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of an Italian friend, who died, while and castle at two miles distance, with on a visit at his seat. I do not think its own extensive park, Slieve-DonI crer saw any thing in the form of ard and Newcastle. The house is a building of so rude a structure as in the cabin style, and has three enthis monument. However, it is well trances. It is old, and abounds with adapted to the scene. The inscrip- long narrow winding halls. The tion being considerably detaced, I am windows in these are ornamented unable to give an account of it. From with coloured glass, of the richest this place we had a most charming and most glowing hues. The subview of the river ; the beauty of jects are taken from bistory, both which is really not to be expressed by sacred and profane. The glass of words. A mind, feelingly alive to these windows was dug out of the the beauties of creation, is alone ruins of a monastery in Dundalk. competent to feel the force of those It is said that the art of colouring charins of nature, which presented glass, so as to represent figures, &c. themselves to our view. The whole as the glass of these windows does, is bed of the river is of great rocks, now lost. The house is not fitted none less than fifteen or twenty feet, up in the most splendid style. Be. square, the water flows over them fore it became the property of Lady in various directions, forming in some Roden, the late owner Lady Clanplaces, deep and clear pools, and in brassil removed part of the best furothers, beautiful basins, just as niture and a great many paintings, smonth and rezular as if formed by There is an old bed, a set of chairs and the hand of art, and chiselled out tapestry for a room wrought by Eve. with the nicest care. I observed lina Magennis, the first Lady Clanmany great oaks and other trees brassil. All the furniture is made grow on the tops of these rocks, of a beautiful yew found in the without the smallest sign of any earth neighbouring boys : and the floors near them, One of them leaned of all the rooms, except the ballo fantastically over the river, having room (the only room in the second in the middle a seat, where twelve story,) made of the stones found in or thirteen people might dine.

I the park.

The rooms are lofty and got quite frightened on going into spacious. The parlour is ornamenti, to find myself hanging in the air, ed with paintings, large as life, of over the river, at a considerable the peregrinations of Charles II, height. Had I missed a foot, and while disguised and flying: Two of been in love, it might very well the same size, of game, and of a genhave been said I had taken ihe lo- tleman and lady, which I thought ver's leap, as I am sure it was not less very good. In an other room, were than thirty feet high.

two fine pictures of Sappho and Having walked about five miles, Phaon. She had all the fire of a we felt fatigued, and ascended the poetess in her eyes, was crowned with hill by a covered slooping walk to bays, and bad one shoulder bare, the house, which we perceived we which I admired of all things. Be. were near by the scent of the flow. side her stood another beautiful er garden. It is delightfully situated female, but of a very different des on the side of a hill, just opposite the ,cription of beauty. Her fine hair mountain, and commands an exten. hung loosely over her neck and sive prospect of the lower part of the shoulders; but she was too thin, country, the Isle of Man, with its fine and wanted that fine plump look, inouutain Souw-field; Dundrum bay which I admired so much in her






neighbour. The rest of the paint- ring knowledge by reading suitable ings it would be vain to describe, books, if they rose in their views to We went through the house in about something higher than the usual an hour and a half, came out at the trash of novels.* I fear, when they great hall, admired the prospect, for do read, they confine themselves too a few minutes, and then deparied. generally to light, unsubstantial, In general, the woods are too thick, and misleading compositions. This and hide the prospect in many is an abuse of a practice highly explaces. The ash and oak grow spon- cellent in itself. Books conveying taneously every where. We saw some solid improvement would, by habit, very remarkable laurels, grown quite become more agreeable, and they into large timber. Every kind of are more instrucive than the light tree or shrub that money or taste reading, the wiiipt syllabub of novels. could procure is found here. We

K. saw but a small part of the improvements, as it would take a week fully For the Belfust Monthly Dluguzine. to survey them all. For the Belfast Monthly Magazine,



'APPENING lately to be in

Colerain, I stepped into a bookseller's-shop, and, having seen

( Continued from page 111.) ewo others also respectably furnishi IT-isalit possible to doubt the tonic ed, I support so many shops in that line. eminent degree. As this property I was answered," that in almost every has never been met with directiv parish in the neighbourhood they but in extractoresinous bitters, and tad a book-club, hy which means

in bitters pot resinous, which are a considerable demand was occa

combined with launin. The former sioned for books. I thonght the strengthen and communicale their practice was so worthy of commen- tonic qualities more slowly than the dation, and afforded so pleasing a latter, but their good effecis are of trait in the character of the inbabi. a longer duration and more certain. tants of that district, that I am disa They destroy the obstructions which posed to recommend it for adoption are unfortunately too often produced in other places.

by the latter. These lalier hare A taste for reading produces ma- olien had violent purgative effects. ny beneficial effects, and affords a It does not appear that the alcornoprofitable mode of occupying lei- que ever operated in this way, which bure.

