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OVa SPARE ROOM. Whin Mivio and myself first began life m a .carried ranle. there waa nothing upon Which wo prided our -w, 'I , in our nice liitle home in, JTajiUolaur-. VT'lZ. Aim noon itt.Bpsre Rym.. ,Eviy.apytmen!,, UJ..t mansion' was-dear to us 'arid hail oosl- . ., tear. ajivinanea-isir, ww iunuamug m Hrom Ith. Tey that, and nobody cab tall, who ..."no encaTit, wW a bU rAo, to. What a i driistrets and bed furniture, and din-jHSSS n?&ai,., and gUt mirror., which .4 awt' bavt,'it'iV hoe ia to bo a home, and jCddtar. which need a bog to put them into, if they !1 1 raeUn tne bick kitchen, which-talkof the , K machine.; in these da,. 1-oither doe. Sl ioS l nine dajs out of ten, or else comet aown with 4,-Bn'rter. as I .ay, we furnished our home, and ,.Slv that Spare Room. It had atatuea on the X?el.picc. although waa but bedroom, and a 3S2 e K.B.le of Waterloo two feet by three, and i Vtcber, and. .of., wfth aanumicatuar IviC Grandmamma Grueby worked herself, and mition of my marriage day. Moreover, the bed ahuTup and didrV. look lite a ed unless you knew ; d t&e w a wooden cap that fitted over, the wMhing-table ; so that altogether when a party iv.d sot 8P, and the place wa put In order, ma might ' hther U ?aB,, ihe drawing-room. If matter, had turned out different, tbU , might have been tbo nursery, wrhapi, but that was not to be, and our Spare Boom ft w snd is, and in all probability will remjin .0 ltrair u we atop in Vandeleur-terracc, and we huve s lease of the home for ninety-nine year., I believe. However, of coune, when we took the place we tonld not tell what might happen, and it waa of no at. hiring a houie only just big enough for ourselves ar.d no more, and that's how we c.me to hare our Spue Room. We are not rich people, Mivins and I j but we are in what one may call easy circumstance. ; that if, we should be so if it were not for that extra ehamber, which,, for my part, and although it does look ioprnceand elegant, I wish were walled up, or thrown into the dining-room (as it might be, only tlat they .ay the doing away with the party-wall would bringdown the house), for really the trouble it In CMt me, and the expense it ha. been to poor dear limns, nobody know.. ; .What J should be most particular about in the wsyofsdvice" to all young people setting up home-keeping, and especially in town, ia this : Whatever house you take, my young friends, whether big or little, be sure you have no such thing as a Spare Room. If you must look out for contingencies and nothing's worse, as faros my experience goer, or .0 likely to prove dissppoiutiug and provide an apartment in atfeancs, as it were, at least don't famish it. Then you can say to all friends from the country who write to .ay ther are coming through Town always " through," even if they .top a week that you would be above all things delighted to lective them; only you have no extra sleeping accommodation whatever. Of courte, they will reply that snjlhing will do for them 1 that you may litttr them down where yon pleaae ; that they know hew to rough it, and only require that welcome which they are well awtre they will receive at your hands, (to. The variety of ingenious .elf-invitations which these goad 'people give '"themselves" is ' most extiaordin ary. B ut to all of them you can reply, with truth, that it ia a thousand pities, but you have no Spare Room. Ah, happy pair, who have received a hint to this effect while there was yet time, and profited by it ! There is a bachelor of my acquaint-snee who ' haa adopted - this course 1 in respect to his drawing-room ; it ia a very beautiful apartment, but entirely unfurnished, with the trifling exception of a wreath of plaster. flowers on the ceiling, above the place where the chandelier U expeeted to king. He enteitaina his unmarried friends, and smoke, in all hi. rooms indifferently ; but when he is esllednpon by ladies, be tskea them into the drawing-room, and remarks t " When I marry, this .hall be furnuhed exactly as the lady of my choice shall direct, J who, indeed, shall also nave ner way in every otuerpar-tkular." It is extraordinary how respected that man is in domistio ciroles, although he has not the most distant intention of marriage, and would not ex-. anange tne privilege 01 smoking in 111a Dcaroom (as he had onee the indelicacy to confide to me) for five-and-foity wives. There is, therefore, nothing more advantageous and chesper than an un-fumishtd room ; while to married persona of smsll income it is indispensable. If they once furnish their Spare Room, it is all over with them ; their house ia roade a hotel of at once. " Knowing you have a Spare' Room," writes Aunt Bertha, " I make no apology for craving your hospitality for a few days- ihe May meetings begin at Exeter Hall on the 14th, and I would , not miss that desr good man, Mr. Howler, upon any account ; it is uncertain when his addreia will be delivered, but perhaps Mr. Mivins will be so good as to procure me this information." Aunt Bertha does not think much of poor dear Mivins in his spiritual character, although he never dares breathe ao much to me, who know his real worth, and what a genuine good creature, without one halfpenny worth of cant, he ia ; but she puts great fsith in hie information regarding everything metropolitan, ever since he once put hir into a 'bus which dropped her at the very door of Mr. 8purge:n's Tabernacle. It is a very difficult matter for my hus. bsnda who is only concerned with city matters, to find out about Mr. Howler, whoso name he has never hesrd in his life ; but this is the least of the evils Aunt Bertha's coming occasions us. The house is placed under religious martial law for a week certain, and the servants unanimously gave us warning after the first twelve hour, of her. Then my cousin Dick informs us, by letter, that ho would not stoop to ask a favour of any other persons in the world but ourselves, his character being, as we know, independent to a fault, but that he is very anxious to exhibit a terrier at the Islington dog .how, and feeling sure that we should never forgive his putting up at an inn, why, he will make use of our Spare Room ; and he ventures to say that we have some sort of a kennel for a little dog that can stand in a corner of tbatapertment, as he dares not let it sleep out of his sight. Sick is certainly a great ohange after Aunt Bertha ; but, Indifferent guest as she wis, I can scarcely say ho ia an improvement. Be keeps hours which, except that they are always late, are very uncertain, and is not to be trusted to extinguish the light in the lobby, nor even to pat the. chain up, after he has got in wben he does get in : a feat which he sometimes finds a Utile difficult. I don't mean to say he gets tipsy ; but he is so unused to latch-keys, that be will fumble for half an hour at the front-door while Mivins and I lie terrified with the idea that it is burglars. .