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The se disturbed the repose of the dead for the sake of the gence which we receive is extraordinary and unexpected, 1 The crowd insensibly diminished. It was past midnight. living. Is not the terrestrial happiness of a man,-of a fit confirms, in some degree, the miracle by which it is ob- | The music became faint and languid; the tapers grew brotber
tained; for who can doubt an operation to be supernatural, dim, and many of them went out. The conversation de. **** * The terrestrial happiness! Ah! my friend, I feel when its effect could not be produced by natural means? | clining by degrees, lost itself at last in secret murmurs, lagt too sensibly the force of your expression: my entire I have interrupted you,” added the Prince. “Proceed and the faintly illuminated ball was nearly deserted. The bheity.' in your narrative."
monk, in the meantime, continued motionless; his grave to and the tranquillity of a distressed family; are not " I asked the ghost whether there was any thing in this and mournful look still fixed on the newly married couple. bese sufficient to justify such a measure ? Undoubtedly. world which he still considered as his own, and whether | The company at length rose from the table. The guests fany sublunary concern can authorize us to interrupt the he had left any thing behind him that was particularly dispersed. The family assembled in a separate groun. peace of the blessed, to make use of a power ................
| dear to him? The ghost thrice shook his head, and lifted and the monk, though uninvited, continued near them. **For God's sake, my friend,' said he, interrupting up his hand towards heaven. Previous to his retiring, he | How it happened that no person spoke to him I cannot DE.Do more of this. Once, I avow it, I had such a dropt a ring from his finger, which was found on the floor conceive. Faneht : I think I mentioned it to you: but I have long after he had disappeared. Antonia took it, and looking! " The female friends now surrounded the trembling Esce rejected it as horrid and abominable.'
at it attentively, she knew it to be the wedding-ring which bride, who cast a supplicating and distressed look on the * You will bave conjectured already," continued the she had given to her intended husband.”
awful stranger. He did not answer it. The gentlemen uo. ** to what this conversation led us. I endea-' “ The wedding-ring !” exclaimed the Prince, surprised. assembled in the same manner around the bridegroom. ured to overcome the scruples of the Chevalier, and at “How did you get it?”
A solemn and anxious silence prevailed among them. succeeded. We resolved to call the ghost of the de. “Who?-1!-It was not the true one.-I got it! It “• How happy we are here together,' at length said sed Jeronymo. I only stipulated for a delay of a fort was only a counterfeit.”
| the old Marquis, who alone seemed not to behold the d, to prepare, in a suitable " A counterfeit !" repeated the Prince. "But in order stranger, or, at least, seemed to behold him without dis
1. The time being expired, to counterfeit, you required the true one. How did you may; how happy we are together, and my son Jeronymo Ty machinery in readiness, I took advantage of a coine at it ? Surely the deceased never went without it?" I cannot be with us gloomy day, when we were all assembled as usual, to “ That is true,"' replied the Sicilian, with symptoms of
" • Have you invited him, and did not he answer your municate the affair to the family: and not only brought confusion. “But from a description which was given me invitation ?' asked the monk. It was the first time he had an to consent to it, but even to make it the subject of of the genuine wedding-ring- "
oken. We looked at him alarmed. erowo request. The most difficult part of the task was “A description which was given you! By whom?"
" Alas! he is gone to a place from whence there is no obain the approbation of Antonia, whose presence was. “Long before that time. It was a plain gold ring, and return,' answered the old man. •Reverend father, you antial. My endeavours were, however, greatly assisted had, I believe, the name of the young Countess engraved misunderstand me: my son Jeronymo is dead.' the melancholy turn of her mind, and, perhaps, still on it.' But you made me lose the connexion.”
" . Perhaps he only fears to appear in this company,' en by a faint hope that Jeronymo might still be liv. ' " What happened farther?" said the Prince, with a replied the monk. Who knows how your son Jeronvmo and therefore would not appear. A want of con- very dissatisfied countenance.
may be situated ? Let him now hear the voice which he be in the thing itself was the only obstacle which Il "The family fancied themselves convinced that Je- heard the last. Desire vour son Lorenzo to call him.' DOE to remove.
ronymo was no more. From that very day they publicly "• What does he mean?' whispered the company one Harios obtained the consent of the family, the third announced his death, and went into mourning. The cir- to another. Lorenzo changed colour. My own hair be. was fixed on for the operation. I then prepared for cumstance of the ring left no doubt even in the mind of
nce of the ring Tert no doubt even in the mind organ to stand on my head. Plemn transaction by mystical instruction, by fasting, Antonia, and added a considerable weight to the addresses
“In the meantime the monk approached a sideboard. ude, and prayers, which I ordered to be continued till of the Chevalier.
He took a glass of wine, and bringing it to his lips— To', in the night. Much use was also made of a certain
" In the meantime, the violent impression which the the memory of our dear Jeronymo!' said he. Every one cal instrument, unknown till that time, and which, young Countess had received from the sight of the appa- who loved the deceased will follow my example,' uch cases, has often been found very powerful. The rition, brought on her a disorder so dangerous, that the
brought on her a disorder so dangerous, that the "• Wherever you come from, reverend father,' ex. of these artifices was so much beyond my expec. hopes of Lorenzo were very near being destroyed for ever. claimed the old Marquis, you have pronounced a dearly 12. that tbe enthusiam, to which on this occasion I was
on this occasion I was on her recovering, she insisted upon taking the veil; and beloved name, and you are welcome here.' Then turning to force myself. was infinitely heightened by that it was only at the serious remonstrances of her confessor, to us, he offered us full glasses. Come, my friends. Bandience. The aoxiously expected moment at last in whom she placed implicit conna The anxiously expected moment at last | in whom she placed implicit confidence, that she was let us not be surpassed by a stranger. The memory of
brought to abandon her project. At length, the united my son Jeronymo. Never, I believe, was any toast less I guess," said the Prince, “whom you are now going
solicitations of the family, and the confessor, wrested from heartily received. troduce. But go on, go on."
