A Collection of Newspaper Extracts: Being, with a Few Exceptions, Taken from the Newspapers of the Day, and Designed to Afford Some Amusement to Those who are Fond of an Every-day Book

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W. Davison, 1842 - Anecdotes
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Page 137 - Not where he eats, but where he is eaten : a certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet : we fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots...
Page 70 - A mother would not keep the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the hope.
Page 25 - I never addressed myself in the language of decency and friendship to a woman, whether civilized or savage, without receiving a decent and friendly answer. With man it has often been otherwise. In wandering over the barren plains of inhospitable Denmark, through honest Sweden, frozen Lapland, rude and churlish Finland, unprincipled Russia, and the widespread regions of the wandering Tartar, if hungry, dry, cold...
Page 215 - And pause and start with the same vacant face, We join the critic laugh ; those tricks we scorn, Which spoil the scenes they mean them to adorn. But when, from nature's pure and genuine source, These strokes of acting flow with...
Page 81 - That from under one hood, you last night show'd us twenty ! Stand forth, arch deceiver, and tell us in truth, Are you handsome or ugly, in age or in youth ? Man, woman, or child — a dog or a mouse ? Or are you, at once, each live thing in the house ? Each live thing, did I ask ? — each dead implement, too, A work-shop in your person, — -saw, chisel, and screw ! Above all, are you one individual ? I know You must be at least Alexandre and Co.
Page 38 - I must sleep now;' upon which he laid down never to rise again ; for he did not move hand or foot during the following twenty-four hours. His Lordship appeared, however, to be in a state of suffocation at intervals, and had a frequent rattling in the throat. On these occasions I called Tita to assist me in raising his head, and I thought he seemed to get quite stiff. The rattling and...
Page 123 - For anglers, in spring, it is always unlucky to see single magpies; but two may be always regarded as a favorable omen; and the reason is, that in cold and stormy weather one magpie alone leaves the nest in search of food, the other remaining sitting upon the eggs or the young ones; but when two go out together it is only when the weather is warm and mild, and favorable for fishing.
Page 70 - The sixth age shifts into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon, with spectacles on nose and pouch on side; his youthful hose, well sav'd, a world too wide for his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice, turning again towards childish treble, pipes and whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, that ends this strange eventful history, is second childishness and mere oblivion; sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
Page 195 - In the first seat, in robe of various dyes, A noble wildness flashing from his eyes, Sat Shakespeare. — In one hand a wand he bore, For mighty wonders fam'd in days of yore ; The other held a globe, which to his will Obedient turn'd, and own'd the master's skill: Things of the noblest kind his genius drew, And look'd through Nature at a single view : A loose he gave to his unbounded soul, And taught...
Page 130 - Cornwall, awoke his wife, and, exceedingly agitated, told her that he had dreamed that he was in the lobby of the House of Commons, and saw a man shoot with a pistol a gentleman who had just entered the lobby, who was said to be the chancellor; to which Mrs.

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