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It is with extreme regret we state, that Prince George of Cumberland, who has lately completed his 14th year, has, within a very shoit perfod, become wholly ■ -aieprived of sight. Kean was a man all impulse. It is told of him, that on returning home after the first night of his Sir Giles Overreach, his wife, in her delight at his success, inquired how Lord Essex (then an active patron of the actor) was pleased. "D Lord Essex !-the pit rose at me Atheneeum. GIBBON'S DEFINITION OF REFORM.—It was about forty years ago that the profound and luminous historian, Gibbon, with a prescience which can only be accounted for by his habit of research into the causes of national declension, put upon record the following remarkable sentence :—" If you begin to improve the Constitution, you may be driven, step by step, from the disfranchisement of Old Sarum to the King in New *gate-the Lords voted useless-the Bishop's abolished-and a revolutionary House of Commons.—Felix Farley's Journal. Stand off, stand off there, said a drunken old gen. tleman, as his servants were about to lift him from the floor; stand off I say, or I'll lodge an information against yot at the Excise Office; I have swallowed more than a dozen of wine-you must not move me without a permit. NOISE OF THE AHVIL.—A blacksmith of Milan has adopted a contrivance, diminishing in a remarkable degree, the noise of the hammer on the anvil. It is to suspend a piece of iron chain to one of the horns of the anvil. REDEMPTION OF THE NATIONAL DEBT. Several amiable ladies, much to their honour, have commenced a subscription for the redemption of the national debt! and that sagacious Lord, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has honoured it with his especial approbation. Now surely Lord Althorp cannot be ignorant that the real sinking fund is a patriotic system in trade. If the free trade system were abolished, and a tax of 20 per cent. imposed upon absentees, we should have a "real sinking fund, which would allow of abating 20 per cent. upon all other taxes, and leave, within a hundred thousand pounds, the same revenue as if the abatement were not made. CAUTION IN USING AIR GUNS.—A few weeks ago a person named Henshaw, who was charging an air gun for the amusement of some gentlemen, who were shooting with it in the neighbourhood of Stockport, lost his life by not using due caution that the ball was not o\'er charged. From inattention to this the ball burst, and, several of the fragments, entering the poor man's body, caused his death. AK IVDEPEXDEKT MINISTER -The minister of an Independent chapel at East Cowes has been (say the news- papers) deserted by his congregation, because he would be independent in the choice of a wife, and would not marry one chosen for him by his independent hearers, fbis might be an independent chapel, but it does not seem to have been a chapel of case. THE WINTER SEASON.—A provincial pnper says « the winter season closed at Cheltenham on Monday and well it might, the thermometer stood at 80. As istiik Tji r B so is I'li F Fit u i r. In the inquest on Culley, one little fact has crept out. Several of the jurors are members of Poltical Unions. By association of that sort their minds have been warped, their principles (if they ever had any ) perverted and they have accordingly had their little fling. 0 SMALL TENEMENTS.—A bill has been intraduced into the House of Commons to oblige landlords of houses under lOt. per year, to pay all parochial, ecclesiastical, and church rates; also to be liable to actions of debt for arrears, &c. The bill consists of only eight pages, and has evidently been smuggled into the house. A GOOD PUN.—Under the old gaol at Maidstone ran a deep stream, which was used for the purpose of keeping it clean; at each extremity of it there was an iron grating, to prevent the escape of the prisoners. A prisoner, however, by plunging into the stream, and diving below the bars, contrived to effect his escape. When that was told to Venticr, he said that the corporation should look to the gaol in future with more care, as the prisoners had divers ways of escaping. WAGES IN C.&NADA.-Tlicre is one mischievous de- ception pervading almost all the descriptions of the advan. tages of emigrating to the United States or to Canada, which we think it right to take the present opportunity of pointing out; and that is, the false ideas which they convey of the amount of wages to be obtained by the emigrating mechanic and labourer. It should be borne in mind by all those contemplating emigration, that the rate of wages is a relative term, and has an acceptation in Canada very different from its meaning in England. In England wages are for the most part paid in money but in Canada, in goods that is, in corn, meat, clothes, spirits, and necessaries, or luxuries of all sorts. To these com- modities an arbitrary va ue is attached, according to distance from supplies, and other circumstances. When a labourer, therefore, hears of wages at the rate of five shillings a day, he must not suppose that he would be able to earn five English shillings per day. but that he would receive in goods and necessaries what is considered in Canada to be equivalent to that sum. It will be as useful Ilts to thoseeuiigrants vyho hue, as to those who arc hired, to bear this in mind i for m calculating the outlay and returns of a farm according to the high wages of which they will read, they will be trightened at the cost of farming opera- lions, unless they understand that this high rate of wages is merelv nominal. Coutigt. ONE-COLOURED HUMANITV.— An acquaintance of ours happened, the other day, to meet a member of the Society of Friends who has been a most zealous promoter of Mr. Buxton ano Mr. Stanley's emancipation schemes, or rather, who would go much further than anything yet propounded, from Wilberforce to Stanley inclusive. Our friend interrogated him as to his sentiments on the factory question, presuming that his philanthropy was coextensive with his zeal, regardless of colour. The answer was, that he had not interfered in it, and thought it was impolitic to meddle between the master and the workman. Our friend expostulated with this consistent advocate of humanitv, and pressed him for his reasons for withholding his services from the children of his white neighbour, whilst he was so urgent in his demands on behalf of the negro. His reply was in these words Thou senst our society has no property in the colonies, but we,are largely concerned in spinning establishments at home. Therefore, if we were to interfere to shorten the hotWs of labour in factories, we should injure our own interests, and no man is called upon to do that. Bm we can work for the relief of the poor negroes at a very chcap rate it costs us nothing Is this an isolated case ?-Lit.,erpool Standard.

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