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was most correctly given. Miss to be built upon Holcroft's Follies of Kelly, in Betty Finikin, quite out- a Day, and the original piece as Kelly's Kelly! Her gaudy dress written by Beaumarchais ; with the seems out of place, as well as her- music, selected from the Italian self; and the constant inconvenience opera. The intrigue of the piece is which she shows herself to be suf- always on the increase, and English fering under the drapery of her eyes and ears are not quite alive to it, shawl, bespeaks the shawl to be an but the music and the spirit float unaccustomed article of dress with you along, leaving your morality or her. Her feathers tumble over her your reason no chance of making a head, as if they did not expect to stand. find it beneath them: and her whole A Miss Louisa Dance, sister of the bearing is that of extreme awkward- young lady who played Belvidera a ness, and splendid, wooden careless- season or two ago at Covent-Garden, ness.
Her exclamation of “ Oh made her first appearance in SusanLord ! my Lord !” is “ kitchen and nah-the lively part which Miss parlour, and all !” as the old song Stephens, Miss M. Tree, and Miss says: and her downward look of Paton have filled. Miss Louisa simple wonder and offended delicacy, Dance has a pleasing figure, though when Lord Wrench says he must Cæsar's wish as to Cassio might safe“ swear at her feet” is inimitable; ly be extended to her. She was evi. and yet not so delightful either as the dently a good deal alarmed at first, tone in which she repeats the words, and sang a little out of tune with a “ swear at my feet !" The tender becoming incorrectness and diffitoyings, and huckaback compliments dence; but she gained confidence as of the Gretna couple, are enough to she went on, until her voice was ensplit the sides, and not merely the abled pretty fully to manifest its chaears of the groundlings: Wrench's racter. She is a pleasing, but not a sighs seem to come out of the but- good singer, certainly not a firstler's pantry, Miss Kelly talks rich rate singer. In a room we dare to kitchen stuff! He stands upright at say she delights her family,-but her side, as though he were behind there is a wide difference between his mistress's chair, instead of at her piano-singings in a parlour, before feet: she writhes under her fine ap- eleven or twelve affectionate brothers parel, evidently tortured by its catch- and sisters, and a bunch of friends ing glaring colours. At one time she who come to sing and sup—and jumps herself into a seat on the table, playhouse-singing before hundreds of like a person who had overswept a unrelations and unfriends. Miss Louisa room; and her lover seems over- Dance performed better than she powered at the grace with which she sang, and if we might advise, we swings her pink or blue shoes to and should recommend her to take to fro. Indeed, such a picture of low comedy and abandon opera. Dance life above stairs was never exhibited; and song seldom agree well together. and no one who prizes perfect acting This young lady has good features ought to keep a quiet dollar in his and good spirits—and we should pocket when the piece is played a- think that she and Thalia might make gain. The moment the real Lord a bargain advantageous to the inteand his mistress come after the holy rests of both parties. One thing we blacksmith, or after the nailor as he must observe, that we fear she has is termed, the fun is over; and Betty a person who is a dangerous and Finikin and Mr. Jenkins subside en- flattering friend to her—and that is tirely! But this is always the case, Miss Louisa Dance! That lady has when a real peer pokes himself in at present too high an opinion of our amongst a pleasant party. A coronet young actress, and mistakes promise is no uncommon extinguisher to the for performance. It is certainly the lights of wit and humour.
most dangerous folly in the world to The volatile French Opera of Fi- whisper sweet things into one's own garo has been revived at this theatre, ear, and by no means so difficult a and in a style which ought to make task to accomplish as may at first it highly popular amongst the lovers appear. of light elegant acting, and brilliant Mrs. Austin, once of Drury-Lane, music. It seems, as now constructed, an agreeable light-haired copy of Aug. 1823.
