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“ Och, you 're a beauty,” shouted the rummer was filled to the brim, and still delighted sergeant. “I knowed, by the the quantity in the bottle appeared unsmell of your breath, that the whiskey diminished. you I've been raised on is iligant. But “ It's a jewel, that bottle of yours," methinks, my little fellow, that you said the sergeant, eyeing it wistfully. were so mighty spry a short time ago, “ It is, indeed, sergeant.” it could not trouble you much to git off “ And the whiskey, it's mighty powermy shoulders in the same way that you ful and intertainin' to the insides."

“ It was called excellent at the place “ Silence!" retorted the other, “that's from which it came," said the little man. my business.”

“ You may say that, but where did it “ Divil a word will I spake," rejoined come from? for if I may believe my own the sergeant, as the little man stepped eyes, it comes from no place at all.” from his shoulders, and bounded upon “ Ah! that's a secret,” answered the the table.

little man, laying his finger against his Here he paced up and down for some nose, with a very quizzical look; “ and time, until the Irishman, who grew only known to the initiated.” alarmed for his whiskey, thought it best “ The initiated, ph--W, I smell to drop him a slight hint on the subject. brimstone,” retorted the sergeant, shov

I should not like to mintion the ing back the oaken settle upon which he whiskey which we were spakin' about," had seated himself, and feeling for his said he, bowing low, and laying his hand rosary; for, though a stanch toper, and upon his heart—"but honour'

not particular about his company, he “Oh, honour bright,” answered the was yet too good a catholic to enter into other, “it shall be paid ;” and, fum- any compact that might endanger the bling in his coat-pocket, he drew out a forlorn hope, which he yet entertained, small bottle, which might contain about of sneaking through purgatory, without as much as would fill a moderate-sized attracting more attention to himself than wine-glass. “ Bring me those two was absolutely necessary. glasses. Ah, ha! sergeant, we'll have a But at this motion the little man grew night of it,” said he, drawing the cork fidgety; “none of that, sergeant, none from the mouth of the flask.

of that,” said he, “it 's uncivil, and I'll Just then the sergeant, who had been not submit to it; but come, fill your eyeing the size of the flask with a very glass, an empty glass destroys fellowdoubting look, stretched out his glass: ship.' “ To help company first is manners, Might I take the liberty of asking said he; “so, if you plase, I'll drink your name?” said the sergeant, filling tirst, especially as that flask happens to be most particularly small.

Ah, that too is a secret," said the Again the little man chuckled. little man, as his eyes began to twinkle, “ Small, sergeant; why, it holds ten and a smothered chuckle rattled in his gallons."

throat. “ Tin gallons! niver."

“ Well, then, if I might make bould “Do you doubt my veracity ?" quoth to reckon on sich a subject, your name the little man, bristling up.

is Doubt your voracity; divil a bit ! " What?" asked the other. divil a man that ever laid eyes upon that “ No offence, I hope. fat, round stomach of yours, would be “ None in the world." apt to do that.

Why, thin, you are most commonly “You are growing personal, sergeant,” known by the name of Old Nick,” exclaimed the other, growing red in the answered the serjeant. face; “take care, or you will lose your “ You have hit it exactly.” whiskey."

“ And now, sergeant, that you have “ It was altogether unintintional, I discovered who I am, will you tell me assure you,” apologized the serjeant; what do you think of me for I hear “ but about that same whiskey. Is it that some folks have slandered me, retin gallons that there is ?

presenting me as a crusty, ill-natured " You shall see,

,” said the little man, old fellow, who is continually getting his who was as placable as he was quick- neighbours into trouble, and, in fact, tempered; “ hold out your glass.” heaping upon my shoulders the accumu

The sergeant reached it out, and the lated villanies of every rascal that ever other poured and poured, until the large breathed."

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“ The blackguards !” ejaculated the the little man, with a winning smile, at sergeant.

the same time extending to him a small “ But tell me, sergeant, what is your steel pen. opinion of me?”

“ That 's parfectly impossible,” re“ Is it my opinion? Why then it is, turned the sergeant. that you are a divilish fine old boy, and “ Then I am to understand that you kape most excellent whiskey in that little will neither sign nor pay?” bottle of yours.

But, I say, Mr. Divil, “ That's it exactly." none of your tricks; none of your com- “ Then, here 's my respect to you,” pacts; no clawing hold of the soul, I'll said he, and seizing the sergeant by the not stand that."

nose, he wrung it until it fairly hissed; “ Oh, by no means,” returned the he sprung to the floor, dragging the body other, bowing low; “honour! sergeant, of the sergeant at his heels; he raced honour! but still I should like to see a round and round the room; he battered specimen of your hand-writing : suppose the body of the sergeant against the wall; you merely write your name upon this at one time his crooked legs were scrappiece of paper, said he, reaching out a ing against the chimney corner, the next long roll of paper, covered with cabalis. they rattled against the table; still the tical characters.

little man raced on until fairly out of “On that paper ? divil a particle of it," breath, and until every limb of the yellanswered the Irishman, who strongly ing sergeant bore testimony to the good suspected a snare.

will of his little friend; at last the cock “Well, then, try on this parchment,” crowed. said the little man, smiling.

