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in the mass of silent members to the Speaker's left hand. as if it were a visible stream. Thence could I look down upon

“Remembrance of this sharp- the unhappy remnant seated ened the wish to be present at there attenuate, futureless, the first meeting of a House their leaders falling out and which on one side had fallen to falling away, their very prinpieces and then had been en- ciples a spoil to the enemy tirely re-made up. That it would and yet not unhappy now. fall to pieces was revealed to There was so little misery in many; that it did fall to pieces the look of them, indeed, that was known to all; that it had my first thought, after contembeen brought together again plating them awhile, was of my was generally understood. But cat basking in the unexpected neither in my neighbours nor sunshine of a winter day. If it my newspapers could I find

was not hope that gave them any sensible knowledge of how that appearance (which could the re-make had been accom- hardly be) it was relief. Senplished. Blinds drawn sible of being a coherent party down upon that subject—which again, now that they had two seemed strange, but not un- leaders the less, they were conaccountable. There is lack of scious of what had made them knowledge, and there is lack of whole though it had left them acknowledgment state of weak; and it was a consciousfeeling better known as a dis- ness that filled the air about position to “ignore. We who them in a speaking silence of have lived in affairs have learnt complacency. As the grains that such a feeling may be uni- in a horn of gunpowder may be versal, and yet without any separated by a paralysing inunderstanding to make it so. termixture of coal-dust, so these No man says to another, 'Let poor gentlemen had been divided us keep this matter dark,' but from each other; but now, now darkness there is—an unspoken they could come together again agreement even between friend in working order, because that and friend to speak not of it. which divided them was withSo it seemed to be in the mat- drawn, dissolved, washed out. ter of the ranching of the Home Rule might now be thrown Liberals, who had gone wild off by the many with whom it and leaderless, and how it was was always a livery at best, done and by whom. All knew and no longer was it essential it, none spoke of it; but, thought to good Radicalism to play the I, in the House of Commons Little Englander. A word had on the first night of meeting gone forth which, even though it is a silence that will speak it sounded as the voice of 'perfor itself; and I'll be there to sonal proscription' to here one hear.

and there another (or so they “And I was: fortune and a said), was emancipation to thouright honourable member giving sands : a lightening of hearts, me a place in the House with a an easing of consciences, reconcommanding view of the benches ciliation with the master-spirit



of the country, and therewith House of Commons on the day a call to closer union among of a new departure may interest themselves.

you — perhaps as confirming “ That it must have been your own.

We shall not agree, all this seemed plain and cer- however, if you think that the tain even to such retired greater compactitude, confifolk as your servant who now dence, cheerfulness of the Radiaddresses you.

If it lacked cal Opposition betokens a vicacknowledgment, knew torious time for it.

What can how naturally acknowledgment a conquered party do when all might be withheld. Yet that it its more respectable or could not be concealed wherever fascinating principles are gathtwo or three erstwhile Glad- ered up and carried off ? stonians were gathered together might as easily be suspected ; “From harmony to harmony. and gladly I found at West- Music was the second great minster, as I tell you, that it object of my visit to townwas not concealed because it music and certain pictures; as could not be. It may last little to which a good judge and longer than the sunshine of a

possessor of such treasures had winter day, but there it was- written to me, “If it would it would beam through. The please you to view in one day lightened hearts and the eased the most exemplary display of consciences sang together as masculine and feminine art that the stars sing in their courses, was ever looked upon in this and I heard them: believe me world, come and see the Remor believe me not. But if brandt collection in the morning you ask what audible or visible and the Burne-Jones exhibition recognition there was of him in the afternoon. The contrast whose word had brought this is perfection and the lesson beblessed change to pass, I am yond price.' And so it was ; constrained to say that there and perhaps it is there still seemed to me not much. But for willing minds to profit by. here also there were natural But for me it was both bad and reasons for silence at present, good; for having a natural inprudential reasons, kindly rea- veterate dislike of Sir Edward's sons, and such as most fitly com- pictures, a dislike which lies mend the saying De mortuis. deeper (I know) than judgment It is something, too, that Lord ever reaches, and is even (I R. (I name no names) shuns think) rather animal, -it was rather than seeks recognition, not well that this gentle if unapparently. And then, again, reasonable passion should be and to conclude, gratitude for warmed into hate. There is a service rendered is so much more sort of music that corresponds easily dissembled than joy in its with the Rossetti and Burnereceipt.

