E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Alpheos and Arethu sa.
The Greek fable says that Alpheos, the river-god, fell in love with the nymph Arethusa, who fled from him in affright. The god pursued under the sea, but the nymph was changed into a spring, which comes up in the harbour of Syracuse.
We have seen a moustachioed Alpheos, at Ramsgate, pursue an affrighted Arethus&adot;.London Review.