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Your fare I will afford youDeal him a deadly blow

And blessings shall reward you. “But stay—I do not like

Undue assassination, And so, before you strike,

Make this communication : “I'll give him this one chance

If he'll more gaily bear him, Play croquet, smoke, and dance,

I willingly will spare him." They went, those Minions two,

To Assesmilk-cum-Worter, And told their errand to




MIST while the poet trolls

Who had a cure of souls

At Spiffton-extra-Sooper.
He lived on curds and whey,

And daily sang their praises,
And then he'd go and play

With buttercups and daisies.
Wild croquet HOOPER banned,

And all the sports of Mammon,
He warred with cribbage, and

He exorcised backgammon.
His helmet was a glance

That spoke of holy gladness ;
A saintly smile his lance,

His shield a tear of sadness.
His Vicar smiled to see

This armour on him buckled :
With pardonable glee

He blessed himself and chuckled.
“In mildness to abound

My curate's sole design is,
In all the country round

There's none so mild as mine is !”
And HOOPBR, disinclined

His trumpot to be blowing,
Yet didn't think you'd find

A milder curate going.
A friend arrived one day

At Spiffton-extra-Sooper,
And in this shameful way

He spoke to Mr. Hooper:
“ You think your fanious name

For mildness can't be shaken,
That none can blot your fame-

But, HOOPER, you're mistaken!
“ Your mind is not as blank

Who holds a curate's rank

At Assesmilk-cum-Worter.
He plays the airy flute,

And looks depressed and blighted,
Doves round about him 'toot,'

And lambkins dance delighted.

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He labours more than you

At worsted work, and frames it; In old maids' albums, too,

Sticks seaweed-yes, and names it!" The tempter said his say,

Which pierced bim like a needleHe summoned straight away

His sexton and his beadle.
These men were men who could

Hold liberal opinions :
On Sundays they were good-

On week-days they were Minions.

“For years I've longed for some

Excuse for this revulsion : Now that excuse has come

I do it on compulsion!!!” He smoked and winked away

This REVEREND HOPLEY POKTERThe deuce there was to pay

At Assesmilk-cum-Worter. And HOOPER holds his ground,

In mildness daily growing, They think him, all around,

The mildest curate going.




(Air, Allan-a-Dale.)
BABINGTON WHITE has no thought of up-turning;
BABINGTON White for renown has no yearning;
BABINGTON White has no gift for plot-spinning;
But BABINGTON Wuite likes red gold for the winning!
Come read yo the novel; come list to the bite;
And tell me the craft of bold BABINGTON WHITE.
Oh, the authors of England may prance in their pride
If of copyright treaties they keep the safe side;
Oh, French plays for the net-and French fictions for

And new and original,” too, just the same.
Oh, the dramas and stories that foreigners write
Are free prey for Tom TAYLOR and BaBINGTON WHITE.
BABINGTON WHITE, oh, he shuns human ken,
Though his copy is plenty, and cursive his pen;
BABINGTON White he is not Dumas père,
But many French authors must write him their share,
And the best of them, Balzac, must aid to indite
The chef d'euvre inconnu of our BABINGTON WHITE.
BABINGTON WHite to reviewing has come;
The Pall Mall has taxed him with theft—he is dumb.
“You may call me a pirate," says he, “ if you will ;
My line is to keep very dark and be still.”
Oh, the critics they asked of the author a sight,
“Don't you wish you may get it?" said BABINGTON

From FBUILLET to steal, and from BALZAC to bone,
Is rather too strong when the debt you don't own!
But vain altogether the hue and the cry,
He laughs and refers to the green in his eye.
But the public still asks, though in accents polite,
“ When the truth will be known about BABINGTON


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A la Carte ! A SPECIAL department of the police-office at Moscow is to be established for the collection of photographs of individuals and objects useful to the officers of the law in pursuit of criminals. The Russians have taken the hint from our police van and are about to establish a police carte.

