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not of the purest kind, as he deserted gre mal gre, to receive his addresses. Teutonia at a moment when her con- Some of them were in the end considition became peculiarly interesting. derable gainers by this unfortunate In due course of time a fine, strong, courtship, of which they by no means healthy boy came into the world; and like to be reminded. They also disimmediately after his birth, a spectre like very much any mention being came forth out of the thicket, poured made of the old sleeping emperor, a can of beer over the boy's head, and feeling probably some degree of shame pronouncing in a solemn tone, the fol- at their own illegitimate birth. lowing words— Thou art born to en- Their brother-in-law, Nicholas, comes dure and to suffer, to hope and to occasionally to pay them a visit, at struggle; thou wilt become strong, which they are at first shy; but when and nevertheless be for many years he has emptied his pockets of all the the derision of mankind, until thy time little trinkets, ribbons, and other preshall have arrived.' Such is the ori. sents which he generally brings with gin of the German Michael.
him, they lay aside all fear, and beTeutonia soon afterwards com- come quite at home with him. Mean. forted herself with a new husband, while Michael has been sadly treated, an honest, good sort of man, whose being kept in tutelage, and not sufname was Kaiser, (emperor,) and in a fered to act or think for himself. He short time produced a daughter, to is, however, really a clever fellow, and whom she gave the name of Germa- has invented a great number of useful nia. The appearance of this young things, amongst others the printing. lady was fatal to the interests of her press, with which he employs much of half-brother, Michael, who was from his time, although the freedom of the henceforward totally neglected, and press, which he himself invented, has suffered to run about wild through the been taken from him. woods, whilst Germania became a One stormy day, Michael's guarcourt lady, whose praises were sung by dians (i. e. his younger sisters) went all the poets of the day. Things went out to take a drive in the state-caron well for a time, until the emperor riage, which however got off the road, grew old, when Teutonia began to and into a deep ditch, where it stuck fight with, and scold at him. The old fast, nor could the old horses move it man grew weary of ill usage, and re- an inch farther. The sisters yoked tired to a cavern in the Kiffhauser one ass after another to the vehicle; mountain, where he fell asleep for all, however, to no purpose, until at many years. This was precisely what length (in 1813,) Michael came, full Teutonia desired; and during the ab- of enthusiasm, and putting his shoulsence of her old husband, she con- ders to the wheel, helped the old coach ducted herself so badly that she pro- out of the quagmire, and shoved it duced a great number of daughters, into its former track, which, by the whose names all end in ia, as Austria, way, was not at all his intention. The Borussia, Vadusia, &c. Germania sisters were full of professions of grawas now in her turn neglected for her titude, and made large promises to younger sisters, as Michael had been
Michael: amongst others, that he should previously for her sake; and not have have a new suit of livery (constituing appeared in public for many years, tion), which, however, was made much she was quite forgotten, until last year, too narrow in the chest ; but while when she once more made her appear- they were deliberating over the matance at the inauguration of the Val- ter, a fire alarm was heard in the halla.
neighbourhood, and they gave poor MiSome of the younger sisters grew chael a gag, (censorship,) because he up to be stately dames, whilst others dared to be discontented with his remained small, and notwithstanding livery: their advanced age (of which unlike Michael saw soon afterwards (1830,) most ladies, they are very proud) they his neighbour, the Frenchman, throw still continue to play with dolls and his master out of doors, and he made other toys.
