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THE WEEKLY RECORD. abundant reason to congratulate himself on his discrimination,
and motives for persevering in his “labours of love."
Mr. Clark and his brother partners are remarkably easy of ap
proach to all their workers, No aristocratic airs, no reserve, A MODEL EMPLOYER.
no haughty bearing, or aught that would make one feel he was John Clark jun., Esq., is an extensive thread manufacturer, in the presence of superiors. The fact is, they themselves in Mile-end, Glasgow. He employs about 400 persons in all; have risen from the ranks, and experimentally know what it is and is held in much esteem by them for his kindness, affability, to be servants as well as masters. This accounts for much of and attention to their best interests. In illustration of these their disinterestedness, and of the regard they evince for the qualities, and with a view to stimulate other employers to pur- welfare of those under them. Yet strange to say, in this they sue similar courses, we notice some facts which have come re. are singular. For, we believe, it will hold true of the greater cently to our knowledge.
number of persons once in the condition of servants, but who In the year 1832, when the Cholera devastated this country, have afterwards attained to positions of authority and wealth, Mr. Clark built a house or hospital for the special accommodation that they prove the most overbearing, harsh, and tyrannical of his work-people, in which was fitted up a number of steam- employers. Their pride gets inflated with their elevation; heated beds, and other necessary conveniences. On anyone an undue sense of importance pervades their conduct; they falling sick, he was to be at once removed to this place, and at forget their former condition wiih its hardships and sufferings, tended by a medical man. Mr. C. provided every person be- and, instead of trying by the use of their means and influence longing to the works with lunch of bread and meat, daily, to betier and ameliorate the existence of their late fellow-work. at his own expense, for a considerable length of time, and en- men, they oppress, annoy, and irritate. In opposition to all joined upon each the necessity of personal and domestic clean- this, Messrs. Clark and Co, take a large and common sense view liness, the importance of a good nourishing diet, regularity in of the relationship of master and servant. They practically sleeping, eating, etc. ; and the consequence was, that out of look upon the interests of employer and employed as one. They 300 individuals in his employment not one was attacked by that regard it as their interest, in fact in the long run so much clear disease, so that the building referred to, was never used in the gain, to have healthy, active, skilful, sober, obliging workmen; way originally intended. About this time also, Mr. C. at the and, knowing that they are brother human beings, made of risk of his own life, opened a common sewer in the neighbour- like flesh and blood, and governed by principles, feelings, mohood of his premises, which had got choked up with offensive tives, and desires, equally with themselves, they act upon these matter. Symptoms of the prevailing epidemic, of course, be in the way best calculated to beget and nourish said qualities-came immediately visible; but, on taking prompt and ener- in the way, in short, their consciences tell them is right: getic measures, through the kind Providence of God, he re. “doing to others as they would be done by." The results are covered entirely in a day or two.
seen in the facts that there is more and better work performed Mr. Clark takes a great interest in the young. He sets apart here than at any similar establishment in the city; that the three nights weekly for instructing and mentally training the workpeople are healthy, intelligent, respectful, and strongly boys connected with his own establishment, and the remaining attached to their employers; and that there are few or no disthree for similarly treating those in the Duke-street House of missals for bad conduct_many having been in the service ten, Refuge, of which he is a director and honorary superintendent. twenty, and thirty years. A closer tie binds the two than moThese boys are from twelve to eighteen years of age. We do ney. This, to be sure, cannot be done without, but there is not know what particular method he pursues with them ; but something altogether beyond its power to effect-the knitting of understand that moral principles and duties are chiefly incul- heart to heart. This has to do with man's inner, hidden life, cated. He causes them frequently to commit a passage of the and no mere earthly power or influence can penetrate here. Scriptures to memory, and explains to them in an easy, familiar Kindness, condescension, sympathy, are all but omnipotent to ceway its meaning, and adaptation to their individual case as ser ment man to his fellow. Money has relation only to his tem vants, young, responsible, and immortal beings.
