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we are bound to be grateful to the Sister Isle. Mr. Coghlan's profession has been sketched in so masterly a manner by the leader-writer of the Times in the memorable Gemma Di Vergy's trial at Oxford, that it is impossible for us to improve upon it; while his narrative of his misfortunes in court, which affected him to tears, and the audience to laughter, proved what powerful control he had over the human faculties, and how well he could use them for his own purposes. For near twenty years has Charlie been connected with racing and steeple-chasing, sometimes up in the world and sometimes down; realizing the words of the old song of his countryman
"When we are rich, we ride in chaises;
And from his skill in conducting negociations he has been happily named "The Irish Ambassador.' Of Irish humour he has an abundance, and his powers of mimicry equal those of Woodin himself, so much so that for a railway journey a pleasanter compagnon de voyage cannot be. Like Mr. Clarke, he was a chancellor of the exchequer to the administration which went out two years back; but more fortunate than his compeer, he got Gemma out of the wreck, and with him he did some good, although poor "Gemmy" was so "bill o' saled" till he was as much puzzled about his ownership as a donkey is of his father. Like "The D'Orsay" our friend has not a bed of roses to lie upon, and his creditors in the ring, under a mistaken belief that he has funds at his command and will not fail, resolved at a general meeting to accept no compromise, and take nothing less than the full amount, and as he cannot "take the benefit" in the inclosure, he is always to be found "looming in the distance" watching the struggle, and carrying on through his commissioners the speculations which he hopes may enable him to abandon discounts, warrants of attorneys, bills of sales, sixty per cent., and take to the more legitimate sphere of commercial life either in this or the New World.
A "NE EX EAT."
ENGRAVED BY E. HACKER, FROM A PAINTING BY A. COOPER, R.A.
The rabbit is the very child's primer of the sportsman. When he drops his coral and dismounts from his rocking-horse, he is certain sure to take to a "bunny." He will have "a bargain" from his elder sister, or goes into partnership with Bill the stable-boy, on terms which should make the speculation a profitable one, considering papa finds all the oats, bran, and greens. It is a business, in fact, with a clear profit attached to it, whenever, at least, the too affectionate owner can find heart enough to send his favourites to market. But he gradually grows out of this. There is a brown, broken haired terrier lately introduced into the happy family, who is perpetually suggesting a turn-up with a certain old black buck, renowned for his size and ferocity. And the turn, too, comes at last. "The guvner," as Bill calls him, is gone to meet hounds
no end of a way off. Mamma and his sisters are safe for a call on the clergyman; and the joint proprietors, thinking far more of the fun than the value of their property, agree to have it out. The coach-house is cleared for a ring, the black one shook out of his hutch, and "Venom" let go at him. But, alas! it is no fight; like the valiant Benjamin, poor" bunny" is easily satisfied and dead, almost before the little bitch has hold of him.
There is another of the seven ages played out. Master Harry's and
But Master Harry is "growing a man," more than ever inclined to
By the time this notice appears in print, a new sporting work, "The Master of the Hounds," from the talented pen of "Scrutator," will have appeared. Messrs. Hurst and Blackett have shown their foresight in bringing out this work, which, if rumour speaks correctly, will be followed by one from the prolific pen of Lord William Lennox.
Messrs. Longman, Brown, and Co. have just published a new edition of Blaine's "ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RURAL SPORTS," forming a complete account (historical, practical, and descriptive) of hunting, shooting, fishing, racing, &c. In addition to the 600 woodcuts that formerly adorned this standard volume, 20 illustrations by J. Leech, have been appenede. We have not yet seen the new work, but from the a liberality of the firm, we have no doubt but that it will be produced in superior manner. FORD'S THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ARCHERY" was out of print when we sent to Mr. Buchanan, of Piccadilly, for a copy; but the moment we receive the volume we shall devote a notice to it. From sporting we proceed to other books, and first we shall notice "HERALDRY." By Ellen J. Millington. Chapman and Hall.. Messrs. Chapman, who have recently published Carlyle's" Frederick the Great" (without expection the most successful book of the last half century), and through whose hands the works of Dickens, Thackeray, Lever, and other notabilities, male and female, have been brought before the public, do not think it beneath their notice to undertake matter equally attractive, but of perhaps less literary weight, and have produced a most delightful volume on the history, poetry, and romance of heraldry. We strongly recommend it to our readers, both as an amusing and instructive record; it is graphically written, and beautifully illustrated, reflecting the greatest credit on the talent of the authoress, artist, and the good taste and liberality of the firm..
"THE NEW EL DORADO; OR, BRITISH COLUMBIA." By Kinahan Cornwallis, Esq. Newby.
No wonder that this book has gone through a first edition, when we consider the importance of the subject, and the admirable manner in which it is handled. Truthful delineation of the state and resources of this newly-discovered treasure-land is its great characteristic. As a useful and almost necessary appendage to the emigrant, this work is entitled to the highest praise; while to those who live at home at ease," we can cordially recommend it, as containing the most animated and interesting descriptions of a country which ere long may vie with, if not eclipse, the golden regions of Australia and California. He s We lately noticed, in most eulogistic terms, a poem by the same author, entitled "Yarra Yarra ;" and happy are we to find that in Mr. Cornwallis's case it is not poetas et præterea, nihil. "The new El Dorado will outlive all ephemeral productions of the hour, and become a book of reference in the standard library of travels.