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Mrs. Baggs, Mr. Agneau is very severe upon so. But remember it is not for you to echo that. It is ciety."
your want of Christian charity for the good actions We consider him judged by that informant. At of others that the poet bewails. least, if it be only a fashion, is it not a good fash The young Agneau always forces us into this ion! Suppose that it was the fashion to have half-sermonic style. It is so easy for people to inall our rooms well ventilated. Mrs. Renfermé quire, when they are asked to subscribe their symwould then have her house built in that fashion, pathy or their money to some cause-whether Mrs. and so prolong her life and that of her family. Jellyby is interested in the moverent? It is a witty Would it not be a good result? Is it better that way of saying no. John Baggs on the other hand, Mrs. Renfermé should have a close, hot house, be always says, “Well, I don't know about this parcause that would show that she was not subject to ticular thing, but, my dear Polyhymnia, I know that fashion? Quite the contrary. If we can have so you will do some good with this money, and I know potent an ally as Fashion, what cause can afford that there is a great deal of good to be done with to part with it? and when Fashion is well-direct. money in the world. Take it !” ed, why should we undertake to sniff and destroy! Agneau sniffs, and says that it goes to impostors, what good it may be doing? Dear young Agneau, and that a man has no right to waste his money ; there is not such an excess of unadulterated good and Agneau gives eight hundred dollars for a twoDess, sympathy, and beneficence in this world that thirty-five tratter.. we can dispense with all that has the suspicion of Now if he really believes that the money goes to taint. You are very forward and eloquent in satir- impostors, let him look into the matter, and see that izing fashionable charity; will you have the kind it goes right. But if he only puts his hands into his ness to point out your own charities, fashionable or breeches pockets, and says so without stirring a unfashionable? And, in default of finding them, step to see, then Mr. Agneau merely makes his willmay it not be worth your while to consider whether ful ignorance an excuse for his intentional avarice. Mrs. Baggs, who gives six hours a week to the ragged children, is not doing more for the palliation In these days of universal subscription for every and prevention of suffering, and consequently of possible object, we have heard a good deal of talk sin, than you who curiously spy her motives, and around our Easy Chair about the Egyptian Museum laugh at the unusual spectacle of Mrs. Baggs in a of Dr. Abbott, of which we have before spoken. It charity school?
was early felt by many gentlemen and scholars most Agneau has one more gun, which we will let him conversant with the subject, that the opportunity discharge.
of securing to this country and to this city so unique He says that the condition of fashionable girls is and valuable a collection ought not to be lost. It peculiar. Like all other women, their natural con- was clear enough that the enterprise would be diffidition is marriage ; but the claims of society are so cult. But the facts were these: During a residence exaggerated and artificial, that now, instead of mar- of more than twenty years in Egypt, whither he riage being a mutual help to the man and woman, originally went to serve as a physician in the army it has become a luxury in which only rich men can of Mehemet Ali during the Syrian war, Dr. Abbott indulge : consequently, as the number of men who spared no time or care in the accumulation of a mucan support luxuries is limited, there must be many seum of Egyptian antiquities, which it is impossible girls who are not married, and are yet so educated to collect under other circumstances than those of that every avenue of action is closed to them. They constant residence and close attention. It soon perish of ennui, and plunge with ardor into any became known to the dragomans and explorers of the thing that promises to distract and amuse them. ruins that this Frank was interested in every new Thus their charity is no evidence of real sympathy discovery, and that he would give the best price 3 with suffering, nor of a genuine humanity, but only for the best things. Consequently every thing came of a despairing ennui which snatches at any straw to him. He was receiver-general of the recovered of dissipation. “They are violently charitable,” treasures of Pharaonic times, and his collection, says Agneau ; "they sew and cut garments, they annually increasing, became gradually one of the teach in schools, they carry soup and soap to poor sights and “lions" of Cairo. It is within a halfhouses, precisely as they dance violently and flirt. dozen years that he made one of the most interestThey have missed their destiny, and any thing they ing additions possible to any collection of the antican contrive to do is a pis-aller, a make-shift, a re- quities of any country. This was the ring of source against ennui."
