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THE FEAST WEEK.
(Lingeringly) It's always the wish of Paul,
(Lastly.) I wish you a happy New Year (Exit finally.;
For the Every-Day Book. to take him off--haven't I? I say, that's another joke isn't it? Bless you, I This festival, so called, is supposed to co'd do as good as that for ever. But I be nearly coeval with the establishment want to see you, and ask you how you go of Christianity in this island.
Every on ? and I've lots of intelligence for you new church that was founded was dedi. such things as never were known in cated to some peculiar saint, and was this world--all true, and on he very best naturally followed by a public religious authority, you may take my word for it. celebration, generally on the day of that Several of my relations have sent you saint, or on the Sunday immediately fol. budgets. Though they know you won't lowing. Whatever might be the origin, publish their names unless they like it, the festival part is still observed in most they don't choose to sign 'em to of the villages of several of the midland their letters for private reasons,“why and other counties. It is a season much don't you print 'em? They cann't give up to be remembered, and is anticipated their authors you know, (that's impossi- with no little pleasure by the expecting ble,) but what does that signify?' And villagers. The joyful note of preparation then you give 'em so much trouble to call is given during the preceding week; and and make inquiries--not that they care the clash, and splash, and bustle of about that, but it looks so. However, I'm cleansing, and whitewashing, and dustin a great hurry and so you'll excuse me. ing, is to be seen and heard in almost -Mind though I shall pop in every day every cottage. Nor is the still more imtill I catch you. I hope you'll print the portant object of laying in a good solid song-it's all my own writing, it will do supply for a hungry host of visitors forfor Liston, depend on it. What a joke gotten. Happy those who can command isn't it a good one ?
à ham for the occasion. This is a great Pryory Place, Yours eterpally,
favourite, as it is a cut-and-come-again January 6, 1826. PAUL PRY. dish, ready at hand at all times. But this P.S. Don't forget the Index-I want but can boast of a substantial plum
is mostly with the tip-topping part. Few to learn all the particulars-multum in pudding !-And now the important day parvo-all quite correct.
is arrived. The nierry bells from the P.S. I'm told you've eleven childrenis it true? What day shall you have an.
steeple announce the event; and groups other? - to-day ?
of friends and rela’ions, not forgetting Twelfth-day? that distant cousins and children, are seen would be a joke wouldn't it? I hope I making their way, long before the hour don't intrude. I don't wish to seem curious.
of dinner, to the appointed spot. This is Sunday; and in the afternoon a portion
of these strangers, clean and neatly NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. Mean Temperature ... 36 • 07.
dressed, are seen flocking to the village church, where the elevated band in the
gallery, in great force both in noise and January 11.
number, contribute lustily to their edifi. Feast Week.
cation, and the clergyman endeavours
improve the solemnity of the occasion by This is a term in many parts of Eng- an appropriate address. During the and for an annual festivity celebrated on early part of the ensuing week, the fease
is kept up with much spirit: the village
NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. presents a holiday appearance, and open Mean Temperature .
35. 62 housekeeping, as far as may be, is the order of the day; the bells at intervals
January 12. send forth an enlivening peal; all work
Leeches unhurt by Frost. is nearly suspended; gay stalls of gingerbread and fruit, according to the season
Among the cold blooded animals which of the year, together with swings and resist the effects of a low temperature roundabouts, spread out their allurements we may reckon the common leech, whick to the children; bowls, quoits, and nine- is otherwise interesting to the meteorolopins, for the men; and the merry dance in gist, on account of its peculiar habits and the evening, for the lasses. Fresh visitors movements under different states of the keep dropping in; and almost all who atmosphere. A group of these animals can make any excuse of acquaintance are
left accidentally in a closet without a fire, acknowledged, and are hospitably enter during the frost of 1816, not only surtained, according to the means of their vived, but appeared to suffer no injury village friends. “As the week advances, from being locked up in a mass of ice for these means gradually diminish; and as many days.* an empty house has few attractions, by the end of the week the bustle ceases, and all is still and silent, as if it had
Certain rewards allowed by act of never been.
parliament to firemen, turncocks, and Man naturally requires excitement and others, who first appear with their engines relaxation; but it is essentially necessary
sary and implements at premises sworn to be that they should be adapted to his situa
on fire, were claimed at the public office, tion and circumstances. The feast week, and resisted on the ground that the
Marlborough-street, in this month, 1826, however alluring it may appear in description, is in reality productive of greater chimney, which belonged to a brewery, evil than good. The excitement lasts too and was more than eighty feet high, was long, and the enjoyment, whatever it not, and could not be on fire. A witness may be, is purchased at the sacrifice of to that end, gave a lively specimen of too great expense. It is a well-known familiar statement and illustration. He fact, that many of the poor who have began by telling the magistrate, that he exerted every effort to make this profuse,
was a sweep-chimney by profession-a but short-lived display, have scarcely piece of information very unnecessary, for bread to eat for weeks after. But there he was as black and sooty a sweep as ever is no alternative, if they expect to be mounted a chimney-top, -—and then went received with the same spirit of hospitality
on in this fashion_* This here man, by their friends. The alehouses, in the (pointing to the patrol,) your wortship, interim, are too often scenes of drunken- has told a false affidavit. I knows that ness and disorder; and the labouring man
ere chimley from a hinfant, and she who has been idle and dissipated for a
foot as well as my own mother.
