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CHAPTER XL.

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Well, be it so," cried he, as he sank heavily ** Have you seen Colonel Sewell ?” said into a seat. “ She's playing a bold game Mrs. Sewell

, as she accompanied the doctor when she goes thus far.' He leaned down-stairs. his head on the table, and sat thus so long “ Yes; I told him just what I've said to that he appeared to have fallen asleep; in- you." deed, the servant who came to tell him that “And what reply did he make ? ” tea was served feared to disturb him, and “He said, . All right! I have business in retired without speaking. Far from sleep town, and must start to-morrow. My wife ing, however, his head was racked with a and the chicks can follow by the end of maddening pain, and he kept on muttering the week.'” to himself, “ This is the second time — the “ It's so like him!— so like him!” said second time she has taunted me with cow- she, as though the pent-up passion could no ardice. Let her beware! Is there no one longer be restrained. will warn her against what she is doing?”

“ Missis says, please, sir, won't you have a cup of tea ? ” said the maid timidly at the door.

“ No; I'll not take any."
“ Missis says too, sir, that Miss Cary is tuk

MR. BALFOUR'S OFFICE. poorly, and has a shiverin' over her, and a bad headache, and she hopes you'll send in On arriving in Dublin Sewell repaired at for Dr. Tobin."

once to Balfour's office in the Castle-yard ; “ Is she in bed ?"

he wanted to hear the news," and it was “ Yes, sir, please.”

here that every one_went who wanted to “ I'll go up and see her;” and with this hear the news.” There are in all cities, he arose and passed up the little stair that but more especially in cities of the second led to the nursery. In one bed a little dark- arder, certain haunts where the men about haired girl of about three years old lay fast town repair ; where, like the changing-houses asleep: in the adjoining bed a bright blue- of bankers, people exchange their “credeyed child of two years or less lay wide its” – take up their own notes, and give up awake, her cheeks crimson, and the expres- those of their neighbours. sion of her features anxious and excited. Sewell arrived before the usual time when Her mother was bathing her temples with people dropped in, and found Balfour alone cold water as Sewell entered, and was talk- and at breakfast. The Under-Secretary's ing in a voice of kind and gentle meaning manner was dry, so much Sewell saw as he to the child.

entered; he met him as though he had seen “ That stupid woman of yours said it was him the day before, and this, when men Cary,” said Sewell pettishly, as he gazed at have not seen each other for some time, has the little girl.

a certain significance. Nor did he ask when “ I told her it was Blanche; she has been he had come up, nor in any way recognise heavy all day, and eaten nothing. No, pet that his appearance was matter of surprise

- no, darling," said she, stooping over the or pleasure. sick child, “pa is not angry, he is only sor- “Well, what's going on here?” said Sery that little Blanche is ill.”

well, as he flung himself into an easy-chair, “I

suppose you'd better have Tobin to see and turned towards the fire. Anything her,” said he, coldly. “I'll tell George to new ?. take the tax-cart and fetch him out. It's well “Nothing particular. I don't suppose it wasn't Cary," muttered be, as he saunter- you care for the Cattle Show, or the Royal ed out of the room. His wife's eyes followed Irish Academy ?him as he went, and never did a human face “Not much at least I can postpone my exhibit a stronger show of repressed passion inquiries about them. How about my place than hers, as, with closely-compressed lips here? are you going to give me trouble and staring eyes, she watched him as he about it?” passed out.

“Your place — your place ? " muttered ". The fool frightened me she said it was the other once or twice; and then, standing Cary,” were the words he continued to mut- up with his back to the fire, and his skirts ter as he went down the stairs.

over his arms, he went on. “ Do you want Tobin arrived in due time, and pro- to hear the truth about this affair? or are nounced the case not serious — a mere fever- we only to go on sparring with the gloves ish attack that only required a day or two of

- eh?care and treatment.

