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behind. She stood where she was, leaning against so much so that even charitable Mrs Tyndall had the bridge-rail, and never turned her face towards pronounced it to be objectionable,' and simple him. Then presently, when she had recovered a Mrs Somers too marked.' He did not observe little, she began to climb the hill, like one who that, for some reason or other, Mr Paul Jones was carries on his shoulder a burden as great as he can exquisitely uncomfortable, that Uncle Magus was bear. He felt that he must never speak to Jenny stiffer in his manner than usual, and that Jack again in that way--in the way he had attempted Adair was unusually grave and silent. He took no to speak to her-unless he could shew a better interest in anything about him, with one excepright to do so ; unless—well, unless, for one thing, tion. He hailed the coming of night, because three thousand pounds that he owed to Mr Paul it brought with it the excitement of the gamingJones should fall from the clouds. That Jenny table ; the chances it did not bring, for there never loved him as dearly as ever, he had now no doubt'; came one turn of luck in his favour. her very dread of 'such meetings as that was a Night after night, up in the smoking-room, the proof of it; and this conviction, though he knew cards were brought out, and three men sat down to it was basely selfish to do so, he welcomed in his play, and one looked on, and puffed at his huge secret heart. It was sweet to think that, for his meerschaum pipe, as though keeping it alight was sake, she had kept herself heart-whole through all the whole object he had upon his mind. There those weary years, though, doubtless, she might was nothing new in the result of this amusement, have wedded a better man-Mr Glyddon, for in- but the stakes were higher, and the ‘I 0 U's, with stance. Arthur had not forgotten the expression Arthur Tyndall's autograph attached to them, more of the rector's countenance when he first met him numerous and for heavier figures than they had on the lock-bridge. Was it all really over?'—that ever been. Irritated by ill fortune, urged by the old tenderness he used to have for Jenny-it had desire to retrieve it, and thirsting more than usual seemed to ask, and was her heart free to receive for excitement, Arthur had once proposed to play a new tenant ?'

in the daytime, but to this the others would not Perhaps this was but a morbid fancy ; but it accede. • What would the ladies say’ [who had no was contrary to his experience that his ritualistic idea that they played at all, or if they did, supfriend should go a-fishing, and, in accordance with posed it to be a quiet rubber of whist], ‘if they it, that he might be pretending to fish. Even if should desert their company for cards ?' it was so, 'would it not be well for Jenny?' was an The Hon. Wynn Allardyce was quite shocked idea that did not occur to him. She seemed to be at the idea of such a solecism in good manners. too good for anybody, even for himself ; but if she Of course, if the ladies had not been in the house, were his own, he would least appreciate her as he would have been charmed to play. All hours no other man could do. Cruelly, faithlessly as he and days were alike to him ; in daylight, one's had behaved to her, he would make amends for head was clearer and better for that which he all, if once she were his. He was giving him- frankly owned was the great business and pleasure self up to that intoxicating thought-as to those of his life; but as to behaving rudely towards the dreams of banquets when starving on the barren fair sex, he was quite incapable of it. Without sea—when suddenly the breakfast gong sounded Allardyce, loo was impossible, so nothing more from the Hall, and through the trees he saw his was said about it; and Arthur was compelled to Helen waiting, eager-eyed, to greet him on the wait for ‘his revenge' till evening, when he lost a lawn.

thousand pounds before midnight.

. That will do, gentlemen,' said he with a bitter CHAPTER XIV.-A CONSIDERATE CHALLENGE.

laugh ; 'I am obliged to you ;' and rising from For the next few days, Helen could no more the table, he wrote a memorandum of the amount, complain of her lover being preoccupied and dis- which Mr Paul Jones added to the collection in trait: he was feverishly gay. Since thought his pocket-book. oppressed him, he put it from him altogether- When a man has lost heavily, it is not wise to that is, in company, and when it was possible to trouble him with questions, or else more than one

