A Suggestive incident.
--A significant illustration of the manner in which the British Government
looks after the humblest of its people occurred in this office a few days ago.
The British Consul, who had previously made an unsuccessful visit to another newspaper office of the city for the same purpose, called upon us to inquire the whereabouts of ‘"a British subject,"’ a poor man, who he had understood was employed in one of the printing offices of the city.
We were so fortunate as to be able to find the person he was in quest of, and the Consul
then proceeded to read to him a letter from the British Consul
, informing him that he had received a communication from one of the British Provinces
, stating that the brother of the humble Englishman
referred to was very ill, and that if he wished to see him before he died, or to send him any message, he must do so at once.
At the same time, the Consul
informed him that he would forward any message he might desire to send.
Though this seemed to be regarded by the Consul
as a matter of common duty, we were much impressed with the incident.
It was a striking illustration of the paternal and patriarchal care which the British Government
takes of the humblest of its subjects.
Here were two or three dignified officials of Great Britain
, on different parts of this continent, putting in train a correspondence, in the midst of extraordinary obstacles, for the purpose of communicating from one humble British subject to another humble British subject such intelligence as that we have mentioned above.
Who can wonder that Englishmen, no matter how far they wander from England
, always speak of it as ‘"home,
"’ and no matter how long they live, always love to the end a Government which not only treats them as subjects, but as members of her family.
We can well understand the feeling of an Englishman, who, on being politely assured by a Frenchman, that if he were not a Frenchman, he would prefer to be an Englishman, replied, ‘"If I were not an Englishman, I wouldn't care a d — n what I was."’