“The truth, of course, if such a novel

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proceeding should not be too much of a It was his mother went to the Duke - ау shock to you."

into the private office at the Horse Guards “No, I suspect not. I do a little of and got Clifford's appoinment cancelled, everything every day just to keep my hand just for a miserable five hundred pounds in."

Jack won off the elder brother, — that fel“Well, go on now-out with this truth.” | low who died last year at Madeira. She's

"Well, the truth is – I am now speaking the most dangerous woman in Europe. She confidentially - if I were you I'd not press does not care what she says, nor to whom my claim to that appointment — do you she says it. She'd go up to the Queen at a perceive ? "

drawing-room and make a complaint as soon "I do not ; but perhaps I may when you as she'd speak to you or me. As it is, she have explained yourself a little more told their Excellencies here all that went on fully.”

in your house, and I suppose scores of things And,” continued he in the same tone, that did not go on either, and said, ' And and as though no interruption had occurred, are you going to permit this man to be'“that's the opinion of Halkett, and Doyle, she did not remember what, but she said a and Jocelyn, and the rest."

high official under the Crown “ Confidentially, of course,” said Sewell, going to receive his wife amongst your inwith a sneer so slight as not to be detected. timates ?'. What a woman she is! To hear

"I may say confidentially, because it was her you'd think her dear child,' instead of at dinner we talked it over, and we were being a strapping fellow of six feet two, was only the household - no guests but Byam a brat in knickerbockers, with a hat and Herries and Barrington.”.

feather. The fellow himself must be a con“ And you all agreed ? ”

summate muff to be bullied by her; but then “Yes, there was not a dissentient voice the estate is not entailed, they say, and but Jocelyn's, who said, if he were in your there's a younger brother may come into it place, he'd insist on having all the papers all. His chances look well just now, for and letters given up to him. His view is Lionel has got a relapse, and the doctors this. What security have I that the same think very ill of him.' charges are not to be renewed again and “I had not heard that,” said Sewell, again? I submit now, but am I always to calmly. submit ? Are my Indian'- (what shall I “Oh, he was getting on most favourably call them? I forget what he called them; I - was able to sit up at the window, and believe it was escapades) —'my Indian es- move a little about the room — when, one capades to declare me unfit to hold anything morning Lady Trafford had driven over to under the Crown?' He said a good deal the Lodge to luncheon, he stepped down in that strain, but we did not see it. It was stairs in his dressing-gown as he was, got hard, to be sure, but we did not see it. As into a cab, and drove off into the country. Halkett said, “Sewell has had his innings All the cabman could tell was that he already in India. If, with a pretty wife ordered him to take the road to Rathfarnand a neat turn for billiards, he did not lay ham, and said, “I'll tell you by-and-by by enough to make his declining years where to;' and at last he said, Where comfortable, I must say that he was not pro- does Sir William Lendrick live?' and vident.' Doyle, however, remarked that though the man knew the Priory, he had after that affair with Loftus up at Agra - taken a wrong turn and got down to ask wasn't it Agra ? ” — Sewell nodded “it the road. Just at this moment a carriage

for you to get along as many drove by with two greys and a postilion. might think, and that you were à devilish A young lady was inside with an elderly clever fellow to do what you had done. gentleman, and the moment Trafford saw her Doyle likes you, I think.” Sewell nodded he cried out, • There she is -- that is she!' again, and, after a slight pause, Balfour pro- As hard as they could they hastened after ; ceeded - “And it was Doyle, too, said, but they smashed a trace, and lost several Why not try for something in the colonies ? minutes in repairing it, and as many more There are lots of places a man can go and in finding out which way the carriage had nothing be ever heard of him. If I was taken. It was to Kingstown, and, as the Sewell, I'd say, Make me a barrack-master in cabman suspected, to catch the packet for the Sandwich Islands, or a consul in the Holyhead; for just as they drove up, the Caraccas.'

steamer edged away from the pier, and the “ They all concurred in one thing, that carriage with the greys drove off with only you never did so weak a thing in your whole the old man. Trafford fell back in a faint, life as to have any dealings with Trafford. I and continued so, for when they took him

wasn't so easy

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out of the cab at Bilton's he was insen- “ Women generally don't weary in this sible.

sort of pursuit.” “ Beattie says he'll come through it, but “ Couldn't you come to

some kind of Maclin thinks he'll never be the same terms ? Couldn't you contrive to let her man again; he'll have a hardening or a know that you have no designs on her boy? softening - which is it?-of the brain, You've won money of him, haven't you ?” and that he'll be fit for nothing.".

