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The only novelty at the Hay- ditti,—and his fortunate escape from market has been the first appearance their cavern, with the sweet warbof a young lady, Miss Paton, as Ro- ling Donna Mencia (Miss Carew). sina, of whose voice and singing a In the third act, being eight years particular account is given in our older, and so long beloved by the Musical Report. We pass on there- Donna, he is discovered in her fafore to the

ther's garden,--fights with and

wounds her brother,—and is obliged ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE.

to fly, but, rescuing her father in an Two new pieces have been pro- attack of robbers, is rewarded with duced at this prolific theatre,-Ġor- the hand of the lady; and here the don the Gipsy, a melo-drame, and play begins to outgrow the novel. Gil Blas, a five act opera, which last The Senior Gil Blas, at fifty-two, is now carries Gordon pick-a-back, the happy father of Donna Antonia, through the warm summer nights, and minister of state to Philip IV. in the shape of an 'afterpiece. To That monarch, under the disguises speak first of the greater novelty, of Duke of Lerma, and a knight of Gil Blas,-novel in its construction, Calatrava, thinks proper to tempt and taken from Le Sage's novel,-it his honesty as a father and a minisis, indeed, an originality, an inven- ter; and, as a further trial of his tion—a Gregorian innovation, where- constancy, the inflexible Gil Blas is in the Author, introducing his hero imprisoned, by order of the Duke of at seventeen, changes his style to Lerma, in the dungeons of Madrid. twenty-five, and finally dates him at Here he meets with his old acquaintthe ripe age of fifty-two. To effect ance, the robber chief, now turned this, two lapses-or leap-years are jailor, and is saved from his vengesupposed between the acts, one of ance and dagger by Picaro, who eight, the other of twenty-seven visits him as a holy father, to the years; and the three ages are perso- salvation of his body,—the gates are nated by Miss Kelly, Mr. Pearman, suddenly thrown open-the king enand Mr. Bartley. The attempt was ters with Antonia, guards, &c. &c. strange, difficult, and dangerous; yet and the integrity of Gil Blas being we anticipated that, well managed, formally recognised and lauded, the it might prove a happy invention, monarch graciously cedes Antonia and present an interesting abridg- to her lover. ment of the chronology of Gil Blas Altogether, the play is sufficiently -a foreshortened picture of his life fruitful of incident, with some inter-with three distances—and lending esting situations-for instance, that our imagination to the leap, the tran- of Donna Mencia tying the negro's sitions really did not shock us. We black leg to his white one, in the casay this of the time only, for in truth vern—the scenery of which is very we fancied a gap elsewhere, in the ingenious—and the attempted assashero himself, who seemed to want sination of Gil Blas in the dungeon. some trait, some enduring charac- The duration of the piece - its worst teristic to accompany him in his novelty--extending itself into the transmigrations, and to show that al- noon of night, was somewhat felt at though so changed, it was still Gil its first performance, but after the Blas that was altered.

necessary and judicious curtailments, The Author, with some devia- “ making it keep better hours," it tions, has followed the novel in his met with a very favourable reception. early incidents. After Gil Blas' part- We could wish that one song, “ With ing with his uncle, who blesses him spirits aching,” had been left in, for

- with a bag of ducats—we have the sake of the words as well as the his adventure with Picaro, the false air—but let that pass. beggar-his first lesson of life at Miss Kelly, as the young Gil Blas, Pennaflor, as the Eighth Wonder of at seventeen-he does not look a day the World-his capture by the ban- older-played very delightfully, but

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we like her best as Antonia - her Gordon the Gipsy is the name and own daughter by descent. We quite title of a fierce northern outlaw-a gave in to her re-appearance as personification of the spirit of re

very like her father when he was venge- - which, when it lives under seventeen ;” and however much her the black snaky ringlets worn by Mr. compound relationship, with her own T. P. Cooke, is always terrible. He personal feeling of individuality, looked indeed like a Scottish manmight be puzzling to herself, to us tiger--tartan-striped--that would she was plural, multi-personal. Her pick revenge to the bones.

Wildly first song, Farewell, from Ovieda's and savagely he lurked about while towers," was pretty- and the bell ac- his enemy crossed the lake, and fired companiment chimed in most dream- his flaming signal in the dark mooningly; but in her last, to the King, light, exulting in the requital of his she was as arch as an angel, and so na- father's murder, by the false Gavin tural, that if there were not so many Cameron, now master of the forfeitSonnets to Nature already, we would ed Drummond's Keep.

