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ambassador, that he “ could not doubt that the Danish plenipotentiaries had not a he (the King of Denmark] would be assisted right to feel that England stood in a special by powers friendly to Denmark in its (Schles- relation to them not held by the other neuwig's ) defence”? Was there any other gov- tral powers ? England, in Lord Russell's perernment which in pressing on Denmark the son, had in fact agreed to press them no furcourse she finally adopted as to the Schleswig ther without their own consent, -had tacitconstitution said, like Lord Wodehouse, that, ly admitted, that is, that they had gone as “If the Danish Government rejected my ad- far as a sincere friend would counsel them vice, Her Majesty's government must leave to go, and that they had done so in some sort Denmark to encounter Germany on her own of special reliance on the English minister's responsibility"?-a statement which surely judgment and counsel. The other powers, implied a well-founded hope that if the Dan- says Lord Russell, recommended the same ish Government accepted that advice it might concession. . No doubt. But did the other, not be left to encounter Germany on its own powers promise the Danish minister's—or responsibility.

even stand in the relation in which such a We admit that the deeper became the peril promise could have been asked, -not to and the sufferings of Denmark, the more propose any further concession without their wary became the tone of Her Majesty's rep- own consent? Although we do not know resentatives. Lord Russell, in urging the how Denmark was induced to consent to Conference on Denmark, expressly said that abandon all Holstein, a great slice of Schlesif he could offer material aid, he might then wig, and all Lauenburg (which had never demand her acceptance of this Conference as been in dispute) in exchange for the middle a condition of that aid, but that he was not part of Schleswig, there can be no manner in a position to do so. At the same time he of doubt that it was done in the legitimate hinted clearly enough that Denmark would hope of securing material aid if that great be most imprudent in offending England by concession should be rejected by the Gerdeclining her advice. And, then again, at mans,—and that England was uppermost, the Conference, the external though not the and rightly uppermost, in the Danish pleniinternal history of which is now before us, potentiaries' thoughts as having tacitly adit is clear that the hope of that aid led Den- mitted that they had gone as far as they mark into concession after concession. It could fairly be expected to go for the sake of induced her first to raise the blockade at sea peace. The concession was rejected, and as a condition of the suspension of hostili- then Lord Russell, breaking the spirit of ties,-a most unfair condition, for which she his promise, without the consent of Denreceived no proper equivalent at all, and mark suggested that a friendly power should which, as Lord Clarendon pointed out, was be asked to choose a line between the two not made a condition of the meeting of the frontiers proposed respectively by Germany Congress of Paris in 1856. It induced her, and Denmark, and therefore, of course, a line again, when it became clear that the German less advantageous to Denmark than the Schlei. powers had been guilty of sheer treachery And then, because the Danes would not hear in declaring that they did not contemplate of it, though it was also rejected—as usual the dismemberment of Denmark, to offer a in much more diplomatic and evasive terms, really great territorial sacrifice for the sake but quite as substantially—by the Gerof gaining peace,

-a sacrifice conceded, mans, Lord Russell made their refusal to a as Lord Russell himself admits, on the proposition which he had in spirit engaged not strength of his own personal promise that he to propose the excuse for denying them that would not advocate without Denmark's full final aid which he knew they would expect, consent any more disadvantageous territorial and which he evidently felt grave compuncfrontier than that which he proposed in the tions in withholding. Now we say this is a name of the neutral powers, and which Den- history of very special encouragement to mark accepted,—the line of the Schlei. Now Denmark,-a history of encouragement of a can any one pretend that when Lord Russell kind which no other great neutral power has gave this promise, to which he publicly con- given, or even half given. We have repeatfesses,---and which we grieve to say he broke edly spoken of our armed interference as a flagrantly in the spirit, if not in the letter, very probable contingency; we have used


that probable contingency as a motive to skilful lies, and surrounded them with such bring Denmark to reason time after time ; an air of hypocritical candor, that he for his we have, through our foreign minister, inti- part expects the final push; and the words mated tacitly but clearly that Denmark had are hardly out of his mouth before the order conceded as much as in the interests of peace is published for the permanent occupation of she could be expected to concede,-and then the purely Danish province of Jutland, and we have coldly abandoned her.

