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sirable consummation of rendering the every 'gentleman's race;' and during the pure speech of our fathers or grandfathers first year I was in Limerick he must have unintelligible to their degenerate descen- won a large sum of money. dants.
“To be known as a good horseman A noble language leads necessarily to was a title of honor in the regiment. The a noble literature, and these in indissolu- officers were not envious of their comble union are the grandest inheritances rade's good luck, and did not object to his and most justifiable pride of a nation. winning any amount of money at the risk Rome and Greece as powers in the world of breaking his neck. However, Helling. have passed away, but their language and ton was not much liked. He led a retired literature remain the everlasting monu- life, was seldom seen at social gatherings, ments of their departed glory. Our noble never attended a ball or a picnic, and when English language must of necessity re- free from duty, was mostly devoted to ridceive modifications and accretions as the ing his horses over lonely country roads ages roll onwards. But our present and in the neighborhood of the city. future writers, without rejecting the new “I had no difficulty in getting introwords that are certain sooner or later to duced to every officer in the regiment, enrich or extend the language, should from the colonel down to the youngest make it their duty and their pride to trans. ensign; yet I never saw Hellington, ex. mit unimpaired to posterity the splendid cept at a distance. One of his comrades, heritage which has been entrusted to their Charles O'Brien, who, after Hellington, guardianship. The task is more difficult was considered the best steeplechasenow than it was a hundred years ago. At rider in the regiment, and with whom I that date the contaminating influences bad grown particularly intimate, said to were few and feeble. Now they are many me one day, on my expressing a wish to and strong; but none the less, and all the become acquainted with his rival, greater, is the duty of all who can help to Well, I will introduce you, if you do so to keep, like Chaucer, the “well of like; but I tell you beforehand that you pure English undefiled ;.” let the defile will make the acquaintance of a very unment come whence it will, whether from pleasant fellow.' the corruption of mappers or the force of “I looked at Hellington that day for evil example.
the first time more closely. He had a DUDLEY ERRINGTON. cold, cruel face, red hair, a remarkably
high forehead, and small, piercing eyes, which never looked straight at you, but seemed to wander restlessly from one ob
ject to another. For one moment our From Blackwood's Magazine.
eyes met, and he must have noticed that THE LITTLE WORLD: A STORY OF JAPAN. I was scrutinizing him, for he gazed at me
in such a wicked manner that I at once lost all further desire to become better
acquainted with him. “On establishing myself as a lawyer at • A few days later the garrison races Limerick, in 1854, I found a regiment of took place. The event of the day was a infantry stationed there, and I soon be steeplechase, for which the best horses in came acquainted with most of the officers. the county and the best riders in the regiThey were a set of light-hearted, jolly fel. ment had been entered. On this occasion lows, mostly Irishmen, — heavy drinkers, Hellington rode a dark' horse, which passionate gamblers, and known as the passed the stand with splendid action; best steeplechase-riders in the country. and on being started, he took the lead at There was not one of them who would a furious pace. not go across country as the crow flies. 66 • Too fast to last,' said some of the But the boldest among them was Lieu. spectators. “He knows what he is about,' tenant Edwin Hellington. He was the replied others. younger son of an old and wealthy family, 1. Indeed his horse seemed to possess had a good allowance, and kept several great power, and led the field by a distance horses. Somehow or other be always of ten lengths, as far as one could see. managed to get hold of the best animals Presently all the riders disappeared be. to be had for money. His judgment was hind a little copse. A moment later, on wonderfully correct in matters of horse. again coming into sight, several of the fesh, and the shrewdest dealer could not horses were close to each other. get the better of hiin. He was present at 666 White-and-blue wins!'
BY RUDOLPH LINDAU.
shout from the stand. "O'Brien leads ! superior, he had nothing more to say: Where is Hellington ?'
he had, however, been under the imprese "Come to grief!' some one called sion that in a race everybody should have out; but everybody's attention was now even chances; and this had not been the concentrated on the little group which case, for O'Brien had known of the change was fast approaching the winning-post. in the track, and not he.
66Blue - and - white wins! bravo, “ • Lieutenant Hellington, you will force O'Brien !'
me to impose silence if you continue in “Whilst most of the spectators rushed this manner.' to the stand to see the winner weighed, “ Your obedient servant, colonel,' rethe few who remained behind beheld Helplied Hellington, as, saluting, he turned lington coming up from the wood at an and left the room. easy canter.
His horse had evidently Hellington was a reserved man, but been cruelly used, but he sat safe and now every one could see the state of fersound in the saddle. Not a spot was to ment he was in. He evidently intended be seen on his light dress; he could not to take part in another race; for, having have been thrown. On passing the post put an overcoat over his jockey-suit, he he left the track, and gave his animal in was standing in front of the stable talkcharge to his groom, who also looked a ing in a loud voice to his groom, wlio was thorough jail-bird.
engaged in rubbing down the horse. " What has happened, sir?'
