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In some lone place I'll seek a gloomy cave,

There my own hands shall dig a spacious grave;
Then all unseen I'll lay me down and die,
Since woman's constancy is all my eye.

[When Bombastes is about to go, Distaffina takes hold of his coat to detain him.

Trio. "OH! LADY FAIR."

Dist. Oh, cruel man, where are you going?

Sad are my wants, my rent is owing.

Bomb I go, I go, all danger scorning,

Some death I'll die before the morning.

Dist. Heigh ho! heigh ho! sad is that warning,

Oh! do not die before the morning.

King. I'll follow him, all danger scorning,

He shall not die before the morning.

Bomb. I go, I go, &c.

Dist. Heigh ho! heigh ho! &c.

King. I'll follow, &c.

"Who dares this pair of boots displace, "Must meet Bombastes face to face." Thus do I challenge all the human race.

[Retires up the stage.

Enter KING. King. Scorning my proffer'd hand, he frowning fled, Curs'd the fair maid, and shook his angry head. [Sees the boots and label. (reads.) "Who dares this pair of boots displace, "Must meet Bombastes face to face." Ha! dost thou dare me ? vile, obnoxious elf, I'll make thy boast as bootless as thyself.

Knocks down the boots, Whoe'er thou art, with speed prepare to go Where I shall send thee; to the shades below. Bomb. [coming forward] So have I heard, on Afric's burning shore,

A hungry lion give a grievous roar ;

[Exit Bombastes, dragging out the King and Distaffina. The grievous roar echoed along the shore.


SCENE, A wood.

Fusbos. This day is big with fate; just as I set

My foot across the threshold, lo! I met
A man whose squint terrific struck my view;
Another came, and, lo! he squinted too;
And e'er I reached the corner of the street,
Some ten short paces, 'twas my chance to meet
A third, who squinted more; a fourth, and he
Squinted more vilely than the other three:
Such portents met the eye when Cæsar fell,
But caution'd him in vain; but who can tell
Whether these awful notices of fate,
Are meant for Kings, or Ministers of State?

My lodging is in Leather-lane,

In a parlour that's next to the sky,
'Tis exposed to the wind and the rain,
But the wind and the rain I defy.
Such love warms the coldest of spots,
As I feel for Scrubinda the fair;
Oh! she lives by the scouring of pots,
In Dyot-street, Bloomsbury-square.

Oh! was I a quart, pint, or gill,

To be scoured by her delicate hands,

Let others possess what they will,

Of learning, of houses, or lands;

But, ah! should she false-hearted prove,
Suspended I'll dangle in air,

A victim to delicate love,

In Dyot-street, Bloomsbury-square.

[Exit Fusb.

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Bomb. Gentle musician, let thy dulcet strain
Proceed; play "Michael Wiggins" once again.
Music's the food of love. Begone; give o'er ;
For I must fatten on that food no more.
My happiness is chang'd to doleful dumps,
Whilst happy Michael, all thy cards are trumps.
So, should some youth, by fortune's blest decrees,
Possess, at least, a pound of Cheshire cheese,

And bent some party to regale,

Lay in a kilderkin or so of ale;

So angry fate in one unlucky hour,

Some hungry cats may all the cheese devour,

And the loud thunder turn the liquor sour.

[Hangs his boots to an arm of the tree, and forms his sash

into a noose.

Alack! alack! and well-a-day!

That e'er a man should make himself away;
That ever man, for woman false, should die,

As many have; and so,-and so wont I.
No, I'll go mad! 'gainst all I'll vent my rage,

And with this wicked wanton world, a woeful war I'll wage; [Takes out of his pocket book a piece of paper, and writes the following couplet, attaching it to his boots.

King. So have I heard, on Afric's burning shore,
Another lion give a grievous roar ;

And the last lion thought the first a bore.
Bomb. Am I then mock'd! Now, by my fame, I swear
You soon shall have it.
They fight.

King. Where?

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Dist. Briny tears I'll shed;

King. [rising up ] I for joy shall cry, too.
Fusbos. O'ons, the King's alive!

Bomb. Yes, and so am I, too.

Dist. It were better far,
King. Thus to check your sorrow;
Fusbos. But, if some folks please,
Bomb. We'll die again to-morrow.

Ta ral la ral la.
[Take hands, and dance around.