Observing write one to her, and desire nothing that his victim, on ringing a bell, is better than to hear her read it! Her drawn up into the tower, he avails dress too-to step out of our element himself of the secret, and presents -was tasteful and elegant; and, if himself as the long lost son, Allan the word were not applied vulgarly, Cameron, whom he is said to have Corinthian, in that crisp silky foliage resembled. Alice, however, suspects on the sleeve; and as for her train— her cousin's relationship, and, to prove O what a train to’list in! Mr. Bart- his identity, brings Old Marian ley played the fifty-second Gil Blas Moome, the nurse, who declares, in with great spirit, and gave him a a tone which goes to the heart, that body, like port-full, rich, and rosy; he is “ no Cameron !” The old woin his scene with the Duke of Lerma man afterwards attempts his life in he seemed really to be father to his bis sleep, but is prevented by Le own indignation. Mr. T. P. Cooke, Noir, a negro domestic, bound by as the robber chief, looked very brave a renewed oath of fidelity to the and handsome ; and Wrench, as Pi. Gipsy, of whose fortunes he had forcaro, was worth twenty omlets, and merly been a follower. Gavin, nevergave due effect to the jests he was theless, still believes in his son Allan entrusted with. He was by turns a -saves him from a band of soldiers thief, secretary, and pediar, but came who apprehend him in the keep ; and to an honest man at the bottom of finally falls himself, with his niece his character, like the Hope in Pan- Alice, who is loved by Gordon, into dora's box, which is something for a the hands of the gipsies. Gordon, in moral. The rest of the performers the true spirit of Scottish revenge, exerted themselves in a very laudable takes Cameron on the lake, that he manner; Mr. Pearman, indeed, was may drown him in the very place scarcely what we could have wished, where his father had been drowned, in Gil Blas, at twenty-five,-except and see him struggle, twelve feet in his dress, which was elegant—and deep, as his father had struggled not so “cunning at fence," as he ought among the grassy weeds; bat at this to have been, if his adversary had moment the soldiers arriving, Gornot been worse. Mr. Ambrose remind- don, after stabbing Cameron, is shot ed us rather too much of Punch in in the boat, the gipsies are dispersed, his yellow costume, but this is a fault and Drummond's Keep, fired by the that he may leave off.

old negro, is burnt into ashes. The music was pleasing, and, ac- Mr. Rowbotham upheld the chacompanied by the sweet voices of racter of Gavin Cameron very reMisses Kelly, Povey, and Carew, spectably; Mrs. Bryan gave very braced up our ears like tonics; we ably the unable old nurse, tottering rather wondered that any one could and nodding as if to her fall; Mr. hiss Miss Povey and Mr. Broadhurst Salter blackened his character very in a duett, but so it was, doubtless laudably in the Negro; and Mr. by some one who had no ear for inu- Broadhurst sang a very pretty song, sic.

very sweetly, as Dunbar, the lover of Alice (Miss Carr).

Tradition says,


that this lady, on the first night, look- with the Gordon, he conducted himed so very interesting to a kind gen- self right pleasantly, if not valiantly, tleman in the boxes, that he threw and we heartily rejoiced to see him himself-in a scrap of paper – at her save his own life-as by a miracle feet, offering himself,“ an honest man with a bullet through his bonnet. worth 2501. per annum," to her ac- · The music was very well selected, ceptance. What the lady thought and the scenery good; especially the we know not-for our part, we think night view of Drummond's Keep, in « an honest man” is worth more. which a greater apparent distance

Mr. Wilkinson, as Mr. Gillespie was given to the moon than is comFarantosh, landlord of the Blue monly effected. We are not meloSheep's Head, did good in a humour- dramatic in our taste, but the present ous part, especially in his gipsy- one pleased us much ; and it was hunting, with a gun which had been given out for repetition with general long in the family, and would be applause. long anywhere. In his encounter



