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monstrous fover-patient's tem- every hearth that blazed in perature, than statistios as youth holds a flame, even in to what amount of heat he extreme old age. She stood, emits per millionth part of a and was capable of standing second.

alone, and it was difficult to

do anything for her, exoept, I have no doubt that readers now and again, bring interest will be struok, too, by the oon- and stimulus into her intelleotradiotions in the Empresa's tual life. I think she took personality as described by the delight in the devotion of those presont writer.

few she may be said to have I oannot help it. They were been fond of, and among these there. And this, I think is Madame d'Attainville and tho reason why she has been Count Joseph Primoli, both of 80 imperfectly appreciated,- them relations, were prominent. for the world resents being I am certain, too, that she was pazzled. On the other hand, glad in the knowledge that the latter part of her life is one those whom she had befriended strong, clear line, that more - whether old members of her than redeems the uncertainty group, like the present writer, of other lines and this, I or the very last batch of believe, is the impress she will young officers who passed bo found to have left on the through her bospital — were pages of history. Can any. not ungrateful, and, above all, thing transcend the dignity of counted on her as the one friend that long, iron silence ? Can who would never fail. the world ever forget that Otherwise she had won for supreme speotaole of one who herself an independence of knew how to fall ?

sympathy that, if in a certain To those who have known her sense rather inhuman, was in all the matohless nobility of counterbalanced by her most her spirit, in all the miracle of human, phenomenal, and tireher undimmed mental power, less pre-ocoupation with the this death is not like the pass- sorrows and the joys of ing of a human being. It is as others. In a word, she bad if the Temple at Pæstum had outlived the power of rebeen suddenly overthrown by oeiving consolation, but bad an earthquake.

become herself the great Prebably she never realised Consoler. the depths of reverence and Possibly that which was, affection, the passionate ad. and is, in the hearts of those miration she inspired. She that loved her may reach her had long since lost the habit of yet, and be of some ose to expecting or asking anything her in the place she has gone for herself, and, as I have said, to. If one did not venture to hers was not an imaginative believe this, the sorrow of tender nature—not one of those her death would be almost in the house of whose spirit unbearable.

VIGNETTES.

BY ELLA MACMAHON.

XII. THE CRUSADERS.

The MALE CRUSADER was person offering unasked a the first to make his appear- ridioulously high price for an anoe in our midst. He was obviously bad bargain. The English, of course, and had Crusader did this—as later on como from England in order he confided to me-in order to awaken us (the Irish) to our to treat the vendor generously; great heritage. The manner and added that in his belief in whioh he opened his orusade all that the Irish people needed was soaroely propitions. To was generous treatment on the begin with, he bought Timothy part of England, and he was Feehan's deserted and tumble- trying to lead the way. When down cabin at a fanoy price. I tried to explain this to Timothy had some time before Timothy, he exolaimedbeen put in possession by the “Generous how are ye? Government of a brand new 'Faith yo'd be a queer omadoottage, built of mountain haun if ye believed the like granite after a hideous arobi- o' that. An' i'll tell ye this, teotural design, but trim, oom- 'tis ap to no good he is, if it paot, and weather-proof to a isn't that he's not all in it! degree never before dreamed Anny way, yo'd be moidered in of by its oogapants. Hence yer ears listening to the talk it oame about that Timothy he has out of him.” should have in his possession It was unfortunate for the & dereliot mound of stone and Crusader that he happened to rotten thatoh within a hundred be the possessor of what is yards or so of his new dwelling, sometimes desoribed in Ireland which, till the Crusader ap- as a “tall English accent," peared, it had never entered a possession of which he was into his wildest imagination naturally unconscious. It was to suppose that any person also, perhaps, a drawbaok that would even take a present of, he should have come straight far less buy from him. It to Ireland after four years followed, therefore, that when spent in the mental atmosthe Crusader offered to pur- phere of Balliol College, Oxford. obase it, Timothy began to be Any person fortunate enough suspicious of him, or-for we to be acquainted with Ireland are at all times suspioious of and Balliol will easily apprethe stranger within our gates hend the disadvantage under in Ireland—that his suspicion which he laboured in this should be increased by the respoot. Still, he might posfaot of any presumably sane sibly have escaped arousing the worst suspicions had he self tried to explain the sapnot further chosen to array posedly Hibernian origin of himself in a kilt. This gar- the saffron kilt by the faot ment (whioh no one in the that certain Irish gentlemen of village had ever seen before) he high position and “popular" believed to be the traditional proolivities have been known to attire of the male inhabitant go so far as to wear it even of Ireland in the days when in Picoadilly; but I met with our Ireland was peopled with little success. Piccadilly and those mixed tribes which its standards oarry no weight certain ardent patriots persist among as, whereas looal feelin regarding as having formed ing oarries a great deal. True, & nation. The kilt was of Timothy Feehan, whose palm thiok frieze and the colour of was still tingling from the saffron. It was not anbeoom. unaccustomed impaot of a ing when worn, as the Crusader considerable sum of money, wore it, with a certain grace, asserted — not for the first and with the addition on high time-that “Sure the oreatore, days and full state of a saffron God help him! wasn't all in shawl draped over one shoulder it," and even hazarded the in Highland fashion. In itself sormise that in a country “80 this peouliar garb, worn by an quare an' English as England, English gentleman who could may be 'twas the fashion to not boast of an infinitesimal go to funerals in all the colours drop of Irish blood in his of the rainbow.” Bat these veins, might have been 80- well-meaning efforts were decepted as the academio robes oisively discounted for what of an English college, or even they were worth by his the national dress of some neighbours. Anglo - Saxon tribe, even On the other hand, the though feminine sensibility Crusader remained blandly anamong as was soandalised by conscious of all this ; indeedits brevity (the fashion of the so much for our Irish powers short skirt not having get of dissimulation or perfeotion penetrated to our village), and of manners, wbioh you will the sight of manly legs an- he assured me not long after olothed about the knee — but that he was "winning them" that the Crusader chose to "them" being the inhabitants attend the funeral of a looal of the village and various Patriot of many imprisonments, stray farmhouses within a and therefore high esteem, radius of ten miles. To this thus garbed. The village to a end, moreover, and with that man leaped to the conclusion intimate knowledge of Irish that another insult to Ireland character which strangers in was thereby intended, no less Ireland so often believe themthan an unpardonable indignity selves to possess in large to the dead.

