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power at once irresistible and righteous, a surrounded by troops, transacted his business, power that makes us drunk like wine with and sent the crowds away. But he had hardly its mcre possession. Haroun Alraschid retired to his apartments when Alraschid sent is to the day-dreams of men with imagi- Mesrúr, saying, “Go to him at once and bring nations, when they give themselves the him here, and say to him, 'A letter has just

come from Khorassan.' When he comes rein, what other — let us hope worthier — heroes are to their sober thoughts. It is at the second, post the slaves. Do not let any

through the first door, post the soldiers there ; Aladdin who attracts, and the great caliph of his people come in with him, but bring him is Aladdin crowned. That is the secret in alone, and turn him aside to the Turkish of his undying charm for the Western as tent I bade you set up yesterday; and when he well as the Oriental world, a charm which is inside, behead him, and bring his head to will have no limit in time, and which is so me, and do not acquaint any one of God's strong that it is a positive pleasure to find creatures with what I have ordered, and do a solemn Cambridge professor of Arabic not trouble me again about it.” ... But when who tells us all he knows of the real, as soldiers, and then through the second and saw

Jaafer got through the first gate and saw the well as the legendary; Haroun — and he the slaves, and then through the third, he much of both — confirming the turned, and finding none of his own attendants, old ideal, which, if he had known ten and seeing that he was alone in the court, he times as much, and had been twenty blamed himself for coming out as he did, but times as charming a raconteur as he is - it was too late to retrace his steps. Then and we have met few such — we venture Mesrúr led him to the tent, and made him go to say he, nevertheless, could not have inside and sit down as usual; but seeing no disturbed. It is a mental luxury to find one there, he perceived that some mischief was

“Mesrúr, my brother, what that Arabic historians declare Haroun of brewing, and said, the “ Arabian Nights to have ordered

is the matter?" "I am your brother,” anthe execution of Giaffar, the vizier, thus : ask me what's the matter.

swered Mesrúr, “and in your house, and you

You know well It was on a Thursday morning, and Haroun enough — your time has come. The Prince of sat there holding his Council. Now, Thurs- the Faithful has ordered me to cut off your day was Jaafer's cavalcade day. Presently he head, and take it to him at once.” Jaafer wept said, Mesrúr, do not go far away from me.” a little, and then began to kiss Mesrúr's hands Then the people came in and saluted him, and and feet, and say, "Oh, my brother ! oh, Messat in their respective places, and Jaafer came rúr ! you know how good I have been to you too, and Haroun received him with the great more than to any of the pages or members of est cordiality, and welcomed him, and smiled the household, and that I always did what you upon him, and laughed and joked with him, asked me, day and night. You know what and he sat next the caliph. Jaafer then brought position I hold, and what influence I have out the letters he had received from various with the Prince of the Faithful, and how he quarters, and the caliph listened to them and entrusts me with all his secrets. Perhaps some decided upon all the petitions and claims, etc., one may have traduced me to him. I have here which they contained. Then Jaafer asked to two hundred thousand dinars (about £100,000). be allowed to leave for Khorassan that day, I will produce them for you immediately, if and the caliph called for the astrologer, who you will only let me get away from here." "I was sitting near, and asked him what o'clock cannot do it,” said Mesrúr. . And he kept it was.

