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From Ainsworth's Magazine. hardly get done a hand's turn without havin' them A BIT OF "STILL LIFE” AMONG THE HILLS on his tracks." OF CONNEMARA.

I looked at the fellow as he spoke. There was

none of that brutal, debauched look about him On a fine bright August morning, some ten which distinguishes the English law-breaker. On years since, with my trusty Manton in my hand, the contrary, he was a very fair specimen of an and accompanied by a favorite setter, I strolled up Irish peasant; and, as I examined his honest, the mountain, which overhung a friend's shooting- manly countenance, I could not help feeling strong lodge in Connemara. For some time, I was tol- misgivings as to the righteousness of the excise erably successful in my sport; bird after bird laws. Whether this feeling was caused by the sprang up from the heather, only to find its way delicious smell of the “potheen" that pervaded into my capacious pockets; and by twelve o'clock the room, I leave it to the charitably disposed I found I had secured more game than I could reader to decide. well stow away. Cursing my want of forethought, Meantime, a bottle filled with the aforesaid which had prevented me from accepting the ser-potheen was placed on the table by the girl, and vices of at least one of the dozen lazy hangers-on consigning my Manton to a corner, and emptying at the lodge, I determined on retracing my foot-my pockets on the dresser, I speedily came to the steps, with what feelings I leave it to my brother conclusion that there are worse places than an sportsmen to decide.

Irish still-house for a tired sportsman to rest in. Fortune, however, had better luck in store for I had hardly drained the first glass to the health me. I had not moved ten yards from the spot of my fair hostess, when a little ragged, sunburnt where I had been standing, when a thin blue gossoon rushed into the cabin, and, clasping his wreath of smoke, curling over the shoulder of a hands above his head, broke out into the most unmountain far away to the right, attracted my at- earthly yell I ever heard. tention. Certain, now, of discovering some house “Och! wirr-as-thrue, murder !-och hone! och where I might deposit my spoil, and obtain shelter hone! Save yourselves for the sake of the from the heat which was becoming intense, I blessed Vargin! We're sowld Sthe peelers is drew my shot-belt tighter around me, and, shoul- an us !”. dering my gun, pushed briskly forward-now Tim jumped from his seat as he spoke, and, plunging to the hips in the tall heather, now seizing him by the collar, shook him violently,– threading my way through a morass-till, after“ Who? what ?—How many is in it! Spake, half-an-hour's hard work, I reached a small low you young reprobate, or, by Jabers, I'll make cabin at the top of a narrow glen, and out of the short work of you !" chimney of which the smoke was pouring in con- “ There's iwo !-bad luck to them !” sobbed siderable volumes.

out the poor boy. "They kem round the I had been long enough in Connemara to more priest's pass, and were an me afore I could bless than half suspect I had come unawares on an myself.” illicit still; indeed, the day before, I had heard *** Then the devil resave the drop of sparits there was one in full operation somewhere in they 'll seize there to-day !” said Tim, as his eye these mountains, so, without farther ceremony fell on my double-barrel that was leaning against than the usual Irish benediction of “God save all the wall beside me. here,” (to which the over-scrupulous add, “ “Come, my fine fełłow," I cried, " that won't cept the cat,"') I pushed open the door and en- do. I'll do what I can for you. But you had tered the cabin.

better not try that." A tall, fine-looking girl, whom I immediately We had no time for farther parley, for the next recognized as an old acquaintance, having fre- moment the heavy tramp of footsteps was heard quently seen her at the lodge, was seated on a without, and two revenue policemen, with fixed low stool in the centre of the apartment, while a bayonets, entered the cabin. stout, middle-aged countryman, dressed in a long “A purty mornin's work you have made of it, frieze coat and knee breeches, but without shoes Misther Connolly,” said the foremost of the pair, or stockings, was on his knees in a corner blowing “but a mighty expensive one, I'm thinkin'. Long away with a pair of old bellows at a turf fire, on threatnin' comes at last. I towld you I'd be on which hung what appeared to my uninitiated eyes your thrack afore long, and I've kept my word. an immense pot. My sudden entrance evidently Guard the door, Jim, and let no

