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USHER. This word is said to be derived from a huissier, and is the name of an inferior officer in some English courts of law Archb. Pr. 25.

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I reckon you'll be shocked," replied Greywood Usher, "as I know you don't cotton to the march of science in these matters.
It did in this case, as I'll show you," went on Usher positively.
Well, this one wasn't," said Usher, throwing the papers about.
The moment before Greywood Usher had been coming to the conclusion that Father Brown might possibly be mad.
See here, old man Usher," shouted the being in the red handkerchief, "I'm getting tired.
For several days ensuing, her name was unmentioned by either Usher or myself: and during this period I was busied in earnest endeavours to alleviate the melancholy of my friend.
I shall ever bear about me a memory of the many solemn hours I thus spent alone with the master of the House of Usher.
I was, perhaps, the more forcibly impressed with it, as he gave it, because, in the under or mystic current of its meaning, I fancied that I perceived, and for the first time, a full consciousness on the part of Usher, of the tottering of his lofty reason upon her throne.
One favourite volume was a small octavo edition of the Directorium Inquisitorum, by the Dominican Eymeric de Gironne; and there were passages in Pomponius Mela, about the old African Satyrs and OEgipans, over which Usher would sit dreaming for hours.
At the request of Usher, I personally aided him in the arrangements for the temporary entombment.
The whole discipline of the school out of lesson hours was in the hands of the two ushers, one of whom was always with the boys in their playground, in the school, at meals--in fact, at all times and every where, till they were fairly in bed at night.
The fame of this exploit having spread to the other rooms, and being discredited there, the young necromancer declared that the same wonder would appear in all the rooms in turn, which it accordingly did; and the whole circumstances having been privately reported to one of the ushers as usual, that functionary, after listening about at the doors of the rooms, by a sudden descent caught the performer in his night-shirt, with a box of phosphorus in his guilty hand.