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too much of a fool, or the devil too unspeakable rites, which-as far as 1 much of a devil—I don't know which. reluctantly gathered from what I heard Or you may be such a thunderingly ex- at various times-were offered up to alted creature as to be altogether deaf him-do you understand?-to Mr. Kurtz and blind to anything but heavenly himself. But it was a beautiful piece sights and sounds. Then the earth for of writing. The opening paragraph, you is only a standing place and however, in the light of later informawhether to be like this is your loss or tion, strikes me now as ominous.
He your gain I won't pretend to say. But began with the argument that we most of us are neither one nor the whites, from the point of development other. The earth for us is a place to we had arrived at, must necessarily live in, where we must put up with appear to them (savages) in the nature sights, with sounds, with smells, too, of supernatural beings-we approach by Jove - breathe dead hippo, them with the might as of deity, and to speak, and not be contaminated. And so on, and so on. "By the simple exerthere, don't you see, your strength cise of our will we can exert a power comes in, the faith in your ability of for good practically unbounded,' etc., digging unostentatious holes to bury etc. From that point he soared and the stuff in-your power of devotion, took me with him. The peroration was not to yourself, but to an obscure, back- magnificent, though difficult to remembreaking business. And that's difficult ber, you know. It gave me the notion enough. Mind, I am not trying to ex- of an exotic immensity ruled by an aucuse or even explain-I am trying to gust benevolence. It made me tingle account to myself for-for-Mr. Kurtz with enthusiasm. This was the un-for the shade of Mr. Kurtz. This in- bounded power of eloquence of words itiated wraith from the back of No- -of burning, noble words. There were where honored me with its amazing no practical hints to interrupt the magic confidence before it vanished alto- current of phrases, unless a kind of gether. This was because it could note at the foot of the last page, speak English to me. The original scrawled evidently much later, in an Kurtz had been educated partly in unsteady hand, may be regarded as England, and-as he was good enough the exposition of a method.
It was to say himself-his sympathies were in very simple, and at the end of that the right place. His mother was half moving appeal to every altruistic sentiEnglish, his father was half French. ment it blazed at you luminous and terAll Europe contributed to the making rifying, like a flash of lightning in a of Kurtz, and by and by I learned serene sky: 'Exterminate all the brutes! that, most appropriately, the Interna- The curious part was that he had aptional Society for the Suppression of parently forgotten all about that valuSavage Customs had intrusted him able postcriptum, because, later on, with the making of a report for their when he in a sense came to himself, future guidance. And he had written he repeatedly entreated me to take it, too. I've seen it. I've read it. It good care of 'my pamphleť (as he was eloquent, vibrating with eloquence, called it), as it was sure to have in the but too high-strung, I think. Seventeen future a good influence upon his career. pages of close writing he had found I had full information about all these time for! But this must have been things, and, as it turned out, I was to before his-let us say-nerves went have the care of his memory. I've wrong, and caused him to preside at done enough for it to give me the indiscertain midnight dances, ending with putable right to lay it, if I choose, for an everlasting rest in the dust bin of heavier than any man on earth, I should progress, among all the sweepings, and, imagine. Then, without more ado, I figuratively speaking, all the dead cats tipped him overboard. The current of civilization. But then, you see, I snatched him as though he had been a can't choose. He won't be forgotten. wisp of grass, and I saw the body roll Whatever he was, he was not common. over twice before I lost sight of it forHe had the power to charm or frighten ever. All the pilgrims and the manarudimentary souls into an aggravated ger were then congregated on the awnwitch dance in his honor; he could also ing deck about the pilot house, chatterfill the small souls of the pilgrims with ing at each other like a flock of excited misgivings; he had one devoted friend magpies, and there was a scandalized at least, and he had conquered one soul murmur at my heartless promptitude. in the world that was neither rudimen- What they wanted to keep that body tary nor tainted with self-seeking. No, hanging about for I can't guess. Embalm I can't forget him; though I am not it, maybe. But I had also heard another prepared to affirm the fellow was ex- and a very ominous murmur on the actly worth the life we lost in getting deck below. My friends, the woodcutto him. I missed my late helmsman ters, were likewise scandalized, and with awfully; I missed him even while his a better show of reason-though I adbody was still lying in the pilot house. mit that the reason itself was quite inPerhaps you will think it passing admissible. O, quite! I had made up strange, this regret for a savage who my mind that if my late helmsman was was no more account than a grain of to be eaten, the fishes alone should have sand in a black Sahara. Well, don't him. He had been a very second-rate you see, he had done something, he helmsman while alive, but now he was had steered; for months I had him at dead he might become a first-class my back-a help-an instrument. It temptation, and possibly cause some was a kind of partnership. He steered startling trouble; besides I was anxious for me I had to look after him. I to take the wheel, the man in pink worried about his deficiencies, and thus pajamas showing himself a helpless a subtle bond had been created, of duffer at the business. which I only became aware when it “This I did directly the simple funeral was suddenly broken. And the inti- was over. We were going half-speed, mate profundity of that look he gave keeping right in the middle of the me, when he received his hurt, remains stream, and I listened to the talk about to this day in my memory-like a claim me. They had given up Kurtz, they of distant kinship affirmed in a su- had given up the station; Kurtz was preme moment.