“ Whiz! I 'm off,” shouted the little Divil a letter."

man; “but

you

'11 go along, sergeant ;" Then, you 'll not sign it?”

and darting to the fire-place, he flew up « Divil a bit.”

the chimney, still pulling the unfortunate “ And the whiskey.”

sergeant by the nose; but here his broad " It 's beautiful.”

shoulders befriended him, for though the “ You will please to hand me the rhino Alue was sufficiently large to admit the for what you have already drunk.” escape of the little man, the sergeant

“ Is it the money you mane?" asked stuck in the gap, and brought up so sudthe sergeant.

denly, that the grip slipped from his Exactly,” was the laconic reply. nose, and he fell heavily back into the Now the little man well knew that deuce a copper was there in the sergeant's It was late the next morning when the pocket, but to tell the truth he was not bar-maid, coming up to awaken the sermore fully aware of this than the ser- geant for breakfast, found him snugly geant himself; however he boldly walked seated in the fire-place, while his nose up to the chest, and commenced fumbling was holding forth in a most delectable over and over his pockets, which had soliloquy. A hearty shaking soon aroused been fumbled and fumbled a hundred the sergeant, and shortly afterwards he times before, and with like success; the made his appearance at the breakfastperspiration stood in large drops upon table, where he related his adventure; he his forehead, for he now began to trem- was laughed at by all, but it was afterble for the safety of his soul, but still he wards observed, that from that period ransacked in the deep abyss, for he well none of the family could ever be induced knew that it could not want much of to visit that room after sunset; and a few daylight, and could he but keep the devil years after, the whole house having gained at bay till then, he might not only save the reputation of being haunted, was dehis soul, but cheat him out of the pay for serted and fell to ruin. How the ser-his whiskey into the bargain. But the geant settled his bill with the landlord, I little man seemed to know this too, for never could fully learn; but I have since he grew impatient.

heard, that for more than a year afterI'm a little pressed for time, and wards, there appeared upon the side of will trouble you for that money as quick the bar a long row of chalk-marks, the as convenient,” said he, at the same time meaning of which no one could divine; extending his hand.

but what puzzled them more than all, “Och, its funnin' you are,” answered was the appearance of the three hierothe sergeant, with a coaxing air, “for glyphics which stood beneath, and which, divil a copper has seen the inside of my after close inspection, it was discovered pocket for this many a long day.” were intended to represent the letters, “ Then you ’ll sign the paper ?” said

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* NOTICE OF NEW WORKS. tended virtuosoes. If, however, the

study of history is deserving of attenancient Coins.

tion, nowhere will be found more sure

or unsuspicious vouchers for its truth, We seldom take up our pen to notice than in these small but durable monuseriatim the productions which the press, ments of the power and arts of ancient like a great volcano, is constantly issu- Rome. Considering the very numerous ing; generally contenting ourselves with public and private collections which exist detaching from each mass, in which throughout Europe, and the great congems are discernible, soine passage of venience they afford of ready reference, thought or interest, such as from afford- it is only surprising that we should meet ing us pleasure, we judge may touch a with any well educated person to whom similar chord in the breast of our they are entirely unknown. Yet extrareaders.

ordinary instances of such ignorance ocThe work, which we thus introduce casionally occur, even where the possesto notice, is entitled, A descriptive Cata- sion of some valuable coins might natulogue of a Cabinet of Roman Imperial rally have prompted an inquiry concernlarge Brass Medals. By Captain Wil. ing them. Such want of knowledge liam Henry Smyth, R. N., who while exposes the possessors of such rarities to pursuing his professional avocations, has many mortifications; it deprives them of imbibed, and well cultured, a taste for the pleasure of justly estimating the antiquarian as well as astronomical pur- value of what they possess, makes them suits, and is already known to the lite- the dupes of such as are interested in rary world by a most interesting “Me- deceiving, and occasions severe disapmoir of Captain Beaver,” and accounts pointment when they meet with a good of the islands of Sicily and Sardinia ; judge who is honest enough to tell the from the latter work we lately gave our truth. I was once much amused by readers an extract.

