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as amusing being lost sight of, he left the speculation in disgust, before the work was finished. Probably thinking that he could correct the mistakes in the “Life in London,” he brought out "Life in Paris," where he had sufficient opportunity to "shoot folly as it flies." His next work was the illustration of a series of popular German stories: these were very successful, adding materially to the popularity of the artist. These sketches, and others called the “ Points of Humour,” drew forth a favourable notice in the pages of “Blackwood's Magazine.” This at once gave him the highest position as a comic illustrator; so that no work, having any pretensions to humour, was deemed complete without the aid of his pencil. The books that were indebted to him at this period for their illustrations were Grimm's “German Popular Stories,” “Mornings at Bow Street,” “Peter Schlemihl,” “ Italian Tales," "Hans of Iceland,” “Tales of Irish Life,"
." "Punch and Judy,” “Tom Thumb," "John Gilpin," “The Epping Hunt.” At a later period he produced the plates for the “Illustrations of Phrenology,” “Illustrations of Time,” “Scraps and Sketches," “My Sketch-Book," "Sketches by
,« Oliver Twist,” “The Tower of London," and the “Comic Almanack." The latter serial was an ever-delightful mine of pleasure during the festive season at which it was published. A few years before the lamented death of Laman Blanchard, Mr. Cruikshank published, in connection with him, a periodical called “The Omnibus,” in which some of his best and happiest sketches appeared.
While he was thus amusing the age he did not forget to "point a moral” as well as “adorn a tale." His “Sunday in London,” “The Gin Shop," "The Gin Juggernaut,” “The
6 Upas Tree,” “The Pillars of a Gin Shop,” are all sermons in pictures. “The Bottle," a more recent production, has attained immense celebrity. The tale of a drunkard's life is faithfully told in these eight plates. They met with extraordinary success, and were dramatised in most of the theatres in the kingdom. A series of plates--" The Drunkard's Children,” followed “The Bottle," but were less successful. During the progress of the sale of these prints, George Cruikshank appeared on the platform as the advocate of Teetotalism--a principle which he had adopted, and which he has not failed to recommend whenever the opportunity has been presented. His Temperance addresses are full of humour and point. His action on the platform bears some affinity to his autograph-in and out, and on no recognised principle or rule.
His jokes come ringing from him with all the heartiness of a youth yet in his teens-his warnings and bitter denunciation of wrong as the wise speaking of the sybil. He has proved, in his own experience, when over sixty, that alcoholic drinks were not necessary for the development of his genius. He has shown, at a period when it is generally supposed the mental powers fail, and “the fine gold becomes dim,” that, by the aid of temperance, his powers unclouded are preserved to the last. Recently he has produced in, to him, a new line of art, several oil paintings which have been exhibited in the British Institution and Royal Academy. The most noticeable is "Disturbing a Congregation," "A New Situation," and “Dressing for the Day,” with some others equally full of humour.
In addition to these already enumerated capabilities, Mr. G. Cruikshank posesses considerable dramatic ability. When the Guild of Literature and Art was organised, he took part with the utmost acceptance in the dramatic performances given in London and the provinces, under the management of Charles Dickens.
In his vocation as caricaturist, in the words of his friend Samuel Philips, “At no period has he drawn a line which, however cutting may have been the satire employed, has not had for its object the benefit, as well as the amu ent of his fellow men.
His latest works-attacking the most degrading of our national vices—command our gratitude and respect. George is popular amongst his associates. His face is an index to his mind. There is nothing anomalous about him and his doings. His appearance, his illustrations, his speeches, are all alike-all picturesque, artistic, full of fun, feeling, geniality, and quaintness. His seriousness is grotesque, and his drollery is profound. He is the prince of living caricaturists, and one of the best of men.”—From an Interesting Volume, entitled
ADVERTISEMENT OF A LOST DAY.
A gem of countless price,
And graved in paradise.
Set round with three times eight,
Large diamonds, clear and bright,
All changeful as the light.
In fashion's mazes wind,
Leaving a sting behind ;
A golden harp to buy,
To deathless minstrelsy,
of countless cost
Is reft away for ever!
Like burning scroll have fled,
Who judgeth quick and dead;
That man can ne'er repair,
What shall it answer there?
DO IT WELL.
A little extra expense, on matters of taste, is not always money thrown away in Band of Hope labours. The Band of Hope Union has-without any lavish expendituremgenerally shown a good example on this head. And we rejoice to know that many country societies are not slow in following the example. Our friends at Kenilworth have done so for the past five or six years. Good lecturers and agents are engaged; as, for instance, a week of Mr. Laurence Gane, to give éclat to the anniversary meetings in April, and a fortnight of Mr. Blaby, to organize the annual fête later in the season. Their stationery and printing are invariably well got up—50 much so that one quarter's plan, a few years since, secured a couple of liberal annual subscribers in Berkshire. There is a laborious paid secretary, who devotes four days per week to the work; and there is also a body of willing and active young persons on the Committee.
Thinking it may interest fellow-labourers in others places, we append an exact copy of the present quarter's plan, well done up, on Bristol board” of good quality :
KENILWORTH BAND OF HOPE.
The Young of Kenilworth are affectionately invited to attend the following Meetings; each to commence at Seven o'Clock and to close at a Quarter-past Eight :
At Abbey Hill School-room,
24th.--" Lecture by Mr. Hemus, of Birmingham.
Address by Miss ANNIE ALLAN.
J. W. BARKER, Esq., Wolverhampton.
AT ST. JOHN'S SCHOOL-ROOM,
Conquered."-By J. PHILLIPS, Esq., Wolver
At Cubbington, Bubenhall and Stoneleigh,
as per local announcements.
• Library open on these Evenings, from 6.30 to 7. o'clock.
The success of the above meetings will greatly depend on the efforts of the Members; they should ask parents, friends, and companions to accompany them.
“Abstain from every appearance of evil."
At occasional periods, as circumstances may suggest, a little two-page serial, called the Kenilworth Band of Hope Messenger, with engraved heading, is also brought out. In addition to such particulars or announcements as are of a local nature, several articles have appeared from the attractive pen of UNCLE True, and other friends. The same engraving is used to illustrate Band of Hope advertisements which appear in the local newspaper. This mode of advertising is found to answer well; and a few hundred proofs are also worked off by the printer for circulation by the members.
As the engraving is placed at our service for the purpose, we copy one of the most recent of these announcements, merely curtailing the spread of the type, so as to suit our own columns :
HE young of Kenilworth, are invited to attend the OPENING MEET.
EVENING, September 10th, 1861.
“THE BUNDLE OF STICKS,"
“THE DRUNKARD'S HISTORY OF HIMSELF." A SOLO—" BEAUTIFUL STAR,” will also be sung by a member of the Choir of a neighbouring parish.
Admission by Ticket only-to be obtained from Mrs. Hughes, or any
Member of the Committee. Members and Parents-Free. All others :-Children, 1d. ; Adults, 2d. THE CHAIR WILL BE TAKEN BY MR. BOWICK, AT SEVEN O'CLOCK.
The Chairman has since informed us that the meeting was of a most interesting and attractive character-drawing a crowded house—and that
young friend from London did her part well. And Mr. Blaby says that Miss Worms was highly delighted with her excursion, and with the kindness which she received on every side. May such interchanges of workers between town and country be more and more cultivated. We shall be glad, through the offices of the Union, to aid in their promotion, as we have done in this case. Railway trains do their part, and Band of Hope workers will, we feel assured, not be behind with theirs.- Commu