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“ Fred! what did you put that in because my other one was shot off, you for? How dare you meddle with my know." pen, sir? I am writing a confidential “Oh, you poor, dear old darling! letter to my friend, Mr. Putnam; and No, I didn't mean that exactly! But I if you don't behave, I'll tell him all remember what an absol ely ideal life about you."
Daisy and I had settled down to, and “Cross old Uncle Fred” has proved I never meant to have any man tempt a wonderfully kind friend to little Daisy me out of it. And so I can't quite exand her aunty. He used to bring us plain how your great, interloping bodily constant news of Julian, of whom we presence managed to intrude itself!" were all so fond, you know ! constant Why, we fell in love, Madge. 'Twas messages from his mother; he brought all very simple." the newly-arrived father, on his way “ No, we didn't. At least, I didn't ! through the city to rejoin his family--& I've often been in love, but never with man kind and sweet, haggard with you!” illness and anxiety, and overpowering “ Indeed! Well, then, I fell in love in his gratitude to me, who deserved it with you, at all events--at first sight, so little. He brought flowers; he I may truly say !” brought books; he brought a wonder “How can you tell such a fib?" ful doll to Daisy; and finally he "Yes, my own dear love; I most brought himself, with his brave life, solemnly protest that the adoration warm heart, and manly love, and laid which is now part of my being, and all before me, “ to take or to leave," as which I shall carry with me to the he said. And somehow, though I didn't grave, sprang into full and vigorous life much want to take him, he was rather from the moment when you confessed too good to leave; and so, and som “ What did I confess, most puissant
“ Fred, how did it happen, after all ? Captain ? " I am trying to explain; but I have “Most saucy and disrespectful of never yet understood it thoroughly my wives, when you blushingly, almost self!"
tearfully, yet with winning frankness “ You mean, how did it happen that and sweetness-confessed -that-you I wanted you for my right hand? Why, had spanked Julian ! "
THE mountain owns its oread, and the stream
Its naiad ; lo, the dryad of the pine !
How stern and lofty i sorrow how divine
The poised soul up; and great hearts do not bow
To tempests, but with calm, uplifted brow
“Paris is France.” Hardly in any trie, about one third less. He has heard other respect is the truth of this trite that there has been a great debate in the saying so evident as when applied to Senate last night, and eagerly looks for the French newspaper press. Omit the a full report in the papers. He will not Parisian journals from the list of the find a word about it. A cause célèbre latter, and France would certainly stand has been tried at the Palais de Justice only one degree above Russia, as far as yesterday. Surely, the morning papers the number, the character, and the in- will say something about it. But no : fluence of its political journals are our American resident at Paris may exconcerned. There are plenty of large, amine all the journals, from the Moniteur wealthy, and enterprising “provincial" to the Siècle : they contain no report. cities in France; no less than seven of The local items are generally two days them contain upward of one hundred old, and the papers frequently borrow thousand inhabitants; but there is not them from each other. You find every a single one among them which can day in the column headed “ Faits diboast of a first-class newspaper, nor ters," local news, introduced in the foleven of one that might compete with lowing manner : “Last night's Patrie the leading journals of the capital. So says: “There was a large conflagration great is the influence of the latter, that at the Champs Elysées yesterday,' etc." their circulation at Lyons, Marseilles, Only on rare occasions are there excepBordeaux, Nantes, Lille, Rouen, and tions to this rule; for instance, when Havre, is larger than that of the local the Emperor opens the Chambers, and papers published in these cities. has a special interest in the early publi
And, notwithstanding this extraordi- cation of his speech all over the counnary preponderance of the metropolitan try, and when in consequence thereof press, it is an indisputable fact that there advance copies of the speech are furis not a journal among them that might nished to the attachés of the papers. be called a first-class new8-paper, An And on such occasions the local editor American, who has been accustomed to seldom fails to give an account of the read the teeming columns of the great astonishing enterprise he displayed in papers of our own large cities, is amazed, bribing his hackman by an extra fivewhen coming to Paris, and perusing the franc piece to drive him as fast as posmorning and evening journals, at the sible from the Imprimerie Impériale, beggarly banquet of news which they where he received a copy of the speech, serve up to their readers. His feelings to the office of his own paper. Few, if are those of an epicure, who has all his any, Parisian dailies employ many relifetime feasted in the most sumptuous porters, and they have generally but one manner, and is suddenly confined to a local editor. The opposition journals diet little better than bread and water publish rarely, if ever, any correspondIf he has hitherto, in his Times or Trib ence from the interior of France. Short une, found every morning whole pages extracts from the provincial papers are of telegraphic correspondence from all generally deemed sufficient, and when parts of the world, he finds now, on they receive letters from special correopening in the morning his Journal des spondents in the country, they hardly Débats, or his Constitutionnel, just about ever publish them in full, but give only half a column of despatches, and in the extracts or brief resumés. evening, on receiving his Temps or Pa It seems almost incomprehensible to
