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THE RAILWAY SPY SYSTEM.

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SPORTS AND PASTIMES.

FACTS AND F ACE TIlE.

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THE COURT.

POLITICAL GOSSIP.

HINTS UPON GARDENING.

DRUNKENNESS AMONG YOUNG WOMEN.

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.oJ I OUR MISCELLA 7NY. 0- THE LAW OF DIVORCE IN HUNGARY. If a young couple are unhappy, and desire to be divorced they address a joint petition to the court; or one alone perhaps can thus petition. The court appoints two or more mediators, generally from the kinsfolk, to hear the complaints, to give advice, and try to reconcile them. Reconciliation is often thus effected. But if failure be reported, the court replies that they must repeat the application for divorce after three years, and then it shall be granted. If the quar.1 is very severe, they probably separate, and obtain the divorce at the expiration of the period. The delay infaliihly prevents any from seeking divorce in order to take a more acceptable partner for no one can hope that another will wait three years for such a reversion. It may even seem that two years would suffice. When the aversion is so decided on both sides that no .one expects reconciliation, we suppose that no social impropriety is felt in beginning a new court- ship before the three years is spent. But Hungarians say, that in the great majority of cases the young peo- ple are reconciled by their friends long before the time is complete, and do not come to the court a^ain. Fraser's Magazine. ° THE FIRST T-noul' L can remember, too, a little lake surrounded by trees, set in the midst of a great meadow, beyond which I caR see our house and between me and the lake a swift rivulet, filled with watercresses and stickle hacks, which rippled away over a tiny bar of sand into the larger stream that flowed into the lake. There is a whiteheaded old man in a grey coat, with its tails in the water, standing out, as it appears to me, in dreadful depths, waving over his head a whip-like wand of vast proportiofis, from which flies out in long curves a thin line, flashing on the surface of the stream. There is a spluttering and a plunging after a time at the end of the line, and Macarthy retreats to the bank. There, Masther Terry; there's a purty throut for ye Whist, till I get the hook out ov him, that he mightn't hurt ye wid the teeth ov him. Put yer purty little finger in his gill. There why, he's as long as yerself a'most! Maybe, ye'd like to take him up and show him to the quality, alannah ? He's a bewtiful two pounds, that he is. Ould Dan is able to put the comether on them still." I see that monster of the deep yet, his speckled sides glistening with orange, red, and brown his awful rows of teeth, his curving snout, his goggle eyes, and velvety dark red gills; and I remember, too, the roar of terror I gave, and the pre- cipitate flight I made through the meadow from the spot where, with a sudden wriggle—recovering a moment's breath ere he die(I-he flopped his wet tail against my legs, and wallopped in the long grus.-From the A dventures of Dr. Brady." MANNERS AND LADIES.—The repertoire of etiquette for young ladies is in the work of Robert of Blois, called the Chastisement des Dames," which we will now examine. The object of the work is first stated-to teach ladies how to deport themselves in their going and coming, in their silence and talk. The first injunction, strange to say, is against that excessive volubility of speech which ill-natured people say is a characteristic of the sex. A lady who labours under the absolute necessity of incessantly talking, he says, is often blamed; she should, therefore, moderate her conversation, as too great volubility is a mark of bad training. Still the opposite fault should be avoided; she should not be silent, but make herself agree- able and entertain people. When she went to church or elsewhere she was not to trot or run, but to walk steadily, not in front of, but with her company, because trotting and running did not become young ladies also, not to look about her on all sides, but to look straight before her, and to salute graciously anyone she may meet, which does not cost much, and is gratifying to others. Always to address poor peo; !e civilly, for no better example can be set them by ginJe people than that of humility. Not to allow anyone to kiss her, except the one to whom she is all in all; to him she must be as obedient as the menk to his abbot. She ought not to look at a gentleman much, unless he were her lover, because it often creates a false impression in the mind of the person so regarded that she is in love with him. If anyone should fall in love with her she ought not to boast of it to others she ought not to allow herself to be won too easily, which is a common occurrence, because men are apt to value less what they win with ease. We shall find as we proceed that this old monk had a surprising knowledge of the female heart.