As I looked out of the coach window, and observed that an old house on Fish-street Hill, which had stood untouched by painter, carpenter, or bricklayer, for a century, had been pulled down in my absence; and that a neighbouring street, of time-honoured
insalubrity and inconvenience, was being drained and widened; I half expected to find St.
Instead I desperately resorted to the time-honoured
expedient of setting up a stick and going in the direction of its fall.
I had learned, too, the very remarkable fact, that the stem of the Usher race, all time-honoured
as it was, had put forth, at no period, any enduring branch; in other words, that the entire family lay in the direct line of descent, and had always, with very trifling and very temporary variation, so lain.
The proprietor of a large old water-mill at Wellbridge--once the mill of an Abbey--had offered him the inspection of his time-honoured
mode of procedure, and a hand in the operations for a few days, whenever he should choose to come.
On that occasion, Cook's Court was in a manner revolutionized by the new inscription in fresh paint, PEFFER AND SNAGSBY, displacing the time-honoured
and not easily to be deciphered legend PEFFER only.