Facing the Maidan for a couple of miles is the Chowringhee, one of the famous streets of the world, once a row of palatial residences, but now given up almost entirely to hotels, clubs and shops. Upon this street lived Warren Hastings in a stone palace, and a little further along, in what is now the Bengal Club, was the home of Thomas Babbington Macaulay during his long residence in India.
Ernst hoped also that some messenger might arrive from Lady Anne, trusting that Sir John had fulfilled his promise by informing her what had happened to them. They were doomed, however, to be disappointed. Towards evening, Master Babbington, the sub-warden, failed not to make his appearance. "You remember my remark of yesterday evening, my young masters," he observed.
According to Bonet, there was a man by the name of Pichard who swallowed a razor and two knives in the presence of King Charles II of England, the King himself placing the articles into the man's mouth. In 1810 Babbington and Curry are accredited with citing the history of an American sailor in Guy's Hospital, London, who frequently swallowed penknives for the amusement of his audiences.
The following day, at the hour of noon, the door of their ward opened, and the red nose of Master Babbington appeared at it. "You may go forth, young masters," he observed; "but remember you are watched, and if you are seen spying about, instead of the leniency you have hitherto experienced, you will be treated with no small amount of rigour."
Favoured by the dissensions between the insurgents of the United Provinces and Leicester, the Prince of Parma had recovered Deventer, as well as a fort before Zutphen, which the English commanders, Sir William Stanley, the friend of Babbington, and Sir Roland York, had surrendered to him, when with their troops they passed over to the service of Philip II., after the death of Mary Stuart, and he had also made himself master of the Sluys.
"We cannot let you teach your heresy to these boys, albeit the fire will probably purge you and them of it ere long." Ernst, looking round, saw the burly form of Master Babbington, the warden of the prison, approaching. He and A'Dale, respectfully wishing the old man farewell, hurried on, that they might avoid an encounter with the jailer.
It is due to the translation of Hecker's "Epidemics of the Middle Ages" by Babbington, made possible through the good offices of the Sydenham Society, that a major part of the knowledge on this subject of the English-reading populace has been derived. All the symptoms were not found in every case, and in many cases one symptom alone preceded death.