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struck him on the left shoulder, and carried away his arm. The body was thrown into a ditch, and the arm was driven through a hedge into his own garden. The foot rule and pencil were found in the same direction. There were two men in the corning house when it blew up. One of then was shattered to pieces. Part of his body was found 300 yards from the house, and in different directions; the other was buried amidst the ruins, dreadfully bruised, and half roasted. He was dug out alive, and though in inexpressible agony, his recollection had not forsaken him, but he could give no account of the cause of the accident. He lived
till one o'clock of that day, when death, to him a welcome messenger, terminated
his pain. The violence of the explosion was such that the premises were blown in pieces, and the fragments scattered in all directions. Several trees, at some distance, were thrown down, and broken in pieces, and large logs of wood were blown to a very great distance. The windows of several houses, a good way off, were shivered to pieces.
Among other incitements to invasion we find that Mengaud, the commissary at Calais, lately gave a grand dinner, at which several officers were present. * The health of the first French quarter master, who shall quarter his troops at Dover,” was drank: “To the speedy review of the French guards in St. James's Park,” was also drank. Toasts expressive of a wish that England may possess abundance when the French arrive, meaning that the pillage may be productive, were given likewise. The account of this dinner might be regarded with ridicule, if we did not find in the column next to it in the Citoyen Francois, an article gravely urging the massacre of the people of this country, and pleading in justification, some expressions of Edmund Burke with regard to the French at the commencement of the last war. The massacre, by the French, of the English found in arms, is insisted upon as a just act of retaliation.
A very thin audience attending the tragedy of Richard the Third, at the Windsor theatre, a few nights back, the crook-backed tyrant had not sufficient philosophy to endure this neglect of his powers; for, losing all patience in the Tent Scene, he exclaimed, with peculiar emphasis, “I’ll forth and walk awhile ;” and very composedly went home to supper.
A FRENch Love Scene.---While Bonaparte was at Amiens, a circumstance took place which served to vary the scene of consular pomp and ostentatious ceremony. A rich merchant's daughter, connected with some of the most considerable families of the neighbourhood, had been so inflamed by heroic descriptions of the First Consul, that a most violent passion took possession of her whole soul. She waited for his arrival with the utmost impatience. No sooner had Bonaparte entered the apartment where she was, accompanied by his spouse, than the young lady threw herself at his feet, and declared her passion in the most romantic strains. With great condescension the consul raised up the afflicted beauty, and consoled her in language not unworthy the Knight of La Manch. Madame Bonaparte joined in this tender scene, and with all due sensibility comforted this unhappy lady whom her husband's character had overpowered. Next day she presented her with a rich medallion of Bonaparte, to console her for the loss of the original, and there are even hopes that she may, in due time, appoint her one of her ladies of honour. The light inconstant French are quite delighted with the sensibility and condescention of their consular lord and his amiable spouse.
The Dutch Government, obedient to the commands of the tyrant Consul, have prohibited the introduction of English manufactures into any of the Ports of Holand; and a similar order is expected to be shortly issued with respect to all articles of colonial produce. All communication with England, directly or indirectly, it is added, is to be immediately suspended. The degraded Dutch have sent a deputation to meet Bonaparte at Brussels, and a change in the Batavian constitution, there is every probability, will be the result of the interview. The First Consul is continuing his tour, and is every where received with expressions of the most gross and servile adulation. He arrived at Dunkirk on the second, and was expected to reach Brussels on the 12th. Of the horrible impiety of the language in which the priests and prefects address him, the following is a remarkable specimen:—The Prefect of the Pas de Calais, after describing the English as the destroyers of the repose of the universe, and lavishing the most disgusting praise upon the Consular Idol, concludes his panegyric thus: “God, to fix at length the peace of the earth, created Bonaparte, and rested from his labour !” Shameless flattery---abominable blasphemy!
PortER.—The following is an accuratostatement of the quantity of porter brewed by the following twelve principal brewers in London, from the 5th July 1802, to the 5th July 1803.
Barrels. Barrels. Meux, - - - - - - - - - - 170,403 Goodwin, - - - - - - - - - 70,001 Barclay, - - - - - - - - - 150,582 John Calvert, - - - - - - - 56,555 Whitbread, - - - - - - - - 131,801 Elliot, - - - - - - - - - - - 51,864 Hanbury, - - - - - - - - - 129,916 Clowes, - - - - - - - - - - 47,810 Shum, - - - - - - - - - - 101,281 Biley, - - - - - - - - - - - 36,695 F. Calvert, - - - - - - - - 75,128 Cox, - - - - - - - - - - - 32,143
At a meeting of the proprietors of Bank Stock, held on Thursday, it being a General Quarterly Court, it appeared that the defaulcation occasioned by Mr. Astlett's misconduct, amounts to £.322,000. That the Bank had redeemed 4.191,000 in Exchequer Bills, by paying about £.70,000, for which Mr. Astlett had pawned Bills to that amount.
