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ence was required to secure our complete mean so much to hold up the dual monabstention. Beust boasts that Austria. archy as an example to England, as to Hungary was the only one of the neutral suggest that every question of home rule powers which did not profit by the war. in all possible phases, from actual indeİtaly obtained Rome, Russia tore up the pendence to a small delegation of powers, Treaty of Paris, England sold war mate has been fully discussed, if not actually rial to the belligerents, and even the ex. practised in Austria. We have already duke of Tuscany was offered the kingdom seen how difficult it was for the central of Alsace-Lorraine, which he was wise government of Vienna to restrain the cen. enough to refuse.
trifugal tendencies of Czechs, Galicians, Besides the maintenance of armed and and Slovenes. Simmering discontent watchful neutrality during the Franco-broke out into a storm in 1871, and a Prussian struggle, Beust had sufficient crisis occurred which arrested the atten. reasons for anxiety in this disastrous year. tion of Europe, and which is identified The ministry which had succeeded the with the name of Hohenwart, as our own "citizen ministry” was not more harmo- crisis is linked with that of Gladstone. nious than its predecessor. Count Po-One day in February, 1871, Beust was tocki, who now became prime minister, informed by his master of the advent of a was undecided in his policy, and could not new ministry to power. The next morn. agree with his colleagues. The year of ing, February 7, 1871, the Vienna Gazette the great war was also the year of the announced, to the astonishment of every Vatican Council, and a chancellor who had one, that the Potocki ministry had been been greeted as the darling of the Vien- dismissed, and that a new ministry, no nese for having revised the Concordat, member of which was in Parliament, had could not be in favor of the infallibility of been formed under the premiership of the pope. The answer of Vienna to the Count Hohenwart. Beust, continuing as decree of infallibility was to declare the minister of foreign affairs, was able to Concordat invalid, and altogether at an take up a position of independence toend.
wards the ministry until it touched ques. Wide indeed was the contrast between tions which he considered vital. However St. Peter's, when it witnessed the meeting anti-German the internal policy of Austria of the last great æcumenical council, and was, the foreign policy continued to be a year later when it was in mourning for German. the occupation of the city by the Italians, Before the storm broke, Beust passed and the imprisonment of the pope. The three weeks with Bismarck at Gastein. pavement was unswept, the chapels un- He describes him as a most agreeable garnished, and a single priest was mutter companion, full of original ideas quaintly ing a mass at a solitary altar. Austria and felicitously expressed. At the same was not strong enough to prevent the oc- time, his tumultuous and unbending temcupation of Rome, but her good offices per gave abundant evidence of itself. were used to lighten the position of the Once, he told Beust, that leaving the empope, and to improve his relations with peror's apartments in a rage, and by acci. the king of Italy. The abolition of the dent carrying the key with him, he threw neutrality of the Black Sea had been sug- the key into a basin in a friend's room and gested by Beust long before. It was now broke it to fragments. “ Are you ill ?" offered by Germany to Russia as a price said the occupant. “I was ill," he replied, of neutrality, but it was to take effect after" but I am better now." He boasted that the war was over. Gortschakoff thought during the negotiations with Thiers and it safer to secure his reward when the Jules Favre about the terms of capitulastruggle was at its highest point of agony. tion, when Bismarck had become weary Bismarck was very angry, and might have with their repetition of the same argubeen persuaded to maintain the treaty, ments, he said, Now, M. Thiers, I have had the English pressed for it. But our listened to your eloquence for an hour, government was very little in earnest and can have no more of it. I warn you about the matter. Lord Odo Russell was that I shall speak no more in French, but a pleasant and a peace-making negotiator, contine myself to German.' “ But, sir,” and the incident had no further conse- said Thiers, “we don't understand a word quences.
of German." " That is the same to me,' Beust's last struggle was concerned with he replied; “I shall only speak German." internal questions. When the advocates Thiers made a magnificent speech, Bisof Home Rule in Ireland bid us look at marck answered in German. The French Austria, it is probable that they do not l emissaries walked up and down the room
wringing their hands for half an hour, and finance, were alone left to the central then did exactly what Bismarck had re- government; everything else, education, quested. Upon this he consented to justice, taxation, police, administration, speak French again. He also said that posts, and the militia, were to be within he had opposed the acquisition of Metz, the competence of the Bohemian Diet. but had yielded to the representations of Common affairs were to be treated by delthe military authorities, who said that it egations, the Bohemian members of which was worth a hundred thousand men. He were to be chosen by the Diet from among made two other important revelations, that its members. When the emperor had in 1859 he would have supported the Aus- sworn to observe this Magna Charta of the trians against the French, if he could have Czechs, he was to be crowned at Prague secured in Germany the constitution of with the diadem of St. Wenceslaus. The two federations, a northern league under matter came for final discussion before Prussia, and a southern under Austria ; the Grand Council of the empire, that is and that in 1864, if Austria would have a Cabinet council in which the emperor ceded Schleswig-Holstein to Prussia, he himself presided. Here Beust withstood would have assisted her in reconquering Hohenwart to the face, as in the outset of Lombardy from the Italians. He told his career he had withstood Belcredi. The Beust that he had no desire to possess the emperor had been gradually changing his German provinces of Austria, and that he mind with regard to the imperial constiwould rather annex Holland. About the tution. The balance was turned by the same time he informed the Dutch minis. arrival of Andrassy from Pesth, who reter at Berlin that he had no appetite for ported that the Magyars were strongly Holland, but that he would rather have the opposed to an arrangement which would German provinces of Austria.
