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About the shaft of some unspotted column! civic breeches of the shrievalty of 1 will not wink, for fear the vision pass, old,and endeavour to reform the And leave me sorrowing !

liveries of their fellows. The procesThese are well interlined, but with sion on a Lord Mayor's Day, of some all the labour of Mr. Planche, the centuries back, is admirably macomedy is but bald in its dialogue. naged, and much shames the ginger

It falls to us now to speak of the bread coach and paltry chariots of style in which the old play has been our degenerate corporation. The produced, and we are really happy in houses are thronged, as Cheapside being able to speak in terms of unli- might be on the ninth ultimo,--and mited commendation. The performers the procession walks along to Guild appear to have been struck with a hall with the banners of all the comlaudable desire to show themselves panies, and the companies themselves. worthy in a worthy cause; and there We missed the Girdlers, one of the is not one whose popularity is not in- most ancient of the set; Gog and creased by the revival. Mr. Young Magog were not above appearing in exerted himself strenuously in Old the procession, which, of late years, Foster, and his severe digging style they are accustomed only inactively suited well the hard merchant and to look down upon. The last scene father. Miss Lacy, as the wife, in Guildhall, with the king, &c. is shewed talents of a better order than more like than the original,” and we have hitherto detected in her.- nothing was wanting but the victuals We fear, however, that her excel- to have made us date the day as the lence as a shrew will mar her domes- ninth of November. This procestic fortunes. She looks a bitter soul sion, our readers are aware, is an intruly! Mr. C. Kemble was all spirit terloper in Rowley's comedy, and manliness as Stephen Foster, the In conclusion, we cannot but add, best character in the play; he gave that we rejoice at the prospect of the old English as though it was dear wholesome revivals from the old drato his heart. Mr. Cooper was content matists, and Mr. Planche has shown to play the part of Robert, an unas- himself to be a man worthy to be suming part,—but given in a manner trusted as a Miner. that reflects the highest character for good sense upon the performer. Bartley had little to do in Speedwell; but he made us wish he had been blessed

Der Freischütz. with more. Keeley is always Keeley, -and luckily Innocent Lambskin is We are beginning to get very sick a part of him. Blanchard's clown is of this very good music, -or rather inestimable—but when does Blan- of the fuss that is made about it by chard fail us in a genuine play? those who, under the pretence of doing

Miss Chester, the handsome Miss honour to the genius of Weber, and Chester ! was the Widow of Cornhill, of fostering the musical taste of the and her looks recommended the cha- country, are paying only the most racter to our especial favour. In rigid attention to the galleries, and to this part there is little to exercise this the silver that is caught from the spirited actress's boundless gaiety or lovers of melo-dramatic effect. Every natural pathos, in both of which she little and every large theatre in Engis at present unrivalled ;—but there land, is now casting the magic balls, are pleasant speeches and liberal ac- and hell is raging from one extremity tions which she gives with the utmost of the country to the other. The ease and spirit.

piece at Drury-lane, with very great The scenery is Covent-Garden pretensions, is no better than that at scenery,—and we need say no more. Covent-garden, and not half so good The dresses have evidently been got as the piece at the English Opera up at great labour and cost, and are House, which had the merit of being correct we

suppose. Mr. Sheriff the first production in every sense of Whittaker and Mr. Alderman Gar- the word. We are told in the Lessee's ratt should go some early evening, own peculiar prose, that this version and look at the gone-by gowns and of the German mystery is something

