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the fare threw herself into my arms for a’side saddle, who, to his astonishment, protection, amidst the pleasing horrors of presented a pistol, and demanded his an overthrow.

money. In amazement he asked her “As an affair of mere breath, there is what she meant, and received his answer something tangible in a London fog. In from a genteel looking man, who coming the evanescent air of Italy, a man might 'to him on horseback, said he was a brute as well not breathe at all, for any thing to deny the lady's request, and enforced he knows of the matter. But in a well- this conviction by telling him that if he mixed metropolitan fog, there is some- did not gratify her desire immediately be thing substantial and satisfying. You can would shoot him through the head. The feel what you breathe, and see it too. It butcher could not resist an invitation to is like breathing water,-as we may sup- be gallant, when supported by such argue pose the fishes to do. And then the taste ments, and he placed six guineas and his of it, when dashed with a due seasoning watch in her hands.* of seacoal smoke, is far from insipid. It is also meat and drink at the same time :

FLORAL DIRECTORY.' something between egg-flip and omelette soufflée, but much more digestible than Starry Stapelia. Stapelia radiata. either. Not that I would recommend it Dedicated to St. John of the Cross. medicinally, especially to persons ofqueasy stomachs, delicate nerves, and afflicted with bile. But for persons of a good ro

November 25. bust habit of body, and not dainty withal, St. Catharine. 3d Cent. St. Erasmus, or (which such, by the by, never are,) there

Elme. is nothing better in its way. And it wraps you all round like a cloak, too-a patent

St. Catharine. water-proof one, which no rain ever pene- This saint is in the church of England trated. No—I'maintain that a real Lon- calendar, and the almanacs. It is doubtdon fog is a thing not to be sneezed at- ful whether she ever existed; yet in mass. if you help it. Mem. As many spurious books and breviaries, we find her prayed imitations of the above are abroad, such to and honoured by hymns, with stories as Scotch mists, and the like,—which are of her miracles so wonderfully apocryphal no less deleterious than disagreeable, that even cardinal Baronius blushes for please to ask for the true London parti- the thread bare legends. In Alban Butcular,'

- as manufactured by Thames, ler's memoirs of this saint, it may be disCoalgas, Smoke, Steam, & Co. No others covered by a scrutinizing eye, that while are genuine.”

her popularity seems to force him to re late particulars concerning her, he leaves

himself room to disavow them; but this Water-proof Boots and Shoes.

is hardly fair, for the great body of readTake one pound of drying (boiled lin- ers of his “Lives of the Saints," are too seed) oil, two ounces of yellow wax, two confiding to criticise hidden meanings. ounces of spirits of turpentine, and one “From this martyr's uncommon erudiof Burgundy pitch, melted carefully over tion," he says, “and the extraordinary a slow fire. With this composition new spirit of piety by which she sanctified her shoes and boots are to be rubbed in the learning, and the use she made of it, she sun, or at a distance from the fire, with a is chosen, in the schools, the patroness small bit of sponge, as often as they be- and model of christian philosophers." come dry, until they are fully saturated; According to his authorities she was bethe leather then is impervious to wet, the headed under the emperor Maxentius, or shoes and boots last much longer, acquire Maximinus II. He adds, “ She is said softness and pliability, and thus pre- first to have been put upon an engine pared, are the most effectual preservatives made of four wheels joined together, and against cold.

stuck with sharp pointed spikes, that

when the wheels were moved her body A Notable Woman.

might be torn to pieces. The acts add,

that at the first stirring of the terrible On the 24th of November, 1735, a engine, the cords with which the martyr butcher near Rumford, in Essex, was rode up to by a women well mounted on

* Gentleman's Magazine.

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St. Catharine and the Emperor Marentius. FROM A STAINED GLASS WINDOW IN WEST WICKHAM CHURCH, KENT, 1825.

was tied, were broke asunder by the in- Anciently women and girls in Ireland visible power of an angel, and, the engine kept a fast every Wednesday and Saturfalling to pieces by the wheels being se- day throughout the year, and some of them parated from one another, she was deli- also on St. Catharine's day; nor would vered from that death. Hence, the name they omit it though it happened on their of “St. Catharine's wheel.”