her the desired consent. The last day of mourning was " There is one glass left,' said the Marquis. “Why No, my Prince. The deception succeeded according
fixed on for the day of marriage, and the old Marquis does my son Lorenzo refuse to pay this friendly tribute ?" determined to add to the solemnity of the occasion, by
“Lorenzo, trembling, received the glass from the hands Hoe? Where is then the Armenian ?” resigning all his estates to his lawful heir.
of the monk; tremblingly he put it to his lips. • My' D atfern my Prince. He will appear but too soon. “The day arrived, and Lozenzo received his trembling | dearly beloved brother Jeronymo!' he hesitatingly pro. imit the description of the farce itself, as it would lead bride at the altar. In the evening a splendid banquet was nounced, and, seized with horror, he replaced the glass lo too great a length. It is sufficient to say, that it prepared for the cheerful guests, in a hall superbly illu.
superbly nu; unemptied. y expectation. The old M
minated. The most lively and delightful music contributed " • This is the voice of my murderer!' exclaimed a intess, her mother, Lorenzo, and another person of the to increase the general gladness. The happy old Marquis terrible fioue wh
e the general gladness. The happy old Marquis terrible figure, which appeared instantaneously in the midst bly, were present. You will imagine that, during my wished all the world to participate in his joy.
during my wished all the world to participate in his joy. All the of us, covered with blood, and disfigured with horrible g residence in this house, I had not wanted opportu. entrances of the palace were set open, and every one who
unds. es of gathering information respecting every thing that sympathized in his happiness was joyfully welcomed. In
" But ask no further from me," added the Sicilian, cerned the deceased. Several of his portraits enabled the midst of the throng”
with every symptom of horror in his countenance; “I give the apparition a striking likeness; and, as I The Sicilian paused. A trembling expectation sus.
lost my senses the moment I looked at this apparition. and the ghost to speak only by signs, the sound of his pended our breath.
The same happened to every one present. When we re" In the midst of the throng," continued the prisoner, could excite no suspicion.
covered, the inook and the ghost had disappeared. Lo. The departed Jeronymo appeared in the dress of a ' appeared a Franciscan monk, to whom my attention was
renzo was in the agonies of death. He was carried to bed arish slave, with a deep wound in his neck. You ob- directed by a person who sat next to me at table. He was
in the most dreadful convulsions. No person attended that, in this respect, I was counteracting the general standing motionless, like a marble pillar. His shape was
him but his confessor and the sorrowful old Marquis, in bition, that he had perished in the waves. I had tall and thin; his face pale and ghastly ; his aspect grave
whose presence he expired. The Marquis died a few - to hope that this unexpected circumstance would and mournful; his eyes were fixed on the newly married
weeks after him. Lorenzo's secret is concealed in the hten the belief in the apparition itself, for nothing couple. The joy which beamed on the face of every one
bosom of the priest, who received his last confession : no red to me more dangerous than to be too natural." present appeared not on his. His countenance never once I think you judged well,” said the Prince. " In varied. He seemed like a statue among living persons. / person ever learnt what it was. Sever respects apparitions, the most probable is the Such an object, appearing amidst the general joy, struck "Soon after this event, a well was cleaned in the farm stacceptable. If their communications are easily com. me more forcibly from its contrast with every thing around yard of the Marquis's villa. It had been disused many bepdel, we undervalae the channel by which they are me. It left on my mind so durable an impression, that, years, and was almost closed up by shrubs and old trees. zined. Nay, we even suspect the reality of the mira. from it alone, I have been enabled (wbich would otherwise A skeleton was found among the rubbish. The house
it the discoveries which it brings to light are such as have been impossible) to recollect the features of this where this happened is now no more; the family Del ght easily have been imagined. Why should we dis. Franciscan monk in the Russian officer, for, without M i s extinct; and Antonia's tomb may be seen in a b the repose of a spirit, if it is to inform us of nothing doubt, you must have already conceived, that the person convent not far from Salerno." re than the ordinary powers of the intellect are capable I have described was no other than your Armenian.
(To be concluded in our nát.) Leaching us? But, on the other hand, if the intelli.. “I frequently attempted to withdraw my eyes from this
figure, but they returned involuntarily, and found him Perhaps he means the Harmonica, a musical instrument always unaltered. I pointed him out to the person who
Tide Table. of late years, in Germany. It is composed of a number sat nearest to me on the other side, and he did the same glass wheels, which revolve on an axle, and produce, on to the person next to him. In a few minutes a general ng touched, different degrees of sound, according to their curiosity and astonishment pervaded the whole company. Days. Morn. Even.Height. Festivals, &c. erent sizes. The harmony produced by this instrument The conversation languished; a general silence succeeded;
h. m.'h. m. ft. in. of a kind so languishing and delightful, that very extraor- the monk did not interrupt it. He continued motionless,
Tuesday....1/10 48 11 4 15 5 Circumcision. ary effects are said to bave been produced by it. When and always the same; his grave and mournful looks con Wednesday 2 11 23 11 39 15 11 Full Moon, 5h. 43m. morn. lfully touched, it is remarkably adapted to lull the mind stantly fixed upon the newly married couple : his appear. Thursday ..311 55 16 4 .