Cheops, who built the great pyramid which bears Amen; and then what? Are not the hungry fed his name. It is a signet-ring, with the cartouche and the naked clothed? Shall these offices bè de corresponding to the narrow coat of arms. Miss serred because the hand that feeds and clothes is Martineau, in her thoughtful book of Eastern travel, somewhat moved by personal and individual con- says that the loss of this ring from some English siderations? Is there nothing in such acts to bencollection would be “a national loss." All the efit the doer? Even if undertaken to distract the other modern travelers in Egypt, as well as the most mind from too intent a self-consciousness, may itleminent of Egyptian scholars, unite in testifying to not result in giving it that peace which it could not the great value of the museum. Sir Gardner Wilsupply to itself? Charity is twice blessed, you kinson, who has achieved a just and large reputation know; it blesses the giver as well as the receiver. by the work embodying the results of his profound Besides, Agneau, before you condemn a charity | Egyptian study and investigation, is especially whose good results you do not emulate, should you warm in his praises, and had already offered a not at least be a little charitable to motives? It is large sum to Dr. Abbott, on behalf of an English a kind of charity that will not increase your pecu- nobleman of the highest rank, for the purchase of niary outlay, but it will greatly benefit your char: the collection. But it was already shipped for acter.
America, and the Doctor determined to trust to the “ Ah! for the rarity
interest of the youngest nation in these invaluable or Christian charity
relics of the eldest. Under the sun!”
1 He has undoubtedly been disappointed. America
cares as little for Egypt as Egypt thought of Amer- | however much the New Yorker may sniff at the unica. The filial sentiment is unknown to us. We happy workmen of other countries. We are not are so busy in improving what the Past has be- praising them beyond the fact. We know how often queathed to us, that we forget we owe it any thing. the opulent Library and the beautiful Gallery seem In our eagerness-and, it is true enough, our neces- melancholy mockeries of pinching poverty and grind. sary eagerness—to get money, we lose every thing ing toil. · But if under such political organizations else. We get money, but we do not get comfort, such actual intellectual chances may exist, may nor ease, nor civilization. Several friends of Dr. they not also exist among us? Is there any secret Abbott, however, and many gentlemen of influence affinity between despotism and knowledge? You and means, interested more or less in the collection say, with intrepid ardor and great contempt, “ Quite itself, and particularly interested in the fair fame of the reverse." Will you then explain how it is that the city, resolved that an effort should be made to this country is so slow to recognize the necessity of call public attention to the matter, and to secure the teaching people something more than reading and sum necessary to purchase and retain the collection. writing and ciphering? Those branches ought to Peter Cooper, Esq., whose name we record with be as natural and common as breathing, and never pleasure as one of the men whose use of money referred to except as matters of course. shows how truly he estimates its relative importance We New Yorkers have a complacent way of to other and higher possessions, and whose career smiling at Boston and other cities, and patronizingly so well confirms the truth that Lorenzo de Medici hinting that they are “provincial.” But does a city was the Magnificent, not because he was rich, but cease to be provincial because it is large? New because he knew the use of riches, generously offer- | York is, after all, nothing but a great trading port. ed an apartment in the new Institute now erecting It is a commercial city. What is the difference beunder his auspices in Astor Place, for the perma-tween New York and Boston, for instance? It is nent accommodation of the collection. A general size only. It is melancholy, if you choose, but it is subscription has been organized, a public meeting equally true, that in the great essentials of a metrophas been beld, at which eminent men, both clergy. olis Boston is, if not superior, certainly not infe. men and others, spoke warmly in favor of the pro- rior to this great and glorious counting-house called ject, and there is every reason to suppose that the New York. When a flourishing and opulent city necessary amount will be secured.
