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dropped entirely," or, in other words, ghost. It was the intention of Mr. Back. annibilated. The New Zealanders, who, ingham, in his magnificent way, to disin spite of their cannibalism and destruc- tribute fifty thousand copies of tbe first tive propensities, appear to bave more number, both as an advertisement and as poetry in their souls than any of their a specimen of the coming work; but the neighbours, imagine that the spirits of Commissioners of Siamps, who have more their victorions fathers hover in the blast eyes than even Argas, stepped in to preover their native villages, and then, plung- vent the accomplishment of the design, by ing into the glitteriny waves of the sea declaring that though Mr. Buckingham near the North Cape, repair to the Elysium might give away five hundied thousand prepared for them, which they denominate newspapers if he liked, the Treasury must Atamira. Tie souls of those, on the con- baye foarpence a piece for them. In this trary, who are slain in battle, and de- dilemma, the editor bad recourse to the voured by their enemies, are eternally expedient of a mock specimen number unhappy? aud it is said to be for this anticipating the march of time by an unreasoil, from a species of revenge wbich defined number of years, and describing would do honour lo the heart of a Grand many things as having actually occurred, Inquisitor, that the New Zealanders are which some had talked of, some had 80 diabolically anxious to feed upon their dreamed of, and some had wished, and foes. They are desirous to bave them many things that had never been talked of, not only dead, but damned.
dreained of, or wished. The speciinen · Dancing is essentiaily the amnsement of “ Argus" was full of anachronisms; and in savages, and civilized nations preserve a making up its various parts, coherence and taste for it, merely, we prestine, from consistency seem to have been very little respect for the wisdom of their wild fore- thought of: still many of the guesses then fachers, who, when they had eaten a piece made at random bave received, in the of raw fishi, or the limb of an enemy, felt brief period that has since elapsed, a very their blood kindle in their veins, and remarkable fulfilment. A copy of the expressed their unconth delight by sport- paper was lately pointed out to us; and it ing the toe round the fire which bad will amuse our readers to note a few of cooked their dinner. For this reason, an the curious coineidences. Be it reassembly of bipeds of both sexes, increase membered, the specimen « Argus” aping the rapidity of their circulation with peared about the beginning of July 1828. delicate viands and wine, and frisking The following are among the notices. , about in various postures, now bounding «• Lord Broughum, the Lord High Chanlike fanatical jumpers, and now gliding cellor, has conferred the living of Middlealong the floor like ghosts, have always coat on the Rev. Sidney Sipith.' appeared to us an extremely ludicrous "6 The Right Honourable Francis Jeffrey, sight, and have infallibly carried back Lord Advocate, has already, we hear, seour minds to those days when we were cured his election for the county. (Of familiar with the relatives, and friends of Edinburgh.) Robinson Crusoe's Friday. Nevertheless " In the event of an entire change of we are by no means inimical to these pri Ministers, these two appointments were mitive sports; and are not a jot the less certainly 10 be looked for; but as cerdelighted to observe a dance, because it tainly, the prospects of an entire change is connected in our mind with cannibalism of Ministry were exceedingly faint in Jque and blazing tires, than if it had originated 1828. Some of the guesses are even more at Almack's.
"• It is proposed, we understand, soon . www.cammana
after the rising of Parliament, to give a
dinner in the 'Assembly Rooms [EdinREMARKABLE ANTICIPATIONS + burgh) in commemoration of the lale abolition
in this city of the close system.- Edinburgh
Journal.' The following article copied from the w This is still future, of course-Parlia. “ Spectator,” No. 133,contains a remark. ment is not yet risen. Shall we fix the ith able illustration, of how closely the lan- of July next, the anniversary of another guage of observation resembles that of great Scotch victory, the battle of Banprophecy. “ About two years and a half nockburn ? ago, Mr. Buckingham began a paper ". Since the electire franchise was transcalled ibe " Argus ;" which lived, we feired from the ancient (und therofoie rotlen) believe, an entire, nionth, and then sunk borough of Ripon to the fourishing toun of to rest in the arnis of the “ Globe," Leeds, the manufactures of the place have where more than one caudidate for im. taken a fresh spring. - Leeds Mercury.' mortality had previously given up the “o Churles X.,the Ex-King of Frunce,con
tinues to reside at Presburg, in Lower' SCRAPS OF ANTIQUITY. .
