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this twenty-eighth day of September, in ingdon, the 15th of October, 1724, by the the year of our Lord, one Thousand seven Executor THOMAS TRIGG. Hundred and twenty four. HENRY TRIGG.

In October, 1743, a cobbler, at Bristol. Read, Signed, Sealed, and declared by the died of a bite in the finger inflicted by a

said Henry TRIGG, the Testator, to cat, which was sent to his house by an the his last Will and Testament, in the old woman in revenge for his calling her presence of us, who have subscribed our “ Witch," against which dipping in salt Numes as Witnesses hereto, in the water proved ineffectual. *This, they Presence of the said Testator.

say, was well attested;" and well it might Joyn HAWKINS, Senr.

be; for doubtless the cat was mad, and Jonn HAWKINS, Junr.

the woman, bewitched by the unhappy The mark of William SEXTON.

cubbler of Bristol, had no more to do

with the bite, than “ the old woman of Proved in the Archdeaconry of Hunt- Ratcliff-highway."

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The 15th day of October was dedicated lance, and in his hand a purse as its reward. by “the Merchants to Mercury," and is A beautiful head of this deity on bia. o noted in the calendar of Julius Cæsar. cynth, in the possession of lord ClanbrasThis name is derived a mercibus, because sill

, when it was charmingly etched by he was the god of merchandize; and, in Worlidge, is pictured in the present enthat quality, he is sometimes represented graving. It suggests itself as one of the as a young man without a beard, holding most elegant forms for a seal that can be on his wrists a cock as an emblem of vigi- presented to the eye.

Gather your rose-buds while you may,

Old Time is still a-flying;
And that same flower that blooms to-day,

To-morrow may be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the Sun,

The higher he is getting,
The further still his course is run,

And nearer he's to setting.

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The German Showman.

An elevated stand he takes,
And to the fiddle's squeak, he makes
A loud and entertaining lecture
On every wonder-working picture : -
The children cry“ hark Slook at that !"
And folks put money in the hat;
Or buy his papers that explain

The stories they would hear again.
'This engraving is taken from one by oil paintings representing characters or
Chodowiecki, of Berlin, to show the Ger- situations of interest. For instance, in
man showman, on his stage of boards and the present exhibition there is the mode
ressils, as he shows his pictures. These of keeping the festival of the new year,
are usually prints stretched out, side by a grand ball, a feast, a wedding, a "high
ide, on an upright frame, or sometimes sight" of the court, and, in all, thirteen

subjects, sufficiently beyond the intimacy

October 16 of the populace to excite their curiosity. The showman commonly details so much

The Season. concerning every thing in his grand ex- An appearance at this time of the hibition, and so elevates each, as to year, already noticed, appears to have surinterest his auditors to the height of desir- prised our countrymen in Lancashire. ing further particulars. The stories are Though there is no doubt that the author. printed separately in the shape of ballads ities who communicate the intelligence or garlands, and embellished with cuts;” believe it very remarkable, yet it is by the sale of these to his auditors he doubtful whether the occurrence may not obtains the reward of his oratory.

be more frequent in that part of England The qualifications for a German show. than they have had the opportunity of man are a manly person, sonorous voice, remarking. Their account is to the folfluent delivery, and imposing manner. In lowing purport :dress he is like a sergeant-major, and in On Sunday, October 1, 1826, a pheaddress like a person accustomed to com- nomenon of rare occurrence in the neigh. mand. He is accompanied in his speeches bourhood of Liverpool was observed in by a fiddler of vivacity or trick, to keep that vicinage, and for many miles distant the people “ in merry pin.” This as- especially at Wigan. The fields and sociate is generally an old humourist, with roads were covered with a light filmy a false rose of strange form and large substance, which by many persons was dimensions, or a huge pair of spectacles. mistaken for cotton; although they might Their united exertions are sure to gratify have been convinced of their error, as audiences more disposed to be pleased staple cotton does not exceed a few inches than to criticise. With them, the show is in length, while the fi.aments seen in such an aff'sir of like or dislike to the eye, and incredible quantities extended as many beyond that the judgment is seldoin ap- yards. In walking in the fields the shoes pealed to on the spot. If the outlines of were completely covered with it, and its the showman's stories are bold, and well floating fibres came in contact with the expressed, they are sure to amuse; his face in all directions. Every tree, lampprinted narratives are in good demand; post, or other projecting body had arrested both exhibitors and auditors part satis- a portion of it. It profusely descended fied with each other; and they frequently at Wigan like a sleet, and in such quanmeet again. This is the lowest order of tities as to affect the appearance of the the continental stipet comedy. In Eng- atmosphere. On examination it was land we have not any thing like it, nor found to contain small fies, some of are we likely to have; for, though strange which were so diminutive as to require : sights almost cease to attract, yet the magnifying glass to render them pere, manager and musician to a rational ex- tible. The substance so abundant 1 hibition of this sort, in the open air, clearly quantity was the gossamer of the garden, come within the purview of recent acts or field spider, often met with in the of parliament, and would be consigned to country in fine weather, and of which, the tread-mill. What recreation, how- according to Buffon, it would take 663,552 ever, can be more harmless if the subjects spiders to produce a single pound.* are harmless. “ Death and the Lady," ihe “ Bloody Gardener's Cruelty,” and the NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. bumerous tribe of stories to which these Mean Temperature ...58.45. garlands belong, continue to be pinned on lines against a few walls of the me

