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The portfolio was right, though its lan- Which twice another round will quietly guage was strong,
assuage. And it cuts short a yarn that's already too long ;
It is indeed a goodly sight to see For in its fierce words the sad moral I These red-coat champions marshalled hear,
for the fray, “For me there's no fun, no Strathtyrum * Driving the ball o'er bunker, rut, and
lea, L. W. M. L. And clearing, with imperious "fore," And finally, passing reluctantly Enlivening still the game with laugh over those songs of the game, which must often have been trolled out
Whilst trotting club-man follows fast
behind, over the convivial board, and lose
Prepared with ready hand the “tees" the best of their bouquet in being to lay, divorced from the claret and cheery
With nicest eye the devious ball to company, we conclude with some
find, stanzas that made their appearance
And of the going game each player to re
mind. in 'Maga' when Byron was bard of the day, and had just given to the
As we have been writing to preworld the closing canto of Childe sent a volume they will delight in Harold
to devotees of the noble game, we
have deemed it superfluous to begin SANCTANDREWS.
at the alphabet of technicalities, or
to supply a glossary of terms as we “St Andrews ! name unmeet for tuneful went along. Mr Clark's book must
lay, And all unapt the Bard for tuneful those benighted southerns whose ig:
remain sealed in great measure to partBe his the task thy features to pour- norant profanity confounds the golf tray,
with vulgar hocky; although even Thy every charm of nature and of art : Thị bays , thy rocks, thy ruins that appreciate the cleverness and exquis
the profanum vulgus cannot fail to apart Uplift their towers beneath the pale ite humour of the illustrations. The moon beam,
most intelligent strangers are slow Thy colleges that form the head and to comprehend the profound earnest
heart, Professors, which those colleges be
ness and thrilling enthusiasm which seem,
the game so evidently excites. Not Thy student, golfer-crew—a multifarious that that dulness of comprehension theme !
lasts a moment longer than the time All here are golfers-strangers, natives, they are able to stick to their pasall
sive role of spectators. Let them The sons of science, idleness, and war,
take the club in their hand, and Who can or wield a club, or hit a balí
, light begins to break upon them, Professor, Soldier, Student - lad, and and in the more vivid flashes, the
Tar, And country Laird, attracted from afar, more they are sportsmen by nature. With some mischancy Writer to en- The first swings may be failures :
gage; Whilst oft the rag, and spirit-chafing it is resting on may suffer
. But let
the ball may be topped, or the sand jar, Provokes to sudden bet, and smothered them only go on for a rage,
holes or so, and already the scales
* A seat in Fife, on the skirts of the links of St Andrews, the summer residence of the fortunate editor.
will be falling from their eyes. The ping off his linked hauberk, while first attachment of that memorable his footpage was teeing the ball. day grows speedily into an absorb- We may well imagine that he must ing passion, which lays hold of the have had many other things to mature man as it never can seize on think of, and that the niceties of the boy; and he finds the invigor- the putting-green might have seemed ating pastime as inevitably seduc- somewhat tame to a gentleman tive as those baleful vices of gaming whose trade was blows, and whose and drinking. He perseveres in hands were heavily weighted with spite of failures and discouragement; blood-feuds. But you would be and to his dying day he toils to- sure to enter more thoroughly into wards the distinction which he may his feelings, if you paid a visit to long have merited, but can seldom one of the favourite golfing grounds attain. Not even at St Andrews nowadays. Money-getting, and have we found ourselves among professional ambitions in their more thoroughgoing votaries, than various shapes, are, we suppose, at when among the mixed multitude of least as absorbing as blood-shedding; English, Americans, and French- yet they never wean the golfer from men, who played for the most part his earlier and more innocent loves. so exceedingly indifferently, on the He may have climbed to the highest plain of Billères by the Gave of Pau. places on the bench; he may be Many an Englishman, too, has gone foundering from morning to long southward in missionary mood that past midnight in an ocean of briefs ; has sought vent in proselytising in he may wag his head habitually in his native country. From Devon a pulpit; and yet so long as he reto Northumberland are links and mains a shadow of his former self, wastes that have as yet eluded the he may be seen in most unprofesenterprise of the capitalist. We