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Sir Haon de Grey, blushed to the deepest crimson and the
COMMERCIAL THIEVES. delicate flower trembled on its stem. There was perfect
(Concluded.) stillness for a moment, which afforded time to the Lady Letter Ist from the Old London Commission Agent, with Janet to draw forth from a silver net, that hung upon her
a new name, to Messrs.
Scotch Ale Brewcousin's arm, the envied tablets; at her touch they ex. ers ; or the Offer of a Swindler's Services. panded, and on the first page was a violet wreath, encir
“ Cornhill, London 24th September, 1832. cling the pretty motto of
“ GENTLEMEN, I am induced to trouble you with the “ Il faut me chercher."
offer of my services as agent for the sale of your ale, from Sir Huon repeated, in a voice which, however delightfully it having been in treaty with Mr. of Musty Hall wounded upon the ear of Lady Olivia, appeared (as Lady the pressure of the season obliging him to depart for Scot
Brewery, who was on the point of engaging with me, but Janet afterwards declared) “ queer and nervous enough at land, on Wednesday last, induced him to close with anthe time," these old lines
other. I am so convinced of the desire Mr.
had to « Violet is for faithfulness,
obtain my services, which he preferred over those of 100 Which in me shall abide;
competitors, that I have no hesitation in referring to him Hoping likewise that from your heart
for his opinion, and even recommendation, having now per. You will not let it slide."
fected securities to the amount of L.1,000, which were not What did Lady Olivia say? Nothing—positively nothing ready when he left town, She blusbed, as I have before stated-she let her hand drop Mr. C
“ In consequence of this disappointment, I called upon
of Wharf, and it is from the proba. into that of Sir Huon—and then it is really melancholy to bility that I may suit you, that he has permitted me to use think what fools women, and sensible women, too, make of his name in making this application. I have no doubt that themselves,) she burst into tears. The Baron of Burlybrook I could at first dispose of forty or fifty barrels a-week after started and stormed ; and on the instant offered his hand to having the best grounded expectation, from the success that
a short trial; but I by no means confine my views to that, the Lady Janet Melbourne, who langhed him to scorn. It has attended Messrs. Coldstream and Co., with the first of is said that the poet forswore the sex-for a time, at all whom I am acquainted, that I can do as much as they can events : certainly the following lines were found dangling do, from 4,000 to 5,000 barrels per annum, when I have
Should this proposal be on the bough of a rose-tree, which breathed a very different worthy of your
consideration, I will be happy to receive your
been as long in the business. spirit from his former enamoured stanzas.
idea as to terms ; or I will send you those proposed by Mr. • Vainly the muse her favoured son inspires,
-, of Musty Hall Brewery, with which I am per, In vain e icits the poetic spark ;
fectly satisfied, and which Mr. C thinks fair on both Il fancy breathe not on the latent fires,
sides. The references I shall give you for my respectability, The light is gone-the glow of thought is dark. integrity, and perseverance, are Messrs. “ What power the gift to mortal eyes shall give,
ers, also my intimate friend C-J- Esq., M. P., In woman's soul such innocence to see?
and many other gentlemen, equally respectable, who have In fancy's bower such virtues seem to live;
known me for upwards of twenty years. Then vice in masque is perfect purity.
“ It would be my endeavour, and, in a great degree, my
pride, apart from any consideration of gain, if I should " Then hear me, Fancy, from this weary earth,
enter into an engagement with you, to promote your inWhere fickle woman is a feeble flower, That fate decrees, e'en from its hapless birth,
terest in every possible manner, and in no degree to be out. Shall blossom, droop, and perish in an hour."
done by any other agent. After making those due allow.
ances for a commencement, in a market already, in a great " Oh, most lame and impotent conclusion l' exclaimed degree, pre-occupied, and the disadvantages to which every the Lady Janet, laughing—I hope my readers will not say
new article is at first necessarily exposed, I am, gentlemen, the same!
