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A lone owl's boot-
Spirit of All! as up yon star-hung deep
JUNE has for its zodiacal sign Cancer. The name of June gave rise to various etymologies; but the most probable one derives it from Juno, in honour of whom a festival was celebrated at the beginning of the month.
In JUNE 1829.
1.-NICOMEDE. NICOMEDE was a Christian of some distinction at Rome. He was a man of most active benevolence; but was scourged to death in the second persecution under Domitian.
5.-SAINT BONIFACE Was a Saxon presbyter, born in England, and at first called Wilfrid. He was murdered near Utrecht, in the year 755.
*5. 1828.-H. STOE VAN DYK DIED. He translated, in conjunction with Mr. Bowring, specimens of the Dutch poets, in one volume, entitled · Batavian Anthology,'for which each obtained a handsome medal from his Majesty the King of Holland. His other publications are, The Gondola, Songs set to Music, and miscellaneous contributions to several periodical works.
7.-WHIT-SUNDAY. Whit-Sunday takes place of the Pentecostal feast among the Jews, and is in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, &c. on the day of Pentecost (Acts ii). It is held seven weeks after Easter, and has, probably, been continued regularly from the apostolical age (Acts xvi). Over the high altar in the principal church of Orvieto
there is a little door, by which the Santo Spirito, or Holy Ghost, enters on Whit-Sunday; a dove, surrounded by fire-works, to represent the Holy Spirit, being made to enter at that door, and so contrived, that it takes a circle round the church, lighting, as it passed, on the heads of each of the white marble statues of the apostles, and resting on the high altar, where it kindles, or seems to kindle, a flame; the fire-works making a noise as it flies, to imitate the
rushing mighty wind,' mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles. Three Years' Residence in Italy.
8.--WHIT-MONDAY. This day and Whit-Tuesday are observed as festivals, for the same reason as Monday and Tuesday in Easter.–For an account of John of Gaunt's Benefaction, see T.T. for 1827.
Among the sports formerly practised on these and other holidays, was the quintain. In the parish of Offham, to the west of Town Malling, in Kent, stands a, quintain, a thiņg now very rarely to be met with, being a machine used in ancient times by youth, as well to try their own activity with the sword as their skill in horsemanship. It consists of an upright post, about nine feet high, with a cross piece, like the vane of a weathercock, broad at one end and indented with many holes ; at the other end was suspended either a wooden sword or a bag of sand. This swings round with great ease on being moved by a slight blow. The quintain was formerly a man ereet with a sword (of wood) in his hand, and a shield in the other, or sometimes a bag, or anything else, was substituted by the less active youths for a sword.
The pastime was for youth upon horseback, with swords in their hands, or canes, to run at it as fast as possible, and hit the quintain with much force on the shield. He that by chance did not hit it, was treated with loud peals of derision from the others; but he who did bit it, was obliged to put spurs to his horse, and make the best use of activity, lest the quintain should give him a return blow on his neck with the sword he held in his hand, which immediately swung round upon the quintain's being touched. This sport (which was first introduced to the British by the Romans) bas been practised recently by the more refined ; and in the Times newspaper of 1827, is an account of a party of noblemen and ladies going out to amuse themselves with the sport.
[From Howitt's Forest Minstrel.] 'Tis merry Whitsuntide, and merrily
Holiday goes in hamlet and green field ; Nature and men seem joined, for once, to try
The strength of care, and force the carle to yield; }
For revelry the village bells are pealed ;
Deep grows the grass, flowers bask, and wild bees hum;
Shouting, and music, and the busy drum,
In dusty sports, or midst the songs and hum
Her garlands swing and wither in the sun;
Followed by peaceful troops, and boys that run
Shouldering their wands; and youths, with ribbons won
Wives, mothers, and arch sigh-awakening lasses,
Yet looking each demurely as she passes,
And, in the van of these sweet happy faces
*8. 1928.-REV. W. COXE DIED, ÆT. 81. He was the author of Travels in Swisserland; Memoirs of the Earl of Orford; Historical Tour in Monmouthshire; History of the House of Austria; Memoirs of the Kings of Spain; Memoirs of John, Duke of Marlborough; Correspondence of the Duke of Shrewsbury, and many other valuable and interesting works.
9.-WHIT-TUESDAY. Every third year on this day, the Eton Montem is celebrated; see T.T. for 1815, p. 168. The following is the portrait of an eccentric character, who was accustomed to attend this triennial festival. 10 stores ANNE
1997 of dows Tiboly out in 7209 0.
10, 12, 13, ---EMBER DAYS. See p. 88.
11.- SAINT BARNABAS Was descended of the tribe of Levi, and born at Cyprus. He was stoned to death by the Jews. *11. 1828.-PROFESSOR DUGALD STEWART DIED,