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OMNIANA.

going out of fashion in the days of the pundigrion?

'Clenches and quibbles are now out of date,'

is a line of Flecknoe's.

—Children find, if they endeavour it,
Your learning, chronicle; clinches your wit

Sir William Davenant.

The quip seems to be another lost species, and we now hear of no quirks but those of pettyfogging lawyers.


61. Grapes in Madagascar.

The grape was believed to be poisonous in Madagascar till the French taught the natives to eat[1] it. Can this have been a mere prejudice, or was the opinion introduced by some of their Moorish visitors, who thought prejudice a better security against the abuse of the grape than prohibition would be.

  1. Dellon, t. 1. c. 9.