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matter calmly, and between us we will surely a sense of his own interests and cares. Gerald be able to convince him. I'll humor himn, for was coming up the avenue at the moment my part, as far as my conscience will allow slowly, with all the feelings of a man going

We must not give in to him, Frank. to the stake. He was looking at everything He will give it up if we show a very firm round as a dying man might, not knowing front and yield nothing ?” said the squire, what terrible revolution of life might hap looking with an unusually anxious eye in his pen before he saw them againson's face.

“ He looked on hill and sea and shore, “ For my part, I will not enter into the As he might never see them more. controversy between the Churches,” said the Life was darkened over to his pre-occupied curate; “it is mere waste of time. I must eyes, and the con posure of nature jarred upon confine myself to the one point. If he must him, as though it were carelessness and indifforsake us, he must, and I can't stop him : ference to the fate which he felt to be coming but he must not forsake his wife."

in the air. He thought nothing less than “ Tut-it's impossible!” said the squire; that his father and brother were discussing “it's not to be thought of for a moment. him with hearts as heavy and clouded as his You must have given undue importance to own; for even he, in all his tolerance and something that was said. Things will turn impartiality, did not make due account of the out better than you think.” They were very fact, that every man has his own concerns nearly at the great entrance when these words next to him, close enough to ameliorate and were said, and Mr. Wentworth took out his lighten the weight of his anxieties for others. handkerchief and held it to his forehead to The prospect was all gloom to Gerald, who veil the mark, until he could explain it, from was the sufferer ; but the others found gleams the anxious eye of his wife. If the worst of comfort in their own horizon, which threw should come to the worst, as you seem to reflected lights upon his ; for perfect sympathink,” he said, with a kind of sigh, “I thy is not, except in dreams. There was should at least be able to provide for you, quite a joyful little commotion at the lunFránk. Of course, the Rectory would go to cheon table when Frank's arrival was discovyou; and you don't seem to have much chance ered; and his sisters were kissing him, and of Skelmersdale, so far as I can learn. Leo- his young brothers shaking his hand off, while nora's a very difficult person to deal with. Gerald came slowly up, with pre-occupied, God bless my soul!” exclaimed the squire, lingering steps, underneath the murmurous

depend upon it, she has had something to limes. All kinds of strange miseries were do with this business of Gerald's. She's anpearing to him as he pursued his way. goaded him into it, with her Low-Church Giimpses of scenes to come-a dark phantasways. She’s put poor Louisa up to worrying wife and his children going away out of their

magoria of anticipated pain. He saw his him; there's where it is. I did not see how happy-house ; he saw himself severed from your brother could possibly have fallen into all human ties, among alien faces and cussuch a blunder of his own accord. But come toms, working out a hard novitiate. What to luncheon ; you must be hungry. You will could he do? His heart, so long on the rack, think the boys grown, Frank; and I must was aching with dull throbs of anguish, but ask you what you think, when

have a

he did not see any way of escape. He was a little leisure, of Cuthbert and Guy."

priest by all the training, all the habits of his So saying, the squire led the way into the which he was called before everything, the

life; how could he give up that service to house ; he had been much appalled by the most momentous work on earth ? For ease, first hint of this threatened calamity, and was for happiness, for even sacred love, could he. seriously distressed and anxious still; but he defraud God of the service he had vowed, and was the father of many sons, and the misfor- go back to secular work just at the moment. tunes or blunders of one could not occupy all when the true meaning of ecclesiastical work his heart. And even the curate, as he fol- seemed dawning upon him? He had decided lowed his father into the house, felt that

that question before, but it came back and

back. Louisa's words, so calmly repeated,

His eyes were heavy with thought and

“Of conflict as he went up to his father's house. course the Rectory will go to you,” went all this was wearing out his strength, and tingling to his heart like an arrow, painfully sapping his very life. The sooner it was over recalling him, in the midst of his ansiety, to the better would it be for all.


