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the House; it had besieged him colour showed in his face. clamorously as he passed along When Eve and Loder had the Lobbies amid sea of taken their seats, he stepped to friendly hands and voices; now the edge of the kerb. They in the quiet of the deserted were alone for the moment, Gallery it came home to him and leaning close to the carwith deeper meaning from the riage, he put his hand through eyes of Chilcote's wife.
the open window. In silence Without a thought he put he took Eve's fingers and held out his hands and caught hers. them in a long, affectionate
"I couldn't get away,” he pressure; then he released them said.
“I'm afraid I'm very and took Loder's hand. late.”
“Good night, Chilcote!” he With a smile that scattered said. “You have proved yourher tears, Eve looked up. “Are self worthy of her! Good you?” she said, laughing a night!” He turned quickly little. “I don't know what and rejoined his waiting friends. the time is. I scarcely know In another second the horses whether it's night or day.” had wheeled round, and Eve
Still holding one of her hands, and Loder were carried swiftly he drew her down the stairs; forward into the darkness. but as they reached the last In the great moments of step, she released her fingers. man's life, woman comes before "In the carriage!” she said —and after.
—and after. Some shadow of with another little laugh of this truth was in Eve's mind as nervous happiness.
she lay back in the corner of At the foot of the stairs they her seat with closed eyes and were besieged. . Men whose parted lips. It seemed that faces Loder barely knew life came to her now for the crowded about him. The in- first time-came in the glad, toxication of excitement was proud, satisfying tide of things still in the air—the instinct accomplished. This was her that a new force had made hour: and the recognition of it itself felt, a new epoch been brought the blood to her face entered upon, stirred prophetic- in a sudden happy rush. There ally in every mind.
had been no need to precipitate Passing through the its coming; it had been ordained thusiastic concourse of men, from the first. Whether she they came unexpectedly upon desired it or no, whether she Fraide and Lady Sarah sur strove to draw it nearer rounded by a group of friends. strove to ward it off, its comThe old statesman came for- ing had been inevitable. She ward instantly, and taking opened her eyes suddenly and Loder's arm, walked with him looked out into the darknessto Chilcote's waiting brougham, the darkness throbbing with He said little as they slowly multitudes of lives, all awaiting, made their way to the carriage, all desiring fulfilment. She but the pressure of his fingers was no longer lonely, no longer was tense and an unwonted aloof; she was kin with all this
pitiful, admirable, sinning, lov- and again, as though repetiing humanity. Again tears of tion ratified it. He found no pride and happiness filled her need to question her feeling for eyes. Then suddenly the thing him-he had divined it in a she had waited for came to flash of inspiration as she stood pass.
waiting in the doorway of the Loder leant close to her. Gallery; but his own surrender She was conscious of his nearer was a different matter. presence, of his strong, master As the carriage passed round ful personality. With a thrill the corner of Whitehall and that caught her breath, she dipped into the traffic of Picfelt his arm about her shoulder cadilly he bent down again till and heard the sound of his her soft hair brushed his face; voice.
and the warm personal con“Eve," he said, "I love you. tact, the slight fresh smell of Do you understand ? I love violets so suggestive of her you. And drawing her close presence, stirred him afresh. to him, he bent and kissed her. “Eve," he said vehemently,
With Loder, to do was to do “do you understand? Do you fully. When he gave, he gave know that I have loved you generously; when he swept always—from the very first ?” aside a barrier he left no stone As he said it, he bent still standing. He had been slow nearer, kissing her lips, her to recognise his capacities- forehead, her hair. slower still to recognise his At the same
moment the feelings. But now
that the horses slackened speed and then knowledge came, he received it stopped, arrested by one of the openly. In this matter of temporary blocks that so often newly comprehended love he occur in the traffic of Piccadilly gave no thought to either past Circus. or future. That they loved and Loder, preoccupied with his were alone, was all he knew or
own feelings, scarcely noticed questioned. She was as much
She was as much the halt, but Eve drew away - the
from him laughing. though they were together in “ You mustn't!” she said the primeval garden; and in softly. “Look!” this spirit he claimed her. The carriage had stopped
He neither spoke nor be- beside one of the small islands haved extravagantly in that that intersect the place; a great moment of comprehen- group of pedestrians sion. He acted quietly, with crowded upon it, under the the completeness of purpose light of the electric lampthat he gave to everything. wayfarers who, like themHe had found a new capacity selves, were awaiting a passwithin himself, and he was
Loder took a cursory strong enough to dread no glance at them, then turned weakness in displaying it. back to Eve.
Holding her close to him, he “What are they, after all, repeated his declaration again but men and women ?” he
said. “They'd understand- carriage with the intention of every
of them." He looking onward towards the laughed in his turn; never cause of the delay; instead, by theless he withdrew his arm. that magnetic attraction that Her feminine thought for con- undoubtedly exists, he looked ventionalities appealed to him. directly in front of him at the It was an acknowledgment of group of people waiting on the dependency.
