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until Magdalen had shed many tears and It was not strange to me that he was had passed many sleepless nights through there—'t was as it should be; and I gave anxiety for her soldier husband. Jack, howone sigh of contented relief, for I felt that ever, had determined to remain with the my path was made smooth without my Duke to the last; and the great general's having any more perplexities.
downfall-rejoiced in by the French Court “Philip!"
and by the Jacobite party--drove the last Was the sun that came shining in at the remnant of Toryism from Jack's breast. windows brighter than any other sun that had As for Mr. Lydgate and myself, we are ever risen on the earth? or was it our own living at Cottenham with Sir Simon, who is happiness that made the world seem so full old and frail, and scarce likely to last over of dazzling light?
another Christmas. Uncle Oliver is a freAt first we could not tell; but as we came quent visitor, and it is chiefly owing to him to speak more soberly of the past and of the that the mortgage on the Cottenham estate present, we knew that there was a peace in is all but paid off. our souls that would throw oil upon all “I have made you my heir, Grace," said future waves of unrest, and a light that would he; “and why should I not see some of the lighten the darkest day that might dawn in effects of it in my lifetime ?" the future.
And so life is winding along like a rip“The 'yea' hath come in truth, sweet- pling stream through a fertile pasture land. heart," said Mr. Lydgate.
Mr. Lydgate is high in esteem among And I answered
scholars, wits, and politicians, and holds “ And will last for ever and ever.”
his place honourably amongst them. I am “ Amen!" quoth he, solemnly.
justly proud of my husband, and think there is no one equal to him in the world; and he
is pleased to say much the same with respect POST SCRIPTUM.
to his wife. There were two marriages at the old And truly I endeavour to do my duty in church at Selwode in the July of the year every way; and from all that I hear, I think A.D. 1710--- Jack and Magdalen, Mr. Lyd- I am not over-boastful in saying that Mr. gate and myself.
Philip Lydgate, poet, wit, and scholar, would
T IS HARDLY NECESSARY for us to tell So he and my father triumphed together our readers that the subject of our carover the fall of those they deemed their toon is the plaintiff in Tichborne v. Lushenemies; though why they held them so I ington. As the case is sub judice, it is out never fairly made out. The Whigs were of place now to make any remarks having indeed declining in power, the Marquis of reference to the merits of the case for the Kent and the Earl of Sunderland had been claimant, which was completed on Friday, dismissed from their offices; and 't was the 22nd ult.; or to publish canards about clearly to be perceived that my Lord Go- the turn the case for the defence is likely to dolphin would shortly be removed—which, take when the Attorney-General opens it indeed, happened not long afterwards. on the 15th inst. We leave this congenial
My father's rejoicing was great; but work to the paragraph writers of the Dailies. though he remained a staunch Tory to the last, he never mixed much in politics again. BUT THERE ARE some matters for comNeither did he go to town oftener than his ment arising out of this the plus célèbre of all political duties actually required, but re- causes d'apparat. There is something more mained at home, managing his estate, and than a possibility that all the time that has looking after the welfare of his tenantry. been spent upon investigating into the merits
Jack, as soon as he could do so with of the Tichborne case may be wasted. It is honour, retired from the army, though not quite possible that there will be an appeal
January 6, 1872.)
upon some trumpery question of the admis- It is a rule of all good society that politics sion or rejection of certain pieces of evidence should never be introduced at the dinner by the judge. On the 20th of December, table; but history affects even the smallest the Chief Justice remarked that he “had items of our social existence. In those stern been struck several times, when things had Cromwellian days when the God-fearing Pubeen excepted to, with the thought of what ritans determined to suppress, to the best of an injustice it would be to have the trial their rough and ready zeal, the pomps and thrown away on account of the admission or vanities of a wicked age, even the mince rejection of one trifling piece of evidence.” pies and plum puddings came under their This may be done through the appeal of cheerful interdict at this season of the year the defeated party at the end of the trial. -though it was allowed that they might be For it is provided for by our English Com- lawfully and piously eaten in any month exmon Law. But the bare possibility of a cept December. Needham, in his “History repetition of the trial is simply awful.
of the Rebellion,” sings:
“All plums the Prophet's sons deny, THERE ARE THREE POSSIBLE appeals on
And spice broths are too hota motion for a new trial on such a point.
