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the other ; “but enough of that: bave you are grappling, any cowardly fool may call settled with him ? Will he join us ?
Filippo, Cousin.' 'Just as I hinted; your eccellenza's name
(To be continued). decided him: he is with us, haud and foot.'
Well then, let us hasten to arrange all preliminaries ; we have lost time enough as
MEMOIRS OF A NOVA SCOTIAN it is. Have you engaged enough assist
POSTAGE STAMP. ance?'
Since first I was stamped by the fatal post'Yes, your eccellenza, sure fellows-ready | mark I have travelled much, I have been in to do all I tell them ; ask no questions; take many a hand, and am not yet sure of ending what guerdon for their services I shall agree my days in peace. to; and forget next morning the very locale Now that I am stationary, and before of the enterprise.'
sleeping for ever, allow me to relate my To-morrow night, then, let it be: meet | travels through the world. me in the morning at noon in the church of
You know, probably, dear collectors, the Santa Croce. Stand by the pillar nearest amiable queen whose image I represent; and to Machiavelli's tomb-I like to catch an you know also that the obliteration does not inspiration there sometimes--and if either of
prevent my being worth more than I cost us wishes to say aught to the other, he can before I was used. lead the way to the café del Giocolo, in the Scarcely arrived at Southampton, I was Via Ghibellina. Stay here to give me scope ruthlessly torn off by a post-office clerk. for getting clear of this quarter : we need Oh! how I should have liked to see the not be seen together. Be faithful, and I astonishment of the receiver of the letter on will reward you well.'
which I was placed, for I fancy he was a The well-matched pair of confederates collector! How many times did he exclaim parted. Bernardo (for he it was) leaving against the clerks of an office which neverthe humbler villain behind, and muttering, theless renders him many a service. But, as he moodily paced the filthy alley :
not to digress, I was now in the possession The game is a dangerous one. This ras- of my plunderer ; but do not suppose it was cal must be well looked to, or he will prove for a collection of his own that he stole too sharp for me: I must be wary. But let me; it was merely to please a stampme first get quit of that painter fellow, and maniac : he meant to give me to a child. then the game will be in my own hand for [The stamp collector is of no particular age: winning my cousin-and her dower. Two
you see some scarcely six years old; you such prizes are well worth a little risk in will meet with some of sixty years, and even going in for.'
more.] This youth had already one of my Filippo, meanwhile, with a deep execra fellow-countrymen, worth one cent, like tion, watched him turn the corner of the myself; he hastened, then, to send me to passage:
one of his correspondents at Havre. You Thou reward me! thou blustering brag cannot imagine the pleasure derived from gart! Filippo is not dolt enough to await my appearance by this young collector: he thy tardy recompense. He is sharp enough did not trouble even to read the letter that to seize his own share of the spoil-and a was written hiin; he was never tired of little more, too, or he is greatly mistaken. looking at me. “Look, what beautiful enYes, yes, my noble comrade, you err egregi graving !' said he to one of his young friends, onsly if you think I am your tool. You are to whom he was displaying his collection; little aware you are working for my ends, look how clear the letters are! Who would not for your own. Let me but contrive to | believe that such masterpieces were destined set you and the other hell-cat together to be marked some day with black or blue?' curse him, I feel the gripe of his hand on my His friend, not being a collector, did not throat now-and if I do not contrive to partake of his enthusiasm ; he could not make off with the valuables while they comprehend the pleasure of storing up little pictures more or less soiled. If people young Parisian have me for a franc and a wanted the portraits of any sovereign or half. I then visited the French capital. other celebrity, cannot photography supply Many a time I crossed the Seine to go from their cartes de visites ? If they fancied an the gardens of the Luxembourg to the garengraving, would it not be much better to dens of the Tuilleries, and from the Tuil. purchase one of a reasonable size? But he leries to the Luxembourg again---the great gave no vent to his thoughts, for that would stamp exchanges of Paris. I wondered only have caused an interminable discussion. many times at the collectors of that city; After having been over and over again ex everyone wanted me, but I was still the amined, I was placed in an album.
property of the same owner. During all I stayed there quietly for some time. You this time the stamp mania spread far and probably wonder what caused my removal: wide: it went on increasing, and, strange to my master received one of my brethren less say, I lost value every day ; for, as fast as obliterated than myself, I was incontinently fresh collectors sprang up in Europe, fresli turned out, and passed into the hands of an stamps came from America. Numbers of ignorant collector.
