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-"you have taken me entirely by honourable in which a gentleman surprise. Now, don't be angry--but can engage. It certainly is not so I will fairly admit to you, for honesty lucrative as the occupations of trade is the best policy-” (ah, Mr Beaton, or commerce, but these, and even had you firmly believed that it was greater things than these—the liso !)" that when you entered this berty, the power, and the glory of room, I regarded you, being utterly the British nation-are guaranteed, ignorant of your antecedents, as a protected, and maintained, by the young man struggling with difficul- army and the navy. God knows, the ties, to whom I might offer assist- service is ill requited by a country
I am very glad, indeed, to which boasts of its enormous wealth be assured that no such offer is - but this I will say, that if I had necessary.
been the rawest lad from the High“The kindness of your intention, lands, of gentle blood, who was an Mr Beaton, remains the same. applicant for a pair of colours, I have never made pretence to fortune, would deserve fully more considerwhich indeed would have been a ation, and be entitled to more courtegross falsehood on my part ; and I ous treatment, than the youth whose have had difficulties to contend with, ideas of promotion commence with though these have in a great measure a stool and a desk in a countingdisappeared. It was from no osten- house. tation that I named those who have “Surely you are unnecessarily honoured me with their friendship warm, my friend,” said Mr Beaton. and countenance, but solely for the “I had no intention of offending purpose of making you aware that, you; and, indeed, I do not exactly in one respect at least, the distance see why you should have put in such between us is not so great as you pos- a strong plea for the military professibly may have been led to imagine.' sion. I am not one of the Manchester
“I rejoice to hear it,” replied Mr men who believe that the millennium Beaton. “ It is an agreeable sur- will follow on free trade and the unprise to find that, instead of a young limited importation of cotton. Perman of imperfect education and un- sons who hold such views are either formed manners, I have to treat with knaves or idiots; and the experience a kinsman who possesses the rare of a few years will show to which faculty of making his talents known category they belong. But don't let to and appreciated by men whose us get into discussion upon abstract mere recognition is applause. For, points, when we have real business to be quite frank with you, I was before us; for, Mr Sinclair, you and under some apprehension, before this I have an important settlement to interview, that my newly-discovered nake." cousin might be one of those raw spe- "Pray, then, proceed, Mr Beaton." cimens of humanity imported from Here, then, are the executory the north, for whom an ensign's com- accounts, examined and taxed, by mission in a marching regiment is which it appears that I am indebted the highest attainable prize.” to you in the sum of £12,000 odds,
There was something in this speech being your share of the estate of that jarred disagreeably on my our deceased Mexican cousin. Your nerves. Possibly it was not meant title has been examined by Messrs to be sarcastic, but it sounded very Poins and Peto, and is fully substanlike a sneer; and, remembering that tiated. I only regret that your attenmy poor father, who died fighting tion was not earlier drawn to the for his country, was a Scottish cadet advertisement.” and soldier such as Beaton had con- "I have not the slightest doubt," temptuously described, I felt some- said I, "that the calculation is quite what exasperated.
correct; and I am ready now, with“Mr Beaton,” I said, “I am not a out giving any further trouble to you candidate for military honours, but I or your solicitors, to give an entire must nevertheless say that I hold the acquittance.” profession of arms in the highest re- * Would it not be more satisfactory spect, and consider it to be the most to submit the papers to your legal
adviser? I am a strong advocate for submitted to Sir William Follett, method in all matters of business." shall be placed in your hands.”
“Your well-known character for “That is quite unnecessary, Mr precision and accuracy, Mr Beaton, Beaton. I am thoroughly convinced renders any further examination that in everything that has been superfluous.
done you have acted as a man of Well, then, since you are content honour.” to rest satisfied with my statement, “I am gratified by that assurance," you have simply to execute the deed replied Mr Beaton. “Honour, Sinof discharge, which I have directed clair, is a jewel of the highest value. Mr Poins to prepare. But-pardon It is even worth more than credit; me for asking the question-have and, believe me, it is prized by the you made up your mind as to the merchant as dearly as by the noble.” disposal of this considerable sum of Sentiments of this sort are very money?
