iii THE COURT. THE Queen, after leaving Windsor, paid a visit to the Duke of Roxburghe, at Floors Castle, en route to Bal- moral. HER MAJESTY, with the Royal family and suite, arrived at Ballater, near Edinburgh, at eight o'clock on the morning of the 26th of September. All the railway arrangements were admirably carried out. The Queen and Royal family were everywhere received with great enthusiasm. Her Majesty left at once for Balmoral, travelling the whole distance by road. HER MAJESTY was presented at Kelso with a beautiful bouquet by the juvenile daughter of James Tait, Esq., of Langrigg, baron baillie of Kelso. The Queen spoke a few very kind words to the little lady, who seemed highly delight d. THE Prince and Princess of Wales are in Germany. Her Royal Highness is still suffering much from the stiffness of her leg, and is not able to walk without assistance. It will, it is feared, be long ere her Royal Highness is completely convalescent, should the bath of Wiesbaden do even all that is hoped and is known to achieve in obstinate cases of this character. THE beautiful stone staircase in the north wing of Windsor Castle has just been completed, and workmen are now engaged in finishing the doorways leading from the passages to the entrance-hall. The stone coping of the north terrace of the Castle is undergoing con- siderable repair, and also that on the Chapel Royal of St. George.
POLITICAL GOSSIP. THE Irish Solicitor Generalship has been given to Mr. Harrison, Q.C. IT is probable, says a semi-official paper, that both Lord Stanley and Mr. Disraeli will visit Ireland during the recess. THE Imperial Review has authority to state that there is no truth in the report that Mr. P. F. Robertson is about to retire from the representation of Hastings. MR. GETTY, one of the members for Belfast, has been ordered by his medical adviser to try the waters of WIL-abaden for his health. THE honour of knighthood has been conferred on Mr. Joseph N. M'Kenna, Esq., M.P. for Youghal. LORD ROYSTON and Lord Robert Montagu contested at the whitebait dinner the honour of receiving the wooden spoon. It was finally assigned to the latter, who wore it in his button-hole during the evening. THE Carlisle Journal says that Lord Brougham, who is now residing at his seat, Brougham-hall, Westmore- land, has so far recovered from the fatigue occasioned by his journey from London, that he is able to leave the hall and take carriage drives in the neighbourhood. A CONSIDERABLE number of the Conservative party in Gravesend are, according to the Globe, anxious to ask Mr. Stewart H-tthe eldest son of the Home Secre- tary, to beco, a candidate for the representation of this new boro:ilii at the next election. AN address to the electors of the county of Galway has been issued by the eldest surviving son of the Mar- quis of Claiiiieat'de, and brother to the late representa- tive, Lord Dimkellin. He has chosen the title of Viscount Burke, which was conferred on the family so long back as the reign of Queen Elizabeth. ADMIRAL THE HON. EDWARD HARRIS has been appointed Minister at the Hague, in succession to Sir John Milbanke, who resigns and Admiral Harris is suc- ceeded, as Minister at Berne, by Mr. John Savile Lumley, formerly Secretary of Legation at St. Petersburg. THE Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench has appointed Mr. Delabere Robertson Blaine, barrister- at-law, to revise the lists of voters for South Essex. The learned gentleman has announced that he will hold his first court for that purpose at Chelmsford on Monday, the 7th October. THE United Service Gazette says :—We have plea- sure in stating that a Royal naval club is in course of formation at Portsmouth. At that great rendezvous of Inenofwar iu :h an establishment has long been required. The Ship and Castle, the Keppel's Head, and the George have hitherto been the only homes of naval officers on shore at Portsmouth. Very good homes, too but officers were scattered, and we shall be glad to hear of the establishment of a club which will re-unite them. The terms of subscription are not such as to frighten any class of officers of the rank to which the club is limited. ARRANGEMENTS are being made for an interview of some influential English gentlemen with the Emperor of the French, with a view to the reduction of the post- age between France and England. It is remarkable that the Emperor, who so sincerely desires to be on good terms with England, and who was the author of the abolition of passports to our countrymen, should not, ere this, have effected a reduction of postage, which would be so beneficial to both countries. It is almost too much to hope that private representations will be more powerful than the official efforts of our own Post- office, but at all events it if as well to try. STORY OF LOPEZ AND HIS WIFE.-It would appear that, after betraying Maximilian and his Generals, hand- ing them over to the Juarists for a trifling sum of money, Lopez repaired to Puebla to see his wife, who was stay- ing there at the time. She advanced to meet him, lead- ing her little child by the hand, and thus addressed him _H Sir, here is your son. We cannot cut him in two take him. You are a base coward and a traitor. You have betrayed your country and benefactor. From this hour we are strangers, for I now intend returning to my family. Depart!"
THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. THE QUEEN AS AN AUTHORESS.—The Daily Review says :-The volume just published, the Early Years of the Prince Consort," is not the work which was looked for and spoken of as by her Majesty. It is known to most of the Royal Household that since her Majesty began to reign no one could be more exact in noting daily occurrences and events in a diary. In this She was also assisted by the Prince Consort. It is from this diary, which is now in the hands of an editor, that we are to have the Queen's long looked-for book. Part has already been printed for private circulation, but the book will shortly be published in a handsome volume, entitled Leaves from our Diary," and will contain many very interesting sketches of life at Bal- Jural and tours in the Highlands. THE "PETER MARTYR" OF TITIAN.-The destruc- tion of this great work by fire a short time ago is one of the most lamentable occurrences in the whole history of art. This picture, which is spoken of by Algarotti as faultless, is at all events one of the few masterpieces that stand in the estimate of connoisseurs in the very highest rank it was, in fact, one of the world's wonders. Titian never displayed greater power or rendered his specialities more subservient to the imagination than in this work. The rich, harmonious force of the colouring was so managed as to aid in impressing the mind with the gloom and horror of the incident depicted, whilst the drawing, especially in the figure of the flying taonk, was beyond all praise. The Peter Martyr" was not, at the time of its destruction, in its usual place-the Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, of which, full as that vast structure is of fine works of art, it was the proudest ornament. It was under repair, and the picture had been taken down from its frame, and was standing on a sort of easel in one of the side chapels, so that it is difficult to understand how it could happen that if there was the slightest warning of danger it was not carried out of the building. Two men could have removed it in five minutes. There is, we believe, a copy of the Peter Martyr," by Domeni- chino, in the gallery at Bologna, and a good copy of a reduced size, made a considerable time back, is now in the rooms of Messrs. Colnaghi in Pall-mall East. One iof the most enthusiastic passages in art criticism is that in which Hazlitt describes his feelings at his first view of this picture. ON more deliberate examination, it appears that the fine portrait by Hogarth now in the National Portrait Exhibition, and styled "Sarah Malcolm (370), does not represent that malefactor, but a woman of about 45 years of age. The triple murderess was but 22 years old when she suffered death and Hogarth painted her in prison. The resolute, half-masculine countenance which has been depicted in so admirable a manner misled many besides ourselves. The Sarah Malcolm by Hogarth, was engraved by himself, also by J. Brooks, and is taken to below the knees, whereas the picture now before us is a head only. The true picture shows the woman seated in a chair, leaning on one arm, and turned somewhat away from the spectator. On the table, at her side, is the fatal knife. The latter was the picture that hung in the Green Room at Strawberry-hill. The subject of the painting now exhibited is, we believe, unknown. Hogarth obtained five guineas for Walpole's picture. ADMIRERS of Gainsborough, says the A thenceum, should take the opportunity which now offers to see that mag- nificent portrait of "Penelope," Countess Ligonier, born Pitt (No. 413), in the current National Portrait Exhi- bition, as it has been placed in a good light, quite other than that which hitherto so seriously marred its mar- vellous charm. Now she stands fully revealed, because the intervening shimmer is obviated, her hand resting between her cheek and chin, her skin of the golden pearly hue such as no one but Gainsborough or Titian j could paint; even Titian might have given more of the t gold and less of the pearl to this perfect portrait. Her eyes are full of deep fire, that, somehow, looks intensely j cold. Cold it might seem to the painter, but deep, ardent, and indomitable when she willed to bend their fierceness on the destined man. A very Lamia, she seems —at once some penanced lady elf, Some demon's mistress, or the demon's self. She was daughter-in-law to the Lord Ligonier whose equestrian portrait, by Reynolds, is numbered 143 in the National Gallery. Of Lady Ligonier she has heard too much," wrote Walpole to Mason in 1772, in referring to Mrs. Pitt, the Countess's mother.
SPORTS AND PASTIMES. THE new game of La Crosse has recently been exhibited at Lord's, but the ground was much too small for the game, and the ball was frequently sent in amongst the spectators, who received a charge of Indians and some rough jostling from the excited darkies. As yet there has been no attempt to get up an English club to prac- tise the game. The Crystal Palace ground is just suited for it. AN old Canadian hunter declares that the reason why the wild deer are not all killed when young (as they breed once a year, and are always surrounded by other animals which prey upon them, as dogs, wolves, bears, panthers, &c.) is, that no dog or other animal can smell the track of a doe or fawn while the latter is too young to take care of itself He stated that he had often seen it demonstrated. He had taken his dogs over the ground when he had just before seen them pass, and they would take no notice of the track, -and could not be induced to follow when taken to the spot, while they would instantly discover the track of any deer not having young ones. This, if true, is but one proof of the adaptation of the natural laws to preserve life when it most needs protection. HUNTING WITH A VENGEANCE.—We extract the fol- lowing from the Court Journal :-In this republican age even the monarch of the forest is not safe in his lair. M. Pertuiset, the lion-killer "-a native of the land of revolutions-has set his heart on the extermination of the kingly brute. lie has therefore projected one of the most pleasing expeditions imaginable. There is to be no danger, no toil or trouble but for the small sum of £ 180 you may be transported into the wilds of Africa, and pop away at your ease at the lions of the region, who appear, from the programme, to have arranged to present themselves at a convenient distance as often as required, and to abstain from all attempts at retaliation. The panthers, hyenas, wild boars, tiger-cats, and jackals, will assemble in the immediate neighbourhood, but will on no account interfere with the sport. On the contrary, they in their turn will take part in the entertainments, for on certain special occasions the huntsmen will have the right of firing at all kinds of animals without restric- tion." Fair play will be strictly observed, and every animal killed will be considered as belonging by right to the person who killed it." In this part of the arrange- ments, however, there seems to be a slight oversight for while M. Pertuiset was about it, he might have stipulated that each beast after being shot should crawl to the feet of his rightful owner, and there expire. Not more than 50 favoured persons will be admitted to this charming game, to assist and take part in hunts worthy of Nimrod." Each person must be attired in "a com- plete hunting costume, made according to a pattern furnished by M. Pertuiset," and the most courageous hunter will be presented, at the close of his ten weeks' campaign, with a double-barrelled gun. In order that nothing may be omitted, we are promised that when the party return, their leader will publish a full history of their exploits. Now that lion-slaying has been made a perfectly safe pastime, our daring sportsmen, who at present risk their lives on the moors in shooting grouse, may be expected to join in the amusement; and in a short time Christmas hampers of lions, boars, and tiger- cats will be received by admiring friends, while pickled elephant will be found on every poor man's table." THE Australian papers say that there is a probability of a remarkable billiard match coming off shortly in that country, the champion, Hitchen, being pitted against Hadley, the Sandhurst champion, for £100 aside, the latter receiving 350 points out of 1,000. As Hadley has made by far the best stand of any of the Victorian players against the all-conquering Hitchen, there is an excellent chance of a superb game. Since his return from Sandhurst, Hitchen has played twice at the Union Club-once in the afternoon with amateurs, and once in the evening, his Excellency the Governor being present. He won, as usual, in the face of tremen- dous points given. The table on which these games were played is a curiosity. It was made expressly for the occasion by Alcock and Co., under the champion's eye and the latter has declared that it is the best he has played on in Australia, and that he never played on a better in the old country. GAME THEFTS ON RAILWAYS.—A correspondent of the Times says :-Complaints are made that the railway system of pilfering from packages of game has this year commenced with even more than usual force. In some instances boxes are lightened of their contents, and in others inferior birds are substituted for choice ones. So persistent is the practice that it is thought probable a considerable portion of the supplies that reach the smaller London shops are furnished in this way. Of course, while no plan is adopted better than that of packing in deal boxes nailed with. a few tacks, there can be little difficulty in carrying on these operations. A correspondent writes, I always send my game away in hampers, not boxes, and sew the lid carefully round with one piece of string, making the stitches short and close. I tie the two ends of the string together in a knot and seal it with my own seal. I never find a hamper so treated robbed." PIGEON-SHOOTING AT THE GUN CLUB.—The fineness of the weather on Saturday induced several gentlemen to have one day more as practice, for "the 1st," when 150 of Offer's best birds (for the time of year) were trapped, and showed themselves pretty strong in the wing. Mr. William Gregory took six sweepstakes, Mr. Frederick Norris half that number, and Captain Tabot had five for his share. The other gentlemen did not win during the afternoon. There were 91 birds killed and 53 missed, the H ring division," which was well represented, getting it very hot. There was also some starling-shooting, at which game Mr. Norris and Mr. Gregory were the winners.
