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disagreed with him, and differed from his dic which I sat down under the influence of a double tionary; but that if I thought I could convince emotion - hungry and enthusiastic. him, I was welcome to try. He added, that he “ French and English are but names,” I cried, was not an obstinate man."
as the jolly blacksmith knocked his wine-cup “And how did you set about convincing him ?”
against mine. “ We are all brothers !” “I got him to stay and dine, and made such a “ Bravo!” cried he. “ Ca me va!” and he dish of macaroni! How he ate! It was a pleas tossed off his glass with a good will. ure to see him. And what stories he told us At this moment there was a tapping at the about his battles in Spain — some such dreadful window; and, looking round, I saw a lean Heones !— in which he killed as many as fifty and brew pedler, with a long white beard, a great sixty enemies himself !”.
pack on his shoulders, and some bright-colored “Good symptoms," thought I. " And how kerchiefs in his hand. did it end?" I inquired.
“Any thing to-day?" said the pedler, holding “Why, after dinner, I laid the book near his up his merchandise at the window. glass; and little by little, began talking about “That's the voice of Jacob,” said the blackTiny Tim. And he looked at my little Pierre, smith's wife, — who had taken off the lid of the and said he was an old man, and lonely; and great boiler, and, amidst a cloud of steam, was that he often wished he had a child of his own; busily getting something out. “Poor Jacob!” and he took little Pierre up on his knee and A sudden thought crossed my mind; a wish kissed him. And then he opened the book, and - perhaps fantastic — filled my heart . . . . and I really thought he was going to cry again ; but I looked earnestly at my generous host all of a sudden he burst out laughing, and said The brave fellow understood me instantly ... 'to be sure it was English, and that he must he rose, and opened the door. have looked at it before with his patch on the “ Come in, Jacob,” he cried. wrong eye.' Was n't it odd ? And then the The aged pedler entered, and loosened the schoolmaster came in — and Pierre made a cords of his pack, and laid it on the ground. great bowl of punch — and I gave N. Papouff “ Sit down,” said the blacksmith, drawing a the book as a present — and he shook hands chair to the table. “ Que diable ! the road is with us all round. Was n't it delightful ? And dusty, and the weather keen; you must be tired, from that time to this we have been excellent Jacob!” friends."
“I am tired," said the Jew; “I have come a Artless Peacemaker! As I watched her earn- long way since day-break; under a heavy burest, happy eyes, and the honest triumph on her den." open brow, I thought that a Raphael might have And the wanderer took his seat. clothed in such bright features and so sweet a At this moment the blacksmith's wife returned form that other Mary – the divine symbol of Wo- from the boiler; and, with a glance of triumph man's Mission!
at me, she set upon the table a glorious Christ“ I have been telling Monsieur about M. Pa mas-pudding, with a sprig of holly stuck in its pouff,” said she to her husband, in French. powdered crown.
• Ah, le gaillard! he likes macaroni!” re " You did n't expect that !” cried she, with turned the jolly blacksmith. “ And talking of sparkling eyes. that, it's time for dinner, Mary.”
The old Jew's parchment features relaxed, as " Monsieur will dine with us?” said she, with the fragrant steam ascended to his nostrils. a charming mixture of the French grace and the “ Bravo!” exclaimed the jolly blacksmith, English cordiality in her manner.
rubbing his hands. “ Creesmass poodang! Ca ** Ay,” said the jolly blacksmith, “if Monsieur me va! Fill your glasses ! Que diable, pedler, will take la fortune du pot with us, he will have take a drink of wine !" a poor dinner, but a bearty welcome ! ”
" cried I. “ Let us drink a toast ..." His wife had already begun her preparations; “ 'That's right,” said the blacksmith, “ a toast. and, while he spoke, set bread and wine upon What shall it be ?" the table.
“ Au temple de l'Humanité!” I exclaimed. Bread and Wine!
