Imágenes de páginas

à more

ment of any who happened to pass. He was A STORY circulated, that, as a party were equally fond of cribbage, and when he met at the pharo-table at Mrs. Sturt's, having with a poor person who could play well, he begun their game after returning from Sawould maintain them three or four months turday's opera on Sunday.morning, a thunfor the sake of playing with them.

der-clap was heard, a slight shock of an

earthquake felt, the club became the colour The house at Huntingfield in Suffolk of blood, and the hearts black. where Lord Hunsdon entertained Queen

Rowland Hill made a good remark upElizabeth. “The great hall was built round six straight massy oaks, which originally on hearing the power of the letter H dissupported the roof, as they grew; upon these cussed, whether it were a letter or not. I the foresters and yeomen of the guard used it were not, he said, it would be a very seto hang their nets, cross bows, hunting poles, rious affair for him, for it would make him great saddles, calibres, bills, &c. The roots ill all the days of his life. had long been decayed when I visited this

Ar the cliffs about Seaford, Sussex, the romantic dwelling, and the shafts sawn off at bottom were supported either by irregular cges of the sea-fowl are taken as in Scot

land, by lowering a man from above. logs of wood driven under them, or by masonry. Part of the long gallery in which the

“ June 18, 1796, a main at the Cock-pit queen and her attendants used to divert Royal, Westminster, between J. H. Durand themselves, was converted into an immense

and J. Reid, Esquires, Bromley and Walcheese chamber.

ter feeders, for bonâ fide twenty guineas a “Her oak still standing. Hearne made a

battle, and a thousand the odd, drawing of it for Sir Gerard Vanneck;

numerous assemblage of opulent sportsmen, seven feet from the ground it is nearly ele.

or a greater field for betting money, has ven yards in circumference." — C. Davy,

never been remembered.”—“Candour comEsq.

pels us to confess the energetic fervour of

each party could not be exceeded, nor could In the parish of Caer y Derwyddon, which the honesty of feeders be ever brought to is between Corwen and Kerneoge Mawr,

a more decisive criterion.

Employed by lived a weaver who played admirably upon gentlemen of the most unsullied honour, the violin by ear, without any knowledge the cause became enthusiastically sympaof music. He was a great cocker, and was

thetic, and it is universally admitted, a betsupposed to have the art of judging by the

ter fought main has never been seen in the egg whether the bird would be a good one. kingdom. Walter had certainly a most He had procured some eggs of an excellent capital accumulation of feather, the Lowbreed, and entirely to his liking, when the thers, the Elwes, the Ilolfords, the Basinghen was carried off by a badger. No other stoke, &c. &c., which (luckily for Bromley) hen was at hand, nor other bird to supply were put in the back-ground of the Picture, her place. He immediately went to bed by the old blood of the late Captain Bertie, himself, took the six eggs into his own care, Vauxhall Clarke, Cooper of Mapledurham, and hatched them himselt'in about two days. and a little of Bromley's Cock-bread from Four of his brood died, a cock and hen

Berkshire.” were reared. The cock proved conqueror in a Welsh match, by which he won half a A CRICKET match at Bury between the flitch of bacon, and he used to say that the married women of the parish and the maidcock and hen of his own hatching, had sup- ens. The matronis won. The Bury women plied him with bacon and eggs for half a

| Such a match was played here at West


challenged all the women in their own county.

merit. He was well known as a maker of barometers.

