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calculated to afford an important ad- persons of a refined and delicate taste. - dition to the dramatic literature of the It is somewhat unaccountable too, that, age. Still, however, we confess we notwithstanding the very honourable were quite unprepared for the appear manner in which that portion of his ance of an heroic poem, in four cantos, majesty's troops have always distinand received it with much the same guished themselves against the enemies feelings as the authentic intelligence of their country, we are less apt mentalof the dissolution of the polar icely to represent them as charging in the might be supposed to produce in the bloody plain, and dealing death blows mind of Professor Leslie. It was, in- from their dripping swords, than getdeed, as astonishing to us to find lieu- ting pelted with mud and rotten eggs tenant Quillinan attempting the char- in a meal mob, or scuffling with scaacter of an epic poet, as it would vengers and butchers' boys
at the Spabe to encounter Mr Wordsworth or fields meeting. About Mr Coleridge tricked out in the hel “ The whiskered lancer and the fierce hus. met, the jack-boots, and other elegant
sar,” appurtenances of the third Dragoon on the other hand, there is something Guards.
of lightness of grace, and of celerity of On the whole, we fear we cannot motion, which redeem him from the congratulate our gallant defenders on same vulgar associations. The dark their success in the field of literature. moustache gives a pleasing fierté to his They may, indeed, be poets among countenance, and notwithstanding his soldiers, we apprehend they must still red breeches and yellow Morocco boots, continue mere soldiers among poets. he is altogether a much more poetical It is not every corps in the service personage. We are quite aware it may who, like
be urged against us, that the knights “ The brave Colonel Corbett and his rifle- errant of old were all heuvy horsemen,
and that therefore a portion of the Can lay down the sword and take up the dignity of their character may be suppen,”
posed to attach to their representatives and wield both with equal dexterity in the present day. And if the analoand success. Yet we think they have gy were a little closer, and the dragoon failed chiefly from attempting too guards were still apparelled in the chimuch. Let them content themselves valrous accoutrements of their ancesat present with the composition of a few tors, we will adınit that the cuirass, drinking songs, or occasional stanzas the hauberk, the greaves, and cuisses, on the death of a white mouse or å might go far to ennoble them in our icanary bird. When their wings be- imayination. But alas, it is not so. With come a little better fledged they may a fatuity somewhat ludicrous, the head attempt a higher flight, and it will of our dragoon (certainly the least vulgive us much pleasure to congratulate nerable part of his body) is encased in them on their success. But we must brass, while his portly belly, and the stick a little closer to Mr Quillinan. magnificent expansion of his rear, are
As a poet, we think he has been rather left wholly without defence. The most unfortunate in the department of the poetical looking corps which we ever service of which he has made choice. chanced to encounter was certainly The abstract idea which we form of a that of the black hussars of Brunswick. Heavy Dragoon is by no means a poe- Their sable uniform, the death's head
We are led involuntarily to which they carried on their caps, the connect with him something of weight, profusion of black horse hair which clumsiness, and slowness of motion, ut- hung down overshadowing their hard terly destructive, in our minds, of all featured countenances, altogether ren« grace and dignity of association. In dered them more impressively terrible depicting him, we figure to ourselves a than can well be conceived by a Cockdecent jolly looking person, mounted ney, accustomed only to gaze at the upon something about the size of a smooth-shaven chins of the life-guards. coach horse, with a chubby good-na- Those who know the importance of tured countenance, and an enormous preventing, if possible, the very idea superfluity of breech. In short, there of death from occurring to a soldier in is too much of the Puddingfield and the moment of danger, will be able to Beefington about him to allow him to appreciate the probable effects of the find any grace or favour in the eyes of associations which the appearance of
this corps was calculated to excite in as we now do to the unauthorized asthe minds of their enemies. It may sumption of the bays, by their military surely be allowed to the bravest man rivals. Having thus eased our conto prefer fighting with decent and re- sciences, we shall proceed to a more spectable looking men like himself, to particular examination of the merits encountering a set of beings of such a of the work before us. ghostly and unearthly aspect. Most The first canto of Dunluce Castle * men, we believe, had much rather sub- opens with the introduction of a person mit to the regular cut and thrust of wholly unconnected with the story, our common dragoon, than have any who treats us to a description of the thing to say to a battalion of mounted Giant's Causeway, and other natural saulies, who appear to have come, rather curiosities, and then entirely disappears. for the purpose of attending their fu- The name of this gentleman is neral, than of affording them a fair M‘Quillin, and as he is obviously of chance for their lives in manly and kith and kin' to the author, we may equal coinbat.