&c.*"W- W - Aalias the Old Commission Agent with a new name."
The ale brewers to whom this more than unexpected THE COPPER-LEG CONSPIRACY.-We have been more
offer of services was made, being intimately connected with amused by the following ingenious piece of roguery, than the Scotch merchant, handed over to him their London letanything of the kind that has occurred for a long while. ter; and he, having asked and obtained permission to be The scene was the neighbourhood of Canterbury, where the answerer of said letter, wrote as follows:an old woman was lately rescued from the police by a man with a wooden leg. This fellow was met at Harble Letter lst from the Scotch Merchant to his old acquaintdown last Saturday by two of the city police, when he ance the London Agent, who had changed his name in unbuckled his leg, and ran with it under his arm, show expectation of procuring a commission. ing as nimble a pair of heels as ever helped a rogue to turn
“ Scotland, 27th September, 1832. his back upon the gallows. Finding his pursuers gaining “ To W—W— Aupon him, however, and having good reasons for not wish “ SIR,_Your letter of the 24th instant, addressed to my ing to be taken (if taken at all) with that particular leg in young friends the Brewers, has been duly received ; and his possession, he practised the same trick upon the consta- they authorize me to acquaint you, that, as the quality of lules that Hippomanes did upon Atalanta, not indeed by their ale is fine, they have hitherto had, at home, a suffi; dropping golden apples, but by dropping his leg. The bait cient demand for all they can make, and therefore, have no took. The constables stopped to pick up the leg, and were intention of extending their business to London this season. 80 amazed, that while they stood staring and wondering, he “ The only way you could make a beginning with my continued running and laughing, till he was fairly out of young friends would be in the shape of a regular sale, to a sight; and he has never been heard of since. The leg, moderate extent, allowing you a discount from the price having been examined, was found to be hollow, and filled charged equal to a guarantee commission; and this, per. with all sorts of combustibles, detonating balls, &c.; and, in haps, might lead to a more extensive connexion. consequence of information received by the Magistrates, a “ If your connexion in London lies amongst the spirit depot of copper legs (resembled in every respect the one de trade, I would be glad to know upon what terms you could scribed) has been seized at Copperhaus Sole, in Kent; and undertake to sell spirits for us upon commission. Since it is said that the confederacy of the Copper Legs are whisky was allowed to be exported to England, we, that is trained, organized, and bound by illegal oaths, in the same the house with which I am connected, have been accnstomed manner as the White Feet!
to ship extensively to the northerà counties of England, and
have long had a desire to extend our business to London, hear is of such an excellent quality. As your supply will be where, we understand, a taste for the finest qualities of limited, I shall decline the services of a person who has West Highland whisky is now springing up. By a judi- been niany years in the trade, and whom I only intake cious admixture of the different spirits made in the small to engage to make it more advantageous to the brewir, and distilleries distributed over the West Highlands, we are shall contine myself to the supply of my own coune.00, confident of producing a quality greatly exceeding anything which at present is sinall.* Should I require more the sa which has yet appeared in London, where a numerous class you can conveniently supply, I must obtain it of some other of Scotch gentlemen would be glad to procure a genuine house ; but I do not doubt that your means of production supply of their own native mountain dew. You would, will keep pace with my moderate wants. The Fsien e therefore, oblige us by stating the terms upon which you purchase, by the London houses, is adopted, I believe, bu ! would undertake to introduce such an article amongst your know it is the arrangement of Mesurs. Younger and Brown numerous customers. I am, &c.
