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fell off, in such a situation that, in a second or two, the hind wheel must have gone over him. The elephant, which was
stationed behind the gun, perceiving the predicament in which Wonderful Eye.-At a place called Buch, near Versailies, the man was, instantly, without any warning from its keeper, lives a woman, the iris of whose eyes is divided into twelve lifted up the wheel with its trunk, and kept it suspended till sections, forming an exact dial, the figures resembling those on the carriage had passed clear over him. The attachment or disthe small watches that are encircled in rings to wear on the like of elephants to their keepers, according to the treatment finger ; she was born with this peculiarity, and yet has the per they receive, is too well known to veed illustration. I have fect use of her sight.
myself seen the wife of a mohaut (for the followers often take
their families with them to camp) give a baby in charge to the Invention of Balloons.--Montgolfier, besides being the in elephant, while she went on some business, and have been ventor of ærostatic balloons, was the first who manufactured | highly amused in observing the sagacity and care of the unvellum paper in France. The accident which led him to the wieldy nurse. The child, which like most children, did not formation of balloons was curious enough. One day, in his like to lie still in one position, would, as soon as left to itself, paper-manufactory, he was boiling some wafers in a coffee-pot, begin crawling about, in which exercise it would propably gel which happened to be covered with a piece of paper in the form among the legs of the animal, or entangled in the branches of of a sphere, and this paper being full of steam, swelled and the trees on which he was feeding; when the elephant would, detached itself from the pot. Montgolfier was surprised, and in the most tender manner, disengage his charge, either by liftrepeating the experiment, the paper again ascended; this led ing it out of the way with his trunk, or by removing the imhim to calculate the effect of rarified air, which should be lighter pediments to its free progress. If the child had crawled to than the atmospheric air--and hence the invention of ærostation. such a distauce as to verge upon the limits of his range (for
the animal was chained by the leg to a peg driven into the American theory of Happiness. There are two ways of being
ground), he would stretch out his trunk, and lift it back as happy. We may either diminish our wants, or augment our
gently as possible to the spot whence it had started and this means. Either will do the result is the same ; and it is for
without causing any alarm to the child, which appeared accuseach man to decide for himself, and to do that which may hap
tomed to the society and treatment of its Brogdignagiao guar. pen to be the easiest. If you are idle, or sick, or poor, how
dian.-Twelve Years Military Adventures. ever hard it may be to diminish your wants, it will be easier than to augment your means. If you are active and prosperous
The Foot of the Elephant. The foot of this gigantic animal or young and in good health, it may be easier for you to aug
is still more tender than that of the horse. Many elephants ment your means, than to diminish vour wants. But if you are wise, you will do both at the same time, young or old, sick or
are altogether incapacitated for service by diseases of the foot. well, rich or poor: and if you are very wise, you will do both
brought on by injuries received in travelling. Is it not pos
sible to invent a shoe which would serve both to strengthen in such a way as to augment the geveral happiness of society.
and defend the foot ? The great difficulty would be in fixing it Oriental Rhodomontade.-When his innumerable armies on, as the elephant's foot, unlike that of the horse, is both round marched, the heavens were so filled with the dust of their feet, and soft in the sole ; but, with the opportunities for study afthat the birds of the air could rest thereupon. His elephants forded by our menageries, it is not likely that ingenuity exerted moved like walking mountains; and the earth, oppressed by
in this way should long be unrewarded. The artist who may their weight, mouldered into dust, and found refuge in the
succeed in inventing shoes for the elephant, will confer a peaceful heaven.- Indian grant of Land, Asiatic Register.
