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BY T. M. FIELD,

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From the Picayune.

Another cheer of approval further stimulated LIFE AT THE SOUTH-A LYNCHER's own

the speaker, who rushed into a vehement relation

of several other abolition outrages, which led to STORY.

certain stories of southern vengeance upon abolition agents; a sort of vindictive phrenzy spread

among the company; fresh drinks were called in ; "I never fight when angry, gentlemen."

“Lynching” was a theme upon which all were James Bowie.

eloquent, and well known cases of punishment “I go in for reprisals, gentlemen-by the eter- that summary code were repeated, comnal heavens, reprisals! Seize on abolition prop-mented and gloated on with a savage enjoyment erty in New Orleans, Natchez—wherever found. which promised a rough fate for the next tract disSeize on the Yankee scoundrels themselves, and tributor which might be caught by any of the exchange them for our own kidnapped slaves— party. nigger for nigger, by thunder !”

During this time the colonel, though evidently This violent speech, delivered with savage en- of kindred sentiments with the company, had preergy, by a thin, wiry-looking man-one of a served his equanimity; he smoked his cigar degroup collected around the stove in the “ social liberately, listened to the indifferent speakers with hall” of a Mississippi steamboat—was received an assenting smile, or, may be, a "Just so, docwith a shout of applause by all assembled. tor,” or a “Quite correct, gentlemen ;' but,

“Good, by gracious!” “ That's the talk !" finally, after the relation of a retaliating capture “You ’re a hoss, judge !" &c., followed the ex- and execution under horribly exciting circumplosion, like a rattle of small thunder, till an stances, he, in mild tones, and with an aspect enormous figure, in a white hat and blanket coat that indicated anything but ferocity, signified his -yet, withal, a good-looking man-arose slow- intention to relate " a little circumstance" himself. ly, stretched himself, and brushed back the thick “I'm not a passionate man, gentlemen,” said hair from his broad forehead, and then, in quiet, he, drawing up his leg slowly, and adjusting his yet evidently pleased accents, said, with vast bulk in the chair ; “I'm rather a calm man, smile :

and apt to bear putting upon, rather, but I go in "Yes, judge, that's the talk, I believe! Gen- for Lynch law, some, for all that. I had a little tlemen, we 'll take a little something."

case of my own with one of those abolition gentleThere was a general demonstration as if to men once, and I acted up to the law fully-on my rise, when the barkeeper, who made one of the honor I did, gentlemen. I am a family man, gencrowd, and who appeared to be singularly im- tlemen-and a friend who comes to see me, or a pressed with the new doctrine of " reprisals,”! stranger wishing to put up, if an honest-looking begged the “colonel” would keep his seat, and white man, always finds my house his home “drinks” should be brought.

while in it. I keep servants to wait on them, “ Sit down, colonel," cried the energetic judge, purposely—I do, gentlemen, and treachery under emptying his mouth of a “chew," by way of such circumstances is a mean thing—it's not a preparation for“ one more drink," and at the same white man's act, gentlemen." time running his heels higher up the stove pipe- An emphatic assent was expresssd on all “ Sit down; this thing has got to be fixed be- hands. "Well, I lost two boys, valuable sertween the north and the south, and a little talk vants, gentlemen, by entertaining wolves in about it won't be lost."

sheeps' clothing, and I determined that the next All resumed their seats, the “ drinks" were one who called should be punished some, and I brought, and, by the spirit with which fresh cigars did n't wait long, for, somehow, they had got the were lighted, it was evident that the subject had hang of my house, gentlemen, and took the adonly got fairly under headway in the assembly. vantage of my temper. A very polite stranger, It was in the fall of 18–. During the preceding with his wife and a dearborn,' came along; he summer, a couple of slaves had been seduced, and had something, however, the maiter with his eyes finally wrested from their masters by the Boston when I looked at him; and so I put my own abolitionists, and the numerous southerners then servant, Jake—a very good boy, gentlemen-a at the north, filled with violent indignation, gave perfect white man, and whom I never said a vent to the most furious threats and denuncia- cross word to in my life-I put Jake to 'tend on tions. It is not intended here to argue, or even them; and sure enough, after I was in bed, back comment upon the vexatious questions of slavery, came the boy to say that the gentleman had ofbut simply to sketch a few features and incidents fered to run off! Well, I told Jake to go with of south-western character and adventure.

