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POLITICAL GOSSIP. --

loXTERATURB AMD THE ARTS.…

SPORTS AND PASTIMES. -—♦—

HINTS UPON GARDENING. -------

TOPICS OF THE WEEK. --+-

RAVEN SUPERSTITIONS.

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OUR MISCELLANY.

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OUR MISCELLANY. He who can find nobody that will credit a word he says may fairly boast that he has no creditors. The Japanese say, The tongue of woman is her sword, and she never lets it grow rusty for want of using." The husband who devoured his wife with^kiuses found afterwards that she disagreed with him. A Candid Lawyer.—"Do you think I'll get justice done me ?" said a culprit to his counsel. "I don't think you will," replied the other, "fori see two men on the jury who are opposed to hanging." An Inquiring Child. Father, did you e-vr-r have another wife besides mother?" "No, my boy; what possessed you to ask such a question 2" "Because I saw in the old Family Bible where yoa married Anno Domini 1835, and that isn't mother, for her name was Sally Smith." Chronology of England's Crown.— Two Williams, Henry, Stephen, Henry, Dick, John, Hal, three Edwards, Richard, three Hals qniolr. Two Edwards, Dick, two Harrys, and a Ned, Mary, Bess, James, and Charles, who lost his head, Charles, James, Will, Ann, four Georges, and a And Queen Victoria, who is reigning still. Queries.—What woman is that who knows net what she says ? She who swears that she will never love, or that she will love for ever.—What is the dif- ference between the bridegroom at a wedding and the potboy at a "public?" Why, one is the hy-meneal, and the other is in a low-menial position.-Why o-aght a pig to be the cleverest of all animals ? Because he has got a hog's head of brains.-Why does a brick- layer resemble a bird ? Because he has often raised a wing and flue. An Old Opinion of Love.It is a pretty soft thing, this same love; an excellent company keener, fall of gentleness and affabilities; makes men fine, and go cleanly teachrlth them good qualities, handsome protestations; and, if the ground be not too barren, :■ t. bringeth forth rimes and songs full of passion, enough, to procure crossed arms and the hat pulled down; yea, it is a very fine thing, the badge of eighteen and up- wards, not to be disallowed; better spend thy time Boe than at dice. I am content to caU this love, though I hold love too worthy a cement to joyne earth to earth; the one must be celestiall, or else it is not love.—Sir William Cormuallis, 1631. What is in the Bedroom ?-The importance of ventilating bedrooms is a fact which everybody is, vitally interested in, and which few properly appre- ciate. If two persons are to occupy a bedroom during a night, let them step upon weighing scales as they retire, and then again in the morning, and they will find that their actual weight is at least a, pound .ess in the morning. Frequently there will be a loss of two or moro pounds, and the average loss throughout. the year will be more than one pound. That is, during the night, there is a loss of a pound of matter, which hgone off from their bodies, partly from the lungs, and partly through the pores of the skin. The escaped material is carbonic acid, and decayed animal matter or poisonous exhalations. The Russians in Central Asia.—A few year a ago, newspaper readers were particularly pleased when they came upon a paragraph headed, Great Defeat of the Russians in Circassia." It appears that this source of sensation articles being dried up, certain romantic newspaper writers are minded to compose exciting narratives to be headed, Disastrous Defeat of the Russians in Central Asia." Within the last few days a story of this kind has appeared in a con- spicuous place in the Times, and in a leading article in it the news is oommented upon as though it were an established fact. We have neither time nor space at prevent to enter into the details of this story, or the arguments of our contemporary, and we only refer to the narrative for the purpose of recommending our readers not to give it too hasty oredence. Our own impression is that it is not true. We may add to this that we do not want it to be true. We do not believe that the advances of the Russians in Central Asia are intended to be, or will be, prejudicial to English interests; and we are very certain, on the other hard, that the great cause of humanity and civilisation will gain by the progress of a Christian State in a part cf the world where human life and human liberty are held to be matters of small concern. Mail. A Striking Toilette.