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vations like an Ostiack; existed like time, and his anxiety, as may be a savage ; lived like a Bohomolet; imagined, was intense. Ten days and after having struggled and sur afterwards a reply came from Count mounted all, to be caught by a Eulenburg, vague, but not altogether Prussian policeman! When interro- discouraging. During this time ingated by the police-magistrate, he vestigations were being made as to stated he was a French workman, the Posen affair, of which, of course, returning from Russia, who had lost he knew himself innocent.
But his explanations Meanwhile, much agitation was were not believed, and he was im- caused at Konigsberg by the news of prisoned in the Blue Tower. No his arrest, and general sympathy was doubt this was far from being as expressed on his behalf
. The idea terrible as the Russian prisons; yet of delivering up a political refugee he was seriously anxious as to the who had escaped from so many result. At the end of a month, he dangers, was repugnant to the good was told that the various addresses citizens of Konigsberg, and one of he had furnished were proved to be them, Herr Kamke, a merchant, false, and that the worst suspicions went so far as to offer to become existed against him. At last, Pio-bail for the prisoner. After many trowski deemed it advisable to re- formalities, Piotrowski was released, veal his true story before a high and he then accepted the hospitality functionary, and M. Fleury, a French- of Herr Kamke, whose family man, who had resided thirty years eagerly welcomed him, and treated in Konigsberg. The surprise, the him as if he had been a long-lost astonishment of the auditors knew He might then have left the no bounds at the revelation. “Un- city, but he wished to show his grahappy man !" M. Fleury exclaimed, titude to his friends by remaining a “why did you not state the truth few days with them. For a week before? We shall have to deliver Piotrowski was lionised by the worthy you up to Russia, in accordance citizens. At the expiration of that with the extradition treaty.”
period he was summoned before the His only hope of safety was in police, and he was informed that petitioning Count Eulenburg, Pre-orders from Berlin had arrived for sident of the Regency, a generous extradition, but that he would be and noble-minded man, upon whom allowed to escape if he did so all depended. He did so, and he quickly. So, with ample means and also wrote to Paris to procure cer- credentials, he quitted his excellent tificates of identity. Moreover, he hosts; and, on the 22nd September, learnt that much rested on the fact 1846, Piotrowski set his foot in as to whether he was connected or Paris, poorer in hopes if richer in not with the Posen conspiracy. His experience than when he left that mental sufferings were great at this city four years before.
THE LATE CHIEF-JUSTICE LEFROY, 1 The biography of this distinguished and that the only one worthy of a member of the Irish Bar will doubt. Christian's real anxiety, namely, conless be warmly welcomed by all who scientiously discharging his duty to take interest in things connected his Creator, and thereby insuring with practical jurisprudence on our his salvation. Thus, his life being side of the Channel since the close regulated by the dictates of reason of last century. It will be, perhaps, and religion, and spent in alternate received with the greater cordiality healthy exercise and rest, not in by those whose fathers, as well as anxious, fitful, and ill-regulated efthemselves, have unflinchingly strug- forts, was prolonged to the very adgled to maintain the cause of Con- vanced term of ninety-three year. servatism in Church and State, espe Thomas Langlois Lefroy, son of cially if imbued with an evangelical Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony Lefroy, spirit
. For the Right Honourable of the Light Dragoons, was born Thomas Langlois Lefroy was from in Limerick (?), on the 8th of Januhis youth a serious and indefatigable ary, 1776. At the age of fourteen student of his Bible, an unwearied he endured a long imprisonment in meditator on the relations between the “ Fly" stage-coach; but as every bis CREATOR and himself, and a human trial has its limits, at the end faithful doer of the work which he of three days he happily exchanged believed he was appointed to per- his cribbed and cabined condition
for comfortable apartments in Trinity Mr. Lefroy won his way by his College, Dublin, abilities and steadiness from the An intimacy which ensued berank of barrister to that of Chief-Jus- tween him and a fellow-student, Mr. tice. In the opinion of his friends, Paul, of Silver Spring, Wexford, led he should have enjoyed the style to visits at that gentleman's family and dignity of Lord Chancellor many residence, and to a tender attachyears since
. He studied hard, gave ment between himself and Miss Paul, himself but moderate relaxation, ex- and subsequently to their marriage, perienced the harassing existence of in 1797, and, as the story books say, a lawyer in good practice, both in to their conjugal happiness ever the metropolitan law-courts and on after, i.e., a respectable term of years. circuit
, and, later, the anxious cares He was called to the bar in Easter and responsibilities of a judge. If Term of the same year, but did not we add his parliamentary labours, it begin to attend the courts till 1800, might naturally be supposed that devoting the interim to severe legal the wear and tear of such an exist- studies. In November, 1801, he ence, crowded with every imaginable made his first speech in the courts, annoyance and disturbance, would and greatly gratified his family and have limited his years to the space friends by the judgment and ability long ago laid down by the sage. which it evinced. He pleaded with But he had learned to look on all great success both in the Four Courts worldly concerns as things which and on the circuit for a few years, should be engaged in, with care in- and then entirely devoted himself deed, but not with harrowing anxiety. to home practice in the Court of They were mere means to an end, Equity. Soon after his marriage he
Memoir of Chief-Justice Leroy. By his Son, Thomas Lefroy, M.A., Q.C. Dublin : Hodges, Foster, and Co. 1871.
