THE COURT. THE Queen arrived at Balmoral Castle on the 23rd of May at a quarter before three in the afternoon accom- panied by Prince and Princess Christian, Princess Louise, Princess Beatrice, Prince Leopold, and Prince Christian Victor. Her Majesty was attended by the Duchess Dowager of Athole, the Hon. Mrs. Gordon, General the Hon. C. Grey, Lord C. Fitzroy, Mr. Legg, Mr. Sahl, and Dr. Jenner. Lady Susan Melville was in attendance on Princess Christian. Her Majesty and the Royal family posted from Aboyne, and the suite went by rail as far as Ballater. PRINCE ARTHUR, attended by Major Elphinstone, arrived the same evening from Blackheath. THE 24th of May, being her Majesty's birthday, all the servants belonging to Balmoral and their families came up to the castle in the morning to offer their con- gratulations on the anniversary. THE Queen, accompanied by Princess Beatrice, Prince Arthur, and Prince Leopold, rode out the morning after her Majesty's arrival on ponies. The Queen, accom- panied by either the Princesses Christian, Louise, or Beatrice, has taken frequent exercise, both equestrian and pedestrian, in the immediate neighbourhood of Balmoral. THE Court will return to Windsor on Tuesday, the 18th of June. THE Times of the 27th of May has the following notice "We are authorised to state that the Drawing- room announced to be held at St. James's Palace on Saturday, the 8th of June, by her Royal Highness the Princess Louis of Hesse (Princess Alice of Great Britain and Ireland) has been postponed till Thursday, the 27th of June. HER Royal Highness the Princess Mary Adelaide was safely delivered of a Princess at one minute before midnight on the 26th May. Aceording to the medical bulletin, her Royal Highness and the infant Princess are doing perfectly well. THE Prince and Princess of Wales will remain some time longer at Marlborough-house. Her Royal Highness is making progress towards convalescence, but it will be some time before she will have the free use of the knee joint. THE Prince of Wales, attended by Colonel Kingscote, Major Teesdale, and the Hon. Oliver Montagu, was present on Saturday morning at the annual grand mounting parade at the Horse Guards, in honour of her Majesty's birthday. In the evening the Prince of Wales presided at the annual dinner of the 10th Hussars, at Willis's-rooms. In attendance on his Royal Highness were General Sir William Knollys and Major Teesdale. PRINCESS ALICE OF HESSE-DARMSTADT is daily ex- pected at Marlborough-house, on a visit to the Prince and Princess of Wales, and also for the purpose of hold- ing Drawing-rooms in England. ON Sunday afternoon the East Terrace of Windsor Castle, with the beautiful garden and fountain, was thrown open to the public, owing to the absence of the Queen and Court. The grand band of the 2nd Life Guards, under the direction of the bandmaster, Mr. Froehnert, played a choice selection of musical pieces, and the terrace was in consequence crowded with a large and fashionable assemblage of promenaders. THE Queen has been pleased, under her Majesty's Royal Sign Manual and the Great Seal, to declare her Royal will and pleasure that the sons and daughters born of the marriage of his Royal Highness Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein with her Royal High- ness Princess Helena Augusta Victoria shall, at all times, hold and enjoy the style, title, and attribute of "Highness" prefixed to their respective Christian names, or any titles of honour which may belong to them and further to declare her will and pleasure that the Earl Marshal of England, or his deputy for the time being, do see this declaration kept, and cause the same to be duly registered in her Majesty's College of Arms, to the end that the Officers of Arms and all others upon occa- sion may take full notice and have knowledge thereof.
'I POLITICAL GOSSIP. THE Brand testimonial will be presented with great glee and rejoicings to the Liberal Whip," at Willis's Rooms en the 19th of June. It will be a very hand- some affair, and we are quite certain that on this occasion to do honour to the worthy member there will be no whipping in necessary. HELIGOLAND, so rightly named from the gaming table permitted to continue its open career of temptation, is in sorrow. Heligoland is to lose its public hell, the table is to be abolished. It is odd that this institution could so long have existed under English rule. THE Army and Navy Gazette understands that the Duke of Cambridge has decided on calling upon a general officer of her Majesty's army to resign his com- mission in consequence of his name having been associated with a recent notorious turf scandal. The Secretary of State for War, it is said, fully concurs with his Royal Highness in the course proposed. THE Queen of Spain will visit Paris on the 20th of June, so says report, but it is doubtful if her Majesty will have the courage to leave Spain. A young journalist, editing a Liberal paper, was recently