seeing a coin unrolled from a paper with It would seem to be almost superflu- great care and solemnity, which turned ous, in the present day, to call the out to be nothing more than a Hadrian reader's attention to the importance of worn almost smooth. Its owner was medallic studies, since it is by means of highly pleased when told that it was unancient coins that we are saved from doubtedly genuine, but proportionably much confusion in the history of past disappointed and incredulous when intimes; which Lord Bolingbroke so aptly formed that its value might be “ about describes as Philosophy teaching by three-pence.” But this was nothing to example.” By coins we are enabled the blunder of a pretended Connoisseur to fix, with exactness, the occurrence of in the south of France, who, after shewevents, and the identity of persons, which ing me a wretched medley of worthless without them would be a perfect chaos. things, produced, as the most perfect

One point should not be forgotten in article in his whole collection, a bronze the consideration of this subject, viz. the medal, and added in a tone of exultaancients being unacquainted with that tion Voila, monsieur, une médaille valuable invention—the printing press- unique ; c'est du grand philosophe Zenon !" made the national coinage their record It was a small brass of the emperor, of all important occurrences, whether of Zeno. For persons who will not take victories or reverses of fortune; of visits the trouble to be better informed, it is to the provinces, or the bestowal of pri- dangerous to dabble in antiquities; and vileges; of the typifications of the deities the unhappy mistake of the French virthey worshipped, or the virtues they tuoso, reminds me of a worthy English venerated ; all, all are alike depicted on gentleman, who was on the point of these enduring monuments of the most sending home an old brass cannon, insurprising era in the history of the scribed with the name of Hadrian, as human race.

proof that gunpowder was known to the But we will let our author speak for Romans. himself; only premising, that however “ He is but a young numismatist who interesting the body of the work may be imagines that coins derive their princito Numismatic readers, the introductory pal value from their metal. The Roobservations will be most generally ac- mans may have made brass medals the ceptable.

depository of their exploits, with more “The study of medals has been brand- care than gold or silver, under the cered with the epithet of pedantry, by illit- tainty that, as they did not so much erate persons, or such as have only tempt the cupidity of the possessor, or heard of the fancies or visions of pre- the dishonesty of servants, they were

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not so immediately exposed to the dan- the entire forms of many ancient ediger of the melting pot, and therefore fices, and the attitudes and figures of were more likely to be permanently and the most celebrated statues, executed widely circulated. At all events it is and grouped with a bold and elegant generally admitted, and a thorough exertion of the mind, as well as of the knowledge of the subject confirms the eye and hand. “ In devices of this naopinion, that Augustus reserved for ture,” says Addison, “one sees a pretty himself and his successors the right of poetical invention, and may often find as coining gold and silver, and left the much thought on the reverse of a medal brass and copper under the direction of as in a canto of Spenser.” The types the Senate, whose official signature, as on the obverse relate to its great subject, it may be termed, is expressed by the the emperor, whose likeness it bears; well known siglæ S. C. A further con- and the legends round his bust generally firmation of this implied compact, exists shew what part he took in the adminis. in an inscription found at Rome, and tration of public affairs; what civil offices thus given by Gruter —" Officinatores he bore; how many times he had been monete aurariæ, argentariæ Cæsaris"- consul, or had exercised the tribunitian (officers for coining the gold and silver power; and how often he had been samoney of the emperor). “ Yet there are luted “ Imperator" by the army. some who maintain that the Senate had "On the reverse we find recorded if power over the whole mintage of Rome; he were a man of enterprise and ambibut though all the brass coins, with very tion, his exploits; if mild and provident, few exceptions, have the “ Senatûs Con- bis benefits : thus they not only register sultu," (by decree of the Senate), upon the great military and imperial acts, but them, the gold and silver, with still also those of peace and utility; such as rarer exceptions, are without it. Ves- the remission of taxes, the opening of pasian minted the precious metals be- a road, repairing a port, raising an edifore his title was acknowledged in fice, or celebration of a festival. In a Rome, whereas the brass was only struck word, this series exhibits more faithful when the Senate received him. Albi- and striking portraits of the emperors, nus appears as Augustus on gold and empresses, and other celebrated personsilver coins, but on the brass series only ages, for more than three centuries, with as Cæsar ; and it was for assuming the their habits and implements, in a style former title that he was put to death. of beauty, boldness, and vigour. The soundest antiquaries, therefore, look “ We learn from Dio, that the Senate upon the divided privilege of coinage ordered the head of Cæsar to be stamped to be satisfactorily established.

upon the money, and that he was the “ The Mint was a more important insti- first living personage who had the high tution in ancient Rome than with us, when honour of having his effigy placed on a steam performs the office of numbers of Roman medal. men; and it was more extensive, be- “ There are persons who think it lost cause its produce was to supply a cur- time to study antiquities with ardour, rency for the world. In the rebellion or tremble at the sneers of those who of the moneyers, under Aurelian, that have no taste for such pursuits. But emperor lost 7000 of his best troops. tastes surely are only deserving of con

