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marines, and these, with the bluejackets, it is likely to produce the results we desire. might be trusted to attack even Canton with It is the opinion of those on the spot that its million of mob. General Ashburnham the seizure and occupation of Canton will obhad left for India, and was succeeded by tain the reparation which the dignity of the General Straubenzee, who had become highly country requires, and also lead to a more perpopular, and was looked upon as a com- manent intercourse between China and the mander of skill, activity, and daring. The civilized world. We must, therefore, wish gunboats were arriving daily, and, when uni- every success to the bold measure on which ted, were likely to play an important part in the English commanders have decided. the series of operations.
Indeed, the failure of a diplomatic mission The hope that something would at last be to the North might be predicted without done had cheered men of every rank; all much presumption. The very fact that we, were anxious for the signal to ascend the who had alone been insulted and injured, Canton River. The authorities had come to had called upon other nations to join us in the same conclusion as the whole body of our remonstrances would be likely to encourmilitary and civilians--namely, that it was age the Court of Pekin to obstinacy. Not better to treat the dispute as a local affair, only do we seem to show our weakness, but and to deal with Canton as if its ruler had we who have a cause of war associate with acted independently of the Imperial power. ourselves other nations who have not a cause So the expedition of Lord Elgin to the of war, and who therefore cannot legitimately Peiho, which had been delayed by his journey carry matters to extremity. The natural to Calcutta, was definitively abandoned, and conclusion that Chinese cunning must draw diplomacy had determined to wait until the is, that we shall be hindered from
active sword had done its work. This decision cer- proceedings by these entangling alliances. tainly seems most wise. We have before It is as well to show that this is not the case, dwelt upon the singular relations in which and that England, by inviting other nations we find ourselves with respect to the Chinese to share in the advantages which will ow people. The Celestials as a nation will not the opening of China, does not in any way quarrel with us. Canton is blockaded, but cede her liberty of independent action. The at all the other ports business goes on as plan of operations seems to be well conbriskly as ever. Shanghai and Ningpo are, sidered. It embraces first the capture and in fact, thriving on the perversity of the occupation of Canton. We need not form southern rabble. Englisbmen are admitted any conjectures regarding the capacity of the freely into the country, penetrate into dis- English force for such an enterprise ; our tricts never before visited, ascend the Im- numbers are small, but a smaller force has perial Canal, gaze on the quays and boats, within the last few weeks achieved still the temples and villas, and all the other greater exploits. The demands of the British wonders of this isolated civilization. They Government ought certainly not to be merely are received everywhere with a kind of merry nugatory. To take lasting possession of some curiosity, and even allowed by Mandarins advantageous spot near the great ports of and Custom-house officers to pass without the empire, and commanding its main arteries, payment of the usual dues. It would cer- the Yang-tse-Kiang, the Hoang-ho, and the tainly be as foolish as cruel to use any harsh Imperial Canal, ought to be the first thought measures against this population merely on of the authorities. It is pretty well known the theoretical grounds that the central Gov- that Chusan was abandoned at the close of ernment is responsible for the acts of its the last war chiefly through the influence of officials, and that the people must expiate the Canton merchants, who wished to place the misdeeds of its Government. As it is, the seat of British power in their own neighthen, out of the question to do more borhood. But Shanghai and Ningpo have than
occupy as harmlessly as possible one or taken the lead in spite of the disfavor of our two points towards the North, and as it is Government, and it is now time to recognize moreover certain that such an occupation that their neighborhood is the real field for would be of no effect in bringing the Court commercial activity and political influence. to reason, it follows that we must strike the A free communication with the Court of blow where it has been deserved, and where Pekin might also be insisted upon, for it is
impossible that the country whịch governs long convinced that only energy and judg. India, and into whose Malay and Australian ment on our part are necessary to bring the possessions the Chinese flock by thousands, empire into close relations with our own and can consent to be unrepresented in the coun- with other civilized nations. China is in a cils of the Emperor. It is probable that the state of transition. Change has come after tale of the Indian victories, which has, ere long enduring immobility; a revolutionary this, penetrated into the depths of Asia, will, spirit after ages of obedience; a strange if followed by vigorous proceedings at Can- enterprise and activity after a whole national ton, induce the Chinese Court to accede to history of stagnation. England can better Lord Elgin's demands. But if it should than any other country direct these new enerstill be obstinate there seems
to gies in the right path. We have armies and believe that the seizure of the rice junks fleets at hand, an immense trade, the most which supply Pekin will prove to the central enterprising travellers and missionaries, and authority the necessity of yielding. The de- a national character which obtains for our scription in the letter we print to-day shows people great ascendancy over half-civilized with what facility our gunboats can cut off races. Large numbers of Chinese also speak the supplies of the capital. Owing to the the English language, rudely, it is true, but southern portion of the Imperial Canal being still well enough to make largely extended in the power of the rebels
, the grain is sent relations possible. It is to be trusted, there from the mouth of the Yang-tse by sea to fore, both for our own sakes and for the the gulf of Pecheli. This voyage can, of sakes of a people who must be so largely course, be hindered by the British fleet, and dependent upon us, that Lord Elgin and the probably such an opportunity of bringing the commanders with whom he is associated will Court to reason will not be neglected. act with courage, decision, and independence.
