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II THS NEW RECRUITING SYSTEM. Accord. ing to the old system of recruiting, smait looking soldiers were stationed in the principal towns te pick up or entice lads to jsin their regi- ments this plan of recruiting is indeed etili car- ried on, ana is sufficiently well known by the general public to require no further explanation here. But, in addition to that, the following system has been started. In every town and vil- lage in the United Kingdom that is of sufficient importance to own a post office, may be found ail the necessary information as regards enliatb g. Any lad who takes it into his mind that he would like to "go soldiering" hag to ask at the nearest post office, and he will be given first of all a paper setting forth the advantages the army has to offer, and the conditions of the service in which he thinks of engaging himself. This he can take home with him, and after due deliberation, he can if he thinks fit pay another visit to the post office, an inhere receive a form^of" A pplication to Enlist." This paper, which may be filled in either by the recruit or by the pest-master, must state the exd. t height and age of the recruit, aad whether he wishes to serve in cavalry, artillery, or iafantry, and then it will be sent to the officer in the district who has charge of the recruiting. In due course the applicant will have to appear at depot of his county, and if he satisfies the authorities 83 regards his health, strength, and physical powers he will be immediately enlisted as a soldier. The whole of England is divided for military purposes into a number of districts, which comprise one or more counties, or part of a couuty, or perhaps some large town, and to each of these districts some regiment is assigned, which takes its name and draws its re cruits from that special locality, so that every portion of the United Kingdom has some regira nt with which it is closely allied. In the majority of cases it may be assumed that the rccruit would join the regiment that belongs to his own county, and bears its name, for he will probably meet there chiefly men of his own district; but if be have a preference for another regiment, or for any reason (best known to himself) he should wish to live away from his own county, there will be nothing to prevent his stating on his application paper that he wants to serve in some other corps. By this beneficial reform many advantages will accrue to the intending recruit. In the first place, there will be no possibility of a lad being enticed into the army 0 M false pretences; he will have ample opportunity of studying at leisure the terms of service, and of talking it over with his friends and he will escape the evils of loitering abou, the public-houses with the recruiting sergeant, and of being thrown into the society of other recruits (perhaps of low character) at the outset ot his caieer; for he will go straight from his home to the depot of the regiment.— From Oa-ml!, Magazine" for March.. A MISUNDERSTOOD MAN.—No one fougut so gallantly against the common fc« as did the most unpopular man in the town-Frank Preston. When Frank's unpopularity is spoken of, it must be owned that it was not universal. There were dark places in Woolton that Frank's kindness ] I brightened; there were widows' sad hearths that would have been desolate indeed butfor him and there were families in which it was an article of faith that his kind help alone had snatched back the dear wan wife, the large-eyed pallid child the bread-winner, worn down by fever into the mere shadow and ghost of the strong man he had bee a from the very jaws of the grave. There were those who talked of Frank Preston as though he were more than mortal in his untiring goodness and noble sympathy with the suffering, for he never flinched from risk or toil, gave his time, I his labour, his, as well as his money and would sit for long hours with the fevered hand of a moaning child clinging to his own strong, cool fingers while the wearied mother gained a little rest.—From "Ralph Raebarn's Trusteeship' Serial Story in Cassell's Magazine for March. LETT'S POPULAR ATLAs.-We have not noticed this Atlas during the last few parts, as we could scarcely trouble our readers with reiterated com ments however favourable, but tke receipt of part 27 shows us that we are nearly approaching tho completion of the Third or European Series of this useful work. The debateable ground of H zegovina and Bosnia, the late battlefields of Plevl"t and Shipka Pass, the recently defiaed bouruar,.e^ of Greece, all find their latest expression in spe> i-> maps: whilst Austria and Germany *n saf>efi and Italy in tbree, are now perfected, ,ana_? P and Italy in tbree. are now perfected, ,ana_? P plans are ftiven of the cities of Eraseeip, ^.ian St. Petersburg, atd Rome, with its recently -v- cavated ruins, on sufficiently large ac tios L, c.- used as tourist maps. We note also ihe aun^ucre- ment that the concluding volume o' the w. k will comoience with the June magazine. so that pro bably by the end of the year the compare woik ot 156 maps will be in the hands of th y public at « lower price than any similar undertaking.


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