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And many a time, in my nightly slumbers,

Bearing a glove as a lady's ............. I held the lists against countless numbers,

After the style of the middle....

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I am changed at present; the olden fever

Has left my brain in a sounder state ; In common-place I'm a firm believer,

And hunt for figure and fact and date. I have lost a lot of my old affection,

For books on which I was wont to ... But still I can thrill at the recollection

Of mystery, magic, and martial .......

SPORTING INTELLIGENCE.

Nicholas AT THE GREAT EXIBITION.

THE ORIENTAL REPOSITORY (LIMITED), HORSELAYDOWN. MY DEAR YOUNG FRIEND,-Your kindly note, ordering of me for to describe my visit to the gay capital of our lively neighbours, and to do it if possible like the French style more than in my usual way, such being a method of composition which requires a good deal of space, it bave come safe to hand; but you have been grossly misinformed, Sir, or you would never go so far as to say as the Old Man have been leading an abandoned life and made himself notorious at half the drinking-shops of Paris, there being a good deal of exaggeration in the reports concerning of my conduct. Gay I may have been, having your own instructions to that effect in writing, deny it, my dear young friend, if your conscience will allow you; but with the exception of a fling or two, owing to the light wines, Nicholas being used to a more trustworthy description of liquor, and freely confessing that I went about "seeing life like any other fine old English gentleman, all the rest is but the turpid calumnies of them which grudges me my

situation.

ROMANTIC RECOLLECTIONS.

BY A MUSICAL CARD.

1. WHEN I lay in a cradle and sucked a coral,

I loved romance in my childish way; And stories with or without a moral

Were welcome as ever the flow'rs in May.
For love of the false I learnt my spelling,

And braved the perils of ......,
While matters of fact were most repelling,
Romance was p leasant as aught could......

11. My reading took me to desert islands,

And buried me deep in Arabian Nights; Sir Walter led me amongst the Highlands,

Or into the thickest of Moslem fights.
I found the elder Dumas delightful -

Before the son had eclipsed the.
And HARRISON AINSWORTH finely frightful,
And FENIMORE COOPER far from .....

III.
A few years later I took to reading

The morbid stories of EDGAR PoeNot healthy viands for youthful feeding

(And all my advisers told me so). But, healthy or not, I enjoyed them vastly;

My feverish fancy was nightly ............. Upon horrible crimes and murders ghastly Which sent me terrified off to .........

On one point, my dear young friend, it is impossible for the Prophet to be too explicit. There is no truth in the report that Nicholas have been photographed along of MENKEN, she never having offered the Old Man anything for to do so. Please contradict the rumour amongst the aristocracy. And so here goes for what they call a “fooleytone."

MONSIEUR LE REDACTEUR:Such larks!

Up all night, a-drinking of claret wine along of the Britannic exhibitors, than whom a more affectuous nor yet a more respectuous corps, though a little gay, but youth will be served.

Toujours gai, ba! ha! ha!

Bu qui s'avance; not as your Prophet quite knows why the words should keep on a-ringing in his head, and a-singing in his ears, except perhaps his having sat up all night with a sick friend than whom na one more fond of cheerful music and a social glass.

Résumons.

The Exhibition—it is the triumph of civilization, Napoleonic and august.

So it says in the French papers, which they do not give you much for the money, and the Sporting Intelligence, my dear young friendI mean MONSIEUR LE REDACTEUR-it ain't fit for the lowest capacity.

Bu qui s'avance.

Ah, hospitality sympathetic of the old Gaulish nation! No sooner had the musicians of Paris heard of your Old Man's arrival, than they proposed to give a special performance in his honour, and out of com pliment suggested “Le Prophete."

NICHOLAS, however, do not like these public ovations, he having hi own reasons for keeping just a little in the background for a while.

Bu qui s'avance.

Accept, Monsieur my dear young Redactorial Friend, the assurancı of my most distinguished consideration,

NICHOLAS. (Suite next week.) P. S.-If it is all to be done in these here jerking sort of sentences you and me must come to some new agreement with regard to th honoraryrium, as we say in the classics.

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IV.

