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“ Now I guess; to report my accents Echo has made of the humorists of the day asked Echo her task!”

" Ask!"

what she thought of the matter: “Know'st thou whether London will henceforth con

“ What are they who pay three guineas

To hear a tune of Paganini's ?” tinue to resist ?” “Resist!"

“Pack o'ninnies." " Whether Vienna and other courts will oppose me

“ Always !"

WANTED IN CLERKENWELL. “What, then, must I expect after so many reverses ?” " Reverses !” Since the repeal of the paper

and news“What! should I like a coward vile to compound be paper stamp duties, a number of journals reduced ?"

have sprung up in London of a totally

“Reduced !" different character from the cosmopolitan “After so many bright exploits be forced to restitution ? | diurnals which we are wont to designate


as the daily press. The sheets we refer to, "Restitution of what I've got by heroic feats and mar

some of them published daily, but most at tial address!”

“Yes !" longer intervals, concern themselves wholly “What will be the fate of so much toil and trouble ?” with the news and business of certain " Trouble!" localities. London is a country in itself

, " What will become of my people, already too un- and its districts have each its own local happy?"

organ, hardly known outside the quarter to

“Happy!" " What should I then be, that think myself immortal.?” London-provincial journals, as we may term

which it specially restricts itself. These “ The world is filled with the glory of my name, you

them, report vestry meetings at length, know.”

fulminate against local nuisances, and are "No!"

great on the subjects of local paving and " Formerly its fame struck the vast globe with terror.” drainage. They must supply a felt want,


eise they could not exist, and that they “ Sad Echo, begone. I grow infuriate, I die!"

must do a considerable amount of good " Die !"

can hardly be questioned. One of their The late Archdeacon Wrangham, who most important offices is the publication of penned many graceful witticisms and lively advertisements at a rate so moderate as to effusions, wrote an echo song on the same induce people to advertise in them with subject as that which prompted Palm, regard to matters that would hardly bear Napoleon; but he infused a peculiar spirit the higher charges of the advertising into it by mixing up together English, media commanding a wider area ; and one French, Italian, and Latin. There are or two of them, by reason of their copious fourteen echoes belonging to as many display of what may be termed petty advercouplets; the following are some that illus- tisements, have attained a wide circulation trate the odd polyglot mode of construc- outside their own immediate districts. A tion:

glance at the advertising columns of the

Clerkenwell News gives a curious glimpse “Tell me of what com'st the heart of Gaul?"

of insight into the manner of life, the “Of gall!”

wants and wishes of our London middle“Dic mihi quæso virum, vitus qui tot bona parte ?”.

“ Bonaparte !"

lower and lower classes. In these columns

are to be found few announcements of new “Can George, then, thrash the Corsican ?”

“ He can!”
public companies. The gorgeous " Jeames

“ Again I call, sweet maid, come echo me.”

of Buckley-square" evidently does not con“Eccomi !"

sider the Clerkenwell News an eligible “Il reste donc à souhaiter que la France lui désobeit.” medium for offering himself, his powdered

“ So be it !”

head and shapely calves, to the notice of a "Ma sotto i rè erano sempre allegri.”.

discriminating aristocracy. We find in it

no advertisements of “a charming country “ T'unlock our India, France would make of Turkey"

“ Her key!”

residence to be let, standing in its own

grounds, and within reach of four packs of “ Wretches as changeful as the changing ocean.

“0, chiens !” hounds,” or of “a noble West-end mansion

for sale, with five reception-rooms, and Abont forty years ago, when Paganini every accommodation for the family of a was fiddling into his pocket the large sums nobleman or gentleman of position. of money which his admirers were willing constituency of Clerkenwell is not to be to pay for the pleasure of hearing him, one found among the clubs, nor, should we

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imagine, do its readers drive their car- there are but two advertisements from riages, unless a light trap, adapted for general servants in want of places, and not multifarious uses, can be called one's own a girl, person, or woman proclaims through carriage.

