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Cynics may ask, how many have profited by the innumerable proverbs and maxims of prudence which have been current in the world time out of mind?
They will say that their only use is to repeat them after some unhappy wight has “gone wrong.
Here, except when the owner was absent on a sporting expedition, which, between fishing, shooting, hunting, and racing, did, it must be confessed, happen pretty often; here his friends were sure to find a hearty welcome, a good beef-steak,-his old housekeeper was famous for cookery!-and as much excellent Port and super-excellent Madeira-Tom, like most of his school, eschewed claret and other thin potations-as their host could prevail on them to swallow.
The dining-parlour, which might pass for his only sitting-room,-for the little dark den which he called his drawing-room was not entered three times a year; the dining-room was a small square room, coloured pea-green with a gold moulding, adorned with a series of four prints on shooting, and four on hunting, together with two or three portraits of eminent racers, riders, hunters, and grooms.
I mentioned his throwing down his glove, which was not taken up by the brother of his victim, and so he had to be let off, for the old law was still in force.
South Kensington, LONDON, S. W. April 7, 1887.