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of a legacy of £200. which had been bequeathed to her by a relation.—He looked forward to the time of his execution with astonishing coolness; and, in order that he might have the day continually before him, he had drawn a circle on paper, to form a kind of dial, with an index pointing to the number of days yet remaining, and this index he moved daily as the days of his life decreased. This monitor he fastened against the wall of his cell, where it was constantly in view. He was but twenty-five years of age, and about five feet six inches high.
A short time since Mrs. Astley, of Dunkenfield-Lodge, gave an elegant dejeuné at the bottom of Messrs. Bateman and Sheratt's engine-pitt, upon the Black Mine, in Newington, The object of this subterraneous visit was to view the wonderful machinery erected four hundred and fifty feet below the surface of the earth, for the purpose of winding up coal from a still deeper level, of more than five hundred feet. A number of ladies were invited, but when the muster was made at the top of the pit, only one (Miss Taylor, of Moston) could be found sufficiently adventurous to accompany the fair hostess to her appointed breakfast-room. Mr. James Wilde, who, as agent to Messrs. Bateman and Sheratt, has superintended the excavations below for the reception of an engine of twenty-eight-horse power and the inclined plane into the lower levels, and whose skill and perseverance cannot be too highly apreciated, received the party, consisting of twelve, and had so disposed of a number of torches, as to render the high vaults and deep recesses of the works clearly discernible. The party returned after an excellent collation of cold viands and wine, having drank “ To the memory of the late Mr. Sheratt, whose great mechanical abilities first brought the mine into consideration,”
followed by the song of “Should auld acquaintance be forgot ?" highly gratified with the boldness which had planned the undertaking, and with the succcss which appears to attend it.
FREDERICK II. KING OF PRUSSIA.
M. Feydel (in his pamphlet on the History of Literature, published at Paris) relates the following anecdote of Frederick II.-A prisoner, bound with cords, was one day brought by his order from_Berlin to Potsdam, and conducted directly into his cabinet. “Do you know these three letters ?" said the King to him with a stern look._"Yes, your Majesty.”—“Who wrote them?","I.”_"To whom were they addressed ?”—“To the Doge of Venice, my august master.”_" You then acknowledge yourself to be a spy ! you shall be hanged."_“Your Majesty, I am no spy, and I cannot acknowledge myself any thing which I am not." “You must either die, or tell which of my ministers acquainted you with the secrets of my cabinet. Take your choice !?" I am acquainted with no person whatever, either in Berlin or Potsdam ; nobody in all your Majesty's dominions, except the landlord with whom I live. As your Majesty has had mé arrested and brought before you, you are, doubtless, too well informed respecting me not to know that I never speak of politics, either at my inn for any where else."--Notwithstanding this, the angry King continued for some time to address the prisoner with vehemence, till, at lást, his curiosity gained the ascendency. “Well,” cried he, “name nobody; you shall be liberated as soon as you tell me by what means you have succeeded in knowing the most hidden of my secrets.?" « I know them all, your Majesty, from yourself alone. On such and such a day you made such and such news known'at Berlin ; pot long after this, such and such articles were in the Nuremberg papers, and a little before or after that, I read in the Frankfort and Vienna Journals this and that article; now as your Majesty is not accustomed to do any thing in vain, and always reasons very justly, I have attempted to follow the course of your ideas, and the result
was, that your Majesty must necessarily have formed the plan which I had sketched out.” “ Good heaven !” cried the astonished monarch ; “ and you, poor sufferer, how is it possible that your wise nobles do not know how to make more use of you
u?" (To the guard, in German, “Unbind him, and go your way.") « Of what country are you?"- “Of the country of poor Homer, of Cephalonia." "I immediately take you into my service, and create you a Count, and as soon as you have received your
discharge from the Doge, you shall go to St. Petersburg as my Ambassador. Till that time we shall speak on literary subjects.”Who does not know that Frederick the Great never did any thing in vain ? Count Lusi lived from this time as an Ambassador twenty years at St. Petersburg.
On the 7th of November, 1615, (Michaelmas term, 13 Jac. 1,) when Ann Turrer, a physician's widow, was indicted at the bar of the King's Bench, before Sir Edward Coke, (as an accessary before the fact,) for the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury; the learned judge observing she had a hat on, told her " to put it off; that a woman might be covered in church, but not when arraigned in a court of justice.” Whereupon she said, she thought it singular that she might be covered in the house of God, and not in the judicature of man.-Sir Edward told her " that from God no secrets were hid ; but that it was not so with man, whose intellects were weak : therefore, in the investigation of truth, and especially when the life of a fellow-creature is put in jeopardy, on the charge of having'deprived another of life, the court should see all obstacles removed ; and because the countenance is often an index to the mind, all covering should be taken away from the face.” Thereupon the chief justice ordered her hat to be taken off, and she covered her hair with her handkerchief.
FRIENDLY BARTER IN HORSE-FLESH.
“ Sed caveat emptor.”.
At the late Resely Hill fair, near Carlisle, a London rider there, ycleped a Cockney Bagman, was constrained to remount his charge, from the accident of his job pegasus being unable farther to pad the hoof. His skill in stabularian traffic being inadequate to the artifices of northern jockeyship, rendered him fearful of an over-reach, and created wonderful qualms in choice, at length he risked his dealing with a quaker, under the puritanic hope of being honestly done by. The bargain struck, the ponies posted, the horse delivered, and all preliminaries of bargain and sale adjusted and confirmed, the man of orders was anxiously desirous to know if the horse had any and what faults, when his chapman Aminadab, candidly answered, he knew of no more than three-the beast had that his memory was short—his faith was weak and yea verily his understanding was bad. The purchaser grew anxious to have these mysterious matters expounded, whom the quaker satisfied clearly to his comprehension, solving the problems thus: “That the horse's memory is short, implies," quoth he, “that the beast is so extremely dull when you give him one stripe, he forgets it before you can give him another,-his faith is weak, because he never believes he has any one upon his back, until he has thrown him down to be convinced of his rider-and thirdly and lastly, that his understanding is bad, you will soon find out, for his fore feet are so very defective and tender, that he is continually falling down, to the great annoyance and danger of the life, neck, and limbs, of every one who rides bim.
Abstract of the Net Produce of the Revenue of Great Britain,
(exclusive of the Arrears of War Duty on Malt, and Property) in the Years and Quarters ending January the 5th, 1822, and January the 5th, 1823.
Quars. ending Jan. 5th.
1 1822. ;
84,658 98,881 46,141
308,000 324,000 16,000
13,568,217 13,171,241 44,436 441,412
Decrease on the Quarter.