stamps were sent from Nova Scotia; and He ought to be thankful to the authors of instead of being worth a franc and is manuals and the compilers of albums; for, | half, I could scarcely be sold for fifty cenwere it not for them, he would not have times. known where to put me. Classifying his My new owner turned me out for a new stamps in a geographical order, he would specimen, and I then found my way back to most likely have placed me between those whence I came, that is to say, to Havre, of Greece and those of Prince Edward where I now am, in a pretty good collection. Island. Were it not for printed albums, if In the Havre collection where I was first you told him Nova Scotia is situated near located, I was on the same page as the Australia, he would have readily believed elegant stamps of New Brunswick, which you. He could not take much delight in have this peculiarity, that two only of them collecting, since he had no notion of geo bear a similar impression. You might tell graphy; so he soon sold his stamps, and I me that those of Canada are much the same, fell into the hands of a dealer.
since the five stamps are of five different Alas! how cruelly was I treated by that designs; those of Naples and Rome, too, Jew: he sent me here and there. He sent might be instanced as presenting still more me to Switzerland, whence I soon returned variety. That is true ; but in the Roman because he set too high a price upon me; I as well as the Neapolitan stamps it is only went to Paris, to Rouen, to Brussels, and the arrangement of the pattern of the stamp back again. He was in despair; he could that differs; whilst, amongst those of whichi not get the two francs he wanted for me. I have been speaking, one represents a rail. The dealers not choosing to bave me at that way ; another, Queen Victoria; a third, a price, he had recourse to the collectors. “I steamer ; the 17 cents, a youth in a Scotch have a Nova Scotian stamp,' said he to dress. I know that there are likewise the every stamp-maviac he met, and forth with private offices of America ; but those impresexposed me to their curious gaze, boasted sions are so numerous and so varied that my much of my rarity, and always terminated master made a separate collection of them, his chatter in these words : *You do not and I very seldom saw them ; however, they possess this magnificent stamp; I sell it you are well worth the trouble of collecting, for for two francs; it is not dear.' Often did they are said to be very pretty. the collector reply, not daring to complain At the ignorant Mons. Edw. R--- 's I of the exorbitant price: “Thank you, I have once heard a remark from him that showed been promised one.' The bolder ones used the man up famously. I think there to say, 'I don't want it,' without giving any are stamps from Tobago,' said one of his reason.
friends to him. “What are you chatterAt last, he made up his mind to let a / ing about?' replied he quickly. “Tobago ! Tobago! Did you ever hear of a country called Tobago ?' His reply had no need of
NEW USE FOR POSTAGE STAMPS. comment, so his friend made no answer. By the Sonora, a few days since, says a Cali
At the dealer's I saw many a mean trick. | fornian correspondent, some two hundred of He was a forger of false stamps, and I often Uncle Sam's orphans arrived, and were dissaw him fabricating francs of the French tributed around. Some were sent to Fort Empire. This was his method : he took Alcastra, some to the barracks at the Presome specimens of the French empire 80 c. sidio, and the remainder were quartered deep carmine, and some 1 francs of the at Benicia barracks, preparatory to being republic; he cut off the value of those assigned to the different companies of the stamps, and pasted under the emperor's regiments in this Department. They will effigy the little band which he had taken soon be scattered from Oregon to that most from the bottom of the republic stamp. In delightful post, Fort Yuma, in Arizona-a this manner he had an individual with the | place where they have to put rocks on the effigy of Napoleon III., and having as indi roofs to keep the ends of the boards from cation of value, 1 franc. Unfortunately for curling over like little dogs' tails. It is a him, he had not remarked that the value of wretched place to live at, and to be ordered the 1 franc of the republic is marked 1 FR., | there is enough to make any officer resign, whilst that of the franc of the empire is unless a Catholic, and acknowledges the indicated 1 F. It was from this circum- | justice of being sent to purgatory. They stance that his fraud was discovered; for have a little fun even in that awful place his francs of the empire possessed two r's sometimes, and an officer was telling me the too many, since the value is twice repeated. | other day of how he lost his postage stamps.
