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prophetic journal, quoted in a note, puts the speaks of a “vile person," and Louis Naposubjugation of England in a more feasible leon was originally a vile—that is, an ignoble, way than the expositor himself has done. obscure-person. The same prophet speaks According to this plan for the future of Eu- of having “ power over the treasures of gold rope, all the ten kingdoms will become dem- and of silver." and Louis Napoleon is workocratic, and will elect kings by universal suf- ing a mine at Senegal, in Africa, which profrage. A French pamphleteer, who seems to duces more gold than Australia and California have been an unconscious prophet, desired put together. Further, it is whispered that the English upper classes to reflect on what he possesses the monopoly of a scientific dissupport they would obtain from the English covery by means of which gold is manufacpeople when a French general should present tured secretly at Paris. The expositor intihimself with universal suffrage in one hand mates his opinion that neither the Finance and the Code Napoleon in the other. The Minister nor the Bank of France would have English workunan, amid all his misery, is got through recent difficuities as they have supposed to keep his eyes fixed on Cherbourg, done if they had not been able to command and to watch for the approach of the fleet of these illimitable supplies of gold. If the exdeliverance, and for the advent of the cham- positor understood business as well as he does pion of universal suffrage and people's rights. prophecy, he would probably consider that It is thus that England will fulfil prophecy, the Finance Minister and the Bank of France by spontaneously yielding her power and have made an unskilful use of their extraordistrength to Napoleon.
nary advantages. The result of these accu.6. The French Emperor fulfils the prophecy mulated proofs is that, “ whereas Napoleon that the name of the Eighth Head or Anti- Bonaparte slew his thousands, Louis Napochrist should be in the Greek tongue Apol- leon will slay his hundreds of thousands." lyon, and should numerically be equal to the His military taste is likely to be gratified by number 666. Every sensible person can, of the command of the greatest army ever raised. course, see that Napoleon and Apollyon are This army he will conduct to Palestine, and substantially the same words.
it will perish along with him at Armageddon, 7. His Grecian extraction, his sphinxlike unless, indeed, he should put the prophets in impenetrability of countenance, his addiction
a difficulty by declining to go near that famous
battle-field. to the practice of Spiritualism, and his decep
The space which has been devoted to this tive professions of a pacific policy, identify extraordinary book has only sufficed for the him with the description given of the personal exhibition of a very few specimens of the Antichrist by the Prophet Daniel. The iden- wonderful mass of absurdities which it contification, perhaps is not completely satisfac- tains. The author quotes largely from other tory. The statement that Louis Napoleon expositors of Scripture, who appear less exderives his origin from a Grecian family of travagant than he does chiefly perhaps behigh rank has more novelty than the descrip-events equally close at hand. But this writer
cause they have not ventured on predicting tions of his character and appearance which gravely tells us that probably in the year 1870 are quoted to prove that he is the “ king of the battle of Armageddon will take place, fierce countenance, and understanding dark and, Antichrist (that is Louis Napoleon) and sentences,” of whom the Prophet speaks. his followers being slain, the Billennium There is, however, some power of invention will be fully inaugurated. It would be inshown in the comparison of Louis Napoleon himself satisfied with the brilliant but brief
teresting to know whether Louis Napoleon is to the typical enemy of mankind, the ser
career which is thus disclosed to him. An pent. “ He lay for years, coiled together in American is reported to have said that, if he a lethargy, until, aroused by the occasion, knew that it was predestinated that he should he displayed his fangs, uncoiled his folds, and be drowned in a particular lake, nobody shot forth his icy frame just far enough to would ever catch him going within a mile of seize his prey, but no further.” The exposi- it. Since Armageddon appears to be such a tor states that the emperor deals in Spiritual- dangerous place, it can scarcely be a compliism, and often communicates with his de- ment to the French Emperor to play the air
“ Partant pour la Syrie” when he appears in ceased uncle.
public. To do so would indeed almost It is necessary to treat more briefly the re- amount to a hint that a loyal and devoted maining heads of proof. The Prophet Daniel people had had enough of him.
PART VI.--CHAPTER XVIII. it ten years earlier in life, and lived to eighty, VERY little came, as was natural, of the all the same ; but that is an age I shall never talk in the library, to which the entire after- see. Such worries as I have would kill any noon was devoted. The squire, in his way, man. I've not spoken to anybody about it," was as great an interruption to the arguments said the squire, hastily, “but Jack is going of the curate as was poor Louisa in hers; and a terrible pace just now. I've had a good Gerald sat patiently to listen to his father's deal of bother about bills and things. He indignant monologue, broken as it was by gets worse every year; and what would beFrank's more serious attacks. He was pre- come of the girls and the little children if the pared for all they could say to him, and lis- estate were to come into Jack's hands, is a tened to it, sometimes with a kind of won- thought I don't like to dwell upon, Frank. dering smile, knowing well how much more I suppose he never writes to you?” strongly, backed by all his prejudices and in “ Not for years past," said the curate terests, he had put the same arguments to “not since I was at Oxford. Where is he himself. All this time nobody discussed the now?” practicability of the matter much, nor what
“Somewhere about town, I suppose,” steps he meant to take : what immediately said the aggrieved father, “ or wherever the occupied both his father and brother was his greatest scamps collect when they go out of determination itself, and the reasons which town—that's where be is. I could show you had led him to it, which the squire, like Lou- a little document or two, Frank-but no,” isa, could not understand.
