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How Rueful, alas! is my fate,

with him a thousand cooks, a thousand To Beet and Box doomed all my life! Stead of Heart's-ease or Balm, to meet hate: fowlers, and the same number of fisher'T'is not Sage to be plagued with a wife.

J. I'm sure we're a very bad Pear: And our habes are wild Crabs, sloe to teach :

THE LAMPREY. As for bome-what a hot-house is there! The Muræna was observed in Cæsar's But l'il Bine, -'cause I don't like to Peach! fish-ponds to live sixty years, and by

long use were rendered extremely tame. Well, my masters, now you have Hortensius, who was so attached to a tasted, what think ye of the sample ? lamprey, was very rich, and not less is it not the right elixir to banish No- than ten thousand casks of Arvisian vember's dullness?

wine were found in his cellars after his

death. One of the same name was the The Rote Book.

first person who introduced the eating of peacocks at Roine.

J. Stowe tells us, that at the Earl of Warwick's house situated in the lane

Gaspard Barlæas, who was both a which still retains his name, there were poet and a physician, deranged his six oxen eaten at a breakfast,“ and brain so much by excessive study, that every taverne was full of his meate; he imagined his body was converted for he that had any acquaintance in that into butter: and on this acconnt he alhouse might have there as much of sod- ways shunned the fire with the utmost den and roast meate as he could pricke care. Being at length worn out with and carry upon a long dagger;" and the continual dread of melting, he put although ihiriy thousand casual guests, an end to his misery by throwing himbesides numerous tenants, are said each self into a well.

H.B.A. day to have been fed by this munificent Earl, his sister (the Countess of Oxford) was reduced to go abject a state after Illustrations of History. her husband's defeat at Tewkesbury, that she was compelled to work at her

POTATOES. needle for bread!

NYRON. This valuable esculent was first im

ported into Europe in the year 1565, by

Hawkins, from Santa Fé, in Spanish The first exhibition of this kind spe- America. The potatoe was planted for the cified by name, was called “ St. Cathe- first time in Ireland by the great Sir rine," and, according to Matthew Paris, Walter Raleigh,who had an estate in that had for its author Godfrey the Norman, kingdom. The natural history of the potaafter wards Abbot of St. Albans, who was toe was then so little understood, that sent into England by Abbot Richard to ignorance of what part of the plant was take upon him the direction of the the proper food had nearly prevented any the school belonging to that monastery, further attention towards its cultivation but coming too late, he went and taught --for, Raleigh perceiving green apples at Dunstable, where he caused his play appear upon the stems, he first suppoto be performed about the year 1110, sed them to be the fruit, but upon their and borrowed from the sacrist of St. being boiled, and finding them unpalaAlbans some of the ecclesiastical vest- teable, or rather nauseous, he was disments of the abbey to adorn the actors. gusted with his acquisitiori, and thought Latterly, these entertainments were cal- no more of cultivating potatoes. Acciled “Mysteries,” because the most mys- dent, however, discovered the real fruit, terious subjects of the holy history were owing to the ground being turned over, selected.

NYRON. through necessity, that very season;

and to his surprise a beautiful crop was THE SYBARITES.

found under-ground, which, being boil. Of the luxury of this people an in- ed, proved nourishing to the stomach stance is recorded of Syndirides, who and grateful to the taste. The utility of once cast himself upon a bed prepared this plant being soon known, rendered for him of the leaves of roses, and hav- its cultivation pretty universal through ing there slept, complained of having Ireland, whence it found its way to this pustules made upon his body from its kingdom, by meer accident, where it hariness. He was likewise so addict- was first planted upon the western ed to his belly, that when he went to coast, owing, as is reported, to a vessel Sicyon, as a suitor to Agarista, the which contained some potatoes, being daugh:er of Clisthenes, he took along shipwrecked at a village named Firm



by, in Lancashire; a place still famed accordingly requested the tired pedesfor this excellent vegetable.

trian to come in and take a seat. They When Parkinson published his Par soon entered into familiar conversation, adisus Terrestris, our common potatoes, in the course of which the stranger said then called Batatæ Virginianæ, were he was a painter, and, hearing that the become more frequent, and were pre- great Thorwaldsen was shortly expared the same way as the Spanish po- pected at Stuttgard, he had started from tatoes, being roasted under the embers, on foot, resolving to see an artist and eaten with sack and sugar, whose works had made such noise in baked with marrow, sugar, and spices, Europe. “And pray, Sir,” said he, or candied by the comát-makers, in all as you say you have just left Rome, which ways, says Parkinson, the Vir- have you seen, or do you know Thorginian potatoe, being dressed, maketh a waldsen personally ?"_“Yes,” replied most delicate meat.

