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below. He quickly descended the stood, seemed to have been stained Atairs, and came to the door through with blood. From considering this which he supposed the figure had gone. object, his attention was withdrawer The latchet of the door had been Lift- by a figh from the opposite corner : ed up, but the opening was not so and he discovered in a clofet, the large as to admit him : he applied his door of which was open, an old man fhoulder to it, as from the rust it had reclining with his elbow on a coffin, contracted, it unfolded with difficul- and having his eyes steadily fixed on ty. By the light of his lamp he saw Sir Arthur. By this complication of a long gallery, the walls of which supernatural appearances he was alwere gradually mouldering away. It most overpowered. His blood grew appeared to contain several chambers. cold; a Thivering glided along his The thought that in one of these fome nerves; his heart beat thick agaioft. fatal discovery was to be made appalled his ribs ; and his eyes with eagerness hin. He stopt irrefolute, willing, yet feemed bursting from their sockets. afraid to proceed. As he thus stood, The figure was tall and majestic, and having the door in his hand, he heard was cloached in long black robes. a noise behind him like the cłanking He advanced into the middle of the of armour. Turning suddenly round room, his hand laid foftly on his left to discover whence the found proceed. breast, and heaved a deep figh. Sir ed, he let the door go, which was in- Arthur's powers were suspended : he stuntly shut : at the same time, in de. uttered with difficulty, in founds low sceoding one of the few mouldering and hollow, “ Angels of God! my steps which led into the gallery, his gracious father !" and fell at his foot slept, and the lamp fell from his feet. « Be not alarmed," said the hand and was extinguished. Sir Ar- phantom ; « I died most ignobly : thur was now in total darkness. The but Merton will tell thee all. 'Never horror of his situation struck him : he çan my weary spirit find repose, tilt went on, however, some steps, and in- vengeance overtake the guilty.” Sir voked the protection of the spirit on Arthur heard no more ; a swoon for high. A long heavy figh which pro- a time bound up all his powers. ceeded from a conliderable distance When he awoke, he found himself directed his search : and he observed, in his own chamber, and discovered by a beam of the moon which gleam- that the fun had made confiderable ed thro' a cranny in the wall, the fic progress. The transactions of the gure he had formerly feen, entering a night ftill remained impressed on his chamber at the further end of the gal- mind. He remembered the injunc lery. He went on, and found a dour rions of the fpectre, and haftened to opening into a chamber which he ene fulfil them. When he came to the tered. All was dark. The footfteps, friar, and had made himself known to . appareatly from a neighbouring apart. him, “father," said he, “ if thou ea ment, again alarmed him. It com- ver didst love thy late lord, answer municated with that in which he then the demaods of his son. By what was. Its door flew open, and a pale means came Richard Lord Davillan trembling radiance ftreamed upon him, to his end?” Merton seemed confus. As no new phantom of terror appear. ed; but it was the confusion rather ed, he resolved to proceed, "The of surprise than of guilt. “He died firft obje& he faw, by the light of fuddenly-of an apoplexy, I believe," i small lamp, which was placed on returned the friar. « Merton," said å table in the middle of the room, was Sir Arthur, “I must know the truth. a couch ; its covering, now in tatters, By means which I tremble but to and that part of the door on which it think on, I know that my father felt
by the hand of an affalin. Of the ch! that the green fod had covered Telt thou must inform me.” “ Saints my bones, c'er the dreadful fecres of heaven !" the friar exclaimed: "it had passed my reluctant lips. Litten was this the vilions of the night por- then, thou fun of the man whom I tended. I am innocent of the facri. revered, listen to the tale of the exelegious crime. But lince fate will crable deed. *************** have it so, it shall be untolded : and
AMADIS DE GAUL.
Account of Blue Monday, olferved in Germany as a Holiday. .
