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into my eye, and the words involuntarily escaped THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF MISS ROBIN- my lips—“. What a lovely shot for a dress!” And SON CRUSOE.

this is human vanity! Alas! how little did I dream of the terrors of the coming night. The

sun went down like a ball of dull fire, in the midst Being booked as a married lady about to return of smearing clouds of red-currant jam. The winds to her husband at Hyderabad, I was particularly began to whistle worse than any of the lowest cautious in my conversation with many of the orders of society in a shilling gallery. Every female passengers, the greater number of whom wave was suddenly as big and high as Primrose were really the wedded wives of officers and siate Hill. The chords of the ship snapped like bad civilians ; ladies who had really left their little stay-laces. No best Genoa velvet was ones in England, and were returning to their blacker than the firmament; and not even the Indian firesides. I say I was reserved in my voices of the ladies calling for the stewardess speech, lest I might betray my inexperience. Be- were heard above the orchestral crashing of the sides the married ladies, there were a dozen young elements. gentlewomen, consigned to the captain for the For myself, with one hand clutching the side of same purpose as I proposed to myself; namely, my berth, lest I should be rolled into the bosom of for instant marriage on their arrival. I will con a whole family lying in disorder before me, and sess it, that the number of spinsters a little discon- the other grasping a smelling-bottle, my thoughts certed me; as I had picked out from newspapers —what could they do?—flew backward, home. something about the harmony of demand and sup- Then I saw my father, mildly sipping his one glass ply, and therefore knew that if only twelve officers of toddy ere he departed for bed'; my mother caine off in the yam and cocoa-boats for a wife, making believe to knit ; Tib, the cat, upon the there must, by every rule of arithmetic, remain one hearth ; Joss, the pug, upon the stoel ; and my virgin unwedded. I will not attempt to describe sampler-yes, so roused was my fancy, I saw my my perturbation when I reflected that this one own sampler-with the row of yew-trees, in green might be myself! However, after I had well sur- silk, framed and glazed above the chimney! And veyed the whole twelve, I took great heart. Three then my father's words, “I'll get you a sober and had very red hair ; four irregular teeth ; two—but steady husband,” rang in my brain ; and—so no; it is a melancholy, a thankless task to num- quick is imagination in moments of peril—I absober the imperfections of our fellow-creatures. Let lutely saw that interesting man, saw him as my it suffice that, with the ingenuousness of a wedded lord, and beheld myself in a very sweetly woman's soul, I knew myself to be the most furnished house, surrounded by I know not how attractive of the lot. Thus, I would not de- many happy children. The thought was too much spair should even a general officer come off in the for me. I wept. cocoa-boat.

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I know not how long I had remained in this sad Much that I saw and heard, naturally enough, condition, when I heard the voice of Captain Bissurprised and disconcerted me. I was a week at cuit shouting down into the cabin—" Tumble up, least before I could reconcile myself to the fre- ladies! Ship’s going down!" I leapt from my quent order to “ put the ship in stays.” At first berth, and with wonderful presence of mind seized I believed it was nothing but Captain Biscuit's a favorite bandbox. Nor, even in that hour of wit; but as nobody laughed, I of course looked as terror, were the curls (spoken of in my last chapgrave as the rest. When, too, the captain de- ter) forgotten. I will not dwell upon the scene clared that “ he knew we should have a squall that met my view when I rushed upon deck ; before night,” I, innocently enough, asked him, though the patterns of some of the nightcaps I saw “which lady among us he thought most likely to never can go out of my mind. scream?” Silly creature that I was! But I was As I was about to rush by the gangway, I was soon to learn ihe difference between a feminine seized—I know not by whom-and literally flung scream, and the scream of Boreas. A warning into the barge below. This violence struck the this, I trust, to all roving young ladies who, not bandbox from my hand ; and I saw it borne away content with the chance of steady and sober hus- forever by the remorseless deep. Ere, however, I bands (as my dear mother, with tears in her eyes, could express my feelings upon this bitter loss, I used to call 'em) at home, must even take ship for heard a shout-the voice, I think, of Captain Bisthe Indies to marry officers in regimentals, and so cuit—the barge gave a lurch, and when I was next -but I will not anticipate the sorrows that over- conscious, I found myself alone upon the deep

