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THE DEVIL'S DANCING-PLACE. Mr. Epiror,-If the subjoined “ One of these giants, called Bohdo, little Romance from the “German who was immensely huge and powerPopular and Traditional Literature ful, spread terror through all the is admissable into your work, I am land. Before him trembled all the extremely happy in forwarding it to giants, both among the Bohemians you. Yours, respectfully, and Franks. But Enma, the daugh

PANGLOSS. ter of the king of the Riesen.gebirge MORE than a thousand years ago, [the giant mountains), would not all the country about the Hartz was yield to the suit he urged. Neither inhabited by giants, who were heathens strength nor cunning availed, for she and sorcerers. They knew no joy was in league with a powerful spirit. but in murder and rapine. If all other One day, Bohdo beheld his belored weapons failed them, they would tear hunting at a distance on the mounup oaksof sixty years growth, and fight tains; he saddled his courser, which with thein. Whoever carne in their way sprang over the plains at the rate of fell beneath their clubs, and all the a mile a minute, and swore by all the women whom they could scize were spirits of hell, to reach her this time carried off to wait upon their plea- or perish. He rushed on swift as the sure day and night.

hawk flies, and had nearly overtaken her before she perceived that her whirlpool which still bears his name. enemy pursued her; when, at the dis- There, changed into a black hound, tance of two miles, she knew bier he watches the Princess's crown, that enemy by the gate of a plundered no one may draw it from the gulph. town which he bore as a shield. Then A diver was once induced, by spurred she swiftly her horse; and it large promises, to make the attempt flew from hill to hill, froin rock to -he plunged in, found the crown, rock, over marshes, and through and drew it up till the assembled woods, till the trees on the forest crowd beheld the golden points. cracked like stubble under its feet. Twice the burden escaped from his Thus passed she over Thuringia, and hands, and the people cried to him to came to the mountains of the Hartz. renew the attack. He did so, andOften did she hear, some miles behind a stream of blood tinged the pool, her, the snorting of Bohdo's steed, but the diver came up no more. and goaded on her own courser to

• The wanderer passes through new exertions.

that vale with chilly horror, for At length it came panting to the clouds and darkness hang around it, brink of the precipice, which is now and the stillness of death broods over called, the Devil's DANCING-PLACE, the abyss-no bird wings its way over, from the triumph there of the spirits and in the dead of night the hollow of hell. Emma looked down in hor- bellowing of the heathen dog is often ror, and her horse trembled, for the heard in the distance.' rock stood like a tower more than a thousand feet over the abyss below. LONDON PORTER. From beneath, was faintly heard the rushing of the stream in the valley,

Mr. Editor, -As an article under which here curled itself into a fright.

this head, recently made its appearful whirlpool. Above it, on the op- defunct (the Hire, No.64,) I subjoin

ance in a Weekly Periodical, now posite side, rose another shelf of rock, which seemed scarcely wide enough to

the following, from which the abovereceive the fore-foot of her steed. mentioned was evidently altered; and, Awhile she stood amazed and doubt: if deemed worthy of insertion, I'trust ful. Behind rushed the enemy more

it will prove acceptable to the Readers hateful to her than death; before lay

of your Miscellany. the abyss, which seemed yawning to

Yours, truly,

ALBUMANIA. her destruction. Again she heard the snorting of her pursuer's horse, and The Egyptians have the credit of in the terror of her heart, she cried being the inventors of beer; they to the spirits of her fathers for help, called it the Pelusian liquor, because and, reckless, plunged her ell-long it was first made at Pelusium, a city spurs into her courser's flank.

at the mouth of the Nile, abont And it sprang ! sprang over the 1200 years befor the

istian æra. abyss of a thonsand feet, reached Porter, for which London has become happily the rocky shelf, and drove its so distinguished, was introduced about hoof four feet deep into the hard the year 1730*. Previous to that stone, till the sparks of fire flew like time, malt liquors in general use lightning around. There is the foot- were ale, beer, and twopenny: it was step still! Time has not bated aught then customary to call, for a pint of of its depthi, and no rain shall wear half-and-half, i.e. half beer and half away the track.--Emma was saved !

twopenny; or else a piut or tankard but her royal crown of gold fell, of three-threads, meaning, a third of during the leap, from her head into ale, beer, and twopevny. Thus the the abyss below, Bohdo saw only his publican was obliged to draw from Emma, and thonght not of the pre- three casks, to serve one customer. cipice; he sprang after her with his war-horse, and plunged into the

