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this year.'

the way,

and say,

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

couple of

* 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

the golf

on

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
ABODE OF SNOW, THE, Conclusion, the from, 687.
Afghan Border, 60.

Budget, the, and its reception, 233.
Administration of the French Army, the, Bureaux, influence of the, in the direc.

tion of the French army, 128.
Ægina, invention of coin at, 429.

Burns, the songs of, 685.
Afghan Border, the, 60.

Burnes, Sir Alexander, on the Afghans,
Afghans, character of the, 73 — their 75.
poetry, 76.

Byron, his elegy on the Princess Charlotte,
Agricultural Holdings Bill, the, 235. 351—the poetry of, 686 et seq-his
Agriculture, state of, in Ontario, 50.

songs, 690.
Allahabad, station of, 64.

CANADA AS IT NOW IS, a sketch of,
Alupka, the scenery, &c., at, 726.

44-its progress and extent, ib.--con-
Amboise, the castle of, 178, 179.

stitution, 45—the capital, ib.-open-
Amsterdam, the present position of, 532. ing, &c., of parliament, 46—the Senate,
Ancients, a feast with the, 317.

47—the Civil Service, ib.—the militia,
Aornos, the site and ruins of, 72.

48 — province of Ontario, 50-local
Apelles and Protogenes, anecdote of, 305. government, 51--the lumber trade, ib.
Appert, General, 131.

---Quebec, its population, 51 - New
Aristophanes' Apology, review of, 91. Brunswick, Nova Scotia, &c., 54—
Army, the, want of subordination in, 418. effects of the consolidation of the
Ariny Organisation Law, the new French, Dominion, 55—loyalty to England, 56
133.

-state of parties, 57.
Arthur, traditions regarding, in North Carlingford, Lord, on the state, &c., of
Wales, 603.

Ireland, 231.
Artillery, the French, at the opening of Carlyle's Frederick the Great, 581.

the war, 515—reorganisation of it, 137. Cathcart, Sir George, his tomb at Sevas.
Bacon, Lord, the attempt to prove him topol, 723.

the author of Shakespeare's plays, 312. Cato, his faith in incantations, 681.
Baidar, the vale and gate of, 725.

Caudebec, sketches of, 172.
Baktchiserai, a visit to, 726, 727. Chapman, Dryden on, 677.
Barzay, Hugh, 291.

Charlotte, the Princess, Byron's elegy on,
Beam-trawl, the, and its use, 442.

351.
“Beddan" in Wales, legends regarding, Chateau Gaillard, the ruins of, 174, 175.
604.

Chaucer's Pilgrimage, the first record of
Bernini, the works of, 309.

holiday-making, 167.
Bible, elegies in the, 345.

Chaudière Falls, the, 45.
Birds, prognostications of weather from, Chenonceaux, chateau of, 180.
626.

Christian Art, characteristics of, 310.
Bishop and his Clerks, rocks called the, Christianity, the modern attacks on, 119

298.
Black, Charles C., Michael Angelo Buon- Cicero, his faith in auguries, 680.
arotti, by, 467.

Cissey, General de, as minister of war in
Blois, the castle of, 178.

France, 127 et seq.
Books, the companionship of, 273. Civil Service of Canada, the, 47.
Bramante, his jealousy of Michael Angelo, CLARK, R., GOLF By, reviewed, 735.
470.

Clement VII.,his connection with Michael
BRITIS! SEA FISHERIES, THE, 441.

Angelo, 473.

et seq.

Ways, 441.

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 among the, 423.

the, 236.
Climate, distinction between, and weather, England, prevalent spirit of insubordina-
611.

tion in, 418.
Clouds, relations of, to weather, 614. English cemeteries in the Crimea, the,
Cod fisheries, the, 447.

723.
Coercion Code, effects of the, on Ireland, Enkhuizen, the town of, its decay, 541.
230.

Erasmus's Colloquies, 277.
Coin, proportion of the precious metals Fame, slow growth of, 693,

used as, 426, 427—when invented, 429. Fenton, Mr, his Tour through Pembroke,
Colloquies of Erasmus, the, 277.

299.
Conspiracy and Protection of Property Fisheries, great development of, by rail.

Act, the, 236.
Cornwall, pilchard fishing off the coast Fishguard or Aber-gwain, sketches at,
of, 453.

287 et seq.
Corpse candles, superstition regarding, in Fix, Major, efforts of, for improvement
Wales, 605.

in the French army, 130.
Correggio, the Madonnas of, 304.

Fog, relations of, to weather, 618.
Costello, Miss, her Falls, &c., of North Fortifications, new, in France, 139.
Wales, 590, 599.

France, tendency and aim of the first
CRIMEA, NOTES FROM THE, 720.

Revolution in, 417– her unprepared
Cromwell, Dryden's elegy on, 347.

state in 1870, 507 et seq.
Currency, advantages of an international, Frederick the Great, origin of his wars,
433.

580-Carlyle's Life of, 581.
David' of Michael Angelo, the, 466. French, invasion of Wales by, in 1797,
'Day and Night' of Michael Angelo, the, 288.

FRENCH ARMY, THE STATE OF THE, 125
Demosthenes, schoolboy reminiscences of, -difficulty of obtaining information,
281.

ib.—the direction, 126-organisation,
Derby, Lord, on the Regimental Ex- 131-matériel, 137.
changes Bill, 237.

French army, thé, its strength at the open-
Dew, what, 619.

ing of the war, 512 et seq.
DILEMMA, THE: Part III., 1–Part IV., French Canadians, the, 53.

189—Part V., 247— Part VI., 483— French Rivers, Our Autumn Holiday on,
Part VII., 545-Part VIII., 629.

171.
Direction, present state of, as regards the French “scare," the, 229.
French army, 126 et seq.

FRENCH WAR PREPARATIONS IN 1870,
Drift nets, fishing by, 452.

THE, 507.
Dryden, his elegy on Cromwell, 347 — Freycenet, M. de, as minister of war at
his prose and poetry, 677.

Tours, 522.
Ducrot, General, his report on Strasburg Furniture, Continental, 575.
before the war, 511.

GALATEA, A SONG FOR, 608.
Dufferin, Lord, as Governor-General of Gambetta, the war preparations, &c., of,
Canada, 56.

522.
Dunbar, quantities of fish despatched Garde Mobile, organisation of the, 509–
from, 441.

its state at the opening of the war,
DUTCH AND THEIR DEAD CITIES, THE, 515.
527—their national characteristics, 528 Gelert, the legend of, 593.

George, Ernest, etchings on the Loire by,
Dutch Herring fisheries, the, 453.

176—and on the Moselle, 181.
East, the, absorption of the precious Germans, the, absence of self-assertion
metals in, 427.

among, 576.
Edam, the town of, and its cheeses, 540. Germany, effects of the war on, 582—the
Education, Government measures on, 236. Emperor at Weimar, 584 et seq.
ELEGIES, 345.

Goethe, the residence of, at Weimar, 588.
ELF King's YOUNGEST DAUGHTER, THE, Gold, its strength and weakness, from
610.

Horace, 343–past and present propor.
Elia Lamb, a Horatian Lyric, 11

tion of, to silver, 431.
ELIZABETH, 730.

GOLF, A ROYAL AND ANCIENT GAME,
Elizabeth, Queen of Henry VII., More's review of, 735.
elegy on, 350.

Governments, general tendency to de-
Emigration, prospects, &c., of, in Canada, nounce, 416.
48.

Grand or Ottawa River, the, 45.

et seq.

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