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em and the "riff-raff" is, that the latter "wear their hearts upon their sleeves," and, contrary to the general impression, they are more reliable for fighting purposes. The philosophy of this is plain enough. The "riff-raff," as they are called, are accustomed to hard work and hard knocks from their cradles; they feel that this world is no world for them, and that, in giving it up, they have not much to lose. But fine houses, productive farms, beautiful gardens — as Dr. Johnson said to Garrick, "these are the things that make a death-bed terrible;" these are the things that enervate men, make them cling to life as the greatest of advantages, render the "solid men" the least formidable of all combatants who can be called into the field, and cause them to skedaddle to Canada and Europe for fear of being drafted into the militia. The only manner in which the "solid men" of the North are now formidable is in their capital.--They have spent so much money in carrying on this war t
Death of an old actor. --The death of James William Wallack, an actor of the "old school," is announced in the New York papers. The Times publishes the following obituary of him. "James William Wallack was born in London in 1795. Both his parents were on the stage; his father, William Wallack, being a distinguished comedian and vocalist; and his mother, Elizabeth Field, playing the leading female characters with Mr. Garrick for several years. He made his first appearance in London at the age of seven, and, after playing boys' parts for some time, passed to the Academic Theatre, established by Queen Charlotte, in Leicester street, Leicester Square, where English and German children appeared on alternate nights.--Here he attracted the attention of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, who gave him an engagement at Drury Lane. That theatre being subsequently burned down, he went to Ireland; but in 1839 returned to England, and on the opening night at the New Drury Lane appeared as "
en announced for appearance at the Sydenham Crystal Palace. The theatres, of course, are busy with the approaching Christmas entertainments. "Ruy Blas," at the Lyceum, has proved so great a hit that the production of "Robert Macaire," which was to have been brought out on boxing-night, is adjourned for the present. Miss Bateman returns to the Adelphi with the new year, to appear, I believe, as Julia, in the wearisome play of "The Hunchback." At the Haymarket, Mr. Sothern is to resume "Garrick" and "Lord Dundreary Married and Done For." The burlesque at that theatre, and at the Strand, has been written, I hear, by that arch-pun-man, Heary Byron; that at the St. James by William Brough. As yet no piece in particular is expected to make much of a sensation. Here is a joke on antiquaries, condensed from The Reader, worthy of ranking with Scott's "Aikin Dram's Lang Ladle" or Dickens's "Bill Stumps, His Mark." When the British Association went to Stonehenge last summer, their at
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