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said, “Go away, sir-leave the a certain degree of compassion as Office."
he said, “Well, well, do your best “Mr Brand means that you do your best—none can do more.” need not wait," said Vance, ap- “It's two o'clock. I'll go out proaching Tony. “All you have and have a cigar with you, if you to do is to leave your town address don't mind,” said Blount to Tony. here, in the outer office, and come “We're quite close to the Park here; up once or twice a-day.
and a little fresh air will do me good.” "And as to this examination," “ Come along," said Tony, who, said Tony, stoutly, “it's better I out of compassion, had already a should say once for all-2”
sort of half-liking for the much-suf" It's better you should just say fering young fellow. nothing at all,” said the other, good- “I wish Skeffy was here," said humouredly, as he slipped his arm Tony, as they went down-stairs. inside of Tony's and led him away. “ Do you know Skeff Damer, “You see,” whispered he, “my then ?” friend Mr Brand is hasty."
“Know him! I believe he's about “I should think he is hasty!” the fellow I like best in the world.” growled out Tony.
“So do I," cried the other, warm“But he is a warm-hearted—a ly; "he hasn't his equal livingtruly warm-hearted man--". he's the best-hearted and he's the
“Warm enough he seems.” cleverest fellow I ever met.” “When you know him bet. And now they both set to, as
really only young friends ever do, “I don't want to know him to extol a loved one with that heartibetter!” burst in Tony. “I got ness that neither knows limit nor into a scrape already with just such measure. What a good fellow he another : he was collector for the was — how much of this, without port of Derry, and I threw him out the least of that-how unspoiled of the window, and all the blame too in the midst of the flattery he was laid upon me!”
met with ! “If you just saw him as “Well, that certainly was hard," I did a few days back," said Tony, said Vance, with a droll twinkle of calling up in memory Skeffy's hearty his eye_“I call that very hard." enjoyment of their humble cottage
“So do I, after the language he life. used to me, saying all the while, "If you but knew how they I'm no duellist-I'm not for a saw- think of him in the Office,” said pit, with coffee and pistols for two, Blount, whose voice actually tremand all that vulgar slang about bled as he touched on the holy murder and suchlike.”
of holies. “And was he much hurt?”
“Confound the Office !” cried “No; not much. It was only Tony. “ Yes ; don't look shocked. his collar-bone and one rib, I think I hate that dreary old house, and I -I forget now-for I had to go over detest the grim old fellows inside to Skye, and stay there a good of it.” part of the summer.”
“ They're severe, certainly," mut“Mr Blount, take down this gen- tered the other, in a deprecatory tleman's address, and show him tone. where he is to wait; and don't- ” “Severe isn't the name for it. here he lowered his voice, so that They insult-they outrage—that's the remainder of his speech was in what they do. I take it that you audible to Tony.
and the other young fellows here “Not if I can help it, sir," re- are gentlemen, and I ask, Why do plied Blount; “but if you knew you bear it—why do you put up how hard it is !”
with it? Perhaps you like it, howThere was something almost pite- ever ?” ous in the youth's face as he spoke; “No; we don't like it," said he, and indeed Vance seemed moved to with an honest simplicity.
* Then, I ask again, why do you “Oh, I can do that much at stand it,"
least,” said he, modestly," though “I believe we stand it just be- I'm not a clever fellow like Skeffy; cause we can't help it."
but I must go back, or I shall 'catch * Can't help it!”
it.' Look in the day after to-mor“What could we do? What row.” would you do ?" asked Blount. “And let us dine together; that
“I'd go straight at the first man is, you will dine with me," said that insulted me, and say, Retract Tony. The other acceded freely, that, or I'll pitch you over the ban- and they parted. isters."