It seems to be the opinion of military men, that no measure can be of greater utility, or even necessity, in defending the country against invaders, than the having a numerous body of pioneers ready trained, to be called out in case of emergency. No measure too would seem more easily practicable in the execution, and less burdensome to government and individuals; yet certainly has not been hitherto generally attended to nor understood. In Cornwall, it is reckoned there are 80,000 miners, near Newcastle 60,000 colliers, and in the counties adjoining to Edinburgh, it would not be difficult to collect at least 10,000 colliers, miners, and able labourers. It may be easily imagined, and could be demonstrated, that before a hostile army with all its equipments could be landed upon these coasts, such a body of pioneers as might be collected at any of the places above-mentioned might encompass the invading army with a ditch and rampart which it would be difficult, perhaps impossible, for them to pass." In every view it is evident that these exertions of labour would throw such impediments in the way as would enable us to attack them with a decided advantage whenever their army attempted to advance from the coast.
During the threatened armada, in the days of Queen Elizabeth, the military press swept off all servants but one behind the carriages, &c. of the nobility and gentry, to serve against the invading enemy; a similar measure at the present moment would be equally fitting, and far more productive.
During the last winter the labourers employed by Sir Richard Hill, Bart. in
his park at Hawkstone, under the direction of his head gardener, made some very interesting discoveries, in tracing the foundations of the old fortress, called Red Castle. The remains of two more circular towers have been found, which must, for several centuries have been totally covered and buried under vast quantities of earth, stones, and rubbish, as many venerable oaks, and other trees, were growing on the surface of the ruins. The original entrance to the castle has also been discovered, and laid bare; as are likewise many pieces of the extensive ancient walls, which nearly encompass the whole of this prodigious rock, and are of a surprising thickness, yet built with an elegance which no modern structures can lay claim to. The celebrated General Pichegru is now in London; and it is understood that he is about to be employed by our government. New pieces of one franc begin to circulate at Paris. They bear the effigy of Bonaparte, and are very well struck. FIRE AT WesTMINstER ABBEY.—Between one and two o'clock, on Saturday July 9, an alarming fire broke out in the roof of the tower on the centre of Westminster abbey, which filled the public mind with serious apprehensions for the fate of that truly venerable structure, the repository of the ashes of so many of our sovereigns, and most illustrious countrymen, and adorned with so many chefs d’aeuvres of our finest sculptors. As we have too often to lament, in similar cases, a sufficient quantity of water to work the engines could not be procured for nearly two hours after the flames burst forth; in consequence of which the roof of the tower (which was framed of wood) fell in, and did considerable damage to the wood-work of the choir, both by the violence of the falling timbers, and by communicating the fire. When, however, water was to be had in abundance, an end was speedily put to the progress of the devastation. The utmost possible exertions were used by firemen, soldiers, volunteers, neighbours, and by the populous at large. Every one seemed to view the abbey as a common public concern. Several distinguished members of parliament actively assisted; while the lower classes did everything in their power. Patriots and men of taste trembled for the productions of the fine arts; whilst women and children were heard bitterly bewailing the threatened destruction of the war-work and the figure of General Monk. Immense crowds of people collected round the spot; but the activity and attention of the St. Margaret and St. John's Volunteer Infantry preserved the most perfect regularity and order. At half past five, all symptoms of danger had disappeared; but the engines very properly continued to play upon the ashes. Upon examining the interior of the cathedral, we were greatly consoled to find that no injury had been sustained by any of the valuable monuments or antiquities; and what is remarkable, the pulpit, which was greatly exposed to the danger, has ly received any damage. This accident is attributed to the negligence of the plumbers employed in repairing the roof, who had gone to their dinner, and left their melting pot in an improper state. Our readers may recollect that a similar piece of carelessness occasioned the destruction
of St. Paul's Church, Covent-Garden, just after it had been repaired at an enormous expence by the parishioners, about seven years ago. The damage sustained at the abbey may, perhaps, be estimated at four or five thousand pounds. Mr. Windham particularly distinguished himself in his exertions to suppress the flames. He headed the firemen on several occasions, and pointed out the most effectual mode of directing the water for the extinction of the fire.
A highwayman was taken in a very gallant style, on Saturday evening, the 16th ult, near Roehampton. He had stopt a chaise close to Mr. Rucker's gate, at Wimbledon, when an alarm being given, he was pursued by one of Mr. Rucker's servants on horseback and the patrole. He galloped down Roehampton-lane, when Mr. Goldsmid's groom joined in the pursuit, on a very fine horse, but without saddle or any sort of arms. He soon overtook him, and by crossing made him turn into Mr. Temple's gate, which he mistook for a thoroughfare. He was of course stopt at the second gate, but, turning on his pursuers, he fired at the patrole, and, clapping spurs to his horse, endeavoured to make his way back, but this Mr. Goldsmid's servant prevented by his superior speed. He seized him at the outer gate, and, after a desperate struggle, wrested his pistol from him. He was then secured, and the Bow-Street people, who went to Putney on Sunday night, recognized him to be a person against whom several informations for robbery had been laid. He called himself William Hart, and said he was a smuggler.
A few days ago a most dreadful accident had near occurred at Barns Elm, the seat of Mr. Hoare. As Sir Henry and Lady Frances Wilson were driving a curricle, it struck against a post, at the corner of a lane. Sir Henry was thrown out of the carriage, and his leg caught in the wheel, from which, however, it was soon most providentially extricated. Lady Frances was soon after thrown out upon a bank, without receiving any material injury. The horses then made for the river, but before they reached it, were stopped by the haymakers in Mr. Hoare's park.
M O N T H L Y MIRROR,
A UGUST, 1803.
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