At an inquest on Clarence Cordin, who was killed on the S.E. railway line at a level cros- sing between Sydenham and Catford-bridge, it was suggested deceased was seized with a faint- ing fit while walking over the metals. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death," with the rider that such crossings should be better protected. Colonel Cuthbert, late commanding the 1st Scots Guards, has received the appointment of assistant adjutant-general on the staff in Egypt. It will be remembered that the Army Council ordered Colonel Cuthbert to be placed on half-pay in connection with the recent rag- ging case in the Scots Guards.
I HOME HINTS. A mustard plaster mixed entirely with white of egg will neither scar nor blister. Methylated spirits will clean spectacles and make them beautifully clear. The possessor of very brittle nails should rub them at night with cold cream or vaseline. A teaspoonful of powdered alum added to the blacklead will cause it to give a more brilliant shine. Castor oil becomes tasteless when beaten up with white of an egg. Cut flowers will last much longer if a small piece is cut off the stem and just a little salt put into the water. The skin of a boiled egg applied to a boil affords instant relief. Anyone suffering from rheumatism will find relief if they constantly keep" flowers of sulphur in the foot of their stockings." It is also a remedy for cold feet. To clean white fur try rubbing it thoroughly with warm, dry bran, using a piece of book muslin as a rubber. Failing this, try magpesia in the same manner. To mend a kid glover work, a button-hole stitch all round the torn part, then turn on the wrong side and sew the edges together; Ink stains may easily be removed-, While the ink is still wet sprinkle some table salt on it and expose to the sun. Remove the salt as fast as it becomes discoloured, and replace with' fresh. To sweeten rancid buttey; melt the butter and skim it, then put into it a piece of toast (brown but not burnt). In a few moments the butter will lose its offensive taste and smell,, which the toast will have absorbed. A cement made by adding a teaspoonful of glycerine to a gill of glue is a great convenience in the kitchen, and is especially good for fastening leather, paper, or wood to metal. It is useful to have it at hand. as it saves time when it is wanted. Very fine old lace can be beautifully cleaned by being sewn in a clean piece of linen and laid all night in salad oil. Next day boil it in soapy water for a quarter of an hour, rinse in several waters, dip into sugared water, and pin on a cloth to dry. Clothes should never be left hanging round the nursery fender at night, as this is a most danger- ous place, and a very great risk of a spark setting fire to the clothing is incurred. If your children's feet get wet, or even damp, tjave shoes and stockings at once changed, for it is most necessary that their feet be kept dry and warm. It is useless to cover the body warmly if the extremities be left cold and damp. A chilblain remedy highly recommended by a correspondent is this: Take equal quantities of glycerine, rosewater, and spirits of camphor. Mix well together and always shake the bottle before using. Apply a little of the mixture after washing I the hands and at bedtime. If any broccoli rem ain over from dinner it cam be warmed for the next meal, or even the next day, by placing it in a basin, covered with a saucei and standing it in boiling water. Other vegetables such as celery, beans, &c., can be treated in the same way. In sewing on trouser buttons a small match should be placed between the cloth and the button until it is secured, and then it should be removed before the shanking or twisting a thread several times round between the button and the cloth ia done. This gives plenty of room for the braces tc set without dragging the cloth. Be orderly. A disorderly, careless woman wi11 never have a comfortable home. Be punctual Some girls, and some women, too, are never at the beginning of anything; a little late at breakfast, a little late at church, a little late everywhere. Be cheerful. A bright, smiling face makes everyont happy, and a sullen fretful expression is just at likely to make others cross. Even when it raini out of doors let there be sunshine within. Many people like to scent the water in whict they wash the face, and for this purpose it is a good thingto make a nice bath vinegar and to keep it it bottles ready for use. Take a pint of eau de Cologne, and to this add a grain of musk and aboul an ounce of oil of rose geranium. Let it stand foi two weeks, then add to it half a pint of spirits oi alcohol and another grain of musk. It is now ready for use, and makes a very fine bottle of scent. Dashed lightly on the akin it gives it a pleasant odour. Rents in cloth require very careful mending Employ the stitch known among tailors as 11 fine. drawing." A silk thread is used in drawing together the edges of the cloth, and the stitches only penetrate one-half of the thickness of cloth, and that on the under side, so that when the gar- ment is pressed on the right side the fabric appears perfectly whole and uninjured. When sticks are scarce, or when it is not con- venient to have the blocks of wood broken up, an excellent substitute is found in paper. Take a sheet of newspaper, and commence to roll it tightly from one of its corners. When rolled up give it some extra twists to make it close and firm. Then tie it in a circle, leaving the ends sticking out and a space in the centre to act as funnel Make three or four of these rolls, place them in the fireplace, arrange small coal or cinders on top. and light the ends of the rolls. They will burn brightly, and crack the same as wood does. If a silver chain and medal with name and address engraved on be put round a child's neck. just long enough to prevent the child from taking it off over the head, mothers will not have so much anxiety about the child getting lost, for she wil] soon be brought back when the medal is seen. Waterproof Paint for Oil Coats, &c.