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that, as a general rule, the incumbents political honors; yet not more than have gone into office on the same three or four of these are likely ever to principle, with a fair understanding of attain it. The tendency of such a state the value of their tenure of the places of things to foster intrigue, combination, which they were under no obligation undue means even for legitimate ends, to take-and in most cases supplanting among public men of the highest grades, predecessors under circumstances of it is needless to dwell upon. A fair private hardships fully equal to that justice, too, would seem to require, that which the revolving wheel of political now, when the great and fast growing fortune brings again home to them- extension of our country produces the selves when it is borne in mind that effect of bringing forward on the stage at each successive step of alternate of public life so large a number of men retaliation it becomes more and more of equal, or nearly equal pretensions, difficult, more and more impossible, for this honor should not be confined to either to refuse to take the rent_it two or three of a class embracing may be understood even by those who perhaps a dozen, to the necessary most heartily dislike this part of our exclusion of all the rest. With annual “ system,” how idle it is to expect, how elections, and reëligibility, restricted unreasonable to demand, from any new in practice so as to give each President party and administration coming into not more than three, and perhaps on an power, anything short of a very exten- average two years, the greater number sive change in the offices at its disposal. of men of this class would be taken up
We dislike this as much as any, and by the people in succession, while the much more than most. Nevertheless, Presidency would move round in a as practical observers and reasoners, healthy rotation through the different we see the present necessity out of sections and States, to the satisfaction which it grows; the impossibility of of all, and the avoidance of those preventing it; and the folly of railing sectional jealousies which are now 80 against it.
It is in the bad system irritating and so mischievous. that the fault lies, and there alone can This is the time to consider and to it be reached by any effective cure or act upon this subject--just at the close prevention. Perhaps, too, it is best to of ope Presidential contest, and before let it have its full way, without tinker- the candidates have been indicated for ing at its eternal symptoms with pallia- the next ; while there are still, therefore, tives and patches, tending only to no special interests enlisted in opposing delay that radical reform which may this suggestion for the purpose of be best promoted by allowing its neces- securing a larger probable term of the sity most speedily and strongly to Presidency to their own already selectdemonstrate itself. That reform is ed candidate. There are already seonly to be found in reducing the veral eminent ornaments of our party Presidential term-taking away the who are looked to, with more or less of power of removal without good cause hope by their respective friends, as our assigned and we ought to add, trans- candidate for 1848. If the proposed ferring to local popular election a reduction of the term should be made, large proportion of the official patron- could then come in, in timely order, age, now vested in the executive. while several others, now scarcely Sooner or later this must be done ;- thought of, though no less meritorious, the later it is, the worse it will be, would also be brought in the scope of the sooner, the better.
a legitimate chance. The Roman The reform here proposed would open Consuls were annually selected—why the chance of honorable Presidential not our Presidents? The executives aspiration to many men of the highest of several of our States-why not the rank of ability and merit who now executive of the confederacy? stand necessarily excluded from it. We shall be glad if the Democratic Any one can for himself easily make press generally would copy this article up at this moment a list of some fifteen -which we have purposely made a or twenty eminent Democrats, in differ- short one-whether to express their ent sections of the Union, who may be concurrence or dissent is immaterial, said all to occupy what may be called provided, only, they bring the matter a Presidential position, that is, to be fairly before the consideration of their fully worthy and suitable as possible respective circle of readers. candidates for that highest of human
The timidest and gentlest of creatures pensableness which could not be replawas poor Esther (or Esteer as it was ced for love or money in Swarrah; usually pronounced), when she pre- each such occasion, according to the sented herself one morning, for a place superstition of the country, being always of domestic servitude, to a Christian eagerly announced by him to his prolady who had become a resident at voked and despairing mistress as a Swarrah, or Mogadore, as it is called grand sign of “luck. The Christian by Europeans, on the coast of Morocco. lady who exhibited this reprehensible The touching sadness of her faltering imprudence in the choice of a servant, tones, with the expression of deep was, though herself not yet “out of her melancholy resting on her regular and teens,” the wife of an American gentle singularly lovely features, could scarce- man, whom commercial pursuits had ly fail to win for her kind words and brought to this part of