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her light, and Uric's heart leaped with delight as he saw body who could do it ;" or because “ the artist is a mothe boat half filled with gold. With a greedy eye he sur-dest, amiable, and painstaking man.” We would not veyed the yellow treasure, as it sparkled in the moonbeam; willingly hurt any person's feelings; but to praise me. but the longer he looked, the more it increased. A mo- diocre works is to compromise the principles of art, and ment before, it was only up to his ankle ; then it rose to to do injustice to true merit. Upon this principle we his knee; now it was as high as his waist, and the water have proceeded, and will proceed ; and, conscious that touched the gunwale of the skiff. Filled with horror and sooner or later our motives and conduct will be appredismay, the fisherman started up, and endeavoured to ciated even by those who may now feel sore, we look forlighten the boat; but, as fast as he flung the gold over ward with unalloyed pleasure to our next meeting with board, an unseen hand poured in fresh quantities of the our brethren of St Luke's, when they return from their soul-destroying poison. Large drops of perspiration stood happy and health-giving rambles through the wilds of on the fisherman's brow; he now dreaded as much to our native land, or over the fresh and fertile fields of reach the middle of the lake, as he bad before longed for merry England. They with their pencils--we with our it ; he attempted to turn the boat, but in vain; it con- pens-our objects, our interests, and our feelings the same. tinued its course ; and, as its light prow touched the centre of the lake, a cataract of gold was showered on the skill. For an instant, it plunged and laboured; then the
THE DRAMA. waters rushed in; and down, down, down went the little boat, and the rolling waves closed over the head of the
Rather a curious event has taken place at our theatre wicked fisherman.
this week. The formal and pathetic manner in which The sequel is quickly told. Oluf conducted Margaret
Mrs Siddons finally retired from the stage a month or home; and Paul Marken, who had beea somewhat sur-two ago, must be still fresh in the recollection of most of prised at finding the doors open, his daughter away, and our readers, and also the impressive request she made to his favourite pancake burnt to a cinder, now received the
the public, in the words of Sir Walter Scott, that they fair truant and her conductor with an ominous aspect.
would “be kind to the dear relative she left behind." It When, however, the lovers told their story, and Oluf en
was with no little surprise, therefore, that after seeing treated for Margaret's hand, Paul gave the sack a loud
Mr Murray perform, apparently in excellent spirits, on thump, and declared that he could not refuse to give his
| Monday night at Pritchard's benefit, we found the foldaughter to a suitor who was so well backed. The wed. | lowing announcement scattered through the house on ding was soon after celebrated with the usual festivities,
| dropping in on Tuesday evening, to see how Mrs Nicol and proved so happy as to establish, beyond a doubt, the
was getting on:-“ Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, 1st June, match-making talent of the Wood Demon.
1830. It is with feelings of regret, that Mrs Henry Siddons has to announce the continued indisposition of
which her brother, Mr Murray, has long Jaboureil THE SCOTTISH ACADEMY,
under.” (Not very good composition.) “ He has at We learn from an authentic source, that the total re- last yielded to her intercessions, and the opinion of his ceipts of this body, during the continuance of the Exhi
medical advisers, and consented to resign the exercise of bition which has just closed, amount to about €650 . his professional duties for a time. Under these circunlast year they were nearly £1000. We are neither sur- | stances, and to remove as much as possible Mr Murray's prised nor alarmed at this. The receipts must necessa
objections to this step, Mrs Henry Siddons will, during rily fluctuate from year to year; and when we consider
the benefits, renew her professional exertions, and, to the that, in 1829. the Exhibition could boast of Etty's Judith | best of her abilities, supply his loss.” The same evening, to attract the judicious, and of Martin's Deluge to collect Mr Murray wrote a note to Mr James Ballantyne, which the wonder-mongers, and that it, moreover, opened a
appeared in the Weekly Journal of Wednesday, and as all second time with the Earl of Hopetoun's Rubens-an
the documents connected with this curious aifair are in. exhibition of itself; and when, lastly, we consider that the teresting, we think it right to give it a place : Academy was then younger, less firmly rooted, and con- “My Dear Sir, sequently supported by a stronger spirit of partisanship, ' “ My medical friends having most strenuously advised we repeat, that we are neither alarmed at the defalcation, my relinquishing all professional duties for a time, my Sister nor inclined to suspect any mismanagement. Again, it has, with her usual affectionate solicitude for me, undertaken is true, that the sales last year amounted to nearly £1500,
to supply my place in the Management of the Theatre, and
| to offer her services to such of the Performers who may this year only to £1070. But in the £1500 is included | deem their Benefits injured by my absence. the price of the Judith, purchased by the Academy “I make this communication to you, that you may be £500, we believe—which, being deducted, leaves the aware of the real motives which bring my sister buck to balance in favour of this year's sales. We still say, there the stage for a few nights, after her farewell. Excuse haste, fore, that we see nothing in this to lead us to augur badly / and believe me of the Academy's futurity. We rejoice to observe that the
“ Very faithfully yours, “ Tuesday Evening.
