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UlisteflaiMis qffitnend Jäns. Too MODEST TO BE GRATEFUL.—A young lady, the eldest daughter of a well-known political baronet, (says Liverpool paper), was so deep a sleeper thai it was elwavs difficult to wake her; and in. the year 1S58 a x -e broke out at night in the family mansion, when F, male dom estic burst into her room and snatching her she If i bed, conveyed her to a place of safety. S range ,o tay, the lady's high sense o. modesty caused her preserver to be dismissed "ram lior service. The lady is still unmarried, but man, who risked his life to save that of his mistress, has been rewarded by a legacy of £500, bequeathed him by his late master. THE LAST TAX UPON ^KNOWLEDGE.—Long ago the shackles which bound the English press were snapped asunder, but the broken lm.s were su remain as weights upon its free ac.ion (remarks the Times). • One by one these also have been removed, and now the last fa,lh ch/ttering on the ground. We honestly believe it M be a gre°t boon to the whole com- munity to the poor s well as to the rich, and especially to that j.6W geneiaoion which is rising amon0* us, better taught than their fathers are. ar.d with keener appetites tor thaj intellectual food for which they have learned to hunger. It was wisely said by Mr. Gladstone that you may make any article pj rich man's luxury by taxing it, but that nothing ought to be esteemed a rich man's luxury which a, poor man can enjoy, and which a re- duction of taxation will place within his reach. There must, of course, be in all merchandise qualities to suit every class of consumers, but the interest of our society requires that in this article—knowledge—aU should be consumers, and that the quality supplied to them should be as good as may be; for this purpose it is good that all restrictions, all intellectual corn laws, should be removed. THE DRONES IN THE HIVE.—The Spectator says— The loss by thieves is estimated at 16,000,000Z. a-year, 50,000,000i. a-year by insolvents to which add 6,000,000?. consumed by paupers making a total Ov 72,000,000?. of treasure yearly taken from the honey of the iiive, and de- voured by wicked and lazy drones. The time is yet far distant, when the honest enduring worker, he who creates all this wealth, commonly on wages ranging from 10s. to 20s. a-weeli, will be able to keep his little earnings from being so heavily fleeced by marauders. THE PRINCESS ALICE.—The project of marriage between the Prince of Orange and the Princess Alice of England appears to be fully decided on. as well as the visit which the young couple will pay to King Leopold, the great uncle of the bride, when their Royal High- nesses shall leave England for Holland. The marriage will, it is thought, take place on the 24th of May, the anniversary of the birthday of Queen Victoria. The Princess Alice Maude Mary was born on the 25th April, 1843; the Prince of Orange, Rear-Admiral and Major-General and Commander of the Brigade of Re- serve of the Dutch Army, on the 3rd September, 1840. No PLEASING EVERYONE !—We cannot conceal from ourselves, however, that in raising the revenue which makes this alteration possible Mr. Gladstone exhibits every symptom of financial distress (remarks the Times). Following the much-reprobated example of Mr. Disraeli in 1852, he lays his hands on money hitherto advanced by Government for pur- poses, and absorbs it into the expenditure for the year. He appropriates with equal eagerness the windfall of the Spanish repayment; he alters the system of bring- ing the Income-tax to account in order to squeeze a quarter of it into the coming financial year; he dashes into the hop controversy, and offends the irritable susceptibilities of malt. He attacks brokers, whar- fingers, bankers, importers, and exporters, and appears to have raked up every element of opposition which it was possible to excite. We confess we look with some apprehension on the fate of Mr. Gladstone's proposi- tions for raising this revenue; but, whether or no he be able to carry these substitutions for the abolished Customs, we trust and believe that he will, at any rate, succeed in his noble attempt to give to our tariff com- plete simplicity by the abolition of all protective and differential duties, and all duties on articles of in- considerable amount and that on this occasion, when it is absolutely necessary to make so large a change in our duties on imports, the opportunity will not be lost, whatever momentary sacrifice it may cost, of putting this part of our revenue on a thoroughly simple and satisfactory basis. As You WERE !"