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A New Spirit of the Age ; by Horne,

259 German Translations of Scottish Songs, 35, 118

Abyssinia ; Harris's Travels in,

182, 232 Germany, Mrs. Shelley's Rambles in,

729

Actresses, Our; or, Stage Favourites,
414 Godley's Letters from America,

317, 435
Africa, South ; Backhouse's Visit to,

630 Gore, Mrs.; Papers by, . 1, 69, 167, 205, 273, 348
Alpaca, The; its Ctility to the Farmer,

597 Gordon's (Mrs.) Fortunes of the Falconers, 321

America; Godley's Letters from,

317, 435 | Gossip on Sensuous Influences,

219

Annuals, The ; for 1845, .

789, 793, 794 | Grant, Mrs., of Laggan; her Memoirs, &c.,

174

Antigua and the Antiguans,

197 Grant's Impressions of Ireland and the Irish, 766

Aristophanes; The Spirit of,

312, 611, 634 Grant's Paris and its People,

43

Australian Sketches; by Thomas M'Combie, 95, 152, 308 Gravedigger, The ; a Novel,

151

Authoress ; Scenes in the Life of an,

36, 245

Hamilton (Rev. Dr.) of Leeds, raising a War-cry, 679
Backhouse's Visit to the Mauritius, &c.

630 Harris' (Major) Highlands of Æthiopia, 182, 232

Barrett, Elizabeth; Poems by,

720 | Harry Monk; a Novel,

117

Beau Brummell, Life of; by Jesse,

382 Haverty's Wanderings in Spain,

327

Belle (The) of the Family; a Novel,
104 Heath's Book of Beauty, for 1845,

789
Bishop's Diary; A,
163 Herbst’s (Oswald) Letters from England,

521, 641

Blanks and Prizes; or, The Wheel of Fortune ; Historical Society, The ; Reminiscences of,

20

a Tale; by Mrs. Gore, 1, 69, 167, 205, 273, 348 Holland's Vital Statistics of Sheffield, .

56

Bon Gaultier and his Friends,

119, 341, 477 Hopes; a Tale, by Miss Bremer, .

442

Bon Gaultier; Papers by, 49, 119, 341, 477, 545 Horne's New Spirit of the Age,

259
Bremer's (Miss) Hopes; or, The Curate,

442 Howitt's (W.) Translation of a Tale by Nicander, 625
Bremer's (Miss) Sophia Adelan, and Strife and Peace, 141
Breen's St. Lucia, Historical and Descriptive, 673 | Ireland and its Rulers ; Part II.,

329

Brougham's (Lord) Political Philosophy,

529 | Ireland and its Rulers; Part III.,

743

Brummell, Beau; Jesse's Life of,

382 | Ireland and Repeal,

544

Buchanan on our Taxation and Commercial Policy, 703 Ireland and the Irish ; Grant's Impressions of, 756
Burns and Byron,

622 Ireland, Campaign in; by the Wife of a Colonel, 650, 694

Burns and Clarinda Correspondence,

28 Ireland ; Memoirs of the Union with,

000

Burns Festival, The; at Ayr, August 1844, 545 Ireland | Sketch of the Great Debate on, (Session
Butler, Mrs. (Fanny Kemble); Poems by,
725 1844 ;) by an Eye-Witness,

237
Irish Franchise and English Factories,

337
Campaign in Ireland ; by the Wife of a Colonel, 650, 694 | Irish Loan Funds and Montes de Pieté,

784
Canada, The Settlers in; by Captain Marryat, 807 | Italy, Mrs Shelley's Rambles in, .

729

Carlén, Emily, the Swedish Novelist,

493

Carpenter, The; and The Capuchin Monk, 625 Jacky-Jacky, the Australian Bushranger,

152

Chadwick's Report on Interment in Towns, 193 Januarius (Saint); Liquefaction of his Blood, 531
Channing's Works; his Views of War,

674 Jeffrey's (Lord) Contributions to Edinburgh Reriew, 12
China ; Captain Cunynghame's Book on,
664 | Jesse's Life of Beau Brummell,

382

China, History of; by Thornton,

603 Jost Ammann's Story,

561

Clarinda and Burns Correspondence,
Commercial Policy of Britain ; by Buchanan, 703 Keepsake, The, for 1845,

789

Common Law and Special Jury; by an Irishman, 303 King, Lord ; Speeches and Writings of,

400

Complete Suffrage Party,
643 Kirk of Scotland, in the time of James IV.