said the squire, shutting up a drawer which “If I had made myself disagreeable,” said he had unlocked and partly opened, "I Mr. Wentworth—" if I had remonstrated wont: you've enough on your mind with with him, as Leonora urged me to do ; if I Gerald, and I told you I should be glad of had put a stop to the surplice and so forth, your advice about Cuthbert and Guy." and interfered with his decorations or his
Upon which the father and son plunged saints' days, or anything, it might have been into family affairs. Cuthbert and Guy were comprehensible. But I never said a syllable the youngest of the squire's middle familyon the subject. I give you my word, I never a " lot” which included Frank and Charley did. Why couldn't he have sent down for and the three sisters, one of whom was marLouisa now, and dined at the Hall, as usual, ried. The domestic relations of the Wentwhen any of my sons come home? I sup- worths were complicated in this generation, pose a man may change his religion, sir, Jack and Gerald were of the first marriage, without getting rid of his natural affections," a period in his history which Mr. Wentworth said the squire, gazing out with puzzled looks himself had partly forgotten ; and the troop to watch Gerald going slowly down the ave- of children at present in the Hall nursery nue. “A man who talks of leaving his wife, were quite beyond the powers of any grownand declines to dine at his father's house with up brother to recognize or identify. It was his brothers and sisters, is a mystery I can't vaguely understood that the girls” knew understand."
all the small fry by head and name, but even “ I don't suppose he cares for a lively party the squire himself was apt to get puzzled, like ours at this moment," said the curate: With such a household, and with an heir “I don't take it as any sign of a want of af- impending over his head like Jack, it may be fection for me."
supposed that Mr. Wentworth’s anxiety to The squire puffed forth a large sigh of get his younger boys disposed of was great. trouble and vexation as he came from the Cuthbert and Guy were arrows in the hand window. “If I were to give in to trouble of the giant, but he had his quiver so full when it appears, what would become of our that the best thing he could do was to draw lively party, I wonder ?” he said. “I'm his bow and shoot them away into as distant getring an old man, Frank; but there's not a and as fresh a sphere as possible. They were young man in Christendom has more need to sworn companions and allies, but they were take care of himself, and preserve bis health, not clever, Mr. Wentworth believed, and be than I have. I am very well, thank God, was very glad to consult over New Zealand though I have had a touch of our Wentworth and Australia, and which was best, with their complaint-just one touch. My father had brother Frank.
They are good boys,” said their father, different light from a man of the world,” said -66 but they have not any brains to speak of the troubled father; and Frank perceived that not like Gerald and you,—though, after all, he, too, shared in his father's displeasure, I begin to be doubtful what's the good of because he was not Jack, nor a man of the brains," added the squire, disconsolately, world; notwithstanding that, being Frank “ if this is all that comes of them. After and a clergyman, he was acknowledged by building so much on Gerald for years, and public opinion to be the squire's favorite in feeling that one might live to see him a bishop the family. Things continued in this un—but, however, there's still you left; you're comfortable state up to the dinner-hour, so all right, Frank ?"
that the curate, even had his own feelings “Oh, yes, I am all right,” said the curate, permitted it, had but little comfort in his with a sigh ; " but neither Gerald nor I are home visit. At dinner Mr. Wentworth did the stuff that bishops are made of,” he added, not eat, and awoke the anxiety of his wife, laughing “I hope you don't dream of any who drove the old gentleman into a state of such honor for me.
