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the squares! I wonder if the fainéant|of great bread-fruit and tamarind trees, sultan who luxuriates at Langat knows give one the idea of wealth and solidanything of the sensationalism of his lity. "yacht.”
There is one street, Chuliah Street, Mr. Douglas took me back to the entirely composed of Chuliah and Kling launch in fierce, blazing heat, which smote bazaars. Each sidewalk is a rude arcade, me just as I put down my umbrella in entered by passing through heavy curorder to climb up her side, and caused me tains, when you find yourself in a narrow, to fall forward with a sort of vertigo and crowded passage, with deep or shallow an icy chill, but as soon as I arrived here recesses on one side, in which the handI poured deluges of cold water on my some, brightly dressed Klings sit on the head, and lay down with an iced bandage floor, surrounded by their bright-hued on, and am now much better. In nine goods; and over one's head and all down months of tropical travelling, and ex- the narrow, thronged passage, noisy with posure on horseback, without an umbrella, business, are hung Malay bandanas, red to the full force of the sun, I have never turban cloths, red sarongs in silk and been affected before. I wear a white cotton, and white and gold sprinkled musstraw hat with the sides and low crown lins, the whole length of the very long thickly wadded. I also have a strip four bazaar blazing with color, and picturinches broad of three thicknesses of wad. esque beyond description with beautiful ding, sewn into the middle of the back of costume. The Klings are much pleasmy jacket, and usually wear in addition a anter to buy from than the Chinese. In coarse towel wrung out in water, folded addition to all the brilliant things which on the top of my head, and hanging down are sold for native wear, they keep large the back of my neck.
stocks of English and German prints, This evening the moonlight from the which they sell for rather less than the window was entrancingly beautiful, the price asked for them at home, and for shadows of promontory behind promon- less than half what the same goods are tory lying blackly in the silver water sold for at the English shops. amidst the scents and silences of the pur. I am writing as if the Klings were preple night.
dominant, but they are so only in good As one lands at Pinang one is im- looks and bright colors. Here again the pressed even before one reaches the Chinese, who number forty-five thousand shore by the blaze of color in the cos- souls, are becoming commercially the tumes of the crowds which throng the most important of the immigrant races, jetty. There are over fifteen thousand as they have long been numerically and Klings, Chuliahs, and other natives of industrially. In Georgetown, besides
. India, on the island, and with their hand selling their own and all sorts of foreign some but not very intellectual faces, their goods at reasonable rates in small shops, Turkey-red turbans and loin-cloths, or the they have large mercantile houses, and, soft, white muslins in which both men as elsewhere, are gradually gaining a con. and women drape themselves, each one siderable control over the trade of the might be an artist's model. The Kling place. They also occupy positions of women here are beautiful and exquisitely trust in foreign houses, and if there were draped, but the form of the cartilages of a strike among them all business, not exthe nose and ears is destroyed by heavy cepting that of the Post Office, would rings. There are many Arabs, too, who come to a standstill. I went into the are wealthy merchants and bankers. One Mercantile Bank and found only Chinese of them, Noureddin, is the millionaire of clerks, into the Post Office and only saw Pinang, and is said to own landed prop- the same, and when I went to the P. erty here to the extent of £400,000. and O. office to take my berth for Ceylon, There are more than twenty-one thousand it was still a Chinaman, imperturbable, Malays on the island, and though their taciturn, independent, and irreproachably kampongs are mostly scattered among the clean, with whom I had to deal in " “pidgun palm groves, their red sarongs and white English.” They are everywhere the same, bajus are seen in numbers in the streets, keen, quick-witied for chances, markedly but I have not seen one Malay woman. self-interested, purpose-like, thrifty, frugal, There are about six hundred and twelve on the whole regarding honesty as the Europeans in the town and on the island, best policy, independent in manner as in but they make little show, though their character, and without a trace of “Orilarge massive bungalows, under the shade lental servility.”
