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The discovery has been made that the world does not revolve with the same momentum it did a thousand years ago, but it still swings around fast enough to satisfy the man with a heavy note coming due. "PUNCH" TO SALISBURY. I hold it true, whate'er befall, Though Jingo bounce and patriot rail, 'Twere better far to meet and fail, Than never try to meet at all.—Punch. A POLICY OF SUSPICION. Suspicion now rules us and stimulates ire; Let us hope we mayn't learn in the school of disaster This maxim o'er-true, that Suspicion, like fire, Though an excellent servant's a terrible master. -Punch. A Herald man had rheumatism, and in just half-an- hour he learned that the following will cure itIodide of potassium, quinine, glauber salts, onions, raw lemons, baked lemons, raw silk, oiled silk, gin and tansey, Turkish baths, a potato carried in the pocket, a horse chestnut carried in the pocket, an eel-skin tied round the leg, a suit of red flannel, chloroform liniment, hot water, cold water, hot lemonade, a trip South, a dry atmosphere, equable temperature, sulphur baths, mustard and hot water, camphor liniment, and electricity. QUEES ELIZABETH'S SUNDAY AMUSEMENTS.—When the Queen visited the University of Cambridge, the colleges, of course, took much pains and went to considerable ex- pense to provide appropriate diversion for the Queen, who was entertained on Sunday with the first Latin sermon she had ever heard, aud a representation of one of Plautus's comedies. Not only was the Latin comedy per- formed on a Sunday, but it was put upon the stage in the very chapel where the Sovereign had on the same day taken part in divine worship—facts which are important illustrations of the way in which Sunday was kept, and of the freedom with which our pious ancestors used their churches for social purposes, in pre-Puritan England. A little story illustrative of the working. of universal suffrage is related by the Figaro. A farmer in the depart- ment of the Aisne, who had formerly been mayor of his parish, was dismissed by the Republicans in 1870. At the last municipal elections his shepherd was raised to the post which his employer had formerly occupied, while one of his carters was nominated to a seat in the council. It happened the other day that the ex-mayor was obliged to drive his own team, and that his wife was obliged to attend his flock, because the shepherd and the carter were engaged on their municipal duties and discussing the amount of taxation which should be paid by their master. It appears that the ex-mayor is rated at £12 a year, and the shepherd and carter are rated at 4s. each. The shortest Parliament that ever sat met in the 34th year of the reign of Edward I., and existed for one day only the longest was not that which is historically known as the "Long Parliament," which, according to the general computation, existed 16 years, 145 days, or according to another (the outside limit) 17 years and three months. The second Parliament of Charles II. met on the 8th of May, 1661, and was not dissolved till the 24th of January, 1678, having thus had a duration of 17 years, 8 months, and 16 days. This, therefore, is the real' 'long" Parliament. The longest session of late years was that of 1847-48, which lasted 293 days, and was referred to by the Speaker in his address to the Queen, as well as from the throne, as a "laborious and protracted Session. THE COCKLE TRADE IN WALES.—The cockle trade at this charming little rural watering place (Ferryside) is its staple support, and affords occupation for the whole female portion of the population of the neighbouring village of Llansaint, numbering some 150 labourers. On an average they manage to clear about £1,500 by the cockle-fishing alone, while by mussels and other shellfish they make £ l,000'per annum. This trade, however, only lasts for the summer months, and is liable to great fluctuations, owing to the migratory habits of the cockle tribe. The cockles when picked up are put into large sacks, two of which are a heavy load for the fine race of donkeys indigenous to these parts. Towards evening some forty donkeys may be seen round the station awaiting the late train, by which these cockles are sent off to Bristol, Gloucester, and even London. The country around Llansaint, some four miles from the sea, being strewed with cockle-shells to the depth of three or four inches, will afford speculation to future inquiring geologists.—M. B. C. in Land and Water. THE WORD LORD."—"Lord" (with the one exception where it signifies a title pertaining to the peerage) simply implies supremacy over certain others who stand in inti- mate relationship towards the person so designated. So. beginning with Divinity, Johnson gives instances of its application to all sorts of ranks and classes to a ruler" (Milton Dryden), "a master" (Shakespeare), an oppres- sive tyrant," (Hayward), "a husband" (Pope), "one at the head of any business (Tusser). Accordingly, the Mayor of London, as chief of all the mayors, of England, is the Lord Mayor;" "the lord of a manor" is the head of his manor, receiving homage from his tenants the lord mesne" is the owner of a manor, who, holding under a lord paramount, yet has freehold tenants under him. And, to revert to the judicial bench, while every puisne judge, addressing himself to the bar, refers to his chief as my lord," the bar itself properly gives the same style and dignity to all the judges alike as "lords" in relation to it. The Academy says :—The following letter is a curiosity which could have been written only in the days of Charles II. The writer is Lord Latimer, a gentleman of the bed- chamber, and son of the Earl of Danby, who had remained prisoner in the Tower since his fall in 1679 :—" Feb. 8th, 1683. My Lord, I read your letter to ye King by wch hee saw your usage att ye Kings-bench & was very angry. He has sent to speake wth Ld Chieffe Just: to-day & when I know what is ye result of ye matter I will Imediately send you word. I delivered the watter to ye King & opened itt and drank 2 spoonfuls my selfe for I told him tho sliee was onely to use itt as A Gargle yett if itt went downe there was no hurt in itt, hee has not yett delivered itt to Lady Portsmouth for she was not up when he was there. The Dutch letters are come but I have not heard the news, the[y] came last night as the King was going into bed. I will give the King an account of what successe has been today at Westmii ster wch Mr. Bloome has given mee an account of,—I am, my Lord, your Losps most obedient and dutyfull son, LATIMER."




APRIL 24, 1878.

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