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making the fourpence halfpenny, which prodigiously. - Houses

Houses were not only was his proper change. He then said, unroofed, but in several places overturned

give me my castor," (meaning his hat,) by its fury.--Stacks of hay and corn were which slang terms he had been in the entirely swept away.-Trees without numhabit of using, and then began to whip ber torn up by the roots. Others snapt and spur to get his horse on; his pulse at off in the middle, and scattered in fragthis time was one hundred and thirty-six, ments over the neighbouring fields. Some full and hard; no change of countenance were twisted almost round; bent, or split could be observed, nor any spasmodic to the roots, and left in so shattered a con affection of the muscles, the eyes remain- dition as cannot be described. ing close the whole of the time. His coat The change in the herbage was also was taken off his arm, his shirt sleeve very surprising; its leaves withered stripped up, and Mr. Ridge bleu bim to shrivelled up, and turned black. The thirty-two ounces; no alteration had taken leaves upon the trees, especially on the place in him during the first part of the weather side, fared in the same manner. time the blood was flowing; at about The Evergreens alone seem to have twenty-four ounces, the pulse began to escaped, and the grass recovered in a day decrease; and when the full quantity or two. named above had been taken, it was at I agreed, at first, with the general opineighty, with a şlight perspiration on the ion, that this mischief was the effeci of forehead. During the time of bleeding Lightning ; but, when I recollected that, Mr. Hewson related the circumstance of in some places, very little had been taken a Mr. Harris, optician in Holborn, whose notice of; in others none at all; and that son some years before walked out on the the effect was general, I begun to think parapet of the house in his sleep. The of accounting for it from some other cause. boy joined the conversation, and observed I immediately examined the dew or rain he lived at the corner of Brownlow-street. which had been left on the grass, winAfter the arm was tied up, he unlaced one dows, &c. in hopes of being enabled, by boot, and said he would go to bed. In its taste, to form some better judgment of three minutes from this time he awoke, the particles with which the air had been got up, and asked what was the matter, impregnated, and I found it as salt_as (having then been one hour in the trance,) any sea water I had ever tasted. The not having the slightest recollection of any several vegetables also were all saltish thing that had passed, and wondered at more or less, and continued so for 5 or 6 his arm being tied up, and at the blood, days, the saline particles not being then &c. A strong aperient medicine was then washed off ; and when the moisture was administered, he went to bed, slept sound, exhaled from the windows, the saline and the next day apperaed perfectly well, chrystal sparkled on the outside, when the excepting debility from the bleeding and sun shined, and appeared very brilliant. operation of the medicine, and had no re This salt water, I conceive, has done collection whatever of what had taken the principal damage, for I find upon explace. None of his family or himself were periment, that common, salt dissolved in ever affected in this way before.* fresh water affected some fresh vegetables,

when sprinkled upon them, in the very same manner, except that it did not turn

them quite so black,mbut particles of a REMARKABLE STORM.

sulphurous, or other quality,* may have The following remarkable letter in the been mixed with it. “ Gentleman's Magazine,” relates to the I should be glad to see the opinions of present day seventy years ago.

some of your ingenious correspondents Mr URBAN, Wigton, Oct. 23, 1756.

on this wonderful phenomenon ;-whe

ther they think this salt water was brought On , a most violent hurricane; such a one

from the sea,t and in what manner.
Yours,

A. B. perhaps as has not happened in these parts, in the memory of man. It lasted full 4 hours from about 11 till 3. The * In an adjoining bleach-yard, some cloth which

had lain out all night was turned almost yellow. damage it has done over the whole county Other pieces also which were spread out the next is very deplorable. The corn has suffered morning, contracted the same colour, which was not

without great ditficulty washed out.

+ The wind was westerly, and consequently in its * The Times, Uctober, 1823.

Dassage swept the Irish sca.

NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. little exposed to, in 1786-7, as it is in Mean Temperature .... 54. 55.

