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do so, it will relapse into the ob- bers of country people who throng scurity from which the genius of into London in the vain hope of its leader has lifted it. A more bettering their fortunes, and find tenable grudge is felt against it starvation to be their only cerby other religious and charitable tainty. organisations engaged in similar

“ After careful examination and philanthropic work, which likely to be straitened by the works whom we have already regis,

close cross-questioning of the out-ofdiversion of subscriptions to the tered at our Labour Bureau, we find General's scheme. No doubt this that at least sixty per cent are country is a hard case, but we have little folk-men, women, boys, and girls, apprehension that these will suffer who have left their homes in the seriously in the long-run. General counties to come up to town in the Booth's attitude ought to put all hope of bettering themselves. They other organisations working among and they represent, not the dregs of

are in no sense of the word Cockneys, the poor upon their mettle, and we

the country, but rather its brighter cannot doubt but that they also and more adventurous spirits, who will be liberally supported as they have boldly tried to make their way continue to show good results for

in new and uncongenial spheres, and their efforts. A nation so wealthy have terribly come to grief. Of thirty as Great Britain, and so much in cases, selected haphazard, in the variearnest to deal with the progress July 5, 1890, twenty - two

ous shelters during the week ending of destitution, is able to float even

country-born, sixteen were men who such a gigantic work as that which had come up a long time ago, but do not is now proposed, and at the same ever seem to have settled to regular time to carry on those less obtru- employ, and four were old military sive, but not less valuable, efforts

Of sixty cases examined into

at the bureau and shelters during which, long before the Salvation the fortnight ending August 2, fortyArmy came into existence, were in

two were country people, twenty-six operation for the reclamation of men who had been in London for the fallen and the relief of the various periods ranging from six destitute in our large towns.

months to four years, nine were lads The continually increasing mass

under eighteen who had run away of the necessitous in London and

from home and come up to town,

while four were ex-military. Of other large cities, however, offers eighty-five cases of dossers who were a problem far beyond the power spoken to at night when they slept of General Booth or any other in the streets, sixty-three were country philanthropic agency to deal with, people. A very small proportion of if it is to be augmented so largely the genuine homeless out-of-works

are Londoners bred and born." by the poverty stricken population of the counties and pauper immi- General Booth regards these as grants from other countries. The not unpromising material for his case of these two classes seriously farm colony; but we should much demands the attention of the Legis- prefer that the poor-law got its lature. Some means ought to be hands upon them, and returned found to check the inundation of them to their native parishes and foreign paupers, who add to the in- the care of the ratepayers. Now tensity of native destitution and that the counties have got local complicate the labour problem, al- government, it is to be hoped that ready difficult enough to deal with. one of the first subjects to which General Booth's book affords a their councils will turn their atmelancholy testimony to the num- tention will be the condition of

men.

rural labour, and the revival of it close, we have made a decided local, and especially village, indus- step towards solving this problem tries, which would do much more of the slums, which is the blackest than even General Booth's schemes spot upon our boasted civilisation. to thin the population of the slums How far and to what extent the of great cities, and check the mi- course which General Booth has gration from country to town. We marked out may be effectual, it fear, from General Booth’s reports, would be presumptuous to say ; that the Government itself is a but we have reasonable grounds heavy contributor to the list of for anticipating that if it is folthe unemployed, since the short- lowed up in the same spirit in service system has turned loose so which it has been undertaken, it large a number of men whose must be productive of good results. working habits have been un- The fact that he has interested in settled by military service, and his efforts large and influential whose steadiness and aptitude for classes, who have not previously hard work has not been increased been identified with philanthropic by a short sojourn in the ranks. objects, and whose sympathies canIn all these cases the State owes not be supposed to be very warmly a duty to society which, if the connected with the Salvation Army latter is to engage seriously in as a purely religious organisation, the problem of dealing with city is indicative of an anxious desire destitution, Government its to see some wide and general unside cannot well continue to ig- dertaking set at work in behalf of

the slums - certainly a healthy It will be an achievement worthy sign of public feeling upon the of the end of the century if, before subject.

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" Nulle défense de riro; si l'on peut.
Nulle défense de pleurer ; si l'on veut."