suppose he was naturally anxious that Nor are the duties attached to the he should cut a respectable figure in rank held by Lieutenant Quillinan the eyes of his readers. It is rather in the army, likely to be at all favour- astonishing, therefore, to find him inable to the production of poetical in- troduced in the character of a Johnny spiration. To ride in rear of a troop- Raw, who is not content with walking to visit stables—peep into camp-kettles quietly on the road, or picking pebbles and to take care that a certain num on the shore, but must stop and stare ber of men periodically parade in clean like a stuck pig, or, as Mr Quillinan shirts and pipe-clayed breeches, are not calls it, “ feed his raptured glance” on the occupations precisely most favour- every hill, cape, and promontory of the able to the nurture of the “ mens di- country. The following is the openvinior,” or the os magna sonaturum.” ing of the poem : They are humble but necessary duties, “ Perplex'd in wild amazement's trance, and are the more intolerable to the man The stranger roam'd on Antrim's shore, of talent that they require the unre
And now had fed his raptur'd glance, mitting vigilance of his senses, with
From Fairhead point to Cape Bangore,
Enthusiast ! &c.” out affording any exercise to the faculties of his mind. We confess we do Suchaffectation is cont optible enough, not regret that such formidable obsta- and perhaps can only be parallelled by cles should exist to the success of the the innocent enthusiasm of Leigh military poet. For though we have Hunt, about his flower-pots and his no objection to a small ode on a vic- cabbage-garden, and his silly ravings tory, or a few laudatory stanzas on a about social enjoyments, when he favourite commander, yet we protest drinks tea on a Sunday evening with most strongly against all and every his family and his brother Jack, in the other soldier, whether horse, foot, or balcony of the Black Dog. dragoon, who shall presume, like Mr As might naturally be supposed, Quillinan, to write, print, and dissemi- Mr M'Quillin, on arriving at the nate an heroic poem, in four cantos. Giant's Causeway, is more than ever If there is any principle in political “ perplexed in wild amazement's economy 'set completely at rest, it is trance," and loses no time in feeda that of the advantages arising from the ing" his raptured glance” on the division of labour, of which such a beautiful and grand specimens of the proceeding would be a total violation. Bassaltic column which it displays. It is the duty of some men to fight Unfortunately, however, he has a battles, and the pleasure of others to strange knack of discovering resemsing them. It is quite sufficient that blances existing only in his own Achilles should kill Hector without af- diseased imagination. It would be terwards turning his own trumpeter, much too unpoetical to view things as and celebrating his achievements in they really are; and therefore, this tuneful verse. Had this really been gentleman finds it absolutely necessary the case, Troy had long since been for to metamorphose these unfortunate got ; and we should object quite as pillars into the likeness of every thing strongly to any attempt on the part of Mr Scott or Mr Wordsworth to head by Edward Quilinan, Esq. of the third dra
Dunluce Castle, a poem, in four cantos, forlorn-hopes, or volunteer out-piquets, goon guards.
in the heaven above, or the earth be existed, it seems, a cavern connected neath. He looks on one side, and be with the castle, which hold, strange to say, that
“ Possessed an unexpected vent
Unknown to public use.' “ There bravely shooting from the rock,
This secret he is spooney enough to A ship seems launching from its stock.”
disclose to the Scotsman, who introHe turns his optics to another, and lo! duces thereby into the castle a party “ There giant pillars form a range
of his Highland friends. They are That seems some Gothic ruin strange, fortunate enough to catch all the faAnd draw from him who gazes on
mily napping, and accordingly proceed, A sigh for ages that are gone !”
secundum artem, to cut their throats, He tries it once more,
which effected without
material “ Dark dungeon of tyrannic power
accident. A great deal of firtation Appears a melancholy tower,
has, in the meantime, been carrying From whence, to pitying fancy's ear,
on between young M‘Quillin and Come sounds of wail and wo and fear !” M'Donnell's daughter, Marion. The and to crown all,
ferocious Highlander, after disposing
of the rest of the family, tosses Mr “ There robed in venerable gloom,
Owen over a rock, and with a sort of Seems model of monastic dome,
gratuitous barbarity altogether unacWHERE SERAPHIM OF HIGHEST CLASS DESCENDAT MORNING HOUR OF MASS!!” countable, concludes the sad catalogue
of slaughter with the murder of his It would be utterly unpardonable in us to weaken the effect of the above be admitted, possesses much tragic
own daughter. This story, it must beautiful and original descriptions by interest, and our readers will soon any observations of our own.
see that the advantages which it afonly afford our readers another short forded him have by no means been nespecimen of Mr Quillinan's descriptive glected by Mr Quillinan. powers before we enter more immedi
In the following extract, we have a ately on the story of the poem. Still description of the advance of the Hightalking of the Giant's Causeway, he lander and his party through the proceeds to inform us
aforesaid cavern to the attack of the “ It well might cheat the keenest eyes castle. The two last lines we think To think that human hand had laid
partake of the fault we before alluded That sea-invading esplanade;
to, and smell a little of the dragoon. Its polygons so perfect are,
Howe: r, there is a stillness and solemAnd vertically regular ; And yet so dark and fierce they seem,
nity about it altogether extremely imThat might imagination deem,
pressive (Each upward set without its wain), “ But on their still and cautious path, Was even Hell's artillery train,
M.Donnel and his clan had sped, There placed by demons with intent The clamour-raising winds of wrath, To blast the crystal firmament !”.
