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pects are good, you also know as well might be offended now, later she would as I. That he loves you, Belle, is as see it and forgive me. But along with clear as day to the rest of us, and you the pity and dismay, her words had also cannot be blind to the fact. Charlie's brought relief. She has said she did father and mother are delightful people. not care for Brooks; and now she was and they already love you as if you adding: “Perhaps I have seemed to were their daughter. And your father care for him sometimes, but if I have and mother, Belle, knowing that they it has been because—it has been on must, sometime, lose you, would, I Charlie's account. I knew that Charlie am sure, rather see you married to cared for me and would tell me so Charlie than to any man they know.” at the first opportunity. I didn't want
I happened to glance at Belle's hands -I wasn't ready to-So I have preclasped about her knee, and I thought tended to like Mr. Brooks' attentions. the soft little things were clenched. It wasn't fair towards Mr. Brooks, I But moonlight is deceptive and it know, but I wanted to gain time, might be I was mistaken.
and" She hesitated, and I asked: I would not speak about it to you “Do you mean, dear, that you don't at all, Belle," I went on as kindly as care for Charlie?" I knew how, "if things seemed to be “All that you have said of him is going now as they seemed to be going true,” she answered. “I know he is a a few months ago. Then we thought noble fellow, honest and kind-hearted. that you cared for Charlie, and some I do like him, but-_" day would make him happy by con “But don't love him?" senting to marry him. If you didn't Belle was silent. Her behavior had love him, at least there seemed to be puzzled me, but now there camę what no one else that you cared for more. seemed a flash of intelligence to me. He had no serious rival in your affec “If unknown to us you have met sometions, we thought. But now we do one else, Belle,” I said, "someone other not feel so sure.
than Charlie or Mr. Brooks, that you "You must know, Belle, that I would care for, I am sorry that I have urged be the last one to want to put restraint Charlie's
Charlie's suit. Not for the world on your affections—the last to want would I have you marry him, if your you to marry a man you didn't love; affections have really settled upon anbut what I want to say is, that as be- other." tween Charlie Hunter and Hadley Belle's face was turned away from Brooks, I believe you would be much the moonlight now and through the happier with Charlie. I know nothing gloom I could see that she was gazing against Mr. Brooks, but I don't like up at my face with wide eyes. “No,' him. It may be quite unwarrantable I heard her say faintly, and in another prejudice that I feel, and I certainly instant her head was bowed upon her hope it is that, Belle, if you really have lap and the darkened room echoed with learned to care for him—if you care her sobs. for him enough to"
"Why, Belle! Why, my poor child, “I don't care for him, Mr. Alden.” what have Idone?” I exclaimed, bending Belle's voice was low and quiet, but over her. "I didn't mean to hurt you, it had a note in it that somehow awak- dearie. I'm a blind old blunderer, and cned my pity, and lessened the dismay hadn't any business to go talking to my that her "Mr. Alden," caused me. My little girl about love-an old bachelor words must have offended her, for she like me! Forgive me, Belle, if I have never called me Mr Alden, except Hirt you, and forget that I've ever said sometimes in the presence of others. a word on the subject." I began to wish that I had not spoken. But her frame continued to shake “Meddlers always get into trouble,” I with her sobs, and she made no answer. thought. But what I had done I had I laid my hand on her shoulder, but she done for love of Belle, and though she moved so that it slipped off. At that
I believe the tears started into my Through tears and blushes there
enough now "I couldn't help it," she said simply,
Suddenly Belle's head was lifted, and was hidden against my breast a dear she reached out to where
head voice asked: "And don't you hate me rested on the chair. "Oh, John!" she for telling you, John?” cried. “I must tell you, if it kills me “Hate you, sweet! I never loved if it makes you hate me. I can't help any one in all my life as I love you it, John, I_
this moment, Belle! You've made me She stopped, and I found myself happier than I ever believed it possible trembling, scarcely knowing why, I could be.”
"Oh, John, can't you see! Can't you “And you won't try to find another see!" she cried, and again her head playmate, John?" Her face was raised went down upon her clasped hands, again, and she was looking at me with though this time they rested on my happy and smiling eyes. lap.
“No, sweetheart mine, I'm only too "Belle !" I cried.
happy to keep the dear, dear, old one." Then I put my arms around her and And to-day, when I could tear my drew her up until she was looking at thoughts for a moment from Belle herme. Our faces were very close to each self, I've been wondering it it was other, and it was not so dark but that merely a coincidence, or something I could read her face and she mine. more, that I bear the name of John "Belle!" I repeated. "Is it true?" Alden.
Had we only hoarded in craft and fear,
As cunninger folk might do,
To last us a lifetime through.