lasting and important obligation on some of the greatest coun
tries in the world.- Ibid. Anecdote.- A small party of a Highland regiment had been despatched from the little village of to search for arms. Halley's Comet.-This comet, appeared in 1531, 1607, 1082, They stopped at the cabin of a peasant, and demanded entrance. 1759, having a period of somewhere about 76 years, which is Poor Pat had a cow, a rare blessing. He was in the act of not so great as the planet Uranus, whose time is about 83 years. cleansing its miserable hovel, with a large three-pronged fork, The times of comets are very much affected by what are called when he observed the soldiers around his cottage. Trishmen planetary perturbations, which ought always to be taken into generally act from the first impulse; and the first impulse of consideration in calculating their return. A little before the Pat's mind at this moment was self-preservation. He darted appearance of the comet of 1759, Clariaut determined the from the hovel, and with the long fork in his hand, dashed amount of these planetary perturbations to be so great as to through the astonished soldiers, heading his course towards a cause the comet to exceed its reputed time by 618 days, and neighbouring bog, bounded by the road over which we passed. predicted its approach about the middle of April, 1759. It ap
The party pursued-Pat had gained an important point. The peared on the 12th of March. But he had previously declared attention of the enemy was drawn off from his castle, and his that he might have committed an error of a month. The appear. little family had time to make arrangements for their safety. ance of the luminary was within the limits of the error he had The pursuit was hot, but the retreat still more vigorous ; the supposed possible. No doubt all these circumstances are taken incumbrance of brogues was soon laid aside, and Pat, in his into consideration by the improved calculations of modern native phraseology, gained the bog in a jiffey. He was more analysis, so that we may look with a considerable degree of fleet than his pursuers ; but a stout, lengthy, brawny grenadier, certainty for the meteoric visitor. We were disappointed, as familiar with bog and mountain as the best Irishman in the however, in 1832, in one of these predictions. Of comets we province, had far outran his companions, and every moment know very little; it is probable they are bighly electrified gaining ground in the pursuit, was just within bayonet reach, bodies, and may be instrumental in clearing the planetary when Pat, wheeling rapidly round, charged him with his long sphere of its noxious properties, serving as a species of broom three-pronged fork in frout; the thrust was a home one, and to the heavens, which, in figure they much resemble. There the Highlander fell. Pat. who in all his varieties of life had can he no doubt of their utility, whatsoever be the nature of it, rever seen the Highland costume before, gazed jo surprise on Nature, however, profuse in her productive powers, seems, his fallen enemy, addressing him in his native language. not withstanding, to do nothing in vain ; every thing is useful " Though eshin, That augus gu neineg sheighmough yut S' Dioul in its place; and, what is more, every thing seems to be indisun daugh viegh urth er maudin um eigh sheigh, augus taught pensable. amaugh gou dugh brieshtiegh:"_" Take that, and much good inay it do you ; you were in a devil of a hurry after me this Prejudice.--". The servile flattery of the ancients," says a morning, when you did not wait to put on your breeches."
reverend divine (Faber on the mysteries of the Cabiri), Narrative of the Irish Rebellion of 1798.
“ (translated the deified spirit of Cæsar into the Julium Sidus Elephants.-One example of their sagacity was related to me
(or Julian Star); and a great astronomer of the present day, by an officer of artillery, who witnessed the transaction. The
adopting the classical compliment without the classical imbattering-train going to the siege of Seringapatam had to cross
piety, has given the appellation of the Georgiam Sidus (or the sandy będ of a river, that resembled other rivers of the
George's Star) to the newly discovered planet."-We wonder Peninsula, which have during the dry season but a small stream
how many hairbreadths of difference there are between the anof water running through them, though their beds are mostly
cient classical impiety and the modern compliment. We of considerable breadth, very heavy for draught, and abound
strongly suspect that, when both are analysed, they will be ing in quicksands. It happened that an artillery-man, who
found not only to contain the same ingredients, but to be ideowas seated on the limber of one of the guns, by some accident
tically the same.
