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ANECDOTES OF LUNDY ISLAND.

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ANECDOTES OF LUNDY ISLAND. London Society for July contains an interesting sketch of Ilfracombe, from which we extract the following in reference to Lundy Island:— Eighteen miles off is Lundy Isle; and if you like boating and do not mind the heavy ground- swell of these waters, it will interest you to ex- plore one of the most inaccessible of our islands. It is nearly surrounded by high and inaccessible y 1 1, racks, and in rough weather it is not always pos- sible to effect a landing. We have heard some curious stories as to the difficulty of exercising legal processes out here. It was strongly forti- ned in the Stuart times, and long held out for. King Charles. Sportsmen go over on Sunday early in the season on account of the snipe and woodcocks, and it is a favourite resort of the gannet. fn the breeding season the cliffs are covered with sea fowl, and to take gulls find pluck their feathers is a regular occupation of the summer. The islan-d ishurrowed with rabbits, and there is a little isiaud on the south famous for rats. Rat Isiand has t'ise old aboriginal black rat, which once was the prevailing rat ia this country, before the Hanoverian rats came over in the ship which brought uiing George from Hanover and conquered all other rats save such few as still linger out here. A curious evnt happened to Lundy in the French wars of William III., which properly be- longs to English history, but from the insignifi- cance of the localityi-s generally omitted. It will be interesting to quote the story. A ship of war, tinder Dutch colours, anchored in the roadstead, and sent ashore for some milk, pretending that the captain was sick. The islanders supplied the miik for several days, when at. length the crew in- formed them that't-ae captain was dend, and asked permission to bury him in consecrated ground. This was immediately granted, anfl the inhabi- tants assisted in carrying the coffin to the grave. It appeared to them rather heavy,%ust they never for a moment suspected the nature of its con tents. The Frenchmen then revested the is. landers to leave the church, as it was the custom in their country that foreigners should absent themselves a part of the ceremony, butji)- formed them that they should be admitted to see the body interred. They were not, hovvever, kept long in suspeese the doors were suddenly flung open, and the Frenchmen, armed from the pre- tended receptacle of the dead, rushed with trium- phant shouts upon the astonished inhabitants, and made them prisoners. They ,then quickly pro- ceeded to dssolate the island. They hamstrung the horses and bullocks, threw fhe sheep and goats into the sea, tossed the guns ever the cliffs, and stripped the inhabitants even of their clothes. When satisfied with plunder-and mischief, they left the poor islanders in a condition most truly disconsolate. This incident deserves to be more widely known than it is; Tal-ely even in the annals of warfare do we hear of such sacrilege, perfidy, and gratuitous cruelty. It is Wf>i;'ih while yachting-over to Lundy, if only to gain acquaintance with what we are told is its especial eharm-J-its perfect pnrity and freshness of colour. In few other places does one see such delicate purples and such creamy whites, such pure greens and yellow.' Yachting off Ilfracombe must be pleasant enough for those who like it. there is atso a remarkable number of steamers working to, fro. and across the Bristol Channel. Ibavejustbern-dat the table d'hote a most ab sucdstory of a yachtsman, which, though grotesque is worth while mentioning as veracious. Some man, who had been out on a yachting cruise, gave himself the liberties of a tar who had come on shore, and having drunk quite as much wine at dinner as was good for him, retired to some room within ear-shot, where he audibly con- tinued in a state of uproarious merriment (ill a late hour. i forget whether he was staying at an inn or a country honse, but, anyhow, he was greeted next morning by a pretty, laughing-eyed girl with the simple but astonishing speech, I guess you had hot coppers last night"]' As I do not know that she was a Devonshire girl, perhaps we had better assume that she was an American. The effect upon the yachtsman was immense. He took a deep breath and then he made a deep resolve. He made up h:s mind that he was bound to marry that girl, and he accordingly married her within six weeks. She has made a good mother to a lot of children, and altogether came out of it much better from—in fact, from such an exceed- ingly vapid speech. LAV OF DOMESTIC SERVICE.—In a case tried on Wednesday at the SheriiFs Court, wherein a servant sued her late master for wages and notice, Mr Commissioner Kerr ruled that when a master dismisses a servant in a summary manner be severs the existing contract, and the servant is entitled to act on the dismissal. The master in this instance had directed the plaintiff to leave his premises, but subsequently requested her to reniaiii. She left, and sued him for wages and notice, which he had to pay, as well as the costs. AN INGENIOUS SHOT.—The Inverness Courier re- lates the Some short time ago a Strathdearn gamekeeper spent a great part of his time in getting rid of a hooded crow, which he had every reason to believe was uo friend to the particular sort of game be was hound to protect. 'J his crow built her nest in the top of a fir tree, a little isolated from the rest of the forest, but so wily and cunning was the old bird that it defied the keeper, after many anxious weeks of watching, to get a shot at her. At last, being utterly non- plussed, he told his chagrin to a neighbouring farmer, who volunteered to do away with the crow on condition that he would get a day at shooting hares. The bargain was at once con- cluded, and next morning the farmer cautiouslv wended his steps to the tree in which the crow had built her nest. No better luck, however, awaited him, as the crow (as was her wont) flew off the moment she saw a human being come near her stronghold, and long before he could get within range. It happened that there were a number of lelled trees within forty yards of the crow's nest, and amid this rubbish the farmer iixed his gun, having previously taken a proper aim of the crow's nest. To be forewarned is to be forearmed, and the fanner used the precaution to take along with him about eighty yards of small twine, one end of which he tied to the trigger of his gun, and with the other retired to a convenient hiding place, and patiently awaited th-a return of the crow to her nest. In a short time the object of his search returned, and safely spread her wings over her brood in the top of the tree. The former pulled the string, and in the tw inkling of an eye, crow, nest, and brood were blown into the air. The farmer was naturally proud of this feat of generalship, and carried the dead body of the crow home with him, the trophy, of course, beins shown to the keeper at his next call. It is need- less to add that in addition to his original promise, the keeper gave the farmer a hearty dr«;m, and congratulated him on his ingenuity,'

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