up his mind to do something of the Some time ago the Frenchman came same kind himself. He, therefore, into their mother's house ; and all the worked himself up into a great fury, younger daughters were obliged, bon and was about to proceed to violent
measures; when, being a good-natured, Borken, who is also a non-commisquiet sort of fellow, he bethought him- sioned officer in the landwehr, pub. self that evil consequences might re- lished some time since a paper, to sult, and so he remained quiet. After which he gave the title of “ The Lieuthis, Michael remained tolerably peace- tenant.” The officers of the regiment able, and his sisters took the opportu- of the line quartered at Borken, benity to fasten his gag still tighter, al- lieving that the paper in question was though he had nearly torn it off in his an attack on the military, lodged a previous fury; and so things remained charge of insubordination against the for about ten years, when one evening, editor before the divisional military as Michael's sisters were assembled to- tribunal, the paper in question having gether, en coterie," with Borussia at been published during the fourteen their head, (customs union,) Hammo- days in which the landwehr were asnia and a few others being in their sembled for exercise, and when the sleeping apartments, where they lay editor, as a non-commissioned officer sick of the English fever, Austria under arms, was subject to military came from time to time into the room, jurisdiction. Read this, ye editors, and told them long stories about who are officers of militia, and tremble. Turkey, to which they attended but The customs union has convinced very little. All of a sudden, their the German public in general of the neighbour, the Frenchman, jumped advantages to be derived from union, up and began to make a great noise, and there is a strong feeling abroad of stroked his moustachios, and poured the necessity of still further consolidaforth a torrent of abuse against the tion. A number of newspaper articles sisters, who were frightened in no have appeared of late, recommending small degree. They immediately cried the adoption of a national Aag for all out to brother Michael for help, whom the German states, and demonstrating they told to make a still greater noise the necessity which exists for a unionthan the Frenchman, in order to drown navy to protect their flag. The manuhis clamour. Michael begged of his facturing party in Germany is equally sisters to take off his gag—they, how- desirous of extending their foreign ever, told him that there was no time commerce, as
cotton now, and that even with the gag he lords. If all the world are to become could make noise enough to frighten manufacturers and exporters it will be the Frenchman. Michael did as he hard to say who are to be the conwas desired; he roared and sang a sumers. The existence of this spirit few verses
may serve to show how absurd are the
doctrines put forward by our free-trade “ Sie sollen ihn nicht haben,
politicians at home. Prussia has lately Den freien Deutschen Rhein," launched a new ship of war about
which much noise has been made, as if which immediately brought the French
it were to form the nucleus of a future man to his senses; as he found that al
German national navy. You must be though he cou short work with the sisters, that Michael was an ugly trade has always been a favourite
aware that colonization and foreign customer.
hobby with the Prussian minister Von - The sisters then sent Michael back
Humboldt, and, although people may to his work, at which he is at present laugh at the notion of a German navy, employed."
yet there is a large amount of tonnage The last chapter consists merely of belonging to the German states on a title, which is as follows:
the North Sea and Baltic. The navy,
royal and commercial, of Prussia “How Michael arises from his la
alone, amounted last summer to no bours, and comes to himself, and how
less than 790 vessels of 10,600 tons, Michael transforms himself into a Mi. cbael with a flaming sword.
with 6800 sailors, and was before the “In the year of grace, 18
French revolution very much larger ; “ To be continued.'
add to this the navy of the Hanse towns
and of the other states which have not as Connected with the freedom of the yet joined the customs union, and the press is the following :
total of the whole will be pretty consi“ The editor of a newspaper at
are our own
The cathedral of Cologne is becom- and the month of the Labu: this is also ing daily an object of greater interest. a superb picture, and worth seeing. Some weeks ago the king of Prussia In the Cologne exhibition there are sanctioned the handing over the sum but few good paintings ; amongst the of 40,000 thalers (£6000 sterling) best artists may be reckoned, Eckhout by the Dourban Vereine, to be ex- of the Hague, Jacobs of Antwerp, who pended this year on the northern paints oriental scenery much in the transept and northern tower of the style of Robarts, Colin of Paris, and building ; some of the old houses which one or two landscape painters from were built up against the north side Dsseldorf. are being pulled down, and the The Belgian school of the present materials have been offered for sale. day retains the simple and beautiful I mention this more particularly style of colouring of her great masters because reports have been circulated Rubens and Vandyk, a pity that the in Belgium and elsewhere that the subjects are so common-place, and work had been suspended. The king monotonous. The Dusseldorf school of Bavaria interests himself much for is much overrated; the figure drawing the completion of the cathedral; he is certainly good, but the composition has presented a memorial to the is stiff and affected in a painful degree, German Diet calling on its members owing to the caprice of one of their to unite in forwarding this truly professors who will only tolerate pyranational work, and has promised to midical composition, which is of course contribute 10,000 florins annually inapplicable to every kind of subject from his own private purse until its indiscriminately. It is painful to completion, and also pledging his suc- observe how generally the simple rules cessor to continue the same sum after his of perspective are neglected by most death. A rumour has been set afloat artists. There is a great and radical that the king of Prussia intends to error committed in sacrificing in acaconvert the cathedral, when finished, demical instruction every thing to into a universal church for the three figure drawing; or what is still worse, Christian confessions which exist in as in the case of the Dusseldorf school, his dominions ; the tenor of his speech running after what are called secrets at the inauguration would seem to of colouring. The pictures of this countenance this report, which, if true, school are painted almost entirely with would be a curious stroke of policy. asphalt, which certainly produces, when
