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sounds with their dreadful yells and growlings. It often happens that the comvatants make an armistice for an hour, to recreate their forces, during which they lie beside one another without any danger; then both parties suddenly rise up, each takes its place, and the battle begins anew with redoubled fury.' This goes so far, that they pursue one another into the sea, wiren those of the victorious party drag their enemies back to land, and put them to the torture of their bites so long till at length they lie faint and exhausted, and finally perith by the talons and beaks of the ravenous birds of prey that are hovering round. The authority with which the husbands rule over their wives and children, is frequently displayed in a very tyrannical manner. When the wives, on being attacked by the hunters, abandon their cubs from affright, and there are carried off, the husbands immediately ceaic from pursuing the common foe, and turn upon the mother, as if to de. mand an account of what is become of them; then seizing them with their teeth, dalh them with violence against the rocks. The wives, stunned with the blows, creep and crouch at the feet of their despots, and, caressing them, shed abundance of tears. While the husband continues to feel his vexation, he goes growling to and fro, and rolling his eye-balls, just as the land-bear's are wont to do; but when his rage is abated, he then begins also bitterly to weep for the loss of his young.
titled the Embarkation, was in. troduced this evening, the characters of which stand thus : Captain Beverley
Mr. Holland Midshipman
Mr. Dignum Mushroom
Mr. Surmouni Hokenroken
Mr. W ewitzer Sawny
Mr. Sparkes First Dutchman
Mr. Cory Firft Soldier
Mr. Trueman O'Splath
Mr. Palmer Ramrod
Mr. Suett Jack Juniper
Mr. Bannister Eliza
Miss De Camp Mary
Mrs. Bland Child
Master Tokeley. MR. FRANKLYN, the author, has laid the scene of this piece occasionally in Engiand and Holland, of the coasts of which there are some pretty picturesque views. The embarrassment of Mushroom, a coxcomb, whose curricle is put in requisition in his road to Margate-the failing of the troops--the attack on the Helder--the release from prison of Eliza, the wife of Captain Beverley, and the final victory of the English, form the out
lines of the story, which is embellished with the humour of Jack Juniper, a drunken sailor ; O'Splash, a blun. dering Irish Serjeant, and Hokenfoken, a phlegmatic Dutchman.
The entertainment contains much life and bustle, nor is it without humour'; the music also, by Mr. REEVE, has much to recommend it. All the songs were ap. propriate, and one very delicate air by Mrs. BLAND, was loudly encored.
By the lower part of the house this new production was well received; but the galleries were clamorous upon its being announced for second representation.
Since we committed the above sketch to writingthe expedition to Holland, has, in a measure, failed. This circumstance, therefore, must prove a confiderable impediment to the popularity of the Embark.ation. Indeed we should not wonder even, if it were withheld from further exhibition. To fuch an issue are all temporary pieces unavoidably exposed !
OCTOBER 7. A new musical entertainment, by MR. DIBDIN, called the Naval Pillar, was produced here this evening ; and very favourably received. The intended pillar to be raised, by national gratitude, on which are to be infcribed the atchievements of our na. val heroes, gave rise to this piece. The plot contains very few incidents; but they are contrived to introduce certain songs of an humourous cast and laughable tendency. Of these the most whimsical and eccentric, is one by Mr. FAWCETT, reciting the adventures of SIR SYDNEY SMITH, and another by MR. MUNDEN, in the character of a Quaker, being a bundle of proverbs, adapted to the present political ftate of Europe.
The first scenes of this 'entertainment exhibit a meeting of the failors and their sweethearts; then fucceeds a large club of failorsin which the Naval Pillar forms a subject for wit, songs, and conversation. John. stone and INCLEDON are the principal agents in this business. A plain pillar is at the last introduced, with the names of the most celebrated admirals on a scroll, round which the sailors and their sweethearts dance with peculiar festivity.
The Pillar now flies open, and displays a most magnificent and appropriate spectacle-consisting of Britannia, personated by Mrs. CHAPMAN, under a rich canopy, with the figures of a sailor and a soldier for fupporters, pointing to the letters G. R. over a brilliant lun, which turns on the centre ; fhrouded in clouds above, and surrounded by angels, is a medallion of Lor: Howe, and on columns on each side of the ca. nopy, are medallions of our great living naval commanders.
From this sketch it appears, that the NAVAL PilLAR is one of those patling effusions of the day, which derives its chief merit from the magnitude of events, in which all our feelings are concerned. The capture of Alkmaar was also pressed into the service with the happiest effect.
The house was very full, and refounded with applauses.
FOR OCTOBER, 1799.
TO CHARITY. ENIGNANT deity! whose sparkling eyes
With radiant luftre beaming, kindle joy In ev'ry countenance whereon they glance; Why scarcely shewest thou thyself anongit Earth's habitants ? Why is it that their hands Deal out so sparingly thy noble boons, Yet copiously lavish wealth, and time And future happiness, on pleasures, vain, Fallacious, fraught with woe? Alas! for why Do public spectacles and crowded feasts, Intoxication, riot, revelry, The gaming table and destructive turf, Engage near fole pursuit, while thou, dear maid, And thy exalted works, neglected lie? Is it because the man of gen’rous mould, In practical benevolence employ'd, Experiences 10 delight, nor feels Those sweet sensations which can footh the ills Inimical.to mortal's perfect peace? Or is it rather that the hours we spend In thoughtless follies and the giddy track Of dissipation, are from trouble free, Devoid of pain, and care, and that his mind, Who 'litts himself the votary of vice, Is ne'er o'er-hadow'd with anxiety?
Ah me! the generality of men Vol. VIII.