miraculously supported by my garments and in We had sailed for many days with the wind, as this manner passed along from wave to wave. they told me, south-west by west ; which, as well | This, however-I knew it-could not last. Gathas I could then make out, was as much as to say ering my senses about me, I therefore began 10 the Elephant and Castle by St. James' Church. swim. Thus, alter my own fashion, did I make out the And here let me bless my prudence that had theory of the winds. When we had been at sea turned a month's visit to Margate to profit, teacha week, Captain Biscuit with peculiar emphasis ing me to swim. I might, with the thoughtless declared that we were at last "in blue water.” It and vain, have raffled at libraries—I might have was not of course for me to contradict him : but, sat whole hours upon the beach pretending to read looking over the ship, the color appeared ex- the last new lovely tale--but no, I knew I feltactly what I had often bought at the mercer's for a that life was made for better things; and therefore, sea-green. But Captain Biscuit was an old man. once a day, launched out into the deep, and-in

We had been at sea, I think, twenty-seven days, flowing garments, learned to swim. The curious when we killed a dolphin. The sweet creature world might be gathered on the beach ; I cared died beautifully. As I stood contemplating the not, but struck out. And now, at the most eventbrilliant hues of the expiring fish, beholding how ful moment of my life, I found the value of my the colors burned and intermingled, a tear stole skill. Therefore is it, that I hope my example

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CHAPTER III.

will turn some of my sex from dancing in all its What, then, were my feelings when I thought of variety of vanity to a more worthy and enduring wild beasts ?-beasts that revenged the wrongs of accomplishment. True, dancing may obtain a the beasts in cages, by eating the unprotected husband; but swimming saves a life. Happy, travellers on their shores? I had read horrid tales then, the woman who quits the ball-room for the of bears and apes; and when I remembered I had deep—who turns from cork-soles for a cork-jacket. nothing but a pair of scissors (with one point blunt To return to my story.

100) to protect me, how I wept-how I repented After much swimming, a mighty wave threw of my folly, that had brought me in search of a me ashore ; but Neptune, doubiless for some un military husband, coming in a boat with cocoaknown purpose, sent a bigger wave to fetch me nuts and yams, to perish at last, perhaps, in the back again ; fortunately, however, my flounces-claws of some wild and foreign animal. they were worn then very full-catching among Daylight, as if in mockery of my terrors, waned the rocks, held me fast ashore. Taking advantage fast away. Where was I to sleep? That I, who of this circumstance, I rose and ran away from the at the least dusk had never walked from number next billow,

nine to the Thompson's at number six, without the I looked about me. It was plain I was upon man or the maid—that I should sleep out all night, some island. Yet, although my father had been I knew not where, shocked me past words to regularly charged for my learning the use of the paint! Respectability seemed sinking with the globes at the Blackheath school, the fault was sun! Suddenly, I heard a sound—whether the either in the teachers or myself, that I could not voice of a tiger or a frog I knew knot; but equally possibly guess upon what part of the world I was alarmed, I ran to a tree. Instinctively looking landed.

about to see that nobody observed me-and, for Not wearing pockets, I had secured nothing the moment, (silly creature that I was.) thinking about me, except a pair of scissors, a smelling- only of the country stiles of happy England-I bottle, and a box of peppermint drops.

put one foot upon the lowest bough, and with an agility that surprised even myself, continued to

climb. At length I threw myself into the umI continued to walk about on the shore, much brageous arms of a young hawthorn, and prepared wondering at the fortune that had saved me, and myself for rest. I put one peppermint drop in my grateful to my own discernment, that at Margate mouth, and soon sank to sleep. Even at this had prompted me to shun the meaner pleasures of lapse of time I wonder at myself; but I never the place, to learn to swim. And then I suffered even thought-vain as the thought would have alternations of happiness and despair. I thought been-of paper for curling my hair. of my female comrades ; and believing them to be I awoke, as usual, about eleven o'clock. It was in the deep, all thoughts of rivalry charitably died a love of a day. The sun shone beautifully hot, within me.