Conspired to lull their tread ; There is something extraordinarily The Scot his silent followers drew
Thro' every well-known subtle clue, fine in all this, though it smells rather Thro' vaults whose striking damp obscure, too much of the shop. But we must No human sense might long endure; now have done with the first canto, Where not a sentry kept his vigil, and proceed to give a short account And secrecy had hid her sigil! of the affecting narrative developed the short and emphatic direction with so much skill and talent in the given by Sandy to his followers, we remainder of the poem. We are think, too, is exceedingly spirited and informed by Mr Quillinan, that Dun- characteristic: luce Castle was (God knows how “ 'Tis well--now closer draw the snare, many centuries ago) the seat of the Around you is their nest, noble family of the M‘Quillins. In- Despatch, and stillness be your care, deed it might still have remained so Away-you know the rest !” but for the arrival of a deep Scotsman Horrors now begin to thicken on us. called M‘Donnell (Qu. Macdonald) All the retainers of the Irish chieftain and his pretty daughter. MʻQuillin's are knocked on the head as quietly son, a young gentleman, called Owen, as could be desired, and M‘Donnell speedily falls a victim to the charms of creeps to M'Quillin's bed-side ; the young lady, and M‘Quillin him “ Resolved the deed of darkest crime self to the acts of her father. There Should by his own fell arm be wrought,
And give his name to after-time
a person who breaks into a castle and In hues of villany sublime.”
kills the owner of it-an interpretaHe finds his prey dosing, and is just
tion for which Dr Johnson had not about to despatch him ; but, having quite prepared us. Passing over this, fortunately eat rather a hearty supper, and other frivolous objections, we shall « Harsh and uneasy visions past
now present our readers with the most Upon his troubled brain ;”.
sublime passage in the whole poem.
It consists of an address from the poet and his host awakes time enough to
to the burglarious Celt. save himself. The following is the animated description of the combat
“ Now dark M.Donnell take thy sword, which takes place between them. We And lift it to thy lip abhorred, have no doubt it will remind, our
Aye, let that sacrilegious lip, readers of the death of Marmion, or
Its every gout of crimson sip; that of Hassan, in the Giaour.
Nay, upon blood let blood-hound sup,
Drink, dark M.Donnell, drink up; “ Now wrestling fierce the wall he made, For 'twill supply thee to the hilt, And snatching thence a hanging blade, The deepest deadliest drug of guilt, The dragging foe he from him flings, That e'er on soul of mischief fell, Then on with furious valour springs, And clogged it till it sunk to hell.” Forth leaps M.Donnell's sword amain ; They meet they part--they close again ;
This is in the true military taste, and They grapple now, and now the light
with the favourable impression it must The lamps dim rays afford,
leave on the minds of our readers, we Strikes full upon the traitor's sight,
shall now close our extracts. The Down drops the hero's sword !
love scenes between Owen and Marion Great powers of heaven and earth, he cries,
are wrought up in the most approved What sight is this to blast mine eyes ?
manner, according to the best recipes Say, horrid semblance, art thou not M'Donnell, the confederate Scot?
adopted by Miss Owenson and Miss That subtle damned renegade!
Porter, but we must leave them to While thus by dire amaze betrayed, be enjoyed by those who choose to The generous chieftain sunk,
I feed their raptured glance” by perRushed full upon his naked breast, using the volume itself. The work is Deep in his heart his faulchion prest, from the private press of Sir Egerton And prone the warrior sunk ;
Brydges, who discharges the please Yet spare my children, ere he died,
ing duties of editor. We should Oh! spare my children, feebly cried !"
say the printing was beautiful were Now, with all our admiration of the it not disfigured by an absurd above fine passage, we do not precisely mass of gaudy and tasteless de see the grounds on which M'Quillin coration. One of the vignettes, we can with any propriety term his ad- observe, at the commencement of a versary a renegade. The Highlander poem intended to be very pathetic, appears to have been troubled with contains a delineation of a pocket few religious principles of any kind; handkerchief, an instrument, howa and those which he had, bad as ever, which we can assure the most they were, he never seems to have re- lacrymose young lady she will find not nounced. Mr Quillinan, however, ap- the smallest occasion for in perusing pears to understand the word to mean the poems of Lieutenant Quillinan.
