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among the lines, which he once service, instead of playing the owned in Scotland, poor and unbe common tune used, he played up friended. He wrote to court, but his “ Brose and Butter," with all its letters were never presented, or energy, and characteristick merri. were not regarded. Wearied and ment! In a moment, the astonished incensed, he travelled to London, organist was ordered into the king's and placed himself in all publick presence. “My liege, it was not places, thinking that the eye of me, it was not me!” he cried, and majesty might reach him. But he dropped upon his knees. “ You ” was never noticed, and his mean cried his majesty, in a delirium of garb did not suit the rich, laced, and rapture, " you could never play it embroidered doublets of court; so in your life-Where's the he was insulted, and pushed from Let me see him?” Cockpen prethe king's presence. At length, he sented himself on his knee. attempted by cunning what he could Cockpen, is that you—Lord, man, not accomplish by plain dealing. He I was like to dance coming out of ingratiated himself with the king's the church !” “ I once danced too,” organist, who was so enraptured said Cockpen, “ but that was when with Cockpen's wit and powers of I had land of my own to dance on." musick, that he consented to his « Come with me,” said Charles, tarequest of playing on the organ be- king him by the hand, " you shall fore the king, at divine service. He dance to Brose and Butter on your accordingly played with exquisite own lands again, to the tenth geneskill, yet never attracted his majes- ration !” And he was as good as his ty's eye. But at the close of the promise.
MIRACULOUS ESCAPE FROM A TIGER.
THE following miraculous of these did my beatee discover escape from a tiger, is related by a one of the largest tigers I ever gentleman in a letter to a friend, da. ted at Jaulnah, in the East Indies, « The circumstances were as folMay 19, 1810.
low:-I was passing on at my usual «'I arrived here this morning slow pace, and taking care that evewith colonel Conran's force.
ry bush was well beaten, I arrived “ There is good hunting and at a low and narrow, but rather a shooting about twelve miles from long bush, and had passed to the this place; but it is dangerous from farther end, when one beatee cried the number of wild beasts. I had, out Saheb, saheb, -Baugh! Baugh! yesterday a most iniraculous escape, I withdrew a few paces; put two which is the tals and wonder of all balls into each barrel of my gun,
over the shot; sent one man to call “ I usually go out on the flank, assistance from the line, and was and yesterday was beating down a endeavouring to get a sight of the nullah parallel to our line, and about animal, as the man who remained 300 yards distant; I had killed one was pointing out his head, his legs, hare, and was anxiously looking out and his face, but my endeavours for another.
were vain. My bad eyes led me into « The place appeared by no means the greatest peril; for finding that I dangerous, becau:se the bushes were could not see him, I unwisely conlow and insulatedl; but yet, in one cluded that he was further off than
my beatee declared, and with my strength to fire, and perhaps it is gun cocked, I advanced crouching fortunate I did not. The tiger gal. towards the bush; as I expected to loped off, turned about, and then see him through the branches near galloped at some distance past us, the ground, which seldom have any and in sight of the whole line of foliage, but could not get a glimpse baggage. Four men were killed by of him; when, lo! as I had just a tiger on the road, and I have no touched the outer sprays, the mon doubt but it was by this one. You ster rose not a yard from me, and will agree that I had a narrow rushed out with a roar that with- escape; for it was wonderful that he drew all my strength.
did not spring on one of us, on first “ It appeared as if the bush was beating the bush; and more woncoming up by the roots; he brushed derful, that he did not paw me in me in passing, and sprang at my passing, for he actually touched me. beatee, when, to my astonishment, The only reason that can be given I witnessed more courage and pre- is, that he must have been
gorged. sence of mind than I ever hope to If I had possessed your eyes, I must see again. As the tiger was spring. have killed hin; when within two, ing, the man, undismayed, struck even six yards, I could easily at him with his bamboo full in the have lodged four balls in his head, face, and the tyger turned off. I and I had a brace of pistols to have had neither presence of mind nor
LAWS OF THE ROAD.