Such is the latest phase of the Chinese This country is not inclined to forego the question. Those who know the character of position in Asia which has been won by the the people and its Government have been heroism of a hundred years.
OPERATION ON AN ELEPHANT.—During the no one daring to have recourse to the knife with late visit to Hull of Wombwell's menagerie, such a patient. Such was the state of matters the elephant “Chubby underwent an opera- when Chubby paid us his farewell visit, as it tion which, from its novelty and success, de- was supposed, last Hull fair. His friends, as a serves a place among the surgical records. For last resource, applied to one of our townsmen, twelve or fifteen months previously, a tumor a veterinary surgeon, Mr. Tom B. Hyde, Jr. had been gathering on Chubby's off-side thigh. Mr. Hyde went, saw, and boldly resolved to use It grew, and grew, and grew, till at last men the lancet. The operation was performed a few began to doubt whether the elephant was an days after the fair, and lasted two hours; appendange of the tumor, or the tumor of the Chubby undergoing it with such fortitude and elephant; for the larger grew the one, the good sense as could only be derived from 8 smaller grew the other.Chubby sickened, lost consciousness of its object. The tumor, when his appetite, pined away-his skin became “a removed, weighed five pounds, and one of the world too wide.” The sobriquet of “ Chubby,” fangs had to be searched out with the knife for which his once fair proportions honorably mer- a foot down the thigh. The operation proved ited, grew to be a mockery, and it became evi- eminently successful. Every fresh bulletin dent to his friends that unless the tumor and announced his improving health till the latter Chubby dissolved partnership, the former would end of November, when Mr. Hyde pronounced soon be the sole representative of the firm. his patient thoroughly restored, and capable of Change of air was tried, but the tumor only returning to business. Chubby at once took derived advantage. Medical advice was called the train to join his friends, Messrs. Wombwell in ; but, alas, it proved another nut which the & Co., and when we last heard of him, his ap. faculty could not crack.
petite and good looks were the theme of general Nine famous leeches, at nine various stations, admiration.-- [Eastern Counties (Eng.) Herald. tried their julops and catholicons, but in vain
CHAPTER XLIII.-" THE SKELETON." It is one of the conventional grievances of comed by Victor, and dressed, and came the world to mourn over the mutability of down to dinner, and so I saw her. human affairs, the ever recurring changes in- She was altered, too; so much altered, and cidental to that short span of existence here yet it was the well-known face, her face still; which we are pleased to term Life, as if the but there were lines on the white forehead I scenes and characters with which we are fa- remembered once so smooth and fair, and miliar were always being mingled and shifted the eyes were sunk and the cheek pale and with the rapidity and confusion of a panto- fallen ; when she smiled, too, the beautiful mine. It has often struck me that the cir- lips parted as sweetly as their wont, but the cumstances which encircle us do not by any nether one quivered as though it were more means change with such extraordinary rapid- I used to weeping than laughing, and the ity and facility--that, like a French road, smile vanished quickly, and left a deeper with its mile after mile of level fertility and shadow at it faded. She was not happy. I unvarying poplars, our path is sometimes for was sure she was not happy, and, shall I years together undiversified by any great va- confess it ? the certainty was not to me a riety of incident, any glimpse of romance; feeling of unmixed pain. I would have and that the same people, the same habits, given every drop of blood in my body to the same pleasures, and the same annoy- make her so, and yet I could not grieve as I ances seemed destined to surround and hem felt I ought to grieve, that it was otherwise. us in from the cradle to the grave. Which Perhaps one of the greatest trials imposed is the most numerous class, those who fear on us by the artificial state of society in their lot may change, or those who hope it which we live, is the mask of iron that it till?' Can we make this change for our- forces us to wear for the concealment of all selves ? Are we the slaves of circumstances, the deeper and stronger feelings of our naor is not that the opportunity of the strong ture. There we sit in that magnificent hall, which is the destiny of the weak ! Surely it hung around with horn of stag and tusk of must be so-surely the stout heart that boar, and all the trophies of the chase, struggles on must win at last-surely man is waited on by Hungarian retainers in their a free agent; and he who fails, fails not be- gorgeous hussar uniforms, before a table cause his task is impossible, but that he him- heaped to profusion with the good things self is faint and weak and infatuated enough that minister to the gratification of the palto hope that he alone will be an exception to ate, and conversing upon those light and the common lot, and achieve the prize with frivolous topics beyond which it is treason to out the labor, Sine pulvere palmam. venture, while the hearts probably of every
