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Sur hire evolusibit nos ei 11.2 "That won't do; we have information they are not half f so many Mons Very well," said I; "only I made a calculation on the spot, carefully pacing the ground they occupied, and allowing so many men for every square yard." This circumstantiality carried conviction; so d conviction; so down the garrison of Sebastopol went in the colonel's note-book at forty thousand. བརྩལ་* ¢ { " Y{y", I bisa vispononau salvy) "Who are the commanding officers?" he continued. I bus 991 of thi "Prince Menschikoff and Prince Gortschakoff" (naming the only Russian generals whose names I recollected at the time). e names I recollected at the time).v.vn Te "Impossible," said the aide-de-camp. "Gortschakoff is in Bessa

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१९ bise ".I "Young man," said I, with an air of injured innocence, it is only from report you speak, whereas I saw the prince with my own eyes General Lüders (as another Russian general occurred to me) is also there. He rides a tall black horse, and has lost an eye. The cir circumstance again carried it. Down went Gortschakoff and Lüders in the e note -book as commanding in Sebastopol, the latter minus an eye, ils to to" It is needless to go on with the interview, I was in a rage at being forced to lie, so I gave it to them pretty strong and very circumstan tially, and the colonel and aide-de-camp were delighted with the valuable information they had acquired. It was all reduced in my presence into writing, and the aide-de-camp was sent off with the despatch to Lord Raglan. I got back my money, but was remanded to the custody of the soldiers. otoi paylozzuo Tuesday, October 3.

I was s sent for this morning by the colonel at ten o'clock, found the aide-de-camp and an English officer with him, and in the latter I was delighted to recognise young Estcourt, whom, as a cornet of the Second Dragoons, I had some years before met in Birmingham, and with whose family I had been very intimately acquainted. I saw from his look that he half recognised me.

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"So, sir," began the colonel, "it seems a brother of yours has been captured by the English; at least he is of the same name, though he denies any knowledge of you. But of course he is lying debit VISY You know best, my dear sir," answered I. "You insisted yesterday on me being Mr. Upton. I am still ready to continue so, and will eit admit or deny the fraternity of the other Mr. Upton, as you pleasers "Insolent scoundrel!" said the colonel. rebro ent spied esitreg-19gaib Stop, sir,” I replied, "the joke has been carried far enough WAS willing to be anything rather than be shot, but I think I see an opportunity of being myself again. Estcourt," said I, addressing the dragoon, you can answer for me."

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"I thought so," shouted the Englishman. "To be sure I can.

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all Uptons! How are you, my boy??? and we shook hands cordially. Colonel, this is some absurd blunder. I can answer for this g gentleman not being Mr. Upton, and, further, that he is incapable of being a spy: but as to anything further, I would like to know how he came by his clothes.

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"It is too ridiculous!" said the colonel; but I owe the gentleman an apology for the language I have used, and beg him to consider that my observations were applied to his dress, and not to himself. Or," said he, seriously, "if you are not satisfied, I consider myself bound to give you that satisfaction which we Frenchmen are not prevented from offering." ip Hood-stoc elsnolos sds ni tuow logotands? to poing st "Quite unnecessary," said I; "your apology is due to Mr. Upton and not to me, and I accept the amende honorable you have made to my coat and trousers. Besides, I have the best of it, since you thought proper to send off valuable information to Lord Raglan.” da alter Morbleu !" said the colonel, Fam an ass b "So am I," said the aide-de-camp.

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"Not at all," said the colonel." Upton, oror whoever you may be you you are my guest for two or three days. I must have an opportunity of making some amends for the harsh treatment you have suffered; nd you, sir, turning to Estcourt, you will honour me with your company to-day 2979 ym af beoober is 14 al „bartuppa Lait quid modnartólat Estcourt had no objections; so we began the day by breakfasting, after which the colonel produced wine and cigars. Ultimately, we arranged ourselves into a whist party, and played without ceasing till five in the into we di we dined; after which we had more evening rubbers, supper, and then the dragoon left us; and shortly after I suba sound sleep in sided inter

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en We have a fine view of Sebastopol from a height. It certainly looks Vanticipate. formidable, and I much fear its capture will be more difficult than bepieniall sorts of rumours are current about what goes on inside. One report is that Menschikoff has committed suicide; another report describes Sebastopol as being in a state of festivity, balls and dinner-parties being the order of the day; but I am disposed to think all these reports are pure invention, as I am not aware that there is any communication between us and the garrison. One thing is certain-namely, that they have sunk six ships of their fleet at the entrance of the bay, thereby blocking up the channel, and preventing any attack from the 089 9168 90 9 codailgad odt botonde que difquodt I Saint-Arnaud is dangerously ill in Balaklava, and it is now certain he proceeds to France. General Canrobert has assumed the command. He is a favourite with the army, and, according to all accounts, a first-rate wood woud of gail bluow I aodnsi quidiyda or en ind general.99 October 10.0

q I have little to note since Wednesday. For the two or three first days the men were constantly occupied bringing up ammunition and

artillery, and since then they have been working hard at the trenches. On the sixth we received a reinforcement of nearly ten thousand men, The Russians, meantime, have not been idle. Entrenchments and earth. works are getting up betwixt us and them as if by magic. From the position we occupy we can easily see them at work, and with good glasses make out that men, women, and children all assist with the greatest energy. Nor have they confined themselves to the defensive: we have had several alarms, and have been well shelled and cannonaded, though with little injury now that the trenches are constructed. The men have got very expert in dodging all projectiles, the progress of which in the air they watch with the greatest coolness.

