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Sept. 27, 1817.]
Scenes of Domestic Life.

29 I have devoted myself almost entirely to the cultivation | dress, firmness of cliaracter, and wbat he called the raof the minds of three girls, left orphans by the death of tionale of life, conjoined a singular notion as to the supe. my sister Marian. My amusements, besides frequent vi. I rior nature of the female constitution both in body and sits to some of my old friends, and dressing a little gar- | mind, and its more felicitous aptitude (these are his words) den ground, are much confined a game or two at fox to the varied excellencies which dignify our species. My and geese, (an old - fashioned pastime); a little romping sister, Sir, who had already been conspicuously gifted with with my nieces, when their education, to be afterwards a bigh opinion of her own worth, mightily enhanced her described, and my lumbago will permit; now and then noble qualities under the united energy of his instructions some music-alas, Sir! this is one of the points on and theory. Accordingly, on her return home, at the which I have been wofully disappointed ; a ride about distance of three or four years, she naturally excited the the country on my old mare Jo Janet; a sight of the admiration of the rest of the family, by her marvellous weekly newspaper; and the use of a few books, judiciously acquaintance with matters utterly beyond our conceptions, chosen by my prime counsellor Miss Bab-to which I and no less paturally acquired the sovereignty of it, by a ought to add, the daily conversation parties of the family ; | fluency and imperativeness of speech, and a loftiness and only by some mismanagement or other, not on my part, majesiy of deportment, which we never remembered 10 I should inagine, these are very apt to bring on the kind have either beard for seen, unless in the minister of die of hurly-burly in my brain to which I formerly alluded.parish, and a grenadier captain who was once quartered My residence is within a few miles of town, snug enough in our county town. The ascendancy once gained was and well aired; and contains, besides myself and eldest never altogether lost. The chief opponent whom ber sister just now named, another sister, named Amelia, af- pretensions raised up in the house was her sister Amelia, ter a lady of quality, who once visited our father's house, immediately to be introduced to your notice ; and this and was kindly entertained during a storm which prevent was entirely owing to an unlovked-for event, which threaed ber getting on a journey; Miss Elizabeth Dimple, a tened very serious consequences to the intellect of that second cousin by the mother's side, who has no other re- dear creature at the time, and which indeed, so far as I latives than ourselves to own her; the three girls about can judge, did certainly leave impressions on her memory whom I have now ventured to trouble you; and two maids, and feelings of an imperishable nature. My father, who one of them grown old in our service, and the other only bad occasionally read Fisher's Grammar, and one of the hired about a year ago.