dead, and the station had been burned "Poor fool! If he had only left that and so on-and so on. The red-haired shutter alone. He had no restraint-no pilgrim was beside himself with the restraint-just like Kurtz-a tree thought that at least this poor Kurtz swayed by the wind. As soon as I had been properly revenged. "Say! had put on a dry pair of slippers, I We must have made a glorious slaughdragged him out, after first jerking the ter of them in the bush. Eh? What spear out of his side, which operation do you think? Say? He positively I performed with my eyes shut tight. danced, the bloodthirsty little gingery His heels leaped together over the little beggar. And he had nearly fainted doorstep; his shoulders were pressed to when he saw the wounded man! I my breast; I hugged him from behind could not help saying, 'You made a glodesperately. O, he was heavy, heavy; rious lot of smoke, anyhow.' I had
seen, from the way the tops of the 'I know, I know. It's all right, yelled bushes rustled and flew, that almost all back the other, cheerful as you please. the shots had gone too high. You can't Come along. It's all right. I am glad.' hit anything unless you take aim and "His aspect reminded me of something fire from the shoulder; but these chaps I had seen-something funny I had fired from the hip with their eyes shut. seen somewhere. As I manoeuvred to The retreat, I maintained-and I was get alongside, I was asking myself, right-was caused by the screeching of 'What does this fellow look like? Sudthe steam whistle. Upon this they for- denly I got it. He looked like a harlegot Kurtz and began to howl at me quin. His clothes had been made of with indignant protests.
some stuff that was brown holland, prob"The manager stood by the wheel ably, but it was covered with patches murmuring confidentially about the ne- all over, with bright patches, blue, red cessity of getting well away down the and yellow patches on the back, patches river before dark at all events, when on front, patches on elbows, on knees; I saw in the distance a clearing on the colored binding round his jacket, scarlet river side and the outlines of some sort edging at the bottom of his trousers; of building. "What's this? I asked. and the sunshine made him look exHe clapped his hands in wonder. "The tremely gay and wonderfully neat station! he cried. I edged in at once, withal, because you could see how still going half-speed.
beautifully all this patching had been “Through my glasses I saw the slope done. A beardless, boyish face, very of a hill interspersed with rare trees fair, no features to speak of, nose peeland perfectly free from undergrowth. ing, little blue eyes, smiles and frowns A long decaying building on the sum chasing each other over that open counmit was half buried in the high grass; tenance like sunshine and shadow on the large holes in the peaked roof gaped a wind-swept plain. “Look out, capblack from afar; the jungle and the tain!' he cried; there's a snag lodged woods made a background. There was in here last night.' What! Another no enclosure or fence of any kind; but snag? I confess I swore shamefully. there had been one apparently, for I had nearly holed my cripple, to finish near the house half a dozen slim posts off that charming trip. The harlequin remained in a row, roughly trimmed, on the bank turned his little pug nose and with their upper ends ornamented up to me. "You English ? he asked, all with round, carved balls. The rails, or smiles. 'Are you?' I shouted from the whatever there had been between, had wheel. The smiles vanished and he disappeared. Of course the forest sur shook his head as if sorry for my disrounded all that. The river bank was appointment. Then he brightened up. clear, and on the water side I saw a 'Never mind! he cried, encouragingly. white man under a hat like a cart ‘Are we in time?" I asked. 'He is up wheel beckoning persistently with his there,' he replied, with a toss of the whole arm. Examining the edge of head up the hill, and becoming gloomy the forest above and below, I was al all of a sudden. His face was like the most certain that I could see move autumn sky, overcast one moment and ments; human forms gliding here and bright the next. there. I steamed past prudently, then "When the manager, escorted by the stopped the engines and let her drift pilgrims, all of them armed to the down. The man on the shore began to teeth, had gone to the house, this chap shout, urging us to land. “We have came on board. 'I say, I don't like this. been attacked,' screamed the manager. These natives are in the bush,' I said.