-Take ordinary unbleached calico, and after sewing intc the shape required, steep in water, to which add a handful of salt for every two yards of calico. Leave for twenty-four hours and then dry in the air. Afterwards paint with the following: Mix together three pounds of black, one pint of boiled linseed oil, one pint of raw linseed oil, half a pint of turpentine, half a pint of patent drier, two ounces of gold size. Strain, and then use. Put on three coats, allowing each one to dry thoroughly. A correspondent who sends this recipe says a coat he has treated in this way has been in use three years, and is lasting well. Immediately pudding-cloths have been used scald them, wash them thoroughly, using soda, but no soap, and hang them up to dry. A great deal of trouble is saved in this way, as if left till cold it is most difficult to wash them. Let them air well before they are put away, or they will have a nasty odour when -next used. RECIPES. I Economical Pudding.—Place a layer of finely- grated breadcrumbs in the bottom of a piedish, then a layer of raspberry jam; continue this until the dish is full. Beat up two eggs in a pint of milk. Beat well together and pour over the ingredients. Bake slowly until well set. This is a very light and quickly-made pudding. Brown Soup.—Slice two onions and two carrots and wash twopenny worth of soup bones. Add any scraps. Put these with a chopped turnip, some celery stalks, two or three cloves, a few pepper- corns, and salt into a stewpan with three quarts of water. Cover, and simmer slowly for about six hours. Strain, leave to cool, remove all fat, then add vermicelli, and serve the soup very hot.
I i CURRENT SPORT. SURREY'S THIRD VICTORY. At the Oval on Saturday Surrey gained their third successive victory in the County Cham- pionship, beating Leicestershire by an innings and 270 runs. Much the superior side at all pointe, they were sure of victory overnight, the visitors having lost four men a eecond time for 25, and in seventy minutes, the remaining six wicket6 fell for 61, of which Whiteside and Joyce obtained 28 for the last partnership. Leicestershire batted badly on a good wicket against splendid bowling. Knox took five wickets for 37 runs, while in the match be dis- missed ten men for 94. YORKSHIRE BEAT HAMPSHIRE. Hampshire never recovered from their poor first innings when, on a good wicket, they were dismissed for 198, sscd at Southampton on Saturday Yorkshire beat them by seven wickets. The match, however, had one consolation for Hampshire, Mead, their young left-handed batsman, showing great promise for the future in innings of 60 and 109. On Saturday he batted vith great confidence against the Yorkshire bowling, making some splendid strokes al] round the wicket during hia stay of three hoars; NORTHAMPTON'S BRILLIANT WIN. At Worcester on Saturday Northamptonshire gained a brilliant victory over Worcestershire by 41 runs. On Friday they were- compelled to follow on in a minority of 165, but they then llidJ so well that when their innings closed the home team wanted 254 to win. A good start was made, but after lunch—at which point 95 had been scored for the loss of two Thompson bowled splendidly. Cuffe madte a big effort to win the game for his side. Pool and Thompson took chief honours for the win- ners, the former playing an innings of 166 and Thompson, taking fourteen wickets. LADIES' INTERNATIONAL GOL], In perfect golfing weather, the Ladies' Inter- national Tournament, preceding the competi- tion for the Championship, was brought to a close at Burnham, Somerset,. on Saturday. Scotland bad already won the Challenge Trophy by beating both England and Ireland, and these two countries had therefore to play off for second place. England won by fi-ve points to two. JAY GOTJLD> NO MATCH FOR FAIRS. The International tennis matched having fallen through owing to the indisposition of E., H. Milesi, Mr. Jay Gould, the American ama- teur champion, played an exhibition mat-cl-i with Cecil Fairs, the professional champion of the world, at Prince's Club, on Saturday. Fairs conceded a start of 15, and won with ease by three sets to love 6-3, 6—4, and 6--4. Mr. Gould laboured under the disadvantage of playing in a strange court. C, IMPORTANT POLO MATCH. Polo enthusiasts mustered strongly a.t Roe- hampton on Saturday, when the important annual match between the famous Rugby team (polo champions in 1897,. '98, '99, '01,. and '03), and Mr. Buckmaster's Rest of England t-eam was played. The match was rather disappoint- ing, for Rugby hardly played up to their repu- tation. The England team, who were. all in great form—Mr. Buckmaster in particular- gained an unexpectedly easy victory, leading by four goals to love at half-time, and winning by six goals to one. ATHLETICS AND CYCLING. Saturday was a busy day for the athletic and cycling fraternity. Some capital performances were accomplished at the Blackheath Harriers' sports, where F. A. Knott, a runner who eschews all meat in