He talked small-talk to Mrs Somers ; dis- of his hearers would have liked to ask him why cussed old times with Blanche and her mother ; he was obliged' to these fortunate antagonists of rattled on with Helen, though avoiding the tender his for easing him of another thousand pounds. subject to which she would have led him ; rallied 'I don't like Tyndall's form,' observed Allardyce Allardyce on his cynicism, and joined in making to Jones as they parted soon afterwards at the hay' of Paul Jones, and all the time was scarcely door of the former's chamber. “I'd sooner he was aware of what he was saying, or of what was said restive, and even downright savage with us, than to him in return. To Adair and Uncle Magus he that he should take this grimly humorous turn.' spoke but little; the former knew too well what “I don't think we shall get much more out of he was thinking about—what he was trying not that quarter, myself, assented Jones. to think about-and there was always a chance of • Here, just step in a minute,' said the other; his recurring to that painful topic. The latter then when the room door was shut, there is not required to be listened to, and Arthur could not much more to get, Paul. My fear is that we may listen-could scarce endure a pause. Thus it never realise those little securities, of which we are happened, though playing well his part of host- already possessed.' except that he somewhat over-acted it—he was, in * They are as good as gold, my good sir,' returned reality, in ignorance of what was going on under Mr Paul Jones confidentlyThat girl of his will his own roof. He did not know-perhaps, so far do anything for him, and she will have thirty as he himself was concerned, he would not much “ thou.” in ready money.' have cared--that Allardyce's manner towards

suppose he doesn't marry the girl ?' Helen had become earnest at all times, and sym- Not marry her? Oh, but he must. It would pathetically confidential when opportunity served, be deuced dishonourable-I mean to us—if he

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didn't. Besides, she is so spoony on him, that she but I do say it's cursed ungrateful of you to talk would never let him off, even if he wished it. so. Don't I take all the risk ? Wasn't the order Why do you look like that? You don't mean to to Darwin written by me; and isn't it I who have say, Lardy, that you are so infernally selfish as to the odium of winning all this money, which is afterbe up to any tricks in that quarter? Upon my wards to be divided between us? Why, if there soul, if I thought you were capable of such folly, was a row here to-morrow, what with your ignorI'd

ance of this, and your never dreaming of that, and * Don't threaten, Paul,' returned the other coolly; your being own brother to a viscount-you'd prove "it's a part you are not fitted to play, at least with yourself as immaculate as the driven snow.'

I can easily believe, however, that it would • If I didn't, it would be your fault, Paul ; and make you very angry if I carried off this Helen thence, believe me, your misfortune.' from her Menelaus.'

“That's right; threaten again. That's the way * You may, for all I care—when he has married to make friends.' her,' replied Jones brutally.

It's the way to keep friends with some people, • Exactly so; when he has married and settled Paul. It is often wondered at why we go through -his debts. But suppose, instead of marrying the world like Damon and Pythias.

“How can the girl, he were to blow his brains out ?'

you put up with that low fellow, Paul Jones i ” Don't talk of such things, remonstrated the says one. I only laugh and rug my shoulders ; other with a shiver; • I hate them. What do you but I could tell them the reason if I chose. mean, Lardy ?'

« There is the bond between us of a common I mean, said Allardyce gravely, 'that in my interest.” Another says : “How can you trust that opinion it is even betting that Tyndall puts him- slippery beggar the Pirate ?" My answer would self out of the way to-night. You heard what he do you good to hear it : “I have the most perfect said : “ That will do, gentlemen ; I am obliged to confidence in Paul.” There is no occasion to add you.” Why should he be obliged to us for winning this reason, which I may state, however, in conmore than ever of him? It may be only a coinci- fidence, to yourself: “I trust him because he has dence, but those were the very words that Charles a knowledge of my own character, and very well Sloper used at the hazard-table at Newmarket, understands that if he deceived me—or betrayed before he made his hole in the water. What he me, which is the same thing—I'd have his heart's meant was, that he was thankful to have his mind blood.” You are a very clever fellow, Paul ; but made up for him at last by losing more money you lack what our friend Tyndall and his dear than it was possible for him to pay. Those bitter friend, Adair, and any number of dull - Witted jests are a bad sign in a fellow like Tyndall, and fellows I could name to you, possess in plenty: I tell you I don't like his form.'

