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InI ll« Hotua ot lord, on Frilly tt. Dck« of Rich-Gorton Icrmilly mnnonnctd that hep
roonty ot Antrim, Imluid, ud Eul SKu! Lord Corkrar. nolle, on bcUlf ot Lord Hilifu, tint on Monday ho kotld mm . rorolution In mWllnlioh for that of tho Secretary of 8tab, for India in the following terms"That, while we are ready to consent to provide the mean* nocessary to bring the war in which wo are unhappily engaged to a safe and honour-able conclusion, we regret the conduct 6f the Govern-went, which baa unnecemrily cngagpd thia country m the contest. Lord Cadonn having promised Lord Houghton to produce the official Correspondence routing to the change of thft body of Cape Frontier Mounted Police into Oape Mounted Rifles as soon as an answer had been received to the last despatches addressed to Bir Bartlo Frere, which would be some time in January, their lordship*, after sitting twenty minutes, adjourned.
- In the Common, notkm warn given by Mr. Whitbread thut he intended to call attention to the Afghan wpcra, and to move a resolution declaring that (ho Ilouse disapproved of the conduct of her Majesty's Government which had resulted in the war with Afghanistan. The Chancellor of the Exchequer replied that, under Ordinary circumstances It would bo the desire oLtho Government to give the very earliest day for tho consideration of a motion which was in the nature of a Vote of Censure, but as Parliament had been convoked fW the *pecM purpoae of discharging the Constitutional obligations of tho Government, and as for the fulfilment of those obligations it would be necessary for them immediately to submit a voto giving tho required consent of both Houses to the comso pro nosed to bo taken, it was impossible to set that aside by proceeding with the hon. member's resolution. It would have been open to the hon. menkber to bring It forward on tho Address, in answer to th* Queen's Speech on tho previous day, or ho move a *, an amendment to th, moUon of whi^ tho UnderSecwtgnrfoflbdlA^ad given notice for Monday. Here Mr. Chamberlain interposed with

" That this House regrets that, in tho stance, the consent of the nation, "
sentalives, was not obtained bofi declared, and that her Majesty's Government had withheld from publication, until after tho declaration or warj thopapitTS which would have enabled a correct opinion to bo formed am MM* jd*Uceandh6c«mity." Lofd Hartmgtpn then strongly urged the Government to give precedence to Mr. )Vhitbpad'* motion, and postpone that of whbK Mr. E. &anhop* had dram pokes; whdAMr. GWstona rWniW Uio Chan-cellor of the/Exchequer that tho Address to the Aown had not yet been disposed of, and that the A ote of Censure might bo moved as an amendment on tho report or to the motion of the Under Secretary; but tho effect, ho said, would be to throw the busfnem of the Hon* lutd foAfudo*. He could not see, therefore, why the Government should object to the request of Mr. Whitebrc*d. After some discussion the Chancellor of tho Exchequer intimated his acceptance of tho proposal to lake tho discussion of the Voto of Censure upon the rcpoit of tho Address on Monday, tho debate to proceed de dit in diem to its close. In reply to Mr. Mills, Mr. Bouiko stated that no information had reached the Foreign Office concerning tho alleged presentation of an address by Geaenil Kuuff-mann, on behalf of the Emperor of .Russia, to the Ameer of Afghanistan; and Mr. E. Staphope informed Mr. Fawcett that the consent of tbo Council of tlie Secretary of State for India to tho expenditure in connection with the Afghan war was not neccwary in any caso that had yet occurred. The only occasion on which reference to past expenditure had come before tho Council was on Tuesday. Lord Castle-rcagh brought up tho report of tho Address, which was ordered to bo considered on Monday, in accordance with the arrangement come to with the Chancellor of tho Exchequer, and subsequently leavo warn given to bring in a large number of Bills. Tho House adjourned shortly before Eight o'clock.
' In tho House of Lords on Monday, Lord Cranbrook moved a resolution declaring the consent of the Houso to the revenues of India being applied to defray tho cxpences of tho war in Afghani*!*". Ho explained that there warn a surplus of two millions in *he Indian Exchequer, w hile the cost of the war would

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Halifax moved an amendment express:
the conduct tof the Government had
engaged this country in the war. Lord Lav......
