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It is, perhaps, easier to make money than to has a private conviction that oraters are not altospend it well. Gunny bags will never be a Med-gether defunct, and that great reputations are yet ici. He thinks he has done well if he can get two to be made, asks us what we mean to do with the per cent. a month for his money. When he has great principle of religious liberty in the matter the premium pocketed, he will tell you of the great of the Mormons ? And a great many around our enterprise of this country, and congratulate him- Chair echo Epictetus, and wonder and wait. self that the fullness of time having come, the The answer seems to be simple enough. SupAmerican merchant appeared upon the scene. But pose the Synods of the Presbyterian Church, or if the American merchant should go off the scene the Conventions of the Episcopal Church, or the now, how very few monuments of his existence Yearly Meetings of the Friends, or the Associations would remain! His grand-children may have of the Unitarians, should agree that henceforth it spent his fortune, and the great and permanent should be good Presbyterianism to steal, and good influences of beauty and truth in which he might Episcopacy to forge, and good Quakerism to garhave invested part of his abundance, and which rote, and good Unitarianism to boil babies, would would have paid imperishable dividends of wisdom Epictetus plead the great principle of religious liband enjoyment to unborn children, he has lost erty? Would he think the State must not protect forever.
his coat from the Presbyterians, his name from the It is pleasant to observe how instinctive is this Episcopalians, his throat from the Quakers, and homage to the mind and its interests. Very rich his children from the Unitarians ? men always seem to feel that they owe something Are these overt acts against the public peace to what can not be made with money, although and the rights of others ? So they are ; but if the it can be occasioned by it. Among ourselves, not practical operation of Polygamy is to public demorto go far, Girard founded a College, Astor a Li- alization, may nothing be done ? Must not sociebrary, and Peter Cooper a University. Shall we ty protect itself? Is toleration to be pushed to the not all hail every sign of such a spirit, and rejoice production of an intolerable state of society? Is over it ?
it any pleasanter to go to pieces upon a rock than Mr. Wright has commissioned four of our well- upon a sand-bar? Can we not abate nuisances ? known artists to paint him four pictures of the And what is a nuisance? It seems to be hard that same general character. Hicks is to paint por- we must have pachas and harems among us betraits of thirty of our most eminent literary names; cause we believe religious liberty to be Christian. Rossiter, thirty of the merchants; Baker, thirty Are two wives Christian ? Are the proceedings of the artists; and Huntington, thirty of the men in Utah Christian? Is the Reverend Governor of science. The singular interest of such a work Young, or were the original Joe Smith and his is manifest at once. It is a picture of the times ; brother, peculiarly Christian? it ought also to be a picture of the spirit of the If it be true that tyranny has always excused times. If we could have similar pictures of other itself under this plea of the public good, is it not epochs we might choose, how invaluable they equally true that license has dared every crime would be!
under the name of liberty ? As these works progress, we shall chat about them with the loungers around our Chair.
It is not long since George Steers died; and
for many April days his last work, his best monuBROTHER Brigham Young would certainly be ment, the Niagara, lay in the harbor, admired of an extremely Easy Chair, with four legs at the all eyes that could appreciate the novelty of her very least, if he were a Chair at all. But wheth- conception as a ship-of-war. He was a noble feler he be a Chair or not, Uncle Sam will probably low, and was sincerely mourned. And, as we find it necessary to sit down upon him before long. write, we hear of another life among our artists
Politics do not belong to our Chair, but social ending-a life which may be closed before this morals do; and it is not presumptuous to suppose printed page is seen. that Polygamy has to do with morality. Is no- Thomas Crawford, the sculptor, is dying in Paris thing ever to be settled? Are we to be discuss- of a painful and incurable disease.
A tumor, ing in America, and in the nineteenth century and formed in the socket of the eye, has been gradually so forth, whether a man ought to have forty wives? extending itself, until now it has undermined the
Yet it is certainly observable that the two par- roots of life, and the tree, full of summer blossoms, ticular “new revelations," as they are termed in waves and totters to its fall. His great work for distinction from Christianity, namely, the Moham- Virginia, the Washington Monument, is uncommedan and the Mormon, have advanced Polyga- pleted. But that is only one. All his works, all my, not as a grand, but as a collateraỊ principle. his hopes, all his life, seem to be unfinished. Yet there were restrictions to Mohammedan wife- Seem to be! but when a man has wrought well, taking. The Prophet himself had but four. But when he has even indicated the will or the power the new dispensation advances with time; and a to do well, has he not already saved his life from Mormon elder, so far as appears, may be " sealed" being followed with a feeling of nothingness, howto any number of the sisters.
