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until it should please the consequential | M'Bean, fell into a quiet, humdrum kind man of affairs to take notice of his pres. of life in Yokohama; but the two former,

At last her Majesty's representa- by dint of superior energy and ambition, tive slowly raised his eyes, and in a very had risen to prominent positions in the formal manner begged to know in what little foreign colony which, at the begin. way he could be of service to his visitor. ning of 1860, counted about two hundred Jervis made the same reply as the travel members, the majority by far being En. ling trio had, done a few minutes previ- glishmen and Americans. They were all ously. He was an English merchant, he mostly young men, so that Ashbourne and said, and wished to settle in Yokohama. Jervis, who were both about twenty-eight “ Your passport, please.".

or thirty years old, ranked among the This carefully folded document was seniors of the society. Fond of pleasure taken from a large leather pocket book and eager for activity, they displayed unand handed to the consul. Now Mr. Jer- ceasing zeal to make a purse as quickly vis must have been a great traveller, for as possible; at the same time they were bis passport was covered with the official always ready to court danger and adven. stamps of most countries.

ture, for which, indeed, in those days "Jervis ? — Jervis?” pensively mur- there was plenty of scope. mured the consul to himself. Then lifting Life in Japan was not very safe at that his eyes from the paper and carefully time. Within a few months several forscrutinizing his visitor for several seconds eigners had been attacked and murdered

“Ahem!” he observed, “I knew a by the natives, who looked with fear and gentleman of your name in Singapore, hatred upon alien intruders. But this did James Jervis, — yes; exactly your name. not prevent the foreigners from making I recollect him

well - very well; he used long excursions in the neighborhood of to be known familiarly as J. J.' in the Yokohama, with no other purpose than to foreign coinmunity. May have been a have a good ride, or see something new, relative of yours?"

and discover some picturesque spot un. “No, sir," was the curt response. known to the other members of their

“I wonder," continued the consul, un community. The incidents of these exbending somewhat, “what has become of ploratory iours were then detailed in the 'J.J. He was a restless fellow, drank a evening at the club, with more or less great deal, gambled, and I am afraid must romantic embellishment; and if anything have come to a bad end."

beautiful or remarkable were reported, Mr. Jervis made a slight, significant the stay-at-home spirits would make armovement, as if to say that all this did rangements for emulating the enterprise not interest him in the least; and then the of their companions, and on the following consul, who seemed to be sorry for having day a small company of gay young fellows so far forgotten his dignity as to enter would set out to view the newly discovered into something like a private conversation country. These excursions, however, with a pure stranger, closed the interview were never without danger. Many of the by remarking in his habitual dry, official natives looked with intense hatred upon tone, “ The fee is five dollars, please.” the tall, white-faced men who, laughing

This amount was paid, and the new. and singing, swaggered through their comer left the room. Outside, and with streets, boldly intruded into the silence of his back to the constable, who kept look their temples and their peaceful homes, ing at his retreating form, he stood for a and displayed manners which inspired moment lost in deep thought. He pen their women and children with fear. But sively stroked his massive chin, and an the strangers took little heed of this. expression of uneasiness mingled with With heavy riding-whips in their hands sadness, which gave a softer expression and revolvers in their belts, two or three to his severe countenance, came over him. of them scrupled not to enter a thickly Then, sighing deeply, he murmured to populated village and curiously examine himself, "Forward!” and walking with everything that attracted their attention, long, regular steps, he followed his travel- ready at any moment to defend their lives ling companions towards the foreign set- against overwhelming odds, or fly on their tlement.

swift Japanese ponies. from any outbreak of the furious inhabitants. The only cau

tion ever observed was that they carefully Six months had gone by since Ash- rode in the middle of the road, the better bourne and Jervis arrived in Japan. to scrutinize men and things right and left Their fellow-travellers, West, Haslett, and of them. These excursions, too, were

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very frequently repeated, as the danger | accompanying native henchman; but as connected with them had a powerful charm for Jervis, he never allowed a single holi. for the youthful Hotspurs; and nobody day to pass without making long solitary wanted to remain behind the other. excursions into the country, often return

Now, among all these young adventur- ing after deep darkness had set in. From ers, Ashbourne and Jervis probably stood Shanghai he had brought with him a in highest repute, for to them were due strong Tartar pony, which he had trained more interesting expeditions in the neigh- with great care, making the animal, that borhood of Yokohama than to any other was naturally obstinate and wicked, thor. members of the community. The former, oughly obedient to his slightest wish. in particular, had gained a wide popularity Tautai - that was the name of the wiry by bis good temper and affectionate dis- little brute — was not afraid of taking any. position. He was known by the nickname obstacle, and had great endurance under of Djusınban, which is Japanese for "13," fatigue. because he was constantly complaining “One of these fine days,” said Ash-, about his great and unmerited misfortune bourne once, “ Jervis will get cut to in drawing that odd and ominous num- pieces. He can ride, it is true, and he ber.

