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bales of Louisiana-those scenes are no less visible to the memory of the republic, than to the eye of the stranger are those paintings, which, in such noble proportions, decorated the halls of Congress.'
We think it unnecessary to say more of this "gifted champion." He has found the flummery and the bounce of his own country acceptable and intelligible to the ears of the land of his adoption, and thus far, at all events, it has answered his purpose capitally. He must have studied the first principles of medicine, and have ascertained the modus operandi of this recipe:
Of a Declaration of Independence . 3 xvi.
(With cigars and a drink to match)
which is a draught that most of Mr. Meagher's followers readily swallow.
The subjoined few words on the first of these ingredients were the last we heard the patriot deliver:
"The cause of freedom was everywhere the same -in every clime elicited the like sentiment and passion. The fruition of it by all nations would
eventuate in an unanimity of peace and good-will, and a serene glory to the aggregate of humanity."
These words must be very fine, judging by the sound of them-but what the gentleman meant by the fruition of freedom eventuating in a "serene glory to the aggregate of humanity," we did not understand then, and are just as far from comprehending at this present writing.*
We would not be thought to direct these remarks against thousands upon thousands of the rightthinking people of America, who participate with ourselves in the good feeling happily existing between the two countries; we but allude to those folks rabid in their own nature, and rendered more so by imported associations. At the same time, we were sincerely grieved to witness the fact of several eminent men in the enlightened and tranquil city of Boston, heralding in an individual, then under the ban of English law, with the greatest enthu
* Meagher's rhodomontade attained, however, its meridian when he styled Lord Edward Fitzgerald, Wolfe Tone, and Robert Emmett, the Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, of freedom-a somewhat unlucky reference, considering that neither of this party, who aspired to be "set over the affairs of the province of Babylon," came unscathed out of "the burning fiery furnace,” as the suicide of one, the exile of another, and the execution of the third, unluckily testify.
siasm, and joining in the plaudits his malediction of England elicited. We do not think it matters much, however conspicuous any ordinary individual may make himself in such matters; but public functionaries, whatever may be their feelings, surely ought to be, at least in appearance, neutral.
We feel that we have no apologies whatever to offer to Mr. Meagher for this honest delivery of our sentiments. We have expressed ourselves in the handsomest terms of his private character; but when he places himself in the ranks of sedition, becomes an associate with those whose aim is to subvert the government of our country, and who speaks of that country in the most audacious terms of detraction, we are fully justified in "discussing" him in this, his public capacity. Mr. Meagher had evidently taken a one-sided view of the adage, "Aut Cæsar aut nihil," inasmuch as finding he never could become the first, he disdained the thought of subsiding into the other; and therefore leaped from the respectability of a patriot into the criminality of a traitor! It is such dangerous spirits as this person has proved himself to be, who have reduced the fair island in which they were born to the condition he has described it to have been in, who woefully pervert the high talents with
which Nature has endowed them, and attribute to the misgovernment of others that which has altogether been brought about by their own misdirection. Truly, and beautifully withal, has Erin's chosen bard, Thomas Moore, thus sung of his native land:
"Oh, let grief come first,
O'er pride itself victorious,
Thinking that man hath curst
What Heaven hath made so glorious!"
ORIGIN OF THE AMERICAN STAGE-PROS AND CONS-THE LEGISLATURE AND THE PEOPLE HAVE A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION -THE EARLIEST AND THE LATEST STARS"- -G. F. COOKE
-JOHN WILSON CROKER-MR. AND MRS. BARTLEY IN A MESS -REWARD OFFERED FOR MR. KEANA DEROGATORY LET
JOHN BULL," AND
TER-BOOTH AND HIS NOSE-CONWAY,
COUNTRY AND ITS
EMPTY PIT-FANNY KEMBLE AND HER CORRESPONDENCE-
THEWS, AND HIS FRENCH AND ENGLISH CORRESPONDENCETHE PRESS AND ITS PRIVILEGES -HENRY
BRAHAM AND HIS TOUR-EFFECT OF FOREIGN UPON NATIVE
TALENT-LIST OF THOSE WHO HAVE PRODUCED THAT EFFECT -FASHION OPPOSED TO JUDGMENT.