Pope, Writ, witbout aneer, or show of banter,
party; for the Parliament being the Beneath your friendly imprimantur."" highest court, all other courts are inAs soon as Pope had perused the
ferior, and yield and give place to the poem,' he returned it to the poor
same. bard, with the subscription money for
Also, as every one of the Parliament
house is free for his own person for all two copies, accompanied with the fol
manner of suits to be commenced against Iswing couplet:
him, so are all his servants free, and .. « May these put money in your purse, not to be troubled or molested, but For I assure you I've read worse.
being troubled, they have the like 4. P. remedy as the master hath or may
Also, no manner of person, being not one of the Parliament-house, ought to