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then fitting out for destroying the settle. And I ne'er will cease pursuing
And for England sham'd in thee.
As we are to-day on a naval topic, it that town; when, after a most furious en
seems fitting to introduce a popular gagement on both sides, it was taken on usage among sailors, in the words of the 22d, together with a considerable num
captain Edward Hall, R. N., who comber of cannon, mortars, and ammunition,
municated the particulars to Dr. Forster, and also two Spanish ships of war. He
on the 30th of October, 1823. then blew up the fortifications, and eva
CROSSING THE LINE. cuated the place for want of land forces sufficient to retain it; but first distributed tom of shaving at the lub by Neptune, as
The following is an account of the custen thousand dollars, which had been sent practised on board vessels crossing the to Porto-Bello for paying the Spanish Equator, Tropics, and Europa Point, (roops, among the forces for their bravery: The origin of it is supposed to be very
The two houses of parliament joined in ancient, and it is commonly followed on an address of congratulation upon this board foreign, as well as 'British ships, success of his majesty's arms; and the na
Europa Point at Gibraltar being one of zion, in general, was wonderfully elated the places, it may have arisen at ihe time by an exploit, which was certainly magni- when that was considered the western fied much above its intrinsic merit.
boundary of Terra Firma. Hosier! with indignant sorrow,
On the departure of a vessel from EngI have heard thy mournful tale
land by either of the aforesaid routes, And, if heav'n permit, to-morrow
much ingenuity is exerted by the old Hence our warlike feet shall sail. seamen and their confederates to discover O'er those hostile waves, wide roaming, the uninitiated, and it is seldom that any
We will urge our bold design,
escape detection. A few days previous to
arriving at the scene of action, much mysFor our country's wrongs and thine.
tery and reserve is observed among the On that day, when each brave fellow, ship's company: they are then secretly
Who now triumphs here with me, collecting stale soapsuds, water, &c., ar-
All my thoughts were full of thee.
paring material. At this time, also, the Fierce thy image glar'd on high,
novices, who are aware of what is going And with gen'rous arduur warm'd me,
forward, send their forfeits to the captain To revenge thy fall, or die,
of the forecastle, who acts as Neptune's
deputy; the forfeit is either a bottle of From their lofty ships descending, Thro' the food, in firm array,
rum, or a dollar: and I never knew it To the destin'd city bending,
refused, except from a cook's mate who My lov'd sailors work'd their way.
had acted negligently, and from a steStrait the foe, with horror trembling,
ward's mate who was inclined to trick the Quits in haste his batter'd walls; people when serving provisions. And in accents, undissembling,
On board of a man-of-war it is generally As he dies, for mercy calls.
performed on a grand scale. I have wit
nessed it several times, but the best exeCarthagena, tow'ring wonder ! At the daring deed dismay'd,
cuted was on board a ship of the line of
which I was lieutenant, bound to the Shall ere long by Britain's thunder Smoking in the dust be laid.
West Indies. On crossing the Tropic, a Thou, and these pale spectres sweeping,
voice, as if at a distance, and from the sur. Restless, o'er this wat ry round, face of the water, cried “Ho, the ship ahoy! Whose wan cheeks are stain'd with weeping, I shall come on board :" this was from a Pleas'd shall listen to the sound.