I thought of ardent hair and irregu- and the sea was like a looking-glass. For the larity of teeth with a pity—a sympathy that sur- first few minutes—ere fully awake-I thought I prised me. So true it is that no trouble, however was at Margate ; and, so were images mixed and great, has not, in the core of its very greatness, confused, that as the small shingle was moved and some drop of comfort—(for the human heart, like shaken by the advancing and receding wave, I a bee, will gather honey from poisonous blossoms) thought I heard the rattling of the library dice. --that from my very solitude I snatched a triumph. Moving, a sharp thorn—the tree was full of them Should I meet an Indian prince-and, for what I 1-brought me, as adversity lowers pride, instantly knew, I might be in the empire of the Mogul- to myself

. With a heavy heart I descended the there was no lady to contest with me his royal tree, feeling it vain to wait for the breakfast bell

. affections. And again, this feeling was saddened Again and again I looked around me, I was such hy the thought that no other woman could witness a figure! It was foolish, weak; but nevertheless, my conquest. For all my acquaintance were it showed the beauty of the female character. I gone ; I never saw them, or any sign of them dreaded least even some savage should see me in my afterwards, except a jaconet muslin nightcap horrible déshabillé. And then-though my noble (the horrid pattern !) and a wave-tossed rouge- reason told me it could not be so—I shrank at pot.

every motion of the sea and air, lest the Indian And still my feelings of satisfaction began to prince, or general officer, should suddenly rise beabate, for looking about me, I saw no habitation ; | fore me, and then-in such a dress what would he and though I listened-my sense of hearing sharp- think of me? In such a state, it seemed to me a ened by my peril-I heard not the sound of a muf- blessing when I could really think that I was upon fin-bell. I therefore concluded that I was in a a desert island, all alone! Solitude was bad, but land to which the blessings of civilization were to be caught with my hair in such a fright-with utterly unknown. And besides this, I began to all my flounces limp, (much starch was then feel that my feet were very wet; and—though I worn,) and my gown as though waxed about struggled long-I at length burst into tears when me-I felt it, I should have died upon the I thought of my evening blue buried in the bosom beach. of the deep. And then I began to have confused After a time my pride abated as my hunger feelings of hunger. A sea-bird screamed in the rose. I could not have believed it, but I thought distance, and I thought of the liver wing of a less of my hair and more of my breakfast. A les. chicken. This threw me into terrible disorder. son to human arrogance-for did I ever believe Only that I knew nobody was there to catch me, that the human soul could so have hungered for a or what could I have done but faint ?

twopenny twist? I walked upon the beach : it As a child, I always screamed at a spider. As was strewed with oysters. Nevertheless, though . a woman-I throw myself upon the sympathy of there were thousands about me, it was June, and my sex—though fond of milk, I always ran into I knew that oysters were not in. “At leasi,” I the first shop or door-way, or grasped the first arm thought," and whatever fate in its bitterness may of the first gentleman on meeting even a cow. I have in store for me, as I have lived in the fashion

