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 EXTRACTS. ?????ERARY EXTRACTS. j maGAZINES FOR JANUARY. Ti'f C'? bill for this m9nth is more than usually in- ) I Corll]l West" "? ? will amply repay any investor who de- t 11'" an' I tI" I. 1, 1 W'e 1 ,IODp\' and money s worth." which is the t 1 h'\ \t", } o,re4 t: 'I ?.?.?tins; upon that most important sub- f IIllf II ject '» a •lrii'tV of ?? s, and as it affects e.erv class, '11 'Irll ject Yr in ?'vin"s Banks, to those long lived i Annuitants." Shylock in Lon- per-  '"??'? ?<-P<-d  peisciinu" j,! i>sjUll.ti„«jr Asses" are in t erest ing articles dc." '"V,| w.t,'v g~ive selections next week. We ap- wh'c I "I 1 1 f P 1, pei)'1. tr-n t froni a capital I eSCrIptlOn of Par l iamen- I'll t'X 1.11 pen, ,I "?.p? which will interest many of our read- ('1111111 ( d d '1 iaJ' V'T'- \?rn?'"?!v h? to contend with the as- *nte II.ho 1,1\ t been lnird presse d by Mr Tur k" Hnnv""<.r?cn In.rd pressed IY Mr T ur k e" t? "f' 1" 1 Hott." Of course Mr Benison" is well r cnl'l or t I our readers. ?'? :1' .u""?'' ?''? ? committee is about to try the ,Ld ,f hiU ?"' 'n??'"? a new hne, It ? twelve ¡¡el"t, or little P:?t. and there is a quorum. The j 'r(;„K and witnesses. and ?1 the promoters" 11 'I" :1_' t 1 tl I t' t of t!u' ?.; ?' :e p''t--c;' t also the counsel, agents, wit- oI tl ,r Il'm, ne^p-. a'1ni-inu'it"1"1- who have to do with the different F-,r it i? prob?hie that several persons Lave presented petitions pr:Lying to be 811 V1 T->Utions h.ivo presented petitions praying to be i &D' ]. 'n-t th? proposed line a rival ral way: a In.nd- he'll" :1.,11 I I d t t 11 0*'1' ? '? rlvate ?(.ut)e)n:m, w ho does no t want his fie ( 'li'r, or! 11 (JVi. <)' hi hnn- "'?dn les-* fm-rce? Me as a residence i' vU^tees of a turnpike road—all of these having to m?c out. The clerk ot the *Mr owi'i separate ea-e- to make out. The clerk of the ?<'t'— "euticniau sitting at a side taMe—rises colllml It 'r th d ?)'.) ont the h'H of t?re for the day, or perhaps for ? \hvs, ill th:sf?hion=- T ?' -.it s.' ?ttht-rn H'?kIey-iu-the-Hole Extension Rail- TUl' \.fL.. w?T Bill. Comiisi'h Mr Bcni-ion and Mr Davy Jones. A-fitt Mr Martin Theodoric. The Petition of tlie Puddleto i and Muddleton Railway 0>in>>anv. Sir William Julius Cresar. A'H'hIi* Messrs. Black and White. The Petition of tli(- Landowners and Occupiers of Slow- town. Cuinisel; Mr Turke. Ane,\f: Mr Jerk. TIJ,L committee-clerk then sits down. Mr Benison gels ni:ikes a sneecli. describing the projecting line fPI:¡'¡I,l\' :xn<l-telling the committee what he is goinsr to o ) I 1 1 1 BPir" i'i evidence. And he concludes by saying that the (ritness.'s whom lie is about to call will enable the com- mittee to obtain all the information it needs for forming Jjut une of the most amusing tlling-q in the world is the feriti- with which people talk about obtaining in- forruiitum." As if information were as easy to pick up as -tunes' It alii t so hard to ntiss the sick, said a hhvl nurse, as some people might think; the most of >fm d-ii -ii't want nothing, and them does doesn't get it." P;in'dying this, one might say, it is much harder obtain information" than some people might think: tie in.>~t don't know anything, and those who do, don't gav wh it they know. Here is a real episode from the hiit'irv of all inquiry, which took place four or five years aeo. into the du.-irablity of making a new line of jjlwav Oil the Border. A witnesi was giving what is cal;!e,l traffic evidence." in justification of the alleged nee i eft he railway, and this is what occurred ilr f'V'»•>! (the cross-examining counsel for the op- p<I!iI'Ut. IIfthe new liue.)-Do you mean to tell the com- nittt'v that you ever saw an inhabited house in that valiev. ll'i: v-:s I do. Did you ever see a vehicle there in all your life ? T Yes, I did. Urtin-ii Very :!ood. Some other questions were put, which lead to nothing particular; but, just as the witness—a Scoteliman-was leaviii? tLr' box. the learned gentleman put one more qut-tinn :— y: I am instructed to ask you, if the vehicle you saw was not the hearse of the last inhabitant. /•: It was. This was in old times, when witnesses were not sworn. But. f'ven now. they are apt to be sadly forgetful of the tin- term-, of the adjuration, which bind them down to tell. hot only the truth, but the whole truth. It is no- iliiiji,'sli'>rt '"f' jisto'iUhinif the way in which a man will go 011 fighting off questions whose purpose is obvious, with shifts and turns which a child can see through knowin-; all the while, as one supposes he must know, that all his doubling will not throw the examining coun- ael off his scent. And yet it is just possible he may not know that. For the whole value of the cross-examination