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think of the change that time had made in | verse heart. And she thought it would be everything. She had been fighting him, right to point out to Mary, how any trouble and making him her chief antagonist, al- that might be about to overwhelm her was most ever since. And yet, down in the for her good, and that she herself had, like depths of her heart poor Winnie remem- Providence, acted for the best. She looked bered Mary's words, and felt with a curious about the room with actual curiosity, and pang, made up of misery and sweetness, shook her head at the sight of the Major's that even yet, even yet, under some impos- sword, hanging over the mantel-piece, and sible combination of circumstances this the portraits of the three boys underneath. was what made her laugh, and made her She shook her head and thought of creaturecry so bitterly — but Aunt Agatha, poor worship, and how some stroke was needed soul, could not enter into her heart and see to wean Mrs. Ochterlony's heart from its what she meant.
inordinate affections. " It will keep her They were in this state of agitation when from trusting to a creature,” she said to herMary came in, all unconscious of any dis- self, and by degrees came to look complaturbance. And a further change arose in cently on her own position, and to settle how Winnie at sight of her sister. Her tears she should tell the tale to be also for the dried up, but her eyes continued to blaze. best. It never occurred to her to think “It is your friend, Mrs. Kirkman, who has what poor hands hers were to meddle with been paying us a visit,” she said, in answer the threads of fate, or to decide which or to Mary's question; and it seemed to Mrs. what calamity was " for the best.” Nor did Ochterlony that the blame was transferred any consideration of the mystery of pain to her own shoulders, and that it was she disturb her mind. She saw no complicawho had been doing something, and show- tions in it. Your dearest ties — your highing herself the general enemy,
est assurances of good — were but “ bless"She is a horrid woman,” said Aunt ings lent us for a day," and it seemed only Agatha, hotly. Mary, I wish you would natural to Mrs. Kirkman that such blessings explain to her, that after what has happened should be yielded up in a reasonable way, it cannot give me any pleasure to see her She herself had neither had nor relinquished here. This is twice that she has insulted us. any particular blessings. Colonel Kirkman You will mention that we are not — not was very good in a general way, and very used to it. It may do for the soldiers' wives, correct in his theological sentiments; but poor things! but she has no right to come he was a very steady and substantial here."
sion, and did not suggest any idea of being “She must mean to call Mary to repen- lent for a day — and his wife felt that she tance, too,” said Winnie. She had been herself was fortunately beyond that necesthinking with a certain melting of heart of sity, but that it would be for Mary's good if what Mary had once said to her; yet she she had another lesson on the vanity of could not refrain from flinging a dart at her earthly endowments. And thus she sat, sister ere she returned to think about her feeling rather comfortable about it, and too self.
sadly superior to be offended by her agitaAll this time Mrs. Kirkman was seated tion down-stairs, in Mrs. Ochterlony's room. in Mary's room, waiting. Her little encoun- Mary went in with her fair face brightenter had restored her to herself. She had ed by her walk, a little soft anxiety (percome back to her lofty position of superior- I haps) in her eyes, or at least curiosity, – ity and goodness. She would have şaid a little indignation, and yet the faintest herself that she had carried the Gospel touch of amusement about her mouth. She message to that poor sinner, and that it had went in and shut the door, leaving her sister been rejected ; and there was a certain and Aunt Agatha below, moved by what satisfaction of woe in her heart. It was they supposed to be a much deeper emotion. necessary that she should do her duty to Nobody in the house so much as dreamt that Mary also, about whom, when she started, anything of any importance was going on she had been rather compunctious. There there. There was not a sound as of a is nothing more strange than the processes raised voice or agitated utterance as there of thought by which a limited understanding had been when Mrs. Kirkman made her comes to grow into content with itself, and appeal to Winnie. But when the door of approval of its own actions. It seemed to Dirs. Ochterlony's room opened again, and this good woman's straightened soul that she Mary appeared, showing her visitor out, her had been right, almost more than right, in countenance was changed, as if by half-aseizing upon the opportunity presented to dozen years. Sue followed her visitor downher, and making an appeal to a sinner's per- stairs, and opened the door for her, and
looked after her as she went away, but not had looked so fair and so strong in the comthe ghost of a smile came upon Mary's face. posure of her middle age when she stood She did not offer her hand, nor say a word there only an hour before, that the strange at parting that any one could hear. Her despair which seemed to have taken posseslips were compressed, without smile or sion of her, had all the more wonderful an syllable to move them, and closed as if they effect. It woke even Winnie from her prenever would open again, and every drop occupation, and they both came round her, of blood seemed to be gone from her face. wondering and disquieted, to know what was When Mrs. Kirkman went away from the the matter. Something must have hap door, Mary closed it, and went back again pened to Will,” said Aunt Agatha. to her own room. She did not say a word, “ It is that woman who has brought her nor look as if she had anything to say. She bad news,” cried Winnie ; and then both went to her wardrobe and took out a bag, together they cried out,“ What is it, Mary? and put some things into it, and then she have you bad news ?” tied on her bonnet, everything being done Nothing that I have not known for as if she had planned it all for years
