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rest of their baggage before they were up servations and some laughter from the young in the morning; provided madame would ladies ; upon which Mrs. Roberts said, “ Î be pleased to give him all the keys. On dont wonder, girls, at your being amused hearing this demand the countenance of by the queer look of every thing, and as Mrs. Roberts displayed a world of acute long as you do nothing but laugh it is very intelligence, and with a nod and a smile she well; but remember I shall be monstrous replied, " Thank you, mon ami. Mercy, angry if I hear any of you grumble, because mercy, my good friend. There is no occa- the real truth is, that one of the greatest adsion to put all that trouble upon you, pas vantages which English people are sure to du tout. Voila that gentleman, my hus- find in coming abroad arises from their beband, he will go to the douane with the ing themselves so every way superior. Dekeys, and look after the baggage himself.” |pend upon it the natives are not altogether Then turning to her son, she said, “ That's such fools as not to perceive this, and that, a good lesson for you, Edward. Just ob- as I take it, is the principle reason why all serve, my dear, how necessary it is to be the English that come abroad get up so upon one's guard in such a country as this. much higher in society than those who stay I are say now that if I had not been here at home. The only way, however, to make your father would have given up the keys the most and the best of this advantage is at once, and I should just like to know to remember constantly that whatever you what would have become of all our trinkets may have been at home, you are people of if he had ?" The commissionaire did not consequence here. You must never forget remonstrate, but with a civil smile desired that, girls, I promise you." that they would please to follow him. The first examination of the sleeping acThey did so, and having undergone the commodation was by no means satisfactory usual personal examination, a few minutes to the ladies of the Roberts family, for their walking brought them to the hôtel. “1 inexperienced eyes did not discern in the am as hungry as a hound," said Mr. Ro- pile of what they indignantly termed“ nothberts, as he entered it; “ and I hope, my ing but mattrasses,” the most perfect sleepdear, that you mean to order something ing apparatus in the world. more substantial than tea and bread and “Do ask her, Agatha, if they have no butter ?"
better rooms, with feather beds in them," “Oh! goodness, I hope so !"
said Mrs. Roberts, with such a frown upon “I am sure I shall die, if
don't." her brow as might have frightened a cham“I could devour half-a-dozen pounds of bermaid less used to the exigeance of new beefsteaks,” chimed in the two young ladies English travellers than was their present and their brother,
black-eyed conductress. “I am quite in the same condition my- “Ces sont de fort bons lits," she quietly self,” replied the ruling spirit of the party. replied to the remonstrance of Miss Agatha. “ Il faut ordre du souper."
“Et vous n'avons pas des plus beaux “Commander, mamma," whispered Aga-chambres ?" demanded Mrs. Roberts, still tha.
frowning “Of course, child, I shall command what- “Non, madame,” replied the girl, with ever I want," replied Mrs. Roberts, rather that stoical indifference to her queer French, impatiently, and then, having at last conde- which seems so universally to preclude the scended to profit by the English of a waiter possibility of a laugh among our polite who came to receive her instructions, she neighbors. ordered the most substantial repast that "Il faut que vous sait," resumed Mrs. could be prepared in half an hour, the whole Roberts,“ que nous suis accoutumés à avoir party declaring that they could not possibly la meilleur de tout les choses quand nous exist without food for a longer time. suis au logis.”
And then came a fille de chambre to in- “Oui, madame," replied the girl, without quire if the ladies would like to see their moving a muscle. rooms. They followed her up stairs, com- “ It is no good, mamma, to talk any more plaining a good deal as they went, of the to her-she's a fool," said Miss Maria. inferiority of the house in appearance to an But I wish you would tell me how long English hôtel, and particularly in the want we are to be without our carpet-bags. Just of stair-carpets. The colored petticoat, look at my hair! I am in perfect misery for short jacket, and round-eared cap of their want of a comb! And, do you see, there is conductress, also elicited a good many ob- not a morsel of soap to wash our hands.