as I have learnt from their respective agents. If you can
" Scotch Merchant." favour me with a small cask as a sample of your 58., The Scotch merchant being somewhat on his guard against which is the quality most in request, I shall be better alle the tricks of London agents, and half suspecting that the
to know to what extent I shall require a supply, and do ne person who had begun a correspondence with the young ale
the favour of stating the terms on which you are willing to brewers, was no other than the agent recommended to him- dispose of it. I am, gentlemen, your very obedient ter. self by Patent Schiedam, was determined to be on the out
“W-W-Alook, and to be guided by the advice of the members of a From the style of the letters intrusted to my care by the society for the protection of trade, who had done so much Scotch merchant, I was couvinced that his suspiciona were to punish fraudulent delinquents. I, the writer of this well grounded, and that his new London correspondent sza narrative, being the member just alluded to, encouraged the in reality none other than his old acquaintance the Loodu Scotch merchant to continue his investigation, and in due agent, under a changed name. The circumstance of this course I was intrusted with the keeping of another London agent of many names, charging 4s. per gallon commission, letter.
proved that he was altogether ignorant respecting the whisky Letter 2d from the London Commission Agent, under a
trade, and that it was possession of the goods, under false changed name, to the Scotch Merchant and Scotch Ale pretences, he had in view. I, as a member of a society Brewers ; or a Swindler's Whisky Commission.
formed for the express purpose of protecting the fair tradri,
candidly told the Scotch merchani that his correspondent, " London, 4th October, 1832.
W— T and W- W- Awas, in my opinion, our " To Mr. Scotch Merchant.
and one person, and belonged to a fraternity of fraudulent “ Sir, I have to acknowledge the receipt of your favour traders, who have long infested the country, and been but of the 24th ultimo, and to inform you that, in the interval
too successful in their numerous attempts to get goods under between its receipt and the one to which it is a reply, I had
an almost innumerable variety of false pretences. I adrist formed an agency for the sale of British brandy with Messrs. the Scotch merchant to cease corresponding with such va S_ and W—, chiefly with a view of obtaining their friendly gabonds; and I am persuaded he would have followed by introduction for the sale of Scotch ale to some of their nu- advice, had not the party sent one of their secret agents fer merous connexions, which, I understand, exceed 3,000 in Scotland to the very counting-house of my friend the me. number. I intend to combine ale, brandy, and whisky, chant, who has furnished me with the following particulars. which are very successfuli united in the establishments east and west of the Royal Exchange. It is my intention An account of a Co-Partner-Seeking Advertiset ; er ikio to obtain cellarage, and a small counting-house, if possible,
Whisky Ale-Tun Seasoner. in the most striking and eligible situation in the city; and
About the middle of November, 1832, there came oce day if I succeed in obtaining it, I shall have a greater advan to our counting-house a strange gentleman, who inquired tage of publicity than any other house can possess ; but 1 | if we had any grain whisky for sale, and what would be am happy to say that I shall neither depend on that nor on
the lowest cash price. A sample of whisky was shown to my own connexion, which is very respectable and extensive, the stranger, and the price asked was a low one. The but greatly on the kind introduction of Mr. C - who stranger said, that although the price might be a los une informs me he is three or four times a-week applied to for for the quality of the spirit, it was too high for the purpose an introduction to good whisky. He will be happy to fa
to which he intended to apply the spirit; that he was Mr. vour me with a recommendation on future occasions, as,
of the Brewery, and that he wanted the from long experience, he knows who is safe to be trusted. whisky for seasoning musly ale-tuus. I told him that I I consider this an invaluable assistance, which must lead, considered this an expensive mode of seasoning tuns; that when once fairly established, to the most favourable con- I had a friend a brewer, and that, if it was of any cons nexion in London ; but, I presune, the best Highland quence to him, I would ask my friend's opinion as to the whisky will come too high for the trade, and that a second, best mode of seasoning musty tuns. The Whisky Ale-Tun or even a third quality will be requisité. If I confine my Seasoner replied, “ I feel much obliged to you, Sir; but as self exclusively to the sale of yours, which I have no objec. I have already tried all the usual methods and cannot swotions to, I have no objections to purchase it ; but not be ceed, I am resolved to try whisky, as I have been told that ing able to judge of quality at this distance, shall confine it is the only remaining chance for sweetening the fiske myself to your proposition of the terms under which I could which have stood long unused in the - Brewery." effect sales for you. I will engage to sell your spirit, of Believing that the stranger was what he represented him. whatever quality, at the price you may affix to it, for 4s. self to be, I offered to inquire whether a cheaper article per gallon, you paying all charges, duty, and running all of whisky could not be procured, as quality was no olvject. risks of shipments, and bad debts, and remit you monthly The Tun Seasoner agreed to call again on the morrox. all receipts; or I shall be happy to hear a proposition from When my friend, the brewer, came to dinner, 1 stated te yourself, being willing to place our connexion on a basis him that I had had in the forenoon a visit from a neighthat shall give satisfaction to hoth parties. I trouble you bour brewer wishing to buy a quantity of grain whisky with a letter on the other side, to Messrs.