proceeds upon the hypothesis (not unfounded) that the iveme mortal does not see an inch above his nose, and readily tumbles over Socratic traps and spring guns. Accordingly, a witness who has been trying for some minutes urging to keep back what everybody can see he is makinir an effort to conceal, will, just after he has been oViivjed to let go the fox which was tearing his t;.?. f? with o!mr.m;n? nhandon, into the most super- ficml 'nare. It must not be concealed that the difficulty of getting at fac ts, which is so strongly illustrated at parliamentary com:nitt' es on railways, is not entirely the fault of those who have to answer the questions. Those who put them Are not without hlame-the blame of impatience, muddle- teadedness, or pedantry. It is difficult, without lend- inz the page to a suspicion of burlesque, to give a no- tion of the ridiculous fuss which is sometimes made in committee-rooms over a very simple point. People will Dot attend to what is said, but go on talking, three or four at a time, jumbling totally distinct things in their ha3te, when, they could hardlv eca)e arrivin,- at what they want. A scene like the following is really not bur- lesque, however much it may look like it, owing to the difficulty of representing what cannot be exactly stated. The question is, let us suppose, the very easy one of the width of two pieces of land, marked respectively green and red upon the map on the wall: 3/r Jobson: What do you say is the breadth of the two? iviln,ss: I think the green is sixty feet, and the red forty feet; but, perhaps, I have got the wrong figures perhaps it is that the red is forty feet, and the green aixty, Q. by the Committee: Do you say they are both sixty feet. or both forty feet ? -4: Neither. I say they are one hundred feet together. -3fr. Let us understand this clearly, now. The green patch of land is, you say, one hundred feet wide ? Mr Turke No, no, he doesn't; he says one is forty, antI the other sixty. Q, by the Committee ■ Which is forty, and which is sixty A: I have already said that I am not sure: lout the two together make up the one hundred feet covered by the l'mits of deviation. Mr Jobson No doubt, no doubt. The brown being forty, and the red- Mr Scope Haft (slyly): Where's the brown: Chairman (plaintively): Let somebody point with a stick to the bit of brawn land! Do get on! Jfr Jobsoit: What I understand you to intend to con- Tey to the committee is this:—Taking the width of the green piece, and the width of the red piece, and looking at proportions of the two,-taking it, you know, for the fmrf.osea of comparision,-then, as a question of addition he sum total of the two would be represented by sixty pfe forty—is not that 90 ? lVine. (in despair,—not in the least following the QVtslion).—Exactly! Just ao -ros.eramincd by Mr Benison. Q: Black, white, or fey, the two pieces of lanli together make one hundred feet wide ? A: Yes one hundred feet broad. y Broad? (reflecting a moment)- Well, you shall Ve It ,omad" if you like. And now we will proceed. i eomlni(fee Yes, pray go on, Mr Benison. Let's get t Over. And when you're out of this room you'll disap. pear from the face of the earth, I presume. Mr o* n'"<orl The honourable member may presume t hls committee room and the face of the earth are eoincident expressions, but I can assure him that it it hot so.  Sf?Ho,t Bafeou? ?? M tw?)- <oM): The flesh Quiver where the pincers nip." j/ .?aJtt-e?er (? little !oM(?r) Tear," isn't it f <'WM!<?: What's that ? Holt: Only something about pinching some- 1 with a pair of tongs. "Jl' if I, m Julius Umser (yrUt?OtM quite inaudibly.) r ?''Mo/i: Well, if my learned friend will leave off Mmblin? to himself, we'll make another trial. Now; ?ere on those two patches of land, &c. (da capo). At this Poini probably, several obliging gentlemen in theh ) f of the room make a rush to get at the tall wands #r Pointer-il in order to trace things out on the plan for the cOr4raittee In the scramble, the place being crowded t la ee maP. mounted on two poles twelve feet high, like a flag, pp'e3 half way down. Two ladies, and an old Bentf rna,tl from the country, who have been listening With the door, in a fright, and let it gia ?j)?n mouth, make for the door, in a fright, and let 't 'larn to after them. A member of the committee, who im been ry Pardonably) fast asleep, wakes up, and 'Muw? a severe countenance, to have the last answer *ead h ?"tC ? short hand writer. That functionary reads mn h as ?? '?Me in the hurlyburly, and although ont ofjt C°nnection it; conveys no earthly meaning, the Wonri, gentleman puts on & look of luminous intelli- <taee and niakea a memoradum for hia own misguid- *oce"



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