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The murder of the young King Edward V. himself in such a way, that his legs are

and his brother, in the Tower. inaccessible to his opponent, and waiting The landing of the Earl of Richmond, for the critical instant, when he can spring

And the death of King Richard in the in upon his impatient adversary." memorable battle of Bosworth Field, The account of the matches at the being the last that was fought between the Eagle-tavern then proceeds in the followHouses of York and Lancaster.

ing manner :With many other true historical passages.

The contest between Abraham Cann The part of King RICHARD by a Gen

and Warren, not only displayed this dif

ference of style, but was attended with a tleman.

degree of suspense between skill and (Who never appeared on any stage.)

strength, that rendered it extremely inteKing Henry, by Mr. Giffard ; Rich- resting.–The former, who is the son of a mond, Mr. Marshall; Prince Edward, by Devonshire farmer, has been backed Miss Hippisley ; Duke of York, Miss Nay- against any man in England for 5001. lor; Duke of Buckingham, Mr. Peterson ; His figure is of the finest athletic propor Duke of Norfolk, Mr. Blades ; Lord Stan- tions, and his arm realizes the muscularity ley, Mr. Pagett; Oxford, Mr. Vaughan ; of ancient specimens : his force in it is Tressel, Mr. W. Giffard ; Catesby, Mr. surprising ; his hold is like that of a vice, Marr ; Ratcliff, Mr. Crofts; Blunt, Mr. and with ease he can pinion the arms of Naylor: Tyrrell, Mr. Puttenham; Lord the strongest adversary, if he once grips Mayor, Mr. Dunstall ; The Queen, Mrs. them, and keep them as close together, Steel; Duchess of York, Mrs. Yates; or as far asunder, as he chooses. He And the part of Lady ANNE, stands with his legs apart, his body quite By Mrs. GIFFARD.

upright, looking down good humouredly With Entertainments of Dancing

on his crouching opponent.-In this inBy Mons. Fromet, Madam Duvall, and stance, his opponent Warren, a miner. the two Masters and Miss Granier.

was a man of superior size, and of amazing

strength, not so well distributed however, To which will be added a Ballac Opera of

throughout his frame; his arms and body one act, called

being too lengthy in proportion to their The Virgin UNMASK'v.

bulk. His visage was harsh beyond mea. The part of Lucy by Miss HIPPISLEY. sure, and he did not disdain to use a little Both of which will be performed gratis

craft with eye and hand, in order to disoy persons for their diverson.

tract his adversary's attention. But he

had to deal with a man as collected a3 The Concert will begin exactly at six

ever entered the ring. Cann put in his o'clock.

hand as quietly as if he were going to NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.

seize a shy horse, and at length caught a Mean Temperature ...51 · 10.

slight hold between finger and thumb of

Warren's sleeve. At this, Warren Aung October 20.

away with the impetuosity of a surprised WRESTLING.

horse. But it was in vain; there was no

escape from Cann's pinch, so the miner A writer in a journal of this month,

seized his adversary in his turn, and at 1826,* gives the following account of

length both of them grappled each other several wrestling matches between men

by the arm and breast of the jacket. In of Devonshire and Cornwall, on the 19th

a trice Caun tripped his opponent with 20th and 21st of September preceding,

18, the toe in a most scientific but ineffectual at the Eagle-tavern-green, City-road. He

manner, throwing him clean to the ground, says, “the difference in the style of wrest

but not on his back, as required. The ling of these two neighbouring shires, is

second heat began similarly, Warren as remarkable as that of the lineaments of

stooped more, so as to keep his legs out their inhabitants. The florid chubby

of Cann's reach, who punished him for it faced Deron-man is all life and activity

by several kicks below the knee, which in the ring, holding himself erect, and of

must have told severely if bis shoes had fering every advantage to his opponent.

been on, according to his county's fashion. The sallow sharp-featured Cornwall-man

