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ishment, as if she had been indeed a visi-l a moment had never been in the duke's tor from the unseen.
long life before. She was very pale after her long incar. And we are bound to allow that neither ceration, and the hollow, alas ! very vis. the duchess, who was his faithful wife, ible on her delicate cheek. She was nor Winton, always ready to appreciate dressed in a long, soft cashmere gown, the noble sentiments of Lady Jane, could black, with an air of having fitted her ad. ever understand the fulness of this reconmirably once, but which now was too ciliation. It is to be hoped that the loose for her, as could be seen. But reader will comprehend better. They though she was thin and pale, she held were too resentful and indignant to reher head high, and there was a sort of sume their old relations in a moment as smile in the look with which she regarded if nothing had happened, which Lady her father. Hers was indeed the triumph. Jane did with perhaps more tenderness She was too bigh-minded, too proud to than before. But into this question there fly. She came into the room, and closed is no time to enter. When Lady Jane the door with a sort of indignant stateli. went in softly, as if she had left her
“I have come to tell you,” she mother half an hour before, into the said, "that by some accident or misad-morning-room, the duchess flung away venture my door was found unlocked this her papers with a great cry, and rushed morning, and I have left my prison.” upon her daughter, clasping her almost She held her head high, and he bowed fiercely, looking over her shoulder with and crouched before her. But yet had all the ferocity of a lioness in defence of she but known, her own relief and ecstasy her offspring. She would have ordered of freedom was nothing to her father's. the carriage at once to take Lady Jane It was as if the load of a whole universe away, or even have gone with her on the had been taken off his shoulders.
spot, on foot or in a cab, to a place of “This is Martin's fault," he said; “the safety; but Lady Jane would not hear of fellow shall be dismissed at once. Jane, any such proceeding. She calmed her you will believe me or not as you please, mother, as she had soothed her father, but I had meant to come myself and open and in an hour's time Winton was in that the door to you to-day.”
little room, which suddenly was turned He dropped down into a chair all weak into Paradise. He had been carrying and worn, and held his head in his hands : about with him all this time a special his nerves now more shattered than her license ready for use, and as everything
It was all he could do to keep him. can be done at a moment's notice in town, self from bursting like a woman into even in February, Lady Jane Altamont, tears.
attended by a small but quite sufficient “You surely do not imagine that I train, and before a whole crowd of excited could doubt what you say? I am glad, witnesses, was married next morning at very glad, that it was so” – she said, St. George's, Hanover Square, like every. her voice melting. He was her father body else of her degree. Needless to still, and she was not guiltless towards say that there was in the Morning Post him. “I wish that I had waited till you next morning, as well as in most of the came," she said.
other papers, an account of the cere“Yes;” he seized eagerly upon this lit. mony, with a delicate hint of difficulties, tle advantage. “I wish that you had unnecessary to enter into, which had gone waited till I came: but it was not to be before. This was read by many who un. expected. I do not say that it was to be derstood, and by a great many more who expected.” Then he boisted himself by did not understand; but nowhere with his hands pressing upon the table, and greater excitement than in the Rectory looked at her. “ Bless me,” he said, House of St. Albans, E. C., where Mrs. “how thin you are, and how pale!--is Marston took the fashionable paper, poor this — is this my doing? Gracious! shut lady, because in that wilderness she was up so long, poor girl — I suppose you so out of the way of everything. She must hate me, Jane?”
rushed in upon her husband in his study Lady Jane went up to him holding out (who had just seen it in the Standard her hands. " Father, I have sinned with feelings which are indescribable) against you too. Forgive me!” she cried, with the broadsheet in her hand. “Listoo generous not to take upon herself the ten to this, William,” she cried solemnly; blame; and so the father and daughter "didn't I tell you it was none of our busikissed each other, he crying like a child, ness to meddle; and your fine duke whom she like a mother supporting him. Such I you were so anxious to be serviceable 10,
and that never said thank you But through some of the grandest northern I told you what you had to expect,” Mrs. scenery, and constant interest cannot fail Marston cried.
