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Superstition in Ireland.


concorrosocorro.crrrrrross-coworo-v.-....... notice the approaches of the Moon's limb | all its branches full of pieces of cloth, which to the star; at this time they are in contact, have been placed there from time to time and, a second afterward, the star disappears by the pilgrims who have performed penance behind the Moon, the point of contact at this station." being 132 degrees from the vertex or high

Ecclesiastical Ways and Means in est part of the Moon's disc on the eastern

Dublin. limb: the emersion of the star takes place at 20 minutes 22 seconds past four, The following is a copy of a card now which is the time of sun-rising; the star is before us. It is truly horrible to think that of the sixth magnitude. On the 31st, the such things should exist in the nineteenth Moon rises at 7 minutes 10", and is fol-century-in Dublin ! lowed by p 1 Sagittarii, to which she gra “St. Peter's Roman Catholic Chapel, dually approaches until 56 minutes 28 se- Circular Road, Phipsborough. I have conds past ten, when an immersion of the loved, O Lord, the beauty of thy house, and star takes place at 97 degrees from the the place where thy glory dwelleth.'vertex on the Moon's eastern limb; at 59 Psalm xxvi. 8. : minutes 1 second past 11, the star emerges « On Monday evening, August 13th, at 53 degrees from the vertex on the Moon's 1827, there will be a raffle held in the western limb: after this time the Moon is school-room attached to the chapel, for an observed to recede from the star, which is of Italian painting, representing the Baptism the fifth magnitude.

of the Redeemer by St. John.

“The object of this raffle is, to defray the

expenses which must necessarily be incurred SUPERSTITION IN IRELAND. in providing an altar, tabernacle, and the

other altar-requisites, benediction service, (From the Quarterly Chronicle of the Irish Evan

vestments, &c. for the beautiful edifice. gelical Society.)

“ The public require no apology for beStation of St. Bridget.

ing called upon to lend a trifling support to

this meritorious undertaking. It is suffiOn the top of a hill near Faughart, about cient for them to know that the glory of God (wo miles from Dundalk, is the station of and the interests of religion are intimately St. Bridget, a celebrated place for pilgrims. I concerned. At present there is mass celeThere is a burying-ground, in the centre of brated in it every day; but it is on a tem. which 'stand the remains of an old house,

porary fixture, and with borrowed vestments. and the legend states that this house was This institution is an accommodation to the the residence of St. Bridget. The station is citizens of Dublin, who resort to this deheld every year on St. Bridget's day. The lightful outlet : many of them are served by penance performed by the pilgrims who re- the attendance of the resident clergymen, sort to this place, is severe in the extreme. I and crowds receive instruction at the SunThey have first to run nine times round St.

day evening devotions. In return, they are Bridget's house barefooted through nettles! asked for a small contribution, for the glory After this, they kneel on their bare knees of Him from whom they have received all on the tombstone of a Scottish king, who they possess. they say is buried there, and repeat several Mass will be offered for the benefacprayers. This they do also in several other tors, on every Tuesday, for a month after places. They then go round a large stone, the raffle. Tickets 1s. 8d. Send me your which is nearly as sharp as a flint, nine times contributions don't fail.” on their bare knees ; after which they go up and down the stone in the form of a cross.

