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noticed that he became hungry unusually | bled. The ready solution was that it was soon after breakfast; but one day the mother the ghost of a man who had hanged himself overheard him talking at bis meal. “Now in the rigging house. A little investigation your turn, now my turn, now your turn- ascertained that it was the reflection of a no, no, you take too much-my turn now." | light from an apple stall on Parson's Hill, a Upon this she looked to see who it was that rising ground opposite, a little to the east shared the child's breakfast; and she could of the churchyard, and it was sometimes at see nobody; but coming nearer she per- one window, sometimes at the other, as peoceived a snake, who it seems came regu- ple stopped at the stall and impeded the larly from his hole in the opposite bank to light. breakfast with the boy upon bread and milk. I am afraid the poor reptile paid his life for A Sir Simeon Stuart is said in looking this intimacy.

over some family paper to have met with a

memorandum that 15000 (00 ?) pieces of The Philipsons of Colgarth coveted a gold were buried in a certain field, so many field like Ahab, and had the possessor hung feet from the ditch, towards the Forth. He for an offence which he had not committed. dug there, and found the money in a large The night before his execution the old man iron pot, with these words written on a (for he was very old) read the 109th Psalm parchment which covered it, “The devil as his solemn and dying commination, v. 2. shall have it sooner than Cromwell." 3. 8. 9. 10. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. was fully accomplished; the family were cut BACK-SCRATCHER. MacGill, vol.2, p. 136, off, and the only daughter who remained sold says that certain dervises in Turkey use laces and bobbins about the very country them, because they are not permitted to in which she had been born to opulence. scratch themselves with their fingers. Bristol water in clean vessels

may Some fifty or sixty years ago, Henry kept for any length of time. This has been Erskine travelling through Winsley Dale, attributed to the lime which it contains. A halted at Askrigg, and while his horse was pint of quicklime should be put into every resting, inquired of the landlord whether butt of water when it is filled.

there was any thing in the neighbourhood

worthy of a stranger's notice. The landSept. 1808. A supernatural appearance lord answered with alacrity that there was, at Woolwich,—a faint but very evident blue and that he should be happy to show it him. light in two windows of the rigging house, Boniface led him — not to the falls of the sometimes at one sometimes at the other, Ure, nor to Hardra Scar, but into a field appearing and disappearing at unequal in- which had a cow-house in it, and a soli. tervals. The inside of the windows was tary tree besides, like all the fields at the stopped with double canvas, and therefore upper end of that beautiful dale where it it could not possibly proceed from any thing runs up into the mountain. “ There, Sir," in the room. It was from the churchyard said the landlord, rubbing his hands with that it was visible, and hundreds assembled delight, “ do you see that cow-house, Sir ?" there. A sentinel was said to have left his Yes.” And do you see that tree, Sir ? post on first discovering it, the sentinels That, Sir, is very

remarkable place—untherefore, report added, had all been dou. I der that tree, Sir, Rockingham was foaled."




ALLALIUS, who was librarian the VatiDoctor Daniel Dove.

can, was grieved almost to tears when he MYSTERY

lost a pen with which he had written Greek Somewhat above our art. forty years.”—Ibid. p. 456.

Prologue to the Captain. EITHER Amphitryon, Alcmena's husband,

or Amphictyon, King of Athens, invented “ Those that love to laugh, and those that wine and water, a marvellous invention, forthink,

sooth !-Ibid. p. 553. And damsels, if they mask the matter thro', May stumble on a foolish toy or two,

“ Could I but unthink the thought." Will make 'em show their teeth."-Ibid.

DANIEL, vol. 1, p. 219.

“ Rien ne pousse davantage les curieux “ But this is only sweet and delicate, à faire part au public de leurs éclaircissemens, Fit for young women, and is like the herb que l'aveu que font les auteurs qu'ils ne John, savent pas telle ou telle chose. C'est ce

Doth neither good nor hurt : but that's all qui m'obligera à proposer souvent mes one ; doutes.”—Bayle, Dict. tom. 1, p. 67.

For if they but conceive it doth, it doth,

And it is that physicians hold the chief Balzac says of an exuberant youthful In all their cures,-conceit and strong bestyle, “ Facile est remedium ubertatis, ste


Ibid. p. 184. rilia nullo labore superantur.'

BAYLE, tom. 1, p. 121. The latter part of this re

ANAXAGORAS said snow is black. His mark is true; the former not always so.

reason for so saying being as absurd as the Very many remaining leafy and florid to the assertion ; for he said it was nothing but

condensed water, and black is the proper

colour of water.—BAYLE, vol. 2, p. 21. Achilles was bred up by Chiron on lion's marrow, and that of other wild beasts, in- WHEN Anaxagoras was dying, the mastead of bread and milk, bears, wild boars, gistrates of Lampsacus requested to know his and wolves' marrow and lions' entrails.

last wishes; and he asked that the month

in which he died should be always a month's Boileau.—“Combien de gens, dit Leclerc, holydays for the boys, which was granted, ne comprendront pas que cela veut dire, and observed in the time of Diog. Laerbuveur d'eau.” — BAYLE, Dict. tom. 1, p. tius. — Ibid. p. 23. More likely, as in the 416.

note, p. 26, he asked for a day.



