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RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN AUSTRIA.I

SERVANTS AND THEIR CHARACTERS.

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A WINTER IN ITALY.

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A WINTER IN ITALY. The Italian correspondent of the London Standard, in speaking of the extraordinary cold -which has there set in this winter, says:- The cold is indeed extraordinary, and seems to have every prospect of lasting for some time to come. I shall certainly not attempt to describe the sensation, beiiig confident that most of your readers will have it already at their fingers' ends. While upon the subject however, I will note the very curious philological fact that the word cold" in so many letters signifies in the dialects of Lombardy neither more nor less than hot. A singular instance, this, of the doctrine that "ex- tremes meet." Winter is a much more serious affair in Italy than elsewhere, for the simple reason that all the houses in the country have been constructed from time imme- morial, and all social usage formed, with a view to coolness, rather than warmth, beat being, of course, more or less the prevailing characteristic of this southern clime, and severe winters like the present an occa- sional exception, although it is a generally admitted fact that they have been greatly on the increase of Itte years, owing, it is said, in no small degree to the gradual disappearance of the dense forests which formerly kept off the chill blasts of the north. So convinced are the Italians of the increasing rigour of their winters, that they have a proverb to the effect that "in Germany you see the cold, but in Italy you feel it." Chilblains on the hands and on the feet are a pecu- liar fruit of the season in Italy, where they attack the new comer and the native with a virulence of whi h no adequate idea can be formed by the in- habitant of any other country; and accordingly, during the wintry months, a roaring trade is done here in the preparation and in the advertising of oint- ment, waehes, and other innumerable modes of treat- ment for the removal of this curse, all of them being, it is needless to say. equally inefficacious for in no respect does the healing art more clearly demon- strate its impotence than in its miserable attempts to deal with this class of disorders. The only specific th-t I know is to cross Mount Cenis and to in- hale for awhile the Transalpine air, which will put the enemy to flight in a very few days; but no sooner shall you set foot again within the charmed circle than he will renew his terrible visitations. Skaters are now 'n full glory, although there are but few places in Turin where they can display their dex- terity, the ice on standing ponds being removed almost as soon as formed by the numerous speculators in an article which enters so largely into the domestic consumption of the Turinese. Most of the ice-houses, however, in the neighbourhood of the city have meadow* adjoining, which are inundated on the approach of winter, and at some of these places a portion of the ground is reserved for the use of skaters; and natives as well as foreigners, ladies as well as gentlemen, repair thither in great numbers daily and ply the skate and the sledge with untiring activity and enjoyment. The ice upon which I disported this morning was more than seven inches thick, and I believe that it has been once broken already. Happily there is not much wind at present in these northern provinces, but we hear that in the neighbourhood of Naples they have been excessive, and that three soldiers were lately frozen to death in their sentry- boxes. In Basilicata the communications, never of the most easy, have been entirely blocked up by the snow. The evil is not, however, unmixed with good, for Jack Frost effectually keeps the brigands in check.

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