are sional costume taking his pleasure glad to know that many a good gaily in the crowd of kindred spirits. game goes on among men who as Nay, in this instance only, preceyet may have hidden their lights dent and distinguished patronage under bushels. Unquestionably golf has been too much for deep-seated is the most catholic of sports. It re- Scottish prejudices; and it shows commends itself to both sexes alike, the hold golf has established on and to every age, rank, and calling the national affections, that a rising We have referred to the prohibitory young advocate may venture to statutes its popularity provoked, in coquette with it, without being put the most troubled periods of Scot- to the horn by austere writers to tish history, when men held to their the signet. lives by the tenure of their swords, "A tame game” indeed!“and apand every one's hand was against parently somewhat uninteresting” ! his neighbour. It is a strange pic- The dullest and least impressionable ture we conjure up—the baron rid- of onlookers will scarcely dare to reing down from the neighbouring iterate that most absurd of calumnies fortalice on the cliff, with a varlet after his friend has taken him a behind carrying the clubs, and round of the links. Stubborn facts having the pockets of his slashed convert and silence him. Among breeches bulging out with the golf- the motley groups he mixes with, balls. We see the worthy warrior except here and there in the case setting his sentinels, if he were of some unlucky individual who is prudent, against surprise, and strip- out of play, or hopelessly overweighted, is there a man about him ground. And is it nothing to have who is not so entirely absorbed, as passed muster in a game that inscarcely to have even a look or a sures you exercise and innocent civil word for the stranger? See excitement, stimulating the mind the finish of some exciting match as well as the body up to the closon the putting green, and mark, ing days of an existence it has except in the rarest instances, the brightened and prolonged ? that perceptible agitation of the oldest holds men together in congenial players, that only habit succeeds in friendship whose ties are only drawn controlling Case-hardened vet- tighter at the age when one is most erans will tell you, from the fulness apt to grow unsocial? “ Long may of their experience, that men who golf flourish " is the wish we would keep their coolness elsewhere, who wind up with, were it worth the have learned to bear up against the while; but we can trust its future vicissitudes of their fortunes with with the most absolute confidence out a throb of the pulse or a quiver to the constant affections of the of the eyelid, lose their nerve alto- Scottish people. gether on occasion
INDEX TO VOL. CXVIII.
287 et seq.
126 et seq.
Aber-gwain or Fishguard, sketches at, Browning's Aristophanes' Apology, re-
view of, 91-picture of a thunderstorin
Budget, the, and its reception, 233.
tion of the French army, 128.
Burns, the songs of, 685.
Burnes, Sir Alexander, on the Afghans,
Byron, his elegy on the Princess Charlotte,
CANADA AS IT NOW IS, a sketch of,
44-its progress and extent, ib.--con-
stitution, 45—the capital, ib.-open-
47—the Civil Service, ib.—the militia,
48 — province of Ontario, 50-local
---Quebec, its population, 51 - New
-state of parties, 57.
the war, 515—reorganisation of it, 137. Cathcart, Sir George, his tomb at Sevas.
the author of Shakespeare's plays, 312. Cato, his faith in incantations, 681.
Caudebec, sketches of, 172.
Charlotte, the Princess, Byron's elegy on,
Chaucer's Pilgrimage, the first record of
Chaudière Falls, the, 45.
Christian Art, characteristics of, 310.
Cissey, General de, as minister of war in
France, 127 et seq.
Clement VII.,his connection with Michael
477 et seq.
Clergy, position, &c., of the, in Wales, Employers and Workmen Act, the, 236.
293-prevalent spirit of insubordina- Endowed Schools Act Amendment Bill,
tion in, 418.
Erasmus's Colloquies, 277.
used as, 426, 427—when invented, 429. Fenton, Mr, his Tour through Pembroke,
Act, the, 236.
287 et seq.
in the French army, 130.
Fog, relations of, to weather, 618.
France, tendency and aim of the first
Revolution in, 417– her unprepared
state in 1870, 507 et seq.
580-Carlyle's Life of, 581.
FRENCH ARMY, THE STATE OF THE, 125
ib.—the direction, 126-organisation,
French army, thé, its strength at the open-
ing of the war, 512 et seq.
189—Part V., 247— Part VI., 483— French Rivers, Our Autumn Holiday on,
FRENCH WAR PREPARATIONS IN 1870,
GALATEA, A SONG FOR, 608.
its state at the opening of the war,
George, Ernest, etchings on the Loire by,
176—and on the Moselle, 181.
Goethe, the residence of, at Weimar, 588.
Horace, 343–past and present propor.
tion of, to silver, 431.
GOLF, A ROYAL AND ANCIENT GAME,
Governments, general tendency to de-
Grand or Ottawa River, the, 45.