In the pronunciation of the modern Greek, | been supposed to be produced by enchantALFIERI says the most melodious language ment. For which vide the great Bombast. in the world becomes a continual iotacism, like the neighing of a horse.

“ Je crois que les François descendent

des Centaures qui étoient moitié hommes et Camels have been taught to dance exact moitié chevaux de bât; ces deux moitiés-là measures, which is no more strange, says se sont séparées ; il est resté des hommes Lancelot ADDISON, than the Balletto di comme vous, par exemple, et quelques auCavalli, that not long since graced the nup- tres, et il est resté des chevaux qui ont tials of a Duke of Florence.

acheté des charges de conseiller, ou qui se

sont fait docteurs en Sorbonne." — Vol“Some one mentioned to Pope the opinion TAIRE to HELVETIUS. that animals have reasoning. He replied, Caligula's horse. • So they have, to be sure. All our disputes about that are only a dispute about Brama first made man with one leg and words. Man has reason enough only to one eye; seeing that did not do, he unmade know what it is necessary for him to w, him and tried another with three legs. At and dogs have just that too. But then,' it last he hit upon the present form.-Me. was rejoined, they must have souls too, as morias, vol. 1, p. imperishable in their nature as ours.' 'And what harm,' said Pope, ' would that be to A PERSONAGE was very desirous of beus."-SPENCE's Anecdotes, p. 60.

lieving in Kreeshna, and yet doubted of his

divinity. At length it was put to a pretty Ibid. p.281. He thought that the metemp- good test, “ Topou com outro, que havia sychosis was a very rational scheme, and doze annos não tinha comido, e estava em would give the best account for some phe- jejum, o qual lhe disse, se he verdade que nomena in the moral world.

Cusna he Deos, hei de eu puder comer doze

candius de arroz, e ficar sempre em jejum." “ On the 6 Germinal will be performed The rice was brought, ready boiled, -he eat a Miaulic concert, in which twenty-six cats it all, and remained fasting still !—Ibid.

P. will execute the air of Ran tamplan tire

16. lire, and of the Epoux assortis. The concert will conclude with a grand chorus by The Bramins opine that a man has a all the twenty-six cats in perfect concord right to live one hundred years, and dying and excellent time."

before that term, returns to earth to make The English Gruntetto was produced by it up in another body.-Ibid. p. 125. a pig-piano-forte, every note of which corresponded to a nail or other sharp point. CARDINAL Ascanius had a parrot who

the Creed. Aldobrandus has imKING of the Maldives. “ Il s'estonnoit mortalized him. — MARQUIS DE SORITO, fort quand je luy disois que la teinture d'es- Exam. Apol. p. 16. carlate rouge se faisoit avec de l'urine d'homme qui ne beuvoit que du vin ; de The pride of old Cole's dog, who took the sorte qu'il se fist oster un bonnet d'escar- wall of a dungcart, and got his guts squeezed latte qu'il portoit, et il ne s'en voulut plus out. servir a cause de cela.”—PYRARD, p. 168.

Without a daily supply as well from Pagoyum, the Paracelsian Being who celestials as terrestrials, the Archeius, the presides over unknown discases, which have | Red Man, the servant of Nature, could not

could say


have any matter to work upon.

W. Yworth, as witches, because that either of them kept Medicinæ Professor, Ingenuarum Artium a monstrous toad. One of them was orStudens, et per Ignem Philosophus.

dered to resort to the minister every SunThis man's notion is, that the wild and day and holyday to testify her faith. unruly gass is the grand enemy and fatal | Panorama, vol. 9, p. 544. destroyer of the life of man," the wild When Vaninus the Atheist (?)? seized gass the sword of mankind." Scurvy, stone, at Thoulouse, there was found in his lodgand gout proceed from it, “ for the gass is ings a great toad enclosed in a phial.mineral and excrementitious, and hath in it Ibid. such wrathful qualities as stagmatize the The male toad acts as accoucheur to the vital functions, for it is endued with a female, who, it is said, could not lay her coagulative and forming quality, and will eggs without his help. And the number of make stones or excrements, and sometimes females is believed to be very inferior to taken in the bodily form of arsenic or poison, the males. John Hunter, at Belleish, disit must be doing, although evil.”—P. 31. sected some hundreds, and found not a

single female among them. BEAUCAIRE, Bishop of Metz, wrote a Lord Hungerford, who was hanged and Treatise Contra Calvinianorum dogma de degraded, had a toad put into his coat of Sanctificatione Infantium in uteris matrum, arms.-Defoe's Tour, vol. 1, p. 301. -it was to oppose “ l'opinion qu'ils ont que Toads near Salerno eight inches long les enfans des fidèles sont sanctifiés dès le and five broad, and so tough as to be almost ventre de leur mère; et qu'ainsi quoiqu'ils unstoneable.—GALIFFE's Italy, vol.2, p.246. meurent sans recevoir le baptême, ils ne laissoient pas d'être sauvés." — BAYLE, vol.

