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to the admission of foreign steamers to the Brethren” they appear to call themselves inland waters, and to the admission of for- and just as possible that it was not; but as eign traders to residence in the interior. the case was doubtful, it ought to have been This document may show some of the diffi- submitted to the decision of the Imperial culties with which Prince Kung has to con- Government at Pekin. But instead of this. tend; and which all friends of the peaceful and in pursuance of an old and evil exam. progress and intercommunion of the nations ple, the captains of two British ships of Far of the world must hope that he will sur- in Chinese waters were appealed to by the mount.
consul, not to demand redress from the ImAn unpleasant incident - which occurred perial Government, but to exact it from the but the other day at the port of Yang-chow, local functionaries of Yong-chow at tbe can and while negotiations were in progress be- non's mouth. This is not civilised but bartween Mr. Burlingame and Lord Stanley barian warfare, and places in the hands of a for putting the affairs of China and the naval officer the power to involve his counWestern Powers on a better footing — may try in hostilities that may cost millions, to serve as well as anything in the past history avenge injuries that, upon investigation, of our relations with the Celestial Empire may turn out to be imaginary. If to do as to show how unexpectedly, and how unfor- we would be done by is alike a divine mar. tunately, the Government and people of im and a Christian duty, as none will deny, Great Britain may find themselves at war the British people have only to imagine with a great unwieldy power which it is pos- what their feelings would be if it were possible to injure, but impossible to defeat — a sible that the case of China and England power which is always peaceably inclined, could be reversed, and China should barand the infliction of any chastisement upon pen to be the more powerful and aggressive which is alike unsatisfactory and costly to nation of the two. Let us suppose, for inthe British people, or any other power stance, that half-a-dozen mandarins of the that runs amuck at such a mass of inertia ninth class, zealous propagandists of the and incohesion.
doctrine of Confucius - unbelievers alike The associated powers - Great Britain, in Moses and Jesus Christ and the whole France, Russia, and the United States theology of the West - should land in the secured — we might say extorted— in 1858, East India Docks or elsewhere on the from the Chinese Government the right of Thames, and, proceeding to Whitechapel, residence and of trading for their subjects Aldgate, Cornhill, Cheapside, Ludgate Hill, in certain ports, commonly known as “the Fleet Street, and Charing Cross, should treaty ports." The foreign and Christian hold forth at each halting-place against residents at these ports were placed under Christianity, denounce its churches as temthe protection of the several consulates of ples of idolatry, its priests as emissaries of the nations of which they are citizens or the devil, and proclaim their mission to subjects, just as the foreign servants and be the introduction of a purer faith among household of an ambassador in London or the benighted English people. There Paris are to a certain extent privileged, and would be a row of course, – or British huplaced under the jurisdiction, though they man nature would be revolutionised. The are in foreign territory, of the sovereigns holy men - holy, at all events, in their own whom their masters represent, and to whom estimation if not submitted to the tender they owe allegiance. Certain over-zealous mercies. of Judge Lynch, and hung up to missionaries and propagandists of the Chris- the nearest lamp-post, would receive more tian faith—as by them understood and in- cuffs and buffets than applauses, and might terpreted — believing erroneously that all think themselves fortunate if they escaped China, and not merely “the treaty ports," with their lives. Fancy their appealing to was opened up to missionary enterprise, the Chinese consul, and that functionary took it upon themselves, no doubt with the sending down to a Chinese fleet, anchored very best of those intentions with which a somewhere off the Nore, to steam up and certain unmentionable place is said to be bombard London, on his failure to obtain paved, to lecture the Chinese population, in the support of the British law to protect and about Yong-chow, on the error and su- the Chinese firebrands, and punish the inperstition of their religious creed, and to sulted citizens of the metropolis, - and we revile and throw rhetorical dirt on the mem- have a counterfeit presentment very similar ory of Confucius. Very naturally the Chi- to some British proceedings in China. It nese were angry, and the missionaries got is virtually what was done the other day at into trouble. It is possible that wrong was Yong-chow, and what has frequently been done to these missionaries -“ Plymouth i attempted upon questions of the surrepti
