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Here the combat was re- newed, and might have lasted some time, had it not been an- nounced by certain flying parties, who had, probably, been cele- brating similar orgies elsewhere, that the proctors were on the alert, upon which warning there was a general < skedaddle.* " The aforesaid Mr. Vaughan was, for five-and-forty years, one of the lions of the University of Cambridge, and became so popu- lar at the " Bell '* with the under- graduates that the dons prevented his license being renewed ; after which he drove the Cambridge " Up Telegraph " every morning from the ** Sun " in Trumpington Street, half-way to London, and drove the " Down Telegraph " from the half-way point to Cam- bridge every afternoon. Dick Vaughan was a great cocker, and one day invited the writer I have quoted to visit his cockpit. 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Mr. Beverly was no great favourite of Dr. Mansell's, and was very anxious for his good opinion : so, although he was a little surprised at the messenger selected, he lost no time in following him. Jemmy opened the door of the room from which he had just been expelled, and almost thrust his victim into it. " Your lordship," he said, *'you promised me five shillings when I should bring here a greater scoundrel Carbamazepine Online than myself; allow me to present Mr. Beverly to your lordship, and claim the gratuity." The bishop and his visitor stared at each other for a moment, and then the latter bolted. Jemmy remained, and his lordship, either to get rid of him, or from a con- viction that he had earned his reward, handed him over the five shillings. Amongst the odd sporting cha- racters in Cambridge in my time was old Callaby, who kept a ** fancy establishment Buy Carbamazepine " in Ram Yard. 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