Town Talk.

his money.

the smallest possible outlay. Well, he is undoubtedly right. He ought to be able to get a sufficiency of food, good and well cooked,

for about half what he gives now. To judge from the success of cheap BY THE SAUNTERER IN SOCIETY.

eating-houses in Glasgow and elsewhere, he might be fed at about eightSome people are never satisfied. MR. ERNEST JONES seems to be one pence a head, not including the potables. Unluckily, however—as it of that class. At the commencement of the Fenian trials at Man

seems to me-both he and his purveyor want too much for their money. chester he talked a lot of perilous bunkum, tried to interfere with the Purveyor wishes to deal in that politico-economical virtue, but socially course of justice and bully the bench, and then with a final bluster detestable crime-the buying of his meat in the cheapest (and nastiest) threw up his brief, to the damage of the clients who had trusted their market, and the selling of it at the dearest rate. On the other hand, case to him—the damage being not the withdrawal of his advocacy, table-napkins, an immaculate cloth, a toothpick, and silver forks for

Clerk wants to be more than fed for fivepence-he would like clean but the leaving of them without any advocacy at all, be it understood. For all this he was let off more leniently than he deserved by the of the day. Some years ago, the popular panacea was brandy

Of course there is a rush for the popular remedy press. But he wasn't bappy even then; so he wrote what I dare say and salt. he thought a dignified letter to the Telegraph the other day,

A short time since it was chlorodyne. Now it is coattention to the fact that prisoners,” &c., &c., &c.— as if his own absurd operation, and a Co-operative Clerks' Dining-room is the proposed conduct had not attracted attention enough to the

matter. However, heal-all

. It remains to be seen whether Clericus Britannicus is a only one writer condescended to notice the epistle. I am opposed to gregarious bird. I think not! The Duke of Blankshire will join a Trades' Unionism, and to that form of it which was described in company in which ever so many plain Blanks, Esquires, are shareCassell's Magazine the other day as Professional Trades' Unionism;

holders; but whether Clericus with £120 per ann. will consent to cat but I think it is to be regretted that the rules of the Bar cannot visit his tablecloth to suit the measure of Clericus with £50 is a matter of with censure such a freak as that of MR. JONES at Manchester-a freak

dubiety. that I can only explain by supposing that he fancied a bit of claptrap Parliament, it is rumoured, will assemble early in November. Well, was not a bad line of policy with a view to standing for somewhere it has plenty to do, so the sooner it meets

the better. At present town under the new Reform Bill. I hope and believe that he will prove to continues empty, and the new lamps in Hyde-park can throw no light be mistaken if this is his idea, and that the new electors will not be so upon anything or anybody. easily led.

Railways and railway literature have an interest for everybody now, The Middlesex Sessions have begun again, and I regret to see that and accordingly I found myself the other day reading the directors' "JUDGE Payne,” as he is styled (just as people used to talk of “the report on a certain branch in connection with the Great Eastern. I Chief Baron" of the Coal Hole), is still allowed to dispense justice. I have seldom met with so amusing, so lugubrious, so candid a publication. fancied the AUGUSTA MITCHELL case would be the tailpiece”-to “Your directors regret to announce that they have little of a cheering borrow one of his own terms-of his active judicial career.

nature to lay before the present meeting”-and then they unfold "a The British Clerk has been aking himself hea

tbis recess. He norrible tale,” disclosing how “the unsatisfactory position" of the proclaims with the tongues of a Hydra that he wants a good dinner at | Great Eastern has kept the branch's traffic in nearly a stationary position. Poor thing, fancy the anomaly of a stationary trafic! The next

DOUBLE ACROSTIC, bit of comfort is that nearly five hundred and fifty pounds must be got

No. 32. somehow to pay the G. E. Co.; that the branch company, having been pressed by creditors, has had a receiver appointed, and that the deben- Who wrote it's the question we all of us ask, ture interest has not been met "a circumstance which the directors Though the author's been terribly taken to task. very much regret!". The remedy proposed is to try to induce the Have savage reviewers been wasting their blame, G. E. Co. to “better develop" the traffic-the returns of which On a shadowy person with only a name? cheeringly show an improvement in the last month or so. Finally, the Though we own that it's shameful so often to trench company has spent nothing for the past half-year-chiefly, it is just For our novels and plays on our neighbours the French. possible, because it is “now totally without funds; the capital account, therefore, remains with very little variation since last report”-with the

1. variation only of zero, that is, I suppose. Such a document is enough

Where the river flows, to sicken people of railway speculation.