for the purpose of seasoning runs. My friend replied, ale brewers, and remain your very obedient servant,
“ A pretty brewer he must be ; for, in the first place, the « W- W_A_,"
whisky will cost more than the value of the tuns; and,
in the next place, were he to attempt seasoning his taus “ Finch Lane, 4th October, 1832. with whisky, it would at once check fermentation and speil << To Messrs. Scotch Ale Brewers.'
the ale.” This made me doubt if all was right, and my GENTLEMEN, I have been favoured with your senti- suspicions were confirmed by the following protection of ments, through the communication of Mr.
The Scotch Merchant,' and shall be very happy to form a con
• A swindler as well as a liar requires a good memory; for, in the
previous letter, we find this very agent declaring his contextos to nexion for the purchase of your ale, which I am glad to be very respectable and extensive.
trade warning, which was handed to me in the course of the tences, presenting for discount bills regularly drawn upon, evening :-“ Take care of the man with whiskers for two and accepted by London firms, purporting to be of great puncheons grain, in case he rub you against the grain."- respectability. I also discovered that the Tun Seasoner, « Bailie PS" I at once recollected that the Tun Sea- in order to induce one banker to cash his London Bills, soner answered the cautionary description, and it immedi- offered to lodge in his hands a bond for L.2,000, by way of ately flashed upon my mind that he was the person to whom security, and that that bond was signed by an M.P. the change-name London Commission Agent referred my Continuing my look-out after the Partner Victimiser and young friends, the Scotch Ale brewers, and that he, there. Straw-Bill Circulator, alias the Tun Seasoner, I discovered, fore, was in some way or other connected with the same that after making various unsuccessful attempts to procure gang of London swindlers.
spirits on credit, he at last had succeeded in obtaining two The Tun Seasoner, punctual to a minute, came again on puncheons of grain whisky from a respectable mercantile the morrow to ascertain what I had been able to do for him house, and that he had agreed to give 6d. per gallon more in the way of low-priced whisky. I told him that I had than I offered him whisky at. I also discovered that the Tun not, up to that time, found leisure to make further inquiries; Seasoner had induced this respectable house to credit him, but rather than disappoint him would, as he was to pay me through a reference to a person whom he was on terms of ready money, give two puncheons of what I had on hand at receiving as a partner in the Musty Tun Brewery, and the lowest market price. The Tun Seasoner decliner pur- which person had likewise been deceived, along with many chasing with ready money, under pretence that he still con- others, in consequence of an advertisement which appeared sidered the price too high. I then embraced the opportunity some time ago, headed, “ Partner Wanted in a Brewery, of asking the Tun Seasoner if he knew the Change-Name where the profits will be guaranteed at 50 per cent." I London Commission Agent, and the houses referred to in now thought of the warning given by Friends of Comsaid Agent's letters; at the same time I shewed him the let-merce against such gulling advertisements, and became ter in which reference was made to himself. Upon looking more and more watchful of the movements and actions of at the letter, he said that be knew but little of Mr. W- the Tun Seasoner. W-A, the London agent ; that W-W- Awas one Shortly after the purchase, the Tun Seasoner returned to of those out of about 150 more who had applied to him the house from whom he had purchased, presented a sample of when in London in answer to an advertisement for an agent their own whisky discoloured, as if it had actually been used to sell his ale; that, as far as he had seen of W-W-A—, for ale-tun seasoning, and wished to know if they could dishe thought highly of him as an agent; that he also knew pose of it again, as he would let them have it at an underthe houses to whom reference had been made to be respect value. The unsuspecting house being by this time apprized able, but that, to tell the truth, he was not quite satisfied of their danger, began to look about them, and soon ascerwith the securities offered for intromissions, and that, if I tained that their new customer had been offering to sell intended to employ Mr. W—W— A-as an agent, I should the whisky to different spirit-dealers at ls. 10d. below the be careful as to the security received, as there was much de- purchase price, and not discoloured, but pure as delivered ception playing off in London in these times. I was now to himself. They further ascertained that the identical satisfied in my own mind that the Tun Seasoner was no bet- whisky had been handed over to an unfortunate tradesman ter than he should be, himself, and therefore resolved to who had turned clamorous, in lieu of money due for work watch his movements.
