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chimneys would have made on Mount Sion itself, the smoke of the house, but also by that from the is graphically described by Baruch, when he neighboring buildings. The principal fireplace notices“ the faces that were blacked by the smoke in a Roman house of the best kind was built in that cometh out of the temple.'

the bath, chiefly to heat the caldarium or sweatingThe method of using fuel among the Greeks room of a bath. It was a sort of furnace, and was the same as among the Hebrews, but perhaps called a hypocaust, and served also to heat the without their care for ventilation. Homer de walls of the whole habitation ; quite upon the scribes his princes undressing themselves in the principle of the hot-air system which has recently palace, to kill with their own hands the sheep, been introduced as a modern invention.

“ The oxen, and swine they were to eat at dinner ; roast- hypocaust being constructed in the under story of ing the entrails, and during the entertainment a building in the manner described by Vitruvius, handing them to each other as delicacies. The several pipes of baked clay were then built into repast being finished, he shows them sitting for the walls, having their lower ends left open to the their pleasure on the piled skins of the animals hypocaust. These pipes were carried to the they had slain and devoured, and playing at games height of the first or second story, and had their of chance, and one of them taking a pastern bone upper orifices made to open into the chamber that out of a basket in which it was lying, and throw- was to be heated. They were closed by movable ing it at the head of a beggar, but on missing its covers. While green wood was burning in the aim, making a grease spot where it fell on the furnace, and the hypocaust filled with its acrid opposite wall. From this picture of the grossness smoke, the covers were not removed from the of ancient manners, it may be concluded that caliducts; but as soon as the wood was charred, when the poet says, Penelope's maids threw the the upper orifices of the pipes were opened, and glowing embers out of the braziers upon the floor, the hot vapor from the hypocaust then flowed into and heaped fresh wood upon them, he did not the chamber.” It is singular, that although these mean to depict his immortal barbarians burning hot-air ducts would have answered to carry off odoriferous fuel on purpose to sweeten what must smoke, the Romans never hit upon

the expedient have been a vitiated atmosphere. The fire that of applying them to that purpose. was quickly to blaze on the hearth, had to diffuse The excavations of Pompeii have revealed to the comforts of light as well as warmth ; and the us the family hearths of the Romans, such as fragrant logs were known to abound with the were used in rooms not sufficiently heated by the resinous material of illumination. In the heroic hypocaust. The general method of procuring a age, they had oil and tallow in abundance, but warm in-door climate, was by burning charcoal in were ignorant of the method of burning them in a brazier on the pavement in the middle of the lamps; and the only use they appear to have room, and allowing the vapor to exude at the door made of wax, was to put it in the ear to shut out and window. These braziers and tripods, formed sound. Burning fuel was carried into the apart- of all sizes, in iron and bronze, occasionally disment where light was required, and sometimes played great elegance of design and neatness of placed on altars for the same purpose; and long workmanship, and sometimes were contrived to ihin pieces of lighted wood were carried in the heat water. One of this description, in the muhand when they moved from one place to another seum at Naples, is twenty-eight inches square, in the night.

and has four towers, one at each angle, fitted with Coal, it has been thought, was known to the a lid that can be raised by a ring. The fireGreek naturalists. Theophrastus speaks of fossil hearth is placed in the square part in the middle, substances found in Liguria, and in Elis, in the which is lined with iron, as in the common braway to Olympia, and used by smiths, that when ziers. The fluid to be heated was contained in broken for use are earthy, and that kindled and the towers. Another use of these cup-like towers burned like wood-coal. The general fuel was reminds us once more that there is nothing new green wood; and where that was unattainable, under the sun. When Dr. Arnott's stove was other vegetable and even excrementitious sub- introduced, it was found to have an injuriously stances were used on the hearth for combustibles. drying effect upon the air, consequently a vase of On days of ceremony, it was also customary to water was added, to supply the necessary huburn fragrant substances. When Alexander the midity by evaporation. Now, what says Mr. Great was at an entertainment, given in the winter Bernan on the use of these foculari? The cold by one of his friends, “ a brazier was brought into dry air of an Italian winter and spring was desicthe apartment to warm it. The day being cold, cated to a high degree after being expanded by and the king observing the small quantity of fuel the heat of a hypocaust, or a fire of charcoal ; that had been provided, jeeringly desired his host,