in the fashion I'll expire.” And this determina- I believed, the statesman likely to carry the abolition—mere men cannot conceive its deliciousness tion : now, that measure is accomplished, facilitat---comforted me exceedingly. Nevertheless—for ing the whig return, and removing from their path I write down here every then emotion of my soul many old sources of embarrassment. There is no -though I abhorred the thought of oysters in necessity to revive past reproaches on that score ; June as food, I could not forget them as the pro- but it is not salutary quite to forget so cardinal a bable depositaries of precious pearls. Famished point in the new position. Another favorable cirand destitute, I thought, being in the Indian seas cumstance lies in the utter disruption of parties -as I believed I was I might be destined to be and the confounding of party tactics. The antagoone of those lucky people of the world, who have nism which, in other circumstances, the whigs pearls washed ashore at their feet, and never run would have encountered from various quarters, is the risk of diving for them. Though I was as thus for the time destroyed; besides which, even hungry as the sea, the thought like a sunbeam if there were in any one party the strength to opplayed about me, that I might be destined to wear pose, all are baffled to strike out, on the spur of my own head-dress of pearls, obtained from the the moment, a policy at once effective and safe. living fish by my own hands, at some future draw- Spite, too, against the departed minister, instigates ing-room! And whilst I thought this, my hunger a sort of transient kindness for his quondam antagwas in abeyance! Cleopatra dissolved her pearl, onists; and the protectionists are patronizing the as ill-nature dissolves the treasures of life, in vine- whigs, in such a temper as that of a splenetic wogar; but I enriched my pearls by honeyed thoughts. man, who, after scolding the husband that will not (What would I give had either of the Misses be her slave, falls to hugging the children with unWhalebone, principals of the Blackheath Semi- wonted caresses, before his face, by way of redary, lived to read this—this from their pupil !) proachful contrast. So we see even the Post and

Standard patting Lord John Russell on the back. From the Spectator.

There may, however, be some sly hope of conciliLORD JOHN RUSSELL'S MINISTRY.

ating his remains of aristocratic predilection, and

enticing him to do as little as possible. But a Lord John Russell's ministry is completed. parting blow was given to faction by Sir Robert Its character, no doubt, is determined by the prin- Peel's farewell speech; which aroused more gencipals–Lord John Russell, Viscount Palmerston, erous sentiments in the well-disposed of all parties. and Earl Grey; but even those chiefs appear under One of its fruits is the remarkable address to the greatly altered circumstances. Lord John Russell constituents at Pontefract, in which Mr. Monckton seems to act under the influence of new views; so Milnes signifies that, for the present, and for as does Lord Palmerston. Lord Grey is in a position long a time as possible, he shall give a cordial supto give his views better effect. Although the port to Lord John Russell's government. range of Lord John's search for assistance may be We have now attained the third stage in the said to have extended from conservatives to radi- great national movement which began with the recals, it was not found easy to “infuse new blood” form bill. The first stage was the struggle to deinto the administration. Nevertheless, some ex- velop the germ of a real representation of the peocellent names have been added in the subordinate ple; which, however imperfect in its extent, was posts; and it must be allowed that the premier sets actually established and put in operation. The out with a considerably greater amount of talent in next stage was the struggle to abolish the ascendthe working departments than Sir Robert Peel ancy of class interests, which were assailed in the could command. When “ the tories" returned to “monster monopoly” of the corn-laws. Sir Roboffice, great expectations were formed of their ad- ert Peel gave the crowning stroke to that struggle, ministrative ability, based on traditions of their and smoothed the way for the third stage—the sopractice; but in fact the practised men had died cial ameliorations promised by Lord John Russell. off, or had, like Sir Robert Peel himself, been pro- This stage has just begun. moted; and the expectations were disappointed. It is to be hoped that the expectations now based on greater personal talent will be justified.