favour of vegetables, nuts, and fruit, beat the Midland Counties champion, F. H. Rul- ford, in a level mile in the fast time of 4min. 28 4-5sec. J. P. George won the 120 yards invitation handicap; R. W. Kelly the 100 yards and 300 yards open handicaps J. R. Jenkins the mile open handicap and A. Miller the three miles open walking handicap Herne Hill H. won the inter-club race. The ten miles championship of the Midland counties was won by W. H. Day, J. Price being second, and W. G. Dunkley (holder) third. J. S. Benyon won the 440 yards, half-mile, and mile professional cycle races at the Midland C. and A. C.'s meeting at Aston.. H. D. Buck (Anerley) took the half-mile scratch race, and E. Payne (Worcester) the five miles scratch event. K.C.'S RECORD BEATEN. At Merchant Taylors' School sports the weight. putting record (for the school) of 34ft. 4in., which Montague Shearman (now "K.C.") ac- complished in 1875, was at last well beaten. The feat was accomplished by Gurner, caotain of the first eleven. He won at 36ft. 9in. Gurner goes up to Oriel, Oxford, next October. POLYTECHNIC'S MOTOR-PACED RACE. The principal event at the Polytechnic Cycling Club's spring meeting at Herne Hill was a one hour motor-paced race. W. C. Le Grys made a bold bid for victory at the very outset, and, being nicely paced, maintained a good pace throughout, and won both the scratch race and the -sealed handicap held in conjunction there- with, with the score of 32 miles 1.550 yards. The second man, H. A. Ratcliff, finished about three-quarters of a mile behind him. GLASGOW CHARITY CUP FINAL. Twenty-two thousand people witnessed the Glasgow Charity Cup final tie between Queen's Park and Glasgow Rangers at New Hampden on Saturday. Queen's were assisted forward by T. T. Fitchie (Woolwich), while Jackson (late West Ham) played back for the Rangers. In the first half the Rangers scored through McPhee, Kyle and Spiels, Queen's gaining a point from a penalty. Queen's got the only goal in the second half through H. Logan, and the Rangers won by three goals to two. The sum taken was £ 600, making a total for distribution this season of £ 800. A LIVELY MEETING. Lively scenes occurred at the annual meeting of the Irish Football Association at Belfast on Saturday night. The platform was stormed by delegates, and the greatest disorder prevailed. The doors were rushed, and the chairman was compelled to adjourn the proceedings at mid- night. The meeting lasted five hours, but com- paratively little business was transacted. LADY'S FINE GOLF. At Burnham (Somerset) on Mondaythe eighteen holes scatch medal play competition, which always precedes this tournament for the ladies' golf cham- pionship, was notable for a round of seventy-seven by Miss May Heslet, the Irish champion, who easily won first prize. A stiff north- easterly wind made the golf difficult, and resulted in many cards being destroyed. Miss Hezlet, however, played brilliantly. She went out in 38 (two strokes under bogey), and came home in 39, her-total of 77 equalling the men's bogey score for the links. Her partner, Miss Dorothy Camp- bell, the Scottish champion, recorded 85 (42 out and 43 home). Mrs. G. B. Sumpter, of Hun- stanton, also returned a card of 85 (45 and 40), and these two players tied for second prize. Miss Bertha Thompson, the present lady open champion, took 88 (47 and 41). Miss M. A. Graham, a former champion, and Miss E. C. Nevile, who were coupled, had a large following, g but neither player showed her true form. Miss Graham had a nine at the second hole, and she finished in 99; while Miss Nevile could do no better than 91. Miss C. Foster had a fine three at the first hole, but she totalled 91,* while her partner, Mrs. Durlacher, the Irish international player, re- tired. A FOOTBALL LIST. ■ The official list shows that the 40 clubs of the Football League have a hold on no fewer than 267. players, of whom 1362 are retained and 1312 offered for transfer. The club holding the largest number of players is Aston Villa, with 90 retained and 35 open to transfer; but Blackpool, Burnley, West Bromwich Albron, and the Wolverhampton Wanderers all have over a hundred in the two categories. The smallest number of retained players is Bristol City's seventeen, while Liver- pool, with seven, have the shortest list of men OD offer.
THE SULTAN SUBMITS. The Porte, emys a telegram from Cairo, haa agreed to evacuate Tabah and, all other places within Egyptian territory. A telegram from Constantinople says: The Turkish garrison at Ta.ba.h hae withdrawn, by order of die Sultan. The British demands, however, have only been accepted "conditionally." The Porte delivered its reply to the Britishi Embassy at Constantinople on Friday night, agreeing to the evacuation of Tabah and to- .tiN3 appointment of a delimitation Commiesion. The Note was, however, couched in a form con- sidered unacceptable by Sir N.- O'Conor, who consequently insisted1 upon complete eaticfac- tion cefore the time limit expired. There is every reason to beJieve that the Sultan wiii not risk the of procraiSitinatioii, and it is expected that complete satisfaction will be given. As a matter of fact, the universal impression in Turkish official circles was that the Sultan's- Note would prove satisfactory, and, in that belief, undisguised pleasure wae expressed that a rupture had been averted, thug proving that. the recent policy at Yildiz Kiosk had few sup- porters. The overwhelming British naval dis- play at the Piraeus produced a strong impres- sion in all circles.
