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trated magazine. Thus all were gladdened, and the experiment was concluded amid smiles.

The result is, I believe, such as to encourage its extension for town children when they are in the country, and on the same lines as are suggested for rural children in the circular of the Board of Education already referred to, which says:

closely and described graphically the flower of the lime; another likened the birch tree to a "graceful lady;" two distinguished between the way white, red and black currants grew on their respective stems. Several children wrote comprehensive lists of the flowers which tlourished in cornfields; and five had noticed how out of wheat, barley and rye, the latter grew the tallest, "for good rye grows high." A boy from a very poor neighborhood in East London wrote a really telling description of a team of horses reaping, and many a little one expressed its pleasure or interest in childlike but fitting language. Some ten or twelve described carefully watched sunsets in quaint words and with poetical feeling. Fifteen children had noticed how many times a crow folded its wings after alighting on the ground; and a considerable number (especially boys) had watched intelligently the walks and other movements of various birds, and could accurately report on the gestures of chickens when drinking. One child wrote an excellent original story about a grateful cat, and several others offered shreds of narratives which gave promise in the future of a more intelligent consideration of the habits and ways of the creatures.

When the papers were all in, they were adjudged and marked—150 was the maximum number of marks. One child in Standard VII got 114 and another 107. Ten children obtained over 75, and one hundred got over 50. We then assembled all three hundred and thirty together at Toynbee Hall to a monster tea-party. The thirty prizewinners received books about nature and framed pictures of flowers. To each of the hundred whose achievements allowed them to be marked at 50 was given a hyacinth bulb in a glass, and to each of the two hundred who bad tried but not succeeded was presented a consolation gift of an illus

One of the main objects of the teacher should be to develop in every boy and girl that habit of inquiry and research so natural to children; they should be encouraged to ask their own questions about the simple phenomena of Nature which they see around them, and themselves to search for flowers, plants, insects, and other objects to illustrate the lessons which they have learnt with their teacher.

The teacher should as occasion offers take the children out of doors for school walks at the various seasons of the year, and give simple lessons on the sport about animals in the field and farmyards, about ploughing and sowing, about fruit trees and forest trees, about birds, insects and flowers, and other objects of interest. The lessons thus learnt out of doors can be afterwards carried forward in the schoolroom by Reading, Composition, Pictures, and Drawing.

In this way, and in various other ways that teachers will discover for themselves, children who are brought up in village schools will learn to understand what they see about them, and to take an intelligent interest in the various processes of Nature. This sort of teaching will, it is hoped, directly tend to foster in the children a genuine love for the country and for country pursuits.

It is not only to provide the child with greater pleasure in the country and its life that the Board of Education have adopted this plan, for the circular goes on to say that

It is confidently expected that the child's intelligence will be so quickened by the kind of training that is here

suggested that he will be able to mas- ics who complain of our plan, and say ter, with far greater ease than before, when they themselves take holiday the ordinary subjects of the school cur

they “do nothing," forget with what riculum.

an equipment they start-how much

their eyes see and their ears bear when Ne er is the ultimate utilitarian

they are doing their “nothing!" view left out of sight, for

The children of the poor, familiar only The Board consider it highly desira

with the sights and sounds of the ble that the natural activities of chil. streets, and with the home talk about dren should be turned to useful account the cares of daily life, trained in school --that their eyes, for example, should

on paying subjects, find “doing nothing" be trained to recognize plants and in

very tiring, and mischief often follows sects that are useful or injurious (as the case may be) to the agriculturist,

weariness. They cannot with advanthat their hands should be trained to tage lie under a hedge and dream; they some of the practical dexterities of ru- are unacquainted with country games ral life and not merely to the use of pen or the knowledge which provides recreand pencil, and that they should be

ation. If, however, teachers, managers taught, when circumstances permit,

and country ladies will take trouble to how to handle the simpler tools that are used in the garden or on the farm,

interest the children in what may be before their school life is over.

seen in a country lane, or to follow the

fortunes of the inhabitants of a pearIt is such teaching, if intelligently tree, or to admire the beauty of the given, that will do much to solve the sky, or to observe the habits of a creaproblem of the dearth of agricultural ture without commercial value, the labor, and be an influence in stopping children would not only have more the inrush of the rural population to lively minds, but they would more towns.

really enjoy themselves and their holiBut my subject is the joy of town days. children when on their country holi- Nature is the kind teacher of childays, and it is good to know that the dren, the teacher most likely to draw habit of taking country holidays-real out from them their undiscovered powholidays and not day treats—is greatly ers, to stimulate their fancy and satisincreasing. Thousands of children are fy their restless longings. But Nature sent by Holidays Committees from all must be introduced by those who al. the great cities to stay for a fortnigbt ready are her friends and who can exor three weeks with cottage hosts. More hibit her cunning beauty to the unobgo by their own arrangements, often servant. to the same persons whose friendship The experiment in which I have had they had made in previous visits. the pleasure of taking part has shown

It is not enough, however, to provide in a small and imperfect way how change; the power to use change must such an introduction can be effected, at the same time be educated. Chil. and how the suggestion that there is dren need to be taught to enjoy as much joy in looking can be applied. as they need to be taught to work. Crit

Henrietta 0. Barnett. The Nineteenth century.

