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ppointment of the constable on the knife, stabbed the officer, who died soon rial; for if he had not been constable, after. He was committed to Newgate. t would have been justifiable homicide? One Gambwell, a butcher at Thorne, The Judges were of opinion against who had for fome time wished to pay the fon. The case of the macher was, his addresses to a young woman of ihat that he, being indicted as accessary place, took an opportunity, about the before the fact, and the evidence turn. i2th of July, while Me was alone, to ing out that she was a principal, the go into the house; when he deinanded Baron had doubts whether she was pro- from her an immediate answer, whether perly convicted. The case was argued the would marry him or not? On her before the twelve Judges last term,

who refusal, he locked the door, and told were of opinion that the indictment was her, if he would not have him, the bad. Mr. Baron Hotham palled sentence should have no other: he then took a on the son to be executed accordingly; razor from his pocket, and attempted to but a relpite was at length obtained cut her throat; her shrieks alarined a for a Mort time, at the father's inter. . neighbour paling by, who broke open cession. It was the moft affecting scene the door juft time enough to fave her that was ever beheld in a court of juf- life. Her throat was cut across, but tice, to see the distress of the mother not so deep as to take away her life, when sentence of death was passed on and in the struggle to save herself, the the fon. The prosecutor has preferred man had nearly cut off a finger and a an appeal of murder against the mother. thumb. After the young woman was

The beginning of July, John Wal, rescued; the fellow attempted to cut his ford was commiited to lvelchester gaol own throat, but was immediately sefor the wilful murder of his wife, to cured, and put into safe custody. whom he had not been long married, and who was supposed to be within a

ACCIDENTS. few weeks of having a child. Wal About four o'clock in the morning of ford's habitation was near Nether- June 30, an uncommon shock, attendStowey. In the evening of the 4th of td with a violent rushing noise, was July, Walford sent his wife to a public- felt at St. Mary Magialen's college, house after some cyder, which she longed Oxford, and on the other side of ihe for. Soon after the deceased left his water, occasioned, as it afterwards aphouse, he followed her, and overtaking peared, by the falling of the venerable her before slie had got the cyder, with oak which stood at the entrance into a large fick which he pulled out of a the Water Walk, and had for many hedge, he inhumanly knocked her ages, by its magnitude and antiquity, down; then drew a large knife, which attracted the admiration of strangers. the day before he had been seen grind- Its dintensions were as follow : ing, and cut her throat from ear to ear, In girth 21 feet 9 inches. almost dividing the bone of her neck. Height 71 feet 8 inches. Two children who came by the next Cubic contents 754 feet. morning, seeing fome blood under a The capacious trunk, for more than gate, they ran and alarmed the neigh- 9 feet from the ground, was reduced bours, who found her quite dead. The to a perfect shell; but upwards the tree husband was immediately apprehended, seemed to be in full vigour of vegetaand kept in custody till the Coroner's tion, though it had long been kept from jury could be summoned'; when they falling by two or three roots, scarcely found him guilty of the murder. fo large as a z-inch cable, and those at

Mr. Wilkinson, a cloaths broker, last reduced to duit: with such fender in Nightingale Lane, within the Towe fupport, it is wonderful that it should er Hamlets, having been arrested for so long have repelled the storms which debt, the 20th of July, a dispute arose at different times have torn up buge between him and the officer, from whom elms in the adjacent grove, many gehe received several blows; the mob in nerations of which it has seen país terfered, and Mr. Wilkinson, with a away. Dr. Stukeley, in 1724, speak.

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you with to employ your abilities in 'of my body, by heaven, it thou! writing the Life of a truly great and never come in again.” wonderful 'man in our profession, take the Life of Lord Hardwicke

MILTON'S WILL. for your object : he was indeed a wonderful character ; he became

R. Warton, with an int: Lord Chief Justice of England, and

tion of publishing some :: Chancellor of Great Britain, purely servations on the works of Mirza from his own abilities and virtue;

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life, applied to the gentlemes a Doctors Commons to search for:

will, and his will they have fout ANECDOTE

It bears date 1670, and in 1674 OF A FARMER AND THE MARQUIS died. Introductory to one of t:

legacies is the following fingu: HEN the present Marquis remark : “ Unto my daughter nes of Lansdowne paid a visit to mentioned I should have bequeatte

. his estates in Ireland, he met with more, but she neglected me wher i a Mr. W, who occupied a large was blind, and forsook me in as farm from his lordship ; and under- old age ; I therefore," &c. 1tanding that he was hastening home to the christening of one of his chil

THE FORCE OF IMAGINATION, dren, his lordship very frankly offered himself to be his guest. The other, bowing very respectfully, re.