'Mid the flow'rs and grasses, To clear off the magg. :- - London Society has some very good pictures

With her scarlet hose this month-but with some very poor ones to keep up the average.

Emmelinda passes. "Thumbnail Studies" are good, but want better printing. One of the

Something comes that way, best of the small engravings is that to “Mr. Felix in the Stubble,'

And on ferns and mosses, by MR. GODDARD, who should put his initials plainly to his work, lest

It, alack-a-day,
G. B., who tries to draw bimilar subjects, should get the credit of it.

Emmelinda tosses.
Good Words is up to the mark this month, in literature and art.
Especially good is ZWECKER'S " Reindeer and Sledge," an admirable

2. bit of “ tint” engraving. Very charming, too, is the girl's attitude in

The fair KUNIGUNDA HOCHSWILLER, PINWELL'& illustration to “Guild Court." The Argosy comes without

We read, had both learning and art, a cut, and is scarcely as good as usual. There is a smack of amateurish

And, better, she boasted some siller, ness about some of the papers that I regret to see-as an instance, take

But still quite untouched was her heart. “Something About a Carousel,” in which the writer says, “Merely

A most egotistioal lady knocked the ring, causing the same to drop on the ground, and an

She was, though a beautiful miss, oath to drop from the equestrian's lips, if he happened to have that

And each lover's prospects were shady: weakness." What weakness ? Lips? The Sunday Magazine com

In German she chatter'd of this. mences a new volume with great promise. An improved wrapper and

3. a greater number of illustrations are among some of the fresh features. The “Seaboard Parish" is charmingly illustrated. A paper on "The

He holds a potent station, Flight of Birds," by the DUKE OF ARGYLL, is most interesting, though

In many a congregation. the style is a little jerky at times. Musings in a Yorkshire Valley

4. is in very bad taste as far as concerns the mention of the BRONTEB, but

« On

Useful in case of a Fenian uprising, "goody” people don't consider taste a Christian grace, I fancy. Fire about it,” by the Rev. W. ARNOT, is not, as might appear at

This of a Yankee's ingenious devising: first sight, an article on Arnor's stoves. The Gardener's Magazine

Very effective in case of a riot,

If the marauders declined to be quiet. and Le Follet appeal to their respective publics as admirably as usual, and Routledge's Magazine for Boys maintains its position as the best boys'

5. magazine published.

Since the time that it pluckily gallop'd away, I have received a letter from MessR9. METZLER touching the “Comic

There was ne'er a more wonderful sight: Song Book " I noticed last week. They wish me to state that they

And yet though it's dead, there are wise men who say, knew nothing of its contents, and that their imprint appeared on it

It was seen for some hours t'other night. without their consent. Altogether, the book appears to be one of the most impudent things of the day. I noticed some very charming verses in this month's Belgravia" with

ANSWER TO ACROSTIC No. 30, the signature C. S.C., and conjectured that they were by MR.

G Galignani. I CALVERLEY. It was a bad shot, for they are the initials of a littératur

Eat of longer standing, MR. CHARLES SMITH CHELTNAM.

N Nina A

R Ristori

А Alma A
Something Like a Dedication!

Loan N
Some people are fortunate indeed, and if the dedication we quote
below means what
trar-General ought to be as happy


Valentine; Merry Andrew; D. E, H.; Polar; Gyp; Row; Ruby; Xarifa ; Crathes ; as a king :

St. Leonard's; Peri; Peminer.

Boning an Appointment.

K188ING goes by favour, and even our civic dignitaries are not abov-

copying the mild jobbery which used to be the chief charm of Governe The Britis} Empire,

ment appointments. In old days it was not impossible for a child to be made a superannuated postman (and receive the pension of the office) in his cradle. Some of the Common Council want to perpetrate something of the same sort. The respected keeper of Guildhall being about to retire, his office should in all justice and propriety pass to his

second in command, MR. HARLAND, who has for the last eleven years HIS MOST OBEDIENT,

been practically the resident keeper in MR. TEMPLE's absence. But

the post (with the salary attached) has set the mouths of some of the CHARLES A. COKE.