sent off to the galleys for life, chained to assassins and thieves. His offence was a lively leading article. What a razzia there would be were London Madrid and the topic Reform! MR. LAYARD is anxious it should be known that Mr. Harvey Lewis and not himself was censured by the Speaker for the language used in the lobby of the House of Commons the other night. I am authorised," he says, to state that the rebuke of the Speaker was ad- dressed to Mr. H. Lewis alone." Mr. Layard repeats his emphatic denial" that he ever used the language attributed to him by Mr. Lewis, and challenges appeal to the other five gentlemen who were in the lobby at the ime. IN reply to a request from some of his constituents to attend a public meeting at Swansea, Mr. Dillwyn, M.P., writes to say that he cannot at present name a day •inj when he can attend, as he considers it his paramount duty to be in his place in Parliament to watch the pro- gress of the Reform Bill. He adds, "I cannot but think that the result of the course adopted by the House of Commons in respect of the Reform Bill is likely to be such as will satisfy my constituents as to my own course of action in the matter." THE gift of the Queen of Spain for the Sydney new Roman Catholic Cathedral, replacing the edifice destroyed by fire two years ago, has arrived at Sydney. It is a magnificent altar service of solid gold, lavishly enriched with jewels, and the workmanship is said to have been far more costly than the precious materials. How came Sydney to fall under her Majesty's maternal solicitude to such a costly extent as this ? There must be a curious underground current between Sydney and Madrid which was never dreamt of before. MR. C. SEELY, M.P., writes to one of his constituents at explaining Us r«So»s< for recently snp. porting the Government on the Reform question. Mr. Seely -says: I did so because if the bill should be lost, we should most likely have a long agitation through- out the country, and questions might be mooted and gain strength which would be most difficult to settle, and very injurious to the country. But my main reason is, that the bill as amended is a far better and more liberal bill than the bill of last year, and a better bill than our party could carry, if they were in. oflice to- morrow. Any measure going further in the direction of enfranchisement would be opposed by the Whig section of the Liberal party, and the Radicals are not strong enough to beat the Whigs and Conservatives united. THE new American territory, obtained from Russia, has been called by some wag Walrussia." LORD STRATHNAIRN, it is rumoured, has declined the appointment of Minister to the Csurt of Constantinople Mr. Elliot, who superseded Sir James Hudson at Turin being now spoken of. THE John Bull understands that at the usual meeting of the bishops at Lambeth on Ascension Day the Uni- versities Tests Bill will be considered, and the pro- gramme arranged for the Pan-Anglican Synod., MR. SEWARD wishes tQ get a Japanese island in ex- change for some old ships. The Americans are doing the large swopping line of business. A PETITION to Parliament, praying that London may be excepted from the clause of the Reform Bill requiring residence within seven miles (jf the City, has been pre- pared, and lies for signature at the offices of the Liberal Registration Association in Bush-lane, Cannon-street. THE next dinner of the Cobden Club has been fixec. for Wednesday, the 3rd of July, at the Star and Garter Hotel, Richmond, Earl Russell in the chair. THE Little Times is in a position to announce that the Government has determined to renew the expired term of office of the Governor of the Cape of Good Hope. THE Peace Society have sent an address to Lord Stanley expressing their gratitude to his lordship for the eminently wise and pacific spirit" in which he has conducted the foreign affairs of this country. THE Countess of Derby had a brilliant reception on Saturday night, at the Earl of Derby's official residence in Downing-street. Above 700 members of the diplo- matic body, the aristocracy, and members of Parliament responded to her ladyship's invitations. A DEPUTATION of members of the House of Com- mons, consisting of Sir George Bowyer, Sir John Gray, The O'Donoghue, Mr. John F. Maguire, and Mr. James L. O'Beirne, had an interview with the Earl of Derby at his residence in St. James's-square, on Saturday, to pre- sent a memorial in favour of reprieving the Fenian criminal Burke, condemned to death.
THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. THE third volume of a biography of Handel has been published at Leipsic. The author is Herr Chrysander, who has made a special study of the works of that great musician. LADY authoresses have increased wonderfully of late years, and they now stand pre-eminently forward as the best writers of fiction of the day. Among the most popular works recently published may be mentioned Rosewarn," by one of the writers of Ephemera Constance Rivers," by Lady Barrett Lennard; "Victory Deane," by Cecil Griffith; and last, not least, Muriel," by Mrs. Hilliard. The latter is full of deep touches of human nature, replete with graceful, tender delicacy, and highly interesting. A NEW book has just appeared, called A Quiet Nook in the Jura," by the author of Dr. Antonio." The remembrance of Dr. Antonio will bespeak favourable consideration for anything from the same pen, which touches little that it does not adorn. The present volume is devoted to a minute account of life in a Swiss boarding-house, a state of existence of which the genial author seems much enamoured. The sketches of society and scenery are equally well done, and make us envy the fortunate ones who share the "nook" in something more than imagination. TURNER'S picture of Modern Italy," at the sale of the paintings of the late Mr. Munro of Novar, brought the large sum of 13,405. A FULL-LENGTH portrait model of Mr. Gladstone, M.P., has been just added to Madame Tussaud's Ex- hibition. It is unquestionably a most admirable like- ness. AMONG the chief contributors announced to the Leeds Fine Arts Exhibition of 1868 will be the Duke of Devon- shire, the Duke of Wellington, the Duke of Buccleuch, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the trustees of the Earl of Carlisle, Lord Stanhope, Lord Wharncliffe, Lord Wenlock, Lord Zetland, Lord Galway, Lord Lyt- telton, Mr. G. Cornwall Legli, Mr. A. H. Layard, M.P., Mr. Alexander Barker, Mr. Philip Howard, &c. IT is a curious fact, says the Court Journal, that the picture of an R.A., was this season rejected by the com- mittee. When the R.A. came to town he looked in vain for his bit of fine art on the walls of the Academy. Inquiry was made, when it was found that somehow or another the name of the R.A. had got detached from the picture, and it had undergone the ordeal of judgment on the score of merit and was found wanting. This is the latest answer to the old query, What s in a name ?" It will at least be a gratification to some of the clever ones who were crowded out" of the exhibition or found to be inconveniently clever. THE Athenceum has the following The annual exhibition of pictures in Paris takes place this year at that great building in the Champs Elysees, which was formerly used for the Exposition, and comprises 2,745 works, all told; of these, 1,584 are pictures which, besides a fearful amount of trash, include a proportion that is mediocre, but of a mediocrity far above our own, either as regards the conception or the execution of its elements. Many of the better works have already appeared in London. One of the most telling paintings is La Nuit," by M. Rebouet-Alboy, a pupil of Gleyre's and M. Gerome's—a poetical and charmingly-wrought nude figure, which forcibly recalls the manner of the former master. By M. Oiler we find a capitally-painted half-length of Negresse, Libre et Mendiante." A pro- cess of enamel painting on lava," which has some of the desirable qualities of fresco, and does not permit the surfaces to shine, appears in M. Stattler's "Océanide," a good work of the better decorative kind. The Four Riders of the Apocalypse," by M. Cluysenaar, has spirit and impressive effect. M. Gerome's Clothes- man of Cairo," has already appeared in London his "Slave Merchant," where we see the intending purchaser rubbing the teeth of a young woman, has all the dramatic power, pictorial faults, and successes of the master. M. 'Daubigny's Evening at Andresy is an intensely-powerful sketch, by one of the ablest artists of the day. Among genre pieces of this peculiar kind, M. Fichel occupies, in the absence of M. Meis- sonnier, a prominent place, with his capital Amateurs before a Picture," an old subject, but filled here with new matter. M. E. Frere's Cut Finger is familiar in London also AT. Duverger's "Confirmation." There is extraordinary pathos in M. Schreyer's Abandoned —a subject borrowed from the wreckage of a battle- field a cart and its teams overthrown, one horse and his master dead, a second horse prostrate, but unable to free himself, and so starving. M. Schreyer is a grand tragedian with brutes. A Moonlight Effect," by At. E. Breton, will delight the'lovers of poetic landscape. Buffoons of the Sixteenth Century," a supposed meeting of some of the most extraordinary-looking dwarfs and zanies the world ever saw, as painted by M. Zamacois, a Spanish artist and pupil of M. Meissonnier, is wonderfully wealthy in humour, spirit, and. character, and capitally painted withal. Here are, besides the above, a very valuable picture by M. T. Robert-Fleury, Les Vieilles de la Place Navone, a Santa Maria-della-Pacetwo pictures by M. Corot; one by M. Heilbuth. The triumph ot the lixni- bition is with M. V. Giraud, and obtained by means of a superb picture, called A Slave Dealer "I of which the figures are life-sized, and represents a merchant offering a nude, very lovely and shrinking girl to a Roman noble, who, seated in a chair, and robed magnificently in blue and white;, scans the beauty of the damsel with a mix- ture of critical coolness and zest for loveliness that is expressed with wonderful power. Not less apt to the subject are the looks of the girl's sisters or companions, who watch the progress of the treaty with interest, some evidently envying her prospects, or her beauty others with regret at the chance of parting. The design, draw- ing-whether of flesh or draperies-the expressions, modelling and handling of this work unite to render it worthy of much applause.
