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ambling, which the vile policy of the government has created and ostered. All this evil is tolerated in order to raise a revenue which ãppears almost inconsiderable. The produce of the gaming-houses, and§: of debauchery, for they are all taxed, do not, .# #. sonsieur Pichon, amount to more than fourteen millions of
ancs, or about 600,000l. per annum. Formerly they were farmed for twelve millions per annum. The individual who rented them, retired with a fortune of thirty millions, and now resides on a do
main which he has purchased, and which once belonged to the , Duchess of Bourbon. At present the tables are in the hands of
the government, and may equal the whole estimate of Monsieur ichon; but whatever may be the amount of the profit derived, there is no man who must not see, that when balanced against the
loss of national morals, the sum is contemptible indeed.
“On entering these horrid places, you are first startled by the preparation of taking from you your hat and stick in the anti-chamber:-when you proceed into the rooms where they play, your heart is withered by anxious looks, and a heated stillness, rendered, more impressive by the small interruptions given to it by the sudden sharp click of a bit of wood, which intimates that the winner is and deadly: it is opposed to all social feelings, it renders even extravagance selfish, and improvidence mean;–it stifles kindness in proportion as it encourages hope;—it gives to the disposition a
sharp, edgy, contracted character, and, while it ruins the circum- . stances more fatally and surely than any other illicit pursuit, it throws neither pomp nor pathos around the downfall About these hellish tables, half pay officers, private soldiers, clerks, and ex
employés, are seen in a desperate contention with treacherous for
tune:-the expression of the face, as the trembling hand puts down
the piece of money, is awful; one piece follows another, gold is succeeded by silver, and, from five franc coins, the unfortunate
wretch is reduced to the risk of a single franc. He loses it, and leaves the room with a face that bespeaks him drained and despe
rate. For what atrocity is he not now prepared: The appearance of women at these tables is still more horrible:—their sex which is so susceptible of lovely appearances, matural and moral, seems equally calculated to display the features of deformity in their most revolting aspects.” P. 167. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
We can recommend this volume to our readers as exhibiting
a more perfect view of French manners and French tempers,
than any book we have yet seen. The language is bold and animated, such as is dictated by an honest abhorrence of vice
and treachery; and the reflections are generally marked both
with originality and justice. o “p y Justice.
uently deprived of its daily food, to indulge this vie spirit of
seizing his money. Of all popular vices, gaming is the most odious ..
Aer. xvi. The Angie's Guil. By T. F. Salter. 8vo.
300 pp. Plates. 10s. 6d. Tegg, 1815.
As a practical book this is one of the very best which we have
seen, and will prove a most useful companion to the young and inexperienced angler. To those indeed who have neither pa
tience nor inclination to follow this occupation, the natural
history of the various English fish will prove highly amusing. Every point which can concern the angler is touched upon with much judgment and skill; the descriptions of the various rivers, the acts of parliament respecting fishing, observations on the weather, and directions for the recovery of the drowned are all given in detail. The plates are excellent, and combine with the rest to make this volume a very useful and instructive work. - . -
ART. XVII. Instructions to Young Sportsmen, with a concise Abridgment of the Game Laws. 12mo. 150 pp. Johnson. 1814. -
A VERY useful manual of instructions for sportsmen, young. and old, from which many useful hints may be derived, which
cannot be found in other places. It is amusing to observe with
how much earnestness the author writes; forsaking the simple didactic, he rises into the hortatory and sublime, indulging himself in the frequent use of the prosopopeia. Do not let him be alarmed at the word, it is not Greek for a poacher, it merely signifies (in sporting language) levelling, your gun at a single bird, and not shooting at random. The character of our author's style will be seen in the following instructions respecting Snipes and woodcocks.
“A real good sportsman will feel more gratified by killing a woodcock or a few snipes, than tags full of game, that have been reared on his own neighbour's estate; and one, who is not so disposed, may be safely condemned as an errant pot hunter 1 * * ,
“The pursuit of woodcocks may be termed the for hunting of shooting—but that of snipes is declined by many, who plead their
inability to kill then, than which, nothing may be easier acquired,
by a pretty good shot.
* “If they spring from nearly under your feet, remain perfectly "
wnconcerned, till they have done twisting, and then bring up your gun and fire; but, if you present it in haste, they so tease and flurry, that you become nervous, and, from a sort of panic, canfigt bring the gun up to a proper aim. If, on the other hand,
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they rise at moderate distance, down with them, before they begin their evolutions. When they cross, be sure to fire well forward, and (if you possibly can) select a windy day for this amusement; as snipes then usually lie better, and, on being sprung, hang against the wind, and become a good mark.” P. 80.
ART. XVIII. The Magic of Wealth; a Novel in three Volumes. By T. S. Surr, Author of a Winter in London. 12mo. Cadell and Davies. 1815. - -
THOUGH evidently a hurried and hasty production, this is a
novel with no ordinary degree of merit. There is much insight into character, with a very fair share of humour. The story is
tolerably interesting, but rather improbable; this circumstance
however is rather in its favour. The hero is mighty mysterious. for the two first volumes; till at last he turns out to be a pro
tegee of the Jesuits, whom he considers still to be at the bottom. of all the mighty movements in the political world; and al
though their order was nominally abolished by Ganganelli, yet
that their influence still continues unabated. The education of the hero in the Vatican, and his sudden mission to Naples, forms. a wild and interesting story: it does not blend however with
English scenery and manners; we wish therefore that Mr. Surr
had made a separate tale out of this part of the work; with a
little pains such a history might be rendered exceedingly amusing. As a specimen of Mr. Surr's powers in the humourous, we shall present the reader with the opening of the tale.
