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admit, that there is no article of which shire, and ai S.nquhar in Dumfries shire, it is more important to be economical. but they are not of great extent. Cual Encouragement to production, there- strata are also to be found lying under
neath the precipices of greenstone rock fore, the chief advantage of free ex
at Abbey Craig, Stirling Castle, and poriation, is here scarcely desireable. Craig forth, in Stirlingshire; but these We admit this reasoning, however, are beyond the line of the-main firid, not without reluctance; and we rather and only very thin scams of coal desti. incline to suspect, that the freight on fute of bitumen,termed Blind.coal, have so bulky an article will, even during been found there.
Even within these boundaries are peace, confine its export within narrow limits, and to cases in which it is the intervention of hills, and the convul.
tracts of country without cual, owing to of great and indispensable utility. So sion of the sorata by whinstone, and long as this is the case (which at pre- those troubles and diés so com nod in sent it avowedly is, in consequence of coal fields.
P.98. the war) we do not see sufficient ground In the last chapter, our author comto recommend the adoption of so chur- plains grievously of the present unlish and illiberal a system.
settled state of mineralogical nicmen. In the course of this discussion Mr clature.
He proposes that a general B. gives the following statement of society sbould be formed, for the pur. the extent and direction of the coal pose of agreeing upon a common lanfield of Scotland.
guage. We suspect, however, that
the evil arises necessarily from the preThe coal-field of Scotland is confined sent unsettled and polemical state of to a certain district of country. It "crosses the island in a diagonal line from the science; few, at least, will anwest to east. Beyond this belt, either ticipate much union from a general to the north or south, little or no cual is meeting of Edinburgh mineralogists
. to be found; and the inhabitants who The mind of the learned is, upon this are removed at any distance from the subject, in a state of agitation, from coal-field feel the greatest hardships, by which great improvements in the scithe high price and scarcity of fuel. The north boundary of the coal field which necessarily produces, in the mean
ence may, we hope, result in time, but extends from the banks of the river Eden, near St Andrew's, to the south timne, a good deal of confusion. parts of Kinross-shire, from whence it Our author concludes with remonsweeps towards the Ochil mountains at strances on the hardships endured by Dollar, and keeps close upon their base the class of women called Bearers, who westward till it arrive at Craigleith, one bring up the coal from the pits, and reof the hills of that beautiful range, when commends the use of horses in their it suddenly turns southward, and crosses the river forth below Stirling ; from stead. The difficulty is
, that they conthence it is traced by Kilsyth, Campsie, sist of the wives and daughters of the Witch-hill and Kilpatrick, till it fall in colliers, who are there at all events, tu the river Clyde above Dumbarton. and are willing to perform the work at The south boundary commences near
a moderate rate. Haddington, and stretches by Linton, Douglas MI), Glenbuck, Muirkirk, New Cumneck, and from thence down the water of Giryan, till it juin the II. The Cottagers of Glenburnie, a ocean.
Tale for the Farmer's Ingle-nook. These boundaries are not minutely cor. By Elizabeth Hamilton. 2d edit. rect, but they certainly contain the whole 8vo. 78. 6d.. of the Main Coal-field of Scotland which is of any importance. Detached insula
. THIS little work, with its ingenious ted fields are no doubt to be foundbevond satire on certain parts of our nathese lines, as at Brora in Sutherland- tional character, has excited an extra
ordinary ordinary sensation in this metropo- The dialogue (a department in which lis. The charges which it advances Mrs Hamilton excells,) exhibits perare such as we have been long accus- haps the purest colloquial Scots that tomed to hear from our English neigh ever appeared in print; the most frec bours, and have, through custom, be- fromthat English mixture, with which come somewhat callous to. But this compositions in that language are uis the first time that the attack has sually softened or corrupted.
