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puesto. En la conferencia que tuvo con Alonzo de Alvarado, su conversacion era mas propia de hombre que justifica sus procedimientos y manifiesta la razon que le asiste, que de vencedor envanecido y enojado que acusa y acrimina. Quejóse, sí, con discrecion y templanza del agravio hecho á sus embajadores y concluyó asegurándole que su tratamiento seria conforme á su persona; y en lo que tocaba á disponer de sí, viese lél o que le convenia, y cualquiera que fuese su resolucion, siempre le tendria por amigo.-QUINTANA.

Cuán solitaria la nacion que un dia
Poblara inmensa gente!

¡La nacion cuyo imperia se extendia
Del ocaso al oriente!

Lágrimas viertes, infeliz ahora,
Soberana del mundo,

¡Y nadie de tu faz encantadora
Borra el dolor profundo !

Oscuridad y luto tenebroso

En tí vertió la muerte,

Y en su furor el déspota sañoso

Se complació en tu suerte.

No perdonó lo hermoso, patria mia;

Cayó el jóven guerrero,

Cayó el anciano, y la segur impía

Manejó placentero.

So la rabia cayó la vírgen pura

Del déspota sombrío,.

Como eclipsa la rosa su hermosura

En el sol del estío.


A knowledge of modern languages is deemed of particular importance in the diplomatic service, and for employés of the Foreign Office, of the former of whom it is required that they "have a speaking and writing knowledge of the languages of the several countries in which they have resided since their first appointment in the service," or in which they are going to reside.

However, in conducting these examinations, the Civil Service Commissioners will "bear in mind the length of time during which candidates may have resided in the several countries, and also the comparative difficulty of acquiring the languages of such countries."

10. LAW.

A knowledge of this subject is particularly required in the Colonial Office, in the Solicitor's Department of the Post Office, and for paid attachés. Questions in it are, besides, set in many voluntary examinations. The subject is divided into

a. Constitutional Law.

1. What are the "Three Estates of the Realm"? On what occasions have attempts been made to limit the number of the Peerage?

2. What are the functions of the House of Lords in regard to "Money Bills"? Enumerate the principal descriptions of enactment which are considered to be included under the term "Money Bill."

3. What is the nature of the writ of Habeas Corpus? By what statute is it regulated? Did that statute create it?

4. Describe briefly the constitutional position and functions of the "Privy Council." In what relation does the cabinet stand to it?

5. Has the Queen any greater authority over a colony which has not yet received a charter or constitution than she has over her English dominions? Is there any portion of the English Common Law which does not without special provision extend to a newly-settled dependency of the British Crown?

6. In what king's reign was Magna Charta made part of the English Statute Law? Mention any provisions of Magna Charta which you consider to have been peculiarly beneficial to the middle and lower classes.

7. Describe ccncisely the purport of the following

laws and ordinances:-The Constitutions of Clarendon; the Bill of Rights; the Act of Settlement; the Roman Catholic Emancipation Act.

8. What special rule exists as to the evidence necessary to convict a person of high treason? Can you mention any celebrated case in which a peculiar construction was put on this rule?

9. For what alleged offences were the following persons tried:-Sacheverell, Lord George Gordon, Horne Tooke?

10. What questions of Constitutional Law were involved in the original dispute between the American Colonies and the mother country? Are any of these still unsettled?

b. Mercantile and Commercial Law.

1. What are the duties of a British consular officer at a foreign seaport, in reference to the proposed discharge of a seaman by the master of a vessel?

2. By what acts may the right of a vendor of goods to "stop in transitu" be taken away?

3. What limitations are there to the doctrine that the slave trade stands on the footing of piracy?

4. By whom are the expenses of a ship incurred in a port of refuge to be primarily borne?

5. What sort of misrepresentation to the underwriter will avoid a policy of maritime insurance?

6. Ought an agreement for seamen's wages to be written or verbal? If such an agreement be not made in accordance with the provisions of the governing statutes, is it absolutely void?

7. What is a seaman's "allotment ticket," and what is its legal effect?

8. Describe a bottomry bond, and state briefly in what particulars the rules of law regarding it differ from those which govern other securities for money.

9. What are the functions of a consular office in reference to the securities to be given to salvors where salvage services have been rendered by one of Her

10. Under what circumstances may seamen quit á British ship against the will of the master, without being guilty of desertion?

11. What effect has a blockade of the port of destination on contracts for the maritime carriage of merchandise?

12. When a ship is sold or mortgaged at a port which is not her port of registry, what functions may a consular officer have to exercise in reference to the transaction?

c. Law of Real and Personal Property.

1. Explain the nature of a feoffment and of livery of seisin. Why are feoffments not now in use?

2. What is the effect of a limitation to uses since the Statute of Uses? How does the assurance called a bargain and sale operate?

3. What is the difference between the estates in land created by a gift to a man for life, and by a gift to a man for 100 years, if he so long live?

4. Define a remainder of lands. What is the meaning of the doctrine that every limitation, which can possibly be construed as a remainder, shall always be so construed?

5. What is the effect of giving land to A (simply) in a conveyance inter vivos? What is the effect of a de

vise of lands to A (simply)?

6. Define an easement. When running water passes through a man's land, what is the nature of his right to the use of the water, as against proprietors lower down the stream?

7. Explain carefully the operation of a mortgage in the ordinary form. What is foreclosure, and what redemption?

8. When a mortgagee dies intestate, to whom does the estate in the mortgaged lands pass, and to whom the interest in the debt secured by the mortgage?

9. What are the contracts which, according to the Statute of Frauds, must be evidenced by writing?

10. Explain the nature of a bill of exchange. When

it is dishonoured, what steps must the holder take in order to perfect his power of recovering the amount due on it?

11. What is an act of bankruptcy? Describe generally the nature of the interest which passes from a bankrupt to his assignees.

12. Define the contract of insurance. What interest must the insured have in the subject of the insurance, in order that the contract may stand.

13. What is meant by the "quantity" and "quality" of an estate in land. What are the quantity and quality of the following estates?—

(1) to A (simply).

(2) to A for 100 years if he should live so long. (3) to A to the use of B.

(4) to A and his heirs male for the life of B.

14. Define a "springing use," a "shifting use," and an executory devise."

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15. What was originally the object of creating trustees to preserve contingent remainders? Are such trustees useful in any case at the present moment?

16. What is meant by "mortmain"? And what is the object of the mortmain acts? What statute of George II. regulates charitable devises and requests, and what are its chief provisions? Is this statute one of the mortmain acts?

d. Conveyancing.

1. An estate is limited to A for life, remainder to B's sons in tail, remainder to C in fee. In how many ways could A and C, under the old law, have dealt with their respective estates, so as to destroy the contingent to B's sons? What difference has the 8 & 9 Vict. c. 106, made in this respect?

2. When property is not settled to a married woman's separate use, what is the extent of the marital right and disposition over her chattels personal, chattels real, and estates of inheritance?

3. What is the object of inserting covenants for title

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