. years,” said Mrs. Ochterlony, and she kissed When she was quite ready, she went down-them both, as if she was kissing them for stairs and went to the drawing-room, where the last time, and disengaged herself, and Winnie, agitated and disturbed, sat talking, turned away: “I cannot wait to tell you saying a hundred wild things, of which any more," they heard her say as she went Aunt Agatha knew but half the meaning. to the door ; and there they stood, looking When Mary looked in at the door, the two at each other, conscious more by some who were there, started, and stared at her change in the atmosphere, than by mere with amazed eyes. “What has happened, eyesight, that she was gone. She had no Mary?” cried Aunt Agatha; and though time to speak or to look behind her; and she was beginning to resume her lost tran- when Aunt Agatha rushed to the window, quillity, she was so scared by Mrs. Ochter- she saw Mary far off on the road, going lony's face that she had a palpitation which steady and swift with her bag in her hand. took away her breath, and made her sink In the midst of her anxiety and suspicion, down panting and lay her hands upon her Miss Seton even felt a pang at the sight of heart. ` Mary, for ber part, was perfectly the bag in Mary's hand. "As if there was composed and in possession of her senses. no one to carry it for her!” The two who She made no fuss at all, nor complaint, - were left behind could but look at each other, but nothing could conceal the change, nor feeling somehow a sense of shame, and inalter the wonderful look in her eyes. stinctive consciousness that this new change,
“I am going to Liverpool,” she said, “I whatever it was, involved trouble far more must see Will immediately, and I want to profound than the miseries over which they go by the next train. There is nothing the had been brooding. Something that she matter with bim. It is only something. I had known for years! What was there in have just heard, and I must see him with these quiet words which made Winnie's out loss of time."
veins tingle, and the blood rush to her " What is it, Mary?” gasped Aunt face ? All these quiet years was it possible Agatha. “You have heard something dread that a cloud had ever been hovering which ful. Are any of the boys mixed up in it ? Mary knew of, and yet held her way so Oh, say something, and don't look in that steadily? As for Aunt Agatha, she was dreadful fixed way.”
only perplexed and agitated, and full of “ Am I looking in a dreadful fixed way ?” wonder, making every kind of suggestion. said Mary, with a faint smile. “I did not Will might have broken his leg - he might mean it. No, there is nothing the matter have got into trouble with his uncle. It with any of the boys. But I have heard might be something about Islay. Oh! Winsomething that has disturbed me, and I must nie, my darling, what do you think it can see Will. If Hugh should come while I am be? Something that she had known for away”
years! But here her strength broke down. A This was what it really was. It seemed choking sob came from her breast. She to Mary as if for years and years she had seemed on the point of breaking out into known all about it; how it would get to be some wild cry for help or comfort; but it told to her poor boy; how it would act upon was only a spasm, and it passed. Then she his strange half-developed nature; how Mrs.
to Aunt Agatha and kissed her. Kirkman would tell her of it, and the things “Good bye : if either of the boys come, she would put into her travelling bag, and keep them till I come back,” she said. She the very hour the train would leave. It
was a miserably slow train, stopping every- ders. She went carrying it, marking her where, waiting at a dreary junction for sev- way, as it were, by blooddrops which answereral trains in the first chill of night. But ed for tears, to do what might be done, that she seemed to have known it all, and to nobody but herself might suffer. For one have felt the same dreary wind blow, and thing, she did not lose a moment. If Will the cold creeping to the heart, and to be had been ill, or if he had been in any danused and deadened to it. Why is it that ger, she would have done the same. She one feels so cold when one's heart is bleed. was a woman who had no need to wait to ing and wounded ?. It seemed to go in make up her mind. And perhaps she might through the physical covering which shrinks not be too late, perhaps her boy meant no at such moments from the sharp and sensi- evil. He was her boy, and it was hard to tive soul, and to thrill her with a shiver as associate evil or unkindness with him. Poor of ice and snow. She passed Mrs. Kirk- Will! perhaps he had but gone away beman on the way, but could not take any cause he could not bear to see his mother notice of her, and she put down her veil fallen from her high estate. Then it was and drew her shawl closely about her, and that a flush of fiery colour came to Mary's sat in a corner that she might escape recog- face, but it was only for a moment; things nition. But it was hard upon her that had gone too far for that. She sat at the the train should be so slow, though that too junction waiting, and the cold wind blew in she seemed to have known for years. upon her, and pierced to her heart - and it
Thus the cross of which she had partially was nothing that she had not known for and by moments tasted the bitterness for so years. long was laid at last full upon Mary's shoul-1
MR. John R. THOMPSON, well known in SPECIFIC FOR THE WHOOPING-COUGA.- It American literary circles as the editor of the is now pretty well known that the emanations Literary Messenger - a Transatlantic sheet long of gasworks are an admirable specific for the since defunct - is said to be the Heros von whooping-cough, but it is not always convenient Borcke of Blackwood's Magazine, whose adven- to go there, especially when the distance is contures while in the Confederate Service are soon siderable. Mr. Schnaiter, in such cases, recomto be published in book form.