BODY ON AN ENGINE. On the arrival of a mail train at Gateshead it was found that the body of a man was hanging from the loose coupling hook in front of the engine. Both the feet were missing, and the neck was dislocated. The feet and boots were found down the line. Apparently the deceased had been knocked down oy the train while walking on the !■ line. The body was identified as that of Mr. Percival Nichol, a commercial traveller, of Dur- ham. He was 36 years of age.
EDITOR SENT TO PRISON. At Dublin, the hearing of a case was concluded, in which counsel, on behalf of Nicholas O Carroll, Master of the Ballingasloe Workhouse, and Anni& O'Carroll, his daughter, moved to have William Hastings, editor of the "Western News," Ballin- asloe, committed for contempt in commenting in strong language on a case awaiting trial at Galway Assizes, in which true bills have been found against O'Carroll and his daughter on charges of alleged forgery at the private prosecution of Hastings, who himself sent up the bills to the Grand Jury. The Court held that Hastings had been guilty of contempt of court, and ordered him to be im- prisoned for three months.
TOO MUCH WORLD. Mr. Augustine Birrell, the Minister for Edncs. tion, laying the foundation-stone of & new chapel at Taunton, spoke on the secularism of life. We need not take pains to create a secular atmosphere," he eaid, "for we live and move and have our being in it. The world, indeed, is far too much with us, and we have to build retreats and quiet resting-places, and to appoint hours for thought, or else the active habit of religion becomes destroyed, and leaves us probably never to return."
PETTED BY PRINCES. A dog which has appeared before the Queen at Buckingham Palace was the subject of a suit at Bow County-court, v Mr. John Patterson, profes- sionally known as Professor Duncan, being sued by Mrs. Philips, a dressmaker, for damages for having been bitten by a dog-a Scotch collie. Is not this the dog that is exhibited on posters as rescuing a puppy from fire ?" she was asked. It rescues a real live baby," she replied. Mr. Patterson said the dog was one of the gentlest he had. When it appeared at Buckingham Palace the young Princes petted it and made & great fuss over it. The Judge said he was not satisfied that a case had been made out against the dog, and dismissed the case.
«ARRESTING EVERYBODY." A Brighton jury awarded George Harland, & commercial traveller, C75 damages against Police-constable Marsh, of the West Sussex Constabulary, for wrongful arrest at Southwick, on February 6. Defendant, who was in plain clothes, stopped plaintiff from going by train to Brighton, and made him go to Shoreham, in the opposite direction, because he resembled the de- scription of a man who was wanted. On the way to Shoreham the constable and plaintiff met an acquaintance of the latter. This gentleman, astonished at seeing plaintiff's posi- tion, asked, What are they arresting everybody for? They arrested me a few minutes since."
SOUTHEND MYSTERIES. Inquests were held at Southend on two bodies found on the beach between Southend and Shoe- buryness, but in neither case was the victim iden- tified, and the inquirtes were adjourned. One body was that of a full-bcarded man of about 65, in whose pocket was a loaded double- barrelled pistol, which, however, had not been nsed recently. The other was that of a man more than 6ft. tall, whose coat was made in Edinburgh. A coastguardsman said that he had found 14 bodies in two years at about the same spot.
WIFE'S REMARKABLE LETTER. An extraordinary letter from a wife to hei husband, was read, in the Divorce Court, during the trial of the suit of Mr. A. E. Holborow, ol Hereford, for a divorce from his wife on the ground of her alleged misconduct with Mr. Edwin Colebatch. Mr. and Mrs. Holborow were married if 1890, and there were four children. In 1905. his wife left home, taking with her a cash-boi containing securities worth £ 500, and Mr. Hol- borow wrote to her that he did not wish her tc return. He received the following reply: Yon scamp, if ever I set eyes on you again I will shoot you as dead as a door nail, even if I have to hang for it. You sly devil. you have not only poisoned my father and mother's mind against me, but you tried to take my children away. If ever I set eyes on you again I will shoot you, you sly, deceitful devil I will see if you can rob me of my children 01 not. I not only hate you, I loathe you for youi sly, under-handed tricks. If you can take youi four children away after this you must be < devil, which I am confident you are. You never seem to think that one day you will have to appear before your God, which, I believe is money."
[ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.] THE HOUSE OVER THE WAY. By HORACE LASHBROKE, Author of 11 To the Rescue," "An Unjust Steward," "Forsaken," That Cad Willianw," "Poor Cousin Tim," etc. etc. HE NARRATIVE CONTINUED BY PAUL WINGROVB. I CHAPTER XII. I THE PROFESSOR'S RETURN. I Srn JASPER PEARL turned to his daughter with an expression of mingled surprise and anxiety upon his face. "Something very important to say about Professor Cloud, my child? What is it?" "Come, sit down here, close to me, for a few minutes only, and I will tell you, dearest papa. It in nothing to be alarmed about, I promise you- Mr. Wingrove, you need not leave the room, sir; J prefer you to remain." There was no escape after this: I had to resign myself to my fate. "Possibly," resumed Agnes, "you have had some slight suspicion that Mary Cloud and young Prescott are attached to one another ? "No, my dear, I have not. I have not observed anything to lead me to that conclusion." You surprise me, papa dear; I thought you mtisthave suspected it "My darling child, I have other things to think about than the amours of young people. I never suspected you and Paul, you know "You have made Paul and me very, very happy, papa and we want you to try and make Mary and lialph equally so." You forget, my dear, that Mary Cloud is not my daughter, neither is Ralph Prescott my son. Their love affairs are no business of mine. Besides, if they are in love, I presume they do not want making happy. They must be so already "•To a certain extent, no doubt," answered Agnes. "They are happy in the knowledge that ,their love is reciprocal; but there it ends, there it comes to a dead standstill, dearest papa." How is that ? asked Sir Jasper. Then Agnes told him of the existence of some mysterious circumstance in Mary Cloud's life which rendered it imperative, in her belief, that she "Could not marry Ralph Prescott. She explained how Mary could not be persuaded to reveal the nature of this mystery even to her lover, and how she had entreated him to conceal from Professor Cloud the fact of their mutual attachment. Of course," said Agnes, it may not at first seem right that Paul and I should betray the con- fidence reposed in us by the unhappy pair, but When we assure you, dearest papa, that we only do so for their sakes, seeing that the course they are pursuing is destructive to their happiness and their future welfare, I think you will agree, on reflection, that we are only acting properly and humanely in telling you everything." And now that you have told me everything," answered Sir Jasper, "what do you wish me to do? How do you imagine I can improve mat- ters?" I think you can improve matters very easily "Capa, by speaking to Professor Cloud." Sir Jasper looked perplexed and troubled, -evidently it was a hard matter to refuse hia darling daughter anything she might suggest, and evidently she had asked him to perform a task that e considered anything but easy. The position," he said, at last, is both painful and awkward. Interfering in people's love affairs Is a very delicate and dangerous matter. One may "So easily give unintentional offence; one may do -raore harm than good." I am aware of all that, papa," replied Agnes, but when one is acting for the best, and in the hope of averting the worst, are not the risks you mention worth hazarding indeed, is it not one's duty to hazard them ?" It is not wise to run the risk of making bad worse," said Sir Jasper. But when the worst is inevitable unless one aoies something ?" pleaded Agnes. "My dear," said Sir Jasper, sorely perplexed to overcome his daughter's merciless logic, probably you take too gloomy a view of the situation. The future of our young friends need not necessarily end in misery because they are left to follow their own unaided course. They may find their way out -of their difficulties without extraneous assistance." That is just what they cannot do, papa Their 'fate is sealed if someone does not mercifully drag them out of the Slough of Despond into which they have sunk. Look at poor Mary-she is absolutely pining away, and Ralph Prescott has become a pitiable object of chronic despair. They have peached that stage in which they are incapable of helping themselves. To attempt to persuade them into activity, to assure them that they are adopting a suicidal policy, would be utterly useless-I know it would They must be treated just as you would treat an invalid who declined to see a doctor; fend for him on your own responsibility There was an element of humour imparted to this conversation, though unconsciously, by my darling, that relieved the sadness, that gave rise to it. Sir Jasper's head was bowed upon his hand, but eVen he could not refrain from smiling in the midst of his perplexity. "Paul, dear papa, was at first disposed to think differently to me in this matter, but he was com- pelled to ackowledge, in a very short space of time, that I was perfectly right." You could persuade anyone into anything, I Verily believe," said Sir Jasper, rising from his seat, and gently smoothing her hair with a loving hand as he did so. Ana now, my dear child, I must ask you to leave me. I have not yet read through my letters. Professor Cloud's was the first I 1)pened." "And you will speak to Professor Cloud, papa ? I will give the subject my best consideration. I will not make any absolute promise, but, probably, 1 may do as you wish." She put her arms about his neck and kissed bim; then we left him to the perusal of his letters. In the afternoon, Sir Jasper drove over to the Station in person to meet Professor Cloud, having, Bo doubt, in the kindness of his heart, determined that his coming guest should thereby be doubly assured of the heartiness of his welcome. Agnes and I hoped that the subject of Mary's attachment to Ralph Prescott would be entered un during