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cloak, and we rowed towards the great who had told him that as the children now rock in the glorious afternoon sunshine. on board had no one at all to look after
How often have I been disappointed in thein, he did not intend to lose sight of the outline of hills and mountains : they them till they reached their destination. seldoin appear steep enough to satisfy the They were to go to their grandmother, expectation that fancy has raised. an old French lady who lived at Chartres.
Here there was no disappointment. The “ So," said our kind uncle, “I have ofGreat Skellig shot up perpendicularly from fered to take him and them into Havre, the sea - not an inch of shore, the clear and that will facilitate matters very much.” water lapping round it was not soiled by Tom and I looked at one another on the least bit of gravel or sand. As we hearing this, and for once he caught us drew near, its hue changed; a delicate doing it. green down seemed to grow on it here and “ I shall not stop a day longer at Havre there. I sat in the boat and looked up, than I can help," he remarked. Neither till at last its towering ledges hung almost of us said a word; but I knew very well over us, and its grand solitary head was that Tom would like to have a few days to lost, and the dark base showed itself in all spend in the north of France. He was faits inaccessible bareness.
miliar enough with the ends of the earth, As we had lain half-way between it and and had spent years in cruising about on the vessel, I had looked back and seen that the west coast of South America and in the our floating home was but like a green China seas, but, excepting once when there duck riding on the water, while the Great had been a few months spent in the MedSkellig in comparison was like the ram-iterranean, and that was in his boyhood, parts of some city whose crown was in the he had never set his foot on the shore of sky.
France. Now we were dear, Tom said to me, “ There is pothing more ridiculous than “Do you see those peaks that look like the modern fashion of racing through a little pinnacles ?"
foreign country, and then fancying you I looked, and his finger directed me to a know all about it,” said Uncle Rollin. row of points about a third of the height “ Butter, Brand.” of the rock, and projecting from it.
Still silence. “ Those points,” he continued, " are as Cheese," said my uncle, raising his high as Salisbury spire ; when there is a voice; "you can't stir a step beyond a storm, the wave breaks high enough to French seaport without a passport. In cover them with spray.”.
fact, so long as I am the owner of this So sweet and calm they looked, serene yacht, I shall never lie in harbour, waiting and happy, I could hardly believe what I till it is your — ahem I till it is other peoheard, nor picture to my heart the cries ple's pleasure to come on board. Noand wailing of human voices, the rending, body takes any cheese, it appears. Clear pounding, and wrecking, of human work away." that had been done on them, tossing from His voice had been rising at every senpeak to peak, and ground on the pitiless tence he spoke, and the moment he had rock, since first men sailed.
said grace he marched on deck without I was not sorry when we left the rock waiting for his wine. Tom went into my behind us; but Tom was bent on landing, cabin to sit by Mr. Brandon, and as there if possible, and he also wished to see the was a good deal of work to be done for Lesser Skellig; so as this could not be done the children, I remained where I was and that day, my uncle, who loved to give began to stitch. Presently, down came rocks a wide berth, meant to put out to Uncle Rollin again. sea for the night, and return so as to sight “ Well, Miss Graham, you seem very the Skelligs about morning dawn.
much at home.”
“ I thought you would not object to my working here, uncle, because you know the
after-cabin is occupied.” By this we gather
“ Modest! why don't you say 'my cabYou have tripped slnce.
in.' O my most sacred lady,
No, I don't object; but now, underTemptations bave since then been born to us. stand this, - if you think I am going to
wait your pleasure while you run about in DINNER was ready when we reached the Normandy yacht, and while we dined Uncle Rollin “ Indeed I never did think so, uncle ; told us he had changed several of his plans, how could I run about there by myself? for he had been talking with Mr. Brandon, “ By yourself | the presumption of some
young people is astonishing! Then I sup- give it up at once and for ever. So I say, pose you expected me to escort you?” go to Chartres you shall. I've set my I really was too much surprised to mind on it, and I expect you to be con
When I had said " by myself,” I tent.” had only wished him to think of me apart • Very well, uncle, I'll try." from Tom, whose cause I did not want to “ You will; nobody to see your grave damage.