85, 156
Coningsby; or, The New Generation,

447
Corn Law, The,

642 Laing's (Samuel) Translation of the Heimskringla ;
Cornopean, The Improved,

or, Chronicles of the Kings of Norway, 281, 369
Correspondence between Burns and Clarinda, 28 Life in the Bush Described,

216
Cox's Life and Correspondence of Niebuhr, 709, 775 Life in the Sick Room, (by Miss Martineau,) 131
Cunynghame's Service in China, Hong Kong, &c. 664 Literary Register, 56, 131, 190, 266, 321, 397, 462, 524,
Curate, The; or, Hopes; by Miss Bremer,

442

591, 664, 740 793
Liverpool ; Two or three things about,

429
Dahlmann's History of the English Revolution, 598 Loan Funds and Montes de Pieté,

784
Diaz, Bernal, del Castillo; his Memoirs,

668
D’Israeli's Coningsby; or, The New Generation, 447 M'Combie' (Thomas) Australian Sketches, 95, 152, 308
Druses ; Society in the Mountains of the,
740 M'Gregor's Commercial Statistics,

462
Dublin College Life ; Reminiscences of,

20 Mahon's (Lord) History of England, vol. iv., 462

Dun's History of the Oregon Territory,

601 Marryat's (Captain) The Settlers in Canada, 807

Mauritius ; Backhouse's Visit to the,

630

Earth-Stopper, The; by John Mills,

488 Maxwell's Wanderings in the Highlands, &c. 190

Eldon; Life of Lord Chancellor,

570,654 Meredith's (Mrs) Notes, &c. of New South Wales, 805

English Factories and Irish Franchise,

337 Mexico ; Discovery and Conquest of,

668

Episcopacy in Scotland,

294 Mills' Our Hearth and Homestead, 554, 613,681,757

Erastus on Excommunication ; transl. by Dr. Lee, 467 Mills' (John); Papers by, . 488, 554, 613, 681

Mills' The English Fireside ; a Tale,

398
Factories Ten-hours Bill, The,
405 Missionary Meeting (A) calling for War,

679
Feast of the Poets for September 1844,
581 Montes de Pieté and Loan Funds,

784

Federalism; Mr. O'Connell and,

748 Morocco; French Aggression, and English Accusers, 677

Fisher's Annuals for 1845,

793,794 Morrison's (John) Reminiscences of Sir W. Scott,&c. 15
Foster's Contributions to the Eclectic Revier, 524 Murray's (Hon. C. H.) The Prairie Bird ; a Novel, 534
Fox-Hunt, A; by John Mills,
685 Murray's (Hon. R. Dundas) Port Phillip,

213
Free Trade,
541 My Wife's Album ; by Bon Gaultier,

49
Free Trade and Free Labour Sugar,
476 Mysterious Man, The; a Novel,

591
Gentleman ; What is a ?
417 New Generation, The; by Mr. D’Israeli,

447
German Lyrical Poetry ;
Uhland,
364 New Novels, The,

104, 141, 591,794

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New South Wales, Notes, &c. of ; by Mrs. Meredith, 805 | Report of the Scottish Poor Law Commission, 109
New Testament, Politics of the,
749 Rose (The) of Tistelon ; a Swedish Novel,

493
Nicander, the Swedish Novelist; a Tale by, 625
Nichol's Contemplations on the Solar System, 266 Scenes in the Life of an Authoress,

36, 245
Nicoll, Robert ; Third Edition of his Poems, 728 Schools (The Parochial) of Scotland, 515, 565
Niebuhr, the Historian of Rome : Life and Corres- Scots Greys in Ireland. By a Colonel's Wife, 650, 694
pondence of : from the German; by Cox, 709, 775 Scott of Monklaw ; The late Mr.

