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in the avenues, to the scales and little nent attraction : watchmen now veer forth countinghouse box in which sits the fe- early at noon, with lanterns at their male accountant, “ brisk as a bee” and breasts, though it would be difficult to full of the “ Ready-reckoner : " fish- read the secrets deposited within : poultermongers are no less active in showing the ers are early at market, and their shops are large eels and dainty fish, that are “ fresh piled with poultry in a state of nudity and as a daisy" and cold as death: sprats death : the undertaker is busy, like the arrive in abundance, and are cried up and tailor, with his work, and the charms of down alleys and streets with wondrous Christmas give temporary bustle to most competition : pew-openers now have leave classes of tradesmen: the green-grocer is of their church wardens to buy quantum decorating his half-glazed windows with sufficit of yew, laurel, holly, and other his best fruits and most attractive edibles, evergreens to tie in bunches to the sconces which are served as luxuries rather than and interior parts of churches : idle shop- generous enjoyments; and his sly daughkeepers cannot be persuaded yet to clear ter takes care a certain branch of the the filth from their doors, thinking, per- business shall not be forgotten-I allude haps, a temporary obstruction is a perma- to
Late one evening in the spring of 1817, and tastefully put on in an oriental fashion, the rustic inhabitants of Almondsbury, in Her eyes and hair were black, her foreGloucestershire, were surprised by the en- head was low, her nose short, her mouth trance of a young female in strange attire. wide, her teeth white, her lips large and She wore leather shoes and black worsted full, her under lip projected a little, her stockings, a black stuff gown with a muslin chin was small and round, her hands were fril! at the neck, and a red and black shawl clean and seemed unused to labour. She round her shoulders, and a black cotton appeared about twenty-five years of age, shawl on her head. Her height was was fatigued, walked with difficulty, about five feet two inches, and she carried spoke a language no one could coma small bundle on her arm containing a prehend, and signified by signs her desire few necessaries. Her clothes were loosely to sleep in the village. The cottagers
wer: afraid to admit her, and sought the
In the morning Mrs. Worrall found her, with strong traces of sorrow and distress on her countenance, and took her with her to Knole, but she went reluctantly. It was Good Friday, and at the mansion, observing a cross-bun, she cut off the cross, and placed it in her bosom.
Paper and a pen were handed to her to write her name; she shook her head : and when she appeared to comprehend what was meant, pointed to herself
, and cried “Caraboo." The next day she was taken to Bristol, examined before the mayor, at the Council-house, and committed to St. Peter's Hospital as a vagrant, whither persons of respectability Hocked to visit the incomprehensible inmate. From that place Mrs. Worrall removed her once more to Knole. A gentleman, who had made several voyages to the Indies, extracted from her signs, and gestures, and articulation, that she was the daughter of a person of rank, of Chinese origin, at “Javasu," and that whilst walking in her garden, attended by three women, she had been gagged, and bound, and carried off, by the people of a pirate
Caraboo. prow, and sold to the captain of a brig, from whence she was transferred to an The particulars connected with these other ship, which anchored at a port for recitals, and her general conduct, were two days, where four other females were romantic in the extreme. At the end of taken in, who, after a voyage of five two months she disappeared ; and, to the weeks, were landed at another port: sail- astonishment of the persons whose syming for eleven more weeks, and being pathies she had excited, the lady Caraboo, near land, she jumped overboard, in con à native of Javasu, in the east, was dissequence of ill usage, and swimming covered to have been born at Witheridge ashore, found herself on this coast, and in Devonshire, where her father was a cobhad wandered for six weeks, till she bler! A very full account of her singular found her way to Almondsbury. She imposition is given in “ A Narrative," described herself at her father's to have published by Mr. Gutch of Bristol, in been carried on men's shoulders, in 1817, from whence this sketch is taken. a kind of palanquin, and to have worn After her remarkable adventures, she seven peacocks' feathers on the right side found it convenient to leave this country. of her head, with open sandals on her A Bath correspondent writes as follows : feet, baving wooden soles; and she made herself a dress from some calico, given
To the Editor of the Every-Day Book. her by Mrs. Worrall, in the style of her In the year 1824, Caraboo having reown which had been embroidered. The turned from America, took apartments in late Mr. Bird, the artist, sketched her, New Bond-street, where she made a pubaccording to this account, as in the en- lic exhibition of herself-admittance one graving.
shilling each person ; but it does nct appear that any great number wer! to see her.
2. Voi. II.-104.
A Lady's old Shoe, and Clog. It was purposed to have been accom Robin Hood breathed his last, in the panied by others : as it is, indulgence is year 1247. craved for it as a specimen of the art and The accounts of the life of this extra. dexterity of our ancestors in shoe-making ordinary outlaw are so various, and so and wearing. It is drawn from the ori- much mixed up with fable, that to render ginal, purchased by Mr. J.J. A. F., with a true history of him would be almost other curiosities, at the sale of the Leve- impossible. rian Museum.
