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Women move in a more contracted worse security. All this is part of sphere ; their virtues and vices are human nature, just as murders and less conspicuous; that is all. There robberies are part of human nature. are other kinds of cheating beside de But we do not lose our faith in our frauding of money. Shakespeare did fellow men for all that, however it not draw Lear cheating Goneril and may be with Non-Resident.' There Regan, but Goneril and Regan cheat. is no distrust, there is no panic; men ing Lear.
still die happier to think that they 'Non-Resident'cries out how often will leave the interests of all that they do we hear the sad story of helpless hold most near and dear in the safe and inexperienced women entrusting and faithful charge of their brother or their whole property to men in whom their friend. Marriage settlements and they placed implicit confidence, and trusteeships are expressly devised by finding themselves suddenly left penni men for the benefit and protection of less, destitute of the little provision women, and, if we enquire of lawyers, they had saved for old age or sickness ! I take it that we shall not find them How often do we hear of female wards less frequent than formerly. It is (even here Non-Resident' cannot most surely so in Newfangie. Of compel himself to include male wards ; this we may be certain that no the condition of both are precisely simi higher education' of women will ever lar) finding that their inheritance has, prevent the occasional defalcations or somehow or other, melted away under weaknesses of trustees, will ever make the manipulation of its supposed guar themselves cease to crave for higher dians ? No doubt such cases do occur; interest and more money. it is true that no one with the most We are told of the almost incremoderate knowledge of the world will dible meanness and injustice on the deny it. But here, as usual-nay as part of men towards women,' which invariable with Non-Resident,' the has so often justly stirred the indig. • shield' has but one side. Here he nation of • Non-Resident.' Such inforgets his own 'homily,' and does fail | dignation is righteous and admirable. . to balance his fault finding with But what do we hear of all the acts of a frank and cordial recognition of all kindness and beneficence done in sethat he can endorse and approve.' Can cret, or of which no note is taken. it really be possible that ' Non-Re What do we hear of the multitude of sident' is not aware that such cases magnificent institutions-almost exare immeasurably—aye immeasurably clusively the work of men—by which --out-numbered by those in which the poverty, the affliction, the sufferguardians and trustees faithfully dis- ing, the insanity, the idiocy, the blindcharge their duty, always an onerous ness of women has been alleviated and thankless one (let us judge from from generation to generation? Nay, this outcry against them how thank who have been the founders of these less)-how often, at their own trouble, very women's colleges ? Have they loss of time, cost, and sometimes seri- been men or women ? Is it Mr. or ous loss of money, they steadfastly | Mrs. Holloway who is, at this very protect the interests of helpless and moment, founding a college for women, inexperienced women,' of female at a cost to himself of £250,000 sterwards,' of 'widows and orphans?' ling? If the vices of men are more Crimes are dragged to light; faithful conspicuous, so certainly are their virperformances have no record. Banks tues. Before all things, let us be just; will break; trustees will be criminal let us hold the unweighted balance or weak, they may yield to urgent even. I shall be happy myself to acentreaties to choose investments bear cept a brief for women ; I will do my ing higher interest, which means | best for them, but it will not be by calling men 'cheats.' Depend upon it, 'A man will serve a woman, will you will never lift women up by pul- suffer for her--if it come to that, will ling men down. Only endorse the die for her-because she is weaker brief with a good fee and I am your than he and needs protectior. Let her woman.
show herself to be as strong, let her I am sorely tempted to transgress, prove by her prowess and hardihood to tax the patience or at least the that the old ideas of her comparative space of the Editor of the CANADIAN weakness have been an error from the Monthly. I have the audacity, after | beginning, and the very idea of all my professions of brevity, to ask for | chivalry, though it may live for awhile yet another column. I have only this by the strength of custom, must perish moment come into possession of an ex- ! and die out of mens' hearts.' tract from Mr. Anthony Trollope's ! Perish and die out of mens' hearts." · Victoria and Tasmania,' and I cannot I could imagine-not easily though resist the temptation to transcribe it. that some-some very few-of these All readers may not have seen it : modern writers might say, let it · Women, all the world over, are en perish, what does it do for us?' My titled to everything that chivalry can dear girls, Young saysgive them. They should sit while men
* We take no note of time but from its loss." stand. They should be served while men wait. Men should be silent while All this once lost (and if lost gone, they speak. They should be praised, it is to be dreaded, for ever) you will
-even without desert. They should take note enough of it then, I will be courted—even wlien having neither warrant you. When all that makes wit nor beauty. They should be wor- | the charm between men and women shipped—even without love. They shall have perished and died out of should be kept harmless while men men's hearts, you will take note suffer. They should be kept warm enongh of it then to your bitter and while men are cold. They should be lasting sorrow, to your irredeemable kept safe while men are in danger. loss. Let us hear Mr. Trollope farther. They should be enabled to live while · I have often felt this in listening men die in their defence. All this to the bold self-assertion of American chivalry should do for women and woman-not without a doubt whether should do as a matter of course.' chivalry was needed for the protection
Pretty well, I think, for a beginning. of beings so excellent in their own There is no stint there. And now, gifts, so superabundant in their own ladies, let me entreat your most par strength. And the same thought has ticular attention to what follows. Let crept over me when I have been me ask you, in all seriousness, shall | among the ladies of Victoria. No all this, that this generous, chivalrous doubt they demand all that chivalry gentlemen offers you, be blotted out can give them. No ladies with whom of the scroll, to make room for one I am acquainted are more determined odious word ?