Rome.—Like our premier, the Roman pontiff Many of the new ministers have gone through has completed his government, and constructed it the form of reëlection ; for in most instances it has well. Cardinal Gizzi, who was too liberal to comproved to be little more than a form. The Morn- mand a majority of suffrages in the sacred college, ing Chronicle exultingly imputes that political phe has been appointed secretary of state ; Cardinal nomenon to popular “ confidence in the men ;' but Amati, friend to M. Rossi, the French Ambassaour able contemporary draws somewhat too largely dor, has also taken office. Divers measures for the on obliviousness of facts not yet ancient. It was improvement of the state are said to be under connotorious in December last, that an election for a sideration, and among them are projects for railwhig government, even with free trade, would roads. have been hazardous in the extreme : it was even Meanwhile, a movement has been going on about stated by an intended member of that evanescent the country beginning at Bologna. Petitions, nuministry, that the whigs at their outgoing in 1841 merously signed, pray that effect may be given to had not a rag of popularity left. Now the men the memorandum which certain foreign ambassawho come before the constituencies are identically dors laid before the high pontiff in 1831, giving to the same; and the striking difference in their pub- the people such representation as enables them, not lic reception must be found in the altered circum- to legislate, but to declare their wishes, and adstances, and in the popular confidence that those mitting laymen to official employ. These petitions circumstances will work out desired ends. In De- have been signed by several influential persons, cember, even the liberals deprecated the whig ac- and among them by the pope's elder brother. There cession to office; because the chief anxiety was, are, therefore, signs of a healthy activity among that the protective corn-law should be abolished, the people, and of an unprecedented disposition to and Sir Robert Peel alone was believed, and iustly advancement in the ruling body.Spectator.

THE MORMON CAMP.

tion of the people—all to be put on a footing with

England. That is Peel's offer the first instalThe Hancock Eagle of the 10th July notices ment of a subsidy paid to the repeal agitation. the arrival there of Mr. S. Chamberlain, who left And, by and by, when the whigs have fretied their the most distant camp of the Mormons at Council little hour upon the stage, Peel will do all this. Bluffs on the 26th ultimo, and on his route passed For he has tasted the blood of monopoly, and he the whole line of Mormon emigrants. He says will hound it to the death. A few places secured, that the advance company of the Mormons, with a few titles bestowed, a few jobs perpetrated, a whom were the Twelve, had a train of one thou- general election tried and lost, and the whigs will sand wagons, and were encamped on the east bank stagger out of office, to make room for the destroyer. of the Missouri river, in the neighborhood of the England is calling for him already by the non-offiCouncil Bluffs. They were employed in the con- cial voice of meetings, and newspapers, and Lonstruction of boats for the purpose of crossing the don crowds; she will call for him by and by in a river.

less equivocal manner—in a manner not to be disThe second company had encamped temporarily puted ; and the doom of monopoly will be accomat station No. 2, which has been christened Mount plished. Pisgah. They mustered about three thousand “For Ireland all this augurs excellently wellstrong, and were recruiting their cattle preparatory better than the wisest could have altogether foreto a fresh start. A third company had halted for seen, or the hottest anticipated. Whatever the a similar purpose at Garden Grove, on the head whigs accomplish, more or less—all Peel can, and waters of Grand River, where they have put in assuredly will do, to sweep away the monopoly of about two thousand acres of corn for the benefit the church, of the bench, of the jury system, of the of the people in general. Between Garden Grove executive, clears our path to repeal

. Monopoly is and the Mississippi river Mr. Chamberlain counted the rampart which keeps the Irish race asunderover one thousand wagons en route to join the main which constitutes two nations on one soil. That bodies in advance.

gone, there will remain but one nation, one hope, The whole number of teams attached to the one interest, and hence one purpose, in all IreMormon expedition is about three thousand seven land.” hundred, and it is estimated that each team will After reviewing in a similarly exalted style the average at least three persons, and perhaps four. political changes which have occurred in Ireland The whole number of souls now on the road may during the last twenty years, and the present posibe set down in round numbers at twelve thousand. tion of parties in both countries, the Nation infers From two to three thousand have disappeared from that all things are working together for repeal. Nauvoo in various directions. Many have left for This is Ireland's only hope—“Whatever Russell Council Bluffs by the way of the Mississippi and or Peel may accomplish neither can give us our Missouri rivers; others have dispersed to parts five millions of taxes, and other five millions of abunknown; and about eight hundred or less still sentee rent, or the strength, and glory, and securemain in Illinois. This comprises the entire Mor-rity of a nation, which will come only with remon population that once flourished in Hancock peal.”—Spectator. county. In their palmy days they probably numbered between fifteen and sixteen thousand souls, new article of food, that they are in a fair way to