OFRANCE-At noon a salute announced .. ! BY WILLIAM TENNANT..
unanimity and good agreement, than that “ There is not very much wrong in this made use of by the pinguid orator of Bylast extract; perhaps, however, the most zantinum among his divided fellow-citi. extraordinary of the whole is the fol. zens. The forum of Byzantinum was raging lowing. .
with faction; the good-humoured orator : 666 It is confideutly hoped, that the united ascended the tribune, and addressed the efforts of these Powers (Great Britain, people in tlie following strain:-“ Fellow. France, and Austria) to put an end to the citizens, ye belold how fat I am !"-lookfive year's war, will be finally successful, ing down upon his sleek, capon-lined and will end by the acknowledgment by the rotundity of abdomen ; " yet fat as I am," Emperor Nicholas of the independenec of continued he, “ my wife is still fatter; the Crown of Warsaw'.
nevertheless, fat though we both be, we “We had sone mind, when we began, to both sleep in one bed, and that merely try our skill at guessing in imitation of because we agree; were we to differ, the Mr. Buckingham; but so many dark whole house could not contain us !" clouds at present cover up the face of our political sky--there is so fearful a moaning in the air-there are 80 terrible signs of commotion on the earth-that we are fain • ' to shut our eyes to the prophetic vision One of the most extravagant and unthat dits before them; and humbly trust seemly entertainments introduced after to bide the tempest, when it comes, by aid dinner for the amusement of guests, was superior to our own !"
that practised at the court of a certain king of Thrace, and recorded by an old Greek writer. The Greeks, it is true,
had odd enongh amusements after dining ; OH! STEAL NOT THOU MY FAITH
such as the performarices of qnacks, aud AWAY.
miracle men, who swallowed and vomited fire, and danced on their heads upon the
points of poinards and scimitars. But -OH! steal not thou my faith away,
thie Thracian amusement possesses imore Nor tempt to doubt the trusting mind Let all that earth can yield decay,
originality and extravagance. It was called But leave this heavenly gift behind :
The Game of Hanging. · They attached a Our life is but a meteor gleam,
strong cord with a noose to the top of tlre Lit up among surrounding gloom
chamber-ceiling. Into this noose one of A dying lamp, a fitful beam, Quench'd in the cold and silent tomb.
the girests, alternately as his turn came, or Yet it, as holy men have said,
by lot as his chance fell, thrust his head, I here lie beyond that dreary bourne
supporting his feet at the same time on Some region wbere the faithful dead
a large voluble stone, set for the purpose Eternally forget to mourn;
of his elevation; he "held, at the same Welcome the scoff, the sword, the chain, The burping wild, the black abyss
tinje, his drawn sword in his hand, ready I shrink not from the path of pain,
for the terrible exigence. When his head Which endeth io a world like this.
was adjusted into the noose, another of tbe But, ob ! if all that nerves us here,. .
guests approached and kieked from under When grief assails and sorrow stings,
him the voluble stone, so that his body 'Exist but in the shadowy sphere Of Fancy's weak imaginings;
was left to swing suspended on the cord. If hopes, though cherislı'd lung ai
If he had sufficient presence of mind, and Be cold and baseless mockeries,
steadiness of nerve, during this suspension, Then welcome that eternal sleep Which knoweth not of dreams like these.
he cut the 'cord and saved himself; if he
*could not do so, he was allowed to swing Yet, hush! thou troubled heart! be still; Renounce thy vain philosophy ;
on and agitate himself to death-the comLike morning on the misty hill,
pany all the while enjoying with laughter The light of Hope will break on thee.
his convulsions and strainings to extricate Go-search the prophet's deatbless page Go-question thou the radiapt sky,
himself. Barbarous and unnatural as such And learn from them, mistaken sage!