," and these braziers appear a very elegant method says Plutarch, “to bring more wood or incense. :” of diffusing that quantity of moisture in the air of The supply of the precious firing appeared to the an apartment that was necessary to make it agreeking too scanty for producing the required warmth ; able and salubrious. Perhaps the evaporation was and if it arose from his host being niggardly of partially regulated by shutting or opening the lids the costly fuel, he hinted that some even of the of the water vessels." common sort would be acceptable.

When the Romans landed in Britain, they found The Romans made vast strides of improvement our savage forefathers living either in detached in fireplaces, although they were quite unable to wigwams of wicker-work, in huts of loose stones rid themselves of the smoke nuisance. Vitruvius, without chimney or window, or in excavated caves, in his work on architecture, directs that the walls like the Germans, surrounded by their winter proof rooms “in which fires or many lights are visions, and stifled with smoke. The following burned, should be finished above the podium with fireside picture is drawn from the Welsh historian polished panels of a black color, having red or yel. Gyraldus :—"Families inhabit a large hut or low margins round them; and he advises that house, which, having a fire in the midst, serves to delicate ornaments should not be introduced into warm them by day and to sleep round by night; the cornices, because they are spoiled, not only by and he describes the bands of young men who fol

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lowed no profession but arms, visiting families to Cottages had neither louver nor loupe, and their whom they were always welcome, and passing inmates lay round the fire. Longlande describes the day with the most animated cheerfulness. At one of a vagrant group :length, sunk into repose ou a thin covering of

“ Suten at even by the hote coles, dried reeds, spread round the great fire placed in

Unlouk his legges abrod other lygge at hus ese, the middle, they lay down promiscuously, covered

Rest hym and roste hym and his ryg turn, only by a coarse-made cloth called brychan, and kept one another warın by lying close together ;

Drynke drue and deepe, and draw hym than to

bedde." and when one side lost its genial heat, they turned about, and gave the chilly side to the fire. The In lodging-houses, the same packing system was great men endeavored to improve on this custom followed, and when a person had a bed to himself, during the day. A Welsh prince had an officer it was a mark of distinction, and recorded accordin his court called a foot-bearer, whose duty it ingly. In the magnificent strongholds, built near was, at meal-times, when his master was seated the time of the conquest, a central hearth is selat table, to sit with his back to the fire, and keep dom found. Having several stories in height, and the princely feet warm and comfortable by cher their roofs being used as a terrace for defence, an ishing them in his bosom.” In the later feudal exit in the common form for the smoke, even from times, the spacious lofty hall, left open to the the uppermost chambers, would have been impracroof, had its windows placed high from the floor, ticable. A huge recess, therefore, was built at and filled with oiled linen or louver boards, or oc- one side of the hall, and on its hearth fuel was casionally with painted glass. The floor of stone burnt, the smoke finding egress by a contrivance or earth had a part at one end raised a little above which may be regarded as a chimney in its infancy. the general level, and laid with planks. On this Over the hearth was a sort of huge funnel, or hole platform or dais stood a massive table, and ponder- in the wall, which sloped up through its thickbus benches or forms, and a high-backed seat for ness, till it reached daylight in the outer side of the master under a canopy. On the hearth, in the the wall. middle of the hall, were placed the andirons for Wood, turf, and furze were almost the only supporting the ends of the brands, that were ar- fuel. The first legal mention of coal was made in ranged by means of a heavy two-pronged fork, 1239, when Henry III. granted a charter to the the type and predecessor of the modern poker. inhabitants of Newcastle to dig for it; but so great On the roof over the hearth was a turret or louver, was the prejudice against it, from an erroneous filled with boards arranged so as to exclude rain notion that it was injurious to the health, that it and wind, and permit the escape of smoke; and was not in general use till the seventeenth century. this was sometimes an object of considerable Meanwhile, the funnel-like smoke-duct of the architectural beauty in the external aspect of the feudal castle became gradually improved into a building. In this gaunt and aguish apartment, chimney. Leland says in his Itinerary, speaking heated by a single fire, the company were in of Bolton Castle, “ One thynge I muche notyd in a position not much different from what they the hawle of Bolton, how chimeneys were conwould be in the open air : not a particle of heated veyed by tunnells made on the syds of the walls air could add to their comfort, for as fast as pro- betwyxt the lights in the hawle, and by this duced, it escaped through the louver : light was means, and by no covers, is the smoke of the the only solace the greater number could derive harthe in the hawle wonder strangely conveyed.' from the blazing fuel; and the few who were in a