to be excited in the study of a people whose life is moulded by external conditions so entirely different to our own; for there at all events nature cannot be con
quered : exacting the most implicit obeFrom Macmilian's Magazine.
dience, she yields but little in return, and THREE MONTHS' HOLIDAY IN NORWAY
we have an instance of the result upon IN 1881.
national character, when the struggle is To spend summer in Norway has now not for prosperity, but for bare existence. become the annual experience of so many It must be confessed however that our Englishmen, that the inaccurate notions party was well satisfied with the single still widely entertained concerning that hope of salmon-fishing, and one and all country afford matter for some surprise. would have scouted the idea of needing The first questions usually asked of a any other occupation. We embarked at returning traveller, "Was it not terribly Hull on board the “Tasso," that famous cold ?” or “Could you get anything to old vessel, which, although the smallest eat?” are sufficient evidence.
Be it upon the Wilson Line to Norway, is known, therefore, to all who would fain chosen for the long passage to Trondhjem go to Norway, only debarred perhaps by direct. She has never quite recovered antiquated accounts of hardships and pri- from an operation by which some years vations to be endured, that, so far from ago she was bisected, and then furnished being a “ land beyond the solar road,” the with an enlarged middle portion, containsun never leaves it during the summer ing a "spacious saloon amidships months; that it is not necessary, like new engines. Her maximum speed is Æneas, to eat one's tables, nor, always, to about nine knots an hour, but on the pressleep on the floor. Again, the common ent voyage a strike among the stokers, assertion that no ladies can travel there, about which intending passengers were because they would have to “rough it,” is kept in the dark, caused the substitution disproved by the willingness of those who of miserable Swedes from Gothenburg, have actually gone through the ordeal, to landsmen who had never been at sea in repeat their experience. The food ques. their lives, far less as stokers, and were tion is not so serious after all; one would so prostrated by the motion, and the heat hardly expect to find French cookery or in the engine-room, that six knots was Swiss hotels in the Arctic regions; but our pace for the greater part of the four though smoked salmon and very strong days taken in reaching Trondhjem. We cheese are the chief delicacies, persons arrived twenty-four hours late; had there of less educated tastes can obtain conso- been a gale, the “Tasso ” would probably lation in beef and beer, which are procur- have repeated her old experience of a able, with wbite bread and excellent coffee week in the North Sea; but there was and dairy produce, nearly everywhere in only an uncomfortable swell, and no wind, Norway; in fact the most fastidious peo. so we escaped with the minor accidents ple could not well be conscious of much of running down a brigantine in the Humprivation upon the main routes, where we ber as we left the docks, and almost carwill leave them for the present to the rying away a small wooden lighthouse able guidance of Mr. Murray and Herr upon the pier at Trondhjem, off which Baedeker.
