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I felt that he had acted says Mr Carter, “of every reply according to the best of his I got." So that the sense of judgment, and that he was in security was felt by the men as a far better position to judge strongly as by the general. what was best than I could When Herbert Stewart (afterpossibly be. But, as Colley wards mortally wounded at says (p. 367), “It is a strange Gubat), who was Colley's chief world of chances; one can only staff officer at this time, and do what seems right to one in was captured after Majuba, rematters of morals, and do what turned to England from his seems best in matters of judg- captivity in the Transvaal, he ment a card - player cal- sent to me asking me to come culates the chances, and the to him, that he might tell me wrong card may turn up, and the whole story. I dined with everything turn out to be done him the second night after his for the worst instead of for arrival in London, and we sat the best.” Stonewall Jackson on till far into the small hours doubtless calculated upon free- of the morning, while he gave dom from all danger of attack, me details of what had ocowing to his distance from the curred. I have the sketch of enemy, and their ignorance of the position which he drew for his movements. The result me while he talked. All that justified his judgment. Colley he told me then coincides with doubtless calculated upon free- Sir William Butler's description dom from all danger if attacked, of the day. owing to the natural strength But the lips of the only man of his position. The result did who could have told us all are not justify his judgment. Had sealed in death. If the reader
. Jackson been attacked, history will turn back to Colley's speech, would have judged him severely made nearly eight years before Had the Boer attack on Majuba at the United Service Institufailed, Colley would have been tion, he will see how absolutely praised, as Jackson is, for his his description of how battles care and thoughtfulness for his are lost and won came true,men. The attack succeeded, the infantry fighting that asand so, of course, Colley is sumed the character of an arseverely judged.
tillery duel—alas ! how unequal That the men lining the edge a duel the intensity of the conof the hill were ordered to, and centrated, sustained, and everactually did, put up individual increasing fire—the retreat of cover of stones, the “
sconces the defenders which preceded so well known in South African the final advance of the assailwarfare, is shown on pages 384 ants. and 385 of Sir William Butler's “If,” wrote Sir John Moore book. But that they did it to Lady Hester Stanhope in carelessly is equally true. 1808, "I extricate myself and “Oh! it's all right, sir; it's those with me from our present good enough for what we shall difficulties, and if I beat the want up here,' was the nature,” French, I shall return to you with satisfaction; but if not, it worth, in which the noblest elements will be better I shall never
of human character and the finest quit Spain.” 1 Can any one
intellectual powers were completely
united. And, whilst his fate was doubt that the same thought still uncertain, I felt sure that he was in Colley's mind as he would not ha left th disastrous stood alone at the last supreme
field alive. It is perhaps the best, as moment?
it was the only fitting, end to this
heart-breaking tragedy ; for it bas at And so, alone, with his face
least imposed silence on the many to the foe, he fell, that incarnate mean mouths that were opening to soul of chivalry.
libel the memory of one who was the I will end with extracts from
bravest, as he was also the wisest, of letters written to me imme
England's young soldier statesmen.
But oh! the pity of it, Iago !'” diately after Colley's death by the two men who knew him
A letter to me of 3rd March, best, the two for whom he had from Sir Garnet Wolseley, ended given all that was in him of with these words : “My heart noble, loyal service.
is sick and I am low in spirit. Lord Lytton thus wrote to I shall never see Colley's like me on 5th March :
Farewell, friend and comrade! “Yes ; we bave a common loss, and our sorrows are in the same boat
“ Thou art the ruins of the noblest man Charon's boat, alas! We could not
That ever lived in the tide of times.” wish him to have survived that inexplicable catastrophe, which has so prematurely closed a life of the rarest HENRY BRACKENBURY.
1 The Life and Letters of Lady Hester Stanhope. By her Niece, the Duchess of Cleveland.
THE GRAND MATCH.
DENNIS was hearty when Dennis was young,
An' he wanted a girl wid a fortune.
Nannie was grey-eyed an' Nannie was tall,
But she'd not a traneen to her fortune.
He be to look out for a likelier match,
But that was a thrifle, he tould her.
She brought him her good-lookin' gould to admire, She brought him her good-lookin' cows to his byre, But far from good-lookin' she sat by his fire,—
An' paid him that “thrifle” he tould her.
