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SELLING OF WIVES.

ON PLAYHOUSE MANOEUVRES.

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To the Editor of the Sporting Magasine. To the Editor of the Sporting Magazines SIR,

SIR, IN your last Number, page 177; YOUR admired miscellany," so

you bave given an account of much and so justly a favónrite the display of a most disgraceful with the public in general, is peces scene, that of a man selling his liarly 'so; I understand, with the wife; and as some people imagine gentlemen and ladies of the sock that no punisbment can be inflicted and buskin ; in course, it ascends for such an offence, I do not doubt to the bigh honour of occasional but you will be willing to attenspt the managerial attention; .for such preventing of a future exhibition of good reasons, the Sporting Maga30 disgusting a spectacle, by bint- zine is a proper vehicle for any obing what they will be liable to. servations or strictures, which one

The learned Editor of the last would wish should botb reach the edition of Mr. Justice Blackstone's boards, and obtain some attention Commentaries, b.4, p. 65, n. 12, behind the curtain. treating of this offence, says" It The two great theatres of Co. is extraordinary that prosecutions vent-garden and of Drury-lane, are not instituted against those who constituting a monopoly, and it publicly sell their wives, and against being utterly out of our power to those who buy them. Such a prac- bave other recourse for theatrical tice is shameful aud. scandalous in gratification, all individual playitself, and encourages other acts going people esteem it their pecuof criminality and wickedness. It liar right, to make complaint either now prevails to a degree, that the vivü voce, or in the present mepunishment of some, convicted of tbod, against any thing which mithis offence, by exposure in the pil- litates against such gratification, lory, would afford a salutary exam or any how, in their opinion, tres. ple. All such acts of indecency passes against the rules of proprieand immorality are public misde- ty. My object on this occasion is meanours, and the offenders inay to prefer a complaint against the be punished either by an informa- everlasting alterations in plays, tion granted by the Court of King's particularly the old favourite stock Bench, or by an indictment pre- plays, made by stage managers and ferred hefore a grand jury at the favourite actors and actresses. Assizes or Quarter Sessions. In a These ,alterations and omissions case where a husband had for are so many and multiform; that.. mally assigned bis wife over to reader of old plays, accustonied to another man, Lord Hardwicke-di- 'the originals only, in his genuine s rected a prosecution for that trans. editions, is quite at a loss, when at action, as being notoriously and the theatre witnessing the repregrossly against public decency and sentation, in which he finds hiatus, good manners.--3 Burr. 1438." * gaps and omissions, which he can

As this appears to be a fit sequel not rationally account for; and to the above-mentioned accotint, -whicb-seem to him the inere result perliaps it will meet with insertion of ignorance and caprice, or perin your next publication.-I am, &c. haps often 'of acconimodation to August, 1915. PEACHEM. , the business of the theatre, which

is preferred to the due representa cause such would be levelled at the tion of the play, and the gratifica. whole opera, and because even tion of the spectators. To avoid more pronsinent parts might be prolixity, I sball only instance that found as methodistic choke-pears old favourite the Beggars' Opera, and spur-gauls to- tbe spirit, were from which, at Covent-garden, for clocking the object. And, even many years past, notwithstanding granting that some few persons, so many remonstrances through the frequenters of the theatre, çlesired press at different perjods, the ma. the omission of tbis scene, others nagers bave intirely onuitted the were and are equally desirous of its scene of the Tyre Woman. Now, representation. How then, under on what possible account, or plau- no circumstances of public decisioni, sible pretext, can this most bæ. can the managers answer to the mourous scene be omitted, so per- public for the wutilation of one of fectly as it comes in unison with our best and greatest favourites? the business of the opera, and I repeat our best, and in a moral which without it, in fact, is imper- view too, for the public benefit defect, as wanting a most obviously rived fronı Gay's inimitable satire necessary part? A scene too which has been great, and may be still all elderly people, who remembered greater, to an incalculable degree, the overflowing first nigbts of the wbenever mapkind are disposed to opera, and with such I have often open their eyes. Hitherto Gay conversed, represented as the most bas spokep in parables-he wants popular of the whole, and which but an interpreter. With respeet was the declared favourite of the to the presupied ill effect of the old Duchess of Queenshery, Gay's Beggar's Opera upon morals, such great and noble patroness. When ought rather to attributed to our the old Duchess was at the Green most grossly defective institutions Room, which she hopoured, now of a certain kind, at once the ridi. and then with her presence, slie cule and detestation of all civilized always called out for Mrs. Di, and Europe. After all, was there.no was extremely facetious with her, popery in keeping Mrs. Di out of on ber respectable and profitable sight? profession. This l hail from I have only to add on this subCrouse, of the Norwich stage, al- ject that, in my opinion, all admost balf a century ago, a man of mirers of the opera sbould prepare some humour, and with whom old themselves against the ensuing seaJack Bannister used to play in his son, to make a demand on the mayouth.

