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Mr. Biekerstattual, he thony ht the proa Meemtor's cais wife is mondhi to blame in the prisotto er's tongue, and therefore gave mentener un follows: " that they should both be placed over agtial on another in the midst of the count, there to remain for the space of one quarter of an hour, during which time the linen-diaper was to be yayged, and the badly to bold ber hands close upou bocb bereures" whinelo was executed necondingly.

Ellward Callicoat was indicted as an accomplice to Chades (ambuck, for that be the said Meward Callicou did, by bis silence and smilen, seun to ap. pirove sud abct ihe said Chale ('mbriek in every thing lie said Il approved, that the prisonet mis Jornal of the shop in the aforranid Charles (nonbuck, and, by this great, obliged to smile at every thing that the other should be pleased to say: uproti wbiel, he ws aquilledl.

Josiah Shallow was indicard in the name of Dame Winifred, sole relict of Birhad. Duny, equures, for having said several times in company, and in the

hearing of several persons there present, “that he was extremely obliged to the widow Dainty, and that he should never be able sufficiently to express his gratitude.” The prosecutor urged, that this might blast her reputation, and that it was in effect a boasting of favours which he had never received. The prisoner seemed to be much astonished at the construction which was put upon his words, and said, " that he meant nothing by them, but that the widow had befriended him in a lease, and was very kind to his younger sister.” The jury finding him a little weak in his understanding, without going out of the court, brought in their verdict ignoramus.

Ursula Goodenough was accused by the lady Betty Wou'dbe, for having said, that she, the lady Betty Wou'dbe, was painted. The prisoner brought several persons of good credit to witness to her reputation, and proved, by undeniable evidences, that she was never at the place where the words were said to have been uttered. The Censor, observing the behaviour of the prosecutor, found reason to believe, that she had indicted the prisoner for no other reason but to make her complexion be taken notice of; which indeed was very fresh and beautiful: he therefore asked the offender, with a very stern voice, how she could presume to spread so groundless a report? and whether she saw any colours in the lady Wou'dbe's face that could procure credit to such a falshood ? “Do you see," says he, “any lilies or roses in her cheeks, any bloom, any probability?" The prosecutor, not able to bear such language any longer, told him, “that be talked like a blind old fool, and that she was ashamed to have entertained any opinion of his wisdoni:” but she was put to silence, and sentenced “to wear her mask for five months, and not to presume to shew her face until the town should be empty.” VOL. V.


Benjamin Buzzard, esquire, was indicted for having told the lady Everbloom at a public ball, that she looked very well for a woman of her years. The prisoner not denying the fact, and persisting before the court that he looked upon it as a compliment, the jury brought him in non compos mentis.

« The court then adjourned to Monday the eleventh instant." Copia vera.


N°260. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1710.

Non cuicunque datum est babere nasum.


The nose, 'tis said, shews both our scorn and pride:
And yet that feature is to some deny'd.


From my own Apartment, December 6. We have a very learned and elaborate dissertation upon thumbs in Montaigne's Essays, and another upon ears in the “ Tale of a Tub." I am here going to write one upon Noses, having chosen for my. text the following verses out of Hudibras :

So learned Taliacotius from
The brawny part of porter's hum
Cut supplemental noses, which
Lasted as long as parent breech;
But when the date of nock was ouit,
Off dropp'd the sympathetic snout.

Notwithstanding that there is nothing obscene in natural knowledge, and that I intend to give as little offence as may be to readers of a well-bred imagination; I must, for my own quiet, desire the critics, who in all things have been famous for good noses, to refrain from the lecture of this curious Tract. These gentlemen were formerly marked out and distinguished by the little rhinocerical nose, which was always looked upon as an instrument of derision; and which they were used to cock, toss, or draw up in a contemptuous manner, upon reading the works of their ingenious contemporaries. It is not, therefore for this generation of men that I write the present transaction,

Minus aptus acutis
Naribus borum buminum

For the brisk petulance of modern wit.

Francis but for the sake of some of my philosophical friends in the Royal Society, who peruse discourses of this nature with a becoming gravity, and a desire of improving by them.

Many are the opinions of learned men concerning the rise of that fatal distemper, which has always taken a particular pleasure in venting its spight upon the nose.

I have seen a little burlesque poem in Italian, that gives a very pleasant account of this matter. The fable of it runs thus : Mars, the god of war, having served during the siege of Naples in the shape of a French colonel, received a visit one night from Venus, the goddess of love, who had been always his professed mistress and admirer. The poem says, she came to him in the disguise of a suttling wench, with a bottle of brandy under her arm. Let that be as it will, he managed matters so well, that she went away big-bellied, and was at length brought to-bed of a little Cupid. This boy, whether it was by reason of any bad food that his father bad eaten during the siege, or of any particular malignity in the stars that reigned at his nativity, came into the world with a very sickly look, and crazy constitution. As soon as he was able to handle his bow, he made discoveries of a most perverse disposition. He dipped all his arrows in poison, that rotted every thing they touched; and, what was more particular, aimed all his shafts at the nose, quite contrary to the practice of his elder brothers, who had made a human heart their butt in all countries and ages. To break him of this roguish trick, his parents put him to school to Mercury, who did all he could to hinder him from demolishing the noses of mankind; but, in spight of education, the boy continued very unlucky; and though his malice was a little softened by good instructions, he would very frequently let fly an invenomed arrow, and wound bis votaries oftener in the nose than in the heart. Thus far the fable.

I need not tell my learned reader, that Correggio has drawn a Cupid taking his lesson from Mercury, conformable to this poem; nor that the

poem itself was designed as a burlesque upon Fracastorius.

It was a little after this fatal siege of Naples, that Taliacotius began to practise in a town of Germany, He was the first love-doctor that I meet with in his, tory, and a greater man in his age than our cele. brated doctor Wall. He saw his species extremely mutilated and disfigured by this new distemper that was crept into it; and therefore, in pursuance of a very seasonable invention, set up a manufacture of

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