TT was formerly, and in many coun- gree, that the day was soon diftin. I tries it is still the custom in Ger- guished by debaucheries of every kind, Kany, for the journeymen, &c. em- by tumulis, and frequently by murployed in the lower kinds of cradle, to ders. The perpetrators of such acts consider every Monday as a day set were threatened with the severeft pue apart for idleness, and no inducement nihment; but all the territorial edicts. can prevail upon them to apply them- were fruitless, till the matter was fe. selves to work. Perhaps the custom riously taken up by the diet. This was derived from the potferlum men- was occafioned by the company of tioned in the canon law; and ihe ex- shoe-makers at Augsburg, in 1926, pression “ Blue Monday" is supposed who excited their fellow-tradesmen at by some to have its origin in the bruif- Wurtsburg, by letters,' to be riotous. es occasioned by the fiit and cudgels, The magistrates at first prohibited the which were in frequent use among the correspondence : this prohibition they drunken and disorderly ; but, as we considered as an infringement of their meet with a Blue Tuesday likewise, rights. The rioters were foon joined, the derivation seems more probable as usual, by a number of ill-difpofed which occurs in a manuscrip: Thurin- persons, wbo ill treated all who opposgian Chronicle. .
ed them, and made the affair of a still, In the fixteenth century, it was the more serious nature, by encouraging custom in Germany to ornament the the same conduct in other towns. At churches on fast-days with blue; and last, upwards of a hundred members at this period the tradesmen began to of this unconftitutional society left keep their fasts by neglecting their the town, and sent information, to work. This was not only usual among Leiplic, Dicsden, Berlin, &c. of their the master tradesmen, but they indulg- proceedings in the following terms ; ed their servants likewise in the same “ We have been under the gecellity privilege. For want of employment, of adopting this measure to preserve the common people had recourse to our rights; and inform you that na drinking; and, iostead of falling, it man who is an honest fellow (braver foon became a common proverb, Heu. kerl) will ever go again to work at ke blauer Fraffmontag, “ Today is Augsburg : if he does, he may expect feasting Monday.” This national the consequences, and that foon.” custom, which was originally confin. This caused a general alarm through, ed to inpocent amusements on the e- out the country. The abuses which venings of the fast-days, foon extende prevailed among the tradesmen were ed itself to every Monday in the year. of too much consequence to the towns Blue Monday was now established ; of Germany, and trade in general, not and the abuse prevailed to fuch a de- to be noticed at the diet. An edią
was published in 1731, by virtue of tria, not only laws have been enforwhich, not only every abuse was to ced, but various other means have been be remedied, but the custom of keep. adopted, for this falutary purpose. ing Blue Monday abolished entirely. Even in the University of Gottingen, The edict was but little attended to, in the Hanoverian dominions, where, except in Braodenburg. In many there is more Aufklarung, as the places it was not even promulgated. Germans admirably express themThe emperor Francis renewed it in selves, or a higher state of refine1764, and a decree of the empire was ment, this custom is still so prevapailed to abolish Blue Monday in lent, that I believe I may venture to 1771-2; but notwithstanding this, the affirm, that no journeyman tailor can old custom prevails, and every Mon- be prevailed upon to work on Monday day throughout the year, in most of by any prospect of reward, but genes the German territories, is still Blue. rally devotes that day to the joys of In che hereditary dominions of Aul. Bacchus.
Anecdotes by Dr Jortin*. C ARDINAL RETZ, as I re- Somebody said to the learned Big
member, fays, that going oncé non, “ Kome is the seat of faith."with the Pope to view a very fine “ It is true," replied he; “ but this ftatue, bis Holiness fixed his atten- faith is like those people who are nerion entirely upon the fringe at the ver to be found at home.” bottom of the robe : From this the Ambrose Philips, the pastoral writCardinal concluded, that the Pope er, was solemn and pompous in conwas a poor creature. The remark verfation. At a coffee-house he was was shrewd. When you see an ece discoursing upon pictures, and pitying clesiastic in an high station, very zealthe painters, who in their historical ous, and very troublesome about trif- pieces always draw the same sort of les, expe&t from him nothing great, iky. « They should travel," faid he, and nothing good.
