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applauding. They both give rise to and see strange sights -the building up and the crumbling down of empires, the dead march of generations, and the hastening on of the final catastrophe, in which both shall expire. And this same time, inexorable and callous, which will take an urchin from school or a star from the firmament, as coolly as death will kill a fly or strangle a giant, took little Samuel from his beloved nook in the village seminary, by the time he reached his eleventh year, and set him down on a loom beside his father, with a shuttle in the one hand and a lay in the other. This was by no means a pleasant change to Samuel, and many a sigh, and tear, and fruitless wish it cost him, but Mrs Clugston was made of other stuff than to be moved by such things. It was in vain that Samuel pretended awkwardness, and pled indisposition, and declared his willingness to go to any other trade. His trade was fixed for him and he was fixed to his trade as firmly as a nail in a jail-door. When he saw there was nothing for it but to make the shuttle wheeze and the lay clank from early morning till late night, he got into a kind of desponding state; and, as despondency is well known for its narcotic qualities, he would sometimes sink down in a profound sleep upon the breast-beam, and take by stealth what he could not get by fair means. His father rather winked at this, for he had long felt that Lizzy was driving matters with rather a high hand over them both; but Lizzy was not the woman to be baulked in this way. As the shop was under the same roof with the house, and as Lizzy gave one of her ears to the shop, she soon detected Samuel at his stolen sweets and put a very unceremonious end to them, and gave his father to understand, by a round of reasoning and plain speaking, that he was worse than the laddie, and answerable for his shortcomings, and carelessness, and misdemeanours. But as we have said before, there is no stopping of the wheels of time, and the heaviest inflictions as well as the highest pleasures soon come to an end; and so it was in the experience of Andrew Clugston and his only-born, who saw Mrs Clugston wheeled off one morning, after a short illness, to take her place among a long line of grandfathers and great-grandmothers in the churchyard of a neighbouring
Samuel was fifteen years old at this time, and one might have thought he would have had sense enough to conceal his joy on the occasion, which, I am sorry to say, he did not. He remarked, for example, to a neighbour, that folk would get their mouthfu' o' meat and their natural rest now, at ony rate;' and on the morning of the funeral it was with difficulty he was got out of his bed and dressed before the people assembled, and, as he was always falling behind in the procession, they had to put him into the cart beside the corpse, where he was scarcely seated when he toppled over and fell fast asleep. The rumbling of the vehicle and the soporific effect of grief on some constitutions, and having nothing else to do, might perhaps account for his being overcome; but there were many there not disposed to take so favourable a view of the question, but attributed it to indifference, and some to the excess of joy, and others to a spirit of malignant triumph, and insult to the departed, whose virtues did not fail to shine all the brighter against the dark background of her son's insensibility and ingratitude.
'Waken him,' said James Strang, a little ill-natured mannie with a red face and buck teeth, 'it'll affront the hale parish if we gang into the town that way. Feint matter though it should prove his last sleep, the lazy lout,' and James reached up his stick as he spoke, and poked Samuel very savagely about the ribs.
Samuel started up and cried out, ere he got through the dark confused passage which leads from the sleeping into the waking state. Mercy!-is she come to again?'
The wright that made the coffin groaned, and some shook their heads to themselves, and some looked into each other's faces, and others put their hands to their mouths, and James Strang stood still as if he had really raised the dead, and first looked angry, and then got a glimpse of the ludicrous and fell a laughing even out, and said, 'it
cowed every green thing-the like o't was ne'er heard tell o'.
As for Andrew, the chief mourner, he behaved as well as man could do under the circumstances. He uttered no rebuke, but with a serious air reached out his hand and said to his son, Come away out Samuel, we'll soon be at the place, and ye'll get a hurl back.'
Samuel offered no resistance and went very demurely all the rest of the way, and, to his honour be it said, he slept none on the road going home.