the appropriation of its revenues to the wants And now as to the other question : is of the occupying army. Denmark practically no worse off than she We have made it clear, then,-painfully would be if we had never interfered at all, clear,--that we have led Denmark to build on or.is she even the better by the exact amount our help, as no other great neutral power has of our reiterated but rather unsuccessful ad- done ; that we have used the hope of ultimate vice? No thinking man can doubt for a mo- help to extort from her piecemeal concessions ment that she is worse off. It is now morally inadequate to satisfy her enemies, adequate certain she will lose Jutland, probable that only to lay obligations upon us ; that we she will lose the islands. Had she never felt have virtually admitted that these concesa bope of our interference,-had she been sions have been pushed to the furthest reabuoyed up by no dream of a great power in sonable point; that, had we not interfered at reserve, there can be no doubt that after the all, Denmark could not well now be in nearly first disastrous campaign, she would have so hopeless a condition as she is ; and that, in yielded to force majeure, and saved Jutland at spite of all this, we have had the effrontery least, by abandoning the rest. If the pres- to wonder how she could put forward any sure of English counsel has squeezed out con- special claim on us, to which France and cession after concession, it was the secret Russia are not equally liable. To uş, we hope of English aid that kept up the buoy- confess, this appears to be conduct which ancy of resistance. No greater injury can be ought to sap our moral influence abroad and done to a weak State than to hold out, however make our friendship worthless. That Engvaguely, hopes of assistance until the ambitions land will fulfil her former contracts is still and powers of her antagonists are fully roused. unquestionable. But that she will deliberTo counsel, as we did, piecemeal concessions ately inspire hopes which she does not care instead of to counsel her frankly to make the to satisfy,—that she will betray by ambigbest terms she could with the enemy, since uous encouragement, and then set off her she had nothing to hope from us, was virtu- own interests against the ruin of her depenally to abandon her in the most fatal way dant,--that she will exact a compliance with possible. We have coaxed her back step by her advice, up to the very brink of ruin, as step towards the edge of the precipice, half the price of possible help, and then, without intending ourselves, wholly persuading her even a promise of that help, reproach ber victo expect, our own final interposition. Now tim with want of trust for not complying that she is on the very edge, we coldly con- with her last and hardest recommendation, clude our prudential calculation, find that it and intimate that all claim on her is forfeited, will risk more than we like, and so withdraw that she will do this, and not even feel it with a polite and even compassionate bow, as shameful, is now, we fear, beyond question ; she falls over the brink of the abyss into and who can say that this is not conduct which Germany is pushing her. Lord Rus- which must abridge even our material powsell even takes the pains to remark that Prus- er, curtail largely our international influence, sia and Austria still profess not to intend the and dishonor our English name? final push, but that they have told so many

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For some the answering legions ; for others a


harder fate : General Alexander Hayes, commanding the Sec-To stand in their lot, and having done all, to ond Brigade of Getty's Division, was killed. He

stand and wait. was hard pressed, and sent word to Hancock that Yet truly it little matters ; no choice & brave ho must have reinforcements. “ Tell him," said

heart knows Hancock, “to hold his ground twenty minutes and But this : “Or living or dying, my face to my he shall be relieved ; ” but before twenty minutes

country's foes!” expired, his body was brought in.-" Carleton," in Boston Journal, May 5th.

-Anti-Slavery Standard. ABOVE, a sea of smoky, dun-colored clouds; be


BY E. FOXTON. A thousand upturned faces, fiery and dark, of HOLY Father, thou this day the foe;

Dost a cross upon me lay. A leaden rain of bullets descending, and here

If I tremble as I lift, and there

First, and feel thine awful gift, A shell, like a shrieking demon, hot-hissing

Let me tremble not for pain, through the air ;

But lest I should loose the gain

Which thereby my soul should bless, A flash of sabres incessant-shaming the mur- Through my own unworthiness.

ky sun; A lull in the dreadful pageant-one hero's work

Let me, drawing deeper breath, is done!

Stand more firmly, lest beneath

Thy load I sink, and slavishly Bear him away, O soldiers, 0 gallant and weep- In the dust it crusheth me. ing men !

Bearing this, so may I strength He never will lead you to battle, nor straighten Gather to receive at length your ranks again.

In turn eternal glory's great

And far more exceeding weight. But, oh ! did you hear him imploring that single, desperate boon ?

No, I am not crushed. I stand. “ Relief! relief ! God send that it reach us, But again thy helping hand and reach us soon !

Reach to me, my pitying Sire ; Ay, sooner than he had hoped for ! sooner, and

I would bear my burden higher, not the same,

Bear it up so near to thee,

That thou shouldst bear it still with me. The succor he asked! Men call it by another and darker name.

He, upon whose careless head But above, in the many mansions, where God

Never any load is laid, and the angels dwell,

With an earthward eye doth oft Far over the shock of cannon, the tumult of shot

Stoop and lounge too slothfully ;

Burdened heads are held aloft and shell,

With a nobler dignity. That desperate cry found hearing, and the bright

By thine own strong arm still led, hosts held their breath,

Let me never backward tread, While silently passed from out them the angel Panic-driven in base retreat, whom we call Death!