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very superior to any thing of the kind The scenery is magnificent. at other houses : or rather we are to We perceive that the songs are infer as much from the cunning and printed, as though they were the pleasant bills of His Acting Majesty! songs for such an opera,—but the The Pit is apologized to for the un, poor rogue that lays out his tenpence avoidable curtailment of its magni- in the purchase of a copy, will find tude, in order to meet the demands of that he has secured to himself tenthe enlarged orchestra;this is some- penny-worth of miserable doggrel, thing like a manager asking permis, which he would blush to read at the sion of the Gentlemen in the Two inn of a country village on a wet Shilling Gallery to address the Gen, Sunday, The dialogue appears tlemen in the One!-And further it throughout to be very empty and is announced, as a matter of moment, bombastic. that “ The band will be led by MR. Mr. Macready, who, we were MOUNTAIN, who has kindly offered given to understand, had taken the his valuable services on this occa- Seven Compasses at Buxton,-has sion.”-Poor old Mountain must stare again appeared on this stage as Macto find his application for an engage- beth and Leontes. He certainly is ment thus trumpeted to the world, as full of vicious peculiarities,-but a condescension; to be sure it is no there is a spirit, an earnestness-an trifle when the Mountain does come originality, in his conception and to Mahomet. The music is stated execution of the higher characters in also as being “ the original music, Tragedies, which place him far above introduced and adapted to the English all actors, except Kean. One of the stage, by Mr. H. R. Bishop," as Sunday papers is continually talking though, original as it is, Weber's of a sensible letter which this gentle music must be filtered through Mr. man has written in it ;-he is really Bishop before it can be fit for a Lon- 80 good an actor, that we only wish don ear.

The opera too, which is he would but perform, and never write mysterious and dull enough at the sensible letters, to divide our attenbest, is given into the hands of a new tion, translator, who has made confusion worse confounded. The only thing

The Children in the Wood. in which the present opera surpasses Rayner has been trying a fall with any of its brothers, is in the noise, Elliston, in the part of Walter in this light, and fog, of its hell, and in the Robin Redbreast Tragedy—and is consumption of its gunpowder. found undermost. We are not sur

Mr. T. Cooke plays Braham's part prised at this. The part of Walter, much as Braham plays it, but he which is a jumble of merriment and does not sing it as Braham sings it. pathos, is suited exactly to the talents Mr. Horn, as Caspar, although he of Elliston. Rayner is too slow and acts with great spirit, is not to be determined for so unsettled a part. mentioned in the same century with We are surprised that an actor of Mr. Bennett, the old original Cas- Rayner's judgment and experience par, who goes about his work like an should have been so rash in his coninspired workman. The music in the duct; he would not find Elliston incantation scene is rather aided than very ready to try Giles or Robert injured in effect, by the words spoken Tyke with him. by Caspar; at this theatre the whole A brace of Tragedies are promised scene is one mass of music.—Mr. at the two Theatres. The newspaKnight as Killian was deadly lively. pers speak highly of them, as being

A new singer, a Miss Graddon, highly spoken of.-We have not yet took the part of Linda : but, --we seen Mrs. Slowman, a new tragic would rather not speak of her just actress, and said to be a lady of great yet.

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VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

Nov. 34, 1894. There has not occurred a month consented to listen to proposals for acsince the publication of our Maga- knowledging the loans of the Cortes, zine, during which less has occurred for having a full amnesty, designating to interest our readers than the last. by name the exceptions; and for fula An event is, however, now on the eve filling the capitulations which had of taking place, if we may credit the fo- been formally entered into. These reign journals, from which it is not at proposals they presented to Ferdiall improbable that results of a very hand, who had written a letter to the important nature indeed may arise new King of France, the contents of we allude to the projected evacua- which it is supposed would be decition of Spain by the French troops. sive. Ferdinand's wishes, which may, It is announced, and apparently on however, be counteracted by his fears, good authority, that the great body would no doubt lead him to the of these troops are going to take up a rejection of these proposals, but his. position on the line of the Ebro, and determination will depend entirely on that only 22,000 men are to be left the good will and pleasure of the behind to garrison five_large places, holy allies. By the orders which had of which Cadiz and Barcelona are been issued various detachments of to be the principal. Various councils the French troops were already in were held daily for some time pre- motion, and the staff of the army were vious to this determination, at the expected to have totally evacuated Escurial. The subject of their dis- Madrid on the 20th of November, cussions was the demands made by The Spanish ministers were busily the cabinet of the Thuilleries as an employed in the organization of a tecedent to their final determination; new royal guard, the old one having these demands are now understood to been dissolved, “ because there were have been the recognition by the Spa- too many officers and privates tainted nish government of the capitulations with revolutionary principles.” The of the constitutional generals and the new one, which is to be exclusively publication of a complete amnesty. “ faithful,” will consist of three reM. Lea, the Spanish minister, is said giments of foot, each of 2000 men; to have asked the envoys of Russia two regiments of light horse, 500 and Prussia if they had received from men; two of mounted grenadiers, 800 their respective governments instruc- men, and one of lancers, 300 men. tions to make a similar requisition; In the mean time the safety of Maa to which answers in the negative drid and of Ferdinand is to be comwere given. The troops had accord- mitted to two Swiss regiments. The ingly actually commenced evacuating expense to France, during her short the fortresses, which were to be contest with the Constitutionalists, given up according to the terms of and her subsequent occupation of the the treaty, and the blindest and most Peninsula, has been enormous; it is unbounded joy was evinced by the estimated in one of the Parisian jourfanatic faction, at the head of whom nals at 800 millions of francs, with are the Ministers of War and Justice, what accuracy we cannot pretend to at the idea of their fondly cherished say; but when the military and civil unrestrained excesses. Some mode- cost are both calculated, in all prorate men, however, aided by the Mi- bability the estimate is not much nisters of Foreign Affairs, of Finance, exaggerated. The purchase-money and of the Marine, who saw the real of Morillo, Abisbal, and Ballasteros, situation of affairs, interposed, and, must in itself form a considerable as is said, with some probability of item. If any account of the secret success. Viscount Digeon, the French service-noney of this campaign and commander, also unfolded to them its consequences, should be preserved, his view of the state of the kingdom, we much fear that the document will and in some degree succeeded in re- somewhat dim with posterity the storing these fanatics to reason. glories of the Trocadero. The result The ministrs of Ferdinand at length of all this expenditure is so well deDec. 1821.

