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Fox-a loud-tongued, audacious, un- after having proved himself the most scrupulous fellow, whom even his tremendous wrestler in the peninsula, own party feared and disliked. In had been taken in hand by the remost English boroughs there will be doubtable Jonathan Burton, who was found, on one side or the other, a training him to challenge the Champman of this class-a man whose sub- ion, when an unlucky accident already lime impudence and mendacity make mentioned, suspended the said Burhim powerful. Fox, in close com- ton's professional labours. The ordimittee of the more active Radicals, nary Cornish wrestler, an hereditary had expressed his determination that worker in mines, is short and enorLuttrel should be opposed-even if mously thick set; his centre of gravity he stood himself. It was urged that lying so low that to move him from Guy had been at the head of the poll his stand-point is something like last time, and would come back with moving a mountain. He is, almost added popularity as member of a new without exaggeration, "as broad as Ministry. But Fox was resolute; re- he is long.' I have often thought proached his colleagues with showing what splendid material for infantry the white feather, and obtained his such men would make. Occasionally, own way by sheer force of obstinacy. as in Bolitho's case, one of these masSo a candidate was found, in the per- sive men grows upwards also; and son of Sir Arthur Willesden, and a then you have a true Titan. This persevering canvass began. Guy had fellow's hug was deadly. He was little time for canvassing, but calmly but two-and-twenty, and had become left the matter in the hands of Parker illustrious throughout both Cornwall -a shrewd, safe player of the elec- and Devon. Burton, who had heard tioneering game, who had very seldom of his prowess through the Sporting permitted an opponent to checkmate Life, hit on the original idea of adding him. I may confess, however, that boxing to wrestling skill, and so carLady Vivian Ashleigh's low carriage, rying away the belt. So Bolitho was with the gray ponies, was pretty often brought to Riverdale, where he was seen in Riverdale at this time; and first known as “Burton's Novice," although the British shopkeeper is and subsequently as “The Truro in matters political immaculate, yet Baby.” He had not learnt to hit the idea may have crossed one or two straight when his worthy instructor minds that the custom of the future was deprived of his liberty through Countess was likely to be worth more Hugh Mauleverer's presence of mind than that of the insolvent Baronet. and prompt action. It is as hard to
Riverdale being, as we have said, teach a wrestler to hit straight from famous for its prize-fighters and the shoulder, as to teach a sabreur to cricketers, of course an election usu- use the rapier. ally involved a fine series of rows. On the morning of nomination, the Those narrow alleys leading from the Riverdale Court party had driven in Rope Walk, in each of which lay perdu early to breakfast with Archdeacon at least one public-house, were splendid Coningsby. The Earl was in Downingplaces for a quiet fight. Two or three street; but his daughter was there, large old-fashioned hotels had great and Guy Luttrel, of course, and Hugh yards, in which skirmishes of a live- Mauleverer, and Wynyard Powys, lier description often took placethe and Mr. Tostig, the architect, who Radicals of the Flying Horse making was still busy with the Christabel an attack on the Tories of the Black Chamber. Parker was there, too, Boy, or vice versa. And the great looking perfectly satisfied with the market square was frequently the position of affairs. scene of a general engagement, which "You mean to win, evidently, lasted till Mr. Chief Constable Parker," said the Archdeacon. Severne brought his blue-coats down “We are safe enough, if my direcin full force upon the riotous mob. tions are observed, of which I have
Pugilists are seldom politicians; no fear.”. but at Riverdale their allegiance was "What is your peculiar policy?". pretty equally divided. The wily “O, it's simple enough-poll early. Fox, however, had secured the special We are not quite sure of a majority services of a Cornishman named of votes, but if we are well ahead at Bolitho, a giant from Truro, who noon we shall take all the waverers,” “Nothing succeeds like success," Then came the show of hands, said Guy
which his worship the Mayor (a res" I'll be there at the very first pectable tallow-chandler) gave in moment the polling begins," said the favour of the baronet ; and a poll was Archdeacon.
demanded for Guy Luttrel; and it “O, George, you had better not ex- was all over. pose yourself to danger," said his Not quite all. The Riverdale sister.
crowd, thanks to Severne's judicious “Danger ! pooh, pooh! I should tacties, had been kept unusually like to see the man in Riverdale that quiet ; but, as the occupants of the would be insolent to me.".
hustings descended, the luckless " What would you do ?" asked architect attracted sudden attention. Hugh. " Excommunicate him ?" " There goes the Tory clown !"