The path the Master's steadfast feet And tenderly as a mother folds her first-born to Unswervingly, if bleeding, trod her breast

Unto victory and God. And rocks him into his slumbers, so passed he to

The standard-bearer doth not wince, his rest.

Who bears the ensigns of his prince, “ Relieved !” No strong battalions, no ranks of Through triumphs, in his gallèd palm, armed, men

Or turn aside to look for balm ! Hot-hurrying to the rescue with fiery zeal ; what Nay ; for the glory thrice outweighs then ?

The petty price of pains he pays ! And thinkest thou not,” said Jesus, “I could

Till the appointed time is past pray to my Father in heaven,

Let me clasp thy token fast, And presently he would send me twelve legions

Ere I lay me down to rest, of angels even ?

Late or early, be impressed

So its stamp upon my soul And thinkest thoa then, ( doubter, this cry of a That, while all the ages roll, human soul

Questionless, it may be known Was lost to the infinate Father, missing its hu

The Shepherd marked me for his own ; man goal?

Because I wear the crimson brand ( ear of the highest ! bending wherever thy Of all the flock washed by his handheroes call

For my passing pain or loss For succor, divine or human, thy mercy is over Signed with the eternal cross. all !



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well as I did, and in any case I have nothing MR. SLOWCOME GOES TO SILLMOUTH, AND TAKES more to tell about him." NOTHING BY HIS MOTION.

" You admit that the church registers Dr. LINDISFARN and Mr. Sligo gained were at one period kept at your house ?” nothing by their excursion to Chewton. " I have told you that such was the case, Their researches were equally fruitless on since you expressed curiosity upon the subthe special objects of both gentlemen. The evi-ject. There was no question of admitting dent priority which the doctor gave to his arch- one way or the other in the matter, Mr. æological investigations was a matter of the Sligo. I have nothing to admit or deny on most intense astonishment, and almost, one the subject. The books were at one time may say, of scandal, to Mr. Sligo. That an kept at my house,—not because it was my elderly gentleman in the possession of his house, but because it was the clergyman's senses, so nearly interested as Dr. Lindis- lodging. I had nothing to do with the bringsarn was in the result of the examinations ing of them there, or with the taking of which he (Mr. Sligo) was there for the pur- them back again to the church. The responpose of making, should utterly fail to take sibility for the custody of them lay with the any rational interest in the matter, manifest- parson, and not with the clerk, as you' no ly in consequence of his being wholly ab- doubt are well aware, Mr. Sligo.' sorbed by his anxiety to discover the mean- “Well, well, never mind whether it is admiting of certain syllables which in all proba- ting or stating ; you say that the registers were bility had no meaning at all, and at all subsequently taken back to the church ?" events, none that could be supposed to affect “ You speak of registers, sir; but I have the title of any human being to any amount of no recollection of having seen more than one property real or personal, was a phenomenon book, and that not a very big one. During so new, so wholly unaccountable to Mr. Sligo, the latter years of Mr. Meilish’s life, that and so distasteful to him, that it made himn book used to be kept in the vestry.” cross with the doctor. He began to think

“ And was always at hand there, I supthat the admission that the old canon was in pose, when needed ?" the perfect possession of his senses was an “I suppose so, sir ; but it was often for assumption not warranted by the facts in months at a time together that it was never evidence. The doctor, on his part, was revolt- needed. We don't bury, marry, or christen ed by his companion's evident want of inter- every day out on the moor here, as you peoest in the whole question of the mysterious ple do in the towns !” inscription, and the cursory and impatient

6. When was the last time that

you attention which was all that he could induce recollection of having yourself seen the book, him to accord to it. He looked at the wood- Mr. Mallory ?” asked Sligo.

