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“ As soon as the Abbé Coquereau coffin was strongly blocked up with had recited the prayers, the coffin was wedges of wood, and both were once removed with the greatest care, and more soldered up with the most micarried by the engineer-soldiers, bare- nute precautions, under the direction headed, into a tent that had been pre- of Doctor Guillard. These different pared for the purpose. After the re- operations being terminated, the ligious ceremonies, the inner coffins ebony sarcophagus was closed as were opened. The outermost coffin well as its oak case. On delivering was slightly injured: then came one the key of the ebony sarcophagus to of lead, which was in good condition, Count de Chabot, the King's Comand enclosed two others one of tin missioner, Captain Alexander deand one of wood. The last coffin was clared to him, in the name of the lined inside with white satin, which, Governor, that this coffin, containing having become detached by the effect the mortal remains of the Emperor of time, had fallen upon the body, and Napoleon, was considered as at the disenveloped it like a winding-sheet, and posal of the French Government from had become slightly attached to it. that day, and from the moment at
“It is difficult to describe with which it should arrive at the place of what anxiety and emotion those who embarkation, towards which it was were present waited for the moment about to be sent under the orders of which was to expose to them all that General Middlemore. The King's death had left of Napoleon. Notwith- Commissioner replied that he was standing the singular state of preserva- charged by his Government, and in tion of the tomb and coffins, we could its naine, to accept the coffin from scarcely hope to find any thing but the hands of the British authorities, some misshapen remains of the least and that he and the other persons perishable part of the costume to evi- composing the French mission were dence the identity of the body. But ready to follow it to James Town, when Doctor Guillard raised the sheet where the Prince de Joinville, supeof satin, an indescribable feeling of rior commandant of the expedition, surprise and affection was expressed would be ready to receive it and conby the spectators, many of whom duct it on board his frigate. A car burst into tears. The Emperor was drawn by four horses, decked with himself before their eyes! The fea- funereal emblems, had been prepared tures of the face, though changed, before the arrival of the expedition, were perfectly recognized; the hands to receive the coffin, as well as a pall, extremely beautiful ; his well-known and all the other suitable trappings costume had suffered but little, and of mourning. When the sarcophagus the colors were easily distinguished. was placed on the car, the whole was The attitude itself was full of ease, covered with a magnificent imperial and but for the fragments of the satin mantle brought from Paris, the four lining which covered, as with a fine corners of which were borne by Gengauze, several parts of the uniform, erals Bertrand and Gourgaud, Baron we might have believed we still saw Las Cases and M. Marchand. At Napoleon before us lying on his bed half-past three o'clock the funeral car of state. General Bertrand and M. began to move, preceded by a chorisMarchand, who were both present at ter bearing the cross, and by the Abbé the interment, quickly pointed out the Coquereau. M. de Chabot acted as different articles which each had de- chief mourner. All the authorities of posited in the coffin and remained in the island, all the principal inhabitthe precise position in which they had ants, and the whole of the garrison, previously described them to be. followed in procession from the tomb
“ The two inner coffins were care to the quay. But with the exception fully closed again ; the old leaden of the artillerymen necessary to lead
the horses, and occasionally support | troops, the 91st Regiment being on the car when descending some steep the right, and the militia on the left. parts of the way, the places nearest The cortége advanced slowly between the coffin were reserved for the French two ranks of soldiers to the sound of mission. General Middlemore, al- a funeral march, while the cannons though in a weak state of health, per- of the forts were fired, as well as sisted in following the whole way on those of the ‘Belle Poule,' and the foot, together with General Churchill, Dolphin ;' the echoes being repeated chief of the staff in India, who had a thousand times by the rocks above arrived only two days before from James Town. After two hours' Bombay. The immense weight of march, the cortége stopped at the the coffins, and the unevenness of the end of the quay, where the Prince de road, rendered the utmost carefulness Joinville had stationed himself at the necessary throughout the whole dis- hcad of the officers of the three French tance. Colonel Trelawney command- ships of war. The greatest official ed in person the small detachment honors had been rendered by the Enof artillerymen who conducted the car, glish authorities to the memory of the and, thanks to his great care, not the Emperor - the most striking testislightest accident took place. From monials of respect had marked the the moment of departure to the arri- adieu given by St. Helena to his val at the quay, the cannons of the coffin ; and from this moment the forts and the Belle Poule' fired mi- mortal remains of the Emperor were nute-guns. After an hour's march, about to belong to France. When the rain ceased for the first time since the funeral-car stopped, the Prince the commencement of the operations; de Joinville advanced alone, and in and on arriving in sight of the town, presence of all around, who stood we found a brilliant sky and beauti- with their heads uncovered, received, ful weather. From the morning, the in a solemn manner, the imperial three French vessels of war had coffin from the hands of General Midassumed the usual signs of deep dlemore. His Royal Highness then mourning: their yards crossed and thanked the Governor, in the name of their flags lowered. Two French France, for all the testimonials of merchantmen, 'Bonne Amie' and sympathy and respect with which the Indien,' which had been in the roads authorities and inhabitants of St. for two days, had put themselves Helena had surrounded the memoraunder the Prince's orders, and fol- ble ceremonial. A cutter had been lowed during the ceremony all the expressly prepared to receive the manoeuvres of the 'Belle Ponle.' The coffin. During the embarkation, forts of the town, and the houses which the Prince directed himself, of the consuls, had also their flags the bands played funeral-airs, and all half-mast high.