"Come," said Parker, “it is quite shouted somebody. time we went to the hustings. We'll " What'll you take for your togcome back and tell the ladies the gery !" inquired another. news at lunch."
Guy Luttrel had hurried away "I say,” said Powys, aside, to with Parker to his office : the ArchLuttrel. “This won't do. That deacon and Hugh Mauleverer were eracked architect mustn't go with us, arm-in-arm at the foot of the hustlooking like a chap out of a panto- ings, waiting for the crowd to give mime.
way. Suddenly the uproar grew "I don't think you should venture louder, and Wynyard Powys, making into the crowd in that peculiar cos. his way back to them, exclaimed, tunne, Mr. Tostig,” said Guy. "They " They're tearing Tostig to pieces!" are a riotous set here in Riverdale, "Where !" said the dauntless Conand may annoy you."
ingsby. In an instant the venerable "I am not at all afraid of them," priest pushed through the mob toreplied the architect.
wards the scene of riot. Mauleverer "Well," said the Archdeacon, “I and Powys kept close to him. In the should be; and people don't call me midst of a crowd of roughs, of whom a coward."
the gigantic " Truro Baby" was ring. "You had better stay with us," leader, they found the hapless archisaid Lady Vivian, persuasively. tect. Cloak and hood were gone long
But Tostig was not to be persuaded. ago; his superb doublet of purple His costume was the pride of his velvet had just been torn from his heart, and he verily believed that its shoulders, and the silver buttons were glory would overawe even an election causing two or three simultaneous mob. Sage Dr. Kitchener believed fights. Tostig, powerless amid his vast that you might drive away a savage assailants, was declaiming fiercely. dog by turning your back to him, and "I am ashamed of you! Cowstooping down so as to look at him ARDS ""' exclaimed the Archdeacon, in between your legs.
a voice of thunder. “Leave him The party set off.
alone." “I ain sadly afraid, " said the Hon. Hugh Mauleverer, meanwhile, had Miss Coningsby to Vivian, “ that poor caught Bolitho by the collar with a Mr. Tostig will get into some trouble; firm grasp. But the huge CornishThey are such very rough people here." man, turning suddenly round, encir
" There will be plenty of police cled Hugh's neck with his powerful men," said Vivian. “I don't think arm, aviministering that tremendous there is much cause for alarm." hug for which he was famous I
Guy Luttrel and his opponent were fear I should at this moment have both proposed and seconded in last one of my heroes, but for Chiefspeeches of which nobody heard any. Constable Severne. Seeing the battle thing. Guy, knowing his men, made from afar, he drove his horse straight 28 short a speech as possible ; for towards the scene of action : the what is the use of speaking at great crowd parted before him like water, lenzth to people who won't listen ! and he arrived, by good hap, just as Sir Arthur, les experiepard, roard Bolitho had come with Hugh, bis and gesticulated, but with no result right arm round his adversary's neck. except that he was huarze for a Dowo came Severne's lite-preserver weck after it
on the “Truro Baby's" forcarto, crashing the bone to fragments, and spoil- The Chief Constable accepted; and ing his pugilistic prospects for ever. a conversation ensued, from which The fellow uttered a hideous yell; the Archdeacon obtained so much and Hugh, shaking himself as if to information, that he electrified his ascertain whether there was any life hearers on the following Sunday by left in him, said
a sermon against prize-fighting and You are always just in time, Mr. its collateral iniquities.
It was a Severne. A minute more, and the capital sermon, and might have done fellow would have strangled me.” some good among the prize-fighting
“When you have had my experi- community of Riverdale if prizeence," said Severne, laughing, "you fighters were born with brains. won't give that sort of man a chance. Poor Tostig was mildly chaffed You should have knocked him down about his misadventure, but took it in the moment you reached him.” excellent part, and came down to
“Excellent advice, from a custo; breakfast at the Court next morning dian of the Queen's peace," said in the costume of ordinary mortals. Hugh. “But you see I did not anti- The worst of purple velvet doublets cipate his hug. He is a stranger, I see. with silver buttons is, that a man must The roughs of Riverdale hit pretty be a millionaire to fill his wardrobe hard, but don't squeeze.”
with them. "He's the Truro Baby," said the The polling day was quiet, unheChief Constable, and I'm happy to roic, devoid of great events. The say you've enabled me to spoil his Truro Baby was locked up with a chance of being Champion of Eng- broken arm; a score of his followers land.”
were locked up with broken heads; "Truro Baby ! Champion of Eng- and the unconquerable Severne rode land !" said Archdeacon Coningsby, through the town triumphant. He who, having been lecturing his riotous was quite delighted at having closed parishioners, had just canght Sev- the cruel career of the Cornishman. erne's last words, "what in the world The Tories went early to the poll. do you mean ?"
