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ON A COLONIAL PICTURE. various other shapes which verbosity Out of the dusk stepped down may take,

Young Beauty on the stair; Minds trained just enough to enjoy What need of April in the town gaudy epigrams are easily enslaved and When Dolly took the air? carried away by almost every gust of Lilac the color then, words that blows. Hence it is a great

So all in lilac she; temptation to be what is called an Her kerchief hid from maids and men orator, and orators abound in conse- What was too white to see. quence. They are one of the crops here, Good Stuart folk her kin, like wheat and cotton. There is

And bred in Essex vales; scarcely a political campaign goes by One looked her happy eyes within, without the appearance of "Women And heard the nightingales. vrators,” “Boy Orators,” “Boy Preach- When Dolly took the air, ers," "Boy Evangelists," and many Each lad that happened near, other varieties of orators, whose Forgetting all save she was fair, silence would be golden indeed. No Turned English cavalier. matter in what department of life a

It was the end of Lent. man may succeed, he is called upon to

The crocus lit the square; speak, and because he knows about one With wavering green the bough was bent particular thing, he is called upon to When Dolly took the air. make speeches upon all sorts of sub- Long since that weather sped, jects utterly unrelated to his specialty.

Yet yonder on the wall The opportunity to advertise one's self Her portrait holds a faded shred, is looked upon as the most valuable Some scrap of it in thrall. reward that a grateful democracy can

The New World claims the skies, offer in return for valuable services re

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Staid lilac is her gown,

And yellow gleams her hair;

The ghost of April is in town,
SOME RECENT VERSE.

And Dolly takes the air!

From "A Quiet Road." By Lizette Woodworth AN OPAL,

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Sixth Series, Volume XIV.

No. 2754-April 17, 1897.

From Beginning,

Vol. CCXIII.

CONTENTS.

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I. IN KEDAR'S TENTS. By Henry Seton

Merriman. Chaps. V. and VI.,
II. Gibson's AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

By Leslie
Stephen,
III. Ore GENTLEMANLY FAILURES. By S.

H. Jeyes,
IV. ON THE SPUR OF OCCASION.

and H. Heron,
V. FRANCE AND RUSSIA

IN CHINA. By
Holt S. Hallett,
VI. THE STORY OF CRESSIDA,
VII. A RIDE TO BAALBEC. By G. Robinson

Lees,
VIII. A FIGHT FOR LIFE. By M. G. Wat-

kins,
IX. THE FLIGHT OF GULLS IN THE WAKE

OF STEAMERS. By F. W. Headley,

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POETRY.

IMMORTALITY,

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IMMORTALITY.

Go! we who loved thee follow. Tears O thinking brain that lately with us

may flow, wrought'st,

the

Tears! yet, for weeping, eyes By death surprised at thine unfinished

brighter shine: task,

Life is more earthly sweet, but death

divine; For one, a thousand lives thou shouldest

Go! we believe: belief is easier now. ask; Learning is endless, infinite as thought.

'Tis easier now; for kneeling, wrapt in Go forth, great mind, raised, now a death

prayer, less soul!

As with a Father's lo! our spirits See, weigh, prove all things, scanned blend, with larger eye,

Can we believe it, death the paltry end? Ere thou that slakeless thirst canst Death closing all, a bubble lost in air!

satisfy What æons needed to o'errun the whole!

Lost, in a world where all for use is giveni

And he the chiefest wonder, loftiest O loving heart, unwearied, pure, and high,

Man, What love is that which loveth only

Can we believe it, in creation's plan few ? As though night's pitying finger, drop. No place, no use for him, in all that

boundless heaven? ping dew, Made moist one leaf and left all others dry?

Then is all waste; and we, who here re

main, Go forth, great heart, and in the vast Left with illusions! dreamers, left to be, above

Even as the dwellers by a darkened sea, Break through the barriers here that Hoping their outward-bound to see again;

held thee bound, Time's narrow task-work, life's me. chanic round;

Cheering their grief with tales of greet. Go forth, embracing all in boundless love!

ing warm Beyond the mist, across the waters dim,

And all the while they look their last on What, is all done, because one blood-drop,

him,

Lost in the ocean deep, bis dirge the Too many, choked the highway of the

storm. brain? Because one heart-link snapped in end. less chain ?

