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(From Bradf i Vartttiti of Utirature.Ji

" A Dab at an y Tunco ."-»-A dab i» considered to be a mere eoruption of Uie.wprd adept, which signi- fies n'pergou far advanced or perfect in nny thing, and is no other than the word adeptas. In the «ame wtty us a cute man ison abbreviation of acute, or the Latin ecttfuj, und signifies a person that is sham, clever, neat; or, to use- a more modern term, au fait, at the subject you happen to lie speaking 'of.

" Akt and Pakt."-A term used in the North of England and in Scotland. When any one is charged with a crime, they say he is art and part in com- mitting the same, i. e. he was both a contriver and acted his part in it.-Dictionary of Husbandry, a-c. .


" Dead as Chelsea."-Chelsea, a village near London, futnous for the military hospital. To get Chelsea; to obtain the benefit of that hospital. " Dead as Clielsuu" an exclamation uttered by a gre- nadier at Fontenoy, on having hi« leg carried away by a cannon ball.- Dictionary Vulgar Tongue. 1788.

"As DEAD as a Herring."--The herring ita delicate fish, which is killed hy a very «nulli degree of violence. Whenever it is taken out of the Water, even though it seems to have received no hurt, it givesa squeak, ant! immediately expires; and though it be thrown instantly back into the water, it never recovers. Hence arises the proverb " as dead as a herring."-Anderson on the State of the Hebrides.

" Sleeps uiKE a Top."-This wo may say in fa- miliar language of a person completely under the in- fluence of Morpheus ; and we generally imagine the simile taken from the momentary pause of a peg-top, or humming-top, when its rotatory motion is at its height. But no such thing, the word top is Italian. Topo, in that language, signifies a mouse ; it is the generic name, and applied indiscriminately to the common mouse-, field mouse, and dormouse, from which the Italian proverb,"«'dornte come tia topo" is derived : Auglice, " he sleeps like a top."--Genf. Mag. 17<.»:i.

"Wise men op Gotham."-Gotham is a village in Nottinghamshire. Its magistrates are said to have attempted to hedge in a cuckoo ; and a bush, called the- Cuckoo's bush, is .still shown in support of the tradition. A thousand other ridiculous stories are told of the- men of Gotham.-Dictionary Vulgar Tongue, 1788.

"True Blue will never stain."-Coventry had formerly the reputation for dyeing blues; in- somuch that true blue came to be a proverb, to signify one who was always the same, and like him- self.-Ray's Proverbs, 1737.

" To throw the Gantlet."-A, proverbial phrase, signifying to challenge or defy. The ex- pression derives its origin from the days of chivalry, when he that challenged an opponent, in the lists threw down his glove, and he- that accepted the challenge took it up. The wortl guntolet is French, and comes from gund or gant, " a glove." The gantlet was in use before the thirteenth eentury.

"To run the Gantlope."--A proverbial phrase commonly expressed, to run the gantlet, and signifying, primarily, a certain military punishment, and figuratively, the passing through difficulties. Ace riling to the erroneous pronunciation, the hearer who compares Ibis phrase with that which is the- subject of the preceding article, is much at a loss to understand the word gantlet. The real words arc these, "to run the Ghent-race." Ghent, gaunt, or gan, is a well known town, in Flanders; and loop, in the Belgiu signifies a race. The gant- lope, or Ghent-race, so called because invented at that place, is this:-In the land-service, when a soldier is to be punished iii this manner, the regiment is drawn out in two ranks, facing, each, other, end each soldier having a switch in his, hatvd, lushes the criminal as he runs ulong, naked from the ? waist upwards; in the navy, the whole ship's crew is disposed in two rows, standing face to face, on both sides of the deck, so as to form a line, whereby the delinquent may go forward on one side, and return aft on the other; and each, seaman, being furnished with a small twisted cord, strike« bim as the passes.-Pocket, Encyclopedia, by Kendal,


"He ih gone to Pot."-The following article is extracted from the Instructions of Kikions king of lYlazamlcrun, to the Prince his son, translated from the Persian hy the celebrated AÏ. Gallant! : A tailor of Simiireand, living near the gate that led to the bitrying-plscc, had by his shop-board an earthen pot banging on n nail, into,which he threw a little stone wheo any corpse was carried by ; and st'the end of every moon he counted 'the contents of his.pot,in'

order to ascertain the number of the deceased. At

length the tailor died himself; and some time after, one that was unacquainted with his death, ob- serving his shop to tie deserted, iuquired what wa« become of lum ; one of the neighbours of the deceased answered, " the tailor is gone to the pot as well a« the rest."-Monthly Mirror, 1799.

" The Vicar op Bray will, be the Vicar or. Bray still."-Bray is ¡1 village well known in Berkshire, the vivacious vicar whereof, living, under, King Henry VIII. King Edward ,V{. Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth, was first a papist, then a protestant, then a papist, and theil a protestant again. This vicar being taxed by one for being a turncoat, " Not so," said he, for I always kept my principle, wlrich is this-to live and di« Vicar of Bray."-Ray's Proverbs, 1737.

Lord Eldon.-The Ex-Lord Chan-

ce lo , on ret i 1 ing from ofTic - id the year 1806, addressed the bar ot par ing, alter doubting considerably of the dignity ? of -auch a step, I have doubted," said he, " whether the more diguiüed mann r of, pi rung would not be simply to m ke my bow to you, and retire." His Loiship, we presume, in the dime of the 21 years from the time of his fir t going out of office in l806¿ until his final retirement last mouth, lad,removed his doubts as to 1 he p.oprjetyof addressing the baron this last ocasión, and »md decided tha't it would be more dignified not to make any spe>ch ut.paning; since it up'peur? that the only address he made to'the counsel was thut, several days lu-fore his last sitting, in which he "apolng sed to the public for wlial tiver d'lays lie had-bien guilty of," stating

at the sume time that " his mind was so

constituted us to have led lo those delays which Lad been grievously fist by. many«"