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The Gironde, represented the sentimental phase of Re- of the People at Paris for soldiers' rations. Such are publicanism, and Lamartine and the Government are some of the sunbeams on the walls. pledged to practical measures of industrial organization. Lastly, the placards of the press must not be forgot. The treacherous Times need not, therefore, be so sure ten. The Revolution has most immensely quickened in. that the author of the “History of the Girondists,” will teliectual life, not only in the clubs, but also in the pulshare the fate of his heroes, for Lamartine could appre- pit and the press. "New pamphlets are placarded every ciate the good in Robespierre, as well as in Brissot or hour. Prominent above all others is the placard of Roland. Although, however, the Plain has no name in Louis Blanc's work on “The Organization of Industry.” the clubs, the Mountain has. There is both the Club de la In its 5th edition, it has still an extraordinary sale, and Montagne and the Club des Jacobins. Their names even are no less than six works with a similar title help to paper important. The signers of the placard of the latter state, the walls with placards. George Sand is also pub ishthat they “ would resuscitate those heroic Montagnards ing pamphlets in the form of letters, the first of which who descended into the tomb with vanquished liberty.” is entitled Yesterday and To-day.” and by the plaThey subjoin the important addition that they would do cards we likewise learn that Lamennais is editing a pathis pacifically, and that, God will judge. In fact, there per, and Michelet is the president of a club. In fact, has been great pacific progress since '93, and whatever pamphlets are prolific-newspapers numberless. The the name, no club of ’48 can have its exact counterpart, booksellers must all be republicans. The mental pulse in any society existing during the reign of terror. For of the Revolution beats incessantly. The printers inust the rest, the placards have imprinted the names of clubs become princes—the authors not anybodies. The press innumerable. We defer further speaking of them, as we of Paris demands, however, a more serious notice than wish to visit them, with our readers in a special letter. In the placards of Paris can help to give. Glory, however, noting the preaching of the placards it was impossible, to those placards which print the walls, with the warm however, to omit them.

letters of active brains! Glory to them which are the The religious movement, moreover, has not disdained hand-writing on the wall to the Belshazzars of the earth! the bill-sticker. In a land of transubstantiation it Let me leave them now for awhile, and remain, until my would have been indeed unwise to eschew the paste. next communication, which will be on the coming elecThe Wafer-God, however, is at a discount in the pla- tions, here, and in which I hope to show in some meacards at Paris. The placards are Protestants. A Pro- sure how much the press of England has perverted the testant Association, under the name of the Society for state of party in France, the Application of Christianity to Social Questions, is ac

Yours very truly, tively useful. Liberty in worship is proclaimed. The

GOODWYN BARMBY. pastor and the priest, in their past preachings on the P.S.-In my introductory letter, what I stated of the Republic are placarded in comparison together. By the tri-color was then historic and true. Since, with the side of these placards of Protestants, however, there is view of preventing confusion, the Government has reone calling for the formation of a French Catholic ordained the old arrangement. Difference, however, Church, on somewhat Unitarian opinions, and another still remains. convoking the Club of Free Thinkers. Thus Protestantism will soon need a definition in France, as it sometimes does elsewhere.

No, IV. The placards of the foreign democrats residing or rendez-vousing at Paris are also numerous. Thesc alone are sufficient to show to those who disdain not in their

DEAR FRIENDS, arrogant blindness to read the hand-writing on the wall,

As the English journals have by this time that this Revolution of ’48 is but commenced, and that it made known, the general elections in France have been will be not only French but European. First there came postponed to April 23, and the meeting of the National the appeals of Swiss, Germans, Belgians, English, Ne- Assembly to May 4. The cause of this postponement groes, Poles, Portuguese, and Spaniards, convoking has been misinterpreted by a few here, and this mistheir countrymen to assemble together, and render their interpretation will be widely re-echoed by the majority adhesion to the Provisional Government. These were of the British papers, ever ready as they are to mislead quickly followed by placards announcing that Belgians, the public, when a movement of positive progress is at Germans, and Poles, were forming legions to march for stake. They will say, or rather they will have said by the recovery of their own rights in their own countries. the time this reaches you, that the Provisional GovernThese again, were but the leaders of other proclamations ment has postponed the elections and the National Ascalling for arms, money, and assistance. Then came sembly, that it might the longer maintain its power, and the announcement that a Belgian battalion had departed preserve its revolutionary dictatorship. This however by the northern railway. Then the placard that the is wrong; it is a delusive idea, and one calculated inGermans were about starting for Vienna. Lastly, the juriously to mislead the English mind. The true cause Polish proclamation—"Order reigns on the banks of of the postponement of the elections is a simple one. the Seine. Let it reign also on the banks of the Vistula. Although it is certainly the case, that the democratic Poland shall become more than a name. The Republic clubs have worked for the postponement of the elections, will make the tour of the world. Vive la Republique because they were aware that unless the intelligence of Belge! Vive la Republique d'Allemande! Vive la Re- the people generally, was awakened to the true interests publique Polonnaise! Vive la France!