Struel-Wells. Lastly, they go to a well and wash their “Centuries have elapsed,” says the taknees, which are much lacerated with the lented editor of the Guardian newspaper in stones and gravel ; and having torn a small | Belfast, “since fraud, practising on credulity, piece of cloth from their wearing apparel, first induced an infatuated populace to be they tie it to the branch of a tree, which is lieve that a divine energy had been imparted above the well; and thus they depart from by a favourite of Heaven to the waters St. Bridget, with the idea that all their sins of Struel-Wells. It is now, however, only are contained in the rag, and consequently four years since the present editor of the left behind them, and that they return, “pure | Guardian, who had then the columns of the and spotless, and as innocent as they were Newsletter at his command, began to direct after baptism."-"I examined the tree,” says | public attention to the frantic rites, the midthe individual who transmitted this account, night orgies, performed, or rather perpetrated, the whole of which he witnessed, “and found at Struel ; and already its wells are dry-its fountains of iniquity have ceased to flow." and if he enter, and proceed to the work of It was supposed, that at twelve o'clock on turning out the children, on any pretence, the night preceding Midsummer, the waters whether that they are corrupted by Bibleof these wells rose and overflowed miracu reading, or otherwise, and the master order lously. Crowds of men and women flocked him out, in his turn; he must comply, or to the place, amounting sometimes to ten, be liable to an action for trespass. The and sometimes to twenty thousand. It was Rev. C. B. Stennett entered the school of a supposed the water had the power of curing Mr. Chapman, at Newtown Mount Kenvarious diseases, and men and women, innedy, ordered the children out, and in fact a state of absolute nudity, promiscuously broke up the school. The charge of Baron bathed in them, in the presence of the Pennefather clearly establishes the principle assembled multitude. The trick has been stated above; and the Jury found a verdict discovered ; an artificial channel had been for Mr. Chapman, with damages. We formed, through which, by water conveyed | trust this will have a salutary effect in helpfrom a neighbouring stream, the wells coulding to repress clerical insolence and be made to rise and fall at pleasure. A tyranny.” Protestant from Belfast, of high respectability, in 1825, thrust a stick into the rampart, and let the water escape in another

INFAMOUS CHARACTERS. direction. The wells were left dry; yet | Every reader who has perused Pope's did the credulous multitude roll themselves

“Essay on Man,” and his “Epistle to in the mud, and multitudes, as formerly,

Lord Bathurst,” must have been struck with ascending the hill on their knees, bare and

the manner in which the names of Ward, bleeding, seated themselves on St. Patrick's

CHARTRES, and WATERS, are introduced ; chair, went round the cairns, and thus per

but it is highly probable that many, from formed their stations, and, fancying they ex

being unacquainted with their characters, piated their sins, were ready to commence a

may be ignorant of the reason why these new account with heaven by drunkenness

individuals are gibbeted in his writings. and debauchery the night that followed ; for,

In the Essay on Man the following lines in all such cases, there was no lack of tents

occur:and whiskey in the adjoining grounds.

“Shall burning Etna, if a sage requires, “A Protestant gentleman of Belfast this

Forget to thunder, and recall her fires ? year visited Struel, and, from a letter from On air or sea new motions be impressid, him to the editor of the Guardian, it appears

O blameless Bethel, to relieve tby breast?

When the loose mountain trembles from on high, that the dam has been dug down in the pre Shall gravitation cease, if you go by ? sence of the few who had assembled, and Or some old temple nodding to its fall, the fraud openly exposed.

For Chartres' head reserve the hanging wall ?' “Dr. Croly, the Roman Catholic Bishop,

The same author, in his Epistle to Lord and his clergy, it appears, had prohibited

ars, bad prohibited | Bathurst, thus expresses himself respecting the attendance of the people at the wells;

the distribution of riches. but not, let it be remembered, till the editor « Like doctors thus, when much dispute has pass'd, of the Newsletter had for four years called

| We find our tenets just the same at last.

Both fairly owning, riches in effect public attention to the impious fraud and No grace of heaven, or token of th' elect; abominable iniquity practised there. We Given to the fool, the mad, the vain, th' evil,

To Ward, to Waters, Chartres, or the Devil.” give them no credit for this tardy and reluctant tribute paid to honesty, decorum,

Of these characters, celebrated for incommon sense, and public morals; for had | famy, the following is briefly the history. the thing been let alone by others, they

John Ward. would have let it alone too. But we rejoice that the eyes of our countrymen are "John Ward of Hackney, Esq., member opened to these scenes; and are persuaded, of Parliament, being prosecuted by the that the hour is at hand, when all similar

duchess of Buckingham, and convicted of abominations, and the religion that sanc forgery, was first expelled the house, and tions them, will be swept away from the | then stood in the pillory on the 17th of face of the country.'

