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THE COURT. ---

LITERATURE AND THE ARTS. --+-

SPORTS AND PASTIMES.

HINTS UPON GARDENING. --

TOPICS OF THE WEEK. --.-

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"■ =========== OUR MISCELLANY. Advice. The great beauty of a wife is," said a henpecked husband, "that if she abuses you herself, she won't let any one else abuse you." A Bull." Patrick, you fool, what makes you stale after that rabbit, when your gun has no lock on it ? ''Hash! my darlin', the rabbit don't know that." Shocking Threat.-Barnum is now exhibiting, at his museum, three fat girls, who are said to weigh a ton. The trio, a short time ago, threatened Barnum that, if he did not raise their wages, they would put themselves under the Banting sy.Rtem.-Pack- San Francisco paper. A Clever Servant.—A housemaid, boasting of her industrious habits, said, quite innocently, that on ascertain occasion she rose at four, made a fire, put on the kettle, prepared breakfast, and made all the beds, before a single soul was up in the house." Traditions of Somerset-house. A little above the entrance door to "the Stamps and Taxes" there is a white watch face let into the wall. Local tradition declares it was left there in votive gratitude by a labourer who fell from a scaffolding and was saved by the ribbon of his watch catching in some ornament. It was really placed there by the Royal Society as a meridian mark for a portable transit in- strument in a window of an ante-room. A tradition of Nelson belongs to this quiet square. An old clerk at Somerset-house used to describe seeing the hero of the Nile pass on his way to the Admiralty. Thin and frail, with only one arm, he would enter the vestibule at a smart, pace, and make direct for his goal, pushing across the rough, round stones of the quadrangle, in- stead of taking, like others, the smooth pavement. Nelson always took the nearest way to the object he wished to attain. Some years ago a gentleman, in a fit. of depression, committed suicide by throwing him- self down that sort of bear-pit under the ominous black statue of the Thames, opposite the gateway of Somerset-house. With the caprice of a suicide, this unhappy man did not precipitate himself headlong, but with a sort of terrible carefulness lay down on the parapet, and then rolled himself over.-Thorn- bury's Haunted London. A Dandy 1n the ilifteenth Century.—Giles had passed his 'prentice days in London in the house of one of the Court glovers, and was therefore looked upon by the provincial cits as a. perfect master of good breeding-" the glass of fashion and the mould of form." I may sketch his dress and appearance, as affording a picture of what dandies were in the closing days of the fifteenth century. Assuming the Tudor colours of white and green in consequence of the slender link, just named, which bound him to the court, he displayed the latter chiefly in his short doublet, whose wide puffed sleeves, coming only to the elbow, afforded an opportunity of exhibiting both the breast and arms of a fine Holland shirt, stitched with gold. His breeches, reaching to the knee, were of taffeta in alternate stripes of white and green; and below these, tight white hose extended to his round- toed shoes. Above his dagger, on the right side of his girdle, which was of Cadiz leather adorned with silver studs, hung a square leathern purse. But the most remarkable article of his attire, when he first entered the room, was a hat, worn not upon his head, which was covered with a green velvet coif, but hang- ing at his back with its enormous plume of soiled green and white feathers almost sweeping the ground. At the first sight of this caudal appendage, Alice had clapped her hands and cried with malicious glee: Mercy on us all! what shall we do when the peacock spreads his tail ?" A profusion of fair hair, scented and trimly curled, fell upon this gallant's neck; but not a trace of beard or whisker was permitted to dis- figure his new-reaped chin and cheek.-Froin Pictures of the Periods, by W. F. Collier, LL.D. A party of gentlemen from Bombay, one day visit- ing the stupendous cavern-temple o Elephanta, dis- covered a tiger's whelp in one of the obscure recesses of the edifice. Desirous of kidnapping the cub with- out encountering the fury of the dam, they took it up hastily and cautiously, and retreated. Being left at liberty, and extremely well fed, the tiger grew rapidly, appeared tame, and attached as a dog; it was, indeed, in every respect, entirely domesticated. At length, when having grown to a great size, and, notwithstand- ing its apparent gentleness, it began to inspire terror, by its tremendous power of doing mischief, a piece of raw meat, dripping with blood, fell in its way. Up to that time it had been kept from raw animal food; but the instant it had dipped its tongue in blood, it darted fiercely, and with glaring eyes, on its prey, tore it furiously in pieces, and, growling and roaring in the most dreadful manner, rushed off towards the jungles. The tiger is readily tamed when taken young, but its temper may be said to be scarcely so much to be depended on as that of the lion. The celebrated Charles James Fox had a young one which followed him about like a dog. He had reared it from its infancy, and fed it entirely on milk and vegetables. But, one day, while he was sitting reading, the tiger went up and licked his hand, which was hanging over the arm or the back of the chair.. Before he was aware of the fact, the animal's tongue had scraped away a portion of the skin. Mr. Fox, happening to turn round his head, instantly discovered, with horror, that the tiger's eyes were glaring, and its whole spirit was aroused at this first taste of blood. Gently rising from his seat, and without withdrawing his hand from the tiger's mouth, he led it, with kindly words, into the next room, over the chimney-piece of which was hanging a loaded' pistol. As the blood flowed more rapidly, the tiger's eyes glared more fiercely; but, providentially, Mr. Fox was able to seize the pistol; he levelled it at the tiger's head, which instantly fell dead at his feet. A younger tisrer. which was brought from China in the Pitt East Indiaman, at the age of ten months, was so tame as to admit of every kiad of familiarity from the people on board. It was as harm- less and playful as a kitten. It frequently slept in the sailors' hammocks; and when stretched on the deck, would allow two or three of them to repose with their heads resting on it for a pillow. It was like the cat, given to thieving, and frequently stole the sailors' meat. One day, having stolen a piece of beef from the carpenter, he followed it, and, after taking the flesh out of its mouth, beat it severely for the theft, which it suffered without offering to retalliate. It would frequently run out on the bowsprit, climb about the ship like a cat, and perform a number of tricks with surprising agility. There was a dog on board, with which it would often play in the most diverting man- ner. This animal was placed in the menagerie of the Tower of London, where it remained many years, and never evinced any ferocity. It was called Harry, and answered to this name like a dog.-Cassell's Popular Natural History.

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