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-+- OUR MISCELLANY. j Dangerous Sport.—Tom Gatoh, a friend of mine, had great faith in my skill with the pistol, and he proved it one occasion while we were at this place by holding a tin eup in his hand for me to shoot at with my revolver; and, after I had put three balls through it, he made a bet with a comrade that he would put it on his head and I could hit it, which I did sending a ball through the bottom. His nerve waa good, and, of course, I would not have fired had I not felt sure of myself. Indeed, there were few in the army who could beat me with the pistol. I would bet on hitting every telegraphic pole on the roadside as I passed at a gallop. —Three Tears in the Saddle, by Colonel Harry Qilmor. Swine in Attics.—Not long ago, both in Edin- burgh and Glasgow, such discoveries were made as that of swine being reared in the garrets of houses, eight and—particularly in regard to the former city— ten storeys high. It was found that, in some instances, swine, which had been taken there when they were young pigs, and, of course, easily transportable, had become so big, unwieldly, and heavy, that they had to be slaughtered in these elevated situations, so as to be removable piecemeal. Since that period a more vigorous police system has led to such outrages against the sanitary weal of the inhabitants being abolished although there is still much to be done in the samf. way.-Tlte Beggar's Benison. Busby and the Priest. — During the brief ascendancy of the Romanist friends of James, which led t(.. this second revolution, he met one of his old pupils, the well- known Father Petre, one day in St. James's-park. Petre accosted his old master: Busby declared he could not recognise him in that dross, and Petre mentioned his name. "But you were of another faith, sir," said Busby, when you were under me; how came you to change it ? The Lord had need of me," replied the convert. Need of you, air ? Why, I have read the Scriptures as much as any other man, and I never read that the Lord had need of any- thing but once, and then it was an ass.BackVJood's Magazine. Short Commons.— Of commoners and gentlemen, And lords still in the hatch, In England's royal bakery We knead a common" batch. There's much loose ohaff, some reedy stalks, With grains of every sort— Choice-picked, chance-found, sheer rotten; Some stolen and some bought; And yet the British Commons Euns miserably" short." Not short and sweet," like Scottish bread, But short in pith and strength, And only in its windy mass Intolerable in length; Far short in sterling qualities, And, what is worse than all, Far short in weight, and very full Of bitterness and gall. Oh. wer't not sinful, I would pray This Commons broad might fall. We thought 'twould give us sustenance, And make us quick axd strong- Not fill us full of bran and worms, And blister up our tongue. We thought 'twas good and wholesome, And not mere stalks and chaff; We thought the whole loaf we should get Was more than twice the half; We thought our earnest cry for food Worth more than sneer or laugh. 'Tis clear short commons is not fit For men full grown and hale; Man oannot live by bread alone, Much less bread scant and stale. We must have our fall commons," Or else grow deaf and dumb; We must have our full commons," And keep it under thumb; We will have our "full commons," If we win it crumb by crumb. Working Man. York House.-The locality of York House is still shown by the water-gate, commonly attributed to Inigo Jones, but which, as it seems from an entry in an old book of works in the Soane Museum, was erected by Nicholas Stone, master mason to Kiug Charles, of whom it is maid, The water gate at York House hee dessined and built; and ye right hand lion hee did, fronting ye Thames. Mr. Kearne, a Jarman, his brother, by marrying his sister, did ye shee lion." Here the great Lord Bacon lived, and hoped to end his days, but did not, for, being within the verge of the court, it la,y within the boundaries inside of which he was forbidden to take up his abode. His successor was that Duke of Buckingham who was murdered by Felton, who purchased the weapon with which he did the murder within sight of the Thames, and beneath the walls of the Tower; within which lie, between two queens, the remains of one who once lived in his immediate vicinity, the Duke of Northumberland. The Thames was, in fact, the great highway to the Tower, and many who were more deserving of pity than the ambitious duke just mentioned, were conveyed thither by it.-Once a Week. Buifon and his Valet.-The career of Comte de Buffon furnishes a remarkable illustration of the power of patient industry, as well as of his own saying, that Genius is patience." Notwithstanding the great results achieved by him in natural history, Buffon, when a youth, was regarded as of mediocre talents. Hia mind was slow in forming itself, and elow in reproducing what it had acquired. He was also constitutionally indolent; and being born to good estate, it might be supposed that he would indulge his liking for ease and luxury. Instead of which, ha early formed the resolution to deny himself selfish pleasures, and devote himself to self-culture. Regard- ing time as a treasure that was limited, finding that he was losing many hours by lying a-bed in the morn- ings, be determined to break himself of the habit. He struggled hard against it for some time, but failed in being able to rise at the hour he had fixed. He then called his servant Joseph to his help, and pro- mised him the reward of a crown every time that he succeeded in getting him up before six. At first, when called, Buffon declined to rise-pleaded that he was ill, or pretended anger at being disturbed; and on the count at length getting up, Joseph found that he had earned nothing but reproaches for having per- mitted his master to lie a-bed contrary to his express orders. At length the valet determined to earn his crown; and again and again he forced Buffon to rise, notwithstanding his entreaties, expostulations, and threats of immediate discharge from his service. One morning Buffon was unusually obstinate, and Joseph found it necessary to resort to the extreme measure of dashing a basin of ice-oold water under the bedclothes the effect of which was instantaneous. By the per- sistent use of such means Buffon at length conquered his habit; and he was accustomed to say that he owed to Joseph three or four volumes of his Natural History. 'netv edition. The Prussian Army.—In Prussia every man is a soldier. The very boys at school are commonly formed into squads, and learn their military exercise as they travel through the Latin grammar. After serving for about four years in the regular army, they are drafted into the Landwehr—troops liable to be called upon at any emergency, but not. as a general rule, in active service. Thus, in the Lfliiidwobrj scat- tered all over the country, engaged in every imagin- able pursuit, has Prussia the trained material with which to recruit the gaps in her victorious army. There is not a finer body of cavalry in Europe than the Landwehr cuirassies; not a finer body of foot soldiers than the infantry of the guard. The hussars are quaintly but showily dressed, and make a grand effect in a military spectaole. They wear shakos, red jackets with white cords, green trousers with red braiding, and white cartridge belts. Their arms are heavy cavalry sabres and a carbine, not a needle-gun. The horses look well, and are plainly caparisoned. The infantry all have blue uniforms, evidently damaged by service. The men carry needle-guns, some of the officers swords, others sabres; the un- mounted officers have a knapsack, like the men, but lighter, of black leather. The Landwehr regiments have ho brass bands, their music consisting only of fifes and drums. The artillery wear helmets. The guns are each drawn by six horses, and both carriages and horses are very large. The sanitary corps also wear helmets, ana have the white international neu- trality colours printed upon their carriages, bearing themselves the distinctive armlet with the red or black cross. The appearance of all the men is good many are truly martial figures. The majority are men over thirty, and many wear the medal for the last Danish war. The officers are generally young. The behaviour of the men has hitherto been courteous and good,—CasseU's- Family Paper. g oo d. Ca sI' Family Paper.


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