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ON CHEAP LAW. To the Editor of the Advertiser and (itiardian. MR. EDITOR, — I must postpone my second epistle on the above subject until after the Christmas recess, the present is a period in which most of us, and, I trust, all of us, enjoy, according to our several stations and conditions in life, a little relaxation from the cares of the world, a little mirth and festivity. Even lawyers throw aside their sage and solemn counte- nances, in order to excite their risible muscles in company with their friends, I will not, therefore, trouble your numer- ous readers at this, I trust, to all of them, merry and happy period, with a matter that requires our consideration in our grave and reflecting moments for I am fully aware, thank God, that even professional men, are not divested, as some illiberally suppose, of the kindly feelings that generally, and more especially, actuate the human heart at Christmas and 011 the commencement of a new year, although there are some individuals weak and absurd enough to imagine, that lawyers, from the constant habit of viewing human misery, in all its various forms, degrees, and conditions, become callous, and even insensible to love and that if they assume the last-mentioned passion, self-interest is the all-absorbing consideration, that actuates their minds. But I i-ill not, for one moment, admit this most illiberal notion for I have had ocular demonstration to the contrary, and this recalls to my mind a circumstance, which occurred to me, a few years ago. As I was retiring from a very crowded court at the assizes, I perceived a young attorney, with his bag of papers under his arm, thrusting his way through the crowd, with all his might and energy, and as he descended the hall steps, he dropped a piece of paper. I picked it up, and closely followed after him, with the intention of deliver- ing the same to him, but being met by a friend, was detained so long in conversation, as to cause me completely to lose sight of the owner. I put the precious morceau, therefore, into my pocket; and on my arrival at my own domicile, took it out, and placed it on the table; and it being open and unwafered, my curiosity prompted me to peruse the con- tents, which I now give you, Mr. Editor, verbatim et litera- tum, and which fully convinced me, that lawyers can LOVE— and as disinterestedly, too, as other folks, namely- My Dear Cieature, The circuit is now at an end, and the judges and lawyers on their return home but no felon sentenced at the assizes to transportation, could have been in a more wretched plight than your humble servant for, I can safely make affidavit, that each day I behold not your lovely face, is to me a dies non. Cupid, the tipstaff, has served me with an attachment from your bright eyes, more dreadful than a green wax pro- cess. He has taken my heart into custody, and will not accept of bail. Unless you allow of my plea, I must be nonsuited in a cause I have set my heart upon. Why will you, while I pine in hopes of a speedy lejoinder, hang me up, term after term, by delays which tend only to gain time. I filed my bill of last Michaelmas Term, on the morrow of all Souls, in hopes, ere this period, to have joined issue with you; but by your demurring, I am as far from bringing my cause to a hearing, as before I commenced suit. You still delay giving in your anwer, through which I am prevented passing publication; this is, absolutely, against the practice of all courts. I would, most willingly, quit the fattest client, to attend to your business. Would you but submit to a reference, I would much rather prefer an attendance at your father's house, than at the Chambers of a Master in Chancery. I stand in great need of an able counsel to move my suit; for whilst I am absent, I am afraid somebody betrays my cause, and is ever prefering a cross suit, which protracts matters—and, yet, I do not sue in founo pauparis, being willing to enfoeff you in a jointure; and to this I will bind myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, in a deed in which you shall nominate trustees. To save expense, my clerk shall engross it and it shall be left as a query. How vastly preferable the title of a Feme covert is to that of a Feme sole. But you still answer short to all my interrogatories. If I could obtain a leading order to try my title by even a jury of your own fiiends, I am certain I should obtain a verdict in my favour, and recover damages against you for I have good cause of action for attendance and loss of time though when judgment obtained, I do not think I could have, in my heart, to issue a Ca Sa against you, or put you into any court but that of Hymen. You have equity in your own breast, and from thence I hope for relief. Decree but for me, and the day of Essoign shall be that of your own nuptials, and the eve of the lasting felicity of Your devoted suppliant and faithful admirer, T. S." Now, Mr. Editor, after perusing the above impassioned effusion, I leave your readers to judge whether lawyers are not as susceptible of the tender passion as other human beings; it is a business-like epistle, 'tis true-still the poor fellow, in his anxious desire to obtain the fair object of his ardent love, expresses himself as willing to settle upon her a handsome jointure, thereby repudiating the sordid and selfish motives too frequently and unjustly imputed to the limbs of the law. I cannot refrain, whilst my hand is in, from reverting to the subject of cheap law, so far as to give to litigious and quarrelsome individuals, a little sage counsel and advice; it is most true, that cheap law is a most desirable object to obtain, but there is another acquisition of more importance to mankind still, namely, the doing all within our power to avoid law and litigation, by refraining from trifling disputes with our neighbours—for I must candidly confess, that many wrangles, altercations, and misunderstandings between man and man, upon which is engendered law suits and troubles, have, upon investigation, been discovered to be of as trifling import as the dispute between Jenkins and his Wife and as their quarrel may be amusing to some of your readers, at this time of the year, I give it to yon as follows :— THE SPIRIT OF CONTRADICTION. The very silliest things in life, Create the most material strife: What scarce will suffer a debate Will oft produce the bitterest hate; You say it is, I say, 'tis not, You grow warm and I am hot- Thus each alike in passion glows, And words come first, and after, blows There was a man of sober fame, Honest John Jenkins was his name