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taken up a secure position in the room from which we nocuous to the bite of a reptile fatal to all other animals, could observe all the movements of the combatants). The we have had the mongoose confined ever since (now four mongoose was let in, and the fight commenced.

days ago), and it is now as healthy and lively as ever; The Fight. — The mongoose approached the cobra but should it in the course of a fortnight show the slight with caution, but devoid of any appearance of fear. The est indisposition, we, in the cause of truth, will not fail cobra, with head erect and body vibrating, watched his

to inform you. opponent with evident signs of being aware of how deadly “ We consider, therefore, that there no longer exists a an enemy he had to contend with. The mongoose was doubt that in the blood of the mongoose there is a prosoon within easy striking distance of the snake, who, phylactic; and that the idea that it derives its impunity suddenly throwing back his head, struck at the mon; from a herb, is one of many popular errors. goose with tremendous force. The mongoose, quick as “ We beg to subscribe ourselves as witnesses to the thought, sprung back out of reach, uttering at the same above narrated encounter between a mongoose and a time savage growls. Again the hooded reptile rose on cobra, and remain, dear Sir, the defensive; and the mongoose, nothing daunted by

“ Yours truly, the distended jaws and glaring eyes of his antagonist,

“ K. MACAULAY, Major 23rd Regt. L. I. approached so near to the snake that he was forced, not

“ C. J. COMBE, Capt.

do. relishing such close proximity, to draw his head back

“ H. G. SYMONS, Lieut. do. considerably; this lessened his distance from the ground. The mongoose at once, seizing the advantageous oppor

“ Trichinopoly, July 15th, 1863.” tunity, sprung at the cobra's head, and appeared to inflict as well as to receive a wound. Again the combatants put themselves in a position to renew the encounter, again the snake struck at his wily opponent, and again

Minor Notes. the latter's agility saved him. It would be tedious to recount in further detail the particulars of about a dozen successive rounds, at the end of which time neither com


any batant seemed to suffer more than the other; we will readers ever made a note of the fact, that your limit ourselves to describe the final and most interesting sovereign - second of her commanding name reencounter,

corded as the great Ban Tierna of the old WestThe last Round. - The fight had lasted some three is in style and title truly Irish: as Irish as the quarters of an hour, and both

combatants seemed now to nerve themselves for the final encounter. The cobra,

Lia Faile, that “erratic boulder" of dominion changing his position of defence for that of attack, ad- lying, as we are told, under the coronation chair vanced, and seemed determined now to do or die.' of Britain ? Slowly on his watchful enemy the cobra advanced; with “Queen Victoria” is only another way of writequal courage the mongoose awaited the advance of his ing Coinne Vochtara; which, in the old language, still unvanquished foe. The cobra had now approached meant " chief woman,” “ sovereign, or conquering behind, was unable to spring out of reach by jumping back lady." Coinne, by itself, came to be " the woman, wards, as it had done in the previous encounters,) nimbly par eminence, and it passed with a slight change bounded straight up in the air. The cobra missed his into our form of speech ; just as "king" did object, and struck the ground under bim. Immediately about the same time. Vochtara, or Uachtara on the mongoose alighting, the cobra, quick as thought, (“conquering"), was the elder form of the Latin struck again; and, to all appearances, fixed his fangs in the head of the mongoose. The mongoose, as the cobra

Victoria ; having gone to Rome, doubtless, along was withdrawing his head after he had inficted the with fasces, hernæ, embratur (all Irish), from the bite, instantly retaliated by fixing bis teeth in the bead Sabellian or Etruscan districts. This word I may of the cobra. This seemed to convince the cobra that he add, is curiously visible in some of the war motwas no match for his fierce and watchful antagonist; and now, no longer exhibiting a head erect and defiant in our English "above” and “aboon" - rather

toes of the Irish septs; and as curiously invisible Instantly the mongoose was on his retreating foe, and, expressive words in this high theme, the latter burying his teeth in his brain, at rnce ended the contest. especially, to any courtier looking up to the

“The mongoose now set to work to devour his victim, liberality of a great queen. and in a few minutes had eaten the head and two or three inches of the body, including the venom so dreaded descendant of Kenneth Mac Alpine and some of

Her Majesty_knows, of course, that she is a by all.

