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SOCIETY FOR THE ANNIHILATION OF TIME. On Wednesday last the above so- es, a portion of the society's funds be anciety held its anniversary at the Old nually applied to the purchase of leather Slaughter's Coffee-House. Thechair breeches, smock frocks, lace hats, ribu was taken by Lord Do-no-more, who bons, &c. to be run, wrestled, boxet, opened the proceedings with a lumi- or grinned for, at the various fairs and nous speech, which we regret our
wakes of this country; and that the selimits will not permit us to insert. cretary be instructed to prepare a list of Suffice it to say, that it engrossed the such places as are best qualified for donattention of the meeting for at least key-race plates, and that the same be one hour, and was of course raptu
submitted to the society at their next
meeting rously applauded.
That, in order to afford amusement The report of the proceedings of to such gentlemen as are by necessity con: the society was then read by the se
fined to the house, as well as to encourage cretary, and appeared to give gene- the breed of that noble animal the magral satisfaction.
got, a golden nut shall be presented anSeveral noblemen and gentlemen nually to each of the principal towns in addressed the meeting at consider the kingdom, to be run for by maggots able length. In their speeches, no under three years old, over a course not quarter was given to time or the king's exceeding a ten-feet dining-table, and English.
subject to the rules of the Jockey Club The following resolutions passed That, as through the means of Sununanimously:
day schools, it is probable, that, before That the meeting contemplates with long, the whole population will be in. the utmost satisfaction the progress al-structed in reading, whereby an opport ready made in forwarding the objects of tunity will be afforded to the ill disposed, the society; and by their unremitting ef- both in religion and politics, to sow their forts, they confidently anticipate a suc- tares, rendering it a matter of great concessful issue to the great cause in which sequence to supply the soil prepared with they are engaged.
proper seed, it is the opinion of the meetThat the meeting views with the great-ing, that a part of the funds of the society est pleasure the great increase in the cannot be better disposed of than in the means of public amusement, not only in publication of cheap tracts, containing the metropolis, but in the country gene- facetious anecdotes, amusing stories, rules rally, whether in theatres, tabernacles, ex- for popular games, &c to be distributed hibitions, shows, races, assemblies, love- at low prices among the people. feasts, milling matches, &c. &c.; and, That the masters of the ceremonies at on the other hand, they cannot but de- the principal places of fashionable resort precate the interference of officious indi-be requested to attend the next meeting viduals in endeavouring to suppress those of the society, for the purpose of con: manly sports, which constitute the chief certing the best means of carrying on the means of destroying the enemy among war against the enemy among the uppet the lower classes, and of maintaining the classes in their respective stations. unrivalled spirit of the people of these That magistrates in general be reislands.
quested to afford every facility to the That, with a view to the encourage- lower classes ged in the same warment of pastimes among the lower class- fare; and that the sheriffs be requested
to give public notice of the execution of, atre, for his laborious endeavours to criminals, and to afford accommodation an
amuse the public, particularly for the o the people in viewing this their favour taste displayed in the
taste displayed in the very judicious inite amusement; and that tliey may at the troduction of quadrupeds on the same time take measures to keep free of our regular theatres, which introducfrom intrusion the pockets of such ladies tion of Houyhnhnm performers has provand gentlemen as may attend these ra- ed a great benefit to the concern, in shew: tional and agreeable pastimes.
ing that Old Drury has more legs to That a special meeting be called for stand upon than people imagined ad the purpose of electing a new president To Pierce Egan, Esq. for his multiin toom of their late much-lamented plied efforts to entertain the public, as patron, the King of the Sandwich Islands. well as for his unremitting, encourage
That prizes be offered at each of the ment of the manly sports of the people. universities of Oxford and Cambridge, To Mr. Secretary Peel, for his firm and for the best epitaph on his said majesty, successful stand against the efforts of a in which no allusion be made to that po- party to put down the noble diversion of pular association of eatables, naturally bull-baiting. suggested by the association of ideas. To Messrs. Hunt, Probert, O'Meara,
That, with a view to the encourage- Battier, O‘Callaghan, &c. &c. for the ment of giants, dwarfs, and monsters of ample share they have taken in occupyafl kinds, prizes be established for the ing the attention of the public. most approved objects of wonder and de- To newspaper-reporters in general, for light, whether of foreign or domestic the pains they have taken, and the taste
they have displayed, in catering for the That a reward of 5007. be offered for public appetite. the first person who shall produce a true To the Fur nicntc Club, for their sucmermaid, and if alive, 5001. additional; cessful efforts against the common enemy. and that the Board of Longitude be re
Prizes were then adjudged to the quested to contribute towards this lauda
following persons: ble purpose
- That, in order to encourage all at- The society's gold medal to Mr. A tempts against the common enemy, a pre
of Cambridge, for the best copy
of nonmium be granted to that person who, sense verses on the objects of the insti; within a period of five years, shall be tution. proved to have spent most time in the
Ditto to Mr. B- of Oxford, for the endeavour to discover perpetual motion. longest prose essay on the same subject.