FACTS AND FACETIAE. EXTRACTS FROM JUDY: A CoNDnmNT for convicts-Cayenne lozenges. MOTTO for barbers and hairdressers—Cut and comb AS" THB flower of knighthood "—Alderman Rose! THE right man in the right place-a lame man gathering limpets. GOOD NEWS FOR THE CRAFT.—The Pans masons have struck-of course, they are now all Free-masons. BASIN GBATITUDE.—Omitting to reward the steward after a very stormy passage. ( WHIT is a fire paradoxical ?—Because the more it a coaled the hotter it gets. A CON FROM THE CUSTOM-HOUSE.- Why are pho- tographers like dock dues collectors 1-Because they live ^CON^OB ECCLESIASTICS.—Why should bailiffs he held in abhorrence by Lord Shaftesbury ?—Because of their writualistic tendencies. A SAGE SOLUTION.— It often occurs, if it be not the rule, That a clever man takes for companion a fool^ At first this seems strange but it can't be denied That the "sage" and the goose should be closely allied! SINGULAR CASE OF DEBILITY.—A celebrated tenor of our acquaintance is so excessively weak that he is utterly unable to lift up his owfl voice. A MAGISTERIAL INTIMATION.—A worthy magistrate, recently addressing a prisoner in a severe tone, said, "Sir, I am determined to see justice properly carried out, and, in its administration, you may depend upon it, I shall neither be partial nor impartial! In other words, "I will not conviet you I will not acquit you in fact, I will do nothing at all, at all A CONSCRIPT being told that it was sweet to die for his country, excused himself on the ground that he never did like sweet things. HERE'S to internal improvements," as Dobbs said when he swallowed a dose of salts., WHY is a dishonest bankrupt like an honest poor man ?—Because both fail to get rich. WHIcn is the oldest tree in the world ?-The elder tree, of course. WHAT is the difference between a watchmaker Iand a sentinel ? The one keeps the hours by the watch, and the other the watch by the hours. ANTITHESIS.—In the index to a recent treatise on parochial law, under the letter V, appears the follow* ANTITHESIS.—In the index to a recent treatise on parochial law, under the letter V, appears the follow* ins:: Vagabondises Sheriffs," I IT is said that the gum on the back of the penny stamps which tastes so nauseous is made of a far inferior material to that on the twopenny stamps. If this be the case the remedy is soon found for the evil- always use twopenny stamps for penny ones. Really the executive is too often needlessly blamed. CHARLES Fox and his friend Mr. Hare, being auch incommoded by duns, were together in a house, when, seeing some shabby men about the door, they were afraid they were bailiffs in search of one of them. Not knowing which was in danger, Fox opened the window, and calling out to them, said, Pray, gentle- men, are you fox-hunting or hare-hunting ? A MAN with an enormously large mouth called on a dentist to get a tooth drawn. After the dentist had prepared his instruments, and was about to com- mence operations, the man of mout1?. began to strain and stretch his mouth till he got it to a most frightful extent. Stay, sir," said the dentist; don't trouble yourself to stretch your mouth any wider, for I intend to stand on the outside of it to draw your tooth." How TO GET RID OF THEM.—A good-natured fellow, who was nearly eaten out of house and home by the constant visits of his friends, felt very poor one day, and was complaining bitterly of his numerous visitors. "Sure, an' I'll tell ye how to get rid of 'em," said an Irishman. Pray, how ? Lind money to the poor ones, and borrow money of the rich ones, and nather sort will ever trouble you again." THE following tempting offer appears in the Times: Season at Spa, free of any expense.—A lady and a gentleman, young, and highly connected, offer to receive as their guest and friend any lady of equally high birth and standing, who would value a pleasant home free of all cost whatever. A lady of social experience and tact miY.t consider the house as her own. If mutually agreeable, the visit might be prolonged for a winter season elsewhere.-Address- A YOUNG gentleman—or an elderly one, we dis- remember which-after having paid his addresses to a lady for some time, "popped the question;" the lady, in a frightened manner, said, You scare me, sir." The gentleman did not wish to frighten the lady, and conse- quently remained quiet for some time, when she ex- claimed, Scare me again." We did not learn how affairs turned out, but should think it was prettv near his turn to be scared. HENRY CLAY DEAN, who was at one time: chaplain to Congress, had very strong objections to the custom of the members of his congregation, of looking around when asyone entered the church. Being worried one afternoon by this turning practice in his congrega- tion, Mr. Dean stopped in his sermon and said Now listen to me, and I'll tell you who the people are, as each one of them comes in." He then went on with his discourse until a gentleman entered, when he bawled out like an usher, "Deacon A-, who keeps a shop over way!" and he then went on with his sermon. Presently another man passed up the aisle, and he gave his name, residence, and occupation so he continued for some time. At length some one entered the door unknown to Mr. Dean, when he cried out, A little old man, with a drab coat and an old white hat! don't know him, look for yourselves The congregation was cured.
