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      • King's clemency
        10/22/07

      • A Quarter of an Hour
        10/10/07

        When Lord Nelson was leaving London, on his last, but glorious, expedition against the enemy, a quantity of cabin furniture was ordered to be sent on board his ship. He had a farewell dinner party at his house; and the upholsterer having waited upon his lordship, with an account of the complet

      • Louis XIV and backgammon
        10/08/07
        Louis XIV, playing at backgammon, had a doubtful throw; a dispute arose, and all the courtiers remained silent. The Count de Grammont came in at that instant. "Decide the matter," said the king to him. "Sire," said the count, "your Majesty is in the wrong.""How so

      • Mozart's cash
        10/06/07
        Mozart, walking in the suburbs of Vienna, was accosted by a mendicant of a very prepossessing appearance and manner, who told his tale of woe with such effect, as to interest the musician strongly in his favour; but the state of his purse not corresponding with the impulse of his humanity, he desire

      • Quakers in the ranks
        10/05/07
        An amusing incident occurred at the Provost Marshal's office at Gen. Lee's head-quarters at Orange Court House, Va. Four Quakers were brought in as conscripts from London. They were ordered to fall in the ranks, in order to be marched to the command to which they were to be assigned. They

      • King's Jester
        10/04/07

        King James was complaining one time of the leannesse of his Hunting Horse, and swore by his sole he could see no reason but his should be as fat as any of his subjects; for he bestow'd upon him as good feeding,keeping, and as easy riding as any one did, and yet the jade was leane. Archee,

      • Maximilian I and a beggar
        10/04/07
        A beggar once asked alms of the Emperor Maximilian I., who bestowed upon him a small coin. The beggar appeared dissatisfied with the smallness of the gift, and on being asked why, he replied that it was a very little sum for an emperor, and that his highness should remember that we were all descende

      • Spartan meal
        10/02/07

        Xerxes, when he fled from Greece, left
        Mardonius all his costly dinner-service of plate.
        Pausanias, aware of this, ordered the cooks, after the
        death of Mardonius at Plataea, to prepare a dinner
        precisely as they would have done for Mardonius.
        When this was ready, an

      • Reading Hesiod
        10/02/07
        A Spartan was praising a saying of Hesiod's,
        "Not even an ox would be lost if one had not
        a bad neighbour," in the hearing of Diogenes, who
        cynically replied, "But the Messenians are lost,
        and their oxen too; and you are their neighbours."

      • Against Revolutions
        10/02/07
        Duncan Broadfoot was a studious shoemaker, and
        much addicted to reading works on astronomy. Ae day
        he got into a heated argument wi' Saunders Veitch
        regarding the merits and demerits o' the French revolution.
        Duncan stood erect. His eyes flashed, and he
        placed the

      • Stonewall Jackson
        10/01/07


        At a council of generals early in the war, one remarked able to perform a duty that it was proposed to assign him. " Wounded !" said Jackson. "If it really is so, I think it must have been by an accidental discharge of his duty."

      • Librarian to Francis I
        10/01/07

        The famous Duval, librarian to the Emperor Francis the First, often used to reply to questions that were put to him, "I do not know." An ignoramus one day said to him, "But the emperor pays you for knowing." "The emperor," he replied, "pays me for what I know

    • September