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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, do 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 edmit 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 pipe 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 lime. 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,


Gides the bald eagle, gazing, calm and slow, is remarkable, when we consider the
O'er all the horrors of the scene below;
Intent alone to sate himself with blood,

seeming intemperate habits of the bird. From the toru victims of the raging food. 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 va 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 men. of 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 musculur, ter 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 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 sentirnent. 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 plumage 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 ad

of prey.


instant seeming overcharged, like the and transitions, so classical and correct Italian faces, nor coarse and unfeminine her speech and deportment, and so inunder whatever impulse; on the con- tensely interesting her voice, form, and trary, it is so thoroughly harmonized features, that there is no conveying an when quiescent, and so expressive when idea of the pleasure she communicates impassioned, that most people think her by words. She must be seen to be more beautiful than she is ; so great, known. What is still more delightful, too, is the flexibility of her counte- she is an original : she copies no one nance, that the rapid transitions of pas- living or dead, but acts from nature and sion are given with a variety and effect herself. that never tire upon the eye. Her voice is 'naturally plaintive, and a tender me

SPIRIT OF THE lancholy in her level speaking denotes a being devoted to tragedy; yet this seem

Public Journals. ingly settled quality of voice becomes at will sonorous or piercing, overwhelms with rage, or in its wild shriek absolutely harrows up the soul. Her sor

By a veteran. row, too, is never childish-her lamenta- In the late Regiment of Light tion has a dignity which belongs, I Dragoons, were two worthy persons, think, to no other woman : it claims who were denominated the regimental your respect along with your tears. liars : a distinction to which, giving Her eye is brilliant and varying like the every man his due, they were eminently diamond; it is singularly well placed; entitled. The great and fundamental “it pries, in Shakspeare's language, requisites for accomplished lying, I con“ through the portal of the head," and ceive to be a good memory, a fertile has every aid froin brows flexible beyond fancy, a ready wit, fluency of speech, all female parallel, contracting to dis- and a brazen countenance, so that you dain, ör dilating with the emotions of shall tell a man a most bare-faced false sympathy, or pity, or anguish. Her hood, and afterwards adduce such conmemory is tenacious and exact-her ar- nected proofs as especially characterize ticulation clear and distinct, her pro- 'actnal facts. The following dialogue nunciation systematic and refined.

is a specimen of the talents of the aforeNor has Nature been partially bounti- mentioned mendacious personages. ful: she has endowed her with a quick

C.-" See a man walk after he was ness of conception, and a strength of shot dead ! so have I, a whole day's understanding equal to the proper use march." of such extraordinary gifts. So entirely B.-" Come, come, that's stealing a is she mistress of herself, so collected, march on our senses. No, no, it wont and so determined in gestures, tone, and do: that's a naked one; do pray turn manner, that she seldom errs, like other them out with some kind of probability actors, because she doubts her powers covering over them.” or comprehension. She studies her au- C._ What, doubt my veracity ;' thor attentively, conceives justly, and B.--" Not for the world ; that would describes with a firm consciousness of be illiberal and unkind, and by the way, propriety. She is sparing in her action, now I think on it, I believe the possibibecause English nature does not act lity of a man travelling without his cramuch; but it is always proper, pic- nium, for at the battle of Laswaree, turesque, graceful, and dignified: it during that desperate contest for British arises immediately from the sentiments India, I saw a sergeant of the seventyand feeling, and is not seen to prepare sixth shot dead ; yet the fellow pursued itself before it begins. No studied trick his antagonist some hundred yards or start can be predicted ;-no forced afterwards, threatening vengeance on tremulation of the figure, where the va- the miscreant for having robbed the sercáncy of the eye declares the absence vice of one of its best men. Finding of passion, can be seen ;-no laborious himself weak from loss of blood, he destrainings at false climax, in which the liberately unscrewed his head, threw it tired voice reiterates one high tone be- violently at the foe, and took him on the -yond which it cannot reach, is ever spine ; down he tumbled; the veteran heard ;

-no artificial heaving of the jumped upon him ; fearful was the breasts, so disgusting when the affecta- struggle ; chest to chest, fist to fist; tion is perceptible ;-none of those arts at last they joined in the death grapple, by which the actress is seen, and not and dreadful indeed was their dying the character, can be found in Mrs. hug." Siddons. So natural are her gradations C. -"My dear friend, I was an eye




witness of the whole transaction. You or that, is of no consequence. The have however forgotten the best part of most extraordinary thing was, that the the story.