An alphabetical cricket match between Dog tax. Dent received some hundred Lord Darnley and Lord Winchelsea. The dead dogs packed up as game. The slaughformer to choose players whose names be- ter was so great, and the consequent nuigan with the first eleven letters of the al- sance, men not thinking themselves bound phabet. Lord Winchelsea from the next to bury their dogs, that the magistrates in eleven.

some places were obliged to interfere. At

Cambridge the high-constable buried above The Duke of Queensberry betted 1000 400. About Birmingham more than 1000 guineas that he would produce a man who were destroyed. would eat more at a meal than any one whom Sir John Lade could find. The Duke

As a boy was climbing a tree in Gibside was informed of his success (not being pre- Wood, Durham, to rob a hawk's nest of its sent at the achievement,) by the following young, the old hawk attacked him, and he bulletin from the field of battle :-“ My was soon covered with blood. After a most Lord, I have not time to state particulars, severe conflict of several minutes, hands but merely to acquaint your Grace that proved superior to beak and claws, and the your man beat his antagonist by a pig and boy took his antagonist prisoner. an apple-pie."

1796. A BET that within two years the 1796. Sunday afternoon, June 26, was beard would be commonly worn upon the interred in the churchyard of St. Leonard, upper lip and the point of the chin, à la Shoreditch, the remains of Mr. Patrick, the Vandyke. celebrated composer of church-bell music, and senior of the Society of Cumberland JULY 30, 1796, was rung by the Society Youths. His productions of real double of Cambridge Youths, at the church of St. and treble bob-royal, are standing monu- Mary the Great, in Cambridge, a true and ments of his unparalleled abilities. The compleat peal of Bob Maximus, in five hours procession was singular and solemn; the and five minutes, consisting of 6600 changes, corpse being followed by all the ringing so- which, for the regularity of striking and cieties in the metropolis and its environs, harmony throughout the peal, was allowed each sounding hand-bells with muffled clap- by the most competent judges that heard it pers, accompanied by those of the church to be a very masterly performance; esperinging a dead peal, which produced a most cially, as it was remarked, that, in point of solemn effect on the eyes and ears of an time, the striking was to such a nicety that innumerable concourse of spectators.

Mr. in each thousand changes the time did not Patrick was the person who composed the vary the sixteenth of a minute, and the comwhole peal of Stedman's triples, 5040 pass of the last thousand was exactly equal changes, (till then deemed impracticable), to the first, which is the grand scope of for the discovery of which the citizens of ringing. Norwich advertised a premium of £50, which The time of ringing this peal shews that was paid him about three years since, with the late Professor Saunderson's calculation the highest eneomiums on his superlative is pretty accurate, respecting the time it Tarring in the summer of 1850. The stool-ball changes on twelve bells, which he stated at

would take to ring the whole number of A pig is still a provincial term for an apple forty-five years, six days, and eighteen hours,

without intermission.

puff.-J. W. W.


CRICKET match between Greenwich pen- | lowed to be fine striking through the whole sioners, eleven with one arm against eleven performance, and the longest peal ever rung with one leg. The one legs beat by 103 in that part of the country.—Magnis tamen runs. In the course of the match there excidit ausis ! were five legs broke, four in running, one by the blow of a bat.

August 22, died at the Bald Buck, Lich

field, the noted Jack Lewton, chaise-driver. 1796. Friday, August 20, was rung a He was buried on the Wednesday followcomplete 5040 grandsire triples at St. Mary's, ing in St. Michael's churchyard, and by his Kendal, in three hours, twenty minutes, by own request as near to the turnpike road the Westmoreland youth,— being the great- leading to Burton as possible, that he might, est number of changes ever rung upon that as he said, enjoy the satisfaction of hearing noble peal at one time. The peal was di- his brother whips pass and repass. He parvided into ten parts, or courses, of 504 each. ticularly desired that he might be carried The bobs were called by the sixth ; a lead to the grave by six chaise-drivers, his late single was made in the middle of the peal, companions, in scarlet jackets and buckskin and another at the conclusion, which brought breeches, the pall to be supported by the the bells home. Distinct leads, and exact like number of hostlers from different inns, divisions were observed throughout the and the mourners to consist of six publicans whole of the peal.

with their wives.