They shook each cther rudely-strained is all caution and resistance, bending

knee to knee-forced each other's shoul. • The London Magazine,

ders down, so as to overbalance the body --but all ineffectually.—They seemed to he found his supporter going in an adbe quite secure from each other's efforts, verse direction. With a presence of mind as long as they but held by the arm and unraieable, be relaxed his strain upon one breast-collar, as ordinary wrestlers do. A of his adversary's stretched legs, forcing new grip was to be effected. Cann libe- the other outwards with all the might of rated one arm of his adversary to seize his foot, and pressing his elbow upon the him by the cape behind : at that instant opposite shoulder. This was sufficient to Warren, profiling by his inclined posture, whisk his man undermost the instant he and his long arms, threw himself round unstiffened his knee-which Waren did the body of the Devon champion, and not do until more than half way to the fairly lifted him a foot from the ground, ground, when from the acquired rapidity clutching him in his arms with the grasp of the falling bodies nothing was discerniof a second Anteæus.—The Cornish inen ble.- At the end of the fail, Warren was shouted aloud, “Well done, Warren!” seen sprawling on his back, and Cann to their hero, whose naturally pale visage whom he had liberated to save himself, glowed with the hope of success. He had been thrown a few yards off on allseemed to have his opponent at his will, fours. Of course the victory should have and to be fit to Aing him, as Hercules been adjudged to this last. When the flung Lycas, any how he pleased. De- partial referree was appealed to, he devonshire then trembled for its champion, cided, that it was not a fair fall, as only and was mute. Indeed it was a moment one shoulder had bulged the ground, of heart-quaking suspense.-- But Cand though there was evidence on the back of was not daunted; his countenance ex- Warren that both had touched it pretty pressed anxiety, but not discomfiture. He rudely. After much debating a new rewas off terra-firma, clasped in the em- ferree was appointed, and the old one brace of a powerful man, who waited but expelled; when the candidates again a single struggle of his, to pitch him more entered the lists. The crowning beauty effectually from him to ihe ground. of the whole was, that the second fall Without straining to disengage himself, was precisely a counterpart of the other. Cann with unimaginable dexterity glued Warren made the same move, only lifting his back firmly to his opponent's chest, his antagonist higher, with a view to lacing his feet round the other's knee- throw the upper part of his frame out of joints, and throwing one arm backward play. Cann turned himself exactly in over Warren's shoulder, so as to keep his the same manner using much greater own enormous shoulders pressed upon effort than before, and apparently more the breast of his uplifter. In this posi- put to il, by his opponent's great strength. tion they stood at least twenty seconds, His share, however, in upsetting his supeach labouring in one continuons strain, porter was greater this time, as he relaxed to bend the other, one backwards, the one leg much sooner, and adhered closer other forwards.-Such a struggle could to the chest during the fall; for at the not last. Warren, with the weight of the close he was seen uppermost, still coiled other upon his stomach and chest, and an round his supine adversary, who admitted inconceivable stress upon his spine, felt the fall, starting up, and offering his hand nis balance almost gone, as the energetic to the victor. He is a good wrestler too movements of his countenance indicated. —so good, that we much question the - His feet too were motionless by the authority of “The Times," for saying that coil of his adversary's legs round his; so he is not one of the crack wrestlers of to save himself froin falling backwards, Cornwall — From his amazing strength, he stiffened his whole body from the with common skill he should be a firstankles upwards, and these last being the rate man at this play, but his skill is only liberated joints, he inclined forwards much greater than his countiymen seemed from them, so as to project both bodies, inclined to admit.-Cerlain it is, they and prostrate them in one column to the destined him the first prize, and had Cann ground together. It was like the slow not come up to save the honour of his and poising fall of an undermined tower. county, for that was his only inducement, - You had time to contemplate the in the four prizes, by judiciously matching jury which Cann the undermost would the candidates, would no doubt have susiaiu if they fell in that solid, unbend. been given to natives of Cornwall. ing posture to the earth. But Cana ccased bearing upon the spine as soon as

BLACKFORD, THE BackSWORD PLAYER. ton by the present memorialist, arose

out of the “ Coronation of George the To the Editor of the Every-Duy Book. Third.” All the festivities of the seasons

Sir,-Your correspondent C.T.p. 1207, were concentrated, and May games and naving given a description of “Purton Christmas customs, without regard to Fair," my grandmother and father born usage, in full exercise. The belfry was there, the birth-place of Anne Boleyn, I filled day after day; any one that could feel interested in the spot of my progeni- pull a rope might ring, which is no easy tors. C. T., speaking of old i Corey task; the bells are deep, and two or three Dyne," the gipsy, says a man named Black- men usually raise the tenor. Some of the ford was the most noted Backsword. Blackfords lie in Purton churchyard player of bis day. He bore off the prizes October 5.

