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“ You can't think how glad we are to have knowing nobody, speaking to nobody, and him back again. I am sure if you only in a state of mind to commit suicide with knew him better" — said Miss Marjori- pleasure ; but Miss Marjoribanks, though banks. As for the Archdeacon, words she had cajoled her into that martyrdom, could not give any idea of the state of his took no notice of Mrs. Mortimer. She was mind. He ate his dinner sternly after that, civil, it is true, to her other guests, but and did not look at anything but his plate. there could not be a doubt that Lucilla was He consumed the most exquisite plats, the horribly preoccupied, and in a state of mind tenderest wings of chicken and morsels of quite unusual to her. “I am sure she is paté, as if they had been his personal en- | not well,” Mrs. Chiley said, who was watchemies. For, to tell the truth, he felt the ing her from afar. " I saw that she did not tables altogether turned upon him, and was eat any dinner” – and the kind old lady confounded, and did not know what it could got up slowly and extricated herself from
the crowd, and put herself in motion as best It was the General who took up Mr. she could, to go to her young friend's aid. Beverley's abandoned place in the conver- It was at this moment that Lucilla turned sation. The gallant soldier talked for two round radiant upon the observant assemwith the best will in the world. He talked bly. The change occurred in less than a of Cavendish, and all the pleasant hours moment, so suddenly that nobody saw the they had spent together, and what a good actual point of revolution. Miss Marjorifellow he was, and how much the men in banks turned round upon the company and the club would be amused to hear of his do took Mr. Cavendish's arm, who had just mesticity. It was a kind of talk very natu- come up-stairs. “There is a very, very old ral to a man who found hinself placed at friend of yours in the corner who wants to table between his friend's sister, and, as he see you,” said Lucilla; and she led him supposed, his friend's future bride. And across the room as a conqueror might have naturally the Archdeacon got all the ben- led a captive. She took him through the efit. As for Lucilla, she received it with crowd, to whom she dispensed on every side the most perfect grace in the world, and her most gracious glances. "I am coming saw all the delicate points of the General's directly,” Miss Marjoribanks said — for natwit, and appreciated him so thoroughly that urally she was called on all sides. What he felt half inclined to envy Cavendish. most people remarked at this moment was, “ By Jove ! he is the luckiest fellow I know," that the Archdeacon, who had also come in General Travers said ; and probably it was with the other gentlemen, was standing the charms of his intelligent and animated very sullen and lowering at the door, conversation that kept the ladies so long at watching that triumphal progress.
And table. Mrs. Chiley, for her part, did not it certainly was not Lucilla's fault if Mrs. know what to make of it. She said after- Chiley and Lady Richmond, and a few wards that she kept looking at Lucilla until other ladies, were thus led to form a false she was really quite ashamed; and though idea of the state of affairs. " I suppose it is she was at the other end of the table, she all right between them at last." Lady Richcould see that the poor dear did not enjoy mond said, not thinking that Barbara Lake her dinner. It happened, too, that when was standing by and heard her. According they did move at last, the drawing-room to appearances, it was all perfectly riglit was fuller than usual. Everybody had between them. Miss Marjoribanks, triumcome that evening - Sir John, and some phant, led Mr. Cavendish all the length of others of the county people, who only the room to the corner where the widow came now and then, and without any ex: sat among the curt tins, and the Archdeacon ception everybody in Carlingford. And looked on with a visible passion, and jealous Lucilla certainly was not herself for the rage, which were highly improper in a first half-hour. She kept close to the door, clergyman, but yet which were exciting to and regarded the staircase with an anxious see. And this was how. the little drama countenance. When she was herself at was to conclude, according to Lady Richthe helm of affairs, there was a certain se- mond and Mrs. Chiley, who, on the whole, curity that everything would go on tolera- were satisfied with the conclusion.