defended his policy while in India, and contended that the treatment of Sir N. Chamberlain's Mission was not such as deserved to be wiped out in blood. Lord Derby thought that under the circumstances the Government had no option hot to go to war, yet if they had adopted a more conciliatory policy at Bret It uiight have bean avoided. Tho Dnko ot Somerset
approved tho Ministerial policy, and said that c
d policy, and san tho war cost a vast sum of money India was worth thi expenditure, and it was our duty to protect her. Th< Earl of Carnarvon supported the amendment, as hi regarded the Afghan policy of the Government ai illy bad. Lords Aberdeen and Airlii


the Commons, on tho report of the Address in reply to tho Queen's Speech, Mr. Wbitbrcad moved an amendmep' declaring that tho Houso disapproved of tho conduct of tho Government, which had resulted in ith Afghanistan. Ho charged tho Govorn-
advico of all pi policy by threats and bad 0%ed a quurel on had brought about the Secretary for India, i had led to thepreser the very last altemal
rendered Ifnm reroquito prepared to lent and tlyj country
unworthy language. They weak, and by such conduct r. Mr. E. Stanhope, Under a ted the transactions which isis, and said that war was which either tlio Indian or ■nt desired, but
lidablo the Government the verdict of l'arlia-V conduct. Tho debate
«1 by several hon. members. Mr. Chamberlain thought a scientific frontier would lead to a European war, to which he objected, whilo trado in this" oojintry was so depressed. Mr. Ridley pointed out that when the new factor of Russian aggression' come in it was necessary to provide in amoio deter-minedlnanncr for the safety of our ir Jan possessions. Mr. Forster urged that a new line ot policy ought not to he adopted without Parliament being informed, which had been dono in thia instance. The debate warn adjourned.
In tho House of Lords on Tuesday Earl Grey resumed the delate on the Afghan war, for which, ho argued, tho Government had totally failed to establish a just cau**, tho Ameer having done us no wrong. The Lord Chancellor dealt with the Constitutional part of the question, and declared that it would have Been injudicious to bring the subject before Parliament until decisive action had been taken. Lord' Gclbome did not think that the adoption of the Amendment would ho on obstacle to any future voto of their Lordships for the application of Indian revenues W this particular purpose. Lord Jersey pronounced the Ministerial policy in accord with tho dictates of duty and justice. Loid-Ripon contended that tho Government should have been forewarned, mid should have taken steps to prevent a rupture. Lord Northbrook regarded the Afghan war as a direct consequonoe of the state of affaire in Europe, and wholly unconnected with anything occurring in India. Lord Salisbury urged that Lord Lytton had not re commended tho expedition against Afghanistan until every attempt at opening amicable relations had failed. Lord Card well followed, and the debate was closed by the Premier.
In the Commons the debate on the Vote of Censure was resumed by Lord J. Manners, who taunted the Opposition with having no alternative policy but the J —1-------f " - asterly iwtivitv."
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old, barren, and useless Mr. Gladstone reviewed tho corre peached eovorul of the published documents, on the ground that they contained the greatest misstatements of facta, not wilfully, but involving a reckless negligence. He charged the Government with having declined to reopen negotiations with tho Ameer and with having impelled him to assume an attitude of resistance which had culminated in a war, the very success of which would be painful and embarrassing. Sir R. Peel condemned the speech of Mr. Gladstone as animated by a narrow and bitter spirit, and reminded him that out of doore he had gone the length of charging Ministers with reckless negligence, greaa misstatement*, and tho breach of statutes, though the Central Aaian papers disclosed nothing of the sort. Lord G. Hamilton denied that there had been either reticence or suppression of facta, and asserted that it Lord Northbrook had been in office ho would have
woe adjourned.
THE CATTLE SHOW. " „ lie eighty. Aret annual Cattle Show of the Smith-Club commenced on Monday at the Agricultural
falling off in the sheep, the total entries for the pre-sent year being 401, as against 899 in 1877. As to the quality of the show, there will probably bo some difference of opinion. Toted by the scales, there is a decided falling off a# compared with the last two voare; but as the diminution is in fat, which is still farm excess of the proportion to lean for the con-sumption of any but an Esquimaux, perhaps the de. cadcnce is not to be regretted. Perhaps a safe general verdict would be to say that there is nothing really, wonderful, and very few bad ones in the Show; but there certainly area few which,would just past muster as first class on the stones of the Christmas market at Copenhagen. Devons are this year a remarkably even good show, though not in great force. In tho young steer class, Mr. Herbert Senior, of Rushton, takes fimt and second prizes with two shapely, well-formed youngsters, very evenly fed, with llesh handling sweetly under curly coats. Major Ilutler, C.R., of Credition, cornea third, with a slightly older steer of great substance, while the Prince of \Vales receives a-well-earned commendation for one of the youngest in tho clans, which looks like maturing into an animal that may be heard of again. In the steer class, not exceeding three years and six months, Mr. John Robert Overman, of Lynn, takes first prize and a silver cup for tho best of the breed, with a beautiful animal of three years and four months, exhibiting tho bfst Devon points In handsome, deer-like head, perfect symmetry, exceeding level, and true grown and ripe withaL The Prince %f Wales is second with a neat, compact animal of nice quality, and Messrs. Jackinan and Bide, of Lmnceston, take third prize with a eqoare, well-framed beast, Vat betlcr forward than behind. Hereford* arc a