** P. ihen played for in London, Bath, Bristol, and Gloucester. When very young, af The autumnal dress of a man in the Lyneham grammar-school, I recollect fourteenth century is introduced, from the this frontispiece despoiler broke fourteen transcript of an illumination, in a manuheads, one after another; in the fifteenth script which supplied the Spring and Sume bout, however, he pretty nearly found mer dress of that age, before presented. his match in the person of Isaac Bushel, a blacksmith of this place, who could bite a nail asunder, eat a shoulder of mutton with appendages, or fight friend or foe for love or money. It was a saying, “ Bushel could take enough to kill a dozen men ;” nor was his head unlike bis name: he was the village Wat Tyler.

When the Somerset youths played with the Wiltshire on a stage on Calne-green, two years since, one of Blackford's descendants gave a feeling proof of headbreaking with other heads of this bloodletting art, in which stratagem is used to conceal the crimson gush chiefly by sucking. Like fencing, attitude and agility are the great assistants to ensure success in backsword-playing; the basket is also of great service to the receiving of blows, And here as suitable to the season may and protecting the muscles of the wrist. be subjoined some lines by a correspondThe greatest exploits remembered at Pur- ent.

AUTUMNAL FEELINGS,

For the Every-Day Book.
The flowers are gone, the trees are bare,
There is a chillness in the air,
A damp that in the spirit sinks,
Till the shudd'ring heart within me shrinks :
Cold and slow the clouds roll past,
And wat'ry drops coine with the blast
That moans, amid the poplars tall,
A dirge for the summer's funeral.
Every bird to his home has gone,
Save one that loves to sing alone
The robin;-in yon ruin'd tree
He warbles sweetly, mournfully
Ilis shrill note comes upon the wind,
Like a sound of an unearthly kind;
lle mourns the loss of his sunny bowery,
And the silent haunts of happy hou's.

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There he sits like a desolate thing,
With a dabbled breast and a dripping wing,
He has seen his latent joys decline,
Yet his heart is lighter far than mine;
His task is o'er-his duty done,
His strong-wing'd race on the wind have gone,
He has nothing left to brood upon;
He has still the hope of a friendly crumb
When the wintry snow over earth shall come,
And a shelier from the biting wind,
And the welcome looks of faces kind.
I wander here amid the blast,
And a dreary look I backward cast;
The best of my years I feel are fled,
And I look to the coming time with dread
My heart in a desert land has been,
Where the flower of hope alone was green ;
And little in life's decline have I
To expect from kindred's sympathy.
Like the leaves now whirl'd from yonder spray,
The dreams I have cherish'd day by day,
On the wings of sorrow pass away.
Yet I despair not-time will bring
To the plumeless bird a new bright wing,
A warmer breeze to the now chill'a flower,
And to those who mourn a lighter hour;
A gay green leaf to the faded tree,
And happier days, I trust, to me.
'Twas best that the weeds of sorrow sprung
With my heart's few flowers, while yet 'twas young,
They can the sooner be destroy'd,
And happiness fill their dreary void.

S. R. J.
XALURALISTS' CALENDAR. skill equally conspicuous and extraor-
Mean Temperature . . . .50 . 77. dinary; who, in consequence of these rare

endowments, never led on our fleets to

battle that he did not conquer; and whose October 21.

name was a tower of strength to England,

and a terror to her foes."* BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR. In a dreadful engagement off Cape

NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. Trafalgar, on the 21st of October, 1805, Mean Temperature ... 50 · 62. between the English fleet, consisting of twenty-seven sail of the line and four

October 22. frigates, and the combined fleets of France and Spain, consisting of thirty-three sail

CHILD PLAYED FOR. and seven frigates, which lasted four In October, 1735, a child of James and hours, twenty sail of the enemy were Elizabeth Leesh, of Chester-le-street, in

unk or destroyed, and the French com the county of Durham, was played for at mander-in-chief, (admiral Villeneuve,) cards, at the sign of the Salmon, one with two Spanish admirals, were made game, four shillings against the child, by prisor.crs. The gallant Nelson was Henry and John Trotter, Robert Thomwounded about the middle of the action, son, and Thomas Ellison, which was won and died nearly at its close.-" Thus ter by the latter, and delivered to them minated the brilliant career of our peer- accordingly.t. less Naval HERO, who was, beyond dispute, preeminent in courage, in a de

NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. partment of the British. service where all Mean Temperature ...49 · 97. our countrymen are proverbially courage

* Butler's Chronologicai Exercisen, ous: who, to unrivalled courage, united

+ Sykes's Local Records, ... 79.

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