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fourth, she amused herfelf with her guittar or knotting, to dis.' play the snowy whiteness of her hands and arms ; and thus em.. ployed, the would circulate the scandal of the day, in an half lilp kind of whispering tone ; every now and then biting and pinching her lips, to give them a more inviting redness. At length, perceiving her conquests not quite so extenfive, or her laves fo fanhful as her vanity expedted, the began to consider what could paffibly occafion such a falling off in her powers of aurradtion ; but at length turning about, and feeing at fome lic. tle diftance her beautiful daughter of seventeen, in a circle of pretty fellows, with a form and height, which, whilft it convicted her of her declining age, convinced her also that her artificial charms had now the misfortune of being creelly eclipied by this bloom of elegance, youth and beauty and thus chagrined at fa dreadful a truth, (which, however, she would not for. the world have ackoowledged,) she began for the first time to fee the effential difference between herself and Mademoifelle D'Urbin ; and from that moment looked upon her with an envious and jealous eye, and was ever horridly out of tein per when the was under the mortifying necessity of making her one of the party, either at bome or abroad. . In immirent danger of being thus wholly neglected, the enraged baroness at length resolved on an expedient well known to moft Parifian mothers, whose daughters are either grown tall enough or bandsome enough to claim a share in their conquests : the instantly, therefore, determined on a convent, in order to fequofter those powerful.charms which now began to cause her so much ditque tudie : this resolve, however, required fome paure, and days confideration, to carry it into proper execution ; not that the herself ever meant to become her frequent visitor, bat withed this convent so be one of the crat in reputation, that the world might approve ther conduct in the steps the was taking, when they came to know Mademoiselle D'Urbin was placed there, and so great was her care and delicacy in this point, that it being one of those where young women of quality had been usually educated, and one celebrated for the piety and learning of its inhab.tants, was not sufficient recommendation ; the rather wished it one of those where some princess resided at that time, or at leaft one of thofe that had been an asylum for blood royal. Nor was it long before the baroness bad the supreme happiness of hearing of one faicable to her withes ; and no Tooner had the made this important discovery, than the instantly conducted her daughter to this brilliant prison; and returned home, with the most perfect fatisfaction at having thus at once

relieved

relieved herself from so very troublesome a companion and si

val.

The baron expressed little or no concern at the baroness's return from the convent without Mademoiselle D'Urbin, having long resigned the reins and entire management of all domestic concerns, his own attention (as he thought) being more agreeably taken up and amused than in the dull mechanic obfervance of the conduct of either his wife or daughter ; and indeed the time of a man of gallantry is too precious to be devoted to wcmen so nearly related to him ; he was likewise at this jun&tare, for the hundred and fifty-sixth time, most violently in love ; and so great was his pasion, that it entirely changed his natural dilposition. The agitation of his mind was imprinted on his very countenance ; he became grave and thoughtful, fighed moft profoundly, loft both sleep and appetite, and was never happy bez when in company with the beloved object of his amoroas pase fions. The nymph who had now made a conquest fo flattering to her vanity, was a beauty of eighteen, a perfect Eaphrosype, who lived only to laugh, dance, and fing ; and so ongovernable was her mirth, that it frequently displayed itself on the most fe. rious subjects : what then must be its effects on one so ridicaloos as her old lover, who constantly engaged in all her whims and caprices with the most eager and docile compliance » Sometimes the would oblige him to run races with her, 'till be was nearly expiring for want of breath ; at other times the would make kim dance 'till in a most unbecoming perfpiration ; now and then, as if intending to confer a favour, The would entangle her fingers in his hair, derange his false curls, beat out the mareschal powder with her fan, and keep him in agonies left his own few grey locks should be discovered ; and whilft thus suffering little less than the torture, he was obliged to kiss the fingers which acted so malicioully; and often, when he threw himself on his knees to implore her concession, she would suddenly ring her beli, that her servants might surprize her gallant in fo comic a fitustion, so unbecoming his years, and which must appear to them so truly ridiculous.

[To be continued.]

A CAUTION again MONEY-LENDERS.

A Few weeks fince, a gentleman whose circumstances obliged A him to borrow five hundred pounds, went to one of those money-lending livindlers that are daily laying baits in the news.

papers,

papers, by advertising their generous affiftance to the needy; and having made his bargain at about thirty-five per cent, for the loan, he deposited two promissory notes, the one payable at fix, and the other at three months, for 250l. each. He was de. fired to call in the evening for the money-he called, but the person who went into the city to negotiate the notes was not returned-he called the next morning, but could get no satisfactory answer-he went in the evening to a magittrate--the magistrate could afford him no redress, as the person to whom he gave the notes was not to be found, and there was no witness present at the transaction, to prove their delivery in the house where the business was done. The matter refted a day or two longer, when the gentleman went again, and fortunately, as he thought, found the person to whom he gave the notes, though he was in a far different dress from that in which he appeared before, being then a grave lookiog gentleman in a grey wig, but now a smart clerk, with his hair powdered. In the identity, however, he was not mistaken ; but his notes were gone for ever. The fellow said he had paid the gentleman the money, and that he could bring a witne/s or two to prove it. To advertise the bills was useless, for they were transferred and nego. tiated, and the gentleman must pay them when due, or go to gaol.

