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A MAORI “LAST DAY."

The lady handed it over to day would come at the end of the month. the stage manager, and at once forgot all Finding their creditor unsatisfied with about it. Actresses are used to such im. that answer, they requested him not to pertinences. The manager, however, take any proceedings during March, as it was a man of wrath when roused; and he was tapu (sacred), but to wait till April; sent a message to the gentleman, asking when if nothing happened he should be him to come * behind." The unsuspect. paid in full. This he was constrained to ing person went, and was promptly boo do. neted, pummelled, and ejected by the The prophetess spent most of her time stage door. Such insulting messages are in conversing with unbelieving visitors, of common; but real compliments are not whom there were plenty; they were chiefly unknown. Playing in Glasgow for a week natives, attracted by curiosity and the lav. this lady got every evening a modest ish hospitality of the converted ones. nosegay, which was left at the stage door Being well versed in Scripture she was by a working man. No note accompanied able to discuss religion with any one who it, and she carried it to the neglect of the cared to argue with her. The believers more gorgeous bouquets that also reached behaved in a very orderly manner. Spirher.

its were strictly prohibited. But it was an anxious time for the European settlers. near the encampment; for there was no knowing what change might not take place

in Meri's teachings. Safety lay in the From St. James's Gazette.

nearness of the day fixed as the last. Had

the time been longer there is no knowing In the early part of this year an extraor- what a band of wild fanatics, whose food dinary outbreak of religious craze was wito supply had come to an end, would not do. nessed among the northern natives in As the time approached for the fulfil. New Zealand. A Maori prophetess, liv. ment of the prophecy, the mania took a ing in Kawakawa, a settlement north of more serious turo. A tohnnga (priest) Auckland, was the leader of the move. preached that Christ's mediation was only

She is a young woman, named for the pakeha (white man). Burnt offerMeri Tapu, about twenty.five years of age, ings of dogs, cats, and owls were made. pleasant-looking but with a dazed expres. These offerings, however, were only presion. Early in March of this year Meri liminary and typical of the grand sacrifice foretold the beginning of the millennium, that was to follow, and for which an altar which she fixed on the 28th of that month. was built. The victim selected was a The effect on the natives was wonderful. young girl, daughter of the high priest Crowds visited her daily, fully crediting himself, she having expressed her willing. her prophecies.

ness to die for the good of the people. About the middle of March, Meri and The intended homicide was prevented by some two hundred of ber immediate fol- the police. Meri now gave out that she lowers removed to a separate encamp would probably be missing on the last ment. Prominent among these disciples day, and intimated to her followers that were the chief Hohaia Patuone and his she would be removed to the next world people, relatives of the late celebrated by supernatural means. Tamati Waka Nene, and inhabitants of At last the great day arrived, and noth. the Hokianga district. Meri and her sup- ing happened. Meri had disappeared, porters professed to be Roman Catholics, having wisely departed to another part of but did not hold any religious service or the country with numerous presents. Her ceremony whatever. The time was spent misguided followers were powerless to do in various games and amusements, and in anything in the face of a strong contingent eating; the latter taking up a good por. of armed constabulary posted to maintain tion of the day. Money was spent in a order. There was nothing left but to re. most reckless manner upon provisions and turn to their much-neglected plantations. new clothes wherein to appear on the last The only evidence of the movement is day. When cash ran short, they obtained considerable distress among the natives, goods from a neighboring store-keeper on owing to a reckless waste of provisions credit, and, when threatened with sum. and prolonged idleness. monses, said it did not matter, as the last

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CONTENTS.
I. WINIFRED, COUNTESS OF NITHSDAILL, Scottish Review,
II. THE GREAT KEINPLATZ EXPERIMENT, Belgravia,
III. PARLIAMENTARY MANNERS,

Nineteenth Century,
IV. A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF.

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Mrs. Oliphant. Part XXIX.,

Chambers' Journal,
V. MARLBOROUGH,

Macmillan's Magazine,
VI. AN UNKNOWN COLONY,

Blackwood's Magazine,
VII. SAMUEL FOOTE. The English Aristophanes, Temple Bar,
VIII. THE POET OF ELEGY,

Spectator,
IX, A CHINESE Ascot,

Cornhill Magazine,

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A ROWLAND FOR AN OLIVER.

ANSWERS. At the Class-Day dinner at Harvard Col.

BY SARAH DOUDNEY. lege lately, we are informed, Dr. Oliver Wen- Summer wind, let the hawthorns rest, dell Holmes, author of “ The Autocrat of the

Leave the blossom to deck the bough. Breakfast Table,” read a complimentary poem “Nay, I scatter them east and west – to Mr. James Russell Lowell, one verse of

Who knows where they are drifting now?" which runs (a trifle haltingly, if rightly reported) as follows:

Gentle sea, let the white sails stay; By what deep magic, what alluring arts,

Life is brief, and to part is pain. Our truthful James led captive British hearts; “Nay, I carry them far away Whether his shrewdness made their statesmen halt, Who knows when they may come again ?” Or if his learning found their dous at fault, Or if his virtue was a strange surprise, Like honest Yankees we can simply guess:

Father Time, let the dreamer be ; England herself will be the first to claim

Spare the visions that charm my sleep. Her only conqueror since the Norman came.

