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bone of contention. Besides the Such is the

5 divisions between North and South, affairs. I vart a nem the North being generally Abolition- the grex E r i de terre ist, and the South compelled to be, far as I CE GECE

.for self-preservation, opposed to Abo- interne 11 E s I Tlition, each great party, the Whig The A LS JE I and the Democrat, is divided between its : am n te Abolitionist and Compromise parties. Ses Y LE E ST D = A majority of the Whigs in the North, mass mens se and a small minority in the South, &c. &c. &cI I are, I believe, Abolitionists. The proted fine

I entire Democrats of the South, and a such princes le

e great proportion of the Democrats in tried, mà met vil sige a the North, are in favour of the Com- Butler, Bachan. Ter promise measure. Many who abhor more, Scarl I . * slavery, and would sacrifice much to come out or a t

L see it abolished, both of the Whig Compromise mezun k e and Democrat party, strongly sup- men wil me M port the Compromise, as the only care pot a survie Sa practical measure which could be lition. These wirts devised to satisfy the Southern States rallying cries. I in regard to their independent rights, the people in all a s and to guard against a complete dis- counters vius .- ruption of the Union. The proba- out any tave per:: bility of such a disruption has, I be- who use it. The re

s lieve, been very much over-estimated; parties ics cara s for the safety of the States, their tbe onts-12 . power, their progress, and their glory, and fita 23 de depends entirely upon their union ; pot. Dar. Dur. 12 : and Jonathan is not a man to under the butun

: 2015 estimate its advantages. Besides, mean EST BUDI PE this is a land of bluster; and much cere an. De r

A sound is continually followed by very and air se ut : small results. Nevertheless, very with the ER LE . : menacing symptoms were lately dis- so, even in de played in the South; and no calcula- smallest offices tion can reach the consequences of that of peace the secession, or even attempted village-arbeid secession, of one single State from the vice t o Union. To sum up, the result is, the ofrez ca population is divided really into hundred out Unionists, or Compromise-men, and blame taste Disunionists, or Abolitionists. Each cutie body is split into a thousand different

nto a thousand different factions; and although the preponder- mer ance is really with the Democrats. upon the operation of these factions within their several great bodies the sea Bent of the coming elections will be nestly depend. Should the event

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as far as I have seen, it works very in population and resources. They ill; nothing could work worse, whers will not interfere in the affairs of Euever popular prejudices, popular pas- rope, notwithstanding all Kossuth can sion, or popular folly was concerned. say; they will not again attempt to Who may be the new President, surprise Cuba, under cover of a Creole selected from this bag of accidents, I revolution, till a more favourable opcannot take upon myself to say ; but portunity. They will coquet with the the tendency of the States is demo. Sandwich Islands; push their feelers cratic; and unless some great mistake into the open oyster-shell of Mexico, is made by that party, they will elect and as far as the narrowest part of him. Fillmore, Webster, Scott, and the Isthmus, feeling a destiny which Cass, are the most prominent candi- impels them thither. They will flatdates; but the most prominent are ter and court the Canadians, who hate not always the most successful; and them; construct railroads and canals it would not at all surprise me to find as highways for enterprises of all some man almost unheard of in the kinds; settle, populate, cultivate, decontest, stepping quietly into the velop wild districts and undiscovered Presidential chair. The more a man resources; display many of the best, has done for the country, the less and many of the worst, features of likely is the country to choose him. the Anglo-Saxon character, with here It is not for what a man has done, and there a touch of all the different but for what he has not done, that he nations which they are absorbing into is elected; for each eminent political themselves; and in the end, I believe, man makes more enemies than friends. before magnitude causes disjunction, He offends a hundred where he gra or corruption produces decay, will tifies one.

become, what they believe themselves Whoever may be the President, to be now, one of the greatest people however, the United States will hold that the earth has ever seen. - Your on the even tenor of their way-in. obedient servant, creasing every day and every hour