6. How long en panel in question, tapped it with his before the death of Mr. Mellish,


had knuckles, stared, at the doctor's request, at you a death, or a burial,-—or a christening ?" the inscribed letters, and declared that, as " I could not at all undertake to say when far as he could see, there never had been any | 1 saw the book last. Old Farmer Boultby, of others ; at all events, his eyes could see no the Black Tor Farm, out towards the coast, traces of any such.

was, I think, the last parishioner buried by

I 6. And now, Mr. Mallory,” he said to the Mr. Mellish, a month or so maybe before old clerk, who, having accompanied the two bis own death. Whether his burial was reggentlemen to the church, had been standing istered or not, I can't say; nor whether it by, impassible and grave as a judge, while was done at the time of the ceremony or not. this examination was in progress,—" and Very often the curate would put the entries now, Mr. Mallory, if Dr. Lindisfarn is satis- into the register afterward.” Further crossfied that there is nothing more to be discov- questioning of the old man only obtained from ered here, we will, with your leave, return to him that he “could not say how long afteryour house, and resume the subject on which wards—at any convenient time-he did not we were speaking.'

mean by that to say when the curate was “ As Dr. Lindisfarn pleases,” said the old sober, though it might be that sometimes he clerk, gravely; “ but he, as it is reasonable was not altogether so at the time of the

perto suppose, knew the late Mr. Mellish as formance of the function."

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In short, all that Mr. Mallory could recol- | Mallory,—of course she had them ?” asked lect were circumstances tending to show that Sligo, suddenly. the whole ecclesiastical administration of the “ No doubt she had them, Mr. Sligo. Of parish was in the greatest possible disorder my own personal knowledge I can affirm in every respect in the old times when Mr. nothing about it. The whole subject of the Mellish was curate, near ten years ago ; and marriage was a very painful one to me. I he could not recollect any single fact which would have prevented it if I could have done could help to fix the existence of the missing so, without the risk of greater evil to my unregister at any ascertained date or place. fortunate child.” He could remember, however, perfectly well Unfortunate, Mr. Mallory?" cried Slithat when Mr. Partloe, who succeeded Mr. go. “ Well, I don't know what you may call Mellish in the curacy, came, there was no fortunate, but”-book to be found, and Mr. Partloe had pro- “My daughter was induced to make a cured a new one. Mr. Partloe was a very dif- marriage, Mr. Sligo, to which her position ferent sort of gentleman from Mr. Mellish,- in life did not entitle her ; which she was very particular, and very regular. The new compelled to keep secret for many long and book vas always kept in the vestry, was painful years, while calumny and scandal there now. They were still without any were at work with her name ; which took proper chest at Chewton ; but the new reg- her husband from her within few months ister was, from the time of Mr. Partloe's of their union ; which has ended in leaving coming, always kept in a little cupboard in her a widow,—a widow widowed in such a the vestry, which he had cansed to be put up fearful manner, and compelled by duty to her at his own expense. Mr. Partloe had been child to assert its rights with hostility against curate only four years. The register-book a family for whom I have the greatest respect, had been kept with the most perfect regular- and with a result that is lamented by and is ity all that time; as it had indeed by the pres- unwelcome to the whole country-side. You ent curate, Mr. Bellings, who had succeeded must excuse me, Mr. Sligo," said the old Mr. Partloe. Mr. Bellings was not at home, man, who had been speaking under the influhaving ridden over that morning to Silverton. ence of his feelings in a somewhat higher Dr. Lindisfarn and Mr. Sligo must have met strain than that of his usual talk,—" you him, had they not come by the other road, must excuse me if I cannot consider the marwbich alone was passable for wheels. But riage a fortunate one in any respect; and I it would be easy to obtain an opportunity of feel confident that Dr. Lindisfarn will enter examining the new register, which had been into my sentiments on the subject.” kept from the time of the death of Mr. Mel- “ I am sure, Mallory, your feelings are all lish. Very easy, no doubt; and altogether that they ought to be on the subject. It is useless as regarded the business in hand. an unbappy business. If my poor boy were

What search had been made for the missing living, it might have been different. As it is register by Mr. Partloe when he came there -you see- -ha-hum-I wonder, Mallory, after Mellish's death, Mr. Mallory could not whether poor Mellish could have thrown any say, but felt certain that Mr. Partloe must light on that singular inscription in the veshave exhausted every means for finding it, as try corridor?" he was such a very particular gentleman. “ Not he, sir. It is little he thought of

Had the old book never been needed in all such matters," said the old man, glancing at these ten years ? Mr. Sligo asked ; had nobody Mr. Sligo as he spoke. in all that time required to refer to it for the 6. When was the last whitewashing done, establishment of any of the facts of which it Mallory?” asked the doctor, meditatively. constituted the sole legal record ? No, no- " When Mr. Partloe first came here, sir. body. When folk were dead out in the He was a great man for wbitewash, Mr. moor there, nobody wanted to ask any more Partloe was, sir, a tidy sort of a gentleman, about them. When folk were married, they who liked to have things clean and neat. He got their marriage lines, and that was all had all the passage leading to the vestry and that was needed.

the vestry itself new whitewashed.” And your daughter's marriage lines, Mr. " It is very unfortunate,” sighed the doctor.

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