68
Niemcewicz's Notes of his Captivity in Russia, 797 Scott, Sir Walter; Reminiscences of,
Norway, Chronicle of the Kings of,

281, 369
Sensuous Influences; A Gossip on,

219

Shelley's (Mrs.) Rambles in Germany and Italy, 729
O’Cody, The; of Castle-Cody,
417 Sheridan, Billy; and The O'Cody,

417
O'Connell and the Federalists,
748 Sheridan's (Billy) Breakfast Table,

20
O'Connell's Monster Trial,
303, 472, 677 Shoa ; Major Harris's Account of,

182, 232
Opening of the Session, The,
137 Sketch of the Irish Great Debate,

237
Opie's (Mrs.) Reminiscences of a Party at Lady Cork's, 101 Smiles' History of Ireland,

401
Oregon Territory, Dun's History of the,
601 Solar System, The; by Professor Nichol,

266
Oswald Herbst's Letters from England,

521, 641

Sporting Legend (A) of Old England, by J. Mills, 787
Otter Hunt, An; by John Mills,
619 St. Andrews,

357
Our Hearth and Homestead; a tale; by John St. Lucia ; Breen's Account of,

673
Mills,

554, 613, 681, 757 Strife and Peace ; a Novel ; by Miss Bremer, 141
Overlander, The ; An Australian Sketch,

308 Swedish Novels,

493, 442, 469
Overs’ (John) Evenings of a Working Man, 742 Syrians, The Modern ; or, Society in Damascus, 740
Paris and its People ; by Grant,

43 Tahiti. The French and the Missionary Consul at, 677
Parish Nurse, The ; by Miss Meteyard,

36 Taxation and Commercial Policy of Britain, 703
Parochial Schools of Scotland,
515, 565 Teacher's Journal, A,

645, 697
Patmore, Coventry; Poems by,
726 Ten Hours' Bill; The Factories',

405
Pearson, Henry Hugh ; Professor of Music, Edinr. 735 Thom, William, of Inverury ; Poems by,

728
Pemberton's (C. R.) Life and Remains,
195 Thornton's History of China,

603
Poetry: by Barrett, Butler, Patmore, Thom, Nicoll, 720 Tistelon, The Rose of ; a Novel, by E. Carlén, 493
Political Philosophy, by Lord Brougham,
529 Twiss's Life of Lord Eldon,

570, 654
Politics of the Month, 65, 255, 337, 405, 472, 541, Tytler's History of Scotland, Vol. IX.

608, 677, 748
Politics of the New Testament,
749 Uhland, the German Poet,

364
Poor Law ; Report of the Scottish Commission, 409 Union, Repeal of the,

472

800
Port Phillip, A Summer at; by Hon. R. D. Murray, 213 Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation,

War called for, by Dr. Hamilton of Leeds,

679
Quaker Mission to the Mauritius and South Africa, 630 War deprecated by Dr. Channing,

674
Raeburn, Sir Henry; Morrison's Reminiscences of, 15 Waterton's Essays on Natural History,

530
Raimbach, Abraham ; Memoirs of,
223 What is a Gentleman ?

417
Reid's (Mrs. Hugo) Plea for Woman,

423 Wheel of Fortune, The ; by Mrs. Gore. See Blanks.
Reminiscences of Dublin College Life,
20 Wilson's (Mrs. C. B.) Our Actresses,

414
Retrospect of the Session, 1844,
608 Wordsworth and his Poetry; Remarks on,

641
Repeal Agitations, The Two,
472 | Woman ; Mrs. Hugo Reid's Plea for,

423

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A Beacon,

307 On Miss Helen Faucit's Juliet 122 The Invitation of the Tavern Dan-
A Bridal,
756 On the Cradle of a Babe. (Beranger) 590 cing Girl,

