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huntsman. Caleb here was his nephew, I see if the ole man's still at it. Well, sirs, and helped him as a boy with the dogs, I rode roun till near midday when sudand moreover is the grandest liar we have denly I sees a dog cross the road befo' in these parts. He's sitting up with the me, then a whole string comes along, and horse, so we'll call him and make him give I sees Jumper — Frolic - Beauty, and you a specimen, before we turn in. Ca. the rest of them, you could ’most see leb, these gentlemen want to hear about through 'em they were so thin, and though Uncle Jake's great Christmas fox-chase.”, they had their mouths open, and was try.
“Lor me, Mar'se George, them ar' in' to raise a bit of a fuss it warnt no times done gone so long now, I most dis. manner o' use. remember all 'bout 'em."
“I knew Uncle Jake warnt far behind “Why it's not six weeks since I caught and presently sho' nuff there was a rust. you telling it to those New York gentle lin' in the wood, and lie cum out right men in the stable; let's have it now with. agin me, the iniserablest sight you ever out any variations."
seed. He didn't 'pear to notice me much “Well, gen'l'mens, it wur some fifteen 'cept just to slip off his horse and to git or twenty years befo' s’render, when I on mine. I put the pone o' bread an' the wur just a chap sorter helpin' roun' Uncle meat in his pocket, an' he went lopin'off Jake, now the ole jedge, that is Mar’se after the dogs on the colt. George's pa, had been fooled ever so “There wur no show fur me but to git many times by an ole red fox in Carter's home with the mar' who looked as tho' Mountain, not a great ways from yer, and she'd drop dead in her tracks. I dursn't got sorter mad with the dogs, an' ole Jake fool with no mo? horses, an' jes' quietly who loved dem ar hounds jes' as if they'd sot up for Uncle Jake that night, but bin folks, swore he'd cotch that fox if it durn me if it warnt for nothin', two othe took him the whole of Christmas week to hounds cum sneakin'in 'bout sundown, do it in. The jedge had a big dinin'o' but that wur all. Next mornin', I went the quality on Christmas day, an'ole Jake to ole mar'se, the jedge, and he an' the he jest slipped off with the bounds 'bout company with him thote it a mighty good day in the mornin' and struck that fox's joke, and the biggest kind of a crowd trail right to onst. He'd got sorter used started out to look for the chase. There to de ole red, and knowed what line he'd wur nothin' left to hear, an' it wur about take, fo' sho'. He never went far from eleven o'clock he struck right in agin the home, but jes' kept gwine on roun' and whole gang, and I wur with him, or no roun', more like a grey fox. 'Bout dinner one would believe, gen'l'mens, what I tell time I guv' over, as the plough mule on you now for, fo' God sar, the fox wur which I rode began to get kinder played walkin', the hounds were walkin', an' old out, but ole Uncle Jake had taken the Fake on the colt were walkin' all within best horse in the stable, and jes' pitched twenty steps of one another. Lord ! you right on near the hounds, who were all should ha' seen the ole jedge, I thote he'd the time on the trail and makin' a heap o' a bust hisself with laughin'. He sent for fuss. After dinner I took another horse a wagon an' put the fox, the hounds, and and slipped out to see if I could hear ole Jake inter it, and had 'em druv home. anything o' the ole man, an' there sho' That's jes' as true, gen'l'mens, as I'm a nuff the hounds were travellin'roun' the livin' man." mountain where they'd first found the fox. I soon cotched 'em, and kep' along with Uncle Jake till sundown, and when I began to talk 'bout gwine home fo' dark the ole man jes ripped and cussed, and said he'd stay wid dat ar fox till the new year, SOME FASHION-GLEANINGS, FROM 1744 fo' he'd let him go. Well, genl'mens, I
TO 1768. jes' thote he'd got may be a 'tickler'o' In looking over a volume containing whiskey in his pocket, and was sorter up- newspapers of various dates, issued in pish on that account, so left him my fresh London and several other large towns, I horse an' rode, or rather led, his’n home. have found various scraps of fashion-gos. In the morning when I went round to the sip, and other notices of English social stables and quarters, I didn't see no and domestic life, which carry me back to hounds, nor horse, nor yet no Uncle Jake. the middle of the eighteenth century, the So, says I, I'll jes’ put the saddle on the scenes of which appear with a reality and grey colt, and a pone o'corn bread and a vividness, which I only hope may pre. some meat in my pocket, and slip out and sent itself to my readers.