The following humorous letter was written soon after the establishment of the Liverpool Floating Bath, by the late lamented Dr. Robert Taylor, formerly of Bolton, who died in the United States of America, in September last. It has been aliowed by all judges to be quite a chef d'œuvre in its way.

come wi' us. Theaw may say what t'loikes abeat t Eh! Tummus, theaw's miss'd it wearily ot t'did tay Meyles, and Laythom, and Blackpool, but owd Lerpis for moy money, I say, yet. Theaw said theaw'd seen an as wur to be seen; but by'r lady there's mooar this mitch again t' be seen neaw as there wur when the me coom here th' last toime. Whaw, mon, der's getten boats neaw ot goan by a steom-engine!-thea may stare! but it's true as th' Alminick; and us thre coom i' one un um aboon twenty moile. Egadlins! cud hardly perswade Sam Dootson t' venture aboard hur: he wur feeort ot gooing by steom wud be sun. like floying, or being blown up; but it's nowt o' th' soart mon; they dreiven throof th' wetur just th' same f other boats used t' do; but istid o' sails, they'n two weter wheels, ot gooan splash, splash, splash-scrat, scrat, srst, abeawt ten or eleven moile an heawr; and it is by far yeasiest and cheppest way ot a country lad can get r indeed, I think it's welly chepper thin walking besoide saving shoe-leather, one can do wi' so much less ale-and then one's th' benefit o' th' sawt wetur st way fro' Runcorn. Theawd used t' make ackeavst theaw cud taste th' sawt if t' lick'd thy lips as far off Saint Ellen; but theaw may have it this way abo twice as far. Here's yoar Jim says theaw dusn't any body knowing mooar tin thee, and theaw'll be saying theaw's yeeord o' theese steom boats before. But there'

Bomb. [coming forward.] A pretty tale, but not for thee one thing I'm shure theaw's ne'er yecord on:-Istide

to tell,

For thou shalt quickly follow him to hell;
There, say I sent you, and I hope he's well.

Fusb. No! thou thyself shalt thy own message bear;
Short is the journey; thou wilt soon be there;
And say I did thy business to a hair

[They fight. Bomb. Oh! Fusbos, Fusbos, I am diddled quite ; Dark clouds come o'er my eyes. Farewell! good night! Good night! my mighty soul's inclin'd to roam : So give my compliments to all at home.

[Lies down by the King, leaving sufficient room for Fusbos to stand between them.

Fusbos.. And o'er thy tomb a monument shall rise,
Where hero's yet unknown shall feast their eyes;
And this short epitaph, that speaks thy fame,
Will also there immortalize my name:
"Here lies Bombastes, stout of heart and limb;
He conquer'd all but Fusbos! Fusbos conquer'd him."
Enter DISTAFFINA, seeing the bodies.
Dist. Oh, wretched maid; oh, miserable fate;
I've just arriv'd in time to be too late.
What now shall hapless Distaffina do?
Curse on all morning dreams that come so true.
Fusb. Go, beauty, go; thou source of woe to man,
And get another lover where you can ;
The crown now sits on Griskanissa's head:
To her I'll go-

Dist..........But are you sure they're dead?
Fusb. Yes, dead as herrings; herrings that are red.

those foine bathing kallivans theaw used t' tell on, they made a greyt thing ot they cawn a Floating Bath and, solidlee, I think it's th' noicest place I wur ever i'my loife. When I first went abooard on it, I thought it wur a ship beawt botham, and I're rather shoy o' jump ing in, as sum chaps did, for feeor o' gooing cleor the into th' river; but, heawever, I fun there wur a both and a vast foine botham too; and, aw together, it neeotest, th' safest, th' cleeonest bathing ot ever sin' I're born. One may have a dip at ony toime tide; oather at hee wetur or at low wetur: and there a felly abooard towd me as th' wetur wur as good a strung, and had as mitch fysic in it at low wetur as at hee wetur. Sam says this cannot be true, and felly wur nowt but trotting us; but, heawever, we bring a bottle o' booath soart's whooam wi' us, and folk may try for theirsels. Besoide bathing, one maj stay abooard awhoile and look abeawt one; and one se moor o' th' river and th' shipping fro' this place i heawr than fro ony other place in a whole wick. Th there's aw soart o' meyt and drink abooard, and I thi i'my guts t' best, and t' cheppest ot I fun i' as th teawn; and we seet among a peawrcel o' gentleme reading th' newspapers and smooking. We geet oytch us a poipe, but these quality wur smooking summut dis ot look'd like pig-tail tobacco: it had some soart of eawtlandish name, as I cud na quoite gawm; but whe ever it wur, oather it or their drink did um good, they'r very merry.

They sung, and they leawgh and when I sung th' "Owdham Recruit" for um, shot if they did not leawgh harder thin ever. Indeed, if t'le believe me, Tum, I'se never i' better company s I'se kersunt; but I'll tell thee mooar abeawt it when I cum whooam; and I'll other perswede thee t' go wi me t' next bathing toime, or I'll gi' thee leeof t' caw me a ninny hommer as lung as my name's


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brated Schiller.

tained a long silence, and kept his look fixed steadily on
the Prince, as if to examine him: "It is in my power,"
answered he at last.

