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of lather, and the landsmen were ordered good-natured manner, exclaimed, I've before Neptune, when the following dialogue been burying the general, sir, and now I'm took place with each, only with the altera come to see the sick!” Not particularly tion of the man's name, as follows: attending to the tar's salute, but fearing

Nept. (to another.) What is your name? that he might catch the plague, which was Ans. Gilbert Nicholson.

making great ravages among the wounded Nept. Where do you come from? Turks, the surgeon immediately ordered Ans. Shetland.

him out. Returning on board, the cockswain Nept. Have you ever been to sea before? asked of the surgeon if he had seen old Ans. No.

Dan? It was then that Dan's words in the Nept. Where are you going to?

hospital first occurred, and on further inAns. Greenland.

quiry of the boat's crew they related the At each of these answers, the brush dip. following circumstances :ped in the lather (consisting of soap-suds,

The old man procured a pick-axe, a oil, tar, paint, &c.) was thrust into the shovel, and a rope, and insisted on being respondent's mouth and over his face; then let down, out of a port-hole, close to the the barber's-mate scraped his face with a

breach. Some of his more juvenile comrazor, made of a piece of iron hoop well panions offered to attend him.

« No!" he notched; his sore face was wiped with replied, "you are too young to be shot yet; a damask towel, (a boat-swab dipped in as for me, I am old and deaf, and my loss filthy water) and this ended the ceremony. would be no great matter.” Persisting in When it was over they undressed them- his adventure, in the midst of the firing, selves, the fiddle struck up, and they danced Dan was slung and lowered down, with his and regaled with their grog until they were implements of action on his shoulder. His “ full three sheets in the wind."

first difficulty was to beat away the dogs. I remain, sir, &c.

The French levelled their pieces-they H. W. DEWHURST. were on the instant of firing at the hero ! Crescent-street,

but an officer, perceiving the friendly inEuston-square.

tentions of the sailor, was seen to throw

himself across the file : instantaneously the NAVAL ANECDOTE.

din of military thunder ceased, a dead,

solemn silence prevailed, and the worthy During the siege of Acre, Daniel Bryan, fellow consigned the corpse to its párent an old seaman and captain of the fore-top, earth. He covered it with mould and who had been turned over from the Blanche stones, placing a large stone at its head, into sir Sidney Smith's ship Le Tigré, re and another at its feet. The unostentatious peatedly applied to be employed on shore; grave was formed, but no inscription rebut, being an elderly man and rather deaf, corded the fate or character of its possessor. his request was not acceded to. At the Dan, with the peculiar air of a British first storming of the breach by the French, sailor, took a piece of chalk from his pocket, one of their generals fell among the multi- and attempted to write tude of the slain, and the Turks, in triumph, struck off his head, and, after mangling the

“ HERE YOU LIE, OLD Crop !" body with their sabres, left it a prey to the He was then, with his pick-axe and shovel, dogs, which in that country are of great hoisted into the town, and the hostile firing ferocity, and rove in herds. In a few days immediately recommenced. it became a shocking spectacle, and when A few days afterwards, sir Sidney, having any of the sailors who had been on shore been informed of the cireumstance, ordered returned to their ship, inquiries were con old Dan to be called into the cabin. stantly made respecting ihe state of the “ Well, Dan, I hear you have buried the French general. To Dan's frequent de- French general.”—“ Yes, your honour."mands of his messmates why they had not “ Had you any body with you ?"-.“ Yes, buried him, the only answer he received your honour.”—“ Why, Mr. says you was, “ Go and do it yourself.” One morn had not.”-“ But I had, your honour."ing having obtained leave to go and see the “ Ah! who had you ?"_" God Almighty, town, he dressed himself as though for an sir.”—“A very good assistant, indeed. Give excursion of pleasure, and went ashore old Dan a glass of grog.”—“Thank your with the surgeon in the jolly-boat. About honour.” Dan drank the grog, and left the an hour or two after, while the surgeon was cabin highly gratified. He was for several dressing the wounded Turks in the hospital, years a pensioner in the royal hospital at in came honest Dan, who, in his rough, Greenwich..

He was

THE “RIGHT" LORD LOVAT. him; and he, too, was none of the wisest, The following remarkable anecdote, com

for he kept him in charity more than for municated by a respectable correspondent, any service he had of him. This man of with his name and address, may be relied his, named Miles, never could endure to on as genuine,

fast like other religious persons did; for he For the Table Book.

always had, in one corner or other, flesh,

which he would eat, when his master eat An old man, claiming to be the right bread only, or else did fast and abstain lord Lovat," i. e. heir to him

who was be from all things. headed in 1745, came to the Mansion-house

Friar Bacon seeing this, thought at one in 1818 for advice and assistance.

time or other to be even with him, which in person and face as much like the rebel he did, one Friday, in this manner: Miles, lord, if one may judge from his pictures,

on the Thursday night, had provided a as a person could be, and the more espe- great black-pudding for his Friday's fast; cially as he was of an advanced age. He that pudding he put in his pocket, (thinksaid he had been to the present lord Lovat, ing to warm it so, for his master had no who had given him food and a little money, fire on those days.) On the next day, who and turned him away. He stated his pedi

was so demure as Miles ! he looked as gree and claim thus :-The rebel lord had though he could not have eat any thing. an only brother, known by the family name

