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poor wretch has, in his agony, begged to hydrophobia in man is caueed by the injury be preveuted from injuring his attendants; 'of a nerve; when fatal effects occar, they but we have never known of any instavce are accidental circumstances attending where an inclination to bite has been ex. the wound; andas they more frequently hibited. Hydrophobia is no more the ne- follow punctured wounds than others, the cessary consequence of a bite than blind- ' teeth ot a dog are as likely to produce

them as anything else, and the reason why One word on the hydrophobia of animals, every bite is not succeeded by the same and particularly as it appears in the dog i consequences is, because no nerve is inhe is more often the subject of the disease, jured so as to produce the appalling nerv.: and his domestic habits bring him more ous excitement that has received the pame under our observativn.

of hydrophobia. There seems to be scarcely the slightest resemblance between any of the symptoms of the hydrophobia of man and those of the brute creation. The dog, uuder SCRAPS OF ANTIQUITY. the influence of his disease, generally appears dull and out of spirits, and snaps at any person or thing near him.. Hiş aver. When Ptolemy II., King of Egypt, looked sion to Huids is by no means universal-he forth one day from his palace window, has very freqnently been known to drink a

a Micted as he was at the time with the short time before death ; so that the horror' gout, the consequence of his luxurions inof water does nor forio a characteristic dolgences, and distracted with kingly symptom of his malady. li applies much anxieties, he observed a multitude of his more properly to that of the buman plebeian subjects reclining in festal ease, species, where even the sight of fluids

on the sandy banks of the Nile, and dining often prodnces violent spasuis in the with immense glee and great good appe. throat ; the contraction has been so great tite on such plebeian entertainment as that it has been found impossible to they had provided for themselves. swallow, not withstanding the earnest wish serable me!” said the monarch, “ that my of the patient to do so.

fate hath not allowed me to be one of Thai a doy should be called mad in them !” consequence of having the symptoms referred to above, is a sad error of langnage, Dancing seems to have been reckoned, and leads to the many absurd opinions as well among the Hebrews as the Greeks, which depend upou this term; we must one of the first-rate accomplishmets, and consider, however, that the moment such

to have been associated not only with their an idea enters into the head of any person poetry, but with their religions worship. (who has a tongue also), the alarm of a Almost all the earliest Greek poets, as · mad dog is echoed far and wide; the poor Thespis, Cratinus, and others, not only animal is hunted abent till its frightened excelled in dancing, but taught it to freecondition give it the appearance of wild. men, or gentlemen, for money. We do ness. There are few people who have not read, however, that Homer was a noi, at one time of their lives, felt the dancer, or kept a' dancing-school. Soterror inspired by either seeing or hear. phocles was one of the best dancers of liis ing of such an animal in their neighbour- generation ; he bad a very handsome perhood.

son, which he was fain to exhibit in the Men may call a certain disease canine dance's grace-displaying movements. After madness it they will; onr position is, that the celebrated battle of Salamis, in the this disease is not to be communicated to glory of which he and Æschylus alike as other animals by a bite, but by the usual warriors partook, he exhibited himself as a mauner in which other diseases, that are lyrist and dancer, nearly in the same mancalled infections, are communicated. It

ner as, David did before the ark : he footed inay be as infectious among other animals it along, dancing and singing to his lyre, as the disease called the distemper among being anointed also with oil, and naked to dogs is considered to be; or possibly, it the waist ; though others say he wore his may be an epidemic: either supposition robe. When his play of Nansicaa 'was will account for the fact, that dogs in the acted, he not only danced, but played at same neighbourhood have frequently had the ball. With the Hebrews, dancing this disease, when there has been almost, . must assuredly have been associated with if not absolute certainty that they have notions of dignity, otherwise it would not not been bitten.

have been used in their most solemn worIn conclusion, we state, that the saliva of the so-called rabid avimal has 110

+ From the Edinburgh Literary Journal - No. poisonous quality. The disease named CV.