short class, but up to a fair average in point of merit. In the young steer class, Mr. Robert Wortley, of SutHcld, takes first priro with an animal of level contour, great symmetry; and goodly promise of future development. The Larl of Fowis'* second prize beast is massive for his age, though a little narrow behind. Mr. Lewis Loyd, of Addington, tmkaa third prize, and Mr. John Morris, of Lulham * Court, a high commendation with a couple of well-topped youngsters, |till another out of a class of ten gaining a commendation. In the Heifer and Cow Classes, there are Oily four animala but they fnitly take tho first and second prizes which have been taken in tho respective classes. Cross or mixed bred cattle are a good show, tho old steer or oxen clasa producing a Luge, massive beast, a, remote cross between an Aberdeenshire cow. and a ahorthorn bull, which won for Mr. Gfoyjo Shand, of Banff, the first prize in his class, and the £10 silver cup for the best of tho breed. A small class of seven entries for hoifors and cows not qualified to compote in any of tho foregoing classes produced ono very superior anipial, a black-polled Aberdeenshire, bqWg-ingto Mcs.ua. Martin, of Aberdeen, which for s|np,\ make, ripenca, and superb chaiacter of the meat it carried was very little behind the best in'tho show. Tho Prince of Wales, who, a* a practical farmer, past President, and regular exhibitor of tho Club, take* no meVo di'/lttanle interest in tho annual show, showed that intciest by paying a visit when tho pioccAi of judging had readied its most interesting tLigc. Hi* Royal Highness icached the hall shortly, befoio noon. Ho was received by Sir IJrandrcth Gibbs, Mr. Robt. Leeds, and other gentlemen of tlin council; and accompanied round tho Show. The Prince needed no assistance to enable him to drop at once on the be-'t stock in the Show, and lie was so much struck by Mr. Richard Stratton's eplcndld roan heifer, which was then only credited with tho red losctto as winner of tho first prize in her class, that he had her brought out for more complete inspection before proceeding to make tho tour of the Show, which was done with tho completeness of perfect appreciation. Tho oxen were fiist in the field, and after a renewed scrutiny of most pa&staking kind tho red and blue losctto designa-ting the bc*t male **a given, with pretty general approval, to Mr. James S. Hull's shorthorn red and white 3 yrs. and 11 months' old ox. Tho cognate honour in tho female chiss was a forgone conclusion for Mr. Richard Strattoa'* beautiful roiin heifer. When it came to tho final award of courso these two animals were again brought into tho arena, and they were worthily joined by Mc«:r». Martin's black-polled Aberdeenshire heifer. Tho judgment was not difficult, however, and the red and green rosette, tho symbol of the championship of the'year, was soon handed over to the herdsman who led Mr. R. Slralton's splendid animal. His Royal Highness, who obviously concurred in tlio award, had the successful, exhibitor introduced and congratulated him on his success. Shorthorns have thus again carried off the honours of ., the year. Since the Champion Plate was exhibited in 1H69 shorthorns have won it nine times, and a-polled Aberdeenshire onco. For three year* in sue-' in licifors have taken first honours. .
SUICIDE IN WOOLWICH ARSENAL.
Hook, aged 28, a single man, living at Tho Blades, l'lumstead-common, and for the last three years employed in tho Royal Laboratory, Woolwich Arsenal. George Lord, an attendant at the Royal Arsenal infirmary, said that tbo deceased had been an inpatient, and escaped through a window at fivo o'clock in tho morning, Ho had- nothing on but his shirt and a red rug belonging to the hospital. Immediate search was made, but nothing was scon or heard of him until the body was noticed in the Arsenal canal by a labourer in the carriage squsrc, named Nar-grove. Dr. Cunningham, medical officer in charge of tho infirmary, said that Hook had his finger crashed between two planks. This Induced inflammation of the arm, and might possibly have affected the brain, 'ilie jury returned a verdict of Committed Sulci do by Drowning himself in the Arsenal canal whilst labouring under Te


EXTRAOKDIXARYSPECULATIO%.
Tho Mastor of the Rolls in Dublin, on Saturday

obsorvatio
icd Vincent, who, having been granted limited letters of administration on her husband dying intestate, had applied £30,000 to her own uso and to the loss of her children, selling thurea in a variety of companke for the purpose of stock-broking ventures, which companies had agreed to tho sale at her instance, although informed of her having only a title in certain cases to tho receipt of dividends. Mrs. Vincent offered hor creditor* 5s. in the pound, %nd bills remained unpaid of tradesmen of every class, and also to a stock-broking firm for balance* in respect to Stock Exchange transactions. The Muster of tho Rolls said nothing in fiction was wilder or more deplorable. Tho splendid fortune of the minor* had been scattered to th* winds. He added that every p?und of tho money should be traced. On that he was determined, lio lwpod tl'
would restore the property.

COURTS-MABTTAL qy OFFICERS.
A general court-martial hni been held at Fort William, Calcutta, on Major (0. J. Chalmers, of tho Rental Staff Corps, on u charge of " conduct to the prejudice of good older and military discipline, 'in having, on tho 16th September, been driiiik at dinner at tho officers' mesa ot tho 10th NativoN.Infantry." Tho court found tho prisoner guilty, and ordered him to bo severely reprimanded. In confirming th6 sentence tho Commander-in-Chief in India (Sir Frederick Haines) say*; " Tho court have ' taken a veiy lenient view of aa extremely pave offenoo, Major Chalmers is hereby severely reprimanded." A court-martial has been held at Lucknow on Sub-Lieutenant Knox, of tho 85th Regiment (King'* Light Infantry), on a charge of having deserted from hi* regiment, pn or about tho 10th of September last. The Court found him guilty, and sentenced to be cashiered, and tho sentonce has been confirmed and approved by tho Commander-in-Chief.
