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“ Lady Mary is exactly the same as severing and resolute, and she was conwhen I first knew her — a complete doll." scious of a certain power in him. For the
“ Darnell told me he met Randal the moment, she felt helpless and depressed; other night at supper at
some man's but to-inorrow rooms, where they had songs and cards ; Grace, are you here alone in the dark ? and I am sorry to tell you Randal played, ! can scarcely see,” said Mrs. Frere, com. for 1 fancy the play was high
ing in from her walk; and Grace came Indeed, I am greatly, distressed,” back to the comfortable present. cried Grace, “I must speak to Randal ; and yet I cannot say I heard it from you." The following Sunday, Jimmy Byrne,
• No, Has he been drawing heavily who regularly dined at Osborne Villas on on you lately?”
that day, was a little late, and of course "He has not. You know he gets all full of apologies. the money he wants from my mother.” “Who should I meet coming along by
• And you make up her deficiencies, 1 Hyde Park Gardens but Mr. Maxwell understand,” said Max.
Frere! He was mighty civil, and made “No, not that. Randal has been very me go in with him to his father's house prudent lately.”
- a palace, faith! no less. We had a “He has been winning then,” returned deal of talk. He is a very sensible young Max; "the reverse will come. If this man, very; and lord, Mrs. Frere, ma'am, is not put a stop to, he will ruin you, what a nan o' business! He was speakGrace."
ing of an investment for that five hundred “I will do what I can. I did hope he pounds we couldn't settle about last would never touch a card again.”
May." “ Then hope told a flattering tale. I “What dodge is Max up to ?” said wish we could get him out of London. He Randal, laughing: “It is not every day is getting into a bad set.”
that one gets a sight of the inside of the * I wish — oh, how I wish we could !” Frere mansion." said Grace, clasping her hands.
• Well, Mr. Randal,” said Jimmy grave. Max! whenever I see you together, I al- ly, "you must allow that your cousin ways feel humiliated!"
spares neither time nor trouble for Miss • Do not let such thoughts cross your Grace." mind. I have forgotten all about past “What's mine's my own,” said Randal, unpleasantness. Well, I must leave you, significantly, with a look at his sister. Grace ; I dare say you are wishing me “ I assure you I consider mine my own,” away. We are close friends, then, for the said Grace, a little startled by his tone, as present, and I suppose I must let the fu- hitherto Randal had taken no heed of ture take care of itself ?”
Max Frere's doings. " I think so, Max.”
"I don't doubt it," returned Randal Once more he took her hand, holding it pleasantly; "still, exchange is no robfor a moment, and then turned away with bery, especially if you get more than you a sigh.
give.” When he was quite gone, Grace drew “And indeed," began Jimmy, with a nearer the fire, and sat still and motion- certain awkward energy, “some has to less for a long while in the gathering give all. I'm sure I have been quite gloom, thinking thinking. She felt very heart-broken about one of our clerks, a kindly and tenderly towards Max. She nice, steady young fellow, the son of a seemed to understand the picture he gave widow. He has an elder brother, a civil, of his own nature; she was heartily sorry well-spoken young man too; but as illshe could not love him, and then she luck would have it, he got into a wild set, thought of Maurice, and her heart went and he has gambled and bedeviled him. out to him with such boundless trust and self - if you'll pardon the word – and tenderness. He would have had no hes. what's worse, he ruinated his mother and itation, had' he been in Max Frere's brother. First he won wonderful, and place; he would have been unmoved by was quite free with his cash; then the any small ambitions. But he was gone; luck turned, and I don't know what he probably she would never see him more. did not do to get hold of money. Any. He had never answered Randal's letter, how, the poor mother had to give up evwritten nearly a year and a half ago; and ery farthing she had, and now be has Jimmy rarely had a line - and yet he taken to drink!” loved her. Would it be her destiny after “ What a terrible story!” said Mrs. all to marry Max Frere? He was per-| Frere, while Grace looked at the speaker
in silence, seeking for the reason of his “I hope Balfour did not build it,” said dragging in such a conte without sufficient Randal, who was beginning to recover provocation. Surely Max had been warn- himself. ing Jimmy of Randal's fresh departure " It will be a heavy expense to all conon the downward way. And Randal re- cerned,” said Jimmy." These railway turned carelessly,
disputes are making quite a practice of “ He was a fool to give up so soon ! their own. It would not be a bad line for Luck turns and turns, and the next turn you to take, Mr. Randal, if you do go to might have brought him a golden har- the bar; the precedents are fewer and vest."
