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has been going on for centuries, would before long justify us in and which, though rudely checked referring to our possessions in for twenty years and more by the Farther India by their old name Mohammedan revolution in Yun- of the Golden Chersonese. Apropos nan, will doubtless reassert itself of these remarks, we would quote sooner or later. Mr Logan, in his the opinion of an eminent authorvaluable contributions to the eth- ity, expressed in a letter lately nology of south-eastern Asia, de- received :clares that no other part of the “ The one thing needful," he says, world presents such an instance of “to make the Chinaman useful, is to the advance of a civilised race, govern him firmly and fairly. The under the pressure of population, traders, pure and simple, will probfrom the plains into the heart of ably not stay. The landholder will, a vast alpine region. The com

if he is governed fairly, as I trust we bination of enterprise with well- tlements have proved, he must also

shall govern; but, as the Straits Setdisciplined energy, which distin- be governed firmly, or he will be guishes the Chinese, gradually troublesome. He is very clannish, overcomes, he avers, all physical and clan-feuds are petty wars. The impediments, for wherever any Straits Settlements, it is true, are other race can find a footing, they supplied mainly from the populations can flourish.

of the confines of Fuh Kien and In order to do our duty by a

Kwang Tung, who are eminently

clannish and rebellious. Their land country whose sparseness of popu- is the cradle of political affiliations. lation prevents us from utilising In Yun Nan we have a different peoits vast natural resources, the im- ple-just now fearfully impoverished, policy of reducing the number of and I cannot say what their temper its inhabitants, or discouraging may be." settlers—which coercive measures In conclusion, it will be seen, must involve-is sufficiently obvi- from what we have already said, ous. Let us hope, however, that the astute statesmen of the a more sympathetic policy may Flowery Land, in bygone days, commend itself to our authorities, considered the possession of Yunprovocative of the cordial goodwill nan of paramount importance to rather than the bitter enmity of the empire, because it dominated our new fellow-subjects, and also the trade as well as political matthat Upper Burma may be ade ters connected with the peoples more attractive as a place for resi- of Farther India. Further, it will dence than it is now, The natural be noticed that, in spite of enforebodings in regard to the ad- countering great physical diffvent of Celestials, indulged in by culties, large Chinese caravans white races, are untenable in the have for centuries, at regular case of homogeneous peoples; and intervals, visited the Irawadi the supposed difficulty of govern- basin, without being encouraged ing the former would indeed be a by the least reciprocity. There sorry plea for refusing to welcome is absolutely, therefore, no valid people who, if properly managed, reason to imagine that Celestial

1 There are many reasons for believing that some three centuries ago Burma had a much larger population than it has now. She has never recovered the results of the terrible internicine wars of the sixteenth century, graphically described by Purchase in his Pilgrimage, published 1610.



statesmen of the present day will three. These have interests in reverse the policy of their pre. common, which tend to the necesdecessors, or that the merchants sity of an alliance as a counterof the south-western provinces poise to the attacks of the common will abandon the old trade routes, enemy. Possibly some such unless they happen to find rangement may have been in better outlet for the produce of contemplation to induce Lord these countries, which necessari- Rosebery to pay—what appears ly remains undeveloped, owing to to

outsiders—an extraordinarily the serious difficulties of export. high price for the goodwill of Our obvious duty in connection China. Be that as it may, our with this dilemma has already present relations with the Court of been briefly sketched; and unless Pekin seem all that can be dewé prove ourselves equal to the sired. There are reasons also for occasion, we cannot with pro- believing that the Sun of Heaven priety denounce the alleged im- is as kindly disposed to the sucpracticability of the Chinese—a cessor of his Younger brother, we sometimes are wont to do- the Great Chief of Righteousness, when by our own lâches our pet as he was towards his Goldenschemes have miscarried.

