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THE COUIV- The Queen and the junior members of tho Royal who have been sojourning at Osborne since the 8sh of July, left the Isle of Wight, on Wednesday, for Windsor, whara her Majesty remained one night, and then proceeded to Scotland by the usual route. Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Christian re- turned from the Continent on Wednesday, and met her Majesty at Windsor. DURING the tima the Qaeen remained at Osborne, her Majesty was in excellent health, and took her accustomed out-door exercise. ON Sunday the Queen, Princess Louise, Prince Arthur, Prince Leopold,and Princess Beatrice attended Divine service at Osborne. The Ladies and Gentlemen ia Waiting were also present. The Rev. George Pro- ithero officiated. LADY CHURCHILL has Buocaeded Lady Waterpark as Lady in Waiting. DURING her Majesty's absence from Windsor ex- tensive alterations hava been made in the north wing of the castle by Messrs. Meyers, of London, under the scientific direction of Mr. Salvin, of the Adelphi. About a dozen rooms looking on to the North-terrace, appropriated to the use of noblemen and equerries in Waiting, have been stripped of the boarding and panel- ling, considered dangerous in case of fire. These rooms will be newly fitted up ald-edecorated in a style more suitable for the accommodation of the distinguished personages who may occupy them. The improvements extend to the tailing dowia of the present grand stair- case, at the state entrance, which is used by visitors as they enter the state apartments; a portion of the groined ceiling being considered out of character with the architecture of the castle, will be taken down and rebuilt. The new grand staircase will be so arranged as almost to reverse its present position. The fine statue in marble of George IV. on the landing will Hot be removed from its present position.
THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &e. «, ONE of the attractions of the Paris Universal Ex- hibition of next year will be a prize for the bost singes in the world of 10,000f. THE Louvre of Louis XIV. has just been enriched with a new museum, the Museum of Painted Glass. Five hundred specimens, admirable in design, cou, position, colour, and_ transparency, have just been placed in the large windows of the rooms called the "Appartements de Henri IV." They come from French, Flemish, Dutch, and German manufactories of the 15th and 16th centuries. The Louvre will be complete when it shall have received in the Museum of Ancient Tapestry the rare and beautiful specimens which are about to be transferred there. GUSTAVE DOIIK has recently had a large cage of live rats fitted up in his studio for the purpose of watching the movements of these animals, which will appear more than any other in his new illustrations to the Fables of La Fontaine," the work he has at present in hand for Messrs. Hachette. There are nearly twenty animals in the cage, which has its compartments and sly holes, constructed on purpose that the rat may show his true character. Miss DURANT, who has achieved considerable fame as a sculptor, is commissioned to execute a monument to the memory of King Leopold in St. George's Chapel, Windsor. Misa Durant's design is to represent Leo- pold upon his death-bed, placing his hand on the head of the Belgian lian, andguarded by two angels present- ing two shields, emblazoned with the arms of England and of Belgium. This seems to be rather a trite sub- ject, but Miss Durant may be able to treat it success- fully. We have lady physicians and lecturers, and professors of other things besides, and why should not a professional sculptor among the ladies carry off the palm ? Amateur lady sculptors have produced groups which will live long in the memory. THE exhibitions of the paintings and works of art selected by those who have been fortunate enough to grain prizes in connection with the London Art Union this year took place on Saturday, at the Insti- tute of Painters in Water-colours, 53, Pall-mall. There were many excellent works of art exhibited. Mr. G. J. Broad, the holder of the highest prize, .£250, selected Mr.R. Beavifa's "DrewingTimbarin I Pioardy" -9. very capitally conceived and executed picture. The highest prize among the water-colours, J8200, falls on Mr. Birket Foster's little picture of Winterbourne, Bonehurch, Isle of Wight," selected by R, Barclay. Another valuable picture, "Deborah sitting in Judgment," by Mr. Henry Warren, has been taken for X-150 by J. G. Wanganui. There were several excellent works in marble in the exhibition, including a reduced copy of Mr. C. B. Birch's Wood Nymph," the marble original having received the Society's premium of S600 in 1864. MR. OSBALDESTON'S life, written by himself, will shortly be published by his widow. i. ,j THE veteran writer, Barry Cornwall, has published an original memoir of Charles Lamb, on which he has been busily engaged for several years. We should fancy Lamb was mutton by this time. "ECCE HOMO has reached a twelfth thousand—a sale almost without precedent of late for a half-guinea work on theology. THE Official Review states that Artemus Ward has been engaged by "Punch," and that he will contribute to its columns a series of English sketches from an I American point of view. THIS thoroughly American paragraph is taken from the New York Citizen An American Welcome to an Illustrious Stranger—Hepworth Dixon, editor of the (London) Athenaeum, is expected here shortly. Dixon is a sneak. He "pitcbed into us when we were in trouble, lampooned us when in danger. Like others of his race, he turned his cue when fortune amiled upon us and victory perched upon our banner. Let him slide." -vT • „t, "AFTER the Storm; or, Jonathan and bis Neigh- bours in 1865-6," is a well-written and amusing ac- count of the aspect worn by things and people in America this time twelvemonth. Mr. Skinner selected an interesting moment for his visit, when the effects of the recent changes brought about by a long and desperate war were still fresh and striking, and his photographs of them have all the clearr.e&s and truth engendered by so favourable a condition of things. As may be partly inferred from the title, it is the lighter aid more superficial parts of the subject with which Mr. Skinner deals, and his book is likely to be less appreciated by the politician and student of history than by that far larger class which, content with less depth and more brilliancy, prefers a social sketch to a page of statistics, and a well-told story to the most learned essay ever vented by Dr. Dryasdust. MR. ARTHUR A'BE, OltETT has a new work in the press, of a somewhat novel character, entitled, "Our Roving Commissioner," consisting of a numVwr of light and interesting sketches upon various subjects. It is to be handsomely got up, and will he sold at every railway station in Eugland, at the low price of 6d.
