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for the stormy trouble of the hour in which he slightest movement on the part of the enemy. The first saw the light-none the worse for his outpost is at a little hamlet, to which leads a uneasy cradle on the saddle-bow—and none the path diverging upwards from the main road. worse for the scrimmage of last Saturday, when We reach it in five minutes. Of late stray shot he led on the 9th to the rescue at Beccezza. His and shell more than once flew over these houses frame, apparently, is most athletic; his bearing and ploughed up the gardens. The villagers erect and commanding. His dark hair and eyes still seem scared, and fluttered, like fowls after suggest the creole blood: the impression is in the swoop of a hawk. Their suspense is natural: creased by bronzed and almost swarthy features. any moment a gun may boom forth, saying that They say he is utterly intrepid-so much, at all in half-an-hour or less bayonet and bullet events, his whole appearance suggests. Some may be plying their bloody work in this quiet would say there is too much of the bandit-chief street. A tremulous old man begs us to come in that defiant, almost reckless air; and truly into his garden and see where a bomb tore his he looks the ideal of a brigand of the nobler fruit-trees, and furrowed his maize and potatobreed; but this is more than balanced by the plots. But we pass on. This village, like the thoroughly goodnatured smile on his lip, and rest, has its little central piazza or“ place.” On by the extremne gallantry and openness of his one side all the able-bodied males of the populawhole bearing. He looked up to someone who tion seem to be drawn up. They are silent, exspoke to him from an open window.
| pectant, and some look rather sullen. The "Ricciotti,” said G- , as I observed a aged padré paces up and down among them. very youthful figure in the uniform of the | Opposite is the hall of the petty municipality : Guides, who began to talk to Menotti from the in this a large archway opens into a sort of vesopen window.
tibule, dark, ample, and cool. Just inside the Nothing could be more marked than the con- archs' shade sit a circle of officers, silent too, trast between the brothers. Ricciotti looks and expectant. Outside two chargers are held even younger than he is. His youthful features
by Tyrolese peasants, who, with large hazel and bright expression are the type of amiability | boughs, assiduously fick away the Aies that and frank good nature, and speak of a courage settle on the animals in their charge. A strange, as enthusiastic as his brother's, though per- | listening silence pervades the place: the officers haps less commanding.
glance keenly, and frequently, upwards, in the Admirers of Garibaldi would probably ex direction of the old grey church. What are they pect to find sometbing out of the common in his looking at ? Carry your eye just over the foot offspring; and I don't think their appearance of the church, and on towards the more distant would disappoint even the highest of such ex- | mountains. There is the blue smoke; there is pectations.
the look-out's eyrie ; there is the bivouac of red shirts. A weird, invisible link of mute intelligence seems to traverse the still air between
that curling smoke and this silent square. A IX. -THE OUTPOST3.
momentary expectation of some signal, of some
announcement, sudden and brief, yet of unmisThe anticipated attack has not come off yet; | takeable import, rules the straining eye, the but we can walk up the road to the outposts. | listening ear, the suspended breath. Twenty minutes will take us there. On each But here “amateurs” are only tolerated by side of the road are bivouacs, more contracted an extreme stretch of courtesy, which we should and compact than those previously described be sorry to trespass on: so we leave the village a great proportion of the men drawn up in line, and stroll back to Condino. but standing at ease. Soon we come upon a Heavy clouds are gathering as we return. couple of 24-pounders beautiful brass-guns, | In fine weather the climate in these mountains and rifled. They command a long, straight ! is delicious, though fiery-hot in midday. Fine piece of road in front, and look very businessweather bitherto we have had, and that is vastly like. We walk on: sentinels are posted at in favour of campaigning. But to-night prointervals of about a hundred yards. "No one, mises to be of a rougher humour. The clouds except officers of a certain rank, passes them begin to hide the mountain-tops; but soon they without an order. We pass an Albergo, silent, gather up their misty skirts, and hang high . deserted. Its owners have been scared away by overbead in compact and gloomy masses. The the skirmishing at Condino, and the firing of storm threatens till nightfall; as we seek our yesterday. With our glasses we sweep the quartere it bursts in full fury. mountains on either side, and once or twice “ Think of those poor fellows on the hill!” detect the red dots creeping slowly up a moun-says D , as from our window we watch the tain path. A coluinn of smoke directs our at blue flashes, that at intervals disclose the mighty tention to a still higher bluff, that must over- | mountain outlines towards Lardaro and Trent. look Lardaro itself, and command the whole Suddenly, after one brilliant moment, a single country round and beyond. There we can make red star seems to shine through the night from Out a bivouac of red shirts. It is the look-out, some rift in the clouds. Ah! it is the bivouacpar excellence, and from that airy, Alpine fire of the scouts. There it is, where, next mo*specula,” lynx-like eyes are watching for the ment, the lightning gives to full view the bold
