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PRO BONO PUBLICO.
he drinks is taxed-the paper he peruses is taxed-and even the light of heaven that streams through the window on its columns is taxed.
The national debt, was comparatively a recent creation, and almost entirely the result of wars. Our forefathers were a fighting people, but they had always the honesty to pay their own slaughter bills, and up to the time of Charles II. the country was unburdened with a national debt. Since that time, however, it had gone on increasing, till it had now reached so much that the bones and sinews of generations were already mortgaged for its payment. It would be regarded as very outrageous, indeed, were an old man to advocate the propriety of cutting his neighbour's throat, and mortgaging his great-great-grandchildren for the payment of the penalty; and yet something very similar was what the Government had been all along doing. "Our armed peace," as he called it--which swallowed up the respectable sum of L. 20,000,000 a-yeara sum which, had it been expended on agriculture, would have been of immense benefit to the country. In fact, the nations of Christendom, during a time of peace, had paid more for war than would have bought the whole of Great Britain-this great garden of the world.
But how were these things to be better managed? That was an object which could never be obtained, unless means were taken to get rid of those dissensions which had been engendered and fomented between the middle and working classes by a third party. Were that accomplished, they would soon make the House of Commons, in very deed, the people's House. In the House of Peers, there were only 47 members who had not relations in the army, the navy, and the church. They, therefore, had always a strong majority for war, and keeping up the church, with all her numberless abuses. The aristocracy married and got children like other people, and it behoved them to provide places for their growing sons, who were in due time amply provided with good berths and high salaries. But it was not in the House of Peers alone that the army and navy were represented; for out of the 658 members of the House of Commons, there are no fewer than 356 officers, or their immediate connections; 5 marquesses, who were the eldest sons of peers; 63 lords, the sons of peers and Irish lords; 103 brothers, sons, or immediate relatives of peers; 56 baronets, related to the aristocracy; 26 eldest sons and immediate relations of baronets; and 85 landed proprietors, married to sisters, daughters, etc., of peers. Thus, with the standing majority in the House of Lords of 200, and a standing majority in the People's House, they had in both Houses 709 persons banded together for official extravagance. That certainly was a stout majority arrayed in favour of their own interest, and against the people's rights. But a good time was coming. The people suffered severely, and had suffered long; but a better spirit was rising among them--a determination to obtain honest retrenchment and reform.-CHARLES GILPIN.
Liberty has now need of peace, because it is the progress of mind, and for the progress of mind there must be peace.-Thiers.
PRO BONO PUBLICO.
BY H. G. ADAMS.
PRO BONO PUBLICO! each hour a voice
PRO BONO PUBLICO! And is it so?
Is the deep fount from whence our actions flow
PRO BONO PUBLICO! Alas! alas!
PRO BONO PUBLICO! to all and each [preach-
PRO BONO PUBLICO! no greater aim
Of those who strive 'gainst wrong and misery;
The total number of brewers in the United Kingdom, in 1849, was 2,460. The number of victuallers, 88,465. The number of persons licensed to sell beer, "to be drunk on the premises," 34,606. The number of persons licensed to sell beer, "not to be drunk on the premises," 3,400.
THOUGHTS ON THE NEW YEAR.
BY H. J. DANIEL.
WHEN I look back upon the time that's gone, And feel again what I have borne,-I see The Present is no prophet, dearest one,
Of what the Future hath in store for me.
The soul alone can render love divine,
Which ever makes the bounding heart rejoice. Thy open brow-the ivory throne of thought
Is yet unwrinkled by a single care; [brought, And to thy cheek the Past no change hath The rose, unfaded, blossoms freely there. Around those lips (and such might angels press) In witchery still those Hebè-dimples play; And in thy smile the light of loveliness
Comes like the dawning of a summer day. Say, must I vainly love thee as before, And view thee as some bright and glorious To which my fate will never let me soar, But stand and gaze a worshipper afar? Or will the passion of my soul prevail?