AGRICULTURE, -+- THE PRESENT HARVEST. The weather since our last report, says the Field, has been anything but favourable for harvest operations. The really summer heat which prevailed during the early part of the week before last gave way to a violent storm of thunder, followed by a deluge of rain-in some places over two inches of rain were recorded. The already twisted crops were completely flattened, and the late districts presented a lamentable appearance. Con- siderable heat followed, with showers corn ripened fast, and harvest is now general south of Yorkshire. In many cases the barley is growing through, and those will be best off who cut early. We predicted a decided deficiency in the wheat crop. The Agricultural Gazette has since published over 200 reports, from every English county, from 13 counties in Scotland, and five in Ireland; and although we would not plaoe undue faith in estimates which, at the best, are only approxi- mations to the truth, they may be taken in conjunction with other evidence, and it is only fair to state that in previous years these reports have been generally closely verified by the results. Without attempting to dissect the reports, we may state that with regard to the wheat crop they are less favourable than in 1865 and 1866; that barley will probably prove an average crop, quality of course mainly depending on the weather, whilst oats are generally good both beans and peas being, better spoken of than either in 1865 or 1866.
TREATMENT OF HORSES' BROKEN KNEES. So soon as the character of the wound has been ascer- tained, the proper course to be adopted for facilitating the healing process will be easily decided upon. Slight injuries, implicating only the skin and hair, may be left almost untouched, save by cold water for the purpose of preventing swelling of the limb. If the skin, is cut nearly or quite through, without the internal tissues being injured, a little tincture of myrrh upon, cotton wool, or even dry cotton, will protect the part from the action of the air, and be, in most instances, a, sufficient dressing. Should the wound be lacerated and extensive, the interrupted suture may be employed to bring the edges of the cut as nearly in contact as possible before the dressing is applied, and a bandage will then be proper, to assist in retaining the parts in apposition. As a matter of common precaution, every wound, whether slight or extensive, should be well washed with warm water, and, if necessary, syringed, to remove any particles of dirt which may have been introduced at the time of the accident; and this prelimary step is more necessary when the skin is separated from the subjacent structures, as it often is, forming a pouch in which sand and dirt may be retained and be a source of irritation. Severe wounds of the knee are best treated on the same plan as extensive wounds in other parts. In- flammation is certain to occur, and therefore frequent fomentation with warm water and water dressing will be necessary a dose of physic, with low diet for the first week, will also materially assist the cure. When the wound penetrates to the interior of the joint, and there is much discharge of synovia, it is usual to add to the poultice, or whatever form of dressing may be used, some styptic agent for the purpose of causing the coagulation of the discharge it does not appear, how- ever, that alum or solution of bichloride of mercury, I which undoubtedly coagulate the fluid, assist the cure. The wound can only be healed in the ordinary way by granulation; and to facilitate this process every care should be taken to avoid unnecessary irritation to the J parts, and all means should be used to preserve the animal's health. If the wound from the first assumes a healthy state, it does not matter how large an amount of synovia flows from the joint during the period of healing; but if there is much tumefaction, with an unhealthy dis- charge and impaired health, the mere arrestation of the flow of joint oil will not effect much towards a better state of things. It is not easy to understand why, in two cases, both apparently alike as to extent of injury and condition of health of each patient, the results shall be exactly opposed. Under precisely the same management one case progresses satisfactorily from the first, the other does just the reverse, and by the time one animal is pronounced to be cured, the other is condemned as incurable. We hear ef some people having capital flesh for healing," and some- thing of the sort must obtain in reference to- horse flesh. Under the most favourable circumstances severe cases of broken knees will require long-continued treatment- not less in duration, certainly, than six weeks or two months; and as for the greater portion of this period the horse will be compelled to stand, some kind of sup- port will be necessary. Slings are, on many accounts, objectionable; but the exercise of a little ingenuity will enable a carpenter to fit up something in the stall or box to prop the animal up, without subjecting him to much restraint. It is also important during the treatment to prevent the motion of the joint, and for this purpose a piece of gutta percha, or a portion of an old trace, may be attached in the manner of a splint to the back of the leg, and retained by a bandage above and below, leaving the middle part, where the wound is, free, so that any dressings applied to it shall not interfere with the fastenings of the splint, which should not be disturbed for a considerable time. After the healing is nearly completed, a tight bandage may be used to get rid of any excess of granulation, or caustic may be applied to the edges of the wound for the same purpose, and the enlargement of the joint, which will remain after the cicatrisation is perfect, may be reduced by the use of the biniodide of mercury ointment, as previously suggested. But after all, the treatment of the worst forms of broken knees, when the joint struc- tures are much injured, is generally unsatisfactory, even when successfully carried out, as to restore a favourite hunter or valuable harness horse sufficiently to make him fit for a street cab is an end hardly worth striving for, Happily, however, the majority of broken knees (are of less serious character, and leave the animal as useful as ever, even if he is blemished for life.
