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again. Up in the parsonage were two " Mary told me to come up, and I faithful hearts to whom the time grew thought I shculd find you here, Mrs. very long: the solitary old man in his Gooding,” she said, with a smile, as the study below, where the scent of the sweet old woman greeted her warmly. peas and stocks came in through the win- “And where else should I be?" she dow from the garden; and up-stairs, in answered,“ when I am writing to her, but Missy's own little room, the faithful nurse. in her own room, bless her, and I wish

There she sat of these bright June she was safe in it again. And a lovely days, the worn, lined face leaning on one letter I had from her Sunday, such writhand, an unfinished letter open on the ing; but there, who writes like Miss table before her, and from time to time Carrie? But you'd like to read it, Kate. the lips moved, and then more slowly the What have I done with it? Dear now, it hand traced out the words, and the letter was here a minute ago! and my spectagrew. The master was well, and there cles gone too! Where are they? Well, was nothing wrong in the house or vil. well, the times she's said the same thing, lage, so why did the old eyes look so I seem to hear her, ' Bessie, you dear old often out of tears as the letter went on? stupid' – that's what she calls me Here it is.

'look,' she says, 'you dear old stupid, on “PenTOCK PARSONAGE.

your own nose and you're sure to find “MY OWN DEAR MISSY,

But you'll read it aloud, won't ever thank you enough for writing such you?”. long, beautiful letters to your old nurse ?

So Kate read the letter. When she My dear Missy, when the letters come it came to the end she laid it down with a is almost like seeing you, and I put them sigh. "Be sure to tell me,” it ended, “ of on the table and have a good talk to you

Lizzie when you write." when they come. What you says of the

Ah, dear?” said the old woman, half lemons is very strange: why, you can't aloud ; " but where's the use of her fretget them in the village under 2d., and ting over it?” Mrs. Hardwick asked me 2{id. for one all

" I've been thinking,” said Kate slowdingy; but you knows her ways and what ly, “if our young lady was to write a line is to be expected of her. I can't under to Lizzie it might do good.” stand them growing out of doors at all,

The old nurse looked at her sharply. and you must be careful not to eat them,

“Is anything wrong, then, with Lizas Mrs. Davis's boy up to Squire's con

zie?” she asked. versetory, and was in bed, and Dr. Brown

No, Mrs. Gooding, not that I know sent for. The master is very well, though of; but she's unsettled again, and coma week back he had a bit of a cold going plaining the old way. I was there yesterto old Job Hunter of a chilly night. °Poor day: Job's been taken at last, and a blessed re

" And was she glad to see you?” asked lief; but the Lord knows his own time.

the nurse. The eggs has been very poor; whether

“No, Mrs. Gooding, I'm afraid not." the hen's moulding or not. I don't know, And Kate moved uneasily in her chair. but two poor this week and three last.

The old woman pushed up her spectacles “I don't think there is much news in and looked hard at the girl. Kate rose the village, dear Missy. Mrs. Treddal and walked to the window, and after a has her baby, and a fine boy, and the minute or two of silence she went on. other only christened a twelvemonth back,

“I don't know what to do, Mrs. Good. but a fine child, and they'll miss your.dear ing; ,. You know these new tales. She face to the christening. One bit of news had little Joe there, and she was kissing will please you, I know. Joe Hoyte's and making much of the child. I told boy's" to school at last. There is some her folks were talking, but I said I didn't talk of bis falling into the water, and believe them, as she'd given her word; Kate Mitchell fetching him out, and Joe but she turned to complaining they were done it to please her, and time enough

all against her, the old way, and said if I'd

come to worrit her I'd best be gone, for The face was resting once more on the she meant to do as she chose. I saw she hand. “I'll not tell her the talk of Lizzie ; wouldn't listen,” Kate went on, after a no, 'twould only fret her,” she said to ber- little pause, "and I couldn't somehow self. Here there came a tap at the door, go away like that, so I went on with and as the old woman turned slowly round some clothes she'd been wringing. She on her chair it opened, and Kate Mitchell didn't seem to notice, and went on with came in.

