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every means she could a middle-aged woman, well known think of to win favour in the eyes to the officials, for those iron doors of her new friend. Some of her ex had closed upon her many a time pedients were decidedly appalling. before. She was considered to be On one occasion she appeared an absolutely hopeless case with a beaming countenance, and coarse depraved woman, repulsive triumphantly announced that she in appearance, blasphemous in lanhad learned by heart the whole guage. She was brought to the of the first seven chapters of the visitor, as all the prisoners were Book of Genesis, and intended to in rotation, and as a matter of recite them aloud then and there. duty some words of counsel were Without leaving time for any re- spoken, without the least hope monstrance, she proceeded to de- that they would make any impresclaim them in a high-pitched tone síon upon her; but she seemed in a of voice with wonderfully glib strange state of mental excitement, utterance, and marginal readings and suddenly plunged into an acof her own which slightly impaired count of her life since she had last the solemnity of the proceeding, been within those walls. It was Now the serpent was the most plain as she related it, that her. suitable of the beasts of the field,thoughts were engrossed with one and so on.

Mrs Merry departed tragic incident, which stood out from the prison a 'much-sobered dark and terrible from all minor woman, and has led an exemplary events. The man-not. her huslife, we believe, ever since.

band-with whom she had lived With these comparatively harm- for many years, had hung himself less prisoners the work is easy in the one room where they had enough; but it is of course far dwelt together, in the practice of otherwise in the case of men and all manner of evil deeds. women stained with the deepest “Yes," she seemed ready to say guilt. Yet even with such crim -“ he put an end to it all for inals there are often remarkable himself-he had been a cruel man instances of reform, which ought to me—he has knocked me down effectually to dispel any doubt as and trampled on me scores of to the value of prison visitation, times, but when I came and saw and the possibility of a perman- him hanging stone dead I forgot it ent good work being accomplished all, and now" amongst the more hardened pris- sion of her uncouth features seemoners, We will give two typi- ed to indicate a terrible thought in cal instances, the one of success her mind —"Now I suppose he is and the other of failure, which in hell—in he!l!” She looked up, are genuine illustrations of our as if to put her dark doubt in the position.

form of a question; but it was one It has been truly said that when to which no answer was returned, a woman is thoroughly bad and only after a few minutes the visitor unscrupulous, she is radically began to speak to her on that worse than any man can succeed theme which rings for ever sweet in being with his best endeavour, and true within the prison walls. and we shall therefore select our The quality of mercy is not cases from that which can-scarce, strained,.

mercy, to which all in prison latitudes, be termed the must be left who have passed to gentler sex.

the secrets of eternity – mercy, There came to the jail one day still full of wondrous possibilities

The expres

for her living self. Then she burst mill, the one being taken and the into a wild appeal for help to save other left. her own sin-stained soul. She A strong muscular-looking mawanted to give up her past ini- tron was committed to our jail for quities. to change her life. to do the manslaughter of her infant. better. lest she should herself come There was no doubt that she had to that place of torment — help! compassed the cleath of the child, —she only wanted help that a way for which iniquity she had justly out of the mire anıl clay might be received a heavy sentence; but it opened to her, an upward path to seemed to have been done rather pure air and the sunshine of God's through complete neglect and countenance.

carelessness than from an actual The help was given, the way was murderous intention.

She was, made for her to leave the city, however, absolutely indifferent to which had been the scene of all the fatal result; unlike all other her guilt and misery, and to enter female prisoners we have known, elsewhere on an honest and respect- she appeared to be entirely desable calling. It must be owned, titute of that pure instinct of however, that this was done with mother's love which usually burns out almost any hope of a good as an unquenchable flame even in result : the inveterate habit of in the most sin-darkened souls. Aptemperance, which had always held parently she was rather relieved to her in possession, seemed to pro- know that by the disappearance of hibit any chance of amenilment. the poor infant she had a child the

About two years later, the visi- less to require attention from her ; tor was called one day to see a but in fact she had no room in her very respectable - looking person thoughts for the matter at all. who was anxious for an interview. The one absorbing topic of interest It was a woman with a pleasant in her mind was her intense detescountenance, very well dressed in tation of her sister-in-law, who had dark suitable clothing, who looked been the principal witness against up with a smile, and yet almost her at her trial. According to with tears in her eyes, when she saw her own account, these two ladies, that she was not recognised. It mutually abhorring one another; was indeed the depraved criminal had been in the habit of having of the prison, who had never periodical combats in the open swerved from the path of rectitude streets of the town where they on which she had entered when dwelt. The prisoner insisted on she left its doors. She was earn- describing with the greatest gusto ing a good livelihood for herself how they had been wont to chalby her industry and consistent lenge each other to a stand-up conduct. and her superfluous earn- fight, and then retired for a few ings had enabled her to take a few minutes to their homes to put on days' holiday in order to come and suitable garments for the fray, show her friend that she had been returning to the place where a true to her word, and was trying ring was formed round them by to lo right at last, with an honest an expectant throng; they would and true heart—faithfully. then have, as she expressed it,

The second case, given in connec- a certain “ number of rounds," tion with that just recorded, seems and would only cease when there almost to reproduce the story of seemed a risk of one or the the two wonen grinding in the other being incapacitated from

As may

renewing the fierce hattle another nient to a radical reform. The day.

arrangeinents for these alliauces de supposed, the had to be con lucted somewhat prisoner was summarily checked after the fashion of princely indiin these agreeable reminiscences, viduals whose marriages are Stato but there was no other subject affairs. As the bridegroom was which had the smallest interest incarcerated in the male side of for her. She evidently considered the prisou, and the bride on that herself a champion fighter, and reserved for the womeu, no interprobably thought it fortunate that course of any sort was perniitted she possessed in her brother's to theni. The uegotiations bewife à detested object on whonı tween the ligli contracting parties she could exercise her prowess. had therefore to be diplomatically Metaphorically speaking, it was undertaken by grave official perlike trying to pierce the hide of a sonages passing from the oue to hippopotamus, to attempt to make the other, so that the weddingany impression on the hard nature day was tixed without a word of this woman. She was com- having been exchanged on the pelled, as a matter of discipline, to subject by the two persons most listen respectfully to the admo- concerned. When the day of nitions addressed to her ; but it their release came, which was also was perfectly plain that she did to be that of their union, they not trouble herself to take in the were met at the gate by the chapsense of a single word. Her lain who was to perform the cerethoughts were far away, picturing mony and the visitor who was to no doubt the delights of another act as witness.

