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moral character; whatever may be the result may be terrible, but it is cer.
responsibility of the Empress for the tainly not unnatural. It is doubtless a ! Boxer movement, the murder of Minis- great misfortune for China herself, as
ters must, at least, be considered an well as for the world at large, that she | act of uncontrollable anarchy until the should at last have learned so well the contrary is clearly proved.
great lessons in the art of creating de ernments concerned have been wise structive forces which Western civilizathus far in refraining from any declar- tion has successfully taught her, while ation of war against the Chinese na- almost vainly endeavoring to impart its tion, and it is to be hoped that they Christianity, that the invader of her soil will persist in this course under all now finds himself whoist with his own provocations. To hold the whole people petard.” The Western nations will not of China, differing as greatly as they withdraw from their self-assumed do in race, religion and ideas, and task of imposing their civilization and bound together by such loose political their trade upon China, and probably ties, responsible for all that has OC- in the end the Chinese will be the beto curred, would be unjust as well as fool- ter for it. But let us at least show ish. However the lives, property and them that we can ourselves not only interests of foreigners may suffer accept, but put in practice, one of the through the movement now in progress, cardinal principles of the religion the Chinese themselves must in all which we have endeavored to teach these respects suffer much more seri- them, by proving that our national acously. Even the barbarities which tion is not inspired by one of the most shock civilization are inflicted alike base and savage passions. Punishupon the native and the foreigner, and ment there must no doubt be, if guilty China herself must be the chief sufferer individuals can be reached; but to meet by the convulsion which has seized barbarism with barbarism, to pursue a her.
policy of mere revenge for the loss of We can even afford to recognize that foreign lives, even though these be the Boxer movement itself, in spite of numbered by the thousand-a revenge its excesses, is a patriotic, even if an which would fall as heavily upon the ignorant one, and, from a Western innocent as upon the guilty-this, in standpoint, mistaken in its purposes. the midst of such a political cataclysm Europe and America have denied to as has burst upon China, would be a China the right to remain in isolation
unworthy of enlightened from the rest of the world, have per- statesmanship as it is inconsistent sistently forced upon her their mission- with the principles of Christianity. If aries and their trade, and have under- Western civilization has grim work to mined her ancient civilization; and in do in China, let it at least be done in recent years they have despoiled her of justice, not in anger, and for the final territory, while furnishing her with the good of the Chinese people themselves, best modern guns and rifles, and teach- as well as for that of the world. ing her how to use them. The present
Josiah Quincy. The Contemporary Review.
A HEAD BY HELLEU.*
that I say flat. Why will you not let
us see?" The flat box was on the middle of the “I have such a fear,” whispered the kitchen table. Lisbeth stood bent over young thing, looking from one to the it with both arms outstretched, as if to other with tears in her eyes. protect her property.
“Such fear!” cried Wilhelmina, “Now," said the old cook, Wea, "if “what of? What should be there? It you won't, then let some one else." won't bite you. No, such a fine gentle
“Yes, am I to open it or not?” man who knows not at all who you growled Hinrich Meyer, the doctor's are, and betroths himself to you in an coachman, who was already prepared honest way, and sends you presents with his chisel and pincers to open the from Paris, and you are still afraid?" lid.
"If he should betroth himself to you, "But Lisbeth, what ails you? Now, Wilhelmina, you wouldn't do so?” said what! First you were as glad as could the cook, "you would show him how be to get something from Paris and much better for him.” danced around in the kitchen, and "Stupid! What
you talking now!"—Wilhelmina, the chambermaid, about. I don't begrudge him to Lisshook her head of course it can't be beth, I don't even know him. Besides a hat."
such a young man who must ask his "No, not so new fashioned a one as
mamma-no, 2, not for me." yours, with the high feathers," broke “Now, shall I open the box or shall I in the cook.
not?” asked Hinrich, "otherwise I must
"Lisbeth,” said Wilhelmina, “if you place before the last, the countess- don't want to see yourself, then let us here with the doctor's wife things are
see; you can go outside." not so advanced, and the last place also "Couldn't I-I might take it up to my was not-but the one before that --if room—" begged Lisbeth. you could only have seen the wash- "No, no, that won't do." ings."
