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At the late Resely Hill fair, near Carlisle, a London rider there, ycleped a Cockney Bagman, was constrained to remount his charge, from the accident of his job pegasus being unable farther to pad the hoof. His skill in stabularian traffic being inadequate to the artifices of northern jockeyship, rendered him fearful of an over-reach, and created wonderful qualms in choice, at length he risked his dealing with a quaker, under the puritanic hope of being honestly done by. The bargain struck, the ponies posted, the horse delivered, and all preliminaries of bargain and sale adjusted and confirmed, the man of orders was anxiously desirous to know if the horse had any and what faults, when his chapman Aminadab, candidly answered, he knew of no more than three the beast had,--that his memory was short-his faith was weak and yea verily his understanding was bad. The purchaser grew anxious to have these mysterious matters expounded, whom the quaker satisfied clearly to his comprehension, -solving the problems thus : “ That the horse's memory is short, implies,” quoth he, “that the beast is so extremely dull when you give him one stripe, he forgets it before you can give him another,--his faith is weak, because he never believes he has any one upon his back, until he has thrown him down to be convinced of his rider and thirdly and lastly, that his understanding is bad, you will soon find out, for his fore feet are so very defective and tender, that he is continually falling down, to the great annoyance and danger of the life, neck, and limbs, of every one who rides him.”
Abstract of the Net Produce of the Revenue of Great Britain,
(exclusive of the Arrears of War Duty on Malt, and Property) in the Years and Quarters ending January the 5th, 1822, and January the 5th, 1823.
A Wild WOMAN.-Extract of a letter from Madrid.A truce to politics for one day, and let us sympathize with the fair ones of Madrid, who are dying to see the wild woman that has been lately found in the Sierra de Montero, a desolate and rude range of mountains in the south. She had been seen occaionally by the goat-herds as they wandered through the mountains. The tale at length reached Cordova, and the authorities sent officers in pursuit of her. They succeeded in apprehending her, and she is now in one of the public hospitals in that city. She is not altogether destitute of understanding, nor ignorant of language, as she can say a few words, such as Pepa, (Papa) gato, (a cat) campo, (the country) and some few others. When she was asked if she would like to return to the country, she nodded her head in the affirmative. She eats whatever is given to her, but prefers uncooked meats and vegetables. In the beginning, cooked victuals did not agree with her, and made her sick---she eats with an extraordinary appetite. Her clothes appear as if they were placed on a stick; her arms were tied, because she was ever tearing her shoes, in spite of every care that was taken to prevent her. Sometimes she has thrown off all her garments. and run out quité náked into the kitchen garden. She has been found after an interval of two days coiled up in a place full of mire, and at another time she has been discovered on the dunghill of the stable. She is about sixteen years old, of a short stature, a deep brown colour, protruding lips, and so rough as almost in appearance to resemble a wolf. She sleeps by day as well as night, without any regularity, and generally coiled up.' Sometimes her sleep has continued for twenty-eight hours successively, either in bed or on the ground, with or without covering. She keeps her eyes mostly closed, and when she is alone she cries
for three hours together, and the next three hours she laughs. The Duke de Riva, the Constitutioanl Alcade of Cordavo, has taken a great deal of trouble to find out the origin of this female, but it has baffled all enquiries, and he has given them up in despair. It is supposed she belongs to parents not less wild than herself, who are still undiscovered in the mountains.
A merchant travelling from London to Liverpool by the mail, entered into conversation with a country girl who was in the coach. She told him she had ten guineas in gold, which she had saved, and intended to take home to her father. The mail was stopped by highwaymen, and on their opening the door and demanding money from the passengers, the merchant declared that he had himself got only a few shillings, but that his companion had ten guineas. They, of course, took them from her. When they were out of sight, the gentleman told the girl he had £50,000 concealed in his boots, and presented her with £100 as a compensation for the alarm which he had occasioned.
