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agreement. “But where do you live ?” asked the latter. your affair,” said Lamb, “you undertook to see me home, and I hold you to the bargain.” His friend, not liking to leave Lamb to find his way alone, had no choice but to take a hackney coach, drive to Islington, where he had a vague notion that Lamb resided, and trust to inquiry to discover his house. This he accomplished, but only after some nours had been thus spent, during which Lamb drily and persistently refused to give the slightest clue or information in aid of his companion.

2. Lamb was one of the most punctual of men although he never carried a watch. A friend observing the absence of this usual adjunct of a business man's attire, presented him with a new gold watch which he accepted and carried for one day only. A colleague asked Lamb what had become of it. “Pawned,” was the reply. He had actually pawned the watch finding it a useless incumbrance.

3. On one occasion Lamb arrived at the office at the usual hour, but omitted to sign the attendance book. About mid-day he suddenly paused in his work, and slapping his forehead as though illuminated by returning recollection, exclaimed loudly : “ Lamb! Lamb! I have it ; and rushing to the attendance book interpolated his name.

4. On another occasion Lamb was observed to enter the office hastily, and in an excited manner, assumed no doubt for the occasion, and to leave by an opposite door. He appeared no more that day. He stated the next morning, in explanation, that as he was passing through Leadenhall Market on his way to the office he accidentally trod on a butcher's heel. “I apologised,” said Lamb, “to the butcher, but the latter retorted : 'Yes, but your excuses won't cure my broken heel, and me,' said he, seizing his knife, “I'll have it out of you.'' Lamb fled from the butcher, and in dread of his pursuit dared not remain for the rest of the day at the India House. This story was accepted as a humorous excuse for taking a holiday without leave.

5. An unpopular head of a department came to Lamb one day and inaired, “Pray, Mr. Lamb, what are you about?” “Fort next birthday." said Lamb. “I don't like your answer,” said his chief. "Nor I your question,” was Lamb's reply.

ALGERNON BLACK, in Macmillan's Magazine.

CONTEMPORARY LIFE AND THOUGHT IN RUSSIA.

ST. PETERSBURG, January 14th, 1879.

POLITICAL AGITATION AMONG THE STUDENTS.

The event of the day is the political agitation among the students. These disturbances have been very much exaggerated in the reports, not only abroad, but also in Russia itself. Down to the present, at any rate, there is nothing in them at which to be seriously frightened. Their worst aspect is the wrong the actors in the disturbances do themselves; instead of devoting the precious time of youth to earnest studies they are busy trying to solve problems beyond their powers. For this wild end they risk every day seeing the doors of the universities closed to them, and leing denied their career. But youths do not much trouble themselves with thoughts of the future, and the spirit of camaraderie easily draws them away to any folly. Unfortunately for Russia, this feeling does not confine itself within the limits of one school or university, but has spread till it has attained the proportion of a general solidarity among the students of the whole country. Whenever a disturbance arises in any one of the schools, be it in the south, the west, or the east of Russia, deputies are sent to other universities and a concerted action is planned.

The first impulse of the recent troubles was given at the Veterinary Irstitute of Kharkow, and it may be as well to go a little into the details of what is known of the occurrence.

The official report of the case is somewhat puzzling. It states that ong of the professors, by name Jouravsky, in order to further the progress of his pupils, instituted evening lessons for those who wished them. The diligent students welcomed the innovation, but the lazy ones felt dissatisfied at it. The professor received several anonymous letters, containing threats which were to be carried out in case he did not immediately give up these lessons; which were avowed to be mortifying to grown-up students, since they put them on the same level with pupils of secondary schools. He showed the letters to the students favourable to his method, and they begged him to go on, not paying any attention to them. Then the opposition had recourse to violent measures. Assembling in great numbers at the next public lesson of Jouravsky, they interrupted him, making a dreadful noise. At last they drove him out of the room. The authorities naturally interfered and arrested the culprits, who were brought before the University Court.

When things had gone as far as this the students of the University sided with their fellows—the Veterinaries. Further, an unfortunate circumstance occurred serving to fan the flame,—the offended professor was admitted among the judges to whom the case was submitted. This seemed so unfair to the accused that everybody was shocked. The authorities sought to excuse the irregular proceeding by alleging that Jouravsky alone could give them all the particulars of the affair. But such an explanation was felt to be unsatisfactory. The professor ought, no doubt, to have appeared as a witness, but, being a party concerned, he had no right to sit as judge, and the students were not to blame in protesting against it. Nevertheless the fact of being right in theory did not help them in practice. Their petitions and meetings had for their only result the increasing of the number of the arrested, and the closing the doors of the University of Kharkow against the innocent as well as the guilty.

But here, before going further, it should be added that, side by side with this official cause of discontent, there exists another secret one, which is really still more sad than the first. This is the old, deeplyrooted, national hatred between Russians and Poles, which time, hitherto, has been unable to cure, and the traces of which are very easily to be found in the provinces of the west. Professor Jouravsky is a Pole, and the Russians on that score nourished a bad feeling against him, seizing the first pretext to offend him.

As soon as the agitation had reached its height, and the University was closed, deputies from the students were sent to Moscow and St. Petersburg asking for assistance. At Moscow the students were not disposed to mix themselves in the affair, but at St. Petersburg the youths showed a more lively interest in the movement. Supported by the students of the Medico-Chirurgical Academy-who are known to stand always at the head of every revolutionary agitation—the leaders drew up a petition to the Cesarevitch. On the 30th November (old style) they assembled in great numbers and proceeded to the Anitchkow Palace. As that day was the jubilee of the Technological Institute, it was at first thought that the procession was bringing their congratulations on that occasion, and the policemen accordingly let it pass.