desperation by inquiries after his health. But the squire was too much troubled in “ Indeed, I wish you would remonstrate his mind for laughter. “Jack was always with your papa, Frank,” said his step-mother, clever, too,” he said, dolefully, “and little who was not a great deal older than the cugood has come of that. I hope he wont dis-rate. “ After his attack he ought to be more grace the family any more than he has done, careful. But he never takes the least trouble in my time, Frank. You young fellows have about himself, no more than if he were fiveall
your life before you ; but when a man and-twenty. After getting such a knock on comes to my age, and expects a little comfort, the forehead too; and you see he eats nothit's hard to be dragged into the mire after his ing. I shall be miserable if the doctor is not children. 1 did my duty by Jack too-I can sent for to-night.” say that for myself. He had the same train “Stuff!” cried the squire, testily. “Pering as Gerald had—the same tutor at the haps you will speak to the cook about these University-everything just the same. How messes she insists on sending up to disgust do you account for that, sir, you that are a one, and leave me to take care of my own philosopher ?” said Mr. Wentworth again, health. Don't touch that dish, Frank; it's with a touch of irritation. “ Own brothers poison. I am glad Gerald is not here; he'd both by father and mother ; brought up in think we never had a dinner without that the same house, same school and college, and confounded mixture. And then the wonder everything; and all the time as different from is that one can't eat !” said Mr. Wentworth, each other as light and darkness. How do in a tone which spread consternation round you account for that? Though to be sure, the table. Mrs. Wentworth secretly put her here's Gerald taken to bad ways too. It handkerchief to her eyes behind the great must have been some weakness by their moth- cover, which had not yet been removed : and er's side. Poor girl ; she died too young to one of the girls dashed in violently to the resshow it herself ; but it's come out in her chil-cue, of course making everything worse. dren,” said the vexed squire. • Though it's "Why did not Gerald and Louisa come to a poor sort of thing to blame them that are dinner?” cried the ignorant sister. Surely, gone,'
,” he added, with penitence; and he got when they knew Frank had come, they would up and paced uneasily about the room. Who have liked to be here. How very odd it was was there else to blame? Not himself, for of you not to ask them, papa! they always he had done his duty by his boys. Mr. do come when anybody has arrived. Why Wentworth never was disturbed in mind, aren't they here to-night?” without, as his family were well aware, be 6. Because they don't choose to come,” coming excited in temper too; and the unex- said the squire, abruptly. “ If Gerald has pected nature of the new trouble had some- reasons for staying away from his father's how added a keener touch of exasperation to house, what is that to you? Butterflies,” his perennial dissatisfaction with his heir. said Mr. Wentworth, looking at them in “ If Jack had been the man he ought to have their pretty dresses, as they sat regarding him been, his advice might have done some good with dismay, " that don't understand any --for a clergyman naturally sees things in a reason for doing anything except liking it or
not liking it. I dare say by thistime your ing Gerald alone made his appearance at the sister knows better."
Hall to dinner, cxplaining that Louisa had a “My sister is married, papa, said Letty, headache. Now Louisa's headaches were with her saucy look.
not unfrequent, but they were known to im“I advise you to get married too, and learn prove in the prospect of going out to dinner. what life is like," said the savage squire; and on the whole, the matter was wrapt in obconversation visibly flagged after this effort. scurity, and the Wentworth household could When the ladies got safely into the drawing- not explain it. The sisters sat up brushing room, they gathered into a corner to consult their hair, and looking very pretty in their over it. They were all naturally anxious dressing-gowns, with their bright locks (for about him after his “ attack.”
the Wentworth hair was golden brown of a ** Don't you remember he was just like this Titian hue) over their shoulders, discussing before it came on ? ” said Mrs. Wentworth, the matter till it was long past midnight; nervously; "80 cross, and finding fault with but they could make nothing of it, and the the made dishes. Don't you think I might only conclusion that they came to was that send over a message to Dr. Small—not to come their two clergyman brothers were occupied on purpose, you know, but just as if it were a in negotiating with the squire about some call in passing?”
secret not known to the rest of the family, But the girls both agreed this would make but most probably concerning Jack. Jack matters worse.
was almost unknown to his sisters, and a woke “ It must be something about Jack," they no very warm anxiety in their minds; so they both said in a breath, in a kind of awe of the went to sleep at last in tolerable quiet, conelder brother, of whom they had a very im- cluding that whatever mystery there was perfect knowledge. “And it seems we never concerned only the first-born and least-lored are to have a chance of a word with Frank!” of the house. cried Letty, who was indignant and exas While the girls pursued these innocent deperated. But at least it was a consolation liberations, and reasoned themselves into conthat “the boys” were no better off. All viction, the squire, too, sat late,-much later next day Cuthbert and Guy hung about in than usual. He had gone with Frank to the the vain hope of securing the company and library, and sat there in a half-stupefied quiattention of the visitor. He was at the Rec- etness, which the curate could not see withtory the whole morning, sometimes with Ger- out alarm, and from which he roused himald, sometimes with Louisa, as the scouts of self up now and then to wander off into talk, the family, consisting of a variety of broth- which always began with Gerald, and always ers, little and big, informed the anxious girls. came back to his own anxieties and his disapAnd Louisa was seen to cry on one of these pointed hopes in his eldest son. “If Jack occasions; and Gerald looked cross, said one had been the man he ought to have been, I'd little spy, whereupon he had his ears boxed, have telegraphed for him, and he'd have manand was dismissed from the service. “ As if aged it all,” said the squire, and then reGerald ever looked anything but a saint!” lapsed once more into silence. “For neither said the younger sister, who was an ad- you nor I are men of the world, Frank,” he vanced Anglican. Letty, however, holding would resume again, after a pause of half an other views, confuted this opinion strongly : hour, revealing pitifully how his mind labored
