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tremulous and prolonged wail of gusted if I had travelled all this way mournful fear and utter despair as for the sole purpose of talking with Mr. may be imagined to follow the flight Kurtz. Talking with ... I flung one of the last hope from the earth. There shoe overboard, and became aware that was a great commotion in the bush; that was exactly what I had been looking the shower of arrows stopped, a few forward to-a talk with Kurtz. I made dropping shots rang out sharply—then the strange discovery that I had never silence, in which the languid beat of imagined him as doing, you know, but the stern-wheel came plainly to my as discoursing. I didn't say to myself, ears. I put the helm hard a-starboard 'Now, I will never see him,' or “Now, at the moment when the pilgrim in I will never shake him by the band,' pink pajamas, very hot and agitated, but 'Now, I will never hear him.' The appeared in the doorway. "The man- man presented himself as a voice. Not, ager sends me he began in an official of course, that I did not connect him tone, and stopped short. "Good God! with some sort of action. Hadn't I he said, glaring at the wounded man. been told in all the tones of jealousy
“We two whites stood over him, and and admiration that he had collected, his lustrous and inquiring glance en- bartered, swindled or stolen more ivory veloped us both. I declare it looked than all the other agents together? as though he would presently put to us That was not the point. The point was some question in an understandable in his being a gifted creature, and that language; but he died without uttering of all his gifts the one that stood out a sound, without moving a limb, with pre-eminently, that carried with it a out twitching a muscle, Only in the sense of real presence, was his ability very last moment, as though in re- to talk, his words-the gift of expressponse to some sign we could not see, sion, the bewildering, the illuminating, to some whisper we could not hear, he the most exalted and the most contempfrowned heavily, and that frown gave tible, the pulsating stream of light, or to his black deathmask an inconceiv- the deceitful flow from the heart of an ably sombre, brooding and menacing impenetrable darkness. expression. The lustre of inquiring "The other shoe went flying unto the glance faded swiftly into vacant glassi- devil-god of that river. I thought, ‘By
"Can you steer? I asked the Jove! it's all over. We are too late, agent eagerly. He looked very dubi- he has vanished-the gift has vanished, ous; but I made a grab at his arm, and by means of some spear, arrow or club. he understood at once I meant him to I will never hear that chap speak after steer whether or no. To tell you the all, and my sorrow had a startling truth, I was morbidly anxious to extravagance of emotion, even such as I change my shoes and socks. "He is had noticed in the howling sorrow of dead,' murmured the fellow, immensely these savages in the bush. I couldn't have impressed. 'No doubt about it,' said I, felt more of lonely desolation, sometugging like mad at the shoelaces. how, had I been robbed of a belief or 'And, by the way, I suppose Mr. Kurtz had missed my destiny in life. ... is dead as well by this time.'
Why do you sigh in this beastly way, “For the moment that was the domi. somebody? Absurd? Well, absurd. nant thought. There was a sense of Good Lord, mustn't man everextreme disappointment, as though I Here, give me some tobacco." ... had found out I had been striving after There was a pause of profound stillsomething altogether without a sub- ness, then a match flared, and Marlow's stance. I couldn't have been more dis- lean face appeared, worn, hollow, with
downward folds and dropped eyelids, think of it, it is amazing I did not shed with an aspect of concentrated atten- tears. I am, upon the whole, proud of tion, and as he took vigorous draws at my fortitude. I was cut up to the his pipe, it seemed to retreat and ad- quick at the idea of having lost the invance out of the night in the regular estimable privilege of listening to the flicker of the tiny flame. The match gifted Kurtz. Of course I was wrong. went out.
The privilege was waiting for me. O, "Absurd,” he cried. “This is the yes, I heard more than enough. And I worst of trying to tell. . . . Here you was right, too. A voice. He was little all are, each moored with two good ad- more than a voice. And I heard himdresses, like a hulk with two anchors, it-this voice-other voices-all of them a butcher round one corner, a police- were so little more than voices and man round another, excellent appetites the memory of that time itself lingers and temperature normal-you hear- around me, impalpable, like a dying normal from year's end to year's end. vibration of one immense jabber, silly, And you say absurd! Absurd be atrocious, sordid, savage, or simply exploded! Absurd! My dear boys, mean, without any kind of sense. what can you expect from a man who, Voices, voices-even the girl herselfout of sheer nervousness, has just flung
now" overboard a pair of new shoes. Now I He was silent for a long time. Blackwood's Magazine.
(To be continued.)
"Soon!" says the Snowdrop, and smiles at the motherly earth,
“Soon!—for the Spring with her languors comes stealthily on. Snow was my cradle, and chilly winds sang at my birth; Winter is over,-and I must make haste to be gone!"