this medium her anxiety to obtain employByron wanted a herom" an uncommon ment. The truth is, that an immense want;' it seems evident that a far more number of the women of London are becommon want among us at the present day coming too independent for service, as well is a “general servant.” Any one answer- as too independent when in service. Other ing to this description-in itself somewhat kinds of employment, often very wellvague, but sufficiently well defined by con- seldom very badly-paid, present themventional usage-must be hard to please if selves in competition with domestic sershe cannot find a place to her liking out of vice; and imposing as they do less restraint the hundred and forty which are advertised on personal liberty, are better liked by very as open to suitable applicants. “General many. The girl who “works at a trade,” as servants" are evidently at a premium just it is called, has her evenings to herself, can now, and must be wooed by the enuncia- choose her own lodgings, do what she likes tion of some special attractions. These with her Sundays, and carries her characusually take the form of “good wages or ter at her fingers' ends. How multitu“liberal wages,” and “all found,” “no dinous are these occupations for girls, the children," "family small and quiet,”“wash- advertisements in the Clerkenwell News ing put out,” “no baby,” “a comfortable tell us. Artificial florists are in extensive home for a clean, tidy girl," and so forth. request, whether they be “leaf hands, But the advertisers for “ general servants,” | “preparers,” common hands,” “imwhile spreading these nets in the eyes of provers,” “pattern makers," or "cutters;" those whom they desire to attract, are, for whether in-door or out-door, it is all one, the most part, staunch sticklers for “ a and there is not a word about character. good character." Some demand a "good Constant employment appears to await any personal character," which seems a dis- number of fancy box-makers, whether their tinction without a difference; others go still forte be“ glue work, scoring,” “ lining," further, and stipulate for "respectability or “gold-edging;” braiders and button-hole in addition to the character. Some there makers, and chenille net-makers are eagerly are, but very few, who do not seem to re- inquired for. If anything like decent wages gard character as the sine quâ non, and, as are to be made at chenille net-making, it is a a compensation for this concession, seem to wonder half the world does not take to it, consider themselves entitled to make various for it seems that a competent knowledge of stipulations as to the qualifications of the the handicraft is to be taught in an hour, presumably characterless, to the effect that and then abundance of work is guaranteed. they must “cook nicely,” “ take a child Contrary to general belief, crinolines are not three hours a day,” or be “active, indus- yet extinct, for we find crinoline makers trions, and clean. There seems as great advertised for, and also “good steelers.” a demand for “ girls” as for “ general ser- Plenty of employment is open in the dyeing vants," but the inducements offered to the business, whether for "fur hands,” “ feaformer are not proportionally great. The ther hands,” or “ironers.” An epaulette usual tariff of wages for a girl under sixteen, embroiderer, if a first-rate hand, need not used to house work, seems about one shil- be out of work an hour; and offers to ling and sixpence or two shillings per week envelope folders and cementers are neither -in many cases with her tea” is added ; few nor far between. A glossary is needfrom which it may be inferred that other ful when we light upon advertisements for meals have to be found by the girl out of “floss vulture” hands, and for a forewoman her wages. Nearly all the girls are desired over “rose hands,” but there is no amto be “ respectable," and a large proportion biguity in the one which offers employment must be “strong, clean, and active." Then to“ frizette and head-dress hands.” Is there are the “persons,” the greater num- another red-shirt legion being organised, ber of whom seem to be desiderated as that we read of “Garibaldi hands being coffee-house attendants; and the “women,” wanted ? And if so, what is the hidden one of whom must be “Christian,” and meaning of the mysterious word "print" another respectable old.” If advertise- that follows within brackets ?