one pass startled him not a little, for, springing to his feet, out.” he grasped a stout blackthorn stick that lay beside An' I towld you," said Tim, his face darkenhim, and stared at me for a moment with a coun- ing as he spoke"I towld you I'd be even wid tenance in which fear and rage were curiously you for what ye did to poor Hugh Connor. blended. Not so the girl. She rose from her seat So pass on your way, and lave me and mine and welcomed me to the cabin, with that gay, alone, or it 'll be the worst job ever you put a frank, and peculiarly Irish hospitality, which, I'll hand in." be sworn, has gladdened the heart of many a "I must first see what you have on the fire, my weary sportsman like myself.

good lad,” said the man: make

way there, in A, thin, bud yer honor's welcome. It's the queen's name. happy and proud we are to see you. Tim, you “İt ill becomes the like of ye to have the unmannerly thief, what are you starin' for, as if queen's name in yer mouth, ye dirty informer," ye seen the gauger? Don't ye see the master's said Tim. “So pass on yer way-I say againfrind standin' foreninst you? and yer caubeen on or the divil a bit of this world's bread ever you 'll your head, ye amathaun!”

Tim doffed his hat with much reverence. He “We'll try that presently,” said the police“axed my honor's pardon ; but the thieven gau- man, coolly : “Jim, keep an eye on the girl that gers war gettin' so plenty, that a poor boy could she does n't bolt on ye-she's as cunnin' as a





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So saying, and lowering his carbine, he at- “ who would be sorry to interfere with any gentletempted to pass Tim, but, in doing so, he evi- man's diversions, even if he chose to break the dently reckoned without his host, for, with a heads of every scoundrel in the squad. The only shout like a Delaware Indian, Tim sprang within thing I would recommend,” he added, lowering his guard and seizing him by the collar, in his voice as he spoke, "is change of air ; after a second both men were rolling over on the your praiseworthy exertions this morning, I am ground, grappling one another like two bull sure it would be of service.” dogs. My hostess, like myself, had hitherto remained

From Ainsworth's Magazine. an inactive spectator ; but she now evidently de

THE VICTIMS OF DIPLOMACY. termined not to let them have all the fun to themselves, for, taking up a pair of heavy iron tongs, We take credit to ourselves for having already she would soon, no doubt, have made a con- grappled with this subject, which is daily assuming siderable diversion in Tim's favor, had not the à more important aspect. We gave to it originother policeman jumped forward and caught her ally, the title now adopted by Captain Grover; by the wrist.

but, if his views are correct, the phrase to be used “So that 's yer game, is it, my lady? then I'll should rather be the victims to diplomacy,” as take the liberty of fittin' you wid a pair of brace- expressive of a new order of political atonements, lets," producing at the same time a pair of hand- offered up in the persons of ambassadors and encuffs which he attempted to force on her wrists ; voys to political expediency. This is a kind of but the girl struggled desperately, and, in doing political drama, which can only be well enacted in 80, must have irritated him greatly, for the semi-barbarous countries; and it is therefore, as ruffian struck her a heavy blow with his closed yet, confined to Anglo-Russian rivalry. For a fist.

time it concerned itself more with the loss of My blood was now fairly up, and grasping my political and commercial advantages, as the resiggun I inserted the butt-end under the fellow's nation of the Euphrates and the Tigris, the retreat ribs, and dashed him into the corner ; where, his from Affghanistan, and many minor cessions made head striking heavily against the sharp edge of ato Russian influence; but Řussia began with distable, he lay apparently insensible.

avowing agents, in the person of the unfortunate “Run for it, Master Harry-never mind Tim-Vicovitch, and Great Britain carried out the prinrun or you 'll be cotched !" "shouted Mary, as she ciple wholesale, in the almost simultaneous sacrivanished out of the back door, while I bolted at fice of Wyburd, Stoddart, and Conolly. There is the front. The ringing sound of a stick against no mincing the matter now; all the points are asthe policeman's shako, telling me, as I went, that certained, all the details established beyond conTim's blackthorn was doing its office.