give so much preponderance to the Slavs. The more serious negotiation between The imperial decision was given against the two chancellors tended to create a Hohenwart, and on October 30 the resigfriendly, feeling between the countries nation of his ministry was accepted. which they represented, to allow Austria It might have been supposed that the some freedom of action in the East, and triumph of Beust on so important a ques. to take common precautions against revo- tion would have secured him a new lease lutionary movements. Before Beust left of power and influence, that he would have Gastein, the emperor William arrived been regarded not only as the friend of there and had some interesting conversa. Prussia, but as the bulwark of German tions with him, and shortly afterwards interests. However, to the surprise of both emperors met at Salzburg; their in- Europe, he fell by the same blow which terviews had strengthened the chancellor's had routed his antagonists. Baron Braun, opinion, that he must satisfy the discon- who had been the bearer of his appointtent of the Germans in Austria, as there ment in 1866, now brought him the news would be a danger of their looking for of his dismissal. The only reasons asassistance to Berlin. Meanwhile, under signed were that the title of chancellor the guidance of Professor Schäffle, nego- of the empire gave rise to difficulties, and tiations had been going on with the that Beust had too many enemies. When Czechs for a recognition of independence next he saw the emperor he was greeted similar to that which had been conceded with these words : " I thank you for havto Hungary. The emperor was evidently ing made things easy for me. It has cost in favor of a federalist policy. On Sep-me a severe struggle, but I must do withtember 12, 1871, an imperial rescript was out your further services.” No other issued to the Bohemian Diet, adding to words of explanation passed between the existing constitution the recognition them. At the same time Beust was apof the rights of the kingdom of Bohemia, pointed Austrian ambassador in London. and the promise of a coronation oath. The blow of dismissal fell on Beust like a The Diet, although recommended to use thunderbolt from a cloudless sky. He was moderation, was deserted by its German much hurt by the secrecy in which the members, who would take no part in the stroke had been prepared. Some sacrifice new constitution, while the Czechs who was needed to cover the retreat of the emwere left, one hundred and forty-three in peror, who had been obliged to issue two number, appointed a committee of thirty rescripts to the Bohemian Diet of diato draft the articles. They were presented metrically opposite characters. on October 7, and went much further than At this point we must close our review any one had anticipated in the direction of Beust's career. An account of his of independence. Diplomacy, war, and l embassies at London and Paris would lead us too far afield ; besides, he no it seems as if the door of an unseen world longer plays a prominent part in politics. were opened wide. Unseen hands undo His memoirs have been received, both in the silent latch, and wondering eyes look France and in Prussia, with something in once more at all that never again may like ridicule. His bad French verses be theirs. But the sound of a voice, and which he had the misfortune to print, the door is swiftly closed again. The illustrate the foppishness and the frivol- music does but bring them here; they ity of his nature, while the nickname know it well, for it was once their own ; of the chancellor, à la minute, hits off and through the gloom they steal with felicitously the minister ready with expe- soundless steps to hear it once again. I dients, who could serve up at a moment's have seen their faces many a time, have notice advice or remonstrance, a king's heard the soft trailing of their garments speech or a constitution. It is a misfor- as they departed, have stood up gently on tune for Beust that he has to be con- tiptoe not daring to go forward a single trasted with Bismarck, the supple extem- step, have watched them hurry farther and porizer of momentary measures with the farther away, grey and indistinct, till they man of iron will and far-sighted pre- have vanished altogether, science; the champion of lost causes with She goes to the piano, an old carved the creator of a new empire. Yet his char- piano, that is crazy with age and memories. acter gains by study; he was eminently As she sits down her face is even with a honest, courageous, and good-tempered'; window; she has but to turn her head and he averted some calamities both from she can see through the diamond-shaped Germany and from Austria, and the dual panes of glass into the dark wood beyond monarchy, the majority of which he almost the garden. The trees wave to and fro, lived to see, will probably be spared to backwards and forwards, touching each ripen into a dignified old age.
other with their long branches, as if with the shadows there had come to them strange messages of which they must
whisper till all the black copse knows From Temple Bar.
them. She puts her cold hands down on the keys, a little shudder goes through me as they ineet. The fire burns low while
she plays, the darkness gathers closer and OFTEN in the twilight, as I sit here closer, as though it came from a world alone thinking it all over, the door opens that was full of it, and must cover all the and there enters the tall woman with the indistinct space left in the empty room. faded hair and tired face.