little face would imagine
what are Why don't you speak, Miss Graham ? you folding your work up for?" I know you have an answer on the tip of “ It makes my head ache to work down your tongue.”
here." “ I know I have presumed sometimes," “Go on deck, then, and take the air
; I answered, unable to repress a smile; you may give me a kiss, if you like, first." “but really, uncle, I never thought of that I went on deck, and about tea-time piece of presumption. If I had
came below. As I reached the open door Well, if you had ; go on, go on, I say." of my own cabin, I took off my hat and “I had much better not."
shawl and gave them to Mrs. Brand, de“ Then you should not have begun. siring her to fetch me out my work, and Since you got over your sea-sickness you as I waited these words fell on my ear, are more demure than ever; go on — no- “So, as they have set their ininds on it, body knows better than I, whether you go they must; young people, you know presume. I hate mysteries ; speak out- young people contrive to get the better of if you had what
an old man like me." He spoke as if this “ If I had, perhaps you would have re- profession of slavery was made with warded me for it; you always do.” great pride and self-gratulation.
“ Rewarded I what do you mean, child ? A voice from the berth remarked in reDo you mean to say that I encourage you ply, on his great kindness and indulgence. and Tom in presuming, and let you have “Indulgent,” was the reply, “well, peryour own way?"
haps I am. At any rate, I never deny “ Yes, uncle, I think
them anything. Ask my niece if I do." I felt a little alarmed when I had been He had evidently come out, to his own compelled by questioning to give this di- apprehension, in a new character — that rect answer, and I went on as fast as I of the indulgent uncle. He had been could with my work.
quite unconscious hitherto of the manner “ If a man ought to command anywhere in which he gave way to Tom and me; it is on board his own yacht. And here and now it was forced on his notice, he am I, told to my face, that I am encour- was highly, gratified, and even fussy. aging mutiny. Well, Brandon shall go " Yes, yes,” he said; “I suppose they will to Chartres because I said he should.” expect me to lie at Southampton Pier
“ Yes, uncle, and I shall stay behind, be- while they get their passports." cause you said I should.”
Mrs. Brand gave me my work, and I re" Humph ! Well, there was one thing turned to the chief cabin. that I prided myself on; only one —
and it was
Pooh child ; what am I to kiss you for? a foolish custom – stuff, non
What do you want, coaxing a man in this way? what do you want, hey?”
From The Examiner. “ Shall I have what I want?”
THE BOHEMIAN ELECTIONS. " I'll see about it."
“ THE Bohemian Diet was opened to “ Then I want to stop with you in the day, but the Czech deputies did not take dock at Havre."
The Governor, Herr “You do, do you?". (a short laugh). von Koller, made a speech, in which he "I won't be lectured in this style for noth- expressed his satisfaction at seeing in the ing. If it is more convenient to me that Diet, as now constituled, a guarantee for you should go to Chartres, go you shall.". strictly legal legislative proceedings, which
“But you said you would see about it?" I would tend to promote the interests both of
He laughed; but I did not understand Bohemia and the Monarchy.” It is in these the cause of his gratification till after- terms that the Prague telegrams of wards, and went on, “ I am very happy on Wednesday relate the astonishing facts board, I could not be happier than with that the Bohemian Diet has assembled you.”