Our foreign abstract for the pre- good has, however, resulted from it; sent month does not present features the new ministers, thus taught to of very extraordinary interest. The appreciate their royal master, have affairs of Spain are beginning to proceeded, without the least scruple, assume a more favourable aspect. to sweep from the palace every susThe events of the seventh of July, pected person; the whole tribe of recorded in our last, were followed sycophants have been banished by the resignation of all the minis- without ceremony, and the "beters, who have been replaced by loved " is left in royal solitude, to staunch friends to the constitutional meditate upon perfidy exposed, and system. It now appears that the tyranny defeated, without even one resistance of some of the royalist congenial soul to sympathise in his officers was instigated by Ferdinand misfortunes. General Morillo has himself. When some of them were resigned; the household has been put upon their trial, they pleaded the placed under the superintendance of king's commands, and sent, through the Marquis of Santa Cruz, a tried the legal officer appointed by the friend to liberty; and the celebrated state to prosecute them, a letter for Mina takes the command in Catalo Ferdinand's recognition, which they nia, with a sufficient force at his disalleged they had received from him. posal to crush the factious in that -Ferdinand without hesitation ac- unfortunate and disaffected district. knowledged the letter, but said they The greatest attention to the state were great fools to act on it, when of the finances is paid by the new it was not countersigned by a minis- administration, and this is supposed ter, which alone could give it force! to be only a preliminary to a more The legal officer, struck with amaze- extensive military organization. It is ment, indignantly remonstrated, but said, that the moment the internal Ferdinand's only reply was—"No disturbances are quelled, and the matter, you have been directed to army put upon a proper footing, a prosecute, and I suppose you must demand will be made upon the French do your duty !!” He then tranquil- king for the instant removal of the ly turned away, leaving the unfor- cordon sanitaire, which, if refused, tunate men to their fate. It is a will doubtless lead to important remelancholy fact, that the state of the sults. Indeed such a demand apcountry required the execution of pears now to be imperiously called some of these deluded dupes. One for, as the French ultras have thrown off the mask, and openly declared in tainly, we have now to add a signal the chamber, that this cordon had and providential retribution. The objects ulterior to any sanitary con- following is the detailed account, sideration. Their instrumentality, which has been since officially achowever, in the accomplishment of knowledged by the Turkish governthese objects, may not prove so veryment. Iwo Greek fireships, which facile, if it be true, as reported, that had eluded the vigilance of eleven when the soldiers heard of the con- Turkish ships of war, penetrated in stitutional triumph at Madrid, they the night into the Canal of Chio, and waved their caps in the air, loudly succeeded in approaching the admishouting, “ Long live the liberties of ral's ship of 130 guns. One, about Spain."

two in the morning, got so near as The French parliament has been to grapple it closely on the larboardprorogued, after another of those le- side, applying the fire there. The gislative exhibitions, in which the prodigious efforts of the crew at words “liar,” “traitor," “slave," and length succeeded in disengaging the “ demagogue,” were alternated with admiral's ship from the fireship, after a facility which nothing but practice which the ship of the Captain Bey could give. The immediate cause of sunk it. But the second fireship also this altercation was an allusion made approached the admiral's ship, and in the indictment against General set fire to it, while the Turks were Berton to four members of the left endeavouring to get rid of the first. side of the chamber, two of whom Within three quarters of an hour are B. Constant and the Marquis La the fire reached the magazine, and Fayette, a name consecrated to li- the vessel blew up with a terrible berty. It is said to have been a part explosion. The Captain Pacha, who of Berton's plan, to have constituted had been severely wounded, but who these four members into a provisional did not wish to leave his ship, was government; but whether they par- forcibly put into a boat by his attenticipated in his design does not ap- dants. A mast, however, which impear. They were naturally extreme- mediately fell, wounded him morly indignant at the mention of their tally on the head, sunk the boat, and

An impression had also gone he was brought ashore on the wreck. abroad, not very likely to conciliate He expired within an hour, and was them, that the Austrian and Prussian buried on the sands of Scio, amid the armies were to enter France in consi- ruins he had created. Out of the . derable force, with the two-fold ob- whole crew, consisting of 2,286, ject of acting against Spain, and scarcely 200 were saved. Two other securing the obedience of the French ships of the line, and a frigate, were army! In allusion to this, General saved, but much damaged. The Foy exclaimed in the chamber of de- Greek crews, after achieving this exp!ities, “ The holy alliance has been ploit, succeeded, amid the alarm and mentioned! The holy alliance! we confusion of the moment, in passing know it only by the taxes which it safely in their boats through the has imposed; by the calamities which Turkish fleet, and returning to Ipit has inflicted on us. But if its sara, where the intelligence was cesoldiers appear again on the national lebrated by salvos of artillery, which territory-if we are menaced with a lasted an entire hour, and the sound third occupation, all Frenchmen, of which was distinctly heard at Scio. whether military or not-(the whole During the night of the 19th the Otleft side rose, exclaiming, all, all,)- toman troops, enraged at the loss of all France would rise and march the Captain Pacha, attacked the united to exterminate them."--If foreign consulates in the island, but things go on as they promise, we were repulsed; after which they rethink it not unlikely that the sin- newed their cruelties upon the few cerity of this declaration may be put surviving inhabitants. We are sorry to the test.