When are we to have our carpet-bags, can go to bed without my night-bag, Mr. mamma?”
Roberts. “How in the world can I tell, Maria ?" “No, my dear," replied her husband, "I replied her mother. “The man that brought dare say you can't-only I should be very us here said ten minutes; but I fancy we glad if I could get a morsel to eat first, for must never believe a word they say to us. I really do feel quite exhausted." They are a horrible set of liars you may de- “Very well, Mr. Roberts, then you must dend upon it."
eat of course, and I must go. I wonder if “ But we must get the carpet bags some- I shall find Stephen too much exhausted to how or other, mamma, said Agatha. “Do go with me?" let us go down stairs, will you, to inquire “That's talking quite wild, my dear," about them?"
returned her husband, taking up his hat and And down stairs again they went, Mrs. stick and preparing to depart; “I didn't Roberts talking exceedingly loud the whole mean, I am sure, to put any thing off upon time concerning the dreadful inferiority of you ; but I must have some body to show the French to the English nation in all re- me the way, and, after all, I am afraid I spects; which, considering that the lan- shall make but a bad hand of it, seeing that guage in which she spoke, was considerably I don't understand one word of French.” more likely to be understood than her “Good gracious, Mr. Roberts! How French had been, was both imprudent and you do like to make difficulties ! Of course uncivil, to say the least of it.
the people will speak English at the custom On entering the large salle à manger,
house. All you have to do is just to take where a servant was preparing a part of the Stephen with you to bring the bags, and to table for their supper, Mrs. Roberts attack- get a lad to show you the way. Give your ed him in her piebald jargon, with inquiries keys, girls—and yours, Edward — here's concerning the greatly-wanted carpet-bags. the supper is ready. Taking Stephen will
say you will be back before class, strained every faculty to understand make a difference, you may depend upon it her, and when at length she fortunate, sub- there was nobody on board that had such a stited the words "carpet-bags " for • bags stylish servant, and you may be sure that de tapis," he caught her meaning, and re
when they see he belongs to you, our busiplied that if she had left her bags with the ness will be attended to first. commissionaire à coup sur she would have of the world, my dear, take my word for it.” them in a few minutes.
As she spoke, Mrs. Roberts rang the bell ;
Stephen was summoned, and a man found " What does he say about coosin ?" de- to show the way. manded Mrs. Roberts, addressing her eld- “Now then," said she, “make haste, est daughter. “Who is coosin? What there's a good man, and I'll take care you stupid plagues they are !"
shall have a good supper when you come Miss Agatha explained very distinctly back again." what the man had said, and then replied to Either
Mr. Roberts was unskilled in it by telling him that they had not left their the performance of his task, or the appearkeys; upon which, with all possible civility, ance of Stephen produced a less imposing the man told her that there was not the effect than his mistress expected, for the slightest chance that their bags would be very last bags examined were those of the sent to them at all.
Roberts family. It is possible, indeed, “Do you hear him, mamma ?" exclaim- that the circumstance of their being the only ed both the girls at once.
“Good Heaven ! ones left to the care of the owners, without what are we to do ?”
any patronizing assistance from an hôtel “Do ?” returned Mrs. Roberts, looking commissionaire, might be the cause of this ; exeeedingly angry. “Why, of course your but certain it is, that instead of coming back father must go this moment to the custom- directly, the unfortunate Mr. Roberts did house with the keys. What a shame it is not make his appearance for nearly two to keep one's things from one in such an hours. The worthy man sighed when he abominable manner! Pretty sort of free- found that his family had finished their redom, isn't it? But you must go, my dear, past, and the remnants of the supper which this very moment, you must, indeed, for I were brought back to him might have been shall want to go to bed the very instant I eaten, perhaps, with more relish had not the have supped, and I leave you to guess if I weary ladies each seized upon a bag, the
It is the way
instant they greeted their longing eyes, de- a great fallacy; for what they might consider claring that they could not remain up a mo- an increase of crime might only be an increase ment longer to obtain the universe.
