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it also may, and if any power could make it then seventy millions of people magnificently with success, it is the German Confederation. organized for warfare by land will be posted That cumbrous and multiform body, with its on all northern seas, with harbors in abunabsurd constitution and powerless Parliament, dance, arsenals only limited by the wealth its divided principalities and hostile courts, of the third richest race in Europe, and a has shown that whenever inflamed by ambi- maritime population of six millions, of which tion it can act as a wbole,--act with rapid- one-fourth is Scandinavian. Grant her but a ity, act with a perfect forgetfuln of the genius at her head, and what is to resist such local jealousies of its States. The Cimbric Pe- a power, or stop her from regaining Alsace, ninsula is now garrisoned by the troups of the overflowing Holland, reconquering Italy, or entire Confederation, and of all its subject crushing the rising hope of the Slavon tribes peoples. Nothing can be more perfect than of European Turkey ? France ? France with the unity for offence which pervades that mis- a Napoleon for chief drove Austria alone with cellaneous mass. Napoleon was not obeyed difficulty out of a foreign province, and who more rapidly than Prince Charles of Prussia. reckons on a succession of Napoleons ? Italy? Berlin may hate Vienna, and Frankfurt dis- Can Italy even face South Germany? Russia? trust both; bùt no reasonable politician doubts Russia is governed by Germans, is a sharer in that if Prince Charles were defeated, Count the spoils of Poland, and would sell the von Gablenz would hasten to his support; or world for ten hours' undisturbed possession that if both encountered a check the, troops Constantinople. Great Britain ? Great of the Diet now in Holstein would in twelve Britain is shrinking from the battle now, hours be streaming to their aid. The nation when Germany has no fleet and Denmark is for offensive purposes, when warmed by the alive, is plunging deeper and deeper into the lust of conquest or the passion for vengeance, trade which makes her prosperity and enfeeis one, and a most terrible one. Forty-five bles her sense of right, and is governed and millions of persons, one in language and opin- will be governed by a house German in bloud ion, in civilization and institutions, trained and sympathies. We believe firmly if the under an admirable military organization, career be once commenced, if Germany once active as any race but the French, and brave pass through a time of exaltation, there will as any people on earth, wield all the military be no remedy for Europe till it has tasted resources of thirty millions more in addition what Gerinan domination means,-till it has to their own. The greatest rivers of Europe felt the rule which has in three centuries are within German frontiers ; Germany is made all Italians the sworn enemies of all seated in full strength on the North Sea and Germans, has in ten centuries failed to recthe Mediterranean, and she alone of European oncile Hungarians, has in eighteen months powers strikes at every enemy from the in- made of the Roumans allies of their Magyar side of the campaigning circle. Her litera- oppressors, has in a century and a half ture influences the world ; her alliances are changed Poles from prosperous enemies into absolutely ubiquitous; she can control an elec- pauperized foes, and has so alienated its tion in North America as easily as a succes- own people that no German conquered by a sion in Denmark; and of all the kings of Eu- Frenchman has in three centuries ever struck rope there are but two not sprung of a Ger- one blow for German dominion. When the man stock or thinking in the German tongue. Germans move to the north, the east, or the The nation which wields this extraordinary south, they drag with them irreconcilable power bas no hereditary enemies among first- foes, --soldiers whom they must watch as vigiclass States, and swallows nationalities on lantly as their adversaries in the field; when every side without incurring for a moment they move west, they are encountered by men the charge of ambition or aggressiveness. of their own lineage, obeying their own traCruebing Poland to the ground, holding Hun- ditions, speaking their own language, but gary as we hold India, ravaging Denmark, who will resist their progress to the death. threatening Turkey, and striving to emascu- | It is a people like this, thus powerful, thus late Italy, she is still popularly believed to aggressive, and thus hated, whom we are be a “ stationary and Conservative power " called upon to resist, if not in Denmark “ essential to the peace and good order of while Germany is without a navy, then in Europe.' One limit only has for ages been Holland when she has a navy,—that is if the placed on her ambition. She has been able marriage of a Prince of Orange into the to do little at sea ; but with the conquest of English house should happily for the world Denmark even this disability_disappears. enable us to perceive that Holland is defensiGermany does not assimilate as France does ; ble. but she has the talent shown by our own But nothing, we shall be told, will happen race on the American continent,—the ca- of all this; for Germany is not united, and in pacity for eating out all weaker nationalities. the long run is peaceful. We heard that arDenmark conquered will be digested, and gument of disunion ad nauseam before Ma
