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herself before she asked a question she had | see that letter to your father? I cannot very near at heart.

tell you what a relief it would be to me. Lady Jane remained waiting, feeling for I told you that Emilia does not know that once a little shy, and not krowing exactly the mail is in ; and if, - if she might learn what to do next, for Mrs. Campbell, who it by seeing in his own handwriting that was not without a certain amount of femi- Bemis was well, I think it would make all nine malice, stood meekly until Lady Jane the difference to her, poor child." should take the lead. The young lady was There was something in the elder lady's not accustomed to deal with inferiors who gentle persistence which struck the young did not exactly behave as such, and though one as odd, and yet touching; and alinwardly indignant, she did not quite know though she was much inclined to refuse, how to resent the indifference with which from a usual habit of contradiction, she did she considered she was treated. She tossed not know how to do so when it came to the her head, and at last said, not in the most point. conciliatory voice, “I suppose

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take “I'll write to my father,” said Lady some tea, Mrs. St. Julian?” The sight of Jane, with a little laugh. “I have no the sweet pale face turning round at her doubt he will let you see the letter since question softened her tone, Mrs. St. you wish it so much." Julian came slowly forward, and began to • Thank you, my dear,” said Mrs. St. Jupush a chair with her white feeble hands, lian, “and for the good news you have given evidently so unfit for such work that Jane, me; and I will now confess to you," she who was kind-hearted, sprang forward, added, smiling, " that I sent Emmy out on lockets, top-boots, and all, to prevent her. purpose that I might have this little talk. “You had much better sit down yourself,” Are you rested? Will you come into the said she, good-naturedly. “ I thought you garden with me for a little ! ” looked ill just now, though I had never Lady Jane was touched by the sweet maseen you in my life before. Let me pour ternal manner of the elder woman, and folout the tea."

lowed quite meekly and kindly. As the Mrs. St. Julian softened, too, in the two ladies were pacing the garden-walk other's unexpected heartiness and kindness. they were joined by the housekeeper and “I had something to say to you. I think by Mrs. William, with her little dribble of it upset me a little. I heard - I feared ” small talk. she said, nervously hesitating. "Lady Many of the windows of the Lodges were Jane, did you hear from your brother- alight. The light from without still painted from Bevis — by the last mail? . . Emmy 'the creepers, the lights from within were does not know the mail is in. I have coming and going, and the gleams were been a little anxious for her,” and Mrs. St. falling upon the ivy-leaves here and there. Julian changed colour.

One-half of the place was in shadow, and “ Certainly I heard,” said Lady Jane; the western side in daylight still. There " or at least my father did. Bevis wanted was a sweet rush of scent from the sweetsome money raised. Why were you so briars and clematis. It seemed to hang in anxious, Mrs. St. Julian ?” asked Lady the still evening, air. Underneath the Jane, with a slightly amused look in her hedges, bright-coloured flowers seemed face. It was really too absurd to have suddenly starting out of the twilight, while these people making scenes and alarms above, in the lingering daylight, the red when she was perfectly at her ease. berries sparkled and caught the stray lim

“I am thankful you have heard,” said pid rays. There was a sound of sea-waves Mrs. St. Julian, with a sudden flush and washing the not distant beach; a fisherman brightness in her wan face, which made or two, and soldiers from the little fort, Lady Jane open her eyes in wonder. were strolling along the road, and peering

“Do you care so much?” said she, a lit- in as they passed the bright little homes. tle puzzled. “I am glad that I do not be- The doors were wide open, and now and long to an anxious family. I am very like then a figure passed - a servant, Mrs. Bevis, they say; and I know there is noth- Campbell — who was always coming and ing that he dislikes so much as a fuss about going: William, the eldest son, coming nothing."