the drive back to Silver Hall. In this we were destined to be disappointed. At the pinner table in the evening, we judged from Sir Jasper's manner, and that also of the Professor, that nothing had as yet been said. The Professor was in high spirits throughout the ^al, and although busily occupied in eating enough to have satisfied two ordinary men, nearly the whole of the conversation, "e made a disclosure that startled and greatly :suprised me. "Mr. Wingrove, my dear sir," he said, "I OPe it will be agreeable news to you to hear that We are destined to become your neighbours in the Very early future." Indeed I answered. "You will, doubtless, remember that when I had a very delightful chat with you in the rose- farden, on the day preceding my departure from ilver Hall, you were good enough to describe to Irle the quaint beauties of Winford." "I remember the conversation perfectly," I Answered. L "Since my absence I have visited Winford, and Wave taken a house there." "Taken a house at Winford, Professor Cloud ?" c You appear surprised, my dear sir. Is not Winford a place after my own heart ? Did I not you so when you described it to me?" "You said you liked old world places but I hesitated, and the Professor took advantage of my hesitation. "Out with it, my dear young friend do not be afraid of hazarding an opinion, if you have one to Express." Professor Cloud's small black eyes were fixed "pan me with an expression of mingled conde- scension and pity that made me feel both confused and annoyed. "My opinion would not be worth having," I Stud. 0 cc Pardon me, my dear young sir; it might be of kiestimable value to one who is on the point of embarking in a new enterprise in a neighbourhood with which you are acquainted. That very sig- nificant I but' with which you abruptly closed an unfinished observation, has awakened my euriosity." "I was merely on the point of observing that I did not think Winford a likely place to suit you when in the active pursuit of your calling, Pro- fessor Cloud. But, of Gourse, you understand your own business far better than I do." Believe me, I am grateful to you for the sugges- tion, in which there would be much wisdom had I not determined to work upon somewhat different lines than I have done hitherto. The establish- ment of a high-class school for the sons of gentle- men in a quiet, old-fashioned country town, recommends itself more to me than the arduous task of working up a connection in the vast Metropolis as a teacher of languages." With your natural love for the country, I can well understand that, Professor," chimed in Sir Jasper. The only thing is, to be able to work up a connection." "My dear Sir Jasper," replied Professor Cloud, workine, up a connection is the great primary consideration. How often a man possessing limited capital, but unlimited capacity, in the scholastic line, has failed for the want of adequate funds." "Which," replied Sir Jasper, significantly, ought to have been found by well-to-do relatives or friends." Well-to-do relatives and friends usually prefer keeping their capital to themselves. Alas the world in which we breathe, exist, and have our being is a selfish world. Who knows it better than I? The Professor heaved a deep sigh, and com- menced peeling a third apple. "I tell you what I will do," said Sir Jasper. I will write to Stork and ask him to use his influence in finding you pupils and I don't doubt that our young friend Wingrove will be able to influence his uncle in your favour." "Our young friend's uncle," replied the Pro- fessor, speaking with marked deliberation, has already been appealed to in my behalf, and, I regret to say, has not afforded me the smallest encouragement." Really I exclaimed Sir Jasper I am surprised at that." "It rather surprised me," said the Professor. "When I approached Mr. Richard Wingrove I did so in the most friendly spirit, but there was, I regret to say, no kind of reciprocity. On the con- trary, his manner was, to put it in the mildest terms, extremely objectionable." The Professor glanced at me as he said this, and could not have failed to detect how uncomfortable the tone of his conversation was rendering me; I but he mercilessly continued in the same strain. "In vain did I inform Mr. Wingrove that I was related to a family of some social distinction, who many years ago resided in the immediate vicinity of Winford. In vain did I mention the name of Sir Percival Cloud. Sir Percival Cloud had been nothing to him Sir Percival Cloud's relatives were a matter of equal indifference to him. The estab- lishment in Winford of a school for the sons of gentlemen, by ever so able a master, was a matter in which he declined to take any kind of interest, no matter who was rash enough to enter upon such a doubtful speculation. If he supported anyone in such an undertaking, which he had no idea of doing, it certainly would not be a person of whose antecedents he had no kind of reliable knowledge." A decidedly insulting tone to adopt," remarked Sir Jasper. Was not Mr. Wingrove aware that you had met his nephew at my house, and that you were a friend of mine "My dear Sir Jasper," replied the Professor, "I did not mention either of those facts. I presumed he was acquainted with both through our young friend here. I have never acquainted my uncle with the fact of my meeting Professor Cloud at Silver Hall," I observed with a touch of asperity. The Professor raised his eyebrows with a faint suggestion of incredulity, and said, Indeed ? I took it for granted our young friend would have mentioned the fact to his estimable uncle Had he done so, Mr. Richard Wingrove would probably have received you in a very different manner," said Sir Jasper. I fear. Sir Jasper," I answered, that my in. fluence with my uncle would not prove strong enough to guide him in any respect. He is a particularly reserved