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LADY JANE FRANKLIN.

Among the passengers by the Adriatic is Lad}' Jane Franklin, a -woman whose name has for years been linked with all that is noble, heroic, and Christian; and it seems not inappropriate that we should briefly sketch the events that have brought her so prominently before the public.

Lady Jane was the daughter of John Griffin, Esq., F.S.A., and became the second wife of Sir John Franklin on the 8th of March, 1828, in the twenty-eighth year of her age. In 1836 she accompanied her husband to Tasmania, or Van Dieman's Land, over which he had been appointed governor, | and returned with him to England in 1843. The people of Tasmania have ever held in grateful memory the kind deeds of Sir John and his wife, and long after their departure they sent to Lady Franklin the sum of £1,700, to assist in defraying the expenses of the search for her absent husband.

On the 19th day of May, 1845, Sir John set out from England in search of a northwest passage, expecting to return in a couple of years at the furthest. Toward the close of 1847 alarm began to be felt for the safety of the party, and early in the following year three different expeditious were despatched by the British government in search of the missing navigators.

The failure of these to find any traces of Franklin's party induced the government, in 184U, to offer a reward of £20,000 to any private exploring party, of any country, which should succeed in aiding the lost navigators. At this time began the efforts of Lady Franklin, which have won for her the admiration of the world. From her own private purse she caused to be transported to Cape Hay, on the southern side of Lancasler Bay, a cargo of coals and provisions, o be at the service of any who should venure upon the search for her husband.

In the year 1850 no less than eight expeditions were fitted out, which may be briefly enumerated as follows: That of Dr. Rae; the Bchring's Strait expedition, consisting of the Enterprise, Capt. Collinson, and the Investigator, Commander McClure; the government Baffin's Bay expedition, consisting of the ships Resolute, Captain Austin, and the Assistance, Captain Ommaney, together with the screw propellers Pioneer and Intrepid, in charge ol Captain Sherrard Osborne; the schooner Felix, with a small tender, the Mary, put forward by public subscription, and commanded by Sir John Ross; the Lady Franklin, fitted out by Lady Frank

lin, and commanded by Captain Penny; the schooner Prince Albert, two-thirds of the cost of which was defrayed by Lady Franklin j the American expedition, consisting of the Advance and Rescue, under command of Lieutenant De Haven; and lastly, the North Star, a transport ship, containing stores for the expedition of Sir James Ross.

None of these were successful, and both the British and American nations were inclined to relinquish all further efforts to determine the fate of Franklin and his party, who had now been absent over six years. But not so with Lady Franklin. The report brought back by Sir John Ross, that the Franklin party had been murdered by the Esquimaux in Wostenholm Sound, induced this devoted wife to send, in the summer of 1852, the screw steamer Isabel, • Commander Inglefield, to make a thorough examination of the Sound. Three months previous, however, Sir Edward Belcher was sent out by the government in command of five vessels, the Assistance, Resolute, North Star, Pioneer, and Intrepid. In the spring of the year following, the celebrated Kane expedition sailed from New York, and at nearly the same time Lady Franklin despatched the steamer Isabel and the ship Rattlesnake, while the Lady Franklin and Phoenix were sent to Barrow's straits, to aid Sir Edward Belcher.

Excepting the valuable scientific discoveries made by these several expeditions, particularly by that of Dr. Kane, little progress was made in ascertaining the fate of the Franklin party, and the hopes of the most sanguine were given up. Still the wife of the explorer, with that womanly feeling which knows no such word as despair, determined to make one final effort to settle the question. Cheerfully emptying her purse—now very low, because of the repeated drains upon it; and persuading her friends to aid her, she fitted out the little steamer Fox, and in 1857 Captain McClintock, with twentyeight stalwart British seamen, bade farewell to England until they should ascertain, if possible, the fate of Sir John Franklin. The search proved a successful one. On the north-west coast of King William's Island a simple piece of board was found, telling a tale which none had heard before, that the ships Erebus and Terror had been abandoned on the 22d of April, 1848, and—saddest of all —that the leader of the party had died on the" llth of June, 1847, the very year that he expected to return home. The news reached England in September last.

