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which leaves everything to individual discretion ; much call for political activity; peace, and therefore so that neither nation hears a word of dispute leisure to look after the shop and the factory-for until there is an explosion ; and while natural all who could pay for it; in the letter, laws were justice supports discretion exercised for the best, equal for every degree—who could pay for it; food national dignity forbids concession. Ye: it would accessible to all—who could pay for it ; clothing be the wickedest folly to let the emulous indiscre- more abundant than purchasers—who could pay tions of Mr. Squier and Mr. Chatfield grow into a for it. The political system ignored the people Punic war.
that could not pay ; but in itself it was “ totus
teres atque rotundus,” with scarcely anything more From the Spectator.
to be desired. Unfortunately, the arch-king of
commercialism thought that the paying power was THE NEW YEAR-ITS HOROSCOPE.
omnipotent: he tried to outbid his own prinBorn of Revolution and Reaction, the New cipals, the bourgeoisie, by doing business in corYear cannot but have a strange and eventful his- ruption and dotations on his own account; and he tory. Some portion of its destiny is written in made the common mistake of successful specuthe past : how large a portion, unwritten, is lators, in forgetting the mode of his own success. awaited with anxious expectancy by the princes He went too far: against the recalcitration of the and peoples of Europe, ing on their arms ! how bourgeoisie he enforced the letter of the law ; his much larger a portion unawaited will come with instrument broke in his hands ; under high presout forethought or warning! Child of warring sure the boiler-royal burst, the whole train went parents, its own nature will war with itself, and off the line, the third class ran into the first class, find uncertain end : but every child has a third and France was chaos—a broken railway, a shutparent-himself, newly created ; and it is left for up shop, a street unpaved, a parish without its his own independent will to conquer a residuary police, prisoners and paupers loose. The natural fate, which makes up the sum of his existence, a laws of mechanics came into play, making havos new bequest, for after generations. We find the in the attraction of cohesion everywhere ; the world as we are born to it, we leave it as we help Letter broken, the wild Spirit of human passion and to make it: the year we are to begin is the de- fancy jumped upon the counter, ran through a scendant of a long and ancient line through count- series of apocalyptic visions, at once present and less ages ; but that which it will be to us we have prophetic, startling to Europe. Other nations partly helped to make it by what we did, or did which had not advanced so far as France in liternot, in the two fruitful years just gone by–have alization, thougn its frost had seized some of them helped to make it for our progeny. Work was ere they had outgrown the despotic stage, caught done in those years to be finished ; work undone the wild shout from Paris, and everywhere the to be supplied.
Spirit was let loose—vague, dim-sighted after its Eighteen Hundred and Forty-eight was the long prison ; strange in the streets of its own year of the new revolt—the revolt of the Spirit towus ; uncertain of purpose, ill served, but exagainst the Letter. The early spring of 1848 wit- ulting in the reäwakened consciousness of its own nessed the downfall of the King of the Age, in existence. whom the Letter had been embodied and crowned. Eighteen Hundred and Forty-nine was the year Social materialism had attained its culminating of reäction—the slaves of the Letter taking heart point in western Europe. Commercialism had from the uncouth vagaries of the Spirit, and combeen consummated in England by free trade ; in bining to recapture it. They tried to cajole it, France, characteristically, by being endowed with as the fisherman cajoled the genie back into the jar the sword of power in the National Guard and sealed with the kingly signet of Solomon. They crowned in Louis Philippe : trade ruled England set its servants against each other, and so conthrough its “ responsible minister of the crown," quered them. They raised up false spirits, simunder the policy bequeathed by the statesman of ulating the true, and so usurped its authority. trade, Sir Robert Peel; trade ruled France They have again got the Spirit under, with some through its civic militia and its umbrella-bearing changes : in place of Louis Philippe Louis Naking. The social philosophy, based on self-inter-poleon bestrides France—the imperial in lieu of est, had bought out the old aristocracy: in Eng- the regal cognomen ; in place of the Emperor land, the railway king sat beside the peer ; Char- Ferdinand, the Emperor Francis Joseph ; with tism had proved a bad