There are about 7,000 names on the Severne began to explain. register; and at noon it stood“Come home, and have some
The Right Hon. Guy Luttrel, 2,951 lunch, Mr. Severne," said the Arch
Sir Arthur Willesden, bart., 2,117 deacon, much interested. “The peace of the town must be restored by this
And at the close it stood time, and I want to hear more about The Right Hon. Guy Luttrel, 3,478 this man and his comrades."
Sir Arthur Willesden, bart., 2.392
** Beneath a summer tree,
Has a charm;
For an arm!"-- Locker. This is not a political novel. I wish What trifles cause all the great it was. But, to write a political novel, events of the world ! and how rarely something is requisite beyond being a those trifles are known ! Now a pomember of the Carlton or the Reform litical novel, to be worth anything, -ay, or even of Brooks's or White's. must be written by a man who is Exoteric knowledge is nothing. You thoroughly familiar with the coulisses must know, but yet must not reveal, of politics, yet will not do more than those esoteric facts which lie at the hint at the extent of his knowledge. basis of all politics and diplomacy. I cannot do this. I know some things ; You must know what the world will I guess some things; but there are not know till the statesmen of to-day passages in England's foreign policy, have been half a century in their the meaning whereof-although the graves--if then. How little wisdom Times has explained them fully to the governs the world, is an old story. meanest intellect—is to me unknowable, unguessable; and, as I don't haven't time at this moment to make live with Lord Palmerston or Lord permanent arrangements. I really Derby--as neither Mr. Gladstone
nor haven't leisure to think about my Mr. Disraeli asks iny advice, furnish- marriage.” ing me with data for giving it-how "On which I must congratulate am I to write a political novel I you," said the parson. “Lady Vivian
A man who is in love ought, I Ashleigh is a most charming person, think, to have nothing else to do. It I hear." doesn't last long, and he ought to "She'll do," replied Luttrel, irhave a holiday of a month or so to reverently. "I like her. But do enjoy it. How pitiable the position you think your college chieftainers of the unlucky struggler who, having can find what I want i I don't want fallen in love, has to work day and a proctor-prude or a sweet girl-granight for months or years to save duate, but something medium and enough to make marriage a tolerably moderate." safe enterprise ! This, however, is a "Leave it entirely to me. I can trifle; for, by a happy arrangement of easily manage it." Providence, the man whore occupa- “The child must be Lily Grey tions are sordid soon becomes sordid still, remember. Don't enlighten hiinself, and as incapable of love-or any body. When Easter comes I shall any other noble human propensity- run down and explain the little as a cow of mathematics. But take mystery to her." a man with some poetry in him-a Mysteries are mistakes," solman, for example, like our friend Guy emnly said the parson. Luttrel, capable of thoroughly en- "So are sermons. Good-bye. We'll joying and appreciating the erotic make you a bishop if Cheiron lets us magnetism--and imagine the annoy- stay in office long enough." ance to him of dealing with meaner And away rode Guy to exchange a things at such a time. Guy was one few words with Lady Vivian before of those mirel men for whom the going down to the House. world is always difficult. A man, to Lord Cheiron was the great dread succeed, should be homogeneous. One of the new Administration. Who idea drives a man sheer through all does not know Lord Cheiron, who the world's obstacles; but the pos- fought with the Lapithe Who sessor of many ideas and faculties does not admire his humour, his seldom gets full play for his powers pluck, his buoyancy, his love of sport, or full enjoyment of his life
. Luttrel his horsemanship, his fine appetite was in love, and could have made his passion for exercise nnd work, his joyous holiday in this Indian summer hatred for tobacco ! But one grief of his soul. Luttrel was in office ; 80 had he--that no young Achilles was he had " to scorn delights and live growing up under his tuition. He laborious days," and nights still more envied his opponents (uy Luttrel, and laborious, to manage the business of used often to jocokely advise him to rat. his department, give unanswering re- * You ll never see any life among plies to Parliamentary inquirers, and those old foczes," he was wont to refight gallantly against the chiefs of mark. "Better come over to us. the opposition. Luttrel had a daugh: Everybody rats now; it's getting reter deserted by her gouernante, and spectable, like bankruptcy. this special perplexity demanded his The gay old peer was entering the first ai*ent: n ou returning to London House as Gay dismounted on the from Riverdale. Now it so happened present occusion. They were capital that an old collere friend of h14, the friends in private, though in Parliaholder of a London living, was in- ment regular oppodent terested in one of the numberless “I haven't congratulated you yet, ladies' colleges which are the fashion Luttrel," he said. "Now there's an of the day. Recollecting this, Lattrel additional reason for turning your enlled on the Rev. Mr. Ellerslie, told cont Imre worth having, but Lady him his difficulty, and asked if he Vivian is an ally worth two of you. thought the Lady Superintendent of But ain't yoti martying two young ?" Alexandrina College could recommend "One geta oker every day," a companion fur Lily.