“A well selected series of imperial large tempt or condemnation, when they are brass, affords interest and information in nugatory or mischievous, and whatever the highest degree ; and as these coins really increases our stock of knowledge were struck by sovereigns common to all cannot be brought under either of these Europe, they are almost recognizable categories. Medals, moreover, besides as the currency of our own country. the light they throw upon former times, They offer the most elegant of all the are highly interesting as works of art; branches of ornamental literature, and and, furnishing a history of it from its have been resorted to by the most distin- infancy to its decay, they offer a comguished architects, sculptors, poets, and prehensive, varied, and elegant amusepainters, for the grace and dignity with ment, less expensive and more convenient which they are replete. Caraccio, Ra- than either that of painting or sculpture." phael, Petrarch, Politian, and Rubens We now give a specimen of one of the were among their warmest admirers; Biographs, which precede the coins of Halley, the astronomer, was no mean each personage, it is that of Marcus medallist; and Flaxman, who himself Agrippa, the intimate friend of Aupossessed a collection, was delighted with gustus. some of the coins in the cabinet here “ Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa was born described. Upon medals are preserved of an obsure, but equestrian family, B.C. 63. As commander of the feet and præ- into Rome, by magnificent aqueducts, at fect of the sea coasts, he gained the naval his own expense ;* besides which, he victory over Sext. Pompey, B.C. 36, and embellished the city with stately edifices : that of Actium, B.C.31. He was from in- and whoever has enjoyed the glorious fancy a companion of Augustus; and hav- flood of light, which still distinguishes ing proved his devotion and fidelity, was the Pantheon from all other fanes, will succesively advanced to the highest ho- remember with gratitude the name and nours of the state. By marrying Mar- virtues of Agrippa.” cella, Agrippa had been received into The original of the emblem of Brithe imperial family; but to draw the tannia, first introduced on English money ties still closer, he was made to divorce in the reign of Charles the Second, the niece, and espouse Julia, the daugh- will be found on a second brass coin ter of his patron. This event took place of Hadrian, of which we here give a fac. B.C. 21, and three years afterwards he simile. was invested with the tribunitian power, an office which Augustus had assumed to prevent his harangues being interrupted by any radical tribune of the people, and also from the authority it gave him over the senate and magistrates, to consolidate his despotism. Agrippa had a family of three sons and two daughters by Julia ; and, after a glorious career, died in Campania, on his return from an expedition to Pannonia, B.C. 12, in the 51st year of his age. The emperor, who had hastened to visit his A somewhat similar coin of his succesdying friend, was deeply afflicted: he sor, Antoninus Pius, is thus described lamented him as the disinterested part- by Captain Smyth : ner of all his vicissitudes, pronounced Obverse.--ANTONINUS AUG. his funeral oration, and buried the body PIUS P. P. TR. P. COS. III." in his own mausoleum, declaring that ( Antoninus Augustus the Pious, father not even death should separate them. of the country, endued with tribunitial

“Agrippa, although said to have re- power, and consul for the third time, tained his rusticity through life, must, about A.D. 140.)—“The emperor's head from his unblemished integrity and su

bearded and laureated.” perior qualities, be pronounced one of Reverse -- BRITANNIA. 'On the the greatest public characters that ever exergum S. C. a martial figure, wearing appeared, as well as one of the most trowers under her robes, is seated on a estimable. He gained signal victories rock, in token of firmness and restored both by land and sea; and by his splendid tranquillity, holding a long spear in her exploits established the throne of his left hand, beside her is a shield, which is friend, exploits which Horace confesses furnished with a long spike in the centre himself unequal to celebrate in suffici- —the

spear and shield testify the warlike ently lofty verse. Yet, with all his suc- disposition of the province ; for the Bricesses, Agrippa was wise and moderate tons were then highly esteemed for their in his views; he attempted to dissuade valour and firmness, as may be seen in Augustus from retaining the imperial Pomponius Mela. power, and refused two public triumphs Under the coins of Philip Senior, we which the Senate had decreed him. The observe the correction of an important latter, indeed, may have resulted as well error of Sir Isaac Newton's, with regard from policy as from contempt of osten- to the age of the “ Eternal City,” a tation;

for he thereby avoided giving discrepancy of no less than 125 years. umbrage to the emperor, who was no Indeed, the Captain appears to have ways renowned for military achieve- bestowed much pains in verifying the ments; from whatever cause the refusals chronology of events throughout the sprung, they occasioned such pageants work. being discontinued, except by immediate We cannot take leave of our author, scions of the imperial family. Agrippa without sincerely thanking him for the was instrumental in reforming the Se- gratification afforded us by the perusal nate; and, though reported to be little versed in letters, he composed and pub- Augustus of a scarcity of wine, he reprimanded

* When the citizens of Rome complained to lished a map of the world. He conveyed them severely, saying, “ Agrippa had provided the waters of Virgo, Julia, and Tepula, that no one should perish by thirst.”

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