tious introduction of either our theology or peoples from the younger nations of the our opium into an empire that considered world. If there ever were a case in which both of them to be equally undesirable. the well-worn maxim, “ c'est le premier pas
It is clear from the treaty that Mr. Bur- qui coute," applied with peculiar force, it lingame has already concluded on the part was that of the attempt at fraternisation of China with the Government of the United with China. Without expecting too much States, as well as from the similar treaty as the immediate results of Mr. Burlinwhich he has partially negotiated with Lord game's mission, or sharing the lively faith Stanley and Lord Clarendon, that the day of the Plymouth Brethren or other missionfor the bullying of China has passed; and aries, whether Protestant or Roman Cathothat if any of the European Powers de- lic, that China is to be speedily or ever conclares war against that empire, it must be verted to the Christian faith; without beafter the same efforts at an honourable and lieving it probable that the Chinese will satisfactory understanding have been made look upon Christian churches in their land and failed, as would be employed in the with more favour than Englishmen would event of a rupture between themselves. No look upon the erection of Buddhist temples doubt this would have been the practice of in England; without even expecting that Christendom towards China if the Chinese she men of this generation shall be able, if Government had not shut itself up in proud they wish, to traverse China from end to isolation, and refused to listen to any other end as cheaply, comfortably, and expediargument than that of force. The Chinese tiously as they can travel for similar distanGovernment has at last discovered the un- ces in Europe and America, we may yet wisdom of this course, and by its own ac-expect an increase of the world's happiness, tion, in the appointment of Mr. Burlingame as well as of the world's wealth, from the to explain its wants and wishes to the West- new relations which the East and the West ern nations, held out the hand of peace and are about to assume towards each other. good-fellowship, and expressed its willing. It is alike the reward and the glory of wellness, as a highly-civilised nation should, to doing that true wisdom is always more fruitsettle all questions by reason rather than ful of good than the wise men know or can by the sword. There is yet much to be possibly calculate. The mission with which done, although an auspicious beginning has Prince Kung has intrusted Mr. Burlingame been made, before the great Eastern nations and his colleagues is a noble one, and ought of China and Japan will enter fully into the not only to secure for the Chinese prince cosmopolitan brotherhood which appears to a high place in contemporary history, but be the destiny of the modern world. The for Mr. Burlingame and his two mandarins great thing was to make a beginning, and respectful recognition and a hearty welbreak down the barriers of exclusiveness come from all Europe. and jealousy which separated these ancient |
It is a Parisian fashion to chronicle the toil-relating to steel and iron, with the view of imettes of ladies and courtesans side by side. Two proving these metals as far as possible. members of the aristocracy have written to the Gaulos, resenting the impertinence, and demanding that their wives' names for the future be left unmentioned. The threat of a fine, according to the law Guillouet, enforces their just
SEVENTY-FIVE years have elapsed since Badremonstrance.
deley, the comedian, left funds for cake and wine to be partaken of on Twelfth Night by the | Drury Lane company, “in the green room for ever.” The anniversary was duly honoured
this year, when Mr. Chatterton supplemented an THE extraordinary and constantly-increasing additional cake and other good cheer. Mr. W. demand for iron and steel for mechanical pur- Bennet, the trustee of the fund, no longer gave poses, and the great importance that these should “The memory of David Garrick,” but the proper be of the best possible quality, have led to the and original toast " The memory of Robert Bad. establishment of a new scientific institution by deley." This actor was the last who used to go. the iron-masters and others in the North of down to the theatre in his uniform of scarlet and, England. It is proposed to call it, The Insti-gold, worn by the patented players as “Gentle tution of Steel and Iron,' and the business of men of their Majesties' Housebold.” the members will be the discussion of all matters
From The Cornhill Megazine.
