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have destroyed the whole world, women and children; and here but Moses came out and stood were born Baird Smith's daughter right in the way, and held up and Maclagan's eldest son. The those tremendous hands of his, garrison, though containing but &c., &c. And so God said, Well, ninety Europeans, some of whom Moses, you must just have your were civilians, patrolled the counway.” After more irrelevant and try round, and restored confidence irreverent discourse, the pastor re- to the wavering. Captain Macmarked, “I must haul in here; lagan's firmness, and his kindness if I go on, I shall break loose ! to those in distress, have made a

Next day happened to be the lasting impression on persons who 4th of July, in honour of which were present, amongst whom Mrs occasion there was a parade of Baird Smith and Lady Chesney the available military force, which have recently referred to these prudence and due regard for inter- qualities in terms of deserved adnational considerations forbid us miration. The former has to describe. The declaration of marked that his “resolution, his independence was read, and a sleepless care for all, and his special good speech was made, in which tender care for all who were left all that could be said for America, most lonely, are hardly to be deand little or nothing offensive to scribed ”; and that his conduct other nations, were combined. then is an unfading light in her

Maclagan visited and was much memory of a time of sore distress. pleased with the Military Academy The capture of Delhi, however, at West Point, where he made soon restored tranquillity: the Colacquaintance with Colonel Lee. lege was reopened, and work went The situation is described as most on as usual till 1861, when Macdesirable, and the students as lagan was appointed to the Punjab

, being soldierly and smart. as chief engineer, and was pro

On returning home, he was pro- moted to be Lieut.-Colonel. He moted in 1854 to be captain, and held this appointment till he renext year he married Patricia, fifth tired in January 1879, with the daughter of Patrick Gilmour, Esq. exception of some periods of leave, of the Grove, Londonderry. They when his place was taken by left England in 1855, arriving in Colonel Alexander Taylor. During India at the end of the year, and these eighteen years, many importwent to Rúrki, where college work ant works were completed, whilst was resumed and continued till it others were commenced. Railways was interrupted by the Mutiny. and canals have greatly altered the

Though that station escaped the condition of the country, mostly horrors of the crisis, yet, with for the better ; whilst many minor Meerut and Delhi at no great works of much use and convenidistance, the situation was suffici- were constructed. Within ently serious, and demanded effici- the same period some noteworthy ent precaution. Baird Smith was events occurred, with which Genthe senior officer, bold and saga- eral Maclagan was more or less cious, whilst under him Maclagan concerned, of which we may menwas most useful, always maintain- tion the reception of Amir Sher ing a calmness which was of im- Ali Khán of Kábul in 1869; the mense value. The workshops were

visit of H.R.H. the Duke of Edinmade defensible, and accommoda- burgh to Lahore in 1870; the tion in them was provided for death of Sir Henry Durand, Lieut.


Governor of the Punjab, at the engineer, and on James Anthony close of the same year; the cere- Froude, the historian and man of monies connected with the visit letters, whose vivid imagination of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales in and beauty of style have acquired 1876; and the war with Afghán- for him so distinguished a position istán in 1878.

amongst the authors of this cenBefore the General left Lahore, tury. the native members of the P.W. Other ceremonies of a different Department established a prize or nature became more frequent as scholarship to preserve his memory time went on: old friends and in the Punjab, a circumstance comrades died, and Maclagan was which afforded him much grati- most particular in paying to them fication.

the last token of respect.

Sir On return to England he joined Robert Montgomery, the successor many religious and scientific so- of Sir John Lawrence in the Puncieties, and contributed articles to jab, died in 1888; Sir Henry Yule various periodicals. In concert died in 1889; followed in a fortwith Colonel Yule he wrote a night, on January 14, 1890, by Memoir of General Sir W. E. Lord Napier of Magdala, whose Baker; and he was engaged on a funeral at St Paul's was an impresLife of Akbar, which we may hope sive public spectacle, and a signal to see published hereafter.

testimony of national regard. General Maclagan was greatly General Maclagan bad

fair interested in the Royal Indian health till Christmas 1892, when Engineering College at Cooper's he suffered from bronchitis and Hill, of which his brother-officer congestion of a lung, and it may Sir Alexander Taylor is President, be questioned whether he ever fully and he was rarely absent on prize- recovered from illness. He day, when the successful students spent next summer at Lochearnare nominated to the Indian P.W. head, where he was again taken ill. Department. He attended many After a time he was removed to ceremonies, of which some were Edinburgh, and later to London, public, others private : amongst with the view of wintering abroad; them we may mention the service but his strength was unequal to

