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by heart. He once asked a man of some conse- enforcement of copy-book' morality to tell us quence from Northern Germany to what country why.”—Temple Bar. he belonged, and when the gentleman named the place, close on the borders of Holland, Napoleon Tue CHANNEL PASSAGE.-Mr. Henry Besse. cried out, half defiantly, half delightedly, as he

mer announces that Mr. E. J. Reed is busily enturned away, 'Ah, je sais bien ! c'est du Nord, c'est gaged settling the details of a pair of vessels, esde la Hollande! He did not come off so fortu- pecially adapted to the Channel service between nately with Lacepède at the Natural History Col; England and France. These steamers are of lection. There he took the giraffe for a bird, and larger dimensions than the famous Holyhead spoke of the long-necked beast as such to his

boats, but will only draw 7 feet of water, and wife, who, together with Lacepede, was in a state

will each be propelled by engines of 750 horseof consternation at the Emperor's mistake, so

power nominal, equal to 4,600 indicated horse. much so, that the latter, observing it, angrily power, and, consequently, with their small imbroke off his discourse, and went away in exces

mersed area of midship section, be capable of sive dudgeon. The pitiable eagerness with

running with ease at a speed of 20 miles per which Napoleon strove to gain admiration in the

hour. They will be provided with a spacious sphere of social conversation was often downright saloon of 50 feet in length by 30 feet broad, and laughable. He was as unsuccessful in this at.

with a height of 20 feet. At each end of the tempt as—to our misfortune-he was successful

saloon there will be four private rooms for ladies in other things. He preferred to make wounding, and the same number for gentlemen, the whole or at least unpleasant, speeches ; but even when being surmounted by a promenade deck of 70 he tried to say something different, he only reached

feet in length, at a height of 7 feet above the ortrivial insignificance at the outside. For example,

dinary deck of the vessel. The whole of these once at St. Cloud I myself heard him repeat

rooms and the raised promenade deck will be so twenty times to a whole row of ladies the same

constructed that a “ steersman" can by means of words, "Il fait chaud.' It is true that some vigo. powerful hydraulic apparatus govern and sustain rous sayings are reported of him, and his orders

the whole structure so completely and quietly were generally stern and brief. But even here

that the passengers will not be subjected in the the powr is the chief thing, and the force of the roughest weather to a greater amount of motion words is due to the Emperor, not to the orator.

than is felt in an ordinary railway carriage ; each Many ppy sallies which his courtiers were in

of the rooms and the promenade deck will be at the h: of attributing to him rightsully belonged all times accessible by a broad staircase free from who respectfully gave up their intellec

motion and of most easy ascent, so that passenop '; when it pleased His Majesty to

gers may enjoy the fresh sea breeze on the quiet, P. et it

. The gift of eloquence and agreeable level promenade deck, or, if the weather is unexpression which belonged to Alexander, Cæsar,

favorable descend to the saloon below. and Friedrich could not co-exist with Napoleon's nature; the quality of his mind, and still more

SIC FUGIT, his temperament, forbade it. For this very reason, because he found himself totally unarmed The drear days wane, the clouded sky on this sort of battle-ground, was Napoleon above

Shows not one star; all other men irritable and sensitive to a clever, The swallows round the old church vane sharp, or jesting word against himself. And a

Dream of afar, mocking song, a witty lampoon, could absolutely infuriate him.

Where fruitful climes and sunny days *No, it was not in the domains of intellect and

Invite their call, fancy, nor by means of eloquent speech, that Na- Night quick creeps on, and on the wolds poleon Bonaparte attained his aims. He reached

The shadows fall. them by his surpassing pre-eminence as a Gen

The gray bat flits athwart the eaves eral, and by the iron force of his will. His real

With flapping wing; greatness consists in these qualities; and it is not

The thrush, tired out with even hymn, needful inventively to attribute any others to him,

Ceases to sing. in order to make him out one of the most extraordinary men who ever lived.

Patter the rain-drops on the pane A divinity, if you will, but a Plutonian, sul

With measured beat; phureous, dark divinity; subject at last-as all

The dead leaves rustle 'neath the tread such are forever-to the superior powers of light.

Of passing feet. A gloomy, intrinsically unhappy soul. Nothing is clearer to me than that in the midst of his Summer is dead, and Autumn days highest triumphs, the man-when we get a

Are dying fast; glimpse of him as above, beneath the velvet man. Three seasons gone, the fourth comes on tles bee-embroidered, and other historical stage

Sternest and last ! properties—was not happy. And there needs no

ASTLEY H. Baldwin, in “ Belgravia."




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