early editions of the Young Man's Best Companion, was My sister Bab, Sir, I have always understood, and so in the babit of denominating these his two eldest daughhave our neighbours, to be older than myself by some ters from the kind of effects which their different man. years. But this is a point which I am not able exactly ners of speaking produced. Bab he used to call Logic, to ascertain; because the large family Bible, which, ac- and to Amelia he gave the name of Rhetoric. I have cordiog to a very useful custom, formerly contaived, on seen him sit at table, poor simple man, with his arms supone of the blank leaves, the record of all our names and ported upwards on his elbow chair, bis eyes and mouth births, and wbicli, as she was the most devout of the wide open, and a sort of half equivocal kind of smile, whiole, had been bequeathed to her by my father, long while these damsels, each in her own way, discussed and since, by some accident or other was robbed of this regis. exemplified, exclaimed and sighed, enforced and demonterma circumstance the more unaccountable, as we bave strated, sobbed and teared, in a way utterly indescribanever been able to discover, in this neighbourhood, any ble, and on subjects to my apprehension then not worth family which this register would suit in respect to number the crack of a whip. On these occasions, my father, as and their ages. Bab berself, who was the first to notice I supposed from his attitude and silence, was acting the the loss, seemed quite inconsolable for a week; but after part of judge or umpire between them, but found himself wards, as if she expected it would be made up in a man- a little perplexed in deciding on their respective merits. ner equally unaccountable, or perhaps because she thought Generally, however, it was noticeable, he terminated the the Bible really looked better without the bad writing of contest by a sort of compromise, wliich, though flattering my poor deceased parent, was much more ready to display to both, as I thought, seemed never to give perfect conthis treasure on the drawers' head of our sitting parlour tent to either. His words were, " You are a clever hus. than she had formerly been. My sisters, in the meantiine, are sey, Bab”-“ Never mind her, my sweet Emmy." It more positive than ever as to their youth and my age. Sir, has been my misfortune, Sir, not to possess the same imit is a very bard thing to be forced, against one's positive partiality and evenness of temper with my father. Bepersuasion, to imagine that a twelvemonth is not a twelve- sides, I was not entitled to the same deference and aumonth to every body, and all the world over; or that when thority; and, moreover, I am firmly convinced, that the 1 myself am twenty years older than I was when our modifications of disposition, hamour, talent, behaviour, grandmother died, time bas not been every bit as liberal and circumstances, which have taken place in my sisters to my sisters. But to proceed : Miss Bab, Sir, had a since his death; necessarily required some corresponding great advantage in early life, of going to live at the house change of treatment. But as I perceive my paper to be of a grand uncle, a nonconformist clergyman in the west exhausted, and Bab assures me that much stooping accountry, who was well endowed with the good things of celerates the decrepitude and infirmities of age, I am this world, and whose company used to be greatly courted here compelled to suspend my narrative. by the nobility and chief gentry 'in his vicinity. This

Nathanael Dewlar. respectable gentleman, to a few whimsical opinions on Moody-hall

, ncar Edinburgh.


Drama- Fine Arts.

(Sept. 27, 1817. THE DRAMA.

Give acts, when the part is wearied out, instead of fairly The Loudon theatres are now opened for the season. run down. Mr Stanley was a pretty good figure, but lie They are entirely lighted by gas, and otherwise greatly cramps its action sadly-as though be had by sympathy improved in their appearance. The great subject of cri- caught the action from the gouty limbs of a Bath auticism for some oights, among the different groups and dience. Perhaps the stage here is too large for him at preconversation-parties, was the wonderful beauty and bril. seot: what


be very free acting on a Bath stage, may liancy of the light, which, from illuminating the shops and be very limited on a London one.

limited' on, a London one. Mr Stanley does not streets, bas at length aspired to perform a part in the act the cbaracter:so well as Elliston acted it though he theatre itself. The pie appeared like a beautiful parterre has evidently made that gentleman his model. Elliston in broad day light; but with all the lustre in the front of played it with an infinite deal of bumour and made up the house, the stage retained its superiority.

iu gracefulness and earnestness what he wanted in anni. The managers

have resolved to abolish the outrageous ness and rapidity. He was ever at ease, and his acting panegyrics at the bottom of their play- bills, so ofteu ap- always had the appearance of coming from the heart. plied to new performers and performances, which were And as to Lewis, he was Rover himself. He came on, generally read, with disgust, aud in future to leave the and went off the stage with inimitable ligbtness : he trod merits of actors and dramatic works to the judgment of the stage as though he trod on air-and it was bard to ile public.

believe that bis feet were not winged. His spirits were A new play, called The Duke of Savoy, has been read ever as much on tiptoe as his form--and he flitted into all in the Green-Room of Covent Garden, and is said to sorts of pleasantry and mischief with an indescribable bave been sent over by Holman from Ancrica.

grace and easiness. Puck, must have lent him one wing, A young lady of the name of Brunton, sister, it is be: and Ariel another. What a spirit of joy he ever seemed, lieved, to Lady Craven, appeared at Covent Garden, ou - and does not bis death almost seem a mockery? We the 12th, in the character of Letitia Hardy, in the de. can only wonder how he ever had leisure to die. As to lightful comedy of the Belle's Stratagem. She has a seeing any other actor with half his vivacity and soul beautiful figure, and has a most graceful action. Her we may as soon look for another Milton-nay, almost as voice is not so pleasant, or it might want security, being soon look for anotber Shakespeare ! the first night of her appearance. She played, on the whole, remarkably well, and was received with great ap

FINE ARTS. plause. Her dancing is admirable.

