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room, receiving Mrs. Temple's languid Blunt and Mr. Dorian Chandos should congratulations, Georgy's unusually stiff not have met before.” greeting, but all the while with eyes and “Can she have seen them, or has he ears for nobody but Jack.
told her ?” thought Christopher. “Mr. Dorian Chandos, Robin," she His face seemed to betray the suspiheard Christopher saying, and instinct cion, for Georgy in her turn wondered, must have made her turn in his direction, ' Does he know?” and then following the for her hand was taken and Jack was eyes of husband and wife, she fancied speaking - saying something to ber — they exchanged a look of meaning, and something about his surprise at this meet- the supposition gave a more favorable ing, his astonishment at seeing her. turn to the opinion she had formed of
" Is it as I fear, that you don't remem- Robin. ber me?" he said anxiously, and the “ And if I had kept to my original inpoor little hand which lay so cold in his tention of going away, we might not have was almost crushed as be waited for the met now," was Jack's answer.
He was not going to be put out of coun. “I think she is quite overcome by as tenance by Miss Georgy, still he had no tonishment.” It was Christopher who wish just then to enter upon an encounter had come to the rescue, and who, by talk with her, and to avoid it he turned to Mr. ing very quickly to Mrs. Temple and Blunt, and little guessing how sharp were Georgy on the score of unexpected recog. the thorns he stuck, began a conversation nitions, endeavored to withdraw their in praise of Mr. Veriker. attention.
Robin had to entertain Mrs. Temple, "Oh yes, I recollect you perfectly,” Georgy occupied herself with ChristoRobin at length found breath to say. Ipher, the three couples talked separately was only wondering whether, noi that and a little apart from each other. I am married, you would remember Several times Georgy made a moveme."
ment to go, but her mother, delighted at Each spoke with hidden meaning. the chance of pouring her misfortunes “Remember you!” exclaimed Jack, into the ear of a new listener, paid no at. “is it at all likely I could forget?" tention to the signs given. Jack seemed
It had just coine to him that he was still equally blind, his whole attention was holding her hand; turning to Mr. Blunt, centred on making himself agreeable to who sat completely mystified, he said, Mr. Blunt, and so successful was he that “Why, I have known her since she was at parting the old man begged him not to so high, and ran about in pinafores - her think any more of that little affair about father was one of my greatest friends.” the thicket land; he was only very sorry And then smiling as if the thought that they hadn't known each other then as amused him, he added, " How shall I they did now. bring myself to call her anything but “And you'll come again," he said heartRobin, I wonder ? and I sha'n't know she ily. “Pay us another visit soon.' is speaking to me, so accustomed was I Jack declared that he should be de. to hear her call me Jack.”
lighted. “It's one of the most extraordinary “I was hoping,” and he tried to catch things that I ever heard of in my life," Robin's ear, “ that Mrs. Blunt would ask said Mr. Blunt, remembering that he had me.” heard some very fisly reports about the Oh, you were waiting for that, were squire; and if he was mixed up with you ?" Veriker he hadn't a doubt but they were Mr. Blunt laughed amusedly, calling true.
out to Robin, “ It certainly is an odd coincidence," “Come over here, my dear, tell Mr. said Mrs. Temple, considering herself Chandos how pleased we shall all be 10 appealed to, “isn't it, Georgy?'
see him whenever he feels inclined to But Georgy, seemingly not one whit in- drop in." terested in the matter, was attentively Robin seemed to be struck with sudden examining a picture.
shyness. “Isn't it odd, Georgy?” repeated her Oh, but uncle, it is for you to say mother. “Don't you think so?”
that. I am not mistress here.'' “ No; if you ask me, I really don't see “ Yes, yes, you are,” said the old man anything very odd in it; the odd thing to encouragingly, “so long as I'm left masme is,” and she looked pointedly at Jack, ter you shall be left missis. Can't say “that being in the same place, Mrs. I fairer words than that, can I, squire ?"