I The Fatal Mseclle. The awful needle, which has pricked Austria to the heart, and has proved the bodkin which was destined to give France her quietus, and, moreover, is on some early day to sew up England in her winding-sheet, went to work, in the- first place, under very favourable circumstances. Prussia had to deal, not with France or with England, but with an ill-joined and ill-assorted agglomeration of countries and nationalities, which one great reverse left without spirit, and without power to cohere. The crazy old piece of furniture, with its legs all glued on, fell to pieces at the first haird blow. Is such a mere surprise likely to be successfully repeated, and repeated upon very differently condi- tioned antagonists ? The main, the working in- I gredient; of success is gone for ever. The gan will be found equalled and surpassed in the hands of the next Power assailed by the Prussian or any other robbers. And all being forewarned, no sur- prise of the same nature can avail any other. When, too, it is a question of the invention and rapid prepara- tion of charming novelties of this kind, red tape apart, we at any rate should not be behind our neighbours. It is clear to everybody that none are better able to pay for them; it is clear to us that none will use them, when (if ever) the time comes, with mere spirit; or, we even hope, with more effect. Let those to whom the needle-gun is so terrible at a distance approach it like Friday, handle it, examine it, and use it (or, rather, use a better, which they will soon have for their own), and from worshipping it as a malignant deity, they will come to look upon it, or its superior rival, as a friend, and perhaps even a benign Providence—though that is a name it is a shame to the age should be applied to a gun. The pity is, that in the necessity of suoh pre- parations national economy must for the present be consigned to the shade.-The Examiner.
THE PRINOE OF WALES ON THE MOORS. The Prince of Wales has had an admirable oppor- tunity during his present visit to Yorkshire of seeing something of the infinite variety of scenery of which I the county can boast. Last week he spent some days by the side of the Ouse, and became acquainted with the soft beauty of the district immediately surround- ing York; on Saturday and Sunday he was at Studley, where the generous gifts of Nature have been increased by all that art could do to supplement them; and now he is at the loveliest ef all the lovely spots which abound along the course of the Tees, and is enjoying the first shooting of the season upon the splendid moors above High Force. Yorkshiremen, whose pride in their county is as well-founded as it is natural, will be glad to know that the Prince's visit has been so pleasing to him that it is not likely to be the last, but that already speculations are rife as to his spending another 12th of August in the match- less vale of the Teea. His Royal Highness left Ripon on Sunday afternoon by special train, attended only by Major Teesdale. At Thirsk he was met by the Duke of Cambridge, who was accompanied by Colonel Macdonald, and after a short delay, the train contain- ing the party went on to Darlington. Here the station was crowded by persons anxious to see the Prince, but, as he did not leave the carriage, their desire was not gratified. From this point the route lay along the Darlington section of the North-Eastern Railway, the charge of the train being transferred from Mr. Usher to Mr. Stephenson. It was abundantly evident that all along the line the public were aware of the Prince's coming; for at every station, indeed at every crossing, and in many of the fields by the wayside, groups of men and women were awaiting him. But the train dashed rapidly on, heedless of their cheering and waving of hats and handkerchiefs, and shorly be- fore four o'clock the little station of Lartington was reached and the journey by rail completed. It is almost unnecessary to say that even at this remote spot the usual crowd had gathered, or that the Prince was warmJy welcomed when he alighted. The only vehicle provided for his accommodation was an omnibus drawn by four horses. Some time was spent in packing the luggage, but when this was done the Prince and his party took their seats upon the roof, their servants occupying the interior of the omnibus, and a start was at once made. From Lartington to High Fcr ie it is a heavy journey of thirteen miles, and nearly two hours were occupied in accomplishing it. The road, however, is one of the most beautiful in the county of York, if not in the whole of England, and during the latter portion it follows the windings of the Tees, which flows about fifty feet beneath it. All along the way the inhabitants of Teesdale bad come out to meet and welcome the Prince, and even in this primitive locality the banners and floral greetings which were so abundant at York were not altogether wanting. That many of the villagers were disappointed when they saw his Royal Highness is unquestionable. Their lively fancies had pictured a personage