speculation, and was sneered some minor substitutions : but Frederick William out: money and place had bought up the states- has kept his throne ; and, for the third time, Eng. manship of France. England and France were land has helped the başe Bourbons of the South to allied to keep the peace for the good of trade. cheat Naples and Sicily. The English governRespectability had “made things comfortable," ment, subsisting by favor of the English franchiseand had quite forgotten wild primordial human purchasing classes, has aided the royal classes and nature or vagabond want. The arrangements of con ited authorities of Europe in putting down that day were perfect, or bid fair to become so. the Spirit and reinstating the Letter. That is the The classes of respectability had just what they work of 1849. wanted-freedom for thcir estate, trade; political Eighteen Hundred and Fifty wiil see power-for all who could pay for it, without too further change. The last year of the half cen
tury, it is one of this special series of three, and I without mischief, with no result but certain profit. will probably bring another stage to its close We are therefore coming to learn the full use of with the first fifty years. Though bound again, colonies, just as the bright idea has occurred to the Spirit is not crushed or dead. On the con- certain patriot politicians that it would be well to trary, its influence remains, and has caught a hold get rid of our colonies. even on some of the unbound classes. Interests This complex idea seems to perplex some who have been fused which before were separate, and have got hold of it, as much as the glove left by no doubt a considerable advance has been made to- the fugitive perplexed the Arctic bear. The phiwards suggesting to the subject peoples of Europe losophers are aware that they have hold of somea reciprocal knowledge of common interests ; and thing, but they do not know what, and they do not although the authorities in power have not yet precisely know how to put it on. They don't resolved to make common cause with the common know which way to argue ; so they argue both people, an idea that such would be the safer and ways, or neither, according to temperament. Mr. cleverer as well as the juster policy, has seized Godley's letter is another puzzle ; they can't condivers influential minds in most countries. Roy- tradict it, they confess that it is true, and yet they alty has proved to be not infallible, nor invulner- can't reconcile it to ministerial orthodoxy. They able, nor unconvertible. Frederick William's are in the position of the Mussulman sages whom oscillations extend promisingly towards a more the sultan lately required to reconcile medical sci“constitutional" as well as wider grasp of power. ence with the Koran ; they cannot ignore plague The King of Holland has kept perfect peace by a nor gainsay sanatory regimen, but yet it is not in wise adoption of the spirit of the day, however the book-is not the truth authoritative. Mr. qualified. The young King of Sardinia promises Godley earnestly calls attention to the double fact, to develop constitutional monarchy in Italy-a that the colonies are in danger of being lost to us, policy irresistible. Although the voice of a me- and that a sound policy might retain them; which diating statesmanship went wild in the disap- nobody can deny ; but how reconcile the position pointed and perplexed Stadion, its accents still with official views and conduct? The attempts wail eloquently in the ear of Europe, like the spirit made to that end are curious. One writer admits of suffering that haunts the scene of crime and the precarious state of colonial affairs, but gayly threatens the doom of unjust power. The forci- declares that matters are always unsettled and ble suppression of law in Hungary by armed des- must ever remain so in that regard. Another potism has extended Poland to the borders of friend of official interests avows that the state of Turkey ; Murad Pacha bears the traditions of affairs demands revision and reform, but avers that Bem, the countryman of Kosciusko; and Russia Lord Grey and Mr. Hawes are doing all that is is exasperating Turkey to try her restored vigor wanted. in a new war of the Crescent against the Greek These reässurances are equally alarming. Doubly Cross, but this time in behalf of national inde- so, since they are perhaps equally true ; Mr. Hawes pendence and municipal freedom. Such are the and Lord Grey may be busy with “ reforms of elements of future action : it is given to 1850 for their stamp, and yet the precarious condition of the Letter and the Spirit to come to some terms ; affairs may be radically unalterable in the official but no doubt provisionally—a world of eventful view. But if those statesmen are so busy, it is enterprises and pregnant glories being left to the essential to the welfare, if not to the safety of the latter half of our century.
