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POETRY.—The Volunteer on July 14th, 642. Ozone, 642. At Night, 703. The Unfinished Poem, 703. The River Path, 703. Flora, 704. Where the Greenwoods Grow, 704.

SHORT ARTICLES.-Ride v. Drive, 651. Lines on a Pigeon, 651. A Curious Jewish Custom, 655. The Atlantic Cable, 655. A Novel Weather Indicator, 672. Junius, Boyd, and Lord Macaulay, 691. Lord Hailes, 691. Mottoes on Sun-Dials, 695. Apollo Belvedere Statuette, 695.

Nemesis. By Marion Harland. Author of “Alone,” etc. "The mills of the gods grind

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to say:

THE VOLUNTEER ON JULY 14th. And in Regent's Park and on Patney Heath You must wake and call me early, when the spent cartridges dot the grass : early birds appear,

And there's a sulphury, choky smell of gunTo-morrow will be a glorious day for each Lon powder hangs all day don volunteer :

In the suburbs, that quite overpowers the breath For each London volunteer by far the hottest,

of the new-mown hay. heaviest day

And then when we've done our fighting, our For we're to shain fight at Chiselhurst, four

empty stomachs to fill, thousand strong, they say.

There's to be Grant's cooking wagon, to find There's many a crack, crack corps I know, but dinner for all who will: · none so crack as mine,

And the moderate sum of two shillings is all There's the queen's and artillery company, al one will have to pay, most equal to the line,

Which, considering what we're likely to eat, is But none can beat our local corps, whether red, a trifle, I must say.

or green, or gray, And so we shall prove at Chiselhurst in to-mor. So you must wake and call me early, when the row's tremendous fray.

early birds appear, I sleep so sound after evening drill, that I shall To-morrow's to be a glorious day for each Lon

don volunteer : never wake, If the maid doesn't knock oxtremely loud when For each London volunteer about the hottest,

heaviest daymy boots she comes to take; And you'll have to cut mo some sandwiches - For we've to fight at Chiselhurst, four thousand and cut them substantial, pray

strong, they say !

-Punch. We shall all have desperate appetites at Chiselhurst, I dare say.

OZONE. As I came up to our private parade, whom think The summer is come with dire comets, ye I should see,

eclipses, But that ass, Smivens--a coming it as cheeky And sky-painted sunsets of wonderful tone; as could be :

And whoever is wise (and has cash enough) dips He gave a look at my uniform, as if he meant


Tired limbs in the sea and inhales the ozone. “ How can you make such a guy of yourself, old chap, at your time of day?

Ozone? Why there's none wherein Westmin

ster Palace He thought I should be offended, but I guess


Debates to a terrible nuisance have grown; sold him quite ; For I passed, and no more gave him a look than If old Father Thames comes ashore with a chal

ice, if he'd been out of sight; You may tell me it's snobbish to cut a man, but

He fills it with any thing else but ozone. this is what I say ;

John Russell's Reform Bill, a triumph of crassiThat the chap who don't join a volunteer corps

tude, has thrown his manhood away.

Mr. Gladstone's rash Budget, the silliest c'er They say we shall fire thirty rounds, I don't Could scarce have existed, except for the lassi

known, know how that may be ;

tude I've not fired more than ten rounds yet, and that

Produced by an atmosphere void of ozone. was enough for me. For what with biting the cartridges, and what The want of it carried stout White down at with blazing away,

Brighton, I'd a taste in my inouth, and a buzz in my ears, Made Collier a sour oratorical drone; for all the rest of the day.

But old Palmerston surely, whom nothing can Lord Ranelagh as Commander-in-Chief to-mor

frighten, row will be seen,

He found out the secret of pocket ozone. And as his uniform is gray, let us hope he wont Soon Commons and Lords will wear border turn out green;

apparel, I trust he'll remember which is attack, and

Nor in dull dens at Westminster grumble and which is defence, in the fray,

groan; Or we certainly shall have a difficulty about who For August will come with the good double is to give way.

barrelThe war office has issued no end of rounds and Hurrah for the moors and the grouse and caps;

ozone ! I hope there'll be surgeons enough on the ground, Tho political air will next session grow purer ;

in case of little mishaps. For novices have a habit—at least so veterans

Earl Derby the time-serving Whigs will de

throne. sayWhen they get a little excited, of firing their So long live the Queen! may our rifles secure

her! ramrods away.

May the T vries get power, and the air get Detachments through the streets and squares to

ozonu. their firing practice pass,

-The Press, 21 July.