of vigilance on the part of the police. He recollected that in two counties which he should
not name, great praise had been bestowed Here is one fytte of Robert's pilgrimage ; on them for the absence of crime: the Judges
Ye who of him may further seek to know, found the gaols empty; and white gloves were Shall find some tidings in a future page, presented to them in accordance with an anIf he that writeth now may scribble moe. cient practice: but those who best knew the
counties knew that it was not crime that was wanted, but that it was police to detect it that was wanted. It was not the harvest of crime, which, as a French writer had well observed, returned with greater certainty than
the harvest of food, that was wanted. No, it TREATMENT OF JUVENILE OFFENDERS.
was the reapers of that harvest; and accord
ingly, when the police was established in thuse From the Spectator.
two counties, it was found that the inhabitants
were not better than their neighbors. The Birmingham Journal gives an account Thus, improvements in police had the effect of an interesting meeting which was held on of swelling ihe calendars and of increasing the the 8th Jan., at Dee's Hotel in Birmingham, to appearance of crime. Allowing the expenses hear an address from Mr. Hill, the Recorder of prosecutions had a similar tendency. Forof the borough, on the treatment of juvenile merly several offences, such as that of pocketoffenders. Mr. Weston, the Mayor, presided; picking, were not punished at law, but were and Mr. Scholefield, the Member, Captain summarily disposed of by the people under a Moorsom, Mr. J. B. Davies, the Coroner, the kind of Lynch-lawReverend J. Garbett, Rural Dean, Alderman Still, after every possible subtraction, it could James, Alderman Van Warl, and other re- not be doubted that there was moving in the spectable inhabitants to the number of two or midst of them, and round about, and encircling three hundred, including several ladies, at- them, a criminal population of a very large tended.
amount in this country,-a population inflictMr. Hill began by referring to the general ing much pain upon all those around them, state of crime in England and Wales: in 1805, and suffering still greater evils themselves the number of committals was 4.763; in 1842, than they inflicted, and whose own state of it was 31,309, being an increase of sevenfold. wretchedness called for their sympathies and In the same period the population had in- compassion far more than those against whom creased twofold. If the commitments were to they had offended. Perhaps part of the exincrease at the same rate in the next forty planation of this state of society might be acyears, they would amount to 200,000! There counted for by the rude mode of administering were, however, some circumstances that miti- justice in former times, and by the state of the gated the frightful appearance of that state-law itself
, to which their forefathers, as humane ment. It included all offences classed as men, felt a great aversion to subject their fel
crimes,” from stealing a pocket handkerchier low-creatures, because their code was formerto murder ; although there was no common ly a code of blood. But now that their feelings measure between the two kinds: it would ceased to be outraged by spectacles so revolttake many thousand cases of pocket-picking to ing to humanity as those formerly exhibited produce so much misery to mankind as one through legal punishment, they could only murder. In the same period, crimes of vio- wonder that their forefathers, who were men lence had decreased in number, and those of humanity, could endure to live among the which load the calendars are chiefly crimes infliction of such punishments, which they against property. It is a defect in such tables knew were not only useless, but which frusthat they are founded altogether on commit trated the ends for which they were intended. ments, and are only declared when made the Here Mr. Hill made some allusion to prisonsubject of prosecution
abuses, and to the recently-disclosed - black It was a defect in the jurisprudence of this hole" in the prison of the Birmingham Court country, that there was no record of crime but of Requests. That is, however, an exception in connexion with prosecutions. In many to the prisons of England, which has been countries, where they derive their laws from overlooked because it forms no part of the ancient civil code, it was the duty of certain system of local government. To return to the officers to institute an inquiry relative to the main subject-the" mitigating circumstances” existence and extent of such and such crimes; still leave an enormous and perhaps increasand by this means they obtained an accurate ing amount of crime unaccounted forknowledge of the real state of society. In such There was a class who might be said to a country they would be able to compare the have alienated themselves from society. Their state of crime at one period with another. At rights were not those of the community at present, in this country, they might be led into large-their shame was not that felt by those