troversy; and it will never do to allow a transI had got about fifty yards up the mountain, action, involving the utmost disgrace and the when I turned and witnessed a sight I shall not most humiliating dishonor to the nation, to pass by easily forget. I have mentioned before that the unnoticed. cabin was built at the top of a glen, between two Notwithstanding the disavowal of government, mountains. Down this glen bounded Tim with the fact of these gentlemen being politically emthe speed of a hunted stag, his long frieze coat ployed, is now placed beyond question. Lieut. streaming in the wind behind him, while the worm Wyburd was sent, in 1835, by Sir John Camp(the only valuable part of the apparatus) was bob- bell, who then represented the sovereign of Great bing up and down over his shoulder, keeping time Britain at the court of Persia, on a very important to the motion of his bare legs, which were taking secret mission to Khiva. He has never been the ground along with them at an awful pace. In heard of since; and apparently, indeed, scarcely front of the cabin was his antagonist ramming a inquired after. Dr. Wolff's mission to Bokhara cartridge down his carbine, with unmistakable suggested the opportunity of making such inquienergy, which the moment he had accomplished ries; and Captain Grover, as president of the he fired slap after the caubeen, but the ball only committee, addressed a letter to the foreign office, tore up the ground some yards to his right, and calling attention to the case. The answer was, with a yell of triumph I saw Tim disappear round that the foreign office “ was not aware that Lieut. the corner of the glen.

Wyburd was sent on any mission at all to Khiva." It was late in the evening when, tired and This Gothic expression “at all” betrays considtravel-stained, I entered the dining-room at the erable irritability upon the subject. The dauntlodge, where I found a large party assembled. less Grover immediately responded, that he had

"Harry, my boy,” said my friend, “ we had Sir John Campbell's authority to the effect that he given you up in despair. Ellen insisted you had was employed. The foreign office was obliged to fallen over a precipice, or were drowned in a bog- cry“ peccavi," and acknowledge that it had overhole, or something of the kind. You look tired, looked the possession of a dispatch to that effect; too,” filling me a tumbler of claret as he spoke ; sheltering itself also under the statement, that the there, now, take off that.”'

British embassy at the court of Persia was at the I never was remarkable for setting the table in a time of Lieutenant Wyburd's mission under the roar ; but, on this occasion, if Theodore Hook direction of the East India Company, and not of himself had been relating my adventure I doubt the foreign office. It would scarcely be conceived,

whether he could have succeeded better than I did that in consequence of this, not only is an envoy imyself, and the old oak ceiling rang again, as my overlooked and lost sight of, but being denied and friend starting up and pointing to a short, punchy, repudiated by the foreign office, and dead to the i red-faced, little man, said :

East India Company, a pension to Lieutenant Wy“Let me introduce you to Lieutenant Cassidy, burd's aged and unfortunate mother is refused, by Iate of H. M.'s 88th regiment, and now com- the latter, because, although an officer in their 1. mander of the Clifden revenue police."

service, he was sent on this mission, not by the “ And an officer," said the lieutenant, bowing, I company, but by Queen Victoria's government. Well may Captain Grover, in his letter to the foreign office to disavow and abandon an agent Earl of Aberdeen, of May 2nd, 1844, say- full of integrity and honor, and a gallant officer,

“ Should the notion get abroad that British than to be obliged to wince under the imperial officers are to be sent on perilous duties, to be frown. It is not that such a disavowal of an then abandoned, the honor of the British army, agent would satisfy Count Woronzow or his imand the prosperity of the British nation, will soon perial master of the innocency of Great Britain in be among the things past.”