That magnetism by which young “ That's all very fine with you fellows are drawn instantaneously fellows who have great connections towards each other, and feel someand powerful relatives ready to thing that if not friendship is closestand by you and pull you out ofly akin to it, never repeats itself in any scrape, and then, if the worst after life. We grow more cautious comes, have means enough to live about our contracts as we grow oldwithout work. That will do very er. I wonder do we make better well for you and Skeffy. Skeffy bargains ? will have six thousand a-year one If Tony was then somewhat disof these days. No one can keep couraged by his reception at the him out of Digby Damer's estate; Office, he had the pleasure of thinkand you, for aught I know, maying he was compensated in that have more."
new-found friend who was so fond “I haven't sixpence, nor the ex- of Skeffy, and who could talk away pectation of sixpence, in the world. as enthusiastically about him as If I am plucked at this examination bimself. “Now for M'Gruder and I may go and enlist, or turn navvy, Canon Row, wherever that may be," or go and sweep away the dead said he, as he sauntered along; “I'll leaves like that fellow yonder.” certainly go and see him, if only
* Then take my advice, and don't to shake hands with a fellow that go up."
showed such good blood.'” There "Go up, where?”
was no one quality which Tony “ Don't go up to be examined; could prize higher than this. The just wait here in town; don't show man who could take a thrashing in too often at the Office, but come good part, and forgive him who gave up of a morning about twelve, I'm it, must be a fine fellow, he thought; generally down here by that time. and I'm not disposed to say he was There will be a great press for mes- wrong. sengers soon, for they have made a The address was 27 Canon Street, regulation about one going only so City; and it was a long way off, and far, and another taking up his bag the day somewhat spent when he and handing it on to a third ; and reached it. the consequence is, there are three “Mr M'Gruder ?” asked Tony, of now stuck fast at Marseilles, and a blear-eyed man, at a small faded two at Belgrade, and all the Con- desk in a narrow office. stantinople despatches have gone “Inside !” said he, with a jerk of round by the Cape. Of course, as his thumb ; and Tony pushed his I say, they'll have to alter this, and way into a small room, so crammed then we shall suddenly want every with reams of paper that there was fellow we can lay hands on; so all barely space to squeeze a passage you have to do is just to be ready, to a little writing-table next the and I'll take care to start you at the window. first chance."
“Well, sir, your pleasure," said " You're a good fellow," cried M'Gruder, as Tony came forward. Tony, grasping bis hand; "if you “You forget me, I see ; my naine only knew what a bad swimmer it is Butler." was you picked out of the water.” “Eh! what! I ought not to forget you,” said he, rising, and grasp- of his own rise from very humble ing the other's hand warmly ; “how beginnings to a condition of reasonare you? when did you come up to ably fair comfort and sufficiency. town? You see the eye is all right; “I'm in rags, ye see, Mr Butler," it was a bit swollen for more than a said he; “my father was in rags fortnight, though. Hech sirs! but before me." you have hard knuckles of your “In rags !" cried Tony, looking own.
at the stout sleek broadcloth beside It was not easy to apologise for him. the rough treatment he had inflict. “I mean," said the other, “I'm ed, and Tony blundered and stam- in the rag trade, and we supply the mered in his attempts to do so; but paper-mills; and that's why my M'Gruder laughed it all off with brother Sam lives away in Italy. perfect good-humour, and said, “My Italy is a rare place for rags—I take wife will forgive you too, one of it they must have no other wear, these days, but not just yet ; and for the supply is inexhaustible and so we'll go and have a bit o' so Sam lives in a seaport they call dinner our two selves down the Leghorn ; and the reason I speak of river. Are you free to-day ?” it to you is, that if this messenger
Tony was quite free and ready trade breaks down under you, or to go anywhere; and so away they that ye'd not like it, there's Sam went, at first by river steamer and there would be ready and willing then by a cab, and then across some to lend you a hand; he'd like a low-lying fields to a small solitary fellow o your stamp, that would house close to the Thames—“Shads, go down amongst the wild places chops, and fried-fish house,” over on the coast, and care little about the door, and a pleasant odour of the wild people that live in them. each around the premises.
