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and even after reinforcements ar- have gone on as before. A foreigner rived, and the advance was resumed, was needed for the throne. Let the fortunes of the expedition trem- us wipe out the past; let us have a bled in the scales before the walls clear stage ; let us start afresh.” of Puebla. The defence made by Such ought to be, and such in great the Mexican garrison was unexpect- part is, the sentiment of all the edly obstinate; it seemed as if the better classes in Mexico. But the spirit of the defenders of Saragossa chief of the new empire must not still existed among their country- be a parvenu. All nations prefer to men in the New World. But with have for ruler a man born in the the fall of Puebla resistance ceased. purple, a prince of royal lineage,The French advanced, unopposed, to a man accustomed to royalty, and the capital. Conciliatory proclama- removed from the jealousies which tions were addressed to the people, attend a commoner who is suddenly and soon every element of organised raised to be a king. Such a prince resistance to the invaders melted is the Archduke Maximilian, a away and disappeared.
member of one of the oldest royal It was a sagacious act on the part families in Europe, and the lives of of Napoleon to associate with him, whose ancestors form part of the in the outset of the enterprise, the public history of Europe. Moreonly two Powers in Europe who over he was not inexperienced in might have regarded his policy in the practical duties of government, Mexico with distrust.
and he had discharged those duties equally careful to leave no ground creditably and with ability. We for international jealousy in the trust that in the wider and higher selection which he made of a ruler sphere of duty to which he is now for the regenerated empire. His called, the Archduke will justify great uncle, in the heyday of his the best expectations which have success, surrounded France with been formed of him. Many diffiaffiliated kingdoms, placing mem- culties will attend the outset of his bers of his own family upon the career, although they are not such thrones which his conquests had as should daunt any monarch of rendered vacant. Napoleon III. ordinary resolution and intelligence. does not seem disposed to imitate He is a foreigner, he enters Mexico his example. His cousin Prince escorted by a foreign army ; and Napoleon, although notoriously “a foreign troops will for several Prince in search of a crown,” was years remain to-support his throne. not chosen to fill the throne of But he does not come as a conMexico ; and Prince Murat was
He does not seek to left to dream of possibilities which destroy the past, but to restore it. might one day place him on the He succeeds to a blank in the throne of Southern Italy. The annals of Mexico, and he will seek Emperor made a good choice in to make his reign a continuation of selecting the Archduke Maximilian the prosperity which preceded that of Austria. Mexico could furnish blank, and to raise the country to no man suitable for the throne. a higher position in the world than The country had been in such a it ever enjoyed before. A brilliant state of chaos and revolution for future is before him, if he prove forty years, that the only prominent equal to the occasion. It is in his personages were unscrupulous ad- power to leave behind him a disventurers, dishonoured by their tinguished name in history,—to previous career, and in whom no found a great empire,—and to confidence could be placed. If any restore to the civilised world one Mexican had been raised to the of its portions which had relapsed throne, his name would have had into misery and barbarism. no power, he would have com- While thus carrying out his manded no respect.
Pronuncia- “Mexican idea ” with admirable mentos and insurrections would circumspection, the Emperor of the
French took care that the import- great risk of failure. ance and true character of his de- vinces of Sonora and Lower Calisign should be generally known. fornia, especially, with their rich No man knows better than he the mines, will tempt the cupidity of the power which a policy derives from Americans in California; and these the support of public opinion. He provinces lie so remote from the wished to get the moral sense of capital, and the means of communiEurope on his side, and to prove to cation with them are so extremely France that the “idea” was one defective, that the Mexican Governwhich was worthy of a great nation ment will have much difficulty in dewhich aspires to be the leader of fending them in the event of their civilisation. He intrusted the task being attacked. In order to secure of exposition to one of his Senators heranorth-western provinces, adjoinwhose character for impartiality is ing the Pacific, from attack, Mexico as well known as his high intel- must have a fleet, or else obtain the lectual powers, and who enjoys a assistance of a naval squadron from celebrity greater than any which France. If the civil war in the can be conferred by the favour of United States terminates, as it Courts. Michel Chevalier is the seems likely to do, in a permanent ablest political economist on the disruption of the Union, the MexiContinent,—he is a man of facts, can Government may find support and of sound and careful reasoning; in one or other of the rival sections so that he was eminently fitted to into which its colossal neighbour be an expositor of the imperial will break up. But this is a very policy upon whose judgment and doubtful support to rely upon; and integrity the public could rely. He if the Mexicans are wise, they will has produced a work upon Mexico* act as men who know they are enwhich goes far beyond the scope of joying a breathing-time, and that ere the present intervention, and which long they must confide in their own gives a clear and solid exposition energies to defend their territories of the condition and history of the and maintain their independence. country from the earliest times of As regards the immediate diffiwhich we have any knowledge culties which surround the new down to the present day. Although Government, M. Chevalier eviwarmly approving the motive which dently considers that the most seriled to the Napoleonic intervention ous is that which may arise from in Mexico, he nowhere shows the the conduct of the Pope—from the slightest trace of the spirit of a par- policy of the very Church which tisan. He views everything clearly the Emperor takes under his special and dispassionately, and takes full protection. In order to regenerate account of the difficulties which Mexico, says M. Chevalier, it is inbeset this attempt to establish a dispensable that the Government stable Mexican empire.
