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Tim COURT. THE Court iit still at 03borne. The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Dake of Edinburgh have paid a. visit to the Queen. The Princa and Princess Christian have left Paris. Prince Teck and Princess Mary of Cambridge have arrived at Vienna. The Prince, aa an otileerin the Austrian army, offered to go into active service, but the Era per or, under the circumstances, gave unlimited leave of absence. THE Princess of Wa'03 and Princess of Loiningen dined with her Majesty on Sunday. DIVINE Service was performed on Sunday morning at Osborne, before the Queen and their Royal Highnesses the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Louise, Prince Leo- pold, and Princess Beatrice. The Dean of West- minster officiated. PREPARATIONS are ordered to be made at Windsor -Castle for her Majesty and the Royal Family's recep- tion by Monday, the 20th of August, ib being the Queen's intention to sleep there one night previous to leaving for Scotland, where the Court will reside for two months. THE Prince and Princess of Wales will go to Scot- land a week earlier than her Majesty. 0 ORDERS hava been received at Frosrroore to pre- pare the Lodge for the reception of Prince Chris- tian and Princess Helena, who may be expeutfid there in the course of a. fortnight. The alterations include the converting of a smoking-room looking on to the lawn into a dressing-room for the Prince and the embellishment of the dining-room, drawing-room, and other apartments. ON Monday afternoon their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edin- burgh, accompanied by their suite, left Oaboroe.house tor Portsmouth, en ronte to Goodwood, on a visit to his Grace the Duke of Richmond. A state carriage, elegantly fitted and sur-mounted by the Prince of Walea's feathers, was in readiness for the Royal party, and the approach to the platform was carpeted. It having eeoome known that their Royal Highnesses were expected, a number of persona assembled at the station to witness the arrival and departure of their Royal Highnesses. Shortly after five Ð'clock the Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at the station in an open carriage, followed by their attendants and servants in another carriage. The Prince of Wales conducted the Princess to a seat, and the train started, about ten minutes after the arrival of the Royal party, amidst loud cheers. The company assembled to greet the Princes and Princess was at first very respectable, comprising the mayor and some of the leading inhabitants, but, unfortunately, a somewhat disorderly addition to the original party made themselves more free than wel- come. Monday was one of Cosham fair days, and trains ran to the station of the last-named village from a contiguous platform. No sooner did it become known that the Prince and Princess of Wales were expected than there was a. great rush, and just after their Royal Highnesses had seated themselves mere than one blow was exchanged. A female attacked a gentleman, and a man desirous of coming forward, being prevented, assaulted a medical gentleman on the plat- form, while a female accompaning the man slapped the doctor's face. A rush ensued, and the screams of a child brought the Princess of Wales to the carriage window. Order being:partially restored, the carriage moved on a dozen yards, affording to another party an opportunity of staring into the Royal carriage in a manner by no means decorous. The arrangements made, under the direction of Mr. White, the superin- tendent of Portsmouth station, who received their Royal Highnesses, were efficiently carried out; and there was a party of police on duty, under the direc- tion of Mr. Superintendent Barber. Their Royal Highnesses arrived in safety at the Chichester-station, and drove from thence to Goodwood.
POLITICAL GOSSIP. --
POLITICAL GOSSIP. THE whitebait have received information that they are required to attend at Greenwich on Saturday, ta meet her Majesty's Ministers at a Ute-a-tste, or many td'l^ll^p'orto3'2fn wsTI-rnTdrmea circles that the barter offered to and gratefully declined by the Earl of Lons- dale will be given to the Duke of Richmond. Every Duke of Eichmond from the first masJe by Charles II. has enjoyed this distinction. IT is said that the Hon. Francis Lawley, who was the Times correspondent in the Southern States dur- ing the war, and was previously private secretary to Mr. Gladstone, has joined the staff of an influential journal of advanced Liberal opinions, to which he contributes a leading article daily. MR. BEALES, prior to starting on his grand demo- cratic promenade, was advised to take care of his watch and leave it behind him. His reply was noble and worthy of a patriot. He trusted in the integrity of his political supporters who surrounded him. He had not proceeded 200 before he was minus his watcb. THE King of Hanover has sent his coat and trousers to the Museum of Hanover which he wore at the battle of Langensalza. The only remark the suit can evoke is, There's nothing in it." Babies in Hanover born on that day are requested to permit themselves to be christened Langensalza. THE Queen of Spain has put a little gilt on the bitter pill which the new Ministry has prepared for the people by ordering the taxes to be paid six months in antioi- pation. Her Majeaty wjahes to share the sacrifices made, lhfal subjects," and has therefore