It does not amount to beautiful to listen to, and are often what we city men, who have rather received by simple-souled people as enlarged notions about capital, con- equivalents for performance ; just as sider to be a fortune; but it is suffi- promissory notes are taken in lieu of cient, if judiciously laid out, to beget cash payments. But it so happened one, especially at a time like this, that, a day or two previously, I had when money is circulating with al- been reading the School for Scandal, most miraculous rapidity. I should and the apothegms of Mr Joseph like to do something for you; the Surface were still fresh in my recolmore especially as money is precisely lection. Moreover, in my capacity of the commodity which is most scarce journalist, I had occasion to observe, with me just now, and were I to real- from several rather curious discloise at present in order to meet your sures which had come under my noclaim, the immediate sacrifice would tice, that the laws of honour were not be little compared with the prospec- always held in strict observance by tive loss."
members of the mercantile order, but ‘Dravolo!' thought I to myself, that, on the contrary, a vast deal of 'I must be cautious how I deal with villanous fraud and hypocritical imthis old gentleman. Sorcerers work posture was practised under cover of by fumigation; and already methinks the convenient cloak of respectability. I can discern palpable odour of So that Mr Beaton's asseveration as shares !'-"I understood, Mr Bea- to the high principle of his class had ton,” said I, “that the sum in ques- the effect rather of putting me on my tion was of the nature of a trust- guard than of disarming my suspifund.”
cions, “No doubt it is, Mr Sinclair ; and “Now,” continued Mr Beaton, “I had I been aware of your existence, am quite aware that you must think not one penny of it should have been it a strange thing that a man of my invested otherwise than in Govern- reputed means and perhaps, in this ment securities. But please remem- instance, the public voice does not ber that, failing your father's family, much exaggerate-cannot easily, at I, as executor, was entitled to the any moment, command large sums whole estate of our Mexican relative; of money. That certainly would be and when, after minute investigation strange, if it were so; but I wish you and repeated public advertisements, to understand that, although I can we could trace no representative of always command the money, I canyour father, I was legally entitled to not always do so easily. That will assume that no such heir was in ex- happen occasionally to the greatest istence. Indeed, I was so particular financiers of Europe. I remember on that point, that I scrupulously one casion when Baron R-abstained from drawing the money had the utmost possible difficulty until I received an opinion from emi- in whipping up à paltry sum of nent counsel to the effect that, under £90,000. He had just transacted a the circumstances, I was perfectly loan of millions to the Austrian Emjustified in doing so. If you desire pire, and wanted that little advance it, that opinion, along with the case for some domestic purchase-pictures or furniture, I know not what it was. to exert, of making you a wealthy Would you believe it? There was a
man!” tightness then in the money market, I had entered the room sheathed, and the Bank insisted on exorbitant as I believed, in the full panoply of terms, to which R— must have resistance, but I now felt as if the yielded if I and another, who hap- buckles were giving way. Armida pened then to have reserves, had not had no great difficulty in disencumprevented the scandal. Well, in like bering Rinaldo of his cuirass ; and, manner, all my moneyis now engaged although old Beaton was not exactly -invested in such a way as must an Armida, I could not forget that bring a return of nearly fifty per cent, he was at least the father of my if time is allowed for the operation. enchantress. I hesitated. Your money is also so embarked-as Mr Beaton saw his advantage, and I have explained to you, through no pursued it. fault of mine. I now make you the " Come now, Sinclair," said he, offer-and it is one upon which you “you see how the land lies. I have will do well to pause and reflect- explained to you what your interest that, instead of giving you a cheque is—I now appeal to your generosity. for the sum to which you are un- The payment of this money at prequestionably entitled, I shall transfer sent would hamper me very seriously. to you the railway shares which have Let it stand over for a little. You been purchased by your owu money, will be no loser by agrecing to this and which are now worth far more on the contrary, I can insure you a than the sum they originally repre- large addition to your capital-and, sented, provided that you leave the moreover, you will lay me under a disposal of them in my hands for six great obligation.”. months from the present date.” Short-sighted Shearaway! Where