The old castle at Edeldorf, at least, is but one of us are far, far distant in some region little changed from what I recollect it in my of pain unknown and unguessed by all save quiet boyhood, when with my dear, father I the secret sufferers, who hide away their first entered its lofty halls and made ac- hoarded sorrows under an exterior of flipquaintance with the beautiful blue-eyed child pant levity, and affect to ignore their neighthat now sits at the end of that table a bor's wounds as completely as they veil their grown-up, handsome man. Yes, once more own. What care Ropsley or Valérie whether I am at·Edeldorf. Despite all my scruples, perdrix aux champignons is or is not a betdespite all the struggles between my worse ter thing than dindon aux truffes? They and better self, I could not resist the tempta- are dying to be alone with each other once tion of seeing her in her stately home; of more- -she, all anxiety to hear of his camsatisfying myself with my own eyes that she paign and his illness; he, restless and pre was happy, and of bidding her a long and occupied till he can tell her of his plans and last farewell. Oh! I thirsted to see her just prospects, and the arrangements that must once again, only to see her, and then to go be concluded before he can make her his away and meet her never, never own. Both, for want of a better grievance, Therefore Ropsley and 1 journeyed through somewhat disgusted that the order of preceBulgaria and up the Danube, and arrived dence in going to dinner has placed them late at Edeldorf, and were cordially wel opposite each other, instead of side by side.
And yet Valèrie, who sits by me, seems well exquisitely-shaped hands and round white pleased to meet her old friend once more; if arms bear few ornaments, but these are of i had ever thought she really cared for me, I the rarest and costliest description; ber should be undeceived now, when I mark the blooming, fresh complexion accords well with joyous frankness of her manner, the happy those luxuriant masses of soft brown hair blush that comes and goes upon her cheek, escaping here and there from its smooth and the restless glances that ever and anon shining folds in large glossy curls. Her rich she casts at her lover's handsome face red lips are parted with a malicious smile, through the épergne of flowers and fruit half playful
, half coquettish, that is inexthat divides them. No, they think as little pressibly provoking and attractive; while of the ball of conversation which we jugglers although the question as to whether she does toss about to each other, and jingle and play really rouge or not, is still undecided, her with and despise, as does the pale stately blue eyes seem positively to dance and Countess herself, with her dark eyes and her sparkle in the candle-light. Her voice is dreamy look apparently gazing far into an- low and soft and silvery; all she says, racy, other world. She is not watching Victor, humorous, full of meaning, and to the point. she seems scarcely aware of his presence; Poor Victor de Rohan ! and yet many a young wife as beautiful, as He, too, is at first in unusually high spirits, high-spirited, and as lately married, would his courteous well-bred manner is livelier sit uneasily at the top of her own table, than his wont, but the deferential air with would frown, and fret, and chafe to see her which he responds to his neighbor's gay rehandsome husband so preoccupied by another marks is dashed by a shade of saroasm, and as is the Count by the fair guest on his right I, who know him so well, can detect a tone hand-who but wicked Princess Vocqsal ? of bitter irony in his voice, can trace some
That lady has, according to custom, sur-acute inward pang that ever and anon conrounded herself by a system of fortification vulses for a moment his frank handsome wherewith, as it were, she seems metaphori- features. I am sure he is ill at ease, and discally to set the world at defiance : a chal. satisfied with himself. I observe, too, that, lenge which, to do her justice, the Princess though he scarcely touches the contents of is ever ready to offer, the antagonist not al- his plate, his glass is filled again and again ways willing to accept. She delights in to the brim, and he quaffs off his wine with being the object of small attentions, so she the eager feverish thirst of one who seeks to invariably requires a footstool, an extra cush- drown reflection and remorse in the Lethean ion or two, and a flask of eau de Cologne, in draught. Worst sign of all, and one which addition to her bouquet, her fan, her gloves, never fails to denote mental suffering, his her pocket handkerchief, and such necessary spirits fall in proportion to his potations, and articles of female superfluity. With these that which in a well-balanced nature “makes outworks and defences within which to retire glad the heart of man,” seems but to clog on the failure of an attack, it is easy to carry the wings of Victor's fancy, and to sink him out a system of aggressive warfare; and deeper and deeper in the depths of desponwhether it is the presence of his wife that dency. Ere long he becomes pale, silent, almakes the amusement particularly exciting, most morose, and the charming Princess has or whether Count de Rohan has made him all the conversation to herself. self to-day peculiarly agreeable, or whether But one individual in the party attends it is possible, though this contingency is ex- thoroughly to the business in hand. Withtremely unlikely, that the Prince has told her out doubt, for the time being he has the best not, certainly
, Madam la Princesse is taking of it. Prince Vocqsal possesses an excellent unusual pains, and that most, unnecessarily, appetite, a digestion, as he says himself, that, to bring Victor into more than common sub- like his conscience, can carry a great weight jection to her fascinations.