Friday......40 11 0.28 16 € Datender and solemn melancholy, on which account it is ance struck every one with terror. The young Countess
Saturday ..51 0 43 0 59 16 71 Evently used in theatres, to prepare the audience for any alone, who found the transcript of her own sorrow in the Sunda
und me transcript of her own sorrow in the Sunday ....6 1 16 1 32 16 2 Epiphany. uncommonly impressive, such as the introduction of face of the stranger, bcheld, with a sullen satisfaction, the Monday ....7 1 49 2 715 |
(only object that seemed to smypathize in her sufferings. | Tuesday....8 : 24 2 42 15 i Luoian.
No. VIII. SPECIMENS OF THE ELDER POETS.
BY PERCIVAL MELBOURNE.
THE NEW YEAR.
Oh, ever-fitting shade no tears can win ;
Time! that still hold'st, unmov'd, thy equal course, Thou ever busy traveller, unseen,
Pursuing still, regardless of remorse, The track of agony; and, sorrow bow'd,
Loving the paths inclining to the dead ! Ruler of all created things allowed,
At whose command the great and good have fled, Pride of the forest, as the lowly flower ;
And owning whose imperial control, Must universal nature brave her hour,
And hasten to her last-her final goal ! Dread arbiter alike of weal or woe,
Another era of thy race begun, Whispers how transitory all below,
How swiftly days, months, years, their course bave run; And, ah! how soon, the mortal barrier past,
The soul must wing her passage o'er the flood, Jordan's chill wave; and to her haven haste,
Her final rest—the bosom of her God! Oh, ever.flitting Time ! propitious deign,
Upon the New Year's birth, oh, deign to smile; And be, to grace the dawning of its reign,
Each blossom given can human care beguile; Hope's fairy flowers to brighten o'er its path,
While gentle airs, with soft and fav'ring breeze, Shall speed us onward, and, from tempest's wrath,
Conduct in safety o'er “ wide welt'ring" seas ! Oh, ever. flitting Time! thy brows entwine
- Alone with myrtle, and the fragrant rose ; And hastening to yon far-off' world divine,
That better land of undisturbed repose ! Oh, ever-fitting Time ! be thine to bid
The new-born era speed on golden wing, And pain, and disappointment, far recede,
Nor death his fatal knell, relentless, ring! Oh, ever-flitting Time! in pity grant,
As summer fair, the circling hours may speed; And for the yew, the gladsome olive plant,
And roses scatter where now flaunts the weed :
This lower world a paradise shall bloom;
TO JOHNNY HYDE.
JAMES SHIRLEY. This celebrated dramatist was born in Stocks Market, London, in the year 1594. He received the rudiments of his education at Merchant's School, from whence, at a suitable age, he was removed to St. John's College, Oxford; at which time the celebrated Dr. Laud was president, who became greatly attached to Shirley, yet, invariably, per. suaded him not to take holy orders, in consequence of a large mole upon his cheek, which Laud considered a de. formity. From Oxford, Shirley removed to Catherine Hall, Cambridge, where he studied several years previous to taking holy orders. Having left Cambridge, he accepted of a living at St. Alban's—but soon abandoned it, in consequence of his embracing the Romish faith; which having done, he commenced a Grammar School at that place.This mode of life did not agree with his unsettled principles, and he removed to Gray's Inn, London, and became a writer for the stage—for which profession his talents were admirably adapted. As a dramatist he became deservedly popular, which gained him the esteem of many persons of quality. At the time of the great fire of London, in 1666, he resided in Fleet-street, but being burnt out of his habitation, he removed to St Giles' in the Fields; and, in consequence of the fright occasioned by the fire, died on the 29th October, in the same year, aged 72. His wife died in twenty-four hours after himself, and they were both interred in the same grave.
He wrote forty two dramas, all of which had great reputation in the author's lifetime; but, not one of which has kept possession of the stage, although many of them are decidedly superior to the vapid dramatic productions of the present day, and only require a judicious alteration and adaptation to fit them for present representation.
THE PASSING BELL.
If thy face move pot, let thy eyes express
Some rhetoric of thy tears to make him stay;
Dropping these native diamonds in his way:
Invent some other way to make him know
The Queen of Love did once Adonis woo,
Echo hath left her solitary grove;
Sits silently attending to her love;
And their shrill horns chafe her delighted ear,
Proclaiming parley to the fearful deer:
The sun doth shine, and gild them out their way
Through which he quaintly steals his shine sway:
Joy'd, you may guess, to reach him with ber eje;
Who yet obscures herself behind some tree;
She answers, in her passion,-“ O man, hea “ I die, I die," say both; and thus she tries,
With frequent answers, to entice his ear
Whose azure leaves do warm their naked stalls;
And primroses are scattered in the walks,
Like nature's arras, to adorn the sides;
While folding tops the chequered ground-Fori
Into a spacious green, whose either side
The clouds were busy binding up his head;
Within an arbor of conspiring trees,
A place more suitable to her distress,
To see this lodging of the airy Queen,
Through a small window of eglantine ; And that she might be worthy his embrace, Forgets not to new-dress her blubber'd face.
Hark! how chimes the passing bell ! There's no music to a knell ; All the other sounds we hear, Flatter, and but cheat the ear; This doth put us still in mind, That our flesh must be resigned, And a general silence made, The world be muffled in a shade. He that on a pillow lies, Tear-embalmed, before be dies, Carries, like a sheep, his life, To meet the sacrificer's knife; And for eternity is prest, Sad bell-weather to the rest.
