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All his ments that are more worthy. It is speculations answered : the reversions the Lord hath taken me by the hand he bought fell in to him speedily : he and set me on to do this thing." made money because he could not help Members rose everywhere in their it.

seats, but he would not suffer them to He had been present at some strik speak. “You think perhaps ” he ing scenes, this money-making Speaker. said, “that this is not parliamentary It was he who was sitting under the language. I know it—but expect no painted canopy on that memorable other from me." day when the House was proposing to Lenthall, half-paralysed by emotion, disband the army, and was on the at last obtained a hearing for Wentpoint of coming to a vote. Suddenly, worth, who unflinchingly gave Oliver in upon their deliberations, without one of the hardest downright raps he noise, marched that terrible figure, had ever received in public. He exking of the realm in fact if not in pressed himself horrified at the style name, with his broad, red, seamy face, of speech; "and it was the more his narrow linen band, his stiff black horrid,” he said, “as proceeding from clothes and gray worsted stockings, their servant, whom they by their and took his seat in ominous silence unprecedented bounty had made what by St. John.

he was.” Then, “ Come, come, we Presently, as Vane was speaking, have had enough of this,” said the Cromwell turned to St. John.

" I am

Protector, springing into the centre come to do that," he said, “which of the house. “I'll put an end to grieves me to the very soul, and that your prating. Call them in !” And I have earnestly with tears prayed to the file of musketeers entered, dropGod against-nay, I had rather be ping their weapons with an ominous torn in pieces than do it, but there is rattle on the floor. Then he turned a necessity laid upon me therein, in on the poor Speaker. “Fetch him order to the glory of God and the down," he said to Harrison, pointing good of the nation.” To tbis sinister contemptuously to the chair. Lenthall speech St. John, much mystified, said had just enough dignity to refuse. courteously that he knew not what he “ Take him down!” said the tyrant. meant, but prayed it might have a Harrison went up and laid his hand happy issue for the general good. on the sleeve of his gown, and he came

As Vane's eloquence waxed higher, down. By this time Cromwell had Cromwell became more and more rest burst out into a torrent of coarse less, till suddenly he beckoned Harri abuse, hurling hard names right and

“Now is the time,” he said : left till the place was clear. “ It is “I must do it.” “Sir," said Harri you,” he said, “that have forced me son anxiously,“the work is very great to this, for I have sought the Lord and dangerous." “You say well," night and day that he would rather answered Cromwell, and was silent for slay me than put upon me the doing a quarter of an hour more, not, it may of this work.” A fine chastened be confidently said, with any change temper that, for the cleanser of the of purpose, but with angry agitation, shrine! Then he put the Bill under till Vane sate down and Lenthall, his cloak and went out, locking the looking apologetically at Cromwell, door, on which next morning the conrose to put the question.

temptuous notice appeared, “This Then the great man

stood

up,

and house to be let unfurnished.” put off his hat, and spoke. Heavens ! Lentball went down to Burford to what a speech in the Hall of Liberty! recruit his shattered nerves. It is “ Your time is come,” he said, after a probable that the tones of the second, long invective. “The Lord hath done “ Take him down,” rang somewhat with you : he hath chosen other instru- vividly in his ears, as he sate arrang

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ing his revenues and looking out into from a lofty central aisle you pass the sunny valley. He never played a beneath the round arch into a dark public part in the world again. At space under the tower, and out again the Restoration he was spared, but in into a high chancel. In the north an uncomplimentary manner,

transept stands a gorgeous, if barbaric, whom it was hardly worth while to monument to Tanfield, with a gilt and waste death or dishonour upon; and painted canopy, crowded with obelisks indeed, in requesting as he did that his and hour-glasses and quaint Renaisonly epitaph might be Vermis sum, he sance scrolls. A slow plentiful stream, seems to have shown a sympathetic sliding through water-meadows, forms insight into his own character. He the boundary of the churchyard. made somewhat of an edifying end, Lower down the houses abut on the described in a couple of curious water, which is flanked by gardenauthentic letters preserved among walls and shady orchard-trees; and Bishop Kennet's papers. Declaring so it passes away to Minster Lovel himself a true son of the Church, he and Sherborne and Northleach, to be confessed his sins, saying that his absorbed at last in the volume of the share in the King's death troubled Thames. him : like Saul, he had held the clothes Such is Burford : a quiet gray town of his murderers, while they de from which, as from the deserted house, spatched him, but,"God, thou knowest! life and thought have passed away. I never consented to his death." After Its one fantastic hope of success, he had been absolved he died in attested by ugly burrowings and apparent content. He was buried miles of rubbish, lies buried beneath in the church of Burford, but no colt's-foot and fleabane, where some monument marks his resting - place, speculative company dug in vain for and perhaps it is better so.

iron ore.