• We should have mentioned before, that, previous to the elder dynasts of the Scotic line of Ireland; this encounter, the snake had struck a fowl, which died but she would probably be surprised to know within half an hour of the infliction of the bite ; showing, what an amount of Irishry she has been personally beyond doubt, its capability of inflicting a deadly wound. carrying about with her. She is, indeed, Irish

« After the mongoose had satisfied bis appetite, we enough to have a palace or two in that green that he had received from the cobra; and on washing island of her

forefathers, among a people always away the blood from one of these places, the lens disclosed disposed (as Thomas Moore used to sing and say) the broken fang of the cobra deeply imbedded in the head of to be as loving and as loyal as the Scots or any the mongoose. To discover whether there was any truth others, if the Coinne Vochtara would only be in the assertion, that the mongcose owes its impunity somewhat more familiar and friendly with them. from the bite of the most venomous of serpents to its The Irish, by genius and etymological derivation, knowledge of a herb which is an antidote to the poison, or whether on the other hand a prophylactic exists in

are Tories rather than rebels (there was always, the blood of this extraordinary animal, rendering it in- . in fact, a strong Tory party in every one of the


five courts of ancient Ireland). And the way they NICHOLAS HILLIARD.—The name of this emirushed down upon the rebels here in America— nent miniature painter is familiar to all lovers of singing, not the song of Roland, or of Riego, or of English art. From the following memorandum Rouget de Lisle, but of “ John Brown's body," to annexed to a particular for lease of the manor of a conventicle hymn tune !- was, as they say, a Poyle, in the parish of Stanwell, co. Middlesex, caution" to all the world and “the old country;" dated 1587 (Augmentation Office Records) it and, beyond doubt, a consolation as well as an appears that he was the engraver of the Great astonishment to the injured and venerable shade Seal employed at that period :of the late King George III.

“ Memorandum, &c.— The said Lease to be for 21 To conclude, Her Majesty would surely be yeares to the said Hilliard, in consideration of his paines amused to read in the “ N. & Q.,” that the here

in engraving ye Great Seale of England.

FR. WALSINGHAM. W. BURLEIGH." ditary title of her maternal grandfather was as

H. G. H. undeniably Irish as her own.

W. D. Nov. Ebor.


I copy the following from a slab on the floor of REGISTER OF LORD CLYDE'S BIRTH. —

the nave of Allhallows Barking for insertion in “A professional correspondent politely transmits the “N. & Q," both on account of the peculiar cir. following:-. Having been professionally occupied recently in making a search in the old register of births

cumstances recorded, and also as a specimen of and baptisms for the city of Glasgow, now deposited in

the fulsome style of memorial in the eighteenth the Register House, Edinburgh, I accidentally came upon century :that of our illustrious and gallant townsman, the late

“ Hic jacet Joseph Taylor armiger Lord Clyde, and having copied it from the register, I send

Una cum uxore sua Maria qui summo cum amore et it to you. The entry in the register establishes not only

mutua benevolentia post annos plus triginta quinq: exthe name of his father, but is very strong evidence of his

actos eodem morbo (scilicet Hydrope) absumpti, having been a citizen of Glasgow, if any further proof of Eodem Die ex hac vita simul discesserunt, these points were awanting. The entry is as follows:

Spe non inani ad meliorem resurgendi “ “Glasgow, October, 1792.

Ubi, nuptiis licet nihil loci sit, 6 • M'Liver. John V•Liver, Wright, and Agnes Campo Illorum effiorescat ainor plusquam nuptialis bell; a L. Son, Colin, bo. 20th. Witn., Kenneth M‘Callum

Cælestis et in omnia secula duraturus. and Duncan Munro.'"- The Glasgow Herald, August 31, Erat ille Sandfordiæ juxta Tew Majorem in Com. Ox. 1863.

natus, ejusdem comitatus per unum annum Vicecomes, J. D. C.

Quo munere ornari

Satis gloriæ sibi duxit, RHYMES TO DICKENS AND THACKERAY. -I

Nam modestia haud vulgari affectus, have heard the following satires repeated, but

Honores mereri maluit quam experiri. without the name of the author. Has it been

Erat in commercio probus, impiger, fortunatus ;

In notos et vicinos comis et benignus; given ?