I mentioned to you once before the new, beautiful clear shadows, but which panorama of the Passage of the Rhine never last more than three or four painted by the brothers S. and N. years at the utmost, when it turns Meister. These artists have now quite black, and scales off. Some few completed two superb dioramic pic- of our Irish artists have got hold of tures, one of which represents the this bad style, which is not likely to battle of Culm; the moment chosen last long, even here. is that at which General Vandamme Many persons seek in the colouring was taken prisoner. As a work of art it of the great masters that air or apis deserving of the greatest praise ; the pearance of distance which is in reality beautiful scenery is most correctly re- to be found in the correct perspective presented, and the details, as the uni- composition of their pictures. The form of the different troops, their posi- numerous contrivances of modern tion and that of the batteries, as well as painters to hide, by glazing, and other the ensemble of the battle, is most ac- means, their defective composition and curately given. It contains a great perspective drawing, were unknown to number of portraits of officers who the great masters of the old time. Of were present on that occasion, amongst this persons may satisfy themselves, others a good likeness of Prince by taking the trouble to inspect careAugustus of Prussia, whose death you fully one or two by Raffael, or Michael may have seen recorded within the last Angelo. Enough, however, of paintfew days.
ings and painters for the present. The second picture represents the
Yours ever, castle of Stolzenfels, pass of the Rhine,
KLINGENSPORREN. THE COMMISSIONER; OR, DE LUNATICO INQUIRENDO.*
If the serial form of publication has, doled out sparingly, but pattering like as is undoubtedly the case, many sins hail on a house-top, that afford you to answer for, it has, on the other so much merriment while reading, are hand, afforded the light readers of our ungratefully condemned by you in your day a vast store of amusing matter put cooler judgment; and you are annoyed forward in a pleasing form and at a at the buoyancy of the temperament cheap rate; the obstacles, of which, in that can still go joyously on, long after its commencement, so much outcry was you yourself have become weary. raised--the constantly recurring inter- This, in the short space of a “Numruption to the course of the narrative ber," does not strike; on the contrary -have been in a great measure sur- who at the last page of one of Dickmounted by habit; and the world has ens' delightful monthly parts does not learned to read, as has the author to feel sorry that there is no more? Who write, per saltum.
would not give the price of two numIt is true that the continuous flow bers just to know what the fat lady of story so essential to the conduct of said to the thin gentleman-how the a skilfully constructed narrative_the little man got out of his scrape_or easy transition by which a dexterous what became of the young lady when tale-writer leads you along, balancing she turned the corner ? But so it is : his stock of incident, and poising the the hook is in your gill, and he has amount of his dialogue, can scarcely you panting for thirty-one days more, be accomplished in a form of publica- only to lead you another devil's dance tion which exacts that each number then, as he did before. It often struck should have its share of all the features me that these same “number" authors of a regular book : the little bit of de- are pretty much like the improvisatori scription here, and its morsel of pathos of Naples, who always send round the there—its modicum of humour and its hat when the story becomes critical ounce of wit—the little love scene for and never resume the tale till the conthe young ladies, and the racy joke for tributions are satisfactory: you invathe elderly gentlemen : these may all be riably find them concluding by some very well, stitched up in a green cover, piece of inductive cleverness, which with two illustrations by Phiz, and speaks in words too clear to be misunprice a shilling, as companions on board derstood-buy next number. a steamboat, and on the wet day in These, we are aware, are somewhat your inn; but collectively, read as a dangerous observations for us to make whole, they are rarely successful. The in the journal of our esteemed Editor, very pages of what we used to con- but we have covenanted for the honest demn as skipping-places in other works, expressions of our opinions, as well as are wanting here -- the intervals of our pounds per sheet, and shall never slow plodding narrative become a thing mince the matter. to wish for ; for it would seem that as The “number" books, then, it is in the material world the efficacy of a agreed on all hands, are bad things, drug is marred by the absence of that dangerous innovations in literature, ingredient which, to all chemical ana- inimical to the true interests of letters; lysis, presents an inert substance, so in yet, withal, amusing and entertaining, the intellectual one, the same appa- drol), but wicked. More is the pity rently inoperative properties are needed say we. The oftener we have the subto make the more active stimulants limed essence of men's brains withaffect us.
