cant to say so :—it is cant or ignorance to say, as

some have done, that she can do without it. SciAs there is some truth in the following com- entific men have invented terms accordingly, framed plaint-we have suffered our correspondent to state on the common rule. But why does it happen it in his own quaint and amusing way :

that the phrase of science, built wholly by an October 24.

aristocracy among men, should be of all others

most absurd and cumbersome? Some years ago the use of alligators was

Two reasons suggest themselves. First, does it announced :-Each of them contains, be the same not often happen that those who have devoted their more or less, of oil one barrel-full. The teaching lives to the pursuit of facts contract a contempt for of science is a pleasant stream, particularly full of fancy? A pt to discover, they are totally unable to alligators. Sigillaria, Lepidodendrawith such invent. Such men have done vast good in their names is a past creation rebaptized by our scien

generation. They have created among us inteltific god-fathers; and for the poor creatures of 10-lectual light-but are they not also answerable for day, Lamprogena pulchella, " Asterotrichion Ble

a little darkness? Then, too, as an appendix to pharanthemum, or Chamædoria Nunnezharia, are this suggestion, it might be added that the same examples of style and title. Five syllables or motives which impel one man to call his mud-boots none ; while our own darling English asks not so Antigropelos, and another to convert braces into many letters-pine, oak, elm, yew—with which to Kalomorphoplasties, are not inert in their operation mark the living children of the forest. Ichthyosau- upon mortals of a higher class. The man of rus, Megalotherium—here are fine animals : while literature labels his book with some title often mother English is quite happy with two letters foran elaborated carefully to catch the passing eye : after ox—and in honor to the feminine gender adds but the same plan is it that the man of science labels one more to make it cow. Man, bull, cat, mouse, his discovery–happy if, at the expense of a new frog, toad :—dear mother English, be not yet cast crop of dogs' ears, his lexicon yields to him some down! “ An ass in cloth of gold is but an ass.

name, Greek and sonorous, which he trusts will Megalotherium is a disheartening fellow—but he almost by its own power win for him the respect only means big beasts.” There is no barrel of and attention of the wise. oil in that alligator :-barely a pipkinful. As for

There is a second reason, however, for the the mystic elements--Oxygen is nothing more rare cumbrousness of scientific language, which appears than a chemical Xantippe, mother of sharpness more worthy of attention. If we observe among and Bromine is but the father of stink. May I, the nations the results at which language-makers then, venture the profane conviction that one half have, perhaps instinctively, arrived, we shall find at least of our scientific nornenclature is no better this rule of tolerably extensive application :—that than A cheat which scholars put upon

words are short very much in proportion to their Other inen's reason and their own ?

frequency of use. In some cases this may be

because, being more often upon the tongue, they Dare I venture to hint that they make fine are more liable to suffer the contracting process; words much after the manner of that precocious but in whatever manner we have arrived at the son of a discerning bricklayer who, according to result, certain it is that those nouns and adjectives, Sir Kenelm Digby, came home from school and those verbs and expressive particles, which are of told his father that Bredibus was the Latin for perpetual recurrence, rarely overstep two syllables, bread, and that the Latin for beer was Beeribus, and are most commonly confined to one. This is and continued thus in his endeavor to delude him, not fanciful :-but it may be fanciful to carry out until that fond parent, “ apprehending that the the proposition further still. To suggest that mysteries his son had learnt deserved not the among the trees, for example, those which are expense of keeping him at school, bade him put off most common to our lips are almost all one-sylimmediately his Hosibus and Shoosibus, and fall 10 labled—as oak, elm, beech, fir, ash, yew, and the his old trade of treading Mortaribus ?''