The Prince's curiosity was now raised to the highest pitch. A fondness for the mysterious had ever been his prevailing weakness. His improved understanding, and a proper course of reading, had, for some time, dissipated every idea of this kind; but the appearance of the ArmeTranslated and abridged from the German of the cele- nian had again revived them. He went aside with the Sicilian, and I heard them in very earnest conversation. 'You see in me," said the Prince, "a man who burns with impatience to be convinced on this momentous subject. I would embrace as a benefacter, I would cherish as my best friend, him who could dissipate my doubts, and remove the veil from my eyes. Would you render me this important service ?"

(Continued from our last.)

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The sun was setting when we came to the inn, where a supper had been prepared for us. The Prince's name had augmented our company to sixteen. Besides the above mentioned persons, there was a Virtuoso of Rome, some gentlemen of Switzerland, and an adventurer of Palerno, in regimentals, who pretended to be a captain. We resolved to spend the evening where we were, and to return home by torch light. The conversation at table was lively. The Prince could not forbear relating his adventure of the key, which excited a general surprise. A warm dispute on the subject presently took place. Most of the company po. sitively maintained, that the pretended occult sciences were nothing better than juggling tricks. The French Abbé, who had drunk rather too much wine, challenged the whole tribe of ghosts. The English Lord uttered blasphemies. The musician made a cross to exorcise the devil. Some of the company, amongst whom was the Prince, contended, that our judgment respecting such matters ought to be kept in suspense In the meantime the Russian officer discoursed with the ladies, and did not seem to pay attention to any part of the conversation. In the heat of the dispute, the pretended Sicilian Captain left the room unob. served. Half an hour after he returned, wrapt up in a cloak, and placed himself behind the chair of the French-I


"A few moments ago," said he, "you had the boldness to challenge the whole tribe of ghosts. Would you wish to make a trial with one of them ?"

"I will;" answered the Abbé, "if you will take upon you to introduce one.'

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"That I am ready to do," replied the Sicilian, turning to us, as soon as these ladies and gentlemen shall have left us."

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"Why only then ?" exclaimed the Englishman; courageous ghost has surely no dread of cheerful company."

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"What is your request ?" replied the Sicilian, hesita-me ting.

I do not want to know what it is. If you will la alone you shall see the deceased."

"I now only beg a specimen of your art. Let me see there till he called us. At the same time he caused at an apparition.'

To what will this lead ?"
"After a more intimate acquaintance with me, you may
be able to judge whether I deserve a further instruction.'
"I have the greatest esteem for your Highness, my
Prince. The first sight of you has bound me to you for ever.
You have an unlimited command over my power, but-
"So you will let me see an apparition."
"But I must first be certain that you do not require it
from mere curiosity. Though the invisible powers be in
some degree at my command, it is on this sacred condition,
that I do not abuse my empire."

"My intentions are pure. I want truth."

They left their places, and removed to a window, where I could no longer hear them. The English Lord, who had likewise listened to this conversation, took me aside. "Your Prince is a generous man. I am sorry for him. will pledge my salvation that he has to do with a rascal." Every thing depends on the manner in which the conjurer will extricate himself from this business." Well! the poor fellow is now affecting to be delicate. He will not show his tricks, unless he hears the sound of gold. We are nine. Let us make a collection. That will subdue him, and perhaps open the eyes of the Prince."

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I consented. The Englishman threw six guineas upon a plate, and gathered around. Each of us gave some louis d'ors. The Russian officer was particularly pleased with our proposal: he gave a bank note of one hundred and fifty zechins; a prodigality which astonished the Englishman. We brought the money to the Prince. "Be so kind," said the English Lord, as to prevail on this gentleman to exhibit to us a specimen of his art, and to accept of this small token of our gratitude." The Prince added a ring of value, and offered the whole to the Sicilian. He heCall your ghost," said the Abbé, in a tone of defiance, sitated a few moments. "Gentlemen," said he afterwards, "but warn him before-hand, that he will have to encoun-I am humbled by your generosity, but I yield to your ter with a good blade." At the same time he asked one request. Your wishes shall be gratified."At the same of the company for a sword. time he rung the bell.""As for this money," continued he, "on which I have no claim for myself, permit me to send it to the next monastery, to be applied to pious uses. I shall only keep this ring, as a precious memorial of the worthiest of Princes."