By F. P. STEARNS
EMOIRS are not the most at St. Helena. It is a fair and candid trustworthy of historical docu work for an Englishman, and a marked
ments. They are commonly contrast to the misrepresentations of written in old age, long after the Macaulay, Green, and Seeley; but it events referred to have taken place, has limitations of its own which are and it is one of the peculiarities worth a passing notice. Of these, the of our later years that the events of two most important are what he conour boyhood or girlhood reappear' siders Napoleon's lack of judgment in much more distinctly to us than those his choice of men, and the peculiarity of mature life. Our imaginations also of his religious opinions. play strange tricks with us at times. I In regard to the first, I think it have myself sometimes supposed that might almost be said that no other man I remembered an extract from a cer has recognized merit so quickly and tain author with perfect distinctness, rewarded it so well as Napoleon did. but, on looking it up, I found the word It was largely to this that he owed his ing of it wholly different from what I earlier successes. It would be difficult supposed. Memoirs are also more to prove or disprove Rosebery's asserlikely to be prejudiced than any other tion. No one can tell what there may form of composition, on account of the be in the ocean; but what have we ever nearness of the author to his or her sub- heard of Wellington's or Blucher's suborject. The remembrance of past favors, dinates? Murat, Meg, Soult, Lannes, as well as grievances, trifling affairs in Massena, and Victor are celebrated themselves, which otherwise he would names in the history of those times; not think of mentioning, enter into his and if they did not always accomplish mind and more or less influence his what Napoleon hoped of them when judgment. Recently published Ameri- they were fighting against the odds of can memoirs like Conway's and two or three to one, the fact is not White's are transparent enough with surprising. the predilections of the writer-Con Nassena was the only one of Naway's partiality for his own section of poleon's marshals, however, to whom the country, and White's feeling of military critics have given the credit obligation to those to whom he owed of being a great commander; and when his foreign appointments. A mis we examine Napoleon's campaigns, we chievous slander, played by a designing find that it was always to Massena that person or an intentionally sincere one; he intrusted the most difficult commislike the horrid calumny of Theodora, sions. He was already an invalid in his which was accepted by Gibbon, may Spanish campaign, but Massena in his impose upon the public for centuries.
prime was probably a match for either A reveiew of the various memoirs Blucher or Wellington. His defeat of concerning Napoleon would constitute Swanoff at Zunich was a masterpiece a large volume by itself. In fact, of military skill. Rosebery's recent work on Napoleon In regard to Napoleon's religion or is little more than a discussion of philosophy, Rosebery goes a long way the records preserved by Napoleon's off. He believes him to have been a friends, who shared his imprisonment Mohamedan and a materialist, The
terms are contradictory. Mohamedism forced upon him; and that he had only is a sensual religion, but sensuality and one fair opportunity of making peace (in materialism are not convertible terms, the summer of 1806), which "either his and for absolute faith in the divine suspicion or his madness" prevented will there are none like the followers of him from seizing. Islam. Materialism in philosophy in It is generally supposed that the variably leads to skepticism, and a death of Charles James Fox prevented skeptical Mohamedan is as rare as a Napoleon from making peace with white blackbird. On the other side,
On the other side, England in 1806, and Napoleon intisensuality was hateful to Napoleon, as mates this in a letter to his brother, Joeverything was which tended to mental seph, written at the time; but it is not or physical weakness. His creed was probable that an enduring peace could the gospel of strength. He courted the have been consummated, so long as favor of the Sheiks in Egypt as Alex Holland, Belgium, and France reander did that of the Persian Magi, in mained under the same government. order to obtain political, as well as In regard to the numerous records of military, control of the country; but Napoleon's mournful life at St. Helena there is no trustworthy evidence that --the fifth act of the tragedy-Rosehe went so far in this as to compromise bery considers General Gourgand's himself as a Christian. What we
diary to be the most veracious and gather from the various comments on trustworthy, on the ground that religious subjects which have been re it was evidently not intended for pubported of Napoleon, is that he had no lication. This, like the others, cannot very definite religious creed, though a be proved, though he assigns plausible very decided religious faith. He makes reasons which have their value; but it some such statement of himself some seems like a narrow basis on which to where, and it is a very fine one. Such form a judgment. In such cases the was the mental attitude of Plato, character of the individual should alShakespeare, Goethe, and many others, ways be taken into account. General and it testifies to the depth and sin Gourgand was one of the bravest and cerity of Napoleon's moral nature. As most devoted of Napoleon's personal Goethe states it in Faust: "Who can adherents, but his portrait, as well as say I know Him, who can say I know his diary, indicates a man of not more Him not?"
than mediocre intellect. He served He was too much of an idealist to be the Emperor as a sort of staff detective. called a materialist; too practical, per He discovered the mines which were haps, to be called an idealist. You intended to blow up Napoleon at Mosmight call him an idealist-utilatarian. cow, and killed a dragoon who was His mind always preserved an equit- attacking Napoleon at the battle of able balance between theory and prac Brienne. Once, when the Emperor's tice. He read little philosophy and had party were out walking at St Helena, a particular horror of what he called they were threatened by a drunken or idealoges-doctrines such as Fourier insane British soldier, who leveled his and John Stuart Mill.
musket and ordered them to halt. NaLord Rosebery, however, admits poleon merely said: “General Gourwhat Metterich denies, that Napoleon gand, take charge of that fellow.” was a true statesman; that the earlier Gourgand made a sort of flank moveperiod of his government might be ment, then suddenly darted on the termed ideal; that he was by nature of soldier and wrested his weapon from a kindly disposition and wished to do him in a twinkling. what was right; that he preserved the This, however, would seem to have fruits of the French revolution to pos been the limit of his capacity. Naterity; that he was the greatest of gen poleon surely would not have approved erals, and one of the greatest of law of the statement which Gourgand pubgivers; that his wars were mainly
were mainly lished concerning the battle of Water