AMONG THE SHOALS; OR, TRACED BY A PORTRAIT. BY CYRIL HATHWAY. Continued.) CHAPTER II. It was the day after the funeral-and St. Joseph's Square, hushed even with silence deeper than usual by the thick mantle of snow which had fallen for days, looked dreary and dismal in the extreme. Such people as were about crept close to the houses, and shivered as the biting wind blew in fitful gusts round corners, and from dark passages. Richard De Caux sat in the rcom which bad been his father's studio and library. It was cold, but no fire burned in the grate, and theugh the young man trembled and shivered, it was not from the chilly at. mosphere. A burning fever of mingled grief, doubt, hope, and fear was consuming him and occasionally, as he glanced from an ancient bureau to a key which lay before him on the table, he made an effort to rise, but as often resumed his seat. What new horrors are in store for me ?" he mur- mured. "What other miseries will be unravelled? I even shrink from learning the truth Oh I Ethel my sister," he wailed, dropping his head upon his outspread hands were it not for you I could bear this and more!" Oh I that she may have the strength to bear this bitter blow She is all that is left for me to love now I" He roused himself, and dashing away the tears which had gathered in his eyes walked steadily across the room, and unlocked the bureau. Now for the secret drawer," said he. "I am unac- quainted with it, but patience—patience, a minute back I was shrinking from my duty, and now I am burning to have those papers within my grasp." He tried every handle, knob, and suspicious look ing projection without success, but presently what he took for a knot of wood caught his eye. On close examination he found it to be a disc of painted metal which yielded to his touch, and communicating with a spring caused a portion of the woodwork to slip aside, and reveal an open drawer. It contained a quantity of papers tied with green tape, and heavily sealed with wax of the same colour, a few old trinkets, among which was a gold locket containing a miniature, which Richard recognised as the portrait of his mother when she was but a girl. It was so like what Ethel was now that the young man gazed at it affectionately, and pressing it reverently to his lips, placed it in his pocket then taking the pape-s he closed the bureau, sat down by the window, and bursting the seals read— HIS FATHER'S STORY, My name is Richard Clare, but before I begin this my history of long and terrible suffering-a history of misplaced trust, and ingratitude -I must state that I desire that these papers may be consumed by fire should I not survive my wife. "No good can come of making my story known to the world then; for I shall rest in my grave as Richard De Caux, and Richard Clare will have no name save in the horrible annals kept by the police. Sometimes a dreadful feeling comes over me that my identity is suspected, and that I am being watched, and it is for that reason I pen this narrative of my wrongs and sufferings, and if I am taken back to the living death I escaped from, I charge my wife to place these papers in my son's hands that he may seek out the villain who has destroyed my happiness through life, and my peace of mind. The past! When I think of it my brain fails to guide my hand, and the pen falls from my nerveless fingers. But J: must go on, for omens of late have told me that I am losing power and strength of mind. "I was born at a flourishing little town in England. My father, a silk-mercer, died at the age of fifty, leaving me the business, but little capital wherewith to conduct it, for my mother and three sisters were then living, and due provision had been made for them by my father's will, and I therefore looked about me for a suitable partner. I often wished that the money left by my father had remained in the business, and that we had all shared the profits, but such an arrangement being in direct opposition to the provisions of the will it was abandoned, and I put my shoulder to the wheel, earnestly bent upon making a fortune, and settling down comfortably in my declining years. "It was necessary that I should give and receive credit, and for these reasons I looked about for an energetic young man with a couple of thousand pounds at his command. About that time I was introduced to Ethel Jerney. We met at a bail, and I fell in love with her at first sight. Time passed away, and as I renewed my attentions I saw to my delight that she favoured me, but she warned me to keep the matter secret from a certain Isaac Matthison, who had offered her his heprt and hand. "This was strange, for to all appearance Isaac Matthison and I were the best of friends. He was a native of a town a few miles distant from where we lived and like myself, was the son of a silk- mercer, "I had often observed that he spoke tenderly of Ethel Jerney, but it never struck me to look upon him in the light of a rival. Clare,' he said to me one day, 'I hear that you are going to marry Ethel Jerney.' Who told you so?' I asked. I My dear fellow,' said he, 'one cannot keep any- J thing secret now-a-days. A little bird whispered the news to me, so you may as well confess to the truth. I wish you joy and don't think for a moment that I feel any envy. You may have heard that I made Miss Jerney an offer. That is so, but I am man enough to accept my position. Give me your hand, and lend me your ears. I want to have a few words with you on business matters^ 'Well,' said I,' you -have surprised me but as the truth has eked out it is useless to conceal it any longer. I am going to ask the consent of Ethel's father this very evening, and have no doubt but that I-, Shall succeed,' Isaac Matthison interposed, with- out lifting his eyes, which had been fixed on the floor for some minutes. I hope so, with all my heart. But, see here, Clare don't you think you are in too great a hurry to get married ?" 'Hurry! not I,' I replied. 'There is plenty of time. I intend to find a partner, and increase the business first.' 'And on that subject I came to speak to you,' Matthison said. Will you take me ? I have fifteen hundred pounds in cash, with expectations of more and if we can agree there is a sure fortune to be made. Pehaw man don't hesitate. Say yes or no. If a thought of Ethel Jerney troubles you let it do so no longer, for I have written her a letter wishing her joy, and hoping that she will still regard me in the light of a friend.' The matter was not settled that day nor the next. I saw Ethel Jerney, and she, believing that she had taken an unjust dislike to Matthison, declared that nothing would please her better than to see us partners. And so it happened, and six months passed away. We flourished, or at least seemed to do so, and I was tempted to purchase some shares in a thriving mining company. But little did I dream that whilst so happy, I had been treading the edge of a smouldering volcano, ready to burst and devour me at a moment's notice. "Isaac Matthison attended principally to the monetary matters of the firm. He drew and accepted bills, attended to the banking accounts, and would by no means trust a subordinate with a cheque, or even with a journey to the bank. I sometimes wondered at it, but my mind was not troubled. I trusted him in everything, and believed implicitly in the figures set out before me. One morning I was sitting at my desk, when two efgeers entered the office, and arrested me for forging bills for five thousand pounds on Messrs. Towler and Son, merchants with whom we had large dealings. "Taken back, and aghast, 1 could not speak, but only gaze at the men for further explanation. 'Here is my warrant, Mr. Clare,' said one of the men. You must come with us, if you please.' "I went with them, more dead than alive, with a vague idea that I had been struck by a heavy weapon, and was struggling to rouse myself to consciousness. "I was taken before the magistrates, and the evidence was black against me. The signatures of Towler and Son were found traced on my blotting- pad, while in the drawer of my desk some scraps of paper were found which, when put together, formed the name of the firm whose name had been forged. "I protested, and called upon Isaac Matthison, in the name of mercy, to declare how it could not Be possible for me to be guilty, but he only shook his head mournfully. The trial came on, and I stood in a felon's dock conscious of my own innocence, and with the awful knowledge that Ethel Jerney lay upon a bed of sick- ness brought on by the sudden and awful accusation. Some friends rallied round me, others scouted me t\t *lat^ been seized with leprosy, but Isaac Matthison played a middle part. me ,n ?ao'j sympathised with me one lM«t tv>« I,i? nnplored me to confess the next, but at him of the'Seaand J 1°^ &U Pat!ence and accused > ancl he left me saying :— world roundr tST CI? 1 .would" have walked the Now look to yourself?' 8^rvlce' Sullty or not Sullty- "I was convicted. I Writo tv,„ r i. n i i. words because there is no need Vol '"n 6 u /f imw T J? neea to dwell upon the horrors of how X was first condemned to suffer it the hangman s hands, or how mv vrmtv, » SSPSS! « SISRS Lost to the world, associated per force with the lowe-t and vilest criminals that ever trod the earth, m? life was almost unendurable, but there was always a gieam of hope in my heart that the truth would come out one day or the other. But years rolled on, and I was released conditionally, and went to work on a sheep farm. My master died, and left me money I received permission to trade myself, and luck favour- ing me, I had soon nothing to grumble at, in a worldly sense. "But Ethel—my love—my darling, her face and form haunted me day and night, and at last I hit upon the bold resolve to escape. I succeeded, and arrived at Liverpool, and wrote from there to Lth^l acquaint- ing her where I was. Her parents were dpei, ana sne had few relations who could even claim am otion trom her and with her dear, old trusting lovo she came to me, declaring that she had no rest but in my heart, and that she would die for me. "We were married under assumed names, and came here to live, and Richard de Caux and his wife and children have dwelt contented and happy within the shadow of the cathedral spire which rears itself up towards the Heaven where I hope to find peace, and surcease from sorrow at last. Innocent, I declare I am of any crime. Ouilty Isaac Matthison is. How can I prove it? I hear the person who reads this manuscript ask this question. Proofs I have none, beyond that soon after my con- viction he renewed his offers to Ethel, but she rejected him with scorn and taxed him with the guilt that rested on my shoulders. Moreover, he appropriated shares both in the firm's name, and mine, and van- ished from England. It is said that he is dead. It may be so, but I cannot believe that just Providence will send me to the grave with the secret I have held so long. "I have painted Isaac Matthison's portrait from memory, but it is as like him as if he had sat for it. Find him Bring him to my feet in the hour of repentance, of remorse, and it "I forget what I intended to add to the foregoing. A giddy feeling came over me, and I awoke to find that it is growing dark, and my daughter-Heaven bless her !-is knocking at the door. I have not been sleeping, and yet--yet how time flies. It is almost night now." This was the end of the manuscript, and as Richard read the last line he put the document in his breast pocket, and leaving the house, walked about bt, Joseph's Square for hours, paying no heed to the last falling snow, or the cruel biting wind But as he went along1 and mused upon what he had been reading, it dawned upon him why the name of "Matthison" had been whispered to him in such tremulous tones by his dying mother.
