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his own advanced system, he devoted his with a deep sense of the great value of the most sedulous attention with unremitting new system, and actuated by national feel. industry.
ing in favour of so intelligent a native of The sphere of his action being thus en. the country which had adopted him for its larged, he shone with fresh lustre, seemed sovereign, the king of Sweden, in 1819, impelled by a new impetus, so much so, ordered a monument to be erected to him that some noblemen, justly proud of their at the place of his nativity. Besides his countryman, combined to strike an honorary works on natural history, he published a medal of him at their own expense, thus Classical Materia Medica, also a Systematic giving a decided distinction to his increasing Treatise on Nosology, entitled
« Genera fame, added to which, he was, in 1747, Morborum." Natural science owes him nominated royal archiater, that is, chief great obligations, since few men have been physician to the king.
more assiduous in its service, few have The measure of his country's gratitude, equalled the boldness, the zeal, the activity, however, was not yet full; an honour and the sagacity he displayed in the pursuit; awaited him which had never before been and although it is possible the arrangement conferred by any Swedish monarch on a. may hereafter place to one more perliterary man ; having acquired a moderate fect,-indeed it has already gone under no degree of opulence, sufficient to enable him less than sixty-three revisions by different to purchase a territory, with a mansion, at botanists, among whom are to be found Hammarby near Upsal, he was created a Thunberg, who was his own pupil, Gmelin, knight of the polar star in 1753, and in 1761 the botanical professor at Gottingen, With. elevated to the rank of nobility. During ering, Schreiber, and our own Dr. Smith ; the last years of his existence, he chiefly independent of which, another system, resided upon his own estate, enjoying the broached by Jessieu, the French naturalist, fruits of his genius, the confidence of his is making rapid strides ;-yet that of the countrymen, together with the respect of all immortal Linné will never fail to be conthe learned bodies in Europe. It was in this templated as a noble effort of the human beautiful and well-earned retreat that he mind, will always attract the admiration of fulfilled the order of nature, by yielding up the sons of science, nor will it ever cease to a life devoted to scientific research, on the be eulogized by the world at large, seeing 11th of January, 1778. So highly were his that it will furnish ample reason for contalents appreciated, and so properly was he gratulation, that, instead of being made a looked up to as an ornament to his species shoemaker, he made himself a philosoand a benefactor to science, that, impressed | pher.
SPRING came adorned with early flowers,
And sprouting leaves on hedge and tree,
For then, in yonder shady grove,
I first poured forth sweet words of love.
With mellow fruit and busy bee,
For then my courtship’s race was run,
The Autumn came with many a blast,
Which drove the leaves athwart the lea,
For then my young and lovely wife
Lay sick and ill, past hope of life.
In all its harsh inclemency ;
For then my wife, in youth and bloom,
THE ODD BOY ON DOCTORS.
it is ;
AR MR. EDITOR,-Yon did not ex- | purse. I have heard it is the rule in China
pect I was going to write this month! for the pay of the Imperial physicians to be Didn't you now
-there, did it feel savage- suspended the very day the Brother of the poor thing! poor thing! I'll explain all Sun falls ill, and not resumed again until about it in four words. I have been ill. he's well and hearty. O, but they are wise Is not that apology enough? Shall I go ones, those old Celestials, and verily wan. further ? No; I feel certain you are dis- dered not for nothing in the forest of pencils! armed in a moment, that commiseration Doctors! I have suffered a very plague of looks out of both your eyes, and that you doctors all my life. They will earth me in are heard to atter the words, “How dread time, and then with crocodile tears expect ful!” mentally resolving, at the same time, to hear themselves mentioned in my will. to send me a very handsome cheque. Yes— Courage, mes braves ! mentioned you shall Droit vous sont, mon garcon ! (Is not that be-but, O lancets and gal pots, I will not the French of a real native ?) It is dread. say how ! ful to be shut up and shut in when the I count amongst my friends—ha! ha! ha! thermometer is bang up to the top of its that is a joke---fifteen and a half medical glass prison, and you have only the happy men : consciousness that it cannot get no hotter. 6 Physicians