AN ENGLISHMAN ABROAD. in material prosperity-augmenting




We have seen Squire Hazeldean, was crushed, her nerves shattered: (proud of the contents of his pocket- the sense of her degraded position, of book, and his knowledge of the mer- her dependence on her brother, comcepary nature of foreign women,) set bined with her supreme unhappiness off on bis visit to Beatrice di Negra. at the loss of those dreams with Randal, thus left, musing lone in the which Leonard had for a whilo crowded streets, revolved with astute charmed her wearied waking life-all complacency the probable results of came upon her. She listened, pale Mr Hazeldean's bluff negotiation; and speechless; and the poor Squire and, convincing himself that one of thought he was quietly advancing his vistas towards Fortune was be- towards a favourable result, when coming more clear and clear, he she suddenly burst into a passion of turned, with the restless activity of hysterical tcars; and just at that some founder of destined cities in a moment Frank himself entered the new settlement, to lop the boughs room. At the sight of his father, of that cumbered and obscured the Beatrice's grief, his sense of filial others. For truly, like a man in a duty gave way. He was maddened vast Columbian forest, opening en by irritation—by the insult offered to tangled space, now with the ready the woman he loved, which a few axe, now with the patient train, that trembling words from her explained kindles the slower fire, this child of to him; maddened yet more by the civilised life went toiling on against fear that the insult had lost her to surrounding obstacles, resolate to de- him-warm words ensued between stroy, but ever scheming to construct. son and father, to close with the And now Randal has reached Levy's peremptory command and vehement dainty business-room, and is buried threat of the last. deep in discussion how to secure to "Come away this instant, sir ! himself, at the expense of his patron, Come with me, or before the day is the representation of Lansmere, and over I strike you out of my will !" how to complete the contract which T he son's answer was not to his shall reapnex to his forlorn inherit. father; he threw himself at Beatrice's apce some fragments of its ancient feet. wealth.

“Forgive him—forgive us both—" Meanwhile, Chance fought on his “What! you prefer that stranger side in the boudoir of May Fair. The to me to the inheritance of HazelSquire had found the Marchesa at dean!" cried the Squire, stamping home-briefly introduced himself and his foot. his business-told her she was mis- “Leave your estates to whom you taken if she had fancied she had taken will; all that I care for in life is in a rich heir in his son—that, thank here!" Heaven, he could leave his estates to The Squire stood still a moment his ploughman, if he so pleased, but or so, gazing on his son, with a that he was willing to do things strange bewildered marvel at the liberally; and whatever she thought strength of that mystic passion, which Frank was worth, he was very ready none not labouring under its fearful to pay for.

charm can comprehend, which creates At another time Beatrice would the sudden idol that no reason justiperhaps have laughed at this strange fies, and sacrifices to its fatal shrine address; or she might, in some alike the Past and the Future. Not prouder moment, have fired up with trusting himself to speak, the father all a patrician's resentment and a drew his hand across his eyes, and woman's pride ; but now her spirit dashed away the bitter tear that


sprang from a swelling indignant the light pressure of that golden heart; then he uttered an inarticu- hair. late sound, and, finding his voice gone, The two brothers stood on the moved away to the door, and left the great man's lonely hearth, facing each house.

other in silence, and noting unconHe walked through the streets, sciously the change made in each bearing his head very erect, as a during the long years in which they proud man does when deeply wound- had never met. ed, and striving to shake off some The Squire, with his portly size, bis affection that he deems a weakness; hardy sun-burnt cheeks, the partial and his trembling nervous fingers baldness of his unfurrowed open forefumbled at the button of his coat, head, looked his full age-deep into trying to tighten the garment across middle life. Unmistakably he seemed his chest, as if to confirm a resolution the pater familias—the husband and that still sought to struggle out of the the father-the man of social domesrevolting heart.

tic ties. But about Audley, (really Thus he went on, and the reader, some few years junior to the Squire,) perhaps, will wonder whither; and despite the lines of care on his handthe wonder may not lessen when he some face, there still lingered the finds the Squire come to a dead grace of youth. Men of cities retain pause in Grosvenor Square, and at youth longer than those of the counthe portico of his “ distant brother's" try—a remark which Buffon has not stately house.

failed to make and to account for. At the Squire's brief inquiry whe- Neither did Egerton betray the air of ther Mr Egerton was at home, the the married man ; for ineffable soliporter summoned the groom of the tariness seemed stamped upon the chambers; and the groom of the man, whose private life had long been chambers, seeing a stranger, doubted so stern a solitude. No ray from the whether his master was not engaged, focus of Home played round that rebut would take in the stranger's card served, unjoyous, melancholy brow. and see.

