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divine. Sylvo was much disposed to silence for Mary will be a bride so soon, there is little the first day of his visit; and though the leaves time to think of anything else--for Percy, with were thin, and the grass no longer desirable as a his younger brother's fortune, can be content couch, Sylvo still frequented the group of trces with that other profession of literature, in which among which he had been wont to enjoy his he cannot havu the same brilliant misadventures cigar. On the second day, Sylvo's mouth was as in the learned mysteries of law and there opened; he had been discovered seated among is to be a marriage here at Twickenham. But the trees, polishing with his own hand the silver all this while the great mirror over the wall, mounting of his favorite revolver. “Mansfield when it holds up its picture of Zaidee's beautiful is just about setting out; he's a famous fellow," face, chronicles a constant shade of perplexitysaid Sylvo. This oracular speech was enough an anxious cloud upon this fair brow of hers, to fill his mother with alarm and trembling. which is like the brow of a queen. There is no “Mr. Mansfield is quite a savage," said Mrs. understanding Philip- he is a perpetual mysBurtonshaw, with dignity; “I do not wonder tery with his reserve and courtly politeness; and he should be glad to go back again. He may be now his birthday is approaching very closely, quite a fine gentleman among those poor cream and they all prepare to go home to the Grange. tures, Sylvo, but he is not very much at home." It is wild October weather on the hill of Briar
Sylvo's “ha, ha" came with considerable ford. Over that great waste of sky the clouds embarrassment from behind his mustache. are hurrying in the wildest flight, and this bold « Fact is, I thought of taking a turn myself, to gale nas pleasure in tossing them close upon see the world," said Sylvo, “A man can't be each other in black, tumultuous masses, and shut up in a house like a girl. Mansfield 's the scattering them abroad anon with a shout of best company going - better than a score of triumph. There is no change upon the wet, your grand men; never have such another green carpet of these Cheshire fields, and there chances
are still the old gables and haystacks of Briar. * To see the world ?” said Mrs. Burtonshaw. ford, the square tower of the church among * What do you call seeing the world, you poor these little plumes of blue smoke, and the dwarf simple boy? And there is my dear darling oaks in the hedge-rows shaking their knotted child, Elizabeth, you will leave her pining, you branches and remainder leaves in the face of the unfeeling great fellow, and never say a word?” strong blast. Above here, on the lawn of the
"Much she cares !” said Sylvo, getting up Grange, the winds are rushing together, as the very hastily. “If she is a beauty, what have I strangers think, from every quarter under got to do with it, when she won't have me? I'll heaven ; but even the strangers feel the wild be off, mother; you can keep the place, and see exhilaration of the sweeping gale, which raises things all right. Mansfield 's a long way better their voices into gay shouts of half-heard words than Elizabeth for me."
and laughter, and keeps up a perpetual riot “My dear boy, she would have you. Do not round this exposed and far-seeing dwellinggo and leave us, Sylvo; she will break her place. The sea is roaring with an angry curl heart," said simple Mrs. Burtonshaw.
upon yonder line of sand-banks far away - a But Sylvo only whistled a long, shrill “whew!” lingering line of red among yonder storm-clouds of undutiful scepticism. “I know better,” said tells of the sunset, as it yields unwillingly to Sylvo; and he went off to his cigar.
night - and all these solitary lines of road trace And thus was the exit of Sylvester Burton- out the silent country, travelling towards the shaw. Sylvo may write a book when he comes sky; but there is no Mariana now at the window nome, for anything that can be predicted to the of the Grange, looking for the wayfarer who contrary. Sylvo, at the present moment, lives never comes. The red and genial fire-light a life which the vagrants in Mrs. Cumberland's gleams between the heavy mullions of the great porch would sink under in a week. Sylvo tramps window; there is light in the library, light in barefoot over burning deserts, hews his way the young ladies' room — the bright cross light through unimaginable jungle, fights wild beasts, of old. The modern windows at the other end and has a very hard struggle for his savage ex- of the drawing-room are draped once more to istence; all for no reason in the world, but their feet with crimson curtains, but no veil because he happened to be born to wealth and shuts out that glimpse of wild sky, with its tuleisure, and found it a very slow thing to be an mult of cloud and wind, across which these English country gentleman. No wonder the great mullions of stone print themselves like savages whom Sylvo emulates open their heathen bars. There is Mrs. Vivian's easy-chair and her eyes in the utmost wonder; he does it for pleas- high footstool; there is Percy's writing-table, ure, this extraordinary Englishman, and roars where Percy has been writing; there is the his " ha, ha,” out of his forest of beard, over hereditary newspaper, at which Philip no longer all his voluntary hardship. Savage life has no “pshaws,” but sometimes laughs outright. But such phenomenon; and, for the good of society, in all this familiar room there is no living object when he comes home, Sylvo will write a book. familiar; there is only a group of beautiful
* Sylvo will be quite happy - it will do him children playing in the light of the fire. good, Aunt Burtonshaw," said Mary Cumber- Lady Powis is making a grand toilette. land; "and you have still two children - you Sophy is wasting her dressing-hour talking to have Elizabeth and me.”