Certainly not. Then I may come?” | we're concerned for a very long time to - Jack was still addressing Robin come."
“They'll be calling on us. That's the “Yes, if you like to, you may," and she next thing," said Mrs.Temple aggrievedly. lifted her eyes, and for the first time “ And if they do, there'll be no need to looked at him, and Jack felt the look had see them. We can say we're not at made them friends again; perhaps Robin home.” felt it too, for she gave a little rippling " Neighborly!” said Jack sarcastically. laugh. “ I shall be very glad to see “But, Jack, only remember what our you,” she said, " and so will Christopher drawing-room always is to look at," and
its recollection made Mrs. Temple sigh “Ah, yes, we mustn't forget Christo- dismally. “I don't mind with people who pher !” exclaimed Mr. Blunt loudly.
- of our own set - but these “That goes without saying,” put in purse-proud newcomers — oh! it's terGeorgy Temple, who had come up behind ribly humiliating, it really is ! ” them. "I feel assured that my cousin "Rubbish! stuff! nonsense!” Jack finds it impossible that he should ever grew quite energetic. “Who, do you forget Mr. Christopher Blunt.”
suppose, looks at the room so long as " What the " there was just time those they come to see are in it? I can for Jack's face to ask the question. Al answer for it that Mrs. Blunt won't. She ready Mrs. Temple was engrossing the has never been used to a lot of grand surfather's and son's attention ; Georgy had roundings.” turned towards the door; Robin was say- “ How very strange your knowing her ing Good-bye” to her. A minute or so so well before !” Mrs. Temple began diafter, they had left the house.
gressively: "Of course that'll make a If any one, to whom Jack felt bound to great difference in her to me, and to us give an answer, had asked him why he all, won't it, Georgy?” Georgy didn't had returned to Wadpole, he could not reply. “How surprised you must have positively have satisfied him. He had been to see her, Jack, weren't you?”. come back because he could not stay away Oh, I don't know. Not very. Peo
that was how it seemed to him; come ple I have met are always turning up back, beckoned by an irresistible desire somewhere. After all, the world is a very which he had silently combated with until small one." of a sudden his strength had failed him, “Well, yes, I suppose it is. So many the temptation had overcome, and he was people go round it now. In my day it journeying home, seeking reasons to give used to be thought wonderful- quite out to others without striving to find any to of the common. I remember a cousin of give to himself.
General White's — not the General White His first step was to go to the rectory who lives at Forder — but that man, don't to see the Temples, and this had led to you know who the arrangements in prospect of the visit Mrs. Temple came to a sudden stop. which they had just paid.
The cross-road reached, Jack had turned The clang of the gates as they went out to Georgy, saying, seemed to bring him back to his more Do you want to go straight home ?" sober senses.
Up to the present time he “ Not particularly. Why?" had been occupied in what he meant to “Do you mind, Aunt Temple, if, instead do; one thought had had possession of of the fields, Georgy and I go back round his mind: he must see Robin. Well! he by the common, home?” had seen her; they had met; they had Feeling that all these walks must in parted. What did he mean to do now? time lead to the church, Mrs. Temple,
Aunt Temple was dribbling out discon. swallowing the interruption which in any tent about the luxury of such persons' one less favored would have been resurroundings; Georgy was walking along sented, raised no objection. At the stile silently-evidently her humor was not a she took her leave of them, while they, happy one. To the admiration bestowed getting over it, walked along the lane, the by her mother on Robin she said nothing, broader part of which skirted the thicket. but each remark Jack made was met by a “That's your late bone of contention, soub or a sneer.
isn't it?" said Georgy, following the di, "Well, thank goodness, it's over,” she rection of Jack's eyes, which were fixed said, answering an appeal made to her. on the wooded slopes below. “We've done our duty, and we've paid “Yes,” he said, without looking round our call, and there's an end to it so far as i at her.
