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"I wish I could be certain of can settle it one way or the other, that,” returned the eider brother, I hardly know what I am about. somewhat, wistfully. “ Until I But come; we must go and dress.
That evening Cicely brought up “I really do not think so. 1 the repentant Dick to Jack, and should say to the contrary.” under her powerful protection his "Well, you ought to know best pardon was of course assured. At I trust you are right,” he doubtfirst, however, Woolcombe did not fully put in. feel much inclined to be lenient. so The rest remains with you."
“You see, Cicely, it's not me " What rest?” he asked. who has to be considered—it is “ Until you ask her whether she Miss Raymond,” he added, stiffly. cares for you, she can't very well
“She has, I assure you, quite decide one way or the other.” forgiven him," replied his sister, “It's easy-well, I don't know eagerly. « Now do be good-na- about tnattured. Dick did a silly thing,
- What is easy ?” but”-in a lower tone—he is only “ I was going to say, to offer. a boy, Jack, and you must make Man proposes, and the lady some
times objects.” .“ All right,” said Jack, all his “ I think you need not be cast bad humour vanishing, and good- down. She is a most sweet dartemperedly giving Dick a slight ling; and, I believe,” with a bright shake, with his hands on the lad's smile and a nod to him, “
you are shoulder; " we'll say no more not absolutely indifferent to her." about it. But you will allow me “If I could only be sure of that. to remark that such very personal Would she were mine !" jokes are not always pleasant to To this his sister made replythe victims."
“ He either fears his fate too much, Yes, it was wrong," allowed
Or his desert is small, Dick, somewhat abashed.
Who fails to put it to the touch, didn't stop to think, but really I And win or 'use it all.” meant no harm."
" Ah, Cicely! that's just it. Sup“ Of course you didn't. And of course,' if Miss Raymond has pose it was to lose it all?”
6. See !" said his sister, quickly ; forgiven you, I'm helpless."
"now's your opportunity.
She “Of course," replied Dick, with
has a gleam of fun in his eye. And
gone into the library for a he made himself scarce, glad to l'll take care no one comes in.”
book. Go and plead with her now. get so well out of the difficulty.
" What a dear girl you are! It's “ He is incorrigible,” said Jack,
a chance I may not have again." laughing in spite of himself.
" Come !" drawing him to her. “ It's very nice of you to be so
" All good fortune attend you." good-natured, Jack. I hope he
Brother and sister has done no mischief. She is such walked across the room ; and Cic
leisurely a dear, sweet girl,” she added, ely turned at the library, which gently.
led out of the drawing room, and “ It's just possible he may have
closed the door. done a very great deal," was her
Minory had not
heard Jack brother's nioody reply.
enter. She was able to call you! You see, I recollect, sir, about by herself, though unfit for what you told me," laughing gaily. active exercise, and was now stand- But you are my Jack now. ing looking up at the shelves.
He " Yours for ever.
And yet I came close to her, and she, seeing feared to speak to you.” him alone, started ; and for a sec- - Would you not like to put it ond the colour faded from her off for a week or two?" she decheek—for intuitively she felt the manded, with much gravity, half crisis in her life had arrived. But drawing herself from him, and she controlled herself at once. looking mischievously at him as
“You are come to help me to her two hands rested his find
shoulders. “ No. I came to ask you to help " Thank God, that can't be now ! me ;” and he hesitated.
Why, I should not love you any “ Command me, Sir Knight; better then.”' what can I do?” she said, with a " What a shocking confession !" poor attempt at unconcern.
“Not a bit of it; for I can't “ Darling, I cannot keep it to possibly love you any better than myself."
He was now standing I do now." close to her, eagerly taking her two "Well, I suppose I must subhands in his, where they remained mit”. making trembling in his firm grasp.
"I moue. love you, sweet Minory, with all “Of course you must. There's
It went out to you no help for it. It's only what was from the first moment I saw you.” to be. It was fortold in the old
“Really and truly ?" shyly look- rhyme. ing at him. “ Most really and most truly.
• P'll tell you a story
Of Jack and Minory, Oh, sweet heart, say you will be
And now my story's begun.' my wife!" bending down as he pleaded towards her, as if to give And now our story has begun. I emphasis to his entreaty. She did know I shall always bless the winnot answer in words; but the soft ter snow, for that brought me, my and happy glance from her true own love, to know you.' and tender eyes assured him the
6: Dear Jack
" she hesitated. victory was on; and he held his “« Yes, you must call me by my prize in his arms.
Tell me in words that you “ Now, my own love, I shall re- care for me." pair Master Dick's mischief. One " What are words?” she gravely ring I took from you to-night: but replied. “But if you wish, I will. soon another shall find its way to I love you,” she simply said, holdthis dear finger."
ing up her mouth to be kissed. “So you like the name of Min- - Will that content you ?” ory now, Captain Woolcombe ?” What need to record any anshe asked, with an enchanting shy- swer? ness, and in no way attempting to And here we may bid adieu to free herself from her lover's the two who have vowed to be all embrace.
in all to each other along life's “ Like it! I adore it. But dusty pilgrimage, which indeed won't
were but a sorrowful passage were “Jack !" as if learning a pleas- it not lighted up by the faith of ant lesson. "What all the fellows man and the love of woman.
“Tu nocte vel atra
-ALBII TIBULLI, Eleg. IV. xiii. 11, 12.