GERMAN FORTIFICATIONS IN THE BALTIC. The St. James's Go' says that the arrangements made by the German Admiralty for the fortification of the German coasts of the Baltic are now in full operation. A "fortification commission" ii sitting at Kiel, under whose directions forts are Veing erected at some distance inland, so as to make Kel a fortress as well as a naval arsenal. When <hese works are completed, Kiel will be protected against an attack from the land as well as fron the sea; the narrow channel by which alone it could be ap- proached by an enemy s neat being conmanded by four strong forts. The approach to Pillau, the harbour of Konigsberg, is also bein; protected by two strong ironclad forts, and an additional fort is to be built at Memel. Five new forts art to be built on the right bank of the Vistula, and three on its left bank, so as to render Danzig secure agahst a naval attack. Swinemunde, the harbour of Stfttin, is also being fortified; and the only German haibours which are still unprotected are Warnemunde (tin harbour of llostock), Wismar, and Iravemllnde (th. harbour of Litbeck). Rostock and otraisund are to Ve connected by a strategical railway, so as to complete the railway communication along the whole of the Ge-rnan coasts of the Baltic. ===-
BODIES FOUND IN THE THAMES. A Parliamentary return issued on Tuesday shows that in the five years, 1877-81, 68 bodies (60 male and 8 female) were found in the Thames within the pre. cincts of the City of London district, and 1,818 (1,270 male and 548 female) in the metropolitan police district. With regard to the City, 16 bodies were discovered in 1877, 10 in 1878, 18 in 1879, 14 in 1880, and 10 in 1881; and to the metropolitan district 239 in 1877, 876 in 1878, 217 in 1879, 209 in 1880, and 277 in 1881. The unusually large total discovered in 1878 is accounted for by the fact that the number drowned through the wreck of the Princess Alice is included.
A VALUABLE PICTURE. In London, last Saturday, at the sale-rooms of Messrs. Christie, Manson, and Woods, the picture of Napoleon I, in the Campaign of Paris," which was painted, in 1862, by Meissonier, and was sold a few years ago for 1,000 guineas to Mr. Ruskin, was bought back by the original vendor, Mr. Henry Wallis, for 5,800 guineas (£6,080), amid a scene of the utmost ex- citement. The bidding was watched throughout with breathless interest, and this feeling intensified as the original price of the work was successively doubled, trebled, quadrupled, and quintupled. When at last the hammer fell at nearly six times the sum given for the gem-like masterpiece-which measures twelve inches by nine, and has therefore cost k56 a square inch—at the time of its exhibition in the French Gallery, the sound evoked a burst of applause.
In noticing the great price given for the above picture the Daily Telegraph remarks "I own," says Mr. Ruskin, "to a very enjoyable pride in making the first editions of my books valuable to their possessors, who found out before other people that these writings and drawings really were good tor something." The sense of power could not be more amiably felt and expressed; and the luxury of pride should never be grudged to any man who thinks and speaks so gratefully of those whose good opinion preceded his public fame. A small volume of poems by Mr. Ruskin, published in 1850, was sold by auction, a twelvemonth since, for thirty- one pounds, and a complete library of his writings down to the present time would have a money value above that which can be assigned to the productions of any other living author. But it is not only on his own books that Mr. Ruskin has exerted such influence as tends, and will yet further tend, to raise their price for collectors. No man has, by a few words, affected so enormously the commercial value of art. To him, the happy owners of paintings and drawings by Turner, Prout, David Cox, William Hunt, and others owe an increment of value so substantial that the piece of canvas or paper which cost but little a generation ago might now furnish the dowry of a daughter, or set up a son in a thriving way of life. Whatever may have belonged to Mr. Ruskin, as well as anything he has praised, becomes for future time a treasure. Last Saturday the Meissonier representing a passage in the history of the First Napoleon, which was bought by the great critic a few years ago for a thousand guineas, was repurchased by the very dealer who had sold it to him and meanwhile the price had increased and multiplied sixfold, so that a shrewd man of business was well content to reverse the ordinary process of a trade bargain. Such is the force of criticism when its judgments are sound and true.
THE LABOUR MARKET. Trade reports from all quarters are, on the whole, very favourable. The condition of the iron trade shows a hopeful prospect, which will be increased by fwesh orders owing to tke great strike of ironworkers in America. During the last week the demand for pig and manufactured iron has been very good. The varioua mills, forges, foundries, and works in Stafford- shire and other iron districts are busy forwarding the numerous orders on hand. In the North all branches of industry are active. There is a much better demand for cotton goods and, after a brief holiday, the mills in Lancashire have re- sumed work at full time. Trade in the woollen and worsted departments in Yorkshire is somewhat better. Shipbuilding in all the yards on the Tyne and the Wear is brisk, and all classes of workmen employed in this industry are making full time, at good wages. The chemical trade and the lead-mining industry are rather dull. There is not much demand for household coal in the trade of the North, and the miners are only moderately employed, but coal used for manufac- in turing purposes is in great demand. The building trade in Lancashire and Yorkshire is active, and in many of the towns the workmen employed are receiv- ing an increase in wages. Prospects in the silk trade at Macclesfield are gloomy, and the hand-loom weavers find scarcely any employment. The power-loom weavers are not actively employed. In the black country all the staple trades are fairly busy. Business in London varies the workmen in the building and engineering trades are well employed the printers, bookbinders, and collateral branches are rather slack; the boot and shoe makers, tailors and clothiers in the West-end are busy. In the West of England boot manufactuters have been working with a reduced number of hands, but on full time. Substantial orders from the North have kept the cabinetmakers active. The export clothing factories are so busy that extension of works are con- templated by one large firm. The leather trade, for the first time this year, is showing real activity.