SKETCHES OF THE CONTINENT. called Almack's Balls, and where there are ladies pa
tronesses to decide upon the claims of the candidates BERLIN,
for admission, who rival in the nicety of their discrimiThe manners of the king in his court, and in his in- | nation the illustrious conclave who keep the world in tercourse with his subjects, are marked by great sim- awe in London. Here all the rank and fashion of plicity and moderation. All affairs in which he him Berlin assemble, and the exclusiveness of the company self is personally concerned are regulated upon the most doubtless much enhances the joy and satisfaction of severe system of decorum and punctuality. His hours those fortunate enough to have passed muster. There of repast are all fixed, and most accurately observed. are likewise a series of public balls, given about Christ. No deviation of the most triling nature takes place in mas, in the concert saloon in the theatre-royal, which the daily routine of his own household, which is indeed is certainly one of the most magnificent ball-rooms in one of a magnitude much below what our ideas of regal the world. It is of immense size, and of very great splendour would require. The royal palace in Berlin, height, with galleries quite round for such of the conthat at least in which the present king always lives, is pany as are spectators merely of the gay scene. Part the same he occupied in the lifetime of his father, and of the gallery is set apart for the accommodation of the is very small. Its furniture are by no means of a costly royal family, and particularly for that of the Princess nature, and every thing in the person and palace of Von Leugnitz, the wife of the king. His majesty Frederick William gives token of his mind being fixed mingles with the crowd, but generally retires very early. upon more important objects than the empty trappings To these balls at the theatre the public is admitted of royalty. To luxury and magnificence, in which | by tickets, issued by the Graf Von Rader, the king's other kings have been seen to place their chiefest glory, chamberlain, to whom all applications must be subhe appears perfectly indifferent, holding it by no means
mitted. But this appears more to be a form than inessential to dazzle the eyes of a well-educated people, tended to render the balls very select. The exhibition, in order to secure their respect to his person, or their however, is certainly one of a very splendid description, obedience to his government.
and affords great gratification to a stranger in Berlin. There is, perhaps, only one amusement which the Here you see the whole court of the king, together with King of Prussia pursues with unceasing ardour, and the members of his family, mixed with the families of with which he allows nothing to interfere. I refer to the respectable, though not perhaps the fashionable his taste for the theatre. Every evening he is in Berlin, burghers. And it is agreeable to observe the freedom he is present at one of the theatres in the city. There of that intercourse which unites all ranks in an indisare two larger theatres and one smaller. To one of the criminate melée. This freedom is carried to an extent larger ones he goes every evening, attended by members which we may consider rather outrageous. I have seen of his family, generally sitting in a private box, whilst one of the king's sons waltzing with an actress of the the royal box, which is of large dimensions, and placed French company, and the sisters Elsler, the famous in the middle of the circle of boxes, is occupied by his danseuses, who were there, addressed in the most fasuite, and often by his sons the princes. Three times miliar manner by the king himself. Still there is a in the week are given at the theatre-royal representa. high gratification in the whole scene. A monarch tions in the French language. To the French come- mingling with his people in their amusements, unat. dians the king is very partial, paying their salaries from tended by a single emblem of his dignity, is both a his own purse. On the occasion of these representations singular and instructive spectacle. So far, indeed, do he is alway present. On the other evenings, and par these balls appear to be strictly “burgerlich," that no ticularly on Sunday evenings, he is at the opera-house, military uniforms are worn at them. The king, his which is a very splendid theatre, though not very sons, generals, and officers, all appear as private indi'arge when compared with the Italian opera-houses in viduals, and in plain clothes. Thus the very semblance Paris and London. The king retires before nine, even of that power, which is in reality wielded by the king, should the performances uot be concluded, as he always is here removed, lest it might in any way mar the getakes his seat at supper at that particular hour, and re neral satisfaction. To promote the amusements of the ceives the report of the officer on guard for the day on people has often been a scheme laid by bad princes to the royal watch.
render less hateful the exercise of their despotism ; but The other public amusements in Berlin are not very in the instance of Frederick William of Prussia no such numerous; but in the various public and private balls, manæuvre would be requisite, and there can be no doubt is always afforded a sufficient antidote against ennui. that he takes heartfelt delight in contributing to and There are few public halls which are considered gen beholding the practical happiness of his subjects. teel. or which ladies of the first fashion are accustomed These balls, therefore, gave me unmixed satisfaction, to attend. There are during the winter monthly as independently of the survey of the brilliant scene itself; semblies at Jager's, a famous restaurateur's, which are and yet from the gallery the whole view was exceed.
