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first at the sky, then at her broom, —silly little girl ! But Sir Peter, and then at his umbrella. “Do who was just behind, swung himyou think it will rain ?” she asked. self up on to the outside of the “Rain,” he replied, with a faint Ark, and watched the pair go off inflection of irony in his tone, with an amused smile on his face.
my dear lady, 'après nous le They may go to Jericho if they déluge' is not on the cards.” like; they will find me sitting
Why do you put so much em- here on their return; or if not, phasis on nous ? there is nothing they know my address in town.” between us." “ There may be one So saying he lit a cheroot. umbrella between us before long,” And now a strong smell of seahe answered impatiently. It was water and vitriol was borne on the evident that there was to be war breeze, - Mehalah was coming on to the knife between them, and to the scene, followed by Anthony every inch of ground would have Hammond, looking very shabby to be contested. He had served and sheepish, and as if he had in many engagements—sometimes just been refused - -or accepted. with widows, sometimes with in- He and Mehalah cannot have had génues, always with women with much in common. I should have histories and uncomfortable back- thought his tastes lay in the oppogrounds; but he had never quite site direction from strong language met with a woman like Diana. She and vitriol ; but he was ever shillypuzzled him as she had done others, shallying, and willy-nillying, and and this determined him to finesse. thus found himself landed on She saw this, and doubled back. surf-beaten shore of new and posHe hedged, she ditched—that is to sibly tempestuous experiences. say, she dug a pitfall for him. She I had not time to follow up this offered him a nut. “She wishes strange concurrence of atoms, for to find out if they're false,” he just then “ Lady Dolly” came out thought. “She shan't.” . . Cen- quickly, evidently agacée, because turies of civilisation and refine- the “Moths ” had got at her valument were 'swept away in that able furs while shut up, and bebrief moment, and the look of the cause worthy “Mr Smith” had wild early settler overspread his been kind enough to say he would delicately cut features. He took devote “a part of his life” to the proffered nut, and looking her seeing her safe home. steadily in the face, said, very very young and lovely, but her slowly, and with the clearest pre-, daughters were elderly women ; not post-nasal enunciation, “You she always called them her aunts bet," and spun the nut into the air when at Trouville, and made them with the velocity of a catapult. wear poke-bonnets, and go about It was to be point and counter- in bath-chairs. “Je connais mon point to the very end.
époque,” she would say, and rising At that moment Saracinesca and risen generations could make strolled out of the Ark, looking no head against her. very sulky, and as if he had been And now another panel of the quarrelling with his dear wife, door was opened, and instead of a which is, I am sorry to hear, a pas de deux there began a regular habit into which he has fallen of stampede, and dozens of figures late. "Lady Baby" instantly flashed down the plank and away. tacked herself on to him, in order Some were carrying hansom-cabs, to play him off against “Sir Peter" some suspicious-looking bundles
labelled “Life and Remains of,” ble of converting an archbishop, and I am sure I saw an arm pro- or of dealing faithfully with truding here and a leg there, and drunken charwoman. This deyet every one was laughing, and cided me not to interfere, but to had a sort of spasmodic grin on wend my way homewards. The their faces. Some had “struck word " Thoth,” however, would ile," some their wives, some both keep running in my head—Thoth -others had opened veins, gold or _what other word does it remind jugular. There was a great hub
me of ?
I have it—Thoughtbub, and I heard cries of “Hello, knock out the u and the g, and · Barnes !'" “Is that you, 'Pot- transpose the ht and you have it. ter'?”
“You're 'In the wrong Modern Thought, Modern Thoth
“No, I'm in the ditto —why, it rhymes with froth !! Paradise.” “ Are you ‘Jekyll and Why, yes ! What? eh ? I felt Hyde' or · Vice Versâ '?”
on the eve of a tremendous disit's all the same, for Jekyll's vice covery, when, with that sudden (e mute) and Hyde versa (worser).” snort, gasp, and start [which the is Is that the Mark of Cain'?” reader has fondly and indulgent
Yes, it is the mark of the beast.” ly anticipated from the first], I Are you ‘Called Back'?” “No; woke ! A shilling "dreadI'm ·Found Out.'” All this, and ful” lay open on my knee—on the much more, I heard, and I was table lay a pile of magazines and moving away, muttering softly to novels—and from behind the bars myself, “Good old Ephemera !” of their brass-wire cages the backs when there was a lull, and I ob- of great books by great authors served « Thoth " step out on to flickered reproachfully upon the plank, leading the “ little Lord in the firelight. Fauntleroy” by the hand.