you 've got no pluck—at least when you're sober

, 'I wish we were well out of this house,' observed for, I am bound to say, you are impudent enough Mr Paul Jones hoarsely, and turning very pale. when the wine is in you: the manner in which • With all our assets realised ? So doʻI, begad! you went in at old Magus yesterday, for example

, How much have you in all ?'

beat cock-fighting at Dudley Woodside. Well

, 'I have four thousand eight hundred pounds in that puts you at a disadvantage. You can't act "IO U”s. If we get cash for them, we shall have independently, you are obliged to employ a bully. eleared nearly four thousand pounds each out of That's you,' growled Mr Jones. this little speculation.'

I know it, my dear Paul. If a man were to * And we shall clear it, never fear, Paul,' said say: “Your friend Jones cheats at cards," I'd have Allardyce confidently, if only Tyndall lives. him out at twelve paces.' Don't fear, man ; how white you look! You were Pooh, pooh! nobody fights duels nowadays' out of sorts at dinner to-day, I noticed, and didn't ‘Don't be so sure of that, Paul. At all events

, I'm take your wine. You took enough of it yesterday, ready to do so, and men know it. Now, I suppose however, to last for twice.'

you'd rather lose a thousand pounds than face a Yes, I took too much. When a fellow has pistol. I'd give half the money down to see you taken too much, he ain't answerable for his actions, at it : “ Are you ready, Mr Jones ?”—“ No, I'm not is he?'

ready-far from it.” Lor, what fun! And yet it 'I should be sorry to say that, Paul ; a good would be the very best thing in the world for your many fellows who have paid us money might have reputation ; and it would make a gentleman and a got off on that plea.'

man of honour of you for life.' Well, not for his words, at all events ?'

'I'd rather be as I am,' said Mr Paul Jones What the devil are you driving at?' exclaimed naively. If you've quite done threatening and Allardyce savagely. You have not been telling boasting, I'll go to bed. things in your cups, have you ? If you have said * Boasting ; nay, there was no need to boast of one word to my discredit, drunk or sober ; if you what I would do in case you played me false, for have dared to peach on' me in any maudlin fit, you must have known it in your poor little timor I'll' He had him by the cravat by this ous heart

, years and years ago. The very idea of time, and his hold was tightening in it.

your doing so made me wild, that's all. Forgive Be quiet, Lardy. I've never said a word me, Paul, and good-night. If you hear a shot about you,' gasped the other ; 'I'd not be such a before morning, lie still and keep your head under fool.'

the clothes. It won't be robbers; and yet it will ‘Gad, you ’re right there, sir. You'd be a fool mean to you and me that we have lost two thouindeed to try to drag Wynn Allardyce down with sand four hundred pounds apiece.' you, because you felt yourself falling. I'd make This thought was not an agreeable one to go to short work with you, if nothing else was left me bed upon, but it was not the most disturbing to do.'

reflection that agitated Mr Jones' breast that night, "I didn't say you wouldn't,' said Jones sulkily; No sooner had he reached his own room, and locked

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the door, than an expression of hopeless agony took parties, and the adjournment of the meeting sine the place of that of discomfort and uneasiness die, if not to its being, put a stop, to altogether. which had characterised his physiognomy through-In our case, indeed, this last mishap is rendered imout the day, and he sank down in a chair like possible; for, as I have already had the honour to some malefactor, who, from weakness or terror, is tell you, nothing but your blood can wipe out the accommodated with a seat' upon the scaffold. insult that has been put upon my house by you, nor

What a hardhearted, ungrateful, selfish villain shall any length of time, or distance of place, prevent he is !' groaned Mr Paul Jones. “If ever there was my procuring satisfaction for it. Should a man an opportunity for a man to prove himself a friend refuse me what is my due under such circumstances, -that is,' added he hastily, '“ a friend” in a good I would pistol him, wherever I met him, and should sense, not an abettor of a murder—there was one make it my business to meet him at an early opporoffered to Allardyce to-night; but he is a mere tunity. I am well convinced, however, that such a heartless, merciless cynic. Instead of doing his menace is out of place in your case, who, I doubt not best to get me out of the scrape, he'd foment the —notwithstanding your conduct when overtaken with quarrel ; if I intrusted him with an apology, he'd wineare a gentleman of the nicest honour. At the make it an insult-a second insult. O dear me! same time, I do not conceal from myself that your To whom am I to turn for help against this Fire- agefor, compared with myself, you are still young eater, this Blood-sucker, this Vampire in human and the mode of life in which you have been brought form!'