so far scorns universal interests, and is so destitute The amount required is only about fifty or sixty of true pride that it can not see how often the best thousand dollars-the object is the purchase of an investment is that which produces no net pecuniary unequaled collection, illustrating, in a hundred result, it may well claim to be a sharp, shrewd ways, Scriptural times and religious history-acol.trader, but it shows nothing of the man. lection which would be the nucleus of a generous This opportunity, once lost, can never return. and extensive historical, scientific, and artistic Collections of antiquities are not to be imported at museum, which would give New York an elevated will, nor can any commission be sent out at any rank as a real and not a pretended and assumed moment to recover what is now offered. Think, too, metropolis among the great cities of the world. It how the Englishman who knows that Lombard. is for precisely such purposes as this—for the con- street is not the true glory of London, and the Frenchcentration in one city of all possible sources of in- man who knows that the Bourse is not Paris, will formation and reference in all possible departments smile with secret scorn at the city which proposes of human study-that money is worth getting. With to represent America, and, therefore, to encourage out this conviction and without this principle we and in every way support the human race and hulabor in vain to build a great city. It can not be man hope and improvement, and yet which treats done. A million houses and five millions of people with insolent and ignorant contempt the opportudo not make a metropolis. Athens was a small city.nity of achieving a permanently illustrious result for New York, if it had fifty times as many inhabitants its own character and fame. as now, and stretched its stately ranges of tumble. We take pleasure in saying this to the eager men down buildings for twenty miles along the Hudson, who pause a moment upon their way to Wall-street, would be as far from a real metropolis as it is at this and lean over our Easy Chair, and talk about the moment, when, if it should by any chance be ruin- great metropolis of America. ed, the only remains of the slightest interest to the next age would be the Astor Library, and some of Just as our last Number was published, and we the humane and charitable institutions.
were resuming our seat for a fresh monthly observaFor what is a metropolis? It is the head of the tion of the world and its ways, one of the frightful State, the fountain of learning, art, and intellectual fires occurred to which we have already alluded, influence. It is the brain of the country; the point and which are the blight and bane of New York. to which its scholars, artisans, artists, of whatever | Why it should be so is only too clear. We pay kind, throng to consult the wisdom of experience heavy penalties for our freedom. The liberty of and the inspiration of the moment. It is in the State building colossal card-houses is one of them : and what a Crystal Palace is among the workshops of the consequent searful destruction of life and property industry. Athens, Rome, the truly great cities of is another. We have no expectation of any improveantiquity, were great by reason of results to which ment in the matter. In a country utterly devoted to wealth was only subsidiary. Had they been marts money-making at any price, the controlling princi. only, and not temples—had their people served ple will always be, Devil-take-the-hindmost; every Plutus only, and not Apollo and all the Muses, they man will shrug his shoulders, and insist that it is would have shriveled out of history like Carthage. none of his business-until-? Until his father, And what to-day makes London, Paris, Rome, and brother, or son is brought home crushed, mangled, Vienna, each a metropolis? It is precisely the same and dead, and the happiness of his household is shatthing. It is the devotion of money to humane and | tered forever. In a republic, individual responsi. permanent purposes-to the endowing of libraries, bility for the common weal is a duty, and it can not galleries, and institutions of every kind, for the in. be escaped. In Paris a man says justly, “Oh! the tellectual benefit of the population. This is true, government will see that Monsieur Voisin builds
his house securely;" and all Paris knows that it , day." "Yes; but Mr. Gog, the hope of your age, stands as firmly as a city needs to stand, and con- the heir of your name, the light of your solitary sequently people live in the sixth and seventh sto- home, in whose youth you lived again, the manly ries with a consciousness of safety as great as the boy, the noble son, lies dead beneath the ruins. dwellers upon the first floor : consequently millions Good-morning." and billions of francs are not lost in conflagration Tomorrow it may be Magog's turn. It must be or insurance every year; and consequently we do somebody's turn. not shudder and sicken over the record of twenty men crushed by a falling house, of which only an The spring air is melodious with the rumors of upper story was burning.