And we drank it! Catholic - Protestant My heart swelled, as I thought of the Divine and homeless Jew — we all drank it together! hospitality, which invites to a Table as simply We drank it hand in hand; around an English spread all Travellers — upon whatever road, and Christmas-pudding - smoking on a French laof whatever race.
borer's table - in a house at which three roads Nor did the addition of some more substantial met! fare - a fat capron and a bowl of soup -- impair And when I rose from that genial board, and for me the symbolic character of the feast; to quitted that generous roof, I went on my way
your dogs !”
with a heart rejoicing and refreshed as by Postscript. — Written five weeks before the some Christian sacrament.
French Revolution, and published now at pre"A midnight invasion of England by the cisely the same interval after it, this paper may French!” cried I, stopping short in the road. be likened to a straw, cast on the smooth rapids " A barbarous, piratical war, at this time of day, above a mighty cataract — submerged in the between the two noblest nations on this green thundering torrent of its precipitous fall --- and planet's face! Out on the calumnious suspicion! re-appearing unexpectedly in the eddying whirlAway with such a monstrous anachronism! ... pools below. Potentates of Europe, take a lesson from this I have re-perused it with such feeling as a humble blacksmith! Open your palace-gates sculptor might be supposed to experience, who, wide as his cottage-door; beat your swords into having prepared his material to cast a statuette, ploughshares; and leave snarling warfare to should find the mould beneath his band suddenly
dilated to colossal proportions. As I spoke, I heard again the dull beat of the So do these · Signs of the Times' fall short of great hammers, - and the leathern respiration the prefigured realities; so lies my slender parof the bellows, — and the distant roaring of the able behind the momentous drama of the age. fire. And I turned, with excited imagination, Yet, though with the “mighty fallen," all almost expecting to see the Sword upon the apprehension of invasion and dynastic war has anvil, - and to witness its fiery transfiguration ! also passed away ; still, if my pen have been
But the road, curving, had brought between true to my purpose, meanings remain — neither me and the cottage a row of intervening trees; much hidden nor much obtruded — superior to the gently-drawn curtain of Nature
lapse of time, and change of circumstance. It “ The great Teacher closes the scene,” thought is for these that I trust my dream to the congeI. “She bids me seek to see no more. Her nial reader's interpretation : hoping that he will lesson is aptly concluded ; and it remains for her find in its images, however slightly sketched, attentive pupil to "ponder these things in his some touches true to Nature ; - in its symbols, heart."
however dimly shadowed, some of those“ liber
F. 0. WARD. al applications” that “lie in Art.” – Frazer's Jan. 1848.
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THE II OLSTEIN II EROINE.
During the reign of Waldemar II., Denmark | introduced the Danish law into the ducbies, apaccomplished her long-cherished project, ex pointed Danish magistrates, and made Count tended her empire to the banks of the Elbe, Albert of Orlamiinde Viceroy of Schleswig and and made the wealthy cities of Hamburg and Holstein, with absolute power. Lubeck the supports of that empire.
The nobility were so much impoverished and Adolph III., Count of Holstein, withstood the dispirited by the long wars, that they bore the Danes in a long, and often doubtful contest. At Danish yoke with patience, or at least with silast he was overcome, was taken prisoner at lent and impotent rage. But while men were Hamburg, bound in fetters, and carrie: captive mute and passive, a woman spoke and acted. through his former territories into Denmark, The baroness Deest of Kellingdorp, distinwhere he was treated with the greatest ignominy. guished by rare gifts of body and mind, exerted At last, A. D., 1203, he was set at liberty, under herself for the liberation of her German counthe disgraceful conditions, that he should resign / try. She invited all the nobles, of whose patriall his lands to Denmark, and leave two of his otic disposition she could feel confident, to visit sons as hostages in the hands of the Daines. her in the marshes of the Wilster. The knights The once warlike Count, who twice had made came unarmed, in court-dresses, for they thought Palestine ring with the fame of his valor, was so that the lady, who was celebrated for her hospihumbled by his misfortunes, that he hastily re- talities, had invited them to a banquet. But the treated to his ancestral castle of Schauenburg, reception which awaited them in the castle of and never again entered Holstein.