—The other day, while a tall and powerful soldier of the line was swaggering in military style along Buchanan-street, Glasgow, his appearance attracted the attention of a young, ragged, and bare-headed urchin, of seven or eight years of age, who was lounging about. The lit tie follow, fired with a spirit of juvenile waggery, immediately called out, I say, sodger." The son of Mars not condescending to reply, the little urchin trotted along at his heels, and repeated three or four times, I say, sodger." At last the soldier was constrained tota™ about, and say, Well, my little fellow, what is it ?' As you were said the little wag. The soldier immediately performed the right about face," and proceeded on his way; but with what feelings we know not. EXTRAORDINARY BREACH OF PROMISE.—An at- torney, named Page, living in Manchester-square, London, during the course of last year, paid his ad- dresses to a widow named Mrs. Hart, living in Tavis- tock-square, whom he had known during her husband's lifetime. Mrs. Hart had an income of^400/ and a family of nine children. After her husband's death she lived in retirement, but, twelve months having elapsed, she accepted an invitation to a musical party at Mr. Page's house, and she and Mr. Page continued for some time on visiting terms. Eventually, the gen- tleman, who was a widower, "proposed" to the lady," and preparations were made for the wedding. The ac- quaintance was renewed in March, 1859, and the itiiA11*a°"o \vr', to have taken place about Cnristmas. He broke off the engagemen m September, although matters had gone so far that a deed of settlement had been drawn up, settling 701, each on Mrs. Hart's two daughters, and 301, on her youngest son. The de- fence was, that the engagement was formed on Mrs. Hart, who was a Jewess, promising to become a member of the Established Church, but that she refused to do so, and, therefore, the defendant was exonerated from his undertaking. It appeared from the evidence that the plaintiff was about to adopt the Christian faith, when her children, hearing of the engagement, and of their mother's intended, change of religion, quarrelled with her, and ultimately left her. The case was heard in the Court of Queen's Bench, on Friday, when a verdict was returned for the plaintiff, damages 1,200l. IS OLD STORY. The Tfollowing, extracted from the volume of Reminiscences," recently given to the world by Dean Ramsay, relates to the "good old times," ere the modern innovation of railways mono- polised the passenger traffic of these lands :— A gentleman sitting on a stage coach at Berwick, com- plained bitterly that the cushion on which he sat was quite wet. On looking up to the roof he saw a hole through .which the rain descended copiously, and at once aococnied ] for the mischief. He called for the coachman, and in great wrath reproached him with the evil under which he sufferec, and pointed to the hole which was the cause of it. All the ] s irsfaction, however, that he got, was the quiet, unmoved < ''y :—' Aye inouy a. ane has complained o' that hole. ] THE BUDGET PUT IN THE SHADE!—" No event," 1 says the Liverpool Albion, "which has occurred for several years past has created a greater amount of E quiet, yet heartfelt interest, than has been excited among the uprrn- ranks of Liverpool society during the ( past week or two, by preparation for the grand fancy ball, which is to take place in St. George's Hall, to- t morrow (Tuesday). The choice of costumes has stim- < ulated the fancy, and engaged the attention, of the s younger and fascinating portion of the members of all fashionable circles; and judging from the interest taken, and the number of tickets, nearly 2,000, already disposed of, there cannot be any doubt that the affair r will be in all respects a most brilliant and satisfactory j* one." j THE TRIBUTE OF GENius !—A very significant c compliment to Mr. Gladstone's oratory, and a very striking incident in itself, occurred on Friday evening "J by the presence of Lord Brougham within the walls of the House of Commons for the first time during v \ry a nearly thirty years—that is, since he left it in 1830 to 1 become Lord Ch ,ncellor. It is pretty well t that Lord Brougham left the House of Commons to preside over the House of Lords, with the utmost pain and reluctance—that his own most earnest desire was not to accept any office which necessitated the abdi- cation of his position as member for Yorkshire, f d e that he took a position nominally and titularly higher only at the most urgent entreaty and virtual corn- f mand of his party. Since his removal he lias never J once been known to enter as auditor those walls V which had so often echoed with his eloquence. On Friday night, for the first time, he overcame this re- markable reluctance; and then, too, for the first time, it is understood, he heard the man who now occu- pies the position he himself so long held, unrivalled and undisputed—the greatest orator in the British S House of Commons. Lord Brougham was seen to f listen intently during the whole four hours during which Mr. Gladstone spoke; and is known to have s expressed the highest admiration of the speech, as a a masterpiece of clear and skilful statement and per- t suasive rhetoric. l AN ACT OF FILIAL AFFECTION.