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To the Editor of the Monmouthshire…




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Cobbett's position in the house is singular enough in some respects. There is hardly a public man there who has not, some time or other, been tortured on the "Gridiron;" or, at least, abused with all the vigour and skill which even Cobbett's ene- mies admit him to possess. He now sees himself surrounded by those whom he has been lashing for many a year, with no very nice regard for their feelings or opinions. This, to most men, would be an awkward circumstance but not so to Cob- bett. He has nerve enough to brazen out the results of his writings, and confront those in the House whom he has attacked out of it. He comes, besides, to the House, as a veteran poli- tician, well experienced in debate, and prepared to defend as well as attack. It may be safely prophesied, however, that he will be rather feared than loved by hon. members generally. 'I he reminiscences of past attacks will preclude much cordiality whilst the opportunity now afforded of returning blow for blow will not tend to an accession of kind feeling. Sir William Home's first trial as member for Marylebone is any thing but satisfactory. He had been requested by his con- stituents to attend the great public meeting, held on Monday week, in that borough, to petion for the repeal of the house and window taxes. He did not condescend to send any answer to the letter of the committee. Verily, his constituents ought to re- member him for this. The Republican and Carlist editors of the French journals have been lately deciding on the merits of the Duchess de Berri by firing pistols at one another. The p.iitisans of the Duchess, not approving the terms in which their mistress had been spoken of, challenged the radacteurs of the respective journals en masse. Much recrimination and counter absurdities followed, and two or three duels resulted, to the disabling of as many editors, who, for some time, will not be able to hold a pen, in consequence of having held a pistol. INGENIOUS THIEVES.—A few days ago, a well-dressed man, with an eye-glass hung from his neck, a switch in his hand, and a young and pretty woman on his arm, entered the restaurant of M. Deffieux, on the Boulevard du Temple, and after having, in half French and half English, announced that he came in conse- I ons quence of the high repute of the fare of the house, which he had heard of in London, ordered a dinner of every delicacy to be served in a private room. They were accordingly shown into one, and the waiter having furnished the table with three silver spoons and forks. The waiter asserted that he had already laid them upon which the gentleman became highly incensed, and insisted upon seeing M. Deffieux himself. Complaint was made of the insolence of the waiter, and a search of the two guests, upon the peremptory demand of the Englishman, was made but nothing was found. The most abject apologies were then tendered by the accusing garcon, and offended dignity was appeased. The dinner was served and eaten the bill, amounting to 28f., was paid, with the addition of 2f. to the waiter, as a token of amnesty. This tete-a-tete party had scarcely wtthdrawn, when two good- looking persons entered, and took their seats in the places which had just been vacated. Dinner was ordered, served, eaten, and paid for. The room being again vacant, the waiter entered to clear the table and, happening to move it, he heard something fall on the floor. On looking he found on the ground one of the missing silver forks, and on the under side of the table a large patch of pitch, bearing the impression of the six articles of plate which had caused him so much uneasiness. They had been thus concealed by the first party, and were there found and carried off by the second, who were their confed rates in this ingenious mode of robbery. Two days afterwards a similar manoeuvre was per- formed with equal success at another restaurant in the Bois de Romainville.—Galignani's Messenger. EXTRAORDINARY LONGEVITY.—The Jamaica papers mention the death of Joseph Ram, a black, at the extraordinary age of 146 years. HOT-PRESSED.—A punster, observing two sheriff's officers running after an ingenious, but distressed author, remarked, that it was a new edition of the Pursuits of Literature," unbound, but hot-pressed. THE SNUFF-TAKER AND SIR G- R-Some time since, during the argument of a heavy cause in the Court of Chancery, a friend having in vain endeavoured to draw the attention of the witty Sir G-, then Mr. R-, from his brief, as a last re- source presented him with a pinch of snuff. Sir G-, however, on declining the offer, observed, with an air of solemnity, Had the Creator intended my nose for a dust-hole, he would not have turned it upside down."—The Lawyer.