- The last time this occurred, we felt the mere certain of (his, inasmuch th it after about a quarter of an hour the noise altogether ceased, and long aflerwarda our belated guest let himself in quite easily. At breakfaat, however, he explained the circumstance, very much to his own satis. faction... : .' , VI may not he clever," said Dick ;' " but I do think Ism sagacious.; You would not have imagined now, airnns, how the simple habit of observation alone preferred, me from, passing laBt night in the streets. I armed, at your hospitable door at about 12,15, Md it utterly refused to open " .' -',Then Itwu nn TitM, n ? t : otyjantly, " who kept as awake for hours scrabbling atihekajholei" ... ,, Tea, it was me," replied Dick coolly; "and I jwstsay, ecusin, that if yon heard my frantic effort tp obtain admittance, you might have sent Mivins iovm to let a fellow in." : . . '' But we thought it waa thieve.," t xpostultted my rasband ; and besides, there was that horrid dog of joars in the spare room, which you told me yourself, 801 oold a ,nn', le' would neTel le ;" That is very true," replied Dick proudly. "A hot Per put close to his nose would e the sole method M persuading him to part company, and I suppose instrument could not have been procured at ttat latehonr. However,, it was I who was at the ttmy Md the latch-key which I had carried ao oare 7 my waistcoat pocket had got itself stuffed up Jtth fluey substance, and the harder I poksd it into JWfeyhoi' the harder that obstruction became, rvrhapsUwaa ajittle latai than 12.16 " . v,w,i Hyt cousirlj How wondtirolly quiok edo5tss in Xondon! Well, t U ewnta uewwss nobody to be seen oreard.' Tandeleur-WI! ?. ilrt our farm-yard fa the country SwIJni"???'!?41 cou,d mJIf postro' ?,'?.-uniih the eeh;. 1 .whtitted down whliS'I01 '& J" " ll have ' 'WJ-' ttaelt-down and knocked if amr j -.- n minute, ma V toVpt?' a aaked-m. the way lffifeM' 'ttl,ll,. tuddeh H mice streets off Ot M, I had seem ' .-I i '''"tt t.j.li m ..tSjioff , -' v ' " V ' '" '" ''-" "l 0a o.O , !o. ,.,'. -M-::tn miirt jjrufcj,;,,, v i..V..,",.'-'':'-J'' '(.'' r jtnH.'riii :ii.t i,..uf: to iV. . lSKlwP'J,: 1 H well have tried Ww "imS M1 bjriI'!' on the mouth of its n.n my THE solitsry policeman amusing himself with a no not wiih toothpick, but with a pin instead of ft tooth- Dick," said I, ' don't be vulgar." ' 3 "Ctrttinly not, cousin,". said he. "I bad refl'Cted. upon psrsing him that it waa sn ungenteel occupation, tut had foi borne to make any remonstiance, on account of hie having nothing el.e to da. Now I bleated my atsrs that I had not made him my enemy by any such ribuke. Threading my way carefully kick, I found him at the exact spot where I had ltft Lim, and 'engaged in the stme oecupa1 ion." i " Policemsn," said I, " my latch-key ia stuffed up, have you got such a thing as a pin ? 'f tor I thought 'that any more direct reference to the instrument so obviously in his pot session might be oon.idered offensive. ' ' ' ' ' ' I " Sir," said he, " I have got half a dozen," and he xbibited a seam if his coat quite atudded with those 'article.. Without enuring into the very Interesting question of why he carried so many pins, I B.lected one of them, and having removed the obstacle that pievented me from enjoying your hospitality, I thanked him, and returned it to him in , company with a shilling. But for my habit of observation, you see, I might bsve remained out of doors all night ) for nothing would have induced me to have called yon up, my character being, as you know, independent to BlTaolt." ' .. . . .. - , I Dick nevir occupied our Spare Room again ; we had had enough of his habit of observation and inde-' pendence of character, as well as of Aunt Bertha's spiritual despotism. . We did not indeed sell off the furniture of that unfortunate apartment which was always leading us Into so much trouble and expense ) but we did a bolder thing still we invited Under Trotter to come and live wiih us. 1 ! Uncle Trotter was perhaps one of the most disagreeable persona alive, and was very aincerely 'ablurrcd by every member of his family, as well aj by his relulions by mairiage, including Mivins him-stl ; but at the same time he was greatly respected and csreised. His wealth was said to be untold, and his constitution was thought not to be worth a year's purchase. This latter notion was altogether delusive, fir various members of the family had already welcomed him to their hearths and homes, and he had, lived with them graiU for considerable periods, only to leave thtm, not in a hearse, but in a huff, for some other rival relative, whose speculation was doomed in its turn to turn out quite aa unfortunately. Besides his own intrinsic demerits, there wsa thia additional disadvantage in entertaining the old gentleman, that it placed you at daggera drawn with everybody else who had any expectations from him. " Bee how 'those crafty Mivinses have got hold of dear Uncle .Trotter," was the general remark in the family, I know, directly he came to Vandeleur-terrace ; and this feeling was especially fomented by Cousin Grsspall, from whom we bore him sway almost at his last gasp, as thty affirmed, and just when they were about to reap, in bis will, the harvest of many months of servility snd inoonvenientliypocrisy. He came to us, however, immediately upon our invitation, without repaying them a shilling for all the, expense that he had been to them, and with a number of handsome .presents that these miserable people had bestowed upon him at different times unknown to one another. I Costly gifts i'rom the old Qraspslls, which it must lhave made thtir hearts ache to. purchase ; s walking jstick with a gold handle from the elder son ; a snufl-'box from the younger; a Wordsworth elegantly , bound (a pig would have been better pleased with s 'pearl) from one of the young ladies ; and evens box of pills, " with a pieus hope that they would do dearest uncle good," from the very smallest Qraspall. What 1 disliked most in the old gentleman waa his chuck ling over thtse presents, and turning into ridicule 'their unfortunate donors; but besidea his behaviour in thia respect, Uncle Trotter was quite unbearable. In the first place, hit habits were so unpleasant that, rather thsn have him live with us, I would have preferred that Cousin Diok'a Urrier should have occupied lour Spare Room for a permanency, and even brought up there that family ot puppies of whose arrival I waa in agonised expectation throughout her stay. Then the tionble he cave wsa something incredible; the Syoie Room bell waa always ringing, and meals being eaten there at all hours except those at which the rest of the household were accustomed to take them. He smoked unceasingly, too, and upon one occasion, jthri ate ned to light his pips with the flycatcher, because lucit'ers were brought to him for that purpose in place of wax lights. An angel in the house as s life-boarder, would, I believe, be unpleasant to any married woman ;like myself; spinstere may and do tolerate volunteer Icompanica under the same roof, but with us it is dif-jferent ; heme is not borne unless, for some portion of 'the year at least, we enjoy ir, Darby and Joan fashion, with our husbands. Moreover, as I have hinted, Uncle Trotter was not an angel but rather ihe reverse. He left ut aummaiily, after a domestic fracas, the news of which delighted all the family, both thoae who had lodged and boarded him, and those who hoped to lodge snd board him. He removed from our root to that ot the Limpe's, who had long been looking out for that happy chance. They were even ao fortunate as to be the la t whom Uncle Trotter visited ; and they received his last sigh. He had nothing else to give them, aa it turned out, for he had aunk the whole of his propeity in a Life Annuity. . . .. . ' Our Spare Room was now once more in our hands and began to invite our dear fiiends from the country like an Inn Signboard at election-time. Then