“The place where we have spent many more than any words of his could convey. a happy hour years ago, when we were “ Poor fellow !" she murmured involun. boy and girl together. I think you've tarily, and for a minute they walked on forgotten all about those times, Jack, silently. “Then had she deceived you,
Jack?" she began. “On the contrary,” he said; “ I don't “ Deceived ine!” and he laughed bitthink I ever valued them so much, nor terly. "No, she has no more thought you either, Georgy - he had taken hold that I care for her in that way than of her liand, and was looking at her with that I care for you. Oh, Georgy, you that wonderfully expressive face of his, women are most unaccountable beings; a which in every appeal he made seemed to man may expend all the devotion he can carry it at once irresistibly so you upon you, but unless you hear him say in mustn't forsake me."
plain words, “I love you; do you love “ It will be your own fault if I do,” she ine?' it all counts for nothing." said seriously.
Yes, but you forget what awful mis. "My own fault, will it? How so?” takes we might make if we went about “Because you won't trust me.”
judging by mere actions. Do you mean Jack's eyes regarded her inquiringly. that you never spoke to her then?" He was wondering how much she knew, " Never a word. I had known her from or was it only a guess she was making ? such a mere child that, positively, until Anyway, he felt inclined to confide in her. we had to part I hadn't realized what she Jack was suffering from that sickening was to me; and then, you know, I hadn't despair which comes over most of us at anything to offer her. It was on that sight of the plans, hopes, wishes, planted account that I wrote to Clarkson as I told out by ourselves, uprooted by another's you." hand.' Life seemed suddenly robbed of “I thought you said a friend had adall its brightness. He had just had his vised you. first sight of what some see very early — Yes, and that friend was her father. he had looked at "happiness through an. It was the first time he ever spoke to me other's eyes." All his future seemed of his threatened danger; that led him to stranded. There was nothing for him to speak of his past life, and to give what do – nothing for him to care for. Un- turned out very good advice to me; and known to himself, he was filled with a in my turn I begged him to write to these craving for sympathy, and the chord was people, who, he said, could give a shelter vibrating under the touch of Georgy. to his daughter.
He did so, the young “Well," she said, meeting his eyes fear- man came out, and the result of the visit lessly, are you afraid to do so ?"
"No; only first promise to do me a “But didn't you ever write to them, favor?”
didn't she ever write to you?” She nodded her head in assent.
“ I heard from the father once or twice, " What is it?" she asked.
and then he wrote to say they were going * Be kind to that girl we have just left away from Venice. Oh! I feel sure it
for my sake — will you? You don't was meant to deceive me, for there wasn't know what a terrible disappointment I a word of this young man, and hardly a have had about her.”
mention of Robin." He had let go her hand and was look. “ And she never wrote herself; hadn't ing straight in front of him away from she been used to writing to you?" her.
• Yes, formerly she had, but then “She was the girl you were intending well – 1-oh I didn't feel inclined myto marry, wasn't she?"
self to write in the usual way, and after Georgy was trying to help him out with what had passed I thought I saw why sbe
didn't, either.” “Did you guess that? Well, only on Georgy waited, wondering what she Saturday when I parted with you to go had best say; with the gauge she pos. into Wadpole, I was as certain of making sessed of a woman's nature, this silence her my wife as I am now that she belongs on the part of Robin was a test of love. to another man. Going into the wood “ Don't you think,” she said, " that she there because I was thinking so much must have suspected that you cared for about her and about old times we met, her?” ard I had to learn that she was married “ No- now I don't believe that the already."
