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to the south of the island, so I took stations) imagine that it conveys my ticket to South Hayling, and any true idea of the reality. presently we started on

a very

South Hayling consists essen"jolty" line. In a few minutes, tially of an hotel, the beach, and having passed a long viaduct over the sea, et præterea nihil. an arm of the sea, we

came to

There is certainly an incipient North Hayling Station, and a more crescent, which has no possible dreary and deplorable spot I think right to that name ; for “ crescent" I never visited. The station was a either means a half-moon-and tiny shed of unpainted boards; I this building is not a half-moon; saw no houses near, no railway or it means “increasing”—and this officials. A young woman, in the block of buildings does not grow. compartment next to mine, an- I ordered some luncheon, and nounced to the guard her intention strolled out to see what I could. of alighting, saying that was her One solitary old gentleman with a destination. But the guard, field-glass and hypertrophied toes evidently thinking it utterly im- sat on a bench in front of the possible that any human being hotel. I saw two children filling could have any business there, re- their toy buckets with sand, and, I morsely banged the door, blew believe, three bathing-machines. his whistle, and off we were again, When I had examined these carecarrying the mildly expostulating fully I began to yearn for literayoung woman with us, on our way ture of some kind. No book of to South Hayling. Hayling Island any sort—not even a stationer's is certainly very flat, and is given shop! “If much learning be a over to grazing and to the cultiva- weariness to the flesh, how vivation of oysters. On the west side cious, how energetic,” I exclaimed, of the line, stretch interminable “must this people be !" lagoons with serried ranks of little In desperation I appealed to black posts, standing about two the very obliging landlord. He feet from the water, looking like hunted his private stores, and Ghoorka regiments which had lost brought forth time-tables, directheir way in a swamp and perished tories without end. I would none miserably, leaving only their legs of them. He politely regretted, to tell the tale. We got to South &c. I urged another search, and, Hayling at last, and our train dis

to my great joy, he drew forth at gorged an enormous quantity of last from the bottom of a cupluggage and about five passengers.

board the third volume of Wilson's There were some children on the “ Tales of the Borders." For this platform, with puggarees, spades I was prepared to pay any price! and sand boots, looking very brown I counselled him to make an easy as regards the face and hands. fortune by purchasing large quan

For some mysterious reason the tities of light literature, and exline does not go to South Hayling, posing it for sale at exorbitant but drops you abruptly in the prices—as people do, I believe, on midst of fields nearly a mile from board ship during long voyages. your destination !

Having lunched, I hastened away The people got into some curious from South Hayling. We were vehicles of prehistoric form, and driven to the station by a man walked down to the shore.

with one leg ; he had lost the other Let no one who has seen the from an accident, high up in the beautiful bird's-eye view of South thigh. He certainly made excellent Hayling (common at railway use of the remaining member, for, scorning all assistance of crutch, and I thought to myself, perhaps stick, or stump, he hopped about there would be less drinking and at an alarming pace, and climbed violence in our Great City if there up to his perch with the agility of were more of these simple amusea monkey. My only fellow-passenger was a gentleman with a very I dined at the George, and then black beard and a very white strolled out along the ramparts and umbrella. I made his acquaintance watched the powerful tugs going on the strength of a proffered out to what remained of Marcus cigarette, and he told me, à propos Hare's ill-fated ship. That night of nothing, the following story, was the first successful attempt illustrating the disadvantages of made at raising the Eurydice, and an established character for men- she began her sad sub-aqueous dacity :

voyage home. Then I watched a The crew and passengers of a golden ball drop slowly beneath certain ship sailing in the tropics the horizon, sending a stream of suddenly fell ill with yellow-fever. light over a sea smooth as a millThe duties of the undertaker fell pond.

pond. A white officer's gig came upon the negro cook. One day the

cook. One day the speeding across the line like a great captain caught the cook in the act white bird, to bring a dark figure of throwing overboard the body of sitting in the stern in all the glory an American, who, though insen- of full uniform, to dine on shore. sible, was still breathing. The Then a stroll along the beach of skipper, of course, sternly rebuked Southsea, and then to rest. the negro for his unfeeling homi. The first train in the morning cide. The cook exclaimed, “ Last found me speeding back to Guildwords him say, Massa Cap'n, before ford, through the beautiful Hamphe shut him eyes, was him not dead, shire valleys. My compartment but sleepy; but he allus was such a was nearly full of school girls, menjus big liar when he was alive, We had to pass through one tunthat I know by that him had kicked nel, and had no lamp. One of the bucket, so over him go, Massa these young ladies lighted a vesta, Cap'n-splash !"

and as it waned another borrowed In the compartment with me was from it a light, and so on till we a very nice-looking country lass of emerged once more into daylight. about seventeen, evidently just An old gentleman opposite leant married to a fine stalwart red. over to me and whispered, “ Vestal haired, red-visaged youth, dressed Virgins !” like a gamekeeper She would I reached Guildford in time to insist on keeping her head on his breakfast once more with my genial shoulder, at which he looked very and hospitable friends. After sheepish, and, I thought, rather breakfast we drove over St. Catheuncomfortable.

rine's Hill, through Pease Marsh I reached Portsmouth about six to Shalford, and saw some lovely o'clock, and went to see the merry effects of colour. At Shalford, crowds of children disporting them- with many regrets, I bade these selves in the public playground, excellent people farewell, and by and the more sober grown-ups in the mid-day had doffed my knickerpeople's park hard by. A military bockers, and with a sigh had band was playing, and the whole resumed my professional garb, and scene was very pleasant and in- with it the sober duties of life. spiriting. Somehow it reminded So ended three paradisiacal days me of France more than England, “out of harness." OPIFEX.


