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selves in the intestines; so that the evacuations of cholerablessed light of Christianity had shed its benign influence over patients are found to full of them. Their results are
a benighted land inhabited by a barbarous people." essentially poisonous ; and although they may be taken The work contains more than 600 pages, consisting of into the system in very minute quantities, yet they will the most minute details that any man of Perth could posthere reproduce themselves with those fatal effects that | sibly desire, regarding the past history, the present state, have been witnessed in so many thousand cases. The and, in some matters, the future prospects of the fair city. phenomena will be found more fully explained and | These details make, however, very interesting reading, examined in the medical and professional works of the even to the stranger ; and they form a large mass of valupresent month ; but we believe that, in these few sen- able information. The volume is most creditably put out, tences, we have accurately stated its nature.
and is itself an excellent specimen of what can be done in If this theory should be correct, it almost follows—and || Perth in this line. A number of engravings illustrate the we make the reference in all the seriousness required by work, which should have, like its subject, more than a both subjects—that the strange disease assailing animal local fame. life is of the nature of that disease which has attacked vegetable vitality. But how are human beings the only | Ernesto di Ripalta. By the Author of “ Two Years in sufferers amongst animals ? And is the assumption cor- Italy.” Three volumes. London : Smith, Elder, rect that they are the only sufferers ? On the other
& Co. hand, has this disease amongst mankind any affinity to
Tuis work is a historical novel of the last three or the new and fatal distempers that have recently assailed those species of the animal creation on which their comfort connection with Italian affairs. The object of this work
four years. The author is already favourably known in most depends ?
is to explain those causes that have impeded the proThe Cholera at Malta ; from the Italian of Guiseppe
gress of Italian independence, and hindered its estab
lishment. Stilon. London: JOHN CHURCHILL.
The grand cause of Italian weakness is,
according to the writer, Italian faith. The temporal A small, and, in existing circumstances, a most inte
power of the Pope and Italian liberty are, according to resting treatise, which interferes with Dr. Russell's theory, || him, quite inconsistent; and the Jesuits are the great because the island of Malta has no running streams, and enemies of human liberty. All secret associations are is not low and damp. A number of facts are stated | dangerous to civil freedom, and none should be permitted. which are curious coincidences if they do not fully estab- || The men that know something good for the world should lish the existence of miasma in local currents of air cal- | hasten to communicate their knowledge ; while, if their calated to produce this plague in a circumscribed locality. Il purposes be bad, they are rendered worse by secresy. The These facts rather favor the theory which we have already subjects of the novel are Count di Ripalta, his sister, and mentioned.
their mother, the Marchesa. The former Count di Ripalta
was shot in the previous Italian war of independence. The Perth, its Annals and its Archives. By David Peacock. Marchesa is a gloomy ascetic, in Italian fashion ; her
1 Volume. Perth: Thomas Richardson. confessor is the Jesuit Verrone, her friend the Bishop of Perth has not wanted its historians before the present
Albana. A Swiss gentleman, a liberal, a scholar, and year; but Mr. Peacock’s work is the most voluminous a Calvinist, loves Angelica, the sister of Count di Rirecord of the ancient city that we remember to have seen.