person slung over the bows, near the Still rememb’ring thy sad story,
water, speaking through his hands. PreTo thy injur'd ghost I swear,
sently two men of large stature came over By my hopes of future glory,
the bows; they had hideous masks on: War shall be my constant care
one personated Neptune-he was naked
:0 his middle, crowned with the head of a board across each, were ranged around the huge wet swab, the ends of which reached pumps and engine, and plenty of buckets to his loins to represent flowing locks; a filled with water. Thus prepared, they piece of tarpaulin, vandyked, encircled the divided themselves into gangs of a dozen head of the swab and his brows as a dia- each, dashed off in different directions, dem; his right hand wielded a boarding. and soon returned with their subjects. pike manufactured into a trident, and his The proceedings with each unlucky wight body was marked with red ochre to repre as follows:-Being seated on a sent fish scales : the other personated Am- board across a tub of water, his eyes were phitrite, having locks also formed of quickly bandaged, his face lathered with swabs, & petticoat of the same material, the delightful composition; then a couple with a girdle of red bunten; and in her of scrapes on each side of the chin, folhands a comb and looking-glass. They lowed by a question asked, or some prewere followed by about twenty fellows, tended compassionate inquiry made, to also naked to their middle, with red ochre get his mouth open, into which the barber scales as Tritons. They were received on either dashed the shaving-brush, or a pill, the forecastle with much respect by the which was the signal for slipping the old sailors, who had provided the carriage board from under the poor devil, who of an eighteen-pounder as a car, which was then left to founder his way out of their majesties ascended, and were drawn the tub, and perhaps half drowned in ataft along the gangway to the quarter-deck tempting to recover his feet, by buckets by the Tritons; when Neptune, address- of water being dashed over him from all ing the captain, said he was happy to see quarters ; being thus thoroughly drenched him again that way, that he believed there and initiated, I have often observed spiwere some Johnny Raws on board that rited fellows join their former persecutors had not paid their dues, and who he in- in the remainder of their work. After an tended to initiate into the salt water hour or two spent in this rough fun, which mysteries. The captain answered, he was all seem to enjoy, Neptune disappears happy to see him, but requested he would somewhere in the bold to unrobe, the make no more confusion than was neces
decks are washed and dried, and those sary. They then descended on the main that have undergone the shaving business, deck, and were joined by all the old oil or grease their chins and whiskers to hands, and about twenty barbers, who get rid of the tar. This custom does not submitted their razors, brushes, and accord with the usual discipline of a man. suds to inspection; the first were made of-war ; but, as the old seamen look on it from old iron hoops jagged, the second as their privilege, and it is only about an from tar brushes, and the shaving suds hour's relaxation, I have never heard of from tar, grease, and something froin the
any captain refusing them his permispigsty; they had also boxes of tropical sich.
E' H. pills procured from the sheep pen. Large tubs full of stale suds, with a movable
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A SEA-PIECE-In Three Sonnets
Scene- Bridlington Quay.
The morn was beautiful, the storm gone by;
allowed the privilege of going to fires, Mean Temperature 43.85
more mischief by their andacity and perverseness, than they did good by working the Bridewell engine. These
disorders occasioned them to be deprived Hovember 13.
of their distinguishing costume, and pat under proper arts’-masters, with ability
to teach them useful trades, and authority THE “ BRIDEWELL Boys,” AND BAR- to controul and regulate their conduci.
The bridewell boys at this time are never THOLOMEW AND SOUTHWARK FAIRS.
heard of in any commotion, and may now,
Mean Temperature . . . 42.85
A TRIFLING MISTAKE.
They infested the streets to siderable disturbance to the continental the terror of the peaceable, and being governments, who interfered to suppress
an order of persons that kept them
in continual alarm : “ His Holiness Gentleman's Magaziko.
especially desired their suppression
See vol. 1. col. 1478.
An article from Rome, dated the 14th son brought its particular custom, which of November, 1820, says, “ Bishop Ben was always strictly adhered to. venuti, vice-legate at Macerata, having Wiltshire consists of beautiful and exseceived orders from the holy father to tensive downs, and rich meadow and bave all the Carbonari in that city ar- pasture lands, which support some of the rested and sent to Rome, under a good finest dairies and farms that can be met escort, proceeded forthwith to execute the with in the kingdom. The natives are a order. In consequence he had all the very strong and hardy set of men, and are colliers by trade (Charbonniers de profes- particularly fond of robust sports; their sion) which he could find within his reach chief and favourite amusement is back
- men, women, and children, arrested, swording, or singlestick, for which they and sent manacled to Rome, where they are as greatly celebrated as the inhabitwere closely imprisoned. The tribunal ants of the adjoining counties, Somersethaving at length proceeded to examine shire and Gloucestershire. them, and being convinced that these Car At this game there are several rules bonari had been colliers ever since they observed. They play with a la, round were born, acquitted them, and sent them stick, which must be three feet long, with to their homes. Bishop Benvenuti was a basket prefixed to one end as a guard deprived of his employment."
for the hand. The combatants throw off their hats and upper garments, with
the exception of the shirt, and have NATURALISTS' CALENDAR,
the left hand tied to the side, so that Mean Temperature . ...43 · 25.
they cannot defend themselves with that hand. They brandish the stick over
the head, guarding off the adversary's November 15.
blows, and striking him whenever an op
portunity occurs. Great skill is often Machutus.
used in the defence. I have seen two HUNGERFORD Revel, Wilts. men play for upwards of half an hour To the Editor of the Everij·Day Book.
