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classes mentioned. In more important forgotten. Let a man sacceed in having positions in life the accident of humble a speech or lecture reported to the length birth may militate very serionsly against of half a column in the daily papers, promotion, and the good fortune of hav- neither he nor his friends will hear very ing superior parentage may greatly assist much about his success ; but let him, on one's advancement, so that men of equal the other hand, have his name mentioned ability and good character, and having the in a small paragraph in any paper, if it be luck of opportunity in equal proportions, connected with something discreditable, a would discover that parentage is a form of bill of sale, a police-court summons, or the assisting luck which it is impossible to like, the news will speedily travel into all ignore. The assistance of friends is classi- the ramifications of his acquaintanceship, fied as luck, because it is external to the and will penetrate with a kind of capillary individual who is thereby aided. The attraction, and be absorbed like moisture assistance of friends, or the evil wrought into a piece of sugar. What is true of by the malevolence of an enemy, is good published information, is equally true of or bad luck, but the process of making oral communications, and the latter are friends is usually due to ability and char more likely to give currency to statements acter, and the making of enemies to indis- which are libelons and false. cretion, or some other negative form of Slander may be unpreventable, and is ability, if only a want of knowing how to then a form of bad luck; possibly of sufficonciliate. It has been remarked that the cient power to arrest a successful career life of a man who never makes an enemy which otherwise was assured. The indi. must be very insipid. Possibly it may vidual who suffers may be in total ignoseem so to those who love quarrels. But rance of its operating against him, and be men of long experience could corroborate quite at a loss to ascertain the reason for the assertion that one enemy is able very his supersession, or his failure, where he often to neutralize the whole favorable in- had anticipated success. fluences of a large number of friends ; in Finally, the pure accident of chance has other words, it is unwisdom to gain friends often made success. Speculation based by making enemies, and bad policy to opon unreliable information, unexpected make enemies at all when it is not unavoid. legacies, an unforeseen demand for one's able. There is an energy in enmity and manufactures ; these causes may bring hate which one seldom finds in friendship; wealth which is potential, although not an enemy will take great pains to do harm, omnipotent in making a successful career. but friends, as a rule (there are exceptions The least meritorious are frequently the to the rule), are satisfied to give such aid most fortunate. The operations of chance only as can be given without personal loss seldom coincide with justice, as was the or inconvenience to themselves.
case when the lot fell upon Jonah. Good report and unmerited slander are The foregoing arguments are intended the positive and negative forms of another to lead to the conclusion that success in element of assisting luck, the one proceed- life is dependent upon much that is quite ing from friends, the other emanating from beyond the influence or control of the asenemies ; actual enemies, though not pirant. Great success connotes ambition, always wilful enemies. The man who and implies a will to labor in order to atgives currency to a false statement as to tain the desired end. But it is possible to another's character or abilities is an en- imagine cases where transcendent abilities emy, because he is doing harm, even and spotless character may exist unnoticed, though he may not have the slightest de- unknown, and unrewarded. sire to do harm, or reason for wishing Our
of to-day contains in the ranks evil
. The worst of slander is that it is so generals as able as Wellington, Napoleon, difficult to unearth and refute, unless it be or Von Moltke, but who will never be repeated to one who has the courage known to fame through not having the luck to inform the person of whom it is of opportunity ; and in every sphere of spoken.
life there are many quite willing to hide Human nature, unfortunately, is prone their light under a bushel, and the bushel to listen to, and be interested in evil re is eagerly supplied for the purpose by port, and to pay little heed to good report others whose feeble flicker may then beThe evil is remembered, the good soon come visible.-National Magazine.
AN APRIL FOOL
BY ALFRED AUSTIN.
I SALLIED afield when the bud first swells,
And the sun first slanteth hotly,
And a suit of saffron motley.
He was squat a bank where a self-taught stream,
Fingering flint and pebble,
And the shake of the throstle's treble.
“Now, who may you be !" I asked, “and where
Do you look for your meals and pillow !" My roof,” he said, “ is the spacious air,
And my curtain the waving willow.
My meal is a shive of the miller's loaf,
And hunger the grace that blesses : 'Tis banquet enough for a village oaf, With a handful of fresh
“ A plague on your feasts where the dish goes round,
Though I know where the truffles burrow, And the plover's eggs may, in fours, be found,
In the folds of the pleated furrow.
And my name ? O, I am an April Fool,
So yclept in the hamlet yonder ;
I sit on a stile and ponder.
“ I gather the yellow weasel-snout,
As I wander the woods at random,
And at times, for a lark, I land 'em.
" But I flick them back ere they gape and pant,
After gazing at gill and speckle.
Who can fish without hook or heckle?
“ Yes, I am an April Fool : confessed !
And my pate grows not wise for scratching; But I know where the kingfisher drills his nest,
And the long-tailed tits are hatching.”
Then he leaped to his feet, and he shook his bells
And they jangled all together,
For the joy of a nuptial tether.
And, as they chimed, from the covert near
Where ripens the juicy whortle, The rustling whisper reached my ear
Of a loitering maiden's kirtle.
Whereat he laughed : “I'm an April Fool,
But am jocund withal and jolly, So long as I have this realm to rule,
And a lass to love my folly.
