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The German Showman.

An elevated stand he takes,
And to the fiddle's squeak, he makes
A loud and entertaining lecture
On every wonder-working picture :
The children cry " hark look at that !"
And folks put money in the hat;
Or buy his papers that explain

The stories they would hear again. This engraving is taken from one by oil paintings representing characters or Chodowiecki, of Berlin, to show the Ger- situations of interest. For instance, in man showman, on his stage of boards and the present exhibition there is the mode tressils, as he shows his pictures. These of keeping the festival of the new year, áte usually prints stretched out, side by a grand ball, a feast, a wedding, a "high side, on an upright frame, or sometimes sight" of the court, and, in all, thirteen

subjects, sufficiently beyond the intimacy

October 16. of the populace to excite their curiosity.

The Season. The showman commonly details so much concerning every thing in his grand ex- | An appearance at this time of the hibition, and so elevates each, as to year, already noticed, appears to have surinterest his auditors to the height of desir- prised our countrymen in Lancashire. ing further particulars. The stories are Though there is no doubt that the authorprinted separately in the shape of ballads ities who communicate the intelligence or garlands, and embellished with cuts ;”, believe it very remarkable, yet it is by the sale of these to his auditors he doubtful whether the occurrence may not obtains the reward of his oratory. be more frequent in that part of England

The qualifications for a German show. than they have had the opportunity of man are a manly person,, sonorous voice, remarking. Their account is to the folfuent delivery, and imposing manner. In lowing purport :dress he is like a sergeant-major, and in On Sunday, October 1, 1826, a pheaddress like a person accustomed to com- nomenon of rare occurrence in the neighmand. He is accompanied in his speeches bourhood of Liverpool was observed in by a fiddler of vivacity or trick, to keep that vicinage, and for many miles distant, the people

in merry pin.” This as- especially at Wigan. The fields and sociate is generally an old humourist, with roads were covered with a light filmy a false nose of strange form and large substance, which by many persons was dimensions, or a huge pair of spectacles. mistaken for cotton; although they might Their united exertions are sure to gratify have been convinced of their error, as audiences more disposed to be pleased staple cotton does not exceed a few inches than to criticise: With them, the show is in length, while the filaments seen in such an affair of like or dislike to the eye, and incredible quantities extended as many beyond that the judgment is seldoin ap- yards. In walking in the fields the shoes pealed to on the spot. If the outlines of were completely covered with it, and its the showman's stories are bold, and well floating fibres came in contact with the expressed, they are sure to amuse; his face in all directions. Every tree, lampprinted narratives are in good demand; post, or other projecting body had arrested both exhibitors and auditors part satis- a portion of it. It profusely descended fied with each other; and they frequently at Wigan like a sleet, and in such quan-meet again. This is the lowest order of tities as to affect the appearance of the the continental street comedy. In Enge atmosphere. On examination it was land we have not any thing like it, nor found" to contain small flies, some of are we likely to have; for, though strange which were so diminutive as to require a sights almost cease to attract, yet the magnifying glass to render them percepmanager and musician to a rational ex- tible. The substance so abundant in hibition of this sort, in the open air, clearly quantity was the gossamer of the garden, come within' the purview of recent acts or field spider, often met with in the of parliament, and would be consigned to country in fine weather, and of which, the tread-mill. What recreation, how- according to Buffon, it would take 663,552 ever, can be more harmless if the subjects spiders to produce a single pound.* are harmless.

“ Death and the Lady," the “Bloody Gardener's Cruelty," and the

NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. numerous tribe of stories to which these Mean Temperature...58.45. garlands belong, continue to be pinned on lines against a few walls of the me

October 17. tropolis, but they cease to attract. The “ cominon people," as they are called, re

A LYING-IN CUSTOM. quire a new species of street entertainment and a new literature: both might be columns by her pen, transmits a very

A lady who is pleased to grace these easily

supplied with infinite advantage to minute description of a very comfortthe public morals.

able thing" at this time of the year, which

may well be extended from a particular NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.

usage at an interesting period, to a Mean Temperature

50 · 72. general one.

• Liverpool Mercury. See The Times, October 9.


there, bear the pangs of absence from the To the Editor of the Every-Day Book.

interesting recluse a whole fortnight.

You are, doubtless, anxious to come Westbury, September 10, 1826. to the “ pith and marrow" of this comSir,- I suspect that although you solicit munication, and I will tantalize you no the aid of correspondents in furnishing longer. In these” parts of the country, your excellent miscellany with accounts it is the custom, when a lady shall have of local customs, you scarcely expect to been “ as well as can be expected,” for receive one which appertains to that im- thirteen or fourteen days, for the husportant time, when mothers increase their band to enjoy what is called “the gencare, and fathers receive the additional tleman's party,” viz: all his friends, bache“ tender juveniles" with joy or sorrow, lor and Benedict, are invited to eat “as it may happen!". If you should

