in the literal meaning of the term, he sub- selfish view that the British people advojects him to its equivalent in an industrial cate the extension of free exchange. It is bondage which saps out existence by the only thing that can reconcile the inhopeless despair. Whatever may be the terests of humanity all over the world, by military requisites of Europe, on which a distributing the inhabitants at the places justification of Protection is partially most suitable for their support, and thus based, there is no reason why the tariff deciding the position of each individual in should be maintained in America, save life on the basis of an unfettered comthe impossibility of reducing it without petition. In the chaiping up of comcreating dissatisfaction, and, in some re petition by Protection lies the secret of spects, disaster among the manufacturing half the industrial troubles, as over-proclasses. The evil, however, is working duction in the modern sense could not to the point when the heroic remedy must otherwise take place, but would be limited of necessity be soon applied or not at all. by the natural operation of the laws of Nor, in expressing this, are we without an Free Trade, when the interests of the historical parallel, as may be seen in the farmer and the artisan would remain idensecular history of the Jews just prior to tical. the commencement of the Christian era. With the destruction of Protection, The nation at the epoch was as full of in. therefore, in America, the condition of telligence as the America of to-day, and that country will be radically changed ; the people were, according to Dr. Geikie, and there cannot be a doubt that when it looking forward to a future “

as gross as occurs, a genuine impulse must be given Mahomet’s paradise.” They were thirst- not only to the well-being of the people, ing in the same way as nations still are, but to the well-being of all peoples. The for all the blessings of material gain, to reason of the success so far of democracy obtain which the fulfilment of the law was lies in the fact that it promotes the greatthe ideal aim. This spiritual protection, est good of the greatest number ; but this which isolated them from the rest of man- cardinal principle is being forgotten in kind by drawing round Palestine a barrier America, and outside of the British Isles as effectual as a modern tariff, was a base or in portions of the empire has only a corruption of the Mosaic institutions, and semi-existence. The foolishness of stimucreated a spirit of hate that "embittered lating production in the United States and even private life.” Not only did they excluding the competition of the world, hate and injure one another, but "all is seen in the inability to lighten taxation alike hated whole classes of their own na- by reducing the annual surplus, which tion and the whole heathen races. An- curtails the operations of business by cient exclusivism, adopted for the sake of causing a constant flow of currency to the worldly dominion and prosperity, became Treasury. The surplus is thus "a rock the means of annihilating a race, and, of offence” to every one engaged in agriwhatever way we may

look at it, the culture and commerce, and cannot be most important race of antiquity. Under maintained to benefit the manufacturer. the new conditions of modern progress Already the farmers' alliances are multithe very same state of affairs is thus work- plying in every direction, all breathing ing up again, without, however, an atom bitter sectarianism and full of economical of spirituality as a redeeming feature, and fads for the begetting of a money millencalled by the name of


nium. There are, accordingly, some America, the nineteenth century“ land of hard times before democracy in the United promise," has consequently before her States ; but the strangest thing connected eyes the warning of the past ; but where, with it is the deliberate manner Ameriin the recurrence of the world to heathen cans have worked up trouble for them. ideals, and worse, in its denial of God- selves in the very spirit of that Navigafor at least the belief in the gods was the tion Act they once so fiercely denounced. making of Greece and Rome--will arise If, in the land of its early development, the Spirit that rescued mankind from the democracy can make no advance on the chaos of their own forining, and inaugu- victory of the rights of man, its day is rated a bond of union known by the name done there, great and splendid as its serof “ love" ?

vice has been. The people of the United It is by no means, therefore, with a Kingdom have improved upon it by the addition to its triumph, so far as they are and glorying in the selfishness of the moconcerned, of free exchange, and the ment, but without the guidance of the hopes of the working men of all nations wise men when the way was uncertain ; must henceforth rest exclusively on the and as a consequence, if no halt is made, unfolding of British genius. It may be if the route is not retraced, all the magthat, owing to forgetfulness of her duty nificent possibilities before the New World toward humanity, American is at the may be closed indefinitely by the reaction length of her tether for the present, that of that very self-confidence which opened the impetus derived from the founders them up. This would be a great discan carry her no further. She has walked

She has walked appointment for the Americans themselves, on the path marked out by her early his- and a sad ending to their own expectatory, gathering wealth at every step, tions.Blackwood's Magazine. trusting to a rapidly developing continent,




WIDER the world's delights are teeming,
More deep or high they hardly seem,
Though more good folks to-day are dreaming
In pleasant guise this life's old dream.
Yet he whose day began among
The group on Plato's lips that hung,
Who saw in Phidias' studio
A godlike forın from marble grow,
Heard in the theatre at even
Antigone with Greek chorus given,
And with Aspasia and her coterie
Might sup as a familiar votary,
Has writ more pleasure on life's pages
Than we have after all these ages.

