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life of him they adored was at stake; and the sound of De Porquet's Tresor de l'Ecolier Francais. De
mirth at such a moment fell more gratingly on their ears
than the fierce manner of the bullying prosecutor. But

Porquet's First French Reading-Book.--De the witness was encouraged, for he saw his examiner

Porquet's Petit Secretaire Parisien.- Key to was annoyed, and he took a hint from the result, and Petit Secretaire.De Porquet's Italian Phrase lay in wait for another opportunity of turning the laugh Book. London, 1837. F. de Porquet and against his tormentor. He was not long in getting such an opening; and the more he was examined, in hope of

Cooper. shaking his testimony, the less the prosecutor gained by The announcement of our New Paper having it.

At length the counsel received a whisper from Sweeny, that the fellow was drunk. He has his wits

attracted the notice of Messrs. F. de Porquet most d—nably about him for all that,” said the lawyer. and Cooper, we have received from them a num“He has been drinking all the morning-I can prove ber of their publications,—we conclude for the it," said Sweeny; "and you may upset his testimony, if you like, on that score.' I'll have a touch at him

purpose of their being reviewed. Having had then," said the lawyer. When the jury perceived the several days' leisure during the past week, we same witness still kept on the table, and a re-examina- have looked over them with a very critical eye; tion for the prosecution entered upon, they became

and are happy to have it in our power to recomwearied, and, indeed, no wonder; for the silk-gowned gentleman became excessively dull, and had he possessed

mend them as admirable works, either for adopany tact, must have perceived from the demeanor of the tion in schools, or for self-tuition. With these jury that the present course of proceeding was ill-timed. books, a man may learn more in one week, than, Yet he continued ; and, in violation of all custom, sought by the usual mode of teaching, in several months to invalidate his testimony of the man he himself had called as a witness: but Larry's cross-examination hay- of severe study. How essential, then, must be ing favored the prisoner, the crown counsel became in- their universal reception in public seminaries ! censed, and abandoned all ceremony and discretion, which at length was noticed by the bench. “I beg your

It gives us pleasure to perceive, that they have pardon, my lord, but I am anxious to sift this witness." all passed into new and greatly improved edi* By gor,” said Finnegan," "if you wor to sift me from tions.-One of them, Le Tresor (a most invaluthis till to-morrow, the devil a grain more you'll get out o'me!-and indeed you've been gettin' nothin' but chaff This simple fact prevents us entering more

able book) has on its title page " 17th Edition.” for the last half-hour." The answer had so much of truth in it, that the counsel became doubly annoyed at fully into the merits of M. de Porquet's works, the suppressed laugh he heard around him; and then he

-we must, however, cordially thank that gendetermined to bring up his heavy artillery, and knock Larry to atoms. Counsel: Now, sir, I've just a question

tleman for the personal benefit we have derived, or two that you'll answer by virtue of your oath. The

from a perusal of his very clever and intelligent Bench : Really Mr. ---Counsel: I beg your lord- books. ship’s pardon-but it is absolutely important. Now, by virtue of your oath, havn't you been drinking this morning ?-Witness : To be sure I have.-Counsel: How much did you drink?-Witness: 'Faith, I don't know,

Observations on the Preservation of Health in InI never throuble myself keepin' count, barrin' I'm sar- fancy, Youth, Manhood, and Age; with the vin' the customers at home.-Counsel : You took a glass best means of improving the Moral and Physical of whiskey before breakfast of course ?-Witness : And glad to get it !-Counsel : And another after ?-Witness :

Condition of Man. By John Harrison Curtis, Av coorse—when it was to be had.--Counsel : When Esq., 12mo. H. Renshaw. you came into the town, you went to a public house, I hear, and were drinking there, too, before you came into

Having received this book at the eleventh court ?-Witness: Oh, jist a thrifle among some friends. hour,' we were about to lay it on one side, till a

- Counsel: What do you call a trifle ?-Witness: Four glance at the title-page arrested our attention.
pots o' porther and a quart o' spirts.-Counsel : Good
God! Gentlemen of the jury, listen to this:- a gallon of adequate justice to its merits this week. It ap-

We find, on a hasty perusal, that we cannot do was betune six iv uz!--Counsel : Then, sir, by your pears one of the most practically useful and neown account, you're drunk at this moment.-Witness:

cessary books for constant reference in the Not a bit.-Counsel : On your oath-remember, on your oath, sir-do you think, after drinking all you yourself nursery, drawing-room, and chamber of the Inhave owned to, you are in a state to give evidence in a

valid, that we remember to have seen. We court of justice ?-Witness: 'Faith, I think a few glasses must find room for two random extracts,-the only helps to brighten a man !-and betune ourselves, first addressed to seven-eighths of the population Counsellor -, I think you'd be a grate dale the better ov a glass yourself this minit.” The laugh which this

of London,—the latter to those numberless dirty rejoinder produced, finished “the counsellor,” and he animals, who luxuriate in the horrid custom of sat down without roaring, as usual, at the witness, “Go taking snuff:down, sir.” But Larry kept his seat until the laugh was over; and, not receiving the ordinary mandate to retire,

MONEY-GETTING. he looked at the discomfited barrister with the most pro

“Thousands I might say millions—of our countryvoking affectation of humility, and said, “ Do you want

men devote all their energies, bodily and mental, to the me any more, sir ?" This renewed the laugh, and Fin

one concern of money-getting. Early and late they purnegan retired from the table under the shadow of his

sue their object; they engage in endless schemes for the laurels.”

increase of their wealth ; their minds are perpetually on A few such blunt witnesses as Larry Fin- the rack ; not a day passes without intense mental la

bor and excitement: their health is neglected, and their negan, are much wanted in our English courts.

present comfort despised, that they may the more uninThe brutal insolence of our barristers can only terruptedly pursue their plans of aggrandisement. The be checked by such characters. Mr. Lover's innumerable speculations that are daily starting up, and Larry Finnegan, and Boz's Sam Weller, are

the avidity, the blind eagerness, with which they are well matched; so far, at least, as regards" queer

entered into, are abundant evidence that this picture is

not overdrawn. Who can enumerate the various assoing” the counsellors. We have ourselves heard ciations for the carrying on of all imaginable objects, such questions asked, in a court of law, as

which occupy so large a portion of the attention of the would have disgraced any but a lawyer even to

legislature, and each of which promises to its promoters

the speedy realisation of that, after which all men seem have conceived.

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