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London Reviewer (Newspaper) - November 10, 1833, London, Middlesex THE NOVEMBER THE WEEKLY Death of Fox many are A Discourse on Occation of the Rammohnn By The Rajah RAMMOHUN ROY will in future ages he venerated as the Great Apostle of the One and True God among the Nations of Of the Brahmin born and fostered in all the mon strous doctrines and superstitions of that powerful and monopolising the spirit of the Veritable and the Just took up its habitation in his and inspired him with knowledge and devotedness for the promulgating of political and religious reason and liberty among the priestridden multi tudes of the worshippers of His labors and his vast sacrifices of personal and fortune have already had their The says the author of this eloquent Dis which he thus bore against the departure from the worship of the one only God has not been borne in Its useful influence has already been made although it will probably be long before the full extent and power of that in fluence will be Thousands of his coun trymen have followed his example in the renun ciation of The philosophical theists of India now comprise no inconsiderable portion of whatever is eminent amongst the natives for in telligence and A small dealer in in a leading article of a daily paper is pleased to say of that he was a man of a fair average but possessing much more information than We may judge of the profundity of his by the fact that his by its own unaided strength and through all the dense mists of to descry and to adore the Morning Star of Christian Morality and the Sun of the Sole and Universal Alack 1 if the understanding of the Rajah be of the fair in the depths below par1 is that of such men as this puny politician The same broadsheet creature also insinuates that the Rajah was neither a BACON nor a and a trifle in the regions of men tal might say the same thing of MARTIN LUTHER or WILLIAM SHAKS PE and with an equal degree of depreciation of the Protestant or the His Trinitarian sneer at the Unitarians were better worthy of the un read Proser of a Village Pulpit than of a man as suming to be a leader in the mental march of his The enlightened Indian is gone to his tomb we shall see his face no more his presence has passed away as as a poetic image fades from the brain his body has been silently committed to its rest in ground only hallowed by its the noblest of all consecrations his spirit is de parted to jbin the patriarchs and apo stles and philosophers and the holy and illustrious of all times and Let us draw reverentially toward his grave for it is good to wqep over the grave of such a and makes the heart The Discourse from which we have made these brief quotations is a beautiful one one in every way worthy of its praise we could not give if we The Living Man is one in sympathy with the and he has cast a noble wreath of eloquence upon the grave from which the memory and the fame of him whose mortal coil lies shuffled off beneath is as far as is heaven With one more ex tract from that we will conclude 4 it is a fine the ORIENTALISM OF RELIGIOUS Abraham was an Oriental and whatever the natioiTofttie I apprehend that an Ori entalism of nature and mental character belongs to this class of I mean by a tendency tOwaffls the the the the as distinguished from the mi croscopic and grovelling which looks only upon sees only in and comprises all philosophy in the calculations which most directly solve the What shall we what shall we and wherewithal shall we be clothed The men whose monuments rise on the ascending path of human like towers along the beneath which the tide of time has in have always had loftier and wider views than They have and what to others was only a shadowy dis tance and even who brought down phi losophy from the clouds to the business of mankind Utilitarian of his inspiring j a of admonishing his dis ciples that there are impulses and influences of higher Origin than they whose spirits are incarcerated in the gross material Of Christian reformers and philanthropists most evi dent it that this Oriental spirit is upon their forthey imbibe it in the religion Our Bible is Eastern it finds or creates an affinity in those whom it vests with a power and a commis sion to and bless the souls of their The Emigrants Tale and Miscellaneous Poems by James London Baldwin and Bird narrates his Emigrants Tale with captivating simplicity and sweetness the incidents not the most original that we have met but they are connected together in a very interesting and agreeable and the simple flow ing style of Birds poetry carries the reader on delightfully from the first line to the There is a great deal of manly and patriotic feeling displayed throughout the which we par ticularly admire and Bird appears to us to be a true philanthropist one of those few whose energies are directed towards the ameliora tion aud improvement of the social condition of their His pictures of the rich rector upon their and the poor curate are true to nature they who know such men as this Our Rector dwelt far and only eame Once in the year to flatler or to blame Shook bands with The annual Easter offering through their lives Bowed to their their children Wished them good bye and vanished with his tithe 1 The sum and substance of many a rectors regard for the spiritual welfare of bis Hook The village pedagogue is another capital sketch from but it is in the descriptive passages that we life think Bird excels not a single the most does he suffer to escape and he describes them all with a grace and elegance that we can resemble only to the beantiful proseminute ness of Miss The Emigrants Tale re minds us not unfrequently of the Millers from the different manner in which the subject is it does not excite the same intense feel ings as the poem of Bloomfield neverthe will be read with interest and and we are certain that many will be the bright eyes whose brightness the pathos of this tale will dim with Among the Miscellaneous the Metropolitan Sketches the best they are and picturesque the New Postoffice is remarkably The Vil My Fathers and will be copied into twothirds of the LadysAlbums in existence they are as good if not better anything of the kind we have seen in any of the Anniiala All this is plain matter of everyday fact under such a it is no marvel if the drama not merely but become finally as far as it lias reference to