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science—a name that will excuse was in reality broken the devilish anything to a German understand- power of the French Revolution. ing; but it is no part of their creed There began that chastisement of that they have a mission requiring an impious nation, which has never them to put to death every animal to this day ceased. Here religion, weaker than themselves. And so order, justice, national independthe little birds are very confiding, ence, again asserted themselves, and perhaps a trifle happier than if and overturned the sway of the they believed their lives to be in sword, of rapine, of unbelief, and constant danger from the other two- of all the evil passions of fallen legged animals. It is all so quiet humanity. The tide of French and peaceful, and has such an air of aggression was fairly turned back; having been always quiet and peace- the limit of revolutionary success ful, and going to be always quiet had been reached; and blighted, and peaceful, that "historic doubts” pillaged Europe was permitted once are engendered, and one questions more to breathe freely, and enterwhether it be not easier to believe tain the trembling hope of one day that a narrative of strife and car- being again at rest, and of men nage has been forged than that rearing vines and fig-trees which these tranquil plains have ever re- they might dare to call their own. sounded to "great ordnance in the Here set that star of which Napofield," or been enriched with the leon spoke so arrogantly, and in gore of tens of myriads. They show which he placed so great trust. you a ball lodged in the angle of a Hereafter he was but a broken church, or a hole through an old adventurer, put to all his shifts to gable-good; but what do these prolong his doomed empire, going prove?
You may see, standing from fall to fall, and at last perishabout, pillars commemorating this ing miserably! or that episode in the great epic ; If, then, the spot where a great but we have heard before how a blow has been struck for freedom column sometimes “lifts its head should be sacred in men's eyes, and lies," and they who would these plains of Leipzig are hallowed write cunningly - devised fables ground. It is good to meditate in would chisel also false inscriptions. sight of them; and, from the midst If Troy was a fancy, why not of the silence and plenty and peace Leipzig? It would be pleasant to which now reign there, to cast back believe the latter to be but a glo- a thought to the havoc and misery rious myth; and, standing here on which they have witnessed. Happy this gentle April day, one feels are the generations which inherit strangely tempted toward such a the prosperity without having belief.
known the sorrow with which it But no. Whatever nature may was purchased ! but they must seem to cry aloud in this her tran. never forget the price that was quil mood, the testimony of "arti- paid, nor enjoy their blessings culate-speaking men,” of men who without a thought of the great felt only too keenly all that they struggle through which they are spoke and left on record, assures this day free. "He who smote the us that the battle of Leipzig was a people in wrath with a continual great fact—the greatest probably stroke, he that ruled the nations in that has had place in Europe since anger, is persecuted, and none hinthe middle ages. On these plains dereth. The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet; they break forth into at the expense of being kicked and singing."
spit upon, a nation may for a time Great scarcity of the sinews of buy off hostilities. But this is but war all over the continent of Europe futile policy, as we learned three is said by some of the very wise to or four years since. A British be the sole cause of the nations Minister should deserve to have in being peacefully disposed at this his epitaph some words which were moment. If so, we discover a new engraved over the shell of Commovirtue in poverty. It is pleasant, dore Trunnion: “He kept his guns too, to reflect that England, which ready loaded, and his tackle ready has means, and which has some manned, and never showed his poop stake in the subjects of contention, to the enemy except when he took is no longer content to be voiceless him in tow.” But I must not bewhen so many throats are sounding gin to scribble about politics after their claims and designs. I do not so long a letter on warlike matthink the cause of peace will be in ters. It has given me much pleathe least injured by England rous- sure to survey these battle-fields, ing herself; and I am sure that the and to learn what I could conrespect of other Powers and our cerning them; and if you and own self-respect will be largely in the readers of Maga care to folcreased by her so acting. As long low my wanderings, I shall again as the world continues to be such rejoice. Now, for the present, fareas it now is, the axiom will hold well. Accept, my dear Editor, these that they who desire peace should presents, and the warm regard of be ready for war — honourable peace, that is to say.