Stauvimo Children.—At tho Warwick Borough Session* on Monday morning, George Saddler, labourer, was brought up on a charge of starving hi* two children and ill-using thorn". The evidence revealed a shocking state of domestic misery and depravity. Prisoner and tho children lived in a wretched tenement, without any furniture or bedding. Frequently the children had no food, and in the night had to *it up in front of a fire. The prisoner wa* sentenced to two month*' imprisonment.
Two Pihsons ScrrocATxo.—The neighbour* of a bricklayer, named William Turton, of Bullock'*-building*, The Lyng, West Bromwich, broke into hi* home on Saturday morning last, finding that tho family were not up at tbo usual time. It wa* then discovered that a pan of burning coal* had been left in the bed-room, to warm it during the night, and tho fume* of the carbonic acid gas had suffocated them. Turton, his wife, and a grandson, aged 12 occupied the room, and the man and boy died almost immediately. Mr*. Turton regained '
ACCIDENTS IN COAL MINES.
On Saturday night lait, at tho Jewish Working Men's Club and Institute, Hutchison-street, Aldgste.
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Mine*." Prefeaaor Ansted, having dwelt upon the nature and formation of coal, applied himself to the explanation of tho special danger* with which the collier ia surrounded while in poreuit of hi* occupation. A great many of the so-called "accidents" occurring in mines, ho contended, might be prevented by proper supervision; and there wa* no doubt that, in thi* respect, there wa* a great improvement on the itate of things which existed soma few years ago. It, was, he admitted, utterly impossible to do away with all accidents and calamities. Where a large number of men were employed within a small area at the tame time, where there wss elaborate machinery throughout a great mine, often extending for 1,000 acres, and worked in galleries extending, perhaps, for mile*, where frequently 500 or 600 men have to go up or down the great ahafU of tho mine, and Uiua during their passage preventing the free rush of fresh air throughout tho works, it was not to be wondered at that accident* should occur. Then, beside*, the shift* were used for bringing np the coal, and it was not an uncommon thing to have 1,000 tons a day brought up out of them. The wholo of those operations, ProfesSor Ansted remarked, should be carried on under the most unceasing vigilance and the most constant care. Tho chains might break or something else happen to the machinery; indeed, very few days' passed without something wrong occurring in conncction with the mechanical arrangements, and it wa* well-known to thoso acquainted with tho working of mines that a number of human lives were annually lost in this wny. Professor Ansted pointed to tho fact as a cheering one, that although the consumption of coal had enormously increased during recent year*, tho number of aeddenta in coal mine* had by no means increased in proportion. Ho honed, ia conduaion, that the timo would shortly arrive whon, putting the present method of lighting coal mines aside, the electric light would bo brought into requisition, and a boon conferred upon tho poor miner by giving him sufficient light while engaged at, and removing the danger connected with, his avocation.
SnOOEUfG TRAGEDY M MILE EBD.
About four o'clock on Monday afternoon a shocking tragedy tqok place in Bcaumont-aquare, Mila-end-road. It appear* from what can be gleaned that for some time past a man named Williar"J'ritner.-. a porter, raiding at 17, Ern**Wtre*t, t tjmey, baa been living on vory bad term* with hi* wife. About a week ago she took out a summons against, him for his ill-treatment, but the magistrate adjourned the emaa for .a tiuw to**eo If tho padfw oould not get oa better, together. On Monday morning Mra. Tritncr went to a house in Beaumont-square for the purpose of doing mmo work. She remained there until shortly after three, when her husband caino and inquired .for her. She went down to tho door to see him, and ho wa* overheard talking to her and asking her to rhako it all up between them. Ho Urged this for some time, .but she still refused, on which bo drew a chopper from beneath his coat, and commenced to make a most dreadful attack upon the poor woman with it, inflicting aomo terrible wounds upon her head, arms, hands, and body. Her screams brought assistance, but before he could bo detained tho husband had made Aff. Police-constable Winslow, 63 K Reserve, was quickly on tho spot, and ho conveyed tbo poor woman, who wa* literally saturated in blood, to the London Hospital, where tho poor woman reccumbed to her injuries. Between tivo and six Constables Cox, 187 K, and Lammas, 10 K Reserve, went to tho prisoner'* residence in Emc^t-street; they waited there for about half-ua-hour and then saw tho prisoner go into tho houso. They followed and took him into custody. Afterwards they proceeded to a public-house in tho neighborhood where Tritncr lmd been employed, and upon searching tho yard they discovered a chopper coveicd with blood. This chopper bcinj? without doubt tho one that Trituer used in his attack upon
THE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ACT, IBM.
