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ently caught the suspicion that this is no in his view : “Why do the heathen so furicommon culprit. It is a hard-featured sol- ously rage together; and why do the people dier near him, who is wrapt in thought. imagine a vain thing?? Yet the master has But the group before Pilate is the prominent exquisitely contrived the full effect of a scene and master stroke. Rembrandt must have of violence, without shocking the most rewitnessed incidents which had told him that fined spectator. Not a sign of it approaches there is no earnestness like that of fanaticism. our Lord's person, who, as long as he is in These are not the mere brutes who bawl from the custody of the Roman soldiers, is guarded infection, and who can be blown about with by a form of law; while the furious crowd every wind, such as we see in former repre- below is so wrapt in Rembrandt gloom as to sentations ; these are the real Jews, and this suggest every horror to the imagination, and is the real Pilate-vacillating, bending in in- give none to the eye. But the vain thing' decision, with his expressive, outstretched, is seen without disguise in that urgent group self-excusing hands and false, temporizing before the wavering Roman, embodying the face—who has no chance before them. It is strength of an evil principle against which not so much the clutch on his robe by one, nothing can prevail but that • Truth' which or the glaring eye and furious open mouth of Pilate knows not." another, or the old Jew, hoary in wickedness, who threatens him with the fury of the These quotations will give the reader an multitude ; but it is the dreadful earnest impression of the fervor and eloquence which face, upturned and riveted on his, of the Lady Eastlake has thrown into her undertakfigure kneeling before him, --it is the tightly ing; but the varied research, the copious incompressed lips of that man who could not entreat more persistently for his own life than formation, the careful comparison of the difhe is pleading for the death of the Prisoner. ferent ages and schools of art, which mark Rembrandt has given to this figure the dig. these volumes, will best be jndged of hy nity, because the power, of a maligpant de- those who make them companions and guides. lusion : horribly fine. This is a truly realis- They form, in conjunction with Mrs. Jametic conception of such a scene, which has a son's previous publications, a series of great grandeur of its own, in contradistinction to those improperly so called; for the reality of interest and utility; and Lady Eastlake has mere brutality is not a subject for art at all. very ably contributed to extend the knowlRembrandt, in executing this etching, may edge and enjoyment of one of the noblest be conceived to bave had the second Psalm branches of art.
SEA-DUST.—To those who are unacquainted, the fall is so heavy as to cover the sails and decks with the sea and the marvels which belong to it, of vessels, and to give the sea an appearance simit may sound like one of Baron Munchausen’s | ilar to that presented by a pond adjacent to a tales, but it is nevertheless true, that ships at a dusty road. The powder is exceedingly finedistance of many hundreds of miles from any land almost impalpable. Its color is brick-red or bright have been met by heavy showers of fine dry dust; yellow, and becomes of a lighter shade after being and by thick yellow fogs, not unlike London No- kept for some years. In the Mediterranean, the vember fogs, except that they are free from suffo- dust is known as Sirocco or African dust, becating smell, which turn out to be nothing more cause it was supposed to come from some of the than this finely-divided powder suspended in the desert land of the African continent. But it was air and waiting for a favorable opportunity to only supposed so to come ; nothing was really descend. The reddish-yellow fogs are commonly known of its history or its home. It was considencountered in the neighborhood of the Cape de ered to be in some way or other connected with Verd Islands, where the dust is also abundant. barren and dry land,-most probably Africa, They and the dust have also been seen, though and in its wide wanderings over many degrees less frequently, in the Mediterranean, on the of latitude, it was identified with the wind which North African and South European coasts, and “ bloweth where it listeth,” and concerning which even far away in the middle of the Atlantic. The no man knoweth “whence it cometh, or whither dust has been known to strew the shores of south- it goeth.” In the absence of knowledge, or of that eastern France and the whole line of the west scientific presumption which is akin to it, specuItalian coast, at the same time that it fell all over lation was rife as to the origin and travelling power the islands of Sardinia aud Malta. Sometimes of this dust.-Chambers's Journal.