man, and apparently has no: desire to make friends. Professor Cloud has no. reason to suppose that he was singled out as a mark for discourtesy." It is very good of our young friend to attempt to throw oil upon what he evidently, and not un- naturally, assumes to be troubled waters, but let me assure him that -his worthy uncle's mannei towards me occasioned only a momentary pang. 1 wished to be friendly, I desired to be amicable, but on meeting with a rebuff I did what I always do under the circumstances I gracefully retired into the seclusion of my humble shell, forgiving, and, as far as it was possible, forgetting the slight that had been inflicted. To err is human, ta forgive divine I' I always forgive The Professor applied his handkerchief to his eyes as he concluded the above speech, then assisted himself to a fourth apple. There was a brief and rather embarrassing silence. Never before had I known the conversa- tion take an unpleasant turn at Sir Jasper's table, and the circumstance rendered every one present more or less uncomfortable, with, perhaps, one ex- ception. I could not help feeling that Professor Cloud rather enjoyed than otherwise the discomfiture he had created, more particularly as it affected me. That my uncle Richard had treated him with, marked discourtesy I did not for a moment doubt, and I concluded that he was, in consequence wreaking his vengeance upon me by publishing the fact in my presence at Sir Jasper's table. Were it not so, surely he would have reserved the disclo- sure for a more private occasion. The Professor was the first to break the silence, "Iu order, I presume, to emphasize his inex- plicable aversion to so humble a member of society as myself, Mr. Richard Wingrove endeavoured to wrest from me the house I have taken in Winford; an ancient and somewhat delapidated edifice stand- ing in the High Street immediately opposite his own somewhat gloomy residence." The 7tottse over the way I exclaimed. Do you mean the house over the way ? That dismal, wretched place?" The Professor looked up at me with either real or assumed astonishment; indeed, all eyes were turned upon me, for I had spoken as one only speaks when labouring under considerable excite- ment. The house over the way, my young friend," said Professor Cloud, whose eyes never left my face. Dismal, wretched, if you like to call it so, but eminently suited to my purpose. A f 3W repairs, a reasonable amount of paint, and re-papering, and it will assume a most respectable appearance. Why your worthy uncle should have been so solicitous to take it at treble the rental after he discovered that I had secured it can only be accounted for on the assumption that his aversion to my humble self is as strong as it is inexplicable. Of course, there may be other reasons which could not under the circumstances present themselves to my mind. Perhaps our young friend can enlighten us ? "lam sure I cannot," I answered, curtly, and feeHng more and more incensed against Professor Cloud each moment for being made the central object of attraction. I only know I have heard my uncle speak of the house over the way as an eye-sore an opinion in which I should think most people would agree." "If your estimable uncle," replied the Professor, "has regarded it in that unfavourable light for so long I wonder he has left it to me to convert it into an object worthy of admiration "You had better ask him, sir." I retorted, and rising from my seat in ill.disguised wrath, I quitted the room. I made my way to the drawing-room, whither Agnes soon followed me. I never before saw my amiable Paul so angry or upset," she said, seating herself by me and plac- ing her dear hand in mine. Was it not enough to anger and upset a saint ?" I answered. Why should that wretched fellow make me a target for his sarcasms and ill-disguised spleen just because mv morose uncle pleased to I treat him discourteously ? Mark my words, Agnes, the Professor-means mischief. He is no friend of mine, that's very certain, and if he can come between our happiness he will." "He can never do that Paul—never The loving confidence with which she said this Alas that any word of mine should have selfishly dimmed it for an instant. "We never know what some evilly disposed men cannot do," I answered. An expression of infinite pain came into her beautiful face. "We have but to be true to each other, Paul, and no one living can divide us I hate Professor Cloud," I replied, evasively. Lady Pearl's appearance upon the scene put an end to the conversation. Still hot and flushed with anger, I left Agnes with her mother and went out into the cool evening air. By this time it had grown dark. I crossed the lawn in front of the house and sought the seclu- sion of an arbour, where I endeavoured to solace and. calm myself with a cigar as my only com- panion. Ere long I heard approaching footsteps, to which, however, I paid small attention, so wrapt was I in my own reflections. But when the voices of Sir Jasper Pearl and Professor Cloud fell upon my ear I aroused myself from my reverie. I had no premeditated intention of playing the part of eaves-dropper as they approached. I naturally concluded that they would pass on without perceiving me, and out or hearing. But it so happened that they halted within a few feet of where I was seated hidden by the foliage of the arbour. I readily admit that it would have been more honourable had I at once disclosed my proximity, but the words that fell from Sir Jasper's lips, at once disclosing the purport of his conversation with Professor Cloud, overcame all conscientious scruples. "I have known Ralph Prescott from his infancy, and a worthier or more imanly young fellow I never met with. That he would make an excellent hus- band I have no manner of doubt. The attachment between him and your daughter is mutual. Under those