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It is said that Mr Cobbett allowance is made to them who wishes to retire immediately to take them by wholesale. his seat in the country.

Buonaparte's Milan and Berlin Divine service will be perform- decrees are said to be under a ed to-morrow at St. Paul's re- prosecution in Doctors' Commons freshments between the acts. for impotence.

A journeyman plumber was apprehended for robbing his master-he distinguished himself by taking the lead on this

Mr. Editor, occasion.

List of the majority who voted Being in the constant habit of for ministers--all orders execut- reading your Gleaner, of course ed for ready money only.

nothing therein contained esA charity-sermon will be capes my notice. In reading preached next Sunday at St. Dun- your eleventh number, I felt stan's

no money will be taken at a little chagrin in reading a the door.

pretended solution of the proThe health of Mr. Cobbett verb-" Nine tailors make a was then drunk in-pint-bottles man." I think the person signof Day and Martin's liquid black- ing himself G. has not discovering.

ed a high degree of good sense, Mr. Samuel Wesley performed nor urbanity, in thus ridiculing a a voluntary on the organ-many useful and respectable body of blows passed the

The reason of my noticing sion.

this case is, hecause I flatter my A fire lately broke out in the self, that I can give a more worpremises of Mr. -- ; he was thy and honourable solution of cured by taking only one box of the phrase—“Nine tailors make a pills.

I will begin with the Yesterday evening the rev. words of your correspondent and Rowland Kill delivered a lec- say— It happened (it is no ture to--a stupendous elephant, great matter in what year) that, and a kangaroo from Botany at a certain place, a tailor had Bay.

the misfortune to get encumFrom experiments lately made bered in his circumstances ; he on the livers of animals—they are contracted a debt he could not no longer sought for by the pay; nine tailors joined their redyers.

sources and raised the sum reLast week a poor woman was quired, and thereby discharged safely delivered of-one serjeant, their brother from embarrassone corporal, and thirteen rank ment ; hence arose the proverb and file.

-Nine tailors make a man.' The late love-feast at the Ta. If this solution is admitted, it bernacle was numerously attend- does great honour to that useful ed-several members paired off body of men, and is worthy the in the evening

imitation of your correspondent, By the new act for imposing a G, if any of his fraternity should duty on quack-medicines-a good ever be in like circumstances,







year 1742.

and would do him honour, al- nose and mouth formed with exthough it might reduce him to quisite symmetry; his beard one-ninth part of a man.

thick, and of a colour suitable to I remain, sir, singh )

the hair of his head, reaching an sol Yours, &c.

inch below his chin, and parting

PHILOGATHUS. in the middle like a fork ; his Brighton, Sept. 12.

eyes bright, clear, and serene. He rebukes with majesty-counsels with mildness—his whole address, whether in word or deed, being elegant and grave.

No man has seen him laugh, but Sent by Publius Lentulus, president of

he has wept frequently : he is Judea, to the senate of Rome. Ex- very temperate, modest, and tracted by a learned Mussulman from wise : a man, for his excellent the king's library, at Paris, in the beauty and divine perfection,

surpassing the children of men. “Thou hast often spoke,” says " I send thee this picture of this enlightened Turk, to his the christian Messiah,” continufriend in Constantinople, “ with ed the mussulman, " not drawn much affection and reverence of by the pencil of the painter, but Jesus, the Messiah of the chris- by the pen of a Roman governor, tians, as all good mussulmen and, therefore, it may pass for ought to do, being taught by the authentic. I often heard thee Alcoran, in several chapters, that praise the original, and condemn he was a holy prophet, and in the some too superstitious mussulnumber of the divine favourites." men, who, in their mistaken These are the words :

zeal for the Alcoran, have blas• There lives, at this time, in phemed this holy prophet; a Judea, a man of singular virtues, man, whom the Alcoran itself whose name is Jesus Christ, mentions, in several chapters, whom the barbarians esteem a styling him, " The breath and prophet, but his own followers word of God."" adore him as the offspring of the immortal gods. He calls back the dead from their graves, and heals all sorts of diseases as