He assured me earnestly it was all house on the coast to fit him out with right. “They are simple people,” he stores and goods, and had started for added; 'well, I am glad you came. the interior with a light heart, and no It took me all my time to keep more idea of what would happen to them off.' 'But you said it was him than a baby. He had been wanall right,' I cried. 'O, they meant no dering about that river for nearly two harm,' he said; and, as I stared, he years alone, cut off from everybody and corrected himself, 'Not exactly.' Then, everything. 'I am not so young as I vivaciously, ‘My faith, your pilot house look. I am 25,' he said. 'At first old wants a clean-up! In the next breath Van Shuyten would tell me to go to he advised me to keep enough steam the devil,' he narrated with keen enon the boiler to blow the whistle in joyment, 'but I stuck to him and talked case of any trouble. 'One good screech and talked, till at last he got afraid I will do more for you than all your rifles. would take the hind leg off his favorite They are a simple people,' he repeated dog, so he gave me some cheap things He rattled away at such a rate he quite and a few guns, and told me he hoped overwhelmed me. He seemed to be he would never see my face again. trying to make up for lots of silence, Good old Dutchman, Van Shuyten. I've and actually hinted, laughing, that such sent him one small lot of ivory a year was the case. 'Don't you talk with ago-so that he can't call me a little Mr. Kurtz?" I said. "You don't talk thief when I get back. I hope he got with that man-you listen to him, he it. And for the rest I don't care. I exclaimed, with severe exaltation. 'But had some wood stacked for you. That now- He waved his arm, and in the was my old house. Did you see? twinkling of an eye was in the utter- "I gave him Towson's book. He made most depths of despondency. In a mo- as though he would kiss me, but rement he came up again with a jump, strained himself. "The only book I had possessed himself of both my hands, left, and I thought I had lost it,' he shook them continuously, while he gab- said, looking at it ecstatically. 'So bled: 'Brother sailor-honor-pleasure, many accidents happen to a man going delight-introduce myself - Russian about alone, you know. Canoes get son of an archpriest-government of upset sometimes-and sometimes you've Tambov-what? Tobacco! English to- got to clear out so quick when the bacco; the excellent English tobacco! people get angry.' He thumbed the Now, that's brotherly. Smoke? Where's pages. “You made notes in Russian?' the sailor that does not smoke?'
I asked. He nodded. 'I thought they "The pipe soothed him, and gradually were written in cipher,' I said. He I made out that he had run away from
laughed, then became serious. 'I had school, had gone to sea in a Russian lots of trouble to keep those people off,' ship; ran way again; served some time he said. ‘Did they want to kill you? in English ships; was now reconciled I asked. “Oh, no!' he cried, and checked with the archpriest. He made a point
himself. 'Why did they attack us? I of that. 'But when one is young, one
pursued. He hesitated, then said, must see things, gather experi- shamefacedly, "They don't want him ence, ideas, enlarge the mind.' 'Here! to go.' 'Don't they?' I said, curiously. I interrupted. 'You can never tell. He nodded a nod full of mystery and Here I have met Mr. Kurtz,' he said,
wisdom. 'I tell you,' he cried, 'this youthfully solemn and reproachful. I man has enlarged my mind.' He opened held my tongue after that. It appears his arms wide, staring at me roundhe had persuaded a Dutch trading eyed. Blackwood's Magazine.
(To be continued.)
The Great Ouse is undistinguished its name to a county, the Ouse receives among western waters; his very title at Wolverton the waters of the Tone. is disputed by the channel in which the Here in the early days of railways, united rivers of Yorkshire find their trains stopped half-way between Lonway to the Humber; and yet he is the don and Birmingham to give weary fifth largest English river.
travellers the opportunity of rest and His is no impetuous stream, tearing refreshment; and here the valley is down to the sea in a bed that is some crossed by a viaduct, which was once times water, sometimes heaps of stones; considered an imposing triumph of enhe pursues a temperate career, never gineering. From Wolverton to Newruns dry, and is seldom overfull. The port Pagnell is by road four miles, by fortresses of more troubled days are river nearer ten, and there the larger no longer reflected in his waves; no stream takes up his little brother for legends of hard riding Dick or other the rest of their winding ramble to the heroic robber linger in the memories of German Ocean. those who dwell on his sedgy banks; Nobody ever set out to reach a given not even the genius of Sir Walter could destination with less anxiety about weave romances in which the Ouse eventually arriving there than the Ouse, would play a part. He has never been when he decided that, after leaving a border river since the days of the Newport Pagnell, it was as well to go Danelagh; he belongs to the Midlands, to Bedford. Being a river-god he may and has had no occasion for those be credited with wisdom superior to strings of castles which once defended that of mortals; and perhaps he was and now adorn the Tweed, the Tyne, right in expatiating in his meadows, the Severn and the Wye.
listening to the clatter of his poplar In the region of Newport Pagnell the leaves, taking his pastime in broad Great Ouse first begins to be a notice- deeps, and ever and anon losing his way able river; here is the head on which among beds of reeds. The upshot of it are set his two horns. From the south all is that, whereas mere men make it east comes the Little Ouse, Ousel, or a thirteen-mile walk, our river travels Lovat, thus variously named, after col- forty, and is eventually so reluctant to lecting half the waters of the Chiltern pass under the graceful bridge by the Hills and draining the eastern region Swan hotel, that the Midland Railway of the Vale of Aylesbury; the Ousel is crosses him seven times in the seven still little better than a large brook, miles between Bedford and Sharnbut has already travelled some score brook. of miles. The other horn, the Ouse This sort of conduct might be parproper, has gathered his peaceful flood donable in a nymph or other lightin the western uplands of Northampton- hearted feminine divinity, but in a shire. His longest tributary may be sober old river calls for reprobation. traced beyond Brackley to the neigh- Father Thames shakes his head over it, borhood of Banbury, and, being fed pointing to his own noble curves, and by numerous winding brooks, takes even the twisting Tees thinks there the shape of a river not many miles to should be a limit to capriciousness, the west of Buckingham. Eight miles though his conscience is a little uneasy below the little borough which gives about his performances in the neighbor