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equal to master's, of making a parish &c.; and, instead of sall, sen-water van pudding for myself and the maid, and used. Mr. Maton says, one person, who there was one pudding of a superior had a contract for the French prisoners kind, which smelled strong of brandy; of war, cleared £95,000 in one year, by I therefore thought I could improve on substituting sea-water for salt. This, my master's plan, for his method was to it seems, is a common practice. Mr. take a little out of each dish, but my Maton, from some motive or other, uupresent method was to take all the best masked this system of robbery to the into my dish, and to give the customers commissary-general, but nothing came of the mixture instead.'
it; he even insinuates that other persons The next London baker with whom our besides bakers and contractors, had an confessionalist lived, was 'a most singu- interest in keeping up the system; and lar character,' and said to Mr. Maton, what a system it is, is fully shown in previous to engaging him, if you are Mr. Maton's pamphlet, though in these honest, you will not suit me.' Maton confessions of a journeyman baker, we soon satisfied him on this subject; at have but slightly alluded to them, cou. least he was a most upçouscionable mas- fining ourselves more particularly to the ter-baker, if he was not satisfied, for, tricks of the London bakers. X. says Maton, in the first two hours of his employ, I assisted him to defraud five
HENRY III. hundred individuals whom I had never As it was customary with my
Henry III. of Castile, was passionmaster to take away the fat from all ately fond of quail shooting, and was so dishes of mcal sent to be baked, I pur- negligent of his finances, and particularly chased a knife whose edge was not afraid those of his private treasury, that he was of the lean; so between the master's often in want of the commoncst recer perquisite of fat, and his servant's of lean, sariça. . One day, whilst at Burgos, he the customers lost two ounces of every returned late from his accustomed spork, pound of meat baķed in the oven. For and very much fatigued. He called for half a pint of rum, 4 journeyman baker supper, when his doinestics replied that put Maton (up to, a trick' of which he there was vone, prepared. He inquired knew nothing—it was to take advantage the reason; and was told with much of a woman who could neither read our embarrassment, that the steward of the write, that kept a chandler's shop, and palace had no money, and could procure charge four loaves a week more than she none. The king dissembled his astohad. “This trick,' says Mr. Maton, nishment, knit his brows, and sent to fully answering my purpose, I thought borrow money from a pawnbruker, the purchase of it cheap, at the price of leaving as a pledge the mantle which he half a pint of rum. The price of bread, had been wearing, This small sum at one shilling and ninepence the quartern purchased a piece of mutton, which, loaf, made a profit to me of seven shil- joined to the quails the king had killed, lings per week!
made a supper hc thought delicious. In these confessions, which are those During the repast the king conversed of Mr. Maton himself, we have confined with his steward on several subjects, and ourselves to the detail of Aagrant rob. the latter could not help pointing out to þeries on the part of masters and jour- his master the contrast of his situation neymen bakers; bis pamphlet, however, with the luxury and opulence of the goes much farther: it details various nobles of the court. frauds in the adulteration of bread by majesty, said he, makes a snpper hardly means of potatoes, alum, &c. Mr. Ma- befitting
one of the pages of the palace, ton, who appears to have been an adept the Archbishop of Toledo gives a sumpin this sort of business, or what he calls tuous bauquet to the Duke de Benevento, beinz reckoned clever in the trade,' the Count de Trastamara, the Count de frequently lived with army bakers in the Medina Celi, and several other noblemen. country, and he gives a terrible account The king finished bis supper, and then, of the frauds, adulterations, &c. that took disguised' as a domestic, introduced place in these contracts.
himself into the archbishop's house, that the contractor let it to sub-con- whilst he was at table with his friends, tractors, two or three deep, and that the and mingled, unknown, with thie crowd bread for which government paid eight- of servants in attendance.'. He was pepce half
penny, was only charged six- shocked at the wealth he saw displayed pence by the actual baker, and even he in the viands, the wines, and costly plate; got a good profit. The bread, which, but what most astonished him was, the Maton says, no one could eat, was made recital which each nobleman made of the of wheat barley, rye, oats, beans; peas, income he enjoyed, and the pensions be
drew from the public purse. Being
THE ROSE. resolved to put an end to these abuses, From the Greck of Anacreon. he caused a report to be spread the next
With roses twine the goblet round ! morning, that he was dangerously ill, With roses be the wine-cup crowned! and wished to make his will.
