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Mr. Nic-NAC, -The present season in the year, and if it melts, another has been remarkable on various ac- fall soon ensues. The cold sets in counts, but more particularly from about the autumnal, and retires about the degree of mildness or warmth in a month or six weeks after the vernal the atmosphere at this advanced pe- equinox. Men and beasts often fall riod of the year. It is not unlikely, victims to its intensity. For three or however, that a change may soon four months in one winter, not a day take place, even during the time which passed without some beggars being will elapse from the date of this frozen to death at Leopol, one of present writing till its important de- the most southern towns: and even BUT in the pages of your miscellany; travellers, who are covered with furs, and once again the wintry winds may and armed with every precaution howl, and chilling frost render doubly against the cold, are often arrested dear the cheering delights of a warm on their way by the insuperable rigour fire-side and a tankard of ale. Then of the frozen air, which induces over rheumatisms, colds, and chilblains, their frame the sleep. of death, A will resume their despotic sway, and person named Pruszynoki "was prog “ all the ills the flesh is heir to" be ceeding to Leopol on a sledge, drawn thus augmented by the periodical vi- by six horses ; in the vicinity of the sitations of disease. I have, therefore, town they missed their way; they in anticipation of such an occurrence called out to the postillion, but he (which I venture to predict with an was stiff upon his horse, and did not authority as much to be relied on as hear: the coachman still held the that of Francis Moore, physician), reins, but he had lost his senses and sent you the following extract from his life. The master appeared asleep, Valtrin's Observer in Poland, which but he was frozen under his pelisse : may at least afford your readers the in short, the whole party were either negative consolation of knowing that dead or on the verge of death. This there are in this world others whose unhappy fate principally happens to miseries exceed their own, and doubt Jews, valets, and peasants, who are not that you, Mr. Editor, while exposed, by the unfeeling brutality of ucubrating in your spug arm-chair, their masters, to all the rigour of a busied with the glorious design of frozen sky, while themselves, envelope shining forth a bright planet in the ed in the skins of bears, smoke their galaxy of literature, in approbation pipes at their ease round an enormous of my humane attempt, will allow stove, where they courageously brave me, as an attendant satellite, a place the winter's rage, and think not of in your orbit, where I may shed my the ills which they do not feel. In pale and twinkling ray with a benign 1493, the Turks had memorable ex, influence.
Yours, * perience of the unsparing severity of
the climate, for having pursued the “In Poland, the winds, which pre- Poles, whom they had beaten, into vail in the spring and in the autumn, the centre of the country, the frost concur, with the tenyity and uniform set in before they could retire, and Aatness of the soil, to render the sum- destroyed more than the sword of the mer short and the winter long. The enemy. It is far from uncommon to winter terrifies by its rigour, and meet with persone who have been don tires by its length. The horizon is prived both of nose and ears by the a waste of snow during three mouths bend of frost. A young traveller
a matter of moment, you should at see the Histoire de la Campagne de the same time communicate your Jesus, part 2d. t. 4. No. 276...Geor. own conceptions.
gius Trapanzantius declares that he
himself saw a Mermaid, extremely THE LONDON MERMAID. beautiful, rise many times above As the London Mermaid continues water ; he adds, that in Apirus, a to create the greatest curiosity in the Merman came on the shore, and minds of thousands, some of them watched near a spring of water, en. streouously affirming the existence deavouring to catch young women of such creatures, and others regard. that came there ; he was caught, but ing them as impossible productions could not be made to eat. of nature, maintaining at the same. The celebrated Peter Camper of time that the one which is now ex
Amsterdam, who died in 1989, de. hibiting to the tune of three or four nied the existence of mermaids, tri. hundred shillings per day, is nothing tons, dragons, centaurs, sphinxes, more than the inembers of various and several other creatures, which animals ingeniously put together, appear in such splendid clothing in we have gathered a few assertions our heraldic figurations. Writing from professional men upon the sub. on fish, &c. he observes:..." The ject, leaving vor readers to form natural history of the frog affords what opinion they please.