ACCOUNT OF AN AUTOMATON CHESS PLAYER, NOW EXHIBITED AT NO. 4,
A VERY clear and animated descrip- acter. Our friend is one of the best tion of this extraordinary piece of chess players we know ; yet we believe mechanism, which may really be call- that he was hard put to it by the ed a wonderful creature, has been Automaton, who is, in his own peculiar written by a friend of ours, an Oxford way, quite a second Phillidor. All graduate; and we think our readers who know any thing of the fascinating may be amused by some particulars of game of chess are aware of the constant what may
be called its life and char- exercise of acute judgment required in
* Printed for J. Hatchard, Piccadily. ls. 1819.
anticipating the designs of an antago- a Turkish pipe, which originally was placed nist, and in frustrating those that can
in its hand. not be foreseen. Indeed, it is acknow “ The exhibitor begins by wheeling the ledged to be about as difficult a thing in which it stands, and in face of the spec
chest to the entrance of the apartment with. to win a great game of chess, as a great
tators. battle--and, therefore, our Automaton trived in the chest, two in front, and two at
He then opens certain doors con. may yet make a brilliant figure some
the back, at the same time pulling out a day or other as a general officer.
long shallow drawer at the bottom of the The inventor, or rather, it should chest made to contain the chess men, & be said, the father of this creature, cushion for the arm of the figure to rest upwas Wolffgang de Kempelen, a Hun. on, and some counters. Two lesser doors, garian gentleman, aulic counsellor to and a green cloth screen, contrived in the the royal chamber of the domains of body of the figure, and in its lower parts,
are likewise opened, and the Turkish robe the Emperor in Hungary. Being at
which covers them is raised; so that the Vienna in the year 1769, he offered to
construction both of the figure and chest inthe Empress Maria Theresa, to con ternally is displayed. In this state the austruct a piece of mechanism more un tomaton is moved round for the examination accountable than any she had previ- of the spectators ; and to banish all suspi. ously witnessed; and accordingly, with- cion from the most sceptical mind, that any in six months, the Automaton chess living subject is concealed within any part player was presented at court, where of it, the exhibitor introduces a lighted canhis extraordinary mental powers excit
dle into the body of the chest and figure, by
which the interior of each is, in a great meaed the liveliest astonishment. M. de
sure, rendered transparent, and the most Kempelen, some years afterwards, pub- secret corner is shewn. Here, it may be oblicly exhibited him (for we shall not served, that the same precaution to remove degrade a man of genius by the appli- suspicion is used, if requested, at the close cation of a vile neuter) in Germany as at the commencement of a game of Chess and other countries. In the year 1785, with the Automaton. M. de Kempelen visited England, and
“ The chest is divided by a partition, inat his death in 1803, this worthy Au
to two unequal chambers. That to the tomaton became the property of that right of the figure is the narrowest, and ocgentleman's son, who may be distin- cupies scarcely one third of the body of the
chest. It is filled with little wheels, levers, guished from his incomprehensible bro« cylinders, and other machinery used in ther by the term, “ filius carnalis," and clock-work. That to the left contains a few by whom (notwithstanding the appa- wheels, some small barrels with springs, rent violation of the free spirit of our and two quarters of a circle placed horizonlaws, and of nature herself, he was sold tally. The body and lower parts of the fito the present exhibitor, a person, it is gure contain certain tubes, which seem to said, of great ability in the science of be conductors to the machinery. After a mechanics.
sufficient time, during which each spectator After this short historical notice, our
may satisfy his scruples and his curiosity,
the exhibitor recloses the doors of the chest Oxford friend (who, by the way, has and figure, and the drawer at bottom; seemingly forgotten his promise to send makes some arrangements in the body of us an occasional article) thus intro- the figure, winds up the works with a key duces to us the son of the aulic coun inserted into a small opening on the side of sellor.
the chest, places a cushion under the left
arm of the figure, which now rests upon it, “ The room where it is at present exhi- and invites any individual present to play a bited has an inner apartment, within which game of Chess. appears the figure of a Turk, as large as life, " At one and three o'clock in the afterdressed after the Turkish fashion, sitting be noon, the Automaton plays only ends of hind a chest of three feet and a half in length, games, with any person who may be pretwo feet in breadth, and two feet and a half
On these occasions the pieces are in height, to which it is attached by the placed on the board, according to a preconwooden seat on which it sits. The chest is certed arrangement; and the Automaton placed upon four casters, and together with invariably wins the game. But at eight the figure, may be easily moved to any part o'clock every evening, it plays an entire of the room. On the plain surface formed game against any antagonist who may ofby the top of the chest, in the centre, is a fer himself, and generally is the winner, alraised immoveable chess-board of handsome though the inventor had not this issue in dimensions, upon which the figure has its view as a necessary event. eyes fixed; its right arm and hand being “ In playing a game, the Automaton xtended on the chest, and its left arm some makes choice of the white pieces, and alsvhat raised, as if in the attitude of holding ways has the first move. These are small