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In another minute ropes are flung round and day, for his special mercy in sending me him; and while one man lifted back Ottilia, to you. It is all just as I would have it." speechless and passive as a baby, Augustus « You are too good for this world, or any was drawn forth to the spot which she had one in it, Ottilia ; and I cannot look on you just occupied.
without shame at thinking of the past. But A fervent “ Thank God ?” escaped his I am come,” he continued, with some effort lips, as he lay back, trembling in every limb and agitation of manner, “ to say something against the knees of the men. A flask of that I have wanted to say for some time; but whiskey was put to his lips; he drank, and when I saw you the first time you were not then turned hastily towards Ottilia. "She well enough to hear it. If you will forgive wants it more than I do,” he said. “Where me all my-all my bad behavior, I will try to is she?”
make amends for the past.” “ The lady, şir? I am afraid the lady is An expression, not of surprise, nor of ill," said one of the men, stepping back to- pleasure, but of suffering, passed over her wards her with the lantern. She was half- face. Iging, half-sitting on the ground, and leaning “ How long did you continue to love me?" on her elbow; while a handkerchief was she asked. pressed to her mouth, and in the light of the “Oh, a long time. I was miserable at first, lantern they saw that this handkerchief was Ottilia, and my head was full of plans, night marked with patches deep and dark of hue. and day, how to get at you ; then, you know,
my commission came, and I had to get ready, “ May Mr. Bryant come in, dear Frau- and to go to Malta; and, you know, when a fellein?" said a little girl, half opening the low has a lot of things of that sort in his mind door of a bedroom, at the window of which he cannot always think so much about love as lay on a sofa a shadowy form, with a face of he did before. But I never meant really to marble whiteness ; “ he wants to see how you forsake you, Ottilia. I always meant to look are."
you up some day or other. Then, you know, "Yes, he may come in,” said Ottilia, in a when my father died, there was such a deal voice which was almost a whisper; and her of business to settle, and my mother wanted chest was seen for a minute to heave more me; and somehow the time slipped by, and I quickly, and the transparent hand made some thought you had probably forgotten all about slight arrangement among the frilled dra-mc long ago. But I see now what a scounperies.
drel I was, and how ungratefully I behaved - You are better to-day, are not you?"| to you, and that it is my duty to make up said Augustus, coming with quiet step, and to you all I can; so if you will take me a voice of grave, tender respect, towards the thus late in the day, I will try to make you invalid. “I was so glad to hear Dr. Mackay's happy, though I know I do not deserve you?” report; he says he has great hopes now." Though he put it in the form of a question,
* Has he ? hopes of what?" she said with he seemed to have little doubt of the answer; a faint smile.
| and after he had finished speaking, he put “Why, of your getting well; he says out his hand to take her's. some of the worst symptoms have abated." "You ask me to marry you?" she said,
“You do not think I shall get well; no one letting him have her hand. can really,” she answered.
“Yes, I do, Ottilia.” ** Oh! I do—I do, indeed. If I did not, “ August, I am dying; but if I knew I I think I should lose my senses."
should be well to-morrow, I should say, I “Why?” she said, fixing her eyes on his will never marry you.”
" Why not?” he said, with some surprise ; 6 Because I should feel that it was all my “ you love me still, don't you." fault; that your life was lost for my sake." "I love you still, August; I have loved
She turned away her eyes again, and the you ever since the day I told you so on the faintest of sighs came from her lips. "We down at Woodbridge ; but you do not love will not talk of this," she said ; "I will tell me, and so I could never marry you." you but once more what I have said already, "Not love you !” he said, with real emotion. that I have never ceased to bless God night “ Not love you, Ottilia? when you have be
haved like an angel to me, when you have hers a love like-like what woman's love saved my life! Never shall I forget how you usually is.; and that you will go hand in hand gripped my hand and held me up, and how through a happy, happy life on earth towards you prayed for me as I did not think before heaven! And, oh, August ! if spirits are alany human being could pray. And now you lowed to come near those they have left bebay I do not love you!”
hind them, I will keep so near you both, I 6. You love me, dear, with such a love as is will so love you both, and watch over you and fit for a dying woman; and this is well ; for your children, and rejoice in your happiif it had been another sort of love, I should ness!" soon have had to grieve you. But, August, “Ottilia,” said Augustus, shading his face, I know more than you think. I have not lain while something like a sob rose in his broad here so long without questioning about you ; chest, “ I have been a careless, good-for-nothand Mrs. Arbuthnot, who knows nothing con- ing fellow ; but if anything changes me, it cerning the past, has told me she believes you will be that I have had to do with an angel love a young lady—a good, beautiful maiden like you." -who is coming to stay here soon."
