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Albert Road, Peckham, has its trag- I saw a man walking on the highroad; edy, though it will be allowed that the “I shall have him to a dead certainty." locality is sordid rather than tragic. But he spoke prematurely, for the indiHis son-in-law thinks that his misfor- vidual pointed out led the guardian of tunes have made the old man very the covers such a dance, and hoodmuch more of a gentleman than he winked him so completely, that the used to be. Very likely it is true. small boys of the district laughed over Misfortunes often have a refining ef- the matter. If you require a good gun, fect. The self-satisfaction of respecta- one that you can rely on, you must pay bility must be considerably damped for it; and so you must if you wish to when one reflects that one is the father have good and efficient keepers. The of a forger. The pride and pomposity pittance that some gentlemen pay their of Bloomsbury must be extinguished so-called keepers is really not enough to forever, when one knows of one's son keep them honest. A great, awkward, that forgery is not the most dishonor- ignorant fellow, as “ fore-right" as a able of his failings. As for the mother, bull at a hedge, is hardly the person to when her belief in her boy went, so place in a position of responsibility, and went hope also. Father and mother he is sure to get himself into hot water. have both been fools, but she has been There is one thing to be said, good the greater fool of the two. Both, men would not stop one week with every one says so, have done their best some of those who pass as game preto ruin the boy — have ruined him. servers, save the mark. They might have seen what he was Some depredation had been comyears before, but they shut their eyes. mitted in a country place I knew, withThey might have learnt from their out the offenders having been brought friends, long ago, that he was a scamp, to book for it; so the principal parties but they would not hear. It is very interested in the matter met in the parsad for them, of course, and every one lor of the one small inn of the locality has the very greatest sympathy with to devise some plan or plans for their them ; but it is their own fault-en-capture. This was at about three tirely their owu fault. It may be ; but o'clock in the afternoon. Everything if it is, then surely the tragedies we was arranged to the perfect satisfaction make for ourselves are grimmer than of all parties, apparently, but the landany which fate makes for us.

lord formed one of the committee. Quite by accident, as it seemed, one of the villagers presently strolled in for a for sich goin's on, in broad daylight, in he had received some heavy “rib a little village like theirs was parfectly binders.” His two captors had not had scand’lous."

pint. A few whispered words passed From The English Illustrated Magazine. between him and the landlord, and the A POACHING STORY.

man left. Half an hour later distant BY A SON OF THE MARSHES.

shots were heard following cach other I do not intend to touch in any way in rapid succession. The guardians of on the game laws, or to give the very the home coverts heard them, and barest description of the methods em- rushed off to find that a complete ployed by those who poach and capture slaughter had been rapidly effected. the creatures without the leave of The next morning one of the principals others. It is a great pity that those in that shoot walked by those covers who have explained for the benefit of a a public path ran by the side of the too credulous public how the thing is largest — and he found the “head-un" done have not been capable enough to stroking his stubbly chin, and using at prevent its recurrence. In the present intervals the strongest language he was article I only offer a few sketches, from capable of. "He'd have 'em, if he life, of some so-called delinquents I watched day and night for 'em." This have known.

| he said to the man who was so inno"I am on his track," one guardian cently walking round. The latter reof the covers observed to me, as helplied that “ he hoped he might git 'em ;

| all the fun on their side either, for one I have no desire to defend the prac- of them had a lively "mouse" under tice of poaching in any way, far from each eye, and the other mate had his it; for those who rear large quantities mouth so altered that his pronunciaof game have to pay a very heavy price tion was very much interfered with. for it. I have known some of the “So you are here again, you rascal, keenest game preservers of the past are you?” “Yes, I be, squire, but I time, before driving, and other to my wouldn't ha' come if I could ha' permind objectionable practices were in wented it like.” vogue ; stern men they were in all “ You told me the last time you were matters concerning poaching, but they here I should not see you again, if you never suffered from it to the extent could help it.” “I meant it, squire: that some do now, not one quarter of 'tain't no fault o' mine as I'm here it; and for this reason, their keepers now.". were good men like their masters. If After looking at the man and then at they found a poacher, one that they the two under keepers, with the greatknew to be one, they never tried to est difficulty keeping himself from smil. implicate a man in a hurry, or, as we ing, the squire replied that he supposed should express it, to make a job of it not. “What did he get for the last before hand. “I have not found you affair ?” he asked. “Six months, at work, and I hope you won't give me squire, I'm sorry to say." Here Ned the chance ; but you are trespassing, broke in with, “ An' if I has another so you clear out," was the sort of ex- dose like that, squire, I shan't be a hortation given.