Where And as we hold the gay carouse, upon all the courtiers eagerly hastened
Let roses deck our wreathed brows.
Daughter of the balmy spring, to the palace, where, by the king's'order, Flower of love, to thee I sing. they were conducted into a ball, until Thee the rulers of the skies his majesty deigned to communicate his And laughter-loving Beauty prize ; intentions. When they had been three
Thee the lovely graces bear
Meet wreath to bind their flowing hair, hours in this antichamber, the folding When upon the smiling green, doors were thrown open with violence, They dance around the (dalian queen. and the king entered, armed cap-a-pee,
Then bring me roses, let them shed with a drawn sword in his hand. At
Rosy fragrance on my head,
While with my fairest at my side, this unexpected sight the nobles stood In all her beauty's blushing pride, petrified. The king, in a tone of severity,
On the fresh turf with roses spread,
In mazy measure thus we tread; asked the Archbishop of Toledo, how And 1, while love and wine inspire, many kings he had known in Castile ? Wake to the rose my trembling lyre! The archbishop replied, he had known When from the bosom of the deep, three. He addressed the same question
While summer winds her welcome sing,
And summer waves were lulled to sleep, to each ; and each replied two, three, or The goddess-queeu of Beauty sprung ; foar ; the oldest answered, that he had Smiling, she came our world to bless, koo'n five. How is this, said the king,
In Nature's simple loveliness ;
Only the fairest flower that blows I am younger than any of you, and i
Hung on her brow, the new-born rose ! know twenty kings in Castile, who are White as the forehead where it bloomed. all more powerful and more wealthy than The mnaiden-flower the winds perfumed, the legitimate monarch, These kings
Till Bacchus, as he bent to greet
A guest so welcoine-even to Heaven, are the dishonest men who are now Pressed to the wreath the nectared sweet, before me; but will put an end to Which to his lip the bowl had given; their reign, and avenge public justice
And eagerly the rose drank up
The breath and hues of Bacchus' cup! and the insulted majesty of my throne. On Beauty's brows still may it blossom, . He then called into the hall the judges Still rest its head on Beauty's bosom;-wbom he had previously assembled,
varying flashes faintly speak
Its tale of love from Beauty's cheek ; with the sbirri and the executioners.
And lend, for those its balm that sip. The noblemen, who perceived that the Its sceoted breath to Beauty's lip! business was taking rather an unpleasant turn, grew pale with fright. The arch
FROM THE SPANISH. bishop was the first to throw himself at the feet of the king, and to ask pardon
Toll vot the bell of death for me,
When I am dead; for bimself and the rest, offering to
Strew not the flow'ry wreath o'er me, restore to the treasury all the sums they
On my cold bed : had taken from thence, and to place their
Let friendship's sacred tear estates and vassals at the monarch's
On my fresh grave appear,
Gemming with pearls my bier, disposal. The king took care that they
When I am dead : should not deceive him; he committed
No dazzling proud array them all to prison until they had made
of pageantry display,
My fate to spread fall restitution of all their usurpatious,
Let not the busy crowd be near, and the strong places, of which they had
When I am dead, possessed themselves. The news of this Fanning with unfelt sighs my bier, act of justice filled Spain with joy, and
Sighs, quickly sped! the king dated from that period the
Deep let tho impression rest
On some fond feeling breast; commencement of his reigo.
Then were iny memory bless'd,
When I am dead.
Let not the day be writ,ROSES AND GUNPOWDER.
