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Willy-Howe, YORKSHIRE. If you are ill at this season, there is no

For the Table Book. occasion to send for the doctor-only stop eating. Indeed, upon general principles,

There is an artificial mount, by the side it seems to me to be a mistake for people, of the road leading from North Burton to every time there is any little thing the mat

Wold Newton, near Bridlington, in Yorkter with them, to be running in such haste şhire, called “ Willy-howe,” much exceedfor the « doctor;" because, if you are going of which I have often heard the most pre

ing in size the generality of our hows," to die, a doctor can't help you; and if you are not there is no occasion for him.* posterous stories related. A cavity or divi

sion on the summit is pointed out as owing

its origin to the following circumstance : ANGLING IN JANUARY.

A person having intimation of a large

chest of gold being buried therein, dug Dark is the ever-flowing stream,

away the earth until it appeared in sight;

he then had a train of horses, extending And snow falls on the lake ; For now the noontide sunny beam

upwards of a quarter of a mile, attached to Scarce pierces bower and brake;

it by strong iron traces; by these means he And flood, or envious frost, destroys

was just on the point of accomplishing his A portion of the angler's joys.

purpose, when he exclaimed Yet still we'll talk of sports gone by,

“Hop Perry, prow Mark,

Whether God's will or not, we'll have this ark." Of triumphs we have won, Of waters we again shall try,

He, however, had no sooner pronounced When sparkling in the sun ;

this awful blasphemy, than all the traces Or favourite haunts, by mead or dell,

broke, and the chest sunk still deeper in the Haunts which the fisher loves so well.

hill, where it yet remains, all his future

efforts to obtain it being in vain. Of stately Thames, of gentle Lea,

The inhabitants of the neighbourhood
The merry monarch's seat;
Of Ditton's stream, of Avon's brae,

also speak of the place being peopled with

fairies, and tell of the many extraordinary Or Mitcham's mild retreat;

feats which this diminutive race has perOf waters by the meer or mill, And all that tries the angler's skill.

formed. A fairy once told a man, to whom

it Annals of Sporting.

appears she was particularly attached, if he went to the top of “Willy-howe" every

morning, he would find a guinea ; this PLOUGH MONDAY.

information, however, was given under the

injunction that he should not make the cirThe first Monday after Twelfth-day is so cumstance known to any other person. denominated, and it is the ploughman's For some time he continued his visit, and holyday.

always successfully; but at length, like our of late years at this season, in the first parents, he broke the great commandislands of Scilly, the young people exercise a

ment, and, by taking with him another sort of gallantry called "goose-dancing."

person, not merely suffered the loss of the The maidens are dressed up for young usual guinea, but met with a severe punishmen, and the young men for maidens; ment from the fairies for his presumption. and, thus disguised, they visit their neigh; Many more are the tales which abound bours in companies, where they dance, and here, and which almost seem to have made make jokes upon what has happened in the

this a consecrated spot ; but how they jsland; and every one is humorously could at first originate, is somewhat singular. “ told their own," without offence being That “ Hows," “ Carnedds,” and “ Bartaken. By this sort of sport, according to

rows,” are sepulchral, we can scarcely enyearly custom and toleration, there is a

tertain a doubt, since in all that have been spirit of wit and drollery kept up among examined, human bones, rings, and other the people. The music and dancing done, remains have been discovered. From the they are treated with liquor, and then they coins and urns found in some of them, they go to the next house of entertainment.t

have been supposed the burial-places of Roman generals.

< But as hydrotaphia,

or urn-burial, was the custom among the * Monthly Magazine, January, 1827. i Strutt's Sports, 307.

Romans, and interment the practice of the

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1 Britons, it is reasonable to conjecture, heap of stones on Achan;" " and raised where such insignia are discovered, the a great heap of stones on the king of Ai;" tumuli are the sepulchres of some British they laid a heap of stones on Absalom.” chieftains, who fell in the Roman service.” In the interior of South Africa, the Rev. The size of each tumulus was in proportion J. Campbell“ found a large heap of small to the rank and respect of the deceased; stones, which had been raised by each pasand the labour requisite to its formation senger adding a stone to the heap; it was was considerably lessened by the number intended as a monument of respect to the employed, each inferior soldier being memory of a king, from a remote nation, obliged to contribute a certain quantum to who was killed in the vicinity, and whose the general heap. That the one of which head and hands were interred in that we are speaking is the resting-place of a spot.” great personage may be easily inferred, The number of these mounds in our own from its magnitude ; its name also indi- country is very considerable ; and I trust cates the same thing, WILLY-HOWE, they will "remain the everlasting monubeing the hill of many, or the hill made by ments of their own existence. Their greatest many : for in Gibson's Camden we find enemy is an idle curiosity, that cannot be

