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A Glance at the Weeklies,
Connection of Greek Tragedy with Religious and Civil Events,
Honesty the Best Policy,
History of the Town and Castle of Dumbarton,
James Smith of Deanston. By J. R. G.
My Old Arm-Chair. A Sexagenarian's Reverie,
63, 96, 126
The People: their Condition and Prospects,
The Scott Monument, and its Inauguration,
City Sketches. —No. I. The Child's Death-Bed,
No. II. The Last Refuge,
No. V. The Execution,
On the advent of a new periodical for Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire people, it will be expected that, according to established custom, something shonld be said by way of introduction.
In our prospectus, we believe, we have fully stated our motives and our aim; and although we have refrained from giving large promises, or expecting great returns, nevertheless, we are determined to use our utmost endeavours to serve the public and ourselves; for, be assured, we shall not forget the French proverb, “ Aide toi, et Dieu t'aidera.”
It may be asked by what right we thrust ourselves before the public at this moment ? To which we answer, We come before the world in virtue of the progressive spirit of the age, and of that right which every man possesses to do what he believes to be for the general good. We think we perceive signs and shadows of coming realities, which it behoves every human being to assist in bringing forward, by all the energies of his mind and all the extent of his influence. We live in a new era of the world's existence—a new cycle of its history has evidently begun. Old habits, old customs, old institutions, are being broken up, and supplanted by a new order of things. A generation of men that have passed, or are passing away, have found themselves bewildered with the unprecedented nature of the present movement. Their fathers were of the old world—they, the links between the inertness of the past and the vivified existence of the present. Loud and earnest have been their warnings against the impatient progress of the modern world—honest their prognostications of its ruinous results-but the business of the world moves forward still through all its inextricable mazes; it goes on its way rejoicing, and, if not prospering so largely as many of its restless spirits wish, still it goes on in hope, with brilliant visions and foretastes of the coming future. Our fathers, in the con