coming music. The great temple of the Muses in But if Monsieur Voisin builds a house in New Fourteenth Street is completed, and upon the site York, we all hurry by as fast as possible while the of Metropolitan Hall-one of the most festal and process goes on, lest the walls should tumble while brilliant public-rooms we have ever seen, and over we are passing; and we know that if it stands up whose destruction by fire this Easy Chair has allong enough to take fire, it will all sink in tremen ready mourned-Mr. Lafarge, the proprietor of the dous and disastrous ruin as soon as the fire gets late hotel of that name, which fortunately did not well under way. So the flimsy structures flame and hold up long enough to be crowded with guests fall, and we read eagerly the sickening history, and in which case there would have been a loss of life shudder, and say not a word, and lift not a finger to too inhumanly shocking to consider-is erecting a arrest the evil. A few newspapers utter a manly hall, or theatre, or opera-house, which will serve and vigorous protest; there is a vague and transi. as a chapel-of-ease to the greater edifice near Union tory invigoration; then we all admire the exquisite Park. It is rumored that in this latter place Grisi Corinthian marble-front of the enterprising Messrs. and Mario will make their debût, if they make any Badger and Bat's new emporium of trade; and then débût at all in America. But after this long interbegin again to bewail the victims of " that shocking regnum, how delightful it will be to hear music accident" caused by its destruction.
once more, and such music as we have not often Intelligent foreigners are always struck, first of had! To those of our readers who are less familall, by the fact that our work in every kind is that iar with such matters, it may be interesting to know which will just do. There is no conscience, no that Grisi has reigned queen-paramount of the Italcompleteness. If the table will stand until one of ian opera-although not of music since the advent the children runs against it; if the house will hold of Jenny Lind-during the last twenty years. She up until the family moves in; if the dust is wiped immediately succeeded Pasta and Malibran, alfrom the chairs where the visitors sit, it is quite though undoubtedly inferior to the first in broad enough. Then, when the accident happens, why, dramatic power, and to the last in passionate inthe thing did itself. Was there ever a mirror bro- tensity and fervor. Her characteristic style is that ken, or a choice tea-set, or a bottle of wine shaken, which is best displayed in Bellini's Norma, which or a book inked by any body in the house, child or is beyond question her greatest róle. She has a sérvánt? Never. It always shook, broke, and queenly person, tending to embonpoint, dark hair inked itself.
and eyes, a neck of alabaster beauty, and arms of The same flimsy appearance characterizes every famous form. She plays dexterously with Time, thing else. You think old Magog, the millionaire, and, like the Countess Rossi (Sontag), cheats him has built a sumptuous free-stone house upon the deliciously. In fact the light reflected from his avenue. Great mistake! Magog, the millionaire, scythe only illuminates her charms. has put a miserable thin facing of free-stone over Mario, her husband-for we believe they are now an unsightly mass of stone and rubble. Or the married-is much younger, and the universally acsplendid hotel of Gog, his partner, is a palatial knowledged successor of the great tenor Rubini, structure of white marble? Error the second! The whose death was lately recorded. Like all power, hotel is a whited sepulchre. If it holds up long the charm of a tenor-voice is hereditary only in enough for you to examine, you will discover that name. Mario is not so great as Rubini, but he is it is only a smooth marble complexion. It is a spar the greatest and most exquisite of living tenors. of white stone put edge-wise upon the street-front. He is personally handsome, after the Italian and If you go inside, you find the same foolish pretense : barber model. He has rosy cheeks and delicate gilt and gauds are employed to hide the want of features, and clustering, curling black hair. He is richness and elegance. A gentleman or a lady feels altogether “a love of a man." uncomfortably in the midst of this cheap splendor. Now, excepting the stability of New York buildIf we are not mistaken the gentleman actually ing, nothing is so uncertain as the permanence of blushes. We know not where he could have seen a singer's whim. We confess our doubts frankly, such flaring mirrors, such vulgar carpets, such daz- therefore, as to our seeing and hearing the great zling damask; but clearly he has seen it somewhere pair this side of the sea. If they should come, we at some time, and he does not like to remember it hope sincerely that they will inaugurate the new as he seats himself upon the gaudy sofa with his opera-house. It would continue to it the tradition young wife.
of European success; and undoubtedly their career The age of gold, of iron, and of brass ; but is not in it would help to solve the problem which is at the age of tinsel worse than any ?