Willy and Vili among the English satisfied with what antiquaries relate conSaxons, as Viele at this day among the cerning such as have been examined, but, Germans, signified many. So Willielmus, with a vain arrogance, assumes the power the defender of many. Wilfred, peace to of digging though them at pleasure. For many.” Supposing then a distinguished my own part, I must confess, I should like British chieftain, who fell in the imperial to be a witness of what they contain, yet I service, to have been here interred, we may would hold them sacred, so far as not to readily imagine that the Romans and have them touched with the rude hand of Britons would endeavour to stimulate their Ignorance. Whenever I approach these own party by making his merits appear as venerable relics, my mind is carried back conspicuous as possible; and to impress to the time when they were young; since an awe and a dread on the feelings of their then, I consider what years have rolled enemies, they would not hesitate to prac over years, what generations have followed tise what we may call a pardonable fraud, generations, and feel an interest peculiarly in a pretension that the fairies were his and delicately solemn, in the fate of those friends, and continued to work miracles at whose dust is here mingled with its kinhis tomb. At the first glance, this idea dred dust. may seem to require a stretch of fancy, but

T. C. we can more readily reconcile it when we Bridlington. consider how firm was the belief that was placed in miracles ; how prevalent the love That existed, in those dark ages of igno

HORN CHURCH IN Essex. rance and superstition, to whatever bore

For the Table Book. that character; and how ready the Romans, with their superior sagacity, would be to

In reply to the inquiry by Ignotus, in the avail themselves of it. The Saxons, when Every-Day Book, vol. ii. p. 1650, respectthey became possessed of the country, in Essex, I find much ambiguity on the

ing the origin of affixing horns to a church would hear many strange tales, which a species of bigoted or unaccountable attache subject, and beg leave to refer to that exment to the marvellous would cause to be cellent work, “ Newcourt's Repertorium," handed down from generation to genera

vol. ii. p. 336, who observes, on the aution, each magnifying the first wonder, thority of Weaver, “ The inhabitants here until they reached the climax, whence they say, by tradition, that this church, dedicated are now so fast descending. Thus may

to St. Andrew, was built by a female conprobably have arisen the principal feature vert, to expiate for her former sins, and that in the history of their origin.

it was called Hore-church at first, till by a This mode of sepulture appears to be certain king, but by whom they are uncervery ancient, and that it was very general tain, who rode that way, it was called is sufficiently demonstrated by the hills yet be put out at the east end of it."

Horned-church, who caused those horns to remaining in distant parts of the world. Dr. Clarke, who noticed their existence in

The vane, on the top of the spire, is also Siberia and Russian-Tartary, thinks the

in the form of an ox's head, with the horns. practice is alluded to in the Old Testament

“ The hospital had neither college nor comin these passages : “ They raised a great

mon seal."

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THE TABLE BOOK.

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Customs.

Manners.
THE PRESENT Boar's HEAD CAROL. GAMBLING-HOUSES A CENTURY AGO.
For the Table Book,

From “ The London Mercury" of January 13, 1721-2.
Mr. Editor, -In reading your account of

There are, it seems, in the parish of the “Boar's Head Carol,” in your Every Covent-garden, twenty-two such houses, Day Book, vol. i. p. 1619, I find the old

some of which clear sometimes 1001., and carol, but not the words of the carol as

seldom less than 401. a night.

They have sung at present in Queen's College, Ox. their proper officers, both civil and military, ford, on Christmas-day. As I think it pos, tive degrees, and the importance they are

with salaries proportionable to their respecsible you may never have seen them, I now send you a copy as they were sung,

of in the service, viz. or, more properly, chanted, in the hall of A commissioner, or commis, who is alQueen's, on Christmas-day, 1810, at which ways a proprietor of the gaming-house: he time I was a member of the college, and looks in once a night, and the week's acassisted at the chant.

count is audited by him and two others of

the proprietors. A boar's head in hand bear I,

A director, who superintends the room. Bedeck'd with bays and rosemary;

The operator, the dealer at faro. *And I pray you, my masters, be merry,

Croupees two, who watch the card, and Quot estis in convivio.

gather the money for the bank. Caput apri defero,

A puff; one who has money given him Reddens laudes Domino.

to play, in order to decoy others. The voar's head, as I understand,

A clerk, who is a check upon the puff, to Is the rarest dish in all this land;

see that he sinks none of that money.--A And when bedeck'd with a gay garland

squib is a puff of a lower rank, and has half Let us servire cantico.

the salary of a puff. Caput apri, &c.

