Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

mouth, but it pleased God to give me strength polar regions is highly interesting. We proceed and presence of mind, and I immediately to make some extracts fired into his body; and finding that had

“ The island Bressay lies to the east of Mainlittle effect, I used all my strength, and hap- land, and is about four miles long and two broad. pily disengaged my arm : then directing my

Adjoining to this island, and on the southeast

side of it, lies the small but fertile island of Noss, other pistol to his heart, I at length succeed

the south headland of which is not less than four ed in destroying him, after receiving twenty- hundred and eighty feet high. Opposite to this, five very severe wounds, some of which

and distant ninety-six feet from the island, stands were at first thought mortal: however, I another rock or holm, of the same height. The eased the terror of the poor villagers, who ap- holm is quite level at the top, and produces expeared very grateful.

cellent pasture for sheep.

" To transport them there might well have From the Philosophical Magazine for been thought impossible. Human ingenuity, howJune, 1817.

ever, requires only the exhibition of difficulties in

order to overcome them. An islander climbed CHARCOAL FIRE.

up the rock, and having fastened some ropes Notwithstanding the numerous accidents

to stakes, wbich he drove into the soil on the arising from burning charcoal in close rooms, top, threw them across the intervening chasm to a correspondent assures us, that he, as well the headland, where they were in like manner as several of his friends, to whom he has re- fastened. A cradle or basket is drawn along commended it, has experienced almost im- these ropes, and sheep are thus transported to and mediate relief from cough and catarrhal af

from the holm. Aud the eggs or young of the fections by sitting a few hours in his library Sea-fowl, which there breed in vast numbers, fall with a chaffingdish of burning charcoal near

an easy prey to the skill and industry of man.

" The adventurous islander who first ascended his feet. He has found this practice so etfec

the holm, and shewed the possibility of joining it tual a check to the effects of cold during the 20. the island, from an excess of bravery, met winter season, that he can assuage even a vi- with an untiincly end. Disdaining to pass over olent catarrhal cough in the course of a sin. in the cradle, and trusting that the same expertgle day. It has even relieved persons with ness which had conducted him to the summit of weak lungs, and who are consequently sub- the rock, would enable hiin to descend to its base ject to coughs during the continuance of cold che fell and was killed. weather or easterly winds.

" It may be observed, that both men and horses

are transported over the rapid rivers of South SALE OF A WIFE.

America in a similar manner. Vid. Ull. Voyage An exhibition of this sort took place lately,

de l'Amerique, vol. 1, p. 358."

“ The nethod of making butter used in Shetat Dartmouth, Eng. A brute of a fellow drag. land, being curious, I have thought proper to ged his wife to the public quay for sale. The describe it. They fill their churn with milk, poor young woman so degraded excited con- which they churn in the usual way, till the oleagisiderable interest. She had been married nous párt be made to separate from the serum. about a twelvenonth, is not yet twenty, and They then throw in some red hot stones, and concould scarcely be sustained from fainting as tinue churning till the butter floats at the top, when her unworthy husband dragged her along. it is taken out, and carefully washed and salted. first sweetheart. To rescue her from

further ed an excelļeny beverage; and when kept over She was purchased for two guineas hy her The buttermilk being boiled, what floats on the

surface is used for food, and the residue is esteeminsult, a respectable family received her into winter, ihey reckon ii an efficacious antidote their house, accommodated her with a change against the Bad effects arising from a constant use of dress, a veil, &c. and in this disguise she of fish." was conveyed to a place of safety.