the boats were stationed round with “On arriving at the entrance of their oars shipped. The moment the the town, the troops of the garrison sarcophagus touched the cutter, a and the militia formed in two lines magnificent royal flag, which the laas far as the extremity of the quay. dies of James Town had embroidered According to the order for mourning for the occasion, was unfurled, and prescribed for the English army, the tho‘Belle Poule' immediately squared men had their arms reversed, and the her masts and unfurled her colors. officers had crape on their arms, with All the manoeuvres of the frigate were their swords reversed. All the in- immediately followed by the other habitants had been kept away from vessels. Our mourning had ceased the line of march, but they lined the with the exile of Napoleon, and the terraces commanding the town, and French naval division dressed itself the streets were occupied only by the out in all its festal ornaments to re
ceive the imperial coffin under the pared at Toulon for its reception. At French flag. The sarcophagus was this moment, the vessels fired a last covered in the cutter with the impe- salute with all their artillery, and the rial mantle. The Prince de Joinville frigate took in her flags, keeping up placed himself at the rudder, Com- only her flag at the stern and the mandant Guyet at the head of the royal standard at the maintopgallantboat; Generals Bertrand and Gour- mast. On Sunday, the 18th, at eight gaud, Baron Las Cases, M. Marchand, in the morning, the 'Belle Poule' and the Abbé Coquereau occupied quitted St. Helena with her precious the same places as during the march. deposit on board. Count Chabot and Commandant Her " During the whole time that the noux were astern, a little in advance mission remained at James Town, the of the Prince. As soon as the cutter best understanding never ceased to had pushed off from the quay, the exist between the population of the batteries ashore fired a salute of island and the French. The Prince twenty-one guns, and our ships re- de Joinville and his companions met turned the salute with all their artil- in all quarters and at all times with lery:
Two other salutes were fired the greatest good-will and the warmduring the passage from the quay to est testimonials of sympathy. The the frigate; the cutter advancing very authorities and the inhabitants must slowly, and surrounded by the other have felt, no doubt, great regret at boats. At half past six o'clock, it seeing taken away from their island reached the 'Belle Poule,' all the the coffin that had rendered it so cele men being on the yards with their brated; but they repressed their feel. hats in their hands. The Prince ings with a courtesy that does honor had arranged on the deck a chapel, to the frankness of their character.” decked with flags and trophies of arms, the altar being placed at the foot of the mizzenmast. The coffin, carried by our sailors, passed between
II, two ranks of officers with drawn
ON THE VOYAGE FROM ST. HELENA swords, and was placed on the quarter-deck. The absolution was pronounced by the Abbé Coquereau the On the 18th October the French same evening. Next day, at ten frigate quitted the island with its pre o'clock, a solemn mass was celebra- cious burden on board. ted on the deck, in presence of the His Royal Highness the Captai officers and part of the crews of the acknowledged cordially the kindness ships. His Royal Highness stood at and attention which he and his crew the foot of the coffin. The cannon had received from the English author. of the Favorite' and 'Oreste' fired ities and the inhabitants of the Island minute-guns during this ceremony, of St. Helena; nay, promised a penwhich terminated by a solemn abso-sion to an old soldier who had been lution ; and the Prince de Joinville, for many years the guardian of the the gentlemen of the mission, the imperial tomb, and went so far as to officers, and the premiers maîtres of the take into consideration the petition ship, sprinkled holy water on the of a certain lodging-house keeper, who coffin. At eleven, all the ceremonies prayed for a compensation for the of the church were accomplished, all loss which the removal of the Emperthe honors done to a sovereign had or's body would occasion to her. And been paid to the mortal remains of although it was not to be expected Napoleon. The coffin was carefully that the great French nation should lowered between decks, and placed in forego its natural desire of recoverthe chapelle ardente which had been pre-I ing the remains of a hero so dear to it
for the sake of the individual interest of benevolence of disposition), the Emthe landlady in question, it must have peror Ferdinand, the King of Prussia, been satisfactory to her to find that and our own gracious Queen, had the peculiarity of her position was so taken such just offence at his conduct delicately appreciated by the august and disobedience towards a young Prince who commanded the expedi- and interesting sovereign, whose aution, and carried away with him thority he had disregarded, whose animo dimidium suce — the half of the fleet he had kidnapped, whose fair genteel independence which she de provinces he had pounced upon, that rived from the situation of her hotel. they determined to come to the aid of In a word, politeness and friendship Abdul Medjid the First, Emperor of could not be carried further. The the Turks, and bring his rebellious Prince's realm and the landlady's vassal to reason. In this project, the were bound together by the closest French nation was invited to join; ties of amity. M. Thiers was Minis- but they refused the invitation, sayter of France, the great patron of the ing, that it was necessary for the English alliance. At London M. maintenance of the balance of power Guizot was the worthy representative in Europe that his Highness Meheof the French good-will towards the met Ali should keep possession of British people; and the remark fre- what by hook or by crook he had quently made by our orators at public gotten, and that they would have no dinners, that “ France and England, hand in injuring him. But why conwhile united, might defy the world,” tinue this argument, which you have was considered as likely to hold good read in the newspapers for many for many years to come, – the union months past? You, my dear, must that is. As for defying the world, know as well as I, that the balance that was neither here nor there; nor of power in Europe could not possibly did English politicians ever dream of be maintained in any such way; and doing any such thing, except perhaps though, to be sure, for the last fifteen at the tenth glass of port at“ Free- years, the progress of the old robber mason's Tavern."
