The Coos Bay times. (Marshfield, Or.) 1906-1957, November 10, 1907, SUNDAY EDITION, Page 7, Image 7

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Correspondence Published by King Edward's Leave Throws
New Light on Queen.
London, Nov. 9. Queen Victo
ria's letters, edited by A. C. Benson
and Lord Esher and published this
week, are stated in the preface to
form "what is probably the most ex
tiaordinary series of state documents
In the world."
They aro a monument of industry
md an enduring testimonial of devo
tion to the sense of right and a pow
erful stimulus to patriotism. Never
before has the country been taken
into tho confidence of a monarch
with such frankness and lack of re
straint. The letters published in
these bulky volumes cover tho period
of twenty-four years that elapsed be
tween Victoria's accession in 1837
and tho death of her prince- consort
in 1SG1.
Thero aro some letters referring
to tho early life in which tho writer
refers to "Uncle" Leopold I, king of
tho Belgians, as providing tho
"brightest epoch of my otherwise
raeloncholy childhood."
Her Earliest Impressions as Queen.
On June 19, 1837, tho then prin
cess Victoria wrote to her undo, in
forming him of tho imminonco of the
death of William IV. In speaking of
her expected accession sho sald:
"I look forward to the event which
it seems is likely to occur soon with
calmness and quietness. I am not
alarmed at it, and yet I do not sup
l'oso myself quite equal to it all. I
trust howover, that with good will,
honesty, and courage I shall not with
all events fall."
This letter concluded with tho
hope that "tho all powerful being,
who has so long watched over tho
destinies, will guido and support mo
in whatever situation and station it
may please Him to placo me."
There aro somo naive remarks In a
long description of tho coronation
which tho queen wrote In her private
Journal, such as:
"Millions of my subjects showed
good humor and excessive loyalty,
and really I cannot say how proud I
feel to ho queen of such a nation.
When my good lord of Melbourne
knelt down and kissed my hand he
pressed my hand and I grasped his
with my heart.
"Tho archbishop had most awk
s wardly put tho ring on tho wrong
finger, and I had the greatest difficul
ty to take it off again, which, at last,
I did with great pain.
"Tno crown hurt me a good deal."
Her Great Love as a Wife.
The day after her marriage, Feb
ruary 11, 1848, the quean wrote to
King Leopold from Windsor castle:
"Dearest Uncle: I wrote you from
here tho happiest, happiest being that
ever existed. Really, I do not think it
possiblo for any one in tho world to
bo happier or as happy as I am. Ho
is an angel, and his kindness and af
fection for mo are really touching.
To look in those dear eyes and dear,
sunny face Is enough to mako me
adore him. What I can do to make
him happy will be my greatest de
light, independent of my great per
sonal happiness.
"Tho reception wo both met with
jesterday was the most gratifying
and enthusiastic I over experienced.
There was no end of crowda in Lon
don and all along the road."
Proud of Her First Child, Now King.
A letter written soon after tho
birth of tho present king ran as fol
lows: "Our llttlo boy is a wonderfully
strong and large child, with large
bluo oye3 and finely formed, but with
a somewhat largo nose and pretty
little mouth. I hope and pray ho
may bo like his dearest papa. He is
to bo called Albert, and Edward is to
be his second name."
Queen Victoria, although sho con
fessed on occasion to King Leopold
that sho greatly disliked politics,
closely followed every political de
velopment. She thus refers to Sir
Robert Peel's bill to increase tho
grant to tho Roman Catholic college
at Maynooth:
"Buckingham Palace, April 15,
1845. My Beloved Uncle: Hero wo
aro In a great state of agitation about
ono of tho greatest measures ever
proposed. I am sure poor Peel ought
to bo blessed by all Catholics for tho
manly and noble way in which ho
stands forth to protect and do good
for poor Ireland. But tho bigotry,
wicked and blind passions it brings
forth are quite dreadful and I blush
for Protestanlsm.
"A Presbyterian clergyman said
truly that bigotry is more common
than shame. .
Her Iveen Political Insight.
Between IS 48 and 1851 there was
friction between the court and Pal
merston over the conduct of foreign
affairs, and finaly the latter resigned.
On Dcember 3, 1S51, the queen wrote
to King Leopold I:
"Dearest Uncle: I have tho great
est pleasure in announcing to you a
piece of news which will give you as
much satisfaction and relief as it does
to us, and will to tho whole of tho
world. Lord Palmerston Is no longer
foreign secretary, and Lord Granville
js already named aa his successor.
Ho had become of lato really quite
reckless, and in spite of tho serious
admonition and caution he received
only on tho 9th of November, and
again at the beginning of December,
ho tolls Walewki that ho entirely ap
proves of Louis Napoleon's coup d'e
tat when ho had written to Lord Nor
mandy by my and my cabinet's deslro
that ho (Lord Normandy) was to
continue his diplomatic intercourse
with tho French government, but was
to remain perfectly passive and give
no opinion."
In a letter to her uncle after her
visit to spithead in 1842, tho queen
made the following reference to tho
British navy: "I think it is in these
Immense wooden walls that our real
real greatness lies."
Victoria's Tribute to Wellington.
In another letter to tho same cor
respondent ten years later she thus
spoke of tho duke of Wellington.
"I am sure you will mourn with us
over tho loss wo ami tho wholo na
tion have experlencec In tho death of
the dear and great old duko of Wel
lington. Ho was tho prldo and tho
bon genie as It were, of this country.