slip. And yet the tauntig robuke given The Greek's seldom drank wine andi. to David by his wife, presupposes, in her luted with water. Hesiod recommends estimation, something of levity combined three cups of water to one of wine; they with that exercise. With the Romans, sometimes drank four to one; the Greek after

their counexion with Greece, proverb prescribes tive of water to two of dancing was also deemed a high accom- wine, or three of water to one of wine. plishment. In the age of Cicero, the first The proportion of five to two seems gemen of Rome made a boast of their skill nerally to have been preserved by those who in dancing; as Claudius, who had tri- wished to drink cheerfully, and converse for umphed; Coelius, the enemy of Cicero ; a long time without inebriation, Anacreon, and Lic. Crassus, son of the celebrated whom we may conceive the pattern of all Parthian Crassus.

jolly winebibbers, used two of water to

one of wine. It was considered a Thracian Anacharsis, though a Scythian, nttered or Scythian custom to drink pure wine. sentiments as beautiful as those of Plato The Romans drank more undiluted wine himself._Among his fine sayings is the than the Greeks; yet we lear Ovid himone-" The vine bears three grapes : the self saying, that he could never drink wine first is that of pleasure: the second is that in an uninixed state ; it was too strong of drunkenness; the third is that of sor- for him.

A Greek poet, I forget his name, gave the first bowl, or crater, to the Magnificent and large as are our moGraces, Hours, and Bacchus; the second dern steam.vessels, they are inferior, if we to Venus, and again to Bacchus; the may judge from description, both in size third to Mischief and Ate.

and splendour, to the vessels constructed

by the kings of Egypt and Syracuse, on a When Mark -Antony was fast fleeing scale of grandeur corresponding to the from his conqueror, after the battle of immense preparations of their sculpture Mutina, one of his acquaintances gave and architecture. Ptolomæus Philopater, as a reply to some person that inquired of King of Egypt, built a vessel four hundred hiin what his master was about“ He is and twenty feet long, fifty-six feet broad, doing what dogs do in Egypt when pure seventy-two feet high from the keel to the sued by the crocodile-drinking and run. top of the prow, but eighty to the top of

the poop. She had four helms of sixty

feet; her largest oars were fifty-six feet How different are the times and modes long, with leaden handles, so as to work of study practised by literary men in all more easily by the rowers; she had two nations aud ages! Demosthenes studied prows, two sterns, seven rostra, or beaks, always during the night, utterly secluded, successively rising, and swelling out one and quaffing at cold water; Demades, his over the other. "the topmost one most prorival in the forum, hardly studied at all, minent and stately; on the poop and bnt dissipated away his time amid wine prow she liad figures of animals, not less and licentiousness. Æschylus was said to than eighteen feet high ; all the interior of be always drunk when he wrote, whence the vessel was beautified with a delicate Sophocles remarked to him with some of sort of painting, of a waxen colour. She the bitterness of jealousy, that “if he had four thousand rowers : four hundred wrote well, he did so perchance and un- cabin-boys, or servants; marines to do wittingly." If it be true that Æschylos duty on the decks, two thonsand eight wrote always in a state of inebriation, it hundred and twenty; with an immense may perhaps account for his harsh, con- store of arms and provisions. The same sorted, yet furious, forceful, and sublime prince built another ship, called the Tha. style of poetry. I should infer, from lamegns, or Bedchamber-ship, which was Homer's simple style, that he was a drinker only used as a pleasure yacht, for sailing of cold water. Not only Eschylus, but up and down the Nile. She was not so Alcæus and Aristophanes, composed their long or large as the preceding, but more poetry in a state of excitation from liquor; splendid in the chambers and their furnishyet Anacreon, bacchanalian as he was, ings.--Hiero, King of Syracuse, built an wrote, it is said, always sober-he only enormons véssel, which he intended for a feigned inebriety. Among modern writers, corn-trader; ber length is not given. She I have only heard of Tasso and Schiller was built at Syracuse, by a Corinthian who composed in a state of semi-ine. ship-builder, and was lauched by an appa. briation : Schiller used to study till long ratus devised by Archimedes. All her after midnight, with deep potations of bolts and nails were of brass ; she had Rhenish : Tasso was wont to say that twenty rows of oars; her apartments were Malmsey was that alone which enabled all paved with neat square varigated tiles, him to compose good verses.

on which there was painted all the story of

ning !"