ever early it may end? We speak of Keats as dyIt is not a matter of jesting, though we find our ing before his prime, of Raphael and Mozart as dyselses speaking lightly of it. Utah is so far away ing so young. But whoever of inarked genius has that we think of it as we do of Japan; and the early died, has also achieved early; and the very habits of the people affect us no more profoundly bitterness of our sorrow shows that they have not than those of the Esquimaux might do. But if lived in vain. Utah were Westchester County, and people in Crawford will always be ranked among the first whom we have a private and personal interest three of our sculptors, with his contemporaries were to be living such a life, it would not be toler- Powers and Greenough. Of an affluent and graceated for a moment.
ful genius, fired with an engrossing ambition, resoOur young friend, the lawyer Epictetus, who lute, uncompromising, and unwearied, he had early
carved his way through poverty to distinction and with the charm that belongs to Paris residence? Is
The American visitor to Rome, during the it not a trust, indeed, which is an essential condilast twelve years, will not forget the country- tion of a life of either luxury or indulgence? man whose success was our triumph, and who had We were speaking just now of the chances of helped to vindicate so nobly our claim to eminence recovery of lost property. Let us illustrate by an in art. Many a lovely form and many a thought actual occurrence. of grace, scattered far and wide over the land, will Bm , an old resident of Paris, but an American, make his name a household name, and keep his set off one day last summer from the capital, to acmemory fresh.
To those who personally knew company a newly-arrived friend through the waterhim, Rome, when he is gone, will be something ing-places of Germany. On reaching Baden the different, perhaps something less. Remembering friend discovered that he had lost, in the course of a lovely past, and wandering months of happy the journey, a valuable ring. travel, even those who only casually knew him Where had it been left? Of course neither will feel, as they associate his studio with their could tell with certainty. On comparing recollecpride,
tions, however, the chances seemed to lie in favor “ Roma! Roma !
of Strasbourg. At that city they had left the railNon é piu com'era prima."
way station to breakfast at a neighboring cafe. But do they die too young, who die lamented?! They had begged a basin of water to wash their To be lamented is to have been loved ; to have hands in an ante-room of the establishment, and been loved is better than to have built the Par- remembered having sat at a particular table in the thenon.
left-hand corner of the café. The gentleman who
had met with the loss wrote to the proprietor of the OUR FOREIGN GOSSIP.
establishment, describing the ring, and begging his The Paris papers have been laughing latterly interest in its recovery. He received a civil reply, at our forms of justice. They have watched the stating that no trace could be found of the ring in Carpentier trial, and made merry with Connery. question, and as he believed his servants to be honMr. Busteed and the Coroner are grown famous; est, he suspected the gentleman must be inistaken the seized letters and the jokes with the house-maid in regard to the time of the loss. have given these officials historic dignity. We The friends journeyed through Germany. The have had things more biting than a laugh even- ring was given up. On a return to Paris, hower. a sober article from that grave journalist, De Caser, three months after, B-chanced to mention sagnac, who, after a review of the trial of Carpen- the circumstance in the hearing of an old employé tier, reminds French readers that the country where in the Prefecture of Paris. the Northern Railway robbers have been arrested “I think that ring could be recovered," said is the same barbarous land where a few people not Monsieur C-(the employé in question). unfrequently band together for the capture of a “ Indeed !" said Bhorse-thief, try him in the fields, and hang him to “I am sure of it,” continued Monsieur C-, the nearest tree; the country where a dozen or “provided only you can give me a definite descripmore of enterprising men will break open a prison, tion, and provided it was lost this side the French make seizure of a criminal, reverse or extend the border. But such a thing is always attended withi decisions of the Courts, and execute him on the some cost. How much would your friend be willhighway; the country where they beat each other ing to pay for the recovery of his ring?" with clubs, gash each other with bowie-knives, B- at a venture named thirty francs. every day in the streets—not to say in the Con- They went together to the office of a Commissary gressional halls—and nothing comes of it but a of Police, the French gentleman undertaking the laugh at the man who falls undermost. What negotiation on behalf of Bmust be looked for in such a country?
