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The Graben was the resort of those worthy wights who were incessantly on the watch for what they could catch. Here they listened to each other's opinions, or suggestions, or speculations; and here were those communications composed, which enabled distant journalists to boast of confidential correspondents at Vienna. Each knew that he had no special acquaintance with the progress of affairs; but each knew that in reporting what he had gleaned from another, he could quote an authority; and that answered his purpose; although that authority might yield the next day to another-much better informed!-0 certainly much better informed! The Gruben, therefore was constantly well attended.
But, not the theatres, only, nor the Graben, have been the resorts of the beau monde at Vienna: the churches have had their full share of spectators. The pious have been scandalized, at beholding groups of young men, disguised by enormous 'spectacles, falling down over the nose, who planted themselves before the doors of the churches, and reconnoitred every female who went in, or came out. The censorious affirm, that their remarks were not always circulated in whispers; nor always of a nature to encrease the devotion, or the self-satisfaction of their subjects,-but this, with other affirmations of the censorious must not be taken verbatim et literatim. BELGIUM.
Remarkably Extensive Dreadful Thunder.
The 11th of January was a remarkable day for the whole country, from the North Sea to the provinces of the Rhine, on account of a tremendous storm of thunder and lightning, during which the steeples of many churches, in places far distant from one another, were set on fire nearly at the same hour. The tempest took its course over Arnheim, Utrecht, Bois-leDuc, and several other places. At Aruheim, the great steeple was struck by lightning, which, however, being dispersed by the conductor, merely set fire to a lamppost. The church-steeples of the villages of Uden and Groot Sunderl were aiso struck by the lightning, but sustained no material injury. At Duren, the steeple of St. Ann's was set on fire, and burned with such fury as to threaten the destruction of the whole place. With the assistance of the garrison, however, the flames were extinguished. The same accident befell the steeple of Zwoll, about 8 A. M. The flames communicated to the church and the adjoining houses, and it' was not till four in the afternoon that they could be got under. Of the steeple the walls only are
left standing. In the public-house, the Batavia, close to Nymmeguen, the mistress and a lad, who happened at the time to be employed in baking bread, were struck to the ground insensible, by the electric fluid, but both recovered. Some tin vessels, and the weight of the house clock, were, melted into a mass. St. Martin's steeple at Cologue, and that of the church of Bruhl, were also struck by the lightning. At Goch, the church was struck just at the moment when the priest was reading mass. At Doesburgh, a house was burned down, and at Borken the church steeple was set on fire, but fortunately the flames were soon extinguished. At Dusseldorf, the cupola of the Abbey Church was for a short time in flames. St. Reinold's Church, at Dortmund, though provided with a con ductor, was also struck, and two hours afterwards it was perceived to be on fire, but was saved. One of the principal churches in Paderborn was totally consumed; but the Cathedral fortunately escaped. The steeples of Mühlheim and Xanton were struck by the lightning, which also did some mischief at Herford, Vlotho, and Minden. At Xanton the flames followed the first flash; and when the inhabitants hastened to arrest their progress, a second flash exting ed them, and left behind an intolerable smell of sulphur. It is remarkable, that only the highest steeples were every where struck, and that this tempest confirmed in a striking manner the accuracy of the previous observation, that storms of thunder and lightning, though of rare occurrence in winter, are generally most mischievous in that season.-(Ger man Paper.)
Letter from an English Lady of Fashion.
"I have waited for the Carnival, in the hope that so celebrated a ceremony might afford something worth writing about; but, like every thing else that we expect so charming in France, we are disappoint ed. Sunday was the first day, and we sallied forth to behold the wonder, which consisted of all the low people of Paris in masquerade: in the streets they have much the appearance of our chimney sweeps, but they are masked, and principally in cabriolets. The Rue St. Honoré is the scene of action. The first thing we met was an immense fat ox, dressed in flowers and ribbons, of every colour and description; on his back was placed a small pretty car, in which was seated a little Cupid, represented by a child with a delicate complexion, and very light hair.