-—Messrs. God- x frey Drake and Sons, of Huddersfield, merchants, have E received during the present week an enclosure of 701, I from two ladies, sisters, who conduct a boarding school i at one of the watering places on the Lancashire coast, c to meet a loss sustained by the bankruptcy through 2 misfortune of their deceased father, now nearly twenty I years ago. f FOREIGN LOANS.—The total amount issued f yearly out of the Consolidated Fund since 1843, for the I payment of that portion of the Greek Loan guaranteed c by this country, is 788,007?. Of this sum, 31,084Z. has ( been repaid by the Greek Government, leaving a balance due of 756,922?.— -There has also been issued out of the Consolidated Fund, in full of the Sardinian Loan f of 1855 and 1856, the sum of 2,000,000?. The Sardinian J Government has regularly paid the interest to a sinking f fund to extinguish the principal, and the sum now re- ( maining to be discharged is 1.921,138?. t A FLATTERER. RIGHTLY PUNISHED.—The Co-Lii t Circular" is responsible for the following Her Majesty deterts anything approaching to adihation, or the least appearance of flattery. Not many weeks am r a female domestic wits dismissE" the royal service because £ she was in the habit of constan bestowing the most ful- j some compliments on one of the young Princesses and this summary correction appears to have been lnoLt acutely felt Who has constantly petitioned her loyal mistress to toe reinstated in liel- place, but without SUCCCS3. J A WIFE FOR THE PRINCE OF WALES.—Reports d are current that the Princess Alexandrina, the daughter e of Prince Albert of Prussia, is the destined spouse of 2 ibe Prince of Wales. The Princess Alexandrina is aoout to enter her eighteenth year, and is a great favourite with all the members of the Prussian Royal Family; the talents and acquirements of her Royal ( Highness are such as are in all respects in accordance A with what might he expected in a Princess of her ex- 1 alted station. RAPTD INCREASE IN THE VALUE OF LAND AT J £ C.ROYDON.—"When arrangements were being made last year, between the London, Brighton, "nd South Coast 1 Railway, and the Mid-Kent Ra"'way Company, the t former agreed to erect a junction station at Norwood ] for the reception of the Kent traffic. This has been t done, and is now in operatic 1. To e:ff;ct this the r Bngh on Company, through frelr surveyor, purcbas 1 g the land for this pu -po^e, ard 1 yving no act of par" i ment to compel the landowner to sell, Mr. Fulle: w t ri a great measure at their mercy., and as a consequence 1 0 had to purchase of several landowneis seven acres ( ? lore land than the company required, at the rate of t ;))Ol. per acre. These seven acres were sold by auction, f on the 28th day of January, at the Mart, in London, ] and realised the extraordinary price of 8301. 10s. per 1 acre. MARRIAGES, OF QUAKERS.A Bill introduced by Mr. Mellor and Mr. Bright proposes to enact that after the 30th of June, 1860, the marriages of Quakers m?jy be solemnised in crses where one only or where neither of the persons shall be a member of the Society of Friends, and to extend and amend the Act 6th and 1 7th William IV., cap. 85, and 7th and 8th Victoria, £ ca/o. 81, whereby both persons were required to be of the Society of Friends. OIL AND WAX v. GAS, &C.—The committee of t the Junior United Service Club, in London, have ca^ed ( a special meeting of the members, to consider how 'u far it may be,preferable to substitute oil and wax ctuwij&^ajior,the present gas lighting of the establish- i >.jjgrinst which a strong protest has been sighed T, 1 'J'W'ne hundred members, who state their b ie" 1 Vf&?used irr'ide a house, is injurious to t1 e eye- sifeiiriffid health in general. JUDICIAL SEPARATION.—Mrs. Sarah Bake the a wife of a schoolmaster at Burslem. obtained a jr 'J.cial c separation, in the Divorce Court, on Friday. The e parties were married in 1835, and had had two children, t The marriage being unhappy, Mrs. Baker left her huiO- e band in 1041, and- supported he-self by silk weaving, a Meanwhile, Baker formed a criminal acquaintance i with a woman named Anne Lowe, and removed with i: her to Liverpool, where they opened an oyster sho1!. ] In 1803 Mrs. Baker found them cohabiting, and went s to ask for an allowance. She stayed in the house ± several weeks, when the husband agreed to allow her 1 10s. a-week, and an agreement was signed to that effect. I A verdict was pronounced for the petitioner and a r judicial separation was decreed. r A HEARTLESS HOAX.