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A crow-bar is driven into the earth on the summit of the cliff, and hereto a rope is securely attached; the egg-taker then fastens the other end tightly and securely around his waist, affixes a basket to his person, and descends down the face of the cliff,—an assistant regulating the lengthening or shortening of the rope. Having reached the nests, which are built in the fissures of the cliff, the adventurer takes possession of all eggs within his reach, and is then drawn upwards by his mate. Many a poor fellow has forfeited his life for his temerity in the pursuit of this daring occupation. It is recorded that about the end of the fourth century a hermit lived in a cell made in the cliff. Near the beach in the interstices of the cliff the samphire grows, the gathering of which is attended by commensurate reward.
Pursuing our journey we soon arrive at a place called Belletout, formerly an ancient entrenchment, whereon is erected Beachy Head Lighthouse (constructed by the late Mr Fabian, builder, of Brighton). This lighthouse has proved to be of infinite service to those navigating the Channel,—which is narrow at this point,—and has been the means of preserving a number of lives. A man constantly resides here, who will give every information required by visitors. It is frequently resorted to by parties from the fashionable and modern town of Eastbourne, which is situated about three miles to the eastward. The Cliffs at this spot are nearly 600ft. high, and the view is most extensive and charming. A Coast Guard Station is in close proximity.
Charles I. in 1640,—the sixteenth year of his reign, —restored unto Seaford its former privilege of sending Members to Parliament,—a power of which it had been deprived from the first year of Edward TV., anterior to which it had been a borough of the realm, returning its first members the 2Gth of Edward I.
In bringing this sketch of Seaford to a close, it will interest our readers if we give a brief outline of the election
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