FROM AN ISLAND.
| arisen in the delivery of the preserved cherries and apricots. He forwards the order this day,
as per invoice. Mr. T. trusts that his unremitTHE long room was full of people sitting ting exertions may meet with Mrs. C.'s approval quietly in the twilight. Only one lamp and continued recommendation and patronage. was burning at the far end. The verandah |
Albert Edward House, September 21. outside was dim with shadow; between
This was not very interesting, except to each leafy arch there glimmered a line of the housekeeper: Nrs. St Julian had set sea and of down. It was a grey still even
me to keep house for her down here in the ing, sad, with distant storms. St. Julian,
country. The children, however, who genthe master of the house, was sitting under
erally insisted upon reading all my corthe verandah, smoking, with William, the
respondence, were much excited by the eldest son. The mother and Mrs. William
paragraph in which Mr, Tiggs mentioned were on a sofa together, talking in a low cherries and dried apricots. " Why did voice over one thing and another. Hester / Mr. Tigos forget them ?" said little Susan. was sitting at the piano with her hands in the granddaughter, solemnly. “Oh, I wish her lap, looking music, though she was
they would come," said Nelly. “Greedy, not playing, with her white dress quivering
greedy !" sung George, the youngest boy. in the gloom. Lord Ulleskelf, who had | Meanwhile the elders were discussing their come over to see us, was talking to Emilia, correspondence, and the mother had been the married daughter, and to Aileen, the reading out Mr. Hexbam's note: youngest of the three; while I and my own little Mona and the little ones were playing
LYNDHURST, September 21. at the other end of the room at a sort of
Have you room for me, my dear Mrs. St. twilight game of beating hands and singing Julian, and may I come to-morrow for a few
| days with my van? I find it a most delightful sing-song nursery-rhymes,-haymaking the
mode of conveyance, and I have been successful children called it.
enough to take some most lovely photographic “ Are there any letters ? " said St. Julian,
a, views in the New Forest. I now hope to explore looking in at them all from his verandah.
your island, beginning with the “ Lodges," if “Has Emmy got hers ? "
| you are still in the same hospitable mind as you “I have sent Rogers into Tarmouth to were when I last saw you. meet the post," said the mother; and as With best remembrances to your Husband and she spoke the door opened, and the post the young Ladies, came in.
Your devoted, Poor Emmy's face, which had lighted up
G. HEXHAM. eagerly, fell in an instant: she saw that "I like Mr. Hesham. I am glad he is there was no foreign letter for her.
coming," said Mrs. St. Julian. It was a small mail, not worth sending | " This is an official-looking missive." for, Mrs. St. Julian evidently thought as I said Lord Ulleskelf, holding out the large she looked at her daughter with her kind, square envelope, with a great red seal. anxious eyes. “Here is something for which had come for Emmy. you, Emmy," she said ; " for you, Queenie"
“What a handwriting !” cried Aileen. (to me). “My letter is from Mr. Hex- She was only fifteen, but she was taller ham; he is coming to-morrow."
already than her married sister, and stood My letter was from the grocer:
reading over her shoulder. “What a letMRS. CAMPBELL is respectfully informed by iter! Oh, Emmy, what a " Mr. Tiggs that he has sent different samples of But Mrs. St. Julian, seeing Emmy flush tea and coffee for her approbation, for the use up, interposed again : of Mr. St. Julian's household and family : also " Aileen, take these papers to your a choice assortment of sperms. Mr. Tiggs re- father. What is it, my dear" to Emilia. grets extremely that any delay should have “ It is from my sister-in-law," Emilia
said, blushing in the light of the lamp. I took 501. to pay her milliner's bill, and Bevis ** Mamma, what a trouble I am to you.'. borrowed 1001, before he left, but I dare say he . . She says she is — may she come to will pay me back. stay!... And-and-you see she is dear. So good-by, my dear Emilia, for the present. Bevis's sister, and "
Yours ever, “Of course, my dear,” said her mother,
JANE BEVERLEY. almost reproachfully. “How can you Mrs. St. Julian did not offer to show ask?"
