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ralists, who rarely farther than fisherman remarked, “he is far sovepler Exeter 'Change. From the inner or back than any o' the rest," and by virtue of door of the lodge, a winding stair-way this one quality, chases, bites, and otherconducts to the usual halting place -- wise annoys a whole battalion of large flat stone projecting into the water, gigantic cod, that have only, one would and commanding a view of every part of think, to open their mouths and swallow the aquatic prison. When the tide is him. To supply them with food is an qut, this stone is left completely dry, and important part of the fisherman's duty; here a stranger perceives with surprise, a and with this view, he must ply the hundred mouths simultaneously opened net, and heave the line, during two or to greet his arrival.
three days of every week. He has also The moment the fisherman crosses to renew the stock, when the pond his threshold, the pond is agitated appears to be getting thin, from the conby the action of some hundred fins, tributions levied on it by the cook. and otherwise thrown into a state of anarchy and confusion. Darting from A letter from Cairo, in a journal of this, that, and the other corner, the whole January 1824, contains a whimsical exempopulation move as it were to a common plification of Turkish manners in the pro centre, elevate their snouts, lash their vinces, and the absurdity of attempting tails, and jostle one another with such to honour distant authorities, by the disviolence, that on a first view they actually tinctions of civil society. A diploma of seem to be menacing an attack on the honorary member of the Society of Frankpoor fisherman, in place of the creel full fort was presented to the Pacha, at the of limpets he carries. Many of the fish are divan (or council.) The Pacha, who can so tame, that they will feed greedily from neither read nor write, thought it was a firthe hand, and bite your fingers into the man (despatch) from the Porte. He was bargain, if you are foolish enough to much surprised and alarmed; but the allow them; while others again are so interpreter explained to him that it was shy, that the fisherman discourses of their written in the Nemptchee (German) landifferent tempers, as a thing quite as guage, contained the thanks of the ulepalpable as the gills they breathe, or the mas (scholars) of a German city named hns they move by. One gigantic cod, Frankfort, for his kindness to two Nemptwhich seems to answer to the name of chee travelling in Egypt. “Tom," and may well be described as the But the most difficult part was yet to patriarch of the pond, forcibly arrests come; it was to explain to him that he attention. This unfortunate, who passed had been appointed a member of their his youth in the open sea, was taken society; and the Turkish language having prisoner at the age of five, and has since no word for this purely European idea, sojourned at Port Nessock, for the long the interpreter, after many hesitations and period of twelve years, during all which circumlocutions, at last succeeded in extime he has gradually increased in bulk plaining, “ that as a mark of respect and weight. He is now wholly blind and gratitude, the society had made him from age or disease, and he has no one of their partners.” At these words chance whatever in the general scramble. the eyes of the Pacha flashed with anger, The fisherman, however, is very kind to and with a voice of thunder he roared him, and it is affecting as well as curious, that he would never again be the partner to see the huge animal raise himself in of any firm; that his partnership with the water ; and then resting his head on Messrs. Briggs and Co. in the Indian the fat stone, allow it to be gently patted trade, cost him nearly 500,000 hard piasor stroked, gaping all the while to implore ters; that the association for the manufacthat food which he has no other means of tory of sugar and rum paid him nothing obtaining. In this pond, cod appears to at all; and, in short, that he was combe the prevailing species; there are pletely tired of his connections with Frank also blochin or glassin, haddocks, foun- merchants, who were indebted to him ders, and various other kinds. Salmon, 23,000,000 of piasters, which he consiwhich at spawning time visit the highest dered as completely lost. In his rage, be *ivers, could not of course obey their even threatened to have the interpreter apstincts here, and accordingly there is drowned in the Nile, for having presumed only one specimen of this favourite to make offer of a mercantile connection, bisia in the pond al present. As the against his positive orders.