Kellingdorp was a great surprise. Waldemar II. was crowned king of the Danes Large black flags hung from the towers; serand Slaves, at Lubeck, with great pomp. He vants clad in mourning received the guests and
led them in silence into a large saloon. Here " That which is revealed to me," exclaimed the light of day was shut out, and a flickering aloud the baroness, “is the divine word : a peolamp shed a dim, solemn light through the vast ple is free, when it wills to be free.' The peospace. The walls were hung with black, all fur- ple which has not this will, has not honor. But niture was removed, and the only ornament was where there is this will, there is also the power a large shield which was suspended on the wall. of accomplishment, a power, which if it cannot When the knights examined the device on this achieve victory, will at least suffice for a glorishield, they saw that it represented a Danish ous death. This, ye men, is the only plan for soldier breaking with a club, and treading under our liberation; it is better to die gloriously than his feet, the national arms of Holstein.
to live in slavery!” At this moment the baroness entered, in full The nobles repeated this exclamation with armor, like the heroines of fabulous antiquity. enthusiasm, and now the baroness drew her A black corslet clothed her noble form, and only sword, and advanced into the midst of the a solitary blood red plume surmounted her hel- assembly. Her cheeks glowed, and her eyes met.
sparkled with the light of hope and confidence The astonished knights could not utter a word. as she raised the sword on high, and exclaimed, She came forward, and with deep grief in her 6 Thus then we swear in this solemn hour a countenance addressed them thus : “ Not I, no sacred alliance in life and death.” She held out ble Holsteiners, but your country gives you this the sword; the men crowded around it and laid sad and humiliating welcome. IIere you see their fingers on the blade ; there was a morepresented the misery and the shame of our ment's deep and solemn silence, and then the good land of Holstein. But the darkness and baroness spoke in a tone of solemn emotion the silence of this mourning do not extend beyond words, “ German and free !” these walls. The bright sun shines over Hol “German and free” was echoed by each stein and sheds its light in palace and in hut, manly voice, as immediately a number of pages upon indifference, cowardice, the feasts and riot- entered, bearing new and glittering swords, on ings of pleasure. And yet our German country each of which were inscribed the words, “ Geris insulted and enslaved by the Dane. If the man and free.” The baroness kissed each blade hearts of men are strong enough to bear this as she gave them to the knights, who received disgrace, the heart of a woman can lear it no them reverently kneeling before her. longer. But let no reproach desecrate this hour. It was then determined to send a trusty mesWe must be united if we would regain that senger to Schauenburg, to implore Adolph III. which we lost by disunion. I know that you to return and place himself at the head of those are one with me in the sacred feeling of revenge; who had conspired to liberate the land of his I read it in the manly fire of your eyes. But I fathers. But the duke was so broken down by invited you, — you in whom I trust, — in order his misfortunes, that he could not be moved, to ascertain whether you are disposed to prove and he pleaded that he had moreover pledged your dispositions by your deeds. I ask of you, bis word and given hostages. ye chivalry of Holstein, will you pine away as The nobles were much cast down by this the slaves of Denmark, will you bring up your intelligence, as they would no longer appear to children to be the slaves of Denmark, will you be fighting in the legitimate cause of their sovehereafter
repose in Danish or in German soil ?” reign, but for their own advantage. The barA loud and fierce cry of “ German and free” oness determined to make one more attempt, burst from the assembly, and shook the old and, as she was suspected and watched by the walls; and then the most aged of the knights Danish authorities, she disguised herself as a advanced and addressed the noble lady in these pilgrim and set out for Schauenburg.
Her words: “ We thank thee, noble lady, chivalrous friends spread the report that she was seriously countrywoman, for the confidence with which ill, physicians paid daily visits to her castle, and thy heart has honored us. Yes! we are, body the wives of the conspirators were constant in and soul, devoted to our country, which through their inquiries. In the mean while she arrived thy inspiring words reminds us of our duty. at Schauenburg, and as she was approaching We should blush to acknowledge that a woman the castle-gates she was met by a gay troop of has been the first to resort to action, if we did boys, in the leader of whom she recognized the not see in that very circumstance a consecration son of Count Adolph. Pretending to be weary, and a happy omen for our undertaking. In she seated herself on a bench, and the young this belief, and according to German custom, we prince and his companions stood around her. ask of thee, noble lady, what way, what means “Whence do you come, good pilgrim ?” asked of freedom have been revealed to thy God the youth. enlightened mind?"
