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fellow rather receiving fifty or å hundred of broken bottles versus broken heads-cut pounds“ hush money," than bring his and run--send for surgeon-wounds dress. action, when, perhaps, from some technical ed-lotion and lint, four dollars-take informality in the proceedings, (should he post-chaise-get home-lay down, and find a lawyer willing to act for him, being laid up. poor,) he would be nonsuited, with all the INSIDE AND OUTSIDE.-Drunken coachcosts of both parties on his own shoulders, man--horse sprawling-wheel off-pole and be, moreover, ruined for ever, in both breaking, down hill-axle-tree splittingpurse and person. These remarks were coach overturning-winter, and buried in suggested by reading an American work, the snow-one eye poked out with an umsome time since, on the above subject, brella, the other cut open by the broken from which I have extracted the following window-reins breaking-impudent guard

hurried at meals—imposition of inn. Stage-coach Adventures.

keepers-five minutes and a half to swallow · INSIDE.Crammed full of passengers three and sixpennyworth of vile meat-three fat, fusty, old men-a young mother waiter a rogue-“ Like master, like man" and sick child-a cross old maid-a poll- --half a bellyfull, and frozen to death-inparrot-a bag of red herrings-double. ternal grumblings and outward complaints barreled gun, (which you are afraid is no redress-walk forward while the loaded) and a snarling lap-dog, in addi. horses are changing-take the wrong turntion to yourself-awaking out of a sound ing-lose yourself and lose the coachnap, with the cramp in one leg, and the good-by to portmanteau-curse your ill other in a lady's band-box-pay the damage luck-wander about in the dark and find (four or five shillings) for “ gallantry's the inn at last-get upon the next coach sake”-getting out in the dark, at the going the same road-stop at the next innhalf-way-house, in the hurry stepping into brandy and water, hot, to keep you in the return coach, and finding yourself the spirits—warm fire-pleasant companynext morning at the very spot you had heard the guard cry “ All right?—run out, started from the evening before-not a just in time to sing out “ I'm left," as breath of air-asthmatic old man, and child the coach turns the corner-after it “ full with the measles-windows closed in con- tear”-come up with it, at the end of a sequence-unpleasant smell-shoes filled mile-get up “all in a blowze"-catch with warm water-look up and find it's the cold-sore throat-inflammation--doctor child-obliged to bear it-no appeal-shut -warm bath—fever-Die. your eyes, and scold the dog—pretend

GASPARD. sleep, and pinch the child-mistakepinch the dog, and get bit-execrate the child in return-black looks "no gentleman ”-pay the coachman, and drop a

THE UGLY CLUB. piece of gold in the straw-not to be

From a New York Paper.' found-fell through a crevice--coachman says, “he'll find it" - can't get out

THE MEMBERS of the UGLY CLUB are yourself-gone-picked up by the 'ostler.

requested to attend a special meeting at No time for “ blowing up”-coach off for

UGLY-HALL, 4, Wall-street, on Mondaynext stage-lose your money-get in evening next, at half-past seven o'clock lose your seat-stuck in the middle-get

precisely, to take into consideration the laughed at—lose your temper-turn sulky,

propriety of offering to the committee of and turned over in a horse-pond.

defence the services of their ugly carcasses, OUTSIDE.—Your eye cut out by the lash

firm hearts, sturdy bodies, and unblistered of a clumsy coachman's whip—hat blown

hands.-His UGLINESS being absent, this off, into a pond, by a sudden gust of wind meeting is called by order of =seated between two apprehended mur

His HOMELINESS. derers, and a noted sheep-stealer in irons, Aug. 13. who are being conveyed to gaol—a drunken fellow, half asleep, falls off the coach, and, in attempting to save himself, drags you along with him into the mud-musical

Antiquities. guard, and driver, “horn mad”-turned over-one leg under a bale of cotton, the

