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TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS AND READERS
We dedicate the first and all following Numbers of this “ Miscellany." -We depart from general practice in making the avowal thus openly, and printing it in our first lines ; but, in doing so, we proceed on the assumption that what is usually left as matter for conjecture or inference in this respect is better when placed beyond doubt.
On first appearance, it is customary to be egotistical- to prescribe a course of duty (certain to be departed from under“ unforeseen circumstances”) —to indulge in sentiment and castle-building (to an extent according with the temperament of the moving power)—to make promises—in short, to give utterance to what few think of and none care for. We here also put usage aside, and merely express our hope to be enabled to render our pages instructive and popular.
As becoming the columns of a “ Miscellany,” papers on subjects miscellaneous, and embracing various shades of opinion, will be presented to the reader : where convictions clash, we look for the preservation of order and decorum, and regard being had, by the combatants, for the patience and sensibilities of the public.
One word more : we cannot put the pen down ere tendering thanks to the kind friends who, both by words of encouragement and practical assistance, have emboldened us to attempt the supply of an acknowledged desideratum in Western India; their anticipations of the future we as sincerely trust to see realised. To those who, in doubt, withhold their help, we say“ Try us ! —if found to merit countenance and support, continue the connection; if not, sever it.” To all who have hitherto silently viewed our efforts to break the shell, we now, in proper person, make a fresh appeal.
CHESSON & WOODHALL.
BONBAY : 28, MEDOW STREET,
THE LITERARY RACE.
1. THEY walk before the stand,
The steeds, to show their paces ; White, whitey-brown, and black, Distinguishing their races.
2. Some are strong and dull,
Others quick and vicious ;
The horses, Periodicals ; The riders are the Editors Famous public oracles !
-4. “Telegraph” is a chesnut horse,
With a wicked eye, and fiery ; “Gazette” appears a gentle steed, Sound, compact, and wiry.
5. “ Times and Standard” races by,
Well and "Knightly” ridden ; And enters Canning's training-ground, Though perfectly unbidden.
6. Two dark horses next appear
Priest and Parson ride them : Out of the way, good people, pray
'Tis not safe beside them !
In this we need not quarrel :
New to the Eastern sky :
The “ Summachar" still weaker, Limp along, a wretched pair, With the Parsee " Truth-Speaker."*
Sanguine is each rider :
11. Outsider !-what's his name
What colour doth he bear ?
Honest colours he doth wear.
LORDSHIP THE BISHOP OF BOMBAY, AT THE
efficiency can be obtained to speak. UNITED SERVICE INSTITUTION At least, these lectures help to raise OF WESTERN INDIA.
the tone of conversation, which, in an
Indian station, is too apt at all times to THE United Service Institution owes sink into mere dinner-table gossip. its birth to a suggestion of Sir William Donations of books, curiosities (both Mansfield. He called together, in of art and nature), arms, models, and Poona, a meeting of the chief civil and maps, have been already received ; and military officers, last July, to which he the nucleus of a museum formed. Valexpounded his views ; and a provisional uable standard works are being added committee was appointed, consisting of to the library ; which will in a short the Collector of Poona, the Quarter- time, it is hoped, be second, in this master General of the Army, the Com- Presidency, only to that of the Bombay. mandant of Artillery, the Military Se- Asiatic Society. cretary to Government, the Advocate We are enabled to present our readers General, the Rev. F. Gell, Dr. Giraud ; with the first and third lectures of the and Lieutenant Thompson, of H. M.'s preliminary course in this issue of the 56th Regt., as Secretary.
Miscellany ; that on the Lebanon we There had previously existed for hope to receive for insertion in our many years, in Poona, a library, which, next. it appears, had been first established by the Venerable Mr. Robinson, afterwards Archdeacon of Madras, and
INTELLECTUAL IMPROVEMENT. now Master of the Temple. This had BEING THE INAUGURATORY ADDRESS, BY HIS long been in rather a decayed condition. It was held by shareholders, who, on
TUTION OF WESTERN INDIA, POONA. the motion of one of them (the Rev. F. Gell), consented to make over the LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, library and property to the new Insti- I CONFESS it was not without mis. tution, on certain conditions. This giving that I consented, at the request liberal offer was gladly accepted, and with which the committee honoured me, at the next general meeting, the United to address you on this occasion. You Service Institution for Western India will understand, I am sure, the feeling was fairly started on the basis thus pro- of responsibility which comes over the vided by the old library,
mind in essaying to deliver the first of Steps were immediately taken, and a series of lectures such as are contemare still in progress, to throw open the plated by this United Service Institucommittee to representatives from every tion. I fear that I shall reach neither corps in the army, and from the civil your wishes nor my own. I can only services, covenanted and uncovenant- say, that the principle upon which I ed. But, while the internal affairs of have ventured to occupy this place is the Institution were being gradually my best apology,—it is simply this, adjusted, it was felt expedient to in that in all efforts of this kind we ought augurate it by a short course of Lec- each of us to do what we can to forward tures. The first was delivered by the the common end, not over solicitous to Lord Bishop of the Diocese, on the accomplish much, nor dispirited by a right use of such an Institution as consciousness that much is beyond our was then opened ; the second by_the power ; but content if only we make Rev. Dr. Murray Mitchell, of the Free some little contribution to materials, the Church of Scotland's Mission in Poona, aggregate of which, we trust, will be
The Lebanon and its Inhabitants" of service to the community in which and the third, by the Rev. Francis our lot is cast. Gell, on “ The Hill-Forts of the Dec- Now, if the question be asked, what
we propose to ourselves as the aim of our Encouraging audiences, including Institution, I presume that the answer some of every rank of society, attended might be rightly, though briefly, given each lecture ; and it seems that people in two words - Intellectual Improveare ready to hear, if only gentlemen of ment. Our books, maps, models, mu