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ITHE ROYAL BIRTH.

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The SHAKSPEARE COMMEMORATION.

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CARDINAL WISEMAN'S PASTORAL.

A CURIOUS CASE DECIDED.

AWFUL EXPLOSION AT LIVERPOOL.

WHAT IT IS COMING TO.

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HINTS ABOUT AUSTRALIAN EMIGRATION.

ALAS FOR POLAND

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ALAS FOR POLAND Whatever else there may be of interest in this country, I Would defy the most enthusiastic friehd of Poland to find anything attractive in an ordinary Polish landscape on a dull winter's day (writes the correspondent of the Daily News). I feel it, however, necessary to add, that I say this without prejudice to exceptional districts, such as the neighbourhood of Cracow, where highly picturesque scenery is to be met with. Let the traveller, however, judge of Polish scenery by the aspect presented by the country around Posen in the winter, and he will not carry away a very favourable impression. If he will take the trouble to mount the belfry tower attached to the Town-hall, and look around him, he will be satisfied that, as far as attractive scenery is concerned, at any rate, this por- tion of the grand duchy of Posen has not much to offer. He will see a great expanse of plain, and woodland, dotted, it is true, by numerous villages, but of a most hopelessly unpicturesque character. With difficulty, in some cases, will he distinguish the cottages, with their mud walls and brown roofs, from the ploughed fields which surround them. As a near-sighted sportsman is apt to mistake a cluster of clods of earth for a covey of partridges, so he might take a Polish village, with its brown, round-backed cottages, for a herd of un- known animals grazing. No one cottage, or building of any sort, stands out from the rest, to speak of gra- dation in the social scale of tie inhabitants, or to break the oppressive sensation of monotony conveyed to the mind of the spectator. In vain you look for that air of harmonious variety lent to an English village by the blending of manor-house, rectory, farmhouse, and labourer's cottage into one community. In the vil- lages in the neighbourhood of Posen you 6nd neither C1 urch nor resident minister, -the result of which is that those of the villagers who are unequal to the walk of, in some cases, twelve or fourteen miles there and back to their parish church in Posen, have no op- portunity of religious worship from one year's end to the other, while those who accomplish the distance rarely content themselves with attendance at mass, but in most cases finish the day in the taverns of the city. The more moderate drinkers return home in a cheerful state of intoxication at four or five o'clock, affording infinite entertainment to the chance pedes- trian on any of the roads leading out of Posen. The inveterate topers, on the other hand, who think nothing of swallowing upwards of a quart of raw brandy at a sitting, remain till 9 or 10 in the evening, and how they ever get home at all is a mystery not so easily solved. Nor must it be supposed that the wo- men form any exception to this rule. As they share the field labour of the men, so they think themselves entitled to share their potations, and thus the distress- ing scenes which too often disgrace cottage-life in England, where the drunken husband beats his indus- trious and sober wife on his return home, are obviated by the husband and wife together both drunk alike.

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WESLEYAN MISSIONARY JUBILEE.

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I A JACOBITE RHYME REVIVED.