directed that the taxes on the private property of the Crown shall be paid in advance. the Post-office has been singularly exhibited. By the universally-ex- pressed[wishof the inhabitants of Eridge-green, near Tnnbridge, the postman, who has a daily walk of some 20 mil.el' 5™ been reheved fr0m the Sunday but with the announcement of this favour is a declara- tion to the effect that his pay (if pay can oane(j\ is to be diminished by one shilling per week, although he has, of course, still to deliver the same number of A little bill at the last election for Warwick was the subject of an action at law last week. The pub- lican who sued the candidate, Mr. Greaves, claimed £ 52, he having been paid £ 45 and he alleged Sat a meeting 300 people attended, and "That79 bottles of port, 48 bottles of sherry, 30 brandies, 23 gins 16 rums, 14 whiskies, 56 cigars, 47 screws of'tobacco, and 11 quarts of ale were consumed the whole amounting in value to £ 49 17a. 5d. he damages to the room brought the bill up to about £ 5^ There was a good defence, but plaintiff got a verdict for £ 23. g IT will be learned with very sincere regret that the Right Hon. Mr. Brand 13 suffering under severe in- dieposition. Some few weeks ago he was compelled by an attack of erysipelas to absent himself for some days from his Parliamentary duties. On his resumption of those duties before complete recovery he was again attacked by indisposition, and we learn that yielding to the counsel of his medical adviser, he is about to proceed at once to Aix-la-Chapelle, to take the benefit of its waters and the change of air. Mr. Brand was evidently labouring under serious indisposition whilst attending the Liberal JSte at Lewes, on Thursday-in f2t he was totally unfit to undergo the fatigue, but S the ''bTt0ee "S he determined to make the effort, ihe speedy return of the risjht hon. gentleman, in restored health and strength, ^will be haUed by all hia w ever shade of politics—with sincer p • THE members for the borough of M y > • Harvey Lewis and Mr. Thos. Chambers, Q.C., the Marylebone Representative Council last the purpose of paying their respects, and to P. the position of various matters which had Parliament during the session. Both hon. roembe referred to the successful defeat of Sir Thos. Mary Wilson's Settled Estates Bill, which would encroach upon Hampstead-heath. With regard to the rUDiio Health and Artisans' Dwellings Bills, many important clauses had been objected to by Marylebone and other local boards, and they not only entirely concurred in -the objections to making the police sanitary inspectors, but to other clauses which were of such an unconsti- tutional character that they were happy to say that members of the late as well as the present Government had admitted it, and they believed that the amend- ments of which they had given notice would be oarried. The compulsory clauses of the New Vaccination Bill also required very great attention, and would have it at their hands. After referring to the vast assistance they had received from the local boards and from their officers, the members sat down amid loud ap- plause. The Rev. E. J. P. Eyre moved, and Professor Marks seconded, a cordial vote of thanks to the borough members, who briefly acknowledged the com- pliment, and the proceedings closed.
THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c.…
THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. ORDERS for 210,000 copies of the Prison Life of Jefferson Davis" have been received by the publisher, Carleton. THE Archbishop of York this week opened a fine arts and industrial exhibition at York, and delivered an address upon the occasion. About .£6,000 has been subscribed as a guarantee fund, and a building has been erected for the purpose of the exhibition at a cost of 44 000. MR. HOTTEN will shortly publish a little volume of humorous" Advice to Parties About to Marry, written and most appropriately illustrated by the Hon. Hugh Rowley, one of whose minute illuminations, in the south room Royal Academy, ha.s this year been so greatly admired. THE "Memoirs of Prince Talleyrand"—the mate- rials for which, by an extraordinary will of the late owner, were not to be touched for 30 years—will be published during the coming autumn. The Duchess de Dino, Talleyrand's niece, however, was enabled to veto this strange clause in the document, and the work is to appear simultaneously in London, Paris, and, it was originally intended, Vienna. IT was stated lately that her Majesty had kindly announced her intention of presenting the Working Men's Club, Inverness, with a selection of books- works of fiotion and light literature. As the books were expressly selected by her Majesty, it may be interesting to give a list of them, as sent by Dr. Robertson to Mr. Macdougall, Hawthorn Walk. They are the Waverley Novels, Scott's Poetry, Smiles' Lives of the Engineers," Cooper's Novels (26 volumes), "My Schools and Schoolmasters," Hodson's Twelve Years in India," Grant's Novels (19 volumes), Pickwick" and Nicholas Nickleby," Lights and Shadows of Scottish Life," Aytoun's Lays of the Cavaliers," Gleig's Life of Wellington," Seott's "Tales of a Grandfather," Marryat's Novels (13 volumes), and Bulwer's Last Days of Pompeii." The books have arrived, and are all strongly bound. j IN the month of March last Messrs. Cassell, Petter. i and Galpin offered twenty prizes—ten of £ 5 each and ten of £ 3 each—for the best and second beat essay on the following subjects:—1. The Franchise. 