SHAMEFUL PROCEEDINGS .AT BIR- MINGHAM. On Wednesday a lecturer from Liverpool, whom the notorious Murphy brought with him to Birmingham, wished to deliver, in the "Tabernacle," a lecture an- tagonistic to Mr. Bright, M.P., and, indirectly, in favour of the lately-beaten Conservative candidate for the re- presentation of Birmingham. The audience would not listen, and Murphy's friends were thereby so ex- asperated that one of them actually menaced the re- fractory portion of the audience with a life-preserver, and Murphy shouted threateningly to them that he had his bulldog" (a revolver) in his pocket. This was done without a single act of violence having been com- mitted, except by Murphy's agents, who were engaged for nearly two hours in selecting from among the audience, and turning out every individual who would not listen. On Thursday night the proceed- ings of Wednesday night were altogether thrown into the shade. Murphy and his friends were jostled on their way to the Tabernacle," but even the Murphyite accounts of the matter do not represent that a single blow was struck. Murphy, however, pulled out a revolver, and threatened the crowd with it. For their own safety they were then disposed to disarm him, but Murphy was taken to the police-station. He went to the Tabernacle" soon afterwards, and among his own friends on the platform, there being no show of violence whatever, he flourished a revolver in one hand and a Bible in the other, and declared that any Papist who dared to attack him should "have a six-barrelled revolver," for he intended to take the law into his own hands henceforth. He boasted that he was in the habit of carrying six revolvers with him. On Friday, however, according to the Birmingham papers, the disturbances nearly approached a riot. Some negotiations for a discussion between Murphy and a person named Houston on the one part, and a Mr. Raffles on the other, were proclaimed to have fallen through, but Mr. Raffles, quite unexpectedly to a great part of the audience, appeared at the Tabernacle on Friday evening. A Mr. Mackay, said to be a Scripture reader, from Liverpool, presided. The hall w&s not filled, notwithstanding that it contained partisans of both parties; Murphy's friends were vastly in the majority, as was evident from the plaudits with which he was re- ceived as contrasted with the few who cheered for Raffles. The same fact was incontestably shown at a later period, by the effectual manner in which Murphy's friends cleared the hall of all opponents. From an early hour it was evident that the proceedings would not be allowed to pass off quietly. Some who were clearly not friends of the Murphy party were very sarcastic dur- ing prayer. When the gentleman who engaged in the de- votional exercise humbly spoke of himself and others as "miserable, hell-deserving sinners," there were cries o hear, hear," and the rest of the prayer was inter- rupted in a similar way. The chairman, on attempting to speak, was not allowed to proceed, his voice being drowned with calls for three cheers for Raffies," The chairman attempted angrily to remonstrate, when a rotten egg was hurled from the body of the hall over the heads of the people on the platform. The missile was not observed by many, but the chairman saw it, and took a pistol from his pocket, levelled it, and shook it at the audience. Mr. Raffles commenced his address by charging Murphy with having endeavoured to fix tlae stigma of dishonesty on the whole Irish popu- lation, and with having endeavoured to fix the stigma of murder upon every Popish priest. He had not, however, proceeded very long before there was an indescribable uproar, and a rotten egg, thrown from the body of the hall, was splashed over several people on the platform, whose demeanour seemed to Mr. Raffles' friends to be so threatening towards him that they advised him to withdraw. At this time the chairman again levelled a pistol at the audience, but on this occasion he held the barrel in his hand, and pointed at the audience with the stock. Houston jumped on the elevation pro- vided for the chairman, and also levelled a pistol at the audience, pointing the barrel in the usual way. Some of the people in the body of the hall actually called on him to fire. He jumped down again, and was going among the audience in the body of the hall with the pistol in his hand, but Murphy held him back. How- ever, the threat and the display of firearms had exaspe- rated a portion of the audience, and the uproar became more violent than ever. Murphy himself then attempted to go down, but his- friends restrained him. During the hubbub, Raffles, urged by his friends, left the hall. Soon, afterwards a perfect shower of rotten eggs assailed those on the platform, and drove them away. As they were crowding out at the narrow doorway, a panic seized them, and they crushed and fell over each other, and many rushed over the roof of a shed outside the platform door, and jumped down to escape the onslaught their, imaginations pictured to them as being suffered by the hindmost of the retreating party. Meanwhile the barriers placed across the hall inside were torn up for weapons. Some of Murphy's more immediate followers seemed to partake of the panic. When the row was at its height, a number of them rushed into the sanctum sanctorum at the rear of the Tabernacle," Murphy and Houston with them. By-and-by a noise was heard in the Tabernacle," and some one exclaimed that the mob had broken over the railings and were coming to the room. Murphy, Houston, and several standing near, pulled out revolvers. Murphy cried out franti- cally that he would have the police, and that he would go out. Several women who were in the room wept, and clung round Murphy, and entreated him not to go. His male friends remonstrated with him, and begged him, for, the sake of the Protestant cause," if not for his own sake, not to run the risk. Aladderwas then placed against a window of the room, and Murphy tried the ladder, but didn't think it safe for a man of his weight. Two reporters, being of slighter build, got down nimbly and safely enough, but nobody else ven- tured. A report then came that the police were in the hall. Murphy, said, "Are the police there? Then open the door." The door into the Tabernacle was opened. Murphy and Houston, surrounded by their supporters, stood on the threshold, holding revolvers, and one exclaimed, The first man who comes in is a dead man." No one came in, and Murphy and his followers ventured out on the platform. Murphy then commenced addressing the few persons present. A person standing on the platform said No to some statement, upon which about a dozen of Murphy's friends rushed at him and, cleared him out -in an instant. Murphy continuing, told his friends if they had done their duty they could have taken, their opponents neck and crop and put Raffles and his lambs in a bag and eaten, them. Shortly after the gas was lowered. Carr's-lane, and that part of Moor-street leading to the Woolpack. Hotel, were then cleared of every person but the magistrates and the police, and notice was sent to Murphy that the streets were cleared, and that if he wanted the protection of the police he must come out at once. In a few minutes Murphy, surrounded by a body guard," emerged from the side entrance. The "body guard" at the time of- the late riots being permitted to accompany Murphy, to the Woolpack Hotel, were accustomed to cheer defiantly as they passed down the street, and to. stand in front of thehotell making similar