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electors. The choice was of their own (For the Mirror.)
motion, and the person elected was pasUpon the silent grassy bed,
sive. Even at the present day, the law Shall maiden's tears at eve be shed,
does not contemplate his asking for And friendship's self shall often there
votes, and therefore does not allow, Heave the sigh, and breathe the pray'r.
after the issuing of the writ, sufficient Young flowers of spring around shall bloom,
time for a regular canvass. The term And summer's roses deck thy tomb. The primrose ope its modest breast
“ candidate'' had its derivation from the Where thy lamented ashes rest,
person being candidatus, clothed in And cypress branches lowly bend
white, as symbolical of the wearer's Where thy lov'd form with clay sball blend. purity. The silver willow darkly wave
James I. issued a proclamation, in Above thy unforgotten grave,
which the voters for members of parAnd woodbine leaves will fondly creep, liament are directed “not to choose Where * * lies in holy sleep.
curious and wrangling lawyers, who Sturminster.
seek reputation by stirring needless PARLIAMENTARY SCRAPS.
At the Sussex election, in 1807, an (For the Mirror.)
elector, named Morton, voted in right Lord Coke, in his fourth institute, de- of his patrimonial land at Rusper, which fines certain qualities essentially requi- had been in possession of his ancestors site to constitute a good member of 750 years.
W. G. C. parliament; and he refers to a parliament roll, 3 Henry VI., which affirms
SONNET that a parliament man should have three TO AN EOLIAN HARP, HEARD AT EVENING. properties ascribed to the elephant-1.
(For the Mirror.) That he hath no gall; 2. That he is in- Soft breathings of aerial melody, flexible, and cannot bow; 3. That he is Ye seem like love songs from the elfin land, of a most ripe and perfect memory:
Or soundings from that heaven-commissioned 1. To be without malice, rancour, heat, Ushering the good man to the bliss on high.
band, and envy ;-in elephante melancholia
Now swells the chorus full, anon ye die transit in nutrimentum corporis : every
Away upon the breeze, so soft and blaud gallish inclination, if any were, should Melting on evening's ear. Sure Love's own tend to the good of the whole body—the hand commonwealth. 2. That he be con- In kindest mood bath wrought this minstrelsy. stant, inflexible, and not be bowed, or How to the lorn heart does its infuence creep, turned from the right, either from fear, As the wild winds sweep o'er the fairy strings, reward, or favour; not in judgment re- Bringing again departed, perish'd things,
O'er wbich we feel it luxury to weep. spect any person. 3. That in remembering perils past, dangers to come may
Sing on ye zephyr-sprites, your vespers cheer
The heart, whose off'ring is a holy tear. be prevented.
COLBOURNE. To these, addition is made by Lord Coke of two other properties of ele- The Cosmopolite. phants: the one, that though they be maximæ virtutis et maximi intellectus,
HINTS of great strength and understanding,
FOR SELF-ADVANCEMENT; OR,
MAKE ONE'S WAY IN THE tamen gregatim semper incedunt, yet they are sociable, and go in companies ; for animalia gregalia non sunt nociva,
( For the Mirror.) sed animalia solivag'a sunt nociva : so- When you visit married people, pay ciable creatures that go in flocks or particular attention to their children: herds are not hurtful—as deer, sheep, the more noisy, troublesome, and dis&c.; but beasts that walk solely or agreeable they are, the more is it insingularly, as bears, foxes, &c., are dan- cumbent upon you to praise them. gerous and hurtful.