A WANDERING ENGLISHMAN,
“DEAR! Did you really? How Anne; confess, break forth, you clever!”
fountain of wisdom, and overflow "I can put up with everything your banks like Jordan! You had about her, but that · How clever !"" noticed it, you had felt it all the cried Elizabeth, when the lady had time, and yet you shake your head, departed. “It always comes out in you knit your brows? Oh, I fear the same tone, and with the same you not; I shall say my say, and emphasis. Whatever one does, if moan my moan, and none shall stop it be but the veriest trifle, some- See, I am the better for it thing that even a Lady Adelaide already! I have not - upon my could accomplish herself without word, I have not felt so charitably too much trouble, it is sure to ob- disposed towards the poor dear lady tain that all-embracing epithet. I for a long time.” do not believe her vocabulary could Anne, smiling—"That does you supply any other note of admira- credit, surely. The prick of a pin tion. She never rises above it, and stirs up this tempest, and the temnever falls below. When she heard pest subsides with the same show that Captain Webb had swum of reason wherewith it arose. A across the Channel, and that I had storm in a teacup, Lizzie. Much worked a crochet anti-macassar, she ado aboutsaid of us both, 'How clever !"" “Not nothing-not nothing, you Her friend laughed.
tiresome creature! you will not "Is it not provoking, Anne ?" surely pretend to declare that it is
“Provoking? Perhaps ; if it nothing ?” were worth being provoked about. “ You will not surely venture to
"You think it is not? But you affirm that it is something ?” don't know till you have been tried. “I affirm it, and maintain it, I had rather endure one good sword- Anne.” cut and have done with it, than be “ Then you are a little—foolish, the victim of a thousand lancet- dear.” pricks. How often did you hear that “And you are a very great deal little soft ejaculation during the last –exasperating, darling." half-hour? Be on your honour, Anne smiles, Elizabeth laughs. Anne."
The door opens, and a footman, “More than once, I confess.” with uncertain, bewildered steps, And
had noticed it?" approaches the upper end of the “Yes, I had.”
“Well, was it not, as I said, “My lady's gloves, ma'am. Uncalled forth by great and small, der the sofa, or on the mantelpiece, somethings and nothings, alike or on the floor.” Was it not a most absurd comment, “The locality being so precisely most promiscuously applied, by a described, he cannot fail to find most stupid woman? Come, Anne, them immediately,” observes his join me; it will do you good, or, if mistress, aside. not, it will do me good to hear it. “Look on the piano, William." Say what you think, you prudent On the piano the gloves are dis
covered, and carried off, doubled up seen Lady Adelaide; now, I am peron a salver.
fectly sick of it.” “Now it will be, 'How clever !! “ After all, Lizzie, what a baby to have found them so quickly! you are !” and with more grounds for saying so “A baby, if you like. I have than usual,"continues Mrs Tresham, no objection at all to being called with curled lip. “Anne, you might a baby. Nice, little, soft, fluffy have pity upon me,
What may be things, made to be petted and amusing in a friend, is torture from kissed. But the other is a term of a relation. If Lady Adelaide could abuse, a positive insult.” only be metamorphosed into an “ Nonsense!” ordinary acquaintance—a neighbour “It is; so applied, by such lips. even, though not too near at hand— Nay, Anne, sweet Anne, frown not how joyfully would I engage her in so seriously. It spoils thy dimples, conversation, nor dream of attempt Anne, contorts the brow, and dising to clear a single cobweb off her torts the mouth. I say it again, brains !"
again, again ; I will not be called a “You would simply despise her clever' woman.” more than ever."
Anne.—“One might be called a “No, no, no; at least I think
worse thing." not."