1826-a censorship. The editor apologises for omitting the news in his last, on

account of “ Mr. Foster's reply to Dr. October 7.

Stebbing !" What would be said of a

similar excuse now-a-days? CONJUGAL INDIFFERENCE.

The following epigram is somewhat On the 7th of October, 1736, a man hacknied, but there is a pleasure in exand his wife, at Rushal, in Norfolk, tracting it from the print, where it pro“having some words,” the man went out bably first appeared :and hanged himself. The coroner's inquest found it “self-murder," and ordered “ As we were obliged to omit the News him to be buried in the cross-ways; but in last week's paper, by inserting Mr. Foster's his wife sent for a surgeon, and sold the this give the few articles that are any way

answer to the Rev. Dr. Stebbing, we shall in body for half a guinea. The surgeon material.” feeling about the body, the wife said, “ He is fit for your purpose, he is as fat

“ Cries Celia to a reverend dean, as butter." The deceased was thereupon

What reason can be given, put into a sack, with his legs hanging out,

Since marriage is a holy thing, and being thrown upon a cart, conveyed

That there is none in Heaven ?": to the surgeon's.*

“ There are no Women," he replied ;

She quick returns the jest;

“ Women there are, but I'm afraid, OLD TIMES AND New TIMES.

They cannot find a priest !” In a journal of 1826,+ we have the

The miscellaneous part is of nearly the following pleasant account of a similar same character as at present, but disposed publication ninety years ago.

in rather a less regular form. We have A curious document, for we may well houses on fire, and people burnt in them, term it so, has come to our hands a exactly as we had last week; but what is copy of a London newspaper, dated wonderful, as it shows the great improveThursday, March 24, 1736-7. "Its title is, ment in these worthy gentlemen in the " The Old Whig, or the Consistent Pro course of a century, the “Old Whig” testant." It seems to have been a weekly

'adds to its account-" The watch, it paper, and, at the above date, to have seems, though at a small distance, knew been in existence for about two years. nothing of the matter !" How long it lived after, we have not, at

There is a considerable number of present, any means of ascertaining. The deaths, for people died even in those good paper is similar in size to the French jour- old times, and one drowning ; whether nals of the present day, and consists of intentional or not we cannot inform our four pages and three columns in each. The readers, as the “Old Whig” went to press show of advertisements is very fair. They before the inquest was holden before Mr. fill the whole of the back page, and early

Coroner and a most respectable jury. a column of the third. They are all book

We still tipple a little after dinner, but advertisements. One of these is a comedy

our fathers were prudent men; they took called “ The Universal Passion,” by the time by the forelock, and began their author of “ The Man of Taste," no doubt, convivialities with their dejeune. The at that time, an amply sufficient descrip following is a short notice of the exploits tion of the ingenious playwright. The of a few of these true men. It is with a “Old Whig” was published by “ J. Ro- deep feeling of the transitory nature of all berts, at the Oxford Arms, in Warwick- sublunary things, that we introduce this lane,” as likewise by “ H. Whitridge, notice, by announcing to our readers at a bookseller, the corner of Castle-alley, near distance, that the merry Boar's Head is the Royal-exchange, in Cornhill, price merry no more, and that he who goes two-pence!" It has a leading articl in thither in the hope of quaffing port, where its

way, in the shape of a discourse on the plump Jack quaffed sack and sugar, will liberty of the press, which it lustily de- return disappointed. The sign remains, fends, from what, we believe, it was as

but the hostel is gone. • Gentleman's Magazine.

“On Saturday last, the right hon. the New Times, September 7.

