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The decision of the Lords Justices in the cases of MAXWELL v. Hogy and Hogg v. MAXWELL, on the vexed queston of the copy

right in the title of 1.: oravia is eminently unsatisfactory. It lays BY THE SAUNTERER IN SOCIETY.

down the rule that the exclusive right to a title for a periodical is not

to be obtained either by registration or by advertisement followed !! OW farious the Ev- within a reasonable time by publication. In order to acquire an ex

PEROR must be to clusive right, the publisher must give something tangible to the public
think his Exhibition -in other worús must bring out his first number before he can adver-
is so terribly behind tise, or else unprincipled persons may forestall him. This is clearly
hand! There is not unfair, for much depends on a title, and still more depends on the
the slightest hope of amount of advertising before publication. The whole system of regis-
its being in anything tration under this decision is simply a sham, by which a man is com-
like proper trim by pelled to pay money for a protection which is utterly valueless. The
the first of April- a whole of the law on the point needs revision; and the worst of it is
day which was an that the public gains nothing by its present laxity. Where the public
ominous one to fix gains, it does not so much matter if an individual suffers ; but in this
on, to begin with, case the difficulty of establishing a property in the name of a new
and which is really magazine is of no earthly use to the public, for the market is so over-
too early in the year. stocked that nobody would care to pick up the scheme of another
Winter has lingered monthly even at the low price of £0 Os. Od.
in Paris as well as THERE is a very violent opposition to the proposed measure for
with us, and Eost | Metropolitan Improvements. It is to be regretted, for there is plenty
winds have a de of room for improvement, and as improvements are not made for
pressing effect upon nothing, the grumblers must expect to be taxed for them. The passage
ceremonies, so the of the City is almost as difficult as the ascent of the Matterhorn, and
opening is likely to the muddle and danger of our streets constitute a sound reason for
be a little dismal. | reform.
People wont hurry THE “Lounger at the Clubs" of the Illustrated Times very properly
over, especially as it condemns a recently-published volume, “ Betsy J. Ward, Hur Book of
is notorious that not Goaks.” It is a very feeble plagiarism of poor ARTEMUS's style, and
half the goods will is prefaced by a pretended letter from him. Its publication just at the
be exhibited for some time of his death was, of course, an accident, but it ought never to have
weeks to come. been brought out at all. I can't help thinking that the respectable
Everybody seems to firm that issues it ihas been prevailed on to do so for some of those
agree that the build-who brought out #author's own editions” of WARD's books for
ing is the reverse of which he never got a penny. The get-up and appearance of the look
lovely : a friend, reminds one of those special” editions. It is utter rubbish, without
writing from Paris, a redeeming line in it, and all I can say is, I hope it is American.
says it is the most
hideous thing he ever
saw. He adds: “I

ONLY FANCY !
always like to retail
fashionable gossip.

They never bring my Times at morn
Paris is beginning

The moment that it comes,
to swarm with the

My Chastelard, I see, is torn,
snob vulgaris of

My BROWNING 's black with thumbs,
Great Britain,' who

Some notes on SHAKESPEARE I have seen
behaves abominably

Beneath its paper cover, at the restaurants,

And Moxon's poets, bound in green, and, in fact, everywhere.” This is a pleasant reflection for English

Are smirched and scribbled over. men. MR. WILKINSON, who is now a prisoner in Newgate, and has a sen

And serial and magazine tence of five years penal servitude to work out, for embezzling two

And periodical, cheques of the Joint-Stock Discount Company, has preferred a petition

For weeks and weeks are never seen, for a free pardon. MR. WALPOLE has declined to consider it. I have

And often not at all. looked it over, but, not being a lawyer, or an accountant, can say no

I'm answered when I make a row more than there appears to me to be some ground for a re-investiga

In injured tone or wary ; tion of the case. "Managing directors" have been in bad odium of

But listen—I've discovered nowlate, and it is not impossible I won't venture to say more than that,

My housemaid's literary ! as I confess I do not know enough of the matter to give a decided opinion--that the petitioner has fallen a vietim to that least defensible form of "justice," the wish to “make an example.”