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scribed in the following extract from terference was undertaken in the a private letter from Paris, copied words of Louis XVIII. at the openinto one of the daily journals, that ing of the session in 1823, “ To set we give it as we find it, rendering as Ferdinand free; to give his people init does any comment of ours quite stitutions they could receive from no unnecessary :-“ Ferdinand the Se- other source but him.” What decrees venth, delivered by the Duke of An- and institutions he has issued we goulême, left Cadiz and returned to shall see presently. But has France Madrid to resume the reins of go- gained her object? Is Ferdinand one vernment. He was then free to give jot more free now than when her army, his people the institutions they could crossed the Pyrenees? Has his safety receive only from him. He sent them even been insured except by foreign proscriptions, proscribers, and exe- bayonets? and now that these troops cutioners. The judicial murder of are about to evacuate the country, the unfortunate Riego was the signal is not the struggle likely again for commencing a series of horrors to re-commence with all the energy which have since continually in- of a direfully exasperated vengeance? creased. The French, who entered The truth is, we suspect, the invaders the Peninsula to combat the Consti- have at length found out that they tutionalists, are now every where made war on the wrong party,and that obliged to undertake their defence, a country governed by a king, even and, for the first time, we see the under the restraint of a constitutional vanquished with no such generous charter, is better than when misgoprotectors as their conquerors. There verned by one amid the nominal freeis not a single French officer who has dom of unrestrained fanaticism. The not blushed to hear a conquest de- adviceso boldly and so wisely given by scribed as a brilliant deed of arms, Talleyrand on the project of this in, which was entirely gained by corrup- terference will now perhaps begin to tion; and who has not mourned over be recollected. The treasury of the unhappy fate which the French Madrid is notoriously insolvent-the invasion has brought on Spain? Fa- capitalists of Europe are unwilling natics and intriguers have taken pos- to negotiate any loan which has not session of the government. They for its basis the recognition of those have stirred up the people against the of the Cortes, and Ferdinand contiFrench, representing them as ene- nues deaf to that stipulation; he is mies of God and the king, and as the however so farimpoverished as to have friends of the Constitutionalists. They endeavoured some time since, accord, have caused the loans of the Cortes to ing to the report, to raise some money be annulled, and terrible disorder has on the security of the Crown jewels ; ensued in the financesma disorder but as it was understood that their which is now only equalled by the possession was to vest in a commit, poverty of the royal treasury. Dur tee resident in Madrid, the negotiaing the scenes of carnage, which are tion was abruptly terminated. As a renewed every day in every part of proof of the subjection in which the Spain, the French government has Spanish King is held by his priestnot only been obliged to support its ridden superiors, there is a curious own army, but also to provide for the anecdote related in a letter from subsistence of the large towns. Civil Madrid. It seems the Archbishops war now rages from one end of Spain of Tarragona and Crous and the to the other ; several provinces are Bishop of Tortosa, the celebrated afflicted with famine; others are monk Saez, had given such offence, on threatened by it; communication is some late occasion, that orders were interrupted; the treasury is empty, given for their arrest. Saez received the nation debased, and public credit the officers very coolly, and told them destroyed.” Such is part of a pic- they could not and should not take ture drawn by one who seems to have him, and therefore that they had bettaken a full and faithful view of the ter at once retire. They remonstrated, whole subject. It is a terrible and hoping that he would not oblige them melancholy proof of the impolicy of to resort to force. “Oh my friends," foreign interference in the domestic replied Saez, “no force on either affairs of another country. This in- side is necessary; I see you are un. der a mistake. Are you not aware shall be proved that the delinquent that I am the Pope's subject, and your is subject to that vice !!"