Mayhap this would be beneath you, "Ain't we snug here? no track though?” said he, after a moment's ing a man this far," said M'Gruder, pause. as he squeezed into a bench be- “I'm above nothing at this mohind a fixed table in a very small ment except being dependent; I room. “I never heard of the wo- don't want to burden my mother." man that ran her husband to earth “Dolly told us about your fine down here."
relations, and the high and mighty That this same sense of security folk ye belong to.” had a certain value in M'Gruder's “Ăy, but they don't belong to estimation was evident, for he more me—there's the difference,” said than once recurred to the sentiment Tony, laughing; then added, in a as they sat at dinner.
more thoughtful tone, “I never The tavern was a rare place for suspected that Dolly spoke of me.” “hollands," as MʻGruder said ; and “That she did, and very often they sat over a peculiar brew for too. Indeed I may say that she which the house was famed, but of talked of very little else. It was which Tony's next day'sexperiences Tony this and Tony that; and Tony do not encourage me to give the went here and Tony went there ; receipt to my readers. The cigars, till one day Sam could bear it no too, albeit innocent of duty, might longer-for you see Sam was mad have been better; but all these, in love with her, and said over and like some other pleasures we know over again that he never met her of, only were associated with sorrow equal. Sam says to me, ‘Bob,' says in the future. Indeed, in the cor- he, 'I can't bear it any more." dial freedom that bound them they "What is it,' says I, 'that you can't thought very little of either. They bear?'—for I thought it was somehad grown to be very confidential; thing about the drawback duty on and MGruder, after inquiring what mixed rags he was meaning. But Tony proposed to himself by way of no, sirs; it was that he was wild o livelihood, gave him a brief sketch wi' jealousy, and couldn't bear her to be a-talkin' about you. “I think, thrifty ways, he would be able says he, if I could meet that same to maintain a wife decently and Tony, I'd crack his neck for him.'” well; and he referred to Doctor
“That was civil, certainly !” said Forbes of Auchterlonie for a charTony, dryly.
acter of him; and I backed it my**And as I can't do that, I'll just self, saying, in the name of the go and ask her what she means by house, it was true and correct." it all, and if Tony's her sweet- “What answer came to this?” heart?'"
“A letter from the minister, say"He did not do that !” cried ing that the lassie was poorly, and Tony, half angrily.
in so delicate a state of health, it “Yes, but he did, though ; and would be better not to agitate her what for no? You wouldn't have by any mention of this kind for the a man lose his time pricing a bale present; meanwhile he would take of goods when another had bought up his information from Dr Forbes, them? If she was in treaty with whom he knew well; and if the you, Mr Butler, where was the use reply satisfied him he'd write again of Sam spending the day trying to to us in the course of a week or catch a word wi' her? So, to settle two; and Sam's just waiting pathe matter at once, he overtook her tiently for his answer, and doing one morning going to early meeting his best, in the meanwhile, to prewith the children, and he had it pare, in case it's a favourable one." out."
Tony fell into a reverie, That - Well, well ?” asked Tony, eag- story of a man in love with one erly.
it might never be his destiny to * Well, she told him there never win, had its own deep significance was anything like love between her- for him. Was there any grief, was self and you; that you were aye there any misery, to compare with like brother and sister; that you it? And although Sam M'Gruder, knew each other from the time you the junior partner in the rag trade, could speak; that of all the wide was not a very romantic sort of world she did not know any one so character, yet did he feel an intense well as you; and then she began to sympathy for him. They were both cry, and cried so bitterly that she sufferers from the same maladyhad to turn back home again, and albeit Sam's attack was from a very go to her room as if she was taken mild form of the complaint. ill; and that's the way Mrs M'Gru- “You must give me a letter to your der came to know what Sam was brother,” said he at length. “Some intending. She never suspected it day or other I'm sure to be in Italy, before; but, hech sirs ! if she didn't and I'd like to know him.” open a broadside on every one of “Ay, and he'd like to know us! And the upshot was, Dolly you, now that he ain't jealous of was packed off home to her father; you. The last thing he said to me Sam went back to Leghorn ; and at parting was, 'If ever I meet that there's Sally and Maggie going back Tony Butler I'll give him the best in everything ever they learned— bottle of wine in my cellar.'' for it ain't every day you pick up “When you write to him next, a lass like that for eighteen pound say that I'm just as eager to take a-year and her washing."
