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bosom. No brooch, no human of the Brethren, for the gem is brooch, I'll warrant! but a hell's bell-wether!" clot of the blood that dried on The night was tranquil, windthe spear of the Roman soldier. less, frosty-cold ; deep in the Yo have trafficked with the valley's labyrinth lay the lodgedevil and have worn his seal. house, far from other dwellings, It has robbed me of my money alien, apparently forgot, with and my home, my son, my the black plumes of the trees daughter, and the power of above it. In pauses of the conmy members - look at that versation something troubled blemished arm!”
Wanlock like the fear of amShe watched him for a mo- bush, some absorbing sense of ment, fascinated, seeing now breathing shadows: silence ithis palsy; he beheld the pity self took on a substance and in her eye, resenting it, and stood listening at the threshold. caught with his able hand at Suddenly there the bottle of Bordeaux which scratching at the door, and he poured with a splash into Wanlock blenched. a tarnished goblet.
“ God gave
us !” said the about to drink it when he girl, and her face like sleet. saw a look of fear and specula- “I dare
the tion come upon her face. door!” cried Wanlock, shaking.
“May the Lord forgive me, “It is the dog," she said Manor I” she exclaimed, “but “the dog come back; I left it
!, I gave the brooch this morning in the company of Stephen.” to your son!”
“There is some compact here “To my son!” he cried, in- with things beyond me,” said credulous. “How could
her master. “Open--open the have seen him? He is far door and see.” from here."
One glance only Wanlock “He never left the country,” gave at the grey dog trotting cried the woman, weeping, in, and fell to weeping when he " and I have known his hiding saw a neckcloth pinned upon it all the time. He
the with the brooch! He reeled a brooch upon me, was furious moment at the sight, then when he heard how I had got fumbled at the neckcloth and it, and made me give it up.”
drew out the gem.
With a “Furious,” said Wanlock curse he cast it in the heart of curiously.
he the the burning peats where it lay right?”
a little, blinking rubescent, then “None better," said the rolled among the cooler ashes. woman, looking on the floor. He moved expectant to the
“I might have guessed,” said open door where the dog was Wanlock bitterly. “Though leading: the girl took up the thou shouldst bray a fool in a gem, which stung her like an mortar among wheat with a asp upon the palm ; she dropped
l pestle, yet will not his foolish- it in the goblet where it hissed ness depart from him.' He has and cooled among the wine, the brooch ! Then his and at that moment rose the footsteps dogged by the Accuser cry of Stephen in the avenue.
of the sea.
With a snatch at the burn- “My Stephen !
oh, my ing candles she ran out behind Stephen !” cried the woman, her master where he stood with fondling him upon her breast, head uplifted looking at the and he hung within her arms. squadrons of the stars. She A snarl came from the shadows: was the first to reach the figure a creature smelling of mould lying on the ground, and put- and rotten leafage, clothed as ting down the candlesticks, she in ragged lichens, contorted raised the lad, whose face was like a pollard willow, leaped at agonised and white like sapple the throat of Stephen and
He had no eyes for crushed it like a paste, then them, but, trembling, searched fled with the bittern call. with a fearful glance the cavern
Old Wanlock heard the of the night made little by the woman shriek : he tottered candles burning in the breath- with the goblet from the lodge less avenue.
and came within the circuit of Stephen! Stephen! what the candles where she knelt behas happened ?" cried the girl, side her lover. her lips upon his cheek.
“He's gone! he's gone!" she "It—it caught me,” gasped cried demented. “ The devil the lad. “I ran from The Peel, has strangled him," and at the and it caught me, clawed upon moment passed the ghost of my thrapple, and left me here. Stephen Wanlock. I pinned my neckcloth on the “I knew it,” said the father, dog."
“ very well I knew it: the He leaned upon the woman, sixth blow! There is no dishelpless in his terror. “Bring charge in this war!” His me the wine!” she bade her head seemed filled with wool: master, and
old Wanlock his blood went curdling in its stumbled back to fetch it. channels, and he staggered on
“Oh, Stephen! Stephen! his feet. “
Raising the goblet what were ye doing at The till it chattered on his teeth, Peel ?" she asked. “Ye know he drained it at a draught, and ye promised me"
the woman, heedless, straight"I could not help myself," ened out the body of his son. he answered, “knowing what She heard her master choke: was in the well. 'Twas that she turned to see his face conthat kept me in the country. vulsed : his eyeballs staring, I got it out and was making and the empty flagon falling off with it when I heard the from his hand. eerie laugh again. I dropped “The brooch! the brooch!" the plunder at the very door of the screamed: a gleam of comMellish when the de'il was on prehension passed for a
He was no bigger than a ment over Wanlock's purpling bairn, but he kept upon my visage: he raised his arms, and heels till I got here, and then stumbling, fell across the body he leaped."
of his son !
LORD HALIFAX TO HIS DAUGHTER.