A flasher, one who sits by to swear how

often he has seen the bank stript.
Our steward hath provided this,

A dunner, waiters.
In honour of the King of bliss:
Which on this day to be served is

An attorney, or solicitor.
In reginensi atrio.-

A captain, one who is to fight any man
Caput apri, &c.

that is peevish or out of humour at the loss I am, &c.

An usher, who takes care that the porter, A QUONDAM QUEENSMAN. orgrenadier at the door, suffers none to come

in but those he knows.

A porter, who, at most of the gaming

ouses, is a soldier hired for that purpose. BEATING THE LAPSTONE.

A runner, to get intelligence of all the For the Table Book.

meetings of the justices of the peace, and

when the constables go upon the search.
There is a custom of “ beating the lap Any link-boy, coachman, chairman,
stone,” the day after Christmas, at Nettle- drawer, or other person, who gives notice
ton, near Burton. The shoemakers beat of the constables being upon the search,
the lapstone at the houses of all water- has half a guinea.
drinkers, in consequence of a neighbour,
Thomas Stickler, who had not tasted malt
liquor for twenty years, having been made
tipsy by drinking only a half pint of ale

Omniana.
at his shoemaker's, at Christmas. When he
got home, he tottered into his house, and

TASTE.
his good dame said, “John, where have

Taste is the discriminating talisman, enyou been ?-why, you are in liquor?”–

abling its owner to see at once the real “ No, I am not," hiccuped John, “ I've merits of persons and things, to ascertain only fell over the lapstone, and that has

at a glance the true from the false, and to beaten my leg, so as I can't walk quite decide rightly on the value of individuals. right." Pence the annual practical joke

Nothing escapes him who walks the world “ beating the lapstone."

with his eyes touched by this ointment; P. they are open to all around him—to admire,

of his money.

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or to condemn--to gaze with rapture, or to meeting them, sent the poor boy home, turn away with disgust, where another shall took his nephew in his arms, and carried pass and see nothing to excite the slightest him to a pond at the other end of the field, emotion. The fair creation of nature, and into which he put the child, and there left the works of man afford him a wide field of him. The child being missed, and inquiry continual gratification. The brook, brawl made after him, 'Elkes fled, and took the ing over its bed of rocks or pebbles, half road to London; the neighbours sent two concealed by the overhanging bushes that horsemen in pursuit of him, who passing fringe its banks—or the great river flowing, along the road near South Mims, in Hertin unperturbed majesty, through a wide vale fordshire, saw two ravens sitting on a cock of peace and plenty, or forcing its passage of hay making an unusual noise, and pullthrough a lofty range of opposing hills ing the hay about with their beaks, on the gentle knoll, and the towering moun which they went to the place, and found tain-the rocky dell, and the awful preci Elkes asleep under the hay. He said, that pice-the young plantation, and the vene these two ravens had followed him from rable forest, are alike to him objects of the time he did the fact. He was brought interest and of admiration.

to Shrewsbury, tried, condemned, and hung So in the works of man, a foot-bridge, in chains on Knockinheath. thrown across a torrent, may be in it as gratifying to the man of taste as the finest arch, or most wonderful chain-bridge in

THE LAST TREE OF THE FOREST. the world; and a cottage of the humblest

Whisper, thou tree, thou lonely tree, order may be so beautifully situated, so

One, where a thousand stood ! neatly kept, and so tastefully adorned

Well might proud tales be told by thee, with woodbine and jessamine, as to call Last of the solemn wood ! forth his admiration equally with the princely residence of the British landholder,

Dwells there no voice amidst thy boughs, in all its pride of position, and splendour

With leaves yet darkly green? of architecture.

Stillness is round, and noontide glows

Tell us what thou hast seen! In short, this faculty is applicable to every object; and he who finds any thing “ I have seen the forest-shadows lie too lofty or too humble for his admiration, Where now men reap the corn; does not possess it. It is exercised in the I have seen the kingly chase rush by, every-day affairs of life as much as in the Through the deep glades at morn. higher arts and sciences.--Monthly Maga

“ With the glance of many a gallant spear, zine.

And the wave of many a plume,
And the bounding of a hundred deer

It hath lit the woodland's gloom.
Two RAVENS, ABROAD.
On the quay at Nimeguen, in the United

“I have seen the knight and his train ride past,

With his banner borne on high ; Provinces, two ravens are kept at the pub

O’er all my leaves there was brightness cast lic expense; they live in a roomy apart

From his gleamy panoply. ment, with a large wooden cage before it, which serves them for a balcony.

These

“The pilgrim at my feet hath laid birds are feasted every day with the choic His palm-branch 'midst the flowers, est fowls, with as much exactness as if they And told his beads, and meekly pray'd, were for a gentleman's table. The privi Kneeling at vesper-hours. leges of the city were granted originally upon the observance of this strange custom,

“ And the merry men of wild and glen, which is continued to this day.