her talk with the child. •Don't you be

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lieve them if they talk evil of your father, and Kate out herself, and not fit work for she kept sayiny, - he's a good man, a her. And she thought Lizzie would be good man;' and she'd say it over and pleased with a letter if the little Missy

Do you think he is, Mrs. Goodwill write her one. And wishing God ing?” said Kate suddenly, facing round bless you, my dear Missy, and send you on the old woman. She took off her soon home again, I remain your loving spectacles and slowly wiped them.

and dutiful nurse, " When it comes to that,” at last she

BESSIE GOODING." said evasively, “there's goodness and goodness, and men is queer creatures. Kate had not gone very far before her There was my poor husband, an honester attention was attracted by a wail of min

never wore shoe-leather, and yet gled sorrow and anger, and she soon what I forbore with him in the house, and caught sight of a little figure draggling his quick tempers, you'd never know; and along in front of her, whose crimson forbear it is we are commanded, and no cheeks put up a signal of the strife raging more than my duty, and others easy-going within the snall heart. It was Joe again, as brings wives and families to ruin. As and Kate, instantly suspecting trouble at for Joe Hoyte, he's lived here, man and school, soon overtook him and asked him boy, all his life, and hardly a friend to say what was the matter. A fresh burst of a good wo for him, but I don't know i weeping turned his speech into a hoarse anything particular bad against him. But roar of anguish, and Kate, lifting the child did you say nothing more to Lizzie, up on a low bank by the wayside, sat Kate?"

down beside him to wait till the paroxysm Yes,” she said, “ I thought as I wrung had subsided. After much convulsive the clothes what I could say not to turn sobbing, and repeated wipings of the her against me more, and nothing would small eyelids and cheeks, Joe found uttercome; and she went on talking with the ance : “ I'll never go there no more,” child, and never looked my way at all. sobbed he. And I got thinking to myself if only our • Why, what's wrong, my son ?” asked young lady was here she would make the girl. With renewed weeping and anLizzie right again, and that set me think. ger the trouble came out. ing I might talk of her, and perhaps Liz- “She whipped me, she did, – and I zie would remember a bit. So I told her hates her, I do, and I'll never go there I'd had a letter, and I began reading it. no more, no-o-o 0, I wo-o-o-n't. She didn't listen much at first, but she Kate looked vexed. She foresaw enwas quiet after a bit; so I just wished couragement from the paternal Joe, and her good-bye and came away. I hadn't her lopes for the child's advancement gone far when she was running after me. once more clouded over.

You'll be writing those tales to her,' she " Now, look here," she said quietly; said, quite fierce. 'No, Lizzie,' I said, “what had you been doing, Joe? What "'lwould fret her so, I couldn't write them; had you been up to, eh ?” you'll never do a thing would pain her “ I hadn't done nothing," wailed Joe, again, Lizzie, our young lady, and so far “ and I hates her.” away.'

“ Was it you didn't know your lesThe girl's voice shook, she turned to sons ?” asked the girl. the window, and ihe old woman rose and “I dun know,” said Joe sullenly, “but came to where she stood.

'twarn't that." “ Well?” she asked.

“Now, what was it?" asked Kate “I don't believe she will, Mrs. Good. again. “ You'd been up to some mischief, ing," said Kate at last; “ she didn't say Joe, I know well enough. Tell me what much, but I don't believe she will. But you'd done." if our young lady would write, I was But the tips of his boots had suddenly thinking

become an object of absorbing interest to “You're a good girl, Kate,” said the the boy.

