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OUR MISCELLANY. A Wish for '67.— S end us, 0 gracious Power, a good new year, I n which the past one's ilia may not appear. X enodoohy be still our England's fame, T o treat the stranger as ourselves the sama. Y ear of great hope! may olass with class accord. S chism be healed, and ohurohes preaoh the Word E nlighte'nad be the age; to all be peace- V ain is all warfare! may it ever cease. E ndowed with goodness by fair Sixty-seven, N o rule on earth but what is law in heaven. F. A. LEWIS, in Sunday Times. SoDg for Christmas Time.— (" Whtn Will it Be ?" &o.) Old friends, new friends, Married ones and single, Tried friends, true friends, Mingle, mingle, mingle. 'Tis Christmas time, the old bells chime, And carol rhymes are ringing, Each joyous sound that echoes round Sweet joy to mem'ry bringing. The cheerfuj blaze our spirits raiso, With smiles and kindly greetings, In happy throngs with grateful ssnga, And Christmas merry meetings. Old friends, now friends, Let your glasses jingle, Tried friends, true friends, Mingle, mingle, mingle. Bright berries glow with mistletoe In every nook and cranky, j- What sin to miss a loving kiss From sweetheart or dear granny. Though Time's rude shocks have changed our locks, To silver from the raven- Still Roones like this were meant for bliss, Oar yearly blissful haven. Old friends, ndw friends, While our pulses tingle, Tried frionds,true friends, Mingle, mingle, mingle. Here's to our sovereign lady Qaeen, Whom each true Briton blesses! Here's to the Prince of Wales, and all Oar princes and princeas,es Here's to the brave on land and wave, The bulwarks of our nation, Oar bands, our peers, our volunteers, The good in every station! Old friends, new friends, Let your glasses jingle, Tried friends, true friends, Round the glowing ingle. Mingle, mingle, mingle. By John Ortin, author of 11 Mary Gray." The Women's Emancipation Movement. —The partisans of emancipation insist that the present status should be frankly accepted, that women should no longer be educated with the idea that marriage is the sole or principal aim of their existence, as it certainly is regarded at present, both by the majority of women themselves, and by the other sex. They would have them see, to use the words of a modern author, that there are othey prizaa in the lottery, of life besides matrimonial ones: and thev believe that in so doine thev would improve the tone of the female mind, and render a valuable serv ice to humanity. They demand that every sooial and political career should be thrown open to them; that commerce and industry should be so modified as to permit of their taking their due share in both and, in short, that they should occupy in every respect a position analogous to that of men. -Social Reform in England. By Lucien Daveslis de Ponies. Boxing.—During my boyhood the rage for glove boxing was so great, that on one afternoon the park was cleared of all the leading young men of the day, on account of a challenge given and accepted between the lata Lord Mexborough and my old friend Fletcher Norton, of Elton Manor, to set-to in Jackson's rooms for what in Bell's Life would be oalled a bellsful"- that is, to see which was best man at giving or taking hard blows. Both were light weights, and very well matched—both pupils of Jackson-and they were known as about the best men of their inches. Beauty rode on horseback then in Hyde-park, as beauty rides now, though in much less abundance, gracefully can- tering on the grass or sitting beneath the old elm trees, that not only threw their Bhadows on the turf below, but ever groups of deer. Yet the park was, that afternoon, deserted'by the fairest and best, to see the Peer and the Commoner have a bout at boxing1. Jaokson a rooms were thronged; and divesting them- selves of coat and waistcoat, the champion of the light weights pulled on the gloves, sparred a little and then went to work in earnest. For a time it was doubtfui whether the Upper or Lower House-the Peer or the Commoner-would win. Mexborough was quickest at out-fighting, while Norton proved himself the stronger in a rally. Eventually the strength of the latter prevailed, and Mexborough was ,°Je* the beDcke8, when everybody colliii^Ug -Qrwntley Berkeley's Life and Re- 1x18 Own Cause.