In a word, Audley looked still the “Ay, ay," muttered the Squire, man for whom some young female “ this is true relationship-my child heart might fondly sigh; and not the prefers a stranger to me. Why should less because of the cold eye and comI complain that I am a stranger in a pressed lip, which challenged interest brother's house ? Sir," added the even while seeming to repel it. Squire aloud, and very meekly—“Sir, Audley was the first to speak, and please to say to your master that I to put forth the right hand, which he am William Hazeldean."

stole slowly from its place at his The servant bowed low, and with breast, on which the lock of hair still out another word conducted the visi- stirred to and fro at the heave of the tor into the statesman's library, and, labouring heart. “ William,” said announcing Mr Hazeldean, closed the he, with his rich deep voice, “this door.

is kind. You are come to see me, Adley was seated at his desk, the now that men say I am fallen. The

boxes still at his feet, but minister you censured is no more ; ow closed and locked. And and you see again the brother." ister was no longer looking The Squire was softened at once Jial documents ; letters by this address. He shook heartily in before him, of far dif- the hand tendered to him ; and then, ure; in his hand there lay turning away his head, with an honest Jock of fair silken hair, on conviction that Audley ascribed to is eyes were fixed sadly and him a credit which he did not deserve, . He started at the sound of he said, “No, no, Audley; I am sitor's name, and the tread of more selfish than you think me. I quire's stalwart footstep; and have come-I have come to ask your anically thrust into his bosom advice, no, not exactly that-your

lic of younger and warmer opinion. But you are busy?" keeping his hand to his heart, " Sit down, William. Old days beat loud with disease, under were coming over me when you


entered; days earlier still return mere's house, and when I took you now-days, too, that leave no sha- aside, and said · William, if I lose dow wben their suns are set."

this election, I must resign all chance The proud man seemed to think he of public life; my affairs are emhad said too much. His practical barassed; I may need—I would not nature rebuked the poetic sentiment accept money from you-I would and phrase. He re-collected himself, seek a profession, and you can help me and added, more coldly, “You would there,' you divined my meaning, and ask my opinion? What on? Some said- Take orders; the Hazeldean public matter-some Parliamentary living is just vacant. I will get some bill that may affect your property ? " one to hold it till you are ordained.'

"Am I such a mean miser as that? I do not forget that. Would that I Property - property? What does had thought earlier of so serene an property matter, when a man is struck escape from all that then tormented down at his own hearth? Property, me. My lot might have been far indeed! But you have no child happier." happy brother!"

The Squire eyed Audley with a "Ay, ay; as you say, I am a happy surprise that broke forth from his man; childless! Has your son dis- more absorbing emotions. “Happleased you? I have heard him pier! Why, all things have prosspoken of well, too."

pered with you; and you are rich " Don't talk of him. Whether his enough now; and you shake your conduct be good or ill is my affair," head. Brother, is it possible ! do you resumed the poor father with a testy want money? Pooh, not accept voice-jealous alike of Audley's praise money from your mother's son ! or blame of his rebellious son. Then stuff.” Out came the Squire's poche rose a moment, and made a strong ket-book. Audley put it gently gulp, as if for air; and laying his aside. broad brown hand on his brother's “ Nay," said he, “ I have enough shoulder, said—“Randal Leslie tells for myself; but since you seek and me you are wise-a consummate man speak with me thus affectionately, of the world. No doubt you are so. I will ask you one favour. Should I And Parson Dale tells me that he is die before I can provide for my wife's sure you have warm feelings—which kinsman, Randal Leslie, as I could I take to be a strange thing for one wish, will you see to his fortunes, so who has lived so long in London, and far as you can, without injury to has no wife and no child-a widower, others—to your own son ?". and a Member of Parliament-for a "My son! He is provided for. commercial city, too. Never smile; He has the Casino estate --- much it is no smiling matter with me. You good may it do him. You have know a foreign woman, called Negra touched on the very matter that or Negro—not a blackymoor, though, brought me here. This boy, Randal by any means—at least on the out- Leslie, seems a praiseworthy lad, and side of her. Is she such a woman as has Hazeldean blood in his veins. a plain country gentleman would like You have taken him up because he is his only son to marry-ay or no ?” connected with your late wife. Why

“No, indeed," answered Audley, should not I take him up, too, when gravely ; " and I trust your son will his grandmother was a Hazeldean? commit no action so rash. Shall I I wanted to ask you what you meant see him, or her? Speak, my dear to do for him ; for if you did not William. What would you have me mean to provide for him, why, I do?"

will, as in duty bound. So your "Nothing; you have said enough," request comes at the right time; I replied the Squire gloomily; and his think of altering my will. I can head sank on his breast.

put him into the entail, besides a Audley took his hand, and pressed handsome legacy. You are sure he it fraternally. “ William," said the is a good lad—and it will please you statesman, " we have been long es- too, Audley !" tranged; but I do not forget that " But not at the expense of your when we last met, at-at Lord Laps- son. And stay, William-as to this


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