done at the Musty Tun Brewery. The Tun Seasoner proved to be an Agent and Copartner swindled out of their two puncheons of whisky by the Tun
The duped firm being now satisfied that they had been of the Grand London Association of Fraudulent Traders, and detected carrying on the trade of Changing Name Seasoner, procured a Sheriff's warrant to apprehend him; and Resilence in Scotland.
but he being, through the watchfulness of intimate associates, Determined to find out the character and history of the apprized of the duped firm's intention towards him, left his Tun Seasoner, I commenced my inquiries at the people who dwelling, Musty Hall, took up his head-quarters at one of live in the immediate neighbourhood of the Brewery, andacity in dining publicly at the traveller's table, he might
the principal inns in Scotland, and, had it not been for his and discovered that although said brewery would be high have eluded the search after his person. However, as fate enough rented at L. 100 per annum, the Tun Seasoner had
would have it, there dined one day at said traveller's table, taken a lease of it at the extravagant rent of L.265 per annum. I was also informed that the Tun Seasoner had taken
a gentleman to whom the Tun Seasoner was known by the this brewery for the avowed purpose of brewing ale for the and the aforesaid gentleman and I havirg, a few days be
name of the Partner Victimiser, and Straw-Bill Agent ; London inarket ; that upon taking possession of the prefore, compared notes, and come to the conclusion that the mises, he immediately commenced repairs, as if he intended Pariner Victimiser and the Tun Seasoner was the self-same to lose no time in setting the work a-going upon a large scale, although, up to this present moment, the end of oc person, carrying on the additional trade of changing namo tober, 1832, he has laid in no stock of barley or other ma
and residence in Scotland, he, the aforesaid gentleman, forterial from which ale could be brewed. This situation of
warded to me, by a private hand, the following intima.
tion : the Tun Seasoner's affairs did not tally with the statement given in W-W- Am's letter dated the 24th September,
Hotel, 7 o'clock evening. 1832, for in that letter it is expressly stated that the pres
“ Mr. B to Mr.