empire, to know what they are doing. To unravel
that formidable mystery, will be one duty of indeFrom the Spectator.
pendent members in the approaching session ; for
it is now quite evident that colonial affairs must THE SUM OF COLONIAL REFORM.
occupy a prominent position in the ensuing debates. OVER-ABUNDANCE is the prognostic that begins to All politicians are preparing for such a turn of alarm watchful economists. The bank is gorged public discussion ; and it is not an unfavorable with gold, and the Morning Chronicle lifts up a omen that a politician who ever inclines to seize warning voice interpreting that dread sign. It upon that form of any question which can be turned reminds us that those practical financiers, Mr. to most popular account, has come half-way over Jones Loyd and Sir Robert Peel, have described from his recent anti-colonial position. Mr. Cobsuch gluts of money as the sure forerunners of ex- den’s Bradford speech is one for colonial reform, cited speculation, over-trading, and crash. Com- but it is not half so strongly imbued with the spirit mercial men are getting familiar with the idea of colonial abandonment. That semi-conversion is It takes, they say, about seven years to run the a great fact; a month may suffice to effect the round of rising prosperity, afiluence, crash, decline, other half. and rebound. They watch the bubble as it forras Were the interests at stake less momentous, it and bursts, but do not offer to go beyond critical would be amusing to note the ado which is made, observation, to correction. The Chronicle, how- first in coming to conclusions, and then in turning ever, calls to mind the proper vents for the super- them to any purpose. In the first instance, there abundance-sound speculation, such as permanent is the coyest dread of the most obvious conclusions. improvements of land, and colonization. In such A leading journal bestows all its immense skill works for future production, money can be sunk and power in selecting and establishing for itself a
position like that at the meeting of cross-roads, by from their white aristocracy-a considerateness which to advance hereafter in any direction, or which might solve every difficulty connected with retreat. And another more strictly ministerial free trade in labor- it is manifest that a fair use paper, which maintains that we have already come of superior faculties and opportunities would mainto all desirable or possible conclusions, wishes the tain white supremacy; and natural sympathy would world to be content with ending in Lord Grey and always secure the safety of the white race, by its Mr. Hawes. Those timid eyes cannot be induced alliance with other sections of its own family in to confront the actual state of things—the estranged Europe and America. In a word, the very way to mind of the colonies, our vitiated relations, and the avert the oft-repeated threat that any British West necessity for setting about some plan of providing Indian colony municipally independent would befor the future. But then, as if in anticipation of come an English San Domingo, is to make it a the inevitable work, it is hinted that the needful black England, under the controlling sanction of labor to make all right will be impossibly vast and England, her prestige, experience, and influence. difficult. Now that is not so ; what remains to be To the question, “ Would you then enfranchise done is not so very vast ; neither is it impractica- the blacks ?" we answer, that all history proves bly difficult. Recent occurrences in every section how precarious is the condition of any polity which of the colonial empire make it obvious that the depends upon any “checks" or contrivances to actual, or rather the late relation between England withhold power from particular classes. Let the and her dependencies cannot be maintained ; but blacks obtain all the power of which they are renthe change which is inevitable is half made, ready dered capable by their inherent faculties and social to the hand of the official statesman, by the colo- development; but maintain proper government nies themselves. The future relation, whatever it among them by a corresponding elevation of white is called, if any relation is to exist at all, must be power. Surely the whites have start enough in one of federal alliance and reciprocal benefit; the the race, and advantage enough, not to need that colonies wholly independent of the central adminis- the blacks should " carry weight.” tration in their local government, but united to the In any colonies whatsoever, the custom of apempire by a few broad and simple bonds of mutual pointing officers from England must be given up. interest. Now, towards effecting that sort of inde- Possibly the actual enjoyers of patronage conferred pendence not much remains to be done. Canada is should not be rooted out suddenly, or at least virtually independent, notwithstanding the large without due consideration ; but the system is alarmy which this country maintains in that colony ready doomed-really at an end. On the other for a show of supremacy. The Cape of Good hand, released from many liabilities annexed to Hope has seized hold of independence in such a over-government of colonies and the exercise of manner that the independence must be conceded, or patronage, future ministers will not find it difficult to the cape must be conquered from its English colo- found new colonies without the abuses which beset nists ; a conquest which no probable administra- the old. There is for every shadow a bright side. tion would undertake. The whole course of legis- The reason why the statesmen who are in office, lation as respects Australia tends towards a similar or waiting outside the portal of office, refuse to end ; Mr. Hawes' oft-retracted draft of a consti- recognize and act upon these obvious facts, is that tution will have to be outdone, by himself or they are blinded by routine and certain conventional others ; and that necessity implies everything. tenets, about “ the integrity of the empire,” the In these respects, with reference to all our colonies duty of “ maintaining its territory intact," and the proper, we are reverting to the relation which sub-like. They cannot see the colonies or their prosisted between England and those settlements that ceedings, for the accumulated heaps of didactio she established on the best political footing, the despatches and blue books around themselves. For earlier colonies of North America.