Footed Majesty ; and that he hails Of the four great Asiatic with pleasure the prospect of the Powers, Russia, Turkey, China, closest relations existing between and England, the first only is ag- the people of Cathay and the gressive. Like a great Octopus, Golden Chersonese. she stretches forth her claws on

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When Donna Tullia quitted the tence, and that they were accomPalazzo Astrardente her head swam. plices in the matter, their object She had utterly failed to do what being to gain Corona with all her she had expected ; and from being fortune for Giovanni's wife. But, the accuser, she felt that she was at the same time, Donna Tullia suddenly thrust into the position felt in the depths of her heart a of the accused. Instead of inspir- misgiving: she was clever enough ing terror in Corona, and causing to recognise, even in spite of herGiovanni the terrible humiliation self, the difference between a liar she had supposed he would feel at and an honest man. the exposure of his previous mar- She must get possession of these riage, she had been coldly told that papers and immediately too; there she was mad, and that her pretend- must be no delay in showing them ed proofs were forgeries. Though to Corona, and in convincing her she herself felt no doubt whatever that this was no mere fable, but an concerning the authenticity of the assertion founded upon very subdocuments, it was very disappoint- stantial evidence. Del Ferice was ing to find that the first mention suddenly gone to Naples : obviousof them produced no startling ef- ly the only way to get at the papers fect upon any one, least of all upon was to bribe his servant to deliver Giovanni himself. The man, she them up. Ugo had once or twice thought, was a most accomplished mentioned Temistocle to her, and villain ; since he was capable of she judged from the few words he showing such hardened indifference had let fall that the fellow was a to her accusation, he was capable scoundrel, who would sell his soul also of thwarting her in her demon- for money. Madame Mayer drove stration of their truth-and she home, and put on the only dark-coltrembled at the thought of what oured gown she possessed, wound she saw.

Old Sarracinesca was not a thick veil about her head, proa man to be trifled with, nor his vided herself with a number of son either: they were powerful, bank-notes, which she thrust into and would be revenged for the in- the palm of her glove, left the sult. But in the meanwhile she house on foot, and took a cab. had promised to produce her proofs; There was nothing to be done but and when she regained enough com- to go herself, for she could trust no posure to consider the matter from one. Her heart beat fast as she all its points, she came to the con- ascended the narrow stone steps of clusion that after all her game was Del Ferice's lodging, and stopped not lost, seeing that attested docu- upon the landing before the small ments are evidence not easily re- green door, whereon she read his futed, even by powerful men like name. She pulled the bell, and Leone and Giovanni Sarracinesca. Temistocle appeared in his shirtShe gradually convinced herself sleeves. that their indifference was a pre- “Does Count del Ferice live


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here?” asked Donna Tullia, peer- his hand and grasped the banking over the man's shoulder into notes eagerly. But instead of the dark and

passage retiring

to allow her to enter, within.

he pushed roughly past her. " He lives here, but he is gone “ You may go in," he said in to Naples,” answered Temistocle, a hoarse whisper, and turning promptly.

quickly, fled precipitately down " When will he be back?'' she the narrow steps, in his shirtinquired. The

raised his sleeves as he was. Madame Mayer shoulders to his ears, and spread stood for a moment looking after out the palms of his hands to him in surprise, even when he had signify that he did not know. already disappeared. Donna Tullia hesitated. She had Then she turned and entered never attempted to bribe any- the door rather timidly; but bebody in her life, and hardly knew fore she had gone two steps in how to go about it. She thought the dark passage, she uttered a that the sight of the money might cry of horror. Del Ferice stood produce an impression, and she in her way, wrapped in a loose withdrew a bank-note from the dressing-gown, a curious expreshollow of her hand, spreading it sion upon his pale face, which out between her fingers. Temis- from its whiteness was clearly tocle eyed it greedily.

distinguishable in the

gloom. • There are twelity-five scudi,” Temistocle had cheated her, had she said. “If you will help me lied in telling her that his master to find a piece of paper in your was absent, had taken her bribe master's room, you shall have and had fled. He would easily them."

find an excuse for having allowed Temistocle drew himself up with her to enter; and with his quick an air of mock pride. Madame varlet's instinct, he guessed that Mayer looked at him.

she would not confess to Del “Impossible, signora,” he said. Ferice that she had bribed him. Then she drew out another. Tem- Ugo came forward a step and istocle eyed the glove curiously to instantly recognised Madame see if it contained more.