The other pro. Should the baby entertain you with a perty is, that the elephant is philan- passionate squall for an hour or two, thropos, homini erranti viam ostendit. vow that it is “a charming child"-a And, in the opinion of Coke, these pro- sweet pet' —" a dear, pretty, little creaperties ought every parliament man to ture,” &c. &c. Call red hair auburn, have.
and “a sweet, uncommon colour ;" a Neither the ancient nor modern elec. squint, or cross-eye, think “an agreetion statutes mention, or imply, the ex- able expression ;'' maintain that an istence of a “candidate." The old laws ugly child is extremely handsome, and direct that the representative shall be the image either of one or other of its freely and indifferently chosen by the parents, or of its handsomest, wealthiest,
or most aristocratic relations. Discover yourself agreeable, which your own which of a family is mamma's, and which taste and talents, it is to be presumed, papa’s favourite, and pay your court ac- will naturally suggest: chess, whist, cordingly; for it is better to lavish, in ecarté, quadrille, &c. &c., not to menthis case, your attentions and encomiums tion, a little practical knowledge of upon one or two, than upon all. music, are acquirements which cause an
When requiring an introduction to individual to be considered “very agreeany great people, scruple not to avail able”-because very useful ; and rely yourself of the services of the little ; upon it, as the world goes, utility in but when mounted as high as you please, nine cases out of ten is, with society, a by all means kick down your ladders, consideration. Hence, no ereature is cast away your stepping stones-since so universally voted disagreeable as one they might, instead of being of any fur- from whom no kind of service can be ther assistance, only prove incumbrances exacted ; and whilst roués, gamesters,
and tipplers, duelists, pugilists, and T'ake every opportunity of joining in blacklegs, are tolerated in society, stuconversation with those to whom you pid men are overlooked, or thrust out desire to recommend yourself. Should of it with contempt. you feel at a loss for topics of discourse, Dress in the extreme of fashion : you mention servants, and tradesmen, upon can neither gain nor maintain your whom fail not to bestow most hearty ground without so doing; and as you abuse ;-vow that they are an unprin- have an end to answer, which your cipled set of knaves, scoundrels, and tailors or milliners have not, of course thieves. Hence you will be thought to you will not suffer the unfashionable have “much to say for yourself ;” and dictates of conscience, respecting their should you be enabled to narrate any bills, to interfere with your proceedings. grievous losses sustained from these Answer an invitation as soon as it is members of society, you will obtain cre- received; many individuals defer so doing dit for having "something to lose'' at for some days, which certainly shows any rate, and find it of incalculable fashionable ease and nonchalance, bevalue.
sides allowing time for the arrival of When you direct a letter to a knight another and preferable one; but, by bachelor-though it is indeed customary those who are absolutely bent upon adand well-bred to omit altogether the vancing themselves in society, this pracKnt.- yet it will never be taken amiss tice is to be eschewed, since by perplexshould you venture to address him as a ing, it so annoys the donor of a fête, Knight of the Garter, Bath, &c. &c., or that the chances are greatly against your even as a Baronet. Undoubtedly it is ever again being asked. as vulgar to misapprehend and confound Never omit, the day after a party, to titles, as it is to mispronounce and mis- send or leave your card, as an acknowspell names; nevertheless rest assured, ledgment for the civility you have rethat flattered vanity will go far to par- ceived. This ceremony, indeed, it is to don vulgarity.
your interest frequently to repeat at the If a gentleman, pay infinite attention doors of your friends, since it will ensure to the single ladies of a family-compli- your never being forgotten by them. ment, flirt, converse with, and ask them Never go to an evening party until to dance. This conduct will obtain for you are pretty certain that everybody you, on account of the fair creatures, else is coming away. Your consequence marvellous good report, numerous invi- will by this conduct be enhanced ;-you tations; and if you have sufficient tact may protest that you have already ap- to steer clear of committing yourself for peared at two or three balls, &c. When, more than a few flattering and general if a student or fashionable novel-writer, attentions, you may be considered one your time may have been more rationally of the happiest of those who live—by employed at home, you go too late to their wits, and upon their friends. dance much, if the exercise, or rather
Should your « dancing days be over," the partners, be disagreeable to you ; which is scarcely probable, considering you ensure being seen, which is somehow greatly it is now the fashion for thing,-for, alas ! how many worthy "potent, grave, and reverend signors,'' aspirants to fashion, fortune, and fame, and signoras also, to join the gay qua- if of no actual importance, are fated to drille, &c. (and here we may as well pass unnoticed in a crowd! and the note, that in genteel society, dowager opportunity is besides afforded you of honourables and old ladies may dance, paying almost undivided attention to whilst young, plain misses may not)- your host, hostess, and family, which . there are sundry modes of rendering must materially advance your interests.
