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OLLA PODRIDA. I have heard many explanations of how the prinlee of tt'.lowiu g the ladies to" pop the ques- tion in leap years arose, but the following is, perhap3, the one most worthy quoting Sb. Patrick was one day Rccosted by St. Bridget, in tears, because the ladies of the nonnery claimed the right of poppill the ques'ion.' St. PatrioK was geueroua, but when he said he would concede them the right of every seventh year, it was St. Bridget who threl. her arms round his neck and exclaimed. Arrah, Pathrick, jewel, I daurr.'t go back to the girls wid such a proposal. Make it one year in lour.' How the fair saiut coaxed the other saint Bridget, acushla,' said be, wjueeze mo that way agiu, aud I" L give ye leap-year, the lougesi of the lot.' Bridget ook him t his word, and pepped the question herself; but S.. Patrick couldn't mirry, and he act out, of the ditficultv-Iuokv man .with a kiss and a silk gown." Apropos of marriages, the vicar of St. Alphpgp, Greenwich, states that, in the registers of that church lie has found the following c-i)tr.), Marriage-. November 18th, 1635,f:¡ho Cooper, et tl\1 parish, alsman in Queen Elizabeth's College, a lied 108, and Margaret Thomas, of Charl- ton, in Kent, aged 80 yearn, by licence of ye Lord Bishop of Rochester, and leave of ye governonra of ye Company." Concurrently with a decrease in marriage?, lh:> ages of the contrsctim; j parties are n dvancing- 28-2 jfor men and 25 9 for women-bllt it will be a long time before the above entry ili This year, however, the gentle sax has an oppor- tunity of asking in their own insinuating, yet irre- sistible fashion, aud if the Registrar-General's next report shows a reduction in the marriage rate, why, then-who is to blame ? The Druids, according to Pliny, were clothed in a long white robe, and wore long beards, and "the serpent's egg," which he says was a great talisman, formed of the poisonous spittle of a great many serpents twined together. The following ode is evidently the sentiments of a worried bachelor. I withhold his real name and address lest he might be unwillingly induced to change his lot for a still more unhappy one,and that might make matters very unpleasant for me MY LANDLADY. Who has a red and beaming nose r Who wears the latest" cut" in clothes ? Who's always fingering at her hose ? My landlady. Who disarranges all my books ? Who at my private papers looks. And my weekly bill oft cooks ? My landlady. Who has a keen and searching eye ? Who's always cheeky "-soldom shy ? Who likes a wee drop on the sly ? My landlady. A LonoEB. Past experience bas led many people to regard any year in which three of the figures are alike as being fated to be an nnlnoky one. They quote, in proof of their theory, the years 1555, 1666. and 1777, and declare that, according to historical pre- cedeatB, 1888 will be Bignalised by a great war, a great plague, a great famine, or some other whole- sale catastrophe. Meantime I observe that the spring of 1889 is fixed npon by a persevering prophet as the date when this old world of ours is to collapse altogether. If that is to be the case, no doubt the" beginning of the end may Boo.e expected. When the citizens of Bangor want to do special honour to one of their representatives in the Council, they oould not do better than emulate the constitu- ency of Farriugdon Without, London. As a token of theirrespect and confidence,Mr John Lobb, C.C., has just received a new gown. Sir James Bacon, the lust of the Vioe- Chancellors, is a long lived limb of the law. On Saturday he completed his ninetieth year,he having been born on February 11th, 1798. From Hot Springs, Ask, it is reported that at a ball there lately, a young lady, her mother, grand- mother, and greatgrandmother danced in the same set. New York papers are now inquisitive over Mr and Mrs Cleveland. They say that Mr Cleveland thus replied to a visitor to the White House, who expressed regret at not seeing Mrs Cleveland The truth is, 1 don't see mnch of her myself. If I see her once a day, I consider myself pretty lucky." Says the EchoA good story is told of the late Stephen J. Meaney, the Fenian leader, who was more than once arrested in England. On one occasion he and three or four other Fenians were saved from capture by a provincial theatrical manager, who was a stout Conssrvative, but a generous, warm-hearted man. When he was in America he had been kindly treated by the Irish population. Amongst others, he had made the ac- quaintance of Mr Meaney. With the view of saving him and his friends when here from suspicion, the theatrical manager employed three or four of them as scene.shifters and "supers" in his theatre. Nobody suspected that dangerous conspirators were to be found in a playhouse, as the theatrical profession, as a rule has no sympathy with revolu- tionary opinions or efforts. A writer in the Sunday Times says:âI