much more imposing than the gentleman in a brown great coat and felt hat, who was smoking a cigar on the box-seat of the omnibus. Said one old gentleman, after the party had passed, "That's none th' Prince o' Wales. Measter Wales, more like. Why he wur aittin' on top o't bus." But if some were iricivetkucus as to hia identity, the majority recognised him at once, and he was met throughout the whole journey by the same hearty and respectful greetinga from people who seamed to be highly delighted by the honour of a Royal visit to their lovely scenery. High Force Inn, at which the Prince is staying, stands entirely by itself, by the side of the road, and within a quarter of a mile of the romantic falls from which it takes its name. It is something more than a common way-side hostelry, for it ia used every year as a shooting-box by the Duke of Cleveland, and is constantly visited by noblemen and gentlemen who have shooting rights on the moors in the midst of which it lies. It is a plain but substantial edifice of considerable size. That the accommodation within its walls is not everything that a prince is accustomed to may be undeniable, but at the same time it is more than sufficient to satisfy a keen sportsman like his Royal Highness, who would be willing to submit to a hundred discomforts from which he is free in this hospitable inn for the sake of the splendid sport which he is able to get in the immediate neighbourhood, and although the building is an inn, it would be difficult to find one where a greater privacy is maintained than that which the Prince now enjoys. The signboard has been removed for the time being from the front of the house, but the visitors to this secluded locality are so few in number that this fact can make but little difference in the amount of buui- ness done by the worthy host.
OUR. MISCELLANY. The Thames. Thames, infant Thames, < •■ Rippling, flowing Water-white, Where the bright Young wilding gems Are blowing; Babbling ever in unrest, While as o'er her darling's pillow Bonds the mother, so the willow O'ez thy breast. Thames, maiden Thames, Glancing, shining Silver blue, While for you The lilied sterna Are pining; But thou lovest best to play 7 Slyly with the wanton swallow, While he whispers thee to follow Him away. Thames, matron Thames, That ebbest back From the sea; 'I Ah! in thee j There are emblems) 1 Of life's track. We, too, would like thee regaia, If we might, our greener hours We, too, mourn our vanished flowers. But in vain. The Quiver. Executions in t11.0 Olden Time.—In several London papers for August, 1782, we find the following paragraph:—"This day (St. Bartholomew's) David Tyrie, lately convicted of high treason at Winchester Assizes, as having corresponded with our enemies tha French, was hung at Portsmouth. Having been up 22J minutes he was taken down, disembowelled, and French, was hung at Portsmouth. Having been up 22J minutes he was taken down, disembowelled, and his 'heart taken ont and presented to the mob. The j latter had then the liberty o! catting and hacking any f part of the body they could get at; so fingers, ribs, toes, &c., were flying about on all sides. The gaoler of Gosport, however, took away the head, and made a. show of it for money." The exhibition of this ghastly relic had been found too profitable by an honest Borsi- fasa to be lightly given up. Thn«, in the London papers published in Midsummer, 1783, we find tha fol- lowing supplementary notification on the same sub- ject under date June 26 The head of the lats ] David Tyrie is still in course of exhibition at a charge I of Is. by a publican who purchased it. A few weeks before a fine young woman lost her reason, from her ¡ sweetheart having playfully on a sudden thrust the head upon her." The Woes of Hairdressing.—" Know then, sir," the maiden began, drawing a deep sigh, that 1 am cursed with a luxuriant head of iair, whose colour is that of the setting sun. Some," I muttered, would call it blessed to be thus endowed. It is the fashionable colour." Worse luck," said the maiden, in tones of despair. That accursed tint is the cause of my persecution. My paternally kind but profession. ally cruel father has woke me in the night, and seized me by this golden hair-" "To beat you, maiden ?" "Nay, sir; to dress my head a la something, a new form of coiffure which had arrived from Paris while I slept. When I have been coming to the most deeply interest- ing part of a novel, he has rushed into the room and insisted on my trying on a chignon. He takes me from my tea to practise the double roll upon me. When I am ready dressed to go to the play, he pulis my hair down to try a now form of bandeau. At all hours of the day and night I am liable to be curled, and frizzed, add plaited, and powdered. In sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, I must yield my head to his ruth- less but skilful hands. I know no rest. For months I have slept with my eyes open." With your eyes open, maiden P With my eyes open. It was in consequence of having my hair done d la Imperatrice. It was pulled back so tightly that I could not shut them. It was not until the nSgligee friz came up that the muscles relaxed. Ah, air, you know not what I have suffered-what I have saorificed! "-Dickens's All the Year Round. The First Oyster Eater.