similar reasons—the fixed contemplation of received With regard to some dependencies, difficulties ideas, rather than an examination of realitiesmay exist, because the proposed municipal inde- they cannot discern the utility of colonies municpendence is there complicated with questions of ipally independent; and as they cannot bring their race ; in Ceylon, with the numerous and no minds“ to give up the colonies," they cannot bring contemptible native races ; in the West Indies, their minds to what seems to them equivalent to with the black Creoles. But Ceylon is an excep- giving up. If they would simply leave poring tional case, having been treated neither as a colony over the records and imaginative compositions of cor an Indian dependency ; therefore it must still Downing Street, and look at the facts open to the be treated provisionally, either until its adminis- broad light of day, these doubting politicians would tration he assiinilated to that of India, or it be soon perceive that colonies might be as useful as effectively colonized by whites; which it might ever-more so—although they should be municbe. And in the West Indies, it is not at all to ipally independent. The nation that is not con be assumed that the blacks cannot be admitted to tinually growing is stationary and about to decline : a share in the working of representative institutions. but if England continue to grow within the comCare would no doubt be required in devising plans pass of the four seas, she will grow too big for for such institutions; but while the possession of her own space, like the giant in the Castle of political power would secure to the blacks a very Otranto, and will die of glut, like that threatened proper and socially advantageous consideration in the golden congestion of the bank : colonization
affords scope for growth, field for the action of in- But if these suggestions were carried out, their creasing energies. To multiply English settle- spirit would no doubt be carried much further. ments, is to multiply English markets for English None would object to the expense were the outlay produce. But there are considerations higher even a real sacrifice to the dead, either for his welfare than commercialism : it is the duty of us all, na- or the honor of his memory; but by our usage tions as well as individuals, to do all the good we of delegating the conduct of the funeral entirely can, and not to let good be wasted for want of our to a tradesman, the sacrifice is not to the dead, exertion : it will be the better for the world, if one but only to the undertaker. He undertakes to of the most civilized of nations be extended, rather measure the respect and regret, and he does it virthan one less civilized. Accidental circumstances tually in the length of your bill ; the “ properhave conspired to set a lower tone of intellectual, ties' of the dismal drama being only pretexts to political, and national morality in the great sepa- justify the bill. The spirit of reform should rated colonies of England; and it would be for search into the matter, with the view of eliminatthe benefit of the world if England were able to ing those parts of the ceremony which are merely extend herself, rather than to acquiesce in exten- expensive, and of restoring the rest to a more natsion of the United States by absorption of English ural relation with the laws of grief. colonies. It would be better for England to pos- In that sense, we find that the need of reform sess allies bound by every tie of blood and undi- exists far less among the outward parts of the vided interest, rather than rivals prone to contest. pageant, the visitors and their carriages, than in Statesmanship worthy of the name deals with real- the more essential parts, the greater as you apities, and aims at substantial good : true colonial proach the sacred person of Death. statesmanship, just now, should consist in confront- Were grief a mere pretence, there might be ing the facts and striving after attainable good, not some show of reason in bringing a dismal aspect in ignoring the facts and striving to retain obsolete over the actor in the pageant, by the detestable privileges.