As there was little doing for a day or two after the burial, and a kind of Sabbath stillness pervaded the house, Samuel occupied his time chiefly in eating up the fragments of bread and cheese which had survived the dredgy,' and in nodding at the fireside, and looking out occasionally as a neighbour passed by or a noise got up among the dogs or children. His father gave him his own way for a time, letting him eat and sleep as much as he liked, with the view perhaps of bringing on a surfeit and consequent distaste; or it might be that he considered the boy had been unfairly treated by his mother, and that it was but right to let him have back what he had been unjustly deprived of. But instead of a disrelish appearing, the two master appetites seemed to increase; and instead of showing discretion in the matter and a proper sense of the indulgence granted him, he carried the thing to the last bounds of excess and abuse. A reaction on the part of his father soon took place, who forced him to rise when he rose (two hours later, it is true, than when his wife lived), and who kept him at his work till a reasonable time at night.
It was plain to every one that Samuel was not cured of his passion for sleep and food, and that whenever he should become his own master, he would enter upon a course of unbridled indulgence.
A wearisome time indeed did Andrew Clugston continue to work and step about after his son had given vent to feelings of dissatisfaction respecting his longevity; but at last he did go, and Samuel entered at thirty-four into the full possession of all that his father and mother had saved by their industry and economy.
There was now a general curiosity felt as to the course which Samuel would take, for many had risked their reputation on his head. Conceive the dismay then that fell into the ranks of the foreseers, when Samuel, instead of laying his head into the laps of his Delilahs, resigned himself and his energies to a career of exemplary and even extraordinary labour. The discomfited prophets could hardly keep their fingers, and certainly their wives did not keep their tongues, off Samuel when they met him, but treated him to a panoramic view of his past life, with a lucid commentary on some of its more interesting passages. As every effect has its cause, the revolution we have mentioned had its cause too. A wag in the village had apprised Samuel of the predictions that were pending upon him, and as he did not like to become the subject of prophecy, he determined to upset the soothsayers; and so he did-but it was only for a time. The tension was too violent to last, and the seat which pride and a spirit of contradiction had usurped was soon vacated, and the old prescriptive occupant sat down with a deeper seat and a firmer hold than ever. The relapse was dreadful. It is true that Samuel assigned sickness as the cause for keeping his bed, but his looks and the quantity of food he took belied the statement. Human nature, after all, is not so bad; for several of the men whose repute as prophets had been damaged by Samuel's spurious attempt at industry, looked in upon him now, and spoke to him in the kindest manner, and even offered to send some dainty thing or other which they considered good for the nature of his complaint. At the end of six days, he rose and began to do a little again; but it was like the working of a piece of machinery through which a winter flood had passed. The virtue had left his limbs, and the mainspring seemed to have been broken within him. He was fusionless and fangless, and looked like one whose spinal marrow is injured, and whose mind
and affections are off finally for some other world. His very voice had the thrum of a paralytic Jew's harp, and his whole appearance indeed was one of extreme indifference and insensibility. No one who saw him for the first time but was impressed with the man. He was not quite six feet two but very near it. His hands were broad and squatty like the mole's, and his legs had an endless look about them like the ostrich's, for they were long and small in proportion to his body, and he had a peculiar drawling way of using them, as if one joint had to put the other in motion, and each had to wait its turn, like some serpents seen in toy shops. The trunk, again, was lumpy and burdensome, and seemed more to be carried about by the legs, than to form with them a part of the same system. The arms hung down like spokes, and a long heron-like neck held up his head as on the top of a pole. The head was of a piece with the body, as the arms and neck were with the legs. It was large, and thinly thatched with black lanky hair. The face was flabby, and had a sallow greasy expression about it, and the slow still eyes stood in their sockets with the lids half over them, as if their possessor were toiling on in the last stage of exhaustion through a tropical desert. It could not be said that his face was ugly; but it was so utterly phlegmatic and destitute of expression that it seemed a lump of half-informed clay, which was neither animate nor inanimate. His dress was the dress of his time and station-a substantial suit of home-made blue. The large deep vest had rounded pocket-lids like coat-tails, and his coat-tails would have made a decent suit for a citizen now-a-days. To be sure I am describing Samuel rather in his Sunday dress than in his every-day apparel. He usually wore through the week a huge jacket like a beggar's great-coat cut in two, and a roomy waistcoat made out of the fag end of a piece of drugget or blanketing.