-Public Opinion.



FROM SHADOW TO SUNLIGHT. By the Marquis AN OLD MAD's LOVE. By Maarten Maartens.

of Lorne. New York : D. Appleton & Co. New York : Harper & Brothers.

Mr. Maartens has been made known favorIN THE HEART OF THE STORM. By Maxwell ably to English and American readers in the

Gray, author of “The Silence of Dean Mait. past. His “ Joost Avelingh," published in land," "The Reproach of Apnesley.” (Ap- this country about two years ago, was a strong pleton's Town and Country Library.) New and original piece of work. The book before York : D. Applelon & Co.

us has much of the same quality which dis

tinguished the earlier novel-humor, pathos, THE MAID OF HONOR. By the Hon. Lewis

fidelity to nature, dramatic vigor, and severe Wingfield, Author of " Lady Grizel,

artistic taste. The story is based on the Lords of Strogue,” “ Abigel Rowe," etc.

fidelity of devotion shown by a narrow-minded (Town and Country Library.) New York :

woman to a brilliant and delightful young D. Appleton & Co.

scapegrace, her adopted nephew, Arnout CONSEQUENCES. A Novel. By Egerton Castle. Oostrum. Seduced from his affection for his New York : D. Appleton & Co.

early sweetheart by the graces of a brilliant

" The

The gal

Frenchwoman, with whom he has an intrigue, interest seems inexhaustible, like that of the he almost breaks the heart of Susanna Vasel. French Revolution or of our own great Civil kamp, the old Puritan, who, however, resolves War. Philip Randal, the English officer in that ber nephew shall expiate his sin by marry. India, who, brought up as an adopted son of ing the adventuress. It is discovered, un. an old miller, does not know his true lineage, fortunately for this schome, that the lady has is scarcely less unhappy in his passion for a a husband living. Nothing daunted, thinking beautiful and highly born girl than is his only of the sin and nothing of the possible adopted sister (also his betrothed), Jessie evil of the connection, when legalized, to Meade, in her romantic and tragic attachment Oostrum, the old maid, who is cast in an iron to Claude Medway, who tries in vain to make mould, spends her money lavishly in seeking her consent to an illicit connection. The into secure a divorce, so that the guilty ones terest of the book is equally divided between may marry. She is well summed up in the these two, and both are portrayed with verdict of Parson Jacob, another character, strength and nobility of treatment. The ad. who tells her, “You are one of God's fanatics, ventures of Philip amid the terrible surroundbut you do the devil's work." The character ings of the mutiny, specially that episode is drawn with remarkable strength, and is the wherein he saves Ada Maynard and restores central figure of the book. Oostrum is a her to her friends after the massacre of Cawn. joyous, devil-may-care fellow, who sins easily pore, are related with great verve. and repents quickly, but is full of good and lant young soldier's sweetheart is one of the attractive qualities in spite of his sins, which finest types of the high-bred English gentle. are those of a bright and vivacious young fel. woman, strong, gentle, self-sustained, a blend. low, who has seen but little of the world. ing of courage and womanly sweetness quite One does not care much for the French vis- delightful. But we suspect the reader will countess in spite of her Parisian fascinations, be still more in love with Jessie Meade, who and is disposed to wonder how so sturdy a fights a battle at home in her spiritual stress, fellow at bottom as Oostrum should be be- quite as severe a test of strength as any fought gailed from his sweet little adorer Dorothy by with sword and musket in India. The brave the foreign enchantress. A great charm of and sorely tried girl, persecuted by the pas. the book is found in the racy pictures of the sion of the man she loves, misconstrued in minor personages, who are so natural and her own circle by the harsh judgments of her hearty as to take strong hold on the reader's friends, flies to the stony heart of London to affections. It is a story in the best vein of hide herself amid its millions, and perchance realism, though we suspect that the author to earn her bread by her cleverness as an would resent being classified with many of artist. There is no tragedy so pathetic and the best-known writers of this so-called mod. terrible as that of a young and beautiful ern school of fiction. Mr. Maartens has effec- woman alone in a great city, without money tively followed up the impression made by or friends, helpless except so far as she can “ Joost Avelingh,” which, we believe, was help herself, exposed to insult, face to face published by the Appletons in their “ Town with starvation, oftentimes with no relief exand Country Library."