outline of the bluff. There they are, without
THE DANDELION. shelter-perhaps short of food and drink. The rain continues to descend heavily, but the lone
BY JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL. red star still gleams like a meteor through the gloom. “ Pile on wood and heath, brave hearts!" Åh! it sinks-it is gone! No: “Viva Italia !” Dear common flower, that grow'st beside the way It glows again, red and strong. Another burst Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold; of thunder shakes the house, and a perfect water First pledge of blithesome May, spout seems to resound upon the roof. Anxiously Which children pluck, and full of pride, behold, we look forth : the red star no longer streams High-hearted buccaneers, o'erjoyed that they through the darkness, We gaze and gaze An El Dorado in the grass have found, again : it rises no more. In soaking wet and Which not the rich earth's ample round darkness must gentle and plebeian, hale and May match in wealth--thou art more dear to me feeble, crouch or stand through the night,
Than all the prouder summer-blooms may be. with a doubtful prospect of breakfast in the morning, and a fair chance of subsequent | Gold such as thine ne'er drew the Spanish prow ague.
Through the primeval hush of Indian seas, However, the morning breaks fair, a thousand Nor wrinkled the lean brow times brighter and fairer for the storm, and Of age, to rob the lover's heart of ease news comes in, “ The Austrians have evacuated 'Tis the spring's largess, which she scatters now Lardaro-fort and all !” Head-quarters are To rich and poor alike with lavish hand, already being shifted from Storo.
Though most hearts never understand
To look at thee unlocks a warmer clime;
Not in mid-June, the golden-cuirassed bee
In the white lily's breezy tent,
His conquered Sybaris, than I, when first
The armistice is arranged, and for that and
| Then think I of deep shadows on the grassother reasons some of us (for the present at
Of meadows where in sun the cattle graze, least) must say good-bye to the camp. No car-Whe riage to be had! After much research appears The gleaming rushes lean a thousand ways; a long, light dray, drawn by a mule. Put the Of leaves that slumber in a cloudy mass, baggage in the middle ; sit, stand, lie, or what- | Or whiten in the wind-or waters blue ever you can, on and around it. D— 's faith- That from the distance sparkle through ful Milanese displaces the driver, who lacks Some woodland gar-and of a sky above energy, and is sent to ride behind. The Lom- Where one white cloud like a stray lamb doth move. bard's tongue is even more persuasive than the stick he flourishes; and we rattle down the road at a fair speed, and with lots of excitement
My childhood's earliest thoughts are linked with thee:
The sight of thee calls back the robin's song. from the mule’s heels, and from collisions actual
Who, from the dark oak-tree or anticipated.
Beside the door, sang clearly all day long; Once more Condino, Storo, Caffaro, and its
And I, secure in childish piety, frontier bridge, Rocca d’Anfo, and the glassy Listened as if I heard an angel sing lake. At Vestone we get supper and a better with news from heaven, which he did bring carriage, and journey on through the still moon- | Fresh every day to my untainted ears, light. Morning dawns : Brescia once more re- When birds and flowers and I were happy peers. ceives us-Brescia, with its colonnades, ample and cool, its great fountains at every corner,
y corner, How like a prodigal doth Nature seem, with their huge basins. Our excursion is over.,
When thou, for all thy gold, so common art! See ! as we turn into this square, the marble
Thou teachest me to deem statue of Italia meets our eyes, fresh from the
More sacredly of every human heart, sculptor's hand, dazzling white in the cold Since each reflects in joy its scanty gleam morning air. Her right hand grasps her spear, of heaven, and could some wondrous secret show, her left rests upon her shield; the rays of the Did we but pay the love we owe, rising sun illuminate the turretted crown upon And with a child's undoubting wisdom look her uplifted brow,
| Into the page of its unwritten book,
THE MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY.
I suppose that very few casual readers of the , and possibly before, no naval officer has menNew York Herald of August 13th, 1863, ob- tioned Nolan in his report of a cruise. served, in an obscure corner, among the But, as I say, there is no need of secrecy Deaths,” the announcement,
any longer. And now the poor creature is
dead, it seems to me worth while to tell a little “NOLAN.-Died on board U. S. Corvette Levant, of his story, by way of showing what it is lat. 2° 11' S., long. 131° W., on the 11th of May, | to be Philip NOLAN.
