NOTES AND QUERIES. m s. XL FEB. 27, 1915.
AUTHOR OF QUOTATION WANTED (11 S. x i. go). "Beligion brought forth Riches, .and the daughter devoured the mother." This is a translation of " Religio peperit divitias, et filia devoravit matrem." The Latin is given as a saying of St. Bernard in the heading of an epigram ascribed to Henricus Meibomius in part i. of Reusner's ' ^Enigmatographia,' ed. 2, 1602, p. 361 : Relligio censum peperit, sed filia matri
Caussa suse leti pernitiosa fuit. I have not traced the saying in St. Bernard. EDWARD BENSLY.
SOURCE OF QUOTATION WANTED (11 S. xi. 108). Kcu KrjTTwpbv fu&a) rov IK pifov ^Kre/Avovra TO, Xdyava is given in Michael Apostolios, 9, 24 d , as the reply of Alexander rov (rv/JifiovXevovTa. Aa/x/3ai/6i/ T/\rj TrXet- K TMV TroAewi/. The reference is in Otto's ' Die Sprichworter der Rb'mer,' p. 267, under ' Pastor.'
I would suggest that Maximus Tyrius in the margin of Freinsheim's Supplement to 'Q. Curtius refers to the passage at the end -of Dissertation xii. (=xl.), where we read that Cyrus ruled the Persians as a shepherd his fleck, but that Cambyses and Xerxes were not sh epherds, but wolves.
CATECHIST AT CHRIST CHURCH, OXFOED <11 S. x. 507). If M.A.OXON will look again in his ' Oxford University Calendar ' of 1845, he will find that the Rev. Jacob Ley is described as " Censor, Catechist, and Librarian " of Christ Church. In the ' Calendar ' of 1870 the Rev. C. W. Sandford Is described as " Censor and Catechist." It would seem that this is the last ' Calendar ' in which the office of Catechist is men- tioned. G. F. R. B.
" GAZING-ROOM " (11 S. xi. 26, 114).
The corner room of a house from which a
view of one or more streets is to be had is
familiarly called "a gozzing place," and
" gozzing " for "gazing" is a very common
word. One who stares about is said to be
a good gozzer," and is also known as " a
gozzer " or "pyker." THOS. RATCLIFFE.
" CONTURI3ABANTUR CONSTANTINOPOLI-
TANI ' ' THE COMIC LATIN GRAMMAR '(US. xi. 109, 156). This, as correspondents have pointed out, was written by Percival Leigh one of the first members of the staff of Punch (known later on to his colleagues as " the Professor " ). The ' Grammar ' procured him an invitation to join the staff, but he held
aloof for a short while until he satisfied himself as to the tone and character of the " new comic," and then not only did he himself join, but he introduced his friend and colleague John Leech. Leech had illus- trated the ' Latin Grammar ' for Leigh (who became his lifelong friend) ; a few years later he did the same service for Leigh's little companion volume ' The Comic English Grammar ' (Richard Bentley). For further details see my ' History of " Punch " ' under the names of author and artist.
M. H. SPIELMANN, F.S.A. 21, Cadogan Gardens, S.W.
OLD WESTMINSTERS (11 S. xi. 48). (3) Henry Rainsford, Fellow of Trin. Coll., Camb., was born 1582 ; married 1628 at Barnet, Herts, Mary, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Mountford. He was Rector of Great Stanmore, Middlesex, and of Bishop's Hat- field and of Tewin, Herts, and was buried at Tewin in 1650 (vide L T rwick's ' Non- conformists in Herts ' ). In his will he refers to " his numerous issue," of whom I should like information, and also of his parentage. F. VINE RAINSFORD.
66, Oseney Crescent, N.W.
" ROPER'S NEWS ": "DUCK'S NEWS" (US. xi. 110). I distinctly remember using " duck's news " in my schooldays (1875- 1885) to denote stale or dead news, in the same way as we now say " Queen Anne 's dead " when we hear something we have heard before. " Roper's news " in Corn- wall is used in a similar connexion : " That 's Roper's new r s hang the crier." In the same county " Mr. Roper " is used in refer- ring to the hangman.
ARCHIBALD SPARKE, F.R.S.L.
COL. THE HON. COSMO GORDON (11 S. x. 131). This officer was the fourth son of the second Earl of Aberdeen. Born in 1737, he entered the 3rd Foot Guards in 1756, and was tried at the Old Bailey, 17 Sept., 1784, for the murder of Thomas in a duel in Hyde Park. The trial of Thomas was published in 1781, and that of Gordon in 1783. I dealt with him fully in The Aberdeen Free Press, 27 Feb., 1899, and also in my book 'The Gay Gordons,' 1908 (pp. 159-64). His military career is given minutely by Mrs. Skelton in ' Gordons under Arms,' No. 384. I think he is the hero of an old print I bought some years ago from Mr. Tregaskis entitled (in ordinary pen and ink) ' Col. Gordon : the Maccaroni Magis- trate.' Gordon died unmarried in 1818. J. M. BUXLOCH.