SLANDER.—Slander is a trade that requires no capital, and is only followed by those who are not scrupulous how they get on, provided they do succeed, which is not always the case. It is a base coin that only passes current amongst thimble riggers, and, like flash notes, is a kind of paper money that honest men will not touch.
PURSUIT OF PLEASURE.—Cast an eye into the gay world; what see we, for the most part, but a set of querulous, emaciated fluttering, fantastical beings, worn out in the keen pursuit of pleasure; creatures that know, own, condemn, deplore, yet still pursue their own infelicity? The decayed monuments of error! The thin remain s of what is called delight.—Young.
WISDOM AND FOLLY.—The wise man has his follies no less than the fool; but it has been said herein lies the difference—the follies of the fool are known to the world, but are hidden from himself; the follies of the wise are known to himself, but hidden from the world. A harmless hilarity, and a buoyant cheerfulness, are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived, than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition.
ORIENTAL MODESTY.—Even from a physician, to whom an Eastern woman is sufficiently unreserved in every other respect, the face must be carefully concealed. "My face thou must not see, for then I should have shown thee my whole heart." She will say; and if the nature of her illness makes it indispensable that the face, the mirror of her heart, should be seen, it is usually uncovered piecemeal, first one cheek and then the other, but never the whole at once.
PRICE OF BEET AT BOTANY BAY.—The author of the "Tales of the Colonies" gives the following amusing sketch of a Botany Bay Boniface:—"Glass of beer." Said I. "Nothing under a bottle," said the landlord. "How much does your bottle hold?" said I, for I knew it was necessary to be cautious in dealing with these town chaps. "Just the same as in England," said he, showing me the bottle, with Barclay's double stout marked on the label. It is true my heart did warm to the beer, and quite forgetting to ask the price, I said with a sort of glee, "out with the cork." It was out in a twinkling: that drink was a prime one, I must say, if I never have another. "take a glass yourself, landlord," said I. "With pleasure," said he, and filling it slowly to the brim, "Your very good health," said he to me. "The same to you," said I, filling another. He filled his at the same time without waiting to be invited. "How do you like it?" said he. "Never drank better in my life." Said I. "What's to pay?" Half a guinea," said he. "Half a guinea," said I, "for a bottle of beer?" "Yes," said he, "and cheap too; there's only two dozen left in the colony, and you a' just drunk one of the."
EXCISE DUTY.—By a parliamentary document of last session a return was made of the quantities of, and of the amount of duty received on, the several articles liable to Excise duty in the Untied Kingdom during the years ending January 1841, 1842 and 1843, distinguishing England, Scotland, and Ireland; also a return of the consumption of imported commodities, and of the receipt of Customs duties thereon, within the Untied Kingdom in the three years ended January 1841, 1842, and 1843. It appears that the duty on sales by auctions in the Untied Kingdom in the year ending the 5th of January, 1841, was £320,062 13s, 6d, of which £286,624 11s, 3d was for duty in England, £20,060 16s 7d in Scotland, £13,377 5s 8d in Ireland. In 1872 the duty in the Untied Kingdom was £314,073 12s 1d, in 1843, £297,146 4s9d on auction sales. On bricks, the duty in the last year was £400086 3s 5d, and on glass, £766,540 14s 3d, in the Untied Kingdom, of which £703,194 6s 2d was paid in England on the last mentioned article. The duty on hops in England in the year ending January, 1843, was £310,028 8s 10d. On licenses in the Untied Kingdom last year, £1,014,941 1s, the number being 592,342. The duty on malt in the last year in England was £4,176,742 19s 10d; on paper in England, £495,955 17s 6d; on post horses in England, £156,397 1s 9d; on post horse licenses, £3,849; on soap in England last year, £35,528 1s 4d; on spirits in England in the one year, £316,121 3s; on sugar, £4,382 17s 5d; on vinegar in England, £27,106 9s 10d, on one year, and £10,832 17s, on game certificates in Ireland. From the second return it appears that the total amount of Customs duties on imported articles in the year ending January last was £22,596,263 3s 2d.