Nay, I laugh at thy dreams and thee; To which Mr. Punch begs amicably to re

Thou shalt lose them, and wake to weep.” ply:Not halting Statesmen, and not dons outdone,

Wind, and billow, and ruthless Time, Taught us to love this lord of sense and fun;

All your triumph shall soon be past ! Nor did it come to us as a surprise

I am bound for a fairer clime, To find a Yankee virtuous as wise.

Where lost treasures are found at last. No, Holmes, Sweet Holmes! Our pride it

nothing shames, To own us conquered by your Truthful James. Blooms of summer, and loves of old, His “sword and spear” in truth were cause

Hopes that faded and seemed to die, of it,

Things more precious than gems or gold The sword of eloquence, the spear of wit;

God has stored in his house on high. For heart, not art, sage head, not iron hand,

Sunday Magazine. Made him the “conqueror” of our stubborn

land. Captured us? Yes; and he'll be hailed with

rapture If he'll come back among us to recapture ! Could you come too, tant mieux ! for what more pat

ON THE DEATH OF THE PRINCESS MARY Than to pair “Conqueror” with “Autocrat”?

OF PORTUGAL. Verb: sap: dear Oliver! It won't be lost on

“A day all One of the best and brightest brains of Boston ! WHAT takest thou, cruel Death?

splendid.” Punch.

At what hour diddest take't? -“At dawn

of day.”
Didst thou intend thy prize?—“Intend it?

Nay!”
SHIPWRECK WOOD.

Who willed thou take it? -“He that it in. SEE! how the firelight flashes on the pane.

tended.” Look ! how it flickers to the raftered roof, Who 'joys her body? Clay-cold Earth that That almost gives its brightness back again,

penn'd it.” So far the darkling shadows hold aloof. How quenchèd was her light? -"Night o'er See how it dances, and the warmth is good; But all my fire is made of shipwreck wood. What saith our Lusia? -“She must say her

say." Jem brought these furs from his first voyage What say?- “Great Mary my deserts transback;

cended.” Will found these beads, one day at Elsinore; And the gold band that clasps my ruffles, Jack Slewst them that saw her? _“They lay dead

Bought me with half his pay at Singapore. Each speaks of love, and strength, and hardi

before.hood;

What now saith Love? -“He durst no

word let fall.” But all my fire is made of shipwreck wood.

And who doth silence him? -"My will The sea is roaring over “wandering graves,”

be done." Where all my best and bravest lie at peace. What to the Court was left? — "Love-longings I hear a requiem in the moaning waves

sore." That only with my parting breath will cease. What there is left to see?-“No thing at The sea has given me work, and warmth, and all." food;

What glory failed it?—"Failed this lovely But all my fire is made of shipwreck wood !

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From The Scottish Review.

sentiments of devotion to the Catholic WINIFRED, COUNTESS OF NITHSDAILL. faith, and loyalty to the house of Stuart,

The name of this heroic lady is familiar for which his family was famous. When to us all, and famous among those noble he was about twenty-three, Lord Niths. women whose virtue and courage bave daill journeyed to Paris; no doubt chiefly given them a place in their country's his. with the intention of doing homage to tory. At first sight it might seem, indeed, King James, but another motive soon as if any new sketch of Lady Nithsdaill's arose to keep him at St. Germains. He life were unnecessary; and of the great

there met and wooed Lady Winifred, and event with which her name will be forever as the attachment was mutual, was soon associated, this is doubtless true. The

her accepted lover. Their marriage constory of Lord Nithsdaill's escape from the tract is dated Paris, March 2nd, 1699, but Tower has been often told, and we have the day of the marriage itself is not known, Lady Nithsdaill's own narrative, the plain, nor can we discover where the young unvarnished account of her courageous couple passed the first year of their mardeed to refer to. Little, therefore, re. ried life. By the month of October, 1700, mains to be said on this subject, but of however, Lord and Lady Nithsdaill were Lady Nithsdaill's domestic history and established at their own beautiful home her later life abroad, we find many inter- of Terregles in Dumfriesshire, where the esting details in the family correspon- dowager countess continued also condence, which is little known, and it is on staotly to reside, and where she seems to this aspect of our heroine's life that we have managed the affairs of the house, propose to dwell more fully.

greatly assisting her daughter-in-law, who Winifred Herbert was the fifth and suffered from delicate health. youngest daughter of William, first Mar- Lord Nithsdaill's only surviving sister quis of Powis; and, an exile even in her had married (in 1694) Charles, fourth Earl childhood, must have early learnt to suf. of Traquair, and an intimate and loving fer in the cause for which her husband friendship united the families of Traquair was so nearly to lose his life. Lord Pow- and Terregles. Five children were born is, a Catholic and a devoted loyalist, fol- to Lord and Lady Nithsdaill, but of these, lowed James the Second to France, and three, Lucie, Robert, and George, died it was therefore in the melancholy court young. William Lord Maxwell and his of St. Germains that Winifred's youth

sister Anne still an infant in 1715 – was passed – a fit training, perhaps, for a

alone survived.* Up to this memorable life never, it would seem, very bright, and date, there is little to record of Lady destined to end, like her royal master's, in Nithsdaill or her family, and few letters a mournful exile. No traits of Winifred's exist to help us to follow the compara. girlhood have come down to us, and we

tively peaceful, and possibly rather unin. can only endeavor to picture to ourselves teresting, tenor of their lives. how her education was conducted, or