Why Not? TALKING of examples, I am reminded that SIR MORtox Pero has We are given to understand that it is the intention of the celebrated asserted himself—in the papers as the coming man who is to solve | Mr. CASELEY (alias “COUNSELLOR KELLI"), in the event of his obtaining the great L. C. & D. R. question, and I have no doubt he could supply his release from prison and being subsequently elected a member of much interesting information on the subject. If he cannot, it is diffi the House of Commons, to move for a Parliamentary inquiry into the cult to see who can; so that one must look forward to the time when affairs connected with the great watch and jewel robbery. He is he thinks fit to carry out the rather Quixotic programme he laid down anxious for the fullest investigation; and he would only delay taking in his letter the other day. After all, it is not every man who would such a course partly from the expectation that an opportunity might originate a motion that is practically a motion for his own tarring and arise in reference to discussion on kindred subjects, such as railway feathering, unless he feels quite sure that he shall turn out an angel matters, and partly from a disinclination to interfere with the more after the operation.

important questions which might otherwise engage the attention of the ABOUT this time the studios are besieged by visitors, for in a few House. At the earliest convenient season, however, he will at once days the Royal Academy will open its doors for the pictures to be ex- | place a notice on the table of the House, which he hopes will lead to a hibited in May. I hear that there are some long-promised pictures full inquiry into the whole subject. We have some reason to believe under way in many studios. In another week I hope to be able to that it is the intention of MR. CASELEY to offor himself as a candidate speak more certainly on the subject. In the meantime I am in a posi for the representation of Bristol. We should greatly regret such a tion to congratulate the public on the fact that the Society of British siep on his part, as its inevitable tendency would be to divide the Artists have a collection of paintings this year that will clear the fame Liberal interest. of Suffolk-street from the not-undeserved censure that has been bestowed on it in past years. I am unfeignedly glad to see the society

As Like as Two Peas. putting out, its strength for it has the power, if it will but exert it, to become a formidable rival to Trafalgar-square-and rivalry will be Wien are green peas like quadrilles al fresco ?— When they are the a mutual benefit.

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With regard to the University Boat Race, I have had a vision. It SPORTING INTELLIGENCE.

will be won, this year, by Cambridge. I am sorry for ye, ye gallant NICHOLAS ON THE POETS AND ON FUTURE EVENTS.

young Oxtabs; but ye must remember as it is long since the Can

tabonians have had a turn.
" At length they chaunst to meet upon the way

NICHOLAS.
An Aged Sire, in long blacke weedes yclad,
His feet all bare, his beard all hoarie gray,
And by his belt his Book he hanging bad;

DOUBLE ACROSTIC.
Sober he seemde"..
Spenser. The Faery Queene, Book I. Canto 1, Stanza xxix.

No. 3.
“Right well, Sir Knight, ye have advised bin,'

WHERE the sunlight never falls,
Quoth then that Aged Man. 'The way to win
Is wisely to advise.''

Save on faces pale and worn,
Spenser. The Faery Queene, Book I. Canto 1, Stanza xxxii.

Where the dark and frowning walls

Hide the splendour of the morn, MY DEAR YOUNG FRIEND, I have recently been remonstrating with

There he toils from dawn of day, my Gentleman of the Press, and telling him as he must make his

Till the sunset.clouds are red, quotations longer, he not giving enough for the money. You will see

With no thought of idle play he have taken the hint. Of course, as to style and so forth, I trust

To distract his honest head. entirely to him, NICHOLAS not having been precisely brought up to the littery profession ; and he says as it is all right and no flies. The Prophet, however, feels bound to say, as a plain man-not as I am a

“ In vain, in vain, in vain, bit plainer than other people at my period, and perhaps even less 80

You will never come again :" that his littery man's selections do not strike him as altogether compli

So the poet's deathless strain mentary to NICHOLAS, nor yet do I think much of the ability displayed

Spoke of her and all his pain. by his friends the Authors, so far as they have yet gone; but no

2. doubt they may improve with practice, as I have done myself. At any rate, the gentleman from whom he has procured a couple of

He comes home with the milk, and needs no candles, mottoes for the present week, seems to have peculiar notions of his own

And has some trouble with the street-door handle. with regard to author-graphy; but if Messrs. JUDD AND Glass like

3. to print it as it stands, of course they are free to do so, only perhaps in future they will be less captious with regard to mine; and that's a

The miser guards it with exceeding care, hint for yourself also, my dear young Friend. But, let him spell as he

And holds it of all earthly sights most fair. may, NICHOLAS will not in silence allow either the Poet or any other