ernment, which would hasten to indemnify The French journals are discussing with the owners of the cargo. There is no exceptheir usual zeal and ability the question tion except in the case of contraband of war. raised by a paragraph of the official organ, for some reason or other the Dutch Govern

" But let us go further. Let us admit that the Moniteur, whether the Florida, Alabama, ment refuses to give satisfaction; reprisals and other vessels purporting to be commis- would be immediately commenced, and our sioned by the rebel Government are men-of- vessels-of-war would receive orders to chase war or pirates. It is worthy of remark that Dutch vessels. Of course we cannot chase all the prints of liberal sentiments are decided the merchant-vessels of the South, that marin their expressions of the opinion that these itime State having no other navy than the vessels are nothing less than corsairs in the pirate ships constructed in English yards for

the soi-disant Pacha of Egypt, King of Siam, eyes of international law, and as such deserv

or Emperor of China. But since one of these ing of condemnation at the hands of civilized pirate ships, the most criminal, as far as we nations. No one of them, however, argues are concerned, has come and constituted itself the question with more force than the Siécle, a guarantee for the depredations it has comfrom which we take this extract:

mitted, it ought to be seized and sold in order

to indemnify those of our merchants whose 6. The official defenders of these acts of interests it has injured. The Florida a ship piracy pass by in silence the most important of war! The Alabama a ship of war! Why part of the matter. We reiterate the ques- a shot has never been fired from either of them tion we have several times put: Where are at an armed vessel. Jean Bart was a corsair ; the decisions of the prize courts which have but he did not run away from the English authorized these Confederate skimniers of the flag. He fought it boldly, honestly, and did sea to appropriate the valuables found in the not burn the unarmed ships he met with. captured ships, and to set fire to those ships ? We must seek in the most disgraceful pages A vessel of war only sinks the ship that re- of the history of buccaneering and the slave sists her; our officers, without any exception, trade for similar facts to those which have would be ashamed to seize private property, conferred upon the ships of the South their and our councils of war would infallibly con- deplorable notoriety. demn them if they were so unlucky as to for- ** It is time, however, to put an end to their get the honor of their position in order to depredations, is maritime trade is to regain enrich themselves by pillage. We have said, confidence, and feel that it is not deprived of and we maintain it, that in presence of all protection. Now, for instance, we find the acts of piracy this ship has committed, that a certificate of the French consul at Lima in presence of the impossibility under which is not a sufficient guarantee for property, and our Government finds itself placed of com- that, in contempt of the official declaration pelling the people who whip and sell negroes of an accredited ågent of our Government, the at Richmond to render justice to our mer- Alabama has just burned another ship with a chants, international law authorizes the seiz- French cargo on board. Have we had insult ure and sale of this vessel, for the purpose of enough ; Have we had enough outrages ? For indemnifying those whom she has despoiled. ourselves, we still think that the Florida

“ In order to ascertain the rights and the ought not to be allowed to leave Brest until duties of neutrals in a matter of this kind, we our commerce is indemnified. She is, we are need only ask what the Government would do told, the property of the Confederate States ; if such infractions of the law of nations were let her pay the debts of those States.” committed by European powers. Let us sup- A letter addressed to the Phare de la Loire pose for an instant that Spain and Holland are at war ; a Dutch ship captures a Spanish explains the reference above made to the no

torious Alabama. The letter is from Captain ship laden with a cargo on French account. In virtue of the principle recognized by all Frost, of the American ship Erpress. He civilized nations, and according to which the was bound, he says, from the Chincha Islands hostile flag does not confiscate neutral mer- to Antwerp, with a cargo which was recogchandise, the Dutch Government would re- nized and officially certified as neutral property store to our countrymen the cargo which be- by the French consul at Lima. The Express longed to them. But take a more serious case ; the ship laden with the cargo has been

was nevertheless captured by the Alabama, sunk-for European fleets never burn-and

was declared a lawful prize, notwithstanding the

cargo is destroyed. This is an act of war, the protestation of the captain and the certifian admitted act of war. What would our cate of the French consul, and was pillaged and -Government do, however? It would imme- burnt. This, perhaps, will not prevent the diately make a claim upon the Dutch Gov- Moniteur,” says the Siécle, “from telling us


one of these days that the Alabama is neither discovered powers, thus depriving their opa pirate nor a corsair, but a regular vessel of pressors of their gains. war, commanded by officers furnished with