out of the house: he had been at work all “I know it,” said Mrs. St. Julian. day. “He is very good and kind to bear with The walking-party came up so silently my foolish alarms, and I wonder, — could that they were there in the garden almost you — would you too, – forgive me for my before the others had heard them: a befoolishness, Lady Jane, if I were to ask loved crowd, exclaiming, dispersing again. you a great favour? Do you think I might It was a pretty sight to see the meetings: little Susan running straight to her father, “It was not likely," St. Julian said; William St. Julian. He adored his little Ulleskelf only saw the paper by chance. round-eyed daughter, and immediately car- I am glad you were so discreet, my dear.” ried her off in his arms. Little Mona, too, “I should like to paint a picture of them," had got hold of her mother's hand, while said Hexham to the housekeeper, looking Lady Jane was admiring Bevis, and being at them once more before he hurried into greeted by the rest of the party, and intro- the house. duced to those whom she did not already The two were standing at the 'threshold know.

of their hoine, Mrs. St. Julian leaning upon “We had quite given you up, dear her husband's arm: the strong keen-faced Jane,” said little Emilia, wistfully gazing man with his bright gallant bearing, and and trying to see some look of big Bevis in the wife with her soft feminine looks fixed his sister's face. How I wish I had upon him as she bent anxiously to catch stayed, but you had mamma.”

his glance. She was as tall as he was : for We gave you up,” said Hester, “ when St. Julian was a middle-sized man, and Mr. Hexham came without you

Mrs. St. Julian was tall for a woman. “I now find I had the honour of travel- Meanwhile Hexham, who was not familling with Lady Jane," said Hexbam, looking iar with the ways of the house, and who took amused, and making a little bow.

time at his toilet, ran upstairs, hastily pasLady Jane turned her back upon Mr. sed his own door, and went along a pasHexham. She had taken a great dislike to sage, up a staircase and down a staircase. him on board the boat; she had noticed

He found himself in the garden him looking at her once or twice, and at again, where the lights were almost put out Captain Sigourney. She found it a very by this time, though all the flowers were good plan and always turned her back upon glimmering, and scenting, and awake still. people she did not like. It checked any There was a red streak in the sky; all the familiarity. It was much better to do so people bad vanished, but turning round he at once, and let them see what their proper saw — he blinked his eyes at the sight place was. If people of a certain position white figure standing, visionary, mystical, in the world did not keep others in their in the very centre of a bed of tall lilies, in proper places, there was no knowing what a soft gloom of evening light.

Was it a familiarity might not ensue. And then she vision ? For the first time in his life Hexran back to little Bevis again, and lifted ham felt a little strangely; and as if he bim up, struggling. For the child had for- could believe in the super-nature which be gotten her, and seemed not much attracted sometimes had scoffed at, the young man by her appearance.

made one step forward and stopped again. Lady Jane Beverley has something mil |“ It is I, Mr. Hexham,” said a shy clear itary about her,” said Hexham to Mrs. voice. “I came to find some flowers for Campbell.

Emilia.” It was Hester's voice. Surely As he spoke a great loud bell began to ring, some kind providence sets true lovers' way and with a little chorus of exclamations, the in pleasant places; and all they do and ladies began to disperse for dinner. say has a grace of its own which they in

“You know your way, Mr. Hexham," | part to inanimate things. The evening, the said Mrs. Campbell, pointing. “ Go sweet stillness, the trembling garden hedges, through that side-door, and straight up the fields beyond, the sweet girlish tinkle and along the gallery."

of Hester's voice, made Hexham feel for Mrs. St. Julian had put her arm into her the first time in his life as if he was standing husband's, and walked a little way towards at a living shrine, and as if he ought to fall the house.

down on his knees and worship. “ Henry,” she said, “thank heaven, all “Can I help you ?” he said. “Miss Hegis well. Lord Mountmore heard from Bevis ter, may I have a flower for my buttonby this mail. Lady Jane has promised to hole ?" show me the letter: she had heard nothing They are nothing but lilies," said the of that dreadful report."

voice.