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS. THE PENAL SERVICE OF THE ARMY. The estimate of military service implied in Clause 8 of the Militia Reserve Bill, enacts that a deserter shall be sentenced to 12 years' service in the army. It stands confessed that the British army is and has long been regarded as a convict colony, and that service in the ranks is considered equivalent to penal servitude. All wonder at the treatment of the soldier, all surprise at the difficulty of obtaining recruits must therefore cease. Discipline, it seems, instead of meaning a high form of physical and moral education, based on the fruitful principle of obedience, is simply a synonym for punishment. The fundamental idea of a real army is utterly misconceived by our authorities. That the system is practically better than the theory is due to the leaven of good officers. Still the theory is wrong, and should make way for what is right. Mr. Whit- bread's motion directs the Horse Guards to place the recruit in possession of full information and he should also be told that the service is regarded by his superiors as penal in its nature. Certainly the instructions will not be complete without that statement. -Daily Tele- graph. THE IRISH DEBATE. The debate on Thursday called forth a characteristic speech from Mr. Roebuck, who plays towards Fenianism the part which Mr. Whalley plays towards Catholicism, and promotes its interests by the grotesque extravagance of his antagonism. In answering him Mr. Bright took occasion to draw a distinction between the position of the Established Churches in England and Ireland, which from his position as a Dissenter of Dissenters," he was peculiarly fitted to do. To whatever general objections may be urged against the maintenance of Established Churches where there is no unity of belief in the State, both are of course equally obnoxious but between the two particular cases there is this vital difference In England the Established Church is indigenous in Ire- land it is alien. In the eyes of the great majority of Irishmen every parish church is virtually a garrison chapel; and, while this is so, the religious question in Ireland must necessarily remain a source of disaffection and danger.- Citronicle. DISRAELI WORSHIP. One thing the votaries of the new Disraeli-worship will undoubtedly succeed in. They will be able—it is already obvious indeed how able they are-to rid them- selves as completely as their divinity of the superstitions of old convictions and life-long faiths. Nothing could be more striking than the Disraelite self-control with which his Tory devotees only on Monday night refrained from betraying their not yet extinct sympathy with Mr. Lowe's Conservatism, which, expressed as it was in language of wonderful force and dignity, would, if be- livered last session, have been cheered to the echo. No doubt there was a visible flutter about their heart- strings, a twitching of their nerves, a yearning of the still unmastered instincts of the past to burst into a generous cheer as he sat down but there sat the pallid enigma of the new idolatry, with cold, impassive face, silently teaching the lesson of self-mastery to his fasci- nating followers, and the natural instinct was subduedin a moment, and died away with the last accent of this last appeal. Disraeli-worship will not give tact and. subtlety, and craft and counsel ta the brute votes of the House of Commons, but it will work that revolution of nature which is said to be due only to grace—or its opposite. It will make it easy to throw off the ties of conviction, amusing to desert the faith of a lifetime, pleasant to out- wit opponents by fairly outbidding them it will make political dishonesty seem a department of aesthetics, and political thimble-rig a polite study it will elevate the in- vention of political machinery for breaking the fall of consciences into a fine art, and make the successful use of such machinery a service of honour. And such is the idol which Parliament is every day adorning with a deeper awe, and for which it deserts Mr. Gladstone, the highest-minded statesmen of this generation, if not of any generation since the Restoration.