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Plover's eggs. Mrs. Glass.
Men-milliners damned the farce. Pink knee strings. This in a letter about prostitutes and stews.
Flat cocked hats worn corner-ways.
Bull/ baiting. They had a better sport at Ispahan—a wolf was turned loose in the Meidan, and the mob baited him without weapons, and indeed without hnrting him. They only provoked him by flapping their cloaks at him and shouting, and the amusement was to see one half the crowd running away while he pursued, and the other following, hallooing and teasing him till he turned, and they in turn took to flight. A fellow or two got bit sometimes, but with so many at hand no serious mischief could ever be done. Shah Abbaa was often a spectator of this sport.
Tub first ring of bells in England was at Croyland. The venerable Abbot Turketule who restored the monastery of Croyland (sec his Hist. Cressy, 844-6-83), had left one very large bell there called Guthlac. His successor Egelric added six in this order, Bartholomew, Bertelin, Turketule, Tolwin, Pega, and Bega. The reason of these three names appears from Yepes. G. the man who sanctified the spot. B. his especial saint. P. his sister.
Handel asked the King, then a young child, and listening very earnestly while he played, if he liked the music, and the Prince warmly expressed his pleasure, "A good boy—a good boy," he cried, "you shall protect my fame when I am dead."
Music—fingers moving like the legs of a millepedes.
All Souls. A noise often heard under the kitchen, and exorcised; at length on opening the drain, a swopping mallard found
which used to come and feed there. An annual song about this.
Their silver cups at the college are called ox-eyes, and an ox-eye of wormwood was a favourite draught there. Beer with an infusion of wormwood was to be had nowhere else.
Boar's head at Queen's. The legend that a scholar of this college walking out and studying Aristotle, was attacked by a wild boar, whom he killed by thrusting the book down his throat, and choking him with logic.
Arow of elms before Balliol gate way, 1771. The old hall had its central fire, and every member of the University had a right once a year to spend an evening there, and be treated with bread and cheese and ale, on condition that when called upon he should either sing a song, tell a story, or let a —. Can this be true? Where did the five's court stand?
An urn at St. John's containing the heart of Dr. Rawlinson.
Here is the portrait of Charles I. of which the face and hair contain the whole Book of Psalms—the writing forming the picture.
Altar-piece at Wadham. Cloth of ashes colour, the linen and shades in browncrnyon, the lights with a white one. These were pressed on with a hot iron, which producing an exsudation from the cloth, so fixed them that they were proof against a brush. Isaac Fuller was the artist, who lived in the 17th century. The subjects are these—the Last Supper, Abraham and Melchiscdec, and the Gathering the Manna—well drawn.
St. Mary Hall,—the heart of the principal Dr. Key in a marble vase.
Some fifty years ago, when there were scarcely any houses between Ely Place and the Foundling Hospital, at one of these houses, then considered as in the country, there was a little boy about three years old who used to have his bason of bread and milk given him for his breakfast; and to eat it sitting upon the step of the door. It was noticed that he became hungry unusually soon after breakfast; but one day the mother overheard him talking at his meal. "Now your turn, now my turn, now your turn— no, no, you take too much—my turn now." Upon this she looked to see who it was that shared the child's breakfast; and she could see nobody; but coming nearer she perceived a snake, who it seems came regularly from his hole in the opposite bank to breakfast with the boy upon bread and milk. I am afraid the poor reptile paid his life for this intimacy.
The Philipsons of Colgarth coveted a field like Ahab, and had the possessor hung for an offence which he had not committed. The night before his execution the old man (for he was very old) read the 109th Psalm as his solemn and dying commination, v. 2. 3. 8. 9. 10. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. The curse was fully accomplished; the family were cut off, and the only daughter who remained sold laces and bobbins about the very country in which she had been born to opulence.
Bristol water in clean vessels may be kept for any length of time. This has been attributed to the lime which it contains. A pint of quicklime should be put into every butt of water when it is filled.