Chamber of Coi:
received on Monday a large lion of gentlemen represent eign Miller '

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if tho adoptim iminational weight f<
produce, under the Weights and M«
wi.ich caino into force on tho 1st pri tho speaker* were Mr. Phipps, M.P., Mr. Norwood, M l'., Captain Cr.iigic, Mr. Alderman Hadloy, and others. Lord Sandon said tho Bill was only a consolidation of previous Acts, and did not affect tho legality of existing mcasuics more than they at present were affected. Ho would give hi* best consideration to tho arguments advanced in favour of making salo by measure Illegal, and of legalising the uso of the cental. Tho Government hoped to bo ablo to give their decision on three points before very long. Lord Sandon subsequently received a second deputation from Hull, introduced by Mr."Norwood, M.P., advocating the adoption of a ton of 2,0001b., a hundredweight of 1001b., and a stone of 10lb., in reply to whom Lord Sandon, while expressing an opinion that thoro was a certain charm in tho simplicity of the proposal, confessed that the country was rather touchy on the subject of its weights and measures, and any attempt to alter tho old hundredweight might lead to serious results.. Tho matter would, however, receive hi* be*t attention.


lorough Magistrates on Monday mor ioi tor named Allerton on a charge of i if a woman with whom ho had been .ppcars that on Sunday morning wtwren the parties, and the pn*
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er tho heart with his fist. She died almost immediately. A great sensation was caused in tho neighbourhood, and large crtiwda surrounded the police-office.
As Orrcii Captuuino large S.vx.Mo.v. — Tho lit"ticJn Fitchtrei-Ztttuug records an incident which confirms in a, remarkablo manner the opinion often expressed, and frequently corroborated, that otters do not hesitate to attack fish of very largo.sizo when in search of the wherewithal to break their fast. , A correspondent, resident in Norway, states that ho recently found on tho bank of the Laerdalseo, near Scltun, tho fresh remains of an.otter'* breakfast or dinner, in tho form of tho head and tail-ends of a Balinon, which weighed 6Jib. and 1811b. The marks of tho otter'* forepaw were plainly visible on tbo tail end. Judging from the ascertained weight of tho remnant*, the fish, as a whole, must havo weighed about 601b., and if all tho missing portions had been devoured it follows that an otter is capable of gorging at least 201b. of fish at a meal.
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New Lzavxs.—Turn over a t ne«- leaves! If half of them w are talked about what a gigintir form In the life of every one of us.
Wisdom and truth, the offspring of the sky, are immortal; but cunning and deception, the meteors of the earth, after glittering for a moment, must pass
Oca Oedixaet Lira.—Our habitual life ia like a wnli hum* with pictures, which ha* been shone on by ears: take one of the picture* away blank ipace, to which our eye* c*n never turn without discomfort.
Good Woima.—Good, kind, true, holy word* dropped in conversation may be little thought of, but they are like seeds of Dower* of fruitful tree* falling by the.wmyside, borne by some bird* afar, haply thereafter to fringe with beauty some barren mountain side or to make glad somo lone wilderness.
Flattery is a compound of falsehood, iclfisbne**, servility, and ill manners. Any ono of there qualities is enough to make a character thoroughly odious. Who, then, would be the person, or have any concern with him, whoso mind i* deformed by four *ach
Cunning ha* only private aelfish aim*, and "ticks at nothing which m«y make them succeed. Discretion has Urge and extensive views, and like a w*ll formed eye commands a whole horizon ; cunning is a kind of shortsightedness, that discover* the minutest object* a hich are near at hand, but i* not able to discern it a distance.
HtritAX Look* PaaraTUATm—Although garment: may represent one phase after another of fashion— loop, wnrite, iweep, flounce, wriggle themselre* Into strange forms, and into shape* pnm or rpm*ntio, or practical. ■* the care may be, yet face* tell another story. - They scarcely alter even in expression, from one generation to another; the familiar looks come travelling down to us in all eort* of sray* and vehicles; by paint, by marble, by word*, by the music the musician left behind him, by inherited instincts. There is some secret undoretanding transmitted, I do believe, from one ret of human beings to another, from year to year, from ago to age, over si ore Ere herself first opened her shining eye* upon th* garden ' r- ai l flung the apple to her deaoeadaaU.
varieties.
a* the song of bird* on a May morning.
ablo Mason than tho present to eagag* |* &n. w prise, or postponing any effort until th* time •
they imagine thoy will be best qualified * "
cessful exertion, will probably die wil
plishing any valuable purpose, and wsj____
m procrasUnation. A Spanish proverb uys, "Th* road of By-and-by lead* to tho town of Never."
Gtoau Mcxdi.—Some time in the reign of Queen Anno a party of sightseer* were being conducted over the House of Lords. "Have you ever been here before, friend? " asked a sprure,'pert young buck of a very ancient visitor in homc-snun garb, who looked like a substantial ye»man, and who seemed to bo gating around him with intense interest. " Never," replied tho ancient person, "sindo I sat in that And with his stick he pointed tremblingly — The —* -u*—-J- ui.i—i ruJL'

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well, some time Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England.