of the commonwealth, which required time for its acOther placards are deeper, or more bizarre, less na- complishment, that the influence of the counter-revolu. tional and more individual. One placard announces a tionists would be injuriously exercised on the votes of new planetary calender. Another bears the simple their dependants; yet still the Provisional Government, words—“The moral sense of the country asks for a law however natural, politic, or right, it might have been, of divorce.” Glorious generosity is in others. An ex- have not allowed themselves to be influenced, in favour empt invalid calls upon those like himself to assist the of this movement, and their own apparent interests. military service of their country, by clothing the Na- With a glorious self denial, Lamartine, and his bright tional Guard. A foreign physician, offers from the feel- band of colleagues, have nobly abided by their first deing of fraternity to apply medicaments, and to heal the claration, that they maintained their power, only until diseases of the poor, free of fee. The working artists such time as a National Assembly could be constituted, of Paris proclaim that they are ready to build a Palace and that then, unless the voice of the country other

THE ELECTIONS IN FRANCE.

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wise called them, they should be ready to retire, like tionary propaganda, or from the wish to preserve power, new Cincinnati or Washingtons, into private life. Nor but simply because the elections could not be proceeded have they gone counter to this declaration in their pre- with, as the votes could not be registered within the sent postponement of the elections, however it may be time first given. Let those journals which in England the interest of some to make it appear that such has have published the contrary, reprint this letter, and thus been their course, and thus to damage the Republic in help to undeceive the British public on this point. Let the eyes of other nations. In no wise has the Provi- those who blame the Provisional Government for the sional Government been influenced by the ultra-revolu- inefficiency of their electoral machinery, do better themtionary propaganda for postponement-in my own eyes selves, under similar circum.stances. a salutary if not necessary movement. In no wise The elections of Paris will of course have considereither has the Provisional Government been anxious able influence on the general elections in France. It for their postponement, from the wish of longer retain- will therefore be interesting in England to know who ing their present power, as their actual position is one are the candidates proposed by the people themselves, of much more grave responsibility, than will be the for the Parisian representation. We compile a list functions which in every probability they will possess, of them, which is a junction of two lists, considerably in connection with the regulated and legally constituted accordant, presented by L'Atelier, Albert's paper, and authority, proceeding from the National Assembly. Men La Fraternitè, another journal of the working men. already, mostly of European reputation, they have no These lists propose to proportion the representation of interest in the mere plaudits of the mob. Men of art, Paris, in the following manner :as they are, they have no natural love for anarchy, but ist. The Members of the Provisional Government 11 the rather every preference, for order, harmony, and 2nd. The Chiefs of Schools of Societary Science, symmetry. It has not, then been for the causes as and Literary Men

9 signed that the Provisional Government has postponed 3rd. Working-men-chiefs of their class.

14 the meeting and the election of the National Assembly, but from a much simpler consideration, a much plainer

34 cause. The truth is, that the people of France, and even the inhabitants of Paris, have not been unprepared The individuals selected as candidates, to carry out for universal suffrage-certainly not! But they have, these two last proportions, proposed for the representahowever, been wonderfully unprepared for the mode, tion of Paris, are as follows:the manner of its exercise. We that in England have 1st. Chiefs of Societary Schools and Literary Men. had a larger electoral body than France has hitherto en Lamennais, author of the “ Words of a Believer." joyed, with theexception of the interval of '93, can scarcely Pierre Leroux, editor of the Revue Independante. conceive this. Such however is the plain matter of fact Beranger.