“I come from Holstein."
“ From Holstein !” he exclaimed in glad sur- | The necessary arrangements were now made, prise; “ Holstein is my father-land: oh, tell me and the baroness promised to take every prenews of it.”
caution, both to avoid violating the pledge given “ Alas! I have none but bild news to give by the Count, and not to endanger the lives of thee. Holstein is a fair and fertile land, en
the hostages. riched by the hand of God, but the hearts of its She reached her castle in safety with her inhabitants are in deep mourning. Holstein charge, and there guarded him as a most sacred has abundance of all worldly blessings; but it treasure. The news of his arrival flew through has lost the greatest blessing of all, — liberty the country, and was received by the Holsteiners and honor. Enemies rule over it; enemies like a call from heaven. From every corner of squander its wealth and disgrace its name.” the land the German men made pilgrimages to
“ And whose fault is this?” exclaimed the Kellingdorp, in order to strengthen themselves young Count, as he grasped the handle of his for the contest by the sight of the noble child. sword.
The number of determined patriots increased “ Holstein pines in the servitude of Denmark,” | with every day, and the death of a tyrannical said the baroness, “ because Holstein's Lord, Danish magistrate, who was killed by some of the Count Adolph III. has deserted his faithful land leaders of the conspiracy, led to an open outand abandoned it to the Danes."
break. “ It is false," exclaimed the boy, “and you The insurgents immediately fortified their shall be punished for this calumny;" and he strongholds, and the Baroness of Killingdorp bade his companions lead the pilgrim into the was ever foremost in word and deed. The brave castle, the baroness rejoicing to be thus brought town of Itzehoe was their principal support, and before the Count. But when the old man had was hastily defended by means of a deep canal heard the angry complaint of his son, he replied and ramparts. The Danish army appeared bein sorrowful tones, “ I rejoice, my son, that thou fore the works were completed, but after several bast such a chivalrous regard for my honor; but bloody engagements they abandoned the idea of go, and give the pilgrim a present, and dismiss storining it, and converted the siege into a him in peace; he is right, although I would not blockade. All means of communication were act otherwise than I have done."
cut off, and the condition of the patriots was The baroness, on hearing these words, cast off beginning to be very precarious, when they reher pilgrim's robe, and threw herself at his feet: ceived unexpected and wonderful aid. The “ Holstein's faithful people kneel before thee, river Stoer* rose twice in one day to such a and implores to be ruled by thee, in order that height, that all the works of the Danes were through thee it may regain liberty and honor. totally destroyed, and their army narrowly If in times past you could not act otherwise, the escaped annihilation by a rapid flight. The day circumstances are now altered. The noblest on which this took place was the feast of the men in Holstein await you with eager impa- nativity of the Virgin Mary, and as the baroness tience; so soon as your foot touches the soil of in her noble and extraordinary beauty had been Holstein, the whole people will rise; Holstein the most conspicuous leader in the contest, the will be free; your honor and ours will be saying was spread about that the Blessed Virgin redeemed.”
herself had fought for Holstein. Trembling with emotion the Count raised the At the banquet in the castle of Kellingdorp lady, and her words sunk into his heart. But which celebrated this victory, the Baroness the pledge which he had given to the enemy placed the ducal coronet upon the head of her appeared to him to be an insurmountable objec- foster-child, and all the assembled nobles did tion. “I dare not, I cannot," he exclaimed, and homage to him as Adolph IV. - Pictures from wrung his hands in despair.
the History of Schleswig-Holstein. By F. “Well, then,” replied the baroness, "give us
Tchuselka. your child; give us back the child of Holstein ! Let this boy return with me, in order that one day he may fight for your honor, for which even Parisian FASHIONS FOR APRIL. - Mob now his childish heart feels so sensitively. I will caps without crowns are much in fashion. Large be to him a mother; every Holsteiner will be bustles are also greatly in vogue, and threaten, a father; his presence will inspirit our people, if they increase, to block up the widest thorand I see in him already, what my heart tells oughfares. There is not a Joinville tie to be me he will be, the victorious lord of Holstein.” seen anywhere. — Punch.
