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necessity requires the use of the weapon, it is unslung with the greatest facility; their immense whiskers, and goat-skin boots, give these natives a most striking and terrific appearance; and the hardy way in which they subsist (as an onion, a piece of bread, or a bunch of is to them a meal of luxury and content) enables them to undergo any privation, and renders them fit for the harrassing nature of their warfare, so destructive and annoying to the enemy.

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Russian Caravan.-In course of last August there left Asiatic Russia, for Koulgi, the frontier town of China, a caravan of merchandise, in value 30,200 rubles, laden on sixty-six horses, and a second caravan was in preparation. The traffic with China, in this direction, began in 1803, they succeeded in a carrying safely goods to the amount of 25,000 rubles. The Chinese city of Koutscha, with some other Chinese forts and establishments, form a line at the foot of Mount Tarabagatay, extending to Little Buckharia, along the limits of the kingdom of Koutaischa, which was conquered by the Emperor of China, about the year 1750.

Book with invisible Letters and Embellishments.-Altona, July 23. Great doubts have been entertained as to the existence of a book for which it is affirmed the Emperor Rodolphus offered 1 1,000 ducats. Liber Passionis Domini nostri Jesu Christi, cum figuris et characteribus ex nullâ materia compositis. "The book of the Passion of our Lord Jusus Christ, with figures and characters not made of any materials whatever." This book, it is recently ascertained, is in possession of the family of the Princess de Ligne. It contains twenty-four leaves of vellum, in 12mo. on which not the smallest trace is apparent on inspection; but when a leaf is strongly pressed against the blue paper with which the book is interleaved, the characters become visible, as also the out-lines of the figures, which are executed with the most laborious finishing. This work is attributed to the time of Henry VII. between 1485 and 1509. A certificate of that age vouches for its authenticity.

Night Excursion in an Air Balloon.-An Italian journal gives the following relation:-M. Giard ascended from Florence in a balloon, Oct. 1. In half an hour he lost sight of the earth, and found himself at an elevation of 2,500 toises (15,000 feet). The balloon still continued to rise, when M. Giard finding his limbs benumbed by the extreme cold, and himself nearly overpowered by sleep, manœuvred to descend; but, perceiving beneath him the Mediterranean Sea, he rose again, and suffered still more from the excessive cold. He journeyed thus in the heavens, until two o'clock in the morning. He then perceived land, and descended safely at St Gasciano, having from the moment of his ascension been absent nine hours.

Preservative Cloak from Drowning: the Invention restored to its rightful Owner-All the world knows that Captain Ladorini made not only in Upper Italy, but also in our city, in the course of last month,

sundry experiments in proof of the efficacy of his cloak for swimming, to which he has given the appellation of "Hydrostatic cloak," and especially in this city, he crossed the sea from the mole to the light house. M. Ladorini in his annunciations to the public, attributes to himself the invention of this cloak; but the learned have proved that the merit of this discovery appertains to Leonardo da Vinci, who has been dead more than three centuries. In 1785, the brothers Gerii, architects of Milan, published a work in which they gave a description and figure of this cloak, acknowledging at the same time, that they had traced the drawing of it from a sketch of Leonardo da Vinci. By means of this machine the celebrated Lunardi passed in 1788, the arm of the sea from Calais to Dover, which is seven leagues across. In the same year the brothers Gerii made experiments of a like nature at Munza, in the presence of his highness the Archduke Ferdinand, also at Pavia, Placenza, Rome, &c. At Closternenburgh, near Vienna, they passed the Danube under the inspection of Prince Charles of Lichtenstein, and many officers of the staff. Some years afterwards the brothers Gerii caused a party of five grenadiers preceded by a drummer, to proceed two Italian miles along the canal of Milan; when all these soldiers happily landed with their cloaks, in the presence of the Count of Wilezeck, and many thousands of spectators. In consequence of these discoveries and recollections, our Journals advise Captain Ladorini, instead of claiming the invention as his own, to endeavour to improve this Hydrostatic cloak to the same perfection as it had obtained in the hands of the brothers Gerii, in order to prevent any further loss of lives among such of his associates as may be induced to try experiments on its powers.

We do not sufficiently recollect such passage of Lunardi across the sea, from Calais to Dover to offer additional remarks or intelligence on this article. If it be fact that he really did perform that voyage in the manner alluded to, we should be glad to know the principle he employed. A machine capable of that enterprize may deserve encouragement. In the hands of some of our workmen, it may reach nearer to perfection than in those of the brothers Gerii.

Transparent Leather-Nuremburgh, Sept. 27. The manufacturer Resch, at Weimar, has discovered a method of making leather transparent; and completely proof against humidity. This leather has greatly the appearance of horn.

Great Saving in Brewing-An intelligent correspondent, who has successfully tried the experiment, recommends to families brewing their own malt liquor, the use of 32lbs. of brown sugar with two bushels of malt, which produced him about 50 gallons of ale as good in every respect as if made from six bushels of malt, besides effecting a saving of 31s. 8d. being the difference between 32lbs. of sugar at 17s. 4d. and two bushels of malt at 24s. making together 41s. 4d. and six bushels of malt at 72s.-The same quantity of hops is required for 8lbs. of sugar as for a bushel of malt, and he mixes the sugar with the wort as it runs from the mash-tub.

POETRY.

ORIGINAL.

FOR THE SELECT REVIEWS.

THE RELIC OF THE BROKEN STRING.

