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&bni > t 4 ha < DfaMeviMctfaiiM ? batgnatefol to thesenseofameE j so that the por * 5 f * 5 K ^^^ i » k 4 » *»* « oout ^ ued to atiftk ev ^ r sjuce , even iw ^ f ^ iwdon cholera dfetwts oa a m * j ^^ inoro ^ ng , a » d o ^ r dear Sd ^ kS ^^ t low tide . The Non-pombatai ^ o seems to have S ^ St ensivB list of mUrtary ac ^ amtanc ^ , soon got into the thick of M Snff patrons in » general ^^ attd ; his staflr--aTery gallant old-general , 4 h 6 m we 4 k ^ S ^ GWe Brawn ; and . pitchy ^ tent among the : rest on&ebare brown hill side . And so for some five-and-thirfcy days this S « i ^ n tS cX « eteeats that 1 » bounded by Esse ^ -streeVWhitefiw ^* he-3 Chw »« s ,. W * Fteet ^ trfiet , was there present " seeing History , to use his © . wji'phrase . . . . _ __ . Certainly of late we \ have heard much , almost enough indeed , of " ± lis-+ w » « riff aa she wurtts herself in the pages of those in the camp who write ,
, ., anSspeculate , and ^ repeat from day to flay . They also see history , a little ; naV -some of them act jiiatory , and some of them write it , too : those . are ot theietineolaw . ^ ceHejattywsU as the journals are serv , e 4 , and admirablvas same , o ' •*?*» descjciptions of the great esents have read , yet not alone in the pages of the professed correspondent do we find the best information , liideed ^ in too many we find 4 croaking spirit , which smells of the professed gruriibler as well as of the professed correspondent ; as if he were th «»* wa ^ to ireafcthe British army as the veritable " sick man , and to take adMwmosisef its disease . Among the best of correspondents are theprjv «* 5 s « ath « aFwy . Ijtis in readi % their letters that we seethe truly noble « tuff of these hejtoes ; that we feel how they are upheld by a , sense of duty ; how ^ cheerfijiy they go into the trenches or out on the distant picket , taking the rain or sunshine as it comes ; how they brave death in every form , the
^ deadly bullet ortheequdllytaeadiy fever . ; how they rise swiftly out of their ¦ slaep ^ md sBK ^ their acais as the rilaum cry rings ^ through 4 he tents : ; with what fortitude . they have sat in sludge , slept in elydge , oooked in sludge , and ; faug h * and died in sludge . ; how they love their officers , those " igaUant gejiflemen , " as one -calls them ; how they love their commander-in-chief ; ; and with what tender and strong affection the hearts of these Englishmen turn to home , to the wife sitting lone , perhaps , by the fireside of the 8 tranger ; -to « he infant ehild ; to the gpey-headed parent tottering to the gravjeq to theJoved caae ^ the wife that , may be . In their letters these mea sngfk pf the . ir : jmisecy as , bad . enoughi but misery they are ready to endure foxihe honourqf old England , for the love of their country , for the sake of their Queen ; and not a few , understanding the bloody quarrel , add to these fedMncts of patribti ^ m a sense of the high justice of their cause . They do the
riot-grumble : ; crpsikihg finds no rpfticehi their simple records ; they are as ^ out a » d « a ^ &xLa baad of men as ever quitted shores of England . BiTea the wjQU » ded and the sick show the aiaongeat anxiety to get well ttnat ^ ey nj ^ he ^ once more on the field . # \ ^ . Oiir rton-Qombatailt does not give us any insight into this characteristic of $ he ^ ir . ^ His intercourse lay with staff-offlcersand generals , rather than with the men . And although his stay in the camp extended only to the tattle- erf JIttkennftn , and although , therefore , he escaped the terrible ordeal jtffc « 5 h ^ ibUow « d the ; to and the rain of , ^ uccQeding da ^ S , yet © tta might have expected moire than , one finds about ' the flash an ^ Cwftod constituents of-the camp—about the noble soldiers of England . The book . g ives us information , neither told in a military manner , mor ^ Hi the " manner of the regular correspondent , but in the manner of a gentleman , sober , quiet , subdued , yet not without cheerfulness and the
eraceof good feeling . But the information does not ; constitute tils value ^ Eftexontrae& ' Qf the tone of the . letters to t hose now fa mJUjar to the / public , thig xa « kp 3 ujp 4 ts voluje , JIhjaceis . nQiprejtence at peculiar and extensive information , no speculations on the art of war , no attempt to impress the r ^ derl ? ith ~ tlK * beliefthat ~ the ^ £ ivithor * ha 3 sffeneverythingrheaTd-evei ^ hing iff-anauthority on everything . What he sees he sets down , and no more ; what 'he has heard he tells with scrupulous care ; and , although it is not mnoj » < th « k hejhas $ nan uar nauoh that he : hashsarsd , yet eyeny fact related ippWaaif'i * wOTeith » ye » y tfwth . Those who have bee . n . s . atiated ,. as we have i&gxu ejjbher with the- '' graphic" or the . sljpslqp style of correspondence , will readily appreciate the quiet gaiety and good sense of the Non-Combatant . One or two instances will show the nature of his view of the war , and the way he writes about it * "Here is a distinct outline sketch of the battle of Xnkerman at two in the day , as seen from the then right Lancaster battery ;— ¦