“Mr Beaton,” said I, now that fore didst thou forbid my presence we have advanced so far, frankness when thou wert negotiating with the is an absolute necessity. You pro- agent, and yet leave me to grapple pose to become my trustee. I am single-handed with the far more danvery much obliged; but I would gerous principal ? Like one of the rather that we should remain inde- Roman mob under the spell of the pendent of each other. Without rhetoric of Mark Antony, I was raquestioning the sufficiency of the pidly changing my mind. Here was securities which you indicate, or an opportunity of making a favourdiscussing the probability of the ad- able impression upon Mr Beaton, and vantages which might accrue from—what was more-of gaining access such an arrangement, I must tell to the bower which, otherwise, I you at once that I have hitherto ab. never might enter! stained, for weighty reasons, from all I was about to yield, when, by connection with railway enterprise, one of those habitual tricks, to which and that nothing shall tempt me people labouring under the influence now to swerve from that deliberate of agitation often unconsciously reresolution.”
sort, I put my hand into the pocket “Oho!" said Mr Beaton ;“so you of my waistcoat, and found there a are one of the prudent people who small scrap of paper which I had would rather have their money lying picked up from my desk in the mornbarren in a bag, than secure a hand- ing, and stowed away without persome return by using it to stimulate using its contents. I now opened labour! Why, even a South Sea it, not from any feeling of curiosity islander has sounder and shrewder as to its purport, but simply from
, notions. Be advised, Sinclair ! Do mechanical impulse, and there I not throw away a chance which may saw, written in pencil, the following never again present itself to your words :reach. Fortune, you know, is a female “MR NORMAN, HAUD THE GRIP !-D. 0.” goddess, and, true to the instincts of the sex, will avenge herself if slighted Had my good genius sent me a —and do not deprive me of the power, telegraphic message, it could not which I am most willing and anxious have had a stronger effect than this
laconic note, the significance of which Your unworthy taunt I scorn and I thoroughly understood.
despise. Were I a braggart, I would “Mr Beaton,” I said, "I do not tell you that the sanctity of your own consider it advisable that this inter- roof alone protects you from my view should be prolonged. I have anger. But you are safe anywhere listened to you with profound atten- from me. The violence of age calls tion; but nothing that you have said rather for pity than resentment; and has in the least moved me to alter I, at least, shall not forget our commy resolution as to hazarding any mon blood, though in your veins it portion of my capital in railway would seem to be mingled with that speculation. But I should be ex- of a churl. I go, sir, without one tremely sorry to put you to any bitter feeling save regret that a kinsinconvenience by pressing my pecu- man should have demeaned himself niary claim. There is, however, a so unworthily!" mode of settlement with which, as a The expression of Beaton's counmercantile man, you must be familiar, tenance was absolutely fiendish. I and which will obviate all difficulty. knew him by report to be a man of Give me your acceptance for the uncontrollable will
, but I never could amount at any date you please, and have imagined that passion would so I shall be perfectly satisfied.” utterly overpower his reason.
Sudden as the explosion of a mine “No kinsman of mine!” he cried. burst forth the wrath of Beaton. "I disown you, sir-I revoke the
“No!" cried he, with a deep oath, name. Hence-begone! And harkge “I will submit to no such degrada- tell this where you go, and protion! Has it come to this that claim it on 'Change if you will — Richard Beaton, who can command that Richard Beaton, the merchant, millions by a stroke of his pen, is to the member of Parliament, humbled be bearded and insulted in his own himself so far as to crave that you house by a runagate boy, who, for would grant him time to make a anything I know to the contrary, paltry money payment, and that you may just have emerged from the --ha, ha!--refused him! Tell that kennel ? Leave my house, sir, and tell that to all the world if you never hope to enter it again. As for will, sir! It is a rare boast for a your paltry debt, go down to Mr beggarly Scot, and for once you will Poins as speedily as you choose. be speaking the truth!” He shall have orders to settle it this Silence, old man!” said I. “If afternoon — ay, mark me, sir, this you have no respect for others, at very day! and so I shall be rid for least respect yourself. The beggarly ever of an ungrateful whelp, who Scot is more of a gentleman than I believe from the bottom of my you are, and even richer, since he can soul to be a braggart and an im- afford to give you his pity. Farepostor!”