From an account of a royage to Spitzbergen,

written by John Laing, Surgeon. M. Werner, the celebrated mineralogist, who died at Dresden on the 30th of June, at

RUSSIAN NEWSPAPERS. the age of 67, has bequeathed his excellent

Since the new order of things, the Russians collection of minerals, consisting of more have borrowed from Europe not only its higher than one hundred thousand specimens, and sciences, buit all the familiar means of diffusing valued at 150,000 crowns, to the Mineralo- just such knowledge as the government might gical Academy of Freyberg.

find to be profitable. The Petersburg Gazette,

the oldest , Russia, has been published in Russ PRESERVATION OF MEAT. and German, under the academy of sciences, emDon Eloy Valenzuela, curale of Bucara

bracing all foreign affairs, and such commercial manga, in South America, has discovered that notices as the interest and convenience of com

merce might require. The Northport or New meat may be preserved fresh for many months

Gazelle, iwice a week, began in 1909, under the by keeping it immersed in molasses.

minister of the interior, for the purpose of the po

lice, and for such other objects as the tranquility SPITZBERGEN.

of Russia might admit. The Russian Invalid, In the years 1806, and 1807, Mr. Laing ac- which had as its first object military affairs, ap. companied the celebrated navigator, Scoresby, peared in 1813, continued till 1815, and contained in a voyage to Spitzbergen. During this voyage all the military arrangements and documents of a nearer approximation was made io the North the einpire, with such use of the papers of HamPole than had been effected by any other sci- burg and Berlin as might fulfil its purpose. To entific voyagers. Mr. Laing's account of the this was added the Patriot, which appeared in Shetland isles and animals which frequent the 1812, and continued till the end of" 1813. Its Salem Register. Dr. Hufeland was not a little surprised,

editor belongs to the Petersburg school establish- ing arrangements for his burial; laking an affecment, and iis object was for political, historical, tionate leave of his friends; and on the point of and literary information. It contained many ar- concluding a letter to his father: in which he anticles which might assist the history and geogra- nounced the fatal catastrophe that was speedily phy of Russia, as well as of the state of the press to happen. Alter examining his condition of in that country. The Spirit of the Times, was also mind and body, the professor could diseover no another paper which appeared weckly in 1815, of remarkable deviation from his usual state of which the object was general, but it is said 10 health, excepting a small contracted pulse, a have contained interesting original documents. pale countenauce, dull or drowsy eyes, and cold The persons to whom these papers were commit- extremities: these symptoms, however, sufficiest. led were persons of reputation, and under pro- ly indicated a general spasmodic action of the tection of the governinent. Such publications nervous system, which also exerted its influence were not contined to Petersburg. At Moscow, over the mental faculues. The most serious in 1915, several papers appeared. Already in reasoning on the subject, and all the pliosuper1802 had been publis'ied the European Rerald, cal and medical eloquence of Dr. Hufeland had from Karamzin, the celebrated poet and traveller, not the desired effect; and though the student and alterwards by other hands. In this work was admitted that there might be no ostensible cause much literature, history and useful information. of death discoverable, yet this very circumstance Besides this, at the same place was the Russian was peculiar to his case ; and such was his inHerald, under Major Clinks, containing much do- exorable destiny, that he must die next morning, mestic information, with all the ardor of national without any visible morbid symptoms. In this attachment. The Moscow Newspaper, a com- dilemma, Dr. Hufeland proposed to treat him as mon paper, twice a week, was under the direc- a patient. Politeness induced the latter to ze. tion of the University. 1n Astrachan, twice a cept of such ofter, but he assured the physician week appeared the Oriental Advertiser, a politi- that medicines would not operaie. As no time cal and literary paper in the Russ and Armenian. was to be lost, there being only twenty-four hours The Casan Adiertiser was well conducted, and lett for his life, Dr. Huleland deemned proper to appeared once a week, and was under the authori- direct such remedies as prove powerful excitants

, ty of the university at Petersburg. In Charków in order to rouse the vital energy of his pupil, and was the Ukraine Herakl, a literary paper from to relieve him from his captivaled faney: the youth of the University. Another paper also Hence he prescribed a strong emetic and purappeared in this place called Democritus in Char- gative ; ordered blisters to be applied to both kow, a monthly, satyrical paper, troin a teacher calves of the legs, and at the sane time stimulat in that place. In Riga was a Russ weekly pa- ing clysters to be administered. Quietly subper, under the direction of some distinguished mitting to the doctor's treatment, he observed, persons in that place, directed to all the objects that his body being already half a corps, all of the common uewspapers in other parts of Eu- means of recovering it would be in vain. Jodeed rope.

