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weeks and five days afterwards, some gla- Bishop Wilson's Instruction for the Inziers who were at work there, heard among dians “ has been lately translated into the the timbers that support the dome a faint Welsh language for the use of the ancient noise, and thinking it might be some unfor- Britons." tunate person who had fallen, they let down a boy by a rope. He found a dog lying on Cows in the Alps. It is surprising to its side, the skeleton of another dog, and a see how proud and pleased they stalk forth half-eaten old shoe. The boy was humane when ornamented with their bells. If the enough to take up the poor animal which leading cow who hitherto bore the largest was accordingly drawn up. It was deplo- bell be deprived of her honours, she manirably emaciated and scarcely able to stand; fests her disgrace by lowing incessantly, aband the workmen placed it in the porch of staining from food, and growing lean. The the church to take its chance. This was happy rival, on whom the distinguished about ten in the morning. After a while the badge of superiority has devolved, experidog was seen endeavouring to cross the street ences her marked vengeance, and is butted at the top of Ludgate Hill, but it could only and persecuted by her in the most furious get on by leaning against a wall, and there- manner till the former either recovers her fore failed : another boy, with more huma- | bell or is removed from the herd. nity than is ordinarily to be met with in the streets of London, or among boys anywhere, 1799. CARTMEL. As a maid-servant belifted it over to the pavement; and itcrawled longing to Mrs. Richardson was going to on supporting itself against the houses, till bed, she was much alarmed by something at ten at night it reached its master's house, rushing against the window, and her conin Red Lion-street, Holborn. She was sup- sternation was greatly increased by instantly posed to have weighed about 20lb. when seeing a live eel bouncing about the room. lost, only 3lb. 14oz. when found. She was Several squares were broken in the window. with

pup when she fell, and having littered At morning a large crane was found lying in the dome, had devoured her young

dead under the window. The bird had

made toward the light, and wounded itself, A Boast being made of the obedience of so as to occasion its death. a dog in fetching and carrying (a Newfound- But-how came the crane to keep such land) the master put a marked shilling un- late hours, and go fishing by candle light? der a large square stone by the road side, and having ridden on three miles ordered 1767. Galup, a Catalan, exhibited some the dog to go back and fetch it. The dog pranks in swimming in Cadiz bay. He set set off, but did not return the whole day. off in his clothes, and with a cask, undressed He had gone to the place, and being unable in the water, took pen, ink, and paper out to turn the stone, sat howling by it. Two of his cask, and wrote a note; eat and drank, horsemen came by and saw her distress, and produced a tinder-box, struck a light, smokone of them alighting removed the stone, ed a pipe, fired a pistol, and played the flute, and finding the shilling, put it in his pocket, -in an hour and twenty minutes. not supposing that the dog could possibly be looking for that. The dog followed the On draining the basin in St. James's horses for upwards of twenty miles, stayed Square for the purpose of erecting a statue in the room where they supped, got into the of King William there, the keys of Newgate bedroom, got the breeches in which the fa- were found which were stolen when it was tal shilling had been put, made his escape with burnt in the riots of 1780. A quantity of them, and dragged them through mud and chains and fetters, many ale-house pewtermire, hedge and ditch, to his master's house. I pots, a pocket-book, some cards and false dice, a number of horse-shoes, some shillings, Some old writer is said to have said that and two or three guineas. Some ill-starred when princes began to use cannon, the augamester had perhaps thrown there the in- thority of the canons of the church was soon struments of his ruin.

