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which used to come and feed there. An Plover's eggs. Mrs. Glass.
annual song about this. Men-milliners damned the farce. Pink Their silver cups at the college are called knee strings. This in a letter about pros-ox-eyes, and an ox-eye of wormwood was a titutes and stews.
favourite draught there. Beer with an inTea-quantity consumed.
fusion of wormwood was to be had nowhere Flat cocked hats worn corner-ways.
Boar's head at Queen's. The legend that Bull baiting. They had a better sport a scholar of this college walking out and at Ispahan—a wolf was turned loose in the studying Aristotle, was attacked by a wild Meidan, and the mob baited him without boar, whom he killed by thrusting the book weapons, and indeed without hurting him. down his throat, and choking him with loThey only provoked him by flapping their gic. cloaks at him and shouting, and the amuse- A row of elms before Balliol gateway, 1771. ment was to see one half the crowd running The old hall had its central fire, and every away while he pursued, and the other fol- member of the University had a right once lowing, hallooing and teasing him till he
a year to spend an evening there, and be turned, and they in turn took to flight. A treated with bread and cheese and ale, on fellow or two got bit sometimes, but with so condition that when called upon he should many at hand no serious mischief could either sing a song, tell a story, or let a – ever be done. Shah Abbas was often a Can this be true ? Where did the five's spectator of this sport.
court stand ?
An urn at St. John's containing the heart The first ring of bells in England was at of Dr. Rawlinson. Croyland. The venerable Abbot Turke
Here is the portrait of Charles I. of which tule who restored the monastery of Croy- the face and hair contain the whole Book of land (see his Hist. Cressy, 844-6-83), had | Psalms—the writing forming the picture. left one very large bell there called Guthlac.
Altar-piece at Wadham. Cloth of ashes His successor Egelric added six in this or- colour, the linen and shades in brown crayon, der, Bartholomew, Bertelin, Turketule, Tol- the lights with a white one.
These were win, Pega, and Bega. The reason of these pressed on with a hot iron, which producing three names appears from Yepes. G. the an exsudation from the cloth, so fixed them man who sanctified the spot. B. his espe- that they were proof against a brush. Isaac cial saint. P. his sister.
Fuller was the artist, who lived in the 17th
century. The subjects are these—the Last Handel asked the King, then a young Supper, Abraham and Melchisedec, and the child, and listening very earnestly while he
Gathering the Manna-well drawn. played, if he liked the music, and the Prince
St. Mary Hall,—the heart of the princiwarmly expressed his pleasure,
pal Dr. Key in a marble vase. boy—a good boy," he cried, " you shall protect my fame when I am dead.” Music-fingers moving like the legs of a
SOME fifty years ago, when there were millepedes.
scarcely any houses between Ely Place and the Foundling Hospital, at one of these
houses, then considered as in the country, · Oxford.
there was a little boy about three years old All Souls. A noise often heard under who used to have his bason of bread and the kitchen, and exorcised ; at length on milk given him for his breakfast; and to eat opening the drain, a swopping mallard found it sitting upon the step of the door. It was
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 his 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. The curse 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 be 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 solitervals. 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 a very remarkable place—untherefore, report added, had all been dou- 1 der that tree, Sir, Rockingham was foaled.”
COLLECTIONS FOR THE DOCTOR, ETC.
ALLALIUS, who was librarian at 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.
BEAUMONT and FLETCHER,
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- lief."
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 last.
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 degens, 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 languagement. 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 know, him and tried another with three legs. At and dogs have just that too. But then,' it last he hit upon the present form.-Mewas rejoined, they must have souls too, as morias, vol. 1, p. 2. 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
could say 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 Tue 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 diseases, which have Red Man, the servant of Nature, could not 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 Panorama, vol. 9, p. 544. destroyer of the life of man,—“ the wild When Vaninus the Atheist (?)' was 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 toads."
BEAUMONT and FLETCHER, Cupid's Concerning Toads.
Revenge, act iv. sc. 1. 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 Symp. p. 76. farcy is a venomous and contagious humour
An old gallant taking this remedy would within the body of a horse ; hang a toad
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. Boun-Dehesch. The great toad. P. 384. made out against Vanini, which is probably the
MOSHEIM says the charge of Atheism is not 1585. Three women at Deptford reputed intent of the ?.-J. W. W.