4. man to say as I go about with “My feet all bare, my beard all hoarie

Venetian people loved the notes so well gray.” It is false, Sir-false. I may have been down at heel in the

That in the courts of justice there, the swell course of a vicissitudinary life, and many is the time when my poor

Of murmured music oft arose ; and here old boots let the water through, but am now as well shod as any lord

Its melodies are sweet to every ear. in the land, bar none, and than whom I am sure I might appeal to many of their number to whom I am well-known, and no doubt equally

. 5. trusted, to assert, that so far from my beard being “all hoarie gray,''

It stands 'mid ripples of the lake as he chooses to spell it, I am as clean-shaven an old gentleman for my

That dancing near it come to shake period as what you will find in the whole neighbourhood; and more

The tall head, as it sways and bonds, 80 than many of the elderly aristocracy, which have let it grow until

And with each zephyr's weight descends. they look for all the world like a lot of superior animated he-goats. And as to my “long blacke weedes," it is probably only envy on the part of the Poet, he not being able to afford such, and very likely

It's perfectly placid, smoking of a short clay-not that Poverty is a crime, but it is,

Till riled by an acid. at any rate, no excuse for sneering at your betters, especially when they have worked hard and honest by night, and also day, in climbing of that opulent Pinnacle from which I am now enabled to look

He tell: us tales of ancient glories, down with scorn upon the remarks of the detractorial and the indi

And-in two senses-oft they're stories. vidious. Nor is it true, Sir, where he says that I keep my Book hanging

ANSWER TO ACROSTIC No. 1. from my belt. For, in the first place, he is indelicate to allude to my belt at all, NICHOLAS only wearing it because advised to do so by my

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A Allah medical man; and in the second place, I always carry it in my breast

I pocket, like any other gentleman. And I dare say this “Poet” would

Ichthyosauri

D Dog be jolly glad if his “Books” stood half as well; but he will never

E Emerson make them do so by vulgar abuse of the aged and respectable, and

As

N coarse allusions to their physical peculiarities and infirmities.

Novello to the line that follows, “Sober he seemde," I cannot call it a

S Satin gratuitous insult, for if I have not paid him, I have paid his friend, CORRECT SOLUTIONS OF ACROSTIC IN No. 96, RECEIVED 2011 March.-H. D. B.; I dai

K. P. .: Bumblepuppy; Warley; Lizzy; A Quartette; Lincolo-iin;

| J, W.; Lambkin ; Weston's; The House of Lords ; Constance and Emma; Canning him Sir. that I not only “ seemde” sober, but I "wos" sober, -as I | Place: Bull-pup; Sheerpasty; F. A. L., Che sea. suppose he would spell it,--and am so still; and if he or his friend imagines that because I am fond of a social glass I will allow myself to be publicly insulted in your columns, why perhaps the mistake will

"A Loan.-I did it, Boy!” be found out when application is made for payment by this precions L A VERT valuable addition to the Loan Exhibition at South KenGentleman of the Press--and it is more than probable that NICHOLAS sington will shortly be made by a gentleman who wishes his name to will be found “out” upon the same occasion.

remain unknown for obvious reasons. This extraordinary collection His other motto, Sir—though still rather illiterative, for you will consists of umbrellas which he has borrowed and never returned, and see he puts “bin” where he means “been”—but I dare say he was we have reason to believe it is one of the largest loan collections in thinking of it with a “i-" meaning where I keep my sherry-wine-| the United Gingham--we beg pardon, we mean Kingdom. is much more respectful, and represents me as talking to one of the Aristocracy, which is quite correct, and exhibits me in a pleasing light before the public.

Horticultural Hints. And now, Sir, for matters more purely Sportive. The Prophet, as WHILE the present inclement weather lasts, all out-door operations you are aware, is not a fool ; so he have kept at home a good deal must, of course, be suspended, but you can cult vate your manners during the severe weather, over a social glass; but will give you a long in-doors. You can't do anything to your fruit-trees, but by taking shot or two from what I hear.

a season-ticket on the nearest line, you can indulge in any amount of For the Two THOUSAND I am still in favour of PLAUDIT, for the training. German stocks can't be planted till it is warmer, but LonCHESTER Cup, whilst advising you to look out for PROSERPINE, I am don, Chatham, and Dover stock may be looked after. It ought to be not yet induced to desert LECTURER ; and for the Derby, do not be coming up now, for it has gone down long enough. It doesn't thrive afraid, my friends, to continue laying against The RAKE.