The week, is little disposed for toil and tem
goes up her is this—I goes perance the next. Here, then, the illu. in all round the boiler, then I twistes in sion of rural simplicity ends ! These
the chimley like the smoke, and then up things are managed much better where I goes with the wind, for, your wortship, one fair day, as it is called, is set apart there's a wind in her that would blow you in each year, as is the case in many coun
out like a feather, if you didn't know her ties; the excitement, which is intense for as well as I do, and that makes me alten or twelve hours, is fully sufficient for ways go to the top myse:f, because there the purpose; all is noise and merriment,
isn't a brick in her that doesn't know my and one general and simultaneous burst foot. So that you see, your wortship, no Lakes place. You see groups of happy knows that I go up her regular. So that and explosion, if it may be so expressed, soot, or blacks is ever in her: the wind faces. Every one is willing “ to laugh he knows not why, and cares not where she always keeps herself as clean as a new fore;" and one day's gratification serves pin. I'll be bound the sides of her is as him for every day's pleasing topic of re
clean this minute as I am (not saying ference for weeks to come.
much for the chimney); therefore, your S. P.
way as I
• Hoverd on Climate,
wortship, that ere man as saw two yards
“ Want a coach, sir? Here's your coach of fire coming out of her, did not see no sir! Which is it, sir? Coach to the city such thing, I say; and he has told your sir! West end, sir! Here! Coach to the wortship, and these here gentlemen pre- city! Coach 10 Whitechapel ! Coach to sent, a false affidavit, I say. I was brought Portman-square! Coach to Pentonville up in that chimley, your wortship, and I Coach to the Regent's Park! This way can't abear to hear such things said- lies
this way! Stand clear there! Chariot, or of her; and that's all as I knows at pre a coach, sir? No chariots, sir, and all the sent, please your wortship."*
coaches are hired! There's a coach here, sir-just below! Coachman, draw up!"
and drawing up is impossible, and there The London Christmas evenings of is an incessant confusion of calls and 1826, appear to have been kept out of complaints, and running against each doors, for every place of entertainment other, arising out of the immediate wants was overflowing every night.
of every body, which can only be succesAt this season, from six o'clock in the sively gratified. Pedestrians make their evening, a full ride of passengers sets in way home, or to the inns, as fast as posalong every leading street to each of the sible, or turn in to sup at the fish-shops, theatres. Hackney coaches drawl, and
which, in five minutes, are more lively cabriolets make their way, and jostie each
than their oysters were at any time. other, and private carriages swiftly, roll,
“ Waiter! Waiter! Yes, sir! Attend to and draw up to the box door with a you directly, sir! Yours is gone for, sir! vigorous sweep, which the horses of hired Why, I've ordered nothing! It's coming vehicles are too aged, or too low in con- directly, sir! Ginger-beer-why this is dition to achieve. Within a hundred poison 1 Spruce—why this is ginger-beer! yards of either playhouse, hands are con- Porter, sir! I told you brandy and water! tinually thrust into each coach window, Stewed oysters! I ordered scolloped ! with a bill of the play,” and repeated When am I to have my supper? You've cries of " only a penny!" The coach- had it, sir-I beg your pardon, sir, the door being opened, 'down fall the steps gentleman that sat here is gone, sir ! with a sharp clackity-clack-click, and the Waiter! waiter!" and so on; and he who companies alight, if they can, without the has patience, is sure to be indulged with supernumerary aid of attendant pliers, who an opportunity of retaining it, amidst offer their over-ready arms to lean upon, loud talking and laughter; varied views and kindly entreat=“ Take care, sir ! of the new pantomime; conflicting testimind how you step ma'am-this way if mony as to the merits of the clown and you please--this way," all against your the harlequin ; the “new scenery, dresses, will, and ending with “ I hope you'll and machinery;" likings and dislikings please to remember a poor fellow I' the of certain actresses; "the lovely Miss poor fellow" having done nothing but So-and-so, or
that detestable" woman, interrupt you. When past the “ pay
Mrs. Such-an-one, that clever fellow, place," great coats, umbrellas, shawls or “ Thing-a-merry," or that stupid dog, other useful accompaniments to and from “What-d'ye-call-um.". These topics fail" the house," though real encumbrances ing, and the oysters discussed, then are within it, may be safely deposite
with stated and considered the advantages of persons stationed for their reception, who taking something“to keep'em down ;" the attach tickets to them, and deliver corres- comparative merits of Burton, Wind. ponding numbers, which ensure the return sor, or Edinburgh ale; the qualities of of your property on your coming out ; six- porter; the wholesomeness of smoking; pence or a shilling being a gratuity for the the difference between a pipe and a segar, accommodation. Then, when the whole is and the preference of one to the other; over, there is the strict blockade of whether brandy or rum, or the clear spicoaches further than the eye can reach ; rit of juniper, is the best preservative of servants looking out for the parties they health; which of the company or their came with, and getting up their masters' friends can drink most; whether the last carriages ; and a full cry of hackney coach- fight was “a cross,” and who of all the men men and their representatives, vociferating in the fancy is most“ game;" whether the
magistrates dare to interfere with “the
ring;" whether if fighting should be “put • The Times, 5th January, 182.