MR. BUTLER FOR DUTY ON
PART XI.--CHAPTER XXXVII.' ago; but they telegraphed for me to come at
I'm off for Naples.” “ 1 SUPPOSE M'Gruder's right,” muttered " And why to Naples ?” Tony, as he sauntered away drearily from " I'll tell you, Tony,” said he, confidenthe door at Downing Street, one day in the tially; “ but remember this is for yourself second week after his arrival in London. "A alone. These things mustn't get abroad ; man gets to feel very like a 'flunkey,' com- they are Cabinet secrets, and not known out ing up in this fashion each morning for or- of the Privy Council.”' ders.' I am more than half disposed to close “ You may trust me," said Tony; and with his offer and go • into rags’ at once.” Skeffy went on. If he hesitated, he assured himself, very
“ I'm to be attached there,” said he, solconfidently, too, that it was not from the emnly. name or nature of the commercial operation. " What do you mean by attached?” He had no objection to trade in rags any
“ I'm going there officially. They want more than in hides, or tallow, or oakum, and me at our Legation. Sir George Home is on some gum
which did not “ breathe of Araby leave, and Mecklam is chargé d'affaires; of the blest." Ile was sure that it could not course, every one knows what that means.'' possibly affect his choice, and that rags were
- But I don't,” said Tony, bluntly. just as legitimate and just as elevating a spec- “ It means being bullied, being jockeyed, ulation as sherry from Cadiz, or silk from being out-manæuvred, laughed at by BrenChina. He was ingenious enough in his nier, and derided by Caraffa. Mecklam’s an self-discussions ; but, somehow, though he ass, Tony, that's the fact, and they know it thought he could tell his mother frankly and at the Office, and I'm sentout to steer the ship."' honestly the new trade he was about to em- " But what do you know about Naples ? ' bark in, for the life of him he could not sum- “I know it just as I know the Ecuador mon courage to make the communication to question,-just as I know the Mouth of the Alice. He fancied her as she read the avowal Danube question,--as I know the slave treaty repeating the words - rags,” and, while her with Portugal, and the Sound' dues with lips trembled with the coming laughter, say- Denmark, and the right of search, and ing, “What in the name of all absurdity the Mosquito frontier, and everything else led him to such a choice?” And what a that is pending throughout the whole globe. number of vapid and tasteless jokes it would Let me tell you, old fellow, the others--the provoke! “ Such snobbery as it all is !" French, the Italians, and the Austrians, cried he, as he walked the room angrily; know me as well as they know Palmerston. " as if there was any poetry in cotton bales, What do you think Walewski told Lady or anything romantic in molasses ! and yet Pancroft the day Cavour went down to Vichy I might engage in these without reproach, to see the emperor? They held a long conwithout ridicule. I think I ought to be versation at a table where there were writabove such considerations. I do think my ing materials, and Cavour has an Italian good blood might serve to assure me that in habit of scribbling all the time he talks, and whatever I do honorably, honestly, and avow- he kept on scratching with a pen on a sheet edly, there is no derogation.”
of blotting-paper; and what do you think he But the snobbery was stronger than he wrote ?—the one word, over and over again, wotted of; for, do what he would, he could Skeff, Skeff--nothing else. • Which led us?' not frame the sentence in which he should says Walewski, “to add, Who or what was write the tidings to Alice, and yet he felt Skeff? when they told us he was a young that there would be a degree of meanness in fellow '—these were his own words of the non-avowal infinitely more intolerable. splendid abilities in the Foreign Office ; ' and
While he thus chafed and fretted, he heard if there is anything remarkable in Cavour, it a quick step mounting the stair, and at the is the way he knows and finds out the comsame instant bis door was flung open, and ing man. Skeffy Damer rushed toward him and grasped “ But how could he have heard of you?” both his hands.
