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GEORGE HERBERT, 117, GRAFTON-STREET,

HURST & BLACKETT, LONDON,

MDCCCLXVII,

DUBLIN: PRINTED BY ALEXANDER THOM, 87 & 88, ABBEY-STREET.

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Is unrivalled for Purity of Color, and boldness of Crystals, and is equally suitable for the heaviest Cotton Goods, as for the most delicate Linen Fabrics and Muslins.

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J. & J. COLMAN obtained the ONLY BRITISH MEDAL for STARCH

AT THE

DUBLIN EXHIBITION of 1865.

JURORS' REPORT, 1851.

"A third series of samples of Starch, prepared by a different process from that of other Manufacturers, was exhibited by Messrs. J. & J. COLMAN, and the specimens being excellent the Jurors consequently awarded them a Prize Medal."

OFFICIAL DECLARATION, 1862.

"The British and Foreign Jurors have awarded to J. & J. COLMAN a Prize Medal for their Starches, for 'Superior Quality with Large Production,'”

DUBLIN, 1865.

"For Superior Starch from Rice, and for Colored Starches."

"COLMAN'S COLORED STARCH is a curious invention, and is likely to be useful; a lady who does not like to be noticed wearing the same dress more than once or twice has only to get it washed and she can starch it into any color she pleases, so as to produce all the effect of a new article."-Times, 17th May, 1865.

SOLD BY ALL GROCERS AND DRUGGISTS.

J. & J. COLMAN, LONDON.

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SOME Cynic philosophers assert that everyone is punished as much (or more) for the faults of others as for his own. Such certainly was the case with the playmates of the young princes of former days. When these last neglected their tasks, or gave displeasure to their tutors in any way, the poor favourite received the merited whipping. Such certainly is the case with the tenants of extravagant nobles who chose to live in cities distant from their ancestral estates. Such at present is the case with the Sovereign of the British empire and her ministers. The C.O.I.R.'s and head centres who assume the styles and titles of our harmless legendary heroes are punishing them for political crimes committed by the representatives of the Henrys and Edwards who lived and sinned centuries ago. Austria and Prussia have punished and maltreated the quiet Danes of the nineteenth century for the barbarities perpetrated by their ancestors a thousand years since. The fact is, that no crime can be committed without punishment waiting on some one. The learned and patriotic Mr. Worse may tell till he grows hoarse how his northern philosophers civilized our islands by fire and sword; he cannot convince us of the philanthropy of his brazen-scaled and remorseless apostles. Perhaps at no period of their history have the British islands suffered so much as during their struggles with these pes

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tilent marauders whether they were named the White (Norwegian) or the Black (Danish) Strangers.

A knowledge of history is considered an essential portion of the mental acquirements of every gentleman and lady, but it is for the most part a disagreeable, and in many respects, a slightly immoral study, if we apply the same criterion to it which we do to its relative, romance. Moral lecturers on fiction instruct us that any novel or romance which centres its chief interest in wicked men or women, and devotes the greater_portion of its pages to their proceedings, is an immoral, or at least an unedifying book. We need not waste pages or lines here in pointing out what sort of designs or deeds enter into the tissue of historical narrative, but as (the above reasoning notwithstanding) history is, and will continue to be, a popular and engrossing study, it is of importance that we be acquainted with the true nature of past events.

DESIDERATA FOR A GOOD IRISH HISTORY.

With regard to our own country we have not in this case been well favoured. Those historics which have appeared in print, rest for their authority on hitherto inedited MSS., many portions of which are of a legendary and romantic character. It is evident that it is only when all these MS. chronicles, that are worth 1*

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