-The Spectator. THE FEMALE FRANCHISE DEBATE. Like most logicians, Mr. Mill embraced frequent opportunities of contradicting himself. He complains that women have no political power, which they could exercise more wisely than men and then again declares that many women have already a great deal of political influence, and govern their male relations by sheer forC e of will-and very often mislead them. The satyr in the fable who declined intercourse with a person who could blow both hot and cold would be rather amazed by Mr. Mill's line of argument. Woman, he says, has a right to political power, which she would use with much tenderness of conscience woman has already indirect political power, and improperly influences her male relations. Which- of Mr. Mill's two statements are we to accept ? Of course the member for Westminster was not very seriously treated in the House last night. His proposal is too good a joke to be discussed without laughter. Mr. Karslake drew an amusing picture of luckless M.P.'s passing Sunday evenings in conversation with their wives about the compound householder and drew cries of Oh oh from the House-which is inclined to believe in anybody who is said to be a philosopher-by recommending Mr. Mill to bring a little common sense to such questions. Alas common sense is the very thing which no metaphysician can attain-for it destroys metaphysics. It is not worth while to insist on that portion of tie argument—unanswerable as it is-which shows that you cannot give women votes unless you are prepared to force them into all the channels of public life. Is Eng- land prepared for a female Prime Minister, or Com- mander-in-Chief, or Admiral of the Fleet, or Archbishop of Canterbury ? This is the logical result of a female franchise. Every argument used by Mr. Mill is as cogent in favour of allowing Miss Smith to lead the House of Commons as of allowing her to vote for little Pedlington. Are the philosophers and political econo- mists prepared for this ? If they are, the women are not.-The Globe. THE CATTLE PLAGUE. We must purge our foreign supplies of the infectious element, or we must cut off the supplies which bring the infection to us. The closing of our ports against infected countries, and the rigid inspection of all foreign cattle before they are allowed to proceed from the coast to the metropolis, may possibly deliver us from the scourge. But on this point there is doubt. We have suffered great losses, we have slaughtered nearly 60,000 healthy cattle in order to isolate the seeds of the disease, while more than 278,000 have actually been attacked by the scourge, and during the last few weeks the inspectors have been slaughtering the healthy and the diseased in the infected cow-sheds of London. When are we to get to the end of all this ? If fresh attacks of rinderpest mark the presence of foreign cattle, can we continue to receive the latter ? The idea of making meat dearer is certainly an alarming contingency, and it is this which causes the Privy Council to hesitate before requiring that all foreign cattle should be slaughtered at the port of debarkation. Yet, if the rinderpest is to be a constant visitor, even in London alone, it will be quite sufficient to render meat in- creasingly dear. Nor must one lose sight of the fact that meat is enhanced in price by the restrictions on the movement of cattle, which are rendered necessary so long as there is any trace of the plague either in London or the provinces. The question is therefore this-whether our meat supply would not be both safer and cheaper if we were to take such measures as should get rid of the rinderpest altogether, instead of trying to bring in a foreign supply which is proved to be perilous to our own stock, and embarrassing to our own resources.— Morning Herald. RESUSCITATION OF THE COMPOUND HOUSE- HOLDER. Once again we are launched upon a sea of troubles and involved in an atmosphere of mist and gloom. What evil genius is it that perpetually interposes thus between the courageous and forethoughtful Minister and the realisation of his bold and broad designs ? What warping influence is it that incessantly draws him aside from the way in which he would go, into bye- paths that lead only to quagmires or to "nowhere ?" On the 17th instant, when the Independent Liberals, by whose manly and disinterested aid the pending bill has been carried so far, called for the sweeping away of the rotten system of compound, Mr. Disraeli said "Yes;" on the 23rd instant, when asked if he were still of the same mind, he answers-" Yes" and No." On Friday week he undertook to adopt or to adapt the amendment of the member for Newark, which simply and honestly, intelligibly and unmistakably, would abolish the over- reaching and disfranchising practice that has grown up under various local and general statutes since 1819, but which previous to that evil day was un- known to the law. On the 23rd instant he lays upon the table the result of Cabinet cogitations and the suggestions of the half-hearted law officers and that result is a series of clauses which, if pressed, would inevitably lead to interminable debate and to the certain