arrangements of black stuffs about the mourning coach-in itself an ugly and unwieldy vehicle
and the faces of the mourners. From the Spectator.
costume, and even black, might be used to typify THE COMMON SENSE OF FUNERALS.
the inward sombreness ; but not that midnight
Again, why Tue undertaker's business will not be permitted sootiness which is so repulsive. to rest in peace, unreformed. One who is - Not should a tribe of mercenaries walk by the side of a Mute” writes to the Times, making two sugges- parted was so beloved by friends and adherents,
the procession? They mean nothing. If the detions for the curtailment of idle expense
let them walk with him on his last journey ; but The rank and station of the dead are not a meas- why those idle traders in funereal w'oe? Cui bono? ure of the worldly means of those he leaves be- Especially, what is the use of that board of hind. But in cases where a large circle of friends black feathers carried before the hearse ? Does desire to show an outward mark of respect to it solace the soul of the departed, or the grief of genius, to public services, or to worth, why is a the living, or in any way reconcile death 10 lise? heavy burthen to be cast upon the living? In such No ; it simply reconciles the undertaker's bill to cases carriages are offered with their attendants. Why are the coachman and footman to be decorated his conscience, or rather to the usages of his trade. in silk scarfs, at an expense, I am told, of two For the undertaker's object is the perfectly fair guineas for each carriage ? Surely carriages might one of getting an income out of his trade, and follow without this mockery of woe, which is worn he is quite willing to do suit and service for that for the moment, then sold for its value to the under- estate according to what is expected of him. laker again, perhaps for another occasion of equally One thing that multiplies the attendants is the idle pageantry; or, why should not such friends send their carriages, if such display is called for at endeavor to render it impervious. Now that en
weight of the coffin, and that is caused by the all, with all these outward marks of mourning, at the expense of those who really desire to show a deavor was suggested by the old barbarous notion mark of respect thus publicly? Perhaps fewer that the body could literally be retained in its carriages would attend. On the other hand, many actual form for future resurrection ; a conservative would be anxious to do so, if only custom sanc-process carried to the most efficient shape of which tioned it, with or without idle ostentation. Then it is capable in the process of embalming. But the carriage would be a real mark of respect.
we now know that decay cannot be arrested; partial Again, I am confident many friends would attend funerals if they were allowed to do so without in- success only makes the ignorant attempt the more convenience to the living. Why, then, should not hideous; and Queen Adelaide has set an example, this numerous class attend in siinple mourning at even in the royal class, of waiving the process. the grave--meet at the cemetery-join in the last It was only another graceful tribute of that lady rites-pay a tribute to private or public worth or to the laws of simplicity and nature ; for she it eminence, without enh the undertaker's bill? is who bears the repute of abolishing the custom, I feel very sure, were the custom onco sanctioned, the funeral would be simple and inexpensive ; and long disused on the continent, of disguising the a more genuine expression of sorrow would take change of time by wearing false hair. You can the place of the empty and heartless ostentation not resist the laws of nature without the penalty
of defeat : false hair converts the time-worn coun
now too common.
tenance, not into a young one, but into a harsher or the privilege of the “table d'hôte;" only it is caricature of age. Embalming converts the much more hazardous to public order. The price divine form of humanity into a mummy. The at which the toper was to be allowed to consume leaden shell and oaken coffin are but rude substi- his wine without measure, must have formed the tutes for embalming—contrivances for resisting subject of some nice calculations. Few Dandos or delaying the process which restores flesh to are produced in an age, and hence the accuracy earth ; but it is in the prolonged transition that with which men’s eating may be averaged ; but the process is shown in its most shocking form. the capabilities of liquid consumption are not so Living Aesh and good fertile mould—the mould easily measured—at least in this country. The of a garden or a corn-field, of the grassy meadow cabaretiers, however, are pushing the business or the forest-are both pleasing to our sense; and at six sous (3d.)per hour; and as the retail price the process which converts the one into the other over the counter, or “ in your own jug,” is a is consecrated by all that we know of the benefi- penny the litre, (one quart,) the quantity which cent laws under which it is operated. But when will be allowed without grudging may be put down it is delayed !
