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WEDNESDAY, Junf. 28.








It is yet too soon to form an accurate opinion of the origin, design, and conduct of this fearful insurrection. It is freely asserted in Paris that it has been set on foot and carried on by foreign gold, and we fear that this statement is true to a certain extent. This much, however, is certain, that the in- surgents neither lacked money nor ammunition. Of both they seemed to have the most liberal supply. Now it is very evident that a few poor men could not make so much resistance without being well supplied with the sinews of war; and it is equally evident that they could not from their own resources have been so well prepared with these things. Prepared they were, however, and the construction of the barricades conclusively demonstrates that they were erected on the most scientific plan, and such only as could have been done by experienced strategists. The workmen could not .supply such persons, and we arc consequently driven to the conclusion that there must have been an unseen power beyond the scenes. Add to this the significant fact that Count Norbourne, formerly Aid-de-camp of Charles X., was taken behind one of the barricades in the very act of distri- buting money to the insurgents. In short, the whole plan Was exquisitely arranged, and many a Government has been overthrown by less formidable conspiracies. The skill was consummate, and the courage was worthy of nobler objects than tumult, mad disorder, and cruel fratricide. Unhappy France, however, has had another fearful visitation, and has received another baptism of blood. Assuming to lead the nations by her example, she now seems in danger of being torn by internal divisions so as to become the beacon rather than the guiding-star of the destiny of other people. We do not believe that unless France will become much more Christian in every sense of the term, that the Republic can possibly exist much longer. That form of Government, we believe, is alone appropriate to a country where the greater part of the inhabitants have some practical compre- hension of the Divine precept—"Whatsoever things ye would that men should do unto you, do also unto them." Without such understanding, a republican Government will prove a fruitful source of misery to such as may adopt it. Some weeks ago we hinted that France was in greater; danger from industrial than political errors. The prediction has now been verified. Communism has well nigh proved the death of the new-born Government. The brutal Char- tism of England, if permitted, would act a similar part. Go- vernment has no business to meddle with labour, and their fearful blunder in so doinp- lias well-nigh destroyed all the framework of society. What Government cannot accom- plish in an indirect way for the promotion of labour, educa- tion, and morality, it should leave undone. We hope this lesson, written as it is with human blood, will be duly pon- dered by those gentlemen in Wales, who are busily indoctri- nating the multitude that they have a right to be educated at the public expense. But if it be the duty of Government to assist at all in the promotion of secular education, it is equally its duty to assist in supplying other secular wants of the people, and this erroneous doctrine will ultimately drive the populace to make demands whose only reply must be made at the cannon's mouth. We are anxious that our brethren should avoid such a conflict, and because that we are anxious for their well-being we most unhesitatingly condemn Government Education. Whenaccused of violence, bigotry, dulness, and such other qualities as have been abundantly imputed to us, we calmly point to the result of Government Education in France. We solemnly warn our friends in the opposition, that they are now feeding a flame which may burst forth with irrepressible ardour and con- sume much of the happiness which we now enjoy. If Government will commence to grant some concessions of this kind, the time is not distant when more and more will be demanded in a voice that may compel the British lion to Startle a little from his wonted courage. Let Government- aid men ponder these facts, and look to France for the re- sult of Government interference with matters beyond its legal province. We hope they will abandon the dangerous course which they now pursue, and devote themselves to the moral elevation of their country by lawful means. Departure from correct principles even in small matters and with good intentions will end disastrously. Abide by abstract truth, and ultimately there will be no danger.