should secularise and take into The greatest danger which besets its own management the immense the new empire, manifestly arises property of the Church ; by which from the ill-will with which the means the finances of the State Americans of the United States would be placed on a prosperous will regard an undertaking which footing, without really impairing has for its object to rob them of the resources of the clerical body. their prey. Either the new Mexi. But the Pope has hitherto shown can empire must be established on himself strongly opposed to any solid foundations before the termi- such project; and M. Chevalier nation of the civil war in the United states that the influence of the clerStates, or the project will run a gy is so great among the Mexicans,
* Mexico, Ancient and Modern.' By M. Michel Chevalier, Senator, and Member of the Institute of France. VOL. XCVI.NO. DLXXXV.
that no Government can
less be drawn into the country. an adequate amount of popularity The mines of the precious metals which sets itself in opposition to will likewise engage the eager atthe Head of the Church. Is, then, tention of the Government, as the the Pope to make the required con- most promising of all the immediate cession, or is the new Emperor to resources of the State. Two-thirds find himself surrounded by disaffec- of all the silver circulating in the tion, arising from the great influ- world has been produced from the ence of the clergy over the minds mines of Mexico. Nevertheless, of the people? Before embarking the mineral wealth of the country for his new empire, the Archduke can hardly be said to have yet been visited Rome to obtain the bene- explored; and probably Humboldt diction of the Pope, and also doubt- was right in his conjecture, that if less to endeavour to procure a
the mines of Mexico be adequately favourable settlement of this im- worked, Europe will again be inunportant question. We have not
We have not dated with silver as in the sixteenth heard that the Archduke succeeded century. In any case we may exin the latter and more important pect that, ere long, the produce of part of his mission. He got a bless- the Mexican mines will to a great ing on his voyage, but, probably, a extent redress the balance of the non possumus as regards all else. precious metals, and prevent any
Ere this, the new Emperor will derangement in the relative value have landed at Vera Cruz, amid of gold and silver by adding largesalvoes of artillery, and will have ly to the supplies of the latter commenced his royal progress to metal. Let us hope also that, as the capital. On the way, he will soon as the finances of the State have abundant evidence of the permit, the Emperor will seek to fallen condition of the country; and restore his capital—the noblest city when the magnificent valley of Ana- which the Spaniards ever built in huac opens upon him, he will see the New World—to its former how ample are the triumphs which splendour, and make it worthy await him if he succeeds in his of its magnificent site, which is mission. Doubtless his first act hardly rivalled, and certainly not will be to assemble a council of surpassed, by any in the world. the notables, the leading men in the Let him do in some degree for country, to ascertain from them the Mexico what Napoleon has accomwants of the nation, and to obtain plished for Paris. Let him employ their co-operation in the measures the crowds of beggars which disfirequisite to reorganise the state gure the streets in works of embeland regenerate the people. Order lishment and public utility-theremust first be established, and the by arousing them to a life of honest administrative system put upon an
industry, and at the same time efficient footing. The work of re- making his renovated capital a generation will necessarily be a beautiful and stately symbol of the slow one, and years must elapse be- happy change which in like manner, fore much progress can be made we trust, will be accomplished in in awaking the energies and de- the country at large. veloping the resources of the coun- If the new Emperor has difficultry. Mexico is almost roadless, and ties to encounter, he has also many the cost and difficulty of transport advantages. Although a stranger, at present are serious obstacles to a majority of the people will receive the development of the export him as a monarch of their own trade. A railway from Vera Cruz choice, and the remainder will to the capital will probably be the readily acquiesce in the new regime. first great public work undertaken He has no native rivals : there is by the new Government; and in no old sovereignty to be overborne the execution of this work, foreign -no old traditions of government capital and enterprise will doubt- to be encountered and supplanted.
