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-bester 100 Years aqo.


bester 100 Years aqo. INTERESTING REMINISCENCES. lJeing notes given week by week of matters con- nected with Chester and the locality a hundred years ago. '(Compiled from the Chester Courant, Aug. 25th 1797.) LOVE AT BOILING POINT. THIS IS NOT FROM AMERICA. A Spanish poet, describing his passion, says that, in thinking of his mistress, he fell into a Pond, where the heat of his passion had such an effect on the water that it bubbled up, and boiled the fish, insomuch that those who came to take him out were diverted from their object by the delicacy of the fish, which were swimming about ready cooked!" A SAD ACCIDENT. "James Warwood, aged 11, for the man- daughter of John Seadman, an infant, at ^orthfield, was fined sixpence and discharged, ^he case of this boy deserves particular notice. It appeared that the prisoner and the deceased, With other children, were throwing stones at each other when the prisoner threw one half a pound weight at the deceased's sister, which missed her and struck the deceased on the left side, and killed him on the spot." INHUMANITY. At Dorchester Assizes, Ambrose Banger, an opulent farmer of Long Critchell, and John Matchem, of the same parish, labourer, were tried and found guilty on an indictment pre- vised against them by the parish of Tarrant Monkton, for having conspired to carry ■Richard Matchem, a poor lad about 15 years of age, and nephew to the said John Matchem, ^hen in the agonies of death, from Long ^rxtchill to Tarrant Monkton, to saddle that parish with the funeral expenses.—The learned Judge, after execrating the inhuman behaviour of the culprits, ordered Banger to pay a fine of £ 1, and both to be imprisoned six months." ALMOST EVERYTHING BUT MUSIC WAS TAXED. Among the various resources for supporting Government in a war against an enemy who meditates our destruction, it is astonishing that musical instruments have yet remained un- taxed. Music is become a necessary part of polite education, particularly among females; the expense this part of education occasions to i8. middle orders of society, is generally com- plained of, and by the upper ranks it is so universally adopted as te leave no doubt of its being productive." REPUBLICANISM AS IT WAS. A pretty piece of French decency was lately exhibited by their Commissioners at the Abbey of St. Trond, near Brussels. The religious, it seems, have just been forced out of their habi- tation; when the Republicans, thinking some treasures might be hidden in the vault, opened coffins, and among others that of the Abbot Mullard, interred about ten years since, Whose head they cut off and exhibited to the Populace at a penny each." A raa HOIST WITH His OWN PETARD. nbytreachery had obtained admission In the guise of a friend to a house in which a oman was lying ill. His purpose was robbery, here being a large amount of gold in the room in which the woman lay. On her refusing to •wn the exact place where the money Th pla<red he threatened to hang her. fftaf 6 ?"8creant placed himself on a stool, tied6? -4.a lar £ e staple in the ceiling, and a rope with a slip knot, through nforo Passed his arm to see whether the hin? 6 h°ld. The stool fell from under whi'W- remained suspended by the knot, tn fu tightened more and more in proportion w efforts he made to extricate himself. It th i difficult to describe the situation of _e temale, who was not able to quit her bed. ar? rascal, in his turn, implored all her pity j compassion. My friend,' said he, my ar friend, help me to extricate me from embarrassment. I will restore to you all that I have taken.' • My friend,' she replied, you shall remain where you are.' He aid so 'lIltil the return of the husband and nurse, who found him with his pockets filled with lunderJ and by whom he was delivered into he hands of justice."

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