| Lady Jane's letter to St. Julian, but folded Emilia looked a little relieved, but wist- it up with a faint little suppressed smile. ful still. “Have you room? To-morrow?” “I think she must be a character, Emmy," she faltered.
she said. “I dare say she will be very Mrs. St. Julian gave her a kiss, and smiled hann
her a kiss, and smiled happy with us. Queenie” (to me), “ will and said, “ Plenty of room, you goose.”
you see what can be done to make Lady And then she read,
Jane comfortable?" and there was an end To the Hon. Mrs. BEVIS BEVERLY,
of the matter. Lord Ulleskelf went and The Island,
sat out in the verandah with the others unTarmouth,
til the storm burst which had been gatherBroadshire. ing, through which he insisted on hurrying
home, notwithstanding all they could say SCUDAMORE CASTLE, September 21. I to detain him. MY DEAR Emilia, — Bevis told me to be sure and pay you a visit which hro
We had expected Lady Jane by the boat in his absence, if I had an opportunity, and so I
which brought our other guest the next shall come, if convenient to you, with my maid |
day, but only Mr. Hexham's dark closeand a man, on Saturday, across country from
cropped head appeared out of the carriage Scudamore Castle, I hear I must cross from which had been sent to meet them. The Helmington. I cannot imagine how people can coachman declared there was no lady alone live on an island when there is the mainland for on board. Emilia wondered why her sisthem to choose. Yours is not even an island on ter-in-law had failed: the others took Lady the map. Things have been very pleasant here Jane's absence very calmly, and after some till two days ago, when it began to pour with five o'clock tea St. Julian proposed a walk. rain, and my stepmother arrived unexpectedly “Perhaps I had better stay,” Mrs. Bev. with Clem, and Clem lost her temper, anderley said to her mother. Pritchard spoilt my new dress, and several
1 “No, my dear, your father will be displeasant people went away, and I, too, deter-l appointed. She cannot come now." said mined to take myself off. I shall only stay a Mrs. St. Julian, decidedly: " and if she couple of days with you, so pray tell Mrs. St. in Julian that I shall not, I hope, be much in her
to does, I am here to receive her. Mr. Hexway. Do not let her make any changes for me;
ham, you did not see her on board ? A I shall be quite willing to live exactly as you
lady alone?" .. are all in the habit of doing. Any room will
No. Hexbam had not seen any lone do for my man. The maid need only have a lady on board. There was a good-looking little room next to mine. You won't mind, I person who might have answered the deknow, if I go my own gait while I stay with scription, but she had a gentleman with you, for I am an odd creature, as I dare say you her. He lost sight of them at Tarmouth, may have often heard from Bevis. I expect to as he was looking after his man, and his feel dreadfully small with all you clever artistic van, and his photographic apparatus. It people, but I shall be safe from my lady and was settled that Lady Jane could not possiClem, who would never venture to come near | bly come till next day. you.