up, may have rendered you ignorant-not, indeed, of Mr Paul Jones wrung his hands-a very mournful the demands of honour, which are common, I hope, peal—and then took from his pocket such a letter as to all ages and all times, but of those details of conyou seldom see in these degenerate days. It had duct which were once familiar to every gentleman in no envelope, but was formed of an immense sheet connection with the duello, and (what is of even more of

paper, folded squarely, and fastened by a seal consequence) of those precautions which it is well to of gigantic proportions, bearing the impression of a take before proceeding to the Releager. Fortunately, coat of arms. If the Queen in council had decided however, I have made the subject my study, and beg, upon making Mr Paul Jones Lord Chief-justice of sir, to forward you certain memorandathe results the Queen's Bench, or Speaker of the House of Com- of a long experiencewhich may be of use to you, mons, it is probable she would have addressed to and tend to place us on a more equal footing. I take him some such document, and sealed it with some it for granted that the pistol your weaponthough such seal. The communication, however, came any other [“The umbrella,' was the brilliant thought from Uncle Magus, and had been delivered by that flashed upon Mr Jones' mind upon the first that gentleman's own hands, that very morning, in reading of this epistle, but the context robbed him the Box Tree Walk, in stately silence, but with of that consolatory idea)—though any other among every formality that the occasion demanded ; and the recognised arms of the duello is equally familiar thus ran its contents, or thus they walked rather, to me. Accordingly, I beg to inclose certain extracts in punctilious and high-flown style, as though each from my manuscript notes having relation to that word was dancing a minuet :

arm, together with some hints of a general nature,

and' beg to subscribe myself, yours obediently and to THE COTTAGE, SWANSDALE.

command, SIR-I am quite aware of the impropriety of

DANVERS TYRONE MAGUS. addressing you personally, upon the subject hereafter

P.S.I have only to add, that though any hour or to be mentioned, but unhappily I have no choice. It is even possible that the affair in question may have to place is the same to me, I would venture to suggest to be brought to a conclusion altogether without the inter- you, as a stranger, that at early morning there is vention of a third person. Such a case, however, it may Swansdale Churchyard, and that the small common

seldom any one stirring in the neighbourhood of be some satisfaction to you to learn, is not wholly with to which it is contiguous has always struck me as out precedent. In 1613 A.D. the Lord Bruce and Sir being peculiarly well adapted for such a meeting as Edward Sackville fought with short swords at Ter

we have in view. goso, a town in Zealand, without seconds, though it is true each had his surgeon, who might be considered • What a cold blooded, calculating, murderous as such. The affair was exceptional in many respects, old devil it is !' ejaculated Mr Paul Jones ; "and such as their fighting ankle-deep in water in their how he sets all law and morality at defiance! He'll shirts, and with the mutual understanding that one “make it his business," he says—and, I don't doubt, at least should leave his life upon the field; but from his pleasure too—if I don't consent to meet him, the rank and honour of the combatants, this encounter to pistol me at the earliest opportunity. Why, has been always placed among just and legitimate that's downright murder; and yet the worst of duellos. It is impossible, sir, as you will easily per- it is, nobody, except myself

