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BY THE GATE OF THE SEA.
Dy DAVID CHIUSTIE MURRAY.
It was about the time of the event s just
rocordexl that Mr. UonalJ Marsh dawned
upon London. Thoro aro various ways of
dawning. The gray way is erhaps os
twined too most prosperous, but Mr. Marsh
dawned in vivid splendors, and Ids glories
at tho beginning were inclined to bo tem
pestuous. London is a biggish place to
dawn upon, and tho luminary whoso rays
pierce every cranny and corner of it must
riso high and shine bright indeed. Now,
Mr. Marsh mado nu pretense (though ho
knew himself a sun of tho first magnitude)
to shine upon tho vulgar. Tho fog of their
understanding was obviously too denso fur
him. Ho did not even count upon illuming
tho whole of tho polito world, as yet. Thcro
are men and women in tho highest circles
w ho never got a thrill of warmth or a ray
of conscious lif:ht out of Aeschylus or
.Shakespeare. Not that Mr. Marsh thought
much of Aeschylus or Bhaltespearo, but
they had passed, up till now, as among tho
earth's greatest, and they wero well enough
in the way of parallel or illustration, ilo
was content for the present to bo seen and
known cf few. Ho would havo been con
tent, in a way, not to bo seen or known at
all at least, ho had t ho modesty to nay so
to shine, unheeded, and to rejoico in his own
strength and radiance".
Ho dawnud, then, in fitful splendors, and
his signs and portents wore first noted in
tho house of Lady Marguerita Capucine,
where ho appeared in unstarched linen and
apparel of stiauga device, and with a head
of bair like a disorderly halo. He had no
actual companions, but two or three satel
lites accompanied him, rising at his risings
and setting at his settings. Their merely
physical aspect wan like his own: they woro
their hair at us great a length and In as
pieturcsiuo disorder; their sombreros and
their cloaks wero as brigandish as their
leader's. Thoy thought great things of
themselves and of each other; but they
swore by the Leader, and proclaimed him
tlv- Emancipator of Human Thought.
They used to say, with every evidence of
sincerity, that when tho Loader gave hU
poems to the world the pillars of a worn
out astern would be shaken.
The Leader could occasionally bo pre
vailed ujH'ii to repeat or reud a inero frag
mentary extract frim his work, and tho ap
petite of his follower grew with what it
fed on. In theso excerpts tho world was
called upon to break its fetters not par
ticularized with clearness and there wero
mighty sonorous passages about tho "do
graded gods" and tho need for their com
Nobody can livo always at e-xtremest
high pressure, and Mr. Ronald Marsh went
about sometimes like an ordinary person.
At these times ho consorted for tho most
part with people who were literary, artistic,
and theatrical. Bohemia is a sparsely-peopled
couutry now. Ono or two men who
really knew its crowded haunts and its few
solitudes, its cheerful highways and sad by
ways, wrote about it and made it familiar
to tho world. Then came tho inevitable
cloud of imitators and pretenders, and
mado poor old Bohemia an impossible place
to live in any lunger. Its name issochonp.
cned that the very mention of it has a ring
of f ham sentiment and sham mirth; even
its tried gold has been bo lacquered that it
looks liko pinchloek. But there was a Bo
hemia worth knowing even so late as Hon
aid Marsh's day, and tho great young man
sometimes strayod into it, and tried to feel
as if ho were native there.
There was, and is, a dingy back room in
0110 of the oldest houses in the Strand, a
mere box of an apartment, in which, by
crowding themselves uncomfortably, ten
Muti of average breadth of beam can sit
around tho clumsy ceuter-tablo. Half 0110
side of the room is occupied by a window,
but the smoke-inerusted wall of a neighbor
ing building rises within two yards of It,
and a grewsome twilight reigns within tho
apartment even at noontide There, once
a week, in the days of which I write, spectral-looking
figures sat and held high con
verso on books and pictures and the drama,
and on the men and women who wrote, or
painted, or played. Tho air was heavy
n iu wjuucco-sjuoko ana ine scent of strong
potablos, and a new-comer, entering from I
the fresher air of tho Ktrand, had some ado
to make out tho inmates of tho room. Tho '
spectral nine welcomed the poet with gravo i
voicesand wedged themselves to make room
for him. Tho Leader took Lis scat with an
air of modesty, and tho spectral nine began
to chaff him. ;
" I am sorry to tell you, Mr. Marsh," said
one, speaking from the cloudiest corner,
"that the petition yet awaits a signature."