" Half past nine o'clock," answered on weeping and imploring him, and clinging the astrologer, and took the altitude of the so to life, that Mesrúr said, “Well, it may be sun for him; and Alraschid reckoned it up managed.” So he took off the sword and himself, and looked in his “Nautical Alma- sword-belt, and set forty black slaves to guard nack," and said, “To-day, my brother, is an the tent, and went to the caliph. The latter unlucky one for you, and this is an unlucky was sitting down, perspiring with rage, hold. hour, and I fancy something serious is going ing a cane in his hand, and digging it into the to happen in it. However, stay over the Fri- ground. When he saw Mesrúr, he said, May clay prayers, and go when the stars are more thy mother be bereaved of thee! What hast propitious; then pass the night in Nahrawan, thou done in the matter of Jaafer?" "I have start early the next morning, and get on the done what you ordered." “ Where is his road during the day — that is better than going head?” “In the tent.' "Fetch it me at now." Jaafer would not agree to what the once.So Mesrúr went backi and found caliph said, until he had taken the astrolabe Jaafer on his knees praying. He did not give in his own hands from the astrologer, and had him time to finish his prayer, but drew his taken the altitude and reckoned it up for him. sword and cut off his head, and took it by the self. Then he said, “By Allah, you speak the beard and threw it before the Prince of the truth, O Prince of the Faithful! I never saw a Faithful, all dripping as it was with blood. star burning more fiercely, or a narrower course The caliph heaved a deep sigh, and wept terin the zodiac than to-day.' Then he went ribly, and dug his stick in the earth after each home, people of all ranks making much of him word that he spoke, and gnashed his teeth on as he went. At last he reached his palace, the walking-stick, and addressed the head, say.


ing, “Oh, Jaafer, did I not put you on an equal. | the general good-will which seems to reity with myself? Oh, Jaafer, how have you sult from a snowstorm, and which, inrequited me? You have neither observed my deed, is rather irritating than otherwise rights nor kept your pact with me. You have to people whose heads ache with snow, forgotten my bounty; you have not looked to and whose limbs are not strong enough the results of actions. You have not reflected on the vicissitudes of fortune. You have not

for any hilarious conflict with snowdrifts. counted on the revolutions of time and the The English people, on the whole, obvichanges of human circumstances. Oh, Jaafer, ously enjoy the luxury of fighting their you have deceived me in my family; disgraced way ag nst an unaccustomed obstacle. me before all men. Oh, Jaafer, you have done They regard the whole thing as an elabevil to me and to yourself.”

orate stroke of humor, which is not only It is all so true, and all occurred only enjoyable, but really enjoyed. Indeed, three years ago, when the khedive ordered they feel a certain virtuous self-satisfachis chancellor of the exchequer, his own tion in getting through all their work at a foster-brother, to be slain, and drove him doubled or trebled cost of effort, which in his own carriage, with kind words and almost raises their stimulated sense of soothing smiles, to ihe place of arrest. fun into benignant radiance. Moreover,

it is a capital thing for men to learn, --if they would learn, that so far from hav. ing a moral right to an increase of profit

for every increased expenditure of labor, From The Spectator.

they ought to be thankful for being someAN APOLOGY FOR THE SNOW.

times allowed to earn what they do by a The snow, so long as it lasts, is cer- far greater expenditure of labor than they tainly a mild kind of plague, - not nearly usually bestow, — that harder work even so bad as the locusts, not so bad, proba. for the same reward is often blessing bly, as the dust-storms of the East, not to and not a curse; that at all events, when be compared with a universal boil, or the life is lived, as it so often is, at half-power, tsetse fily, – but still, a plague which sud. anything which calls upon us for a new denly paralyzes the ordinary action of and more vigorous heave at the obstacles man over a great surface of life, and re- before us, does us good, and not harm. duces him to something like the helpless. We do not know that this good effect of ness of his savage state. If snow were the snow would last through a very long to fall for a week at anything like the rate trial of the kind, but if it did, it would do at which it fell on Tuesday, we believe still more good. Ordinary men that a good deal of London would be think of screwing themselves up to higher before the end of that time suffering se- effort than the mere gaining of their liveverely from hunger. All the railways lihood demands, and when that is, as it would be blocked; the only approach to usually is, much below what they are town possible would be on sledges, and capable of putting forth, it is good for even the approach on sledges might be them in every way, - good for their hearts extremely difficult, on account of the soft- and good for their nerves, to make the ness of the snow, which renders the loco- discovery that they have a great reserve motion much more difficult for horses of power, which, at a pinch, enables them than in a Canadian winter. Snow in this not only to do their own work well when climate is clearly, a serious plague, even if it is more laborious than usual, but a we admit it to be a mild plague, but there good deal of other people's, who are less is something to be said for it, neverthe capable, too. less. “Eöthen "speaks of a snowstorm as Another thing the snow does for us. "a mysterious, unaccountable, uncomfort. It emphasizes for us much more pointedly able work of God, which may have been than we could for ourselves the rarity and sent for some good purpose, to be re exceptional character of such tasking obvealed hereafter.” But perhaps we need stacles. It shows us how, living, as we not wait quite so long for a revelation of do, on the very verge of conditions which the good it does, or may do.