" What a bad companion for the child !” I I rose, lit the lamp, seated myself said to myself; and then I re- in an easy-chair, and opened my collected that the boy had reduced book where I had left off. Inan aged and irascible nobleman to corrigible old Ephemeris ! submission, and that he was capa
FOR THE PANEL OF AN OLD CASE CLOCK,
H. E. M.
THE PARNELL IMBROGLIO.
RARELY, if ever, has the political appeared to divide political parties, world been thrown into such a and altered the whole of the relastate of confusion and excitement tions which had for some time past as that which had its beginning been established between two large during the last week of November, sections of politicians. During and can hardly be said to have the whole of the recess the speeches sobered down and settled at the delivered by Gladstonians and Parpresent time of writing. In order nellites had assumed the most corto arrive at a clear comprehension dial alliance and concord between of the situation, it is necessary the two. Long and loud had been to recall the position of affairs at the denunciations by both of the the commencement of the month, Coercion Government; confident and the anticipations with which the announcements of the gradual the coming session of Parliament but certain change of public feelwas regarded at that time. The ing in the direction of Home Rule ; autumn campaign, alike of Union- and bitter the taunts and invecists and Gladstonians, had scarcely tive hurled against her Majesty's closed; the fierce and unscrupu- Ministers, on account of their aplous attacks upon the Irish policy parent inclination to be content of the Government upon one side, with their present majority in and the courageous defence of the both Houses of Parliament, and same upon the other, were still their refusal to plunge the country ringing in our ears. The charge into the turmoil of a premature of obstruction, freely and loudly dissolution at the bidding of their advanced, and as fiercely repudi- opponents. It was in vain that ated by men who in almost the in the columns of this Magazine, same breath intimated their in- and in other Unionist writings tention to obstruct in the fu- and speeches, it was again and ture, was attracting an amount of again pointed out that no definite attention which would probably plan of Home Rule had been have been greater but for the placed before the country since promised excitement upon the 1886, and that the first attempt subject of Tipperary and its pa- at any such practical step would triotic destroyers; and the prin- infallibly rend and split up the cipal question of practical impor- English and Irish Home Rulers as tance seemed to be whether it had done in that year. All such Government would be allowed to observations were contemptuously make such substantial progress disregarded and scouted as the with the two bills which they had perverse pleadings of the enemies undertaken to introduce as to of Home Rule; and, contenting justify them in having called Par- themselves with vague generalities liament together for the despatch of and idle platitudes about “selfbusiness upon the 25th November. government” and “ Ireland for the
All at once a change came over Irish,” the Gladstonian party conthe whole political horizon tinued to avoid coming to close change so strange, so sudden, and quarters, and to uphold their so unexpected as to have almost leader in his evident determinaparalysed men's faculties, confused tion to seek the suffrages of the the issues which had heretofore constituencies at the general elec
tion, uncommitted to any definite suit in the Divorce Court-O'Shea scheme, and unencumbered by any v. O'Shea, in which Mr Charles definite principle upon the question Stewart Parnell was to figure as of Home Rule.
co-respondent. But it was underThe undoubted intention of Mr stood that the Irish leader had Gladstone and his colleagues was given assurances that he could and to conceal all ascertained or possi- would emerge unscathed from this ble differences of opinion between attack upon his character; and themselves and their Irish allies remembering his escape from the until after the general election; ordeal of the Special Commission, or, in other words, to give the con- and the failure of the charges then stituencies no opportunity of pro- brought against him upon the nouncing upon the merits of any testimony of the Pigott letters, proposed legislation, but to induce men generally believed that he them to restore Mr Gladstone to would be no less successful in the power with such a majority as present case, and the majority should enable him to treat the were probably inclined to attribquestion of Home Rule with a ute the whole affair to personal free hand. In order to accom- or political animosity seeking its plish this result, it was of course revenge in uncertain charges necessary to present before the against private character. Great, country an unbroken front, and therefore, was the surprise when to make it appear that perfect the divorce suit really came on, unanimity existed between the and it appeared that Mr Parnell English and Irish Home Rulers. offered no defence, and that judgThe game was well played. It ment was given against him. The might indeed have succeeded for a particulars and merits of this case time, although deceit and insincer- are not within our range of disity are vices so unpalatable to the cussion to-day. It will be suffiBritish people that in the long- cient to say that it was a bad case run they invariably recoil upon in a bad class of cases, inasmuch those who seek to utilise them for as it showed an abuse of friendparty advantage. In the present ship, an habitual depravity, and an case, the exposure of the trick elaborated system of deceit, which could not have been long delayed, are happily of rare occurrence even and a Home Rule victory at the in such cases. polls, followed as it must have Up to this point the narrative been by the bursting of the Home is clear and simple enough, and Rule bubble at the first attempt does not bear upon the political at practical legislation, would have
crisis which presently arose.