* This gentleman has lost a valuable ring, for And M. de Cassagnac goes on to extol that be- whose recovery he is willing to pay the sum of neficent land of France, where violence never goes thirty francs. He believes it to have been lost at unrebuked-where justice and its ministers are or near Strasbourg, some three months since. At sacred—where the rights of the poorest are protect that time he was traveling with a friend into Gered—where the tyranny of mob-law is unknown- many. They stopped an hour only at Strasbourg, where peace and righteousness prevail, under the ate breakfast at a café upon the right-hand corner of dispensation of his Imperial Majesty.
the great square, near to the railway station. They If we must blush for ourselves, we may sigh over occupied a table at the left-hand corner of the lowthe fond hallucinations of the Frenchman.
er salon," And yet, laying aside all view of the grand Im- The gentleman went on to give a very full deperial usurpation, and of the magnificent crime scription of the ring, of all of which the clerk of upon which the French State is builded, it is quite the Commissary took notes. certain that all the minor details of justice are even, “Your address, if you please, gentlemen,” said regular, and perfect in their action. Do we lose the Commissary; and a deposit of ten francs in our purse in Paris ? we think there is no city in token of good faith.” the world where the chances are so great of our In a month's time B-received a note from finding it again. Have we a debt? we are quite the Commissary expressing regret that the police sure of its recovery promptly and fully. Have we could obtain no clew to the missing ring as yet, an uncertain claim? we may count upon a patient and informing him that the ten francs of deposithearing. Do we go out at night? we have no fear money was lying at the office, subject to his order. of garroters. Do we call for a cab? we know what On the fourth day thereafter, B-called to we have to pay. Do we buy a ticket for steamer take again the ten francs left on his first visit. or railway? we are confident it is worth all it The Commissary begged him to attend a moment, claims to be worth. Has not the repose which and presently brought to him the identical ring grows out of this absolute trust very much to do which had been lost the previous summer.
The Commissary had communicated with the or buy wines upon "Change" which have been ten police of Strasbourg. Upon inquiring at the café years in the “Docks." alluded to, the proprietor recalled the circumstance As long ago as 1818, there was an effort to esof receiving the letter from Germany, but could tablish something of the sort in Paris, but upon a give no clew for the recovery of the ring. It was very small scale—too small for any eminent sucremembered, however, that at about the time of cess. In 1852 the effort was renewed. It was arB's visit, the waiter at the corner-table of the gued that Paris, with her railways stretching tosa'on had been ill and away from service. His ward all of her embracing waters, might become as place had been supplied for a week by a waiter great an entrepôt as any sea-port of the world. Perfrom an adjoining hotel. On inquiry here, it was signy favored the enterprise, and in that time his found that the waiter referred to had left the city favor was golden. two months before. No jeweler of Strasbourg had His friend Duchesne de Vere, a sometime comany knowledge of a ring corresponding with the panion of his exile, was one of the original manadescription given.
gers, and was associated in the control with Riant, The presumption was, therefore, that if the hotel an enormous real estate owner in the neighborhood servant had attended upon the American gentle of the station of the Havre terminus; and Cusin, men, and they had, as supposed, left the ring in a member of a prominent banking-house. his sight, that he still retained it.
The capital was fixed at fifty millions. Riant This servant had come to Strasbourg from Lille ; realized a magnificent price for such portion of his possibly he might have returned to Lille. Com- real estate as, in the opinion of the trio, was needmunication was made to the police giving descriped for the “Docks," and privately gave a douceur tion and name of the man sought for. Reply was of eighty-five thousand francs to Duchesne de Vere made that such a person had been in Lillo, but was for his opinion in favor of the purchase. there no longer; nor was his whereabouts known. The British banking-house of Ricardo was asso
Upon this information the Commissary had writ-ciated with the enterprise ; the “Docks” were on ten to B-stating his want of success, and beg- every tongue at the Bourse; premiums were paid ging him to reclaim the money deposited.
for the privilege of subscription, and all looked Only the day before, however, new communica- smilingly-so smilingly, indeed, that our French tion had been made from Strasbourg, informing the managers turned a cold shoulder upon Ricardo, Commissary, that a gendarme of Lille, who had and buffeted him into entire withdrawal. accidentally seen the description forwarded from The banking firm of which Cusin was head, left Strasbourg, had discovered the person spoken of in its private quarters and entered upon the magnifia little village a few miles from Lille, where he was cent apartments of the old banker Lafitte. With now proprietor of a guinguette, or small drinking- the splendor of the new enterprise reflected upon shop. He had been visited by the police-the ring them, they engaged in half a dozen new underfound actually upon his finger-had been com- takings, applying to one or the other, as occasion mitted to prison to await further advices of the served, the idle funds of the magnificent “ Docks." ordering Commissary of Strasbourg, and the ring But the “Docks” were not built ; people asked was duly forwarded as requested.
