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other than Warren's blacking, and that a vulgar person was to be discovered by the use of the inferior compositions.” Or this?

“ The oldest and finest wine in Sir Robert Peel's cellar is some Madeira supplied by Charles Wright, from the Opera Colonnade. About a fortnight ago Sir Robert Peel went down into his .cellar and fetched a bottle as a bonne bouche for the Duke of Cumberland. Sir Robert is used facetiously to say that this wine is of the right sort. Lady Peel never touches any champagne but that of Charles Wright, which she distinguishes at once by its sparkle and the peculiar fineness of the flavour."

What would the Stamp Office thiuk of these paragraphs ? we repeat; and whatever it thought of them, it must think of the following which we copy from an evening paper :

" The eldest son of Sir Robert Peel, a fine boy between nine and ten years of age, and heir to, perhaps, one of the largest fortunes in the kingdom, is, at present, under the tuition of the Rev. Dr. Everard, at the select academy of the reverend gentleman near Brighton. Sir Robert and Lady Peel, about a fortnight ago, proceeded to Brighton, for the purpose of visiting their young heir. Mr. Lawrence and Lady Jane Peel, who is sister to the Duke of Richmond, are residents at Brighton."

Of course it is not in the wit of man to guess who can have an interest in conveying to the world the curious information of :he school at which is Sir Robert Peel's eldest son, a fine boy between nine and ten years of age.

In the Brighton newspapers we have actually seen announcements of the arrivals of urchins of quality at this same school. Nothing is wanting but fashionable intelligence of this character.

Yesterday, at two o'clock, Lord Adolphus Spindleshanks took a ride on a donkey on the Hove road. His Lordship seemed in excellent health and spirits, and fell off surprisingly seldom. Having made a purchase of gingerbread at Mrs. Lollypop's repository of sweets, Lord Adolphus Spindleshanks returned to Doctor Tulthunt's to an early dinner at seven o'clock.

“ The Duke of Drumstick and the Marquis of Trundlehoop knelt down to a match of marbles at a quarter-past ten on Tuesday last, the 26th ult. His grace was heard to observe it was ' fine fun.' Lord Trundlehoop turns up his righthand sleeve at long taw—the Duke does not, and his marbles dribble, but his Grace plays excellently nevertheless.

“The Earl Dunderhead's progress in his studies at Doctor Tufthunt's is something wonderful. Ilis Lordship is but fourteen years of age, and reads Ovid with the help of a dictionary.”

There are papers now for every purpose, and surely the progress of conceit and vanity might be much hastened in children by giving a consequence to their movements, amusements, and nonsenses.

PAGANINI ROBBED AT CHELTENHAM.— The Cheltenham correspondent of the Morning Chronicle says :

An untoward incident occurred in the afternoon of yesterday, which at one time assumed a rather serious aspect. Paganini, in advertising his Concerts, had stated

that his numerous engagements would render it impossible for him to remain beyond that time ;' yet having engaged to play at the Theatre last night, he was accordingly announced. This the residents and visitors of the place considered an act of unfairness towards the regular Subscription Balis at the Rotunda, especially as Mr. Jearrad, the proprietor, had relinquished his usual musical entertainment on the previous evening, in order that Paganini's talents might have full scope. Immediately the Signor's intention was, therefore, made known, Captain M. Berkeley and W. L. Lawrence, Esq. took upon themselves to print a handbill, calling upon the Nobility and Gentry to support the established amusemnents of the town, by patronizing the Bail of last night, considering it merely as an act of justice to the Proprietor. The effect of this was to secure a thronged attendance at the Rotunda Ball, and so poor an assemblage at the Theatre, that Paganini refused to perform. This was communicated to the audience by the Manager, who expressed himself ready to return the admission money. Instead of

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quietly withdrawing, they (the audience) proceeded en masse to the Plough Hotel, to demand of Paganini the fulfilment of his engagement. Here a formidable mob was soon collected ; and after threatening to pull the house down, and uttering denunciations against the musical phenomenon, succeeded in frightening him into compliance; and he went to the Theatre, where he performed two of his most favourite pieces with his wonted success and eclat. The performance at the Theatre was for play-house prices. The Signor left at midnight, in a chaise and four, from the Plough, for London."