2. Trades Unions. 3. The best means of securing a perfect or. ganisation and unity of action of all the Working Classes as a body. 4. The advantages to the Working Man of Sunday as a day of rest. 5. Strikes. 6. Edu. cation. 7. Co-operation. 8. Exhibitions. 9. Working Class Dwellings. 10. Domestic Economy. One of the conditions was, that each Essay must be the original production of a bond fide working man, or the wife or daughter of a working man. The publication of the Essays to which the Prizes have been awarded is now commenced in the Working Man, and we select an ex- tract from the first prize essay on The Franchise:" —" The mere responsibility of a discretionary vote will have a dignity which will, to a great extent, be a guarantee of its being faithfully discharged. Patriot. ism will grow stronger, and a higher sense of duty will succeed, from men knowing that they belong to that great delegation which is really the governing power of the nation and they will feel a sympathy with it, which in turn will inspire a confidence that will tend very much to its stability. Another advantage will be in the improved relations which will spring up between those whose interests are identical, but who, from chasma created by the possession of privileges on one side, and the absence of them on the other, have regarded each other sometimes with suspicion, and at others with defiance. If these are reasonable probabilities, and we believe they are, the legislature, on opening access whereby the working classes may become in- vested with electoral privileges, will be amply repaid, in the first place, in having its fears disarmed; ia the second, by the ability and self-maintained social order the step will permanently secure. THE National Portrait Exhibition at South Ken- sington will be olosed on Saturday, the 18th instant. EARL RUSSELL has consonted to preside at the annual meeting of the Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science and Art, which meets at Tavistook on the 8th instant. AT a meeting lately hold in Sydney, the Mayor in the chair, it was resolved to make arrangements for the completion by April, 1870, of a memorial to com. placed in the library of the Society of the Middle Temple. It is the work of Mr. Morton Edwards. It is also intended to have in the same a fulMength portrait of his Royal Highness, who is one of the Benohers. The portrait will be subscribed for exclu- sively by members of the Middle Temple. UPWARDS of 20,000 persons were present on St. George's-day at the unveiling in Sydney of the bronze cast, obtained from New South Wales, of Mr. Theed's statue of the late Prince Consort. It is placed on a handsome pedestal in one of the finest sites in the city, at the entrance to Hy de-park. The figure is ten feet high, and the likeness is striking. A PORTRAIT of the late Duke of Richmond, by that popular artist Signor Baccani, has been placed in the Senior United Service Club, where the veterans of the Peninsular war will see a striking likeness of the noble- man through whose exertions medals for that glorious campaign under Wellington were eventually issued. IN this season of home travel we may remind our readers that the Southampton Exhibition, which was opened last week, will well repay those who may have a few hours to spare at Southampton. The Queen has sent many Art-treasures from Osborne. There are upwards of 500 oil and water-colour pictures from various houses of note in Hampshire, and a great variety of other contributions, some unique, and several of a highly.interesting nature. The price of admission to the Exhibition is one shilling on each day but Saturday, when it is two shillings and sixpence. THE Prussian official Staatsanzeiger recounts, in high-flown historical style, how at one o'clock on the memorable day of the battle of Sadowa his Majesty ate a sausage! The Court painter is to paint his Majesty in the very act, and the picture is to be sent to the Paris Exhibition.
How the Money Goes.
How the Money Goes. Bismarck may be admirable, but he is expensive. He has cost us half a million already. On Monday the Chancellor of the Exahequer moved that the bill for creating terminable annuities should be relinquished, and X495,000 of the half-million or so set aside for that purpose should be applied to the conversion of Enfields into breech-loaders. There is a further sum, we believe, asked for the construe bion of four immense turreted ships, but Mr. Disraeli was careful to show that he was all for retrenchment. Mr. Gladstone assented to the measure, thought General Peel a little precipitate, and threatened next year to revive the question of liquidating the National Debt. We trust, it he does, it will be out of some fund not included in the estimates, for the House of Commons cannot be Brought permanently to see the propriety of fritter- ing away its means in paying its debts." Englishmen %a tjiey could not help being extravagant. On ha™ p mg t it came out that some of the dockyards mpmuMaMa ^eea with iron, so thick that a Sir Tnfcn T»e?.a11? there offered to repave with anything besides if i8 and save the State £ 100,000 theMrS the existing pavement, and buildinS wi ila0kn°^led«ed that ^9 C0^ <>f boat- gig really costs Stfbuil^and^S^ 22 over andTbove?h« n^-LeDnox' and Co-» for anchors, over ana above the ordinary market price.- Spectator.