THE SALT-MINE NEAR CRACOW, IN with a word or a touch. He is tall and well-shaped- of an At' Wielitska, a small town aamiable reverend aspect; his bout eight miles from Cracow, hair of a colour that can hardly this wonderful mine is excavated be matched, falling into graceful in a ridge of hills, at the northcurls below his ears, and very ern extremity of the chain which agreeably couching on his shoul- joins to the Carpathian mounders, parted on the crown of the

and has been worked head, like the Nazarites ; his above six hundred years. forehead is smooth and large ;

There are eight openings or his cheeks without other spot, descents into this mine, six in the save that of a lovely red; his fields, and two in the town itself.


tains ;


The openings are lined through- kle with the lustre of precious out with timber : and at the top stones, affords a more splendid of each there is a large wheel, and glittering prospect than any with a rope as thick as a cable, thing above ground can possibly by which things are let down, exhibit. and the salt drawn up.

In various parts of this spacious The descent is very slow and plain stands the huts of the gradual, down a narrow dark miners and their families, some well, to the depth of six hundred single and others in clusters like feet perpendicular. The place villages. They have very little where the stranger is let down is communication with the world perfectly dark ; but the miners above ground; and many hunstriking fire, and lighting a dreds of persons are born and small lamp, conduct him through pass the whole of their lives a number of passages, and by here. means of ladders, they again de- Through the midst of this plain scend to an immense depth : at lies a road, which is always filled the foot of the last ladder the with carriages laden with masses stranger is received in a small of salt from the furthest parts of dark cavern; and in the course the mine. The drivers of their descent it is usual for generally singing, and the salt the guide to pretend the utmost looks like a load of gems. A dread and apprehension of the great number of horses are kept feeble light of his lamp going out, in this mine ; and when once let often declaring that such an ac- down, never see daylight again. cident might he attended with The instruments principally the most tal consequences. used by the miners are pick-axes,

When arrived at this dreary hammers, and chisels; with chamber, the miner contrives to these they dig out the salt in the extinguish his lamp as if by ac- form of huge cylinders, each of cident, and, catching the stran- many hundred weight. This is ger by the hand, drags him found the most convenient methrough a narrow creek into the thod of getting it out of the mine ; body of the mine ; when there and as soon as got above ground, bursts upon

his view a little the masses are broken into smalworld, the beauty of which is ler pieces, and sent to the mills, scarcely to be imagined. He where they are reduced to powbeholds a spacious plain, con- der. The finest sort of salt is taining a kind of subterranean sometimes cut into toys, and ofcity, with houses, carriages, ten passes for real crystal. roads, &c. all scooped out of one This mine appears to be inexvast rock of salt, as bright and haustible. Its known breadth is glittering as crystal; while the one thousand one hundred and blaze of the lights continually fifteen feet, its length is six thouburning for the general use, re- sand six hundred and ninety-one flected from the dazling columns feet, and its depth seven hundred which support the lofty arched and forty-three feet. This, howva of the mine, and which are

understood only of beautifully tinged with all the that part which has been actually colours of the rainbow, and spar- worked ; as the real depth or longitudinal extent of the bed of convinced that they knew nosalt, it is not possible to conjec- thing. I have heard it said that, ture.

ever, is to

under many of our kings of England, there were secretaries of state and lords of the admiralty,

that knew nothing of the busiNOTHING IS SOMETHING. ness of their respective depart

ments; and I have been informContrary to the common opinion, which

ed that some of our kings have maintains, that nothing is nothing.

sent messages to their ParliaIt has been, hitherto, univer- ments without knowing a tittle sally believed that nothing is no- of what was so sent; or, if they thing, but which, upon a cursory did, knew nothing of the matter. reflection, may appear quite I remember to have read in otherwise.

