Milton’s Third Daughter. —Milton’s third daughter was named Deborah ; and to show the instability of all earthly things, she married Abraham Clark, a poor Spitalfields weaver. She kept a petty chandler’s shop, first at Holloway and afterwards at Cock-lane, near Shoreditch Church, London. They were so poor that Queen Caroline (wife of George II.) sent her fifty guineas ; and on the sth of April, 1750, that unrivalled production of her father’s “ Comus,” was played for her benefit, and the profits of the night amounted to Ll3O. “ And is it really true that I shall recover V’ asked a patient of his doctor. “ Infallibly,” answered the man of medicine, taking from his pocket a paper full of figures. “ Here, look at the statistics of your case ; you will find that one per cent, of those attacked with your malady are cured.” “ Well 1” said the sick man, in a dissatisfied manner. “ Well, you are the hundredth person with this disease that I have had under my care, and the first ninety-nine are all dead.” At a most exclusive ball at the French sea-side, a young druggist’s clerk approached one of the fairest and most aristocratic o. the ladies, and humbly solicited the favor of a quadrille. The lady inspected him critically from his tie to his boots, and, taking her card, said, “I never, monseiur, dance with people whose names are, not preceded by a “ de. ” What shall X inscribe '! Monsieur 1” “ ‘ Monsieur Peroxide de Manganese,’ mademoiselle,” he replied. Forty Days’ Fasting. —An almost incredible but well-authenticated story is reported from New York. Dr. Tanner, a member of the medical profession of that city, avowing his belief in the possibility of sustaining human life without food for much beyond the ordinary accepted time, has undertaken to attempt the feat of fasting for forty days. His proposal was accepted, and arrangements made for a thoroughly scientific test. Dr. Tanner has already (July 20) fasted for twenty-five days with out taking food of any description. He has been most strictly watched by qualified persona, and the utmost precaution has been taken to guard against deception. He is much weaker, but is still hopeful of accomplishing the forty days. The experiment has excited interest amongst the medical profession and the public generally.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 137, 10 August 1880
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