6 Dreadful ! yes, when Smith has gone
8 Surgeons, &c......... 8 to the Exhibition, and Brown is baking 3 Chemists....
11 himself to the colour of his nominative on
153 Ramsgate Sands ; when Jones is yachting it round the Needles, and Robinson is dining They are very nice people sociafly, and, if at Guildhall and everywhere else-hob- I may so speak, "off the boards,” but they nobbing with Sultans, Pachas, and Princes, are horrible upon them. May I trouble you and filling his pocket with sovereigns with a few of their peculiarities ?-of course through telling other people in the news. I cannot wait for your answer, and shall papers what he has seen! I call it very turn your silence to consent. hard indeed. A hard case! it cannot be There is a bland gentleman of the old harder where there is none. Shall I grieve-school-white hair, white neckcloth, spot. not I; it is not in the composition of the less, black cloth impeccable, a big gold Odd Boy. Give me pen, ink, and paper. watch, that has run a race with many a
I'll send a ball into the surgery—I'll wake fevered pulse, and has counted out the lifeup my Æsculapius: “Sir,- If you cannot sands oft. Soft, satiny-skinned is he; he make a perfect cure of me in five-and. drives to your house in a handsome chariot twenty minutes, say no-resign your port- with two well-fed horses and a driver on folio. Another M.D. must do the trick.- the same pattern. He never bustles into Yours, in the bonds of indigestion, T.O.B.” your house, never comes hurriedly into your
Ay, ay, sir! that woke him up. I am room, never rudely pulls aside your bed already better : besides, a subject is sug- curtains, never bounces down in a chair in gested. Doctors--have at
a self-assertive way, as if because you were Don't be alarmed, I am not going to dish bankrupt in health you were entirely at the up an article made up of the book about mercy of the medical commissioners. He doctors--for Galen, Abernethy, Lettsom- glides in, he draws the curtain gently, he I leta 'em alone. They in their days were looks upon you with all the soft sweetness gruff or civil, dull or sharp-true on the of a good nurse on a wayward child ; 80 question of fees, and in making their un- soft of speech as he takes your hand, so inhappy patients suffer both in person and in tent as he whispers one or two questions, 80 discreet as he murmurs in quite an under gentlemen, I remember, had a frenzy for tone to those in attendance, looking all the small-pox, and was always, when called in, while at you, and not at them. So affec- mentioning his fears to nervous women. tionate, but quite undemonstrative, as he Three times he confidently predicted smallglides away-the very spirit of healing. pox in my own case, and I have not had it Well wot I that such a man is a good doc- yet. I called on him one morning, and he tor; there is health returning in his very asked me did I notice that fine healthy-looka aspect. He has gone: a happy octogenarian, ing young man who had just left. “Yes," to rest at least from his labours, for thore I said, “ he has had the small-por-a week physicians are no more.
ye all !
ago he could not see out of his eyes.” Here's another of thom-a very friendly With regard to making the worst of fellow, a capital taste for the brewing of things, one of the fraternity assured me it punch, and such a hand at cards that I was the most natural and proper thing in would not recommend anybody to challenge the world. “ Make light of the matter, and him on the green cloth for guinea points. the patient is not properly looked after ; You are ill—he rushes in-bang, bang, pitch it in strong, and the nurses cure him.” bounce, and, “Now then, Todboy, what's A more politic reason was assigned by the row with you? What have you been another : “If we say it is almost a goner, at, eh? I see what it is stomach all
of course—if they gom-why the mischief awry-regular turn up: you must have a weren't we called in earlier! if they come dose, my fine fellow.” A dose ! his doses round, as most likely they will, we have a are worse than disease. He told me how to glorious triumph-quite a stock case, a very find out the diagnosis.