March 1727. He was suspected of joining

in a conveyance with Sir John Blunt to Priests have no Right to visit Schools. secrete fifty thousand pounds of that director's :.66 At the late Wicklow Assizes, a cause estate, forfeited to the South Sea Company was tried, important to the cause of scrip- by Act of Parliament. The Company retoral education, as it establishes the princi- | covered the fifty thousand pounds against ple, that no Roman Catholic Priest can Ward, but he set up prior conveyances of enter a school without the master's consent; his real estate to his brother and son, and

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concealed all his personal, which was com- | the regiment for a cheat; he was next puted to be one hundred and fifty thousand banished Brussels, and drummed out of pounds: these conveyances being also Ghent on the same account. After a hunset aside by a bill in chancery, Ward was dred tricks at the gaming tables, he took to imprisoned, and hazarded the forfeiture of lending money at exorbitant interest, and his life by not giving in his effects till the | on great penalties, accumulating premium, last day, which was that of his examination. interest, and capital, into a new capital, and During his confinement, his amusement was seizing to a minute when the payments beto give poison to dogs and cats, and see them came due; in a word, by a constant attenexpire by slower or quicker torments. To sum tion to the vices, wants, and follies of man. up the worth of this gentleman, at the several kind, he acquired an immense fortune. His æras of his life : at his standing in the pil- house was the perpetual resort of knaves lory, he was worth above two hundred thou- and strumpets. He was twice condemned sund pounds ; at his commitinent to prison, for rapes, and pardoned, but the last time he was worth one hundred and fifty thou not without imprisonment in Newgate, and sand ; but was afterward so far diminished in large confiscations. He died in Scotland his reputation, as to be thought a worse in 1731, aged 62. The populace at his man by fifty or sixty thousand,

funeral raised a great riot, almost tore the To this miscreant has been attributed the body out of the coffin, and cast dead dogs, following composition, which has frequently &c. into the grave along with it. The fol been published under the title of “ The lowing epitaph contains his character, very Miser's Prayer.” It is inserted in “ The justly drawn, by Dr. Arbuthnot. Notes of a Book-Worm,” p. 144; and in

HERE continueth to rot
The Times paper for March 24th, 1828, The body of FRANCIS CHARTRES,

Who with an INFLEXIBLE CONSTANCY, and it is said to have been found “ a few days

INIMITABLE UNIFORMITY of Life, ago among Mr. Ward's papers, in his own


In spite of AGE and INFIRMITIES, hand-writing."

In the practice of Every HUMAN Vice; “() Lord, thou knowest that I have

His insatiable A VARICE exempted him from the tirst,

His matchless IMPUDENCE from the second. likewise that I have lately purchased an | Nor was he more singular in the undeviating Pravity estate in fee-simple in the county of Essex.

of his Manners, than successful in

Accumulating WEALTA, I beseech thee to preserve the two counties

For, without TRADE or PROFESSION, of Middlesex and Essex from fire and

Without TRUST of PUBLIC MONEY, earthquakes; and as I have a mortgage in

And without BRIBE WORTHY Service,

He acquired, or more properly Created, Hertfordshire, I beg of thee likewise to

A MINISTERIAL ESTATE. have an eye of compassion on that county ;

He was the only person of his Time,

Who could CHEAT without the Mask of HONESTY, and for the rest of the counties thou mayest

Retain bis Primæval MEANNESS wben possess'd of deal with them as thou art pleased.

TEN THOUSAND a Year, and “O Lord, enable the bank to answer all

Having daily deserv'd the GIBBET for what he did,

Was at last condemned to it forwhat he could notdo. their bills, and make all my debtors

Oh Indignant Reader! good men. Give a prosperous voyage to Think not his Life Useless to Mankind !

