rectly, without swerving now to the who, with the aid of the reactionary inright and then to the left. You see that fluences that surrounded the Empress, I talk to you very frankly; you have had succeeded in turning the Emperor inspired me with confidence, and my from the liberal path to which he had thoughts will ever be the more agreeable swayed for a moment, under the influto me the more they accord with yours.” ence of Ollivier and Walewski. In short,

But notwithstanding this extraordinary there was an irreconcilable strise between epistle from an Emperor to a subject, and them, that had hitherto been concealed, a very liberal one at that, it soon appeared but now burst forth in open Chambers on that Ollivier's foresight and hesitation the occasion of the discussion of the new were justified. What seemed to be the laws presented as the sequel of the famous dawo of a new era was but a transient reform decree. Ollivier accused the Minflash. On the 19th of January, the fa- ister of desiring to stifle or throttle the mous and long-promised decree of reform granted reforms so as to make them pracappeared; but it was a bitter disappoint- tically useless, and the latter induced his ment. Even the concessions granted were adherents to refuse to Ollivier the prividearly paid for by the abolition of the lege of being chairman of the committee right of address to the throne, for this lat- on the press-law, with the opportunity ter always afforded the best opportunity of making the report. But, deprived of of discussing the measures of the Govern- his influence here, he labored so much ment in a way to reach the press and the the more vigorously in the debate on the people. But it was still hoped that the law, whose nature greatly disappointed liberty of the press and the right of as- the people and the liberal press. He desemblage might become actual truths by livered no less than seven speeches on the laws in prospect, and in this sense this subject, and contended most eloOllivier thanked the Emperor in the quently that the press should be mainly Chambers for what he had granted, but subject to the common law, and have no intimated that much more was expected. special legislation. He did not deny that For this faint praise and saint censure, absolute liberty might be productive of Ollivier was severely condemned in the some abuses, but contended that it was a liberal journals, and the date on which choice between possible license and absothis decree was issued has become his- lute tyranny. To suppress all license torical. Ollivier adopts it as the title of would be to suppress all liberty; better his last book,

" The Nineteenth of Jan- tolerate some license to secure full libCary," which the French naïvely call his erty. "Confessions.” He terms it his autobiog- This programme alienated him entirely raphy, and during the recent canvass no from the Government, and broke off all less than four large editions of it were personal relations with the Emperor, but absorbed. It is to a certain extent also it did not deter him from his cherished the autobiography and confessions of the plan of making the Empire liberal by the Second Empire, as seen in the Emperor's aid of popular influence. Ile at one time letter.

seemed on the point of bringing the EmOllivier's enemies now taunted him pire to a platform that might have insured with the accusation of having become it strong roots and a firm foothold. It ministerial since he could not be minister; slipped from his fingers and fell back into he replied with the proof that he might the mire; but Ollivier, not discouraged, have been minister had he wished, but returned to the work, confident of final declined in the interest of liberty, believ- success. For the last two or three years ing that his true place was as yet on the his position has been doubtful, and cirtoor of the Chamber. It is clear that cunstances have been unfavorable for Olivier had no desire to become minister him; the radicals have constantly perseof ministerial, in the sense of being a cuted him since he broke with the “hisfriend and adherent of Rouher, the man toric five;" for the Third Party, to which

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he was so instrumental in giving birth, ed against the Emperor as it had never he is mostly too radical, and the old con- done before, and Ollivier shared the fate servative majority treats him with scorn of all who had not radically opposed him. and bitterness.

The day after the election Ollivier seemed In this condition he entered the can- buried forever, and his radical foes exultvass of the recent elections; his peculiar ed like inadmen. But in a short time his platform of regeneration for the Empire, stock began to rise again; news came rather than an effort to overthrow it, that he had been elected in a rural dismade him to a certain extent the embodi- trict, and as the returns gradually reached ment of the question to the people as to the capital, it appeared that the combined whether they would or would not have opposition would rally a much larger numthe Emperor. No living man ever work- ber than in the last Chambers. And aled harder to defend himself and define though the Red Republicans have elected his position. He published his speeches, quite enough representatives to frighten gave to the world his own story of his the Emperor, still the real gain is for the connection with the Empire in the most Third Party, of which Ollivier, more than secret phases, even publishing his corre- any other, is the exponent. And the spondence with the Emperor, and left no signs cven now show themselves that this stone unturned in self-defence. Most is to be the party of the next Chambers; of the liberal journals defended and sup- its founders are being daily more and more ported him with vigor and loyalty, and petted and patted, and even

now the from the intense excitement in his case Government is claiming the elections of one might have thought the question for its members as favorable to the dynasty. all France concentred in his election. Prophets are already foretelling that the He presented himself to constituents who Emperor will now complete his reforms had twice returned him to the Chambers in unison with the demands of this party, by a majority of thousands. But he was and that, before three years are past, defeated now by thousands; and defeated France will have a Parliamentary Chamby a Red Republican who had been exiled ber, with responsible ministers. This we by the Empire. In this, however, he think more than probable, and, if so, who simply shared the fate of all Liberals and else can be the coming man and minister Conservatives in the capital Paris turn- of the future but Ollivier ?

