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LADY JANE FRANKLIN.
lin, and commanded by Captain Penny; the AMONG the passengers by the Adriatic is schooner Prince Albert, two-thirds of the Lady Jane Franklin, a woman whose name cost of which was defrayed by Lady Franklin; has for years been linked with all that is the American expedition, consisting of the noble, heroic, and Christian ; and it seems
Advance and Rescue, under command of not inappropriate that we should briefly Star, a transport ship, containing stores for
Lieutenant De Haven; and lastly, the North sketch the events that have brought her so the expedition of Sir James Ross. prominently before the public.
None of these were successful, and both Lady Jane was the daughter of John Grif- the British and American nations were infin, Esq., F.S.A., and became the second clined to relinquish all further efforts to dewife of Sir John Franklin on the 8th of termine the fate of Franklin and his party, March, 1828, in the twenty-eighth year of who had now been absent over six years. her age. _In 1836 she accompanied her hus. But not so with Lady Franklin. The reband to Tasmania, or Van Dieman's Land, port brought back by Sir John Ross, that over which he had been appointed governor, the Franklin party had been murdered by and returned with him to England in 1843. the Esquimaux in Wostenholm Sound, inThe people of Tasmania have ever held in duced this devoted wife to send, in the grateful memory the kind deeds of Sir John summer of 1852, the screw steamer Isabel, and his wife, and long after their departure Commander Inglefield, to make a thorough they sent to Lady Franklin the sum of examination of the Sound. Three months £1,700, to assist in defraying the expenses previous, however, Sir Edward Belcher was of the search for her absent husband. sent out by the government in command of
On the 19th day of May, 1845, Sir John five vessels, the Assistance, Resolute, North set out from England in search of a north- Star, Pioneer, and Intrepid. In the spring west passage, expecting to return in a couple of the year following, the celebrated Kane of years at the furthest. Toward the close expedition sailed from New York, and at of 1847 alarm began to be felt for the safety nearly the same time Lady Franklin deof the party, and early in the following year spatched the steamer Isabel and the ship three different expeditions were despatched Rattlesnake, while the Lady Franklin and by the British government in search of the Phoenix were sent to Barrow's straits, to aid missing navigators.
Sir Edward Belcher. The failure of these to find any traces of Excepting the valuable scientific discovFranklin's party induced the government, in eries made by these several expeditions, 1849, to offer a reward of £20,000 to any particularly by that of Dr. Kane, little
prog: private exploring party, of any country, ress was made in ascertaining the fate of the which should succeed in aiding the lost navi- Franklin party, and the hopes of the most gators. At this time began the efforts of sanguine were given up. Still the wife of the Lady Franklin, which have won for her the explorer, with that womanly feeling which admiration of the world. From her own knows no such word as despair, determined private purse she caused to be transported to make one final effort to settle the questo Cape Hay, on the southern side of Lan- tion. Cheerfully emptying her purse-now caster Bay, a cargo of coals and provisions, very low, because of the repeated drains to be at the service of any who should ven- upon it; and persuading her friends to aid ture upon the search for her husband. her, she fitted out the little steamer Fox, and
In the year 1850 no less than eight expe- in 1857 Captain McClintock, with twentyditions were fitted out, which may be briefly eight stalwart British seamen, bada farewell enumerated as follows: That of Dr. Rae; to England until they should ascertain, if posthe Behring's Strait expedition, consisting sible, the fate of Sir John Franklin. The of the Enterprise, Capt. Collinson, and the search proved a successful one. On the Investigator, Commander McClure; the gov- north-west coast of King William's Island a ernment Baffin's Bay expedition, consisting simple piece of board was found, telling a tale of the ships Resolute, Captain Austin, and which none had heard before, that the ships the Assistance, Captain Ommaney, together Erebus and Terror had been abandoned on with the screw propellers Pioneer and In- the 22d of April, 1848, and-saddest of all trepid, in charge of Captain Sherrard Os- —that the leader of the party had died on borne; the schooner Felix, with a small the 11th of June, 1847, the very year that tender, the Mary, put forward by public sub- he expected to return home. The news scription, and commanded by Sir John Ross; reached England in September last. the Lady Franklin, fitted out by Lady Frank- Thus were the efforts of Lady Franklin rewarded, though the hopes which had sus- of an earnest, faithful, Christian Foman. tained her for twelve long years were crushed. Accompanied by a niece, she now visits this Since the arrival of Captain McClintock, this country, to become the guest of Mr. Henry estimable lady has lived very quietly, shun- Grinnell, and to acknowledge in person her ning society rather than courting it, and af- sense of his humane and generous efforts in fording in her retirement a noble example | her cause.—New Yorld World.