The French masses do not understand the ma Considerant, chief editor of the Democratie Pacifique. chinery of elections. I have verified this fact by eye Eugene Sue. sight enquiry. In the department of the Seine, up to Cabet, editor of the Populaire. last Sunday, in the department in which popular, and Buchez. populous Paris is situated, it was an absolute fact, that but one fourth of the population had registered their Charrassin votes. Why was this ? Was it that the populace took 2nd. Working-men-chiefs of their class. no interest in the elections ? Most certainly not. Their Perdriguier, author of "Works on Association.” congregated clubs, their processions, the evident excite Bernard, politically punished in 1839. ment everywhere, clearly demonstrate the contrary. The Leroy, founder of a Working Man's Association. true causes of the delay were, first, the ignorance of Savary, late editor of the Tribune des Proletaires. the people as to the electoral mode, and second, Hubert, a political prisoner. the insufficiency of the electoral machinery. In con Launette, an active democrat. nection with the first cause we must keep in mind, Adam, late director of the Liberateur. that although France, to our shame, is now ahead of Berard, treasurer of the Fund for Political Prisoners. England on the suffrage point, that the French masses Martin, one of the editors of La Revue Independante. have on the whole been more unaccustomed to public Warhy, sentenced for Trades' Unions. meetings and popular elections than ourselves. Then The list is thus left with a deficiency of four workingthe Provisional Government pressed with petitions and men candidates. It is probably, however, as good a processions, and bothered with business on all sides, did programme of popular representation as could be prenot give sufficiently explicit explanations to the citizens, sented to Paris. At the head of the lists the names of as to the mode of registering their votes. Thus there all the members of the Provisional Government are has been ignorance on one hand, and want of instruction rightly placed. Their election as deputies for Paris, on the other, in this matter. At the same time, under will be a glorious act of ratification of the Revolution the second cause there has been deficiency. The elec- of February 24, and a startling declaration of adhesion toral machinery itself has been insufficient. The Mairies to the Republic. The chiefs of the schools of societary have been appointed the offices of registration for the science, and the literary men who have battled for devotes of the electors. Now these Mairies, organised for mocracy, are also rightly pointed out as proper candithe purposes of municipal government, are not consti- dates to the population of Paris. The problem of intuted on a sufficiently large scale for the arrangements dustrial organization insists now upon a speedy solution, connected with a system of universal suffrage. Their and who so fit to assist in solving that upon which the staff of clerks has not been numerous enough to dis- Republic depends, as those who for years have made

patch, in the time at first fixed, the business of verifying a duty of its study. Literary men moreover, are as i and registering the votes. While the working hours of much producers and labourers, as any other working

others have been shortened, theirs have been increased, class. It is good, however, that working men are likewise and yet the day has not been long enough to perform proposed as candidates for Parisian representation, their business. Thus in fine the electoral mode has whose hands have laboured not only with the pen, but been imperfectly understood, and the electoral machi- even physically, who so well as they themselves can tell nery inefficiently arranged. It is these causes and of the sufferings, the wrongs, the wants, the wishes, and these alone, which have compelled the Provisional Go- the rights of their own order : Who so well as those, who vernment to postpone the elections. They have not have themselves experienced them, can describe the been postponed by it, under the influence of ultra-revolu- miseries which result from the lack of labour, and

Charles Sieste | Advocates of the accused in April.

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point out, by the side of the errors of competition, the necessities for an organization of industry? A cer- FACTS FROM THE FIELDS.—THE DEPOPULATING tain class of minds may sneer at the idea that workingmen should take part in a deliberative assembly; but

POLICY. hereditary rulers have never practically shown any fitness for their task no more than they have brought for

BY WILLIAM HOWITT. ward any right or reason for their peculiar possession of legislative functions. On the whole the proportion of ExTENSION OF THE ENGLISH MANUFACTURING SYSTEM, candidates adopted by the movement party of Paris is well BY WHICH MEN ARE WORKED UP INTO MALEFACTORS. adapted for a fair representation of its intellectual life, and the names of the candidates proposed in the two

THE MELDRUM FAMILY. lists which we have amalgamated into one, are most probably the best selection which could have been made,

(Continued from page 235.) both for the future, and for the exigencies of the moment.