“Half-cap ments are any test, it seems abundantly hands ”—who make the other halves ?plain that the laws of supply and demand “hat sewers," “infants' millinery hands," are out of gear as regards servants, for "imitation infants' leghorn hat hands,” “in


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fants' blond loop front hands," "ironers,” some very pregnant with signs of the and “knickerbocker hands,” are all in re- times. Look at this one, for instance: quest; “ fifty ladies' hat hands” are wanted “Employment wanted; tall, active, gentle. in one batch, and the wrath of male tailors manly man ; rapid writer; age twenty-five, ought to be stirred up by an advertisement wages one pound per week ; understands for a young lady to learn the “best waistcoat books.” Tall, active, and gentlemanly, making.' As to some desiderated “mack- pricing himself at one pound a week, and intosh hands,” there is no stipulation that ready, probably, to jump at an offer of they should be clanswomen from the High- fifteen shillings! Never learnt a trade,

you lands of Inverness, and “night-cap hands” see, but took the other line-run off the are not called upon to state whether the rails somehow, and the “gentlemanly man," materials they habitually use are lawn or who is a rapid writer, and understands hot grog with lemon and nutmeg. When books, is eager for half the wages that big

sewers are advertised for, it seems Jack, the navvy, who puts his cross on the superfluous to add “needle and thread” | pay-sheet instead of his name, is tearing within brackets, but no doubt the seeming out of the earth with pick and spade. redundancy has some trade meaning of its Boys are in very active request, for the own. In connexion with shirts, there is no most part at what seem fair wages ; but mystery about a demand for“regatta hands," some of the employments for which they but what branch of shirt-making comes are required are not easily intelligible except within the sphere of“ good toppers, indoor” to experts. We start as we read the follow. is as difficult for an outsider to the pro- ing: "Boy wanted, used to vice," but light fession to comprehend, as it is to know is let in by the sequel—“and hammer. what“ fanners” have to do with stay-mak. Can this be a cracksman who is advertising ing. The tie trade seems to be very short for a “boy used to filing and drilling”? handed, and to have numerous ramifica- There is an advertisement for a “lad who tions. We find under this head advertise- has been on the bench,” and another for a ments for “slip-stitchers,” for “band and youth who has been at the bar;" but we front hands," "knot hands,” "Pall Mall (fail to find one for a youngster who has hands,'

,"?“ Beaufort hands," Regent hands,” been " in the dock.” Surely a covert insult “Brother Sam hands,” “ reversible hands," to the profession lurks in this advertise

eureka hands;" and one for “ those who ment: “ Boot tradema youth wanted for can take all parts.” Then there are adver- the press.” Is it possible that a zeal for tisements for umbrella hands who must be economy has led the Lords of the Admi. good“ tippers and bracers ;" for valentine ralty to advertise under a feigned name for! hands, who, if accustomed to sachets, can a "monitor, from five shillings weekly"? earn, it seems, ten shillings to twelve shil- Monitors, we know, are not thought much lings per week; wax-flower hands, and mil- of now as war vessels; but then look at liners, dressmakers, and tailoresses, general | the figure ! and special, for a column and more. Ad- It is inexplicable that we should ever vertisements under the heading of “sewing hear of any one being out of business." machinists, &c., wanted,” take up another unless by reason of absolute distraction at column. It seems tweed hats can be made the plethora of eligible chances offered to with the sewing machine; and an adver- the public, in some

cases for making a 1. tisement for an “excelsior embroiderer” fortune at a stroke, in none for doing worse is surely calculated to stimulate a keen than gaining a comfortable livelihood. A curiosity to see the aspiring damsel ful- free beer-house may be had for thirty filling such a remarkable requisition. pounds, “all at," whatever may be the Female labour is certainly in greater de- meaning of that spasmodic ellipsis

. A mand than male, if we are to accept the butcher may have the best opening in advertising columns of the Clerkenwell as Bayswater” for the value of the fixtures ; any criterion. A column and a half suffice and we find "a cat’s-meat walk for sale, to set forth the requirements under the doing six cwt. per week.” There can be heading "mechanics, &c., wanted," and a no mistake about this earthly paradise : good many of the advertisements are not “ Fish-shop (neat little fried and dried) to particularly inviting. Similarly, under let : shop, parlour, two bedrooms, back the heading “situations and employment wash-house, &c.; coming in five pounds :" wanted,” very few women are found ad- and there is a touch of genuine pathos in vertising, while there are quite two columns the statement that “the cause of letting is of what me may call male advertisements, through ill-health of the wife.” This is




definite; but there is a mournful myste- good, may be had in two places, and there rious vagueness about the following, that is a recondite instrument for sale cheap, in would seem to call for the interference of the shape of an "alamode potato cuttingthe authorities, but for the circumstance machine.” Goats, lathes, mangles, microthat the figures seem to afford evidence scopes, and mills, are all advertised for sale that, spite of affliction, reason is not yet in this column; and for a neat assortment tottering on its throne: “ General, sweets, of "sundries,” it would be difficult to beat