-Tlie Gentleman's Magazine. THE CITY TOASTJVIASTER IN THE OLDEN TimE.-The City toastmaster, who proclaims with such a roaring eloquence at a Lord Mayor's feast, that the metropolitan magistrate is about to pledge his guests in a loving-cup, probably is little aware of what used to take place on former occasions of a similar nature. At the old Plough-Monday banquet, for instance, the yeoman of the cellar used to stand behind the Lord Mayor, and at the close of dinner he produced two silver cups full of negus. He presented one to the mayor, the other to his lady, or her representative if there was one, and then the form of proclamation was to this effect Mr. Sword- bearer, Squires, and Gentlemen all-My Lord Mayor and my Lady Mayoress drink to you in a loving-cup, and bid you all heartily welcome!" The cups were handed in succession to all the company, who drank to the health of my lord and lady. When the time came for the latter and other ladies to retire, the chaplain passed up from the bottom of the table and led her ladyship right solemnly away. The male guests did not necessarily leave the table when his lord- ship withdrew. For then a mighty bowl of punch used to be introduced, and with it all the servants of the household, from the highest to the lowest, housekeeper and housemaids, groom of the chambers and grooms from the stables. They passed iu procession, and drank of the punch to the health of the guests, who then made a collection for them in the silver punch-bowL According as the maids were fair, merry, and not un- kind to the gallantry of the guests, the collection reached a greater or less sum. The old sahctatio and the libatio, the "saluting" and the "tasting," were never more favourably manifested than at these Lord Mayor's feasts of the olden yet not very remote period a period when, as the "loving-cup" went round, it was the custom for the two guests on the right and left of the drinker to hold the large cover of the cup over his head while he leisurely quaffed. -Cornhill Magazine. MRS. BROWN ON STRIKES.—It really give me quite a turn when Mrs. Gibbins come in and says to me quite sudden as Gibbins 'adn't nothink decent for to stand upright in at 'is aunt's funeral, as pleurisy 'ad proved fatal to, and no wonder neither at eighty-four. So I says, "You don't mean to say as anything 'as 'appened to his best clothes ?" a feelin' a fear about the moths, as once got into Brown's winter things, tho' put away with a old candle as I've 'ad by me for the purpose this many a year, and my dear mother afore me. She says, No, bless you but he's got that stout as 'is blacks won't meet round 'im, and 'is coat-sleeves arf up 'is harms, as wouldn't look respectful to 'is aunt's memory, as 'ad left 'im over two 'undred pounds." Well," I says, a new suit won't ruin 'im, as I've see myself advertised at three pound ten, not as they're things to rely on, for I m sure a pair as Brown 'ad split to ribbins through him a-gettin' outside a'bus in a'urry, and well it was night-time, or he'd 'ave cut a ridiculous figger." So she says, "Oh, bless you, he's ordered em, all genteel, near the Westminster-road, the day arter his aunt were took, and been expectin' 'em 'ome every hour, and when he called on the tailor last night was struck in 'eapes at 'earing as they wasn't touched through them strikes." I says, Strikes! Why, they was all among them railway drivers last month; and no wonder, for I'm sure I should 'ave struck any one myself if I'd 'ad to drive an engine through the weather as we've 'ad this last winter, as must have killed thousands." "Lor," she says, J not them engine- drivers it's the tailors as 'as struck.' I says, eg What- ever for ?" "Why," she says, morewages." "Well," I says, "some on 'em is paid shameful low; for well'l remember a party as lived down by the Commercial- road, as were a journeyman tailor, and died at it on 'is own board, cross-legged, thro' bein' one of them proud sperrets as wouldn t give in, and did used to work for one of them slop-shops, as paid downright starvation prices. ,-FrOn' Mrs. Brown's Budget," by Arthur Shetchley, tn Cassell's Magazine."