palta. An Italian Count, Casanova, is in the same pre
dicament. Situated nearly in the centre of Scotland, and in one of
A young English gentleman, Charles Monthe most fertile districts in the country, Perth, or St. tague, the son of General Montague, who, with his sister, Johnstoune, became, very naturally, its capital. It is one
and his father, the General, reside in Rome, nearly beof the oldest, if not the oldest town in Scotland, and its
comes their rival. That is the state of the case at the local history is so closely wrought into the general history opening of the book. They are at a musical party in the of the country, that in this respect alone the volume is Ripalta Palace, and the Bishop of Albana thus converses
with the Marchesa :useful and curious :
"" Nay, Monsignore, I'm not surprised thou hast not-she is “Like most other places which have gradually risen into note,
forestiere, the daug of Sir George Montague, an English the city of Perth finds it very ditlicult, almost impossible, to trace General, whom thou seest yonder at the whist table. Ernesto is her own origin. Dating, as that does, from a very high anti
very intimate with her brother. We made their acquaintance quity, her early annals are involved in much obscurity, and far: 1) whilst living at Florence, and Angelica seems to have conceived ther discovery is now hopeless. Just as 'some village Ilampden,'
as firm a friendship for the sister as Ernesto for the brother.' whose talents or patriotism may be destined to dazzle the world,
" Are they of the true fold, Signora' again asked the eccleremains unnoticed while these are in embryo, and whose innate siastic. qualities, froin the very obscurity of his birth and lincage, are doomed
“* Alas! no,' replied the Marchesa ; 'they belong, they tell to blush unseen till they are fully developed, that world in which
me, to the Anglican Church.' he moves neglects to mark his progress, and afterwards regrets
Anglican heresy, say rather,' replied the ecclesiastic, that his early biography is a blank--so is it with such a place as
sharply. “Va chi peccało." continued he, after a pause, and Perth, whose original insignificance renders it impossible to
more mildly, while luis venerable features assumed a look of deep trace those former stages of its existence which its subsequent compassion, what a pity that so fair and bright a being should importance makes it so desirable to know. At such a period, || be lost !---lost for ever, my friend ! learning was little cultivated, and few, therefore, were capable of recording matters of merely local interest; and thus many a fact The Italian lady wished to dismiss the heretics, while which must have constituted an event in its day, must have || the Italian bishop wants to convert them, and refers the fallen into oblivion. Mark, for instance, the foundation of
lady to Verrone. The Church sanctions not mixed marsuch an edifice as the old church of St. John the Baptist, the date of which is utterly unknown! Besides, it must be con- || riages, although it approves a marriage of convenience with sidered that Perth had risen into consequence long before the its results; but to convert a young English or Swiss he
retic of property and station, a point may be stretched, || power-nay, menaces our faith éven in Italy itself. These Moufor property is not heretical.
tagues belong to the very class we seek to gain. The esample
of their conversion would be of immense value; while, could this So the Marchesa, while speaking of her son, talls thus
De Montmaure be won over, we might hope to see our blessed of her deceased husband the boy's father:
order established even in Geneva itself.' “ • Alas! Monsignore, the sin of his unliappy fatlıer would not
“ The Jesuit's eye brightened with a triumphant glance; he scem yet expiated; the fatality seems to pursue us.
clenched his hand convulsively, as if he could palpably grasp the of Italian liberty in the same strain as my unhappy lord used to
power he coveted. But what,' said he, continuing his redesdo: he loves me and yet seems not to heed my warning voice. I
tions, “if the pursuits of these plans of mine derange those the fear the Count de Montmanre exercises an evil influence on my be
Marchesa has formed for her daughter? She approves of the sait loved boy. They are more than ever together; but what can I
of Casanora; and, truth to say, the Count has strong claims apon do, Monsignore? I have no more a right to dictate to Ernesto.
us--but then he is ours already. The richest and fairest heiress I believe he is now in company with his English friend, Charles
in Rome must not be given away too lightly! This Montague
is Montague. Truth to say, I would rather he associated more
young, noble, and handsome-Angelica,' said the Jesuit, with a with the latter. He seems less bigoted in his heresy, and more
heightened colour, and meaning look. “Thou wouldat bless me open to receive our holy faith. With his sister, he frequently
for the change! But things need not take this course, my far accompanies us to the .Gesu,' and seems oftentimes, indeed,
It must still depend on the Jesuit's hand to guide them.' more than disposed to embrace the truth.'
“ He resumed his usual placid appearance, for the Marchesa's " • Ah! sayest thou so ?' said the ecclesiastic, with a joyful
step was heard approaching." look; “Nay, I thought that bright creature too pure and lovely
Meanwhile, the Montague family progress rapidly toto be lost. We will see to this ourselves, Marchesa ; here may wards Rome, for they had no principle to detain them. be a glorious work before us! Thy friends are, doubtless, Pusey
Sir George Montague had always voted against the Roman ites, as they call those in England who are beginning to discover the error of their ways, and desire to return within the bosom of
Catholic claims, but he had no hostile feeling for their Mother Church. Thou wilt introduce me, during the evening, tenets, and the urbanity of the Bishop of St. Albana to Sir George Montague.'”