When in 1715 the standard of the Chev. whose task it was to impress on her young

alier de St. George (James 111.) was raised heart those lessons of virtue and self-sac-by his adherents, Lord Nithsdaill, inrifice which afterwards bore such noble pelled by his own Jacobite sentiments, fruit.

and by the traditions of his house, hasMeanwbile in distant Scotland Lord tened to join the English rising under Nithsdaill was growing up under the care

Forster and Lord Derwentwater. Lord of his widowed mother. William, fifth Nithsdaill was reported to have been fol. Earl of Nithsdaill, was born in the year lowed to the field by many of his tenants, 1676, and on the death of his father, suc. but on the other hand it is stated that far ceeded to the earldom at the early age of from this having been the case, most of

His mother, a daughter of the house of Douglas, a clever and energetic quite young, for his education, as there is no mention

* Lord Maxwell was probably sent abroad when woman, admirably fulfilled her office of of his presence at home at the time of his father's misguardian, and brought up her son in those fortunes.

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his people were zealous for the Hano- l out on her long and perilous journey to verian government, and but few followed London.* Her letters give a graphic detheir master. And this, Lord Nithsdaill's scription of all she underwent on the road. own statement corroborates. That his The winter of 1715-6 was unusually severe. wife's entire sympathy was with the royal The Thames was frozen over, and the cause, we cannot doubt, and if it is diffi- road to the capital was blocked by snow. cult to imagine with the poet that the Coaches were stopped, and Lady Niths. stately Lady Nithsdaill and her sister daill was forced to perform most of her ladies were “full loud” in their merri-l journey on horseback, and this with the ment on this occasion, or that they “sang greatest difficulty. She herself writes to in the parlor and danced in the ha',” we Lady Traquair, “I must confess such a cannot but share the sorrow of the faith-journey I believe, was scarce ever made, fui bard when he describes his mistress's considering the weather, by a woman;' grief on hearing the fatal news :

but, as she goes on to say, “an earnest Our Lady dow do nought now, but wipe aye

desire compasses a greate deal with God's

help.” And so the courageous lady pusbed Her heart's like to burst the gold lace of her forward, undaupted by the cold, and gown;

reached town towards the middle of JaouMen silent gaze upon her, and minstrels make ary. Here she lost no time in endeavor. a wail,

ing to secure her husband's safety, and O dool for our brave warrior, the Lord of earnestly sought the assistance of those Nithsdaill.

in power; but she received scant comfort, Deep, indeed, must have been the de. and it was plainly intimated to her that spair of the poor Jacobite ladies when the though mercy might be shown to some of tidings reached them of the disaster of the imprisoned lords, none need be exPreston, and that the prisoner noblemen pected for Lord Nithsdaill, who, from his were on their road to London.

Lord position and character, was too important Nithsdaill wrote to his wife urging her to

a personage to be spared. The poor lady join him in town. He knew he would be was allowed to see her husband once or kept a close prisoner, but perhaps then he twice, before she was prostrated by the entertained hopes for his life, hopes in illness brought on by anxiety and the which his poor wife could not join, for great bodily fatigue she had gone through. reasons which a passage in her “ Narra. The only thing that consoled her during tive gives us the key. “A Catholick this period of forced inaction, was the upon the Borders, and one who had a assurance that nothing could be done in great following, and whose family had her lord's cause until sentence should have ever upon all occasions stuck to the royal been passed upon the prisoners. On the family,” could not, as she well knew, look 19th January Lord Nithsdaill and five for mercy, and it must have been with a others were brought to trial, and, at the heavy heart that she prepared to follow recommendation of their friends, pleaded her lord. Her preparations showed the guilty. We cannot think that Lord Nitbs. prudence and foresight which character.daill's reply to the indictment accorded ized her. Dismissing pearly the whole of with his own dignity, or with the sentiher establishment, Lady Nithsdaill con- ments which had animated him to draw fided the care of Terregles to three trusty his sword in his master's cause; and that servants, and then, foreseeing that the he was afterwards sensible of this, and house would probably be searched in her regretted it, his “dying speech ” † affords absence, she, with the assistance of a proof. As it was, all the hopes held out faithful gardener, safely concealed the to the prisoners of saving their lives by family papers in a portion of the grounds, still pointed out by tradition. Then send. * Lady Nithsdaill was accompanied on the journey iog ber dearest treasure, her infant by her attached Welsh maid, Evans, whose name fre

quently occurs in the correspondence. daughter Anne, to the affectionate care of

+ We refer to the address written by Lord Nithsdaill her aunt at Traquair, Lady Nithsdaill set on the eve - as he believed- of his execution.

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