him-first leaving word which way he was 10 It was a cold and rainy night; the steamer travel, and then I went to sleep. In the morning, plunged along amidst dense shadows, in which Jake's wife-a decent wench, gentlemen—a perthe unpractised eye could not even distinguish an fect lady-came to tell me all about the arrangeoutline; the main cabin was spread with mat- ment; so taking my overseer with me, I started tresses, and the persons around the stove, the last after them.” up, deserting some half hour previously a couple "I should THINK so!” " Wake snakes !" of card tables, and falling upon an exciting topic, “Go ahead, judge !” A dozen eager exclamanow promised to make a night of it.

tions evinced the zest with which the climax of • Yes, gentlemen,” resumed the fiery judge, the story was expected. The narrator, how“ it may seem like a desperate doctrine, but what ever, proceeded with a sang froid that was inimiexcept desperation is left us? The crisis must table. ome! My slave is my property, guaranteed to “I had n't gone but a few miles, when back me by the constitution. If Massachusetts sanc- comes Jake, meeting me. The fox, gentlemen, tions the seizure of our niggers, who shall cry had smelt a trap and put, with his wife and shame on Louisiana, should she retort upon their wagon, leaving the boy to take care of himself,

Of course I did n't drop the matter, but followed

ships ?"

up and soon got on trail. I tracked him back as her only desire was to go to some friends in Illigood many miles from the river, but missed him nois, where she hoped to be welcome and to get near a lake which was back of our plantation, and along more wisely. He abuses you, then,' said lost a good deal of time. Towards afternoon, re- I. "Oh,' said she, “I would n't mind that, if I turning by another road towards the river, be thought he would n't kill me.' In short, as I hope tween the bayou and Dr. Boll's new clearing, I to live a mild and considerate citizen, gentlemen, heard voices, and in a minute drove right up to that livid, cowardly scoundrel had, during my a crowd of neighbors, who had got my visitor, his pursuit of him, after threatening his victim-now wife, and his dearborn' right in the middle of his burthen-ill she was nearly lifeless, actually them! The fact is, gentlemen, one or two of attempted to drown her in the swamp! I need n't them had got notice that there were wolves about, tell you, gentlemen, how unanimous the verdict and were on the lookout for varmint as my ac- was in this case ; the woman, for whom we subquaintance drove in among them."

sequently made up a subscription, was moved off “Ha! ha! ha!”. A general chuckle of de- towards the nearest house: the man, a mighty light was succeeded by a grin of anticipation. small figure, anyhow, shrunk to half his natural

"I found my friend, gentlemen, talking right size; discolored as if the last corrupting change and left, like a lawyer, making everything straight had anticipated the grave; his arms bound behind and agreeable, when suddenly he caught sight of his back-and shivering on the ground, too spent me, in the next moment of Jake ; and, gentle to exhibit a spasm-with the rein which he had men, if ever a man gave up the ghost before the lately held in his hand buckled around his neck breath was out of him, it was that fellow; his for a halter-like a thing too abject even to hangeyes glazed ; a dark circle settled round them, awaited the selection of a crotch for him to swing while his lower lip, blue and quivering as the from." blood left it, after making an effort, as it were, to It may be supposed that the picture, the horrid recall the relaxed jaw to its duty, finally fell features of which were thus in detail described, with it; and there the man sat, staring at me, had gradually excited the phlegmatic limner; not motionless, with the exception of his throat, at all! His sentences swelled, not from the mere which worked spasmodically in the effort to sup- impetuous gathering of ideas, but, as it seemed, ply itself with moisture from the parched mouth. from a good-natured desire to make the story as Gentlemen, he was the picture of a small rascal interesting as possible to his hearers, while it in caught in a full snap! I first blushed that he no respect exhibited nervousness,—there was not a was a white man, and then next that he was an flash of passion during the whole narration. This American !"

was not the case with the hearers, though. The “ American h–ll!" interrupted one of the pilots eyes of the “judge” seemed bursting from his of the boat, who, perched upon a pile of trunks, head in eager expectation, while the “ chewing" had hitherto said nothing; "he was a d-d Yan- operation on his part was for a moment suskee, that's what he was !". This distinction was pended; others were like him; a few again, by recognized with great applause, of course. The an eager but painful contraction of the brows, becolonel resumed :