—In earlier days kiri^frienfls would have wbispered that a young fellow whd waited his time in writing plays could not possibly any in studying hia profes- sion but the censurt^ yr judgment, of tho town took, property enough perhaps another tone, in Talfourd's case. it expressed an adairing surprise that any one se learned in the law had Jver had leisure enough to win a atrav but brilliant 1 in a _:I.L, J ° poeta. CJolley Cibber, we bekeva, presents the only known instance of an aotor pWding in person at the bar. Ina creditors of Steele claimed a sum which he had assigned ito his partners, Cibber, Booth, and Wilks. Cibber argued his and their cause. He was the most impudent man of his day; bat he confesses to have been dreadfully abashed in the presence of court and judges. When it came to the critical moment." he tella us. the dread and ftnnvaliAn&i'ywi I of what I had undertaken so disconcerted my courage that, although I had been used to talk to above fifty thousand people every winter for upwards of thirty years together, an involuntary and unexpected proof of confusion fell from my eyes; and, as I felt myself quite out of my element, I seemed rather gasping for life than in a condition to cope with the eminent Grators against me." The brilliant actor, however, reoovered his self-possession, and won a verdict for himself and partners against two accomplished advo- cates, who had the stuff in them which subsequently made of both a couple of excell,nt Lord Chancellors.— Jeaffreson's Book about Laivyers." Queen Charlotte's Wedding-Her Majesty described her life at Mecklenburg au one of extreme retirement. They dressed only en robe de chanibre exoept on Sundays, on which she put on her best gown, and after servioe, which Was very long, took an airing in the coach and six, attended by guards and all the state she could muster. She had not dined at table at the period I am speaking of. One morning her eldest brother, of whom she seems to have stood in great awe, came to her room .in company with the duchess, her mother. Be told ber to prepare her best olothes, for they were to have grand cowvert to receive an ambassador from the King of England, and that she should for the first time dine with them. He added, You will sit next him at dinner; mind what you say, and ne faites pas 1'enfant," a favourite expression of his, try and amuse him, and show him that you are not a fool." She then asked her mother if she were to put on her bInA fcahh*. « bijoux ?" Mon enfant," said the duchess, tu n'en as point. ^*e Qaeen produced her garnet earrings, which were strings of beads, sewn on a plate about the size of half-a-erown, and-were then in fashion, but whiab, as she said, a housemaid of these days would despise. Thull attired, she followed her mother into the saloon, and Mr. Drummond was introduced to her. To her great surprise, her brother led her out first, which she sup- posed he did because it was her first apoearanca. Mr. Drummond sat on her right hand. She asked him about his journey, and of England, and then added, On me dit que votre Roi eat tres extrememenfc, beau et aimable," which seemed to raise a smile from both j"? j1 A dnke' A libt]e frightened, she next added, Apparement vous etes venu demander la Pnneesse de Prusse.. On dit qu'elle est tres belle, et quelle sera votre Reine?" "Je demande pardot^< votra Altease, je n'ai aucune commission pour celaf* And the smilea were so striking that she had not courage to open her lips again. In a few minutes, however, the folding doors flew open to the saloon, which she saw splendidly illuminated; and there appeared a table, two cushions, and everything pre- pared for a wedding. Her brother then gave her his hand, and led her in, using h,s favourite expression, Allons, ne faites pas l'enfant- tu vas etre Reine d'Angleterre." Mr. Drummond then advanced. She was laid upon a sofa, upon which he laid his foot, and they all embraced her, calling her la Reine." [fhe following L relates to the ceremony after the Qaeen's arrival in England.] Just, she said, as they entered Conatitution- hill one of the ladies said to the other, looking at her watch, "We ehall hardly have time to dress for the wedding." "Wedding!" said the Qaeen. "Yes, madam, it is to be at twelve." Upon this she fainted. 1 Lady Effingham, who had a bottle of lavender watsr in her hand, threw it in her face, and the carriage almost immediately stopped at the garden gate of St. jRmea a Palace. Here stood the king, surrounded by his court. A crimson cushion was laid for her to kneel upon; and, mistaking the hideous old Dake of Grafton for him, as the cushion inclined that way, she was very near prostrating herself before the duke, but the king caught her in his arms first, and all but carried her up stairs, forbidding any one to enter. Here she found breakfast, which she much needed, and, looking up, saw a very different face from the black old duke. From this moment she said she never knew real sorrow until his illness.—Jesse's Life and Reign of George III.

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