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such a critical moment the vacillating most assuredly coincides with her incharacter of Frederick-William strong- terests. Austria has once more taken ly contrasted with the firmness of the the lead in the political affairs of Geryoung emperor Francis Joseph. When many. It was at Vienna that the informed of what was passing at Ber- conference of the four Powers was lin, his Majesty observed that the established; it was at Vienna that treaty was signed ; that it was duly these schemes were adopted, which ratified by the two sovereigns; and emanated from the desire, and the that all that remained now was, to necessity, of maintaining the peace of execute it: that if any demur arose Europe ; and it was there also that on that head, and if Prussia meant by the important treaty of Berlin and her objections the non-recognition of the additional articles were drawn the engagements she had knowingly, up. We have little doubt that if Ausand of her own accord, bound herself tria carries out with the same firmness to, Austria could not but regard such the obligations she has contracted in refusal as a casus belli,—for most as her own interest and that of Europe, suredly Austria would make no con she will derive the greatest benefit cession. This firmness of the youthful from them, and that, even in a more sovereign produced the desired effect. selfish point of view, she will find that, It put an end to the ministerial crisis ; on this as on all occasions, honesty is and the good understanding which the the best policy. It has been the fashion treaty, and which one of the contract among a certain class of French poliing parties appeared desirous of inter- ticians for the last forty or fifty years, rupting, was once more, and, we trust, to predict, at no very distant period, permanently established. One of the the fall of the British empire; and first consequences of that restored even the wretched Ledru Rollin has good-feeling was, the signing of the written two or three stupid volumes protocol by the representatives of the with the object of proving, no doubt four Powers, which annexes the Aus- to his own satisfaction, and to that of tro-Prussian treaty to the Anglo- people of his calibre, that the hour French convention. The object of the of England's decline had long ago Berlin treaty was, the protection of arrived, that her wonderful career of the political, moral, and material in- prosperity was arrested, and that the terests of the great German Confe- only thing she had to do was, to prederation, which have been seriously pare herself as decently as possible for injured, and would be seriously me her final fall. It was, however, some naced in future by the continued and security that M. Ledru Rollin conindefinite occupation of the Danubian tinued to stay in our doomed country, Principalities, and the farther advance as it showed that we were safe, at all into the Ottoman territory of the Rus- events, for another year or so. Similar sian armies. That fact is expressly predictions have been made over and stated in the additional article of the over again about the Austrian empire; treaty; and in the instrument itself and, in truth, there was a period within the Emperor of Austria and the King the last few years when its dismem. of Prussia declare that "it appertains berment was, even by the most increto Germany to fulfil a high mission at dulous, deemed inevitable. Many a the close of the present war, in order time during the five-and-twenty years to provide against a future which could spent in the great struggle of the renot be otherwise than fatal to the publican and imperial period of France, general wellbeing of Europe." The it was believed that the last hour of adhesion of the German Confederation Austria had sounded, and that she bad to this treaty would complete the long lost her place among the great grand alliance which the grasping am powers of Europe. She has neverthebition of Russia has raised up against less struggled through the tempest; her.