trayed a softer nature-at any rate, more sensitive “ There was just about a tolerable court on the nerves. spot, gentlemen, and it was agreed to try the fel- “Yes, gentlemen, there was a moment's delay low right thar. There was evidence besides in choosing a limb; in the mean time, by way of mine, for one man had followed him up along the hanging the culprit with a little life in him, some plantations for twenty miles ; but yet the woman one had given him a mouthful of whisky, when, kinder stood between him and his due, and I recovering his tongue, he began to beg; from thought I would question her too. She was begging, gentlemen, he got to screaming ; blood young, gentlemen, with a simple look—had evi- actually trickled from his straining eyes, and it dently neither the heart nor the wit of a woman was getting unpleasant-no dignity about it! about her, and at my first question—something An idea struck me! I just climbed up, hand put it into my head— Are you married to this over hand, a pretty stout sapling close by me; man?' she burst into tears, and sobbed as if her I'm a heavy man, gentlemen, and, as I mounted heart would break. I had him taken away at over, the young tree caine with me-bent like a once, and out it all came—with no thought of fishing rod injuring her companion though ; it was the simple There was a breathless silence in the

company; impulse to relieve a timid mind by confession. an enormous “roach," peeping from a crack in She was not his wife. She had taught school in the panelling, could hardly have crossed without Tennessee, where this man saw her, and first being heard, while each eye was riveted horribly persuading her to aid him in the circulation of upon the speaker. abolition tracts, finally seduced and carried her to “ The culprit, gentlemen, took the idea sooner New Orleans, where, growing more bold as he than any of the others, and his shrieks and ravings extended his acquaintance with the country, he were dreadful-really dreadful! Another climbed had made another arrangement with the society' after me, and, with the added weight, down we -one of greater profit as of greater risk-namely, both came, half hid amongst the high boughs of to run off' negroes from the plantations along the the top, and the loose end of the rein was made coast. Gentlemen, this is a mighty long story- fast in a second. One instant, for God's sake! bar-keeper—"

I've got children! For the sake of my soul!!“Oh, go, no!" “Go ahead, colonel." Drinks half uttered scream, gentlemen, mingled with the at the moment were declined, the shorter ope- rush of the boughs, as we dropped to the ground, ration of taking a fresh "chew” by way of filling and the nigger thief, with a jerk that snapped his up the pause.

neck, flew into the air, describing the half circle “I had another question to ask the woman. as spanned by his halter, and swinging back to us • Do you love this man?' said I. The poor crea- again from the other side!” ture wept worse than ever, gentlemen; she said A long breath was drawn by the whole com

ment.

SELLING A WIFE.

pany. The “ judge' was the first to break the die!" &c., she replied with a merry laugh, and succeeding pause.

assured them that she would be glad to get rid Well, that was an idea! We'll drink on of the old rascal ;” that " it sarved her right for that, gentlemen, by thunder!"

marrying such a good-for-nothing scoundrel." At All moved to the bar-some two or three si-length they arrived at the centre of the market lently, the others as to the mere change of enjoy- place—some ale was sent for; all the fiddlers and · Colonel,” ;" cried the judge,

name your all the “hurdy-gurdies” were pressed into service, liquor that was an idea!”

and all struck up in simultaneous discord, before ** Yes !” exclaimed another, with no less en- the business was entered upon. thusiasın, a first-rate idea!”

After all these preparations were concluded, an “A splendid idea!" “A glorious idea!” was inverted tub was brought, on which the woman the general chorus.

stood, still holding her child.

Another was pro- Yes, gentleinen," complacently oliserved the vided for the auctioneer-husband; a “ring” was giant, as he raised his glass, “ I think myself that cleared, by some stout fellows with sticks, and the it was a swect idea!”

business of the sale commenced.

Perhaps some people may shake their heads in doubt at the scene I am attempting to describe.

All I can say in answer is-I saw it; and it was A CORRESPONDENT of the New York Commer- not the first iime I had looked on such a scene. I cial, giving to that journal some interesting know the law does not allow it, but I saw it done, "Sketches of the Midland Counties of England," and am not the apologist, either of the law or the introduces the following picture of a scene in Staf-people. fordshire amongst the local peasantry, whose con- I learned, upon inquiry, that jealousy was the dition would seem from the sketch to be much de- cause of the present auction, as it always is of based and degraded :

similar transactions. That " Rough Moey," in “ The town crier, in front of a dirty tavern, his green old age, had given a “pit wench" a new rings his bell and gives notice that a woman-and gown, and other articles of dress, with a fortnight's her little babby-will be offered for sale-in the ** treat,” to marry him; that she had afterwards market place—this afternoon—at four o'clock-by transferred her affections to a young collier, upon her husband-Moses Slatter-otherwies Rough which Moey became jealous and beat her; beating, Moey."

