War of Wartburg to Warning-Givers

War of Wartburg, a poetic contest at Wartburg Castle, in which Vogelweid triumphed over Heinrich von Ofterdingen.

They renewed the war of Wartburg,
Which the bard had fought before.
   —Longfellow: Walter von der Vogelweid (or Bird Meadow).

Warbeck (Perkin) assumed himself to be Richard duke of York, the younger son of Edward IV., supposed to be murdered by order of Richard III. in the Tower.

Parallel Instances. (I) The youngest son of Ivan IV. of Russia was named Dimitri, i.e. Demetrius. He was born in 1581, and was mysteriously assassinated in 1591, some say by Godounov the successor to the throne. Several impostors assumed to be Dimitri, the most remarkable appeared in Poland in 1603, who was recongnized as czar in 1605, but perished the year following.

(2) Martin Guerre, in the sixteenth century, left his wife, to whom he had been married ten years, to join the army in Spain. In the eighth year of his absence, one Arnaud du Tilh assumed to be Martin Guerre, and was received by the wife as her husband. For three years he lived with her, recongnized by all her friends and relations, but the return of Martin himself dispelled the illusion, and Arnaud was put to death.

(3) The great Tichborne case was a similar imposition. One Orton assumed to be sir Roger Tichborne, and was even acknowledged to be so by sir Roger’s mother; but after a long trial it was proved that the claimant of the Tichborne estates was no other than one Orton of Wapping.

(4) In German history, Jakob Rehback, a miller’s man, assumed, in 1345, to be Waldemar, an Ascanier margraf. Jakob was a menial in the service of the margraf.

(5) (See JOHN OF LEYDEN, p. 553; and COMEDY OF ERRORS, p. 227.)

Ward (Artemus), Charles F. Browne of America, author of His Book of Goaks (1865). He died in London in 1867.

Ward (Dr.), a footman, famous for his “friars’ balsam.” He was called to proscribe for George II., and died 1761. Dr. Ward had a claret stain on his left cheek, and in Hogarth’s famous picture (“The Undertakers’ Arms”) the check is marked gules. He forms one of the three figures at the top, and occupies the right- hand side of the spectator. The other two figures are Mrs. Mapp and Dr. Taylor.

Warden (Henry, alias HENRY WELLWOOD, the protestant preacher. In the Abbot he is chaplain of the lady Mary at Avenel Castle.—Sir W. Scott: The Monastery (time, Elizabeth).

Warden (Michael), a young man of about 30, well-made and good-looking, light-hearted, capricious, and without ballast. He had been so wild and extravagant that Snitchey and Craggs told him it would take six years to nurse his property into a healthy state. Michael Warden told them he was in love with Marion Jeddler, and her he married.—Dickens: The Battle of Life (1846).

Warden Pie (A), a pie made of Warden pears.

Myself with denial I mortify
With a dainty bit of a warden pie.
   —The Friar of Orders Gray.

Wardlaw, land-steward at Osbaldistone Hall.—Sir W. Scott: Rob Roy (time, George I.).

Wardlaw (Henry of), archbishop of St. Andrew’s.—Sir W. Scott: Fair Maid of Perth (time, Henry IV.).

Wardle (Mr.), an old country gentleman, who had attended some of the meetings of “The Pickwick Club,” and felt a liking for Mr. Pickwick and his three friends, whom he occasionally entertained at his house.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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