sugared toast," which, (as the cookerygive publicity to the following strange books always say,)“ is thus prepared” “ feast,” (more honoured in the breach Rounds of bread are baked," (videlicit than in the observance,) I shall feel grati- toasted,) each stratum spread thick with fied, as it may not only lead to an eluci- moist sugar, and piled up in a portly dation of its meaning and origin, but punch bowl, ready for action : "

strong will tend to convince your readers, that beer,” (anglice, home-brewed ale,) is in you will not despise their efforts at con- the mean time heated, and poured boiling tribution, however humble. I am not a hot over the mound of bread; which is native of this part of the country, or, as

taken immediately to the expectant guests, the good people say here, I am not " one who quickly come to the conclusion of o' Westbury," for I have resided till lately

the gothic “ mess.” How they contrive in and near London, where the manners to emancipate the toast from the scaldcustoms, and habits, are a hundred years ing liquid, I never could, by any effort of in advance of those of the western part of ingenuity and research, decide to my the kingdom; hence, many of the usages

own satisfaction. A goodly slice you that obtain around us, which now excite know, sir, it would be entirely impractimy surprise, would have passed as a thing cable to achieve; for in half a minute of course, had I been always among

from the time of the admission of the them.

“ hot beer,” the toast must be “ all of a On the "confinement" of a lady,—but swam,”. (as we elegantly say here,) and, I must, before I proceed, define a lady resembling the contents of the witch's “ of these parts," by the unerring test of cauldron, " thick and slab.” Whether her husband's qualifications : if he can soup ladle and soup, plates are in remaintain his own, and her station in their quisition on the occasion, I am equally little world, he is then “well to do,"–

unable to ascertain ; but on the final disa rich fellow enough, go toma fellow missal of this gentlemanly food, (for I by that hath had losses, and which is more,

no means would insinuate that the cona householder ; one who hath two gowns gregation is limited to one act of devoto his back, and every thing handsome tion, they magnanimously remunerate about him;"--one who recreates in his the nurse,” by each putting money own gig; keeps a.“main” of

company ;

into the empty bowl, which is then conpatronises the tiny theatre; grows his veyed to the priestess of their ignoble own pines, and tries to coax his forced orgies! Of all the mean and impotent plants into the belief that the three dozen conclusions” of a feast, defend me from mould candles which he orders to be that, which pays its "pic pic" pittance lighted in his hot-house every evening, to an old crone, who is hired to attend

shedding delicious light,left by the behests of the lady," but who by the " garish god of day,” for their especial some strange mutation becomes the dibenefit, during his nocturnal rambles !* rectress of the “gentleman's” revels, and The wife of such a man, sir, I designate à

the recipient of the payment from his lady, and when such a lady's accouche- guests, for“ sugard toast !" ment takes place, her “ dear five hundred

Should this “ custom," be thought friends" are admitted to see her the next worthy of being admitted into the Everyday. In London, the scale of friendship Day Book, you will tell” of something is graduated woefully lower; for visiters more than Herrick « dreamt of in his

philosophy;" and the following couplet • A fact !

might “ blush to find its fame” among


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his descriptive lines that adorn your title- notes, was at first performed by the hand, page; after

but now so arduous has this labour be“Bridegrooms,brides, and of their bridal cakes," come, that a machine is erected for the

purpose, and it would seem from the might come

never-ceasing quantity of such paper in “I tell of times when husbands rule the roas, circulation, that it will be necessary to And riot in the joys of sugard toast ;' erect a steam-engine, so that hundreds I tell of groves, &c."

may undergo the operation at once."*
I am, Sir,
Yours very respectfully,

1. J. T.

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NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. Mean Temperature 50 · 60.

October 19.

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October 18.

“Garrick was, and Kemble is no more.”

On this day in the year 1741, the

“ British Roscius," as he is emphatically If any thing can be believed that is termed, made his first appearance as “ a said by the lottery people respecting the gentleman who never appeared on any lottery, before the appearance of the next sheet of the Every-Day Book the lottery ing the revival of the drama, by Garrick,

A remarkable event, precurs

stage." will be at an end for ever.

and its perfection by Kemble, deserves Particulars respecting the last moments notice as a memorial of what “has been :" of this “ unfortunate malefactor," will be very acceptable if transmitted immedie particularly as we have arrived at a period

when, in consequence of managers having ately; and in order to an account of lot- been outmanaged, and the public tricked teries in the ensuing sheet, information

out of its senses, the drama seems to and anecdotes respecting them are most have fallen to rise no more earnestly desired.

Leadenhall-street, October, 1826.' FORGED NOTES IN SHOP WINDOWS.