however, did not cure love, but only awakened A universal roar of laughter followed this an- thoughts of vengeance. She watched her oppornouncement, and all the people answered, hurrah! tunity, and finding him one night very drunk, she The women in the street bent double in their con- gently unstrapped and removed his wooden leg and vulsions of merriment, and the shopkeepers col- ihrashed him io her heart's content; whereupon lected in twos and threes, congratulated each other Moey, knowing perhaps that " love is strong as on the promised scene, and leaving their shops to death,” became tired of keeping a woman, the the care of their apprentices, retired to the tavern, affections of whose young and delicate heart were to drink success to “ Rough Moey.” The crier absorbed by another, and adopted the present mode went to different parts of the town, to make his of procedure, as the only recognized legal method, announcement, and a group of ragged children fol- with which he was cognizant, of transferring her lowed him.

to her admirer. On came the crowd with a hurricane of hurras, “ Laerdies and gentlemen," said Moey upon his as they neared the market place; in the centre tub, holding a quart pot in one hand and the halter three or four fellows with sticks kept back the in the other, and winking with his remaining eye; eager crowd from crushing upon a man, woman, “ Laerdies and gentlemen, ere 's all your good and infant—the lions of the day!

healths.” He took a long, long draught, then inThe man was a stout, burly fellow, of about verted the pot, to show that it was empty, and said forty-five or fifty: his face had been originally Ah-h-h! About one hundred and filty colliers deeply marked with small pox, but the smaller im- laughed and said, “ Thank thee, Moey!” and the press of the disease had been literally ploughed same number of women said, “Well done, old lad!" out by deep blue furrows, which the horrible fire- A young man who was evidently to be the purdamp had left in his face and neck. He had lost chaser, supplied the wife with, and she kept up, one eye, and a wooden stump supplied the place a running fire of short sentences with the women of his right leg. The expression of his features around. Notwithstanding this bravado, I could was that of a fiend, a brutal animal fiend.

see her eyes filled with tears, and her heart was The woman was much younger, probably about beating fiercely. Her voice faltered at last, and twenty-three, with as much good looks as was giving her child to the young man, she sat down compatible with her slavish occupation in life; a on the tub, buried her face in her hands and wept young child of about a year old was in her arms, bitterly. All laughing suddenly ceased; here was quite undisturbed by the horrid uproar around. A no more joking, but a clamor of abuse that would common hempen halter was put loosely around her have overwhelmed Babel, the women, old and neck, the end of which was held by her husband; young, poured upon Moey. It was very contagious, she was evidently in her best attire ; her face was that feeling of indignation, when once raised, and washed, leaving a boundary line of coal dust ex. the men's brows began to contract, when the purtending along the edge of the lower jaw, and her chaser expectant said, in a rather sarage voice, hair was gathered up into a knot behind, confined “ Come, now, old chap; let 's 'a done wi' this by a blue ribbon, which floated in gallant stream- foolery; go on!" ers.

“Laerdies and gentlemen," said Moey, "we If one might judge from her appearance, her all on us knows how the matter stands; it canna situation was anything but unpleasant to her feel be helped, so we need n't be so savage about it. ings, and in reply to the encouraging exclamation Then fortifying himself with another drink, and of “ Ne’er mind, Sal! keep up ye art-never say I winking hideously with his remaining eye, he con

" cried a

tinued—“Laerdies and gentlemen, I ax lafe to oppose to yer notice a very honsome young 'ooman an a noice little baby, which either belongs to me or somebody else.” Here was a general laugh, and good humor was gaining the ascendant.

“ Her 's a good cratur,'' continued Moey," and goes pretty well in arness, with a little flogging. Her can cook a sheep's head like a Christian, and mak broth like as good as Lord Dartmouth. Her can carry a hundred and a half o' coals from the pit for three miles ; her can sell it well, and put it down her throat in three minits." A general laugh of applause followed this, and the grateful audience pressed more drink on the orator.

“Now, my lads," continued Moey, “roll up and bid spirited; it 's all right, according to law; I bro't her through the turnpike, and paid the mon; I bro't her with a halter, an I had her cried ; so there's nothing to pay, and the law consarn 's all right; so if yer gie me enough for the 'ooman I gie yer the young kid into the bargain. Now gentlemen! who bids ? Goin, goin, goin, I can't relay-can't dwell on this lot as the auctioneer says."

The orator ceased, and "great cheering”. fol. lowed his speech. Eighteen pence, voice from the crowd. Eighteen pence!" repeated Morey, “only eighteen pence for a fullgrown young 'ooman! why you'd have to pay the parson seven and six for marrying yer ! an here's a wife ready made to yer hands for eighteen pence, eh! who bids?"

