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mended, by their birth and services, to “ 2d Class. I am thirty years of age, a the emperor Maximilian II., both courted
widow, in the grocery line in his daughter, the fair Helene Schar
London-have children; ot fequinn, in marriage. This prince, after
middie stature, full made, fair a long delay, one day informed them,
complexion and hair, temper that esteeming them equally, and not being
agreeable, worth 3,0001. able to bestow a preference, he should “3d Class. I am tall and thin, a littie leave it to the force and address of the
lame in the hip, of a lively dispoclaimants to decide the question. He did
sition, conversable, twenty years not mean, however, to risk the loss of one
of age, live with my father, who, or the other, or perhaps of both.
if I marry with his consent, will could not, therefore, permit them to en
give me 1,0001. counter with offensive weapons, but had ~ 4th Class. I am twenty years
of ordered a large bag to be produced. It
disposition and manners; allowwas his decree, that whichever succeeded
ed to be personable. in putting his rival into this bag should “ 5th Class. I am sixty years of age; inobtain the hand of his daughter. This
come limited; active, and rather singular encounter between the two gen
agreeable. tlemen took place in the face of the whole court. The contest lasted for more than an
« Gentlemen. hour. At length the Spaniard yielded, and " Ist Class. A young gentleman with dark the German, Ehberhard, baron de Talbert,
eyes and hair; stout made; well having planted his rival in the bag, took it
educated; have an estate of 5001. upon his back, and very gallantly laid it at
per annum in the county of Kent; the feet of his mistress, whom he espoused
besides 10,0001. in the three per the next day.
cent. consolidated annuities; am Such is the story, as gravely told by M.
of an affable disposition, and very de St. Foix. It is impossible to say what
affectionate. the feelings of a successful combatant in a
u 2d Class. I am forty years of age, tail duel may be, on his having passed a small
and slender, fair complexion and sword through the body, or a bullet through
hair, well tempered and of sober the thorar, of his antagonist; but might
habits, have a situation in the he not feel quite as elated, and more con
Excise of 3001. per annum, and a soled, on having put is adversary“ into a
small estate in Wales of the anbag?"
nual value of 1501.
“ 3d Class. A tradesman in the city of “ A NEw MATRIMONIAL Plan.”
Bristol, in a ready-money busiThis is the title of a bill printed and dis
ness, turning 1501. per week, at tributed four or five years ago, and now
a profit of 10l. per cent., pretty before me, advertising “ an establishment
well tempered, lively, and fond
of home. where persons of all classes, who are anxious
« 4th Class. I am fifty-eight years of age ; to sweeten life, by repairing to the allar of Hymen, have an opportunity of meeting
a widower, without incumbrance; with
retired from business upon a proper partners."
The plan” says, “ their personal attendance is not abso
small income; healthy constitulutely necessary, a statement of facts is ali
tion; and of domestic habits. that is required at first." The method is
“ 5th Class. I am twenty-five years of age; simply this, for the parties to become sub
a mechanic, of sober habits ; inscribers, the amount to be regulated ac
dustrious, and of respectable con
nections. cording to circumstances, and that they should be arranged in classes in the fol
“ It is presumed that the public will not lowing order, viz.
find any difficulty in describing themselves;
if they should, they will have the assistance “ Ladies.
of the managers, who will be in attendance • 1st Class. I am twenty years of age, at the office, No. 5, Great St. Helen's,
heiress to an estate in the county Bishopgate-street, on Mondays, Wednes-
THE BEAUTIES OF SOMERSET.
with a list of descriptions, and when one occurs likely to suit, the parties may correspond ; and if mutually approved, the interview may be afterwards arranged. Further particulars may be had as above."
Such a strange device in our own time, for catching would-be lovers, seems incredible, and yet here is the printed plan, with the name and address of the match-making gentleman you are to inquire for “up one pair of stairs."
In the North, Zouth, East, or West;
The richest and the best. OLD BALLAD
Tuze, Alley Croker.
That Britain's like a precious gem
Our Shakspeare sung, and none condeinn
Whilst most approve the notion -
O the counties, the matchless western counties, was not more than about seventy pounds
Bat far the best,
Of all the rest, per annum, although it is a very large and
Is Somerset for ever. populous parish, containing at least twenty hamlets or townships, and is scarcely any
For come with me, and we'll survey where less than four or five miles in dia.
Our hills and vallies over,
Our vales, where clear brooks bubbling stray meter. By a peculiar idiom in that country, the inhabitants of this large district are
Through meads of blooming clover ;
Our hills, that rise in giant pride, said to live “in Worfield-home:" and the
With hollow dells between then, adjacent, or not far distant, parishes (each
Whose sable forests, spreading wide. of them containing, in like manner, many
Enrapture all who've seen them; townships, or hamlets) are called Claverly,
O the counties, &c. or Clarely-home, Tatnall-home, Womburnhome, or, as the terminating word is every How could I here forgetful be where pronounced in that neighbourhood,
Of all your scenes romantic, u whome."
Our rugged rocks, our swelling sea, “ A list of the vicars of Worfield in the Where foams the wild Atlantic! diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, and in the There's not an Eden known to men county of Salop, from 1564 to 1763, viz. That claims such admiration, “ Demerick, vicar, last popish priest, con
As lovely Culbone's peaceful glen, formed during the six first years of Eliza
The Tempe of the nation ; beth. He died 1564.
O the counties, &c. Barney, vicar
To name each beauty in my rhyme Barney, vicar 56 years; died 1664.