That a deputation be appointed to wait Ditto to Mr.C—, for his ode to on the Lord Mayor, to request he will fix Morpheus. a situation in the city as a market for
Ditto to Mr. D—, for his invention Time, where persons who have more of of a new game on the cards. this commodity than they know what to
Ditto to Mr. E-, for his admirable do with, 'may be enabled to dispose of work on the art of amplifying, or makthe same to such as may have want of it; ing much ado about nothing.
2 basd which measure they have no doubt will
Ditto to Dr. F (with the addition tend much to abridge the society's la- of Rousseau's Emile bound in pig), for bours.
his learned work on the education of anis
mals, and for his ingenious application The thanks of the meeting were of the Lancasterian system to that put za then voted to the following persons: posee una beste
To Mr. Elliston of Drury-lane The- Ditto to My G for the best
means of passing a wet day or Sunday The society's Joe Miller, elegantly
bound in ass, and stamped with their - Ditto to Professor H- for his set arms, was adjudged to the following of popular airs, adapted to Jews" harps and gentlemen's whistles.
To Mr. U for his book on fieldDitto to Mr. I for his Esqui
sports. maux melodies, calculated for long win
To Mr. V for his work on the art
of dawdling. The society's silver medal was then
To Mr. W—, for his new edition of voted to the following persons: the story of a Cock and a Bull, with
To Mr. K for the best pantomime notes and commentaries. of the season.
To Mr. X, for his new edition of To Mr. L for his new German Robinson Crusoe, with maps: flute, calculated for the use of officers of marching regiments.
It was further resolved to confirm To Mr. M- for his new set of ca- the act of the society's committee,
11. VI ricatures.
which, in consideration of the importTo Mr. NS, for his elegant varia- ant services performed by Captain tions on the devil's tattoo.
Parry and his brave associates, and To Mr. 0-, for a patent fishing of the dreary prospect before them, rod.
took upon itself to present each of To Mr.P - for a patent tooth- the ships bound to the polar regions pick.
with several sets of the most somni. To Mr. - for a patent humane ferous birthday odes and Esquimaux cockspur, calculated to retard the death melodies, together with a selection, of the animal, to the consumption of time, from the society's tracts, the whole and the entertainment of the spectators.
bound in white Russia bear. 1 se bns eto MrR-, architect, for the most
Thanks being, as usual, voted to approved design of a castle in the air. To Mr. Sof Bond-street, for an
the chairman, the meeting was dist improved fifty minutes' tie of the cravat, solved, most of the company adjoumintended to supply the place of that time ing to the City of London Tavern, killing part of the male toilet, hair-dress- there to consume, in the festivities ing, now unfortunately out of fashion. of the table, what remained of the
To Mr. T—-, for the greatest num- enemy after the day's proceedings. "I ber of buttons pulled off gentlemen's
"B." coats during a morning's walk.
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a ច hand as well as a handsome foot was not then customary to wear gloves, considered as a great beauty. In so much the more attention was paid, speaking, they gesticulated a great to the delicate appearance of the deal, for the purpose of displaying hand: it was above all required that the hand in every graceful move- the nails should be nicely cut, and ment. The Italians even at the pre- shine as if polished. Ovid says, in sent day express a great number of his Art of Love, a fair lady with Vol. IV. No, XXII.
clumsy fingers and coarse nails must into fashion anterior to the battle of not gesticulate much. In large fa- Cannæ, after which Hannibal sent milies there was a female slave ex- to the Carthaginian senate a whole pressly to keep the fingers and nails bushel-full of them. The Roman in order. The nails were cut with senators likewise wore gold rings a small knife; the parings were pre- || and Florus relates, that, after the served, and used for sympathetic disastrous battle just mentioned, the cures. Pliny says, “ If you mix the Roman senate possessed no other parings of nails with wax, make it gold than that of its rings. The up into a little ball, and stick it plebeians soon began to follow the against the door of a strange house, fashion, but at first with iron rings; the fever will infallibly remove from gold ones were only granted to them your house to the other." Those as distinctions. Under the emperors, who were not rich enough to keep however, soldiers, nay even freedslaves applied to a barber, whose men, were seen with gold rings. business embraced the cutting of They were originally prohibited from nails. Nobody took the trouble to wearing the latter unless presented do it himself.