poral and animal existence-these appeal at once to his soul, and We pause here to parenthetically express our high admira- recognize its immortality. Thus Mr. C.'s workers, though untion of the rare benevolence which thus prompts a man, moving doubtedly labouring for a livelihood, have nobler ends to accomin the upper walks of life, to daily unbend his energies to the plish. Their inmost soul has been moved and stirred by a conhumble, yet exalted employment of awakening the tender mind tinued expression of kindness, condescension, and sympathy, on of poor, erewhile, unbefriended humanity, to its capacities the part of one far above them in station and circumstances, and and powers, and guiding it to the fields of wisdom and know they feel an impulse within them, strong and settled as an un. ledge. Verily, the schoolmaster is abroad!
alterable law of their being, to promote by every practicable If any one commits an offence, it soon reaches Mr. C.'s ears, means his well-being and happiness. Necessity, however, stern who, being no friend to “the reign of terror," or to the rod inexorable necessity, in many cases, is all that connects superior and birch mode of administering correction, reasons calmly with inferior. The employer finds that in order to live, he must with the culprit, points out the folly and the guilt of his con- hire persons to labour for him, and pay their wages; and the duct clearly yet kindly, and after a suitable impression has been workman, finding that he too must have bread for himself and produced, dismisses him in the spirit of our Saviour's admoni. family, enters his service. This is what prompts to the mutual tion, “ go, and sin no more." Should any boy give evidence of compact, guides to the discharge of the duties, and sustains the talent and ability, or discover an aptitude for learning, he is intercourse. Nothing more, nothing less. The one feels his singled out for special favour; he gets occasionally a suit of helplessness without the other. They adhere, simply because clothes to encourage him, and urge him on to greater diligence; separation would be the certain ruin of both. The employer in and by and bye Mr. C. charges himself with the expense of his paying out his money, thinks he has a right to an adequate equi. education at some one of our popular schools, henceforth till it valent in labour-and unquestionably so he has; and the workis finished, allowing the boy's parents the full wages earned man perceiving the profit-and-loss light in which he is viewed, weekly by him while at his ordinary employment. There are, and feeling keenly the cold neglect of his position, puts forth we believe, ten or a dozen youths at present attending a semi- just so much physical strength and skill on that labour as will nary in the city, patronized in this way by Mr. Clark. When realize the stipulated sum. Self-interest clearly governs each. their education is completed, he advances them to some post in But the employer is by far the most culpable. Nature, revela. his own establishment, or seeks out congenial employment else- tion, and civil society, alike point him out as the guardian, where. The bond of intimacy is kept up generally between both preceptor, and friend, of those over whom he exercises authority. parties in after life. If any perplexing matter occurs, they But he fulfils the functions of neither. They appear in his eyes repair to their benefactor for advice, who willingly gives it. In only so many machines of flesh and blood, bone and muscle, some instances where the young men have committed some er born to minister to his aggrandizement. Yet he forgets that ror or mistake which threatened to interrupt their prosperity, those very machines might be considerably quickened in motion, Mr. C. has, by a liberal use of his money and influence, suc- made to act more harmoniously, and to execute a greator amount ceeded in keeping the matter private, and preserving their in- of labour, and withal render a much more willing, cheerful sertegrity; thus furnishing inducements for continuing in the vice, were he only to apply the all-potent power of--not gold, path of rectitude, instead of forsaking at a critical moment his but something altogether unpurchaseable by the current coin of protogees, crushing their hopes, and blasting their reputations, earth, we mean-the milk of human kindness, Would employMr. C. is sometimes mistaken in the objects he selects for his ers generally but try this, throw aside the false, and assume the benevolence---as indeed it would argue something about him true dignity of their office, and treat those who toil for them superhuman if he were notmbut, generally speaking, he has with considerateness, humanity, and benevolence, the better
part of their workmen's nature would quickly respond, like the
THE LABOURERS. frozen soil to the showers and genial warmth of spring : an at. tachment based on love and good-will would thus spring up, which would be thought striking and terrible if they were not
