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pain. And won't you have a stall-full of ing how pleasant and cheerful she'd always work at the patients' annual bazaar, and borne her pain, it was strange to see how won't you hold a levee of your orphans, glad she was to go when it came to the end. juvenile and adult, on every visitor's It didn't seem anything awsome to her; dav!"
one would have thought she'd gone
that The physician had quite an affection for way ten times before, she was that trustthis patient woman, whom he had seen in ful and sure.” her active abours in th orphan school, “ She'll be missed dreadful,” responded suddenly succumb to a hopeless form of the other. “She was the only one who spinal disease in so advanced a stage, that ever went in twice to see that old Mrs. she must have gone through a world of Lomas, who certain can't excuse her illexhausting pain before she made a sign. temper by her affliction, for the cross look “ Were you right to conceal so much?” had grown on her face long before her he had asked gravely; and she had an- trouble came. But Miss Dallas always had swered earnestly, “I would not, if I had her chair stopped at her door, and would suspected anything. For I know, giving sit hours with her, till she actually sweetthe first trouble is often giving the least ened her up a bit.” in the end. But I thought it was too “Yes,” said Mary's nurse; "and she's easily borne to be anything serious ! wrote on a bit of paper that Mrs. Lomas
That was the secret of much in Mary's is to have her canary, and all her books life. The brave spirit did not recognize its are to go in to the house-library, and I'm to own superior powers of endurance, and have her clothes, and there's some little thought, Surely the troubles I bear so ornament or other named as a keepsake well cannot be so great as those which for each of those young men and women weigh others down.
that came to see her regular — her old Watching her as she lay, the good doc- orphan scholars. If your great rich men tor saw her eyes wander tenderly round left their hundreds of thousands as just the little room that had been the sanctum and as kind as she's left her bits of things, of her middle-age. Mary was one of those the world would be better sorted, I'm women who grow to love chairs and tables thinking. And now I must send to the post. and walls. Besides, that room had memo- She wrote this letter three days ago, directly ries of its own. William and Clara had the doctor told her what she must expect, come there in the only revisit they were and she gave it to me, and told me to send ever likely to give to their native land, and it off, directly it was all over. as Clara had proudly introduced her two lady whose grandma I nursed, before I git children, William, standing on the hearth- the berth in this hospital, hadn't a happier rug, had pointed kindly to the rows of lit- face when she gave me her wedding cards tle portraits on the wall, with the quota- done up ready to be posted directly after tion, “ Thou hast many more children than her marriage. It's addressed to Mr. and she which hath an husband."
Mrs. Lambert, Chestnut Place, Brooklyn, “ You may go in whenever you like," New York.' That's the people she always said the doctor to recall the thoughts that wrote to. There'll be sorrow there, I exhe saw were over-busy; once a change is pect, when they get this." to be made, the sooner it is over the bet- Good-bye, Mary Dallas, good-bye. They ter."
come in and look at you, with that sweetly“Thank you, I daresay I shall go next surprised smile on your worn face. oid week,” answered Mary Dallas; "and thank crippled women are carried in on their you again, sir, and all my other good chairs to see you for the last time, and friends, whose kindness has found me such they sob with the fervour of youth that a happy home for the rest of my days.". they cannot be lifted up to kiss your cold
Alas, it was only a place in the Hospital cheek over the coffin edge. Some of your for Incurables !
orphans come; your kind physician comes.
They say to each other that you were a Six years after ! How long are six good, true, Christian woman. years when they are passed lying on a Good-bye, once more, sweet Mary Dalcouch -- just sometimes carried, couch and las, with the wondering smile on your all, to another room or to the garden ter-parted lips. Did you find more than even race!
your bright faith expected? And did not There is a sound of weeping in the cor- the King answer and say unto you, “ Inasridor. One little nurse cannot restrain much as ye have done kindness unto one of her sobs, as she tells another that
the least of these my brethren, ye have “ Miss Dallas went off last night. See-'done it unto me ?”
No. 1406. - May 13, 1871.
447 THE SAVAGES AND THE TELEGRAPH,
THE PRAYER OF A DYING SUFFERER.
TWO SONNETS. I COME to Thee, blest Jesus,
[SUGGESTED BY A COPY – GIVEN ME BY ALEXAN.