The boy joined his entreaties to hers, and the father at length laid his hands upon his head, stoer, about twenty miles from its junction with the
* The town of Itzehoe is situated on the river and gave him to be an offering for his country. ' Elbe Ed. Dag.
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THE SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN QUESTION.
The Schleswig-Holstein question is of the foreigners. The policy of Denmark has always utmost importance for the whole of Germany. inclined towards Russia; the harbour of Kiel is It is of the utmost consequence whether Schles- accessible for line-of-battle ships, while those on wig-Holstein, lying at the mouth of one of the the coasts of Prussia are somewhat shallow. If most important of German rivers, the Elbe, shall Russian steam-ships can land an army in the continue to be the appendage of a neighbouring friendly harbour of Kiel, the wealthy city of kingdom, or even be incorporated with it as a Hamburg becomes the prey
foreign invaprovince, or whether it shall exist as an inde- der, and a Russian army can within eight days pendent state. England has already established be at the gates of Berlin or Magdeburg. The herself upon Helgoland at the mouth of the separation of the duchies from Denmark, and Elbe, and the channels of our commerce would their indissoluble union with one another, is of be entirely closed, if Denmark, which already importance to the interests of civilization, in cripples the trade of the Baltic, were to extend order that Russia, whose ruler has some remote its boundaries to the largest wholly German hereditary claims, may not bring his influence river. Hamburg, the first commercial city of to bear upon them; in order that the barbarians Germany, must not lie on the confines of Den- of the East may not gain a footing in the North, mark, within the range of Danish cannons, if and wind themselves around Germany, German commerce is not to be at the mercy of
- Der Wandelstern.
WIIY SHOULD WE FEAR THS ROMISH PRIESTS ?
Omne ignotum pro magnifico.
Why, indeed? The expectation that Popery | otry, illogicality, virulence, and wanton imputawill in a few years become the popular religion tion, unworthy of gentlemen as well as of Chrisof these realms is surely more common than well tians, till the scoffing world has very excusably founded. There are many thousands of Eng- likened the No-Popery party to the cur-dog yelplish Protestants who say that they consider such ing at the heels of the wolf which he dare not a catastrophe as inevitable; the dream is gaining touch, — public sympathy being very naturally believers in these days among the Romanists transferred from the cur to the wolf. It is realthemselves — with what reasonable grounds, is a ly time to cease shrieking at Romish priests, and matter for future question. For Protestants, if to begin to know a little about them. any find themselves inspirited in fighting for the The Popish priesthood change the religion of good cause by the conviction'that they are infal- England! What signs have they shown for the libly predestined to defeat, they are welcome to last three hundred years of power to preserve a their opinion ; though it would seem more likely nation's religion, much less to change it? How to prove a damper than an excitant. But it is have they kept France ? How Spain ? Ilow very difficult to understand how men can talk of Italy itself? What single great work have they Protestantism as the cause of liberty, humanity, effected since Trent, except fruitless persecuGod himself, and yet in the same breath be wail tions, which, justly or unjustly, have made their it as lost and ruined. It is more difficult to un name a byword and an abomination throughout derstand how men can fancy that they are help- nine tenths of Europe ? What man of genius ing that cause by querulous and unmanly con- have they had among them since the sixteenth fessions of their own fancied weakness and century? What man, who “ being dead, yet divisions, and the unanimity and strength of the speaks,” who has exercised any important influRomish priesthood. It is most difficult to under ence on the progress of mankind, moral, social, stand how, of all weapons wherewith to attack or intellectual ? The labors of their noblest men this so redoubted priesthood, we should have - Massillon and Bourdaloue, Fénélon and Bosbeen prone to choose those best calculated to Suet — were only followed by an age of Louis cast contempt on ourselves --- ignorance and big. I Quinze and a French Revolution !