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tice which was done to the melody. This young gentleman, though his voice is not so powerful, but is vet of considerable force and compass, often reminded us, by the fulness of his tones, and his dulcet transitions from the grave to the gay, the spirited to the pathetic, of the once unrivalled excellence of his father. The quality of his voice is good, nor is it deficient in flexibility. His shake is open, and may be much improved by practice.
The new “ Royal Pleasure Grounds and Tea Gardens” keep open the fashionable promenade between that site and the North end of the Old Steyne-a more agreeable walk in favorable weather is scarcely to be found. The list of supporting names in the subscription books of the former, are rapidly on the increase.
DISTRESSING CATASTROPHE.—The weather at sea, on Friday, the 9th inst. was squally, and, at intervals, the swell in the channel tremendous.-Our mackarel boats, in nets, suffered considerable losses-the boat of Morley, of its aggregate, came in deficient eighty. Allen's boat was deprived of from thirty to forty. that of Wingham left behind upwards of twenty, and various other disasters occurred in a similar way. But severe as were these mishaps, they dwindle into insignificance when compared to the melancholy and fatal event which attached itself to the boat of Jacob Carden. The latter, with five hands on board, viz. Jacob Carden, jun. and his nephew, about fourteen years of age, Murrell, a lad aged eighteen, William Harman, and William Daniels, at between eight and nine o'clock, a. m. was seen by another boat, the “ Samuel and Mary,” Virgo owner, south of Newhaven, as returning for this place, and in the complete observance of the said “ Samuel and Mary," to ship a sea which, in an instant, capsized her, and consigned all on board to a watery grave. To render assistance was impossible, nor has any of the bodies yet been picked up. Poor Harman has left a widow, with seven children, and who is far advanced in pregnancy with the eighth. An accident, of a similar nature, so perfect in its distressing character, has not before occurred here for many years; and, we trust, it is not destined to find a parallel in the future.
BARRACKS.-The inns and public houses are considerably rerelieved from the pressure of finding quarters for the military here, by excellent Barracks, in Church-street, which are sufficient for the accomodation of nearly four hundred men, These barracks have a spacious yard and conveniences every way suitable and complete. The Cavalry Barracks are nearly a mile from the town, on the Lewes road, and present a pile of buildings, in external appearance, not inferior to any place of the kind in the kingdom; nor has its internal compartments, in all that could render them uniform and useful, been neglected. Artillery with cavalry, are commonly stationed here.
Alms Houses. On the way to the barracks, at the northern extremity of the town, are the Alms Houses. These houses, six in number,' were built by Mrs. Mary Mariott, in 1796, for the reception of a sinilar number of poor widows, of the Church of England, who had never received parochial relief, agreeably to the testamentary instructions of Mrs. Dorothy and Mrs. Ann Percy, and endowed with the sum of £48 per ann. to be increased at the demise of the aforesaid Mrs. Mary Mariott, to £96 annually A new gown and cloak to each widow every second year, is also included in the charity:
Great additions and improvements to the town are contemplated in this quarter, including a coach road, beginning at the Alms Houses, over the Race Hill, into Black Rock Bottom, where it will form a junction with the road on the cliff, leading to
Rottingdean—to be continued westerly from the Alms Houses, in a parallel line with the new flint wall across the old Cricket Ground, into the London road, leaving a sufficient space to erect a row of houses on the north side of it. The new road from the Dairy to the King's-road, is now finished. Thus a beautiful ride will be made round the town—a ride combining a great extent and variety of views. The elegant mansion of T. R. Kemp, Esq. crowns the summit of the hill, on the right-hand side of the road from the Dairy-it is built in a style perfectly unique : each side of this road is planted with trees which, in process of time will become a great ornament to it.
ANECDOTE FROM A FRENCH WORK.
" While on service in Piedmont, I was detached with a party of dragoons into the woods that skirt the vale of Sessia, to prevent the smuggling that went on there. Upon arriving at night in that wild and desolate tract, I perceived among the trees the ruins of an old chateau, which I entered. To my great surprise, it was inhabited. I found within it a nobleman of the country. He was a person of an inauspicious appearance, about six feet high, and forty years of age. He gruffly supplied me with a couple of rooms. My billeting officer and I amused ourselves there with music. After a few days we discovered that this man had a female in his custody; whom we laughingly called Camilla. We were far from suspecting the horrid truth. In about six weeks she died. I felt an impulse of melancholy curiosity to see her in her coffin. I gave a gratuity to the monk who had charge of her remains, and towards: midnight, under the pretext of sprinkling holy water, introduced me into the chapel where she lay. I found there one of those magnificent figures which continue beautiful even in the bosom of death. She had a large Aquiline nose, whose contour, so expressive at once of elevation and tenderness, I never can forget : I quitted the mournful spot. Have years after; being with a detachment of my regiment that escorted the Emperor when he went to be crowned King of Italy, I contrived to learn the whole story.- I was told the jealous husband, Count
bad found attached to his wife's bed an English watch, the property of a young man in the little town where they resided. On that very day he carried her off to the ruined chateau, in the midst of the woods of Sessia. He uttered not a syllable, but in answer to all her entreaties he coldly and silently shewed her the English watch, which he always kept about his person. He thus passed nearly three years with her. At length she died of a broken heart, in the flower of her age. The husband made an attempt to stab the owner of the watchmissed himed to Genoa-threw himself on board a vessel, and has never since been heard of."
ON JAPANESE PRAYER.
On the high roads in Japan, every mountain, every hill, every cliff, is consecrated to some divinity; at all these places, travellers are compelled to repeat prayers, and frequently several times over. But the customary fulfilment of this duty detaining the pious traveller too long on the road, the Japanese have contrived à curious piece of machinery to obviate this inconvenience. Upon such elevations as are consecrated to these divinities, they set up posts to distinguish the distances between them. In these posts a long vertical hole is cut, at a certain height above the ground, where a circular iron plate turns roạnd, somewhat like a sheave in a block. Upon this plate, the prayer is engraven, which is dedicated to the divinity of the place. To turn it round, is deemed equivalent to the reciting of the prayer, which is supposed to be repeated as many times as the plate is made to revolve. Furnished with this conveniency, the traveller is able, without stopping, merely by twirling the plate with his fingers, to send
up even more prayers to the divinity tban the ecclesiastical law com: pels him to offer.
ON CHRISTIAN PRAYER AND PRAISE.
Prayer, says a writer of some eminence, is the going forth of the mind, in the desire after some good not in its possession. Praise is the overflowing of gratitude in the soul, from the sensation of present enjoyment, and the hope of its continuance. It is a duty arising from the creature to the Creator, for blessings enjoyed. Prayer is likewise a duty proper to be exercised for the continuance of present, or the addition of future good. The end of its institution is to keep the mind in a state of humble dependence on the source of its mercies, and to teach it stedfastly to look up to God for an uninterrupted communication of his favours.
About the end of the 15th Century, Thomas Buonaventuri, a young Florentine of a creditable family, but without fortune, went to live with a merchant of the same country, who had settled at Venice.
The merchant's house was opposite to the back-door of one that belonged to a noble Venetian, named Bartholomeo Capello. In the family lived a young lady of great beauty, whose name was Bianca. She was watched with great care according to the custom of the country: yet Buonaventuri frequently saw her at the window; and, though he had no hopes of a nearer interview, yet by a natural, and almost necessary, impulse, he did all that could be done, in such circumstances, to express the passion with which she had inspired him.
He was young and amiable ; and she very soon ceased to be indifferent : so that, after a long negotiation, (the particulars of which are not related,) the lovers found means to accomplish their wishes, and were privately married.