demon- strations. This conduct was calculated to provoke a breach of the peace, and the magistrates, there- fore, this time separated Murphy and Houston from their self-constituted body guard, and sent those gentle- men in charge of some policemen to the Woolpack." Murphy and Houston were groaned at and hissed vehe- mently, but by some people standing at the doors of public-houses they were cheered. It is said that since the Tabernacle has. lent itself openly to the advocacy of Toryism, the tide of popular feeling respecting it in Birmingham has quite changed. During Friday afternoon Murphy's confederate, Hous- ton, had applied to the magistrates for advice as to carrying and using fire-arms. The magistrates told him if he threatened to use, or did use, fire-arms, he might be liable to serious consequences. They declined to give him advice, but warned him, if he used fire-arms, he would do so at his own peril. On Sunday afternoon and evening, Mr. Murphy preached the concluding sermons in the Protestant Lecture-hall. In the afternoon he took for his text the 30th and 31st verses of the 5th chapter of Jeremiah, A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land, the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their means,and my people love to have it so, and what will they do in the end thereof?" Mr. Murphy contended that the wonderful and horrible thing now in the land was Popery. He denied that he had ever said a word.against Mr. Bright, or that he was employed by the Carlton. The hall was full, and the meeting was quiet and orderly throughout. In the evening the hall was crowded. In reading the lessons Mr. Murphy drew a parallel between himself and St. Paul, with the excep- tion of the latter's education. He offered to meet Bishop Ullathorne, or any Popish priest, in any of their own chapels, if the priest would guarantee to pro- tect him. He cared nothing for Liberalism or Toryism. He cared for the gospel. His text was the whole of the Ten Commandments. Mr. Murphy read a telegram from Mr. Thomas Robinson, Liverpool, and informed the audience that he had sent the Orangemen of Birkenhead and Liverpool to be ready at a moment's notioe, and ( 20.000 were ready, There were at present 4010QOj and 4. i I the Papists and infidels dreaded them. They would see them shortly in Birmingham, marching before him play- ing on their drums and fifes "See the Conquering Hero I Comes," with their banners and scarfs, and no sur- render stamped on their iiona. Protestant brows. Other persons addressed the audience, which at the close quietly dispersed.
HINTS UPON GARDENING. HARDY FRUIT GARDEN.—Remove all secondary fore- shoots which form upon wall fruit trees generally after this date, an operation which will be more needful in places where, from any cause, too early pruning and laying in have been had resort to. Expose more freely to the sun's direct rays the earlier sorts of peaches, nectarines, &c. Do not in the operation, however, remove any more good healthy leaves than is absolutely necessary. These remarks apply equally to the removal of all growths of recent formation from espalier and other pears, &c, Remove wholly, by cutting away down at the base, any of the current season's shoots which have been allowed to remain for a time. Do not fail to eject each morning such earwigs as may have entered the bean-stalk traps during the previous night. Incalculable mischief is occasioned by these pests in cool wet seasons like the present, through the manner in which they puncture the fruit long before it is ripe. HARDY FLOWER GARDEN.—It will be well now, taking time by the forelock, to commence propagating some of the rarer varieties of bedding-out stuff, such as pelargoniums, of the zonal and variegated sections, and, indeed, any others upon which cuttings are obtainable, and of which large quantites are needed. Sow seeds of myosotis, silene, nemophila, &c., intended to stand in the open borders during winter for flowering early next spring. Sow these under a south wall or other fully exposed position, in order to harden them better for the purpose of withstanding the winter's severity. Where a large quantity is needed, sow at two different dates, a week or so apart, as- the later sown ones do best for planting around the outer edges of flower beds, reserving the larger ones for the centre. Sow hollyhocks in a similar situation. Do not sow too thickly, as it will be advisable to let the plants stand over the winter where they come up, to be transplanted in the spring. This will also be found a good time for propagating any of the rare varieties of these. Cut any shoot of mode- rate age and size off just below the lowest flowering bud, when those which remain may be cut up into single eyes. Neatly finish off the base below the eye, leaving an inch or so of the stalk above it; press each portion so made firmly into the soil in such a manner that the side on which the eye exists may not be unduly buried where practicable it is best to prepare a light in some cold pit for their reception, placing upon a good bottom drainage about two inches of light sandy soil, into which the cutting so formed should be firmly pressed neatly in rows. In such a position they enjoy greater immunity from frosts and other fluctuating reverses than when placed around the inner edges of small pots, which is the customary mode of increasing them. Plant out into the borders where it is intended they should flower, all hardy perennials, such as pansies, wallflowers, antirrhinums, dianthus; Bromp- ton stocks, &c. Put in cuttings without delay of linuma, linarias, dianthus, saponaria ocymoides, cistus, and dwarf-growing phloxes, of the beautiful prostrate Nelsoni and frondosa sections. Centaureas, of the silvery modern sorts, used for bedding purposes, will strike freely at this season, pricked out under hand-glasses. Abundance of small cuttings may be found upon all thriving; plants. Put them in with a small heel" if procurable. Do not deprive the cuttings of too many leaves, nor leave a ragged base to them on the contrary, neatly remove all irregular surfaces from the base with a keen-edged knife. Sever early layered carnations, &c., from the parent plant, when properly rooted. Also part and transplant polyanthuses, daisies, &c. Give auriculas sufficient water, should warm weather continue, for, if neglected in that respect, they suffer much at this season those who require miniature-blooming plants of ehrysathe- mums might have them by layering the points of growing shoots in the open ground, making an incision in the part pegged down, and carefully treading the soil firmly when the operation has been performed. KITCHEN GARDEN.—It will be necessary about this time to prepare a bed for winter cabbages, well digging and manuring the space selected. Upon light soils, no better site for this purpose can be found than the present onion-bed." Get the onions off in good time, when the surface should be well hoed over, all loose stones- and litter raked off, &c.; drills should then be drawn of the necessary width, and the plants dibbled in. Cabbage beds with me are of constant local repute, being in- variably good, yet in the above alone lies the secret of success. Take up early potatoes, placing them without delay in long narrow clamps, without any straw. No better preserver than mother earth is to be found. Con- tinue the use of the hoe it is at once a great fertilising agent, givingcfree admittance to air, and also a destroyer of weeds.—W. E.-Gardeners' Chronicle.