pleased him much. Cold hearts have these Italian widows--cold to “Even Sir George Montague found his 'Tory and anti-Papal everything except the church and the world. Once principles give way before the bland courtesy and dignified urplaced under proper training, the hearts of the banity of the Roman prelate, and declared that he had never had Italian ladies are moulded by the priests. For a land
a more agreeable partner at whist--no, not even at the Senior
United Service Club itself; whilst his son Charles more than whose daughters are under that description of ma- participated in these favourable feelings. The impression made nagement freedom can only a name, for female upon the susceptible heart of Emma by the kindness of the reneinfluence is, after all that men may do, close to the
rable prelate was even still stronger. There was a winning softcore of human freedom, for its safety or its destruction.
ness in his address, and a simple, yet apostolical dignity in his Between De Montmaure and Montague, the Bishop pre
manner, which recommended itself strongly to a mind like hers;
and she could not avoid contrasting the simple dignity of the fers, as may be noticed, Montague, a fucile young gentleman, Bishop of Albans with the lordly pride and luxury which serto De Montmaure, a young man of great intellect and firm rounded an episcopal neiglıbour of Sir George's in England. The religious convictions. lle is right. The conversion of good Bishop of Albans, with that tact and good taste which dis. Montague were easy, for his faith stands on nothing. That
tinguishes his countrymen, was most marked in his atteutions;
and yet they only seemed, from the high-bred and dignified way of De Montmaure impossible, because his views are in which they were made, to emanate from a desire to render founded “on a rock."
their séjour instructive and agreeable.” The Marchesa had a long conversation with Verrone, the
This is a lesson to the bishops. And the novelist also Jesuit confessor, He is ambitious. The expulsion of the Jesuits from Switzerland is agitated. De Montmaure
adds that the lent preachers of Rome are abler orators
than our clergy in England. That is to be believed. has influence. What if Angelica Di Ripalta could move
Twenty names will cover all the clergy of the English the stern Calvinist, who loved her, to spare the Jesuits ?
Church whom anybody cares to hear for their eloquence. Verrone will try, and thus he meditates :
A somewhat larger number perhaps may be found amongst “ The Marchesa, cnly waiting for a sign of assent from the the dissenters. Double that number, probably, over all Jesuit, hurried from the oratory. Verrone for some time ap- the Scotch sects; and a somewhat smaller number peared buried in thought. Doubtless he is consulting the inte
amongst the Irish Protestants. We speak not of personal rests of the Ripalta family; considering within himself what is best to be done to satisfy the desires and appease the fears of
worth and zeal, both qualities happily common, but of the Marchesa. Not so; the Jesuit has but one object
, one de- | personal eloquence; most miserably uncommon and unsire—the advancement of his order; for in this he believes is in- cultivated in the ministry of this country. The Lent volved the advancement of religion. He turns over mentally preachers converted Emma Montague more readily that every circumstance, every minute detail, with which the Mar.
she was half-converted by Count di Ripalta, whom she chesa has furnished him; he studies and arranges the different courses, which the interests of his religion, that is, as I have
married privately, and was abandoned by her father, with said, his order, seem to require. Adopting that line of policy | whom her brother left Rome ; as De Montmaure had left which seems most to promote that interest, he hardens himself it before. aguinst every extraneous feeling which would intervene to dis
The author bids us respect the zeal of the Jesuits, turb it. “Yes,' said the Jesuit, ''tis only thus we can succeed. The
with a powerful argument, which, however, excuses not inlabourers are, indeed, few, and the work is great. But let us
tervention in family affairs ; yet that, we have heard, is each be zealous and untiring; and success must, at length, crown an error not monopolised by the Jesuits, though practised our exertions. This great globe is only composed of atoms; a by them with the greatest ability, and the least care for little snowball rolled, anon becomes a mountain; and it is by the untiring efforts of individuals, on the masses, that we shall
consequences to the parties involved. break down the mound of heresy. Every foot of ground we “Recognising the right of private judgment, and accustomed now gain is of immense importance. England and Switzerland! in England to great indulgences of religious opinions, we can —there is no safety for our faith, no hope of its increase, while hardly understand the proselytising zeal of the devout Roman these remain heretical. The first, in its daring propagandism, Catholics, nor the untiring and patient efforts made by them to s Peins to usurp the authority of the keys; the second delics its // win over the unwary and unstable among onr conatrymen who
annually visit Italy. Can we blame the Romanist for this pro- II stand aside out of the crowd, and read it together. It is a noble pagandist zeal? Far from it. If sincere, it is impossible for production, eloquent in its very briefness.?” any Christian believer to be indifferent to the religious state of Charles Albert was pitifully abandoned by the Lomhis fellow-creatures ; but it must be confessed that the zealots | bards, the Romans, and the Tuscans. His subjects fought of the Romish Church, in the ardour of their pursuit, sometimes lose sight of the means they employ, and avail themselves of in- bravely, but they were overthrown by superior force and fluences which, if not so legitimate, are not less powerful than
skill. History has the story, and the grave has Charles their controversial arguments. But these were not needed on Albert ; but, if he was honest as he was brave, “La Spada the present occasion."
