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Interesting Relic of Robert Burns.

We have had handed to us for inspection a most interesting relic of the poet Burns. It is a book entitled ' Louisa, a Poetical Novel in Four Epistles, by Miss Seward.' This book belonged to our national bard, and a number of its pages are marginal notes written by the poet in pencil. On the inside of the board fronting the title-page is the following :—" Dumfries, July 2, 1835. This book, from the library of Robert Bums, the Scottish poet, and containing some of his handwriting, is most respectfully presented to Mrs Marion Gracie by his eldest son, Robert Burns." On the margin of the page at the first stanza tho poet has written the word "excellent," while over the page, and opposite the couplet,

Yet when thou know'st for me that sorrow shrouds Hope's orystsl mirror with impervious clouds, he has written tho words, "An incongruous metaphor." Of another stanza he notes on tho margin, "A beautiful description of nature in the season " (autumn). The following lines from the poem may be given in txtenso, on account of the opinion of their merit which the illustrious Scotsman has written on the margin :

Beneath my trembline finscrs lightly rune The lute's tweet chords, respomivo while I song, Faint In the yellow broom the oxen lay, And the mute birds sat languid on the spray; And nought was heard around tho noontide bowor, S»vo that the mountain bee from Rower to flower Beem'd to prolong with her a*»l luous wing The soft vibration of the tuneful string ; While the fierce skies flamed on the shrinking rills, And sultry silence brooded o'er the hills.

This it ft graphic picture of a rustic scene under a sweltering summer's sun ; and Burns has written opposite the lines " Most beautiful ; equal to Thomson's finest descriptions." And so on various pages of the book the inspired ploughman pencils his opinions. Of one stanz* he saya t " The whole of this evening scene is excellent, hut the double use of the sun under b purple cloud, and then setting In unclouded brightness, both as description and simile, is beyond the rest." The most of the great poet's marginal notes are eulogistic in their tone, but he comes away with a bit of criticism where in jotting at the foot of a page he writes:—"The whole apostrophe except the address to his (Major Andre's) mother is too nnimpassioned, particularly where paßßlon should have glowed the most when he mentions his mistress." The book is dated 1784, and an account of it having once belonged to Burns, and containing, as it does, the marginal notes from his own hand, it is a rare, valuable, and intensely interesting volume. It is at present in the possession of Mr Jameß Watson, Ford place, Finnart, Greenock. Mrs Marion Gracie was, it may be stated, a servant with Mrs Burns during the later years of "Jean's" life.—' Greenook Telegraph.'

It is said on good authority that very close shaving is a dangerous thing to follow up for any considerable time. One who claims to know writes as follows:—"Do you know what a close shave means? I never did until I looked at a face the other day through a mioroscope which had been trained to this luxurious process. Why, the entire skin resembles a piece of raw beef. To make the face perfectly smooth requires not only the removal of the hair but also a portion of the cuticle, and a close shave meanß the removal of a layer of skin all aronnd. The blood vessels thus exposed are not visible to the eye, bat under the microsoope each little quivering mouth holding a minute blood drop protests against Buch cruel treatment. The nerve tips are also uncovered, and the pores are left unprotected, which makes the Bkin tender and unhealthy, This Budden exposure of the inner layer of the skin renders a person liable to have colds, hoarseness, and sore throat."

Kwang Holi, the Emperor of China, appears to be a potentate well supplied with domestics. Does he want to be fanned? Twenty-five fan bearers are at his behest. Is it wet ? There are ten men whose sole duty is to carry his umbrella. In sickness or in health thirty medical men wait on him. He haa eighty bonnes, twenty-three cooks, fifty domestic attendants, fifty valets, seventy-five astrologers, sixteen tutors, and sixty priests, or a total of 426 servants. ffl

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Interesting Relic of Robert Burns., Evening Star, Issue 7932, 13 June 1889

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Interesting Relic of Robert Burns. Evening Star, Issue 7932, 13 June 1889

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