Thus it appears that by bodily fear the fiddler was induced to give his labour for a price he deemed inadequaie. How does this differ from robbery ?-we see no distinction. Paganini's performance is his property, and to force it from him by threats and intimidation is as much robbery, as to take the purse,

which is the price of his performance, on the highway. The Cheltenham rioters doubtless thought they had done a mighty fine thing when they had bullied the unprotected foreigner out of the display of bis skill; but if by the same proceeding they had taken notes of another sort they would themselves have had to perform on the one string for the exploit. Where were the magistrates of the place when this riot occurred! When clowns order their own prices by assembling in mobs and threatening violence, they are hung without mercy. We do not know what the distinction is in law which gives the licence of riot and arbitrary compulsion to the folks of Cheltenham. Paganini may return to the Continent and report that he has been among a people without law or manners.

Professor PATTISON AND THE LONDON UNIVERSITY.—Mr. Bingham Baring, who has complained so loudly of the hardship of being condemned after trial and conviction, has moved, in the Council of the London University, for the dismissal of Professor Pattison, without trial, impeachment, or imputation !

Mr. Bingham Baring is a man wliom the vulgar would describe as with a silver spoon in his mouth.” He is especially favoured-most peculiarly privileged. We have again to draw comparisons between the consequences of his actions to others, and the consequences of the actions of others to him.

Cook died for striking him a blow. He, on the other hand, was sentenced to pay 501. for striking a blow to Mr. Deacle. After conviction, the House of Commous heard his evidence, and its leader, Lord Althorp, pronounced him innocent, and assumed his prosecutor to be guilty. Without trial or accusation, within two days, Mr Bingham Baring moves for the dismissal of a Professor in the London ( niversity, and carries his motion. Mr. Bingham Baring is not reinoved from the magistracy, though he has been convicted of a want of temper unbecoming the character of a magistrate ; but Mr. Pattison has been removed from his Professorship, though it is declared that his general character and professional skill are unimpeached. We cannot say here,

Committunt eadem diverso crimina fato;" for he who has committed no fauli-who is charged with no fault, is dismissed ; and he who is convicted of a fault is permitted to retain his authority! The bread is taken from Mr. Pattison, which he had well earned ; the magisterial power is continued to Mr. Baring, which he had shown himself, by infirmity of temper, unqualified 10 exercise.

We give the resolution of the Council, which must stamp it with disgrace, together with the observation on it of Mr. Pattison :

Session of Council, 230 July 1831. The Council, in concurrence with the suggestion contained in the Report of the Select Committee of this Council of the 18th June 1831, “That the popularity and etficiency of the Medical School have received a shock by the disturbances which have prevailed in it, and which can only be obviated by the retirement of Professor Pattison from the Chair of Anatomy and Surgery ; and deeming it therefore essential to the well-being of the University and the success of the Medical School, that Professor Pattison should not any longer continue to occupy these Chairs :

“ Resolved, That Professor Pattison be, and he is hereby removed from his situations of Professor of Anatomy and Surgery in this University.

1 " Resolved, That in taking this step, the Council feel it due to Professor Pattison to state, that nothing which has come to their knowledge with respect to his conduct has in any way tended to impeach either his general character or professional skill and knowledge.


TAAS Coates." "As it is my intention to publish immediately a history of my connexion with that Institution, and an account of the causes which gave rise to the disturbances referred to, I will only now observe, that by the admission of the Council themselves, ' nothing has come to their knowledge with respect to my conduct which has in any way lended io impeach eitrer my general character or my professional skill and knowledge.' This being admitted, it is difficult to understand on what principle of justice a gentleman, who has been induced, on the representations of the Council to resign a Professorship in America, which was worth above 20001. per annum, to engage in their service, can by any arbitrary act be deprived of an office, to obtain which he made so great a sacrifice. “ I remain, Sir, your humble servant,

• Granville J. Pattison." “ 129, Regent-street, July 24, 1831."

