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improve her temper. I trod upon her toe by refer to the present subject in an invidious accident, and she looked blandly in my face, spirit. Our object would be to aid in curing and said —

a great evil, of which all have occasion to be “Don't firt with me, cornet, before your ashamed. wife, or you 'll be making her unhappy, poor It has been remarked in favor of the westthing; and she's not a bad creature, thoughern capital, that its population is substanshe looks a wretched dawdle, and has no more tially different from that of Edinburgh and idea of housekeeping than a blacking-brush London ; but when we take the similar city has. It was unfortunate that she chummed of Manchester, where it appears, from á with Mrs. Fifeleigh, for her character is newspaper report, that the annual captures compromised by it, poor thing. Don't flirt of drunk and disorderly persons by the police with me here, cornet. Brill, too, has got are only 523, or one in six hundred, we see his bleary eyes on us." The Wetherbys. that this forms no sound defence.

The comparative drunkenness of both Ed- · inburgh and Glasgow, in contrast with south

ern cities, appears to us a subject eminently SCOTTISH DRUNKENNESS.

worthy of consideration and inquiry. It can

not be pretended that the means of education, The House of Commons recently granted to or of impressing the religious and moral Mr. Hume a return of the number of persons feelings, are wanting in either city. It is apprehended for being drunk and guilty of indeed said that these are most abundant in disorderly conduct, in the streets of London, the more drunken city. How comes it that, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, respectively, for a while the external life and professions of so series of years, up to the close of 1851. many are decent, there are at the same time Taking the last year embraced in this curious so many who are given up to a shameful return, it appears that the number of persons career of intemperance? It shows a sad want drunk and disorderly picked up in London of what we would call moral coherence and (or inore properly, the whole metropolis), was unity in these populations, raising the idea 24,203, the population being 2,526,693 — or that there must now be vast numbers of peoabout 1 in 106 ; in Edinburgh, with a popu- ple in our large towns who are not reached lation of 166,000, the number was 2794 - or by any of the existing means of discipline, or about 1 in 60 ; while in Glasgow, with a rather, may be said to stand in antagonism to population of 333,657, the number was all such appliances. These are unhealthy 14,870 — or 1 in 22. In other words, Glas- traits of our social state, and we hope they gow seems to be three times more given to will receive attention, with a view to some intoxication than Edinburgh, and five times remedial measure, instead of being sheltered more drunken than London !

from public discussion. These statistics have led to some alterca Since the above was in type, some revised tion. Instead of simply adopting the facts, statistics have appeared, by which it would and making the best of them, certain journal- seem that the manner in which the cases of ists of Glasgow have attempted to explain drunkenness coming under the cognizance of away the apparent drunkenness of their city, the police of Edinburgh and Glasgow have and to fasten a quarrel on the Scotsman news- been recorded, leaves some reason for doubt paper for having drawn attention to the sub- as to which of the two cities occupies the ject. All these wranglings are profitless. least favorable position. But the matter in That Glasgow is distinguished for its intem- its whole aspect remains pretty much as it perance, is a misfortune to be looked distinctly was, and in any point of view is deserving of in the face ; and whether other cities are a the enlightened consideration which we have little less given to the same vice, is of no im- craved for it. portance, one way or other. Each city has the duty of caring in a peculiar manner for itself; and, on this ground, what the Glasgow

German Lyrics By Charles T. Brooks. authorities have to do, is, to consider by Ticknor, Reed & Fields. Boston. — These are what prudent means the great reproach can is enough to recommend n volume of poetry to

the best publishers in the country for Poets. It be removed from amongst them. Having the attention of the public, that it comes from always felt a warm interest in Glasgow –

their house. This contains translations in verse looking, indeed, on its rapid rise, its great from Anastasius Grün ; Rückert ; Uhland ; energy, and its wealth, as something mar- Freiligrath; Wilhelm Müller; Langbein; Chamvellous and to be proud of, in a country which isso ; Gellert ; Seidt ; Kerner ; Nathusius ; Geiwas so poor and backward as Scotland was a bel; Platen ; Lenau ; Würkeat ; Claudius ; and century ago — we cannot be supposed tol a miscellaneous list.

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