The procession was preceded by a detachment of soldiers; then came the ox, surrounded by Turks, Spaniards, &c. in the gayest dresses, well mounted on gayły caparisoned steeds. These consist of all the butchers in Paris. They go first to the Palace, where they receive a purse of 25 guineas from the King; from thence they proceed to the Senate, where they get another purse of 50 guinets, with vari-' ous other presents, to pay for the beast, which, after the Carnival, is killed for the poor. There are many masked balls at the different theatres; but they have more the appearance of a funeral, than of a masquerade: such is the prevalence of bluck masks, black dominos, with black cap chins; i. e. a little hood, tied tight round
Gross Imposture. The tribunal of Correctional Police at Paris, on the 2nd of February, sentenced to five years imprisonment, with a fine of 200 francs and costs, a man named Najede, called The Good God, on account of the intercourse which he pretended to have with Heaven. He contrived to persuade his dupes that by means of his prayers and invocations he could release youths from the couscription. A credulous woman, who had a son in the army, being told by the son of one of her neighbours, that through Najede's prayers he had appeared hump-backed and deformed to the recruiting officers, she repaired to the seer, who directed her to put her son's letter and 200 francs into a small
loaf, and throw it behind her without turning round. Thrice did she obey these or ders, but still her son did not come back. In this manner be swindled the simple woinan out of 1,200 francs, which the Court sentenced him to repay. Fear was powerful engine by which this man was enabled to levy contributions, as he pretended that he could bring misfortunes, and even death upon his dupes whenever le pleased.
The increase of mendicity in France and the adjoining countries is much complained of. A M. Mittie mentions the extraordinary fact, that in the course of a twelvemonth the Police of Bavaria caused no less than 32,000 individuals to be arrested, of whom 6,653 were beggars.
The French funds continue to rise; 5 per cents. 80 f. 75. c.— -Bank Actions, 1200 f. This was at the latter end of February. English bon-hommie.
At the close of a hunting party, in which the Duke of Richmond, and several other Englishmen of distinction lately engaged, in the forest of Ardennes, they repaired to
the famous village of St. Hubert. The people, recollecting that the Duke is considered in Ireland as the patron of the Catholics, procured for him an opportunity of being present at divine service. They were greatly edified at seeing the English purchasing rings and other articles that had touched the reliques of St. Hubert.(Gazette de France.)
New Remedy for a Cancer.
that this cruel disorder may be radically M. Ruele, a French practitioner, asserts, cured in three days, without any surgical operation, by kneading a piece of dough about the size of a small hen's egg, and a the same dimensions-These substances Jump of hog's lard, the older the better, of thoroughly mixed, so as to form a kind of salve must be spread on a piece of white M. Ruele cites two cases at Paris of the efleather, and applied to the part affected. ficacy of this simple remedy.
Agricultural Profits:-on Corn.
One of the French papers state, that the exportation of grain since last harvest has brought into France upwards of forty. millions of livres, about one million six hundred thousand pounds, "which will contribute to augment the capital destined to vivify our agriculture, and render it more and more productive."
The German national dress is now generally adopted throughout Germany.
The Bank of Amsterdam, formerly so celebrated in the commercial world, is about to recover from its long misfortunes. The burgomasters of that capital have lately published a notice in which they declare, in the name of the municipality, "that the city of Amsterdam guarantees the funds deposited in the Bank, under the security of all the property and revenues of that city.'
Royal Abdication, and Retirement. Charles Emmanuel IV. the old King of Sardinia, who has resided at Rome since his abdication, entered, ou the 27th Ja nuary, into the horse of St. Andre du Quirinal, a Noviciate of Jesuits; that he might be able to devote himself exclusively to religious exercises.
Genoa, Feb. 9-Our august Sovereign arrived the day before yesterday in this city. Great preparations had been made for his reception, and his Majesty must have been satified with the spirit that ani
His Majesty, desirous of securing to our velvet and other silk stuffs of Genoese manufacture, a market which may increase the prosperity of the manufacturer, has authorised the Genoese to appear on Court days in velvet and silks of home production. Numerous deputations arrive from the Riviera, on the main land, to felicitate his Majesty on the aggrandisement of his States.
The Marches of Tuscany are infested with bands of robbers, from 300 to 500 each. Their object is merely plunder.
Virona, Feb. 4.-Our highways are infested with banditti, which over-run the country, carry off by force the convoys destined for the Austrian troops, stop all the couriers, and excite terror throughout our territory.
Children admitted up to June 1, 1814,
Carlstadt, Feb. 10.-The Montenegrins are in full insurrection: they refuse to acknowledge any superior power, and mean to live independent of the Austrian GovernSketch of the State of the School Establishment, having learned to defend their liberment of the late Dr. John, of the Royalty against the efforts of the French GovernDanish Mission, at Tranquebar. ment. The Bishop is at the head of these These Tables are composed according barbarians, attacking on the one side the to the amount of the children, June 1st, Turks, and on the other, making furious 1814. These Schools have lately been war upon the Christians, and from the greatly benefited by the liberality of British heights of their mountains directing copatrons; especially the Church Missionary lumns into the most difficult passes, to Society. encounter the foreign troops sent against them. They have several times spread terror into the city of Ragusa, notwithstanding the protection granted to it by the Grand Seignor.