Lord Mayor held a wardmote at St. Mary

Abchurch, for the election of a common coun- sion of cardinal Guadagni, the pope's Depbes, cilman, in the room of Mr. Deputy Davis. who was most maltreated by the priest and the His loruship went soner thao was expected count." by Mr. Clay's friends, and arriving at the church, ordered proclamation to be made,

These were times, as Dame Quickly when Mr. Edward Yeates was put up by every would say, when honourable men were person present; then the question being asked, not to be insulted with impunity. whether any other was offered to the ward, We sometimes hear of a terrible species and there being no person named, his lordship of mammalia, called West India Planters, declared Mr. Yeates duly elected, and ordered and there is an individual specimen named bim to be sworn in, which was accordingly Hogan, or something like it, whose wondone; and just at the words "So help you derful fierceness has been sounded in out God,' Mr. Clay's friends (who were numerous, and had been at breakfast at the Boar's Head what will the abolitionists say to the ex.

ears for some ten or twelve years. But Tavern, in Eastcheap) came into the church, tract of a letter from Aptigua ? Compared but it was too late, for the election was over. This has created a great deal of mirth in the with these dreadful doings, Mr. Hogan's ward, which is likely to continue for some delinquencies were mere fleabites. time. The Boar's Head is said to be the tavern so often mentioned by Shakspeare, in his play 15, 1736-7 : We are in a great deal of

“ Extract of a letter from Antigua, January of Henry the Fourth, which occasioned a gentleman, who heard the circumstances of trouble in this island, the burning of negroes, the election, to repeat the following lines from hanging them on gibbets alive, racking them that play :

on the wheel, &c. takes up almost all our time; *** Falst. Now Hall, what a time of day is that from the 20th of October to this day, it, lad ?

there has been destroyed sixty-five sensible ""P. Hen. What a devil has thou to do negro men, most of them tradesmen, as carwith the time of the day? unless hours were penters, masons, and coopers. I am almost cups of sack, and minutes capons,'" &c.

dead with watching and warding, as are many

more. They were going to destroy all the The above account gives a specimen of white inhabitants on the island. Court, the the sobriety of our fathers; another of king of the negroes, who was to head the their virtues is exemplified in the fol- insurrection; Tomboy, their general, and lowing :

Hercules their lieutenant-general, were all

racked upon the wheel, and died with amazing “By a letter from Penzance, in Cornwall, obstinacy. Mr. Archibald Hamilton's Harry, we have the following account, viz. :— That after he was condemned, stuck himself with a on the 12th instant at night, was lost near knife in eighteen places, four whereof were Portlevan (and all the men drowned, as is mortal, which killed him. Colonel Martin's supposed), the queen Caroline, of Topsham, Jemmy, who was hung up alive from noon to Thomas Wills, master, from Oporto, there eleven at night, was then taken down to give being some pieces of letters found on the sands, information. Colonel Morgan's Ned, who, after directed for Edward Mann, of Exon, one for le had been hung up seven days and seren James La Roche, Esq. of Bristol, and another nights, that his hands grew too small for his for Robert Smyth, Esq. and Company, Bristol. hand-cuffs, he got them out and raised himself Some casks of wine came on shore, which were up, and fell down from a gibbet fifteen feet immediately secured by the country people; high, without any harm; he was revived with but on a composition with the collector, to cordials and broth, in hopes to bring bim to a pay them eight guineas for each pipe they confession, but be would not confess, and was broughton shore, they delivered to him twenty. hung up again, and in a day and night after five pipes; and he paid so many times eight expired. Mr. Yeoman's Quashy Coomah guineas, else they would have staved them, or jumped out of the fire half barni, but was carried them off.”

thown in again. And Mr. Lyon's Tim jumped The order maintained in England at out of the fire, and promised to declare all, that time was nothing compared to the but it took no effect." In short, our island is strictness of discipline observed on the could get any sort of employ in England.'”

in a poor, miserable condition, that I wish I continent. “They write from Rome, that count