I have this morning been in the country, and seen some sights firm and lasting as the principles which gave it birth. Mean
so common. time, it is nothing less than the fatuity and blindness of selfish. ness which prevent them from realizing larger gains even from
Many agricultural labourers working in the fields badly clothed, the labour of their workmen. This is exemplified in the case of
and seemingly brutalized. On enquiring if they could read! the Messrs. Clark, who, though they have not amassed wealth
the same reply from all. “Noa! Can ye stand a drop, masso speedily perhaps as some of their grinding and haughty neighbours, have yet steadily secured an ample competency ;
I had occasion to visit three or four of their cottages, hovels while they sit at the perpetual feast of a good conscience, which they might be well called ; little or no furniture; the most squais worth ten thousand times the wcalth of a Cresus. They have lid want and misery apparent. In one house a hard-handed man seen commercial dynasties rise and fall, which sent mourning just come in from work was seated at dinner-and such a dininto the bosom of many a family; while hundreds of their own
ner! No table-cloth, a brown dish full of small bluish half-rotdependents, and fellow men generally, rerere and esteem their ten potatoes, and nothing else, save a little salt; he was devour
ing these on a wooden platter. At another house there was no persons and characters.
As further illustrating the influence a good employer exerts fire, no furniture ; the eldest son just enlisted for a soldier. At on his servants, the works in Mile End, externally and in- another, a poor wretch had just come out of the union, and ternally, are models of order, cleanliness, and even beauty.
was taken in by another as miserable as himself; four children, Everything is in its right place. Every person at his post, and and his wife just confined a week, but trying to wash. looking after his own proper business. No hurry, no bustle, no
Cottages hard to be got, with little or no gardens ; the poor confusion : all is harmony and regularity, like the movements
fellows often have to go miles to and from their work. of a clock. The personal comfort, moreover, and convenience
Now, look on this! I had passed through two parks belonging of the workers, are attended to, and every facility given for to the aristocrats, three or four thousand acres stocked with
deer and game preserves. furthering labour. The workers themselves -- especially the female portion of them-may even be distinguished in the
Need we wonder at the crime and pauperism. streets from those of other firms, by their tasteful and cleanly
Let us all work to improve the poor, and obtain them justice.
A MAX OF KENT. attire, their elastic step, and healthy, joyous appearance. Triumphant example this of the moral power of love !
ADDRESS TO THE PEOPLE OF ENGLAND ON THE EXTENA soiree was lately held in connection with the works-Mr. SION OF THE SUFFRAGE, BY A WORKING MAX. Clark in the chair. It was really a most delightful and heart
Our friend John Alfred Langford, the studious chairmaker of cheering sight to witness several hundreds of persons, of all Birmingham, to whom we introduced our readers in an account ages and sexos, assembled at a great tea-table brotherhood, of a visit to him some time ago, has issued an address on the headed and led on by their employer, who entered into the above subject to the public, which deserves every attention.
It thoughts and feelings of the youngest, and acted the part of a is a good sign hen the working class take the pen instead of generous, good-natured host to all ;-an employer, not austere, the pike to arouse attention to their condition. His opening rerepulsive, and touchy on points of etiquette or honour, who marks embody the general feeling at this moment. would annihilate an inferior on a moment's notice, for anything
“It is now universally acknowledged that a great political approaching familiarity, or freeze his vitals by a withering look
crisis is impending over this country. In this all parties agree. but easy, laughter-loving, and benignant. The addresses on They also agree that it is necessary and imperative that meathis occasion, delivered for the most part by the persons in sures should be taken to prevent this crisis leading to anarchy, Messrs. C. and Co.'s employment, were highly creditable to the
confusion, and bloodshed. That rerolution should be prevented hearts and heads of the speakers. We could wish that working
by reform. That judicious and timely concessions should be men, in general, paid as much attention to the culture of their made. That all classes should lay aside a portion of their deminds as had evidently been done here; soon a happy day mands, in order that they may unite, for the purpose of gaining would dawn on Britain. We commend Mr. Clark's example to all employers. Imitate which, all entertain the same idea.
a common object; of the utility, wisdom, and practicability of
This union is the great it, and yours ultimately will be the reward.