Georgetown, February uth. and February; The vegetation is proI have not seen very much in my two fuse, but less beautiful and tropical than days – indeed, I doubt whether there is on the mainland, and I have seen very much to see in my line, at least, nor has few flowers except in gardens. the island any interesting associations as The products are manifold – guavas, Malacca has, or any mystery of unex: mangoes, lemons, oranges, bananas, planplored jungle, as in' Sungei Ujong and tains, shaddocks, bread-fruit, etc.; and Sělângor. Pinang came into our posses, sugar, rice, sweet potatoes, ginger, areca sion in 1786, through the enterprise of and coconuts, coffee, cloves, some nutMr. Light, a merchant captain, who had megs, and black and white pepper. My acquired much useful local knowledge by gharrie-driver took me to see a Chinese trading to Kēdah and other Malay States. pepper plantation, to me the most interThe Indian government desired a com. esting thing that I saw on a very long mercial "emporium” and a naval station and hot drive. Pepper is a very profitable in the far East, and Mr. Light recom- crop. The vine begins to bear in three mended this island, then completely cov- or four years after the cuttings have been ered with forest, and only inhabited by planted, and yields two crops annually for two migratory families of Malay fisher- about thirteen years. It is an East Inmen, whose huts were on the beach where dian plant, rather pretty, but of ramthis town now stands. In spite of ro- bling and untidy growth, a climber, with mantic stories of another kind – to which smooth, soft stems, ten or twelve feet even a recent encyclopædia gives cur- long, and tough, broadly, ovate leaves. It rency — it seems that the rajah of Kedah, is supported much as hops are. When to whom the island belonged, did not be the berries on a spike begin to turn red stow it on Mr. Light, but sold it to the they are gathered, as they lose pungency British government for a stipulated pay. if they are allowed to ripen. They are ment of £2,000 a year, which his succes- placed on mats, and are either trodden sor receives at this day:
with the feet or rubbed by the hands to It is a little over thirteen miles long, separate them from the spike, after which and from five to ten broad. It is a little they are cleaned by winnowing. Black smaller than the Isle of Wight, its area pepper consists of such berries wrinkled being one hundred and seven square and blackened in the process of drying, miles.
and white pepper of siinilar berries freed The roads are excellent. After one has from the skin and the fleshy part of the got inside of the broad belt of coco and fruit by being soaked in water and then areca palms which runs along the coast, rubbed. Some planters bleach with chlo
comes upon beautiful and fertile rine to improve the appearance, but this country, partly level and partly rolling process, as may be supposed, does not with rocks of granite and mica-schist, and improve the flavor. soil of a shallow but rich vegetable mould, in these climates the natives use enorwith abundance of streams and little cas. mous quantities of pepper, as they do of cades, dotted all over with villas (very all hot condiments, and the Europeans many of them Chinese) and gardens, and imitate them. planted with rice, pepper, and fruits, while Although there are so many plantations, cloves and nutmegs, which last have been a great part of Pinang is uncleared, and long a failure, grow on the higher lands. from the Peak most of it looks like a for. The centre of Pinang is wooded and not est. It contains ninety thousand inhabmuch cultivated, but on the south and itants, the Chinese more than equalling south-west coasts there are fine sugar, all the other nationalities put together. coffee, and pepper plantations. The cof. Its trade, which in 1860 was valued at fee looks very healthy. From the ridges £3,500,000, is now (1883) close upon in the centre of the island the ground 78,000,000, Pinang being, like Singapore, rises towards the north till at the Peak it a great entrepôt and a distributing point.” reaches the height of two thousand nine hundred and twenty-two feet. There is a
SS. Malwa, February 25th. sanitarium there with a glorious view, and A few hours ago, in glorious sunshine, a delicious temperature ranging from 60° we left Pinang, and have exchanged the to 75°, wbile in the town and on the low still waters of the Malacca Straits for the lands it ranges from Soo to 90°. A sea indolent roll of the Bay of Bengal. The breeze blows every day, and rain falls Kēdah hills lie like a haze on the redden. throughout the year, except in January ling sky.
