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INDEX TO VOL. II.
** Where only name of country is given, its stampa are intended to be indicated.
ABUSES of the Letter Franking system, 73
| Correspondence continued :--
79; dealers' black list, 79; the Sydney postage
Prince Albert essays, 95; prosecution of stamp
forgers, 111; questionable stamps, 111; Oppen's
stamps, 127, 143, 175; the Hamburg locals, 128;
about essays in general, 143; the United States'
Inter. Rev. stamps, 143; the Livonian stamps, 144 ;
Brigham Young's denial of the existence of a Mor-
mon stamp, 144; the tenpenny stamp of Van
Diemen's Land, 160; reply to "No Essays,' 160 ;
an uncatalogued Buenos Ayres stamp, 160 ; Pember-
ton on essays, &c., 173; Swiss stamp forgeries, 174;
the Central Fair stamps, 175; McRobish & Co.'s
' Acupulco and San Francisco'stamps, 175; the
Hamburg imitation stamps, 176; Pemberton's cor-
rections and criticisms, 188; the Prince Consort
Swiss stamps and essays, 190; impressions on blue
paper, 191, the New South Wales stamps, 191; can
forgers of stamps be prosecuted ? 191; the penny
Ceylon adhesive stamps, 191; United States Central
Fair stamps, 192; the South Germany gulden and
Correspondents, answers to, 16, 32, 47, 63, 79, 96, 111,
128, 144, 160, 176, 192
Country Postman, Thé, 126
Current Stamp Forgeries, 67, 89, 100, 154, 182
Danish West Indies, 176
Denmark, 105, 170; forged, 155
Egyptian Postage Stamps, 25
English envelope stamp, 96, 149; penny adhesive, 104;
on blue paper, 191
Envelope stamps, Notes on, 149
Essays in general, 143; meaning of the word, 174
Extraordinary accumulation of postage stamps, 36
Finland, 121 ; forged, 68, 155; envelopes, 149
Five Rs applied to Postage Stamps, 30; answered, 46, 62
France, Ancient Posts of, 23; Colonies, 25, 146; 1 franc
green, 96; essay, 105, 170; bon-bon stamp, 113;
newspaper stamp, 158
General Post Office at Six o'Clock, 38
188; the five Rs applied to postage stamps, 30; the German Princes and Postage Stamps, 2
Holland, 105, 136
88; old issues, 122; newspaper stamps, 173; forged,
Stamp Countries, 97, 113, 129, 145, 161, 177
104; new issue, 120; names stamped on side, 173
156: more discovered. 176
104, 120, 136, 152, 168, 179
149; the first series of New South Wales postage
Peru, Ancient Posts, 70; stamps, 180
ters at the, 14; our national, 131; pleasures of the,
123; the general at six p.m., 38; travelling, 10
on, 46; Dr. Gray on, 78; Mr. Burn's reply, 95; Dr.
Gray's rejoinder, 111; Mr. Burn's second reply, 127
124, 141, 157, 172
101, 156; new issue, 153
82, 106, 115, 139, 146
112; forged, 69, 90; envelope, 137; queen of, 178
104, 120, 136, 152, 168
73, 152; Inter. Rev., 143; locals, 80
THE HISTORY OF MY STAMP ALBUM.
MYSELF. • Pity the sorrows of a lonely man, With books, and friends, and ample means, that can Enjoy himself, and lounge about the town, And reach his lodgings fearless of a frown.' It was a cold, dark night in December: without, the wind moaned in fitful gusts, and the slow, steady rain beat in dreary, monotonous cadence on my window panes ; but I was little affected by either—the closely-drawn curtains shutting out the gloom of the evening; and a clear, bright fire defying the raging of the elements.
With a feeling of intense comfort and complacency, I glanced round my warm, snug bachelor's room. I was alone in the world, having lost my father and mother in early childhood. My bringing-up and education were superintended by a cross, selfish, and misanthropical old uncle, my sole relative, and who, as soon as he had obtained for me a lucrative situation as clerk in Messrs. Clark and Thomson's office, in the city, washed his hands of my future, and left his only nephew to make his way, unprotected and uncared for, in the wide world. But it was with no very keen sorrow at my lonely condition, that I drew my chair and table nearer the cheery wood fire on this cold winter's even. ing, and set myself to arrange, for the hundredth time at least, my choice collection of stamps-placing, replacing, and displacing them in my pretty russia-leather album. I had been peculiarly fortunate, and ranked amongst my collection the rarest and choicest specimens. The mania had just then come into fashion ; and I was one of the most ardent and devoted votaries of Timbromanie.
While thus, with pleased and satisfied eyes, gloating over my treasures, I was suddenly interrupted by the abrupt entrance of my former school friend, Charles Lawson, who in his usual impetuous manner rushed up to me, shook both my hands, and finally threw himself, breathless and exhausted, into the chair opposite mine. Before I had time to collect my scattered thoughts, he was pouring forth a string of arguments, entreaties, and supplications, the sense of which, after some time, I managed to gather. He was going with two or three mutual acquaintances to see the Colleen Bawn, then in the zenith of its popularity, and afterwards all were to adjourn to some famous oyster rooms to supper. "Would I be of the party ? If so, we must lose no time; we must start directly. I was about to replace my album in the table drawer as usual, when my restless, impatient friend interrupted me by exclaiming :-
Come along, old fellow; don't wait to put anything away ; I am off, you see.'
Hastily extinguishing my lamp, I followed Lawson, who had by this time nearly reached the street door.
MY LOSS. "“ Madam! I've lost my album, with a pack
Of choicest postage stamps. Call Susan-JackConfound it !” And the woman cries, “ Alack ! :
If Con has found it, perhaps he'll bring it back.” It was long after midnight before I returned home, after this night of unusual dissipation. I was far too tired to think of anything but getting to bed as quickly as possible, and, once there, I fell into a sound and dreamless sleep, from which I did not awake until the stroke of eight tolling from St. Clement's Church, hard by, put the drowsy god to