repeating his visit in the evening, to learn that From the Quarterly Review, for November, 1816 the emetic bad but very little operated, and that

POWER OF THE IMAGINATION. the blisters had not even reduened the skin.One of the most striking instances of the The case became inore serious; and the suppos. amazing influence which the imagination posses- ed victim of death began to triumph over the inses, not over the feelings merely, but upon the credulity of the professor and his friends. Thus actual state and functions of the borlily organiza- circumsianced, Dr. Hufeland perceived, how tion, is related by professor Iluleland; iliis case deeply and destru tively that mental spasm must is so interesting, and, we may adı, so instructive, have acted on the body, to procluce a degree of that we are tempted, notwithstanding its length, insensibility from which the worst consequences to lay it before our readers.

miglit be a preliended. All the inquiries into " A student at Jena, about sixteen vears of age, the origin of this singular belief had hitherto having a weak and irritable nervous frame, but been unsuccessful. Now only, he disclosed the in other respects healthy, left his apartinents du- secrei to one of his intimate friends, namely, that ring twilight, and suddenly returned with a pale, on the preceding evening he had met with a dismal countenance, assuring his companion that white figure in the passage, which nodded to him, he was dooined to die in thirty-six hours, or at and, in the same moment, he heard a voice exwine o'clock in the morning of ihe secoud day.- claiming.-" The day afier to-morrow, al niue This sudden change of a cheerful young mind, o'clock in the morning, thou shall dic !"-He naturally alarmed his friend; but nó explanation continued to settle his domestic affairs; made his was given of its cause. Every attempt at ridi- will; minitely appointed his fineral; and even culing this whimsical notion was fruitless, and desired his friends to send for a clergy man; he persisted in affirming that his death was cer- which request, however, was counteracted.tain aur inevitable. A numerous circle of his Night appeared, and he began to compute tlie fellow-students soon assembled, with a view to hours be had to live, till the ominous next moradispel those gloomy ideas, and to convince him of ing. llis anxiety evidently increased with the his folly, by arguinents, satire and mirth. He striking of every clock within hearing, Dr. remained, however, unshaken in his strange Hufeland was not without apprehension, pilien conviction; being apparently inanimate in their he recollected instances in which mere imaginacompany, and expressing his indignation at the tion had produced melancholy effects; but, as frolics and witricisms applied to his peculiar situ- every thing depended on procrastinating, or reation. Nevertheless, it was conjecuired that a tarding that hour in which the event was precalm repose during the night would produce a died; and on appeasing the tempest on a permore favourable cha je in his fancy ; but sleep turbed imagination, till reasou had again obtain. was banished, and the approaching dissolution el the ascendancy, he resolved upon the followengrossed his attention during the nocturnal ing expedient: Úaving a complaisant patient, bours. Early next morning, he sent for protes- who retused not to take the remedies prescribed sor Hufetand, who found him emploved in mak. for him, (because he seemed conscious of the stro

on his

may be.

[ocr errors]

perior agency of his mind over that of the body,) . In the following well-pointed, but good-naDr. Hufeland had recourse to laudanum, com- tured fable, the application of which is bined with the extract of ben-bane: twenty drops easily understood, we recognize the pen of the former, and two grains of the latter, were

of a poet who has often successfully ingiven to the youth, with such effect, that he fell

dulged his vein of pleasantry. into a profound sleep, from which he did not awake till eleven o'clock on the next morning.

A FABLE, Thus, the prognosticated fatal hour elapsed; and his friends, waiting to welcome the bashful patient, For Connecticut folks and others, as the case who had agreeably disappointed them, turned the whole atlair into ridicule. The first question, however, after recovering from this artificial “Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur." sleep, was-"What is the hour of the morning ?" Ou being informed that his presages had not been

A canine Species, plumply nourish'd, verified by experience, he assured the company that all these transactions appeared but a dream.