EPITOME OF NEWS. BRITISH AND FOREIGN. A correspondent in West Cork states that the potato blight has committed serious havoc among the potatoes. Mr. Brogden, M.P., has returned to England from New Zealand, after an absence of nearly two years, and was in the House of Commons on Monday night. For some time past the most vigorous measures have been taken for the destruction of the locust plague in Cyprus Fully seven-eighths of the whole quantity of locusts with which the island is infested have been destroyed. The Russian Jewish Emigrants' Society established at New York to earf for the refugees has 700 now on hand, and finds great dil'.iculty in getting them employment. Several for whom places were obtained have returned dis- satisfied to New York. The Mayor of Southampton, Mr. W. H. Davis, has given notice that the Douro relief fund, which now amounts to about iCl,260, will be finally closed on the 30th inst. An official Church of England census, at the request of the Bishop, was taken In all the churches in the diocese of Liverpool on Sunday last, In Paris, on Monday, the anniversary mass for the late Prince Imperial was solemnised in the Church of St. Augustin, which was plainly draped in black. About two thousand persons were present. Dr. James Spence, Professor of Surgery in Edinburgh University, died at his residence in Edinburgh on Tuesday morning. Professor Spence had two of the toes of one of his feet amputated recently, but the wound, instead of healing, became gangrenous, and he died of blood poisoning. He was appointed to the surgery chair in Edinburgh in 1864, and occupied a high position as an anatomist. The Marquis of Lorne has given his assent to the Deceased Wife's Sisters Bill, which was passed by the Dominion House of Commons by 137 votes to 34, and by the Senate on the third reading by 38 votes to 11. A vacancy in the Town Council of Bollene, in the Department of Vaucluse, had to be filled up last week, and out of 1,500 electors not one presented himself to record his vote. John Caite, a platelayer on the London and North- Western Railway is lying in a precarious condition at Coventry Hospital, having been knocked down by an engine whilst he was getting out of the way of the Scotch express, which was approaching on the opposite side. The poor fellow's left foot was completely severed, and he sustained other injuries. His leg has since been amputated below the knee. The statement that Mr. John Dillon, M.P., is about to visit America with Mr. Davitt on Land League business is founded on a mis-apprehension. It is Mr. Dillon's brother who has already started for the United States.-Daily News. The telegraph is making rapid way in China. The Shanghai-Tientsin line has been working now for a few months, and a line is being constructed in the South between Canton and Hongkong—a distance of about one hundred miles. The first section is to connect Canton, which is practically the commercial capital of China, with the frontier of British Kowloon, situate opposite the town of Victoria. A convention of the Hebrew Emigrant Aid Societies, meeting at New York on Sunday, took action for the recep- tion and colonisation of Russian Hebrew refugees. Delegates attended from the chief American cities. The report made to the meeting states that since December 3,693 refugees have arrived, of whom about 3,000 are placed in permanent employment. Seveuty-five thousand one hundred and fifty- eight dollars have been contributed 7,257 dollars are now in the Treasury. The House of Lords narrowly escaped an all-night- sitting on Monday. After the somewhat exciting debate on the release of the suspects the members of the Ministry present walked out, forgetting to make the usual motion for the adjournment of the House. After a painful pause one of the clerks made an excursion to the lobby and brought back a noble lord, who moved the adjournment, and the Lord Chancellor was enabled to eave the woolsack At a meeting of the Wednesbury sanitary authority on Tuesday, it was reported that during the past fortnight there had been 33 cases of small-pox, four of which had proved fatal. It was resolved to urge people to be revacci- nated, and to extensively use disinfectants in their resi- dences and public buildings. The disease has broken out in some of the adjoining parishes, but special efforts are being made to prevent the spread of infection. As was expected, the arrivals of live stack and fresh meat from the United States and Canada landed at Liverpool last week were very small, there being only one steamer with live stock on board and, although a larger number of steamers conveying fresh beef arrived, the arrivais were nevertheless below those of the previous week. The supply of mutton was about the same. The total was 380 cattle, 2.15T quarters of beef, and 76 carcases of mutton, against a total of 1,131 cattle, 2 651 sheep, 2,383 quarters of beef, and 72 carcases of mutton for the preceding week. Mr. Herbert Liddell Cortis, (the amateur ex. champion) of the Wanderer's Bicycle Club, rode the fastest mile on a bicyble ever recorded at the race meeting of the West Kent Bicycle Club, held at the Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon. In one of the preliminary heats of an open mile handicap, promoted by the above club, Mr. Cortis, starting from scratch, rode the full distance of one mile in 2min. 43 1-5 sec. The American Petroleum market is drooping, from increase of production of the well,, in Waireu County, Penn, sylvania, the now oil field. At one spot last week oil was struck to the extent of 2,000 barrels dailv. Another on Saturday began flowing with 2,400 barrels. These wells have been connected with the pipe lines, making a largely increased petroleum supply. Warren is now the great oil field. The annual temperance sermon was preached in Westminster Abbey on Sunday night by the Dean of Bangor, in the presence of an immense congregation, whieh com- pletely filled the nave. The Dean of Westminster, the Rev. Canon Farrar, the Rev. S. Hood Jones, and several other clergymen were present, as were many representatives of the Church of England Temperance Society, the National Temperance League, and other kindred associations. M. Minal, one of the last survivors of the Moscow campaign, and almost certainly the last surviving Swiss officer who took part in that ill fated expedition, died a few days ago at Beaucort, near Delle, in his 94th year (says the Geneva Correspondent of The Times). M. Minal was pre- sent at the battle of Borodino, and entered the Kremlin with Napoleon. The hardships he underwent during the retreat, and a wound subsequently received, compelled him to retire from the service. M., Minal preserved his faculties and his health to thf last, and was followed to the grave by three generations of his descendants. The Calcutta correspondent of Tke Times says that Colonel Chesney delivered a military lecture recently at Simla, (under the presidentship of the Viceroy), upon Taking Stock." He contrasted the vicissitudes of con- tinental armies in international quarrels one with anothe", showing how supremacy passed to the Prussian Army 120 years ago how that supremacy was again shattered by Napoleon, and how, again, it was retransferred to German troops a few years back. Noting these momentous conse- quents, he urged the strong advisability of taking stock of our mi itary resources. A marvel of minute writing is being shown at Nuremberg-a post-card containing a "Chronicle of Kis- singen, numbering 7,200 words. The late disastrous floods in the Southern States of America have resulted in some good after all. The sedi- ment deposited by the waters on the cotton lands is so good a fertiliser that it will increase their value 4s. per acre. In order to celebrate the marriage of his daughter, which took place at the beginning of last week in Paris, Baron Gustave de Rothschild has distributed 20,000 francs among the poor of the twenty arrondissements of Paris. The sum was presented to the recipients in the form of the pay- ment of the rent of their lodgings. The United States Debt, in the eleven months of the fiscal year ending with June, decreased 139,123,654 dols. The year's decrease is expected to exceed 150 millions. Last Saturday, June 3rd, being the anniversary of the death of the late Empress of Russia, the Emperor visited the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul during the morning, and was present at the celebration of a mass for the repose of the soul of the deceafeu. His Majesty after- wards paid a short visit to the Winter Palace, and then re- turned to Peterhof. The centenary of the annexation of the Crimea to the Russiam Empire will be celebrated next year in April. A history of the Crimea, to be published on the occasion, is now being prepared by several professors at St. Petersburg and Odessa; and a museum of Crimean antiquities will then be opened at Sebastopol. A Parliamentary return just issued shows the amount of poor rates levied and expended during the year ended at Lady Day, 1881, the total of which was £13,302,088, the receipts in aid being £ 1,038,504. it is observed that 6,578,101, or considerably more than one-third of the whole poor-rate now levied, is expended for other purposes thaa the relief of the poor. Last week's receipts of cotton at all United States ports were 15,000 bales: since 1st September, 4,518,000 bales. Week's exports to Great Britain, 14,000 bales week's ex- ports to the Continent, 15,000 bales. Total since 1st September, 3,168,400 bales. Stock at all ports, 448,000 bales. There were nineteen British and foreign actual shipwrecks reported during last week, making a total of 690 for the present year, or a decrease of 138 as compared with the corresponding period of last year. British-owned vessels numbered eleven. Three were steamers, with an aggregate tonnage of 1,259 tons, two being British steamers, with a ton- nage of 859 tons. Total tonnage lost for the week, 7,828 tons. Total number of lives lost and missing, 75. On Sunday morning the Austrian Imperial family celebrated an interesting family festival. The Emperor a youngest daughter, the Archduchess Marie Valerie, whc recently entered her fourteenth year, was confined at Schon- brunn, together with her playmate, the Princess Aglae Auer- sperg, who is of the same age. An account has been published as a Parliamentary paper of the quanties of coals, cinders, and patent fuel ex- ported from the United Kingdom to foreign countries and British settlements abroad during 1881. The quantities were-Coals, 18,759,991 tons; cinders, 414,762 tons; patent fuel, 412,310 tons-total, 19,687,063 tons. The quantity brought into London amounted to 10,574,807. It is announced from Cassel that Prince Charles, the Emperor's only surviving brother, who had stopped there for a night on his way to Wiesbaden, fell on Saturday, night on rising from dinner, and broke his leg about the region of the upper thigh joint. The fracture is said to be rather serious. Prince Charles is the grandfather of the Duchess of Connaught. Representations have been made to the Postmaster- General that public convenience would be served if an ordinary card of the size of halfpenny postcards could be sent through the post having affixed to it a halfpenny stamp and also if an ordinary postcard could be converted into a foreign postcard by the addition of a halfpenny stamp. It has been stated that the works of the Channel Tunnel are still in progress. This is erroneous as implying an active prosecution of the main works. Something is being done with the object of keeping the machinery in working order and preserving the ventilation of the tunnel, but no forward movement is made pending the decision of the Government on the question whether the tunnel shall be made at all.