6. The course which I have pursued ever official commissions and strictly following the

since I came here, has been that of teaching

three hours in the morning, and from an law of nations and the ordinary laws of war.

hour and a half to two hours at night. The - New York Evening Post.

length of the night session varies in proportion to the degree of fatigue they have under

gone during the day, and it is attended prinTHE FREEDMEN IN VIRGINIA.

cipally by adults. The attendance is very FROM

very interesting letter of Miss Rhoda irregular, owing to the frequent necessity W. Smith, published in the West Chester there is for all that are old enough to work American of a recent date, we make the fol- on the farms. I do not think it has at any lowing extracts. Miss Smith is in charge of three of my pupils could read at all, and

time exceeded thirty. When I first came but the freedmen on the Government farms, near that very imperfectly. Now, I suppose there Norfolk, and her observations are, therefore, are as many as twelve who can read. I have of interest and value. The letter is dated prayer, and the reading of a chapter in the Gayle Farm, near Norfolk, Sept. 14, 1863. Old Testament, and one in the New, every The writer says :

evening before I begin school, and the morn

ing school is opened by the repetition, in “ I came to this farm the beginning of last unison, of the 'Ten Commandments and the February, having been requested by Dr. Lord's Prayer, the reciting of a few short Brown, surgeon in the U.S. Army and super- answers in a simple catechism, and a short intendent of contrabands in and around Nor

prayer. folk, to act as teacher to the freedmen on this « On the sabbath we have meeting at one and the adjoining farm, and also to supply, of the farms in the morning, and at the other as far as it was in my power, their necessi- in the afternoon. At these meetings I read ties, religious, moral, and physical. The the Bible with a very brief explanation, and population on the two farms consisted then then read one of a series of very short serof about ninety negroes—men, women, and mons written expressly for Southern negroee, children. Shortly after the two farms were and I generally give out one hymn. The rest occupied it was thought that the number of of the services, I leave them to conduct themlaborers on them was too great to be advan- selves. We have always some persons from tageously employed, and thirty were removed the neighborhood to unite with us, and the to another Government farm, so that their number of these is increasing. number is now only sixty:

66 Several of the men in addition to what • I came here with a higher opinion of the they were required to do on the farms, have capacity of the negro than the majority of built themselves snug little cabins, and each people whom I knew possessed, but, if I may of them is allowed a small lot of ground judge from the specimens with whom I have which he is permitted to cultivate at odd been closely associated for the last seven times for himself, and they all do it. Besides months, I did not put a sufficiently high esti- this some of them work in the evenings and mate upon their ability to provide for them- on rainy days at netting seines and making selves and their susceptibility of elevation. buckets and mats. At these they would do This transition state through which they are much more if they could get sale for their now passing is attended with very many manufacture, but the market here is overgreatly discouraging and demoralizing influ- stocked with such articles. Could any way ences; still I do not think there could be be devised that would make it worth while found many little communities of whites who, to send them North? having had up to the time of their establish