d'Italia" was treacherously deserted. The priests are probably right in their opposition to The chivalrous Count di Ripalta perished in the last mixed marriages. They often, we suspect, fail in secur- great battle of the first campaign, on the heights of Rivoli. ing happiness. At least, they are subjected to serious His widow and son retired to England, and the former risk, where either or both parties are zealous professors. was reconciled to her father; De Montınaure, resides in Emma Montagne was not happy. She was too easily con- his Swiss villa, and thus is he employed :verted to be happy. In her husband's passion for Italian “ De Montmaure has once more returned to the home of his independence she had little sympathy, and so they lived Mathers- his days pass tranquilly away. If he still sorrows,
his but very coldly sometimes together. De Montmaure mean
grief is serene and resigned. He has abjured politics, or, at while had hús place in the Swiss senate at Berne. The least, the strife and emulation of public life. No longer does he
mingle in the high contentions of the senate, no more than in wily Verrone endeavoured use Angelica against him, but the deadly encounters of the battle-field ; but, for all that, he is his principles were stronger than his affections. The Jesuits not idle, nor has lie ceased to love, and work for, the cause of were expelled. We pass over the dark crimes of Count freedom. The cause of Italian independence is still dear, ay, Cassanova, who failed in his projects. The death of the dearer than ever, to his heart, for it is now consecrated by the
blood of Ernesto! Yes, mindful of all his sacred engagements, Marchesa was remarkable only for her persisting against he still struggles for the emancipation of Italy; but the weapons even Verrone's wish in exacting from her daughter a vow of his warfare are now different, but not less eficacious. IIe never to marry a heretic. The vow destroyed De Mont- | has devoted to her cause his powerful and eloquent pen, as he maure's hopes, and enrolled Angelica amongst the sisters | has already employed his sword in her defence.
“ Confident of ultimate success—strong in his faith in the of the Sacred Heart.
justice of that great Being who directs and goverus all things, The war in Italy opened at last, and a scene at Turin and whose ears are open to the cry of the oppressed - De Montis given with great spirit, and, we believe, accuracy. maure labours patiently ou; and, in doing so, raises up for him
At last, then, the Count di Ripalto and the Italian | self a far more enduring and honourable reputation than the apLiberals have their wish. The issue is on the sword | plause of senates, or the victor's wreath, could have conferred.
Pleasant it is to see him seated in his library, with some treapoint.
sured volume open before him, while a glance of chastened tri« Gentlemen,' cried the king, his worn and exhausted features umph lights up his thoughtful and melancholy features ; or to glowing with animation, let us accept the omen. May shouts, listen to the tones of his manly and thrilling voice as, walking like these hail our banners in the plains of Lombarily! Butil by the shores of the tranquil and beautiful Lcman Lake, he holds now we have much to do before our departure from Turin. We lofty converse with his valued friend, the Pastor Malan, on those therefore break up our council.'
deep and sublime speculations which divine religion and philoso* The King immediately arose, and, followed by his household | phy disclose. Yes, he has found peace—that peace which this and some of the ministers, retired into the private apartments of world cannot give or take away, and which may both the author the palace. The rest of the ministers, with Negroni and Count and render of these pages diligently seek after, and effectually Balbo, followed the royal example. At the door of the antc-room obtain!" the arm of the Prince Negroni was grasped by Ernesto.