—Daily News. At Peterborough on Saturday evening during a severe thunderstorm a woman named Ann Smith, whilst walking through one of the streets of the town was struck by lightning and instautly killed. The Daily News Special Correspondent in Ireland, in describing the conditions of the Labour League movement, says that harvest prospects in Longford and in the adjoining counties of Westmeath, Roscommon, and King's County, are excellent. The open winter has been followed by an equally favourable spring. Grass lands present a most luxuriant appearance, and both cereals and potatoes, although late, are remarkably healthy. Rents are being paid everywhere, a reduction about equivalent to that made in the Land Courts being almost universally granted. A New York telegram says that the visible supply of wheat on June 2 was 2 400,000 as against 9,900,000 bushels the previous week. Visible supply of Indian corn, 9,300,000 bushels, as against 8,200,000 bushels the previous week. The export clearances of wheat for Europe during last week amounted to 760,000 bushels; the export clearances of Indian corn for Europe during last week amounted to 190,000 bushels. Under the terms of the will of Signor Pasquale Favale, who died at Naples on March 7, a strange bequest passes to Queen Victoria. The testator has bequeathed to her Majesty his most cherished production, called Alzira," a tragic opera ill three acts, trusting that her Majesty will order the same to be represented in her imperial and royal theatre for the benefit of the poor of the great city of London. The late General Garibaldi was a Freetrader, and had been a member of the Cobden Club for many years. At a meeting of the committee of the Club, held on Satur- day, Mr. T. B. Potter, M.P., in the chair, a resolution expressing regret at the General's death was unanimously passed. Wolves in France have so increased of late years that a law has been prepared increasing the gratuities to wolf hunters, as strong measures are necessary to overcome them. The creatures had almost died out before the Franco- Prussian War, but they then followed in the track of the invaders, and established themselves definitely in the country, so that in winter peasants in remote parts of the country, particularly in Brittany, are often in serious danger. Accordingly anyone killing a wolf which has attacked a human being will receive JUS, a wolf guiltless of homicide, £4, she. wolves bringing in e6 a head, and the cubs £112s. Vice-Chancellor Sir Charles Hall, while walking home to his house in Bayswater, on Friday in last week was attacked by a stioke of paralysis, the first which he has suffered, and his condition on that day inspired Sir William Jenner, who was promptly called in, with much anxiety. On Saturday however, his condition was somewhat more favourable, and on Sunday, after seeing him, Sir W. Jenner expressed satisfaction with the progress of the case and with the extent to which consciousuess was restored. Walking matches have been adopted by the natives in India, amongst other British fashions, and a grand native pedestrian competition recently took place at Calcutta. The competitors varied in age from twenty-five to twelve, and the prizes consisted of a silver watch and medal. The number of suicides who have thrown them- selves from the Vendome Column in Paris has alarmingly in- creased of late, and the inhabitants of the quarter in which the monument is situated have addressed a memorial to the French Minister of the Interior. In order to guard the public against the horrible sights which have so often been seen, as also for the public safety, it is suggested that no person shall be allowed to ascend the monument until the summit shall have beéncaged in with iron bars, or some other means shall have been devised to prevent these melancholy catas- trophes. On Monday a horse attached to a lorry, belenging to a grocer, of Shipley, near Bradford, took fright and dashed off down Otley-road, Shipley. A Mrs Bankart Shipley, turned into Ives-street, apparently In her desire to get out of the danger, but the horse suddenly darted into that street, and Mrs. Bankart became entangled in the wheels of the lorry, and was dragged down the street. When Mrs. Bankart was extricated from the wheels her legs were found to be broken, and she was otherwise much injured. She is not expected to survive. The Maharajah of Bulrampore died at Allahabad on the 27th ult. (says the Calcutta Correspondent of The Times). He came to bid farewell to Sir George Couper in the beginning of April and caught a chill from which he never recovered. He was well known to sportsmen in India, and is said to have assisted at the killing of 800 tigers. He was one of the most respected native princes. For distinguished services during the mutiny he was granted a large jaghir by the British Government. His re- mains were removed to Triveni, the sacred confluence of the Ganges and the Jumna, where funeral obsequies were performed. Shortsightedness among children in schools, which has long been a trouble in Germany, is now so prevalent in Frauce that a Government Committee has been examining the subject. They report that the evil is chiefly due to the small type of the school books and to the custom of printing on brilliantly white paper, and it is curious to note that even in Japan this latter practice is alleged by the students to injure their eyes when studying foreign languages. Indeed, myopia is a rapidly increasing evil in Japan also, owing so the students consider, to the change of type from the bold clear style of their own books, and from the neutral tint of their paper. The observance of the Queen's birthday in Dublin last Saturday was not only official but popular, and if the loyalty of the people may be measured by the number who took part in the public celebration of the day, the citizens of Dublin are entitled to a high place amonj: the faithful sub- jects of the Queen (remarks the Dublin Correspondent of The Times). All the public offices were closed, and, although the shops were open, there was no business done until the afternoon. The annual review of the troops in the Phesnix Park was very attractive, and the streets, while it lasted, appeared to be deserted by the respectable inhabitants. Flags were displayed from the chief hotels and other build- ings, and, the day being fine, the city wore a gay aspect.
THE MARKETS. MARK-LAN E.—MONDAY. The grain trade at Mark-lane is quiet, without feature. Very little being done, prices had a rather weak tendency. English wheat came sparingly forward. Foreign receipts were moderate. In English wheat dealings were very mode- rate, at last week's prices. Foreign wheat sold slowly, at late rates. Flour was dull without change. Not much demand prevailed for barley, and no alteration was observed in prices Maize was inactive, but not lower. Oats were rather steadier than on Friday, but easier on the week. Beans and peas were unaltered and quiet. METROPOLITAN CATTLE MARKET.—MONDAY. Greater steadiness is reported in the cattle trade. Fresh arrivals are only moderate, and prices have ruled against the huyer. The dead meat market is firm. The receipts of beasts from our own grazing districts were about the average. Those from Scotland moderate. There was more inquiry, and prices had an upward tendency. The best Scots and crosses sold at 6s to 6s 2d per 81b. From Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex, we received about 1,800 from the Mid- lands and home counties about 500, and from Scotland 130 head. On the foreign side of the market were 180 American besides the usual complement of Danish. The trade was firm at full prices. The sheep pens were moderately well filled. With a better inquiry, rather higher prices were realized. The best Downs and half-breiis sold at 63 to 6s 2d per 81b. Lambs were steady, at 7s to 8s per 81b. Calves and pigs were quiet, but steady. At Deptford there were about 2,000 beasts and 6,000 sheep and lambs. Coarse and inferior beasts, 4s to 4s 6d second quality, 4s 6d to 5s; prime large oxen, 5s 8d to 6s lOd;; prime Scots, Ac., 6s to 6s 2d; coarse and inferior fheep, 68 to 5s 6d second quality, 5s 6d to 6s prime coarse woolled, 68 2d to 6s 4d prime Southdown. 69 Cd to 6s 8d lambs, 7s to 8s large coarse calves, 4s 8d to 6s 4d prime small ditto, 5s 6d to 6s; large hogs, 49 4d to 4s Sd; neat small porkers, 4s Sd to 59 per 8tb. to sink the offal. METROPOLITAN AJEAT MARKET.—MONDAY. There was a short supply, and trade was quiet but firm especially for prime sorts Inferior beef, 48 to 4s 6d middling ditto, 4s 8d to 5s 4d prime large ditto, 5s 4d to 5s 81I prime small ditto, 5s 6d to 5s lOd veal, 5s to 5s 8d inferior mutton, 4s to 4s Sd middling ditto, 4s 8d to 5s 4d prime ditto, 5s 8d to 6s 8d large pork, 4s to 4s 6d small ditto, 4s 8d to 5s; lamb, 7s 4d to 8s per 81b by the carcase. HOP. The hop market without being active, continues firm. The accounts from the plantations are conflictisg, but mostly unsatisfactory, values m consequence are well sup- ported. The Continental and American markets keep firm. Prices East Kent goldings. 1881, £ 6 to £ 8 Mid-Kent ditto, £ 6 15s to £ 7 7s Weald of Kents, £ 2 10s to £ 6 10s; Sussex, £4 10s to £6; Worcester, £ 5 to P,7 15s Farnhams, jM to 47 10s country Farnhams, 46 to £7 10s; yearlings, £3138 to £5 12s; English, 1876, £ 1 10s to 42 10s ditto, 1870, 16s to ZI ditto, olds, 16s to £1"; BavariaiA, 1881, 45 5s to £7; Belgians. jei Is to C3 3s; Alsace, £ 5 12s to £7; Bohemian, jM to £ 6 6s Burgundv, JM 5s to £610$; Ameri- can, R6 15s to kS ditto, 1880, £ 5 to æ5 15s; Californian, 1881, £7 to £7 los foreign old ditto, 15s. to jBl per cwt. PCTATO. A good supply and fair trade. Prices :-Old flukes, 100s to 110s ditto magnum bonums, 100s to 110s ditto champions, 40s to 75a ditto Victorias, 90s to 110s per ton; New Cher- bourg round, 8s 6d; ditto kidneys, 10s 6d; Jersey round, 9s; ditto kidneys, lie to 12a per ewt.
