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self at the result of the enterprise. to kill one with kindness. Invariably The hall, which may be well enough as iny host made the visit occasion for a a concert room, is a gloomy sepulchre banquet, to which he bade a consideraof ordered speech. It was not more ble number of guests. This was not than half full, and, as those on the the best preparation for delivery of a back seats could only partly hear, lecture of upwards of an hour's durathere was no approach to enthusiasm. tion. It was kindly meant and was We got along somehow. George Rus- certainly pleasant. sell made a cheery speech. As for me, My difficulty was to fit in the invitahaving among few natural gifts endow- tions showered on me by the kindness ment of something of the mental habit of friends. One I particularly regretted of Mark Tapley in adverse circum- having to decline is conveyed in the stances, I betrayed no discomfiture. following note:Perhaps I was buoyed up by reflection on the fact (a consolation not shared

Belmont Castle, Meigle, Scotland:

November 16. by my chairman) that in addition to the

My dear Lucy,—Only to-day have I fee paid by the Crystal Palace Direc

seen in the local papers that you are tors, the editor of the “North American

going to lecture in Dundee on Friday. Review" had paid me 501. for the man- You will therefore be within threeuscript of the lecture, which was pub. quarters of an hour of us; and what lished in two successive uumbers of his you are to do is to come here on Satniagazine.

urday morning and stay. Why should Amongst the audience, unknown to

you not stay over the Harcourt festi

val next week? He is coming here on me, was a gentleman whose presence

Monday night, and reposes here until had important influence on subsequent

the anvil is ready on which his hamevents. He was the manager of the mer will fall on Thursday, to the conleading London Lecture Agency, and fusion of all timid people and the dewas so far favorably impressed with

light of all who love a row. You are the discourse that he asked me to per

not wanted anywhere else at this time mit bim to obtain for me engagements

Judging by the contents of

the papers, they might as well be writto deliver it in various parts of the

ten anywhere as in London. Why not country. As the lecture season falls

do your "Pall Mall" gossip from here? during the Parliamentary Recess, I, un- You may become even a "mere outder the impression that the enterprise sider," and copying his fashion predict would involve some six or eight excur

on Monday what you will announce on sions, left the matter in his hands.

Friday as having happened on Thurs

day. Before the season opened he had booked

If you are wise and bring Mrs. Lucy over forty engagements in London

with you, underline all I have said, for and the provinces, a considerable num- ererything would be doubled, from our ber of invitations coming from Scot- pleasure downwards. And she might land.

come here on Friday, in anticipation of It was pretty hard work, there being

you; for I am sure she can forego the rarely a day's intermission from a rail

pleasure of listening to your thunder

on Friday. Do come. way journey with a lecture at night.

Yours always, The tour actually took the form of a

H. Campbell-Bannerman. series of visits to the town and country houses of friends. I do not think that Lord Rosebery, ever hospitable, tel. through the long course of travel I egraphed asking me to stay at Dal. more than three times put up at an meny during the visit to Edinburgh. I hotel. There was perhaps a tendency was already pledged to be the guest

of year.

of Lord Robertson, then Lord Justice House to suppose that an analogous General of Scotland, who, breaking measure had been brought in affecting through a habit long enforced by offi- a London suburb. cial duties, consented to appear on a “There might,” he continued, “be expublic platform in Edinburgh, presid- pected to come forward a householder ing at the lecture delivered in the hall who said, 'I am, although perhaps it of the Institute. Later, lecturing at is not I who should say it, a model of Epsom, Lord Rosebery sacrificed his all civic virtues. And yet my villa is dinner hour at the Durdans in order to going to be taken from me.'

In amtake the chair, when, he delivered a plification of his claim to be a person sparkling speech on the Houses of Par- of the highest virtues he might go on liament. Under such ægis the faults to say, 'I am a member of the National of the lecture and the demerits of its Liberal Club, a teetotaler, and a pasdelivery were overlooked. The tour sive resister. I have recently married proved an unexpected success.

my deceased wife's sister, and none of Lord Robertson, who has perma- my children have been vaccinated.'” nently crossed the Tweed to take his Noble lords dozing on back benches, place in the House of Lords, where he and others entering at the moment ranks as Lord of Appeal, has the dis- when Lord Robertson with artfully tinction of first bewildering, then de- raised voice and emphatic manner delighting that august assembly. He claimed these accumulative peculiaritoo infrequently takes part in debate. ties of a pragmatical Radical, for a When he rises he commands an audi. moment thought that here was public ence which pays him the compliment confession of infirmity openly made, a of steadily increasing numbers.

sort of breaking of "The Silence of Speaking in the first portion of the Dean Maitland." The apprehension current Session on a Government Bill was only momentary, and was followed involving (I think) the compulsory pur- by an explosion of mirth whose hilarity chase of Scottish land, he asked the was unfamilar in the staid circle. The Carnhill Magazine.

Henry W. Lucy. (To be continued.)


By Huru CLIFFORD, C. M. G.

of history and of affairs, for he felt From that day onward Saleh aban- dimly that there must be some explanadoned his rambles in Richmond Park. tion, something resembling a justificaHe dreaded to meet the little Princess tion for all that the English were stated again, and to be forced once more to to have done. Failing such knowledge, listen to the bitter railings which had he was plunged in doubt, in uncerso disquieted him. Yet the story of tainty; he was a prey to uncomfortable the House of Baram Singh, as she had suspicions suddenly aroused; he longed told it, still troubled him; for if she to be convinced that all was as it had spoken the truth, her people had should be, but knew not where to turn been the victims of injustice and hard- in search of enlightenment. He could ship, and their history was a dreadful not bring himself to ask questions of and inexplicable tragedy. He wished the Fairfaxes, partly because he was that he possessed a deeper knowledge reluctant to appear to be identifying


himself with Asiatics as against white be 'Princess Anything,' in spite of all folk, to be ranging himself on the side drawbacks," suggested Harry. of the lesser breed-partly because the "Yes, I suppose so," assented Sibyl; memory of his interview with the little "but she has not got much out of it. Princess set him wincing whenever he Lots of people give her the cold shoulrecalled it to mind. The incident had der, and I believe that she is not particleft behind it an impression as of some ularly bien vue even at Court." thing shameful, something upon which "Serve her right!" said Harry. he must not suffer his thoughts to “Oh, how could she!" ejaculated dwell, if the old serene and peaceful Alice, who so far had been listening in happiness and contentment with his lot silence. “She must have been a horrid were to be lured back again. There- girl!" fore it was with something of a shock She gave a little shudder, and then that he heard the name of Baram Singh suddenly, as her eyes lighted upon spoken one day at the Fairfax table. Saleh's attentive face, her delicate skin

"I see the Baram Singhs are still was dyed to her very forehead with a knocking about,” Harry Fairfax re- burning blush, marked suddenly.

“Keep off the grass!" said Harry, “Oh yes,” said Sibyl. “Princess Ma- and then he and Sibyl laughed, while rie played hockey with us all this win- Mr. and Mrs. Fairfax looked embarter. She is a beautiful half-back." rassed, and Saleh glanced from one to

"I remember her playing when I was the other in utter perplexity. at home at Christmas," said Harry. The words of the conversation were "She played uncommonly good in themselves familiar, yet the ineaning game, but she struck me as being a which they seemed to have conveyed to tritle vicious with her stick. I have a the rest of the party was something dent in my shin-bone the depth of a which Saleh felt that he had caught walnut-shell to remember her by." in perfectly. What concern of his

"She dances beautifully," said Alice. could the family affairs of the Baram

“I remember that too, and, by the Singhs be supposed to be? Yet he way, Fred Castle was awfully gone on was dimly aware that Alice's evident her. Did it ever come to anything?" embarrassment had been caused by his

"No," said Sibyl; “but I think his presence, and the fact, which to him people were rather glad to get him lacked all reason, was distressing. away. He went out to India to join Once again he felt himself to be an his regiment in March."

alien: once more he was filled with an“Ah!” said Harry ruminatingly, “that ger against the little Princess, who will cure him."

seemed fated to bring upon him unmer. “But her brother, Prince Alexander, ited humiliation. has been married since you

The memory of this trifling incident here."

was soon effaced, however, by the un“Yes, of course.

Wasn't there a usual graciousness with which Alice great row about it?"

treated him during the afternoon that “Dreadful, Her people were furi- followed. She was enthusiastic in her ous: they did everything they could to praise of his play at lawn-tennis, and prevent it,” said Sibyl, with the eager repeatedly chose him as her partner. interest which so many display only Later, when they went on the river when discussing the misfortunes of after tea, she said kind things about their friends.

his handling of his oar, and pointedly “I suppose she thought it smart to invited him to share her sent in the


stern for the homeward row. She fan. remaining members of the Fairfax famcied that she had burt his feelings, ily had sunk in his estimation to the and was determined to ipake amends; utter insignificance of shadows. They but Saleh, who was conscious of no were to him of no sort of account, save grievance against her, and consequently as happy satellites that revolved around was expectant of no reparation, saw in his star. For him a room was empty her overtures only the natural expres- till Alice chanced to enter it; a game or sion of her personal liking for bimself. a jaunt was unspeakably stupid and Her approval and her graciousness wearisome if she took no part in it; and warmed him with a glow which that of Harry Fairfax cursed Saleh's "slackthe Le Mesurier girls had never had ness" hourly, since the latter shirked the power to kindle. His proximity to every amsuement that might take him her thrilled him, as he sat beside her, away froin the society of the girl. in a fashion that was new and wholly Mr. Fairfax and his wife had never delightful, nor did it occur to him that passed beyond the stage of being unher advances were somewhat more able to see anything in the world exfrank and open than such courtesies cept each other's faces, so they were are apt to be between a girl and a man quite blind to what was happening. with whom she feels herself to be The young people of the household upon a footing of perfect equality. Το were not less obtuse. They liked their Alice, Saleh's nationality and color guest, and noted with a certain sur. made him to all intents and purposes prise how very like an English lad he serless. In her estimation he was not was; but their attitude towards him rea man, like other marriageable men, and sembled that of the great Dr. Johnshe accordingly admitted him behind son with regard to the pig. They were that barrier of reserve which is the not greatly concerned with the excelgirl's natural intrenchment against the lence of his swinish caligraphy, all their aggression of the male besieger.

admiration being claimed by the mar. Therefore, as the boat lolled down vel that a pig should write at all. They the Thames that evening through the rather enjoyed showing Saleh off to fragrant summer gloaming, Alice went their friends, but they never dreamed out of her way to be "nice" to Saleh, of looking upon him as a human being her desire to allay the pain of a wound susceptible to all the emotions of huthoughtlessly iuflicted leading her, manity. His racial inferiority was though she had no inkling of it, to something so completely beyond the work him a far more lasting injury. range of dispute that it passed into

their acceptance as an axiom. It was

so patent a fact that it called for no Thenceforth Saleh marvelled at the

demonstration. It was a point upon folly which had driven him to ramble

which they

unshakably alone in Richmond Park, and at the

vinced. If Alice had been accused of prodigality with which he had flirting with Saleh, she would have rewantonly wasted precious hours that sented the charge as a degrading insult, might have been spent in Alice's com- and her brother and sister would have pany. Ilis one desire now was to be

felt themselves to be no less outraged near the girl, to watch the play of her through her; but the bare possibility dainty features, the grace of her every

of such an interpretation being put movement, to listen to her, to feel the upon her kindness to the lad never so thrill that shot through him when she much as crossed the girl's mind. It spoke to him or smiled upon him. The

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tesque, too absurd. Her whole concep- of aspirations, a greater acuteness and tion of their relative positions would delicacy of feeling, and far more power have had to be revolutionized before of appreciation and delight than were such a suspicion could even find an his by right of inheritance; but endowentry into her mind, for her very gra- ing him also with a capacity for sufferciousness to Saleh was but an expres- ing infinitely enhanced. sion of the pity with which his inferior- Prinpitive men are denied many joys ity inspired her.

which may be tasted only by their Also, I think, Saleh's hairless, boyish highly civilized and cultured brethren. .face, which made him look to unaccus- Their desires are few, and of a kind tomed English eyes so much younger easy to satisfy. They are never than his years, did him here a sorry thrilled and exalted by the dreams of service, for to Alice he seemed little a lofty ambition; but the most bitter more than a child, and it was as a of disappointed hopes means for them child rendered piteous by irremediable nothing much more difficult of endurdeformity that she petted and flattered ance than a hunger-pang-a memory him. Yet Saleh, for all his apparent which the next full meal will triumphyouth and his bare nineteen years of antly efface. Inasinuch as they are age, was a man full-grown. In bis nearer to the beasts, in so much are own country he would have entered they spared the deeper agonies of man; upon the estate of the husband and the for, just as the little mermaid in the father before he was fifteen, and German story could put on the liketbough the climate of England had done ness of a woman only at the cost of something towards checking his preco- feeling the knife-blades eat into the cious development, he was now far feet with which she trod the earth, so more mature than are the majority of each painful step which humanity has European lads six years bis senior. taken upon its upward path has made Also the blood running in his veins was more and more vulnerable through hot from a race which since the begin- its increased sensitiveness, its finer ning of things has paired and mated perceptions. And Saleh, born and bred almost in childhood, a race which holds a primitive, but lifted through the cawith the primitive Adam that "it is not price of the white men out of his native good for man to live alone.". Circum- conditions, found himself, now on the stances, so far, had saved him from the threshold of manhood, possessed of a divine obsession of love; but now in refinement of taste and a yearning afthe daily companionship of Alice Fair- ter higher things such as his teachers fax the passion which his people name had been at no small pains to instil. the madness" came upon him in all its They had given him all they might, but grandeur and its might. And the pity one thing they could not give-the of it was that this was no mere calf- equal chance with others to satisfy the love, such as an English lad might have aspiration they had inspired. felt, nor yet the crude animal craving Left to himself, he would have loved of man for woman which passes for many brown girls, after the fashion love with the men of Saleh's blood and of his people, with a rough passion that is called among them by too holy a made no demand upon his intellect and name. For here the curse of his five asked no contribution from the stunted years' training among English folk fell soul of him; but transplanted as he had heavily. The spiritual side of the lad's been from his natural environment, and nature had been developed by insen- forced to a development foreign to sible degrees, giving him a higher range his circumstances, he loved Alice Fair

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