the world. At courteous reception from the Christian the time of Esteer's introduction into bosom she appealed to so pathetically her service, her husband was absent for shelter and employment; and in on a distant voyage, leaving her the defiance of the warnings given by the charge of a large old Moorish house, more initiated, in regard to the physical two infant children, the younger of them qualities of strength, and the habit of still in the cradle-and the above describlabor, adapted to the duties she was ed rather oddly assorted household. In required to perform, that quick monitor addition to the above, I should mention which touches the chord of sympathy in a an “ Emperor's soldier," whose duty woman's heart was true to its own was to officiate as a porter and guard instincts. Esteer's tears, as they flow- at the gate. His name was Hassaun. ed from a fount long closed, down a Esteer, however, soon fell in, and abuncheek as smooth and pale as marble, dantly justified that confidence in her and as finely moulded by the hand of to which her sweet and melancholy God to the lines of beauty, as marble beauty had been her sole title; and put has ever been chiselled by that of man, to shame the warnings with which her came warm up from that hidden spring young mistress had been cautioned which gushes forth from the hearts of against taking her. She knew little the unhappy, only when touched by indeed about any of the duties of menial the magic of unaccustomed tenderness. service; especially in a household conThe result was, that, contrary to much ducted as much as possible on “Chrissage advice, Esteer, with the white soft tian principles,"—if without profanity I delicacy of her little taper fingers, which may thus use the word in the sense in seemed never to have attempted any which it was commonly employed, to deruder task than that of braiding her own note European in distinction from Mahcflowing luxuriance of raven tresses, metan. But the willing heart and the with her gait of graceful repose, and quick and docile intelligence soon triand eyes into whose soft but richly umphed over the disadvantages of the beaming depth it seemed impossible to delicate and inexperienced hands; so look and impose upon her any command that while still much as possible spared of menial service-was promptly receiv- all severer tasks, in general usefulness ed, by our young and perhaps unwise as a personal attendant upon her misChristian dame, into the responsible tress, Esteer became one of the most post of a “maid of all work."
serviceable of " helps." The rest of the household consisted Yet still, with all her anxiety to of an old woman, named Rammo, who please, and all the pain with which she was monarch of all she surveyed in the appeared to feel the slightest failure in kitchen ; and a giddy piece of mascu- her offices, however unnoticed or unline humanity, named Hadzar, whose chided, no praise, no evidence of satischief employment was to break all faction, no mark of kindness even, those fragile articles of household indis- seemed ever for a moment to withdraw the veil of sadness that clouded her ed dark and cold upon her. She was lovely face. There was an idiot old ever gentle, ever uncomplaining, ever man who shortly after her installation ready, willing and kind—ever anxious to in her place, guided by the animal in- satisfy, to exhaust herself in the labors stinct which alone remained to his of her service—and grateful for the wretched and imbruted condition, estab- kindness which was bestowed upon her lished his seat beneath the wall of the by her mistress. She was all this, but house, to await a share of Esteer's daily she was never, as it appeared, in the food ; of which indeed she never par- slightest degree less unhappy. took herself until the larger and better At length, however, the ice of her portion had been laid by the side of the desolation did begin to yield. The inmiserable drivelling being whom it was stinct of womanly sympathy at length poor Esteer's lot to call father. She succeeded in teaching her mistress to was indeed the daughter of the doubly find one remaining avenue to her heart despised old idiot Jew who crouched yet unclosed, by which to let in one ray and gibbered all day there by the of something akin to a joy, one gleam Christian lady's gate. But the spirit of tender softening and warming naturand the heart' were gone, utterly gone, al feeling. She gave into her gentle that had once known her as such ; and keeping the charge of her young infant, no other sentiment, no other mental so far as she was ever willing to sursign of life remained to keep alive the render it out of her own. The smile vital spark in what seemed but the very that first played around its mouth was ashes of humanity, than an avaricious elicited by her soft, touching and most greed for money. If a few fluse were melodious voice-the eye of incipient cast to him, he would clutch them in his recognition beamed first on the sad attenuated hand with an iron grip that beauty of her face—the little lips pressdefeated the often tried efforts of mis- ed hers when nature first moved with chievous Moorish boys to rub him of the dim instinct of love in the holy purthem; and with a cunning that defied ity of the breast of a little child-and scrutiny he would hide them, even ere long the round chubby arms learned though, as had sometimes been the case to encircle in their embrace the neck of before he became fixed in his present the till now lonely Jewess. Heaven better quarters, he was himself half triumphed, and the desolate daughter of starved for food.