MRtlM'llMT. SE OF Lt.K!, June 5, Lord Bramwell pre- Joved the readiiig of a rnn to enable ter Sessions to try cases of burglary, leaving witting magistrate in each cam to decide iild go to the Assizes or the Quarter Sessions. read a first time. ttle, replying to ford Salisbury, said it was Sultan did not think a Conference of the stantiuople with reference to Egyptian affairs had made overtures to another effect, but it aat Lord Dufferin had recommended to Her 'ernment that the project of a Conference idoned. With reference to the earthworks at Majesty's Government had been in com- 'he Admiral and with our Agent in Egypt ;■ oury could not expect that the Government e what instructions on the subject had been question from Lord Carnarvon, Lord Gran- t the armament of the earthworks was not to of Waterford called attention to the recent sets under the Coercion Act, and an animated 'hich Earl Cowper, Lord Carlingford, the ilisbury, and Earl Granville took paut, fol- Yas eventually withdrawn, and several Bills jUvanced a stage, their Lordships adjourned at "lutes to eight o'clock. THE EGYPTIAN CRISIS. op Commons, Sir C. Dllke, answering a string Mr. Bouike as to the Egyptian question, :if +u compluined that they were put without though the French Government had not yet > t?. production of all the Egyptian the present time, they had returned a nil- au(* as to exacting the fulfilment of "imatum—which he again denied to be Government would not in any way go atement they had made of their Egyptian »s not true, he said, that the Porte had ldea Of a Conference—in fact, no direct had been received from the Porte on the *7 event of the Porte refusing, there would » in holding the Conference elsewhere. As to Alexandria, strict orders had been given *° discontinue them, and the Government unication with Sir E. Malet and SirB. Seymour w°uld not be desirable to state the wgnt be taken. It was mainly in consequence Rations of the British residents at Alexandria an 'orce bad been strengthened, and he had them were leaving the country bellalllaermaii, answering Sir John Hay, con- esiiH- 0 ?n explosion on board her Majesty's ship others^ death o £ one man an<* tte wound- -^VEXTION OF CRIME (IRELAND) BILL. into Committee on the Prevention of _uming the consideration of Clause 1. n Amendment confining the place of trial to j r ~!lcn the offence was committed, on which »i on Friday, was again discussed at tar!? but it was ultimately withdrawn, the 'e a ^ndertaking to insert words hereafter which Drj Prompt trial. The Home Secretary also ac- hv tv! T a suggestion that the Judges shall be u e Lord Lieutenant, but by a rota settled by imwas Provided that 14 days' notice of the wsion, with the names of the persons to be K'jen, and that a copy of the Lord Lieu- nt shall be laid before Parliament. The Home [ J?er Undertook to insert provisions for the Mid i exPense3 of witnesses and acquitted 80 for the payment of counsel for poor wn with treason, treason felony, or is in also Provided that the Judges shall give a cases of conviction in open court, aiad that a u e shall be taken of the judgment. Finally, at 'en U8e> Sir W. Harcourt, in fulfilment of a tio °n niKht, moved a proviso confining j °? the Special Commission to cases in which Jury m Ireland would have jurisdiction. ^Jon was objected to as insufficient l*y Mr. _> er Irish members, who pointed out that it f speeches made by the Irish in America, and in t new tribunal should be confined to offences 1I1 Ireland. arcourt, on the other hand, maintained that ccs who plotted against the State or promoted len kiDS 'n wbatever part of the world should nable to the law when they came within the lion the proviso was carried by 128 to 25, and an bY Air. Healy, that no person should be Lried for treason-felony committed out of Ireland, was 'Y 131 to 22. notion that clause 1 stand part of the Bill, a cUssion took place, and in the division which 8 clause was carried by 227 to 39. vas agreed to, and the Committee was subse- ourned. sr business was agreed to, aud the House ad- five minutes past two o'clock.
f EXPERIMENTS ill GERMANY. interest in ballooning has appeared of nany, and there is in Berlin a society for hs researches of inventors in that art. A le balloon, the invention of Herr Brtum- Dr. Wselfert, was recently tried at Char- It is of huge size, having a capacity of mbic yards, and is ellipsoid in form, the leter about 58ft. It differs in principle er aerostats in that, although inflated with has no ascensional force; its total weight L-51b. above that of the air it displaces, of displacement, in the horizontal or direction, are a helical system of vanes ^naachinery in the car. Hence, in making hintf1!^068 n°tiequireto be partly emptied, gas "e ground it has nearly the same mod rose. Another novelty the darf of connexion of the car. This is Hoon c ^r°Us bounds or jerks to which the Jed. T £ is.i»,bl! in landing are to some svsintv," •0 car being usually suspended by chp« tk 18 suddenly relieved of its weight v;_ e ground, so that the balloon shoots he i ? of violent shocks. With a ligid otal weight cannot be thus temporarily lhe mechanism has a double action, ) Vanes, or screw propeller, driven in or the opposite, produces ascent or 'He a couple of screws give horizontal pro- a pretty calm atmosphere the horizontal lay be modified by working one of the The first experiments, it appears, were ssful. The weather was exceptionally second trial a slight accident ruptured the balloon, and the car-mechanism was if experiments are soon to be resumed, t may be mentioned, has a force of four- il abd weighs 801b. The cost of charging, e balloon is filled anew, is about JE20.