We command Sebastopol to the left and the British to the right, the two armies stretching in a semicircle for about eight miles, but separated by a ravine. The second division, to which I belong, occupy the centre of the French line, and are about two miles distant from Sebastopol. From a height a little to our rear we command a view of the whole investing force as well as of the besieged city.

AFTER THE BALL.

BY MRS. ALFRED M. MUNSTER.

THEY are gone-the wreathed flowers
Round the columns fade and droop;
White and cold, from crimson niches,
Gleameth many a marble group.
'Tis the drearest hour time numbers,
Cheerless herald of the dawn,
When the veil that hides the future

From the past seems half withdrawn.

Now the minstrel's strain is silent,
The laughing guests are flown,
And beside the hearth's dull embers
Sits the revels' queen alone:
Rich the robe that floats around her,
Changing like the mallard's neck,
And snow-pure the pearls that shimmer
Through the dark-brown hair they deck.

But her weary thoughts have wandered
To a glen far, far away,
Where to-night the moon is shining,

And the mountain stream at play;

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She can see the quiet homestead,
Ivy-grown from base to roof,
And the chequered sunshine stealing
Through the larches' pensile woof.

She remembers how the robin

In the autumn sunset sang,
And the skylark's liquid carol

Through the bright June morning rang.
Ah! though Hope may o'er the future
Rose-hued radiance freely cast,
Yet she lacks the tender glory
Which Remembrance lends the past.

And the lady, sad and lonely,

Yearns this night to see once more
Scenes and faces loved and longed for
In the joyous days of yore;
But in vain-the bright glen-river
Shall flow backward from the main,
Ere the twain who met beside it
Long ago, shall meet again.

Wake! such dreams unnerve the spirit:
Well thou know'st the past is past,
And on all thy glad youth's treasures
Thy bright eyes have looked their last.
Now for others shine the mountains,
Purple in the sunset glow,

And to other ears are uttered
Vows like those of long ago.

Then be happy as thou mayest,

As thy choice, so is thy fate;
Thou didst yield life's choicest blessing
To secure one dazzling bait.

If the fruit hath turned to ashes,

If the gold hath turned to clay,
Yet let none behold thy mourning
For the boon that's past away.
Dry thy tears, enjoy thy guerdon,

Let the heart thou hast betrayed
Mourn above the wreck and ruin

Which thy vain ambition made.
For thyself-with rank and riches
Thou hast cast thy brilliant lot:
Then be calm, and pray to Heaven
That the old time be forgot.

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einoy †A. of bab999onɑ 78×1 ni tur transturoil-zboz as loodoa eft bottinn d 5 l sa: to reuniver dal sdt ai 308093191) -8 yolace to new l Justine cdon ["hemp), dowend to nodustong sit vd bosseagginos zaw FRANCOIS CERTAIN CANROBERT, MARSHAL OF FRANCE. ovat a fye blod gyiton enw tasostugil ga007 siT MARSHAL CANROBERT bears no other special resemblance to the Greek Hercules, except that he, in his turn, once stood at those cross roads where practical common sense and moral wisdom offer their hands to the aspirant. Hercules escaped from the alternative with the antiquated promptitude of duty: the way in which Canrobert behaved evidences the enormous progress which the modern world has made over the Hellenic myth. 28 3590i951 eul an Canrobert does not belong to the Bonapartists de la veille; so little, indeed, does he do so, that, even le lendemain, he left Europe in doubt as to his sympathies. He has heaped up no heavy accusations against his previous history; on the contrary, a certain incubus of kindliness, justice, and philanthropy hovers over his political career. And yet Canrobert earned proportionally more by the overthrow of existing relations on t the 2nd of December than any other man. He achieved nothing in the Crimean war like Bosquet or Pelissier; he left far behind him those furies who incessantly pursued St. Arnaud; he has not grown grey in service like Marshals Magnan and Castellane; he did not carry his life and his honour to market like Persigny and Morny; he was but slightly dipped in that diplomatic witches' caldron in which Walewski so dearly earns his enormous salary; and yet by the age of forty-seven he was Marshal of France, senator, extraordinary envoy of the empire to the Swedish court, and, ere a half century crowned his brow, he governed one-fifth of France with dictatorial pomp.

Any one who has seen the marshal, or studied his portrait, will still be far from the solution of the problem: he has seen a man of middle height and anything but military tournure, whose head sits too close on his shoulders, and whose plump nose is marked with beauty spots. When Canrobert is dressed en civil, even his friends compare him to a parish clerk. Perhaps his success lies in his eyes, which express the cautious cunning of the Auvergnat, who, as is notorious, is very fond of hearing himself talk, and has a marked predilection for money.fio do

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It was not till 1851 that Canrobert was credited with high military abilities by the journals of the Elysée, who wished to bring him over from the party of order in the National Assembly: neither in Africa nor in the Crimea did he display those strategic talents which, we expect to find in a commander-in-chief. If the soldier before Sebastopol praised him, and was heartily attached to him, it was solely for the care he showed in supplying the wants of the army. When Canrobert received the returning troops at the Lyons station in Paris, the cry ran through the ranks, "Voilà notre père." This prominent feminine quality in the genera evidently neutralised every heroic impulse, and it was not his fortune ever to gain his marshal's staff by a resonant action,ta a dini Canrobert was born in 1808, at St. Céré, on the borders of Upper Auvergne, not far from the birthplace of the cavalry king Murat, In 1826 he joined the military school at St. Cyr, but the education at that period was far from being equal to what it is now. At the age of twenty,

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