GENEALOGY OF THE PRINCE OF WALES. Two swallows, in looking about for a place to Who is Albert-Edward, Prince of Wales? He build their nest, discovered a cosy little nook in is the ellest son of
the rear part of the cabin of the steamer Young Queen Victoria of England, who is the ničce of America, which was lying moored to the old hulk the
at the corner of K Street, and forth with comKings William IV and George IV, and daugh- menced their labors; the female flying to and fro, ter of
carrying straws and sticks and feathers, and the Prince Edward Duke of Kent, fourth son of male bird, standing like a master-workman, orer. George III, who was son of
seeing the job, and lending his aid in placing and Frederic Prince of Wales, the son of
completing their tiny homestead. The first day George II, who was son of
saw the foundation of their home well laid, and George I, who was son of
the happy birds rested from their labors that night, Sophia, Electress of Hanover, daughter of Eliz- and finished it; perhaps, in their dreams. The
abeth, Queen of Bohemia, next morning, bright and early, they were again
who was the daughter of at work as busy as nailers; but, alas! the hour of James I, who was the son of
seven came, the steamer whistle sounded, and Mary, Queen of Scots, who was daughter of away went the steamer, nest and all, en route for James III, of Scotland, who was son of Marysville. The frightened birds chirped, chatMargaret, who was daughter of
tered, and flew back and forth, but the captain Henry VII, and Elizabeth, which Princess was never heeded their cry. On went the boat, and
the undoubted Heiress to away went their new-made home. It was a clear the throne of England, and case of squatterism, but they were sensible birds, the representative of the and knew they would be "plucked” if they went Red Rose, being the daugh- to law, so they quietly submitted to their hard ter of
fato, and, after following the steamer as far as the Edward IV, who was the son of
Sacramento bridge, they returned to the old hulk. Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, who was That was a sad day for the little couple, and the son of
what thoughts crowded on their little hearts Ho Anne Mortimer, who was the daughter of only knows who “holds the sparrows up." Roger, Earl of March, who was the son of The next day came, and with it they saw the Philippa, wlio was the daughter of
steainer come back to the landing, and the nest Lionel, Duke of Clarence, who was the son of they had partly built still undisturbed. With Edward III, who was the son of
merry chirpings of delight they began again their Edward II, who was the son of
task, only to be again anguished on the morrow Edward I, who was the son of
by the departure of the steamer, and gladdened Henry III, who was the son of
on the succeeding day by its return. Thus it King Jolin, who was the son of
has continued with them for nearly a fortnight, Henry II, who was the son of
and the nest is not yet completed. They are Empress Maude, who was the daughter of kept in a constant flutter of hope and fear, and Henry I, who was the son of
labor and loss; but they do not despair, nor WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR.
have they sought another and more secure place Henry I married Mathilda, daughter of
for their domicile. But, strange to say, they have Margaret, Queen of Malcolm of Scotland, who watch for her coming, and meet her at the
actually learned to recognize the steamer, and was the daughter of Edward (the ostracised), who was son of
bridge above the city, to welcome her back to Edmund II, who was brother of
her old moorings. How it will be when the nest Edward III, the Confessor, the only Prince at
is finished and the eggs are lain, and the time that time in England who comes for the regular trips—whether the mother could pretend any right to
will cling to the homestead and take the voyage the Crown. Edward the
to Marysville, and the father accompany her, Confessor was son of
travelling backward and forward as dead-heads Ethelred II, who was son of
or whether theirs will be “broken up" by the Edgar, who was son of
"irrepressible " divorce and desertion, as hunEdmund I, who was son of
dreds of other families have been in California,
we shall wait to see. Edward, called the Elder, who was son of
The above is a true story, Alfred the Great.
Those who can't swallow it, may“ match it and take it."-Sacramento Bee.