Sept. 1808. A supernatural appearance at Woolwich,—a faint but very evident blue light in two windows of the rigging house, sometimes at one sometimes at the other, appearing and disappearing at unequal intervals. The inside of the windows was stopped with double canvas, and therefore it could not possibly proceed from any thing in the room. It was from the churchyard that it was visible, and hundreds assembled there. A sentinel was said to have left his post on first discovering it, the sentinels therefore, report added, had all been dou
bled. The ready solution was that it was the ghost of a man who bad hanged himself in the rigging house. A little investigation ascertained that it was the reflection of a light from an apple stall on Parson's Hill, a rising ground opposite, a little to the east of the churchyard, and it was sometimes at one window, sometimes at the other, as people stopped at the stall and impeded the light.
A Sir Simeon Stuart is said in looking over some family paper to have met with a memorandum that 15000 (00?) pieces of gold were buried in a certain field, so many feet from the ditch, towards the Forth. He dug there, and found the money in a large iron pot, with these words written on a parchment which covered it, "The devil shall have it sooner than Cromwell."
Back-scratcher. Macgill, vol.2, p. 136, says that certain dervises in Turkey use them, because they are not permitted to scratch themselves with their fingers.
Some fifty or sixty years ago, Henry Erskine travelling through Winsley Dale, halted at Askrigg, and while his horse was resting, inquired of the landlord whether there was any thing in the neighbourhood worthy of a stranger's notice. The landlord answered with alacrity that there was, and that he should be happy to show it him. Boniface led him — not to the falls of the Ure, nor to Hardra Scar, but into a field which had a cow-house in it, and a solitary tree besides, like all the fields at the upper end of that beautiful dale where it runs up into the mountain. "There, Sir," said the landlord, rubbing his hands with delight, " do you see that cow-house, Sir?" "Yes." "And do you see that tree, Sir? That, Sir, is a very remarkable place—under that tree, Sir, Rockingham was foaled."
In the pronunciation of the modern Greek, Alfiebi says the most melodious language in the world becomes a continual iotacitm, like the neighing of a horse.
Camels have been taught to dance exact measures, which is no more strange, says Lancelot Addison, than the Balletto di Cavalli, that not long since graced the nuptials of a Duke of Florence.
"Some one mentioned to Pope the opinion that animals have reasoning. He replied, 'So they have, to be sure. All our disputes about that are only a dispute about words. Man has reason enough only to know what it is necessary for him to know, and dogs have just that too.' 1 But then,' it was rejoined, 'they must have souls too, as imperishable in their nature as ours.' 'And what harm,' said Pope, ' would that be to us."—Spence's Anecdotes, p. 60.
Ibid. p. 281. He thought that the metempsychosis was a very rational scheme, and would give the best account for some phenomena in the moral world.
"On the 6 Germinal will be performed a Miaulic concert, in which twenty-six cats will execute the air of Ban tamplan tire lire, and of the Epoux assortis. The concert will conclude with a grand chorus by all the twenty-six cats in perfect concord and excellent time."
The English Gruntetto was produced by a pig-piano-forte, every note of which corresponded to a nail or other sharp point.
King of the Maldives. "II s'estonnoit fort quand je luy disois que la teinture d'escarlate rouge se faisoit avec de l'urine d'hommc qui ne beuvoit que du vin; de sorte qu'il se fist oster un bonnet d'escarlatte qu'il portoit, et il ne s'en voulut plus servir a cause de cela."—Ptbard, p. 168.
Pagotum, the Parncelsian Being who presides over unknown diseases, which have
been supposed to be produced by enchantment. For which vide the great Bombast.
"Je crois que les Francois descendent des Centaures qui ctoient iuoitie hommes et moitie chevaux de bat; ces deux moities-la se sont separees; il est restc des hommes comme vous, par exemple, et quelques autres, et il est reste des chevaux qui ont achete des charges de conseiller, ou qui se sont fait docteurs en Sorbonne."—VOLTAIRE to Helvetius.
Bbama first made man with one leg and one eye; seeing that did not do, he unmade him and tried another with three legs. At last he hit upon the present form.—Afemorias, vol. 1, p. 2.
