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which, could the artist execute it, would half of astonishment, half of fear. For bring him . fame. By the side of such an instant they gazed at each other as if work was ranged in his mind the other spellbound. Suddenly Heinrich seized painting, already in his brain before his Nubia's hand and drew her toward him love for Nubia,—"Mary Magdalen before so violently that she was forced to lean her Fall.»

far over the basin. The noon-hour was the only time in the “Look at yourself,” cried he passionday that the tree was deserted. As soon ately; (look at the reflection of your as Heinrich had dined with mother and beauty, which is distracting one before daughter, notwithstanding the heat of the your very eyes, and you do not even sun, he returned to the tree. He liked to notice it ! » sit upon the edge of the basin and to gaze He clasped her unresisting in his arms, upon the Virgin's reflection in the calm, and was about to press her to his wildlydark water.

throbbing heart, when he saw in the clear He was sitting thus one day when Nubia water close to Nubia's beautiful pale, approached him. He had not heard her but calm countenance his own, ashen, footsteps, and started as, glancing at Nu- with glowing eyes, distorted by passion, bia's face in the water, he suddenly heard filling him with horror of himself and her voice:

causing him to release the maiden with a «Mother sent me after you because you groan. Covering his face with both hands, ate nothing again at noon. Mother is as if to hide it from Nubia, he sank by the afraid you are ill, and it seems to me as side of the basin. if you had changed. What do you see in Incapable of moving, Nubia stood beside the water, into which you are gazing so him. All the blood had left her cheeks; earnestly?)

she was more like a statue than ever. She Heinrich turned from the beautiful saw her mother's guest lying upon the creature to her reflection in the spring ground, struggling with a grief of which

. Drawing a deep breath, and without chang- this daughter of the wilderness knew ing his position, he replied:

nothing. She heard him stammer unin"I am looking at the picture of the telligible words; she heard him breathe his Virgin in the water, and I wonder if love for her; heard him call her name, as the Celestial Being, could she see her if she were the Virgin herself; heard him reflection, would know that she is beauti- groan as if he were dying. But she could ful.”

not stir, she could utter no sound, she More surprised at the tone than at the could scarcely turn her eyes from him. meaning of his words, which she scarcely They fell upon her own face in the water, understood, Nubia said:

and she stared at herself. She saw her « How should the Virgin have such beauty and that it had driven her mother's thoughts? Look at her! What does she guest to distraction. Then beauty must be know how she looks ?— why does she need

She began to feel that something to know ? »

strange, incomprehensible, was taking Heinrich repeated after her:

place within her, something which inspired «Why does she need to know ?»— and, her with horror. raising his eyes to Nubia's with an almost Her own face was distasteful to her; her wrathful expression, said: "A human crea- eyes sought the holy picture under the ture is being devoured before her eyes by tree. She was stricken dumb! For the passion and anguish, and she does not Virgin wore her features! For the first even see it. »

time she recognized her own face; severely He paused, but continued to look at the and darkly it looked down upon her, with girl, who now looked at him with an air angry, reproachful eyes.

(To be continued.)

a curse.

EDITORIAL COMMENT

Meeting of In the meeting of the Fifty- Henderson will elevate the office we shall

Congress sixth Congress the interest ere long doubtless know. Faction, we of politics for the time being has centred. should like to think, has little hold upon the We could wish that, in the popular House new Speaker, though he is, as all know, a at least, it was a meeting of the best minds staunch Republican, albeit of the purer of the country, brought together to con- section of the party. He has the advanfer disinterestedly on the great political tage of having had long experience in the problems of the time, rather than, in large House and of being favorably known to measure, on the small issues and petty both sides of it. That he will discrectly rivalries of the party game.