would render our life and civilization utIn the first place, it makes ordinary terly impossible, the conditions which men put out a great deal more effort than would thus make it impossible are yet usual to secure very much smaller results, almost always suppressed. Of course, and yet they feel a great deal better under a frequently repeated snowstorm pleased with those more costly results, like Tuesday's and Wednesday's the presthan they were with the larger results of ent life of England could never have be. less labor. Nothing is more curious than come what it is, or anything like what it



is. It would have been an Esquimaux | deal. It incurs a responsibility, and crelise, and not an English life. And yet ates a certain force of resistance or supthese conditions, which would have made port. But with the word that is not a our life so utterly different, and kept so deed, but only prevents some other word much of the existing life from ever exist- which is a deed from being uttered, no ing at all, are always close at hand. The one knows how to deal; and so, like very inconvenience we have felt this week is fine snow, which is not solid enough to the measure of the inconvenience from support a sledge, and is solid enough to which we are free, without remembering embarrass the motion of a carriage, it is it, during almost every other week in the infinitely more obstructive than the more year. Nothing impresses on us so much positive word which represents action. as this how unstable the conditions of our All the more perfect forms of obstruction civilization are, how easy it would be, with are half-way things, things liable to a very slight alteration in the physical change their forms at the least application conditions of the earth, to destroy the of pressure, solid now, liquid then, whole structure of our communications, fuid now, gaseous then,

things that whether in the way of railway, telegraph, you do not know how to deal with, beor literature, and this by virtue of no cause the moment you begin to deal with process more formidable than a rapid and them, they become something else than constant transformation of the rain into they were. A substance so impalpable these soft, white crystals, which at first that it gets into every cranny, and so near sight seem so much less aggressive than the point at which it changes its form that rain. The lesson of a snowstorm, if it you can hardly do anything without findonly impresses on us that the conditions ing something else in its place, is the of our present human life are utterly un perfect type of obstructiveness. And stable conditions, and that with no change surely that is a lesson in the evil of obgreater than the change which is sure to structiveness, an evil which is due to the come in time from the precession of the quantity of ambiguous and indeterminate equinoxes, this part of our earth will be purpose in man,

- purpose determinate inhabited, if at all, under Arctic condi- enough to embarrass right action, but not tions once more, — would be useful by determinate enough to confront right destroying all that “perilous stuff” of action with anything that can be called, which the moral atmosphere is full, the and therefore that elicits the emotion tendency of which is to attribute all the which is appropriate to, action determiso-called progressiveness of man to purely nately wrong. inevitable causes, and to persuade us that humanity by its own prowess has obtained for itself a fixity of tenure of all its various modern achievements, whereas really it is only a tenant-at-will, with notice to quit

From Hardwicke's Science-Gossip. whenever the Arctic cycle comes round again.