"No," she whispered; "it will be that « I have said nothing to her," he said, you were so near the valley of the shadow of looking down gloomily ; “I am ready to give death, and were not ready, and that God has her up for you.”
brought you back to begin again." " And you think I would take this?" she * * said, while a faint color for a moment came Ottilia sleeps in a mountain kirkyard in to her face. "Oh, August! will you never Scotland ; and the children of Augustus and know what true love really is? But I did his wife gather flowers, and make moss-garnot mean to say this; I want to tell you how dens in the beech clump where their father glad I am to hear of this love ; how I have once vowed love to her who has now, perhaps, prayed, since I knew of it, that it may be a become to them as a a guardian angel. true, heart-whole love on your side, and on
The North American Review, April, 1863. by the Admiralty, as identifying the bearer of The National Quarterly Review, March, 1863. the new name with the bearer of the old name, - There is not much ability or interest in either which is the only object of the Queen's Letters of these representatives of American periodical Patent ; and officers of the army and navy have literature. They both preserve a profound silence been permitted to change their names on the lists as to the position and prospects of the war, pre- and to draw pay under their new denomination." ferring to gratify their readers with a number of (Seton on Heraldry in Scotland, p. 407.) The rather thin disquisitions on general subjects, above statement is made on the authority of Mr. most of which are devoid alike of the charm and Lorimer, Professor of Public Law in the Univerthe danger of novelty. Perhaps the most notice- sity of Edinburgh. “Letters Patent” are issued able point in connection with them is that each under the great scal, and are named in error for contains a short notice of Russell's “ Diary North “ Warrant or License under the sign-manual.” and South,” which, while taking a comparatively The statement, however, shows that the laws of low view of the ability of the writer, deprecates England and Scotland are alike, namely, that the storm of indignation with which the work surnames may be assumed and will be officially has been received in the Northern States.-Spec-recognized when adopted without a royal license. tator,
The present Lord Clyde is the lawful son of “ John McLiver and of Agnes Campbell, of
Glasgow," and he is thus registered on the list LORD CLYDE.—“The Lord Lyon (the king-at- of births in that city. He entered the army as arms in Scotland) will not, as is popularly be- “ Colin Campbell," and there can be no doubt lieved, grant authority to any individual to that his promotion would have been impeded if change his name ; but on the narrative that he he had retained the name of "McLiver," which has already changed it, he will grant him arms he abandoned for that of “Campbell. (Seton under his new name ; and in the patent, or if lon Heraldry, p. 392.) If young Colin McLiver desired, in an extract from the record, he will had not been able to renounce this surname withcertify the fact of the change. This certificate out cost to himself, the country might have lost has been recognized both at the War Office and the services of one of its greatest generals.
From a Correspondent of The Spectator. of doing so on the part of the men at the A FEW NOTES ON A RECENT VISIT TO same table. PARIS.
2d. An evident, though still mild revival
of political feeling, as compared with my May 21st, 1863.
recollections of eighteen months ago. One or Sir,-You ask me to give you the “ im- two political posters" were prominent on pressions " of a late visit to Paris.
