Original (fforrrsponiience. To the E, ditor of the Demetian Mirror. Sir, I think you would be rendering a great service to Aberystwith, as well as to persons desirous of taking up their occasional residence there, if you were to give publicity to a fact, of which, until I came here this autumn I was not aware, and a want of the knowledge of which is the cause of numbers, to my knowledge, staying away from Aberystwith at this season of the year. I allude to the alteration in the charges for lodgings, which takes place, I find, about the beginning of October, but which strangers imagine are the same as during the summer months. There is a strong feeling prevalent, I assure you, that a sojourn at Aberystwith for any length of time is an expensive affair, owing to the high prices which the inhabitants demand for lodgings; and unless this matter is put right, numerous families, no doubt, will be .kept from visiting Aberystwith, who other- wise would take up their abode here during the great- er part if not the whole of the autumn and winter. For my own part I was most agreeably surprised to find on my reaching here a fortnight ago, that I could have one of the largest and best houses in the most fashionable part of the Town, well furnished, for about £ 2 per week, and if this fact were generally known, I am sure many would be found residing in Aberystwith at a season when from the mildness of the air, a residence at this place during the cold months of the year is so highly desirable and benefi- cial. I think, Sir, you might draw attention to this matter in your paper, and I have therefore troubled you with this letter which, if you think proper, you may insert. Yours, &c. A VISITOR. Terrace, Oct. 15, 1840.
BEYROUT—It stands on a rising ground close to 11 the sea shore, and was originally named Berytus. It is enclosed with walls, and supplied with water by rivu- lets from the neighbouring hills. Taken from the Saracens by Baldwin, 1111, and recaptured in 1317. Ten years afterwards the Christians took it, and it was frequently ravaged during the crusades, when it was a large fortified town, and depot for the costly merchandize of Damascus. It was distinguished by an institution for the study of jurisprudence, and had the honour of calling into public life some of the most distinguished civilians, whence it was named the mo- ther and nurse of the laws. It fell into the hands of the Druses, from whom it was captured by the Turks, and is now under the dominion of the Regenerator of Egypt. At one period the country was 100 miles in extent, and divided into seven districts. The Druses, a most extraordinary class among the families of man- kind, are calculated at 100,000, their language pure Arabic, and they keep close together about Mount Lebanon. No Mahometan is permitted to reside in
ENVY OF THE KJCH.-—Kocheioucault lias saui The hate of favourites is nothing else but the love of favour." The idea is a little cramped. The hate we bear to any man is only the result of our love for some good which we imagine he possesses, or which, being in our possession, we imagine he has attacked. Thus, envv, the most ordinary species of hate, arises from our value for the glory, or the plate, or the con- tent we behold and revenge is born from our regard for our fame that has been wounded, or our acres molested, or our rights invaded. But the most noisy of all hatreds is hatred for the rich from love for the riches. Look well on the poor devil who is always railing at coaches and four. Book him as a man to be bribed Paul Clifford's maxims, The Patent Aquatic Life Hat.-Amongst the nu- merous preservative inventions of the present age, there is not one perhaps more remarkable and plii- lanthropical than the Aquatic Life Hat. Outwardly, it differs in no respect from a well made, fashionable felt hat but inwardly it contains a buoyant power adequate to the prevention from drowning of four per- sons. It is very light, and may be secured to the dress or arm by a ribbon in the same manner as a Hunting Hat. Its utility has been fully tested. There can be little doubt that its in- troduction into the Navy, Merchant service, and yacht clubs will be very general, and that under Providence, it will be instrumental in rescuing many from a watery grave. The Rodney, 92, arrived at Gibraltar on the 26th ult., from Portsmouth, and sailed on the 28th, to join the British squadron in the Mediterranean. The Iron Trade There was an advance at the meeting of the Iron Trade at Birmingham on Thurs- day last, of 10s. on pigs, and 20s. on bars. Orders were plentiful. Doctor Lardner left Paris a few days since to em- bark for the United States, where the Doctor will lecture on morals, &c. When a physician is endeavouring to restore a dis- eased constitution to a state of health, his first care (apart from the administering of proper medicines,) is to cheer the drooping spirits of the unhappy patient, and to dissipate those gloomy imaginings to which a sickly and infirm condition of body, is so apt to give rise, but which would infallibly retard, if not prevent his recovery., Not so those who profess to correct the evils of the body politic their aim, on the contrary appears to be, to magnify as far as possible, in the eyes of the patient, the maladies which beset him, and to superinduce on the already vitiated frame, the still more pernicious (because, imaginary) evils of the Hypochondriac. Under the care of these sage advis- ers, honest John Bull has increased prodigiously, in the exercise of