mends phenol (carbolic acid) as an excellent succedaneum. He states that whooping-cough having lately broken out in an epidemical form
at Maisons-Laffitte, a village not many miles MR. JAMES CROLL has published an impor. from Paris, on the Rouen railway, he caused
“On the Intluence of the Tidal some pbenol to be poured into three or four Wave on the Motion of the Moon,” in the Phil- plates in the house of a friend of his whose chil. osophical Magazine for August. He considers dren were attacked with the disease, and that in that the earth is gradually approaching nearer the course of a week they recovered completely. and nearer to the moon, and that he has shown After this success a dozen more children were additional reasons for the conclusion that “the treated in the same manner, and with a similar infinence of the tidal wave will not only stop result. — Sunday Gazette. the diurnal motion of the earth, but will ultimately bring the moon to the earth's surface.' FOURTH SERIES. LIVING AGE. VOL. I. 23.
From the Saturday Review, 29 Sept. | that she will have nothing to do with
foreign affairs, she would perhaps none the ENGLAND AND HER ALLY. less like to have grandiloquent French
civilities heaped upon her in the ImpeENGLISHMEN are not likely to be so bit- rial orations. The EMPEROR is endowed terly nettled at the omission of their name with the too keen logical power of the in the Imperial State Paper as the French nation over whom he rules. If his ally were because the King of Prussia refrain- thwarts him in nearly every project that he ed from any mention of the good offices of has entertained since the alliance was conFrance in his speech on opening the Cham- tracted, he tacitly assumes that such a conbers. Still it is rather trying to the ordinary nection is no alliance at all, and is certainly Briton to awake and find that, in an ex- not worth mentioning in a document of haustive manifesto on the map of Europe which, the object is business, and not idle and on the future of European politics, the talk. In the affairs of Poland, in the scheme wishes and the designs and the existence of for a Congress, in the affairs of Mexico, in Great Britain are all ignored. The French the scheme for the recognition of the South, EMPEROR has publicly taken us at our and in smaller matters equally, he found word. We have declared that for the fu- that the English alliance meant English ture we mean to stand aloof from the vul- disapproval and opposition. The further we gar brawls of the Continent of Europe, and are removed from those projects in point of io devote ourselves instead to the majestic time, the more indisputably clear does it task of violently forcing the Japanese to become that, in the gist of these transactions, buy Manchester dry goods. The EMPEROR we were right and that the EMPEROR was believes in the sincerity of the declaration, wrong. Still this is not alliance. To make and ceases to take England into account as matters worse, not only were we compelled a European Power. Spain is included in to oppose the Imperial plans, but, as the his description of the distribution of Euro- heaven-born RUSSELL was then Foreign
The possible progress of Rus- Secretary by Divine Right, we were comsia, and even of the United States of Ame- pelled to make our opposition as offensive as. rica, is thought worth reckoning in a calcu- possible. Who can wonder that the Empelation of the various elements which may go ROR, in reviewing his position, in taking to the making of the future. Great Britain stock of the political relations of Europe, is relegated to the dim obscurity and insig- should not think it worth while to waste a nificance which envelopes such Powers as paragraph or a thought on an alliance which Sweden and Holland. Nobody has any for ten years has produced little besides a right to complain of this. In the late debate bundle of rude despatches ? in the House of Commons upon foreign pol- The recent Circular unquestionably marks itics our rulers wished to make it plain that a highly important point in the history of our chosen foreign policy is to have no the French alliance. * It shows that, through poliey at all. We have taken up an attitude the ostentatious repetition of our resolve of philosophic indifference to everybody's not in any circumstances to resort to mateinterests but our own, and NAPOLEON III. rial influence, we have ceased to be reeither believes that we mean to stick to it, spected as a source of moral influence. By or else he would fain pique us out of it. It the constant declaration that nothing short is, however, much easier to put on a com- of invasion shall induce us to draw the placent air of philosophy than to saturate sword in Europe, we have neutralized the yourself with a genuinely philosophic tem- effect of such a disinterested and eminently per. And unless you are really as loftily creditable act, for instance, as the cession unimpassioned as you wish to be thought, of the Ionian Islands. We have lost all nothing is more irritating than to be left weight in critical emergencies where, though out of all consideration and account, just as we may have no call to fight, we have, and if you meant what you said. Consequently, it is our duty as a rational people to have
, the Englishman who, in spite of the mate- very strong opinions and very strong unselrial prosperity of his country, has still a fish interests. _The really elevated and nogreat deal of the old Palmerstonian Civis ble side of English character counts for Romanus feeling about him, may find him- nothing, because most politicians and some self somewhat sore at this unaccustomed journalists insist that foreign Powers shall indifference. People who do not go to par- see nothing but its selfish and meanly pruties still generally like the compliment of dent 'side, as if that were the substance of being asked.