, &t-this-time , the aspect of Ah © battle , ae « oen from our position , was as follows * Two ling * bodies of tb « allied troops stood ,. or mthe *> lay ,. closetbafoce theifoacemost teuiB . of ^ heSoa « nd I ) iwsixw 1 . 'a ilittlQthalo . w ' ( t ; I \ e loHg loronroiHuiod ^ ouAiiiiQ of the hilX on ; wlucltithey-j « w jiitch « d ,: an 4 iwbi ^} ,.. oo U » fiy rtfiwt side , desc ^ fe tP Ahe Tcheru ^ ya . AnMbor mt ** owwpwd ; < s pteice (« q it * wsn \ ed , tp . rae ) . ftbovMi a hundred yajcds in » 4 ' VWW »» d . n » oce , Qflf % a «*« rj ^ W , oo the vflry . pwflle qf ; tye ImU , ^ he < vhple . of tUw mo » nd , 4 should t « JJ y « u ^ ris ^ a ^ r ^ duaWy , for tw » or thrae . hwudrad yaud ? in . front of & « , t ^ uto , . Oroaaiag the Uigkwt partton of the oiUjlae , w » a a fomrth . body of the AJtiea . The ground then mpkea a . dip for dbouut four hundred yards , yrhon it makes anotkec gradual rise of the same rounded character , ' until it reaches an elevation . sowa # hat'higher than the 'hill occupied by the French and British droops . Here I counted six-oodjes of-the enemy . „ I -suppose tfee 'two arnkiea were seven or eight
hundred ymdawpwei . Ail parties « w « re poundings away with tb « ir artillery , an ( l > the vinck < mnri « d oiff the quake , no rthati-w ^ oouldolofttly ^ ee tbetsiMetaeb . About three , < ttteiaUkd 4 n > op » gmdnudljp odwanfiad , ttill thoir fotnunoidb park of ajrtiUfl ^ oecupiedthe bottom of the valley between the twq WUs . Jn . half aa , howvjmQi » , itlie Ji ^ iftsiwis w « re I n ifftU wttpwttwtwtto a » b » a ^ poU vti ^ ould 4 « e tlww in th » ir lo ^ g g « ey c , oa * a maceh-^ gf , p oM W -wUh tlwh-, armfl , a ^ oulder « 4 , aud ip gpoij oVd « r . S > uiring this very scene , now and than visited by shot and shall , the Non-OoiiAbatMit stood smoking his cigar . ± n officer present needed a . light , and fli cuaua ^ STon ^ CJoaabatanii ^ « igar for that 'purpose , " expressed an ortistio zwgmt ' llha * ho should spoil so beautiful an < aik 1 With what fragUo links 4 »») the biiMta of war ana peaoe united . On that came . day . our good lawyer bad 1 *»« Mked tup- from iJBabkb » va to the sowao of that tremendou * battle . Xfeint fu » tf ^ r «« rV p 4 iuvrounded by the dead and wounded , feeling keaaly the incoogvaity of otus ^ potition , he jet could not refrain from asking for . some Miloik ( bMmutf , , ¦ ..,.. Wipe know not whether Non-Oombatant is a poet . Bud while we are pwuaitiff'hifli oandour and nafiwtf , we do feol some doubts about the twcuraoy
of an im » u * ation authojship" a copy ve . raes- a - * lives notTfkr from my tent ; " cectain it is that the * eraes pwwifid » * 1 ms volume are among the foremost of those written on this war . It i * styled and was written upon " Xhe JSve of the Bombardment , " that is , the nj ^ htof the 16 th of October : — ' < . , . , : ¦ ..:. ¦ . . O ' w against the leaguered . city , couatleas tents are gleamuig ;\? hite— - Silent , save where , crowding gaily , England ' . ? sailors rouse the night With jest and laugh and chorus'd song , -By flick ' ring camp- » fii » 8 : atretched along . On our muskets sadly leaning , list we to our comrades' mirth , As each hearty shout reminds us of the Land that gave us birth : . So—ere a felon clime could smite Us . down—so leapt our pulses light ! Ah ! 'ti 3 long since Cheer and Revel from our pest-worn lines have shrunk : Yet a thojight of comfort stirs us , musing on the thousands sunk Beaeath a foe that mocks our ken—Tormovrow we shall fight with men ! Welcome steel—the onset weleome , fiery shell and glancing glaive—So we perish not like lepere—so we ' scape the lazar-grave , Heaped up in hurried stealth and gloom , "Without a stone-to mark our doom ! Hastes the Hour for which we ' ve laboured , nightly ' neath our starry pall , Digging close the circling trenches , piling firm the gabion wall , While ever oxi the thuud ' ring town Our sheeted camp looked stilly down . Nat an . ans , w « ing > shot has « 6 unded . j hoarded vengeance waits—< iU morn ! So the serpent ' s prey , imprisoned , strikes with firwtic . hopf and . born , While , coiled in many a giant ring , ITe nor speeds , nor stays , his spring . Foes ! whom , hating not , we hold as victims to a despot ' s pridei "Nobler victims to his madness , conquering ; crimsoned Alma s tide-Along the gory path-they trod , Bear ye the tyrant's name to God . We have been pretty familiar in imagination with $ & position _ ana thoughts of our army on those Ci-imean heights ; . but we part fiq ^ theJMon-GjomSatont vwith a sens © that he has added somjawhat to the materials out . ot which bur mind ' s eye model of the camp is composed ; and that the aid he has rendered is in ihe feeling > vhat it was like in October , 1854 .