From The Leisure Hour.
Then, as now, Paris reigned supreme, stitching on to her stays. I wonder if the a very queen of fashion, and the most prince took particular notice of the fair minute and intense interest is taken in lady who did him so much honor. the doings of the court of that period. The next we have is from the London Here is a specimen :
Gazette : January, 1744. — They write from Paris that June 17th, 1751, Lord Chamberlain's Office. the diamonds of the lords and ladies of the - Orders for change of mourning for His Court of Versailles at the grand ball of the Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on Sun. 25th of last month were valued at 250 millions, day next, 23rd inst. - viz., the men to wear which is near twelve millions sterling; those black, full-trimmed, plain or fringed linen. of the Dauphin and Dauphiness alone were Black swords and buckles. actually worth forty-five millions of livres, and Undress-Grey frocks. those of the King and Queen seventy millions.
The ladies to wear black silk, fringed or
plain linen, white gloves, black and white Our next notice is of a different class; shoes, fans and tippets, white necklaces and it is an extract from a London paper, and earrings; no diamonds. is dated
Undress White or grey lutestrings, tab.
bies or damasks. Dundee, September 13th, 1745: chevalier is now in our neighborhood, and but Lutestrings, tabbies, and damasks! All far too well attended. The Government and names that have utterly vanished from the King George want not friends among us. The world of fashion. A“lutestring” was a whole army under the Pretender moved last plain, stout silk; the name, by-the-bye, Wednesday to Dunblane, and are daily growing corrupted from lustring. A “ tabby” was in numbers. Lord Ogilvie is now at Montross, a kind of waved silk, usually watered, and has committed great outrages in this coun. I manufactured like taffeta, but thicker and try, and is threatening also to visit Dunblane. I cannot say what the number of the armed stronger (the latter a fine, smooth, silken rebels may amount to; some say four, others stuff, having usually a remarkably wavy five, and others seven thousand.
lustre, imparted by pressure and heat, The Pretender makes himself very popular. with the application of an acidulous fluid, He is dressed in a Highland garb of fine silk to produce the effect called watering - it tartan, red velvet breeches, and a blue velvet was of all colors, and often striped with bonnet, with gold lace round it and a large silver and gold). These two must have jewel of St. Andrew appended. He wears also been very much what our moiré antiques a green ribbon, is above six foot, walks well and watered silks are. A“damask ” was and straight, and speaks the English or broad
a heavy rich figured silk, with varied fig. Scots very well.
ures, such as flowers set, evidently the And here is fashion on the other side : counterpart of our richest figured silks.
Edinburgh, February ist, 1746. – On Thurs. It seems rather odd that these three exday, at three in the morning, the Duke of cessively rich materials should be ordered Cumberland arrived at the Abbey, not in the for undress, while plain black silk was for least fatigued. He went to bed and slept near state use. three hours, so that by eight he was busy with Apparently at that period English ladies General Hawley and General Huske, and the bad a reputation for being good dressers; rest of the principal officers, who all appeared for read this: in boots. His Highness had no time to go into Edinburgh all that day, and could scarce
September 17, 1751.
A fine doll is made be persuaded to allow the ladies to be admitted by Mr. Church's daughter, in St. James's for one hour; but at last lie agreed to receive Street, with different dresses to cloath it, and them at seven in the evening, and none to stay is to be sent to the Czarina, to show the manafter eight. The ladies attended at the time ner of dressing at present in fashion among the appointed, very richly dressed. His Royal English ladies. Highness received them very familiarly; sa.