and be all the better for it; a faultless judg. She is without contradiction the best ment in wine, and a tendency to enjoy the dressed woman in the room ; her light gos- pleasures of the table, enhanced, if possible, samer robe, fold upon fold, and flounce upon by the occasional fit of gout with which this flounce, floats around her like a drapery of indulgence must unfortunately be purchased. flouds ; her gloves fit her to a miracle; her Fancy-free is the Prince, and troubled neither
by memories of the past, misgivings for the very jolly-looking old gentleman, and the present, nor anxieties for the future. Many only one of the party that seems for the such passive natures there are we see them 'nonce to be “the right man in the right erery day. Men who are content to take place." the world as it is, and, like the ox in his pas- Constance listens to him with a weary, abture, browse and bask and ruminate, and stracted air ; perhaps she has heard that story never wish to overleap the boundary which about the bear and the waterfall once or forbids them to wander in the flowery twice before, perhaps she does not hear it meadow beyond. And yet it may be that now, but she bends her head courteously these too bave once bathed in the forbidden tolvards him, and looks kindly at him from stream, the lava-stream that scorches and out of hier deep sad eyes. sears where it touches; it may be that the “ Champagne, if you please,” says the heart we deem so hard, so callous, has been Prince, interrupting the thread of his narrawelded in the fire and beaten on the anvil, tive by holding up his glass to be replentill it has assumed the consistency of steel. ished; “ and so, Madame, the bear and I It winced and quivered once, perhaps nearly were vis-à-vis, at about ten paces apart, and broke, and now it can bid defiance even to my rifle was empty. The last shot had the memory of pain. Who knows? who taken effect through his lungs, and he can tell his neighbor's history or guess his coughed and held his paw to the pit of his Deighbor's thoughts ? who can read the stomach, so like a Christian with a cold, that, truth, even in the depths of those eyes that even in my very precarious position, I could look the fondest into his own ? Well, there not help laughing outright. Ten paces is a is One that knows all secrets, and He will short distance, Madame, a very short disjudge, but not as man judges.
tance, when your antagonist feels himself So Prince Vocqsal thinks not of the days thoroughly aggrieved, and advances upon that are past, the hearts he has broken, the you with a red, lurid eye and a short angry friends he has lost, the duels he has fought, growl. I turned and looked behind me for the money he has squandered, the chances he a run—I was always a good runner,” remarks has thrown away; or if he does allow his the Prince, with a downward glance of satismind to dwell for an instant on such trifles, faction, the absurdity of wbich, I am' pained it is with a sort of dreamy satisfaction at the to see, does not even call a smile to his lisquantity of enjoyment he has squeezed out tener's pale face—“ but it was no question of of Life, tinged with a vague regret that so running here, for the waterfall was leaping much of it is over. Why, it was but to-day and foaming forty feet deep below, and the that, as he dressed for dinner, he apostro- trees were so thick on either side that escape phized the grimacing image in his looking- by a flank movement was impossible. glass,—“ Courage, mon gaillard,” muttered the very spot, Victor, where I killed the the Prince, certainly not to his valet, who woodcocks right and left the morning you was tightening his waistbelt, “ courage! you disappointed me so shamefully, and left me are worth a good many of the young ones to have all the sport to myself.”—Victor still
, and your appetite is as good as it was bows courteously, drinks her husband's health, at sixteen!”
and glances at the Princess with a bitter He is splendid now, though somewhat smile.—“The very spot where I hope you apoplectic. His wig curls over his magnifi-, will place me to-morrow at your grand chasse. cent head in hyacinthine luxuriance, his dyed Peste ! 'tis strange how passionately fond I whiskers and moustaches blush purple in the still am of the chase. Well, Madame, indecandle-light; his neckcloth is tied somewhat cision is not usually my weakness, but before too tight, and seems to have forced more I could make up my mind what to do, the than a wholesome quantity of blood into his bear was upon me. In an instant he emface and eyes, but its whiteness is dazzling, braced me with his huge hairy arms, and I and the diamond-studs beneath it are of ex- felt his hot breath against my very face. traordinary brilliance ; nor does his waistbelt, My rifle was broken short off by the stock, though it defies repletion, modify in any and I heard my watch crack in my waistcoatgreat degree the goodly outline of the corpu- pocket. I thought it was my ribs. I have lent person it enfolds. Altogether he is a seen your wrestlers in England, Madame,