«W. H. MURRAY. slight remains of exacerbation with which the two bodies
" James Ballantyne, Esq.” of artists, who now compose the Academy, came together, are fast subsiding, and we trust that no ambitious Now, the reasons why we say there is something curious individual will again raise a storm. We now commend in all this are twofold, and we state them frankly. In the our artists to their summer studies. It has been said | first place, it is curious in as far as regards Mr Murray, that, (we are told) by some, we ask not by whom, that we are instead of being aware that he has of late had any extrainimical to the artists. The assertion is false. We love ordinary fatigue or distress of mind, we know, on the the art, because to the study of it we are indebted for contrary, he has but recently returned from a pleasant some of the happiest moments of our lives ;-we love and excursion to London ; that, since his return, he has been honour the artist, for to him we owe this gratification. performing almost every night, with all his usual animaBut we will speak our mind freely; and we are not aware ' tion; that he did not give the most distant hint of his ill that in doing so we have made any distinction between health in the speech he made at his own benefit; that no our personal friends and those with whom we are unac- , suspicions were entertained in the green-room of his quainted. We abide by our rule of conduct_“ For the being indisposed; that he acted the very night before artist, as long as he conducts himself worthy of his high this sudden announcement was made; that he is announvocation; and for art, against all hands deadly.” Ourced to sing two songs on Monday evening, at Mr Stanley's standard of art is bigh. We cannot stoop to praise a benefit; and that Miss Fanny Kemble is to be here in commonplace painting, merely because “ it is not every about a fortnight, when he would of course have little to
do. In the second place, this is a curious event in as far A brief View of the different editions of the Scriptures of the Pro as regards Mrs Siddons, because a very short time has
testant and Roman Catholic Churches is in the press.
Fine Arts.-We have lately had an opportunity of examining: elapsed since she bade a long and last farewell to the
set of enamelled and embossed cards and drawing-boards, together Edinburgh stage before a very numerous assemblage of
with other beautiful and ingenious inventions of the house of De La her friends and admirers, the female portion of whom
Rue, Cornish, and Rock, of London, and think it right to direct the shed a good number of tears, and waved cambric hand attention of our readers to them. The exquisite variety of borders kerchiefs to a most unprecedented extent. But hey presto! given to the cards, which are designed, engraved, and printed, both she who had vanished from our eyes forever is here again ;
in gold and silver; and the admirable manner in which the drawit
boards are embossed, by means of dies sunk for the purpose, ani and “the dear relative she left behind" actually appears to
beautifully worked in numerous different colours, cannot be too have gone before! We wish these things could have
highly praised. Nor were wel. ss pleased with the Arabesque leat) been avoided. We wish Mr Murray could have contrived bindings for Albums, Bibles, and other books, which are exceedingly to keep well enough for a fortnight or three weeks more; and rich and chaste. The same house is preparing opaque playing cards we wish Mrs Henry Siddons bad preserved her consist. of a new description, with coloured, metal, silver, and gold end
melled backs; and the ingenuity and taste displayed in all these in ency, and allowed our last impression of her to have re
ventions seem scarcely to admit of any improvement in this depart mained uneffaced, for she can never leave the stage with
ment of the Fine Arts. the same eclat again. We shall see in a little how the
CHIT-CHAT FROM LONDON.-The second volume of Moore's Life matter is to end. We shall be anxious to know when of Byron is to be published about the end of this month, and it is to Mr Murray is to return to us, and when Mrs Siddons is contain an answer to Campbell's attack.-The London Pitt Club to take her leave once more. Is Sir Walter Scott to write Dinner is not to take place this year, in consequence of the illness of
the King.--Lieutenant John Shipp, the author of the romantic hisanother farewell address, or will she repeat the old one?