genta ; but we do not hear much of it now; crimes of Russia, and the unfeeling compliand union for aggression is to the world more city of Prussia. The Emperor Alexander dangerous than union for internal improve- and Prince Gortschakoff must have received ment. Bavaria may obey laws which West- with gratified surprise an application from phalia rejects ; but if Bavarians assist West- England for armed assistance against the ag. phalians in cutting Danish throats, their gressions of Austria and Prussia ; yet their internal jealousies are not of perceptible satisfaction would have been incomplete if advantage to Danes. Every statesman who France had not taken the opportunity to prohas spoken this week admits that if we de- claim the interruption of the English alliance. fend 'Denmark, we must fight all Germany, Such results would have been almost worth and if all Germany fights, the difference be obtaining at the cost of war, and when they tween Austrians and Prussians matters no were gratuitously offered, it was natural that more than the discontent of Ireland or the they should be thankfully accepted. The separate Church of Scotland matters to the policy of Russia on this special question has enemies of Great Britain when the Scots not yet been fully disclosed. In all the neGreys charge. Peaceful and unaggressive! gotiations which have taken place, and more Well, the German Diet of Vienna has voted particularly in the conference, the Russian that Venice is a port of the Confederation ; ministers have been more forward than even Prussia will not give up one inch of Posen ; their English colleagues in demonstrations the Reichsrath refuses to condemn the state of friendship to Denmark. The remarkable · of siege in Galicia ; and Germany from end summary of the proceedings which appears to end is ringing with delight because Ger- | to have been drawn up by an eager Danish man troops are cutting the unripe corn which partisan is generally attributed to the Rusmight encourage Danish Jutlanders to resist sian plenipotentiary. Except with fleets and their German invaders. Our opponents put armies, the Emperor Alexander has apparto us a prediction, and in reply we only state ently been ready to oppose the pretensions what is.
of Germany; but the support of Austria and Prussia in Poland concerns his interests more closely than the safety or independence of Denmark. It is not improbable that Russian
influence may be exerted to obtain comparaFrom The Saturday Review. tively favorable terms of peace, while France DANISH POLICY OF FRANCE AND RUSSIA. and England are excluded by different cir
cumstances from all share in the negotiations. The vituperation of England which at pres. It is strange that any statesman can have ent occupies and amuses the Continent may believed that Russia would engage in war serve as a warning against basty and indis- with the German powers while Prussian criminate censure of foreign nations and gov- troops are watching for Polish insurgents on ernments. The apnoyance will not be abated the frontiers of Posen, and during the conor alleviated by recriminations on those neu-tinuance of military law in Galicia. The tral powers which have combined secure in-| German fleet of the future at Kiel and the action with a fortunate immunity from pop- contingent Scandinavian monarchy involve ular criticism. It is evident that France and remoter dangers than those which at present Russia, if not more generous, have been more occupy the attention of Russian statesmen. adroit than England ; and it is useless to find The conduct and motives of France are fault with a policy which has been successful, somewhat obscurer, and it may be doubted as a passenger is successful who makes his whether they deserve the indiscriminate euway through a riotous crowd without being logy of rival politicians in the House of forced or tempted to interfere. It would be Commons. Like Russia and England, France more meritorious to suppress the tumult; but undoubtedly felt a certain good-will to Denan abortive effort to restrain the passions of mark, and, as in all similar cases, the Emthe combatants exposes the baffled peacemak- peror Napoleon foresaw that he might possier to temporary ridicule. Of all European bly find profit by fishing in troubled waters. States, Russia has profited most immediately Two or three alternative courses presented and most cheaply by the Danish quarrel. In themselves for his choice at different stages the midst of an excitement nearer home, the of the controversy. After the rebuff which western nations have suddenly forgotten the had been received from Prince Gortschakoff wrongs and the very existence of Poland. in the Polish correspondence, it would have Only a yearoago, almost every European been undignified to cultivate a close union State, with the exception of Prussia, was with Russia ; and England had, in the same remonstrating with Russia in tones of indig- negotiation, incurred the imperial displeasnation and of menace. England, France, and ure. Mr. Disraeli probably exaggerates the Austria denounced in concerted language the bad effects of Lord Russell's withdrawal from
co-operation in the matter of Poland, as diate the unfortunate treaty of 1852, because