Mayer. “ Signora,” he repeated, “it is " Donna Tullia !” he cried, impossible. My master would kill

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You me. I cannot think of it.” But must not be seen here." his tone seemed to yield a little. A less clever man than Ugo Donna Tullia found another bank- would have pretended to be overnote; there were now seventy-five joyed at her coming. Del Ferice's scudi in her hand. She thought fine instincts told him that for she saw Temistocle tremble with whatever cause she had come excitement. But still he hesitated. and he guessed the cause well “Signora, my conscience," he enough -- he would get

he would get a firmer said, in a low voice of protes- hold upon her consideration by tation.

appearing to be shocked at her " Come," said Madame Mayer, imprudence. Donna Tullia was impatiently, “there is another- nearly fainting with fright, and there are a hundred scudi—that stood leaning against the wall of is all I have got,” she added, the passage. turning down her empty glove. "I thought-1-I must see you

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"Not here,” he answered, would not do so, from his knowquickly. “Go home at once; I ledge of her character : she would will join you in five minutes. It respect her oath enough to conceal would ruin you to have it known his name, even while breaking her that you have been here."

promise; she would enjoy taking Madame Mayer took courage at the sole credit of the discovery his tone.

upon herself, and she would shun “ You must bring them—those an avowal which would prove her papers,” she said, hurriedly. “Some- to have discussed the means of prething dreadful has happened. venting the marriage with any one Promise me to come at once!" else, because it would be a confes

“ I will come at once, my dear sion of jealousy, and consequently lady," he said, gently pushing her of personal interest in Don Giotowards the door. “I cannot even vanni. Del Ferice was a very go down-stairs with you—forgive clever fellow. me.

You have your carriage of He put on his coat, and in five cour:e?”

minutes was seated in a cab on his “I have a cab,” replied Donna way to Donna Tullia's house, with a Tullia, faintly, subunitting to be put large envelope full of papers in his out of the door. He seized her pocket. He found her as she had hand and kissed it passionately, or left him, her face still wrapped in with a magnificent semblance of a veil, walking up and down her pa-sion. With a startled look, drawing-room in great excitement. Donna Tullia turned and went He advanced and saluted her rapidly down

down the steps. Del courteously, maintaining a digniFerice smiled softly to himself fied gravity of bearing which he when she was gone, and went in judged fitted for the occasion. again to exchange his dressing- “And now, my dear lady,” he gown for a coat. He had her in said, gently, “will you tell me his power at last. He had guessed exactly what you have done?that she would betray the secret- " This morning,"

answered that after the engagement became Madame Mayer, in a stifled voice, known, she would not be able to “ I heard of the Astrardente's enrefrain from communicating it to gagement to Don Giovanni. It Corona d'Astrardente; and so soon seemed such a terrible thing !” as he heard the news, he shut him- " Terrible, indeed," said Don self up in his lodging, pretending Ferice, solemnly. a sudden journey to Naples, deter- “I sent for you at once, to know mined not to set foot out of the what to do: they said you were house until he heard that Donna gone to Naples. I thought, of Tullia had committed herself. He course, that you would approve if knew that when she had once you were here, because we ought spoken she would make a desperate to prevent such a dreadful crimeaitempt to obtain the papers, for of course." She waited for some he knew that such an assertion as sign of assent, but Del Ferice's hers would need to be immediately pale face expressed nothing but a proved, at the risk of her position sort of grave reproach. in society. His plot had succeeded " And then,” she continued, so far. His only anxiety was to I could not find you, I thought it know whether she had mentioned was best to act at once, and so I bis name in connection with the went to see the Astrardente, feelsubject, but he guessed that she ing that you would entirely support



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