measure, he was in the habit A few pleas in extenuation of attending Mass on Sundays were indeed put forth. I myat the Roman Catholic obapel,

the him to be

thereby celei parish chated in did thi in local continual con

whioh, in defiance of tradi. their nostrils as the very fumes tional oustom on the part of of treachery! its worshippers, he persisted in “What call has the like o' calling the parish churoh - him to be coming to the chapel thereby causing oontinual oon- at all?" was the oomment with fusion in looal converse. He which his good intent was did this regularly Sunday by assailed; “would be pat a foot Sunday, having been first oare. in it if he wasn't up to no ful to explain to Timothy Feehan good ? Let him go to his own andother friends of that sort that ohurob that there's ready for every form of denominational him." religion was equally meaning. As a matter of faot, the less to him, and that dogmatio Crusader disliked the Church belief of any kind was power- of Ireland service because it less to subjugate his reason or was too Protestant. I ventured his heart. I do not suppose for to say this to Timothy. a moment that Timothy had “Too Protestant !” he rethe fain test idea of what dogma peated soeptioally; “'faith, or denomination meant, but that's quare talk for any wan even if he indulged in any con- that's a Protestant theirselves." jeotures as to their meaning, And there is no doubt that they would doubtless have led this was the prevailing view. him to the oonolusion at whioh, Even old Mrs Doherty, whose with or without oonjeoture, he whole simple life was a personihad had no diffioulty in arriving fioation of the charity wbich is

-namely, that the Crusader, kind, was severely pooh-poobed whatever he might choose to when with her gentle piety she say, was & Protestant. The tried to put the best oonstruosight of a Protestant-from tion upon it. England, too — bending the “Yees may be talkin', but knee before the Most Saored who knows but may be the Mystery of his Faith, was far Lord and His Blessed Mother from pleasing to Timothy, or has put it in his heart to come to a people whose Faith is at to the Truth.” once the passion and pride of "'Arrah, go on out o' that their souls and the fiercely oonwith ye"-Timothy's robustly tested possession of centuries. practioal suspiciousness rose The very sincerity of the above his remembrance of that Crusader's intentions only bargain for the moment,-"the served for his undoing. He Lord has ne'er a band's-turn barned to show “sympathy” in it. Divil a bit. 'Tis going with what he regarded as these round he is looking for what deluded but downtrodden folk, he oan see, and that's the whole ridden rough-shod, as he fer- of it all.” vently deolaimed, by a Govern- “Meself," interposed Mrs ment alien in religion, race, Timothy Feehan, "lived with and outlook, How could he Protestants in service for sixknow that such sympathy teen years, and very good ooming from him stank in people and nice people they were; ye couldn't fault 'em; Didn't Clanoy tell me he puts but if they'd have took to half-a-crown on the plate every ooming to Mass I'd have left time he sets foot inside the them, for I'd know there was chapel door, and another 88 something in it that wasn't often as not for the poor, let right. But the like of them alone & shillin' as well for the real ould gentry'd never do & holy souls; and he give five thing like that, to be making shillin's for the dues; where a mook of us. They would not would yo get the like o' that An' what I like "—the speaker in this place ? Sure, ould made a vehement and sweeping Billy Keane, that's the biggesture—“is the people that gest publioan between this live up to their religion and and Dublin, wouldn't do betther leave others to live up to theirs. nor that-no, nor half as good, Them's the good people and the maybe, if the truth was nice people, and them goes on known, for he's a real naygur with no nonsense and no (Timothy meant miser, but fantigaes; an' didn't th' ould that is our looal phrase for masther give the grand site it), and the same could be for the new chapel ? ay, 'faith, said for many a wan that's an' he the blackest Protestant nearer to us, too.” in three counties: that's the The significance with which right sort, I say. But I this was said reduced Mrs wouldn't think muob of this Timothy to silence, if not fella with the bare knees of acquiescenoe, it being well him, 'Twould give yo a turn known that her family were to see them in the holy Church; "that mane, sure they'd skin an' mark my words, ye'll find a flea for the bones and fat”; him out yet."

while, according to Timotby, “ Augh, woman dear, whisht he had been done out of ten with yer chat; sure yo know pounds of the dowry agreed no more o' the worrld than a to by his prospeotive fatberspanoelled goat.” Timothy was in-law after he had “preby no means unimpressed by ferred marriage to herself." his wife's opinion, but he felt His view may and no doubt bound to dissent from it, as was also influenced by the being hers; for in Ireland, fact that the Crusader, bavhowever deep our devotion to ing purchased his tumblePeter, we are whole-heartedly down oabin, had set about Pauline in our acceptance of restoring and enlarging it in that Apostle's pronouncements & manner that not only renupon the feminist question in dered it possible for a civilised general, and with regard to being to live in, bat gave a wives in particular, “What good deal of employment as would you know of the like well. Timothy, who owned a o' him? Hasn't he the right vart and a spavined mare, to do what he fanoies, no discovered a little gold - mine matter what he is! Bedad, in drawing stones for the new his money's good, annyway. building. He had therefore no

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