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advantages towards winning the game which matched against the Automaton, should be are cheerfully conceded. It plays with the
attentive, in moving a piece, to place it preleft hand, the right arm and hand being con cisely in the centre of its square ; otherwise stantly extended on the chest, behind which the figure, in attempting to lay hold of the it is seated. This slight incongruity pro piece, may miss its hold, or even sustain ceeded from absence of mind in the inventor, some injury in the delicate mechanism of who did not perceive his mistake till the ma the fingers. When the person has made a chinery of the Automaton was too far com move, no alteration in it can take place: and pleted to admit of the mistake being recti- if a piece be touched, it must be played fied. At the commencement of a game, the somewhere. This rule is strictly observed Automaton moves its head, as if taking a by the Automaton. If its antagonist hesiview of the board ; the same motion occurs tates to move for a considerable time, it taps at the close of a game.
In making a move, smartly on the top of the chest with the it slowly raises its left arm from the cushion right hand, which is constantly extended placed under it, and directs it towards the upon it, as if testifying impatience at his square of the piece to be moved. Its hand delay. and fingers open on touching the piece, which During the time that the Automaton is it takes up, and conveys to any proposed in motion, a low sound of clock-work runsquare. The arm, then, returns with a na- ning down is heard, which ceases soon after tural motion to the cushion upon which it its arm returns to the cushion ; and then its usually rests. In taking a piece, the Auto- antagonist may make his move. The works maton makes the same motions of the arm are wound up at intervals, after ten or and hand to lay hold of the piece, which it twelve moves, by the exhibiter, who is conveys from the board ; and then returning usually employed in walking up and down to its own piece, it takes it up, and places it the apartment in which the Automaton is on the vacant square. These motions are shown, approaching, however, the chest performed with perfect correctness; and the from time to time, especially on its right dexterity with which the arm acts, especially side. in the delicate operation of castling, seems At the conclusion of the exhibition of the to be the result of spontaneous feeling, bend Automaton, on the removal of the chess ing at the shoulder, elbow, and knuckles, men from the board, one of the spectators and cautiously avoiding to touch any other indiscriminately is requested to place a piece than that which is to be moved, nor Knight upon any square of the board at ever making a false move.
pleasure. The Automaton immediately “ After a move made by its antagonist, takes up the Knight, and beginning from the Automaton remains for a few moments that square, it moves the piece, according to only inactive, as if meditating its next move;
its proper motion, so as to touch each of the upon which the motions of the left arm and
sixty-three squares of the chess board in turn, hand follow. On giving check to the King, without missing one, or returning to the it moves its head as a signal. When a false
same square. The square from which the move is made by its antagonist, which fre
Knight proceeds is marked by a white coun. quently occurs, through curiosity to observe
ter ; and the squares successively touched, in what manner the Automaton will act : as, by red counters, which at length occupy all for instance, if a Knight be made to move the other squares of the board.' like a Castle, the Automaton taps impa.. tiently on the chest, with its right hand, replaces the Knight on its former square, and
Our friend, the Graduate, whose own not permitting its antagonist to recover his skill in mechanics is well known, offers move, proceeds immediately to move one of some speculations on the theory of this its own pieces : thus appearing to punish wonderful person's generation. These him for his inattention. The little advan- exhibit all his wonted acuteness, but, tage in play which is hereby gained, makes
as he confesses that they leave the the Automaton more a match for its antagonist, and seems to have been contemplated mystery of the Automaton's powers by the inventor as an additional resource to
still unexplained, we content ourselves wards winning the game.
with referring the curious reader to “ It is of importance that the person his own very entertaining pamphlet.
“ The jailore came to bring me foode,
Forget it will I never,
When I stuck him in the liver.
I reached the open streete ;
As I ran down the streete.
Never smelte so sweete,
of the aire.
The tailore rushed into the roonie,
O’erturning three or foure;
The danger all may see,
And keepe bade companye.
POEMS BY A HEAVY DRAGOON.