Chimneys were afterwards generally adopted. situation to feel the radiant heat, were incom- To old buildings they were added, whilst new moded by the current of cold air sweeping like a ones were never constructed without what a hurricane along the floor towards the fire. From wordy author calls “ the elegant and commodious the height of the louver, and low temperature of tube now known by the name of a chimney." the smoke, few of the buoyant flakes of charcoal By its help the fireside was greatly improved. found their way into the atmosphere; and the The following description applies to the firesides larger the bonfire the thicker was the layer of soot of the end of Henry VIII.'s reign, by which time deposited on each individual. Boisterous weather chimneys or flues had become universal :-"The also brought its annoyance. Had the fire been windows had curtains, and were glazed in the made in an open field, they might have moved to manner described by Erasmus; but in inferior the windward of the smoke, but in the hall, where dwellings, such as those of copyholders and the could they flee to from its miseries? The country like, the light-holes were filled with linen, or with houses of inferior landholders and farmers were a shutter. The hearth-recess was generally wide, generally one story high. If they were built with high, and deep, and had a large fue. The iwo stories, the roof was so deep as to reach to hearth, usually raised a few inches above the the ceiling of the lower room. The hall and floor, had sometimes a halpas or dais made before kitchen forming one apartment, and roughly plas, it, as in the king's and queen's chambers in the tered, was open to the timbers of the roof, and Tower. Before the hearth-recess, or on the halsometimes had a louver, and a window that could pas, when there was one, a piece of green cloth be closed with a shutter :

or tapestry was spread, as a substitute for the “ Barre we the gates,

rushes that covered the lower part of the floor. Cheke we and cheyne we and eche chinc stoppe,

On this were placed a very high-backed chair or That no light leopen yn at lover ne at loupe."'*

* Though many authors antecedent to Leland use the When these houses had a room to sleep in, old term “chimney, yet they mean by that word simply and young reposed in the same apartment, and fireplace," or "hearth-recess ;" and the verbal equivalent

to the word in the Reformer's Testament is “furnace." several in one bed; servants made their beds on Leland himself, in using the word, almost defines it by the floor in the kitchen.

saying, " that the chimneys were conveyed by tunnells ;)

or, in other words, the fireplace was continued by a tun* Ritson. Metrical Romances.

nel to the top of the building.

two, and footstools, that sometimes had cushions, side in the dark ages : when we remain near the and, above all, high-backed forms and screens— fire, the part of our bodies nearest to it is liable to both most admirable inventions for neutralizing be roasted, whilst our back feels freezing, so that draughts of cold air in these dank and chilling we are obliged, when one side has lost its genial apartments. Andirons, fire-forks, fire-pans, and heat, to turn about and give the chilly side io the tongs, were the implements to supply and arrange fire." No invention has as yet enabled us to prethe fuel. Hearth-recesses with Aues were com- serve a uniform and genial artificial climate in every mon in the principal chambers of houses of per- part of our dwellings- an art in which even the sons of condition; and were superseding what Romans excelled us. Yet this is the age of ingeAubrey calls flues, like louver holes, in the habi- nuity and luxury. tations of all classes. The adage, that one good fire heats the whole house,' was found true

