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beneath it, by way of persuasion to the rash act. — Well, I say, caught a right through this little clearance in the windowpane- of what do you suppose? of the identical truck on which her children's bed and the rest of her household gear had been taken away, and upon it the articles themselves, bed, table, chairs ; and old Girey, Jr. Bennett's shepherd, marching beside it, and all coming as fast as they could to the cottage.
“llere, missus, put your room to rights as soon as you please,” exclaimed the shepherol, as he placed his crook behind the door, that he might better assist in bringing in the woods. * Master will be here presently; it's all right ; the rate's paid ; and if he had been at home, bless you, it would never have happened.”
Master (ireenwood," said (irimes hastily: “ I'll give you a job if you have a mind to go up with the fish to-night."
Beg pardon, sir, " interrupted cirey: " but master's got a job for him.
“ Oh ! all right, Master (irry; all right," said (irimes, with what was intended for a smile of complaceney; and the Overseer, with anything but his usual terror-breathing aspect, departed.”
Well,” exclaimed the shepherd, wonders will never cease. My master in a downright passion (the tir-t time I ever saw him so in my life), and Master Grimes civil.”
“ But lor, Mrs. Greenwood," interrupted another of the men, “ what makes you cry? Why, I thought the sight of these here things coming back again would have made you as merry as a cricket."
“Ah! let her cry," suggested the old shepherdd : " such tears do no harm, do they, Missus? Stay a while till Master comes, you 'll have something to laugh at then—but there, I don't think 1 can keep it so long— I should burst if I tried :--the fact is, Miles," and Grey sunk his voice to a whisper, - Master has not yet given away the looker's place at Mashford, and you're to have it, my boy—there's news for you !"
One can readily inagirie the gratitude of the Greenwoods when Mr. Bennett made his appearance amongst them ; the old shepherd's report proved correct, and the poor man who had awakened that morning without the means of obtaining a meal for his family, found himself installed in a permanent situationwith a cottage rent-free, and other privileges independent of his weekly stipend. It was a gracious lesson to him, this emanation
of good out of evil; and henceforth he learned to feel under every trial
, that let the day be ever so dark and cloudy, the sun is still in heaven, and may at any moment break through.
I have little to add, but that Mr. Grimes lost by his contract with the Barking fishermen ; for, in spite of his precautions (lie had sent up four men with the waggon-Joe IIowe being one of them-by way of guard), the thieves were too strong to be baulked in their piscatory peculation, and, in consequence, the damage sustained by the cargo outbalanced the price of its carriage, and Mr. Grimes found himself burdened with the forfeiture.
SETTING aside soldiers, flunkies, and policemen, there are three grand classes of society who are, as it werc, labelled and ticketed off from the rest of humanity by peculiar and whimsical costumes. These are charity boys, beadles, and barristers. Now, why Bill Stibbins of St. Ĝiles's should wear a muffin cap and leathers, because he is taught his A B C by the public ; or why Mr. Bumble of the same or any other parish should sport a gold-laced coat on his back, and a cocked hat on his head, as essential elements of the being whose official dignity presides at the vestry door, or overawes the workhouse porter, we profess to be quite as unable to resolve as we are satisfactorily to state why Mr. Briefless puts his head into a bunch of horse-hair, and his body into a species of black sack without a bottom, either because he is or pretends to be learned in the law.” The
way in which a man is made a barrister, and the way in which, when the manufactured article is completed, it is made up for use, are both equally singular. Everybody knows that, to be a “ learned counsel,” it is only requisite that you eat so many pounds of beef in a room with a Gothic roof. Thus it is that the raw material of stupid humanity is metamorphosed into a creature learned by courtesy--gentlemanly by act of parliament.
In becoming a barrister, therefore, you have chiefly to mind the inside of your stomach — after you have attained the dignity, to look
after the outside of your licad. The flesh of an ox makes you learned ; the hair of a horse proves the fact to a gaping world. If by nature a barrister is sometimes simple, loy act of parliament he is always gentle. But in case there should be any mistake, he takes a leaf out of the book of that most prudlent ani sagacious of artists, who wrote under liis picture', " This is a Bear ;” and by clapping il mop of whitencel hair over his own capillary attractions, triumphantly atte-ts that " This is al cientleman.
Is this, then, the reason why barri-ters wear wigs? or shall we go further to look for worse olies? llere, in this civilised land of ours, we have a complessitem of juri-rulence. So far so good. We have a profesion devoted to it. interpretation and administration. Good again. But why the members of that professionseparating themselves from those of others-why, when clergymen, medical men, artists, authors, inerchants, manufacturers what you like-clothe them-elves according to the conventional usages of society in general, brristers -hould set up a fashion of their own—a fa-hion neither more useful nor ornamental than the tatooing of New Zealanı, or the chre-shbearing of North Imerica -is a point only to be established by the ingenuity of one of their own tribe, hired to make white black, and the vorze the better cause, at so much per hour.
Gentlemen, is your learning and the out or the inside of your skulls ? Does it lie in the region where Samson's strength had its abode ? Are you wiser becaust häirier ?