The work is quite worthy of the time that its perusal ** Well, Prince,' exclaimed he, impatiently, 'do these shouts needs. Many of its passages :rre eloquent. It demonstrates augur correctly ---Is war at last proclaimed ' “It is, Ernesto,' replied the Prince, grasping his hand warmly.
an intimate acquaintance with the springs of Italian life ; Old as I am, I now hope to see the work of Italian independence and its moral is, that a modification, if not a change of accomplished. Look! here is the royal proclamation—let us | Italian faith, will precede Italian independence,
The past month has not been productive of great case have doubtless obtained them, although it political events. The natious, weary of war, have would be strange to find in Turkey the champion subsided into a state of apathy. During two years, l of European free lom-of national rights and two hundred thousand lives have been sacrificed, usages. at a cost of fifty millions sterling, in Europe ; and The demanı made by Austria and Russia is nothing has been changed except the state of unprecedented in national transactions; unless in France. Hungary is overthrown, with the exception those cases where special provision is made by treaty of Comorn, which resists, and may hold out for six or for the restoration of political refugees. Between eight months. The Castle of Comorn is impreg. | Austria and Turkey, no treaty of that nature is nable, and can only be reduced by famine. The believed to exist. If the allies endeavour by war resolution of its defenders has been condemned as to make their claim good, we know not how the rash or obstinate; and yet it may prove to be wise European nations could abstain from interference and politic. Six months will see many changes. in the struggle. Britain and France occupy the The Turkish authorities refuse to deliver Kossuth same position as Turkey. They offer a refuge to and his followers over to their Austrian enemies ; || all who seek their shores in political exile. They and the ambassadors of Austria and Russia are might be assailed on the same grounds, and, doubtsaid to have demanded their passports, and in that I less, they would take part with the first sufferer,
We had, indeed, almost forgotten, that the cupy places of trust before the commercial world on French Republic has expelled a number of the one day are in the dead list on the next. The raPoles; and that the British flag has been disgraced pidity of the destroyer terrifies his victims. The actiby O’Ferrall at Malta, and Ward at Corfu, in the vityand health of morning may be gone, and theirlate refusal to allow the Roman refugees a temporary possessor shrouded, coffined, and buried at evening. shelter. The conduct of O'Ferrall, who cheerfully | Such scenes have been seen in England during the received the foes of freedom, but exeluded its friends, last month. Men are appalled, and turn at last has been defended in one of Lord John Russell's to the only practical remedy that human science paltry letters; and no great man can do a little offers—those sanatory reforms that, undertaken action with more spite than his lordship. He long ago, might have arrested this calamity; and pretends that Mr. More O'Ferrall was afraid that, neglected now, will leave us victims of a that fifty or sixty Roman refugees, without arms, | plague. money, or even motive, would attempt to take Malta from a numerous and well-appointed British
COLONIAL POLICY UNDER THE GREY garrison. The pretence is meaner than the act.
DYNASTY. The refugees, he says, belong to a school who spread insurrection everywhere, and who would
No Government ever enjoyed equal opportunities of take as much pleasure in a fight at Malta as in putting an end to the borough-mongering system of Berlin or Baden. Other people remember, if his colonial management—of abolishing the abuses by lordship chooses to forget, that the school was
which Court favourites and a needy aristocracy preyed headed by a
near relative of his own—a British upon the outposts of the empire. NoCabinet ever made Minister of State not long ago-and whose travel- a worse use of its opportunities than the Russell ling expenses were paid by the nation.