In one of my journeys to Rouen I noticed He had sent up here for some twenty dola very whimsical prejudice. Some collec- lars' worth, and had left them on his table. tors will not admit a stamp whose place is | Now the habits, manners, and customs not prepared in M. Lallier’s album. They thereabouts are considerably on the freehave probably never read his preface, and and-easy style, and the Indians are allowed do not understand the meaning of the blank to roam around the garrison ad libitum, if pages at the end of the book. They do not they behave themselves and do not steal. believe in new issues. However, in the On this occasion a young squaw, who had album in question there is no place for the the run of the quarters, and was very much 2 centimes French: they can scarcely pro- | at home anywheres and everywheres, hapnounce this stamp fictitious, as they can buy | pened to stray into my friend's room, and it themselves at the post-offices.
seeing the postage stamps began to examine Mons. E. C- , a young fellow of them with great curiosity. She discovered Havre, who comes sometimes to see the they would stick, if wet; and forthwith a collection in which I am placed, and who happy idea struck her. Now the fashionable has a fine one of his own--according to his dress of the ladies of her class in that warm own account, for no one has ever seen it climate is, of the briefest description. She has a peculiar fancy, not less extraordinary was ambitious to dress up and excite the than that of the Rouen collectors. He will envy of the other Pocahontases. So she not admit into his collection any of the rarer went in on the postal currency, and much European stamps, nor any transmarine to the astonishment of the garrison, made stamp, new, Lecause he says that these her appearance presently on the paradestamps are all fictitious when they are new. ground entirely covered over with postage This opinion could be easily refuted; but for stamps. She was stuck all over with Benmy part I shall not give myself the trouble jamin Franklin, and the father of his country of doing it, and desire one thing only, which was plastcred all over her ladyship's glossy is, never to be turned out of the collection skin indiscriminately, regardless of dignity of LEON CHANDELIER.
and decency. The 'roar' that greeted her, from the commanding officer down to the drummer-boys, was loud enough to be heard was noticed in Mr. Brown's early editions. nearly at head quarters in San Francisco ; The 15 c. is very similar, but the pattern but, Indian like, she preserved her equani even more fantastical. We have heard them mity and did not seem at all disconcerted, mentioned as first appearing in 1862, but but sailed off with the air and step of a they were in continental catalogues long genuine princess, while my friend rushed before that date, and are now so rare as to into his quarters to discover himself minus be almost unattainable. We have only seen his twenty dollars' worth of postage stamps, one specimen. and that what was intended for the mail had There has been an issue of essays of the been appropriated to the fe male. She might United States stamps in black. We have have been put in the overland coach and seen the 90 c., 24 c., and 30 c. : the latter, gone through--she certainly could not have rather a poor-looking stamp generally, comes been stopped for want of being prepaid. out exceedingly well in black. The 5 c.,
moreover, has been printed in olive, green,
red, and other colours. STAMPS NEWLY ISSUED, OR FIRST
The postage-stamp mania has penetrated DESCRIBED.
to the remote regions of Cuba. We underBUT few, if any, emissions have taken place stand the young people there are as eager since our last notice. We fulfil our promise for collecting as they are here. The conof describing some rare and hitherto un sequence is that the postal authorities have noticed English essays. The first is a large allowed two series of essays to be struck off upright oblong; corners cut out; a white from the casts of the Cuba stamps. We star in the centre; above this is penny, and apprehend this was done expressly for the post below ; around it, an engine-turned, sake of having something novel to send to blue, oval rim, encompassed by close-set, Europe in exchange for desiderata. We perpendicular, red lines on a white ground. have seen the ,, 1, and 2 r. plata printed in Another, which is very well executed, bears black, and the same values in bright red. the royal arms in white relief, surrounded British Guiana has once more favoured us by an elaborately engine-turned border, also with a change, not only in pattern, but in in white relief on a blue ground : same size values. A 48 c. and a 6 c. is just issued, as the last. The third is a narrow upright and we have seen the green 24 c. of similar oblong, about five inches in length, and not pattern. Most probably what other values an inch broad, divided into six compart are continued will likewise follow in the ments, on one of which is post paid ld.; same wake. The stamps are a trifle larger another bears Beaufort House; and a third, than the last issue. The usual ship is enpost, V. R., paid ; the whole on a complicated closed in a round garter which bears the engine-turned pattern of red and black on a stereotyped motto. Above is B. Grianut ; white ground. These three curious essays and below, the value in letters. At the four are in the collection of the same amateur. corners the date of the current year (18637
The beautiful profile of our Queen has in figures as before. The 48 c. is pink, and been recently reproduced, in mauve colour, the 6 c. blue : which looks as though the on the new 2-cent Nova Scotian stamp. | 8 c. and 4 c. were to be discontinued. These stamps are intended for the payment | The anticipated 1-fr. Swiss, like the 60 C., of letters of troops.