LITERATURE GOING TO THE WALL.-The folonly in the humbler dwellings; for in palace and mansion, though great fires blazed in the presence lowing advertisement seems to open a new field chamber, or hall, or parlor, the domestics were

to men of letters :literally famishing with cold. This discomfort INTELLECTUAL PAPER-HANGINGS, in which the did not, however, proceed from selfish or stingy writings of various authors are inserted in ornahousekeeping, but rather from an affectation of mental patterns, &c., &c. hardihood, particularly among the lower classes,

There are many authors who will no doubt be when effeminacy was reckoned a reproach. Be- very happy to treat with the trustees of public sides, few could know what comfort really was ; buildings, and we shall ourselves have much but those who did, valued it highly. Sanders pleasure in supplying the walls of Westminster relates that Henry VIII. gave the revenues of a Hall, at per yard, according to quality. We have convent, which he had confiscated, to a person fitted up a few panes in our office-window with who placed a chair for him commodiously before specimens, and a sheet of jocular paper-hanging the fire, and out of all draughts.”

may be seen in daily operation at 92 Fleet This description of an English fireside is accu- street. rate, even applied to a much later period—to in

We should say that various authors should be deed all the intervening space between the time selected to do the mural literature for various of Queen Mary and that of William, Prince of apartments. George Jones, who must by this Orange ; for it was not till the latter reign that time be sadly in want of a job, would be invaluacoal became the staple fuel. The prejudice against ble as a writer for sleeping-rooms ; and Jenkins, it, which we have before adverted to, was as strong if he is to be found, could undertake to cover the as it was unaccountable. As an instance of it, we walls of the servants' hall with belles-letters of the may mention, in passing, that when first introduced, most appropriate character. The industrious authe Commons petitioned the crown in 1306 to pro- thor of *** Jack Sheppard” might do the whole of hibit burning the “noxious” fuel. A “royal pro- the paper-hanging for Newgate; and some of our clamation having failed to abate the growing nui- drainatists could furnish the walls of the consance, a commission was issued to ascertain who demned cell with productions of a genial nature. burned sea-coal within the city and in its neigh- We are happy to see the paper-hangers coming borhood, and to punish thein by fine for the first forward in aid of the literature of the country, offence, and by demolition of their furnaces if they which has had no such friends since the old original persisted in transgression; and more vigorous trunk-maker, whose services to the cause of letters measures had to be resorted to. A law was passed are recognized by Sir Gilbert Norman in Mr. making it a capital offence to burn sea-coal within Jerrold's new comedy. Of the two, we prefer the the city of London, and only permitting it to be celebrity of the walls to the semi-immortality of used in forges in the neighborhood. Among the the portmanteau ; for though the latter may last records in the Tower, Mr. Astle found a docu- longest, the former is calculated to bestow a larger ment, importing that in the time of Edward I., a popularity. The literature of the trunk seldom man had been tried, convicted, and executed, for meets the eye of any but the owner and the custhe crime of burning sea-coal in London.". It tom-house ; 'while the author who took, then, three centuries to efface this prejudice ; but when once coal was adopted, the whole aspect