In days of Æsop, talk'd and flourishd;

On a fine Island, well located, Alier that time, he long enjoyed a good state of With wealth and prowess much elated, health, and was completely cured of a morbid

Seiz'd Neptune's trident, car and thunder, imagination." • Hlad this youth fallen into less sagacious Their laws were just for some-while others

And claim'd his patent-right to plunder. bands, the event would, it is more than probable, Were us'd as bastards by their brothers. have answered to the prediction; and the occur- Till forc'd by wrongs to separation, rence would have stood as irrefragable evidence

These form d an independent nation. of that creed which imagines that the times have

When long the monarchy had thriven, not long since passed of individual and immediate

At last, this part far off were driven, communication between the world of sense and the world of spirits. How the lancy originated, in prison, for their comting tone :

Across a pond-or else were thrown it is difficult to say ; but it is not less ditficult to

To make these stiff-rump sinners humbler explain the phenomena of dreams.'

And still each non-conforming grumbler, In the Zoonomia, we meet with the following

For dogs of yore, (as was most rational) well authenticated tale, which has been versilicd

Had Hierarchies and orders national; by Mr. Wadsworth :

To teach plebian curs good manners, A young farmer in Warwickshire, finding his Or fit their hides for use of Tanner; hedges broken, and the sticks carried away du- To wind the system up still tighter, ring a frosty season, deterinined to watch for the

They stole froin CERBERUS his mitre: thief. He lay many cold hours under a bavstack, And Coleridion so absurd and at length an old woman, like a witch in a Was not a Dictionary word. play, approached and began to pull up the hedge; Some pilloried, with ears cropp'd shorter, he waited till slie bad tied hier bundle of sticks,

Fled for their lives, the land of Porter; and was carrying them off, that he might con- Not Lot lest home with more activity, vict her of the thelt, and then springing from bis Than these the place of their nativity. concealment, he seized his prey with violent

Where many a Rev'rence, Grace and Cur-ship, threats. After some altercation, in which her Made dev'lish work with their sky worship. load was leli upon the ground, she kneeled upon In church and state, this zeal was Laul-ed; ihe bundle of sticks, and raising her arms to While some were burnt, the rest applauded. heaven, beneath the bright moon, then at the full, At first, these outcasts own'd allegiance, spoke to the farmer, already shivering with cold, And paid the Parent State obedience: “Heaven grant that thou mayest never know Most of their chiefs, by them elected, again the blessing to be warm.' He complained Their land and freedoin they protected. of cold all the next day, and wore an upper coat, The mother Country; felt no grudges, and in a few days, another, and in a fortnights To send them Governors and Judges. took to his bed, always saying nothing made him But tir'd of vice-roy mongrel whelps, warm; he covered himself with very many blan- They set up government themselves. kets, and had a sieve over his face as he lay; Unknown, unnotic'd, unbefriended, and from this one insane idea, he kept his bed 'Twas long before their struggles ended. above twenty years, for fear of the cold air, till

In dreary wilds, midst many mad dogs, at length he died.”

Long years, they pass 'd the life of sad dogs. Sauvages relates a similar incident, upon the How long their diliiculties lasted, authority of Zacutus Lusitanus, of a melancholic How much they whind and pind and fasted ; who was always complaining of invincible cold, What tricks were play'd upon these travellers; till he was subjected by artifice to a large quan- How cunningly they trick'd their cavillers; lity of spirits of wine in a state of combustion; he How their petitions were rejected, was convinced, from his sensations during this And how their Kennels they protected; experiinent, that he was capable of feeling heat, How bold they grew froin monster quelling, and thenceforth bis cold lefi him. Dr. Haygarth, There's neither time nor room for telling: it will be in the recollection of many of our read- Attack'd, at home, hy blood-relations, ers, operated very inportant changes in the bodi. They heat them off from all their stations. by funicuons of seveial individuals who were, as By land and sea, in fine, victorious, they supposed, brought under the agency of Per- Peace made them happy, free and glorious. kins' tractors, in reality merely acted upon by Finish'd all foreign claims and quarrels, pieces of rotton wood, or rusty iron ;--under this Brim-full of meat, and crown’d with laurels, supposition, bowever, several chronic maladies, What more could wish these favor'd elves? which had refused to yield to medicine, were Alas! to quarrel with themselves. materially mitigated, and at least temporarily To logger-heads, about their dishes, cuired.'