To

SAD relic of that broken string,

Once sounding high to many a varied measure,
When beauty's lips, like seraph's murmuring,
Poured on my raptured ear the song of pleasure,
Mute thou lyest,-thy spirit fled;-

That thrilling energy is dead,
Which once the heart could move;
And, soothing for awhile its care,
Awaken'd all the feelings there
Allied, and link'd to love.
Sister of harmony! no more,
When graceful fingers shall explore
The mazes of the shell,

To charm, with most persuasive skill,
The soul of music from its cell,
Obedient to the snowy hand,

Shalt thou, beneath its impulse, bland,

In tones impassioned thrill!

Another now thy place supplies,

Triumphant o'er thy spell :

Another to that touch replies,
And murmurs back melodious sighs,
In soft, responsive swell.

Alas! to still the throbs of pain,

To chase the phantom sorrow's train,

No more from slumber shalt thou rise:
Yet not unprized by me,

Sad relic of the broken string!

Tho' silent, shalt thou be.

Thou to memory's harp shalt cling,

That loves of vanish'd days to sing

When joy, and hope, were in their spring,

And rule that wildest harp, and prompt its sweetest strain.

I'll place thee there,-for well I know

How sweet that song, in cadence low,
Upon my charmed ear will flow:
The shades of past delights appear
That time has borne away,
Recording many a former day
To pensive memory dear.---

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They rise, they throng to vision'd view;
Like myriads in the solar ray,
Reluctant darkness glancing thro'-
With eyes of light, and cheek of rose,
Love his infant presence shows:
Pleasure, with her garland fair,
Fresh in every balmy flower,
That opens to the balmy air,
Moisten'd in the morning shower:
And enjoyment smiling there,
Heedless of the fleeting hour.

They pass!-but see, from mingling shade,
What radiant groups to view advance,
As the thin curling shadows fade,

And on the nerv'd remembrance glance,
In all the heav'nly hues bedight,
Luxuriant nature gives the year,

When Spring enchants the soul and sight,
With sounds, and scenes to rapture dear;
And all her odours flings around,

With living freshness o'er the ground.
And thou art nigh, beloved one!
Whose presence is thy lover's sun;
Whose praise no idle lay shall tell;
Within whose gentle breast,

As in a hallow'd shrine, or temple blest,
The pure affections, prized so well,
And placid virtues love to dwell.
Mild is thine eye, thy look is mild,-
As if, from earthly thoughts beguil'd,
On heav'n some sainted sufferer smil'd.

The minutes, Mary, pass'd with thee,
Were minutes wing'd with ecstacy,
And tinged with precious light:

Snatch'd from the gloomy power, whose tears
Dim with chill drops life's hurrying years,
Remembrance weeps their flight.

There could not from these lips of thine
A single accent roll,

That did not seem a spell divine,

And sink into the soul!

But, hark' across the quivering strings
Her timorous hand she lightly flings,
And every chord awakening tries;
Then muses half,—and half she sighs;
Till, as one melting lay prevails,
In song her rosy breath exhales.
Sweet as the sound of summer gales
That stir the leafy grove remote,
Came to the ear each dulcet note.

Perhaps, to shade awhile her face,

Expression gave her saddest grace:
For still, to feeling true,

All that pale grief, or hopeless passion knew,

The gazing list'ner there might trace,

And pity pause to view.

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Blest be sad relic of the broken string,

Blest be the harp of memory for ever!

Ah! from its hallowed chords, when e'er they ring,
Than thine, a dearer strain resound can never,
Tho' love, and pleasure brush, with golden wing,
And wake the enchantress, wild with fond endeavour.
To that wild harp, sad relic, thou shalt cling,

And death's chill touch alone thy hold shall sever!
When for my brows, that rapture ne'er caresses,

Pale grief and care, their gloomy wreath sit twining,
And lone reflection with her pang oppresses,

To touch the latent spark of joy which slumbers,
Call from the strings their melodies refining,

And pour upon my car that song's entrancing numbers!
April, 1812.
G. W. C.

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.

RECENT BRITISH PUBLICATIONS.

Historical and Military Classics: being a republication, in monthly numbers, price 2s. 6d. each, of a cheap and uniform Library Edition, of all the Greek, Roman, and ancient European original historians, in a large royal octavo page, and with a new and elegant type; so as to form a complete Corpus Historicum, or body of History, by the writers cotemporary with the facts they relate; reprinted verbatim from the best translations, and at one-fourth, and, in many cases, at one-tenth of their present selling prices.

Instinct Displayed, in a collection of well authenticated facts, exemplifying the extraordinary sagacity of various species of the animal creation. By Pris

cilla Wakefield.

A Selection from Bishop Horner's Commentary on the Psalms. By Lindley Murray, author of English Grammar, &c.

A Poetical Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain. By A. de Humboldt.

RECENT AMERICAN PUBLICATIONS.

By Thomas & Whipple, Newburyport,

The Evidences of the Christian Religion, with additional discourses. Collected from the writings of the right honourable Joseph Addison, Esq.

Also-A Dissertation on the use and abuse of Tobacco; addressed to all Tobacco consumers. By Adam Clarke, L.L.D.

Republished, from the London copy, by John Kingston, Baltimore, and for sale by J F. Watson, "The Armenian, or Methodist Magazine"-commencing with the year 1811; to be published monthly, in 40 pages of letter press, so as to

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