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his body, resume their proper form at his pleasure. He once presented himself, in this situation, as a patient, before Molins, a famous surgeon, who, shocked at his appearance, refused to attempt the cure. He often passed for a cripple with persons who, but a few minutes before, had been conversing with him. Upon these occasions he would not only change the position of his limbs, but alter his features and countenance. He could assume all the professional, characteristic, and singular faces which he had observed at the Theatre, at the Quaker's Meeting, or any other place of public resort. He was by profession a posturemaster, and died about the commencement of King William.
ANECDOTE OF ADMIRAL SIR CHARLES SAUNDERS.-_When the dispute respecting the Falkland Island rose so high, that a fleet was ordered to be in readiness, Sir C. was confined with the gout, which he suffered to a violent degree. Informed that he was appointed to the chief coinmand, the gout almost instantly left him, aud he was busied in giving orders for the necessary preparations. A friend happening to call next day, expressed his surprise to see him walking about.-" Oh,” said the brave old Admiral, “the gout only came to me because I was not employed ; but now, instead of dying like a gouty old fellow, I may stand the chance yet of dying by a cannon-ball."
An Irishman, who was lately tried under the Insurrection Act, at Limerick, was asked, “ what he had to say in his defence ?" to which he replied, “Nothing, and please your honour ; for I'm not a spokesman, like your worship; but I would thank your lordship to say what you can iņ my favour."
One of the most curious applications of galvanism to the useful purposes of life, is its recent employment as a means of distinguished bad teeth from good. The test which galvanism has now supplied to remedy the frequent mistakes of dentists, who, instead of ridding you of a bad tooth, will draw the best in your head, is considered to be one of infalliable certainty in its application. The method is thus described by Professor Aldini, the nephew of Galvani.
:-" He (the dentist) first insulates the patient, and then places in his hands an electric chain ; he then applies a small piece of wire, and draws it gradually over the surface of the tooth; he then applies it to the next tooth in the same manner, and proceeds in the like method with the rest, until he comes to the diseased tooth, which is discovered by violent pain being produced, and an involuntary emotion in the body. It has always been remarked, when the tooth is extracted, that it exhibits a carious part, which, in its proper situation, was not visible."
(From Moore's Irish Melodies.)
Remember thee! yes, while there's life in this heart,
SONNET, WRITTEN ON GOOD FRIDAY.
The morning's breath, in meekness to the day,
The sunny clouds swim lightly through the sky,
many a sombre hue ;
We met in secret—in the depth of night,
When there was none to watch us, not an eye,
Save the lone dweller of the silent sky, To gaze upon our love and pure delight! And in that hour's unbroken solitude,
When the white moon hath robed her in its beam,
I've thought some vision of a blessed dream,
In mine ear
Her beauty seem'd not of a mortal birth,
A thrill, like some deep warning from above,
She stood before me—the pure lamps of heaven
Lift up her charms, and those soft eyes which turn'd
On me with divine fondness.—My heart burn’d, As, tremblingly, with her's iny vows were given; Then goftly 'gainst my bosom beat her heart
These loving arms around her form were thrown,
Binding her heavenly beauty like a zone; While from her ruby, warm lips, just apart Like bursting roses, sighs of fragrance stole,
And words of music whispering in mine ear
Things pure and holy, none but mine should hear,
For which no tongue her innocence reproved,
Fragrant and fast were warm upon my cheek,
And they were all her suffering heart could speak,
In starry brightness-temper'd by distress,
All softened down with love's own tenderness.
Who would not have exchanged that sorrowing hour,
For all that he had dream'd in rapture's bower. In the wide world there was one heart alone,
That blessed him with its love, and truth, and charms, And it was beauty now within its arms !
Two brothers we are,
And welcome wherever we come :
From Genoa, Naples, or Rome.
You'll find it of excellent use ;