That man is physically lazy,' or 'lethargic to the backbone,' or 'constitutionally a sluggard,' were remarks that were frequently applied to him by intelligent strangers who saw him for the first time. Now, there might have been much truth in this; but I believe also that the course which his mother took with him, had a great hand in fostering and confirming the native tendencies of his constitution to indolence. But however this may have been, I have never known, read, or heard, of one who sunk so completely and hopelessly under the dominion of sloth. The person who has never felt the insidious approach of this passion, and the vampyre-like way in which it works, till it paralyses every energy of soul and body, can form no idea of its power, and will hardly credit the extent to which it may be carried and indulged in. The Hottentots furnish an example on a large scale of what it can do when left to itself; and occasional instances are to be met in all countries of its absorbing nature and lamentable consequences; -depriving its victims of the power of resistance, and laying them down more vegetable than animal masses, and tormenting them with nervous irritations, broken and disturbed slumbers, nightmare, irresolution of purpose and confusion of thought, checkings of conscience, and fearful forebodings of coming labour, and penury, and wretched
great sum of productive thought and action; and whatever tends to distract or destroy, is not legitimate for humanity, and ought therefore to be deplored and discarded.
The two great divisions of human employment may be termed agriculture and manufactures. Involved in these two grand branches of labour, are many employments which do not properly belong to either manufacture or agriculture, but which may be still termed collateral employments, having been educed in connection with these fundamental sources of national wealth and greatness. Commerce is the exchange of either agricultural or manufactured products for money or goods. In the latter case the trade is called barter. Commerce is the employment of peaceful nations, and is the means by which men render common those particular products which belong to peculiar climates. Commercial cities have been the great theatres of human enterprise; the greatest minds that have ever illuminated the world in science or art were developed in them; all the world's real benefactors in art and knowledge have flowed from the conservative principle of labour, and the diffusive humanising principles of exchange. Trade is only now beginning to take its true position in the ideas of men. This is said to be the dawn of a new era, of which trade is becoming the chivalry. We shall only give a glance at the history of commerce in the meantime, however, leaving it to take its own place in the shifting position of this transition era of ideas. Commerce undoubtedly grew out of man's necessities. At first it must have been very limited amongst those tribes who lived upon venison, and clothed themselves with wild animals' skins. From Scripture, it appears that, in the period succeeding the flood, the system of commercial exchanges was hardly begun amongst the people of Nimrod and the other post-diluvian predecessors of Abraham, who lived upon wild animals which they hunted, and the flocks which they tended. The Greeks, previous to the immigration of Cadmus and other wise people from the east, who taught them handicrafts as well as letters, also lived, as did the Asiatic descendants of Canaan, upon the produce of the chase. When the Romans invaded Britain, fifty-five years before Christ, they found our fathers in the same truly primitive condition of life; and when the British again, in the sixteenth century, invaded the continent of North America, they found the tribes to form a complete historic parallel to their ancestors of that early period. As the savage peoples became acquainted with the civilised invaders, and saw that they had something that skins would purchase, hunting not only became a necessary employment, but one of gain; and so, bringing their furs to traders, in order to obtain the implements of warfare or agriculture, commerce was begun.
The next stage of advance upon the condition of hunting is that of pasturage. Above and beyond pasturage is agriculture, and wedded to it is handicraft. In the pastoral state, men could supply themselves with primitive garments and nutritious food from the skins, flesh, and milk of animals; but still there would be a retardation of popuiation, and the absence of high civilisation. The agricultural state induced a fixture of residence, a division of employment, the foundation of villages and cities, and the extensive interchange of commodities, civilisation and commerce both being dependent upon the density of a population. The first trading transactions of which we are cognisant are those carried on between the Ishmaelites and Egyptians. The latter people were very numerous, dwelt in cities, and produced in their fields more than enough of grain for their own wants. This they could exchange with the Ishmaelites (Arabs) for spices, and slaves, and the other articles which the Arabs had to give and they required. Seventeen centuries before the Christian era a caravan of Arab merchants, carrying spices to the south, bought Joseph of his brethren, and sold him unto Potiphar, who was a captain of the guard, an office implying a highly artificial condition of society, and a considerable advance in social disparities.