Reform Demonstration in Hyde-park.
Reform Demonstration in Hyde-park. can 00 no question fchnf 1 • j 1 and decided as to the right of WJ 18 <0t meeting in Hyde-park for such a mL sses,? people was contemplated on Monday night P°TT ffh AT 7hioh matter of the utmost importance both wi rh ^erefor6,a the parties meeting or intendingto mH law of the land itself, that the Joint it issnfl^ be submitted to the Court^ of Ws'Sh h°We cannot doubt that this will be done next term and after the decision so given there will no lon^r -L J; any doubt as to what the law really ia in JonneEt with the important point in dispute.ImmZ Advertiser. J Unfortunately, a demonstration demonstrates nothing beyond the fact that, for reasons as various as irrelevant to the subject, a more or less large number of people have collected at a certain spot; beyond this nothing except, perhaps, as was the case on Monday, that demonstrations do not include a demonstration of much clean linen, or other forms of respectability. Furthermore, it ia too late to disprove—however com- plotely it could be done—the charge of indifference so late in the day as this. It would have been of some avail had it been done-constitutionally and legally done-when the Reform Bill was introduced; but now it is useless, and worse than useless. But in presence of tacts such as we have to record to dav, it seems almost absurd to consider the uses to which monster meetings can be put. That a mob of ruffians should tear down the railings of the Queen's park, wage organised combat against the officers of the peace, smash the windows of clubs sind private individuals, and be only restrained from further enormities by calling out a military force, is a reproach and lasting disgrace to our boasted civilisation. We trust that means may be found of visiting with condign punish- ment not only the immediate ringleaders, but also those more dangerous and infinitely more culpable agitators to whose conduct the riot is as clearly traoe- v j xu8 with more courage than they showed, they had themselves remained to head the mob they had so recklessly brought together,—Morning Post. I The time has gone by for the people to be charged by mounted police and Life Guards when they attempt the assertion of their rights. Those who resort to such weapons will find the people too strong for them. The people had no desire to do anything but hold a peaceful meeting, such as has been recognised as the right of Englishmen from time immemorial. But a Tory Government, acting upon Austrian maxims, resolved to put down the demonstration by force. ihey called out their myrmidons, they had the park gates shut, and kept their troops encamped inside ready to charge the people if they should venture to attempt an entry. The soldiers were ready, but the people cheered the soldiers, and fortunately for Mr. Walpale and Lord Derby they did not use their rifles and bayonets. But no thanks to the Tory Govern. ment, who called out the military, who ordered the horse-police to charge, who did their best to crush the people down by the shedding of blood. It is evident that men who can so act are no longer fit to be the Ministers of her Majesty Queen Viotoria. Away with the Tories! Blood and steel may be good maxims for Bismarck. We cannot brook these tactics in England. Away with them, and let us have as Ministers men who understand the people-who are prepared to do them justioe-and who do not think it necessary to repress political meetings by the truncheon and the bayonet. —!Z»e Star.
The Spread of Cholera.
The Spread of Cholera. Preparations cannot be too prompt nor complete; a,u these having been made, no undue apprehensions should be entertained. It is probable enough that we may have no visitation at all; or, if we have, that the disease may not become epidemic. Giving our best attention to the conditions most conducive to health we may hope to avoid an outbreak, or, at least, to mitigate its violence; and when the present danger has passed away, let us continue to improve the sanitary arrangements of our town, in the assured confidence that fever and cholera, when they threaten to be epidemic, have no preventatives more powerful than the virtue which stands proverbially next to godliness-cleanliness. If this be neglected-if our streets and our river be foul-if our courts and dwell- ings be unclean—we must pay the penalty of our negligence in disease and death. Sickness must pre- vail where health might otherwise be enjoyed, and mortality must be excessive. ilf preventible oauses of disease are suffered to remain in our midst, we shall inevitably reap their effects in a harvest of death. Epidemics will scourge us, and the warnings will be repeated till we lay them to heart and are wise. The poor and the weak will be wasted moat widely by the consequenoes of our contumacy, but all ranks must be visited in part, and none can be secure.-Newcastle Daily Chronicle. In the document which has just been issued by the authority of the Privy Council certain recommenda- tions are made with a clearness which makes them intelligible to all, and there can be no doubt that their observance on the part of the community will have most important effect 3. Personal cleanliness, and oare and moderation in food are easily to be ob- served.. But perhaps, more than all,, is the strength of mind which does not permit us to be influenced by fear. The story of the plague at Damascus is, we fear, true as regards the ohdera. Fear killq far more than the disease. It ia not, t1? be sure, possible to peopio courageous bat tha reflecting portion of the community, even those who are perhaps naturally timid, must be aware that faciBg the foe resolutely goes a great way to defeat him. It would be foolish and useless not to recognise the fact that the cholera is among us, but if we recognise it only to take pru. dent precautions against its attacks, to use a little more than ordinary care in our manner of living to attend promptly to any symptoms that may manifest themselves, and where illness occurs to observe the directions given to prevent the spread of infection, we shall have done much to make our knowledge useful, and we are sure that the attack of 1866 and its results will have shown that in courage and prudence, as well as experience, we have made great advance since the last time that panic-stricken London succumbed to this destructive and mysterious but still far from unconquerable disease.—The Globe.