We read the result of this doll's mission luted each of them. One, Miss Car, made a
a month later. very fine appearance. At the top of her stays, on her breast, was a crown, well done in beu
From Petersburgh we hear that the Czarina gles, and underneath, in letters, “WILLIAM of Russia has of late taken such a fancy to the DUKE OF CUMBERLAND.” On the right side dress of the English ladies that she has de. of the crown was the word “Britain's,” and on sired to have dolls sent over from London the left “Hero."
completely attired in the various dresses now
in fashion at Court and in the City, as also in Can you not imagine the agony of fright deshabil and riding habits. Her Imperial Miss Car or Kerr was in all that first day Majesty intends to introduce the same at her of February, 1746? I can. The “beu. Court; though it is feared some alterations gles” must have taken an immensity of I may appear here ere the dolls can be coni
pletely rigged out, or at least before they can This surely must have been an ancesreach' Petersburgh, one moon being sufficient tress of the great champion of English to give a turn to fashion.
industry, Lady Bective. It is so annoyThat terrible woman, Elizabeth Pe. ing not to know her name. Whoever she trovna, was just then in the zenith of her was, the noble countess brought high inpower. It is difficult to imagine her oc- fluence to her aid; for see the announcecupying herself with anything so harınless ment:as foreign fashions. True, she did found a University and an Academy of Art, two lately sold twenty pairs of stockings at a guinea
A stocking manufacturer at Doncaster, who clean spots in the vast blot of which her each pair, has got a commission from some of character consisted.
the nobility for six pairs at six pounds each
To December 29, 1763. — The ribbon manufac. pair, which he has undertaken to execute. turers of Spitalfields are busy making up a
so great perfection is that branch of British quantity of fine ribbons of proper colors and industry arrived. curious devices to be ready against the mar.
Rather a long price, is it not? Another riage of Her Royal Highness Princess Augusta.
paragraph says: Here is another exceedingly interesting announcement:
We hear Her Royal Highness
Princess Caroline Matilda has particularly reJuly, 1745. — We hear an academy will soon quested that her wedding cloaths and Her be established at the Court end of the town Royal Highness's other dresses shall be made (London) to teach young gentlemen to curl and of the manufacturers of England. paper up their hair in order to qualify them for posts in the Army.
Poor ill-fated princess! I find close by
the account of that marriage, which, until It may be meant for a joke, but it is she died broken-hearted nineteen years inserted between two paragraphs which later in the Castle of Lille, brought her certainly have no “joke" about them. I
only wretchedness and misery. note invariably, however, that the humor of a hundred years ago, if it is not so October 2, 1766. — Last night between seven broad as to be coarse and even worse, is and eight Her Royal Highness the Princess so carefully wrapped up that we cannot Caroline Matilda, youngest sister of our most without much consideration discover it. gracious Sovereign, was married by proxy to
the King of Denmark, His Royal Highness the June 24, 1764. – When a certain great Min. Duke of York standing proxy for His Danish ister of State took his leave of some persons Majesty. The ceremony was performed by of distinction he did it in a fustian frock, and the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Council not à la mode de Paris, which puts them a little Chamber of St. James's. This morning about out of humor, they deeming it a mark of con- half after six the Queen of Denmark set out tempt, and therefore returned the visit in the from Carlton House, attended by Lady Mary
Boothby, Count Bothman, and several other Poor minister of state! How he must persons of distinction, in three coaches-and
six and two post-chaises, escorted by a party have felt the rebuke!
of Horse Guards and a numerous train of atHere is another scrap of fashionable tendants, for Harwich, to embark on board the gossip à propos of a well-known politi- yacht for Rotterdam, from whence Her Majesty cian:
will proceed to Denmark. Their Royal HighApril, 1768. — So great is some people's
nesses the Dukes of York and Gloucester, veneration or enthusiasm for Mr. Wilkes, that Prince Henry, and the Princess of Brunswick
were at Carlton House between five and six in we are assured a gentleman has lately had a coat made, on the button-holes of which are which was very affecting on all sides, and the
the morning to take leave of their royal sister, embroidered the words Wilkes and Liberty.
Queen of Denmark shed tears when getting The following deals with a subject of into the coach. ever-recurring interest:
I do not wonder at it. What a forlorn February 5, 1765: Several eminent silk marriage! What an ordeal, to go, all manufacturers of Spitalfields attended on Fri-alone, at least without any of her own kith day at the Treasury, and were examined by and kin, into a foreign country and among their lordships upon the decline of that valuable branch of trade. It is said a noble strangers to meet a husband who had not countess, highly distinguished for her public taken the trouble to fetch her from the spirit, has declared her intention of wearing land of her birth! Small wonder that she only British manufactures, and to encourage shed tears on getting into the coach. the manufacturer has allowed him to affix to his In 1767 we find two very amusing letname and sign, “ Weaver to Her Ladyship." ters from a lady and gentleman of fashion.