“I have some bills of his — not for a “But a place in the viceregal household, very large amount, though; you shall have perhaps. I don't imagine you want gold- them at a bargain.". medallists for your gentlemen-in-waiting ?” “I seldom speculate,” was the dry re

“We have some monstrous clever fel- joinder. lows, let me tell you. Halkett made a You are right; nor is this the case to famous examination at Sandhurst, and tempt you.”. Jocelyn wrote that article in Bell's Life, “ They'll be paid, I take it ? ” • The Badger Drawn at last.""

“ Paid ! I'll swear they shall!” said Sewell “To come back to where we were, how fiercely. “I'll stand a deal of humbug are you to square matters with the Chief about dinner invitations, and cold salutaBaron? Are you going to law with him tions, and suchlike; but none, sir, not one, about this appointment, or are you about to about what touches a material interest.” say that I am the objection ? Let me have " It's not worth being angry about,” said a definite answer to this question.” Balfour, who was really glad to see the

“We have not fully decided; we think other's imperturbability give way. of doing either; and we sometimes incline " I'm not angry. I was only a little imto do both. At all events, you are not to patient, as a man may be when he hears a have it; that's the only thing certain.”. fellow utter a truism as a measure of en“ Have you got a cigar ? No, not these couragement. Tell your friends -I

supthings; I mean something that can be pose I must ca!l them your friends — that smoked ?"

they make an egregious mistake when they “ Try this,” said Balfour, offering his push a man like me to the wall. It is in

telligible enough in a woman to do it; They're the same as those on the chim- women don't measure their malignity, nor ney.. I must say, Balfour, the traditional their means of gratifying it; but men hospitalities of the Castle are suffering in ought to know. better.” their present hands. When I dined here " I incline to think I'll tell my friends' the last time I was in town they gave me nothing whatever on the subject.” two glasses of bad sherry and one glass of “ That's as you please; but remember a corked Gladstone ; and I came to dinner this - if the day should come that I need that day after reading in Barrington all any of these details you have given me about the glorious festivities of the Irish this morning, I'll quote them, and you too, Court in the olden days of Richmond and as their author; and if I bring an old Bedford.”

house about your ears, look out sharp for a “ Lady Trafford insists that your names falling chimney-pot ! your wife's as well as you

“You gave me a piece of advice a while to be scratched from the dinner-list. Sir ago," continued he, as he put on his hat beHugh has three votes in the House, and she fore the glass, and arranged his necktie. bullies us to some purpose, I can tell you. “Let me repay you with two, which you I can't think how you could have made will find useful in their several ways: Don't this woman so much your enemy. It is not show your hand when you play with as dislike - it is hatred."

shrewd men as myself: and, Don't offer a “ Bad luck, I suppose,” said Sewell, care- friend such execrable tobacco as that on lessly.

the chimney;” and with this he nodded “ She seems so inveterate, too; she'll not and strolled out, humming an air as he give you up very probably.”

crossed the Castle-yard and entered the city.