the bowsprit scraped the paint, but did no Ours the pleasanter task of revisiting further damage. There was some comin memory a certain quiet valley of Gamle pensation for the disagreeables of a heavy Norge, where a party of Englishmen swell as we steamed along the coast from spent their long summer day, unbroken Molde to Trondhjem, in the glorious for two months by a single hour of dark- breakers thundering on all sides. Little ness, in full enjoyment of a life, monoto chance indeed would there be here withnous indeed, but never wearisome, among out a pilot; you wonder, looking back, scenes that must ever possess a strange where the channel lay through which the fascination for those who have once be ship passed, and see no way open in the held them. Even when sport is made the surf ahead. On the left the captain primary object of an expedition to Nor. points to a spot where one sea in nine way, there is much to vary the routine of breaks over a sunken rock eight fathoms fishing and shooting. The journey to below the surface ; that fishing-smack is moor or river is often a tour in itself | dangerously near it; she will not strike,
but woe to her if she is passing over when I bring you to the mouth of your river, but the ninth wave comes, whose crest would a whole day is spent in approaching it, crash ber beams like matchwood. More while the vessel appears to be taking a rocks and breakers guard on our right a special course, and traversing in an aincoast so stern that the dangers which be less way all the fjords within reach, on set the approach seem like mockery on purpose not to suit your convenience. At nature's part, for who would covet so last we are there ; "at home” one feels barren a land? Yet even this terrible tempted to say, as the familiar faces of skjaergaard as it is called, did not pre. last year bid us welcome back again ! Up vent an English line-of-battle ship, the the steep hill we climb from the beach, “ Dictator," with only a Swedish shoe- and then what a glorious vantage-point is maker as pilot, from cutting out a Danislı gained ! Grand indeed and thoroughly frigate at anchor inside, during the great characteristic of Norway is the view be
Save where on the left the river Glad to reach Trondhjem and glad to torrent rushes in, the surface of the fjord leave it, for, when you have seen the is smooth as glass. We follow the recathedral and waterfall
, it is of all dull Aections of many a dark precipice and places the dullest, we next have an oppor. snow-clad slope, set off by occasional tunity of comparing a Norwegian coast. patches of green, until, some twelve miles ing steamer with the “ Tasso," and the away, the outlook towards the north-west “Tasso"
” is unanimously condemned. is blocked by a huge mass of peaked Perhaps, being “bad sailors," we are mountains which rise abruptly from the prejudiced by having exchanged the North water's edge, forming an island across the Sea for the calm fjords along which the mouth of the fjord, whereby nearly twenty rest of our journey lies; and we were cer- miles are added to its length before the tainly treated much better on board the open sea can be reached. The sun sets “ Tasso;” but Captain Kloppestad, of the over there; but so near are we to the Arc"Lofoten,” is notorious for his hatred of tic circle, that in the height of summer, everything English, so that we were not its rays never leave the topmost peaks. much surprised at the absence on his ship When day and night are thus confounded, of that civility and kindness which is al. one's lease of life seems longer, and sleep most invariably shown towards travellers almost ceases to be necessary. Witness in Norway. However, it would have the native farmers, who work all through taken a great deal to spoil enjoyinent of the summer from three in the inorning to the ever-changing scenery, as each hour nine at what ought to be night. But who brought us nearer to the longed-for fish can wonder at their energy, remembering ing, and when at last the time came for the terrible winter they have to contend transshipment to the local steamer that with, “when no man can work”? Turn would convey us to Fosmoen, we felt from the fjord and look up the river: quite sorry to leave the “Lofoten ; none though it is the middle of June, the snow the less so, because all the luggage was las only just left those brown fields, and again in evidence. “What a quantity ice is still thick on the lakes up above. these Englishmen bring !” we heard peo- Yet in three months the grass must grow, ple whispering; they could not have seen and the corn, now hardly visible, must the outfit of another English sportsman, ripen, and all be mown and gathered in, which left the steamer further south in ere winter returns to interrupt labor. charge of his French cook and two or But here is the house, whence the occu. three flunkies, or ours would never have pants have temporarily evicted themselves caused remark; but when you are going to make room for us. It is built entirely to spend two or three months at a place of wood, after the ordinary type of Norfar remote froin the main roads, it is ab- wegian farmhouses, in two stories; solutely necessary to be provided with a roughly-hewn pine logs are laid horizonconsiderable amount of stores, and our tally, and the interstices well stuffed with Norwegian critics would have thought dry moss. Along the outside runs a skirteverything superfluous beyond one square ing of upright planks, surmounted by a box, to contain, in addition to their ward-roof of birch-bark, held down with thick robe, butter and cheese for consumption turfs, off which a very fair crop of hay while absent from home.
