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glad to hear it cry at last; but it did not cry with any great rage and vigor, as it should, but in a stupid kind of Way. Hereupon the smaller of the two girls, after a little inefficacious dandling, at once settled the question of maternity by nursing her baby. Children must be hard to kill, however injudicious the treat‘ ment. The two girls and their cavaliers remained till nearly the close of the play. I should like well to know who they are, of what condition in life, and whether reputable as members of the class to which they belong. My own judgment is that they are so. Throughout the evening, drunken young sailors kept stumbling into and out of the boxes, calling to one an- other from different parts of the house, shouting to the performers, and singing the burden of songs. It was a scene of life in the rough.

lllay 14th. -— A stable opposite the house, —— an old wooden construction, low, in three distinct parts ; the centre being the stable proper, where the horses are kept, and with a chamber over it for the hay. 0n one side is the department for chaises and carriages; on the other, the little office where the books are kept. In the interior region of the stable everything is dim and undefined, —- half-traceable outlines of stalls, sometimes the shadowy aspect of a horse. Generally a groom is dressing a horse at the stable door, with a care and accuracy that leave no part of the animal un- visited by the currycomb and brush; the horse, mean- while, evidently enjoying it, but sometimes, when the more sensitive parts are touched, giving a half-playful kick with his hind legs, and a little neigh. If the men bestowed half as much care on their own per- sonal cleanliness, they would be all the better and