Dr. Shomberg of Reading, in the early part of his life, spent a Christmas at Paris with some Eliglish friends. They were desirous to celebrate the season, in the manner of their own country, by having as one dish at their table, an English plum-pudding ; but no cook was found equal to the task of compounding it. A clergyman of the party had, indeed, an old receipt-book; but this did not sufficiently explain the process. Dr. Schomberg, however, supplied all that was wanting, by throwing the receipt into the form of a prescription, and sending it to the apothecary to be made up. To prevent all possibility of error, he directed that it should be boiled in a cloth, and sent in the same cloth, to be applied at an hour specified. At this hour it arrived, borne by the apothecary's assistant, and preceded by the apothecary himself, drest, according to the professional formality of the time, with a sword. Seeing when he entered the apartment, instead of signs of sickness, a table well-filled and surrounded by very merry, faces, he perceived that he was made a party in a joke that turned on himself, an dindignantly laid his hand on his sword ; but an invitation to taste his own cookery appeased him, and all was well.
The Ass.--This long-eared quadruped was formerly dubbed a gentleman by King Charles ! A mayor of Rochester, just at the commencement of an elaborate address to that monarch, was accompanied by the loud braying of an ass; when his Majesty exclaimed, “One at a time, Gentlemen; one at a time.”-A common tradition attributes the black line, or cross, upon the shoulders of this animal to be the blow inflicted by Balaam; in allusion to which a witling, who had been irreverently sneering at the Miracles in the presence of Dr. Parr, said triumphantly,
Well, Doctor, what say you to the story of Balaam's Ass, and the cross upon its shoulders ?” “Way, Sir, replied the Doctor,
“I say, that if you had a little more of the Cross and a great deal less of the Ass, it would be much better for
r you" SMART REPLY.-Two friends meeting after an absence of some years, during which time the one had increased considerably in bulk, and the other still resembling only the effigy of a man, says the stout Gentleman, Why, Dick ! you look as if you had not had a dinner since I saw you last;"! .“ Aud you," replied the other, “look as if you had been at dinner ever since:":"3
John Wesley quaintly observed, that 'the road to heaven is a narrow path, not intended for wheels; and that to ride in a coach here, and to go to heaven 'hereafter, was a happiness too much for man.
John, however, rode in his own coach before he died: A sportsman, by touching his horse near the withers with his whip, taught him to kneel immediately : when shooting, and a dog came to a point, he made the horse kneel, and persuaded. those present that the horse was an excellent pointer. A gentle. man having purchased the gelding was fording a river with him, when having touched his withers, he was true to the touch, down he dropped in the stream, and soused his new master in the water. The latter, in a great passion, asked his former owner what he meant by selling him a horse that played him such a trick in the water? « Oh !" said the other, “ you bought him as a pointer; and at the time he went on his knees he was pointing a salmon.
DESPERATE Fox CHACE.-A short time since, a Fox was found by Captain Hedges' hounds, at Sirmouth; he ran off to the eastward, opposite Mr. Beresford's house ; he there changed his course, and went off to the west, ran through Scronagea, Castlechinchy, thence to Kawkmount, through Knockanemore, and tried the Ovens' earth, the hounds pressing him desperately. Finding that shut against him he crossed the river for Iniscarra Wood,
thence south, through Coolroe, Greenfield; and Ballincolling, where the old earth was also shut; he again changed his course to the westward, through Ballyburden Glen, Ballenguilla, Grange Glen, Milane, and on to Ballygroman, where the old earth was shut against him, the hounds running rank at himn ; he then ran for the Ovens again, and through Sirmount; and, lastly, tried a new course, rnnning direct west, through Sreeclane, Classánure, Springvillie, Fareen, and to Aglis, where every horse in the field at finding, was brought to a walk, some not able to
Thus ended a chace of full twenty miles, which left two Nimrnds to deplore the loss of three good hunters.
CANINE SAGACITY.A gentleman in the county of Stirling kept a greyhound and a pointer, and being fond of coursing, the pointer was accustomed to find hares, and the greyhound to hunt them. When the season was over, it was found that the dogs were in the habit of going out to kill hares for their amusement. To prevent this, a large ring was fastened to the pointer's neck by a collar, and hung down so as to prevent him from jumping