GRAND PRIX DE PARIS. ? the Bois de Boulogne on Sunday were y a terrible shower, which soaked the Fortunately the sky brightened up again i jlx>. which was run in weather that o be desired. For many years the crowd Pages had not been so numerous or so far as the eye could reach there were 1 foot, on horseback, and in carriages. ea themselves, they were not of very great t from the curious sight of 200,000 human T>°?ether> forming a sea of many colours. ?r'x Paris was won by Mr. Ry mill's Qke of Hamilton's F^n^lon being second, B Lagrange's Alhambra third. The field rge, Of the nineteen horses on the ht ran. They got off splendidly at the fi11 j 6 distance Bruce was actually but at that point he shot rapidly nsned first almost in & canter. Mt fiva the last race was run, and the Jon thousands of vehicles, wending their vards of two hours through the avenues and the Champs Elysees, kept up the ong the route till dusk. x
3S FROM AMERICAN PAPERS >lrls have discovered, it is said, that by or six beans in the mouth the voice is aristocratic family accent," i claims a baby with six arms. Tennyson g heard of this curiosity when he wrote •lands all Bound." Mr hair was dyed, and when she indig- iaimed, 'Tis false he said he presumed (to applicant who persists in calling): Thursday, and I'm very busy. Suppose :t Thursday, and then I'll tell you when to (Exit, kind of puzzled.) sh globe fell out of a two-story window the ground without spilling water or fish, the globe. This happened in Kentucky ngan whenever a gold-fish globe falls the ^ay.8 JumP out, catch the globe and the table> without spilling a drop. hygfcaTde £ re^mericae in ^ea!'nS with the take good car^nf °f Women>" exclaimed, ver get any more?'' °Ut ^a^™otbers, foi 'ent into a furniture room of Mankato the ind-sat down on a wooden.bcttomed chair iately arose and danced and howled like the d of dervish. The proprietor anxiously he had an attack of any kind. A tack f" nan. "I should say so; and the confounded I on its head, too saw an advertised recipe to prevent wells is from freezing. He sent his money, and e answer, "Take in your well or cistern on and keep it by the fire." in Floyd county, Iowa, was blown clown a n;an, his wife, and children in it. Ttie I rolled over three times by the wind, gainst a tree, and torn to piece?, and the in- 5 but Elightly injured. The wife, who was deaf, never desisted from her knitting all and when the final crash came, she only and said, "Come in, don't knock." I that Longfellow wrote within four weeks a l which he spent six months' time in prun- nust have been a very slow pruner. A poet PfV+ months on a poem, and an ex- la,lt°r would prune it so thoroughly in ten t there would be nothing left of it. owa Agricultural College girls are taught to ad, to roaBt and broil meats and to make ho Out this way if a girl is taught to ? of a II?1°ce Pie and put three kinds as a tlf °n u ]cin§ f?r cake it is considered as a thorough domestic fitting out. ic wife (sobbing): "Dearest, I'll see that e IS kept green-but not one of those horrid ens, A nice olive grey green, with an old 1, 1 ttibstone, will look too awfully lovely for
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CHAPTER III. Mr. Mainwaring, the merchant, sat in his private office poring over the letters the morning post had brought him. On the other side of the table was his son Herbert, listless and miserable. And so," said the old gentleman, fixing his spec- tacles more firmly, "Richard De-- Clare, has left his employers, and is going to Australia." It could hardly be expected that he would re- main at the bank," Herbert replied, gloomily, or in the town at all." "I agree with you," said the merchant. "Quite right. The resolve shows his sense. Australia opens a fine field for energy. I suppose he will take his sister Ethel with him ? "No," the son returned; "why should he expose her to all the hardships and dangers of the bush ? He is going up-country, and, therefore, Ethel will remain here until-" "Until I Mr. Mainwaring interposed. "Well! Until sufficient time has passed away to permit us to be married." The merchant leaned back in his chair, and gazed at his son in speechless amazement. "Married!" he cried, after a pause. "You marry Ethel Clare, the daughter of a forger-the child of an escaped convict, who is pining his life away in a. Government lunatic asylum? Pooh! Nonsense.! You must be mad You need a change of air. Suppose you go to Naples for a month or two. I will do my duty as a parent, and inform Ethel Clare-of course, kindly-that the engagement is at an end." "If I am afflicted with madness," Herbert said, calmly, there is a method in it, I assure you, father. This is the first time you have spoken of Ethel since her mother's funeral." It was for no other reason than to spare your feelings, Herbert." "That I may take as granted," the young man replied. "But since the subject is before us, let me assure you most earnestly that I intend to make Ethel my wife. Do not be angry, father. I am yeur only son, and I have endeavoured to obey you in all things. Ethel is my only hope on earth, and can I, loving her as I do, desert her now that she is so friendless-will be so soon, indeed, alone." This is mere raving," said Mr. Mainwaring, impa- tiently. "If, as you say, you have endeavoured to obey me in all things, you must obey me in this." I should be false to my heart and nature if I did." Then you must govern both, and live down what sorrow you now feel," said the merchant. "I re- gret that matters have taken such a disastrous turn-regret it for your sake and the girl's. Do you think I could walk the streets and look upon people who have known me from childhood, and say that I had sanctioned such a match ? No no The sooner you fall in with my views the better. Time, the great healer of all woes, will soon put matters right. Ethel had better go with her brother—I will pay her passage if money is required. She is a good and gentle girl, and will doubtless meet with some worthy fellow only too glad to make her his wife." "She is so good and gentle," Herbert said, slowly and deliberately, "that I am going round to St. Joseph's Square to-night to say good-bye to Richard, and to tell him that he may leave his sister in perfect confidence that I will keep my word-that I will marry her though the whole world lifted its voice up in wrath against me. He has sufficient money for his own wants, and to supply his sister's for one year. Not a single article-save one, a picture which Richard declares has a history attached to it, and some papers -will be touched and my earnest prayer is that the day may not be far distant when we may meet in the dear old home of the brother and sister who bear their cross of adversity with so much patience and resigna- tion. £ "Then it amounts to this," cried Mr. Mainwaring, n a towering passion, "you defy me j Nay," Herbert replied, such a term is harsh, and 1 undeserved on my part. Would you have me play a villain's part; would you have me detested by all £ right-thinking people ? j I'll hear no more," the merchant said, rising from J his chair, and pacing the floor hurriedly. "Do as I J wish, or you are no longer a son of mine, and out of my house you shall go this very hour. Now, then, sir, tell me if you still continue in the same obstinate mood. Let me have your final answer-no prevari- I eating or beating about the bush. I am a man of my j word; and I now say, that unless you declare the en- gagement at an end, you shall never darken my door again." x "Not a month ago," Herbert said, and his face flushed, "you bade a hearty welcome to the girl you t now tell me to give up, and spoke with a father's affec- ] tion of her. And now you change, because misfortune, s not of her own making, has fallen upon her. There are £ two paths for me to choose and, come what may, I J shall follow the one my heart dictates. Father, I ] cannot take your advice." i "Then go!" passionately said the merchant, livid f with fury. 1 Herbert bowed, and approaching his father, held 1 out his hand but the merchant pretended not to ( see it, and turned away with an impatient gesture. « He heard the door close, but kept his back turned j towards it, and fully a quarter of an hour passed away before he moved. And then all that had passed flashed through his brain in a moment. He had struck a blow at his hearth and home^ and _was_ a childless man but though he sank into his chair with a stifled cry of anguish, and his eyes swimming in tears, his pride overwhelmed the better part of his nature, and turned his heart to stone. He made no inquiries about his son at luncheon-time, and the clerks were leaving when he put on his hat and coat and went to the door with the intention of going home to his solitary dinner. He knew that a chair was placed for his only boy; but that chair would remain empty, and perhaps never again be filled with the well-known form. As he moved slowly along the street, the voice of the senior partner of the firm of bankers where young De Caux had been employed, accosted him. I am very late, I know," be said; "but can you give me a few minutes' conversation at your office 1 "Certainly," the merchant replied; "I am en- tirely at your service. He entered the room, re-lit the lamp, and motion- ing the banker to a chair, took one himself. I have come to speak about young De Caux," the banker said. You are aware that he has re- signed his appointment at the bank, and has elected to go abroad. How sorry I am—speaking for the en- tire firm-I candidly admit; but it would be unwise for him to remain here while the cruel finger of the ignorant and unthinking is pointed at him. That he is honest, industrious, and deserving we both know, and as he sails to-morrow we have posted a credit note to our agents in Melbourne for one hundred pounds, which Richard De Caux-he intends to use that name abroad-will receive on his arrival." "Your firm were ever liberal," Mr. Mainwaring murmured. But it is not of money matters that I wish to speak to you," the banker resumed. "You have in- fluence abroad, and can recommend Richard De Caux to a good appointment. There will be no harm done, no false character given. It would not come so well from us, because the poor fellow resigned in con- sequence of this most unhappy affair, but- I cannot," the merchant interrupted. You cannot!" replied the banker, lifting his eyes in surprise." Why ? Because if I wrote a letter of introduction, that I most unfortunate of young men would refuse it." Refuse it I do not understand you." Then," said Ma.inwa.ring I will explain as briefly as possible. I have denied my son permission to con- tinue his engagement with Ethel De Caux, and he has chosen to walk himself off, bent on disobeying my commands, for which I will disinherit him