Homer's Iliad. She had a gymnasium, THE MODERN TANTALUS; OR, with shady walks, on ber upper decks; THE DEMON. OF DRURY-LAN E.+ garden-plots, stocked with varions plants, aod nourished with limpid water that flowed circulating round them in a canal of lead. She had, here and there on

“ There are more things in Drury Lane, Sir Wal

ter, than are dreamt of in your Demonology." deck, arbours mantled with ivy and vinebranches, which flourished in full green- CovRTEOUS Reader-Has it ever been ness, being supplied with the principle your fate to visit what is called the priof growth from the leaden canal. She had vilege-office of Drury-Lane theatre? We ope chamber particularly splendid, whose do not ask if you are a renter, or a transpavement was of agates and other precious lator of two-act atrocities ; bat have you stones, and whose pannels, doors, and ever, by any chance, found yourself in the roofs, were of ivory, and wood of the thya- box-lobby of that temple of Melpomene, tree. She had a scholasterium, or library, music, and melo-drama, without having with five couches, its root arched into a performed the customary ceremony of depolus, or vanlt, with the stars embossed; positing seven shillings at the doors ? If she had a bath, with its accompaniments such has been your lot, you must ineviall most maguificent; she had on each tably have encountered a quiet, broad, side of her deck ten stalls for horses, with short, shrewd-looking elderly gentlemen; fodder and furnishings for the grooms and who, sitting in a nook that fits him like a riders; a fishpond of lead, full of fish, great-coat, with his hat drawn a little wbose waters could be let out or ad. over his eyes, to shade them from the glare mitted at pleasure: she had two towers on of the lamp beside him, has received your the poop, two on the prow, and four in credentials, or presented a book for your the middle, full of armed men, that man. lawful signature, You may possibly have aged the machines, invented by Archi- observed the calra, scrutinising air with medes, for throwing stones of three hun- which he has surveyed your free-admission dred pound weight, and arrows eighteen ticket, or the inquisitive glance which he feet long, to the distance of a furlong. has directed to the flourish that accomShe had three masts, and two antennæ, or panies your autograph. If you are an auyards, that swung with hooks and masses thor, you must have seen him put a mark of lead attached. She had, round the of honour opposite your name, to distinwhole circuit of her deck, a rampart of guish you from the rest of his visitors. iron crows, which took hold of ships, and (Our friend has a taste for literature, and dragged them nearer, for the purpose of he thus evinces it most delicately in condestroying them. The tunnels or bowls on ferring distinctions upon its professors). her masts were of brass, with men in each. But you are little aware, probably, that She had twelve anchors and three masts, there is a circumstance connected with It was with difficulty they could find a the history of that individual, which is entree large and strong enough for her high- titled to a place in a more imperishable est mast. Great Britain an ominons cir- register than the short memories of the cumstance for the superiority of British few to whom the fact may be familiar. oak !-bad the glory of bestowing upon her We had paid him several visits before a sufficient tree for that purpose; it was we discovered that he had any thing that discovered amid the recesses of Albion's particularly distinguished him from the forests by a swine-herd! What is remark- rest of his fraternity-or it might with able in the construction of this gigantic justice have been said, of his countrymen vessel is, that her sentina, or sink, though pay, of mankind. But at last, when large and deep, was emptied by one man, he became sufficiently acquainted with our by means of a pump invented by Archi- visage to recognize it at a glance, the medes. Hiero, on finding that the Syra. tixed, placid, sculptured sort of smile cusan was too unwieldy to be admitted which invariably tempers the business-like with safety into the barbours of Sicily, serenity of his features, began to relax made a present of her to Ptolemy. who into something cordial and communicative. changed her name to the Alexandrian. It was then that his astonishing faculty,

or inspiration, or whatever philosophy may decide upon calling it, was developed. He communicated circumstances that must have happened precisely in the same moment at different places--and all 'within a few minutes after they occurred.

+ From the Mouthly Magazine. No. LIX.

Vol. VI.

