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chiags remained. When she returned, stood the tumbler, and a candlestick. A she told them nothing had happened since case bottle then flew to pieces. they left it. Sometime after Mr. and Miss The next circumstance was, a ham, that Gresham went home, every thing remain- hung on one side of the kitchen chimney, ing quiet at Mr. Pain's : but about eight raised itself from the hook and fell down o'clock in the evening a fresh scene to the ground. Some time after, another began; the first thing that happened ham, that hung on the other side of the was, a whole row of pewter dishes, chimney, likewise underwent the same except one, fell from off a shelf to the fate. Then a flitch of bacon, which hung middle of the floor, rolled about a little up in the same chimney, fell down. while, then settled, and as soon as they . All the family were eye-witnesses to were quiet, turned upside down; they these circumstances as well as other perwere then put on the dresser, and went sons, some of whom were so alarmed and through the same a second time : next fell shocked, that they could not bear to stay. a whole row of pewter plates from off A t all the times of action, Mrs.Golding's the second shelf over the dresser to servant was walking backwards and forthe ground, and being taken up and put wards, either in the kitchen or parlour, or on the dresser one in another, they were wherever some of the family happened to thrown down again. Two eggs were be. Nor could they get her to sit down upon one of the pewter shelves, one five minutes together, except at one time of them flew off, crossed the kitchen, for about half an hour towards the mornstruck a cat on the head, and then broke ing, when the family were at prayers in the to pieces.
parlour; then all was quiet ; but, in the Next Mary Martin, Mrs. Pain's ser- midst of the greatest confusion, she was vant, went to stir the kitchen fire, she got as much composed as at any other time, to the right hand side of it, being a large and with uncommon coolness of temper chimney as is usual in farm houses, a pestle advised her mistress not to be alarmed or and mortar that stood nearer the left hand uneasy, as she said these things could not end of the chimney shelf, jumped about be helped. six feet on the floor. Then went candle- “ This advice," it is observed in the narsticks and other brasses : scarce any thing rative, surprised and startled her mistress, remaining in its place. After this the almost as much as the circumstances that glasses and china were put down on the occasioned it. “For how can we suppose," floor for fear of undergoing the same fate. says the narrator, “that a girl of about
A glass tumbler that was put on the twenty years old, (an age when female ti floor jumped about two feet and then midity is too often assisted by superstition) broke. Another that stood by it jumped could remain in the midst of such cala about at the same time, but did not break mitous circumstances, (except they protill some hours after, when it jumped again ceeded from causes best known to herself,) and then broke. A china bowl that stood and not be struck with the same terror as in the parlour jumped from the floor, to every other person was who was present. behind a table that stood there. This These reflections led Mr. Pain, and at the was most astonishing, as the distance from end of the transactions, likewise Mrs. where it stood was between seven and Golding, to think that she was not altogeeight feet, but was not broke. It was ther so unconcerned as she appeared to be." put back by Richard Fowler, to its place, About ten o'clock at night, they sep where it remained some time, and then over the way to Richard Fowler, to desire flew to pieces.
he would come and stay with them. He The next thing that followed was a mus- came and continued till one in the morntard-pot, that jumped out of a closet ing, when he was so terrified, that he and was broke. A single cup that stood could remain no longer. upon the table (almost the only thing re- As Mrs. Golding could not be persuadmaining) jumped up, flew across the ed to go to bed, Mrs. Pain, at one o'clock, kitchen, ringing like a bell, and then was made an excuse to go up stairs to her dashed to pieces against the dresser. A youngest child, under pretence of getting tumbler with rum and water in it, that it to sleep; but she really acknowledged it stood upon a waiter upon a table in the was through fear, as she declared she parlour, jumped about ten feet and was could not sit up to see such strange things broke. The table then fell down, and going on, as every thing one after another along with it a silver tankard belonging to was broken, till there was not above two or Mrs. Golding, the waiter in which had three cups and saucers remaining out of
considerable quantity of china, &c. which six and seven o'clock on Tuesday mornwas destroyed to the amount of some ing. At Mrs. Golding's were broken the pounds.