The compo

use his special prerogatives, and be fair as. sition of the Senate is happily relieved well as dispassionate in his maintenance from any reflection of this kind; since few of the rules and discipline of the House, will deny the high character of the upper all friends of orderly and helpful legislaChamber and its superior fitness, in heart tion will certainly hope. When parties, and brain, for the worthy work of national as they are at present, are much more legislation. To it, as high authority evenly balanced in the House, the policy vouches, the nation ever looks for wise of fair play toward political opponents. counsel at need. It is little use, perhaps, will be obvious. to rail at an elective Presidency; but here Interest in the opening of the session again the wisdom of the Fathers, inuch as was enlivened by the rejection of the we may properly venerate the past, is not claims of a representative from Utah to conspicuously obvious; at least if we credit

be sworn

a member of the House. Το that wisdom with prescience and the power have seated a polygamist in the national of forecasting the political convulsions and legislature would hardly have added to other grave evils that, at oft-recurring in- one's respect for the body; though, as tervals, vex the nation with its machine a wit has observed, to have admitted a system and other sinister methods and man with reminiscences of a plurality of devices for nominating and electing our wives would doubtless, occasion, chief executive officer. On the present relieve the monotony of debate. Aside occasion, the political disturbance to the from the moral aspect of Mr. Roberts's nation has, however, been light, since case, and as a matter of abstract right, it partyism for the nonce was concerned, would possibly have been more constitunot with the choice of a President, but tional to have first admitted the elected with the nominating and installing in the member and then judged the case on its. chair of the chief presiding officer of the merits by a jury of his peers. · This, howHouse. The office we say it with all ever, is a matter of individual opinion, courtesy toward the head for the time be- though we note that it was the line taken ing of the nation—is in many respects in the House by a number of Representaperhaps the more important of the two. tives. If the objectionable member is. We know at least what its influence has guilty of the offences with which he is. been under such athletes of the legislative charged, there should be no paltering arena as Blaine, Carlisle, and Reed. Stu- with his case; and certainly, in the nosdents of practical politics who are inter- trils of the nation, Utah is not in suffiested in the office of the Speaker, and ciently good odor to justify leniency wish to know the command he has of the toward an infractor of the national laws. opportunities for legislation and his con- The business of the House seriously betrol of procedure in the House, should read gan with the promulgation of the Presithe thoughtful article on the Speakership dent's Message. This year the document in the present issue (page 415) of SELF CUL- is of inordinate length. Its interest, in TURE. To what autocratic heights General many respects, is unusual, since it deals

on

with many weighty topics of both national coralled in the neighborhood of his old and international moment.

The Message

home at Cavité. We should like to think can hardly be said to be the product of that one or more of these intimations high statesmanship, nor is it the utter- could be trusted, and that there was real ance of a notably vigorous, independent and early prospect of ending the cammind, courageous as well as sound in its paign, and of releasing from its many and convictions. In matters of vital moment, serious hardships the large force of brave which are at present dividing the opinion and uncomplaining men - both soldiers of the country, it shows a disposition to and sailors — who have for so long been evade responsibility, and, above all, an engaged in the perilous and thankless eagerness to shield the Administration from work of suppressing insurgency in the criticism. Nevertheless there is not a disease-breeding swamps of lawless and little in the Message that is stimulative of unfriendly Luzon. Again we ask, Is the thought, together with some recommen- game worth the candle? Is it worth the dations for deliberate action that must cost and risk of sending out 75,000 good commend themselves to the wisdom and and brave men to do scouting and police patriotism of Congress. Its optimism, in duty merely, in a country where it would view of the present general prosperity, seem impossible to prosecute any effective is tactical; though we must beware of organized movement or to conduct miliincreasing public expenditures in dubious tary operations to any practical, wellimperialist ways at the bidding of those defined, and decisive issue? Many things, who would commit the country to heady we of course admit, have been accomnotions of national expansion.

In the plished, but at what direful and depresspast two years the pace has been rapid of ing hazard. The campaign has, in the our money-spendings, and we are yet far main, been a desultory one, conducted from being done with the financial bur- against brigands and cutthroats, in a dens and other perplexities of the pro- country without roads, or towns capable tracted Philippine war. The march of of defensive and offensive operations, and destiny is for this country, as it is for all in the midst of a community which it aggressing nations, a costly as well as an would seem impossible to bring and keep embarrassing one; and though we enjoy within the protecting arms of a nation the glory of figuring as one of the world's whose people are of two minds as to what, great Powers, there is much, nevertheless, in the final issue, to do with them, or what to qualify our ambitions and to keep mod- degree of civil rights and political status est the militant aims of the nation.

