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gratitude for a pamphlet written by the horror-struck, and on the point of Commissioner.

throwing up his brief; but he consulted This production was published by Baron Parke, who sat on the bench Mr. Bentley, and is worth looking at beside the judge who was trying the on account of the extravagance of the case, and by him he was advised to eulogy it contains. It is entitled proceed with the defence as if nothing “Napoleon the Third, by a Man of had happened. the World."

The gravamen of the charge made “I hope,” I said slyly, “Phillips, by the Examiner was, that the counsel, the Emperor had forgotten all about having this confession in his pocket, that unlucky guarantee.”

made a solemn appeal to heaven to “What do you mean, sir-what witness his belief in the prisoner's guarantee?"

innocence, and that he endeavored to “Why of course the guarantee you throw the blame of the murder upon required from Lafitte before you the innocent female servants. Having accepted Louis Napoleon as a tenant." carefully examined the facts, I am

“Who told you that, may I ask ?” bound to state that there is no ground “Yourself, to be sure ; who else 8" whatever for any such charge. I have

“I never did anything of the sort ; seen a pamphlet which contains letters it's an invention-a malicious inven- from many of the counsel who were tion." Then reflecting,

reflecting, after a then present, positively stating that moment's pause, “I'll tell you what it nothing of the kind occurred; and I is, B-; you have a confounded give an extract from one written by inconvenient memory.And he was Mr. Samuel Warren, in which he thus silent for many minutes afterwards. disposes of the subject: “I was

I am unable to say what was the dining," writes Mr. Warren, “some original ground of quarrel between time ago with Lord Denman, when I Phillips and the late Mr. Albany Fon- mentioned to him the serious charge blanque, who had then the management against you which had recently been of the Examiner ; but in the columns revived by the Examiner. His lordof that able journal appeared a series ship immediately stated that he had of attacks upon

the professional inquired into the matter, and found character of Phillips, which evinced the charge to be utterly unfounded ; great animosity on the part of the that he had spoken on the subject to writer. These attacks were the more Mr. Baron Parke-who sat on the indefensible as they appeared nearly bench besides Chief-Justice Tyndal, twenty years after the transaction to who tried the case--and that Baron which they referred had taken place, Parke told him he had, for reasons of when the world had forgotten all about his own, carefully watched every word it. Phillips had defended Courvoisier, you uttered; and assured Lord Denman the murderer of Lord William Russell ; that your address was perfectly unexand during the course of the trial the ceptionable, and that you made no such prisoner, taking his counsel aside, con- statement as that which was subsequentfessed to him his guilt. Phillips was ly attributed to you. The charge of

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having endeavored to cast suspicion the late Mr. Justice Maule was one upon the female servants is as easily who occupied a high place in his disposed of. Phillips's cross-examina- regard. He was fond of relating the tion of these servants took place on quaint sayings of this eminent perWednesday, and it was not until the sonage. evening of the following day Cour- “I defended,” he said, “a man before voisier admitted to him his guilt.” him who was tried for murder, and

Phillips's friends--and I never knew convicted. The judge asked the a man who had more—were greatly prisoner, in the usual form, whether pleased at this triumphant vindication. he had anything to say in arrest of An opportunity soon afterwards oc- judgment. The ruffian flung up curred which proved to me the ex- both his arms to heaven, and extent of his popularity. I had been claimed, “May God Almighty strike amused by observing in the news- me down dead on the spot if I had papers a judgment he had delivered hand, act, or part in this matter!' in the case of an insolvent baker, Maule took out his watch, and looking who had returned in his schedule, attentively at the prisoner, paused for among other assets, a “a fast-trotting at least a minute; then he said, pony." “Sir," said the Commissioner, Prisoner at the bar, I have waited with much solemnity, “I am not sur- patiently for some time to see whether prised at the position in which you that Almighty Being whom you have find yourself. Set a beggar on horse- so impiously invoked would interfere back, and you know in what direction on this occasion, and relieve me from he rides; but put a baker behind a the necessity of pronouncing judgment fast-trotting pony, and that animal will upon you ; but as he has not done so, inevitably conduct him to this court then it is my duty to pass the usual before he knows where he is." Not sentence of the law-that you be long afterwards while crossing Fleet taken from hence to the place of exestreet, Phillips was run over and cution, and hanged, etc.?" nearly killed. I heard of the accident, Phillips was a kind-hearted, and a and called at his house to inquire after generous man, but at the same time, I his condition. On that occasion I fear, a little selfish. In his early life ventured to suggest that it might have he had probably experienced the been the same fast-trotting pony, pinchings of a narrow fortune, and I driven by the vindictive baker, which do not think he was much given to had caused the disaster. He laughed hospitality. But he was kind to the heartily, and pointing to his table, poor, and at Brighton, I remember, he which was covered with cards and always carried a half-crown in his notes of inquiry, said that, having hand for a character indigenous to the recovered from the effects of the place, called Tom-an old sailor who accident, he was not sorry it had had lost his legs, and spent much occurred, for it showed him he had of his time in a chair drawn by a more friends left who took an interest goat. He had a biscuit, too, for Mr. in him than he imagined. Of these Prior's old white bull-terrier. Both these recipients of his bounty proved the house in King street, formerly unworthy of it. Tom disappeared occupied by the imperial tenant of goat, carriage, and all-deeply in debt whom he was so proud, is now the to his tradespeople; and the white bull- property of one of his daughters. terrier tried to bite his benefactor in It is said of Phillips's friend Curran the calf of the leg. It is probable that, when an enterprising littérateur that these little incidents were but a asked to be supplied with materials for repetition of others which, happening the purpose of writing his life, the in his early life, had hardened his Master of the Rolls replied, “Take it, heart; for he had a nervous aversion, rather." I fear my old friend, could amounting almost to horror, of im- he have anticipated my present design, pecuniosity in all its shapes, and he would have inquired with stern avoided, as he would a pestilence, the solemnity how he had ever injured me, society of any one whom he thought that I should add one more to the conld, by the most remote chance, terrors of death; but I have long have any design upon his pocket. desired to yindicate his memory from

