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TYLNEY HALL. 3

mary arbitration of " heads or tails," for at that time there

was no " Bell's Life in London," to inform correspondents,

" whether if A. held the ace of hearts, B. was entitled

to play the deuce of diamonds to C.'s nine of spades, which

had fallen to D.'s ten of clubs, A. being a married man

and the rest all bachelors."

So much for Jonas. Fortune seemed to have cast his

lot amiss ; as the world goes he made but a sorry sort of

publican, but he would have made an excellent parish

clerk. Mrs. Hanway, on the contrary, as an Irishman

would say, seemed born a landlady, and the very worst of

her faults, when tried at .the bar, appeared of advantage to

her character. Technically speaking, her temper was a

little pricked, but its tartness proved of essential service to

a mistress who had commonly to control a termagant cook

and an obstreperous pot-boy. Besides, the temper of her

husband, which was really drawn a little too mild, acted

admirably as a counterpoise, or, as he used to express it

himself, they made excellent " half and half." Her other

failing, for she had but a pair, " leaned to virtue's side,"

and may be mentioned without malice. In her single days

she had lived in the now almost obsolete situation of stillroom

woman to Lady Bowles, from whom she had imbibed

a benevolent curiosity into the ailments of the poor, with

an invincible desire to exhibit, as the faculty call it, her

drugs and simples. In her zeal, however, to administer to

all the " ills that flesh is heir to," she scarcely paid due

respect to the proverb of " Let well alone," but seemed to

think, with certain politicians, that constitutions are good

for nothing but to be mended. No soup. committee ever

distributed their decoctions to the poor with more liberality

than Mrs. Hanway : her still was literally never still, but

day and night dripped teas and tinctures from herbs and

drugs, whose virtues were estimated in exact proportion to

their nauseousness. Some few patients she had, who took

her prescriptions for love, and the impatients she conciliated

by a presentation glass of Geneva. Many were the

hale invalids, and the Temperance Society may publish the

fact to their discredit, who consented to take her doses for

the sake of her drams. Unfortunately her medical practice,

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