The Acceptance of the Preliminaries…
The Acceptance of the Preliminaries 0.1. Peace. The Minister of the Interior has transmitted to the Prefect of Police the following note, which has been posted up at the Exchange:— Austria. accepts the preliminaries of peace admitted by Prussia. The plenipotentiaries of these two Powers are assembled at the Prussian head-quarters to nego- tiate an armistice. 11 The definite reply of Italy is expected, who declared she accepted in principle." The mediation of the Emperor has therefore attained the great object it had in view-hostilities are definitely suspended. Tha preliminaries of peace are accepted, and everything gives us reason to anticipate that an agreement will be come to between the belligerent Powers. It is with profound satisfaction that we announce this result. Never did we understand better the evils of war as on seeing them so near us, with all the ex- cesses it provokes and all the sorrows it leaves be. hind. This speedy close of such a bloody war is equally honourable to the conquerors, who have not wished to exaggerate their successes, and to the conquered, who still being able to resist, have sacrificed the bitter re- sentment of defeat; it is especially honourable to the mediator who, to use the just words of M. Rouher, has shown himself as great in his disinterestedness as dis- interested in his greatness. It will be asked, perhaps, what France gains by this peace, which will have the double consequence of satis- fying the aspirations of Italy and realising the ambi- tion of Prussia. We reply that she gains, first of all, peace; that is to say, what best suits her part in the world, and what may be most profitable to civilisation and progress, which she represents in the world. Then she gains the realisation of her programme of 1859-Italy free from the Alps to the Adriatic. The Quadrilateral in the hands of Austria was a permanent menace for the work accomplished by the arms of France, and consequently a cause of perturba- tion in Europe. Italy is free; she is not, however, made; and, as the late M. Billaut said, she needs more than ever to con- solidate herself after having oompleted herself. Struggles are henceforth at an end for her, and it will be her wisdom whioh will insure her reorganisation, by preserving to her in the friendship of France one of the guarantees of the situation in Europe henceforth acquired for her. of the guarantees of the situation in Europe henceforth acquired for her. As for Prussia, it will be the moderation of her pre- tensions which will give peace its true oharaoter.-La France, a French Imperialist paper.