the foreigner that the vivacious and It may be asked, Why do the Paris spirited population of the capital which papers not have special despatches sent boasts of being the “heart of Europe” to them in cipher ? This has often been and the great centre of civilization, tried, and is being done now; but the should tolerate in its leading news difficulty is that the Government, which, papers a lack of enterprise that would from its diplomatic agents abroad, renot be submitted to by the subscribers ceives daily telegraphic reports, supof journals published in small cities in presses, when important news is looked the United States. And yet, if the for, all cipher despatches, or, at least, difficulties under which the managers delays their delivery, sometimes for and editors of French newspapers are twenty-four hours, and even longer. In laboring are fully known, it must be consequence of this, when a great battle admitted that they are doing quite has been fought, or any other event of creditably under the circumstances. importance has occurred, the Moniteur The Imperial Government is waging an alone is always anxiously looked for. incessant war, not only directly against The most enterprising Paris papers the liberal journals, but indirectly try to make up for the meagre characagainst journalism in general, as will be ter of their telegraphic reports by copyseen from the following statements in ing liberal extracts from the foreign regard to the difficulties with which papers as soon as they are received by newspaper men have constantly to mail; and nearly every office employs struggle in their efforts to obtain import- four or six translators for this purpose. ant news at the earliest possible moment. Unfortunately, the Government inter
Countless endeavors have been made feres here again in the most unpleasant by them for the last fifteen years to manner, by frequently refusing to deobtain more extended and satisfactory liver copies of foreign papers containing telegraphic news, but hitherto all have articles that are objectionable to it. failed, because the Government claims Three or four employés at the postthe right to suppress such political tele- office, in Paris, devote their exclusive grams as it deems unfit for publication, attention to reading the leaders of forand exercises this privilege with the eign newspapers on their arrival, and utmost rigor, Several private associa- their veto suffices to prevent the delivtions, formed for the purpose of fur ery of the paper to its subscribers. To nishing the French press with tele- what lengths this is carried is shown by graphic correspondence; had to succumb the fact that the Kölnische Zeitung (Coto the hostility of the Government, and logne Gazette), one of the most enterthe Agence Havas-Bullier, from which prising German papers, and which has now all the papers receive their de- larger circulation in France than any spatches, is a semi-official institution, other German paper, is often withheld and managed directly in the interest of twenty times in a single month from its the Government. It has its agents in subscribers in Paris. Most of the newsthe principal cities of Europe, and fur- papers have, therefore, instructed their nishes to its subscribers not only tele- correspondents to send important exgraphic despatches, but semi-weekly tracts from the German, Italian, English, letters. The independent and liberal and Russian papers, in their letters. papers, however, attach but little value The path of the local editor and reto these letters, on account of their de- porter is no less thorny and narrow cided partisan character, and grave than that of the news-editor. The Gov. charges bave repeatedly been preferred ernment lays, of its own accord, before against the fairness of the despatches, the public such news about its domeswhich, apart from being garbled to suit tic affairs as it wishes to become generthe Government, were asserted to be ally known; and not only does it excolored in the direct interest of certain tend no facilities to reporters who wish wealthy stock-jobbers.
to obtain additional information about
the state of home affairs, but it regards of the Chambers; they must wait until and resents all such attempts as de the official report appears in the Monicidedly impertinent and suspicious. teur. They are allowed to reprint this M. Magne, the present Minister of as it is, but not to alter it. Finance, would certainly consider the The Gazette des Tribunaux and the newspaper reporter, calling upon him Droit have a monopoly of the law refor a statement of the public deht, as a ports, and the officers of the courts recandidate fit for Charenton, and simi fuse to extend facilities to the reporters lar inquiries at the other departments of the daily papers, which are consewould be met in the same spirit. Be- quently compelled to copy the reports sides, an old press-law, rigidly enforced of important trials from the abovesince 1852, imposes a heavy penalty on named journals. papers which publish false news, even Thus prevented in every way from if their editors had the best of reasons making their journals good neros-papers, for believing it to be true. Provincial the managers of the Parisian dailies papers are frequently prosecuted under seek to indemnify their readers by the this law for copying paragraphs from extreme care and distinguished ability Parisian journals, and vice versa; and with which the editorial and literary the courts always deem it their bounden matter and the foreign letters are preduty to mete out the heaviest punish- pared for their columns. None but firstment to the offending newspaper. class writers are employed in these de