quantity of three pails full of glass, About five o'clock on Tuesday morning, china, &c. Mrs. Pain's filled two pails. the 7th, Mrs. Golding went up to her The accounts here related are in the niece, and desired her to get up, as the words of the “narrative,” which bears the noises and destruction were so great she attestation of the witnesses before mencould continue in the house no longer. tioned. The affair is still remembered by Mrs. Golding and her maid went over the many persons : it is usually denominated way to Richard Fowler's: when Mrs. the “ Stockwell Ghost," and deemed Golding's maid had seen her safe to inexplicable. It must be recollected, Richard Fowler's, she came back to Mrs. however, that the mysterious move Pain, to help her to dress the children in ments were never made but when Ann the barn, where she had carried them for Robinson, Mrs. Golding's maid-serfear of the house falling. At this time vant, was present, and that they wholly all was quiet: they then went to Fowler's, ceased when she was dismissed. Though and then began the same scene as had these two circumstances tend to prove that happened at the other places. All was this girl was the cause of the disturbances, quiet here as well as elsewhere, till the scarcely any one who lived at that time maid returned.
listened patiently to the presumption, or When they got to Mr. Fowler's, he be- without attributing the whole to witchcraft gan to light a fire in his back room. One lady, whom the editor of the EveryWhen done, he put the candle and candle- Day Book conversed with several times on stick upon a table in the fore room. This the subject, firmly believed in the witchapartment Mrs. Golding and her maid craft, because she had been eye-witness had passed through. Another candle- to the animation of the inanimate crockstick with a tin lamp in it that stood byery and furniture, which she said could it, were both dashed together, and fell to not have been effected by human means the ground. At last the basket of coals it was impossible. He derived, however, tumbled over, and the coals rolling about a solution of these “ impossibilities" from the room, the maid desired Richard the late Mr. J. B- , at his residence Fowler not to let her mistress remain in Southampton-street, Camberwell, tothere, as she said, wherever she was, the wards the close of the year 1817. Mr. same things would follow. In conse- B- said, all London was in an upquence of this advice, and fearing greater roar about the “ Stockwell Ghost" for a losses to himself, he desired Mrs. Gold- long time, and it would have made more ing would quit his house; but first beg- noise than the “ Cock-lane Ghost," if it ged her to consider within herself, for her had lasted longer; but attention to it graown and the public sake, whether or not dually died away, and most people beshe had not been guilty of some atrocious lieved it was supernatural. Mr. Bcrime, for which Providence was deter- in continuation, observed, that some years mined to pursue her on this side the after it happened, he became acquainted grave. Mrs. Golding told him she would with this very Ann Robinson, without not stay in his house, or any other person's, knowing for a long time that she had been as her conscience was quite clear, and she the servant-maid to Mrs. Golding. He could as well wait the will of Providence learned it by accident, and told her what in her own house as in any other place he had heard. She admitted it was true, whatever; upon which she and her maid and in due season, he says, he got all the went home, and Mrs.Pain went with them. story out. She had fixed long horse hairs
After they had got to Mrs. Golding's, a to some of the crockery, and put wires pail of water, that stood on the floor, boil- under others; on pulling these, the “moved like a pot; a box of candles fell from ables" of course fell. Mrs. Golding was a shelf in the kitchen to the floor, and they terribly frightened, and so were all who rolled out, but none were broken, and the saw any thing tumble. Ann Robintable in the parlour fell over.
son herself, dexterously threw many of Mr. Pain then desired Mrs. Golding to the things down, which the persons presend her maid for his wife to come to sent, when they turned round and saw them, and when she was gone a!l was them in motion or broken, attributed to quiet; upon her reiurn she was immedi- unseen agency. These spectators were ately discharged, and no disturbances all too much alarmed by their own dread happened afterwards; this was between of infernal power to examine any thing. They kept at an awful distance, and some when the earth is softened in spring. times would not look at the utensils, lest Shrubs and trees, which are exposed to they might face fresh horrors; of these the open air, have all their soft and tender tempting opportunities she availed her parts closely wrapt up in buds, which by self. She put the eggs in motion, and their firmness resist all the power of frost; after one only fell down, threw the other the larger kinds of buds, and those which at the cat. Their terrors at the time, and are almost ready to expand, are further their subsequent conversations .nagnified guarded by a covering of resin or gum, many of the circumstances beyond the such as the horse-chestnut, the sycamore, facts. She took advantage of absences and the lime. Their external covering, to loosen the hams and bacon, and attach however, and the closeness of their interthem by the skins; in short, she ef- nal texture, are of themselves by no means fected all the mischief. She caused the adequate to resist the intense cold of a water in the pail to appear as if it boiled, winter's night: a bud detached from its by slipping in a paper of chemical pow. stem, enclosed in glass, and thus protectders as she passed, and afterwards it bub. ed from all access of external air, if susbled. “Indeed," said Mr. B