“I would like to say to all who feel an inment no more opportunity of exercising their terest in the freedman, that I would most innate abilities, or of acquiring knowledge of thankfully receive any donations that they any kind, would by what they are accom- feel they can, without too much sacrifice, plishing do themselves so much credit, and make to that portion of them among whom I yet, poor creatures, they often remind me of am placed. They will very soon, almost as Casper Hauser ; having reached the age and soon as it could be procured and forwarded, stature of men, their moral and mental pow. need warm and strong clothing. Durability ers are dwarfed from having been denied all and warmth are the things most to be considexercise where it would risk their becoming ered now. All articles and all sizes of clothconvinced that they were anything more than ing are needed. Shoes for the women seem chattels in the possession of their masters, to be especially in demand. They also need and asserting their right to use their newly head-bandkerchiefs. Almost all the women

can knit, so that, if the yarn could be fur- | many enterprises having for their objects nished, they could knit the stockings. I public improvements of various descriptions, think the most of them are almost destitute bringing to the management of everything of bed-clothing.

with which he was connected a wonderful “ I wish I could, in concluding, persuade any number of men of sterling integrity and clear mind and strong sense, which made his high Christian principle, who are interested advice bighly valued. He was, if we misin the development of all the good traits in take not, one of the earliest stockholders in the freedmen and the killing out of all those the Boston and Worcester Raiiroad Corporavices which have had hothouse culture from tion and always maintained a lively interest their wicked masters, to take into serious in its concerns. · He afterwards took part in consideration the question, whether they can- the Eastern and other rail-roads. not come down here among them, rent government farms, and undertake the work of

Mr. Sturgis was the associate and intimate teaching these people how to live on earth personal friend of a number of gentlemen of and prepare for heaven.

this town, who for more than forty years met Those who have a desire to assist in amel- at each other's houses on alternate Friday iorating the condition of these people, under evenings throughout the year. This social

circle was known as the 66 Miss Smith’s charge, can have their dona

Friday Night tions forwarded by sending them directed to

Club." It was, we believe, one of the funMrs. P. Frazer Smith, West Chester, Penn

damental articles of their association that no sylvania.

record of its proceedings should be kept save in memory, and there are accordingly no

written minutes of its history. The number DEATH OF WILLIAM STURGIS.

of members, we believe, was about twelve, We are pained to learn that Mr. William and their circle was maintained almost unSturgis, one of our most distinguished, es- broken for the remarkably long series of years teemed, and influential citizens, died last which we have already named. The meetings evening, at his residence in this city, aged 81. were perhaps beginning to become a little less He had kept his chamber for two or three frequent than formerly, with no formal act days, thought himself improving, and ex- of dissolution of the club, when Death entered pected to be abroad in a day or two. He the circle a few years ago and has carried died somewhat suddenly while sitting in his away at short intervals among the members chair.

Lemuel Shaw, Francis Calley Gray, Thomas Mr. Sturgis was one of the first to engage Wren Ward, Nathan Appleton, William Apin commercial adventure with the north-west pleton ; last February Nathan Halo ; a few coast of America, when that part of the days ago, George Hlayward ; and now Wilworld was little known. Besides the mer- liam Sturgis. We trust it may be long, ere cantile experience of this part of his life, he the few survivors of this social circle of friends, obtained in this way a fund of valuable in- whose kindly intimacy was to all of them a formation which he made of use in the sub- source of mutual pleasure, may be called to sequent discussions upon the north-west join their associates who have thus preceded boundary dispute between the United States them to another and better world. -Boston and Great Britain. He was engaged in Daily Advertiser, 22 Oct.

Ir is calculated that an iron ship of 1,000 tons, leaves a dead-weight cargo of 1,473 tons, being internal measurement, will carry a dead-weight within two per cent of the cargo of the iron cargo of 1,500 tons, which, added to the weight ship. of the ship, 775 tons, gives a displacement of 2,275 tons. A wooden ship of the same internal measurement has a greater displacement in the “ COMMENT la Russie et la Perse peuvent anératio cf 1,319 to 1,221, and therefore has a dis- antir l'Influence Anglaise en Asie" is the latest placement of 2,473 tons. This displacement, re- pamphlet on the favorite subject of “ England in duced by the weight of the ship 1,000 tons, the Èast.”