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He desired us to pass into the other pavilion, and furniture to be removed out of the room, the wid to be taken out, and the shutters to be well bolted. Ha ordered the innkeeper, with whom he appeared to be m mately connected, to bring a vessel with burning coals and carefully to extinguish every fire in the house. P vious to our leaving the room, he obliged us separate? a pledge our honour that we would maintain an everlast silence respecting every thing we might see and hear. Th doors of the pavilion we were in were bolted beha when we left it.

It was past eleven, and a dead silence reigned in de whole house. As we were retiring from the saloon, de Russian officer asked me whether we had loaded pistek! To what purpose?" said I. "They may possibly be of some use," replied he. Wa a moment, I will provide some."

He went away. The Chamberlain Z- and I opened a window opposite the pavilion we had left. We facil we heard two persons whispering to each other, and a like that of a ladder applied to one of the windows. The was, however, a mere conjecture, and I dare not affirm as a fact. Half an hour after, the Russian officer ca back with a brace of pistols. We saw him load them wi powder and ball. It was almost two o'clock in the mar ing when the conjurer came for us. Before we entere room, he desired us to take off our shoes, coats, and coats. He bolted the door after us as before.

We found in the middle of the room a large blu drawn with charcoal, the space within which was of containing us all ten very easily. The planks of chamber floor, next to the wall, were taken up, quite r the room, so that the place where we stood was, as it w insulated. An altar, covered with black, was placed the centre, upon a carpet of red satin. A Chaldean Bis was laid open, together with a dead man's skull; a silver crucifix was fastened upon the altar. Instead wax tapers, some spirits of wine were burning in a sin box. A thick smoke of perfume obscured the fight, a darkened the room. The conjurer was undressed, like but barefooted. About his neck he wore an amulet," pended by a chain of man's hair; round his midde a white apron, marked with mysterious ciphers and bolical figures. He desired us to take hold of each other hands, and observe a profound silence. Above all ordered us not to ask the apparition any question desired the English Lord and myself, whom he se mistrust the most, constantly to hold two naked sw across, one inch high, above his head, during him: the Russian officer placed himself close to the E lish Lord, and was the nearest to the altar. The co stood with his face turned to the east, upon the satin

The landlord came in; the Sicilian gave him the money. "He is a rascal notwithstanding;" said the Englishman, whispering to me. He refuses the money because at present his designs are chiefly on the Prince." "Whom do you want to see ?" said the conjurer. The Prince considered for a moment. "You bad betThe Sicilian, throwing back his cloak, took out a look-ter demand at once a great personage," said the English-time of the conjuration. We formed a half moo ing-glass and held it before the Prince. "Is this the man. Ask for Pope Ganganelli. It can make no difsame?" The Prince drew back astonished. "Whom have you seen?" I said. "The Armenian." The Sicilian concealed his looking-glass under his cloak. "Is it the same person ?" demanded the company." The same."

A sudden change manifested itself on every face. No more laughter was to be heard. All eyes were fixed with curiosity on the Sicilian. "Monsieur l'Abbé, the matter grows serious;" said the Englishman. I advise you to Think of retreating." The fellow is possessed of the devil;" exclaimed the Frenchman, and flew out of the house." The ladies screamed, and hastily left the room. The Virtuoso followed them. The German Prebendary was snoring in a chair. The Russian officer continued indifferent in his place as before.

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Cardinal points of the earth, and bowed three times be pet. He sprinkled holy water in the direction of the h the Bible. The formula of the conjuration, of which "The Marquis de Lanoy," began the Prince," was a did not understand a word, lasted for the space of seve

That is a pity!" replied the English Lord; " perhaps we might have heard from him what disorder he died of." French general in the seven years' war, and my most intimate friend. Having received a mortal wound in the An amulet is a charm, or preservative against mischief battle of Hastingbeck, he was carried to my tent, where witchcraft, or diseases. Amulets were made of stone, me he soon after died in my arms. In his last agony he made simples, animals, and every thing which fancy or caracter a sign for me to approach. Prince' said he to me, I gested: and sometimes they consisted of words, characte shall never see my country any more; 1 must acquaint and sentences, ranged in a particular order, and enpart of the you with a secret known to none but myself. In con- wood, and worn about the neck, or some other par visie Yent on the frontiers of Flanders lives - He ex- body. At other times they were pired. Death cut the thread of his speech. I wish to see my friend to hear the remainder."

