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the servant was pardoned. A girl going which diffused light over the whole church; by with a bottle, St. Genevieve called to this she presented to the bishop; be, her, and asked what she carried, she blessing it with the sign of the cross, set answered oil, which she had bought; it in the urn of water; when drops of but St. Genevieve seeing the devil sitting wax plentifully fell down into the vessel. on the bottle, blew upon it, and the The diseased drank of it, all were cured, bottle broke, but the saint blessed the the contagion ceased, and the candle to oil, and caused her to bear it home safely this day preserved with great veneration, notwithstanding. The Golden Legend spends itself, yet loses nothing; and says, that the people who saw this, mar- therefore remains still of the same length velled that the saint could see the devil, and greatness it did 500 years ago. A and were greatly edified.

vast quantity of wax, made up of the It was to be expected that a saint or many drops which fall into the water such miraculous powers in her lifetime upon those festival days, when the candle should possess them after her death, and burns, may be justly called a standing, accordingly the reputation of her relics indeficient miracle.” is very high.

This candle story, though gravely related

by a catholic writer, as “not doubted or Several stories of St. Genevieve's mi- by any,” and as therefore not to be raculous faculties, represent them as very doubted, miraculously failed in convenient in vexatious cases of ordinary vircing the protestant Stillingfieet, that occurrence; one of these will serve as a “miracles wrought in the Roman catholic specimen. On a dark wet night she church," ought to be believed. was going to church with her maidens, with a candle borne before her, which

CHRONOLOGY. the wind and rain put out; the saint 1639. A manuscript entitled “Commerely called for the candle, and as soon mentaries of the Civil Wars, from 1638 as she took it in her hand it was lighted to 1648," written by Sir Henry Slingsby, again, “without any fire of this world.” bart. a royalist, intimates the struggle,

Other stories of her lighting candles then approaching, between Charles I. in this way, call to mind a candle, greatly and the nation. He says, “ The 3d of venerated by E. Worsley in a “Discourse January, 1639, I went to Bramham-house, of Miracles wrought in the Roman Ca- out of curiosity, to see the training of the tholic Church, or, a full Refutation of Dr. light-horse, for which service I had sent Stillingfleet's unjust Exceptions against two horses, by commandment of the lieuMiracles,” octavo, 1676. At p. 64, he tenant and sir Joseph Ashley, who is lately says,

" that the miraculous wax candle, come down, with special commission yet seen at Arras, the chief city of Artois, from the king to train and exercise may give the reader entertainment, being them. These are strange spectacles to most certain, and never doubted of by this nation in this age, that has rived any. In 1105, that is, much above 569 thus long peaceably, without noise of years ago, (of so great antiquity the can- drum or of shot, and after we have stood dle is,) a merciless plague reigned in neuter, and in peace, when all the world Arras. The whole city, evei devout to besides hath heen in arms.” The “trainthe Mother of God, experienced her, in ing” was preparatory to the war with this their necessity, to be a true mother the Scots, the resistance of the commons of mercy: the manner was thus. The in parliament, and its levies of troops Virgin Mary appeared to two men, and to oppose the royal will. enjoined them to tell the bishop of Arras, “ The armourers that on the next Saturday towards morn- With busy hammers closing rirets up, ing she would appear in the great church,

Gave dreadful note of preparation ;" and put into his hands a wax candle the conflict ended in the death of Charles burning; from whence drops of wax on the scaffold, the interregnum, the should fall into a vessel of water pre- restoration, and the final expulsion of pared by the bishop. She said, more- the Stuart race. over, that all the diseased that drank of this water, should forthwith be cured.

January 4. This truly promised, truly happened. Our St. Titus, disciple of St. Paul. St. Gre blessed Lady appeared all beautiful, hav- gory, bishop of Langres. St Rigobert, ing in her hands a wax candle burning, or Robert. St. Rumon.

He was

St. Rumon.

pressed Ascham with its importance, Alban Butler informs us, from William that he says, he thought to prepare of Malmsbury, that he was a bishop, some little treatise for a new-year's gift though of what nation or see is unknown, that Christmas,” but it grew beneath and that his name is in the English his hands and became his “Scholemartyrology. Cressy says, that his body master, showing a plain and perfect way was buried at Tavistock, where, about of teaching the learned languages. 960, Ordgar, count of Devonshire, father The best edition of this work, which to Elfrida, the second wife of king Ascham did not live to publish, is that Edgar, built a monastery“ very agreeable edited by the Rev. James Upton, 1743, and pleasant, by reason of the great octavo. The book was first printed by variety of woods, pastures, and rivers Ascham's widow, whom with her chilabounding with fish." St. Rumon con- dren he left in distress. It was emisecrated the church. About thirty years nently serviceable to the advancement of afterwards, the monastery was destroyed teachers and pupils, at a period when it and burnt by the Danes. It is memora- was the fashion to flog. Its most remarkble, that Edulf, a son of Ordgar, buried able feature is the frowning down of this in that monastery, was a man of gigantic brutal practice, which, to the disgrace of stature, and of such wonderful strength, our own times, is still heard of in certain that going to Exeter, and finding the seminaries, both public and private. The gates shut and barred, he broke the good old man says, “ Beat a child if he outer iron bars with his hands, burst dance not well, and cherish him though open the gates with his foot, tore the he learn not well, ye shall have him unocks and bolts asunder, and broke down willing to go to dance, and glad to go to part of the wall.