Mary Cumberland, but there are still two beauWhereupon Aunt Burtonshaw wipes her kind tiful faces reflected dimly in the little mirror ges, and is comforted.
over the bright fireplace of the young ladies'
One of them, in its matronly fulness and there stood the elbow-chair, in which she fancied sweet tranquillity, is Elizabeth Vivian; the other Grandfather Vivian might sit exulting in the has a shadow on its beauty. Zaidee is in her success of his evil purpose. Zaidee stood quite own house, but Zaidee is not at rest.
still, neither moving nor speaking. Was Grand“Philip says perhaps - perhaps he may still father Vivian looking on now? return to India,” says Zaidee. “ Even Castle Then Philip said, “ Zaidee.” He never called Vivian does not undo the harm I did, Elizabeth. her so — - yet Zaidee did not look up with pleasure I think Philip is changed."
- she rather looked down all the more, and “And I will tell you what I think,” said felt her blush burn warmer upon her cheek. Elizabeth, drawing close to her the beautiful Philip took the only mode which remained to cheek which was so like her own. “I have him of ascertaining what her eyes were dream, always thought it through all our trouble, and I ing of. He stooped so low that his proud head have always been right, Zaidee ; we will wait touched those hands of Zaidee's which unwilquietly, and see what God is pleased to make of lingly submitted to be held in Philip's handthis, dear child. I fear no change."
and then the head of the house spoke to the “You said that long ago, before I left the heiress of the Grange. Grange,” said Zaidee.
“ Zaidee, what did you say to me when we “Did I say it of Bernard ? I forget now that were last here together? Do you remember? Bernard is not myself,” said Elizabeth with a That pure child's heart of yours that feared no smile, and in those sweet tones which came to evil ---Zaidee, where is it now?" every one like the voice of peace. “I am a good
Zaidee made no answer - but she stood quite prophet, then, for this came true.”
still, with her blush burning on her cheek, and And Elizabeth left the young heiress alone the tears in her eyes. with her thoughts. These were not desirable “I am not so disinterested as you were. Yon companions for Zaidee. She came into the kill me if you send me away,” said Philip. “I drawing-room, paused a moment before the great have no thought of generosity for my part, Zaiwindow to look at the sky and the clouds, paused dee. I confess it is myself and my own happiagain to speak to the children, and then, struck ness I am thinking of. I cannot be content to by a sudden fancy, went to the library to look share you with my mother, with Sophy and Mar. for Grandfather Vivian's book, which had been garet and Elizabeth. You drive me now to the restored to its place there. The library was half humblest attitude, the meanest argument. You lighted, the curtains were not drawn, the open little Zaidee, who once would have married sky looked in once more, and Zaidee started to Philip, will you do it now? or will you send see Philip sitting in the partial light by the table, me to India again to throw my life away?” leaning his head upon his hands.
How Philip pleaded further, there is no record, She would have turned back again, but he rose but Philip neither threw his life away nor and brought her to the table ; she stood by him went to India. Philip Vivian of Castle Vivian for a moment there, with the strangest unspeak- and of Briarford, the head of the house, has able embarrassment. In the darkness, Zaidee's the most beautiful wife in all Cheshire, not even beautiful cheek burned with a blush of recollec- excepting Mrs. Bernard Morton ; and after all tion : she remembered the last time she stood by the grief and sacrifice and suffering it has occaPhilip's side in this apartment - she remem- sioned, this will of Grandfather Vivian has bered her own child's heart troubled to its depths, become the most harmless piece of paper in the and the young man's momentary harshness and world, and it is not of the slightest importance boyish shame. It was the same scene, the same to any creature which of these two claimants half light, the same uncurtained window ; and is the true heir of the Grange.