Retainbeen made by one of ourselves, and ing such an attachment as we do to by one who appears to be intimately the language and manners of our acquainted with all the penetralia of country, with all their imperfections, our household economy. When so we are glad that they should thus be strong a part of the garrison is thus handed down to posterity in full purity. found co-operating with the enemy, We shall now proceed to lay before there seems reason to apprehend that our readers a few specimens; which the fortress of national prejudice will will probably excite a desire to pornot be long able to hold out.
use the whole. Mrs Mason, after The features particularly noticed having acted as an upper domestic in are want of cleanliness in the whole sume English families, is led by cirmanagement of the household; an in- cumstances to take up her residence dolence which, if we may so speak, for some time with her relation Mrs appears not in the gross, but in the M'Clarty, who lives in the village of detail, which performs with activity Glenburnie. The following descrip all great and necessary work, but can- tion is given of the entrance to the not submit to minute attentions, es- house : pecially to such as require thought or contrivance; in the treatment of chil
It must be confessed, that the aspect dren, a weak and blameable indul- of the dwelling, where she was to fix her gence; and an inveterate attachment The walls were substantial; built, like
residence, was by no means inviting. to old habits. These faults, it must the houses in the village, of stone and be remarked, though by no means e- lime; but they were blackened by the radicated, have yet for some time, niud which the cart wheels had spatterand in the more cultivated parts of ed from the ruts in winter; and on one the country, been gradually diminish. side of the door completely covered ing. We should be much deceived, from view by the contents of a great Pere we, from the title page, to ima dungbill. On the other, and directly ungine that the picture applies to Scot- formed by the dirty water ihrown from
der the window, was a squashy pool, tish farmers in general.
the house, and in it about twenty young lent farmers of Lothian and Ber- ducks were at this time dabbling. wickshire, no one certainly would be Al the threshold of the dour, room able to recognise it, but would rather had been left for a paving-stone, but it suspect tendencies of an opposite kind. had never been laid; and consequently It still applies however to the little the place became hollow, to the great farmers in remote districts, and to who always found in it a plentiful sup
advantage of the younger ducklings. most of the peasantry. It is drawn ply of water, in which they could swim in a masterly stile, and no one who without danger. Happily' Mr Stewart bas an opportunity of observing the was provided with boots, so that he originals, that is, no Scotsman, can
could take a firm step in it, while he fail to recognize the most striking re
lifted Mrs Mason, and set her down in semblance. Even where, as in what safety within the threshold. But there relates to the treatment of children, there the great whey put had stood since
an unforeseen danger awaited ber, for the outline belongs to all countries, morning, when the cheese had been still the colouring is completely Scotch. made, and was at the present inom-nt
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filled with chickens, who were busily how I learned to clean our tables when picking at the bits of curds, which had I was a girl like you." hardened on the sides, and cruelly mock: Meg continued to make lines with ed their wishes. Over this Mr Stewart her fore finger. and Mrs Mason unfortunately stumbled. “ Cume," said Mrs Mason, “ stall I The pot was overturned, and the chick- teach you?" ens cackling with hideous din, flew a- “ Na," said Meg, “ 1 sal dight nane bout in ail directions, some over their o't. I'm gain' to the schul." heads, and others making their way by that need not linder you to wipe up the pallion (or inner duur) into the house. the table before you go," said Mrs Ma.
P. 135. son. “ You mighi have cleaned it up as Mr Stewart having remonstrated bright as a looking glass in the time that on the absence of the Hagstone, recei- you have spent in spattering it, and dir
tying your fingers. Would it not be ved the following answer :
pleasanter for you to make it clean, tban " Indeed, I kenna, Sir," said Mrs
to leave it dirty?" MacClarty; "the gudeman just canna
" I'll no be at the fash," returned be fash'd."
Meg, making off to the door as she “ And cannot you be fash'd to go to
spoke. Before she got oui, she was het the end of the house to throw out your
by her mother, who, on seeing her, exdirty water? Don't you see how smal
claimed, “ Are ye no awa yet, bairns ! a drain would from that carry it down I never saw the like. Sic a fight to get to the river, instead of remaining here, you to the schul! Nae wonner ye learn to stagnate, and to suffocate you with little, when you'r at it. Gae awa like intolerable stench?"
good bairns; for there's nae schulin the “ O, we're just used to it," said Mrs morn ye ken, its the fair day." Mac Clarty, " and we never mind it.