In the early history of commerce, the means of transit
and exchange were inland, goods being carried upon the backs of animals, just as the Arabs of the Sahara carry on their traffic with the Barbary states and the nations of south-western Africa to this day, the more advanced system of wheel-carriages and made roads having never superseded the more primitive and simpler plan. In the provinces of Brazil, Peru, Buenos Ayres, and Columbia, commercial transit is the work of the llama, or other beasts of burden; and in Thibet, and the other Asiatic nations adjacent to the Himalayan range, animals carry all the articles of transmoutane commerce. In Mexico, which is a vast and fertile country, and which for three hundred years has been peopled by a Spanish American race, there are only three or four roads fit to be traversed by wheel-carriages; so that almost all the goods imported or exported are taken from and to the coast on the backs of mules and horses. The earliest attempts to convey goods by water was in canoes and rafts across mere straits or inlets of the sea. Before there could be an extensive and distant sea communication, there must have been very great advancement in shipbuilding and in navigation. Another cause to intermit the progress of intercourse amongst nations by sea was the want of that important instrument, the mariner's compass. With the nations of antiquity, water communication was slow in beginning, and, when it did begin, its progress in advancement was very tardy. Vessels never lost sight of land in their voyages, but crawled, in little coasting expeditions, from town to town, or creek to creek, watching the least indication of storm, and seeking shelter in the land. The limited knowledge of geography which the ancients possessed confined their efforts of trade within very narrow limits; and their ships being open and chiefly propelled by oars, were not adapted for heavy seas. Summer was the only season in which these clumsy mariners dared venture to sea, and he who was foolhardy enough to launch his bark in winter, was reckoned a bold man indeed.
Navigation seems to have early reached a very high state of excellence in the Red Sea. We know that a great traffic was carried on there between Arabia and Cosseir, or the port which served as an entrepôt for the trade of the Red Sea with Thebes in Upper Egypt. The merchandise landed at Cosseir is commonly considered to have been the produce of India, imported in the first instance to several parts of Arabia, near the mouth of the Red Sea. The traffic was considerable, however, from whatever sources it sprung; and this is yet evident from the magnitude of the ruins of magnificent Thebes. The Arabs, it is well known, were considerable adepts in astronomy, and had early employed instruments in making nautico-astronomical observations. When Vasco de Gama, in 1497, was at Melinda, near to the ancient Tarshish of Scripture, the King of Melinda presented the Portuguese mariner with a seaman slave. This Malemo Cana, a native of Guzerat, was the most experienced of all the mariners in the Indian seas. When he saw the astrolabe, and other instruments used by De Gama in nauto-astronomical observation, he evinced not the least surprise, declaring that the pilots of the Red Sea, from time immemorial, had used instruments of nearly the same construction for the same purpose. There is no doubt that the science of navigation was considerably advanced upon the Red Sea, as agriculture and its kindred arts were in Upper Egypt. The flying sands from the Lybian Desert, however, eventually covered a great portion of the cultivated valley of the Nile, and caused the seat of Egyptian government to be removed from Thebes to Memphis, which is situated nearly where Cairo now stands. This removal, of course, led the trade more Levant-wards, and ships from Tyre and Sidon, the two chief cities of the Phoenicians, began to come from Syria to Memphis.
The Egyptians were never a great commercial nation, however, neither did they ever evince any predilection for Their religion was of a water-hating kind, and their government was almost as restrictive towards foreigners as is that of modern China. The Phoenicians, on the other hand, were quite a trading nation, and Sidon,
their chief city, is the first commercial one of consequence mentioned in history. It was situated only about one hundred and fifty miles distant from the mouths of the Nile, and all the foreign trade of Egypt was in the hands of the Sidonese mariners. It has often been asserted of warlike nations like Greece and Rome, that they carried civilisation and the arts, with their arms, into conquered countries. For this civilisation they were themselves dependent upon commercial nations. Situated in the centre of the then most active nations of the world, Phoenicia sent her ships to Egypt, Cyprus, and Cilicia, and theu, becoming bolder and wider in her range of visitation, she planted colonies in Crete, Greece, Lybia, and Sicily, into all which barbarian countries her mariners peacefully introduced the rudiments of knowledge and the useful arts. Independent of this her Mediterranean trade, Phoenicia had a regular traffic with the southern part of Africa; goods being conveyed by land between Phoenicia and Elath, a port in the northern part of the Red Sea, and then by ships on that sea. Commercial Phoenicia fell, however, before the stride of homicidal Alexander. Warlike Greece, after a dreadful struggle, trampled down with pride and scorn the people who had given them letters, and had taught them the arts.