"What will you do all alone there?" "Ah," sighed Lisbeth, "he would not "It is not so easy to betroth one to send me anything like that, so it is not such a gentleman; we will see what that."
he sends from Paris. Now, go on, Hin"So? What do you know about rich, open the box." what such a gentleman will do, who And Wilhelmina pushed the young considers that everything should be housemaid energetically aside with fine underneath, not only a little bit both hands, so that the coachman outside. And you must thank him for
could come. Hinrich did not need to it. So, and can you do that when you be told twice. He was not so curious do not even know what is in there? So, as the women, of course not. But
what would such a young gentleman * Translated for The Living Age by Adene Williams.
send the little Lisbeth from Paris? He
would be very glad to know. The “Now, this is nothing to set you all chisel was brought into play. The lid going like this” cried Hinrich. came up.
With his pincers he drew “Now, what a joke, what a joke. He the nails out, putting one after another has sent her nothing but paper with a of them between his teeth and keeping pair of black ink marks in a frame,” them there until he had the whole of ridiculed Wilhelmina, almost weak them, which he placed in his pocket. from laughing. Then he laid his tools down and pulled But the young Lisbeth-she had stood with both hands. Crack, the whole box the whole time on one side, with her was open.
fingers clinging to the marble top of “Now, what is there?”
the dresser, biting her lips till they al"Certainly no petticoat, something most bled-sighed loudly. hard."
"It is mine," she cried and picked up “No, what a lot of paper!"
the picture, tore it from the box, “Hurry, take it out!”
pressed it to her, and amid the laugh“What has he written, Lisbeth, what ing and shrieks of the others broke does he say to you? it must be some- into tears she went out of the thing fine. There it is, a picture.” kitchen.
“And in such a fine, wbite frame!" She went up the basement steps and
“Pictures are dear. At my place be- over the landing and up the longer carfore the last- But what is it, that it is peted steps to the first story and was not colored, only a pair of black about to go up the second flight to her strokes, one can scarcely see what it room under the roof, when the door is," cried Wilhelmina.
opened. Frau Doctor came out. “There is nothing else," said Hinrich. “Wilhelmina ? Ah, it is you, Lisbeth.
“Now, well!" The cook Wea drew Well, that makes no difference. You out the drawer of the table, in which will do as well. Something is ripped she guarded her prayer book, her best on my dress, sew it fast. Come in." written recipes, her stockings for “Very well, Frau Doctor." catch-up knitting work, also a great “Now, why do you stand there? Come pair of glasses, which she placed on in quickly." her nose: “Well now"-she said once “Very well, Frau Doctor_”. The and turned the box around
poor girl had placed the picture hastily towards her.
behind her. She was trying to place it “No, this way,” said Wilhelmina, and on the floor. turned it the other way, “this is the The other noticed her: "What have top."
you there? What are you doing? Are “Yes, that is the way,” also decided you trying to hide something from Wea, "the strokes, they all go under." me?" “Maybe it is this way."
“Oh, no, Frau Doctor, I-it is only-I “No, this way.”
want to go to my room." And as they turned it around, first “You are breathless from running. this way and then that and could not The Herr Doctor has already told you tell what the lines indicated, Wilhel- you must not run up the steps. You are mina first began to titter softly, and young and have grown fast. And they then the others. Then all three roared hear it all over the house." with laughter, so that the walls and the "Oh, Frau Doctor, I will not do it plates on the shelf and the cans on the again." hooks and the kettles on the hearth “But what have you there?
Is it a shook with them.
photograph? No, what is it then? Let
me see"-and without further parley "Your betrothed? You have one? the impulsive lady seized the frame, This is the first that I have heard of it. which was standing against the steps, How long have you been here in town, and went back into her room with the and how old are you?" picture. Lisbeth followed with short “I am nineteen, Frau Doctor. And steps as if hunted.
I have been in service for five years, There beside the window Frau Doc. and here in town—the Frau Doctor al. tor Ross held the white leaf with the ready knows that, I have been here black lines on it close to her short four and a half months." sighted eyes. "Great heavens, this is "Since you came to us here in this really—” she turned it around again house, right. Then you said to me that almost as the others in the kitchen had you were not engaged. Since then is done-"truly, this can be by no one but it? And to a man who sends you an Helleu-where did you get it?"
etching by Paul Helleu from Paris? “It was a present to me,” whispered How does that happen and who is the Lisbeth.