Erga cognatos liberalis et munificens; “ A splendid muse of fiction has Charles Dickens;

Omnium denique amans et benefaciendi cupidus. But now and then, just as the interest thickens, Uxorem habuit sui quam simillimam prorsus dignam. He stilts his pathos, and the reader sickens.

Obierunt 23° die Januar. A.D. 1732.

66. " Who sees but ridicule in good, like Thackeray,

Ætatis suæ And gloats on human stains in black array,


60." Of Heaven's light most sorely doth he lack a ray."

Beyond an entry in the Register of Burials I These are directed at the weak points of the two can find nothing of this family in the parish books. writers. I propose it as a problem to give six

JUXTA TURRIM. lines, with the same rhyme-words, addressed to the strong points of the two.


THE DRUIDS. The current number of the Edinburgh Review (No. 241)

contains a delightSIMON WADLOE: JOHN WADLOE. · London ful Niebuhrian article on “ Druids and Bards," Scenes and London People, by Aleph, contains (p. which will fall like a bombshell on the fortress of 202), a notice of Simon Wadloe, the landlord of Stonehenge. Let us hope soon to see the guardians the “Devil Tavern,” in Ben Jonson's time; and of the Golden Sickle flashing that mythical weapon the author states that this Wadloe, after the Great in the sun as they rush to the rescue.

The folFire, built the “Sun Tavern" behind the Royal lowing note should be preserved in your

columns. Exchange. Simon Wadloe, landlord of the “Devil It is appended to page 55:Tavern," whom Ben Jonson dubbed “King of “ We offer as a free gift to any one who will accept of Skinkers," was buried in March_1627. (Chap- it, the following sources of information, to which we have pell's Popular Music of the Olden Time, 263.) It not observed any reference in modern Druidical literais probable that John Wadloe, the landlord of the ture. In Martini Hamconii Frisia, seu de viris rebusque “ Devil Tavern” at the Restoration, was the

Frisiæ illustribus (1620), p. 106, et seq., it is set forth

that Harco, Pontifex seu Præfectus Druidum, who lived builder of the “Sun Tavern" behind the Royal in Holland in the fourth century, wrote on the immortality Exchange.

S. Y. Ř.

of the soul; and that another Dutchman, Poppo, the most


distinguished heathen author of the eighth century, left, ANONYMOUS. Can


inform me who is the among other works, treatises • De officiis Druidum,' and author of A Poem, written upon occasion of the • De ritu Sacrificiorum'; also that Occo, a ferocious fel

late accidental death of a worthy venerable genlow, the last of the Frisian Druids, wrote on the doctrines and the lives of the chief Draidical priests. See Seelen's tleman, very much lamented. By way of DiaSelecta Literaria, printed at Lubec in 1726, where (p. 428) logue, or Conference of the Friends, Neighbours, this department of literature is noticed.”.

and Acquaintances of the Deceased. Edinburgh, J. D. CAMPBELL. 1742 ? The only copy of this book which I have

seen was lettered on the back : “Dramatic Poem. THE TERM GUN.-The following from Selden's

the Table Talk may be worth reproduction, if you title is “ Names of the Persons speaking in the

on the Death of Mr. Spark.” On the back can find a place for it in “ N. & Q.”:-“We have more words than notions;

half a dozen Lesbiả, &c. — representing the widow, mother,

Dialogues or Conferences," viz. Strephon, Flora,
words for the same thing: sometimes, we put a new
signification to an old word, as when we call a piece of friends, &c., of the deceased. The Prologue or
cannon) a gun. The word gun was in use in England Introduction by a Friend. The Epilogue or Con-
for an engine to cast a thing from a man, long before solation by a Friend.
there was any gunpowder found out."

Mr. Spark appears to have been a clergyman,

accidentally drowned in crossing a swollen rivulet. Guildford.

This curious dramatic poem is not mentioned in MIZE OR MISE.

the Biographia Dramatica ; nor, I rather think, in “ This word,” says Cowel (Interpreter), “has divers

Watt or Lowndes.