When his master offered him some bread, of Simon Fraser. Before lord Lovat en

he refused it, saying, his sins deserved. a gaged in the rebellion, Simon Fraser went to a wedding in his highland costume; whole week. His master commended him

greater penance than one day's fast in a when he entered the room where the party for it, and bid him take heed he did not was assembled, an unfortunate wight of a dissemble, for if he did, it would at last be bagpiper struck up the favourite march of a known. “ Then were I worse than a Turk, clan in mortal enmity with that of Fraser, said Miles. So went he forth, as if he which so enraged him, that he drew his would have gone to pray privately, but it dirk and killed the piper upon the spot. was for nothing but to prey privily on his Fraser immediately fled, and found refuge in black-pudding. Then he pulled out, and a mine in Wales. No law proceedings fell to it lustily : but he was deceived, for, took place against him as he was absent, having put one end in his mouth, he could and supposed to have perished at sea. He neither get it out again, nor bite it off; so married in Wales, and had one son, the old that he stamped for help. His master hearman abovenamed, who said he was about ing him, came; and finding him in that sixty. When lord Lovat was executed his manner, took hold of the other end of the lands became forfeited; but in course of pudding, and led him to the hall, and time, lord L. not having left a son, the showed him to all the scholars, saying, estates were granted by the crown to a

“ See here, my good friends and fellows collateral branch, (one remove beyond students, what a devout man my servant Simon Fraser,) the present lord, it not Miles is! He loved not to break a fastbeing known that Simon Fraser was alive day-witness this pudding, that his conor had left issue. It is further remarkable science will not let him swallow!" His that the applicant further stated, that both

master did not release him till night, when he and his father, Simon Fraser, were called Miles did vow never to break any fast-day lord Lovat by the miners and other inhabit- while he lived. ants of that spot where he was known. The old man was very ignorant, not knowing how to read or write, having been born

CLERICAL ERRORS. in the mine and brought up a miner; but

For the Table Book. he said he had preserved Simon Fraser's highland dress, and that he had it in The Rev. Mr. Alcock, of BURNSAL, Wales.

NEAR SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE,

Every inhabitant of Craven has heard FAST-PUDDING,

tales of this eccentric person, and number

less are the anecdotes told of him. I have EXTRACT FROM THE FAMOUS HISTORIE OF

not the history of Craven, and cannot name FRIAR BACON. ·

the period of his death exactly, but I believe How Friar Bacon deceived his Man, that it happened between fifty and sixty years would fast for conscience sake.

ago. He was a learned man and a wit Friar Bacon had only one man to attend so much addicted to waggery, that he

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your service.

I am, &c.

Saturday 30 and on Sunday 31 of the

O SIA

sometimes forgot his office, and indulged in

" When the roris comes sallies rather unbecoming a minister, But

To pick up their crumbs, nevertheless he was a sincere Christian.

They'll have in 1The following anecdotes are well known in

A rare Frank Fry!" Craven, and inay amuse elsewhere. One The worms have bad, in Frank, a lusty of Mr. Alcock's friends, at whose house he subject-his epitaph is recorded only in the was in the habit of calling previously to

Table Book. his entering the church on Sundays, once took occasion to unstitch his sermon and

A MODERN MYSTERY. inisplace the leaves. At the church, Mr. Alcock, when he had read a page, 'dis

To the Editor. covered the joke.“ Peter,” said he, “thou

Blackwall, April 13, 1827. rascal! what's thou been doing with my

Sir,-As I perceive you sometimes insert sermon?" then turning to his congregation in your l'able Book articles similar to thę he said, “ Brethren, Peter's been misplacing enclosed original printed Notice, you may the leaves of my sermon, I have not time perhaps think it worthy of a place in your to put them right, I shall read on as I amusing miscellany; if so, it is much at find it, and you must make the best of it that you can;" and he accordingly read through the confused mass, to the astonish

F. W. ment of his flock. On another occasion,

(Literal Copy.) when in the pulpit, he found that he had forgotten his sermon; nowise disappointed

NOTICE. at the loss, he called out to his clerk, “ Jo. nas, I liave left my sermon at home, so

corrent, in the Royal Theatre of St. Charles hand liş up that Bible, and I'll read 'em a

will be represented by the Italian Comchapter in: Job worth ten of it!" Jonas,

pany the famous Holy Drama intitled like his master, was an oddity, and used to make a practice of falling asleep at the

IL TRIONFO DI GIUDITTA, commencement of the sermon, and waking in the middle of it, and bawling out"amen,' LA MORTE D'OLOFERNE. thereby destroyed the gravity of the con

In the interval of the frist to the second gregation. Mr. Alcock once lectured him

act it shall have a new and pompous Ball for this, and particularly requested he would not say amen till he had finished his

of the composition of John Baptista Giadiscourse. Jonas promised compliance,

nini, who has by title : but on the following Sunday made bad

IL SACRIFICIO D'ABRAMO, worse, for he fell asleep as usual, and in the in which will enter all the excellent corp of middle of the sermon awoke and bawled Ball, who dance at present in the said out Amen at a venture!" The Rev. Mr. Royal Theatre ; the spetacle will be Alcock is, I think, buried before the com finished with the second act and Ball ana. munion-table of Skipton church, under a log to the same Drama, all with the nessesslab of blue marble, with a Latin' inscrip

sary decoration. tion to his memory.

