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in it.” Brass guns and batteries in daughter in the legend of an Ogre's such an Eden! what barbarism ! We castle, shall she pot perfectly reconthought with a sigh of an equally cile all true knights to the crimes of barbarous act perpetrated by those the remorseless giants who of old gallant Frenchmen, who had planted held
their sway there? Vauban batteries among the bread- “ Hard a-starboard, sir !” exclaims fruit and palm-trees of sweet Ota- our Palinurus ; and, as the spokes of heite—the only spot we ever saw the wheel fly round, the ship turns that excelled the scene of beauty sharply into the fine channel of water which now surrounded us.
leading up to Nangasaki. That city Beautiful Papenberg ! Yet, if his faced us, spread round the base of a tory spoke true, deeds horrid enough hill at the farther end of the harbour, for it to have been for ever blighted and having immediately in front of by God's wrath had been perpetrated it a rude collection of hybrid Eurothere during the persecutions of the pean houses with a flagstaff. This Christians in the seventeenth cen- we at once recognised as Decima, tury. It was the Golgotha of the an artificial island adjoining the city many martyrs to the Roman Catholic of Nangasaki, whereon the Japanese faith. There by day and by night had held the Dutchmen voluntary its steep cliffs bad rung with the prisoners ever since the expulsion of agonised shriek of strong men, or the Portuguese in 1613. The poor the wail of women and children, Dutchmen endured insult, restraint, launched to rest, after torture, in the and contumely, rather than forego deep waters around the island. If certain advantages in carrying out Jesuit records are to be believed, the Japanese copper and retailing it to fortitude and virtue exhibited' by Europeans at an enormous profit. their Japanese converts in those Long-suffering and enduring vendors sad hours of affliction, have not of strong Dutch cheese, Zealand butbeen excelled in any part of the ter, and pleasant schnapps ! relief world since religion gave another came at last; the Dame Partingtons plea to men to destroy his fellow- at home trundled their mops in the creature; and may it not be that face of Holy Mother “Russia,” when the beauty with which nature now she felt her mission called her to adorns that rock of sorrows, is her trounce the Turk and take Constanhalo of glory around a spot ren- tinople. The Japanese Emperor was dered holy by the sufferings, doubt- astonished to find the belligerents less, of many that were brave and playing a game of hide-and-seek in good ? Yes ! let us think so, his many bays and harbours, and and forget the envy, hatred, and wisely concluded that the orthodox malice which once raged rampant old lady of Moscow, whose dominions upon that spot. Let us forget it, and approached suspiciously close to Jatry to be as unconscious of its past pan, might one day think it as history as is that Japanese Hebe Christian-like to rob a Buddhist as a who stands on the pathway up the Mohammedan neighbour. He has face of the Papenberg, and stares at very wisely departed from the anthe frigate sweeping past under her cient laws of his realm, and has feet, unconscious of all the admira- sought for aid and protection where, tion and all the telescopes which are strangely enough, he can find them, in directed at her. Gentle heathen! of the friendship of four or five nations course she is perfectly ignorant of all who cordially dislike and are jealous the compliments her grace and neat- of each other. But a truce to poliness are calling forth ; but she puts tics for a time—the ambition of men up her hand and rearranges the bril- or nations, the crimes of the Christian liant red flowers hidden in her mass and heathen, may be studied elseof jetty hair. Yes! she laughs, and, where. Let us satisfy ourselves with throwing her head aside archly, dis- simply inhaling healthful pleasure plays such a glittering set of white from the contemplation of the loveliteeth! That angel of the Papenberg ness nature has spread over every redeems all the blemishes we might inch of the harbour of Nangasaki. have seen in it; and, like the lovely A long fiord of blue water stretches two miles inland between sloping there was a Japanese officer waving. hills which spring from the sea with A spy-glass was brought steadily to a bold, rocky escarpment, and then bear on him ; the wretch was about roll gently back, rising to an altitude fifty yards off ; the action of the fan of a thousand feet orso; and these are became at once less violent, then iroverlooked by still more lofty giants, regular, as if the waver of the fan --every mountain-side covered with was in a dilemma; then a spasmodic all that can gladden a landscape, and jerk; the glass was kept steadily on down every ravine gladsome streams the wretch (we feared lést the ambasrushing on to the sea. Here a vil- sador should see him and cry halt ) lage, there a