Of course you regard the questions as very impertinent. Are you sure you know the difference between pertinent : impertinent? If so, prove it, by sending your gowns to the son of the Black l'ull, and making over your wigs for hens to lay ons in.
Again. Now do tell us how it is that the barber and the tailor help you in your arguments. l'oint out to us one reason why a jury cannot be as effectually addresseel ; il rule to compute as eloquently moved for ; a respectable witness is completely bullied, or a reprobate of a pickpocket as triumphantly aducatou, without a thing like a white-washed crow;s nesi upou your licad, as with that ornament,
We have leard it said "A Barrister wars is listinctive badge ” (the word recalls the cabmen to our wines) " in order to procure instant admission to the courts in which lie practises.”' But it so happens that the courts are open to all her Majesty's subjects, just as freely as to those among them who dato their
letters from the Temple. It will be rejoined,
“ But it is reasonable that the barristers should have the preference, as having business to attend to.” Now, other people have business in court as well as barristers; and it strikes us that plaintiff and defendant have some slight claims to priority over Mr. Briefless, who has lounged as dumb as a flat-fish for ten years over the back benches. Again. Solicitors have something to do with the business in hand. Do they find it necessary to present a order,” in the shape of a tie-wig ? Witnesses too, reporters, clerks, and so forth, have a recognised right to enter, and a status in the court ; but do they exhibit their status and their right in abounding horse-hair? The plea, then, that the wig is a useful mark of distinction must be given up.
Let us take other ground. We have heard it urged that wigs were useful in a sanitary point of view ; that their owners were obliged to be continually rushing through cold draughts, from one hot court to another ; that it would be very inconvenient to carry hats about, seeing that in the squeeze and bustle of a court, learned gentlemen might very frequently, by unlucky accidents, confer the favours on these useful articles which hens do on eggsnamely, sit on them; and that wigs, being warm, portable, and squeezeable, preserved, without risk to themselves, the learned caputs under them, at a tolerably equal and health-bestowing temperature.
Now, if wigs be classed with comforters, bosom-friends, and bits. of flannel, it strikes us, that in order to avert such catastrophes as colds in the head, and so forth, they ought only to be worn in transitu from one court to another. If they keep the wearer warm enough in the chill of Westminster IIall, they must certainly produce the sign and symbol of labour—the “sweat of the brow,” in the court of Queen's Bench ; while, if they merely keep up a pleasant temperature within the folds of the dark-green curtain, they must certainly leave the wearer in a tecth-chattering condition when he steps without it.
Taking, however, a non-professional, and therefore commonsense view of the matter, it strikes us, that if anything was ever. pregnant with discomforts to the poor persecuted head, it is the huge bundle of coarse hair placed over its natural covering. To our eye, as many head-aches lodge in these whity-brown curls as in a bottle of brandy, consumed in an evening, by a formidable continuity of “goes; ”—and further, to prove the fact from the
mouth of one of the victims, we begin to direct attention to the following precious piece of work thain tumfoolery, which actually occurred in one of our principal tribunals a week or two ago— just a- is intended espready to serve our present purpose :-
Corrr o Evili vill. Mai 11. — Their Lorilships entered the Court in full-bout: WI-; ::.. Queelli Counsel also wore wigs of a similar dexription.
After their Loriləlips had gone through the bar the peremptory paper was called on.
Mr. Martin burimored to be allowed to mention the case of Stockdale and Benn, and Born and Stockdale, the learned Counsel having on his ordinary wis it the time.
The Lord Chief Baron—“Mr. Martin, 1 question whether you are visible to-day."
Mr. Martin said that lie Wits about to state to their Lordships that he found it a considerable inconvenience to wear the heavy full-bottomedi wig:
The Lord Chief Baron—" I fear, Mr. Martin, that you must appear in costume'."'
Mr. Martin—" I eally cannot wear these wigs, my Lord. I am sensible of the ill effects of it for a week after."
Mr. Baron Alderson—" You shoull bear the inconvenience, on ac.count of the increased dignity, Mr. Martin.-1-4 laugh.) It may appear to you a custom more honoured in the breach than in the observance."
Mr. Martin—" It really does, my Loril."
Mr. Baron Alderson--- But you cannot appear without having on your marriage garment."—(.1 laugh.)
Mr. Chambers said that they had been misled by the Judges in the Queen's Bench having come into ('ourt in the orilinary small wig.
Mr. Martin here bowed, and retired.
We were about to ask whether the sittings in Banco were held in Bedlam or not ; but we beg pardon--we shall not insult Bedlam by supposing for one moment that such a scene could have occurred
maddest of all its mad inmates. We feel for Martin, unhappy Martin, doomed to headaches of a week's duration—all the misery of dry mornings after wet evenings, and without the fun. Minus the full-bottomed wig, ho was “invisible,” unseen, or only to be seen when like an owl in an ivy bush. The wig was visible but not the counsel ; the wig, then, is the essence and the substance of the counsel. A counsel is a wig, a learned gentleman is a thing made of horse-hair. The 'heavy facetiousness of the judge is heart-rending. A wig, too,