" Go and woo, where the deftly fair parade,
The smiles of a fine court lady ; But I will cuddle my rustic maid,
In the pheasant-drives husht and shady.
“ Her cheek is as creamy as milk in June,
And the winds nor chap nor warp it ; We dance, with the blackbird to give the tune,
And with primroses for carpet.
“Her quick-flashing fingers knit the hose
For her little feet neat and nimble ; Her kiss is as sweet as a half-shut rose,
And her laugh like a silver cymbal.
“She never asks how my fortunes fare,
Nor wonders how full my purse is ;
And I tell her my wildwood verses.
“ She has not a gem she can call her own,
But I rest on a sheepfold hurdle, And, out of the daffodils newly blown,
Entwine her a golden girdle.
“ And soon I shall have for my nut-sweet girl,
When the May boughs are adorning
A new necklace, night and morning.
“ When shortly we catch the cuckoo's call,
We shall clap our hands to hear him ; For, let whom they may his gibes appall,
This April Fool don't fear him."
Then a wind-cloud, hued like a ringdove's neck,
Made the rain run helter-skelter ;
And I crouched in the ditch for shelter.
But he whistled his love, and he waved his cap,
And the bells all rang together. “ Just fancy !” he cried, to care one rap
For the whims of wind or weather !
Through all the seasons I keep my youth,
Which is more than you town-folk do, sir. Now, which is the April Fool, in sooth !
Do you think it is I, -or you, sir ?”
Then the rain ceased slashing on branch and pool,
And swift came the sunshine, after ;
SOME VERY NOBLE SAVAGES.
BY LIEUTENANT-COLONEL H. KNOLLYS, R.A.
" For the Right which needs assistance, "Gainst the Wrong which needs resistance," boat ferry us across the broad river, silent,
a craggy pathway, and in a cranky little is a plea which may appropriately be urged swift, and tepid as it splashes over our in behalf of the inhabitants of a remote hands. The fireflies are sparkling through corner in our world-wide empire-Zulu- the hot inky atmosphere, the bull-frogs land. Though not much larger than startle us with their bellowing, the thunWales, it possesses a potentiality for the der is rolling with an incessant awful roar, development of resources which may ulti- and, as bewildered, I pant up the precipice mately render it one of the foremost dis- on the other side, a savage seizes my wrist tricts on the face of the earth in point of with a vice-like yet kindly grasp, and leads wealth and population ; and above all, it me like a prisoner to our haven of rest, a may be regarded as a test place for the small tin wayfarer's tenement. justice and wisdom, or the converse, of We are now in Zululand proper, within our dealings with the natives of South the area of the military operations of Africa. My stay in the country was short, 1879, and even the few days I spent here, and my direct experience was consequently far from the presence of all save three or limited ; and yet-should I not say, there- four white men, and surrounded by a Zulu fore ?-my fresh impressions may not be population, gave me some glimmer of naundeserving of attention, by the same tive habits, of native character, and of the reasoning which assigns a special value to idiosyncrasies of the locality. True, this a woman's first thoughts, or to a wine- was subsequently confirmed or corrected taster's instantaneous verdict !
by further experience, but for simplicity's One evening toward the close of 1890, sake I here introduce some of my first imaccompanied by a brother officer, I am pressions. speeding along the fifty miles of roughly One day having heedlessly left my small outlined track leading from Verulam, the kit spread over the floor of my lean-to outNatal railway terminus, to the Zulu fron- side room, I find on my return, two hours tier. Our vehicle, the red, two-wheeled, after, about thirty Zulu men and women “ V.R." mail-cart, so familiar in the pre- of all ages crowded about the open door, cincts of St. Martin's-le-Grand, seems many staring with curiosity at the collecoddly out of place in these wilds, which, tion of flannel shirts and other clothing, save for small clusters, at long intervals, boots, knife, tobacco, and even money. of European little tin erections, and for a Any one of these naked savages might few Kafir kraals, are absolutely uninhabit- with impunity have helped himself to any ed. Our luggage is quite nominal in of these articles, which would bave been a amount—we have been even obliged to perfect treasure to him. But the idea commit to the transport of an ox-wagon a never seemed to have entered their heads friendly Christmas plum-pudding intrusted not the smallest_trifle was missing. to us at Maritzburg as a poetical souvenir Genuine untainted Zulus are too noble to to an English sojourner at Eshowe. Our be thieves. They exult in the possession four balf-broken horses, lashed by our of a flannel shirt, they fully appreciate the reckless half- breed driver, lay themselves gift of a shilling ; but their native code of out like greyhounds at a desperate gallop, honor forbids pilfering, and property is far which at times takes away our breath, and more safe in their midst than were it demakes us cling to our cart for dear limb posited in a first-class English hotel, or and life. Then, with scant notice, night subjected to the inquisition of the landlady closes in pitcb-dark, and we find ourselves of a first-class London lodging. At interstanding on the steep heights overhanging vals the natives came to the store to parthe Tugela river, discarded by our driverchase blankets, or sugar, or some other and utterly at a loss as to our next pro- requirement of their simple lives ; but the ceeding. But some five or six savages sud- law here effectually restrains Europeans denly and unexpectedly start up out of the from selling to them those two articles darkness, sign to us to follow them down which elsewhere are unscrupulously traded,