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From the Spectator, 3 March. for ever.'” Did Mr. Bancroft's audience MR. BANCROFT AS THE “ YOUNG laugh when they caught the echo 'man' COLUMBIAN."

and for ever? We fear that Mr. Ban

croft understood his audience too well. But AMERICA does great things, but is too apt then why do American politicians like rant to say small and silly ones. This is certain- so very silly as this? When Mr. Roebuck ly, we fear, the case with the great oration - the Cassius Clay of England, as he has of Mr. Bancroft before the House of Rep- been called — speaks of England driving resentatives on the birthday of the late every American flag from the sea for ever, President, — and it is the more to be re- the House of Commons does laugh as it gretted because Mr. Lincoln of all Ameri- catches the echo of these tremendous words, can statesmen, showed the most power of and Mr. Roebuck is aware that he is esmaintaining the dignity and reserve of his teemed a goose. But let us see the equally country, by reticence of feeling, and lumi- impressive language which Mr. Bancroft nous impartiality of thought. There was uses of our dead Constitution. After he something singularly fatuous in celebrating has fairly got “ the mighty winds blowing the birth of so simply great and so humor- from every quarter to fan the flame of the ously wise a man as Mr. Lincoln, by bom- sacred and unquenchable fire” of liberty, bastic panegyrics on the greatness of - a very curious meteorological phenomeAmerica, and thrilling invectives against non by the way, by the side of which the the iniquity of England and France. It is, spiral hurricanes of the tropics seem devoid we know, nearly the unforgivable sin in of all interest, – Mr. Bancroft artfully introAmerica to maintain that any part of Mr. duces England looking coldly on at this curiDickens's caricature is founded in truth;ous convergence of the winds. “ There was a and we are well aware that our able and kingdom,” he says, with a grand indefiniteinstructive New York Correspondent will ness, “ whose people bad in an eminent deconvict us of showing ignorance so gross in gree attained to freedom of industry and what we are about to say, that Mr. Thomp- the security of person and property,” but a son, pointing to our bewilderment, may ob- people whose "grasping ambition had dottain a fresh chance of carrying his point ted the world with military ports, kept with the University of Cambridge, getting watch over our boundaries on the Norththe recent vote rescinded, and a Professor- East, at the Bermudas, in the West Indies, ship of American history, literature, and in- held the gates of the Pacific, of the Southstitutions, founded out of hand. Still even ern and the Indian Ocean, hovered on our with this deep moral conviction of our doom North-West at Vancouver, held the whole before our eyes, we cannot help saying that of the newest continent, and the entrance Mr. Bancroft has apparently proved Mr. to the old Mediterranean and the Red Sea, Dickens's “Young Columbian” to be a real and garrisoned forts all the way from Maand not a fictitious person. Was it not he dras to China. That aristocracy", [which who engaged in an imaginary struggle with we conclude is the English] “ had gazed the British lion, very much like that in with terror on the growth of a commonwhich Mr. Bancroft engaged heart and soul wealth where freeholds existed by the milbefore the House of Representatives and lion, and religion was not in bondage to the the Senate -- the Senatus populusque Ameri- State, and now they could not repress their canus of Washington ? " Bring forth joy at its perils.” Then, Lord Russell as that lion," said the Young Columbian; “I Foreign Secretary had spoken of the “late dare that lion, I taunt that lion; I tell that Union," and this gives our Young Columlion, that Freedom's hand once twisted in bian” his opportunity for his grand burst his mane he lies a corse before me, and the of invective ; _" but it is written, Let eagles of the great Republic laugh ha! ha!” the dead bury the dead.' They may not bury Mr. Bancroft was almost as impassioned. the living. Let the dead bury their dead. He indeed divided his metaphors, and kept Let a Bill of Reform remove the worn-out the wild laughter of nature for the rebel- government of a class, and infuse new life lious Southerners, and the corse' for the into the British Constitution by confiding British Constitution. Of the Slaveowners rightful power to the people." It was no he said that they maintained that the doubt well that Mr. Bancroft pointed out slavery of the black man is good in itself — the impropriety of the dead burying the he shall serve the white man for ever. And living, as the difficult and recondite characnature, which better understood the ter of the suggestion itself might otherwise quality of fleeting interest and passion, -- have prevented the gross impropriety inlaughed, as it caught the echo 'man' and l volved in that procedure from being clearly

seen.

ing it.