LIVING AGE. VIII. 425

ANOTHER MAN'S BAG.

THK NABRATIVE OF EX-PROFESBOB CROBBLEY.

CHAPTER II.

Pasted on the wall was a large con

tents-bill. I glanced at this in a careIt is not my intention to describe here less, way; but the first line was enough the evening's gathering, for such an to arrest my attention. When I saw account would have no direct bearing the other lines I experienced a sudden upon the history which I have set my- thrill of excitement, for the announce. self to relate. Let it be enough to say ment was startling indeed: that the function was successful in

Great Jewel Robbery! every particular, and that my fortunate discoveries created even greater

Daring Theft in London.

£60,000 in Diamonds Stolen! interest than I had anticipated. At the close of the lecture the chairman

I read the words several times before and Dean Houghten referred in compli. I could realize what they meant to me; mentary terms to my services to Car- then I rushed into the office for a copy lyle literature, and Canon Worcester

of the paper. As soon as I came out spoke in a similar strain. It is true

again I opened the sheet to find the that another person expressed a doubt column I wanted. as to he propriety of making public

It was a late telegram, hastily written the letters I had found; but I did not

up into a considerable paragraph, and feel that his remarks were worthy of placed under the striking and sensathe occasion. It has always been my tional heading which had appeared on opinion that scruples of this kind have

the contents-bill. It took me but a no claim to consideration when the

very short time to read it through: work of a public man is concerned. “The Hotel Petersburg, Westminster,

It was ten o'clock when the meeting was last night the scene of a jewel. was over, and I lingered for another robbery of a peculiarly audacious charhalf hour in conversation with the acter. The affair was almost as simple officials. Thus it was rather late be- as it was daring; while the value of the fore I entered Queen Street on my way plunder obtained is almost unique in back to the hotel.

the history of such robberies. From Queen Street was still fairly busy, the information which has been given though some of the shops were being to the police, it appears that the jewels closed. One of these was a large jewel- stolen are valued at sixty thousand ry establishment; and as I passed the pounds. They are the property of the window I looked in. I had suddenly Countess Lenstoi, a Russian lady, who remembered Mr. Ashdon's bag and the has taken a suite of rooms at the Hotel brilliant wares it contained. A min- Petersburg for the season. ute's search told me that this window "It appears that the Countess wore could show nothing to equal them; and the diamonds, which are a complete set with a smile I passed on. The next of unique character and beauty, at the building was the office of the Leaches. Home Secretary's ball last evening. ter Echo, and here I paused again. The When she returned at an early hour Echo proprietors published a late edi- this morning they were simply locked tion and the office was

in their cases and placed in a small cabinet which stood in the Countess's towards the hotel. Like an illuminat. bedchamber. No further thought seems ing flash came the recollection of Mr. to have been given to them until about Ashdon's bag, and my confused imnoon to-day, when one of the maids pressions began to find order and seobserved that there were curious quence. I may say here that I have scratches about the lock of the cabinet. always been rather proud of my abilShe at once gave an alarm, and it was ity to take in all the points of a comdiscovered that the door was unlocked. plicated situation quickly, and to arSome time in the early morning a dar- range them logically. ing thief had entered the room, rifled Mr. Ashdon's bag contained a comthe cabinet, and carried off the whole plete set of diamonds. The case which set of jewels. In his haste or confu. contained each separate article bore a sion he bad forgotten to lock the door coronet in gilt. This was probably the after him.

still open.