And on similar principles, the whole. The deplorable result is gradthough England has ostentatiously vowed ually dawning upon us. The mention in
the EMPEROR'S Circular of that "irresisti- | of some unpleasant relics of a bygone spirit, ble power which is gradually causing the an Englishman may, without blind national disappearance of minor States” has natu- vanity, take pride in the comparative disrally inspired the liveliest uneasiness in interestedness of his country in European Brussels, and among the politicians of Switz- affairs. Considerations of the truest selferland. The annexation of populations interest have taught us that territorial ra" with the same customs and the same na pacity is a source of constant weakness and tional spirit.” as France, which is spoken of perturbation in the country which is afflictas a very proper kind of territorial exten- ed by it, apart from its pestilent effects on sion is not unreasonably felt to have an un- surrounding nations. We have committed pleasant application to two countries in sins in our time in this way, but we have parts of which they use the French lan- got a stage ahead of them now. Demands guage and the French code. Now there such as those shadowed forth in the Auxerre can be no doubt that any move on the part speech, intimations that if anybody else gets of France in this direction would excite as anything we shall insist upon having someviolent feeling as England is capable of in thing too, are impossible in this country. any matter not immediately affecting the Why, then, is so admirable an example diffusion of dry goods. Whether the feėl- thrown away upon France ? Why do the ing would be violent enough to drive us keen, and on the whole generous, people of into war, and whether such aggressions that country lag behind and fail to see the would be a just cause of war, are two very striking moral inferiority of the attitude open questions. But thus much at least is which they have been assuming ? Because clear
that, if the alliance between Eng- England has been too anxious to give the land and France had been anything deeper ugliest and meanest aspect to her policy of than a makeshift, if the English Govern- which it is capable, and to set forth its prinment had pursued an intelligent and self- ciples in the most unattractive guise that respecting policy, interfering only on occa- they can be made to assume. Instead of sions and in a manner in which interference saying that non-intervention in the recent could be effective, and displaying something war was the right policy for us because Gerlike a compact, foreseeing, and generous mans knew their own affairs best, and besystem of national action, then English cause no political duty invited our interfercouncils could not have failed to tell with ence, writers and speakers seem to prefer irresistible force against the bare conception to explain our course, in this and all the simof these freebooting projects. The example ilar crises of the Continent, by saying that, and weight of England in commercial mat- in the first place, we are an Asiatic Power; ters strengthened the EMPEROR against a and, in the second, that, after all, our great rebellious and stiff-necked section of bis and single duty in the universe is to diffuse own subjects in the matter of Free-trade unlimited quantities of dry goods. It is this In exactly the same way, in matters affect- colouring and tone which revolts foreigners ing the European State-system, if England against conduct that is substantially worthy had not vaunted her profound' indifference of all their admiration. There is all the difto all Continental transactions whatever, her ference in the world between the august upright and disinterested policy must have and dignified neutrality of a great nation strengthened the Emperor in controlling and the mean neutrality of a small shopwhat he calls the hope of obtaining by keeper at a contested election, who does not war a territorial extension.".
care a straw for one principle more than For the French people have never shown another, but is only afraid of losing his cusany dead want of susceptibility in the pres- tomers. There was true dignity in the ence of a disinterested example. They are neutral attitude of the Emperor of the not very much less sensitive about being sur- French in the late war, until the humilpassed morally than about being surpassed iating declarations - now humiliating in a in the art of war. That keen spirit of emu- double sense -- about the necessity for term lation which has been so unfortunately ritorial compensation. Apart from this fatal kindled in the order of military ideas by stain he could have preserved a splendid the victories of their old antagonists, the position throughout the contest. How is it Prussians, is capable of being more benefi- that England takes just the same attitude cently roused in the order of moral ideas. on just the same grounds, with principles at. In the presence of a nobler political morality least as good, and intentions much better, than his own, a Frenchman is as certainly and yet without winning one jot of good impelled to obey it as a citizen of any other will or respect from a single bystander ? thoroughly enlightened country. In spite The answer, we think, is plain. It is denied