Mivins and I determined upon a line of defence that ahould be impregnable ; we came to, the resolution to let Lodgings to Single Gentltmen. ' This wss inconvenient, but so, probably, is the shell of the tortoise ; it was undignified, but so is digging s rifle-pit in the presence of sn enemy ; it had, however the advantage of insuring safety. It wss a conclusive reply to all , persona inviting thcmselvos to No. 1, Tandeleurt :er-' lace, that " circumstances over which we had no control " (and I never wrote a truer sentence) " had compelled us to let our Spare Room:" Then I took counsel with my old friend, Mrs. Brown, of the Beige. iwsre Road Lucy Gill as waa when I was Martha Tiivet who, being in reduced circumstances, had commenced the "furnished Apsitment" business two or three yesrs ago, and after several mlsad venture s, pertsinlng, I suppose, to sll commencements, was succeeding in it to a marvel. Success was not ao much our object, aa security ; we wanted s lodger, not as a means of livelihood, but simply as s garrison. There was therefore very little doubt that we ahould btf easily suited. . - . " But don't take very young gentlemen," aaid Mrs. Brown, " for such are often in hiding from their relatives, and their relatives sometimes refuse to settle jtheir bills upon their restoration to the domestic 'circle ; snd don't take very old gentlemen, for they sometimes decease in the home, snd there ia s difficulty in getting the parish to bury them." " -j This advice seemed rather hard in Lucy (whom I remember all heart, or nearly so), but it was sound, 10 far as it went, and founded upon practical experience, . So ws took the first middle-aged gentleman Mr. Adolphus Conroy who rang the front.door bell with an eye to our Spare Room. The apartment pleased (him, the teims pleated him, my offer to cater for him pleased him, and, in short, he expressed himself and in very appropriate terms aa satisfied with every, thing. After Uncle Trotter, almost sny inmate would have made a favourable impression, but Mr. Conroy was really s pattern lodger. Ho was s little " high ' im his manner to me, but then how could he know 'that I w as not dependent upon his custom, like other landladies ? Doubtless, thought I, he regards ma as s hvpy who will burn his coals snd drink his tea, snd lay the decrease of his butcher's meat to the account of the cat; so I wss patient with his supercilious ways. He waa really very sice-looking ; he had, I must say, an aristocratio air about him very different jfrom Mivins who, however, is worth all the aristo-rsts in the world ; his luggage, was of great bulk, snd jvtry heavy ; altogether, he was a sort of lodger one couldn't well help looking up to. His mode of lite was all that could be desired. At about 11 a.m., he left the house, attired In the first style of fashion, and returned at seven to his dinner ; after which he would kmoks a couple of pipes, snd then retire for the night. He never made a complaint of any sort, nor sny ob. nervation upon' the weekly bills, sava one that they were WrtmiWy chip. Really, Mrs. Mivins," observed he, at the end of the second week, "I cannot think how you manage ; I couldn't keep myself upon twice the money. . Xou must really civs me your receipt for such economy' But he never asked me 1 "W, nuift tot ll" cconnt he came he never paid ,,i,T,.'li,t0,iUon ,nd naeewrtomd t ray new jailing, I did not like to press for a settlement 1 but sfter the third week had passed without my receiving sny remuneration tor a good deal of trouble snd Some nildersblepee.7oT gin-punc with lemon was what he took of sn evening, snd lemons are daar I thought I'd go and tee my profisskmal sdvW, Mrs. .Brown, . .. ; , '. '.' ,. j ' ' ' 1 Li Vi"Z VhMlhsieemflded to her my little difficulty, you hsven't seem the colour of this TsBoy her speaking of Mr. Adolphus Catiroy ns''n rellow I" but a hard life mak.s one use hard words. I mppose I poor Lucy 1 '' ' !.'m" 'IwMd I " I htnt sot , But thsn hA say J'jfff'' '', '?' yin ... ..; ... Xr.V'.Uxl SiHf,.i ,J( SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, that little sums are so embarrassing, .ottla mnr.t.h's Mia. and that be . Tim k..w ituiV Mm. Drown in a state of ...m iitim. niidi t-! the lisie'de-' ( 'T.... Ilf i..l.V llk2 ,1.1. HI. riTn. CClver l v-vm 110 ;e;orfc a ..my. . 'does he calls Uitle sums, ii'-tle tbumbs ) fray( tell ate, to I'm all in tw.ftr." 1 s.j I "Well." said I, "I'm sure I can't tell hdwyou fuerstd it, Lucy, Isnv persons of . I'll onnititJnn htm.1, mrilifld JjUCV. know Ihst he sha'n't rob my helpless babes , with impunity. Thst very man I'm sure it "s he lodged with me just when I set up business in tne leuing line.' His r,ome was Somers then ; but he bad that same excuse about settling at the month's end. ! Jemima Anne, go snd fetch a policeman." r, I The child tbua addressed waa about to start off (delighted ton thia errand, but I set my back against jthe door. " Lucy Brown," exclaimed I, " this shall : not be. You may be all wrong from first to last No w, the way to find out for certain will be this t do you and Mr., Brown come and take tea with us this very ..evening, and then yon shall look through the keyhole of eur Spare Room, and see whether our lodger is the stme ss vour Mr. Somers." - ' 1 ! "Which if ho Is, I'll baste him," obierved Lucy, taking up s hearth- brush, and looking more formidable than I ahould ever have given her credit for. I had never believe d any of those stories about Mrs. Brown's complete subjugation of her husband until then, ' He was once a sergeant-major in the army, and stands sis ' feet three in his stocking-feet ; still the power of a .women's eye. is, I believe, almost inconceivable a'U ough it w as never necessary for me to use it with Mivins. I Well, they came these two to Vandeleur-terrase ; end before we sat down to tea, what do yon think r I obairved that there waa something odd about Mrs. Brown's dress, although crinoline dees hide most things she actually had that hearth-brush stuck through her pocket! The' law wouldn't right her, the said, she was determined to right herself with ithe strong hand, in case my lodger was tho man she anticipated. The sergeant-major was to stand in the passage, and seei that he made no resistance.. I thought this a most dreadful proposition, and insisted upon no such; thing taking place in my house ; but Mivins, I am sorry to say, opposed me point-blank. He even auggesttd that I, who had been wronged also by this gentleman, should ssaist Mrs. Brown, while hs : himself assisted the sergeant-major in overawing. tha t foe. I wonder what Aunt Bertha would have said had she hesrd him make such a proposal 1' How earnestly I hoped that my lodger would not oomein that evening, would never come back at all ; or better still, that he would turn out to be the Mr. Adolphus , Conroy which his manners and appearance had always , led me to expect ; the personal description which Mrs. Brown had given of Mr.; Somen, tallying so accurately with his own, however, that this last hope was very faint indeed. ' : .. vi ,, - 1 I At 6.46, as usual, the unsuspecting man cams home, land we could scarcely prevent the avenging female on jthe first floor from descending upon him forthwith, when she recognised his voice andtep. . The sergeant-imajor, however, represented to her how much sweeter her revenge would be if she waited till he had his 'slippers on, and his pipe alight, and he had made 'himself, as