The procession on their

way to the grave were desired to stop at Sunday, August 28, was rung at Kidder- the Old Crown inn, and refresh themselves, minster, a compleat peal of 5012 grandsire each with a glass of Hollands, his favourite triples. The peal was conducted through liquor. with one single, which was brought to the 4984th change, viz. 1267453. It is allowed MARGARET YCH Evan, of Pennllyn, who by those conversant in the art to exceed any inhabited a cottage on the borders of Llanpeal ever yet rung in this kingdom by that berris Lake, was the greatest hunter, shootmethod. The same peal was composed and er, and fisher of her time, rowed stoutly, called by Stephen Hill. Time, three hours played the violin, was a good carpenter and and fourteen minutes.

joiner, and wrestled so well at seventy, that An old ringer of Milford (Southampton), there were few men who dared to try a fall left three-fourths of an acre, the rent to be with her. applied in the purchase of bell-ropes for the use of the church.

In some parts of Italy they make holes in the ground, and put in them conical

caps MONDAY, September 12, 1796, was at- of paper bird-limed, with meat at the bottempted to be rung by eight Birmingham tom; the crows come to the bait, and are youths, some of whom were under twenty hooded. years of age, a compleat peal of 15120 bobmajors. After they had rung in a most

Rats, it is said, will forsake a house if masterly manner for upwards of eight hours

their road is bird-limed so as to besmear one and a half, they found themselves so much of them. fatigued, that they requested the caller to take the first opportunity to bring the bells

A PITMAN's wife in Northumberland home, which le soon did, by omitting a bob,

suckled two lambs whose dams were killed and so brought them round, which made a in a storm. compleat peal of 14224 changes in eight hours and forty-five minutes ; and was al

1799. A GENTLEMAN in Herefordshire

is said to have lately married his grand- | the madness of vying with each other in mother. It is thus related :-“ On Friday | the quantity of game killed. Game book. Mr. John Palmer, second son of Mr. Wil- List of the killed at Woburne. One of liam Palmer of Yatton Marsh, Aymstrey, these homo's had 800 head of game in his was married to Mrs. Mary Palmer, relict | larder at one time. of the late Mr. John Palmer of Leinthall Earls, who was grandfather to her present The three sweet fire-side sounds — the husband. The bride, though she may be song of the tea-kettle; the chirping of the properly called grandmother to the bride- cricket; and the purring of the cat. groom, is no more than thirty years of age.”

“ J'our un jour bien naifvement un enAt Alnwick, every burgess who takes up fant de grande maison, faire feste a chascun his freedom goes in procession to a large dequoy sa mere venoit de perdre son procés, pond at some distance from the town, dress- comme sa toux, sa fiebvre, ou autre chose ed with ribbons, makes a jump into it, and d'importune garde.” — MONTAIGNE, vol. 8, gets through as he can. A party generally p. 344. perform at the same time, and then gallop back to the town, the foremost in the race 1824. The steam-engines in England rebeing pronounced winner of the boundaries. present the power of 320,000 horses, which They are entertained with ale at the gate is equal to that of 1,920,000 men. They are of the Castle by the Duke's steward,—a worked by 36,000 men, and thus add to the holly tree is planted at the young freeman's power of our population 1,834,000 men.door, and the day ends with such merriment Morning Herald. as is usual—dancing, drinking, and sports."

“ There is a house on London Bridge Courier, July 18, 1814. “ REAL red- built entirely of wood, without any mixture legged Partridge-eggs. Noblemen and gen- of iron nails therein; therefore commonly tlemen may be supplied with any quantity called Nonesuch, for the rarity of the strucjust imported from France, by applying to ture thereof."— FULLER's Pisgah Sight, p. Mr. Joseph Clark, Poulterer, South Audley 261. Street."

Projected Contents. THERE are odd persons all the world

New System of Education. over, but in other parts of the world they die and their oddities with them. In Eng

Young Roscius. Missions.

Religious Magazines. Gipsies. land every man's oddities find some faithful chronicler. Thus a chapter of Obituary

Strolling Players. Sandemanians.