has a splendid horse, but all that is of no “ Look you," he used to say, with a face use when you are attacked from behind which made it difficult to determine i and in the dark; and Jervis exposcs himwhether he was in jest or earnest, “you self to that kind of danger seven times a will see that something unlucky will hap. week.” pen to me before I leave here." Cer. On stormy days Jervis would step into tainly in his own profession he was rather his little boat and sail far away out into unfortunate. The Japanese did not seem the sea, till he almost became invisible, much inclined to employ him in his proper from the shore. capacity as engineer; and as he neither "If Jervis is not killed ashore," re. had means nor inclination to engage in marked Ashbourne one day, looking at business, he had established a newspaper the ever.receding form of bis companion called the Japan Sun, the first English | from the club-window through a telescope, journal ever published in Yokohama. " he will certainly be drowned. In fact i True it is that this enterprising organ was have an obituary notice of him ready in only issued in an edition of two hundred the pigeon-holes of the Sun. I myself copies; but the high rates of subscription am a good sailor. I was brought up on and advertising brought to the sole pro- the shores of the Irish Channel, which is prietor a comfortable little income, which pretty rough water; but I do declare it is enabled him to live and keep a horse and iempting Providence, and nothing else, the usual five servants: to wit, a com- to go out to sea in such a nutshell, and in prador or cashier, a kotzhoi or valet, a such weather.” momban or porter, a betto or groom, and a “He that was born to be hanged will kuli or man-of-all-work. Besides this, never be drowned,” cynically observed Mr. Ashbourne, as proprietor of the light- M.Bean, who had never overcome the andiffusing Sun, had become a very influen- tipathy to Jervis which he first contracted tial kind of person, acting, so to speak, as on the passage with him from Shanghai a connecting link between the government to Yokohama. officials and the business men.

“ Come now, M'Bean, why do you Mr. Jervis, on the other hand, owed the want Jervis to be hanged ?” asked Ashposition he enjoyed to quite other circum- bourne. stances, He had now lived for six "I don't know," thoughtfully replied months in the midst of the society of the Scotsman; "but he looks somehow or young men who carried their hearts upon other as if he deserved it." their tongues ; but he had not formed an Not only in his business transactions, intimate acquaintance with any of them. but also in playing cards — two occupaAll agreed, however, that he was the most tions which engrossed most of the time daring steeplechase-rider, the swiftest of "the pioneers of civilization,” as the runner, the best boatinan, the boldest Sun had magniloquently dubbed the mem. swimmer, and, in fact, the unrivalled bers of the foreign community - Jervis champion in all athletic sports. Added bad shown himself unscrupulous and reckto this, he was always giving striking less. He seemed, it is true, to have very proofs of his utter fearlessness. Even considerable

at his disposal, ihe reckless Ashbourne seldom strolled of though nobody knew or suspected where an evening through the city without an he got them; but more than one were

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irritated at the exceptionally good fortune | not budge an inch, and kicked furiously which always seemed to attend him in at every application of the spurs. every commercial undertaking, as well as “Shall I give you a lead?” at last said with his gambling. Fearlessness, how- Jervis, who had been watching Ashbourne ever, is a quality which commands more for some time. respect from ardent youth than any other; By all means, if your Chinaman is not and if Jervis was not the best liked, he afraid ; but it's an ugly place, and I doubt certainly was one of the most respected whether Tautai will take it.” members of the community. But he did “ Come back then, and I will show pot seem to care very much for the dis. you." tinction; and his indifference in this re. They receded about thirty yards, and spect had even something offensive in on reapproaching the drop, Tautai went the eyes of his companions. No success over without a moment's hesitation, while in trade, no personal compliments, could Ashbourne's pony stopped short on the ever bring a smile or a well-pleased look brink and again replied with kicks and into his cold, thin face. In America, snorts to the spurs and whip of his mas. where he had lived, he said, for some ter. years, he had learned the habit of “whit- “Shall I take your pony down for tling;” and whenever anybody praised you?” asked Jervis from below. him to his face, he would sit quietly whit. But Ashbourne did not reply; and Jer. tling away and working with his knife as vis making a short detour, was again by if engaged in an occupation that required his companion's side. all his serious attention.