! twelve pounds; rent fourteen shillings, let this: “Gas cooking-stove, if needed, for off eight and sixpence, affliction of pro- one hundred persons; butter block and prietor.” A “ ladies' middle-class day- scale complete ; mahogany sideboard, single school,” which is vouched for as a genuine gun, two bedsteads, looking-glass, patent transaction, is to be had for twenty-five sausage machine.” Or this: “Bradford's pounds; a soup-shop in a business neigh- washing machine ; a large club-room mahobourhood for twelve pounds; and a com- gany table; a small quantity of vulcanite ; a prehensive concern described as a “music, French velocipede ; slate bagatelle table; news-agent, and tobacco business," must be and two large gin vats.” dirt cheap at forty-five pounds. But the pick of the paper is to be found

OLD STORIES RE-TOLD. in the curious miscellaneous reading under the heading, “to be sold." The oddest things are advertised for sale ; and could On a dark December night, in the year we see behind the scenes of which the 1797, twenty-nine brigands, or chauffeurs, sixpenny advertisement, hard, dry, and as they called themselves, assembled at a laconic, is the curtain, the smile that the great gipsy feast of stolen poultry in the perasal of it may haply raise would surely heart of the forest of Lifermeau (in the give place to the gravity of sincerest sym- district of Orgères), to plan an attack on a pathy. Such an advertisement as this is rich farmer named Fousset, at Millouard. the index to a very bitter pass : “Bible It was reported about Chartres that Fous(family devotional), illustrated, for sale.” set was one of the “Black Band,” who The children's birthdays may be recorded bought up the deserted châteaux of the in it, but it must go; and' if it finds a fugitive or guillotined aristocrats; that he purchaser the wedding-ring of the wife and had coffers full of louis-d'or, and chests mother may be respected a little longer. crammed with linen and plate. The greedy "Duplicate, fourteen yards of rich Magenta eyes of the murderous scoundrels glittered silk, and gold and amethyst necklace, at the prospect of such spoil. pledged this month for thirty-five shillings; The next night the robbers set out about ten shillings for the duplicate." This does eleven o'clock for the farm at Millouard. not read like duffer," somehow; and it The leader of these vagabonds was a man requires no ingenuity to picture to the named_Girodet, generally known as Le mind's


the sudden vicissitudes that Beau François. Originally an itinerant may have enforced the sacrifice. Who that seller of 'rabbit-skins, he had succeeded conld help it would advertise for sale his or the former chief, Fleur d'Epine, who had her“ parrot, fine grey talking, very gentle," perished in the massacres of September, or such a cherished relic as a pair of Lord as ruler of the band equally dreaded by Byron's duelling pistols”? Has the old the travellers of Chartres, Orleans, Pithistroller got too feeble to attend the village viers, and Etampes. He was a tall, handfairs, and take his stand of a Saturday some fellow of about thirty, with good night in Whitechapel, or has he made complexion and blue eyes. The second money and gone in for a bigger thing, that in command among these marauders was we find advertised, “a very pretty portable Thomas Roncin, alias the Big Dragoon, show, the “Mermaid's Cave,' price two a ferocious man with a red beard, who had pounds”? What but necessity can exact first been a cattle-dealer, then a soldier in the sale of . a mackintosh for carmen, the Queen's Dragoons. In serious expedicheap, a bargain seldom to be met with”?tions he usually carried a musket, a sabre, Norwich canaries can be heard in full song; and a pair of pistols. The rest of the band cocks five shillings, hens one and six- preferred loaded bludgeons, but there were pence, which difference in price is an insult two muskets among them, one of which to femininity; or if the investor would prefer had a bayonet, the other was doublea “dissolving view, apparatus complete,” he barrelled. "On arriving under the walls of can be accommodated. Dripping, warranted the farm-house, a man named Duchesne