What is thy answer? Oh! in kindness speak; At every doubt I tremble aud turn pale, And shun, distractedly, the thing I seek. This love for what is lovely bringeth grief, The jealous grief that maddens us to feel; For where the gem is precious, there the thief Is the most likely to break in and steal. Another year! thus ebbs the tide of time, Sweeping its thousands from the human strand; Declining age, and manhood in its prime, The bright of spirit, and the strong of hand. h, Love! Oh, Beauty! fair, yet fatal things! Fairer to Evé than Eden's blissful bowers; But the dread serpent that deceiv'd her, flings His baneful shadow o'er your happiest hours. Smiles are the treacherous heralds of a tear, And joy is sorrow's cradle-we awake From hope's delirious trance from year to year, And noble hearts may only beat to break. Now fare thee well, dear lady of my love! Live bless'd, and brightly: be the darkness Still let me feel there is a Power above, [mine; Oh, Adeline! to guide my steps and thine.
The first has been paid for nearly 140 years, in addition to the hundreds of thousands received in other ways by the great Duke and his successors. The first Duke of Grafton was one of Charles II.'s illegitimate children, and this pension, besides one of L.7,191 12s., payable out of the Excise revenues, has been paid above 170 years. The original Duke of Schomberg was a Dutchman, who fought at the battle of Boyne, and now, 160 years after, we are paying the same sum to another Dutchman, one of his descendants! The payment of the above three pensions absorbs the postage of no less than 2,473,800 penny letters, without deducting any of the expense!
SCRAPS-GEMS OF GENIUS.
John Wesley used to say, "No man can ride to heaven in a coach and four." It is the mind that maketh good or ill,
That maketh rich or happy, rich or poore; For some, that hath abundance at his will, Hath not enough, but wants in greater store; And other that hath little, asks no more, But in that little is both rich and wise;
For wisdome is most riches: fooles therefore They are which fortunes do by vowes devize, Since each unto himself his life may fortunize. -Spenser.
The belly is the Charybdis of the soul.— Diogenes.
Bad books, like intoxicating drinks, are poisons.
God's word and man's nature say, "Thou shalt not kill."
Crime is madness; madness is disease.Shelley.
Whenever you doubt whether an intended action be good or bad, abstain from it.-Zoroaster.
They are slaves who fear to speak
From the truth they needs must think;
"What, Jack, are you not going to see the hanging to-day?" "No; I never go to such places," was the reply. "Oh! what a fellow you are-you never enjoy a holiday," was the rejoinder.
A distinguished authoress says she always makes it a point not to eat anything that can look at her.
Man-like it is to fall into sin;
It matters not how long we live, but how. The distraints upon the Society of Friends in this country, for church-rates and other ecclesiastical demands, last year amounted to L.10,000.
What is called taking care of the church is taking care of the bishops.-Rev. Sidney Smith. Temperance puts wood on the fire, flour in the barrel, vigour in the body, intelligence in the brain, and spirit in the whole composition of man.
Joy, and Temperance, and Repose, Slam the door on the doctor's nose. "What," said a lady, "do you think of Platonic love?" "Madam," replied the gentleman, "it is like all other tonics-very exciting."
Conceive of slaughter and flesh-eating in Eden!-Dr. Alcott.
Money-the largest shareholder in the world. Bachelor-a target for fair hands to shoot at. Boy-the first volume of an interesting work. Jealousy-one of the sours arising from having a sweetheart, or a spark thrown by Suspicion into the magazine of Love.
Wild ducks fly 90 miles an hour, swallows fly faster, and the swift 200 miles an hour.
Gems of Genius.
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever. All that we see of the universe is a spot imperceptibly small in the ample bosom of nature.
The philosophy of a thousand years has not explored the chambers and magazines of the soul.
Some thoughts always find us young, and keep us so. Such a thought is the love of the universal and eternal beauty.
Our globe, seen by God, is a transparent law, not a mass of facts.
As long as I hear truth, I am bathed by a beautiful element, and am not conscious of any limits to my nature.
Love is the odour of heavenly flowers. Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never is, but always to be blest.