ECHO AND NARCISSUS.
I would advise you, Johnny Hyde,
And take Cleminson on behind you :
What the tune is I need not remind you."
I will kick up my heels and discharge;
BOW-Wow. • Our author here seems rather mysterious, but we suppose be either alludes to the tune of “Go to the D and shake yourself," or else “ The De'll take the hindmost."
Fair Echo, rise 1 sick-thoughted nymph, awake,
Leave thy green couch, and canopy of trees!
Their wings, and sing to the bright sun's uprise;
And with their warbles charm the neighbouring air; If not the sun, whose new embroidery
Makes rich the leaves that in thy arbors are,
Favonius waits to play with thy loose hair,
Courts thy soft tread, thou child of sound and air ; Attempt, and overtake him; though he be Coy to all other nymyhs, he'll stoop to thee.
With confidence she sometimes would go out,
Apd boldly meet Narcissus in the way; But then her fears present her with new doubt,
And chide her over-rash resolve away. Her heart with overcharge of love must break; Great Juno will not let poor Echo speak.
DEATH'S FINAL CONQUEST.
The regions that in darkness lay,
Now see a shining light;
Prays to depart in peace;
Awhile, as o'er the blossom'd heath,
I heard the skylark's warbling lay, That echo'd down the glen beneath,
To cheer fatigue, and charm the way. The blackbird, too; I heard his song
In chorus join the tuneful thrush ; The robin, as I walk'd along,
- Chirp'd beneath the holly-bush. Great Heaven frowns! abash'd, they fall;
No more the sounds of joy I hear; Above, below, creation all
Seem to partake one common fear. But now, methinks, the storm's abating,
And hush'd the dismal, bowling blast; Each throbbing heart with joy dilating;
The thunder's o'er,-the danger's past.
When blinking stars begin to peep;
The glories of our birth and state,
Are shadows, not substantial things;
Sceptre and crown,
Must tumble down, And in the dust be equal made, With the poor crooked scythe and spade. Some men with swords may reap the field,
And plant fresh laurels where they kill ; But their strong nerves at last must yield, They tame but one another still;
Early or late,
They stoop to fate, And must give up their murmuring breath, When they, pale captives, creep to death. The garlands wither on your brow,
Then boast no more your mighty deeds ; Upon death's purple altar, now, See where the victor victim bleeds :
All heads must come
To the cold tomb,
The following verses, which, after considerable revision, are still defective, are the production of a person, who, according to his own account, is in a very humble situation. The thoughts are natural, but we would hint to our correspondent that he has much to learn, and that there is no excuse for some of the inaccuracies which we have corrected, two of which we shall notice for the future guidance of the writer :
“ Fear brightly glistened in each eye.”
“ The rain with fiery sheets descending." If the alterations we have felt called upon to make on these passages, are not to the taste of the writer, he and we must have very different ideas of propriety in composition.
TO THE EDITOR. LIR, If you think the following are sufficiently correct |
Insertion, the appearance of them in your next, or some bsequent Kaleidoscope, will greatly oblige your female anda,
JANE | Fornby, December 23, 1827.
SONG FOR CHRISTMAS DAY.
Hark now, the bold prophetic lay
“ To us a son is given,"
Refulgent in the East,.
He in our form appears,
Down the rugged cliff descending,
Ere the winds began to blow;
I sought the shelter'd cot below.
Heaven's grand ammunition bore ;
Just as I reach'd the cottage door.
The door of friendship opend wide,
They plac'd me by the snug fireside.
Fear was depicted in each eye,
Rollid magnificently by.
Clouds on clouds are quickly hurl'd;
Drench'd beneath, a trembling world. The neighbouring oaks, of lofty form,
Are heard to groan, and cringe with fear, And bend to Him who rules the storm; .
The voice of nature's God they hear. Now from the bosom of that cloud,
Which fills the spacious vault on high, Again the voice is echo'd loud,
Fresh torrents fall, and lightnings fly. How wild the scene of frighted nature,
Thus rudely strip'd of ev'ry charm ; Of late how placid ; now each feature
Wrapp'd in tempest's dire alarm. Loud again the thunder pealing,
Each mighty sound well serves to show, And fill my soul with awful feeling,
Of powers above ; that rule below.
The following article, which we have copied from the Liverpool Courier, will be perused with interest by the generality of our readers, although it contains little which is new to those who have paid much attention to the oral tradition of, or the antiquarian researches in, this and the neighbouring county of Cheshire. The apprehension that the sea would, at some time, make its way through Wallasey Pool into the river Mersey, was a subject of popular panic long before we were born, although great diversity of opinion has prevailed as to the effects which such a change would produce upon the destiny of our native town.
In the next Kaleidoscope we shall enter more fully into the subject; and shall lay before our readers some inter. esting particulars respecting the remnants of trees, which may still be seen on the shore near Crosby, and which, there is every reason to believe, once formed a part of an immense forest, reaching from the shores of Lancashire to the shores of Cheshire. We shall endeavour to show, that the banks of Burbo and Hoyle, at one time, formed a part of the main land, and that the river Mersey, between Crosby and the Rock Perch, was a narrow stream, although the estuary is now so very considerable. We shall also, at the same time, republish an interesting letter on the subject, which appeared, about thirty years ago, in the Gentleman's Magazine. Edit. Kal.
ENCROACHMENTS OF THE SEA-MUTATIONS ON
THE WIRRALL PENINSULA.