Neither be in too great haste to quit the to your advantage (though fashionable houses of those to whom you desire to insolence should not be carried too far) recommend yourself. Parties, even the to act in the following manner :worst, cost both money and trouble ; 1. Ask a lady if she is engaged to and whilst the givers of them feel it no dance. Should she answer “No,” whilst compliment to be run away from, as if a her eyes say “Yes, if you will be my pestilence rayed in their habitations, it partner," then, instead of offering youris positively insulting to inform them self for that purpose, protest that that another soirée, from which you “dancing is a mighty bore, which no hope better things, awaits your pre- gentleman would endure, could he possi
bly help it,” and walk away. If a lady, “set up for a beauty :" 2. Having elicited from a lady that rely upon it, no persons will “cry you she is not engaged for the ensuing dance, up" as such unless you give them the exclaim, with a smile of trinmph, “I pote. Should you be extremely plain, am! and must go and find my partner.' no matter; friz your hair until it stands 3. When conversing with one young out one English ell from your face, and lady, whom you do not design to commount it, in bows, braids, &c., three pliment by leading out for waltz, quayards at least from the crown of your drille, or galoppe, mazurka, or Russian head; drawl, or lisp in your speech; cotillon, &c., take particular care, in bring out words and phrases from every her hearing, to engage yourself to anliving tongue with which you may hap- other. This is equally kind and polite. pen to be slightly acquainted ; boast of 4. Upon the conclusion of a dance, to the continent;" mince your gait; either leave your partner standing in the wriggle forward upon your toes when middle of the room-which I have beyou walk; and swim and dip, whenever held performed with admirable effect led into the atrocity of committing a or, hastily leading her to a seat, quit her quad-rille. In brief, give yourself un- instantly: which proceeding says, in imaginable airs; then protest that your plain English, “Lady, I would not stay manners, as well as your costume, are another moment with you for anything of the newest Parisian mode—and it is that could be offered me, lest the world ten to one but that affectation will be should choose to fancy we are engaged. accepted in lieu of, or mistaken for, Respecting giving and lending, which beauty.
are sometimes necessary worldly duties, Never forget, that as it is sometimes your guide must be this brief, but invery prudent to be deaf and dumb in fallible rule-Venture a small fish to society, so is it extremely convenient catch a large one." Those antiquated upon occasions to be blind. The cuts, beings, indeed, whom the polite style direct and oblique--the looks at, and “horrid bores,” but whose generic appelthe looks over—the distant, formal bow, lation is Christians, are accustomed to and the adroit turn upon the heel (should“ lend and give, not hoping to receive;" you perceive the party, intended to be yet this maxim cannot of course be supcut for the time being at least, advancing posed to influence the conduct of those with dire intent of obliging a recogni- who desire to advance themselves in the tion), may be, especially upon old and world, because they are bound to bear provincial friends, practised ad libitum, in mind, that they cannot admit of any without the slightest danger of your principle of action which tends, in the character for etiquette, politeness, sua- slightest degree, to militate against their vity, and general pleasantness, being interest. Et cetera desunt. impeached. Indeed it is not incompati
M. L. B. ble with the highest breeding, to allow your slighted and amazed acquaintance The Naturalist. to hear you quizzing, and see you laughing at, him heartily, should it be your THE WAITE-HEADED, OR BALD EAGLE. interest so to do; and then next day, to walk boldly up to him, protest he is the
(Concluded from page 389.) best fellow in the world; and should he The intrepidity of character, before be so senseless as to venture an allusion mentioned, may be farther illustrated to your “late conduct," to vow, with by the following fact, which occurred a the extremest audacity, that he happens few years ago, near Great Egg Harbour, to be under some evident and deplorable New Jersey. A woman, who happened mistake, &c. &c. In short, should you to be weeding in the garden, had set her really find yourself in a scrape, to back child down near, to amuse itself while out of it as well as you are able. she was at work; when a sudden and
When at a ball, it may sometimes be extraordinary rushing sound, and a scream from her child, alarmed her, and until it becomes a black prominent mass, starting up, she beheld the infant thrown observable at a considerable distance. down, and dragged some few feet, and It is formed of large sticks, sods, earthy a large bald eagle bearing off a frag- rubbish, hay, moss, &c.