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was sent out to reconnoitre. In slinking to pass into the road by a hole in the stable round the house, Duchesne saw a light at wall, was driven back by the blows of a a loophole. Climbing a tree he looked in cudgel; he then hid himself in the manger and saw three men, one of whom was under some horse-collars, and was there counting money. These men were Fousset, caught. The shepherd, burrowing in the his son, and a notary, who had come to hayloft, was pricked out and thrashed back receive some money for a mortgage, and to the stable. All safe now, so the gang was sleeping at the farm. As Duchesne chose the oldest, and weakest, and richest slid down from a tree some dogs in the to talk to. Le Père Fousset, garotted, court-yard barked. A shepherd whistled, and with his cotton cap drawn down over and Duchesne heard a door open, and the his nose, so that he should recognise no clatter of sabots. The spy returned and one, was cudgelled into the parlour, where

, made his report. “ We must wait an his legs being tied, they threw him on the hour,” said Beau François. At the end ground. The wretches lighting wisps of of an hour Beau François went to recon- straw passed them quickly over the body noitre. The light was out; he whistled of the old man. softly, and the band joined him; but all “Where is your money ?” they shouted. at once a dog flew at the door, sniffing “Quick, if you do not want to be put on the and barking. Presently the notary's dog spit.” roused the farm dog, and the two bărked The

poor man, blinded, sore with blows, furiously all night at intervals. “No and nearly suffocated with smoke and flame,

. good," said the chief, and the attack was had no heart to reply. Then half stripping postponed till the 14th of January. About him, and taking off his shoes and stockings

, twenty-six armed scoundrels assembled on the chauffeurs scorched the naked flesh that night by different routes in the forest till he screamed in agony. of Goury. They started at nine o'clock at “Cry out as much as you like, but tell night and surrounded Millouard, according us where the money is,” said Le Beau to strict military tactics. A pistol fired by François. Beau François was the signal of attack. “ There are three hundred francs in the A field-roller, swung as a battering-ram by little bureau in the kitchen,” moaned the six of the brigands, shattered the court- old man. yard gate. The second door was stove in The bag was found in the place indicated. with equal ease.

The farmer and his “Now the rest,” roared Le Beau Franfamily had already, in their abject terror, çois ; “you won't make us believe that you fled to the stable and barricaded the door. haven't more. There are at least twenty The robbers, leaving a vedette at the front thousand francs." door, and sentinels outside the walls, rushed The miserable man made a gesture of into the house shouting, “Forward; thirty denial. of you here, forty there,” to give an ex- " You won't speak !" cried the enraged aggerated impression of their numbers. chief. “Then warm him, my children." The next moment the barred stable-door Again they lit the straw, and blazed it was dashed open, and the gang rushed over him. As he still uttered only halfin with threats and curses, one of them stifled groans, they drew out a long sharp carrying an ominous red-hot coal and a needle and pierced the soles of his feet

, wisp of straw. The moment the door and passed the flame over the wounds of gave way the farmer and his son and this martyr of Mammon. Still no confession the servant-girl had hidden themselves could be burnt out of him. In spite of all in the stable litter. The chauffeurs drove their cruelty, nothing more could be found. them out by pricking them with knives and In vain they ripped mattresses and feather bayonets. One of the thieves, his knife beds, and split open cupboards and chests between his teeth, wanted at once to cut of drawers." In his insane rage, Le Beau their throats, but Bean François cried very François trampled on the half-dead man, considerately :

and, regarding him as a mere wortbless “And the yellow boys, Sans Pouce, who corpse, threw on him a heap of ripped-up will tell us then where they are hidden ? beds and counterpanes.

Then, tying the No, we must have a talk with the old clothes and linen in bundles, Le Beau man."

François whistled together his men from In the mean time the two other servants the court and the stable. were hunted for, in the dread of any fugi- “We had better settle with these," said tive giving the alarm. The carter, trying one of the gang, pointing to the three

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