However, as the line kept increasing in number, and was seen taking another direction, the police grew anxious, and its head, General Zourof, went in person to parley with the procession. Being very politely asked what they wanted and where they were going, they answered that they purposed to present to the heir of the throne a petition in favour of their fellow-students of Kharkow. To this Zourof replied that the time was ill-chosen for going in multitudes to the Anitchkow Palace, the Grand Duchess then lying in childbed, and the Grand Duke being absent from town. These arguments prevailed, and the deputation consented to entrust the prefect with its petition and to separate.

Meanwhile, however, the police, frightened at this stream of students pouring incessantly townward, fancied they could stop it by disconnecting the bridges on the Neva which join the scholastic quarters with the central streets. The University, as well as the Medico-Chirurgical Academy, lies on the left side of the river, and once the bridges are separated communication between them and the other parts is cut. In this way the procession, which had passed over to the right side, could receive no more reinforcements, but it was also made impossible for it to return home, -without mentioning the inconvenience caused by such a measure to the peaceable citizens. In fact, while Zourof was requiring from the young men he parleyed with the promise to go home, his subordinates were taking pains to hinder them from keeping that pledge. Very soon a sort of panic seized the whole town, and the most incredible tales circulated through it during that day and on the day following. It was said that the students had openly revolted, that shots had been heard, and that a fight was going on in the streets. In reality, nothing more than what is above related had occurred, and, as soon as the bridges were put in order, the students willingly dispersed.

But on the next day, a much more serious event took place at the Medico-Chirurgical Academy. The young men assembled there, wishing to know the result of their petition to the heir of the throne. Hearing that General Zourof was paying a visit to their directors, they sent a deputation to him, begging for an answer. Zourof, who, in his fright, had undertaken an irregular mission, not having the right to present such petitions to members of the Imperial family, was puzzled what to do next. However, he went to the students and made them some vague excuses, alleging that the Cesarevitch had not yet given any answer, and that the reply would be immediately communicated to them as soon as it was given. The students contented themselves with these assurances and withdrew. But on reaching the street they were instantly surrounded by a mob of their fellows, who had been waiting for them, and wanted to hear the news. The police, afresh alarmed, ordered them to disperse, and as they did not obey quickly enough, troops were summoned. When they saw themselves being pushed about by the military force, which does not feel graciously disposed towards rioters, they really revolted, and with the cry, “ Arrest us all !" turned back to the Academy, crowding the halls and the passages. One hundred and forty-two of them were arrested, while in the fight which ensued many were severely wounded and bruised. It is true that the official report flatly contradicts this last part, denying both the fight and the rumour of there being any wounded, but eye-witnesses persist in affirming the correctness of the rumour, even naming the surgeons who were told off for dressing the wounds of the prisoners. At any rate, the whole town talked about these things as of facts beyond doubt, and the official statement found but few believers.

After this the state of affairs at the University grew worse, and the rector felt obliged to put a stop to the meetings held there, which were becoming more and more loud and frequent. Though the Professor Beketof (who is actually the rector) has always been one of the most popular men among the students, being known for his liberal views and his humane treatment of the young men, his exhortations this time were useless. It is even reported that in their excitement, the young

men, forgetting all they owed Ifim, not only were deaf to his voice, but insulted him. True this is denied by the professors.

The last event of this series of troubles is the surprising demonstration made some days ago by the students of the Roads and Communications Institute. The school had always enjoyed the fame of being inaccessible to political agitation. This favourable circumstance was held to be a special merit of the actual Minister Possiet, within whose province the school was included. His friends proclaimed as loudly as they could that personal influence, or the lack of it, has much to do with all such disturbances, and that good pedagogues know how to prevent them. They refused to recognize in these movements the character of a moral epidemic,—which they clearly are, -and ascribed them all to the awkwardness of the chiefs. Now that the epidemic has gained access to their own sanctuary, they must at last see that it really exists. The students of the Institute went in their turn to the Minister, and presented a petition, the contents of which are but imperfectly known. General Possiet explained to the deputies the illegality of their proceeding. These deputies again boasted of having spoken rudely to their chief.

While all this was going on, the Government naturally thought of new measures of repression. But all that its representatives could devise was the issuing of a proclamation applying the articles of the penal code which concern meetings and riots in the streets to the school buildings, and ordering the police to assist the school-directors at their request in restoring order in the halls. How far such a measure will prove effective it is not easy to say. It is the old story-while everybody agrees that something must be done, nobody knows what course to take, and only criticises somebody else. Happily calm is nearly restored now; but in the beginning of these troubles the panic was great. For a week or more every mention in the newspapers was forbidden, and, as always happens in such cases, the tales spread through the town were much worse than the reality. Since official reports have been issued, the public feeling has grown more rational, and people have ceased to expect every day a revolution.

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DISCOVERY OF

THE HORSE." In my last letter I gave a full account of the hunt for the assassins of General Mesentzef. Since that time the search has been crowned with just one success, which at first sight was full of promise. This was the capture of the horse, the identical steed, which had carried the murderers out of reach. It was found in one of the St. Petersburg Tattersall's, where it had been stabled for the whole winter. The story is told differently, but the version most current is the following: Among others arrested, was a suspicious individual who affirmed himself to be a peasant named Joukovsky, from the province of Viatka; but a bill was found in his pocket for the keeping of a horse and a cab at the Tattersall's. On his being confronted with the master and the grooms of

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