“Paints a panel or adorns a wall,” of the fireside was changed. For the capacious is sure of his productions coming under the obserhearth, was substituted the narrower, less social, vation, at least, of all classes.—Punch. though compact and tidy one now in use. Chimneypieces were introduced, at first elaborately carved in wood, and afterwards of marble. The fire- It is but three or four weeks since that we gare held in a grate or stove-was smaller and more an account of the extraordinary age of Mr. and concentrated to one part of the room. Despite the Mrs. Plaisance, then living in "Redmoor Fen, in hosts of inventions which have for more than a the Isle of Ely, the husband of the age of 107, century been in use to improve the grate, it still the wife 105 !-a case without parallel perhaps in remains in principle and general utility the same England or in the world. On Wednesday, strange as it did from the first day coal was generally to relate, after a short affliction, both expired on burned. And despite the patents of Polignac, the same day; their united ages 212. The greater Bernhard, Evelyn, Rumford, for open grates, and part of their lives were passed when agues were those of Arnott and others for closed ones, our so prevalent in the Fens that very few escaped the family circles still draw around a fireplace differing disorder, yet their lives were prolonged to this in no very essential particular from that which extraordinary period; and Providence seems to warmed our grandfathers and grandmothers. So have ordained that as they had lived so long little good have all modern contrivances really ef- together, in death they were not divided. They fected, that we of the present hour suffer the same have left one daughter, who lived with them, of inconveniences as the occupants of the Welsh fire-Ithe age of 84.-Bury Post.

AGED THREE YEARS AND FIVE MONTHS.

A PARENTAL ODE TO MY SON,

| line of immoral tendency, or calculated to pain an individual, can be pointed out ; whose poems and

serious writings rank among the noblest modern Thou happy, happy elf !

contributions to our national literature; and whose (But stop—first let me kiss away that tear) pen was ever the ready and efficient advocate of Thou tiny image of myself!

the unfortunate and the oppressed (as recently, for (My love, he's poking peas into his ear) instance, in the admirable Song of the Shirt,' Thou merry, laughing sprite!

which gave so remarkable an impulse to the moveWith spirits feather light,

ment on behalf of the distressed needlewomen)Untouched by sorrow, and unsoiled by sin, has left, by his death, a widow and two children (Good heavens! the child is swallowing a pin!) in straightened and precarious circumstances, with Thou little tricksy Puck !

no other means of subsistence than a small penWith antic toys so funnily bestuck,

sion, terminable on the failure of the widow's life, Light as the singing bird that wings the air,

barely sufficient to supply a family of three with (The door! the door! he 'll tumble down the common necessaries, and totally inadequate for the stair !)

education and advancement of the orphan children. Thou darling of thy sire!

Even this scanty resource has been, of necessity, (Why, Jane, he'll set his pinafore afire!)

forestalled to a considerable extent during the last Thou imp of mirth and joy!

five months, in order to meet the heavy sick-room In love's dear chain so strong and bright a link,

and funeral expenses. Under these circumstances Thou idol of thy parents (Drat the boy!

a few noblemen and gentlemen, admirers of There goes my ink!)

Thomas Hood's genius and humanity, have formed

a committee for the purpose of raising a sum by Thou cherub—but of earth;

subscription, to be held in trust for the benefit of Fit playfellow for Fays by moonlight pale,

the family during the widow's life, and at her In harmless sport and mirth,

death to be divided between the children, whom (That dog will bite him if he pulls its tail !)

that event will leave destitute. Publicity is given Thou human humming-bee, extracting honey to this design, in order that Thomas Hood's adFrom every blossom in the world that blows,

mirers throughout the country may have an opporSinging in youth's Elysium ever sunny,

tunity of publicly testifying their recognition of (Another tumble—that's his precious nose !)

his genius, and their sense of his personal worth.” Thy father's pride and hope !

We heartily hope the design may prosper. Lords (He'll break the mirror with that skipping rope !) Northampton and Francis Egerton, and Sir E, With pure heart newly stamped from nature's Bulwer Lytton, are on the list of committee ; and mint,

some handsome donations have already been (Where did he learn that squint ?)

made. Thou young domestic dove ! (He 'll have that jug off with another shove !)

Will not some of the "merchant-princes” of Dear nursling of the hymeneal nest ! Boston head an American movement to show (Are those torn clothes his best?). gratitude and respect to an eminent FRIEND OF Litile epitome of man!