asked a navy officer to-day what becomes of all the ships of war lately condemned. His answer was that they had been sold to be broken up. Have you any guarantee that they are broken ul) ? was my per- tinent question. None whatever, said he, except that we do not sell except under promise that such will be the fate of the ships. It seems no one is set to watch that the hulks are not repainted and altered in appearance and sold to foreign Govern- ments, and my navy friend tells me this could easily be done and no one be the wiser. There is no truth in the rumour that the Crown Prince of Italy is about to be betrothed to the daughter of the Duchess of Flanders. A San Remo correspondent of Vanity Fair says If it depended upon the Crown Princess of Get- many alone, she wonld never let Sir Morell Mac- kenzie leave the Crown Prince at *11. She values his skill so highly that she believes her husband's life is in his bands. Sir Morell's daughter is a most charming young lady. She forms a member of the family circle of Villa Zirio, and is the bosom friend and confidant of the young Princesses." Of course, writes a London correspondent, the leading topic of conversation amongst the 1- Lobby- ists is the approaching departure of Lord Stanley of Preston to take up hia.appointmeat as Governor- General of Canada and the consequent vacancy at the Board of Trade. The favourite, of course, is the universally popular Sir Miohael Hicks-Beach,whose return to the Cabinet would undoubtedly greatly stengthen that body and the Conservative cause generally, but then Baron de Worms has done so exceedingly well lately over the sugar bounties question that people are asking whether he has not yet earned his promotion. I hear, however, from excellent authority that the Baron, subordinating, as he always has done, his undoubted olaims to the public good, will be oontent to remain as he is, for the present, at least. There is great talk of a wonderful budget being prepared by Mr Goschen, with the able assistance of Mr Jackson, the Finan- cial Secretary to the Treasury. Of course, it only amounts to simple oonjectnre up to now, but the fact that we are not to be troubled with supple- mental estimates this year is an undoubted good sign. Tory finance will be a good ory to go to the country with. The late Lady Marian Alford, whose death is announced, was a warm advocate of oremation, and was one of a large number of ladies of high rank and social influence who had been considering the foundation of a" Ladiea' Cremation League." A clergyman who has been married three times, and has a numerous set of olive branohes which spring from diverse maternal ancestry, confesses to a slight disconcerted feeling when Bhortly before his third marriage he was approached by one of his daughters, a girl of nine, with Papa, will you let me go to see you marrie(I ? I have never been at any of your weddings." Mr J. J. Hardeman, late of Bliyl, writing to a friend, states that he found in looking over the museum in Hobart, Tasmania, a key, dug from ruins of Ruthin Castle, also an arrow-head from the same place, and a portion of the bull of B.S. Royal Charter," from wreck in Moel/re Bay. As showing the suooess of Colonel Saunderson's speech in the House of Commons, I extract the following from the Loudon Letter of a Gladatonian newspaper The proceedingajin the House of Com- mons to-night (Tuesday) were made remarkable by a duel between Sir George Trevelyan and Colonel Saunderson. Sir George wa< not in his very best Parliamentary form. His eloquence was, as ÃAU oj, very carefully moderate. Some of his points, aud specially his final point about nine tenths of the Irish representation being of one way of thinking, and one-seventh of it being either in prison or coming out of prison, went home but a great deal he what be said had not the charm of novelty. It was rather a careful summary of past speeches than a new result of fresh inspiration. Colonel Saunder- son's reply wa"more striking for its wit, perhaps, than for its wisdom. But it was appreciated on both sides. His best point was in answer to Mr l'arnell, who had described Mr Forstor as a lion and Mr Balfour as a cat. Colonel Saunderson produced a passage from one of Mr Timothy Healy's speeches in which Sir George Trevelyan him-sslf wan des- cribed as a rat. The double use of the word TIlt" laid hohl of the House, and kept it convulsed for Bomo o10nthH." The London correspondent of the Bury and Noruick Pott, writing on Monday, says When II entered the House on Friday, it was in the fuil expectation of assisting at an exciting debate. Mr Balfour was to speak, and according to all pre. cedent. the from across the sea would not h.