him by the hand, mind that. The “ But did he ask her to marry man that's like to be a good hushim!” cried Tony.
band to Dolly Stewart is sure to be “He did. He wrote a letter-a a brother to me." very good and sensible letter, too— And they went back to town, to her father. He told him that he talking little by the way, for each was only a junior, with a small was thoughtful — M'Gruder thinkshare, but that he had saved enough ing much over all they had been to furnish a house, and that he saying, Tony full of the future, yet hoped, with industry and care and not able to exclude the past.
THE NAPOLEONIC IDEA IN MEXICO.
NAPOLEON the Third is a monarch Suez Canal, designed to connect of rare genius as well as of great the eastern and western seas; and power; and it is a pleasure to however doubtful may be the sucreview the policy of such a man cess of the scheme at present, we in a sphere which is free from the doubt not it will be realised in the influences of international rivalry. end. The project of tunnelling the The French in Mexico is a differ- Alps likewise owes its initiative to ent question from the French on Napoleon III., and will connect the Rhine. As Englishmen, we his name with a greater work than cannot regard without a feeling of the road of the Simplon, which was mistrust and dislike the policy of one of the glories of his uncle's Napoleon in Europe ; but happily reign. With a boldness which pays we can do so when the scene of little regard to what ordinary men his far - reaching projects is the call impossibilities, he has also proold empire of Montezuma. We posed to unite England and France do not demand of any monarch by carrying a submarine railway that he shall consult the good of under the British Channel,-a prothe world irrespective of the in- ject which we have no desire to terests of his own country; but see accomplished until a new epoch unquestionably the greatest mon- has dawned upon Europe, and the arch, the one who will longest live relations between the two countries in the memory of men, is he who have been established upon a more shall achieve the greatest triumphs reliable basis of friendship. Lastly, for mankind at large. In exile and among those projects of material in prison, Louis Napoleon had as well as of political interest, we ample time to meditate on the high come to the intervention in Mexico, mission to which, by a strong and undertaken professedly, though not strange presentiment, he felt him- primarily, with a view to regenerate self called. He reviewed, as a poli- that fine country, to rescue it from tical philosopher, the requirements impending ruin, to restore it to a of the age ; and thus when he came place among the nations, and launch to the throne, he brought with him it upon a new and independent many high designs already formed, career. which he was resolved to accomplish Of all the projects of Napoleon so far as the opportunities of his 1 III., this is the one which is most career should permit. One of the to be applauded for the good which earliest-formed of his great schemes it will accomplish for the world at was the construction of a ship large. Nevertheless—and this is a canal which should cross the Isth- compliment to his sagacity, rather mus of Darien, and form a highway than a detraction from the merits of commerce between the oceans of of the project-the motive which the Atlantic and Pacific. Such a inspired it was connected with the work is less needed now that the interests of France, and still more age of railways has succeeded to with those of his own dynasty. the age of canals; nevertheless it The Emperor was desirous to find will probably be accomplished in some enterprise which should emthe future. As Emperor, Louis ploy his army, and engage the atNapoleon has taken no measures tention of his restless and gloryto carry out this project,-his otherl. loving subjects, until the affairs of schemes having hitherto absorbed Europe should open to him a favhis attention and fully taxed his ourable opportunity for completing powers. But he bas energetically his grand scheme of “rectifying"the supported the sister-project of the frontiers of France. And in this