“and I'll manage it; you leave it, “ Had you played her some trick?” and I'll put it so it will be all right.” asked Kate cheerfully. There came a

So Kate went her way, and the letter little twitch to the corners of the child's was finished.

mouth. “Was it a joke, Joe?" said

Kate softly. A little laugh came in the “ Kate Mitchell has just been here,” it midst of the storm. went on; "she's a good girl, and her “She was in a rage,” said Joe at last, father better, but not up to the fishing, “when they come out and was over the


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books and stuff, and one got into th’ink “ 'Twas luck meeting you, Miss Kate," and walked about after !" and the young said the young man. “I've just been to offender began to hug himself with de- your place, and I swear your father's the light.

best man out. He's a regular good un, “ Wbat was it?" asked Kate, very that's what he is,” he ended warmly. quickly.

Kate looked pleased. “Why, crabs !” said Joe.

“Was it about the fishing?" she asked. “ And you put them in her desk ? " “Yes,” said Dick; “ I'm to be Will's

“Yes," said the boy excitedly; "and mate, and I only hope I may do your fa. some in that box by the side; such heaps, ther a good turn one of these days. Are I kep' 'em in a pool till I had enough. you glad of it ?” he asked. O Kate, you should have heard her Why, no,” said Kate, with a smile. screech !” And now the remembrance Dick's face fell, he looked hurt and said was too much for Joe, and he tumbled nothing. The girl saw it, and added down off the bank. Kate's face showed hastily, “ I don't like to be turned out of the conflicting feelings that the story had the boat, and it's my place you're takraised. It was thoroughly

, vexing; it ing, Dick.”. Dick looked cheerful again; wasn't much more than she had expected 'twasn't work for womenkind, in his opinfrom Joe's former career; but meanwhile ion. his father would probably stand by him, And I suppose you asked your father and there would be an end to Joe's school. to have one of the other chaps instead? ing and consequent advancement. Then he added, as they began to walk towards she was still fresh enough from school the cottage.

of the rather prim mistress, under whom she “But your father told me he knew what also had suffered, and that sudden plague I was worth,” said Dick proudly. of crabs. With difficulty she prevented “So do I,” said the girl gravely. Her the boy seeing her join in his unholy glee, companion turned eagerly to her. and said cheerfully,

“Do you?” he said. •Why, what "Well, Joe, you got your fun, and had now ?” your hiding, and deserved it. It wasn't They had come where a sign-post stood good of you, you know: if you were good by the way, covered with large letters. with ber she'd be very kind to you; and That,said Kate, pointing to an O. you mustn't do that sort of thing again, “What do you mean?” asked Dick, you know, or she'll think you a little looking very puzzled. heathen. But it's over now, and you must “ Have you forgotten your arithmetic try and be a better boy when you go so that you don't know what that stands back."

for?” laughed the girl. A light seemed to “But I won't go back," said the young break in upon him. rebel stoutly.

“Well, I don't care," he said at last. “ Then you'll be a coward,” said Kate. " They're to have games and dancing “You'd never be a coward, Joe?”

down to Point to-morrow," he added " What's he going to funk?” suddenly after a time. “You'll be there, Miss broke in another voice; and Joe was Kate ?" lifted suddenly up in two stout arms, Well, perhaps I may,” said she ; “but turned bead over heels, and deposited I don't know if I shall.” somewhat confused upon the ground “ If you cared about it as much as I do again.

you'd be there,” said the young fisher• Why, Dick, take care !” cried Kate. man, kicking savagely at a stone. “It's nothing, is it, Joe? You'll not “Oh, I know you're fond of the dancfunk?' There came no answer to this ing,” said Kate, with a laugh. appeal.

“You know well enough it isn't the “What's wrong?” asked Dick Trus- dancing I'm fond of,” said Dick, with cott again, for it was he.

some emphasis ; but he added cheerily, “He was thinking of flinching school," " I knows you'll come, Kate ; you're never said Kate, “because he got into a bit of so bad as your words." trouble; but it's going to be all right now, “Oh, if my words are bad,” said Kate, isn't it, Joe?"

laughing again, " why, you've had enough Still no

answer came, but the child of them, so good-bye!” and she was gone began slowly to move away down the into the cottage while the young fisherlane.

man was calling to her to wait a minute.