From Macmilian's Magazine. the excitement of his new position, was THE WIZARD'S SON.
altogether chilled and not at all comforta
ble, feeling those early hours of grim CHAPTER VII.
daylight hang very heavily on his hands. WALTER arrived in Edinburgh on a He went out after he had refreshed and wintry morning white and chill." A sort dressed — and strolled about the fine but of woolly shroud wrapped all the fine foreign street. It looked quite foreign to features of the landscape. He thought his inexperienced eyes. The Castle soared the dingy turrets of the Calton Jail were vaguely through the grey mist; the irreg. the Castle, and was much disappointed, as ular line of roofs and spires crowning the was natural. Arthur's Seat and the Crags ridge threw itself up vaguely against a were as entirely invisible as if they had darker grey behind. There was a river been a hundred miles away, and the cold of mist between him and that ridge, run. crept into his very bones after his night's ning deep in the hollow, underneath the journey, although it had been made luxu- nearer bank which was tufted with specriously, in a way very different from his tral bushes and trees, and with still more former journeyings. Also it struck him spectral white statues glimmering through. as strange and uncomfortable that nobody On the other side of the street, more was aware of the change in his position, cheerful and apparent, were the jewellers' and that even the railway porter, to whom shops full of glistening pebbles and nahe gave a shilling (as a commoner he tional ornaments. Everybody knows that would have been contented with sixpence), it is not these shops alone, but others of only called him "sir,” and could not per- every luxurious kind that form the glory ceive that it would have been appropriate of Prince's Street. But Walter was a to say my lord. He went to an hotel, as stranger and foreigner; and in the mornit was so early, and found only a dingy ing mists the shining store of cairngorms little room to repose himself in, the more was the most cheerful sight that met his important part of the house being still in eye. the hands of the housemaids. And when Mr. Milnathort's office was in a hand. he gave his naine as Lord Erradeen, the some square, with a garden in the centre attendants stared at him with a sort of of and another statue holding possessuspicion. They looked at his baggage sion of the garden. For the first time curiously, and evidently asked each oiber since he left home, Walter felt a little if it was possible he could be what he thrill of his new importance when he per. claimed to be. Walter had a half conceived the respectful curiosity produced scio isness of being an impostor, and try- among the clerks by the statement of his iny to take these surprised people in. He name. They asked his lordship to step thawed, however, as he eat bis breakfast, in with an evident sensation. · And for and the mist began to rise, revealing the Walter himself to look into that office outline of the old town. He had never where his mother had so strongly desired been in Edinburgh before; he had rarely that he should find a place, had the most been anywhere before. It was all new to curious effect. He felt for the moment him, even the sense of living in an inn. as if he were one of the serious young There was a curious freedom about men peeping from beyond the wooden and independence of all restraint which railing that inclosed the office, at the for. pleased him. But it was very strange to tunate youth whose circumstances were be absolutely unknown, to meet the gaze so different from their own. He did not of faces he had never seen before, and to realize at that moment the unfailing hube obliged always to explain who he was. man complacency which would have come It was clear that a servant was a thing to his aid in such circumstances, and perquite necessary to a man who called him. suaded him that the gifts of fortune had self by a title, a servant not so much to nothing to do with real superiority. He attend upon him as to answer for him, thought of the possible reflections upon and be a sort of guarantee to the world. himself of the other young fellows in Now that he was here in Edinburgh, he their lowly estate as if he had himself was not quite sure what to do with him. been making them. He was sorry for self. It was too early to do anything them all, for the contrast they must draw, He could not disturb 'old Milnathort at and the strange sense of human inequality such an hour. He must let the old man that they must feel. He was no better get to his office, and read his letters be than they were - who could tell? perhaps fore he could descend upon him. So that not half as good. He felt that to feel on the whole Walter, though sustained by I this was a due tribute from Lord Erra.