He met pretty Nan when a month had gone by,
She said, “How is the woman that owns ye?”
Och, never be tellin' the life that he's led !
An' the tongue o' the woman that owns him.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS.
PHYSICAL education is apt to
fund of health and be viewed from a very limited stamina. standpoint: it may be well at
It is a mistake to suppose the outset, therefore, to define that much time and an elaborthe compass of the subject on ate system of apparatus are strictly practical lines. The required for the development of mere exercise of boys in ele- boys: in fact, excellent results mentary drill and gymnastics, may be obtained by devoting a without the careful consider- short time, day by day, to a ation of the physical condition carefully thought-out scheme and the special requirements of of movements, aided by some individuals, does not constitute simple apparatus. It is, howphysical education; nor yet, on ever, of primary importance the other hand, does an elabor- that the school games, gymate system of intricate drill and nastics, drill, and other forms gymnastics, which has for its of exercise, should be so arobject the production of pro- ranged that they do not overfessional athletes trained lap each other, but that each soldiers. Physical education is should supplement the others as extensive and varied in its in producing the best poscharacter as the school life of sible physical condition. All the boy: its influence, properly schools do not agree in the directed, should be felt in the character and extent of the class - room, the playground, forms of physical exercise pracand the dormitory, and its tised among them, but the laws should regulate the diet great bulk of them include in and dress of the pupil. Those their physical programme footwho have studied the growth ball, cricket, athletics, gymnasand development of boys for a tics, and drill. As a rule, footseries of years alone know the ball is played from October to many and great difficulties to the end of February ; athletics be overcome, and the grave and are practised during March and deep problems to be solved, in the first fortnight of April ; order that boys may be sent while cricket is played throughout from school in the best out the Summer term. The physical condition to stand the best results, both from the point strain and stress of after - life. of view of games and physical The true aim, then, of physical condition, obtained by education is the training of playing no
than two boys under a system which practice games and one footconcerns itself with the air ball match a-week. On the they breathe, the food they off football days, gymnastics, eat, the lives they live, in drill, and cross-country running order that they may begin should be engaged in. During the work of life with a large the athletic season, cadet corps
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drill, chiefly company and bat- boys divided into three groups
, talion movements and skirmish- (1) those physically fit to ing, should divide the play-hours engage in the complete system with the practice of running of school training, and who are and jumping. In the Summer keen, active, and interested in term, cricket alone should al- their own development; (2) most entirely appropriate the those physically fit, but who play - hour.
It is, of course, by nature and disposition are impossible to formulate a rule lazy and slovenly, and quite applicable to every school alike, regardless of their own growth but it is of importance to point and physical improvement; (3) out that every school should those who from some bodily draw up a scheme under which weakness or defect are underthe most may be made of its going a special training. The own special form of exercise.
purpose served by such a list The same principle holds true will be obvious. Careful and with boys as with schools accurate measurements of the hard-and-fast scheme of physi- height, chest, waist, biceps, forecal training cannot be applied arm, and head should be made, to every boy alike. Much evil and the weight ascertained not often results from asking a boy less than four times a-year, and who may be physically weak to in the case of weak and illdo too much either in gymnas developed boys more frequently. tics or football. Every boy, on
, Each boy should possess a card entering a school, should un- in which his weight and measdergo a thorough medical ex- urements are entered from time amination; and special notice to time, as in this
he should be taken of the condition will soon become interested in of his feet, teeth, eyes, chest, his own record, and anxious heart, and spine, as well as of to improve his development. his general muscular develop- These measurements are most ment, and of any malformation useful in many ways, but they of his system. On the basis of are especially valuable in indithe medical report the gym- cating when a boy is not denastic instructor and those in veloping physically as he ought. charge of the school games In such a case the boy should should classify boys into sets, at once be thoroughly overaccording to their physical con- hauled by the doctor. It is dition; and in special cases, also of importance to know such as very poor muscular de- when a boy is growing rapidly velopment, hollow chest, or in height, as sometimes, though weak heart, they should further increasing in height, he may consult with the school doctor, actually be losing weight, for and, subject to his advice, draw in such a case the boy should up a special course of training at once be eased off in work to suit the particụlar case in and games, he should receive question. The head-master, or more generous diet than the
responsible substitute, usual school fare, and he should should draw up a list of the be compelled to recline horizon