SEVERAL newspapers have lately showing the proportions of the contained papers upon the periodi- amounts passed through the cities of famines and the like, with banker's clearing house, during the bearing upon them of that ten years, and also on the newest Toy of Science, the Sun-spot eleventh year. We append below* theory-not omitting its bearing a specimen of these tables, on also on the Boat-race. It is hardly which the statement of the daily

to be supposed that they have taken press is founded. It may be the liberty of laughing at what, observed that the remarkable and perhaps, nobody at present fully very interesting circumstance understands. However that may brought out by these tables, is the be, the readers whether of the comparative constancy in the proTimes or Standard, or other daily portions of the amounts annually papers, will have noticed still more passed on the Three Special recently published there, the per- Settling days, while the actual centage tables, or, at least, the annual aggregate passed through result of the percentage tables, the clearing house fluctuates con

Amount passed on

the Fourths of the Month

4.52 4.58 4:53 4.64 4.28 4:43 4.55 4.26 4.46 4.75 4.50 4:42 Amount passed on the

Stock Exchange
Account Days 13.64 15.58 15-99 15.83 17:58 17-20 16:20 17.90 17.80 14.75 16.25 14.72
Amount passed on

Consols Settling
4606 4:03 4.00 4.21 4.36

4.34 4.33 4:48 4.59 4.25 4.61 Total passed on the

Three Special Days. 22-22 24 19 24:52 24:68 26•22 25.69 25:09 26.49 26:74 24.09 25:00 23.75 Amount passed on the other days of the Month

77.78 75 81 75 48 75.32 7378 74:31 74-91 73.51 73.26 75-91 75.00 76.25 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 10000 10000 100.00

siderably. It is easy to see the tion due to change of temperature, application of this reverse of all but what is less known is that this regular rules; the constancy in the difficulty is due less to the balance, proportional amounts of elements, which, by its construction with a with the variation of their aggre- bi-segmental rim (of brass and gate; the readiness of regularities steel), may be perfectly corrected, to maintain uniform irregularity, than to the expansion of the which is the converse of so many balance or hair-spring, which, being propositions. The corollary that immensely longer, causes five times follows is obvious, and the moral the error caused by the expansion from the whole, with, perhaps, this or contraction balance wheel alone. superadded, that, pressed as theo- The two pieces must be considered logy, for instance, now is by science, as one, and the compensation and in particular by the reign of effected in the wheel or rim must Law, it is well to know that unex- answer for the spring as well as for pected variations and perturbations itself. The theoretical and inare more and more disclosed as superable difficulty in this compenarising everywhere to disturb calcu- sation has always been that the lations, until themselves reduced error caused by the expansion and or comprised within a wider and contraction of the spring was in a more comprehensive range ; mean- different ratio from that of the while, opinions founded alike on correcting expansion or contraction uniformity and on irregularity wheel, and the two quantities may should be held in solution, while be compared to curves with two constancy and fluctuation are inter- radii, which could be brought changeable or comparative only. together at two points, but not to

A collection of instances drawn coincide throughout, so that if the from the various fields of science, compensation at the extremes of of cases where regularity and irre- temperature is correct, the mean gularity work in subtle harmony must be in error and vice versa." together, would be of interest, espe- (Times, Aug. 22.) cially for the applications which It is comparatively easy to might be made to metaphysical discover or

correct minor disproblems. Conscience, for example, harmonies, but who can trace out and as an instance of such appli- or harmonise the unknown orbits cations, may be described as a law of wbich we see only the great acting constantly (though on irregularities, working on a basis sliding scale from a higher to a of included regularities, and therelower level if its promptings are fore presumably regular themdisregarded) in the midst of an selves if their sweep could but be apparent medley of the trials, found ? troubles, and fluctuating circum- Among irregularities that work stances of life.

together respiration and circulaThe watches we wear manifest tion may be instanced : for us a good instance, not of “An arterial tracing correspond. harmonies abiding in an apparent ing to a single respiratory interval irregularity, but of discords com: consists of

a great wave, the pensated for so as to produce an contour of which is broken by approximation to harmony.

smaller waves, each representing “Everyone knows that the great a contraction of the heart. During difficulty in making chronometers the wbole period of the pause the has been the compensation for the arterial pressure gradually sinks. effects of expansion and contrac- The commencement of inspiration


is immediately followed by an its general Differential Equation increase of pressure, which be- and to the individual solutions comes still more marked during thereof. expiration; but no sooner is the We have to learn that life is a expiratory act completed tban it wonderfully large process; and to again subsides. The apex of the expand ourselves to it without fear greater or respiratory wave in the is surely best, for, so far as can be tracing is therefore coincident with seen, we cannot get out of it. As the end of expiration.”

the Times said in one of its rare Mathematics will not confine inspirations : “There is something itself to the modest limits assigned better than orthodoxy, and that is to it by Mr. Spottiswoode at the vitality; and there is something recent meeting of the British Asso. worse than variation, and that is ciation, but in some persons' hands sloth and indifference.” (Leader professes to be able to put every- upon Protestant Church of Prussia, thing in its place. The widow of Sept. 10, 1877.) one of the great mathematical For ourselves we may feel that pioneers whom Mr. Spottiswoode while the bee, working by instinct referred to in his address, once at its hexagonal cell, is an instance evolved a theory that might startle of the regular, working in the infisome people, to the effect that the nite variable; we restless and abnormal position of Christ, and his troubled spirits, on the other hand, relation to humanity as a whole are free irregularities, having a and to each man in particular, is hidden relation of harmony with expressed in mathematics in the an Infinite of Law and incalculable relation of a Singular Solution to purpose of love.

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