to grant them. It is satisfactory to note that the Mes- We have, we may say, gone all over sage has been well received abroad. This this before, and it is an ungracious task is practical proof that our relations with to have to use once again the old arguforeign governments are harmonious, and ments, and to set anew before the reader that on industrial and financial questions, the seamy side of aggression. and especially as to the maintenance of it is difficult to be optimistic in writing of the gold standard, which closely affects the situation, or to recognize the wisdom foreign markets, this country is pursuing of pledging the honor and the resources sound and assuring paths. We are now of the nation in pursuing the will-o'-theno inconsiderable factor in international wisp of extra-continental expansion. We politics, and it is gratifying to find abroad are of course thankful for what has been so many and sincere evidences of favor done, under great and manifold disadvanand good will evoked by Mr. McKinley's tages, by the combined arms of the naexhaustive and instructive Message.

tion. Whatever future we accord the

Philippines, no patriot heart will be unAffairs in the It would appear that we mindful of the strenuous effort which, Philippines

have not yet seen the end rightly or wrongly, has been put forth to of the insurrection in the Philippines. bring the Tagals into subjection and to For some time past we have been told pacify the country. For the measure of that our troubles in Luzon were about success our arms have attained we have, over, that the “rebellion” had collapsed, we trust, the gratitude of a citizen as well and that Aguinaldo was in full flight, as the admiration of a soldier.

We at some said to the northward, while others least know at what cost the successive again surmised that he was about to be hard-earned gains have been won. The

And yet

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The Partition

war authorities of few countries, there is The Kaiser's Emperor William, the great little doubt, could have got few troops to English Visit personality of the European have undergone such hardships and done continent, has been paying England a such fighting, throughout a long and har- visit and has been received with much assing campaign, and that so unflinch- magnificence at Portsmouth and with ingly and uncomplainingly, as the brave marks of high distinction by Queen Vicfellows under such dauntless leaders as toria at Windsor. The visit, which seems Lawton, McArthur, and Young. May to have been chiefly a family one, was speedy success soon now reward their brief, though it included a reception by gallantry and self-sacrifice and atone for the Prince of Wales at Sandringham, all they have endured and suffered ! besides a grand banquet at Windsor, the

accounts of which read like a chapter

out of the Arabian Nights"; for, An arrangement of a satis- the occasion, one hundred and fifty guests of Samoa

factory character has at sat down to a dinner served, we are told, length been come to between Great Brit- on gold plates worth ten million dollars ! ain and Germany, with the approval of From the scenes of this magnificence the the United States, whereby the sove- Prime Minister was regrettably absent, reignty of the Samoan Islands has been owing to the death of Lady Salisbury and vested in this country and in Germany. his own indisposition, which, we notice, By the agreement the United States is prevented him from being at the funeral confirmed in the possession of Tutuila, of his estimable and devoted wife. State with its fine harbor and coaling station of matters appear, however, to have been Pago Pago; while the other two import- talked over with Mr. Chamberlain, if we ant islands, Savaii and Upolu, with Apia, are to judge by that statesman's subsethe capital, fall to Germany. For the quent reference, in his impulsive speech abandonment of her claims Great Britain at Leicester, to an Anglo-Saxon Bond. receives from Germany two islands, Choi- The dynastic ties and racial and reliseul and Isabel, of the Solomon group; gious kinship of the two nations naturally and, by way of further indemnifica- draw England and Germany together; but tion, Germany also cedes to Britain her that there was anything like a Pan-Teuclaims to the Tonga and Savage Islands, tonic alliance talked of in the informal which lie adjacent to the Fiji group, conference, or aught beyond a provisional already a possession of Great Britain. understanding, possibly on colonial and Though the United States, in the agree- commercial matters, we do not believe. ment come to, has not shared very gener- A discussion on colonial matters with ously, it must be said that our political England's able colonial minister, presuminterests in the South Pacific are almost ably, however, could not fail to interest nil and our commerce small in Polynesia. Germany's versatile monarch, and doubtIn extending our trade to the British col- less be of service to Count von Bülow, the onies of Australia and New Zealand, Tu- Emperor's astute Minister of Foreign Aftuila is, however, a convenient port of fairs, who appears to have been present call, via Hawaii, from San Francisco; at the interview. Germany, it is obvious, while, whatever its value, it is of obvious is now bent on possessing colonies; and advantage to get rid of the irksome tri- the visit to England at this juncture, when partite protectorate, which was a constant the latter has need of all the moral support menace to harmonious international rela- in her war with the Boers of South Africa tions. Had a plébiscite been taken, what which she can enlist on her behalf, may ownership the Samoans themselves would not be without advantage to her, besides have preferred need hardly now be con- promoting very friendly relations with a sidered. What is of moment is that Ger- great Continental Power; while it may many is happy in her acquisition of the substantially further Germany's aims in islands she has long coveted, and that we extending her colonial possessions and in are her near neighbors. The agreement, increasing the area of German industry obviously, has been in the nature of a and commerce. Hence the warmth as compromise, and, like all compromises well as the éclat given to the reception, among reasonable nations and individuals, and the opportuneness of the visit, which, the result has to be pleasantly acqui- it is said, will ere long be returned by esced in.