an entertainment may be deemed in our Tbe glorious words—“ Thou shalt n
modern conceptions, it is nevertheless in accordance with the manners of the bar
barians who prac:ised it; but how shall So fond were the Atkedians of fisk, and we apologize for that polislied people, our so nice about the mode of pickling or preso much-admired Romans, whose young serving ther, that they presented with the poblemen, atier their bacchanalian dipnets, right of citizeuship the two sons of one were at times wont to introduce a pair or Chræriphiles, merely becaise their father two of gladiators, who fought in their pre bad invented a new sauce for scombri, or sence till one of two of the parties felt makarel; whence as Athenian wii, on seegasping in blood at his feet, wbile borstsing the two yonths galioping aboot the of applanse broke from the admiring streets in their new equestrian dignity, de. revellers? A Roman consnl was once, nominated thum The Tico Malutis on while at a banquet in Gaul, entreated hors back.-Tlie rage of the Ronan Yoby his mis!ress to permit ber to enjoy the lupinaries for delicate fish is well known; spectacle of a human being beheaded; be pot only did they brivg them from the ordered a criminal to be led into the shores of Britain and the farthest islands, dining-room where they sat, and, before bnt they endeavonred to colonize the seas the eyes of both, as they reclined at table, in the neighbourbood of Rome with breeds the miserable unfortunate was beheaded! of new fish. Octavius the admiral of the Such were some of the fellow-countrymen Roman fleet, brougbt from some distant of the accomplished Cicero, Antoninus, and eca an immense number of scari, or chars, Seneca.
with which he stocked and peopled the ocean between Ostia and Campania, as a
nursery of new scari. What success beIt is remarkable that the liking for fish fell this piscatory sort of colonization is seems to be the predominant character. not recorded. istic of every people as it increases in opolence, and refines in luxurious enjoyments. Poor people are generally not There is pretty good evidence for sopyery fond of fish. The ancient Greeks, posing tlrat no less a person than Osiris, like onr lowest Scottish country peoule, the great God of Egypt, was the first diss had rather a dislike of fish; they never te tiller of whisky on record. For the Egypthem except when compelled by necessity. tians had, from time almost immemorial, a Homer, who is very minnte in his enume- distillation or brewage from barley, called ration of the heroic dishes, excludes them by the Greeks barley-wine, not inferior, from the tables of Agamemnon and they say, in flavons, and superior in Achilles. In later times, the Greeks be. strength, to wive. Allusion is made to this came so excessively fond of fish, that their liqnor in several passages of ancient wri: word oplwnion, which expresses nearly tbe ters. The poor people of Egypt drapk it meaning of our Scottish word kitchen instead of wine, and were wont to intoxidenotes tish principally, as that meat cate themselves with it, just as our poorer which, above all others, was preferred for people do with whisky. It seems also to being eaten with bread. The seas and have been no stravger to the Hebrews ; pliores of Greece and the islands were for reference is certainly made to it in the ransacked for the most delicate fish, and Old Testament, under the name of “strong exhorbitant prices were paid for them drink,” stronger than wine, and resorted by the city epicures. The fishimongers to by determined drinkers for the sake of of Allieus were, to judge of them from inebriation. Among the Celtæ in Spain description, a most opulent and powerful and France, it seems to have been common body; they were classed with the bankers as a substitute for wine; Polybius speaks of the city, and were alike unpopular, of a certain Celtic king of part of Iberia, alike unmercifully lashed by the dramatic or Spain, who affected great court pomp, poets of Athens. There was a strange and had in the middle of his hall golden Jaw at Corinth, one of the wealthiest, as it and silver bowls full of this barley-wine, was the most commercial city, of Greece, of which his guests and courtiers sipped or that if any stranger appearing among quafted at their pleasure-a custom which, them seemed to live too luxurionsly, and it is said, for many a century prevailed was seen too frequently at the market. among his Celtic descendants, the regali of place purchasing high-priced fish, he was our Scottish Higblands - The antiquity of questioned by the magistrates as to his this distillation is proved by the Egyptian means of being able to maintain his table tradition wliich ascribed its invention to -80 expensively; if he showed the means Osiris. It may not improbably be sapof doing so, he was allowed to remain z if posed that the Egyptians communicated he cou d rot exbibit his pecuniary capa- the invention to the Babylonians and He,bilities, and persisted to purchase deur fish, brews, who transmitted it northwards to he was consigned to the city execationer, : the Thracians andCeltæ of Spain and Gaul, · ESQ.