"Soon!" says the Swallow, and dips to the wind-ruffled stream,
"Grain is all garnered—the summer is over and done; Bleak to the Eastward the icy battalions gleam,
Summer is over-and I must make haste to be gone!"
"Soon-ah, too soon!" says the Soul, with a desperate gaze,
“Soon!-for I rose like a star, and aye would have shone,
Arthur C. Benson.
THE CURRENT COIN OF POLITICIANS.
It is interesting and instructive to be taking a leap in the dark." But we trace the origin of our party nomencla- hear of the phrase having been used ture and of those effective and pictu- two hundred years earlier. Thomas resque phrases and familiar colloquial Hobbes, the political writer of the sevexpressions which are the common enteenth century, is reported to have property, or the current coin, of all said on his death-bed, “I am taking a politicians. Most of these striking say- frightful leap in the dark.” “Meddle ings are asociated with the names of and Muddle," one of the most expreseminent statesmen. Indeed, it is one sive terms in our political currency, of the ironies of parliamentary history which is also associated with the name that the memory of many a politician, of Lord Derby, was really coined by distinguished and powerful in his day, that statesman. In 1865 Lord John lives mainly in his phrases. In some Russell (or rather Earl Russell, for he instances the sayings, or catch-words, was then a peer) was Premier and Forwere really coined by the speakers eign Secretary. He claimed that the who first contributed them to our policy of the Liberal Government in political currency; but in other cases foreign affairs was a policy of nonthey were not so much original expres- intervention. “The foreign policy of sions, as apt quotations, from obscure the noble Earl, so far as the principle sources, so strikingly applied as to fire of non-intervention is concerned, may the popular imagination. Take, for be summed up,” said Lord Derby, "in example, the phrase "a leap in the two shorthomely, but expressive dark,” so finely used by Lord Derby in words,-meddle and muddle." reference to the bill which, in 1867, es- “Cave," the designation of a discontablished household suffrage in bor- tented section of a party which breaks oughs. When Lord Derby was Premier away from its allegiance, arose out of of a Conservative Government for the a humorous sally made by Mr. John third and last time, this measure was Bright during the debates on Mr. Glad. introduced by his own Administration, stone's abortive Reform Bill of 1866. but he gave it only a half-hearted sup- The measure was opposed by a strong port. “No doubt,” said he, on the third party of Liberals, including Mr. Horsreading of the bill in the House of
“The Right Honorable gentleLords, "no doubt we are making a great man,” said Mr. Bright, in the course experiment and taking a leap in the of a speech in the House of Commons, dark, but I have the greatest confidence “is the first of a new party who has in the sound sense of my countrymen." expressed his great grief, who has The phrase was used eight years before retired into what may be called his by Lord Palmerston, in a private letter political Cave of Adullam, and he has to Lord John Russell under, curiously called about him every one who is in enough, somewhat similar circum- distress, and every one who is disconstances. Lord John had in contempla- tented.” The phrase caught the popution certain proposals for electoral re- lar fancy and was accepted by the form which included a £10 county fran
malcontents. "No improper motive,” chise. “As to our county franchise,” said Lord Elcho (now Lord Wemyss), wrote Lord Palmerston, “we seem to "has driven us into this cave, where
we are a most happy family, daily-I of two offices he held under the Crown, may say hourly-increasing in number the Lord Lieutenancy of the West Rid. and strength, where we shall remain ing of Yorkshire and the command of until we go forth to deliver Israel from a Militia regiment, and was also struck oppression.” The bill was defeated off the list of the Privy Council. Carand the Government resigned, only to lyle, on the other hand, thought the be replaced by Lord Derby's Adminis- people were “mostly fools." It has tration, which pased the Household been stated that this declaration occurs Suffrage Act. "The Ministry," said in Carlyle's appeal (printed in The Lord Granville in the House of Lords, Spectator) to Lord John Russell, then referring to that Administration, “have Premier, to do something for the indusdished the Whigs," thereby making trial improvement of Ireland. In that an important contribution to our polit- appeal, Carlyle merely speaks of his ical phraseology; and Mr. Robert countrymen as “twenty-seven millions, Lowe (subsequently Lord Sherbrooke), many of whom are fools;" but in the who had joined Mr. Horsman in the "Latter-Day Pamphlets,” in the chapCave of Adullam, invented the happy
ter on Parliament, he says: phrase, “We must now, at least, educate our Masters" (à propos of the new
Consider in fact, a body of six hun
dred and fifty-eight miscellaneous perelectorate) in a speech expressive of his
sons set to consult about business, with amazement at this surrender of the
twenty-seven millions, mostly fools, Conservative Government on the ques- assiduously listening to them, and tion of Reform.