he fondly imagined, comfortable for the ievenins 1 ao ncor Mr. Adolnhus Conrov dined in peace. At eight p.m., the sergeant-major and my husband softly descended into the passage, and stood the one on cne side, the other on the other of our Spare Room doe r. I remained on the stairs, with my heart going pit-a-pat, I can promise you, and wishing what waa coming was well over. 1 The intrepid Luoy stooped down, and looked through the keyhole, "It's Semen," observed she, in a voice trembling with snticirated triumnh: "it's the verv man himself. ' He's got bis horrid feet upon the mantle-shelf, just as he used to da in our house ; sad he's reading the isame volume of Bjron's poems. I'lllkm Juan nun." 1 With these words she Ithrew open the door, and 'marched into pur Spare Room, like a general taking possession. ' . . ' i "And Low do you do, Mr. Somers, afteu Mr. Adolphus Conroy, atiat a number of other fine names, I do not doubt i My 'umble duty to you, my perfect : gentle man ;" and the dropped her courtesy to him with the moat cutting courtesy you can imagine, I could -j not help coming a little way down stairs to look at him. I never aaw any man so frightened in my life ; Mivins, under the idea of burglars, wss quite a Julius Cscssr compared with him. His eye wandered incsolutely from the hearth-brush! to the sergeant-major, and lit upon me at last with really quite a pitiful expression. ' " ' ' j " Oh, Mrs. Mivins," ssid he, " I never meant you sny harm. Do, pray, protect me." , t ; : " Ob,"no harm at all," exclaimed my husband, presenting our little account carefully made up to the latest dates " no harm at all, if you will settle that."1 j " And thit," added Mrs. Brown, dropping another 'courtesy, and drawing forth a document of a similar nature. ;' 1 ', ''," ; . . . ... ;, . I "I have not got one single farthing," observed Mr. Adolphus Conroy with desperation. r ' ' , i I draw a veil over what followed 1 indeed, I was so upset that I became entirely unconscious.. When I recovered, the sentinels were still at their post ; Mrs. Brown's colour was rather heightened ; her hearth-brush was broken in two ; my unfortunate lodger was" sitting on the csrpet of our Spare Room in a supplicatory attitude. ' - ' ! " If you will only spare me, Mra. Brown,' crted he, ' " I have an enele in town who will repay you all, and more." , ..',;'. ' " I date say you have," replied ahe contemptuously, ." You have an uncle in every street." i , I " Yes, but this is a regular one, this is," urged he ; " and ht's very fond of his nephew, I do assure you." 1 " Then he must have a very peculiar taste,'- quoth the sergeant-major sententiously,' -j "He will pay you all ten times over," cried the pocr wretch, tubbing his back. "I don't ask you to Tote sight of me; . Come with me to his house, Mrs. Brow n, if you will not trust me." . 1 " Trust you I" exclaimed that lady with the loftiest scorn. Nevertheless, since there was offered this 'scintilla of hope, she put on her bonnet, and accompanied her victim in. the street, notwithstanding the lergeant-majot'a remonstrances. In about five minutes she returned alone; Mr. Somen, alias Conroy, had called a cab in the next street, and escaped from the avenger. ' "He got on the box" said she, "or I 'would have gone wlthbim wherever he went. How-.ever, he's had something to remember me by.' I : When we came to examine the bulky and ponderous .baggage, it turned out , to be brickbats. -.Ail that he 'had left of personal property in our spare room he having, taken away all hia fine clothes by degrees snd 'unobserved was a falae cravat, called, I believe, a j "Dundreary" snd a little box full of ingenious 'instruments for forcing lock. ' ' ' I The misfortune has put us rather out of heart in respect to single gentlemen lodgers. Can any one tell ius what is to be dene with our Spare Room? Chambtrt. ; ,.1 ... . , . .';: V, ( mozart ry Loypoy,,;.. , . : : (From Notu and Quarto.) ' . 't... '".,,',' Whsn a few short months shall have passed away, a century will have elapsed since a little boy, seven yean of age already celebrated throughout great part of Europe for the precocity of hu genius, and destined thereafter to achieve a fame which will en. dure as long as the art which he practised shall exist first placed his foot upon the toil of England. The boy was Wolfgang Amadous Mozart. - I 'Little Mossrt, as is well known', waV together with his sister, carried about to the principal oittes in Europe by his father, Leopold Moaart, s exhibit hia marvellous abilities. ' ThB family arrived in England ,on I April lt, UtM, and remained here about, fifteen months. '. Of Mosarfs per.. Ifonnanccs during his stay in London, but little ia recorded by his biographen r even Mr. Edward Holmes (whose Ufa of Moxait is by far the 'best that has yet appeared) having contented himself with the mention of the two performances far June. 1764.' In the belief that fuller details will be aotepUble to many I have transcribed from JV JPnilia Aaxwtutr all ths different sanouaeemeats1 relative to Mesart's publlo appaaraaoes in London, which I subjoia.t i Tkay fumith many Inttrestmg paitietdan. and for ths most part need little commentary, fd 1 , n,,-.. , ' At the Orsat Boom in Sprin-Gardeo,' hear Bt. ainsas.Park. Tuesday, Jane bj will be performed a Kraaa Concert of Vocal and Instrurnantal Moaic For ths benefit of Miss Mozart of Eleven. nd Master Moaart of Bsvan, . tsars, of Age, Frodifiss of Nature; taking ths Opportunity of NpmeatiBg to ha Fuslk ths greatest Prodigy that Bonne or that Human Natura has to boast of. . BveW Body wiU M astonished to hear a .Child of such a tendsr Ass blsylng 4ks Harpstohord la suoh . m Feriection. It iuaaounts all Fantsstt sad Imaginatiorv and it is hard to express which is bars SatatihanTifr; hia Exe. Isutlon upon E&rpslchord, pUying at Bight, or his own Compoaitioei. Hit Father broughtbimtoBailand. net doubting nt that ha win nseet, with rewiiss in hKlngdomwhershls Countryman, th late famous tVsrtuoso, HandeL rSceived during bis Lif.-Umti atftb. particular Protection. Tickets at Half-s-Qulnea each t to no bad of IK. Hm uu. rvu xr-i.i..:' In Cttn fVmvt sit. U.a T... 11 o,2 STI ,..7t . ""''-' ,i ' tfw.i .W.t.aK V'lwlwn.i rii ,11 srm,-'i J. KdH .ft.tMt: ;j -jul: rH ,(; "''"v" "J' . I 'V. :i mi-iIU ,n.itir ''itw r.,',(r w.l'.fi v5" V-'.J .t.r. v.. f.,tv:Jl'i .v.r. !' 