—In the earlier part of the last week, a blind man was returning to his lodgings in one of the back lanes of Kennington, London, aiter tj having spent the day in vending pens and paper, with ,J little success, when he was accosted by a gentlemaxly man, who proposed to be desirous of assisting him, and presented him with a hundred copies of a new work called The Volunteer's Guide," for which he would 1: find a ready sale in the neighbourhood of Warwick- ? gardens. The gentleman, who L aid he was the author 1 of the work in question, treated the blind ma.n with the a price of a cab to Warwick-gardens, where he cried his a pamphlets, but for some time met with no custom; a but one of the books having been purchased and e=;- g amined by a footman, the rest met a rapid sale. The blind man then returned homewards, but was soon surprised to find himself in the custody of a policeman, who told him that the book he had sold was an auda- r cious libel upon a married lady of rank. The poor man I told his simple tale, which was believed, but he could give no information which might lead to the detection 1, of the individual who had hit upon this ingenious mode s of spreading scandal with impunity. £ HINTS FOR CLERGYMEN.—!A London Clergy- man writes :— Sir,—I f'nd no relief so much va'ued by the poor of my parish as the gift of port wine in the case of sickness. The r reason is that assigned by one of your correspondents, that the publicans' port wine" is poison and the poor have not the opportunity of buying anyt 'ng else. I always now keep a supply of wine to meet this <. JicnLy, so far as I am able, and the uniform reT't of my experience proves to me how A immence would be th e benefit to those classes by whom port < wine is only used as a medicine were they enabled to obtain it for themselves. ( THE VALUE OF SMOKE.—A striking instance of j economic talent came'to our knowledge in the district 1 of Alston Moor. From the melting earths of one house" an arched tunnel conducts the smoke to an i outlet at a distance from the works in a wasce spot -1 where no one can complain of it. The gathering matter < or "fume" resulting from the passage of the smoke is 1 annually submitted to a process, by which at that time 1 i; yielded enough to pay for the construction of the r chimney. A similar tunnel chimney, three miles in length, was erected at Allendale. Its fume will yield thousands of pounds sterling per annum. Truly, here it may be said that smoke does not end in smoke. "NIL DESPERANDUM !"—At the close of big engagement, the other evening, at the Queen's Theatre, Edinburgh, Mr. Kean, on being called for by the audience, in the course of his address said :— A crowd of thoughts come back on me at this moment, reminding me of 25 years a^o, whe", as a young man, alone and friendless, I first Lought the suL'rages of the Edinburgh public, and by their favour was pe_ -nitted to ascend the"first step of that ladder which has since led to fame and fortune. Those whose opinions were at that time of so much weight and value, whose ciltical judgrrent spread its influence over all your ociety, who pro o^ticated my success at a time when scarcely a gleam of ;e lighted up my pro essional career, have all, alas pas. away, or are now reposing in retirement after a long and honourable 'ne. EXTRAORDINARY CREDULITY.— Last week aTi elderly female beggar asked for a night's lodging in the cottage of a labourer, named Walmsev, Babswood, in the parish of Dromiskin. Her request was granted and, ere she went to r t, she told Walmsey that she had dreamt that she wo d be able to find a crock of ^old in his garden, if he would allow her to search for it. It contained, she said, 60,000l. worth of the precious metal, and all she would ask as a recompense was 100?. • Walmsey consented at once that the search should be made, and sent his son with the woman, as she said she 3ould not find the treasure without him. A number of mummeries were practised, and tomfoolery succeeded ;omfoolery, till Walmsey was bamboozled out of five It. lotes, when the fair charmer decamped, and has not ;ince come into the clutches of the police. Altogether ¡he credulity evinced by the dupes was most unac- countable. THE IRISH AND THE DIVORCE TRIBUNAL.