the Scotch Mercbant. sure of the season obliged the Tun Seasoner to leave Lon. “ If you have any thing to say to the Tun Seasoner, he don for Scotland before W-W- A had time to perfect will be found taking his wine at the traveller's tablehis securities. I further learned that whilst the Tun Sea. Hotel, where he is lodging." soner pretended to be fitting up the brewery, he actually pulled I forwarded this intimation to the duped firm, who lost down the utensils which belonged to the proprietor, and dis- no time in communicating with the sheriff's officers; but, posed of them as old material at an undervalue. I continued before the officers could reach the hotel, Mr. Tun Seasoner my observations and inquiries, and—mark my astonish. had taken leg-bail, leaving nothing behind him but his unpaid ment,---when, upon comparing notes with ny friend, the bill, for foard, lodging, wine, &c. The principal partner of Protection-of-Trade man, this said Tun Seasoner turned out the double-puncheon-robbed firm now declared, that he was to be none other than a secret agent of a gang of London sure the name of the arch-swindler was not Tun Seasoner, swivdlers, and which a gent, from his nefarious transactions but Straw-Bill Agent, or Partner Victimiser, and that, in. through Seo:land a few years ago, was known amongst a deed, he could be no other person than that very rogue, considerable portion of respectable traders by the name of who a few years ago insinuated himself into the good graces the Straw. Bill Circulator, and Partner Victimiser. I of a most respectable gentleman in Scotland, whom he now thought it high time to put bankers on their guard, ultimately ruined. I assured the puncheon-robbed mer. and when I waited upon several for the purpose of warning chant that he was right in his conjectures: that the rascal them against the tricks of the Tun Seasoner, I found that who had robbed him so artfully, after mining the person he had actually waited upon them all, under various pre. I already spoken of, and carrying on, successfully, various
THE POLISH EAGLE. MAGNIFICENT CHESS PLAYING. We have somewhere
"Whíther, O whither, proud bird of might;
Is thy trackless wandering ? read that Frederick the Great, or Frederick the I. of Prussia,
Dashing aside the waves of light, played chess with soldiers, some of whom were knights,
With thy free, glorious wing? Bishops, Rooks, &c.that this game was performed in a
“Say-hast thou stfept the beamy arch large saloon paved in chequers, which the
prince might over
That bounds the wave's commotion look. Even this regal pastime is outdone by the Chinese, Hath thy unchained, unbounded march of the order of Rothschild, and Baring, who will be the true
Been o'er the pride of Ocean ? princes of the Earth, in Asia as in Europe, so long as Mam. “ 'Mid Blanc's eternal crest of snow, mon remains its Deity. Our account is taken from the Can.
Is thy cold, viewless dwelling? ton Register, which states : “ It is well known that the pro
Or is it where, 'mid glooms below, vinces of Shense and Shanse contain some of the most opulent
Proud Gunga's waves are welling ** men in China. The natives say they have money heaped
" I've crossed the wave in calm and athi
My flight is far and lonely, up like inountains; and the chief money lenders in Canton
From where the winding-sheet of death are from these provinces. During the last years of the
Is wove for freedom only. Jate Emperor Kea-King, a rich widow of the name of Chun,
« I leave the hallowed dwelling-place of the district of Tae-yuen-fon, had a son who went all
Of bosoms bold and fiery ; lengths in luxury and extravagance. Among other idle pur 'Mid Poland's wastes of war and chase suits, he was a great chess-player. But chess, on a piece of
Is my romantic eyry. board or paper, as the Chinese have it, is a very meagre “ When Kosciusko's plume afar though interesting game. Master Chun conceived a new idea;
In freedom's van was streaming, he got a large room painted as a chess board, with tables
My crest was Poland's guiding star for himself and friend on opposite sides. For chess men, he
On her proud banner beaming. purchased a set of female slaves, dressed them up in various
« When Lithuania's dirge was sung,
And cold each patriot's pillow,— colours, and made them perform, by a signal, the duty of
In desert hall when the sword was hung, knights, pawns, horres, kings, queens, castles, &c. This
I braved the dark blue billow. high chess player saved himself the trouble of moving the
« Adieu, brave land ! thy heart is still ! pieces. At a given signal the pieces taken made their exit
An upas wreath's around thee! at the door. Of these proceedings the Emperor got some in Yet once more let thy proud heart thrill, telligence, and, probably, offended by a rich subject outdoing
And break the spell that's bound thee 1 him in luxury, he affected to be horribly offended (his own
“ Then, Poland, when thou spurn'st the chain, habits gave the lie to this) at the idea of bringing slaves to
Though sanctified and regal, perform the office of chess-men! He fined master Chun O, I will sweep thy skies again 3,000,000 of taels, and transported him to the Black Dragon
Thy own Majestic eagle !