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“She takes one up so short,” he said to along the coast steering north for Ifasy. himself as he turned away; “ but she'll Evening brought us to this important come, I'm thinking."

native trading-place, and here I intended And he was quite right, for Kate was to leave my canoe and walk up to the capthere.

ital of the Antankarana. The capital is called Ankarána, and the king's name is Ratsimiaro. Accordingly, I placed my canoe in charge of an Arab merchant,

and prepared for a march on the morrow. From Temple Bar.

I started the next day soon after four OUT OF THE BEATEN TRACK IN MADAGASCAR.

o'clock, and almost before it was light,

Prosper carrying my gun and cartridges. A VISIT TO THE ANTANKARANA SAKALAVA.

I had considerable difficulty with ProsFINDING myself at Nosibè after a de. per, who was one of those people who are lightful trip round the Comoro Islands, I born idle, but I managed to make him determined to take advantage of my prox. keep up without resorting to blows. We imity to the mainland of Madagascar to marched for four hours aúd a half over visit that interesting country. My wish very rough country, doing I think about was to visit some part of the island un- twelve miles, and then halted for break. known, or at least little known, to Euro. fast – coffee, rice, and bananas — started pean travellers. Acting on the advice of again at ten, and walked till twelve, when the French commandant, I determined we halted till four. Again making a start, to pay a visit to an independent tribe in- we reached a good-sized village, called habiting the north-west peninsula of the Manembàto, a little before seven. We island, called Antankaràna, or “people of bad walked, I calculate, about thirty miles, the rocks.” Wishing to travel as quickly a very good day's work. We had a capi. as possible, I engaged a fine lakan or tal dinner here of fowls and rice - fowls canoe, which could carry a good deal of are very plentiful in this part of Madagas. sail, and engaged a crew of four at two car, and can be bought for about twofrancs a day and their rice. Through the pence apiece. The natives here told me courtesy of the French commandant, Ithat Ankarána was not more than three secured the services of an excellent guide hours' journey from Manembato, so I

Prosper by name, a native of Nosibe, resolved on an early start so as to reach and a Roman Catholic. He spoke very the capital before breakfast. Accordingly fair French, besides Malayaski and starting at sunrise, I arrived in sight of Swahili, and was invaluable.

Having the capital a little before nine. I halted purchased some American cloth and outside the town and sent Prosper to inbright-colored handkerchiefs to trade for form King Ratsimiàro of my arrival. He food with, my preparations were complete, soon returned to say that the king would and on the morning of the ist of August receive me at once at the conference-tree I set sail with my little party. Although in the middle of the town, and I could the main land of Madagascar is well in hear the tum-tums beating announcing sight from Nosibè, yet when we were that he was on his way there. Accordpacked into the canoe, luggage and all, it ingly, taking with me a large sheath-knife looked anything but safe to put out to sea I had brought as a present for his Majes. in her. We did not get very far from ty, and accompanied by Prosper as inland before a good breeze sprang up, and terpreter, I at once proceeded to the we sailed along grandly, and reached the interview. The king was seated under island of Nosifaly soon after noon. The the tree (a magnificent tamarind), surbreeze now dying away, and it being ter-rounded by his chiefs. A chair for me ribly hot in the lakan, I determined to was placed on his right, and when I adcamp for the night in this small, well- vanced, helmet in hand, he rose, shook wooded island, which is separated from hands very cordially and motioned me to the mainland by a very narrow channel. be seated. He first inquired if I had There is a small village inhabited by come to trade there, and when I told him Sakalavas, whose chief received me very no, he said he was very sorry, as he civilly, and gave me a nice clean but to wanted some white traders to come there sleep in. The people mostly talked very much. He then asked me if I was a Swahili, which they have picked up from praying man, and he seemed much re. the Arabs, who have a small trading sta- lieved when I told hiin no. I explained I tion on the mainland close by. The next was merely a traveller, and being anxious inorning, starting before five, we sailed to see the country, I had walked up from Ifasy. He could not inake out why I had ple are a sort of deists, believing in one walked. Why had I not come in a filan- supreme spirit; they are also great bejana (palanquin), and when I told him I lievers in ghosts, which they call ldlo. preferred walking, he gave me to under. They have a priestly caste called Onjatsy, stand that he did not quite believe me. whom they hold in great respect and who He wanted to know why the English have the power of driving away the lòlos preferred the Hovas to the Sakalavas if they make themselves too objectionawhether I had ever seen Queen Ranavà. ble. They own lots of cattle, which flourlona — whether Queen Victoria loved her ish well on the sweet grass that grows on very much; and then he expressed his the rocky slopes, and they cultivate cocoa. opinion that Queen Victoria would love nuts, sugar-cane (to make into rum), b.2him if she knew him better. i did not nanas, ground-nuts, and the rufia palm, like to offend his Majesty by telling him with which they build their houses and also that probably Queen Victoria was quite make mats and a coarse kind of lamba or ignorant of his existence, so I acquiesced. cloth, with which they clothe themselves. I then presented him with the knife I had They seem a very happy, idle people, with brought with me, and asked permission to no ambition to be more than they are remain a few days