OUR MISCBIiLANY. Little Worlds.-u Oars is the most gossiping, slandfir-loving village in the world," said a young lady to me once. I ventured to doubt it; I dared to deny it. All, however, I presumed to suggest was-Ask the next parish. Chalveycum-Hookey was certainly on a par with Hookey-cum-Snivey. When you are out for a summer holiday, and look from some lofty elevation on vale and village-counting here and there the spires and steeples which peep through the pio. turesque surroundings of the woodland-you are looking down upon so many "little worlds" with their large planets and their little stars, their popular preaohers and their plodding parsons, their districts ?fc"«,^es and Gi,les- To a very great many that little world" is their all and in all. Its smile senda them to bed in ecstacy; its scorn makes them wake with tears. Those quiet-looking, demure sort of I houses which dot the road near the village-green, looking so unobservant of you and your belongings remind us of the words of the poet, "Things are not what they seem." Doubtless, at Ramsgate or Brighton you have paid your sixpence and visited the little round-house, where, looking on the table in the centre, y°u ^ave seen the ships on the ocean, the sailors on tne shore; quite a stirring interesting scene is all at once spread before you in that quiet, little circular nsuse. Do not for a moment suppose that the demure nttle abode you pass is quite a different place from that.-The Quiver. Hostilities under Difficulties.—Ranjeet asked if there was anybody present who could drink wine as well as Sir W. C., and I said, for fun, "Mr. A. could;" upon which there was a general cry for Mr. A., and poor Mr. A. was accommodated with a chair in front of the circle, and Ranjeet began, plying him with glasses of that fiery spirit whioh he drinks himself. Mr. A. is at present living strictly on toast and water. however, he contrived to empty the glass on the carpet occasionally. That carpet must have presented a horrible scene when he went. I know that under my own chair I deposited two broiled quails, an apple a pear, a great lump of sweetmeat, and some pome- granate seeds, which Runjeet gave me with his dirty fingers into tny hand, which, of course became equally dirty at last.—Up the Country. By the Hon. Emily Eclen. Liz and Joe.— So I was glad when I began to see That Joe the costermonger fancied me; And when, one night, he took mo to the play, Over on Surrey side, and offer'd fair That we should take a little room and share Our earnings, why, I could not answer "Nay'" And that's a year ago; and though I'm bad, T J n aa tru9 to Jos aa could be. I don t complain a bit of Joe, dear lad, Joe never, never meant but well to me; And we have had as fair a time, I think, As one could hope, since we are both so low. txTL lik?8 never gave me push or blow, When sober: only, he was wild in drink. But then we don't mind beating when a man Is angry, if he likes us and keeps straight, Works for his bread, and does the beat he can lis being left and slighted that we hate. -M1'. Buchanan's Poems. Wisdom Learnt from Failure.-We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mis- take, never made a disoovery. It was the failure in the attempt to make a sucking-pump act, when the working bucket was more than 33 feet above the sur- face of the water to be raised, that led observant men to study the law of atmospheric pressure, and opened a new field of research to the genius of Galileo, Torre. celli, and Boyle. John Hunter used to remark that the art of surgery would not advance until professional men had the courage to publish their failures as well as their successes. Watt, the engineer, said, of all things moat wanted in mechanical engineering was a history of faiiures: "We want," he said, "a book of blots." When Sir Humphrey Davy was shown a dexterously manipulated experiment, he said, "I thank God I was not made a dexterous manipulator, for the most important of my discoveries have been suggested to me by failures." Another distinguished investigator in physical science has left it on record that, whenever in the course of his researches he en- countered an apparently insuperable obstacle, he gene- rally found himself on the brink of some discovery.- Self Help. The Spider's Web.—How wonderful is the tenuity of these fairy-like lines, yet strong enough to enable the aerial voyager to run through the air, and catch his prey which ventures within his domain. It is so fine that, in the web of the gossamer spider, the smallest of the tribe, there are 20 tubes, through which is drawn the viscid globules, the gummy matter it employs in apinmsg, each of the thiokness of about one-tenth of an inch. It takes 140 of these globules to form a single spiral line it has 24 circumvolutions to go through, which gives the number of 3,360. We have thus got the average total number ot lines be- tweeia two radii. Ot too clrola; multiplying that number by 26, the number of ra.dii,whioh the untiring insect springs, gives the total amount ef $7,360 viaoid glo- bules before the net is complete. The dimensions of the net, of course, varies with the species. Some will be composed of as many as 120,000 lines; yet even to form this net the spider will only take 40 minutes. Wonderful indeed is the process by which the spider draws the thread from its body-more wonderful than any rope or silk spinning. Each of these spin. nerets is covered with rows of bristle-like points, so very fine that a space about the size of a pin's head will cover a thousand of them. From each of these points or tubes issues a small but slender thread, which unites with the other threads, so that from each spinneret proceeds a series of threads, forming one compound whole. These are situated about one- tenth of an inch from the apex of the spinnerets; they also unite and form one thread, 624 of which are used by the spider in forming his net. With the instru- ment which Nature has given him, the claws of his feet, the spider guides and arranges the glutinous thread as this seemingly inexhaustible fibre is drawn from his body, and interweaves them within each other until the net is complete. In this way spiders are the weavers of a supple line, whose touch, for quickness and fineness, surpasses that of any spinning jenny.