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satisfactory, as the authorities for the statements less to say, Westminster scholars. The work now comwere not given. There is no doubt that the pleted and given to the world consists of the pa
records of boys admitted to Westminster School between punishment was what tbe term naturally signifies.
uco | June, 1764, and August, 1883. No explanation of these i have only just lighted on Callot's 'Miseries of limitations is proffered. The compilers, bowever, are War' among my prints. No. 14 of this vivid still seeking particulars concerning the Westmonasseries gives a perfect view of the process of execu- trians admitted previously to June, 1764, and it seems tion. In the middle of a place surrounded by that the period now dealt with is that covered by the
books of entries at preseut in possession of the head master, soldiers a platform of some height is raised, and on
These are four in number, and extend over the period it a poor unfortunate prisoner is securely bound to mentioned, with the exception of the date from Sept. 27, an actual wheel-of cart or cannon-resting hori. | 1788, to the end of 1805, the admissions for wbich time zontally on stout wooden supports firmly fixed to are not forthcoming. Head masters have been, it the wheel and platform. At the head of the victim appears, in the babit of looking upon these books as
their private property, and it is hoped that the wanting there stands a confessor with a crucifix in his band,
MSS., as well as the book of Dr. Nicolls, containing, attending the poor fellow, and opposite tbe execu
among others, the admission of Gibbon, may yet be disa tioner with a great heavy club, raised to break the covered. We think, however, of the fate of Warburton's bones of the condemned.
| plays, and are not too sanguine.
The task of Messrs. Russell Barker and Stenuing has This is a gruesome and ghastly subject, and been carried out with exemplary judgment and zeal. perhaps the less said about it the better. But How ample is the information sometimes supplied will German engravings of executions leave us in no be seen by a reference to tbe name Somerset. In some doubt as to the nature of the atrocious punishment
cases that we note an inquiry in ‘N. & Qo' would have
speedily obtained information not now forthcoming, and of the "wheel.” The criminal was stripped and
in one or two instances, it is to be feared, irrecoverbound, supine, usually upon a wheel, fixed hori.
ably lost. Occasionally matters of interest, political or zontally on a scaffold, with legs and arms extended; literary, spring up, as when we read of Robert Southey and the executioner fulfilled his cursed office by that he was expelled from the school in 1792 for an grasping what appears to have been an ordinary
article contributed to the Flagellant. The work is well
executed and welcome. cart-wheel (about forty inches across) at each end of its borizontal diameter, and then bringing down The Church of All Saints, East Budleigh. Part II. By the lower part of the rim with all his might on each T. N. Brushfield, M.D. Reprinted from the Transof the naked limbs in turn of the unbappy victim, actions of the Devonshire Association for the Advancethus crushing them (much as the malefactor's limbs
ment of Science, Literature, and Art.
The histories of our towns and villages are one by one were crushed after crucifixion); and he seems to
being treated of-sometimes in a manner wbich gives have completed the awful operation by snch blows satisfaction, more often, we are sorry to say, in a way on the breast as more or less speedily terminated which shows that the authors possess enthusiasm withlife. Favoured criminals were sometimes strangled out insight; now and then we come across books of this before being “ broken."
sort tbat are mere trade speculations. At present
this sort of imposture is rare. The wheel was in its third and last capacity
If, however, means last capacity be pot promptly taken to show the reading public wbat used as a gibbet, on which the severed limbs and a good village bistory should be like, we dread very much head of the victim were exposed, in terrorem, at that as the desire for local knowledge goes on growing the cross-ways; and no one who has glanced at this kind of pestilent literature will rapidly increase. Retzsch's. Outlines to Bürger's Ballads' is likely
Tbere is no better method of stopping the influx of
bad books than to furnish examples of really good ones. to forget the telling effect caused by the intro
This Dr. Brushfield has done in a most exemplary duction of this spectacle in the fifth illustration to
manner. To all Devonshire men his history of the Lenore' and the fourth to the ‘Pfarrer's Tochter Church of All Saints, East Budleigb, ought to be a work von Taubenbayn.'
J. Eliot Hodakin. of surpassing interest; but not to them alone, for to those Richmond, Surrey.
who live far away from Devonshire and who bave no Devonian blood in their veins it will serve as a model of
how & town history should be written. We cannot wish Miscellaneous,
for a better fate for Dr. Brushfield's little work than that
a copy should be deposited in every local library throughNOTES ON BOOKS, &c.
out the land, 80 that intending authors might have a Westminster School Register from 1764 to 1883. Compiled specimen before them showing how a work of this kind
and Edited by G. F. Russell Barker and Alan H. Bhould be done. Stenning. (Macmillan & Co.)
Devonshire is noted for its wood carvings. Much as FORTY years have elapsed since the 'Alumni West- her churches bave suffered from the zeal of reformers monasterienses' of Mr. Charles Bagot Phillimore was and Puritans, it is probable that even more havoc bas given to the world. During that period other loyal sons been made in the latter days by “ beautifying " cburcbof Westminster-notably Mr. Frederic H. Forshall, the wardens and ignorant committees of " restoration." author of Westminster School Past and Present,' 1884 What damage has taken place at East Budleigh we have contributed towards preserving and rendering cannot estimate, but the full fury of the tempest has not accessible its records. A further important contribution | raged there. The old benches, with their curious sculpto the same end is now made by Mr. Russell Barker, well tured ends, have been saved. Of these Dr. Brusbfield. known on the . Dictionary of National Biography' and in gives a very careful description. They are well wortby •N. & Q.,' and Mr. Stenning, both of them, it is need of all the attention which ho bas bestowed upon them.