seems procurable. Add some small winOf all the irritating delays that have to dows, and doorways of a heigbt most be put up with, none is more tiresome dangerous to English heads than the wind-up of the journey on a local steps and stairs promiscuously, furnish steamer; thirty miles, perhaps, would with a few wooden tables and chairs,
wooden beds, and crockery of wood, and money for his interest, and a promise that you have a fair idea of the quarters over the son will house and feed him for the which our Union Jack was soon floating. rest of his days. Thus the old couple
Right comfortable quarters too we have a quiet old age secured to them, and found them; warm on the coldest days, the farm is worked by active hands. and cool on the hottest. And had we Whether these arrangements have a legal not, moreover, the luxury of iron bed- sanction, we know not; but they certainly steads from England - a benefit only to form the regular observance of a district be properly appreciated by those who in many ways remarkable for its maintehave experienced what it is to court sleep nance of ancient customs. One of the upon a Norwegian wooden bed, with noth- most curious is the habit of using patroing but a little bay to cover the unbending nymics, which has died out in many parts planks. Dinner was not a great success of Norway, but is still retained here, and on the first evening; but afterwards, with causes a great deal of confusion in sucthe help of our stores, and an occasional cessive generations, especially as it is the sheep from a neighboring farm, we fared rule for the eldest son always to be bap- . sumptuously, though salmon was always tized with his grandfather's Christian the mainstay of our cuisine ; for there is name; thus Eric, whose father was Lars, · a capital shop in Trondhjem where all is simply Eric Larsen, and is bound to: kinds of English comestibles, excellent in call his eldest son Lars Ericsen. A wife, quality, can be obtained. It is presided too, does not adopt her husband's name, over by Herr Kjeldsberg, her Britannic but remains with the euphonious title of, Majesty's consul, and few are the travel- | let us say, Petrina Jacobsdatter ! lers or sportsmen who have not cause to Another of the old institutions recalls remember with gratitude his unfailing the Levitical Year of Jubilee; for in evcourtesy and valuable assistance. He ery fiftieth year all the farmers in the val. has the reputation of being the only man ley change land with one another, so that in the world who will change a stranger's in the course of centuries each family cheque without asking questions or need. gets its turn of possessing the richest ing references - a practice which in it- portion of the ground. There are, of self speaks volumes for his benevolence. course, endless customary rights of pas.
Our interpreter, like many of his class turage, wood-cutting in the forest, and in Norway, was an excellent cook, and we similar privileges enjoyed in common, but perhaps valued his services most in the the most complicated of all are the varilatter capacity, as we ourselves possessed ous fishing.rights, as one finds when maksufficient knowledge of the language for ing a contract for the river with a dozen all ordinary purposes. He was assisted men whose claims of using large nets and by the farmer's wife, who owned the small nets, or rods and lines, bave all to house, and kept us supplied with milk be considered; and perhaps, at the end and butter from her dairy. It was a com- of two hours' hard talking, you discover paratively rich farm, where they pastured that the farmers do not after all quite fourteen cows this summer, for the hay know what their boasted rights really are. harvest had been good last year, and upon But all this had been gone through in our the excellence of the crop depends the case some years ago, and we were now to number of cattle these poor people keep enjoy the fruit of our labors. For the through the winter, as they never buy or first few days matters looked bad, as two sell fodder, each farmer maintaining as or three kelts were the only reward of large a stock as his own land can feed. persistent fishing; and it was not until There were more than twenty farms in the 20th of June that we caught a freshthis little valley, only four miles long; a run fish, the season, which usually begins few had tenant proprietors, but the greater in the first week of that month, being a part were rented by their occupiers, who remarkably late one. But the same deep have always to pay down a large sum on snow and ice-bound lakes, which at first taking possession, with a proportionately made the river too cold for the salmon to reduced yearly rent. The landlords do run up, did us good service afterwards, not seem to take much interest in their by maintaining a fine bead of water well property, and as for improvements, there into August; whereas in most years it is no likelihood of disputes on this head, becomes too low and clear for sport after as things are just where they were five the middle of July; and when the fish did hundred years ago. At the age of sixty enter the river, we found the advantage it is the custom for a farmer to make over of having bought off the netting-rights of the holding to his son, receiving a sum of the proprietors, who otherwise work tere
