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nations. His duties probably included how bright and attractive it was possible to display as well as address, for his vice- make an evening party, even at so small a regal staff was a large one, and it was popu- capital as the little town of Kingston larly attractive, amongst other reasons, be
Sir Charles Bagot was succeeded by Lord cause the uniform worn by the military Metcalfe, the latest and the best example of officers was the regulation uniform of the Personal Government, for, unlike Lord Durstaff of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
ham, his administration was paternal withcut Canada appeared to receive what Canadians being despotic. His example was full of like, consideration and promotion. The instruction. We saw the highest duty cheerwomen of Canada are not unlike the women fully performed in the presence of excruciof Ireland, whom Lever describes, “ they ad- ating agony patiently endured. Suffering mire the infantry, love the cavalry, and doat and cheerfulness were inseparable comon the staff.” As a community we are by no panions, for the continual presence of means free from the influence of sentiment, disease, together with the near approach of and this influence is very commonly pro- death, seemed to make no impressio moted by a reasonable display of vice-regal resolve to do what he believed to be his glare and dazzle. It is, we think, a mistake duty to the last. to suppose that Canadians have any special
Lord Metcalfe's character as a politician liking for republican simplicity in their rulers. appeared to have two dissimilar sides. On the contrary, they prefer the externals of Judged by his writings English Radicals majesty in those who represent their Sove might claim him as their own, and so far as reign. If the English people have little his opinions related to public questions in taste for “Gig" bishops, the Canadians the United Kingdom the claim should be have less for what we suppose is the Ameri- | allowed. Nevertheless the Liberals of Cancan equivalent, viz., “ Buggy” governors. ada found him more Conservative than his
There was a singular charm in the man- Tory predecessor, Sir Charles Bagot. Their ner of Sir Charles Bagot. It arose partly cause was seriously thrust backwards by the from the social advantages to which he was interpretation which he put on the constituborn, but chiefly, as we venture to think, tional relationship of the Governor to his from the training he had acquired in the advisers and to Parliament. The old tangle school of diplomacy. He had the faculty of Sir Francis Head's day was revived and of finding out what one knew, and he had in an aggravated form. “ The duties of the the patience to put up with a communica- Crown could not be put into commission.” tion of such knowledge. The habit was a “Responsible Government could not mean graceful one, and probably arose from his the transfer of the rights of the Sovereign practice as a diplomatist: a class which we to a body of gentlemen who were not dihave been told is instructed to learn as much, rectly responsible to the Sovereign.” “The and tell as little, as possible.
power to appoint the Queen's servants in a Sir Charles Bagot's character was straight- British colony devolved on the Queen's reforward, and his administration won golden presentative.” “The patronage of the Crown opinions from all classes. Unfortunately was a matter of prerogative of which the his rule was of short duration, for he died Governor could not divest himself.” It was at Kingston after a residence in Canada of a trust which he held directly from the only fourteen months. His charms of manner Queen, and which he could not delegate to were shared by his family, for those who are others. Lord Metcalfe was quite willing to old enough to remember Lady Mary Bagot take the advice of his Ministers when he reand her daughters will not be apt to forget | quired it, but he was by no means bound to seek it when he did not want it. It was a General was used in a manner neither to be matter of option and not of duty, on the excused nor repeated, for the labours of those necessity of which he alone was the compe- who had sought to build up constitutional tent judge. Opinions such as these placed government in Canada appeared to be an impassable barrier between himself and thoroughly lost. The temporary result was his Ministers. Only one course was open a slight, and, as it turned out, a short lived to them, of which, with the exception of Mr. triumph for Personal Government, but his Secretary Daly, they took the earliest ad. Excellency's advisers had a trying time of it, vantage. They resigned their offices, and, as we have little doubt Mr. Chief Justice with their party, went into opposition. Draper could inform us if he would favour THE ROSES.
A dissolution of Parliament took place, the public with an extract of his recollecand the issue raised for the last time was tions. Personal Government against Responsible Lord Metcalfe was only able to open and Government. Lord Metcalfe's character to close the first session of the new Parliawas a tower of strength to those who support- ment. The concluding words of his last ed the former view. His integrity, his bene- speech were very touching, and, under the volence, and his charity, for he never "turned circumstances, equally pathetic. "May you his back on any poor man," or withheld his enjoy,” said his Lordship, “all the rights contribution from any good object, were in- and privileges of a free people, and experifinitely serviceable to him, and provoked a ence the prosperity, contentment and happidegree of support which could scarcely have ness which are naturally derived from been looked for. Besides, Responsible Gov- unfettered industry, prudent enterprize, ernment as it is now interpreted, had scarcely good fellowship and brotherly love. And been accepted by the Tory party. Many now, gentlemen, with the heartfelt wish that thought with “ Tiger” Dunlop, that it really you may be partakers in these blessings, I was “a trap set by knaves to catch fools.” will say farewell until we meet again.” Whatever it was it had resulted in their ex- That meeting, however, was not to take clusion from power, and in the substitution place. The hand of death was too visibly of men whose allies to
a great extent laid upon him. He was obliged to ask Her had sympathized with, if they had not Majesty's permission to resign his trust and supported, acts of rebellion against the return to his native land. He arrived in Queen's authority in Canada. The loyalty time to see once more the grand old oaks cry was raised with more than usual effect, of Berkshire and to lay down his brave life while the alleged disaffection of the Liberals in the place he had loved so well. was described in language of inexcusable Thus died the “ First and last Lord Metexaggeration. Anger and violence marked calfe," and thus ended what we have termed the elections. The name of the Governor PERSONAL GOVERNMENT in Canada.
