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Lark Shooting in France.
As far-off islanders,
Abbeville. Partridge and quail shooting cease in Dear Sir,
this delightful part of the world about the If I do not send you your wished for middle of October, for by that time the wood cuts I at least keep my promise of partridges are so very wild and wary thal letting you hear from me. I told you in there is no getting near them. The reainy last you should have soinething about son of this is, that our fields here are all
w 'ark-shooting, and so you shall, and open without either bedge or ditch, and at this time too; though I assure you when the corn and hemp are off, the stubwriting flying as I almost do, is by no ble is pulled up so close by the poor peomeans so agreeable to me as shooting Ay- ple for fuel, that there is no cover for paring, which is the finest sport imaginable, iridges; as to the quails, they are all When I come home I will tell you all either “killed off,” or take their deparabout it, for the present I can only ac- ture for a wilder climate; and then there quaint you with enough to let you into is nothing left for the French gentry to the secret of the enjoyment that í should amuse themselves with but lark-shooting. always find in France, if I had no other These birds are attracted to any given attraction to the country. I must "level" spot in great numbers by a singular conat once, for I have no time to spare, and trivance, called a miroir. This is a small so "here goes," as the boy says.
machine, made of a piece of mahogany,
shaped like a chapeau bras, and highly way and that way, and all ways together," polished; or else it is made of common as if nothing had happened. wood, inlaid with small bits of looking Larks in France fetch from three to four glass, so as to reflect the suns rays up- sous a piece. In winter, however, when wards, It is fixed on the top of a thin they are plentiful, they are seldom caten, iron rod, or upright spindle, dropped because here they are always dressed with through an iron loop or ring attached to the trail, like snipes and woodcocks; but a piece of wood, to drive into the ground for this mode of cooking they are not fitas here represented.
ted when the snow is on the ground, because they are then driven to eat turniptops, and other watery herbs, which communicate an unpleasant flavour to the trail. Were you here at the season, to eat larks in their perfection, and dressed as we dress them, I think your praise of the cooking would give me the laugh against you, if you ever afterwarıls ventured to declaim against the use of the gun, which, next to my pencil, is my greatest hobby. I send you a sketch of the sport, with the boy at the twirler-do what you like with it.
I rather think I did not tell you in my last, that the decoy ducks, used in wildfowl shooting, are made of wood-any stump near at hand is hacked out any how for the body, while a small limb of any tree is thrust into the stump for the
duck's neck, and one of the side branches By pulling a string fastened to the left short makes his head. These ducks spindle, the miroir twirls, and the reflect- answer the purpose with their living proed light unaccountably attracts the larks, totypes, who fly by moonlight, and have who hover over it, and become a mark for not a perfect view, and don't stay for disthe sportsman. In this way I have had tinctions, like philosophers. capital sport. A friend of mine actually It will not be long before I'm off for shot six dozen before breakfast. While he England, and then, &c. sat on the ground he pulled the twirler
I am, &c. himself, and his dogs fetched the birds as
J. H. H. they dropped. However, I go on in the common way, and employ a boy to work
NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. the twirler. Ladies often partake in the Mean Temperature ...37.02. amusement on a cold dry morning, not by shooting but by watching the sport. So many as ten or a dozen parties are some
January 20. times out together, firing at a distance of about five hundred yards apart, and in
Fabian. this way the larks are constantly kept on In the church of England calendar.* the wing. The most favourable mornings are when there is a gentle light frost, with little or no wind, and a clear sky - for The dedication of each day in the year, when there are clouds the larks will not by the Romish church, in honour of a approach. One would think the birds saint, which converts every day into a festhemselves enjoyed their destruction, for tival, is a fact pretty well known to the :he fascination of the twirler is so strong, readers of the Every-Day Book. It is as to rob them of the usual “fruits of ex- also generally known, that in certain alperience.” After being fired at several manacs every part of the human body is times they return to the twirler, and form distributed among the days throughout again into groupes above it. Some of the year, as subjects of diurnal influence; them even fly down and settle on the but it is not perhaps so well known, that ground, within a yard or two of the astonishing instrument, looking at it “this
* See vol. i. p. 135.
every joint of each finger on each hand machine called a warming-pan. Your was appropriated to some saint. The bed will be warıned by your own hear, proof of this is supplied by two very old and if you have not eaten a meal supper, prints, from engravings on wood, at the or drank spirits, you will sleep well and British Museum. They are among a col warm all night. Calico sheets are adapted lection of ancient wood cuts pasted in a to this season-blankets perhaps are bet folio volume. It would occupy too much ter; but as they absorb perspiration they room to give copies of these representa- should be washed before they come into tions in fac-simile: the curiously inclined, use with sheets in summer time. who have access to the Museum printroom, may consult the originals; general
Extraordinary sleeper. readers may be satisfied with the follow. Samuel Clinton, of Timbury, near Bath, ing description :
a labouring man, about twenty-five years Right Hand.
of age, had frequently slept, without inter
mission, for several weeks. On the 13th The top joint of the thumb is dedicated of May, 1694, he fell into a profound to God; the second joint to the Virgin; sleep, out of which he could by no means the top joint of the fore finger to Barna- be roused by those about him; but after bas, the second joint to John, the third
a month's time, he rose of himself, put on 10 Paul; the top joint of the second fin. his clothes, and went about his business ger to Simeon Cleophas, the second
as usual. From that time to the 9th of joint to Tathideo, the third to Joseph; April following he remained free from the top joint of the third finger to Zac
any extraordinary drowsiness, but then cheus, the second to Stephen, the third 10 fell into another protracted sleep. His Luke; the top joint of the little finger friends were prevailed on to try what reto Leatus, the second to Mark, the third medies might effect, and accordingly he joint to Nicodemus.
was bled, blistered, cupped, and scarified, Left Hand.
but to no purpose.