who, in their migration north-westwards, master piece, “ The Man of Feeling." At carried it along with them into Ireland first, the hooksellers declined its publicaand onr Scottish Highlands. The barley- tion, even as a gratuitous otlering; but wine was called by the Greeks brutone difficulties were at length surmounted(Qu. brew ?)—which, in all likelihood, was the book appeared anonymously - and the its Egyptian or Celtic name. Julian, the warmest enthusiasm was excited in its emperor, wrote a Greek epigram on this favour. The ladies of Edinburgh, like Celtic beverage, wbich proves in what those of Paris, on the appearance of “ La estimation it was lield by ihe Greeks. We Nouvelle Héloise,” all fancied themselves subjoin an attempted translation of it for with the author. But the writer was nnthe benefit of the distillers :
known; and a Mr. Eccles, a young Irishi
clergyman, was desirons of appropriating Whence art thou, thou false Bacchus, fierce and bis fame to himself. He accordingly was
hot? By the true Bacchus! I do know thee not:
at the pains of transcribing the entire He smells of hectar; thy brain-burning smell
work, and of marking the manuscript with Is not of flowers of heaven, but weeds of hel.
erasures and interlineations, to give it the The lack-vine Celts, impoverish'd, breech'd, and air of that copy in which the author had
rude, From prickly barley-spikes thy beverage brew'd; wrought the last polish on his piece before Wbence I should style thee-to appraise thee sending it to the press. Of course, this right
gross attempt at deception was not long Not the rich blood of Bacchus bounding bright,
successful. ." The Man of Feeling" was But the thin icbor of old Ceres' veins, Express'd by flames from hungry barley-grains,
published in 1771 ; and the éclut with Cbild-born of Vulcau's fire to burn up human which its real author was received, when i brains.
known, induced bim, in the same, or following year, to adventure the publication of a poem entitled " The Pursuit of Hanpiness.”
: Mr. Mackenzie's next production was THE LATE HENRY MACKENZIE,
“ The Man of the World;" a sort of second part of “The Man of Feeling:" but, like most second parts, continuatious, sequels, &c. it was, though clever and in
teresting, inferior to its predecessors. Dr. Henry Mackenzie, “ The Addison of the Johnson, despising and abhorring the North," was the son of Dr. Joshua Mac- fashionable whine of sensibility, treated kenzie, of a distinguished branch of the the work with far more asperity than it ancient families of the Mackenzies of the deserved. . north of Scotland. · He was born in the “ Julia de Roubigné," a novel, in the year 1745, or 1746. Alter receiving a epistolary form, was the last work of this liberal education, he devoted himself to class from the pen of Mr. Mackenzie. It the law; and, in 1766, he became an at is extremely elegant, tender, and affecting ; torney in the Scottish Court of Excheqner. but its pathos las a cast of sickliness, and Ultimately his practice in that court pro- the mournful nature of the catastrophe duced him abont eight-hundred pounds a produces a sensation more painful than year; he becamie coniptroller-general of pleasing on the mind of the reader. taxes for Scotland, with a salary of six- Mr. Mackenzie was a writer of plays, hundred a year; and, altogether, his an- but he was less successful as a dramatic nual income was upwards of two thousand writer than a novelist. pounds.