tory of His own Life and Adventures, has been appointed to one of While these events have been taking place in Edin
the inspectorships of the new Police.-An anecdote is current, that burgh, an event no less curious has been occupying the the King, who is still alive to what used to interest him before his attention of the theatrical world in London. An erposé illness, enquired what portrait was placed opposite to his own, at the has taken place of the domestic affairs of Lord and Lady exhibition of Sir Thomas Lawrence's paintings, now open. The William Lennox, by which it appears that her Ladyship
courtiers were compelled to inform their master, that his Satante
was vis-a-vis to his Britannic Majesty. declares his Lordship has been using her like a brute,
The King happily relieved
them from their embarrassment, by remarking, that "they ought to and his Lordship affirms that her Ladyship bas conceived
have made the Duke of Wellington face the Enemy." much too great an attachment for a certain Mr Wood, a
Theatrical Gossip.-A new piece, of a serious character, from the singer. Lady William (we call her Miss Paton only pen of Mr Howard Payne, called “The Spanish Husband; or, First when we speak of her on the stage) has run away from and Last Love," has been all but damned at Drury-Lane.-Fanny
Kemble is now in Bath, and, on the termination of her engagement Lord William, and, as the Scotch folks say, is “ neither
there, comes direct to Edinburgh. She is expected to appear here to baud nor to bind.” That she has been criminal with
on the 14th of this month.-Kean, Macieady, Sinclair, and Miss E. Mr Wood is not asserted; that she has been extremely
Tree, are engaged to perform in Liverpool during the London vaca. imprudent is, we are sorry to say, as clear as noonday. tion.- Mr Lennard's bill for the removal of that ridiculous and odious If she bad reason to be dissatisfied with the conduct of her office, a dramatic censorship, has been thrown out in the House of husband, what woman in her senses, with any due regard
Commons without a division, simply, we suppose, because Sir Ro
bert Peel opposed it, not wishing that the Duke of Montrose and Mr to her reputation, would have thrown herself upon the pro
Colman should lose their pensions.-Mrs Yates, forinerly Miss Brus. tection of a young unmarried man? Had she no female
ton, has been performing in Dublin with much eclat. The elephant friend to whom she could appeal, or no male guardian has now left that city for Plymouth, it is said, though we thought whose years and respectability would have defied the voice she had been coming here first.-A cock.ar
roice she had been coming here first.-A cock-and-a-bull story has been got of scandal? We feel exceedingly for Lady William Len- up in Paris about Miss Smithson having been run away with in a nox. We know her to be an amiable, and we believe her
hackney coach. It is a trick, we suppose, to excite a sensation.
Our old favourite Jones performed here for the first time this season to be a virtuous woman ; yet has she placed herself in
on the occasion of Mrs Renaud's benefit last night.-We observe that such a situation that even her best friends cannot look
Mr and Mrs Stanley take their benefit on Monday, and certainly de. upon her now with the same confidence they did before.
serve a good house. They are to bring out, among other things, a Is the metropolitan stage never to redeem itself from the new comic piece, called " Teddy the Tyler," much run after at pre. opprobriun of being almost certain perdition to a woman?