to have to add, that the receipt of In our last we recorded, with grief this intelligence in Constantinople and horror, an account of the Turk- proved the signal for new enormities. ish enormities in the isle of Scio; and In the first week in July no less than with very different sensations cer- 1500 Greeks were apprehended, of


whom two hundred were immediately full robes, and the Foreign Ambassastrangled, and the rest were thrown dors in the state dresses of their reinto prison, in all probability to spective courts, presented a truly share a similar fate. A rising in grand and imposing appearance. At that capital of the Janissaries had very little after two o'clock, the King also taken place, but it was repressed entered the House in his parliamenby the Vizier, who called in the as- tary robes, wearing the crown, and sistance of the Asiatic troops ; 200 took his seat on the throne. The of the Janissaries are stated to have Duke of Wellington carried the sword fallen. The insurrection was caused, of state. The Earl of Liverpool as it is said, by a suspicion on their Prime Minister, the Lord Chancellor, part, that the Turkish government and the Archbishop of Canterbury, intended to get rid of them-a not took their stations near the throne. improbable suspicion certainly, if we The Commons were immediately consider the frequent mutinies and summoned, who appeared at the bar massacres which they occasion. A in considerable numbers, headed by meeting, we are glad to say, has the Speaker. The Right Hon. genbeen called in Edinburgh, in favour tleman, on presenting some bills for of the Greeks, and a subscription the royal assent, entered into a recommenced for the surviving Sciots; view of the labours of the late Session ; the first resolution says most happily he dwelt particularly on the attention and truly, that “the name and his which had been paid to the finances, tory of the Greeks are associated on the great remission of taxation with recollections of the most sacred which had been effected, and on the nature, and excite in the breast of benefit derived by the state from the the scholar, the patriot, and the reduction of the five per cent. annuiChristian, a deep and lively interest ties. He also reverted to the state in the fate of that once illustrious, of Ireland as reported by Lord Welbut long oppressed and degraded peo- lesly at the commencement of the ple.” The meeting was numerously session, and the harsh measures attended, and its object taken up which it was found necessary consewith a zeal to which we heartily wish quently to adopt; after this, he re

It is now said, but with verted to the subsequent famine, and what truth we know not, that the the supplies which Ministers had reRussian army upon the borders of commended to avert it; concludRussia had shown very decided symp- ing this very brief epitome of their toms of a new born democratic spirit! labours, by declaring that “the If this be true, perhaps Russian boors Commons had performed their duty, may yet write the epitaph of the and hoped that they would meet the Holy Alliance. A considerable op- public approbation.” The royal assent position begins to manifest itself to was then given in the usual form to the nomination of Iturbide, the new the several bills which the Commons Mexican Emperor. He has promul- had brought up; after which, his Magated his free constitution; the first jesty, in a clear audible tone, deliarticle of which is, that “the Catholic vered the following speech from the religion is the religion of the state, throne. and that none other shall be tolerated !" Our domestic abstract for this month

My Lords and Gentlemen,-I cannot contains some intelligence of public release you from your attendance in Parinterest, and some, we regret to say, liament, without assuring you how sensible of a painful nature. We shall take I am of the attention you have paid to the the details, however, in their order. many important objects which have been On the 6th of August the parliament brought before you in the course of this was prorogued by his Majesty in long and laborious Session.

ị continue to receive from Foreign person. The House of Lords was opened at an early hour, and every friendly disposition towards this country ;

Powers the strongest assurances of their possible preparation was made to

and I have the satisfaction of believing, give eclat to the ceremony.


that the differences which had unfortunatenever witnessed a finer display of ly arisen between the Court of St. Petersbeautiful and magnificently dressed burg and the Ottoman Porte are in such females, who, with the Peers in their a train of adjustment as to afford a fair


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