Meg set off after some farther parley; We cou’dna be fash'd to gang sae far but Jean continued to catch the flies at wi' a'the slaistery.”
the window, taking r.o notice of her
mother's exhortacions, though again reThe interior of the house, and par- peated in pretty nearly the same terms. ticularly of the bed-room was entirely “Dear me !" said the mother, “what's suitable to the entrance. Next mor- the matter wi'the bairn! whatsore winning, finding no washing implements na ye gang, when Meg's gane ? Rin, in her room, she goes into the kit. and ye'll be after her or she wins to the chen to enquire for them ; upon which end o' the loan.” the following, truly admirable scene
“ I'm no ga'an the day," says Jean,
turning away her face. ir And what. takes place.
fore are ye no ga'an, my dear ?" says She there found Meg and Jean; the her mother. “Cause I hinna gotten my former standing at the table, from which questions,” replied Jean. the porridge-dishes seemed to have been “ O, but ye may gang for a' that," just removed; the latter killing flies said her mother; "the maister will no at the window. Mrs Mason addressed be angry. Gang, like a gude bairn." herself to Meg, and, after a courteous “Na,” said Jean, “ vui he will be angood-morrow,asked her where she should gry, for I did no get them the last time find a hand-bason?“ I dinna ken," said either." Meg, drawing her finger through the “ And whatfore did va ye get them, milk that had been spilled upon the ta• my dear," said Mrs MacClarty, in a ble. " Where is your mother?" asked soothing tone. “ Cause 'twas unco kitMrs Mason. “ I'dinna ken,” returned tle, and I cou'd no be fashed ;" replied the Meg, continuing to dabble her hands hopeful girl, catching, as she spoke, athrough the remaining fragments of the nother handful of flies. Her mother, feast.
finding that intreaties were of no avail, ; “ If you are going to clean that ta- endeavoured to speak in a more perempble," said Mrs Mason," you will give tory accent; and even laid her com. yourself more work than you need, by mands upon her daughter to depart imdaubing it all over with the porridge'; mediately : but she had too ofien per, bring your cloth, and I shall shew you mitted her commands to be disputed, to
at it ?"
be surprised at their being now treated were mended, would look every bit as with disrespect. Jean repeated her de- well.” “It does weel eneugh," returned termined purpose of not going to school Mrs MacClarty. “ It wants nae cleanthat day ; and the firmer
she became in in'. It does just weel eneugh. What's opposition, the authoritative tone of the the gude o' takin' up the lass's time wi' other gradually weakened; till at nonsense ? she'll break the window too, length by saying, that “ if she did na and the bairns bae broken eneugh o’ it gang to the schul she sudna stand there," already." she acknowledged herself to be defeat- “ But if these panes were mended, ed, and the point to be given up. and the window cleaned, without and
P. 162. within," said Mrs Mason," you cannot Mrs Mason could not forbearr ma
think how much more cheerful the kit.
chen would appear." king some remonstrances, upon
“ And how long would it bide clean Mrs Mac Clarty, as might be expected, if it were ?" said Mrs MacClarty. “It undertook her daughter's defence, ob- would be as ill as ever or a month, and serving
wha cou'd be at the fash o' ay cleanin' _" the poor thing had na' gotten her questions, and did na' like to gang, for The following homely picture may fear o' the maister's anger.".
perhaps amuse our readers. " But ought she not to have got her
“ Mistress !" hoilowed the voice of questions, as her master enjoined, in; Grizzel from the house, “ I wish ye stead of idling here all the inorning?” wad come and speak to Meg. She win. said Mrs Mason. “ O ay," returned Mrs MacClarty, “ she shu'd ha' gotten her
na be hinderit putting her fingers in the questions, nae doubt; but it was unco
kirn, and licking the cream.' fashous, and ye see she has na' a turn Clarty, “ I'd gar you"
“If I were at you," cried Mrs Macthat gait, poor woman! but in time she'll do veel eneugh."
She was as good as her word; and in
order to shew Mrs Mason the good ef. Mrs Mason, by the bribe of half-a- fect of her advice, she ran that moment Crown, prevails upon the servant Griż. into the kitchen, and gave her daughter zy to clean out her room, and then to a hearty slap upon the back. The girl attempt performing the same friendly
went a few steps further off, and deliberoffice for the kitchen.
ately applied her tongue to the back of
her hand, where part of the cream was But before the window could be ap- still visible. proached, it was found necessary to re- “Go! ye idle whippy!" said her momove the heap of dusty articles piled ther, " and let me see how weel ye'll up in the window sill, which served the ca' the kiro." purpose of family library, and repository • I winna kirn the day," returned of what is known by the term odds and Meg; “ I'm gain' to milk the kye.code.