“A few officers near him moved away, "Some infernal sell,' growled Helling. as not wishing to see one of their comton. He was pale and his eyes gleamed. rades forget himself so far as to pour out "To the scales,' he said.
his grievances to a groom. Hellington “There were not many people round was mad with rage, and seemed scarcely the scales, for it had been already settled to know what he was saying: that O'Brien's horse was the winner; but “ About half an hour afterwards the the members of the committee who had bell rang for the second steeplechase. to weigh the riders were still at their O'Brien and Hellington mounted posts.
gether. “ Hellington, with saddle and bridle " • I shall not lose sight of you this time, over his arın, and riding-whip in hand, O'Brien,' said the other with a savage stepped on to the scales without saying a sneer. word.
“ But O'Brien, who had been requested Right weight?' he asked, turning to by his friends to take no notice of any .the committee; and receiving their assent, thing Hellington might say, pretended be continued, “I protest against the race!! not to bear him, and trotted quietly away
“A few moments later the members of to the starting point. the committee, presided over by Colonel “During the first part of the race the Wicklow, the commander of the regiment, entries kept well together. Presently were assembled in judgment over the com O'Brien led by about lialf a length. plaint. Outsiders were astonished that Hellington wants O'Brien to take there was so much delay in announcing the lead,' somebody said; “just look how the winner's number.
he is holding back?' “ Meanwhile Hellington complained be. “ The two now approached a stone wall, fore the judges that the original steeple, which they took almost simultaneously. chase-track had been altered. He had Then came some rails, with a broad ditch heard nothing of the change, and it was on the other side. O'Brien went for it at due to this circumstance that he had lost a sharp pace. On his left, close to his the race.
saddle, was the head of Hellington's “ Colonel Wicklow thereupon told mare. Lieutenant Hellington that the manner in " It was impossible from the stand to which he had brought his complaint for- judge of the exact position of the riders; ward was not very becoming, as he but about twenty yards before the rails, seemed to doubt the good faith of the one could see O'Brien turn slightly to the committee. It was Hellington's own right: immediately afterwards his horse fault, he said, if he did not inforın himself | rose for the jump, but at the same in. sufficiently of the route of the course. stant it made a sharp movement to the But Hellington shook his head, shrugged right, touched with its left fore.foot the bis shoulders, and replied in an insolent top rail, and came down on the other manner that, if he were to be reminded side of the ditch. Hellington cleared the that he was standing before his military fence and the ditch in good style, hold.
ing his whip high over his head; O'Brien · Hellington understood very well that was thrown out of his saddle, and lay this advice was more like a request, and sprawling with outstretched arms a few without more ado penned the necessary paces from his horse. In a moment, letter. however, he was on his legs again; man. Now Doneghue was a thoroughbred aged with some difficulty to get his Irishman, a kind, light-hearted fellow, full horse out of the ditch, vaulted into his of enthusiasm for the noble sport, and saddle, and, amid the applause of the not too scrupulous in the ethics of the spectators, rode pluckily on. But the turf. He wanted to say something to the others had considerably distanced him. unhappy young man who, with tightly Captain Glenarm was leading, and won closed lips, stood before him. He held easily. Hellington's horse had become out his hand. restive, and was fourth. O'Brien came in "I am awfully sorry, Hellington,' he last of all. Riding, at once up to the said, that this has happened to you. judge, he complained that Hellington had • Hellington seemed not to notice the fouled bin, and called all the gentlemen major's proffered land, and only set his who were behind him to witness.