The Marquis of Halifax of “avec un soulier.” She would the Commonwealth and Rest- doubtless have preferred Sioration had, we know, some beria;
beria ;- but the tea - parties shrewd ideas on the subject of ceased. naval discipline and training. Lord Halifax begins his disHe also had certain opinions sertation with some remarks about the habits and behaviour on religion. of the female sex, and was “As to your particular faith," brave enough to put them on he writes, “ keep to the religion paper under the title 'Advice that is grown up with you, to & Daughter.' Bold noble- both as it is the best in itself,
a man! For much less nowadays and that the reason of staying would Suffragettes have tied in it upon that ground is somethemselves up to your
what stronger for your sex, railings, or had their indignant than it will perhaps be allowed bodies sent to you by parcels to be for ours; in respect that post. Every man is ready the voluminous inquiries into with advice enough and to the truth, by reading, are less spare for his son, but before expected from you." The Bible revolted Margaret even his is the best of books,” and will
“ Majesty's Ministers are dumb. be direction enough for her not For this reason, that no ordin- to change. ary male will now venture to On the whole, however, his admonish the other sex, it may attitude is not unlike that of be interesting to explore the the average Frenchman of the pages of a musty old book present day, who rarely visits written more than two cen- a church, thinks as freely as he turies ago, and, if we be very pleases, supports his Governreckless, to extract therefrom ment in its attack on the reli. certain maxims and apply them gious crders—and yet, in his to the present generation. In heart, much prefers that his parenthesis, why make sham wife and daughter should atmartyrs by sending people to tend Mass. The Marquis was prison who want to go there? a religiously minded man, but There is a tale of a Russian not a religious Christian, and Countess who dabbled with there is little or nothing in his Nihilism; one evening at a essay that might not have been semi - Nihilistic tea - party the penned by a devout Buddhist. house was surrounded, and she Still, he would have his daughwas seized by two stalwart ter grow up a religious woman. wardresses, who removed her The largest portion of his to another room. Presently discourse is on the subject of she returned dishevelled and husbands. Apparently, lovein tears, and “On m'a fouetté matches were rare in those comme un enfant," she moaned, days. “It is one of the dis
advantages belonging to your more strength in your looks sex, that young women than we have in our laws, and seldom permitted to make their more power by your tears than own choice; their friends' care we have by our arguments." and experience are thought He acknowledges that it is safer guides to them than hard that there should be one their own fancies; and their law for a husband and another modesty often forbiddeth them for a wife,—that an offence to refuse when their parents re- should be considered in the commend, though their inward utmost degree criminal in the consent may not entirely go woman, which in a man passeth along with it.”
under a much gentler censure." Let those who clamour for But it is the way of the world, women's votes consider the he says, and necessary for the following passage »
preservation of the family “ You must first lay it down honour, which & a woman has for a foundation in general that in her keeping. there is inequality in the sexes,
A husband's faults are and that for the better economy wife's opportunities; “I am of the world, the men, who were tempted to say, That a wife to be the lawgivers, had the is to thank God her husband larger share of reason bestowed hath faults. (Mark the seemupon them; by which means ing paradox, my Dear, for your your Sex is better prepared own instruction, it being infor the compliance that is tended no further.) A husband necessary for the better per- without faults is a dangerous formance of those duties which observer, he hath an eye so seem to be most properly as- piercing. . . . The faults and signed to it.”
passions of husbands bring It is this fundamental fact, them down to you, and make that there is "inequality in the them content to live upon less sexes," which the Shrieking Sis- unequal terms than faultless terhood forgets. The strongest men would be willing to stoop will ever be the lawgivers, to.” No one has ever met the and, generally speaking, might faultless man, save in the pages is right. But there are con- of lady novelists; he does not solations. •The first part of exist any more than the peyaour life is a good deal sub- Rompers åvýp of Aristotle, but jected to you in the nursery, no doubt it is quite justifiable where you reign without com- to use him as à bogey for petition, and by that means frightening & demoiselle into have the advantage of giving making the best of a future the first impressions. After- husband's faults! Lord Haliwards you have stronger in- fax would probably have been fluences, which, well-managed, the first to confess that he had have more force in your behalf never met the faultless man, than all our privileges and and would never meet him jurisdictions can pretend to though he attained to the have against you. You have years of Methuselah. " In
case a drunken husband should women are far too ready to fall to your share, if you will call their husbands “a closebe wise and patient, his wine handed wretch," and that a shall be of your side; it will wife before making an outery throw a veil over your mis- should find
what her takes. Others will like husband's expenses are and him less, and by that means how much money he can prohe may perhaps like you the perly spend on her.
A good When after having deal can be done by taking a dined too well he is received man in the right mood—“ A at home without a storm, or
dose of wine will work upon so much as a reproaching look, this tough humour, and for the the wine will naturally work time dissolve it. Your busiout all in kindness, which a ness must be ... to watch wife must encourage, let it be these critical moments.” Few wrapped up in never so much men indeed are ever lenient or impertinence."
generous when their stomachs It is unpleasant advice, and are empty! seems to leave out of consid- There is reason in his reeration the possibility that a mark “That a wife very often wife might help her husband maketh better figure for her to better things, or that she husband's making no great might have too much love for one. ... His unseasonable him to acquiesce in or profit by weakness may no doubt somehis frailty. But drunkenness times grieve you, but then set was not looked upon with any against it this, that it giveth very great disgust then, and you the dominion, if you will the age was less squeamish make the right use of it, ... and sentimental.
undexterous Husbands sometimes
had if when your husband shall nerves,” it would seem, even resolve to be an ass, you
do in the Seventeenth century. not take care he may be your “It concerneth you to have an ass.”
She must be very careeye prepared to discern the ful, however, to give him his first appearances of cloudy due in public, lest “the tame weather, and to watch when creature may be provoked to the fit goeth off, which seldom break loose and to show his lasteth long if it is let alone. dominion for his credit, which But whilst the mind is sore, he was content to forget for everything galleth it, and that his ease. In short, the surest maketh it necessary to let the and the most approved method black humour begin to spend will be to do like a wise Minisitself, before you come in and ter to an easy Prince : first venture to undertake it." give him the orders you after
The Stingy husband is a wards receive from him." Is hard nut to crack. « There not this
a delightful little are few passions more untract- sketch, and do we not all know able than that of avarice.” the wife who makes a better However, he thinks that figure for her husband's mak
you must be