-Cassell s Family Paper. Fishes and How they Multiply.-Fish are the most prolific of all creatures. This is, of course, more noticeable in some species than in others, and is more obvious to our notice in the immense shoals of herrings, pilohards, and mackerel upon our own shores Many ether species are probably equally prolific: but, not being of gregarious habits, are not seen together in such vast numbers, and are in consequence less easily taken. Bat any one who attempts to estimate the number of eggs in the roes of various kinds of v wl °rm SOme conception of the degree in |en?rates "reptiles with spawn abun- dant. The old microscopist, Leuwenhoek, gave esti- mates which the mrad could scarcely grasp. The greater accuracy of modern research has somewhat moderated his statements; but enough remains to fill thq mind with astonishment. Thus the roe of a codfish has been found to contain nine millions ot eggs; of a flounder, nearly a million and a half; drad^ fif? mjllio? of inches, three hun- 7 th?uaap^i of ths carp, from one to six 8t te r?ach and sole> a hundred thousand, of herrings, perohes, and smelts, twenty and thirty thousand; lobsters, from seven to twenty thousand; shrimps and prawns, above three thousand. In iaot, scarcely a mouth passes in which we may not gather, from the commonest sources, some fact show- ing the enormous productiveness of fish. At one time we are told that a hundred thousand mackerel are in the season brought weekly to the London fish-market (Billingsgate). At another, that herrings and pilohards have been caught so abundantly as to have no market value except as manure—for which purpose they are carted away in tens and hundreds of thousands by the farmers near the coast. Look, then, at the sprats, the whitebait, the shrimps, and consider what hecatombs of these minute existences are sacrificed to help the dl^?er Bives, or to form the support of a Lazarus. Betting Knaves and Fools.—Starting from a Police- station in a long flagged court in St. Giles'a-a fcation so modestly retiring that it seems to be playing at kyde-and-seek with its customers, and to have won the game-the first evidence we have of the contiguity of the noble sportsman is furnished by a gentleman who comes to prefer a charge. A tall, fresh-looking man of fifty, a prosperous farmer, or country attorney with a good seat across country; this gentleman nervously twiddles two small bits of pink pasteboard-not unlike the checks given for readmis- sion to the theatres-and with a troubled expression, half indignation, half shame, on his good-tempered, florid face, explains that one pieoe of pasteboard represents three pounds, and the other two pounds ten. He staked these sums upon a horse which came in first yesterday, and on applying this morning for the money he had consequently won, the list- keeper, although then prosecuting his calling, had first laughed in his face, and subsequently threatened to punch his head if he didn't hook it, and that (ad- verb) quick too." Staggered and discomfited, the luckless winner now came to the polioa-ofiioe, with a vague hope,which his own common sense obviously told him to be baseless, that some steps might be taken to punish the swindler, and indemnify him for hia loss. Clearly not a case for the police. Perhaps a summons in the county court for the money borrowed might answer the gentleman's purpose perhaps some means of exposing the fraudulent list-keeper night occur to I him; but his money was gone for ever, and the best advice that could be given was, "Don't bet with strangers > in the street again." We saw the "Welsher"-for with dubious compliment to the Principality, such is the slang name for turf defaulters, who are at once petty and fraudulent-a few minutes afterwards, calmly pursuing his vocation amid a crowd of his follows. The victim was detailing his wrongs, and showing his tickets as corroborative evidence, within earshot of the swindler, who smoked a cigar in the intervals of shouting, I'll lay four te one, bar one!" with imperturbable calm. No one seemed sur- prised, or shocked, or indignant. The farmer was stared at while he told his little story, with a sheep- ish, woebegone look on his jolly visage, which made it wonderfully ludicrous; and then the starers elbowed through tho crowd to gaze on the Welsher, who was decidedly the more popular of the two. The mourn- ful, He won't even answer me, and says he'll punch my head," was heard concurrently with the jubilant I'll lay four to one; and three half-crowns went into the pocket of the list-keeper for a fresh ticket, while within a few paces the worthlessness of hia promises waa being half-timorously, half-indignantly, proclaimed.-An the Year Round.
Heat! The summer has come with its July heat, And people are puffing in square and street, Your friends look hot, whomever you meet, With fiery faces and dusty feet. And the p'lioeman is melting upon his beat, And longeth for winter's rain and sleet, ? With gratuitous mutton and pie replete, That his hat being gone, he couldn't secrete. And it's pleasant to drink and not to eat, « So in some cool arbour we'll find retreat, And sharpen the waiter with cries of 'VUe! For Badminton iced to the soul is sweet, And sever to stir is most discreet; Then legends of tropic climes repeat, That somebody's hotter's a nice conceit To think of, and then as the moments fleet As swift as the shadows across the wheat (That's half a crib, but I won't delete), And warmly each thirsty friend we'll greet. And, oh for penance in cool white sheet, As in olden times they would serve a cheat, To punish me well for my verses neat, For twenty and one are my rhymes to Heat.