That changes of a very extrordinary nature have taken place, in the lapse of time, on the neighbouring coasts of Cheshire, as well as upon our own shore, to the northward of this town, is very evident to any one who has observed the relics of what has formerly existed. We would state, by way of illustrating this proposition, one simple fact : that trunks and roots of trees are to be found buried under the sand below high-water mark, bearing evident proofs, from their amazing size and extended ramifications, of their having had a living existence at one time on the spot where the roots are now seen, (however remote it is not our present business to inquire,) exhibiting the presence of forests of no inconsiderable magnitude. These remains are found upon the sea-shore in the neighbourhood of
Crosby, and extend along the sea-board as far as the extraordinary nature, in reference to the rapid advance of quite, we opine. Great pains have been taken to beautif Dee, in Cheshire. This is a subject of curious speculation, the watery deity over the territories of his rival element, and adorn the citadel. Millions have been spent on which has not unfrequently engaged our attention. To that we are persuaded few (if any) of the inhabitants of to render it what it now is! An insidious enemy by those who have had any experience in the cultivation of the town, now living, are acquainted with. We had the however, made a lodgement in its breastwork. The ser trees on the bleak and sterile vicinity at the entrance of relation from a venerable and intelligent cottager, whom element which gives life, and vigour, and ornament to th the Mersey, it will appear a puzzling question to solve, we found in a clean, but humble cottage, on the margin of town, is silently, but gradually, undermiining the outposis how forests could ever have existed where now there is a the marsh, sitting beside a group of his youthful descend. and we would, without any superfluous forebodings, i difficulty in rearing even a nursery? To this question we ants, a scene not rendered the less interesting by the pre- spectfully, but earnestly, direct the attention of the com have never yet obtained a satisfactory solution, nor had the sence of the three months" widowed mother, who, with servators of the river Mersey, as well as of the land Dr least light thrown upon a circumstance at present almost watery eye, stood pensive in the centre of her orphan chil. prietors of Cheshire, to this subject once more. Timehl altogether lost sight of, but which is, in reference to the dren, apologizing for not having the apartment in better made great changes since last they had this subject und future, of no inconsiderable importance. There is no way order. On being asked what he knew in relation to the consideration, and then the difference of opinion was ta of accounting for this singular change, which the revolu. encroachments of the sea since his early days, he replied, " is there any danger ?" that fact was admitted; tion of ages must have wrought, on the present margin of " These flags, (pointing to the floor,) on which my chair“ who shall do it," was the point upon which the differen the sea, but by supposing the absence of the water in stands, were taken from the bottom of a well, which, in turned. The time is now come, when the apprehend “ long gone-by times," and this itself will not help us out former days, supplied us with water, but it now lies racked danger should be fairly met, petty jealousies and unwer of the difficulty, except by supposing that the boundaries up, and buried, two or three hundred yards below the individual interests laid aside, and the further raras of the deep were very distant, probably miles, from the reach of the tide. Many a time," said the old veteran, the sea kept out by timely embankment. This is highest point in which it now fows; this we infer from his eyes kindling into increased animation, “have I en. have been done forty years ago, probably, for sit the difficulty of rearing trees of a moderate size at a dis- joyed the favourite sport of prison bars, when we used to hundred pounds; it may, indeed, now cost thouse tance ot' a quarter or half a mile from the borders of the assemble, in our youthful days, more than a quarter of a but left a few years longer, tens of thousands may sea, in this neighbourhood. We are well aware that the mile from the present flow of the tide. A lighthouse,” be adequate to meet the danger, if, haply, not tha observations which we have made, will not apply to many continued the old man," then stood far out on the beach, late to accomplish the object. What the effect of parts of the sea.coast of this kingdom; and we make them to the north ward of the present one, nearly half a mile, if | irruption of the water through Wallasey Pool would exclusively in reference to our own vicinity, lying, as not altogether all out. That lighthouse was, long ago, ren- on Liverpool, or the navigation of the river, fed it does, so much exposed to the north-west gales which dered useless, by the encroachments of the water. It was not hazard an opinion upon ; nor shall we say ang the predominate throughout the year. If, then, we have, pulled down ; and the present one was built in the year at present, respecting its probability. The first effect in any degree, established the fact, that very import. 1763, and I assisted in building it. At that time, there was Cheshire, would unquestionably be the destruction ant changes have taken place on the sea-shore at the en- a high ridge of sa
f sandhills and
the some hundreds, if not thousands, of acres of land. 8 trance of the Mersey, simply from observation, without tide, at a considerable distance from the present lighthouse. one thing we are sure of,--the stake in this town is met calling in the aid of tradition, which would favour the sup- The bills and grass are now all gone, and there is nothing too great to render its being jeopardized in the least day position that, formerly, the shores of Lancashire and Che- now left to stop the water, which is making rapid ap- pardonable ; and the remedy is simple and practicatia shire were united where now the sea rolls its current mag. proaches inland; and, unless something be done, I know nificently round the Rock Point, or that they were divided not what will become of us. Last week we suffered ter. by a very narrow stream. Giving to traditions no more ribly in this neighbourhood."