thought could have ever entered her head. The face Jack turned to Georgy said When we met down there, it was delight
at seeing an old friend that she showed interested in the welfare of Ireland, and me; she was in raptures to think we were consisting for the most part of members going to live near each other; and I-I of Parliament, was held at the residence wanted never to see her again, to go to of the Duke of Bedford in Eaton Square. the farther end of the world, to put all It was a meeting of practical men for a the space I could between us - it was practical purpose. Only one motive actuthat feeling which sent me away.” ated their minds and prompted their
“And what has brought you back?” action — the motive of humanity. They Jack felt himself suddenly pulled up knew, some from personal observation, short. “Oh-oh,” he stammered, “ of others from confidential report, the con. course I soon got over that; a few hours dition of the country, and they could in the train brought me to my senses and judge its wants. The difficulties which showed me that I couldn't throw every- beset government action in the way of thing to the winds in that wild fashion. immediate and effective emigration were I have duties here, and other people to fully discussed, and equally appreciated think of- oh, it would never have done and understood. It was felt that, irreto go away. No, I must get over it as spective of any public action, there was best I can ; live it down ; accustom my a vast field for the exercise of private self to meet her. It would be very dif- effort. So strongly, indeed, did this conferent if there was any feeling on her viction force itself upon the mind of the side, you know; then in honor I should meeting that a committee was appointed be bound not to return."
with the object of assisting – or at any “I think you would have been much rate attempting by way of experiment wiser to stay away,” said Georgy firmly, the emigration of a number of families “at least for a time; I thought she seemed from the congested districts in the west very ill at ease in your presence.” of Ireland. The sincerity of the philan
“That was because we had seen each thropy of the gathering was amply reother before, and nobody else knew of it.” flected by their generosity, no less a sum
“Wait, wait,” said Georgy, "now I am than 10,000l. being there and then subgoing to make my confession.”
scribed. The Duke of Bedford, who, in And to Jack's astonishment, she told addition to the great kindness of permit. him how, standing there — pointing back ting the meeting to be held in his man. to the tree -- she had overlooked them; sion, contributed 1,0001., was appointed and that the suspicions it had raised were president; Mr. W. H. Smith, M.P., beher reasons for treating Robin so coldly. came chairman, and Mr. Samuel Whit
“But that is past now,” said Jack, “and bread, M.P., deputy chairman. An acting you'll try and like her, won't you? You committee, comprising six or eight gen. can't help it, when you know'her. Be a tlemen of various shades of political sister to her, Georgy, do.”.
opinion, was likewise elected, and a few “ Are you intending to be her brother simple rules laid down for the guidance then? No; don't look so frightened, 1 of those who were to undertake and don't mean anything, I assure you. I organize the work and control its opera. promise to remember tliat the squires of tions. Wadpole have always been bachelors." Having only recently returned from Ire.
land, where I had spent much time in investigating the condition of the people and in endeavoring to ascertain what lay
at the root of all the evil, I was honored From The Nineteenth Century. by a request from the committee to give WITH THE EMIGRANTS.
practical effect to its resolutions. "I knew I say with all the energy of my existence, Let the the responsibility which my acceptance of people leave in any and in every way that may take the post necessarily involved. I knew Thein out of the slough of poverty and misery in which there was little previous experience prac. they are at present sunk. - Connemara Priest, 1881.
tically to guide me on the part of others Amidst the various phases of the ever. as regards the emigration of Irish famirecurring Irish difficulty, all for the mo- lies. And yet I felt I could not meet the ment developed into acuteness, it is offer with a refusal. Accordingly I unpleasing to turn away for a moment from dertook the conduct of the work. schemes of repression to measures of re. Naturally the first question which arose lief, from the policy of the one to the at the meeting, and the question which practice of the other. A few months ago arises here, is this: Is emigration from a private meeting of gentlemen deeply the west of Ireland a necessity, and if so,
why? The stern logic of figures, rein-persons, living on 63 acres (Griffiths' valforced by fact and confirmed by compe. uation, 431.; actual rent, 821. 185.). Artent local opinion, combines to afford a rears, three and a half years, 2361. ; shop convincing affirmative answer.