as sure as I live." There was a peculiar expression about the banker's mouth as he listened, and taking up his hat he pre- pared to leave. If I had known that," he said, I might have spared you this interview. I do not wish to inter- fere with your domestic matters, but this I say of your son. I admire his pluck, and had he acted differently I should have denounced him as a black-hearted villain." Mr. Mainwaring lost his breath, and before he could recover it the banker was gone. "So the merchant muttered, "my best and oldest friend turns against me. Let him put himself in my place. How would he act, then ? As I have done, of course. Pooh I am not to be moved. Herbert will see his mistake before the morning, and return full of penitence." So far from seeing his mistake, or believing himself to be in the wrong, Herbert Mainwaring had taken vYik8?' to St. Joseph's Square and told all, amid el s tears, and Richard's ill-concealed despair. Oh! Herbert," Ethel said, "why should I stand between you and your father ? Will it not be wise of me to release you ? The so-called wisdom would make a wreck of me," Herbert replied. The world is wide, and I am not so weak as to fear its cares and struggles. London shall be my sphere of action." But what will you do ? Richard asked. Anything to gain an honest living," Herbert re- plied. Before we part," Richard said, speaking in tremu- lous accents to his friend, I want you to come with me to the room my father used to paint II in. It will be closed and locked till I return, for I take away the key with me." They went to the desolate apartment, and the por- trait before alluded to stood uncovered. "This also I take with me," Richard said, as he opened his pen-knife and cut the canvas from the frame. It may seem a strange fancy to you, but something tells me that I shall meet with the original of this portrait in my travels." Herbert Mainwaring was about to speak when the other checked him with a motion of his hand, I know what you would say he observed, "but I would much rather that it were unsaid. Time will prove whether I am right or wrong. And now that we are alone, Herbert, my more than friend, my more than brother, how will you bear the misfortune which our sorrows have brought upon you?" "Cheerfully, and like a man," Herbert replied. Not another word on that subject, and you may leave England well assured that I will fulfil the promise I gave to your mother. If fortune is hard with us we must bear it, if success is our lot we must be thankful and happy, but part-never Their eyes and hands met at the same instant, and they went downstairs to speak some words of comfort to Ethel, who had many reasons to be sorrowful and unlike her old self. Courage said Herbert. We shall all meet here again in better times. And so, Ethel, your old friend Grace Addison has elected to live here with you." "Yes," Ethel replied. "Of all who vowed friend- ship, she alone has proved true. We shall live until- He clasped her in his arms, and kissed her faltering lips, Until I bid you come to bless me as my wife," he said. I have no fear as to the future. And as for what the world will say. Ah what can the world give me in exchange for you." Herbert glanced up at the clock, and saw that the hour was approaching midnight, and up to that moment he had given no thought as to whither he was going. Home he had none now, though he would soon have to pass under the very window at which his mother had held him in her arms to watch the sun go down in many a glow of summer glory, and for a moment his heart failed him, but the next he had shaken off the sensation of dread and stood with his hands locked in Richard's. Farewell is a word of ill omen, but it finds no echo in my heart," Herbert said. "The ocean that takes you away from us will bring you back again. A good voyage, good luck, and may the blessing given by your noble mother be confirmed in Heaven, my dear Richard. And now, turning to Ethel, he said, as he took her hand within his own, I thank God that He has given me courage to do what I have done! I thank Him for blessing me with such a heart as yours—a heart filled with boundless leve—and possessed of that heart I fling aside care and sorrow, and see the curtain of gloom lifting to a bright and peaceful future.- Kiss _me, darling, once more. The post shall bring you tidings of me in a day or so. Now to fight the battle of life Love, my armour my weapons fearlessness^ and good faith my victory and reward—you, Ethel!" He tore himself away, apd many a day passed before St. Joseph's Square^ saw him again. A few days after Richard was watching the receding cliffs of his native land—leaving all near and dear, but strong of purpose and hopeful as to the result. (To be continued,)
SIR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE ON COMMERCIAL TRAVELLERS. Sir Stafford Northcote, speaking on Saturday at the annual dinner of the Commercial Travellers' Benevo- lent Institution at Exeter, said that that was one of those benevolent institutions of which they had so many in England, and which were founded partly out of feelings of prudence, but more out of feelings of kindness and goodwill. They would find in every profession in England a kindly fellow-feeling among men working together, and that, whatever their rela- tions might have bean, whether wholly friendly or partly antagonistic, yet when one was removed there was a feeling of kindly interest in those who had been de- pendent upon him, and that the widow and orphan of a deceased friend should never be forgotten in Eng- land. (Cheers.) He thought they must not forget the general dictates of Providence in these matters, and it would be very unfortunate if they allowed themselves to be led away by anything in the nature of a merely benevolent institution from the considera- tion of that which was the real duty of every man in receipt of a precarious or life income, and who had a family dependent upon him-he tneant the duty of making some adequate provision for the support of his family after his death. Hedid notsay lifeinsurance was the only way in which that could be done. It was the most common and most convenient way, though there were, no doubt, cases in which provision might be more fittingly and properly made, but he thought that they should bear in mind that it was the duty of men engaged in a profession in which they were themselves earning a fair income-more than sufficient for their actual daily wants-to make some provision for those who ha.d to come after them. He did not profess to be able to speak with any personal knowledge of the work of commercial travellers generally, yet often he had met with them in his journeys and had had occa- sion to see how very intelligent and how very pains- taking a body o! m they for the most part were. They were a body of very considerable importance because after all they were the links of that great institution, the home trade of the country. It was through them that the circulation of trade went on. Of course, as time went on, great changes had taken place in the mode in which business was conducted. Much more was done by correspondence, adver. tising, and other means than those formerly em- ployed, but still there was necessarily a demand, if they wished to develop their trade, for the personal qualities of the commercial travellera, who could never be done away with. There must be effec- tive interchange between producer and consumer. For this work men of intelligence were required, and they must be men of energy, Of good manners, and of good conduct and character, to carry on a business which was of a somewhat delicate character. He had always thought that the functions intrusted to these ambassadors, if one might so call them, were functions of a very important character. In this country we could not afford to dispense with the ser- vices of those who would make known what we were doing, and who would keep alive the circulation of the country within itself. Every year impressed upon him more and more the importance of the home trade of the country, and looking, as he did, at commercial travellers as a most important part, as the springs of the home trade, he was anxious to do what he could to insure them proper consideration on the part of the public. They remembered an old saying of Lord Nelson's. At one time when he was looking out for his enemies, as they then were—the French-he could not exactly find them. He had a powerful fleet ready to meet any enemy, and was prepared to do any service that he might be called upon to perform, but his difficulty was in getting information from various ports of the world as to where his enemy was to be found. He used to complain that he had not a sufficient supply of frigates, and to say, When I die the word 'frigates will be written on my heart." (Laughter.) He could not help thinking, with regard to our great manufacturers and the great works which they were doing, that they wanted frigates to go out and keep them alive, to keep them in touch with all parts of the country, and to give and bring back information in order to keep them abreast with the demanis of the country. The personal qualities which should dis- tinguish those who went out might be of very high order, and ought to be of a quality by no means despicable, because they required men wr.o could go into society, men who could make themielves suffi- ciently acceptable to be able to speak without annoy- ing those whom they addressed men able to get in- formation without seeming to be too inqusitive, and who could be sufficiently pressing without becoming bores. (Laughter and cheers.) He was especially pleased with those he had met in the Wast of Eng. land. With great heartiness he proposed Success to the Commercial Travellers' Institute." (Cheers.)
THE IRISH LABOURERS' MOVEMENT. A meeting in sulipo)rt Of the Irist Labourers League has been held at Edgworthtjwn, county Longford, at which the following resolutions were adopted:— "That we respectfully call on the tenant-farmers to carry out the intentions of the Land Act by apply- for a loan from the Government f«r a suitable cottasre for every twenty-five acres of land; and, further to «ive the labourers half an acre of land at the rent they are at present paying themselves, and which R1! WTHFSFFI"V-EEP TH8 KBOURER< Ireland on the sou u "That we respectfully call on the Government to increase the amount of land to be given to each laWirer to an Irish acre, and to give the grant of monev on the joint security of. landlord aid labourer, in order to erect a cottage thereon, and to charge the smallest possible interest, and to spread ;he payment over at least fifty years. The speakers generally deprecated Borcotting and all descriptions of outrage, and recommeided modera- tion in language.