greater number of the fruit-trees ; that those of two Revenons à nos—Alligators. The chief cause syllables include for the most part objects of less of the great space which scientific words are frequent speech—as, poplar, willow, chestnut ; suffered to consume consists in a desire to construct three syllables carry us a little further—among names which shall describe as well as designate sycamore and horse-chestnut; and another syllablo an object. Thus, a possession common to many brings us into the society of such dainty exclusives families of men, a night-cap, apt at a certain spot as rhododendron and laurustinus. This accidental to wear into a hole, is ascribed by the imagination result of the tendency of language to shorten all of human science in an especial manner to one words in familiar use might be illustrated also family of plants, under the name of a Dimidiate among the animals by which we are surrounded. Calyptra; and thus, again, a class of Mollusca Nature in the days of Torricelli used to abhor a parallel with the young imitators of Lord Byron's vacuum :-now the jaws of man object to being toilet are called Nudibranchiate, from their naked perpetually filled with nuts. Man was given an gills. And it is for the sake of these meanings omnibus to ride in—and he calls it a bus. He was that repulsive terms are cherished! It is for the provided with street cabriolets-and he called them sake of this oil that we nourish alligators !-Now, cabs. If it so happened that the name of horse it is to be granted that there is no language which was hippopotamus, it would be potmus in a month, does not build upon the same foundation. In every and pots before a year was over. case the name of an object sprang first from a rude Now, do we noi trace here the origin of a great attempt at terse description. This is the source of flaw in Scientific Nomenclature ? Terms and language; first, sounds are imitated-then we phrases which must of necessity recur in almost translate sight into sound, (as Locke's famous blind every page, are all built alike on a colossal scale. man did who thought that scarlet color was like the This language is a chess-board with all the pieces sound of the trumpet,) and on that foundation kings. There is no flow in scientific speech :-it build descriptive compounds. Science, to be crawls or marches. It is a stream, all fish, and exact, must have a language of her own.

It is not without water. It is a grand march of alligators,


forcing each other down some stony channel —not | jacket. He rubbed his hands continually ; his a river in which alligators swim.

eyes twinkled, and he seemed to abandon himself The fame of scientific men would be more justly entirely to the merry humor of the moment. grounded, it would be less a matter of courtesy and A few words had hardly passed before the curtradition which the mass take for granted, if the tain was gently pushed aside. The lady, like a general public could be admitted to at least a part timid fawn, peeped in : then, closing the curtain, appreciation of the honors which they deserve. A advanced a few steps into the room, watching the dry style and an unwieldy language shriek out now eye of her husband, who, without rising, half their “ Procul ite profani”—but this need not be. laughing, yet half commanding, beckoned her to a For much longer time this cannot, indeed, continue. seat on the divan, while we-our hands on our The likes and dislikes of that little unruly member bosoms in the oriental fashion-bent respectfully which “no man can tame," must be consulted. as she came forward and placed herself between For want of this respect to the Tongue's old prej- the old Mollah and Mr. Farren. Speaking Arabic udices, the noblest pictures of the human mind are well, the latter was enabled to commence a converalready too much obscured from an unpractised eye. sation, in which, after some slight hesitation al The dust of ages, with all its disadvantages, it this first introduction to mixed society, the lady apwould indeed he unwise now to submit to dilettante peared to bear her part with much ease and vivacpicture-cleaners—but we may at least preserve from ity. This delighted her husband, who could like disfigurement the works which are to be pro- hardly help expressing his satisfaction by laughing duced in time to come-Athenæum.

outright, so proud was he of the talent of his wife, and so tickled with the novelty of the whole affair.

While this was going forward, I observed that THE HAREM OPENED.

the curtain of the door was drawn aside by a white Mr. Bartlett, the English artistie traveller, hand, but so gently as not at first to attract the who has so well illustrated with pen and pencil with all the excitement of trembling curiosity in

attention of the Mollah, and a very lovely face, the scenery of Jerusalem, and the desert through its laughing black eyes, peered into the apartment: which the Israelites passed, gives in his “ Nile then another, and another, till some halt-dozen Boat the following curious proof that the ancient were looking over one another's shoulders, furcustoms of the east are giving way. It occurred tively glancing at the Giaour in the most earnest in Damascus.— Chronotype.

silence, and peeping edgeway at the old fellow to

see if they were noticed. Emboldened by this Some of the higher illuminati showed a secret impunity, and provoked by the ludicrous serious pleasure in evincing their emancipation from the ness of our visages, they began to criticize the prejudices of their forefathers. Of this class Giaour freely, tittering, whispering, and comparing principally were the visitors to the consul's house. notes so loudly, that the noise attracted the atten