loss of the bill. By the two first he professes to redeem the promise of Friday week by the two latter he would re-enact virtually and substantially what he had before promised to set aside, and in some respects he would make matters even worse. As things now stand, the owner of small house property deals with it in the lump. He bargains with the parish to give him, an excessive I commission or drawback on the whole of the rates levi- able on his 10, 20, or 30 houses. He lets them rate free, and charges for each a rent that will cover the full rate on which his drawback or commission is calculated. Collection costs him nothing he has no separate ac- count for rates to keep with his tenants and the casual loss on empty houses is usually covered 10 times over by the profit he makes on the transaction. Every direct ratepayer in the parish is now cheated out of at least five-sixths of the difference between the full and abated rate on all such compounded property.—Examiner. DEATH OF THE COMPOUND HOUSEHOLDER. The Government may think itself well rid of that troublesome gentleman the Compound Householder, but Ministerial journalists have even better reason to rejoice over his disappearance. From first to last he has caused them nothing but trouble. It was impossible to know how he ought to be treated in public. One day he was saluted with warmth the next he was decidedly "cut." Just as he had been declared to be a most respectable person, not only tolerable but indispensable, it was found that the Government had resolved to execute him then, when it was thought prudent to rejoice over his extinction, he was suddenly discovered in his old place, apparently in all the insolent vigour of health. On Monday night Mr. Disraeli extinguished him, but it was only Monday morning that the Standard established his right to live in peace and honour. The good reasons for passing the Compounding Acts still exist, it was said, and with increased force, and Mr. Disraeli's propositions were necessary to make Mr. Hodgkinson's amendment prac- ticable. Well, we hope we have at length got to the end of all this. Mr. Disraeli has withdrawn that portion of his amendment which was objectionable to the Liberal Opposition. In fact-so he explains-he only introduced them in deference to the opinions of Mr. Childers and Mr. Gladstone. So the Standard has been battling, without knowing it, against Mr. Disraeli, for the views of two members of the late Government.— Daily News. -J
OUR MISCELLANY. a SPEAKING TO A FRIEND OF HIS FAULTS.— It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend of his faults. If you are angry with a man, or hate him, it is not hard to go and stab him with words but so to love a man that you cannot bear to see the stain of sin upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words-that is friendship. But few have such friends. Our enemies teach us what we are at the point of the sword.-ff. W. Beecher. A CHIME.— I hear a Chime that is ever ringing, From fields and sea-beaten caves, From cities, from woods, where birds are singing, From the lillies on dead men's graves. A voice comes from the pine-crowned mountains, From the rivers and from the sea, From sheaves of corn and from crystal fountains, From the desert and fruitful tree. It rises and falls in the morn and even, It is heard in the bright noon-day, 'And when midnight has set her stars in heaven, It lingers and goes not away. It cometh sometimes with a sweet, bright sadness, A plaintive sound and low It cometh with hope and with gentle gladness, And often it cometh so. For this Chime is heard in the silence, pealing From the height of yon azure dome, A whisper of love from Paradise stealing, A voice from our Father's home. -Cassell's Book of Sacred Poems. ANECDOTE OF THE FIRST NAPOLEON. It is a remarkable fact, but little known, that the first Napo- leon, either relying over-confidently on the indolence of the Austrians, or on his own lucky star, found himself, after penetrating as far as Leoben, suddenly caught in a trap in the narrow valley of Mur, Upper Styria. Which- ever way he turned he was confronted by dangers equally imminent—a hostile army, or mightly natural fastnesses, enclosed him on every side, and rendered escape impos- sible. The wooded heights were filled with Tyrolese and Styrian sharpshooters, and the Hungarian Landsturn had sent a large contingent to swell the ranks of the already formidable host under the Archduke Charles. But the man was equal to the emergency, and diplo- macy effected what arms never could have achieved. Surrounded on every side, without a hope of escape, what expedient did the young warrior adopt 1 He pro- posed terms of peace, and this he did by dispatching to the Archduke Charles one of the cleverest letters that ever emanated from his fertile brain. Whether the Austrians were really desirous to make peace, or were doubtful of the issue if they hazarded a battle, is best known to themselves. At all events the young diplo- matist won the stake he played for, and Austria lost the only opportunity ever afforded her of crushing an enemy that fate had singled out to effect her ruin.