, would believe him ceive, for one situated as I am to secure the services capable of it. I'd swear the peace against him ; of a friend in this delicate matter : I have (alas) no but what's the good of binding a man over not to friends, save onemy nephew; himself too nearly shoot you for six months who is resolutely deterconnected with the subject of our quarrel to be applied mined to do it on the seventh! What have I done?' to under any circumstances ; and though I have no cried Mr Jones, looking pitifully about him, and manner of objection to your coming to the Releager appealing, in default of an audience of his fellow(or place of meeting) attended by a friend, it will creatures, to various articles of bedroom furniture probably be more consonant with your feelings to - What have I done, to make me the subject of arqive that advantage, and go through with the affair, this old ruffian's vengeance? Nothing, absolutely like your antagonist, alone. Moreover, this course nothing, beyond mentioning within his hearing, recommends itself, upon the ground that a little secret after dinner yesterday, the indisputable fact, that of this sort is only too apt to leak out, which in Tyndall was going to marry for money. these days often results in disappointment to both “ Did I understand you to state, sir, that my

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nephew Arthur was about to contract matrimony inconvenience, and I could survive the ridicule, from mercenary motives ?" was what the old muttered Mr Jones. • But there would be no hope beggar said : whereupon, little knowing what he of that sort ; this old devil will doubtless have a was driving at, and indeed not thinking of any- whole armoury of pistols.The period most trying thing very much beside how good the claret had to a duellist is doubtless from the time the word been, I replied: "Most certainly, old gentleman, “readyis given until the handkerchief drops.—I your nephew, Arthur, put himself up to auc- won't read any more,' cried Mr Jones, passing his tion in the matrimonial mart, and has fetched handkerchief over his forehead, which was in a a most uncommonly good price. And quite right state of profuse perspiration. I feel ready to too," I added hastily, for I never saw an old gent “drop” myself

. If Allardyce were worth a pinch of look more vicious; but that didn't smooth his fur salt- But ah! I have it!' A gleam of hope down, not a bit, but seemed rather to rub it the stole over his pallid face: he unlocked and softly wrong way:

opened his door, then retraced his way stealthily "" You shall repent this, as sure as you're a living along the passage towards the smoking-room. ' If man,” cried he, and he looked like a turkey-cock. he is not there,' he muttered, 'I will go to his bedAnd then he comes to me this morning while I room. It's a matter of life and death.' was smoking iny cigar, in peace and innocence, and puts this cartel (as he calls it) into my handI'd ten times sooner it had been a writ-and then

CURIOUS CURATIVES. retires in silence and complete armour (as it seemed) EITHER man is an obtusely perverse creature, or like the ghost in Hamlet. As for his giving me the inventors of heal-alls a set of very impudent hints on the etiquette of the duello, and suggest- impostors; else doctors would long since have found ing precautions against his own murderous designs, their vocation gone. Panacea after panacea has that seems to me the worst of it all, because it been propounded for the benefit of a world in which, shews his implacability of purpose. He's mad, of as Mr Disraeli puts it, health would seem to be course-a criminal lunatic broken out of a medieval a state of unnatural existence ; each new nostrum asylum, but that makes him all the more danger- enjoying a brief term of popular favour, and then

If he was a sensible man, I'd give him a passing quickly out of memory. Anodyne neckthousand pounds, and square it that way ; but no laces, hot-air baths, brandy and salt, galvanic reasonable being could ever write such stuff as this : rings, are a few among many universal remedies

'It is advisable that, on the night before a gentle that have at one time or another been the rage. man has an affair of honour on hand, he should care- Thanks to a bishop's enthusiasm, it became a3 fully avoid drinking to excess, or taking any food that common to call for a glass of tar-water at a coffeetends to create bile, and especially to keep his mind house, as to ask for a dish of tea or coffee, although from dwelling upon the coming encounter.—Was ever profane sceptics sneered at the specific and its any suggestion so preposterous ?' commented Mr advocates, and a dubious kind of friend wrote: Paul Jones. "For who could avoid drinking to excess with such a horrid morning's work before

Who dare deride what pious Cloyne has done ?