was on one occasion engaged in drawing the tion of the old man, who turned' round his head, costume of a native female servant, when a man when the curtain instantly popped too, and all of some distinction entered, a Mollah of high again was silent. descent-claiming as his ancestor no less a per- But ere long these lively children of a larger sonage than the father of Ayesha, the favorite wife growth, impelled by irresistible curiosity, returned of the prophet himself. His demeanor was accord again to their station. Their remarks were now ingly grave and dignified ; and, as I afterwards hardly restrained within a whisper, and they remarked, he was saluted in the streets with sin- chatted and laughed with a total defiance of degular respect. His amusement was extremely corum. The favorite bit her lips and looked every great as he saw the girl's figure rapidly transferred inch a sultana at this intolerable interruption ; to paper; he smiled, from time to time, as if occu- whereupon the old man gravely arose and drove pied with some pleasant idea, of which at length them back into the harem. as some old pedagogue he delivered himself, expressing his wish, to our would a bevy of noisy romps. infinite surprise, that I should come to his house in Delivered from this interruption, the lady, at a company with the consul, and take a drawing of sign from her liege lord, proceeded to assume the his favorite wife. It may be supposed that so pose required for the drawing. She assumed for singular an invitation, one so opposed to every the occasion her richest adornments; her oval Mussulman prejudice, and even established custom, head-dress was of mingled flowers and pearls, her much amazed and excited us.

large close-fitting robe, open at the sleeves, and At the appointed hour we repaired to the old half way down the figure, was of striped silk ; a Mollah 's abode. Externally, unlike the houses in splendid shawl was wreathed gracefully around Cairo, it presented nothing but a long dark wall the loins, and a rich sort of jacket was thrown over upon the side of a narrow, dirty lane ; within, the rest of her attire. Her feet were thrust inw however, everything bore testimony to the wealth embroidered slippers, but the elegance of her guit and luxury of its owner.. The saloon into which was impaired by her walking on a sort of large we were ushered was spacious and splendid ; ornamented pattens some inches from the ground. marble-paved, with a bubbling fountain in the It may be supposed that I did not keep the lady midst, and a roof supported on wooden beams standing longer than was necessary. highly enriched and gilt in the Arabesque fash- When I had finished, our host, with a smile of ion. A large door, across which was slung a peculiar significance, directed her attention to a heavy leathern curtain, which could be unclosed and small carved cupboard, ornamented with pearl, shut at pleasure, similar to that adopted in Catholic from which she proceeded to draw forthmirabile churches in Italy, opened on the court, from which dictu a glass vessel containing that particular another communicated with the mysterious apart- liquor forbidden to the faithful, and pouring it out ments of the harem. We seated ourselves on the in glasses, handed it to us all, then, at her husdivan. Our host shortly entered, smiling at his band's suggestion, helped herself; and, as we own thoughts, as before. He doffed his turban pledged each other, the exhilaration of our pious and pelisse, retaining only his red cap and silk / Mussulman entertainer seemed to know no bounds.


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From the Examiner, of 8 Dec. sion to it is evaded ; and we have ourselves WHAT WE HAVE NOT DONE, AND WHAT MR. received a letter from a barrister of the northern CHARLES PHILLIPS HAS DONE.

circuit, expressing strong approval of what we

have said as to the license of counsel, but demurA PARTISAN of Mr. Phillips twits us with the ring to our inculpation of Mr. Phillips on the faith “ significant fact” that we carefully abstained from of an uncorroborated Times' report : alluding to Mr. Warren in our remarks a fortnight back. This omission is remedied below.

The report of Mr. Phillips' speech from which Another of our omissions has greatly grieved you quote, seems to me to have been made by a gen

ileman who was not a short-hand writer, or who, the Standard. We were to have defended our

being a short-hand writer, was desirous of abridgselves at the expense of the reporters. But, ex- ing the report of the speech. It is written in the claimed the Standard, triumphantly, “The univer- third, not in the first person. The reporter is the sal scapegoats, the reporters, cannot be charged speaker, not Mr. Phillips. He narrates what he with the invention of the calumny." Miserable and (Mr. Phillips) said. He was, in changing the malignant libellers that we were, the outlet com- mode of expression from the first to the third perinonly open to the worst offenders was remorsely the exact words of the speaker ; and if he either

son, necessarily compelled to vary his report from shut against us. Mr. Phillips himself vouched

was a reporter who took his notes in long hand, or for the accuracy of the Times, and for us there was desirous of condensing the report, it is highly was nothing but to accept even the word of Mr. probable that Mr. Phillips' words were not literPhillips.