In the green array they wore,
Have feasted here with the red wine's cheer,

And the hunter-songs of yore.
Two RAVENS, AT HOME.

“ And the minstrel, resting in my shade, In a MS. of the late Rev. Mr. Gough,

Hath made the forest ring of Shrewsbury, it is related, that one Tho

With the lordly tales of the high crusade, mas Elkes, of Middle, in Shropshire, being

Once loved by chief and king. guardian to his eldest brother's child, who

“ But now the noble forms are gone, was young, and stood in his way to a con

That walk'd the earth of old; siderable estate, hired a poor boy to entice The soft wind hath á mournful tone, him into a corn field to gather flowers, and

The sunny light looks cold,

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« There is no glory left us now

BREAD SEALS.
Like the glory with the dead :-
I would that where they slumber low,

The new conundrum of “bread pats,"
My latest leaves were shed."

as the ladies call the epigrammatic im

impressors that their work-boxes are always Oh ! thou dark tree, thou lonely tree,

full of now, pleases me mightily. Nothing That mournest for the past !

could be more stupid than the old style of A peasant's home in thy shade I see,

affiche-an initial-carefully engraved in a Embower'd from every blast.

hand always perfectly unintelligible; or a A lovely and a mirthful sound

crest--necessarily out of its place, nine Of laughter meets mine ear ;

times in ten, in female correspondence For the poor man's children sport around

because nothing could be more un-“ gerOn the turf, with nought to fear.

mane

“ bloody dagger" alarm

ing every body it met, on the outside of And roses lend that cabin's wall

an order for minikin pins ! or a “ fiery A happy summer-glow,

dragon," threatening a French mantuaAnd the open door stands free to all,

maker for some undue degree of tightness For it recks not of a foe.

in the fitting of the sleeve! and then the And the village-bells are on the breeze

same emblem, recurring through the whole That stirs thy leaf, dark tree!

letter-writing of a life, became tedious. But How can I mourn, amidst things like these,

now every lady has a selection of axioms For the stormy past with thee?

(in flower and water) always by her, suitF.H. New Monthly Magazine.

ed to different occasions. As, “Though lost to sight, to memory 'dear !"-when

she writes to a friend who has lately had Miss POLLY BAKER.

his eye poked out. “ Though absent, un

forgotten !"—to a female correspondent, Towards the end of 1777, the abbé Raynal whom she has not written to for perhaps calling on Dr. Franklin found,

in company

the three last (twopenny) posts; or, with the doctor, their common friend, Silas le meritez !" with the figure of a “rose Deane. “ Ah! monsieur l'abbé," said emblematic of everything beautifulDeane, we were just talking of you and when she writes to a lover. It was receiving your works. Do you know that you have

a note with this last seal to it that put the been very ill served by some of those people subject of seals into my mind; and I have who have undertaken to give you informa

some notion of getting one engraved with the tion on American affairs ?” The abbé re same motto, “ Vous le meritez," only with sisted this attack with some warmth; and the personification of a horsewhip under it, Deane supported it by citing a variety of instead of a "rose”-for peculiar occapassages from Raynal's works, which he sions. And perhaps a second would not alleged to be incorrect. At last they came

do amiss, with the same emblem, only with to the anecdote of “ Polly Baker," on which the motto, " Tu l'auras !" as a sort of cothe abbé had displayed a great deal of rollary, upon the first, in cases of emerpathos and sentiment. “ Now here,” says gency! At all events, I patronise the sysDeane,“ is a tale in which there is not one

tem of a variety of “posies ;" because, word of truth.” Raynal fired at this, and

where the inside of a letter is likely to be asserted that he had taken it from an au- stupid, it gives you the chance of a joke thentic memoir received from America. upon the out.- Monthly Magazine. Franklin, who had amused himself hitherto with listening to the dispute of his friends,

BLEEDING FOR OUR COUNTRY. at length interposed, “My dear abbé,” said he, “ shall I tell you the truth? When It is related of a Lord Radnor in ChesterI was a young man, and rather more field's time, that, with many good qualities, thoughtless than is becoming at our present and no inconsiderable share of learning, he time of life, I was employed in writing for had a strong desire of being thought skilful a newspaper; and, as it sometimes hap- in physic, and was very expert in bleeding. pened that I wanted genuine materials to Lord Chesterfield knew his foible, and on a fill up my page, I occasionally drew on the particular occasion, wanting his vote, came stores of my imagination for a tale which to him, and, after having conversed upon might pass current as a reality —now this indifferent matters, complained of the headvery anecdote of Polly Baker was one of ach, and desired his lordship to feel his my inventions."

pulse. Lord Radnor immediately advised

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