without once hitting each other. The
blood must flow an inch from some part October 20, 1826. of the head, before either party is declared Dear Sir,--In your last week's number victor. of the Every-Day Book, your correspon Blackford, the backsword player, was a dent P. gives a short account of butcher residing at Swindon; he died a Blackford, the backsword-player, and also few years ago,
successor is a mentions one of his descendants who blacksmith at Lyddington, named Morris signalized himself at the “ Hungerford Pope, who is considered the best player revel" about two years since. In the year of the day, and generally carries of the 1820, I visited the latter revel; perhaps prizes at the Hungerford 'revel, which he a description may be acceptable to you, always attends. This revel is attended and amusing to your readers.
by all the best players in Wiltshire and I think it may be generally allowed Somersetshire, between whom the contest That Wiltshire, and the western counties, lies. To commence the fray, twenty very keep up their primitive customs more excellent players are selected from each than any counties. This is greatly to the county; the contest lasts a considerable credit of the inhabitants; for these usages time, and is always severe, but the Wilttend to promote cheerful intercourse and shire men are generally conquerors. Their friendly feeling, among the residents in principal characteristics are skill, strength, the different villages, who on such occa- and courage-this is generally allowed by sions assemble together in Wiltshire I all who are acquainted with them. have remarked various customs, particu But Hungerford revel is not a scene of larly at Christmas, which I have never
contention alone, it consists of all kinds seen or heard of in any other place. If of rustic sports, which afford capital fun these customs witnessed by a to the spectators. They may be laid out stranger, I am sure he must fancy the thusgood old days of yore, where every sea Ist. Girls running for “ smocks," &c,
which is a well-known amusement al country fairs.
2d.' Climbing the greusy pole for a
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piece of bacon which is placed on the who arrived on the opposite side before
five hundred yards.
Sometimes one will 3d. Old women drinking hot tea for out-jump himself and fall; this accident snuff Whoever can drink it the quickest generally occasions the fall of three or and hottest gains the prize.
four others, but some one, being more 4th. Grinning through horse-collars. expert, gets on first, and claims the prize. Several Hodges stand in a row, cach hold About ten years ago, before Cannon ing a coiiar; whoever can make the ugliest the prize-fighter was publicly known, as face through it gains the prize. This feat a native of Wiltshire he naturally visited is also performed by old women, and cer- the Hungerford revel. There was a man tainly the latter are the most amusing. there celebrated over the county for box
5th. Racing between twenty and thirty ing; it was said that with a blow from olil women for a pound of tea. This oc- his fist he could break the jaw-bone of an casions much merriment, and it is some- ox; upon the whole he was a desperate times astonishing to see with what agility fellow, and no one dared challenge him lo the old dames run in order to obtain their right. Cannon, however, challenged him favourite
to jump in sacks. It was agreed that 6th. Hunting a pig with a soaped tail. they should jump three times the distance This amusement creates much mirth, and of about five hundred yards. The first in my opinion is the most laughable.-- time Cannon fell, and accordingly his Grunter with his tail well soaped is set opponent won; the second time, Cannon's off at the foot of a hill, and is quickly opponent fell, and the third time they pursued; but the person who can lay any kept a pretty even pace for about four claim to him must first catch him by the hundred yards, when they bounced tail, and fairly detain him with one hand. against each other and both fell, so that This is an almost impossible feat, for the there was a dispute who had won. Canpig finding himself pulled back, tries to non's opponent was for dividing the run forward, and the tail slips from the cheese, but he would not submit to that, grasp of the holder. It is pretty well and proposed jumping again ; the man known that such is the obstinate nature would not, but got out of the sack,and durof a pig, that on being pulled one way he ing the time that Cannon was consulting will strive all he can to go a contrary. In some friends on the course to be pursued, illustration of this circumstance, though ran off with the cheese. Cannon, how. known perhaps to some of your readers, I ever, pursued, and after a considerable may mention a curious wager a few years time succeeded in finding him. He then ago between a pork butcher and a water- challenged him to fight : the battle lasted man. The butcher betted the waterman two hours, and Cannon was victor. This that he would make a pig run over one of circumstance introduced him to the sportthe bridges, (I forget which,) quicker than ing world, the waterman would row across the river, You must allow me, dear sir, to assure The auditors thought it impossible; the you, that it is not my wish to make your bet was eageriy accepted, and the next interesting work a sporting calendar," day was appointed for the performance. by naming“ sporting characters." I tell When the signal for starting was given, you this lest you should not incline to the waterman began to row with all his read further, especially when you see might and main, and the butcher catching 8th. Donkey Racing. I will certainly hold of the tail of the pig endeavoured to defy any one to witness these races, with. pull him back, upon which the pig pulled out being almost convulsed with laughter forward, and with great rapidity ran over Each candidate rides his neighbour's don. the bridge, pulling the butcher after him, key, and he who arrives first at the ap