Judah was once more warmed into life, And yet, to the young mistress of the and to an interest at once soothing and young Jewess, there was a still pro- gently exciting to her heart.* So that founder melancholy in the picture which while she cradled the precious head for the daughter herself presented, of an slumber on her own pure bosom, she utterly frozen, blighted, withered spirit, took pleasure in chanting forth, after still animating, as though with a sad the manner of her country, the beauty mockery of life, that form and face of a and graces, present and future, of the beauty so young, so exquisite, so evi- talisman that had thus touched the long dently meant by a lavish mood of nature silent chord of harmony in her soul -in for all the best and brightest blisses of notes so deeply thrilling that the happy human existence, alike for bestowal and mother shed not a few secret tears enjoyment. Nothing, as I have already whilst Esteer, seated at her feet, hushed remarked, ever appeared to reach her, her babe to repose. When the frolic to soften her, to raise a smile on her hope- and restlessness of the manly boy sought lessly dejected features, to let through mirth and play, he would creep from a single ray of the blue through the per- Esteer's knee to find it elsewhere; but petual cloud whose shadow for ever rest- he would rarely fail to creep soon back
* In correcting the proof-sheet of the present “ Reminiscence," as it passes through the press, the Editor of this Review feels bound here to express his gratification at learning from it that he was made to serve so useful and agreeable a purpose at so early an age; having been the juvenile whose unconsciously pleasant performances are here recorded. And if another “Esteer” is to be found among the daughters of Judah, or any of the other eleven tribes, who should half match the description above given of the beautiful nurse of his teething days, we think he might be prevailed upon, with very slight urging, again to render a similar service by similar means. Ed. D. R. again, wearied and disappointed, and gazed powerless on the fearful scene. pillow his little head for comfort or rest They would undoubtedly have executwith her.
ed their purpose, and struck the girl Secure from taunt and malice, Es- dead before her mistress's feet, but beteer thus went calmly on. The daily fore they could disengage the child, the food-with a pious care which might Moorish guard entered, his return (from put to the blush many a Christian some errand in the neighbourhood) havdaughter-never failed to be conveyed ing been hastened by the clamor of the to the benighted old beggar at the gate. Arabs at the gate. His presence was But a Christian's roof in Barbary could like oil upon the raging waters. The not always protect one of her degraded Arab sheathed his cimeter, though of caste from insult. One morning when course there was no apology to be made the Moorish guard or porter above men- for so trifling an occurrence ; while his tioned happened to be out of the way, companion, with the air of a rightful inEsteer, having her little charge in her dignation which was very magnaniarms, chanced to look through an aper- mous and merciful in consenting to be ture in the wall opening on the street, appeased, related the offence of the dog from which it was usual to answer the of a Jewess in refusing entrance to ring of the bell of the door. At that a Musulman. As a peace-offering the moment a couple of Arabs were pass- lady suffered Hassaun to buy all their ing, who had come in from the desert fowls at their own price, and they deto sell their fowls to the citizens of parted; but a stifled groan from the Swarrah; they caught a glimpse of miserable old idiot outside, told of the Esteer's head, and rang. Her mis- ruthless kick, in passing, which had tress's orders were never to answer the called it forth. Alas, for the Jews of Barbell when the guard should be absent ; bary! To be spit upon, or only struck and on this occasion, 'while poor Es- with the hand, would have been borne teer's heart beat violently with agitation without even the plaint of a groan. and terror, she of course made no re- Esteer was long in recovering from sponse to the summons. The effect of this fright; her mistress feared indeed for this on the wild men without, was to some time that it might permanently disthrow them into a state of violent rage ; order her reason; and she has ever since and their clamors and threats, as they fancied that it was at least in purt furiously besieged the door, at last con- owing to the soothing effect upon her strained Esteer to draw the bolt and heart of the love and caresses of the raise the latch. Pale, trembling from child, her little charge, that she did rehead to foot, and crouching to the cover from it. That one little rill of ground from fear of the cruel enemies pure and sweet nature laved the lone of her race, now so exasperated against and chilled breast of poor Esteer, and herself, she flung herself before the ter- set in motion one atom of that life withrified child, who clasped his arms round out which drear indeed is the gift of exher neck and clung to her for the protec- istence to humanity. tion which she was so little able to give. A few weeks after this occurrence, But instead of receiving, the child itself at the early call of the muezzin from bestowed protection, and by that em- the mosques, to warn the sleeping city brace saved the life of the poor Jewess, of the Great God and Mahomet his its beautiful nurse ; for one of the Prophet, a cavalcade of eight or ten savage and infuriated Arabs, with