has not made much difference to us Little, however, did Mrs. Corbett, in the neighborhood of Russell Square, the Saint Helena landlady, little did and the battle of Nezib did not in the his Royal Highness Prince Ferdinand least affect our taxes, our homes, our Philip Marie de Joinville, know what institutions, or the price of butcher's was going on in Europe all this time meat, yet there is no knowing what (when I say in Europe, I mean in might have happened had MeheTurkey, Syria, and Egypt); how met Ali been allowed to remain quietclouds, in fact, were gathering upon ly as he was : and the balance of what you call the political horizon; power in Europe might have been and how tempests were rising that the deuce knows where. were to blow to pieces our Anglo Here, then, in a nutshell, you Gallic temple of friendship. Oh, but have the whole matter in dispute. it is sad to think that a single wicked While Mrs. Corbett and the Prince old Turk should be the means of set-de Joinville were innocently interting our two Christian nations by the changing compliments Saint ears !
Helena, - bang! bang! Commodore Yes, my love, this disreputable old Napier was pouring broadsides into man had been for some time past the Tyre and Sidon; our gallant navy object of the disinterested attention of was storming breeches and routing the great sovereigns of Europe. The armies ; Colonel Hodges had seized Emperor Nicolas (a moral character, upon the green standard of Ibraham though following the Greek supersti- Pacha ; and the powder-magazine of tion, and adored for his mildness and St. John of Acre was blown up sky.
high, with eighteen hundred Egyp- / against the enemy. The provisional tian soldiers in company with it. cabins that had been fitted up in the The French said that l'or Anglais had battery were demolished, the partiachieved all these successes, and no tions removed, and, with all the eledoubt believed that the poor fellows gant furniture of the cabins, flung at Acre were bribed to a man. into the sea. The Prince de Joinville
It must have been particularly un was the first to execute himself,' pleasant to a high-minded nation like and the frigate soon found itself the French - at the very moment armed with six or eight more guns. when the Egyptian affair and the bal “ That part of the ship where these ance of Europe had been settled in cabins had previously been, went by this abrupt way to find out all of a the name of Lacedæmon; every thing sudden that the Pacha of Egypt was luxurious being banished to make their dearest friend and ally. They way for what was useful. had suffered in the person of their "Indeed, all persons who were on friend; and though, seeing that the board agree in saying that Monseigndispute was ended, and the territory eur the Prince de Joinville most out of his hand, they could not hope worthily acquitted himself of the to get it back for him, or to aid him great and honorable mission which in any substantial way, yet Monsieur had been confided to him. All affirm Thiers determined, just as a mark of not only that the commandant politeness to the Pasha, to fight all of the expedition did every thing at Europe for maltreating him, -all St. Helena which as a Frenchman he Europe, England included. He was was bound to do in order that the rebent on war, and an immense major- mains of the Emperor should receive ity of the nation went with him. He all the honors due to them, but morecalled for a million of soldiers, over that he accomplished his mission and would have had them too, had with all the measured solemnity, all not the King been against the project the pious and severe dignity, that the and delayed the completion of it at son of the Emperor himself would least for a time.
have shown upon a like occasion. Of these great European disputes The commandant had also compreCaptain Joinville received a notifica- hended that the remains of the Èmtion while he was at sea on board his peror must never fall into the hands frigate: as we find by the official of the stranger, and being himself account which has been published decided rather to sink his ship than of his mission.
to give up his precious deposit, he “Some days after quitting Saint had inspired every one about him Helena,” says that document, “the with the same energetic resolution expedition féll in with a ship coming that he had himself taken ' against an from Europe, and was thus made ac- extreme eventuality.' quainted with the warlike rumors Monseigneur, my dear, is really then afloat, by which a collision with one of the finest young fellows it the English marine was rendered pos- is possible to see. A tall, broadsible. The Prince de Joinville imme-chested, slim-waisted, brown-faced, diately assembled the officers of the dark-eyed young prince, with a great 'Belle Poule,' to deliberate on an beard (and other martial qualities no event so unexpected and important. doubt) beyond his years. As he
“ The council of war having ex- strode into the Chapel of the Invalides pressed its opinion that it was neces on Tuesday at the head of his men, sary at all events to prepare for an he made no small impression, I can energetic defence, preparations were tell you, upon the ladies assembled made to place in battery all the guns to witness the ceremony. Nor are that the frigate could bring to bear the crew of the “Belle Poule” less