A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY. I happened to observe it, because I was stranded at the old Mission-House in Mackinac, Philip Nolan was as fine a young officer as waiting for a Lake-Superior steamer, which did there was in the “ Legion of the West," as the did not choose to come, and I was devouring, to western division of our army was then called. the very stubble, all the current literature I / When Aaron Burr made his first dashing expecould get hold of, even down to the deaths and dition down to New Orleans in 1805, at Fort marriages in the Herald. My memory for Massac, or somewhere above on the river, he names and people is good, and the reader will met, as the devil would have it, this gay, dashsee, as he goes on, that I had reason enough to ing, bright young fellow, at some dinner-party, remember Philip Nolan. There are hundreds I think. Burr marked him, talked to him, of readers who would have paused at that walked with bim, took him a day or two's announcemennt, if the officer of the Levant who | voyage in his flat-boat, and, in short, fascinated reported it had chosen to make it thus :- Lim. For the next year barrack-life was very "Died, May 11th, THE MAN WITHOUT A tame to poor Nolan. He occasionally availed COUNTRY." For it was as “The Man without of the permission the great man had given him a Country” that poor Philip Nolan had generally to write to him. Long, high-worded, stilted been known by the officers who had him in letters the poor boy wrote and re-wrote and charge during some fifty years, as, indeed, by copied. But never a line did he have in reply all the men who sailed under them. I dare say from the gay deceiver. The other boys in the there is many a man who has taken wine with garrison sneered at him, because he sacrificed bim once a fortnight, in a three years' cruise, in this unrequited affection for a politician the who never knew that his name was “Nolan," time which they devoted to Monongahela, or whether the poor wretch had any name at sledge, and high-low-jack. Bourbon, euchre,
| and poker were still unknown. But one day There can now be no possible harm in telling Nolan had his revenge. This time Burr came this poor creature's story. Reason enough down the river, not as an attorney seeking a there has been till now, ever since Madison's place for his office, but as a disguised conqueror. Administration went out in 1817, for very strict He had defeated I know not ho:v many districtsecrecy, the secrecy of honour itself, among the attorneys; he had dined at I know not how gentlemen of the navy who have had Nolan in many public dinners; he had been heralded at successive charge. And certainly it speaks well I know not how many Weekly Arguses; and it for the esprit de corps of the profession and the was rumoured that he had an army bebind him personal honour of its members, that to the and an empire before him. It was a great daypress this man's story has been wholly un- | his arrival to poor Nolan. Burr he had not been known-and, I think, to the country at large at the fort an hour before be sent for bim. That also. I have reason to think, from some in evening he asked Nolan to take him out in his vestigations I made in the Naval Archives when skiff, to show him a canebrake or a cottonI was attached to the Bureau of Construction, wood tree, as he said-really to seduce him ; that every official report relating to him was and by the time the sail was over, Nolan was burot when Ross burned the public buildings at enlisted body and soul. From that time, though Washington. One of the Tuckers, or possibly | he did not yet know it, he lived as A MAN one of the Watsons, had Nolan in charge at WITHOUT A COUNTRY. the end of the war; and when, on returning What Burr meant to do I know no more from his cruise, he reported at Washington to than you, dear reader. It is none of our busione of the Crowninshields—who was in the ness just now. Only when the grand catasNavy Department when he came home-be trophe came, and Jefferson and the House of found that the Department ignored the whole Virginia of that day undertook to break on the business. Whether they really knew nothing wheel all the possible Clarences of the then about it, or whether it was a “ Non mi ricordo,” | House of York, by the great treason-trial at determined on as a piece of policy, I do not | Richmond, some of the lesser fry in that distant know. But this I do know--that since 1817, Mississippi Valley, which was further from us
than Puget's Sound is to-day, introduced the “Prisoner, hear the sentence of the Court. like novelty on their provincial stage, and, to The Court decides, subject to the approval of while away the monotony of Fort Adams, got the President, that you never hear the name of up, for spectacles, a string of court-martials on the United States again." the officers there. One and another of the Nolan laughed. But nobody else laughed. colonels and majors were tried, and, to fill out | Old Morgan was too solemn, and the whole the list, little Nolan, against whom, Heaven room was hushed dead as night for a minute. knows, there was evidence enough that he was Even Nolan lost his swagger in a moment. sick of the service, had been willing to be false Then Morgan addedto it, and would have obeyed any order to march “Mr. Marshal, take the prisoner to Orleans anywither with any one who would follow him, in an armed boat, and deliver him to the naval had the order only been signed, “By command commander there." of His Exc. A. Burr,” The courts dragged on, The marshal gave his orders, and the prisoner the big flies escaped-rightly for all I know.