DER SMITH - OF THE MASK TAKEN FROM THE I who have little faith,
DEAD FACE OF DANTE.) I clasp Thy hand to hold me
1. Through all the pain of death. When heart and flesh are failing, Rest! rest! so long unhappy,- happy now; O Saviour, fail me not;
I will have faith in Death, that his great signs, No evil thing can hurt me,
The sleep upon the face, the tender lines,
The long-lost peace come back upon the brow,
Lie not like Life,- false as a strumpet's vow. As to repentant Mary,
In this still dream which heightens and refines, As to the dying thief,
Somewhat, with solemn cheer, the soul divines To me, repentant, dying,
Of Blessing sent we know not whence or how. Speak pardon and relief,
Not now the World, with harsh and shallow Through the sharp hour of parting,
noise While doubts and fears increase, Frets thine ear,— deaf; thou sleep’st, and Into the grave's dark shadow
never more, Bid Thou me go in peace.
As in the waste of desolate years before,
With sad eyes up to Heaven shall crave relief Entering the unknown región
From Earth’s vain round of most unmeaning Of the strange spirit-land,
And griefs which want all dignity of grief.
SLEEP AND DEATH.
Come to me now! O come! benignest Sleep!
And fold me up as evening doth a flower,
From my vain self, and vain things which have
Upon my soul, to make me smile or weep.
And when thou comest, oh! like Death, be deep,
No dreamy boon have I of thee to crave,
More than may come to him that in his grave
Is heedless of the night-winds how they sweep.
I have not in me half that cause of sorrow All my sad case reveal.
Which is in thousands who must not complain;
And yet this moment if it could be mine
To lapse and pass in sleep, and so resign
All that must yet be borne of joy and pain,
I scarcely know if I would wake to-morrow.
“Their works do follow them." NAKED as when we left our mother's womb,
We're carried to our tomb;
Yet not for that is life of little gain,
For as in Autumn-time,
When fruits are in their prime, I hear the nightingale, whose notes outvie An aged tree, set in an orchard fair, All music ever made by bird or human-kind. Can scarce, unpropped, its load of fruitage bear, On such a night how pleasant 'tis to ply Then comes a storm, and, emitten by the blast, Slow oars on tranquil lakes, and there to find It holds no longer, but succumbs at last, Song and sweet memories, and tranquillity.
Yet, even in its fall, it has not lost Leave to the vintager plump grapes that dye
The mighty load of fruit which is its boast, Huge wine-vats purple, bleating of white flocks So we must bow the head, And lowing kine to glad sleek farmers' ears;
And join the countless dead: I care not for the clashing of sharp shears,
Yet good men are not left, Nor love the wine-press. I would haunt grey
Even when dead, bereft; rocks
They bear with them below a glorious load And hear the waves as Hesperus appears! Of good fruit, as an offʻring to their God. Dublin University Magazine.
From The Westminster Review. the time of the War of Independence, and THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC – ITS STRENGTH for several years thereafter. A sense of AND WEAKNESS.*
common danger and the necessity of a The material power displayed by the common resistance to the government of great American Republic during the late Great Britain, first produced a union of Civil War, and the magnanimity and the colonies, and enabled them to secure moral grandeur exhibited at its close; the the object they had primarily in view. political and commercial influence it exerts But the imperfections of the system emamong other nations; its wonderfully bodied in the “ Articles of Confederation” rapid increase in territory, wealth, and soon became apparent, and the Federal population; and the thought of the mag- Government, being without any direct nificent future which appears within its sanction for its laws, and entirely dependgrasp, would at any time render it a sub- ent upon the co-operation of the States ject worthy of our careful contemplation. for the maintenance of its authority, and But at the present moment, when a neigh- even for its very support, soon found itbouring nation, with such tremendous self powerless and penniless. The respectcapacities for good or evil, having drunk ive sovereignties of which the Confederato its very dregs the sparkling cup of an tion was composed would not yield a volinsinuating but enervating Imperialism, untary obedience whenever a regard for has awakened to a sense of its degrada- their own suposed interests, or tion, and is invoking the genius of Repub- and exaggerated jealousy of one another licanism as the angel of its redemption, it or of the central power, counselled them is more than ever our duty and interest to the contrary; and if they refused or to study the lesson to be learned from Re- neglected to obey, compulsion was out of publicanism's best exemplar.