Naturally one cannot protect "To you?" The lady did not raise their maids. But one must trouble her eyes from the picture. "You!" she themselves to look out for them a little said half aloud as if to herself in unbe- -I consider that simply as my duty. lieving tones: “The picture is charming. So, Lisbeth, I shall not go out now. How the man draws! And with such Who is he and how does he happen to simple means! A stroke here for the make you such a present?” The Frau shadows, a stroke in another direction Doctor drew off the gloves, which she for the soft silky hair. Nothing more, had just put on, very energetically scarcely the outline of the head. In- from her fingers, untied her veil, laid it deed, who gave you this?"
down, and sat down before her toilette “My-gentleman, Shall I sew some- table, on which was the picture leanthing for Frau Doctor?”
ing against the silver mirror as she had “Yes, there. Get a needle and thread placed it. "Well, Lisbeth ?” from my workbasket. It only needs "Ah, Frau Doctor, I did not think three stitches. But I cannot go out so. that this was anything so wonderfully I thought Wilhelmina was coming. I expensive. He said that he wanted to am in a hurry. Sew it tight."
send me something. And I thought Lisbeth threaded the needle. She that there was much to get. Perhaps, took her thimble out of the depths of I thought, a hat or something like that. her dress pocket and sewed with hasty And he wrote me that this was the stitches. Frau Doctor still stood with most beautiful and best that he had the picture in her hand. “Perfectly seen in all Paris. Yes, and I was so beautiful! What a charm in this earnest glad, and then— Yes, that is what he young face. Good heavens, how much sent me." you are like the picture. It really be- She threw her head slightly back longs to you, what? Is it not a sur- with a depreciating look. prise for me from my husband? Yes, The lady had again taken the picture but still" she turned the picture and in her hands. looked at the back-"there is the name “The most beautiful thing in all of the Paris dealer, it is direct from Paris?" She asked and looked meditathere. Who sent you such a thing?" tively at her maid, who stood near her
“My,--my betrothed,” stammered the in the red cotton dress with the white poor girl, almost purple from her pain- apron, and the little white cap on her ful blushing.
head. “The most beautiful?" she reme."
peated and looked in the same quick have known him for some time. Since way first at the picture and then at the before the holidays." girl-"yes, good heavens! where have 1 "Three whole months?" had my eyes! The man loves you and "Yes. One evening I had to go to - there you are! It might really be town. I had to take the white curyour portrait. Have you not noticed tains, as Frau Doctor knows, to the that?"
dyer, to have them made a beautiful "I, Frau Doctor? How should that yellow, and when I turned around the be? It is only a-just a scrawl- corner, there was a glove store, and scratch,” she said half aloud.
such long, beautiful gloves-Frau Doc“Do you find it so ?"
tor has a pair—with clasps high up on woman laughed. “Your betrothed, my the arm." good Lisbeth, has, as I can see, a very
“Go on. You remained standing behigh opinion of you, but he overvalues fore the window ?" you if he thinks that you have such an “Yes. And some one came up and appreciation of a work of art as to be spoke to me and was about to embrace pleased with this.”
"A high opinion, yes, probably. It “Was that he?" may be. But I cannot see that that is “No, but he came up just then.” so pretty.”
"Indeed, and rescued you from the "And he? How did he come here? other one?" Is he really betrothed to you? You “Yes, that was the way of it. And must tell me immediately, that I may then he said, that I should not go know whether he is really a man who about evenngs by myself. And: ‘may means honorably and can marry you, I see you safe home'--" such a young and poor girl-what is he "He really spoke so respectfully—" then ?"
and the young lady gave a polite shud“He is—"
der. “Has he any business? A good for "I do not know, Frau Doctor. I cannothing! He will deceive you, Lis- not tell it so exactly. He went with beth,” cried the young woman.
me as far as the door. And then he in“He is an artist,” stammered the troduced himself and I also naturally housemaid.
told him my name. And immediately “What do you say? A what?"
on the day after I received a letter “Artist.” Lisbeth was no longer em- from him asking whether he might barrassed. She raised her little, cap- visit my parents and inquire after my adorned head freely again. “And he health." will marry me, Frau Doctor, as soon as "Your parents? But they do not live I am willing."
here?" Frau Doctor leaned back in her "No, Frau Doctor. But he thought I toilette chair as for a longer sitting. was at home here, because he did not “You must tell me all about this. Good see me very well-I wrote him also at heavens! what experiences one has in once that he had better not come. And these days! Where did you get ac- then I saw him go by. And then-inquainted with him? What is his name? deed the week after, when I had my Tell me."
evening out, I met him again—" The girl took her little white apron up “You were in your street clothes?" in her hands and laid the seam in very “Yes, Frau Doctor." little folds. “There is not much to Mrs. Hertha had leaned her cheek on tell,” she said in her quiet voice. "I her hand and was looking at her serv