Though rather long, they are both so does not, by-the-bye, say what ship) brought laughable that I must give them in full. home with him a skeleton of one of their
hands, which measures sixteen inches from the October, 1767. - To the Printer of the “St. joint of the wrist to the fingers' ends, and every James's Chronicle: - Sir, — It hath often way large in proportion. Their children are been observed that we English people are re- five feet high at two years old, and their women markable for extremities — that is, that we are are adorned with bracelets of gold. They do remarkable for acting in opposition to those not inter their dead, but by a preparation eat wise maxims which tell us, In medio tutissimus off their flesh and hang the bones in a box ibis, or In medio consistet vertus. Though an up a tree, many of which were seen and might Englishman, I have candor enough to acknowl- have been brought away easily. edge the truth of the accusation, and I think it was never more exemplified than at present
Just a proof that travellers see strange by my countrywomen in the enormous size of things, and geese at home believe them. their heads. "It is not very long since this part I find, on looking into the subject, that of their sweet bodies used to be bound so tight the Patagonians average five feet ten, but and so amazingly snug that they appeared like are kilown to reach six feet four. Not a pin's head on the top of a knitting-needle. more extraordinary in height than the EnBut now they have so far exceeded the golden glishmen we are accustomed to see every mean in the contrary extremity that our fine day. ladies remind me of an apple stuck on the top
And here is the reply to the letter: of a small skewer. If I am not mistaken the head of the Venus de Medicis measures about October 14, 1767. — Sir, - In your paper of one-tenth of her whole body. This, therefore, Saturday I read a letter of criticism on the we may very justly conclude to be the just pro present taste of the ladies' head-dresses. I portion. In proportion, therefore, as a lady cannot help thinking it severe and indeed deviates in her appearance from that standard, scurrilous to compare the fairest of the crea. the nearer she approaches to our idea of a tion to monsters. Insufferable! it is an im
How then is it possible that a fine pertinence not to be forgiven by the injured lady can imagine herself agreeable in the eyes sex. I must confess the extravagance of the of a spectator when her head makes a full present mode is ridiculous in great degree fourth of her whole body? I often frequent and really ought to be corrected ; but then, in the playhouse, and between the acts am wont a more gentle manner than your correspondent to regale myself with contemplating the charms has done. "We women, you know, are genof my fair countrywomen; but really their erally deemed weak; if this argument is al. heads of late have become so enormous that, lowed, our little foibles should be overlooked ; in order to behold them without disgust, I find and I think I may with justice vindicate my myself under the necessity of imagining them own sex, by saying they are not half so absurd to be so many Patagonians, and consequently in their dress as the men, who are supposed to that the feet of those in the boxes are on a have sense superior to us, consequently should level with the floor of the orchestra. This I not rush into such extremes, I am sure they find to be a much more tolerable idea than to deviate from their great sense when they make suppose them to be dwarfs, with giants' heads. themselves such enormous figures as they do Pray, sir, inform these fair ladies that without at present. What is there on earth that has a proportion there can be no beauty, and that an more ridiculous appearance than a powdered oyster-wench in puris naturalibus is a much beau? I would advise your satirical friend to more desirable object than a brocaded mon- compare a lady's and a gentleman's head ster. But, cries her ladyship, it is the fashion. together, then let him say which object is the Fie! fie! my good lady, I expected a more most worthy of ridicule; if he speaks candidly, rational answer. Ought a woman of your un. I am apt to think the verdict will be given in derstanding to be led into manifest absurdity favor of the lady. For my part, I can comby a parcel of foolish ridiculous female cox- pare a fine gentleman's head to nothing better combs and French friseurs? – I am, Sir, yours, than a round-cut yew-tree in a white-frosty
morning. I could wish these very (would-be)
wise beings did not make themselves appear It is severe, and the writer seems to such very great dolls by finding fault with those bave held the popular belief that the Pata- who are so very much more perfect than themgonians are the veritable sons of Anak. selves. — I am, Sir, your friend, LEONORA. Little more than a year previous to the Grosvenor Square. date of his letter had appeared a short ac.
