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force. My word! they did love him pocket-flask, before handing the latter there!"
to Davies. “I don't see why the man should be "Try and drink this,” he said, coman escaped convict at all,” said Leth- ing back to the man he had left.
He bridge-and even he spoke art slipped his arm gently under the of his mind was wondering why Mil
shoulders and raised the head, so that ler's words irritated him so. "He might he could hold the draught to the be-Hark! Isn't that a shout?”
parched lips. “Here, my poor fellow!" They listened, and thought they heard The man drank-with some it again, faint and wavering.
mured words of thanks, so faint and "Answer now-all together. . . . No, broken that they went to Lethbridge's it's no use going out to meet them. We heart. He raised him in his arms and don't know which way they're coming, bent over him, so close that his burnand the sun will be down presently. ing cheek almost touched the haggard Our best chance is to stay here and face, and said, in a fierce, shamefaced keep together. . . . Now, shout again!" whisper: They kept on shouting from time to "You.
... you've saved us all ... time, and the answering voice came
God bless you!" slowly nearer. The darkness was on them before they saw a man, bending The sergeant came to in due courseunder a heavy burden, pass out of the was dosed with brandy and extract of black shadows into the open space beef, then fed on more solid victuals, about the fire. Davies and Miller ran and finally rolled up in a blanket, and up to him, lifted the sergeant's helpless left to sleep the sleep of the just. The body from his back, and lowered it other man, too, dropped off to sleep after gently to the ground.
a while, holding Lethbridge's hand, and "He's not dead!" the man panted—“at Lethbridge sat and watched him with least I think not. The other horse-is a strange tumult surging through bis done for!"
brain. He dozed now and then anu "Why, my man,” said Lethbridge, dreamed strange dreams, and then kindly, "you've nearly killed yourself!" roused himself with a start, and reHe passed his arm around the bush- mained awake for what seemed weary man, who swayed on his feet, and hours and hours. Then, all of a sudleaned heavily against him for a mo- den, as he thought, he looked up, and ment, then looked apologetically in his saw, by the dying firelight, the serface and tried to speak-thickly and geant bending over the sleeping man heavily like a drunken man.
beside him. "Don't worry yourself!” said Leth- "What are you doing?” he asked, in a bridge. “Now-lie down on this blank- sharp whisper. et-let me get the saddle under your Waite raised himself noiselessly, and head-80!" Then he turned aside to came closer to Lethbridge. the other men, who were busying them- “Captain," he said, in a low voice selves with Waite.
trembling with excitement-"We may "How is he?"
get it yet!" "Coming to, I think, sir."
“Get what?" "That's right. Go on bathing his “We've lost the other one-but-it head and face, and pour a little brandy this is the man I think, there's two down his throat, if you can." He filled hundred pounds reward out for him. a pannikin with water, and poured I've got the description here, but it some spirit into it out of his own isn't light enough.”
He had laid his hand on his captain's captain of police nor the escaped politi. arm in his agitation, but Lethbridge cal prisoner as such-but both of them shook it off, and recoiled from him in as human souls who found the world disgust.
beautiful. And, late in the afternoon, "Hang it, man! don't you know he the time came to part. They were saved your life?"
ahead of the rest, in the winding bush “Didn't you guess who he was, sir? trail-out of sight of all but one, and I did, the minute I set eyes on him." he was Mason, who never wondered at
Lethbridge seldom swore, but he did anything his captain said or did. it then.
The sunburnt man stood still and "I don't want to know who he is. raised his hand. He's not the man we're after, and "You can find your way from here," that's enough for me. Why, there isn't he said. "If you go as far as that dead one of us would have the chance of tree you'll see a stream; and if you getting back alive but for him. And as follow that stream down you'll find for you! Do you know it's nearly cost the camp." He stopped-and then, him his own life? Do you think you're without looking up at Lethbridge, he worth that?"
laid his hand a little timidly on the Waite shrank away in silence.
horse's mane, and said, "Good-bye!" could not see Lethbridge's face clearly, Lethbridge slipped the reins over his but the tone cowed him. In the heat arm, and put his two hands on the of passion the young man had spoken man's shoulders and looked into his louder than he meant. He felt a hand face. touch his-the man was sitting up and “Good-bye. I can't say what I want. looking at him.
