solution to the Visitor and Elder, to out of employment, Dr Baird, Conbe by them reported to the person ap- vener. plying.

4. For visiting and reporting on It was afterwards determined, that applicants, Mr John Wigham, Conthe Visitors and Elders should make a new visitation every fortnight, in 5. For food, Adam Duff, Esq. order to learn whether any change Convener. had taken place in the cases of those 6. For printing and accounts, who were under their superintend- Robert Dundas, Esq. Convener.

The number of applicants has very The rate of wages was at first a greatly exceeded the expectations of shilling a-day, but on the 20th Janu- the Committee. It was not supposed ary, it was reduced to 10d. Those that they would be beyond four or who have families receive no bigher five hundred ; whereas in a very few wages; but they are allowed soup, days they amounted to twelve hundred, meal, and coals, in proportion to the and on the 29th of January had reachnumber of children. The wages are

ed 1943. Of these, at the latter paid on Wednesdays and Saturdays: period, about 1200 were actually emthe meal and coal tickets are distri- ployed by the Committee. On the buted weekly, the soup tickets daily. same date, the subscriptions including The latter are marked as to be pre- £.1000 from the Prince Regent) sented at each successive half hour amounted in all to £.6,619, 11.1. from 12 to 2, so that all confusion is prevented. 720 of these tickets are

Glasgow. now distributing. It is found, that

We do not possess any

information excellent and nutritious broth can be from this quarter later than the midmade at ld. per chopin. The follow- dle of December. At that time the reing are the materials allowed for 430 lief had been given in money only. Dischopins

tributions to labourers vut of employ30 tb. of Beef

ment had begun about the middle of 15 Mutcon

July, and were first drawn from the 35 ...... Barley

residue of a fund raised several years 10 Groats

ago for the same purpose. The al3s. value of White Cabbage

lowances given were, to a single perls. 3d. Salt.

son, 2s. Y week; to a man and wife,

3s.; and for every child, 6d. When Cabbages are found to make the there was any employment, the relief broth thicker than Greens. Pepper was proportionally reduced. This sum tending to make it thin, is not em- of £.1500 was expended about the ployed.

middle of October. The Magistrates The following are the then undertook the distribution, and mittees appointed for managing this the expenditure was made to fall upon useful establishment.

the assessment imposed for the gene1. For examining and deciding on ral relief of the poor. applications, John Wood, Esq. Advocate.

Aberdeen. 2. For procuring work to out-door Here, as in Edinburgh, the relief labourers, and regulating all the con- is given in work. The clergymen ancerns of that department, Robert nounced from the pulpits, that they Johnston, Esq. Convener.

and the elders would attend to take 3. .For regulating the measures to down the cases of applicants. These be taken for the relief of artizans were entered in printed schedules, the poor.


which were then transmitted to the of the wearers, we are glad to perCommittee, who decided upon them. ceive, has evidently improved within

The labourers were employed in re- our recollection; so that any very expairing the streets and approaches to travagant departure from nature is the towa, which, from its utility to now scouted ; and the greater the apthe inhabitants, was conceived to be proach to a resemblance of real a kind of work that would encourage flowers, the more bighly, we believe, subscriptions. The whole number are such articles now prized. It is who applied were 120, consisting of pleasing to observe, that this mark of labourers, a few tradesmen, and a good good taste prevails at Edinburgh; nany sailors.

of those not more and still more so, to find, that perthan 80 were employed at any one fectly correct imitations of nature time ; which were divided into two have first been produced by an artist hands, working in separate streets.- of our city, Miss Jack. So close and The allowances are, to a single man, faithful are her imitations, that one 58. a-week; to a married man, 6s.; might absolutely have botanized in for every child not exceeding four, the bouquet above alluded to. 6d. additional, thus making the maxi. This lady constructs her flowers mom 8s. A soup kitchen has been chiefly of a kind of fine inner bark of employed for the relief of poor house- some tree, which she procures in labolders, but has not been connected minæ from the East Indies. It is with the general plan for employing supposed to be the delicate bark from

the suckers of the East Indian breadfruit tree. This tree, in India, is also called Jack-tree; rather a curious

coincidence of names! The layers of MONTHLY MEMORANDA IN NATURAL bark are dyed of different colours by

the natives; but Miss Jack frequent.

ly finds it necessary to alter the tints; IN the absence, this month, of more and in closely following the hues of

legitimate objects of natural his- nature, she has made many experilory for our memoranda, we shall ments in extracting delicate vegetaFeature to stray into a by-path, a- ble colours, and bas fixed them with dorned with artificial flowers, (but in mordants of her own devising. the hope that the gallantry of our A judicious flower painter, it is critics will excuse us), for the pur- well known, always prefers for the pose of noticing a bouquet destined subjects of bis art, the most common for the centre compartment of an “ garniture" of the garden or the pergne belonging to the Princess field; so that every one being acCharlotte of Wales, and which, we quainted with the natural production understand, was intended as a present may be more able duly to estimate the . Her Royal Highness on her birth-' fidelity of the copy.

