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NOTES AND QUERIES. [n s. XL JAN. 2, 1915.

The lines I have in mind run as follows :

One old ox opening oysters.

Two toads totally tired trying to trot to Tetbury.

Three thick thumping tigers tickling trout.

Four fat friars fanning a fainting fly.

Five fairy farriers flying to France for fashions.


Seven Severn salmon severally swallowing swine.

Eight elephants elegantly equipped

Nine nimble noblemen nibbling nectarines.

Ten tinkers tinkling on ten tinder-boxes with ten tenpenny tacks.

Eleven eager Englishmen elaborately examining Europe.

Twelve typographical typographers typographic- ally transposing type.

The blanks represent a regretted lapse of memory. JOHN T. PAGE.

These lines as I learnt them from my father ran as follows :

Twelve twittering tomtits trembling on twisted twigs.

Eleven elegant Englishmen eagerly eating eggs.

Ten tipsy tailors twisting twine.

Nine nimble noblemen nibbling nonpareil.

Eight eminent elephants examining the elements.

Seven Severn salmon setting sail for Southamp- ton.

Six Scotch soldiers shooting snipe.

Five fair foreigners flying to France for fashions.

Four fat friars fainting and fanning the fires.

Three thick thumping tigers tickling trout.

Two toads totally tired trying to trot to Tutbury,


One old ox opening oysters.


Langstone, Erdington.

[ST. SWITHIN also thanked for reply.]

ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S HOSPITAL, OXFORD : "HOLY THURSDAY "(11 S. x. 370, 435). Your correspondent's curate friend does not know his Prayer Book. In the Table of Days of Fasting or Abstinence we read :

" The Three Rogation Days, being the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Holy Thursday, or the Ascension of our Lord."

This settles the matter for


MODERN ADVOCATE OF DRUIDISM (11 S. x. 408, 456). It is hardly likely that the Bev. Evan Pan Jones (" Dr. Pan," as he is commonly called) advocates, or has advo- cated, " the religion of the ancient Druids," though, being an enthusiastic Welshman and a poet, he may possibly have imitated some of their practices. Nor has he, so far as I know, ever been " Archdruid." The office and title of Archdruid are conferred (I believe) by the Gorsedd, and are held for life. The present occupant is the Bev. Evan Bees <{"Dyfed "), whose predecessor in the office

died in 1905. "Dr. Pan," though he had previously published a good deal of verse anonymously, and had several times been a competitor at Eisteddfodau, published his first volume of poems quite recently. Some translations of poems in this volume appear in Mr. Idris Bell's ' Poems from the Welsh ' (Carnarvon, 1913), where also there is a brief biographical notice of the poet.

C. C. B.

DE TASSIS, THE SPANISH AMBASSADOR TEMP. JAMES I. (11 S. x. 488). The fact that there are two Villa Mediana titles in Spain has doubtless confused your correspondent. 1713 is the date of the creation of the Marquessate of Villa Mediana, now held by Don Francisco de Lara y Fontanellas, who in 1884 also succeeded as Marquess of Casa Fontanellas (creation 1849). The County of Villa Mediana (now written Villamediana) was conferred on Don Juan de Tassis in 1603, and is now vested in Don Diego del Alcazar y Guzman, Marquess of Penafuente (crea- tion 1706). His address is 2, Plaza de San Andres, Madrid.

I have sent the inquiry on to Don Santiago Otero, editor of the Revisla de Historia y de Oenealogia Espanola, and will endeavour to answer your correspondent more fully later on. RUVIGNY.

BEGENT CIRCUS (11 S. x. 313, 373, 431, 475). I am obliged to MR. FROST for his correction at the last reference. I find in books, e.g., Peter Cunningham's ' Handbook for London,' 1850, that Piccadilly is "a street .... running east and west from the top of the Haymarket to Hyde Park Corner." So it appears in ' Fairburirs Plan of London and Westminster,' 1796, i.e., long before Begent Street was made. But in ' Wallis's Guide to Strangers through London and its Environs ' (Plan), 1824, the name " Picca- dilly " does not cross the Circus ; in Weale's Map, 1851, it does not cross, while " Coventry S." extends from near to the Circus across the top of the Haymarket to Princes Street ; in the map issued with ' Cassell's Illustrated Guide to London,' 1862, the name " Piccadilly " ends at Sackville Street, at the Circus appears "Beg. Cir.," and closely following is " Coventry St.," easily covering the top of the Haymarket ; in Bacon's Map of London, in an edition preced- ing the alterations at the Circus, and in one published after the alterations (neither dated), the name " Piccadilly " ends west of Sackville Street ; at the Circus, Begent Street (i.e., Lower) is at right angles, and almost