present the despair of the musical circles, whether It is not ludicrous only, but tragical, when it oc- the opera could be a permanent institution in New casions such fearful results as we continually ob- | York. serve; and yet there is the very sublimity of ludicrousness and absurdity in the eager renunciation The financial friends of this Easy Chair, Messrs. of one moment, and the comfortable resignation of Dry, Sly, and Lye, of whom we have already spokthe next. “'Tis n't my affair," say Messrs. Gog en, lately began to buy Crystal Palace stock again and Magog; " and it's so hard to tell where the with great eagerness. We, who were not homeoblame ought to rest. You may investigate, if you pathically inclined, and did not care to be cured choose; but you must really excuse us, it's steamer by a hair of the dog that bit us, looked very wizely
when we heard it, but slapped our pockets, like , of burning incense, and the multitudinous chant of wise men, and said, “Let's see !"
acolytes-with streets gorgeously draped, and carAnd we have seen. We have seen Mr. Barnum peted with flashing colors, and strewn with bay placed at the head of affairs, and the stock rose at leaves and crushed flowers, and lined with a picthe announcement, even as the mercury in the turesque and adoring crowd of romantic beauty-in thermometer when the warm South breathes upon | Rome a procession, which the Triumph of Aurelian it. We have seen Mr. Barnum, as President, pre- leading Zenobia captive did not surpass, is possiceded by banners and trumpets and shawms, pro- ble. And so in England, with the gauds of royalty, ceeding in state to re-inaugurate the Palace, which the ermine and trains and coronets of a nobility, was so imperfectly inaugurated last year by the the lawn robes of bishops, and the brilliant acces. President of the United States. We have seen sories of gilded carriages and liveried servants, a close behind Mr. Barnum, walking in solemn pro-procession is possible. But in omnibus-jammed cession and in blue kid gloves, the Honorable Ho- | Broadway, draped with threatening clouds, what race Greeley, one of the Board of Directors. We can a multitude of gentlemen in black coats do have seen, in the Palace itself, a mass of interested which will be at once so unseemly and unreasonand curious spectators; and through the airy spa- able as to parade solemnly, with banners and bassciousness of that exquisite building we have heard | drums, to any possible point for any possible purringing the brilliant bursts of triumphal music, the pose? If they are truly sensible, they will take the sacred swell of anthems, the voice of prayer, and cars at Canal-street, or the omnibuses at the Park, the glowing and genuine eloquence of impassioned and say nothing about it. and interested men.
Of all melancholy and attenuated processions, And as we saw and heard, we were ready to be that of the re-inauguration was the superlative des lieve-we almost did believe-that the temple was gree. re-inaugurated to success, and not to failure; to a But that was all that was amusing, or in any permanent, and popular, and noble influence. sense a failure. Mr. Fry's music was admirably
When one of the old Board of Directors said of performed, and the speeches were stirring. Espe. his colleagues, “ They are all the best of men, but cially that of Mr. O'Gorman sent constant volleys too respectable," he said a true thing, and express- of applause echoing along the aisles. It was pleased what many felt to be the reason of the limited ant to hear such men, and to hear such sentiments. success of the first season of the Exhibition. The It was pleasant to believe that every thing which whole thing was begun and continued wrongly, can be done to rescue the Palace from its decline under the old regime. Because the nobility and will be done-that able, thoughtful, and practical wealthy men of England had succeeded in the ful. men have it in charge-that the appeal is made to fillment of a most happy conception, by the united the practical genius of the country by men in whom prestige of royalty, religion, and wealth, it was that practical genius confides—and that a gentleman simply foolish to hope to do the same thing here who has achieved such successes elsewhere has within a year or two afterward. It was especially consented to try his power here. There has been foolish not to see that, if the enterprise were un- some great mistake about the whole affair until now. dertaken at all-which did not seem at all desir- Whether it lay as deep as the very conception of able, since it was especially a thing not to be re- the enterprise, remains to be seen. If it is any peated-it must be done strictly according to our where above that, it will now be removed. genius. To put it under the protection of certain ! And, speaking with a full sense of the responsigentlemen of generous education and refined social bility of an Easy Chair, we say to our friends in position, and who, in some degree, correspond to the country, that, in every way, the Crystal Palace the class who supported the World's Fair in Lon-deserves a visit and a careful study. The sight of don, was by no means to insure success. The ir- | the building itself well rewards a long journey. Its refragable social fact against which we are perpet-| graceful intricacy of delicate lines, its airy dome. ually dashing our heads in this country, is that which it seems as if a breeze might wast away, and there is no aristocracy available for any other than which, seen across the buildings of the city, lies in purely social purposes. There is no permanent the summer air like a dream of the Orient; its aristocratic interest and influence, às in England, space, its solitude, its society-all these combine upon which a man may surely count. The things to complete an architectural triumph. that succeed with us are those which appeal di. Yet that black coat which does not become a rectly to the popular interest, by showing that they procession is a sharp and terrible critic. “What's are in charge of those whose names insure at least the use ?" it says, as it glooms about the Palace. seven per cent. per annum.