MELDRUM went silently in the track of his compaBefore concluding this letter, however, let me endea- nion, who ploughed his way through the densest masses vour to disabuse the public mind in England, on another of brushwood, and over bogs and ditches, till they point in connection with the general elections in France. struck into an open riding, which led them to a gate The impression attempted to be given by your leading on the opposite side of the wood to which they had en. British journals, is, that in and after the elections, Paris tered. Here the stranger said in a low voice-" Aha! will dictate to the provinces. “That cily,” says the now I perceive where we are;" and advancing cautiTimes of the 25th, " has entirely assumed or usurped ously, he crossed the gate to reconnoitre, and then tellthe sovereignty of France." Nothing is more false ing Meldrum all was right, they struck across the counthan this. It is not in Paris alone, that the rule of Louis try over hedge and ditch for a full mile, when they came Philippe was opposed. Look back and remember, the out upon a highway, historic struggle at Lyons, the second city of France, All here appeared as still and deserted as possible. and of whose working classes Albert is now the repre- Not a straggler from the agricultural meeting, nor a posentative in the Provisional Government. Did the ban-liceman was to be seen or heard. The stranger began quet at Dijon do nothing to sympathise with the Parisian to stalk on at a good round rate. propagand? Was the attack at Amiens less fierce than the outbreak at Paris ? Has not the Republic been

" Is this the way to Reading ?” demanded Meldrum. “ To Reading!" replied the man,

“God forbid ! everywhere proclaimed through France?. Yet still in Would you run into the lion's mouth? In that direction spite of this, the implication intended, is that Paris has the Philistines are sure to be swarming. It would be not only usurped authority over the provinces, but also impossible to enter the town before morning

without that the Parisian population will dictate to the provin- being stopped and reconnoitred by the police, who will cial delegates. Such indeed are the injurious insinu-have been informed of what has passed on the common ations of several articles in the Times which thence yonder by that cursed devil's invention, the telegraph. prophecies, “ a struggle, not with the partizans of roy. No, we must make for safer and more obscure quarters. alty, for they have lost all hope, but with a republic, in

Come along." which the intelligence of the country would be fairly represented, and a most unmitigated democracy.” The

Meldrum felt a repugnance to commit himself with a serpent-like guile of insinuations like this, must glance, man of whom he knew nothing, and who might, for through all its folds of green and gold, upon the honest aught he could tell, be a spy ready to give him up

for a reward. But the assurance of the fellow that he eye. These treacherous things would produce the very could do as he pleased, but for himself he should lose processes which they pretend to deprecate. They assume division for the purpose of dividing. Nothing would drum to follow, and away they hastened. Presently they

no time in running to earth, at length determined Melbetter please the Times than such a denonement, as it turned out of the highway to the right into a narrow prophecies. It reminds of a reign of terror, that it may country lane, and after following this for some time, and again ensue, and despotism once more be installed. The then crossing several downs, they descended into a valParis of ’48 is not however the Paris of '93. There ley, and halted before a row of what appeared to Mel. are now, other great cities in France, as well as Paris. drum, in the obscurity of the early morning, very mi. France has now her Manchester and her Birmingham, serable houses. Here the stranger ílung a handful of as well as her London. Paris, will of course, influence sand at an upper window, the casement was presently the provinces; a metropolis ever must, but her influ- opened, and a rough masculine voice demanded who was ence will be legitimate--the example of intelligence,

there. not the dictatorship of terror. Her own list of popular candidates is a guarantee, versus the Times, for the closed, the door soon afterwards opened, and Meldruin

“ Bates and a friend,” was the reply-the window intelligence of her democracy. Is not the department of the Seine, moreover bound, like the other electoral dis- found himself in what appeared to be a public-house of tricts of the provinces to a proportion of the national none of the nicest aspect, and admitted by a man of alrepresentation ? Besides, the work of '48 is different most gigantic build, with immense black whiskers, and from that of '93. In '93 it was confiscation-destruc- seemed to lay his very heart bare before him. His huge

with an eye that scrutinized Meldrum so keenly, that it tion. In ’48 it is construction--organization. Terror was demanded by the one---intelligence is required by colossal in its dimensions than it even was, and his

person, clad only in shirt and trowsers, appeared more the other. With false-playing journals like the Times, however, the wish is father to the thought, and should night-cap covering his bushy head of jetty hair, made

his coal-black whiskers the inore striking. opposition incense a people, it might rank as a prophecy. Now, thank God, the contrary is the case. We move