pended from a tree during a sharp frost, “there was a love story connected with will be entirely penetrated, and its parts the case, and when I have time, I will deranged by the cold, while the buds on write out the whole, as I got it by degrees the same tree will not have sustained the from the woman herself. When she saw slightest injury; we must therefore attrithe effect of her first feats, she was tempt- bute to the living principle in vegetables, ed to exercise the dexterity beyond her as well as animals, the power of resisting original purpose for mere amusement. cold to a very considerable degree : in She was astonished at the astonishment animals, we know, this power is generated she caused, and so went on from one from the decomposition of air by means thing to another; and being quick in her of the lungs, and disengagement of heat; motions and shrewd, she puzzled all the how vegetables acquire this property resimple old people, and nearly frightened mains for future observations io discover. thern to death.” Mr. B- chuckled If one of these buds be carefully opened, mightily over his recollections; he was it is found to consist of young leaves rolle fond of a practical joke, and enjoyed the ed together, within which are even all the tricks of Ann Robinson with all his heart. blossoms in miniature that are afterwards By his acuteness, curiosity, and love of to adorn the spring." drollery, he drew from her the entire con During the mild weather of winter, fession; and “ as the matter was all over slugs are in constant motion preying on years ago, and no more harm could be plants and green wheat. Their coveringe done,” said Mr. B., “I never talked about of slime prevent the escape of animal it much, for her sake; but of this I can heat, and hence they are enabled to ravage assure you, that the only magic in the when their brethren of the shell, who are thing was, her dexterity and the people's more sensible of cold, lie dormant. Earthsimplicity” Mr. B. promised to put worms likewise appear about this time; down the whole on paper; but he was but let the man of nice order, with a litailing and infirm, and accident prevented tle garden, discriminate between the dethe writer from caring much for a “ full, stroyer, and the innocent and useful inhatrue, and particular account," which he bitant. One summer evening, the worms could have had at any time, till Mr. Bray- from beneath a small grass plat, lay half field's death rendered it unattainable out of their holes, or were dragging
“ their slow length" upon the surface. THE SEASON.
They were all carefully taken up, and preMr. Arthur Aikin, in his “ Calendar of served as a breakfast for the ducks. In the Nature," presents us with a variety of ac- following year, the grass-plat, which had ceptable information concerning the opera- flourished annually with its worms, vegetions of nature throughout the year. " The tated unwillingly. They were the under plants at this season," he says, “ are pro- gardeners that loosened the sub-soil, vided by nature with a sort of winter- and let the warm air through their entranquarters, which secure them from the ef- ces to nourish the roots of the herbage. fects of cold. Those called herbaceous, “ Their calm desires that asked but little which die down to the root every autumn,
room," are now safely concealed under-ground, were unheeded, and their usefulness was preparing their new shoots to burst forth unknown, until their absence was feit
Plough Monday The first Monday after Twelfth-day is in these times, the twelve days of Christcalled Plough Monday, and appears to mas are devoted to pastime, although the have received that name because it was custom remains. Formerly, indeed, little the first day after Christmas that huswas done in the field at this season, and bandmen resumed the plough. In some according to “ Tusser Redivivus," during parts of the country, and especially in the the Christmas holidays, gentlemen feasted north, they draw the plough in procession the farmers, and every farmer feasted his to the doors of the villagers and towns- servants and taskmen. Then Plough people. Long ropes are attached to it, and Monday reminded them of their business, thirty or forty men, stripped to their clean and on the morning of that day, the men white shirts, but protected from the wea- and maids strove who should show their ther by waistcoats beneath, drag it along. readiness to commence the labours of the Their arms and shoulders are decorated year, by rising the earliest. If the ploughwith gay-coloured ribbons, tied in large man could get his whip, his plough-staff, knots and bows, and their hats are smart- hatchet, or any field implement, by the ened in the same way. They are usually fireside, before the maid could get her accompanied by an old woman, or a boy kettle on, she lost her Shrove-tide cock to dressed up to represent one; she is gaily be- the men. Thus did our forefathers strive dizened, and called the Bessy. Sometimes to allure youth to their duty, and provided the sport is assisted by a humorous coun- them innocent mirth as well as labour. tryman to represent a fool. He is covered On Plough Monday night the farmer gave with ribbons, and attired in skins, with a them a good supper and strong ale. In depending tail, and carries a box to collect some places, where the ploughman went money from the spectators. They are to work on Plough Monday, if, on his attended by music, and Morris-dancers return at night, he came with his whip to when they can be got; but there is always the kitchen-hatch, and cried “ Cock in a sportive dance with a few lasses in all pot," before the maid could cry “ Cock their finery, and a superabundance of ribs on the dunghill,” he gained a cock for bans. When this merriment is well ma- Shrove Tuesday.