The church shall rise and vindicate her son ; him, or, if he did, how could he possibly fix his

She tells us, all her bishops shepherds are, mind upon anything else? As to taking any food

And shepherds heal their rotten sheep with tar. to create bile, I'm sure I've felt all to-day as though it would have choked me to swallow so In our own days, cold water, innocent of tar, has much as a slice of bread-and-butter. To read this been extolled far and wide as the one thing need. fellow, one would think that the fact of a duel on ful to wash disease away—a doctrine, Burke, for hand whetted the appetite like a bloater.

one, would have scouted, for he held that hot water To eat a hearty treakfast, is wrong, says he. I was the finest stimulant, and the most powerful am not one of those who subscribe to the opinion that restorative at man's command. Whenever he felt it is as well for a man to fill his stomach on such himself unwell, on went his kettle, and he thought occasions. Let him drink a cup of coffee and take a nothing of drinking four or five quarts of boiling biscuit with it directly he rises; then, in washing his or nearly boiling water in a morning ; pouring a face, attend to bathing his eyes well with cold water. pint or so into a basin, and taking it like soup, If in the habit of wearing flannel next his skin' [Mr with a spoon. Indeed, the great Irishman put Jones mechanically thrust a finger in the inter- such strong trust in his simple panacea, that he stices of his shirt-front, and turned paler even than would have had no hesitation in taking it, as a before), he should omit putting it on. Wounds com- certain quack said his peculiar nostrum ought to paratively trisling (What a demon ! what a murder- be taken, externally, internally, and eternally; ous, mocking, remorseless fiend !' muttered the com- Suvaroff swore hunger was the best cure for all mentator] have often become dangerous from pieces diseases, and warned doctors from his camp, for if of flannel being carried into them; but in other hunger failed to work a cure, were there not herbs, matters let him make no change in his usual habits

. roots, and pismires to be got? The fierce Russian's If he smokes, let him take a cigar, and, if a married prescription would have been endorsed by Rulty, man, avoid disturbing his wife and children. About the Quaker physician, who records in his diary: six in the morning is the best time for meeting in the 1755, 3d month, 29th day—A blessed repast of summer.—And the immediate vicinity of a church- bread and water, a sovereign cure for indigestion, yard the most convenient spot !' groaned and no danger of a debauch.' Jones : 'this is horror upon horror indeed !-He James I. wise as he esteemed himself, beliered should himself observe that the pistol-case is fur- in the power of a certain elixir to render him nished with every necessary, instances having occurred ailment-proof. A Duke of Burgundy was fool more than once of the pistols being left behind in the enough to pay ten thousand florins for the recipe confusion of starting, subjecting the parties of course of a balsam warranted to make his memory tran

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easily gulled. A learned Jew tried hard to per- of the charm with mercury, antimony, ointments, suade him that wounds might be readily cured by cataplasms, plasters, poultices, and lotions. A means of pieces of parchment inscribed with Hebrew doctor of our acquaintance took the trouble to words and letters, selected from the Psalms. As analyse a popular patent remedy for rheumatism, he was arguing the matter one day, the duke sud- and found the lotion to be salt and water; and yet denly drew his sword, wounded the unlucky cure it undoubtedly afforded great relief in some cases, monger in several parts of his body, and then coolly because it was necessary to mix it with boiling told him to try conclusions upon himself. Of water, into which flannels were then dipped, and course Albertus was never more troubled that way: bound round the affected parts. The hot flannels The Saxon duke certainly would never have wasted eased the pain, and the lotion got the reputation a penny upon the magical powder advertised in of it. The weapon-salve does not stand alone as the Kingdom's Intelligencer, in January 1661, in the a proxy cure. Ruptured children used to be passed following terms: Sir Kenelin Digby's Sympathet- through a young wych-elm, split for the purpose, ical Powder, prepared by Promethean fire, curing and afterwards bound up; the cure depending all green wounds that come within the compass of upon the tree growing together again. Scarleta remedy, as also the toothache infallibly, is to be fever was served with notice to quit by cutting a had at Mr Samuel Speed's, at the Printing Press, lock of hair from the sufferer's head, and forcing in St Paul's Churchyard. Sir Kenelm was as proud a donkey to swallow it; and in Greenland, children of his sympathetical powder as he was of his beau- were sometimes buried alive as an infallible method tiful wife, and had, or professed to have, as much of ridding their parents of any troublesome comfaith in it. According to his own account, he once plaint. took a bandage that had been worn by a gentleman Mrs Delany, a lady who sweetened her blood by who received a wound in the hand, while parting taking a modicum of chalk in everything she a couple of friends intent upon settling a dispute drank, had a fondness for aniateur doctoring, and with their swords, and put it into a solution of the was not very nice in prescribing for her friends. powder, whereupon all pain departed from the in- In one of her letters, she writes : Does Mary jured member. A few hours afterwards, Sir Kenelm cough in the night? Two or three snails boiled in took the bandage out of its bath, and placed it her barley-water, or tea-water, or whatever she before the fire, causing the patient's servant to run drinks, might be of great service to her; taken in in, exclaiming that his master's hand felt as hot time, they have done wonderful cures. She inust as if it were between two fiery coals. The garter know nothing of it. They give no manner of was replaced in the liquid, and left so for five or taste. I should imagine six or eight boiled in a six days, by which time the wound had thoroughly quart of water, and strained off and put into a healed. The formula for the preparation of this bottle, would be a good way, adding a spoonful or wonderful powder runs