The poor interpreter was confounded, are worthy of being one of us.” “ But and unable to utter a word in his defence. this is the custom," added Divan Effendi At this critical moment, however, Messrs. (his Secretary.) “Your Happiness knows Fernandez, Pambonc, and others who that the friends (Franks) have many cushave access to the Pacha, interposed; and toms different from ours, and often such as it was some time before they could reduce are very ridiculous. For instance, if they his Highness to reason; his passion had wish to salute a person, they bare their thrown him into an hysterical hiccup. heads, and scrape with their right foot When his Highness was a little recovered, backwards ; instead of situng down comMr. Fernandez endeavoured to explain to fortably on a sofa to rest themselves, they him that there was no question about bu- sit on little wooden chairs, as if they were siness: that the ulemas of Frankfort were about to be shaved : they eat the pillao possessed of no stock but books, and had with spoons, and the meat with pincers ; bo capital. “ So much the worse," replied but what seems most laughable is, that the Pacha; “ then they are sahhaftehi, they humbly kiss the hands of their wo(booksellers,) who carry on their business men, who, instead of the yashmak, (veil,) without money, like the Franks at Cairo carry straw baskets on their heads; and that and Alexandria.” “Oh, no, they are no they mix sugar and milk with their coffee.” sahhaftehi, but ulemas, kiatibs, (authors,) This last sally set the whole assembly (his physicians, philoussoufs, &c., who are Highness excepted) in a roar of laughter. only engaged in science." “ Well,” said Among those who stood near the fountain he," and what am I then to do in their in the middle of the hall, several exclaimsociety ; I, a Pacha of three horse tails ?” ed with respect to the coffee with sugar “ Nothing at all, your Highness, like per- and milk, Kiafirler! (Ah, ye infidels !) haps most of the members of their society, In the end the Pacha was pacified, and bui by receiving you into their society, “ All's well that ends well;" but it had these gentlemen intended to show you been better, it seems, if, according to the their respect and gratitude.” “That is a customs of the east, the society of Frankstrange custom, indeed,” cried the Pacha, fort had sent the Pacha the unquestionable " to show respect to a person by telling civility of a present, that he could have or writing to him in funny letters--you applied to some use.
ST, BRIDE'S CHURCH.
its last internal decorations were effected On the 11th of January, 1825, a sketch in 1824. In it are interred Thomas of this church was taken from a second Flatman the poet, Samuel Richardson the Hoor window in the house No. 115, Fleet- novelist, and William Bingley, a bookstreet, which stands on the opposite seller, remarkable for his determined side of the way to that whereon the and successful resistance to interrogaopening was made by the late fire; and tories by the court of King's Bench-a the subjoined engraving from the sketch practice which that resistance abated is designed to perpetuate the appearance for ever: his latter years through that opening. Till then, it had ployed, or rather were supported, by the been concealed from the view of passen- kindness of the venerable and venerated gers through Fleet-street by the houses John Nichols, Esq. F. S. A. whose family destroyed, and the conflagration has been tablet of brass is also in this church. As rightly deemed a favourable opportunity an ecclesiastical edifice, St. Bride's is for endeavouring to secure a space of confessedly one of the most elegant in sufficient extent to render the church a the metropolis : an unobstructed view of public ornament to the city. To at least it is indispensable therefore to the naone person, professionally unskilled, the tional character.
Appeals which will spire of St. Bride's appears more chaste and enable the committee to purchase the effective than the spire of Bow. In 1805, interests of individuals on the requisite it was 234 feet high, which is thirty-two site are now in progress, and can scarcely feet higher than the Monument, but be unheeded by those whom wealth, taste, having been struck by lightning in that and liberality dispose to assist in works of year, it was lowered to its present public improvement. The engraved sketch standard.
does not claim to be more than such a St. Bride's church was built by sir representation as may give a distant Christopher Wren, and completed in reader some grounds for determining 1680. It has beed repeatedly beautified: whether a vigorous effort to save a building of that appearance from enclosure this month, and are entitled to a place in a second time ought rot now to be made. this sheet, The proceedings for that purpose are in
St. Bride's Church, London, as it appeared Jan. 11, 1825,
ads he the firs er Sunday, November 14, 1824.
Card-playing. This diversion, resorted to at visitings better man than bishop Jeremy Taylor." during the twelve days of Christmas, as certainly not; and therefore an objector of ancient custom, continues without to this pastime will do well to read the abatement during the prolongation of reasoning of the whole passage as it stands friendly meetings at this season. Persons at the end of the archdeacon's printed who are opposed to this recreation from sermon : if he desire further, let bim pereligious scruples, do not seem to'distin- ruse Jeremy Taylor's “ advices." guish between its use and its abuse. Mr. Cards are not here introduced with a Archdeacon Butler refers to the “harm- view of seducing parents to rear their less mirth and innocent' amusements of sons as gamblers and blacklegs, or their society," in his sermon on “Christian Li- daughters to berty," before the duke of Gloucester, and “a life of scandal, an old age of cards ;" the university of Cambridge, on his royal but to impress upon them the importance highness's installation as chancellor, June of not morosely refusing to participate 30, 1811. The archdeacon quotes, as á in” what the archdeacon refers to, as of note on that point in his sermon, a re- the.