fresher." 'Not it, Mr. Randal. Mark my words, “Not I! I'll have nothing to do with sir! It's nothing but misery, and shame, these navvy fellows, who haven't shaken and ruin, to yourself and all belonging to the yellow clay off their high-low' boots you, that play brings! Don't you ever yet,” returned Randal, still crossly. give in to it. It's a disgrace to an honest " There's mighty pretty pickings to be man. Barring a hand at whist for the made of them for all that, Mr. Randal.” love of the game, have nothing to do with “ When is the trial to come off?” asked cards for the love of
Grace, interested in everything that in “What the_deuce are you talking the remotest way. touched her dear old about?” cried Randal angrily. “Do you playfellow. think you are haranguing this gambling “Next week, I think. It was post. friend of yours, or do you fancy I am los- poned for witnesses or something of that ing vast sums nightly?"
kind.” “God forbid !” ejaculated Jimmy, wise- “ I trust nothing will come out of it to ly replying to the latter part of the speech; injure Maurice,” said Mrs. Frere. "I think better of you than that, Mr. “I don't think there will," returned Randal, knowing as you do that's it's play- Jimmy. “It's a long time since I had ing with your mother's and sister's hearts a letter from him. Maybe I shall have you'd be.
one to-morrow, for the Australian mail is " Then what are you preachifying for? due.” I wish you would not take such liberties.” The conversation then turned to other
“Randal,” returned Grace, “Jimmy subjects, and it was not till just before his Byrne could hardly take liberties here; departure that Grace had a moment's priand whatever may move him to speak, vate talk with Jimmy. I am certain the motive is sound and “Max has been telling you something, kind.”
Jimmy?” By George! I think you are both out "Faith he has, me dear young lady, and of your minds,” said Randal, with lofty it's grieved I am to hear it.” disdain, yet with a look of extreme annoy
“What can I do, Jimmy?”
“I don't know; only get him out of “I am sure Randal has a perfect hor. London.” ror of play,” observed Mrs. Frere bland. “ There are gamblers elsewhere.” ly. “Of course when he first came to “Ay, but it takes some time to find London it was different; now he has more them." experience and Is there anything And then they exchanged good-nights. new in the papers, Mr. Byrne?” with a desperate effort to change the subject. " It is such a beautiful afternoon,
“Well, no, ma'am; it's a dead time. Grace," said Mrs. Frere, the day but one I see Parliament is prorogued till the 5th after this conversation; “I wish you of February; but I see there's a trial would come out with me, and walk in coming on between the directors of the Kensington Gardens. Then I want to Wilcannia and Macquarie Railway and call on poor old Mrs. Newenham. I have the contractors."
not been near her for a week.” “ That is Maurice Balfour's line, is it ** Very well, dear,” returned Grace, not?” asked Grace.
cheerfully putting away her drawing. “It is, Miss Grace dear; and I was “But I suppose I need not go in with you asking about it yesterday. It seems the to Mrs. Newenham's ?” inspecting engineer has complained about “ Not if you do not like," said Mrs. a bridge, and says it won't stand the traf- Frere, leaving the room to put on her fic, and the contractors say it will; and walking-dress. the directors want it built over again, and The lady in question was a decayed so on."
gentlewoman of high birth and Irish'ex:
of her ways
traction, who had adopted brevet rank. | brown hair with gold and threw the outShe was an object of much commisera- lines of her rich, rounded figure intotion and kindly attention from Mrs. Frere; strong relief. but she was profoundly evangelical, and Stay!”repeated Balfour, carried away bent on converting Grace from the error by the joy of this reunion. “Ah, Grace !