343
A Christmas Carol,
129 On the Death of Campbell. By J. The Invocation,

53
A Fragment,
719 W. Ord,
586 The Last Home,

356
A Mother's Wail. By C. Campbe!, 587 Prospective Jubilee on the Mersey, 584 The Lay of the Legion,

487
A New Scottish Ballad,
126 Queen Elizabeth,
583 The Lay of the Love-Sick,

124
A Rosary from the Rhine, 280, 396, Recollections of an Old Tree.

368 The Leander of the Forth,

121
416, 510, 624, 786 Schiller's Ode to Joy,

244 The Little Maid and the Flowers, 589
A Song from Afar. By Mathisson, 590 Song of the Ennuyé.

345 The Loyalist of the Vendée, 484
A Swiss Melody,
584 Song of the Secessioni,

127 The Massacre of the M.Pherson, 478
America,
428 Song from “ Egmont,'
663 | The Mishap,

54
April Song,
337 Sonnet to Richard Cobden,

131 The Mistress of Greyling Grange, 492
Beauty and Love,

314 Sonnet to Thomas Carlyle, 588 The National Anti-Corn-Law League, 42
Bursch Groggenburg,
50 Sonnets by Major C. Campbell, 434 The Night Watch,

54
Campbell's Funeral." By a Lady, 587 Sounds; à Fragment,

588 The Norsemen,

381
Christmas Time,

11 Stanzas on the Burns Festival, 696 The Pic-Nic of Buccleuch,
Comfort in AMiction,

54 The Ancient Gentlewoman, 581 The Poor Man to his Dead Child, 236
Death,
492 The Ballad of Lycaon,

342 The Scheik of Sinai in 1830, 485
England and France. By Mrs. Gore, 48 The Beautiful and True ; a ballad, 584 The Scottish Christmas,

129
Epigram--and Love and Reason, 653 The Bush of Southernwood, 585 The Shortest Day,

765
Galatea : a classical Ballad, 582 The Child's Questions,

774 The Song of St. Rollox,

120
German Translations of Popular The Convict and the Australian, 51 The Song of the Starved by Law, 94
Scottish Songs,

The Dirge of the Drinker,
348 The Southern Wind,

590
Ill-fated Ambition,
311 The Doleful Lay of the Honourable The Star and the Angel,

588
Ill-fated Love,
633 I. 0. Uwins,
51 The Student of Jena,

49
Latour D'Auvergne, Grenadier, 589 The Dream of Constantine,

696 The Trooper's Song. (Schiller,) 151
Lay of the Bell. (Schiller), 82 The Fight with the Snapping Turtle, 316 The Wind and the Leaf,

588
Lays of a New Era,
55 The Flight for Freedom,
166 The Withered Flower,

103
Mary,
492 The Food-taxed. A Glee,

Theckla’s Song, (Schiller's,) 381
Mary Stuart's Last Prayer, 482 Ebenezer Elliott,

231 To a Dying Favourite ; by S. Jervis, 487
Musca Moribunda. By S. Jervis, 173 The Harp of Memnon,

585 To Bon Gaultier ; by F. Rimini, 347
Music. A Rhapsody,
212 The Husband's Petition,

53 To Rosalind, (Miss Faucit's,) 123
Night and Morning,

54 The Interment of Thos. Campbell, 479 To some beautiful Sea-Shells, 587

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TAIT'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

JANUARY, 1844.

BLANKS AND PRIZES; OR, THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE.

A TALE. BY MRS. GORE.

feebler sex.

took the goods the gods provided gratis, but took PART I.

amazing care of them. The old-fashioned furniCHEERFULLY overlooking the waters of the ture bequeathed by her grandmother with her Severn, as if taking pleasure in the beauty of its spacious

house, was rubbed and scrubbed and bursite, and superior to the interested views usually nished by her diligent hand-maidens, till it acarising from vicinity to a navigable river, stands quired a sort of ironical freshness, like the youthful the town of APSTON, or the town we intend to call airs of an old beau : and had the smallest particle Apston; an airy spot, and a rural : for not only of her curious old china come to mischance, or the are the gardens of the spreading suburbs fair to see, smallest piece of her antique plate been missing, and interspersed with what are called “genteel the magistrates of Apston would have heard of it. residences,” but, in summer time, a very fair crop Her servants were charity girls, taken from the of grass makes its appearance in all but the Mar- poor-house, to be drilled into a knowledge of their ket Place. For Apston has only a single manu- duties : and that their drilling did credit to the factory, to balance against a considerable number crabbed old lady, was avouched by the specklessof widows in easy circumstances, and light-footed ness of her floors and brilliancy of her andirons. single ladies. The tranquillity of the place ap- Miss Lavinia was as good a housewife as though pears to possess an almost conventual charm for the there had been any one to applaud or profit by her