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ingly imposing; the floor covered with couples flying | tinent. Nothing makes a people more obedient to the
may be expected in the two empires ; but in Prussia At a large building called the Colosseum, situated in the tolerance of the government allows all practical the older part of Berlin, balls and concerts are given freedom, except that of the press. A native press, twice a-week during the winter. The music here, as without the control of a severe censorship, could not, it in fact every where in Germany, is of a very high order, is generally thought, be tolerated under the present though the price of admission is only one shilling each circumstances of Prussia, where the almost all-powerful person. The ballroom is likewise of very large dimen remonstrances of the Russian despot are even now disions, with galleries round for spectators, and here re rected to alarm the court of Berlin as to the consesort the shopkeepers with their wives and daughters, quences of the too liberal tone of government. As Eng. the latter of whom are incessantly and indefatigably lish and French newspapers have open circulation, as employed in dancing from the commencement to the also English and French books, to those Prussians acconclusion of the entertainment. Although the females quainted with either of those languages, a free press of the more fashionable circles do not exhibit themselves inay be said comparatively to be allowed, the more here, yet the male sex are not so fastidious, but in great especially as the study of other languages forms a feanumbers frequent these balls, and gallop and dance ture in the education of almost every Prussian. In the the hours away with the sturdy bourgeoises. In these coffee-rooms in Berlin, foreign newspapers are openly balls of course it would be vain to expect any extraor exposed in, and the conversation is generally just as dinary elegance of attire, or the greatest refinement of free and unrestrained as if it were held in the Crown manners; but all pursue what their own tastes call and Anchor itself. Political remarks are certainly not them to. The fathers are below in the tunnel, a sort of much in vogue amongst the people generally, for that cellar beneath the ballroom, drinking schnaps or beer, wakeful spirit is not there abroad which renders Great smoking their pipes, and chatting in circles ; the | Britain so prolific in politicians. It may be that they mothers in groups drinking tea at small tables around are satisfied with the government; or that they are the room, and the daughters engaged in the practical sluggish and phlegmatic, not prone to change, indisexposition of perpetual motion. Others more refined, posed to render themselves unhappy at the contemplaor with more money to spare, take supper in the re tion of miseries perhaps more imaginary than real; or, freshment room. Thus that class which may be called content with modern gratifications, and happy in their the lower of the middle class indulge in a very cheap unlimited tolerance, that they willingly leave state and rational amusement. No improper female character matters to men of wiser heads or more unsettled natures can possibly gain admittance, and the utmost regularity -all or any one of these may be reasons why politics and decorum prevail in the whole assembly. Although never, or very rarely, become the leading theme of conwe very properly consider Great Britain as the happiest versation in Prussia. It is certainly not to be attri. country in the world, yet I much doubt if the lower buted to any fear of the consequences of indulgence in orders of the people enjoy so much freedom in their such discourses. No system of espionage exists in amusements, or whether those amusements themselves Berlin, or other large towns in Prussia, which is so are of so innocent and exhilarating a nature. Music much to he dreaded in Austria aud Russia, so as to render and dancing have hitherto been too much neglected in conversation in public places, or with persons unknown this country. What a contrast do the lower orders in to you, in the two latter countries, highly dangerous. Germany and in France present to those of this most The police, in all governments constituted like that happy country! There the people, following the bent of Prussia, must necessarily be a vast and powerful of their inclinations, pass their leisure hours with their body. Its secret workings are of course not open to families in tea-gardens or music saloons, finding there the observation of a stranger. Yet that they have ininfinitely more gratification than in the drunken scenes formation of the general habits of all strangers in the of the pot-house, which seems the only place of resort city, and of their mode of passing time, is most sure. eft open to the lower orders in Great Britain; and This prying into your secret motions produces to you which appears most frequented on that day which we of no sort of annoyance whatever, unless you should, with all nations peculiarly hold to be sacred.
unpardonable folly, engage in any practices inconsistent Such must ever be one of the first considerations with the stability of the government, or the tranquillity forced upon a sojourner among the nations on the Con of the people. In such practices it is useless to in
dulge, under a supposition of the possibility of baffling the Prussian police. But in no other manner can your freedom of action or your ease and quiet be disturbed, than through your own rashness. The police, therefore, is, as it is in this country, so far as the well-disposed and quiet individual is concerned, merely conservative. Doubtless it is a dangerous instrument to be wielded by arbitrary and irresponsive power; but until a representative and free government be established instead of a pure monarchy, we may perhaps be grateful for the moderate and preservative uses to which its energies are as yet peculiarly directed. An arbitrary and powerful police is destructive to real liberty, though its actions may be regulated by a very moderate tone and temper ; but for the repression of crime, and discovery of offenders, it must ever far surpass in efficiency a police bound to be scrupulous in any invasion of the liberty of the subject, or of the inviolability of his domestic sanctuary.-Chambers' Edinburgh Journal.
