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388                               ST. Crispin's bay.                     [Oct. 25.
following tradition as most probable:—That in some time of popery a priest celebrating mass at this festival, in some church in York, unfortunately dropped the host after conse­cration, which was suddenly snatched up and swallowed by a dog that lay under the altar table. The profanation of this high mystery occasioned the death of the dog, and a persecu­tion began which was continued on the anniversary of this day. The same custom also existed at Manchester on the first day of Acres Fair, which was held about the same time.— Med. AEvi Kalend. vol. i. p. 360.
Oct. 21.]                      Gloucestershire.
Richard Aldridge gave the interest of 200Z., Three per Cent, Consols, that the dividend should, for ever, be disposed of as follows:—1Z. Is. to the vicar of the parish of St. Nicholas for performing morning service annually in the parish church on the 21st of October, and preaching a sermon in commemoration of the glorious victory obtained by Lord Nelson over the combined fleets of France and Spain off Cape Trafalgar, on the 21st of October 1805; 10s. 6d. equally between the clerk and sexton for their attendance at such service and sermon. The residue of the dividend to be applied to keeping a monument of his friend in good condition, and the surplus after such repair to be given to the poor on the 6th of December each year in coals and garments.—Edwards, Old English Customs and Charities, 1842, p. 170.
Oct. 25.]                ST. CRISPIN'S DAY.
In many places St. Crispin's Day is a great holiday among the shoemakers, and the origin of it is thus explained:—Two brothers, Crispin and Crispinian, natives of Rome, having become converts to Christianity, travelled to Soissons in France about* 'the year 303, in order to propagate the Christian faith. Being desirous, however, of rendering themselves independent they gained a subsistence by making
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