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PALMERSTON AND LINCOLN.

DALMERSTON traced his lineage to the time of the 1 Conqueror; Lincoln went back only to his grandfather. Palmerston received his education from the best scholars of Harrow, Edinburgh, and Cambridge; Lincoln's early teachers were the silent forest, the prairie, the river, and the stars. Palmerston was in public life for sixty years; Lincoln but for a tenth of that time. Palmerston was a skillful guide of an established aristocracy; Lincoln a leader or rather a companion of the people; Palmerston was exclusively an Englishman, and made his boast in the House of Commons that the interest of England was his Shibboleth ; Lincoln thought always of mankind as well as his own country, and served human nature itself. Palmerston, from his narrowness as an Englishman, did not endear his. country to any one court or to any one people, but rather caused uneasiness and dislike; Lincoln left America more beloved than ever by all the peoples of Europe. Palmerston was self-possessed and adroit in reconciling the conflicting claims of the factions of the aristocracy; Lincoln, frank and ingenious, knew how to poise himself on the conflicting opinions of the people. Palmerston was capable of insolence toward the weak, quick to the sense of honor, not heedful of right; Lincoln rejected counsel given only as a matter of policy, and was not capable of being willfully unjust. Palmerston, essentially superficial, delighted in banter, and knew how to divert grave opposition by playful levity. Lincoln was a man of infinite jest on his lips, with saddest earnestness at his heart. Palmerston was a fair

representative of the aristocratic liberality of the day, choosing for his tribunal, not the conscience of humanity, but the House of Commons; Lincoln took to heart the eternal truths of liberty, obeyed them as the commands of Providence, and accepted the human race as the judge of his fidelity.

Palmerston did nothing that will endure; his great achievement—the separation of Belgium-placed that little kingdom where it must gravitate to France; Lincoln finished a work which all time cannot overthrow. Palmerston is a shining example of the ablest of a cultivated aristocracy; Lincoln shows the genuine fruits of institutions where the laboring man shares and assists to form the great ideas and designs of his country. Palmerston was buried in Westminster Abbey by the order of his Queen, and was followed by the British aristocracy to his grave, which after a few years will hardly be noticed by the side of the graves of Fox and Chatham ; Lincoln was followed by the sorrow of his country across the continent to his resting-place in the heart of the Mississippi valley, to be remembered through all time by his countrymen, and by all the peoples of the world.

GEORGE BANCROFT.

THE IRISH SCHOOLMASTER.

MOME here, my boy, hould up your head

U And look like a jintleman, sir;
Jist tell me who King David was—

Now tell me if you can, sir."

“King David was a mighty man,

And he was King of Spain, sir; His eldest daughter, Jessie, was

The 'flower of Dunblane, sir.”

“ You're right, my boy, hould up your head,

And look like a jintleman, sir ; Sir Isaac Newton—who was he?

Now tell me if you can, sir.” “Sir Isaac Newton was the boy

That climbed the apple-tree, sir ;
He then fell down and broke his crown,

And lost his gravity, sir.”

"You're right, my boy, hould up your head,

And look like a jintleman, sir; Jist tell me who ould Marnion was

Now tell me if you can, sir.”
“Ould Marmion was a soldier bold,

But he went all to pot, sir;
He was hanged upon the gallows tree,

For killing Sir Walter Scott, sir.”

“You're right, my boy, hould up your head,

And look like a jintleman, sir; Jist tell me who Sir Rob Roy was ;

Now tell me if you can, sir.” “Sir Rob Roy was a tailor to

The King of the Cannibal Islands ; He spoiled a pair of breeches, and

Was banished to the Highlands.”

“ You're right, my boy, hould up your head,

And look like a jintleman, sir;

Then, Bonaparte-who was he?

Now tell me if you can, sir.” “Old Bonaparte was King of France

Before the Revolution ; But he was kilt at Waterloo,

Which ruined his constitution."

“You're right, my boy, hould up your head,

And look like a jintleman, sir ; Jist tell me who King Jonah was;

Now tell me if you can, sir."
“King Jonah was the strangest man

That ever wore a crown, sir;
For though the whale did swallow him,

It couldn't keep him down, sir.”

“You're right, my boy, hould up your head,

And look like a jintleman, sir; Jist tell me who that Moses was,

Now tell me if you can, sir.” “Shure Moses was the Christian name

Of good King Pharaoli's daughter; She was a milkmaid, and she took

A profit from the water."

You're right, my boy, hould up your head,

And look like a jintleman, sir; Jist tell me now where Dublin is;

Now tell me if you can, sir.” “Och, Dublin is a town in Cork,

And built on the equator; It's close to Mount Vesuvius,

And watered by the 'crathur'.'

“You're right, my boy, hould up your head,

And look like a jintleman, sir ; Jist tell me now where London is;

Now tell me if you can, sir.” “Och, London is a town in Spain ;

'Twas lost in the earthquake, sir; The cockneys murther English there

Whenever they do spake, sir."

“You're right, my boy, hould up your head,

Ye're now a jintleman, sir; For in history and geography

I've taught you all I can, sir. And if any one should ask you now

Where you got all your knowledge, Jist tell them 'twas from Paddy Blake, Of Bally Blarney College.”

JAMES A. SIDNEY.

“PAPA SAYS SO, TOO.”

TINY rap fell on the door ;

I quickly stepped across the floor
And turned the knob for Perley Moore.

“Good morning, little one,” I said ;
“How early you are out of bed !

Is that what makes your cheeks so red ?”

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