My father is all alone at home, and I want to get back to him if I can steal a march on my
II. lady. She is so jealous that she will not let me Lady Jane Beverley had always declared be alone with him for one hour if she can help that she hated three things - islands, clever it, in her absence. Before she left Castlerookham
ham | people, and interference. She knew she was she sent for that odious sister of hers to play clever, but she did not encourage this dispopicquet with him, and there was a general scene; when I objected. My father took part against
sition. It made people bores and radical me, so I started off in a huff, but he has man
| in her own class of life, and forward if they aged to shake off the old wretch, I hear, and so
were low. She was not pretty. No; she I do not mind going back. I must say it is
didn't care for beauty, though she confessed very pleasant to have a few halfpence that one she should be very sorry if she was not able can call one's own, and to be able to come and to afford to dress in the latest fashion. It go one's own way. I assure you that the said was all very well for artists and such people halfpence do not last for ever, however. Clem to say the contrary, but she knew that a plain woman well dressed would look better Emmy was not certainly worth all this fuss, than the loveliest dowdy that ever tied her but deterioined to look after ber. Lady bonnet-strings crooked. It was true her Jane was rather Low Church, sligbtly susbrother Bevis had thought otherwise. He picious but good-natured and not unamenshad married Emilia, who was not in his ble to reason. She cultivated an abrupt own rank of life; but Lady Jane supposed frankness and independence of manner. he had taught her to dress properly after Her frankness was almost bewildering at her marriage. She had done her very best times, as Lady Jane expected her dictums to dissuade him from that crazy step; once to be received in silence and humility by it was over she made the best of it, though the unlucky victims of her penetration. none of them would listen to her; and in- But still, as I have said, being a truedeed she had twice had to lend him sums hearted woman, if she was once convinced of money when his father stopped his allow- that she was in the wrong, she would always ance. It is true he paid her back, other- own to it. Marriage was rather a sore subwise she really did not know how she could ject with this lady. She had once notified have paid her bills that quarter. If she to a young evangelical rector that although had not had her own independence she his prospects were not brilliant, yet she was scarcely could have got on at all or borne not indisposed to sbare them, if he liked to with all Lady Mountmore's whims. How- come forward. To her utter amazement, ever, thanks to old aunt Adelaide, she need the young man got up in a confused manner, not think of anybody but herself, and that walked across the room, talked to Lady was a very great comfort to her in her Clem for the rest of his visit, and never many vexations. As it was, Clem was for called again. Lady Jane was much surever riding Bazook, and laming her ponies, prised; but, as her heart was not deeply and borrowing money. Beverley and Bevis, concerned in the matter, she forgave him on of course, being her own brothers, had a deliberation. The one softness in this right to expect she would be ready to lend strange woman's nature lay in her love for them a little now and then; but really Clem children. Little Bevis, her brother's baby, was only her step-sister, and considering would coo at her, and beat her high checkthe terms she and Lady Mountmore were bones with his soft little fat hand; she let on. . . Lady Jane had a way of ram- him pull her hair, the curls, and frills, and bling on, though she was a young woman plaits of an hour's erection, poke his fingers still, not more than six or seven and twenty. into her eyes, swing her watcli violently It was quite true that she had had to fight round and round. She was still too young her own battles at home, or she would have to have crystallized into a regular old maid. been utterly fleeced and set aside. Bever- She had never known any love in her life ley, her eldest brother, never quite forgave except from Bevis, but Bevis had been a her for being the old aunt's heiress, and did little afraid of her. Beverley was utterly not help her as he should have done. Bevis indifferent to anybody but himself. was always away on his missions or in dis- Lady Jane had fifteen hundred a year of grace. Old Lord Mountmore was feeble her own. She was not at all bad-looking. and almost childish. Lady Mountmore was Her thick reddish hair was of the fashionanot a pleasant person to deal with, and such ble colour. She was a better woman than heart' as she possessed was naturally given some people gave her credit for being, seeto Lady Clem, her own child.
ing this tall over-dressed and overbearing Lady Jane was fortunately not of a sen- young person going about the world with sitive disposition. She took life calmly, her two startled attendants and her hunters. and did not yearn for the affection that was Lady Jane had not the smallest sense of not there to get, but she made the best of humour or feeling for art; at least, this things, and when Bevis was sent to South latter faculty had never been cultivated, America on a mission, she it was who brought though she had furnished her boudoir with about a sort of general reconciliation. /bran new damask and sprawling gilt legs, She was very much pleased with herself on and dressed herself in the same style; and this occasion. Everybody looked to her, had had her picture taken by some traveland consulted her. “You will go and see ling artist - a pastile all frame and roseEmmy sometimes, won't you, Jane?" said coloured chalk — which hung up over her poor Bevis, who was a kind and handsome chinney, smirking at a rose, to the amuseyoung fellow. Lady Jane said, “ Most ment of some of her visitors. Lady Jane's likely," and congratulated herself on her notion of artists and art were mainly formed own tact and success on this occasion, as upon this trophy, and by what she had seen well as on her general ways, looks, style, of the artist who had produced it. Lady and position in life. She thought poor Clem used to say that Jane was a born old