G. P. River for life ; telling him, at the same time, that he ought to be infinitely grateful that his “brain cup”* (or head)
We cannot be every week noticing correspondents. Ouce for was not separated from his shonlders.
beg of them to remember that the Schoolmaster is not a local be THE DEVIL AND THE LAWYERS.-It is believed that tion, but one that circulates over all Scotland, and also in England and there is a certain intimacy carried on between the inhabi- Ireland; and that Londoners care little for Edinburgh or Glue tants of Inns of Court and his Satanic Majesty. When jokes, and very little indeed for Scottish poetry; while, os tie atte
hand, Scotch folks are indifferent to Dublin rows, or funny storien af the various volunteer corps were formed, each was distin- priests ; and also to anecdotes of Cockneys. Our poetical friesss * guished by some appropriate appellation: the residents in one beg to thank, while we entreat their patience. One and all mest appet parish were called the St. James's, of another parish, the St.
“ on Saturday first !" but they forget that this publication is not a PER
paper, and is prepared and circulated, perhaps, before their com Pancras', and in various places were called the Queen's munications are received. The late month of Mar has been so gena Own Regiment, the Duke of Cumberland's Own Regiment, verse, good, bad, and indifferent, than would fill a volume of this pa and so on. Shortly after sprang up the « Teniple Corps.” lication. It is delightful to find poetical talent, and its attendant to
manizing influences so widely diffused; though, we suspect, it will When the modest title they had assumed pleased not the be best employed in contributing to the solitary enjoyment of the par public, they, accordingly, received another additional name, day first," or any other Saturday. We have also to acknowlege men
sessor, and when exercised independently of appearances en "Matur. by which they are universally known, viz., the Devil's Own prose communications of merit, some of which will appear at the proper
time; for all our pupils are expected to be docile, patient, and reasonahit. Regiment. How this is the following anecdote will ex
If our compliance with the request of C. M. could forward plain:
object, we should promptly attend to it. Will he send bis anidress,
more information, to the Schoolmaster Ofice, 19, St. James' Square THE LAWYERS' PATRON.-St. Evona, a lawyer of Britain, went to Rome to entreat the Pope to give the lawyers
Authentic Letters from Canada,... a patron ; the Pope replied, that he knew of no saint not Precautions to be used during a Thunder Storm,.... disposed of to some other profession. His holiness proposed,
Useful Hints and Receipts for Warm Weather,
THE STORY. TeLLeR-A Passage in the Life of Sir A. de Grey, ST7 however, to St. Evona, that he should go round the church
The Copper. ler Conspiracy,.... .••*•*•**..........
Commercial Thieves,...............************************* of San Giovanni di Laterano blindfold, and after saying a
The Court of London, ........
The German Student's Drinking Song,.. certa in number of Ave Marias, the first saint he laid hold Receipt for the Destruction of Caterpillars, of should be his patron. This the good lawyer undertook,
SCHAPS. - Magnificent Chess Playing. - The Devil and tbe
Lawyers, -The lawyers' Patron,..... and at the end of his Ave Marias, stopped at the aitar of
The Polish Eagle,....
To Correspondents, St. Michael, where he laid hold, not of the saint, but unfortunately of the Devil under the saint's feet, crying out, EDINBURGH: Printed by and for Joux JOHNSTONF, 19, James
Square. -Published by JOHN ANDERSON, Jur., Bookseller, 50; Next * This is our saint, let him be our patron !"
Bridge Street, Edinburgh ; by John MacLKOI), and ATSIYNOV A ta
Booksellers, Glasgo w; and sold by all Booksellers and Vansen el * Scottice, Harn-pan.
CONTENTS OF NO. XLVI.