Council watering for it, and they are trying to carry it away from MR. We don't know whether Mr. Coke is related to KING COLE of Ken. HARLAND, and prevent his well-earned promotion, and the consequent

promotion of other officials under him. Fortunately, the standing sington. If he is, we are less surprised at his regal munificence, for orders, which forbid a member of the Court to be a candidate for one our South Kensington sovereign has for a long time been accustomed of the Courts' offices, ought to disqualify the principal applicant. It to do as he chooses with the national property.

remains to be seen whether the Council will descend to the job, and by

evading the orders proclaim their adherence to the maxim, nil nisi To be Digested at Leisure.

Bone-um. One of those foolhardy freaks, in which people who ought to know better will occasionally indulge, occurred the other evening. A gen

Too Good to be True. tleman, before retiring to rest, had the imprudence to swallow a nightcap. “It's an ill wind that blows nobody good.” If we may credit an On inquiring at his residence we learn that he is as well as-indeed, informant, the wintry blasts we have lately experienced have made the better than might have been expected.

very teeth of the unfortunate inmates of the Dumb Asylum-chatter.

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The notion that the law allows
Old Bumble of the brazen brows
To drive and starve without remorse
The Pauper—and the Workhouse Horse

THE WORKHOUSE HORSE. “HOLIDAY FOR WORKHOUSE Horse. - The Visiting Committee recommended that the workhouse horse be sent to grass for six weeks. It appeared that not only had the poor horse been over worked, but there was reason for believing it had be-n deprived of its proper amount of food. The recommendation was adopted.” - Vide Marylebone Mercury.

THE Visiting Committee kind
Have borne a quadruped in mind.
The animal had been o'erworked-
Had had, too, his allowance sbirked.
The Visiting Committee vowed
Such doings should not be allowed,
And so six weeks of grass and gorse
They ordered for the Workhouse Horse
The Visiting Committee might
On other questions throw a light.
Who was it that kept back the feed
And starved the uncomplaining steed?
Who was it overworked the nag,
And made his weary sinews flag ?
Let the Committee name the source
Of all the wrongs of Workhouse Horse !
For why? That man the same would do
By four-legged animals and two;
Would deal short rations forth toke-
Think water'd skilly but a joke
And extra hours at stones and oakum
Extort for skillium et tokum-
In short, adopt the self-same course
With pauper as with Workhouse Horse!
Let the Committee then enforce
(Public opinion will endorse) –
A punishment which shall divorce
From the official mind so coarse

Rhyme—and Reason ? That admirable paper, the Clerkenwell News, has relieved our mind of a terrible weight. Taking a retrospect of the literature of the past year, we were shocked to discover that nothing worthy of the name of poetry had appeared in the last twelve months. We had just come to the conclusion that the Muses had deserted England, when, happening to take up our C. N., as we invariably do when we need some new and thrilling sensation, we had our attention arrested, not to say forcibly taken into custody, by this startling announcement:


Lovers and others.--Verses (original), on any subject, composed and forwarded by post on receipt of as many stamps as lines required.

Squibs and Trade Circulars at reasonable charges. “Poeta," etc. The true poet reveals himself in the first few words. How exhaustive is the appeal "To Lovers and others !” Of course, all who are not “ lovers are merely "others.” Long may they remain so! Loog may, every votary of CUPID be able to say to the contemner of the passion, “Sir, you are an-other!And then how business-like, and therefore poetical, is the plain Saxon promise of poems at a penoy-a-line. Squibs at reasonable charges, indeed! We don't know what is the proper charge for exploding a squib; but we protest against the use of the word "squib" to describe the coruscations of mind, the iridescence of intellect,

the gyrations of genius to which we look forward when “Poeta" "shall return us the quid pro quo for our sixpenn'orth of QcEEN's heads!

Not by Hook. We are in a position to state that in commemoration of the late Pan-Anglican Sy-nod's-as-good-as-a-wink, the episcopal palace on the banks of the Thames will in future be known as Crook-haven.

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