But, bly — but nobody could tell what a set of naturally, there were other people to be men left to themselves might or might not consulted. There was Mr. Beverley, whom do. Perhaps, after all, this was the most Miss Marjoribanks held in leash, but who dreadful moment of the evening. Mrs. was not yet subdued ; and there was Dr. Mortimer was in the drawing-room, hidden Marjoribanks, who began to feel a little away under the curtains of a window, curiosity about his daughter's movements,
and did not make them out; and there was | Cavendish in safety, she faced round upon Barbara Lake, who had begun to blaze the malcontents and upon the observers, like a tempest with her crimson cheeks and and on the world in general. Now that black bold cyes. But by this time Lucilla her mind was at rest, and everything under was herself again, and felt the reins in her her own inspection, she felt herself read y hands. When she had deposited Mr. and able for all.
THE FENIAN FUND.
80 It is not often that we reproduce a mere The Bishop of Alabama,
50 Edwin Forrest,
10 article of news, without comment of our 'The Davenport Brothers (per D. L. own, but we feel it the duty of every Eng- Boucicault, Esq.),
10,000 lish journalist to give as much publicity as Bayard Taylor, Esq.,
100 possible to the strange and disgraceful facts General Lee, revealed in the following list of American The Original Christy Minstrels,
150 Contributions to the Fenian Fund. The President Johnson's Laundress,
20 list itself was found among the papers upon Phincas Barnum (promised),
100 the person of one of the Americans who Rev. Brigham Young,
267 were arrested in the Aus!ralian, on the 14th A few of his Wives, instant, and has been published among the Anglodetestator, evidence taken at the Castle. Only the
(American papers, please copy) gravest considerations would induce us to
-Punch, 28 October. depart from the ordinary custom of this journal in regard to news, but in presence of the impending crisis the case is exceptional,
THE WONDERFUL SPRING AT ANDERSON
VILLE. – Mr. F. C. Grant, who was a memContributions received, or promised, in New York, ber of Battery A, of the Eleventh Vermont Reg
Washington and Buston, to the Fund in aid of iment, and who spent four months within the the Irish Patriotic Fenians.
stockade at Andersonville, gave us a history of
the wonderful spring that burst out there, that Amonnt already credited Dollars, 8,937,206 we never remember to have seen in print. Every Hon. Charles Sumner,
1,000 one, we presume, is aware that the pen in which William Cullen Bryant,
1,000 the prisoners were kept inclosed a swamp Hon. Henry J. Rayinond (N. Y. Times), 1,000 through which ran a sluggish brook, and from Miss Anna E. Dickinson,
500 this brook the prisoners received their supply of Hon. Horace Greeley (Tribune),
This water was never fit to drink in its Mr. Erastus Brooks (Erpress),
500 best estate, but in addition to its natural unfitJames Gordon Bennett,
3,000 ncss, it ran down by the Rebel camp before it Mr. Prime (Journal of Commerce), 100 cntered the stockade, and received the excreRev. H. W. Beechcr,
1,000 ment and filth from that. This, of course, renLester Wallack,
50 dered it intolerable. About the middle of AuGeneral Couch,
1,000 gust, 1864, or perhaps a month and a half after General Grant,
3,000 the Vemont boys entered the stockade, there Morton M.Michael (Philadelphia), 500 came one day a very heavy thunder shower of Juilge Ludlow,
1,000 some forty minutes' duration ; and from that time Governor Sharkey,
40 j a spring of pure water burst forth from a sandHon. Gi icon Welles,
500 hill near the dead line, and flowed in such Henry W. Longfellow,
20 quantities as to supply the entire camp of some Mrs. D. P. Bowers,
50 25,000 or 30,000 prisoners. Some of the men Mr. and Mrs. Barney Williams,
100 looked upon this as a direct interposition of Bachelors at Astor House Hotel, 2,000 God for their salvation ; and all thought it The waiters at Delmonico's,
40 very remarkable for two reasons :- The source " Fanny Fern,” per N. P. Willis, Esq., 5 whence it came, a dry sundy knoll, and the puHerr Maretzek,
20 rity and quantity of water, it being so unlike Messrs. Harper,
10,000 all other water in that vicinity, even that found A few Actors at the Bowery,
25 in wells. This spring continued to send forth Editor of the Atluntic Monthly,
50 its pure fountain during the remainder of the Washington Thumb, Esq. (Father of time our prisoners were kept there, and for General T. Thumb),
2 aught our informant knows, does so to this Arthemus Ward, Esq.,
20 day. Has the day of miracles passed ? - Ver. Hon. Benjamin Wood" (Daily Neros), 100 | mont Chronicle.