As surely as day desideratum. This amalgamation of classes and parties is now and night shall regularly succeed each other as long as this the felt want of the country. How this object is to be effected, earth exists, so surely shall kindness beget kindness, benero- is the great difficulty.” lence create gratitude--and what so strong to move the soul as
After stating these difficulties, he calls on the Middle Classes gratitude and this not only shall conduce to temporal pror. to be sincere, frank, free, and liberal in their adhesion to an perity, but cause a stream of happiness to flow through the active and prompt political union; and he concludes with the world, beautifying and adorning with fragrant blossoms its soundest advice to the Working Classes. “ You cannot," he deserts and unfruitful fields.
J. B. J.
says, “conscientiously join any agitation which goes for less PEOPLE'S LEAGUE.
than complete enfranchisement. On this you have taken your
stand. On this you must still continue firm. But do not, felWe need not say, after the earnest appeals that we have lately made to the middle classes to come forward and save this low workmen, oppose the motions and movements of any class nation from the perils and distresses into which a blind and sel. not disposed to go so far as yourselves. Demand freedom to
advocate your cause, allow the same to all. For remember, no fish aristocracy is plunging it, with what pleasure we witness symptoms of an awakening interest in these classes. The tho
one is so unworthy of the great and glorious treasure of liberty,
as he who, while he claims a right for himself, refuses the roughly reform members of the House of Commons, have pledged themselves to unite, and come forward for the extension
same right to his fellow man." of the suffrage. Out of doors too we see a proposal for a new
CONTENTS. League of the Radical Reformers of the United Kingdom. The Game Laws Abroad. From the Harz. A True Story. 1843. avidity with which the proposal has been seized on and wel. By Ferdinand FREILIGRATH-Facts from the Fields.
The Mel. comed by the press, shews that it has only to be heartily en- drum Family. By William Howitt. (Continued.)—Scenes tered into by the leaders of the reform movement, to be hailed and Characters from the First French Revolution. By LANARand acted upon throughout the kingdom. Already in Notting- TINE. Madame Roland- The First of May. By EDWARD M. ham and other large towns, public meetings have been held for COLLINS—The Famished Hand. By Mrs. Farmors—The Chroforming local associations of the same kind. We have seen nicle of a Ragged Rascal. By EDWARD Youl. (Concluded. ) -— an admirable address prepared by the movers in London, which Letter from Paris. By GoodwYX BARMBY_LITERARY NOTICE: we truat, soon will be before the public at large, and we would The Female Poets of Great Britain Chronologically Arranged. add, in addition to all that we have said on this subject, that now By FREDERIC ROWTON-RECORD: The Model Employer—The is the time for every honest reformer to step forward, and aban- People's League–The Labourers, etc., etc. doning all minor notions, combine for an efficient extension of the suffrage. The salvation of the country requires it. Till this is done, we are standing every day on the brink of incon- PRINTED for the proprietor by WILLIAM LOVETT, of 16, South ceivable national calamities, from the reckless rapacity of the Row, New Road, in the Parish of St. Pancras, County of aristocracy on the one hand, and the violence of popular misery Middlesex, and published by him at 291, Strand, in the on the other.
Parish of St. Clement Danes.