“ How's the appe
snatching from the jaws of death." tite ? Stomach ? Let's look at your There is the quiet doctor, who does ap. tongue. Pulse ?" He used to say that parently nothing. To most people he is a was all that was necessary, and that when great bore. Then there is the impatient he was dispenser somewhere, this formula, doctor, who, in order to do something, has followed by a big bottle full of the same the windows instantly thrown open or shut sort of stuff for everybody—something up, as the case may be, burns feathers, that made fellows feel jolly queer, but really tumbles the patient about, routs the nurses, did them no harm-answered in thousands demands half-a-dozen things in as many of cases.
seconds, and so gets time to think what he Another medical gentleman I know, who shall do in real earnest. A mạn who can was riled with me the other day for being do this cleverly, combining real skill with it, taken ill at four o'clock in the morning is a shrewd card. instead of four o'clock in the afternoon, Here comes one friend of mine, and he rather confirmed these opinions. He men- denounces the old school-pills, potions, tioned the case of a poor patient, who blisters, bleedings, and the rest of it: he is would not believe in medicine unless it was an homeopath, and will believe in nothing particularly nauseous ; and I understand else; a few of his magic globules—no tincthe " niggers,” whom I cannot say I recog. tures—and the thing is done. Here is nise as men and brothers in this particular, another of the thorough-going old schoolwill never be satisfied with recipes that are blue pill, black draught, castor oil-every. not very large in quantity, and very nasty thing that is nasty, half-a-dozen leeches, a to the palate. I suppose it is a matter of taste! pretty little blister, and the use of the lancet
There is the sleek, lugubrious doctor, in the arm. He snatches up the homeopath who comes in like an undertaker, and shakes globules, and swallows the lot. Here is a his head so gloomily, that if you were in disciple of Preissnitz, with cold-water baths, extremis you would like to pull it off. He cold-water bandages, cold-water sheets, and makes the worst of everything, exaggerates plenty clean cold water inwardly. You every symptom, and says, “Well, we must remember, perhaps, that T. Hood, the elder, hope! we must hope !” One of these tells us of watching a duck in St. James's
Park following the hydropathic instructions, | fees to give, but pain to bear. I should and how at last the sagacious bird cried, like to have been summoned from my din"quack, quack, quack !" Here comes one, ner-table; to have been knocked up three whom I know very well and esteem very times every night; to have been called from highly for all sort of good qualities, and he the social party at the most social moment is Eclectic. You know what that means ? -ay, and of course this is the most trelook it up, boys, if you don't-he is much mendous of all—I would not have minded of an homøopathist. Something of the old being fetched out of church when Pound. school, and not a little inclined to the use text was only at his first particular. Would of cold water. All through the last fright. I have been narrow-no. The ladies desir. ful visitation of cholera, this man, with a ing to enter our profession should have had very large practice, never lost a patient.
free access. “Come to my arms, my Mary Mr. Editor, I am growing slow. Having Walker!" would have been my involuntary been so lately ill, perhaps I might be ill cry. again, and one or other of the doctors play Just in conclusion, let me say a word Meg's diversion with me out of spite. Nom about the size of doctors. Some are toa they won't do that, not though I throw big. Elephantine beings make a sick man their physic to the dogs, who, I am quite angry and a weak woman scared. - There sure, would not take it. I hold them- are some too little—bits of things about as really-in too much respect to think any long as the bolster. Bah! Take them harm of them. But sure I am, that a few away-throw them out of window. Give of them only act up to the dignity and me your middle-sized man-nicely-built-a grandeur of their profession.
gentleman in behaviour—and that's the Suppose I was a doctor-ah, suppose man for my money. Once upon a time, I that roasted fowls fell from the sky! was ill in bed, and my medical attendant should not I have reaped a golden harvest ? danced a hornpipe---a pretty little affair it Fees, fees, fees, snugly slipping into my was, and did me a world of good. The day unconscious right hand, that all unknow. before he had been but a simple M.R.C.S., ingly conveys them to my left-hand pocket. now he was a full-fledged M.D. Nothing I should not have hesitated to take the could be more appropriate—the College handsomest of fees from the rich, nor to Hornpipe. Yours obediently, have done my best for the poor who had no
THE ODD BOY.