From the Spectator of 21 Oct. bination of powers. The simple publication of THE FOREIGN POLICY OF AMERICA. such a despatch would rouse the French sen
timent of national honour to a point at which Popular delusions are very hard to kill. all defects in the Imperial policy would be In spite of the experience of the Civil War, forgotten in the urgent demand for satisfacof the surrender of Mason and Slidell, of tion. The American Government knows all the terrible persistency displayed during that at least as well as we do, and the dethree years of constant defeat, thousands of spatch therefore, had it been written, could Englishmen still believe that the American have had no intention except to provoke a Government is a creature of the popular war of which no man can perceive the imwill, has neither purpose, nor authority, nor mediate object. Is it to defend the Monroe statesmanship, can calculate no chances, an- doctrine? That is neither safer nor less ticipate no dangers, exhibit neither patience safe because President Jobnson, refusing to nor self-respect. Nothing short of a preju- recognize Maximilian, awaits a more favourdice like this, of a belief, that is, indepep- able time for accelerating his departure. Is dent at once of fact and argument, could it conquest ? The youth of the South has have induced men otherwise well informed been exhausted in the scarcely-ended strugto believe that President Johnson, with gle, and it is to the South only that Mexico his army just disbanded, his sailors just paid could add new political resources. The off, his Treasury just opening the last au- North, already divided on the claims of four thorized loan, the South still full of suffer- millions of black men to political power, ing, and the West still crying for labour, certainly does not desire to supplement that had, without the smallest new provocation, embarrassment by the claims of six millions selected the approach of winter to declare of brown men. Is it war for its own sake, war on France. For the despatch about as a means of internal conciliation ? PresFrench reinforcements to Mexico palmed ident Johnson, Southern as he is, is scarceoff in some strange way upon the Times' ly likely to alienate the West, which is correspondent amounted to nothing less hungering for labour and freedom of exthan that. For years past the diplomacy of port, in order that the South may recomEurope has forgiven to that of America a mence the Civil War with some prospect of certain blunt directness and harsh lucidity success ? Or is it in order to repudiate with of statement which in the servants of a mon- a decent pretext of insolvency ? The Southarchy would have been thought insulting, ern members may be ready to decree such but in those of a republic was held with a confiscation, but Yankees are not the some bitterness to be only characteristic. people to commence a war in order to deMr. Seward has once or twice availed him- prive themselves of the possibility of carryself of that privilege to its full extent, lec-ing it on. They like victory, those men, turing European statesmen with the mali- as well as we others. Is popular caprice cious frankness which friends who at heart the sole motive? If the war has established are not friendly are so apt to display. But a single fact, it is that the popular will has there are limits of language which Ameri- too little power over the Presidential Gove can statesmen are no more willing to pass ernment, that the White House does not than European statesmen to overlook, and respond quickly enough to the changes in in the despatch attributed to Mr. Seward public sentiment, that the President instead on the Mexican reinforcements those limits of being a “mandatory," as the French Rewere altogether left behind. An Emperor publicans used to say, is only too effective of the French told that another power will a leader. The immense body of waverers not“ permit” the despatch of reinforce- follow the cue given them from Washington ments to a French army must despatch them, so obediently, that Connecticut refuses the or consess defeat before he has been attack- suffrages to negroes, in opposition to all ed, and when the Emperor is a Napoleon her own principles, because Mr. Johnson there is no doubt as to the alternative he thinks refusal will smooth the way to rewill choose. Indeed he would have no op- construction. Concede that the North is tion in the matter. France as a country elated with success, so elated that it bedistrusted the Mexican expedition, dislikes lieves it can accomplish all things, and the out!ay on Mexico, and dreads a war with still there is no inducement to seek another the United States in which if she has little to immediate victory. fear except the loss of an army she has noth- We believe that it is possible if prejudice ing whatever to gain, but France is not pre- is once laid aside, if we once begin to bepared to accept orders from any power in lieve that Americans are governed like existence, nor until defeated from any com- other people, by their interests, and their
