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Wales, honoured that meeting fresh and fit as a two-yearwith his presence, but un- old. fortunately he hurt himself I hope this little history of ten days before the race, and a real clinker” may warm I had to scratch him. I should the cockles of many a gallant have dearly loved to have won old sportsman's heart, and that race that year on him, or bring back to him the memory tried to.
of his own Real Clinker, and Well, he gave me great that in his mind's eye he, as I sport, as, being a light weight, often do, will ride over again I rode him every gallop in his the many glorious gallops training as well as in his races. they had together whilst fightAnd I find on looking through ing for the “pride of place," the list that during his time close in view of a gallant pack with me in England and Ire- of hounds, streaming with a land he saw hounds with three breast - high scent and their packs of staghounds and forty- soul - stirring music over seven packs of foxhounds, to fine country, with a straightsay nothing of odd days with necked fox in front of them, harriers and drag-hounds. and nothing to hold him for Being always anxious to several miles.
sure it save the old horse in any way will to those of the few of my I could, whenever the meet dear old "pals
“ who have was at any distance, and there survived the strain of life, and was a railway handy, I took in former days fought it out him by train, or, if not, sent with old Bally both with him on overnight, as nothing hounds and between the flags; could upset his equanimity or and I hope it may convey a put him off his feed, and from hint to the coming sportsman, 80 constantly running back- who has not yet met his wards and forwards between kindred soul in the hunting England and Ireland he would field, so that if he does, and walk into his horsebox of his I trust he may, he will cherish own accord, and seemed as him as part of himself. For comfortable and as much at what is there in the life of home in it, or on the boat, as the sport that can compare with most experienced traveller,-in
“Forty minutes o'er the grass without deed, on a rough night, far more
a check, boys," so than
of the humans on board. I used generally to on "& pal” that you can turn him out in the park for a trust? And I think I have short time in the early spring tried all and every sport. after he had finished his sea- In the winter of 1872-3 I son, and whilst the ground went to India with my Regiwas soft and the grass green ment, and though I was pretty and fresh, and then take him well satiated with the sports up and do him well the rest of and pastimes of these islands, the summer, and he would and longing for fresh fields come out in the autumn as and pastures new, it went to
my heart to say good-bye to and I think it must almost
my loved and trusted friend, be a record, of a bond fide for I knew I should never (regimental) hunter; for few look on him or his like again. horses, I fancy, possess the He was beginning to show soundness of constitution and signs of the wear and tear limb that would enable them of what they call
to stand the work and strain “strenuous
my of ten consecutive seasons, all brother-in-law, Arthur Arm- at high pressure, constantly strong, late of the 16th Lan- journeying between England cers, took him down into and Ireland, and from one Warwickshire, a country he pack to another. Nor can I knew well, and where he was think there are many who well known, and rode him have been remembered
so gently for one season, and kindly by such a large numthen gave him an honourable ber of “good men and true," and comfortable old age, till hunting in so many different other happy hunting-grounds countries, long after he had claimed his gallant spirit. passed away, and when they
themselves were fading into “ There are men both good and wise the “sere and yellow.' An
who hold that in a future state Dumb creatures we have cherished
excellent likeness, painted by here below
Osborne, of the old horse Shall give us joyous meeting, as we hangs in the mess of the pass the golden gate :
“Gallant Tenth"; and “Old Is it folly that I hope it may be so ?
Bally's Cups,” which for many For never man had friend More enduring to the end,
years helped to swell the magTruer mate in every turn of time and nificent collection of historio tide.
and sporting trophies on their Could I think we'd meet again It would lighten half my pain
table, stand on mine At the place where the old horse
“ unto this day, died.”
To witness if I lie."
This is a faithful record,
T. A. ST QUINTIN.
MUSINGS WITHOUT METHOD.
SCIENCE, REAL AND FALSE LOMBROSO's METHOD THE
THE death of
of Professor Darwin, and recked not how Lombroso recalls, perhaps for strongly Darwin, in his wise the last time, a group of those modesty, would have rebuked false sciences which tempted the their exaggeration. He, at last half of the nineteenth cen- any rate, would have tury to eloquence. It is with- membered that Homer has in the memory of us all that the outlived all the wise men of rhetorio of Messrs Huxley and Greece. Tyndall turned into a popular And this fashion of science fashion that which in the had another tiresome effect. hands of Darwin, the master It persuaded à mob of inof them all, was a serious in- dustrious persons to describe quiry. Science became for the as scientific such harmless purmoment a maid-of-all-work, a suits as had no nearer relauniversal provider. Not only tion to science than the would it enlighten our minds, gathering of pebbles on the we were told, -it would save sea-shore. Of these misguided our souls. The world, grown
made a larger sceptical, eagerly welcomed effect with smaller reason than what it regarded as
Professor Lombroso. He set solace; and science, in revenge, out to prove that crime is arrogated to itself higher degeneracy, and that genius powers than had ever been is a particular case of crime. claimed by the fathers of a He measured forearms and despotic Church. To-day it facial angles. He went about has assumed a more modest indefatigably examining heads. demeanour. A fear of bank. If he could, he would have ruptcy has persuaded it to treated the whole world look with suspicion into its Charles Lamb treated the accounts. Yet the habit of Comptroller of Stamps : he pride still clings about it. would have looked at When it was proposed to cele- its phrenological development. brate in one ceremony the But he made the most of the centenaries of Tennyson and opportunities which life afDarwin, the men of science forded him, and he collected a uprose in indignation. It was larger mass of irrelevant and absurd, said they, thus to often incorrect observations confuse the great and the than any man of his time. small. Aloud they proclaimed Show him a man lying under the immeasurable superiority of suspicion, and he could dis
pense with judge and jury. him the same peculiarities Crime was a disease which he which he detected in those uncould always diagnose, even fortunate persons who inhabit if he could not cure it. And prisons or asylums.