quaint bark anchored in there was a pause, another flutter sandy cove ; now an official abode --hurrah ! he shut up his fan, and rewith square-cut terrace and upright tired under his awning, beaten. He fence, so properly stiff, starched, and had only to perform Haki-kari or queer, you felt sure you had only to disembowelment, and we might proknock and that one of the Barnacles ceed, giving the officious signalman of society would appear; then, nes- orders not to make nonsensical retling in the midst of green trees and ports of every Japanese who chose to flowery gardens, were the prettiest fan himself ! chalets seen out of Switzerland ; We soon anchored off Nangasaki, children, with no clothes at all, roll- close to a gallant bark from Holland ing on the grass, or tumbling in and -- just such a ship as should always out of the water ; whilst their re- sail from stout Amsterdam ; none spected parents, with but few habili- of your fly-away newfangled vessels, ments to incommode them, gravely lean as a greyhound, and quite as waved their faus, or sat gazing upon fast—but full, round, and frau-likethe newly arrived vessels. Oh! it exactly the craft, in short, that a veswas a goodly sight; but we were all sel rejoicing in the name of the in the mood to be pleased ; and had Zeevaart ought to be. Beside her the sky been less clear, the air less rode gaily, at her anchors-which, bracing, and the climate as bad as with every disposition to be galthat of China, we should assuredly lant to ships and ladies, we cannot still have admired it.
say the Zeevaart did-a Japanese In former days, a chain of guard- screw schooner, under the simple boats used to extend across the gate imperial flag, a red ball on a white of this Japanese paradise. One of ground. She had been purchased our men-of-war, during the Russian from the Dutch, for some fabulous war, nearly paddled over them; and sum in copper bars, unless rumour we, too, it had been determined, were belied the honest burghers of Denot to be stopped by them. The cima; and all her officers and men Japanese officers of the present day were natives, from the engineer to are far wiser in their generation than the captain ; and, from what we those who, when the frigate of Cap- saw of their exercise aloft, and what tain Sir Israel Pellew forced her way we heard from their Dutch naval into the harbour during the French instructors, our impression was very war, disembowelled themselves ra- favourable to the prospect of the ther than survive the disgrace of such Japanese shortly being again the an act. We found all the boats care- able and skilful seamen they were fully removed and made fast in by three centuries ago, when they used the shore. One officer, more anxious to navigate their frail native craft as than the rest to do his duty, or, far as the ports of Indostan. Asiatic like, desirous of ascertaining An hour passed-no officials came to what lengths he might go, stood near us. The native boats, before up in his boat as we came abreast alluded to, had followed the ship, of him, and mildly gesticulated with and now hung listlessly about her. his fan (the everlasting emblem of The officers in them were evidently office in Japan) for us to go back very inquisitive; but as we did not again! We would fain not have seen invite their approach, they still kept it; but of course the officious sig- aloof. The Dutchmen on shore nalman immediately reported that seemed equally shy. Some half-dozen
sailors, in red shirts, lolled about the biscuit. The captain and first-lieulanding-place of Decima; but Decima tenant had hardly congratulated made no other sign of vitality, and themselves that, at any rate, that smoke rose as steadily from the portion of the pleasure of visiting Dutch skipper's pipe as he leant over Japan was over, when another boatthe rail of his argosy and peered at ful of reporters arrived, tumbled up us, as it would have done in the the ladder,were very well-behaved, but sleepiest landscape in watery Hol- asked exactly the same questions, and land. It suddenly struck us that went exactly through the samefarce as Decima had gone to bed, and that the first party had done. They were, here, as in Batavia, the community we learnt, duplicate reporters, whose dine about noon, and after dinner all statements served to check and corthe Mynheers, Fraus, and Frauleins rect those of the first set of inquirers. retire to rest, rising from their second Directly they left us, a two-sworded sleep about four or five o'clock in the official arrived-two swords in Jaafternoon. We were, we soon ascer- pan, like two epaulettes in Europe, tained, right in our suspicions; but indicate an officer of some standan officer was remorselessly sent on ing. He introduced himself through shore, to stir up the sleeping burghers a Japanese interpreter, who spoke of Decima with the information of English remarkably well
, as "a chief the arrival of his Excellency the officer,” who had an official commuBritish Ambassador.
