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to be a-talkin' about you. 'I think, thrifty ways, he would be able says be, if I could meet that same to maintain a wife decently and Tony, I'd crack his nerk for him.'” well; and he referred to Dector

" That was civil, certainly!” said Forbes of Auchterlonie for a charTony, dryly.

acter of him; and I backed it my. **And as I can't do that, I'll just self

, saying, in the name of the go and ask her what she means by house, it was true and correct." it all, and if Tony's her sweet " What answer came to this?” benrt!"

" A letter from the minister, say* He did not do that!” cried ing that the lassie was poorly, and Tony, half angrily.

in so delicate a state of health, it ** Yes, but he did, though; and would be better not to agitate her what for no! You wouldn't have by any mention of this kind for the a man lose his time pricing a bale present; meanwhile he would take of goods when another had bought up his information from Dr. Forbes, them? If she was in treaty with whom he knew well; and if the you, Mr. Butler, where was the use reply satisfied him he'd write again of Sam spending the day trying to to us in the course of a week or eateh a word wi' her? So, to settle two; and Sam's just waiting, pathe matter at once, he overtook her tiently for his answer, and doing one morning going to early meeting his best, in the meanwhile, to prewith the children, and he had it pare, in case it's a favourable one." eut."

Tony fell into à reverie. That "Well, well ?” asked Tony, eag- story of a man in love with one erly.

it might never be his destiny to Well, she told him there never win, had its own deep significance was anything like love between her- for him. Was there any grief, was self and you; that you were aye there any misery, to compare with like brother and sister; that you it? And although Sam M Gruder, knew each other from the time you the junior partner in the rag trade, could speak; that of all the wide was not a very romantic sort of world she did not know any one so character, yet did he feel an intense well as you; and then she began to sympathy for him. They were both cry, and cried so bitterly that she sufferers from the same malady had to turn back home again, and albeit Sam's attack was from a very go to her room as if she was taken mild form of the complaint. ill; and that's the way Mrs. M'Gru “You must give me a letter to your der cime to know what Sam was brother," said he at length. “Some intending. She never suspected it day or other I'm sure to be in Italy, before; but, hech sirs! if she didn't and I'd like to know him." open a broadside on every one of “Ay, and he'd like to know us! And the upshot was, Dolly you, now that he ain't jealous of was packed off home to her father; you. The last thing he said to me Sam went back to Leghorn ; and at parting was, 'If ever I meet that there's Sally and Maggie going back Tony Butler, I'll give him the best in everything ever they learned - bottle of wine in my cellar. ” for it ain't every day you pick up “When you write to him next, a lass like that for eighteen pound say that I'm just as eager to take a-year and her washing."

him by the hand, mind that. The * But did he ask her to marry man that's like to be a good hushim?” cried Tony.

band to Dolly Stewart is sure to be * He did. He wrote a letter ---à a brother to me." very good and sensible letter, tno And they went back to town, to her father. He told him that he talking little by the way, for each was only a junior, with a small was thoughtful — M'Gruder thinkshare, but that he had saved enough ing much over all they had been to furnish a house, and that he saying, Tony full of the future, yet hoped, with industry and care and not able to exclude the past.

The NApoleonic

NApoleoN the Third is a monarch of rare genius as well as of great power; and it is a pleasure to review the policy of such a man in a sphere which is free from the influences of international rivalry. The French in Mexico is a different question from the French on the Rhine. As Englishmen, we cannot regard without a feeling of mistrust and dislike the policy of Napoleon in Europe; but happily we can do so when the scene of his far-reaching projects is the old empire of Montezuma. We do not demand of any monarch that he shall consult the good of the world irrespective of the interests of his own country; but o the greatest monarch, the one who will longest live in the memory of men, is he who shall achieve the greatest triumphs for mankind at large. In exile and in prison, Louis Napoleon had ample time to meditate on the high mission to which, by a strong and strange presentiment, he felt himself called. He reviewed, as a political philosopher, the requirements of the age; and thus when he came to the throne, he brought with him many high designs already formed, which he has resolved to accomplish so far as the opportunities of his career should permit. One of the earliest formed of his great schemes was the construction of a ship canal which should cross the Isthmus of Darien, and form a highway of commerce between the oceans of the Atlantic and Pacific. Such a work is less needed now that the age of railways has succeeded to the age of canals; nevertheless it will probably be accomplished in the future. As Emperor, Louis Napoleon has taken no measures to carry out this project, — his other schemes having hitherto absorbed his attention and fully taxed his powers. But he has energetically supported the sister-project of the

IDEA in Mexico.