checking and criticising them,-was "The greatest happiness of the great
there ever since the world began, will est number” first appeared (according
there ever be till the world ends, any
business accomplished in these circumto Jeremy Bentham, in his “Liberty of
stances ? the People") in one of the innumerable pamphlets written by Dr. Joseph Priest- It is plain that it was from the latter, ley, in reply to Edmund Burke's “Re- and not from the former, passage that flections on the French Revolution." the celebrated phrase came into popu. "He rose like a rocket and fell like the lar use. stick," was first used by Tom Paine, Among the political sayings, for the notorious Republican writer, in ref- which we are indebted to Disraeli are erence to Burke. "One half the world "Reaction is the consequence of a naknows not how the other lives" tion waking from its illusions" (1848), will be found in "Holy Observations," “A tu quoque should always be goodby Dr. Joseph Hall, Bishop of Exeter humored, for it has nothing else to recand of Norwich, in the seventeenth ommend it" (1855),—“Finality is not the century. "The Majesty of the people" language of politics" (1859),—“To assist was coined by Charles Fox. In 1798 a progress to resist revolution is the polpolitical dinner was given at the Crown icy of the Conservative party" (1859),– and Anchor tavern, in celebration of "Party is organized opinion” (1864). Fox's birthday, with the Duke of Nor- "England does not love coalitions” is folk in the chair. Concluding his another saying of that great political speech in reply to the toast of his phrase-maker. On that night, in 1852, health, the great Whig leader said: when Lord Derby's first Ministry, in “Give me leave, before I sit down, to which Disraeli filled the office of Chancall on you to drink our Sovereign's cellor of the Exchequer, was defeated health,--the Majesty of the people.” on an amendment by Gladstone to the For this sentiment Fox was deprived Budget,-an amendment which united Whigs, Radicals and Peelites-Disraeli, and acknowledged force," he said, "is in a defiant speech before the fatal di- not impaired either in effect or in opinvision, said: "I know that I have to ion by an unwillingness to exert itself. face a coalition. The combination may The superior force may offer peace be successful,-combination has before with honor and with safety." Yet it this been successful--but coalitions, is to poetry and not to politics that we though they may be successful, have are really indebted for the phrase. always found that their triumphs have Shakespeare uses it in "Coriolanus,” been brief. This I know, that England iii, 2: does not love coalitions." That particular coalition under Lord Aberdeen and
If it be honor in your wars to seem Lord John Russell was certainly not
The same you are not, which, for your
best ends, successful. “There is one indisputable You adopt your policy, how is it less, element of a Coalition Government," or worse, said Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, “and That it shall hold companionship in that it is that its members should coa
peace lesce.” In this case they drifted widely
With honor, as in war, since that to
It stands in like request? But Disraeli's most popular phrase was "Peace with Honor.” The occa- An amusing story is told in connecsion on which the words were used is tion with the phrase. In the course of well known. On the return of the two a political lecture, illustrated with a British plenipotentiaries at the Berlin magic-lantern, in a country village, porCongress in 1878, Lord Beaconsfield traits of Lord Beaconsfield and Lord and Lord Salisbury, an enthusiastic re- Salisbury, with the words Peace with ception was given them in London; and Honor were thrown upon the screen. speaking, on July 16, the former said; An old lady among the audience, whose “Lord Salisbury and myself have head was full of recollections of a nobrought you back peace, but peace, I torious criminal, innocently inquired, hope, with honor, which may satisfy amid great laughter, “Which is peace ?" our Sovereign and tend to the welfare “Every man has his price;" this cyni. of the country." The phrase, however, cal saying is generally ascribed to Sir like so many of his epigrammatic ut- Robert Walpole; "yet," writes Mr. John terances, was not Lord Beaconsfield's Morley, "he never delivered himself own invention. It had been used before of that famous slander on mankind." by two eminent statesmen, but it was One night in the House of Commons Lord Beaconsfield's fine and apt appli- he insisted that self-interest, or familycation of it on a dramatic occasion that interest, was at the bottom of the fine fixed it forever on the public memory and virtuous declamation of the Opand made it a current coin of everyday position: “All these men,” he said, political speech and writing. Lord “have their price.” It was, therefore, John Russell, in the course of a speech not a general, but a political proposiat Dundee in 1865, said, “As Secretary tion. “Mend it or end it," was used for Foreign Affairs it has been my ob- · by Mr. John Morley in reference to the ject to preserve peace with honor.” The House of Lords, in a speech made at phrase is also to be found in one of the St. James's Hall, on July 30th, 1884. best known of Burke's speeches,-that Mr. Morley was much praised by the imperishable oration on Conciliation Radical newspapers for his happy with America, delivered in the House jingle. They did not know, though we of Commons, March 22nd, 1775. “Great may be sure so staunch a lover of good