birthday, or they were ever so ill. The

reason given for it was that the girls The Catharine-wheel, a sign in the might get good husbands, and the women Borough, and at other inns and public better ones, either by the death, desertion, houses, and the Catharine-wheel in fire- or reformation of their living ones.* works, testify this saint's notoriety in England. Besides pictures and engrav- St. Catharine was esteemed the saint ings representing her pretended mar- and patroness of spinsters, and her holiriage with Christ, others, which are more day observed by young women meeting numerous, represent her with her wheel. on this day, and making merry together, She was, in common with other papal which they call “Cathar’ning.” † Somesaints, also painted in churches, and there' thing of this still remains in remote parts is still a very fine, though somewhat mu- of England. tilated, painting of her, on the glass window in the chancel of the church of West Wickham, a village delightfully situated Our correspondent R. R. (in Novemin Kent, between Bromley and Croydon. ber, 1825,) says, “On the 25th of NoThe editor of the Every-Day Book went vember, St. Catharine's day, a man thither, and took a tracing from the win- dressed in woman's clothes, with a large dow itself, and now presents an engraving wheel by his side, to represent St. Cathafrom that tracing, under the expectation rine, was brought out of the royal arsenal that, as an ornament, it may be accept- at Woolwich, (by the workmen of that able to all, and, as perpetuating a relic of place,) about six o'clock in the evening, antiquity, be still more acceptable to seated in a large wooden chair, and cara few. The figure under St Catharine's ried by men round the town, with attendfeet is the tyrant Maxentius. In this ants, &c. similar to St. Clement's. They church there are other fine and perfect stopped at different houses, where they remains of the beautifully painted glass used to recite a speech; but this cerewhich anciently adorned it. A coach mony has been discontinued these last leaves the Ship, at Charing-cross, every eight or nine years." afternoon for the Swan, at West Wick. ham, which is kept by Mr. Crittel, who can give a visiter a good bed, good cheer, Much might be said and contemplated and good information, and if need be, put in addition to the notice already taken of a good horse into a good stable. A short the demolition of the church of St. Ca. and pleasant walk of a mile to the church tharine's, near the Tower. Its destruction the next morning will be gratifying in has commenced, is proceeding, and will many ways. The village is one of the be completed in a short time. The surmost retired and agreeable spots in the render of this edifice will, in the end, vicinity of the metropolis. It is not yet become a precedent for a spoliation imadeformed by building speculations. gined by very few on the day when he

utters this foreboding. St. Catharine's Day.

25th of November, 1825. Old Barnaby Googe, from Naogeorgus, says

FLORAL DIRECTORY. "What should I tell what sophisters

Sweet Butter-bur. Tussilago fragrans on Cathrins day devise ?

Dedicated to St. Catharine.
Or else the superstitious toyes
that maisters exercise."

# Camden Brit,
t La Motte on Poetry and Painting, 1730, 12mo.

I am,

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poor,"

November 26. it in effect and operation! Should you,

Mr. Editor, be of opinion with me, reSt. Peter, Martyr, Bp. of Alexandria, A. D. specting this no longer“ tyrant custom,"

311.si. Nicon, surnamed Metanoite, A.D. you may, possibly, by printing this letter, 998. St. Sylvester Gozzolini, A. D. be productive of much good humour, and 1267. St. Conrad, Bp. of Constance, a pair of new gloves. A. D, 976. A New Moon Custom,

Your constant and approving reader, and more last wordsrespecting

W.G. T.

Newcastle-on-Tyne.
CAPTAIN STARKEY.

P.S. I cannot write the name of the To the Editor of the Every-Day Book. town where I reside, without feeling a Sir,

strong inducement to say one word of . I do not remember to have seen in him, who has been so pleasantly immoryour book, “ where every-day we turn talized by yourself, and the inimitable the leaf to read,” any notice of a custom, being who wrote so affectingly of “Rowhich is not only very prevalent, but samund Gray," and the “ Old Familiar which is, also, most harmless in its na- Faces" -I mean poor Starkey. I was ture and endearing in its tendency-pro- born, and have lived all my life (not motes in its practice goodwill and good a long one), in the town where he termhumour-and, not unfrequently, with inated his humble career, and gave those who view the “ future is th' in- another name to the Ineglected and unstant,” love itself. Among the many pitied list of those, who seem chiefly to new moon customs, such as looking have entered the world for the purpose through a new silk handkerchief to ascer

of swelling tuin the number of your lovers, feeling “ The short and simple annals of the for money in your pocket, to see if you will have a lucky month, &c.; I know of and my earliest recollections are haunted none so pleasant, or, to my thinking, so by his meagre care-worn form ;-many a rational, 'as that of claiming the first time have I shrunk from the shaking of KISS FOR A PAIR OF NEW Gloves! The his stick, and the imperious person, in a company, male or female, bluds," which he bestowed with uncomwho first gets a glimpse of the new

mon celerity on the defenceless beads of moon, immediately kisses some inember his young and unthinking sources of anof the company, and pronounces with a noyance, as they assailed him from the triumphant chuckle, Aha! Jane, (or corners which he was accustomed to as the name may be,) there's a pair of pass. But the captain was a humble gloves for me !" "By this means a plea« man, and these “ moods of the mind” sant interruption is often given to ā te