When one thinks of a saint, it is Aunt under the weight of this absorbing thought. Leonora one thinks of,” said this profane The curate sat up with him in the dimly young woman. “I'll tell you what Gerald lighted library, feeling the silence and the looks like-something just half-way between darkness to his heart. Ile could not assist a conqueror and a martyr. I think of all the his father in those dim ranges of painful medmen I ever saw, he is my hero,” said Letty, itation. Grieved as he was, he could not meditatively. The youngest Miss Wentworth venture to compare his own distress with the was not exactly of this latter opinion, but she bitterness of the squire, disappointed in all did not contradict her sister. They were his hopes and in the pride of his heart; and kept in a state of watchfulness all day, but then the young man saw compensations and Frank's mission remained a mystery which heroisms in Gerald's case which were invisithey could not penetrate ; and in the even- ble to the unheroic eyes of Mr. Wentworth,
who looked at it entirely from a practical about Gerald, and to put away that thought, point of view, and regarded with keen mor- as he went burriedly up-stairs. tification an event which would lay all the affairs of the Wentworths open to general
CHAPTER XIX. discussion, and invite the eye of the world to “ The sum of it all is, that you wont hear a renewed examination of his domestic skel- any reason, Gerald,” said the squire. "What etons. Everything had been hushed and shut your brother says and what I say, are nothup in the Hall for at least an hour, when the ing : your poor wife is nothing; and all a squire got up at last and lighted his candle, man's duties, sir, in life-all your responsiand held out his hand to his son.—" This bilities, everything that is considered most saisn't a very cheerful visit for you, Frank,” cred—” he said ; " but we will try again to-morrow, “ You may say what you will to me, and have one other talk with Gerald. Could- father," said Gerald. “I
can't expect you n't you read up some books on the subject, should speak differently. But you may imagor think of something new to say to him? ine I have looked at it in every possible light God bless my soul! if I were as young and as before I came to this resolution. A man does much accustomed to talking as you are, I'd not decide easily when everything he prizes on surely find out some argument," said the earth is at stake. I cannot see with Frank’s squire, with a momentary spark of temper, , eyes, or with yours; according to the light which made his son feel more comfortable God has given me, I must see with my own.” about him. “It's your business to convince “ But, God bless my soul ! what do you a man when he's wrong. We'll try Gerald mean by seeing with your own eyes ? " said once more, and perhaps something may come the squire. “Don't you know that is a Protof it; and as for Jack—": Here the squire estant doctrine, sir? Do you think they'll paused, and shook his head, and let go his let you see with any eyes but theirs when you son's hand. "suppose it's sitting up so get among a set of Papists? Instead of an late that makes one feel so cold and wretched, easy-going bishop, and friendly fellows for and as if one saw ghosts,” said Mr. Went- brother clergymen, and parishioners that worth. “Don't stay here any longer, and think everything that's good of you, how do take care of the candles. I ought to have you suppose you'll feel as an Englishman been in bed two hours ago. Good-night.” when you get into a dead Frenchified system,
And as he walked away, the curate could with everything going by rule and measure, not but observe what an aged figure it looked, and bound to believe just as you're told ? moving with a certain caution to the door. It'll kill you, sir—that's what will be the The great library was so dim that the light end of it. If you are in your grave within of the candle which the squire carried in his the year, it will be no wonder to me.” hand was necessary to reveal his figure clearly, “ Amen!” said Gerald, softly. “If that and there was no mistaking his air of age and is to be all, we will not quarrel with the refeebleness. The curate's thoughts were not sult;” and he got up and went to the winvery agreeable when he was left by himself dow, as if to look for his cedar, which was in the half-lighted room. His imagination not there. Perhaps the absence of his silent jumped to a picture very possible, but griev- referee gave him a kind of comfort, though ous to think of–Jack seated in his father's at the same time it disappointed him in some place, and the girls" and the little children fantastical way, for he turned with a curious turned out upon the world. In such a case, look of relief and vexation to his brother. who would be their protector and natural“ We need not be always thinking of it, guardian? Not Gerald, who was about to even if this were to be the end,” he said. divest himself of ties still closer and more sa
" Come down the avenue with me, Frank, cred. The curate lit his candle too, and and let us talk of something else. The girls went hastily to his room, when that thought will grumble, but they can have you later : came upon him. There might be circum- come, I want to hear about yourself.” stances still more hopeless and appalling than Unfortunately, the squire got up when the opposition of a rector or the want of a ben- his sons did, which was by no means their efice. He preferred to return to his anxiety intention; but Mr. Wentworth was vexed