every wall amidst those of theatres, railways, • Owing to the peculiar circninstances of my and houses or lands to sell-M. Guéroult's journey, I found myself inhabiting a quarter Etudes Politiques" (I think that is the of Paris which I had hardly ever passed title), and “ Un Drame Electoral," by M. through before, quite at the top of the Fau- Gagneur. When the ordinance fixing the bourg St. Jacques, close to the former date of the elections was in turn posted up, “ Boulevard Extérieur," It is a sort of Par- you could distinguish the place from a disisian Mount Athos, or Holy Mountain ; con- tance by the readers, working men mostly, vents, male and female, on all sides ; the in who were sure to be about it. More marvelterstices being filled up with sehools and lous still, passing through the Luxembourg hospitals. You can scarcely go into the street one morning, I heard two working men, without meeting priests, monks, friars, nuns, seated on a bench, talking politics aloud, and sisters, on foot or in carriages. Low-browed, no spy in or out of uniform was listening to coarse-looking capuchins, with their cordgirdles, seem quite at home on the pavement ; This observation was abundantly confirmed girls consecrated to the Virgin (vouées au to me by the few intimate friends whom I blanc) do their best to dirty themselves or saw, but who, belonging to different profesavoid dirtying themselves in the gutters ; sions and shades of opinion, might, within the noise of bells and children's hymns (sung certain limits, serve as representative men in in loud rasping tones) scarcely ceases by day, their way. Some years ago, with the excepnor that of bells by night; in the still plenti- tion of Paris and a few large towns, people ful and often beautiful gardens the favorite did not dare to put forward opposition canclerical tree, the arbre de Judée (which Prot-didates. Now, I heard on all sides of solicestant England has so cruelly transmogrified itations addressed to men of independent into the Judas tree), is in full blossom. In- opinions, who had sat in Louis Philippe's deed, notwithstanding the immediate neigh-chambers, in the republican assemblies, by borhood of a railway terminus, there is a their old constituents, urging them to come strange semi-rural look about the quarter, forward, and for the most part pledging sucand the very nightingale comes still to sing cess. M. de Persigny's forbiddance of elecon the trees of the Boulevards : I heard him tion committee meetings, instead of rousing once with my own incredulous ears.
indignation, was rather hailed with pleasure Now, although an omnibus leads straight as a confession of weakness. Still, although down from this clerical stronghold through the invitation to stand had been addressed to the Rue Montmartre and the busiest quarters some of the men who can be least expected of Paris, and up again to the Barrière Pigale to swear faithfulness to the emperor, such as on the other side of the town, this is pretty poor Greppo, so shamefully prosecuted withnearly a terra incognita to half Paris at least, out a tittle of evidence against him last year, as it was to me: and, indeed, 80 completely the prevalent feeling was that the hour of the is it out of Paris morally, that the residents men of advanced opinions was not yet come, --the old folk, at least-speak still of going -that the oath imposed upon candidates as into Paris from thence. And as I had but a condition precedent to their standing should little time for such journeys, it was not much exclude every man who may accept the emthat I could see with my own eyes. One or pire as a fact, but not as a right. Hence two points, however, struck me.
there is a general acquiescence in the candi1st. The absolute popular indifference to dateship of the men of the “old parties," of all the display of surrounding Romanism. I the old left centre os especially, with Thiers never saw a single working man, and scarcely at their head,--that clever, experienced, eloany one at all, notice or touch his hat to a quent, idealess " left centre," master of priest, monk, or friar. So far from this, I tongue-fence and parliamentary use and wont, happened one day to give a good look to a whose utter barrenness was the real ruin of priest of rather remarkable physiognomy, Louis Philippe, whose utter blindness and and the poor man instantly touched his hat vanity were the making of Louis Napuleon. to me, as if he must know me, since I deigned for the work of destruction of the next two to look at him. In a house with convents in or three years these men are amply sufficient; front and rear, though the Friday fast ap- it is but fair that they should undo their own peared to be observed as a custom by the mischief. There are, indeed, two or three, women, there was not the slightest pretence upright and respected men among them, such
as Dufaure, whose honesty may add weight | very different tempers of mind. “ It seems to tbe adroitness of their chiefs.