If the young people of the makes it a valuable medicine for middle classes, sons of farmers, me- persons afflicted in a certain degree chanics, &c. spent their evenings in wiih pulmonary consumptions. this inanner, they would escape

All those who had recourse to the many evils attendant on going to public-houses, and frequenting clubs * “ The Cottagers of Glenburnie; by

Elizabeth Hamilton,” may be read with of free-masons, orange-lodges, &c., a practice unhappily too prevalent in profit by such societies. It abounds with

instructive remaks, tending to promote many places. Young women also the useful virtues of cleanliness and good would find great resources in acqui- mauagement.

alcornoque affirm, that its use pro tle, containing 2 pounds of water. duced costiveness, which generally Three bottles of which are to be ta. continues for several days, and that ken every day during 12 days. 0gentle cathartics, decoctions of bar. thers have reduced the dose to one ley, and other cooling means may ounce to 12 ounces water. Some be taken, to counteract that effect. pulverise the alcornoque to mascer

If milk can be taken, it produces ate it and pound it in a mortar. I the same effect, and may cure se- nust here remark, that what is calveral species of pulmonary consump- led cold-water in the colonies, ought tions. How desirable it would be 1o be considered as very hot-water to see the alcornoque applied in- in this climate, at least in the winter stead of milk, by those patients who season, on account of the action of cannot make use of the latter !!! the atmosphere in the colonies, es

Can the strong tonic property pecially on substances exposed to exist in the substance of common the attraction of aqueous or other wood ?-Whatever may be the dif- menstruums. ferent opinions, and the cause of Each of the provinces of Spanish the necessity of applying the alcor- America which use the alcornoque poque, it is always necessary to have administered it according to prefer that quality, of which the circumstances, such as the taking repeated good effects coincide with of asses or mares milk

every three the chemical and medical princi- successive days, as is the practice ples, which cannot be denied to be in the province of Caraccas; others salutary to pulmonary consumptive prescribe the use of all kinds of milk complaints, as well as to the catarrh during the course of the alcornoque, leading thereto.

and continue the milk-diet afierThe animal odour which I thought wards. They all prefer asses to find in the smoke of the extracts inares milk, and most add a spoonful which I burned, and which appeared of honey in the morning and eventhe saine to several persons who ing doses, when it is to be taken were present, proves the discovery lukewarm. of an auxiliary principle of animal By the chemical nature of the assimilation, which is so desirablé principles of the alcornoque, it is for persons menaced or attacked with easy to judge that the modifications pulmonary consumptions, and con- of its application may be greatly stitulional and accidental debility. varied, especially according to the

It is certainly not only to the con- climate and the state of the atmossumptive that we should recommend phere under which we live. A pathe alcornoque. The rachitis, and tient may certainly drink 3 bottles all diseases arising from want of as- per day of the cold infusion of the similation, and consequently from alcornoque in the colonies, particugeneral debility of the fibres, would Jarly if his consumption is not arfind great benefit in a modified use rived to ine degree, when the too of the alcornoque.

short respiration would not permit As far as our informations have employing so great a quantity of gone concerning the application of liquid, and the continual perspira. the alcornoque, it is to be dig sted tion which takes place, in adding to in cold-water during 24 hours, of the loss of the liquids, which his which three bottles are to be drank sickness occasions, makes indispenevery day. Some persons have auge sible and easy the passage of an mented the dose to 4 ounces per boi. abundant drinking.


They have not less succeeded at hausted by the frequent errors of Caraccas, by limiting their potions their regimen, and females of the to 3 glasses per day, until they age of 45 to 50. were perfectly restored to bealth; In the latter case, the alcornoque this infusion is made with one ounce may be given in a cold infusion of in 3 glasses of water.

water. I maintain, that in this state I think it useless to confine ourselves of debility of the system, a vinous to such or such particular forniulæ, infusion of alcornoque may be ad. we must always consider the country ministered without danger, and this we live in, the degree and nature in small doses with more certain of the complaint of the patient to success, especially in a cold climate whom we propose the application like ihese northern states, and with of this remedy. It is, doubtless, a people whose custom it is, in a sick proper to follow as much as possi- slate particularly, not to use cold ble the first practical ideas which drink, which is proven by the gene we have perceived. It is also pro ral use of teas. per to put some restrictions. I have If the case requires to continue more ihan sufficient reasons, but its use, taking 3 glasses per day of which would be here entirely su- the infusion in water, instead of 9 perfluous, for advancing, that the glasses; sugar drops, or other consuccess which has been in general. fectionary articles, prepared with obtained from it, has depended on the alcornoque, may be taken, bediminishing and adding io the ori- sides the tea. This way of apply. ginal prescription; but let it be well ing its principles, would be comunderstood, that this remedy must mendable in consumptions of the not be applied as some have done, larynx with aphonia and hemophnearly or entirely in the last stage thysics in a convalescent state,' to of the consumption.