MAN? (He'll climb upon the table, that is his plan!) Touched with the beauteous tints of dawning life, (He's got a knife!)

A new article of import has been introduced by Thou enviable being !

the Trent steamer, from the West Indies, in new No storms, no clouds, in thy blue sky foreseeing, potatoes; which have been successfully cultivated Play on, play on,

in the Bermudas, for the early supply of the EngMy elfin John !

lish market, grown from the best seeds. The Toss the light ball-bestride the stick,

climate and soil is well suited for their growth, (I knew so many cakes would make him sick!)

and about a ton has been brought over as a sample With fancies buoyant as the thistle-down,

by the above steamer. In boiling, they are said Prompting the face grotesque, and antic brisk

to be even of superior quality to those of home With many a lamblike frisk,

produce, being less watery. The same vessel has

also brought over a quantity of pine-apples, pre(He's got the scissors, snipping at your gown,) Thou pretty opening rose !

served in their juice in bottles, which are likely to (Go to your mother, child, and wipe your nose !)

be a very valuable addition to the kitchen.Balmy, and breathing music like the south,

Morning Post. (He really brings my heart into my mouth!) A Lusus NATURÆ.—The Court Newsman tells Fresh as the morn and brilliant as its star, us that the queen and Prince Albert postponed (I wish that window had an iron bar!)

their visit to Claremont on account of the royal Bold as the hawk, yet gentle as the dove, children having been unexpectedly attacked by (I'll tell you what, my love,

the hooping-cough.” The Court Newsman being I cannot write unless he's sent above !)

a perfect courtier, has, of course, no right to exT. Hood. pect that anything so common as the hooping

cough should approach the royal infants. Our We are saddened at the tidings of Mr. Hood's contemporary appears to be utterly taken aback at death. The following circular was about to be the idea of the vulgar hooping-cough having made issued :

its appearance in the nursery at Buckingham

palace. How it got there is a marvel to the “This distinguished writer—who has for up-Court Newsman, who uses the word "unexwards of twenty years entertained the public with pectedly” to mark his sense of the impertinent a constant succession of comic and humoristic intrusion which the malady has been guilty of.works, in the whole range of which not a single Punch.

TO
THE

SEE HER
16 JOYFUL

MRS. CAUDLE HAS BEEN

DEAR | You can sit up half the night with a pack of peoMOTHER. CAUDLE, ON

OCCA- ple who don't care for you, and your poor wife SION,

HAS GIVEN A PARTY, AND ISSUED THE can't get in a word ! CARD OF INVITATION,

“ And there's that China image that I had

when I was marriedI would n't have taken any It is hard, I think, Mr. Caudle, that I can't leave sum of money for it, and you know it—and how home for a day or two, but the house must be turn- do I find it? With its precious head knocked off! ed into a tavern: a tavern ?-a pothouse! Yes, ! And what was more mean, more contemptible than thought you were very anxious that I should go; I all besides, it was put on again, as if nothing had thought you wanted to get rid of me for something, happened. You knew nothing about it? Now, or you would not have insisted on my staying at how can you lie there, in your Christian bed, Caudear mother's all night. You were afraid I should dle, and say that? You know that that fellow, get cold coming home, were you? Oh yes, you can Prettyman, knocked off the head with the poker! be very tender, you can, Mr. Caudle, when it You know that he did. And you had n't the suits your own purpose. Yes, and the world feeling-yes, I will say it-you had n't the feelthinks what a good husband you are! I only ing to protect what you knew was precious to me. wish the world knew you as well as I do, that's Oh no, if the truth was known, you were very all; but it shall, some day, I'm determined. glad to see it broken for that very reason.