Next to Phoenicia as a trading nation comes Judea. For seven centuries after their settlement in Egypt to their greatest glory under the reigns of David and Solomon, they had been progressing in numbers and power. Under these kings they made the conquest of Idumea, a province which extended along the north-eastern shore of the Red Sea, and, perceiving the wealth that flowed into their neighbours of Phoenicia from trade, they became desirous of engaging also in foreign commerce. The friendly relations of David and Solomon with the city of Tyre rendered this desire easy of accomplishment; so that corn and oil were sent from Judea, while gold, and silver, and foreign merchandise returned to the Jews from Tarshish and Ophir, and the other distant ports of southeastern Africa and India. Unaccustomed themselves to working ships, the Jews bought the vessels and had them manned with Phoenician sailors. They then, as at this day, could perform all the counting-house and land-work departments of trade; the seafaring part was left to hardier and more physically energetic men. The trade of Judea, however, only existed for a very short period. When the dismemberment of the kingdom took place, after the death of Solomon, the foreign trade almost at once ceased, or fell into the hands of Phoenician merchants.
Phoenicia and Egypt imparted their own vitality of civilisation and trade to Greece, and they declined as she rose. The early annals of few countries tell tales of peace. War and rapine are the most fruitful themes of almost every historian; yet the earliest records of Grecian history bear ample and honourable testimony of these foreigners, who came in peace from the East, bringing the useful arts and letters, and founding cities, and instructing the rude peoples with whom they mingled in agriculture, navigation, and the forms of regular government. Greek civilisation dawned eleven centuries before the Christian era; and long before this time Egypt had been possessed of a great population, and an elaborate political system, which the Greeks improved upon. It was under the influence of labour and trade that Argos, Mycenae, Athens, Thebes, Sparta, and Corinth_rose to that state of magnificence attributed to them, and assuredly not without cause, by Homer. About eight centuries before the Christian era Greece was in the zenith of her greatness, and she would doubtless have improved still more, but baneful intestine wars intermitted her peaceful labours and destroyed her trade, so that she too began to decline. The Dorian invasion of the Peloponesus, called in history the Return of the Heraclidæ,' and considered to have taken place eighty years after the Trojan war, was the beginning of her decay. The Dorians took the Morea, and caused the expatriated descendants of Pelops to move uorthward to Thrace and Phrygia; while the
Athenic chiefs, on the other hand, led colonies to the east, founding Ephesus, and other towns in Asia Minor and Syria. Rhodes, one of the most famous of ancient commercial cities, was founded on the island of that name by the Greeks; Cyrene, on the north coast of Africa, was another of their colonies; while Cyprus was settled partly by Greeks, partly by Phoenicians. The principal colonies of the Greeks, however, were those in Italy and Sicily. They founded all the commercial towns of note in the south of Italy, and almost all the principal ones on the coast of Sicily. These settlements were peopled from the same causes and upon the same inducements as were the British settlements of North America. A limited territory and increasing population, together with the facilities of settlement offered in the colonies, caused extensive migrations to Italy, which, in its turn, rose as its parent nation declined.
Greece is admirably adapted for commerce. She maintains an almost central situation amongst the trading nations of Europe and India, and her shores are indented with inlets, offering every facility for harbourage. Yet it was not upon her physical capacities that her ancient greatness depended, as is now manifest. In her most prosperous days Greece was a system of petty republics, each having its city and its plain. The government of each of these little states was the government of the citizens, who paid all the taxes, did military service, cultivated the fields, and carried on trade. all that was necessary to supply its wants and exigencies, Each state did and the surplus it exchanged with its neighbours for something of their production. It was while her subjects were in the condition of greatest freedom that Greece was most prosperous; absolutism destroyed her, for it changed the reaping-hook of the husbandman into a spear, and the peaceful bark into a ship of war. commerce of Greece, however, were never very great. The navigation and Her own colonies in Italy and Sicily, Ionia and Thrace, were her chief customers, and the more distant voyages of her traders were undertaken southward to Egypt. When Alexander conquered Tyre, the wealth and strength displayed by this maritime city induced him to look to the securing of her trade. He accordingly founded, on the western mouth of the Nile, the naval city of Alexandria, which became for several centuries the chief commercial city in the east of the Mediterranean, and, after the ruin of Carthage, the greatest in the world.