The Bull-dogs went for lones and fishes.

-8.

One little District, fraught with knowledge an idle man, which is not national in "him. But Was famous for its schools and college;

Campbell is a poet, and I like him well! Sir For valued institutionis noted,

Joshua asked the great man if he had read any A second Athens, well nigh, voted.

of Moore's works I have read them, sir, and I Yet these shrewd pups, with rash dexterity, like their fancies vastly. But they are too clasWould aim a blow at their prosperity.

sical for the young, and 100 luxurious for the old; Instead of ancient stedy lubits,

they confuse youth in a mystic depravity, and ele. Of hunting foxes, wolves, bears, rabbits,

vate age with amorous recollections. • But, (For Aborigenes had thinn'd off,

said sir Joshua, 'you speak now of his early And game, in turn, began to wind ofl.)

poems: there is surely great feeling and unGreedy of gain and ofhce titles,

blemished fancy in his latter productions.' 'His They turn'd their teeth on their own vitals; Irish melodies are indeed the melodies of Ireland. And growling sounds, from Caucus Den,

They are national ; and not like Twiss' meloShow'd dogs, when mad, are just like men. dies of Scotland, which ought to be called the

Now nought was seen and beard but fighting, Discords of Twiss. Sir, Moore is a patriot as Town-meetings, squabling, spouting, writing, well as a poet. He makes me love his country. Calling hard names in all their speeches,

But he should not continue to circulate the meloFeds, Demos, Curs, ond Sons of B

dious immoralities of his boyhood. When once Al length was found a hound sagacious

the muse forfeits her chastity, she slains her For Moderator, not loquacious,

beauty and insults her comliness. Moore, sir, But fill'd with grave experience'd sapience- writes such songs as will sing of themselves : Not caring for their votes a ha'pence,

Twiss writes such as no one can sing.' I obBy pelf or place ne'er set agog,

served that Moore appeared to have read the Deem'd quite an independent dog ;

old theological writers well. Sir, he has, and Who thus, in council, warn’d the dogs,

in his boyish books he tacked the notes of Old « Grow poultry, cattle, sheep, and hogs.

Divinity on the verses of Young Desire. Sir, Quarrel no more for bone or bonus, *

he made Anacreon and Martin Luther join And mighty good will come upon us,

hands and" dance a reel together. He made Enough your native State will yield,

Beda hold a candle to the devil.' Sir Joshua No puppy needs go more afield.

Reynolds thought that Moore was as powerful Your Pilgrim-Sires, a patriot band,

in the fanciful as in the pathetic. I ventured to For valour fam'd throughout the land,

support the same opinion. You are both wrong. In peace, as in our revolution,

Moore is as commanding in his pathos as he is Adher'd like wax to constilution ;

captivating in his fancy, he would sooner make In their blue code, to us descended,

me weep than dance.' 'I spoke of his sociality. l'erchance, there's something might be mended. • Sir, (said the great moralist) Moore is a Whate'er is bad, change when you will,

sprightly man.” I observed that it was said he But keep your good old habits sull.

sung well. 'Sir, (said the doctor angrily,) that Be not degenerate wlipper-snappers,

has nothing to do with the nature of his poetry: Nor cut, like madcap inonkies, capers."

Singing is not genius. Moore's immortality will Hound, Mastiff, Spaniel, Pointer, Harrier, not depend upon his own voice, but on the voice The Wolf-dog, Sheep-dog, Lap-dog, Terrier, of distant ages. You stray from the argument.' Even dogs of every kind and station,

Southey. What think you, Doctor, of Bark'd their asseni“ by acclamation."

Southey? Is he not a great poet? I felt that MORAL.

I had put a lucky question to him-for his seaSo be contentions always ended.

inres bespoke the working of his mind. Destroy not. Be the inperfect mended.

