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r -1 TOVTN r-T BY OUR SPECIAL COTi-RESPONDENT. j our readers will understand that we do not hold ourselves ncpon- I siblefor our able Correspondent s opinions. I THOUGH a public corresposderst is supposed to [ "be a sore if ubiquitous person, not only like Sir j Boyle Ecache's bird, in two places at once, but in j several places at the game time, and exactly where I he should be on each occasion; and though the j aforesaid correspondent is practically an irieapon- i sible person, sayisg whatsoever he pleases, pro- viding he does not too much tax the reader's pa- tienee by profae displays of dulness; yet are limits beyond which no writer may not pass in I the selection of topics, and which I, for one, would I not pass. These limits would, I should say, ex- clude John Brown." I would not originate li-ollu Brown gossip, or scandal, or whatever it may be; and why I allude to it now is to ask why it is done —so far as I may do this without making the story worse. I am not going to imitate a certain daily paper, which, whenever it scents a scandal, or a vile police case, is at once seized with contortions of moral loathing and distressing straggles of purity; but the readers always know that these manifestations are but the prelude to an article far more painful and. often revolting than all the police reports put together. John Brown, not he of Ossawatamie, the forlorn hero of Harper's Ferry, but one Balmoral Brown, has become the subject of frequent allusion. The moat con- spicuous is one in Punch, who affects to ridicule the objection of the critics that Sir Edwin Land- seer's picture of the Queen, in which dogs and horse, trees, Bky, and dress of. her Majesty are all dark. "How can the picture be all black," asks the hunchback of Fleet-street, seeing that so much of it is brown?" The "gillie," or Highland servant, who waits upon her Majesty, and who holds the horse, in the picture of Sir Edwin, is one John Brown. Why should he be a subject of unpleasant allusion ? The person in question is possibly some favourite servant of his late master, and he may be therefore a favoured attendant. It is conceivable thatcourtiers may be annoyed that a plebeian person should be distinguished by permission of Royal service. This would be mere courtly snobbishness, and should have no countenance. Per SOBS in humble condition of life, yet of personal merit, have been, in all ages, distinguished by Royal notice. If anything else is intended to be insinu- ated, one does not expect Punch to be the vehicle of it. The vocation of Barnard Gregory needs not to be revived. All the John Brown allusions seem to me warranted in being set down to snob- bishness or scandal-one despicable, the other hateful. THE late Mr. Bennet, the artist,' died compara- tively poor. It appears that his life was not in- sured. This fact l stated, coupled with the explanation that no office would take an insurance upon his life, owing to physical causes. No imputation, therefore, lies against Mr. Bennet's prudence and the staff of Punch, who, to their honour, give an amateur theatrical performance for the benefit of his family, state in their adver- tisement this creditable fact, that Mr. Bennefc left no debt." Before he died he paid every- body. Out of wbat money he had he discharged every obligation he was under, and went through the portal of the grave solvent. I have never seen this stated of any artist before. That such a fact has prominence given to it is an evidence ef the growth of private morality and pecuniary honour. It was notable in Ebenezer Elliott, the famous anti-corn law rhymer, who was proprietor of an iron warehouse, that be was the first poet known who kept accounts, and kept them well, and who made verses and money. He made verses to some purpose, too, for his rhymes were as true as his steel. A DEGREE of attention is being paifl to the working class such as was never paid before. A Working Men's Excursion Committee meet at 151, Strand, to promote the means whereby work- ing men can visit Paris during the great Interna- tional Exhibition. One of the active promoters of this scheme is Mr. Somerset Beaumont, whose absence from the House of Commons this Parlia- ment, Mr. Gladstone, in one of his speeches, said was to be regretted. This committee take a work- man to Paris and bring him back and lodge I him a week when he is there for thirty shillings The thing seems incredible. The object of the committee, to which Mr. Goschen, Mr. Layard, and other well-known members of Parliament belong, is to enable working men to acquire international tastes, and understaud the habits and sestimeofcs of continental nations. The Paris Exhibition is better worth seeing than any exhibition which has ever been held. England has subscribed money to it very freely and fairly, but the tone of the press about it has not been fair or so friendly as it should be to its chief contriver. The Emperor of the French by promoting such an exhibition renders great service to inter- national progress. It will be long before such another exhibition is held in the world, and it will be a memorable thing to see this; and too much credit cannot be given to a committee of gentle- men who make it possible to working men to do this. A RETURN has been published by the English Parliament, containing a list of all the friendly societies which have deposited their rules with the Registrars of Friendly Societies, so far as they relate to Scotland. The same thing was done last year with regard to England. Every Scotch society may see in this return the pecuniary facts connected with it; and such an official record of its existence is a sort of guarantee that it will bear official light and is a reliable society. A VERY curious and interesting report of the condition of., Christians in Turkey has also ap- peared within a few days. Vice-Consul Barker writes from Prevesa to Lord Lyons a letter of remarkable information and humility. Mr. Barker wag a Consul so long back as 1828, and he alludes ingeniously, and almost abjectly, to his humble and subaltern position." One who has been a Consul at critical and onerous stations nearly forty years should hardly be left in a "humble and subaltern position." It appears that the native Christians of Servia are badly treated, their evi. dence rejected in courts of law, and that they have to pay Turks to give evidence for them. A large portion of the statements made relate to the posi- tion of rayahs," but no definition of such person Ii. is given; indeed, a glossary of Turkish terms is needed to enable English readers to well appro- ciate the information given. Reports intended for I English politicians should not pre-suppose an acquaintance with Turkish vernacular. We are not Turks in Great Britain, and the Foreign-office should make their papers intelligible to the per- sons for whose use they are intended. I PEOPLE are gradually finding out that the gallows is not such afille invention after all. I Public opinion has demanded a respite for Burke, the Fenian sentenced to death. The scaffold is not to be erected for political offences in England., 1 the reason being that an execution would do more harm than good, and surely lead to more fighting-, and thus legal murder begets murder. The j I reputation of the gallows is going down. The 1 sooner the deplorable old thing is burned the better. The hangman has been employed to burn many things in his time. He will do well to end by burning the gallows and lighting the fire with the cord. Z.

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