SCIPIO'S SHIELD. other under the coach-hands in breeches In 1656, a fisherman on the banks of the pockets-head in a hamper of wine-lots Rhone, in the neighbourhood of Avignon, was considerably obstructed in his work by against dishonour, but when I consider the some heavy body, which he feared would age and complexion of my fellow captives, injure the net; but by proceeding slowly (pointing to a crowd of females,) I feel and cautiously, he drew it ashore untorn, considerable uneasiness.” and found that it contained a round sub- “ Such crimes," replied Scipio, « are stance, in the shape of a large plate or neither perpetrated nor permitted by the dish, thickly encrusted with a coat of hard- Roman people ; but if it were not so, the ened mud; the dark colour of the metal anxiety you discover, under your present beneath induced him to consider it as iron. , calamities, to preserve their chastity, would A silversmith, accidentally present, encou- be a sufficient protection :" he then gave the raged the mistake, and, after a few affected necessary orders. difficulties and demurs, bought it for a The soldiers soon after brought him, trifling sum, immediately carried it home, what they considered as a rich prize, a virand, after carefully cleaning and polishing gin of distinction, young, and of such exhis purchase, it proved to be of pure silver, traordinary beauty, as to attract the notice perfectly round, more than two feet in dia and admiration of all who beheld her. meter, and weighing upwards of twenty Scipio found that she had been betrothed, pounds. Fearing that so massy and valua- in happier days, to Allucius, a young Spable a piece of plate, offered for sale at one nish prince, who was himself a captive. time and at one place, might produce sus. Without a moment's delay, the conqueror picion and inquiry, he immediately, without sent for her parents and lover, and addressed waiting to examine its beauties, divided it the latter in the following words: into four equal parts, each of which he dis " The maid to whom thou wert shortly posed of, at different and distant places, to have been married has been taken priso

One of the pieces had been sold, at ner : from the soldiers who brought her to Lyons, to Mr. Mey, a wealthy merchant of me, I understand that thy affections are that city, and a well-educated man, who fixed upon her, and indeed her beauty condirectly saw its value, and after great pains firms the report. She is worthy of thy and expense, procured the other three frag- love; nor would I hesitate, but for the stern ments, had them nicely rejoined, and the laws of duty and honour, to offer her ny treasure was finally placed in the cabinet of hand and heart. I return her to thee, not the king of France.

only inviolate, but untouched, and almost This relic of antiquity, no less re- unseen; for I scarcely ventured to gaze on markable for the beauty of its workman- such perfection ; accept her as a gift worthy ship, than for having been buried at the receiving. The only condition, the only bottom of the Rhone more than two thou. return I ask, is, that thou wilt be a friend sand years, was a votive shield, presented to the Roman people.” to Scipio, as a monument of gratitude and The young prince in a transport of de. affection, by the inhabitants of Carthago light, and scarcely able to believe what he Nova, now the city of Carthagena, for his saw and heard, pressed the hand of Scipio generosity and self-denial, in delivering one to his heart, and implored ten thousand, of his captives, a beautiful virgin, to her blessings on his head.' The parents of the original lover. This act, so honourable to happy bridegroom had brought a large sum the Roman general, who was then in the. of inoney, as the price of her redemption ; prime vigour of manhood, is represented Scipio ordered it to be placed on the on the shield, and an engraving from it ground, and telling Allucius that he insisted. may be seen in the curious and valuable on his accepting it as a nuptial gift, directed work of Mr. Spon.

it to be carried to his tent.

The happy pair returned home, repeating the praises of Scipio to every one, calling

him a godlike youth, as matchless in the The story of “Scipio's chastity,” which success of his arms, as he was unrivalled this shield commeinorates, is related by in the beneficent use he made of his victoLivy to the following effect. --The wife of ries, the conquered king, falling at the general's Though the story is known to most readfeet, earnestly entreated that the female ers, its relation, in connection with the captives might be protected from injury discovery of the valuable present from the and insult.Scipio assured her, that she conquered city to its illustrious victor, should have no reason to complain.

seemed almost indispensable, and perhaps “ For my own part,” replied the queen, the incident can scarcely be too fami, "my age and infirmities almost ensure me liar.