It lies stranded now in The church lies at the bottom of this backwater of life, yet none the the village, a grand, stately, but irre less lovely for that: a place to pass gular block with a fine spire: the through, like a dream-city, on a peaceporch is most noble, with its high ful day: a place that lingers in the niches, groined roof, and wealth of memory, ever and again rising before ornament. It is a cross church with the mind, drawn in neutral tints transepts, no two parts corresponding. and loving, peaceful lines, when we In the centre there is a fine Norman have passed away over the hills into lantern, the low-browed, heavy arcb the roaring city and all the bewilderwhich supports it not rising half as ing hurry of these unleisurely modern high as the perpendicular nave; thus days.

No. 340.-VOL. LVII.

290

A NIGHT IN THE JUNGLE.

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THERE's nothing else for it now: will take some time to get the things we must leave the dingheys behind transferred.” and go on in the canoes.” Thus Easton, Easton agreed, and whilst we ate my companion, as he once more sur our meal the boatmen redistributed veyed the rapids we had failed for the the baggage contained in the two fifth time to pass in the heavy boats, dingheys amongst three canoes, in and signed to the steersman of our

which some

was necessary to craft to run it ashore.

stow it safely. We were making our way to a spot In half an hour we were again under on the banks of the lovely Salween way. Being the slighter man of the river, whither news of a tiger had two, the smallest canoe fell to my lot; attracted us. The place was difficult to so seating myself in the bottom reach at all times, utterly inaccessible (which every five minutes was washed during the rains and for two months throughout by the water we shipped) after their cessation, for the great I possessed myself of a paddle, and rainfall in Lower Burma swells the prepared to give as much assistance rivers to a height that is almost as could be reasonably expected of a incredible. So the wild jungles of man who had embarked with the conthe Tenasserim Yomas are seldom viction that his least movement would disturbed by any but an occasional inevitably cause an upset. Karen hunter, who might fire a shot Four sturdy Burmans manned the from his flint-lock perhaps once in ten canoe, which further contained my kit, days.

my guns in their waterproof cases, and Now, in December, the swollen river a share of our stores. There was also had fallen nearly to its normal level, a decoy-cock, tied by the leg to one and we had arrived within ten miles of the narrow seats, whose drooping of our destination, after much hard tail and generally dejected look pulling and towing (when the rocky seemed to indicate that he was enjoybanks would allow of the latter) with ing the voyage even less than I was. frequent reminders of the dangers of Easton followed in a larger canoe, course from the hidden rocks

which apparently leaked more than below the surface. The place we had conducive to comfort, for I stopped at was a wide basin strewn noticed that he knelt in the bottom with gigantic rugged boulders, round and was much occupied with a capawhich the waters boiled and seethed cious tin bailer he held in both hands. as if rejoicing in their release from The third carried our servants, two the gloomy rock-bound gorge above large goats intended as bait for the the rapid which was now to be the tiger, and the tent. The last-named next stage of our journey. Clearly, luxury Easton insisted on taking, in there was nothing for it but to spite of the risk entailed in conveying trust ourselves and our belongings so bulky an article in such a boat. It to the Burmese canoes—a prospect I proved valuable however, for the nights confess I hardly relished after eyeing were very misty and unusually cold the grand but turbulent stretch of for Burma. water and the crank narrow craft I begin to feel more at ease as we in which we were to navigate it. glide up a backwater, past the foam

“Let's breakfast first," I said. “It at the foot of the rapid which rushes must be nearly ten o'clock now, and it smoothly down in a wide unbroken

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sheet for sixty or seventy yards after gentleman, who points out in his most leaving the gorge.

We are close to impressive way that the canoe behind it now, and Oo Byike, the old steers us has been swept back again ; and man, seated on the upward-curving that the other gentleman has not been stern with one muscular leg curled paddling at all, which quite accounts round below it, takes firmer grasp of for the failure. his long paddle, and with two plung The man at the bow finds a cleft in ing downward strokes, which the crew the rock into which he can stick his instantly respond to, drives the canoe paddle and so moor the canoe, whilst into the middle of the rapid.

the others turn to watch how our " Heey, loolah ! Hooh youkkya! companions will accomplish the pass Hlaw ! Hlaw ! Hlaw! Heey! (Hi, we have just overcome.

It will take men! Hi, lads ! Paddle! Paddle ! them some time to reach us, so I Paddle! Hi!)” he shouts in tones light a cheroot and study the view. of encouragement. The men chorus From our nook it is wild and beautia deep-chested Heey! and I skin ful: the broad brown river swirls past my knuckles against the bulwarks between two rugged walls of rock in a wild effort to help with my which, ninety or a hundred feet above, paddle. The

lean forward fall back and rise steeply in jungleand dig with desperate energy into clad mountains to the height of three the roaring flood that hisses past the or four thousand feet. Down the sides of the canoe and rises in a stream, across the basin, is a sloping fountain of spray at her bow. No green bank dotted with magnificent more shouting now: we are well on timber overgrown with luxuriant our way up the rapid and dare not

flowering creepers.