built a house on a vacant spot of pears to his family, during the inter-
In 1816 he was appointed King's manifest as in the happiness with Counsel, and in 1818 King's Ser. which he looked forward to the Sunjeant. Before 1824, he was three day, and the refreshment he always times offered in succession a seat on felt in the religious obseryance of the judicial bench; but he preferred the Lord's day. No one who spent his profitable home occupation to that day in his society could fail to the inconvenience of Circuit jour- observe that he regarded the sacred nies, and the disagreeable duty of obligations of its religious duties passing judgment in criminal cases. not as a tedious burden, but as a In 1822 he first filled the seat of high and happy privilege. His Judge of Assize on the Munster Cir- earnest devotion in public worship cuit, and at the general election fol- told plainly that he was engaged in lowing the death of King George IV., no mere form or ceremony, but was in 1830, he became member for the enjoying communion with his God; Dublin University, his eldest son and with the exception of an hour, being elected member for Long- or little more, after church, during ford at the same time. In the end which he was in the habit of walkof 1841 he accepted the office of ing into the country with his chilBaron of the Exchequer, and on the dren, the greater portion of the time first day of term, 1852, he took his which intervened between morning seat as Chief-Justice. In 1858 he service and his dinner hour was spent was separated by death from his in the retirement of his study. But amiable, and estimable lady. In it was not on the Sabbath mom 1866, he resigned his office into the alone that he thus enjoyed holding hands of the Earl of Derby, by whom communion with his God in private
. he had been invested with it in 1852. He never travelled without having His death occurred at his country his Bible at hand in his writing-case, residence, Newcourt Bray, in the and generally some of Archbishop beginning of May, 1869, he then Leighton's works, or some book on being in his 94th year.
Prophecyor on the Revelation, which The portrait which accompanies formed the pastime of his journey.". the volume presents a countenance Whether such occupation as that expressive of dignity of character, about to be quoted, of the time deep reflection, thorough command necessarily spent in carriage or ship, over passion, benignity, and sweet- is the most profitable that could be ness of disposition. His possession adopted, may be left an open of all these good qualities is esta- question. We have many instances blished by his biographer, who, in- of individuals deriving more injury deed, appears unable to detect the than benefit from the study of slightest trace of evil or even weak- prophecy. We give the text, as it ness in his loved and revered parent. furnishes a special trait of Mr. He thus speaks of him as he ap- Lefroy's mental workings
“I laid out the two days of this committing to his care and guidance journey for going very minutely into those from whom he was parting.” the prophecies which Lord Man The precious quality of unalterdeville and I had been reading to able cheerfulness seems to have been gether; and I made it the subject of possessed by Mr. Lefroy in an earnest prayer, that I might be eminent degree: guided aright, and profit by my “ Though the shadow of a cloud search. The first day I read might Ait past, it could never long through my whole journey, but was obscure the sunshine of his temper more than ever puzzled. However, or his countenance. If a wet day I was so prepared by my reading to interfered with some cherished plan ask questions and receive instruction, for a holiday excursion (and he rethat dear Robert Daly relieved me tained to the very last an almost out of my perplexities, and opened childish enjoyment of such occaviews of the subject so much more sions), we were sure to hear some clear and satisfactory than any I had such remark, as "Well, only think met with, that I consider myself to of the good this gracious rain will have had quite a gracious answer to do in the country,' or 'Really when my prayer. On landing, Daly came I come to think of it, 'tis a decided home with us for breakfast, and advantage to me to have the day at read for us in our family worship. home, as I shall have a fine opporHe is, indeed, a true servant of tunity of mastering a difficult case I God."
have to look into. There is a traOf Judge Lefroy's attention to the dition amongst us that the only time beneficial exercise of family prayer, grandpapa was ever known to be his-son gives the subjoined account: put out by the weather was on one
" It may be truly said of him that occasion during his vacation, when he considered family prayer to be he had spent some hours the day the border which keeps the web of before in manufacturing for two daily life from unravelling. When little grandsons a paper kite which holding the first rank at the Chancery was to be flown on the lawn tobar, and overwhelmed with profes- morrow; but to-morrow was a storm sional business, the duties of each of driving rain, and as the party was day were opened and closed by as to break up the following day the sembling his whole household for failure of the cherished scheme family worship, consisting of a por- seemed an equal trial both to old tion of Scripture, which he read and and young. This habit of always accompanied with a few practical looking at the bright side of everyobservations, concluding with prayer. thing arose undoubtedly from his Later in life, when occupying a villa constant realisation of the overruling :some miles distant from Dublin, he Providence of God, even in the had daily to attend the courts as lesser affairs of every-day life." Chief- Justice, his morning hours His enjoyment of the society of were so regulated as to secure ample his children revived when Providence time for family worship before the blessed him with grandchildren : departure of the train, which carried “When he was Chief-Justice and him to his arduous and responsible past eighty, his cheerful habits and duties . . . I do not recollect loving heart so entirely won their his ever leaving home to attend affections that the greatest indulParliament, or for his judicial duties gence which could be offered them on circuit, without assembling the at any time, was the promise of a members of his family to ask for visit to dear grandpapa Nor will God's assistance and blessing upon the cordial welcome be easily forthe discharge of his own duties, and gotten with which he used to greet