if they would be? The stock fell off. Duchesne * Twenty francs, if you please, Sir," said the retired. Persigny, still earnest for his pet, begged Commissary, “which, with the ten on deposit, the great M. Pereire to lend it a helping hand. He makes up the amount offered for its recovery." made his conditions, and entered upon the admin
" Have the goodness to put your name upon istration. Now, indeed, excavation began; thouthis book, as receiver of the ring described and re- sands of laborers with barrows were every day covered."
at work upon the great hillside of Mont-Martre. So much for a trinket.
Stock rose again; but the conditions Pereire had Now let us see what is the operation of French made were not fulfilled, and he retired. Down justice with reference to a pure business transac- went the Docks. The Cusin house, now tangled tion. We allude to the “Docks"—the Parker Vein sadly in their great enterprises, resorted to every of the late speculative period in France.
shift to force up the stock, and dispose of remainThere are those upon your side of the water who ing shares. All in vain. The Prince Murat was sometimes amuse themselves with a reading of the called in (as we remember you once called in Barquotations at the French Bourse (happy if their num to your Crystal Palace scheme), but Murat amusement ends with the reading) who will re- could not save it. The bankers broke; the works member how, some five years ago, the “Docks” ap- were stopped; a Government commissary came in peared upon the lists of sales, modestly at first ; -Arthur Berryer; and now the dead scheme is in but growing in importance until the stock ran high the courts. The managers have had their trial. above par-rested—receded, rose again-subsided, Three or four have gone to prison ; Berryer himand at length disappeared. It was the old story, self has five years to undergo confinement, except always renewing itself, of splendid promises, great the Imperial Court may reverse the decision of that names, magnificent outlay, profusion every way, below. Splendid swindlers of inillions do not sucsquandered moneys, suspicion, pressure, and ex- ceed well in France. Great men go to prison for tinction.
other than political offenses. You know what “Docks” means in England : When you come to Paris, if you come by the the word has come to designate those grand en- Havre Railway, cast your eye up to the right, withPrepits of merchandise in Liverpool and London, in half a mile of the Paris terminus, and you may where the wealth of a thousand traders is stored, see a tremendous scar in the hillside. There the under bond, titles lying in government warrants, excavation for the Docks began, and ended as you and these becoming negotiable under indorsement, see it—the grave of a gigantic scheme, and ten so that a cargo changes hands with a dash of the millions lie buried in it, pen, and the merchant of Milk Street, Cheapside, may carry the titles to ten ship-loads in his pocket, ANOTHER fanciful bit of French justice we must
not fail to bring to your notice, although it can the world; but other times, and most times, he is hardly have escaped your Argus-eyed buccaneer of true to the quiet “spread" in his apartment au the Weekly.
troisième, trotting that urchin on his knee, and Monsieur (no matter what may have been strolling, perhaps, afterward with wife and child his name), lived with wife and child—no matter under the lindens of the Tuileries garden-possiwhere.
bly indulging himself, as the evening draws on, The child was sick; the wife was pretty ; the with a demi-tasse at the little Cofe du Jardin. man was jealous.
You shall find, too, many a son of Parisian faThe father loved his child, as every father ther keeping to the father's house after eighteenshould, and was outraged to find his pretty wife after twenty-five even-not forgetting that respect preparing for a ball upon a night when the little they showed in boy hood, nor losing one whit of one lay very ill of fever. He appealed to her af- the father's tenderness or care; sitting together, fection-in vain. He appealed to her sense of going to the play together, bound up each in the duty-in vain.
other as, we think, rarely happens with American It was an old engagement; a new dress had father and son. come in for the occasion; the child could never Shall we tell of an instance in point ? Many suffer for a few hours of absence.
years ago-but not so long since as to have lost its The husband grew obstinate ; the wife (as wives horror in France-an excursion train of railway do) grew more obstinate. He forbade her attend- carriages was burned between Versailles and Par
is. The train was in motion, the wind was high, She vowed she would.
the carriage-doors were locked, and the miserable “If madame leaves her home to-night, she leaves sufferers counted by hundreds. Among the vicit forever," said the husband.