After the sergeant had well gallant colonel only sprained his right pummelled his enemy, he picked up his head again, and thrust into a neighbour- B.-“ By no means extraordinary. ing great gun: from the want of his You remember the great gun of Agra, peepers he made a random shot, and in which a regiment of cavalry used to killed the horse on which Lord Lake drill." was riding-his Lordship saluted the C." I do. The one that fired the sod."

stone ball to the wall of Futtipoore SikB.-" I recollect it perfectly; for the rah-twenty miles.” nose of the said sergeant (recognised by B.-" The same. Well, when that sundry carbuncles) was so hard, that the gun was fired, a thing that never occurfollowing day it was extracted from the red but once, the head of the rash man abdomen of the unfortunate animal.” who fired it was afterwards found in the

C.-" You make a mistake about the Old Woman's Tank, eleven miles frofin nose ; it was discovered lodged in a loaf the spot, without so much as a blemish, in a corporal's knapsack ; the man except a slight singing of the right could swear to it, for it was perforated whisker." by three balls, and otherwise curiously C.-" Ah! I can never forget the marked. Report said that a shell had time; I had just landed in Calcutta when once blown it completely off, and that it we heard the report. Some of the wadwas stitched on again by a shoe-maker, ding went as far as Cawnpore.who, ever after, went by the name of the Here the trumpet, sounding for mornnosy cobbler."

ing drill, put a stop to the colloquy.B.—“Nothing impossible. It re- Englishman's Magazine. minds me of a story somewhat as strange: During the battle of Delhi there was a

THE MISER'S quarter-master in the regiment, a queer fellow, who was never at a loss ; (he is now in the corps, and can vouch for my

HERE'S a lesson for the earth-borp worm,

So deep engraven on the meagre platen statement) he was charging at the head

Of human frailty, so debased in hue, of his squadron, when he caught a can- That he who dares peruse it needs but blush non shot in his hands : instantly dis- For his own nature. The poor shrivell'd wretch,

For whose lean carcass yawns this hideous pit, mounting, he chucked the ball into a

Had naught that be desired in earth or heaven-.. field-piece, but, for want of a ramrod, No God, no Saviour, but that sordid pell, he drove it home with his head. One O'er which he starved and gloated. I have seen of the enemy, seeing him thus zealously

On the exchange, or in the market-place occupied, fired off the gun; strange to When money was in plenteous circulation, tell he was not killed ! From constant Gaze after it with such Satanic looks exposure to the sun, in search of toddy, How he from theft and murder could refrain.

Of eagerness, that I bave wonderd oft and from the free use of cocoa-nut oil, Twas cowardice alone withheld his hands, his head had become proof against shot.

For they would grasp and grapple at the air,

When his grey eye bad fixed on heaps of gold, The distance from the place whence he While his clench'd teeth, and grinning, yearning was projected, to that where he was

Were dreadful to behold The merchants oft picked up, measured three miles, two

Would mark his eye, then start and look again, lurlongs, three yards, and eleven inches.

As at the eye of basilisk or snake. A hard-headed fellow, Sir.-In his ca- His eye of greyish green ne'er shed one ray reer he upset his colonel and a brace of

Of kind benignity or holy light

On aught beneath the sun. Childhood, youth, captains."

beanty, C.--" He did; and where the colonel To it had all one bue. Its rays reverted was capsized, he made such a hole by Right

inward, back upon the greedy heart his enormous weight, that the sovereign Preyed without ceasing, straining every sense of Delhi ordered a large well to be dug To ihat excruciable and yearning core.

Some thirteen days agone, he comes to me, on the spot, in memory of the event. B.--" I remember the well-twelve On men's rapacity and sordid greed,

And after many sore and mean remarks feet, three inches and a half, was the He says, “ Gabriel, thou art an honest man, exact depth of the excavation occasion

As the world goes. How much, then, will you

charge ed by the fall."

And make a grave fur me, fifteen feet deep?" c.-" There you are wrong; only

* We'll talk of that when you require it, sir.” eleven feet, three inches

« No, no. I want it made, and paid for too;

I'll have it settled, else I know there will B.-. No, believe me, I am right; Be some unconscionable overcharge twelve feet, and three inches to a bar- On my poor friends-a ruinous orercharge." leycorn."

“ But, sir, were it made now, it would fill up

Each winter to the brim, and be to make C. - Never mind : a little, this way Twenty or thirty times, if you live long."



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