nagers of tbeir right, and what On the score of morality or de- they pay for, namely, a faithful corum, the scene of Mrs. Diana and entire representation, as in forTrapes is not at all. below the gene mer days. With respect to the ral level of the opera ; wby then, few sbreds and patches, under the so long as the opera shall be repre- name of the Beggar's Opera, sented, must it be in a mutilated" wbich bave been of late brought state, and shorn of a favourite forward, merely to exbibit Miss • scene, which, in its chief charac. Stephens, and to save time for some .ter, affords scope for the display of abominable after trasb which disreal comic talents? It cannot well graces the stage and debauches tbe be on any puritanical pretence, be- public taste, such make-shịfts-will

surely

oat any:

surely soon die a natural death. rounded and killed; they' measure No admirer of the Beggar's Opera from twelve to twenty-six feet in can sit with patience to witness length, and will yield a considersuch profanation.

able quantity of fine oil.-(EdinHIERA PICRA. burgh Paper.)

On Monday, the 20th ult. as a rabbit and kitten were playing to

gether in one of the gardens on the NATURAL HISTORY. Castle Ditches, Norwich, a hawk

darted at the rabbit and killed it, TEN sea unicorns were lately and immediately after the kitter

killed on the coast of Spitz- flew at the bawk, and killed the bergen, hy the crew of the Lively, murderer of her friend. of Berwick, eight of which bad A LARGE PIKE.-As some genhorns, three of them females.- tlemen were lately fishing in the Captain Kingston conceives that great pool belonging to Mr. Finch, these animals cast their horns like in his park, within half a mile of deer, as he saw many of them with Elstree, Herts, they drew up a

pike of a very large size, which they Quails are now brought in great opened, finding it much swelled, abundance to Brighton from and discovered in the stomach a France, scores of which are to carp, the weight of which was be seen huddled together in cages, eight pounds and a half! The pike, in the shops of the poulterers, who disencumbered of its tenant, weighkill them off as they are wanted, a' ed nearly 36 pounds! couple for four shillings, about the A rat was shot at Horsham, on prime cost of a dozen! These de- Tuesday, the 25th ultimo, with licious birds are in France almost tusks exactly resembling those of a as numerous as larks are in this wild boar ; several of them were of country.

the length of two inches. We hear from the Isle of Skye, A few days since three large porthat on Monday, the 31st ultimo, poises, one of which was upwards there appeared in the Sound, be- of eleven feet in length and six in twixt the barbour of Isle Oronsay, girth, were driven by some fisherand the opposite coast of Glenleg, men of Warebam, Dorset, out of on the main land, a bumber of that the barbour into the Froome, and species of whale, called by sailors three miles up that river, beyond skip jacks. They were observed the bridge at Wareham. They all that morning playing in the were penned in by nets and exhiChannel, which induced Messrs. bited for two days, when they M'Donald, Elder, and MʻInnes, of were drawn ashore and killed, and Sleat, to man a nnmber of boats, a great quantity of oil extracted with carpenters, coopers, and other from them. The fishermen made labourers in their employ, who, a good market of the exbibition. after much perseverance and trou. As the porpoise is a great lover of ble, at length succeeded in driving salmon, there is no doubt that the whole, in number seventy-six, the fishery at Warebam has been into the end of the bay at Isle greatly injured by their periodical Oronsay, where they were sur visits, VOL. XLVI.-No. 275.

Ff FEAST

FEAST OF

OF WIT.

A Dispute having arisen between antagonist, then present, was an two Irishmen, as to the extent host against him.

s Who was on of their landed property, one of the spot when this happened ?" said them, after doubling and trebling the Magistrate.-"I was," rehis acres, said, “And besides all

plied an old woman;

" I saw tbe this, I have another estate, which wbole of it, and I'll take my after, produces a plenty of good things- david, that after he bad bit of the oysters bave been found there, and piece be spit it into my band, and every day of your life, my good it did spirt about like a flat-fish, soul, you can find plenty of cockles and so I put it into a pbial of bran

nd perrywinkles upon it, aye and dy, and I do take a few drops of it eels to, but to be sure one cannot every morning for the beart-burn. see much of it at high water."