A Mr Staqley, from the Bath theatre, has made his The Board of Trustees for Arts, Manufactures, &c. first appearance at Drury lane in the character of Rover, have recently added to their splendid collection of casts in the pleasant and spirited comedy of Wild Oats. He from the antique, for the use of the academy in Picardy is a very good-humoured gentleman in face and figure, Place, a selection from the finest of the Elgin marbles : and acts with a tolerable portion of vivacity ; but he seems amongst these are casts of the colossal remains of the The. to be destitute of a true relish for humour and spright- seus, the Ilyssus, the Neptune, the famous Horse's head all liness. There is also too much preparation for liveliness from the tympanum of the Parthenon at Athens ; se veral of too long a train before his merriment explodes. Rover is the metopes of the external frieze, and several exquisite a rattling, vivacious vagabond. He would give his last portions of the interior frieze of the Cella, besides other guinea to any one, provided it would not detain him long; interesting fragments from the same edifice. The artists and would fall in love froin whim, and escape from it by of Edinburgh, on their petition, have received from the forgetfulness. His life is a hard race at one heat, and Board permission to study these admirable remains ; the he runs against bimself, contesting stoutly all the way. Board having also, in the most handsome manner, agieed With the happiest heedlessness, he has the most generous to maintain the expence of lighting and heating the acanature ; and thus he is coutinually stumbling on acts of demy during their hours of study. It is much to be rekindness, which he overdoes to get them off his bands. gretted, for the sake of the public taste and of the arts of His heels are winged like Mercury's—his heart is made this country, that tbis collection should be so little known of “the boney dew of youth," --and his brain has got so to the public; that the advantages of the only establishmuch a-head of him, that he never overtakes it. Such is ment of the kind in Scotland, founded under the auspices, the character of Rover. Mr Stanley is of a disposition and maintained at the expence of Government, should be to repose his mind, froin the flurry of the part, on the sep. confined to the students of the academy and the artists of timents which he bas occasion to deliver. He looks forward the city, when it might so easily be made the means of to them as eagerly as a school-boy does to the holidays, or disseminating the principles of sound art over the country an indolent attorney to the long vacation. His attitudes in general, and providing one of the most elegant and raare of a forced briskness; and his language marches out tional enjoyments of wbich a cultivated mind is sus• of his mouth with the sedateness of an old maiden-poetess, ceptible. instead of the words bursting and scampering out of his Egypt still continues to afford to our residents lips with all the joyous vehemence of boys from a school and travellers in that country a rich barvest of dis. door. Instead of running the character down with biscovery. We are led to expect shortly from Mr Salte, our own spirits, and the spirits of all about him in full cry, consul-general there, a more correct transcript of the inhe has starts of velocity, wbich compel bim to pause, as if scription on the column of Dioclesian (commonly called for breath : and we bave a long and laborious chace for that of Pompey)-iban bas bitherto appeared ; and the

Sept. 27, 1817.]
Miscellaneous Anecdotes.

31 same ardent traveller, assisted by a foreign officer of the his Royal Highness and informed bim of the circumuame of Cariglio, has not only succeeded in transporting stance, who contrived a stratagem. He sent to the painfrom Thebes very interesting fragments of Egyptian sculp- ter's house a pretty German girl, in the service of the ture, but bas also discovered a passage cut in the solid queen. Haydn took his seat for the third time, and as a rock 400 feet in length, under the great pyramid, with soon as the conversation began to flag, a curtain rose, and chambers at the lower extremity, and a communication the fair German addressed him in his native language, with the mysterious well, which has hitherto puzzled all with a most elegant compliment. Haydn, delighted, our antiquaries and travellers. Excavations have also overwhelmed the enchantress with questions ; his counbeen effected among the sepulchral structures in the neigh- ||tenance recovered its' animation, and Sir Joshua rapidly bourhood upon the desert; and amongst other curiosities, a seized its traits. sinall temple, and a fine granite tablet, have been disco- Calmuck Tartars. - Prayer is one of the principal duvered between the lion's paws of the Sphinx.

ties enjoined by Lamaism; and the Calmucks discbarge this duty in tlie most exemplary manner, and with very

little trouble to themselves. It is well known, that a MISCELLANEOUS ANECDOTES.