teeth more tightly as he hissed out, “The two rivals were asked to step into "I tell you, Major Doneghue, others the committee-room. O'Brien repeated will be sorry too!' his statement; while Hellington did not “ For the present, however, Hellington deny that he had fouled O'Brien, but said appeared to be the only one who had he could not belp it. His horse, he said, reason to regret that in his blind rage be had turned sharp to the right against his had acted in a manner unworthy of a wish. It was a capricious, vicious animal, gentleman; for on the following day the as every one who knew it could testify. Officers of the garrison held a private
“ The witnesses, however, convinced meeting, at which they decided that one the committee that Hellington had inten- who, for unbecoming conduct, bad been tionally fouled his neighbor. Captain requested to leave the Jockey Club, Gledarm's evidence was crushing. He should no longer have the honor of serv. declared that Hellington had the race in ing in one of her Majesty's regiments, his hands all the time, and he could not and that, to avoid public scandal, Helimagine why he had come in fourth. lington should be requested to send in
Hellington might have taken the lead his commission. They could not at first at any moment,' he added, “but it looked quite agree as 10 the manner in which this as if he were glued to O'Brien's horse. verdict should be communicated to HelOn arriving at the fence O'Brien turned lington. But finally, one of his comrades sharply to the right, as I supposed, to get undertook to break it to him in the shape
At that moment Hellington was of a friendly suggestion. perfect master of his horse, which was • Hellington received the news with going quietly, I cannot for a moment periect sell-possession. imagine that he could not clear the gate " • I knew it would be so,' he said ; 'I about three yards to the left of O'Brien, was in the way of several of you. Now who at that moment was on the extreme the track is clear for the second-best man. right. Hellington had the left side all to Here, take this letter with you, and don't himself, as I, who was third, was several forget to mention that it was lying sealed lengths behind him. I will not positively in my desk belore you came.' say that Lieutenant Hellington fouled "On the same day Hellington prepared O'Brien intentionally; but if he did not to leave Limerick, and on this occasion do so, he rode carelessly and badly, and he had a conversation with his groom. without any judgment.!
"I am going to leave to-morrow mornHellington ride badly! Nobody could ing,' he said. • If you want to get a good believe that. The race was given to Cap- bargain, I'll sell you my chestnut mare. tain Glenarm. The committee refrained I'd rather let you make a few pounds by from expressing any opinion regarding it than a dealer. I have always been satHellington's conduct, but the public and isfied with you.' the whole regiment were indignant at his • Sir,' replied the groom, take me bebavior.
I have nothing in the world to “On the evening of the same day. Ma. keep me here. I'll follow you wherever jor Doneghue went to Lieutenant Hel- you yo.' lington's rooms to advise him in a friendly "I really don't want you any longer.' way to resign his membership of the Lin- replied Hellington ; • but you will soon erick Jockey Club.
find another master.'
you do, sir.'
". Not one who knows about horses as He was trying to get a light. Glenarm
lit a candle and followed the man into " • It cannot be; but perhaps we may O'Brien's room. Everything was in its meet again. Do you want the mare?' usual place; but on the bed, his face
" I could not pay for her, sir. She is covered with blood and his eyes staring worth two hundred to-day.'
in the agony of death, lay poor young " • And fifty more, my good fellow; but O'Brien, with his skull broken by some we won't talk about that. I paid ninety heavy weapon. Glenarm seized the still pounds for her, and you shall have her at warm hand of the dying man. Then to that price, if you like.'
Inish, who stood wringing his hands be“ He hesitated a moment and then hind him, — added, as if moved by a sudden resolu- ••• Run for Dr. Morrison as quick as tion, “l'll make you a present of her - you can, my boy; and tell the first policetake her.'
man you meet to come here, for a murder “ Early next morning Hellington left has been committed. But above all, get Limerick. Leaving his luggage at his a doctor, Inish!' old lodgings, he told his landlady that he “ Meanwhile Glenarm's servant had would send for it in a few days. Then he also been awakened, and ran at his mas. went without saying good-bye to a living ter's request to Colonel Wicklow to resoul.
port what had taken place. " The next morning there was a good “ About half an hour afterwards, the deal of talk about him at the military doctor, several officers, and three police. club; and then he was soon forgotten. men stood in the room of the dying man. He was a man overboard.' So long as The doctor stated that the skull had been he was in sight, others of the crew looked broken by some blunt instrument, probat him; but once down, nobody appeared ably a life-preserver. to care for him any more. His foriner • He will never regain consciousness,' comrades seemed to think that he had continued the doctor. • He may linger a gone to Dublin, but nobody really knew couple of hours, but his young life is what had become of him.
hopelessly gone.' "A few weeks later, one dark night, • One of the constables had questioned O'Brien's servant Inisha was awakened by Inish and learned the few details he could a strange noise in the room next his own, give. The two others then left the room, where his master slept. Only half-awake, to find, if possible, some fresh trace of the he rose in bed, and heard some one murderer. stealthily descending the stairs. Imme. “If I were asked my opinion,' said diately afterwards the street-door was Colonel Wicklow gloomily, • I would say closed, and hasty footsteps were heard in that is Hellington's work, and nobody the street. Then all was quiet again. else's. O'Brien was the favorite officer of The half-unconscious servant could only my regiment. Nothing has been touched slowly account for what was taking place. in this room. No robbery has been com. It was dark in his room. He tried to find mitted. It is a deed of fiendish revenge.' a match — but suddenly stopped, breath- What is that, colonel? Have the less and without motion. A horrible kindness to repeat it?' groaning from the adjacent room caught “ These words were spoken by a tall his ear.