COURT-DRESS REFORM.

on of the same colour as the coat, with white [Morning Post, Feb. 15.)

or black silk stockings, shoes, and gilt We are suddenly put in possession of the buckles. Than this nothing can be better; first fruits of a Liberal Government. While shorts and silks are undoubtedly full dress, speculation was rife as to Mr. Lowe's bud- and, as such, are suitable for drawing-rooms, get, and men were discussing the possibili- whilst the dress for levées is clearly the ties of Mr. Gladstone's Irish schemes; while most judicious attire for the Englishman of Mr. Childers's economies were being tested, to-day. We have to thank Lord Sydney and Mr. Cardwell's savings keenly debated, for so excellent a reform that we have hardly the Lord Chamberlain bursts suddenly upon the heart to find any fault with the rest of us in the bright effulgence of a real reform. his Permissive Bili. Nevertheless, it is We have petitioned, we have written and impossible to pass over its other clauses in re-written, against the grotesque absurdity silence. We will begin by granting that it of the old Court dress. It was not a dress, is possible to wear a black silk velvet coat but a costume, and if men were to go to and breeches, which are to be permitted at Court in costume it was difficult to see why drawing-rooms — for that is a dress which they should not adopt a becoming attire out has been worn, we believe, by judges and of the many costumes of the times of the other dignitaries, and is in itself handPlantagenets, Tudors, and Stuarts, rather some- but it is difficult to guess what exthan the one dress of the Georgian era most traordinary perversion of taste can have unsuited to the exigencies of taste or the inspired our authorities when, having given simplicity of modern life. So hated was the permission to gentlemen to wear a simthis absurd travesty that men took refuge ple and very appropriate dress, approaching from it in soldier-like deputy-lieutenants' closely to the Civil uniform, they further uniforms, and when these were not obtain- allow them to don, if they so please, a black able the peaceable and inoffensive citizen silk velvet dress coat, with a white or black arrayed himself in the gorgeous but unsuita- waistcoat, and black velvet trousers. No ble plumage of the Bucks Hussar, or wildly one in this world has ever worn velvet troudonned the kilt and bonnet of the London sers except a Parisian débardeur. His black Scottish. The gentleman of the period may velvet pojamas have no doubt entered into at last congratulate himself on being free the many eccentricities of modern smoking from the necessity of either disguising him- costume, but where is the British citizen in self in borrowed plumes or of donning the the full possession of his senses who will ridiculous old dress with its bag for wig, its come out in velvet from head to foot when jabot, its vast embroidered waistcoat, and broadcloth is still permissible ? With the other comic anachronisms. Lord Sydney exception of these preposterous pantaloons, has, by her Majesty's permission, issued a which it will require a bold man to wear, notice which virtually abolishes the old the Lord Chamberlain's notice_affords a dress, although that is still to be allowed at subject of genuine rejoicing. The public Court if any one sufficiently eccentric can are emancipated for ever; it is the first dibe found to wear it. The new attire is to vergence of a reformed Government from be a dark-coloured cloth dress-coat, with the old and odious Court dress; and Enggold-embroidered collar, cuffs, and pocket- lishmen may now present themselves before Haps, a white waistcoat, dark trousers of the their sovereign without that feeling of shame same colour as the coat, with a gold-lace which resulted from the stupid travesty of stripe. This uniform is therefore much the either a bygone costume or from the absurd same as that of the civil and diplomatic ser- pseudo-military character which they have vants of the Queen. It is understood, how- hitherto been forced to assume. ever, to be wished by those in authority that the “dark colour" should not be blue, to

[Daily Telegraph, Feb. 15.) avoid confusion with the public service. GENTLEMEN who wait upon their soverGentlemen are therefore left to a wide range eign are to have in future their choice of of choice — chocolate, mulberry, green, in- two complete dresses. They may wear at visible green, olive, all being available ac- levees a dark-coloured cloth dress coat with cording to the fancy of the wearer. A a stand-up collar embroidered in gold, a sword similar to that worn with the civil white waistcoat, and dark-coloured cloth uniform is to be carried, and a cocked hat trousers, with a gold stripe down the seam; completes the dress, for which, of course, substituting for these last garinents, on the white neckcloth of modern life is indis- drawing-room days, "cloth breeches"-we pensable. In this suit any one may present use the Chamberlain's unaffected vernachimself at a levée. At a drawing-room a dis- ular—and black or white silk bose. Or tinction is made, and breeches are insisted (they may appear in a more subdued bat