Ministry. Mr. Ward had more reason to be afraid of The ruin or the loss of the colonies to England will be his guests than Mr. O'Ferrall. One insurrection the leading feature in the future history of the “Fahad occurred in Cephalonia, and another was pro- mily Government.” mised which has since then appeared, and been,
More than three years ago, an eminent merchant most probably, suppressed. Henceforth the Minis- wrote to Lord Elgin through the newspapers, warning terial press of this country will have nothing to say
him that if the policy of the day were continued, he respecting General Haynau's proclamation to the (Lord Elgin) would be the “last Governor of Canada.” Hungarians, since Mr. Ward has merely made a The prediction seems near its accomplishment. Public paraphrase from one of the worst of these death's || opinion has been in abeyance on the subject. On all head and cross-bones documents, for the use of the great colonial events, from the conquest of the PunCephalonians. The insurgents may have required | jaub to the threatened revolt of Canada, the "publie” that discipline, but the insurgent Haynau thought have been content to believe and to talk exactly as the that the Hungarians also needed sharp practice. Mr. Government organs bid them to do. Apathy and ignoWard appears to have made a liberal use of the rance are good materials for a jobbing Cabinet. The gallows in his Cephalonian tour.
press really has a sort of right to dictate to An attempt has been made in the United States the nation, from its being “first in the market" for to form an independent party of pirates for the the run of public opinion. The Government organs capture of Cuba ; but the Government have in drive certain opinions; and the bulk of the press, like the meantime prevented the armament, which may a flock of sheep, follow the bell wether. go forward, however, when it suits the fancy of the The Times, the other day (September 24th), said, free buccaneers, with whom the idea originated.
“ when Cuba shall have been wrenched from Spain, The plan, we suppose, will not be agreeable to the then will Spain be poor indeed.” If the Times were Spanish bondholders in this country, whose Spanish quite at liberty to write with candour on English securities are sufficiently attenuated without the affairs, we would probably have reflections on the loss of Cuba.
spread of the British race over the globe, carrying The condition of Ireland is little improved by into every land commerce, civilization, and Christianity. the visit of her Majesty, or any other remedy. A The decay of British power would be deprecated, and civil war against the payment of rates and rents the l'imes would say that “when the British West Indies rages furiously. The peasantry and farmers cut and North American provinces shall have been wrenched their crops and convey them away out of the agents from England, and annexed to her republican rival, then or the tax-collector's sight. This conduct is, of will England be humbled indeed." At present the course, only adopted in the disturbed districts; || Times cannot afford to be candid; for, once a month or but the poorest profession that a man could follow so, space must be given to a colonial article from a at the present day is to hold and let land in one of patron, different in style from an ordinary "leader"-50 these disturbed districts. He is either shot or fa- || very peculiar, in fact, that the articles have been alluded mished; but the latter plan of despatching the to as the “drunken articles" in the Times. The first of obnoxious is now generally adopted, as cheaper and them appeared in May last, after the Elgin affair, and safer, for lead costs money, and the non-payment since then, at irregular intervals, on the same subject; of debt costs nothing.
their design being to annoy, to alienate, and to exasperate The pestilence in England absorbs all attention. the colonists to that degree that they shall declare It intervenes in all engagements. It seizes wit. themselves independent, preparatory to joining the nesses against criminals, and threatens to interrupt || United States. the course of justice, The names of men who oc- The people of England are too good-natured, too careless, or too obtuse to perceive that such is the to set their house in order, and, because "colonies are design of the Government organs, from the l'ines, expensive,” to give up the Punjaub to the Sikhs, Nordownward to the Economist and Examiner ; but the thern India to the Afghans, and the Eastern Territory colonists see clearly through it, weigh every paragraph, to the Burmese. and fearlessly publish the name of the Minister to The Australian towns have not yet been commanded whom those “ drunken articles” are attributed. The to consider themselves no longer British, but to hold Times, when sober, used to say that " we could not themselves in readiness to become stations for the afford another American Revolution, and will write | American whalers and their peddling skippers. the same words again whenever the English nation is The Cape of Good Hope has not yet been surrenawakened, and made acquainted with the dirty work dered to the Boors, or Natal been given back to the that has been going on-the treasonable plotting-to | Caffres; but these changes may not be distant-if the “ wrench” these provinces from the empire; and, under Ministry are consistent and firm, these events must be the pretence of " preparing them for independence,” || quite at hand. throwing all their weight into a scale already much too “If a principle be a good one, go through with it." heavy in the matter of territory. The very idea of If the principle on which Canada has been treated be Ministers of the Crown suggesting a revolution, and a good one, the general breaking up of the empire dismemberment of the empire, appears so atrocious must take place immediately. that at first we can hardly entertain it. We have We have all always protested against such a general been quite accustomed to hear it said that the col breaking up of the empire. If the process of disorlonial policy was suicidal, or it was madness, &c.; but ganization be continued, no solid objection can remain it is something new to suspect that “if this be mad. || against repeal of the union with Ireland. The French ness there is method in't."