- These fellows have their spies everyWell, old Tony, you scarcely expected to where, Tony. Gortchakoff has a photograph see me here, nor did I either thirty hours) of me, with two words in Russian underneath,
that I got translated, and that mean, 'infer- | vain. So we were, Tony,-80 is every man nally dangerous,'—tanski seratcztrakoff, in that is the depositary of a certain power. fernally dangerous, !-over his stove in his Without this same conscious thought, which study. You’re behind the scenes now, Tony, you common folk call vanity, how should we and it will be rare fun for you to watch come to exercise the gist ? The little world the newspapers and see how differently taunts us with the very quality that is the things will go on at Naples after I arrive essence of our superiority.” there."
“ Had Bella perfectly recovered ? Was she * Tell me something about home, Skeffy ; able to be up and about ?” I want to hear about Tilney. Whom did you • Yes, she was able to take carriage airleave there when you came away?” ings, and to be driven about in a small phae
“ I left the Lyles, Alice and Bella, -none ton by the neatest whip in Europe.” else. I was to have gone back with them to " Mr. Skeff Damer, eh?” Lyle Abbey if I had stayed till Monday, and
- The same.
Ah, these drives, these I left them, of course, very disconsolate, and drives ! What delicious memories of woodgreatly put out."
land and romance! I fell desperately in love " I suppose you made up to Alice. I with that girl, Tony,-I pledge you my thought you would,” said Tony, half sulkily. honor I did. I've ought a great deal over
- No, old fellow, you do me wrong; that's it all since I started for Ireland, and I have a thing I never do. As I said to Earnest a plan, a plan for us both." Palfi about Pauline Esterhazy, I'll take no 6. What is it?" unfair advantage--I'll take no steps in your “ Let us marry these girls. Let us be absence ; and Alice saw this herself.” brothers-in-law as well as in love. You pre
“ How do you mean? Alice saw it?” fer Alice-I consent. Take her, take her, said Tony, reddening.
Tony, and may you be happy with her !” She saw it ; for she said to me one day, And as he spoke, he laid his hand on the * Mr. Damer, it seems to me you have very other's head with a reverend solemnity. punctilious notions on the score of friendship.? 6. This is nonsense, and worse than non
66. I have,' said I ; ' you're right there.' sense,” said Tony, angrily; but the other's "• I thought so,' said she.”
temper was imperturbable, and he went on. “ After all,” said Tony, in a half-dogged “ You fancy this is all dreamland that I'm tone, “ I don't see that the speech had any promising you ; but that is because you, ing reference to me, or to any peculiar delicacy dear Tony, with many good qualities, are of yours with respect to me.
totally wanting in one : you have no imaginaAh, my poor Tony, you have a deal to tion, and, like all fellows denied this gist, you learn about women and their ways! By never can conceive anything happening to you good luck fortune has given you a friend,- except what has already happened.
You like the one man,--I declare I believe what I say,- to live in a circle, and you do live in a circle ; the one man in Europe that knows the whole you are the turnspits of humanity." thing; as poor Balzac used to say,
• Cher " I'm a troublesome dog, though, if you Skeffy, what a fellow you would be if you anger me,” said Tony, half fiercely. had my pen !' He was a vain creature, - Very possibly; but there are certain men Balzac; but what he meant was, if I could dogs never attack." And as Skeffy said this add his descriptive power to my own knowl- he threw forward his chest, beld bis head edge of life ; for you see, Tony, this was the back, and looked with an air of such proud difference between Balzac and me. He knew defiance that Tony lay back in a chair and Paris, and the salons of Paris, and the women laughed heartily. who frequent these salons. I knew the human “ I never saw a great hulking fellow yet heart. It was woman, as a creature, not a that was not impressed with the greatness of mere conventionality, that she appeared to his stature,” said Skeffy.
Every inch after me."
five feet six takes a foot off a man's intel“ Well, I take it,” grumbled out Tony, lectual standard. It is Skeff Damer says it, “you and your friend had some points of Tony, and you may believe it." resemblance too."