“I'm sure the house will not be sweet for a “Every way, I've been insulted. I should like month. All the curtains are poisoned with smoke ; to know who it was who corked whiskers on my and, what's more, with the filthiest smoke I ever dear aunt's picture? Oh! you ’re laughing, are knew. Take 'em down then? Yes, it 's all very you? You're not laughing? Don't tell me that. well for you to say, take 'em down; but they I should like to know what shakes the bed, then, were only cleaned and put up a month ago; but a if you 're not laughing? Yes, corked whiskers careful wife's lost upon you, Mr. Caudle. You on her dear face-and she was a good soul to you, ought to have married somebody who'd have let Caudle, and you ought to be ashamed of yourself your house go to wreck and ruin, as I will for the to see her ill-used. Oh, you may laugh! It's future. People who don't care for their families very easy to laugh! I only wish you 'd a little are better thought of than those who do ; I've feeling, like other people, that's all. long found out that.

" Then there's my china mug—the mug I had " And what a condition the carpet 's in? | before I was married—when I was a happy creaThey've taken five pounds out of it, if a farthing, ture. I should like to know who knocked the with their filthy boots, and I don't know what be- spout off that mug? Don't tell me it was cracked sides. And then the smoke in the hearth-rug, before—it's no such thing, Caudle; there was n't and a large cinder-hole burnt in it! I never saw a flaw in it—and now I could have cried when I such a house in my life! If you wanted to have saw it. Don't tell me it was n't worth twopence. a few friends, why could n't you invite 'em when How do you know? You never buy mugs. But your wife's at home, like any other man? not that's like men ; they think nothing in a house have 'em sneaking in, like a set of housebreakers, costs anything. directly a woman turns her back. They must be “ There 's four glasses broke, and nine cracked. pretty gentlemen, they must; mean fellows that At least, that's all I've found out at present; are afraid to face a woman! Ha! and you all call but I dare say I shall discover a dozen to-moryourselves the lords of the creation! I should only row. like to see what would become of the creation, if " And I should like know where the cotton you were left to yourselves! A pretty pickle cre- umbrella's gone to—and I should like to know ation would be in very soon!

who broke the bell-pull-and perhaps you don't “ You must all have been in a nice condition ! know there's a leg off a chair-and perhaps—”. What do you say? You took nothing ? Took nothing, did n't you? I'm sure there's such a

“Here,” says Caudle, “ Morpheus came to my regiment of empty bottles, I havn't had a heart to aid, and I slept; nay, I think I snored.”—Punch. count 'em. And punch, too! you must have punch! There's a hundred half-lemons in the kitchen, if there's one: for Susan, like a good

THE PORTENDICK BLOCKADE. girl, kept 'em to show 'em me. No, sir; Susan shan't leave the house! What do you say? She This is one of the many questions in foreign has no right to tell tales, and you will be master policy of the true merits of which the public are in your own house? Will you? If you don't not in the least aware, and yet on several occasions alter, Mr. Caudle, you 'll soon have no house to within the last few years, when the subject has be master of. A whole loaf of sugar did I leave been brought before parliament, noble lords and in the cupboard, and now there is n't as much as honorable members have expressed themselves in would fill a tea-cup. Do you suppose I’m to find terms of strong indignation against the supposed sugar for punch for fifty men? What do you violence and injustice of France, and of sympathy say? There was n't fifty? That's no matter; with the unfortunate sufferers in the city, who the more shame for 'em, sir. I'm sure they drank have assumed the character of victims of French enough for fifty. Do you suppose I'm to find audacity and oppression. We entertained long sugar for punch for all the world out of my house- ago a strong suspicion that the claims put forward keeping inoney? You don't ask me? Don't you in this matter by the merchants to the extent of ask me? You do; you know you do : for if I |75,0001, were enormously exaggerated, and the only want a shilling extra, the house is in a blaze. result has fully justified that suspicion, for, acAnd yet a whole loaf of sugar can you throw away cording to the award of the king of Prussia, the upon-No, I won't be still; and I won't let you entire indemnity allotted to the claimants has been go to sleep. If you'd got to bed at a proper hour fixed at about 1,7001. last night, you would n't have been so sleepy now. We take for granted, that when the British

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