He was tho best man tho country ever
produced, and the most devoted and
loyal subject, and tno stanchest sup
porter tho crown ever had. Ho was
to us a true, kind friend, and a most
valuable adviser. To think that all
this Is gone; that this great Immortal
man belongs now to history and no
longer to tho present Is a truth which
wo cannot realize."
Thero aro many letters referring
to tho Crimean war. Ono speaks of
the "dreadful and Incalculable con
sequences of war weighing upon my
heart." Another quotes Shakes
peare's words, "Beware of entrance
to a quarrel; hut being" in, bear't that
the opposed may beware of thee," as
being deeply engravee on the hearts
of all Englishmen.
Three years later, in 1S57, there is
this reference to tho Indian mutiny:
"Wo are in sad anxiety about India
which engrosses all our attention.
Troops cannot be raised fast or large
enough, and tho horrors committed
on poor ladles, women, and children
aro unknown in these ages and make
one's blood run cold. Altogether,
the wholo is so much more distress
ing than tho Crimea, where thero was
glory and honorable warfare, and
where poor women and children were
Grief of Her Widowhood.
The' book ends with the death of
the prince consort. Tho queen pours
out her whole soul to her second
father, Leopold I, in her anguish as
she had dono in her joy:
"Osborne, 20th Dec, 18G1. My
Own, Dearest, Kindest Father: For
as such have I ever loved you. The
poor, fatherless baby of 8 months Is
now utterly broken hearted and
crushed widow of 42. My life as a
happy ono i3 ended. Tho world is
gone for me. If I must live on and
I will do nothing to mako mysolf
worse than I am It is honceforth for
our poor fatherless children, for my
unhappy country, which has lost all
in losing him, -and in only doing what
I know and feel ho would wish; for
ho is near mo; his spirit will guido
and insplro me.
"But, O, to be cut off In tho prime
of lifo, to see our puro, happy, quiet
domestic life, which alono enabled
mo to 'bear my much disliked posi
tion, cut off at 42, when I had hoped
with such instinctive certainty that
God would never part us, and would
let us grow old together.
"Although ho always talked of tho
shortness of life It Is too awful, too
cruel, and yet Jt must bo for his good,
his happiness. His "purity was too
great, his aspirations too high for
this poor, miserable world. His
great soul is not only enjoying that
for which it was worthy, and I will
not envy him, only pray that mlno
may bo perfected by it, and fitted by
him eternally for which blessed mo
mont I earnestly long." ,
Tho book has been copyrighted by
tho king In Great Britain and de
pendencies. .
We Civilize Them.
i'Tliey doapise ua, yea, Uioy despise
us," said tho American woman who
lives much among foreign residents
of New York, "but great as Is tho
contempt of tho German, tho French
man, and the Italian for everything
American, each nationality looks to
us to civilize tho emigrants from
other European countries. Only yes
terday I heard a German who has
lived hero for many years character
ize as pernicious the American gov
ernment, the American industrial
system, American schools, and the
American climate. Tho next minute
his eye lighted upon a group of par
ticularly well-dressed Italians.
"They are a pretty tough lot now,"
ho said, "but after they have lived
here for a few years and have sent
their children to school here they will
learn how to behave."
Later I heard a Frenchman de
clare that the wholo United States
was given up to rowdyism, yet In tho
same breath he expressed tho convic
tion that a number of Germans whom
ho regards as impossibly "Dutchy"
at present would become civilized af
ter a few years' resldenco in Now
J York. I don't just see tho force of
that reasoning. If wo aro all heath
en, how can association with us possi
bly improve anyone? Yet that is tho
miracle that all our foreign friends
aro confidently expecting to bo performed.
Masquerade Ball, at Sumner,
November 23. Good music.
An Inevitable Downpour.
A New York man who had been
summering in the White mountains,
on his return to town, told of an on
counter with a New Hampshlro farm
er. It was lato in September, and It
was almost timo for tho Equinox or
"lino storm," as the natives call it.
Tho city man was planning a certain
trip on his motor cycle, but tho morn
ing on which ho had been intending
to start was bo gray and overcast
that ho felt somo hesitation about
setting out. Ho was trying to per
suado himself out of this feeling
even though his better judgment was
against him, Tho mountains wore
veiled in wreaths of mist and cloud
that had Bottled down almost to their
bases. Ho was getting his wheel
ready, when ono of tho nearby farm
ers camo up and leaned over tho
fence, watching him.
"1 s'poso yo don't mind gottin'
somo wot," ho finally insinuated.
"Oh, I don't believe its going to
rain," answored tho optimist, Jaunti
ly. ' "It looks llko a bit threatening,
but I think it will clear up by noon,
aro now on exhibition at this stores
Always aiming to lead in thd
matter of new ideas, wo can show
you tho greatest stock of up-to-dato
suits, cravonottes and overcoats for
men and young men over brought to
this city. You will find hero tho
nowest conceptions, in fall clothes
a class of apparel which no other
storo can show you. Wo feature
and tho styles for fall it car nrc in n
class by themselves.
Wo can also supply you with
Sacchl's Huilding, 2nd Street.
so I'm going to start just tho same."
Tho farmer was silent a moment,
thon ho pointed solemnly toward tho
clouds, which had entirely shut out
from view tho mighty mountain four
miles away.
"Young man," ho said impressive
ly as ho pointed, "Look thar. Whoa
tho clouds settles down over Koar
sargo, God Almighty couldn't stop tho
Miner Injured at Libby.
W. Dowosso, a miner at tho Libby
Coal Mine, was injured' yesterday
while at work by a quantity of coal
falling on him. Whon the coal was
romovod It was found ono leg was
broken, This Is tho eecond ttmo
within a fow years that Mr. Doweesa
has sustained n broken leg.