J. the sculptor, “ I have the good fortune

to be very intimate with him, and proCustoms of Warious Countries. mise on our arrival at Stuttgard to pre

sent you to him.” At this assurance CHINESE MODE OF FISHING. the German's joy knew no bounds ; he For the Olio

grasped him by the hand, and a silent The manner of catching fish practis- volent old man felt sensibly moved at

tear bespoke his gratitude. The beneed by the Chinese, is extremely curious. the unsophisticated zeal of the young Besides the fishing birds described by artist, and unable to sustain his inMenhof, and which I will explain pre- cognito any longer~" My dear good sently, they have an ingenious method of entrapping fish. A set of boats built

friend,” he exclaimed, " I will not purposely for this use, on each side of keep you in longer suspense—I am which is fastened a board, japanned

Thorwaldsen." with white varnish, which being driven out into the water during the moonlight nights, when the fish are leaping, they the Exeter Gazette) was posted about

The following choice morceau (says mistake for water, and leaping on the that city a few days ago : October boats are taken.

They make use, also, of a species of 24th, 1830. The Revd. W. Mackintosh cormorant, which stands perched on the of Scotland Will Preach Three Serside of a boat, and when the fisherman House whare the Revd. S. Kilpin youse

mones In Sent Thomas' in the Same gives the signal, the bird takes his flight to Preach Six doors Above. Ockipyed and looks out for game, and having by Mrs. Webber, The Sarvicess will seized a fish, brings it to his master. Comence at half-past ten in the MornSome fly great numbers of these birds ing at half-past tow in the Afternoon at once, and they will divide a river or lake amongst them, and return to their and at Six in the Evening. Preaching masters with the fish they have taken; menshend on the Quay or on bord a

likewise betwine the Sarvices above and if the fish are large, they will help Ship.” one another to bring it to the boat, after which they take their flight again in search of more: having strings about their necks to prevent their swallowing lutionary movement? D'ye give it up?

Why is a devilled kidney like a revoany till their master leaves off, and then -Because it is an intestine broil. they are suffered to prey for themselves.

Why is the author of the Jew of F.G.

Arragon, the personification of a proAnecdotiana.

verbial? D’ye give it up ?-Because

he's Wade in the balance and found THORWALDSEN, THE SCULPTOR.

wanting. Thorwaldsen, travelling to Stuttgard,

When does an old aunt bridle most? overtook on the road a poor German, D’ye give it up ?-When she's saddled heavily laden with a knapsack ; on

with her sister's family. seeing the carriage pass, the man called to the coachman to stop, and enireale i to be taken up; but the driver, giving A lady when asked, why from India so often

Giris single return-though they've beauty an insolent reply, would have continued his way, when the sculptor himself or- Replied --" Pray remember (your satire io dered the coachman to stop, saying he

foften), would make room for him inside; he

The Comic Offering



and wit?

'Tis not at all times a Miss makes a Hil!"

Diary and Chronology.

Wednesday, November 17. St. Dionysius, b. of Alerandria, A D. 265.- High Water 54m aft 2 Morn - Ilm aft 3 Afterno

November 17, 1521.- Expired suddenly of apoplexy, in his 720 year, Rear Admiral Burney, F.R.S. He was eldest son of the celebrated Dr. Burney, the elegant historian of musie, and brother to Dr. Charles Burney, the Hellenist, and Madame D'Arblay the distinguished novelist. The Admiral was not an unworthy member of so literary a family i his History of Voyages of Discovery displays extensive reading and research, as well as geographical knowledge. He also published another work on the Eastern Navigation of the Russians.

Thursday, November 18. Dedication of Sts. Peter and Paul at Rome-Sun rises 89m after 7-sets 20m after 4. The Vaticau church, dedicated in honor of St. Peter, is the second patriarchal charch in Rome, and in it reposes one half of the reliques of Sts. Peter and Paul. " The religious multitude to this day repair in numbers to these sepulchres of saints," says St. Chrysostom, " thas surpassing the palaces of kings, for even kings and emperors go to salute them." Butler, the historiographer of the saints, expatiating on this habit of pilgrimages to shrines and reliques, expressly guards the reader against any false notion that the Catholics worship the reliques themselves, or even dedicate holy edifices to saints. “ They are," says he, “ in reality dedi. cated to God, and are so dedicated under the patronage of some saint, whose intercession we may invoke with the Deity:" The sacred vault of this church is called the Confession of St. Peier, or the threshold of the Apostles; and thousands of pilgrims have flocked to it ever since the primitive ages of the church.