| to enforce their rights in that direc. But there is a reason for all this ! tion. But they make the claim with deference,' continues Mr. Trollope, arms in their hands--at the very Cone human being does not render all point of the bodkin. Stand aside that these services to another—who cannot | I may pass on. Be silent that I may be more than his equal before God speak. Lay your coat down upon without a cause.'
the mud, and perish in the cold, lest One pauses here for a moment and my silken slippers be soiled in the holds one's breath, in reverence for mire. Be wounded that I may be that indisputable truth, so grandly be whole. Die that I may live. And cause so simply put.
for the nonce they are obeyed. That strength of custom still prevails, and, as I think, if you have not before seen women in Victoria enjoy for a while all what he says, you will be pleased to that weakness gives and all that find that he agrees with you in all you strength gives also. But this, I think, say and write about women. To me can only be for a day. They must it is only wonderful that their own inchoose between the two, not only in stinct and natural shrewdness has not, Victoria but elsewhere. As long as long before this, convinced them of they will put up with that which is its truth. If it be “ Women's Mistheirs on the score of feminine weak sion (to use their own phrase) to be a ness they are safe. There is no ten wife and mother, they certainly have dency on the part of men to lessen less chance now of becoming the first their privileges. Whether they can than they had years ago. Mothers make good their position in the other they may become, for temporary condirection may be doubtful. I feel nections are much more frequent, and sure that they cannot long have both, considered much less discreditable, and I think it unfair that they should than formerly. Society now winks at make such demand. For the sake of them, and almost recognizes their those who are to come after me- | necessity. This is what it has come both men and women-I hope that to.' there will be no change in the old It is impossible to get over this, established fashion.'
which is notoriously true. It is imWhat follows comes from a private | possible to get over other things to source, and, as I am not authorized to which the most distant allusion is all name the writer, I can claim for it no that can be ventured upon, but which further weight than internal evidence indisputably forms links in the same may furnish. The writer, however, chain. There is no smoke without is a gentleman at the English Bar, a fire; it may be only a preliminary man of letters, who moves, and has puff of a smoulder ; but the smoulder always moved, in good society. It is there. You ask a mariner if the deals with what is a crying evil of the land is in sight. He answers, 'no, age, but I cannot but hope and think but we can see the loom of the land.' that it will die out sooner or later. Can we be confident that we do not Women will be made to feel that their see in all these signs the loom of a interest lies in occupations and in per- land which will shortly appear on the sonal qualities which are purely fem- ' horizon, a land which will fall disasinine, and in accordance with God's trously short of the happy land we Will, when He created them. Most have lived in hitherto. men, I should imagine, like a woman. My dears, I have been carried away, because she is not a counterpart of, but I can hardly wish a word of it un. himself, and the folly of dressing like said even to you. I could not too men, talking like men, and thinking earnestly implore you to take it all — like men, will, sooner or later, become i all that Mr. Trollope has said—to apparent.' In a letter just received, your young hearts, and may Heaven's he says, “I have cut out a page or two | blessing rest upon it and upon you ! of Trollope's “Victoria and Tasmania,"
UNDER ONE ROOF:
AN EPISODE IN A FAMILY HISTORY.
BY JAMES PAYY.
