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ft Cunning Mrs. Mark Luke! Mark was fairly
on the alert about her future schoolmates, had The Smythes had changed their tone in latcaught a peep of some of the peeping Misses. ter days. The Exclusives, upon calculation, were They all, from six to sixteen, wore a sort of con no longer haughty and insolent in manner. Mrs. ventual costume, as ugly and un-English as Mark Luke understood the case-or guessed at possible. “ Mamma,” said Mysie, “ why have it; but she was rather mortified at her own the Misses their hair tied up that ugly way, as condition than angry with them.
How Miss if they were going to wash their faces ?”
Betty Bogle would sneer, and Penny Parlane “ Robina, love, hold up your head !-how do exult over her! “ It is all along, Mr. Luke, you think Mrs. Smith will receive a slouching, of your having no place of our own.
If I awkward Miss ? That is the present fashion could have left my card at the seminary as of young ladies in France, which Miss Maria Mrs. Mark Luke of Halcyon Bank, you would has introduced. Miss Fanny Ayton, and Miss have seen another sort of answer to my appliFanny Kemble, wear their hair in that style.” cation for our Robina : and there it is for ever
And when Mr. Luke marvelled at his daugh- in the papers ! It is a marvel to me such a ter, disguised and uglified, from her hair being gem, and such a rug, is not nipped up long dragged into a net, and her little person in ago. There is young John Cowan, the drysalter, vested with a Swiss apron, he was informed that and some of the Jamaica Street nabobs, I am the one
was favourable to her eyes and her told, are after it. Far would it be from me studies, and the other to her habits of tidiness. Mr. Luke, to wish that you should hurt your For two weeks, and finally for ever, these im- pecuniary circumstances by the purchase. I am provements remained the sole advantages mo. content to leave the place to those who can betther or daughter derived from the Camlachie ter afford it than my husband.” Establishment. Mrs. Mark Luke once more left her card, and waited the leisure of the presiding piqued at last ; in his purse-pride, and in his pa genius of the Society one Saturday and another. ternal and conjugal affection ; while his prudence
Mrs. Mark Luke had now everywhere an was largely propitiated by another « Upset nounced the high destination of her daughter; Price still Farther Reduced.” In a month Haland this protracted silence made her so anxious cyon Bank was his own, and in the first deli. and unhappy, that she took courage, and des rium of her vanity and exultation, Mrs. Mark patched an unexceptionable note,-on rose-tinted Luke's naturally kind heart had expanded far paper, and smelling horribly of musk,-simply-beyond the narrow boundaries of cold Exclusivsimple woman !-announcing her own, and her ism ; and, between good-nature and social vahusband's intention of placing Miss Luke at nity, she had so far forgotten strict propriety, Camlachie, for the benefit of the invaluable in as to invite all the world-country cousins, and structions in morals and manners of Mrs. Smith vulgar old acquaintances included—to her marine and her accomplished daughters. It went villa. She had been excluded from pews, boxes, against her pride to be thus urgent-she whom burial-grounds, and boarding-schools ; but now poor but excellent teachers of all sorts had she was to be happy-perfectly happy! so long humbly and diligently solicited ;
0, Seged, King of Ethiopia ! if thou, in the but what will not a fashionable mother do for plenitude of imperial potence, with all appliher only child—that child a girl, and of “ ances and means, could not command felicity siderable expectations ?”
for a single day, what envious, mocking fiend Anxiously did Mrs. Mark Luke await the re
tempted to betray our Mrs. Mark Luke with sponse, which came one morning just as she re those brilliant, illusive jack-a-lanterns, which in turned from a round of calls, in which Miss
all ages of the world, have dazzled to bewilder Luke had accompanied her, to take leave of the daughters of men, and to drag them on her friends preparatory to going to school. The through bog and morass, only to land them kneepaper, of the first quality, was, in this case, deep in the mire at last : Yet were not all her neither tinted nor perfumed ; but so long-tailed hopes illusive ; for happy was the little hour in and conglomerated were the characters, that, which she first ran over the garden, and explored, what with the e added to the tail of the Smith,
as its mistress, every garret and dog hole of Hal. and the į changed to a y-it cost Mrs. Mark
cyon Bank. In that state of flutter and beatitude, Luke considerable trouble to make out how very we shall for a time leave Mrs. Mark Luke to much Mrs. D. Smythe regretted that there was. the sympathy of our indulgent readers. They no present vacancy in the select number of young will not grudge one little hour of bliss without ladies received into her Society, and no proba- alloy to a woman before whom lies the task of bility of any one occurring which warranted Mrs. finishing and marrying a daughter upon the ExS. in entertaining the hope of ever having the
clusive system of the middle ranks in Scotpleasure of seeing Miss Luke-a most interest
land, ing charge !-a member of her family:
(To be continued.)