housewifery. But not a human being took pleaNo barracks, no manufacturing population, no sure in the neatness and orderliness of her house, colliers or miners within distance, to shake with not even herself. their insubordination the foundations of this peace- It was, however, at least an object of envy. Not ful city of refuge. “The spinsters and the knit-one among the whist-playing widows but would ters in the sun,” pursue their work unmolested; have been thankful to exchange her narrow lodgand the spinsters and widow ladies their whist, ings for the roomy and commodious mansion of without fear of an intruder more dangerous than Miss Lavinia Meade ; and whereas on the gala Dr. Toddles, the meally-mouthed physician-general evenings devoted to receiving the thrones and doof the neighbourhood, or old Mr. Mumbleton, the minions of Apston, the Mayor and his deaf wife, vicar. St. Ursula and her train might have set Dr. Toddles and his toadying sister, and a horde of up their rest at Apston, without peril to their minor Misses of small accompt, the rich old maid eleven thousand reputations.

gloried in an exhibition of her superior gentility Among the singlest of the single ladies, and re- and household treasures : there was some excuse siding in the house usually pointed out to strangers for the covetous eyes with which many contemas the best in the town, was Miss Lavinia Meade; plated her establishment, and many more specu-a damsel who, for the last thirty years, had gone lated, like Alexander's courtiers, on the future by the opprobrious title of old maid; and who, distribution of her inheritance. born to a good fortune, had spent the greater part For Miss Lavinia had no immediate relations. of her life in rendering it better. Why, it was The nearest was an aunt, married in British Amehard to say: for those who amass fortunes for their rica, of whose family little was known at Apston; successors, have usually objects of affection to in- and the old lady had been so careful to circulate herit their property ; whereas Miss Lavinia ex- in the town that she could devise her property to hibited no sort of sympathy with her family or whom she pleased, and that the public charities of fellow-creatures. Her self-denying thrift, there- Apston had better look to themselves, that her fore, probably arose from an innate taste for whole tea-drinking acquaintance were justified in hoarding.

trusting that the heirless old maid might win her But though supposed to spend only a fourth way to Heaven by loving at least one of her neighpart of her income, and to waste no portion of bours as herself. even that on the superfluities of life, she not only In defiançe, therefore, of wind and weather, and

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in spite of variabilities of temper, characteristic of relationship as if no other woman in the world were
March rather than the usual simile of April, (for cousin to a junior captain of light infantry,
they changed not from sunshine to rain, and vice It is true, no other at Apston happened to en-
versa, but from rain to sleet,) her card-parties were joy that distinction. Dr. Toddles had a brother
sedulously attended. Every newspaper that reach- who was a half-pay Colonel of Marines; and Mrs.
ed Apston, was offered in succession for Miss La- Mumbleton, a nephew, a Lieutenant in the East
vinia's perusal ; and en it became evident to India Company's Service.

But not a soul among
all that little world, that Miss Toddles, the Doc- Miss Laviņia's tea-drinkers, saving the stern host-
tor's sister, had evil-spoken, lied, and slandered ess, had the smallest right to feel nervous at
herself into paramount favour at the White House, the issue of a second edition of The Courier. She
a general outcry of indignation arose, at the idea was the only heroine akin to a Peninsular hero,
of that fine fortune, of three thousand a-year, throughout that quiet town.
passing from the hands of one stingy old skinflint In process of time, however, Captain Erskine
into those of another.