The small propugilistic encounter with her near cessiou then solemnly proceeded relation, to take place as soon as to the parish church, where the possible after her release from discharged convicts were duly prison,--and to that ineffable en- united, anıt allowed to depart to joyment she was in due time a breakfast which, for the first allowed to depart, when her period time during many months, was of detention expired. The convic- not to consist of gruel. tion left on the minds of those We camiot close without touchwho had tried to benefit lier, was iug rery briefly on a subject desimply that in her they had one serring of the fullest consideration, of the most striking instances of and which it is to be hoped may failure they had ever known in at no distant time occupy the their experience.

attention of the Government, and Happily the failures are much be efficiently dealt with by ade: more rare than the successes, and quate legislation. We refer to many pleasant instances of the the condition of the children of latter might be given, if our prisoners, as

our prisoners, as the system which limited space permitted. In the obtains with regard to them at : case of young girls led into illegal present is eniiuently unsatisfacpractices by some unwedded lover, tory. It is in truth one of masin conjunction with whom they terly inactivity : the State simply were sent to jail, we had often ignores them altogether. Even the satisfaction of accomplishing when a man's life has been taken a prison wedding, which placed by the law for a crime which dethem in a position to begin a new prived his children of their mother and better life with every induce- also, these hapless orphans receive

no official recognition of any kind. appeçrance of the tramp children, The workhouse is the only refuge who drag along their weary feet to which they have a legal right; in the wake of their careless but they are not compelled to parents. The great majority of enter it, and the criminal asso theses poor waifs would benefit by ciates of their unhappy parents any legislation that might deal generally take summary possession with the offspring of convicts, as of them for begging or thieving the race of tramps are at all times purposes, and bring them up in all very prone to qualify themselves manner of vice. Private charity in various ways, for a temporary may at times step in ; but it can residence within the prison walls. only deal with individual cases This is a vast subject, of which here and there, and it can in no the importance can only be indisense cope with that vast con cated in the most cursory manner tingent of the men and women of hero; but we trust that the treatthe future, who are left at the ment of prisoners generally, espeprison doors by their natural pro- cially with regard to their moral tectors, either to drift into the improvement and permanent repauper's last home, or to be hid- form, may soon seriously engage den in dens of infamy where a far the attention of those in authority, worse fate awaits them.

and that some special provision It is scarcely possible for any may then also be made, for the one to traverse our country roads rescue of the unfortunate children without being struck by the dismal of crime.



ACCOUNTS of cruises in snjall We left Lowestoft barbour at yachts hare a certain interest for noon on the 3d Juue.

There was all healthy Euglishnien, whether but a light air from the south-east their holby be sailing or not; but _dead ahead, as our course was spall yachts that are under 15 south-east—and we had to use our lons are necessarily limited in sweep to get out of the harbour. their choice of cruising - grounds. We tacked slowly down the Roads There is, howerer, oue cruising to the sonthward until we reached ground of fairly easy access, where Pakefield Gat, when we stood out there is plenty of room, plenty of to sea, the wind naving southered, variety, and which is markedly for so that we could lay our course. eigu iu its appearance, and that is With all lower sail and jib-headed Holland and its great inlaud sea, the topsail set, the boat lay over and Zuyder Zee, borclered by its many leapt through the waves, the wind ancient cities, each with a capital freshening quickly and settling harbour, and with its islands, from the south-west. We had set which are worlds of themselves, the log at twelve o'clock at noon, not satellites of the mainland. It and were fairly astart upon our voyis a favourite cruising-ground of age across the North Sea. Directly mine, and the following is the log we got outside the sands we exof a little yacht belonging to my perienced a long ground - swell, wife and myself, which carried her caused, as it happened, by a strong joint owners a delightful cruise on blow of the day before in mid-sea. Dutch waterways.

The glass was falling too rapidly The Chrysalis (a name to be reassuring, and we meant pounded of the names of her to hurry across as fast as owners) is 10 tons builders' mea could, as the swell might, as far as surement, and 9 tous Y.R.A. we knew, be a token of a coining She is 40 feet long orer all, and gale, instead of a consequence of 9 feet beani, with the moderate one that was past, so we sailed (lraught of 4 feet 9 inches, but her with her lee-rail awash, and quite enough for Dutch canals and the tops of the waves now and rivers. She is the fisherman's idea then breaking over the fore-deck. of a good sea-boat, having a “flat By three o'clock the land had floor and two good ends," ballasted entirely disappeared. with a lead keel. She is very also out of the track of coasting snugly rigged as a pawl, is as steamers and vessels, and there hanly as a Una boat, dry in a sea not another sail in sight. way, aud fairly fast. The accom We might expect now to be alone modation consists of a good fore on the circle of the sea until we castle with two cots, cooking-gal- fell in with the North Sea fishingley, pantry, lavatory, main cabin fleet in the early morning. The about 8 feet square, and two bed wind freshening and the sea inberths on each side of a narrow creasing, too much water was comwell, over which hatches slide in ing aboard over the bows, so we bad weather.

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