A Deputation. The papers, under the heading “a gorilla hunt,” state that thre gigantic specimens of the species made their escape the other day fror a caravan at Belper. The account goes on to state that “after con sulting together on the top of the caravan they all set out for Derby. The noble Earl no doubt received the deputation with his usus urbanity, but, as yet, no account of what transpired at the meetin has appeared in those organs, which would of course be supplied wit the monkeys.

Well; what with perils upon the prairies,

And haunted ruins and ghosts in white, And wars with giants and gifts from fairies,

At last I came to be crazed outright.

TOL. V.

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A (N) A G-GRAVATING PROPOSAL.

SCENE.—Hampstead Heath on Sunday morning. Cad (to Curate on his way to his duty) :-"Now's YER CHANCE, 8IR. HERE'S THE 'OBS AS'LL TAKE YER ALL ROUND THE 'EATH CANTER BEFORE CHURCH TIME!”

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DOUBLE ACROSTIC.

No. 15.
Go and visit Trafalgar-square
Say whose works are the finest there;
Praise each artist, and still confess,
This is the painter to paint a dress :
Be it velvet or satin sheen,
Clothing a child or mighty queen,
Never a limner, all men know,
Skill like his at a dress can show.

To hit it you can never fail,
A simple third note in the scale.

7.
Supposing a pretty girl asked for a kiss,
I'll wager your answer would surely mean this.

1.
A city where the sunlight smiles
On leagues of long canals, and tiles.

ORHOMAH

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ANSWER TO ACROSTIC No. 13.

C Caw
R Rienzi
I Idiotic
C Cork
K Kettle
E Elephant

T Thames
CORRECT SOLUTIONS OF ACROSTIC No. 13, RECEIVED JUNE 12:-M. C. P., Truro;
F. W.; Blind Cat; Benhill; Three Furies; Ah, that Rascal; F. and P.; Gyp;
Spodger; Middle Stump; H. McP.; Acute; N. L. R.; Kiss Polly Twice; J. B.'D. W.;
Sandy shin; T. B.; Nlans, etc.; D. N. 0. B.; G. W. M. H.; Entrave; J. S.;
0. and Sons: Covent Garden ; W.D., Jockey Club; Tzatleca; Lechuga; P. L.A.T.;
Hat and Jin; Jumper: Fides; Vampyre; W. H.; Jock; Mountain Heath; Kate
V.: BKLKK.: A Voice from Bradbourne; A Gowk; Nem; M. T.; Bumplepuppy;
The Old Man ; Pater; S.S. N.; Anser; W.F., Croydon ; Ginger; Bob de Vichy:
H. B. P.; Harrow Weald; Dio dell' or; Miles; R. S.; Quartette; Clara B.;
Portobello; Constance: Old Trafford; Nobs; Rhoda ; Shorncliffe ; Ruby; L. A. K.
Never No More ; Brick Court; Snooks; South Side ; Trissie; Warming Pan;
Penalverne; W. B.; Caterham; Breakside and Hamish; Mike; Liverpool: Icks;
F. A. B.; Jib Jobbey; Three Glasgow Bodies; Mammy Muff; Rose S.; C. M.:
Knurr and Spell: Four Boobies : Thomas à T.; Two Marine Dealers; D. E. 1.:
Wisbechensis; Corporal Chalks ; 0. K., Brighton; Mem Jay; Regento: F. W.;
Leo Minor; Tsatlee; Correct Kyard; H. B. C.; Tootle Three; Myrtle; J. H.

A. H. Y.; He Who Is; E. G. C.; Bow Wow; A Gowk;
D. C. L.; Snip; B. W. S. H.; Ormskirk; Xarifa; F. J. G. W.; Cerevino.

4.

The artist may have done his work with skill,
And yet our wood-block needs a something still
Before it meets the public's eager eye,
And that this man can best of all supply.

5.
There's something wrong and so you look
For these at one end of the book.

PARLIAMENTARY.There is no truth in the report that Mr. DISRAELI is about to be raised to the peerage under the title of Baron De Veor !

COOK'S VOYAGES AND COOK'S EXCURSIONS.

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