we are to be guarded by Arabs wbilst our I need hardly say how far more deeply own men are sent to perish in Mexico," said than ever I was impressed with the utter one. “ You see how little trust he is beginrootlessness of the empire. In vain does Na- ning to have in our soldiers," said another, poleon III. upset all Paris, as if he wished to since he actually requires Arabs to garrison leave nothing behind him but what proceeds Paris." from himself; the absolutely universal feeling. The fact of the rapid spread of republican is that this is simply provisional and cannot principles, which I had already heard asserted last. It is curious, indeed, how this provi- eighteen months ago on the best authority as sional character stamps itself even on mate- to the working classes, both of the provincial rial improvements. You may see in some towns and of Paris, was confirmed to me from places quite new houses, scarcely three or four a wholly different quarter, as respects the years old, pulled down for newly devised em- professional classes. Still, I could see that bellishments to the capital. At one entrance Orleanist feelings were yet very strong among of the Luxembourg Gardens, near where the the middle-aged and older men and women. taking away of the pleasant old “ Fontaine The marriage of the Duke de Chartres to his de Médicis" has caused, probably, more cousin is especially rejoiced in by these, as heart-burnings than any other single public preserving the purity and nationality of the work in Paris, the strange sight is seen of Orleans blood." three different levels of street side by side,- On the whole, I am strongly confirmed in each official and compulsory in its time, but the conviction impressed upon me in my last as ugly and inconvenient as they might be visit, that the second empire is decidedly in dangerous in their present juxtaposition. One its period of decline. It is rapidly losing its might also say that an ironic fate com pels prestige of terror, and is felt more and more this man, who pretends to have “ closed the as a nuisance rather than as a bugbear. era of revolutions,” to keep the material idea The old Association movement, so many a of revolution constantly before his people. time pronounced extinct ex cathedrâ by Speak to a Parisian, man or woman, poor or Frenchmen and foreigners, is not yet stopped. well-to-do, of the alterations in Paris, and it A new working tailors' association is preparis three to one that within five minutes you ing to start next winter. The working buildhear the expression, " Tout est en révolution." Jers, who were in a bad way last ycar, seem The personal indifference towards his dynasty to have got well afloat again. A body des(let the newspapers say what they please) is tined to act as a bank of association is all but complete. I passed one morning in the Tuil- constituted, and amongst other distinguished eries whilst the prince imperial, a tutor and men who take an interest in it, and are likely, a lackey, were alone on the terrace by the in some way or other, to be connected with river side. Every one must have known him, it, I heard the name of M. Elisée Reclus, who yet no one stopped for one instant to look at has written many admirable articles for the him ; no one gave him more than a single Deux Mondes, and, indeed, I hear, lately glance; very many passed by, I believe de contributed two papers on our English cosigpedly, without so much as looking up. operative bodies to the Revue Germanique. Compare this with the way in which with us The great drawback to the work is the want the public gaze follows any member of the of education among the working men. The royal family as soon as recognized.
amount of absolute illiterateness in France Of the deepening hatred towards the pres- is something still enormous, and would be ent rule indeed, I saw one striking witness in shameful to the nation were it under any but men's feelings as respects the Mexican war. a despotic rule. I bad a practical instance Not only is this universally condemned, as of this in the fact that I literally, from the being alike senseless and iniquitous, but for house I lived in, had to walk for a quarter of the first time I heard Frenchmen actually an hour down the Rue St. Jacques before I wish for disaster to the French arms. The came to a stationer's shop, and one-half of general policy of these distant wars is, in- this was devoted to umbrella-mending ;this, deed, disliked by all; whilst another event, mind you, in a characteristically educational quite trifling as yet in its proportions, seems quarter. I do not believe there is any part to have aroused very bitter feelings,-the of London where I should have had to go half bringing over of a company of Arabs to do the distance. garrison duty in Paris. Although this meas. I have been speaking of the Parisian workure had been prepared and announced long ing men. I believe I can answer for it that, beforehand, and perhaps was taken with no notwithstanding all the efforts made by the specially evil intentions, it was quite singu- Second Empire to occupy them, feed them, .lar to see what effect it had produced on men coax them, they are just as far as ever from wholly unacquainted with each other, and of being favorable to it. Of course it is far worse with the provincial ones. The 40,000
From The Spectator, 6 June. Norman cotton-weavers out of employ know MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. well that public subscriptions for the relief Paris has given the Moniteur its first warnof their distress have been damped as much ing ; that seems, in brief, the result of the as possible by official policy. Those of Al- French elections. Throughout the provincial sace know that it is only owing to the public districts, wherever the electors could be influspirit of their masters, as well as to the more enced, or coerced, or isolated, the Administrafavorable economical conditions of the trade tion has secured a complete and, possibly, not in that quarter (finer numbers spun, finer difficult victory. The Imperialist majority is stuffs woven), that they are still at work. still overwhelming, something like ten to one, St. Etienne knows as well that the compara- and the determined effort made by the Oppotive ruin of its trade (from 15,000 to 20,000 sition only makes their defeat more conspicof the best workmen are reckoned to have left uous and more galling. Even the minor cities the place within the last few years) is owing have disappointed expectation, Bordeaux, for to the amalgamation of the coal companies, instance, having rejected Dufaure, whose effected, it is said, only through ansparing massive oratory might have told even more bribery in high quarters, and the result of heavily than Thiers's tinselly though effective which has been to raise the price of coal from displays, or Jules Simon's biting jests. She five to thirty francs a load as the sole means has sent a Liberal, but not the man the Adof paying dividend on a grossly exaggerated ministration feared. Casimir Perier, whose capital.