R. INGLIS. significations, as first, it is a gift or customary present “ LES ANGLAIS S'AMUSENT TRISTEMENT."-Does which the people of Wales give to every new King or Prince of Wales at their entrance into that Principality." this phrase, or anything like it, occur in Froissart ?

And if so, where ? English writers, fond of deIt

may not be generally known that the Mize was anciently paid not only by the tenants of the preciating their own countrymen, sometimes quote crown to the King or Prince as their feudal lord the genuineness of which no one takes the trouble

it. Is it one of the many pretended quotations at bis first coming, but also by the tenants of

to inquire into ?

JAYDEE. certain Lords Marchers on the occasion of the first entry of themselves or their heirs into their BALLSBRIDGE, NEAR DUBLIx. - Can any Irish lordships. I have met with an instance of this reader of “ N. & Q." oblige me with the derivafeudal custom being perpetuated so late as the tion of the name of “ Ballsbridge,” which is a reign of James I. The following is a translation village in the neighbourhood of Dublin? I have of an entry in the Court Rolls of the Manor of searched for it in sundry publications, but withTreetower, co. Brecon :

out success. “ Manor of Treetowre, The Court Baron of the Most In the latter part of the last century, the name to wit.

s noble Edward, Earl of Wor- was frequently given as Baal's-bridge"; as, for cester, Lord of the Manor, aforesaid, there holden example, in the Dublin Chronicle, 11th June, on Thursday, &c. the 8th day of June, in the 13th year of the Lord James, now King of England, &c.

1789; and in Sir Henry Cavendish's Statement of " The Homage, &c. good and lawful men of the tenants

the Public Accounts of Ireland (London, 1791), of the said Earl of his Manor aforesaid, who, being p. 8, where reference is made to a parliamentary solemnly demanded, appeared, and were sworn into the grant of 3,0001, in the year 1757, for “ Baal's same Jury, &c. upon their oath say and present that 51. Bridge." But Dr. Caleb Threlkeld, in his Syof lawful English money are due and payable to Henry nopsis Lord Herbert as son and heir apparent of the said Earl makes mention of “ Ball's-bridge.”

tirpium Hibernicarum (Dublin, 1727),

АвНВА. upon the tenants of the aforesaid Earl of his Manor aforesaid, according to the custom and usage of the said Manor BALLAD. — Where has the following effusion from time wherof the memory of man is not to the con

been published at length, and is there any autho.
trary, used and approved, as their benevolence and
tuity to and upon the first coming of the Lord Herbert rity for attributing the authorship to Canning, as
for the time being within the Manor aforesaid for their stated in Chappell's work on Old English Songs ?-

“By the side of a murmuring stream
H. G. H.
An elderly gentleman sat," &c.

F. H.


I am informed that at the above place there are ANCESTRY AND ARMS WANTED. — Any informa- two bells inscribed, “ Prie Dieu, mcxi." Could tion relative to the ancestry and arms of the fol- any one of your readers oblige me with a copy, or lowing families would be gladly received : Ford rubbing of them ? I should be glad to return the and Sowton, of South Brent, Devon; May and courtesy by any information on the subject of Gough, of London.


campanology generally. T. M. N. OWEN. Cape Town.

Clare College, Cambridge.

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BIS-SEXTILE YEAR.-Leap year is called " bis- juvenile production) to a celebrity of the present sextile," because the sixth day that precedes the day; but whether rightly or wrongly, I am calends of March is on that year twice counted. anxious to know.

ABHBA. But my question is, Why did those who rectified the Calendar fix upon that particular day as the

Dagnia FAMILY.-I should feel greatly obliged day to be twice counted ? It is the 24th of Feb- if any of your correspondents can give me any ruary. Now, why not have taken the 28th of information as to the origin of the name of Dagnia, February ? Would not the last day of the month

and furnish me with copies of any inscriptions on have been more natural ?

I should also B. Y.

tombstones &c. bearing the name.

be glad to know the county from which the name BRODIE OF LETHEN.—Dr. David Brodie mar- sprang.