came to be everybody's hero as well as her own. Just, however, as the gossips of Apston, and Every individual of the tabby coterie was familiar Miss Hannah among the rest, had begun to look with his marchings and counter-marchings, his upon this dispensation as unchangeable, a name hair-breadth 'scapes, his hopes of promotion, his escaped the lips of Miss Lavinia Meade, unaccount- chances of leave of absence. The three little Misses ably unfamiliar to the ears of her toadies. She began Prebbles, nieces to the mayor, made spirited to talk of “my cousin Captain Erskine;” nay, sketches of light infantry officers, manæuvring at even to accept the loan of newspapers on the piea the head of their companies, both on and off the of wishing to see whether the Gazette contained field of battle,—all supposed to bear reference to honourable mention of this hitherto unmentioned Miss Lavinia's cousin ; while the Toddleses were kinsman. For the Peninsular war was at its often heard to whisper, that if Captain Erskine fiercest ; and there was every excuse for those who obtained leave of absence, they only trusted no imhad Captain-cousins, occasionally feeling hysteri- portant movement of the French armies might take cal at the blowing of the post horn ; and no sooner place while his services were withheld from the had the Apstonians satisfied themselves that Cap-cause of his country! Though Wellington, in tain Erskine was not a man of straw, that he had short, might be the hero of Great Britain, in a local habitation in Lord Wellington's camp and the eyes of Apston, Erskine was the man. a name in the Army List, than they became agi- At length, within a year of the “glorious termitated in their turn with sudden interest in the nation” of the Spanish war, the gallant corps, of fortunes of the campaign; and echoed with an which Captain Erskine formed a part, was ordered unanimous “ Amen” the opinion of Miss Lavinia, home; that is, all that was left of the gallant that the advisers and maintainers of that bloody corps : for on its disembarkation at Portsmouth, and devastating war, would have enough to an- there were scarcely men left to return, with an swer for.

effective cheer, the warm salutations with which “ To think of so many fine young men, the they were greeted by their fellow-countrymen on hopes of so many honourable families, sacrificing shore. Worn and torn, they looked like anything their valuable lives in behalf of a set of cigar-sinok- rather than the victorious troops of the conqueror ing, frowsy, priest-ridden Spaniards!” cried Miss of the modern Cæsar. Toddles, with a somewhat single-sided view of con- Apston, however, still beheld them in its mind's tinental politics ; upon which sympathetic hint, eye as the élite of the British army; and, now that all the old ladies, far gone in their cups—of hyson there was an immediate probability of an introducor bohea-groaned in unison.

tion to Captain Erskine, scarcely wondered at the There were those, however, in Apston who triumphant joy of Miss Lavinia ; or the zeal with whispered that Miss Toddles had appeared quite which the gilt frames and looking-glasses of the as much startled as her neighbours, on first hear-White House were unpapered, and its lustres and ing the name of Captain Erskine ; and protested girandoles released from their canvas-bags, in order that all these lamentations over the perils of “fine to do honour to him who was about to do so great an young men, the heirs of prosperous families,” pur- honour to them all. The idea of possessing familiarly ported only to discover the nature of the old lady's by their firesides a man still reeking from the smoke feelings and intentions towards her kinsman. But of the cannon of Soult,-a man fresh from the whatever curiosity either she or others might razing of cities and sacking of convents,—was alentertain on the subject, was soon appeased : most too much for the sensibility of a circle to for from that day forth, nothing but “Captain whom even a militia-officer was a rarity. The Erskine"

was heard of at the White House. younger Misses only trusted he might not prove Whether, as some asserted, Miss Lavinia had too martial and ferocious for their susceptibility ; only lately been made coguizant of his exis- the elder ones saw, with envious feelings, that Miss tence, by a deathbed letter from her aunt, (a Lavinia was no longer ashamed, though her eneyounger sister of her mother, married to an Ame- mies spoke to her in the gate, rican loyalist,) or whether she had kept the secret On the evening it was known that Captain in her heart of hearts to be wreaked in vengeance Erskine would arrive at the White House by the at some moment of peculiar spite upon the aspir- London coach, all Apston held its breath with ants to her inheritance, certain it is that from the emotion. By the middle of the following day, moment of avowal, she appeared as proud of the one began to inquire of the other, whether the

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