Mrs. Orger, both in face and voice, All the points of character are blunta appeared as the Countess. She is ed or broken short off:--and all the very lively, very pleasant, and with romantic interest of the incidents and the exception of a little occasional the rich Scottish beauty of the poetry mis-singing, quite an acquisition to are remorselessly and unfeelingly dethis theatre :-perhaps she sang outstroyed. The costume of the story is of tune to be in harmony with Miss lost! Roderick is made the lover of Louisa Dance, at the early part of Ellen-the successful lover,-Fitzthe evening. Miss Kelly was the james is nobody, except with the Page-and, past dispute, was Page sword. Douglas is a tame feeble the first !-We turned to the Contents old gentleman-Ellen a singer of brain the volume of the audience and vuras ; and · poor Blanch—mad read her name so indexed. --love-mad Blanch is never heard Wrench played Count Almaviva - of. At the Surrey theatre, in the reign an amorous noble in a cap and fea- of Robert William the First, the Lady thers, who is compelled to hear every of the Lake was admirably dramatirbody sing but himself ;-which is ed ;—but they certainly do the Scotoccasionally our misfortune, and 'tish novels and poems in a very supe
truly a vast misfortune too! Fi- rior manner in Blackfriars-road. garo
in Mr. Pearman's hands But to speak of the acting of Walweighs ten stone instead of five : or lack and Cooke-we must say our rather,--for the part must be the attention was wholly ingrossed by same,-the pound of lead is heavier the combat between the two. It is .than the pound of feathers :-we a fight !-It is no “ one, two, three, never understood the difference be--and under,"_but downright cleavfore. Bartley, as the Drunken Gar- ing at the head,-thrusting at the dener, made some dangerous reels a- ribs,-smiting at the heart :-parrymong those fragile plants, the figu- ing breast, neck, shoulder, leg, hir, .rantes; and balanced his ripe face, and wrist !--Cooke strikes might and as if by a miracle. The whole opera main at his antagonist's brain-and went smartly off-though it would Wallack parries like a swordsman, be much better without the last act. returning at Mr. Cooke's brisket. It is nearly as long as the last year's Indeed, such an earnest, muscular, opera of Gil Blas, which was just ferocious contest, twice as long as Hastings's trial. on the stage and the very lamps
Mr. Moreton's Romantic Drama of tremble in their sockets ! Mr. Walthe Knight of Snowdon, unfoundedly lack is a fine, handsome, gallant fel, reported to be founded on the Lady low,- and Cooke is an old offender of the Lake,--has been selected, in the same way:-of course the auwe presume, for the sake of bringing dience take a peculiar interest in the out Mr. Wallack and Mr. T. P. Cooke, fight, and we have no doubt, that a both as heroes. They are heroes few persons of taste go nightly in and there are few pieces which allow the hope of seeing a quarter actually of two gentlemen riding on one horse cut by accident off one of these two without exposing one gentleman to a pet lambs. We have not a word to seat behind. The two Kings of say of any one else. Brentford in the Rehearsal are per- “ My Aunt,” a little comic piece, haps the most equal balance of power introduces Mr. Wallack in a comic on dramatic and heroic record. But character, which he plays with inFitzjames and Roderick Dhu are the finite gaiety and whim. He is a next in succession. If the Scottish spendthrift and a gamester, and in king wears Lincoln green and a gilt the drumken scene with My Aunt bugle,-Roderick has black hair and (not that we would extend the ina splendid Tartan ;-and the broad toxication to My Aunt herself, sword of his Majesty is not a bit Heaven and Mrs. Grove forbid !) he broader than the broad sword of the seemed « remediless in the premises." Scottish rebel. In the playing of In bis pursuit after his reeling hat, these two characters the whole inte- which seems drunk too,-he Jooks rest of the piece is centered ;—for a at it with a marvellous eye. Mrs. more wretched distortion of plot and Grove was My Aunt:-she really language, than this disordered paro- was. What a profound elderly lady! dy of the poem, was never exhibited. What singular domestic decorum !
She on the stage! go to--it was some lousy." Terry plays an old Admiral, reputable matron out of the Magda- in his own stem, hard, but excellent den--some nurse of the Foundling, manner. Miss Chester, as a Miss who had come to the English Opera Fanny, in the Clandestine Marriage, House to enquire after one of her performed with a spirit and nature progeny. What garments she wears! which we were not prepared to ex- We cannot but remember such pect from her. In a-scene where she things were, that were most dear to forgives her husband, of whom she
Her bonnet, a poke,-a decided had been jealous, her tenderness was poke. Her decent gown, brown as quite delightful; and we venture evening - her comely cloak,-her or to predict," that if she is allowed to derly, demure, innocent mittens I play a few. such characters as this, Her muffled, slender voice in years! she will become a decided favourOh, Mrs. Grove!!-We respect ite with the public, and deservedly such a person to her backbone.. so. Madame Vestris has a cha Will she take tea with us ?We can racter not suited to her; she is in make up a rubber with old cousin petticoats. Vining played the husSparkes, and our other aunt, dear band of Fanny with great animation Mrs, Davenport. How is our uncle, and ease;. and Mr. Davis (in this Mr. Grove? Is he still in the trade « Blood will not have blood,") -We really disliked seeing so very acted with serenity, and sang charmreal a personage as my aunt sur- ingly. Liston was unusually Lisrounded by the frivolous and fictiti- tonic! He represents a young Fondous creatures of the drama. We could ling (my aunt will prick up her old not be tipsy before Mrs. Grove.- motherly ears), and is always pressAnd we must say, that Mr. Wallack ing to tell his story, and worming must have pushed about the bottle himself into the ungrammatical sen“ rather too freely" to forget himself timental. Bad English out of Lisin the presence of those awful mittens, ton's mouth becomes good. If he and their ten respectable taper inha- has to vote against Lindley Murray, bitants. We never were very par- he gives a plurper. Billy Lackaday tial to aunts, but Mrs. Grove has ,(the name of this London Verter) given the character a dignity in our conceives a passion ” for Miss Faneyes, which we shall never forget! ny-and nothing can exceed the ex