This tree is celebrated in the earliest And the snowstorm seems to us very record of Grecian history; Homer freimpressive from another point of view. quently mentions “the shady plane. It It teaches us how fine and delicate a was dedicated by the Greeks to the beau.

be rendered in the highest tiful Helen, and it is said that the bridal sense paralyzing and obstructive, if it can wreath which she wore on the occasion of only be produced in sufficient quantity: her marriage with Menelaus was partly The finer the snow is, and the softer it composed of the catkins of this tree. is, and the more easily it melts so long as Theocritus, a poet who flourished 282 it does not melt without friction, the more B.C., represents the virgins of Sparta inobstructive it is. The nearer it is to rain, troducing the plane in the epithalamium so long as it retains its character of snow, or marriage song of their princesses, the more completely it foils locomotion thus, and makes the usual intercourse of man impossible. And is not that true of other

Reverence me, for I am the tree of Helen. sorts of obstruction? The nearer a word One Persian monarch, Xerxes, when in. is to a mere word; so long as it has body vading Greece with his prodigious army, enough to keep out a deed, the more i appears to have lost his reason at the paralyzing and unconquerable as an sight of one of these magnificent trees agency of obstruction it is. With the he found in Phrygia. He compelled his word 'tbat is a deed, you know how to l army to encamp in the neighborhood,


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whilst he adorned the tree with all the ants paid a tribute to the Romans for jewels belonging to himself, his concu- permission to enjoy its shade. The Oribines, and the principal men of his court, ental plane appears to have been intrountil the branches were loaded with gems, duced into England about the middle of necklaces, bracelets, and ornaments of the sixteenth century. every kind. He called it his mistress and his goddess, and it was some days before he could be prevailed on to leave the tree of which he was so enamored, and even

From The Spectator. then he caused a figure of it to be stamped

THE STORM,* 1881. on a gold medal which he constantly wore about him. Herodotus relates that he DAME Nature, perusing the newspaper page, encircled this favorite tree with a collar Jumped out of her bed in a deuce of a rage; of gold, and confided the charge of it to She would prove on the spot she'd a will of

And swore by all saints to the calendar known, one of the ten thousand. It is said that the delay occasioned by this foolish freak “I have waited and waited,” quoth she,“ by was one of the causes of his defeat. The Romans named this tree platanus In the hope things might come to a likelier from the Greeks, and they appear to have pass; held it in equal veneration with their When sham ' Peace and Honor' were kicked more eastern neighbors. They planted

out o' door, the public and academic walks of their I swore to give England a chance or two more. imperial city with it. When first intro- To the heart of the Briton I thought inight be

In return for that kicking, I gave her a year, duced into Rome it was cultivated with

dear; niuch industry and at great cost, by their with a warm sun above him, a kind earth orators and statesinen; we are told that below, Cicero and Hortensius would exchange And seasons as true as the ocean at flow,now and then a turn at the bar, that they When crops might all flourish, and harvest inmight step to their handsome villas and

crease, irrigate the roots of these favorite trees, And Trade lift her head for a worthier peace ; not with water but with wine. Pliny in- When Zulus and Afghans might rest on their forms us that the plane-tree was first

And Bartle be fêted on civilized shores; brought over the Torrian Sea, into the I drank power to his elbow, though under the island of Diomede, where it was planted to ornament the tomb of that hero. This Bartle's elbow had wrought all the harm to be same author records the particulars of done, several remarkable plane-trees, and tells Believing, at least, the small reason of men us of one in Lycia that had a cavity or Would prevent him from shaking that elbow hollow in the trunk which measured again. eighty-one feet in circumference. The I bowed out my Dizzy, nor grudged him the

while summit of this tree, notwithstanding the internal decay of the trunk, is said to Of my sister, Dame Fortune, the kindliest

smile have been sufficiently umbrageous to have (For tho' Truth in the end should compel us borne quite a little forest of branches

to flee him aloft. In this singular tree Licinius Mu- We both of us know a big man when we see cianus, when consul, used to give dinner him). and supper parties, and he sometimes I bowed in my Gladstone, right worthy to preferred sleeping in the hollow ; perhaps, share on account of the wine imbibed on such Once more in the will of the popular air;'t occasions, he was unable to walk home. And to warm-hearted Erin I hoped to impart, The emperor Caligula found an extraor- To her brains, just a glow from the warinth of

her heart. dinary plane-tree, near Velitræ, in the cavity of which he gave a supper party O frustra! nequidquam ! in vain I rehearse to fifteen of his debauched courtiers, My sinking of heart in iny querulous verse, leaving ample room for his train of at. Be the end of the play in a sock or a buskin, tendants to wait on the company. The 'Twill drive us at last to the moral of Ruskinemperor called it the “feast of the nest,” That rival rat-catchers as worthily strive because it had been given in a tree. For rule, as the best politicians alive! Pliny states that when this tree was first introduced into the country of the Morini,