ally taken down; and it is quite obvious that a very Perforce accepting, then, this frail voucher, and slight transposition of words might alter the sense submissively turning to the “ giant of the press,

most materially. who can make and unmake reputations,' we found We quoted the report indorsed by Mr. Phillips enough in its damning report to unmake fifty rep- himself as a faithful one ; but thus appealed to, utations less crazy than Mr. Phillips'. Hereupon, and sensible how little worth was the learned genup start half a dozen wigged letter-writers to de- tleman's anthority, we have thought it right to clare they were present at the trial, and don't ascertain if the reports of the other morning believe a word of the Times' report that makes papers suggest any better case for Mr. Phillips, against their friend, and Mr. Phillips claps their or in any respect tend to confirm what he now letters into a pamphlet to annihilate“ an obscure brings his friends to depose to. And, first, for a journalist's" abominable libels. Call you this few words of explanation upon two points in the backing your giant of the press ?

evidence of the police at the trial. If the Times is to be believed, Mr. Phillips, to The prisoner's trunk was twice searched after screen a murderer, with whose guilt he was ac- suspicion had fallen upon him, and, during the quainted, threw suspicions of the guilt upon the interval of a week between these examinations, innocent, invoked to a falsehood the name of the had been left in the custody of the police. A pair omniscient God, grossly slandered a woman for of gloves very slightly marked with blood, which the performance of a sacred duty, and accused the had not been detected at the first search, fell from police officers of a “ bloodhound" conspiracy to the enclosure of a shirt when the trunk was examconvict an innocent man for the money they would ined the second time; and there was no reason

But if Mr. Richard Garde, barrister- to doubt, as the judge's charge suggested, that, if al-law, is to be believed “ upon bis honor as a the shirt had been shaken on the first occasion, as gentleman, and, what he considers far greater, his it was on the second, the gloves would then have faith and word as a Christian,” Mr. Phillips cast been discovered. But, one way or the other, the no guilt upon anybody, nor did he in the least fact was of the smallest possible importance, the depart from the strict rules of honor and truth ; bloody marks upon the gloves, and upon two handand Mr. Garde particularly claims credit for his kerchiefs which were found with them, being memory in the matter because of “the evident hardly discernible; and any such revolting suginterposition of Divine Providence which brought gestion as that the police had so stained them with the guilty to punishment”-in other words, be- blood of their own procuring, the chief justice cause of the critical arrival of Madame Piolaine quietly disposed of by remarking, that if such had to undergo the slander of Mr. Phillips. In like been the design it must have been more successmanner Mr. James Espinasse, Recorder of Roch- fully effected. The other circumstance to be preester and Judge of the Kent County Court, deposes mised is, that one of the constables, Baldwin, conthat Mr. Phillips kept scrupulously within the tradicted himself as to his personal knowledge of bounds of propriety ; Mr. M. Fortescue protests the reward for the discovery of the murderer. Conthat Mr. Phillips did not utter a word to justify fused and terrified under a long and bullying crossthe imputations cast upon him; and Mr. Clarkson, examination, this uneducated man, ignorant and as befits his impartial position in the affair, unable to read, fell into a confusion between denyentirely and cordially confirms every statement in ing that he had read the government offer of the Mr. Phillips' letter.

reward placarded in the streets, and admitting that These communications are so dated as to indi- he had heard it read at the station-house. cate the possibility of the writers' having seen the these two facts, which we have thus simply stated, article in the Examiner of the 24th, though allu- was to be built the entire superstructure of alleged

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Upon conspiracy between the police and the maid-ser- | as very extraordinary. If she had said, “ Let us go vants. Fresh from a careful reading of the case, and tell my lord that the house is plundered”-it we distinetly affirm that every part of the evidence would have appeared different. But why should of Sarah Mancer, and, with the single exception ship? She saw no slains of blood about the house,

she suspect that anything had happened to his lordof Baldwin, of every member of the police, was and why therefore should she suspect that his lordship upon the face of it honest and irrefragable testi- was not safe? Courvoisier and all the other inraony ; and it is a matter of amazement to us, that mates of the house were safe, and why should she the poor women-servants could have retained so have suspected that her master had been injured? consistent an impression as their evidence con

The language employed against the police apo veyed, of the frightful terrors they had undergone. pears also in ranker luxuriance in the Herald than

We have now compared the report of the Times in the Times. “A gang of villains, tempted by with those of the Chronicle and Herald, (the Post's the 450l. reward,” is the mildest description vouchreport was that of the Herald, with a few unim- safed to them. They are “ ruffians” tampering portant printer's deviations,) and are in a position with every point of evidence “to fasten guilt on io state that they confirm, in a remarkable manner, the wretched man at the bar.” Their hands are every imputation against Mr. Phillips' speech, and “ fangs.” They do nothing that is not a “ foul only differ in the large additions they make to its machination.” • My learned friend asks who profanity, its wickedness, and its falsehood.