THE “UNSTAMPED PRESS" IN LONDON.
BY THE AUTHOR OF “ THE FALSE MEDIUM."
It has hitherto been the custom of all educa and fought many a hard battle on the subject ted people to consider the Unstamped in the same of his Register, when he began to publish it degraded light as the Unwashed ; nay, to view without the stamp; and this, it is said, was one it with far less sympathy, inasmuch as we may cause of his going to America at that time. entertain a strong commiserative feeling with Wooller's Black Dwarf served also a good camthe poor labourers and mechanics, without being paign in the Unstamped service, and met with as at all disposed to listen to the wild ebullitions of much success as persecution. These publications ignorance. We have heard from all quarters,
however, of a much earlier date, and, in some where a notice of these publications has been respects, of different character from those to deigned, of their democratic violence, headlong which we are now chiefly alluding. There are fury, “ false doctrine,” outrageous abuse of many persons, no doubt, who may argue that the Kings, Lords, and other “ respectable individu fatherhood of the Unstamped should be divided als ;" of the excitements to revolution, and of between Mr. Cobbett and Lord Brougham; and their “ sedition, open conspiracy, and rebellion.” perhaps, as far as the illegality or unfairness of We have pictured to ourselves, their editors as such proceedings is concerned, there might be drunken, demoralized outcasts, living in a sort some grounds for argument; but we have preof den fitted up in a back cellar, and surround. viously drawn our line of distinction, and shall ed by a gang of ministers as depraved and re abide by it. The Penny Magazine is certainly morseless as themselves. This imaginary pic not a newspaper-the Weekly Police Gazette certure might have had some foundation on the first tainly was. But the odious“ Taxes upon Knowrise of the Unstamped, (though its verisimili ledge” (an insult to the freedom of the undertude is now fast disappearing ;) and we are well standing on the very face of the wording !) are aware that the contents of many of these law extremely difficult to be put in force, with deless penny publications were of the most violent finite justice ; in numerous cases, so many evaand odious character, justly to be denounced as sions may be adopted. The National Omnibur* the deformed abortions of the press.
was a mixture of the newspaper and the literary While, however, we advocate the Aristocracy gazette, and “ each served either.” As a proof of Intellect, as the only aristocracy that ought of the difficulty there may be in determining the to be acknowledged by a civilized nation, we question, we may instance the Poor Man's Guarmust be prepared immediately to applaud, as a dian, which was not, and is not, a newspaper ; part of that very system, all superior manifesta- though it sometimes contains matter that makes tions of knowledge, reason, talent, &c., let them it very like one. In a recent trial, it was proemanate from however humble and unexpected nounced not to be a newspaper ; but the proa quarter. Nor ought we to be surprised at any prietor and publisher had suffered persecution degree of ability that rises from among the peo- | upwards of three years before this verdict was ple, since it requires no very profound biogra- given! The decision, therefore, came too late phical knowledge to make us aware, that nearly for justice. After a man has been worried and all the great men who have ever lived-whether injured, he is told he was in the right—and there as patriots, poets, philosophers, artists, mechan is an end of the business! It is yet more hard ists, heroes, statesmen, &c., have derived their upon those who are remotely associated with him, origin from the same humble “ order.” This is a and know no more of the contents of what they fact which even the Tories, who always con sell, than the-keeper of a fruit-stall does of the found the people with the mob, cannot deny, pips in his apples.t though it would very much perplex them to deal The tone in which most of these « violent with it in juxtaposition with hereditary honours. small cubs” give vent, is characteristic, not only
It will readily be apprehended, from the fore of what is called “ early writing,” but also of going remarks, that we are alluding only to that that primitive time when the passions were in portion of the Unstamped Press, which is express their full strength, and reason scarcely extant. ly addressed to the working classes, and chiefly All individuals are influenced by their feelings, of a political tendency, and not to the various -and, in the absence of great general informapublications of Messrs. Knight, those of Cham- tion, they naturally bring all the knowledge they bers, Leigh Hunt's Journal, &c., which are of possess of their own affairs to bear upon one an intellectual, scientific, or amusing character; point; and this exclusive view renders the conand follow, though less original in their matter, centration the more absorbing and incorrigible. in the path of Addison, Johnson, Goldsmith, The style in which these feelings and opinions of Steele, and other writers of high rank. In tra
Soon after the appearance of the National Omnibus cing, therefore, the progress of the present class -sold at one penny-a humorous speculator started anof weekly periodicals, as the medium for the other little vehicle of literature and politics, called The political feelings and opinions of the operatives, Cab, which was sold at one halfpenny. The Cab, how. we think we shonld not be far wrong in desig
ever, soon went down.