the question. We propose, therefore, to consider the
The wisdom of Washington and other American Union first, as regards the liberal, enlightened, and patriotic statessources of its strength; and, secondly, as men, fortunately came to the rescue, and regards the dangers and defects of its through their earnest and persevering governmental system. The complex char- efforts the foundations of the present acter of that system is but imperfectly un- Union were laid upon the ruins of the falderstood in Europe. Unlike the simple len Confederation. Republics of former times, it owes its origin And here it may be remarked, in passand strength in great measure to the poing, that the originators of the late rebellitical communities which preceded it and lion in America, stepping backward, as co-exist with it, each having its own pecủ- they did, over a hundred years of steadily liar functions to discharge — the latter advancing civilization, and laying the corbeing independent of the former and of
ner stones of their new system of governeach other as to all matters of purely local ment upon the miserable fact of human concern — and the Union having supreme slavery on the one side, and upon the authority as to all subjects of national im- equally miserable theory of a sovereignty portance. Equally unlike all simple con
over sovereigns on the other, showed federations, the general government acts themselves not only utterly devoid of podirectly upon individuals, thus compelling litical morality, but equally deficient in obedience to its mandates, instead of re
political wisdom. quiring the aid of the separate States to
The work of Washington and his illusenforce them.
trious compeers was embodied in a writIt is, therefore, more properly to be re- ten Constitution, in which the foresight of garded as a confederated Republic than as its framers was manifested by the insera republican Confederation. Such a con- tion of a clause providing for its amendfederation did indeed exist in America at ment whenever in the progress of events
it should appear either to Congress or to Commentaries on American Law. By JAMES the State Legislatures that such amendKENT. Eleventh Edition. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co.
ment was desirable, and three-fourths of
the States should unite in ratifying the claiming lands under grants of different States, changes so proposed.
and between a State, or the citizens thereof, Similar written Constitutions exist in and foreign States, citizens, or subjects.” every State of the Union, and to such embodiments of their organic law, unchange the 11th amendment, which prohibited,
This power being afterwards limited by able except by the direct act of the people by implication, the bringing of suits in the of the State, or of the United States, as United States courts against a state by the case may be, is undoubtedly in a great citizens of another state or country. measure due the comparative stability of
The wisdom of these provisions is obviAmerican institutions. It was not to be
ous to the philosophical student, and their supposed, however, that any written in- immense importance to the stability and strument could be so worded as to leave harmony of the Union has been abundantno room for doubt as to the true interpre- ly shown by experience. “No governtation of all its provisions, and the extent ment,” moreover, as has been well obof their rightful application to the number
served less new questions which must continually present themselves for solution in the his
ought to be so defective in its organization
as not to contain within itself the means of setory of a great and growing people. Nor was it to be supposed that in the curing the execution of its own laws. If each
state was left at liberty to put its own construcimmense mass of legislation emanating tion upon the Constitutional powers of Congress, from Congress enactments might not fre- and to legislate in conformity to its own opinion, quently be found which, owing to inad- and enforce its opinion by penalties, and resist vertence or to political excitement, would or defeat, in the form of law, the legitimate be more or less at variance with the or
measures of the Union, it would destroy the ganic law of the land.
Constitution, or reduce it to the imbecility of It was furthermore necessary, in order the old confederation. To prevent such misto secure certain of the objects specified chief and ruin, the Constitution of the United in the preamble to the Constitution (such States most wisely and most clearly conferred on as the formation of a more perfect Union, the judicial department the power of construing the establishment of justice, and the insur- the Constitution and laws in every case, and of ance of domestic tranquillity), that a com- preserving them from violation in every quarmon arbiter should be appointed to de- ter, as far as judicial decisions could preserve cide in all cases where the rights of differ- them.”—(1 Kent's Commentaries, 11th edition, ent States, or of the citizens thereof, were p. 852, citing Cohens o. Virginia, 6 Wheaton,
264.) opposed to one another, or in which the rights and interests of the United States The Constitution in fact expressly dewere involved.
clares that “this Constitution, and the laws Hence a national Judiciary was created, of the United States, which shall be made “one Supreme Court, and such inferior in pursuance thereof .. shall be the sucourts as the Congress may from time to preme law of the land : and the judges in time ordain and establish" the judicial every state shall be bound thereby, anypower of the United States being declared thing in the constitution or laws of any state to extend
to the contrary notwithstanding ;” and fur
ther that “all executive and judicial officers “ To all cases in law and equity arising under both of the United States and of the sevthis Constitution, the laws of the United States, eral states shall be bound by oath or affirmaand treaties made, or which shall be made, un- tion to support this Constitution.” It would der their authority; to all cases affecting am
seem to follow, ex necessitate rei, that the bassadors, other public ministers, and consuls; to all cases of admiralty and maritime juris- powers to decide whether the laws of any diction; to controversies to which the United state, or of the United States, are in any States shall be a party; to controversies between respect at variance with the federal Contwo or more States, between a State and citi- stitution, should be lodged in the Supreme zens of another State, between citizens of differ- Court of the Union as final arbiter. ent States, between citizens of the same State Hence, Sec. 2, Art. 3, of the Constitution