The following notice is of a more pleaTrevelii, a Neapolitan, had been beheaded sing character :there, for being the author of some satirical writings against the Pope: that Father Ja. “In a few days, a fine monument to the cobini, who was sentenced to be beheaded on memory of John Gay, Esq., author of the the same account, had obtained the favour of Beggar's Opera, and several other admired being sent to the gallies, through the interces. pieces, will be erected in Westminster-abbey

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at the expense of his grace the duke of in the afternoon she took cold.' Death Queensberry and Dover, with an elegant in took Ashmole in 1695. He was superstiscription thereon, composed by the deceased's tious and punctilious, and was perhaps a intimate and affectionate friend, Mr. Alexander better antiquary than a friend; he seems Pope."

to have possessed himself of Tradescant's There are two more observations which museum at South Lambeth in a manner we have to make; 1st.“ the Old Whig,” which rather showed his love of antiquias was meet, was a strong Orangeman ; ties than poor old Tradescant. and 2d. the parliament was sitting when

It is to be regretted that Ashmole's life, the number before us was published, and

“ drawn up by himself by way of diary," yet it does not contain one line of was not printed with the Life of Lilly in the debate!

“Autobiography.” Lilly's Life is published

in that pleasant work by itself. NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.

Davies " deemed them fit companions.
Mean Temperature ... 53 . 77.

NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.
October 8.

Mean Temperature ... 53 · 80.
ANCIENT MANNERS.

October 9,
Elias Ashmole, the antiquary, enters

ST. DENYS, thus in the diary of his life :—“ 1657,

This name in the church of England October 8. The cause between me and calendar is properly noticed in vol. i. col. my wife was beard, when Mr. Serjeant 1370. Maynard observed to the court, that there were 800 sheets of depositions on my On the celebration of this saint's festiwife's part, and not one word proved val in cathclic countries he is represented against me of using her ill, nor ever walking with his head in his hands, as we giving her a bad or provoking word.” are assured he did, after his martyrdom. The decision was against the lady; the A late traveller in France relates, that on court, refusing her alimony, delivered her the 9th of October, the day of St. Denis, to her husband; "whereupon," says the patron saint of France, a procession Ashmole, “ I carried her to Mr. Lilly's, was made to the village of St. Denis, and there took lodgings for us both.” He about a league from Lyons. This was and Lilly dabbled in astrology; and he commonly a very disorderly and tumultutells no more of his spouse till he enters

ous assembly, and was the occasion some “ 1668, April 1. 2 Hor, anle merid. the years ago of a scene of terrible confusion lady Mainwaring my wife died." Subse

and slaughter. The porter who kept the quently he writes “ November 3. I

gate of the city which leads to this vilmarried Mrs. Elizabeth Dugdale, daughter lage, in order to exact a contribution froin to William Dugdale, Esq. Norroy, king of the people as they returned, shut the gate arms at Lincoln's-inn chapel. Dr. Wil

at an earlier hour than usual. The peoliam Floyd married us, and her father gave her. The wedding was finished at ple, incensed at the extortion, assembled

in a crowd round the gate to force it, and 10 hor. post merid."

in the conflict numbers were stifled, Ashmole's diary minutely records par, squeezed to death, or thrown into the ticulars of all sorts :-“September 5, IRhone, on the side of which the gate took pills; 6, I took a sweat; 7, I took

stood. Two hundred persons were comleeches; all wrought very well.-Decem

puted to have lost their lives on this veber 19, Dr. Chamberlain proposed to me

casion. The porter paid his avarice with to bring Dr. Lister to my wife, that he

his life: he was condemned and executed might undertake her. 22. They both

as the author of the tumult, and of the came to my house, and Dr. Lister did

consequences by which it was attended. undertake her.” Though Dr. Lister was her undertaker on that occasion, yet Ash NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. mole records" 1687, April 16, my wife

Mean Temperature ... 52 · 62. took Mr, Bigg's vomit, which wrought very well.–19. She took puldis sanctis ;

• Misa Plumptre.