“ I wish you'd tell me about Tilney,” said “Ah! you would say that we were both Tony, half irritably.
• I appreciate you, as the French say. I don't think I clearly understand you,” You want to hear that I am not your rival ; said Tony, passing his hand over his brow. you want to know that I have not taken any 66 Am I to believe that you and Bella are ungenerous advantage of your absence. Toni- engaged ? " no mio, be of good comfort; I preferred the - I know what's passing in your mind, sister ; shall I tell you why ?”
old fellow ; I read you like large print. I don't want to hear anything about You wont, you can't, credit the fact that I it.”
would marry out of the peerage. Say it “ What a jealous dog it is, even after I frankly, out with it.”' have declared, on the word of a Damer, that “ Nothing of the kind ; but I cannot behe has nothing to apprehend from me! It lieve that Bella" was a lucky day led me down there, Tony. Ay, but she did,” said Skeffy, filling up Don't you remember the old woman's note to his pause, while he smoothed and caressed 'me, mentioning a hundred pounds, or some- his very young mustaches. 66 Trust a woman thing like it, she had forgotten to enclose ? to find out the coming man! Trust a woman She found the bank-note afterwards on her to detect the qualities that insure supremacy ! table, and after much puzzling with herself, I wasn't there quite three weeks in all, and ascertained it was the sum she had meant to see if she did not discover me. What's this? remit to me. Trifling as the incident was, Here comes an order for you, Tony,” said he, she thought it delicate, or high-minded, or as he looked into the street and recognized one something or other on my part. She said. it of the porters of the Foreign Office.
6. This is was so nice of me; ' and she wrote to my the place, Trumins !” cried he, opening the uncle to ask if he ever heard such a pretty window and calling to the man. 6. You're trait, and my uncle said he knew scores of looking for Mr. Butler ; aren't you ?" spendthrifts would have done much the “ Mr. Butler on duty, Friday 21," was all same; whereu pon the old lady of Tilney, that the slip of paper contained. 6. There,” regarding me as ill-used by my relatives, cried Skeffy, “ who knows if we shall rot declared she would do something for me ; but cross the Channel together to-night? Put as her good intentions were double-barrelled, on your hat, and we'll walk down to the and she wanted to do something also for Office.” Bella, she suggested that we might, as the Oberland peasants say, 'put our eggs in the same basket.' A day was named, too, in which we were all to have gone over to Lyle TONY BUTLER was ordered to Brussels to Abbey, and open negotiations with Sir Arthur, place himself at the disposal of the minister when came this confounded despatch ordering as an ex-messenger. He crossed over to me off to Naples! At first I determined not Calais with Skeffy in the mail-boat; and to go-to resign-to give up public life for- after a long night's talking, for neither at
• What's Hecuba to him?' said I ; tempted to sleep, they parted with the most that is, · What signifies it to me how Europe fervent assurances of friendship. fares ? Shall I not think of Skeff Damer and “ I'd go across Europe to thrash the fellow his fortunes ?' Bowling down dynasties and would say a hard word of him," muttered setting up nine-pin princes may amuse a Tony; while Skeffy, with an emotion that man; but, after all, is it not to the tranquil made his lip tremble, said, “If the world enjoyments of home he looks for happiness? goes hard with you, I'll turn my back on it, I consulted Bella ; but she would not agree and we'll start for New Zealand or Madagaswith me.
Women, my dear Tony, are more car, Tony, remember that; I give it to you ambitious than men,- I had almost said, more as a pledge.” worldly. She would not, she said, have me When Tony presented himself at the Legaleave a career wherein I had given such tion, he found that nobody knew anything great promise. • You might be an ambas- about him. They had, some seven or eight sador one day,' said she. • Must be !' in- months previous, requested to have an additerposed I,-'must be !' My unfortunate tional messenger appointed, as there were admission decided the question, and I started cases occurring which required frequent that night."