passions, and their common sense, to under- | now he must organize a new fleet just as stand as much of the foreign policy of the old one is dismissed, and reconstruct an America as of that of any other great nation. army scarcely disbanded. On the other The “mob power” so often talked about hand, nothing whatever is lost to the Union simply does not exist, and the private ideas by waiting. The compensations claims can or wishes of Mr. Seward or President be protracted for ever, and England and Johnson will no more make war than the America have too many points of contact not private ideas of Napoleon or M. Drouyn De to make war when really desired by either Lhuys. There can be no doubt that the side an easy possibility: On the other war has awakened Americans to a keener band, nothing ihat Maximilian can do can perception of their own national power, just make Mexico strong enongh to defend herself 'as the revolutionary war awakened Eng- against the Union, nothing can happen to lishmen. There can be as little that it has Napoleon to make him more willing to procreated a new impression of the seriousness of tect Mexico than he now is, wben protecwar, a novel dislike to the burdens it produces, tion is a vital necessity to the new régime. a fresh inclination to consider well whether Time is all on the side of the Union, the object is worth the cost. A man may which does not expect to grow weaker, but be strong enough to swim in boots, but still stronger, and time therefore its rulers are boots do not increase his strength. Under almost certain to take. They may desire to the influence of those two feelings the Gov- punish England for neutrality, or France ernment, whatever its policy or whatever for invading Mexico, but with their new its own inclinations, is sure to adopt a some- conviction of strength and novel steadiness what haughtier tone, a somewhat more in- of policy they will be more ready than ever terfering attitude, and a very much graver to postpone those great undertakings. policy of international intercourse. With That is all into which politicians need the new power has come also a new sense inquire, all into which, had America a sepof responsibility, and we shall, we believe, arate language, they would dream of inquirfor the future see in the policy of the Union ing. Who thinks of speculating for State more of the decision, forbearance, and stead- purposes on the policy France may pursue iness of European statesmanship. Indivi- when the Empire bas passed away, or of indual opinions, and class prejudices, and quiring in what temper Russia may be four even personal theories will still have their or five years hen e? It is sufficient that weight, as they have in Europe, but the France at present has neither cause for war current will be both deeper and less noisy. nor interest in waging it, that Russia cannot An injury or an insult will be avenged more as yet attempt the conquest of India. When strongly, a war commenced with greater France has cause she may fight, but the hesitation. Internal affairs, again," instead circumstances will not be those of to-day; of becoming simpler have grown more com- before Russia is prepared any change in plicated; there are more obstacles to rash our position or hers may have occurred. To external decisions than ever there were be- reason as from a fixed fact that America fore. There is a legend that President Mad- will disturb the world and throw back civiison declared war on England while playing lization simply because she may hereafter at chess, but President Johnson has to con- find a favourable opportunity is not only unsider how Southern prosperity is to be re- wise, but is a want of wisdom we never show invigorated without markets, how the West in observing the movements of any other would bear the stoppage of immigration, power. We never suppose that a Frenchhow the people whose currency is still one. man will cut off his nose to spite his face, third below par will endure further taxation and why should the far shrewder Yankee and expense. He has to think if he invades do it? To talk of national bitterness as Canada whether he wants three millions the only cause of war is opposed to all facts. more of disaffected white, if he enters Mex- England and France were as jealous from ico how, he is to control six millions more 1815 to 1851 as England and America are of disaffected coloured folk. It is im- now, and still the peace was kept; Germans possible for him to act on impulse, even and French are more contemptuous, and were he impulsive, and to attempt now a still both countries refrain from conflict. work which can be performed at any time, A struggle of course may come. -- after the or to attempt it without preparation, would sudden development of new military power be impulsive to foolishness. To fight Eng- it usually does come, – but to consider that land now would be to fight France also, for because it may come therefore a great powNapoleon is sure to seize on the only oppor- er will choose the exact moment most incortunity of realizing his ideas; to fight France / venient to itself, is to deny the existence
of foresight in the management of public resented the services of a generous guardian affairs. We believe that the governing and of a steady enemy to one of her most class in the United States feels keenly the detestable usurpers; to Spain, the friend of value of two or three years of rest, and that Spanish freedom and Spanish independence until harmony has been restored within, it against the overwhelming influence of intends to avoid foreign war, To look be- France; to Italy he represented the warmyond that for policy is simply to calculate est sympathies with her national aspirations, without data.