Parliamentary Reform. Anecdotes.

Catholic Emancipation,

Public Schools. Want of churches in large towns. Marybone contains not less than 60,000 inha- Astley's, Royal Circus, &c. bitants. Pancras in the same predicament

Pidcock. Travelling Elephants at Bris-very populous, with only one church. Yet tol Fair.

Moravians. Luddites. we found Catholic colleges, and have no

Death of Mr. Perceval. Almanacks. money for churches !

Navy and Army Lists, and Periodicals PRESERVES the main cause of poaching; of this nation.

Gas Lights. Insurance Offices. · The miry pool is called the “ Freeman's

Police. Prostitution. well,” and the custom still exists.-J. W.W. 0. P. The Green Man.

Mr. Coates. Bible Society.

gave him the mangas and faldamentos. Away English Orthography. Elphinstone. Pin- went Perico to the court brotherhood, and kerton. Gil's Logonomia Anglica, 1621, 4to. requested them to bury one who had died is said in Rodd's Catalogue to be the first at the Marquis's, and then away went the attempt to write the English language as it funeral procession, with the little death bell is spoken.

tinkling before them. The marquis seeing Freemasons.

them at his door, asked why they came ? Popular Songs and Ballads. Tract So- “ For the body," said the fool, “ as the cieties.

chamberlain only gave him the trimmings." Want of a Dictionary. Skaiting. -Ibid. p. 125. Country Sports.

A knight once asked him what were the Population. Bills of Mortality. Pro- properties of a turquoise ?1 “Why," said the portion of the Sexes.

fool, “ if you have a turquoise about you, Lotteries.

and should fall from the top of a tower and Nunneries - Protestant. Connect this be dashed to pieces, the stone would not with the chapter on Prostitution. See break.”—Ibid. p. 124. Mary Astell, in the Biographies.

It is a good remark of DAVIES (Dramatic The Varment Club. Four-in-hand Club. Miscellanies), that fools seem to have been

Patent Collins. Funerals. Burial-places. employed to supply the want of free society. At Lambeth they probe ! before they open A jest from an equal was an insult; yet cona grave.

versation wanted its pepper, and vinegar, Bullion. Richmond. Windsor.

and mustard. Tunbridge. IIastings. Winchelsea. Rye. Brighton.

During Lockyer's reign at Bristol, 6000 Bristol. Ilfracombe.

houses were planned ; an increase which The Wye. Merthyr. Hereford. Wor

would have required at least 60,000 inha

bitants, they were houses of such size. It Norwich. Nottingham.-So through the was like the South Sea infatuation. cave country.

SPERMACETI manufactory. No dog was

safe in the neighbourhood, and no horse. Fools. When or where did this character ori- DEBAT and his Sermons. My Uncle T., ginate ?

having heard the text of one, could name Charles the Fifth had an excellent fool, the texts for the next six weeks; which he Don Frances; he was staunch to the last, did once for a wager. When Debat was told for when some assassins had mortally wound this, he readily answered, “ I am very glad ed him, and his wife hearing a disturbance

to find that any one of my congregation is at the door, enquired what was the matter? so attentive." “ Nothing, Mistress," said he; "they have only killed your husband.” A fool, Perico My Uncle T. made a good stand against de Ayala, who was his friend, begged him erecting the pulpit so, as that the preacher to pray for him in the next world, Frances should have his back to the altar. “I shall replied, “Tie a string round my little finger, live," he says, to see a great many asses lest I should forget it.”—Floresta's Espanola, p. 123.

1 The turquoise, it is well known, was thought Perico de Ayala, the Marquis of Villena,

to possess the rare power of giving warning to once ordered his wardrobe-keeper to give

its owner, as it looked pale or bright. I're

as a turquoise became a proverb, and is used by the fool un sayo de brocado; the man only | Ben Jonson.-J. W. W.


[ocr errors]
« AnteriorContinuar »