- “Peter Perryman, of Cheapside, London, haberdasher, millimer, and lace-man, was of slender form, and sallow countenance; rather more than five feet high, and about thirty-six years old. “Each week-day morning, ere Bow Church clock struck nine, Peter had constantly received the last touches of the barber’s comb, had wiped the powder from his jessamine cheeks, and formed the rose of muslim beneath his chin. Then, ere the pow
dering gown was o, the smart blue frock, or the red
morocco slippers gave place to the tasselled Hessian boots, it was the custom of this Grand Monarque des Modes, te strut for half an hour, up and down the shop, There, with all the majesty of millinery power, he issued forth the order of the day to several, pretty girls, and girl-like boys, his female and effeminate apprentices, exciting emulation in each breast to measure ribands fasterthan their fellows, -
• * At one time he would slyly sow the seeds of avarice in their young minds, by hinting—- * - o
That when they to the ladies made their court,
Then shifting the subject of his counsels from the science of attack to that of defence, with deep sagacity he would put them on their guard against the ambuscades of well-dressed shop-lifters, forged notes, and counterfeit Bank tokens. “One morning, while Perryman was thus parading and ha-> ranguing, his oration was interrupted by the appearance of a dirty. lad, who enquired which was Mr. Perryman's shop. “‘This is the shop, and I am Mr. Perryman. What do you want with me, boy? Who are you? Where do you come from ?”
Here's a letter for you.’ - - of “A letter!—Spread Eagle –A letter for me!’ “‘Yes, Sir ; a gentleman that comed injust now, in the Yarmouth. coach, sent me off with it.” - '" . . “‘Bless me! very odds’ said Mr. Perryman, taking the letter. between his finger and thumb; for the boy had soiled it not a little with his shoe-blacking hands. Perceiving, however, that it was really addressed to him, he drew forth from the pocket of his white dimity waistcoat a shining pair of finger-forceps, clipped the paper round the wax, unfolded the envelope, and read thus:– # ‘The person referred to in the enclosed letter, waits for Mr. Perryman at the inn, to which the bearer will conduct him.” “In the superscription of the letter Mr. Perryman instantly recognized the hand-writing of a very useful acquaintance, resident at Brussels, through whose ingenuity, combined with his own, it sometimes happened, that French laces, gloves, and fans, found their way into Cheapside without the customary ceremonials of the officers established by government to superintend the arrival of all foreign fineries. Eagerly therefore he tore open the letter, which: he flattered himself was the harbinger of some new stroke of illicitsuccess; but was surprised to read—” Vol. I. P. l. . . .
Avr. XIX. Display. A Tale for Young People. By Jane Taylor. , 12mo, pp. 214. 6s. Taylor and Hessey. 1815. . . . . . . -
BEING a full aud true account of the conversion of two young ladies to the party; one of whom having no religion before, was somewhat the better; and the other, being of a devotional turn of mind, was somewhat infinitely the worse for the change. The party however will consider Mrs. Taylor as a zealous but ... . . ." - rather
rather an indiscreet friend, as she has in this very tale most unwittingly, but most unequivocally exposed all the little and low arts of which such sort of families resort, to make converts
of their neighbourhood. We particularly admire the very tender
and genile mainer in which Mrs. Taylor expresses her disapprobation of a private conventicle, which one of the heroines is in the habit of attending, before she is converted to the school of a more delicate and accomplished fanaticism.
“well had it been for Elizabeth if she had made as good
use of these meetings as many, as most of those did who frequented them. But unfortunately, she only imitated what was not worth imitating. She soon acquired a facility in using the phrases current among these poor people, and even caught something of their particular looks and gestures. Those peculiarities, which while they too easily pass among some as signs of grace, among others, are with as little discrimination, concluded to be the symptoms of a canting hypocrisy; but which are, in fact, often, most often, the genuine and natural expressions of earnest sincerity, uncontrolled by the delicacy which teaches the educated to conceal their feelings.
“But, truly, the least agreeable excrescences which are pro
duced by earnestness in religion, are more reasonable, and ought.
to be less offensive, than that finished air of indifference which
too often characterizes politer worshippers. “When a poor Christian turns the key upon her comfortless
dwelling, and sets off with her lanthorn and her Bible, to spend an hour in thinking and hearing of a place where there will be
He more want, it is not surprising if she be more deeply interested
and affected than those, who leave a comfortable drawing-room, an intelligent circle, or some interesting pursuit, and whose “joy unspeakable’ it costs them, perhaps, little effort to conceal.” P. 58,
Akt. XX. . Treatise on the Construction of Maps. . By
Alexander Jamieson. 8vo. 87 pp. Plates. 9s. Law, - 1844. . . -
To those who are desirous either from professional engage
ments or private inclination to make the science of map-making
their study, this will be found a valuable work. The several projections of the sphere are accurately described, and the principles on which they rest, are laid down in a scientific and useful mainer. Upon the practical construction of maps the readers will find much useful information, and will be enabled the more easily to detect the errors which are too often to be found even in the best of maps of distant countries.
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