His real name was Fitz-Ooth, his The shoe is of white kid leather, ca- grandfather, Ralph Fitz-Ooth Earl of lashed with black velvet. There are Kyme, whose name appears in the Roll marks of stitches by which ornaments had of Battle Abbey, came over to England been affixed to it. Its clog is simply a with William Rufus, and was married to straight piece of stout leather, inserted in a daughter of Gilbert de Gient earl of the underleather at the toe, and attached Lincoln.* to the heel. That such were walked in His father, William Fitz-Ooth, in the is certain; that the fair wearers could times of feudal dependancy, was a ward have run in them is impossible to ima- of Robert earl of Oxford, who, by the gine. They were in fashion at the Res- King's order, gave him his niece in martoration.
riage, the third daughter of lady Roisia de
Vere, countess of Essex.t
Having dissipated his fortune, Robin
.. 38.72. Ooth, or Hood, as he was named, joined
a band of depredators, and, as their
chief, laid heavy contributions, for his December 24.
support, on all such as he deemed rich
enough to bear the loss. ROBIN HOOD.
He was famed for his courage, skill in For the Every-Day Book. archery, and kindness to the poor, who The 24th of December, among other often shared with him in the plunder he causes, is rendered remarkable from its having been the day on which the bold
• Stukeley's Palæographia Britannica, No. 11. 1745,
had taken. The principal scene of his The manner 'of his death is also reexploits is said to have been in Sher- corded in an old ballad, entitled “ Robin wood Forest, and the period, that of the Hood and the valiant Knight, together reign of Richard I., thus described by with an Account of his Death and BuStowe:
rial.” “ In this time (1190) were many robbers and outlaws; among the which Ro « And Robin Hood he to the green wood, bin Hood and Little John, renowned And there he was taken ill. thieves, continued in woods, dispoyling And he sent for a monk, to let him blood and plundering the goods of the rich;
Who took his life away ; they killed none but such as would invade Now this being done, his archers did run, them, or by resistance for their own de It was not time to stay." fence.
At Kirklees, in Yorkshire, forinerly a “ The said Robert entertained an hun- Benedictine nunnery, is a gravestone, dred tall men and good archers with such near the park, under which it is said spoiles and thefts as he got, upon whom Robin Hood lies buried. There is the refour hundred (were they ever so strong) '
mains of an inscription on it, but it is durst not give the onset. He suffered no quite illegible. Mr. Ralph Thoresby, in woman to be oppressed, violated, or ' his “ Ducatus Leodiensis,” gives the folotherwise molested; poor men's goods he lowing as the epitaph :spared, abundantly relieving them with
“ Hear undernead dis laith stean that which by theft he got from abbeys, Laiz Robert Earl of Huntington, and the houses of rich earles: whom
Nea arcir ver az hie sa geude: Major (the historian) blameth for his ra
An piple kaud im Robin Heud. pine and theft, but of all thieves he Sic utlawz as hi, an iz men, affirmeth him to be the prince, and the Wil England never sigh agen. inost gentle theefe." *
Obiit 24 kal. Dekembris, 1247." “ It is said," writes Baker, " that he Some of his biographers have noticed was of noble blood, at least made noble, him as earl of Huntingdon, but they are no less than an earl, for deserving ser not borne out in this by any of the old vices, but having wasted his estate in ballads, this epitaph alone calling him riotous courses, very penury forced him by that title. All the learned antiquato this course.”+
rians agree in giving no credence to the Robin Hood was the hero of many po- genuineness of the above composition, alpular songs, several of which are to be leging, among other causes, the quaintness found in “ Evans's Collection of Old of the spelling, and the pace of the metre, Ballads," as early as the reign of Ed- as affording them strong grounds for ward III. R. Langlande, a priest, in his suspicion. “ Pierce Plowman's Visions,” notices However strongly the name and ex
ploits of Robin Hood may have been im“I cannot perfitly my Paternoster, as the pressed on our memories from the “oft priest it singeth,
told ” nursery tales, yet we have lately I can rimes of Robenhod and Randal of had it in our power to become more intiChester,
mately, and, as it were, personally acBut of our Lorde or our Lady I learne no- quainted with this great chieftain of outthyng at all."
laws, through the medium of the author He is reported to bave lived till the of “ Waverley,” who has introduced year 1247; but Baker, in his “ Chrono
“ friend Locksley" to the readers of his logy,” makes his death, which is said to
“ Ivanhoe,” in such natural and glowing have been caused by treachery, to have colours, as to render the forgetting him taken place in the reign of Richard I. utterly impossible. “ The King set forth a Proclamation to
HENRY BRANDON. have him apprehended; it happened he Leadenhall-street. fell sick, at à certain nunnery in Yorkshire, called Berckleys, and desiring to be
Christmas-ebe. let blood, was betrayed, and made to bleed to death." I
This night (you may my Almanack believe)