was taken out of court. Nolan was proved guilty enough, as I say ; yet I “Mr. Marshal,” continued old Morgan, “ see you and I never have heard of hiin, reader; but that no one mentions the United States to the that when the president of the court asked him | prisoner. Mr. Marshal, make my respects to at the close, whether he wished to say anything
Lieutenant Mitchell, at Orleans, and request to show that he had always been faithful to the
him to order that no one mentions the United United States, he cried out, in a fit of frenzy States to the prisoner while he is on board ship. “D-n the United States! I wish I may
You will receive your written orders from the never hear of the United States again !”
officer on duty here this evening. The court is I suppose he did not know how the words
| adjourned without day.” shocked old Colonel Morgan, who was holding I have always supposed that Colonel Morgan the court. Half the officers who sat in it had himself took the proceedings of the court to served through the Revolution, and their lives, | Washington City, and explained them to Mr. not to say their necks, had been risked for the Jefferson. Certain it is that the President apvery idea which he so cavalierly cursed in his proved them-certain, that is, if I may believe madness. He, on his part, had grown up in | the men who say they have seen his signature. the West of those days, in the midst of “ Span- Before the Nautilus got round from New ish plot,” “ Orleans plot,” and all the rest. He Orleans to the Northern Atlantic coast with the had been educated on a plantation, where the prisoner on board, the sentence had been apfinest company was a Spanish officer or a French
proved, and he was a man without a country. merchant from Orleans. His education, such
The plan then adopted was substantially the as it was, had been perfected in commercial ex
same which was necessarily followed ever after. peditions to Vera Cruz, and I think he told me
Perhaps it was suggested by the necessity of his father once hired an Englishman to be a sending him by water from Fort Adams and private tutor for a winter on the plantation. He
Orleans. The Secretary of the Navy-it must had spent half his youth with an older brother, have been the first Crowninshield, though he is hunting horses in Texas; and, in a word, to a man I do not remember-was requested to him “United States” was scarcely a reality. put Nolan on board a Government vessel bound Yet he had been fed by “ United States,” for all
on a long cruise, and to direct that he should be the years since he had been in the army. He only so far confined there as to make it certain had sworn on his faith as a Christian to be true that he never saw or heard of the country. We to “United States.” It was “United States” | had few long cruises then, and the navy was which gave him the uniform he wore, and the very much out of favour; and as almost all of sword by his side. Nay, my poor Nolan, it I this story is traditional, as I have explained, 1 was only because “United States" had picked I do not know certainly what his first cruise was. you out first as one of her own confidential men | But the commander to whom he was entrusted of honour, that “A. Burr” cared for you a straw --perhaps it was Tingey or Shaw, though I think more than for the flat-boat men who sailed his it was one of the younger men-we are all old ark for him. I do not excuse Nolan; I only
enough now-regulated the etiquette and the explain to the reader why he damned his precautions of the affair, and according to his country, and wished he might never hear her scheme they were carried out, I suppose, till name again.
Nolan died. He never did hear her name but once again. When I was second officer of the Intrepid, From that moment, September 23, 1807, till the l. day he died, May 11, 1863, he never heard her
the some thirty years after, I saw the original paper name again. For that half century and more that I did, not copy the whole of it. It ran,
of instructions. I have been sorry ever since he was a man without a country. Old Morgan, as I said, was terribly shocked.
however, much in this way :If Nolan had compared George Washington to
“ Washington” (with the date, which Benedict Arnold, or had cried, “God save King
must have been late in 1807.) George,” Morgan would not have felt worse. He called the court into his private room, and of Philip Nolan, late a lieutenant in the United States
"Sir,--You will receive from Lt. Neale the person returned in fifteen minutes, with a face like a | Army. sheet, to say
“This person on his trial by court-martial ex.
pressed with an oath the wish that he might 'never believe the theory was that the sight of his hear of the United States again.'
punishment did them good. They called him “The Court sentenced him to have his wish ful-| Plain-Buttons” because, while he always filled.
