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subject farther. Cruelty so unprovoked, cowardice so despicable, tyranny so heartless, should not bave been permitted to defile the remote border of any precincts graced by the presence of a female sovereign. What then must we say to the nature and the power of that influence which could induce a young and delicate lady, who less than two months previously had again become a mother, to adventure her person and health under a heavy rain, in the midst of such a rout of dogs and men, for the sole purpose of witnessing the most torturing death that could be inflicted on one of the most humble, and in this case evidently the most inoffensive creatures of God over which she holds what ought to be a golden sceptre of mercy?

The otter might be supposed to appeal to the maternal feelings with some hope of commiseration. A naturalist, Professor Steller, who made no small waste of life in the pursuit of his study, says, “ Often have I spared the lives of the female otters whose young ones I took away. They expressed their sorrow by crying like human beings, and folJowed me as I was carrying off their young, while they called to them for aid, in a tone very much resembling the cry of children. When I sat down on the snow, they came quite close to me, and attempted to carry off their young. On one occasion, when I had deprived an Otter of her progeny, I returned to the place eight days after, and found the female sitting by the river, listless and desponding; she suffered me to kill her on the spot, without making any attempt to escape. On skinning her, I found she had quite wasted away from sorrow for the loss of her young.” Many other instances of devoted

attachment to their little ones might be adduced, but to what purpose ?

It is an awful thing to familiarize royal minds with blood-shed, though it be but the blood of a wretched, puny animal, spouting out under the fangs of a dog; and they are traitors to God, to their Queen and to their country, who teach that royal lady to number among her enjoyments the dying sbriek of the meanest thing that breathes. She cannot close her ears to that, though her eyes may be averted wbile the living, throbbing, writhing limbs of the creature are torn from its bleeding body; and the Eyes of the King of kings are not averted, while the fearful and marvellous work of Hir creative hand is thus wantonly mangled, and His own glorious attribute of mercy set at nought. They are traitors, who dethrone the Queen from the hearts of her subjects by making Her Majesty a partaker in such deeds as the very court chroniclers have blazoned all through the land, and through every court in Europe, every country where the English name is known : wbile, so far as the public can ascertain, not a voice is raised to speak in duteous and loyal phrase the truth that must be told, and must be welcomed too, ere the gloomy forebodings of coming evil can be dispelled from the minds of those who believe that “ Mercy and truth preserve the king, and his throne is upholden by mercy.”



(To the Editor of the Christian Lady's Magazine.)


In the July number of the Christian Lady's Magazine,' was a letter from H. A. N. on “ FANCY FAIRS,” followed by an intimation from yourself, that the opinions of your readers would not be unacceptable. I have been disappointed in not having found any subsequent notice of the subject; and, failing all others, would submit to your consideration some remarks of my own.

The leading question of H. A. N.-"UPON what PRINCIPLE are these sales conducted?involves all the rest, because, if the principle be bad, the Christian can have nothing to do with them.

The OBJECT is avowedly to get money for an institution, it may be unobjectionable or even praiseworthy in itself,-a Hospital, or a Dispensary, perhaps, for the relief of the sick poor ; the supporters are for the most part Christian people ; and the funds are inadequate. A Fancy Fair is decided on, and the countenance and support of the leaders of fashion having been secured, no pains are spared to procure the attendance of their followers. Accordingly, a beautiful spot is selected, bands of music are hired ingenuity and skill are taxed to decorate the scene, and more substantial provision made for personal NOVEMBER, 1844.

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enjoyment by choice and varied means of refreshment. The things offered for sale at high prices are generally fancy articles, or things pretty, perhaps beautiful, or even elegant; seldom useful or of any intrinsic value; and what are not sold are disposed of by a RAFFLE. In other words, the provision made, and all the arrangements, proceed on the supposition, that the bulk of the attendants will be from among the thoughtless and the gay, the lovers of pleasure rather than the lovers of God. Every thing is alone to attract and delight them; and, as if to cheat them out of something more than their money, they are taught to think themselves aiding in a work of mercy ; whereas pothing is given that does not promise to the giver some little selfish gratification !

The PRINCIPLE, then, is this, that the Christian supporters of a benevolent object, not content with the means placed by the LORD at their disposal, appeal from HIM to the WORLD! they exert themselves to the uttermost to bring together and to please the frequenters of the Theatre and the Ball-room, of the Card-table and the Race.course, or indeed of any place where pleasure is to be had: they company with these, and give an apparent sanction to whatever vanity or folly they may indulge in : and I would ask your Christian readers—by what authorit they do these things; they, who are bidden to come out from the world and to be separate? Or, ought they even to be seen in such company, unless it be to do them good, or to witness against them that they are lovers of the world and at enmity with God? They surely can only plead in defence what St. Paul deemed a slanderous reproach,“ We do evil that good may come!

To sum up briefly, I would reply to H. A. N.'s queries :-1. that the PRINCIPLE is bad : 2. that the wares sold are generally such as money ought not to purchase : 3. that those who provide and those who sell, minister to the folly of those who buy; and 4. that all Christian people wbo are so engaged, run into unwarrantable temptations, inasmuch as they wilfully mingle with the ungodly and may learn their ways!

I am, &c.

M. D.

There is a touching anecdote of one, endowed with rank and fortune, chancing to enter a poor cottage where some six or eight healthy ruddy children were waiting with longing looks to the final distribution of the last morsel of an exhausted loaf," Here are the mouths, but where is the meat ?” exclaimed the child of luxury in the house of want. Some time after that, the cottage mother having an errand to the noble mansion of her visitor, found the doors and windows closed; silence and sorrow reigned through the splendid hall; the lady had that day lost ber only child. The remark in the cottage came into her thoughts,_" Here is the meat, but where are the mouths,” said the child of poverty in the mansion of wealth and splendour.-Sunday Afternoons at Home.

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