Love will remember it
Untold-unsaid ! It is said that the Norwegians, on the first sight of roses, dared not touch
MANY A TRUE WORD SPOKEN IN what they conceived were trees budding
JEST. with fire; and the natives of Virginia, In a shop that's well known at the "ROW," the first time they seized on a quan And by few, I believe, is surpast, tity of gunpowder, which belonged to A Buck entering, said, “ Pritbee show
Me a SABBATH of number the last." the English colony, sowed it for grain, The shopman his customer eyed, expecting to reap a plentiful crop of
And archly replied, with a smeer, combustion, by the next harvest, to blow " By me, Sir, you cau't be supplied,
For the SABBATH we uever keep here." away the whole colony.
The Cuts by the celebrated Bernick
No. XXVI.-THE MERCHANT. No. XXV.—THE NEW-MARRIED PAIR.
The gelting of treasures by a lying tongue is
a vanity tossed to and fro of them that sceketh Where thou diest, will I die. RUTH, 1. 17.
PROV: xxi. 6 In the first transports of an happy Escaped from the dangers of the sea, union, this tender couple appear, so and safely arrived in port, this rich Merwholly taken up with each other, and so chant believes himself now in perfect inebriated with their mutual happiness, safety; but he is mistaken. Employeel that they neither see nior hear. Death, in counting his money, examining his who is marching before them, beating goods and treating about their disposal, furiously on a little drum, is soon to
a bad customer, Death himself, comes give a cruel interruption to their enjoy- up, and it is his person only that he ments.
wants to bargain før.
THE LOCUSTS AT MANILLA. their anticipatious gave rise. On the A FRENCHMAN, who, from various following morning, the astonishment and misfortụnes in trade, had lost a large agony of the unfortunate planter may be property, retired
with the wreck of his conceived, on finding that riot'a vestige of fortune to this išland, where he farined vegetation was 'to be discovered on his aut extensive sugar plantation, and put extensive grounds: nothing was preit under immediate cultivation. The sented to his view, but'a bare and melanseason was fine; the young plants' had choly expanse of brown earth. The come forward, assumed every appearance
locusts had poured down in legions upon of health and vigour, and clothed his his defencelens lands, and robbed them of grounds with the most lively verdure. their valuable burthen. These auspicious appearances excited in the bosom of the owner the most pleasing
CONCEPTION emotions, and gave birth to happy pre
As Joe and Jem together sate, sages, and the hope of being enabled to
Engaged in merry social chat, retrieve his fallen fortupes. lo this feli Joel made remarks he thougbt were good. citous frame of mind, he was seated at By Jem not the door of his cottage, with his family
to find his friend His meaning
comprehend, around him, enjoying the beauties of a Said, Surely you're the dullest man, fine tropical evening, which was spent Can't you conceive? I'm sure you can.
Then Jemmy archly made reply, in mutual congratulations on the pro
a l'ush, it is my wife conceives, bot I." spects of fature independence, to which
The DANCE of DEAT:
The Cuts by the celebrated Bemick.
-“There's a man overboard-overboard LIEUTENANT L. of the Audacious,
- There ! there!"-pointing to where he had a most unfortunate hesitation in his fell. Instantly the ship was put aback; speech ; so much so, that when he was the boat put off; and the poor fellow agitated, he could not be understood. picked up, when at the last gasp. One morning, giving orders, a man, in obeying, fell overboard. The ship was A NEW ORDER OF KNIGHTHOOD. in full sail. The lieutenant, in agony,
Impromptu. rán about, making every effort to
There explain what had happened. In vain ::
goes, said Dy, of a priest, nobody could understand him. His What are they? Whiy, tho' no great sinner,
A Knight of Tables three at least :agitation rose so high, that he attempted He's of the Billiard, Card, and Dinber. to throw himself overboard.The sailors held him, thinking he 'was seized 'with NOVEL MODE OF SPORTING. madness. At last, the admiral came up. Highly important to London SHOTS. -The lieutenant tlien began again his? untelligible effort.-fle, however, could Before breakfast 1 shot thirty hares with my
Said a friend to a Lord, that is famed for his pun, make nothing of it. 'At last, he said, "If you can't speak you can sing.”