Every member of the Council who does not separate himself from this act must share in the disgrace of it; and all those who have had part in it should be dislodged as soon as possible, and for ever after excluded from any authority in the University. We write in ignorance of the constitution of the University; but we will now make it a business to understand it, and to see how the majority of the Council can be affected.

Horrid REVENGE-ZANGA OUTDONE -We never thought so well of the philosophy of a Lord Mayor as after reading the following sceue:

“ A very extraordinary fracas took place between the Lord Mayor and the Recorder. at the Court of Conservancy held at the Swan, at Westminster Bridge, before the Navigation Barge went up the river. It had been observed, before his Lordship and the high City Officers left London, that the Recorder appeared, contrary to the usual practice, in the dress of a private individual, while the Lord Mayor appeared in full dress. Of this circumstance no notice was taken. The Learned Gentleman, bowever, exhibited very decided symptoms of displeasure before the Court of Conservancy, held at Southwark, broke up. The short passage through the water to Westminster Bridge, * instead of cooling, greatly aggravated his sore feelings, which at length gave themselves vent in the presence of the Conservancy Jury at the above-mentioned Tavern.

“ The Learned Recorder, addressing himself to the Lord Mayor, said, -My Lord Mayor, I can no longer disguise from you that I feel that your Lordship has most grossly, and beyond all endurance, insulted me.

“ Indeed! said the Lord Mayor, in what manner ? “I feel the indignity most poignantly, my Lord Mayor : I shall, while you are Chief Magistrate, act towards you with respect, because respect is due to the office you but as soon as you have passed the Chair, you must look to experience different sort of treatment.

I am sure you are very kind and very candid, observed the Lord Mayor, but what have I done to subject me to so great a misfortune as your displeasure ?

“ The Recorder: You cannot be a stranger to the fact that my wife, Lady Knowlys, has been passed over on all oceasions, in your Mayoralty, in which ladies have been entertained." The magistrates who have not passed the Chair, and who are of course considered my juniors, have been all treated with becoming respect, as regards the invitations to the ladies, but I have been singled out for insult. I shall, my Lord Mayor, accordingly, while you are in the chair, act respectfully towards you, in consideration of your office, but the moment you leave it—the moment your year is out, our acquaintance is entirely at an end.

" The Lord Mayor: Very well, Mr. Recorder, I shall between this and that endeavour to reconcile myself to the loss.

“Here the conversation, we understand, dropped.”

Here is a fine opposition of character-the Recorder, the Judge, the pattern of moderation, is threatening the Lord Mayor with the last extremity of vengeance -the withdrawal of his conversation, the denial of his society! For your year, he says, I speak to you ; but after that time, look to experience a different sort of treatment-look to be cut by Knowlys, and tremble! This threat was certainly too cruel, too vindictive. Had he threatened to shoot, stab, or poison

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the Mayor when his year was out, he would have been within the bounds of human revenge; but to threaten not to notice him, to deny him the acquaintance of Sir Geof. Knowlys, so much dearer to man than life, was a stretch of vindictiveness almost diabolical. The Lord Mayor bore the menace with amazing philosophy. His mind does not appear to have sunk with the apprehension of the threatened prediction. He will employ his short time of conversation with Knowlys in endeavouring to reconcile himself to its loss. Poor man ! his days are numbered-his span of acquaintance with Knowlys is short -on the 9th of November his social death takes place. Every minute that flies by must now leave the stinging reflection, “ Another minute of my acquaintance with Knowlys has gone! I am, by another minute, nearer to my last word, and the final cut with Sir Geof. Knowlys! Lost, lost man! miserable Mayor !"

It has often been remarked, that the uncertainty of the period of death is a happiness to man; who, were the time fixed, no matter how distant it might be, would torment himself with the thought of its approach. Now the Lord Mayor, by the cruelty of the Recorder in naming the period of his cut, has been made to feel the bitterness of a coming fare. Every act in life he performs is accompanied with the thought that he is brought so much nearer to the privation of all that sweetens and honours it. When he dies of a broken heart, or by his own hand, as he surely will do, in the early part of the month of November, he will furnish an example of prudence to the world, not to omit to ask Lady Knowlys to parties-teterrima causu !

