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that large binns of wine were still within the cellar : wine of richest flavour! for doctor Shatford always chose the wine, allowed to be as good a judge of wine as physic. He of the former drank freely, but little of the latter, yet of both at times, and whenever required he shared it among his friends and patients ! the poor partook, and gratis ! suffice it now to say the widow and her son, bethought upon the wine, and, as a proof of prudence had it sold, and sold by auction too, to make the most on't. For prudence in these matters links with feeling, and feeling moulds itself to each one's taste. This wine so choiced, so highly famed sold for five times the price at which it first was bought. Was not this prudent? Was it not most wise ? Prodence thus gives the profligate their way. She winks at plesantry, connives at play, and punishes by making all well play.

EPITAPH

ON JAMES SHATFORD,

SON OF THE ABOVE DOCTOR SHATFORD,

Who died at Newport, Isle of Wight.

If o'er the prescient eye of Genius caught,
At one quick viow, the wide extremes of thought;
If o'er, at Memory's call, ideas sprung,
Or fell in moulded accent from the tongue ;
If genuine wit-a mind with knowledge stored,
Or repartec, e'er crown'd the social board,

With eloquence, that, under favoring star,
Had graced the Senate, or illumed the Bar-
Such gifts were THINE-

-A host of friends appear, And sanction this faint record with a tear. SHATFORD farewell !-all who thy merits scan, Attest the GENIUS-FRIEND-and HONEST MAN,

All who have seen or read the comedy of the School for Scandal, and they must be persons of very little taste or feeling who have had the opportunity of so doing and yet omitted it, and very little curiosity must all those possess who have not sought for every production of a writer so excellent as the late Brinsley Sheridan. It may be recollected that in the above play the School for Scandal, Lady Dundizzy and her party are reported to have introduced the subject of breeding sheep in Nova Scotia, were the flocks were remarkable for producing twins. Baron Maunchausen, too, a personage of almost equal authority with Lady Dundizzy, has somewhere informed us, that is one of the districts he visited during his wonderful travels, he had found an ingenious people who had invented a method of making the most of their cattle by carving them out by degrees, and eating them piece meal, without giving much pain to the animals and still further without the cruel method of slaughtering them as we do in Europe. The Baron tells his readers, that in one of the countries he travelled through, the voluptuary epicures, and the most tastofal fino ladies, often indulged their appetites by having a large beef steak, or chop, cut from the most fleshy parts of the living animal; and it was done with cuch facility and neatness, as is difficult to be described. That ladies of the highest rank, and even those belonging to their Royal Courts, were properly instructed for the purpose and very dexterous in performing the necessary operations on all such occasions : in fact it was thought amongst all well bred people, as easy and as fashionable a thing for a young lady to cut her own beef steak from the living animal, as it would be here to serve her friends with it, while sitting at the head of her own table.

The practice abroad of thus providing the provisions of a fashionable family, was not so difficult, as may at first be imagined. It was somewhat after this method : the cattle were usually driven by those who had the care of them, into the most convenient spots ; perhaps the park or lawn before the house, just as we may sometimes see beautiful herds of sleek-coated fat deer, grazing near to, or brought to the very palings of a delightful English Villa. The lady herself singles out the innocent animal which is to supply her table, it is secured; the proper instruments are provided, and the task is performed by her own delicate hands. She of course consults the appetites of her expectant guests, and acts accordingly, always cutting the quantity of steaks required, from the most plump or fleshy part of a fine fat bullock, or the rump of a tender young heifer.

Now the servants and attendants on these occasions,

have always previously prepared, and ready at command, what they call healers or preservers. These are made of something resembling what is here known by the name of gold-beater's skin. The patch is made according to the size of the incision about to be made : a mild, but very tenacious substance is spread round the edges of the patch ; this by close adherence to the skin of the animal, prevents the action of the atmospheric air on the orifices of the cuts so inflicted : by this method all danger is avoided, and even all unseemly effects entirely prevented. Thus, amongst the better sort of people, (as far as regards choice cuts and tid bits) a fine bullock or heifer may be said to be eaten eight or ten times over! For the operation is usually performed twice a year on the same animal; and the flesh grows up to its pristino firmness, and its more than original juicy consistency. The third, fourth and fifth times of cutting the slices are thought to be in their highest state of perfection ; after that the meat becomes paler and paler every time they are cut; and. at the expiration of the tenth or the twelfth year, they are purposely fatted and finally slaughtered for the supply of the common market. The lower orders of the people, as in most other countries, not being able to pamper their appetites, and indulgo their varying humours, in the same degree as is the case with the upper classes. They, of course, do not expect to be fed with the tid bits, and almost living savoury slices such as the quality get, but are content to wait till the whole carcases of the animals are brought to the shambles in the regular way. 'Tis rather wonderful that the Gourmands of France, or the Aldermen of the City of London, have not put something of this sort into practice, in this part of the world,

But now we are on the subject of breeding, and raising cattle, it may not be amiss to notice a custom of breeding bullocks on the coast of South America; or rather on some of the Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

These animals are of a dwarfish nature; not half the size of full fed English oxen : such as are commonly seen in the midland counties. This peculiar species of sınall oxen is seen in great numbers in South America. They run about the woods and pas-i tures in a half wild state, as if they belonged to nobody; nor do they in any one sense. They ramble about. in so wild, so uncertain a manner, that sometimes their owners do not know them; and they become the property

of
any

adventurer who can catch or kill them : and, though their flesh is very good, they are con sidered valuable, chiefly on account of their skins. The carcass is often left, the skin only taken : these skins and the skins and furs of many other animals form a great branch of trade between that country and England; particularly the borough of Southwark, which is I believe one of the principal Marts for these kinds of commodities,

Perhaps it may be remembered that about forty years ago, two Indian Chiefs made some noise in London : The public prints were continually speaking of them, and of their being seen at routes at noblemen's houses and at all public places. I once had the opportunity of being at the house of a private gentleman in the vol. ii,

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