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                                    SCRAPBOOK                  23
                                LAW FOR BACHELORS.
      A Hard Law.--At Sparta, a man was liable to an action for not
    marrying at all, for marrying too late, and for marrying improperly.
      Club Law.--At Lacedemon, upon a certain feast, the women drag
    those men who were not married round an altar, and beat them with
    clubs, that the scandal of this treatment might induce them to avoid it,
    by desiring to become fathers, and marry at a proper time.
      The Civil Law.-- The Roman law lent all its aid to a point so na-
    tional and interesting; for we learn from Dionyssius Halicarnassensis,
    that their old law compelled those who were of a proper age to marry,
    and it was a branch of the Censor's office to see it put into execution.
      Commentary on the Civil Law.-- When it is urged against this coer-
    cing power, that matrimony should be free, it is granted as to any par-
    ticular person. Your consent is not compelled to Titia or Sempronia.
    The State has a right to your contribution in general, but leaves you to
    choose the party at your own discretion.
      A Pious Pinch.--During the better days of Presbyterianism--when
    the ministers' stipends were one half less. and their labours of love one
    half more- snuff-taking was reckoned among the foolish vices, and of
    course was considered a luxury not to be countenanced by the cloth.
    The worthy divine, however, had swerved a little in his youth from the
    virtue of total abstemiousness, and among other College sins that had
    beset him, that of snuff-taking clung to his reverence with unconque-
    rable tenacity. He never, however, forgot his gravity so far as to in-
    dulge in a pinch during sermon, until one close, warm, weary after-
    noon, when the hearts of the congregation were heavy, and his eyelids
    threatened every moment to follow the example of their neighbours.
    he hemmed, stamped, and struck the pulpit till his fingers dinneled;
    it all would not do, for the clouds were charged with electricity, the kirk
    was heated like a baker's oven, and the drowsy audience were fast drop-
    ping away into the balmy dominion of Morpheus. At this critical junc-
    ture, the minister's eye caught an honest countryman in the act of open-
    ing a huge mull, and resuscitating his drooping spirits with a hearty
    sneezer.“ Ah! John!” exclaimed the Divine, taking out his own
    snuff-horn, "I see what ye're about there! yer taking snuff, John! --
    ye needna deny't!--Here's the way ye did, John. Ye took out yer
    all, this way, see; and ye took a pinch as big as that, John; and
    played this, and this-iss-iss, (inhaling nearly a goupin of macouba);
    which is a great sin, John..-But to resume our discourse, &c." There
    is no more sleeping in the kirk, that afternoon at least.
      Mocking Bird --The musical powers of this bird have often been
    taken notice of by European naturalists, and persons who find pleasure
    listening to the song of different birds, whilst in confinement or at
    large. Some of these persons have described the notes of the nightin-
    gale as occassionally fully equal to those of our bird. I have frequent-
    ly heard both species in confinement, and in the wild state, and without
    prejudice, have no hesitation in pronouncing the names of the European

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