Love Song. By a Financier. Sweet maid, my hopes I would invest In love—and not despair, » Oh. grant me in thy trusting breast To hold a handsome share. To your fair face this trusting heart, Dear girl, was drawn at sight- Seoure although the money mart Be easy, or be tight. Now, do you love-or do you hate My prayers at premium are, Bat, so that you don't fluctuate, Aooept my vows at par. Then be not your consent delayed, Give of your heart a share, For such time-bargains, fairest maid, I would not, could not bear." ERRATUM.—It seems that we were too hopefollast week, when, in speaking of the "Derby Workshops," we said, The jobbing business, formerly carried on by this party, will be discontinued." A Bench has been upset, and some discreditable work the conse- quence. Justice is blind, as all know, but it appears that Justice for Ireland is also deaf. A bad beginning my lords and gentlemen. A storm may be brewing; at all events the Brewster is ready to do his work.
Sheer Nonsense. ^e have often heard that swans are reported to smg, but we never met with any connection between geeae and melody until we dropped on the following in a L&o&a paper • We are as much surprised to hear that the leading
of a village choir is a good opening for a tailor, as we should be to learn that repairs neatly executed was the proper oalling of a Mend-elsaohn.
Humiliating: Meditation. By a Dyspeptic Poet. On any morning, if, when up and dressed We're bilious, then our souls are sore depressed: But if no dizziness, or ache, annoy us, Nor indigestion, then our souls are joyous: This thought the proudest is enough to flummox, The puzzling sympathy 'twixt souls and stomaohs. ANGLICAN APE SHOW. It would be worth the while of any enterprising showman to procure a num- ber of monkeys, and, having dressed them out in the copes, stoles, chasubles, and other ecclesiastical old clothes affected by the ritualists, takp them about as an exhibition in the various districts infested by parsons who ape Roman Catholic priests. HORSE ON THE TABLE.—The hippophagista carry bheir fondness for horseflesh to an extreme. Aocord- ingly, perhaps, they will soon have their horse served np with horse-beans, not to mention horse-radish, which, of course, it must require even more than beef. The dessert which follows the favourite repast of the horse-eaters will certainly not be eomplete without horse-chestnuts.
Rose in the House of Lords.
Rose in the House of Lords. Sure, if "by any other name" a Eose aa sweet would smell, A Rose by any other name should also fight as well. And if he do, still may we sing Old Rose for many a year, Wondering how he comes "Lord," for whom 'tis hard to find a peer. •• No rose without a thorn," 'tis said, but in the Lords may you Still find a seat without a thorn, my trusty, tough Sir Hugh. THE BANK RATE. BY A CHORUS OF CO.'S. We may break. We may chatter like daws if we will:- Ten per cent. (which it rose) /tis, be hanged to it, still! As IT SHOULD BE.—What a satisfaction it must be to the Empress of the French that the Emperor has given up the idea of paying a visit to Nancy! THE SOLWAY SALMON.—Mr. Frank Buckland has thrown the right light on the subject of the Solway salmon, mentioned in our last as suffering from sun- stroke, by declaring it was only moonshine.
Song-. BY AN APPLICANT TO THE ADMIRALTY. I've seen Romaine-I've seen Romaine At the Admiralty's seat; „ And find "No" main—and find "No maia- Ly the answer that I meet. A RIDDLE FOR THE EISIBLS—Why is a smile in. variably behind the time ?—Because it a a little laugh. ter. SHAKESPEARE UPON EIFLE-SHOOTING.—What's iB an aim ? The power of winning the Queen's Cup. ONCE more unto the breach, dear friends And be sure you bring your breech-loaders. THE ONLY DEFENCE FOR THE CAT.-The British soldier does sot know when he is beaten. INTERESTING ^-TELLI&ENCE.-IFC is stated that an FExeteTHali nVe shortly take plaS ANSWER TO MARY ANNS.—The •, L threaded with gun-cotton. ia not w cm
•t^pi2ffl2[a.<SS<^9nth °f tte count of the battle T. Rrapluo *»" mitted to far transo^A ™ Tw 18 by1millfeary men ad" from tha anything we have yet received Hozier of tbo 9 ^t'-)8 J^erstood to be Lieutenant MontLnl w -2nd Life GQards- Lieutenant Henry lerv wW^°ZleriSerIe.d orieinaliy in the Boyal Artil- PViTniT • 1.U0 en*ered m 1857. He was employed in can?* m campaign of 1860, and assisted at the capture of the Taka forts, as well as was present in the actions near Tangchow. Three or four vears asro he exchanged into the 2nd Life Guards, and shortly after entered into a course of study in the senior department ot the Staff College at Sandhurst, where he eventually passed a final examination of most unusual distinction.