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OUR MISCELLANY. --+-- A Lucky Sixpence.—Previous to Brummel's leaving Calais for Caen, to take possession of his consulship, his circumstances were by no means flourishing; he had long lost the annuity of two hundred pounds, in consequence of the death of the noble donor of it, and I believe he had brought very little with him on leaving England in 1816. He told me he once won in one year the large sum of forty thousand younds by play at Wattier's, and at New- market all of which disappeared as rapidly as it bad been acquired; in fact, at the stakes he was in the habit of playing, an income of forty thousand pounds was required rather than that simple sum. To a sixpence with a hole in it which he picked up one morning in 1813 in the streets on leaving Wattier's, he attributed the commencement and continuance of his good fortune; and to the subsequent loss of this little coin, all Ma subsequent misfortunes. This coin he kept in hia waistcoat pocket, and as long as he retained possession of it, fortune smiled but on the very day this precious talisman was found wanting, his bad-luck set in, and with such continuous and un- remitting vigour, that he soon found himself totally without funds. He told me he advertised in several papers with a view of recovering his talisman, and offered five pounds reward, but without success. Mr. Raikes, in his Diary, states that the Bean merely picked up a plain sixpence, and bored a hole in it him- self; but I always understood from the Beau that the coin he found had a hole in it already made; and in virtue of this circumstance, he considered it lucky. From this slight anecdote, it may be inferred that the Beau was superstitious, and from what I saw of him, I should say he was very much so. He mentioned to me that the play at Wattier's in those days was so high that he once witnessed the Honourable Mr. W-go double or quits for zC32,000, which he lost.— Personal Reminiscences of Beau Brummel. How a Bank may Break.—Alderman Loder's bank broke eventually, entirely owing to his careless- ness in aooounts, for there were good assets. A Mr. Crofton, a lawyer of those days, who had X30,000 in Loder's bank, at the time the London agents became involved was travelling on the continent. One day at a table d'hote in Germany, he chanced to sit next an Englishman. The conversation turned on home matters, and finally on Wiltshire. The lawyer, with the true subtlety of his profession, did not mention that he was a Salisbury man, but talked of the country as a casual visitor. The stranger grew friendly and communicative over his wine, and dis- closed the news just then most upon his mind: "There is going to be a grand burst up at Salisbury," he said — "a tremendous burst np. Loder's bank Is going. I hear to-day that the Lon- don agents will soon stop payment." The lawyer's heart came into his mouth, but he gulped down some wine, rose, thrust back his chair, and wished the stranger good night. An hour afterwards, he had started with four post-horses on the road to France; night and day he rode and drove, and then sped across the Channell. From Dover he rushed to London, and drew out his money. The camel wanted but that last straw. The sudden withdrawal of so large a sum broke the bank. On his return to Salis- bury, the lawyer instantly went to inform his friend, Dr. Peters, of the danger; but Dr. Peters a stolid, eccentric, stubborn man-would not believe it for a moment. Mere mare's nest, sir. Posh! Break the Bank of England next. What Loder's bank go P Posh!" So off went the unbe- liever to Mr. Loder's house in the Close a luxurious mansion, kept up in the best style. There, he found Mr. Loder, dinner over, with no wine before him, but J a huge brown jug of ale, the worthy banker's favourite beverage. Without sitting down or shaking hands, Dr. Peters blurted out his errand. "Why, Loder," he cried, do you bear the absurd report ? "They say your London agents have failed." To the doctor's surprise and horror, the banker looked up from his tumbler quite unmoved, and said Oh, it's come to that at last, has it F" The failure of the bank, how- ever, being chiefly the result of careless accounts, Mr. Loder retired to his property in Dorsetshire,- with character unstained, to end his days in a pleasant and refined retirement. -Dickens's All the Year Round." Playing for a Man's Head. Dluing the ".Terror," few came to play at the Cafe de laRegence. People had not the heart, and it was not pleasant to see through the panes the cars bearing the condemned through the Rue St. Honore to execution. Robespierre often took a seat, but few had any wish to play with him, such terror did the insignificant looking little man strike into every one's heart. One day a very handsome young man sat opposite him, and made a move as a signal for a game; Robespierre responded, and the stranger won. A second game was played and won, and then Robespierre asked what was the stake. "The head of a young man," was the answer, who would be executed to-morrow. Here is the order for his release, wanting only your signature; and be quick—the executioner will give no delay." It was the yoang Count B. that was thus saved. The paper was signed, and the great man asked, "But who are you, citizen? Say citizeness, monsieur, I am the count's betrothed. Thanks and adieu."— Dublin University Magwine. Purs and Elevated Glory.-If Ctoaar had ac- cepted the Goverrinert of Gaul with the sole aim of having an army d.^ otid to his designs, it must be admitted that po experienced a general would have taken, to comic yr 3 I), civil war, the simplest of the measures suggested by prudence; instead of separating himself from hia amy he would have kept it with him, or, at least, broa. it it near to Italy, and distri- I buted it in SU'-h. manner that he could reassemble it quickly; he would have preserved, from the immense booty taken in uacu, sums sufficient to supply the ex- penses of thawar. Caasar, on the contrary, as we shall I see in the sequel, sends first to Pompey, without hesi- tation, two legions, which are required from him under the pretextof the expedition against the Parthiarns. He undertakes to disband his troops if Pompey will do the r same, and he arrives at Ravenna, at the head of a single legion, leaving the others beyond the Alps, distributed from the Sambre as far as the Saoae. He keeps within the limits of his government without making any pre- parations which indicate hostile intentions, wishing, as Hirtius says, to settle the quarrel by justice rather than arms. In fact, he has collected so little money in the military chest that his soldiers club together to procure him the sums necessary for his enterprise, and hat all voluntarily renour ce their pay. Cmsar off-ers Pompey an unconditional reconciliation, and it is only when he sees his advances rejected, and his adversaries meditating his ruin, that he boldly faces the forces of the Senate, and passes the Rubicon. It was not, then, the supreme power which CEO jar went into Gaul to seek, but the pure and elevated glory which arises from a national war, made in the traditional interest I of the country.—History of Julius Ccesar. Vol.11. of the country.Tlistory of Julius Ccesar. Vol. II. Chiswick Registers.-The registers of Chiswick date only from 1680; the parish books go as far back as the year 1625. The latter contain, inter alia, an account of the great plague, and of the sanitary mea- sures adopted by the parish. Among' other curious precautions it should be mentioned that a resolution was passed by the parish that all loose and stray dogs and cats are to be killed for fear of conveying the in- fection, and that the poor bedesmen are to nurse the patients all with the plague. The books during the next half century contain several curious entries of rewards paid to the beadle for driving away out of the parish sundry poor women, who came into its aristo- cratic precincts in a condition which showed that they were likely to add to the population, and so entail a charge on the parishioners. To account for the disap- pearance of all earlier register, it is said, but upon what authority we know not, that the Protector quar- tered his troops in the church, and that on tha,t occa- sion he and his soldiers tore up those documents to lisht the fires, or for other and viler purposes.- Oiice a Week.



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