Phillips was a brillant and polished an unjust aspersion. I have seldom writer. He had a fine command of heard his name mentioned without good Saxon words, and might have hearing it also coupled with an accusa

a place in literature, had the tion which I have shown to be unharassing occupations of a busy life founded ; au reste, although he was afforded him time for his cultivation. but an Old-Bailey barrister, he was He has left behind him, besides his one of the most remarkable men I “Life of Curran," some volumes of have ever known. Phillips had not poetry, one of which, the “Emerald one spark of patriotism in his composiIsle,” is dedicated to the Prince tion; he preferred the flesh-pots of the Regent, whom he calls “Ireland's hope country of his adoption to the potatoes and England's ornament." He was of his native land. This exile never fond of writing pamphlets, too, on such wept by the water of the Thames as topics as interested the public of the he thought of Zion; indeed, he hoped day. The last of these which I he would never set his foot in that remember was in favor of the abolition green country any more; and he never of capital punishment. But his end did. His loyalty was undoubted, but was now drawing near; each succes- the king who owned his allegiance was sive season I met him at Brighton he Brougham; and if I could lift the veil seemed to grow feebler. He had out- which hides the portals of that undislived the ordinary span allotted to covered country, I have no doubt that human life, and he died in harness. where the shadow of that Anax He was seized with an apoplectic fit Andron stalks through the Elysian while presiding in his Court at Portu- Fields, the humble shade of his faithful gal streetand

and never recovered. friend will be somewhere Much to the surprise of those who Heaven would be no paradise to knew him, he left behind him a large Charles Phillips without the presence fortune-upwards of £40,000; and of Henry, Lord Brougham.


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From Thessalonica the Emperor came.
The day was dying in the dim, gray sky,
With ice-cold breath the chasing wind went by;
Thick on the air lay drifting gusts of sleet,
The ground was frosted 'neath the horses' feet.
From Thessalonica the Emperor came.
Beside the highway, crouching from the blast,
A beggar shivered as the train went past
And sent his lamentation sad and drear
With pleading tingling to the Emperor's ear.
“List, gracious master, to thy subject's grief,
And in thy sovereign goodness grant relief.”
But Theodosius spurred his willing steed
And left the beggar grovelling in his need.
The jeering soldiers pressed behind their lord
With tramp of charger and with clang of sword,
And the poor wretch, abandoned to his fate,
Shrunk backward to the ground, disconsolate.
The soldier Martin heard the beggar's cry,
And reined up as his comrades clattered by.
No gold had he nor silver to bestow,
Nor any alms to soothe the beggar's woe;
But, rending with his sword his cloak in twain,
He gave him half and hurried on again.

The night hung dark, with tempest overhead,
When Martin, starting from his soldier's bed
In awe and wonder, saw a dazzling light
Which burst in sudden glory on his sight.
And in the lustre stood a thorn-crowned one,
With face as glorious as the risen sun.
And lo! upon his shoulders wrapped around,
The cloak which Martin flung upon the ground.
“Rise, són," the vision said, and as he spoke

A heavenly kindness o'er his features broke;
“What thou hast given my poor so willingly,
The same, my Martin, hast thou given to me.
In other folds than mine thy lot was cast,
Thine act has brought thee to thy God at last.
In time that was, thy care was Cæsar's trust,
In time to be thou'lt serve me with the just."
The vision faded in a burst of sound,
A thrill of silver harp-chords sweeping round,
And Martin, prostrate on the hardened sod,
Avowed his later lifetime unto God.

For years dwelt Martin in a cloistral cell,
Where all the saintly brethren loved him well;
And when his soul departed to the blest
They bore him in the mantle to his rest.

FAULTY EDUCATION.—The whole spelling very likely defective, and the tendency of our modern education, punctuation nil. some one has said, is to produce only We are not inclined to think this a mathematical fools. The idea meant matter of trivial importance. It is, at to be conveyed is, we suppose, that any rate, of enough importance to deundue prominence is given to mathe- mand more care than is usually given matical and kindred studies, while to this department in our schools and other points equally important, if not colleges. Facility in writing is to be more so, are neglected.

acquired, in the main, by practice, There is, we are sure, truth in this under competent instruction. But this as concerns one point in a good educa- training in English composition is to tion. We refer to the ability to ex- be considered as certainly entitled to press one's self with exactness on its place as are mathematical or geogpaper—in other words, to write a letter. raphical studies. Adequate time should A young man passes through the ordi- be devoted to it. Parents should innary course of study, and enters upon terest themselves to see that their a business career. He knows some-children not only acquire knowledge, thing about book-keeping; has arith- but learn how to express it when necmatic at his finger ends; but unless essary. he is the exceptional one out of twenty Alas, for the woes of editors over (we are very sure this is within the manuscripts containing good thoughts ; average) he will not be able to write but with no paragraphs or points, and the simplest and shortest note in his with long, involved sentences, clumsy native language, as it should be written. expressions, distorted phrases, and genThe expression will be clumsy, the eral wrongness !

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