The Gothic cathedral is a blossoming in stone, subdued by the insatiable demand of harmony in man.
Love is our highest word, and the synonyme of God.
Beauty is the flowering of virtue.
The only money of God is God. The only reward of virtue is virtue. The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Picture and sculpture are the celebrations and festivities of form.
Life is a morsel of frankincense, burning in the hall of eternity.
Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
The motion of a hidden fire
Which trembles in the breast.
The faculty of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.
We never can be deathless till we die. It is the dead win battles.
Know then this truth-enough for man to know
"Virtue alone is happiness below."
Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.
The real value of the Iliad, or the Transfiguration, is as signs of power-billows or ripples are they on the great stream of tendencytokens of the everlasting efforts to produce which, even in its worst estate, the soul exhibits.
Glory is like a circle in the water,
Till, by broad spreading, it disperse to nought. What stronger breastplate than a heart untaintThrice is he armed who hath his quarrel just; [ed? And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste death but once.
THE IMMORTALITY OF GENIUS.
BY WESTLAND MARSTON,
LET the body perish! Not with its decay
In his own forms and objects. Attitude,
To freedom's energies; their language gives
Of social concord; and their pathos speaks
Exult in manhood; and Eternity,
Preaching Hereafter to the world, attests
And added wants to nature's; science ploughed
HINTS AT EFFORTS FOR MORAL
We venture to suggest that the following are very desirable objects which men denominated Moral Reformers may aim to accomplish:
I. To abandon the usage of intoxicating liquors entirely, and to persuade others to abandon them-defending such practices on the simple principles that they are not necessary, since the greater proportion of the human race do not use them; that they are the chief fountain from which issue the evils of modern society; and that they are dangerous, if not deleterious.
II. To abandon all appeal to arms ourselves, and to aim at the creation of a public thought and opinion for the disarmament of nationsfor the holding up the soldier's trade as most
solemn and dreadful-and for the cultivation of kindly dispositions, actions, and words.
III. To determine never ourselves, if possible, to behold the public strangling of any human being; to express our belief in the dreadful outrage committed by all such punishments on natural religion, Christianity, humanity, and social order.
IV. To use, as far as is within the range of our power, sugars, coffees, and spices from free hands and soils; and to determine that our backs shall not, if we know it, be degraded by wearing cottons produced beneath the curse of heaven by the lash of the overseer on the fields of slavery.
V. Incessantly to hold before the people the true origin and source of their power, as derived not from governments at all, but resident in a strong will emancipated from intemperance of every kind, and intelligence enlightening the will.
VI. While deprecating the Political and Trades' Unions of the old or present time, show how combinations may exist amongst virtuous labourers for the purpose of wise accumulation of property, and wise expenditure of the accumulation.
VII. Three good and great auxiliaries to social and moral improvement might be aimed at. 1st, The establishment of a People's College in every town, or every large town, for the purpose of communicating systematic knowledge and graduated intelligence to the people. 2nd, A Young Man's Home in every town, for the purpose of providing good and respectable lodgings-a place of assembly and rational but real amusement at a lower rate, for apprentices and young men without an independent home. 3rd, Two Sabbaths, one for God and one for man, in the course of the week.
VIII. Disseminate a grand and rational idea of Freedom, not absence of and independence of LAW, but the ascertainment of the highest law-God's law--and the privilege of becoming happy by living in unison with it.
IX. Disseminate the freedom of personal convictions-the right of private judgement in all matters-the right of personal actions in all matters not interfering with the civil safety of others.
X. Disseminate the great idea of consistency -a body acting in unison with a soul-a life not divided against itself, and let this be regarded as indispensible for every reformer.
XI. And finally, hold and disseminate the great idea of life, and the world as a training in a school beneath the eye of that Great Teacher, God; and let this doctrine be at once a faith, a consolation, and a destiny.-From the Moral Reformer's Almanac.
Education is a mental railway, beginning at birth, and running into eternity. It is the true key to the wishes of the soul.