-. ** .. % . ' .. - THE B ^ Y :. GEOItG ^ mt ^ JJ ^ A % = ~ ~ 3 L Thxfd OeOlery of Portraits . By ^ George GilflUan . - -E&ubu * g h S Hogg , 5 : Hisis one of the most amusing books we have read for some-time . It . is also one of the best practical jokes on record . These peculiar manitestations of fun have generall y ^ been detestable , for the simple reason that their point consisted in the pain tHey lnnTcTed on the johee . But yk * this partacular case Mr . Gilfillan has kindly thrown aside a badtprecedentj andTnade the point of his practical joke to consist in the pleasurable surprise it gives ^ ' to the public joked upon . You read the title-, Gallery of Portraits , and then the sub-titles , "A File of French " Revolutionists , " "A Constellation of Sacred Authors , " " A Cluster of New Poets , " " Modern Critics , " " Miscellaneous Sketches , " and you groan in the spirit and exclaim : " Unhappy of 18551 have I to
critic th « t I am ! Here is a pleasant beginning , Here . wade through a ocitical exaroination of some forty author ^ from the classics of twenty centuries to the mushrooms of yesterday . Admiration I felt when ia boy I . must once more fed ; objections I fell foul of % Vhen a child I-mustagain-tumbre over ^~ pas 3 ages-that- I-have-heard ~ so-ofien-thatJI .-ani beginning to . forget them , I must again encounter ; and where 1 assent to Gilfillan , must invent a new form of expressing my Yea . ; and where I dissent , . rerexawine xny long-closed conclusions , and , if valid , strive to give a ; piquattt Nay . Would that life were without duties , that I might not read ! this book ! " ' And so with a sigh one turns towards it , —and lo ! we have not xeached the bottom of the first page of the preface before we are roaring with laughter , and though the joke does get a little tedious from its sameness , we still laugh through the whole five hundred pages , and instead of closing thebook with a pain in the head , we finish with a " stitch" in the side .. iuui
xws . oi cue imi oi jpo ^ iug-m ^ m , we veupyjrtj ioujufui w a , mmu va ^ wu ^ u of feeling the deeply and fundamentally ludicrous , there is more fun to be Sot out of this one volume than out of all the Pantomimes , Extravaganzas , iurfesques ., and JFarces of rthe season . The only thing we regret w , that Mr . Griffillan should not ha , ve done in a more direct form what he has so . admirably accomplished , indirectly . Why not devote his abilities to the wa iting o £ il 3 uriesciu . es , a , r ^ for which nature has so copiously endowed ; Ihun ? A groatqr ithan Plft » ch 4 ia here . Why thon be content with the sjttftll audieixoo of ^ hewading publiq , whan he wight gain so easUy the iplaudutaiflif » th « t . fine aggregate of individualities , a British Pit , P But if ~ ras a prosaic friend has just suggestednrrMir . Gilfillan is not awaro of'hifl own Joke , and really intends this balderdash as a serious contribution to the literature of the any , then it is our unpleasant duty materially to ichange our tone , and in the name of nineteenth century manners and cul ^
t . ure to protest . The tone Mr , Gilflllan . adopts towards distinguish men whose views on religious nmfcters do » ftt coincide with his ownj is so very acrid and abusive , astpr / uae su ^ picio ^ s af some personal motive . When he is praising a mnq , - ^ aMd-h « . Q < wv , pi ? ftw ^ < w loudly a . n . d w dangorous \ v to reput ^ tiQn ^ » a he can abuge pftssioniilaly « ad a 4 . vant » goously to reputation—he goneir ^ ly takes oa » o , if they bfl oottlompopariefl , to let you know taftt ho-bw » oen ) wei » r ^ t > een praisod by them . , But twhen he is abusing a ooxWtejBttjpQRwy , hift . n » xor lets fhll tho slightest hintithat he , ever even saw him ., wh © tUwiguAgQ he . applies to Thojoaas , Cnrlylo , XJeorge Oombe , Robert Chambera , finqioreon * Aytojan , Jffaocall , Holyoake ,, antf others , is of tho , t peculiar character itd which there is only one reply , if any is made—the horsewhip . Att 4 l < yet we , have read a paper of Mr ., Gj ( l 4 llan's in which ho recounts minutely a visit to Carlyle , in glowing appreciation of that great man , breaking all theaonvtesies of oiviliBediife injus details of privacy ; aud m \ r Car ^ rlo \ 6 " ^ . nayeii wUd
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Leader (1850-1860), Jan. 6, 1855, page 18, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/l/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2072/page/18/