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THE first indications of the approach of winter are not generally regarded as an appropriate matter for congratulation, or a proper subject of merriment. The decadence of summer and the fall of withered leaves around one's path may afford felicity to a poet, but they carry gloom to ordinary men. It is difficult to feel romantic in weather which turns you into an icicle, notwith- standing the warmth of your feelings. No man but a very strong enthusiast indeed can feel himself a poet with the thermometer rapidly descending to zero. We do occasionally meet with some who pretend to be indifferent to the I changes of the seasons, but could we look behind the mask, we should find that they are affected as keenly as other men. If we could obtain a record of all the great schemes which have been brought to nought by what we may term an attack of Weather, we should be astounded at the magnitude and importance of the list. The wisest and most closely-disciplined minds have been unhinged and rendered powerless by a miserably wet day, or a sudden alteration in the atmosphere. The passage from summer to winter is, therefore, not to be taken as lightly and skippingly as a harlequin leaps through a sausage shop into a featherbed. It demands reflection and preparation, a steeling of the nerves, and a mastery of the resolution. It is not cold enough yet to moralise severely, but who can forget that the death of each summer, and the rapid change of every season, leav an indelible mark behind ? Crows' feet gather about our eyes, and the grey hairs get too numerous1 to permit of the tweezers. We get stout and rubicund, and our friends begin to talk of our" wearing well." Children look up to us with respect, and young ladies don't mind placing unreaerved confidence in us. We are edged up to the head of the table, and expected to propose the first toast after dinner. We are asked to stand godfathers to crying infants, and begin to detect a melancholy resemblance in the fathers drawn by Mr. Leech to our own images. 11 All these are unmistakeable indications of the ] years we have seen and those we have yet to ( see, and each autumn wind seems to whisper e the vale, vale, in ceternitm vale of a time which returns no more. i We do not mean to affirm that winter has not i its peculiar pleasures, un the contrary we may admit, without endangering the safety of our argument, that some very agreeable things may take place in winter which could not possibly happen earlier in the year. Some very good hunting may be had on frosty days, but we can. not all go hunting. The amusements of the fire- side, however, belong to every man and then there are the Christmas parties to look forward to, with the accompanying balls and pleasant reunions. But it is not in nature to be always shaking hands and dallying with conviviality, and moreover we have to get over a bleak stretch of ground before we arrive at the season when the friends of our youth meet around us once more. In a town like this the merriest; bon vivant will find many an hour drag heavily 1 on his hands. What a piece of good fortune c then is it that we have in immediate prospect > a subject which is absolutely certain to provide amusement for the dull, occupation for the idle, and a subject for the gossips Just at the dullest time of the year, when evening parties have scarcely began, and people have hardly done posting round the world-in the month; sacred with us, as the French believe, to suicides 1 and murders-in scowling NOVEMBER itself- I an event occurs which will accomplish all we [ have mentioned, and a good deal more that we 1 have not. i Need we specify more precisely that the mo- ] mentous occasion to which we refer is the I Municipal Election ? What other local occur- l rence is half so enchanting as that ? It is a subject the whole town is interested in, and a bopic on which everybody has something j bo say. The most trivial incident of the kind causes a certain degree of excitement. Dickens tells us what animation was occa- j sioi.cd by the election of Bumble to the office « of parish beadle, and how the I- seven small children" were pressed in to the assistance of the aspiring and happy parent. But our elec- 1 bion is not an affair of Bumble. It would be doing it an injustice to say that to the c inhabitants of Newport it is not one of the I most important events of the year, and we be- lieve they so regard it. The burgesses will j soon have agreeable potions of praise and flattery administered to them. They will be told in all the magnificence of broadside type that they are "honest," "independent," and intelligent" men. They will be appealed to as patriots," and be asked to vote with their "accustomed honour and integrity." They will even receive personal visits from civil-looking and smooth-spoken gentlemen, whose pockets are filled with sweetmeat gifts for:the children, and who seem to come for nothing in particular but a general bonversation on this election. This sort of thing may be very confidently predicted of the coming day but we shall not be so premature as to foretell the changes which will probably be made. It is rumoured that one gentleman who intended to offer him- self finds that he is disqualified, and his name is struck out by the revising barrister. It is also said that an attempt will be made to oust a junior member of the Council, but we can give no express reason why this should he elieved. There will be one or two stand for the honours of town councilmen who cannot be successful, Quia sum fortis temeritas ? For the issue of all this we must be content to wait; but in the meantime, we can clear the ground by giving the following information respecting the retiring members and the numbers of voters:- 1Tr ^ETIUING CANDIDATES. z%56 • I WestWard. Mr. E. Dowhng. Mr. W. C. Webb. • WestWard. Mr. E. Dowlmg. Mr w c Webb Mr. H. Sheppard. Mr. W. Williams. Mr. M. Morrison. Mr. H. J. Davis. Of these gentlemen, Mr. Jv uowhng and Mr M. Morrison have announced their intention of T^sio-nir. or. T^sio-nir. or. NUMBER OF BURGE3SES. Borough Q9„ St. Woollos Christchurch 16 Total 1483 Which are divided thus :— East Ward voters 759 West Ward ditto 704 Duplicates. 20 Total 1483-



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