PRICE 1d. STAMPBD, 240,
THE TANGLED SKEIN.-A KNOTTY guish that character of intensity, which was excited by QUESTION
wonder and human sympathy. He listened-knocked
again—he raised his strongest cry--there again ! We are happy in being able this week to present our they were certainly voices, and they seemed in answer readers with another of those stories of the affections to his knockings.' Hark! there was a sound as of a -told in a picture_to which we alluded in our des- crowd above! yes; there were footsteps over his cription of -- The Favourites," a week or two back, head—there were people in active talk-there was a p. 286. Our present illustration is by the same artist, call—he shouted back!-there was a burst of voices in Mr. Marshall Claxton, and is chosen from the “ Insti- simultaneous recognition. Again a call-again he retution for the Free Exhibition of Modern Art," the plied- the same burst of conversation-and now he objects of which are, as far as possible, " Freedom for heard them immediately over his headthe Artist, Certainty of Exhibition for his works, and “ Where are you?” some one cried. the Improvement of the public taste.” We think all “ Here!” he answered,"here, in the dark below!" these objects good if they can be obtained, certainly “Great God !” exclaimed a manly voice, and preworth trying for; and as far as the second is concerned, sently the light flashed in on his head, so as to dazzle -riz., Certainty for the exhibition of an artist's works, him and compel him to close his eyes. He was silent we feel assured from what has come under our own eye, a moment under the effect of this, and then some one and the frequent complaints of the hanging of pictures called downat the Academy, etc., that an exhibition or this kind “Is some one there?” was wanting ; for we know of artists—aye, and some “ Yes.'' of eminence too, who after spending perhaps a twelve “Who are you?" month upon a picture of importance, and after being “Ah! that you know !” replied Harper—"the uncongratulated on all hands upon their success, have fortunate man that you let fall through your trap-door, had their pictures refused ajmittance on account of For God's sake help me out! I have surely suffered personal jealousy on the part of officials. Now, this enough." just cause of complaint is likely to be obviated by the There was an active conversation above, then a lad. principle of the present institution, each artist having der was put down, and Harper with some difficulty, to pay for his space; and the public are benefited by managed to mount up it, and by the help of several having a Free Exhibition of Modern Pictures. We eager hands put down to lay hold of him, he emerged feel also certain that artists may with confidence ap. into the day-light. peal from clique influence to the growing taste of that There was a general exclamation of surprise and larger audience the public. Our subject under notice, horror, as the figure of a man covered with dirt—with from which we have been diverted for a moment or bruises black and extensive, and with head and bair all two, is entitled “ The Tangled Skein-A Knotty Ques-clotted and matted with dried blood, rose from the tion,” and well does it tell its tale.
trap door-way of the cellar. All were zealously inquiA young man, and we doubt not, ardent lover is sitive to know how he had come into that place and holding the Tangled Skein across his hands for his condition—but Harper was not all at once able to satisfy mistress, who is just such a mistress as to make an ar- their curiosity, for a sickening sensation seized him, dent lover--she is unravelling the skein, an unfortunate and he fainted away. On recovering his consciousknot has occurred, she is trying to untie it; our lover ness, he ascertained that the persons who rescued him, is looking up at her very expressively, and evidently were the inhabitants of the two adjoining houses, who, alluding to, or thinking of, another sort of knot which seeing this house suddenly sbut up, had fancied that he shonld like to have tied, while the lady louks very they still heard cries, and hollow knockings from some pensive and thoughtful on the matter-quite intent (of one within. The members of one family had at length course) upon what she is engaged. The accessories of called those of the other to listen, and, satisfied of the the pictures are very good, a little kitten is playing true evidence of their senses, they had resolved to inwith a ball of cotton on the floor, which our female form the landlord, who came, and forced a way into friend has just been winding from the skein, and is the house. The result was as we have related it; and quite unobserved by the two lovers. On the left is a when these deliverers heard what the character of the beautiful out door peep of English landscape, with a former tenants of this house had been, and who and rustic gate, evidently a study: we think we could what Harper and his errand were, they were no little name several little bits of Surrey, or Kent, which it struck with the circumstances; and only wondered to might be taken for; and two doves have just flown in, find the policeman alive. The coiners had, they in, one of which has just rested on the door step: It is formed him, decamped three days ago—for so long had altogether one of those interesting pictures which tell the house been closed. their own tale at a glance, much better in fact than It is almost needless to say, that Harper received any explanation can do. We hope again to have an every kindness and hospitality so requisite in his conopportunity of calling attention to, and of giving an- dition, and a few days afterwards he re-appeared on other picture from, this exhibition.
duty with his head well plaistered and bandaged, and no little mortified that his over-doing the well-done,
had so entirely reversed the success of his enterprise, FACTS FROM THE FIELDS. — THE and occasioned him so severe, and yet ludicrous a disDEPUPULATING POLICY.