—A contemporary informs the public that there is for the future to be a feminine club, which will rival the Parisian Jockey Club in all matters connected with art, whether musical, dramatic, or literary. The fair members made their first appear- ance at Chantilly-the French Derby-lmt week. But let our contemporary speak: Their appearance, one and all, was eccentric. Some jealous members of the opposite sex went so far as to declare it horsey,' brrt; it was not so. The Princess Metternieh, who is presi- dent, shone forth her own self on the occasion. Her toilet, upon which bore the criticism of the whole was pronounced to have accomplished the aim con- sidered impossible of attainment in these days, of be- ing more eccentric than any hitherto beheld. "Stt depend upon it this toilet will not be eccentric iong. The only danger to be apprehended is that it will be- oome too common. Her excellency wore a petticoat; of white and black striped silk ooming just to the calf of the leg, over which a skirt of sky-blue rets i-fas looped with bows of black velvet a lee vivandicre of the ancient Gardes Françaisas. Baiowthiahersmail foot, seen to the greatest advantage, was chaussee in Hungarian boots of soft kid, of a bright yellow mauve. The body of the dress was composed of a little jacket a V espagnole, blue, without sleeves, over a tight juste au corps of black and white stripe like the petticoat. Nothing could equal the ethusiasm inspired by this costume." In sporting matters we, as a nation, have hitherto taken the lead, bat now French ladies appear to have taken matters into their own hands !—Que^n. A Provincial Tradesman's Daughter in the Fifteenth Century.-iklice Dale, the onlY child of this worthy couple, and therefore the object of their fondest hopes and their most extravagant in- dulgence, was allowed by all tke elder folks to be the exact counterpart of what her mother had been, when in her slim 'teens she stole into young Stephen's heart —he was young Stephen then, the best wrestler and player at quarter-staff fair Cheshire could produce, and withal a handsome, manly, black-haired youth. Of the middle height dark-hairc-d slender-wais-ed-- with fairy hands and feat—a smile like a sunbeam, and quick grey eyes, bright as stars or diamonds, or what- ever simile for brilliance you prefer-Alice was the sweetest, sauciest, veriest little coquette that Chester's crumbling walls ever guarded. The habit of her daily life-for said I not she was an only chtld ?-had made her petulant and self-willed; but allowing for these faults, and in spite of occa- sional bursts of a quick temper, inherited from her father, there beat below her pretty laced bodice as true and loving a heart as man might care to WlrL Dressed in a wide-sleeved, low-necked gown of blue sendall, whoje folds were gathered at the wsast with a rubied brooch, shaped like the letter A, she sat on one of the benches by the wall, which served for both seats and lockers. The shape of her little foot was disguised in the hideous bags of yellow suk, with puffing across the toes, which fashion then called shoes ° but some amends for this were made by the pretty caul of golden net-work, in which =-e had gathered the braids ot' her radiant hair, wh'^e brown masses were here and there mingled" with"a tress or two of lighter tinge. The simplicitv of her head-dress contrasted strongly with the awkward scaffolding of wire-work hung with gauze, which one °r two of the gins present wore, and which was a relic of the fa-smens at Richard Crookback's Court. Old Mother Dale s head-gear went even farther back the. these, for she rejoiced in one of the horned or staC? coifs, embroidered with the fleur-de-lis, which tae wrath of the clergy under the last TI'I,. Lancaster Kings. To this picture of KhiJhio truth compels me to add a touch or C5V'S~t,,ait aP some minds will take the poetry of away. She never thought of cleaning^*nt fcefo-e or her nails—was, as I have ventarsC'iL^w^v^a' unacquainted with the use of was Ynor^' ETEM EFNGLISH WREN O £ ^$SidTsfi3^ nr™ v v ?f sugar-phimg s^teeth at the mc» crunching between her dweo' beriD tvaf iiie inent of my sketch. Rag Eal of beauties who fasran^d p^0 and nial renown, and K^asideher Plato to wear ttf girl of sixteen, 3 ERE NOF INDIFFERENT T-> Ti.s tne charms oeag0 to yonder that Alice Ds~i a tradesman's d^ghter, was not respect as refined as her R £ URY._2/Wm Picture* ->J z" J