Said his Lordship, that gives you no cause to This did the business. The lieutenant if you did such a thing-why you shot at a immediately began a favourite waltz.
SKETCHES OF MANNERS. But midnight strikes, and your cousa
Charles comes to take me to sup with LETTER FROM A MOTHER TO
the Countess.-Ah! how bandsome is
your cousin Charles ! Paris, 10 August,, 1824. Adieu ! be a good boy. BEHOLD you are now arrived at an A CANTERBURY TALE. age to spread your wings in the great world. You are about to enter upon
MR. EDITOR, that vast career of illusions, pleasure, When I was a young man, I recollect ambition, pride and error.
the bustle and confusion created in Louexperience to guide you in this stormy don by the undermentioned circumsea, where I have suffered more than stances, an account of which I transmitted one shipwreck. That experience and in a letter to a friend in the country. the retired life I lead, will supply the
Dear Jack, was at Canterbury, want of age; for imagine not that I am sitting down to a good supper, when old.--You fancy yourself twenty; but news was brought me, that on Wednes. that is an exaggeration.-I am not old, day, about two o'clock in the afternoon, but I am prudent; and the one is of twenty desperadoes, armed with daggers, much more value than the other. This rushed into the presence chamber at St. wisdom I have acquired in my profound James's, and put the King, the two Se solitude; for I have entirely renounced cretaries of State, the President of the the world, and with the exception of Council, and the Lord Chancellor to death; some evenings that I devote to the that they afterwards proceeded to Bucka theatre, two or three balls a week, the ingham-house, where they seized upon gardeus of Tivoli, and ten suppers which the Queen, and committed her, and the I give every month, I see no one three other Princesses, to the Tower; absolutely po one.
that the guards were overpowered by I will now give you some advice. One about ten thousand volanteers from Irerule will be sufficient to direct your land, headed by Napper Tandy; and that conduct: imitate in nothing-your faiber. Mr. Fox, in woman's clothes, supported He was a good man, certainly, an excel, by the inhabitants of Westminster, had lent man; but so tiresome, so old-fash- possessed himself of the Bank, the Crown, ioned, so well-informed, that he was and the Jewel Office. quite a torment.
Terrified at such alarming intelligence, A propos, of instruction. I send you as I had considerable property in the the books which will complete your funds, I ordered a chaise, and drove post studies. They are the letters of Ninon, to Dover. The people at Dorer had not the Art of the Toilette, the Calembourgs heard a word of Napper Tandy and the of M. de Gievre, and the Journal des, Irish; the story there, was, that a man,' Modes. lu these you will tind all that dressed like a gipsey, had, under pretence is necessary to enable you to exercise of telling some of the ladies in waiting the high functions for which your rank their fortunes, gained admittance into the and birth destine you.
castle of Windsor, where he concealed Marry as late as possible: for I detest himself until the dead hour of the night, daughters in law. When that moment when he put all the Royal family to death. does arrive, let your fature bride know That, in consequence of this, there was that I am not to be called mama. a rebellion, and thousands of troops being
I would wish to unfold to you all my drawn out, above six hundered people
Never speak in the great world of appeared not quite so bad. The story your crops, your meadows, and your at Rochester was, that his Majesty, in flucks; that is too much of a country passing through Buckingham-gate, was gentleman. Say, in general, my re
shot by a Scotch smuggler, disguised venues, my park, my chateau. Praise like a fruit woman; that the ball peneyour dog and your hunts: the adjective trated the breast, and lodged in the centre “delightful” joins very well with these of the heart; and that his Majesty died creatures.
instantaneously. That on the pistol beEndeavour not to be seen in companying fired, an armed body of smugglers with me. That would place me in great appeared, and galloping through the embarrassmenti The world is so ill- Park, were met at the Treasury door by. natured. It likes so much to humble about two thousand more, with the he pride of a pretty woman.
Chancellor of the Exchequer and the