He rushed into his master's man, with a bright, intelligent face, who apartment. All was dark, but from the bad meanwhile, without being noticed, bed there came that painful, terrifying entered the room.
My name is Hudson,' he replied to 66 • Master!'
the inquiring look of the colonel; I am “No reply.
chief of the detective force.' Lieutenant O'Brien ! Sir, speak to “Before day dawned the telegraph had
carried an account of the murder and an “ Only the same groaning.
accurate description of Hellington to Rushing out of the room the man every part of the kingdom. In Limerick, dressed quickly and flew to Captain Glen. of course, nothing else was talked of. arm, who lived in the same quarters. Nobody doubted that the police would
" • For God's sake, captain, come up- soon get hold of the assassin; and the stairs ! They have murdered my mas. telegraph office was surrounded day and ter!'
night by a curious crowd, who hoped to 666 Who? Who?'
learn every moment that the murderer “ The servant knew not what to say. I had been caught. But the wires were
silent. The proof of Hellington's guilt ports of destination, but without success. : was beyond question. It was discovered Hellington was lost, - and he has not that after leaving Limerick he had lived been heard of since. for a few days in Dublin, under his own “Five years have gone by since then.
He had left Dublin on the even. Poor O'Brien has been buried and forgoting before the murder, and had not re. ten, and nobody has ever heard anything turned. Some railway officials had noticed more about Hellington.” a passenger on the line from the capital Ashbourne was silent. A long pause to Limerick whose description tallied ex- followed his narrative. actly with Hellington's appearance. Now He may be drowned,” said M.Bean tbe fact that after O'Brien's murder, Hel. at last. lington had completely disappeared, and " That is very possible,” said Daniel returned no answer to the invitation of Ashbourne. the authorities to surrender himself for “ If he is still alive, he will be found," examination, confirmed in every mind the said Thomas Ashbourne. “ There is no suspicion of his having committed the room in this world for anybody who has bloody deed. The excitement even ex. lost his rightful place.”. tended to England. The Times had a It had grown late. Nobody seemed leading article about it; the newspapers inclined to continue the discussion with were full of “the Limerick Murder;" and the indefatigable editor of the Sun, and the Illustrated London News published the company dispersed in silence, much Hellington's portrait after a photograph more serious than usual. which had been found in his lodgings. But in vain. All over Europe, all over the world, the fugitive was hunted, but not found. Once, indeed, they thought
From The Cornhill Magazine. they were upon his track. In a little fish
THE REVOLT OF SIR THOMAS WYATT. ing village on the west coast, about fifty miles north-west of Limerick, a boat with
(A LEAF FROM OUR STATE PAPERS.) two oars had disappeared on the night In spite of all opposition and entreaafter the murder. A few weeks later, too, ties Mary, shortly after her accession to a fisherman who lived in a half-savage the throne, had resolved upon a marriage state on one of the smallest of the Aran with her cousin Philip of Spain. It was Islands, said that some time ago he in vain that the most trusted of her adcould not remember the day - a stranger visers implored her not to unite herself had entered his hut one morning and with the hated foreigner, but to share her bought of him what little provisions he crown with some English subject whose had in store, and also an old mast with an name and rank would appeal to and old sail. He paid well for all this in En- command the sympathies of her people. glish money, and then sailed away in the In' vain France, through the delicate re. little boat which had brought him thither. monstrances of her polished envoy, De On the following day several westward. Noailles, hinted that such a match would bound ships passed the island, and it was inevitably tend to disturb the entente cor. thought quite possible that the man in dinle which then so happily existed bethe boat might have been taken aboard tween the courts of London and Paris. one of them. The fisherman, however, in vain the English nation, always moody could not give any accurate description of and intolerant where its insular prejudices the stranger.
were concerned, loudly decried the alli" Was he young?'
ance, and declared in sullen tones, boding «« Yes.'
future danger, that no Spaniard should "Tall or short?'
meddle with their rule. Counsel and re. Neither.'
monstrance were all futile to turn the 6. Dark or fair?'
stubborn, middle-aged woman from her “« I can't tell. The man looked wild purpose, and the advisers of the crown, and desperate. He frightened me, and I seeing that they were powerless to make was glad when he went away.'
her change her resolve, reluctantly gave Lloyd's and the other maritime regis- their consent to the match. Mary had ters were carefully searched by experts, now arrived at a time of life when it was and it was easily ascertained what vessels not probable that many offers of marriage were likely to have passed the Aran Isl. from eligible suitors would fall to her lot. ands on the day after the murder. Tele. Thin, worn, with the yellow complexion grams, too, were sent to their various of her mother, and painfully conscious of