Hence, idle thought! And thou, O voice Can we believe it? Ended? Scarce be.

divine, gun!

That spake of old so strongly, whose

commands Begun, as after sleep, night's curtain Speak as a King, the Lord of many drawn,

lands, Refreshed, the toiler wakes to livelier Speak to us still! We trust Thee, we are hours,

Thine.
To larger trusts, reanimated powers,
When with immortal strength comes in
the dawn!

Thine even in darkest hour, and fearful!

Still

Though trembling, ignorant, oft-times Farewell! perchance in lesser duties here

weak and frail, Found faithful, there shall virtue rule

Yet with the Christ entering within the a star;

veil, Here crippled, trammel'd, there shall

Trusting, we whisper, "Father, do Thy travel far

will!” On God's great errands, adding sphere to

Spectator.

A. G. B. sphere.

one

IN KEDAR'S TENTS.1

a

Concepcion, having repaired one girth BY HENRY SETOX MERRIMAN, AUTHOR OF "THE and shaken his head dubiously over anSOWERS."

other, lighted a fresh cigarette and gave CHAPTER V.

a little shiver, for the morning air was

keen. He discreetly coughed. He had CONTRABAND.

seen Conyngham breakfasting by the "What rights are his that dares not strike for

light of a dim oil lamp of a shape and them?"

make unaltered since the days of NebuAn hour before sunrise two horses stood shuffling their feet and chewing impatient wished to convey to one gen

chadnezzar, and without appearing their bits before the hotel of the Marina tleman the fact that another awaited at Algeciras, while their owner, a short

him. and thick-set man of an exaggeratedly

Before long Conyngham appeared, villainous appearance, attended to such

having paid an iniquitous bill with the straps and buckles as he suspected of latent flaws. The horses were lean and recklessness that is only thoroughly

understood by the poor. He appeared loose of ear, with a melancholy thought

as usual to be at peace with all men, fulness of demeanor that seemed to

and returned his guide's grave salutasuggest the deepest misgivings as to

tion with an easy nod. the future. Their saddles and other

“These the horses?" he inquired. accoutrements were frankly theatrical,

Concepcion Vara spread out his and would have been at once the delight

hands. of an artist and the despair of a saddler.

They have no equal in Andalusia," Fringes and tassels of bright-colored

he said. worsted depended from points where

“Then I am sorry for Andalusia," fringes and tassels were distinctly out

answered Conyngham, with a pleasant of place. Where the various straps

laugh. should have been strong they looked weak, and scarce a buckle could boast dim, cool light of the morning. The

They mounted and rode away in the an innocence of knotted string. The

sea was of a deep blue, and rippled all saddles were of wood, and calculated

over as in a picture. Gibraltar, five to inflict serious internal injuries to the

miles away, loomed up like a grey cloud rider in case of a fall. They stood at against the pink of sunrise. The whole least a foot above the horse's backbone, world wore a cleanly look, as if the raised on a thick cushion upon the ribs night had been passed over its face like of the animal, and leaving a space in

a sponge wiping away all that was unthe middle for the secretion of tobacco sightly or evil. The air was light and and other contraband merchandise.

exhilarating, and scented by the breath "I'll take the smallest cutthroat of of aromatic weeds growing at the roadthe crew," Conyngham had said on the

side. occasion of an informal parade of

Concepcion sang a song as he rodeguides the previous evening. And the

a song almost as old as his trade-dehost of the Fonda, in whose kitchen the

claring that he was a smuggler bold. function had taken place, explained to And he looked it, every inch. The road Concepcion Vara that the English ex

to Ronda lies through the corkwoods of cellency had selected him on his, the Ximena, leaving St. Roque on the right host's, assurance that Algeciras con- hand; such at least was the path setained no other so honest,

lected by Conyngham's guide; for there "Tell him," answered Concepcion,

are many ways over the mountains, with a cigarette between his lips and a

and none of them to be recommended. pardonable pride in his eyes, “that my Beguiling the journey with cigarette grandfather was a smuggler, and my and song, calling at every venta on the father was shot by the guardia civile road, exchanging chaff with every near Algatocin."

woman and a quick word with all men, Copyright, 1896, by Henry Seton Merriman. Concepcion faithfully fulfilled his con

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