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eloquent. The owner of that house was a Loyalist. He was sixty-three years old. He had three sons, all of whom had served in the Army. One, who had been a sergeant in the Munsters, was killed early in the war; of the two others who still lived, one was in the Inniskilling Dragoons, and the other was employed by a commercial house in Liverpool. And a great many other particulars. Wynterfold listened to this long narration rather impatiently ; but he knew that an Irishman must have his say, and so desisted from interrupting. Patience was rewarded at last, and when his informant had finished with the O'Donoughues—that was the name of the Loyalists—he went on to the Fitzwarrens. They were undoubtedly the occupiers of No. 56, though as to whether they were the owners he was unable to state anything definite. They were, he believed, silly quarrelsome people, though hardly, it would seem, worth his serious attention ; for, apart from the evil effects of their gossiping, nothing of a serious nature was to be expected from such fatuous idiots. Half dissatisfied that he had not trusted to his own initiative and gone straight to the house, Wynterfold led his men back in the original direction, regretting that he had gone so far out of his way to gain so small an object. The door of No. 56 stood straight in front of them as they came down
the lane that led from the police barracks. There was a dark passage at the side, however, and the double doors, which were only bolted on the inside and not locked with a padlock, easily yielded to pressure without making much noise. What others might attempt with indifference, they must succeed in doing without creating a stir, silent in their movements, wary of their footfalls, coming upon their unsuspecting prey with artifice so carefully designed as to eliminate all possibility of their victim's escaping unseen. Knowing from experience that the noise of their steps as they marched down the street had often before spread the alarm of their coming and brought warning to the people whom they sought, the detachment commander had arranged that on this particular night the members of the search-party should wear shoes with soles of indiarubber: not that such a measure excluded every chance of their making some tumult that would upset their plans, for a soldier in fighting order can scarcely be considered suitably equipped for the work of a policeman. However, they got down the passage and into what might have been called euphemistically a garden, though it was in reality a rambling collection of little plots with shrubs, winding paths, barns, pig-sties, lumber-sheds, cart-houses—a nightmare of confusion, and all
encircled by an old mouldy than a support to the Sinnl wall that was as high as twenty Fein cause, and summary feet in some places and as measures must be taken that low as seven in others, beyond their designs should not again which there were other collec- be jeopardised by being placed tions of buildings and enclosures in such unsafe keeping. Though with palings and barricades in it was unlikely that their plans every direction. Think what a to arrest the offender had been favourable background this con- matured as early as that evenglomeration would provide for ing, Harry and his two sisters a drama in twentieth-century were engaged in discussing the Ireland.
probability of a raid by the While the soldiers were en- representatives of the green gaged in effecting an entrance army with a seriousness beinto the back premises of No. tokening their conviction that 56, a very animated family it would take place in the near conclave was in progress inside future. the house. The same morning “Ye had a right to stand that the order for the search up to Pat O'Reilly and face had reached the detachment him like a man, and not be commander at the fort, the slinkin' away into corners the Fitzwarren family had been way ye do ; it's the quiet lads disturbed by the information like yerself that they do make that a certain leader of re- their tools, and when they're bellion, formerly a habitué of done with them fire them out their home, was dissatisfied by on the rubbitch heap," Gerthe efforts of Harry Fitzwarren aldine, the elder sister, was on behalf of the cause, and saying. meditated bringing him before “Sure I mightn't mind Pat a court of justice. On a certain O'Reilly at all," replied Harry, evening rather less than a week “and he only a brave patriot before, Harry had been out for like the rest of us. It's not one of his usual jaunts, and him that'd be coming to take during the carouse in which he me, but the brutal soldiery, had taken part had employed the curse o' hell on the foreign even less than his usual dis- hirelings. He and I are lookin' cretion. To put it bluntly, he for the wan thing—a free 1rehad allowed himself to be land. We'll get on fine to“pumped ” by a member of gether yet, never you fear.” the forces of the Crown, and “Well, sure, if that's your as the agents of Sinn Fein were opinyon, why wouldn't you everywhere in the neighbour- take your gun in your hand hood, it was not long before and go out with the bhoys the facts came to the ears when they were waitin' to take of their chief representative. the bulls below at Gipsy's Harry Fitzwarren, he decided, well.” had become rather a danger The “bulls ” was the term
which Miss Fitzwarren and her Unfortunately for the delike frequently used to describe velopment of this vehement all the forces of the Crown, but controversy, a soldier happened especially the Black and Tans, at that moment to drop his of whom a large body had re- rifle in the street. The ground cently arrived to reinforce the was hard, and the result was à neighbouring police barracks. violent clatter. They were not popular, for The shutters were barred, they made things very hot for and after the din caused by Sinn Fein since their appear- this mishap had penetrated ance.