—Once upon a time- it must be a prodigiously long time ago, however-a man of melancholy mind, who was walking by the shores of a picturesque estuary, listening to the mo- notonous murmur of the sad sea waves, espied a very old and ugly oyster, all covered over with parasites and seaweeds. It was so unprepossessing that he kicked it with his foot, and the animal, astonished at receiving such rude treatment on its own domain, gaped wide with indignation. Seeing the beautiful cream-coloured layers that shone within the shelly- covering, and fancying the interior of the shell to be beautiful, he lifted up the aged native for further examination, inserting his finger and thumb within the shells. The irate mollusc, thinking, no doubt, that this was meant as a further insult, snapped its pearly door closeupon the finger of the intruder, causing him some little pain. After releasing his wounded digit, the inquisitive gentleman very naturally put it into his mouth. Delightfull" exclaimed he, opening wide his eyes. What is this ?" and again he sucked his thumb. Then the great truth flashed upon him that he had found out a new delight—had, in fact, ac- cidentally achieved the most important discovery ever made up to that date. He proceeded at once to the verification of his thought. Taking up a stone, he forced open the doors of the oyster, and gingerly tried a piece of the mollusc itself. Delicious was the result; and so there and then, with no other condiment than the juico of the animal-with no reaming brown stout or pale Chablis to wash down the repast, no nicely cut, well-buttered bread-did that solitary, anonymous man inaugurate the oyster banquet. Bertram's Harvest of the Sea." A Hindu Holiday.—I must do the Hindas the justice to say that they make as many holidays out of one year as most people do out of ten; and I am not at all sure whether a small importation of Hindus would not be acceptable to you, to accompany your boys to school as regulators to their school-days. It would be a safeguard against their being overworked. The whole bank was lined with natives bringing immense baskets of fruit for the Ganges to look as, as the Nazir expressed it: and they were dipping their baskets into the river with their graceful salaams and then bowing their heads down to the water. They are much more clothed here than in Bengal, and the women wear bright crimson veils, or yellow with crimson borders, and sometimes parple dresses with crimson borders, and have generally a little brown baby, with a scarlet cap on, perched on their hips. I wish you would have one little brown baby for a change; they are so muoh prettier than white children. Behind these crowds of people, there were old mosques and temples and natives' houses, and the boats of rich natives in front with gilded sterns, and painted pea- cocks at the prow. In short, just what people say of India; you know it all, but it is pretty to see and I mean the moral of my Indian experience to be, that it is the most picturesque population, with the ugliest scenery, that ever was pat together.—Uj> the Country. By the Hon. Emily Eden. Sketch of the French Angler.—The French angler is a very different being from the hard-working salmon or trout fisher on this side of the Channel. Fishing ia to him a kind of repose, which he usually takes on Sunday along with the pleasures of tobacco and family delights. If he can be likened to any class of English angler it must be to the stout old gentle- man whom one sees fast asleep in a punt on the Thames after dining at the Star and Garter; the only difference, perhaps, being that the stout old gentle- man is content with one rod, line, and hook, whereas the French angler is not often content with half-a- dozen, but sets perhaps a dozen lines with three or four hooks to eaoh, each line being attached to a short pliant stick with a bell on the top of it. The sticks being stuck fast into the bank, he pro- ceeds to enjoy his leisure, waiting in patient indolence for what fortune may please to hang upon his three dozen.' of baited hooks, the tinkling of a. little bell warning him from time to time that he has another fish. The French river fisherman has nets of a great variety of kinds fitted to all waters, from large rivers to small ditches, and which are set therein and entrap the fish without any further trouble on his part. He has a variety of basket traps, He has mechanical contrivances which act by the force of the stream, and which spoon out the fish that are unwary, and even deposit them safely in a suit- able reoeptacle; and he has nothing to do but to relieve it of its contents at any time that may be con- venient. The proprietor of viviers contrives his ponds so that they shall feed themselves and catch their own fish, while he has little to do beyond keeping them in order and taking out the fish when he requires them.