around him. Right with them was, to live byment worked; and he was proud to lay before thelt and robbery committed upon their neigh- them the result of the experiment for the last bors ; shame with them was, 1o be unable to two years. The results, if not satisfactory, evade detection, or to confess when detected, were encouraging. He found that the numor to assist in bringing their companions to jus-ber of youths who had been convicted at the tice. Reputation with them was a long course Sessions before him, and who had been handed of crime with impunity. That class was a over to their employers, was forty-seven. He large class, many of whom must be then found, that out of that number, thirty-three walking about their streets, almost within their had given proof of their contrition-proving hearing. What was to be done with that more or less according to the time, that an class of the population ? He could not tell. evident improvement was going on in their Their condition had occupied the attention of regard. Of the remainder, three cases are the best men, but it was a problem still un- doubtful: and he was sorry to say there was solved. All they could hope was that the ex- no doubt about the remaining eleven-they ample of good men might diminish its num- were lost: they had left their masters under bers. But it was almost too much to hope circumstances which had brought them again that the class could be entirely extinguished. either before the Quarter-sessions in this Perhaps, when they were inclined to boast of borough or before some other court. But here the superiority of their unbounded commerce, again he was able to say, that, comparing and when they pointed with so much pride to that relapsing class with those usually sent 10 the zeal and energy of their missionaries | prison, he found that the number that came abroad, it might be wholesome for them to re-back was very much smaller than those who flect ihat there was a population at their own suffered the punishment awarded. The fear doors who refused to be enriched by their was, lest this lenity should produce a feeling commerce, who despised all offers of kindness, of impunity : but it should be recollected, that and who had yet resisted the most devoted the object of this lenity was one in whose exertions of the ministers of religion.
favor they could engage the masier to underThe young are apt to fall from the right take a great share of responsibility. They path, and to become amenable to the law. must recollect that he had invariably extended They are not yet entirely contaminated by this leniency with the most solemn assurance, evil associations; but the question occurs, that, if ever the person abused the favor, he what is to become of thein when their term of need never expect the like again, and that he imprisonment expires ? To meet that difficul- would unquestionably have to bear the inflicty, he had acted upon a plan, which he was tion of the severest terrors of the law. He now to explain
had felt it his duty to act upon that principle, When practising at Warwick, he learned and had lately inflicted severe punishment the plan from a benevolent body of Magis- where great mercy had been abused. On trates, whose worth he could testisy, and who the whole, he called upon them, it' they agreed had most humanely established an asylum for with him, to try the experiment whenever the benefit of these young persons who had they had an opportunity: been sent to gaol for offences, from which it The Reverend J. Garbett moved a resoluwas hoped they might be reclaimed: from one tion expressing entire concurrence in Mr. Hill's of these benevolent gentlemen the suggestion suggestion; which was seconded by Mr. Wilcame, that the master should, if possible, be liam Wills, and carried unanimously. prevailed upon to take back the offender; and In moving a vote of thanks to the Recorder, ihis humane plan was suggested by the con- the Reverend J. A. James remarked, that Mr. sideration, that a disposition of forgiveness was Hill had provided for the offending youth who by far the best for the master, where it would had been brought before him ; but it would be secure for the offender that protection which well to anticipate his kindness, and not to be he had forfeited. He soon becanie impressed too hasty in bringing youthful offenders before with the necessity of taking measures to as a court of justice. He had himself tried that: certain precisely the working of the system, principle in the case of two youthslest the natural impulse of the mind, in One had committed