little island-at one man who For a while they sat silent, leant against the lamp-post in the light of the street lamp an attitude of apathy,—a man flickering through the glass of with a pallid unshaven face and the window, the hum of voices lustreless eyes, who wore a cap and traffic coming to them in drawn low over his forehead. a continuous rise and fall of He looked at this man, and sound. At first the position the man saw and returned his was interesting; then, as the glance. For seconds followed each other, seemed interminable they held it gradually became irksome. each other's eyes; then very Loder, watching the varying slowly Loder drew back into expressions of Eve's face, grew the carriage. impatient of the delay, grew As he dropped into his seat, suddenly eager to be alone Eve glanced at him anxiously. again in the fragrant dark “John," she said, “has any
thing happened? You look Impelled by the desire, he ill." leant forward and opened the He turned to her and tried window.
to smile. “Let's find the meaning of “It's nothing !” he said. this," he said. “Is there no- “Nothing to worry about." He body to regulate the traffic.” spoke quickly, but his voice had As he spoke he half rose and suddenly become flat. All the leant out of the window. command, all the domination, There was
touch of im- had dropped away from it. perious annoyance in his man Eve bent close to him, her ner. Fresh from the realisa face lighting up with anxious tion of power, there
tenderness. "It was the exsomething irksome in this citement,” she said, "the strain commonplace check to his of to-night.” desires.
He looked up at her; but he “Isn't it possible to get out made no attempt to press the of this?” Eve heard him call fingers that clasped his own. to the coachman. Then she “Yes," he said.
"It was heard no more.
the excitement of to-nightHe had leant out of the and the reaction.”
(To be continued.)
LANDLORDS are often at the settled existence in our tacked, though rarely defended, midst of landed proprietors, and perhaps we ought to start many of whom have bought with an apologia pro
their estates, embarked capital Are they really a set of lazy, heavily in their improvement, oppressive, land-grabbing har- and are therefore too firmly pies, who are too poor or too established in their holdings, idle to do their duty to their if not necessarily in popular estates, and who suck out estimation, to be removed, everything they can get, and save by voluntary ejectment. give back no sufficient equiva It hardly seems necessary to lent in return ?
say much about land nationalIs there any use for them in ism. This was strenuously the economy of the universe, advocated some years ago by and would it not be better the late Mr Henry George, but for every one concerned if they his ineffective platform appearwere cleared off the face of the ances did little more than earth, and the State summoned dilute to watery point his to our aid as
man in pos- plausible book. After being session ?
heckled clean off the platform Now, if we were asked to in the North of Scotland, he construct a new world or to retreated to the more regenerate the old, private genial soil of America, where property in land could not be an abundant harvest usually defended as an ideal arrange- rewards the exertions of the ment. Even Adam enjoyed no stump orator. And the final fixity of tenure, and the prop- blow to his panacea for all the osition is both natural and woes of mankind was adminisplausible that, as every man tered by Mr Bradlaugh, a Radis equal in the eye of the law, ical if there ever was one, who he is therefore entitled to a fair knew like Disraeli the value of share of the fundamental raw epigrammatic phrases. When material of industry, and he was asked if he was in should start life as the owner favour of the nationalism of of a moderate bit of soil, which the land, he replied, “No; behe can cultivate for his frugal cause we can only do it in two wants. But we must take ways, by buying it or by stealthings as we find them, and ing it; and," he continued, "I try to maintain the sound don't approve of stealing it, constitutional integrity of the and we can't afford to buy body politic with due regard it.” And following this up a to progress and reform, and little farther, Mr Samuel that being so, we must accept Smith has clearly shown that
the State could not profitably fact that a man will work invest the taxpayers' money, harder for himself than for with which we have no right other people, and will get all to gamble, in this direction; he can out of his land, and and it is therefore evident that treat it with loving care, when not only would the investment he knows that the profits of be a poor one, but that fluctua- his toil slip inevitably and tions in prices and the notori- without deduction into his ous unoertainty attending the own trouser-pocket. pursuit of agriculture in these The condition of the Highdays would seriously interfere land crofter has enormously with the maintenance of a improved since he has been steady revenue. There are granted fixity of tenure and also obvious political and a fair judicial rent; but the social objections to State most conspicuous evidence of landlordism into which successful peasant proprietorhave no time to enter; but ship comes from Ireland, where this much is certain, that we Mr Bailey, legal assistant should not envy the lot of commissioner under the Land tenants who had to sit under Purchase (Ireland) Acts, has the hard-and-fast sway of a furnished a report of their government department. working. This able and ex
Public bodies, as a rule, are perienced observer tells us that notoriously deficient in the the standard of comfort has anatomical structure known as increased, better clothing and bowels of compassion, and the greater neatness are seen among annual visit of the rent-col- the people.
the people. According to the lector, with his strict official evidence of a parish priest, orders to allow no short meas
“Purchase has brought peace. ure to his pound of flesh, would The people are more sober and be a poor exchange for the more hopeful as to their future semi-festive occasion when the prospects.
The Constabulary landlord or his agent sits at say that before purchase they the receipt of oustom, and when found the people most troublea full stomach may provide some, but now all is changed,
solace for empty and quietness and order reign pocket. Peasant proprietor- instead.” “Our inspector, going ship stands, however, on much among them, found a supreme firmer ground, and many ar- feeling of contentment at their guments, economio and sen altered position, and complete timental, can be used in its satisfaction with their present favour.
treatment." Arthur Young's oracular They live better now in saying that the magic of every way, their food is more property turns sand into gold, varied and nourishing, has been quoted threadbare, cow and the pig no longer but it still holds the field share the meagre comforts of among our classical obiter dicta, the dwelling, the land is better for it expresses the undoubted cultivated, improvements are