ug a curious and striking example, It is related in the fi istoire d'Ap. of the changes appointed by the gleterre, part 1, page 403, that in wise Creator, in conformity.lo exithe year 1187, a Merman was « fish- gencies of the animal. The frog is ed up” in the county of Suffolk, provided with a tail, as long as it is and kept by the governor for six destitute of feet, but when these months; it was exactly like a man protrude and have acquired sufficia in every respect, and wanted nothing ent force, the tail gradually contracts but speech. He never could be until it totally disappears. This sin. brought to any understanding of his gular phænomenon might be conDature and situation, and at length templated every Spring, were not made his escape, and was seen to the apimal too.common, and deem plunge into the sea, from whence he ed too insignificant to attract our returned no more... In 1430, in the notice Fish are destitute of necks, great tempests wbich destroyed the not merely because they have not iskes in Holland, some women at feet, but because they can procure Edam, in West-Freezeland, saw a their food without them. Suakes. Mermajd, which had been driven by are also without them, and in this the waters into the meadows which respect are in their forms very simi. were overflowed. They took it (and lar to fish. A shark has long teeth, it is said) dressed it in female attire, but is destitute of a snout, which and taught it to spin. It fed on would be useless, as it seeks and decooked meat, but all efforts to teach vours its food while swimmiog in it to speak proved ineffeclual, though the water. Many are the instances, Parival says, “it had some notion of the necessity of a snout in some of a deity, and made its reverences animals,and its uselessness in others; very devoutly when it passed a cru- and Nature has wisely made their cifix.” It was taken to Haerlem, forms correspond. The neck is as where it lived sonje years, but it ever long as the feet in those animals retained an ioclination for the water. which gather their food froin the Al its death it was allowed christian earth. Since fish are natyrally in burial. In 1560, on the coast of equipoise with the water, and they Ceylon, some fishermen caught, at all swim or row themselves forwards one draught of their nets, seven by means of the tail, it follows, that Mermen and Mermaids. They were their position in the water must be dissected, and found to be made ex. horizontal. The centre of motion actly like human beings. For a full will vary according to the weight of account of this last circumstavce, the head, and opon this circumstance
will depend the length of the tail. gards in length, and ten in breadth
Siri-If the following anagrams are
bring a full house. One Bignell,
, sitting with a few of the players at
cess to him. One das, writing in Nor Jew nor Christian could he be-
Bucceeding, she applied to be allow,
ed to carry beer from a brew-house :
those women were called tub-wonien
The brewer observing her to be a
marriage there was a daughter, who
was afterwards wife of James ll.
od of Eogland.
WEEK:.-When Cries Sue to Will, 'midst matrimonial
We are surprised that master critic B,
does not assert more of our book to be
nonsense than the Shoe and Slipper.
What pily 'tis that assumption of Con-
Ceit should meet rebuke!
K's remarks on “ Horrible! Horri-
For Monday's hang'd himself, B., is requested to understand that we
began the world-pot with a bare desire,
but with an insatiable thirst, a rage for
popularity, applause, admiration; if this
should make us do some silly things on
one hand, on the other hand it may make
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“Praise us as we are tasted: allow us as we prove! Our head shall go bare till Merit crown it.. SHAKESPEARE,
there seven years, when, after an abFORTUNATE DISCOVERY. sence of twelve years, he came to the I AN ORIGINAL TALE.
determination of again visiting lis Night was fast spreading its sombre
native land. shades around the varied landscape,
He accordingly once more embarkaccompanied by a drizzling shower,
ed on the briny deep, and in a few which had been for some time gather
hours safely reached Caergybi, when ing in the clouded atmosphere, and
his admiration of the romantic and obliged Sir Joseph to seek shelter be
picturesque views it afforded, inneath the rusticated cottage of some
duced him to make this interesting elderly peasants, situate at a short dis-,
spot his abode for a few weeks. tance from the town of Caergybi, * in
Daily did this worthy baronet peNorth Wales, popular from its conti
rambulate some of its most admired guity and the easy access it afforded
and beautiful walks, frequently find(by means of small packets used solely
ing means for the exereise of his for that purpose) to travellers of a
benevolence. speedy conveyance to Dublin, from
It was in one of these excursions, whence Sir Joseph Phillipps had just
wherein Sir Joseph had far exceeded embarked on his way to London, where
the usual distance of his walks, that he intended to settle, and in the exer
he found himself necessitated to tap cise of benevolence to chase from me
at the cottage door of the peasant mory the untoward events which had Morgan; nor did he remain long in befallen him in the former part of
suspense, ere he was bid an hospitable his life.
welcome by his kiud host, who "hoped Sir Joseph had, at an early age, se
his honor wouldn't feel any bad effects lected to himself a partner from the
from the wet." brilliant circle of fashion, hoping with
“Fear mé not, mine host," he reher to steer down the unrufiled stream
plied, smiling at the honest zeal of of life, and, like a skilful pilot, clear
the rustic cottager. “But, mire his fancy-decked bark from all dangers.
host,” he continued, after a pause, But scarce had he launched forth on
“ have you no refreshments at hand the deep waters of prosperity, ere the
of which I can partake? I must confess sun of adversity closed on him for
the cravings of an hungered appetite ever. A ruthless villain, envying his
I begin must acutely to feel.” happiness, had carried off his heart's
“Why, your honor," exclaimed prized treasure-his lovely wife.
Morgan, “dame has just gone to Long and fruitless were the searches
farmer Davis's to fetch some new he made for her. When unable longer
milk and a bit of white bread; we to remain in a place which daily re
have a few fresh eggs in the house, for minded him of the irreparable loss he
I thought your honor would like to had sustained, he converted the whole
take some little refreshment.” of his immense property into specie,
“ But, friend,” added Sir Joseph, which he lodged in the hands of
“what occasion was there to give the his bankers, and immediately de
good dame so much trouble ? Brown parted for the continent, where he re
bread would have supplied the place of mained five years; from thence he
white, and a draft from a pure spring removed to Ireland, and continued
would have sufficiently answered the
purpose of new milk." * Holyhead.
At this moment the good dame