It assuredly brought about the ex- was more than a week after this posure and discomfiture of the
trial, and with a full knowledge politicians who had climbed to of the facts disclosed thereat, that power by such insidious devices.
the Irish Parliamentary party deFate, however, had an earlier dis- liberately and unanimously regrace in store for those who had elected Mr Parnell as their chairso craftily laid their plans, and man and leader. Thereby, indeed, their detection and disappoint- they only indorsed the proceedings ment came upon them in an un- of a large Nationalist meeting expected shape, and from an un- which had been held in Dublin looked-for quarter.
upon the 20th November, three Many months ago there had days after the verdict had been given been rumours of an approaching in the O'Shea case. At this meet
ing Mr Timothy Healy, Mr Justin the majority of English GladM‘Carthy, and other Irish mem- stonians took a view diametrically bers spoke eagerly and vehement- opposed to that of their allies. As ly in favour of the leadership of far as we are able to judge, the outMr Parnell, and the independent burst of Liberal—and especially of opinion of the Irish party would Nonconformist-disgust with Mr appear to have been clearly and Parnell was, at least at the begindecidedly given. Mr “Tim Hea- ning, spontaneous and genuine, and ly” was especially vehement in there is little doubt that Mr Gladhis laudation of Mr Parnell; and stone was set in motion by the Mr M‘Carthy went so far as to hint pressure of the rank and file of his in no obscure language that the party. His natural inclination whole truth of the O'Shea case had could hardly have been to interfere not yet been disclosed, and that with or to dictate to the allies, of a different complexion would yet whom, even during the present be put upon the affair, of which crisis, he has written that he has statement he has so far furnished always held in public as well as no explanation. We need not stop in private that the Nationalist to discuss the question whether or party of Ireland ought to remain no the decision of the Irish Par- entirely independent of the Liberal liamentary party can be defended party of Great Britain.” Yet and justified. On the one hand what is it but the most direct interit may be contended that a man ference and dictation on the part who has proved himself unworthy of Mr Gladstone to address to the to be trusted in the private rela- Irish Parliamentary party a comtions of life is equally untrust- munication by which he declared worthy in public and political that the retention of Mr Parnell affairs. On the other side it may as their leader would render his be urged that history is full of own leadership “almost a nullity," instances of men whose moral and “would be productive of concharacters would not bear investi- sequences disastrous in the highest gation, but whose fidelity and ser- degree to the cause of Ireland”? If vices to the cause which they had such an intimation had been given espoused were great and undoubt- to the Irish party at any time beed. Moreover, it is not an easy tween the delivery of the verdict thing to draw the line when we in the O'Shea case on the 17th, and once begin to estimate the exact the meeting of Parliament upon amount of moral blame which the 25th November, there might should determine the political as- have been an opportunity afforded sociates of any man to cut them- to the Irish members to consider selves adrift from him, and there their position before committing is something to be said in favour themselves to the choice of of the theory that, as a general leader. The fact of Mr Gladstone rule, it is the wisest plan to separ- having so long delayed the comate altogether the affairs of social munication goes far to show that he and private life from the manage- had not determined upon it until ment of political parties and the the pressure of his English supconduct of public business. Be porters obliged him to do so;
but this as it may, however, nothing at the same time it operated with is more clear and certain than that great unfairness upon those Irish the Irish Parliamentary party de- members who gave Mr Gladstone liberately took one view upon the credit for really desiring that their subject under consideration, and party should be independent, and