Southey, sir, is a vast writer. He inundates Others reform. Make no demurring.

one with a deluge of prose and verse. I would Iraprove in all things. Up! be stirring!

not be the muse of this bard for all the honours Nor, smit with rage of innovation.

she may get. Her place is a place of all work. Misname destruction, melioration.[Boston Centinel. Southey, sir, is a court poet : and I now think

that a man cannot speak freely and truly there MODERN BRITISH POETS. at the same time. He has genius, but he wants Modern Poets'-Under this title, an ingenious moderation. His miud thinks more than his writer in the London Observer, indulging in a hand can write, and his hand writes more than lawful fiction, brings Boswell (in a dream) from posterity will read.' the shades, who relates a conversation between I changed by speaking of Walter Scott. Sir Dr. Johnson, Sir Joshua Reynolds, &c. in the Joshua-I have always admired the richness of world of spirits, in which the following opinions Scott's descriptions, and really look on him as a are expressed concerning Campbell, Moore, painter, of poets

. He colours richly and from Southey, Scott, &c.

nature.'

Johnson-Walter Scott is a pretty • What think you, sir, of Campbell as a poet, sir, but he puts too many trees into his scepoet?' I put this question to him with some alarm; nery for Scotch scenery.

He makes a Tiknowing that Campbell was a Scotchman, and voli of the Highlands.'' I remarked, that he knowing the good man's antipathy to the Scotch. ought to be a little ornamental. . But, sir, you

I think Campbell a poet. He has written little, may dress a truth so finely that it may look like but he has wriiten well. He succeeds in the lofty, a lie. Walter however, a nice writer : he and excels in the pathetic. I read his Gertrude reminds one of chivalrous tines, and I love him of Wyoming lately, and think it a pleasing for it. I have read his Lay, and I think it a poem. He has made Pennsylvania a pretty good thing,' Sir Joshua- Have you read Marplace, sir.' Do you, think, sir,' said I, that mion? The battle is full of fire. So a battle he should write oriener?' 'Yes, sir! unless he ought to be ; Walter Scott makes a stupendous thinks he should write worse. He seems to me baile. Marmion, sir, is a very magnificent

rascal.' I observed that it was a bold character.

Johnson — sir, you might as well talk of the * Bonus of the Phoenix Bank.

character of a bighwayınan. Marinion is a bold

black villian : you must not say character. Mac- rary relief-antispasmodics were then attempted beth is not a good character ; he is a Marmion, to be given, but the power of deglutition was so without his fine clothes and name. He further soon lost, that very little was taken-(about three said, "He writes too much to win an untarnished grains of the extract of Hyosciamus.) The same fame. He sacrifices worth to quantity, which sense of horror, and spasmodic constriction of will injure his immortality. Fame, sir, is but the throat, &c. were excited by looking at it the reflection of genius in the stream of time'- mirror, or any other substance having a polished Sir Joshua – I think Walter Scott amongst reflecting surface. On the morning of the 13th, poets, is what Westall was amongst painters, these sensations came on spontaneously, and very an excellent mannerist.' Johnson-Sir, I re- frequently followed by violent convulsions, the member the features of Walter's heroes so well, moment any liquid was brought in sight--the that I should know one if I saw him in a crowd power of swallowing solids now began to diminish, of other robbers. Marmion and Bertram, and and hy ten o'clock not even the saliva could be William of Delorain, are brothers. They are got down, but issued abundantly out of the black bearded ruffians, and do not know their mouth, in a viscid and stringy state-From this letters. Here Burke joined us, and I looked moment, the convulsions continued incessantly, forward to a lively conversation. I asked Dr. until two P. M. when she died. The body beJohnson what he thought of Amos Coutle. "Sir, came perfectly putrid in a few hours after her I never heard of him'.

decease.

Quebec ?aper. CASE OF HYDROPHOBIA.