" and then they would fee, that there Joannes Scotus Erigena was a man is a different sky in every countryof considerable parts and learning in in England, France, Italy, and so the ninth century. The emperor forth."- "Your remark is just,” Charles the Bald had a great esteem said a grave gentleman, who sat by :: for him, and used to invite him to “ I have been a traveller, and can tefs dinner. As they sat together at table, rify that what you observe is true : one on each side, the emperor said to But the greatest variety of skies that him, Quid interest inter Scotum et so. I found was in Poland.”_" In Potum ? In English,- Between à Scotland, Sir?”' said Philips." Yes, in and a fool? Scotus bold replied, Poland : for there is Sobiesky, and Mensa tantum : and Charles took it Sarbieulky, and Jablonsky, and Podenot amiss.
bralky, and many more skies, Sir.” A man seeing a king's horse make Pope Urban VIII. having received ing water in a river, “ This creature," ill treatment, as he thought, from said he,“ is like his master : he gives some considerable persons at Rome, where it is not wanted.”
said, “How ungrateful is this famiVol. XII. No. 70. L1
"From " Tracts Philological, Critical, and Miscellanedus."
ly! To 'oblige them I canonized an hm. He approached, and addreIed ancellor of theirs, who did not deserve himself to him in Latin. The abbot, it.” --Questi gente e molto ingrata : who knew no Latin, could not anTo bo beatificato uno de loro parenti, swer; bui, without thewing any conche non lo meritava.
• cern, he turned to his own chaplain, I was told many years ago by a and said, “ What shall I do?-“Can friend, that a certain divine of quar. you not recolleat," said the chaplain, relsome memory, being charged with “the names of the towns and villages fomewhat in the Convocation, rofe up in your neighbourhood ? Name them to judify bimself, and laying his hand to him, and he will think that you talk upon his breast, began thus: “I call Greek, and he will leave you." ImGod to witness, &c." A brother dig. mediatelythe abbot answered the Cardinitary said to his next neighbour, pal, “ Sturwolt, Hafe, Gilen, Boersebe“ Now do I know that this man is Ravenstede, Drifpenftede, Itzem.” The going to tell a lie ; for this is his u- Cardinal asked if he was a Greek, and sua preface on all such occasions.” the chaplain answered, “ Yes;"—and Æschines (contra Ctefiph.) said ihe then the Italian prelate withdrew. very same thing of Demosthenes, who An old woman, who had sore eyesa was perpetually embellishing his ora. purchased an amulet, or charm, writtions with oalhs. "This man," said ten upon a bit of parchment, and wore he', “ never calls the gods to witness it about her neck,--and was cured. with more confidence and effrontcry, A female neighbour, labouring under than when he is affirming what is no. the same disorder, came to beg the toriously false.”
charm of her. She would by no means - One of Pere Simon's favourite pa- part with it, but permitted her to get radoxes, was his hypothesis of the it copied out. A poor school-boy was Rouleaux. He supposed that the bired to do it for a few pence. He Hebrews wrote their sacred book's looked it over very attentively, and upon finall (heets of paper, or some- found it to consist of characters which thing that ferved for paper ; and rol- he could not make out : but, not be led them up one over another, upon a ing willing to lose his pay, he wrote stick ; and that these sheets, not be. thus: “ The devil pick out this old ing fastened together, it came to pass, woman's eyes, and stuff up the holes.” in process of time, that some of them — The patient wore it about her neck, were loft, and others difplaced. We and was cured also. might as well suppose, that the artist, Ligniere was a wit, and apt to be who invented a pair of breeches, had rather rough and blunt in conversanot the wit to find some method to tion. One day a nobleman boasted faften them up; and that men walk before him, that he could tofs up chered for several centuries, with their ries in the air, and catch them, as breeches about their heels ; till, at they came down, in his mouth; and length, a genius arose, who contrived accordingly, he began to fhew his buttons and button-holes.
skill. Ligniere had not the patience About the year 1414, Brikman, to ftay for the second cherry; but abbot of St. Michael, being at the faid to him “ What dog taught you council of Constance, was pitched up- that trick ?” on by the prelates to say mass, be- The Lacedæmonians were remark. Mause he was a man of quality. He able for concise speeches : but after performed it fo well, that an Italian their defeat at Leuctra, their deputies, Cardinal fancied that he must be a in an assembly of the Greeks, made a Doctor of Divinity, or of Canon Law, very long and warm invective against and acfired to get acquainted with Epaminondas, who had beaten them.