+ The publisher of this little paper avers that “ upnating Mr. Cobbett as the father of the Un
wards of 500 persons were imprisoned and cruelly treated stamped Press. He suffered great annoyance for vending The Poor Man's Guardian!”
the Unstamped find expression, is equally strong that has been issued ; though our opinion is, of and awkward, racy and irregular, sincere—and
arguunwashed. Short sentences, like right and left ment of the leader,” for July 26th, is this : blows; long ones, wherein no time is given to “ MILITARY FLOGGING shown to be part and parcel breathe, and as though they had been written by of the System which plunders and degrades the a hạnd used to the flail ; sometimes uncouth and poor, for the benefit of the rich." hardly intelligible, and suddenly merging into an Friends, brethren, and fellow countrymen! You irregular blank verse; epithet crowding upon epi
have doubtless heard of the bloody butchery of a soldier thet, simile intervolved with simile and dis-simi
named Hutchinson, (by mistake called Henderson,) which
took place a few days ago at the barracks at Charing le; bad grammar, and ludicrous false figures of Cross?
And, first, observe, the batrhetoric:--such are the natural characteristics of talion was commanded by Colonel Bowater. Mark this these productions. As an instance of the latter, we
well. Remember the name Bowater, for we live in times
when a scrupulous register should be kept of every recently met with the following :-" Let us no
*. Man has renounced his protolonger be subject to these monopolizers and capi
type, and made himself the image of the devil. Believe talists—let us work for ourselves—let us make us, brother reformers, we are not acting a part, when we sail on our own ground !” And, by a droll co avow that the above recital has plunged us into a state of incidence, (for we will be bound it was quite
amazement and prostration which is utterly indescriba.
ble. When we reflect on the goodness of Almighty God, original, or at least no plagiarism,) another
on the loveliness of his works, on the countless blessings writer, in a different paper, exclaims, “ Let us with which he has stored the earth, and the exhaustless get land, --we can do nothing without it,-for sources of ever-varying and innocent enjoyment he has land is the fountain of all good !" If this be
opened to us, through our senses and reason :-when we the case, we see no reason why they should
reflect on these things, and contrast them with the rea
lities before us, our soul sinks aghast from the picture, not follow the advice of the former. But
and feels as though it would burst with madness. Good amidst all these errors, absurdities, and furious God! what crime has the human race committed that it declamations,-in defiance of all laws, divine, should be every where governed by human, and literary,—we are compelled to de These gentry may say more than it would be elare, that we often find some sterling fine writ at all wise in us to repeat. The writer traces all ing in the Unstamped, where knowledge, judg-crimes and miseries to the unjust distribution of ment, and good feeling advocate the cause of wealth Industry, with no mean eloquence.
To the right by which one man claims (by force or fraud) The working classes are fast rising from the the fruits of another's labour, without giving him an slough, and will soon cease to be mere drudging crimes on earth. This is the original sin of the world.
equivalent in exchange. This is the secret of all the beasts of burden, and “ machines for the creation
This is the father of all superstitions. This is the mon. of wealth,” in which they are not allowed to par ster which sharpens the soldier's bayonet against his own ticipate sufficiently for the necessities of physical brother, and knots the cat-o'-nine-tails against the sol. existence. They are beginning to read, to think,
dier's back. Yes, brother reformers, “ Property is the and to write. They often write gross nonsense,
great destroyer, HE it is who destroyed all the nations
of antiquity, and is now working the downfal of all moviolent treason, and threaten utter demolition ;
dern states. He it is who darkens the priest's soul, who but sometimes they give us sound sense, and steels the usurer's heart, and fills the cup of life with gall convince the understanding with arguments
and sorrow. In a word, it is property," and " proper, founded on moral truth and the just rights of ty” only, which has made a riddle of human nature, and humanity. Most of these productions are neces
a pandemonium of the world.” sarily ephemeral. They rise,-utter whatever is
After enumerating the absorption of the pro
ducts of industry, uppermost in their minds and feelings,—and sink,
“one portion under the name like stones, in the surging waters of the time.