(From the Swedish.)
ANTON V. ETZEL.
N the far distant North, where, during the dissimilar, bowed their glowing crimson
forget to sink to rest, there lived on a high quiet, loving embrace. The people had asmountain a very old man. His long beard cended the mountain in order to see the and snow-white hair were of wondrous beau- sun, at this season visible all night long. The ty, and his clear blue eyes were bright and old man had received many visitors. He radiant. He was well known and dearly stood at his cottage door and appeared glori
. loved by old and young, and as the oldest fied in the gorgeous sunlight. dwellers in that part of the country remem
A stranger approached him. bered having seen him in their childhood “Do you dwell up here, my father?" he exactly as he appeared now, all were firmly inquired, and presently they entered into an convinced that there was something marvel- animated conversation. lous about him.
But the children of the surrounding vil Round about his little cottage bloomed lages crowded round the old man, eagerly plants the like of which were to be seen no- watching their opportunity to engage his atwhere else in this region, and consequently tention. Presently he greeted the gay counhe was styled by many “the old kitchen try people most courteously, and prayed gardener.” He was frequently absent on them to be seated on the soft lichen. Then long journeys, and ever, on his return, all he looked round the little circle. the trees, shrubs and flowers in the surround- “How are your little blue flowers getting ing country would bloom with renewed on, Annie?” he gently asked a young girl.
a beauty and fragrance.
She blushed and looked down. “They “I should not be at all surprised,” said a have closed their pretty petals and their youth thoughtfully, “if he was a holy garden- leaves are withering,” she answered, turning er whom God has sent to discover where, in pale ; “but, just as I was leaving home a this world, those flowers bloom which are few were beginning to unfold their leaves hereafter to be transplanted into Paradise.” again.”
The old man, though apparently possess- “ Tell me the reason of this," said the old ed of nothing, was the benefactor of the man. “You know, my father,” pursued the whole country-side. He was the physician young girl, “that the wonderful flowers which of the sick, he played the violin for the dances you gave me, unlike other flowers, do not of the young folks on the village green, and close their petals at sundown, or even on the related pretty fairy tales and legends to the approach of rain, or cold and stormy weather, eager children.
but only at such times as the sun of love Thus approached the beautiful leafy mid- is overcast, or when one is in a bad husummer day. The sun stood like a golden mour.” shield on the outskirts of the forest. The
“Yes, indeed, I know that," said the old evening and morning, these two sisters so'man, smiling.
"Well, I was unkind towards my brother,” "Oh, yes !” exclaimed Eva, “and when continued the girl ingenuously; "we had these girls die and become angels, the little quarrelled, and confidence no longer reigned flower spirits follow them to paradise. Is between us. Then I became aware that a it not so?” sort of hoar-frost had fallen upon the leaves “Yes, indeed, it is so.
God sent you a of my little blue flowers. But this morning liitle sister a short time ago-look at her and I passionately reproached my mother with see if the spirits of your flowers have not having allowed the bouquet, which Eric wandered to her.” brought me yesterday during my absence Eva smiled. “Surely, she has clear blue from home, to wither by neglecting to put it eyes and a little rosy mouth,” she said, joyin water. My mother's feelings were greatly ously. hurt, and she looked very sad. I went to The old man arose. “Dear friends," he the window, and behold, I saw that all the said, and a peculiar smile hovered on his lips, blue flowers had closed their leaves. When “you all look so serene and happy now, I began to weep, however, and heartily to how will you all appear forty years hence ? repent my behaviour, they commenced slow- When that period of time shall have elapsed, ly to unfold again.”
I will visit you again and ask you whither “The root is fresh and healthy,” said the the roses of your cheeks have fled. I am old man, “but pay attention to the tender, well aware that to a certain extent the adsensitive leaves; they do not speak a great vancing years must rob the cheeks of their deal."
lovely tints, but yet a very great deal deThe old man now observed that little Eva pends upon yourselves. In some way you looked dejected, and that her eyes were red must strive to protect your roses against with weeping “What grieves you, my Time and his encroaching power." child?” he inquired tenderly.
Although not fully comprehending his acswered the little one, and began to sob tual meaning, they stretched forth their hands afresh, “I had a little hedge outside the win- and bade him, as well as the stranger, a kind dow, on which the red, white and blue con- and hearty farewell. volvuli blossomed most beautifully! Now they are all dead! Lisa poured a bucket of hot water over them. I would not weep so Many, many years passed away, and it was bitterly for them now if they would only go once again the evening of a midsummer to God, but I asked the pastor and he says day.
In a beautiful little house in the country And Eva burst out weeping again. sat a happy woman. Tis true time had al
“ Listen to me, little one,” said the old ready sown some silvery threads among the man, lifting her on his knees, “the flowers masses of her wavy hair, and robbed her delhave their own heaven, and do you know icate cheek of some of its rosy tints. Her where it is ?"
eyes, too, no longer sparkled with the fire of "No,"answered Eva, and looked up wist- youth, but they shone with a look of peace fully.
and calm content. By the dimple in her "Well, then, listen,” continued the old cheek, called forth by her serene and cheerful man ; "the spirits of the pretty blue forget- smile, the little Eva of former times is recogme-nots go into the clear eyes of good girls ; nized. those of the beautiful, white virgin lilies There was a knock at the door, and the old dwell upon their pure brows, and the spirits man from the mountain entered.
He was of the crimson roses glow upon their cheeks.” | all unchanged, he had the same awe-inspir