THE HAYMARKET THEATRE. pression of his face, when she comes
Sweethearts and Wives. before him, or when he unexpectedKenny is, beyond dispute, the ly sees her. His whole appearance cleverest playwright now in exist- is that of sea-sickness. His heart ence :-he understands writing ori- seems instantly in his mouth : and he ginal pieces, translating, or para- rolls his large tender eyes like two phrasing, or adapting French dramas, tauis in his head. His song of “ Man better than any other English writer: was born to sorrow,” is worthy to and when we know that he has good be sung by Mr. Casella in purgaactors to measure for characters, we tory. Some of the notes are the very are quite sure that he will fit them echoes of grief. The play is lightly to perfection. In the instance before written; but gives great satisfaction. us, he has suited Liston, Terry, and the fine Miss Chester to a T. The Mathews is in England again, we plot of the piece is, as usual, a con- understand.—Let the Americans look lusion of lovers, and “ lots of jea- to it!
JOURNEY TO THE HEAD OF THE
THE PROGRESS OF SCIENCE.
formed little magazines of grain at GANGES.
the places where they intended to This interesting journey was per- halt, and re-established the Sangas, formed in the year 1817, by Capt. or spar-bridges, over the river, they Hodgson and Lieut. Herbert, an ac- set off from Reital on the 21st of count of which they have published May. The situation of this village, in the Asiatic Researches. Having on the east side of a mountain, the summit of which is covered with where small cedars grow, but in gesnow, and the foot washed by the neral the margin is strewed with Bagirat'hi, is very pleasant. It com- masses of rock which have fallen mands a noble view of the Sri Cánta from the precipices above. Having and other adjoining peaks of the Hi- retired to rest, the travellers were -málya, on which the snow for ever awakened by the rocking of the rests. On the 23d, after passing ground, occasioned by an earthquake, through Juwarra and Dangal, they which hurled down rocks in every arrived at Súci, a small village, sure direction, from the peaks around, to rounded on all sides by the Himálya. the bed of the river. In the mornThe scenery at this place is in gene ing they crossed to the opposite bank, ral grand and sublime; at the falls where they were more secure, and of Lohari Naig there is a fright- 'enabled to make observations. The ful rock above 800 feet in height. On mean breadth of the Ganges at Ganthe 28th they pitched their tent at gotri was 43 feet, depth 18 inches, Baerog’hati, at the confluence of the and nearly the same at the sides as Bagirathi and Jáhnevi. Here pre- at the middle; the current very swift cipices composed of the most solid and over large stones. At this time granite confine both of the rivers in the stream was in one channel, but narrow channels, which seem to have the effect of the sun in melting the been scooped out by the force of the snow was so powerful, that it was waters. The base of the peaks is of daily augmenting. Accordingly, on the most compact sort of granite, of a their return on the 2d of June, they light hue, with small pieces of black found it about two feet deep, and sparry substances interposed. From considerably wider, the volume of the smoothness of the rocks which water being apparently doubled. On confine the stream, it appears that the 29th they proceeded up the Ganthe water must at one time have run ges over snow and rocks, and pitchin a higher level, and that it is gradual- ed their tent on a sort of bank by ly forming a deeper channel. Great the left margin of the river, which is
cedar pines fringe these bare rocks, here perceptibly diminished. The · and fix their roots where there ap- temperature, during night, was below pears to be very little soil. A few freezing; the soil strong and full of of the large deal pines are also seen, rocks. By the barometer it appear. but inferior trees do not grow here. ed to be 11,160 feet above the level Though the Bagirat’hi is generally of the sea. On the following day esteemed the holy and celebrated they ascended gradually among rocks, Ganges, yet Capt. Hodgson is in- having to the left high cliffs of graclined to think the Jahnevi the larger. nite, and on the right snowy peaks By the course of this river there is a 600 or 700 feet high, distant about pass to Bhoat or Thibet, by which two miles, and halted near the dethe people from Reital and the up- bouché of the Ganges. They were per villages of Rowaien go to sell here above the line of vegetation of salt, blankets, and wool in exchange trees; birches appearing only as for grain. On the 26th they went small shrubs, and the rocks being along the side of a very steep moun- covered with a species of lichen. tain, passing over chasms by means The three peaked mountains were obof ladders and scaffolding of decayed served from this place, to which they planks, and reached Gangotri, hither- gave the names of St. George, St. to the boundary of research on the Patrick, and St. Andrew. Farther Ganges.* Here the rivers had be- on another appeared, which they come more open, having, during their called St. David, and to the right of route from Baigog’hati, been between the snow valley, which hides the ri, several precipices of 200 or 300 feet ver, a most magnificent peak cased high. By the side of the river at in snow and shining ice was seen, Gangotri there is in some places soil which they termed Mount Moira.