You ask much," exclaimed the Englishman, with an

but prepared with many superstitious ceremonies, great re gard being usually paid to the influence of the stars. The Arabians have given to this species of amulets the name

true." replied the Sicilian, "I was but jesting with the greatest sorcerer on earth, if you can solve this problem." were extremely superstitious in the use of them to drive awa or would you fulfil your promise with us ?" "It is oath, and addressing the Sicilian; "I proclaim you the talismans. All nations have been fond of amulets. The Jew that the coward would not suffer me to proceed to extremi- mously applauded his request-In the meantime the amulets were made of the wood of the cross, or ribands, with -We admired the sagacity of the Prince, and unani- diseases; and, even among the Christians of the early times, ties. Besides, the matter is too serious to be trifled with." conjurer was hastily walking about the room, undecisive, a text of scripture written on them, as preservatives against

"You grant it is in your power?" The conjurer main

and apparently struggling with himself.


or eight minutes, at the end of which he gave a sign to those who stood the nearest behind him, to seize him fast by his hair. In the most violent convulsions he thrice called the deceased by his name, and the third time he stretched his hand toward the crucifix.

On a sudden we all felt, at the same instant, a stroke as of a flash of lightning, so powerful that it obliged us to quit each other's hands. A terrible thunder shook the house. The locks jarred; the doors creaked; the cover of the silver box fell down, and extinguished the light; and on the opposite wall, over the chimney, appeared a human figure, in a bloody shirt, with the paleness of death 100 its countenance.

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"What does he want of me?" continued the voice. "He wants to hear the remainder of a secret, which ou began'st to impart to him in thy last moments."

In a convent, on the frontiers of Flanders, lives a"The house again trembled; a dreadful thunder rolled; flash of lightning illuminated the room; the doors flew pen, and another human figure, bloody, and pale as the rst, but more terrible, appeared on the threshold. The rit in the box began again to burn by itself, and the was light as before.

"Who is amongst us?" exclaimed the conjurer, terjed, and casting around a look of horror; "I did not int thee."

The figure advanced with slow and majestic steps rectly up to the altar, stood on the satin carpet over gainst us, and touched the crucifix. The first figure was

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the confusion I was in, I observed him whispering to the latter, and showing him a written paper. The bailiff, bowing respectfully, immediately quitted him, turned to us, and taking off his hat, said, "Gentlemen, I humbly beg your pardon for having confounded you with this villain. I shall not inquire who you are, as this gentleman assures me you are men of honour.” At the same time he gave his companions a sign to leave us at liberty. He ordered the Sicilian to be bound and guarded. fellow is well known," added he, "we have been searching for him these seven months.'

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The ball had fractured his right leg. Care was immediately taken to have the wound dressed. "But who art thou," said the English Lord, "and what evil spirit brought thee here?"

"I ani à poor Monk," answered the wounded man; "a stranger gave me a zechin to "Repeat a speech. And why didst thou not withdraw immediately?

I was waiting for a signal to continue my speech, as had been agreed on between us, but as this signal was not given, I was endeavouring to get away, when I found the ladder had been removed."

The wretched conjurer was now become a real object of pity. The terror caused by the second apparition, and by this unexpected arrest, had together overpowered his senses. Helpless as a child, he suffered himsel: to be bound with-be got from him. In the meantime the Prince addressed out resistance. His eyes were wide open and immoveable his face pale as death. Not a word escaped his quivering lips. Every moment we thought he was falling into convulsions. The Prince was moved by the situation in which he saw him. He discovered his rank to the bailiff, and entreated him to grant the conjurer his liberty.

"You do not know, my Prince," said the bailiff, "for whom your Highness is so generously interceding. The juggling tricks by which he endeavoured to deceive you, are the least of his crimes. We have secured his accom. plices; they depose terrible facts against him. He may think himself happy, if he is only punished with the galleys."

In the meantime we saw the innkeeper and his family tied together and led through the yard.

"He, too!" said the Prince; "and what is his crime?" "He has concealed the Sicilian, and acted as his accomplice," answered the bailiff." He assisted him in his deceptions and robberies, and shared the booty with him. Your Highness shall be convinced of it presently." Then, turning to his companions, he ordered them to search the house, and to bring him whatever they might find.

Who calls me ?" demanded the second apparition. The Prince looked for the Armenian, but he had disThe conjurer began to tremble. Terror and amazement appeared. In the confusion occasioned by the arrival of verpowered us. I seized a pistol. The sorcerer snatched the watch, he had found means to steal away unperceived. out of my hand, and fired it at the apparition. The The Prince was inconsolable. He declared he would send all rolled slowly upon the altar, and the figure remained all his servants-he would go himself, in search of this altered. The sorcerer fainted away. mysterious man. He wished to have me along with him. "What is this?" exclaimed the Englishman in asto- I looked out of the window; the house was surrounded hment. He was going to strike at the ghost with a by a great number of people, who had assembled from ord. The figure touched his arm, and his weapon fell curiosity, on hearing of this event. It was impossible to the ground. Courage forsook us. get through the crowd. I represented to the Prince, that During all this time the Prince stood fearless and tran-if it was the Armenian's serious intention to conceal himil, his eyes fixed on the second apparition. Yes, I self from us, he was so well acquainted with the means of Tnow thee," said he at last, with emotion; "thou art doing it, that all our inquiries would prove fruitless. ancy. Thou art my friend. Whence dost thou come ?""Let us rather remain here a little longer," added I. Eternity is mute. Ask me about my past life ?" "This bailiff, to whom, if I am not mistaken, he has discovered himself, may perhaps give us a more particular account of him."


