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to fill it with flour. The other piece of mech-anicism was even more characteristic of the odd humour of John Oliver. A custom house officer was represented as chasing, sword in hand, one of the smugglers with which Sussex then abounded ; behind the officer of the law is seen an old woman who belabours the coastguard man with her broom so that the "free trader" may have a chance of escape. This representation has a certain significance as showing the not unfriendly attitude of the general public to those who gained their living by smuggling. It is said, too, that for many years before his death the Miller had his coffin under the bed, and it was only necessary to touch a spring, and it ran out on castors ready for its final use.
The Miller showed good taste for the selection of his burial place, for the view from Highdown Hill is picturesque and extensive, and the eye can pass from Portsmouth to Beachy Head. The mill, where he plied his avocation, has been removed, and a cottage occupies the site of his house. The tomb remains. It is enclosed by iron railings, and is covered with inscriptions. On the top we read :—