cept a leap in the river, if she would remain

true to herself and self-respect. The chivalry Maxwell Gray has given American readers of man in such cases proves a reed no less another strong story in the new novel, “ In rotten than the forbearnnce of the savage. the Heart of the Storm.” “The Silence of Jessie Meade does not leap from London Dean Maitland” was one of the great English Bridge, however, and is rescued for a brief books of its year, and though the first and period of happiness. We do not propose to best the author has written, she has not failed show the outcome of the touching story, which to show the same artistic touch and vigorous is mannged by the author with a keen sense grasp of her material in her succeeding books. of all the possibilities of the interest of the Much of the present story is connected with situation. Nor is it needful to tell our rend. the great Indian mutiny, and one is tempted ers how Philip Randal found his birthright to comment on the fact that this remarkable and what he did with it. Those who read episode has never lost its fascination, in spite the book will admire the delicacy and skill of the fact that it has been made the theme of with which the fine touch and true feeling of innumerable stories by English writers. Its the writer have evolved the tangled web of her story, in obedience to the impulses of char- well as the literary side. It is proper to say acter and temperament which from start to that the title of the book is derived from tho finish govern the actions of her personages. far-fetched reason that the heroine had been While in no distinctive way a novel of char- maid of honor to the queen. acter, character dominates incident and gives it a rich, warm flavor of humanity.

A much more interesting Mephistopheles

than the super-subtile abbé, and not without a Mr. Wingfield's "Maid of Honor” is notable suggestion of the soutane, however, comes to for its striking portrait of a French Mephis- light in Mr. Egerton Castle's " Conse. topheles, the Abbé Pharamond. It is charac- quences." We are not familiar with this teristically French in this, that to the passion writer's work, but if he is a novice he has for evil for its own sake is added the lust of made a decidedly clever beginning, fresh in the flesh, the lubricous temperament which its initial conception and quite original in the Gallic mind inevitably drags into situation its methods. The notion of a hero expurging and character when it contemplates human himself and becoming a legal nobody by a wickedness, a tendency which the English craftily devised pretence of suicide, that he imitator seems bound to respect in his study may reappear as a somebody else in after of French social conditions. The slime of years amid the surroundings of his early life, the serpent must always go with his bite. His is not altogether new in fiction, but it has sister-in-law, the Marchioness de Gange, is not been worn threadbare. It may be readily practically left under his charge at a country seen that the motif is capable of very effective château, and the abbé proceeds at once to en- treatment. Captain George Kerr, an English velop her with his subtle nets of solicitation officer, who disappears from the world that Fortunately a passionless and coldly virtuous knows him beoause he is disappointed in his woman, she has but little trouble in resisting Spanish wife Carmen, again makes his entry the tempter, though her conjugal arts are not on the stage as Colonel David Fargus, an exsufficient to retain the affections of her hus. Confederate cavalry leader from America, band, who is a devotee of Mesmer, and who, whose sword had made him famous. We if not quite a boneless and flabby fool, is alto- find the cause of the remarkable step of selfgether a contemptible personage. One could effacement altogether insufficient, but it will almost excuse a wife for unfaithfulness to such serve as well as another in introducing the an emasculated partner. Failing the power action of the comedy. Colonel Fargus disto seduce, Abbé Pharamond enters into a plot covers that he had been a fool, and that his to destroy the heroine and secure her patri. beautiful Carmen had left a boy, who had mony, a plot into which the marquis is a half. grown up and become an English soldier. unwilling accomplice through the control held The unknown father attaches himself to the over his mind by his more intellectual brother, son, and among the earliest of his paternal The endangered heroine is finally rescued by offices he seconds him in a sabre duel with a the help of a Jacobin leader (the story is laid German university student, who is promptly in the period of the French Revolution, dissected in a style that makes the colonel though we get only side glimpses of its main believe his offspring a true chip of the old movements), and the wicked brethren become block. We do not reach the thick of the plot the victims of the enraged populace during an till the elder brother of the pseudo-Fargus emeute. So the deus ex machina is found in a dies intestate and without children, leaving a revolutionary mob. One does not find much bandsome rent-roll. Who is next of kin ? fascination in the nexus of the story, though George Kerr is dead, and Colonel Fargus, for it is very well told. The marchioness is a de- more than one reason, cannot bring him to cidedly uninteresting person, in whose fate life again, Lewis Kerr, his son, is supposed we take little interest, except as she affords to be the heir. Now enter Mephistopheles, material for the audacious deviltries of Abbé not in red or through a trap.door, but in the Pharamond. In this character the author sedate garb of a learned college don, an Oxworks con amore to model a uniqne image of ford fellow, a man of distinguished parts, and wickedness, and with some measure of suc- outwardly the pink of snug propriety. The