A couple of nice, pleasant, complimentcount of the natives of that country, which ary letters, are they not? I really cannot our severe friend had evidently seen, and, tel which gets the best of the argument seeing, believed. Here it is :
- both are somewhat too fluent to be August 19, 1766. — There is no doubt of the very effective; a dozen words, terse and Patagonians being as tall a people as has been strictly to the point, would have been bet. represented — viz., between eight and ten feet. ter. As an example, a man once said to As a corroboration one of the ship's people (it a young lady, a distinguished-looking girl,
who was accustomed to plenty of admira | thing ye have overlooked. Ye canna deny tion, and had at times as keen a tongue as what's written in the guid book, “The any one I know, "I don't like the way you devil goes about like a roaring lion seekdo your hair.” The girl looked hiin coolly ing whom he may devour.' And when I up and down, from head to feet, and back see ye fechtin' him Sabbath aster Sabagain. "I should be very sorry if you bath, bangin' the pulpit, and shaking your did," she remarked quietly. Of course fist at him, says I to mysel: 'Sandy, man, there was a general laugh, and of course it's odds but some day ye'll catch the deil he left that young woman alone for the napping, and then the minister will thank future.
H. V. P. you for that day's work."" So Sandy re
mained unconvinced, and continued his bunting exploits with such zeal, that the black cats of his neighborhood had need
of all their “nine lives” to elude his perFrom Chambers' Journal. sistent pursuit.
Now, the minister was in the habit of By “fools we do not mean the general killing a “mart,” or fat ox, at Hallowmas, class of persons indicated by the word, for the consuħption of his family during but that smaller class of the community the winter. The beef was salted, and the commonly called “parish fools” or “nat. hide sold at the nearest town. That im. urals." Those unfortunates, without be- portant functionary who in Scotland is ing habitually or neces
essarily insane, usu termed the “minister's man was usually ally labor under some hallucination, which intrusted with the disposal of the skin; overshadows their lives, and causes them, and on this particular occasion had dewhen under its influence, to indulge in parted with his burden somewhat late in such freaks and fancies as are peculiar to the evening. But the night was fine, and the lunatic; though, when freed from the be trudged along the road for some miles cloud obscuring their mental vision, they with no thought save the speedy fulfilact very much like their neighbors. ment of his errand. Presently he heard
Such was Sandy Macintosh, who flour approaching the sound of footsteps, and ished in the beginning of the century. A a voice, which he recognized as that of native of one of the northern parishes of Sandy Macintosh, singing, “We'll gang Caithness, he was as well known for nae mair a-roving sae late into the night.” twenty miles round as the kirk steeple. The opportunity for playing a trick was The swiftest runner and the most trust. irresistible; and resolving to give Sandy worthy messenger in the place, Sandy a fright, the minister's man wrapped the was kept in constant employment, and hide about him, taking care that the horns numbered among his patrons both the should stand up on his head. Thus laird and the minister. The peculiar de equipped, he crouched along the dike-side lusion under which he labored was a con. till the fool made bis appearance round viction that he had been born for the the bend of the road, then uttering an express purpose of slaying his Satanic unearthly yell, sprang from his hiding. Majesty, and many were ihe wild.goose place right in his path. But he reckoned chases embarked in by Sandy to annibi. without his host, when he thought to terlate the arch enemy; for he recognized rify Sandy. That individual only recog. him - – so he averred - under all shapes nized in the apparition before him but and forms, such as a crow, a hare, or a another form assumed by the enemy; and black cat; and when started in pursuit of with a shout of defiance, rushed on the the foe, would follow up the trail for foe, and struck him a resounding blow hours, nay, sometimes for days. In vain with his staff. Whack! whack! the blow's the minister — whom Sandy accounted rained hard and fast on the shoulders of his particular friend – strove to convince the unlucky joker, who, unable to bear him that the enemy of mankind was a the pain any longer, and too terrified to spirit, and as such invisible. No argu- discover himself to the enraged fool, man. ment, however telling, had any effect on aged to wriggle unperceived out of his Sandy. He listened respectfully, it is hirsute covering and scramble over the true, as he always did, to everything, how-dike, where he lay hidden, scarcely daring ever trivial, uttered by his friend; but to breathe. when the reverend gentleman paused for Sandy was very much astonished when lack of breath, the fool invariably re- he observed the total collapse of the foe. marked, with a sagacious nod: “Weel, He probably anticipated a severe strug. minister, ye ken best; though there's aegle, and was surprised at his easy victory.