of rent, another under that of tithes, a third unOthers rise in their place, to disappear as soon,
der that of taxes, a fourth under that of tolls, a
fifth under that of law expenses, a sixth under either by prosecutions or by neglect ; the latter being more efficacious towards their cessation :
that of interest, a seventh (which is by far the they cannot easily be suppressed. But to those greatest) under that of profits, and so on with who watch the progress of things,-old philoso-commissions, agencies, brokerage, 8c., to the end phers and politicians of “ keen eye,”-it may
of the chapter;" he adds, “these and the like, not be uninteresting to know and mark the qua
are the pretences under which the useful classes lities of these transient papers. We will, there
are plundered, for the benefit of the useless.” fore, give illustrations of our previous remarks:
Come, this is pretty well. and the following specimens of the Unstamped argumentative logic, or evidence of financial Press of London in 1834, may form, when the knowledge, our author, at all events, contrives originals have long vanished for ever, a curious
to give some very awkward hits at the landlords, feature at some future time, in the records of
the clergy, the lawyers, the shopkeepers, and
the Grand-maternal Power ! the present interesting and exciting period.
But surely we As the Poor Man's Guardian has been hon
must feel very wondrously surprised at the Gooured with the greatest share of attention by the
vernment, (judging by the three years' persecu
tion of this paper,) putting on such a cap, and Government, we shall begin with that, in con
a tight fit?" formity with the example of our betters. Any feeling sore, as though it were one number of these publications may generally
Now, as no man likes to be robbed, neither would the
industrious classes submit to it if they could help it. be considered as a fair specimen of those that
Fraud alone is not sufficient to govern them ; for though preceded it: we shall therefore take the last millions are blinded by the system, so as not to perceive
If with no very
the nature or extent of the injustice done them, yet cer is a greater punishment than the penalty which is attachtain it is that millions also perceive it. To keep down ed to resistance,ếa crisis to which it will always push these, there must be force as well as fraud. There must matters,—its reign is at an end! The less of two evils is be bands of gens d'armes, and a standing army. There necessarily chosen ; tyranny is destroyed and freedom re. must be hordes of wretches trained to kill without com
stored :—the latter is immortal—the former suicidal!. punction, and separated in feeling and habits from the We think His Majesty, Rebellion, must be rest of the community. There must
, in fact, be soldiers, highly gratified with this publication. The that is to say, machines, who must not think, nor act,
writers in these and similar papers, do not see except at the nod of
who have an interest in brutalizing them. In short, to be the fit instruments of that our manifold abuses, the product of ages, our slavery, they must be the most degraded of slaves cannot be reformed with safety to our social themselves.
condition, except by the progress of a few years Such is the history of soldiers. And now to return to
at least. Having nothing to lose themselves, poor Hutchinson. From the bottom of our heart we sympathize with him. We loathe the reprobates who
and many just rights to gain, they do not see inflicted such horrible torture upon him. When we why it should not all be done at once? Their think of the writhings and maddening pain he must own social condition being deplorable and deshave suffered ; and when we reflect that his torturers, who
perate, they of course care nothing about that are among the
of the other classes. This may be natural for are fed at our expense, for no other purpose but that of murdering us, if we resist the tyranny that consumes us :
them; but it is equally so in us to guard against when we reflect on this, we feel as though we could tear anarchy. The Poor Man's Guardian would be the
pieces with as little remorse, as ever more properly styled The Poor Man's Revenger, they exhibit toward their victims.
and Headstrong Friend. It is very liable to do Those who write from the strength of the pas their cause more harm than good, by exciting sions only, must address themselves only to the the working classes to a contest with the swords passions of others; and we consider the foregoing of power, (which might end very differently to an ample illustration of some of our previous re what they expected) instead of exerting itself marks on that score. The individual's sympathy to make Public Opinion rise all over the country, with the sufferer is so intense, that he writes as armed with the strongest of all weapons—those though he felt the stroke of the lash himself ; of reason and the justified rights of mankind ! but he does not seem at all aware that no act of Of the same kind, was the paper (since defunct) barbarous tyranny can ever be put down by furi. called the Republican, whose frequent exhortaous language, which is only liable to aggravate tions to physical violence would subject it more to fresh outrages. The same “ number” contains justly to the appellation of The Red-hot Rebelan article on Messrs. Cubitts and Co., builders, lion, or The Fire and Sword. The operatives who had insisted, on pain of dismissal, that all were herein advised to study military maneutheir men should drink no other beer than that vres and organization, to practice the manual and of Messrs. Combe and Delafield! Oh, land of platoon exercises, and to get pistols and learn Freedom !happy John Bull !—what shall we to hit a mark. All those who could not afford hear of next? But let us see what the Poor to purchase one of these weapons, were earnestly Man's Guardian says; for all the remarks we recommended to form “ Pistol Clubs" for that might offer on the subject, would seem milk purpose, and practice in turn! The Guardian and water compared with his raw brandy.