But this was not the final result of Bates's imprisonBY WILLIAM HOWITT.
ment, and Harper's pretended incarceration in Bates's EXTENSION OF THE ENGLISH MANUFACTURING
cell. At the same moment that Harper left for BirSYSTEM BY WHICH MEN ARE WORKED UP INTO
mingham, two active officers set out to visit Captain MALEFACTORS.
Crick whose concern in this coinage speculation had
transpired at the same time. It turned out, in fact, THE MELDRUM FAMILY.
that the captain was the great head and mainspring of (Continued from page 295.)
the business, and that he had his emissaries and distri
butors all over the kingdom. At length-did he deceive bimself? or did he really The captain was, therefore, one night just on the eve hear faint voices ? It seemed clear to him that he did, of retiring to bed the house was closed, and every faint, but eager voices, as if beyond the wall, dead guest of the evening had gone away, when a knock came ened by its thickness, yet not so much so as to extin- | to the door, and on the captain opening it, four tall, and
strong-built men entered. No sooner was the entrance Now then the melee was renewed with obvious ad. effected, then, ascertaining that the person who ad- vantage to the Crick troop. Mrs. Crick who had effecmitted them was the captain bimself, they at once tually battered the warming-pan to pieces on the heads assured him that he was their prisoner--they being of the officers, with occasionally resounding blows on officers of the police sent to seize him,
walls and staircase, rushing to the fire, hauled thence They who ever saw for the first time, Captain Crick, a large kettle, called a tea-kitchen, which always stood must have felt instantly, that he was not a man to yield with boiling water, not only for tea, hut for supplying tamely. They, therefore, who appeared the two prin- gin and brandy glasses, now discharged the contents of cipal officers, at the moment that they announced their this, as freely as she had done those of the warmingmexsage, drew and pointed each a brace of pistols, and pan. It was more than mortal men could endure. The the two others raised their heavy truncheons conspicu- enemy recoiled. The captain and Arpthorp, each armed ously. There was no time for delay, for the captain with a poker, now followed up their advantage, and anwho sate as was his custom at such an hour, without other moment saw the foe evacuate the house. The bis boots, and with his waistcoat unbuttoned, seizing a captain and his man following close on their heels, the strong wooden-bottomed chair, incontinently protruded instant that they reached the open air, raised a loud it into the faces of the two officers in front, and dash. war-whoop, which brought from their houses, numbers ing forward with all his weight and force, drove them of the vagabond tribe who conveniently sleep in their back in astonishment on their two followers, who were clothes, and are ready to take the field without unnecespushed rudely against the wall. All was in a moment sary delay. Numbers, in fact, were already in the clamour and confusion. Mrs. Crick, who, at the en- street, roused by the sound of fire-arms, and the clangour trance of these unwelcome guests, was in the act of of the battle, and another minute would have brought filling the warming-pan with hot embers, on seeing the them into the rear of the official Philistines. These, commencement of the fray, rushed gallantly to the now seeing their precarious position, mounted their rescue, and elevating her copper weapon, discharged at horses with all speed, and galloped off, pursued by the once a violent blow on the head of the officer to the yells and imprecations of the elite of Twigg's-Houses. right, and the whole contents of burning cinders into Thus ended the attempt to sieze Captain Crick. The his face and bosom. Still more astonished at this manner in which he and his man Arpthorp had denovel assault than at that of the captain, the officer fended themselves, sufficiently convinced the police, burst forth into a perfect howl of pain and amazement, that they had both seen service of no ordinary kind, and and firing one of his pistols in his fury, it dashed knew how to handle their weapons to the utmost adthrough the warming-pan which was now raised high vantage. The next day brought a much stronger body in the air, and preparing for a second descent—with a of police from London, but the birds were flown. The loud clangour, and smashed the glass and