on French assistance in an internal conflict As the agitation increased, it became evi- with the two great monarchies of the Confeddent that the governments were butimperfect-eration. The Prussian minister, by his unly expressing the unanimous convictions and scrupulous energy, leading Austria in his feelings of the German people. For the first train, has since effectually baffled for the time since the days of Frederick Barbarossa, or present the ambitious designs of France. perhaps of Otho, the whole nation was de- Notwithstanding the protests of the national voted to the entertainment of a common ob- party at Berlin and Frankfort, it was certain ject; and while some patriots advocated har- that an army which, on any pretext, attacked monious action for the sake of redressing the Denmark would be regarded as the most efwrongs of Schleswig, politicians of more com- fective instrument of the popular will. Every prehensive views urged on the invasion of angry speech which is uttered in England Denmark, because the enterprise seemed like-confirms the faith of Germany in Prussia, ly to promote the cause of German unity, because it expresses a feeling of indignation The joint intervention of France and England against the relentless enemy of Denmark. might perhaps have saved Denmark from Even the easy victories which have been invasion ; but it would also have cemented won please the general fancy, and at present the union of all parties and of all local sub- a foreign assailant of Prussia would find at divisions in Germany. The alliance which her back a united and formidable nation. Lord Russell failed to effect would have been The minor princes are, perhaps, more alarmed dangerous to England, because it might have by the predominance of Prussia than by the involved practical participation in schenies of agitation which produced the war. It is conquest; but, on the other hand, France even possible that they may be still intriguwould have created a hostile feeling on her ing for French support; but if they draw own frontier, while England, in case of the back, they will no longer represent the wishes worst, would have been inaccessible to Ger- or passions of their subjects. If kings were man revenge. The only hope of political mere proprietors, with provinces for their victory through the intestine divisions of private, estates, there would be a superficial Germany rested on separate vigilance, to be kind of poetical justice in the loss of the followed by activity if an opening occurred. Rhine as a penalty for the acquisition of the it was, above all things, necessary to repu- Eyder. The Germans are the less concerned
to dispute the theoretical fitness of retribu- | travelling abroad owes some of its most obrition, inasmuch as they have no present reason ous drawbacks. The change of life, the for dreading foreign aggression. The Danish scenery, the amusements, the information war has gone far to redeem the failure of gained by a tour along the principal highFrankfort, because every German regiment roads of Europe, have their charm, and make would be available if it were required for the travelling worth all its many inconveniences. prosecution of the campaign. The union of But the operation by which the pleasure is the petty Italian States, was highly unwel- won, in itself is usually a mixed pleasure. come to France, although the new peninsular In the first place, there are invariably rekingdom is still held in leading strings ; but strictions connected with it which all Engunited Germany would be more unmanagea- lishmen hate, and to which they are little ble, nor would it consent to.forfeit any Savoy accustomed to submit. The Briton who enor Nice by way of fine on its enfranchise- ters a continental railway station leaves at ment.
the door his liberty, and becomes for the The policy of France has thus far consisted journey the miserable slave of a paternal in prudent submission to unavoidable cir- government. In happy unconsciousness of cumstances. If a disappointment is incurred, his crime, he is forever sinning against some it is better to bear it in silence than to burst important regulation, and forever being called out in useless lamentations; but there is little to order hy authoritative officials. If he sits tact in loudly congratulating a loser because down, he thereby contravenes a by-law of he looks as if he had won the stakes. If which he never heard ; but the violation of England had maintained the treaty of 1852, which is looked upon by every gens-d'arme. an undesirable or pernicious result would and railway guard as a deliberate outrage have been overlooked in the complacent feel- upon their own dignity. If he stands up, he ing that English influence had been found is sure to find himself standing at the wrong irresistible. The unresistant invasion of place. It seems as if destiny, on such occaDenmark is rather mortifying than injurious, sions, had marked him out as the one sheep and future French politicians will not fail to which was always getting into trouble with point out the perfidious astuteness of a gop- the shepherds of the railway flock, and he ernment which, by apparent opposition and sees the natives eying him with astonishhypocritical threats of hostility, has helped ment, as if he were a wild and insubordinate to raise up a great power in the immediate animal, wherever he either opens a door or vicinity of France.
shuts it. Iron statutes of the same nature as those of the laws of the Medes and Persians govern him at every stage. He is forbidden to look after his luggage; he is for. bidden to enter the platform before the bell
rings ; bearded officers prevent him loitering From The London Review, 25 June.
on the way to the carriage, or from stretch
ing his head out of the window when he is CONTINENTAL MANNERS.