-a fact which made that how'shall I ever leave you again? I young lady a little averse from frequent have borne a living death since we partvisits.
ed!" On the present occasion, after leaving “And I too!” said Grace, low but dis. her motber to mount to the "third pair tinct – her sweet, frank eyes beaming front occupied by the descendant of forth to his with all the love and truth she the “ould ancient kings of Connaught,” had stored up for him. Grace proceeded homewards, thinking, With an indistinct exclamation of derather uncomfortably, of Randal's fresh light, Balfour caught her hands, raising outbreak, and meditating how she could them to his neck, and clasping his arms best approach the subject without betray- round her, he held her to him in a long, ing Max. Deep in these reflections, she rapturous embrace heart throbbing turned into the neat road, bordered by against heart, lips clinging to lips, with pretty villas and well-kept gardens, in the sudden fervor which swept away all which their own was one of the pretti. restraint and all reserve. est. It was, as usual in the afternoon, “My love! · my life !” said Balfour, somewhat deserted, the male portion of as she gently extricated herself from him. the inhabitants being away at their re. “ I did not think I should have lost the spective offices, and the ladies out shop- reins of my self-control so completely; ping.
but since I heard from Jimmy Byrne that Away in the distance, near her own you were neither married nor engaged to dwelling, was a solitary figure coming to- Max Frere, I have been dizzy with hope wards her; and without breaking the and doubt.” chain of her thoughts, she watched its “ Max Frere! What made you imagapproach with a vague but increasing rec ine such a thing?" ognition which made her heart throb and “ Randal: his letter all but declared it. her eyes grow dim. The figure was that He said — but you shall see what he said; of a gentleman of middle height, broad. and I dreaded such an ending to our early shouldered, with a firm, deliberate step; friendship too much not to believe it. then a bronzed, strong-featured face grew And now, what have I to offer you, my clearer to her anxious gaze, and next a darling? My lot is, as yet, but a poor pair of large, soft-brown eyes, all aglow one." with irrepressible delight as their owner And Grace, passing her arm through sprang forward to meet her, and her hand his — in the delicious familiarity with was clasped by Balfour.
which old friendship tempers the startling “ Grace! “Maurice !” was all they warmth of love — whispered, – could utter: the joy and astonishment “You have yourself - I want no more!” sending the blood back to her heart, and leaving her cheek so pale that Maurice
“ LONDON, February — th. thought she would faint.
“My last letter from England must be “Oh, Maurice! Where — how - what to you, dearest Frieda. I have left yours has brought you back ?"
so long unanswered because I waited for “I have come to give evidence in this time to say all my last words. Now dispute between Darnell's firm and the everything is in readiness, and to-morrow company. I arrived yesterday. I saw we sail for the antipodes. Jimmy Byrne this morning. He told me “I can imagine Cousin Alvsleben's —what gave me courage to come and see horror of such an uprooting. I should you. But you were out.”