From Fraser's Magazine. our entertainment.* Mr. Ireland, père, proTHE IRELAND FORGERIES. fessed to honor William Shakspere with alOf course everybody has heard of the Ire- most idolatrous admiration. In his opinion, land forgeries. But it may be suspected the bard of Avon was a god among men.” that, with the exception of the few who have He would frequently of an evening read one looked into the matter, those who have heard of his plays aloud, to the edification of his know very little more about them than that delighted family. While his son was still a they were connected with an attempt to pass mere lad, he took him as his companion on a off some dramatic

writings as the production tour, for the purpose of collecting materials of Shakspere. The particulars of the case for a work upon the “Warwickshire Avon." have almost perished in oblivion. An at- Of course, they visited and passed some time tempt to resuscitate them now cannot as- at Stratford, where Mr. Ireland was most suredly be made with a view of pandering diligent, as others have been before and to our literary vanity. Were such a case to after him, in searching for information conoccur in the present day, in the existing state cerning what his son, in his peculiar style, of intercourse with the continent, it would termed "the sublunary career of our dramake us the laughing-stock of Europe. But matic lord.” The search does not appear to recent discussions relative to some other have been very successful; and Mr. Ireland supposed fabrications connected with Shak- seems to have been considerably hoaxed by spere, have re-invested this subject with an a gentleman farmer, the tenant of Cloptoninterest which it appeared to have lost. At house, named Williamsbut no relation to any rate, it is an accomplished fact, as our the celebrated “divine”—who informed him French neighbors say, and cannot be ban- that only a fortnight before he had burnt ished from the history of our literature. So several basketfuls of letters and papers, bunwe must even make the best of it; and per- dles of which had the name of Shakspere haps may hope that our said neighbors will written on them! After having made a large accept this narrative in the propitiatory light purchase of indubitable Shakspere relics, of a national humiliation.

the Irelands returned to town. It is not It is curious to observe how one literary very clear whether it was before or after this forgery breeds another. The affair of Mac- journey that young Ireland was articled to a pherson was hardly out of Horace Walpole's conveyancer, at whose chambers, however, hands, when that of poor Chatterton was he had little or nothing to do. And we ali thrown upon them. It was not many years know, from the traditions of our copy-books after that unhappy boy had been consigned of what idleness is the root. Young Hopeto his pauper grave, and while the contro- ful employed much of his leisure in learning versy as to the genuineness of the Rowley to copy old handwritings, in which he atpoems was yet sub judice, that the Ireland tained great facility.* According to his own forgeries first saw the light. There can be no showing, one of the earliest uses to which doubt indeed as to the connecting chain be- he put this talent was to forge a letter as from tween the two last-mentioned impostures. the author of a religious tract dedicated to There was some resemblance between the two dramas; but there was also the most count of the Shakspearian Manuscripts (1796), in

* In a copy of W. H. Ireland's Authentic Ac. striking difference. Chatterton's was a trag- the library of the British Museum, is a NS. note, edy; sublime in its working up; terrible in which states that William Ilenry was a natural its catastrophe. Ireland's afterpiece was son ; that, as the writer had heard, his baptism the broadest of burlesques. Looking back was registered at St. Clement Danes, under the at both through the interval of years, one

name of William Henry Truyn, and that liis mother

was a married woman who had separated from her cannot peruse the one without a shudder, husband, and living with Mr. Ireland. The aconnor the other without laughter. We pro-racy of this note seems very doubtsul. '1 here is ceed to detail the plot of the latter.

certainly no such entry in the register of St. ClemSamuel Ireland was originally a weaver in ent Danes, por any relating to the family of IreSpitalfields; but in process of time he be-clusive; and in 1794 or 1795, W. II. Ireland was came a dealer in old books and curiosities, eighteen. There are those still living who knew having a house in Norfolk-street, Strand. him, and say they never heard any such rnmor What his family consisted of is not exactly from friend or foe. His father always called him known; but he had at least two sons and Sam, after his brother, who had died ; and in the two daughters. The eldest of the former papers, spoke of' him as his son Samuel William

account he first published of the discovery of the named Samuel, after his father, died young. Henry. These are apparently trifling, matters ; The other, William Henry, is the hero of but trifles concerning great men become important.

† The anonymous and apocryphal commentator * Thus it appears, on the best evidence, the before referred to says he had been told that this name of the dramatist should be spelt.—Madden's faculty was not contined to old handwriting, but Observations on an Autograph of Shakspere, Lon- that it was also extended to copying orders of addon. 1838.

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