having thwarted their measures in Central Asia, The same year that poor Wyburd was sent off, but it is that the humiliation of such a proceeding never to be again made mention of, till some gen- is considered, in the Anglo-Russian international erous, humane and gallant Grover asks the where- diplomacy, as an equivalent for the success temabouts of his official grave, Colonel Stoddart was porarily obtained through the means of the now attached, as military secretary, to Mr. Ellis' mis- repudiated envoy. sion to Persia. Three years afterwards, in 1838, The arrival of Conolly gave greater complication Russia sent a large and rich caravan to the fron- to the affair. This officer-according to Sir Robtiers of Bokhara, the pretended peaceable mer- ert Peel's statement, made in the House of Comchants of which were in reality agents and officers mons on the 28th of June, 1844, in answer to a of the government. It was expected that so rich question by Mr. Cochrane-had been sent by the a prey would tempt the nomades of the Oxos; Indian government to make communications at and, to reclaim its subjects, Russia intended an in- Khiva and Cokan. An intimation was made to vasion of Central Asia. The thing happened as Colonel Stoddart that Captain Conolly was at anticipated : the caravan was beset, and the sham Khiva, and if he thought he could be useful to merchants converted into willing prisoners. This him, he had authority to send for him from that was at the time when the expedition into Affghan- place. Colonel Stoddart, guided by these direct istan was preparing. The Czar was also assem- official instructions, wrote to Captain Conolly, bling troops for the Oxus. In order to prevent who in consequence repaired to Bokhara. On the this, Lord Palmerston despatched orders to send same occasion Sir Robert Peel stated before the some clever and intrepid member of the Persian House that Colonel Stoddart had been authorized mission into Bokhara, to prevail upon the Amir to to repair to Bokhara, and was directly employed restore the supposed merchant prisoners, and thus by the government to make communications at to deprive Russia of a pretence for war. Colonel Bokhara; putting that part of the question which Stoddart was selected for this purpose.

refers to the disavowal of both these envoys be“ It is impossible,” says the Revue de Paris, yond a doubt. And yet these were the two offiin noticing this mission, “not to envy England cers, employed on so perilous a mission, and as these courageous agents, which it always finds deeply engaged in the service of their queen and ready to devote themselves to its service. The their country as the foreign secretary and the merit is so much the greater, as the fate that governor-general themselves, whom Lord Ellenawaits them in these perilous enterprises is borough wrote to the Amir, claiming as “innoscarcely ever doubtful. For one Burnes, whose cent travellers"—that is, declaring them to be imname becomes known throughout the civilized postors and spies. "Á mode of intervention,” world, how many victims of this patriotism fall says the Revue de Paris, " which succeeded in obscurely, disappear without leaving any more destroying them.” traces than the straw which is carried away by the But as the detention of the British emissaries wind! These examples of devotedness are sub- was persevered in by the Amir, in order to ensure lime; they deserve to be held out to the just ad- safety to his own territories, he could have nothing miration of people.”

to gain by their death. He might subject them to Success attended upon the mission. The Rus- cruel tortures, when disavowed by their governsian prisoners were liberated, and the Czar de- ment, but it could never have been his interest to prired for a time of an excuse for the conquest of actually destroy them. With the capriciousness Bokhara. But the Amir, frightened by the pro- of an Oriental despot they might be tortured to gress of the British in Affghanistan, determined change their faith, and then liberated to practise upon detaining Colonel Stoddart, in order that if openly the rites of the Christian religion : they his own territories or surety should be affected by might be one day in a dungeon, and another in the war, he should be enabled to negotiate with favor at court ; but unless disease and suffering better chance of success. This is now the opinion may have carried them off, there is no reason to of all best able to judge of Oriental actions. It believe that the Amir would cause them to be was the explanation given by the Khan of Khiva slain. When Captain Grover was at St. Petersto Captain Abbot; it is the explanation admitted burgh, he heard that the prisoners had been reby Captain Grover, and by the Revue de Paris. moved to Samarcand before Dr. Wolff arrived at But the Amir was also irritated that the envoy, in Bokhara ; and the circumstances attendant upon whose detention he had placed his hopes of safety, the interview of that excellent man with the Shakcould not obtain from a timid or forgetful govern- haul (secretary of state for foreign affairs) are ment the proper vouchers for his authority; and highly corroborative of this opinion. he added cruel tortures to what was at first a mere It makes the blood run cold to read the followcaptivity. On a former occasion, we surmised the ing. Dr. Wolff writespossibility of the British envoy having been con- “ The time of evening approached, and the fined in the horrid well full of ticks. Captain military band played •God save the Queen,' Grover now makes the positive circumstance of which most agreeably surprised me.”. that confinement known to the public.