Hiscellaníes. value than they now appear entitled to, we have the living To this recital we listened with intense interest, never testimony of numbers of individuals to prove the rapid having heard of the existence of the lighthouse to which advance of the sea on the entire line of coast from Leasowe the oid man referred with such graphic vivacity. Pro
ADVENTURES OF JAMES V. IN DISGUISE Castle to the mouth of the Dee. Large tracts of grazing bably perceiving something sceptical in our language or land, on the margin of the sea, have, by insensible degrees, manner, “ Its true, you may depend on it, Sir, I assure
(From " Tales of My Grandfather.") been occupied by successive encroachments of the water; you,” rejoined the venerable old cottager, nearly approachand wbere once the gaieties of the race and rural sportsling his ninetieth year. "Well, and what is your opinion James V. had a custom of going about the courtya enlivened the green sward, the water now oft rolls in terrific of the encroachments which the tide is making on your guised as a private person, in order that he might grandeur, and the lifeless corpse of the mariner, and the shore ?" "Why, I think,” continued he, “ that the day complaints which might not otherwise reach his eas. disjointed fragments of his shattered bark, sometimes lie is not very distant when the water will break over this perhaps, that he might enjoy amusements which was scattered upon the sandy beach, and present themselves to Leasowe, and drown all the land, and then make its way to not have partaken 'ot' in his avowed royal character the eye of the spectator in solemn contrast. There is no Liverpool through Wallasey Pool.” “And what then?" is also said to have been a custom of James IV., 12 fiction in this: it is the simple language of fact. A great “ There will not be a sufficient flow of water through the and several adventures are related of what befd van portion of the land which lies betwixt the boundaries we new channel to admit ships of large burthen ; but the such oocasions. One or two of these parratives Day have mentioned, is considerably below the level of the tide current will, by this means, be so much altered in the neck to enliven our story. at high water, and is only preserved, in many places, from of the Mersey, and will run with so much less force, that when James V. travelled in disguise, he used a the irruption of the ocean, by a very insecure boundary of it will endanger the navigation of the river, and ruin Li. which was known only to some of his principalmer sand, casually thrown up by the operation of the wind and verpool." :
and attendants. He was called the Goodman (the team the waves. It would, however, be well if that were the Now, without attaching any undue degree of import that is,) of Ballengiech. Ballengiech is a steep case all along that bleak coast; but how stands the fact ? ance to the opinion, what are we say to the appalling facts which leads down behind the Castle of Surling. More than a mile of that part of the shore betwixt Lea- thus elicited from this veteran beacher, who has been a upon a time, when he was feasting in Stirling, the sowe Castle, and running westward of Leasowe Lighthouse, close observer of the operations of the tides for the last sent for some venison from the neighbouring hills this natural or artificial boundary is now entirely destroyed, two-thirds of a century? Here we have the fact of a light. deer were killed, and put on horses' backs, to be and that gap is exposed to the gradual encroachment of house having existed sixty-five years ago, far down upon ported to Stirling. Unluckily, they had to pass the com the water, without the slightest check to its further ad- the beach, which, when erected, was unquestionably con- gates of Arnpryor, belonging to a chief of the Buchas vances.
sidered to be on terra firma ; now land, and building, and who had a considerable number of guests with him. On Saturday last, our attention was drawn to this subject sandhills are all swept off; the site of them become the was late, and the company were rather short of the by a friend, who stated, that, on the Wednesday before, tide's way, and the evidence of their former existence only though they had more than enough of liquor. The he understood that the sea had broken over in this spot, to be found in the memory of an individual, who associ. seeing so much fat venison passing his very door, sem and had done considerable damage to the pasture and other ates them with the pleasing reminiscences of his early days. it; and to the expostulations of the keepers, who tole grounds on that part of the common. With a view to Had the lighthouse now been standing, it would have been it belonged to King James, he answered, insolen learn the particulars of the case, we visited the place on curious to observe the ravages of time, marked by its dis- if James was King in Scotland, he, Buchanan, a Monday, and, with some difficulty, found our way over the tance in the water and its height above the level of the sea, in Kippen,-being the name of the district in to marsh, which now lies partially covered with salt water, by which it would now have been surrounded, and thus castle of Arnpryor lay. On bearing what had bar and the following is the result of our inquiry :-On Wed. converted into a solitary sea-mark, peering out of the the King got on horseback, and rode instantly free nesday, the 19th, the wind blew from the south-west, a watery element like " a tower of other days. The ad. ling to Buchanan's house, where he found a strong, violent gale, which raised the tide from four to five feet vances of the tide upon this part of the shore, threaten, looking Highlander, with an axe on his shoulder, stan above its expected height, which was rather under twenty very shortly, to place the present lighthouse in a similar sentinel at the door. This grim warder refused the feet. The water, on that day, broke over the Leasowe situation. Last week we find it was surrounded with a admittance, saying, that the Laird of Arppryor with resistless fury, inundating the common for several boisterous tide; bereft of its former natural protection. dinner, and would not be disturbed. “Yet go up hundred yards inland, and, in one part, more than half a Every spring-tide still brings the water in closer approxi. company, my good friend,” said the King, “ and ta mile from its ordinary boundary, filling the ditches and mation to its base, and, without the least pretensions that the Goodman of Ballengiech is come to feast lu pools, and covering the fields and inclosures of the poor to the gift of prophecy, we will venture to affirm, King of Kippen." The porter went grumbling into cottagers, sweeping away many of their fences, saturating that, unless a timely preventive be applied to the en. house, and told his master, that there was a fellow their gardens, pastures, and tillage land, with salt water, croachments of the sea, the Leasowe Lighthouse will, ercred beard, who called himself the Goodman of Ballen thereby rendering them comparatively barren for several long, be only approachable in boats at high water; and at the gate, who said he was come to dine with the years to come, even if they should be preserved from a ladder on the outside, or a spiral staircase in the interior, of Kippen. As soon as Buchanan heard these words, another similar visitation. The Leasowe Lighthouse was will become necessary to find a way to the upper stories knew that the King was there in person, and hasta encompassed with water, flowing up to the kitchen steps, of the building. As much as eight yards in width of the down to kneel at James's feet, and to ask forgiveness and beating the ground with such violence as to leave large strand has recently been swept away in one tide; and, his insolent bebaviour. But the King, who only po hollows within a few yards of the building. Mans young within the last three years, not less than two acres of land, to give him a fright, forgave him freely, and, going men could inform us, from their own knowledge, of the belonging to the estate of the late Mrs. Boode, have shared castle, feasted on his own venison. which Buchanan advance of the sea for several hundred yards, and they de- the same fate. We are well aware that this is no new | intercepted. Buchanan of Arnpryor was ever after a seribed their having frequently seen the roots and trunks subject : it bas long since occupied the attention of the called the King of Kippen. of large oaks, more than two hundred yards below the Corporation of Liverpool, as well as of the gentlemen of Upon another occasion, King James being alone, an point of high water mark, lying among the black braes," Cheshire. And it may be said it is only like the “cry of disguise, fell into a quarrel with some gipsies, or - kind of peat. There is one fact, however, of such an the wolf in the fable." Ay! and is this really no 1-Not vagrants, and was assaulted by four or five of them.