a robbery upon his masseeing a suffering child before one, should ter by stealing his money. The fact was comprevent him from inflicting that punish- nicated to him, and he engaged to intercede ment which the justice of the country required. with the master, who consented not to proseEvery man who filled a situation such as he cute, but naturally refused then to repose furheld would like, if possible to refrain from in- ther confidence in him. Silence, however, was flicting pain; but he knew that he was bound observed. The youth was handed over to the to repress crime, notwithstanding the pain to kind treatment of a friend : and Mr. James's himself. At the end of the year 1841, he was special advice to this friend was, “ Keep it a enabled, by the zealous coöperation of the secret, and we will watch him closely.” 'They Police in Birmingham, to establish a regular did so. He was patient; and soon the youth, plan by which every master and mistress who thus rescued from inevitable destruction, gave humanely took back an unfortunate servant, convincing proofs of penitence; and he was at and every boy thus restored, should be visited, that moment in a place of trust, serving his to ascertain at certain periods how the experi- master, with thousands of pounds under his
He was a respectable member of society, and the member of a Christian congrega- “ Then why do the flow'rets fade, mother, tion. The second came under his notice with Why do the sweet flowers fade, the same results; only in this case there had When winter's dreary clouds, mother, been many small peculations. He told the Earth's brighter scenes pervade?" master to let no soul know it, to keep him un- “ My child, those flow'rs that wither, der close inspection and moral training : and
Have seeds that still remain, the result was, that he was now the servant of
That sunshine and the summer one of the public companies in the town.
Restore to life again !" Mr. Hill observed in returning thanks, that he never had any difficulty in getting employ,
“ And shall not those who die, mother, ers in humble circumstances of life to extend
Come back to live once more, forgiveness to their servants ; but he had found
E'en as the rain and sun, mother, some difficulty in prevailing upon those in Those beauteous flow'rs restore ?" higher stations of life to extend ihe same con- “ Yes-yes, my child, such powers sideration to their erring brethren. He was To human flow'rs are given, aware that they had greater obstacles to the Here eartb's frail flow'rs may blossom, restoration of the offenders to their establish
But we may rise-in Heaven." ments; still those obstacles were not insurmountable, and he hoped he should see that the more wealthy employers and manufacturers would not be outdone hy those below them. Mr. Scholefield moved a vole of thanks to
LYRIC LAMENT, those humane individuals who had taken back their servants after conviction. The motion
ON A DEFUNCT SPARROW.* was seconded by Captain Moorsom, and sup
From the Metropolitan. ported by Alderman James; who remarked, that, as a Magistrate, he had often heard the ALACK! alack the day when sped question asked on the bench, when a young
The heedless stone, offender was brought up, “Why bring that That singled from its friends that fled, little boy here? why not try to reclaim him?": And laid along with the cold dead, At the request of the Recorder, one of the
This little one : masters who had taken back bis servant after No longer throngh the live-long day, punishment, now gave testimony of the hap
On craggled trees
To flutter more from spray to spray, py result
Or bound on buoyant wing away The first act of the boy, after his release, was to call on him and thank him for what he
Upon the breeze. had done, and he then saw the seeds of refor.
By little, tuneful loves caress'd,
No more to reign mation in him. He then gave the boy good
The pretty favorite of the nest, advice, and took him into his service; since
Planting in many a feather'd breast that, his conduct had been most exemplary,
The pleasing pain. and he had no doubt he would make a very Mute warbieri-ah! how cold and still useful member of society.
Thy mellow throat:
Mourns thy mate.
(For thou had'st care, “ WHY DO THE FLOWERS BLOOM ?”
Apportion'd cares we cannot know!)
Touch thee not there;
There in thy little shadowed grave,
Hung o'er the Deep,
Tho' realms may rock and passion rave,
Thou wilt sleep. Why do the sweet flowers bloom,
If aught of thee to being clingsAnd brightest those we rear'd, mother,
Not mortal allAround my brother's tomb?"
To Him it soared on sinless wings, - To fill the world with gladness,
Who marks, amid the maze of things, My child, were flow'rets given,To crown the Earth with beauty,
The Sparrow fall! And show the road to Heaven !"
* The verdict was "Killed by a random stopo."
BY MRS. J. E. CARPENTER.