D. J. R. ried in 1723 Margaret Brodie, daughter of Alex- FRENCH WINES IN 1749. – Why were these ander Brodie, of Lethen, and had issue three (now popular beverages) during the reign of children, viz. Dr. Alexander, died s.p.; Anne, George II. so frequently interdicted at public married the Rev. James Hay; and Elizabeth, dinners? Thus, the Gent. Mag. for 1749, p. 184, born in 1735, who married William Grant, the giving an account of a dinner at Drapers' Hall of then Laird of Auckinroath and Grant's Grove, the Society for Promoting Protestant Schools in now called Ashgrove. I am anxious to ascertain Ireland, on April 4 of that year, concludes with who was the elder of the two sisters.

the words “No French wines were permitted to William Brodie, Esq., of East Bourne, Sussex, be drunk.” I have met with this before. What in his valuable Pedigree of the Brodie Family, was the reason ?

JUXTA TURRIM. recently published, does not throw light on the question. Indeed, both in his publication and in PORTRAITS OF JOHNSON.—Though Dr. S. Johnthe Landed Gentry, Elizabeth' is omitted alto- son thought portrait-painting an improper emgether. I know, however, from positive proof, ployment for a woman, yet we are told, one of that Mrs. Hay and Mrs. Grant were sisters; and the last occupations of the great moralist's lite any one who could inform me as to their re- was to sit for his picture to Miss Reynolds, sister spective ages would confer a favour. The Elgin of Sir Joshua. Can any of your correspondents registers of births were not; formerly, kept with inform me what has become of this portrait, and regularity.

J. W. C. what other pictures this lady painted, and where

they are to be found ? One of the best likenesses CREST OF PRINCE OF Wales. In the church of the Doctor by Sir J. R. was painted for his old of High Laver, Essex, the royal arms of Charles I. friend and schoolfellow, Dr. Taylor, J. P. of Ashare displayed on a board of the usual dimensions, bourne ; and, as I understood when visiting that placed above the chancel screen, on the back of place when a boy, was left as an heirloom to Mr. which is the crest of the Prince of Wales (the Webster, who inherited Taylor's property, and coronet with three plumes), with the initials Č.P. who lived in the same house after Taylor's deand the date 1636. Can any of your correspond- cease, and who then had the portrait. Webster ents inform me whether this occurs in other died some few years ago. In whose possession is churches ? if not, whether they can afford me any this portrait at the present time ? clue for the reason of its adoption in the present

JOHN BOOTH. instance ?


LEWES AND ITS ANNUAL COMMEMORATION. have a copy of a very clever parody on Campbell's In the last published of Mr. Harrison Ainsworth's noble lyric of Hohenlinden consisting of eight historical novels

, entitled Cardinal. Pole, or the stanzas, of which the following are the first Days of Philip and Mary, is a vivid description tbree:

of the burning of Derrick Carver, the well-known “At Snooks's, ere the fun was high,

Lewes martyr.
The whisky lay neglected by,

He thus concludes:
And 'order' was the solemn cry

“ His memory is not forgotten in Lewes; and on the Thoughout the gay society.

5th of November in each year, a great toreblight proces“ But Snooks beheld another sight,

sion, composed of men in fantastie garbs and with blackWhen supper came at dead of night,

ened visages, and dragging blazing tar-barrels after them, For then shone forth wit's purest light,

parades the High-street, while an enormous bonfire is With spirits rising rapidly.

lighted opposite the Star Inn, on the exact spot where

Derrick Carver perished, into which, when at its highesi, “ In social phalanx long arrayed,

various effigies are cast. A more extraordinary spectacle Each drew his good old supper-blade,

than is presented by this commemoration of the Marian And brilliant were the things we said,

persecutions in Lewes it has never been our lot to witThat night college revelry.”

ness." Can any reader of “N. & Q.” give me the The primâ facie reason for the nocturnal fesauthor's name? I have heard it ascribed (as a tivity is evidentlythe happy escape of James I. from death, and England from the clutches of Was a key* also published to Bartolozzi's large Roman Catholicism. Is there any evidence of its print, after Copley, of the “ Death of Chatham ?" having an earlier origin, as proposed in the ex.