Tna Rixo Fnroia.—How often are we asked tho reason for tho ring being usually placed upon the fourth finger. The ring-finger it more or lea* protected by the other fingers, add *t owes to this dr-cumstance a comparative immunity from injury, aa well, probably, aa the privilege of being selected to bear the ring in matrimony. . The left hand is choeen for a *irailar reason; a ring placed upon it being leas likolv to be damaged than it would be upon the right hand. The ancients, however, are said to have selected it from a notion that the ring-finger is connected with the heart by' some means or some particular nerve or vessel, which render* it • more favourable for the reception and transmission of sympathetic impressions, the left hand being edectod because it he* nearer the heart; bat Of course the anatomist finds no structure to account forth is strange
A Sxaub x* th* Guass.—Compared wi£h the malicious person who never commits himadf by a positive statement, ^but who simply insinuates, the open slanderer' is an admirable person. You know with hat you have to deal. A direct falsehdftd can be met y as direct a denial, and a statement committed to dates ia liable to destruction through counter proof;
linifation has no tangible baiia for a struggle, i ono can catch and pinion Protous. Ws are all subjectod to this kind ef persecution, and somo seem to be fatally opon to victimization of this deadly character. If scoundrels who stab ia the dark had a visible mark liko the snake's hood and rattle,so that there coald be no mistaking tho genus, what a blessing of warning to tho community, if but a *oriy kind of mark for the individual himself I Perhaps, though, if sure of detection, ho might reform, and take to truth and honesty of speech by way of pleasant change from his present crooked mode of living. Ho would be welcomed if ho did, and might perchance find love noro valuable than abhorrence, sympathy and companionship more sweet than estrangement and enmity, for such people are rarely loved; men instinctively ill rink from them.
Fubnch CouRTsinrs.—Even after the engagement, overs are never 16ft alone; tho lady'* mother keep* :hem company; else, what would people say f Worldly-minded mothers find this hu-a-tit* of three great nuisance: it keeps them st home, and they ill often complain that too young flodgelings talk an nconsdonablo time. There can ,be nothing else to meure; it is the discreetest billing and cooing ever oatd since birds wore birds. In it*, wildest excesses never goes beyond a giggle; and if hands do meet :casionally, it is only under coyer of a book* which, perhaps, if we corno to tho strict necessities of the caso, one might hold as well as two. Tho loror i* quite reconciled to this formal wooing, being prepared for it; and it will not last long, for an engagement sddom diaws on more than a month. It was ev$n thus with our fathcts and forefathers, in so far as wo can learn anything of tho matter. Nothing can exceed his em-bairuainent when the chances of the marriage-market throw him into a family, English or American (e*pe-dally American), where he i* expected to make real'' love. It perplexes, irritate*, frightens him; imd when discreet friends retire and leave him and tho other ono to themselves in awful solitudo, he Is embarrassment beyond measure. His theory of marriage is, however, not quite so heartless as may be supposed. It is1 untrue that ho bargains only for money and not at all fqr love. He simplyihink* that, the money being aoearod, the love is sure to come; and in that belief he is not far from right, since tho majority of French marriages are happy one*.
Cook buy or SpAcr.—Condiments of various sort* are largely used in posada cookery. Tho commonest aio tomato, pimentos or peppers, red and green, and saffion, to which must bo added those two bugboats of the foreign traveller, oil and garlic. As to the accusations brought against tho former, a true bill must bo found in most cases. It is generally execrable, so strong and randd that " you shall noso it as you go upstairs into tho lobby;" but there is rather more fusa made about garlic than it deserve*. The Spanish garlic, liko the Spanish onion, is a much milder and lens overpowering article than that produced 6rNorth. Everyone who has mixed much in poasant.society in Spain must have.remarked that, although quite as much addicted to the use of garlic as that of the south of France, it ia by no moans objectionable on the sarao score. It is even possible for a Northerner to become in time quite tolerant of garlic; but it is a terrible moment when he first perceives that he has ceased to regard it With that abhorrence which a person of properly constituted senses ought to feel. Ho bccomcs tlio victim of a horrible self-suspicion soraowhat liko that of a man thrown among cannibals, who found that their mod* of dining was beginning to be less revolting to him than it had been at first. Tho dc*#*it ofSpanish dinner ought, considering tho climate, to be well furnished. But the Spaniard* are not, liko the Moor*, skilful and careful gardeners, and fruit in H|wl* Is g*neiully poor, the orang**, grape*, and, per-haps, the figs, excepted. Tho small fruits have scaivi ly any existence. The strawberry is all but unknown, except in & wild state. Melons, to be sure, are abundant, and large enough for Gprgantua'* mouth, but thoy are rather insipid. Tho apples are son.. times fair to look at, but seldom woith further attention. The pears are very much like thpse stone fruits sold at bazaars for chimney ornaments, and alHiut a* soft and succulent; and as to tho peaches, illy nothing bettor than pretentious