Elizabeth, confidentially.—“But, “ You would."
good Anne, one word. Were you “And have you no compassion ? ever tired of being called pretty ?” Yet I would grieve from my heart if you
should ever have the misfortune to be tacked on to a-Lady Lady Adelaide and her new niece Adelaide. What can I say more? were, as may have been gathered Yet I defy you, even you, my men- by the foregoing dialogue, perhaps tor, to twist anything undutiful or as ill suited to each other as it disrespectful out of such a tame was possible for any two people conclusion, such a paltry climax."
to be. Anne, gravely—“She is a very Elizabeth, a gay, triumphant kind-hearted woman.
bride, in the heyday of her charms, “ So she is.”
little disposed to tolerate anything “And you have no fault to find contemptible and ridiculous, was with her, save that she calls you seriously disturbed by finding in clever?"
the relation who of all her newly“ Clevar, not clever. You missed acquired kindred stood nearest to the accent, dear."
her, one who a perpetual “Is that her only fault?" perse- source of mortification. veres Anne.
Yet Lady Adelaide was all that “Hum! I did not say so; I a fine lady has any need to be. did not go so far as that. Her only She was cheerful, gentle, and ingreat fault, perhaps her only per- dolent; inclined to patronise ba. petual, ever-recurring fault." zaars and work-parties-her young
“She has no other that you can- friends in general, and Elizabeth ir not condone?”
particular. “Is not this enough? I began Her nephew's wife was quit years ago, by being called a clever charming-so lively, so clever. child, then I was a clever girl, and It was only a pity they did no now I am a clever woman.
see more of each other. John used tired of the word, before I had ever to be in and out continually--th
Priory had been quite his home; " Then I shall be the most unbut that could not be expected now. popular." The young people were sure to be “Very likely." so much sought after, they would “You won't ask me why? It is be such acquisitions in any society, because we are the very antipodes that of course their engagements of each other in every respect. must be numerous.
“So you are. I like you best, And then dear Elizabeth was so but you will find that mine is not accomplished, had so many re- the general opinion." sources,—not an idle body like her “ Most people will like Sir Walold aunt, who had time to run ter a great deal better than you.” about and bore all her neigh- “That is a fact, again.” bours.
“ Well?” Pehind backs Lady Adelaide was “ Well?" as charitable as her niece was mer- “I don't care for the opinion of ciless.
most people.” “Elizabeth thinks she's a born “Neither do I." fool," quoth John.
"And if everybody in the world “John! I never used such an were to say so, they would never expression in my life!"
convince me that you were not “Do you not think so ?”
worth hundred Sir Walters, Now Elizabeth did.
and John, for his part, was rather « Go on,” fond of his aunt.
“ That I am not worth a thouShe was invariably kind and sand Lady Adelaides." good-humoured, and more he did “Ha! ha! so I think. But, not expect from her; indeed her little one, clever as you are, there foibles were so far from being an is one thing you cannot do—and annoyance to him, that it may be that is, argue.' questioned whether he would not How came John always to have have missed something out of his the best of it? Chatter as she life if Lady Adelaide had grown might, this quick-witted and highsensible.
spirited girl was as devotedly subWith Elizabeth, of course, it ject to her sober-minded husband as must be different.
any wife ever was in this world No softening influences of asso- before. ciation could deaden her feelings, It was evident that she was a no early impressions of awe hold happy bride. her senses still in check. Lady Contentment beamed in her lively Adelaide broke upon her mature dark eye; and the ring of her quick vision with all the shock of a no- firm footstep, the snatches of song velty, and unfortunately that vision which broke forth at intervals was only too acute.
through the little house, the pleasure Elizabeth could be magnanimous, she took in her pretty possessions, she could pardon, but she could the glory in her small achievements, never fail to see.
all spoke of the satisfaction of a “What would you have ?” cried heart at rest. John. “She is good-looking and Still, the dead fly in the ointgood-tempered, and never said an ment was there, small though it unkind word of any one in her life. was. That fly—would any one She is the most popular woman in have guessed it ?-was Lady Adethe neighbourhood."