In like manner, diy, by Lord James Murray. Miss Jack, in selecting flowers for

It is scarcely necessary to remark the Princess's bouquet, instead of how very remote from nature artifi- culling the rarer showv exotics, seems cial flowers, even the most costly, in to have given a preference to the most general appear. In many cases, those' familiar plants-the common white vulgarly styled gum-flowers, bear do narcissus, lıyacinth, double wall-flower, Festmblance to any thing that ever Jaburnum, lilac, thick - leaved saxigrew on the face of the earth. Even frage, apple and pear tree blossom, the best Parisian dress-flowers are and one of our most common kinds of Tery imperfect imitations. The taste geranium (Pelargonium inquinans.)



In all of these, as well as in the bun- it is quite delightful and refresbing to ches of roses, particularly the Pro- gaze on so striking an effort of skill vence, the imitation of nature is com- in such a representation of nature.” plete, and the spectator really expe- We may observe, that we believe riences a disappointment on discover the artist admits the justness of the ing that they have no sweet airs and objection made to the shades of her odours to bestow."

greens, and that the reason of the The bouquet, in its perfect state, paleness is, that the material employwas, with permission of the noble ed is not susceptible of dark green owner, sbewo by Miss Jack to her and shining colours ; but doubtless a friends for two or three days previous person of ber ingenuity may, for very to its being dispatched to London. - dark leaves, such as those of the everA gentleman distinguished for supe- greens mentioned, devise some other rior taste in the fine arts, having and more tractable material. viewed it, remarked, in a card to the This notice concerning artificial writer of this article, (in wbich he towers will, we flatter ourselves, prove partly adopted musical language), agreeable, and eke profitable, to our ihat “ curious persons have occasion- fuir readers, and save them, in future, ally observed how much one may ex- both from the anxiety of procuring cel in contriving a solo, or how close- and the necessity of paying exorbitant ly some single flowers may in appear- prices for such ornaments as were ance approach to nature, both in form wont to be furnished them by the and colour; but it certainly remained hands of foreigners, certainly very far for Miss Jack to compose a full piece.” inferior to those of our home manuHe added, that “ from the scientific facture. manner in which the different speci- Having already mentioned the immens are disposed, bringing those of provernent of taste in regard to dress warm and cold tones in opposition, flowers, we cannot refrain from taking and keeping one of these always prin- this opportunity of adding, tbat we cipal to those that surround' it, she should like to see the same chastness las evinced much knowledge of the of taste gaining ground among our harmony of colour.” And he conclu- cotton printers. Why should not the ded with saying, that “if it were ex. pattern-drawers employed by opulent cusable to offer any hint on this effort, companies be instructed in flowerwhich comes so near to perfection, it drawing by the best teachers, and be would be to recommend, that, in her enjoined to copy real leaves, flowers, next attempt, she should introduce and sprigs, in all their designs? Or some darker greens, for instance, who can doubt that patterns designed sprigs of laurustinŭs, bay-laurel, or after Nature with the accuracy of a alaternus ; for perhaps the only defect pupil of the school of Syme, would is, the monotony of yellowish greens have a decided preference in the eyes in all the leaves. Even as it is, I of every purchaser possessed of any have no hesitation in pronouncing this degree of di-cernment, when compabouquet to be one of the finest assem- red with the monstrosities which are blages of closely imitated beautiful at present blazoned in the bay-winflowers ever formed, and certainly at dows of our haberdashers, where the this season, when

only competition seens to be, which

shall excel in outraging Nature. Do drive the trunks of tallest cedars down, And kill the tender flowers, not yet half


N. blown,

27th Jan: 1817. S


storms let loose

Acount of the Remarkable Case of mained in the same lethargic state,

MARGARET LYALL, who remain- without making the slightest motion, ed in a state of Sleep nearly Six or taking any nourishment, or having Weeks. By the Rev.JAMES BREW- any kind of evacuation, till the afterSTER, Minister of CRAIG. noon of Friday the 30th day of June,

when she awoke of ber own accord, (From Transactions of the Royal Society of

and asked for food. At this period Edinburgh. Vol. VIII. Part I.)

she possessed all her mental and bodiMARGARET LYALL, a young wo- ly faculties; mentioned distinctly, that