Dr. Wolff makes no observation whatever upon The detention of Colonel Stoddart betrayed the this very extraordinary circumstance. secret of the embassy to the Russians. It was to " At Bokhara,” says Captain Grover, “they be expected that the czar would be irritated at have not the least idea of music, according to our having been outwitted in the caravan plan; and it acceptation of that term ;” and Dr. Wolff says, appears to have caused less compunction at the “ there was not a man at Bokhara who knew any



thing of England or the English language, except | Captain Grover, and the details which Dr. Wolff the Nayib's 'halt-front,' and 'no force.' What may soon be expected to communicate, will rouse then means this 'God save the Queen,' played the authorities to a sense of what is due to the passing the doctor's residence, or I should say national dignity. If not, the nation itself must prison?

insist upon some effort being made to rescue her “ I will give the reader my opinion, upon which envoys, and to ensure the extinction of this newlyhe will place his own value.

invented system of sacrificing honorable and brase During the Cabul disaster numerous British men to political expediency. The thing must not soldiers and sepoys were taken prisoners, and I stop where it now rests. have good reason to believe were sold at Bokhara. One of the chief objects of Dr. Wolff's mission was to purchase the release of these unfortunates,

STEAM COMMUNICATION WITH FRANCE. and he had authority to draw upon my small fortune for that purpose. Among these prisoners Great competition at present exists between would probably be found some musicians, and the the ports of Dover and Folkstone as to rapidity of king would most likely form these men into a communication with the French coasi. The band. The king of Bokhara would of course be South-Eastern Railway Company having made most anxious to conceal from Dr. Wolff the pres- Folkstone a principal station, and improved its ence of these men at Bokhara, while they would harbor, several fine iron steamers were built and be most anxious to make themselves known; and regularly connected with it-namely, the Princess the safest and most natural means of doing this Alice, the Princess Mary, the Princess Maude, and would be to play our national air. Such modes the Queen of the Belgians, which last vessel was of communication have been commonly employed launched only a few months ago. Each of these, from the time of Richard Caur de Lion, (* Richard, in the order stated, was an improvement upon the O mon Roi!') down to Silvio Pellico. Had I, at former one, and was considered the fastest steamer Bokhara, heard a man humming ' Au clair de la in the world, until at length the Dover people, deJune,' I should immediately have been sure that a termined not to be outdone, induced the General Frenchman was near, and should have whistled Steam Navigation Company to send down the • Dormez, dormez,' to show that I was 'wide Magician, also an iron steamer, to ply between awake.' is

that port and Boulogne. The Magician has since Captain Grover proves, from Dr. Wolff's re- proved herself equal in speed to the best of the ports, that the accounts of the public execution of Folkstone boats. Colonels Stoddart and Conolly, for which Saleb Another iron steamer has lately been launched, Mohammed received 3000 rupees, and on the faith named the Ondine, to run on alternate days beof which the name of as brave a man as ever wore twixt Dover and Boulogne, with the Magician; and the British uniform was struck out of the list of a very lively interest has been created along both the army, must have been false. It will not ap- coasts as to whether the palm of speed belonged pear remarkable, after what we have related of to the Dover or the Folkstone boats. intentional diplomatic sacrifice, that government On the 2nd inst., the Ondine, in going from should have paid 3000 rupees for such informa- Dover to Boulogne for the Indian mail, on account tion, although they would not contribute a far- of the Morning Herald, accomplished the run, thing to the rescue of their suffering emissaries. thirty miles, in one hour and fifty-one minutes, the Her majesty's government, in following out the quickest passage, we believe, ever made. The same determination that these envoys should be inhabitants of Dover, Folkstone, and Boulogne publicly dead, whether actually alive or not, pub- were on the qui vive, as it was known that a trial lished in the papers a communication from the would take place betwixt the Ondine and the Russian minister to that effect: but to this day Queen of the Belgians, which was waiting at Bouthey have never published the contradictory state-logne for the Indian mail on account of the Times. ment received shortly afterwards from the British On that occasion the Queen of the Belgians minister, Colonel Shiel; it did not suit their pur- performed the distance in one hour and fifty-three pose to do so.