has not been true to its (proposed) colour; We have just come into possession of some in lieu of carmine, it turns out to be gold on of the exquisitely-engraved Pacific Steam white. The colour of the South Australian Navigation stamps—the į oz. 1 real, and one shilling is changed to brown. The the 1 oz. 2 reales ; each value being printed Indian 2 an, is now pale yellow instead of both in green and yellow.
orange. In the “Illustrations of Moens are en We have to describe also a new stamp in graved two individuals of the rare Reunion Holland, for the use of her Indian possesstamps, one only of which (the 30 cents) | sions. It is a handsome-looking specimen,
obsolete Polish envelopes for the city of Warsaw in the present number, besides the seven individuals before alluded to, and about a dozen others. We hope to be able to do so in our next issue.
- — --- -- ADDENDA TO MOUNT BROWN'S CATALOGUE OF POSTAGE STAMPS, COMPRISING NOTES, ADDITIONS, AND EMENDATIONS,
BY C. W. VINER, A.M., PH.D.
We propose continuing this Appendix to Mr. Brown's early editions, for the benefit of those who do not possess the fourth.-ED.)
printed in red on white, bearing the head of King William III., looking to the left; post Zegel at the bottom, and 10 cents at the top; on the left side is Neder, and on the right, Indie.
There is a very singular-looking individual that has just emanated from the United States. The printing is black on white. It has in the centre a head nearly filling the whole field of the stamp, inscribed in an oval; U. S. postage, above; two cents, below; the figure 2 in each of the upper, and l'. S. in the lower corners. The head is that of General Jackson (not Stonewall), anıl its conformation is very peculiar, the eyes being as near as possible half way between the top of the head and the chin. The closed mouth, scarcely showing any lip, is perfectly Ameri POSTN can. There is a fine head of white hair, brushed up from the forehead, very much after the fashion of the wigs of the time of George III.
A new United States envelope stamp appeared simultaneously with the above, value 2 cents. It is black on buff';, the head (a profile) and lettering in relief'; U. S. postage above; two cents below; and the figure 2 on each side. The head on this stamp is also intended for General Jackson, from a bust taken at middle age. The portrait on the adhesive stamp is from one taken in extreme old age.
It is very singular that the Confederate government has chosen the same general for immortalisation on one of its starips which was issued in June last. This latter is red on white, and the head not filling so much of the stamp, has a better effect.
Another new Confederate stamp bears the head of Colquhoun (?) to the right, in an oval containing, above, postage; below, 10 cents ; on the right and left, The Confederate States of America. It is blue on white. The head of this individual is also remarkable for great depth of forehead. We cannot answer for correctness of nomenclature with regard to these heads : we give the names as we received them.
We regret having no space to describe two
Saxony. The recent issue of Saxony was fully described in our last number : we recapitulate for the sake of uniformity. We have scen the 5 n. g. of the last issue, brown.
1863. Name [Sachsen] and value in oval band, circumscribing crowned arms in white relief on field of colour on white ; corners filled up with pattern :43 pf. green,
n. g. scarlet. Same device ; corners vacant :-1 n. g. rose, 2 n. g. blue, 3 n. g. brown, 5 n. g. lilac. A specimen of the new issue is engraved.
ENVELOPES. Arms embossed on coloured ground, inscribed in engine-turned oval band denoting name and value ; stamp to the right, but inscription to the left of the envelope; the four higher values only; colours the same as in the corresponding adhesives.
Sierra Leone. The stamps of this colony remain in statu quo.
South Australia. The shilling stamp of this colony is now brownish lilac.
Spain. We would caution our readers against a forged series of all the early issues of this country. Specimens of them were sent us for inspection from the continent avowedly fictitious. The stamp mania having now penetrated to Cuba and South America, in