sent in London.-On Wednesday next, Mr Hooper takes his first Are high female talents, when exerted for the entertain
benefit here, and is to have the assistance, not only of Mrs Siddons,
but also of Miss Jarman, who concludes an engagement at Glasgow ment of the public, to be invariably pursued with such
on Monday, and comes into Edinburgh to play Lydia Languish and temptations, that genius becomes a reproach, and beauty | the Youthful Queen for Hooper. This is likely to secure him an a mockery? Who is there at this moment among the excellent house.-Horn and Miss Byfeld, who have been singing in more celebrated actresses on the London stage, who has Glasgow, are to appear next week at the Caledonian Theatre. stood the test of years?_not a single name occurs to us
WEEKLY List of PerformANCES. except Miss Stephens; and let the name therefore be written in letters of gold! We might add Miss Kelly, but
May 29-June 4. she never was possessed of those attractions which win Sat. Love in a Village, 'Twas I, & Free and Easy. the eye of the libertine, and consequently cannot have the Mox. Ivanhoe, Of Age To-Morrow, f The Brigand. same merit, never having had the same temptations.
TUES. The Duenna, & Three Weeks after Marriage. When a person who stood so high as Lady William Len
WED. The Beggar's Opera, The Wedding Day, $ Brother and nox falls from that honourable eminence, vice holds a
Sister. jubilee, and Madame Vestris smiles.
THUKS. The Slave, Spectre Bridegroom, of Warlock of the Glen. Old Cerberus.
FRI, Wild Oats. & Rais
Wild Oats, # Raising the Wind.
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS.
Several excellent Poetical Pieces are in types, but we are obliged The Lay of the Desert, a poem, in two Cantos, by Henry Sewell to postpone them all till next Saturday. Stokes, will be published speedily.
The communication of our Fochabers correspondent is under conMr Robert Montgomery has announced a pamphlet, to be entitled | sideration.-The verses by "J. P. B." of Aberdeen shall have a place Robert Montgomery and his Reviewers, with remarks on the present - The communication from the “ Blacksmith of Beath" will hardly state of English poetry, and on the laws of criticism; to which is suit us.-The poetical communications from Morayshire are not subjoined an Appendix, suggested by a late criticism in the Edin. without merit, but are unequal.-The lines by Thomas Brownlee burgh Review.
will probably find a place in our next Slippers. We shall not be The March of Intellect, a comic poem, by W. T. Moncrief', with able to make room for the following pieces :-"On the birth of a wood engravings by R. Cruikshank, is in the press.
Nephew,"V" Farewell,” by " R. P.,_"A Dream,” by **M. D Leaves and Flowers for an Album, by a ci-devant author, is an "Sensibility,” by “M. W. G.," and “Young Love," by “ A. nounced
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mingled with the deep notes of the slow-hound ;-we have felt our spirits soar and expand in the thin pure air of
the glacier, across which we followed the shy chamois ; Field Sports of the North of Europe ; comprised in a Per —and yet, with all this wide and varied experience, we
sonal Narrative of a Residence in Sweden and Norway, learn from Mr Lloyd, that there is still in Europe a wild in the Years 1827-28. By L. Lloyd, Esq. With and romantic sporting country, of whose attractions we numerous Engravings. In two volumes, 8vo. Lon had hitherto remained ignorant. He has afforded usdon. Colburn and Bentley. 1830. Pp. 383 and
what the unnerved Roman tyrant sighed for in vain 377.