In this manner he The top joint of the thumb is dedicated lay till the 7th of August, when he awak:v Christ, the second joint to the Virgin; ed, and went into the fields, where he the top point of the fore finger to St. found people busy in getting in the harJames, the second to St. John the evange- vest, and remembered that when he fell list, the third to St. Peter; the first joint asleep they were sowing their oats and of the second finger to St. Simon, the se- barley. From that time he remained well cond joint to St. Matthew, the third to St. till the 17th of August, 1697, when he James the great; the top joint of the complained of a shivering, and, after some third finger to St. Jude, the second joint disorder of the stomach, the same day fell to St. Bartholomew, the third to St. An- fast asleep again. Dr. Oliver went to see drew; the top joint of the little finger to him; he was then in an agreeable warmth, Si. Matthias, the second joint to St.
Tho. but without the least sign of his being mas, the third joint to St. Philip.
sensible ; the doctor then held a phial of
sal-ammoniac under his nose, and inNATURALISTS' CALENDAR.
jected about half an ounce up one of his Mean Temperature ... 36.92. nostrils, but it only made his nose run
and his eyelids shiver a little. The doc
tor then filled his nostrils with powder of January 21.
white hellebore, but the man did not dis St. Agnes. cover the least uneasiness.
About ten In the church of England calendar.
days after, the apothecary took fourteen
ounces of blood from his arm without his How to sleep well in cold weather. making the least motion during the opeObtain a free circulation of the blood ration. The latter end of September Dr. by walking, or other wholesome exercise, Oliver again visited him, and a gentleso as to procure a gentle glow orer the
man present ran a large pin into his arm entire surface of the body. Hasten to
to the bone, but he gave not the least sign your chamber, undress yourself quickly, of feeling. In this manner he lay till the and jump into bed without suffering 19th of November, when his mother hearits temperature to be heightened by the ing him make a noise ran immediately to
him, and asked him how he did, and what See vol. i. p. 141.
he would have to eat ? to which he re
A hard frost is a season of holidays in round the fires, and unfolded it as then London. The scenes exhibited are too customers came in and required it. The agreeable and ludicrous for the pen to market gardeners also felt the severity of describe. They are for the pencil; and the weather—it stopped their labours, and Mr. Cruikshank's is the only one equal some of the men, attended by their wives, to the series. In a work like this there went about in parties, and with frosted is no room for their display, yet he has greens fixed at the tops of rakes and hoes, hastily essayed the preceding sketch in a uttered the ancient cry of “ Pray reshort hour. It is proper to say, that how- member the gardeners ! Remember the ever gratifying the representation may be poor frozen out gardeners !"* to the reader, the friendship that extorted it is not ignorant that scarcely a tithe of either the time or space requisite has
The Apparition. been afforded Mr. Cruikshank for the sub- 'Twas silence all, the rising moon iect. It conveys some notion however of
With clouds had veil'd her light, part of the doings on “the Serpentine in The clock struck twelve, when, lo! I saw līyde-park” when the therinometer is
A very chilling sight. below “ freezing,” and every drop of water depending from trees and eaves be- Pale as a snow-ball was its face, comes solid, and hangs
Like icicles its bair ; “ like a diamond in the sky.”
For mantle, it appeared to me
A sheet of ice to wear. The ice-bound Serpentine is the resort of every one who knows how or is learning Tho' seldom given to alarm, to skate, and on a Sunday its broad sur- l'faith, I'll not dissemble, face is covered with gazers who have “as My teeth all chatter'd in my head, much right” to be on it as skaters, and And every joint did tremble. therefore “stand" upon the right to interrupt the recreation they came to see.
At last, I cried, “ Pray who are you,
And whither do you go?"
“ My name is Sally Snow;
“ I have a lover-Jackey Frost,
My dad the match condemns; The coachmen on the several roads, par. I've run from home to-night to meet ticularly on the western and northern
My love upon the Thames." soads, never remembered a severer frost I stopp'd Miss Snow in her discourse, ihan they experienced on the Sunday
This answer just to cast in, night just mentioned. Those who recol
“I hope, if John and you unite, lected that of 1814, when the Thames Your union wo'n't be lasting !
frozen over, and booths raised on the ice, declared that they did not
“ Besides, if you should marry him, feel it so severely, as it did not come
But ill you'd do, that I know ; on so suddenly. The houses and trees in For surely Jackey Frost must be the country had a singular appearance on
A very slippery fellow." the Monday, owing to the combination of She sat her down before the fire, frost and fog; the trees, and fronts of My wonder now increases ; houses, and even the glass was covered For she I took to be a maid, vith thick white frost, and was no more Then tumbled into pieces ! transparent than ground-glass. Butchers, in the suburbs, where the frost For air, thin air, did Hamlet's ghost,
His foremost cock-crow barter ; was felt more keenly than in the metro- But what I saw, and now describe, polis, were obliged to keep their shops Resolu'd itself to water. shut in order to keep out the frost; many of them carried the meat into their parlours, and kept it folded up in cloths Morning Herald, 16th January, 182.