ought to be invited to colonize Ireland, and plant penal The recent declarations of the Times, Economist, and settlements there. Ecaminer, have been reprinted in Canada, and are re- Scotland ought to demand emancipation from the ceived as the final answers of the Russell-Grey Cabi- || centralization of London, and be allowed to set up net to the appeals of the Canadian people.
that “self-government” which has been conceded to These newspaper paragraphıs, it is true, are not pub-| Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Canada. The Isle lic, legislative, or official acts; but, unfortunately, they of Man should be given to the Yankees to careen their may have even greater force, because though no in-ships upon, and the Orkneys restored to their original dividual is answerable for them, yet such is the tre- owners, the Danes. mendous power wielded by the “responsible Ministers” Gibraltar should be given to the Barbary pirates ! of this limited monarchy, that even the anonymous | Malta to More O'Ferrall and the Jesuits, and Cephaannouncement of its opinions or intentions, through || lonia to the Austrians. certain newspapers, acquires as much, or, indeed, Our theory of colonies is practical and simple. They greater force than the solemn acts of Parliament. are not for the Court and aristocracy, but for the And yet we have the bypocrisy to rail at the despot- | masses. “England wants room.” The colonies are just isms of Prussia or of Austria, while we are so in- | the extensions of Britain, explored, cleared, or acquired sincere as to deprecate the arbitrary nature of a by the British, to be united and regulated by BriRussian ukase, or pretend to wonder at the tyranny tish laws. In short, we should present to the world of a dictator of Paraguay, while we succumb to the the front and power of a great united empire, like anonymous dictation of an official organ, and crouch that of the United States, which extend to the relike serfs before the Ministerial press.
motest location under the flag, the same laws, the The people of England have nerer been asked same customs' duties, the same protection. The “whether they wished the transatlantic extensions of infant settlements and the wealthy cities of the Rethis country to be gifted away" to Yankees, Ellices, public are equally protected, and enjoy a free trade French Canadians, or to nameless friends of Colonial with each other. office clerks. The Parliament of Great Britain, favour- The Americans boast, and with truth, that they are the able though it be to Ministerial intrigues, and highly most colonizing people in the world ; and yet, to all their indulgent to Ministerial recklessness, bas never been colonies are granted the privileges of the metropolis. asked to pass a bill declaring the colonial system to Britain might advantageously imitate ancient Rome be utterly at an end, our distant settlements repudiated in giving her colonies all the rights of citizenship, and insulted, and the British Empire broken into frag: similar laws, equal taxes and trading facilities, legisments. The nation has never been consulted upon this lative representation proportioned to the taxes paid, “ new light;" the capitalists have not been consulted directly or indirectly, to the imperial treasury. The upon the repudiations and bankruptcies consequent metropolitan and provincial debts to be adjusted, as upon a general cutting off of colonies; the manufac- the State debts of the U.S.A.—-local debts and burturers have not been asked whether they wish the dens to be provided for locally, by extending the plan colonial markets annihilated; the merchants have not of self-government or municipalities, in contradistincbeen invited to assist in the transfer of their colonialtion to that of centralization, the error of France and trade to the hands of New York and Bostou jobbers; || the vice of jobbing Whigs. the industrious classes of Great Britain, the working At all events, and by all or any honest means, the masses, have never been called upon for a “demon- monstrous project of getting up Government quarrels stration" of their eagerness to repudiate for ever their in all the colonies, in order to get rid of them, must relatives who have emigrated, to declare them aliens, || be protested against. This country has vested much rivals, or enemies; the Honourable East India Com. || property in these possessions; and no newspaper pany have not, so far as is yet known, been commanded || traders nor swindling servants of the crown should