Treason's in a December pye,
And death within the pot. First from Bovill, C.J., to the full Court;
Christmas, farewell! thy days, I fearsecondly, under the Common Law Pro
And merry days—are done; cedure Act, 1854, to the Court of Error; So they may keep feast all the year, and thirdly, to the House of Lords. This
Our Saviour shall have none. difficulty was formerly met by a form of pro- In further illustration of the religious idea cedure called “trial at bar.” A “writ of connected with mince pies, I will give a right” was the last remedy for recovering an passage from the Connoisseur for Thursday, estate. The action was tried“ at bar”—that December 26, 1754, in which the writer is, before all the judges of the Court; and stands out, in true British fashion, for the they settled finally, in the progress of the case, time-honoured Christmas dishes:-“These what was evidence and what was not. Now, good people would indeed look upon the to have to try the Tichborne case again is absence of mince pies as the highest violatoo much; yet it is not easy to see what is tions of Christmas; and have remarked with to prevent it under the present system, if a concern the disregard that has been shown single piece of evidence is unduly admitted or of late years to that old English repast; for rejected, and the point is duly taken by this excellent British olio is as essential to counsel and the judge.
Christmas as pan-cakes to Shrove Tuesday,
tansy to Easter, furmity to mid-Lent Sunday, As A PROOF OF this, here is a case in or goose to Michaelmas Day. And they point that occurred at the last sittings at think it no wonder that our finical gentry the Guildhall. It was a cross-action about a should be so loose in their principles, as cargo of sugar. Ingenious counsel prepared well as weak in their bodies, when the solid, pleadings raising over thirty issues for the substantial Protestant mince pie has given jury to decide. In the result, the learned place among them to the Roman Cathojudge extracted seven essential points, and lic amulets, and the light, puffy, heterodox left them to the jury, saying that “ten to pets de religicuses.” Happily, however, for one” this would involve a misdirection, and the peace of mind, if not of true Protestants, necessitate a new trial. It is clear to every- at least of our schoolboys home for the holibody that in civil matters the cost of an days, the 'orthodox' mince pie still holds action is generally too great, and sometimes its ground as sturdily as ever; and I think I is a denial of justice to suitors. Trials “at cannot do better than, with all due reservabar” being obsolete, we want a tribunal like tion as to the excellence of the prescription, the Appellate Courts in Equity, that can conclude my note on mince pies with the quickly and readily review the decision of recipe of the learned old Sir Roger Twysden, the inferior court.
New trials on all the if only to give my readers an idea as to the issues of fact ought to be impossible. ingredients used in former times in perfect
ing this favourite confection:
.“ To Make Next to plum pudding, we suppose that Mynce Pyes, A.D. 1630.—Take a phillet of the mince pié holds the most favoured place veale or a leag of mutton, and when it is
the delicacies of this festive season. parboyled, shred it very smalle; then put to
it three pound of beele suet, shred likewise edition). It is too long to quote here in its
True patriots we, for be it understood,
We left our country for our country's good. of ye meat when they bee made, and must
No private views disgraced our generous zealnot therefore mingle them with all the rest.” What urged our travels was our country's weal.
But, you inquire, wbat could our breast inflame SOMETIMES ONE COMES upon a novelty
With this new passion for theatric fame?
He who to midnight ladders is no stranger, even in that monotonous department of our You'll own, will make an admirable Ranger. morning broadsheet devoted to advertise- To seek Macheath you have not far to roam, ments. Among the announcements of one
And sure in Filch I shall be quite at home.
As oft on Gadshill we have ta'en our stand, of our metropolitan theatres in the Times,
When it was so dark you could not see your hand; during the last week, has been the follow
From durance vile our precious selves to keep, ing"Ballot-boxes are placed throughout We often had recourse to th’ flying leap; the theatre, in which the spectators of “The
To a black face have sometimes owed escape, Tempest' are requested to insert the name
And Hounslow Heath has prov'd the worth of of the Shakspearean play which they prefer. And so it ran on for thirty lines more, in the
crape. The piece which has the majority of votes And so it ran on for thirty lines more, in the on the withdrawal of 'The Tempest' will be
same suggestive strain. the preceding evening is then given, by. A Correspondent: As a rider to your which we learn that the votes were - for
note on curious sign-boards, I send you the “Cymbeline,” 1,593; for "Macbeth,” 848; following from the Birmingham Gazette of and for “Hamlet," 987. It will be curious tó May 24th, 1756:-“Last week a rectangular note how far this experiment for gauging the sign-board was put up by a watchmaker in public taste in matters dramatic will succeed the High-street of the city of Oxford, on one in the long run.