He is the redeeming feature of the demon is hidden under the very English ex. story, if it be proper to use a qualifying word terior of Mr. Charles Hillyard, the son of a in this case, so suggestive on the ethical as sister of George Kerr, and whose very brill




iant brains are entirely undiluted by any gallant ex-Confederate hero, Colonel Fargus, principle except that of self-love. Lewis, on still a youngish man in the prime of life. the point of entering into possession of the But there—we have said enough. Let the property, receives a letter from a London law reader take a taste of the pudding and find firm indicating the possession of letters on out the rest of the plums for himself. the part of Hillyard which circumstantially

The Marquis of Lorne possesses the merits prove that the former was the son not of

of having husbanded an English princess, of George Kerr's wife, but of his mistress, and having made a respectable Governor-General therefore not competent to be his uncle's heir.

of Canada, and of being the heir of a dukedom Fargus now realizes the logio of

and the future hoad of the Campbells. His quences,” in the fact that his idolized son

ambition, however, leads him to crave laurels risks disinheritance on the score of illegiti. which are not accidental; and he has sought macy from his own past folly, and that he,

to struggle up the cliffs of Parnassus and seek the only one who could explain the true mean.

fellowship with the muses with the sincere ing of the dangerous documents, is legally self-confidence which sometimes makes medidead. All the resources of his craft and cour

ocrity respectable. Our noble author is for. age are, however, stimulated to the utmost by tunate in this, that he has no reputation to paternal love to fight a losing battle to a vic

risk by writing poor fiction. Candor forces tory. Hillyard to his amazement, for he can

us to hint that, had his prefix been a plebeian discover no motive, soon learns that his true

title, he would have found it difficult to have opponent in the duel is not his cousin, but

found any shrewd practitioner in literary obhis cousin's mentor. It is scarcely needful to

stetrics to have presided at the birth of the dull the edge of the reader's curiosity by re

infant in the case of the alleged novel before tailing the thrust and parry of two daring and

The book is without point, and the only well-matched fencers. Each learns to respect feature at all interesting (something, by the the other's prowess in this battle of wits, and

way, which has only casual connection with if Colonel Fargus finally disarms his oppo

the story) is a description of a remarkable nent without revealing his identity to the world, it is only by the accident which always which is rather good.

- cave on the seaboard of Northern Scotland,

How the fair American justifies, in novels at least, Milton's dictum,

heroine meets, loves, and espouses a youthful “ Thrice is he armed that hath his quarrel Scot whom she meets in California constitutes just." The somewhat vulgar and un-Miltonio

the whole of the story, which is unillumined accident in this case comes through the agency by any scintilla of romance or by any pene. of a pretty barmaid, who had loved the sly trating insight into matters which the world college don“ not wisely but too well.”

cares for. Why this prosaic narrative should The conception of Hillyard, the Oxford

have commended itself to the fancy of the scholar, who carries parallel with his keen

author one seeks in vain to guess. "From love of science and letters and a genuine in

Shadow to Sunlight" has at least the minor tellectual pre-eminence the tastes of the vo

merit of being short. It was an ancient boast laptuary and the arts of the scoundrel, is a

of the Clan Campbell, “ It is a far cry to strong piece of character work, well worked

Sochow." We may say, too, that it is a long out in detail and studied with notable literary stretch from the well-marked talent of the art. The cynical indifference of one so well

Duke of Argyle, who has made himself hon. established in his own superiority that he de

ored as a scholar and thinker, to the medispises the opinions of those who have learned

ocrity of his eldest son, who seeks to disport that he is a hypocrite is warmed, too, with a

himself in the more airy and elegant fields of touch of humanity in keeping with the cyni- letters. It is, however, an infinitely better cism. The beaten gamester at the last dis

and manlier way of dispelling ennui than im. covers that his plebeian mistress, she who

posing heavy “ baccarat" on his friends, as had been the principal agent in his defeat,

the price to be paid for the honor of his so. has a genuine hold on his corrupt heart; and ciety. The public at least are not compelled he makes her an honest woman, in utter de.

to buy and read any particular book. fiance of his own interests and worldly convention, because it so pleased him. An in.

ON THE STAGE AND OFF. The Brief Career of teresting minor complication of fresh fancy is

a Would-be Actor. By Jerome K. Jerome. that the woman beloved by Lewis Kerr had

New York : Henry Holt & Co. already fallen desperately in love with the Among the recent English writers who have

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