Read this, ye who are in distress, and avoid the advertising money-lenders, as you would avoid the certain loss of whatever fecurity ye trust in their hands. Surely the legislature will put a stop to the open and bare-faced plunder which these fellows are daily making of the unwary and credulous man in distress. A similar affair to this happened last summer to an officer of the guards ; but he and his friend went to the principal's house, and clapping a pistol to his head, kept him in fear of his life, antil he fent a person and got back the notęs.

A CURIOUS Account of the Discovery of a New ISLAND,

in the Sea of Iceland. Communicated by a Member of the Royal Society. A Very uncommon phenomenon has lately appeared in the A sea of Iceland. A new island has rose from the ocean, so near to Iceland, that now the inhabitants are aware of its situation, they can observe it on a clear day, provided the wind is in a northerly direction ; but when it blows from any other point, the island becomes obscured in smoke, no less than three

volcanos

volcanos being upon this new region. The volumes of fmoke arising from one of the chief craters are very confiderable, but nothing of a fanie has yet been remarked. This idagd was firit observed by a Norway trader, on a return fron Iceland to Drontheim ; the crew of which were so terrified, thar the ftood away from it with the atmolt precipitation. Soon after, i Dane from the Sound fell in with it, and at first mitteok it for the continent of Iceland. The matter, however, did not ap. proach nearer than a league's diftance, but stood on for Skal. bolt, the capital of Iceland, where he made a report of his dat · covery to the Danish governor. It was at firit conceived chat es had fellin with a monstrous body of ice; but on his perseverice in his account fome officers of the garrison, with feveral of te moft skilful seamen of Iceland, went in quest of it; and is about three hours after their departure from Skalholt, came 6 near it, that a boat was hoisted out, and the island taken pofidfion of in his Danish majelty's name. It is said there is not the leatt appearance of a foil, but that the surface is of a marly 13ture, with crannies running through it, filled with pumice stones, which are suppofed to have been thrown out by the dif ferent volcanoes of the island, at the time it was árft formed; as it, no doubt, was then in a very convulsed and agitated ftare, This fingular production, which is supposed to have been formed in the spring of the prefent year, will no doubt induce fach of the learned world as are curious in their inveftigation of nature's works, to visit this extraordinary phænomenon. Many conjecture that this island rose at the time Sicily suffered fo much be the late eruptions of Etna ; but those who consider its neighbourhood with Heckla, the second volcano in the world, which is much superior to Vetuvius, will rather attribute it to force inteitine commotions of the earth.

R E F L E C T I O N S. CARCE any shew themselves to advantage, who are orci S folicitous of doing fo.

Subdue your reflets temper, that leads you to aim at preeminence in every little circumstance : like many other paffions, it obftructs its own end ; instead of gaining respect, it renders you a molt disagreeable companion.

Apply yourself more to acquire knowledge, than to thew it. Men commonly take great pains to put off the little ftock they have, but chey cake liccle pains to acquire more.

ANECDOTES

ANECDOTES of the late Dr. KENRICK.

TN general this very ingenious man spent a good income as fast

as, and sometimes before, he earned it; but there was one period in his life, in which the management of Mr. Griffiths, che present proprietor of the Monthly Review, made him reflect on his situation, and turn æconomist. Kenrick who had 2001. due to him for reviewing, for Library, and for magazine writing, was much in debt, when Griffiths explained to a friend of both a plan he bad laid for reforming his spendthrift difpofition, which was, to reserve by contrivance rool. till is would be of real use to him. He did it, and soon after Kenrick, as foreseen, was ar. rested. When in the King's-Bench, Griffiths assembled all his creditors, made a composition with them, and sol. set the doctor free from all debt, and then giving him the remaining 201. offered much advice. It had a good effect; for the doctor, after that, whenever difficulties threatened, ran into the country and boarded for a year or so, in a little miserable farm-house, where all sorts of expences were only col. a year; and this practice recovering him, he has been often heard to say, that all his afterhappiness in life depended upon it.

Dr. Kenrick was a remarkable instance of facility in writing on different subjects. He at one time wrote all the articles in the Polite Literature in the Monthly Review ; translated French poetry for the Library; and composed the Natural Philosophy for the Grand Magazine. He at the same time was translating Rousseau for Mr. Becket ; wrote politics for the Craftsman, at a guinea a week; affifted in the London Magazine and the Uni. versal Museum ; in Oriental Tales for the latter, and Historics of. Europe for the former. It was at that period that he earned 800 guineas a year.

ANÉCDOTE of the BARON DES COUTURES, a French

Nobleman,

THE baron being informed that some of his creditors had

1 obtained judgment against him, and that execution was entered upon for the execution of his goods, took care of having all his furniture removed by night in a clandestine manner. The bailiffs came the next morning, and hearing nobody at home, broke open the door of the house, when, to their great surprize, they found nothing but the naked walls, with the following lines written on one of them : Vol. II, 44

Creanciers,

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