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Doctor (to second horseman) :-“ MASTER MUCH HURT, JOHN ?”.
John :-“'URT HIS LEG, BIR. MR. GEORGE'S '088 JUMPED ON IT WHEN HE WAS DOWN. LUCKY IT WEREN'T HIS 'ED, SIR!"
Doctor :-" Au !(sotto voce.) Not 80 SURE OF THAT—HEAD MIGHT HAVE STOOD IT BETTER.”

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. Bull in Ireland.

THE KING OF THE APRIL. If the Fenian rising has done nothing else, it has, at all events, made

By ALFRED 10, HIS BON. the Saxons who have been sent over_as special reporters for the If you're waking get up early-get up early, brother dear, London papers, more Irish than the Irish themselves. We have For Monday will be the trying day of all the glad new year, noted down a few instances in which “our own correspondent” has Of all the glad new year, brother! the maddest every wayproved how readily he becomes habituated to the customs of a country. For that will be au Fool's Day, rather !—that will be Al Fool's Day. In one case, speaking of the railways in Ireland, “our 0. C.” speaks as follows:

Last April some young friend of ours contrived my nous to bilk“The company very prudently take the precaution of sending a pilot engine a

He sent me out to buy for him a pint of pigeon's milk; quarter of an hour in advance of these night mails, so that in case a rail had been lifted or an obstruction placed on the road, the mail could be stopped in time, that For the latter you'd best not ask, brother—not ask upon All Fool's is to say, supposing that the driter and stoker of the pilot engine were not both

Day). killed, as would very likely be the case, when their engine ran off the line. However, it is the only step that the company have it in their power to take to ensure

Wide awake be! Get up early-get up early, brother dear, the safety of their passengers, and it is one which at any rate adds greatly to the feeling of security and comfort of night travelling in a disturbed district."

On Monday next, “as ever is”—for that is the time of the year

When they play all sorts of reckless tricks in a truly cruel way, It's odd that one's comfort should be enhanced by the probability that

Because it is All Fool's Day, brother—because it is All Fool's Day! the driver and stoker of a pilot-engine have been smashed, and that one's security is increased because it is very likely that, in consequence,

Poetic. they cannot do anything to prevent an accident.

But on reaching Dublin, our friend becomes even more Hibernian:- THE Daily Telegraph last week contained an advertisement that a “The Fenian prisoners occupy a block of buildings separate from ordinary

little puzzled us :offenders. There are at present about forty confined in the gaol; the chief amongstmo LITERARY MEN.-A LADY, accustomed to give poetic readings, SEEKS them-a man whose name, I think, is Meany, who held a commission in the Federal 1 ASSISTANCE, and choice of manuscripts and talent. -Address, American army, is supposed to have been one of the chief centres, and was sent the other day Agency, etc. to Dublin."

We are curious to ascertain the nature of the assistance needed. Was We should have thought no one but an Emerald Islander, born and

it of a temporary and pecuniary nature, in the shape of a few dollars, bred, would have been able to perceive that the chief amongst the forty to be loaned for a few days; or was it the aid of a pair of lungs to take prisoners at present confined in the gaol is a man who is not there at part in a long and heavy reading of TUPPBR? We think it likely the all!

lady would have no difficulty in obtaining a choice of manuscripts, for

there are plenty of them about, we know from experience—but we doubt A WORD WITH “ ICONOCLAST" CONCERNING HIS SPEECHES IN TRA- whether she is likely to get her choice of talent—that is not quite such FALGAR-SQUAKE.- Mob-Law's bad : Bradlaugh's worse!

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Crafty Benjamin :-“NOW, GENTS, HERE'S A HANDSOME REFORM BILL PURSE! BUT THAT AIN'T' ALL. TO SHOW YOU HOW OBLIGING I AM, I'LL PUT INTO IT THIS LITTLE GOLDEN HOUSEHOLD SUFFRAGE. THERE YOU ARE! GOING CHEAP! WHO'LL BUY ?".

Mr. Gladstone (to intending purchaser) :-"DON'T! HE'LL SLIP THE COIN UP HIS SLEEVE!”

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