October 17. ropolis, but they cease to attract. The cominon people," as they are called, re

A LYING-IN Custom. quire a new species of street entertainment and a new 'literature: both might be columns by her pei, ransmits a very

A lady who is pleased to grace these easily supplied with infinite advantage to minute description of a very comfort. le public morals.

able thing" at this time of he year, which

may well be extended from a particular NI URALISTS' CALENDAR.

usage at an interesting period, to a Mean Tempera ure

:50 72,

general one.
* Liverpool Mercury. See The Times, October 9.

to eat

one

SLGARED Toast.

there, bear the pangs of absence from the

interesting recluse a whole fortnight. To the Elitor of the Every-Day Book.

You are, doubtless, anxious to come W'estbury, September 10, 1826. to the “ pith and marrow" of this comSir, I suspect that although you solicit munication, and I will tantalize you no the aid of correspondents in furnishing longer. In these"

arts of the country, your excellent miscellany with accounts it is the custom, when a lady shall have of iocal customs, you scarcely expect to

been “ as well as can be expected," for receive one which appertains to that im- thirteen or fourteen days, for the husportant time, when mothers increase their band to enjoy what is called “ the gencare, and fathers receive the additional tleman's party,” viz: all his friends, bache“ tender juveniles” with joy or sorrow,

lor and Benedict, are invited “as it may happen!" If you should sugared toast,” which, (as the cookerygive publicity to the following strange books always say,)“ is thus prepared” * feast,” (more honoured in the breach

Rounds of bread are baked,(videlicit than in the observance,) I shall feel grati- toasted,) each stratum spread thick with tied, as it may not only lead to an eluci- moist sugar, and piled up in a portly dation of its meaning and origin, but

punch bowl, ready for action : strong will tend to convince your readers, that beer,(anglice, home-brewed ale,) is in you will not despise their efforts at con- the mean time heated, and poured boiling tribution, however humble. I am not a

hot over the mound of bread; which is native of this part of the country, or, as

taken immediately to the expectant guests, the good people say here, I am not

who quickly come to the conclusion of o' Westbury," for I have resided till lately the gothic “mess.” How they contrive in and near London, where the manners tu emancipate the toast from the scaldcustoms, and habits, are a hundred years ing liquid, I never could, by any effort of in advance of those of the western part of ingenuity and research, decide to my the kingdom; hence, many of the usages

own satisfaction. A goodly slice you that obtain around us, which now excite know, sir, it would be entirely impractimy surprise, would have passed as a thing cable to achieve; for in half a minute of course, had I been always among

from the time of the admission of the them.

“ hot beer," the toast must be “ all of a On the “ confinement” of a lady,—but swam," (as we elegantly say here,) and, I must, before I proceed, define a lady resembling the contents of the witch's “ of these parts,” by the unerring (ext of cauldron, " thick and slab.” Whether her husband's qualifications : if he can soup ladle and soup plates are in remaintain his own, and her station in their quisition on the occasion, I am equally little world, he is then “ well to do," unable to ascertain ; but on the final dis" a rich fellow enough, go to –a fellow missal of this gentlemanly food, (for I by that hath had losses, and which is more,