October 10

date at which the church was built is uncertain, but it may be conjectured in the

sixth century, for in the year 704, king 1826. Oxford and Cambridge Terms begin. John fixed an episcopal see at, and Ald.

helin was consecrated the first bishop of, CHRONOLOGY.

Sherborne, in 705, and enjoyed the bi

shopric four years. Aldhelm died in 709, On Sunday, October 10, 1742, during is said to be the first who introduced the time of worship, the roof of the church poetry into England, to have obtained a of Fearn, in Ross-shire, Scotland, fell proficiency in music, and the first Engsuddenly in, and sixty people were killed, lishman who ever wrote in Latin. besides the wounded. The gentry whose

To the present time Pack Monday fair, seats were in the niches, and the preacher is annually announced three or four weeks by falling under the sounding-board were previous by all the little urchins who can preserved.*

procure and blow a cow's horn, parading the streets in the evenings, and sending

forth the different tones of their horny Pack Monday Fair, AT SHERBORNE, bugles, sometimes beating an old sauceDORSETSHIRE

pan for a drum, to render the sweet sound To the Editor of the Every-Day Book.

more delicious, and not unfrequently a Sherborne, September, 1826. band. The clock's striking twelve on the

whistle-pipe or a fife is added to the Sir,–Having promised to furnish an Sunday night previous, is the summons account of our fair, I now take the liberty for ushering in the fair, when the boys of handing it to you for insertion in assemble with their horns, and parade your very entertaining work.

the town with a noisy shout, and prepare This fair is annually held on the first to forage for fuel to light a bonfire, geneMonday after the 10th of October, and is rally of straw, obtained from some of the a mart for the sale of horses, cows, fat neighbouring farmyards, which are sure and lean oxen, sheep, lambs, and pigs; to be plundered, without respect to the cloth, earthenware, onions, wall and hazle owners, if they have not been fortunate nuts, apples, fruit trees, and the usual enough to secure the material in some nick nacks for children, toys, ginger- safe part of their premises. In this way bread, sweetmeats, sugar plums, &c. &c. the youths enjoy themselves in boisterous with drapery, hats, bonnets, caps, ribands, triumph, to the annoyance of the sleeping &c. for the country belles, of whom, when part of the inhabitants, many of whom the weather is favourable, a great number deplore, whilst others, who entertain reis drawn together from the neighbouring spect for old customs, delight in the deafvillages.

ening mirth. At four o'clock the great Tradition relates that this fair originated bell is rang for a quarter of an hour. at the termination of the building of the From this time, the bustle commences by church, when the people who had been the preparations for the coming scene : employed about it packed up their tools, stalls erecting, windows cleaning and deand held a fair or wake, in the church- corating, shepherds and drovers going yard, blowing cows' horns in their re forth for their focks and herds, which are joicing, which at that time was perhaps depastured for the night in the neighbour: the most common music in use. The ing fields, and every individual seems on

the alert. The business in the sheep and Gentleman's Magazine.

cattle fairs (which are held in different Hutchins, in his History of Dorset," says, this fields, nearly in the centre of the town, “ Fair is held in the churchyard, : on the firsi Monday after the feast of St. Michael, (0. S.) and is a and well attended by the gentlemen great holyday for the inhabitants of the town and farmers, of Dorset, Somerset, and Devon) neighbourhood. It is ushered in by the ringing of the great bell, at a very early hour in the morning, takes precedence, and is generally conand by the boys and young men perambulating the cluded by twelve o'clock, when what is

' of their less wakeful neighbours. It has been an

called the in-fair begins to wear the apimmemorial custom in Sherborne, for the boys to

pearance of business-like activity, and blow horns in the evenings in the streets, for come

from this time till three or four o'clock. # The fair has been removed from the churchyard

more business is transacted in the shop, about six or seven years, and is now held on a spa. civus parade, in a sireet not far from the church. counting-house, parlour, hall, and kitchen,

weeks before the fair."

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