Friday, November 03, 2006

ABR - Chambers' Historical Newspaper 3

"It is mentioned in The Birmingham Journal, that there never was a period when Birmingham exhibited fewer instances of the commission of even ordinary crime. For some days the jail was absolutely tenantless." No. 2.

"On the other hand, the party of statesmen termed Whigs must be considered as at the very height of the political wheel of fortune. Their constancy of principle during a long period, when liberal principle was more laudable, abstractly, than it was practically safe, and their having ultimately carried their principles, and especially the measure of Parliamentary reform, into practice, have obtained for them a meed of grateful feeling from the people, sufficient, and more than sufficient, to atone for all their former depression and despair." No. 3. January 3, 1833.

And more flippantly...

"A MR EULENSTEIN has lately been astonishing the inhabitants of Edinburgh, by his varied and brillant performances on this hiteherto humble instrument. ... Should this instrument become fashionable, as it deserves to be, the young men, we can foresee, will by and bye[sic] prefer it greatly, as an affectation, to rolled tobacco, and thereby, while regaling themselves, will give pleasure rather than pain to others. Each youth, instead of going puffing along with is cigar, to the annoyance of all around or behind him, will be twanging his Jews' harp, so that the whole street will be one universal orchestra from end to end. ... Boards might be carried on the tops of poles, intimating that "Katie Beardie" was to be played on this street from twelve to two; "Brose and Butter" to be predominant from two to four; and "Maggie Lauder" to reign supreme from four to six." No. 4. February 2, 1833.

"At a late meeting of the Presbytery of Kirkaldy, the Rev. Mr Thorburn was ordained to the pastoral charge of the Scottish church at Falmouth, Jamaica." No. 4.

"A New Continent.-It is said that a new continent has been discovered in the antarctic regions, by a [APRIL, 1833] British whaler. The Literary Gazette, in noticing the circumstance, says-"The log of the vessel is rather confused, but still there seems to be no doubt of the fact, that an immense tract of land has been found about the latitude of 67[deg], and in longitude lying nearly due south of the Cape of Good Hope." No. 6. April 3, 1833.