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tester 100 Years ——♦ INTERESTING REMINISCENCES. Being notes given week by week of matters con- nected with Chester and the locality a hundred years ago. (Compiled from the Chester Courant, Aug. 29th 1797.) HALF A CENTURY IN THE SERVICE. The senior ensign in the British Army in September, 1783, was Willcock, aged 78, an ensign in the 41st Invalides, who petitioned General Conway, through General Vaughan, to excuse him mounting guard for the rest of his life, as he had been 54 years in the service." THII SAME DODGE IS PRACTISED Now. "A curious device was lately played off at the Lower Ferry, Dublin, to extort money, and with So much success as to render the adjacent quay one continued scene of drunkenness. A ragged vagabond was prostrated on the ground close to the bank of the Liffey, and covered with an old mat, on which lay a plate for alms to bury the drowned man. More than fifty shillings were collected in the course of two hours, when, to the astonishment of several persons in the act of contributing, the dead man took up his bed and walked: carrying the joke no further that to go into the purgatory of a whisky shop." AN EXTRAORDINARY STORY. A circumstance of a very peculiar nature Has transpired within these few days. Mr. M some time ago formed a tender connec- tion with a young lady, by whom he had a child. The father of the young gentleman, who is very opulent, declared that he would disin- herit his son if he did not break off the connec- tion. The love between the parties was ardent and mutual; the son heard the injunction with grief, and with tears promised to act conformably to the wishes of the father. But his resolution forsook him, and as he had just finished his school studies, in which the young lady made also a great pro- ficiency, he bad recourse to the singular stratagem of inducing her to assume the male attire, and enter with him as a fellow commoner in the University of Oxford. The young lady being received as such, went through the rigours and discipline of a University educa- tion; she applied herself closely to the dead languages, and in Greek and Latin became a considerable proficient. For a year she was never seen without the doors of her chamber, except by her lover; and the approbation of the University, besides several premiums, crowned her classical labours. When the parties had finished at Oxford, the gentleman with his fair friend entered the Middle Temple, where they are now students. In term time she regularly dined in the hall, and in the vacation in the different coffee-houses, with her friend. She has paid great attention to the law, and in legal disquisition is said to be a subtle disputant. At George's coffee house her talents, more than once, have exposed the ignorance of certain stripling barristers. After such constancy, few minds, we hope, are prepared to imagine the state of the fair unfortunate; for she is now abandoned by her lover, a prey to grief, and with acquirements, that, in her sex, are rendered almost useless in her progress through life by the custom of the world.—The mother o the gentleman has settled an annuity on her, u the philosophy of the schools does not prevent her from being inconsolable.

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