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SPOILING A SAILOR. (From therms) An existence compounded of the two ideas of Mr. Mid- shipman Easy and of the Princely hero of a Court Circular seems a strange anomaly, but that is just the form of exis- tence which Prince Alfred is enjoying at the present moment. In the few remarks we may venture to offer upon the subject we beg most distinct'y to be understood as speaking from excess of loyalty. Weare proud-all England is proud —of this handsome, spirited boy. We are proud, too, of our ravy and our spa service. The strong heart of England warms to the seaman's bluejacket. Now, we want to see this young Prince, of whom we are all proud, take heartily to the service, of which we re prouder still. We want him to learn his profession—not in a vapid, half-and-half, Boyal Highness, kind of way. We h'ipe to see him, notwithstanding the aiivantages of bis position, turned iuto a real sailor—such an one as could work his own vessel when the elements were doing their worst, or take her into action and bring her out of action with eredit to himself and to the country. Weliketo: think of this fine boy as ten years hence a Post-Captain, with a gall nt frigate under his charge, and in command because be has a right to command—because he is a first- rate seaman, and well up to his duty. Now, we are about to have a little quiet grumble, because we thick a parcel of foolish people are spoiling our young SRilor-Prince for us, and we think, moreover, that they deserve a stern repri- mand for their pains. He was sent out to be trained to salt water, and it is upon rosewater that his first lesson in navigation is taking [lace. Wint has a j ouug mildy to liO with Loyal receptions, and Royal salutes, and Royal fiddltfaddles of every description ?' If he be treated from the first as the. Queen's son, not as a midsbinman of the "Euryalus he may be nominally promoted in tbe service as an incident of bis birth, but he will never be fit to take the Royal Yacht across f om Portsmou'h to Osborne without a leal sailor at his el1 ow. Now. this is a point on which we could very easily be reduced to silence, for on such a subject we have not the smallest desire to print one word which would give a moment cf annoyance to theltoyal Lady who reigns aj gently over the hearts of her subjects. If it is to be so, why let it be so. If Prince Albert is sent to sea with the idea that be is ultimately to wear an Ad mi- ral's epaulets at the Drawing-room without the slightest pretension to a knowledge of his profession, we will very readily acquiesce in the arrangement, and say no more about it. The arrangement wi l be just as good an one as such arrangements usually are, but the result will be that the country—beyond the small circle of courtiers—will cease to carc about this young Prince. Now, England, as ye', does cire for him, and care for him very much. His outgoing and his progress in his sea-life have been sC11.nnel1 by many an anxious English eye. He is looked upon almost as their own child by millions of persons who speak with English tongues. If we did not care for Prince Alfred, we would let him take his chance, and subside into ins:gnifieance in his own way but this is not so There ave so many hearts open to him that he will fiud it a bald task at best to show himself worthy of such affec- tion. It is this which gives us a right to speak, and therefore again we say, Why are these foolish people spoiling our young Prince ?" Here are some facts illustrative of the manner in which the young Middy isde .lt with by those who should know better The other day—it was the 19th of December— the Euryalus" reached Valetta, last from Tangier. The first thing done was to fire a Royal salute from Fort St. Angelo. and all because a midshipman had come into port. The next thing was, that even before the "Euryalus'' had been admitted to pra:rqn<>, Sir John PeBnefather, with his staff in full gala, pulled alongside the "Euryalus," and could scarcely be prevented, in the paroxvsms loyalty, from boarding her even before the port regulations had been complied with. At length the port officer retired and now. if all had been as it should have been, the young Prince would have been standing at the gangway to keep intruders off, or engaged in some other similar act of duty. In place of this, he was called upou to receive the Commauder of the Forces, who had just come off to invite him to grace an evening entertainment with his princely presence. To the prayer of this petition the young midshipman was graciouslv pleased to assent. We are not caricaturing the report here are the very words The invitation was gra- ciously accepted, and the entertainment came off with great I'cla!, and having been attended by all the elite of the garrison If this is the way in which ail matters are managed on board the "Euryalus," Prince Alfred might just as well be tempting the perils of Virginia Wat er. The next wise step was to make him the hero of a great Court ceremony. The Governor issued a circular to the Members of the Council, to the Bishop of Gibraltar, to the Bishop of Malta, to the Judges, the Magistrates, and the Foreign Consuls. All these wise, and reverend, and dignified personages were to meet together aud consult how they could best show honour to the young Midshipman. The end of it was, that the young gentleman, "shortly before 11," embarked in a barge, ;ind between two lines of men-of-war's boat3 pro- ceeded to the shore, under the Hoval salutes of the ships in port. Then the garrison fired lloyal sahftes then there was a tfuard of honour wai'ing for the Prince; it could not be for the Midshipman. The National Anthem was pealed forth i:t thrilling tones," and there was a Royal Progress to the Palace, and a Royal Reception, at which all sorts of stately persons were presented to his Royal Highness; aid so on, until this kind of pageant was played out- After this-but we must really let the reporter speak,—' His Royal Highness left the Palace in an "pen carriage, accompanied by the Governor, General Pennefatber, and Major Coweli, and drove round the town and bastions of the Piet&. On returning to the Palace bis Royal Highness partook of a col 1 collation, which bad been spread in tbe hall of St. Michael and St George." Tbe next day there was a thratrical entertain- meut, awl the town was brilliantly illuminated, and over the fucade of the main guard shone in conspicuous le'ters the words Vit a Alfredo!" "Why not Viiui Midship- man Eany ?" If the young Prince be not spoilt for life by such injudicious demonstrations of loyalty as these, he must he the most wonderful young gentleman who ever wore blue jacket. How is it possible, if Prince Alfred be thus received whenever lie puts foot ashore, that he can be trained in habits of subordination by the officers whom he should be taught to obey? How is it that his young companions can ever be brought to mix with him upon equal terms, if the Crown Royal of England is suffered so constantly to peep forth from beneath the midshipman's uniform ? We doubt not, ttiat a parcel of tutors and instructors will readily enough teach the young Prince all that books and instruction can teach liiiii of the learning" of his pro- fession-but that is the smallest put of a sailor's training. How is the young Middy to acquire habits of discipline and the inestimable advantage of self-reliance, when he sees nOlhing around him but courtiers? If Prince Alfred be sent to sea. as a Royal Prince all this is well enough. Let him have observance and adulation in good store let his eye rest upon marine courtiers wherever he turns it but in such a way be will never become either a sailor or a man. How excellent a thing for him it would b- if a stern veto were interp-sed between the young Midship- man and all these iole demonstrations for tbe-future

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