man, about twenty-one years of she recollected her baving been awaage, daughter of John Lyall, shoema. kened on Tuesday morning at two ker in the parish of Marytown, served o'clock, by a bleeding at her nose, during the winter balf-year preceding wbich flowed very rapidly; said, that Whitsunday 1815, in the family of she held her head over the bed side Peter Arkley, Esq. of Dunnipald, in till the bleeding stopped; but declathe parish of Craig. At the last-men- red, that, from that moment, she had tioned term, she went as servant to no feeling or remembrance of any the Rev. Mr Foote of Logie ; but, in thing, and felt only as if she had taa few days after entering her place, ken a very long sleep. An injection was seized with a slow fever, which was administered with good effect, confined her to bed rather more than and she went to sleep as usual; but a fortnight. During the latter past next morning, (Saturday, July 1.), of her illness, sbe was conveyed to she was found in the same state of her father's house ; and on the 23d profound sleep as before. Her breathof June, about eight days after she ing was so gentle as to be scarcely had been able to leave her bed, she perceptible ; her countenance remarkresumed her situation with Mrs Foote, ably placid, and free from any expreswbo had, in the mean time, removed sion of distress; but her jaws were so to Budden, in the parish of Craig, firmly locked, that no kind of food or for the benefit of sea-bathing. She liquid could be introduced into her was observed, after her return, to do moutb. In this situation she continuher work rather in a hurried mancer; ed for the space of seven days, withand, when sent upon any errand, to out any motion, food, or evacuation ron or walk very quickly, as if impa. either of urine or fæces. At the end tient to foish whatever she had in of seven days she began to move ber hand. Her health, however, appeared left hand; and, by pointing it to her to be perfectly restored, except that mouth, signified a wish for food. She ber menses were obstructed. On took readily whatever was given her, Tuesday morning, June 27th, about and shewed an inclination to eat four days after ber return to service, more than was thought advisable by she was found in bed in a deep sleep, the medical attendants. Still, howwith the appearance of blood having ever, she discovered no symptoms of flowed from her nose; and about half bearing, and made no other kind of a Scotch pint of blood was perceived bodily move nient, than that of her en the floor, at ber bed-side. All at left hand. Her right hand and arm, tempts to awaken her were utterly particularly, appeared completely dead ineffectual ; and she was conveyed in and devoid of feeling, and, even wben 1 cart to her father's house, about pricked with a pin so

as to draw half a mile distant from Budden. Dr blood, never sbrunk in the smallest Gibson, physician in Montrose, having degree, or indicated the slightest been called, a pound of blood was ta- sense of pain. At the same time, she ken from her arm ; but she still re- instantly drew back the left arm, whenever it was touched by the point without ever appearing to be awake, of the pin. She continued to take except, as mentioned, on the afterfood, whenever it was offered to her; noon of Friday the 30th of June.and when the bread was put into ber During the whole of this period, ber left band, and the hand raised by ano- colour was generally that of health ; ther person to her mouth, she imme- but her complexion rather more delidiately began to eat slowly, but un- cate than usual, and occasionally remittingly, munching like a rabbit, changing, sometimes to paleness, and till it was finished. It was remarked, at other times to a feverish flush.. that if it bappened to be a slice of The heat of her body was natural; loaf which she was eating, she turned but, when lifted out of bed, she genethe crust, when she came to it, so as rally became remarkably cold. Tbe to introduce it more easily into her state of her pulse was not regularly mouth, as if she had been fully sensi. marked; but, during the first two ble of what she was doing. But weeks, it was generally at 50; during when she had ceased to eat, her hand the third and fourth week, about 60; dropped upon her chin or under lip, and, on the day before her recovery, and rested there, till it was replaced at 70 or 72; whether its increase was by her side, or upon her breast. She gradual was not ascertained. She took medicine, when it was adminis. continued, during the whole period, tered, as readily as food, without any to breathe in the same soft and alindication of disgust; and, in this most imperceptible manner as at first; way, by means of castor oil and aloe- but was observed occasionally, during tic pills, her bowels were kept open; the night, to draw her breath more but no evacuation ever took place strongly, like a person who had fallen without the use of a laxative. It asleep. She discovered no symptoms was observed, that she always gave a of hearing, till about four days before, by pushing down the bed. her recovery, when, upon being reelothes, when she had occasion to quested, (as she had often been before, make any evacuation. The eye-lids without effect), to give a sign if she were uniformly shut, and, when for. heard what was said to her, she made ced open, the ball of the eye appeared a slight motion with her left hand, turned upwards, so as to shew only but soon ceased again to shew any the white part of it. Her friends sense of hearing. On Tuesday foreshewed considerable reluctance to al- noon, the day of her recovery, she low


any medical means to be used for showed evident signs of hearing; and her recovery; but, about the middle by moving her left hand, intimated of July, her head was shaved, and a ber assent or dissent in a tolerably inlarge blister applied, which remained telligent manner; yet, in the afternineteen hours, and produced an abun- noon of the same day, she seemed to dant issve, yet without exciting the have again entirely lost all sense of smallest symptom of uneasiness in the hearing. About eight o'clock on patient. Sinapisms were also applied Tuesday evening, her father, a shrewd to her feet, and her legs were moved intelligent man, and of a respectable from hot water into cold, and vice character, anxious to avail bimself of versá, without any appearance of sen. her recovered sense of hearing, and sation.

boping to rouse her faculties by alarmIn this state she remained, without ing ber fears, sat down at her bedany apparent alteration, till Tuesday side, and told her that he had now tbe Sth day of August, precisely six given consent, (as was in fact the weeks from the time when she was case), that she should be removed to first seized with ber lethargy, and the Montrose Infirmary; that, as her


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