to them by the emperor himself, Thus too the wearing of rings Justinian, however, weary of the nuwas adopted for adorning the hand. merous petitions soliciting this faThe origin of this practice is so old, vour, permitted all who pleased to that it is lost in the obscurity of re- give them away, Hence none but mote antiquity. It passed from Egypt gold or at least gilt rings were worn: to the Greeks, from the Greeks to many of them are to be found in anthe Hetruscans, and so to the Ro- tique collections. When none but mans. The first rings were of iron, || iron rings were allowed, to such a and were worn only by soldiers, and length was vanity carried, that peothat on the third finger of the hand, ple endeavoured to give to gold the which was thence denominated the colour of iron, that thiey might at ring-finger. Gold rings had come | least not wear real iron,
A SPANISH-AMERICAN DINNER-PARTY. From Captain Hall's " Journal written on the Coasts of Chili, Peru, and Merico."
The scene of this entertainment punch, the other of sangaree, a mix. was the city of Tepic, in Mexico. ture of wine, sugar, lemon juice, and
I made one, says Captain Hall, of spices. At each end of the table a great dinner-party, a sort of feast, stood a dish of cheese, ingeniously or as it is called in Spanish, a convité. carved into the shape of radishes The hour named was one o'clock, and turnips. At each corner was a but it was half-past one before the dish of olives, covered with slices of company were all assembled. They raw onions, floating about in vinegar, were first invited to a side-room to I need not add, there was aquarditake a whet, which looked more like ente and wine in profusion. Such a substantial luncheon. In the mid- | ample justice was done to this whet, dle of the table was placed a ham, that the dinner, I thought, stood a flanked by two huge bowls, one of poor chance of being touched; but in this I was much mistaken. Forty | end with the blows by which these people sat down to one table. At orators sought to enforce their arthe top were placed the two princi- guments. pal ladies; on their right sat the mi- Meanwhile the dinner went on, as litary commander-in-chief, while I if nothing remarkable was passing; was requested to sit on the other side the plates and dishes were changed next to the lady of the house. Then by the servants and their volunteer cảme the alcalde, the chief civil au- | assistants with singular dexterity, thority, and so on. The master of and in spite of this vast confusion. the house served at table in the ca- The bottle passed more and more pacity of waiter, assisted most good- rapidly; the noise increased; the naturedly by four or five gentlemen, bawlers became more numerous; and for whom there were no places, and by the time the dinner was well over, who preferred making themselves the party fell to pieces, and all seemuseful in this way to dining in an- ed uproar and confusion : groups of other apartment along with ten or a four or five, and sometimes twice dozen others, equally shut out by that number, might be scen clusterwant of room.
ed together, all speaking or singing At first a suspicious kind of calm at once. I never was more astonishprevailed, but the soup had scarcely ed than at seeing so many men, on been removed before there appeared all other occasions perfect models of symptoms of an approaching storm. decorum, suddenly lose their forma While we were discussing the olla, lity, and act like so many professed the dish which always succeeds the topers and merrimakers. At first I soup, a principal person in the com-thought this must needs end in blows, pany rose up, and shouted out, Copas and stood prepared to avoid the boten mano! Handle your glasses! Buttles and glasses which were likely to he had to repeat his mandate several be flying about. But after a little times, and to stretch out his tumbler while it was easy to discover more brimfull of wine, before the distant sounds of mirth than of anger; and parts of the table stood up in ho- the ladies, who must have been acnour of the toast, which was one of customed to such scenes, sat very the common-places of the day, Union composedly, viewing it all with great y libertad! After this signal there delight. was kept up during the whole dinner Something like order was 'prea constant discharge of toasts and sently restored by the feats of a mersentiments; and upon an average, to- ry Biscayan,' who dressed himself wards the end of dinner, there could like a cook, by throwing off his coat be no less than ten or twelve men on and his waistcoat, turning up the their legs, all speaking at once at the sleeves of his shirt above the elbows, full stretch of their voices, and ac- and pinning a napkin across his companying every remark with some breast. Those who knew him of theatrical gesticulation. Others kept old were inmediately aware of what their seats, thinking perhaps they he was going to do, and roared out hright thereby have a fairer aim at Pastel! pastel! (a pie! a pie!) upon the table, which rung from end to which all singing, drinking, and talk,