Would prove a vain endeavour,
I'll therefore sing that cloudless clime
Where ever dwells the Age of Gold
In fertile vales and sunny,
Which, like the promis'd land of old,
O'erflows with milk and honey;
O the counties, &c. Proclamation was made a few years ago, at Tewkesbury, from a written paper, of But 0! to crown my county's worth, which the following is a copy :
What all the rest surpasses,
There's not a spot in all the earth “ HOBNAIL'S WAKE–This his to give
Can boast such lovely lasses ; notis on Tusday next-a Hat to be playd
There's not a spot beneath the sun at bac sord fore. Two Belts to be tuseld
Where heasts are open'd widar, fore. A plum cack to be gump in bags Then let us toast them every one, fowr. A pond of backer to be bold for, In bowls of native cider; and a showl to danc lot by wimen.”
O the counties, &c.
IN A PASTRY-Cook's grees of moisture in the atmosphere, of which the following is a description, was
Sweet Maid, for thou art maid of many sweets, invented by M. Baptist Lendi, of St. Gall:
Behind thy counter, lo! I see thee standing, In a white flint bottle is suspended a Gaz'd at by wanton wand'rers in the streets, piece of metal, about the size of a hazle
While cakes, to cakes, thy pretty fist is handing. nut, which not only looks extremely beau- Light as a puff appears thy every motion, tiful, and contributes to the ornament of a
Yet thy replies I've heard are sometimes tart ; room, but likewise predicts every possible I deem thee a preserve, yet I've a notion change of weather twelve or fourteen hours
That warm as brandied cherries is thy heart. before it occurs. As soon as the metal is
Then be not to thy lover like an ice, suspended in the bottle with water, it
Nor gour as raspberry vinegar to one begins to increase in bulk, and in ten or
Who owns thee for a sugar-plum so nice, twelve days forms an admirable pyramid, Nicer than comfit, syllabub, or bun. which resembles polished brass; and it
I love thee more than all the girls so patty, undergoes several changes, till it has at
I do, indeed, my sweet, my savoury PATTY. tained its full dimensions. In rainy wea. ther, this pyramid is constantly covered
“ Holly Nicut" AT BROUGH. with pearly drops of water; in case of thunder or hail, it will change to the finest
For the Table Book. red, and throw out rays;
case of wind
The ancient custom of carrying the or fog, it will appear dull and spotted ; “ holly tree" on Twelfth Night, at Brough and previously to snow, it will look quite in Westmoreland, is represented in the acmuddy. If placed in a moderate tempera- companying engraving. ture, it will require no other trouble than Formerly the “Holly-tree" at Brough was to pour out a common tumbler full of really “holly,” but ash being abundant, water, and to put in the same quantity of the latter is now substituted. There are fresh. For the first few days it must not two head inns in the town, which provide be shaken.
for the ceremony alternately, though the
good townspeople mostly lend their assistOmniana.
ance in preparing the tree, to every branch
of which they fasten a torch. About eight Calico COMPANY.
o'clock in the evening, it is taken to a conA red kitten was sent to the house of a venient part of the town, where the torches linen-draper in the city; and, on departing are lighted, the town band accompanying from the maternal basket, the following and playing till all is completed, when lines were written :
it is removed to the lower end of the town;
and, after divers salutes and huzzas from THE RED KITTEN,
the spectators, is carried up and down the o the red red kitten is sent away,
town, in stately procession, usually by a No more on parlour hearth to play;
person of renowned strength, named Joseph He must live in the draper's house,
Ling. The band march behind it, playAnd chase the rat, and catch the mouse,
ing their instruments, and stopping every And all day long in silence go Through bales of cotton and calico.
time they reach the town bridge, and the
cross, where the “ holly” is again greeted After the king of England fam'd,
with shouts of applause. Many of the inThe red red kitten was Rufus nam'd.
habitants carry lighted branches and AlamAnd as king Rufus sported through Thicket and brake of the Forest New,
beaus; and rockets, squibs, &c. are disThe red red kitten Rufus so
charged on the joyful occasion. After the Shall jump about the calico.
tree is thus carried, and the torenes are But as king Rufus chas'd the deer,
sufficiently burnt, it is placed in the middle And hunted the forest far and near,
of the town, when it is again cheered by Until as he watch'd the jumpy squirrel,
the surrounding populace, and is afterwards He was shot by Walter Tyrrel ;
thrown among them. They eagerly watch So, if Fate shall his death ordain,
for this opportunity; and, clinging to each Shall kitten Rufus by dogs be slain,
end of the tree, endeavour to carry it away And end bis thrice three lives of wou
to the inn they are contending for, where Ainong the cotton and calivo.
they are allowed their usual quantum of
ale and spirits, and pass a merry night,"
Pote. which seldom breaks up before two in the
COMMUNICATIONS for the Table Book addressed to morning. Although the origin of this usage is lost, lishers, will be gladly received.
me, in a parcel, or under cover, to the care of the puband no tradition exists by which it can be
Notices TO CORRESPONDENTS will appear on the traced, yet it may not be a strained surmise
wrappers of the monthly parts only. to derive it from the church ceremony of THE TABLE Book, therefore, after the present sheet, the day when branches of trees were carried
will be printed continuously, without matter of this in procession to decorate the altars, in com- kind, or the intervention of temporary titles, unpleamemoration of the offerings of the Magi, sant to the eye, when the work comes to be bound in whose names are handed down to us as volumes. Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthasar, the pa- LASTLY, because this is the last opportunity of the trons of travellers. In catholic countries, kind in my power, I beg to add that some valuable flambeaus and torches always abound in papers which could not be included in the Every Day their ceremonies; and persons residing in Book, will appear in the Table Book. the streets through which they pass, testify MOREOVER LASTLY, I earnestly solicit the immediate their zeal and piety by providing flambeaus activity of my friends, to oblige and serve me, by at their own expense, and bringing them sending any thing, and every thing they can collect or lighted to the doors of their houses.
recollect, which they may suppose at all likely to renW.HH. der my Table Book instructive, or diverting.