into the inner precincts of the "Faith, you're very hard on house, it became little more Harry,” said Agnes, the younger than a muffled and indefinable sister, breaking all at once into sound. Yet, such as it was, the conversation, and inspired it was enough to create some to take his part as much by alarm among the three speakers. the pleasure she felt in the “Now, what could that have boy's sudden burst of spirit as been ? " said Agnes. by her native passion for an “Oh, only a shutter that's argument; "and I'll lay me come unfastened banging about life now he would have gone in the wind,” said Geraldine. and given as good an account Agnes knew perfectly well of himself as anny of them, that the night was as calm as only the selfish blayguards death, but she did not like to wouldn't be after asking him, say so. Harry, who had been but wanted to keep the honour hot, flustered, and hectic durof killing the bulls all to them- ing the discussion, turned a selves."
shade paler. It might have “And haven't you a right to been a shutter certainly, but be minding your own busi- the apprehensions of impending ness?”retorted Geraldine wasp- disaster that had been haunting ishly, now thoroughly warming him during the day refused to to the conflict. “If Harry had confirm him in this opinion. had a mind to have gone, he Then in the silence that folcould have gone; it's the heart lowed, he told his sisters that in him that he wanted, not the he was sure it was a shutter, opportunity. And he an Irish- and that he would go and man, and knowing that if he fasten it. was really the brave patriot He went out into the hall that he says he is, he wouldn't and lit a candle. The shadows be losing a chance to fight cast by its flickering light on against our cowardly persecu- the walls and corners and tors. Oh! I were a man, it's through open doors seemed to I that'd be the first to take à make the sense of his sudden gun in me hand, and go out loneliness all too real to him. with the rest of the boys to If only, he thought, he could give those bulls such a beating.” have been definitely on one VOL. CCIX.—NO. MCCLXVIII.
“We had ; but they have of the silence an unexpected all gone, it seems, now that sound that puzzled them at their leader has been taken.” first not a little.
“Only too glad to go, I “Ma-a-a, Ma-a-a-a!” expect."
One of the soldiers had stumThey went into the “gar- bled into whatever it was that den,” where silence and dark- uttered this doleful note of ness held illimitable dominion protest. Wynterfold and Erover the maze of paths and skine looked down, and in the barns and outbuildings—a start- shine of their torches saw there ling contrast to the tumult and 80 tightly hobbled as to make fracas of only half an hour even the restricted pastureago. They went cautiously, ground in which he was constill advancing only a few yards fined unnecessary, pitifully at a time. All at once, break- bleating, mournfully complaining the tranquillity that had ing as he tugged at his leather come over the place, arose out thong-a solitary goat.
MUSINGS WITHOUT METHOD.
THE STRIKE OF THE COAL-MINERS-A REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT
THE strike of the coal-miners, be irritated, we are told, lest which is bringing the country worse befall. He must not be to the verge of bankruptcy, is protected against the infamous in no sense industrial. It is men of foreign race who wish, nothing more nor less than a for vile purposes of their own, thinly - veiled revolution. If to bring the British Empire to only the other two members ruin. And this policy of silence of the Triple Alliance are per- is the more severely to be consuaded to join the miners, the demned, because the British whole life of the nation may working man, if left to himself, be paralysed. It seems as is sound and sane, and has no though the workers, who are desire to starve himself and not very clever and are the his wife and his children to easily-made dupes of inter- death for the sake of the Third national rascals, had resolved International. Unfortunately, upon suicide. For there can his titular leaders either lack be no mistake: if the workers the courage to tell the truth succeeded in their policy of de to those who keep them in stroying the industry of Great luxury, or are themselves the Britain, whatever happened to purchased slaves of German, the capitalists, they themselves Russian, and Jewish plotters would be irretrievably ruined. against the British Empire, The time of high wages would the object of their peculiar never return, and the workers jealousy and hate. Nor have would become the victims of our Ministers done their duty impudent fanatics, like Lenin in telling the truth, of which and Trotsky, who would first they alone are in full possesreduce their courage and energy sion, and in warning the middle by the cheap method of star- and the working class alike of vation, and then eprol them the danger which lies ahead forcibly as conscripts in the of them. army of labour.
The Duke of NorthumberThese simple and oft-stated land has, in difficult circumtruths should have been evi- stances, performed a service to dent long ago. And Parliament the community, whose value and the Press have conspired cannot be over-estimated. In to huddle them out of sight. a world of deception he has The working man must not spoken out loud and clear. He