and when she recovered her authority, We have dwelt at some length on she recovered it without serious loss, the line adopted by Austria in this and without a rival over all Germany. matter, because we cannot help feeling The empire that, to all appearance, that it redounds to her honour, as it had been solidly established in 1814,
was again shaken to its foundation in forced to succumb. Those family in1848. Its capital and its provinces fluences are, as we have said, purely were ravaged at the same time by personal, and do not affect the nation civil and by external war; the impe at large, who will not allow their rial family had to fly from Vienna, country to be degraded into a satellite and seek refuge in the depths of the of Russia. Prussia, the most imporTyrolese mountains. All Germany tant member of the Germanic confedeseemed to rise and make a last effort ration after Austria, will not suffer to shake off her domination, to form that confederation to descend to the one compact body, to cast loose Aus rôle of a commission charged with tria, and to confer the supreme and Russian interests, and established in united power on Prussia. Not much the very heart of Germany. The more than a year has gone by since Prussian nation will not tolerate it, Austria sustained against Prussia a merely because the sister of the king lengthened struggle on the commercial happens to be the Empress of Russia. constitution of Germany; and in that It is true that other titles and other struggle Austria certainly bad not the honours have been lavishly scattered best part. Yet she again issued safe by the Czar among the officers of the out of her trials; and on the occasion Prussian army, with the view of purto which we have just referred, she chasing their goodwill, and seducing succeeded in regaining all her prepon them from their duty as Germans. In derance. The revolution is no longer many instances this has been successvisible on the theatre where it was ful; but we have heard that the suctriumphant; the coolness which ex cess is principally confined to what isted between her and England has may be termed the more aristocratic disappeared, and she is once more classes of the army, and that among united to her ancient and faithful ally the cavalry, for instance, a decidedly by an obligation of the noblest kind strong feeling exists at this moment in the maintenance of the independence favour of Russia. The officers who of Western Earope against an over have been decorated by the Emperor grown and unscrupulous Power. of Russia, take particular care to ex
While the gratitude of Austria to- bibit in public their stars and ribbons, wards Russia for her powerful aid in as if in contempt of public opinion, 1849, is alleged as a powerful reason and as an indication of their sympathy againt a community of action with for the Russian cause. This is not, the maritime powers, the ties of however, the only motive for their relationship existing between King conduct. They see in the Emperor of Frederick - William and the Emperor Russia a protection against revolution; Nicholas—the Czarina being the sister and this, considering the class to which of the former-are regarded as render- the cavalry officers generally belong, ing impossible the co-operation of is not very extraordinary. NeverthePrussia with England and France. less, we are persuaded that the discloWe admit the full force of such a cir sures in the correspondence of Sir cumstance, particularly on a mind like Hamilton Seymour must have prothat of the King of Prussia. But these duced, even upon the persons of whom influences are merely personal. The we speak, a great effect; their parPrussian monarchy is not any longer tialities must have received a rude a pure despotism, where the will of the shock on the perusal of these letters, Sovereign is the law of the nation and have singularly cooled down their Prussia enjoys, in a more or less im zeal. The most ardent admirers of perfect form, a representative regime; the Emperor Nicholas must have felt the press is, to a certain extent, free; his face burn with shame and indignaand there are sufficient means to ascer tion at the contemptuous manner in tain the direction, and estimate the which he affected to ignore the exisforce, of public opinion. On other and tence of Prussia as one of the states equally important occasions, the king of Europe ; and it is impossible to whose weakness and infirmity of pur- doubt that, in the event of the success pose are proverbial, ran counter to of Russia, her acts, so far as Prussia public opinion, and the king was is concerned, would be in conformity
with her words, or rather with her that it will inspire the army and the silence. But Prussia, as well as Aus- people with patriotic ardour. tria, has approved and sanctioned, In this alliance against barbarism in as solemn a manner as such an act on the triumph of which the safety of is capable of, the measures adopted by Western Europe, as well as of Turthe maritime powers. She has, in key depends—in this great league common with her sister of the Ger which does honour to our times, two manic confederation, declared that of the most powerful nations of the England and France acted right in earth, great in the arts of peace and supporting Turkey against the pre- war, have laid aside their rivalries tensions of Russia. The ultimatum, and jealousies, have forgotten or forpresented in the name of the powers given past hatreds and wrongs, and to Russia, was approved by her, as with sincerity of purpose have sacrialso the subsequent declaration officed on the altar of the public good war by the English and French gov- the animosities of centuries. Nothing ernments. In fact, every step succes can be more exciting, and at the same sirely adopted by these two powers in time more noble, than that glorious defence of the integrity of Turkey, and fraternisation of France and England consequently against Russia, has been by sea and land;-the Zouave and the repeatedly sanctioned, including that British grenadier fighting side by side, which annexes the Anglo-French con- and the union-jack and the tricolor, with vention, and the Austro - Prussian all the stirring memories they call up, treaty, to the engagements comprised waving over the same sea, and meeting in the protocol of the 9th April. We as they never yet have met. The cause have already observed that we do not is not exclusively French or English, set much importance on the delay of it is that of Europe ; and