TURKEY AND ROME. - In Dr. Watts' Reliquiæ What divine is here referred to, and where is Juveniles, Miscellaneous Thoughts in Prose the opinion given? In the same volume, I find and Verse, &c., I find an article headed, the idea of a Crystal Palace. An article on “ Babylon Destroyed, or the 137th Psalm trans- “The Temple of the Sun” thus commences : lated,”' from which I extract the following pas “If I were an idolater, and would build a sage :
Temple for the Sun, I should make the whole “This particular Psalm could not well be con- fabrick to consist of glass; the walls and roof of verted into Christianity, and therefore it appears
it should be all over transparent, and it should here in its Jewish form. The vengeance de- need no other windows.
Thus I might every nounced against Babylop, in the close of it, shall where behold the glory of the God that I worship, be executed (said a great divine) upon Anti-Chris- and feel his heat, and rejoice in his light, and tian Rome ; but he was persuaded the Turks partake of the vital influences of that illustrious must do it; for Protestant hearts, said he, have star in every part of his temple.”. too much compassion in them to embrue their
H. MARTIN. hands in such a bloody and terrible execution.”' |
- Notes and Queries.
From The Examiner, 27 Oct.
country forever, and to a scrious degree reFILLIBUSTERING.
tard the progress of all true civilization.
That her really influential men are disWe are in danger of doing too much honor posed to sanction wild projects of piracy, we to the lawless portion of the great American will not believe. Fillibustering is no limb community. Such it would be, to credit of the republican state, but an excrescence them with enough either of power in them- requiring to be cut out of it. The art of selves, or of social influence with their countrymen, to bring the two freest countries believe, without giving just occasion of
surgery may be performed, we honestly on the earth to the verge
offence. Remembering what the Americans are, let
A strong English fleet assembles at Berus at least not be eager to meet half way muda ready to act if need should arise for even the possibility of such a strife. Men action. The apprehenson is that a descent of our own race, they have conquered on a may be made on Hayti as a step towards distant continent not only more liberty than Cuba, but we are not pledged, or should not their ancestors were able to possess in peace be pledged, to the protection of that miserwhen won at home, but a little more than ablý mismanaged Spanish possession, which they themselves know quite how to enjoy, sooner or later the United States must seize without the drawback of excesses which their if they be so evilly minded, in despite of all form of government fails to check. But for Europe may do to the contrary. Some indeed the perfection of a republic it is indispensable hint at a design against Ireland ; but the that there should be a widely-diffused spirit Government can scarcely share this impresof justice innate in the people; and however sion, or the fleet would not have been sent prominent every exception to this rule in out of the Irish seas. If you expect a burAmerica is by the nature of things made, glary in Piccadilly you do not draft off your the simple fact that the republic still exists, police into Bermondsey. In any case let us that it maintains one of the highest positions by all means prevent lawless people of every in the world, and has commanded hitherto sort from intruding upon our possessions ; the full respect of England, is quite sufficient and for the rest show what forhearance we proof of its establishment, generally, on a
can. Against states affecting to hold within sound and firm foundation. We have no themselves all necessary powers of repression, right to confound with the healthy opinion much grave complaint and virtuous indigof America the cries of faction which in all nation may fairly be expressed for permitting republics find necessarily more uncontrolled what they knew how to prevent. But as to atterance than elsewhere, or to condemn its America we ought to know, and if we have government too hastily for those outbreaks of read anything of history must know, what Lawlessness which only the spread of sound is the truth; and let us act upon it in a opinion and feeling under a free constitution practical and manly temper. At a time can hold in constant check. These are the when we are beating down the despotism of rough trials of strength which young repub- the East, we owe it to humanity to treat lics have at all times to endure; and that with forbearance, nay, with all due generAmerica survives them proves not that they are, but that they are not, of her essence. In osity and sympathy, whatever difficulties
beset the course of freedom in the West. spite of them the Government of the United Great indeed should be the cause of offence States exists.