Here was the source of our wonder, His of but one way in which the intelligence rumours were all just born, fresh from the could have bren obiained. We admit that nursery of time-tender, delicate revela- it was superstitions; but we really felt tjons, almost too vapoury, too ethereal to there was a fearful agency at work that handle. You had his inielligence will the the mysteriolis imtividual beture na was a glossupou it; althongh much of it must have dabbler in some dreadtul art. travelled some distance. He seenied like As we vere really anxious tó onravel tite centre, not of gravity, but of society; thie mystery, we visited him agaiu and and the news naturally tell towards linn again. It was precisely the same -- every from all points. There he sate in his snay theatrical inriilent of the evening was prosmall box, like an encyclopædia with a hat niulgated. He repeated to ms an apology 011~or rather it was as though a news -as we found by thic papers pext mornipaper had been compressed into a nnto ingo-verbatiin, and within five minutes shell. His ears could never have been the after it was delivered. We tried him on medium through which those multifarions past personages and events, and mentioned reports liad reached him—there was not Mrs. Siddous. " A wonder of a woman, time for them to travel in the ordinary Sir! Ah! you recollect only her tale way. Besides, how could be have emissa- achievements-how, I never saw any but ries in every part of the metropolis to her first. Her brother John (00-grand bring him the news every five mimtes ? It even in his decline, majestic in ruins. It was impossible. Even if notes had been was just the dawn of his great day when I laken in some sublimated system of short- last saw him. And as for his brother: hand, they would have been of no use an- Charles-au accomplished actor, Sir-less they had been conveyed by a tele- haven't seen his brother Charles since he graph. There nuust have been some piece came of age.” Here we conid not forbear of machinery at work that Watt never looking onr unbelief: it was difficult to dreamt of; steam is certainly at the understand how any poly could exist al-" bottom of it. At first we covjectured, he most within the walls of a theatre, and not liad gained his information froin accidental Irave seen Charles Kemble act after his quarters. But when evening, after even- arrival at years of discretion (honestly and ing, he described the minutest matters- earnestly do we hope that lie las not sarwhen he repeated the grand joke, the lion vived them!). But our enigmatical acof the new farce, at one house, and guaintance proceeded. “And then there's hummed part of a choras in the new opera Kéan, Sir; lie possesses great energy still at another, when he told us what airs --yes, it is the true light, although it may Miss Paton had introdnced-how Fanny not burn so brilliantly as it did once. 1 Kemble had shrieked, and how Faniy inqured if he had seen all that actor's Kelly had started; when he described early performances. No," he observed, Mr. Matthews and Madame Malabran at very calmly, and with the air of a man who the same moment; when he mentioned is perfectly junocent of a jest ; "no, I what pieces had been substituted, what never saw Kran act in my life .!" Let the actors had turished their sticks in the reader imagine a reply to this declaration, box-lobbies, and who had been suddenly " You don't say so!" died on our tongne; and seriously indisposed ;-we confess that not a single “indeed !” escaped from our we did stare at him for a minute or two tips. This was no case for starts and exwith unfeigned astonishment and admira- clamations; our emotions were too deep tion. But afterwards, when we came to for interjections. It was not until he had muse upon the matter, and reflected that reiterated the assertion, in very positive. the events of his narrative had happened terms, that we felt quite convinced he was in various places, and all within a very in earnest. We then summoned up all the moderate number of minutes; and then, emphasis in our power. “Is it possible when we considered how unlikely it was that you have attended this theatre every that be should have quitted the box in night for *o niany years, and have you which he sat, and that the tidings could really never seen Kean?"

