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tions of a secret nature, and discoveries which for a while it may be conducive to the ends of justice not to publish. These it is proposed to enter in a book accessible only to the Secretaries of State, and the police magistrates.
It is proposed that accounts of offences of magnitude, in other parts of the country, should be sent up to the central police office and be arranged in a similar manner.
Upon this plan, a complete history of all the depredations committed in and about the metropolis, and the principal ones in the country, would be brought to a focus daily, and with similar facility (as far as might be deemed expedient) be made known throughout the kingdom. Information being given any morning at a police office, of the commission of a murder, forgery, theft, cheat, escape from prison, breach of trust, desertion from the army, or other offence, and on the discovery of property supposed to be stolen ; 'within a few hours afterward, that is, in the afternoon of the same day, an account of the fact, together with a description of the delinquent's person, if he be ascertained and not in custody, would be circulated at every police office, and in a great number of public and private houses in the metropolis, and be on its way by the post to every town of note in the kingdom. It. is proposed, that as well as the notifications above alluded to, each police office should send for insertion a brief epitome of the examinations of the preceding day, particularly marking such as as are likely to be useful to the public, as for instance, the description and acts of apprehended cheats and robbers, detained for further examination. Information of this kind is doubly useful, by bringing forward witnesses against the culprits, and putting the unwary on their guard.
An authentic and comprehensive registry of offences, upon the above plan, would be very interesting and generally read. On account of this attraction, it is conceived that the proprietor of a newspaper would find his account in contracting to publish the police reports without any charge, and the registry of informations at prime cost only; then supposing that Government would forego or allow a drawback on the stamp duty, on the issue of such papers as were sent to the accredited agents of Government, and that they amounted to 400, such a number of newspapers, at threepence each, issued daily (Sundays excepted) for a year, would amount to 1565l. ; and supposivg that the informations in the whole averaged 200 lines daily, the printing at 2d. a line, would not exceed 2621. a year. The whole expen
ses of this system of publication, therefore, need not much exceed 18001. a year, or 20001. including the salary of a clerk for keeping the registry.
Upon this plan it is submitted, that a really “effective Hue and Cry" may be raised, and that such an instrument of detection, together with a regular and vigilant Day, as well as Night patrole, summary powers for checking the beginnings of crimes, a simplified code and prompt administration of laws, and an abolition of agreeable punishments and prison associations, would soon render the trade of dishonesty so precarious, disagreeable, and dangerous, as to be deemed no longer worth following.
a Long and healthful Life ;
THE MEANS OF CORRECTING A BAD
Happiness in Old Age. Introduction.
A Letter from a Nun of Padua, Grand: Of a Temperate and Regular Life. daughter of Lewis Cornaro.
A Compendium of a Sober Life, show. Authorities concerning Comaro's Mes ing the Surest Method of Correcting an thod of Prolonging Life and Preserving Infirm Constitution.
Health. Of the Birth and Death of Man.
Maxims to be observed for the ProThe Method of enjoying a Complete longation of Life.
By LEWIS CORNARO.
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[Concluded from No. XXXVI. p. 522.]
A SOBER LIFE,
SHOWING THE SUREST METHOD OF CORRECTING AN
M, Treatise on a sober life has begun to answer my desire, in being of service to many persons born with a weak constitution, who, every time they commit the least excess, find themselves greatly indisposed, a thing which, it must be allowed, does not happen to robust people. Several of these persons of weak constitutions, on seeing the foregoing Treatise, have betaken themselves to a regular course of life, convinced by experience of its utility. In like manner, I should be glad to be of service to those who are born with a good constitution, and presuming upon it lead a disorderly life; whence it comes to pass, that on their attaining the age of sixty, or thereabouts, they are attacked with various pains and diseases ; some with the gout, some with the sciatica, and others with pains in the stomach, and the like, to which they would not be subject were they to embrace a sober life ; and as most of them die before they attain their eightieth year, they would live to a hundred, the term allowed to man by God and nature. And it is but reasonable to believe, that the intention of this our mother is, that we should all attain that term, in order that we might all taste the sweets of every state of life. But as our birth is subject to the revolution of the heavens, these have great influenceover it, especially in rendering our constitutions robust or infirm; a thing which nature cannot ward against ; for if she could, we should all bring a good constitution with us into the world. But then she hopes, that a man, as endowed with reason and understanding, may of himself compensate, by dint of art, the want of that which the heavens have denied him; and by means of