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to might have been Walter Methven's fellow- deen should wish to see him. That is clerks, but who had never had any chance your cousin, the late lord's body-servant. of being Lord Erradeen. And then be He is a man of great experience, and you thought what a good thing it was that he might wish — but all that can be settled had never written that letter to Mr. Mil. later on. If Drysdales should send over nathort, offering himself for a desk in the about that case of theirs, ye will say, office. He had felt really guilty on the Malcolm, that I shall be here not later subject at the time. He had felt that it than three in the afternoon; and if old was miserable of him to neglect the occa. Blairallan comes fyking, ye can say I am sion thus put before him of gaining a giving the case my best attention ; and if livelihood. Self-reproach, real and un- it's that big north-country fellow about his mistakable, had been in his mind; and manse and his augmentation yet what a good thing he had not done it: “ I fear that I am unpardonable," said and how little one knows what is going to Walter, “in interfering with your valuable happen! These were very ordinary re. time.” flections, not showing much depth; but it “ Nothing of the sort. It is not every must be recollected that Walter was still day that a Lord Erradeen comes into his in a sort of primary state of feeling, and inheritance; and as there are, maybe, had not had time to reach a profounder things not over cheerful to tell you at level.
night, we may as well make the best of it Mr. Milnathort made haste to receive in the morning," said the old lawyer. He him, coming out of his own room on pur- got himself into his coat as he spoke, pose, and giving him the warmest wel slowly, not without an effort. The sun
was struggling through the mist as they “I might have thought you would come went out again into the streets, and the by the night train. You are not old mid-day gun from the Castle helped for a enough to dislike night travelling as I do; moment to disperse the haar, and show but I will take it ill, and so will my sister, the noble cliff on which it rears its head if you stay in an hotel, and your room aloft. Mr. Milnathort paused to look ready for you in our little place. I think with tender pride along the line — the you will be more comfortable with us, houses and spires lifting out of the clouds, though we have no grandeur to surround the sunshine breaking through the crown you with. My sister has a great wish to of St. Giles's hovering like a visible sign make your acquaintance, my Lord Erra- of rank over the head of the throned city, deen. She has just a wonderful acquaint- awakened in him that keen pleasure and ance with the family, and it was more elation in the beauty of his native place through her than any one that I knew which is nowhere more warmly felt than just where to put my hand upon you, when in Edinburgh. He waved his hand tothe time came.
wards the Old Town in triumph. “ You “I did not like to disturb you so early,” may have seen a great deal, but ye will Walter said.
never have seen anything finer than that," “Well, perhaps there is something in he said. that. We are not very early birds : and “I have seen very little,” said Walter; as a matter of fact, Alison did not expect " but everybody has heard of Edinburgh, you till about seven o'clock at night. And so that it does not take one by surprise.” here am I in the midst of my day's work. Ah, that is very wisely said. If it But I'll tell you what I'll' do for you. took you by surprise, and you had never We'll go round to the club, and there your heard of it before, the world would just young lordship will make acquaintance go daft over it. However, it is a drawwith somebody that can show you some back of a great reputation that ye never thing of Edinburgh. You have never come near it with your mind clear." Havbeen here before ? It is a great pity that ing said this the old gentleman dismissed there's an easterly haar, which is bad both the subject with a wave of his hand, and for you and the objects you are wanting said in a different tone, “ You will be very to see. However, it is lifting, and we'll curious about the family secrets you are get some luncheon, and then I will put coming into, Lord Erradeen.” you in the way. That is the best thing I Walter laughed. can do for you. Malcolm, you will send “I am coming to them with my mind down all the documents relative to his clear," he said. "I know nothing about lordship's affairs to Moray Place, this them. But I don't believe much in fam. afternoon; and you can tell old Syming-lily secrets. They belong to the Middle
Ages. Nowadays we have nothing to the guidance of his movements.
