The New Zealand Evangelist
Pride Wittily Punished.—
Three hundred years ago, there lived at Norwich, a shoemaker, of the name of John Drakes. One day, he came to a tailor's, and finding some French tawny cloth lying there, which had been sent to be made into a gown for Sir Philip Calthrop, took a fancy to the colour, and ordered the tailor to buy as much of the same stuff for him, and make him a gown of it, precisely of the same fashion as the knight's, whatever that night be. Sir Philip arriving some time afterwards, to he measured, saw the additional cloth, and enquired to whom it belonged.page 69
“To John Drakes,” replied the tailor, “who, will have it made in the self-same fashion as your's is made.” “Well,” said the knight, “in good time be it: I will have mine as full of cuts as thy shears can make it.” And both garments were finished according to order. The shoemaker, on receiving his gown, slashed almost to shreds, began to swear at the tailor; but received for answer, “I have done nothing but that you bade me; for as Sir Philip Calthrop's gown is, even so have I made your's.” “By my latehet,” growled the shoemaker, “I will never wear gentleman's fashion again.“—From Camden's Remains.
“I have lived,” says the indefatigable Dr. Clarke, “to know that the great secret of human happiness is this,—never suffer your energies to stagnate. The old adage of ‘too many irons in the fire,’ conveys an abominable falsehood; you cannot have too many—poker, tongs, and all, keep them all going.” Daily experience, we are bound to say, verities the remarks of the learned Doctor.