his book : knock him always when he

draweth his shaft ill, and favour him CHRONOLOGY.

· again though he fault at his book, ye 1568. On the 4th of January Roger shall have him very loth to be in the Ascham died, and was buried at St. field, and very willing to go to school." Sepulchre's church, London.

He observes, “ If ever the nature of man born in Yorkshire about 1515, and is be given at any time, more than another, celebrated for his learning, for having to receive goodness, it is in innocency of been tutor and Latin secretary to queen young years before that experience of Elizabeth, and for having written the evil have taken root in him. For the Scholemaster." This work originated pure, clean wit of a sweet young babe, from mention -having been made at din- is like the newest wax, most able to rener that some Eton scholars “ had run ceive the best and fairest printing; and away from school for fear of beating.” like a new bright silver dish never occuAscham expressed his opinion that pied, to receive and keep clean any good

young children were sooner allured by thing that is put into it. Therefore, to love, than driven by beating, to attain love or to hate, to like or contemn, to good learning." ile then retired up ply this way or that way, to good or to stairs“ to read with the queen's majesty: bad, ye shall have as ye use a child in we read then together that noble oration his youth.” He exemplifies this by a of Demosthenes against Æschines, for his delightful anecdote of the young, beautifalse dealing in his embassy to king ful, and accomplished lady Jane Grey, Philip of Macedon ; sir Richard Sack who shortly afterwards perished by the ville came up soon after." Sackville axe of the executioner. Ascham, before took Ascham aside, “ A fond (silly) school. he went into Germany, visited Broadmaster," said sir Richard, “ before I was gate in Leicestershire, to take leave of fully fourteen years old, drove me so, her. “ Her parents, the duke and with fear of beating, from all love of duchess, with all the household, gentle learning, as now, when I know what dif- men and gentlewomen, were hunting in ference it is to have learning, and to have the park. I found her," says Ascham, little, or none at all, I feel it my greatest “ in her chamber, reading Phædo Platonis grief, and find it my greatest hurt, that in Greek, and that with as much delight, ever came to me, that it was so my ill as some gentlemen would read a merry chance, to light upon so lewd (ignorant) tale in Boccace. After salutation, and a schoolmaster. The whole conversa- duty done, with some other talk, I asked tion was very interesting and so im- her, why she would lose such pastime

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in the park ? Smiling, she answered so without measure misordered, that !

think myself in hell, till time come that “"I wist, all their sport in the park is I must go to Mr. Elmer; who teacheth but a shadow to that pleasure that I find me so gently, so pleasantly, with such in Plato. Alas! good-folk, they never fair allurements to learning, that I think felt what true pleasure meant.

all the time nothing, while I am with him: * And how came you, madam,' quoth and when I am called from him, I fall on I, to this deep knowledge of pleasure ? weeping, because whatsoever I do else, And what did chiefly allure you unto it, but learning, is full of grief, trouble, fear, seeing not many women, but very few and whole misliking unto me: and thus men, have attained thereunto ?

my book hath been so much my pleasure, “I will tell you,' quoth she,' and tell and bringeth daily to me more pleasure you a truth, which perchance you will and more, that in respect of it, all other marvel at. One of the greatest benefits pleasures in very deed, be but trifles and that ever God gave me, is, that he sent me troubles unto me.'' so sharp and severe parents, and so gentle Surely this innocent creature's confes'a schoolmaster. For when I am in pre- sion, that she was won to the love of sence either of father or mother, whether learning and her teacher by his gentleI speak, keep silence, sit, stand, or go, ness, and the disclosure of her affliction eat, drink, be merry, or sad, be sewing, under the severe discipline of her parents, playing, dancing, or doing any thing else, are positive testimony to the fact, that I must do it, as it were, in such weight, our children are to be governed and measure, and number, even so perfectly, taught by the law of kindness : nor let as God made the world; or else I am so it detract from the force of the remark, sharply taunted, so cruelly threatened, that in connection with her artless feelyea presently sometimes with pinche:, ings and blameless deportment, if her nips, and bobs, and other ways (which I hard fate call forth a versified effusion. will not name for the honour I bear them) INSCRIBED BENEATH A PORTRAIT OF LADY JANE GREY.