“ All snug, Bates, I reckon,' said the landlord. on as harmoniously as may be expected, amid such im “I should think so, old fellow," replied Bates, for mense obstacles. Let the elections pass off well, and such was his name here, at least, -" but it will be snug. practical minds be brought to bear upon the organiza- ger still when we have seen some supper and a good jotion of industry, and the Republic is safe. "Now pray rum of heavy wet.” we for our country," and now, until my next letter, 1 “ Breakfast--you mean Joe,” replied the landlord, as remain, Yours sincerely,

he thrust his bare feet into his shoes, which stood just GOODWYN BARMBY. under the oven, where he had pulled them off on going

to bed, and proceeded to fetch out some bread, cold meat, that class which pretends to be nothing but what they and knives and plates.

are--fine animals of the human species-enjoying life While the two arrivers got their supper, the landlord, in all the ordinary elements of life : having their own who had fixed himself opposite to Meldrum, and scruti- way very much, and exercising a strong will over all nized his outward man very attentively, after first throw- around them. Mrs. Crick took the whole management ing an ironing blanket round himself, inquired where of the house, and Captain Crick of the rest of the they had come from that evening--and received from houses. In her own sphere she ruled paramount_the Bates a circumstantial account of all that had taken captain never appeared to wish even to interfere with place. As he related Meldrum's part in the business, her sway, and she on her part never interfered with that the huge man cast still more searching glances at him, of the captain. In his absence she collected the rents, and ejaculating only--" The devil!”- The three seve- but never pretended to know anything about the affairs rally retired to their night's quarters.

of the property. This place, to which Meldrum's guide had conducted This system had its conveniencies: for Twigg's-Houses, him, was not deserving of the name of a village nor of a as we have said, were notorious all over the country for hamlet, but rather of a rookery. It consisted of two the character of its population, and were therefore not rows of houses, one on each side of the road, facing each unfrequently honoured with the visits of police and other. They were of a very ordinary description, constables, and sheriff's officers. It was said, that not erected without the slightest regard to the picturesque, only were the people thieves, but that Captain Crick being all of one height, and as plain and bald as archi- himself was the grand receiver of all their stolen goods. tecture, or the want of it could make them. They had Many a time had the Captain been summoned before evidently been at some time the speculation of some ve- magistrates to give an account of his tenants when they ry prosaic soul, and why he should have set them down were charged with thefts, and neglect of payment of just here, where there was no apparent occasion for poor-rates, and the like. But on all these occasions, them, would require perhaps to call their projector up the captain declined placing himself in the position eifrom the dead to inform us of. Around were naked ther of accuser or patron of his tenants. All he knew, downs only traversed by a few shepherds, not one of he declared, regarding them was, that they paid their whom took up his abode here. These two rows of mean rents. That was his only concern, and that he attended houses staring at each other eternally, as if in wonder to. If it was a case of poor-rates, he would ask the paat their own location, were impressed with the most pal- rish authorities before the magistrates, why they did not pable marks of poverty and rudeness. The windows collect their rates as he collected his rents, weekly. He were broken, and the missing panes supplied by old protested that he lost little or nothing; but he could rags, or hat crowns, or were pasted up with dirty pa- not take upon him the parish business to collect the per. Before the doors were ash-heaps and other accu- poor-rates, or to be guarantee for them. mulations of nuisance. There were children of a dirty " But the tenants are gone off without paying the exterior to be seen playing in the street, if so it might rates,” the magistrate would say, " and therefore you be called, and the whole denoted that the inhabitants must pay them.” were of a low stamp. In fact, for the last two hundred “I beg your worship's pardon,” would be the cap. years Twigg's-Houses had been the notorious resort of tain's reply, “but the rates were due when the people thieves, tramps, wandering potters, and still more non were there---the officers should have seized on the goods descript population.