advised the same. We cannot speak largely A thousand thanks to Messrs. Cubitts and the com
from personal experience, but we have seen pany, for their valuable lecture on the necessity and ad.
enough of service ourselves to know the difference vantages of union! They are evidently masters in the between “ The regulars” and .“ The awkward
Let the men study under them; they cannot have squad." Granting that the working classes, better teachers. Such decisive acts as these are precisely | (whom we only designate as “awkward” in alluthe means to accelerate a crisis— to bring things to a close. None of your slow, trimming, creeping, cowardly
sion to raw recruits,) proved victorious by their acts of mongrel tyranny, which savour strong of Whig
vast numbers in a struggle with the military, gism! Here is a decided bold act of genuine despotism, how disastrous might be the consequences ! But which, in the nature of things, has provoked, is provoking, would it not also be disastrous if many thousands and will provoke resistance correspondent.
It will put the men on their mettle, and cause rebellion to come
of them were slain in the abortive attempt? forth in majesty ! The tyranny of the master tailors Most military men, however, laugh at the idea was nothing to this. That was tinkling with the little of such a contest. It may be thought by the hammer: this is a blow with the big one; and a blow superficial, that we are taking more notice of which has sounded through the kingdom. It will not only make the Unions now iu existence stronger, but it
these publications than they are worth ; that we will cause many new ones to spring up. It will teach
are making them of far too much importance to the men what stuff their masters are made of, and what dilate thus upon their random democracy, in a material they must be made of to cope with them :—it is magazine which has always stood in the highest another sitting got from the despotism of Money, towards rank for steady intellect and general ability ? the completion of the perfect picture:—it is not merely a step towards the finish of the present system, but it is a
We think otherwise. The circulation of the a leap :-it is a new feature in the character of the non
two only we have just named, varied at one time producers :-it will furnish materials of the first order for from thirty to forty thousand copies every week; the consideration, discussion, and decision of the approach and if we allow but four individuals to read each ing meeting of the delegates from the Trades' Unionsand goes to illustrate the truth which we have stated be
copy', this continual excitement of more than fore ; viz., that tyranny carries in itself the means of its
100,000 of our countrymen, (and of that portion own destruction,—that it always pushes matters to suici
in whom reason and judgment are as yet very dal extreme,—and that when submission to its mandates imperfectly developed,) is of considerable mi,
portance. And thus every sound politician will The thief, and the assailant, is a species of excrescence think, and feel thankful to us for giving him at
on the common morality of the age; teaching and preachone view, a clear insight into the whole mass of ing is of no use in its correction, for it listens not to ad
vice; but the common morality of the age is that which these weekly firebrands, and other (far more ad.
forms the character of the people, which regulates the invantageous) advisers of the working classes. tercourses of society, which makes governments good or
We now come to a paper of a very different bad, and the distribution of the wealth of society just or character, called The Crisis. This was started
Well, what is done to cure this morality of the age ? by the philanthrophist, Mr. Owen, and is gene
Nothing. It is never reproached, it is accounted the rally headed by such mottoes as these :-" The standard for rich and poor; if you attack it, you are acCharacter of Man is formed for, and not by, the counted immoral, contemptuously styled an innovator, Individual.” “ If we cannot Reconcile all Opi. and a disturber of the public peace; nay, as if it was
considered immaculate and perfect, if you propose to ef. nions, let us Endeavour to Unite all Hearts,” &c.
fect any improvement upon it, you are branded with im. We must confess we do not think either of these
morality for your pains ; so that the modern moralist attempts at all likely to be crowned with suc and preacher of righteousness has nothing to do but merecess. Nor are we by any means sure—thoughly to attack the grossest excesses of debauchery; and if this little production teems with fine and hu
he succeeds in reducing these, and bringing all men to
the standard of common everyday morality, that is all he mane principles—that such a discourse as the
can do, or expects to do. Thus, then, the world is all following is calculated to conciliate the feelings right, and it is only a few drunkards and debauchees who of all classes :
are wrong! hence our moralists have long ago ceased to Saturday, July 12. The leading article is a
preach up a national repentance ; they address themselves lecture from this text :-" Repent, and turn
to individuals only, supposing that the only species of
national repentance which ever can be effected is a nayourselves from all your transgressions ; so ini tional fast-day occasionally. quity shall not be your ruin.”