If Greece was never what may be termed a great commercial nation, Carthage, on the other hand, her rival, and the rival of Rome, was altogether a commercial state. She was founded by a colony from Tyre, and she eventually surpassed the parent state in wealth and enterprise. The sphere of her commerce was in the west. Her ships crowded the ports of Spain, the south of Gaul, and Sardinia; and her seamen were well known in Sicily and Libya. They passed the Pillars of Hercules, visiting the coasts of Morocco and Portugal; and even trading to the western coast of France and the English Channel, where tin was found and eagerly sought after by the Carthaginian merchants. There is a tradition that expeditions of discovery were fitted out by the Carthaginians at the public expense, and that they penetrated to the most remote parts of Africa on the south, and to the Baltic Sea on the north. The accounts of the expeditions were lost, however, and their whole history is consequently involved in obscurity. It was to her commerce that Carthage owed all her power, and her true glory. Her industrial powers were very great, and her enterprise was commensurate with them. Indeed her commercial speculations might have led her in peace to explore all the continents of the Old World, and some mind might have conceived a mariner's compass and dreamed of a new world many centuries before such things were done; but war inflamed the hearts of her people, perverted their energies, and laid her homes in ruins, over which the world as well as Marius might truly have wept.
The Romans of themselves, again, were not a naval people; they never manifested much love for the sea, and
only increased their shipping in order to meet the exigencies of an extensive colonial system, or to fight with the maritime Carthaginians. They were deprived of a great number of vessels in their first wars with the African republic, tempests destroyed many more, while not a few were lost through unskilful seamanship; so that they were averse to increasing their navy. had ceased, however, and Carthage was reduced to weakness, Rome became mistress of Sicily, Greece, Asia Minor, When the Punic War and Syria, and consequently of the navies of these countries. The whole of the maritime cities of the Mediterranean were thus reduced under one power; piracy ceased, and peace prevailed for several centuries, which was an era fruitful of commercial enterprise and prosperity. During this period commercial intercourse was established between the Mediterranean Sea and the south of England, direct by sea. carried on partly overland through France, and partly Ocean by the Red Sea, watching the Etesian winds or monsoons, so as to make a voyage to the Chersonesus and The Romans also traded to the Indian back again in a year. In the Indian trade about a hundred vessels were employed; and, as the Europeans produced few articles useful to the Indians, the former were required to export silver in order to purchase their home cargoes. In this way Pliny computes the yearly export of specie extended to £400,000 sterling.
After the invasion and dismemberment of Rome, naviindustry. The rude and lawless invaders from Germany gation declined, together with every other branch of plundered wherever and whatever they pleased, and tradesmen and artisans were constrained to flee for safety fugitives took refuge on the small islands to the north of with their wives and families. Many of these industrious the Adriatic, where they built their homes. which protected them from attack by land; and they islands were separated from the mainland by lagunes, These could only be approached by vessels of certain size, as the channels leading to them were very shallow. This was then the origin of Venice, which became one of the wealthiest and most powerful of the Italian republics, and defied all attempts at subjugation until a very late period in history. She never had a foreign foe in her streets until within this age, and now she has just driven that foe from her town and towers.
Constantinople, also a commercial city, survived the She maintained a traffic with Venice, with Malabar, the attack of the barbarians longer than did the empire itself. countries of the Indus, and Alexandria, long after the Saracens, who overran the countries of the Nile, had preShe continued to bring to the European market silks, vented a Red Sea communication with Asia to the south. cottons, and spices, by a most circuitous route, it is true, but yet with a courage that was stronger than that of conquest, and more nobly heroic than the retreat of Xenophon.
