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ries, consists of two square towers, built at different times, and distinct from each other, but now joined by buildings of later date. The top of one of the towers is called the Maiden's Leap, receiving its name from the following extraordinary fact:
A daughter of the first earl of Gowrie was addressed by a young man of inferior rank in the neighbourhood, a frequent visitor of the family, who never would give the least countenance to his passion. His lodging was in the tower, separate from that of his mistress. The lady, before the doors were shut, conveyed herself into her lover's apartment. A prying duenna acquainted the countess, who, cutting off, as she thought, all
possibility of a retreat, listened to surprise them. The young lady's ears were quick; she heard the footsteps of her mother, ran to the top of the leads, and took the desperate leap of nine feet four inches over a chasm of sixty feet, and luckily alighting on the battlements of the other tower, crept into her own bed, where the astonished countess found her, and of course apologized for her unjust suspicion. The fair daughter did not choose to repeat the leap; but the next night eloped, and was married.
Tour in Scotland.
No learned man ever distinguished himself in so many different ways, or united so many claims to glory and applause as Mr Bailly, who was mayor of Paris from the 15th July, 1789, until the 16th November, 1791.
Bailly was a victim of the tribunal of blood on the 9th of November, 1793; and those who had
procured his condemnation founds means to prolong his sufferings, by requiring that the place of his execution should be changed; in consequence of which the scaffolding was removed: this occasioned a delay of more than two hours. the only person towards whom they exercised this additional barbarity.
They spit upon and burnt a pair of colours close to his face: some of the more furious advanced in order to strike him, notwithstanding the executioners themselves were indignant at such brutal conduct. They also covered him with dirt, while a cold rain, that descended in torrents, added to the horror of his situation. With his hands tied behind his back, and obliged to swallow the moisture that trickled down from his nose, he at times demanded that a period should be put to so many calamities: but even then his request was uttered with the dignified calmness of a philosopher. To a man who said, “ You tremble, Bailly;" he replied, “ Yes, my friend, but it is on account of - the cold.”
Memoires d'un Détenu, par Riouste.
Sir Francis Delaval and Foote, strolling from the Turk’s-head tavern in Gerrard-street, not a little inebriated, espied a bona roba most tawdrily dressed out, ogling them from her drawing-room window. This was enough to excite the gallantry of Sir Francis; who, instantly dropping upon one knee, theatrically exclaimed, « Ah, ma chere belle!" Foote, seeing this, was determined not to be outdone in gallantry; and accordingly, placing himself
by the side of sir Francis, exclaimed in the same impassioned tone of voice and manner, Ah, ma Jeze-bel?”
Foote's Memoirs, v. 2, p. 73.
A collector of old coins, after displaying his valuable store to some amateurs, suddenly missed a rare gold piece, of the emperor Carusius, which had peculiarly attracted the attention of his visitors, when, instantly securing the door of the apartment, he made the fact known, and requested that the gentlemen would turn their pockets inside out, in order to satisfy him that it was not in either of their possessions. Each of the visitors, anxious to vindicate himself from the charge of theft, instantly acquiesced with the desire of the collector, who, not finding his coin by this means, proceeded to acquaint the company that he must be under the necessisy of administering a strong purgative to each party, which was accordingly ordered, notwithstanding the most vehement opposition on all sides; when wrought upon by this vigorous mode of attack, one of the amateurs, at length, confessed that he had been unable to resist the powerful temptation: and, as he wanted that coin only to render his series complete, he had literally taken the opportunity of swallowing it, in the hope of bearing away the prize; so that after evacuation he might be enabled to place it in his own repository. It is almost needless to add, that the injured collector did not suffer this swallower of emperors to quit his mansion, until Carusius had passed the great ordeal, and once more tasted the joys of light and liberty.
Shortly after the fact here related had happened, an old acquaintance of this purging collector demanded the cause which had instigated him to adopt so extraordinary a method; when he confessed, that upon
a former occasion he had himself pursued a similar expedient, in order to become possessed of a scarce coin, which was deficient in his assortment; and that, well knowing from experience that nothing less than a smart dose would have immediately brought forth the hidden treasure from his own bowels, he had consequently pursued that plan.
Modern Ship of Tools, p. 128.
LAVOISIER's celebrity has for some time past induced several of the Parisian ladies to become amateurs of chemistry; so that they analyze the sensibilities of the heart-according to chemical rules."
Karamsin's Travels, 0. », p. 68.
ABOUT six months before the death of DanielDancer, during a hot summer's day, he was observed by a neighbour very assiduously employed in throwing water from a pool, by means of a frying pan, on the surrounding meadow, which happened to be burnt up. On being questioned as to the object of his labours, he observed, “ that he wanted a bit of nice fresh grass for his old horse, for hay being then very dear, a poor body ought to be sparing of it.” The same person, returning in. three or four hours afterwards, found the old man. in tears, and, on inquiring the cause, was informed, “ that he had worked with the frying-pan until he was tired, when falling asleep on the grass, some
rogue had stolen a pocket-book from him containing three hundred and fifty pounds in bank notes, which he had received the day before for some ricks of hay that he had sold.”
Annual Necrology, for 1798, p. 161.
Foote's mother, who brought a large fortune to her husband, as heiress to the Goodere estates, was latterly, by a carelessness and dissipation so peculiar to this family, in a great measure a dependent on her son's bounty; as was also his brother, who was brought up to the church. To the latter he allowed sixty pounds a year, besides the freedom of his table and theatre; to the former a pension of one hundred pounds till her death, which happened some years before that of her son.*
Foote's Memoirs, v. 2, p. 3.
The collectors practise various arts, to make a copy of a work excessive rare—by printing a few only, a worthless book becomes valuable, because it
Under one of her temporary embarrassments, she wrote the following laconic epistle to our hero; which, with his answer, exhibit no bad fpecimen of the thoughtless dispositions of the two characters:
DEAR SAM, I AM in prison for debt: come and affist your loving mother,
E. FOOTE." “ DEAR MOTHER, SO am 1; which prevents his duty being paid to his love, ing mother, by her affectionate son,
SAM Foote." " P. S. I have sent my attorney to allist you; in the mean time let us hope for better days.".