THOUGH our hair be gray
to overcome us like a summer through toil than age,” yet we have cloud,” for the mere purpose of shewlived long enough in the world, and ing the vanity of all human foresight seen enough of its vicissitudes, to feel and sagacity,--that we cannot possibly but little surprise at what are commonly contemplate them without “
our spea called wonderful events. The escape cial wonder.” Even the calm, the of Bonaparte, the suspension of the abstracted, the philosophical Hamlet, Habeas Corpus, the battle of Water- to whom all the world appeared a stage, loo, nay, even the appearance of the “and all the men and women mereChaldee Manuscript, were far from ly players," was struck dumb with araising in our minds the same yulgar mazement at the appearance of his faastonishment with which these memor ther's ghost, and we confess, our able occurrences were generally re- minds were not sufficiently wondergarded. Yet some events there are proof to encounter the present formiof a complexion so utterly unnatural dable quarto without the most unaf--so entirely at variance with the fected astonishment. Highly as we most probable calculation, which seem are disposed to estimate the sagacity
young man of "
of our readers, we are quite sure convincing evidence of the industry of none of them have anticipated the these military dilettanti; and the pubnature of the “psychological cu- lic were diurnally inundated with doga riosity” which we are now about to gerel anacreontics and lamentations on introduce to them. This magic vo the misery of half-pay. The parents lume contains neither a treatise on and guardians of young ladies speedily cookery by the archbishop of Canter- began to regard this large addition to bury, nor a dissertation on cash pay- the already formidable aggregate of ments by an Irish student, nor islus- military attractions, with terror and trations of the classics by Deacon Law- dismay. Sad experience taught them, rie, nor a work on farriery by the Chan- that in this case, poetry cellor of the Exchequer, nor a collection
“ Was but the poisoning of a dart of new waltzes by Mr Wilberforce, nor
Too apt before to kill.” a treatise on common sense by the new member for Boroughbridge ; but, in The elopements from boarding-schools short, it consists, "risum teneatis,” of became daily more numerous, and an Heroic Poem, in four cantos, by a many cruel and well-fledged widows Heavy Dragoon! The author of this fell melancholy victims to the insidious singular production is Lieutenant Ed- captivations of a warm love song, and ward Quillinan, who is described by a Waterloo medal. Sir Egerton Bridges, the editor, as a While the majority of the songsters
pure genius.” The restrained their inspiration within these extracts we shall have occasion to lay profitable limits, there were others who before our readers, will enable them to ventured on a bolder flight. form their own judgment on this sub- Virumque Cano" was their cry--not a ject; and, in the meanwhile, we shall battle took place but the brazen throats take the liberty of prefacing them with of an hundred Homers were opened a few observations on military author to celebrate its glories ; and “ not a ship.
General reared his head unsung" in the It is by no means our intention to tuneful lays of some inspired Aid-deenter on any prolix enquiry with re camp, or musical Brigade-Major. It gard to the present state of literature must be confessed, however, that these in the British army. We believe, on compositions in general, afforded more the whole, that the greater part of the satisfactory evidence of the zeal, than officers possess sufficient learning to the good taste of their authors. It entitle them, in the ancient legal sense, was rather with repugnant feelings that to benefit of clergy. A considerable we have occasionally listened to the portion of them are conversant with glories of Waterloo, mellifluously the more simple rules of arithmetic, chaunted to the tune of Roly, and all of them have read Moore's poly, gammon and spinnage;" and Poems, Tom Jones, and Dundas on ill-judged attempts to immortalize the the Eighteen Manæuvres. In every name of the Great Wellington, in a regiment will be found individuals new edition of the “ Black Joke.” who can write the proceedings of a Their efforts too were occasionally diregimental court-martial, without com rected towards the stage, and it is but mitting any flagrant errors in grammar justice to state, that the public are inor orthography, and a few have even debted for the favourite farce of the arrived at the literary distinction of be- Bee-hive, to the pen of a soldier. We ing able “ to write a devilish good let were lately favoured with the perusal ter.” Among gentlemen of such aċ of a MS. tragedy, by an officer of complishments, it is not surprising that “ the gallant forty-second,” which we the brilliant success attending the poet- understand is now under the considera ical debut of Ensign and Adjutant ation of the Drury-Lane committee ; Odoherty, and the author of “ Johnny it is entitled “ Alexander M‘Pherson, Newcome,” should have excited con or the Black Revenge," and certainly siderable emulation. A new field ap- displays considerable originality. The peared suddenly opened for their ex character of Alexander M‘Pherson is ertions, and to arrive at the distin- intended for Mr Kean, and written guished honour of becoming a C.B. or with the express view of bringing the a R.T.S. was no longer the sole object extraordinary powers of that actor inof their ambition. The poets' corner in to full play.
We venture to augur the Star and the Morning
Post, soon gave well of its success, and consider it VOL. IV.
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 deathblows 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 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, men,
and that therefore a portion of the Can lay down the sword and take up the dignity of their character may be
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 a might go far to ennoble them in our icanary bird. When their wings be- imagination. 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 tical one. 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 inipressively 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 combat.
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 die 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 Such affectation is contemptible 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, wliether 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 feeds 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 Quillinan, Esq. of the third dra
Dunluce Castle, a poem, in four cantos, forlorn-hopes, or volunteer out-piquets, goon guards.