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9'" S. IX. MAY 24, 1902.] NOTES AND QUERIES.


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with his teeth and a mixture of triturate* paving-stone and urine. B. D. MOSELEY.

Burslem.

The resemblance to Shakespeare whic ST. SWITHIN notes in Cellini's verses must, think, be due to the translator. The lat Mr. J. A. Symonds's version gives no hint o it :

My cell I search, prick brows and hair upright, Then turn me toward a cranny in the door, And with my teeth a splinter disunite. One would, in fact, scarcely recognize this a the same passage, but Mr. Symonds usually stuck close to his original, I understand, anc there can hardly be a doubt that he is her '{ translating almost literally. C. C. B.

Symonds's translation of the ' Capitolo ' o Cellini has one line,

! My cell I search, prick brows and hair upright, in place of the three in the version by Roscoe SI have not the original Italian here, but am sure the fretful porcupine is Roscoe, and no Cellini. S. C. H.

Burlington, Vermont.

THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK (9 th S. ix 328). Your correspondent may find addi- tional particulars in Chambers's Journal, ^First Series, iv. ; ' Chambers's Book of Days ' pKirby's * Wonderful Museum,' ii. ; Corn p, vol. xxi. ; Temple Bar, May, 1872 ; Alt ^the Year Round, Second Series, xvii. ; Granger's ' Wonderful Museum,' v. i. ; and W. & Q.,' it S. v., vii., viii., xi., xii. ; 4 th S. iv., v., xii. EVERARD HOME GOLEM AN.

71, Brecknock Road.

Any one seeking information on this subject should not overlook Gibbon's dissertation thereon, entitled 'A Dissertation on the Sub- ject of L'Homme au Masque de Fer.' This is in vol. v. of the 1814 edition of the ' Mis- cellaneous Works,' p. 41, and at p. 693 of the 1837 edition (where the title is given dif- ferently). A. N. O.

There is an account of the " Iron Mask " in .the ' Book of Curiosities,' by the Rev. I Platts.

J. HOLDEN MACMlCHAEL.

SEASALTER (9 th S. ix. 189). I take the fol- lowing from Virtue's 'National Gazetteer' for 1868 :

" Seasalter Liberty, a par. in thehund. of Whit- stable, lathe of St. Augustine, co. Kent, 5 miles N.W. of Canterbury, its post town. It is a coast- guard station and considerable fishing village. The land is chiefly in meadow, with a small proportion of arable and garden. It is mentioned in Domes- day Book, and comprises the jhmts. of Harwick and Seasalter. On the shore is an extensive Oyster bed, called the Pollard, belonging to the Dean and


Chapter of Canterbury, who let it to the Whit- stable company of free dredgers. The appropriate tithes belonging to the Dean and Chapter of Can- terbury have been commuted for a rent charge of 2267., and the vicarial one for 160/., besides an impropriate glebe of 39 acres. The living is a vie. in the dioc. of Canterbury, val. 130/., in the patron. of the dean and chapter. The church is dedicated to St. Alphage. The Independents have a place of worship. There is a school endowed by Mrs. F. Fagg in 1794 The fairs formerly held here have been discontinued."

ARTHUR FORSHAW. 48, Hanover Square, Bradford.

MINIATURE OF COL. GEO. FLEETWOOD (9 th S. ix. 48, 154, 175, 234, 261). It seems evident that a son of the above settled to trade in London, and it is of interest to note that a great-uncle of the father had preceded this line of glass-sellers therein. I refer to Robert Fleetwood, citizen and merchant tailor of London, who was a brother to Thomas of the Vache, reputed parent of thirty-two children by two wives, ouch fecundity is a terror to genealogists. Now the above Robert was father to Sir William of Missenden, born 1535, died 1593, Recorder of London, and also a merchant tailor. It is alleged that of this couple father or son was illegitimate. What is known thereon 1 For myself, I have not traced the name of any alleged wife of Robert who thus settled in London.

ABSENS.

CASTOR SUGAR (9 th S. ix. 307). A diligent reader of, and occasional writer in, * N. & Q.,' I have heard of ghost-words. I think this castor may be one. We all know the pepper caster, but we do not all know the sugar caster, an old-fashioned ornament of the dessert table, out of fashion in the forties,

>ut brought back in the seventies of last

century. In the sixties cook pounded the rogar, and the sugar spoon with its pierced Dowl scattered it, the grocer knowing nothing >f this. The demand at last came to the grocer. He had heard of castor oil, and per- laps of castor, the beaver, and he labelled his sugar dust "castor sugar." The people wallow and pay for it as labelled.

JOHN P. STILWELL. Hilfield, Yateley, Hants.

This name must be of recent date, having lot yet found its way into any modern Eng- ish dictionary. The usual spelling castor is vidently misleading with regard to its origin, ince it derives its name. from the "caster, r strainer, through which it is strewn. The orresponding German name, Streu-Zucker,


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properly rendered by "powdered sugar, caster sugar," in Muret - Sauders's new