He is the first monarch after chaos. has taken the first step, which is He succeeds to a long interregnum proverbially so difficult. He has of anarchy which constitutes a mere placed the Mexicans on a vantageblank in the history of the country. ground which they could not have His throne will be raised upon obtained for themselves, and he ruins which are not of his making gives to them a Government tem-upon the debris of a power which porarily aided by his troops, recoghad crumbled into the dust half a nised by the Powers of Europe, and century before his arrival. The possessing a fair amount of credit founding of his empire is like in other countries, by which the building a city upon the site of work of regenerating the moral and another which had long perished, material condition of Mexico may and with which the new one does be carried out. He has cleared not enter into rivalry, but simply away the old obstructions—he has replaces. England wishes him founded the new empire; and whatgood-speed. And among the strange ever be the ultimate results of his enevents of the future it may possibly terprise, he has thereby added fresh happen that the House of Haps- laurels to his renown, which are all burg may be the head of a great the more honourable since they are and
flourishing empire in the New voted to him by the world at large. World after the original empire in So far as it has gone, the interEurope has been broken into pieces. vention has been successful, and
The intervention in Mexico is a the Napoleonic idea has a good remarkable episode in the policy of prospect of being fully realised. Napoleon III., and as such will not Meanwhile two important ends have fail to attract the regard of future been attained. The expedition has historians. It is a task as novel as paid its expenses—the cost of the it is honourable for a monarch to intervention is to be refunded to attempt the regeneration of a country France by the new Government, other than his own, to carry civili- which likewise takes upon itself sation and prosperity into a region the charge of maintaining the of the globe where they have fallen French troops which are to be left into decay,—even though he under- in Mexico. The enterprise, moretook the task primarily with a view over, has successfully engaged the to his own interests. To raise a thoughts of the French people country thrice as large as France during a period when the Emperor from a state of chronic desola- found it advisable to remain at tion—to pierce it with railways, to peace in Europe. France is still in reconstruct the old watercourses a condition in which the stimulus of irrigation, to reopen the rich of military action abroad is requimines, and to make the waste places site to keep her quiescent at home. blossom with flowers and fruits and The Emperor's Mexican idea has useful plants, is certainly a noble served this purpose as well as design. And still nobler is it to others. And Europe has been rescue a population of eight mil- thankful that the French have lions from anarchy, demoralisation, been amused otherwise than at her and suffering, and to restore to expense. But the Mexican idea, them, in better fashion than they so far as regards the direct action ever had before, the protection of of France, is now at an end; and, the State and the benefactions of looking at the circumstances of Euthe Church. Lawlessness and ra- rope as well as at the fact that the pine, wastefulness and oppression Emperor's hands are again free, we -no public virtue and no private think the Continental Powers may enterprise-such has been the con- now feel as King John did when, dition of Mexico for many years. at the close of the tournament at Napoleon, it is true, does not under- Ashby de la Zouch, he received take to remedy these evils himself, the brief but significant warning, but he has made a beginning, he "The devil has got loose."
THE LONDON ART-SEASON.
The three leading Exhibitions, and as the taste of purchasers the Academy, the Old Water-Col- becomes from day to day more our, and the New Water-Colour- highly educated, so are our Eng. are at least of average interest and lish artists stimulated by increased merit. Indeed, the general opinion reward, and yet, at the same time, is, that the collective pictures of held in wholesome check by the the year show, if slow, at all events discriminative power of public steady and satisfactory progress opinion. Still further, the ad upon the pictorial products of pre- vance which has been made in all vious seasons. It is true that no branches of knowledge, the develnew or startling phenomena have opment of inductive science, espearisen—that no star or comet of cially in those departments which surpassing magnitude has come to lie close upon nature, and the exshed unaccustomed brilliancy over traordinary activity which, in every the world of Art. Still, light is direction, has seized upon the hunot lacking to our hemisphere, nor man intellect, ever eager to enter on beauty wanting to the painter's fair new enterprise—these restless mocreations. The power which be- tions in the universal mind renderlongs to knowledge, the charm ing absolute stagnation, even withwhich pertains to simple truth, and in the tranquil world of art, imposthe reward that follows on honest sible—have imparted to our painters labour, each year, even in the ab- corresponding impulse. Moreover, sence of long-looked-for and oft- we think, notwithstanding occapromised genius, give to our Eng- sional symptoms to the contrary, lish school accumulative worth. that enterprise of intellect is now And, moreover, other causes co- more than formerly governed by operate towards this progression, sobriety of judgment; that imaover which, with reason, we rejoice. gination, though at seasons ready England has reached that point in to break wildly loose, is in the end the history of nations when the reined in by sober sense. The arts are accustomed to spring into drama, indeed, may degenerate for luxuriant growth. She has long short intervals into sensational expassed the period of pinching pen- cess; romances may, in the hands ury, wherein imagination is oft- of some writers, indulge in extravatimes stunted and starved. She gance; but before long we can rest has, at least in her higher classes, satisfied that truth to nature and escaped from the drudgery which, allegiance to conscience as the siwhile it wears away the body, lent yet potent witness to rectitude, grinds down the mind — which will obtain the ascendance. And makes the finer senses of humanity thus it is within the special sphere obtuse, and too often darkens the of pictorial art likewise : mistaken eye to the beauty of the outward ardour may for a time mislead ; creation. England, we say, has, in extravagance such as that of which the onward march' of her civilisa- the so-called Preraphaelites were tion, left in the path behind these guilty may for a few short years arid tracts, and now enters a garden betray the inexperience of youth; of delight, redolent with flowers. but in the end we can be sure, as And of all the gems which adorn indeed now we rejoice to be, that daily life-of all the decorations in the well-balanced English mind which add charm to our homes— moderation will prevail. Thus have pictures are, perhaps, the most we endeavoured to set forth the sought after. And as this demand reasons why our Exhibitions show is each year growing in its compass, amelioration. The causes do not