all high and spiritual pur The folly of managers and conceit of actors and actresses have effectually driven all our best writers with one great exception from behind the scenes of the Without the drama We regret that we have not at pre to pursue this subject It is an allin all important A Universal Pronouncing and Critical French English Ey Lon don The word of the titlepage of this book is an error but is a When we say the Dic tionary itself contains above modes of and new not in any we have said epough to recommend it to all English students of the French Life of Performer on the Jews London Not having heard the performance of this gentle we can neither affirm nor deny the truth of the eulogiums bestowed upon him in this interest ing little The circumstance of a producing any sort of harmony from suoh an in strument as the common schoolboys Jews is sufficient to exalt him into some and if all that is here written down of him be E ulenstein is a truly wonderful By means o a series of says the properly tuned and he commands a scale of four octaves and two other a perfect mastery over all the diatonic and chromatic inter and modulates with the most graceful facility and the nicest accuracy into every variety of He has acquired a power of stopping the vibration the instant the spring is and yet leaving it free for the next so that he can perform the most rapid staccato passages with astonishing bril liancy and The story of Eulen steins life is the common tale of genius struggling with though he appears to have battled with more than ordinary griefs he has been truly but we trust that his sufferings are at an His biography is very and we dare be universally Eulen stein is unquestionably no common man if not a he has at least the enthusiasm of aid from his many years devotion both toltlie theory and practice of he must be well acquainted with those The heartless indifference elf a London gowntearing mob of fashion as Lord Mulgrave describes it is clearly exemplified in one of the passages of May Fortune have better days in store for him I The Gardeners Ninth By Philip In 4 Hender son This edition of a good standard now being published in we can strongly recommend to all who delight in gardens and It is enriched with steelplate illustrations of much cor rectness and Valpys Shakspeare Classical Library Two more and will have furnished us with the neatest edition of SHAKS PEARE that ever adorned a number of the Classics is a continuation of and wor thy of its SELECTIONS FROM NEW The Rakes a in Three By William Leman London We notice this bookling for the merits of the not of the although the latter has here and there some touches of humour and pathos which assure us that its author can produce a good drama if he to the preface 1 Writing for actors is the curse of modern Instead of actors fitting themselves to their capacity to do which is the sole evidence of their genius as must now be fitted to them 1 On this subject REDE writes It he the reproach of our modern that plays are written for This occurs at all Numerous pieces owe their existence to or Power But a writer for the Minors generally un dertakes to measure the whole The ten dency of all this of to confirm the man nerisms of certain actors until they become en cores of No one would think of writing for the Adelphi without providing1 for Fitz and or of sending a Drama to the Olympic in which characters did not suit Madame The Drama judging the Actor by what he has seen him writes of course something resem bling and thus is one style of character the that is the authors at or steal it dont mutter nowadays a character of some novelty present it the Manager Mikes the but that part wont suit it has none of his characteristics back to the old you alter or write and if you re turn to the it is with a part that must suit because it is so very like what he pluyed jn Amid the other drolleries at tbe Royal I have known one piece re because the Theatre bad no for the lack of a prominent Frenchman tbe dramas had not been regularly built for the I have a note of a manager now before I would do the but I have no has two Fifty years tbe childlessness of appear an odd reason to refuse a Converting ya young into an old an Irishman into a or working into importance some part that you did not wish to make a prominent feature ut are mere THE From Kays Travels in Their diet ordinarily consists of which like the Arab and Foulah nation of Western they invariably use in a sour curdled It is called and rendered thus thick and acidulous by being kept in leathern sacks or the appear anceof which is filthy in the to the eye of a exceedingly New milk is seldom excepting by children nor does it ever undergo any other preparation than that already This forms the Kaffers standing dish and next to a bowl of boiled It is used in different but most com monly in a boiled When thus prepared it is served up in small out of which each helps making his hands serve as a succedaneum for Seasoning of any kind is seldom used excepting when mixed with a little the bare grain constitutes the sole ingredient of the A species of called imfe is grown in great abundance of this the natives are remark ably on account of its sweet and succulent A decoction of as likewise of the Indian is sometimes made for the pur pose of sweetening their mess of Add to the above an occasional feast of animal and we have the diet complete of a strong and able bodied They seldom sit down to more than one good meal a day and that is in the about an hour before bedtime an occasional draught of milk is generally they take The Kaffer will not eat swines flesh hence pigs are never met with upon his There is indeed a species of wild hog to which he hag no and which he will therefore eat without any scruple but when presented with a piece of pork he invariably shrinks from it with apparent rarely if ever forms one of their dishes not from any natural antipathy to the flesh but from a de cided objection to the slaughtering of calves said one of the very signifi for ever puts an end to your prospects of The bare mention of our custom in this respect induces them to question the soundness of our There are many parts of the feathered tribe too which they refuse to None of them keep poultry of any description whatever and all appear to have a strong prejudice against eggs as an article of But after repeatedly witnessing the avidity with which the