Romish priest must say his breviary five times a day.

Among other stories which are told of jesuitical casuistry, Return to a Collector of Taxes.-An Assessor having it is said that the sons of St Ignatius invented a conveleft a schedule relative to taxes at the cottage of a pea- nient method of complying with the injunctions of the sant, had the following answer sent him; :

church. At the canonical bour, the jesuit repeats the To the Gatherur of Taxex.

alpbabet from A to Z, to wbich he adds a short collect, “SIR, -I does not use no bair poother, and as for ar- in which he begs that the Christ-cross row may be taken moral beerings, I does not kno them at all; but if they as an equivalent for all the prayers which can be made means wigs, I does not use none."

out of the combination and repetition of the letters. The Lord Amherst and the Emperor of China. Many of Calmucks have displayed still greater ingenuity. We the Opposition, as well as Bonaparte, censure Lord Am. Europeans pride ourselves upon the superiority which we herst for refusing to knock head to the Emperor of China. have attained, by substituting machinery for human labour. Cobbet, we imagine, would have talked of the dignity of We think we have accomplished miracles by employa free-born Englishman. We extract the following from ing the strong arm' of unconquered steam,' in twirling a paper called ihe Alfred:

the spindle, or in setting the wool-card in motion. The " That any, man who has observed the reception of a followers of the grand Lama bave done more they have bill in the House of Lords, the bowing and sciaping of invented praying-jennies, which do the business in .perthe members of the Commons who attend, to a little old fection! It is a doctrine amongst them, and it is so conchair, wbich is the seat of the Sovereign; the solemn pa- venient to saints and sinners, that no Calmuck, whether ces of the chancellor to meet the bowing men, with balf free-thinker or devotee, bas ever ventured to call it in a yard of velvet in his hand, decorated with a little gold question, that as often as the paper, or other substance lace, which he presents to the scrapers, who scrape again upon which a prayer is written, is set in motion, this at the sight, and perform their genuflections and crab-like movement of the written prayer is as meritorious as its evolutions on their retreat:-chat anyone, of such a nation, oral repetition. The kurada, or praying-machine, is should refuse to make nineteen nods of the head, according therefore constructed upon this principle : -- it consists of to the nianners of a foreign empire, is as extraordinary as it two cylinders, or drums, filled within side with rolls of is unwise. It is a mere matter of ceremony, a silly piece of paper covered with prayers and ejaculations, written in etiquette, and so are the bendings and bowings at a levee. the Tangotian, or sacred language. The drums are hung Bui an ambassador to refrain from making nineteen bows in a neat frame, and are kept on the whirl with great --an ambassador from a country in which it has been laid facility, by the simple contrivance of a string and crank ; down as a rule, that no earl is to wash in the presence of and every turn of the cylinder is perfectly equivalent to a duke, without his permission—that a duke may wear a the repetition of all the prayers contained in it. The. cloth of state hanging within half a yard of the ground turning of the kurada is an agreeable pastime in the long --that the cloth of state of a marquis may reach within a evenings of winter ; but Tartar ingenuity has discovered yard of the ground, and that no viscount may wash with a method of dispensing even with the slight degree of exbim, but at his pleasure that a viscount may bave a co- ertion which this compendious substitute requires. We ver of essay beld under his cup when be drinks--and make swift trochais roast our meat-tbey employ the that his wife may have her gown borne by a woman in the smoke-jack to say their prayers for them; and the kurada, presence of her, inferiors, but else, by a man !"