out dilution, the pleasanter we deem The very smartness - the touchy it. In this age, when men are so terseness of the style_the rapidity of prone to beat their half guinea over the incidents—the lively sallies, not two acres, it is a delightful thing to
* The Commissioner; or, De Lunatico Inquirendo. With Twenty-eight Illustrations on Steel by Phiz. Dublin : William Curry, Jun, and Co. 1843.
find any who are willing to give you tions and maxims actually diametri. the coin in its original thickness. The cally opposed to the recorded opinions thin limits of a monthly part has of some of the very persons whom we no space for canting, philosophy or half thought we could recognise elsemaudlin sentiment—there is no room where. There were bits of Bulwer, for melodramatic rant, or twaddling and James, and Dickens, and Hook ; disputation, 'clept, conversation ; the and yet every chapter abounded in pace must be a fast one, uneasy it may portions which could not belong to be, still it gets on, and that is some- some one or other among them. Was thing.
it then intended as a satire on the writThe advantages and disadvantages ing of the day as well as the characof this kind of writing are numerous ters? Clearly not. There were and conflicting; but they all lead us to marks of originality about it, denoting the opinion, that few if any of those the hand of one whose identity could who have tried it, save Mr. Dickens make itself felt-of one not new to himself, would be successful in other the weapon, nor unaccustomed to forms of publication; and, secondly, wield it-and here again were we that while many works thus appearing puzzled. have had an extravagant success, which After much cogitation on the matthey would scarcely have realized ter we came round to the opinion that in a collected form, others, on the the “ Commissioner" was the work of contrary, have not attained a tithe some well-practised writer, who, for of the celebrity they would have reasons of his own, or without any, reached, did they come before the perhaps, took a fancy to write in a world in the shape of a three-volume style which should defy his being renovel. This latter observation is pe- cognised—that adopting a class of culiarly forced upon us by the work, publication he had never before done, whose strange title appears at the head he had also assumed a different chaof this article. Here then is, and we racter of composition ; and probably say it advisedly and calmly, one of the was, while occupied with the volume, most remarkable books of the day-a but relieving a mind whose ordinary book which, displaying the freshness literary labours were of a grave and and elasticity of a new and a youthful more onerous nature. writer, abounds in the strongest evi- We remember once at an evening dences that its author was a practised party, where for the only time in our pen, well habituated to the delineation lives, we met Edmund Kean, that of character, and the conduct of a when the oi polloi had taken their story—thoroughly conversant with life leave, a few were invited to sup en in all its grades and ranks ; a man, comité together. whose mind was stored with sound re- The party was, like all unpremediflection and deep insight into the tated re-unions, most successful-noworld and its ways—who had looked thing could possibly be pleasanter. on the game with a quick and search- Kean, himself a host, was supported ing eye-saw all its chances and by others of distinguished convivial changes, its low trickery and hollow powers; and wit, epigram, story, and pretension, its mean subterfuges and repartee reigned on every side. In its successful knavery-and yet who the midst of all this the host had could not, from his position and cir- ingeniously diverged from lighter matcumstances, stigmatize the vices he ter into a dissertation about Shakcondemned, save anonymously. Such speare's tragic powers, and the wonwas the impression we conceived of the drous field opened to the artist by the author, when we had read some forty vast conceptions of the author. The or fifty pages of this book-an impres- object was clearly to induce Kean to sion only rendered still stronger as we speak on his much-loved walk. Sud proceeded farther into the volume. In denly the actor rose, and with a staid vain we ransacked our brains for the gravity of manner, becoming Hamlet name of the probable writer ; not only himself, said—“I will read you a were there many passages of a totally scene." He took down a volume of different style from that of each to Shakspeare, and while turning over whom in turn we ascribed it, but the leaves, we prepared ourselves in stranger again, we often found reflec. silence for some of those terrific pas