Orchids, with relax our efforts for a moment. The their lovely scentless blossoms, are naked backs and arms before me show everywhere on the rocks and trees in every sinew taxed to its utmost : wonderful profusion. with heads down and faces set, the The Salween is one of the great men make their plunging strokes in highways from the teak forests to the perfect time and with extraordinary port of Maulmain. Every fissure and rapidity. We are gaining way steadily resting place amongst the rocks and but slowly, and I see that if we are to boulders is occupied by immense teak reach the gorge this time it will be logs which the swollen river has left without a stroke to spare, so I seize there during the floods. Far out of my paddle and work until the perspi- reach, they lie heaped and piled in ration flows freely. Thekin Hardeh! confusion, wedged hard and fast, (his honour's paddling)” barks Oo Byike though many look dangerous where they behind me.

The crew acknowledge hang over the torrent a hundred feet the news with renewed efforts, and at below. During the south-west monsoon length we feel the decreasing power of

thousands of trunks are floated away the current, and reach the pool for up in the distant forests rarely visited which our steersman has been directing by Europeans. Stripped of their bark, our course for the past fifteen minutes. and branded all over with a hammer

llecey," says 0o Byike, raising his bearing the lessee's private mark, they paddle with a sigh of satisfaction. are drawn to the water's edge by ** Aaah," echo the crew in a long-drawn elephants, to be carried away by the breath as they also lay down their rising floods which bear them down paddles to rest. " We could not to the Government timber-depot two have done it unless your honour or three hundred miles off, near Maulpaddled so hard," says Oo Byike to main. There they are identified and me. The men snigger openly at this claimed by the lessee's agent, who pays bare-faced flattery, but are instantly the fee and removes his timber to ship brought to their bearings by the old or sell, as the case may be.

This apparently haphazard method shouts to his servant, “hold the large of conducting the trade provides a goat, he will fall out." means of livelihood for numbers of The large goat is rolling about with natives, who haunt the river with such violence that Shway Lee has canoes and ropes to collect the drifting difficulty in securing its legs and throwlogs; for each of which they receive a ing it on its back. It is safer that reward of eight annas at the depot. way, for whilst standing it had passed The marks obviate the likelihood of the time making half-hearted attempts the timber being stolen by the col to jump overboard. lectors, who however may sometimes The canoe eventually arrives in get a windfall in the shape of an un safety, and presently all three crews branded waif. On the upper reaches settle down to paddle again, and of the Salween, kyodans, enormous continue the slow but trying journey cables of bamboos lashed together, are together. stretched across from bank to bank By and by we reach the end of the and skim the surface of the water, gorge and emerge upon a wider part arresting and detaining the drifting of the river, where the current is less timber on its downward course. These powerful, and we can make better the watchers at the kyodan collect progress. From a long stretch of sand and raft, to send on to the depot which now forms the left bank, we and claim the salvage due. Easton, are hailed by some Burmans who have whose knowledge of these matters camped there to cut bamboos on the qualified him to judge, estimated neighbouring hills, and crossing over that on our upward voyage we passed to hear their tidings we learn that a a quantity of stranded timber suffi. large tiger (all tigers are large until cient to supply the Maulmain mar they are shot !) has visited the locality ket (the largest in India) for at least every night since their arrival a week

This represented a sum before. It roars so much that they of about one million and a quarter ster are afraid and cannot sleep, and hope ling in inaccessible logs! Much of the the white strangers will bring their lumber would of course be borne away

guns and kill it.

We listen to their by the next floods, which however in tale of woe and then run the canoes their turn would leave more in the ashore. No mistake about it: nu

merous pugs on the sand confirm the Whilst I have been admiring the bamboo-cutters' news, so the baggage prospect and discussing the teak-trade, is landed and the tent pitched in the Easton has succeeded in getting up

shade of the jungle. the rapid, and now runs in alongside We have landed on a belt of forest my canoe, heated, breathless, and which during the monsoon is an island, ruffled in temper at the delay. The sun for behind it there is another broad is hot, and the men are exhausted by curving sweep of sand, studded with their efforts to work the boat rocks and pools and strewn with teak up, and must have rest before con logs. Here and there the forest is tinuing the laborious paddle through divided by narrow creeks which mark

The servants' canoe is the course of the river when in flood. still in the midst of its difficulties Beyond the strip of sand are lofty and, badly steered, sways about the hills, whose bamboo-covered slopes afstream in a manner that every moment

ford concealment to plentiful game, threatens its destruction against the

for sambhur tracks cross and recross rocks.

the sand in every direction, the edge “ They'll lose the goats," says of one particular pool showing it to be Easton, shading his eyes

with his a favourite resort of the deer for their topee : “I wish I'd taken them in my nightly drink. Hi, Shway Lee!” he

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