But except the music there is silence Mother," she
says, "shall I play to everywhere. The notes are like the tones you a little while before it grows quite of a passionate voice from which time bas dark?” She has always called me mother taken the joy and freshness, yet left the since he went away; always since, but fire behind. I cannot see her eyes, but I before it seemed as if her lips were too know there is no expression in them as stubborn to say the word. Sometimes I she goes on playing, as she stares vacantly fancy it is his voice that says it now. I out at the wood unconsciously watching look up at her for a moment as she stands for one she never will see again. All the there waiting. Poor soul! I think you life left in her has crept to the ends of her should be young still ; sorrow has taken fingers and finds expression there. But away your youth and brought age to take she does not know even this, for she is a shelter before you had made ready for it. stranger still to some other self that has But her eyes are dull, she does not know been hers, that waits and pleads to be hers my thoughts nor wonder concerning them; again, but, silent and dogged, she will not she does not think or care, or even grieve listen. But, oh! my dear, if ever you now, but only waits and dreams of all that awake, you will perhaps some day sit here has been once, and never shall be again. alone as I sit and remember all that
“Yes, dear," I answer; "go and play stood beside you, that cried out longing before it grows quite dark; but do not to be heard and understood, while you speak again till you have finished - it were blind and dumb. You will think of sends them all away, and leaves me quite it bitterly, you will sit there awaking the alone." For in the twilight, when no dead, calling back once more those who human voice breaks through the darkness have all been dust these many years. gathering round as though it were a veil At last her fingers tire, the sounds grow to hide what mortal eyes might not behold, I fainter and fainter, as though they were
IN AN OLD CHATEAU.
BY MRS. W. K. CLIFFORD.
following some one away into the distance. “My son's wife," I said gently, holding I crouch down nearer to the fire, I who the thin fingers that seemed trying to slip am left behind, without power to move through mine; “how happy you must be, one single step onward into the country how happy you will be all your
life long! that is but just beyond the nearest shadow. It was as if some false voice said the
“Oh! it'is too much," I cry, “ too much words, for I knew that in mine there could to ask, that I should bear all this alone." have been but sorrow and dismay.
· The woman who has been playing gets They lived here together in the old up, closes the piano, and with one last home — the home in which his ancestors look out towards the wood departs. The had lived for many a generation, from sound of her footsteps dies away. She which his father had gone forth in the full has gone to the little room at the end of of youth and strength, never to enter more. the long corridor where his books are They lived here and waited for the rest kept, where his portrait hangs, and his of life, she silent and sad-looking, little chair stands in the corner. It is all the enough like a bride ; he happy as the same, just as it used to be when he was birds, and, like them, now and again in here; even his fishing-rod hangs on the the early morning breaking out into two nails against the wall, though it has snatches of song. not been used since he was a boy. I hear I made ready to go, thinking that they the door shut, and know she is within, were young and would be better alone. that she sits down and looks round, half There was the stone house twenty miles afraid, wondering what the strange knowl- away, the lonely house with the squareedge is that hangs about the room and walled garden to which the widows of makes her cower and shiver. I cannot many of our race had gone when the young go to her, I am too old; but my heart ones mated. But the boy would not hear cries after her, “ He will never come back, of my leaving the home in which I had
never. Just as the father went, lived my life, and the white-faced bride so has the boy gone; just as you look out looked up and entreated me to stay, seemto-night, so did I look out all those years ing as though she feared to be left alone ago. As you sit and wait for him who with him, though he loved her so. And will never return, so do I sit and wait at last I gave way and stayed, having my even still - oh, my dear, my dear, who rooms given me and living alone in them, never will come again, and never will hear glad to be quiet, to think of the past, to me more!"
wonder what the future would be, to shut If she had only cared, in the days that my eyes and live over the long years are gone, for that which came to her, for again, and the day on which the boy's all that she threw away — if she had only father went forth never to return. Years cared! But her heart was as cold as De- and years ago it all happened, the longest cember sun, as his hands that now are years that ever time dragged over the folded on his breast. I knew it from the world, yet in a moment I can cross them first hour I saw her on the day he brought all and see my best-loved's face. Many a her home five years ago. Five years or time in thought have I wandered down ten? I cannot tell, for in my heart it is a the paths again that my feet have not hundred. He brought her in, and before dared to tread since my world's sun set. I had never seen her face nor heard her All the fields I know, and every primrosevoice. He had thrown one arın round her bank, and the corner where the rose-leaves shoulder, and in his voice there was the always fell first and fast — their perfume old boyish ring of happiness.