'tmi c4l i! ot.'ut;, TUESDAY, APIUX ttfi. 1864. u. Tn.n,;inn of tha Tjiril Cbstnberlsin. At ths Great Rcom in 8pring Garden, near St. James's Park, This Day, June S. atTwelveo'Clock, wiU be performed a Orsnd Conesrt: of VofcoJ JycJ Xns trunejiyd ; Muslo Tor iba Benefit of Mtas Mozirt of Eleven,, aid Master. Sloautt of Seven years.,f Age. Priidlg'es of attire.. TheVoculPartabySig..Cremonini and Sig. Quilici. the Tint Vii liu with a Solo by Sig. Bathclemon, Violoncel'o with a Concerto by Sig. Cyrl. Harpsi chord and Organ by Miss Mozart snd Matter Moz irt. Tioketa at Haif a-Guinea each,, to be had of. Mr. Moaart, at Mr. Cousin's, Hair Cutter, in Cecil. Court, St. Martin's Lane." (5th June, 178.) Li opold Mozart had misgivinga as to ths pecuniary result of 1 this concert by reason of the edit of the band ) but they were removed by the liberality of the professors engaged,, many-of whom- declined receiving any remuneration for , their services. The boy's next public appearance was at Bfiielagb, ots ' June 29, where he performed prj.tuiU.utly for- ' tne benefit of a charity. His father, in a letter to a friend on the Continent, quoted by Mr. Holmes, speaks of thit as a politic A'.. An .1 nnmnlAn,. nn tllA nvninAAtivA Aflvan. taxes likely to ensue from his allowing the child thus to " play tne uritisn patnoi. iae snuuuiicoiuouv m the entertainment being very long, I give only that part relating to Mozart: : . .i.t. . " for the ;Be neat of a Publio Useful Charity. , At Banelagh House on Friday next.. . .In the course of tie Evenine'a Entertainments the celebrated and astonishing Master Mozart, lately arrived, a Child of 7 Tears ot Age, will perlcrm several nne seieet jnecea of his own Composition on the Harpsichoid and on the Organ, whiah has already given the highest Pleasure, Delight, and Surprize to the greatest Judges of Musio in EngUnd or Italy, and is justly esteemed the moat extraordinary Prodigy, and most amazing Genius that has appeared in any Age.". . (26th June, 1764.) ! It would seem that the eoildren did not again per-foim in public until the following February :, . I '"For the benefit of Miss Mozart of Twelve, and Master Mozart of Eight Years of Age, : Prodigies of Mature. Little Theatre in the Haymarket, Fiidsy.Feb. 18, will be a Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Musio. Tickets at Half-a-Guinea each, to be had of Mr. Mozart at Mr. Williamson's in Thrift-street, Soho." (th February, 1765.) i "Hav market: Little' Theatre. On Account of Dr. Arnr's Ontorio of Judith, and the same Reason for ' want oil some principal Assistants .of .reixormers, Ms.-Ur .and Miss Mozart are obliged to postpone the Concerts which should have been T-morrow, the 115th instant, to Monday the 18th instant. They Idetire the Nobility and Gentry will be so kind ss to excuse them for not performing according to tha Time first proposed. , Tickets . to be had. of Mr. Mozait. at Mr. Williaimrm'ar in 1'hrifl-atreeL'Soho. 'and at the said Theatre. Tickets delivered for the jlth will be admitted. A Box Ticket admits Two into the nailery. t so prevent uiatu.es, too Ladies and Gentleuen are desired to send their Servants to take Places for the Boxes, and give in their Name s to the Box-keepers on Monday the 18th in the Afternoon." (14th February, 1765.) ' " Haymarket, Little Theatre. The Concert for the Benefit of Miss sad Master Mozart will be certainly Eerfoimed on Thursday, ,tbe21st instant, which will ettin exactly at Six, which will not hindering I'fcT I th e Nobility and Gentry from meeting in other Assem- blies on the same Evening. Tickets to bo bad of Mr. Moral t, at Mr. Williamson's in Thrift-street, Soho, and at the said .J. nee tie. A iiox I'icket ' admit, two into the Gallery, t To prevent Mistakes, the Ladiea and Gentlemen are desired to send their Servants to keep Places for the Boxes, and give in their Names to ithe Box-keepers on Thursday the 21st in the After-incon.';. (16th February, 1766.) . ; k' : ' To the announcement of the 21st February is added the statement that . " . ',, I " All the Ove rturea will be from the Compositions of these astonishing Composen si'e, only eight yean (old." f c:;. ; v:.:, r.i 11 k. i j: - .;u.i...i:.. v.. . Then, on 11th March, appeared the following : ' "By desire. . For the Benefit of Master iMozart of Eight Yean,' and Miss Mozart of Twelve Yean of Age, Prodigies of Mature, before their departure for England, which will be in Six Weeks' Time.' There will be performed at the End of this Month, or ths Beginning of April, A Conceit of, Vocal and Instrumental Mutic. Tickets at Half-a-Guinea each.. To 'be had of Mr. Mozsrt, at Mr. Williamsoh'a iuThtift-.street, Soho ; where those Ladies snd Gentlemen who will honour him with their Company from Twelve to Three in the Afternoon, any Day. in the Week, except Tuesday and Friday, may, , by taking- each a Ticket, gratify their Curiosity ; and not only hear (this young MusicMsster' and 'hia Sister per-'form in private, but likewise try his surprising 'Musical (Capacity by giving him any. Thing to play at. Sight, or any Musio without Bass, which lie will write upon the iSpot, without recurring to his Harpsichord. .' The Day and Placet of the Concert will be advertised in the Tublit Adeertittr eight Days before.1' (11th March, '1766.) .- i . . ,-t : ; . j This evidently produced no satisfactory result; since, af er the. lapie of a month, it. was thought .expedient to reduce the price of the tickets : ' -1 "Mr. Mozsrt, the Father of the celebrated ybting Musical Family, who have so justly raised the ' Admiration of the greatest Musicians of Europe, intending 'soon to leave England, proposes, befora his Departure, to give to the Public in general an Opportunity I of hearing these joung Prodigies perform both in public and private, by giving at the-End of this Month, a Concert, Which' will chiefly be conducted 'by bis Sen, a Boy of Eight Yeaia of Age, with all jthe Overtures of his own Composition. Tickets 'maybe had at 6s. each of Mr. Mozart, at Mr. Williamson's in Thrift-street, Soho ; where such Ladies and Gentlemen, who chuse to ooma themselves, and take either Tickets, or. the Sonatas comnosed bv thia IBiy, snd dedicated to Her Majesty (Price 10s. 6d.), iwrll find tho Family at home every Day in the Week, . ...viu "t.ic iu 1 v uivui , .tuiu . nave iu uppor- , ' tunity of putting his Talent to a more particular Proof, by giving him- any Thing to' play at Sight, or any Music without a Bate, which he will write upon the 'Spot, without recurring to; bis Harpaiohord.r 'Notice . of the Day and Place of the Concert will be given in due Time.'! (9th April, 1765.) . - , . . , ; Another ' month passed ere a day was fixed for the concert i "' i'l 11 J'.i .1:.- ... ! "For the Benefit of . Miss Mozart of 'Thirteen, and Master Mozart of Eight Years of Age; Prodigies of Nature. Hickford's .Great Room in Brewer Street, . Monday, ' May 13, Will be A Concert of Music, with all the Overtures -of this little Boy's ' own 1 Composition. Tickets' may) be had at' 6s, each of Mr. . Mozart, at Mr. Williamson's in Thrift. 1 street, Soho ; where such Ladies and Gentlemen who 1 chuse to come themselves, and take cither Tickets, or the Sonatas composed by this Boy, and dedicated to ; Her Majesty (Puce 10s. 8d.), will find the Family at home every Day in the .Week, from Twelve to Two o'clock ; and have an . Opportunity of putting his Talents to a more particular Proof by giving him sny Thing to play at Sight, or any Mutie without a Boss, ' which he will write upon the Spot, without recurring to his Harpsichord.'' (10th May, 1765.) , wi 1 ' "For the Benefit of Miss Mozart of Thirteen, and Master Mozart of Eight Yean of Age, Prodigies of Nature. Hickford'e Great Room in Brewer Street, 'This Day,.May 13, wills A Conoert of Vocal and In-. Btrumental Music,1' with all the Overtures of 'this' little Bay's own Composition: " Iho -Vocal Part by Big. Crcmonini ; Concerto oh the Violin, Mn Bar-jthelemon; Solo on the Violoncello, Sig. Cirii . Gon-Icerto on the Harpsichord by the little Composer , and Ihis Sister, each single , and both together,' fee. . (Tickets at 3s: each to be had of Mi. Mozart, at Mr. j Williamson's in Thrift-street, Soho." ' (1 3th May, 1766.) . .. " i- f .:OU ...t ,:;',.':.: :j ; At the end of the month the publio were invited to hear the children perform at their lodgings:. . : ' " Mr. Mozart, the Father of fhe celebrated young Musical Family, who have so justly raised the Admiration of ths greatest Musicians of Europe, begs Leave to Inform the Public that- his Departure from Bog-'lsnd is fixed for the Beginning of next month; , Such 'Ladies and Gentlernea -who desire, to hear these young Prodigies perform in private, will find the Family at Home at his Lodgings at Mr. Williamson's, la Thrift-'street, 8oho, very-Day in the' Week front' One to Three o'clock, and may-have an Opportunity of putting hi. Talent to a more particular Proof, by Igtvtag.hlmany thing to phty at Bight. .. The terms are 6, each Person,- or else to take the Bonatas icrmpoied by this Boy and dedicated to Her Majewty lfTiica.lt. M.), whith he has had the Honor of per., iforBiirs many Times :btfoie thetrMajssttssJiitaotU iMay. 176o.). ",'r - -Alittls more1 than fiveks'jiaases,,anTit:'is e.1 ident that this children srw no longer attractive at the iwest easdof Jitow, so the' city Is to be triad, and Iwlsss Mali-UfWm BntSSSSHltli. . -J.taa-J? ! 