—Pali Mall Gazette. A Ball in Pernambuco.-OPPosite the palace is the Pernambucan Club, a neat building, with billiard tables and an American bar below; white rooms, with a profusion of looking-glasses, devoted to I dancing and play above. I was hospitably invited to the monthly dance. Every 12th is a ball, at which the President attends. The house was well lighted, and the band stationed below was excellent. Here, as elsewhere in the land of the Holy Cross, the windows were open, and the air had none of the horrors that haunt unventilated London. This is the heart of the dead season, so not more than 20 ladies were present. They were dressed in the plainest white muslins, because" a Direccao pede a maior simplicade no traje," and there were few colours; the strong point, as_ in the Iberian races generally, was the fine thick, and admirably dressed hair, that contrasts so strongly with the brown sugar heads and milk-and-water eyes of Northern Europe. The idea is good; if moderation were not inculcated, dress- Iing would be so expensive that few coald afford to be present. In some cases economy is carried too far. I have heard of ladies being asked n»t to wear gloves. The "forked animal" affects a black coat to be present. In some cases economy is carried too far. I have heard of ladies being asked n»t to wear gloves. The "forked animal" affects a black coat and tie, the rest of the habihmants being wnite, and eo highly starched that the garment, like plate armour, would stand upright when empty; the effect may bo i imagined after a little hard exercise. ^Beau Bnimmel called it a magpie salt. Still, before daaoiug, is looks clean and beeormrg. The men did not much affect the doorway after the fashion of the Eaglands, Old aad New. Yet they performed their saltations, which were all in the venerable and lanale French style, with abundant gravity—part of the national character, These Young World peoples are prematurely old. AU the male dancers are juveniles, as they should be — what more horrid than to see grey hairs or bald heads dancing their Dance of Death ? Unfortunately not a few of their partners were liable to be called persons of a certain age." Verily it is not plsaaant" to sea hillocks in a ball-room skipping like little lamfoa.— Eraser's Magazine. Eraser's Magazine.
-r. ¡ j EXTRACTS FROM FUMOK" & i,"r:fN. ¡ ¡ -<> I OX THE PTVE, 11. I sat in 'a punt at Twickenham, I've sat at Hamptoa-wiek in'era. I hate sea boats, I'm siek in 'em— The man, I, Tom, and DLk ia 'em. Oh, gentles I've been piokia 'em For bait, the man's been stickin 'em. (Cruel!) on hooks with kick ia 'am. The small fisb have been licken 'em. And when the hook was quick in 'em, I with my rod was nickin,em, UD in the air was flinkiu 'em. My feet so cold, kept kio'ilin 'em. We'd hampers with aspic in 'em., Sandwiches made of chicken, 'em We ate, we'd stone jars thick, in 'em Good liquor; pic-nie-ing 'era Sat: till our necks a rick in 'em We turned again t'wards Twickenham. And paid our punts, for tickin 'em They don t quite see at Twickenham. SONG IN PENAL SERVITUDE. I'm a rough, I'm a rough as practised the garotte. Has for me and Reform I've ad that or. and ot. The effects on the back ow I still feels 'em smart; But I hope that the lesson has gone to my art. I've been whipped, I've been whipped! Eighteen lashes I took, And didn't I find it a treat with a ook Eighteen cuts with a cat wus than never a knife: Never spent a ten minutes so bad in my life! Some the chaplain's dewout exhortations don't toleht: But the blest cat-o'-nine-tails I feels werry much And, with all due respect to the reverend gent, My conwersion I owes to that there instrument. Wen my five years is up-now I knows wot is pain- Whosoever I robs I'll from wilence abstain! I've been whipped, I've been whipped; I've beett chastened, yer see, Hand the oat to repentance is all wot brought me. EPIGRAMS. By a Metropolitan Martial. 1.—ON A POLICE MAGISTRATE. Amazed and startled Quidam reads Of brutal force, and violent deeds, Of fierce attacks on men of peaoe Indulged in freely by police- And what still stranger is appearing— Approved of by the Bench on hearing. The cause is clear as is the light! They have the beak's support received, Because he'd have it be believed That Knocks must aye be in the right 1 -O.N L A RECENT CHANGE OF NAME." Some manufacturers of pickles, Who know the public somewhat stickles For unadulterated goods, think proper To note their wares as free from copper." Bat pickles in the Times, alas, The analyst would never pass; For the ingredients should he test, The fact would swiftly stand oonfest- One large component part was brass I 3.