debts, 1781.: total 4141. On the other In five counties of the west of Ireland, side a careful estimate of the assets becontaining a population of 1,030,000 per. longing to the townlands showed that if sons, living on 158,400 · holdings, 77,200 sold up not a shilling would be left for holdings are at and under 41. valuation, the tenants. with rents varying from 1os. to 205., and And what on the evidence of those 21. to 31., and up to 51. or 61.; the total most competent is the everyday condition acreage under tillage being 584.700 acres, of these people ? of which 255,100 is in oats and 212,700 That, in the opinion of the local govunder potatoes, 116,500 other crops, givernment inspector of these counties, ing an average for each holding, large and small, of about three acres under crop in
There are thousands of families similarly the five counties.
situated. — H. A. Robinson. How much smaller this average must fixed quantity, for "Connemara is, sicut erat in
As regards the prospects here, poverty is a be for the districts containing the largest principio et nunc et semper et in sæculi, the proportion of holdings under 41. the fol. land of wretchedness and misery. — Connemara lowing figures, taken from unions in Gal. Priest No. 1. way and Mayo, will show.
There are hundreds of families in Clifden In the Clifden union (County Galway), union who are not able to afford more ihan population 25,000, there are 4,027 hold one meal of stirabout a day, some even every ings, of which 3,246 are rated at or under other day. No one can comprehend the pov. 41. The total land under tillage does not erty of the people who does not live among
them. exceed 10,8oo acres, of which 4,900 are
This is the chronic condition they have urder potatoes and 3,300 in oats and bar. the only remedy. - Clerk of Clifden Union.
never recovered since 1879-80. Emigration ley, giving little more than two acres for Some are sunk in such poverty and misery each holding. Again, let it be noticed that they dare not stir out of their houses. that this does not specially exhibit the They are ashamed to hold up their heads, and extremely small holdings, the size of lie still in their nakedness and hunger. Many which may be estimated by the fact that in have only one meal on alternate days. – Med. one property, a facsimile of many others, ical Officer, Roundstone District.
Dozens of these unfortunate people, espeeighty tenants are living on land the Griffiths' valuation of which is about cially those recently evicted, have begged me 100l.; rents probably from 1l. to 3l., or solely on the pittance granted them by the
to lay their case before you; these depend
union and the charity of their neighbors. They In Belmullet union (County Mayo) there are only too anxious to emigrate, but have no are 3,500 holdings, of which 3,068 are means, not even the clothing needed. — Medirated at or under 41., and the total acres cal Officer, Clifden Union. under tillage do not exceed 9,500, of
And again : which 4,000 are in potatoes and less than 4,000 in oats and rye.
If the small tenants in Connemara had the In Glenties union (County Donegal) land for nothing they could not live. The there are 7,855 holdings, 5,577 of which I holdings are so small, the land so sterile, that are returned at or under 41., whilst the these people will always be steeped in poverty.
- Connemara Priest No. 2. total acreage under tillage does not exceed 17,200, of which 9,600 are in potatoes and Can any one wonder with this condition 7,700 in oats.
around them that the Clifden board of The majority of the small tenants in guardians should have passed the followthese unions are in arrears of rent and ing resolution ? arrears of shop debts, varying usually from three to five years. Take the fol- and destitute condition of the poorer classes
That, taking into consideration the poverty lowing as actual instances obtained from in this Union, particularly those evicted for personal inquiries.
non-payment of rent, and also those along the No. 1 Townland. - 25 families, como seashore holding miserable patches of land, prising 157 persons, living on 57 acres of caused by the subdivision of holdings, and land (Griffiths' valuation, 361. 55. ; actual who for three-fourths of the year are in a state rent, 851. 8s.). Arrears, three and a half of semi-starvation, we respectfully request the years, 3331. 155.; arrears of shop debts, interference of the governmen: in the way of 3721.: total, 7051. 155.
emigration. No. 2 Townland. -29 families, or 146 It was a knowledge of the deplorable