circumstances I cannot but feel that it would be a sad thing if their lives had to be live apart. "My dear friend, my very dear friend," replied the Professor, "no one breathing has deeper sym- pathy with the pure and undefiled attachment of youth than I have. It is beautiful, it is exquisitely spiritual, it encroaches upon the borderland of the celestial; but, but there are circumstances of a mundane nature that sometimes place a cruel and impassable gulf between those who love. This, I regret to say, is a case in point. I do not for one moment question the worthiness of young Prescott; I do not for one moment question his affection for my sweet daughter, or her affection for him. I should rejoice to place my hand upon their dear young heads and say Bless you my children;' but, alas alas I may not-I cannot." "But why-not, Professor?" asked Sir Jasper. Of all beings on this earth," answered Professor Cloud, "to whom I would most readily disclose ttie profoundest secrets of my heart and life you, Sir Jasper, are the being; but there are secrets which one dare not, may not, in honour disclose even to the friend of friends. Gladly, thankfully, would I more open my heart to you and disclose the reasons why matrimony is to the child of my bosom an impossible and forbidden state. Alas I must not, I may not. This alone dare I say, that she is debarred from entering into that holy state, in which I should rejoice to see her, through no fault of her own, sweet darling, but through cruel circumstances over which she has had no control." "Is there no hope of her at any time being released from this cruel debarment ?" asked Sit Jasper. "My dearest friend, replied the Professor, "I would not raise a hope in any bosom that might prove delusive. I cannot as a man of honour say that there is a likelihood of her present unfortu- mate position being reversed." I am grieved, more than grieved," said Sit Jasper. As you are already aware, Professor, I have no belief in marriages that are not entirely based upon mutual love. In that belief I encour- aged my own daughter to make her free choice as to whom she should marry. I placed no restrictions upon her, I demanded no social or mercenary con- siderations. If her choice rested upon a good man, a gentleman at heart, I should be satisfied. In choosing Paul Wingrove I believe she has made a wise choice." The Professor indulged in a dry little cough, but said nothing. That your daughter was equally fortunate in the disposal of her affections," resumed Sir Jasper, I have felt confident. To have seen our dear one's at the expiration say of a year or eighteen months-by which time they certainly would be assured of the stability of their feelings-happily married, would have afforded me infinite delight." My dear Sir Jasper," replied Professor Cloud, your belief in the honesty and integrity of those about you-even those with whom you have been but shortly acquainted-is a sure and certain proof of your own purity and nobility of heart. Far be it from me to cast a shadow over your faith in those whose happy privilege it has been to abide beneath the shelter of your hospitable roof-tree. The choice your sweet and beautiful daughter has made satisfies you, but, if I may venture to speak as your bosom friend, I would implore you to pause, to reflect long and deeply ere you-- The concluding words of the sentence did not reach my ears, for Sir Jasper and Professor Cloud had resumed their walk while the latter was speaking. To have crept stealthily after them and heard still more would only have been to follow a natural impulse, under the circumstances but as it was, I remained rooted to my seat in the arbour, my mind filled with the gravest apprehensions. (To be continued.)
SEALS ON THE COAST. I TJue Kentish coast is being visited by a num- ber of seals, and at Bay a local angler had an interesting experience with one. While fishing from the pier head, he was surprised to see a seal come up close to his line, and later on it clambered on to the steps, and made its way to the iron staging, where it lay baskin- an the sun for a considerable period. The seal dived several times in search of food, and on ascending to the surface hadi a dub or codling in its mouth on each occasion. The presence of the seals its said to point to a good number of fish being about.
FIRE AT NEWMARKET. I A large portion of Lord! Derby's training quarters at Newmarket—in which were stalled His Majesty, Airlie, Chaucer, and about 40 ether racehorses—was involved in a fire which broke out in a corner of one of the main build- ings. Quickly spreading to the stables, the fire maddened the racehorses, and no little diffi- Ic culty was experienced in releasing them, but eventually ail were removed; to a place of safety. The Stanley-house private brigade lost no time, ibut although a plentiful supply of fine ap- pliances was at hand, the volunteer firemen were seriously hampered in their work by the indifferent water supply* and, aided by the wind, the fire soon spread to over 200 yards of stab- I ling, with lofts, granaries, and other store- rooms overhead. The fire was got under in about three hours. It is understood that none of the homes was seriously injured. The loss is variously estimated at from £ 10,000 to Z12,000, and is.stated to be covered by insurance.
Aonong rare documents to be soid in London shortly the sign manual of the <<Bov Kimr Edward VI., to the letters patent mS'a mint and the essay office at Canterbur^? culn0u?t :hS> el1ctric :li^llt Fiffcv-fimiritthJ^ L JT glass window in West a Dole W York, and! by means of worth of^oW a b°°k' 801116 £ 2°° The wife of Mr. Alfred1 Hallo way. cycle mann- fak-Iturer, of Market Dmyton, has given birth to triplets, three girfe. I A calf with five legs was soldi by auction in N-ewbury eaule market to a local butcher foe 7s.. strong and heolthy.