—ON ADVERTISING. Some folks, of wisdom who are boasters, Say now-a-days one goes with "posters," Swiftest along the road to ruin; My friend, don't let their words take you in! For every day some proof's affording That if you wish to store up gold, Just as the misers did of old, You'll find the easiest plan a hoarding! I'm not of his opinion quite. THE EPITAPH OF THE SESSION. r August 10, 1866. Here lies the Session that has ended, "Whereof the least said soonest mended." It talked a deal about Reform, And lashed itself into a storm, That nigh wrecked Gladstone's reputation, Lifted Lowe high, and bored the nation: Baales and his roughs brought 'bout our ears, And moved a Walpole's pious tears. Turned out the measures and the men That now we are calling for again And gave ns men, who can't paas measures, "f Nor serve our profits or our pleasures. Six hundred M.P.'s six months' skill It used and hardly nassed a Bill. Sic transit, to the Banks of Styx, Session no-Session, Sixty-six! THERE HE GOES WITH HIS "I" OUT. ,d A contemporary gravely informs us that— "Letters from Athens state that a large extent of the best vinevarda in Greece are attacked by odium, and that repeated treatment by sulphur has not remedied the evil." Poor vines, their sulphurings from odium, so unjustly incurred, must be terrible We cannot see how it is to be expected that such attacks on their character can be remedied by aspersions of brimstone—except homceopathically. N.B. A scientific friend suggests that the state- ment must not be taken literally. He says that, hav- ing an eye to the disease intended, he thinks that o'idium is meant. To which we reply, "I. 1. sir ICHTHYOLOGICAL. "The Lord Chancellor has conferred the vacant living oE St. Margaret Pattens on our excellent sub-editor, the Eev. J. L. Fish, Xvl.A., of Exeter College."—John Bit 11. A wise appointment. Long, in sacred togs, May this good priest read vespers and read matins Bat though we've often seen a &ie in Clogs, We never saw before a Fish in Pattens. ANOTHER CHOP AT THE CHURCff. The Irish Church is certainly done for now. On the episcopal throne of Meath, Lord Derby has seated a Butcher. Is the cathedral dedicated to St. Mary Axe ? ABORTIVE ATTEMPT TO BLOW UP THE ROUSES OF PARLIAMENT.—As if the nine pounds of gun- powder, with a slow match attached, found by the police at three o'clock in the morning of last Monday se'nnight in the neighbourhood of the House of Commons, could effect this The feeble incendiaries who made this childish attempt are hereby warned that the only person licensed to blow up the Houses of Parliament, and all in them, whether Lords or Commons, is JJIT, Punch, and that this well-deserved duty is religiously performed every week during tha Session. AN UNPLEASANT REMINDER.—If tho tiresome street-children beg any of the members of the lata Government to Remember the grotto," how pain- fully their words must force them to remember the cava. COMMUNI-CABLE. — The difference bat ween the cables of 1865 and 1866 is but slight. The latter haa been suocessfally laid by per-severaaee- the former was per-severanoe lost. ONE FROJlI WIMBLEDON.—Why are the winners of the Ashburton Shield like young vines ? Because they have ten-drills and begin to shoot in the spring. TELL US in a word, when the Park rascals come- what they ought to get—and who ought to deal with them ? Nox-kllocks-Knox. EVIDENT.—With what material ought the Needle Rifles to be loaded ? Gun cotton, of course. RIDDLE (by a distinguished Haytian). — What Shakespearian character ought to keep a Hotel Hotello. II' WHEN is a crop likely to be deceptive P When it ia all your rye. THE UNITED STATES.—England and America. 1 0
POLITICAL GOSSIP. --+-- VISCOUNT BOYXE is to be advanced to the peerage f Great Britain under the title of Baron Brancepeth, 1n Dublin. IN the session jast ended 377 private bills have re- ceived the Royal Assent. Last year 392 bills were Passed, although tho number of bills deposited was smaller than this year: 559 bills in 1865, and 633 bills 1866, POLICEMEN traverse every part of the Houses of Parliament once every quarter of an hour, down to the '0West vaults, and inspectors follow to examine the L Mechanical tell-tales on which the policemen have to Record their visits. We hope the tell-tales do not refer the members. If so, they must have much to do anent the last session. KING LEOPOLD has received an autographic letter from the Emperor Napoleon of a very _re-assuring charaeter. The Emperor declares that it is by no ^eans bis intention to annex any portion of Belgium, and that, on the contrary, he would prefer to promote On every occasion the interests of the Belgian dynasty. IT ia now confidently stated that the Dakes of Richmond and Ratland are to receive the two vacant barters, and all will admit thesa distinguished honours '(\onld not be bettor bestowed. The noblo owner of Qoodwood showed his patriotism by placing his Services, in any capacity, save that of the Lord- ^ieutenancy of Irdand, at the hands of the Earl of Petby, adding that he should be equally content to be £ t Qvit of office; while the Duke of Rutland, both in fll? Private and public character, eminently merits 'his honour. THE hew Orleans Delta, has the following:—"Make for a hindependcnt woter," said a fellow at the A bird District poll on Monday, whose breath was Strongly tinctured with aroma of tobacco and cheap Musky. "Make way there/' he repeated, "for a ^dependent woter."