some ancient historian, that a There is nothing in the world brave old Lacedemonian general that makes a finer figure than had been dismissed from his emthe inhabitant, Nothing. It is ployments for nothing, and that everywhere found, and yet re- another had been put in his place, sides nowhere. The citizen and who, in himself, was nothing. statesman, the poet and philoso- If Achilles, whom Agamennon pher, and even the divine, all disobliged, had not been prevailoften make a great noise for no- ed upon to return to the army, thing.

the great advantages the Greeks I have read in the histories of had obtained, in a ten years' war our parliaments, convocations, with Troy, would have come to and a diversity of other meetings nothing. for deliberating on the most im- In the reign of James I. the portant and solemn affairs, that, great sir Walter Raleigh was after spending much time in arraigned, condemned, and, at sharp contestations and debates, length, executed, though scarce nothing in the end has been done any thing was alledged, and noor concluded. 'Tis true, it was thing proved deserving of death, pretended to accomplish mighty against him. In the same reign matters, by doing justice to all also, and in those of some of his men, by fixing the public belief successors, many eminent and and opinions in regard to certain eloquent patriots were sent to the things, and by discovering the Tower for nothing. causes of malversations and cor- This phantom of Nilliety is rupt morals ; but all these bra- not less in use among us than vadoes terminated in nothing. it was in the time of our ances

I have known a sage philosopher tors. It seems, its value increases keep silence for a whole evening, in proportion to its antiquity. without assigning any other rea- Do we not constantly see by our son than that he had nothing to weekly lists of bankrupts, that say.

those who owe the largest sums Several of the wisest men in pay as little as they can to their the world, after long and dili- creditors, and sometimes nogent researches for acquiring thing; and that those, who keep knowledge, have been perfectly possession of usurped goods, use



no more.

their best endeavours to restore a devil, and, when I am, I nothing.

I am the great coffer Some of our supercilious cri- of the world. My nature was tics are continually exclaiming so fruitful, that all was engenagainst the new books that ap- dered by me. I am the inaccespear, that they have nothing in sible immensity; I am the inthem, or nothing new. The divisible point, and the riches of same inanity they find in our a beggar, as well as thine. What poets, especially the retailers of a thief does on his trial, what dramatic compositions -- their the deluge respected, what serves imaginations, they say, have to support the skies, what a been bewildered in fairy-lands, bailiff's setter cannot be, what or bewitched by magic; and, if we do, when we do nothing, is, so, they embrace a cloud instead gentle reader, my

name and of Juno ; and, just as children, heing." slaves, and melefactors, when The explanation of this enigpunished, they have done no- ma will shew the solution to be thing. Ah, Nothing! That so exceedingly easy. significant cypher, though at all “What is not, could not be times generally esteemed, was born-in vain, to know it, should never so illustrious as at present. we search above and below : it And, indeed, we have often seen surpasses the reach of our imaginumerous armies spend whole nation. Nothing in one's purse is campaigns in doing nothing ; ne- the devil ; and, when nothing is gociations spun out to nothing; in it, it is good for nothing. All quarrels and law-suits engaged is nothing here below. The nain for nothing ; women married ture of nothing was very fruitful, for nothing ; divorces made for as out of nothing every thing was nothing ; protestations of friend- created. It is the great inaccesship reduced to nothing ; argu- sible space; it is the true inments concluding nothing ; oaths divisible point; it is nearly my required for nothing ; people whole wealth. A thief protests amusing themselves in nothing ; before his judge, that he has done and a thousand other nothings of nothing, and the deluge formerlike nature.

ly respected nothing. Whoever But, to give a specimen of the mentions a bailiffos follower may grandeur of nothing, suppose I think there is nothing honourable should conceive it in the way of in the profession; and, notwithan enigma, leaving the case to standing Ovid's fiction, that Atlas another of putting it in verse. bears up the heavens on his

“ Gentle reader, I am not yet shoulders, they are indeed supborn; but if you have a mind to ported by nothing. The fact is know me, I am under you,

I am

not problematical, and thus it over you ; you can scarce imagine seems demonstratively proved, what I am. In the purse, I am that nothing is something.


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