Turning back to the year 1767, we find When very youg Mr. Mackenzie was that Mr. Mackenzie then married Miss the author of numerous little pieces in Pennel Grant, sister of Sir James Grant, · verse; and, though of a kind and gentle of Grant, by whom he liad a family of
temper, the credit which he enjoyed for eleven children. wit induced him occasionally to attempt About ten or twelve years afterwards, the satiric strain. It was, however, in he and a few ot' his friends, mostly lawyers, tenderness and simplicity in the plaintive who used to meet occasionally for convi. tone of the elegy-in that charming fresh vial conversation, at a tavern kept by M. ness of imagery which belongs to the Bayll, a Frenchiman, projected the public pastoral, that he was seen to most advan- cation of a series of papers on morals, tage. He next aspired to the novel--the manners, taste and literature, similar to sentimental and pathetic novel; and, in those of the Spectator. This society was 1768 or 1769, in his hours of relaxation originally designated “ The Tabernacle," from professional employment, he wrote, but afterwards “The Mirror Club." what bas generally been considered his Their scheme was speedily carried inlo effect, and the papers, under the title of The quantity of cod and ling cured in the “ 'The Mirror," of which Mr. Mackenzie last year has increased it amouvring lo was the editor, were published in weekly one hundred and four thousand nine liane numbers, at the price of threepence per dred and fourteen hundred weighis, cuired folio-sheet. The sale never reached dried - and five thousand six hundred and beyond three or four hundred in single fifty-two and a quarter hundred weights, papers ; but the succession of the numbers and eight thousand eight hundred and was no sooner closed, than the whole, with thirty-six barrels and a half cured in the names of the respective authors, were pick e. . republished in three duodecimo volumes. From the boat account it appears that The writers sold the copy-right; out of eleven thousand one hundred and ninetythe produce of which they presented a nine boats were employed in the shoredonation of £100 to the Orplian Hospital, curing department of the fishery, manned and purchased a hogshead of Claret for by forty-eight thousand six hundred and the use of the Club.
ninety-nine fishermen, and the total number To “ The Mirror” succeeded « The of persons employed therein was eighty Lawyer,” a periodical of a similar cha. thousand and three hundred. . racter, and equally snccessful. Mr. Mac- The most interesting part of the report kenzie was the chief and most valuable is the series of observations, which the contributor to each of these works. . Commissioners think it proper to make on
In' political literature, Mr. Mackenzie the effect which the “bounty has produced was the author of a “ Review of the Pro- in raising the character of the British ceedings of the Parliament, which met fishery, and in adding to its importance as first in the year 1784," and of a series of a branch of national wealth.” Tirey state, “ Letters under the signature of Brutus,” that when the establishment was insti. In all those exertions which during the tuted, (the office for the herring fishery in war of the French revolution were found Edinburghi, but the date is not stated), it necessary to support. the government and was impossible almost to find a barrel of preserve the peace of the country, no per- the legal size of thirty.two gallons. No son was more honourably or more usefully attention whatever appeared to be paid to zealous.
the strength of the stave, to the pumber of · Mr. Mackenzie was remarkably fond the hoops, or to the structure of the barrel of the rural diversions of fowling, hunting, at all, and hence they were unable to reand fishing. In private life, his conversa. tain the pickle for any time. It was the tion was ever the charmi and the pride of practice also, at the period alluded to, to society.--He died at Edinburgh, his con- attempt to cure the herrings in a lump, stant residence, on the 14th of January, without gutting them, or removing the 1831.
viscera in any manner, and in short, that the methods of catching and caring fish, thus in use, were in a very barbarous and backward state. The present state of the fishery is the reverse of all this. The
barrels are of full size, substantially made, HERRING FISHERY.t
and adequately booped, the seams between the staves, are stopped by flags, the gutting is carried on on the most approved
principles-and the whole process, from Trecessation of the bounty for the enco11.
the embarkation of the fisherman to the ragement of the herringfishery having taken
delivery of the cured tishi, is now conplace in April, 1830, it may not be use.
ducted in a manner that leaves nothing less to direct the public attention to the
whatever for the njost fastidious consumer state of this branch of uational industry.
i to complain of. It appears from this report, that there
"All these improvements, together with were curent in the year ended April, 1830
similar improvements in the cure of cod, -three hundred and twenty-nine thoue
ling, or hake," the commissioners are insand five hundred and fifty-seven bai rels
duced to “ascribe to the effect of the of white herrings-being a decrease, as
bounty, acting as a stimulus to the curer compared with the number cured in the former year, of twenty-six thousand four
and other persons engaged iu the fishery';
and thus inducing them to abandon their hundred and twenty-two half barrels.
long established slovenly practices, and to
adopt a more improved system ; frain a + From the Monthly Review - No. II., of-Re. conviction, that unless they did so, the port of the Commissioners for the Herring Fishery, &c., for the year ended April, 1830. Priuted by
í bounty could not be obtained ; and it is
bonny.could order of Parliameut.
gratifying to observe, that the utility of