War by Candle Light

Shortly after the commencement of the last Peninsular
war, a tax was laid on candles, which, as a political economist would

prove, made them dearer. A Scotch wife, in Greenock, remarked to her

chandler that the price was raised, and asked why. "It's a' owin' to the

war," said he. "The war!" said the astonished matron, "gracious me! are

they gaun to fight by candle licht?"

Admiral Duncan's address to the officers of his fleet, when they came on

board his ship for his final instructions, previous to the memorable

engagement with Admiral De Winter, was couched in the following laconic and

humorous words:--"Gentlemen of my Fleet, you see a very severe WINTER fast

approaching; and I have only to advise you to keep up a good FIRE!"

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