# The Hive dales it at 1722.



To avoid this trouble and waste, a Countess de Provence (the wife of brewer, whose name was Harwood, the late King); the Dueless d'Orleans conceived the idea of making a liquor, gave to her the chemise. The Queen which should partake of the united stood, with her arms

across hier flavours of ale, beer, and twopenny; breast, and seemed suffering from this he called entire, or entire butt the cold - Madame seeing her painbeer, meaning that it was drawn en- ful attitude, contented herself with tirely from one cask or butt. It was throwing her handkerchief, kept hier soon discovered to be a very hearty, gloves, and, in putting on the chenourishing liquor, suitable for porters mise, pulled off the Queen's headand other working people, whence it dress, who began to laugh to conceal obtained the name of Porter. (Com- her impatience, after muttering several pare Nic-Nac, vol. i. p. 148.) times — It is odious—what impor

tunity!—[Extracted from the MeFRENCH ETIQUETTE,

moirs of the late Queen of France, by Madam Campan, one of her Maids of

Honour.)—ALBUMANIA. “ The dressing of the Queen was a chef d'euvre of etiquette; every

ON SLEEP. thing was regulated. The lady of Tired natnre's sweet restorer. balmy sleep." honour, and the lady D'Amours (or "T'is a law of Nature that animals dressing woman), together, if they must sleep. The insects, which have both happened to be together, assisted scarcely any brain, seem rather to by the first woman and two ordinary rest only, or to be rendered torpid by women, performed the principal ser- cold, than really to sleep. In the las vice; but there were distinctions be- titude of Hudson's Bay, Ellis found tween them. The lady D'ATOURS put

on board his ship masses of congreon the jupon (the under-petticoat), gated flies; and on the banks of the and presented the robe. The lady of rivers, frogs, frozen as bard as ice : honour poured out the water for on removing them to a warmer place, washing her hands, and put on the they recovered feeling and life: but

When a Princess of the if they were afterwards frozen, they Royal Family was present at the could not be again recovered. It is dressing, the lady of honour ceded to obvious that this state was more like her this last function, but did not torpor than regular sleep. Man, on cede it directly to the Princesses of the other hand, cannot keep awake the Blood; in this last case the lady twenty-four successive hours without of honour gave the chemise to the difficulty, and without involuntarily first woman, who presented it to the falling asleep. Most quadrupeds rePrincess of the Blood. Each of these semble him in this particular; but ladies observed scrupulously these among the various species of them, usages, as being matters of right. we observe great differences in regard One winter's day, it happened that to the necessity of sleep. the Queen being quite undressed, was It is not (as some persons erroneon the point of having her chemise ously {imagine) a natter of indifput on; I held it unfolded and ready; ference to health where we sleep. In the lady of honour entered, hastened many houses the bed-rooms are those to draw off her gloves, and took the which are found unfit for any other chemise, There was a tap at the purposes. The poor frequently sleep door, it was opened, and the Duchess in holes, where they have not so much d'Orleans entered; her gloves were room and air as a dog that is chained drawn off, she advanced to take the to bis kennel. Many people, in good chemise, but it was for the lady of circumstances, have bed-chambers honour to present it to her, she gave which are so small, dark, and dirty, it to me, I gave it to the Princess ;• that they would be ashamed to shew there was another tap; it was the them. This is an important error in


ought to

the conduct of life. As we commonly every one condemned the practice, spend a third part of the twenty-four when Plater rose“I am now sehours in our bed-rooms, it behoves us venty years of age, said he ; “I to take all possible care that we may have always taken my nap after dinenjoy pure air for so long an interval, ner, and have never been ill in my especially as we cannot well renew it life.” in the night time. To this end we It is an important question, how ought never to sleep in the apart- long a person ought to sleep. Too ments in which we live during the long sleep overloads too short, stints day; but choose for a bed chamber the animal nature. The best sleep a spacious room exposed to the sun, should continue no longer than till that can be opened in the day for the we are satiated with it.

This saadmission of pure air, and the dis- tiety depends upon a hundred difpersion of the vapours collected ferent circumstances. A lively disduring the night. The beds should be position does not require so much often shaken up, and these as well as sleep as a phlegmatic temperament. the bed-clothes, exposed in the day to We often hear people complain they the action of the sun and air. It is cannot sleep at night, who neverthenecessary to obse

these rules, if we less are hearty and lively during the would secure ourselves from the ef- day, and who merely err in going to fects of a vitiated atmosphere. bed too early, and lying too long.