.. God bless you!" “Do you know?"
faint "Amen! and that same to you! I'll whisper in the stillness.
never see you again." "Hush! Don't tell me anything. I “I don't know that. I believe we don't want to know."
shall meet somewhere." There was a low sob in the dark, and “Ah! God grant it! Where you'll not Lethbridge felt his hand lifted and be police captain, nor 1" pressed to the man's lips.
“Never mind. Good-bye till then!" “Come,
now!" he said, gently- And so the forest swallowed him up "don't!" Then after a pause, “Who- without a trace, save a print or two of ever you may be, you're a noble fellow. his bare feet on the leaf mould. And I'll never forget. Do you feel better Lethbridge rode on like one in a dream. now? Go to sleep again. That's what When, later on, Waite approached the I'm going to do."
subject, he fiercely bade him hold his And he did, after strolling over to tongue. inspect Waite, who had coiled himself The same advice, in substance, was up once more, and was snoring-per- given some months later, by a certain haps dreaming of the £200 reward. officer to whom the sergeant tentatively
revealed the story in the hope of workHe kept his word, and marched with ing injury to a man he had never them all next day, leaving them within loved. That officer said he didn't want easy reach of a lumber-camp, whence to hear anything about it; but supposthey could get guides to the nearest ing a man had acted as Waite repretownship. He walked by Lethbridge's sented Lethbridge to have done-why, stirrup, and they talked now and then it was the only way a gentleman could -of things which concerned neither the act under the circumstances. And if
he, Waite, knew what was good for him, he had better make up his mind that he had dreamed the whole thing.
Which, it is to be supposed, Waite did, for nothing more was ever heard of the matter.
The Gentleman's Magazine.
LES LAVEUSES DE NUIT.
(An old French author records a superstition which long pre
vailed among peasants, that at certain seasons Night-spirits
The clouds are fitting, the sky is dim,
Though brightened with splashes of light,
The hush is upon us of Night;
Beat and beat, and the white folds wring:
The shrouds of the Elders first we lave,
Who've bravely their long race run,
Lay them out one by one;
Beat and beat, and the white folds wring:
The cerements take of the Way-worn next,
With whom Life has sternly dealt,
Who sunshine bave scantly felt;
Beat and beat, and the white folds wring:
Gather the plaits in a gentle hand,
Their masses with soft touch bathe,
In their draperies we swathe,
Tenderly beat and silently wring:
E. C. Cork.
THE GERMAN PRESS AND FOREIGN POLITICS. *
Prince Bismarck, who understood how impossible for the great majority of to use the press to advance his own readers to know whether the views affairs more frequently and skilfully presented are in behalf of such interests than any statesman of modern times, or have their source and foundation repeatedly expressed himself in a very in what seems, to impartial editors, disapproving manner concerning the most beneficial to the majority. In political activity of what we will call estimating the influence of the press its excitable portion. True, there is a upon relations to foreign countries, it wide distinction between his “We'll let will, therefore, be advisable to pay them shriek without troubling ourselves more attention to the results of its attiabout it," and, “We must pay for the tude than to the reasons for it. To do windows our press break.” While the the former thoroughly is the more necesformer remark was made to a diplomat sary, because, in recent years, the Gerwho was complaining of the violent at- man press appears to have lost the sense tacks of the German press, which in- of responsibility, which is and must be creased the difficulty of reaching a associated with expressions of opinion, friendly understanding, the second ad- if they are to have any other purpose mits the fact that, though individuals than that of humoring and inciting the may ignore the attitude of the press, passions of the moment. the community must be always more Before the outbreak of the Spanishor less affected by it, and, during the American war, the attitude of the Gerprogress of negotiations between the man press toward England, though not governments of various Powers, this unfriendly, was animated by the idea may easily exert a baneful influence, that Germany must not only expect no nay, even be capable of compromising encouragement from England in her in. the safety of a country.