I chose to wear a regulation army uniform, he “ For the present, the execution of the order is I was not permitted to wear the army button, for intrusted by the President to this department. "You will take the prisoner on board your ship, and
the reason that it bore either the initials or the keep him there wirh such precautions as shall prevent
| insignia of the country he had disowned. his escape.
I remember, soon after I joined the navy, I “You will provide him with such quarters, rations,
was on shore with some of the older officers and clothing as would be proper for an officer of his
from our ship and from the Brandywine, which late rank, if he were a passenger on your vessel on
we had met at Alexandria. We had leave to the business of his Government.
make a party and go up to Cairo and the Pyra“The gentlemen on board will make any arrange- mids. As we jogged along (you went on ments agreeable to themselves regarding his society. I donkeys then) some of the gentlemen (we boys He is to be exposed to no indignity of any kind, nor called them “Dons,” but the phrase was long is he ever unnecessarily to be reminded that he is a since changed fell to talking about Nolan, and prisoner.
someone told the system which was adopted “But under no circumstances is he ever to hear of from the first about his books and other readhis country or to see any information regarding it; | ing. As he was seldom permitted to go on and you will specially caution all the officers under shore, even though the yessel lay in port for your command to take care that, in the various indulgences which may be granted, this rule, in which
months, his time, at the best, hung heavy; and
everybody was permitted to lend him books, if his punishment is involved, shall not be broken. "It is the intention of the Government that he shall
they were not published in America and made never again see the country which he has disowned.
no allusion to it. These were common enough Before the end of your cruise you will receive orders
in the old days, when people in the other hemiswhich will give effect to this intention.
phere talked of the United States as little as “Respectfully yours,
we do of Paraguay. He had almost all the “W. SOUTHARD, for the
foreign papers that came into the ship, sooner Secretary of the Navy." | or later, only somebody must go over them
| first, and cut out any advertisement or stray If I had only preserved the whole of this paragraph that alluded to America. This was paper, there would be no break in the begin- a little cruel sometime3, when the back of what ning of my sketch of this story. For Captain was cut out might be as innocent as Hesiod. Shaw, if it was he, handed it to his successor in Right in the midst of one of Napoleon's battles, the charge, and he to his, and I suppose the or one of Canning's speeches, poor Nolan would commander of the Levant has it to-day as his į find a great hole, because on the back of the authority for keeping this man in this mild | page of that paper there had been an advertisecustody.
ment of a packet for New York, or a scrap The rule adopted on board the ships on which from the President's message. I say this was I have met "the man without a country” was, the first time I ever heard of this plan, which I think, transmitted from the beginning. No afterwards I had enough, and more than mess liked to have him permanently, because enough, to do with. I remember it because his presence cut off all talk of home or of the poor Phillips, who was of the party, as soon as prospect of return, of politics or letters, of peace the allusion to reading was made, told a story or of war-cut off more than half the talk' men of something which happened at the Cape of like to have at sea. But it was always thought Good Hope on Nolan's first voyage; and it is too hard that he should never meet the rest of the only thing I ever knew of that voyage. us, except to touch hats, and we finally sank into They had touched at the Cape, and had done one system. He was not permitted to talk with the civil thing with the English admiral and the men unless an officer was by. With officers the fleet, and then, leaving for a long cruise up he had unrestrained intercourse, as far as they the Indian Ocean, Phillips had borrowed a lot and he chose. But he grew shy, though he of English books from an officer, which in those had favourites: I was one. Then the captain days, as indeed in these, was quite a windfall. always asked him to dinner on Monday. Every | Among them, as the devil would order, was the mess in succession took up the invitation in “Lay of the Last Minstrel," which they had all its turn. According to the size of the ship, you of them heard of, but which most of them had had him at your mess more or less often at never seen. I think it could not have been dinner. His breakfast he ate in his own state- | published long. Well, nobody thought there room-he always had a state-room-which was could be any risk of anything national in that, where a sentinel, or somebody on the watch, though Phillips swore old Shaw had cut out the could see the door. And whatever else he ate or “ Tempest” from Shakspeare before he let drank he ate or drank alone. Sometimes, when Nolan have it, because he said “the Bermudas the marines or sailors had any special jollifica- ! ought to be ours, and, by Jove, should be one tion, they were permitted to invite * Plain- day!" So Nolan was permitted to join the circle Buttons," as they called him. Then Nolan was one afternoon when a lot of them sat on deck sent with some officer, and the men were for- smoking and reading aloud. People do not do bidden to speak of home while he was there. I such things so often now; but when I was