few days in the capital. He at present. The country is beautifully told me a house was ready for me and wooded and well watered, and I have no that in the evening there would be plenty doubt money could be made by any enerof toàka (rum). We then shook hands getic Englighman if he settled at Ifasy again, and I went off with Prosper in and exported the ebony and sandal-wood search of my house. I found my boys which abound in the forests. already in possession of one to which Just after sunset, and whilst I was still they had been directed by one of the discussing my dinner, the tum-tums began chiefs. I started them off at once to buy to beat, and soon the clear space in the some fowls for breakfast, as it was now middle of the town presented an animated nearly noon and I had eaten nothing since appearance. A sort of illumination was leaving Manembàto. They soon came attempted by means of cocoa-nuts filled back shouting “Omby, omby” (an ox, an with bullock's fat, but they did not give ox), and sure enough behind then came a much light and they smelt very disagreefine bullock the king had sent me as a pres. ably. Mats had been placed under the ent. Soon afterwards some girls arrived old tamarind-tree for the king and myself, with a couple of geese, a couple of fowls, and on repairing thither I found his Majand a basket full of cocoa-nuts and ba- esty already arrived. The people soon

Here was a princely supply for formed up for a dance. It was a very six men, and I had soon made an excel. curious sight, and I never before saw any lent breakfast. Having smoked a pipe native dance quite like it. They all and ordered the boys to kill the bullock formed in a circle, and sang apparently a and get dinner ready by sundown, Iverse of a song. Then they went in turns started off to walk round the town. There into the centre of the ring and danced was nothing of interest to be seen in it, wildly round, flourishing their spears and and I think the most striking feature was singing, and then they all joined in a sort the enormous number of drinking shan- of chorus. fancy the solo singing was ties. I have seen a town in northern extempore. The women did not take part Queensland where every fourth house was in this dance, but all sat together and beat a public, but in Ankarana I believe you time with their hands, and then at the sin. could buy run in every hut. The houses ish they came forward with calabashes were as a rule well built, some of bamboo, full of rum and presented them to the but mostly of the rufia palm, and they were men. They danced the same dance three scrupulously clean. There were no stores or four times, never omitting the rum at of any sort, as they buy all their goods at the end. His Majesty kept pressing me Ifasy from the Arabs. I had a long conver- also to drink, and I had to take far more sation with one of the leading Antankarána of it than I wanted. The woman now chiefs, who gave me a good deal of in- came forward and danced, the dance conteresting information about the tribe. It sisting of swinging the body backwards seems they own about eight hundred and forwards, all the time singing a plainsquare miles of country, and number tive sort of melody. I could not belp about twenty thousand souls. The coun. thinking how well the words from “ Les try, as its name implies, is very rocky Cloches de Corneville" “ Just look at and full of caves, many of which are used that,” etc. - would have suited the action. as dwelling-places. In religion the peo- | They looked very picturesque with their


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