[Loch-Ruadh] Word of the Day, March 12

Cait O'Hara lady_cait at lycos.com
Tue Mar 12 12:25:58 PST 2002


Rascals who go about dressed as sailors pretending that they have been shipwrecked, and soliciting charity.
-- Adm. William Smyth’s Sailor’s Word-book, 1867

On this date in 1790, George Jarvis, Esq. Gave by will, £30,000, for the poor of Bredwardine and Litten, in Herefordshire.  By 1822, the value of these funds had grown to over £90,000, which prompted the comment from a local commissioner “that the population of the three parishes was only 1180, and the income arising from the charity, nearly £3000 per annum, it must be obvious that even under the most judicious system of management, such a charity would be likely to be productive of considerable evils, and accordingly it appeared at the time of the inquiry, that it had encouraged a spirit of discontent and a disposition so idleness and improvidence, and had attracted to the parishes numerous persons from other districts, with a view of entitling themselves to a participation in the charity.”
-- Henry Edwards’s Old English Customs:  Curious Bequests and Charities, 1842

Never meddle in the affairs of dragons;
For you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
-- Acacia

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