And inhe overlooked the obvious fact stead of confessing the plain that what he said was either incompatibility of his inquiries, a commonplace or an untruth. instead of admitting that if In either case it was not the the criminal and the man of material of a science. Long genius seemed to be marked ago its statement and its
and its by the same stigmata, his inrefutation
crystallised vestigation was at fault, he into an anecdote. Thieving, blundered along the wrong pleaded a convicted criminal, road, until he proved to his is nothing but a disease. Yes, own satisfaction that no man retorted the judge, but it is a endowed with brains bad ever disease that I am sent here to known the secure
sanity. But if you would measure Absurd as was his thesis, it is the full folly of Lombroso, you his method which most clearly must turn to his treatise upon stamped him as an empiric. He "The Man of Genius.' No is nowhere at the pains to exmore irrelevant work ever plain precisely what he means. crept into a scientific series. He does not define genius; he Its thesis is as absurd as its does not define madness; he method. We have all heard does not define crime. If the that great wits are allied to term “man of genius” has any madness. We have not for- signification for him, it signigotten what has been said fies no more than a man whose about the genus irritabile
has got into a biovatum. No one, indeed, would graphical diotionary. Threedeny that that rare bird, the quarters of those whom he man of genius, is not as other mentions would find it hard
He is more sensitive to prove the possession of than the others; he is quicker & modest talent.
But Lomof perception; he possesses & broso marked them all for his faculty of divination which no own, and detected in each industry will impart; he skips some criminal defect of growth with
the intermediate or character. Moreover, he steps in an argument, and collected his facts without the leaps in a single bound to the smallest discrimination. His right conclusion. His superi- book is the very rag - bag of ority of mind makes him some- science. It is made up of what times intolerant of his fellows, the French journalist calls faits and prevents us from following divers, gathered
divers, gathered at hasard, his artistio and intellectual pro- and set down without test or
But for Professor trial. He seldom quoted his Lombroso, the man of genius authorities-indeed there was was either
a madman or & no reason why he should. And, criminal He discovered in even if he failed in science, st
least he threw a fresh light gave him as good.” The last upon the art of biography. six words show Lombroso at For instance, he gravely tells his very best. Poor Guiccioli!
. that Pitt and Fox prepared Happy mistress ! Criminal their speeches after excessive Byron! indulgence in porter; that The thread of argument Alfieri could not eat on the day upon which these pearls of on which his horse did not biography are strung is fragile neigh; that the Disraelis were enough. Professor Lombroso both statesmen, and that Ben- enumerated certain qualities, jamin was born of aged par- which shared by men ents, though his father was no of genius and degenerates. more than thirty-eight at the Therefore genius is degeneracy. birth of his illustrious son; that And as the qualities, enumerMilton avoided marriage, on ated by Lombroso, are for the principle, we suppose, that the most part contradictory, the best way to avoid a danger it was the easiest thing in is to meet it plump, since the the world to prove everybiographical dictionary tells us body insane. A mad world, that he was married three
my masters !
For instance, times. Sometimes his uncon- you may be tall or short, and scious humour lifts him to the criminal in either case. Exsublime. He gravely informs cessive fecundity and complete us, as
& proof of Schopen- sterility are equally the marks hauer's lunacy, that that philos- of genius and lunaoy. If you opher refused to pay his debts are lean, you have small chance to any one who spelt his name of escape, though you may find with a double "p.” At least
At least solace in classing yourself with there was some method in this Gibbon and Balzac.
A sickly madness. For exquisite sim- childhood leaves you no hope plicity, we prefer the story of of living in comfort Muratori, who, many years middle-class pedant. If you after he ceased to write verse, are mute, you are mad; if improvised in a dream a Latin you are verbose, you pentameter. It is not every mad; if you are plagued by one who could do that, and excessive originality, you will the miserable Muratori is not escape both the asylum and clearly proved crazy by this Westminster Abbey. On the feat of "somnambulism.” But other hand, if you suffer from the best specimen of the that hideous complaint, misoneanecdotage which Professor ism, you will suffer in good Lombroso mistook for science company, and assuredly your was culled from an imaginary doom is sealed. Schopenhauer, life of Lord Byron. Byron for instance, disliked what was used to beat the Guiccioli," -we new so bitterly, that he did would not change a syllable of not approve of the revolution the Professor's account—"and of 1848, and small blame also his Venetian mistress, the to
to him. Frederick II. Gondolier's wife, who, however, pressed otherwise his dislike of