The following is a Summary,
Into the Pariah Schools:
Protestant and Roman Boys
Second and Third Classes From the Pariah Schools :
Total admitted 1452
Children left School up to June 1, 1814. From the English and Tamul Schools: First Class
First and Second Classes
Total left School
In the house of Assembly a Bill has been passed to prevent the introduction of slaves into this island clandestinely, and to oblige all persons selling, purchasing, or removing slaves, to give an account to the several Vestries of such sales, purchasers, or removals, to the end that any slaves clandestinely introduced may be speedily discovered, and the parties who have engaged in such illegal practices may be prosecuted and punished according to law.
NEW SOUTH WALES.
Criminal Outlaus.-A Proclamation, issued by Governor Macquarrie, appears in the Sidney Gazette, of 14th May, stating, that Peter Mills, Acting Deputy Surveyor of Lands at Port Dalrymple, Van Diemen's Land, and George Williams, Acting Deputy Commissary of Stores and Provisions at the said settlement, had absconded from their habitations and filed to the woods; that their object was to live by rapine and violence; to effect which they had armed themselves, and taken the command of a a gang of twenty desperadoes, with whose aid they had committed numerous robberies -entering the lands ofsettlers, driving away their cattle, and plundering their houses.
First Water Mill.-Thomas West who came to this colony a convict for life, in the ship Earl Cornwallis, in 1801, has received from his Excellency a conditional pardon, in consideration of his general good conduct and character, for sobriety and industry, and also in consideration of his having lately erected a water-mill for the grinding of grain at Barcom Glen, within two miles of Sidney, being the first water mill, ever erected in the vicinity of this town.
King's Health-Windsor Castle, March 4th.-The King continues in good health, and any deviation from a state of perfect composure, which had been observed in his Majesty during the month of January, has entirely subsided for more than a fortnight past."
Window Duty.-Judges Heath, Le Blanc, Chambre, Graham, Wood, Bayley, and Richards, have decided, that a stair-case window admitting light into two departments of a house, is not liable to be charged as two windows. The window on which this decision is given, is situated between the ground floor and the first story.
Whitehall Chapel.-This splendid national edifice, which has been shut since the grand performance of sacred music, lastest July, for the benefit of the German sufferers, has, during that time, undergone considerable alterations and improvements, The splendid Throne (which was built for that occasion, in expectation of the Emperor of Russia and King of Prussia being present), at the North end, is to remain for the accommodation of the Royal Family, when they attend Divine Service there, which is frequently the case with the Duke and Duchess of York, the Duke of Cambridge, &c. The Orchestra (which was built for that occasion), remains permanent, for the accommodation of the Military, in the centre of which a new organ has been erected, upon a grand scale. The Altar has been reversed from the North side. under the new organ, which is built in a novel style, in imitation of marble, with appropriate ornaments; the whole de singed by Mr. Bacon, the Royal Architect for the Palace department. The French eagles are placed on each side of the Altar. The pulpit, desks' &c. are lowered and removed nearer to the altar: they were formerly at the side.
greater degree, of shorter timbers than are convertible, according to the system hitherto acted upon. The necessity of timber of so great a length as is now indispensably requisite, will be suspended, in some measure, by this construction.
Singular Coincidence.-The Salvador del Mundo, late the flag-ship in Plymouth was taken on the 14th of February, 1797. On the same day of the month, in 1815, the last piece of her was removed from the dock, were she had been broken up.
Nary. A promotion of 405 midshipmen to the rank of Lieutenaut, has taken place this month. We understand there yet remain upwards of 700 candidates for the rank; midshipmen, who have served the required period, and passed their examination.
All ships of war are to be built and repaired in future according to Mr. Sepping's plan of construction, viz. by a diagonal frame, &c. This measure is adopted with a view to the consumption, in a VOL. II. Lit. Pan. New Series. April 1815.
The highest amount of Bank-notes in circulation, from the 1st of March, 1814, 19th of July, viz. £81,801,510. The lowto the 31st of January, 1815, was on the amount was on the 4th of April, viz.
The amount of stamped dollars and silver tokens issued by the Bank, from 1st March, 1814, to 9th February, 1815, was
Spanish Subsidy.-From a return to the House of Commons, it appears that our advances to Spain, subsequent to the 1st day of January, 1814, amounted to 1,808,754 dollars.
Curious inconsistencies sometimes creep into Acts of Parliament. By the 52d of the King, respecting Parish Registers neglecting to comply with the regulations of the bill was originally made a fine only, but, in its progress through the House, the nou-entry, or the altering of a register, was made felony, punishable with transportation; and, in conjunction, the Bill wisely enacted, that the penalties should be equally divided between the prosecutor and informer! The Act for rebuilding Chelmsford gaol enacts, that the materials of the old prison should be used in erecting the new one-and that the prisoners should be confined in the old gaol till the new one was quite ready for their reception.