no state, Prussia and Austria in commencing however small, and with the slightest hostilities in the field. In the present pretensions to civilisation, can hesiinstance, the priority of the declaration tate to lend a hand to the good work. of war belongs properly to the powers If there be any, however, which, that have already made it. With re owing to its circumscribed territory, spect to France in particular, her geo or acting under the influence of a sergraphical position enabled her to do so vile Prince, or from any other motive, without loss of time. But had Prus. shall draw back from the common sia drawn the sword two months ago, cause, that state_should be placed as was so often demanded by the pub- under the ban of Europe. Whatever lic, with her troops not yet organised be its form of government, whatever nor concentrated, and Russia with her be its creed-Catholic, Protestant, or one hundred thousand men in Poland, Greek, if it refuse to respond to the the Prussian territory would have call, it should be excluded from the been at once invaded at a moment it society of Europe ; and the law of the was most unprepared. Those who Greek legislator, which pronounced believed that it was by negotiation, and degradation and death on the citizen by temporising, that the great German who, when his country was in peril, powers would be induced to assume did not fly to its aid, should be apthe same active attitudes as France plied to it. In such circumstances, and England, were in error. It is each state ought to be regarded as a rather our own determination of pur citizen of the great European compose, our vigour and energy of action, monwealth ; the useless or the renaand our success, that will lead them gade member has no claim to protecinto co-operation. When they find tion, and cannot expect to be mainthat they have not to deal with Rus- tained in the rights which it has forsia single-handed, that they have not feited by cowardice or treachery, the undivided burden of the war to It will not be irrelevant if, after support, they will then join us in the noticing the conditions of the larger field; and we have little doubt that States, and weighing the reasons which, the thunder of the cannon so near their in our judgment, render their co-operafrontier will be itself an appeal to tion with the Western governments a which the nation will not be deaf, and matter of peremptory obligation, even
one of regard to their own interest, of her triumph, Piedmont is, perhaps, we say a few words about the second- the most exposed to danger. Her ary States, and the peculiar position great crimes are, her form of governof cach, both as respects Russia, and ment, and her invasion of the Austhe Powers to whom it is expected trian territory, anjustifiable we do that they will afford their co-opera- not hesitate to admit, under Charles tion. Among those States that enjoy Albert. But the Constitution of Pieda form of government more or less mont, which has survived the ruin of similar to that of France and England, so many others, because it is moderate, and who for that reason are particu- and suited to the habits of the people, larly obnoxious to Russia, Spain and and which has been so faithfully rePortugal, though the most distant spected by the king, and maintained from the theatre of war, and there- by the people ; its religious and secufore less exposed to its effects, are lar reforms, and the probability of among the first that ought to come their progress ; the loyalty to the forward. It may even be a question house of Savoy, and the attachment whether these countries are not bound to the order of things created by by the spirit of the Quadruple Alliance, the Revolution of 1848, render Piedwhich has not yet terminated, to lend mont an abomination which must be their co-operation. The Quadruple extirpated from the south of Europe. Alliance was formed with the object If we are unable to arrest Russia in of creating and maintaining a system her career, not only would everything which had for its basis the negation like liberal institutions be destroyed of the principle of legitimacy. This in Piedmont, but we believe that, to alliance was intended to be in direct gain over Austria, it would be offered opposition to the coalition inspired as a bribe to her. The integrity and and protected by the Russian Em- political existence of Piedmont, in fact, peror in his character as champion depend on the successful resistance of of legitimacy and absolutism. That the Western Powers; and when the coalition was the instrument with proper moment comes, we have little which he meant to divide Europe, doubt that she will be ready to take and intervene in the quarrels of other part in the sacrifices made in defence States in conformity with the tradi- of Europe, and not maintain, during tional policy of Russia ; to terminate such a crisis as the present, a dangerat some future day what he considers ous neutrality. The manner in which to be a revolutionary system, and to the Sardinian government received the effect the expulsion of their actual official communication of the Anglooccupants from the thrones of Spain French Convention in the beginning and Portugal, and the restoration of of June, affords ground for belief that Dom Miguel and Don Carlos as the the Cabinet of Turin will not be backrepresentatives of the legitimist prin- ward in its co-operation should it beciple, and, in his eyes, the only right- come necessary. M. Cavour, in his reful sovereigns of their countries. The ply to the English and French minisquestion of religion, too, occupies an ters, bestowed the greatest praise on important place in this consideration. what he termed “the disinterested deHis treatment of the Catholics of Po- votedness" with which the two Powers land shows that the Czar bates quite pursued in common the triumph of the as strongly the Christian sects that only policy which could re-establish differ from the Orthodox faith, as he peace on a solid basis; and he exdoes the Mussulman. Non-orthodox pressed his hope, in the name of the Christians are equally unbelievers in king and government,
" that their his eyes; and in his twofold charac- noble efforts will be crowned with ter as restorer of absolutism on the that success which every Power should thrones of Europe, and defender of desire who has really at heart the indeOrthodoxy, Spain and Portugal bave pendence of the States, and the maineverything to fear from bis success. tenance of the balance, of Europe."