—" Why, my good fellow, it is !!lot more than an hour ago since you deposited yonr "Ote at this very poll."—" I knows it-I knows it," the independent republican; but that ere was Jbe Democratic ticket, this 'ere is the Whig. — If attempt to voto twice," said the questioner, 1 ahall have ";ou arrested for a violation of the election W." Yoa will-—you will," said tha sovereign I say if I am denied tho right of wot. Mg for the Whigs after havia' gone the whole ticket jj* the Democrats, there ain't no universal suffrage, 'hat's all—it's a one-sided business, take it all round," THE Spectator says, throughout the session which just terminated, the deaths of nineteen peers wore ^corded. Their names and ages are as follows The r-Mquises Camden, 67 Lansaowne, 59; Eacls Gains- borough 84, Kinnonl, 81; Bafchurst, 76; Lanes- ^°tough, 71; llosslyn, 64; Chesterfield, 61, Limerick, Donoughmore, 43; Beanchamp, 37; Harrington, Viscount CJifden, 41 ;—Barons Glenelg, 83 '^onteagle, 76; Clinton, 74; Banning, 69; Vernon, Rivers, 56. The Baronies of Bayning and Glenelg Wo become extinct, while the successors to the titles of, Clifden, Donoughmore, Monteagle, and Rivers are Minors. The Duke of Hamilton has attained his Majority, and the Marquis of Ormonde, who became of age on the 5th of October last, haa taken the oaths ^d ^i9 aeat. Tb.ere are thus fifteen new peers by ll.ghto? succession. Fourteen peers have been created, 5?-His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Halifax, Barons Barrogill, Clermont, Hartis- Hylton, Ketsrv, Lytton, Meredyth, Monck, I,.orth})rool>, Penrhyn, Eomilly, and Strathnairn. 11 IVe of these are creations of Lord Derby, and eight ?*e their rank to Earl Russell, tho Dukedom of Edin- >?.rgh being a thing of course, no matter what Prime Sinister was in power. Two Barons of the Unitec. kingdom, Lord Dartssy and Lord Wodehoase, were promoted by Lord Russell to a higher order in the ■peerage. The former now sits as Earl of Dartsey and the latter as Earl of Kimbeziey. TURNING to the House of Commons, we find that constituencies have changed their representatives. Of these 31 places, four have each elected two new Members, viz., Da»onport, Nottingham, East Suffolk, "■Md Windsor. Of tne members who were returned at ^egeneral election 18 have been an seated, 9 have become 6 have died, 4 sit for other constituencies, 2 J^va become Chief Judges, 2 have resigned, and 1 Jost his seat on appealing to his constituents for re- jection. The members unseated were Sir J. Acton, Sir R. Clifton, Mr. E. M. Fenwick, Sir H. H. Hoare, G. W. Leveson-Gower, j>Ir. Labouchere, Mr. S. ^lorley, Mr. Parry, Mr. Pender, Mr. Schneider, and A. W. Young, Liberals; and Mr. I errand, Mr. ^lenaing, Mr. Forsyth, Mr. Mills, and Mr. Weatropp, Conservatives. The M.P.'a who have gone to the I- Fpper House are the Earl of Brecknock and oir Charles >ood, Liberals; and Lord Henaiker, Sir W. Jolhffe, W F. Lygon, Sir E. B. Lytton, Coionel_ Doaglaa. Pennant, Lord Stanhope, and Hon. C. Trefusis, Conser- vatives. The deaths have been those of o —M16*?!,a Conservative, viz., Lord Palmeraton, 81J Colonel ^oyd Watkins, 63; Hon. J. C. Dundas, 57; Mr. I. D. <^ldsmid, 53; Right Hon. H. A. Herbert, 50; and Sir into Farquhar, 57. The two resignations have been by Conservative members, Mr. W. Leslie and Major- General Lindsay. Two Chief Judgeships have been given to Conservatives—the Chief Justiceship of Ire- lalad to Mr. Whiteside, and the post of Chief Baron of the Exchequer to Sir F. Kelly. Mr. H. Fenwick, liberal, was defeated at Sunderland on offering him- self for re-election, after his appointment as a Lord of the Admiraltv in Earl Russell's Government. Fou- Conaervatives" have left their former constituencies 5iad gone to others—Mr. Gathorne Hardy exchanges Leominster for Oxford University, Mr. Dowdeswell leaves Tewkesbury for West Worcestershire, Sir Staf. ford Northcote relinquishing Stamford for North bevon, and Sir E. Eerrison forsakes Eye for liast Suffolk. There are now 31 members in the House of Commons who had no seats in that Assembly at the commencomentof the session. "hey are Visconnfc Amberley, Mr. Candhsh, Mr. M. Chambers, Hon. J. Denman, Mr. Edwards, Lord Eliot, Mr. Eykjn, Mr. Fordyce, Mr. Julian Goldsmid, Lord n, John Hay, Captain Herbert, Mr. Nicholson, Mr. Ber- Bal Osborne, Mr. Staniland, Mr. Vanderbyl, and Mr. Wyvill, Liberals; and Mr. Arkwright, Hen. G. W. 114yriugton Mr. Brett, Mr. Capper, Mr. Dimadale, Mr. Eckersley, Mr. Gorst, Sir John Hay, Hon. J. M. Hea- iiiker-Meior, Mr. Hiidyard, Hon. Egremont Lascelles, Sir E. Lechmero, Mr. J, Abel Smith, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Whitmore, Conseivatives. The result of all theae changes is that the Liberals have won five seats, two at Devonporfc, one in Aberdeenshire, one at Bridge- water, and one at Petersfield. The Conservatives have gained three saat-a—'viz., at Brldgenorth, Helstone, and Sandwich. There was, therefore, a net gain, of two seats, counting four votes on a division, to the Liberals at the close of the session.