The bachelors who cannot live under the present aggravated taxes, and are too poor to marry, have come to the resolution of visiting-foreign parts.
At the head of the Bachelors of distinction who will pay smart money for their celibacy, under Mr. Vansittart's Tax, will stand the Duke of Devonshire, Duke of Leinster, Marquis of Exeter, Marquis of Sligo, Earl of Winchelsea, Earl of Berkeley, Mr. Coke, Mr. Brand, &c. &c.
St. David's Day.-March 1, being the Anniversary festival of St. David, the Society of Ancient Britons celebrated it with all due honour. The Officers of the Charity assembled in the morning at the School House, in Gray's Inn-road, from whence they went in procession with the children. P
to St. George's Church, Hanover-square, where an excellent Sermon was preached by the Bishop of Oxford. Service being concluded, the procession proceeded to the Freemasons' Tavern, Great Queen street, to dinner, at which the Earl of Aylesford presided, in the place of the Earl of Plymouth, abscut on account of the death of his brother-in-law, the late lamented Duke of Dorset. The collection made after dinner amounted to upwards of 1,3301.
The calico-printers in this neighbourhood, who have so long combined together against their own true interests, and that of their employers, have thrown themselves entirely upon their masters' clemency. It is worthy of remark, that on account of the perverseness of the journeymen, the masters have been necessitated to use every exertion in the erection machinery, in order to complete their orders, so that the introduction of machinery, which formed the chief ground of complaint, has been increased ten-fold. Had not this been the case, nearly the whole calico-printing trade of the island would have been thrown idle: as it is, the French have been gainers at the expense of the folly of our own countrymen; they have obtained numerous orders which could not be executed in this country.-(Carlisle Journal.)
The London Stock Mining Company have already expended more than 100,000! in their subterranean research after copper. upon their late purchase of land in Cornwall, with little prospect of success. The principal old mines in that county are now working, full 1000 feet beneath the level of the sea.
We have the melancholy task to announce that this University has been deprived of its illustrious Chemical Professor; and society of one of its most distinguished and valua ble members, by the death of Professor Teunant. He was returning to England from his travels in France, to prepare a course of lectures on Chemistry, which he intended to commence in Easter Term. He had reached Calais, but no packet being ready for sailing, he mounted his horse, and rode to Boulogne, accompanied by Count Bulow, who was also on horseback. The packet there also not being ready, they took the opportunityof visiting a fortress in the neighbourhood of that town.The sentry had neglected to fasten the bolts of the drawbridge. Count Bulow rode first and had only time to call out to his companion prenez garde! when he was precipi tated with his horse into the fosse, a depth, it is stated, of twenty feet He was deprived of all recollection afterwards for some time; but ou recovering his senses, he found Professor Tennant lying by him in the fosse; his horse killed, and himself fatally wounded. In this deplorable state, the Professor was conveyed to an hospital, where he expired in two hours. He was buried on Thursday the 23rd ult. in a convent at Boulogne, Science has never experienced a more severe privation since the death of Professor Porson. Professor Tennant was not less re-characterized by unaffected pleasantry of his temper, by the playfulness of his wit, and the genuine simplicitly and purity of his heart, than by the vigour of his genius and the profundity and extent of his talents. While his classical attainments were great and various, there was a cheerfulness and an affability in his conversation and manners, which did not less distinguish him than the energies of his mind.
It being now an increasing custom to add verses to the inscriptions upon gravestones in church-yards; and many such verses being very incorrectly written, and in other respects exceptionable; we find with pleasure that a great number of verses, suited to different ages and circumstances, have lately been composed by a parish minister in this neighbourhood; and that a copy of them for gencral use, may be seen within our church, near the door in in the middle aisle, on the side next to the steeple.
A few weeks ago, John Demaine, siding near Hopper-lane, in the parish of Fewstone, Yorkshire, now in the 104th year of his age, rau a fox-hunting with great vigour, in a new dress provided for the occasion by Mr. W. Dunnel!
The Cambrian, Capt. Cooper, has made the most expeditious voyage ever known to India and back; she left Portsmouth on the 10th of May, 1814, touched at the Isle of France; delivered a full cargo at Bombay; shifted two of her lower masts; impressed a new ship's company; took in a full cargo, 800 tons, and arrived in the Downs on the 7th March; completing the voyage in eight months and 8 days.
The number of foxes killed by regular hunting during the present season, is said to be greater than has been known for many years past.
The late Dr. Smith's two annual prizes at Cambridge, for the best proficients in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy among the commencing Bachelors of Arts, are this year adjudged to Mr. Leicester, of Trinity College, and Mr. Calvert, of Jesus College, the first and second Wranglers.