IMMUNITY FROM THE ATTACKS, OF BEES. In a communication received by the Asiatic Society of Bengal, and published in its "Proceedings," Mr. Home puts the question, To what is due the exemp- tion that some men have from the attacks of bees and, wasps ? One reads of it in England, and here is another illustration. Yesterday we arrived at our camp at Soj, and needing the elephant to go on again very soon, I directed the mahout to feed him well, and to have him ready in three hours. Instead of this he chained. the said elephant under a large peepul tree, leaving him to pull down the boughs and browse on them. He did this for some time, when presently he seized a large branch, and swaying to and fro, applied his vast strength to bring it down. He succeeded) but the crash caused the whole tree to shake, when suddenly there was a cry in the camp, 'The bees the bees!" and everyone was seen running away beating off the said bees,, which descended from the peepul- tree, where they had been disturbed by the shaking, .and attacked every living thing within 70 or 80 yards., A dog even, passing.below the tree, did not escape, and, was sorely bullied by the insects he shook his head, struck with his paws, and rolled in vain. One man defended himself vigorously with the tablecloth, whish he was taking away,.Ieaving, however, his pugree (turban) in the field. Two men hid under some tent-covering, and it was strange to see the pertinacious way in which, for more than.an hour, 10 or 12 bees flew round at them, occa- sionally getting under, so that one of the men was much stung. But it was stranger still to see, one of the men, a gardener; he lay sleeping, with only a waist-cloth on and nearly all his body exposed, under the very tree, yet no bee touched him This man takes a beers or wasp's nest, brushes off the bees or wasps with his hand none sting him. He could on this occasion have made no prepa- ration. Why is it ? The bees after about two hours retired to their tree, and the camp was reinhabited."
WHAT USES CRINOLINE MAY BE APPLIED TO. A correspondent of a contemporary says :—" The disastrous effects of expansive garments to their wearers have been so often dilated upon that an instance in, which they proved serviceable to those who adopted) them may be worthy of chronicling. On Monday the. traffic on the Bristol and Exeter Railway was extremely heavy between that city and Weston-super-Mare, and one of the late trains being more than usually crammed, a difficulty was experienced in finding accommodation for all comers. Accordingly, at Yatton, a porter having looked in vain for room in second-class carriages, to stow away six or eight buxom lasses who had been spending the day at Clevedon, as a last resource thrust them into a first-class compartment, until then only tenanted by two gentlemen. From the conversation of the bevy of fair ones, it transpired that they came from. Bedminster, and worked at the sewing machine; but what formed amongst them a more fruitful topic than, their avocation the circumstance that a pair of the party had, whilst donkey-riding at Clevedon, lost their railway tickets. They speculated much as to how they should act and at length, feeling disinclined to throw them- selves on the mercy of the collector, their companions suggested as they neared the terminus that they should get beneath the crinolines of some of the rest. No sooner was the hint thrown out than it was acted upon, and in a trice the two damsels were invisible, a heaving mass of muslin being all that indicated their where- abouts. Lie still, Lize, Hold hard, Sal,' were hur. riedly whispered as the blue-coated official approached the carriage for the tickets. Those who could produce theirs handed them to him with the greatest prompti- tude, and he having taken the customary official survey of the interior, in order to see that he had collected all the tiny vouchers, passed on. Directly he had left a move. ment was perceptible in the middle of the compartment, and the two little ruddy Venuses emerging from the waves of crinoline, 'Sal' and I Lize' uprose and smoothed their dishevelled tresses. Believing that the girls had really lost theirfc lckets, the gentlemen in the carriage remained tacit though amused spectators of the affair, and as they got on the platform one of them said to the other that after aU there was something to be said for crinoVn* i 1
OUR MISCELLJ WY, MQ SQUITOES.-IL Arkansas is a State without a fault," said a native. Excepting mosquitoes," ex. 0' claimed one from another State. Wall, stranger, except for them; for it ar' a fact they are e-normous, and do push themselves in rather troublesome. But they never stick twice in the same place and give them a fair chance for a few months, and you will get as much above noticing them as an alligator. But mosquitoes is natur', and I never find fault with her. If they ar' large, Arkansas is large, her varmints ar' large, her trees aI" large, lur rivers ar' large and a small mosquito would be of no more use than preaching in a cane-brake.' _CC At Home in the Wilderness." By the Wanderer. A SCENE IN FRANCE.—Picture to yourself a drive of two or three miles-the ancient chateau where James II. kept court after being forced to retire from business," your starting-point—along a road straight as a dart, and bordered on either side by lofty trees, with game-preserves and deer-paddosks in the recesses of the forest beyond, and with a perfect stream of vehicles of every known shape following and preceding you. Most of the horses have bells round their necks, a few have foxes' brushes at their ears, and the drivers one and all crack their whips as they were wont to do in the daya of old, ere the diligence had been dethroned by the locomotive. Picture to yourself, tOO,, not merely the jingling of bells, the cracking of whips, and the rumbling of wheels in this woodland solitude, but the shouts and the laughter of thousands ef light-hearted human- beings who have learnt to perfection the art of enjoying themselves, and you will have some kind of idea of our lively drive to the Fetes des Loges."— Once a Week. THE FMRIT CROP OF 1867.-Apple3 are all but universally deficient, the deficiency being due in most cases to the injury done to the blossoms or to the young fruits by spring frosts in some cases where the trees have borne for many years, however, a crop has been produced, and in many market gardens round the metropolis a fair crop of apples may be seen. Pears are also, generally speaking, below average everywhere. Plums, with the exception of damsons, which are re- ported as unusually abundant, are short in quantity. The crop of strawberries has been on the whole good, though the blossoms suffered from the May frosts in some localities. Cherries may be estimated at about average, but of comparatively indifferent quality. Peaches, nectarines, and apricots, the latter especially^ under average; and figs, as might have been expected,, are very scanty. On the_ other hand, small fruits, such' as currants and gooseberries, have been unusually abun- dant, while raspberries have suffered from the frosts. Nuts supply an average crop, but walnuts are all but a complete failure. Fruits- generally are found to be de- ficient in flavour, owing, doubtless to cold nights and absence of sunshine.