The French, moreover, are sensitive, partments; and it is a noteworthy fact to a truly ludicrous degree, to the allu- that the proud honor of a seat in the sions made by editors to their private French Academy has of late been reaffairs, however harmless these allusions peatedly conferred upon prominent may be; and they are constantly ready writers of editorials for the daily papers to resent any thing of the kind by ap of Paris. Prévost-Paradol, a young plying for redress to the courts, where man of thirty-five, owes his election to they are, of course, received with open the Academy to his splendid articles, in arms, and where the Avocat Impérial the Débats and the Courrier du Diconducts their case free of charge. The manche, .which were afterward pubcourts are overwhelmed with such suits, lished in book-form. The same honor some of which are based on grievances was, a year ago, conferred on M. Cuviof the most ridiculous description. M. ller-Fleury, another member of the staff Feydeau was sued, a few years ago, by of the Débats. The various papers vie a physician, who alleged that his prac- with each other in engaging the services tice had been severely injured because of eminent men for their editorial colFeydeau had introduced a very wicked umns, and as the law requires all articles doctor of the same name in the story he to be signed by their authors, the Parispublished in the feuilleton of one of the ian dailies bear an individual character daily papers. Ponson du Terrail, the that is in striking contrast with that of famous romancist, was, two years ago, their cotemporaries in London, where sentenced to a heavy fine and imprison- the name of the newspaper entirely overment because he had applied the name shadows those of the writers employed of his landlord, Graspillard, with whom on it. In London, people speak only of he had quarrelled, to a very bad man what the Times, the Neus, the - Telegraph in the novel which he published in the says. In Paris, the name of the editor Petit Journal. The Journal des Débats overshadows that of his paper. People was recently sued by the descendants do not speak of what the Liberté says, of Madame Tallien for some remarks it but of what Girardin says in the Liberhad made about the so-called Notre té; not of the Constitutionnel, but of Dame du Thermidor.
Limayrac's articles in the ConstitutionThe papers are strictly forbidden to nel. The English do not inquire who publish private reports of the debates edits the Times or the other London
papers. The French would not take a Each of the semi-official papers has, paper without knowing the name of the besides, its “knowing” man. Wheneditor, and without being satisfied that ever the Government wishes to comhe is a man of ability.
municate important news to the public The same care is taken in regard to without resorting to the grave columns the men who are employed as foreign of the Moniteur, it causes the “knowcorrespondents. Such distinguished ing" man of one of the semi-official savans and historians as Louis Blanc, papers to insert a communication, comHenri Monnier, Edgar Quinet, etc., are mencing, generally, with the words, regular correspondents of the Paris “ We believe to know," etc. The pubdailies, and, the telegraphic news being lic knows then that this communication so meagre and unsatisfactory, their let comes directly from one of the ministers, remarkable alike for their solid ters. and polished style, are eagerly perused. The greatest feature of the Paris
Every daily paper in Paris has its dailies is the Feuilleton, and it may gérant, to whom the general manage- be justly said that they stand unrivalled ment is intrusted ; an editor who writes in this respect. If the political leaders every day an article called “ Premier are written by men of ability, the editParis ; " and editors who attend to the ors of the feuilleton are selected among leading columns. The“ Premier Paris" the foremost literary celebrities of the is a brief abstract of the most important country. Jules Janin, Saint-Beuve, Paul news, with short editorial comments.. de St. Victor, Louis Ulbach, Edmond No leading article, especially in the op- About, Sylvestre de Sacy, Laboulaye, position papers, is inserted before being Arsène Houssaye, are the most eminent carefully examined by the gérant and representatives of this class of writers, the proprietors of the paper, and the and their “ Monday articles "—the critmost eminent editors must frequently ical articles on theatrical and literary consent to re-write their articles three matters, are usually published in the or four times. Prévost-Paradol would Monday numbers of the papers—are not submit to this, and left the Débats fully equal to the best essays in the reafter a violent quarrel with Bertin; but views. Liberal salaries are paid to the interests of the paper obliged the these feuilletonistes, Saint-Beuve and Japroprietors to take him back after a nin receiving over $5,000 a-year for one short time.
article a-week in the Constitutionnel and The editors of the semi-official papers Débats; and the publishers would conhave to suffer inconveniences of a hardly sider it a great misfortune to lose their .ess disagreeable character in the dis- services. charge of their duties. Prior to receiv There is but one official political oring an editorial appointment, the Minis- gan in Paris : it is the Moniteur. Govter of the Interior, the special Cerberus ernments rise and fall in France; the of the French press, requires them to Moniteur never falls with them, but alsign a paper, in which they resign their ways remains in undisturbed possession position before entering upon it. This of the field. Its career has been a resignation is made use of as soon as checkered one, and there can certainly the Government wants to get rid of the be no more interesting newspaper coleditor. The articles which these semi lection than a complete file of the Moniofficial editors write, have, of course, to teur, from its origin to the present day. defend the policy of the Government, A strange feature about the employés and, moreover, to do so with ability, of this renowned paper is that they are which, considering the vacillations and mostly old men; a great many of its inconsistencies of the imperial policy, is compositors are venerable representaa matter of extreme difficulty. But few tives of the craft: and some of them of this last class of editors have been able have set type under the Restoration. to hold their positions for a long time. Its editorials are written in the various