that grumbling propensity, which has ever been held to be one of his chief characteristics. Nor should this be wondered at, when we recollect how constantly his ears are bedinned by a long train of dire and prophetic warnings; the very least of which is sufficient to make him (to use a homely ex- pression,) shake in his shoes. They tell him that his constitution is irretrievably ruined that it has recei- ved a shock it never can recover, and the sooner he goes home, and makes his will, the better; and thus the old gentleman is tormented, and his life rendered a burden to him, by these awful admonitions, and dire presages of misfortune, which never had, nor will have existence, save in the teeming brains of his pretended counsellors. And these woful tidings they have the consummate impertinence to tell him to his own jolly and beaming face, when he stands before them radiant with smiles, and with all the dignity which "plenteous supply of roast beef, and plum pudding, is sure to bestow. No wonder his understanding begins to reel, and reason to totter on its seat, his rubicund visage to elongate and the ruddy hue of health, to be exchanged for the ashy paleness of death, when thus assailed from innumerable quarters by Strange screams of death, And prophesying with accents terrible Of dire combustion and confiised^oreiits New hatched to the woful time." But in sooth, we believe John begins to be heart- ily sick of the interminable croakings of these ill- omened birds, which are heard throughout the length and breadth of the land, and are assuredly more pesti- lent, than the nine plagues of Egypt. We believe, that he has begun to manifest a disposition, to look more at the bright side of things, and we hail this manifestation with sincere delight. Far be it from our wish, to see him discover a reckless insensibility or to triumph in a blind self-complacency; but we would fain show him, that while there is a ripe half to the peach and a better half to man," so there is a sunny side on which to look at things as well as a gloomy one; and we would likewise warn him against cherishing that fretful and discontented state of mind, which by creating imaginary maladies, will be sure to increase those by which he is really harrassed. And if he only cast an impartial eye around him he must be compelled to confess that there is much more to be thankful for than to be angry about. Autumn as if to shame man out of his discontent, has poured in a copious supply for the wants of a teeming population, and has replenished our almost exhausted granaries, by a season more than usually productive. Science has enlarged her conquests: while art has not been retrograde. The enterprise and ingenuity of man instead of having received a check. in its advancement seems to acquire a progressive impetus proportionate to the extent of its triumphs. Scarce had the first murmurs of applause subsided on beholding the waters of the Atlantic furrowed by the gigantic powers of steam, than a new project is devised by which to navigate the air, and in spite of deadening calms, or even opposing currents, to land the adventurous aeronaut on the shores of the New World in the almost incredibly short space of five days. Even Steam may not improbably soon give way to an agent which when applied to railroads will, with one half the expence, less noise and inconvenience to passengers, and no danger, equal it in speed and surpass it in ease and regularity of motion. To be num- bered also among the inventions of the age are,—a telegraphic means of communication by means of elec- tricity, infinitely more rapid and easy of management than by the old method and the application of the Archimedean screw to the purposes of Steam Navi- gation, which though at first sight it may appear a trifling alteration, yet seems destined to work a com- plete revolution in the nautical world. In the dawning of a new art, viz: that of producing a perfect deline- ation of objects by means of the chemical action of the solar rays on certain substances, we see a signal triumph achieved by science over the efforts of the mere imitative artist, and doubtless destined to throw all such attempts into the shade. But were we barely to enumerate the various proofs of the skill and ingenuity of man manifested in the present age, we should far outrun our present limits, and exhaust the patience of our readers. But it is not only in mental but physical qualifications that the men of our own generation equal If not surpass those of the former, for we find that the average number of deaths proportion- ed to the increase of population is less than formerly, making it evident that the late vast improvements in medical science have been the means, conjointly with other ameliorating causes, of greatly diminishing" the 1 ills which flesh is hei/- to." Enough, we believe, has been said to show that the aspect of things during the present age is not so calculated to create feelings of despondency, as some would fain have us believe. We have been drawn into these few remarks by the growing disposition we have observed among these" laudatores temporis acti," to grumble at the existing condition of affairs but we feel encouraged by the hope that one so fraught with pernicious con- sequences to the community will be discouraged by those, who beingplaced by circumstances in a position eminently calculated to influence the mind of the public, incur by the loftiness of that position a heavy share of moral responsibility -Cliard Union Gazette.