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IN DIGGING FOR THE FOUNDATION OF NEW LONDON BRIDGE, JANUARY, 1827. It is presumed that this article, from its put in, was to be poured out through the peculiar curiosity, will be welcomed by mouth, the under jaw being evidently proevery lover and preserver of antiquities. truded to an unnatural distance on this

account. To the Editor.

The upper part of the head forms the Sir, --The remarkable vessel from which lid, which the horns serve as a handle to this drawing is taken, was discovered a few raise; the bottom of the neck is flat, so that days since, by a labourer employed in it may stand securely. sinking one of the coffer-dams for the new T hat it represents a head of Bacchus London bridge, embedded in clay, at a will be evident, at first glance, as it is endepth of about thirty feet from the bed of circled with a torse of ivy; but the features the river. It is of bronze, not cast, but sculp- being those of a Nubian, or Carthaginian, tured, and is in so perfect a state, that the prove that it must have an older date than edges of the different parts are as sharp as that of the Romans, who borrowed their if the chisel had done its office but yes- first ideas of Bacchic worship from the terday. The only portion which has suf- Egyptians. Perhaps it might have been fered decay is the pin that attached the lid part of their spoils from Carthage itself, to the other part, which crumbled away as and have been highly valued on that acsoon as exposed to the air.

count. Certain however it is, that this At first, it was conjectured that this vessel curiosity (destined for the British Museum) was used for a lamp; but the idea was must have laid below the bosom of father soon abandoned, as there was no part cal. Thames for many centuries; but how it culated to receive the wick; and the space came there, and at such a depth in the to contain the oil was so small that it clay, we can only guess at; and till Jonawould not have admitted of more oil than than Oldbuck, alias Monkbarns, rise from was sufficient for one hour's consumption, the dead to set us right, it is to be feared or two, at farthest.

that there will be left nothing but conjecOne of the members of the Antiquarian ture respecting it. Society has given it as his opinion, that it There is some account, but not very wellwas used for sacrificial purposes, and in- supported, of the course of the Thaines tended to receive wine, which, after being having once been diverted : should this

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SHOWING THE MOUTH, AND THE ORIFICE AT THE TOP OF THE HEAD.

however be true, it is possible that the Probably the insertion of this remarkhead, of which we are now speaking, might able relique of antiquity, turned up from have been dropped on the then dry bottom; the soil of our metropolitan river, may the bed of the river must, in that case, have induce communications to the Table Book been afterwards considerably raised. of similar discoveries when they take place. I remain, yours, respectfully,

At no time were ancient remains more M. BLACKMORE.

regarded : and illustrations of old manners Wandsworth, Feb. 9, 1827.

and customs, of all kinds, are here espe

cially acceptable. P.S. The Romans always represent their satyrs with Roman noses, and I believe that Bacchus alone is crowned with

JACK O'LENT. ivy; the fauns and the rest being crowned with vine leaves.

This was a puppet, formerly thrown at, in our own country, during Lent, like

Shrove-cocks. Thus, in “The Weakest It would be easy to compose a disserta. goes to the Wall,” 1600, we read of “ a tion respecting Bacchus, which would be mere anatomy, a Jack of Lent ;” and in highly interesting, and yet throw little light Greene's “ Tu quoque,” of “a boy that is on this very remarkable vessel. The rela. throwing at his Jack o' Lent ;" and again, tion of any thing tending to elucidate its in the comedy of “ Lady Alimony," 1659 : probable age or uses will be particularly

" Throwing cudgels esteemed.

