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Mr. and Mrs. KEATS beg to ac- quaint the Public that they have taken out a License for their House, adjoining Steel's Hotel, where every attention will be given to the comfort of their Cus-


*** Dinners can be provided for a few,

and clean beds.

Fremantle, May 24, 1833.

THE WAR IN PORTUGAL.--The nature of the present contest in Portugal is totally misunder- stood by the British public in three fundamental particulars. In the first place, it is always as- sumed by the revolutionary press that Don Miguel is an usurper, and that the title of Donna Maria, as the daughter of the elder brother, is indisputa- ble. But this the Portuguese lawyers proceeding on the constitution of their country, and the precedents of their history, deny. They assert that, by the law of Portugal, when a Portuguese King accepts a foreign crown, his right to the throne of Portugal ceases by the very fact of that acceptance ; that the father of Donna Maria, had accepted the crown of Brazil before her birth ; that

he could not communicate inheritable blood to the crown of Portugal to his daughter any more than the Pretender could convey a right to the English crown after the revolution of 1688 ; and, therefore, that the legal succession opend to Don Miguel as the next heir, whose birth was prior to the for- feiture of the crown for the elder branch by that circumstance. As we are not Portuguese lawyers, we cannot determine whether this opinion is well or ill founded. It is enough to say, that it is the opinion of the Portuguese bar, and that their law being a matter of fact to us, must be judged of by their opinion. In the next place, whether Don Miguel is the legitimate King of the Portuguese or not, one thing is perfectly clear, that he is the King of their choice ; and this title it is difficult to see how the English King, whose title stands on the revolution of 1688, which excluded the elder branch of the Stuarts, or the French monarch, who stands on the revolution of the barricades, which excluded the elder blanch of the house of Bourbon, can with any consistency refuse to acknowledge. Don Miguel has been now for five years in the possession of the crown of Portugal, and during all that time there has been no sort of attempt on the part of the Portuguese to displace his authority ; on the contrary, they stood by him when put to the ban of all Europe ; they remained firm during the great convulsion of 1830, which overturned so many thrones of Europe ; and they are still per- fectly faithful to him, though Don Pedro, with a gallant band of foreign adventurers, has been for six weeks in possession of Oporto, under the open and avowed countenance both of France and Eng- land. The attachment of the people and the army, therefore, to their present ruler, has been effectu- ally put to the test ; and we should be glad to know on what principle of international law the right of choosing their own Sovereign, and expel- ling an obnoxious though elder branch of their dynasty, belongs to France, England, or Belgium, and not to the Portuguese people.--Blackwoods Magazine.

There is at present an artist of the Louvre, an eminent historical painter, of the name of Ducor- net, who paints with his feet. He was born with- out arms, of poor parents, at Lisle. There are also about the French metropolis a number of beg- gars, 12 or 13 of them at least all deformed in various ways, and all born at Lisle, in certain dark caverns under the fortifications. The effect

of these places, from their want of light, producing malformed births, is so notorious, that the Magis- trates of Lisle have issued a strict order to prohibit the poor from taking up their abode in them. The experiments of detaining tadpoles in darkness, and thus causing them to grow into gigantic and mon- strous tadpoles, instead of being transformed into frogs, are well known.--Medical Gazette.

Q. What medicine would have relieved Daniel Lambert from a pain in the small of his back? A. None, as his complaint must have been fat-al.

Q. What beverage caused the inebriation of David's swinish favourite?--A. Some wash-y potation, drank by the hogshead.

Q. In what order did the procession leave the ark, since we are told that Noah came forth ?--A. He was preceded by his three sons.

B. Does carrying a full pail on one's head, from the well, produce water on the brain ?--A. There is water on the brain for the time ; if you are not near well it implies you must be ill ; and if you turn over pail, the chance is you may kick

the bucket.

Q. Can Borawlaski, the dwarf, be gone to his ong home ?--A: When on his death-bed they said he was going there shortly.

Q. What is the difference between the expres- sion of our ideas and the expression of linseed oil ? --A. Linseed requires the press, but our ideas had better be kept from it.--Comic Offering, 1833