Some old women talking about A Duchess being expected at a the use of spectacles, one of them certain inn in Devon, the mistress observed, that the wearing of them gave ber servants orders to bebave was an idle custom, although she with particular respect on the oce confessed she had been in the habit casion, and the head chambermaid of so doing for many years.was enjoined to be exemplary in 'Twas with difficulty I came into her attention, “and," said the mis- it,” said she, “ but from use I can tress, " whenever you sbew this now see as well with them, as with great lady into a room, or do any out them.thing for ber, remember to say, " Your Grace."-" Your orders A TALL, simple country girl of. shall be complied with," replied fered her services to a lady as a wet the chambermaid. On the arrival

The lady observed, of this illustrious lady's carriage, looked very young." all immediately flew to her assiste ma'am," says the girl, “ yet I

Her Grace having alight- upwards of sixteen."-"And how ed, “This way, this way, Ma- old is your child, then?" added the dam,” cried the chambermaid, lady.-" O, ma'am, I never had a and for what we are going to re- child," replied the girl, ceive, the Lord make us thankful.although I never was a wet-nurse,

yet you know, ma'am, I can learn." Two men having come to blows in consequence of some dispute, A Durcu boy at an English one of them, in closing, bit off all school having perused a letter just the lower part of the other's left received, the master, who was ear.

On being summoned before standing by, and had noticed the a magistrate for this unwarranted post mark, enquired, " What news violence, he positively denied it, from Holland ?"-" Dis, Sir," realthough the mutilated state of his plied the boy, “is a letter vrom

nurse.

she « Yes,

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mine voder, and he do say he has mant State," said the Churebe lost mine moder and two broders.” warden, “wbat part of the world

" Unhappy man!” cried tbe is that?" master, “and what else does he tell of ?" -"Why, not much," an A SIMILE.-The gentlemen of swered the boy; " but he do say the Long Robe sometimes meet he is very sorry for mine moder, with a rebuff in quarters where she was so good woman, and be do they least expect it. A woman say

what you mean who was examined as a witness at in English, he never yet did have his Stafford Assizes made use of the belly-full of her."

pbrase humbug. Counsellor P.

questioned her repeatedly as to the A PRUDENT old hachelor lately meaning which she attached to the gave for a toast-May we ever word. The witness, unable to deescape the three In's ! Being fine it, was a little embarrassed ; asked for an explanation, he said, but being hard pressed by the

May we never be in debt-in Learned Gentleman, she bit upon liquor-or in love!"

this practical illustration-" Supe pose, Sir, I were to say

that

you A YOUNG Irish gentleman lately are handsome.”—" Well, woman, being desired by a friend to stay and and what then?"_" Why then, dine, replied, with all the vernacu Sir, you would be humbug'd!" lar naivete imagioable, “ No, I thank you, I have had all the din. There is in the Frencb papers a ner I am going to have."

curious trial for criminal conversa

tion, a confectioner against his A CARICATURB published in wife, in which he brought the Paris represents the wives of the paramour to swear against the frail Highlanders as differing from all one. Her advocate objected to others, as the former are kept un- the testimony of a wretch who der petticoat government, instead could thus kiss and tell. Such a of their busbands.

fellow was not to be believed upon

his oath. He was by the very conThe Dowager Duchess of Rox. fession a culprit, and his testimony burgh has issued formal notices, could not be received. Beyond that her Scotish domains are not this there was no proof of guilt. this season to be shot or coursed A witness indeed, of nine years of upon, under the penalty of prose- age swore to a leiss. “Bat what cution. The neighbouring sports, is there in a kiss?" again said her men say, that ber legal « steel advocate. A kiss may be taken traps and spring guns" partake without being granted. A kiss much of ill manners.

may be stolen-a kiss is not a kiss

unless it be reciprocal. We have At a parish dinner, not a hun. not yet an erotic treatise on the dred miles from Islington, a few theory of kissing, to ascertain an days ago, a gentleman was de. illegal kiss from an innocent emscribing a very curious bird that he brace." The trial, which has had seen abroad, and concluded by amused all Paris, from the gaiety saying, that when he saw it, it was with which it was treated, is pot in thë dormant state, « the Dor. yet determined.

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