have once thought the same myself, but I They had turned as be spoke, and carry my all with me, and anticipate only walked towards the house, almost in si- what is bright and good. lence, with hearts too full for words. “You who know my dear mother's
“My mother will soon return. You timid nature will understand how she will stay and see her?” said Grace, as he shrank from the suggestion of such an followed her into the comfortable, grace. exile; and Randal, too, strongly objected ful drawing-room; and she stood near the to be torn from civilized society. But I fireplace, in a slant of evening light from could not leave them, nor could Maurice the west window, which touched her part with me; so he overcame all difficul
ties, and I trust and believe that he is years hence, and then we shall see you guiding us well. His prospects as regards again. his profession are good, and he has in- “ But dear Uncle Costello! it cost me vested his small patrimony in the colony, bitter tears to part with him, for it may so Australia must be our home. Nor do be forever. Yet there is another parting I doubt that my dear friend and husband before me to-morrow that I dread even has a most useful, if not prominent, ca
You have heard me speak of Jimreer before him. His peculiarly calm, my Byrne, our faithful, loving friend ! unselfish disposition gives him an unusual He has all a woman's tender sympathy breadth of view and soundness of judg- and delicate tact under a quaint, unattracment that cannot fail to give his opinion tive exterior; and what he was to me in weight with his employers and fellow- the first desolation of our stay in London, workmen. There, in the large plenty and no words of mine can convey.
Your roomy surroundings of a new country, a grandfather has a kindly family circle, who few inmates more or less do not create the value and cherish him, but poor Jimmy difficulties and petty annoyance which has no one to replace us – me, I may say: make them dreaded in our narrower Yet, I must leave him; and he is so good, homes. And Maurice loves my mother so utterly devoid of self that he seems and Mab for their own sakes. He rejoices only to rejoice in my happiness!
All I in the thought of having dear familiar faces can do is to be the best of correspondround our hearth.
ents, and try my best to lighten his loneli“Randal talks of studying for the bar ness. One other person I regret, to my in Melbourne, and also of writing a history own surprise, much more than I anticiof the colony. He will certainly be better pated, and that is my cousin Max. My there than in London.
time, however, is nearly exhausted, and I “I was sorry, dearest Frieda, that I must end. Adieu, dear, kind Frieda. could not be at your wedding, nor you at Often in our fireside talk we will live over mine; but it was well that yours was again our happy days in Saxony, and ever sufficiently in advance to permit Uncle hold in our hearts the warmest recollecCostello to be with us. How curious that tion of you and yours. I sent letters both our times of trial should end togeth- yesterday to Gertrud and my uncle. My er! I can well imagine your happiness, mother and Mab — who is grown out of for I measure it by my own. My kind love all memory – inclose each a farewell to the dear professor, and all fond wishes word. Thus ends this first chapter of my for your prosperity.
life. “'The count was looking remarkably “ Maurice desires his warmest good well, and, I think, enjoyed his visit; but wishes. Do not fail to write; and so, oh, how hard it was to bid him good-bye! good-bye a lingering, fond good-bye. He will have told you all the details of our very quiet wedding. Afterwards we
“ GRACE BALFOUR. made a pilgrimage to take a last look at " FRAU PROFESSOR STURM, Dungar. January is an unpromising
“Leipzig." month for such an expedition; but even winter is kindly on that southwestern coast, and we were fortunate in the weather. The dear old place looked gray and sad. I could not have borne to look
From Macmillan's Magazine. at it alone, but with Maurice beside me, it was different. Togetlıer we lingered The one great fact which a Western in every well-known spot, drawn nearer to traveller has to learn in Russia is the ineach other by each freshly awakened conceivability of a popular revolution. memory, and giving many a tender We who are familiar with Western politi. thought to the dear ones we have both cal life, and derive our notions of danger. lost. Then we turned away, content to ous discontent from French or even from bid it farewell — content to face our new German or Italian precedents, must forget life together — the past and present of all these things if we would understand both blended in this sweetest, closest tie Russia. These populations with which of love and friendship.
we are familiar are made up of men who “I wish I could see you all in pleasant have a political history behind them. 'The Dalbersdorf once more; but I will one French peasant, conservative or revolu. day. We are young and strong, and a tionary, bas inherited traditions which voyage to Europe will be nothing a few extend from the civilized Gauls, whom
i Froin yours,
RUSSIA AND THE REVOLUTION.