The lecturer proceeds to show that we are by It has been the custom, for many generations, for the no means equal to the ancients in the science of teachers of morality to inculcate the duty of individual forming a national character ; that with them repentance ; and perhaps they scarcely ever imagined the possibility of a national repentance. This, according to
the education of the people was the most importall expounders of the sacred books, is a miracle which
ant concern of Government, and that their syswould require the interference of more than ordinary tem of public instruction was directly the reverse power to accomplish; for it is a circumstance which we of ours. The ancients made it attractive, in have never witnessed, nor has history ever recorded it. We read of such things as national repentance in the
order to give it its full weight; and the public Scriptures; of the people of Ninevah repenting in sack
taste was consulted at the same time that morals cloth and ashes at the preaching of Jonah, and the Jew
were taught and vices corrected ; and by thus ish nation repenting after their own folly had brought producing a sympathy between the public mind them to the verge of national destruction ; and we read, and the public instruction, unity of sentiment a few days ago, of the King of Bavaria's splendid peni.
was made current through the whole population; tential procession to intercede with Heaven for a little more rain to water the earth; and we have read of the Whereas our only national institution is one which penitence of monks and other holy men, who punished
loses all its effect upon the public mind, by being almost their bodies with stripes, with hunger, and iron beds, for directly opposed to their feelings and interests. The the commission of sins which it was hard for them to church is hated by the common people, and is merely a avoid. But, with all these various kinds of repentance,
political tool of the great ; it has no moral influence the world has always been growing worse and worse; no
on the public mind; it is only a sower of division amongst beneficial change has ever been effected ; the repentance
the people, stirring up all the worst passions of human was merely a hypocritical parade of grief, for what men
nature, which it is paid largely out of the public purse either could not help, or did not strive to mend.
to destroy. It aggravates the evil which it is hired to Our modern fast days are nothing
cure; and, to show its insincerity in the cause of refor. else than this mock repentance, which is thought to be of mation, it demands all its political and pecuniary pri. such material importance as to call for an act of the Le
vileges, even when it perceives its moral influence gone, gislature to appoint it. On this occasion the people de
and when the whole nation has declared it a public nui. monstrate the sincerity of their penitence by shutting up their shops and going to church, as if it were a Sunday;
Were the enormous revenues of the church expended then going home again and spending the afternoon in a upon a national institution, of which all would approve, regular feast, without having discovered the error of their
that is, a scientific institution for adults, there are very past conduct, or passed any resolutions to effect a change
few minds in the country so extremely barbarous, as not for the better! The whole frame of society moves on
to give their sanction to the outlay of public money for to-morrow, as if no such farce as a national fast and bumi.
such a purpose. Science has no party spirit, no sectarian liation had ever been acted. Thus no benefit results from feelings ; men of all religious denominations would then the measure. The infidel laughs, and inquires the use of
meet together in brotherly love and affection, &c. all such mummery; the Christian regrets that it is of no The drift of his argument, therefore, is, that use, but attributes its failure to the want of sincerity on it would be better to produce a universal increase the part of the people. One party says it should have been a true fast, and that the people should have abstained
of intelligence, and to instruct the people in from eating and drinking ; another party says, that a things they can reduce to practice in the various spiritual fast is all that is meant : that if the people had avocations of life, than to waste millions in the inwardly felt the error of their ways, and resolved to
support of a State Clergy, who do nothing to proamend their faults in future, it would have been a bless
mote their knowledge or happiness--but everying to the nation ; and we say so too.
thing to the contrary; and this is rapidly becomWhat would Sir Andrew Agnew, and his wa ing the general opinion of the whole country. ter-bottle holder, Mr.
the cad to his
Strange to say, it is those very religious characters, salt-fish Omnibus, say to this? But our lecturer
who profess to be the “ most religious," who are the most proceeds, nothing daunted :
averse to “ repent them of their iniquity," and do justice