Ansando versus Brandon (King's Bench, December 10, 1810.) THE following action of trespass, have seen the other, as it was not in which Mr. Bernard Ansando was then dark, and the coachman swore plaintiff, and a Mr. Brandon, defend that he could see one hundred and ant, we lay before our readers, in fifty yards before him, and that the order that the publick may under- road was wide enough to admit of stand correctly the full extent of that five or six carriages. Under these custom, which is now emphatically circumstances, when the violation termed the law of the road. As of the custom, or law of the road, Mr. Ansando was travelling in his was attended with no inconvenience, own chaise to his country seat, near and when Mr. Brandon's gig was Mortlake, on the third of last Sep- almost opposite to the carriage, from teinber, he was encountered with some sudden impulse he thought such violence by the defendant dri. proper to pass over to his own side ving in a gig, that the shaft of the with such rapidity, that the accident gig
entered the neck of Mr. An- abovementioned was the immediate sando's horse; wounded him so des- consequence. The coachman and perately, that he died in little more another witness were cross-examithan an hour. Mr. Ansando's coach- ned; but as no contradiction took man and Mr. Brandon were both place, and as counsel for the de. driving on what is called the wrong fendant admitted that he had nothing side respectively, both having their but circumstantial to oppose to poleft hands instead of their right to sitive evidence, the jury, under the the centre of the road. It was pro- direction of his lordship, gave their ved, on the trial, that Brandon must verdict for the plaintiff, to the amount
of ninety two guineas, for the horse stone, vol. i. cap. 74, lord Ellenbeand other losses 'with which the ac- rough was pleased to remark, that oident was attend ed.
the custom must not be enforced An allusion being made to Chris- unnecessarily, or so as to produce tian's explanatioja of the law of the inconvenience. road, as found in his notes on Black
MODERN LINCOLNSHIRE MAGICIAN.
THE following most extraordi of wine, when the old mas, in a dig. nary event happened in Lincoln nified and authoritative tone, at the shire, in the autumn of 1807, and same time extending his hand, said, may be relied on as an absolute “No !" Sir H. was astonished at the fact:
singularity of the check, yet unwilThe violence of a fall deprived ling to offend, remained silent. The sir Henry F. of his faculties, and he instant dinner was over, the old man lay entranced several hours; at left the room, when one of the comlength his recollection returned. He pany addressed him in the following faintly exclaimed, where am I ?" words: “ By what misfortune, sir, and looking up, found himself in the have you been trepanned by that unarms of a venerable old man, to feeling man who has quitted the whose kind offices sir H. was pro room? O sir ! you will have ample bably indebted for his life. “ You cause to curse the fatal hour that revive," said the venerable old put you in his power, for you have man: “ fear not: yonder house is no prospect in this world but mise. mine: I will support you to it: there ry and oppression; perpetually subyou shall be comforted.” Sir H. ex. ject to the capricious humour of the pressed his gratitude; they walked old man, you will remain in this gently to the house. The friendly mansion the rest of your days; your assistance of the venerable old man life, as mine is, will become burden. and his servants, restored sir H. to some; and, driven to despair, your his rcason. His bewildered faculties
days will glide on, with regret and were reorganized. At length he melancholy, in one cold and misesuffered no inconvenience, except rable mcanness. This, alas ! has that occasioned by the bruise he re been my lot for fifteen years; and ceived in the fall. Dinner was an not mine only, but the lot of every nounced, and the good, old man one you see here, since their arrival catreated sir H. to join the party. at this cursed abode !” The pathe. He accepted the invitation, and was tick manner that accompanied this shown into a large hall, where he cheerless narrative, and the singular found sixteen covers; the party con- behaviour of the old man at dinner, sisted of as many persons—no la- awoke in sir H's breast sentiments dies were present. The old man took of horrour, and he was lost in stuthe head of the table; an excellent por some minutes; when recoverdinner was served, and rational con- ing, he said: “ By what authority versation gave a zest to the repast. can any man detain me against my
The gentleman on the left hand will? I will not submit; I will opof sir H. asked him to drink a glass pose him by force, if necessary."
" Ah, sir !” exclaimed a second gen- he would follow him to his master. tleman, “ your argument is just, but He did so, and found the old man your threats are vain. The old man, seated at a table covered with a sir, is a magician; we know it by desert and wine. He arose when sir fatal experience; do not be rash, sir, H. entered the room, and asked paryour attempt would prove futile, and don for the apparent rudeness he your punishment would be dread
was under the necessity of commitful.” I will endeavour to escape," ting at dinner; « for," said he, « I said sir H. “ Your hopes are ground- am Dr. Willis; you must have heard less," rejoined a third gentleman; of me; I confine my practice entire« for it was but six months ago, ly to cases of insanity; and, as I that, in an attempt to escape, I broke board and lodge insane patients, my leg.” Another said he had bro- mine is vulgarly called a madhouse. ken his arm, and that many had been The persons you dined with are killed by falls, in their endeavours madmen. I was unwilling to tell you to escape; others had suddenly dis- of this before dinner, fearing it appeared, and never had been heard would make you uneasy; for, alof. Sir. H. was about to reply, when though I know them to be perfectly
entered the room, and said harmless, you very naturally might his master wished to see him. “ Do have apprehensions.” The surprise not go,” said one; “ take my ad- of sir H. on hearing this, was great; vice," said another, “ for God's sake but, his fcars subsiding, the doctor do not go.” The servant told sir H. and he passed the evening rationally he had nothing to fear, and begged and agreeably.