I wish to know who it is that lives in the convent hich thou mentionedst to me in thy last moments?" "My daughter."

How, hast thou been a father ?"

Woe is me that I was not such a one as I ought to clothes in haste. When we came back, they had finished e been."

**Art thou not happy, Lanoy ?” 'God has judged.'

Can I render thee any further service in this world ?" sit upright in it with ease, and was separated from the
None, but to think of thyself."
How must I do it?"

Thou wilt hear at Rome."

The thunder again rolled; a black cloud of smoke filled room; it dispersed, and the figure was no longer visiI forced open one of the window-shutters. It was break. The conjurer now recovered his senses. "Where are asked he, seeing the day light.


At the same time we recollected that we were still undressed. We went to the other pavilion, and put on our the searching of the house. The altar having been removed, and the boards of the floor taken up, a spacious vault was discovered. It was so high that a man might cave by a secret door and a narrow staircase. In this vault they found an electrical machine, a clock, and a little silver bell, which, as well as the electrical machine, had a communication with the altar and the crucifix that was fastened upon it. A hole had been made in the window shutter, opposite the chimney, which opened and shut with a slide. In this hole, as we learned afterwards, was fixed a magic lantern, from which the figure of the ghost had been reflected on the opposite wall, over the chimney. From the garret and the cave they brought several drums, to which large leaden bullets were fastened by strings; these had probably been used to imitate the roaring of thunder, which we had heard.

The Russian officer stood close behind him, and looking fer his shoulder, Juggler!" said he to him, with a terble countenance, "thou shalt no more call a ghost." The Sicilian turned round, considered his face attenvely, screamed aloud, and threw himself at his feet. In searching the Sicilian's clothes, they found in a case e looked all at once at the pretended Russian. The different powders, genuine mercury in vials and boxes, rince easily recognised the features of the Armenian, phosphorous in a glass bottle, and a ring, which we im. nd the words he was about to utter expired on his tongue.mediately knew to be magnetic, because it adhered to a Year and amazement petrified us. Silent and motionless, steel button that had been placed near to it by accident. eyes were fixed on this mysterious being, who beheld In his coat pockets was a rosary, a Jew's beard, a dagger, as with a calm but penetrating look of grandeur and su- and a brace of pocket pistols. nority. A minute elapsed in this awful silence; another ucceeded; not a breath was to be heard.

A violent knocking at the door drew us at last out f this stupefaction. The door fell in picces into the room, and a bailiff, with the watch, immediately entered. Here they are, all together!" said he to his followers. Then addressing himself to us" In the name of the Senate," continued he, "I arrest you."

We were surrounded before we had time to recollect unelves. The Russian officer, whom I shall again call the Armenian, took the bailiff aside, and, notwithstanding

Let us see whether they are loaded," said one of the watch, and fired up the chimney.

"O God!" cried a hollow voice, which we knew to be the same as that of the first apparition, and at the same instant we beheld a person tumbling down the chimney, all covered with blood.

"What! not yet at rest, poor Ghost?" cried the Eng. glishman, while we started back affrighted. "Go to thy grave. Thou hast appeared what thou wast not, and now thou wilt be what thou hast appeared." "O! I am wounded," replied the man in the chimney.

"And what was the formula he taught thee?" The wounded man fainted away; nothing more could the leader of the watch, giving him, at the same time, some pieces of gold. "You have rescued us," said he, "from the bands of a villain, and done us justice even without knowing us; would you increase our gratitude by telling us who was the stranger, that, by speaking only a few words, was able to procure us our liberty?"

Whom do you mean?" asked the bailiff, with a countenance which plainly showed that the question was useless.

"The gentleman in a Russian uniform, who took you aside, showed you a written paper, and whispered a few words, in consequence of which you immediately set us free."

"Do not you know the gentleman? Was not he one of your company?"

No, and I have very important reasons for wishing to be acquainted with him."

"I know no more of him myself. Even his name is unknown to me. I saw him to-day for the first time in my life."

"What? And was he able, in so short a time, and by using only a few words, to convince you that he himself and we were innocent ?"