- it is their neglect--I have nothing to do with it.” In the centre of one of the rows stood a public-house, The captain knew the law, and stood by it, and it bearing no resemblance to village ale-houses in general, stood by him. but rather to a London gin-shop. This was the abode If it were a case of theft--the captain pleaded igno. of the proprietor of the whole--no other than the large rance-he did not concern himself with any doings of whiskered landlord, who admitted over night Bates and his tenants, except the paying of their rent. He never Meldrum. This landlord and proprietor was well known set himself up as a critic on the conduct of his neighby the name of Captain Crick. There was a mystery bours, and he never would. God knew there was disabout the man, and an unquestionable cleverness. He honesty and wickedness in all ranks, and let God himcame here ten years ago. Twigg's-Houses were at that self judge it-he Captain Crick liad enough to do withtime almost deserted. The owner had absconded for out. debt. The creditor, whoever he was, for he did not appear This the captain said with peculiar emphasis and to be the mortgagee, had found so much trouble in col- shrugs of the shoulders, and expressive looks. It was a lecting his black mail from the nomadic population as hopeless case, and constables and overseers soon grew to have given up the task in despair. The thieves, beg- tired of bringing the captain to the justice-room only gars, tramps, potters, and the like, came and went at for him to make them look very simple and ignorant of leisure. The public-house only was held by the cre- their own business. ditor, and retained as a sort of security for his debt. But the captain was said to be in reality the patron Here the carriers of calves, fowls, eggs, butter, and such and receiver-general of the booty made by his tenants. commodities halted for the night on their journey from If this were true, then the booty must have been of a the lower country towards London, and this kept up a kind very easily concealed, for defeated in all other reconsiderable trade in cheap beds, beer, suppers, and spects, the police had made at least a score of searches hay and stable room.

by warrant of his premises, and invariably with the In this state of things Captain Crick one day arrived same success, that of finding-nothing. at the inn, and staid there for some days. He professed On all these occasions the captain was quite polite to to be retiring from the sea-faring line of business, and them, and in his absence Mrs. Crick was equally soto want to settle in a thoroughly country retirement. saving that she gave them suine sly cuts of the tongueThis place seemed to have peculiar charms for him— on their hunting of mares' nests, and suspicions of their there is no accounting for tastes--and so he very soon honest neighbours, in which the captain never ininstalled himself as master of the inn, and it was spee- Julged. dily rumoured that he had made out the retreat of the This had gone on for ten years. Twigg's-Houses had proprietor, and had purchased the premises. In fact, still the character of a rookery of thieves, and Captain very soon Mrs. Crick made her appearance, and took Crick of their receiver-general--yet never had the auupon her the duties of landlady. Mrs. Crick was a wo- thorities on a single occasion been able to fix a charge man of dimensions almost as Herculean as those of her on the captain. There had been proved to have been husband. She was a handsome commanding woman of some scores of thieves tenanting his houses, but then,

what had the captain to do with that. It was his mis- about the public house at Twigg's-Houses, and the bleat. fortune to have houses where it was not everybody that ing of calves and lambs was generally sonorously heard wanted them. He repeated it, he was no critic on any there. In the tap-room as sonorously resounded the body, high or low (this was given with a nod and a voices of these smock frocked and ancle-booted carriers, shrug)-let the police look as sharp after the people as who thumped their pewter pots on the tables before he did.

them, as a sign for the bar-maid to replenish them, Now we have been informed, however, though we while they sent up clouds of smoke from their pipes. publish it with caution, lest we should bring any unme- In the midst of the settle, Captain Crick would gen. rited stigma on the captain, and act with less candour erally be found in earnest conversation with them, and and fairness towards him than he did to the public- at night often amused them with the relation of his seathat is, setting ourselves up as critics on his conduct-- adventures. When you saw him dressed in his best, that the captain had in his back court a certain most with his huge frock coat, his broad-brimmed, fierce ingeniously contrived little crane and pulley by which looking hat, turned up quite briskly at the sides, and any one in the secret could, by pulling a bell in a his enormous black beard, you imagined you saw some certain place have a basket let down at certain ferocious pirate or smuggler, that had boarded many a hours of nocturnal darkness, in which they could peaceful merchantman, and would sweep a score of deposit anything of value occupying a small space such quiet people into the sea, as easily as he 1 only; and that the basket drawn up again, would swept the flies off the table before him when they soon afterwards descend with a certain sum in it, came to sip the ale spilled by the carriers. But we the exchange for the goods. Now we have been in- dont want to be critic on a man who was too magnanformed that by this means, a great exchange went on imous to be a critic on any one else. All we know is, between the duly initiated, and some GREAT UNKNOWN. that Captain Crick, ever and anon, disappeared, on a The initiated brought their goods, and received their journey into Cornwall, to visit his aged mother! All money. From whom ? As the captain would say-God honour to his filial piety ! knows ! The captain nor any one else was ever seen Well, here were Bates and Meldrum housed. They in any such transactions. There never was a living soul slept in the same room, and early in the morning who could charge him or any one else with receiving Baies commenced a conversation. He told Meldrum stolen goods—He never entered on any occasion into how delighted he was to find a man like him who was any bargains of the kind, or discourse on such subjects. prepared to rouse the country in the only way it The police had looked in this back court, but they never could be roused. That the people were too tame, and found any such crane, they only found the house well would all perish of starvation without taking any supplied with good capacious water spouts descending means to help themselves. Thạt Meldrum had hit the from the roof. They had examined the house, and ne- right nail on the head-the only way was to carry fire ver found any stolen or suspicious goods. If they were through the country, and compel those who had the received—what became of ihem ? Let those answer who property at stake, to have things altered, and give deknew.