Friday, November 19. St. Barlaam, mar.-High Water 2m after 4 Morn-20m after 4 Aftern. November 19, 1689. - On this day the Rev. George Walker received the thanks of the House of Commons for his gallant defence of Londonderry agaiost ap army belonging to James Il. He was of English parents in the County of Tyrone, Ireland, and educated in the University of Glasgow, in Scotland: he was afterwards rector of Donnog bmore, near Londonderry. He was created D D. by the University of Oxford in February, 1690, the year in which he was unfortunately killed.

Saturday, November 20. St. Felir of Valois, Confessor, 1912.-sun rises 42m after 7-sets 17m after 4 November 20, 1759.-- Anniversary of the brilliant victory gained over the French Admiral Conflans, in the lay of Quiberon, by the brave Admiral Hawke. This most perilous and important action defeated the projected invasion of Great Britain. Sir Edward Hawke was soon after gratified by a considerable pension from the King; and the extraordinary activity which he had long displayed in tlie service of his country was honoured with the approbation of Par. Jiament, su the year 1776, he was advanced to ihe dignity of a peer of Great Britain, by the title of Baron Hawke, of Towton, in the County of York.

Sunday, November 21.

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. Lessons for the Day-13 chapter Proverbs, morning-14 chapter Proverbs, Eren Presentation of Our Lady.--High Water 16m after 5 Morning-37m afler 5 Afternoon.

November 21, 1820.- Expired James Harris, Earl of Malmsbury. His lordship was the son of the celebrated author of Herines, and the Three Treatises. He hal been ambassador at several foreign courts, was created Baron Malmsbury in 1789, and raised to an earldom in 1800. His literary works are an Totroduction to the History of the Dutch Republic for the last ten years, published in 1783; and the Works of James Harris, Esq., with an account of his Life and Character, by his son.

Monday, November 22. St. Cecilia. Virgin & Mart. A.D 230.- sun rises 45m after i-sets 14m after 4. November 22, 1771.- Died the Right Hon. Robert Clive, L.L.D. and F.R.S.; his lordship had beep twice governor of Bengal. One of his biographers says that he was an eininent soldier, and adorned with all the virtues of a military life-pride, cruelty, and insatiable avarice! He amassed immense wealth, and returved home to be as miserable as a guilty conscience and illgotten riches could make him, till on this day he terminated bis own life at the age of fifty;-a warning to other great men to take care by what means they acquire their wealth and honours.

Tuesday, November 23. St. Clement, pope and martyr, A.D 101. - Moon's First Quarter, 44 m after 11 Morning.

Plott, in his * History of Staffordsbire," page 4.30, describing a clog almanack, says, " A pot is marked against the 23rd of November, for the festival of St. Clement, from the ancient custom of going about that night to beg drink to make merry with."

November 23, 955 -Expired Edred the Saxon, who was the first monarch styled King of Great Britain. He died of a quinsey in the seventh year of his reigo, and was buried at Winchester. Edred was the dupe of that artful and greedy impostor, Dunstan, Abbot of Glastonbury, who Jowered him, by filling his mind with superstitious fears, from an active warrior to a mere pusilanimous driveller.

With our last was published a SUPPLEMENTARY SHeet, wholly derote i to, and

being the CREAN OF THE ANNUALS for 1831. We trust our friend J. H. B. is not indisposed.

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ILLUSTRATED ARTICLE. in the chapel of Aston Hall, near Stone,

in Staffordshire, to his kinswoman DoTales of the Tapestry. rothy, sole heiress to Sir William StanBY HORACE GUILEORD,

ley of that place. HUMPHREY THE HOMICIDE;

Such, bad newspapers then flourish

ed, would have been the announcement A TALE OF PYPE-HALL.

of a splendid match by which the brideFor the Olio.

groom, then in his nineteenth year,

acquired the broad manors of Aston, I should have thought of heaven and hell com- Clifton-Camville, &c. in addition to his

bined, The morning star mixed with infernal fice, already magnificent estates. October, Ece I bad thought of this!

that lord of the russet and golden leaf, Detested of my soul! I will have vengeance!

-of oaks and beeches, bourgeoning Sball groans and blood affright me ?- No, I'll do't !

with yellow, or ruddy mast,—when Though gasping life beneath my pressure hedgerows display heaved,

Vermil Mon hyps, as bright I would not flinch!

DE MONFORT. As skies at sunset: crimson-colour'd haws,

The robin's winter store; pale milky nuts nothing in his life

Nested in fringy green; the elder, dark Became him like the leaving it. He died With purple juice; the black and bloomy sloe, As one that had been studied in his death Sharp mimic of the plum; the service tree, To throw away the dearest thing he owed, With its ensanguin', clusters; blackberries As 'twere a careless trife.

of such an hue as tf some Pyramus Duncan. There's no art

Had stain'd them newly; and thy scarlet To find the mind's construction in the face;

fringe, He was a gentleman on whom I built

Beautiful rowan! mingled with the harsh An absolute trist.

