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mentioned, contains one of Mrs. Gore's most popular works, Mrs. Armytage; or, Female Domination. It is a curious fact that this story, which denounces the injurious effects produced upon the female character by an extension of the rights and privileges of the ses, was found on the bed of the unfortunate Duchess de Praslin, stained with blood, and she had been left reading it by her attendant at a late hour on the night of her assassination. This circumstance excited so general an interest on the continent as to have called for a double reprint at the time. We have also received an amusing and instructive little work by Mr. Charles Ollier, On the Fallacy of Ghosts, Dreams, and Omens ; with Stories of Witchcraft, Life in Death, and Monomania, to which we shall refer at a future opportunity, recommending it, meanwhile, as a very interesting volume.
POLITICAL POSTSCRIPT. It is seldom we occupy ourselves in more than ordinary earnestness with political matters ; but at the present moment it would argue positive insensibility on the part of authors or citizens of any class not to be aroused by the events and wondrous scenes that we see enacted around us. At the last moment that it is in our power to record events, which may by the very morrow have been made to change their aspect as if touched by the enchanter's wand, every thing is going on in accordance with what has been anticipated in the elaborate and well-considered articles which are consigned to the body of the Magazine.
The word citizen, we have used above, reminds us of a curious definition of the word as applied to the actual state of unfortunate France, made by the Times newspaper.
“ There,” says our serio-comic contemporary, “it is evident that citizen and soldier, citizen and debtor, citizen and defaulter, citizen and idle man, citizen and bankrupt, citizen and state-pauper, mean the same thing.” This is very sad, but it contains the epitome of the state of things that has resulted from an ill-considered and hasty revolutionary movement. In Prussia, notwithstanding that many-tongued rumour had ex. pelled a king somewhat dilatory in his concessions, and uncertain in his actions, it appears that Frederick William still holds legitimate sway, over the hearts as well as the persons of his brave subjects, and that, therefore, the question of supremacy in the German Confederation remains in statu quo. The movement of Sardinia in favour of the people of Lombardy, although not perfectly authenticated, appears to be almost certain ; and it will serve to complicate matters infinitely. Austria, at a moment that it is so deeply embarrassed with the position and demands of its other various states, will either be obliged to abdicate the Iron Crown, or to defend its Trans-Alpine possessions, sword in hand. The complications that may at the present moment result to Europe at large, by the first unsheathing of the old decider of political questions—the sword-are too numerous to be disposed of in a sentence. At the same moment the German provinces attached to the Danish monarchy are throwing off their allegiance to the north, to unite themselves, if possible, with a more powerful confederacy—that of the great German empire. How darkly and portentously do all these events loom over central Europe? In vain the last of the Cæsars—the Emperor Nicolas-is hurrying his legions towards the frontier ; the moment for any thing, save that which would render confusion more confused, is already gone by. And above all, France, which has so enthusiastically upheld the establishment of independence in Germany, into how small a compass as a nation will it sink, before a confederacy formed of all the German kingdoms, principalities, margravates, and states at the same time united into one powerful whole, and assuming a stern and earnest anti-revolutionary attitude!