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PAGE 123. That of our vices we can frame A ladder. The words of St. Augustine are, “De vitiis nostris - g * to o o e 93 scalam nobis facimus, si vitia ipsa calcamus.
Sermon III. De Ascensione.
PAGE 127. THE PHANTOM SHIP.
A detailed account of this “apparition of a Ship in the Air” is given by Cotton Mather in his Magnalia Christi, Book I. Ch. VI. It is contained in a letter from the Rev. James Pierpont, Pastor of New Haven. To this account Mather adds these words : —
“Reader, there being yet living so many credible gentlemen, that were eyewitnesses of this wonderful thing, I venture to publish it for a thing as undoubted as "t is
PAGE 141. And the Emperor but a Macho. Macho, in Spanish, signifies a mule. Golondrina is the feminine form of Golondrino, a swallow, and also a cant
name for a deserter.
PAGE 155. OLIVER BASSELIN.
Oliver Basselin, the “ Père joyeux du Vaudeville,” flourished in the fifteenth century, and gave to his convivial songs the name of his native valleys, in which he sang them, Vaux-de-Vire. This name was afterwards
corrupted into the modern Vaudeville.
PAGE 160. VICTOR GALBRAITH.
This poem is founded on fact. Victor Galbraith was a bugler in a company of volunteer cavalry ; and was shot in Mexico for some breach of discipline. It is a common superstition among soldiers, that no balls will kill them unless their names are written on them. The old prov
erb says, “Every bullet has its billet.”
PAGE 166. I remember the sea-fight far away.
Boxer, off the harbor of Portland, in which both captains