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dromedary and ostrich, were fo lavish in their commendations of each other? In that very fame converzațione, mention one day happening to be made of the ingenuity of the filk-worm, a ak bag was produced. lo immediately raised the admiration of every body present; and even the mole, though blind, exclaimed that no-body had ever seen any thing like it. The grasshopper alone could see nothing at all in it, but the work itfell he treated as trilling, and called the admirers of it fools. This put the whole company into ill. humour, and they began asking each other how & miferable insect, could have the assurance to find fault with what pleased every body else. “ Body of me," cried the fox,“ how can any one be puzzled at a thing that is so plain? Don't you know that the grasshopper himself deals in filk bags, and that his manufacture is good for nothing ?"-Men of genius, who are the objects of envy and ill-nature, would ye have a piece of good advice ? When the puppies become cop troublesome, tell them this story..
The S WORD and the SPIT. A SWORD, with a fine cutting sharp blade, (never better came out of the hand of the coledo-maker,) afrer having laid about in many battles, and belonged to many matters, having been sold at many auctions, came at length, through one of those vicissitudes which lay the greatest low, to be laid up in the corner of a scurvy inn; there, desirous in vain to breathe a vein, it had stood a long while unnoticed and exposed to ruft ; when, at the command of her coxcomb of a master, a greasy kitchen wench caught it up, carried it into the kitchen, and stack is through a capon ;-chus forcing that which had been a sword of high renown to degenerate into a complete spit.
Whilft these things were paffing at the inn, a clown, who by the sport of fortune had been dragged out of the country to be made a gentleman of at court, happening to be in want of a sword, repaired to the fword-cutler's. The man, who foon saw the chap he had to deal with, and that any thing would do which had a bilt and a scabbard, desired him to call the next day, against which he furbished up an old spit that lay in hr 1: kitchen, and sold it to our Hidalgo for the very blade with which the Cid made the Moors skip.
The innkeeper was undoubtedly a great fool, and the swordcutler a great knave ; and the herd of tranfcribers moflly re. semble either the one or the other of them. Some translate good authors, and make spits of fwords ; others translate bad onts, and instead of swords fell us spits.
A NE CDO TE S.
THE father of the duke de Fitz-James; a French nobleman,
1 now in England, was remarkable in his younger days for duelling. Monsieur de Coigny, who was at that time arrived at the high rank of marechal of France, and was the bosom friend and principal favourite of Lewis XIV. gave the duke an affront, which Fitz-James's high blood cculd not brook; he cast a reflection on his descent, his father, the famous duke of Berwick, having been the natural son of king James II. A challenge was inftantly given, and instantly accepted; and in about half an hour's time, marechal de Coigny was carried home dead, duke de Fitz-James having run him through the body. .
At another time, lord Tyrconnel, who commanded a troop in the duke's regiment of Irish cavalry, in the French service, known by the name of Fitz-James's Horse, drove his carriage right against the duke's, on Pont-Neuf in Paris, for the purpose of bringing his grace to action. He succeeded in his wish; they both jumped out of their carriages, and fell to it sword in hand on the bridge ; nor could the people part them till each had received some fevere wounds.--The cause of quarrel was, that the duke had given a commission in his regiment to a young man, whose mother had nursed one of the duke's family. The officers Thewed their disapprobation of this appointment, by refu. fing to mess with the young man ; but Tyrconnel, who was a duke as well as Fitz-James, said he would never quarrel with the young man, who could not be blamed for accepting a com. miffion ; but that he would most certainly call the colonel himself to account for the insult he had offered to the regiment, in introducing such a person among the officers. Fitz James was at that time a brigadier-general; but he has since been honoured with the staff of marechal of France, and takes the name of marechal Berwick.
IN the year 1705, a person who had been governor of Bengal in India, was a pauper in the parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, and upon application to the officer was admitted into the poor-house. After a short residence there, his case being known, the officer ondertook to obtain him relief from the pertons he had served ; they accordingly presented a petition to the dire&ors of the East India company, who, enquiring into the circumstances of the case, very generously granted him an annuity. of 100l. Upon enquiring into the causes of the circumitances of bis extreme wretchedness, he was found to have dissipated a Vol. I. 24.
fostune of 40,000l. (which he had very honestly obtained) at the gaming cable. Some of our modern nabobs are so deeply in. volved in the same mad rage for play, that they are likely to be in as neceßitous a condition.