PROVIDENCE connived at his execrable Designs, the Mermaid sloop, because I have insured

To give to After-Ages a conspicuous it; and as thou hast said, that the days of

PROOF, and EXAMPLE, the wicked are but short, I trust in thee

Of how small Estimation is EXORBITANT WEALTH

in the Sight of GOD, by his bestowing it on that thou wilt not forget thy promise, as I The most UNWORTHY of ALL MORTALS. have purchased an estate in reversion, “This gentleman was worth seven thousand which will be mine on the death of that

pounds a year estate in land, and about one profligate young man, Sir J. L

hundred thousand in money. Keep my friends from sinking, and grant that there may be no sinking funds. Keep

Mr. Waters. my son Caleb out of evil company, and

“Mr. Waters, the third of these worthies, gaming-houses; and preserve me from was a man no way resembling the former thieves and housebreakers, and make all in his military, but extremely so in his civil my servants so honest and faithful, that capacity; his great fortune having been they may attend to my interest only, and raised by the like diligent attendance on the never cheat me out of my property, night necessities of others.” nor day. Amen."

He was alive when the above lines were

written, and we may judge of his character Francis Chartres.

from the association in which the poet then "Francis Chartres was a man infamous for dared to put his name. · Of his subsequent all manner of vices. When he was an history scarcely any thing has been preensiyn in the army, he was drummed out of | served.


I Machinery.-A machine, we understand. has

lately been invented, by which some dozens of • Diorama at 73, Orford-strect.-Tlis exhibition knives and forks may be cleaned in a few minutes.

consists of four pictures, said so be the largest ever We expect shortly to hear of a machine for cutting brought before the public together in this country. bread and butter, we hope it will not also be for The views are painted by Messrs. Stanfield and Ro eating it! berts: The Lake of Maggiore in Italy. The Inte. Gypsies.-A society bas lately been formed in rior of St. George's Chapel, WindsorShipwreck Southampton, to take into consideration the state and Storm, on the coast. Ruins of Tintern Ab of this forlorn and singular branch of the human bey, by Moonlight: with various effects of light family, in order to ameliorate their condition. For and shade. On looking at these paintings, so this purpose, circulars have been published, renicely is the perspective preserved, and so accu. questing answers to thirty questions therein stated. rately are the degrees of light and shade blended relative to their character, mode of life, customs, and varied, that we can scarcely persuade our. associates, peculiarities, &c. Answers are to be selves that the eye is wandering over a flat sur addressed to J. Mayor, member of the committee face. The lake is that which appears the least for the benefit of gypsies at Southampton. interesting. The chapel contains every thing that Hippopotamus. -The head of one of these won. can be supposed to favour the deception, but pre derful and scarce animals, well preserved with sents nothing by which it can be distinguished the skin on it, and exhibiting its peculiar tusks from the interior of a real building. The ship and teeth, is now being exhibited in St. James'swreck is admirable. The large vessel on the rocks, street, London. To naturalists this is a great partially covered with foam, the blue waves, ap curiosity. parently rolling and conflicting in tumultuous Method of obtaining Flowers of different Coagitation, the floating wreck, the half-drowning lours in the same Stem.-Split a small twig of mariners, the boats hastening to their assistance, elder-bush lengthwars, and, having scraped out the the tremendous cliffs, and people gazing on the pith, fill each of the apartments with seeds of scene of desolation below, in pose upon the whole flowers of different sorts, but which blossom the character of enchantment. The ruins of the about the same time ; surround them with mouid, abbey can admit of no description that will do and then tying together the two bits of wood, plant them justice. They must be seen, to be fully ap the whole in a pot filled with earth properly prepreciated. The platform or gallery, on which the pared. The stems of the different flowers will spectators stand, is immoveable. A curtain is thus be so incorporated as to exhibit to the ere drawn before them when the views are changed, only one stem, throwing out branches covered which conceals the process by which the illusion with flowers analogous to the seed which produced is accomplished.

them, George 111.- A monument is about to be erected Longevity in Russia.-From the lists of births to the memory of this beloved and much lamented and deaths published by the synod in St. Petersmonarch; but the time, the place, and the charac. burgh, it appears that in 1825, there died 848 per teristic peculiarities of this tribute of nalional sons above 100 years of age, 32 above 120, four gratitude and affection, have not yet been made between 125 and 130, and four between 130 and public.