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* "Such as of late o'er pale Britannia passed." a maritime people of Gaul, the inhabit- † Arbitrio popularis auræ.




have got,

For, for good or for ill be their purpose and Oh! sad was that valley when luckless she fell aim,

To thee and to thine, landlord-hating Parnell ! The rats that they hunt will be always the

What differs the past from the present, I pray? Obstructives obstruct who obstructed before, Wherein, please, is yesterday worse than toAnd Parliament meets to be merely a bore;

day? By Tories created, by Tories deplored, The floor of your Commons is held by the men In the Queen's House of Commons mere Brass Who held it before, and now hold it again; is the lord ;

Dishonor the master, and Honor trod down, Sleek Northcote calls angels and saints to his And Northcote submissive to Salisbury's aid,

frown, And like Frankenstein shrinks from the mon. The country, o'erweary, o'erpatient, o'erworn, ster he made,

Uprising in murmurs of infinite scorn, And while his poor hands he in humbleness And asking wherein, to those that bave eyes, rubs,

Between Whig' and 'Tory' the difference The Tory bear-leader is led by his cubs.

lies. St. Stephen's still echoes the infantine Church- I am weary of all of you - weary and sad ill,

Where weak beyond weak seems the best to (Whose pedagogues, surely, used ruler and

be had; birch ill,

Since for right and for reason no strength ye When they fostered the pea in its juvenile pod, And ruined the child by avoiding the rod ;)

By the Lord of creation, I'll ‘Boycott' the Still Salisbury utters his figments serene,

lot!” Still Anarchy stalks o'er the desolate scene; Nor Bright, nor Mundella, nor Dilke, has pre- In the depths of her spirit outwearied at

Dame Nature arose, in her infinite strength, tence To infuse in the mixture one tittle of sense.


The east wind and north wind she summoned The O'Shine, the O‘Paque, the O'Brian Boru,

to throw Give the best of bad brains their own land to Over earth, sea, and heaven her masterful

undo; O'Tongs and MacHammer keep pounding She “Boycotted” London from Kew to Mile away,

End, The first half the night, and the second all day, Bade Thames to the tempest his armory With never a glimmer of wit to the fore,

lend, All-powerless to speak, and all-powerful to She locked up two judges forlorn and alone, bore,

And forced on the House a clôtiere of her own : Till Ireland's dead Currans indignant disclaim She blocked the steel rails, man-invented to The darkness of dulness now linked with her

prove That man was the master of force from above;

She laughed at his mission, she mocked at his Historic McCarthy, on history nursed,

word, Tries to make of his own times'the weakest And through the loud storm-drift her warning and worst;

was heard : Parnell plays the stalest of demagogue play, To be called “King Parnell’talks his country “Ay! speak from the west, and foretell to a away ;

day And while England, awake to the wrongs of When the storm-cloud shall break, and the

lightning shall play; The mantle of Love over Erin would cast, Foretelling is folly, and knowledge for fools, Bad landlords would banish, good tenants For the wisest of men keep the oldest of rules. would bless,

Ye fret me, ye stir me, ye move me to mirth, And kiss a loved sister with sister's caress, At your Lownesses crawling 'twixt heaven and These self-seeking weaklings, of Pigmydom

earth. born,

My tide it shall gather, my storm it shall Make Ireland a desert, and England a scorn.


In their own thoughts alone, sirs, your last If there's not in the wide world a valley so shall be first.

In an hour of the tempest, a frown of the As that in whose bosom the bright waters cloud, meet,

I stoop to the humble, I threaten the proud."

H. M.

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