At Jack a Lents or Shrove-cocks." In addition to the favour of Mr. Blackmore's letter and drawing, he obligingly Also, in Ben Jonson's.“ Tale of a Tub:” obtained the vessel itself, which being

" On an Ash-Wednesday, placed in the hands of Mr. S. Williams, he

When thou didst stand six weeks the Jack o' Lent, executed the present engravings of the

For boys to hurl three throws a penny at thee." exact size of the original: it is, as Mr. Blackmore has already mentioned, in the So, likewise, in Beaumont and Fletcher's finest possible preservation,

“ Tamer tamed :"

Shrove Tuesday

Ash Wednesday,

"If I forfeit,

others make water parties; but the majority Make me a Jack o' Lent, and break my shins

only go and walk about, or sit upon the For untagg'd points and counters.”

rocks to see and be seen. It was one of Further, in Quarles' “ Shepheard's Ora

the most delightful evenings imaginable; cles," 1646, we read :

the air was inexpressibly mild; the road where

the carriages parade is about half way up “ How like a Jack a Lent

the rocks, and this long string of carriages He stands, for boys to spend their Shrove-tide throws, constantly moving, the rocks filled with Or like a puppet made to frighten crows."

thousands and thousands of spectators, and

the tranquil sea gilded by the setting suu, From the “Jack o' Lent," we derive

and strewed over with numberless little the familiar term among children, “ Jack

barks, formed altogether one of the most oLanthorn."

beautiful and picturesque scenes that could be presented. We sat down on a little detached piece of rock almost encircled by the sea, that we might have full enjoyment

of it, and there remained till some time ' AND

after the glorious sun had disappeared for the night, when we walked home by a lovely bright moonlight, in a milder even

ing, though in the month of February, than · The copious particulars respecting these we often find in England at Midsummer.* festivals, which have been brought together in another place,t admit of some addition. • In France and other parts of the continent, the season preceding Lent is universal

Naogeorgus, in the “ Popish Kingdome," carnival. At Marseilles, the Thursday be- mentions some burlesque scenes practised fore Lent is called le Jeudi gras, and Shrove

formerly on Ash Wednesday. People went Tuesday le Mardi gras. Every body joins

about in mid-day with lanterns in their in masquerading on these nights, and both hands, looking after the feast days which streets and houses are full of masks the they had lost on this the first day of the whole night long. The god of fritters, if Lent fast. Some carried herrings on a pole, such a god there be, who is worshipped in crying " Herrings, herrings, stinking herEngland only on Shrove Tuesday, is wor- rings! no more puddings!" shipped in France on both the Thursday and Tuesday. Parties meet at each other's

And hereto joyne they foolish playes, houses to a supper of fritters, and then set

and doltish doggrel rimes, And what beside they can invent;

And off masquerading, which they keep up to a .

belonging to the times. very late hour in the morning.

On Ash-Wednesday, which has here O thers, at the head of a procession, carmuch more the appearance of a festival ried a fellow upon staves, or “stangs," to than of a fast, there is a ceremony called some near pond or running stream, and “interring the carnival.” A whimsical there plunged him in, to wash away what figure is dressed up to represent the carni- of feasting-time might be in him. Some val, which is carried in the afternoon in got boys to accompany them through the procession to Arrens, a small village on the town singing, and with minstrels playing, sea-shore, about a mile out of the town, entered the houses, and seizing young girls where it is pulled to pieces. This ceremony harnessed them to a plough; one man held is attended in some way or other by every the handles, another drove them with a inhabitant of Marseilles, whether gentle or whip, a minstrel sung drunken songs, and simple, man or woman, boy or girl. The a fellow followed, flinging sand or ashes as very genteel company are in carriages, if he had been sowing, and then they drove which parade backwards and forwards upon the road between the town and the village,

both plough and maydens through for two or three hours, like the Sunday pro

some pond or river small,

And dabbled all with durt, and wringing cessions in Hyde-park. Of the rest of the

wett as they may bee company, some make parties to dine at

To supper calle, and after that Arrens, or at the public-houses on the road;

to daunsing lustilee.

• Brand's Popular Antiquities.
+ The Every-Day Book.

* Miss Plumptre.

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