—< In ;he course of a trial last week in the Irish Court of Queen's Bench, arising out of a case of wife-desertion, iome opinions transpired not very favourable to the vorking of the Divorce Court. For instance The Chief J ustiee Fe (the defendant) might have gone nto the Divorce Court and stat She was tr'ed of the irar- •iage, and tried to get rid of it in that way. Mr. ItoHeston fortunately the Divorce Court do- not- extend to Ireland. L'he Chief Justice Well then, they m'ght have gone to Sngland, for I undercj.^nd they have diciion there over mr Irish mariiages. Mr, Serjeant OFa an: We have not 'v .ot a Divorce Court in Iielknd yet. The Chief Justice And hope we never will. Mr. Serjeant O fa 'an It is the ;reatest sign of the deerdence of public morals, ard I say it vi Ji all deference to the Legislature which passed tlt Act, rid the jud ^es who administer it. rhis is something like Irish unanimity, which is raid o be as remarkable as it is rare. A NOVEL IDEA IN TAXATION,—A corresponder.i » £ pj London paper suggests, as one means of reducing he most burdensome taxes, that 5s. should be paid for ivery name given to a child beyond one. He adds :— "I know from experience the great inconvenience ard "0 3 rom having more names than one in a member of my family. I* was prevented taking a good clerkship, on the ground hat it would take up so much time to write his names and ong surname on the papers which would be his daily work aù imes." ENGLAND'S METROPOLIS. The author of that capital series of papers called "The ieason Ticket," injtlre Dublin University Magazine, gives the ollovving pen-and-ink photograph of London :— The more I see of this great capital," observed the enator, "the more astonished I am at its population md wealth. Places of public resort, of every descrip- ion, are thronged with people, and the crowds that requent and fill them do not perceptibly diminish the nultitudes that are usually seen in the fashionable itreets or business thoroughfares. The number of irivate carriages abroad during a fine day in the season s almost incredible. There are everywhere evidences )f great opulence in this metropolis that attract and istonish a stranger. The city appears to him like a arge estuary, receiving tributary streams of wealth rom all parts of the globe, and discharging an increasing iood of riches in return the region between that and Bon.d-street as the emporium of everything that is ;ostly and rare, and the West-end as the stately abode )f people of rank and fortune. All this is perceptible it a glance, and a cursory survey fills his mind with istonishment, but on closer inspection be finds that he ias seen only the surface of things. As he pursues his nvestigations, he learns that the ci ty is a vas j warehouse or the supply of the whole world that its merchants; rwn half the public stock of every civilised nation; that here are docks and depositories underneath the surface, iontaining untold and inconceivable wealth; and that he shop windows in the streets of fashionable resort, ■hough they glitter with gold and silver. 07 are decked lith silks, satins, laces, shawls, and the choicest and nost expensive merchandise, convey but a very in- idequatg idea of the hoards that; are necessarily packed nto the smallest possible space, and stored away in the ofts above, or the vaults beneath. Pursuing his inquiries in what js called ttc West End.' he finds that the stately nansiors le beholds there arc the mere -town residences Luring the season,' of a class who have enormous < states ri the country, with princely palaces, castles, ] md halls, and that there are amongst them one 1 .housard individuals, whose nited property would nore than extinguish the national debt. Such is the London of which he has read and her.rd so much; :;lie ;entre of the whole c< -jmercial world, the exchange vhere potentates negot^ve Joans for the purpcse of war md peace, the seat of 'bo arts and sciences, and the ;ource of all the civilisation and freedom that is to be O-Lin(I in the world. But great, and rich, and powerful is it is, it does not stand in the same relation to England as Paris does to France; it is independent, )Ut not omnipotent; th Te are other towns only second ,oit in population and capital, such as Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham Glasgow, and others, of which he wealth is almost fabulous. Well may an English- nan be proud of his country. In every quarter of the dobe he finds it is stamping the impress of its language, ts institutions, and its freedom. You and 1, who have travelled so far and seen so much, have beheld yonder British soldier at Gibraltar, Malta, and Corfu, at the 3ape, the ports of the East Indies, Hongkong. Aus- iralia, and New Zealand, in the W^est Indies, and Newr- 'oundland, Halifax, Quebec, and the shores of the Pacific. Great Britain fills but a small place on the nap, but owns and occupies a large portion of the dobe."