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follows:---“ At half past two o'clock in the morning, I take two spoonfuls and a half of jalap, and then a quantity of electuary; then I sleep till 7, and repeat the dose both of jalap and electuary; at nine o'clock, I take 14 pills of No. 9, and 11 of No. 10, to whet my appetite for breakfast; at breakfast I eat a basin of milk; at eleven, I have an acid and alkali mixture; afterwards I have a bolus; and at nine at night, I have an anodyne mixture and go to sleep.” After some progress had been made in the evidence, a compromise took place, the plaintiff accepting a verdict for 450l.
The Boston Recorder, in censuring the very common, but improper custom, in our new settlements of naming new towns after some favourite character, or after some old established town, gives the following curious facts:---" In looking over the list of post towns in the United States, we counted 7 Charlestons, 8 Springfields, 9 Chesters, 9 Columbias, 11 Middletowns, 11 Salems, and 13 Washingtons. In Ohio they carry this fashion still further. In that single state, there are 7 towns by the name of Salem, 8 by the name of Greene, 9 Jeffersons, 9 Madisons, 10 Waynes, and 13 Unions; besides a multitude of less frequent repetitions.
“ It is needless to comment upon the inconvenience and perplexity which arise from this ridiculous custom. We know of frequent instances, in which letters and bundles, intended for Charlestown (Mass.) have been sent to Charleston (S. C.) and have not reached their owner till months after they were due, and until the contents had lost nearly all their interest. Such mistakes, in the case of mercantile men, must be frequently attended with heavy losses. This custom is, therefore, a serious evil to the community, and some method ought to be devised by which its future progress may be prevented. Those who have the naming of new towns ought to remember, that the compliment they pay an old settlement by adopting its name, is a poor compensation for the embarrassment which they entail upon its commercial and other correspondents.”
HARD DRINKING.---From the census in 1810, it appears, that no less than 25,499,382 gallons of ardent spirits were distilled that year. Imported 8,000,000, making 33,499,382, of which were exported 133,853--which leaves to be consumed 33,365,529 gallons in one year.
Since the year 1810, there has been, in all probability, a very great increase of spirituous liquors by distilleries.
The number of inhabitants in the United States was estimated to be 7,230,514. From these deduct the slaves then in the United States, 1,185,223, which leaves 6,045,291. And by a calculation that bas been made, there may be deducted for the number of children, 1,650,000--which leaves to drink this immense flood of spirits, 4,395,291 persons.
To state it in round numbers, say 4 millions 390 thousand persons, to drink 33 millions 365 thousand gallons of ardent spirits in one year; which is at the rate of 7 1-2 gallons to each person. Facts and figures are stubborn things. Those who drink one gill of spirits per day, drink, in one year, more than 11 gallons. Many drink a pint, which amounts to 45 gallons and 5 pints per year!
A lady in the course of conversation happening to say varuation, was reminded by Paddy O'Bramble, that the word was variation. The lady observed that it was all the same thing, and seemed a little offended, until Paddy said, “Oh! madam, heaven forbid there should be any difference between U and I.”
TO READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS. The “poem” from College, would have been more acceptable had it been less expensive. “Hast got a shilling, Muggins? Pay the post, Muggins.” Under the circumstances in which this poem was produced, we think it is entitled to inuch praise: but as youth, want of time, or inex. perience are impertinent pleas at the bar of criticism, where the culprit always appears of his own accord, we cannot put our imprimatur on this performance.
“ Lavinia,” who inquires why we soon became weary of pleasures which had been eagerly sought, is reminded of the exquisite lines of the poet;
All violent delights have violent ends,
And in the taste, confounds the appetite. “ Sylvius” seems to have written under the influence of the power which dictated the Splendid Shilling to a British poet:
-Sing heav'nly muse!
A Shilling, Breeches, and Chimeras dire.
1. All manuscripts must be legible and perfect. Many “effusions" come to hand, without title, comma, or colon. If the author cannot entitle or punctuate his performance, it may be thrown in the fire.
2. Only one side of the paper should be written on; the lines not close, nor the margio narrow.
3. In all cases, the postage must be paid. To individuals this is a trifling matter, but the aggregation of many particulars forms a serious result. We should submit to this tax with cheerfulness, were it not paid, in nine cases out of ten, for
Absurd expressions, crude abortive jokes
And the lewd legions of exploded thoughts To “L,”—who has been missing from the custom-ed spot:
Thou runaway, thou coward, art thou fled?
Speak in some bush; where dost thou bide thy head? Shaks. Have you the lion's part written? Give it me, for I am slow of study.
Ib. We wish “P” were like that prince of Wales who threatened the “vile Scot” and brought“ fair rescue” to Henry IV.