Many have ment of its frock, which being the only stated to me that the female lays first a part seized, and giving way, providen- single egg, and that, after having sat on tially saved the life of the infant. it for some time, she lays another; when
The appetite of the bald eagle, the first is hatched, the warmth of that, though habituated to long fasting, is of it is pretended, hatches the other. the most voracious and often the most Whether this be correct or not, I cannot indelicate kind. Fish, when he can ob- determine; but a very respectable gentain them, are preferred to all other tleman of Virginia assured me, that he fare. Young lambs and pigs are dainty saw a large tree cut down, containing morsels, and made free with on all the nest of a bald eagle, in which were favourable occasions. Ducks, geese, two young, one of which appeared nearly gulls, and other sea fowl, are also seized three times as large as the other. As with avidity. The most putrid carrion, a proof of their attachment to their when nothing better can be had, is ac- young, a person near Norfolk informed ceptable ; and the collected groups of me, that, in clearing a piece of wood gormandizing vultures, on the
approach on his place, they met with a large dead of this dignified personage, instantly dis- pine tree, on which was a bald eagle's perse, and make way for their master, nest and young. The tree being on fire waiting his departure in sullen silence, more than half way up, and the flames and at a respectful distance, on the ad- rapidly ascending, the parent eagle dartjacent trees.
ed around and among the flames, until In one of those partial migrations of her plumage was so much injured that tree squirrels that sometimes take place it was with difficulty she could make her in our western forests, many thousands escape, and even then, she several times of them were destroyed in attempting attempted to return to relieve her offto cross the Ohio ; and at a certain spring. place, not far from Wheeling, a prodi- The flight of the bald eagle, when gious number of their dead bodies were taken into consideration with the ardour floated to the shore by an eddy. Here and energy of his character, is noble the vultures assembled in great force, and interesting. Sometimes the human and had regailed themselves for some eye can just discern him, like a minute time, when a bald eagle made his ap- speck, moving in slow curvatures along pearance, and took sole possession of the face of the heavens, as if reconthe premises, keeping the whole vultures noitering the earth at that immense disat their proper distance for several days. tance. Sometimes he glides along in a He has also been seen navigating the direct horizontal line, at a vast height, same river on a floating carrion, though with expanded and unmoving wings, till scarcely raised above the surface of the he gradually disappears in the distant water, and tugging at the carcass, re- blue ether. Seen gliding in easy circles gardless of snags, sawyers, planters, or over the high shores and mountainous shallows. He sometimes carries his cliffs that tower above the Hudson and tyranny to great extremes against the Susquehanna, he attracts the eye of the vultures. In hard times, when food intelligent voyager, and adds great inhappens to be scarce, should he acci- terest to the scenery. At the great Cadentally meet with one of these who has taract of Niagara, already mentioned, its craw crammed with carrion, he at- there rises from the gulf into which the tacks it fiercely in the air ; the cowardly Falls of the Horse-Shoe descend, a vulture instantly disgorges, and the de- stupendous column of smoke, or spray, licious contents are snatched up by the reaching to the heavens, and moving off eagle before they reach the ground. in large black clouds, according to the
The nest of this species is generally direction of the wind, forming a very fixed on a very large and lofty tree, often striking and majestic appearance. The in a swamp or morass, and difficult to eagles are here seen sailing about, somebe ascended. On some noted tree of times losing themselves in this thick cothis description, often a pine or cypress, lumn, and again reappearing in another the bald eagle builds, year after year, place, with such ease and elegance of for a long series of years. When both motion, as renders the whole truly submale and female have been shot from the Jime. nest, another pair has soon after taken High o'er the watery uproar, silent seen, possession. The nest is large, being Now midst the pillar'd spray sublimely lost, added to and repaired every season, And now, emerging, down the Rapids tost,
THE LATE MRS. SIDDONS.