side of which there is literally the following
whimsical inscription :—'Here are fabricated AN OLD SETTLER WRITES: Going back and renovated trochiliac horologes, portfrom the "latest improvements” to first be able and permanent, linguaculous or taciginnings, I am reminded of the opening of turnal, whose circumgyrations are performed the first theatre in New South Wales. A by internal spiral elasticks or external penword or two about it, in connection with dulous plumbages; diminutives, simple or the papers now appearing in ONCE A WEEK compound, invested with aurum or argent on that colony, may not be uninteresting. integuments. Since the putting up of these Governor Hunter-after whom the Hunter inscriptions, some attempts having been River was named - was the second go made to deface them, or pull down the vernor of this settlement, and was the first sign, the proprietor has stuck up the followto authorize the opening of a theatre at ing caveat at his shop window:-May 14: Sydney. The principal actors were con- Whereas an attempt was made last night, at victs. The price of admission was meal or the hour of twelve, to storm the hornwork rum, taken at the door. Many had per- of this castle by four battering blunderformed the part of pickpocket in a London busses (enemies to wit and humour). Friendly playhouse; but at Sydney, this was not such notice is hereby given, that the owner will an easy matter. They were not discouraged, defend his property with artillery. Therehowever; for, glancing at the benches, they fore beware!'” saw what houses had been left unprotected by their owners, and proceeded to rob them. Rejected MISS. will be returned to the authors on appliThe first play was "The Revenge," and the
cation, if stamps for that purpose are sent.
The Editor will only be responsible for their being prologue was characteristic of both actors
safely re-posted to the addresses given. and audience. This prologue was composed Every Ms. must have the name and address of the by the notorious pickpocket, George Bar- author legibly written on the first page. rington, and afterwards printed in extenso in
The authors of the articles in ONCE A WEEK reserve his “History of New South Wales” (1802 themselves the right of translation,
NEW YEAR'S SUPPLEMENT.
A NEW USE FOR HALFPENNY BUNDLES OF WOOD.
AT this ho
The ladies 10 PIECES liday sea
this haunt of son, the time of our national
their secret festivities, our children come
and mysteriin for their
ous rites, “beshare of the
cause the chil
dren never good things Great Christ
En passant, mas brings in
these same the skirts of
children are his coat. For Christmas
well aware of Eve, Boxing
what is going Night, New
on, and every Year's Day,
now and then Twelfth Night
a mischievous see the juve
imp is at the niles' star
study door, a
bright little mightily in ascen
eye peers dant. Papa
through the finds his study
"keyhole, or a full of little
? quick little
" ear listens to coats. He
w voices inside; grumbles, but
and then, at puts up with it. The child
the first cause ren are having
of alarm, runs
off full gallop a dance. Next
to the nursery, week the study is filled
and tells all with flimsy
the interesting pieces of pa
tale in that
noisy region. per freed from the treasures
children. they hid, deal boxes, dolls
They love dressed and undressed, tapers of a dozen them till they break them—and often long hues
, his wife, his sisters and sisters-in-law, after. When they get bigger they only want and a live and perfectly innocent fir-tree. bigger toys; and this trite moralism the
hats and great
world has known for ages, so we won't then at each corner lay two pieces more, as preach about it now.
in diagram No. 2; then place eight pieces Happy children of the rich! Soft little of wood between the corners just laid, to maids, with great flaxen-haired, blue-eyed form points like the corner pieces; and the dolls as big as yourselves almost, with eyes star will appear as in diagram No. 3. Rethat open and shut, and wiry voices that
N.3 squeak out “Ma” and “ Pa.”
Hearty great-limbed boys, some day to be the brain and sinew of the State, now absorbed in the fascinations of a real railway train, careering full pelt down your father's mahogany-how happy you ought to be!
But what of your little fellows who have no toys, nor the hope of money to buy them? Charity children-the orphan, the move the inside square (see the dotted outcast, the poor miserable little human lines), and then the star will be perfect. In waif and stray.
Children without father or all cases of forming circles, the star should mother, or, worse for them, with both—bad be made first, and then the circle formed ones, criminals or sots.
round it (see dotted lines). How many of these children there are in
Fig. 2.- TO FORM A CROSS. workhouses, asylums, orphanages, and charitable institutions of all sorts in this country! To form a cross, the pieces of wood are
Let us give our attention for a little while to be placed as shown in this figure. These to a new and ingenious method of providing them with amusement. They cannot be provided with expensive toys, or with the cheapest sorts in adequate numbers to supply their wants.
Here, then, is an amusement with which instruction may be easily combined by judicious persons who have charge of such poor children.
In all these places, I should think—at all events, in many of them—the bundles of wood in common use are employed for lighting fires. Let us see to what good use they may be put before they serve the purpose for which they were made. Let us show some of the many designs that may be made
crosses can be made of any size, and are with them, affording hours of innocent re- very easy to construct. creation to the inmates of the institutions in Now let us try something rather more which such a means of passing time in the difficult. cold winter days will be a Godsend.
Fig. 3.—TO FORM TEXTS. Given, the floor of a room and some bun
Each letter is composed of two or more dles of wood:
pieces of wood. By referring to the diaFig. 1.-TO MAKE A STAR.
it is easily seen how to form the texts.
gram First lay eight sticks of wood in the form of a square, as is done in the diagram No. 1; N.I
Of course, any other text or motto can be formed in the same way.