dustrial, commercial and colonial devel. By this acknowledgment the im- opment, but must even be prepared to portance of the press as an organ of encounter in her a determined rival. public opinion is recognized, but, at The maritime superiority of Great Britthe same time, the line is drawn, which ain was making itself felt disagreeably, should not be passed by a sagacious both directly and indirectly, and could press in its discussion of foreign affairs. not fail to awaken in all who judged True, this does not settle the question the situation correctly-and this was whether it is the office of the press to probably, in this case, the majority of record the opinion of the majority, that Germans—the feeling that any lightis, literally to act as its organ, or to ening of the pressure thus exerted could suggest to the majority the opinions only prove advantageous to German inwhich it-the press—believes to be cor- terests. rect, that is, to serve as an educator. Nothing, therefore, could have been The separation of these two functions more natural than that the German is rendered especially difficult at the press, at the outbreak of the war, present time, because the individual should have been, if not friendly, at press organs sometimes serve a party, least neutral toward the United States, sometimes personal interests, and it is but precisely the reverse occurred.
While in England, where the great ma.Translated for The Living Age by Mary J. Salford.
jority of the population thought and
felt precisely the same as in Germany, ernment more difficult, but caused a concerning the progress of the United great and, in some instances, not wholly States, the press, with admirable rec- unjustifiable excitement in England. ognition of the situation and enviable The result of this procedure, apart from discipline, wheeled about, and accom- a vehement press controversy, has been plished the result that public opinion the attempt of prominent daily papers in the United States beheld, in the for- and magazines to effect an understandmerly hated rival, the friend whose ing, at the cost of Germany, between attitude had preserved America from England and France. And, if we seek European complications and aided the for the motive of the attitude of the successful completion of the war. The German press in both wars, it can German press, on the other hand, in scarcely be found except in an unseaspite of the absolutely correct, neutral sonable sentimentality and the total and friendly course of the German misconception of the growth and meanGovernment, managed to arouse, not ing of imperialistic tendencies in Engonly in Washington, but throughout land as well as in the United States. the entire country, the belief that, dur- In the preceding paragraphs the gening the war, Germany had been hostile eral attitude of the German press in to the United States, and was only two critical situations has been subprevented by England from actively jected to examination, but the picture interfering in favor of Spain. It re- becomes still more gloomy when we quired the utmost exercise of concilia- consider the extreme agrarian and the tory and prudent measures on the part anti-Semitic press. Not only in their of the Foreign Office of the Empire, polemics against the United States and which received wholly unintentional England have they seemed to try “to assistance from the boundless vituper- out-Herod Herod," but they have also ation of the English and American done their best to embroil us in the inyellow press, to dispel this suspicion in ternal political department with Austrosome degree and make good the mis- Hungary, and, in our commercial re. chief wrought by the press. Yet it lations with that country, Russia, Eng. must be established as a result of the land, Italy, the United States, and it German press campaign during the may be boldly added, all the rest of the American war with Spain that, instead world. If there is method in this madof lessening by supporting England's ness, it can only be found in the hope rival, the English oppression which that, by barricading the German fronburdened us, the press managed to tiers by means of a customs war, evenmake them friends, and thus loaded us tually an actual war with one or sevwith two opponents instead of one. eral of the maritime powers may cause The return for the attitude of the an increase in the prices of agricultural English press, during the Spanish war, products and a return of the laborers is the attitude which the American from manufactures to farming, thus press maintains during England's con- fulfilling the agrarian dream of the fuflict with the South African republics. ture, to which must be sacrificed the In this case, also, the American press, trade, manufactures, prosperity and aside from the Irish and ultra demo- position of Germany among the Pow. cratic organs which are without appre- ers of the world. Already voices are ciable importance to the whole body, being raised in the United States and has taken the right path, while in Ger- Italy, which not only show the results many the press again, by its course, not of such an attitude in questions of only rendered the task of its own gove
business and commerce, but also seek