nication to make. Would he sit There was soon a general flurry, down-would he be pleased to unfor the Japanese appeared to have bosom himself—could he not see the been waiting for their Dutch friends ambassador ? Impossible ! What ! to awake, to inquire if we might “a chief officer” communicate with be visited. Japanese officials, with an ambassador ! We were truly horpockets full of paper, pens, and ink, rified. The chief officer must be hurried off-jolly good-natured-look- simply insane ; did he couple the ing fellows, always ready to laugh, representative of the majesty of and in appearance resembling more Great Britain with some superinthe Kanaka races of the South-Sea tendent of trade? The chief officer Islands than the Chinese we had left apologised; he was very properly behind us.
Their dress, in some shocked at the proposition that he respects, was Chinese, and their lan- had made; he saw his error, and, guage sounding very like a composi- what was more to our purpose, the tion of the discordancy of that most Ambassador assumed a size and imdiscordant of languages, and the soft portance in his eyes which it would liquid sounds of the Kanaka tongue. have been difficult to have realised. But how they interrogated us !-what The “chief officer” then put his was the ship's name, our name, the questions --Did Lord Elgin intend Ambassador's titles everybody's to call upon the Governor of Nanname and age--everybody's rank and gasaki ? No; he had not time to business—what did we want-whe- do so. Did he expect the Governor ther were we going-whence did we to wait upon him? The Governor come—how many ships were coming could please himself—the Ambassa-where was our Admiral ? Indeed, dor would receive him if he came. a Russian customhouse agent, or a If the Lieutenant-Governor called on British census paper, could not have Lord Elgin, would his Excellency put more astounding questions, whe- receive him ? Yes. This was all ther in number or nature, than did the chief officer had to say ; his these Nangasaki reporters. We were mission was a special one ; he begged as patient as naval officers, or angels, to wish us good-morning, merely may usually be supposed to be under adding that the Governor of Nangasuch circumstances ;-answered all saki hoped the Ambassador would their questions-allowed them to see, kindly accept a small present which touch, smell, and hear everythingwould shortly be sent. The present except the British Ambassador, who arrived shortly afterwards—a stout was in his cabin;—and then dismissed cob-built pig of three hundredweight; them with a glass of sherry and a and such a quantity of pumpkins ! It looked at first very like a joke; commerce and ports to them, adindeed, the infernal music of an mitting free intercourse with the animal never seen alive on board a people, and practising religious tolerman-of-war, added to the comicality ation. At one time the 14th April of the affair; but the fact is, that had been agreed upon as the day the Japanese are a sober-minded, for the final signature of a treaty ; thrifty people, and nothing evinces then it was postponed; then rumours it better than the following interest- were spread of the priesthood, the ing custom, followed in this as in all spiritual emperor, and certain indeother cases :- Whenever a Japanese pendent nobles, having opposed inmakes a present, whatever the rank surmountable obstacles to any conof the parties or the value of the gift cession. The Tai-koon, or Tempomay be, the donor encloses in an ral Emperor, as well as the Secreenvelope, bearing his name and com- tary of State for Foreign Affairs, the pliments, a small piece of dried salt Prince of Bitsu, appeared well aware fish, emblematical of the poverty of of the necessity for some arrangetheir ancestors, and of the thrift ment being made to pacify the Eurowhereby their present affluence has peans; but they doubtless delayed as been attained ; and this is often long as they could, to see the issue wrapped in a piece of paper, on which of our efforts to open up China beis written the following favourite fore they yielded themselves; and sentence, “Happy those who never at last, although always most kindly depart from the wisdom of their an- treated and generously lodged, Mr cestors,”-a Confucian as well as Curtius and Mr Harris found it protectionist doctrine, the wide- necessary to return to their respecspread faith in which, in this re- tive posts, as empty-handed as they mote part of the world, may be pos- went. Mr Harris, having but a short sibly confirmatory and consolatory distance to go, was doubtless by this to some at home who will not believe time in Simoda, but Mr Donker that free trade and repeal of corn- Curtius, when last heard of, was laws can be beneficial to their country. still on the road, and could not arAfter this little episode of pig, pump- rive for a week or so. kin, and salt-fish, the Dutch gentlemen at the first glance, looked unprobelonging to the factory turned up. mising; but there was this one point The secretary