INDIAN Corn.-The Irish are so fond of this most of whom are now scattered upon the prairies, give up potatoes. At Limerick, ten days since, a bound for the Pacific slope of the American con

riot was created a false rumor that the millers tinent. Mr. Chamberlain reports that previously to his

intended to stop the issue of meal. In Cork the leaving, four United States military officers had fifty thousand dollars worth) each week at one

government sells ten thousand pounds (say nearly arrived at the Mount Pisgah camp, for the of enlisting five hundred Mormons for the Santa penny per pound; and private dealers sell a great Fe campaign. They were referred to head-quar

deal besides at a lower price, about four fifths of a ters at Council Bluffs, for which place they im

penny. mediately set out. It was supposed that the force A letter from Vienna mentions that the States would be enrolled without delay. If so, it will of Lower Austria held their first sitting on the furnish Col. Kearney with a regiment of well-dis- 23d ultimo. Amongst other objects to be subciplined soldiers, who are already prepared to mitted to their consideration are the means of putmarch.

ting an end to the obligatory service of the peasMr. Chamberlain represents the health of the ants; the establishment of a rural police; and the travelling Mormons as good, considering the expo

creation of provincial banks. sure to which they have been subjected. They THE Minister of the Interior has addressed are carrying on a small trade in provisions with another circular to the Prefects of the departments, the settlers in the country, with whom they min- on the subject of the emigration of persons of the gle on the most friendly terms.

working-classes to Algeria. He states that a gratuitous passage will be afforded only to workmen in

the useful arts, such as masons, carpenters, smiths, VARIETY.

painters, &c., and to no females except seamstresses, IRELAND.—The Nation, the organ of the “ Young cooks, dairy maids, silk-winders, and other useful Ireland” party, indulges in a hopeful prophecy of persons. Sir Robert Peel

We understand (says the Presse) that Mehemet “Peel, the future premier, bids for Ireland. Ali has formally authorized the foreign consuls His price is the highest liberal or radical, whig or residing at Alexandria to inform their sovereigns precursor, ever ventured to demand. He offers of his intention to proceed to Constantinople. full identification in all respects with England. Every one at Alexandria thinks that, on quitting The Irish franchises, representation, and munici- Constantinople, Mehemet Ali will make an excur pal powers, the national religion, and the educa- sion to Western Europe.

A Letter from Madrid states that a very exten- | The founder of Chemistry, Lavosier, was, as sive Joint Stock Company has been formed there, our readers know, snatched away, by a violent and for renting from the State, for twenty-five years, premature death, ere he had found time to collect the Philippine Islands, Annobon and Fernando Po and arrange his works. In 1843, the minister of -paying for the first a rent equal to double their public instruction consulted the Academy of Scienpresent returns to the government, and engaging ces as to what works of that philosopher should be to form manufacturing and commercial establish included in a national publication ; and a commitments in the others.

tee was appointed to examine, and report, on the The last returns of the manufacture of beet-root

matter. This committee has now made its report;

and recommends that the chamber of deputies be sugar in France show a great improvement over

asked for a sum of from 40,000 to 60,000 francs the preceding returns. At the end of May there

for the purposes of the publication according to its had been manufactured forty millions of kilo

suggestions. It is only with the view of giving a grammes of sugar, or nearly four millions more

national character to this edition of Lavoisier, as than in 1845. Out of this quantity, upwards of

the committee observe, that they apply to the thirty-two millions and a half had been delivered

State for its cost ; for a member of the illustrious to public consumption, which exceeds the propor

chemist's own family would gladly take upon himtion of last year by more than three millions. In

self the entire expense, and renounces his right to this quantity, nine millions sent to the depot of

do so only because of the greater glory redounding Paris have not been reckoned. Up to May 31 the

to Lavoisier from the sponsorship of the governhome-made sugar had produced to the treasury

ment. eight millions of francs, or two and a half millions more than the preceding year at the same period.