Sir,- The following is a copy of the A newspaper of this day in the year play-bill that announced the first appear1818, contains a paragraph which marks

ance of Mr. Garrick. the discontent that prevailed in London,

I am, Sir, yours truly, in consequence of a regulation adopted

II. B. by the Bank of England at that time. “ The new mode adopted by the Bank,

October 19, 1741. of stamping the forged notes presented

GOODMAN'S FIELDS. to them for payment, and returning them At the late Theatre in Goodman's to the parties who may have received Fields, this day wil be performed a Conthem, has at least the good effect of ope- cert of Vocal and Instrumental Music, rating as a caution to others, not to re- divided into two parts. ceive notes without the greatest caution. It

Tickets at Three, Two, and One Shilling. has, however, another effect often produc

Places for the boxes to be taken at the tive of public inconvenience; for such are the doubts now entertained as to the good- Fleece Tavern, near the Theatre. ness of every note tendered in payment, N.B. Between the two parts of the that many will not give change at all; and Concert will be presented an Historical the disposition to adhere to this practice Play, called the Life and Death of seems every day to be getting more ge- King RichaİD THE THIRD, neral. In alnost every street in town,

containing the distresses of forged notes are seen posted on trades

King Henry VI. men's windows, and not unfrequently this

The artful acquisition of the Crown by exhibition is accompanied with the words • Tradesmen! beware of changing notes.'

King RICHARD, The operation of stamping the forged

• Observer.

The murder of the young King Edward V. himself in such a way, that his legs are

and his brother, in the Tower. inaccessible to his opponent, and waiting The landing of the Earl of Richmond,

for the critical instant, when he can spring And the death of King Richard in the in upon his impatient adversary.”. memorable battle of Bosworth Field,

The account of the matches at the being the last that was fought between the Eagle-tavern then proceeds in the follow. Houses of York and Lancaster.

ing manner :With many other true historical


The contest between Abraham Cann The part of King RICHARD by a Gen. ference of style, but was attended with a

and Warren, not only displayed this diftleman. (Who never appeared on any stage.)

degree of suspense between skill and

strength, that rendered it extremely inteKing Henry, by Mr. Giffard ; Riche resting. The former, who is the son of a mond, Mr. Marshall ; Prince Edward, by Devonshire farmer, has been backed Miss Hippisley ; Duke of York, Miss Nay- against any man in England for 5001. lor ; Duke of Buckingham, Mr. Peterson ; His figure is of the finest athletic proporDuke of Norfolk, Mr. Blades ; Lord Stan- tions, and his arm realizes the muscularity ley, Mr. Pagett; Oxford, Mr. Vaughan; of ancient specimens : his force in it is Tressel

, Mr. W. Giffard ; Catesby, Mr. surprising ; his hold is like that of a vice, Marr; Ratcliff, Mr. Crofts ; Blunt, Mr. and with ease he can pinion the arms of Naylor; Tyrrell, Mr. Puttenham; Lord the strongest adversary, if he once grips Mayor, Mr. Dunstall; The Queen, Mrs. them, and keep them as close together, Steel; Duchess of York, Mrs. Yates;

or as far asunder, as he chooses. Hé And the part of Lady Anne, stands with his legs apart, his body quite By Mrs. GIFFARD.

upright, looking down good humouredly With Entertainments of Dancing

on his crouching opponent.-In this inBy Mons. Fromet, Madam Duvall, and stance, his opponent Warren, a miner, the two Masters and Miss Granier.

was a man of superior size, and of amazing To which will be added a Ballad Opera of strength, not so well distributed however

, throughout his frame; his arms and body one act, called

being too lengthy in proportion to their THE VIRGIN UNMASK'v.

bulk. His visage was harsh beyond meaThe part of Lucy by Miss HIPPÍsley. sure, and he did not disdain to use a little

Both of which will be performed gratis craft with eye and hand, in order to disby persons for their diverson.

tract his adversary's attention. But he

had to deal with a man as collected as The Concert will begin exactly at six

ever entered the ring. Cann put in his o'clock.

hand as quietly as if he were going to NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.

seize a shy horse, and at length caught a Mean Temperature .

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slight hold between finger and thumb of

Warren's sleeve. At this, Warren flung October 20.

away with the impetuosity of a surprised WRESTLING.

horse. But it was in vain; there was no

escape from Cann's pinch, so the miner A writer in a journal of this month, seized his adversary in his turn, and at 1826,* gives the following account of length both of them grappled each other several wrestling matches between men by the arm and breast of the jacket. In of Devonshire and Cornwall, on the 19th

atrice Cann tripped his opponent with 20th and 21st of September preceding, the toe in a most scientific but ineffectual at the Eagle-tavern-green, City-road. He says, “the difference in the style of wrest but not on his back, as required. The

manner, throwing him clean to the ground, ling of these two neighbouring shires, is second heat began similarly, Warren as remarkable as that of the lineaments of stooped more, so as to keep his legs out their inhabitants. The florid chubby- of Cann's reach, who punished him for it faced Devon-man is all life and activity by several kicks below the knee, which in the ring, holding himself erect, and.of- must have told severely if his shoes had fering every advantage to his opponent. been on, according to his county's fashion. The sallow sharp-featured Cornwall-man They shook each other rudely-strained is all caution and resistance, bending knee to knee-forced each other's shoul• The London Magazine,

ders down, so as to overbalance the body


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