face of the captain, his courageous wife, man, and maid, had disclock against the wall, which added to the extraordi- appeared. The house was closed, and all search after nary din which now resounded through the house. The the fugitives was vain. It was imagined that the capcaptain was still smiting forward with his chair, which tain had made a heavy sacrifice of property by thus served him at once for sword, bayonet, and shield, being compelled to flee, but when the government atand by his amazing strength and dexterity, astounded tempted to levy fines on the estate of Twigg's-Houses his assailants as much as Ulysses on one memorable for the captain's offence against the excise and other night did the host of unwelcome guests in his palace. laws, it was found that Twigg's-Houses were mortgaged They who should have supported their superiors, were to the uttermost farthing, and that the captain was too rendered almost useless by being cooped up between much a man of the world to leave any eggs in a nest the wall and the end of the settle, which stretched on which he might be called on at a minute's warning to towards the door from the very mantelpiece so as to desert. defend the flank of Captain Crick and his valiant wife. We have heard from good authority, that the captain, They made sundry desperate attempts to break through his lady, his man Arpthorp, and all Arpthorp's family, on the right side where Mrs. Crick fought, but that betook themselves to Australia, where Joe Bates, who stout Amazonian woman dealt her blows with such was shipped thither by government, was applied for by amazing vigour and effect, that she not only gave these the captain on Joe's arriral, and was awarded to him as fellows some very awkward knocks, but brought the a convict servant. The whole of this notorious comservant maid from her bed, who appeared at the head pany it said, is now located on the broad plains of Ausstairs in her night-gown, and then fled back with a loud tralia Felix, where they range for scores of miles with shriek.
their flocks and herds, and are noted for their dexterity This may not seem a very satisfactory succour, hut in putting the captain's brand on their neighbours' stray we shall find that it proved so. The battle now was cattle. This adroitness might possibly occasion the raging with the utmost fury. Two or three shots had captain and his clan some day, to have to retreat so been fired, but the officers, baffled by the chair and hundred miles into the interior, with as much speed as warming-pan, which were constantly dashed about be- he evacuated Twigg's-Houses, but the terror of his fore their faces, and sometimes the foot of the chair sent name, and that of his band, is, on the other band, a with almost annihilating fury into the tender regions of strong bulwark against the inroads of the natives, and their vitals, did not take any effective aim. The two the loss of a few bullocks which mysteriously change inferiors, however, who had not yet been able to testify their ownership, is winked at, to avoid the greater loss their valour, were now allowed to come forward, while of property and even life from the hands of the maraudthe principal officers re-loaded their pistols, and seizing ing aborignes. the foot of the captain's chair, one of them was about to wrest it, if possible, from him, while the other aimed Meldrum, on escaping from the house of Brassington, a blow with his truncheon at his head. At this mo- made his way through various streets, alleys, and obment one of the other officers rushed forward, and aimed scure turnings, to a considerable distance. After pera pistol at the captain, but at the very same instant, ceiving no immediate pursuit, he relaxed his pace so as Arpthorp, the sturdy hostler, roused by the maid, and to avoid all appearance of hurry or suspicious agitation, his access facilitated by the bridge, descended the stairs and the further he went, the greater was his confidence almost at one leap, and with a poker which he carried, in eluding his pursuers for the moment. That he could struck the officer such a blow on the arm, that the pis- long escape he scarcely hoped... The fulness of his tol flew from his grasp, and discharged itself in the fall, crime had been now revealed to him by the newspaper while the arm that held it dropped senseless at the offi- which Brassington had read. He was not only a thief cer's side.
but a murderer. True, he was ready, in some degree,