Lenstol coronet. Further I had met "The police were at once called in the man in the London train that is by the landlord, the Countess having to say the train which had left London started an hour earlier to visit a friend that morning. He was a commercial residing at Leatherhead. Her absence, of man; or, at any rate, he had assumed course, made the situation a very diffi- that character. Under that disguise cult one; but every effort is now being he bad lodged at a London hotel-probmade to trace the robber. The case is ably the “Petersburg." I had noticed of peculiar interest, because among the

that he was a man of a bold and fearjewels stolen was the historic gem less disposition, full of self-confidence known as the 'Lenstoi Rose Diamond,' and assurance. I had also noticed that valued at thirty thousand pounds. This he had changed the subject when I bestone was presented to a Count Len- gan to make more particular instoi by the first Catharine, on account quiries about him and his business. of eminent military services which he

He had never mentioned his London had rendered to the Russian Crown. hotel. Why? "It will appear remarkable that so

Here was a chain complete in every valuable a set of jewels should have link; but just then I had no time to been left, even for one day, in a place carry it farther. I had turned the corso insecure. It is said, however, that ner of Queen Street, and was now bearrangements had been made for their fore the “Royal" running-positively safe keeping with Messrs. Margate & running. The hall-porter observed my Fry, of Lombard Street, though for hurried entry with amazement; but I some unknown reason they had not did not pause. On the first flight of been sent there. On ordinary occa

stairs I met the willing and intelligent sions they would have been handed waiter who had assisted me to my over to Messrs. Margate directly after

dress-clothes. It occurred to me directthey had been used."

ly I had passed him that his attitude I folded the paper with trembling had expressed a desire to speak; but fingers. For a while I stood on the there was no time for that. I was at pavement, vainly trying to make order my own door in an instant, and found out of the chaos of my thoughts. Dia- the key on the hook where I had placed monds!-diamonds!-everything

it. Another instant or so and I was in diamonds. I was filled with excite- the room. ment, though at that moment I scarcely I took the key inside and locked the knew why.

door. There stood the mysterious bag, Directly afterwards I was hurrying

on the chair where I had placed it

was

myself. I fitted my key into the lock Ashdon, and exactly the same as the with shaking fingers, the straps were one he had given me. It was borne in opened, the catches clicked back, and upon my understanding, now, that dur. then ... and then I was gazing in ing my absence the man had entered astonishment at the manuscript of my the room and recovered his spoil! lecture! It was the first thing to come I do not know what I said to the to sight, as it was the last thing I had waiter, but I remember that he went packed away.

Beneath it appeared out hurriedly. In a moment of exciteother articles I knew; my plain brush- ment I am apt to lose my temper, and bag, my linen-and-my dress-clothes- in this case I had good reason for anmy own! There were no diamonds. ger. Through his insufferable meddling This was, in fact, my own bag. I the thief hæd got clear once again, and turned it over and recognized it. Then I had lost a grand opportunity. I took off my spectacles, wiped them, When he had gone I sat down for a replaced them, and stared once more few minutes to think out the situation at my manuscript. Was I dreaming afresh. This set back had roused my now, or had I been dreaming before? spirit of determination, and I did not Had I taken too much-well, too much intend to give in. I would run the thief Carlyle? Had the remarks of Dean to earth if it were in any way possible. Houghten turned my head, so that I He had come back for his bag, calcuhad imagined those diamonds, that cor- lating, no doubt, that I would not have onet? My thoughts were all in con- discovered what it contained. He had fusion once more.

failed to calculate on my natural disThen I heard some one tapping at the position to probe things to the bottom. door, and knew that I had been listen- In any case, the act of returning was ing to the sound, quite unconsciously, an act of almost inconceivable asever since I had entered the room. I surance and daring; but I felt that it unlocked the door and found the waiter was quite in keeping with the character there. He was smiling, being evidently of the man. It had been justified by well pleased with himself.

its success, and that was more. "So you have seen your bag, sir?" What next? Naturally, his next he said.

move would be to make on as quickly "My bag!”

as possible. He was going to Boltport, “Yes, sir. A gentleman came just some two hours distant. In that great after you had gone about five minutes port, no doubt, he had confederates after. He was in a great to-do about waiting, and there all trace of bim the mistake-had lost hours, he said, by would be lost. Boltport was an excelcoming back. So, if you please, sir, I lent place to hide in, and a very good took the liberty of coming into the room place from which to escape over-sea. and changing the bags. Hope it's all What train had he been able to catch right now, sir? The two bags were after recovering his bag. With eager exactly alike."

fingers. I turned the leaves of my timeI stared at the fellow as I tried to table. To my dismay, I found that a comprehend what had happened. My

train had left the Leachester station face alarmed him.

at eight-forty-five. It was now just “He was a rather stout gentleman, eleven, and by this time he must have with a fair beard. He left his card. reached the end of his journey. There it is on the table.”

This was a blow indeed; and for a I looked at the table and saw the few moments I felt a keen disappointcard. It was the card of Mr. Charles ment. Then I gave an exclamation of

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