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úcster 100 Years Hgo.


úcster 100 Years Hgo. 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, Sept., 1797.) THE RATS WERE FRIGHTENED. A CURIOUS FACT. About three years ago the corn-mill at Glossop was very much infected with rats. A quantity of barley, which lay upon the chamber floor, was hourly visited by some of them. The miller, one day, going to drive them away as usual, happened to catch one under his hat, which he killed he then singed all the hair of its body, &c., until the skin, tail, and legs became quite stiff by the operation. In this condition he set it upon its feet by the side of his heap of barley, where it stood, with pricked-up ears and tail, for a considerable time. After this not a rat dared to come near it; and in a short space the mill was cleared of these depredators, and has continued so ever since." VARIETIES. To the Printer. The French, Mr. Baldwin, have an article under the above head in most of their papers, consist- ing of on dits, supposes, surmises, and little morsels of intelligence, comick, serious, and serio-comick. I have been thinking that if any of the London papers chose to adopt the plan, I know not any week that would have afforded a more odd variety than the last. I shall give as a specimen a very singular variety as to the causes of death. Old Dick Yates died because he could not get eels for dinner. His housekeeper, you will allow, played him a slippery trick. Mrs Weston died because her son was hanged. The member for Hereford died by drinking cold liquors when over-heated. A countryman died because he could not swallow more than five quarts of porter in as many minutes. This came very apropos with the account you gave us of the quantity of porter brewed by the twelve principal brewers. A gentleman in Sussex died because his com- panions did not know whether a gun was loaded or not. A Pike died—because it had swallowed a gentleman's pocket book, containing notes and bills; which the poor fish could neither digest nor discount. And sundry Dogs died-to save their masters the experience of three shillings. Surely, Mr. Baldwin, we may repeat with the poet, Life is a jest and all things shew it, &c. OMNIUM GATHERUM." A BIG MEAL. About ten years ago the Duke of Queens- berry made a bet of a thousand guineas that he would produce a man who could eat more at a meal than any one Sir John Lade could find. The bet being accepted, the time was appointed, but his Grace not being able to attend the -exhibition, he wrote to his agent to know what success, and accordingly received the following note:—' My Lord,—I have not time to state particulars, but merely to acquaint your Grace that your man beat his antagonist by a pig and anle-p,ge.- (Signed) J.P.' AN ANONYMOUS LETTER. TEN GUINEAS REWARD. "J. Talma having received an anonymous letter, through the medium of the Chester post- office, containing a villainous and cowardly threat to assassinate him. some evening in the dark, should he not leace this city in one month,' wishes to inform its contemptible author, that, conscious of the rectitude of his own breast, he despises alike the writer and his unmanly effort. Let the knave be cautious for his own safety, the law hath a lash for scoundrels. Any person or persons giving information, so as to lead to a conviction of the person who actually wrote the said letter, shall receive a reward of Ten Guineas, by applying to Mr. Talma.—Water- gate-street, Sept., 1796."

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