destroyed. It was first mitrum that go

verned the world, and then nitrum ; first C. Noel, in a memoir read in the Philo- Saint Peter, and then Salt Petre. matic (?) Society in Paris (about 1799), recommends naturalizing salt water fish in 1682. A HORSE between eighteen and rivers and ponds, and particularly the her- nineteen hands high, which formerly bering, by constructing an artificial pond belonged to Lord Rochester, and had killed tween two islands of the Seine, and depo- several other horses, and several people, was siting in it herrings full of roes, carried baited to death at the Hope, on the Bank there in boats. The same boats might re- Side, being his Majesty's Bear-Garden. “It pair to the fishing banks when the herrings is intended for the divertisement of his Exhave spawned, and take up a lading of fe- cellency the Ambassador from the Emperor cundated ova to be carried to the artificial of Fez and Morocco; many of the nobility pond. [Is it meant that the artificial pond and gentry that knew the horse, and several should be salt water, and that they should mischiefs done by him, designing to be prebe gradually used to the change, till ad- sent.” The horse seems to have been one mitted into the river ?] He mentioned of Diomede's breed, by the character given many instances which seemed to prove that of him in the advertisement: “For his prothe herring is fond of fresh water. Dr. digious qualities in killing and destroying Franklin stocked one of the rivers of New several horses and other cattle, he was transEngland with herrings, by depositing in the mitted to the Marquis of Dorchester: where, water leaves covered with ova.

doing the like mischiefs, and likewise hurt

ing his keeper, he was sold to a brewer, but 1800. Some years ago, the person who is now grown so headstrong they dare not lived at the turnpike about a mile from work him ; for he hath bitten and wounded Stratford-upon-Avon, had a dog so well so many persons (some having died of their trained to fetch and carry that he used to wounds), that there is hardly any can pass go with a note round his neck to the town, the streets for him, though he be fast tied, and return with any bundle of goods suited for he breaks his halter to run after them to his strength. A safer messenger could (though loaden with eight barrels of beer), not have been chosen. One day, however, either biting or treading them down, monwhen he was bringing home tea and sugar strously tearing their flesh, and eating it, from the grocers, he fell in with a party who the like whereof hath hardly been seen ; were hunting water-rats. The temptation and ’tis certain the horse will answer the was too great. He joined the terriers, and expectation of all spectators." plunged into the ditches with them.

The sequel of the story is in Malcolm's

Anecdotes. Several dogs were set at the March 26, 1800. Died at Brompton, horse, and he killed or drove them from the aged ninety-six, Rowland Nicholson, for- area, and the owners then led him away, merly a shoemaker, and freeman of Carlisle. thinking to make more sport and more proHis party feeling was so strong, that ac- fit by future exhibitions. But the spectacording to his own desire, often and ear- tors insisted that he should be baited to nestly expressed, he was attended to the death, according to the promise in the bill. grave by four pall-bearers, with blue rib. They began to demolish the building; and ands in their hats, and buried in a blue the horse was therefore recalled to satisfy coffin.

them, before he had reached London Bridge. Other dogs were set upon him without ef- evening, in order to choose stewards, to refect; and he was at last killed by a sword. vive our ancient and annual feast.”

1800. The present mail- man between In the Gazette,.of August 7, 1762, Dr. Shaston and Sarum has travelled, since his Pierce, Dean of Sarum, offered £40 reward employ in the post-office, on that and the for the discovery of the person who sent a Sherborne road, upwards of 326,200 miles, dead female infant (apparently about a fortmore than twelve times the circumference night old), to the King's Arms, Holborn of the earth.

Bridge, directed to him, in a fir box. Upon

opening it, he discovered a leaden coffin 1800. Aug. 1. Died at Goodleigh, near wrapped in a silk rug; the body was emBarnstaple, in his eightieth year, Mr. Henry balmed, and rolled in leather. This letter Stribling, farmer. He was one of the great- was found :-"Normanday, May 12. Good est fox-hunters in Devonshire, and had col- | Mr. Dean, Think me not confident in giving lected such a number of foxes' pads, all of you this trouble, without which I am incawhich he had himself cut off when in at the pable of performing the will of the dead, death, that they entirely covered his stable whose last request it was to have this indoor and door-posts. At his own particular fant (if it should do otherwise than well), request, a pad was placed in each of his to be laid in the parish church you now live hands in his coffin, and he was attended to in, and you being his very good friend in the grave by the huntsmen and whippers his life, makes me hope you will see this in of the packs with which he had hunted. charitable act performed for him ; and ha

ving no friend left me in the world I can At Belvoir Castle, the Duke of Rutland's, beg the favour of, and I being left so low there is a silver cistern, sixteen feet in cir- that I am not able to perform his desire no cumference, and holding sixty gallons. It other way but this ; but if ever I am in a was filled with cordial when the father of capacity, I will repay you, with a million of the present duke was born, and with punch thanks. In the mean time, I hope God will at the christening of the Marquis of Gran- reward you ; and I shall continually pray by, when the Prince Regent stood sponsor, for you and your good lady and son, so long January 1814.