" Lord conceal.”
Erradeen,” he said, “is on his way west. Mr. Milnathort listened to this blas. Business will not permit him to tarry at phemy with a countenance in which dis. this moment. We hope he will be back pleasure struggled with that supreme ere long, and perhaps stay a while in sense that the rash young man would Edinburgh, and see what is to be seen in soon know better, which disarms reproof. the way of society." This summary way He shook his head.
of taking all control of his own move* You may say we can conceal but lit. ments from him astounded Walter so tle,” he said, “ which is true enough, but much that he merely stared at his old tynot altogether true either. Courage is a rant or vizier, and in his confusion of sur. fine thing, Lord Erradeen, and I am al. prise and anger did not feel capable of ways glad to see it; and if you have your saying anything, which, after all, was the imagination under control, that will do ye most dignified way; for, he said to himstill better service. In most cases it is self, it was not necessary to yield implicit not only what we see, but what we think obedience even if he refrained from open we are going to see, that daunts us. Keep protest upon these encroachments on bis you your bead cool, that is your best de- liberty. In the mean time it was evident fence in all emergencies. It is better to that the old lawyer did not intend him to be too bold than not to be bold enough, have any liberty at all. He produced out notwithstanding the poet's warning to yon of the recesses of the club library a beamwarrior-maid of his."
ing little man in spectacles, to whom These last words made Walter stare, be committed the charge of the yourg for he was not very learned in poetry at stranger. the best, and was totally unprepared to “Mr. Bannatyne,” he said, “knows hear Spenser from the lips of the old Edinburgh as well as I know my chamScottish lawyer. He was silent for a little bers, and he will just take you round what in mere perplexity, and then he said with is most worth seeing." a laugh,
When Walter attempted to escape with “ You speak of danger as if we were on a civil regret to give his new acquaintance the eve of a battle. Are there giants to trouble he was put down by both with encounter or magicians ? One would think eagerness. we were living in the dark ages,” Walter The Old Town is just the breath of cried with a little impatience.
my nostrils,” said the little antiquary. Mr. Milnathort said nothing more.
He * It cannot be said that it's a fragrant led the young man into one of the great breath,” said old Milnathort; “ but since stone palaces which form the line of that is so, Lord Erradeen, you would not Prince's Street, and which was then a seat deprive our friend of such a pleasure : of the old original club of Edinburgh soci. and we'll look for you by five or six at ety; Here Walter found himself in the Moray Place, or earlier if you weary, for midst of a collection of men with marked it's soon dark at this time of the year.” and individual faces, each one of whom To find himself thus arrested in the ought to be somebody, he thought. Many first day of his emancipation and put into of them were bound about the throat with the bands of a conductor was so annoying white ties, like clergymen, but they did yet so comic that Walter's resentment not belong to that profession. It gave evaporated in the ludicrous nature of the the young man a sense of his own impor- situation and his consciousness that othtance, which generally deserted him in erwise be would not know what to do with Mr. Milnathort's presence, and of which bimself. But sight-seeing requires a he felt himself to stand in need, to per- warmer inspiration than this, and even ceive that he excited a great deal of inter- the amusement of beholding his companest among these grave and potent signors. ion's enthusiasm over all the dark eniries There was a certain desire visible to make and worn-out inscriptions was not enough his acquaintance and to ascertain his po to keep Walter's interest alive. His own litical opinions, of which Walter was life at this moment was so much more scarcely aware as yet whether he had any interesting than anything else, so much It was suggested at once that he should more important than those relics of a past be put up for the club, and invitations to which had gone away altogether out of dinner began to be showered upon him. mortal ken. When the blood is at high He was stopped short in his replies to pressure in our veins, anci the future lying those cordial beginnings of acquaintance all before us, it is very difficult to turn by Mr. Milnathört, who calmly assumed | back, and force our eager eyes into con.