England's queen.

Alliance

we

The Anglo Saxon The Kaiser's English visit, ent time and an especially acrid notice of to which

have just the scurrilous abuse by French journals referred, gave occasion to the British Col- of England's queen; but there is much, at onial Minister, in a significant speech the same time, that is true and frankly delivered at Leicester, England, on Novem- put and indicates the trend of popular ber 30 last, to hail with eager friendliness feeling the good feeling existing not only between A contributor in our present pages (p. the two great Teutonic nations in Europe, 418) meets well the objection to the notion but between the two great branches of an alliance, and shows how strong in of the Anglo-Saxon peoples — England each of the interested countries is the and the United States. Some sensitive- national idea, which would stoutly oppose ness has arisen in the public mind in the the rivetting of any bond that would imthree countries in which there now hap- pair the freedom of individual national pily exists a marked degree of interna- action. Commercial rivalry, not to speak tional good feeling, as to the nature of of former jealousies or the soreness that the compact or mutual understanding results from tariff discriminations, would which Mr. Chamberlain rather effusively be adverse to anything in the nature of a extolled and made the subject of real ex- formal diplomatic agreement.

On the ultation. Mr. Chamberlain's enthusiasm other hand - and it is this that Mr. Chamneed hardly worry any sane and well- berlain so exuberantly rejoiced in - welbalanced mind, since, manifestly, what he come should be every sign of increasing wished to express was his unfeigned satis- amity between great States that inake for faction with the cordial relations that now civilization and modern progress, and exist among the three great Teutonic pleasing to the statesman, as well as to nations that lead the world of our time- the people and the heads of these States, relations that are of so close and friendly every approach to a condition of hearty a character and so happy in their mutual coöperation and straightforward dealing understandings as to amount almost to among nations that are bound to exercise “a new triple alliance.” The term “alli- a great and beneficent influence on the ance,” it may be admitted, is, in a diplo- world. matic sense, subject to misconstruction, and therefore had perhaps better not have

A Threatened France seems once more been used; but all that the English Col

Upheaval in

on the eve of convulsion. onial Secretary meant by it, popularly

A few Sundays ago 250,000 speaking, was that natural drawing to- people paraded the streets of Paris, defigether of peoples, largely of the same antly flaunting what to the saner minority ethnic stock, who have many sympathies in the capital is deemed the obnoxious and and interests in common, and in their illegal red flag. Members of the Republinational and individual character can government were, it is said, to have governed by the same high principles of addressed the assembled workmen, and justice and right. Hence it was, as he among those present was M. Loubet, the stated, that they had in large degree aban- President of the Republic. On seeing the doned their former isolation and were now terrible symbol of revolution so ostentatending toward a fraternal union and un- tiously paraded by the crowd, the Presiderstanding which he deemed a guarantee dent, it appears, indignantly withdrew, of the peace of the world.

The speech though no effort was made by the police was in the main so admirable in tone and and civil guards, who were present in matter that it met with a large degree of force, to assert respect for the law by public approval, and properly so, since it ordering the hated banner to be furled or undoubtedly interprets the mind of the put away. Public authority for the time mass of the people in the several allied being seemed paralyzed, as no action was countries and depicts a situation which is taken or even any rebuke administered to largely true in fact as well as in senti- the lawless menace of the parading thoument. There may be an excess of enthu- sands. What this denotes, in a country siasm and an ove

ver-emphasis in expression subject to recurrent fits of frenzied pasin much of the speech, and in regard to sion, with brief lucid intervals marked by France perhaps an indiscreet and impo- grapeshot restraint if not by returning litic censure of the unfriendly attitude of reason, the student of French history at the people toward England at the pres- least will know. Ultimate victory for the

France

are

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