“harmless mirth and innocent amusemarkable passage from Jeremy Taylor, ments of society." Persons who are who says, " that cards, &c. are of them wholly debarred from such amusements selves lawful, I do not know any reason in their infancy, frequently abuse a pleato doubt. He can never be suspected, in sure they have been wholly restrained any criminal sense, to tempt the Divine from, by excessive indulgence in it on the Providence, who by contingent things 're- first opportunity. This is human nature : creates his labour. As for the evil ap- let the string be suddenly withdrawn pendages, they are all separable froin from the overstrained bow, and the rethese games, and they may be separated laxation of the bow is violent. by these advices, &c." On the citation, Look at a juvenile card-party-not at which is here abridged, the archdeacon that which the reader sees represented in remarks,“ Such are the sentiments of one the engraving, which is somewhat varied of the most truly pious and most pro- from a design by Stella, who grouped foundly learned prelates that ever adorned boys almost as bpely as Fiamingo moany age or country; nor do I think that delled their forms-but imagine a juvenile the most rigid of our disciplinarians can party closely seated 'round a large table, produce the authority of a wiser or a with a Pope Joan board in the middle; each well supplied with mother-o'-pearl versary, who has slipt a wrong card, to fish and counters, in little Chinese orna- take it up and play another. Of such it mented red and gold trays; their faces and may be said that they do not play at the candles lighting up the room; their cards, but only play at playing at them. bright eyes sparkling after the cards, Sarah Battle was none of that breed; she watching the turn-up, or peeping into the detested them from her heart and soul; pool to see how rich it is; their growing and would not, save upon a strikinu anxiety to the rounds, till the lucky card emergency, willingly seat herself at the decides the richest stake ; then the shout same table with them. She loved a thoout of “ Rose has got it!” “It's Rose's !" rough-paced partner, a determined enemy “Here, Rose, here they are take 'em all; She took and gave no concessions ; she here's a lot !" Emma, and John, and Alhated favours; she never made a revoke, fred, and William's hands thrust forth to nor ever passed it over in her adversary, help her to the prize; Sarah and Fanny, without exacting the utmost forfeiture the elders of the party, laughing at their She sat bolt upright, and neither show edi eagerness; the more sage Matilda check- you her cards, nor desired to see yours. ing it, and counting how many fish Rose All people have their blind side-their has won ; Rose, amazed at her sudden superstitions; and I have heard her dewealth, talks the least; little Samuel, who clare, under the rose, that Hearts was her is too young to play, but has been allowed favourite suit. I never in my life and I a place, with some of the “ pretty fish” be- knew Sarah Battle many of the best years fore hiin, claps his hands and halloos, and of it) saw her take out her snuflbox when throws his playthings to increase Rose's it was her turn to play, or snuff a candle treasure ; and baby Ellen sits in “ mo- in the middle of a game, or ring for a serther's” lap, mute from surprise at the “up- vant till it was fairly over. She never roar wild," till a loud crow, and the quick introduced, or connived at, miscellaneous motion of her legs, proclaim her delight at conversation during its process : as, she the general joy, which she suddenly sus. emphatically observed, cards were cards. pends in astonishment at the many fingers A grave simplicity was what she chietty pointed towards her, with “ Look at baby! admired in her favourite game. There look at baby !" and gets smothered with was nothing silly in it, like the nob in kisses, from which “ mother” vainly en- cribbage-nothing superfluous. To condeavours to protect her. And so they go fess a truth, she was never greatly taken on, till called by Matilda to a new game, with cribbage. It was an essentialiy and “mother" bids them to “go and sit vulgar game, I have heard her say, -dis down, and be good children, and not puting with her uncle, who was very parmake so much noise :” whereupon they tial to it. She could never heartily' brin. disperse to their chairs; two or three of her mouth to pronounce ‘go,' or that the least help up Samuel, who is least of a go.' She called it an ungrammatical all, and “mother" desires them to “take game. The pegging teased her. I once care, and mind he does not fall.” Matilda knew her to forfeit a rubber, because she then gives him his pretty fish “ to keep would not take advantage of the turn-us him quiet ;” begins to dress the board for knave, which would have given it he a new game; and once more they are but which she must have claimed by the “as merry as grigs."
disgraceful tenure of declaring' two fois In contrast to the jocund pleasure of his heels.' Sarah_Battle was a gentl.. children at a round game, take the pic. woman born." These, omitting a few ture of “old Sarah Battle,” the whist- delicate touches, are her features by the player. “A clear fire, a clean hearth, hand of Elia. “No inducement,” he says and the rigour of the game,” was her ce- " could ever prevail upon her to play lebrated wish. “ She was none of your her farourite game for nothing." lukewarın gamesters, your half-and-half then he adds, " With great deference to players, who have no objection to take a the old lady's judgment on these matters hand, if you want one to make up a rub- I think I have experienced some moment ber; who affirm that they have no plea- in my life when playing at cards fosure in winning; that they like to win nothing has even heen agreeable. Wher one game, and lose another ; that they I am in sickness, or not in the best spirits can wile away an hour very agreeably at I sometimes call for the cards, and play a card-table, bui are indifferent whether a game at piquet for love with my cousu they play or no; and will desire an ad- BridgetBridget Elia" Cousin Bridge