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..—A red-headed boor . stands there with the carriage. He looks at your luggage; says something utterly inexplicable, and of which you make out only two words—"nein" and " Morgen." A friendly little woman, who know* about ono word and a quarter more of English than von do of German, comes to your aid, and, interpreting the rough Tyroleso dialect first into the ordinary language and then into extraordinary .English, fcuccecd* • in making you ulidcrstand that tho driver refuses to Like your boxca,' but will bring them up to-morrow. Expostulation I* useless. Doing epccchles*, you are helpless; to you got into tho carriage and rattle off to tho village which lies first on your route. In tho middle of the stidct Redhead stops, gets down, walk* off, and leave* you landed. Broad-faced women come to tho door* of their houses, and beam Gorman friend-liue&s on you; *edate-looking. working men, each with a huge Bavarian pipe in his mouth, trudging home from their day's labour, touch their caps and say " Guten abend" a* they pass; a few dogs bark at you inquisitively; your horses play pranks with each other's ears; and finiUy Redhead emerge* from the beery little inn whore he had been discussing his pot with gusto. You try to ask, " Why this delay r" and you do say *omothing which may mean, " Why this hastoP "—for you are nervou*. and not very *ure of your words. Redhead look* puxzled; then rolls out a long string of barbaric utterance*, which he doses with the inevitable " Ja js," as usual For the life of you you can make out nothing save " Vor-spanner;" but you remember that " Vorspanncr" mean* a loader, and that you are, therefore, waiting for a third horse. You wait. Time, which is our treasure, is evidently here little better than refuse. At last another Bedhead come*, leading a powerful-looking brute with heavy chain harness, and something of a temper to boot. This ia your " Vorspanner;" and the two men buckle him to hi* work with such expedition as they can command, while you mt there in milky dignity, feeling somehow laughed at and done, and hating yourself and all your pastor* and master* who had never taught you German, but endowed you with a smattering of Greek Of no use to I you hero or hereaftor. whlle leaving you Ignorant 6f on* ot the living forwrn pf
WIT AND HUMOUR.
(From PuntA.)
LtTUAX—Soft-hearted Grandpapa (to Tommy, who has just been castigated by hi* Mamma):[ And you "***, Tommy, it really pain* mamma more than it doe* you /—Tommy: Oh yes, I know it doe* ! She •ay* *o 1 It Aurlt k*r hand* I ,
Thb Scndat Closi.no Bill—Ireland.—Master: But you know, Dennis, yon can get in your whiskey .for Sunday on the previous evening.—Gardener: e, yer honour, wid a pint of it in the house-up—I'd niver get a wink o' sloop! v. •
THnR TliCHrao.—Lady Customer: My littio boy wishes for a Noah'* ark. Have you one P/-Toyman: No, m'um, no. We've given up keeping Noah * hark* since the school boarda come in. Thoy was considered too denominational, m'um !
Ax Invidious Distinction.—First LadyVmaid (EogUsh): Me and Milady we always go by the tidtl tram ! Second Lady's-maid (Gorman): Zoh ? Z* *** train! Z*t vil not do for us, aa ve are only lantet chentry.
A Woatr To WooLD two Asms in Assassinutio
A Real Amber Mooth?ibc*.—Tho new Prima
•end to Whet-haur.
K?' (to Witno*s, a bricklayer) :
Now, Job Trowel, you made an affidavit in this caso ? mi?• r"' "r —Judge: And you know what an d&kn&u,! wppowf \FUnee, (con&Iaolly): Y*#, " the mcondcoumee'brick*.
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of common sense do not the Victorians got a Julttctf key and keep it ready for immediate use P By tlrt way, thee* reneat*d dsad lock* mM&bethenmlt mMnudcmtandmgk WhydonottheVktodMV&hem procure a I-ocke on tho Understanding, and stl it th*( will hdp them P
(From Judy.)
Rath br Hard on Hik.—Speaking of the reception of the Marquis of Lome and the Princess Louise at Halifax, w* are told that tho speech of one of tho deputation was evidently his first effort, and it was consequently a.failure. "The speaker seemed to havo a swimming in the head, and manifested great nervousness; but there might havo been more in him than appeared on tho surface." Perhaps so; if ho had a *wimming ip the head and a linking elsewhere, what appeared on the *urface would be hardly worth mentioning.
(From Funny Folk*.)
Fultilmwt or Prophbct.—''That boy will make hi* mark h the w«dd *ome day," add a parent of him dullest child. So ho did. Ho never learned to write.
Before the Diel.—Mons. F. to Mons. G.—What weapons, GambettaP Mons. G. to Mons. F—Pistols,
A Pacb with Honour.—Irish Second of Short-Sighted Duellist—Thirty-five paces is all very well, sorr; but as our sight is much worse than your sight, it's only fair, so it, that we should stand a pace nearer to you than you do to n*. [Pace conceded, and Second* loft trying to *ee how it is to bo done.]