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passed over, and Brussels was once again as vitations to the Abbey, that it would seem undisturbed by diplomatic relations as any to imply, if such a thing were possible, a speof the Channel Islands..
cial determination to avoid us. I know you - Take a lodging and make yourself com- well enough, Master Tony, to be aware that fortable ; marry, and subscribe to a club if you will ascribe all my ardor in this pursuit you like it," said a gray-headed attaché, to the fact of there being an obstacle. As with a cynical face ; " for in all likelihood you once told me about a certain short cut they'll never remember you're here.” The from Portrush, the only real advantage it speaker had some experiences of this sort of bad was a stiff four-foot wall, which must be official forgetfulness, with the added misfor- jumped ; but you are wrong, and you are tune that, when he once had summoned cour- unjust,—two things not at all new to you. age to remonstrate against it, they did re- My intentions here were really good. I had member him, but it was to change him from heard from your dear mother that Miss Stewa first to a second class mission-in Irish art was in bad health,—that fears were felt phrase, promoting him backwards—for his lest her chest was affected. Now, as the doctemerity.
tors concurred in deolaring that Bella musi Tony installed himself in a snug little pass one winter, at least, in a warm climate ; quarter outside the town, and set himself so I imagined how easy it would be to extend vigorously to study French. In Knicker- the benefit of genial air and sunshine to this bocker's “ History of New York,” we read really interesting girl, by offering to take her that the sittings of the council were always as a companion. Bella was charmed with measured and recorded by the number of my project, and we walked over to the Burnpipes smoked by the Cabinet. In the same side on Tuesday to propose it in all form. way might it be said, that Tony Butler's prog- " To the shame of our diplomacy we failed ress in Ollendorf was only to be computed completely. The old minister, indeed, was by the quantity of tobacco consumed over it. not averse to the plan, and professed to think The pronouns had cost two boxes of cigars; it a most thoughtful attention on our part; the genders, a large packet of assorted cav- but Dolly, I call her Dolly; for it is by that endish and bird's-eye; and he stood fast on name, so often recurring in the discuseion, I the frontier of the irregular verbs, waiting associate her best with the incident, Dolly for a large bag of Turkish that Skeffy wrote was peremptory in her refusal. I wanted,to say he had forwarded to him through the perhaps a little unfairly,–I wanted to hear Office.
her reasons. I asked if there might not posWhy have we no statistics of the influence sibly be something in her objections to which of tobacco on education? Why will no one we could reply. I pressed her to reconsider direct his attention to the inquiry as to how the matter,-to take a week, two if she liked, far the Tony Butlers—a large class in the to think over it; but no, she would not listen British Islands—are more moved to exertion, to my compromise ; she was steady and resoor hopelessly muddled in intellect, by the lute, and yet at the same time much moved. soothing influences of smoke ?
She said No! but she said it as if there was Tony smoked on, and on. He wrote home a reason she should say so, while it was in occasionally, and made three attempts to write direct violence to all her wishes. Mind this to Alice, who, despite his silence, had sent is mere surmise on my part. I am speaking him a very pleasant letter about home mat- of one of whose nature and temperament I ters. It was not a neighborhood to afford know nothing. I may just as easily be wrong much news ; and, indeed, as she said, “ they as right. She is indeed a puzzle to me; and had been unusually dull of late ; scarcely any one little trait of her has completely routed visitors, and few of the neighbors. We miss all my conceit in my own power of reading your friend Skeff greatly; for with all his character. In my eagerness to overcome her oddities and eccentricities, he had won upon objections, I was picturing the life of enjoyus immensely by real traits of generosity and ment and interest Italy would open to her, high-mindedness. There is another friend of the charm of a land that realizes in daily life yours here I would gladly know well ; but she what poets and painters can only shadow -Miss Stewart-retreats from all my advan- forth ; and in my ardor I so far forgot myself ces, and has so positively declined all our in- as to call her Doily,—dear Doly, I said. The