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Punch — 41.1861

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December 21, 1861.]




E are sorry to see
that, the other
day, when the
circus of Mr.
Thomas Sayers
was at Oxford,
the University
authorities took
occasion to forbid
the undergra-
duates attending
that instructive
entertainm ent,—
instructive, be-
cause we have
reasou to sup-
pose that the ex-
hibition would
have included a
little sparring,
calculated to im-1
part to the colle-
gians some no-
tion of the art of

self-defence, and stimulate many of them to apply themselves to its
acquisition. The cultivation of that noble art is not incompatible with
the study of the liberal sciences ; its students would not beat Latin and
Greek out of each other’s knowledge-boxes, nor is it to be feared that
they would proceed to punch the Heads of Houses. Such consequences
will be apprehended by no one who understands the logic of a Mill.

Some of the Oxford students will have, one of these days, to stand up
for the Thirty-Nine Articles, and other important stakes. Some
divines are heavy- but, heavy weights or light weights, they will be
none the worse for knowing the use of their hands; and Desides, in
learning to box they would be schooled in fighting with temper: a
point too much neglected in theological education.

We regret to see that in the edict prohibiting the resort of the young
Oxonians to Mr. Sayers’s establishment, that gentleman was described
as “ a person named Sayers.” What would be thought of any one
who should talk of a person named Pusey P The Anglican champion
is a celebrated clergyman; but his renown is not greater than that of
the Champion of England; and the antagonist of Keenan deserves to
be spoken of with respect, as Mr. Sayers, or Mr. Thomas Sayers ;
or if “Mr. Sayers”be accounted as absurd as “Mr. Caesar,” then
lot reverend gentlemen, as they say Julies Cesar, so with becoming
consideration, speak of Tom Sayers.


ports. They have been the great promoters of the rebellion, and as fast as they are
caught, they will be locked up. Government has enormous quantities of proof
against every one of them. It will keep ; but the fact that these men are agents
of England only makes their crime the greater. There will be a great quantity of
fun before long.”

The amiable “Manhattan” has grim notions of a joke. What sort
of “ fun ” he is expecting may be easily inferred from the paragraph
that follows :—

“ W. J. Yancey has written to a femaletfriend who has the ear of the President,
requesting her to sound the latter, and see what terms the President would grant
him. The President refused to read the letter or hold any conversation on the
subject, except to say the only officer of this Government who will hold speech with
that traitor will be the United States Marshal that hangs him. You can rest assured
of one thing, within six months a demand will be made upon every Government it.
Europe that harbours criminals to give them up. Lord Palmerston will have the
pleasure of delivering up Yancey and Mason, if they do not escape from London.'

Of course we need not say that we believe that every syllable of tins
is strictly true. In confirmation of its verity we may add, that we have
learned, through a source quite as reliable, that when the hint dropped
by the President was brought to the States hangman, that “officer of
the Government ” expectorated twice with a marked gaiety of manner,
and after liquoring up a Sling, a Stone Wall, and a Corpse-Reviver, he
merrily danced forth into the middle of the room, and sang a pleasant
little song with this agreeable refrain .-—

“ 31 inoulb 3t mere huffy ganerg! ofya ! ofya !

©n a nice black foot,

Mfiitfy a small trapdoor,
fflSSfyat jau ta be Suttfy ganerp! ”

While one is about it, one may as well be fully circumstantial in one’s
lies ; and we feel somewhat surprised that the amiable “ Manhattan ”
should give such bare and meagre details of the facts (!) which he relates.
But what we wonder at still more is that such ribald, lying letters as
those which he indites should be inserted in large type in any English
journal, and that, in spite of them, that journal should continue to be


Your passion and arrogance, Jonathan, bridle,

And let me know what yon call Mason and Slidell.

Are they rebels ? What right, if you take that position
Had you, boarding the Trent, to demand extradition ?

Had Mitchell and Meagher been Slidell and Mason,
We you, and yon we, would you think no disgrace on
Your flag had been cast, its protection from under
If we those two traitors had taken, I wonder ?

Belligerents call you the men you laid hand on,

And the charge of high treason against them abandon P
Were we fighting the Erench, then you’d have no objection
To our seizing Erench envoys beneath your protection.

An amiable and truth-loving correspondent of the Standard, who
dates his letters from New York and signs himself “Manhattan,” has
been giving such a rose-coloured description of America, that one sighs
to think that one has not the great happiness of living there. Among
other things to tempt one to emigrate as soon as one can get the chance, |
is this attractive hint as to the power of the President, which “Man-;
hattan ” may of course be trusted in divulging:—

“ Those prisoners committed to the great prisons will die in them. It rests
entirely with the President whether they are ever brought to trial or not. If he
thinks it better for the public interest that such traitors as Mason and Slidell
should be imprisoned for life, he can have it so. This will he the fate probably of j
most of the leading traitors. The successors of Lincoln will probably take the j
same view of it. General Jackson, when President, kept a man, who had annoyed j
him, in prison for eight years, by merely ordering the district attorney not to bring j
him to trial.”

We hope a copy of the paper which contains this precious statement
will he sent to General Jackson as soon as may be possible, for we
cannot but believe that it will be a bit of news to him to hear of the
nice conduct of which he is accused. Were we disposed to view “ Man-
hattan ” as otherwise than one who is a stranger to veracity, we might
lift our eyes in wonder that the head of a republic so free and fond of
liberty as that of the United—or rather Untied-States should be in-
vested with a power over people who “annoy him” as complete as any
despot ever wielded with the bowstring, the knout, or the Bastile.

With a boastful word or two about the kidnapping of Messieurs
Mason and Slidell, and delicately stating that it “ quickly took the
starch out of them,” and that “ when they came in sight of the fort
that was to be their future prison and probable tomb, the chin of
Mason dropped and the knees of both gave way,” the amiable
“ Manhattan ” gives ns some advice as well as news about our Con-
suls, which Lord Palmerston will doubtless be thankful for and
profit by:—

‘1 The English Government ought to remove all its Consuls from the Southern

Moreover, as prisoners of war if you take them,

And therefore their country’s ambassadors make them,
You put yourselves then into this situation;

You are first to acknowledge the Confederation.


The British Public is requested to take notice that Mr. Laird,
Derbyite, has been returned for Birkenhead, in preference to the
Liberal candidate Mr. Brassey ; by what influence will appear from
the subjoined paragraphs of election intelligence:—

“ Notwithstanding the most arduous efforts on the part of the Liberal party, they
were unable to recover the lost ground, and the poll closed, giving Mr. Laird a
majority of 328.

“There was considerable excitement, owing to the religious element being largely
introduced, the Roman Catholics of Birkenhead, with the Rev. Canon Chapman at
their head, actively supporting the Tory candidate, Mr. Laird, and his return is
undoubtedly attributable to the course taken by this section of the electors.”

Elsewhere it is stated that:—

“At the polling a body of two hundred Roman Catholics, headed by Canon Chap-
man, were ostentatiously paraded in support of Mr. Laird. This demonstration
was, no doubt, intended as a rebuke to the supporters of Her Majesty’s Ministers,
for the liberal policy pursued in regard to Italy, and as a proof of practical concur-
rence with the lucubrations of the Bishops of Orleans and Poiothers, and other
supporters of the temporal power of the Pope.”

So Mr. Laird owes his election to voters who send him to the
House of Commons in the hope that he will support the government of
the Pope and oppose that of Lord Palmerston. The government of
Lord Derby and that of his Holiness are much the same thing
according to the papists of Birkenhead. Let this be remembered, when
a vacancy occurs elsewhere, by electors who value the liberty of Italy
and the honour and interest of England.
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