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make merry with our friends.” “ Alas, sir,” said Cineas, “may we not do so now, without all this ado?"BACON.
OBSERVATION.—A dervise was journeying alone in the desert, when two merchants suddenly met him; “ You have lost a camel,” said he, to the merchants. “ Indeed we have,” they replied. “Was he not blind in his right eye, and lame in his left leg?” said the dervise. “ He was,” replied the merchants. “Had he not lost a front tooth ? " said the dervise. “He had,” rejoined the merchants. “And was he not loaded with honey on one side, and wheat on the other?” “ Most certainly he was,” they replied ; “ and as you have seen him so lately, and marked him so particularly, you can, in all probability, conduct us unto him.” “ My friends," said the dervise, “ I have never seen your camel, nor ever heard of him, but from you.” “A pretty story, truly," said the merchants; “but where are the jewels which formed a part of his cargo ?” “I have neither seen your camel, nor your jewels," repeated the dervise. On this they seized his person, and forth with hurried him before the cadi, where, on the strictest search, nothing could be found upon him, nor could any evidence whatever be adduced to convict him, either of falsehood, or of theft. They were then about to proceed against him as a sorcerer, when the dervise, with great calmness, thus addressed the court :-“I have been much amused with your surprise, and own that there has been some ground for your suspicions; but I have lived long, and alone; and I can find ample scope for observation, even in a desert. I knew that I had crossed the track of a camel that had strayed from its owner, because I saw no mark of any human footstep on the same route; I knew that the animal was blind in one eye, because it had cropped the herbage only on one side of its path ; and I perceived that it was lame in one leg, from the faint impression which that particular foot had produced upon the sand; I concluded that the animal had lost one tooth, because, wherever it had grazed, a small tuft of herbage had been left uninjured in the centre of its bite. As to that which formed the burthen of the beast, the busy ants informed me that it was corn on the one side, and the clustering flies that it was honey on the other.”—Colton. Lacon.
QUALIFICATIONS OF A HORSEMAN.—A motion being made in the House of Commons that such as were chosen to serve in the Parliament troops should be faithful and skilful riders, Mr. Waller's opinion was de manded, who approved the form of it as excellent ; " for,” says he, “it
is most necessary the riders be faithful lest they run away with their horses, and skilful lest their horses run away with them.”—L'ESTRANGE. Anecdotes and Traditions.
DR. WILLIAM HARVEY.-He was always very contemplative, and the first that I hear of that was curious in anatomy in England. He had made dissections of frogs, toads, and a number of other animals, and had curious observations on them; which papers, together with his goods, in his lodgings at Whitehall, were plundered at the beginning of the rebellion ; be being for the king, and then with him at Oxon ; but he often said, that of all the losses he sustained, no grief was so crucifying to him as the loss of these papers, which for love or money he could never retrieve or obtain. When King Charles I. by reason of the tumults left London, he attended him, and was at the fight of Edge-hill with him; and during the fight, the Prince and Duke of York were committed to his care. He told me that he withdrew with them under a hedge, and took out of his pocket a book and read; but he had not read very long before a bullet of a great gun grazed on the ground near him, which made him remove his station. He told me that Sir Adrian Scrope was dangerously wounded there, and left for dead, amongst the dead men, stript; which happened to be the saving of his life. It was cold clear weather, and a frost that night, which staunched his bleeding, and about midnight, or some hours after his hurt, he awaked, and was fain to draw a dead body upon him for warmth's sake. I have heard him say, that after his book of the circulation of the blood came out, he fell mightily in his practice, and 'twas believed by the vulgar that he was crack-brained ; and all the physicians were against his opinion, and envied him; with much ado at last, in about twenty or thirty years' time, it was received in all the universities in the world, and as Mr. Hobbes says in his book, ‘De Corpore,' he is the only man, perhaps, that ever lived to see his own doctrine established in his lifetime.-AUBREY.
RETALIATION.—A nobleman, resident at a castle in Italy, was about to celebrate his marriage feast. All the elements were propitious except the ocean, which had been so boisterous as to deny the very necessary appendage of fish. On the very morning of the feast, however, a poor fisherman made his appearance with a turbot so large that it seemed to have been created for the occasion. Joy pervaded the castle, and the fisherman was ushered with his prize into the saloon, where
the nobleman, in the presence of his visitors, requested him to put what price he thought proper on the fish, and it should instantly be paid him. One hundred lashes, said the fisherman, on my bare back, is the price of my fish, and I will not bate one strand of whipcord on the bargain. The nobleman and his guests were not a little astonished, but our chapman was resolute, and remonstrance was in vain. At length the nobleman exclaimed, well, well, the fellow is a humour. ist, but the fish we must have, but lay on lightly, and let the price be paid in our presence. After fifty lashes had been administered, hold, hold, exclaimed the fisherman, I have a partner in this business, and it is fitting that he should receive his share. What, are there two such madcaps in the world ! exclaimed the nobleman ; name him, and he shall be sent for instantly: you need not go very far for him, said the fisherman, you will find him at your gate, in the shape of your own porter, who would not let me in, until I promised that he should have the half of whatever I received for my turbot. Oh, oh, said the nobleman, bring him up instantly, he shall receive the stipulated moiety with the strictest justice. This ceremony being finished, he discharged the porter, and amply rewarded the fisherman.- COLTON.
36.—The Industry of a Gentleman.
BARROW. ISAAC BARROW, a great mathematician, a learned divine, a man of the most examplary private life, was born in 1630, and died at the early age of forty-seven. It is stated that he was a negligent boy, and more than commonly addicted to fighting with his schoolfellows. His negligence was probably the result of the quickness of his capacity; at any rate it very readily gave place to the most unwearied industry : his pugnacious habits were soon transformed into an energy that enabled him to accomplish the many great things which distinguished his short life. His disinterestedness was amongst the most remarkable of his characteristics. He resigned his Lucasian professorship at Cambridge to make way for his pupil, Isaac Newton ; he resigned his small living, and a prebend of Salisbury Cathedral, when he was appointed Master of Trinity College. In this position his most earnest labours were devoted to the formation of the library of that noble institution. The great object of his life-and it was an