, tre. plied, That he could not possibly mendous: the depth is astonithing accept of the honour intended him; the rugged rocks on both fides, * that his friends, who were assembled one looks down, in some places a. on the occasion, were all honeft, most join, fo narrow is the channel ; plain-speaking men, and, as fuch, their broken abruptness and wild is could not be fit company for his regularity, and the perturbed treas lordship!

roaring in the profundity, as if it had even yet to force its way through

the rocky impediments below, gire SINGULAR EXCLAMATION OF A FARMER AT THE POINT OF rible and sublime; and the picture

a strong reprefentation of the ter DEATH.

is considerably heightened by the NTHONY Henley, Esq. following authentic anecdote.

the correspondent and fami A commercial rider, benighted liar friend of Swift, in one of his on the road near that place, at i letters to the dean, makes the fole time that the bridge had been broken Yowing whimsical remark: “I'll tell down by a torrent, rode so hard 19 you as good a reflection upon Death, gain the town, that bis horfe almoi as even Adrian's *, though made by imperceptibly took the leap, and an old farmer of mine. He had completely cleared the chasm that been ill for some time, and when the food. had left. Upon viewing he seemed near his end, his friends the place next morning, his fenfcame all croaking about hin; and bility was so fliaken at the danger be one of them asking how he did, he had escaped, that the effect was as replied, “In great pain--but if I unfortunate to him, as if the elespe could once get this same breath out had never been experienced-He Animula vagula, blandula, &c. dropped down and expired.

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their minber, or pulpit. Opposite SOME ACCOUNT OF THE RELT JOUS DANCES OF THE TURKISHADER.. there is a kind of finall choir, to

which one may go up by two stairs. [From the Letters of the Abbe Sestini.]

This place serves instead of an or

chestra. HE Dervises live in com Neither men nor women, who

mon under the direction of ever they may be, are refused ada superior, whom they call Scich, mittance to these mosques. Difand upon whom they are dependent. ferent Turkish women, who had Thele Dervises make different vows, come hither to hear the sermon, which they never keep, fince thcy placed themselves in a separate may marry, quit their convent*, and corner, where we observed winexercile various mechanic profef- dows with iron grating; and other fions. There are fome, however, women, of various religions, were who conform themselves strictly to

mixed with them. their rules, and regulate their con When we entered this tesie, as duet according to what they enjoin.

the service had not commenced, we The drets of these Dervisés re. waited in a kind of vestibule, or fembles that of the Turks, but parlour, until the Dervises Mould their vestments are Norter and more begin their cere,nonies. Having fimple; they have nothing on their afterwards entered one of their has feet but flippers ; on their heads bitations, I observed some of them they wear a long cap, made of in an apartment, where they were camel's hair, of a whitish colour, making their kief, and in which, and shaped like a chamber.pot, perhaps, they were holding an af which they call kiulef. The scieh, sembly. Each of them was smoako or superior of the Dervises, is dif. ing his pipe! After this they called tinguished from the rest by the the people to prayers, which was gravity with which he walks when done by the priest, who placed himhe appears in public, and by his self before the principal gate of kiulet, or turban, which is fur- the mosque, crying out Allah, &c. rounded by a long band of white The people then assembled, as well muslin. He always carries in his as the Dervises ; and their scieh, or hand a large baton.

superior, as well as the rest, cried The mosques of these Dervises out Alehim-selam ! are different from other mosques : The hour being come, and the first, in their being smaller in lize; people assembled, with a small nun. and, secondly, in being of a square ber of Greeks and Armenians, we form, and by having in the middle entered the church of the Dervises. a kind of circular choir, surrounded Some of them, older than the rett, by a balluitrade, behind which is mounted into the orchestra, holda gallery, where the people who ing different kinds of musical in. go thither place themselves; but itruments in their hands, while no one is permitted to enter their others placed themselves in the Sancta. Sanctorum, which contains choir, around the balluftrade, upon * The monastery of which our author

mats. The Dervises who play upon peaks is this account, is situated a line the musical instruments, and those beyond the Swedish pulace at Pesa. who fing, are married : they wear.

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mestis, and a kind of breeches. elevating and letting them fall come With regard to those who dance, tinually. or whirl round, as will be men When the fermon was ended, one tioned hereafter, they live in a ftate of the Dervises of the orchefira or of celibacy.

choir sung a very mournful lament. Their chief having entered the ation, not much different from ours ; choir, he goes and places himself after which, he came down from the before the kabá, or sacred place; orchestra, and went and placed him. and whoever the Dervises may be self in the fpot inclofed by the balthat enter afterwards, they come lustrade. During the interval, eight always bare-footed, and make first Dervises, who were already in the a profound reverence in the name same inclosed space, began to take of God, and then one to their su- off their mantles, which they cail perior. The Dervises afterwards kirka, and remained with a long Throw themselves on their knees, loose dress made of cloth of different and finish this ceremony by fitting colours, which they call filtan, on their heels.