before we so much as think of those men as We hold it therefore to be quite beside enemies who are allied to us not only, by every wise purpose to show ourselves in any blood and race, but by that common love degree forward with anger at any weakness of public liberty which sorely needs to be or excess in that government which it may more widely spread among the nations of the be possible to meet by prudence and temper. world. All who desire to strengthen and extend the liberty of nations can wish only success to
From The Economist, 17 Nov. our countrymen in America. Let us rather be eager to forgive their occasional stumbling THE RISING SPIRIT OF SPECULATION. upon a difficult and surely noble path. In THERE are very few now engaged in conevery way it behooves us to help them, even ducting the commerce of this country who by some little sacrifice of mere pride, as a have not been actively connected with it sufmuch-needed example to the nations which ficiently long to remember the latter half of bold to old creeds of despotism. Any violent the year 1847. The great panic of that year, check to the upward progress of America which began in the month of August and inflicted by Great Britain, except under such continued with increasing intensity all Sepprovocation as it is not easy to imagine pos- tember and a part of October, was preceded aible, would disgrace the annals of this by a premonitory pressure in the month of
April. That pressure, though short, was unwilling victim of a mania, suffers enorsharp and severe. It will perhaps be remem- mous losses, by a fall in price, not only upon bered that the greatest commercial authority his stock on "hand, but also on the goods of the day, the late Lord Ashburton, speak- which for some time forward are yet to aring then in the Senate, declared that in his rive. And these losses, taken in connection opinion the commerce of the country had with a general discredit and a severe monenever at any former time been in a more tarial crisis, cause hundreds to succumb be. healthy state, and that whatever inconven- fore the storm, whose position but a few ience might be caused by the mad railway months before was not only quite sound, but speculations which for the three preceding even flourishing. Thus by the acts of a years had so much occupied the attention of comparatively few, the trade of the country, the public and absorbed the floating capital which might in April fairly be said to have of the country, he could at least congratu- been unwontedly sound, might in September late the House of Lords that trade was sound. disclose a condition of weakness leading to The Noble Lord went further, if our recol- losses and ruin such as were experienced in lection is correct, and published a pamphlet 1847. in which he repeated similar statements. Are we to learn by experience? We know Under such a conviction, which was general that whenever a commercial mania arises, in the country and dwelt upon by the press, there are always those who can ingeniously the pressure of April passed away, and strange show that the peculiarities of the moment 28. it may, appear, speculation, in place of take it out of the category of former periods being checked and controlled by the warning, of speculation. This was so in 1825. In seemed to have been only promoted by it. 1836 there were whole sheets of print exDuring the three succeeding months great pended to show that the circumstances of the excitement prevailed, and the price of wheat hour bore no resemblance to those of 1825, was run up to an average of five guineas the and that there were sufficient grounds for not quarter, enormous orders were sent to the anticipating a similar result. Again, in 1847 United States and other countries for wheat there was no lack of arguments to show that and flour at corresponding prices ;-other it bore no resemblance to 1836 or 1825. articles of foreign produce less or more shared Nevertheless, reaction, panic, and loss, equalthe excitement; and operations “ on the ly followed all those periods of undue exspot,” “ to arrive," and in the shape of citement. At present, circumstances are
orders transmitted abroad at extreme lim- again said to be altogether different from its," to be executed when and how they those of any former time. We are at war, could, were then entered upon. August and war is always accompanied by high arrived, and the sequel is too well known. prices!! Is this so?. On the contrary, it is Trade which was deemed by the highest au- not true in point of fact; and in point of thorities to be quite sound in April, turned reasoning it is contrary to what logic teaches. out to be completely rotten in September. All other things being the same, war is much Yet we do not believe that, speaking for the more likely to lead to low prices than to high country generally, the opinion expressed in prices ; because the additional taxes which April by Lord Ashburton was not
well found we have to pay limit the power of consumped. No doubt there were some few very ex- tion. No doubt if the war be of a character tensive firms, which turned out to have been which interrupts our trade with producing existing for some time in a state of insolvency, countries, and prevents the arrival of supon credit and reputation formerly acquired. plies, it may lead to scarcity and high prices. But most of the money that was lost in the Or if, during a war, the Government resorts autumn of 1847, and many of the bankrupt- to a suspension of cash payments, and the cies which occurred, were the consequences currency becomes depreciated, every article of transactions begun between April and Sep- will command a nominal high price. But tember ; – and might to a great extent have in the present war neither of these circumbeen avoided had caution and moderation stances exist, except in respect to a very limfollowed the warning in April. In place of ited number of articles. And, therefore, that, speculators led the way ; – the legiti- generally speaking, so far as the war alone mate and even prudent trader was dragged is concerned, it ought rather to considered after them, in numerous cases, in spite of as a cause likely to lead to low than to high himself. At such times, the cautious mer- prices. chant, sensible of the volcano on which he The commercial classes of the present day stands, is obliged either to suffer himself to have very recently had a premonitory warnbe edged out of his connection and trade, or ing. The pressure in April, 1847, was not to sail with the stream ; - and when the re- more severe than that of the last six weeks. tributive reaction arrives, which involves the In its character it was very similar. The speculator in ruin, he finds that he also, an first alarm has passed over; and it is more