GERMANY is about to declare war with DenA SHUDDER through this English land

mark. Mr. Punch has been favored with an From south to north ; a moment's shock! Unmoved the towers and temples stand,

early copy of the Declaration of War. It Only the houses somewhat rock,

states the whole case with the energy and And, being in their slumber shaken,

precision characteristic of the German mind, Sleepers in consternation waken

and he has much satisfaction in preserving it Near upon half-past three o'clock.

for posterity :

Stools, chairs, and tables stir and jump,
From mantelshelves some objects fall ;

(With reservation of right to an alternative of nomen

clature. Some beds beneath their speakers bump ; Some plaster crumbles from the wall :

Subjectively, as well as ohjectively, the The frames of the awakened quiver,

annihilation, or even the debilitating distriAround them whilst their dwellings shiver,

bution of inherent or accumulative rights And noises strange their minds appall.

approximates unto an analytical propinquity

to an infinitesimal re-integration of political Clocks stop, and bells in places ring,

relations. Whilst to and fro foundations heave ;

Schleswig and Holstein, Holstein and Gates, jangling, on their hinges swing ;

Schleswig, both with co-ordinate compatibilDoors slam, panes rattle ; folks believe ities for an unrestricted development, claim That thieves are breaking in ; and under

territorially as well as æsthetically an invigThere rumbles subterranean thunder,

orative restoration of entities, based on analAs though of rocks in act to cleave.

ysis, verified by synthesis, and hallowed by Dogs howl, or slink away in fright ;

sentiment. Brute cattle low ; a sense of dread,

Self-consciousness and conscientiousness are Dim consciousness that all's not right,

alike violated for the few and for the many Confounds the hornèd creature's head

when a sceptical centralization disturbs, either Not less than man, upon his pillow

hy traditional force or complicated legalities, Tossed by an earth-wave, like the billow the mesmeric adhesion of individuality to the That rolls along on ocean's bed.

progress of idealism.

[Here follow about seven columns of argument, prov"Tis well the human berd has felt In Mother Earth how frail their trust,

ing in the most reesistless manner that if one person

is weaker than another, the latter is stronger than the Divided from the molten belt

former. Of Vulcan by how thin a crust ; Instructed, by the gentle wag

Disquisition upon the inherent right of Of underlying fiery quag,

mankind to associated opposition to undesirO’er what a gulf they tread the dust.

able agencies may be regarded as precluded

by precedent, but it may be logical to interBut minds, within the mortal brains

polate a series of evidences which if examWhich they inhabit, pondering, know ined with due elaboration will serve as basis In what yet thinner tubes of veins

for a superstructure of irrefragable and adaAnd arteries hath man's blood to flow mantine tenacity. Throughout the finest nervous tissue :

[Here follows a careful and voluminous digest of the And giving but a mere op issue,

history of all the wars that have been undertaken Life's pipes were burst : all over so !

since the fall of Troy. Such minds, that think above the hog,

Schleswig-Holstein Holstein-Schleswig, The bleating flock, the bellowing kine,

naturalized into the great European family, Need no admonitory jog

claims all the rights of her brethren and sisBeneath them from the lava mine.

ters, and who shall thrust her hungering So, Jones, thou art serenely able

away from the great table spread by nature Earth and thy frame, alike unstable ;

for the sustenance of her tender offspring ? To trust alike in hands not thine.

Finally, but not exhaustively, and with re-Punch. served right of expatiation, we appeal to in

tellectual Europe with two watch words that heam like the stars in the blue

em pyrean

of TAE Earthquake was felt, too, in many liberty. These areparts of London.

Old Beery, the Church- Beer, and Tobacco ! warden, declares that when he came out of And we therefore decree Federal Esecuthe Marquis of Granby the Pavement hit him tion, and the German Fleet will immediately on the Nose, and that his Street Door wouldn't be built and ordered to sail into Schleswig

Holstein. Done at Frankfort. let him get his Latch-key in.


VON MOONEY. -Punch (Countersigned) Von SWIPES.


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