A Personage was very desirous of believing in Kreeshna, and yet doubted of his divinity. At length it was put to a pretty good test, " Topou com outro, que havia doze annos nao tinha comido, e estava em jejuni, o qual lhe disse, se he verdade que Cusna he Deos, hei de eu pudcr comer doze candius de arroz, e near sempre em jejum." The rice was brought, ready boiled,—he eat it all, and remained fasting still!—Ibid. p. 16.
The Bramins opine that a man has a right to live one hundred years, and dying before that term, returns to earth to make it up in another body.—Ibid. p. 125.
Cardinal Ascanius had a parrot who could say the Creed. Aldobrandus has immortalized him. — Marquis Se Sobito, Exam. Apol. p. 16.
Tub pride of old Cole's dog, who took the wall of a dungcart, and got his guts squeezed out.
Without a daily supply as well from celestials as terrestrials, the Archeius, the Red Man, the servant of Nature, could not have any matter to work upon. W. Yworth, Medicinac Professor, Ingenuarum Artium Studens, et per Ignem Philosophus.
This man's notion is, that the wild and unruly gass is the grand enemy and fatal destroyer of the life of man,—" the wild gass the sword of mankind." Scurvy, stone, and gout proceed from it, " for the gass is mineral and excrementitious, and hath in it such wrathful qualities as stagmatize the vital functions, for it is endued with a eoagulative and forming quality, and will make stones or excrements, and sometimes taken in the bodily form of arsenic or poison, it must be doing, although evil."—P. 31.
Beaocaibe, Bishop of Metz, wrote a Treatise Contra Calvinianorum dogma it Sanctificatione Infantium in uteris matrum, —it was to oppose "l'opinion qu'ils ont que Ies enfans des fideles sont sanctifies des le ventre de leur mere; et qu'ainsi quoiqu'ils meurent sans recevoir le bapteme, ils ne laissoient pas d'etre sauves."—Bavu:, vol. 3, p. 219.
Had the Greeks thought this animal as odious and as deformed as we do, they would have given another name to Phryne.
"In time of common contagion they use to carry about them the powder of a toad, and sometimes a living toad or spider shut up in a box; or else they carry arsenic, or some other venomous substance, which draws unto it the contagious air, which otherwise would infect the party; and the same powder of toad draws unto it the poison of a pestilential cold. The scurf or farcy is a venomous and contagious humour within the body of a horse; hang a toad about the neck of the horse in a little bag, and he will be cured infallibly; the toad, which is the stronger poison, drawing to it the venom which was within the horse."— Sib K. Digbt, Powder of Sympathy, p. 77.
Boun-Dehesch. The great toad. P. 384.
1585. Three women at Dcptford reputed
as witches, because that either of them kept a monstrous toad. One of them was ordered to resort to the minister every Sunday and holyday to testify her faith.— Panorama, vol. 9, p. 544.
When Vaninus the Atheist (?)1 was seized at Thoulouse, there was found in his lodgings a great toad enclosed in a phial.— Ibid.
The male toad acts as accoucheur to the female, who, it is said, could not lay her eggs without his help. And the number of females is believed to be very inferior to the males. John Hunter, at Belleish, dissected some hundreds, and found not a single female among them.
Lord Hungerford, who was hanged and degraded, had a toad put into his coat of arms.—Defoe's Tour, vol. 1, p. 301.
Toads near Salerno eight inches long and five broad, and so tough as to be almost unstoneable.—Gajjtfe's Italy, vol. 2, p.246.
"I Knew him for a rogueish boy, When he would poison dogs, and keep tame toads."
Beaumont and Fletcher, Cupids
"'Tig an ordinary remedy, though a nasty one, that they who have ill breaths hold their mouths open at the mouth of a privy, as long as they con; and by the reiteration of this remedy, they find themselves cured at last, the greater stink of the privy drawing unto it and carrying away the less, which is that of the mouth."—Sib K. Digbt, Powder of Symp. p. 76.
An old gallant taking this remedy would be a good caricature; and it would be in the spirit of old comedy to mark an invincible breath by saying that he had gone to the jakes to cure it, and brought away the whole stink of the privy.
1 Mosiieim says the charge of Atheism is not made out against Vanini, which is probably the intent of the ? .—J. W. W.