than probable that the precautions taken by time feel ourselves called upon to enter into the Bank will for some short time leave the the subject. Arguments so preposterous, country in comparative calm as regards urged in a tone so unbecoming, could hardly monetary affairs. But the cause of the fail to carry their own refutation in the recent pressure is not removed. Notwith- judgment of all temperate and thinking men. standing this, there has already risen a spirit Since, however, the subject has aroused conof speculation, beginning with a single article siderable interest, and we think been very of colonial produce, for wbich, in the relation much misunderstood, it may not be amiss to of supply and demand, there was no doubt say a few words upon its réal character and ample reason for a considerable advance, but bearing. also already apparently communicating it In the first place, let it be remembered self to other leading articles with regard to what is the position of our Royal Family. which no such reasons exist, and threatening Their matrimonial choice is more circuma general extension to all commodities. It scribed than that of any Royal House in will be well, however, if those engaged in Europe. Marriage with a subject is out of trade will bear in mind the many instances the question. Marriage with a Catholic which have been witnessed, when from Prince is interdicted. And since almost all actual scareity very high price has been the Continental Courts are Catholic, the attained, with regard to any particular Princes and Princesses of England are comarticle, that supplies in unexpected quantities pelled to select their partners among the and from quarters wholly unlooked for have Royal Families of Sweden, Denmark, Prussia, arrived, and have caused a reaction much or the petty States of Germany. To the sooner than had been thought possible, look- latter, hitherto, they have been almost ening only to the ordinary sources of produc- tirely restricted — at the cost or the risk of tion. There is also another point which at consequences to which we need not more such a moment as this is likely to lead to particularly allude. Yet no sooner is a susmuch deception. Stocks in first hands become picion suggested of an intention to emancirapidly reduced ; importations as they arrive pate themselves from this mischievous restricare rapidly taken off; the cry arises that tion, than a journal which has generally consumption has overtaken supply, and that shown better taste and sounder judgment the demand is not affected even by the high raises its voice in clamorous denunciation, price. All this may be very deceptive. The and a degree of alarm is excited in the country excitement which begins with inporters is for which it would be difficult to assign any communicated to dealers, and froin dealers reasonable ground. to shopkeepers ;- and the many thousands We confess ourselves at a loss to underof which the latter class consists, each at the stand what objection can be urged against same time increasing his stock, from the im- the union supposed to be in contemplation. pression that prices will rise still higher, That it is desirable to leave the matrimonial produces the appearance of a great consump- choice of the Royal Family as free as paration, when, in point of fact, it is only an mount political considerations will permit, increase of retail stocks to remain on hand, no one can deny. Why, then, is this alliin anticipation of future wants. When a ance to be regarded with so much fear and mania of this kind once begins, it is difficult dislike? That Prussia is at present unfriendly to say where it will end, but every one who to us, is very true. As true is it, that this justly appreciates the circumstances which unfriendliness is the sentiment of the Court, are now and which for some time to come and of the Court alone. It is not the sentimust continue to press upon our money ment of the people; it is known not to be market, will well understand how necessary the sentiment of the heir-presumptive to the it is to observe the strictest caution. We throne, the father of the presumed bridegroom sincerely trust, that while in November we elect of the Princess Royal. Why should he can safely say that the trade is sound, we he considered as lying under a bàn, because may not in March be compelled to arrive at his brother, the reigning Monarch, is misa different conclusion.
chievously influenced by a matrimonial alliance with Russia ? Suppose that the war
with Russia' had never broken out, and that From the Economist, 17 Nov. ROYAL MATRIMONIAL ALLIANCES.
the Governments of England and Prussia had
continued on terms of uninterrupted corSOME weeks ago an article appeared in the diality, what more fitting consort could have columns of a powerful contemporary, de- been selected for an English Princess than nouncing in no measured terms a matrimonial the probable successor to the throne of the alliance which the writer assumed to be con- greatest Protestant and constitutional kingtemplated by our Royal Family. Some at- dom in Europe, next to her own? What tention was excited; but we did not at that choice could have been more popular, what