laughed Luttrel; “ at least everybody " You see, Ellerslie," snid Gay, "I does but your Lordabip."
Oh, you remember Béranger's two or three other cheap miscellanies. song. I hope Margot will have stolen Her highest ambition was to conthe keys of Paradise by the time I tribute to these delightful periodicals. want to enter."
She had sent one or two tales, which The Rev. Mr. Ellerslie made haste tasteless editors had rejected : indeed to Alexandrina College, and told the her only success had been in a maLady Superintendent what he wanted. trimonial correspondence through the Now the dignitary in question, Mrs. “Notices to Correspondents" of some Thorogood, possessed a niece. Miss halfpenny journal. Her description Sophia Thorogood, whom everyone of herself had attracted several gentlecalled Sophy, was
, I fear, what Byron men, among whom her ideal was wickedly styled a dumpy woman.” “Algernon Stuart, six feet high, Short she certainly was ; plump, with twenty-five years old, and very handa rather puffy and shapeless plump- some. But so rigid were the rules ness ; round-featured; not slender- of Alexandrina College about letters ankled; with fingers which always received, that Sophy saw no way of had chilblains in winter, and always getting into a correspondence with looked as if they had 'in summer. this Adonis. Being an orphan, her aunt had striven If a bishop may occasionally be a to educate her for a governess; but nepotist, why not a schoolmistress ? she never could learn more than the It naturally occurred to Mrs. Thoromerest elements of anything; and good that the munificent salary of & although her scholastic career had hundred a year, with board and been a long experience of shakings, lodging, ought not to go out of the slappings, knuckle-rappings, back- family. Had there been anything to board torture, bread and water, and teach, she was much too conscientious other ingenious penal inflictions, to have recommended Sophy ; but Nature had shown herself too strong there was nothing. Miss Grey wanted for the Lady Superintendent, and only a companion. Sophy was Sophy at twenty-seven was almost as very steady,” she reflected, in happy ignorant as a child of seven. She ignorance of the penny and halfpenny taught the very young collegians their miscellanies and of Mr. Algernon “scales" and the first four rules of Stuart. So she named her niece to arithmetic (though long division Mr. Ellerslie ;, and the clergyman, sorely bothered her), and the cate- having the fullest confidence in the chisms of Pinnock; and her aunt Lady Superintendent, was quite satisrelentlessly made her "continue her fied; and thus Miss Sophia Thorogood studies :" indeed when Mr. Ellerslie was installed at Cedar Cottage as visited the college, poor Sophy was Lily's companion. almost crying over "Murray's Gram- Guy was unable to see anything of mar.” Lindley Murray was her greatest his daughter or her duenna till enemy; no exercise of intellect could Easter, which came late in April. enable her to distinguish between an Then, one delicious morning, when a adverb and a pronoun.
mist of green was on the limes, and My description of Sophy will the larks seemed mad with joy, and suffice to show the reader that she the cuckoo's “minor third came was just the sort of girl to wear an from mysterious hollows of the air, unusual amplitude of crinoline, to de- and the great green water-lily buds light in cheap jewellery, and to send were basking on the bosom of Thames, her photographs to her friends. She he told Lady Vivian he should go to had innumerable friends among the Cedar Cottage. old collegians, and wrote and re- "I'll go, too,” she said. “We can ceived countless letters, invariably be back to dine with papa at eight.” crossed. The small pocket-money So she gathered together a few allowed her by her aunt went in trifles—a new poem, a choice volume postage, photography, and one other of engravings, a trinket or twoexpense--cheap literature. She loved wherewith to gladden the eyes of her novels; but no novels were permitted future daughter. to enter the sacred precincts of Alex- "I have often wondered what your andrina College. She managed, how- Lily
is like,” she said, as they saw ever, to smuggle in the Family the Thames beneath them at MaidenHerald, the London Journal, and head ; "and now we shall