aged, it is very pleasing. The money Blomefield's History of Norfolk tena, ollected is spent at night in conviviality. to clear the origin of the annual proces. It must not be supposed, however, that sions on Plough Monday. Anciently,
light called the Plough-light, was main- a fire-spark in my throat, I, going over to tained by old and young persons who the sign of the Cup and Can for one were husbandmen, before images in some pennyworth of ale, there I found sir John, churches, and on Plough Monday they and thinking no hurt to any man, civilly had a feast, and went about with a plough sat me down to spend my twopence; and dancers to get money to support the but in the end, sir John began to pick a Plough-light. The Reformation put out quarrel with me. Then I started up, these lights; but the practice of going thinking to go away; but sir John had about with the plough begging for money got me by the top of the head, that I had remains, and the “ money for light” in- no power to help myself, and so by his creases the income of the village alehouse. strength and power he threw me down, Let the sons of toil make glad their hearts broke my head, my face, and almost all with “ Barley-wine;" let them also re- my bones, that I was not able to work for member to “be merry and wise." Their three days; nay, more than this, he picked old acquaintance,“ Sir John Barleycorn," my purse, and left me never a penny, so has had heavy complaints against him. that I had not wherewithal to support my There is “ The Arraigning and Indicting family, and my head ached to such a deof Sir JOHN BARLEYCORN, knt. printed gree, that I was not able to work for three for Timothy Tosspot." This whimsical or four days; and this set my wife a little tract describes -him as of " noble scolding, so that I not only lost the blood, well beloved in England, a great good opinion my neighbours had of me, support to the crown, and a maintainer but likewise raised such a storm in my of both rich and poor.” It formally places family, that I was forced to call in the him upon his trial, at the sign of the parson of the parish to quiet the raging Three Loggerheads, before “ Oliver and of my wife's temper. Old Nick his holy father,” as judges. The W ill, the Weaver.-I am but a poor witnesses for the prosecution were cited man, and have a wife and a charge of under the hands and seals of the said children: yet this knowing sir John judges, sitting " at the sign of the Three will never let me alone; he is always enmerry Companions in Bedlam; that is to ticing me froin my work, and will not be say, Poor Robin, Merry Tom, and Jack quiet till he hath got me to the alehouse; Lackwit.” At the trial, the prisoner, sir and then he quarrels with me, and abuses John Barleycorn, pleaded not guilty. me most basely; and sometimes he binds
Lawyer Voisy.—May it please your me hand and foot, and throws me in the lordship, and gentlemen of the jury, I am ditch, and there stays with me all night, counsel for the king against the prisoner and next morning leaves me but one penny at the bar, who stands indicted of many in my pocket. About a week ago, we had heinous and wicked crimes, in that the not been together above an hour, before said prisoner, with malice propense and he began to give me cross words : at our several wicked ways, has conspired and first meeting, he seemed to have a pleasant brought about the death of several of his countenance, and often smiled in my face, majesty's loving subjects, to the great loss and would make me sing a merry catch of several poor families, who by this or two; but in a little time, he grew very means have been brought to ruin and churlish, and kicked up my heels, set my beggary, which, before the wicked designs head where my heels should be, and put and contrivances of the prisoner, lived my shoulder out, so that I have not been in a flourishing and reputable way, but able to use my shuttle ever since, which now are reduced to low circumstances has been a great detriment to my family, and great misery, to the great loss of their and great misery to myself. own families and the nation in general Stitch, the Tailor, deposed to the same We shall call our evidence; and if we effect. make the facts appear, I do not doubt but Mr. Wheatly.—The inconveniencies I you will find him guilty, and your lord- have received from the prisoner are with ships will award such punishment as the out number, and the trouble he occasions nature of his crimes deserve.
in the neighbourhood is not to be ex. Vulcan, the Blacksmith.-My lords, pressed. I am sure I have been oftensir John has been a great enemy to me, times very highly esteemed both with and many of my friends. Many a time, lords, knights, and squires, and none when I have been busy at my work, not could please them so well as James tirking any harm to any man, kaving Wheatly, the baker; but now the case is