My heart is a palace, and thou art its queen,
All regnant in beauty, all royal in mien, -
A child in thy heart-life, yet woman serene.
Ahl no one can fathom my sea of delight,
Where waves, sun-reflecting, are sparkling and bright,
Yet adown in whose depth dwelleth joy infinite.
The world may go mocking, and smile at my bliss, -
The world, whose blind leadings have taught it amiss,
But it cannot entice me to barter one kiss,
For its full-sounding praises—but spurious gold-
Conventional greetings, so bland yet so cold,
And measured devotion to Fashion's false mould.
Its halls may be wider, their fresco more gay,
Its glittering tinsel make bolder array,
But my heart is my palace, where thou holdest sway!
0, Queen of my palace! who taught thee to wield
A sceptre of wisdom, of virtue a shield,
And bountiful love with such tenderness yield ?

Who gave thee the plummet to flood-mark my soul,
And find for its hidden resources their goal,
Who taught thee, my Psyche! my power to control?
I know not the secret_I know but my gain
To find in thy sunlight a balm for my pain,
To love thee and bless thee, in constant refrain.
All happy with thee, Love, I smile at the years,
Whose touch, while it gathered, has filtered my tears,
Whose burden of carbon now crystal appears!
0, sunset refulgent! O, close of the day!
How purple your glory, how golden your ray,
What gathered resplendence your heavens display!
My palace uplifted is bathed in your light,
Each window reflecting the gorgeous delight
Of bright angels trooping to welcome the night.
O Night, full of brilliants, with radiant queen,
I charge you your brightest of powers to convene,
Or, meted with mine, shall your splendors seem mean.
My night is my noonday, my.twilight my moru,
As now on the hill-slope is happiuess born,
And the ear of my harvest full-ripened to corn!
Come, Queen of my evening, shine forth as you bless;
Come out in your glory, your full tenderness,
And approve to mankind my enraptured caress.
Let Night see its folly, let Day see its shame-
The lily turn paler, the rose hide its name,-
As thou in thy graces shall rivals disclaim.
Yet do as thou wilt, Love, with daisies compete, -
All foolish anıbition by wisdom defeat:
Forever to me, Love, thy charms are complete.
Yes, here in my palace, with thee for its queen,
Nought vain or unholy its pulse can demean,
Nor foot-print of pride in its halls be foreseen.
The white-wing of peace is enfolding my life,
Upbearing it far from the world's futile strife,
Blest, blest at the last, with my soul-twin-my wife!

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MARY POWELL." moment, by saying, “You must come again

when the strawberries are ripe.” All the So warmly we met and so fondly we parted, young people accompanied me to the That which was the pleasanter I could not tell-The first look of welcome their sunny eyes darted,

lodge; they were in high spirits and most Or that kiss of friendship that blessed our farewell. affectionate: their last word was, “Mind

How sorry I was to leave them all! you come back at strawberry time!" But there was a “needs must”-other We kept each other in sight as long as guests were to take my place, and I was we could, exchanging expressive looks, wanted at home. So, warm farewells were and then I leant back in the coach, which, said, and dear Mrs. Hartlepool gave me fortunately for me, was empty, and thonght something to look forward to at the last what a pleasant visit it had been. We


seemed to have leaped into intimate friend- proved looks, and at the many kind counship, overstepping all preliminary formal- try presents Mrs. Hartlepool had sent her: ities; I had pleasant memories of all, and then she busied herself about my tea; especially of Mrs. Hartlepool; I wished then, with a pretence of work in her hand, every English home had some one like her. but I with not even a pretence, we sat She was not weakly indulgent; her chil- close to each other and to the fire and dren fearedi as well as loved her; Urith as talked over everything, more especially much as any. They did not put her off that noteworthy deed without a name! with eye-service; they would plead in It quite excited her, she amused me defence of their own cause or opinion, but immensely. What did you say? what never rebel against her judgment, for it did he say? what did she say? how did was held to be based on justice, good you look ? how did you feel ? were you sense, and truth.

not utterly surprised ? had you the least The country looked very pretty in the inkling? Oh, those boys !--the impudence twilight, and almost more so when lights of their trick !-how they could ever look began to glimmer in cottages, and turn- you in the face again !- what a good thing pike-houses, and small shops, and wayside Mr. Hartlepool took it up so !- And what inns. It was quite dark when we rattled is Mr. Liddell like? describe him exactly." over the London stones, which were shin- I did so as faithfully as I could. ing with wet mud that reflected the lamps Well," said my mother, with a smothand costermongers' lanterns. The noise, ered sigh, "you did quite right, there can movement, and bustle, exhilarated me, be no question about that—but it's a pity though I had only been away from it a he had to go to Demerara." month; and there was something home- “ If he had not, it would have made no like and familiar in the dirty but cheerful difference in me," said I. “And it would face of the old city, that made me think, have made all the difference in him. I

London, with all thy faults I love thee should never have heard from him." still.” To be sure, the air was raw and “Oh, I cannot think that. Depend on foggy, but that "mighty heart” made it, he liked you from the moment he saw even my individual pulse beat quicker. you through the window." Here, people crowding into a theatre- “I'm positive he didn't," said I, laughing. there, into a chapel-poor housewives bar- “His look was anything but flattering." gaining for a cheap supper-grand shops “You couldn't see well through the brilliantly lit up-feeble rays from some glass-and, besides, looks are not to be solitary candle in kitchen or garret-tav- depended on. I daresay he thought it erns with flaming lights—I can see them very good-natured of you to play, all in the fire.

