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JOTTINGS OF A RAMBLER. IN a very short time I hope to be ia my place again in the Houses of Parliament, prepared to give to your readers an account of what actually takes place within the Hall of St. Stephen's. Not following the ordinary newspaper routine, but taking an independent course, I intend to give a description of men and manners as they appear to an ordinary observer, cracking a harmless joke now and then at a member's expense. But when I see anything brought forward that I think affects the public weal or woe, I shall not forbear to comment strongly upon it. At present I have only to dwell upon rumours and proba- bilities, which might somewhat alter before the meeting of Parliament. The newspapers state, and I think correctly, that the address in answer to the Queen's Speech in the House of Lords will be moved by the Duke of Cleveland, and seconded by the Earl of Charle- » mont; in the House of Commons report Eays it will be moved by Sir Hedworth Williamson, and seconded by the Hon. Hanbury Tracy. I do not think this is quite correct. The first may be right, but from private information I learn that the seconder of the address will be Mr. Shaw Lefevre, who was last year elected for Reading, and is a nephew of Viscount Eversley, the late Speaker. It is etiquette to appoint the youngest, members of both Houses, who support the Govern- ment, to perform this duty; they are not, how- ever, selected for their talent. Even the reverse might be said—men of high standing, indeed, seldom undertake it. I remember what trouble it was to the Marquis of Sligo last Session to move the address in the House of Lords. He had prepared his speech, and doubtless read it before the Cabinet Council; he had, however, not taken the trouble to learn it, and therefore crammed his hat full of manuscripts, which he occasionally referred to but the number of hums and ha's" increased so much that it became tedious, both to himself and his audience, and he eventually felt compelled to boldly read it. This put me forcibly in mind of a curious scene which occurred in the great O'Connell's time. A member of the House of Commons had referred so constantly to his hat during his speech that Daniel O'Connell, in a bitter reply, parodied the lines of Goldsmith, deseribing the schoolmaster in his Deserted village "—— —— And still they gazed, and still the wender grew, That one small head should carry all he kiiew." O'Connell was himself at fault in the author, how- ever. Much to the amusement of the House, he said, "The hon. gentleman who last sat down forcibly reminds me of some lines of Shakespeare which I quote as applicable to this House, with the alteration of only one word- And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, That one small hat should carry all he knew.' A member, who rose afterwards, considerably chaffed Ireland's champion on his want of know- ledge. Turning to domestic affairs. death has been very busy amongst the aristocracy lately. I remember about eighteen years ago, when "Almacks" was flourishing, that one of the best balls ever given in London took place at Willis's Rooms. It was given by the Countess of Tankerville, daughter of the Due de Grammont. How few of those who shone conspicuous at this ball now remain! There were the beautiful Duchess of Rutland, the not less beautiful Countess of Jersey, the Dukes of Wellington, Beaufort, Sutherland, and Devonshire; the lovely Miss Fanny Calendar, afterwards Lady Graham, the pretty Miss Stanhope, afterwards Lady Southampton, the good humoured Duchess of Cannisaro, the witty Lord Alvanley, the Count D'Orsay, the talented Lord Morpeth, afterwards Earl of Carlisle, the noble Marquis of Normanby, Earl Beauchamp, &c. &c.; all that I have enu- merated were there-the admired of all ad- mirers — and now they have all gone to their long homes. I am reminded of this by the unusual number of deceased ladies whose deaths have been recorded during the last fort- night. Amongst whom are the Marchioness of Londonderry, the Countess Dowager of Tanker- ville, the venerable Countess Dowager of Dun- donald, Lady Willoughby D'Eresby, Vicountess Hawarden, and Lady Easthope; and looking over the obituary of these ladies, how pleasing it is to find that their lives were not devoted to pleasure alone, but each in their separate spheres endea- voured to do their duty, and 'all were regarded with great respect, in the several localities in which3 they were best known, for their kind- ness and charity. Foremost amongst these I might piention the Marchioness of Londonderry. She was the "sole heiress to^the estates of her father, Sir Harry Vane Tempest, and after her husband's death she took great interest in the management of her property, and became a kind and liberal benefactress to the poor. The Marchioness of Londonderry was the first lady of rank who spoke in public, an example which has since been fol- lowed by the Duchess of Beaufort, Lady Herbert of Lee, and others. I remember the great sensa- tion created when she first addressed a public 'meeting. It was at the opening of some new schools at-Se8.bara, iB 1&58, which her., ladyship, had erected at her own expense. For the benefit of my readers who may have forgotten it, I give the following extract:— My young friends, I trust you will feel that in building this school, which by God's mercy I have been per- mitted to open this morning, I give you the strongest proof of my interest in your welfare. You all know the parable of the ten talents, and, I doubt not, you think a large portion has fallen to my share. I do not deny this, or seek to shun the accompanying respon- sibility. And while I reflect on the number of persons in my employ and dependent upon me, my heart sinks and fails to assure me that I can do my duty by all • but here, at least, under my own eye, and near my' own hearth, I humbly trust I have not been found wanting. A church is provided for you, where, if you do not attend, the fault will rest on your own head; a school where, if you do not send your chil- dren,'the sin will be yours. Do not imagine I take credit for anything I have done; I feel I am only an. instrument in Gods hands, and as far as this new mining district is concerned, I have been permitted to Xc? thus much; but remember, having done so,, here my responsibility ends and yoiws begins. The school the teachers, the church, the minister, are all provided for you, and the talents are now transferred froTme to you; beware how you misuse them. R0.; spect and obey the voice ofyourole^man; frequent and worship in that church, and make your children Attend tiffschool. T»u have ^C?outhX«; see vou make no idle one. Remember youth ia the time to learn, as spring is the seed time autumn the harvest, and as you sow, so shaUyoureap In the words of Scripture, Train up a child he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." Did space permit me, I might expatiate upon the good qualities of the other deceased ladies, particularly on those of the Viscountess Hawarden; but all of them have left behind them a monu- ment of their own creation, which will rest in the memories of the friends that survive them. I have always spoken highly of the Polytechnic, as a place well worth a visit, and have approved o the lectures given by Professor Pepper. What was my astonishment, however, the other day, when I paid a visit there, to hear the very doc- trine which has been so powerfully condemned elsewhere, set forward at the Polytechnic as a fact! I mean supernatural agency." There were numbers of young people assembled there- children from five years upwards-and the rope trick was introduced, when the lecturer had the audacity to tell his audience that the actor was untied by supernatural means. One gentleman f called out, If that is the case, what need of a | screen ? Take that away! Let it be done before our eyes, and we .might, perhaps, believe you." The lecturer at first said, This will be explained afterwards;" but, hesitating for a minute, he said, "We must not take these things from a common sense view, they are oftentimes above our compre- hension. There are many sceptics about super- natural agency, but a lady, in a court of justice, who denied the existence of such a thing, afterwards went to see the celebrated crystal at Zadkiel's, and saw figures there that surprised her." After this the ghost scenes were introduced without any explanation. Now, I do think this is liable to create a false impression on the minds of the young; and I was sorry and disappointed to find that such erroneous doctrines should find expres- sion at the Polytechnic.

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