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Dream Of A Spelling-Bee

During the latter part of the nineteenth century, Spelling Bee competitions became popular in England. Punch magazine had several prose and illustrations which referenced this fad. One of them is the following nonsense verse titled “Dream of a Spelling-Bee” which the magazine … Continue reading

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Another Poem With A Hidden Acrostic

In the September 29, 1888, edition of Weekly Wisconsin, the following strange enigma appeared, composed by an anonymous writer named “Maude”: Perhaps the solvers are inclined to hiss, Curling their nose up at a con* like this. Like some much … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #48

We Regret the Error Yet worse was the condition of the editor who, having in a touching obituary notice of a soldier described the deceased as a ‘battle-scarred veteran,’ was driven frantic to find in the morning that the types … Continue reading

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Wearing Two Watches

During the latter half of the eighteenth century, wearing two was in vogue in Europe. It was only popular among the males at first, but soon, the females also adapted this fashion. However, watches were costly back then so many … Continue reading

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A Misquoted Couplet

While reading an interesting article written by former UK Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone titled “Kin Beyond Sea” in The North American Review, Vol. 127, September-October 1878, I noticed a misquotation. He misquoted the following couplet from Reginald Heber’s long poem Palestine (1803): … Continue reading

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The following couple of verses would be familiar to those who know the nursery rhyme As I was Going to St. Ives. As I was going to Handover Fists I met a man with seven wrists. The seven wrists had … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #46

Some Definitions Great Men — Little men who wear high heeled boots. Political Greatness — Moral littleness and inconsistency. — The Olio, Vol. 3, 1829

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