“Let me try it,” he said. It was the month of April, and the first Changing horses, they again retired a spring races were to take place at Yoko- short distance, and readvanced in a sharp hama. As may be readily imagined, the canter to the edge of the drop. But the officers of the English regiment then sta. same scene was enacted as before. Tau. tioned in Japan, with a number of young tai made the descent gracefully and easily, civilian fellows and business men, took whilst the Japanese pony again stood still, the warmest interest in this great event. perversely determined not to follow the Every morning some twenty or thirty good example set him by the Chinaman. horsemen could be seen on the turf, bus. “Shall I take you down?” exclaimed ily engaged in training themselves and Ashbourne laughingly from below. their cattle for the approaching contest. “Thanks; I'll do that myself," moodily Ashbourne had been appointed secretary replied Jervis, as drawing back' he pulled of the sporting club, and ruled there su- the horse in a brutal manner round and preme. He was not only, however, busy round; and then pressing the spurs deep with his own animal, but had also to take into his flanks, he went at a furious pace care of half-a-dozen others, having prom- towards the bank. The animal rushed ised several friends to look after their in- blindly forward, and in a moment was at terests at the races.

the dangerous spot, where it made a last Jervis, too, always turned up there early attempt to resist by rearing; but it was in the morning, but to all appearance only too late. Spurs and whip cruelly applied as a spectator. Not once had he put his sent it forward. For one moment horse short-legged pony into a canter, but paced and rider hovered in the air. Then both slowly up and down the course, giving fell heavily down by the side of Ashadvice here and there, though otherwise bourne, who had been an attentive witspeaking very little, and looking with an ness of this bold equestrian feat. Jervis unfriendly - one might almost say sneer- was on his legs in a twinkling, and caught ing, envious - eye upon his comrades. hold of the reins of the horse, which by

One day he came up to Ashbourne, who some chance had escaped unhurt. A was trying to get his horse down a steep girth had been broken and the reins had drop- an obsiacle which is very common got entangled: that was all. in Japan in consequence of the terrace. “Well done!”cried Ashbourne ; "there like nature of the rice-fields, and in some is no one in Japan who will do that after instances necessitates a jump of from you. But you might have broken your ten to twelve feet, which most of the Jap. neck.” anese horses take very cleverly. It was “It is not half so dangerous as it looks,” on the brink of such a drop, then, that replied Jervis quietly, “at least not for Ashbourne stood urging his pony forward the rider. I must confess, however, that with whip and spur; but the frightened | I risked the legs of your pony;" animal only spread its forelegs and would He then assisted Ashbourne to put



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sent Friends; " The Old Folks at It had been a hot day, and the violent Home; " " The Ladies; “ The Secretary exercise, too, had warmed the young men; of the Racing Club;" “ The Starter;" so they began to fan their dripping fore- “ The Judge,” etc. — were proposed and heads with their handkerchiefs. Pres. enthusiastically responded to. So fast ently Ashbourne, looking at his compan. and enthusiastic, too, became the fun, ion, called out with a loud laugh,

that finally there was not one of the twen. • Why, what on earth have you been ty-five men assembled whose special health doing, servis? You look like a nigger. bad not been drunk with all the honors. Your forehead is as black as if it were At about eleven o'clock the noise, conpainted.”

fusion, and merriment seemed to have Jervis was silent for a moment, and reached a climax. But Jervis alone, though then replied in an indifferent kind of way, he had emptied his glass at every toast,

“Oh, it's nothing; only some of the continued sober, silent, and cold; and mould from the rice field which must have whilst his companions were sitting, con. got into my hair.”

formably to the dictates of the climate, in A minute afterwards, however, he quit- every picturesque variety of cool and deted the side of his companion, under pre-licious déshabillé, singing, gesticulating, text of taking a short cut across the and talking, with sparkling eyes and fields; and without waiting for answer or flushed faces, he remained all through remonstrance, jumped a ditch and was serious and stiff, as if at a state dinner. soon out of sight. Ashbourne looked Not one hair of his well-combed glossy after him thoughtfully. There was a locks was disarranged on his smooth forestrange confusion in Jervis's manner, for head. Suddenly the loud and hearty whicb be could suggest to himself no ex. voice of Ashbourne called out, “Order, planation.

gentlemen! silence !” but the request had Having galloped for a mile or two across to be repeated several times before atten. lonely fields and woods, Jervis arrived at tive quiet could be restored. a little tea-house, hidden among the hills, “Gentlemen," then said the host and where he seemed a well-known and a wel. chairman, “I have just inade a wager of come guest. At his request the hand a second spread' like what we have had some young hostess brought him some to-day; and jou must decide whether my, warm water, and other necessary toilet self or M‘Bean shall have the honor of material, with which he retired into a standing it. Will you act as judges ?small private room, and locking himself

!” was the reply from twenty in, emerged after a brief interval with a eager voices. clean countenance, and his glossy black « Well, listen, then.” hair arranged as carefully as ever.

“Hear, hear! Order!"