“ Never in my not have travelled to bim by chance-our life," replied our eccentric friend; “in surprise became more profound; it deep- fact; I have not seEN A PLAY OR A enert into a sensation of awe. How was FARCE FOR THESE FORTY YEARS, it possible that he should see and hear If a physician bad told us that he had what was beyond buman sight and heare not prescribed for himself for the period ing? What sympathy could there be be. mentioned, if an author had protested tween the privilege-office at Drury Lane, that he had not read one word of his own and a pironette just perpetrated at the works for half a century; if a champagneOpera? What on earth had all London manufacturer had taken upon himself to to do with that lobby? We could think say that be had never tasted his own liquid


in his life ;- in any such cases we shonld But surely-the notion just breaks upon not have felt a moment's surprise. We 18-susely, he must have had benefits of should have perceived immediately that lus own! Of a verity he has had such they had a nuutive for their seif-denial. within our secollection. 66 Mr. M.'s But here there was none. The circumi- night" has more than once strnck upon stauce have recorded is probably our optics in scarlet characters, dazzling Without parallel. T'u have been for years and decoying ns. What! invite his steeped to the very lips, another Tantalus, friends to a feast whereof he declines 10 in the delights of Diury Lave, wishont partake himself? Provide all the delicalasting a single drop! To have had tie cies of the season (the phrase applies to fruit bobbed to liis lips for forty years! the theatre as well as to the table) and To have grown old in the service of the taste not of a dish! " Hast thou given all stage, and yet never to have advanced to thy two daughters, and art thou come further than the threshold of the theatre! to this?" To have had the door of il perpetually As we listened to him afterwards, we shut in his face! To have been the nightly thought there was a pathos mingled with medianı of administering gratuitous plea- bis pleasantry, a magnanimity in his air, sures to others, and never to have had bis that we had never observed before. With own name placed on the trer-list! To have the strong light of the lamp retlected upon stood so long within sight of the promised him, lie looked like the man in the moon. land, without the possibility of reaching We had once likened him, in the sporil! To have seen myriads of lappy, white- tiveness of fancy, to a sort of human gloved prople pass into the theatre, " toad-in-a-hole;" but he now seemed to dieaming of nothing but delight-yet, 10 118, as he .sate there in his lonely and dehave been leti betund, shut up in ibat solate mouk, greater than Diogenes in his Pandora's box of his, and to feel that there iub. was no hope at the bottom of it! Is there l'oo busied with these emotions and renyt something touching something that fections to enter the theatre, we returned aniounts to a kind of judicrous melalt- home. There, however, mu-ing, upon choly in all this? There are nights when mysteries of all kinds, our feelings graduthe tree list is suspended our friend's ally rolled back into their former channel. office on these occasions is a siuecure. The confession of that night tended to Surely then he might have been passed in confirm our past suspicions, We rememat a privale dvor. Was it liberal, was bered lis extraordinary communications; it even common humanity, this to close his narrative of events witnessed at the the gates against him ?-u keep him wait- same instant at several places; bis ruing for forty years; until either the mours, whispers, hints, and inuendos, constream, or liis inclination to cross it, had cerning tacis, a knowledge whereof could passed by! If he had ovly gone in at half- only have been obtained by a power of price, it nould, as Yosick observes, lave ubiqnity, that must have been purchased beevi something.

at a price which the Archbishop of CanAgam, on benefit-nights. Was there no terbury could never have repaid. "The one io present him with a siugle ticket, fact, the dreadful fact, seems almost estaeven for the gallery. Is all fellow-feeling blished. The strangely-gifted, mysterious, and gratiinde utterly driven from Drury and iniserable subject of this history, our Lale. Are the “ charitable and line civil but ill-fated acquaintance of the primane" nowhere to be discovered among vilege-offic-, has been for more than half the professors of the dramatic art? There the term of his natural existence on terms is Mr. Kean, who is so renowned for li- of intimacy with berality, and who hus taken benefits, though not lately--we are astonished at We begin to suspect that there may bim. Even Munden might, in such a case really be wickedness and peril in these as this, liave ventured upon an act of mu- profane stage-plays; and that he with nificence that wonid have cost him no- whom we have innocently gossipped, may thing. Suppose he had sold him a pit- be an agent set there on purpose to reticket, as they are offered to us at the gister our names upon the free list, to sedvors of some of the theatres, for duce is into the theatre, and to ruin us .” 18. hu." Really, this could not have gratuitously!! hurt him. There are one or two of the actresses, also, who would have looked still more pleasant and graceful in our eyes, could we have learned that they had evinced any gentleness of heart and kind. ļing of sympathy touching this matter.

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