“I'll gie ye half a crown, old rough 'un," said the young man, who they all knew would be the purchaser. “I'll tell thee wot, Jack," said Moey, " if thee't make it up three gallons o' drink, her

's thine ; I'll ax thee naught for the baby, and the baby and the halter 's worth a quart. Come, say six shillin !” After a little chaffin about the price, the young man agreed to pay for three gallons of ale; which it was stipulated was to be had forthwith, and in which himself, his newly bought wife and one or two friends were to participate.

The bargain being concluded the halter was placed in the young man's hand, and the young woman received the congratulations of numerous dingy matrons; she wiped her eyes, and smiled cheerfully ; her new husband impressed a sharp barking kiss on her cheek, by way of ratifying the agreement; and amid shouts and laughter the mob broke up and dispersed; the new wedding party going, I proceeded to my inn.

When I measured the panting courser's speed,

The flight of the courier dove,
As they bore the law a king decreed,

Or the lines of impatient love ;
I could not but think how the world would feel,

As these were outstripped asar,
When I should be bound to the rushing keel,

Or chained to the flying car.
Ha! ha! ha! they found me at last,

They invited me forth at length,
And I rushed to my throne with thunder blast,

And laughed in my iron strength. Oh! then ye saw a wondrous change

On the earth and the ocean wide, Where now my fiery armies range,

Nor wait for wind or tide.
Hurrah! hurrah! the waters o'er,

The mountains steep decline,
Time--space-have yielded to my power-

The world! the world is mine!
The rivers, the sun hath earliest blest,

Or those where his beams decline ;
The giant streams of the queenly West,

Or the orient floods divine.
The ocean pales where'er I sweep,

To hear my strength rejoice,
And the monsters of the briny deep

Cower, trembling at my voice.
I carry the wealth and the lord of earth,

The thoughts of his god-like mind,
The wind lags after my flying forth,

The lightning is left behind.
In the darksome depths of the fathomless mine

My tiresome arm doth play,
Where the rocks never saw the sun decline,

Or the dawn of the glorious day.
I bring earth's glittering jewels up

Froin the hidden cave below,
And I make the fountain's granite cup

With a crystal gush overflow.
I blow the bellows, I forge the steel

In all the shops of trade;
I hammer the ore and turn the wheel,

Where my arms of strength are made ;
I manage the furnace, the mill, the mint;

I carry, I spin, I weave;
And all my doings I put into print,

On every Saturday eve.
I've no muscle to weary, no breast to decay,

No bones to be “ laid on the shelf,"
And soon I intend you may“ go and play,”

While I manage this world by myself. But harness me down with your iron bands,

Be sure of your curb and rein, For I scorn the strength of your puny hands As the tempest scorns a chain.

Licking Valley Register.

THE SONG OF STEAM.

BY G. W. CUTTER.

Harness me down with your iron bands,

Be sure of your curb and rein ;
For I scorn the power of your puny hands

As the tempest scorns a chain.
How I laughed as I lay concealed from sight

For many a countless hour,
At the childish boast of human might,

And the pride of human power.
When I saw an army upon the land,

A navy upon the seas, Creeping along a snail-like band,

Or waiting the wayward breeze ; When I marked the peasant faintly reel

With the toil which he daily bore, As he feebly turned the tardy wheel, Or tugged at the weary oar ; LIVING AGE.

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CHEERFULNESS.— Cheerfulness and festival spirit fills the soul full of harmony; it composes music for churches and hearts; it makes and publishes glorifications of God; it produces thankfulness, and serves the ends of charity; and when the oil of gladness runs over, it makes bright and tall emissions of light and holy fires, reaching up to a cloud, and making joy round about : and therefore, since it is so innocent, and may be so pious and full of advantage, whatsoever can innocently minister to this joy does set forward the work of religion and charity.-Jeremy Taylor.

LIXIII.

VOL. VII.