ALMÀ Luce semper duce,
Adsis comes, fautor, Deus !
Adsis tamen, fautor meus.
Sicut olim esse nolim,
Cum nec amor eras meus :
Adsis semper, fautor, deus !"
Semper Cruce viæ duce,
Sis per dura fautor, Deus !
Plenâ surgat dies meus,
AMONG those countries that have Government of India has always, been most niggard in exposing to avoid complications and responthemselves to foreign observation, sibility, done its best to discourage Afghanistan has always held a Englishmen from seeking to penefirst place. Not less exclusive trate beyond the frontier, even than the Tibetans, and as suspi- when it has not explicitly forbidcious of the intrusion of foreigners den them to intrude on the Ameer's as the Chinese, the Afghans have territory. succeeded in closing their frontiers These are the reasons that have against the ordinary traveller, and hitherto prevented us from havin frustrating attempts to obtain ing good and thorough descriptions a closer intimacy with themselves of the interior of the Afghan terand their country. It is only when ritory. When he looks over the some international difficulty arises, information available about the resulting in an embassy, á boun- country that has been gathered at dary commission or a campaign, first hand, the reader will not take that Afghanistan and the Afghans long to exhaust it. Elphinstone's are brought under the eye of the Cabul,' though written sixty years stranger. It may seem strange that, ago, is still a valuable though considering the intercourse which limited record. Vigne gave both the Government of India has car- a graphic and accurate description ried on with the rulers of Cabul of the districts through which he since the days of Zemaun Shah, and travelled, but his stops were conthe embassies and commissions fined to the Kandahar country, and which have been sent across the the valleys lying by the Ghuzni north-west frontier, not to speak road to Cabul. Ferrier traversed of the four campaigns we have a considerable portion of Western carried on inside the country, we Afghanistan and of the regions should still know so little about which the operations of the Bounthe greater part of the Afghan dary Commission have recently territory. This defect, however, made us familiar with, and his is easily explained. The Afghans book is still of some political and have always taken good care that geographical value. Coming nearer neither our envoys nor our boun- our own time, Bellew and Golddary commissioners should be al- smid have both contributed inlowed to spy out the nakedness of teresting though partial details the land any further than was to the sum of our information ; necessary for the accomplishment but the circumstances under which of the task which they had in both of these officers visited the hand; and soldiers on the march, country were unfavourable to the in bivouac or in the field, have acquisition of general information. something more important to think Among the crowd of books which of than of taking topographical and the late Afghan campaigns called ethnological notes. Moreover, the forth, few served other purpose
England and Russia Face to Face in Asia. Travels with the Afghan Boundary Commission. By Lieutenant A. C. Yates, Bombay Staff Corps. William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London : 1887.
than to gratify the demand of the last section; and it is on his lethour, and the most noteworthy of ters sent to the · Pioneer,' a leadthese have not been made available ing Anglo-Indian journal, and to for English readers. Grodekoff's the Daily Telegraph,' that the account of General Stolietoff's im- book now before us has been based. prudent mission to Ameer Shere Mr Yate's first duty was accordAli is a reliable and intelligent ingly to make use of his eyes—alsurvey of the routes followed by though we not unfrequently find the Russian envoy and his officers, him pressed into the service when though his views of the feelings of there was work to be done and too the Afghan and Turkoman clans few officers to accomplish it; and towards Cabul rule and the Brit- his narrative of the travels of the ish alliance must be taken with all Commission bears excellent testidue reservations. Even the best mony to his competence as an obreview of the late wars that we server as well as to his indefatihave met with comes from a foreign gability as an investigator. He critic, M. G. le Marchand, whose has given us minute as well as
Campagne and · Deuxième Cam- full descriptions of the country pagne des Anglais dans l'Afghan- through which the Commission istan' do not seem to have at- passed; he has made us acquainted tracted sufficient attention among with the character and habits of military circles in this country to tribes, regarding whom we preinvite a translator.
viously knew little more than the The last contribution to name; and he has discussed the acquaintance with Afghanistan military and political contingenand the Afghans is in every re- cies connected with the future spect the most important that has of Afghanistan' so frankly that appeared since the works of Vigne there can no longer be any excuse and Ferrier, and opens up to the for the bewilderment and uncerlight of western day some of the tainty with which we have hitherhitherto most obscure corners of to been wont to regard the prothe Ameer's territory. Important gress of events on the Ameer's as was the immediate object of north-western frontier. the Afghan Frontier Commission- The Commission had indeed the most important step that has facilities for acquiring information yet been taken in the Central which no individual or body of Asian question—the indirect re- Europeans ever previously enjoyed. sults of its march through the They carried with them the goodheart of Afghanistan were not less will of the Ameer; they received serviceable. In addition to the assistance from his representatives officers who were charged with —not always, however, to the exmilitary and political functions, it tent they had a right to expect ; was accompanied by others who and as they were paying their way were specially detailed for the in the princely fashion which is work of exploration and survey, characteristic of the “Sirkar Anand for archælogical and scien- grezi” when dealing with all extific examination, and by a few cept its own officials, they were "specials” whose task was to see welcomed by all classes of the everything that could be seen, and Afghans with whom they came in to note every fact that might contact. Along the line of march be of present or future interest. officers were constantly scouting Lieutenant Yate belonged to this out, exploring, surveying, map