This was visited by Mr. B. Fraser in his jouniey through the Himálya mountains, an account of which he published in 1820. According to the accounts which he received, the source of the Ganges is about five hundred miles horizontal distance from Gangotri, yond which place he states it is in all probabllity supplied by the melting of the snow
terminates the valley.
Considerable difficulty of breathing miles from the debouché to the sumwas experienced here, and that pe- mit. It may be easily conceived, culiar sensation always felt at great that a large supply of water must be elevations, where there is any sort furnished at this season by the meltof herbage, which is ascribed by ing of this mass, and of that coverCapt. Hodgson to noxious exhala-, ing the great peaks that surround it, tions from the plants, for he never all of which runs to the valley to suffered from it on snow beds, even form the Ganges, which is farther though at a greater height. In some augmented by the waters that filter places the ground was covered with through the rents of the snow. In a species of creeper and mennat, in this way there must be a sufficient the manner of furze, and which he is supply, during a course of six or inclined to think is that of which the seven miles, to form such a stream case of black lead pencils is made. as was observed issuing under the The dazzling of the snow was ren- arch. No volcanoes were seen or dered here more striking by its con- heard of in those mountains, nor were trast with the sky, which is of a dark there found any shells or animal reblue colour. At night the stars shine mains. The magnetic variation difwith a lustre which they have not in fered little from that on the plains, a denser atmosphere. The only live and the diurnal slight changes of the ing creatures seen were a few small barometer were perceptible, the merbirds. On the 31st they reached the cury always falling a little before noon. spot where the Bagirathi or Ganges emerges from under a very low arch Captain Laing, of the Royal African at the foot of the grand snow bed. Colonial Regiment, bas returned to The river here is bounded to the Sierra Leone, from a residence of right and left by high snow and some months in the Solima territory, rocks, and above it, immediately over to which he proceeded on an invitathe debouché, there is a perpendicular tion of the king. The country, then mass of snow of the height of 300 visited for the first time by an Eurofeet, from the brow of which large pean, possesses a peculiar geographi. icicles hang, formed by the freezing cal interest as the source of the mysof the water produced by the action terious Niger. The information obof the sun, and which flows in small tained by Captain Laing is likely to cascades over it. The mean breadth prove both important and interesting, of the stream was 27 feet, the depth as the Solimas are a numerous and about 15 inches. In the hopes of powerful nation, of the interior of getting on to the top of the aclivity, which scarcely more than the name they ascended by a dangerous path, was known until three years ago, but they were soon under the neces- when an army of 10,000 men apsity of returning, as the surface of peared in the Mandingo country to the snow was broken into chasms, terminate a dispute between two and in many places so soft, that they chiefs of that nation, the weaker of often sank in it up to the neck. The whom had appealed to the king of avalanches were falling from Mount Solima. The elevation, and the laMoira with a noise like that of thun- titude and longitude of the hill of der, and threatening by its shocks to Soma, whence the Niger has its loosen the unsteady foundation on origin, have, we understand, been aswhich they then stood. From the certained. Captain Laing is also of highest station they saw onwards opinion, that no material difficulty about five miles. In the space they would be experienced in the route had passed over, after leaving the from Sierra Leone, through Sankara, debouché, the Ganges was not to be to the Niger at Nafi. His Journal seen, being concealed by snow, pro- is expected to be very soon before bably many hundred feet in thickness, the public. and as far as they could observe, it did not again appear, so that this may A bridge of suspension, or rather of be considered the first place where tension, has been constructed by Seit becomes visible. The breadth of guin, near Annonay, in the departe the snow valley is about a mile and ment de l'Ardeche, after the mode of a half, and its length about seven those used by the natives of America,