Welsh Journals

Search over 450 titles and 1.2 million pages

434 Old Price's Remains. the ligamentum nuchae. The accompaniment of a note, with the good old-fashioned wish of " Health to wear 'em and strength to tear "em," acquired a peculiar significance from the facility of the latter process. You would all exclaim, How like dear Devinez ! if you knew the Old Pet half as well as I do. One of the most charming sights in London, always excepting a certain royal carriage in Hyde Park, is our friend gracefully reposing—yes, repose is the very word— on our own sofa, waving his lily hand to the myrmidons who fly at his bidding, and issuing his few but peremp¬ tory orders with the calm j^-possession (and what could he possess more precious ?) of a man who is par negotiis atque supra, and with the easy unaffected condescension of one who knows rather than feels his position as joint- proprietor of a large and important establishment, and who needs not to labour, as some do, to make those around him know who's who. The refinement of his early educa¬ tion throws an Augustan grace over the most ordinary tran¬ sactions and phrases of the trade, and renders Queer Street Bazaar no less a Academia of elegantiae than an emporium of utilities. As the stout boy, now restored to average dimensions, passes that resting place (the very centre and type of otium cum dignitate,) he will point to the shutter— and, with an arch smile, tell him to come into the shop next morning either with it or on it. " Persicos odi, puer, apparatus," means "put away that sample of Persian;" " Favete linguis," " girls ! don't chatter so incessantly ;" and he sometimes soliloquizes, "Non sum qualis eram," but in no repining tone. His photogram, taken in I853> 1S a killing bait to country customers; (we wish O. P.'s may be half as effective in town—" plures adnabunt thynni et cetaria crescent,") and, though he considers himself villain-