On the seventh morning, it bad
been arranged that the detective was A NIGHT CHASE.
to come over to the Hall to receive his
last instructions, and so impatient QIX days out of the seven had were the two young men that on his D elapsed without any tidings from not putting in an appearance immeSir Robert reaching Halcombe, and diately after breakfast they set out in two at least of the little bousehold the dog-cart to meet him. They had were growing very impatient to dis- passed through the Wilderness and cover the mystery that had gathered reached the moorland, when they saw round him. It was with difficulty, as a borseman coming from the direction we have seen, that Gresham had been of Mirton, and at once concluded that persuaded to suffer so considerable a it was he; but on his coming nearer time to pass in inaction, and to Lady they saw that he was a stranger; he Arden this passiveness was well nigh had an olive complexion with long and intolerable. To her Sir Robert's si pointed moustachios, and except that lence appeared absolutely unaccount. | he had so good a seat on his horse, able, except on the ground of his being might have been taken for a Frenchtoo ill to write, or on that of his let. | man. He raised his hat, too, in a ters having been intercepted. To have foreign fashion as they met, and then suddenly changed his intention of passed on. It seemed unlikely that leaving one hemisphere for the other, he should be bound for any place but and then to have even returned to the Hall, and no sooner had they England without informing her of the parted, than it struck them that he fact, was an act of neglect and even might be the bearer of some message cruelty, with which she refused to which might relieve the common anxcredit him. That he was not, morally iety. Gresham accordingly pulled and speaking, his own master, was true was about to hail him, when he saw enough, but no malign influence of a that the stranger had also reigned his inere moral kind could, she felt, have steed and was turning back. induced him to thus behave to her. Could you happen to tell me, genHe must be under not only dictation tlemen,' said he in broken English, but restraint; or he must be utterly, whether I am on the right road for prostrated by illness.
| Halcombe Hall ? As time went on, these convictions 1 · Yes, yes,' said Gresham, eagerly ; began to be more and more shared by have you any message for any of the the rest of the family, and even Gres | family? I am Sir Robert Arden's ham, notwithstanding Mr. Bevill's con nephew.' currence with his own judgment, be My business is with one Mistarre, gan to doubt of its wisdom.
-Mistarre-ah! oui Mistarre Mayne.
I am the man, sir,' cried Mayne, 1 possible, and if things go wrong, it eagerly. "What have you to say to must be owing to the malignity of me?'
fate. And this feeling they imparted Merely that I am ready to start | in some measure to the rest of the for Weymouth,' answered the sup housebold. posed foreigner, with a suppressed grin. For the first time for many days,
Confound the fellow, it's Bevill,' Lady Arden was able to listen to the cried Mayne. "Why you would de words of wisdom that fell from the ceive the very devil.'
Great Baba with something like her 'I hope to deceive my gentleman, 1 old appreciation ; for the pretty prattle who is next kin to him,' answered the of the nursery, though it never loses agent dryly. 'I thought it was inex- | its music for the mother's ear, has, pedient to come to the Hall in my own when her heart is sore and sad, a paproper person ; and now that I have thos that melts what is wax already, met you I will, with your permission, and gives to grief its hesitating tear. not go there at all ; it is better to be With an inopportuneness characon the safe side.'
teristic of its age, the child, too, would But how will you get back to Mir generally choose Sir Robert for the ton, without being recognised ?' topic of its talk, and this his deserted
"A handful of water from the first consort found intolerable. pool and a twitch at these moustachios That evening, however, Lady Arden will make Richard himself again,' re-i joined the rest of the family (which turned Mr. Bevill coolly. In the included, it should be mentioned, that meantime I wait your instructions.' newly-joined devotee, Mr. Frederic
These were soon given ; indeed, Mayne), in their usual acts of idolatry; they consisted mainly in impressing and the Great Baba, in the drawingon him the anxiety that prevailed in room before the late dinner, was more the family, and the necessity of reliev. adorable than ever. ing it as soon as possible. He was to His brother Frank had a tame startelegraph to them, though in guarded ling, and he stated at immense length terms, every point that seemed of im- | how he too intended to procure a portance; and Gresham would hold feathered pet, and by what means. himself in readiness to join him at a Salt, as a device for placing on birds' moment's notice.
tails, and so securing them, he had, he It is a vulgar error to ascribe any explained, hitherto found illusory; the great intelligence to the mimetic art, birds were too rapid in their moveeven when displayed in its higher ments ; but he (Baba) had observed walks; like the business of the conju [this with all the grave simplicity of a ror, and of the statesman, it is magni White of Selborne describing a fact in tied by the majority of mankind, be Natural History) that the goose was cause they are necessarily unacquainted the most slow moving of all birds, and with it, but the effect of Mr. Bevill's a goose he accordingly meant to catch, masquerading was to impress both and put it in a cage to sing to dear the young men with a sense of his sa Papa when he came home. gacity, and to convince them that he This statement, delivered with the would leave nothing undone through most unconscious comicality, was suplack of strategy and prudence in the plemented by a request that 'Georgie matter entrusted to him. When he dear' (Gresham) should indicate upon had left them they began to feel that the instant which goose in Gilbert sort of complacency which we exper- Holme's collection he considered would ience even under the most menacing be most eligible for this experiment. circumstances, when we know that we ! In vain did Gresham aver with much have at least taken every precaution ! emotion (he was half suffocated with