Jean may kirn; she has naething else Mrs MacClarty, who had sat down to
to do." spin, did not at, first seem willing to " I'm ay set to kirn," says Jean, take any notice of what was going for whimpering. “I never saw sic wark. ward; but on perceiving her maid be. I tell ye, I wonna kirn mair than Meg. ginning to meddle with the things in Grizzy can milk the cows hersel.' She the window, she could no longer remain does na’ want her help." a Deutral spectator of the scene. Stop- But, girls," said Mrs Mason, “ when ping her wheel, she, in a voice indica. I was a little girl like either of you, I ting the reverse of satisfaction, asked never thought of chusing my work ; I what she was about? Mrs Mason took considered it my business to follow my it upon her to reply : “ We are going mother's directions. Young people to make your window bright and clean ought to obey, and not to dictate.” for you, cousin, said she. If you step “ Hear ye thar!" said Mrs MacClar. into my room, and take a look of mine, ty : “ But Jean will gang to the kirn I you will see what a difference there is ken, like a good bairn; and she sal get in it; and this, if these broken panes a dad o' butter to ber bread." Sept. 1808,
“But I wonna haet frae the hairing forming before the door of Mrs Ms. knife, said Jean, “ for the last I got son's new host, she remarked to ans stack i' my throat !" "Bless me !" cried Mrs Mason, in the warld will come to at last, since
old neighbour : “ Eh! I wonder what amazement, “ How does your butter come to be so full of hairs? where do naething can serve the pride o Wilthey come from?"
liam Morrison, but to hae a flower “O they are a' frae the cows,” re. garden, whar gude Mr Brown's midturned Mrs MacClarty. “ There bas denstead stood sappy for mony a day! been long a hole in the milk sythe, and he's a better man than will ever stand I have never been at the fash to get it on William Morrisan's shanks.” The mended; but as I tak ay care to sythe other, however, who had hitherto been the milk through my fingers, I wonder how sae mony hairs win in.”
a most zealous stickler for the gude “Ye need na wonder at that,” observed auld gaits, could not forbear replying : Grizzel, “ for the house canna be soopit
“ The flowers are a hantel bonnier but the dirt flees into the kirp."
than the midden tho', and smell a “ But do you not clean the churn be. hantel sweeter too;" which marked fore you put in the cream ?” asked Mrs
the decided change that had taken Mason, more and more astonished. “ Na, na," returned Mrs MacClarty,
place in the village. In short, Mrs “ That wad no' be canny, ye ken. Nae.
Mason soon entirely prevailed, and body hereabouts would clean their kirn, her quondam landlady was left wholly for ony consideration. I never heard o' by herself. sic a thing i'my life."
This volume contains also two unThe extreme indulgence of the pa- much connected either between them
derplots, if they may be so called, not rents, howeser, gives birth to some tra
selves, or with the principal plot. gical scenes. The eldest son having
One consists of the previous history of set out, contrary to his father's command, to a fair, gets drunk and enlists
Mrs Mason, and the other of that of as a soldier. The old man having ridicule the inordinate love of genti
a Miss Stewart, which is designed to gone to attempt his redemption, is robbed, and returns in a state
of agi- for sometime past been perhaps pecu
lity and genteel company, which has tation, which throws him into a violent fever. The physician being cal- liarly prevalent in this country. Both led too late, gave little hopes, but de. these sketches have merit, particularly clared that they all rested on his be
the latter; neither however possess ing kept cool. Against this Mrs the liveliness and originality of the MacClarty loudy protested, declaring, heroine, so that upon the whole, they
scenes of which Mrs MacClarty is the “ She would never see her gudeman turned out o' his ain gude warm bed break the unity of the work, without into a cauld room." The old man
materially adding to its value. died in a few days; and Mrs Mason, finding herself uncomfortable in continuing with his widow and son, de
New Works published in Edinburgh. termined to remove into another fa- ILLUSTRATIONS of Walter Scott's mily, which promised greater docility. Lay of the Last Minstrel; consisThrough them, and the example which ting of twelve views on the rivers they set, she found means gradually Borthwick, Ettrick, Yarrow, to effect a general change in the vil. and Tweed. Engraved by James lage, Mrs MacClarty alone held out, Heath, R. A. from designs taken on and took every opportunity of throw. the spot by John C. Schetky of Oxing discountenance upon these inno- ford.' With Anecdotes and descripvations. On seeing a flower garden tions, 4to. 11. 1ls. 6d.