there. The most remarkable thing of all is, During the last few weeks, travellers re- that the inhabitants do not appear to mind turning from Germany have brought home this rigid discipline, and regard the foreign the intelligence that travelling in Germany guest as an evil-mannered person, should he has become, for English gentlemen and la- accidentally infringe upon it. Nor are Engdies, a difficult and annoying business. Com- lishmen-unless they happen to be familiar plaints are made, not merely of the rudeness with the Continent—at all prepared for the of officials, but of the rudeness of those who power and dignity of foreign officials. In are casual passengers as well. The Prussians, England no gentleman pays more than a in particular, are said to visit on the heads very limited attention to the discipline of of unfortunate English individuals the politi- the railways. Railway guards are not gencal sins and shortcomings which they attrib- erally considered servants of the nation ; and ute to the English nation. A few years ago if a traveller wishes to smoke, he smokes an awkward quarrel between German officials and gives the guard a shilling. The conseand Englishmen at Cologne gave people who quence is, that Englishmen abroad are connever went abroad an insight into some of tinually in trouble. It takes a long expethe misfortunes to which Celebs in search of rience to teach them that by-laws may not scenery is liable; and it cannot be doubted be broken. In Germany, above all countries for a moment that travelling in German rail- in Europe, this is peculiarly the case. ways and steamboats may be made intensely is the supervision of the law confined by any unpleasant, if the natives of that favored means to public conveyances. It is long odds! country choose to make it so. But it is not that an Englishman cannot ride along a highmerely owing to political complications that road in Germany for half a mile, on horse
back, without exposing himself to the penal- sally agreeable. The French, since the Revoties of a misdemeanor. Either he is riding lution, are a polite, but are not essentially a too fast, or to slow. If not, he is probably chivalrous, nation. They look upon women, riding on that perfectly indistinguishable not with the exaggerated homage of the side of the highway which it is the pleasure American, nor with the inbred reverence of and custom of the natives in the neighbor- an Englishman, but with the gallantry of a hood to consider dedicated to the use of foot- nation that adores, without respecting, beaupassengers. As he ambles pleasantly along, ty. A lady represents to a Frenchman gaya shout is heard from some field or cottage ety, pleasure, elegance,-in fact, the luxuries at the side. A native, dressed in a blouse, and the perfume of life. It is obvious that rushes with loud cries at his horse's head. this is not a species of worship which is calcuIt seems that the Englishman has done some-lated to intoxicate English women. With all thing for which he must anyhow submit to a Frenchman's finished ease in talking to a be fined. If he attempts to escape, the only woman, there is always something intensely difference is that he will be imprisoned. disagreeable at the bottom of his tone and in
The courtesy itself which is commonly said the inmost recesses of his eye. The truth is, to be characteristic of foreigners is of a pecul- that the French, with all their idealism, mix iar kind, and is not of very much use to materialism in still larger quantities. They Englishmen and English women on the Conti- are at best divine monkeys; and when Talley
An Englishman may be quite sure rand tells us that you have only to scratch a that if he takes off his hat to the poorest- Russian to get at the Cossack underneath, looking man in the streets, the poorest-look- he forgets that the maxim might be turned ing man will, in return, take off his hat to against his own race. Scratch the Parisian, him. If he knocks at a door, the maid- you will find underneath a Gaul. servant will receive him with a smile. The Even in the early literature of France, this traveller opposite will cheerfully offer him a strange connection between gallantry and light for his cigar. These amenities of life materialism is to be found. The amatory are of some value, and are too apt to be poets of France have not in bygone times underrated by English people. They pro- been usually over-complimentary to women. ceed, however, not so much from unselfishness Many an old French writer (poets among the as from sociability. There is a wide margin number) tells us how man created all the genbetween the two. The absence of all aristo- tle, woman all the savage, animals. To Adam cratical distinctions gives the French ouvrier a we owe the sheep. Eve in her turn struck bearing and a good-humored dignity that seem the ground, and upsprang thereupon the wolf. charming at first sight; but it is a charm If it had not been for "Adam's presence of that lies upon the surface; at least, the mind, who retaliated immediately with the French are not more courteous than the Eng-dog, according to the gallant rhymer, the lish, though they are gayer, and more friendly world might long ago have seen a scarcity, in manner towards each other. They will if not of inhabitants, at least of mutton. bear the adventures and roughness of a jour- The story is more suitable, perhaps, to the ney with more com posure. They will break- character of French Eves than of English. fast merrily on sour bread, drink bad coffee, Like the French Adam, the French Eve, with dine on worse soup. They will not, however, all her graces, has generally a tolerable share go so far as an Englishman to do a real of selfishness. For conversation, for grace, service to a lady, and if you vacate for a for social talent, she is unrivalled ; but exmoment the last seat in a railway carriage, perience tells us that for real delicacy of it is by no means certain that some one will heart, we had better remain on this side of not pounce upon your place. To English- the Channel. women, French manners are far from univer