Small bt Deorecs.—A frigate is a three-master, a schooner is a two-master, the captain of a merchant •hip a master, a vessel in mourning a half-master, and a commissariat officer is a quarter-master.
Alack a Dat I—On dit, that tho new King of Burmah actually shed tears on discovering that his future allowance was limited to only four lacs of rupees per annum. Hastily apologising for his weakness, however, hi* Royal Highness explained the cause of his chagrin, adding with a snnR, "Hinc illm berime!"
Mr. Prudhommo, in the decline of life, was talking with his nephew, to whom he related stories of his youth.—"But, uncle," suddenly exclaimed the nephew," what itruck you most during your life P"— " My dear boy, it wa* your aunt."
A* a wife wa* holding her husband'* aching head b her hands one morming, she asked, " Are a man and wife one?"—"I suppose ao," said the husband.— "Then," rejoined tho wife, " I came home drunk last night, and ought to be ashamed of myself."
A woman applied to a magistrate for a summons against a neighbour. " She called me a thief, your worship. Can't I make her prove it P" " No doubt goo could," says the magistrate, but I think you had
A man courting a young woman was interrogated *s to his occupation. " lam a paper-hanger on a large scale," he replied. He was accepted as a suitor, aud^aflary marriage it was found that he was a bill-
When you see two young persons seated in the centre of a pew in church, you may make up your mind they are engaged, or going to bo; but when one is at the head and tho other at tho foot of the pew, you can immediately determine that they art
A cow trespatsfd on the crc#fuet grounds attachec to a female academy at Versatile* last week. Inateac of throwing Stones at her, and remarking, " Whoosh you horrid beast!" the girls just made a Dolly Vardct of some old tin cans, fastened it to her narrative, and bade her farewell.
" If I am not at home to-night at ten o'clock," said a husband to his better and larger half, " don't wait for me." " I won't my dear," replied the lady significantly. And what do you think sho did P At ten o'dock precisely she slipped on her bonnet and went for him, and gave him a bit of her mind before a large company.
A soldier who was an inveterate joker and punster, having had his nose, left cheek, and a portion of his chin carried away by.a shot, was asked by somo of his comrades if they could do anything for him.—" Boys, said he, speaking as well as he could in hi* mangled condition, ?4I should like a drink of wattr, if I only AW*A,/*»*oa*kbrlLr
A female, sweeping out a bachelor's room, found a fourponny piece oa the carpet, which she carried to the owner. " You may keep it for your honesty," said he. smiling, and chucking her under the chuu A short time after he missed his gold pencil-case, and inquired of tho girl H she had seen it. " Yo*. *ir."
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The building committee of a church called upon a wealthy member of the congregation, *olidUn* a *ub*cnption towards a new house of worship. Th* ■unrto be subscribed disappointed them, and they told him so, at the same time intimating that Mr.
J--had given double the amount. " So he should.'
said the wily gentleman; "he goes to church twice as much as I do.
" Come here, my lad," said an attorney to a boy about nine years old. The boy went and asked tbo attorney what case w*s to be tried next. The The laywer answered, "A case between the people and the devil—which do you th:-'- —!n v-most likely to gain the action P" _
" I guess it will be a pretty hard squi . ,
have got the most money, but the devil the most
"La me!" sighed Mrs. Partington, "here I havo been suffering the bigamies of death for three mortal week*. Fiat I was seized with a bleeding phrenology in the left hampshire of the brain, which was ex-oeeded by a stoppage of the left ventilator of the heart Ibis gave mo an inflammation in the borax, and now I'm sick with the chloroform morbus. There bless in' like that of health, particularly when


half-way between Selkirk and Galashiels found it more convenient to attend the church in the county town than his parish church, and absented bim*elf from the latter for a considerable time. Having returned, however, the minister accosted him with the observation—" Well, John, you have come back to ua—a better sermon, I supposer' "Oh," replied John, "as for the sermon, there'* no *ao mickle difference, but I got a better mug o' ale at Galashiels."
In one of the earliest trial* before a coloured jury in Texaa. twelve gentlemen were told by the Judge to wLreand "find_a va^ct' Thoy wenttoths iury-room.> The sheriffs and others (tending outsido heard the opening and shutting of drawers, tho slamming of doers and Other sounds of unusual commotion. At la*t the jury came back into th* court, when the fore-man rose and said, " Maasa Judge, we have done looked fvery whar in the drawers snd behind the " "" " ' mllo.' It warn'* lade
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An old French officer battle of Coulmeiers. i evening, when h.
a relating the itory of tho
i —w. ----------itantly interrupted by a
forward, presuming young lieutenant, who had got hi* epeulotte* no one knew how. 44 The Prussian batteries were here, such a brigade there, with the cavalry in the wood* in the rear, * said the old soldier, and the impertinent young one chimed in 44 Yes, y«e; that's right 1" at every word. Thia exaaperated the narrator. He had juet reached the critical moment when there wa* a general action along the whol- line. Hi* regiment wa* ordered In front • It -d,
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