trouble no more." A head keeper of this class, a man in " Are you married ?" "No, squire, the full sense of the word - one of our but I be thinkin' on it." great animal painters painted the por- “Who are you courting, you rascal ? trait of his magnificent retriever, with some decent girl, I'll be bound; it gena pheasant in his mouth, and presented erally is so.” “Yes, squire, you're it to him — said one morning, "We right there ; she's a lot better than I have got Ned, squire."

be, or she wouldn't be much." " Where is he?" "In the brew. “What shall we do with him, house, with two keepers looking after D- ?" but before the head keeper him."

could answer Ned broke in, “ For “ Confound the rascall bring him mercy sake, squire, make a under into the gunroom to me," said the keeper on me. I bin a poacher, an' I squire. When he was presented there be one now, or else I shouldn't ha' bin " Ned" looked like some animated here. If ye will I'll sarve ye faithfull scarecrow ; his clothes had been liter- as a dog. Give me this one chance." ally torn to pieces in the fierce struggle Looking him full in the face for one that ensued before he was captured. moment the squire said, “I will." For fear the poor wretch might catch! I saw Ned daily for months after the cold, through the general airiness of squire had taken him. He was a prime his vestments, his captors had given favorite with all, from the head keeper him a couple of “horns" of the gener- to the grooms in the hunting stable, ous home-brewed ale. From the way and he did his duty honestly and effiin which he occasionally placed his ciently. As the good old squire rehand to his side, giving himself a gen- marked, his doubtful investment had tle rub, it was quite evident also that turned out well.

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Took me to France ; a Spanish woman 1 AMID an ashen silence that forbad

there The world, dwelt lordly hermits, who had Looked in my eyes, I saw her golden hair ; fought,

And since that day naught else I clearly Hated, and toiled too long. God's peace see, they sought

Your shadow comes between the world and Where yon white steep is yet with olive me. clad,

But if you stole my soul, you gave your As though of Athens' fallen queen they had I own, One gift, who knew her not, but only A royal gift, and worthy of a throne. taught

Yet are you queen as ever ; but I stand, Their souls the lore that lived in pious Made equal by our love ; thus hand in thought

hand, And pictured mystery and vigil sad. And heart to heart, no phantom throne Knowledge withal she offered, such as between, shone

My only love, my wife ; yet France's queen. Of yore from Hellas. But the light was


1 In one of his letters to Anne of Austria, MazaAnd pale the glory of the Parthenon.

rin says his greatest happiness when parted from They only knew, with saints and sera- her consists in "reading the letters of a certain phim,

Spanish woman well known to you." Mazarin was To wonder on the Mount and wisely not a priest, and there is but little doubt that

he was privately married to Anne; indeed, her hymn

daughter-in-law, the second wife of the Duc d'OrOf man with God and God with man made leans, speaks of it as a fact.

one. Academy. GEORGE C. W. WARR.


WHERE the grey Northern sea gnaws cliffs IN THE MOONLIGHT.

of shale, and the white waves You are a queen ; no noble name I bear Wrestle in hissing wrath with a brown, (Love, how the night wind stirs amid your irrepressible river, hair !),

Hilda, the saint, the princess, founded a Yet I am standing close beside you here,

fair stone cloister. The noblest names in France come not so What of her work remains of the carven near.

stone and the wood-work? Sweet ! let me kiss away the cares that lie Haply a fragment here of a pillar with patUpon your heart ; I know that only I,

tern enlacing ; Of all the world, stand near enough to see Naught in the desolate walls of the roofless How heavy a load a royal crown may be ;

ruin that after What do you murmur, that I share its Rose where her building had been, and now weight?

itself is abandoned, Would I could bear it all for you, but fate Crowning with unintentional beauty the Has made me what I am. Can I repine

red-roofed houses, At lowly birth, with your hand clasp't in Which from the river climb, and cling like mine?

plants to the cliff-face. With my arm round you, and with lips close What of her work remains ? — who knows? press'd

- in the loves of the people ? Unto the head, now pillowed on my breast. Something, we doubt it not, from every Sometimes it frets me, we may never stand noble endeavor In the broad light of day, hand clasped in Down the ages descends, though none but hand.