Glides the bald eagle, gazing, calm and slow, is remarkable, when we consider the
seeming intemperate habits of the bird. From the toru victims of the raging floud. Sometimes fasting, through necessity,
for several days, and at other times The white-headed eagle is three feet gorging itself with animal food till its long, and seven feet in extent; the bill
craw swells out the plumage of that is of a rich yellow; cere the same, part, forming a large protuberance un slightly tinged with green; mouth flesh- the breast. This, however, is its nacoloured; tip of the tongue, bluish tural food, and for these habits its whole black ; the head, chief part of the neck, organization is particularly adapted. It ven:, tail coverts, and tail, are white in has not, like men, invented rich wines, the perfect, or old birds of both sexes, ardent spirits, and a thousand artificial in those under three years of age these poisons, in the form of soups, sauces, parts are of a gray brown; the rest of and sweetmeats. Its food is simple, it ihe plumage is deep, dark brown, each indulges freely, uses great exercise, feather tipt with pale brown, lightest on breathes the purest air, is healthy, vithe shoulder of the wing, and darkest gorous, and long lived. The lords of towards its extremities. The confor the creation themselves might derive mation of the wing is admirably adapted some useful hints from these facts, were for the support of so large a bird; it they not already, in general, too wise, measures two feet in breadth on the
or too proud, to learn from their ingreater quills, and sixteen inches on feriors, the fowls of the air and beasts the lesser; the longest primaries are of the field. twenty inches in length, and upwards of one inch in circumference where they enter the skin; the broadest seconda
Notes of a Beader, ries are three inches in breadth across the vane; the scapulars are very large and broad, spreading from the back to The subsequent account of Mrs. Sidthe wing, to prevent the air from pass- dons, nearly fifty years since, will per. ing through ; another range of broad haps give the reader a better outline of flat feathers, from three to ten inches in that "Queen of Tragedy' than any that length, also extend from the lower part has since appeared. We ought to menof the breast to the wing below, for tion that it is quoted from Mr. Boaden's the same purpose ; between these lies a
Memoirs, and was written on the apdeep triangular cavity; the thighs are pearance of Mrs. Siddons in the characremarkably thick, strong, and muscular, ier of Isabella, for the first time in Loncovered with long feathers pointing back- don, October 10, 1782. Mr. Boaden wards, usually called the femoral fea, thus introduces the quotation, in vol. i. thers; the legs, which are covered half of his work :way below the knee, before, with dark As the person of our great actress brown downy feathers, are of a rich has undergone some change, and her yellow, the colour of ripe Indian corn; features by time became stronger, I feet the same ; claws blue black, very should find it difficult now to describe large and strong, particularly the inner her accurately by memory, as she stood one, which is considerably the largest; before the audience on the night of the soles, very rough and warty; the eye is 10th of October. I am relieved from sunk, under a bony, or cartilaginous this difficulty by an account of her writprojection, of a pale yellow colour, and ten at the time. I shall change only a is turned considerably forwards, not few of the expressions then used, more standing parallel with the cheeks, the from a feeling as to composition than iris is of a bright straw colour, pupil alteration as to sentiinent. black.
There never, perhaps, was a better The male is generally two or three stage-figure than that of Mrs. Siddons. inches shorter than the female ; the Her height is above the middle size, but white on the head, neck, and tail being not at all inclined to the em-bon-point. more tinged with yellowish, and its There is, notwithstanding, nothing sharp whole appearance less formidable; the or angular in the frame; there is suffi. brown pluniage is also lighter, and the cient muscle to bestow a roundness upon bird itself less daring than the female, a the limbs, and her attitudes are, therecircumstance common to almost all birds fore, distinguished equally by energy and
grace. The symmetry of her person is The eagle is said to live to a great exact and captivating. Her face is peage-sixty, eighty, and, as some assert, culiarly happy, the features being finely one hundred years. This circumstance formed, though strong, und never for an