Suez Canal, designed to connect the eastern and western seas; and however doubtful may be the success of the scheme at present, we doubt not it will be realised in the end, The project of unnelling the Alps likewise owes its initiative to Napoleon III., and will connect his name with a greater work than the road of the Simplon, which was one of the glories of his uncle's reign. With a boldness which pays little regard to what ordinary men call impossibilities, he has also proposed to unite England and France by carrying a submarine railway under the British Channel,- a project which we have no desire to see accomplished until a new epoch has dawned upon Europe, and, the relations between the two countries have been established upon a more reliable basis of friendship, Lastly, among those projects of material as well as of political interest, we come to the intervention in Mexico, undertaken professedly, though not primarily, with a view to regenerate that fine country, to rescue it from impending ruin, to restore it to a place among the nations, and launch it upon a new and independent career. Of all the projects of Napoleon III., this is the one which is most to be applauded for the good which it will accomplish for the world at large. Nevertheless — and this is a compliment to his sagacity, rather than a detraction from the merits of the project — the motive which inspired it was connected with the interests of France, and still more with those of his own dynasty. The Emperor was desirous to find some enterprise which should employ his army, and engage the attention of his restless and gloryloving subjects, until the affairs, of Europe should open to him a favourable opportunity for completing. his grand scheme of “rectifying ” the frontiers of France. And iu this

he has succeeded. Even though Latin Church. Spain, once the the enterprise has not been popular greatest Power in Europe, has for in France, it at least served to at- long been torpid, and, though now tract the thoughts of the French to showing symptoms' of revival, will a foreign topic - it has furnished a never regain anything like its forsubject of conversation and debate, mer position in the world. In - and it has, inoreover, shut the America the collapse of the Romish mouths of the war-party in France, Church has been still more conspicuand established a solid excuse for ous. On the other hand, the Protesthe Enıperor not engaging in a tant and Greek Powers are prosperEuropean conflict until he had got ing and extending themselves. The this Transatlantic affair off his greatest change which is impending bands. These were considerations in Europe - the downfall of the of present value which Napoleon Ottoman rule – will bring a vast was not likely to underestimate, extension of power to the Greek though he could not frankly avow Church; and slowly but steadily them. Nevertheless they would the same Church, following the bat. bave been void of force if the ex- talions of Russia, is spreading over pedition could not have been justi. central, and will soon spread likefied upon intrinsic grounds. And wise over south-western Asia. It it is to the peculiar character of will extend from the Baltic to the those grounds, as illustrative of the Pacific, from St. Petersburg to Petroscope of the Emperor's views, that paulovski. Protestantism has still we desire briefly to draw attention, greater triumphs to show. Accom- \ before considering what are likely panying the colonies of England, to be the actual results of the en- it has become the dominant faith terprise.

in North America - among the The grandeur of a nation depends thirty millions of the Anglo-Saxon upon the influence of the ideas and race, who may be said to hold the interests which it represents, not fortunes of the New World in their less than upon the material force hands. In India, in the Australian which it can exert. England, for world, at the Cape, and wherever example, is peculiarly the represent- England has planted her energetic ative of Constitutional Government colonies, it is the Protestant Church and of the interests of commerce. which reigns supreme. By his inIn Russia, ve behold the head, and tervention in Mexico, Napoleon representative Power, of the Greek III. endeavours to arrest the decay Church. France, also, we need of the Romish Church in America, hardly say, is a representative and to check the continuous spread Power. Her monarchs for cen. of the Protestant Anglo-Saxons. turies have borne the title of the The “Empire of the Indies," reared " eldest son of the Church ;” they by Spain, and so long a bright gem have been the protectors of, and in the tiara of the Popes, has gone at all events they peculiarly repre- to wreck. Brazil, with its enorsent, the Church of Rome. But mous territory but mere handful e the Church of Rome has been losing of people, is the only non-Protesground, alike in the Old World and tant State in America which is not in the New. The great kingdom a prey to anarchy and desolation ; of Poland has dropped out of the and a few years ago, the gradual map of Europe, and nearly all its extension of Anglo-Saxon power parts have gone to increase the over the whole of the New World territories of Protestant Prussia, appeared to be merely a question and of Russia the champion of of time, Seizing a favourable opthe Greek Church. The loss has portunity, the “eldest son of the not been compensated by an Church" now intervenes to repair adequate increase of power in the fallen fortunes of the Papacy the States which adhere to the in Central America, and in so doing

to erect a barrier against the tide and advantageous frontier. Partly of Protestantism, and to reflect new also, he hopes, by establishing a lustre upon the Church of which league, & community of sentiment he is the champion, and with whose and action, between the so-called greatness that of France is indissol- Latin races of France, Italy, and ubly connected.