without a single representative of the vast “ Ahem” he said, “ if I don't assert majority of the Bohemian population, and some sort of authority now, I may as well' that the German Governor is of opinion
that such a constitution of the Diet leaves / power of the present Auersperg Minisnothing to be desired. The unconscious try. It is already known that when the satire would be too scathing to be credited new Reichsrath, elected under the auspices were we not already too well acquainted of the new Cabinet, assembled a few days with the proceedings of the Government before Christmas last, it was extremely in Bohemia to doubt that Herr von Koller doubtful whether a sufficient number of has exactly expressed the settled convic- members could be kept together to constition of the Austrian Centralists in regard- tute a barely legal house. If the Poles ing as the most satisfactory of symptoms had followed the abstentionist example of the indignation and the absence of the the Czechs, the Reichsrath would have Czech representatives. The irritation of been stricken with incompetence from the the Magyars was doubtless considered by first, nor could á resignation of the new the Von Kollers of the day the most hope- Ministry be easily avoided. The Poles, ful feature in the Hungarian political sit- however, were conciliated by the promise uation previous to Sadowa. " It may be of a favourable consideration of their permitted, however, to impartial observers, claims, and the Reichsrath was saved from who have been imbued with the idea that the fate which threatened it. Still, hownot the discontent but the happiness of ever, the Ministry remained at the mercy peoples is the truest safeguard of govern- of the Polish representatives, who were ments, to wish that Herr von Koller had always able to insist upon tolerably libless cause for the ominous congratulations eral concessions to Gallicia by the menace of his address.
of abstention. It became incumbent on There is some reason, of course, for the the Centralist party to attempt to escape sort of policy which every Cabinet of Ger- from a dilemma so awkward and humiliatman Centralists uniformly pursues in ref- ing, according to every canon of Centralerence to Bohemia in particular. The ist propriety, and in their perplexity they German Centralists, of course, are satis- meditated on the possibility of altering fied that centralization is the best possible the hostile attitude of Bohemia. Not system, and that the righteousness of the by any means of conciliation, however. preponderance of German influence might Thanks to the extraordinary electoral law be inferred at once from the most cursory common to Bohemia with the other states observation of the plan of the universe. and provinces, they thought they saw anHardly inferior to the Chinese in their other way than conciliation. It is a curicontempt for the outer barbarian, they are ous law, and most ingeniously contrived at the same time honestly desirous that to secure the best possible misrepresentathe immeasurably inferior being should tion of the people. We are accustomed to yet, on condition of his freely acknowledg- denounce class legislation. According to ing his immeasurable inferiority, enjoy the the electoral law of Bohemia, class legislasafety of protection and the example of tion is elaborated into a principle of gove culture. The Czechs, like the Magyars ernment, and a wonderful sort of class and the Poles, have different ideas on the legislation it is. There is no such thing as subject of inferiority; and the utmost that a common and equal qualification for the these intractable Nationalists can be got franchise. The population is arbitrarily to confess as to their lower rank in civili- divided into rural voters and urban voters, zation is so unpleasant to German ears and also into commercial voters and prothat it may be called an aggravation of prietorial voters. The rural voters return their original undutifulness. The Czechs, so many representatives to the Diet, and in fact, assert that though they no longer the urban voters so many.
Then come in the present day can boast the wealth the Chambers of Commerce, which elect a and culture of their German rulers, this is certain quota of deputies; and, finally, a result which has happened, not in spite the landed proprietors who pay at least of, but in consequence of, the fact of Ger- 251. a-year in direct taxation (Grosgrundman rule. In the ancient days of Bohe- besitzers) elect a quota. The authors of mian nationality, the University of Prague this scheme were devout believers in the was one of the intellectual centres of Eu- constitutional efficacy of landed property, rope; nor can the want of sterner .quali- and accordingly arranged matters so that ties be a reproach to the race of the the Grosgrundbesitzers should always have mighty Wenzels and Ziskas, and Podie- the decisive vote in the Diet. The reprebrads and Wallensteins of the days of old. sentation of the other classes of the com