A STORY OF REVENGE. IN
all Singleton there was not a prettier | been more thoroughly versed in wiles and
girl than Bessie Wells. With the modera- witcheries, than was this village beauty tion of this statement her many admirers who counted her victims by the score, and would doubtless quarrel; but, since the whose rustic coquetries were so many meshes fact of their being admirers exposes them for the hearts of the unwary. Yet the girl to a suspicion of partiality, the first limited was not cruel, nor even deliberate, in her claim shall suffice. Very pretty she was, mischief. It was constitutional-instinc. then, and endowed by nature with an in- tive; like the sport of the kitten with her exhaustible fund of gaiety, for ever welling mouse. This impulse of fascination seemed up from the light heart, to sparkle in the as natural, and often as unconscious, as the sunny, hazel eyes, and dimple about the drawing of her breath. If harm came of ripe, red lips.
it, she was ready to shed pitiful tears, and But, beside all this--partly, perhaps, in be everlastingly sorry-for five minutes. consequence of it-Miss Bessie was a flirt. after which the smile came out once more, Unfortunately, there can be no question and she began to weave fresh snares. So upon the subject. Never a city belle has it was, and so it was like to be until her . own heart should be held in the bonds of increasing his unhappiness, he resolved to
a strong, real love : the only lasting spell see her. For once she was not in the porch, of such a nature.
nor yet within, where he sought her, uns Among Bessie's suitors, Will Farnsworth successfully, until directed by Mrs. Wells undoubtedly had the advantage, if resolute to the garden. Turning his steps thither, persistence could avail to win the prize. he presently came upon a picture which, Energetic and determined, he had no thought however charming from an artistic point of of yielding to despair until such a resigna- view, was anything but pleasing to the un. tion became absolutely necessary—which appreciative gaze at that moment bent upon certainly was not yet. For, if a negative it. Standing beside Bessie, Alfred Gaines hope be worth anything, Will's case was held her in the swing with one arm, while far from hopeless, since his sweetheart at the other was stretched upward in the en. least afforded little encouragement to his deavour to gain something which, with both rivals. Wherefore he kept up a stout heart, hands, she held away from him. Both under the conviction that, as long as her were laughing, but not too heartily to hear liking belonged to no other, there was a the rustle made by the intruder, as, in chance of its some day becoming his own. turning quickly, his hand hit and shook &
Such was the young man's theory, from low-drooping apple-bough that fell across which, hitherto, he had derived a good the path. Recognizing him in the clear deal of comfort. But, in the summer about moonlight, Bessie started so violently as to be recorded, he seemed in danger of to throw her head against Mr. Gaines's witnessing its inverse demonstration after shoulder, but for which, and the encircling a fashion not at all to his taste. That arm, she would have fallen to the ground. Bessie Wells had at length found her match Immediately recovering herself, however, the young men and maidens of Singleton she drew away from him, into a patch of all agreed; so did the elder village gossips, shadow near by, leaving Will no choice but whose time and tongues might have been more to advance, with a very hot and uncomfortusefully employed; and, last but not least, able sense of false position, indicated by in view of its vital importance to his own
his first words. happiness, so did poor Will himself. And “Good evening,” he began, doubtfully, it certainly did look very much as if the addressing no one in particular—"I hope little coquette had surrendered to Alfred I'm not intruding ?” Gaines, the young city gentleman who occu- Beyond a corresponding salutation, Bessie pied the “parlour chamber" in the Widow made no reply, but her companion was not Wells' pleasant white cottage. Not only so reticent, had he become her constant attendant at “On the contrary,” he said, with a misall the rustic merry-makings, but, day after chievous laugh, glancing towards the girl day, the two might be seen, strolling through. "you are extremely welcome-to me, at out the sunny, dewy mornings, over meadow least. I have quite worn myself out with and woodland, with smiles on their lips and swinging Miss Bessie-whose weight is flowers in their hands, or passing away the really something surprising !-and shall be long and lovely twilights among the wood. glad to find so able a substitute.” bine and climbing roses that twined around But, with a saucy retort, Bessie declared the pillars, and swung from the roof, of the herself tired of the sport, and the party cosy cottage-porch. And all the while sought the porch. Here, however, it was people talked and speculated; the girls no better. A spell of mischief seemed to envied Miss Bessie ; the boys hated Mr. hold Bessie, who could not or would not Gaines--and Will Farnsworth was miser- talk, but sat silently weaving a wreath of :able.
rosebuds with the ivy that entwined one of For a time he kept away from the house, the rustic pillars. Chilled with this cold but, finally, absence grew too heavy a welcome, Will very soon rose to go, but, burden for endurance, and, at the risk of making one last effort, he said, hurriedly: