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"He kept watching you all the time on a low chair. "You're a child and at tea yesterday-I saw him. But all you don't understand, but such talk is the same he enjoyed showing me the this is positively degrading. It-it Lovers' Walk. And

no doubt this makes me writhe to hear you! The morning he did think I looked pretty mere thought that you, my own little in his pinafore. I watched his face in sister, could for a moment let your the glass, and it was quite admiring. I mind dwell on such an idea is revoltdon't think he has made up his mind ing! Never, never let me hear a word yet."

of this again-don't allow yourself to “Now listen to me,” said Kitty, think of it." swiftly crossing the room and kneeling Bess made

no

answer, but she down beside her sister so that her eyes twisted up her face into a wicked litwere level with those of Bess, who sat tle smile. The Times.

(To be continued.)

SIXTY YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS.

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SOME PASSAGES BY THE WAY.
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The proprietors were not satisfied with EDITOR OF THE DAILY NEWS." him; they thought the paper wanted One July afternoon in the session of fresh, more vigorous blood, and they 1885 Mr. Labouchere, then member for unanimously agreed that I the Northampton, invited me to join him man who would infuse it. in a cigarette in the terrace smoking- Frank Hill was not effusive in his room. After some preliminary chat he friendship. Shortly after I joined the suddenly asked me how I should like paper he extended it to me, and it re. to be editor of a daily paper. My re- mained unbroken to the end. When sponse was not enthusiastic.

I was intimation of the change was commudoing pretty well as I was, and the nicated to him with the ordinary proeditorial position had no allurements. vision of notice, his proud spirit flared

“I'm thinking of the 'Daily News,'"? in open revolt. He shook the dust of he said quietly.

the office from his feet, quitted BouThis was what the Marchioness in verie Street, and broke off terms of conversation with Dick Swiveller was acquaintance with all his former colaccustomed to describe as "a wonner." leagues save two. One was Justin The “Daily News" was at the height McCarthy, whom no one could quarrel of its prosperity, alike in respect of with (except Parnell); the other was circulation, revenue, and authority. It the man who had supplanted him. I was the recognized organ of the Lib- shrank from being the instrument of eral party then in power. The editor his professional ruin to my personal was Mr. Frank Hill, one of the most advantage. I declined the overtures brilliant writers on the British Press. made by Labouchere, and there for He had held the position for many some time the matter rested. years and seemed permanently throned

November Labouchere apin the seat of authority.

proached me again on behalf of the “What about Hill?" I asked. "Has proprietors, and the refusal was rehe resigned ?”

peated.

A month later the bolt fell on "Oh no," Labby airily explained. Hill's unexpectant head. There was a

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vacancy in the editorial room. If I sion being instantly evoked. But the did not fill it someone else would; so present generation cannot realize the on the third time of asking I yielded. bitterness created between life-long

In ordinary circumstances it would friends on the birth of the Home Rule have been a difficult task for one in- scheme twenty-two years ago. experienced and comparatively young editor of the only London morning pa-I had just completed my forty-first per that remained staunch to the main year—to assume direction of a great body of Liberals, I was personally the London morning newspaper. The cir- object of almost frantic reviling. cumstances in which I presently found Scarcely a day passed without bring. myself confronted were unprece- ing me, generally in the form of a dented. Hardly had I taken in hand post-card, venomous accusations, and the reins of editorial office than the occasionally scarcely veiled threats. historic "kite” was sent up from Leeds At the outset there was presaging Gladstone's conversion to barrassment as to denominating the Home Rule. As soon as Parliament something more than a hundred secedmet for the Session of 1886 the Queen's ers from the Liberal fold in the House Speech confirmed the worst apprehen- of Commons. In the editorial columns sions. Straightway the Liberal party. of the “Daily News” they were named a month earlier united, fresh from the “Dissentient Liberals,” which with papolls with renewed increased strength, ternal fondness I regarded as a rather was riven as by an earthquake. Dis- neat compromise. The name stuck, trust of the new departure was mani- and was generally adopted by Liberal fested throughout the country by the writers and speakers. With the secsecession of many important newspa- tion of party immediately concerned pers that had for years been proud to it was greeted with angry protest. carry Gladstone's standard. In the Mr. Chamberlain in particular deeply metropolis the journalistic Thanes fled resented it. Like the juryman who from the doomed chieftain.

"never met such a lot of obstinate begThe question everyone asked was, gars" as the eleven colleagues who “What will the “Daily News' do?" differed from him, he insisted that he It was one I, fresh to office, had to and his followers were the true Liberanswer without aid or counsel from als, preservers and guardians of its outside, or even time thoroughly to ancient traditions, the real Dissenweigh the pros and cons of the situa- tients being the three-fourths of the tion. Probably because they were party who stood by Gladstone. themselves divided on the subject the Whilst the Round Table negotiations proprietors made no sign. The “Daily were going forward, and there was News” alone among London morning hope Mr. Chamberlain would follow papers decided to follow the old leader out to the end what was at the time under the old flag, albeit the latter had undoubtedly his hope and desire-to upon it some strange quarterings. reunite the Liberal party-I received a

This was the beginning of the end. hint from a very high quarter that for As the break in the Liberal party wid- the present at least it might be desirened the position of the “Daily News' able for the "Daily News" to refrain weakened. To some small extent its from alluding to “Dissentient Libercirculation fell off. More serious was als." the shedding of advertisements. From I never took kindly to the work of time to time in recent years the Home editing. Long accustomed to be an. Rule bogey is set up again, party pas. swerable only for what I wrought out of my own head, I found myself re- tions in English journalism. I had sponsible for the printed work of nothing in prospect by way of comwhole army of contributors. It is pensation. I burned most of my boats worry that kills, not work.

I was
when I accepted

the editorship. nearly done to death during my eight- Other hands wrote my daily letter for een months' editorship of the “Daily the provinces. My seat in the Press News." For the first time in my life Gallery was occupied. These considerI was obliged, under the doctor's or- ations did not deter me. I went up to ders, to repair for a three weeks' cure town by an early train, so as to be in to one of the Continental sanatoriums. time for the meeting of the proprie

Like Sancho Panza and Mr. Glad- tors. Obtaining permission to join stone, I was endowed with the price- them, I handed back to the surprised less gift of sleep. I once asked Mr. circle the interests placed in my charge Gladstone how long he slept of just twelve months earlier. nights.

In accepting my resignation the pro"I always get seven hours," he said; prietors passed a resolution expressing "I should like eight, and I could do in flattering terms their regret at the with ten."

severance and their appreciation of For myself I always have a mini- many merits. It was arranged that I mum of eight hours' sleep, beginning should remain in office for a further when I lay my head on the pillow, fin- six months, during which period the ishing when I am called in the morn- secret of my pending vacation of the ing with the surprising intelligence chair was strictly kept. Early in that it is time to get up. When in the June, whispers of the change being early days of the year 1887 I began to heard, I wrote the following letter to find myself lying awake in bed com- Edward Russell, then member for posing leading articles, or dictating Glasgow: answers to illimitable piles of letters,

Reform Club: June 6. I decided it was time to find change My dear Russell,- As an old friend of employment. I remember how the you may feel interested in knowing determination was borne in upon me

that I have resigned the editorship of on a Saturday night when I had gone

the “Daily News," a decision that will

shortly take effect. That I should, afdown to country quarters in hope of

ter brief experience, voluntarily relinfinding rest through the week-end.

quish one of the highest positions on "Instead of which," as the judge said, the Press is, I am warned by premoniI lay awake half the night tossing tory symptoms, calculated to excite about in conflict with some difficult the activity of the gossips. The reaquestion of the day. When I went son is very simple. I accepted the edidown to breakfast on

the Sunday

torship under considerable pressure, morning I told my wife that I would

greatly against my inclination and dis

tinctly from a feeling of loyalty to the the next day attend the ordinary

paper with which I have had the honor weekly meeting of the proprietors in

and advantage of being connected for Bouverie Street and band in my resig- fourteen years. From the day I first nation.

sat in the editor's chair I have hankShe was amazed that anyone could

ered after my box in the House of at such short notice make up his mind

Commons, and now I am going back

to it. That is all. on so momentous an issue. The de

It is true that my accession to the cision meant not only renunciation of

editorial chair was contemporary with the wages of an ambassador, but aban

a political crisis which increased tendonment of one of the highest posi- fold the ordinary difficulties of the position. The labor has been great and inasmuch as it was the hand of it the pressure occasionally overwhelm

trusted leader that dealt the fatal ing. But I shall always look back

blow. with pleasure upon my brief tenure of

The main incidents of the story of office with the reflection that, promptly

Mr. Gladstone's first Home Rule Bill upon its commencement and consistently throughout its continuance, the

are familiar to the public. Only a se“Daily News," alone among London lect few, dwindling in numbers as papers, has espoused the cause of the Death goes his round of visits, know people of Ireland. It is in a minority how nearly the chasm in the Liberal now; but that has happened to it be

ranks was closed up. There was a fore. By-and-by the establishment of

day, a very hour, in which had the exHome Rule in Ireland will be as abso. lutely a commonplace of English poli- pected, the absolutely pre-ordained, tics as is to-day free trade or household

happened, the Liberal Party would suffrage.

have been reunited under the banner

of Mr. Gladstone, there would have I regarded this as the end of my

been no union of extreme Radicals long connection with the “Daily

with blue-blooded Tories, no seat for News." Robinson decreed otherwise.

Mr. ('hamberlain in a Cabinet presided He insisted upon my returning to my

over by the Marquis of Salisbury, no old place in the Gallery, Occupied dur- Unionist Party predominant in British ing my editorship by one of the corps

politics for a period of sixteen years, Alexander Paul-whom I had nomin- with the history it wrote in the naated as my successor. Here, again,

tional annals. there was the inevitable action of sup- To make the story clear it should planting a man. Paul had done his be premised that in mid-December work admirably, had come to look

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general election having deupon the appointment as Perma

clared for Mr. Gladstone by an overnency; and why should I, to serve my

whelming majority, a bolt suddenly private ends, turn him out? Robin

flashed out from the blue. The politison handsomely met this objection by

cal world was disturbed by publication promising to find Paul an appointment of a paragraph appearing in a Leeds on the editorial staff which would

paper, with which Mr. Herbert Gladmake him the gainer rather than the

stone

known to have personal loser by the change.

connections, not obscurely hinting that So at the opening of the Session of

the result of the election in Ireland 1888 I, with a light heart, went back

had convinced Mr. Gladstone that. to my box in the Press Gallery of the

Home Rule being a national demand, House of Commons to draw "Pictures

it must forthwith be conceded. in Parliament” and direct the Parlia- In spite of heavy defeat at the polls mentary corps.

Lord Salisbury resolved to meet the

new Parliament, and was straightway XV.

defeated on an amendment to the AdA PAGE OF SECRET HISTORY.

dress moved by Mr. Jesse ('ollings emSince the conversion of Sir Robert bodying the principle crystallized in Peel to Free Trade principles there the phrase "Three acres and a cow." has been in English history no deeper Mr. Gladstone, called upon to form a cleft in a political party than followed ministry, found himself confronted by upon

Mr. Gladstone's nailing the the banshee raised by the Leeds newsHome Rule flag to the Liberal mast- paper paragraph. Lord Hartington and head. The cases are curiously alike, Sir Henry James, failing to obtain sat

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the Home to the principle of Home Rule per sc, Rule question, declined to take office, but were strenuously opposed to anythe latter for conscience' sake sacrific- thing which in their opinion would iming the proffered prize of the woolsack, peril the unity of the Empire. In this which lever again came within his condition of things Mr. Gladstone's reach. Mr. Chamberlain and Sir

keen eye discerned opportunity. With George Trevelyan, though restive under the art of old Parliamentary the prospect, joined the Cabinet on the hand, he set himself to further divide assurance that no measure imperilling the enemy and SO re-establish his the unity of the Empire would be in- rule. troduced. Within month, having In the interval between the introdur. gained fuller information of the Pre- tion of the Bill and the motion for its mier's purpose, they resigned, and Mr. second reading, a game of intense inGladstone found himself confronted terest, affecting not only the fortunes by one of the gravest political crises of a party but the destinies of the nafalling within his superlatively long tion, went on behind closed doors. and varied experience.

Ninety-three members returned at the What happened in the interval has general election pledged to support been authoritatively disclosed. When Mr. Gladstone declared against the the Home Rule Bill of 1886 was first Home Rule Bill. Of these fifty-five drafted it started from a basis safe- were followers of Mr. Chamberlain, guarding the supremacy of the Impe- thirty-eight recognizing their captain rial Parliament, and retaining the col- in Lord Hartington. If the fifty-five laboration of Irish members. This did were recaptured, Mr. Gladsone might not suit Mr. Parnell, whose object was snap his fingers at the thirty-eight. to re-establish a Parliament on Col- What was needed to work out that lege Green, Dublin. After strained ef- end was an intermediary, trusted alike forts to arrive at a compromise, Mr. by Mr. Gladstone and Mr. ChamberGladstone capitulated to the Irishi lain. Heaven, occasionally timeously leader and his phalanx of eighty-six bountiful in its gifts, provided Jr. votes. The clause was cut out.

Mr. Labouchere. Chamberlain and Sir George Trevel- I am fortunate in having been made Tal resigned, and the fat was in the the custodian of a vivid personal narfire.

rative of the events immediately preAll was not yet lost. In the haze ceding the motion for the second readthat gathers over historic events, even ing of the IIome Rule Bill, written by of recent occurrence, it is generally 11- the practised hand that up to a critical derstood that what came to be known stage seemed to control them. Considas the Liberal Unionist Party

erably within the limit of time menfully created in this earliest hour of tioned, there was brought about a serthe cataclysm that rent the ministerial erance of the intimate relations formhost. That is not the case. There erly existing between two ultra-Radiwere two sections of Dissentient Lib- cals, which explains, and may serve to erals, one represented by Lord Hart- modify the effect of, any bitterness in ington, Mr. Goschen, and Sir Henry the writer's references to his old faJames, who would not have Home miliar friend. Dating from Old PalRule on any terms, the other, the Rad- ace Yard, April 5, 1898, Mr. Labouical wing, under the lead of Mr. Cham- chere writes: "Dear Lucy,-This is for berlain, strengthened by the approval you when a hundred years hence you of Mr. Bright. These did not object publish memoirs of these times."

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