There cannot be much doubt that they are the work of a few sentences to anticipate Rabelais. The light it docal artists some time early in the sixteenth century. casts upon mediæval manners is very singular. We now call tbese things open benches or Beute, old London Street Cries. By Andrew W. Tuer, F.8.A. reserving the word "pow" for a pen with a door. Our
(Leadenhall Press.) forefathers called them pews. That pews in the modern
ENBOLDENED by the favourable reception given to the sense existed before the Reformation bas been ardently
book in a costly edition, Mr. Tuer has now published a denied; but Dr. Brushfield shows that this is a mistake.
cheap edition, which appears already to have reached its That there were a few pews with doors in Roman
seventy-sixth thousand. It contains abundant matter of Catholic times is certain, but we imagine that they were
antiquarian interest, is profusely illustrated, and oververy uncommon. Sir Thomas More uses the word
flows with references to N. & Q. Some of the matters geveral times, but we cannot call to mind any instance in
| dealt with in N. & Q.' are not yet satisfactorily settled. which it is quite certain that the term is employed in the
“ A tormenter for your fleas" can scarcely be what Mr. modern senee. The most noteworthy example he affords
Wallis suggests, and “Water for the Buggs” remains is when he speaks of seeing “men fall at varyance for
unexplained. The little volume is welcome. A comkissing of the pax, or goying before in procession, or
panion volume, giving a selection from country cries, is & betting of their wiues pewes in the church" (ed. 1557,
desideratum, p. 88. c.). In those days men and women commonly sat on different sides of the church, and here we have, in all The Pilgrim's Progress. By John Bunyan. (Bagster & probability, an allusion to the women's seats, wherein it Sons.) was but according to nature that the “wiues” should WE have here a very cheap, handy, and accurate edition equabble as to who should bave the most notable place of Bunyan's immortal allegory, illustrated with quaint
Dr. Brushfield has collected much that does not cuts. directly relate to East Budleigh in illustration of the Hazell's Annual for 1893 contains, 28 usual, & objects still to be found in the church and the entries in stupendous mass of information of the most varied the old parish account-books. Among other things we kind. Among annuals it has established a position as have a very complete essay on the old practice of chain- one of the most valuable. ing such volumes as the writings of Erasmus, Foxe, and
We have received a copy of the Baptist Handbook for Jewell in the churches. In the reign of Henry, vil, an 1893 (Veale, Chifferiel & Co), containing a large amount order was made that the Bible in English should be placed
a of information calculated to be of service to the Baptist in the churches for the use of the parishioners. This has been thought to have been a new departure. Many instances, however, could be given of chained Bibles in
THE next volume of the * Book-Lover's Library” will churches in pre-Reformation times. We do not, however, be entitled. Literary Blunders: a Chapter in the History remember any example of their being in the vernacular. I of Human Error' by Mr. H. B. Wheatley. F.S.A.. the
Sprigs of yow have been used all over the north of editor of the series. It will be issued during the present Europe instead of palms on Palm Sunday. In Devon
o sunday.., 10 Devon. | month, shire it seems that this use so impressed itselt on the
THE Illustrated Archæologist, a new quarterly antiminds of the people that the yew tree was known by the
quarian magazine, edited by J. Romilly Allen, F.8.A. name of palm.
Scot., will be published in May next by C. J. Clark, of The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. Edited, Lincoln's Inn Fields.
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On all communications must be written the name and taining as it does the poems of the fancy and those of address of the gender, not necessarily for publication, but the imagination, including ‘Peter Bell, The Wag
| as a guarantee of good faith. goner,' • Laodamia,' 'Hart Leap Well,' “She was a phantom of delight," •Lines composed a Few Miles
We cannot undertake to answer queries privately. above Tintern Abbey,' and innumerable others. Strong
To secure insertion of communications correspondents claims may, however, be put in by vol. iii., with the
must observe the following rule. Let each note, query, sonnets “ It is a beauteous evening" and others of un
or reply be written on a separate slip of paper, with the equalled beauty, Rob Roy's Grave' and many other | signature of the writer and such address as he wishes to poems which it is a delight to read once more in this appear. Correspondents who repeat queries are requested handsome and convenient edition. Vol. iii. is, how to head the second communication “ Duplicate." ever, a little too thick and cumbrous. The notes are TANG JE PUVS.-Sonnets on Tennyson by Mr. Theodore excellent. Why, we are inclined to wonder, is the second | Watts appear in the Athenaeum for December 24 and 31. line only of the sonnet “ With how sad steps, O moon," 1892. A poem by Mr. Swinburne appears August 29, put in inverted commas? Surely both the first lines are 1891, in the same periodical. taken from Sidney!
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