DEATH OF HAYDN. Madame Bruneau, wife of Mr. Bru- Haydn, at the age of 78, died at Vienna, duncau, of the Ordnance Department, had her ihe attack of that capital by the French in arm violently lacerated by the bite of a cat, 1809. The iollowing account of his death, which about the commencement of November last. we extract from a life of that celebrated compoThe animal fastened upon her with such ferocity, ser, recently published, is not destitute of 'inthat it would not loosen its hold until some of its terest : bones were broken-it was immediately killed. “On my return to the Austrian capital, I have The laceration was washed with brine, and dress- to inform you my dear friend, that the larva of ed with some domestic remedy, such as the fa- Haydn bas also quitted us. That great man 1:0 mily had been in the habit of applying to wounds longer exists, except in our memory. I have ofand sores.

It continued open for several weeks, ten told you, that he was become extremely weak and healed at last with much difficulty. About before he entered his 78th year. It was ihe last the beginning of May, the scars became in- of his life. No sooner did lie approach his pianodamed and very itchy, attended with a sort of forte, than the vertigo returned, and his hands pinching pain which extended in the direction of quitted the keys to take up the rosary, that lasa : the lymphatics to the Axilla, and side of the consolation. neck.: On the morning of the 12th, when at- “ The war broke out between Austria and tempting to take a little cordial for the relief of France. This intelligence roused Haydn and a pain in the stomach, she found herseli" seized exhausted the remnant of his strength. He was with an indescribable feeling of horror and con- continually inquiring for news; he went every striction of the throat, as the liquid approached moment to his piano, and sang, with the small her mouth: attributing this to the smell of the thread of voice which lie yet retained cordial, she tried a little tea, and afterwards,

God preserve the Emperor!' some water; but the same feeling was excited, “ The French armies advanced with gigantic the instant she looked at either of these. Her strides. At length, on the night of the 10th of husband being employed in the Ordnance, sent May, having reached Schonbrun, balla for a medical officer of that department, who league's distance from Hadyn's little garden, immediately attended, and after much inquiry they fired, the next morning, fifteen hundred obtained the history above related of the case. cannon shot within two yards of his house, upon Care was taken in putting the necessary ques- Vienna, the town which he so much loved. The tions to the husband that the patient should not old man's imagination represented it as given up hear them, in order that she might have no sus. to fire and sword. Four hombs fell close to his picion of the real nature of the disease ; she house. His two servants ran to him, full of however, overheard some observations that were terror. The old man, rousing himself, got up made about the cat, and instantly exclaimed, from his easy chair, and, with a dignified air, • Ce n'est pas cela car mon enfant a ete mordu demandeui, 'why this terror ? know that no disa dans le meme tems que moi.” The case being aster can come where Haydn is.' A convulsive considered an important one, was reported to the shivering prevented bim from proceeding, and Inspector of hospitals, and permission was oh- he was carried to his bed. On the 26th of May, tained from the family to call in an eminent phy. his strength diminished sensibly. Nevertheless, sician, who, upon seeing the case, did not he- having caused hiinsetf to carried to his piano, lie sitate to coincide in opinion with the Ordnance sung thrice, as loud as he was ablemedical officer, that it was a distinct case of hy.

• God preserve the Emperor!!, drophobia. This opinion was on the following It was the song of the swan. While at the piano, morning further confirmed by that of the Inspec- he fell into a kind of stupor, and, at last, extor of hospitals, and the surgeon to the forces. pired on the morning of the 31st, aged 78 years Notice was given of the case to all the medical and two inonths. gentlemen in town who could be found. The “ Madame de Kurzbeck, at the moment of progress of the disease was so rapid as to afford the occupation of Vienna, lad entreated him 10 but little time for medical treatment. Copious allow of his being removed to her house, in the bleeding having been latterly recommended froin interior of the city ; be thanked her, but debigh authority, was put in practice, but with clined leaving his beloved retrcat. evident disadvantage-large doses of mercurial “ During all his life, Haydn was very religipurgatives (indicated by the state of her bowels) ous. Willout assuming the preacher, it may be were administered with some degree of tempo- said, that his talent was increased by his sincere

« AnteriorContinuar »