chanced to be very near the Bridge of Cramond ; so the as a companion-zealous and sincere as a friend. His
Correspondence. King got on the bridge, which, as it was high and narrow,
| professional talents and scientific acquirements, which enabled him to defend himself with his sword against the persons by whom he was attacked. There was a were of a superior order, were unalloyed by the slightest
THE FAIR SEX. soor man thrashing corn in a barn near by, who came | tincture of pedantry or charlatanism. He united a sound qut on hearing the noise of the scuffle, and, seeing one and cultivated understanding, with a lively and obliging
TO THE EDITOR. man defending himself against numbers, gallantly took disposition; and his humour was characterized by a de- Sir.-On taking up your last Kaleidoscope, I read, with kus part with his fail, to such good purpose, that the gree of naïveté, seldom to be met with in men who have gipsies were obliged to fly. The husbandman then took
some interest, a letter from a fair correspondent, signed the king into the barn, brought him a towel, and water to
any pretensions to wit. His description of the Liverpool Sophia. I am always pleased to see your pages adorned
pretens was the blood from his face and hands, and finally Floating Bath, given in the genuine Lancashire dialect, with the remarks of the ladies, particularly as their obser, walked with him a little way towards Edinburgh, in case is quite a chef d'euvre in its line. In his provincial or- vations are generally as pretty as their faces (bless them !) he should be again attacked. On the way, the King thography he did not, like too many of Tim Bobbin's I cannot, however, avoid stating my regret, that they, for sked his companion what, and who he was. The la lin
imitators, "out-Herod Herod;" and we have been told, whom nature has done so much, should do so little, in a ioarer answered, that his name was John Howieson, and hat he was a bondman on the farm of Braehead, near by those who understand the subject, that the lo
by those who understand the subject, that the letter of literary way, to enlighten the dark and mysterious paths ramond, which belonged to the King of Scotland. James which we are speaking is quite equal to Collier's celebrated of life, and dispel the mists of ignorance which too freen asked the poor man if there was any wish in the “ Tummus and Meary."
quently envelop the minds of men. orld which he would particularly desire should be gra- | The Doctor was so affable and unaffected in his man- ! These observations I intend to apply only to the ladies Jed; and honest John confessed he should think him.
ners, and so benevolent, kind, and attentive to the poor, of Liverpool and its vicinity, because, in my occasional If the happiest man in Scotland were he but proprietor
Bolton, to ta
that, when he left B the farm on which he wrought as a labourer. He then
n met with ked the King, in turn, wbo he was; and James re. sidence in Liverpool, preparatory to his long.meditated females endowed with minds of a superior order, and kud, as usual, that he was the Goodman of Ballengiech, settlement in the United States, the event was regarded whose understanding rendered them as capable of wielding per man who had a small appointment about the
in the neighbourhood as a most serious calamity, by all the " gray goose quill" as the soi-disant « lords of the alace; but he added, that if John Howieson would are to see him on the next Sunday, he would endeavour
his patients in humble life, who were very numerous. creation.”—It is time, however, to notice the griefs of your Tepas his manful assistance, and, at least, give him the The Doctor was the very reverse of what is called a fair correspondent masure of seeing the royal apartments.
man of the world ; neither was he a man of business. He Sophia solicits assistance in the removal of some blemishes John put on his best clothes, as you may suppose, and was not fond of his profession, and took very little pains on her face, which, she says, “is apt to flush and spot," searing at a postern gate of the palace, inquired for the
to conceal his dislike to it. His disinterestedness was and, at the same time, states that they give her “ much odman of Ballengiech. The King had given orders he should be admitted ; and John found his friend,
carried, in the opinion of his friends, to a faulty extreme, trouble and inconvenience.” Indeed, I cannot conceive Goodman, in the same disguise which he had formerly as it precluded all expectation that he could ever realize that this should be so great a source of grief to the fair th. The King, still preserving the character of an a fortune, or even a competency, for his family. One Sophia, especially when she could no more prevent these rior officer of the household, conducted John Howie- circumstance, for the truth of which we can personally freaks of nature, than she could the moulding of her own from one apartment of the palace to another, and was
| vouch, will show that the auri sacra fames was not his person. She is not singular in this respect : there are ased with his wonder and his remarks. At length he ed him if he should like to see the King; to which
besetting sin. A gentleman, whose family he had at. many other ladies similarly situated; and, could I afford replied, nothing would delight him so much, if he tended for several years, had for some time pressed him, her no other consolation, I would draw her attention to the
do so without giving offence. The Goodman of in vain, to make his professional charge. This invitation, old couplet, (for, notwithstanding its whimsicality, I do Hangiech, of course, undertook that the King would not which is, in general, so promptly accepted, was always think there is some truth in it,) that angry. " But," said John, “how am I to know his
parried with the remark, that it was time enough, or that! te from tbe nobles who will be all about him?"