135 years of age. Fernando Po.-As the removal of our long Medico-Botanical Society, London.--of this established colony at Sierra Leone to this place noble institution a meeting was held on the 14th has rendered Fernando Po of late an interesting March, when several distinguished personages, object, we beg to inform our readers, that in the illustrious both in rank and science, were admitted Imperial Magazine for 1826, cols. 33 and 129, they fellows; among whom were the Duke of Somerset, will find a compendious history of this island, Earl Stanhope, Sir Alexander Johnstone, &c. including its climate, productions, inhabitants, and Several valuable specimens of botany, were also peculiarities. As a place of settlement, it is of fair presented, and communications were read from promise; but experiment must be the touchstone foreign potentates, expressive of their desire to of utility.

become honorary members, and of their wishes to North America, as exemplified in the Life of promote its welfare. Edward Drinker, who died at Philadelphia in Curious Inscription, on one of the gates of the year 1822, aged 103 years.-The life of this the city of Agra, in India :-" The first year of man was marked with several circumstances, which the reign of Julef, two thousand husbands were have seldom occurred in the life of an individual. voluntarily separated by the magistrate. The inHe saw the same spot of earth corered with wood, dignant emperor abolished divorce in consequence. and a receptacle for beasts and birds of prey, Next year there were in Agra three thousand afterward become the seat of a city, not only the marriages less, seven thousand cases of adultery first in wealth and arts in the new, but rivalling more : three hundred women were burnt for having in both, many of the first cities in the old world. poisoned their husbands; seventy-five men were He saw regular streets, where he once pursued a burnt for the murder of their wives; and three hare; churches rising upon morasses, where he millions of rupees' worth of furniture was broken had often heard the croaking of frogs; wharfs in domestic squabbles. The emperor re-established and warehouses, where he bad often seen Indian divorces." savages draw fish from the river for daily subsis Roman Coin.-A silver Roman coin of the em. tence; ships of every size and use in those streams, peror Carausins, of great rarity, has recently been where lie had often seen nothing but Indian canoes; found in a high state of preservation, in the vicinity a stately edifice, filled with legislators, astonishing of Debenham, in Suffolk. the world with their wisdom and virtue, on the Crime in France.-It is stated, that no less than same spot, probably, where he had seen an Indian 150,000 persons were tried before the criminal He saw the first treaty ratified be. courts of France in 1826, of whom 122,000 were tween the newly confederated powers of America, found guilty, and condemned to different degrees and the ancient monarchy of France, with all the of punishment. formalities of parchment and seals, where he had | Posterity of Milton in India.-There is reason seen William Penn ratify his first and last treaty to believe that the representative of the family of witb the Indians, without the formalities of pen, Milton might be found in British India. Deborah, ink, and paper ; be witnessed all the intermediate the third and favourite daughter of our great poet, stages through wbich a people pass, from the was the only one of his children who had a family lowest to the highest degree of civilization; the that lived. She married Abraham Clarke, a wen. beginning and the end of the empire of Great Bri. ver, in Spitalfields, and died in August, 1727, aged tain in Pennsylvania. He had been the subject of 76. She had seven sons, one of whom, Caleb crowned heads, and afterwards died a citizen of Clarke, went to Madras, and became parish-clerk the newly-created republic of America, whose there. His children were the latest descendants liberties and independence he embraced, and tri. of Milton, land it is desirable that some inquiry umphed in the last years of his life in the salvation should be made respecting them by persons roei. of his country.- Easton on Health and Longcrity. dent at that presidency.

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