of the Dutch superin- very certain, that, if the Japanese tendent of trade came, accompanied intended to be guided as to their by two naval officers, instructors future policy by the concessions Englent by the government of Holland, land and France should wring from to teach the Japanese the arts of China, we could show that the Court navigation, gunnery, and nautical of Pekin had yielded all, and more science generally. The former had than was expected from them; and to explain that the superintendent, they, at any rate, were saved the Mr Donker Curtius, was absent on humiliation of being the first to public business, and the latter told concede the point of the exclusion of us that their senior officer or com- strangers, &c. It seemed likely that mandant was sick ; but they had a the Americans would turn our opegood deal of interesting information rations to account, by working on to give, which was to the following the fears of the Japanese; for the effect :- The superintendent of the United States steainer Powhattan, factory, Mr Donker Curtius, had bearing the flag of Flag - officer been in Jeddo during the past six Tattnal, had gone direct from the months, as well as Mr Harris, the Gulf of Pecheli to Nangasaki, bearAmerican consul-general from Si- ing the news of our success, and moda, a port on the opposite coast spreading tales of our numbers and of Japan. Alarmed by the rumours intentions, which caused no small of the allied operations against alarm amongst a people who for China, the Japanese government twelve months had been kept in a was at first very fair spoken upon state of excitement by rumours of the subjects of granting a treaty to our doings in their neighbourhood. Holland and America, opening her
BY PISISTRATUS CAXTON.
[The Author reserves the Right of Translation.]
Guy Darrell's views in the invitation to Waife.
LIONEL had but inadequately re- “I apologise,” or “I forgive," and it presented, for he could but imper- was said with his whole heart and fectly comprehend, the profound im- soul. pression made upon Guy Darrell by But it must not be supposed that, George Morley's disclosures. Him- in authorising Lionel to undertake self so capable of self-sacrifice, Dar- the embassy to Waife, or in the rell was the man above all others to anticipation of what might pass regard with an admiring reverence, between Waife and himself should which partook of awe, a self-immo- the former consent to revisit the lation that seemed almost above old house from which he had been humanity-to him who set so lofty so scornfully driven, Darrell had an estimate on good name and fair altered, or dreamed of altering, repute. He had not only willingly one iota of his resolves against an permitted, but even urged Lionel union between Lionel and Sophy. to repair to Waife, and persuade True, Lionel had induced him to say, the old man to come to Fawley. "Could it be indisputably proved With Waife he was prepared to enter that no drop of Jasper Losley's into the full discussion of Sophy's blood were in this girl's veins—that alleged parentage. But apart even
But apart even she were the lawful child of honest from considerations that touched a parents, however humble--my right cause of perplexity which disquieted to stand between her and yourself himself, Darrell was eager to see and would cease.” But a lawyer's exto show homage to the sufferer, in perience is less credulous than a whom he recognised a hero's dignity. lover's hope. And to Darrell's judgAnd if he had sent by Lionel no let- ment it was wholly improbable that ter from himself to Waife, it was any honest parents, however humble, only because, in the exquisite deli- should have yielded their child to a cacy of feeling that belonged to him knave like Jasper, while it was so when his best
emotions were aroused, probable that his own persuasion was he felt it just that the whole merit, well founded, and that she was Jasand the whole delight of reparation per's daughter, though not Matilda's. to the wrongs of William Losely, The winter evening had closed. should, without direct interposition George and Darrell were conversing of his own, be left exclusively to in the library; the theme, of course, Charles Haughton's son,
Thus far was Waife; and Darrell listened with it will be acknowledged that Guy vivid interest to George's graphic Darrell was not one of those men accounts of the old man's gentle who, once warmed to magnanimous playful humour--with its vague deimpulse, are cooled by a thrifty pru- sultory under-currents of poetic fancy dence when action grows out of the or subtle wisdom. But when George impulse. Guy Darrell could not be turned to speak of Sophy's endeargenerous by drachm and scruple. ing, lovely nature, and, though cauNot apt to say, “I apologise,”—slow tiously, to intimate an appeal on her to say, "I repent ;" very-very- behalf to Darrell's sense of duty, or very slow indeed to say, “I forgive;' susceptibility to kindly emotions, the yet let him once say, “I repent," proud man's brow became knit, and