" Companions in distress feasily,” replied his companion, "all the others will be the affair was a mere trifle amongst friends; and no settle.
Make the trouble less.” s-beaded-she King alone will wear his hat or bonnet."ment could be obtained until the Doctor's resolution to Ay, but I imagine there is something else; there is Eso speaking, King James introduced the countryman leave the country was finally taken, when his friend put something beside these “flushes and spots" which causes [102 great hall, which was filled by the nobility and
into his hand two ten pound notes, apologizing, at the so “ much trouble and inconvenience" to your fair correlicers of the Crown. John was a little frightened, and 1. ew close to his attendant; but was still unable to dis
same time, for the inadequacy of the sum. The Doctor spondent. Does she not want a numerous train of beaux guish the King. "I told you that you should know told him it was too much by at least one half, and in-|(whom I call fops) to attend upon her ? If I mistake
by his wearing his hat,” said his conductor. sisted upon returning one of the notes, observing, that not, the want of these things is the real cause of her Then,” said Jobn, after he had again looked around had he not been leaving the country, he should have much trouble and inconvenience.” Had she been formed
room, "it must be either you or me, for all but us considered himself bound to attend his friend's family, with a face as beautiful as her person, she might then have Y are bare-beaded.” for the next year at least, without further charge.
such admirers to her heart's content. Alas ! how cruel is be King laughed at John's fancy; and, that the good man might have occasion for mirth also, he made him For some years previously to his death, Doctor Taylor fate! But complete happiness is not the portion of mor.
sent of the farm of Braehead, which he had wished was engaged upon an original work, which he modestly tals, and it is vain for Sophia to claim exemption from roach to possess, on condition that John Howieson, or entitled a " Bold Guess at Geology," and which, had he the general rule. juccessors, should be ready to present an ewer and lived to cor
ana | lived to complete it, would, we have no doubt, havel Now, if your fair correspondent will bear with me a In for the King to wash his hands, when bis Majesty
thrown much additional light upon a science, which is little while, I will suggest what I conceive will prove, if ad come to Holyrood Palace, or should pass the bridge Framnond. Accordingly, in the year 1822, when George still only in its infancy. There was a boldness and not a complete cure, at least one which will render the
carne to Scotland, the descendant of John Howieson, originality in his genius, which would have surmounted flushes and spots" of comparatively trivial importance. Itaehead, who still possesses the estate which was all the obstacles which pedantry, prejudice, and a pre- My prescription is,--that she should adorn herself with 1 to his ancestor, appeared at a solemn festival, and la
dilection for particular systems, frequently interpose every virtue that it is possible for a female to possess; that ed his Majesty water from a silver ewer, that he fit perform the service by which be held his lands.
between science and truth. The introduction to his she should cultivate her mind, and lay up such a store of geological work appeared in the 6th and 7th volumes of useful information as would render her company always
the Kaleidoscope, and was generally admired by our fascinating ; and, finally, that she should make herself Siographical Notices. readers. *
| mistress of the necessary duties which she must expect to
| discharge in hfe. To this prescription, I should, perhaps, Ve have, by particular desire, copied from the Mercury * See Kaleidoscope-Vol. VI. p. 373-Vol. VII. pp. 47, 49, 85, 1
have added the lighter ornaments, such as music, dancing, tract from an editorial notice of the late Dr. Taylor,
&c. ; but, however much I may admire them as graces, tting all those passages which relate to the political
I consider them of no importance when put in competition
METEOROLOGICAL DIARY. actions in which he bore a conspicuous part.
with the requisite qualifications, and in this opinion I [Prom the Liverpool Courier.)
think I shall be supported by those whose opinion is of THE LATE DR. ROBERT TAYLOR.
any weight in the world. A lady possessing these quaBarometer | Extreme Thermo-Extreme State of
lifications would command respect, where the most luxuHoratio, thou art e'en as just a man
riant beauty, without them, could not command attention : As e'er my conversation cop'd withal : Dec. 1
- they would be more durable than the beauty that fades Nay, think not that I flatter;
S.W. Cloudy. 20 29 27 43
and withers; and throughout every period of life, they For what advancement may I hope from thee, 21 | 29 38 41 0 43 0 50 0 S.S.W. Fair.
would form a halo around the fair possessor. That no revenue hast but thy good spirits p
22 29 30 4101 44 0 1 51 01 N.W. Rain. Shakspeare. 23 29 75 42
| 49 0 N.W. Fair.
Sophia seems to think that the removal of these blemishes 24 29 45
S.W. Stormy. would make her happy. Would it not rather make her
S.W. Fair. he late Dr. ROBERT TAYLOR, whose death was an
vain ? If so, she could not be really happy; for vanity ced in the Mercury of November 23, was, in private 20th.-Three, p.m. stormy; eight, p.m. heavy rain.
and happiness can never go hand in hand. I will, there.
21st, Two, p.m. stormy. • most estimable man; entertaining and instructive 24th,-Rain during night ; eight, a.m. heavy rain I fore, candidly tell your fair correspondent, that, if she
during meters heatu.he Wind