Friend Jenkins had an income clear Of fifty pounds, or more, a year; And rented on the farming plan, I Grounds at much greater rate per ann, j j -— 1 A man of consequence, no doubt, I"' 'Mongst all his neighbours, round about- Would smoke his pipe, drink his ale, Sing a good song, and tell his tale But his wife was of another mold, »V»: i Her age was neither young nor old; Her features strong, and somewhat plain, Her hair not bad, but she was rather vain: hat she most hated, was conviction, What she most lovpd, flat contradiction A charming housewife, lle'ertheless- Tell me a thing, she could not dress 1 Soups, bashes, pickles, puddings, pies, Naught came amiss to her, she was so wise; For she bred near to Cardiff town, For knowledge had gained some renown And all South Wales had ieldoi-n seen, A farmer' Nvith such a D]iCIl- Such were our couple, man and wife, And such their ways and means of life; Now, it happened, in a morning's roam, He killed his birds, and brought them home Here, Sally, take away my gun— How shall we have these starlings done ? Done what, my dear, your wits are wild, Starlings, my dear, they are thrushes, child Nay, now but look, consider, wife, They are starlings, no upon my life Surely, I can judge as well as i o ii I know a thrush and starling, too Who was it that shot them,'you or I ? They are starlings, thrushes, sounds you lie Pray, sir, take back your dirty word, I scorn your language, as your bird It ought to make a husband blush, To wrangle so about a thrush 1 Thrush, Sally, a starling, no, Again the lie, again the now Words carried strong, and quick conviction Mars the power of contradiction Peace soon ensued, and all was well— It was imprudence to rebel, Or hold the ball up of debate, With arguments of such little weight; A year rolled on, in perfect ease, 'Twas as you like, and what you please Till in its course, and order, due Came March, the twentieth, thirty-two; Oh! Sally, this charming life, No tumults now, no noise, no sti-ife Suie, it was idle and absurd, To wrangle so about a bird A bird not worth a single rush, A starling, no, my dear, a thrush; That I'll maintain, that I deny, You're wrong, good husband, wife, you lie Again the self-same quarrel roe- Affain the lie, again the noise: 'Twas starling, thrush, and thrush and starling, You rogue, youjade, my dear, my dai-lin., I remain. Mr. Editor, Yours faithfully, Dec. 2n, 1843. LYCURGUS. -.8- To the Editor of the Adcertiser and Guardian. Sip.H-tN-iiig had occasion to be in Rhymney a few days ago, I was struck with the miserable state of the roads it requ ires a person with a good horse and strong nervei to get through some of the principal streets, and especially that street called the Forge Row. The inhabitants of both sid. s of the Forge Row make a practise of throwing ashes and fulzie of every description right into the open street, where it is trod upon by pedestrians and horsemen, and cut up by the wheels of the coal hauler's carts, and ruts formed therein, I many places 2 feet deep and instead of the roads having a nice hard level surface, on which passengers might travel with com- fort and comparative safety, they are interspersed with dung- heaps, inc., which in many places, if not earefully :1Yoided. would upset carts, carriages, or vehicles of any description. A person at the distance of a mile from Rliymney might, with the aid of a small telescope, see in the Forge Row a miniature landscape, in which could be traced mountains. valleys, rivers, anJ lakes mountains in the shape of heaps of ashes, vales foi-itied between the dung heaps, rivers in the deep ruts made by the cart wheels, and lakes in the stagnant pools of filthy water, or rather liquid manure. When wet weather sets in, it will require all the ingenuity and skill of a South Sea Indian, with his flat-bottomed canoe, to navigate the streets of Rliymney. For pedestrians or horsemen to attempt travelling on, or in such a mass, would be little short of madness. In fact, the chaotic mass accumu- lated in the streets, is too deep to be travelled in or upon, with anything in the shape of horse-flesh too thick and miry to be navigable by steam and not all adapted to the system of navigation pursued on canals. After a few weeks of serious consideration on the subject, I can come to no other conclusion than the following — Since manual labour, horse and steam power are all ren- dered useless, anrl inapplicable in such a locality, the Ilhymneyites are left to their last and only resource, that of faith; let them trust and believe, that Providence will endue the inventor of the aerial machine, with an additional gift of discovery, to enable him, to complete his serial caniage in time to gave the lives of many of her Majesty's loving and well-disposed subjects in Rliymney. Should matters continue in the same state, as they pre- sently are, I am perfectly convinced, that nothing short of serial transition will suit the present violated circumstances. It is a singular thing, although not less true, that the Rhnn- ney people do not call a meeting of the rate-payers, and take into their serious consideration the state of the SIIOULD-BE ROAD.S. The business of such a meeting would be to take into their consideration -1. What sort of a road, river, or canal would suit the convenience of the public best 2. How are the necessary funds to be raised, for the completion and keeping in repair such roads, rivers, or canals, as may be agreed upon! 3. How and by whom is the money to be expended r Economy, durability, and efficiency should be studied in every case. After the completion of an undertaking, of such public importance, it would be very requisite to convene a meeting of the rate-payers, to take into consideration the manner in which the work had been executed, and the manner ill which the funds had been applied. It might a'so be found advan- tageous, to make the managers or inspectors of such under- taking, give a true and correct account of their stewardships. Then, and not till then, would the public be made to see where roads have been completed, and others now in pro- gress of making at the public expense, to suit the convenience of interested individuals, or perhaps merely to gratify the whims of the modern Macadamites with their Utopian designs, and ignorant pretensions. Should the roads continue long in their present condition, I may, perhaps, trouble you again on the subject, as I have the pleasure, or rather misfortune, of visiting Rhymney once a month. I am, Mr. Editor, Your obedient Servant, Merthyr, 27th Dec. CONSTANTINE. M

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