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may one day be called upon to protect the country in which they pride themselves, and in which they enjoy such manifold rights : regular days are appointed for drill, platoon exercise, and horsemanship, at which officers who have served in war generally preside. This is the only division of labour—that each member being pre-eminent in some particular art or science, may confer the benefit of his acquirements upon the whole community. We have almost as many professors as members: and such is the diversity of human genius, when free to choose its own direction, that scarce two individuals manifest the same leading talent. The only professorships which we repudiate are those of ethics, philosophy, and divinity, from a persuasion that herein none of us can profitably take our guidance from another, but that we are all equally bound to be perfect in the knowledge of our duties, and to habituate ourselves to receive them from a higher source than nominated instructors. Oratory is not cultivated as a separate art, but is either a habit acquired by freedom and fearlessness of speech, or a spontaneous effusion springing from enthusiasm and the consciousness of virtue. Poetry, however, has its honours amongst us; for we hold it to conjoin art and skill with genius and feelingto be something more than music and painting combined.

It may be thought exaggeration, that so small a sum as fifty pounds should be adequate to insure all these advantages. But it must be considered, that all articles of consumption are laid in at wholesale price, or purchased for ready money. Able workmen, supported by the institution, make up our clothing, without respect to fashion or extravagance. Every thing is of the best quality, and consequently elegant. Our diet is neither sparing nor luxurious, consisting of the best provisions purchasable in the cheap markets of St. Helier's or St. Maloe's. We bake, brew, and churn at home. From the peculiar circumstances of the island, we can procure colonial produce at almost importation price.

Objections have been raised against the institution, as if it were of a monastic and anti-social nature, and prevented the forming of alliances with the better part of creation ; but these have been proved to be unfounded. They are the true respecters and adorers of women, whom regularity of life preserves from contaminating connections. In their attachments to the charming sex, they evince infinitely more devotedness, than those to whom hourly contact exposes all the little foibles and contests of female vanity in the great world. Many of our companions, in their rambles through provincial parts of Great Britain, and Southern Europe, have found amiable and endearing partners, whose affections they have known how to secure; and have carried into domestic life that settled temper, and those providential habits, which guarantee its happiness, and enable them to look forward to the blessing of offspring, without repining at moderate incomes or baffled expectations. Such as have not been able to accomplish their secret aspirations after matrimonial alliances, are no worse off than thousands in society at large, who have no prospect of honourably overcoming the difficulties which poverty interposes; and, on an average, the prospects of success are in favour of those, who, with views more moderate, unite qualities as cultivated, and more adapted to various stations of life. Far from being secluded from the possibility of forming connections, they enjoy more extensive opportunities than they did previous to their entrance into the society; not only do they mingle familiarly with the respectable families of the island, but in London and abroad we keep up friendships, and make visits at a hundred leagues' distance, where a letter of introduction is sufficient to insure us a hospitable welcome ; for the friends of one soon become the acquaintance of all.

THE PLAYER AND HIS POODLE.

FROM THE FRENCH.

B. You never hiss a player, you say?
A. No; certainly I do not.
B. Your reason, if you please ?

A. Certainly. I was once travelling in the south of France, and happening to sojourn for a few weeks in a small dull town, went frequently as a pis aller to the theatre, in which a sorry enough troop of actors figured. They were strollers, or, in their own language, couroient les provinces.

I recognised, after a little, the face of one of the comedians on the staircase of the house where I lived, and found that he occupied a little garret above me. He had a very fine, though not fat, poodle, his only and inseparable companion. The man's face on the stairs struck me as singularly different, however, from what it was on the stage, where his parts were generally of the farcical order; and I asked my landlady if he were not ailing.

“O no, Sir," said she; “poor Monsieur B is as well now as I ever knew him, and he has lodged in my house some three or four weeks every summer, for at least ten years. But he is such a sensitive creature; and the young people begin to have less taste for his style of joking. In short, they hissed the old gentleman decidedly a few nights back. I carried up his supper to him as soon as I heard him come in; and knowing what had happened, (for I had been at the theatre myself that evening,) I wished to say something to comfort him: he smiled and, bowed, but waved his hand,--and I left the room. I lingered a moment at the door, however, and heard him say to old Cid, (that's his dog's name, Sir,)- Tiens No. 8.

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mon ami, manges, tu le merites ; pour moi, je ne suis pas digne de vivre." *

Now I never hiss, because I hate to think of a man's doing his best to please us, and then not having the heart to eat his supper.

THE FALCON:
THE LAY OF THE NORMAN KNIGHT.

(From "The Golden Violet.” By L. E. L.)

I hear a sound o'er hill and plain,

It doth not pass away.
Is it the valleys that ring forth

Their welcome to the day?
Or is it that the lofty woods,

Touch'd by the morn, rejoice?
No, 'tis another sound than these,

It is the battle's voice.
I see the martial ranks, I see

Their banners floating there,
And plume and spear rise meteor-like

Upon the reddening air.
One mark'd I most of all, he was

Mine own familiar friend;
A blessing after him was all

My distant lip could send.
Curse on the feeble arm that hung

Then useless by my side !
I lay before my tent and watch'd

Onwards the warriors ride.
De Valence he was first of all,

Upon his foam-white steed;
Never knight curb'd more gallantly

A fiery courser's speed.
His silver armour shone like light,

In the young morning's ray;
And round his helm the snowy plume

Danced like the ocean spray.

“ Eat, my friend, you deserve it. For me, I am not worthy

to live."

Sudden a bird burst through the air, "

I knew his falcon's flight;
He perch'd beside his master's hand,

Loud shouts rose at the sight,
For many there deem'd the brave bird

Augur'd a glorious day :
To my dark thoughts, his fond caress

Seem'd a farewell to say.
One moment and he spread his wings, ,

The bird was seen no more ;
Like the sea-waves the armed ranks

Swept onwards as before.
The height whereon I lay look'd down

On a thick wooded land,
And soon amid the forest shade

I lost the poble band.
The snow-white steed, the silver shield,

Amid the foliage shone;
But thicker clos'd the heavy boughs,

And even these were gone.
Yet still I heard the ringing steps

Of soldiers clad in mail,
And heard the stirring trumpet send

Defiance on the gale.
Then rose those deadlier sounds that tell

When foes meet hand to hand,
The shout, the yell, the iron clang

Of meeting spear and brand.
I have stood when my own life-blood

Pour'd down like winter rain;
But rather would I shed its last, .

Than live that day again. "
Squire, page, and leech my feverish haste,

To seek me tidings sent; And day was closing as I paced

Alone beside my tent;
When suddenly upon my hand

A bird sank down to rest,
The falcon—but its head was drpop'd,

And soil'd and stain'd its breast.
A light glanc'd through the trees : I knew

His courser's snowy hide, But that was dash'd with blood; one bound,

And at my feet it djed. I rushed towards my sword,-alas!! ***

My arm hung in its sling ; But, as to lead my venture,

The falcon spread its wing.

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