Miss Hartlepool might dance." I wonder if anybody but myself can ". Really, mother, that was very little take the least interest in all this. What to build a liking on." does it signify? it interests me, so I shall " But it made a beginning, and first continue to put it down. Some of these impressions go a great way. Very likely days my memory may fail; then I may be the Hartlepools talked a good deal about glad to read these trivial, fond records. you when you were out of the room." But what if my sight should fail too? “Not the least likely," said I, laughwhat if I outlive my interest in them? No ing; “not a bit in their way. They had matter; I have not done so yet.

plenty of more interesting things to talk My father, finding I had not returned at about." the usual tea hour, had gone to his old “But, my dear! here was the effectcrony Mr. Tremlett, a fellow-clerk and an where was the cause ? there must hare old bachelor, with whom he occasionally been one somewhere." played cribbage; so my mother and I had “ That we never shall know, and it is a long talk by ourselves; and how we did not of the least consequence. It was rery enjoy it! First, she exclaimed at my im- droll, certainly--and embarrassing."


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That, it 'must have been," said my would be Mrs. Hartlepool sedulously good mother, laying her hand on mine packing her husband's sandwich-case; and letting it rest there. After a pause, the two youngest girls at their lesson, ** We don't want to get rid of you." Helen practising, Marianne taking a run

“Dear me, no, mother, I'm sure you round the garden and returning in a glow don't," and I stroked her hand fondly. --Urith in the study on the stairs, which " That encouraged me to be so decided.” was now dignified by the name of the

Looking earnestly into the fire, she Scriptorium,—ah! that reminded me I said, “ It would have been a great litt for was her chargée d'affaires. you."

I was delighted to have something to "A lift I did not want;" and I was do for her that she could not do for herjust going to add,“ don't let us say any- self. So as soon as my father was off to thing to my father about it to-night,” the brewery and my mother was at her when in he walked.

housewifery, I dressed myself with some * Soho, Miss Bessy! here you are," care and told her I had a commission to said he, very cheerfully. "All the better execute for Miss Hartlepool. for your holiday, I suppose--?"

My mind was pre-occupied by it, so "Peter!" interrupted my mother, “such that I did not notice anything unusual as a surprise !-Bessy has had an offer !-a I went along, though I afterwards revery good one--"

membered one or two little things that " Hoity-toity,” said he, and began to did not strike me at the time. At length whistle, with his back to the fire and his I reached the neighborhood of St. Paul's, hands in his pockets. “And who is the where it had been pre-arranged that my swain ?"

first inquiries shonld be made, though So then it had to be all gone over the firm had only been chosen at random, again, and I had quite enough of it before I easily found the shop; inquired if I I went to bed; but it was as well to could speak to Mr. So-and-so, and was hare it over. My father was greatly told he was engaged. I thought there tickled; he saw it differently from my could be no harm in waiting; and waited mother-thought less of the lads' imperti- a good while. Other people came and nence and more of their fun. He was went, and seemed to laugh and gossip almost more surprised than she was, at“ a rather than transact business. Presently moneyed man's" acting in such a precipi- two gentlemen passed through the shop tate way, but set the idea of Demerara and went out. I said, " Was that Mr. aside with decision; and there was an So-and-so ?" and was told it was. I was erd of it-he hardly named it again. It disappointed, and went away,soon to come was not so with my mother; I am sure to another bookseller's. Here again I she brooded on it. Well, and so did I; went in, and inquired if I could see one it did neither of us any good, except of the gentlemen of the firm. The shopthat it made us sensible of our affection man replied very civilly, “Mr. Frederick for each other, and that no merely is at home—what name?" I thought it worldly advantages would have recon- was no use withholding it, and said, rather ciled us to the wrench that had been drily, “Miss Lyon.” He bowed, went proposed to me.

away, and presently returned, saying, In twelve hours I was jogging on as Will you step into the counting-house?” usual, and very pleased to find myself at In the counting-house a gentlemanlike home, though with a tender feeling young man on a tall stool at a tall desk, whenever I thought of Compton Friars. bowed and looked inquiringly at me. I Dear Compton Friars! what were they felt rather fluttered, and said I had come about now, I asked myself. There would to obtain some information concerning the be little Edwy chattering to his papa, publication of a manuscript. He asked his mamma, his sisters, Timothy--any- its nature. A story. In three volumes ? body who would listen to him;--there In one. Was the author known to the



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