• THE prince of Wales is said to be one of the finest horsemen in the present age. The fame was once said of prince Henry the dauphin of France, who afterwards fucceeded to the throne of that kingdom by the title of Henry the Fourth. The duke of Sully, afterwards the minister of that monarch, being told how great an adept the prince was in the science of horseman. fhip, Taid, “ It is no wonder, since horses are, of all creatures, least given to flatter their master's vanity.”
A young clergyman being to preach his first sermon, and being at the same time diffident of his abilities, delivered to his audi. tors, as his own, a discourse of the late bishop Beveridge's ; which gave great satisfaction to the congregation in general, who made him many compliments on fo promising a beginning of his ministry. Among the rest, an old lady, well acquainted with the bishop's writings, said to him, * You have given us, an excellent discourse; but I think you ought to pay Beveridge for it.”
Anfuer, by James Adams, of Eart-Stonehouse, to 7. White
combe's Que;lion, inserted March 24, I ET HR represent the horizon, . Z . do Pithe North Pole, and Z the Zenith; then, by the nature of the question, the sun's declination being given 22° 6', his altitude 28° 35', and the time of observation 3 hours 15 minutes after he rose, we have AP=BP=670 54'; BZ=610 25'; the LAPB=480 45'; and ZA=90. Whence, per B trigonometry, AB will be found= 44° 57'6"; ZPAB=PBA=800 19' 34" ; and thence the 2 BAZ H
= 47° 22' 34", which subtracted from 80° 19' 34", leaves 320 57'=ŽPAZ ; by which, and the including fides AZ and AP, I find ZP=38° 56' 45", whose complement 51° 3' 15" is the latitude required. Hence the sun rose the given day 59 minutes 20 seconds after 3 o'clock, and the hour of observation 14 minutes 20. seconds' after 7 o'clock in the morning.'
N. B. I have omitted the sun's semi-diameter and re.
Answer, by J. Quant, of Hinton St. George, to Thomas Roberts's
paradoxical Enigma, inserted May 19. * $ TROM wo take two you see I've done,
By what is under, Sir ; ---
And what's requir'd here.
1." . '' Remains 9
* We have received the like answer from M. Nosworthy, of Plymouth-Dock. •
Answer, by a Conftant Reader, to R. Rore's Enigma, inferred
conde April 7. .ii
N ASS will surely, Sir, reveal,
1 What you endeavour to conceal. $t$ We have received the like answer from Tyro, of Cerne.
Aufwer, by 7. S. of Shepton-Mallet,, to 7. Hodge's Enigma, ,
inserted May 12.
EAR youths, thake off dull sloth betimes,
4 C 2
Then never such a friend caress, · For ruin tollows IDLENESS.
Answer, by the same, to Thomas Roberts's Enigma, irferted a
the fame Time.
VOUR mystic lines, my worthy friend,
( Which are with such acuteness penn'd; In which such paradoxes lie,
Is an ENIGMA I descry. It1'We have received the like answer from T. Bunter, of Cheddon ; and Tyro, of Cerne.
A QUESTIÓN, by J. Adams, of East-Stonebouses
x + y2-b. Required the value of x and y, by an equation not higher than of cwo dimenfions,
* A QUERY, by Joseph Gritton, of Dorchester. UITHAT reason can be given, or ,why is it, that all those
y plants, such as kidney-beans, hops, convolvulus, and its several species, &c. which have cwisting stalks, or grow twistingly round the things they lay hold of, should (as is really the case) actually do so in a similar direction, or how can it be accounted for physiologically or botannically?
A PARADOX, by Agathos Pais, of Taunton.
T HERE at present lives, or lately did live, in the parish of
1 Lympham, in the county of Somerset, a husband and wife, father and mother, two brothers, fons of one father, and a þrother-in-law and sister-in-law, being the son, and daugh
w and her two brochers Somerset, in the parish of