Jones picture, but no one ever “Now it is not at all in my said that it was great or even way to prate of politics, but true; and in that fact I find these impressions taken in the some justification for the pre



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drawn from instrument judice, but something else and which in that form is the most something different) against brutal that genius has anything both.

to do with. Does genius, or “It was a mistake to go from genius not in want of bread, the Burne-Jones exhibition to ever write now for the concert

afternoon concert where grand ? Would genius ever the attraction was a player on

have written for the pianoforte the pianoforte. Only by rare had it come into existence as good fortune could it be the the concert grand ? If these soothing change required, and are foolish questions, explain that should have been considered their folly by an ear that finds in time. But it was not, and more soul in the drum than in the consequence was injustice the concert grand, when banged not only to myself, but perhaps as no professor of the humbler to the young man who was the instrument thumps out its truer attraction. Had it been neces- voice of nature. sary to hear him play that

" With studied awkwardness, afternoon, so soon after leaving the shock - haired young man the New Gallery, the fair thing takes his place; the stringed to him would have been an instruments lead off, their lovely hour of preparation at the voices no more strained, no Bath Club: a bracing douche, more conscious, than the pera mutton-chop, a glass of forti- fume streaming from the rose, fying burgundy. In any event the brier-rose, and the violet; that could not have been harm- and it goes to my heart to mark ful; for, let the performer be how humbly the 'cello — the who or what

no 'cello, which hasn't its match in concert-room Broadwood should this world as a singing instrube encountered by persons in an

ment seems to wait upon the irritable or lapsing condition of mechanical monster by which it the nervous system. Set wide is to be devoured. He begins, open, and with a shock-haired the distinguished Attraction,

a young man advancing toward very playfully, very prettily; it with swinging hands, it im- but not without the nimbleness mediately becomes

which is one of the most admired object of terror than delight. and detestable characteristics of The machine we know: what a performance on the concert is to be expected of those grand. Why, I cannot tell ; hands? The hall is large; in but it reminds me of the male it are many, many ladies; two opera-dancers who, in days that violins and a 'cello await the I remember, figured in the baldoom of the drowned ; and the let in attire shaped like HarleAttraction has yet to make an quins, but cut low in the neck ! English reputation : how much, (Is this an extravagant resemthen, there is to fear! Yet it

Yet it blance? Do you suppose it put is possible to hope, for with into my head by the Burneskill, "touch,' and restraint, Jones collection ?) It was some ,


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time, indeed, before the crash pity of the violins, and for the came; but it was foreseen, fore- 'cello's sake and my own (for known, its place in the score we are lovers) could have murfatally provided years ago by a dered the concert grand. Yet composer whose deafness would I would not have you think have been much less afflicting me contemptuous of the pleasto him in these days than it was ure of the audience.

It was in his own. The Attraction, his sincere and improving in every opportunity arriving, justified way; and I hope to die in the expectancy to the full. From opinion that the sensitive taste the time when the thumping which is also supercilious is in began legitimately, his action the first place stupid, in the was the action of a man who second place vulgar, in the would shampoo an unwilling third inhuman. We rise upon

" tiger. At every stroke the the stepping-stones of our dead artist's head was jerked forward selves to higher things.' It is from the second vertebra (ver- the hammerer of concert grands, tebra dentata, the pivot-bone, not even the grand itself, that you know), so violently did he really offends, and what cares throw himself upon the key- he for music, or anything but board;

and when dislocation marvellous execution ? If he seemed possible in consequence, would only make it all léger-dethe music which might have main ! soothed and compensated our “But perhaps if I had not alarms was

mere ill-mixed gone to the New Gallery that noise of percussion and rever- morning, or if the Bath Club beration. The thump was more had been subsequently visited audible than the note.

However, it is useless to “But it pleased.

follow out these speculations, dience applauded vehemently, and herewith concludes-Yours and again applauded and again. very faithfully, But I–I could have cried for



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It is a mark of the nature of from the Berlin Conference in the British empire, and of the 1884-85. Within ten years conditions under which we hold from that date the French, it, that hardly a month passes, working south and south-east certainly never so much as half from Senegambia and

the a year, but some place which Upper Niger, had interposed the average well-educated per- themselves between the proson cannot even find on the map tectorate of Sierra Leone and leaps into sudden publicity, and the Niger so completely that is on every newspaper placard there was nothing to be done and in everyone's mouth. but fix a frontier by joint comYesterday they were unknown, mission, which left that colony to-morrow probably they will practically resourceless; and be forgotten. Fashoda made they were pushing with fevera somewhat deeper impression; ish activity into the regions yet for a week or so last year north of the Gold Coast. In eyes were fixed on Borgu and the meanwhile Dahomey, conMossi just as keenly as they quered in 1890, had become were later on the Bahr-el-Gha- another base, and expeditions zal—and with good reason, for from it were moving norththere was more serious danger ward. Thus in the acute period of a conflict over the Niger of the struggle the French than ever arose over the Nile. were making their


southNow the strain has been for- east from their posts of Ségu gotten: the men out there who and Bandiagara in the French were doing the empire's work Sudan, and north and north

, on its frontiers are no longer west from Carnotville in Up actors before a great theatre; per Dahomey. By 1896 their but the work goes on all the forces had joined hands behind same, and it is just as well to the Gold Coast, and set on record what was done striving to retrench as far as and is being done.

possible the hinterlands of that The Convention signed last colony, and of German TogoJuly in Paris between Great land, while at the same time Britain and France ended sud- they endeavoured to make denly and summarily a chapter themselves masters of the west of history which has not yet been bank of the Niger and secure written—the story of French ag- a port on its waters accessible gressions on territories claimed direct from the sea. Thus by us in West Africa, and of there were two distinct points our too-long-deferred resistance of friction between English

-to those aggressions. The en- and French: first, the hintercroachment proceeded steadily land of the Gold Coast (Mossi,




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