murdered his lordship? I ask who put the bloody The key-note of the oration is struck in the first gloves and the bloody handkerchiefs into the box of few lines. The jury, according to the Times, are the prisoner? I say openly and fearlessly, that told that the orator will demonstrate, not only the articles were placed there by some of the police, that there is nothing on which they can safely for reasons best known to themselves.So far the convict Courvoisier, but that there is a good deal Herald. The Chronicle goes further. The po* which might make them suspect that he had lice are " miscreants” laboring to “ condemn and been inade the victim of an unjust and depraveo damn” the prisoner, whose box has been left purconspiracy;" or, according to the Chronicle, “ that posely accessible to the whole gang” and to the he is sought to be made the victim of the greatest maid-servants. The wretches who hid the gloves deprarity.This was what Mr. Phillips under- in the prisoner's box, are wretches who had an took to put before the jury, and did put before equally good opportunity of concealing the artithem. Proceeding strictly upon the Brougham cles in the prisoner's pantry. In other words, as canon, and regardless of the alarm, the suffering, the chief justice stated it to the jury, the police the torment, the destruction he might bring upon must in that case have removed and concealed these others, he denounced the police and the women- articles (which had been in their place late on the servants, throughout, as fellow-conspirators against night before the murder) at the very instant of the life of his client. Such a charge might also their discovery of the crime, and before suspicion be so stated as to involve what would infinitely had fallen anywhere. “ Who put the gloves in strengthen it; and this he did not omit. Imputa- the box ?" asks Mr. Phillips repeatedly. "I tions of a knowledge of the murder previous to told you before, that there was evidence to induce Courvoisier's knowledge of it, were levelled at a supposition that this man is sought to be made the servant girl who had passed the terrible night the victim of a foul contrivance. Tell me how the of its commission near the bedroom of the victim ; gloves got into his box. and these the jury were left to couple with that these things into the trunk, I ask, and for what cross-examination before the confession which Mr.

purpose were they put there?

Was it Phillips now palliates on the ground of his client's anything but an act of justice to the man whom, supposed innocence, but of which his client's con- I say, THE CONSPIRATORS SEEK TO MURDER, that fessed guilt nevertheless received all the advan- this box should have been locked up and sealed ?" tage.

It was the same at every step of the evidence. Heretofore we have given these revolting im- Everything was wrested and perverted to the foul putations from the report in the Times.

What work in hand.

A very respectable man, named we shall now quote is from the Herald ; and the Pearce, a police inspector, to whose character and barrister of the northern circuit will be glad to evidence the chief justice was careful to bear teslearn, not only that the Herald's report is in the timony in his charge, admitted that on the sudden first person, but that it is throughout more full discovery of the articles concealed by Courvoisier ihan that of his contemporaries, and has every he had shown them to the latter, and asked him if appearance of verbatim accuracy.

he now

“ dared look him in the face." Mr. Phil. Now the first imputation cast upon this man was lips seized upon this as a proof of intimidation. ihe agitation he displayed. Let us try this by the “ Merciful God, gentlemen !" says the report in test of our own hearts and consciences. Here he the Herald, " was this an expression to be used by is, having seen his master perhaps in a state of re- an officer of justice to an unfortuncle man?The pose, and in the morning he is alarmed by the inspector is denounced as an " inquisitorial rufhousemaid, who was up before him, with an outcry fian,” who “ browbeats” and “ bullies” for his of robbery, and some dark, mysterious suggestions share of the plunder. of murder having been committed.

“Yes, gentlemen of the 6. Let us go,' said she, “ and see where my lord is.” Gentle- jury, the moncy is to be divided upon the coffin of men, I must confess that that expression struck me my unfortunate client should you pronounce him

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guilty, and Mr. Inspector Pearce and the rest of the police myrmidons, will, when they receive their respective shares, write the receipt in the blood of the prisoner.” Incredible as are these expressions in the report of the Herald, they are more than confirmed in that of the Chronicle, which represents Mr. Phillips deploring, in deep pathos, the return of the days of "blood-money," and denouncing the crime of the government reward (which he attributes to a desire of Lord John Russell to avenge his relative's death) as having" induced men to compass the death of their fellow-creature." Both reports unite in affixing such epithets as miscreant bloodhound" to the constable Baldwin, and in applying his solitary self-contradiction to the "whole villanous gang.' "Er uno disce omnes," exclaims the conscientious advocate.