J. tract ?

UNIVERSITY DEGREES.-Can any of your readers The bonfire has been of late years lighted in inform me what difference there is between a front of the County Hall and White Hart Hotel.

degree taken ad eundem and comitatis causa ? I Was it formerly placed before the Star Hotel, or

not long since saw that both degrees were conhas that house changed its position ? Perhaps Me. ferred at either Oxford or Cambridge, I forget M. A. Lower will kindly help me out of my


which. The books, calendars, &c., give no inficulty.

Wynne E. BAXTER.

formation on this subject. I would also wish to ARMS or Milan. — Can you inform me what know, do these degrees entitle to a vote?

LL.D. are the present, and what were the ancient arms and crest of the city of Milan ? J. B. M. “ WHO WISHES TO MOUNT," ETC.-What, and

form whom is the well-known saying to the effect, BATTLB or NASEBY. - Is there any account of this battle published, in which the destruction of that he who wishes to mount to eminence must

never look down?

D. W. the village of Little Oxendon is referred to ?

M. C. ORBIS CENTRUM. — So Jerusalem was desig.

Queries with Answers. nated in the earlier patristic literature. Delphi was pompously termed by the ancient Greeks, of much celebrity in this county. One of them is

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Songs. There are two songs 'Oupalds vñs ocorridons. Homer (Odyssey, i. 50)

called " calls the insignificant islet of Ogygia 'Oupards Ba

George Ridler's Oven; a right famous

old Gloucestersbirc Ballad." The first verse is λάσσης. . Self, the Ego, is essentially the central point,

as follows:from which the whole world of thought and phe

“ The Stwons that built George Ridler's oven,

And thauy keum from the Bleakeney's Quaar; nomena seems to radiate, and by a sort of mental

And George he wur a Jolly old Mon, prosopopeia one transfers the idea to some beloved

And his Yead it graw'd above his Yare." and revered country or locality. I ask other instances of this disposing characteristic of the before me, which was printed by T. Bonnor in

The words are thus spelled in the copy now human mind.

EGOMET. Ireland's Eye.

1796; and there stated to be “corrected accord

ing to the fragments of a manuscript copy found PAPER MAKING IN IRELAND.-When was paper in the Speech House, in the Forest of Dean, first made in Ireland ? What was the name of several centuries ago; and then revived to be the first maker there?

CARILFORD. sung at the Meetings of the Gloucestershire SoCape Town.

ciety (a charitable institution), held at the Crown PUBLIC SERVANTS. - Who is the well-known

and Anchor Tavern, in the Strand, London." А English public man who said, and in what words, copy of this song is printed in Fosbrooke's Abthat a public servant who made no enemies stracts of Records, g'c., respecting the County of must have failed to do his duty ? D. W.

Gloucester, vol. i. p. 134; where the author, in a

note, says that “the orthography by no means Sir Thomas REMINGTON. – Can any of your conveys the idea of the ancient provincial dialect." readers give me any information respecting the The other song is called “True Blue," and is descendants of Sir Thomas Remington, of Lund, often sung at elections among what is called the in the East Riding of Yorkshire ? He was born Tory, or Blue party; and is set to the tune of about the year 1611. Are any of that name now the “Grenadier's March," and is comparatively a living at or near Lund ?

R. H.

modern song. As I do not find any mention of SHARP's “SORTIE FROM GIBRALTAR." Can


songs in my music books, I shall feel much any reader of “ N.&Q." who may possess Sharp's obliged to any of your contributors who can give print, after Trumbull, of the “ Sortie from Gib- me any information as to the date in which the raltar in 1781," inform me as to the names of the first was composed, and where the latter can be officers represented ? General Elliott is in the procured ?

E. B. E. middle of the picture. At his right hand stands

[The famous old Gloucestershire ballad, “ George Ridan officer in Highland uniform; and behind the

ler's Oven," corrected according to the fragments of a

manuscript found in the Speech House of Dean, is printed General, arranged in three groups of four, two, in our First Series, iv. 311. It is described in The Critic and three, are nine other officers. How are they for Oct. 15, and Nov. 1, 1856, pp. 501, 524, as being a named, counting them from the spectator's left to Royalist song, written probably at the time of the first his right? No doubt a key to the portraits was [* There is a key to the “ Death of Chatham." - ED. published at the time the print was first sold. “N. & Q.]

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