which spins over the fire in the midst of the hut, transfers Haydn. When this great composer was in England, one all its devotional merit to the owner. The Mongols are of our princes commissioned Sir Joshua Reynolds to take yet more wisely economical of individual responsibility his portrait. Hayda went to the painter's house, and sat and labour. Amongst them, the inhabitants of a district to him, but soon grew tired. Sir Joshua, careful of his construct a kurada at their joint expence, which is placed reputation, would not paint a man of acknowledged ge- || in a mill-house by the side of a running stream; and this nius with a stupid countenance, and deferred the sitting subscription kurada is made so large, that it holds prayers till another day. The same weariness and want of ex. enough to serve all the parish ; and, consequently, except pression occurring at the next attempt, Reynolds went to || in seasons of uncommon drought, when the water is

32 Miscellancous Aneedotes.

[Sept. 27, 1817. low to turn the mill

, the parishioners are completely ex- || to work the pumps. One of them, however, was perceionerated from the obligation of wasting their time in the ved coming up the gangway, with a bandkerchief in his temple. The kimojin is another dumb substitute for de- || hand, and on being questioned what he was about, he anvotion of the same nature. It is a flag, upon which the swered in a tone of voice, that discovered a perfect .conair-horse or kiinorin, is painted, together with an appro- fidence in the measure that he proposed, that he was gopriate selection from the Calmuck ritual. Such were the ing to make an offering to bis god. “ This handkerconsecrated ensigns seen by Dr Clarke. As long as the chief,” said he, "contains a certain quantity of rice, and kimorin fintters in the wind, the inhabitants of the tent all the rupees I am worth.; suffer me to attempt to lash it upon which it is hoisted are making their way to heaven to the mizen-top; and rely upon it, Sir, if I sueceed, we by the help of the air-horse.--Ed. Rev.

shall all be preserved." The captain was going to order Obi Sorcery. Dr Williamson, in a late work on the bim back to the pumps, but recollecting that in so doing West India islands, gives the following instance of the he might throw both him and his countrymen into a state sensibility of negroes to the terrors of this witchcraft. of despondency, and thereby lose the benefit of their exAfter describing a cure effected in a paralytic case, he ertions, tie acquiesced. Tlie Lascar thanked him, and he says :-" About that time, a woman named Agnes was soon beheld this child- of prejudice mount the tottering sitting alongside of the negro doctress in the hospital, shrouds without the least apprehension. He soon lashed amusing herself cheerfully, and exulting in the advances the handkerehief to the mizen top-mast head, fearless of all she was making to recovery. In that state she was in danger, and arrived in safety on the deck. Confident now the evening. On the following morning she was accosted that his god was the captain's friend, he went below to by an oldish negro, named Diok, belonging to the estate, inform his brethren that be bad done his duty. All the who had established his name as a great Obi man. Ag- Lascars seenied transported with joy, embraced their virnes, not long before, had declined bis amorous addresses, tuous companion, and then taboured at the punip with inon which occasion threats were made by Dick, and she creased alacrity and perseverance; as if they had encoun was so much impressed by apprehension from tbese cir- tered before neither apprehension nor fatigue, To their cunstances, that, on his addressing her, she fainted, and unceasing labour was owing, in a great measure, the precould not be again fully restored to lier senses. In course servation of the people. • of that evening she passed fæces insensibly, and used A Beur in a counting-house.- A large bear from New Dick's name often with horror. In a few days she sunk. Orleans, which was lately consigned to an unfortunate A general outcry by the negroes succeeded her death, merchant of New York, got rid of its chains the first against Dick, and such was their violence, that the over- night after being landed, and broke into tlie store bouse seer louod it necessary to yield to an inquiry. A party by the back entrance. It first demolished the countingproceeded to bis house, to search for Obi implements, house, tore the day-books and ledgers to atonis, and'then wbieb Dick and the overseer accompanied. The floor of regaled itself on the contents of two boxes' of raisins in his house was dug; a small coffin was removed from it, I the warehouse. Bruin was found in the morning, sleepwhich he said he bad placed there to the memory of a ing oot bis debauch in a field-bed belonging to an Ame. friend. This the negroes denied, and pronounced it to rican general officer, and, being very sick, made no re. be one of the instruments of his Obi practices. It is in- sistance against being secured. He had previously rencalculable what mischief is done by such designing crafty dered the bed unfit for another campaign. people as Dick, when they, establish a | Tyge Hunt -On the 26th February 1817, as three pression on the minds of negroes, that they possess powers young gentlemen were shooting near Pondicherry, a vil. beyond human.