OLD SCOTCH HOLIDAYS.
shooting, that is, firing with ball at 8 wark, for small
prizes of black-smith or joiner work. These were paid for The fairs and holidays which were formerly observed in by the contributions of the candidates, (each laying down Scotland, are now fast sinking into oblivion. Such of his two-pence or three-pence,) and carried off by him who them as were observed for merely superstitions reasons, hit nearest the mark. This is a manly, rational exercise, have gradually been neglected from the increasing know. and ought to meet national encouragement. The policy of ledge of the country; and agriculture and commerce leave our ancestors endeavoured to promote the skill of the peano time for such as were devoted to idleness and mirth santry in archery, by bow-butts, &c.; but, independently alone. Before the Reformation, the observance of rites and of its importance in a political point of view, it is at all ceremonies formed a principal part of the business of the events preferable to pugilism or bull-baiting. When darkpeople. With this business, however, they contrived to ness prevented the continuance of shooting, a raffle in the mingle much frolic and revelry. But our peasantry have ale-house generally followed, while cards and hard drink, no longer this pretext for relaxation and amusement; and ing closed the scene. fairs are now the only holidays for the agricultural classes
On this day friends and neighbours feasted together, for of the community, and meetings for political purposes are
all labour, except such as was altogether unavoidable, was the holidays of tradesmen. Different trades have, indeed, totally suspended. No mechanic or artisan would have the days of their particular saints set apart as holidays still. wrought at his ordinary employment on that day. I have
often heard it stoutly maintained, that the domestic becs Even these, however, are beginning in most places to wear
sing in their hives on Yule-e'en, in a manner quite differout, and most of the days whose return was once the sig- ent from what they do on any previous or subsequent nal for idleness, and merriment, and joy, are now only to
night. be distinguished from the other days of the year by the
Every body knows, that when Presbyterianism was fixed dead letter of an almanack; and few of the rising generation know them but by name.
as the national religion in Scotland, Episcopacy was held It may not be uninterest.
as an abomination by the first settled Presbyterian clergying, therefore, to some of our readers, to learn something of these holidays, and of a few of the superstitions connected men, who were zealous against every thing connected with,
or in any degree similar to the rites of their sister church. with them.
Yule-day was dear to tho Scottish peasantry, and equalChristmas, or Yule-day, had formerly a celebrity which, ly obnoxious to the Presbyterian clergy, among whom within the last twenty or thirty years, "has almost dwin.
was a Mr. Goodsir, minister of Monjkie, who made it a dled into oblivion. On Christmas-ere, better known by the rule to go over as much of his parish as possible on that name of Yule-e'en, the gudewife was busily employed in day, that he might detect his parishioners in any superstibaking her Yule brend, and if a bannock fell asunder, after tious observances. Upon a visitation of this kind, he eribeing put to the fire, it was an omen that she would never tered the village of Guildy, and inspected every house, to see another Yule Young men, and sometimes women, see whether the people were at their ordinary employments, went through the villages in masquerade, (commonly or if they were cooking a better dinner than usual. One termed gysarts,) carrying a besom, sweeping in the floor of old wife, whose pat was playing brown over the fire, saw every house they entered, and singing Christmas carols, him coming through her kail-yard. She had just time to sometimes accompanied with a violin or a bagpipe. lift off the pot, but in her agitation could find no better « On the farmer's kitchen fire was to be seen
place to hide it than below her bed-cover; this accomThe muckle pat, that scads the whey, put on;"
plished, she had got seated at her spinning-whcel by the
time that his reverence entered, who paid her some compliin which was a large joint of beef for O-morrow's breakfast; for, “ from the cottar to the laird,” every one had of her neighbours, who shewed less disposition to comply
ments upon her conduct, contrasting it with that of some fat brose on Yule-day morning, after which all were at liberty to go where they pleased ; the day was a kind of citude to escape detection, overshot her own mark, for she
with the austerity of his injunctions. Maggy, in her soliSaturnalia, on which the most rigorous master relinquished echoed ber minister's remarks so zealously, that he felt a his claim to the service of his domestics. The females vi- pleasure in prolonging his stay; but unfortunately for sited their friends, and the young men generally met at both, during the bitter censure of those who offered un. some rendezvous, to try their skill as marksmen at a wad- I righteous sacrifice, or still lo:iged for the flesh-pots of