- Motto over door of an old Theatre at Carcassonne. THERE had been another Deluge This proved to be “Ideala,” ac—of printer's ink and water—and companied by “Dean Maitland.” the Ark was resting on Mount I recognised him at once—not by Blank. I stood and waited to see his voice but by his silence. It the inmates come forth. Presently was unbroken.

- Ideala” was in the door opened, a broad plank her velvet and diamonds, which was shoved out, and John Ingle- she had worn during the voyage. sant appeared, with Robert Els- She had had the hippopotamus and mere clinging to his arm. He had three very dirty city arabs sitting a bass viol under his other arm. on her knee all the way ; but she He was quite calm, and looked as was none the worse for that, bless if he had made up his mind to you! and her velvet gown was not walk straight on to the very end very much rumpled.

As they of the earth, and then to topple passed I heard her reminding the over off the edge into space. He Dean of his having once rowed her had done this once before. He on the lake at her uncle Lord Idelhad a way of knocking about lande Nobell's lovely place in Bicepsamong men and manners, some- shire, and how in picking watertimes playing the lute, sometimes lilies to stick in her hair, he had double dummy with popes and all but upset the boat. But never potentates, even acting the part a word in response could she get of both dummies himself; and he from the Dean. Then she began intended to change his costume telling him of a new plan she and and his religion with each new Lorrimer (how she rolled her r’s) country en passant.

had for putting London to rights ; Robert was looking very wishy- she was to do all the dusting and washy in the face after the long cleaning; while he was to undervoyage, and very weak about the take the lamp-lighting, and to knees. This came from having write the sanitary reports. “The been so long cramped up in differ- work,” she said, was too much ent attitudes, first kneeling upon for one, and not quite enough for one knee and then upon the other, two." All this while you might and finally kneeling upon no knees have heard a pin drop, the Dean's at all.

I felt really sorry for the silence was so complete. I did poor fellow, for he looked “a bit not care to follow them, for the sick.” Is that the right expres- conversation was very sion ? As they passed me, I caught sided. the words “higher ethics” and On turning again towards the “anity,” but whether the latter Ark, I saw “Mr Isaacs” stagger meant Christianity or inanity I out with a young lady on his back. had

means of knowing. I She had jumped up just as he was didn't care to follow them, so I about to offer his arm to “dear turned to see “the next article.” Lady Disdain.” The girl was one

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of old Dr Cupid's "troublesome quartermaster-general at Bungledaughters,” either Joan or Esther gunj, daughter of old Shadder of or Nellie or Nancy. They were the Bombay side. The belle of all much alike; a shock -- not of Simla. [Mrs Raphean O'Rorke surprise — but of red hair was the wit—which of us hasn't through the family, rippling stood target for the unerring arlaughter was hereditary, and a rows of that female εκηβόλος ?] long line of broken boot-lace with- Society at most Indian stations is out a tag had come down since ruled and regulated by the therthe Conquest. This one had the mometer — at Simla, society was shockiest shock, the ripplingist ruled and regulated by Mrs Rawlaugh, the untaggiest boot-lace, so ton Rickshaw. She had the ear it must have been Nancy. The -sometimes a large ugly red one clumsy country-made boots could -of government; had her white not disguise the delicate Arab arch finger on the pulse--a great thudof her instep, and of course she ding pulse it was too-of society, had a brother called Jack and a and when its temperature rose pug called Jill.

to 106 decimal point 8, Ginevra She was generally sitting either would call for ice, shut herself up, on the top of a garden-wall or on and be “darwaza bund hai,” which a baronet's back. Mr Isaacs we all know means “not at home.” wasn't even a knight, but she had She was now on her

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to Europe been so long cooped up that any for repairs. Beside her sedan shoulder, if it were broad enough, walked good “Sir Percival ” “ with would do to perch on. Child, aimless feet.” He had just handed said Mr Isaacs, in a tone full of Tract XC, to her, and was speeddeep passion--he was very angrying away, intent on further dis