an end to" Englishmen will have bali
the courage they had three hundred sitters after the play, till they adjourn to years ago, before prize fighting ex spend the evening" at the flash-andisted; whether Thurtell was not “a foolish” houses which “keep it up" all good one" to the last, and whether there's night in the peculiar neighbourhood of a better “trump" in the room. On these the public office, Bow-street. This is points, or to points like these, the con- more than mere animal gratificatiou, as versation of an oyster room is turned by the police reports exemplify.
Why should not this be deemed a real is drawn out by that dependancy and falls scene, and as respectable as that just de a prey to his decoyer. It is related that a scribed. It is quite as lively and as in- party of officers belonging to the 25th tellectual. The monkey eats, and accord- regiment of infantry, on service at Gibraling to many accounts can catch fish as tar, amused themselves with whiting fistiwell as man. It is told of this animal, ing at the back of the rock till they were that from love of the crab and experience obliged to shift their ground from being of his claws, he gently shakes bis tail be- pelted from above, they did not know fore the hole of the crab, who, as soon as by whom. At their new station they be begins to “pull him by his long tail,” caught plenty of fish, but the drum baving
unexpectedly beat to arms, they rowed hastily ashure, and drew their boat high
January 13. and dry upon the beach. On their return they were greatly surprised to find it 1826. Hilary Cambridge Term begins. in a different position ashore, and sonje hooks baited which they had left bare. In
St. VERONICA. the end it was ascertained that their pelt Some curious circumstances are coners while they were fishing were a party necied with the name of this saint, who of young monkeys. They were driven off
appears to have been a poor ignorant by two or three old ones who remained se
girl, born near Milan, where she worked cretly observing the whiting fishing of the in the fields for her living. Conceiving a officers till they had retired. The old mon- desire to become a nun, she sat up at keys then launched the boat, put to sea, night to learn to read and write, which, baited their hooks, and proceeded to work her biographer says, for want of an inThe few fish they caught they hauled up with structor, was a great fatigue to her. He infinite gratification, and when tired they proceeds to tell us, that she was relieved landed, placed the boat as nearly as they from labour of that kind in the following could in its old position, and went up, the
manner :-“ One day, being in great rock with their prey. General Elliot, anxiety about her learning, the mother of while commander at Gibraltar, never God, in a comfortable vision, bade her suffered the monkeys with which the rock banish that anxiety, for it was enough if abounds to be molested or taken.
she knew three letters.” So Veronica The faculty of imitation in monkeys is became a nun, seeking " the greatest limited, but not so in man; a remark, drudgery," desiring “ to live always on able instance of this is lately adduced bread and water," and dying" at the in a pleasant little story of perhaps the hour which she had foretold, in the year greatest performer on our stage.
1497, and the fifty-second of her age.
Her sanctity was confirmed by miracles." Garrick.
We gather this from Alban Butler, who A! a splendid dinner-party at lord subjoins, by way of note, thus :'s they suddenly missed Garrick, and
“ The print of the holy fuce of our could imagine what was become of Saviour on a linen cloth is kept St. him, till they were drawn to the window Peter's church at Rome, with singular by the convulsive screams and peals of veneration.-Some private writers and laughter of a young negro boy, who was churches have given the name of St. rolling on the ground in an ecstasy of de- Veronica to the devout woman who is light to see Garrick mimicking a turkey, said to have presented this linen to our cock in the court yard, with his coat-tail divine Redeemer, but wiihoui sufficient stuck out behind, and in a seeming flutter warrant." of feathered rage and pride. Of our party only two persons present had seen the British Roscius; and they seemed as willing as the rest to renew their acquaint Before saying any thing concerning the ance with their old favourite. This anec. earlier St. Veronica, or
“ this linen" dote is new: it is related by the able whereon Romish writers allege Christ writer of a paper concerning “ Persons impressed his own portrait by wiping his one would wish to have seen," as an in- face with it, mention may be made of stance of Garrick's singleness of purpose another portrait of him which Romish when he was fully possessed by an idea.
writers affirm he miraculously executed in the same manner, and sent to Abgarus, king of Edessa, in the way hereafter
related. They have further been so care. NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.
ful as to publish a print of this pretended
portrait, with representations around ilMean Temperature ... 34 · 45. lustrating the history they tell of it. An
engraving froin it immediately follows. The Latin inscription bencath their print is placed beneath the present engraving
* In the New Monthly Magazine, Jan. 1926.