strengthen the organs of the voice, The following method of prescrip- the muscles and membranes of the tion is, I think, more proper, gene. larynx and pharynx. rally speaking. Let the patient

T'he alternate use of asses or mares drink three bottles per day of the milk and the alcornoque I approve cold aqueous infusion, and luke warm of, because it is conformable to the with the honey at the times of rising principles of sound practice. It may and going to beci--but is this ris be administered in all the different

gorous treatment, which is continu- grades of the consumption. ed during 12 days, to be considered The lichen of Iceland, Iceland as the change from phthysic 10 more liverwort), derives its success in mealarming symptoms; whose progress dicine from its bitter qualities, unit. are at all liazards to be stopped with- ed to a peculiar glutinous or muout delay, when it can be done, as cous principle, which is conducive is practiced in intermittent or remit. to our animalisation. tent pernicieus fevers? This last Lastly, a very good bitter elirir case is only practicable in certain may be prepared from the alcornespecies of phthysics.

que, of which its strength might be When the disease has not yet ar

meliorated by pouring a few drops rired to the state in wbich it attacks on a piece of sugar; in short, it may persons of a middling age, in conse- be applied in the same manner as quence of a humid catarrh, asthma, all those powerful medicines, which &c. or young people of a good con- deserve to be used; but persons who stitution viherwise, but who are ex- would wish to undergo a course of


this medicine, should give it a full attainments. This is not an ideal trial, and let well instructed physicians picture, confined only to our ancesobserve the effects,

tors, but is essentially characteristic The alcornoque has also proved ef- of the progression which every coun. fective in liter complaints. It is in try has made from barbarism to. these diseases that its medical

wards refinement We have cera

quabities have been first discovered.

tainly not yet reached that point, I judge it useless to dwell upon beyond which farther advances can. those circumstances; the chemical

not be made. If in any of the prequalities which I have discovered ceding eras, the veneration for anin it, indicate sufficiently the rea. tiquity had been set up as a bar to sons why this root has succeeded so

'farther improvement, the human well in hepatic diseases. This agrees mind must have become stationary,

if not retrogressive, and a stop perfectly with the rules established

would in the art of healing.

have been put to all farther progress in knowledge.

The same effects would now folPor the Belfast Monthly Magazine. low, from an implicit adoption of

the practices of our ancestors. Every ON THE VENERATION REALLY

race and age of men had their an.

cestors, whom if they had blindly folTO ANTIQUITY.

lowed, because they were their anTHE 'HE same subject viewed from cestors, there would have been an

different points, exhibits a very end to improvement, and such a dissimilar appearance. In a court of 'procedure would be no more rationjustice, we are apt to think well of al and fitting in us, than it would the cause, when it is first opened, have been in them, ull we hear what can be said on the The fiction of a golden age, foundopposite side. “ Hear also the de- ed on the notion of the wisilom and fendant," is a sound maxim in law purity of ancestors, bas fled before and in literary, discussion. In the the progress of superior knowledge, last magazine, high praises were be- as the light and airy dream, and it stowed on indulging a veneration for has clearly appeared, that the early antiquity. If I am not greatly mista- ages of all nations have been barken, much may be said on the other barous, and instead of being favourside.

able to virtue, they have had a toWho are our forefathers --Some tally opposite character, and exhicenturies ago they were savages, not bited little more than the disgusting higher in intellect and attainments, display of the grosser vices. In the than the present inhabitants. of the infancy of society, there has been South Sea Islands. Gradually e- no golden age. It is only the dream merging from this state, they passed of poets, and of fancy-led historians. throogh the lower grades of civiliza. 'Philosophers look forward for their tion, and exchanged the rule of the golden age, to the spread of supebards for the scarcely more enlight- rior knowledge gradually melioratened, or mitigated sway of another ing the state of man, and exalting domination. Superstition changed the capabilities of the human mind its face, but still remained supersti- towards the perfectioning of the tion uoder another form. Light species. May these fond hopes not gradually broke through, and men be blasted, by man continuing alprogressively advanced to higher ways the sport of his passions, his


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