-We offer warrant is not backed by him. I am these as specimens of the moderation his domestic chaplain. "The King of which adversity teaches such men as Spain has no control over me; if he Ferdinand. How long he will be meddles with me, he subjects himself able thus to abuse prosperity, depends to a severe reprimand, and who most probably upon the presence of knows what may follow? Will he run the French. Even the fanatics of the risk of excommunication ? Tell his Cabinet, all athirst for vengeance those who sent you what I say, and as they are, must see this, and therethey will see it right to consider the fore it is not improbable that their matter and write for further instruc- fears may induce them to purchase tions.” Saez was suffered to remain the continuance of their protectors unmolested. It would however be by acceding to the very reasonable, quite superfluous to multiply anec and indeed merely honest, terms redotes tending to prove what no one quired of them. It appears that the ever disputed, namely, that though Baron de Erolles, one of the leaders Ferdinand is nominally King of Spain, of the faction, has gone mad - we the priests in fact are Viceroys over should like to see a list of those who him. In proof, if indeed proof were are supposed to be in full possession now necessary, of sanguinary of their senses. spirit with which these men are ani- Accounts have been received lately mated, we give a few articles from from Portugal which prove the state a decree issued by Ferdinand from of that country to be scarcely prethe Escurial on the 21st of October, ferable to that of Spain. Our readers It commences by declaring that “his are aware that Don Miguel, the Majesty not being able to regard King's son, was obliged to depart with indifference the notorious and rather suddenly for France with a shameful abuse which the revolution- retinue of bears and bulls and badists make of his natural clemency, in gers, in consequence of his showing contempt of his dignity and to the an inclination to turn himself to'ram scandal of Europe, finds himself com, ther more serious pursuits in Pora pelled to do violence to the benevolence tugal than his intellect was ever of his heart, and by the advice of his intended for. The factious, headed supreme council of war, he wills and by the Queen and the Patriarch, seem orders (amongst other things) as fol- however still determined to use his lows. 1. “All those who, since October name (perhaps his best requisite) for the 1st, 1823, have declared or proved the disturbance of the state, and acthemselves, by any acts whatever, to cordingly fresh conspiracies are be enemies of the legitimate rights of enacting every day. According to the throne, or partizans of the self- good dramatic authority, at all events, called Constitution of Cadiz, shall be these are genuine plots, as there is considered guilty of high treason, both a priest and a woman’ in them. and, as such, subject to the punish- The first conspiracy, which was to ment of death!” 2. “All those who have commenced its operations on shall write pamphlets or journals, the 26th of September, was premawith the same object in view, shall turely discovered by one of the instrube comprehended in the preceding ar- ments employed, and government ticle, and subject to the same penal- was put in full possession, not only ty.” 9.“ The Freemasons, Commu- of its designs but its means, which neros, and Sectarians, being necessarily proved so powerful that the executive, regarded as enemies to the throne are from a sense of its weakness, was for subject to the punishment of death and a time afraid to act rigorously. The confiscation of all their goods to the necessity for some decisive act howa profit of the Royal treasury, as guilty ever became, on further investigaof high treason against divine!! tion, so apparent that, as a first step, and human laws, excepting those the Queen was arrested. Her place, who are comprehended in the am- of confinement is at Quelez, a town nesty of August the 1st in the present four miles from Lisbon, and no per-, year!” 6. “ Intoxication shall not son, male or female, is allowed to enbe permitted as an excuse, where it ter the place without the strictest

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