as ever I shall live, who is your poor, mise

rable, and unfortunate servant, Ro. NorMR. MALCOLM, in his Anecdotes of the manveilder.” Manners and Customs of London, from the Roman Conquest to 1700, gravely says,

The first dish which used to be brought Infidelity in the marriage state was known to table on Easter Day was a red herring in the reign of Henry IV."

on horseback, set in a corn-sallad.

This is from a MS. of AUBREY's, 1678. Domestic Intelligence, 1681. “Whereas He


that before the Reformation ordithe yearly meeting of the name of Adam nary men's houses had no chimneys, but hath of late, through the deficiency of the Aues, like louver'-holes ; some were in being last stewards, been neglected; these are to when he was a boy. “At the parish-priests' give notice to all gentlemen and others, that houses in France, especially in Languedoc, are of that name,

that at William Adam's, commonly called the Northern Alehouse, in Simply the French L'ouvert. Topp gives St. Paul's Alley, in St. Paul's Churchyard, the following illustration,“ The ancient manner there will be a weekly meeting every Mon

of building in Cornwall was, to set hearths in

the midst of rooms for chimneys, which vented day night, of our name-sakes, between the

the smoke at a louver in the top.” Carew, hours of six and eight of the clock in the Surv. of Cornuall.- J. W. W.


- or an

He was

the table-cloths were on the board all the established religion, and partly to represent day long, ready for strangers, travellers, the Government of the country as oppresfriars, pilgrims; so it was I have heard my sive and tyrannical ; and did with this view grandfather say, in his grandfather's time." oblige those who were admitted to take and Jacks are but of late invention : the poor did administer to them an oath, binding boys did turn the spits, and licked the drip- them, among other things, “ to conceal the ping for their pains.

secrets of the Order of Knights Templars,

murder and treason not excepted," — “Good Mr. Rogers, a Welsh Boanerges, oath of such import and tendency. preaching in the mountains, said, — Christ William Hamilton, mason, said he was a is heaven, if I worship God here, and do all member of the Lodge at Maybole—Royal to God and for God, without any hopes of Arch, No. 264. When he was admitted a reward upon the earth!— My dear breth- member, a pistol was fired, and some person ren, the devil would never be troubled with called out - Put him to death. such a wretch in hell; he would set all hell blindfolded at first, when brought into the in an uproar. If a true Methodist was to room; and the covering being afterwards go to hell, the devil would say, Turn that taken from his eyes, he was shown a stone Methodist out, he is come to torment us.'” jug in the corner of the room, and a bush

in the jug, and a candle burning in it. He GROANING boards were the wonder in was told by the panel, Andrew, that it was London in 1682. An elm plank was exbi. the representation of God Almighty in the bited to the king, which, being touched by midst of the Burning Bush.

Andrew was a hot iron, invariably produced a sound re- Master of the Lodge, and was reading the sembling deep groans. At the Bowman third chapter of Exodus. The witness was Tavern, in Drury Lane, the mantle-tree did | desired to put off his shoes, as it was holy the same so well that it was supposed to be ground he trod on: the covering was put part of the same elm-tree; and the dresser down again on his face, and he was led unat the Queen's Arms Tavern, St. Martin der an arch; and after passing under the le Grand, was found to possess the same arch, he was desired to find the Book of the quality,—which, therefore, cannot be very Law: it was taken up by some other person

See R. Burton's Surprising in the Lodge who was called High Priest, Miracles, p. 186.