He stood up, and only replied, “ Gen- binles in the Vatican, if they ! ad tlemen, I am glad we have brought them to give, for a Bishoprick." you to your speech.”
The Cappadocians refulid liberiy, Charles II, said one day.to Grego- when offered to them by the Romans, rio Leti,"When shall we have your and obliged the Senate to g've them history of the present times "L" [ a king; saying, a, the Ifraelites of old know not, Sir,” said he, “ what to do did to Samuel, Nay, but w: will have about it. A man would find it an a king wir us. Such are the peasants hard matter to tell the truth without of Livonia; they are slaves to the cooffending kings and great men, tho'bility, who drub them without mercy. he were as wise as Solomon.”—“Why Stephen Batori, King or Poland, con.then, Sizoior Gregorio," said Charles, miferating their wretched fiate, off ra “be as wise as Solomon, and write ed to deliver them from this crueltyrproverbs.”
rany, and to change their balinadoes In forrer days, a certain Bishop into light fines. The peasants could of Ely, heartily ha:ed in his diocele, not bear a proposition tending to lebad a translation to Canterbury. Up- ftioy fo aicient and venerable a cura on which a Monk fuck up this dif. tom, and most humbly bclought he tich, on the doors of his cathedral of king, that he would please to make Ely, in Leonine verses,--the best of no innovations." See Bibl. Univ. IV. the kind that I ever met with : 161. Exultant Cæli, tranfit quod Simon ab Eli: Pylades, the comedian, being rer Cujus ob adventum flent in Kent millia cen- primanded by the Emperor Auguitus, tum.
because iunults and factions were On the decease of a certain great raised in Rome upon his account, by man, not much beloved, the follow- those who favoured him, in opposition ing was found, inscribed in chalk, up- to other actors, replied, “It is goner on the valves of his coach-house door: interest, Cesar, thit the people thiculd “ He that giveth unto the poor, lend- busythemselves and squabbleaboutis." eth unto the Lord. N. B. The Lord Fa her Murinus, as Simon tells us, oweth this man nothing."
had made a collection of all the rude Sixius the Fourth, having a great and scurilous language tu be found in esteem for John W fiel, of Groenin- ancient and clasical anthors, to ierve gen, one of the most learned men of him upon occasion. There is a lidithe age, sent for him, and said to him, crous curse in Plautus : T14 at oulos “ Sun, alk of us what you will; no. emungaris ex capite per nafum tuos !” thing shall be refused, that becomes -"I wish you may blow your eyes our character to bestow, and your con- out at your nose.” dition to receive.”-“ Molt holy fa- Tnat rhetoric, says Selden, is belt, ther," said he, “and my generous which is most seasonable and carcia patron, I Mall not be troublesome to ing. We have an instance in that oid your Holiness. You know that I never blunt commander at Cadiz, who lh w. sought after great things. The only ta. ed himself a good orator. Being to your I have to beg, is, that you would say something to his soldiers (which give me out of your Vatican library, he was not used to do) he made viem a Greek and a Hebrew bible.” “You a speech to this purpose : « What a Thail have tbem,” said Sixtus, “but shame will it be to you, Englishmen, what a fimple man are you! Why do who feed upon good beef, to let those you not ask a bishoprick ?” Wessel re- Spaniards beat you, that live upon plied, “ Because I do not want one !” oranges and lemons !” The happi'r man was he : happier Dr. B. once waoted to sell a good. than they, who would give all the for-nothing horse; and mounted him,