wrapped round their bodies, and a The Dervises begin their ordinary small close jacket open before, which prayer or namas, which continues they name nimtem. more than a quarter of an hour, and After this, different inftruments often repeat at intervals the words began to play; and when a kind of Alla Ekbir, that is to say, God is overture was finished, the chief of great. After which they speak of the Dervises rose up and went round his other attributes. They ling his the balluftrade, marching always in praises with a loud voice, and beat cadence. The rest of the Derriles at the same time certain small followed one after the other, bur at druins, and play upon a kind of equal distances. They performed flutes, or flaggeolets. When the this circular tour three times fucprayer is finished, cach Dervise re- ceffively, and at each time made a tires to his place, and the scieh profound bow as they paffed before mounts the pulpit, and begins his the name of God, Allah, harangue. It would be impoffible The chief then sat down, and the to repeat every thing that he says; Dervises began to whirl round; but but I shall observe, that such a dif- before this exercise, they struck the course consists generally in giving earth with their hands, and then thanks to the Most High for being rose up. The first Dervise, with borna Muffulman. The Dervises pray his hands crofred over his breas, also for the health of their sultan, presented himself before the scieh, for concord, for the peace and hape and made him a profound bow, in a piness of the empire, and for all peculiar manner, as if he had been their princes. They next beg of delirous of describing a semicircle, God, that the fabre of the grand fometimes with the upper part of signior may be always well Marp- his body, and sometimes with bis ened, to cut off the hcads of the feet. The rest of the Derrifes ghiaurs; that is to say, of the in- then began to pull off their clothes, fidels. There Turkish monks pray and to turn round themselves. At also for their founder and benefac- length continuing this exercise, they tors. The geltures of their scich formed with their clothes a kind of during the whole serion were very circular ring. I observed among singular ; for they consisted only in them two or three young boys. The holding his arms in a fupplicating Dervises all turned round with great poliure, with his hands open, and velocity to the found of differen?

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musical instruments, having their his steps fometimes before and some. arms always extended. The music times behind, as if he had been cians who were in the orchestra cried opening the dance. Having after out then in different toncs, Allah, wards returned to his former place, Allah! raising their voices by degrees, the rest of the Dervises began to turn till they were out of breath, so that round in a prettier manner, but this they could not call out any longer. was the conclusion of the ceremony.

These Dervises turn round a long They then resumed their feredge, time, around the balluftrade. He and went all to salute their chief, who is first has the greatest difficulty, by saying, Selam-heleikin, that is to because he is obliged to turn alone say, peace be with you.” The for some minutes, before the last of latter replied in his turn, Heleikin his companions can enter the circle. Selam, ** let peace reign also among

The manner in which these Der- you.' The Dervises then put on vises turn round, consists in keeping their flippers, and went to attend the left foot firm to the earth, ad- their business, or returned perhaps: vancing it gradually, turning with to smoke their pipes. the other foot, and performing what Some of these Dervises are marthe French call pirouette:

ried; and as I believe them to be When the Dervites present them- very much attached to their law, 1 selves to whirl round, they do not presume that each of them has no make a bow to their scieh, but only less than four lawful wives : but to the name of God, which is writ- they are generally very unhappy,' ten on a board against the wall. being obliged to provide not only! They kcep then on one side, with for their subsistence, but also to

regard to their superior, and that procure llaves to serve them. They , they may not turn their back to drink a great deal of wine, and

him, they advance the right foot, they may be commonly found in and turning their face towards the the taverns of the rajas. They are fcieh, begin to whirl round, with passionately fond of imoaking, chew out, however, crossing their arms opium continually, and have a taste as we, left they flould imitate our for young boys. cross; but they hold one of their When you have any intercourse arms a little more elevared than tlie with them, you may be assured that other, and keep their hands at the they will not do you the least injury; same time inverted, and their fingers they are respected by all the people, spread, in a manner truly fingular. and you are more secure in their

When these Dervises had whirled telkie than in the palace of a foveround in this manner during the reign. When one meets a Dervise time prescribed, they hopped all at in the street, the manner of complionce; their robes, or rather their menting and faluting him confifts in jackets, fell of themselves over their saying Hu, a word to which they reThoulders, and they all returned to ply by that of Eivallab, which lignitheir places. The music then be- fies, it is well for God. gan, with singing; and after the

It is an established rule amongst choir had sung, the chief of the fome to whirl round like those I Dervises, who was covered with a faw, and among others to bawl out furred robe, which he wore in a till they foam at the mouth, and very peculiar manner, quitted the fall down on the earth as if they pulpit, came to the middle of the were dead. There is a telkie of the circle with much gravity, and be latter fort of Derviscs at Top-Handy gan to whirl round. He formed and another at Baci-Tafci.

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