MACBETH . And choaking crab, as brilliant in its hues

As if the orchard were its stepmother! On the eighteenth of September, 1558,

While over all the tendril'd briony

Her berries pink and waxen hangs aloft
Christopher Heveningham was wedded In meretricious loveliness.
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October, thus attended (pardon this Shoe every pillar foliage-bound, fighty parenthesis gentle reader !) had

And glimmer'd all the dead men's mail;

Blazed battlement and pinnet highcominenced his reign before the bridal

Blazed every rose-carved buttress sair. revelcies had terminated at Aston Hall. It was early in that month that the spa They who first saw the flash, ercious and majestic mansion of Pype claimed that “the east end of the chapel Hall was ordered to be in preparation was on fire!" Old Martin the steward, for the immediate reception of the newly who had been sitting with his back to married pair and their friends.

the windows, turned round, and as it Unprecedented was the bustle dis- lingered for the extraordinary space of played by butler, house-steward, and four or five seconds, he noticed the tire-woman, in arranging the great mantle of light that enveloped and illuhall, the bower, the buttery, &c., for the mined the building, with a most ghastly accommodation of the bridaltrain. This, change of countenance; he had nearly however, once accomplished, the whole fallen to the ground at the sighi, and household betook themselves right and althongh it soon vanished, lelt earnestly to the celebration of that Ay!” he exclaimed, “ it is not for important event. The long, low, and nought, that wild flasin! I have known vaulted apartment appropriated to the the time when on every ninth of Octodomestics of the family, was opened ber it used to gleam and linger over alike to the lusty young yeoman, the the old courts, but now it only comes blossoming damsel, the broad-fronted when some change awaits their inhabifariner, the buxom dame, the sage vil tants !" lage politician, the wrinkled crone, and All now crowded around him in the babbling child who had the good greedy expectation of some marvellous luck to be born under the sway of the tale ; and, after a pause, which he turnStanleys or the Heveninghams. ed to good purpose by applying devout

It was now late; the brazen-figured ly to a large copper Gaun of Burton clock in the bell tower had already ale, Martin proceeded to inform his palwarned the revellers of approaching lid audience, that the ghastly fame they midnight, and the party had begun gra- had just witnessed was not the only dually lo diminish. The stream of circumstance of terror that was wont viands and the clang of beakers had annually to disturb the house on that gradually died away with the laughter night. and songs they produced. The tenants For," added he, his voice sinking (who had flocked in groupes to the hall almost into a whisper, regularly at on seeing the banner of Heveningham midnight some half-century agone, you with a scutcheon of pretence in the might hear the bell at the great gateway centre, bearing the Stanley arms argent sounded, and an imperious voice thunon a bend azure, three stags' heads ca. dering, “ What ho! sir porter ! let in bossed and attired or,) had by this time your lord !' — immediately the gates chiefly departed to their homes. Few would unfold of themselves, and a knight beside the household servants were on horseback, bearing a fainting lady at crowded round the capacious fire-place, his saddle-bów, and followed by nuwhose hearth, pouring up the chimney merous retainers, in the livery of Stana noble blaze, almost drowned with its ley, who led a disarmed youth with roar the autumnal gusts that blew heavy them, would clatter through the flagged and hollow against the strong tran- porch. Then would lights glance from somed windows, speedily succeeded by window to window, and doors would lightning and rain. Tales of appari- bang, and heavy steps would sound on tions, sorcerers, and fairies, now began the staircases,--although, heaven knows, to blend with many a legend of trea- every inmate, save those who braved chery, revenge, and bloodshed. These, the witching spectacle, were slumbering the usual termination of such merrys in their beds! These, however, have makings, seemed, by the subdued tone, said and sworn, that a pale but dignified the pallid cheek, and the anxious eyé dame, in the fashion of Henry, the Se. of the listeners, to be a very interesting venth's reign, always entered from the theme, when suddenly a blaze of light- interior court, preceded by flambeaux ; ning was seen by those opposite the that, as she approached the armed cawindows to strike the eastern end of valier, he was wont to lift his vizor, the chapel, unfolding its cross, its ga- and frowning point to the fainting lady ble, and its buttresses in red light, and disarmed' knight; and that forthSeem'd all on pre-within, around

with the visionary cavalcade used 10 Deep sacristy, and altars pale,

vanish in that large carved fountaiv,

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