THE RUINED CITY.
The days of old, though time has reft The dazzling splendour which they cast ; Yet many a remnant still is left To shadow forth the past. The warlike deed, the classic page, The lyric torrent strong and free, Are lingering o'er the gloom of age, Like moonlight on the sea.
A thousand years have roll'd along,
Poor Arden! He was the life and soul of our regi. ment, ever the first in the foray or the skirmish, and equally ready for the lighter pleasures of a soldier's life. As the festive wine-flask circulated in our hasty bivouac, his was the gayest song, the lighest laugh, and the most joyous bearing. There was something so buoyant, so insouciant in his whole manner, that you felt, on looking at his open, good-humoured, manly
countenance, as if here at least grief could find no rest| ing-place-as if the cares of life would fall harmless around him, as “ dewdrops from the lion's mane."
We had suffered severely during the campaign, and were ordered home to refresh ourselves, and recruit our diminished numbers. It was a brilliant morning in the month of June, when we found ourselves once more beneath the snowy cliffs of old Albion, and before eleven o'clock we had cast anchor off Dover. Soon all was the hurry and bustle of debarkation. Ours had been a distinguished corps, and had borne a prominent part in all the hard fighting through the Peninsula; and as our scanty band, “ few and faint, but fearless still,” with colours of which scarcely a rag remained on the poles, and clothes which seemed most favourable for inviting every passing breeze, ranged themselves after landing in martial array, the shouts with which we were received and recognized, were long, loud, and universal,
A few mornings after our arrival, Arden entered my room with his usual jocund air-" Come," said he, “I have a little scheme to propose, which may afford us some summer amusement. Our regiment, I find, remains here for some time. Now, as I have already seen all their wonders, not excepting Tilburina's fort and Queen Anne's pocket-pistol-as I hate red bricks and leaden mercuries, being carbonized on a chalk cliff, or stewed to death at the Governor's parties while doing amiable in a stiff stock and tight-buttoned coat-I mean to apply for leave of absence, and spend the next three months ruralizing in some of the delicious Devon. shire vales. Will you then be my companion? I feel already determined to be quite romantic. I have dreamt these last three nights of green fields and bab. bling brooks ;' and my mind tells me we shall have some adventures !" He could scarcely have made a proposal more suited to my humour ; but unfortunately business required my presence in London, and threatened to detain me there for a long time. I promised, however, if he would let me know of his retreat, to join him, if possible, before the summer had expired. With this promise we parted. In a few days his leave arrived. A soldier's preparations are soon made. A change of clothes, a few books, his fishing-rod, and guitar, were quickly packed, and he set out on his rural expedition.
In the first letter I received from him after this, he said he had been fortunate enough to light on a spot that had realized all his wishes. He had established himself in a delicious little cottage ornée, that often reminded him of the scenes of some of our continental adventures. Along the front ran a broad light trellis. richly mantled on one side by the darkly clustering foliage of a vine, while on the other a hop-plant with its green blossoms and graceful tendrils extended its trailing festoons, which seemed as if they shook themselves
The moss tuft, and the ivy wreath, For ages clad thy fallen mould, And gladden'd in the spring's soft breath ; But they grew wan and old. Now, desolation hath denied That even these shall veil thy gloom ; And nature's mantling beauty died In token of thy doom.
Alas, for the far years, when clad
How the dim visions throng the soul,
But a stern moral may be read,
in mimic mirth, as the summer breeze lightly rustled | hurried off by a party of mounted gens-d'armes to the
the rising sun-he sent back one agonizing thought to From his bedroom he overlooked at a short distance his wife and daughter, now about to become widow and the garden of a neighbouring house, which, he heard, orphan in a strange land-he took from his breast, and had been taken by the celebrated Doctor F- , as a reverently pressed to his lips, a medal he had received summer retreat for a few of his insane patients, whom from the hands of his sovereign, whom he honoured he thought a change of scene likely to benefit.