3.-31S( . ! atr. sioaart, toe jratntv of the celebrated young Musical Family, who have ao justly raised ths Admi-'ratlonof the greatest Musicians of Europe, has been' obliged Try the Desire of several Ladies snd Gentle.' men, to postpone hie Departure from England for a' short iTims, takes' this : Opportunity to rafbrnr ihe. PnbB o, that hs has taken the. great Boom In toe B wan, 'and Hoop. Tavern In Combill, where he will give au Opportunity to all the Curious to hear thaw two iemng Prodigies perform every Day from ' twelv to Tares. Admittance, 2s. d. eoh Person. f H befintV To.nomw, ths thh Instant." (8th July, 178 i7 tn 11 )' jt;J.'j:iv L-.lt ,!!!! V 1 1'' 1 rycl ul-(!' n labnir ) -iH :(i '.(!)' -7tt 5.-!) !) ;i n.jjir The next annonneement. issued only three - days afterwards, seems to indicate a want of success : " To all Lover of Sciences. The greatest Prodigy fHtf'Ktirone. or that even Human Nature has to boost. of. fa. without Contradiction, the little German Boy. I .Wolfgang alozartti a Jjoy, JSignt xean.oia, wno mi, and indeed very justly, raised ths Admrstion not only of the greatest Men,..out alette greeteat.Muti- jcians m JMirope. lt. in naru-.ua aay.-wircLucs mi Execution upon' the .Harpsichord, and his plajlng land singing at Sight, or his own Caprice, Fancy, and Compositions for all Instruments, are meat astonish-ing. The Father of this Miracle, being obliged, by Desire of several Ladies and Gentlemen, to postpone. . for a very short Time, bis Departure from England, will give an Opportunity to hear this Utile Composer snd , his Bister, whose musical 1 Knowledge wants not Apology.' Performs every Day in the Week from Twelve to Three o'clock in the Great Boom at the Swan and Hoop, d rnhill. 1 Admittance, 2s. 6J. each Person. The two Children will play also togethor with four Hands upon the same Harpsichord, and put upon it a Handkerchief, without seeing the Keys. . liitn juiy, 1700.J . , ., How lonsr th nerformances ' were continued POS- fterinr in thim ulvfirtfiAment 1 cannot discover I but no further announcement was made, and early In Sep. temberwefind the family on the Continent. It is a tather remarkable circumstance that Leopold Mozart, -although a violinist of some eminence,! did not himself perform at any of the public concert) at which his . Icnildien appeareu. . ri 4 ,.: THE PLEASURES OF MEMORY. mm 1. :.. .,' .) 1..:. 'A raw days ago a case was heard in the Divorce :C!nnT vbinh draw (torn the nreaidinrr Juflffeaomfl'Terv curious obsoivationsi The plaintiff was a captain in the Indian army, and he sued for a divorce iront bis wife on the ground ot ner improper intimacy witn in, irvbev nfficer in India- It anrieared that the. wife jhad, on a former occasion, been guilty of an aot of the same kind, snd had acknowledged her guilt both to jthe plaintiff and to the plaintiti's mother. . But she naa oeen paraonea .ny i.. uer . aiuwiu .i:nuu ion the ' second - occasion, ner nusDanti, ' so long as he suspected ' ' mere ,. impropriety, had again pardoned ner, merely sending her out 'of India and the dangenof Indian society. Bubse onentlv. he considered himself to hays discovered evidence showing that there was more than impro- Siltty in ner seconu intrigue, ana sppuea tor a suvorew. ir Jamea Wilde was of opinion that the additional evidence sdduced waa not sufficient ts prove more than the husband had known at the time wnen ha was pre- Sared to forgive her, and the petition was aocoroUngly iimisBed. The evidence, as reported, appears to have fully justified the decision of the Court, and so far every thing was as might have been expected. But the Judge was trot content with this, and he indulged in the composition of a most extraordinary family picture. .- He said that he saw no reason why the husband, having shown himself ready to pardon so much, should not take his wife back and live very . happily with her.. . Nay. the time might come when ; the nappy pair would look, upon thia interlude as a positively bright ' and 1 agreeable spot in . their . pest i lives, and would - chat comfortably - and pleasantly - oyer t their ! little quarrel in the Divorce Court.' " Fonah ef hoes olim memtnisse juvabit," said Sir James Wilde. , The day, perhaps, will come when this merry pair will smile at their chequered past, and enjoy together the " Pleasures of Memory."- - In- nerfe.es trood faith Sir James-Wilde- anticipated tbe day when a husband would sit side by jside with his wife and positively delight iu .the sweet ! reminiscence that be had shown her before England Ito have lost for ever ' the right to appear among honest, women, and, after having .been onee pardoned,' - to have indulged a second , time in an, intrigue with a .lad .half her ovm ag'.1 which, . although not proved to have been of a criminal riature, would, as Sir James Wilde stated, have afforded sufficient grounds for a divorce as coupled with the former 1 fftnee, had it not been for the renewed condonation of her husband. As yean' go by, thia unfortunate suitor is depicted by the judge as giving himself and the woman he had branded , with public shame the quiet satufoction of recollecting their own past history, and also of remembering that he had cast on him the duty of bringing an aged mother into the witness-box to attest his wife's guilt and to describe his own temper, and that he had been obliged to see his most intimate and private correspondence pub dished in the newspaper., his anguish and his wife's penitence all his sorrows, arid vacillations; sll her shame, and remorse, and, mad station bared to the . jpublic eye, and made the common topio of light and MiiuBuig vunvcieuuun. I " Forsanethtcc olim tr.eminlsse juvabit." A judge of a Divorce. Court who could dream of quoting such a line in such a esse must have a stranee notion lof the people who come . to him lor relief. To him, sitting comfortably in his' seat of office, theBepoor creatures may appear like puppets coming to play their little faros; in bis presence; ' He goes through his duties, and eats his dinner with thank', if ul and, contented .mind. They gs away, into the jdaiknets of despair and bitterness, and agonising imtmorita. Between them and their past lives there is' ' is - great gulf fixeoWthat of publicity. . The world knows their sad history, and their wrongs and quarrels , land. sins have become the property of society. A ihnBband in auch a case knows that every ene who is l&equsinted - with him is ' henceforth perfectly aware that he has a faithless wife, that he haa' been tricked, and wronged, that this has jhecn for yean the source