at three quarts each hour that the toper avails What we desire in a funeral is that it shall himself of the contract. The Angevin farmer typify our sorrow, and restore the fleshly body of mentions that a gardener of his, " rather thirsty," our friend, which he has ceased to need, to the and endowed with “ a day's pay of 40 sous, (204.) earth from which it was borrowed, in the manner is enabled to drink by the hour for three days." most seemly, the most harmonious with our mem- In this there must be a mistake ; for the 40 sous ory of his living condition and with the welfare are hardly equal to seven hours' drinking ; unless, of the living. For to make him a loathsome indeed, the drinking day is short and the charge pest-bed for the living, is to desecrate his memory. is made to diminish in an immense ratio as the In that view, our plan should be, to keep aloof as hours advance. Perhaps the scale is so adjusted much as possible the train of mercenary strangers ; as to take into account the probability that at a to effect the restoration by the most direct and certain stage drinking may be suspended in quarcomely means. The coffin should not be imper-relling; or, even where this does not take place, vious, but pervious; and a ground might be pre- sleep may interpose and cut off the power of conpared to facilitate the process, and thus conse- sumption. crated to receive the ashes of the dead by a prac- Probably the sole country where such copious tical furtherance of those laws which close his supplies of liquor could be furnished at the rate mortal career, as they originated and sustained it. of 3d. an hour is Scotland. Kirk Sessions might In the same sense, the mere transit from the abode add a curious chapter to the report recently pubof life to the cemetery should not be made a gaz- lished upon this point. They could tell that there ing-stock for the public: it is the last depositing is a beverage called “small beer," brewed froin that the eye of love will gladly watch, precisely malt and hops, which sells, where quantities are in the same spirit that carries you to the railway taken, at a penny the quart bottle ; that it is not station and detains you to gaze towards the part in favor when it is "flat," the test of excellence ing train long after you have no trace of your being that it“ nips the nose," or "cuts the breath." friend but the cloud of steam or the glare of the What if the French practice should be adopted, red lamps.
and the consumers allowed to swill this cut-breath But reduce the ceremony of the restoration to beverage at threepence the hour? It might proits essentials, and it is a very simple process ; duce an anti-whiskey revolution, and in time enable absolutely needing little beyond the services of the a nation to get rid of its headache. friends, the sexton, and the priest who sustains the trial of death with the knowledge of life, and
From the Spectator. calls change to its immortal duty of ministering to
NEEDLEWOMEN'S RESCUE- MINISTERIAL the eternal.
“ Digging holes in sand" was the process to From the Spectator.
which we said Mr. Sidney Herbert's scheme for CAROUSING BY WHOLESALE.
carrying off the superabundant needlewomenDRINKING makes head in some of the rustic superabundant and therefore starving--might be parts of France. An Angevin farmer writes in likened ; and this objection has been hammered alarm to the Corsaire, complaining that a Parisian out by writers who would not dislike to balk his practice of " drinking by the hour” has been in- scheme. We explained how it failed not only to troduced in the commune village, and that one remove the causes which create that unhappy class effect has been a great augmentation of the busi- of workers, but also adequately to counteract the ness of the gendarmerie in the way of quelling effect of those causes. As the causes are larger wine-shop disturbances.
A sergeant of that gal- than the remedy, the relief can only be partial and lant corps actually refused to dine with the farmer temporary. The causes are, that low state of the on a recent Sunday because of his largely increased industrious classes generally, especially in the rural duties in keeping the peace.
districts, which makes women cheap; the tendency This “ drinking by the hour” must be placed of trading competition, pushed beyond its productive in the same category with “dining off the joint,"| stimulus in a mutually privative and destructive