were seldom indulged in, save when he dious tale, or uninteresting debate, and a

was returning, brim-full of brief and innew subject starts, in which all may join temperate importance, from the Black with greater or less avidity. How happy Horse, in Pilgrim-street, the tap-room of is some modest youth, should the blushing which was the scene of many a learned and ingenuous girl, whom he has secretly disputation with the “ unwashed arti“ singled from the world,” have laid him ficers” of the evening, and in which the under the penalty of a pair of new captain was always proportionably brilgloves, by that soft phrase and that first liant to the number of gills he had delicious kiss-how fruitful are his sweet drank. On these occasions, in his efforts anticipations of that golden time

to silence the sons of toil, he did not “ When life is all one dream of love and scruple to use his Latin-and, in such flowers."

instances, appeal was impossible, and How joyful is an amiable 'sister, if, by victory sure. Among several anecdotes, this 'species of initiation, she has been I am in possession of two, which you, his enabled to re-conciliate the vagrant affec- most celebrious biographer, may not tions of some estranged brother; and think unworthy of recording. On one even where love and sisterly feelings are evening, when he was returning from a out of the question, viewed as an inter- carousal, furnished by the generosity of change of common (common !) friend- friends, or his own indiscretion--for the ship,

between the sexes, how felicitous is captain despised to-morrow as much as

6 dem your

any man, and was fully convinced of the members for the town, and the butler, propriety of the apophthegm,“ sufficient who was well aware of the object of his unto the day is its own evil'-he found guests, treated them handsomely in his the gate of the Freemen's Hospital, refectory to cold beef and good ale. He where he resided, closed, and no one in was accidentally called away, and the a better condition for exclaiming with two friends were left alone. Alas! for Dr. Beattie,

the temptations which continually beset “ Ah! who can tell how hard it is to

us! The “ expedition of the captain's

“ violent love outran the pauser, reaclimb !"

son:" he suggested, and both adopted, than himself. What was to be done? To the expedient of secreting a slice or two fly over was impossible—and he was much of the member's beef, to make more too deep in the scale of intoxication to substantial the repast of the evening. dream of scaling the wall. A party of Starkey's share was deposited in his hat. young bucks, “ ripe for fun,” fresh from The man in office returned, pressed his their sacrifices at the shrine of “ the visiters afresh, “and still the circling reeling goddess with the zoneless waist," cup was drained," until the home came up the street; to these, hat in brewed had made considerable indohand, did the captain prefer his petition vations, and the travellers thought it fitto be assisted over, and they, with a ting to depart. The captain's habitual thoughtlessness hardly to be excused by politeness was an overmatch for his cuptheir condition, took him up, and threw ning: whilst he was yet at the door, him completely on to the grass plot on casting his “ last lingering looks behind,” the other side. The veteranscram- he must needs take off his hat to give bled to his legs, and, for the wall was more effect to the fervour of his farewell not very high on the inside, returned when—"out upon 't”-the beef fell as flat them thanks in his best manner for their on his oration, as did the hat of corporal timely assistance, utterly forgetful that it Trim on the floor in the scene of his might have proved most disastrous both eloquence. Starkey was dumb-founded, to himself and them. The second, and his associate was in agonies, and the butwith which I must conclude a postscriptler was convulsed with the most “ sidewhich has already far outgrown the letter, splitting" laughter. The captain, like was less harmless and equally illustrative other great men, has not fallen“ unof the man. He had gone, with another sung.” Hearken to Gilchrist, one of the eleemosynary worthy, on some gratula- “ bards of the Tyne," who thus sings in tory occasion, to the hall of one of the his apotheosis of Benjamin Starkey :

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“ His game is up, his pipe is out, an' fairly laid his craw,
His fame "ill blaw about just like coal dust at Shiney-Raw.
He surely was a joker rare—what times there'd been for a’ the nation,
Had he but lived to be a mayor, the glory o' wor corporation!

“Whack, &c."

W. G. T.

FLORAL DIRECTORY.

ANNIVERSARY OF

Linear Wood Sorrel. Oxalis linearis.

The Great Storm
Dedicated to St. Conrad.

IN ENGLAND.
November 27.

In Little Wild-street chapel, Lincolo's

Inn Fields, a sermon is annually preached St. Maximus, Bp. of Riez, a. d. 460. St. on this day in commemoration of the James, surnamed Intercisus, A. D. 421. “ GREAT STORM" in 1703. St. Maharsapor, A. D. 421. St. Virgil, This fearful tempest was preceded by a Bp. of Saltzburg, A. D. 784. St. Se- strong west wind, which sei in about the cundin, or Seachnal, Bp. of Dunsaghlin, middle of the month ; and every day, and in Meath, A. D. 447.

almost every hour, increased in force until

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