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NOTES AND QUERIES. Prince Albert has been allowed, we are told by the Daily J.ti"CS; "avowedly, to take part in the deliberations of the Cabinet." Where was this avowed Nothm IS more conspicuous in modern discussion than the difficulty of ascertaining facts, even at the moment of occurrence. It may be that the participation of Prince Albert in the de- liberations of the Cabinet has been stated somewhere, but we do not remember to have seen it. It would be interest- ing to set this historical question right at once. Was the late decision of Chief Justice Campbell against the compulsory observance of crossing cn cheeks ex- ceptional, or not ? There was some doubt in the evidencep whether, in the particular case, the crossing was to "ixon and Co. or onlv "and Co. and it is thought by some that if this doubt had not existed, the Jury woula have v r °Bts on'f {{i?n for the defendant. Hnt the present !? ??  only on the VerGICê; it rests main!y on the in-%truct?Lon?? of 1?o?{ Campbell, that no one is bound to exercise more caution ,2 cashing a check because it is crossed. Various expedients have been suggested such as iniki-ig.ttic check which would otherwise have been crossed payable to a banker in the body of it; or that it should be drawn in the form of a note, with a penny stamp, payable at sight, and requiring indorsement. A third suggestion is, a law giving to the crossing an absolute power of protecting the drawer-of course by restricting the payment to bearer," unlesi it should reach the bank through another bank specified. We view these mechanical precautions with jealousy. A clever hand at such things could, no doubt, suggest many mode. of "doing" the check-drawing public, if the cabalistic word —— and Co. between a couple of lines, were made to have a legal validity. Every new appearance of security introduces a new blind for fraud. We have been accustomed to attach much value to pro- verbs and traditions in respect to physical phenomena, 0-1 the reasonable impression that they have been the results of cumulative observation. February fill dyke has long given that month the reputation of being a wet one. Such, however, is not the fact. By a table of observations at Greenwich, covering a space of thiity-five vears, in a pam- phlet lately published by Mr. Belviile of the Royal Obser- vatory there, it would seem that, on an average of that period, less rain fell in tcbruary than in any etcher month of the year. Our readers will perhaps be equally surprised to learn that the wettest month was October. Wre believe the same results were arrived at by Professor Phillips in East Yorkshire, and are given in his very interesting work on the rivers and mountains of that county but we have not the book at hand to refer to. As unexpected may be other results from the Greenwich table. It would seem that 40 per cent more rain falls in the latter six months of the vear than in the former ones Average, First six months. 10.39 Second 14. 39 Mean annual rain fall.. 24.78 The same sort of mistake was made with regard to No- vember, "the month of suicides": statistics have shown that the greater number of suicides occur in the summer months-lax business and debilitating heats being more intolerable than fogs. Is fever a permanent institution wherever it is first es- tablished ? A correspondent of the Daily Yelcs quotes a private letter from Bermuda, stating that 11 the old Eclaire is showing herself again in the Rosamond the hot weather having brought out the fever again," and the new baptism not having altered the constitution of the ship. Is it that the Eclaire has become infected beyond recovery or is it that the structure of the ship engenders fever whenever it is under a hot sun ? We believe there have been many vessels whose conformation has produced fever by the impossibility of eliminating the bilge-wa'er or bad air. It is hard that the sailors of H.M. should be made the vile bodies for ex- periments in the pathology of shipbuilding. Why was the route of King Victor Emanuel changed when he was recc-ived in Paris ? This is a subject still (lebated in Turin. The people were led to expect him by one route and the King himself was led by another. lie was sent off in state at his departure; but, it was thought on his arrival, and during his visit, that the manifestations of the public were not invited or even facilitated. Is it that the paternal Emperor, who judges for the French, did not wish to give occasion for popular admiration to burst out at the sight of the King who has told the people to judge for themselves, and has exercised his paternal power to pro- tect them against the ultra-paternity even of the Church ? It is useless to keep up discussions upon the Credit Mo- bilier systems, but it will be quite well to note the continued extension from the French centre. The Paris company is now about to establish a bank in Madrid, advancing the Government 21,000,000 rea ls by way of guarantee. There is also a mystery at Vienna. The Austrian Go- vernment tl gets up a Credit Mobilicr—subscriptions for shares in the Imperial Koyal Privileged Credit Institu- tion for Commerce and Trade" the 10th is appointed as the day for the beninning of the subscriptions the office is besieged with an immense quene at the doors, and sol- diers are stationed to keep order On the evening of the loth, issues a notice, abruptly announcing that the subs- criptiori is ,it an cil(l." The amount to be subscribed was only CI,500,000 why, for so small a matter, get up the dramatic scene of momentary emeute ? From Austria to Spain we observe that there is this raising of the wind on the Paris plan. A contemporary assures us that "the tendency of the Russian peasantry is the very reverse of vagabondage and squatting" and for proving the truth of this, we are told, nothing breaks their heart so certainly as permanent re- moval from the tombs of their fathers." The tombs of our fathers are usually the last place at which we desire to be permanently" lodged. How difficult it must be for Englishmen to judge for Russians It is dangerous to refer too much to pedigrees. Sir Arthur Wardour proved something more than the antiquity of his family when he cited the name of his ancestor in the Ragman Roll. A claim was recently made to the public on behalf of a gentleman who is related to Defoe a very illustrious relationship. It is, however, curious to read in the chronicle of the Annual Register for 17711 page 65, another record of the Defoe family. January 2d. The following convicts were executed st Tyburn pursuant to.their sentence: viz. Mark Murks, for » street-robbery, which he denied to the last; Thomas Hand, for firing a pistol and wounding Joseph HollowaVi with intent to kill; and John Clerk and Joseph Defoe, fot robbing Mr. Fordyce of a gold watch and some money. This last is said to be grandson of the celebrated Daniel Defoe, who wrote the True-born Englishman, HobinsoU Crusoe, Colonel Jack, and other ingenious pieces." -Spee- tator."

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