Boochuana tribes devour the flesh of the 1 was most surprised to find that the on the would not touch However hungry and destitute they may their superstitious notions respecting this animal are such as altogether to prevent their feasting upon Curiosity one day prompted me to ask the reason upon which one of them told that the sagacity of the elephant renders him too much like man to allow of his being made the food of have as great an antipathy to fish as to swines and would as soon think of sitting down to a dish of as to partake of any of the inhabitants of the Some of the put fish in the same class with although the whole line of coast abounds with the people never think of throw ing in a hook or of casting a net they in totally ignorant both of the one and the In some things they are extremely particular but in others their habits are disgusting beyond mea bitting down to for if the hands are considered a quantity of fresh cowdung is invariably used as the substitute for soup and When engaged in the act of the beast is no sooner opened than a scramble takes place for the the bitter contents of which are eagerly drunk by the individual who first gets hold of Nor is this all that is calcu lated to sicken one on such occasions when cut pieces of the meat ure purposely rolled on tbe floor of the cattlefold previously to being used and certain parts even of the entrails are but ciously devour while literally covered with The small baskets in which their food is usually served up are made from a species of a strong reedy grass that is frequently found growing about fountains they are of a circular neatly and the texture close as to render them capable of containing any kind of Whenever emptied of their they are immediately placed on the ground for the dogs to and this constitutes almost the only purification they ever AN KLKPHANT HUNT On the 6th of a numerous herd of elephants was discovered in the immediate vicinity of the which gave me an opportu nity of witnessing the astonishing excitement pro duced by circumstances of this and the manner in which they are accustomed to pursue those prodigious The signal was by certain perched on the different lands round whose stentorian powers served as telegraphic mediums of each res ponding to the shouts of the By this means an immense concourse of men aud dogs were speedily assembled near the deep and bushy in which the animals had taken The clamour of the hunters and the howling of reverberated by the and echoing in the disturbed re now became The march of the herd to and fro in their umbrageous covert sounded not much unlike the rolling of im mense making everything bend or break before The cracking of trees and the falling of together with the hideous screams of the furnished terrific proof of their and of the havoc they were Three out of their number were at length brought to the and several others severely I was fre quently constrained to tremble for the safety of the whilst witnessing their fearless advances toward the huge and irritated seeing that a slender lance constituted the whole of their To see in a state of perfect boldly proceeding to within reach of one oftheie powerful by a single stroke of his might have laid them lifeless in the could not but give rise to the most serious Although crowds be engaged in the chase on those the law enables the man who first pierces the to claim both the honour and benefit its The is but as he only gets one of tbe the Chief laying claim to the other and custom requires him to furnish a cow or an ox for the close of the which is usually concluded with mirth and Of this qo I am is allowed to the elephant is con sidered to be of equal rank with the greatest of their Their attack upon this noble druped is usually made from in which posi tion ney are for some to elude the keen glance of his extraordinary small eye and some times even to hamstring him before he is aware of the approach of an His huge and un wieldy together with a disproportionately short render him but ill able to turn quickly round upon his Of this the natives are fully and advantageously avail themselves of his want of When thus engaged in the act of killing it is not a little as well as to hear them lauding the an Dont kill great Captain dont atrikl or tread upon mighty Chief while in the in tervals between those different they cast showers of spears into his tortured Tbe instant he all set up as loud a shout as their exhausted strength will enable them to The tuft of hair on the extremity of the tail is then cut and taken to the who generally places it on a pole at the or entrance of his cattle It there hangs as one of the ensigns of royalty and as a trophy of achieved by his subjects over the inhabitants of the The extremities of the ear and proboscis are likewise cut and with much ceremony deposited in some secret where they are left to no one daring to disturb them This being and the tusks the remains are lefc to be devoured by and LITTLE From Mits Par does Traits and Traditiont of On the occasion of a grand processionin honour of the which takes place annually at Nazare the Brighton of Portugal all the most beautiful boys of the neighbourhood were selected to officiate as They were twelve in and were gaily attired in garments of gold and silver with pasteboard wings upon their They were intended to surround the figure of the and formed a very striking feature in the proces They were all carefully and de sired to keep themselves quiet until they were called to take their places beside Nossa This by no means easy to children under six years of age when the Priests had taken their the wax caudles were the censers and the Virgin ready to it was discovered that two of the little angels were missing Great was tbe consternation of those who had been entrusted with the care of they as they every possible and every impossible place at said tbe who told the in despair I ran into a the door of which was standing and there 1 fouud the two little angelb play ing at pitchaudhustle I A MONASTIC A door opens from the Sacristy Reji round chapel with a admit the light it is entirely liacd with the busts of if I except tbe and the which are fulllengths each Saint bus a small glass case fitted into the containing some appertaining to it thrown on the tire before the ravage butchers vora a lock oi a bhred of aud even the paring A

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