CANNIBALISM. :-The newspapers have rejoiced in an account of “horrible . Cannibalism in New Zealand," copied from the Tasmanian. It reads much in

the manner, but with directly the opposite effect of a Genesis, as thus: Payiz ate Tahee, and Canko ate Payiz, and Raballah ate Canko, and Tayewho ate Raballah, and so on. It describes expeditions of large bodies which having surprised and defeated their enemies, feast upon their carcases, and salt, pack up, and carry home such as they could not consume on the spot. In one instance, at a feast consisting, as the New Zealand Newspapers, if they had any, would say, of every delicacy of the season, to wit:-of about one hundred baskets of potatoes, and a sort of green vegetable of delicious flavour, and equal quantities of whale blubber and human flesh, and of one hundred bodies, Captain Briggs had the curiosity to open one of the baskets which was near him. It contained the head and body of a beautiful young female. One of the officers of his ship had resolution enough to dissect the breast away with his pen-knife; he wrapped it up in a handkerchief, took it on board the Dragon, put it into spirits, and presented it to a gentleman in Hobart Town, in whose possession it now is. How very obliging! The truth of the whole story is of course proved by this voucher in the possession of the gentleman in Ilobat Town.

No doubt such an account will amuse the good readers of the Tasmanian, but how can the London newspapers adopt such tales on such authority? As well might the Tasmanian, in return, quote some of the penny publications from the Grub-street press, to show that making sausages of little children was a common trade in London.

FOREIGN POLICY. The hostile schism between Holland and Belgium is the chief topic of the hour affecting the foreign interests and relations of this country ;-how long it will continue so is another and momentous question. We will not enter into the protocol jargon, dialectics, or details of the Belgian conferences. The logic of diplomacy, the principles of public law, and even solemn treaties themselves, would form very uncertain bases of speculation on the future, in inter-national politics. Selfish impulses, and the sense of power, are the only steady guides.

Europe is but beginning to undergo a series of re-actions and retributions, resulting from the so called settlement of 1814 and 1815. The first successful example was in France,-and there the drama, perhaps, has not yet reached its catastrophe. The Bourbons were twice imposed on France by foreign bayonets; after several fruitless efforts in the course of fifteen years, they have been at last got rid of, by a sort of tacit compromise with foreign powers, which has raised the Orleans branch to the throne. It is a mistake to suppose, that the despotic imbecility of Polignac and Charles X. provoked this event. It was a race of men and principles,—a political and social system,-in a state of antipathy to the nation, and imposed, and sustained only by foreign force, or external danger, that was rejected, in an access of violent nausea, by the French people.

The next effort of re-action has been the expulsion of the Dutch authorities from Brussels and Belgium, and the separation from Holland. It was but the disruption of another forced union, which should never have taken place. The separation of Belgium from France was just and necessary. A wise policy would have erected that portion of the Netherlands, as it is now, into an independent state; but this would have been in accordance with the wishes of the people, whose destiny was under consideration—and it was the fixed principle of Lord Castlereagh, and the other settlers of Europe, upon the fall of Napoleon, that the people should, in all cases, be partitioned and yoked against the grain of their affections, as well as in violation of their rights. Another reason for annexing Belgium to Holland, was the expected marriage of the hereditary Prince of Orange with the late Princess Charlotte. For this, the ancient Constitution of Holland was set aside; the Stadtholder was invested with the new-fangled style, first of Sovereign Prince, then of King; and the Belgians were passed under a yoke which, of all others, they most abhorred.

The Duke of Wellington as Minister, put into the mouth of the King from the throne, a eulogy of the King of Holland, and rebuke of his Belgian subjects for their want of wisdom and gratitude. He forgot apparently two things,—that the heroic resistance of the Spaniards, was a resistance of prejudices and passions, much more than of patriotism and reason; and secondly, that the Belgians had a much stronger plea than their antipathies, in the rapacious frauds and tyrannical oppressions of the Dutch King and his minions in authority. The Duke of Wellington happily went out of office before he could, by open force or secret intrigue, oppose or defeat this second inroad upon

“ the settlement of Europe.” Sept.-VOL. XXXII. NO. CXXIX.


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