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his pigeons. At work, when ing invasion of soundless life, he had to crawl in the mud a rolling wave of plants, piled under the bottom of the steam- up, crested, ready to topple boat, he would tie up that beard over the creek, to sweep every of his in a kind of white ser- little man of us out of his little viette he brought for the pur- existence. And it moved not. pose.
It had loops to go over A deadened burst of mighty his ears.
In the evening he splashes and snorts reached us could be seen squatted on the from afar, as though an ichthyobank rinsing that wrapper in saurus had been taking a bath the creek with great care, then of glitter in the great river. spreading it solemnly on a bush After all,' said the boilerto dry.
maker in a reasonable tone, “I slapped him on the back why shouldn't we get the and shouted “We shall have rivets.' Why not, indeed! I rivets !' He scrambled to his did not know of any reason feet exclaiming “No! Rivets !' why we shouldn't. • They'll as though he couldn't believe come in three weeks,' I said, his ears.
Then in a low voice, confidently. You ... eh?' I don't know “But they didn't. Instead why we behaved like lunatics. came an invasion, an infliction, I put my finger to the side a visitation. It came in secof my nose and nodded mys- tions during the next three teriously. Good for you !' he weeks, each section headed by cried, snapped his fingers above a donkey carrying a white man his head, lifting one foot. I in new clothes and tan shoes, tried a jig. We capered on bowing from that elevation the iron deck. A frightful right and left to the impressed clatter came out of that hulk, pilgrims. A quarrelsome band and the virgin forest on the of footsore sulky niggers trod on other bank of the creek sent the heels of the donkey. A lot it back in a thundering roll of tents, camp-stools, tin boxes, upon the sleeping station. It white cases, brown bales would must have made
of be shot down in the courtthe pilgrims sit up in their yard, and the air of mystery hovels. A dark figure ob- would deepen a little over the
Five scured the lighted doorway of muddle of the station. the manager's hut, vanished, such instalments came, with then, a second or so after, the their absurd air of disorderly doorway itself vanished too. flight with the loot of innumerWe stopped, and the silence able outfit shops and provision driven away by the stamping stores, that, one would think, of our feet flowed back again they were lugging, after a raid, from the recesses of the land. into the wilderness for equitThe great wall of vegetation, able division. It was an inan exuberant and entangled extricable mess of things decent mass of trunks, branches, leaves, in themselves but that human boughs, festoons, motionless in folly made look like the spoils the moonlight, was like a riot- of thieving.
“This devoted band called sleepy cunning. He carried his itself the Eldorado Expedition, fat paunch with ostentation on and I believe they were sworn his short legs, and all the time to secrecy. Their talk, how- his gang infested the station ever, was the talk of sordid spoke to no one but his nephew. buccaneers. It was reckless You could see these two roamwithout hardihood, greedy with- ing about all day long with out audacity, and cruel without their heads close together in an courage. There was not an everlasting confab. atom of foresight or of serious “I had given up worrying intention in the whole batch of myself about the rivets. One's them, and they did not seem capacity for that kind of folly aware these things are wanted is more limited than you
would for the work of the world. suppose. I said Hang !—and Their desire
tear let things slide.
I had plenty treasure out of the bowels of of time for meditation, and now the land with no more moral and then I would give some purpose at the back of it than thought to Kurtz. I wasn't there is in burglars breaking very curious about him. No. into a safe. Who paid for the Still, I was curious to see noble enterprise I don't know; whether this man, who had come but the uncle of our manager out equipped with moral ideas was leader of that lot.
of some sort, would climb to “In exterior he resembled a the top after all, and how he butcher in a poor neighbour- would set about his work when hood, and his eyes had a look of there."
(To be continue l.)
SEVENTY YEARS AT WESTMINSTER.
THE RIGHT HON. SIR JOHN R. MOWBRAY, BART., M.P.
I TAKE up the thread of my the land on August 28. It did reminiscences of the House of not raise any party question, Commons where I left off in my and the issue was never doubtprevious article, at the end of ful. Mr Gladstone and Mr the elections after the China Disraeli were united in opposiDissolution in 1857. The New tion, while Mr Walpole and Parliament met on April 30. Mr Henley were divided, the The star of Palmerston was in former supporting, the latter the ascendant. Bright and opposing, the bill. But the Cobden were conspicuous by proceedings in Committee were their absence. Sir Stafford very animated. We had a sucNorthcote, retiring from Dud- cession of single combats in the ley, had been unsuccessful in Homeric style between the securing the suffrages of North Attorney-General, Sir Richard Devon. Lord Cavendish, after- Bethell, and Mr
and Mr Gladstone, wards Lord Hartington, now
which were only equalled in Duke of Devonshire, and Lord briskness by those of 1866 beAlthorp, now Earl Spencer, tween Mr Lowe and Mr Glad
, made their first appearance, stone about the Trojan Horse. and were welcomed as repre- The Attorney-General speaking sentatives of historic names and at the end of the Treasury Whig traditions. Mr Evelyn Bench and Mr Gladstone at the Denison was chosen Speaker. corner seat on the second bench There was no great thirst for below the gangway were in legislation. The Royal Speech close contact, and the latter at the close of the session, was described by the former as indeed, spoke of the many Acts “boiling over with arguments, of great importance which had and “his eloquence exuding been passed, but there was only from every pore.” The Atone great legislative enactment torney-General was supercilious on which the Government could and amusing, while Mr Gladcongratulate itself, — the Act stone gave us a striking illusestablishing a Divorce Court. tration of unflinching courage
The bill was introduced in in fighting a lost battle, of his the Lords. It came on in the wonderful power of debate, and Commons for second reading on of his intense and earnest July 30, and became the law of religious conviction. In vain
See Blackwood's Magazine' for July 1898.