and a share by no means insignificant in the elevation of the Piedmontese monarchy and arms to a position in Europe from which it
became possible to strike a blow for unity; From the Spectator of 21 Oct.
to Austria he represented a curious mixture
of traditions, some of them conciliatory, LORD PALMERSTON.
many of them menacing, all of them didactic; A GREAT historic figure has disappeared to Turkey he was as “ the shadow of a great from English political life with the death of rock," saving her from imminent destruction ; Lord Palmerston; and when we have said to Russia he was a onee defeated, often this we have by no means expressed a mere- thwarted, but on the whole a formidable ly imaginative or sentimental sevse of loss, and triumphant foe; to Prussia a stumbling. fór inolosing the recognition and distinct block and an offence; to France an ally significance which attach to great names, who had once and again gained her influence England unquestionably loses also power in Europe, who knew her strength and What it would be to a private person to find greatly valued her aid, but who never hesithe meaning of his past life, however insignif- tated to countermine her intrigues and icant, suddenly obliterated from the minds revenge her breaches of faith when he of his acquaintances, what it would be to found her betraying the popular cause on us as a nation were the influence of our behalf of which he had sought her alliance. statesmen suddenly reduced to the same In all these countries the name of England level as that of the American Johnsons, recalled immediately the actions and the Sewards, Welleses, and Siantons, the stroke wishes of Palmerston, and when there was of whose pens can move indeed a physical talk of the purposes of England the chief power almost as great, if not greater than element in their calculations was the probaour own, but whose names carry with them ble state of mind of him whom we have as yet no'associations much more persuasive lost. There are no doubt others remaining, than so many labels for the intelligent engi- one at least whose name is often on their neers of enormous trains of physical force, lips, and with some of whose views they are
that it is in part, though only, of course, familiar; but in losing Lord Palmerston we in part, when the man who embodied to have lost a real part of our acknowledged other nations, far more than any half-dozen significance in the councils of Europe, and of our statesmen, our recent political history shall exercise, at first, less influence over and national aims, vanishes from the scene. the imagination even of statesmen in foreign England is not weakened except by losing Courts than we have wielded for the last the judgment and experience of one man, half-century. And for the most part, we but the impression which the name of Eng. believe, though not perhaps completely, the land makes on the minds of other Courts, foreign influence we have thus lost was a Cabinets, and peoples suddenly shrinks in useful and wholesome influence, which gave fulness of meaning, becomes a blanker as- us much power for good and little for evil. semblage of political possibilities, stirring It is true, however, of Lord Palmerston, fewer memories and exciting less distinct as of most of the bistoric figures of the expectations than before. Think only what political era to which he belonged, that the Lord Palmerston represented in relation to very education and the very qualities which English foreign policy. To Belgium he fitted him to exercise a wide influence stood in the attitude of political parent, and abroad, diminished the depth of his influence it is said, with what truth we do not know, over home affairs. The politicians to whom that the name of Belgium was on his lips nations are habitually the units of caleuladuring the occasional wandering of his last tion rarely base their view of the reciprofew hours of exhaustion ; to Greece he cal duties of different elements of the same stood somewhat in the position of " those nation on the highest grounds. They are fathers of our flesh” who take the right of so accustomed to those larger and vaguer chastening what they have in some measure principles of expediency, like balance of called into existence. To Portugal he rep-l power" for instance, on which alone, in the