- doing their duty to their constituents and their country if they did not make it livelv for him. To my great surprise they missed the opportunity,and were comparatively mild and 1,,i,)t. A calm and placid debute ensued, only enlivened by a slight passage of arms between the Chief Secre- tary and Mr GI..dstone. Q'wte," sllid the Grand Old Man. I give the House my impression of the Nottingham speech." said Mr Balfour. VV here- upon the Opposition lifted up it lid jeered scornfully. Mr Balfour turned pnrple. Apparently stung to the quick he smote the desk in front of him.and intimated thatif his adversaries thought he was afraid to quote,they were very much mistaken. I may here add that the passage in question has been since reproduced in moat of the papers, aud to the lay mind seems to bear out Mr Balfour to the letter. After this interlude we simmered down, and so did the debate. With the exoeption of an academical and philosophic discourse from Mr Morley, the rest of the debate did not rise above the dead' level of common-place. I had, however, a hint to stop on, as there might be some fan at the end. There was, but not in the way I anticipated. On leaving the House, I found myself swept into an excited crowd of members, nearly all Irish, escort- ing the patriotic Mr Gilhooly to his martyrdom I What children the rank and file of the Home Rule party are, to be surejl The other, Mr Pyne, who for months bad shared a ruined castle with the rats and owls, had, most unromantically.been previously captured in a handsome cab. Hence this crowd, marching along as happy as schoolboys out for a lark, And when the inevitable arrived, and the detectives arrested the martyr, oh! then the triumph was complete. What potvaliant defiances and threats 1 Mr O'Kelly, the would.be challenger of Mr Chamberlain, loudly demanding the warrant and stating his fixed intention of shooting some- body in case of non-compliance with his modest request, was a sight for the gods. Then we read the warrant under a gaa lamp, more polioe arrived, of course a crowd assembled to see the fun, and the patristic cup of satisfaction was fall to the brim. In marked contrast to all this tomfoolery a quiet gentleman stood beside me, tranquilly smoking a cigarette and surveying the tumnlt from a safe distance. It was the unorowned King of Ireland himself. Charles Stewart Parnell in propria persona, who knows better than to mix himself up with all this nonsense. With the exception of a few, a very few of his party, who act as his lieutenants, he associates with none, and there is a broad line drawn between him and the O'Kellys.the Gilhoolys, and such like, which the latter dare not even attempt to cross. The discipline is rigid. The martyr was meanwhile offered a cab. Another insult. Certainly not, we wonld all walk, and walk we did, marching up Parliament-street to Whitehall, oheering and singing and altogether having a great time of it. We saw the patriot Bafely immured in his dungeon oell, otherwise a room in the detective office at Whitehall, and dispersed, thoroughly satisfied with the evenirg's amusement, and with the consciousness of having nobly done our duty to our country. A great day for Ireland It is said that MI Abby pays ESOOO for Hofmann's services in America during the season. His takings (without deducting outgoings) are expected to reach 940,000. I find the following in Whitaker's Almanac-.â The line (or rather lines) of native sovereigns is a very long one some Irish historians hs.ve traced the succession to about the period of the flood, before which time there were many princes,' but unfortunately the records have not been preserved. According to Keating, the first sovereigns after the Milesian Conquest, of whom there is any absolute certainty,' were Heber and Heremon, Milesian princes from Galicia in Spain, who conquered Ire- land, and gave to its throne a race of 171 kings. These two princes reigned jointly from the year 1300 B.C. till 1291, when Heremon alone ruled, Of their successors, who reigned from the year 1285 B. C. to the Christian era, about 169 in number, only 15 died comfortably in their beds; four died of the plague or some malignant distemper, the rest being assassinated, killed in battle, or dying other violent deaths. Home Rule in all its beautiful simplicity was in existence from the earliest times till after the Conquest of Ireland by Henry II, in 1172; the rultrs, however, appear to have had anything but a peaceable quiet time." (An" authentic list of Irish sovereigns is also given.) Ye mothers of Walps. have you seen Baby If you haven't, procure the publication at once. It is just the thing yon must have been longing for. It is a com- plete guile to the health, dress, food, education, and general management of children, and printed in MeMra Wyman and Son's best style and that is saying a good deal, for the firm is known throughout the length and breadth of the land for its admirable work. Baby is profusely illustrated, and when the monthly parts are bound it will make a wonderfully interesting and instructive volume.







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