After the disavowal of the envoys minutes, beating the Ondine by sixteen minutes ; by their government, the Russians expressed their but the cause of this apparent superiority was an wish to convey them away in safety from Bok- accident to the Ondine's machinery, one of the hara as travellers ; but Colonel Stoddart refused slides having given way. But as on the previous to avail himself of such a dishonorable subterfuge. day the Ondine had made the voyage in two min“ Had I known,” said the Russian envoy to Cap-utes' less time-namely, one hour and fifty-one tain Grover, “ that these gentlemen were agents minutes—it was resolved by the owners that as of the government, I could have saved them at soon as her machinery was repaired another trial once."

of speed should take place on the first opportuThe public owe a heavy debt of gratitude to the nity. chivalrous and generous Captain Grover, for the Everything having been set to rights on board uncompromising manner in which he has taken up the Ondide by the 13th inst., she proceeded on this important subject. He throughout exposes that day from Dover to Boulogne, to iry her qualithe demoralizing results of such conduct, and the ties with the Princess Maude, which has hitherto contempt brought by it upon the British nation in had the reputation of being the fastest boat on the a masterly and unanswerable manner :

station. “I consider it my duty," he says, in his ad- The following account of the interesting trial dress to the queen,

to state to your majesty, has been transmitted to us by eye-witnesses. that the circumstances attending this extraordi- “The Ondine was put into the roads this morn nary case are degrading to the British nation, and ing, and went over to Boulogne to meet the Prin are of a nature to dim the lustre of your majesty's cess Maude, and met her accordingly about half an crown!"

hour after she had left Boulogne. The weather It is sincerely to be hoped that the work of I was thick at the time, the wind blowing fresh; she

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was, however, made out, the Ondine being to the the second he gets nothing but contempt. If this windward of her. The Ondine bore down and be his way of following up his appeasing meashoisted her red flag of defiance. She took her ures, in what excess of exasperation will it end ! station about a cable's length behind the Maude. It is clear that as yet nothing but mischief has Some few minutes elapsed before it could be told been done. The temper of Ireland is at this mowhich of the vessels would prove the victor. The ment worse than it has been at any other time Maude had her staysail and foresail set. The since the rebellion. The popular press teems Ondine soon set two sails also. In ten minutes with the worst sort of treason ; not treason against the competitors were paddle-box and paddle-box, the state, not the treason that would overthrow a and in twenty minutes the Ondine was so far form of government, but the treason that would ahead that she actually put the Maude into her arm one part of the population against another; a wake. The Ondine proceeded on to Folkstone, treason not against the crown, but against the and when within about a cable's length of that people ; a treason ready to league with any forharbor she hove to in sight of all the Folkstone eign foe, French, Russian, American, careless of people, who had apparently assembled to witness the cause, no matter whether the ally be despot or ihe issue. Io eight or ten minutes the Maude democrat, enmity and injury to England being the passed close to the Ondine's stern, and went into only bonds of alliance regarded. There is nothing the harbor. Knowing that she had to land her very heroic in this, it must be confessed. If seven passengers and return to Boulogne, the Ondine millions of spirited people were as inflamed with waited, standing off and on, till she backed out; wrong as the popular organs of Ireland represent, and when she had got her head right for Boulogne, they should need no foreign aid ; they would and considerably ahead of the Ondine, the latter scorn to lie by waiting a juncture of difficulty or once more started after her, when a most interesting danger to their oppressors, but would straight, by struggle took place. The Ondine, however, was their own power and a just cause, work out their soon again paddle-box and paddle-box with her own redemption. But allowing for much exaggeraopponent; the sea was very rough, and, appa- tion, yet the anti-Anglican feeling prevails to such rently, the Maude, at times, shipped a great deal an extent, and is still so spreading, as to warrant seof water; the Ondine threw it off both sides of rious apprehension for the future. The repeal agiher paddle-boxes. When sufficiently ahead of the tation is a minor evil; the hostility of race to race Maude, so as to run no risk, the Ondine crossed is what we regard as the serious and menacing her bows and went round her!! thus demonstrat- evil. Men hacknied in public affairs are likely to ing, a second time, the great superiority in speed make light of this source of danger. The cry of of the Ondine over the Princess Maude. Both wolf has been so often raised in Ireland that ihey the City of London and Magician, in crossing to think little of alarms in that quarter.