-“ get down at once ! ” "I can't, tribution, when Bootles, of Bootles' unless Jack comes

to take me Horse—no, not Horse, “Baby”— down, for my boot-laces are untied called out, "I say, old chappie, and I should trip; and you can't don't do us out of the other 89.” think how funny my red hair looks Bootles had kept an eye full of beside your black locks-dash of fatherly compassion on Mrs Rawthe tar-brush in them, eh ?” Mr ton Rickshaw ever since they left Isaacs gave vent to a low Asiatic Simla. He was always refusing grunt, which sounded like “kkhh,” locks of her hair and trifles of and passed on with his fair burden. that sort, and as they passed he

The next couple who emerged was saying in a tone of friendly attracted some notice, and took remonstrance, “ 'Pon my word, up a great deal of room on the Mrs Wickshaw, if you go giving plank. A large-limbed simpering locks of hair to every fellow in female was swaying to and fro in the wegiment, you'll have to get a sort of chair slung on poles, a a wig soon, and I shall feel it

my Hindoo bearer at each end. A dooty to wite to poor old Wawwell-known voice seemed to say,

“Oh ! don't remind me of “But that's another story,” and my old bête noire 3000 miles away,' by that same token I knew my wailed Ginevra. “Not half a yard lady at once as the heroine of away, madam !” roared the hind many an untold “plain unvar- Hlindoo : dropping the pole and nished”—which her name it is tearing off his turban he disclosed Ginevra Rickshaw, wife of Raw the bald head and infuriated visage ton Rickshaw, deputy assistant of Rawton Rickshaw. lle had

ton."

followed his wife in disguise from down the plank, followed by “The Simla. I left him and the ben- Wizard's Son,” “the Second Son," evolent Bootles to extricate the and a “Son of the Soil.” She was limp and hapless Ginevra from a engaged to the first, married to the mass of broken bamboo, tattered second, and had been either engauze, and miscellaneous débris. gaged or married to the third. It “Ill Tales from the Plain,” said was a little confusing, and they all I, and Echo answered, “ rotten seemed to feel it so. There was rickshaws.

some difficulty as to the order of And now a hot blast as from precedence, but it was all amicably an oven issued from the Ark, and settled at last, and they filed past 6. She

stepped out, led by the all speaking at once. I fancied Master of Ballantrae. She had Chris looked just a little bored, quite got over her cremation, and and as if she should have liked was as fresh as paint, attired in a the introduction of a new element; splendid mummy-case made of rich but that may have been fancy. and costly materials, open at the Just then there was a disturbfeet to admit of shuffling along. ance at the door owing to a galShe was fanning herself with the vanic battery which “ Diana of lobes of her own ears, which four the Crosswayswould carry, and thousand years of listening under- which had electrified several perground in the tropics to what was sons by accident. She came down being said above-ground in the cracking nuts with her ivory teeth ; temperate zone had somewhat de- she was always cracking nuts, very veloped. The Master-that Mas- hard ones, and she expected her ter of Arts and of Fascinations, friends to do the same. Beside had already got her well into his her walked that very nice Ameritoils, and was cajoling her into a can who does business for both the project for sacking her own trea- firms of Howells and James. I sury, and urging her to fly with can't remember his name, him to his palace on the Isthmus you know who I mean. He had of Darien. Little did she guess with him an immense assortment that at that moment he had a (dry goods ?) of motives—his own pitch-plaster in his pocket ready and other people's—which he was to clap over her already flattened analysing with as much care as if Egyptian nose and mouth; and a it had been milk from a suspected letter ready to post, offering Her, dairy. Years spent in Venetian She-or She, Her, which is it ?– palazzas and “ Borston ” drawingto the keeping of the British rooms had quickened his percepMuseum. In her hand she had tions to a sort of divine intuition. several palimpsests covered with He could differentiate to the point prophecies, which must be fulfilled of attenuation the exact signifione after the other, as each suc- cance of a suppressed sneeze and cessive layer of hieroglyphic should of a half-suppressed yawn; and, yield to the scraper's tool. The like a true American, he could “do Master purposed to act scraper; the outside edge” on the surface and he was fully qualified for the ice of modern hyper-refined society. post. I didn't think it was worth He had also a new umbrella. while to follow them. I knew Diana was armed with a broom they must end by burying each with which to sweep the crossways other alive—somewhere.

when she should reach them. As And now

“ Chris” came lightly they stepped down, she glanced

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