Cæsar organized into a Roman society, dant caution, we write to our broker and through the Frankish invaders, and the direct him to sell our Russian bonds while empire of Charlemagne, and the Bour- there is yet time. All this is pure misunbons, down to the great Revolution. The derstanding. It would be, in truth, as German socialist is a man of theories, reasonable to expect a bloody revolution which generations of philosophical pro- in England, because of the attempted outfessors and students have worked out for rages at Salford and the Mansion House, him. His ancestors had to deal, as best as it is to despair of the State in Russia they could, with feudal castles, and the because the czar was murdered. And the first corporate towns, and prince-bishops, reason is in both cases plain. It is beand trade guilds; and bowever ignorant cause, granting the existence of ugly and he may be, he cannot have helped hearing even dangerous social elements which something of the Reformation times, and may and will do much incidental mischief, of all the frantic attempts to make the there remains, nevertheless, on the side Reich a political reality, down to the Na. of political stability, an aggregate of forces poleonic wars and the troubles of 1848. so enormous that by nothing short of a The Italian of to-day may be a beggar or miracle could these sporadic conspirators a bandit, but at any rate he has great succeed in achieving a real revolution. memories of Rome - republican, imperial, It was with such reflections that the and papal; of Florence, with its polity writer stood one evening in October on and its culture; of Venice and the mer. the quays of the Basili Ostrov and saw chant oligarchy, and the struggle with the the sun, as it came out before its setting later Austrian tyrannies. Such things are on a rainy day, light up first the gilt neethe pabulum of agitation. All these men dle-spire of the Fortress Church, and then are possible revolutionaries, because they across the Neva the red mass of the Win. have a political past and can imagine a ter Palace and the long line of the Admipolitical future. Ideas are no new thing. ralty, and at last the flashing dome of the Their fathers made and unmade polities, Isaac Cathedral. Presently, upon the and why not they also ?
background of dark cloud to the east, But of all this there is no trace in Rus. stood out a perfect rainbow, and rested sia. What we sum up glibly under that with one foot on the fortress, where the name is a mass of eighty millions of men, last batch of Nihilists had just been not only destitute of ideas, but incapable locked away, and with the other upon the of seeking them ; who live on monoto- palace roofs, where the imperiai flag was nously in a simple-minded acceptance of floating, things as they are; orthodox in religion, The friends with whom I was living without any thought of inquiry; docile to were Russians, chiefly of the court party, any master, and long-suffering under great and I found them for the most part not at privation; and, above all, worshipping the all disinclined to discuss politics as among czar with a blind and passionate devotion friends. My own presuppositions were as a power second only to the providence distinctly against the government, and I of God.
did not hesitate to say so, and to crossThe full meaning and outcome of such examine them accordingly; but with the a difference is not easily comprehended, friendly good nature of the Sclav, they until one has seen the people themselves disclaimed the least offence, and did their and lived among them; and as the aver. best to teach me the error of my ways. age tourist has not time to penetrate into How far they succeeded, I cannot judge; Russia, we suffer from a chronic misun- but I will ask leave to set down the subderstanding. Even. Irish politics are stance of their teaching for the benefit of little enough understood in England, such as have not yet gone to seek it at the where every one reads the newspaper out fountain head. rages, and very few ever visit the country And first, let me indicate the character or attempt to make any intimate acquaint- and situation of my chief instructors. I ance with its peculiar people. By a simi- shall select four, whom I shall call for lar law, from Russia we hear only the convenience Feodor, Magnus, Olga, and terrible rumors from time to time of plots Michael. Feodor was a pure Russian, and assassinations and deportations and an excellent fellow throughout. He wholesale to Siberia ; and we are natu. was the aide-de-camp and devoted attendrally horrified and set a-thinking what an ant of one of the grand dukes. I met him awful country that must be to live in, and in the country, where he was living in a how certainly some great catastrophe is quaint little box by the sea with his young diawing on. Whereupon, for more abun- wife and a small family, amusing himself