“The story is a little long, and you

must not interrupt me.” The great day was over. Ashbourne “Hear, hear! Begin! Order! The had taken part in eight out of twelve story!" races, and had won no fewer than three. “Well, then, I have just been trying to Jervis, however, who had on all sides been explain to my honorable friend M.Bean requested to ride, had firmly declined, the old theory of “The Little World.' alleging that he was suffering from a head. You know, of course, what I mean.” ache, which the heat and excitement of Certainly not,” exclaimed one of the the day would only make worse. Most guests; "you don't know yourself." people, it is true, looked upon this as a Ashbourne sat down with a comic look shallow excuse; though they had to be of feigned indignation, but he was satisfied with it.

once requested to continue; and on peace But Jervis had nevertheless taken an being again restored, he complied. In active interest in the race; for being con. the first place, he vouchsafed io explain sidered a most competent sporting man, the meaning of his boasted theory. “The he had been requested to act as judge. world,” he said, “had become so small,

In the evening the committee of the that every one must needs know everyo racing club, with several young officers body else'; and in order to prove the truth and other prominent members of the of this assertion, he would undertake to community, sat down to a festive enter- show that, directly or indirectly, he had tainment in Ashbourne's rooms.

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in Yokohama. M'Bean," he added,“ main- of some name, exclaiming that the bearer tains that I shall not succeed in proving of it was a friend or relation of his too. these pre-Japanese relations; and this is Thus the conversation had almost become the subject of our bet. I will therefore general, and was attended with a good now, with your kind permission, right hon. deal of fun and laughter. orable gentlemen, proceed to prove

" Look here,” said one of the company, But the right honorable gentlemen were • Gilmore and I are second cousins; we not at all inclined to listen any more, as have just discovered it." Ashbourne had already spoken long and “ West's uncle was my private tutor!” explicitly. After a while, however, the exclaimed another. idea began to amuse the company, and “M'Bean's cousin was my first love," everybody soon began to grow interested cried out a third, amid expostulating cries in Ashbourne's cross-examination of his of “Oh, oh!” and “Honor bright!" neighbors, which turned out to lend pow- M'Bean was obliged to confess that he erful support to his hypothesis. After a had lost the wager; for in addition to the few questions, for example, addressed to overwhelming evidence thus adduced, it his right-hand neighbor, Mr. Mitchell turned out that he himself had many the English consul - it was found that years previously been in business with a this gentleman had been at Rugby with distant relation of Ashbourne's family. Ashbourne's brother. On this occasion, This game of cross-questioning had too, the guests learned for the first time occupied the attention of the guests so that their host actually had a brother. closely, that no one had noticed the sin

“ You will soon make his acquaintance,” gular demeanor of Jervis all the while. said Ashbourne; “ I expect him here in a For some time he had sat silently, looking few weeks, and he will attend to all your down before him and blankly playing with legal business. For my brother Daniel is his glass. But any close observer would a lawyer, and a very excellent one too, as have noticed that thick drops of perspirayou will soon learn if you give him any- tion stood on his forehead. At last, how. thing to do. He had a good practice in ever, he suddenly rose and stepped out Limerick : but while my dear countrymen upon the open veranda, as if he felt the are rather fond of quarrelling, they are want of fresh air. not always quite so much inclined to pay On returning a few minutes later, the for the settlement of it; and my brother, noise and confusion were lasting on. who is not a man to press his clients, Every one had found out amongst his could not get on. So on my advice he companions some old friend or acquainthas determined to try his luck here in ance in a more or less remote degree; Japan.”

and every one was desirous of continuing Then Ashbourne's neighbor on the left his interesting voyage of discovery round

the Dutch consul — whose examination “ the small world." had begun after that of his English col- Young Gilmore, who had been particuleague, soon declared himself to have larly fortunate in now unmasking among been in some way connected with Ash- his" co-mates and brothers in exile " a bourne before meeting him in Japan. cousin and half a dozen intimates of his Several years previously he had occupied numerous family, began to look round for an official position in the colony of Bata. some new and likely object of concealed via, where his most intimate friend was kinship. His eye fell upon Jervis, who an English merchant, married to a cousin was just re-entering the room. of Ashbourne.

" Holloa ! he exclaimed, placing his “Of course - of course,” said Ash. hand in a friendly way on Jervis's shoulbourne triumphantly, as he turned away der; "it is your turn now.

If not my and addressed himself to another of his cousin, you are sure to be some old friend guests, each of whom, one after the other, of mine. Where were you born ? Are was found to have stood, before coming your parents alive? At what school were to Japan, in some relation or other to their you? What entertainer. Meanwhile, however, Ash- But here he suddenly became silent. bourne himself had thus been obliged to For out of Jervis's pale face there flashed reveal many fragments of his own biog. a pair of eyes so angry and wicked that raphy. He had named relations, friends, the rest of Gilmore's sentence died on his schools and tutors, fellow-pupils, and so lips. it often happened that before he finished Why, what the world is the matter the examination of one of his guests, an- with you?” he asked in astonishment. other would interrupt him at the mention Some of the company had also been

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