This is who is offered to the Respectable T. R. M. Publick of whom is waited all the procte

tion and concurrence :

It will begin at 8 o'clok.
REMARKABLE EPITAPII,

Na Officina de Simão Thaddeo Ferreira. 1911. Com
For the Table Book.
FRANK Fry, of Christian Malford, Wilts,

ODD SIGN. whose bones lie undisturbed in the church

For the Table Book. yard of his native village, wrote for himself the following

At West-end, near Skipton in Craven, Yorkshire, a gate hangs, as a sign to a public-house, with this inscription on it,

This gate hengs well,
Who did die ;

And hinders none;

pay,
As I die did,

And travel on.
Old Frank Fry!

J. W.

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purchased, with sume miscellaneous articles,

by a person who has no clue to their former Perhaps there is no implement of domes- possessors, but who rightly imagined that tic use that we are less acquainted with, in in an archæological view they would be its old form, than snuffers. I have now acceptable to the Table Book. before me a pair, which for their antiquity and elegant workmanship seem worth attention: the engraving on the other side represents their exact size and construction.

After some research, I can only meet Garrick Plays. with particulars of one other pair, which were found in digging the foundation of a

No. XVIII, granary, at the foot of a hill adjoining to Cotton Mansion-house, (formerly the seat of the respectable family of the Mohuns,) (From " David and Bethsabe;" further

Extracts.] in the parish of St. Peter, Portisham, about two miles north-east from Abbotsbury in

Absalon, rebelling, Dorsetshire. They were of brass, and

Now for the crown and throne of Israel, weighed six ounces. “ The great differ

To be confirm'd with virtue of my sword, ence,” says Mr. Hutchins, “ between these

And writ with David's blood upon the blade. and modern utensils of the same name and Now, Jove,* let forth the golden firmament, use is, that these are in shape like a heart And look on him with all thy fiery eyes, fluted, and consequently terminate in a Which thou hast made to give their glories light. point. They consist of two equal lateral To suew thou lovest the virtue of thy hand, cavities, by the edges of which the snuff is Let fall a wreath of stars upon my head, cut off and received into the cavities, from Whose influence may govern Israel which it is not got out without particular With state exceeding all her other Kings. application and trouble. There are two Fight, Lords and Captains, that your Sovereign circumstances attending this little utensil, May shine in honour brighter than the sun which seem to bespeak it of considerable and with the virtue of my beauteous rays age: the roughness of the workmanship, Make this fair Land as fruitful as the fields, which is in ail respects as rude and coarse

That with swee: milk and honey overflowed. as can be well imagined, and the awkward God in the whissing of a pleasant wind ness of the form.” There is an engraving Shall march upon the tops of mulberry trees, of the Dorsetshire snuffers in the history of To cool all breasts that burn with any griefs ; that county.

As whilom he was good to Moyses' men, The snuffers now submitted to notice are

By day the Lord shall sit within a cloud,

To guide your footsteps to the fields of joy; superior in design and workmanship to those found in Dorsetshire. The latter

And in the night a pillar bright as fire

Shall go before you like a second sun, seem of earlier date, and they divide in the

Wherein the Essence of his Godhead is ; middle of the upper as well as the lower

That day and night you may be brought to peace, part, but in one respect both pairs are

And never swerve from that delightsome path alike : they are each “in shape like a That leads your souls to perfect happiness : heart," and they each terminate in a point This he shall do for joy when I am king. formed exactly in the manner shown by the Then fight, brave Captains, that these joys may fly present engraving. The print likewise shows

Into your bosoms with sweet victory. ihat the box of the snuffers bears a boldly chased winged head of Mercury, who had more employments and occupations than

Absalon, triumphant. any other of the ancient deities. Whether

Absalon. First Absalon was by the trumpet's sound as the director of theft, as the conductor of Proclaim'd thro' Hebron King of Israel; the departed to their final destination, as an

And now is set in fair Jerusalem interpreter to enlighten, or as an office

With complete state and glory of a crown. bearer constantly in requisition, the portrait Fifty fair footmen by my chariot run ; of Mercury is a symbol appropriate to the And to the air, whose rupture rings my fame, implement before us. The engraving shows Wheree'er I ride, they offer reverence. the exact size of the instrument, and the pre- Why should not Absalon, that in his face sent appearance of the chasing, which is in Carries the final purpose of his God, bold relief, and was, originally, very elegant. (That is, to work him grace in Israel),

These snuffers are plain on the underside, and made without legs. They were

• Jove, for Jeborab,

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