stole past the place where the spring flow“ Mother, here is my wife,” he cried. ers died. They made me shudder after“I have brought her home, and you and wards, those same roses that once had she will love each other." He stooped seemed like a part of my own life; the and kissed her, while he put out his hand sight of them now is but another sting of to me. I looked at her for a moment be pain, like the blinding flashes of morning fore I folded her to my heart, and my lips sunshine, or the woods thick with the felt stiff and cold. In that one moment it flowers of spring. It has been so swift, all flashed through me, - I saw in her as I sat alone, to get back to the happy eyes what the end would be. I could years, so long the return journey to the have sat down and wept, but that it seemed end. The end? There has been none, too terrible for words. I kissed her first only I know what it will be, though time on one chilly cheek and then on the other, goes slowly, as if it hesitated and held feeling the while that she shuddered and back, trying to hide that which it took in sbrank from me.
its arms all the weary while ago. They
said he would return, he who went away since she was the cause of all this, how laughing to hide his sorrow at parting, could I help but love her, even though her kissing his band till he and the distance manner forbade me to make a sign? She were one, while I stood watching him go never came to me alone; never once did - farther and farther away - he who she sit down beside me and talk, as happy never by shadow or shine my eyes would women will, in laughing whispers, or look look on more. I sat and thought of the up at me as though she remembered that ship that sailed, of the strange port at between us lived the life with which her which he would land, of the brave deeds own was bound. If he had but married a he would do, of the long days beneath the happy woman, I used to think; if he had burning sun, and of how at last, with the but taken some bright young life to join to victory won, he would set his face towards his — a girl with a merry laugh on her home again, counting the days till we lips, with gladness looking out from her should meet. I sat and thought, while eyes, with strength in her straight young the ship went on and on over an endless limbs, who would have walked among us sea to a strange far land beyond. That proudly, yet laughed at our old-world ways, is all I know. Never a sign came, never and loved us - a girl who would have a word or token; only at last the knowl- filled the house with snatches of song edge that he must have found the path and bits of sunshine, who would have along which for human feet there is no made the stairs over which so many of our returning, or my listening ears would have dead had walked awake and creak with heard his footstep, my longing eyes would life as her quick glad feet ran down them have seen his face. But no, waiting and a girl who would have hung on his arm, forever waiting, and never an end to it; looking up at his face to read her own by the rose-corner that makes my heart life's history! He and she — the pretty fail; through the woods that have mocked bride I gave him in my dreaming — bow me all these years with their springing happy they were together! I sat over the flowers; beneath the dark firs that whis- smouldering ashes many a twilight hour, per and know; day after day, till the days hearing all they said to each, leaning for. have become years, and the years a life- ward to see more clearly into her sweet time that has been death-time. Some young face, and laughed in their happi. day when I am dying, it.cannot be far off ness, till with a start I awoke and looked now, for I have grown old in the waiting round, and shuddered at my dream, and years, shall I hear the eager step and the covered my face, and dreaded what might tender voice? Will he come and hold come of that which was no dream at all, out his arms at last, or will it be all a but a sad and strange reality. mockery still?
The months went by, and then came For months they lived their quiet life the beginning of that which from the first together_here, the boy and his strange had but been waiting to chase away the bride. Every day I heard their footsteps foolish make-believe of happiness that had coming down the long corridor, he and made the house feel half ashamed, though she together. They entered and stayed it never once put off its sadness or was with me a little space, telling of all they duped. The months went by, and graduhad done or meant to do. They seemed ally the happiness went from his face and happy enough, or he did, for if her face left him grave and silent. Not all at once was sometimes sad, I did not think of it did it go, but slowly and surely, as a thing much ; I knew so little of her or of her that is dying out of the world. He seemed history. In my thoughts she was still a at first as one awaking from sleep who stranger, and though my heart had love feels his dream slipping away and dreads for her, yet it seemed as though its door the returning to sorrow; yet he said nothshut as she drew dear. So I troubled ing. My heart tried in vain to divine the little about the sadness on her face. I reason of it all, and his lips had none to knew it could not stay there long, that give. It was as if between him and her happiness must find her soon, seeing that there had grown up a silence, a knowledge she was the boy's wife, and would spend that neither could help, but that had her whole life by his side. Yet as the quenched a light, had broken a promise, days went by there was no change; her and for him had put an end to many things eyes were dull, and in them there were that in the future he had meant to do and sometimes tears, as though she had mem- had left him suddenly sad and silent, fac. ories of sorrow. But he was always glad, ing some terrible truth from which there on his face there was a look of great con- was no appeal. Then as the summer tent, in his voice å ring of happiness; and I passed her face changed, over it there