Retired Commander John Rendell, R.N\, an officer whose name has been borne on the Naval List lor nearly To velrs and who has been in receipt of ha*pay for over half a century, died on Friday last at the age of 84, at Steyning, Suasex,
DEATH OF GENERAL GARIBALDI. General Garibaldi died in Caprera on Friday even- ing, June 2nd.-The following particulars have been given.of his last moments :— General Garibaldi had been suffering for some days from bronchial pneumonia. On Wednesday night he was so much worse that telegrams were sent summon- ing his son Menotti from Rome, and Dr. Albanese from Palermo. Garibaldi's second son, Ricciotti, in consequence of more alarming telegrams, started by express train for Leghorn on Thursday, and was to cross immediately to Caprera. The first telegram conveying the intelligence of Garibaldi's death, which reached the Ministry of In- terior late on Friday evening, said that he died at 6.30. Those around him had mistaken a fainting fit for death; he revived again and lingered until 8,50. During the last hours he asked several times if the steamer from Palermo with Dr. Albanese on board was in sight. He expressed regret at the delay, asked to see his young son Manlio, and shortly afterwards breathed his last. The telegrams from Caprera say he appears as if asleep. His bedroom was arranged as a chapelle ardente, and his body lay dressed in the ponch.-i.e., bournous he usually wore with his em- broidered velvet cap on his head. Some of the crew of the steamship Cariddi, with an officer, formed the guard of honour around the bed. The news was not publicly known in Rome until 11.15 on Friday night. Late as it was crowds quickly gathered in the Corso and in the Piazza Colonna. The performances at the various theatres were immediately stopped, and the Municipal Council, which was sitting, at once suspended its deliberations; after Prosyndic Prince Leopoldo Torlonia had despatched a telegram to Menotti Garibaldi at Caprera expressing their great grief for tha loss which had befallen the nation and the city of Rome, and stating that in the morning the Council would hold an extra- ordinary pubiic meeting to attest the grief of the entire city and deliberate as to the honours to be rendered to the venerated memory of his father. On the news being instantly conveyed to the King by the Secretary General of the Interior, his Majesty, over- come with grief for the loss of one who had ever been his father's firm and sincere friend and had invariably, in the most solemn moments of his life, repeated the words "Italy and Victor Emmanuel," sat down and with his own hands wrote a telegram to Menotti Garibaldi, the contents of which he communicated to no one, not even to the highest functionaries of the Court. On Saturday the City of Rome put on mourning; the Bourse, the University, the schools, and all the shops, with very few exceptions, being closed, and from all the public buildings and many of the houses the national tricolour veiled with crape was displayed. The flags on the Capitol, on the Chamber of Deputies, on the Quirinal Palace, and on the Lareje Palace were half-mast high, and a large proclamation issued by the Municipality, with a deep black border, was posted up everywhere announcing the General's death in words admirably chosen. The Chamber in the afternoon was attended by all the Deputies then in Rome, and the public and other tribunes were crowded. The Cabinet Ministers surrounded their Premier and entered together. Presi- dent Farini rang his bell, and all present rising at once to their feet, he spoke, amid profound silence, his tribute of respect to the dead. Honourable colleagues," he commenced, "a national misfortune weighs upon Italy -Joseph Garibaldi is dead. This man who, like a dazzling meteor, traversed the last forty years of our national history, the sole survivor of the brave men who gathered around the great King and guided the Italians to the enfranchisement from misrule, this symbol of patriotism, of military virtue, of popular revindication, died yesterday on the island of Caprera at the close of day." Affirming the gratitude of the Italians towards this legendary warrior, he went on to enumerate his achievements and the benefits he had conferred upon his country. He described his being included in the proscription of 1834, his departure for South America, and the part be took in the war there, his defence of Rome in 1849, the memory of which would live, a legitimate cause of pride, ameng th9 fasti of the country, his exit from this city, and how with little more than 2,000 followers and pursued by four armies, he traversed Italy from the Mediterranean to the Adriatic, and passed safely through Umbria, Tuscany, and the Marches-a miracle of audacity and fortune unique in the history of modern warfare his battles of San Fermo and Varese in 1859 his departure for Sicily in 1860 at the head of the celebrated Thousand; his landing at Marsala his onward movements at Calatatimi, Palermo. Milazzo, and the Volturno, until, having overthrown the government of the Bourbons, he finally saw virtually completed that unity of the country to which he had consecrated his life. The President read also the noble letter in which Garibaldi, resigning his dictatorship into the hands of Victor Emanuel, said "When, Sire, in touching Silician ground, I assumed the dictatorship, I did so in your name and for you, noble Prince, in whom all the hopes of the nation are concentrated. I fulfil, therefore, a wish of my heart, and keep the promise decreed by me in various acts, by placing in your hands the power which by every title belongs to you now that the people of these provinces have solemnly pronounced for Italy united in one, and for your reign and that of your legetimate descendants." He described how Garibaldi simply replied, I obey," when ordered in 1866 to retiie from those mountains which were bathed with the blood of his bravest followers. He spoke of the way in which, forgetting Mentana, he went to help France in 1870. He reminded the deputies how Garibaldi had been elected in eight successive Parliaments; of his having in the last three represented the First College of Rome; of the memorable day in 1875 when he entered for the first time that ball in which they were sitting and, passing on to speak of his death, he con- cluded by saying But the name of Joseph Garibaldi, written in letters of gold in the annals of Italy by the side of that of the liberating King, will again rekindle the worship of our country, a worship which calms all dissension, retempers men's minds, and re-invigo- rates the people to the guardianship of their proper rights." Deep murmurs of applause greeted many passages of the President's speech. The comparative suddenness of Garibaldi's death created a profound impression throughout Italy. Dr. Albanese, who did not arrive at Caprera until after Garibaldi had died, telegraphed to Signor Depretis that the General has left an autograph dis- position dated September 17, 1881, which reads as followsl:- Having by testament aetermined that my body shall be cremated, I charge my wife with the fulfil- ment of this my will. Should she die before me I will do the same for her. A small urn of granite shall be made which shall enclose her ashes and mine. The urn shall be placed upon the wall behind the sarco- phagus of our children, and beneath the cacia [tree which covers it." Dr. Albanese adds that Garibaldi's wife and Menotti Garibaldi await the reunion of all the family to carry out the last will of the great patriot, and that he makes-this communication to his Excellency in the names of Menotti and Signor Francesca.
ROME, June 6. According to a telegram which the Fanfulla has received from La Maddalena, the Sardinian station nearest Caprera, Garibaldi was fully aware on Thursday last that his end was rapidly approaching, and with the greatest calmness directed that the children should be kept from him, so that they might not suffer unnecessary grief. The closing of the sores on his hands had aroused considerable apprehensions. The affection in the throat dis- abling him from eating, nutrition was given arti- ficially. On Friday morning he insisted, against the advice of his doctor and the entreaties of his family, upon taking a warm bath. Means were adopted which temporarily relieved the catarrh, but soon after eleven in the morning his powers began to fail. At long intervals he spoke a few words, and asked what time it was, questioning those present as to the pos- sibility of his old friend Dr. Albanese arriving in time. The delay in Dr. Albanese's arrival in Caprera was caused by a thick fog at sea. The family of the late General Garibaldi insist that the remains shall be cremated and the ashes deposited at Caprera, in accordance with the will of the de- ceased.—A great number of the towns of Italy have voted sums for the erection of local monuments to the memory of the deceased General.—The Acting Syndic of Rome has made a request for Garibaldi's sword, proposing to preserve it for ever in the Capitol.—Dr. Pini, Secretary to the Cremation Society of Milan, sets out this evening for Caprera to make the neces- sary preparations for carrying out the provisions of Garibaldi's will. Signor Crispi accompanies him.-It appears to be irrevocably decided that the ashes of the deceased shall remain in Caprera.
M. Hugo, on hearing of Garibald's death, des- patched the following telegram to Caprera :—" It is more than death it is a catastrophe. It is not Italy that is in mourning, it is not France, it is mankind. The great nation weeps for the great patriot. Let us dry its tears. He is well where he is. If there be another world our day of sorrow is to him a day of gladness. I accept the honorary presidency on the occasion of the obsequies. My advanced years will not permit me to attend. I open my aged arms to all his family; to all Italy."
On hearing of the death of Garibaldi, Leo XIII. remained silent awhile; then, raising his eyes to heaven, he said, There has gone another figure of the Revolution Oh God be merciful to him."
The whole of the German press (says a Berlin cor- respondent) except the Ultramontane and Ultra- Feudal organs, record in sympathetic notices the death of Garibaldi. His stainless character and lofty patriotism are fully recognised, and the services he rendered in assisting to establish Italian union and in- dependence are warmly acknowledged. These spon- taneous tributes to the departed General are the more valuable as in the last Franco-German war, Garibaldi, in spite of his grudge against France for annexing Nice and Savoy, fought on her side against the Germans, in the belief that he was aiding the cause of liberty by siding with a Republic in its struggle with a Mon- archical foe.