SOME HABITS OF ENGLISH LIFE.
THE difference between manners--the subject of my last chapter--and habits of life is not great or strongly marked, and indeed the two things shade off into each with such delicate gradation, that it is difficult to point out where one ends and the other begins. Soon, however, we reach from either side a line where we plainly see that one is what the other is not. This being the case, what I have to say now will seem in some respects a continuation of the foregoing chapter, but in others not so. If any of my readers are so bound to titles that this incongruity will disturb them, I am sorry; but I beg them to remember that on this occasion and in this respect the fault is not with the writer, but in the subject.
Whether discipline in the British army is stricter than it is in the army of the United States I do not know; I had no opportunity of making a comparison. In other departments of life it need hardly be said that rules are more rigidly enforced and authority is more absolutely maintained there than here. When Charles II, visited Westminster School, Dr. Busby, the head master, kept on his hat before the king lest the scholars might suppose there was a greater man than he. It would seem that the doctor might have taught deference better by showing it; but his good-natured majesty allowed the plea. The