Spain--in which league France will These considerations affect the naturally hold the first place. By moral, rather than the political, his intervention in Italy, he has engreatness of France; but there are deavoured, and not unsuccessfully, others of a different character which to attract Italy to him as a depenmoved Napoleon III. to attempt dent ally. By his intervention in the regeneration of Mexico. The Mexico, he plays a part which will latter, however, relate to. the same tend to attract Spain likewise; and object considered from a different he trusts to complete an alliance point of view. Europe is remodel with that country by, ere long, supling herself on the principle of porting the claims of the Spaniards nationality. Twenty years hence, to the possession of Gibraltar; and the Slavonian race will ha expe- also, if an opportunity offers, of rienced a great augmentation of effecting a "unification" of the power-partly from increase of pop- . Peninsula by obliterating Portugal ulation, which is proceeding rapid. (the ally of England) as an indely in Russia, and partly from a pendent State. Meanwhile, by remore perfect political organisation generating Mexico, he adds'. to his and community of action estab- own renown-shows himself a fitlished among the now scattered ting leader for the future league of portion of that family of nations. the Latin races; and, at the same The Teutonic race is destined to time, he opens a new field for the experience a lesser but somewhat commerce and enterprise of France, similar increase of power. Com- which may help to save the nation pelled by disasters which, even in from its social demoralisation and this hour of triumph, may be seen concomitant discontent, and impart to await them, the Germans will to it a new and healthy impulse consolidate their strength by uni- towards increase of population, fication, and will thereby acquire without which it will be impossible much greater power than they now for France to retain her high posipossess, even though they lose a tion among the Powers of Europe. considerable portion of their non Mexico is a country well fitted German territory: In the face of to engage the attention of a great these contingencies, Napoleon III. monarch, to justify his efforts on meditates, has long been meditat- its behalf, and to more than repay ing, how France is to obtain a com- them by the results which will mensurate addition to her strength. attend its regeneration. The cliCentralisation and Organisation are mate of its central and most inhaalready complete in France; no bited region is perfectly suited to new strength is to be looked for the constitution of Europeans, and from these sources. Her popula- especially of the so-called Latin tion, too — unlike that of Germany races. The country abounds in and of Russia – is stationary, and mines of the precious metals; and even threatens to decline if some so great are the treasures hidden new impulse be not communicated in its mountains that the mineral to it. How, then, is she to keep wealth of the country is still, comher place in the future ? Partly, paratively speaking, undeveloped. replies Napoleon in

in his secret The soil, too, is remarkably fertile ; thoughts, by incorporating the and owing to its peculiar gecgraphiRhine provinces and Belgium cal formation, the country yields in thereby acquiring at once an in- perfection most of the productions crease of population, and a strong alike of the temperate and the

torrid zones. Extending for 1200 ley beneath. Mexico is rich in inmiles along the seaboard of the digenous plants and flowers. On Atlantic, and 900 miles along the the plains, the strange-looking coast of the Pacific, Mexico con- stems of the cactus, like grotesque tains an area three times larger than vegetable pillars, silent and unFrance, situated between the two bending to the wind, rise to the great oceans of the world, and pre- height of twenty feet, gorgeous senting in its southern portion a with scarlet or yellow blossoms.* route well fitted to become a high- The air is persumed by the wild way between them. Mexico con- and profusely-growing convolvuli, tains within herself all the material with their graceful bell-flowers. elements of a great empire.. All And the vanilla plant, whose pods that is wanted is to regenerate her yield an expensive luxury, grows people—to revive in them the ener- spontaneously in the coast-regiongies which they, both Indians and ivy-like climbing the loftiest trees, Spaniards, once exerted gloriously in while its large white flowers, striped the olden time—and thereby make with red and yellow, fill the forest them fit to profit by the extraordi- with their rare and delicious odour. nary natural resources with which The coffee-tree is indigenous, and they are surrounded.

can be most successfully cultivated On either side Mexico is bor- in the region above the reach of the dered by a narrow low-lying coast- malaria, on the comparatively temregion, abounding in heat and mois- perate, mountain-slopes between ture, where vegetation presents the four and five thousand feet above full luxuriance of the tropics. The the sea. The cocoa-shrub also is interior of the country, on the other indigenous, but requires the damp hand, consists of a vast table-land, and sultry warmth of the coastas level as the sea, of an aver- region. In such districts it is age height of 7000 feet above the amazingly productive. Humboldt, coast; and out of this great plain in bis Tropical World,' says he rise chains of mountains rich in never should forget the deep imminerals, and lofty isolated peaks, pression made upon him by the like snow-capped Popocatepetl, the luxuriance of tropical vegetation breezes from which cool down the on first seeing a cocoa plantation. sunmer heat. Here and there, “After a damp night, large blos. especially on its outskirts, this soms of the theobroma issue from great plain is seamed by profound the root at a considerable distance valleys or glens, bounded by pre- from the trunk, emerging from the cipitous walls of rock; and stand- deep black mould. A more striking ing on the temperate table-land, example of the productive powers the stranger beholds with amaze- of life could hardly be met with in ment the gorgeous scenery of tropi- organic nature." Tobacco, indigo, cal vegetation which opens upon flax, and hemp grow wild, and amhim in glowing colours in the val- ply repay cultivation.

*"On nearing the towns, vast fields are seen covered with clumps of aloes arranged in the quincunx form, to which the similar plants found in Europe, whether in the open air or in the greenhouse, are not to be compared. This is the maguey, whose juice (pulque) delights the Mexican palate and enriches the treasury. The maguey and the cactus are the two plants characteristic of the Mexican table-land. In uncultivated districts there are immense tracts offering nothing to the eye but aloes and cactus, standing solitary or in scattered groups—a strange and melancholy vegetation that stands insensible to the whistling of the wind instead of replying to it, as do our waving forests, with a thrill of animation. The silent inflexibility of the aloes and cactus might make the traveller fancy, as he loses right of the villages, that he is traversing one of those countries he has been told of in fairy tales, where an angry genie has turned all nature to stone."-Chevalier's Mexico (English Edition), vol. i. p. 23.

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