cent wages. But we have again heard, that out of Captain Crick's Meldrum, who had cooled down a good deal since the attics, you stepped upon his roof, and there found your meeting last night, listened in silence and with strong selves in a leaden gutter, between the front roof and the repugnance to this counsel, and when Bates had done, back roof, from which rose a wooden stage with steps expressed his doubts , whether he had not gone too up to it, from whence you could enjoy a splendid view far in his speech. That unless the whole of the agri. over the country. The captain was fond of a breezy look- cultural people were prepared for such a plan, it would out. On this stage, however, stood a bench, which it bring destruction on the few who adopted it, and that has been whispered, turned upside down, made a little he was grieved to think, that scores might be suffering bridge, and this bridge pushed across from the gutter now from his own act last night. of Captain Crick's house, to a certain window in the At this, Bates started up in bed, and casting a furiend of the next house, that of the captain's trusty ous look of astonishment on Meldrum, said, hostler, gave a ready means of escape for either goods “What! are you a coward ? What! are you afraid or persons; that in the hostler's attic, this bridge of doing what you have so strongly advised others to again became a seat, and gave a speedy means of ac- do? The devil, have I been taken in, in you? Are you cess to the captain's roof when needed.

a pigeon livered milksop, and not the man I took you Now, those who are too illiberal to follow the cap- for? Did you not say that cruelty and injustice, the tain's excellent system of not making themselves critics same cruelty and injustice which was grinding every on their neighbours, declare, that as the stupid police other working man to death, had convinced you that never dreamed of examining at one and the same in- nothing but fire and terror would be of any use in getstant, the houses of both Captain Crick and his hostler, ting justice ? Mark me, my man, you must speak out it was by the means of this bench, which was made for I tell you, that either you show yourself all right

and jannock, (bold and honest,) or I will be the first A double debt to pay,

to put the bull-dogs on your heels!" A bridge by night, a simple bench by day,

Meldrum felt that he was committed. He had put

himself into the power of a fellow of whom he knew that the captain contrived to elude all detection of his nothing-and now he must go on, or be denounced at illicit deeds. So said those who were ungenerous once to the law. For a moment a cold shiver went enough to be critics.

through him, and he cursed his folly for going to the Well, for ten years had Captain Crick been lord and meeting, and still more, for accompanying this man master of Twigg's-Houses; and entertainer of all the here. But when he came to review his situation, and his carriers, who, with fine flower-y-painted waggons, and prospects, to reflect that no doubt a description of his pealsof jingling bells came daily up the country laden with person would be widely circulated amongst the police, calves, butter, eggs, cheese, hay, straw, and sundry other and that he was a marked man-he felt that there was commodities out of the farming districts, to the rail- nothing for him but to give up tamely, or to carry out way station, where they now unloaded their live stock, boldly the doctrine he had recommended, he resolved and more compressible articles, and left only the hay to do the latter, and told his companion so. and straw bearers to proceed to London as in the olden " That's right, my man !” exclaimed Bates. time. These men passed the night here, and thus there here goes for a grand campaign! We two, who have might be generally seen a throng of waggons standing nothing to hope from the people of property, but every

“ Then

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