Such persons gratify revenge against lager informed them that a woman had been attacked by their own colour in a destructive manner, and, when bent a tyger some bours before. They were not long in find. on ruin to their masters, that malignant disposition is ing the remains of the woman's clothes, with a basket gratified by also destroying the negroes his property and some grass which she had been gathering. The vilMineral poisons have sometimes been artfully procured, lagers having assembled with their lanterns, soon roused and, it is believed, that there are vegetable poisons which the animal. In passing from one part of the jungle to are less likely to lead to a discovery. The agency of another, he seized on one of them, whom he tore severely, neither is often required; for the effect of a threat from an before retreating to a large bush on the borders of a tank. Obi man or woman, is sufficient to lead to mental disease, The gentlemen then surrounded the place; but, imagining despondency, and death. The evidence against Dick be had retreated, approached close to the bush, when he was undoubted, and the negroes regarded his stay on the rose with a tremendous roar; and, while in the act of estate with horror. The whole was submitted to the pro- leaping upon a villager, he received a ball in the body prietor, and he was transported to some of the Spanish which laid him on his back, but without losing hold of possessions.

the man. In this situation he received another shot in Superstition of the Lascars.---Captain Stout, of the the shoulder, which greatly increased bis fury. One of American ship Hercules, which was run on shore on the the gentlemen then ran up, and sent a charge of shot coast of Caffraria in 1796, as the only means of saving through ; another transfixed him with a spear; while the the lives of the crew, gives the following account of the villagers beat him on the head with their clubs. He superstition of the Lascars :" At a period when the measured about seven feet from the nose to the point of tempest raged with the utmost violence, the captain di the tail. The man when liberated had his arm dreadrected most of the crew below, particularly the Lascars, ll fully shattered.

Sept. 27, 1817.)
Natural History, fc:

33 The Horrors of War - In the hospitals at Wilna, (a mioute. As it was possible that the letters of a printed town of Lithuania), during the French'invasion of Rwssia, book might leave some slight impression sensible to an there were left above 17,000 dead and dying, frozen and exquisite touch, I took from my pocket-book an engrafreezing. The bodies of the former, broken up, served ved French assignat, which was hot-pressed, and smooth to stop the cavities in windows, floors, and walls; but in as glass, she read the smallest lines contained in this one of the corridors of the Great Convent, above 1,500 with the same facility as the printed book. A letter rebodies were piled np transversely, as pigs of lead or iron. ceived by that day's post was produced, the direction When these were finally removed on sledges to be burnt, and post-mark of wbich she immediately and correctly the most extraordinary Ogures were presented by the va deciphered. She also named the colour of the separate riety of their attitudes, for none seemed to have been parts of the dresses of the persons in company, as well frozen in a composed state ; each was fixed in the last as various shades of stained glass wbich were purposely action of his life, in the last direction given to his limbs; brought. According to her own statement, her powers even the eyes retained the last expression, either of an- of touch vary very materially with circumstances : when ger, pain, or entrealy. In the roads, men were collected her hands are cold she declares that the faculty is altoround the harning ruins of the cottages, wbich a mad gether lost, and that it is exbausted also by long and spirit of destruction had fired, pickiog and eating the woremitted efforts; that she considers the hours of from burnt bodies of fellow-men ; while thousands of horses cen until twelve of each alternate day, the most favour-" tvere moaning in agony, with their flesh mangled and able for ber performance. Her pulse during the expe. hacked, to satisfy the cravings of a hunger that knew no riments has varied from 110 to 130 degrees." It should pity. In many of the sheds, men, scarcely alive, had be mentioned, that Miss M.Avoy is in a rather respectheaped on their frozen bodies human carcases, which, able situation in life; and as her friends disclaim any festering by the communication of animal bent, had ming: intention of deriving gain from her extraordinary powers led the dying and the dead in one mass of putrefaction. by public exhibition, there is the less reason to suspect