OPINIONS OF TIlE PRESS. Ka-poleon's Claim on the Rhine Provinces. Righteousness and peace have kissed each other in the persona of the Emperor of the French and the King of. Prussia. It was stated last week that Napoleon had demanded of Prussia the restoration of tbe fron- tiers of 1814, and the official journal admitted that negotiations were in progress. The King of Prussia, I after a Ion* council attended by ona or two gpnerals, replied that Germany could not surrender^ German territory, whereupon the French journals first pub- lished formal denials that any demand had been made, lished formal denials that any demand had been made, and then announced that the Emperor had received I the Prussian ambassador, and assured him that his Majesty, though considering the "wih" for new frontiers just, had only expressed it in deferetto> to the opinion of France, and promised that good relations between the two Powers should in no case be disturbed. He hoped however that Prussia would not overstep the line of the Main. The Emperor has also written to the King of the Belgians, saying he esteems him a groat, deal too much to take away any of his territory; so there is a kind of diplomatic millennium, which would be quite niae if anybody could say whan i.t all means. If the Eaiperor expected refusal, why did ha make the demo,Id P if he did not expect it, why does ha display so unusually Christian a spirit? Is looks very much as if Naooleon had received assurances which enabled him to endure bis apparent loss of prestige with great tranquillity.—Spectator. The New Orleans Massacre. Armed and excited by the radical emissaries of dis- order in New Orleans, a number oil misguided negroes in that city yesterday brought on a bloody collision with the people and the police. Those who, 'Jvita the Tribune, treat the Radical plots and preparations for a renewed civil war at the North as "Chinese thunder," will find it difficult, we fancy, to salve their consciences with such phrases m the presence of the sanguinary and shocking scenes of which the chief city cf the South has now, by the machinations of their fellow- consiBira.tors, been made the theatre. That the law will triumph in Now Orleans over this attempt at inaugurating a new St. we do not doubt for a moment. But we should be false to our duty if we hesitated to enforce the appeal whwh is made by this lamentable occurrence to the con- science and the common sense of the American people against the mad and selfish policy of the Radical majority in Congress, and of the Radical agitators throughout the North and West. These men have but one theory of political action. To blow upon the dying embers of sectional strife; to inflame ail the passions which statesmanship and Christianity alike summon ns to soothe and to subdue; and to do these evil things, reckless of aU' the ruin which the doing them, must entail upon the nation, has been tbpir nersistent effort during every week and day find hour of the session just closed. For this they have neglected tho great fiscal reforms which eoii",Tn daily bread, the home comforts, the per- sonsl independence of the working millions of America; for this they have negle^9" a^o the great questions of our foreian policy, in whioa thejboaour of the American name and the place ot tae union among the great Powers of tha earth are profoundly involved. From New Orleans, to-day, we receive in blood and fire, tha first red reaping of tea narvesj which these madmen have been sowing. Ate the people as ma,d as they; or, having eyes, will the people now begin to søe; and, having hearts, now begin to Hntiereoand the inevitable issues of passion and corruption and fanati- cism in the conduct of the public a.:au's ot tnirty I millions of Americans emerging from the most dea- I pstate civil war of which history the dismal record I'—Tha- iliw York World,,
The Lost Monarch of the Se,te.-On Tuesday Admiral Halsted, of Lloyd's, received letters from the Admiralty which throw some little light on the fate of the missing emigrant ship the Monarch of the Seas, which has not else been heard of since she left Liverpool fcr New York on the 19th of March with 738 sools on boatd. According to this correspondence a bottle was found floating alongside Devonport Dockyard on the 30th of June. It got into the hands of a boy belonging to the Scotia tug, and remained unopened until the middle of July. A slip of paper was then found inside, upon wbioh' was written:—"Monarch of_the Seas.—Left Liverpool on the 19th of :,htch-2.M.i!,Y- No wind— Short of provisions, and no water—^isasasted in a gale. 3rd April, iat. 25 20 N., long. 47 8 W. (Signed) Wm. Johnson. Passenger." The letters from the Admiralty to Lloyd's were to inform the committee that this handwriting had been identified by tha mother of the passenger who signed the paper.