“ While the vitality of America,” assailed, grave displeasure, if expressed at as Mr. Bancroft observes," is indestructi- all, should be expressed negatively, by ble,” the indecency of burying her would weighty and impressive allusion. A man have been frightful, and it is well that the who feels he has grave cause of offence eloquent orator has warned us in time. A against another may, if he meets him at country which had for its allies the river another's table, ignore his acquaintance, or Mississippi which would not be divided, or recognize it by the coldest of bows, - but the range of mountains which carried the what should we think of his dignity and stronghold of the free through Western Vir- self-respect if he began a regular assault ginia and Kentucky and Tennessee to the upon him in the presence of others, and a highlands of Alabama," and which “ invok- pompous enumeration of his grievances ? ed the still higher power of immortal jus- The Americans are puzzled why we are so tice," would certainly have tested the ut- unjust to them. Cannot Mr. Bancroft most energies of any dead nation to bury teach them the true cause? The true it, - so that we might have been warned reason is that in England few are aware of off the task by considerations at least as ur- the significance of the silent qualities of gent as the moral impropriety of attempt- Americans - their indomitable energy and

tenacity, their kindliness of temper, their Now this sort of nonsense would have love of freedom, their profoundly patriotic been worthy of no attention, however tran- feeling. But many hear their noisy folly, sient, if it had been uttered at a common and interpret its significance at something meeting on a common occasion. If Mr. far above what it deserves. How is it posBancroft had spoken in Faneuil Hall, or sible to read such an oration as Mr. BanTammany Hall, or any other of the great croft's, - the selected orator of a State cereparty meeting-places, we should have mony, - and not feel something like scorn ? thought just as little and just as much about What would not Mr. Gladstone have said it as we should of a lunatic speech from Mr. on any similar occasion as the spokesman Roebuck to his constituents at Sheffield, or of the English nation! What did he not an oration from Mr Beresford Hope on the say on one far less important only yesterday glories of slavery. But when an orator is week, when pressed to declare whether we selected by public or by official choice, and had applied to the Government of the Unitspeaks in the presence of Congress and the ed States to suppress the Fenian prepararepresentatives of foreign nations on a great tions in that country? Was not his lanState occasion, the first qualities that we guage self-restrained, dignified, weighty, look for are dignity and reticence, and the and calculated to fill his audience with selfpower of suppressing idle irritation ; and if restraint and dignity also ? Did he not tell he does not possess these qualities, some of us how poor and unworthy a figure England the discredit attaching to his folly and his would make, if she went whining to the weakness is necessarily inflicted on the offi- United States about their not doing for her cials who chose and the public who ap- what she had been, in her own case, so unplauded him. We do not deny, - indeed able if not reluctant to do for them? As we have often maintained, and shall often to the comparative public conduct of Enghave to maintain again, - that England land and the United States as nations, there gave grave cause for offence to a great may of course be very different opinions. friendly people, by the needless and wilful It is natural and right that an American injustice of her prejudice with regard to a should believe that his own nation has far quarrel, in which, by all our antecedents excelled ours, and even the most prejudiced and principles, we were bound to have of Englishmen may concede that we have taken the other side. We were heatily made blunders, and been guilty of injustice ashamed of the public tone of England which an American could not overlook. then, and we are not going to apologize for But as to the comparative public language it now. We believe that no American adopted by the two countries, it is impossicould have spoken of Mr. Lincoln's noble ble to feel any doubt. Mr. Seward himself, career, and the many and grave difficulties while wise in action, has been boastful and which he had to encounter, without a feeling vulgar upon paper. And now here is the of quiet but grave displeasure at the temper official spokesman of a great occasion actuof the dominant class in England which ally decoying, as it were, the Ambassadors caused him so many of those difficulties. of foreign countries to come and hear themBut on public and official occasions, and in selves denounced with all the insulting gesthe presence of those who, while they have ticulation of a rhetorician making points for no power to reply, still represent the nation the galleries. Nor is this sort of thing ex

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