Thus were the efforts of Lady Franklin

rewarded, though the hopes which had sustain ed her for twelve long years were crushed. Since the arrival of Captain McClintock, this estimable lady has lived very quietly, shunning society rather than courting it, and affording in her retirement a noble example

of an earnest, faithful, Christian _ woman. Accompanied by a niece, she now visits this country, to become the guest of Mr. Henry Grinnell, and to acknowledge in person her sense of his humane and generous efforts in her cause.—New York World.

Genealogy Of The Prince Of Wales.—

"Who is Albert-Edward, Prince of Wales 1 He

is the eldest son of

Queen Victoria of England, who is the niece of the

Kings William IV and George IV, and daughter of

Prince Edward Duke of Kent, fourth son of

George III, who was son of

Frederic Prince of Wales, the son of

George II, who was son of

George I, who was son of

Sophia, Electress of Hanover, daughter of Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia, who was the daughter of

James I, who was the son of

Mary, Queen of Scots, who was daughter of

James III, of Scotland, who was son of

Margaret, who was daughter of

Henry VII, and Elizabeth, which Princess was the undoubted Heiress to the throne of England, and the representative of the Eed Rose, being the daughter of

Edward IV, who was the son of

Richard Plnntagenet, Duke of York, who was the son of

Anne Mortimer, who was the daughter of

Roger, Earl of March, who was the son of

Philippa, who was the daughter of

Lionel, fhike of Clarence, who was the son of

Edward III, who was the son of

Edward II, who was the son of

Edward I, who was the son of

Ilcnrv III, who was the son of

King"John, who was the son of
Henry II, who was the son of

Empress Maude, who was the daughter of
Henry I, who was the son of

"william The Conqueror.

Henry I married Mathilda, daughter of

Margaret, Queen of Malcolm of Scotland, who was the daughter of

Edward (the ostracised), who was son of

Edmund II, who was brother of

Edward III, the Confessor, the only Prince at that time in England who could pretend any right to

the Crown. Edward Confessor was son of

Ethelrcd II, who was son of

Edgar, who was son of

Edmund I, who was son of

Edward, called the Elder, who was son of

Alfred the Great.

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Two swallows, in looking about fora place to build their nest, discovered a cosy little nook in the rear part of the cabin of the steamer Young America, which was lying moored to the old hnlk at the corner of K. Street, and forthwith commenced their labors; the female flying to and fro, carrying straws nrid sticks and feathers, and the male bird, standing like a master-workman, overseeing the job, and lending his aid in placing and completing their tiny homestead. The first day saw the foundation of their home well laid, and the happy birds rested from their labors that night, and finished it, perhaps, in their dreams. The next morning, bright and early, they were again at work as busy as nailers; but, alas ! the hour of seven came, the steamer whistle sounded, and away went the steamer, nest and all, en route for Marysville. The frightened birds chirped, chattered, and flew back and forth, but the captain never heeded their cry. On« went the boat, and away went their new-made home. It was a clear cose of squatterism, but they were sensible birds, and knew they would be " plucked " if they went :o law, so they quietly submitted to their hard "ate, and, after following the steamer as far as the Sacramento bridge, they returned to the old hulk. That was a sad day lor the little couple, and what thoughts crowded on their little henna He only knows who " holds the sparrows np."

The next day came, and with it they saw the steamer come hack to the landing, and the nest they had partly built still undisturbed. With merry chirpings of delight they began again their task.'only to be again anguished on the morrow by the departure of the steamer, and gladdened on the succeeding day by its return. Thus it has continued with them for nearly a fortnight, and the nest is not yet completed. They kept in a constant flutter of hope and fear, and labor and loss; hut they do not despair, nor have they sought another and more secure place for their domicile. But, strange to say, they have actually learned to recognize the steamer, and watch for her coming, and meet her at the bridge above the city, to welcome her back to her old moorings. How it will be when the nest is finished and the eggs are lain, and the time comes for the regular trips—whether the mother will cling to the homestead and take the voyage to Marysville, and the father accompany her, travelling backward and forward as dead-heads —or whether theirs will be " broken up" by the "irrepressible " divorce and desertion, as hundreds of other families have been in California, wo shall wait to sec. The above is a true story. Those who can't swallow it, may " match it and take it."—Sacramento Bee.

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