richer and more dignified dress, consisting, I if it so pleases them, wear a black silk velfor levees, of “a black silk velvet dress- vet suit of similar shape, with white waistcoat, with gilt, steel, or plain buttons, a coat at discretion, and buttons gold, steel, white or black silk velvet waistcoat, black or plain, according to taste. Can man develvet trousers--did not Mr. Disraeli try sire more than that ? The latter costume, black velvet trousers many years since ?- which is one of great dignity, and will proba black cocked-hat, and a gilt or steel-bilted ably be preferred by many to the former, is sword.” At drawing-rooms, black silk vel- understood to be favoured by the Prince of vet “breeches,” with black silk hose, shoes, Wales, and some time since its introducand gilt buttons are to be worn. A tertium tion as ordinary evening dress was gravely quid remains. The present, or we hope we discussed, and extended, we believe, so far may say the late, Court dress, will be recog- as a little experimentation. It owes its nized at her Majesty's Court, so that if any origin, however, to the late Conservative ultra-conservatives in the matter of choco- Premier, whose innovation in this direction late coats, bag-wigs, and flower-pot” waist-caused consternation in society at the time ; coats, linger in courtly circles, they will be though those were days when Count D'Or-enabled to appear in the guise of Sir An- say, Louis Napoleon, Lord Chesterfield, and thony Absolute in the play. Surely these other daring dandies were allowed, like changes should gratify all classes and con- those charming women" in the song, "to ditio:s of courtiers from lord mayors and dress themselves just as they pleased.” sheriffs, to honourable gentlemen who are But whether as regards one dress or the asked to dine with the Speaker – from pro- other, one important institution is not abol-. vincial aldermen who come up to St. James's ished, as was too hastily asserted on Saturwith an address, to contractors for public day by an evening contemporary, who debuildings who are bidden to Buckingham duced from the supposed fact an augury Palace to be knighted. The dark-coloured fatal to the maintenance of the established cloth dress coat, with its accessories, will order of things in general. Breeches and be a kind of uniform not unlike that worn by stockings have not gone, as the writer asconsuls, and a uniform having something mil- serts, with the park railings. They still itary about it is ordinarily unobtrusive, yet exist, so there is hope for the Constitution picturesque. Two flunkeys hanging on be- “While stands the Colosseum, Rome hind a coach may be laughable objects ; shall stand.” The designer of the new but fite hundred Hunkeys, all clad alike, Court dress was evidently of opinion with would form a band of “retainers," and, their the poet who asked, “ Without black satin hair-powder notwithstanding, would look re- breeches, what is man?” So he reserved spectable. As for the silk velvet dress -- those interesting articles as still imperative we are glad the Chamberlain insists on the at drawing-rooms, including, we may congenuine article, for there may be sordid clude, State balls; and men who are diffisouls shameless enough to go to Courtdent about their legs may still have to stay in velveteen -we venture to predict that away from Court upon occasions where it will become the most widely patronized ladies form part of the company. of all the three Court dresses.

(Daily Neurs, Feb. 15.) (Standard, Feb. 16.)

What if Conservative wisdom has thrown Tre alterations which have just been away its fears too soon? Before the new sanctioned are of a very sensible kind. House has met innovation has begun. We They enable private gentlemen to appear published on Saturday the terms in which in a dress of much the same shape that they the Court itself has capitulated to the rewear in ordinary life; one which we are formning spirit of the time. “Court dress" accustomed to see in diplomatic and other is no longer to be required at Court. The civil uniforms; and one which they can monopoly of breeches is abolished, and wear at their ease as a costume “of the dark coloured cloth trousers of the same period,” instead of feeling like fish out of colour as the coat, with narrow gold-lace water in a costume of the last century. The stripe on the sides," or plain black silk velnew fashions, too, are as ornamental as vet trousers when a black silk velvet coat is need be. If men are not satisfied with coats worn, may make their appearance instead of with gilt buttons, embroidered collar, cutts, the breeches. In one of the new forms of and pocket-tlaps ; trousers with gold stripes dress the levelling intluence of Mr. Bright down the sides, white waistcoats and cravats, will be obvious. A black silk velvet dresscocked hats and swords, there can be no coat with single breast and straight collar, satisfying them at all. But even this dress with collarless waistcoat and ordinary trouis not without an alternative. They may, I sers of the same material, must surely be a

ness.

compromise with Quakerism. The reten- mince his language. “I was not born for tion of a little gold lace on the coat collar, a spy. This is not my nature.