any imposture. At the same time, as no person is adNATURAL HISTORY, &c.

mitted to see her, except as a matter of favour, it is im

possible, Mr Smith observes, to use all the precautions E.straordinary sensibility in the organs of Touch.-A that might be desired to guard against deception. Though young lady in Liverpool, a Miss M'Avoy, lias for some he has not seen her put to trial, he avows his belief from time past strongly attracted the public attention by the circumstances, that she cannot distinguish objects equally singular powers she lays claim to. She is about 17 or in the dark : and latterly, it appears Miss M.Avoy has 18 years of age. She lost her sight in June 1816 by a brought suspicion upon berself

, by laying claims to the gutta serena, the consequence of Hydrocephalus and a power of vaming colours, without actual touch, by mereparalytic affection. Her eyes continue open, and have ly holding out her fingers towards the object. But even nearly the usual appearance, but the power of vision is if it should torn out that; in the cases alluded to, she totally gone. Such at least is her own statement, which makes use of some other medium of information than is so far confirmed by facts, that when a lighted candle the sense of touch, it is still impossible, that, without exis held near ber eyes, the usual contraction of the pupil traordinary means of some kind, she could do what has does not take place. - It is well known, that in persons created surprise in every one who has seen her. Dr wllo lose their sight, the other senses, particularly the Renwick, a physician in Liverpool, has at present in the sense of touch, generally becomes more acute. This has press a volume opon the subject, which will put the pubbeen the case with Miss M'Avor in a surprising degree. lic in full possession of the facts of this singular case. To satisfy those wbo distrust ber blindness, she suffers a Without deciding on the degree of credit which is due bandage to be put over her eyes, and in this state she is to this story, we may mention our belief of the fact, that able to read any printed book by touching the letters the loss of some of the senses often improves the others in with ber fingers. By the touch she also tells the co- an extraordinary degree. The facility with wbich perlours of cloth, and distinguishes the different shades in sons born blind walk about the streets of Edinburgh, stained glass. Mr E. Smith, the Editor of the Liver and convey matrasses, baskets, and other articles of their pool Mercury, who repeatedly witnessed the exhibition of manufacture, to different houses, is well known : nor is her extraordinary powers, in company with other gen- any one ignorant of the intricate and ingenious utensils Hemen, says, “ that a book was placed before her, and which have been constructed by the blind. It is stated, opened indiscriminately; to our extreme surprise, she on very good authority, that some of the blind in Paris began to trace the words with her finger, and to repeat brave been instructed to read printed books, by passing thein correctly. She appeared to recognise a short mono- their fingers slowly over the lines. There are also two syllable by the simple contact of one finger; but in as. remarkable instances mentioned by Mr Wardrop, surcertaining a long word, she placed the fore finger of her geon. The first is that of James Mitchell, born deaf and left hand on the beginning, whilst with that of her right blind, the particulars of whose life has been written by land she proceeded from the other extremity of the Mr Dugald Stewart. This boy has acquired a preterword ; and when the two fingers, by having traversed natural acuteness in the senses of touch, taste, and smell, over all the letters, came in contact with each other, she in consequence of having been habitually employed by invariably and precisely ascertained the word. By my these means to collect that information for which the watch I found that she read about 30 words in half a sight is peculiarly adapted. To the sense of smell le

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