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loo, that so offended the British discussion in regard to him.' Rosebery ministry. He was a forcible man, but himself admits that the general mass narrow and unimaginative. Napoleon of evidence is decidedly against Sir could not have conversed with him on Hudson. What still makes the “voice large and important subjects as he did from St. Helena” interesting are Nawith Montholon and Las Cases, and poleon's conimentaries on his battles we consequently find that Gourgand's and other important matters which it reports are meager and not particularly contains. O'Meara could not have ininteresting. The most conspicuous fact vented these, and they agree remarkin his diary is Napoleon's continual ably well with the statements made effort to cheer and encourage the afterwards by Montholon and Las Cases. spirit of his companions. Gourgand O'Meara has this advantage over the was still in the prime of life, and when others, that being unacquainted with other methods failed, Napoleon held the history of those times, he could ask forth to him the prospect of a favorable Napoleon more direct and pertinent matrimonial alliance—which came to questions than they very well could, pass some ten years later by Gour- from fear of inquiring about matters gand's marriage to a French countess. which they might he supposed to know
Lord Rosebery has examined the already. evidence in Surgeon O'Meara's case The best of the Napoleonic memoirs against Sir Hudson Lowe and finds are those by Las Cases and Savary, much of it quite untrustworthy. This both men of superior character and inneed not, however, make any serious telligence. Savary, the Duke of Rovdifference to us. The civilized world igo, was a brave soldier, and brave men has long ago condemned Sir Hudson are much more likely to be truthful! Low, nor has he ever found an apolo- than those whose courage has never gist for his absurdly spiteful behavior, been tested; witness Grant and Sherand nobody cares to hear any further man. Savary did not prove an able
commander, but Napoleon made use when he afterwards escaped to Asia of him to discover the movements of Minor and returned to France after the Russians at Friedland, and to open twelve years of exile. His life was one communication with Davout at Eck of the most adventurous and interestmuhl--at the risk of a dozen lives. His ing of that stirring period. accounts of the battle of Austerlitz, He was a man of astute intelligence, Friedland, and Eckmuhl, although in and his writing has much of the frankcomplete, have the vitality of an eye ness, directness, and perspicacity of witness. After Fouches' retirement Napoleon's own. If he appears someNapoleon made Savary superintendent what too favorable to Napoleon, it is cf police. He followed the Emperor to not in what he says, but in what he England, but he was proscribed by leaves unsaid. His points are well Louis XVIII. and the British govern taken, and his remarks on the condemment imprisoned him at Gibraltar, , nation and execution of the Duc d'Eng
hien are the most judicious of any Las Cases was sent away from St. among his contemporaries.
Helena by Sir Hudson for secret Count Las Cases belonged to the old though perfectly honorable communiFrench nobility, and his writing has cation with Napoleon's friends in the tone of high cultivation. He fled Europe. Sir Hudson made a mistake, to England at the outset of the reign and attempted to rectify it by having of terror and supported himself there Las Cases detained at the Cape of by the publication of what he called an Good Hope for some six months, duratlas, but which would seem to have ing which time he suffered severely been an epitome of the history of na from the vindictiveness of the British tions.* He returned to France by favor officials there. He was not permitted of Napoleon's amnesty, and soon be- to land in England for fear of the incame so convinced of the good inten- · formation he might circulate concerntions of the Emperor that he accepted ing the ill-treatment of Napoleon, but a position in the government Na- he was hustled over to Rhenish Pruspoleon, however, saw or knew little of sia, where he suffered similar grievhim, until after the battle of Waterloo ances to those at the Cape. His book he was surprised by Las Cases's deter- bears every mark of an honorable man mination to acompany him in exile. and a conscientious writer.
* He afterwards republished this in Paris under a nom de plume, but the French Academy frowned upon it Las Cases reports that one of the Academicians told him that “they did not believe in literary work which emanated from the nobility.” This was the way in which they afterwards treated Dr. Morton, the discoverer of etherization.