Young, beautiful, and learned Jane, intent

On knowledge, found it peace; her vast acquirement
Of goodness was her fall ; she was content

With dulcet pleasures, such as calm retirement
Yields to the wise alone ;-her only vice

Was virtue : in obedience to her sire
And lord she died, with them, a sacrifice

To their ambition : her own mild desire
Was rather to be happy than be great ;

For though at their request she claimed the crown,
That they, through her, might rise to rule the state,

Yet, the bright diadem, and gorgeous throne,
She view'd as cares, dimming the dignity
Of her unsullied mind, and pure benignity.

1815. On the 4th of January, died they were excluded from the throne of the Alexander Macdonald, Esq., who is no people, by the aristocracy and commonother way remarkable, than for a chival- alty of England in parliament assembled. rous devotion to the family of Stuart. He As evidence of the spirit that dictated raised a monument in the vale of Glen- such a memorial, and of the proper feelfinnyn, at the head of Lochshiel, in the ing which permits that spirit to be excounty of Inverness, with a Latin, Gaelic, pressed, in spite of its hostility to the and English inscription, to commemo- principles that deposited and continued rate the last open efforts of that family, the diadem of the commonwealth in the for the recovery of a crown they had custody of the house of Hanover, the inforfeited by innumerable breaches of the scription on the monument is placed in laws, and whose aggressions on life and the next column. It stands in English in property being suffered, till

these words : 46 Non-resistance could no further go,"

On the spot where

After the expulsion of pope Pius PRINCE CHARLES EDWARD first raised his Standard,

VI. from “the chair of St. Peter," by On the 19th day of August, MDCCXLV, the French, he fled from his splendid When he made the daring and romantic attempt To recover a Throne lost by the imprudence of his

residences at Rome and Frascati to VeAncestors, This Column was erected by

nice, infirm in health, distressed in cirALEXANDER MACDONALD, Esq., of cumstances, and at the age of seventyGlenaladale,

five. He subsisted for awhile on the
To commemorate the generous zeal,
The undaunted bravery, and the inviolable 'idelity, produce of some silver plate, which he
Of his forefathers, and the rest of those had saved from the ruin of his property.

Who fought and bled in that
Arduous and unfortunate enterprise.

By the friendly interference of sir John
This Pillar is now,

Cox Hippisley, the cardinal's situation
Also become the Monument

was made known to his late majesty, and or its amiable and accomplished Founder, lord Minta had orders to remit him a

Before it was finished,

present of 20001., which he received in Died in Edinburgh on the 4th day of January, February 1800, with an intimation that

The “right line” of the Stuart race ter-

he might draw for the same amount in minated in the late cardinal York.

the July following; and sir J.C. Hippis

He was the second son of “the Pretender," and of 40001. would be at his service, so long

ley communicated to him, that an annuity was born at Rome on the 26th of March

as his circumstances might require it. 1725; where he was baptized by the name

This liberality was received and acknowof Henry Benedict Maria Clemens : he died there in 1807, in the 83d year of his ledged by the cardinal in terms of gratiage. In 1745 he went to France to head tude, and made a considerable impression an army of fifteen thousand men, assem- These facts are extracted from the Gen

on the reigning pope and his court. bled at Dunkirk for the invasion of tleman's Magazine, (vols. 74 and 77,) England. The battle of Culloden settled which also observes, that “ from the time “ the arduous and unfortunate enter- he devoted himself to ecclesiastical func: prise," which the “ amiable and accom

tions he seemed to have laid aside all plished founder" of the monument commemorates, and not a single transport left worldly views, till his father's death in Dunkirk roads. As soon as Henry Bene- 1788, when he had medals struck, bearing

on their face his head, with 'HENRICUS dict heard of the affair at Culloden, he

NONUS ANGLIÆ Rex;' on the reverse, a returned to Rome, entered into priest's orders, and in 1747 was made a cardinal city, with "Gratia DET, SED NON Vo

LUNTATE HOMINUM; if we are not by pope Benedict XIV. It was taunted misinformed, our sovereign has one of by a former pope upon James II. that he these medals." From one in the posses

lost his kingdom for a mass ;” and it is sion of the compiler of this work, he is certain that Henry Benedict was better enabled to present an engraving of it qualified to take a red-hat and pull on

to his readers. and off red stockings, than to attempt the conquest of a free protestant nation.





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his mortifications. In the monastery of January 5.

Heliodorus, a man sixty-five years of age, Si. Simeon Stylites. St. Telesphoru. who had spent sixty-two years so al Sl. Syncletia.

stracted from the world, that he was St. Simeon Stylites.

ignorant of the most obvious things in it; Alban Buuler declares, that St. Simeon the monks ale but once a day : Simeon astonished the whole Roman empire by joined the community, and are but once a

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