But they and from Boulogne and Dover, saw the trial, and have to observe that the mind of Ireland was never bore to each place the news of the Ondine having before at once so alienated and inflamed, and so gone twice round the Maude in so short a distance. marshalled as it is now. It is a thoroughly disIt is the general opinion that the Princess Maude ciplined malignity, and while it is biding its time is superior to the Queen of the Belgians. The for mischief, it is making its time too. rate was seventeen and seventeen and a half miles Mark the language of the Nation, which, hav

ing enumerated ihe concessions that should satisfy This splendid little vessel, the Ondine, was Ireland, (with one or two exceptions judiciously built and fitted with machinery by Messrs. Miller, selected,) proceeds thus :Ravenbill, and Co., of Blackwall. The engines “ But we fear that ere he (Sir R. Peel) would of the Ondine are two fifties only, while those of be induced to yield even a few of these just measthe Princess Maude are, at least, twenty horse ures, the war should have got to jis summer heat, power more. The Princess Mary, the Princess the American privateers should have been busy with Alice, and the Queen of the Belgians, were con- the ships of London, the tricolor of France should structed by Messrs. Ditchburn and Mare.—Morn- have begun to Rutier, and the organization of the ing Herald.

Irish brigades have been reported forward by his

New York spies.
From the Examiner, May 17.

Fervently attached as the Irish are to the

greatness of England, these events would doubtless HOW TO DEAL WITH IRISH TREASON.

cause them bitter agony. How our coasts would We were assured by Sir Robert Peel's ad- be thronged with weeping citizens as the Yankee mirers that the Maynooth grant was to be looked frigates floated by with their prizes.

How our upon as earnest of more important measures of corporations and reading halls would storm against conciliation. What the happy effect of it has the threatening French. Sure there would be been, with the premier's adroit explanation of the moans in every cabin when the word passed on unworthy motives for it, we need not repeat; but that the exiles were ready: and every parish what has been the reception of the next act of would have its volunteer company preparing to grace, the establishment of the three lay colleges ? expel the enemy, Why, the Catholic organs denounce the plan, “ How painful to think that a struggle which agreeing with Sir Robert Inglis that it is a scheme would so peril England, and so distress Ireland, of godless education, and Mr. O'Connell condemns should be a means of gaining for us franchises, it as a plan as idle as ever came from the lips of tenures, representation, resident landlords, naman, and promises it all the negative opposition in tive administration, perhaps a native parliament!

How wicked of the minister to make his justice conSir Robert Peel's conciliation seerns thos taper- ditional on such events! How insane of him to ing away very quickly, “ small by degrees and avow that the cloud of coming war was full of benbeautifully less.” For grant the first he got a efits to Ireland !little flummery, a few fair words of acknowledg- But how is the state of feeling here represented ment, of which he made the most; but for grant to be dealt with? It is not unprovoked, ihough it

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