We have discussed at some length munity had been so arranged that, alalready, in former articles, the position of though the Czechs are more than double Cis-Leithan affairs since the accession to the Germans in Bohemia, the Czech deputies are only equal to the German deputies. whole Bohemian delegation to the ReichsIt has usually happened, however, that, rath - fifty-four depnties - will support contrary to the calculations of the devis- the Auersperg Administration. The presers of the whole notable contrivance, the ent Cabinet will have in consequence, a Grosgrundbesitzers have returned a major- firm majority of 150 German votes out of ity of Nationalists. But the majority was a total of 204 members of the Reichsrath. small, and the Auersperg Ministry were Though as little representative as ever of encouraged by this circumstance to try any real majority in the general populawhether some means potent with landed tion, this is a success which has not atproprietors could not be found to incline tended any Cis-Leithan Cabinet since the the balance the other way. It is unneces- reconstitution of the Empire-Kingdom in sary to tell the arts with which Ministers 1867. The Poles may now threaten abtickle the nice inclinations of “people of stention or opposition as much as they station : " a gold stick here, a silver stick please. The Reichsrath will be legally there, an order of knighthood to this re-l competent to pass the most fundamental spectable patriot, a countship to that more laws, even though the Lemberg Diet rearistocratic personage. “Every man has called every one of its eight-and-thirty his price,” is not an exclusively Walpolian delegates. The question now arises, maxim. After this fashion the desired Will the Germans fulfil the engagement displacement of electoral power was partly which, in the weaker times of the Ministry, effected. Estates were divided for the Prince Auersperg got his party to enter purpose of qualifying additional electors. into with regard to the Gallician claims to For vulgar voters there were troops of national autonomy? As far as the Reichscavalry and measures of police. As soon rath goes, the Centralists are now absoas the Ministry thought the pear was ripe, lutely omnipotent. It only remains to see the existing Diet was dissolved. The re- what the masses of the population may be sult can be told in a few words. There urged to attempt, in case the Central Aswas a sharp crisis of national agony, for sembly presumes too far upon its dubious which, however, the Government had their and disputed supremacy — the supremacy prescriptions prepared, and then the gold of a mere third of the population, mainsticks and the silver sticks carried the tained or created by force and stratagem day. The representatives of the Czechs at the expense of the two-thirds. There have refused to appear in the new Diet on is always a certain instability of equilibthe ground of the illegalities committed, riuin when a governmental structure seand Herr von Koller announces the satis- lects for its foundation, not its broadest, faction of the Government.
but its narrowest base. It may be taken for certain that the
Venomous Fisn. - It is generally known that dorsal fin, each provided at its base with a bag the wounds inflicted by the weevers (Trachinus) containing the poison, and with a pair of deep of our coasts and by the sting-rays are ren- grooves along which the poison is guided to the dered poisonous by a mucous excretion adher- wound. As in all the other fishes of this kind, ing to the spines of the head, back, and tail of the poison-apparatus is merely a weapon of these fishes; and a most perfect poison-organ, defence, and comes into action when the fish is analogous to the poison-fang of snakes, was de- seized or trodden upon. The action of fish-poi. scribed some years ago by Dr. Günther in two son upon the human organism appears to be less fishes (Thalassophryne) from Central America. rapid than that of spakes; though patients who Dr. Le Juge has found at the Mauritius another neglect to apply remedies similar to those used still more dangerous kind of venomous fish; it for snake-bites expose themselves to serious conwas long known to ichthyologists under the sequences, which may even terminate fatally. name of Synanceia verrucosa, and is readily In one case a fisherman died on the third day recognized by its monstrous appearance, the from a severe wound. Dr. Le Juge mentions head being deeply pitted, and the body scaleless that the fishermen of Mauritius successfully and covered with warts. It is by no means apply poultices of the leaves of a composite scarce, being found throughout the Indian plant, Microrhynchus sarmentosus. (Tran. Ocean, and known at the Mauritius as the sact. R. Soc. of Arts and Sciences of Mauri« Laffe." There are thirteen spines in the tius, 1871.)
No. 1461. — June 8, 1872.
CONTENTS. 1. TRADE WITH CHINA, .
Quarterly Review, 2. THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF A PHAETON. By
William Black, author of "A Daughter of
Macmillan's Magazine, 8. FRENCH LANGUAGE,
Blackwood's Magazine, 4. THE MAID or SKER, Part XIX.,
Blackwood's Magazine, 5. A GIANT PLANET,
Cornhill Magazine, . 6. AN AMERICAN MINOR POET,
Spectator, 7. THE POLITICAL ACTION OF THE ULTRAMONTANES, Economist, 8. The New SLAVE TRADE,
Pall Mall Gazette, 9. THE CANADIAN GUARANTEE,
Economist, 10. WEAKNESS OF CASARISM,
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