thus : Take Roman two of that to every liquid she takes. They must vitriol six ounces, beat it very small in a mortar, be fresh done every two or three days, otherwise şift it through a fine sieve when the sun enters they grow too thick.' Mrs Carter entreated a Leo, keep it in the heat of the sun by day, and friend not to neglect taking millepedes, as it was in a dry place by night. Digby said he was in an excellent medicine that might be of use to her debted to a Carmelite friar for the secret, picked eyes. Powdered wood-lice were taken in wine by up by the friar when travelling in Persia or Ar- asthmatical folks; but a believer in the remedy menia.

advocates the safer and surer plan of making pills The weapon-salve made by Paracelsus for the of the vermin and swallowing them alive, “which Emperor Maximilian was compounded of human is very easily and conveniently done, for they fat and blood, mummy, oil of roses, oil of lin- naturally roll themselves up upon being touched, seed, and moss from the skull of a healthy man and slip down the throat without any taste. who had come to a violent end. This delect- Pliny, by the way, recommends wood-lice and able stuff had only to be applied to the weapon green lizards boiled down together as a remedy for with which a wound was inflicted, and a cure was paralysis

. Spiders' webs were long ago prescribed sure to follow : though how, when the wound was for ague ; sometimes the spiders themselves were given by an enemy, the sufferer was to get hold of administered in treacle, or put into a goose-quill, the weapon, we are not told. The hero of an old and securely sealed, when the quill was hung so as comedy, finding his weapon-salve fail him in his to rest upon the pit of the stomach. Somebody need, attributes the failure to some defect in his asks : ‘Die of the jaundice, yet have the cure blood, not to any want of virtue in the ointment, about you, lice, large lice, begot of your own dust having been assured by the apothecary that thirty and the heat of the brick-kiln ?'

Walton thought men blown up by a gunpowder explosion had been so highly of this specific, that he declared Heaven saved from death by merely dressing the smoke of itself must have revealed it to the Jews ! Bugs the powder with the miraculous unguent! Honest were once considered invaluable in cases of hysJohn Hales, seeking to account for the cures placed teria and quartan fever. Hudibras was almost to the credit of the salve, says shrewdly : 'A man taken off his legs with 'purging, comfits, and ants' is wounded; the weapon taken, and a wound-eggs,' although common ants distilled in spirits of working salve applied to it ; in the meanwhile the wine were reputed to be of great avail in stirring wounded man is commanded to use abstinence as up a man's courage and magnanimity. much as may be, and to keep the wound clean. Nastier remedies yet have been prescribed and Whilst he doth this, the wound heals, and the swallowed. Powdered human heart was a blessing weapon-salve bears away the bell!? On a similar to the fever-stricken. Sir Henry Halford saw a principle, Morley, a once noted quack, used to cure prescription, dug out of the ruins of a house in scrofulous folks by hanging round the patient's Duke Street, Westminster, once the residence of neck a yard of white satin, with a vervain root at Oliver Cromwell's apothecary, in which a portion the end of it-taking care to supplement the action of the human skull, powdered, was ordered for Sir

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