of great family misery, that ithe burden of this woo has been eating secretly into tbe peace cf all privy to the secret. It is true that in many casea there have been errors on both sides'; and in this particular instance the advocates of the . wife tried to . show, and the judge seems in Bome , (measure to have allowed, that the husband had not 'always kept his temper with a woman who had ao deeply irritated him lEvenif this wore so, the- barb (of hia disappointment is not lest sharp because he has ;had to reveal to a gossiping publio his , own infirmities as well as lis wife s misconduct. , What would be the duty of a husband, under such cirenmstances, towsrds the wife whose Shame he had proclaimed, but from whom the law would not set him free, is a point that may perhaps be disputed.; Moat men would wish her far enough off: from any opportunity of. aharioa- :the pleasures of memdiy with them.' But supposing thai, by an almost superhuman effort of generosity,', or in a moment of irresolution, he took her back; what ' would thtir life bef vBhe would be excluded from tsociety, and would exclude him ; she would have to, taste the misery of prolonged publio disgrace, and. ha would necessarily partake her' bitter' ' lot, ' and 1. impose it .on. their : ohlldren . if 1 they had . any. Slowly1, , their,, long, :. awful 'days would go by with no hope to cheer them, with a thousand hourly trials to provoke them, with a crush. ; ing sense of the dreary waste of life to which each had exposed the other.' ' He would always be to her the man who, without advantage to himself, hadneedleasly published her disgrace; ahe would always be to him the woman whom he had tried in vain to throw of. If any one thinks, as the judge did, that this is a trial to which the parties ought' to exposed, the full consequence of their sssuming such a position ought jat least: to. be accurately estimated;., It would; be, a moBt terrible trial, and one of themoit painful, to Iwhich two human being., if of feeling, acute enough' ito be sensible of their misery, could be exposed.; And then a playful, rhetorical judge, delighted with himself and with his cheery way of disposing of cues, tells them that tho day will come when their maddening unhappiness, now just beginning, will be a green ,spot in the waste of memory. " Fonan et hrco olim meinmiise juvabit.": .' .'' ' ;'-'. 7 ' A more cruel piece of irony could scarcely be conceived, were it net evident that it was merely uttered by a man who did not take the trouble to think, what he was saying. . Sir Janus Wilde uttered this piece-of nonsense as' so many, of us utter our pieces of nonsense when1 we find ourselves in presence of sorrows which we cannot appreciate, and, which we survey as a pieee of bualnesa, 1 , Every . one in laffiictiorn is exposed to the trial of friendly platitudes, , and great trial it ia. Those who console do not know what to say; they only know that they must console, and so they, 'take refuge in sous generality which raises the con-' venation to what they hops is the proper level. .' It is true that there are! some people . who are apparenSly pleased with the ailly Uttle a'tenUon of their frieads.i i and who ars ' soothed by the tvidences (hey 'receive that they are not quite forgotten; ' If this were ' mot so: ths! usages aft society Tcould acarcely israam .what they are, and cuatom would not saaction saoh ! sWurdiUes M keepirigthsldcot.beU in the houss of ,t4JU $DttaS ltlwieridmg in returrt cards1 thank.. Foolish u are rnuy of the practices bf th world, -this emission of eards in Ntoguitiott ot Ithe aUtntJom bf acquaintanses iaiiniruding where: pnounuu over irreparable calamities is loin on is teetWnly; among tbev sflUest. Bat Jhera . m.ust oej Wdple 1rto'-receiTOlure 'fr6iu it, 01 It eould kcsrealy continue. There are", however, wounds which are not to be healed in this way, andUhe wounds ot tasu who . has exposed Ais wife's shame in a.publie , ourt, and failed toast id of her, are probably among the number,. Even UpUtitudes and scrape of religious korisolation arid the regulation wall-worn phrases can kolactJ 1 the loneliness of one whom death h recently robbed :l of .tte best ' tnasures inof j the heart, wsj at ii; n:ii .mnnobrto') Mnnstp.) I ei.'l onr UnalmJuit it Ha m ,,0!i'r tistitw I i. -;t 1 OH i:i eT;tiT .rttV.'A 'ti Lruil ivtll rrr ti vE!.-(.-vr:i they .an scarcely fail to be offensive to man who haa to deal with a hopeless and miserable life, and not with the gentle memories of the dead. It is a public misfortune when a Judge shows himself unable to comoirehend tieptlon ot Jhoae whose fate depends on his aecist6nr't)ne" of the tint requisites 01 a goou juuko ,u mo vnww v.". (would be that he should understand how exceedingly Important his detritions are to those affected by them, End ahould prove himself all re to the feelings which ' must animate, those, who have the misfortune to require hia , aid. , . The severe . and cold t Demeanour of a judge who administers rigid justice, snd is betrayed into no comments further t than ths ce.a before him positively requires, imparts much more dignity to a tribunal, and evokes much I less bitternrss and Indignation, than the namby-pamby hetoiio of a well-meaning official who sees in ths ' anxitties of his suppliants an occaiipn for displaying an unreflecting sentimentolism. ' : , ' Few pleasures of memoir sre such apples of Sodom ) as those which Sir James Wilde let before the vinfox- :L tunateofiiotr. But it may perhaps be observed that 1 the pleasures of memory sre mostly the Inventions of ' pcets, and are seldom tasted in roal life. When we lock back over a long course of years over infancy, or school days, or the season of early lover we can easily summon up a vague and general conception of what wa were and did then, whioh is iu a great measure conventional, and is borrowed out of books, but which also reflects the languid interest with which we think on what has long passed away, but retains the ; chsrm of having happened to ourselves. If, however, we try .to go further, and to ask what we did and suffered day by day in the' times we ' are thinking of, we A sacn become conscious: that the memory is by no . means always pleasant,' and that, even where Hi is not unpleasant fur a definite reason, it is vapid anel , tedious to us now. Especially when we have hae. , our minds shaken by along suspense, when we have eadured wrongs we thick undeserved, and have losu ties which we hoped would be perpetual, it is idle to talk of the pleasures of memory, although time may ; jhaye in some degree dimmed the first pain which the thought , of our ' griefs and ' losses occasioned. ; Memory , is . rarely pleasant . unless it is merely jthe memory of external trials from . whioh we r lhave escaped, or of scenes and times in which we ' have come in contact with Something that has en- ,-nobled and purified us. A traveller who has under- gone great hardships, who has had his: courage and resolution taxed, who has been in danger ef his life, and . haa seen himself given over : to the power' of wild : ibeasta ot savages or the fury of the elements, and who - then has returned to civiliaatiou and safety and com- ' fort, may naturally contrast ths present with the past, : lsnd may find that to think over the terrors of the 1 latter . heightens his enjoyment of the former )8o, too, it Is often better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all ; and there is a