Black coat ! let us answer, the use to you, the So we thought, as we leaned from the gallery of measurable, practical use, is, when some shy and the Crystal Palace on the half-rainy May day of the susceptible boy from your factory comes here, and, re-inauguration. It was easy enough to see that we impressed by beauty and grace, and enamored of do not believe in pomps and shows. What a poor airy symmetry, returns and makes designs for your spectacle we produce when we try to have a spec- cloths which command the market and pour gold tacle! Is there any thing so dreary as a Fourth of into your purse. That is the palpable and direct July procession, except it be one going to re-in “ use" of all beautiful and sublime things to a black augurate a Crystal Palace? We ought to give up coat, which is called Gradgrind, and demands the the procession. It is not cognate to our institu- facts. tions. A mass of figures, all of whose individuality But to that boy, that J. J. (as he appears in The is lost, and who are all draped in awkward black, Newcomes), a voice sweeter than ours shall sing : is not festive, especially when they all have the sad, sallow face of the American. In Rome, with
“So, Lady Flora, take my lay,
And if you find no moral there, the scarlet splendors of a pompous priesthood, with
Go look in any glass, and say, violet, and gold, and crimson, and white--with
What moral is in being fair! golden vessels and silver vessels, with crosses,
Oh! to what uses shall we put jewels, crosiers, and mitres--with swinging censers |
The wild weed-flower that simply blows?
And is there any moral shut
|ing its area into still grander proportions, and Within the bosom of the rose ?
stretching from the Place de la Concorde as far as * But any man that walks the mead,
the Rond Point. If this be done, people might well In bud, or blade, or bloom may find,
leave their war in the East, to look on the hugest According as his humors lead,
building which cumbers Europe.
But from what quarter are the tokens of industry
to come, with which to stock such a palace ? RusSo 'twere to cramp its use, if I
sia will probably have no humor to be making Should hook it to some useful end."
show of her vases of malachite; and Austria and
Prussia will have other occupation than the dressOUR FOREIGN GOSSIP.
ing of ormolu tables for a Paris fair. And if the It is very odd to find what an accurate idea one
| Spanish breeze-which at our present writing is can get of “How things look the other side of the blowing strong--should grow into a cale water," by a mere collation of the little by-para- Cormicks, and Daguerreotype men, will be looking graphs which are scattered over the columns of the for prize-money on the shores of Cuba. foreign journals.