To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine. SIR,
I OFTEN puzzle persons, who in which I cannot hastily anticipate; general reason closely, by asking and the principle may, in various them, why a boat sinks when a hole is respects, prove of consequence to made in the bottom ?
mankind. Many of our readers, from habi. In brief then: A boat, or ship, the tually considering this cause and ef- materials of which are specifically fect as inseparable, will be disposed lighter than water, sinks when a hole to smile at the question. I will, how is made in it below the water, by the ever, prove its claim to considera- pressure of the parts of the vessel tion, by reminding them, that the which are out of or above the water, boat, which sinks when there is a upon the parts which are immersed. hole in the bottom, is specifically This principle being understood, lighter than water; that is, we have numerous practical inferences flash in this fact, the philosophical para- on the mind; and I shall briefly state dox, of a body sinking in a fluid of those which at this moment occur greater specifick gravity!
to me. The cause is worthy of conside 1. When a ship springs a dangerration, because, as boats and marine ous leak, the true way to prevent vessels in general, are of great im- her sinking, is to diminish ber portance to man, deductions and in- height, and voluntarily sink all that ferences may arise from its explica- is possible ot her bulk in the water. tion, of considerable practical utility. Whatever belongs to her which is The ship builder and the navigator specifically lighter than water, may avail themselves of it in a way should be cast overboard, without VOL. v.
being detached from the ship's bodywhen thrown into water; simply be The masts should be cut away and cause men are able to raise their fastened alongside, on or under the fore limbs above their heads, and water. Every thing should be re animals are not able to do so. The moved which is above the level of animal sinks to the level ascertained the deck; and, if specifically lighter by his own specifick gravity, and than water, should be fastened to the that of the fluid, which leaves, persides, in, or under the water. The haps, nothing but his nose above the very crew should immerse their bo
water; and then, to regain the shore, dies to their chins, and nothing he exerts the same action with his should be allowed to remain above limbs as he does in walking. If men the surface, that can be conveniently were to remain passive, keep down immersed. Of course, as much iron their hands, trust to the laws of work, and other bodies specifically specifick gravity, and put themselves heavier than water, as possible, in the attitude of walking, the same should be detached and thrown over results, and the same security, board. By due attention to this prin would, in general, be the conseciple, I should presume, a priori, quence. Savages swim from their inthat no ship could founder simply fancy on the same principle; and from a leak, or from filling with civilized man may, in this respect, water.
condescend to take a lesson from 2. With respect to a boat, the savage and animal life; or, in other principle is the same. If a boat words, from pure nature. springs a leak, or from any other
For the present, I am content with cause fills with water, the passen having, through your magazine, sub. gers should instantly lie down, and mitted these ideas to the world, and keep nothing but their faces above I leave it to the leisure opportunity, the water. Every thing heavier than patriotism, or benevolence,
of others, water should be thrown overboard, to apply them to all their beneficial and nothing be allowed to stand
purposes. above the tevel of the water, or on
COMMON SENSE. the top of the boat.
3. By attending to the same prin N. B. It concerns me to observe, ciple, persons may often avoid being by the records of mortality in your drowned. The total of the human magazine, that numerous females body, in vital action, is specifically were burnt to death during the last lighter than water; a living human winter, notwithstanding I pointed body, therefore, will swim in water, out an infallible means of avoiding provided it is not sunk by parts of it such accidents in a former paper. being protruded above the water, As those means cannot too often be which unimmersed parts force down published, I shall remind your readthe parts under the water, till the ers that they consist simply in the internal cavities fill. If a person who party lying down, as soon as the falls into water, holds his breath, clothes are discovered to be on fire. till, by the laws of specifick gravity, A lady's muslin dress, which might he rises again to the surface, and take fire at the skirt, would burn then protrudes no part of his body from top to bottom, and produce a above the surface besides his face, fatal density of flame in half a mihe cannot sink again. But the weight nute, while she is standing upright; of his arıns alone, if protruded out but if she were instantly to lie down, of the water, or even the entire of
even though she took no pains lei. his head, without appropriate action, surely to extinguish the flames, ten will be sufficient to sink him. Men minutes would elapse before her are drowned, and all animals swim, dress could be consumed, and the