By WINSLOW HALL
UPPLEMENTING these condi tion of the American Indian and the tions, Glen went on to say that conquest by numbers of his once proud
there was food for deep re domains. If, Sir," he exclaimed, "we flection in the fact that the strictly of the lineage of Washington, of native population, which complacent Stark, of Sullivan and Lafayette, are theorists hold up to us as able to prepared to follow the Indian into "assimilate" unrestricted immigration, virtual bondage and ultimate extincis sadly decreasing instead of in- tion, then, Sir, we can in no wise hasten creasing, in all the older sections of the day more surely than by putting the country. In New England, for into control those who have no heed instance, he cited by substantiating for the future of the country, but who figures, there are actually one and a content their small souls with gratifyhalf more deaths than births among ing their selfish lusts while the ship of every thousand people whose parents State holds her wayward course toare native-born. "In our own State," ward the ominous clouds on the rockGlen exclaimed, pausing a moment to fretted near horizon.” let the significance of his words sink Amid the burst of spontaneous aphome, "the conditions are even worse, plause, in which even some of the adthe deaths exceeding the births by ten ministrative members were compelled and four-tenths among each thousand by the tense excitement to join, a native-born Americans. The families uniformed messenger sped down the of foreign parentage, on the contrary, aisle and handed a yellow envelope to show an excess of births over deaths of one of the group which sat closely fifty-eight and a half, while in the old round Glen's towering young form, on Bay State the excess is almost as great chairs and the nearby desks of other -forty-five and six-tenths. In short, members., the last census shows that in many At a nod from Glen he opened the localities the number of native-born telegram and, hastily reading the conAmericans is either standing still or tents, his face grew grave and redactually decreasing, while the people dened. “Impossible to reach Judge bewhose parents are foreigners are in fore night," he read in a whisper, over creasing tremendously.
Glen's shoulder. "Last train five“And yet,” Glen continued, raising thirty. Let damn rascals hang themhis finger at the red-faced Speaker in selves; outraged people will attend the chair, "we go on playing politics obsequies. Back on special. Terrill." for petty, transient gain and give no Glen made no move or sound to inheed to the trend of these momentous dicate the depths of his disappointevents, which, if unchecked, as surely ment. Just pausing sufficiently long to spill the extermination of the old gain a full knowledge of the message, stock American and his free institu- he went on, in a lowered tone, still adtions and conquest of our Country as dressing the Speaker: the unchecked coming of the Anglo “And so, Sir, with a firm conviction Saxon to these shores spelt the elimina that my act is right, I adhere to what
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I have so often stated, and pronounce meant for him, he smiled and bowed again, if it will in any measure clear slightly in recognition. the atmosphere, that neither on the But then, of a sudden, as he again first ballot nor on any subsequent one moved on, his great, young form erect may you expect me to vote for the and graceful, his face changed, and a nominee of your caucus if permitted glow of red mantled to his temples. to retain my seat in this assembly. If, For, amid the hundred faces bent because of that decision, I am marked down upon him from above, his quick for punishment at your hands, then, vision had picked out one-but one, with a free conscience and no mis- the fair, suffused face of Constance givings I await your pleasure.” Carter.
An almost painful silence filled the He passed out of the high-arched chamber as Glen sat down. His door, and as he disappeared the tense hearers were too profoundly moved strain behind him broke and such a for present outburst of applause or storm of appreciation for him rolled temper. Presently one member, more from gallery to floor and floor to dome conscious of the presence of the mas- as shook the vast chamber to its founter mind behind the scenes than others, dations. moved the previous question.
With a few friends he escaped the Then the storm broke out anew, and throng of wrought-up people who while members of the opposition clam- surged down the stairways, and by ored for opportunity to speak upon the a side entrance gained the street and motion and the gallery shook with the hurried to his apartment in the oldtumult of contending voices, the time hostelry. There he was joined Speaker, rising, put the original motion by others who had stood by him in in a voice unheard by all save the re- the crisis, and later in the afternoon cording clerk and announced it carried. the Major came, towering like an angry
What might have occurred, when the thunder cloud, and, while Glen rested, fact went home to the understanding insisted on hearing every scrap of what of the opposition and of the gallery had been said during the afternoon crowd, that the crowning act of grave repeated by those who had been presinjustice had been put through by ent. form of legal process, it would be dif It suffices for our story to relate, that ficult to hazard, but just as the that evening, in the Major's chamber, Speaker's gavel fell, Glen, who was there was formed an organization watching it, slowly rose, his pale face known as the Constitution Party Club, set, and gathered the few papers on with the Major as its first president and his desk together.
Glen as its secretary and treasurer, His slow, methodical, unimpassioned which was to have a potent bearing on bearing, and tall young form as it rose future politics. That information, and above the heads of his friends about the kindred statement, that, as this him, seemed to catch and hold the ab- factor in local civic life was being born, sorbed attention of the gathering, and the Legislature met in grand comas he turned and moved down the mittee and carried out the bargain of aisle the tumult ceased, and an almost its Master, by electing the Honorable complete silence lent its weight to the Theopilus I. Burland to the high office closing scene of this impressive drama. which he had contracted for, must
Men bowed and smiled to him, and close the portal leading further on women in the gallery waved their down the labyrinthic way of practical dainty handkerchiefs, but he seemed politics, into which our little romance not to note the interest centered on for a brief time inadvertently wat him until he had reached the rear of the dered. dense-thronged chamber. Then he When Glen Noble arrived home at looked up at the animate scene above Stonestead station, he came little like a him, and, realizing that all this was discredited hero.