-The Gardeners' Chronicle. THE FRENCH AND THE Go- VERNMENT.—It was thought'a happy hit to get foreigners to spend a million and a half sterling amongst French artisans and mechanics in completing and fitting up their respective departments of the Exhibition. But the regular demand for hands not being suspended, the extraordinary demand simply added about 200,000 more to the army of proletaires- quartered in and about the capital, and placing the Government very much in the condition of the enchanter who was compelled to find employment for the spirit he bad raised, under the penalty of being torn to pieees. When the laws of political economy agree with common sense—and they are sadly misnamed when they do not—they are never long transgressed with impunity. As most of the large towns, Lyons, Marseilles, Bordeaux, &c., have beer emulously beautifying already, they. afford no outlet, and imagination is let loose to discover what fresh marvels of expenditure will suffice to prevent or procrastinate the crisis. Is the noble fatiboiirg-to be the next victim to punish it for its legitimist recollections? or is the Latin quarter, with its unruly students, to be treated like the Faubourg St.-Antoine ?—Quarterly, Review. RELIGIOUS INDIFFERENCE.—Whether man is "the proper study of mankind" or no, it is an interesting, and rather wonderful kind of study; and there has been no lack of philosophising on, the subject. What may be called the idiosracy of humanity, is often a bundle of mutable and restless inconsistencies; but sometimes the inconsistency is a. constant, settled line of action, though regulated by principles which reason condemns. One would imagine that if a principle regu. lating the life be false, it must, with the spread of knowledge, in the end give way to the true. But that is not always found to be the case, even with motives that are manifestly and glaringly untrue but it may be that the "end," with regard to the principle in ques- tion, is not yet attained; or from the fact that wisdom does not always keep pace with knowledge. Men are found who will stick to a beloved theory long after it has been exploded, and, with a kind of antiquarian love of novelty, live in the ruins of the old, after everybody else has taken up his residence in the new. And men are also found who will stick to a certain course of action, right or wrong, without consideration, or any theory at all. And as is is with men, so it is in some respects with man. If he cares about truth at all, he is generally more con- cerned about the discovery of new truth, than about reducing the old to practice—I am speaking of moral truth-or, rather, he is so delighted with trying how nicely error can assimilate itself to truth, that he often mistakes the one for the other and not seldom, perhaps, is guilty of wilfully deceiving and blinding himself with a fallacy which he would rather, to the exclusion of the verity which he would rather not. And with one eye shut, he often lives in, and industriously grubs for hidden treasure about the ruins of, an error, keeping the structure of the truth he does not want on the blind side or he ostensibly pins his faith to a truth, while he pins his action to its opposite falsehood-his faith looks one way, and his works look another. This la especially apparent with the very many who profess to know God, but in their works deny, him-making be- tween the profession and the denial the compound of indifference. They would be horrified to entertain an idea of speaking the denial, but they act it with hardly even thinking -From" The Quiver." AT THE TDBEATRE.—I obtained a seat in the boxes. There was no difficulty about it. The theatre was by no means crowded indeed, it may be said to have been almost empty. The fact was not surprising, considering, the state of the weather, although it was holiday time, and novel performances were being pre- sented on the stage. The housa was very cold in spite of its gaslights, and the human, beings present, and the deficient ventilation which is generally to be found In theatres.. The actors looked cheerless and oppressed, and distressingly lightly clad. It was evident the tem- perature of the stage was very low, because one could see their breath as they spoke, issuing from their lips like steam from a teapot. I. remember thinking, in con-, nection with them, of old caricatures and drawings in, which the words supposed to be spoken by the figures represented were written on clouds or balloons, proceeding out of their mouths. I glanced round at my- companions. It struck me that we were rather a dreary and gloomy congregation. If it ever falls to me," J) thought to myself, "to perform antics on the stage, I fancy. I should like to accomplish the same before a somewhat more genial-looking assembly. I'm sure this wouldn't give me an applauding hand or voice." There were pre- sent, it seemed to me, a good many bachelors like my. self, who sat moody and muffled up, with their hands thrust deep into their great-coat pockets. They had come in, poor creatures, probably as I had, to escape the cold of the streets and the desolation of their lodgings. Here were more comfortable people ^milyparties, who had arranged plans and taken places beforehand, which they did not care to forfeit, and so had come to occupy, with much misgiving in regard to their. temerity, and with a very small sense ox enjoyment of their situation. And here, dotted about in couples, and not in possession of the best seats, orders." There could be no mis- taking them. Orders" are noted for the malcontent and doleful view they invariably entertain of the per- formances they are admitted to witness. On the present occasion the orders took up with opinions curiously misanthropic and morose altogether, their despondency was of a most aggravated ki-nd.-F-rom CasseWt Magazine."
WRECKS.—During the last week 36 wrOGO have been reported, making for the present year a twat of 1,762. GENERAL ORDINATIONS.—The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Durham, the Bishop, of Exeter, the Bishop of St. David's, the Bishop of Manchester, the Bishop of Laudaff, the Bishop of Lincoln, the Bishop of Salisbury, the Bishop of Ripon, the Bishop of Bangor, the Bishop of Worcester, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol, the Bishop of Ely, and the Bishop of Chester have intimated their intentions of holding general ordi- nations in their respective diocesses on Sunday, Sep- tember 22. The Bishop of Lichfield will hold an ordi- nation on St. Matthew's-day at Eccleshall. The Arch- bishop of York, the Bishop of London, the Bishop of Hereford, the Bishop of Lincoln, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and the Bishop of Bangor intend holding general ordotatHros <» Swtday, the SSad Dmabw, :r ,;¡;