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CAIiHIGAX THE SHERIFF'S snow. The of Fi-iday-gives a minute description of the pomp and vanity displayed by the high sheriff on the )' •occasion of Ja&gc Erie's visit to Cardigan last week. Un- like any former high sheviff," says our right loyal contempo- rary, rr, Iloglitori deemed it ueecssary- to invest himself with all that pomp and circumstance of office which the o 'c:L"ion legitimately demanded." We have yet to learn whaf Iw/itimate demand there is for such "torn-foolery" (as our friend Punch calls it) oil the occasion of the entrance of a judge into an assize town. The cavalcade was of the most-imposing description," (to grown up boys and foolish old women.) being preceded by two trumpeters on horse- back iu white liveries' trimmed, with blue, and having s ioei'b trumpets with magnificent banners a tached, the family arms being embhzonediu the centre of each." Our contemporary has omitted to mention the sort of caps they wore: 1 We, presume they-jpre .foolscaps made of green paper, which, we think., would have been very appropriate to tire imposing". occasion. "Next came the outriders and javelin-men, arrayed in livery of exquisite taste, their we.vbns being the very perfection of neatness." The .perfection of neatness! 'Who made them?' "The high sheriff's carriage, which was drawn by four horses, displayed neatness,, spleifdohr, and convenience." This reminds us of a frie-adofoi-ir4, who had occasion to visit Liverpool,.where In employed his leisure time in seeing the" liolls" of the place. On his return home he was asked, amongst other thi.igs, what he thought of Dr. ltaffles's chapel ?- Gh! said he, with an air of importance, it's beautiful, magnifi- cent, pretty well." The numerous trappings of the harness were all magnificently mounted in silver. On the blinkers and pads the armorial bearings were elaborately chased, and a massive boss on the front of the martingale of each horse dis- played the same token of ownership. The high sheriff him- self, to crown the whole, had decorated his really handsome person with full Court costume, ruffles, silver-hilted sword, &c., included." Really our contemporary ought to have favoured its readers with an illustration of the imposing cavalcade," and the really handsome person of the sheriff and his decorations." The dinner in the evening was worthy of the gods." We wonder what gods our sagacious contemporary means. Bacchus ? What a disappointment it would have been if Mr. Justice Erie had served the high sheriff of Cardiganshire as Lord Denman and Justice Williams did the sheriff of Wilts, the other day. We copy the following from Punch, for the edification of the editor of the IF elsh- man, and his friend the sheriff, as well as the amusement of our readers. It will be seen that Punch and the Welshman differ with regard to the legitimate demands" of such occasions:- 0 WANTED A JUDGE.—The ancient tom-foolery of meeting thejudges with a procession of javelin-men when they enter an Assize town, is now very sensibly discouraged by most of their lordships, who frequently exercise their ingenuity in dodging the high sheriff and his mountebank myrmidons. Lord Den- man and Mr. Justice Williams managed to give the actors in the usual mummery the slip the other day at Salisbury; for, arriving by a railway train in private clothes, they walked arm-iii-arm to their lodgings as quietly as a couple of private gentlemen. The high sheriff and his followers were frantically looking into every carriage for a judge, when our learned friend Briefless, who had arrived by the same train and had popped on his wig instead of a travelling-cap, was mistaken for a judge, and pounced upon by the shrieval cortege, which heralded his exit from the vehicle with a flourish of trumpets, and preceded him to the door of the station with all the honours due to the judicial ermine. Mr. Briefless called upon the parties concerned, to show cause why he was thus made absolute on the platform; and an explanation having been given, the learned gentleman blandly observed, that perhaps some few years hence he might have the pleasure of accepting the courtesy that had been shown to him. Having turned away from Briefless, the javelin-men made a simultaneous rush towards a "spangled" beadle, who happened to be upon the platform but the high sheriff immediately seeing the error, called off his pack, and made for the lodgings of the judges, where the party arrived just in time to see the door closed after Lord Denman and his colleague had entered. The high sheriff, with a discomfited air, gave the word of command to his followers to "fall out," which they proceeded to do, by quarrelling as to whose stupidity it was that had occasioned the contretemps."




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