tims were a father and a son-the father of middle Very likely the wife said, “ Allons donc !” We age, the son of eighteen. do not know; we know only she went, and on her Both escaped with their lives the father only return found the doors closed upon her; not that burned slightly ; but the son lingered for a year night only, but the next day, and the next after ; | in great suffering—a most pitiable object, seen by so long, that she made appeal to the court for rein- no one except his nurse, the father, and the physistation in her home.
cian-not conscious himself what horrible deformAnd the decision of the court ran (and this is so- ity the flames had marked him with-recovering ber earnestness, however much it may sound like strength slowly; not able to bear the light even a joke), that a mother who would desert the sick-bed after a twelvemonth—a wretched, disfigured shadof her child for attendance at a ball, relinquished ow of a man, and never recovering his sight. all the rights, in abandoning all the duties, of her The father retired to a little country house in home. Her complaint was denied.
the neighborhood of Paris, giving up all his hopes Are there no New York mothers (let us ask it in life, save only the hope of softening the afflicsotto roce) who might stand in fear of French tri- tions which pressed so fearfully on his son. He bunals, if New York husbands were stern enough funded such property as he held, and devoted his to drive them to such resort ?
little income exclusively to the cheer of his boy. All this may seem very odd to one educated in They live together there now. The boy knows our American belief that French wifehood and hus- only the voice of his physician and father. He is bandhood are only names for twin conveniences, content with these. He knows the horror his apand that all the home relations of the gay capital pearance would excite; he will not test any oldare refined by no affection, and ennobled by no time acquaintances so fearfully – indeed, he has sense of duty.
forgotten them now. The father reads to himBut this is a monstrous error. Amidst all the the father brings rare birds that sing in his chamsplendid license which belongs to the Paris world, ber—brings flowers whose perfume delights him. and which with its brilliance blinds the eyes of | The father is growing gray, but the son does not almost every foreign observer, there is below it, know it; he seems young to him. There is little and back of it, and unseen by reason of it, very to measure the lapse of time; he is happy in the much calm and steady growth of all those domes- fullness of that devotion. So they live, within tic virtues which are so prized by men every sound almost of the roar of the Paris world—a where whose affections are strong, and by such noiseless eddy under the bank—a little cabinetwomen as recognize the weight and the depth of piece in the great gallery of life, calling for no those affections.
notice now, but bound to have some day of honor. If there are families any where more lovingly A propos of the French courts (out of my first knit together--parents to children, and children to mention of which all this matter has grown), this parents—more sacred, quiet, devotional in their gentleman, in common with many other sufferers, reciprocal tenderness, than many families in this instituted an action against the railway company Sodom-counted city, we have not had the good for damages. The broken-hearted man desired fortune to meet with them. That outsidedness money only for the sake of adding to the comforts and publicity of life which the new-come ob- of his miserable son; but no want of care could be server attributes to French habit, ignoring all proven on the part of the administrators of the domesticity, is, after all, but the street-shadow of road, or of their officials, and the claim was disstrangers.
missed. In that pleasant café of the Poissonerie, where, By your leave, we will now step out of French last month, we took our readers for half an hour's court, and have our chat about the things of the out-look upon the movers in the scene, we should hour. find most rarely a Parisian who can boast of wife That sadly tedious Neufchatel affair is wearying or children. On some great fête day, indeed, he every body. The first warm sympathy with the may come, bringing children, nurse, and bonne, Swiss commonwealth is giving way to a vexatious and keep holiday in the streets and in the eye of "Let them settle it as they can." Indeed, we are
disposed to believe that the Swiss character, and furtherance of her ambitious projects, and take the the Swiss glory, is finest in the distance ; they want jackal's share of the northern lion's spoils. Mont Blanc and a rosy row of peaks and needles Austrian Joseph declines. in the background to give them relief; they want The Western monarchs would have her join actmagnificent perspective—such as you get from the ively in a crusade against the north despot, and, if Juras-looking straight away eastward, over the possible, shear him of some portion of his inheritlake, and through the haze, and between the clouds. ance. Then, what a country it is!