"Undoubtedly, with a single word."

"And this was ?-I confess I wish to know it."

"This stranger, my Prince!" (weighing the zechins in his hand :) * You have been too generous for me to make it any longer a mystery; this stranger is an officer of the Inquisition."

"Of the Inquisition? This man?" "Nothing else, my Prince. I was convinced of it by the paper which he showed to me."


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"This man, did you say? That cannot be." "I will tell you more, my Prince. It was upon his information that I was sent here to arrest the conjurer." We looked at each other with the utmost astonishment. "Now we know," said the English Lord, "why the poor devil of a sorcerer started when he came near his face. He knew him to be a spy; and for this only reason..... "No!" interrupted the Prince. "This man is whatever he wishes to be, and whatever the moment requires him to be. No mortal ever knew what he really was. Did not you see the knees of the Sicilian sink under him, when he said, with a terrible voice, Thou shalt no more call a ghost.' There is something inexplicable in this matter. No person can persuade me that one man should be thus alarmed at the sight of another."/

"The conjurer will probably explain it best," said the English Lord, "if that gentleman," pointing to the bai liff, will procure us an opportunity of speaking to his prisoner." The bailiff consented to it; and, having agreed with the Englishman to visit the Sicilian in the morning,

we returned to Venice."

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SIR,-Having seen a song in the Kaleidoscope of the 6th of November, called "Barney Buntline," I think it would just suit me, as I am a bit of a tar; but hang me if I can make a tune for it. If you will be so good as to inform me in your next what tune will do for it, you will oblige an old shipmate of the KALEIDOSCOPE.

Liverpool, December 7, 1827.

We cannot inform friend Blue Jacket of the tune actually set to the song; but we happen to know that Mr. Andrews, or rather Captain Cop, (an old messmate, no doubt, of our querist, or queer one,) steers through it to the tune (as nearly as the flow will serve) of "The Bay of Biscay;" but, of course, it requires a little attention to the compass.-Edit. Kal.

The Fireside.

"In order to employ one part of this life in serious and important occupations, it is necessary to spend another in mere amusementa."-JOHN LOCKE.

"There is a time to laugh and a time to weep."-SOLOMON.

No. IV.



1. What will an East India ship, outward-bound, and fully laden, weigh before she sails?

2. What is that from which, if you take the whole, there will still remain some ?

3. Why is an ill dressed salad like an intolerable grievance?

4. Why does a billiard-player, who makes a cannon by the cushion resemble a modern implement of war?

5. Why is a sorcerer, who raises the ghost of your great grandfather, like the king who elevates one of his subjects to the nobility?

6. Why is Madam Catalani's musical talent like Mr. Peel's bill?

7. If brandy were frozen, what root would it resemble? 8. When Oliver Cromwell fixed his head-quarters on the Rhu Dee, Chester, why was it like retreating?


I remove a powerful influence from the heart to the hand: by my aid the aged become valuable, and even idolized. If I get amongst corn, it becomes changed to an animal that wears a head like Satan. It would be in vain to remind a powerful man of his strength, without mehe would deny the assertion. If my friend is in depressed spirits, from having suffered a loss, I cause him to glow with better hopes, and to look on the bright side of the subject. Whenever I'm out of doors, I'm troubled with a Royal affliction. If my wife will acknowledge fair, I present her with a new garment: but should she begin to rave, I remove her to a bed of silence. I never come within reach of mellow fruit, but I grasp it-and am not particular about the peel, for I soon reduce it to powder. I never enter a parlour but I behold an ostler. As I'm of a religious cast, I no sooner perceive an act of contention

than it becomes the means of salvation. I act with somnific power on the monkey tribe; for I no sooner approach an ape, but he begins to yawn, and show his teeth. I'm quite different with boys; for, with them, I create mirth, Whenever I join partnership with a lean person, I teach him to increase his stock. If I've the happiness to go in joining hand with a young female, she becomes, like one of her sex, a true and constant, though brittle friend. If I'm present at an execution, not only the malefactor but the rope itself feels. I never visit a weaver's shop but I behold darkness and despondency, and his little all is turned to bitterness. Should I stop at an inn, and call for a common beverage, I'm immediately enveloped in a boisterous wind: and when I summon the landlord, to inquire the cause I behold an apparition. Even the sun itself does not escape my metaphorical influence; for, should I come n contact with a single ray thereof, I change its colour.