raised Christians, in the fresh and delicious cimeter, was in the act of striking when early morning, were making active the child entwined its arms around her, preparations for an excursion into the interposing its body before the blow. country. Camels laden with tents and The Arab dared not strike the Chris- bedding towered mountain high, beside tian boy, and while his companion was the patient asses, whose more gentle in the act of tearing away the child and ambling gait was better adapted to from its close and struggling clasp, the the transportation of the delicacies mother, whom the sound of alarm had which were amply provided to regale reached in a distant part of the house, the bright and merry party during their entered, and accosted the Arabs with a sojourn. Strong, active mules, of a mother's resolute courage. They paid beauty and size only seen in Barbary, no regard to her, and seemed not indeed ventured to snuff the cool fresh air of to hear her, and yielding to terror, she heaven with upturned noses, in presence of their noble betters, the fleet he would run great risk of encountersymmetrical Arab horses, that pawed ing Arabs, who would be very apt to the ground, and neighed loudly their murder as well as plunder him if they impatience to bound it over the smooth could. In the present instance, the and compact sea-beach, on whose sur- gentlemen of the party would never face their light hoofs would scarcely have permitted the thoughtlessness of leave a print. One had been taught to the ladies to lead them into such a cower his graceful body to receive the situation, but they had turned back in weight of his young mistress, the quest of the forgotten articles for the Christian lady above mentioned, and expedition, never imagining that the who is the narrator of these reminis- latter would have proceeded thus uncences of another day and a distant guarded on their way. To dismount, land. Another, gentle as a lamb and tie the horses to a tree (for they had fleet as an arrow, seemed delighted to come to the entrance of the wood), and, bear the fair burthen it was his lot to taking shelter under the branches of carry. These two were the only ladies another from the now risen sun, which of the party. At length all seemed in lent to the fresh fallen dew more than readiness for a general start. The the glitter of myriads of diamonds, to Moorish soldier as a guard, on his met- await the arrival of the rest, was all tlesome and powerful steed, adjusted that could be done. The two ladies, gracefully his flowing haick, and look- indeed, could not be prevailed upon, in ed the very impersonation of bravery the buoyant spirits of youth, to feel and manly prowess, as he raised high much real alarm, confident as they his turbaned head, and placed himself were every moment of their being joinat the head of the party, which then ed by their party ; but Esteer with the rode slowly out through the streets of child stayed close to her mistress's feet, the city towards the gate opening upon in a seeming agony of fear, though she the beach, called the Bebel Exemo, or spoke not, for who listened to the Gate of Entrance.
warnings of a Jewess ?—while Hadzar The gate was soon passed, and saa- chaffered his terror in audible mutterlams exchanged with the guard on duty ings, and invoked the God of Israel to there, and the little party cantered gaily preserve us from the wild Bedouins. It on, with a perfect enjoyment of all the was in vain that Hadzar's mistress reexhilaration of the occasion, when it minded him that he had broken a glass was discovered that something was for- that very morning, but the charm of gotten. A halt was made, but the two this omen of good luck could not stand ladies with Esteer and the child in an such a test as this; and had he smashed armuga (or a frame-work like a pan- the whole of the stock of crystal and nier, borne on a mule, with a seat on china which he had sadly reduced, it each side), with Hadzar to run beside, would have yielded him but little comcontinued on. The fresh breeze from fort in his present situation. the gently heaving bosom of the blue Nor were the fears of our Jewish atocean at their feet, courted them on- tendants unfounded. Presently was ward and onward, expecting to be fol- heard a quick, light rustling of leaves, lowed closely by the rest of the party, which broke with a start!ing effect on until at last they found themselves at the breathless stillness of the place, the end of this most perfect beach, a and a gazelle, swift as a thought, darted distance of not less than six miles from past them; and before they had rallied the city. In full confidence of seeing from this alarm, there appeared in sight, their friends and guard behind them, at a short distance,three monsters in huthey looked back across the long open man shape, wild Arabs, on their way, expanse of the distance they had come doubtless, to Swarrah, whose approach -but in vain ; some unexpected delay had frightened the gazelle, and had had detained them, and the little party struck a no less degree of terror into of unprotected females, an infant, and the little defenceless party, who, parathe young Jew Hadzar, who was the lyzed and motionless, awaited their apleast available of the whole for any pur- proach. Their loins only were covered; pose of defence, felt themselves to be in their stiff, black hair, standing out on a situation of very serious peril. end, gave a sava ge hideousness to their
No Christian ever dared to venture a faces, inexpressibly terrific. A moment mile beyond the city without an escort; or two of surprise and wonder checked