Nuts and Nutcrackers ...

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William S. Orr and Company, 1845 - 232 pages
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Page 203 - ... would it simplify our complex and gnarled code, the introduction of this system ? In the next place, juries need not be any longer impanelled, the judge could ' sky the copper ' himself. The only question would be, to have a fair halfpenny. See with what rapidity the much-cavilled court would despatch public business ! I think I see our handsome Chief of the Common Pleas at home here, with his knowing eye watching the vibrations of the coin, and calling out in his sonorous tone, ' Head — the...
Page 153 - America) by the adoption, at a public meeting in Boston itself, of a memorial against any change of the law, in the course of which it was stated, that, if English authors were invested with any control over the republication of their own books, it would be no longer possible for American editors to alter and adapt them to the American taste.
Page 12 - With a little oatmeal for food, and a little sulphur for friction, allaying cutaneous irritation with the one hand, and holding his Calvinistical creed in the other, Sawney ran away to his flinty hills, sung his psalm out of tune his own way, and listened to his sermon of two hours long, amid the rough and imposing melancholy of the tallest thistles.
Page 181 - You may sometimes see a grand duke come into a country inn, call for his glass of ale, drink it, pay for it, and go away as unceremoniously as yourself. The consequence of this easy familiarity is, that princes are everywhere popular, and the daily occurrence of their presence amongst the people, prevents that absurd crush and stare at them, which prevails in more luxurious and exclusive countries.
Page 5 - Cavanagh, doubtless a gentleman of very good connections, announced some time ago that he had adopted a new system of diet, which was neither more nor less than going without any food. Now, Mr. Cavanagh was a stout gentleman, comely and plump to look at, who conversed pleasantly on the common topics of the day, and seemed, on the whole, to enjoy life pretty much like other people. He was to be seen for a shilling — children half-price ; and although Englishmen have read of our starving countrymen...
Page 191 - ... finished until 1816, the total cost being upwards of .300,000. The tolls for the year 1860-61 produced 9556. WATERLOO BRIDGE, the admiration of all beholders, was also designed by John Rennie for a public company. It was begun in 1811, and was opened with great pomp by the Prince Regent in 1817, on the 18th of June, the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. The cost was large, more than a million sterling, and the tolls yielding a very small dividend, the value of the shares has been much...
Page 181 - That princes do go into country inns, call for ale, and drink it, I firmly believe ; a circumstance, however, which I put the less value upon, inasmuch as the inn is pretty much like the prince's own house, the ale very like what he has at home, and the innkeeper as near as possible, in breeding, manner, and appearance, his equal.
Page 180 - ... men admire thorough-bred Scotch terriers — viz., not their beauty. Of all the cant this most canting age abounds in, nothing is more repulsive and disgusting than the absurd laudation which travellers pour forth concerning these people, by the very ludicrous blunder of comparing a foreign aristocracy with our own.
Page 82 - JACQUES tells us, that when his wife died every farmer in the neighbourhood offered to console him by one of their daughters ; but that a few weeks afterwards his cow having shared the same fate, no one ever thought of replacing his loss by the offer of another...
Page 93 - One day he is to be found creeping, with a tortoise slowness, through all the wearisome intricacy of an equity case — the next he is borne along in a torrent of indignant eloquence, in defence of some Orange processionist or some Ribbon associate ; now he describes, with the gravity of a landscape gardener, the tortuous windings of a mill-stream ; now expatiating in Lytton Bulwerisms over the desolate hearth and broken fortunes of some deserted husband. In one court he attempts to prove that the...

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