keen satisfaction in going over the events of past times when Iwehave- been, subject to sn Influence' which has (elevated, us, when tender and high feelings were , 'elicited, snd our ' communion wss with persons who t icame before us subject to the like lnflaences, sad ' Forked up to as high a strain. It is not, however, ' ue even then that the sensation which such reminis-jcen ces call up U ons thst can al ways be called a pleasure of memory. , " Fonan. et hmc 611m memlniMe ' juvabit " applies almost exclusively to external trials cr to scenes in whioh we have 'been gay snd happy. When the memory is only that' of misery, of times ' when we have come in contact with that which has : repelled and alienated us, and when we have had 1 .pangs to endnre, and have been subjected to those ' afflictions which reveal our' weakneases, and to the Icalamitits that have cast a fatal gloom oyer our lives, . then the memory is itself unalterably painful,' and f (partakes of the nature of the evil1 through which we piave . been slowly and sadly carried. Snfic-rfay , Heview, February 20. .! . .ji.j n '; ..j. i. I 1 jCai'ital FtiMiSBUXMi.-t-The subject of the unhappy individual about whose sanity or insanity so much has ; recently been said, baa formed a topic of discussion in Parliament. That discussion, however, has been hut partially satisfactory. ' After all that has been uttered, we have the utmost difficulty in believing in the poor ; man's sanity at the time he committed the murder. In ; tiuth, we cannot believe it. We see not how it is ; consistent with the known principles of human nature 1 for a man of perfectly sound mind to perpetrate such ' 'an enormity. There is unspeakable difficulty in .deteimining the boundary that seven sanity from derangement, and there are, moreover, alternations of ' hhese states; and, .whatever the man may be now, we entirely believe that he was irrational, and, '. therefore,' not responsible, -when the deed was committed. We have read everything pertaining to the ' question of any moment, and to ihU conclusion we are inevitably led. - Mr. Ewart, we perceive, haa 'announced his intention to bring on trio subject of Icspltal punishment very shortly. ' We cannot but.,, respect the humanity of that very estimable member ; jbur, while he is so anxious to shield tho murderer ' (from the penalty hitherto inflicted, la it hoi strange that he will not think of the murder itself ? We have had ever and anon to complain' that all the avmpathy is with, tbe ivil doer, and ' not - the IsuflVrer of evil. We have plentiful outcries ' Ion behslf of - th : noor wretch .who ia tn h. 'gibbeted : but nothing is heard of the man in whose ' innocent blood his unholy hands have been imbrued 1 ) lNo, not a woid of the bereaved and sorrowing widow, I not a word of the fatherless, friendless, and, perhaps, i'ocdlCTS children I No ; but tbe murderer,.'' the poor murderer," do not take away his life. ., ":The State has no right to trke what it. cannot give. By -pre. ; s rvirg him ycu give him time to repent, end he may ! repent, and escane eternal perdition ; but by cutting .. him off in hia tins, you hurl him into the pit of . destruction: from which ; there 's.', no escape." This is all 'very fine talk, but' we think ; it is 'a, very cne-tided view of the subject.' Moreover, , lessen, ss we look on the matter, demands life for life, i The Word of God, beyond fair contradiction, notwithstanding the glosses which, benevolent men have endeavoured: to put upon it, is. explicit with respect ..-to this subject. , The edict has never been revoked. ' 11 tvi.- '.k.j,.it: I., 1 - , . 1. i. - jblood be shed." But why this sympathy with the : murderer i Before he perpetrated the deed, did he not know the penalty J If he shrink from Uie gallows, ' let. him,. then, -withhold the dagger,. the pistol, the empoisoned cup, or the garotte rope I Mercy Is a (good thing) properly exercised, we admire it; but we have no sympathy with this maudlin sentimea- : kality.-Porto.' .... -, i - ,.,, , .,; I Pbusbia at A Discotmi. A Frussisn' paper; the VRhtnith Oatttlt, states that a deputation from the 1 (University of Kiel has arrived at Berlin, to make known to the King the wishes of the inhabitants of tHolsteln. The memben of' the deputation openly 'l declare that the Holsteinen are dead against any an. nexation to Prussia ; they prefer remaining Danes to .becoming Prussians, and that is the object of their ' (trip to Berlin., For the two Duchies it is a case of , pautrti tnoutont, Unjjouts tondut ! and they find the Austro-Pruesian shesrs rather shatper than the blunt instrument of Danish tax-collectors.' I Pabss . Zoolooioal Gabdbns. Tha .'. Zablnrrlnal ' iGar dens in the Boit de Boulogne have been lately en- icueu ny presents 01 various animals Jrotn Mexico. imong mem are tnree tunas,, whion, resemble those f Virginia except in the head. .. It is expected that nis animat win make a. valuable addition to the eer-park. There are likewise tbree small dogs, of race peculiar to Mexide. which1" crreatlv reasmhi nur Bcotch terrier.- Hut the most curious among' the presents sre thirty-five Huh,' whioh are only found in ' the lakes at Mexico.' They ore highly1 esteemed as 1 jfood, and are easily fed.-J?art Lttur. , i,,;,, ,., , ' I Lavsahxb amd Gibboh. The railway that runs ' all round the lake on the north bank makes Lausanne 4 an easy trip from Villeneuve, and this pretty place ' Should be visited for the sake of its yery fine cathe : oral even by those who would not care tor its piotu- ; resque position, or desire to see what remains of the summer-house and gsrden where Gibbon wrote the last lines of the Decline snd Fall," as he himself so jtouehingly tells. This incident alone, however, takes S thousands to the. place, such, is the interest felt by, , man in man and man's work. It waa in 1787 that the rreat historian finished his 'work here. ; Id 1799 he ' returned to England, on account of the Ooutlnsntal ' troubles ; and in February' of the following yeas he I lied while en a visit to Lord Sheffield, at Fletehing, u Sussex, and was buried in the parish church there. '" Cms caution we give Intending Tirltrrt n los.anns. ! ind that is, neres to expect any civility at the Hotel. Sibbon if, 1 as btavdng tmellers , ' eall; there ; lesiring, say, only aoianer-. BuiUl.l.f ',, , , 7 ! Bewniy. Manhattan" sava-" Mr ' Seward, in ' nvnatUn with an emmeht Neftrf York City tasr-' ' shsnt, stated hat the claims agalxst England ta file l, lot vessels destroyed by the Alabama aiidi other r resssls flttsd out in British potts sxrtountad to oyer ilghtsen millions of elousw, and that Knglratl yriuld. ; made to pay that ium before 18e elossd, ot ir retsels and cargoes of English nerchants ttr that ' mount would be seized ahd eoldto W 'Antlrlssn losses. This Is an Item of now very agrtsehla to our f nerchanta.whoiiive had losses by rebel frriyateen.''. :,- Bottitit T6it.Mrite :shate "to.-be" d ' by vjrsat , Britain for the atiolitiou of the. Scheldt tolt haa been Ixed at 8,782,320 francs. Half this sum is to be sited m the 1st of April, 1804, snd, ths 6$ehalf ojt the) listjj nf April, 1885. , .. ,c.foy ,j.-t io:wi,-i:'l te.W(st,ti vns 1 ' ,v) t tu .onaiiT t " -' 'i'jv:l luu n'nicO 1'ola mot ' w'J N .'.' ,f;'SllnlfH. Ma I ,'.QhM eeT .1 '-1.t.f uii at K ' J)0 I'a ,lti,, nr.'l ,lrt'f'. .lit? apii STK :r' ,-KkNHi9 i!V2nl'Jc-ll .vs'l I'i rj,eliij .

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