well, sir! May God restore to you “Sir,” said I, “I am at loss to your reason, and forgive you for your understand how, as a gentleman, you gross injustice!" can justify to yourself the use of So terminated my interview with such outrageous language and abuse. the father of Mary Beaton.
THE COURTESIES OF WAR.
In making use of the trite phrase les Gardes Françaises." The others of “the horrors of war,” none except replied, “The French Guard nerer soldiers are fully aware of what is fire first;” upon which their oppocomprised in that category; nor is it nents, having given them the option, the object of the writer of this article put an end to the chivalrous contest to dwell upon this part of the ques- hy opening their fire and annihilattion; but, on the contrary, to show ing their adversaries. by a few anecdotes how these horrors There is certainly somewhat of the may be, in some degree, alleviated by extreme and absurd in this story; practices of courtesy among the bel- but, at the same time, many true ligerents, which are adopted by the anecdotes may be told of the courarmies of civilised nations during teous behaviour of the soldiers of continuous campaigns, partly from civilised nations towards one aninnate chivalrous feelings, and partly other in more recent days, and espefor their mutual advantage.
cially during the protracted camThe true principle, which is one paigns in the Peninsula. worthy of the fullest recognition on The French Emperor in 1807, takall sides, is to do as little harm to ing advantage of the imbecility of the one another as possible, consistent Courts and Governments of Spain with the real object of the contending and Portugal, took abrupt possession armies.
of those countries, and, by military In a battle, each party must knock exactions and overbearing conduct, over as many of the enemy as pos- drove the nations to a general and sible, individuals as well as masses, formidable outbreak against him. in order to subdue or drive him from The British Government sent out the field; but even then, if the man expeditionary forces to support this is disabled, the object is gained as resistance, which ended in a continued well as if he were killed, and there warfare in those countries until the fore no liberal-minded soldier would peace in 1814. During that period, wish to do more. In the ordinary the ordinary circumstances of war course of the campaign, however, of were frequently relieved by acts of what advantage is it to kill, wound, respect and courtesy, between the or make prisoner, an unfortunate in- French and British troops, which dividual or two, who may happen to came to the knowledge of the writer, be in your power? With armies of who was present throughout the very many thousand men, what real whole of those campaigns. injury is done by the loss of a few The first landing was by the small men in that desultory manner ? Be- force under the Duke of Wellington sides, the same system will be acted (then Sir Arthur Wellesley), in Monupon by both sides, so that its ad- dego Bay, which led to the battle of vantages, if any exist, will be coun- Vimiera, and Convention of Cintra. terbalanced by the reprisals of the By that convention, the French garopposite party
rison of Almeida was to be embarked Therefore, we would say, apply all at Oporto and conveyed to France. such courtesies as can reasonably be It was accompanied during the march used to the enemy; respect one an- by a small body of British troops. other; let your proceedings be" On arrival near the populous city of sharp, but as polished as your sword.” Oporto, the exasperated citizens made
There is an extraordinary story, threatening dispositions for an attack impossible as told, but probably on the French. The commanding based on some foundation, of the officer appealed to the captain comconduct of the French and English manding the British detachment, corps of Royal Guards, accidentally who at once declared that against opposed to each other at the battle such a breach of faith they would be of Fontenoy—that the British po- marshalled together as one force, and litely called out, “Tirez, Messieurs that he would stand by the French