the prospect of a new pleasure, although we know not
when our regard for a public, which weekly besieges our We have the most implicit confidence in Mr Lloyd's doors, (as the dense population of London or Liverpool qualifications for the task he has undertaken--that of | might be conceived to do the corn magazines, in the event giving us a picture of the sportsmen of the Northern of a famine,) will leave us at leisure to enjoy it. Peninsula and their pursuits. He is evidently a good We pass over the chase of the partridge, hazel hen, shot an indefatigable sportsman; and, as to his style, blackcock, capercailzi, wild-duck, mallard, and snipe. If it is undeniably formed upon the model of that " welle we have not all these kinds of shooting in this country, of Englysche undefiled," the Sporting Magazine. Mr we have, at least, something analogous to them—someLloyd has been sojourning in the north of Europe since thing as good. We must, however, express our asto1824; and besides penetrating into every nook and corner nishment, that a master sportsman like Mr Lloydof the united kingdoms of Sweden and Norway, he has one who has taken all his degrees in that noble artwandered through the adjoining territories of Lapland, should be so much to seek in his own trade, as to dream Finland, Russia, and Denmark. Having thus prepared of finding what he calls “ the common grouse,” in the himself, not only by studying thoroughly the field sports Scandinavian Peninsula. Is he really not aware that of Sweden and Norway, in their own abstract essence, the bird which he thus designates is a native only of the but also, after the fashion of a comparative anatomist, in British isles? In like manner, we pass over his account immediate contrast with those of the bordering nations, of the Swedish style of destroying the fox; for, however he has, after a six years' apprenticeship, ventured before uncouth it may appear to a member of the Melton, to one the public with the fruits of his researches. As the reader who acknowledges no annals of the art but the Sporting will perceive by the title-page of the work, Mr Lloyd has | Magazine, yet any one who will consult the pages of Guy adopted the plan of weaving the narrative of his expe- Mannering, will find that a pretty similar style of going riences into the story of a Two Years' Residence in Nor- to work bas not yet been quite forgotten in this part of way and Sweden. By this means, he has avoided the the island. Mr Lloyd's accounts of Swedish angling we heaviness and stiffness which generally result from pedan- also leave for another occasion ; but when we write a tic attention to a strictly scientific arrangement. In some paper on Angling, which we shall do one of these days, chapters, he gives us rapid sketches of the scenery, of the we may refer to it again. state of cultivation of the country, the weather, and other The bear is the most important object of the chase in physical phenomena ; or favours us with peeps into the Sweden and Norway; and his history occupies a space in political and social relations of the people, and the state Mr Lloyd's book proportionable to his importance. We of trade and education among them. He thus enables us regret, that out of the many interesting anecdotes illustrato feel ourselves quite at home, and to pursue our hunt- tive of his character, we can only afford to extract two; ing studies, unplagued by any remnants of curiosity re- the one of which exhibits Bruin in good humour, the specting the kind of people among whom we have got. other when enraged. Even in the best of his moods, he To this general foundation, he has farther superadded a is but a clumsy playfellow. Our author, speaking of the brief but comprehensive sketch of the game laws; and possibility of domesticating bears, narrates the following the road being thus completely smoothed, away he launches adventure of a peasant : into the mare magnum of the active pursuits of the field.
“ Bears are not unfrequently domesticated in Wermeland We are ourselves neither sluggish nor inexperienced | I heard of one that was so tame, that his master, a peasant, huntsmen. We have stolen after our pointer with swift used occasionally to cause him stand at the back of his sledge and noiseless footsteps, and crouching gait, gliding from when on a journey; but the fellow kept so good a balance, tuft to tuft through the flow moss, beneath a burning that it was next to impossible to upset him. When the Twelfth of August sun, listening breathlessly for the
vebicle went on one side, Bruin threw his weight the other whistling of the muircock's wing ;-we have lain behind
way, and vice versa. One day, however, the peasant
amased himself by driving over the very worst ground a stone dike the whole of a dark November day, with its
he could find, with the intention, if possible, of throwing rain pouring incessantly down upon us, lurking for the the bear off his equilibrium; by which, at last, the animal transit of the blackcock ;-—we have felt our very soul burst got so irritated, that he fetched his master, who was in adout with our ecstatic halloo, as we darted onward with the vance of him, a tremendous thump on the shoulder with his whole field, when, as reynard broke cover, the gallant
paw. This frightened the man so much, that he caused the pack gave forth its full orchestral volume of sound ;-we beast to be killed immediately."-Vol. ii. p. 160. have dashed down the glades of Germany's dark forests This was Bruin joking ; but to form an idea of him of tall pines, after the embossed boar, while the bugles when enraged, we must take Mr Lloyd's account of a