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THE PROSECUTION OF THE REV.…

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OUR DOMESTIC SUPERSTITIONS.

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RAILWAY ACCIDENT IN AMERICA.

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DISGRACEFUL CONDUCT OF MINERS.…

A "CORRESPONDENT" AT A FENIAN…

ACTIONS FOR FALSE IMPRISONMENT.

ACTION AGAINST A RAILWAY COMPANY.-DAMAGES,…

PENS AND INK TOO OLD-FASHIONED…

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PENS AND INK TOO OLD-FASHIONED FOR OUR TIMES! An ingenious remark was made a short time since to the effect that until the invention of railroads mankind had made no real advance in locomotion since the day* of the Pharaohs (says the Pall Mall Gazette). The same thing may be said of the process of writing, which is carried on still in the same clumsy way that it was in the days of the scribe who heard all the words at the mouth of his master and wrote them with ink in a book." Think seriously about it, and what can be more cumbrous or vexatious than our mode of writing ? It involves the making of ink, the making of pens, the procuring of paper, and of blotting paper or pounce, the possession of a separate receptacle for the ink, the carrying of the pen over to dip it into the ink, the constant interruption of'the flow of thought to re- plenish the flow of ink, the longer interruption at the end of each page to blot the writing or cover it with pounce. Then observe the varieties of torment that may be introduced into this already complex operation. The pen may be bad the paper may be bad the ink may be bad—bad in colour, or too thin or too thick, or may (like copying ink) have a vile smell, or (like copying ink again) may remain sticky and smeary for hours after it is written with. Each of these possibili- ties creates some fresh nuisance fur the writer and in- terferes with his comfort, and therefore with the ease and effect of his composition. His pen leaves a path- way oi plots on the table between the inkpot and the paper, or has to be shakeu out by his side after each dip to tbe disadvantage of tbe carpet. If DOt, the writing suffers. Every i is surmounted by a round pond, and the tails of all the g's, and other caudate letters form little lakes of ink, to be dissipated into broad lagoons on the pressure of the blotting paper. Then think of hairs in your pen, of black smears up the side of your finger, of pens digging into the paper, or gliding innocuously over greasy spots In a word, the pen and ink are thoroughly antiquated, and lit for a place in the Kensington Museum, near the anti- quated Italian coaches. Who will rise up and give us a pencil which shall do all the good that the pen and ink do, with none of their drawbacks?

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