Austrian Joseph declines. But if you go down, and go in, and chaffer with The Liberals would have him give up a half of the Swiss inn-keepers of L'Ecu, and eat your soup his empire to the uncertain issues of revolution, or in a dirty post-house of Le Vallais, and see what of struggling demagogues, without even an equivroughness is in the Rhone Valley the hither-side alent, or assurance that the release will not breed of Martigny, and shudder at the goitres and crétins revolt in every State of Europe. which dog you at Sion, its grandeur loses. Pert Austrian Joseph declines. Mr. Kern, in the conference of Paris—if we watch Is there any thing oddly despotic in this—any him, and listen to him-takes away from the ro- thing heathenish-beyond wearing the crown of mantic admiration which we had for a brave little Hapsburg ? And if Mr. Fire-eater had been born mountain Canton, shutting up the emissaries of a to the same crown, would he have accepted hastily king and braving an august monarchy.
the advice of any Fire-eater, Junior ? Of course the matter will all be settled ; and of We think people on your side bear too hard course, being subject of conference, there must be upon the Emperor Joseph. In all those essentials the usual amount of circumlocution, and immense of humanity which call for respect, for affection, parchment protection to the honor, and dignity, and esteem, he has shown himself far richer than and self-respect of all the contracting parties. the Emperor Louis Napoleon. Not so great a man,
But what shall we say about that noisier dif- indeed, and not calling out so many vwvats ; but ference between Austria and Sardinia ? It is the when he dies he will be thought of more tenderly fashion, we observe from your papers, to throw all and tearfully than ever the monarch of the 2d Dethe blame in this matter upon the more despotic of cember. the two States. It is natural enough, indeed, but We shall say nothing about China and the China hardly just.
war, lest the fast-going clippers may have brought There are a great many Hotspurs about the Sar- later news to you than we talk of in Paris. To dinian court, who, inflamed by the expedition to tell truth, here, in the gay capital, we are not much the East and by the alliance with England and interested in those far-away Orientals; we put France, have long been seeking a casus belli with them on the stage, and have a laugh at their queues, Austria, or any motive for starting again the and wooden shoes, and lozenge eyes, and topple wheel of Italian revolt. They wish desperately to them over like China toys, and forget them. They renew that old march to Milan. There is some don't at all enter into the life-thought of Parisians; strong Italian feeling at the bottom of these de- connection is too remote; antagonism too great; sires, there is a great deal of hot-headed ambition ; there are no chemical affinities. The French talk somewhat of earnest, liberal thought; and more of them as they talk of Struve's comet. No Chinathan all, of hearty Austrian hate.
man talks French; the Pekin girls do not declare The low-lying revolutionists of Paris are, of themselves in the present or past of aimer. How course, all rejoicing in the present aspect of affairs; can a Frenchman fatigue himself with thought of and if you go, about dusk, from the Rue Montes-them? quieu through into the Palais Royal, you will see at the café tables you pass a most mirthful com- We dropped just now mention of a comet. Have pany of exiled Italians. Their haunt is thereabout, you any fears of comets ? Do you remember a lecand their hopes are wonderfully brightened. ture this Easy Chair read to you a year ago out of
With respect to Austria and its Emperor, we be- Dr. Cummings's text-to the effect that this world lieve they are just now suffering a great deal of would be rolled up like a scroll some fine day next unworthy reproach. They stand between the fire June ? of Russia and the Liberals—cordially detested by Well, June is coming, whatever may become of both. They have refused assent to the claims of Cummings's coming of the Judgment. And there the great Despot; they have refused assent to the are comets in sight; and a world of people are claims of the great Liberals. This may make cause straining their eyes each night to watch their profor hate-but is it strange? Would any shrewd gress. One is just now passing away from us, and Government, bred to the conservative notions of another is approaching. The astronomers are the Central Europe, and cherishing the instinct of self- lions of the day. What do you think df it? Is preservation, have acted one whit otherwise ? there a possibility of a strike ? May not this ex
Once admit the theory of government out of traordinary weather have some connection with which the house of Hapsburg has grown, and by it? which it stands, and what more prudential and fit- Once, in Arago's time, there was a similar alarm, ting action could the young Emperor have pursued and people rushed to him to have their fears quieted. than he has done in respect of the recent hostilities? The old gentleman (though he knew no better than
Indeed, we suspect the young Joseph of being the feeblest what weapon might some day flamo not only a very shrewd man, but a decided, a warm- out of the hand of the Great Avenging angel), bearted, and well-thinking man.
calmed them by his own composure. “Oh, it's His charities have been larger, his pardons more all right,” he would say; and would whisper his numerous, his indulgences greater, both in Hun- friends, " if the world gets on, they will think me gary and in Italy, than have been known to his a prophet; and if there's an end, I shall have this house for a century.
consolation-they can't attack me in the papers !" Russia would have him join hands with her in If any readers can not enjoy so good a joke as