Among the secondary states of Were Russia in possession of one Europe which would find little mercy of the shores of the Adriatic, neither at the hands of Russia, in the event the King of Naples nor the Grand
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Duke of Tuscany would have reason stantinople, would be to seize on that to feel satisfied in such a neighbour- petty kingdom, which, even in times hood; and the former would do well of peace, and under the most favourto lose no time in preparing himself able circumstances, only subsists by for a perpetual vassalage, if he will means of the subsidy granted to ber not avail himself of the present oppor. by the allies. But the conversations tunity of winning some credit for his of the Emperor of Russia with our troops by rendering service to the minister have shown pretty clearly rest of Europe. The principle laid the sort of benevolence which Russia down by Switzerland, up to the mo- feels towards King Otho, and his ment we write, has been that of strict avowed determination not to tolerate neutrality. This may be all very fine any extension of his territory; but, in words or on paper, but we much with the full knowledge of all this, doubt the possibility of any State the clear-sighted and clever Otho complaced so near the theatre of war, or menced war against Turkey, and conthe power that will be engaged in it, sequently against Turkey's allies, well to maintain its neutrality. The ques- knowing how that war, so far as he tion, as the Swiss Confederation must is concerned, must end. It has ended well know, is not now one of mere in the occupation of the Greek terrisecondary interest. The Swiss are tory by a few thousands of the allied better aware than any one, that the forces; in the blockade of its coasts, general interest of Europe is at stake, and the consequent interruption of all and that there is no country which is communication between the insurgent more exposed than Switzerland. Such subjects of the Porte and the Hellenic neutrality as she would maintain has bands; in the absolute submission of been always difficult, and, in the pre- the king; his humiliating apology; sent instance, it is impossible. It is not his promises of amendment for the now for the first time that Switzer- future, pronounced in presence of the land has to learn that her independ- English and French ministers, whose ence is essentially connected with the advice he had scornfully rejected; the balance of power in Europe, and that dismissal of the ministry who were if this balance were destroyed, or his accomplices in that mad attempt; seriously disturbed, her independence and the nomination of new advisers would not be worth a month's purchase. long known for their determined reHer co-operation with the other states sistance to Russian influence, and deof Europe, in a question of such vital cidedly friendly to the Western powers importance to alī, she is not merely How King Otho, or his queen, who is bound in honour to afford, but her the fanatical partisan of Russia, or bis existence as an independent Confed- ministers, could for a moment suppose eration obliges her not to refuse it. that Greece would be tolerated in her We are therefore of opinion that open partisanship, is what we cannot Switzerland may fairly be comprised conceive, unless we presume upon & in the States that will assist, when the greater absence of intellect than even time comes for general and armed that which his Majesty has hitherto resistance to Muscovite ambition. got credit for. To declare war against
Of Greece, or rather the Greek Greece would be absurd; and many Government, 'so much has been said motives would prevent us from overrecently, that any particular allusion throwing an independence which we to it is scarcely necessary. Notwith- have done so much to found. Perstanding the analogy between the re- haps, after the occupation of her terligious faith of Greece and Russia, ritory, the severest penalty that we the merest reflection and the simplest might impose on that ungrateful govcommon sense ought to have ranked ernment would be to demand payment her in the number of our allies; for of the debt she owes us; and as it is even supposing the disclosures of Sir probable that the answer would be Hamilton Seymour to have been kept anything but satisfactory to the secret from the world, there can be creditor, to take the best secarity we little doubt that one of the first acts might find. Greece has already keenly of Russia, after the conquest of Con- felt the effects of her conduct to the