no means would insinuate that the con. a householder; one who hath iwo gowns gregation is limited to one act of devoto his back, and every thing handsome tion,) they magnanimously remunerate about him ;" -one who recreates in his the “ nurse," by cach putting money own gig; keeps a “main" of company; into the empty bowl, which is then conpatronises the tiny theatre; grow's his veyed to the priestess of their ignoble own pines, and tries to coax his forced

orgies! Of all the “ mean and impotent plants into the belief that the three dozen conclusions" of a feast, defend me from mould candles which he orders to be that, which pays its “ pic nic” pittance lighted in his hot-house every evening, to an old crone, who is hired to attend are shedding delicious light,” left by

the behests of the “1 dy," but who by the “ garish god of day,” for their especial some strange mutation becomes the di. benefit, during his nocturnal rambles !* rectress of ihe“ gentleman's" rerels, and The wife of such a man, sir, I designate a

the recipient of the payment from his lady and when such a lady's accouche- guests, for “ sugar'd toast !ment takes place, her “dear five hundred

Should this “ custom,” be thought friends" are admitted to see her the next worthy of being admitted into the Everyday. In London, the scale of friendship Day Book, you will“ tell” of something is graduated woefully lower; for visiters more than Herrick “ dreamt of in his

philosophy ;" and the following couplet Inight blush to find its fame" among

a

6

• A fact !

his descriptive lines that adorn your title. notes, was at first performed by the hand, page; after

but now so arduous has this labour be. “Bridegrooms,brides, and of their bridal cakes,' come, that a machine is erected for the

purpose, and it would seem from the might come

never-ceasing, quantity of such paper in “I tell of times when husbands rule the roas!, circulation, that it will be necessary to And riot in the joys of sugarit tvast ;' erect a steam-engine, so that hundreds I tell of groves, &c."

may undergo the operation at once.""* I am, Sir, Yours very respectfully,

NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. 1. J. T.

Mean Temperature ...51 • 32.

NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. Mean Temperature

.... 50 · 60.

October 19.

GARRICK.
October 18.

“Garrick was, and Kemble is no more." DEATH OF THE LOTTERY.

On this day in the year 1741, the

“ British Roscius," as be is emphatically If any thing can be believed that is

termed, made his first appearance as “ a said by the lottery people respecting the

gentleman who never appeared on any lottery, before the appearance of the next sheet of the Every-Day Book the lottery ing the revival of the drama, by Garrick,

A remarkable event, precurs

stage." will be at an end for ever. Particulars respecting the last moments notice as a memorial of what “ has been :"

and its perfection by Kemble, deserves of this “ unfortunate malefactor," will be particularly as we have arrived at a period very acceptable if transmitted immedi- when, in consequence of managers having ately; and in order to an account of lot.

been outmanaged, and the public tricked teries in the ensuing sheet, information and anecdotes respecting them are most have fallen to rise no more

out of its senses, the drama seems to earnestly desired.

Leadenhall-street, October, 1826. FORCED NOTES IN SHOP WINDOWS.

Sis.—The following is a copy of the A newspaper of this day in the year play-bill that announced the first appear1818, contains a paragraph which marks

ance of Mr. Gariick. the discontent that prevailed in London,

I am, Sir, yours truly, in consequence of a regulation adopted

H. B. by the Bank of England at that time. “ The new mode adopted by the Bank,

October 19, 1741. of stamping the forged notes presented

GOCDMAN's Fields. to them for payment, and returning them At the late Theatre in Goodman's to the parties who may have received

Fields, this day wiil be performed a Conthem, has at least the good effect of ope- cert of Vocal and Instrumental Music, rating as a caution to others, not to re- divided into two parts. ceive notes without the greatest caution. It

Tickets at Three, Two, and One Shilling. has, however, another effect often produc

Places for the boxes to be taken at the tive of public inconvenience ; for such are the doubts now entertained as to the good- Fleece Tavern, near the Theatre. ness of every note tendered in payment, N. B. Between the two parts of she that many will not give change at all; and Concert will be presented an Historical the disposition to adhere to this practice Play, called the Life and Death of seems every day to be getting more ge- KING RICHARD THE THIRD, heral. In almost every street in town,

containing the distresses of forged notes are seen posted on trades

King Henry VI. men's windows, and not unfrequently this

The artful acquisition of the Crown hy exhibition is accompanied with the words • Tradescuen! beware of changing notes.'

KING RICHARD, The operation of stamping the forged

• Observer

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