The blasphemous invocations to the Deity are less frequent in the Chronicle report than in that of the Herald; but in both they are sufficiently rife. "THE GOD ABOVE ALONE KNOWS WHO IS GUILTY OF THE TERRIBLE ACT of which the prisoner stands accused," is one of many similar expressions in the Herald report; and the suggestion of the minor guilt of robbery thrown out to meet that evidence of Madame Piolaine which no amount of personal slander could shake or evade, is here accompanied with language more disgustingly profane than we had found even in the Times. "You are asked," says this advocate, whom the pious Mr. Garde so much admires,


life and death is in your hands. To YOU IT IS GIVEN TO CONSIGN THAT MAN ONCE MORE TO THE ENJOYMENTS OF EXISTENCE AND THE DIGNITY OF FREEDOM, or to send him to an ignominious death, derer. Gentlemen, mine has been a painful and to brand upon his grave the awful epithet of muran awful task; but still more awful is the responsibility attached to the decision upon the general fact or circumstances of the case. To violate the living temple which the Lord hath made to quench the fire within his breast, is an awful and a terrible responsibility; and the decision of guilty once pronot that word lightly-speak it not on supposition, nounced, let me remind you, is irrevocable. Speak however strong-upon conviction, however apparently well grounded-upon inference-upon doubt -nor upon anything but the broad, clear, irresistible noonday conviction of the truth of what is alleged. I speak to you as a friend, as a fellowChristian, and I tell you, that if you do not act in the spirit which I have called upon you to do, THAT


If you should pronounce your decision without that deep and profound consideration of its awful import, the error which you have fallen into WILL PURSUE YOU WITH REMORSE TO THE LATEST PERIOD OF YOUR EXISTENCE, AND STAND AGAINST OF YOUR GOD. SO BEWARE WHAT YOU DO.


Now let the reader pause a little to consider that the man in whose behalf this passionate and profane appeal was uttered, was known to the man who uttered it to have murdered a venerable nobleman as he lay sleeping in his bed. Let him reflect that all the pains and profligacy of assertion which our extracts have disclosed, involving the

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to find the prisoner guilty of the crime upon circumstantial evidence. Are there then no circum-innocent in fearful suspicions, damaging the charstances against other parties in connection with this acter of honest witnesses, destroying the effiYou are to recollect that if you find this ciency of public officers, and lessening every social man guilty you doom him to death upon mere cir- safeguard against the immunity of crime, had for cumstantial evidence. I shall be able to show you its avowed object nothing less than to by and by that you can WITHOUT PUTTING YOUR SOULS TO ANY HAZARD find him guilty of an offence by which he will be liable to punishment little short of that to which he would be consigned even if he were found guilty of the dreadful crime of murder, and this you may do WITHOUT HAZARD


Does Mr. Richard Garde, meek Christian that he is, think such language as this is to be approved without "hazard to his salvation?" A letter from the holy man to the Examiner on this point would be really much more edifying than his recent letter to Mr. Phillips.

The foul case we have thus doubly and trebly established is not capable of further addition; but the friends who have admired the speech for its "powerful and eloquent appeal to the heart and judgment of the jury, affecting, in a most wonderful manner, all who heard it, particularly the educated," would doubtless charge us with a wicked suppression if we omitted its affecting peroration. Here it is, then, from the Herald.

And now, gentlemen, having travelled through this case of mystery and darkness, my anxious and painful duty is ended. But, gentlemen, yours is about to commence, and I can only say, the Almighty God guide you to a just conclusion. The issue of

once more to the enjoyments of existence and the dignity of freedom" a confessed and cowardly assassin. Let him not forget, at the same time, that this speech had been bought and paid for; and after his best judgment let him say who was the bloodhound in the case, and what was the bloodmoney.

Such devotion to the client as this has no parallel in any other relations of man and man; and the bond of it is a bit of gold, buying off, if need be, truth, honor, humanity.

I ask not, I care not, if guilt 's in thy heart,

I know that thou fee'd me, whatever thou art! Yet there was a moment when Mr. Phillips, forgetting the highest duties of an advocate, had thought of throwing up his brief, and of throwing up much beautiful bombast along with it. Naturally it was a moment of great horror to the orator. It struck him dumb. His client had committed a double assassination; he had not only murdered his inopportune confession, his counsel's prepared his master, but worse, he had murdered also, by speech. How many aspiring flights must be modified at last! how many appeals and protes tations reduced from the affirmative to the negative.

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