God can distinguish. When shines the sun I stand behind the But the grey Northern sea still gnaws the throne,

cliffs, and the white waves But with the moonlight you are mine alone. Wrestle in hissing wrath with the brown, I am a mighty power ; men call me great,

irrepressible river. Say I might wear the triple crown, but fatel Spectator.



From The New Review. Itria, but with the marriages which SOME DECISIVE MARRIAGES OF ENGLISH | have affected the destinies of England.

They will be found recorded in every FORTY years ago a capable writer his

history. But their significance bas wrote a well-known book which he

been insufficiently emphasized by alcalled “ The Fifteen Decisive Battles

most every historian. Yet they either of the World.” Some of the battles

|directly occasioned or indirectly influwhich he there enumerated have un

enced many of the great events in our doubtedly exerted a powerful influence

annals. The marriage of Bertha with on the course of history. The defeat

Ethelbert of Kent prepared the way of the Persians by the Greeks, the de

for the conversion of England to Chrisfeat of the Mahometans by Charles

tianity; the marriage of Henry VIII. Martel, and our owu defeat in our

with Anne Boleyn was one of the chief struggle with the revolted colonies in factors which determined the ReformaAmerica permanently affected the face

Lion; the marriage of Emma of Norof the world. But many of the battles

mandy with Ethelred the Unready gave which are called decisive by historians I the Conqueror an excuse for asserting have in reality decided nothing; and

his claim to the throne of England; if Sir E. Creasy had looked a little be

the marriage of Henry I. with Matilda low the surface he possibly might have of s

of Scotland reconciled the people to been attracted by a series of events the Conquest by restoring the line of which have proved more decisive than

Cerdic; the marriage of Henry II. with warfare. For, though the marriages of

Eleanor of Aquitaine made England kings usually engage only a secondary I the first Continental power in western attention, it may be safely stated that Euronen

Europe, and thus produced the long the decisive marriages of the world

struggle with France ; the marriage of have had more influence on its fortunes

Henry VII. with Elizabeth of York than the decisive battles.

closed the War of the Roses ; the marThe empire of Charles V. is, per

| riage of Henry VII.'s daughter Marhaps, the best example of the effect of

garet with James IV. led to the union such unions. Charles, on his paternal

between England and Scotland ; the side, was the grandson of Maximilian

marriage of Mary, James II.'s daughof Austria and Mary, the daughter of lenu

ter, with William of Orange gave direcCharles the Bold. From these grand

lion to the Revolution of 1688 ; and parents he inherited Austria, Bur

finally, the marriage of Sophia with the gundy, and Flanders. On the maternal

elector of Hanover gave us kings with side he was the grandson of Ferdinand German interests, and consequently and Isabella, whose marriage had con

again involved us in Continental strugsolidated the houses of Aragon and

gles. Castile, and indirectly led to the union

1. When Bertha, the daughter of of all Spain in one monarchy. Thus

Charibert, married Ethelbert of Kent, the power of this great monarch had

Christianity had been driven out of been built up by a series of marriages.

England by the victories of the Saxons. It was the fate of Charles V. to strike

Ethelbert himself was busily raising down the power of France at Pavia,

avia, his little kingdom into a formidable but no battle that he ever fought had

power. In the course of a few years effects so enduring as the marriages

he succeeded in extending his supremeither of his paternal or his maternal

acy over eastern England from the grandparents.

Humber to the Channel. He became But we are concerned at the present thenceforward the most powerful mon. moment not with the marriages which

arch in Britain. Possibly his growing built up the power of Spain and Aus

power suggested his ambitious mar1 Burgundy and Flanders had been united a cen

riage. His alliance with the Frankish tury before by the marriage of Philip, Duke of Burgundy, with the heiress of Louis, Count of kingdom must have increased his conFlanders.

sideration both at home and on the

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