rible havoc in the latter part of the plate was spoiled, of course, and in the season, when the spawning-time is ap- result of a second, faces wear a gloomy proaching. Fast and furious the fun soon frown, as if the angler had not been wholly became; our “monster” fish of other successful in punishing that fish for its years were all thrown into the shade, and temerity. each week brought a new claimant for the Thus, with varying misfortune and suchonor of being the “largest on record” cess, the weeks flew past: when we could caught at Fosmoen, which finally remained not or would not fish, there was sketchwith a splendid salmon of forty-two ing, botanizing, and exploration of the pounds. Omitting details, meinorable country around to fill up the time, which though the incidents of each day's sport never seemed to hang heavily upon our are to the fisherman, suffice it to say that hands. At last, however, the evil day in six weeks our three rods scored over came when the snow upon the hills had two thousand pounds weight of salmon, all melted, and the dwindling streamn and a considerable quantity of trout- a warned us that sport was over for this record that makes us loth to agree with year; so with much reluctance we began those who assert that Norwegian fishing preparations for departure. The farmers is a thing of the past, and that to catch came to receive their money — a cere. salmon one must go to Canada. Our river mony which involved an almost embarwas a comparatively small one, not more rassing amount of hand-shaking, the good than sixty yards broad, possessing all the old Norsk way of expressing thanks; characteristics of a mountain stream mag- they were in high good-humor already, nified; and though we were obliged to having made a considerable sum of money fish from boats, there were several im- by the sale of salmon not needed for our passable rapids, which gave us all the consumption. The coasting steamers and excitement usually confined to what are a small town some four miles off are their termed casting rivers; indeed, the current market, and though the price is low, rangwas so strong as to make it hard work for ing from fourpence to sevenpence a pound, two men to keep the boat from drifting purchasers are always to be found, who down too quickly. We used always to seize the opportunity of laying in for the land as soon as a fish was hooked, and winter a large stock of their favorite many a tussle was there to keep the smoked salmon. Moreover, there is the salmon from going down the rapids satisiaction on one's own part of feeling many a breathless scramble in hot pur- that the money spent upon procuring suit, with eighty yards of white water sport is not wasted, but gives means of between the angler and his fish; many a bettering themselves to people in genuine time, too, when the angler had to count need of assistance. himself lucky if he did not lose both fish Now, however, their harvest is over for and tackle. The ladies of our party were the present, and with mutual regrets we very successful in trouting, and occasion must say good-bye until another year. ally landed salmon in the most approved There is something very attractive in the style; but one of them will not soon for- simple honesty and good-nature of these get how, while trout-fishing one day, a folk, and their unaffected pleasure at seelarge grilse took her fly, ran out the thirty ing us, which we are vain enough to beyards of line, and went away down stream lieve is not wholly prompted by avarice, with the whole, through somebody's care. though it will be a happy day indeed when lessness in not having made it fast to the the Norwegian mind is disabused of its reel.
first axiom that all Englishmen are posThe season closed with a rather curious sessed of illimitable wealth. It is an incident. We had engaged a local pho. idea universally accepted, as by no means tographer — rara avis in terris — to come inconsistent with honesty and good morand take views of the river, and one of als, that a fair value is one thing, a fair us determined to pose for bim in the atti- price for an Englishman to pay is anothtude of fishing a favorite pool. The boat er; taking this for granted, one gets on was moored securely to the opposite bank, admirably with the people; otherwise the rower put out his oars, and, to make constant disputes and disagreeable enthe thing look more natural, our friend counters will be of daily occurrence, to just let his line drop into the water, the complete subversion of enjoyment. when, not a yard from the boat's side, up At last everything is ready for the splashed a huge salmon, out of malice move. The little steam-launch, with prepense surely, for not once in a thou- which we have penetrated every corner of sand times will they rise so close. The the fjord upon off-days, starts before us