—" Germany, from, the Baltic to the Adriatic," by Captain Spencer. HOMES OF THE PooR.-To him whose only birthright is toil, home, when it is a happy one, is the centre of all his happiness, the source of all his enjoy- ments. For it he lives and labours. It sends him to his toil with a strong heart and a vigorous arm, and opens smiling to receive him to his rest. Nothing can com- pensate to the working man for the want of affection there. Poverty is ever ready to come in at any breach made in its defences and destitute of true attachment, Jt is destitute indeed. Sickness and trial may overtake him, and he may not be able to guard against the entrance of poverty but affection can take from these half of their bitterness and in the midst of privation, a heroism has been practised, which, even if it were not too sacred, it would be impossible to disclose. It could not be written how greatly men may act concerning things so small. But in the atmosphere of selfishness attachment perishes the flower of affection will not grow in the midst of all that is unlovely and unloveable -in the midst of sordid habits and jarring tempers. Therefore, it is well to bring to bear on the households of the poor all that can refine the manners and soften the heart. But there is only one influence that takes from poverty all its sordidness, which yields a refinement higher than wealth or education can bestow. That influence is the religion of Christ—of him who was the child, the companion, the friend of the poor. By its child, the companion, the friend of the poor. By its aid, the poor man can make his home so happy that his children shall not wish, and so holy that they shall not dare, to cast it from their hearts.—" The Quiver Monthly Part for June. HALFPENCE.—Brass and copper coins were sLruck by the Roman occupiers of Britain and the Saxons were afterwards busy makers of silver and copper coins. The chief of these coins was the penny, which fulfilled the principal duties of a circulating medium far into the Anglo-Norman period. Debased by needy and fraudulent monarchs, and clipped by dishonest traders, the coins were nevertheless national they were issued by the state, and no others had the characteristics of 'legal tender. There were frequent petitions presented by the traders to the Commons, and addresses by the Commons to the Crown, complaining of the scarcity in copper coins of small value. It was this scarcity that partly led, in later generations, to the striking of pledges or tokens by traders and tavern-keepers. In the fifteenth century it was announced by the Commons to the Crown that many blanks were in circulation—sham silver coins of very little value-and the House prayed for a remedy for this evil. A cry for more halfpence and farthings again and again rose. The poor traders, as the Commons said, if they wanted to buy small quantities of commodities, were forced to bisect our sovereigne lordes coigne, that is to wete, a peny in two peces, or elles forego all the same peny, for the paiement of a halfpeny and also the pouere common retaillours of vitailles, and of other nedeful thyngs, for defaulte of such coigne of lialfpenyes and farthings, oftentymes mowe not sell their seid vitailles and thyngs." Such matters were more important in those days than at present; for farthings and even half-farthings played an active part in moneys of account. A half-farthing appears as an item in the annual rental of an estate held in Kent.-All the Year Hound.
EXTRACTS FROM OUR COMIC PAPERS. "WAIT TILL THEY'VE WEIGHED^ A Derby Ditty. Whip and spur and jockeyship, Wind and blood and bone, Do your best. Upon the course To-day your work is shown Dizzy winner by a length Lands the Derby crack, Spite of Gladstone, Bright, and Mifi Thundering at his back Dizzy wins is loud huzzaed— Punch says, "Wait till they have weighed." True—he's ridden a gallant race, Showed us all he knew, Waited now, now forced the pace. Till the Field he blew. He has laid by for the turn, Watched the nick to wheel, Lost no inch that could be won, By whip-cord, hand, and heel, Yet, though Diz wins be huzzaed, Punch .says, "Wait till they have we! For all the toughness of the horse, The 'cuteness of the jock, Though he've rode artful as a fox, And steady as a rock, Races we've known, as neatly won, Lost, when jocks came to scale, The winner's number sudden changed. His backers' head turned tail." Then though "Diz wins be huzzaed, Punch says, Wait till they have weighed There's such a thing as riding light And foxing scales," they say As getting rid of weight, to ride, Dodging it on, to weigh. If Diz meant winning, where's the weight. But, over he would throw ? So look out when the race is done, And jocks to scale must go So though Diz wins be huzzaed, Punch says, Wait till they have weighed!K THE RIFLEMEN'S RETURN. The Belgians are coming," Oh, dear! oh, dear The Belgians are coming, Oh, dear oh, dear Says Colonel Lloyd Lindsay, M.P., M.P. We'll take 'em our Sydenham Palace to see, To Richmond and Windsor, and give 'em some In return for their great hospitalise. So let 'em be coming, oh, dear, &e. (Air. Punch's Verses.) The Belgians are coming, My dears, my dears! They're coming, receive em— With cheers, with cheers.. 