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Great Natural Curiosity. As the workmen of Mr. John Atkinson, cabinet-maker, Ranelagh-street, were lately sawing up a log of Zebra-wood, from Rio Janeiro, they found, in the very centre, a large insect, alive and active. The wood was ten feet long, eighteen inches wide, and five inches thick. The insect, which is still lively, resembles a huge caterpillar, divested of hair. It is upwards of two inches long, and as thick as an ordinary man's finger. It is of a dull cream colour, has nine joints, or articulations, with a coloured spot on each side of every division. It has sharp teeth, or mandibles, with which it will seize firmly hold of a piece of paper, or other substance, brought into contact with its jaws. It is now bedded in the sawdust of the wood in which it was found, and it appears likely enough to live for weeks, or months.-Mr. Atkinson has permitted us to exhibit this curiosity for a few days at our office.

now rendered so familiar that it almost ceases to excit attention. It is somewhat remarkable, that, althoug many attempts have been made to discover it in the pla of its appearance, every effort has hitherto failed of s cess. On approaching the spot, it becomes invisible to th pursuers, even while it remains luminous to those wh watched it at a distance. To trace its exact abode, a leve has been taken during its appearance, by which t curious have been guided in their researches the ensuin day; but nothing has hitherto been discovered. Tom count for this phenomenon, superstition has had recou to supernatural agency; but before reason will such a conclusion, it will be disposed to examine natu means. It is supposed by some to be of a phospha nature, and is occasioned by some effluvia emitted fr the earth in that particular spot where it appears, which a certain degree of darkness is necessary to m visible. It is probable, also, that during the su season, when it is less frequently seen than in the wi months, these effluvia may be less copious, or the ra light which remain in the atmosphere may be too str to permit it to shine. It has been considered also as indication of some metallic substance concealed in bowels of the hill.

To Correspondents.

SUPPLEMENTAL NUMBER.-In our supplemental sheet of day we have introduced two articles, which have be in perpetual demand, although we have frequently printed them;-we mean Bombastes Furioso and Truths. After we have printed off the present nu of the Kaleidoscope, it is our intention to arrange these "stock pieces" in a separate publication, in order to the trouble and expense of re-printing the numbers of Kaleidoscope in which they are introduced, as we been obliged to do more than once. The supplement sheet also contains M'Cauley's Deliverance of Vienna. readers will perceive that we have not abridged the qu tity of new matter to make way for the articles rep



THE PLAGUE OF MANCHESTER.-Those correspondents have made inquiries respecting the continuation story, know almost as much of the matter as weds writer appears to be troubled with a kind of int literary fever. He has twice paused in the conte his communications, without assigning any reasur interruption; and, as we neither like to be trifled selves, nor to have our readers played with, we take tha portunity of intimating to our capricious romance, we shall publish no more of his legend, unless we are p viously in possession of the entire manuscript. PRESERVATION OF SHIPS, STEAM-BOATS, &c. FROM SIN The article on this subject occupies so prominent ap in this day's Kaleidoscope, that it may appear superf here to call the attention of the public more particul to it. We shall, however, do so, as we cannot lay too m stress on so very important a suggestion. The articl very much enlarged since its appearance in the Mer by the addition of the whole of the paper which appear in the Sphynx, and which is well entitled to the ser consideration of the community. CHESS.-If our correspondent W. X. Y. Z. will consult 10th rule of the Chess Club, published in Philidor's he will find the following law:-" Any pawn has the vilege of advancing two squares at its first move; this case, it may, in passing, be taken by any pawn might have taken it, if it had been pushed but one sq With respect to the other query of our correspondent need not consult any authority, but usage. One pan pass another, without any necessity of taking that p in its progress, At draughts, the player must take; We have just received Theon in answer to Sophia. AMERICAN SCIENTIFIC WORKS.-We have this day given th first portion of a scientific work by Shecut, of Charle We can particularly recommend the perusal of the articles to our young readers.

not at chess.


A Traveller must allow us another week before we finally.

Natural Phenomenon in Cornwall.-In the parish of St. Austle, there is a singular phenomenon ; it is the appearance of light near the turnpike-road at Hill Head, about three-quarters of a mile west of the town. In the summer season it is rarely seen; but in the winter, particularly in the months of November and December, scarcely a dark night passes in which it is not visible. It appears of a yellow hue, and seems to resemble a small 4 Quaker's Hat next week. flame. It is generally stationary, and when it moves it A Clown's verses shall appear in our next. wanders but very little from its primitive spot, sometimes mounting upward, and then descending to the earth. As

TIM BOBBIN'S DESCRIPTION OF THE FLOATING BATE.-This morous article, from the pen of the late lamented Dr. Ret Taylor, is to be found in our supplemental sheet of this day LE CEMETIERE DE VILLAGE.We shall, next week, insert the Kaleidoscope a French translation of Gray's celebrated

it has frequented this spot from time immemorial, it is


Churchyard Elegy.

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