And while this war-thought is upon our mind, we Thus, we have Paris in our eye this morning (a can not avoid a glance, in the way of the moralists, blessed Spring morning, which almost tempts the upon the strange and eventful designs which Provgeranium in our office to bloom before its time) as idence seems to be putting in store for the two years plainly as if we were there. We seem to see the which now face us. brilliant Rue Rivoli opened up (as they tell us it is) Hereabouts (meaning upon our shores), we have as far as the quaint old Hotel de Ville. We see the Cuban soreness, never curing itself, and never the new houses rising, with their sunny balconies, getting cured; we have the Acapulco revolt, and and their cozy entresols, on the site of the lumber- men fighting, brigand-like, among the mountains; ing old shops which used to threaten every passer- we have a Sonora Republic, set up by a gang of by with their leaning walls. We see the light-pirates, and not a State with energy or vigor enough hearted masons, in blouses, clambering over the to drive them out; we have the old vexed questions timber scaffoldings, and dressing up with statues, of Central America; and three-hours-long orations and clean cut cornices, and finials, the huge tower from his Excellency, Mr. Borland, which cover the of the Jacquerie. And we remark (though the con- Belize in deeper and darker fog than ever; we have, trast shames us at home) that all the building mate from our Home authorities, tremendous orders about rial is confined within narrow compass, surrounded diplomatic dress, and the men in plain clothes fightby substantial palings ; so that no passer-by is in ing duels, or dancing (by ingenuous confession) a danger for his life, and no horde of carriages is dance of fools in Piedmont. brought to a stand-still by accumulated piles of brick Beyond the water, England and France are closand mortar.
ing factories to drive the Northern monarch back, We have heard many times of projected reforms with his million soldiers, to his lair in the ice. Poor in these things; and once deceived ourselves into bed-ridden Turkey, galvanized into a liveliness the belief, that by putting our name to a paper which which almost redeems her heathenism, is battling declared its signers members of a reform party, who with Greek Christians, and sticking her crescent in would, independent of politics, make the city gov- the caps of French generals. Austria, before this ernment what it ought to be ; we say, we innocently shall have met the eye of the reader, moving her thought that the change would be wrought, and that troops against her old Northern ally; and Russia thenceforward a man could pass from Bowling matching the lost friendship, by promising an indeGreen to Union Square under the safe care of some pendent kingdom to Hungary, and a state and govsuch patron saint as Mr. Westervelt. Still, how
ernment of their own to the Lombardo-Venetians. ever, we tremble, and venture on the journey with Thus, who knows but the extremes of Republicanvery much the same apprehension of danger with ism and of Despotism may coalesce, and Mazzini which Crusoe and his man Friday put to sea in an accept Russian gold, and Kossuth put on the coat open boat.
of a Cossack? To pass again to the city of Napoleon, we find Wethrow out these fancies because they drift to us the walls of the New Palace Extension rising fast, upon the tide of forecoming events; for who can and fast inclosing a court, which is to be the grand tell, or who can guess, what shall be the fate, four est and most splendid of the world. We wonder at it years hence, of Sonora, or Honduras; or Cuba, or all the more, when we read, as we do, of the new one. | Hungary, or Turkey, or even of Russia ? hundred-gun ships which are slipping every week In addition to all this, why not name the terrible from the water.ways of Brest and of Toulon; and bugbear of the coalition of France and England to when we hear of the tens of thousands who are tak- resist the aggression of the United States-a pleasing passage, at government cost, for the pleasant ant bugbear, doubtless, to many; and doubly so to shooting excursion to the banks of the Bosphorus. its first entertainer (perhaps inventor), the late min
Is the money of the new Emperor so plenty that ister to the court of France, from Virginia We do the city can grow by a kind of Aladdin magic, and not profess great foreknowledge in matters of so unall the while his armies and his fleets keep pace certain complexion as those of European diplomacy; with the over-rich neighbor on the other side of yet we do venture an expression of the belief that the Channel ? Are we not to hold our breaths France and England, in common with the other presently, with the tale of some sad crisis, which powers of Western Europe, have entertained, and shall shake the Paris Bourse so hard, that the tremor do still entertain, the thought of a mutual convenshall reach even to Wall Street? Let the men of tion, in virtue of which the several states who are the money articles tell us.
| parties to the convention, shall be guaranteed in Least of all would one expect to find the gigantic perpetuity their present boundaries; and, if boundPalace of Industry climbing, day by day, above the aries, perhaps colonies. This will explain Napotrees of the Champs Elyssées; and not only this, | leon's phrase, that “the age of conquest was passed but we hear even that the idea is mooted of extend-by."
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