Elihu Burritt is now prosecuting his Peace Mission amid the scenes, friends, and associations of his native country. He evoked a hearty he not long since made the anvil ring with the and soul-moving reception in Worcester, where strokes of his hammer. He now makes Europe ring with the music of his fame.
ALMANAC OF NATURE-JANUARY, 1850.
SILENT, monotonous, and solemn is the great
left, but which are now black and hard, and un-
The wren! the wren! the king of birds!
from the earth, and how much work Spring will have to do to prepare for the Summer, hope almost dies within us, and we shrink from the chilling aspect in a mute despair. Yet even the scenery of winter is beautiful. If the season is mild as at present, it has not the magic charms which the silent fingers of that cunning worker, the frost, traces over every shrub and tree, wrapping every leaf and flower in a net-work of delicate embroidery, and putting together in one silent night all manner of wild landscapes, mountains, gorges, precipices, steep acclivities, with mighty overhanging pines ready to drop down into the gulf below, making frothy oceans upon the window-panes, and glittering stalactites upon the leafless branches of the trees. But even in the most intense frosts nature still continues at work. Under the vast winding sheet in which the earth is wrapped, the seeds silently swell and burst, and when the first glimpse of Spring sunshine appears, thousands of little green buds appear, struggling to get out into the air and sunlight, and looking askance from beneath their scaly coverings to see if Spring is at hand. Upon the frosted branches the few winter birds sit huddled together; little troops of fieldfares shivering, and shrinking close into their feathers for warmth, and looking with hungry eyes upon the few withered berries which the storms have The planet Venus is a morning star during the month. The planet Mars is in the constellation Taurus during the month, and is visible throughout the night. The planet Jupiter is in the constellation Virgo, and visible throughout the night. The planet Saturn is in the constellation Cetus, and is an evening star during the month.
T 1 The dis. of Sun fr. Earth this day is 93,408,000 mls.
W 2 The Moon in Leo. Lauristinas in flower.
3 Chimonanthus fragans fl. Moon near Jupiter.
4 Hamamelis fl. Moon in Virgo,
5 Garrya elliptica fl. Kitty Wren sings.
We subjoin an Almanac of Nature for this month, in which the occurrences of the season are enumerated in the order in which they will occur, and as near the exact day as possible; also the Birth-days of Distinguished Men.
B. C. 106
Sir Jos. Banks. Natural History,
6 Leaves of Tunbridge fern appear.
6 B. Franklin. Social Philosophy.
7 Cricket (Acheta Domestica) chirps.
P. Wesseling. Philology.
T 8 Yellow tremella on palings. Moon in Libra.
J. Ribera (Spagnoletto). Art.
Screw moss (Tortula muralis) prod. seed. Moon
T. Brown, M.D. Metaphysics...
G. Birkbeck. Mechanics' Institutes.
13 J. H. Eckhel. Numismatics..
Scotch crocus fl.
Moon in Aquarius. Leaves of Umbellifera ap.
Pleiades south at 7h. 52m. p.m.
C. E. Thion de la Chaume. Medicine. 17 J. C. W. G. Mozart. Music.
Winter aconite fl.
18 Baron Montesquieu. Jurisprudence.
Aldebaran souths 8h. 32m. p.m.
19 James Watt. Steam Engine.
Sun enters the sign Aquarius 8h. 20m. a.m.
J. J. Barthelemy. Clas. Antiq.
L. P. Anquetil du Perron. History.
Winter furze (Ulex nanus) fl.
Lord Bacon. Philosophy.
Autumn lichens disappear.
Jos. Ames. Antiquities.
Capella s. 8h. 51m. p.m. Moon occults Aldeba-
C. J. Fox. Politics.
First snow-drop appears.
27 Duke of Sussex. Patron of Art.
Length of Day 8h. 52m.
23 C. A. Helvetius. Metaphysics.
Beta Tauri s. 8h. 42m. p.m. Moon in Leo.
29 E. Swedenborg. Theology and Science..
Moon near Jupiter.
30 W. S. Landor. Imaginary Conversations, &c.. 1775
Mars sets 5h. 5m. a.m. N.W.