But we cuffs, and pocket-flaps is only a part of the must persue these reptiles into their holes, compromise. That these new forms of and see what they are about." The Count dress will be picturesque without being ab- intimates grimly that he would much prefer surd, and will be immense improvements on to have the reptiles strangled on Prussian the cumbrous Court-dress now in use, is soil; but that as there is, unfortunately, in however beyond dispute; and it may be parts of Germany, not yet sufficient loyalty hoped that the partial assimilation towards for that summary process, the disagreeable our ordinary evening dress may tend to re- necessity of despatching spies to follow them, deem the dress itself from some of its ugli- when they run to earth, cannot be avoided.

But the worst absurdities of Court It is, however, Count Bismarck's expresdress, the cocked hat and sword, are still sions concerning the general threatenings retained. They are protests perhaps of the war which create most uneasiness. against the invasion of a mere republican They are evidently carefully calculated to simplicity. It would be impossible to ask stir up the warlike pride and alarm the selfthe Lord Chamberlain to recognise a wide- restrained spirit of Germany. Count Bisawake or a chimneypot; but now that he marck admits that the situation was still has invented something which may possibly graver in the autumn before the change of lead to a reform of our evening dress, could government in the Principalities, but his he not strike out some new idea which would language is still alarming enough. For inabolish cocked hats and chimneypots to- stance, “ Without being able to rely on .gether?

peace, peace bas not the value that it ought to have for a great nation. A peace which is exposed to the danger of being disturbed every day, every week, is not peace in the

true acceptation of the term. A war is From The Spectator, 6 Feb. often less prejudicial to the general prosCOUNT BISMARCK ON THE STATE OF EU- perity than a peace so ill assured (Cheers)."

Still more exciting in tone is the following, Count BISMARCK either is persuaded that in reply to Herr Virchow; —“ Yesterday Germany must fight before her new position Herr Virchow could not see the point of in Europe can be a settled one, or he at least the sword which was directed against our wishes to be thought to entertain this belief. heart. The same deputy has also not hapHis speeches in the Lower House of the pened to see at all the hundreds of thouPrussian Parliament on the ordinance for sands of bayonets which were hovering in the confiscation of the private property of the air. I will remind him of the misforthe ex-King of Hanover, and that on con- tune of that chamberlain of King Duncan, fiscating the property of the Elector of who was overtaken by sleep, and was unHesse Cassel, --to both of which the House able to see the poignard of Macbeth. It is has assented by large majorities, -were very the duty of the Government to keep its threatening. He did not so much defend eyes open and to keep a sharp look-out." himself against the charge of spionage, France, at least, might fairly retort that it with reference to the measures taken to was Macbeth who was so wide awake' as to prove the existence of the Hanoverian con- see the dagger hovering in the air, and that spiracy and legion, as avow that, much as that dagger was, doubtless, his own. Inhe disliked espionage in the case of the inter- terpret it as you will, such language from nal enemies of Germany, it was a measure of the most powerful minister in Europe is, at simple self-defence. As usual, he did not all events, not soothing.

ROPE.

HOLLY BERRIES, OR DOUBLE ACROSTICS FROM | if not very exciting, amusement of constructing THE POETS. – Edited by A. P. A. (Hatch- acrostics, it would be found in such an unusually ards). - This is a charmingly got-up little vol- pretty little volume as the present, with its more ume in white and gold, containing a goodly or less occult selections from the poets. It number of those ingenious puzzles which have might with propriety have been dedicated to recently become so fashionable. If anything the Acrostic Club.

London Review. were wanted to render attractive this harmless,

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