The Voice of Jacob, an Anglo-Jewish periodiThere were then 306 establishments at work.

cal, announces a loss which the cause of Hebrew There is this year an augmentation of 30 manufac

literature has sustained, at Hamburgh, in the sudtories at work.

den death of Heyman Joseph Michael, a celebra

ted collector of works relating thereto. Dr. Isler, Mexican PUNISHMENT OF THEFT.-From what

of that city, says the paper in question, “afraid we had heard and knew of the thieving propensi lest his magnificent library should be lost to Gerties of the Mexicans, we were under the impres many, even as that of the celebrated Oppenheim sion that theft was considered inherent with them, (now in Oxford) was lost has issued an app, and was therefore allowed to pass unpunished ; his Jewish townsmen, calling upon them to prebut we were undeceived as to this the other day, serve this treasure to their city.” by witnessing the infliction of a severer punishment for this crime than is meted out to it by the

Paris Academy of Sciences. July 6.-A laws of any other country we are acquainted with. pap

ed with paper was read by M. Payen, on the chemical The culprit, with his hands tied behind him, and

analysis and general properties of coffee.-M. a chain with a heavy iron ball attached to it, fas

Séguier gave a description of a machine for the tened round his leg, was paraded through the

cleaning of seed corn, so as to remove the inert streets, and after a sufficient exhibition, was led to

and useless portions.-MM. Piobert and Morin the ferry at the crossing of the river, placed in the

presented another paper on turbines, giving an ferry-boat, and when it had attained the middle of

account of the various ameliorations of which they the stream, with his hands thus tied and the heavy

are susceptible.—The next paper read was a report weight suspended to his leg, he was made to plunge

by M. Duviver, in the name of a committee, earinto the rushing torrent The poor devil managed,

nestly recommending the minister of public instruceven in this situation, to keep his head above

tion to bring into the chamber of deputies a bill water for several moments, and shorten the dis

for the publication of a national edition of the tance considerably between himself and the shore,

works of Lavoisier.-M. Cauchy informed the but the ball at length touching the muddy bottom,

Academy that the obstacles which had occurred to he could swim no further, and was dragged under

prevent the realization of a plan, by the charitable and passed into eternity.—Matamoros Flag.

society of St. Regis, for the civil and religious

marriage of persons of the poorer classes living AMUSING SCENE IN MATAMOROS.—The high together without the bonds of marriage, have price of cotton goods in Matamoros, in consequence been removed, and that arrangements have been of the Mexican tariff, is well known. Several made for such persons to have the marriage rites enterprising “ Yankees,'' since General Taylor has performed without cost to themselves. taken possession of the city, have “ moved in,"

Chinese Map.-Amongst the articles brought opened stores and are selling goods on "cheap principles"-about one third of the usual Mexican

from China by the Commission who have just reprices, but double the usual American prices. It

turned from that country—and which are exhibited is an amusing scene to witness the crowd around

at the ministry of commerce-is a map of the these stores, composed of the mixed people of the

world, presented to the Commission by the head city. Finely dressed women, rancheros, naked

mandarin of Canton. The Chinese geographer Indians and negroes, all eager to purchase goods,

has arranged the earth quite in his own way. and jabbering good, bad and indifferent Spanish,

With him, there are no isthmuses, no peninsulas ;

the Isthmus of Suez is replaced by a magnificent with a rapidity truly appalling to a phlegmatic Anglo-American. This species of warfare is rap

arm of the sea, which detaches itself from the

Mediterranean to fall into the Red Sea. We see idly converting the people over to American notions, and they have only to fully learn that they can

: nothing of the Isthmus of Panama, and the two have cheap goods, and the enjoyment of life and

seas on that side are connected in the same way. liberty, to abandon their government as rapidly as

There are neither Pyrenees nor Alps, and hardly they have their high-priced stores.

are the vast mountains of America indicated. On

the other hand, however, China is liberally dealt Sir Robert Peel, before quitting office, con- with by the geographer; for upon this point it ferred a pension of 1001. a year on the Quaker- occupies not less than three quarters of the whole poet, Bernard Barton.

globe. — Galignani.

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