'Tis very odd, as it seems to me, That after such great hospitalise, And after inviting the kind foreigner, You should be so astonished when they appear. The Belgians are coming, my dears, my dears They're coming, receive 'em with cheers, mML; cheers. The Belgians are coming, My dears, my dears They're coming, receive 'em-— With cheers, with cheers. But Colonel Lloyd Lindsay I'm sure will be Delighted his Belgian friends to see, And treat them at all events more handsometssj. Than our Royalty treats foreign Royaltee. The Belgians are coming, &c. [Tempo di Marcia. COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF PITTCS S views CL file of Ilis Own Periodical, and expresst:- himself much pleased. Sa'vo of Regina THE DERBY DAY, A Song of Sixty-Seven. The sillery, seltzer, and salads, The beauteous ones betting in glove^ The burden of barbarous ballads, The lisping of lightest of loves. The roar of the road to the races, The tremor and toil of the train,. The flush on the fairest of faces- Hurrah for the Derby again. The dainty delights of the dinner, That came in the carriage complete; The wonderful whirl when the winner Flies in with the fleetest of feet So strong in his stride he outsteps 'em Can pen of poor poet explain The eager excitement of Epsom Hurrah for the Derby again ARBITRATION PUDDING. Come, I say, I think I'll try a little of that again. Such is the speech often heard to proceed from the mouth which has just given entrance to a quantity cf. some good thing, particularly a novelty to the palate— sayaN esselrode pudding. Now, diplomacy has just dorse something better than Nesselrode is known ever to havr accomplished; something of which the analogous pad- ding would surpass even that which bears his name. Its work has cooled the rage of rival nations and neighbm The plenipotentiaries of the Great Powers at the London. Conference have happily settled the Luxemburg Que&- tion and—under Heaven—averted a European war. Thus much, then, of success, after all, through Arbitra- tion wherein, likewise, all partakers may have said, with satisfaction, that they thought, on occasion, they would try some of that same again. A FOR-LORNE STATE OF AFFAIRS.—Had the Trir to the Tropics of Lord Lome been as widely read as it deserves to be, we feel assured that the public wCiulol not have so readily laughed at the Jamaica Committee and its stories of the atrocities perpetrated in the island. What will our readers say to such a combination øf butchery and brewery as is shadowed forth is the fol- lowing quotation 1 "My informant has seen little flogging on the estate on which he was engaged. When they flogged, however, it wis laid on pretty tight; the lash, a long flaxes tbl}IIg. being- so vigorously applied that blood was drawn Six hundred und forty hogsheads were made on the -estate.5" We cannot quite reconcile his lordship's statement about the small amount of flogging with the idea of the. six hundred and forty hogsheads of blood made oil the estate. Either the Jamaica planter behaves very badly to his African, or Lord Lome treats his English with, ignorance, that fruitful source of barbarity. TURF NOTE.—The ignorance of the black-Jeg proverbial. The fraternity, it is well known, have mis- taken the meaning of the famous spelling-book descrip- tion of the horse. They read it, the horse is a nobble, animal." A QUERY.—A correspondent writes to ask whether HE would be justified in describing a small horse chestnut as a cob nut. We should think nut. A RACY REMEDY.—Epsom salts are generally recom- mended, but, on the Derby-day, the best Epsom fizzle is champagne. OUR BETTER HALVES,-Why do ladies prefer to lay wagers in gloves ?—Because they like to have a hand li- the betting. POLITICAL ECONOMY.—Mr. Gladstone has been abic to effect a great saving in his household'. He is so con- stantly "waited on" by Reformers, that he has dis- charged all his footmen as superfluous luxuries. A WELCOME GIFT.-Looking into a well-known shop- window in Oxford-street, just after the last changes in the Government, the thought occurred that the most ac- ceptable present Lord Derby could have, would be ?. Stationary Cabinet. CURIOUS FACT IN ORNITHOLOGY.—An abnormal ETA- dition of poultry in the neighbourhood of Epsom lass been observed during the last week. The very hstit been laying—bets. LEGAL QUESTION.—Must the punishment fer ssseffi. be necessarily a light sentence ? Epsom SALTS. "-Sailors at the Derby. | THE LAST ADDITION TO OUR GOOSE CLUB."—TUIIOUT ■ on strike.