Night is the best time for sleep: They retire to rest, perhaps, at ten it is more quiet than the day; and it o'clock, and awake at three or four. is better for us to be in bed than up, Conceiving that to sleep well, they because the warmth of the bed pro

sleep the whole night tects us from the cold and damps of through, they call that restlessness, the night. It is also advisable to re- which is but the effect of vivacity. tire to rest before midnight. It is They do not require longer sleep. proverbially said, and with truth, Their force is recruited in a few that the soundest and most whole hours; after which they ought to some sleep is that which we obtain rise, anticipate the sun, and pursue before twelve o'clock. If we remain their occupations. The same is the up too long, we waste too much of case with the indolent, whose head our strength; hence result certain and hands are alike unemployed. For movements of the blood, which are a them, it were better that the day was kind of consuming fever. The least twice as long, or that they made no degree of fever in the blood is well difference between day and night. known to occasion restless sleep; They should only lie down when they and therefore it is never advisable to are sleepy, and rise as soon as they defer it till after midnight.

awake, and fall to some kind of work Great heat, severe exertion either or the other. I know a person who of the body or mind, and hearty has relieved himself from sleepless ineals, sometimes dispose us to sleep nights, by adopting this method : in the day. It has been a subject of he rose as he awoke, be the hour what frequent discussion, whether sleep it would ; employed himself for an after dinner be wholesome or not. hour, or till he grew sleepy, then lay There can be no doubt but it is, when down again and slept till morning. we feel heavy and disposed to sleep. In a short time he cou!d sleep tlie

Boerhave was once of opinion that whole night through, especially after sleep after dinner is pernicious. Hip- taking bodily exercise in the day. pocrates, Galer, and other eminent The position of the body in sleep physicians, recommended bodily ex- is a point of some consequence. The ercise before dinner, and a nap after head ought not to be too low, and it, with Felix Plater. The latter once there should be nothing to obstruct attended a meeting of his colleagues, the free movement of the chest and at which the question was debated: abdomen, For this reason, all night



clothes ought to be loose. The body keep bed-rooms well ventilated, and ought to be equally covered, and none free from damp or humidity: hence of the limbs should be in such a they should face the sun, and not be posture as to keep the muscles in on the ground-floor of the house. action. If you fall asleep with your Cold in the head and loss of hearing, hands clasped, you find, on awaking, are frequent complaints with persons that your fingers are dead and have who sleep in damp close rooms. no feeling. If you lie with crossed Among the surest and most innolegs, they either contract that sensa- cent means of procuring sleep, wine tion which is called being asleep, or and tobacco are to be preferred; but you get the crainp in them. It is both inust be used in moderation. hurtful to sleep much sitting in A sliglit degree of exhileration is a chair; if the legs hang down, they soon succeeded by drowsiness. We are apt to be swollen in the inorning; must avoid profuse suppers, by which and if they are laid upon another, the stomach is overloaded. Healthy this position compresses the abdo- persons may with safety eat moderate

Some maintain that it is suppers; for fasting is found to prebest to lie on the right side, that the vent sieep. It is a bad habit to drink heart may move with greater free- tea, coffee, or a great quantity of any dom.

thin beverage, before retiring to rest. Corpulent persons are, almost Above all, avoid the use of opiates withont exception, disposed to pro- shun them as rock on which found sleep; which may more justly the soundest constitution must be be regarded as the forerunner of apo wrecked. plexy, than the invigorator of ani

ALBUMANIA. mal life. Dionysius, the corpulent tyrant of Heraclea, slept so soundly, that to awake him, it was necessary to thrust pins through the fat into

MISSIONARIES' FAREWELL, his flesh. Apoplexy at length carries off such drowsy persons; and as their sleep is an image of death, so death Land, where the bones of our fathers

are sleeping, in them exactly resembles sleep. Too

Land, where our dear ones and sond ones. long watching also tends to promote

are weeping, unnatural drowsiness. Soldiers, after Land, where the light of Jehovah is passing several nights without sleep shining, during seiges, have been known to be We leave thee with sadness, but not with so overpowered as to fall asleep on repining! the batteries, amid the thunder of the bombs and cannon. Persons who have been cruelly prevented sleeping

Dark is our path ov’r the loud-roaring for several weeks, have, after the se


Dark are our hearts ; but the fire of de venth week, become so insensible, as

votion not to ybe roused from their stupor Kindles within ;-and a far-distant nation when beaten ever so severely.

Shall learn from our lips the glad song It may not be amiss to warn the


of salvation. Reader against the introduction of the vapour of coal or charcoal into

Hail to the land of our toils and our sorbed chambers. It produces restless

rows! and unrefreshing sleep, heaviness, Land of our rest!- when a few more lcstupor-pay, even death itself, according to the degree of its strength. Pass o'er our heads, we will seck our For this reason, I cannot approve the cold pillows, practice of warming beds with burn. And rest in our graves, far away o'er ing coals. Care should be taken to the billows !


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