election seemed certain, was not returned Let me conclude by an anecdote of '48, told after all, and M. de Montalembert's defeat me from personal experience by a friend of was almost ignominious—a fact the more renearly thirty years' standing; one who, markable, because bitter Ultramontanes like though an advanced Liberal in feeling, has no Kolb-Bernard and Plichon bave been restored sympathy with the special social tendencies to their seats in spite of official condemnaof that revolution. He was president of a tion. Judged by the ordinary constitutional club-as who was not in Paris in those days? rules, the Government may fairly exult in a -and a workman came to him: “Sir, I complete if not overwhelming triumph. want to have your opinion. I have a quar- And yet France and Europe and M. de rel with an old friend. He came to me some Persigny all alike believe that the empire has while ago : What good wind brings you?' received a shock, and are right in so believsaid I. I have no work, and I have no more ing, for Paris has not endorsed the decision bread.' So much the better,' said I; . I of the departments. We are not about to rehave.' So I gave him half what I had. Not peat the stale epigram that Paris is France, long after I found myself in the same case, for, were it true, France would not to-day be and I went to see him : «What good wind at the mercy of Napoleon, or French electors brings you ?' said he. "Well,' said I, I doubting whether it is "safe" to voto as they have no work and no bread now.' All will. Paris is not France, any more than the right,' said he, just now I have some.' brain is the body ; but then that which the And he brought out a hunch, and was about brain wills to do, the body, unless paralyzed, to cut it in two. That wont do,' said I, sooner or later does, and for three hundred * your hunch is twice as big as mine was; cut years Paris has always anticipated the final it here.' • No,' said he, you gave me balf decision of France. It is the representative yours, you must take half mine.' We dis-city, to which all that is most able, and amputed for some time, and I would not take bitious, and intellectual, and noble, and vile his big half, and be would not give me less, between the Rhine and the Pyrenees graviand since then we do not speak to one an- tates as by a natural law. The Parisians do other; for I say he does not practice equality, not go
there for I say he does not practice equality not govern the French, but they lead them, and he says I do not."
and their lead in these elections is in the di
rection the Government most strictly forbade. Perhaps those days of feverish social enthu. The nine divisions of Paris, separated by deep siasm, when two half-starved friends could gulfs of circumstance and habit and convicquarrel as to the practical meaning of equal- tion-for what is there in common but the ity in sharing one's all, are past, never to re- sky and the cemeteries between St. Germain turn. But the class from which such exam- and St. Antoine ?--have discovered a bond of ples can proceed is, depend upon it, the very union in resistance to the existing régime. marrow of the French nation. He who im
Orleanist or Republican, Thiers or Picard,
"doubted like Havin or trusted like Favre, any agines any permanent political future for
for candidate has been welcome, provided only France, in which the ouvrier element should he hated the creed professsed by the minister not have its due place, is building in the of the interior. So vast is the majority air.
against Government, that if we deduct from.