USE OF THE LEAGUE.

of the League's strength, wherever it is strong ; Whatever may be thought of the measures and fully encountered by none but kindred spirits.

for dialecticians of this high class can be successmovements of " the League,” it is at least likely The contending parties will educate each other, to be the beginning of a mercantile party advocat- and strike out truth between them. ing more comprehensive views than any the nation

The League's“ hundred thousand pounds," and has yet seen. ** My more genteel friend, Mr.

even its associated members, are matters of conBright,” as Mr. Cobden calls him, may be a wor

There it is a fact, thy antagonist of Mr. Hudson ; but Mr. Cobden paratively little moment. himself belongs to a higher class. Mercantile great or little. It will survive till its work is

accomplished, whatever attacks may be made politicians have hitherto been considered identical

upon it; and it will not survive much longer, with advocates of a special interest. Your merchant in parliament was usually a successful although desperate efforts will be made to give it

a prolonged vampyre-like existence by the paid trader, whose wealth gave him influence, and who

agency it has called into being. But the more from his experience was heard with respect on facts lying within his own sphere, but from whom ing questions of commercial policy, which it has

comprehensive and systematic method of discussno one expected sound views on general principles. been such a powerful instrumeni in extending The mercantile member of parliament was an froin makers of books and members of poliucal oracle to all parties on the actual profit and loss of

econoiny clubs to the great body of the people, the shipping or any other branch of trade, and an will not pass away. These controversies will in implicit follower of the political leaders with whose future be more and more conducted in the spirit of party he had been connected by birth or other the Cobdens and Barklies, and less in that of the accident. He never aspired to develop a theory Hudsons and Brights.-Spectator, 16 Aug. of trade, or look upon the commerce of the empire as an organic whole. He stuck to his own line of business, and sought to win favors and concessions for it by making himself useful to his party.

PUNCH. Ricardo the First was almost a solitary exception

THE TREASURES OF THE DEEP." to this general character.

But the mercantile politicians of the League, be The following intelligence-quoted from the their theory right or wrong, regard the whole Hampshire Telegraphcomes from free-hearted, commerce, and indeed the whole industry of the liberty-loving America :nation, as an organic whole. They do not ask for By a private letter which has reached us fronı favors to one interest at the expense of another. Gibraltar, we are informed, upon good authority, They announce a general law which they assert that 20,000 slave shackles, for men, women, and regulates all industrial and commercial enterprise ; children-in all fourteen cart-loads—have been and from this general law they endeavor to deduce fished up from the wreck of the American war

a system of commercial policy that will give fair steamer, Missouri, lately burnt at that port. play to all. They have been forced to take this Now, as the timbers and other relics of our high ground by the necessity under which they Royal George have been worked into boxes and felt themselves at the outset of disclaiming con- nick-nacks, we propose to Americans—the traders nexion with any political party. Yet the neces- of the human shambles, the money-seeking breedsity of enlisting a large body of supporters, and the ers of “God's likeness in ebony”-that they should narrowing influence of an association, may have in turn the penny with these 20,000 slave shackles. part counteracted the effects of this isolation from If wrought into utensils for domestic use, or what party ; which, moreover, has not always been would still be better, turned into ornaments for the very faithfully carried into effect. The League women of America, they would endear to them having one special avowed object, its opinions on that sweet principle which coins money from the every other question have been cut and shaped “ marrow and the bones of man.” Some of these with care so as to present not even the appearance shackles might also be manufactured into steel of discordance with those which they avow with clasps for the Bibles of the very religious breeders : reference to the corn-trade. Again, the League, of the black. like every other association, is composed of much (We presume that this story about the shackles : sincere enthusiasm, (always respectable,) a few is entirely untrue—but think it ought to be invesgood heads and energetic characters, and an im-tigated, and contradicted by authority.—Living mense quantity of rubbish. These influences bias Age.] the politicians of the League-prevent them from bringing to the investigation of every commercial question that arises minds sufficiently courageous and independent to confess mistakes and oblige The venerable Homer, they say, sometimes them at times to adopt arguments and courses of nods ; but our equally venerable laureat seems to action which their beiter judgment and taste would be always snoring. Nevertheless, we cannot help reject, lest they should offend some of their parti- regretting that he should have missed many good

From these deteriorating influences, how- chances of coming before the public; among ever, time will emancipate the politicians of the others, that furnished by the Queen's Visit to League school ; experience teaching them the Germany. We consider that in the composition necessity of throwing aside arguments which only of the following lines, in connection with that expose them to triumphant rejoinders, and desist- event, we are absolutely doing his work for him, ing from tricks of policy which only alienate and we accordingly expect him to bestow a leaf honest men. And, on the other hand, their very from his chaplet on us, if not to "stand" a adversaries will be obliged, in self-defence, to bottle of his official Malmsey. With this brief adopt those habits of comprehensive investigation preface introduce we our more brief poem ; to and logical argument which are the proper sources wit :

THE STATE OF THE ROYAL NURSERY.

sans.

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