DURING the rapid sojourn that he made in Belgium, in ANECDOTE OF NAPOLEON. 1810, Napoleon, according to his habit, went one morning, very plainly dressed, to walk in the gardens of the Lacken Palace, accompanied by an aide-de-camp, where he met a young man who was occupied in arranging some flowers. of the young botanist, and began a conversation with him. He was pleased with the frank and prepossessing features The young man was the son of the head-gardener—he had studied with great care and economy the history of the foreign and complicated names that the over-learned the vegetable world-he could name, without hesitation, have given, often in so ridiculous a manner, to the most graceful productions of nature. santhe, the Aristoloche, the Rahoa, the Sceroxilion, the Hydrochardee, and thousands of plants with difficult He spoke of the Sedonames, as another would have talked of spinach and parsley. He knew the nature and property of each plant twenty-two. -in short, it was botany personified, in a young man of
'Are you comfortable in your situation here ?' says the
of what I love, but I am only an assistant to the head gardener.' Napoleon never disapproved of ambitious ideas. He had remarked in the young florist his profound study, and the interest he took in his profession. 'What would you like?' says he. Oh,' said the young Belgian, what I would like is madness.' But still let me know,' says the Emperor. It would require a fairy to realise the dream that has often occupied my mind.' 'I am not a fairy,' replied Napoleon, smiling in his turn, but I am about the person of the Emperor, and he could, if he knew them, realise your wishes.' 'You are too good, sir,' said the young man. 'It is certain that the Emperor could be the fairy that I wish for, for it all depends on him. During a journey that I made for my instruction, I saw in France the gardens of Malmaison, with its eleven bridges and Turkish Kioskes. The Emperor, I understand, has given this charming place to Josephine-if a fairy were here, I would ask for nothing more than to be head gardener to Josephine. You see how modest I am.' 'I will think of it,' says the Emperor, almost betraying his incognito, but do not despair of fairy lore;' and after some further conversation with the young botanist, Napoleon withdrew. He left Brussels on the morrow.
During the two months that followed this conversation, the young gardener could scarcely think of anything but the wand of a fairy and the place of head gardener, when one day he received a sealed packet with the arms of the Empress Josephine upon it; it contained his nomination to the post he had so much wished for; he hastened to the spot, and was very soon introduced to the fairy of Lacken-that man who forgot nothing, and in whom he only recognised the Emperor, to express to him almost a species of adoration.
He still occupied the place of first botanist at Malmaison when the Empress Josephine died.—L'Impartial.
WHERE'S PLEASURE FOUND? 'Where's pleasure found?' I ask'd a maid, Who, in a garden fair,
Had chosen from the private shade
'Tis found within the palace-walls' –
In masquerades, and full-dress balls,
Oh, may thou ever happy be-
'Where's pleasure found?' I ask'd the youth Who met in joyful glee,
While yet their tiny voices rung
In mirths of infancy.
What other joys there were,
Than in the noon-day sun to bask
Oh, happy be thine infant years,
E'er damp thy childish smile!
• Oh, seek not in this world that joy,
Lest thou be led astray,
The only pleasures we enjoy,
Is when to God we pray.'
They laid her where earliest flowers were bending,
They laid her where constant the south winds awaken,
Like her in their sunshine of hope to grow cold.
Its feverish pleasures, its troubles, its woes;
THE word upas, perhaps, revives one of the most awe-inspiring recollections of youth, and it has entered into the English vocabulary with a very decided and withering signification. We used to be told regarding the Dead Sea, which lies directly to the east of Jerusalem, calm as a baby asleep, in its deep depression, that birds could not fly over its surface without being dragged by a mysterious gravitation into its bosom; that men might not attempt to sail over it or swim in it, for death was in, and above, and below it; that the cities of the plain lay beneath it, sealed till the judgment-day; and that mortality had written its superscription over the dull, immobile, stagnant, sickened waters that bore heavily upon the foundations of Sodom and Gomorrah. Impressions parallel to those produced by the fables recorded of the Dead Sea were those which arose from the descriptions of a supposed poison-tree in Java, named the upas. It arose like some fell assassin on the young mind, producing fear, and trembling, and vague ideas of the dangers to which mariners were exposed, because in its assumed nature it was a most deadly vampire and destroyer. Nobody dared to approach it lest its pestilential breath might wither them up; no bird or beast might come within the influence of its shade and live. The fabulous account of this tree was likely introduced into Europe by some Dutch mariner at a period when people were prone to believe all sorts of wonderful stories; and that it was generally received is very probable from the circumstance that in nursery circles the belief of its deadly nature is not yet extinct. In the year 1783, however, what pur ported to be a description of this same tree was published by a Dutch surgeon named Foersch; and this description having found its way into the London Magazine,' became the standard by which the collaborateurs of nursery literature measured their accounts of the upas. Foersch was