even unto death-ihen, raising his hat from his head, It was towards the close of a lovely summer's day | he gave the fatal signal with his own loved war-cry of -the sun had gone down behind rich and gorgeous “ Vive le Roi !" and instantly fell. The tidings were masses of clouds, which seemed as 'twere the wrecks of brought to England soon after by a prisoner with whom former worlds piled in wild disorderly array-the sultry
the Duke bad had a chance interview the night preheat of the day was over, and at intervals the night | ceding his execution, and whom he had charged with breeze sighed along, heavily laden with the perfume of his last remembrances to his wife and daughter. One a thousand flowers, and seemed to mix its dying cadence of them these tidings were never destined to reach, with the rippling of the distant stream-Arden had | Over-anxiety and intense mental agony, preying on retired to his chamber, and stretching from its half a naturally delicate frame, had already reduced the opened casement, was catching the fragrance of the Duchess to the last stage of a low nervous fever. Sum. passing gale. He was a child of impulse. Nature had moned from her chamber, Marie received the fatal formed him in one of her kindliest moods, and he had , intelligence of her father's murder. With a bursting ever been one of her most devoted admirers. His soul heart, but an assumed calmness of countenance, she was attuned to the harmony of the moment; and sweep- returned to her mother's couch, where had been her ing his finger across the chords of his guitar, he poured constant post, and where she had fulfilled all the duties forth his whole feelings in the rich wild strain of an old so comprehensively expressed in the brief but energetie Moorish love-song. As he paused, the moon, which aspiration of the inspired writer, “ Make thou all my had hitherto ridden in veiled majesty amongst light bed in my sickness." fleecy clouds, now suddenly burst from their envelope, I in a few hours that mother had ceased to breatheaud poured her pale clear flood of silvery light across her last moments occupied in charging Marie with a the landscape. Arden half rose from the couch on which thousand tender regards to him, who, alas! was never he had been reclining-his eye fell on a female form to receive them in this world. Nature at length gave of surpassing loveliness.
way. Marie had just strength to return the last faint Descended from one of France's proudest nobles, embrace of her only remaining parent, and sunk in a and reared up in the lap of luxury, Marie de B -- had, swoon across her lifeless body, from which she only at a tender age, been driven from her dearly loved a woke in the rayings of a delirious fever. country by the withering blast of that moral tempest The talents, the heartfelt devotedness of this ill-fated which had dashed from his throne the representative of fainily, had joinsd to them in the closest bonds of friend. a hundred kings, and scattered to the corners of the ship the Countess Aubry, who, to the genuine and world that “ haute noblesse," which had so long been sterling virtues, of an English character, added the the pride of chivalry and the boast of the civilized world. warmth and fervour of a more southerly clime. She Enthusiastically devoted to the family of his murdered flew to the bedside of the suffering Marie. She watched prince, the Duke de B— did all that talent could over her with a mother's care ; and, when a slight change devise, or gallantry execute. Joined to the band of had rendered it practicable, she had her carefully renoble cxiles, he had shared the dangers and often the moved to Aubry House, which she internally vowed couch of the brave but unfortunate Condé. When at should be henceforth the home of the desolate orphan. length the fortune of the usurpers prevailed, and their Slowly did youth and a good constitution prevail little army, thinned of many a gallant soul, was obliged over the fever which wasted the body of Marie; but to yield to hard fate and disband, the Duke retired to her noble mind resumed not its seat. Reason had England, where he had some time before sent Marie heen dashed too rudely from her throne, and the wild and her mother. Still determined to raise the fallen chaos of desolating ideas had swept across the place fortunes of the Bourbons, he was busily engaged in where she had once loved to rule. In vain was every intrigues and preparations for his darling object. A expedient that skill could suggest, or affection dictate, short time since, with the hopes of accelerating some of resorted to, to recall her wandering intellect. Calmly his plans, he had passed over into Switzerland. He / and quietly she assented to every thing that was prowas a man of too much talent and daring not to be posed; with grateful thankfulness she acknowledged closely watched by Bonaparte's spies. Scarcely had he every little office of friendship; but her thoughts been a month near the frontiers, when one night he seemed to have reverted many years--the last heartwas suddenly seized in his bed, bound on a horse, and rending scenes of her life seemed totally effaced from