“ I KNEw him for a rogueish boy, 3, p. 219.

When he would poison dogs, and keep tame


BEAUMONT and FLETCHER, Cupid's Concerning Toads.

Revenge, act iv. sc. I. 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

“ 'Tis an ordinary remedy, though a nasty to carry about them the powder of a toad,

one, that they who have ill breaths hold their and sometimes a living toad or spider shut

mouths open at the mouth of a privy, as long up in a box; or else they carry arsenic, or

as they can; and by the reiteration of this some other venomous substance, which

remedy, they find themselves cured at last, draws unto it the contagious air, which the greater stink of the privy drawing unto otherwise would infect the party; and the it and carrying away the less, which is that same powder of toad draws unto it the poi

of the mouth."—Sir K. Digby, Powder of son of a pestilential cold. The scurf or farcy is a venomous and contagious humour

An old gallant taking this remedy would within the body of a horse ; hang

be a good caricature; and it would be in the about the neck of the horse in a little bag,

spirit of old comedy to mark an invincible and he will be cured infallibly; the toad,

breath by saying that he had gone to the which is the stronger poison, drawing to it jakes to cure it, and brought away the whole the venom which was within the horse.".

stink of the privy. Sir K. Digby, Powder of Sympathy, p. 77.

MOSHEIM says the charge of Atheism is not Boun-Dehesch. The great toad. P. 384,

made out against Vanini, which is probably the 1585. Three women at Deptford reputed

intent of the ?.-J. W. W.

Symp. p. 76.

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and with bags, Thy rowles, thy ruffs, thy cauls, thy coifs,

thy jerkins, and thy jaggs, Thy curling and thy cost, thy friesling

and thy fareTo court, to court, with all those toyes, and there set forth such ware."


great service in chronic cases. It consisted
in a person's walking on tip-toe, and stretch-
ing his hands as high above his head as he
could, keeping the whole body also as much
upon the stretch as might be. In this con-
dition the patient was to walk as far as he
was well able, all the while moving about
both hands as much as he could in all di-

“With sweet enticing bait I fisht for many

BELLARMINE at his death bequeathed onea dame,

half of his soul to the Virgin Mary, and the And warmed me by many a fire, yet felt I other half to Christ! It is said that he would not the flame.

not allow his own vermin to be molested, But when at last I spied that face that saying that they had no other paradise than pleased me most,

the present existence, and that it was cruel The coals were quick, the wood was dry, to deprive them of it. and I began to tost." Ibid.

I should like to see the tales which Jean GREGORIA GARCIA. Origen de los Indios. Pierre Camus, Bishop of Bellay, wrote to The mariner's compass was known to Adam, inspire horror and disgust for love. the angelic doctor St. Thomas, and with him toda la Escuela de los Teologos, teach- CHAMBERLAYNE, who wrote the Angliæ ing that he knew all things which God has Notitia, had notice given upon his monumade, and all arts, crafts, and sciences, - ment, that he had caused some of these books, and better than any one else.. Vide p. 13. wrapt in cere-cloth, to be buried with him, This Glorioso Doctor he calls him presently, as they might possibly be of use to a remote where he proves that Noah knew everything

age. also. They twain were the great encyclopædists of the old world, and Ephraim Cham

John ZEPHANIAH HOLWELL (of the Black bers and Dr. Abraham Rees of the new.

Hole) published Dissertations on the Origin,

Nature, and Pursuits of intelligent Beings, PIERRE d'automne. Dr. Dove made some,

&c. 1788; wherein he argues that men are and when making it, as it blackened and fallen angels, condemned to suffer in human thickened said, “ Verily this must be the bodies for the sins committed in their fortrue pissasphaltum."

mer state. PiG-CASE,- for making brawn,-to keep HORTENSIUS the orator used to irrigate the pig in.

his fine plane trees with wine, of which he

left at his death 10,000 casks ! Tue pigtail of the field, a small strip in grass.


taux, a French poet, and preceptor to Louis Pitylisma,' a name of one of the exercises XIII. retired to a handsome house in the described by the ancient physicians as of Fauxbourg St. Germaine, where, fancying ! On turning to Fas. Æcon. Hippocrut, in v.

that happiness was to be found in a pastoTritúlois, I find these words: -“Inter corporis

ral life, he habited himself as a shepherd, gymnasia recenset Galenus, lib. de San. tuenda and his mistress, who was a player on the 2." I have not Galen at hand.-J. W. W.

harp, as a shepherdess, and led imaginary

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