he complained that the bill was our laws, and had abused the pushed forward with unpre- asylum which England offered cedented levity. In the Upper to political refugees by going House the Duke of Norfolk, as forth from our shores to take representative of the Roman part in these atrocious acts. Communion, had offered his Irritation sprang up between determined opposition. But the the two countries. The French Lords Spiritual as a body, with colonels addressed the Emperor, the exception of Bishop Wilber-. denouncing the English nation. force, were less vigilant in their Count Walewski made a comcriticism than might have been munication to the English Govexpected with regard to a bill ernment. On February 9 Lord that proposed changes of such Palmerston introduced a bill to vast importance in the law of amend the law relating to conChurch and State.
spiracy to murder, which DisParliament was called to- raeli and the Tories supported. gether again on December 3, Leave was given to introduce it and passed a bill to indemnify by a large majority-Ayes 299, the Bank of England for hav- Noes 99. The second reading ing issued notes in excess of the came on on the 19th. Mr Milner amount authorised by the Act Gibson moved a resolution from of 1844. It then adjourned the Government side of the until February 4, 1858. The House expressing regret that Indian Mutiny and the account the Government, before introof the enormities committed at ducing the bill, "had not felt it Delhi and Cawnpore had pain- to be their duty to make some fully absorbed the minds of all reply to the important despatch during the autumn, and our received from the French GovIndian Empire seemed shaken ernment, dated Paris, January to its very foundations. The 20, 1858.” This amendment affairs of India, therefore, oc- received the support of Mr Discupied the most prominent raeli and of Mr Gladstone, and place in the Royal Speech; the of the majority of our party. attention of Parliament being Mr Henley said that the resolunext called to the laws which tion
as Gospel : regulated the representation of how could any man vote against the people. But meanwhile it?” In my view, Lord Palmeranother matter arose which de- ston was right in condemning manded the prompt action of it as an “insidious amendment. the British Government, and It was unsound, if not unpreproduced an unexpected result cedented, intended to destroy by its consequences on the Min- the bill, and to defeat by a sideistry of Lord Palmerston. In wind the decision of the House the middle of January, Europe on the previous stage.
The was shocked by the startling House carried Mr Milner Gibintelligence of the attempt to son’s amendment, and so deassassinate the Emperor Na- stroyed the bill by a majority poleon. Some of the conspirators of 19, - Ayes 215, Noes 234. had lived under the shelter of I voted in the minority with
Lord Palmerston. After a lapse out of the pigeon - hole Lord of forty years I see no reason Derby's communication marked whatever for regretting my “Private and Immediate," with vote, and I should be prepared Lord Derby's name on the ento do again, after deliberation, velope. It seems almost inwhat I then had to do on the credible that this could have spur of the moment.
happened at the Carlton, during The result of the vote was a Ministerial crisis,--but so it to put an end to Lord Palmer- was. I opened the letter, which ston's Government. I had the ran as follows:honour of holding a post in the
“St James's SQUARE, ministry of Lord Derby which
Febry. 26th, 1858. succeeded it. The manner of
"DEAR SIR,—The Government apmy coming into office was
pointments being now nearly comsomewhat remarkable. The plete, may I request that you will critical division took place on do me the favour of calling here at the Friday. I went out of
as early an hour to-morrow between
10 and 1 as may suit your conveni. town on the Saturday, believ- I have reserved an appointing that my prospects of hold- ment which I am enabled to offer to ing office, if I ever had any, your acceptance, which I think might were at an end. I noticed with not be unacceptable to you, and some amazement my name ap- qualified. I ought to add that the
for which you are particularly well pearing in Monday's Times'
acceptance will involve the necessity among the conjectural appoint- of vacating your seat for Durham, ments- as Under Secretary for which, however, if your acceptance of the Home Office. I was at the
office be locally approved, can hardly
raise House of Commons through the
am, dear sir, any difficulty.-I yours faithfully,
DERBY." week, and on Friday the 26th I heard all the writs moved. The I went to St James's Square Government was practically instantly, saw Lord Derby, told completed. On Friday night I him that I had that moment left town again, and did not only received his letter, and return until the following Wed- found that the post was that nesday, when on going into the of Judge Advocate-General. I Carlton I met Disraeli on the said that I did not feel I steps. He said to me, “Have had any claim to the appointyou answered Lord Derby's ment,--I had voted against the letter yet?” “What letter?” party the other night. But he I replied; and then he said, replied that that did not matter “There is a high post for you, it was not a party question; and you will be sworn of the and would I accept the apPrivy Council. You will have pointment? I replied, “Yes, to be re-elected; Lord Derby is certainly.” As to the seat, I waiting for a reply.” I said believed that that would be that I had not got the letter, arranged all right. After com—had not heard of any.
On munication in all proper quargoing into the Club and asking ters as to the prospects of my the hall - porter if there were re-election, and after receipt of any letters for me, he pulled assurances as to the safety of