Westminster Abbey on the the fatigue of a long journey, occasion of the Queen's Jubilee and he went instead to Tor(June 21, 1887), various garden- quay. There, after a period of unparties at Marlborough House, certainty, unfavourable symptoms and a visit to Edinburgh in April were developed, and he returned 1890, when his name was enrolled to London, where he died in peramongst the Honorary Doctors of fect peace, leaving to his family Laws, as an old alumnus of whom and friends the satisfaction of the University was most justly retaining in their thoughts and proud. The degree was at the affections the memory of his use same time conferred on Sir John ful, unselfish, and blameless life. Fowler, Bart., the eminent civil





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AFTER the capture and execu- their horses into the stable and tion of Ciro Annichiarico, related entered the house. The only inin November 1892 of this Maga- habitants were an old man and zine, Francavilla regained its his little granddaughter. An normal condition as a quiet little “old old man,” bent and bowed, country town. The crowds who with

a queer brown face, all had gathered from the country seamed and crossed with wrinkles, round dispersed to their who regarded the uninvited guests homes; no traces remained of the with small favour, muttering to ghastly scene in the little Piazza; himself and shaking his head, as the churches, there and every- he shot furtive glances at them where, resounded with Te Deums; out of his little ferrety eyes; and the gates of the cities were adorned after informing the officers that with triumphal arches; the troops he had nothing to give them to had a couple of days' holiday, and eat, and no beds to offer them, he then escorted the General and a threw a log on the hearth, lay company of his friends (among down on a heap of straw in one whom was his brother, come from corner of the room, where the Florence to pay him a visit) child was already asleep, and apfrom place to place in the pro- peared to follow her example. vince. They were welcomed every- The young oflicers took it very where with speeches and shouting, coolly, shook streams of water presented with the freedom of the from their hats and cloaks, pulled city here, with a sword of honour a bench in front of the fire, dethere.

voured such refreshment, in the Still stragglers from the brig- shape of bread and sausage and ands were found by the peasants, wine, as they had with them, and and brought in from caves and then pulled out their cigars and forests; and there are curious prepared to make a night of it. An stories of such captures, of which hour had passed, when the door of one shall be related here.

the masseria was pushed open, and Two officers were returning from another

another guest, after standing Taranto to Lecce one night. A dark silently for a moment on and stormy night it was, and very threshold, came forward and joined glad were they to see the twink- himself to their company. He ling of a light at no great distance, was very tall, with a muscular sinas they were crossing the plain not ewy frame, showing great strength far from Manduria, famous for its and activity, gaunt, brown, with holy well, “ della Madonna di dark glittering eyes

which Misericordia.” Also, we are told, minded the officers of those of a “the inhabitants of Manduria are hungry wolf, and hands dispropordistinguished for their love of tionately large, even for his great order, urbanity, and hospitality." height.

, ” height. Also, one finger was The twinkling light led them to wanting on the right hand.

All a poor little masseria ; but poor this the officers were able to note though it was, the two officers as he shook his long brown cloak were glad of shelter. So they put

and slouched hat, before putting



them on again. They saw also If these had not been


offithat he carried a carbine, and that cers, new to their work, they would in his belt were stuck three pistols have recognised by the silver and a curved and curiously em- death's-head round his neck, and bossed hunting-knife; while round the curious characters traced on his neck and on his breast were his long black-handled knife, that hung several relics, a small black this was no follower of General cross, a silver death's-head, and two Church, but a guapo, a brigand, figures of the Madonna, embroid- and, worst of all, one of the sect ered in crimson silk.

of the Decisi, But as it was, The officers glanced at one an- though they doubted whether any other: they did not like this ap- amount of sheep's clothing would parition; but what was to be done? make him anything but a wolf, They were far away from head- there was the possibility, they quarters, there were no other in- thought, of his being a gendarme habitants of the masseria than a in disguise returning from some feeble old man and a child. Be- secret

Be- secret mission to headquarters, sides, they had no commission to like themselves. At any rate, it arrest suspicious wayfarers, and it seemed best to accept the statewas by no means certain whether ment. a whistle might not fill the house “Signori," he said, “when next with armed confederates, if they we meet I hope you will bear witshowed mistrust of the stranger. ness that you found me busy in

So it seemed best to salute him, the General's service.” To this to make

way for him on the bench, they answered with a gesture, and and to take out fresh cigars. The the stranger went on: “Yes, yes, stranger returned their civilities, I have done good service against and remarks upon the weather fol- Ciro Annichiarico. Ah, his time lowed, while the thunder growled, is over now! Eighteen years he the lightning came in fitful flashes, was king of these provinces and and the rain pattered steadily on more, but, per Santo Diavolo, his the roof. Presently the stranger head is off at last, and his reign is tried a new topic. "Signori miei, over! Che briccone! what a rascal! he asked, while his wild glittering and now we are free, thanks to eyes seemed to gleam from under General Giorgio. And I have bis slouched hat in a way to make served him so well! Ah, when one shudder, “do you know Gen- we meet at headquarters you will eral Giorgio ?

see, you will see ! » The officers turned and looked at They made some reply to this, him at this unexpected question, and the conversation dropped. “Sì, signore," answered they. Now and then one or another

Ah, he is a fine man!” The threw a fresh log on the hearth, mysterious stranger kept his face and lit a fresh cigar. Now and in the shadow of his hat, but then the two officers made some "held them with his glittering remark to each other in French, eye” as he spoke. “He has rid but otherwise they sat still and the country of robbers, and we silent, till the crowing of the first travel in safety by night and by cock made them all start.

“It will soon be daybreak. “Signore, do you know General What kind of night is it now? Giorgio ?

The thunder has ceased,” said one “Oh yes; but perfectly! In fact, of the young men, rising; and, folI am in his service.”

lowed by his comrade, he went to

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the door, opened it, and stepped out- him, and hurried off to fetch the
side. It was still raining, and “dark horses. The little girl crept after
as a wolf's throat,” and they return him, and both listened with fright-
ed to the fire to wait till daylight. ened eyes as the officers told the
But where was their strange com- adventure of the night. Then ex-
panion! They had left him sitting claiming, “O Madonna, protect

on the bench, staring at the smoul- us! It was doubtless the devil
dering fire, cigar in mouth, carbine himself. If he should return ?
in hand. They stirred the logs O poveri noi !” the massaro seized
till flames shot up and lighted the the child by the hand and hurried
room. They seized a splinter, and, off into the woods which stretched
using it as a torch, searched every like a belt round his house, leav-

He was not there! Yet ing the two young men staring
the room possessed but one door, after him in amazement ! How-
and its only window was but a few ever, as there was no use pursuing
inches square, and, moreover, full him down unknown paths, they
fifteen feet from the ground. They saddled their horses, took the
looked in vain for a ladder, or even widest road, and arrived at Lecce
a chair to mount by, and the bench in safety in time for breakfast.
stood exactly where they had left Presently they were summoned
it. As to the old massaro, he was to General Church's room, and
snoring on his heap of straw, and found him, map spread on table,
there was not a cupboard or chest, ready to listen to their report,
or corner, which offered any chance which they gave, winding up with
of concealment.

a full account of the night's ad-
“What do you think about it?” venture, and an inquiry as to
asked one, with an involuntary whether the mysterious stranger

was really in the General's service.
" Per Bacco ! I don't know what The General leaned back in his
to think,"answered his companion, chair and laughed. “Why, gentle-
gloomily. “Brigands in flesh and men," said he, "don't you know

blood are all very well, but as to the meaning of the death's-head ?

Have you never seen the black-
“Since Ciro is dead, upon my handled dagger of the Decisi, with
word I think it was the devil emblems inscribed on the blade ?
himself,” said the other. “Could Well, you never saw the papers
any mortal have escaped in such a and things found at Grottaglia
fashion ?

and San Marzano, so how should
They went to the door again you? That fellow, from your de-
and looked out. The rain had scription, must be Occhio Lupo of
ceased, and a faint greyness showed the seventeen Murders — a nice
that dawn was on its way. Every name, is it not ?—and you must
now and then a gust of wind shook go after him. Come to me at
the trees, bringing down a shower sundown for instructions, and each
of drops. Otherwise, everything of you provide a dozen men. You
was still and quiet.

won't want more, now that Ciro is
“Let us leave this place,” said dead.”
the two young officers.

"Ilola, When they returned, General
amico /to the sleeping massaro ;

Church showed them on his map 56 wake

up and tell us our way to that there were two roads which Lecce."

reached the masseria from Lecce, The old man got up and came and directed that each of the forward, glancing timidly round officers should take one, with his

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