and who said he would explain it. The

witness was desired to put money on the John ANDREW, shoemaker in Maybole, book, to pay for explaining it to him; the sometime teacher of a private school there, book he was told was the Bible. The passand Robert Ramsay, cartwright, were tried port for a Royal Arch Mason was,—I am at Ayr Circuit Court, upon this curious in- that I am. After the above ceremonies, dictment:- That they did under the shew the witness being taken out of the room, and pretence of a meeting for Masonry, some had his coat taken off, and tied on his shoultime in the year 1796, at Maybole, along ders in a bundle, and was then brought in. with others, their associates, most of them A carpet with a rent in it was called the from Ireland, form themselves into an ille- Veil of the Temple. He was led through gal club or association, styling itself the it, and round the room. A sword was put Grand Assembly of Knights Templars ;- into his hand; and he was ordered to use which club, under the pretence of initiating it against all who opposed him as a Knight into the ceremonies of Masonry, did admit Templar. John Andrew read the fourth various persons as members, and did at said chapter of Exodus. The witness was deadmission perform various ceremonies, part- sired to throw down the sword, and was ly with a view to vilify and undermine the told it was become a serpent; after which


he was desired to take it up again, and told | pany offered to wager any sum that he did it was again a rod. Andrew poured ale and not go there, and he took bets to the amount porter on the floor, and called it blood. He of £15,000. was shown thirteen burning candles; one

In North Wales, when a person supposes in the middle, he was told, represented Jesus Christ, the other the Twelve Apostles. himself highly injured, it is not uncommon Andrew blew out one of the candles, which for him to go to some church dedicated to a he called Judas, who betrayed his Master.

celebrated saint, as Llan Elian in Anglesea, One of them was dim, and was called Peter,

and Clynog in Caernarvonshire, and there who denied his Master. Something on a

to offer his enemy. He kneels down on his table, under a white cloth, being uncovered, bare knees in the church, and offering a was perceived to be a human skull, which piece of money to the saint, calls down curses the witness was desired to take up, and view

and misfortunes upon the offender and his it, and was told it was a real skull of a bro | family for generations to come; in the most ther called Simon Magus. Porter was pour

firm belief that the imprecations will be fuled into the skull, which the witness was de- filled. Sometimes they repair to a sacred sired to drink; he did so, and it was handed well instead of a church. round to the whole Knights. Andrew put Is it true that there was till within the the point of the sword into it, and then last century, retained within the precincts touched the witness's head with it, saying, – of the royal palace of Westminster a solemn I dub thee in the name of the Father, Son, officer, called the King's Cock-crower, whose and Holy Ghost. He took an oath to keep duty during the whole season of Lent, was the secrets of the Knights Templars, mur- to crow the hour, instead of crying it, in der and treason not excepted. The pen- order to remind sinners of the crowing of alty for revealing was, that his body would

the cock, and its effect on St. Peter ? be rented up like a fir-deal.

Quintin Stewart, taylor. He saw a thorn Courier, January 12, 1814. “The largest bush in a corner of the room, and a candle twelfth cake in London, part of which will in the heart of it burning. Andrew said, be presented gratis to every purchaser of a “Go and deliver the children of Israel from ticket or share at Martin's Fortunate office, their bondage, and the burden of their task No. 8, Cornhill.” masters." He was taken round their royal Martin distributed 1,879 pounds of rich encampment in the middle of the room, and cake gratis, likewise saved the public £29,000 was then put into what they called a dark by his mode of doing business. vault, in search of the Book of the Law;

If a native of the Maldives die at sea, and a book was thrown down on the floor,

they wash the body with the usual cereand afterwards put into his hand. When

monies, put it in a coffin, and float the cofthey prepared him to be a Knight Templar, his coat was tied in a bundle on his back, remarkably light and buoyant wood, and

upon three or four planks of Candon, a and a staff put in his hand to travel through the sandy deserts . He past through the first coffin, and a writing declaring who and what

then send it adrift. Money is put in the and second veils of the temple. The skull, the deceased had been, and requesting those he was told, was the head of a brother who

may be thrown up, to inter once tasted, heard, and smelled as we do now. The verdict was not guilty.

it decently, and take the money to defray the cost.— Fran. Pyrard, p.

120.1 JERUSALEM Whalley, made his journey

1 I have not the volume before me, but no for a bet. Being asked where he was going, doubt the Discours du l'oyage des François aua he answered in jest to Jerusalem; the com- Indes Orientales is the authority.-J. W. W.


among whom it

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