"What petition f" asked the poet, remov
ing his sombrero, and passing a hand of un
US latneM trough his auburn locks. :
TU petition refunded tho other, !
bending forward to be moro impressive, and
lng!,lmt)k9 Mld8 with onehand
'signedbythe crowned heads of Europe,
the Popart Rome, and the. English Art
bishops, and now awaiting tho i2 mtm-e , f
M:?politun of ,ho ii
" I do not read the newspapers" tSiii ,h()
Ioet, daintily lighting a cigar. vDt u
the object ot the petition 1"
"Oentlemenl" cried the man In thn
corner, "I appeal to you: Is it not unfair
f ojr Mr. Marsh to feign Ignorance on such a
"Unfair In the extreme," said eight sol
emn YCdoes. "Disingenuous," one added,
when the grare murmun had died away
They ail echoed "Disingenuous."
"The distinguished personages already
enumerated," said the mBa in the corner,
' address their petition to you, sir, and en
treat you not to smash things. They d read
the ad Tent of your coming volume. They
beseech you to spare the Christian faith,
and to allow monarchlal institutions a tlnul
The poet smiled, and caressed bis shaven
cheek with the tips of bis fingers. . Many a
true word is hpoken in Jest, and the man
in tlm corner was nearer tho mark than he
" If the prayers of tho great cannot move
you," pursued tho man in tho corner, "you
ore a man, f r you aro a poet tho greater
includes tho loss and you may bo nsvcd
by the petitions of tho lowly. I have a
maiden aunt, a harmless creature, who re
sides hard by, and clear-starches for a
bishop. If you destroy tho Church you
tnko away her means of livelihood. Smite
tho lofty if you will, but spare tho humble.
Bpnro my maiden aunt"
All the solemn voices murmured, led by a
man in another corner, " Spare, oh, sparo
his maiden aunt I"
"A special fund shall be set apart out of
tho publisher's profits," said tho ioct, " and
your maiden aunt shall bo provided for."
" Ho unbends," said one. " Ho is human
after all. Ho can gleek upon occasion, like
tho Athenian weaver."
"Let us take him to tho collective bosom,"
said the man in the corner. " Let us stand
him drinks. Lorrimer, when tho glad ehil J
of the sun broke in upon us you were in
possession of tho ear of tho house Con
tinue. I 'oct, bo silent. A harp less varied
than thine own awakes in praiso of beauty."
"Gentlemen," said Mr. Lorrimer, who
beamed rubicund and jovial through the
smoke, "sho is a stunner! I do not speak
unadvisedly or as one who has no knowl
edge. It wus I who found her. Sho has
the (trace of Venus, and tho voice and figure
of a what's-his home. I have no pretense
to classical attainments, gentlemen, and I
wish that our gifted young friend coukt de
scribe her for mo."
" Wo shall judge for ourselves when sho
makes huvdibut," said tho man in the corner.
" But, in tho meantime, who is shef Where
does sho come from?"
" You shall know all I know," said Mr.
Lorrimer, with a superfluous appenrance of
candor. "Burnley has bought a bit of
fsbing at a place called Lickcy, down in
Bei kshiro. Little bit of a place with littlo
Lit of a theater, and tho worst company I
eur saw. Burnley asked me down, and, of
course, with nothing doing at tho end of
May, down I went. Went to the theater
frst night. Day wjs, 'As You Liko it.'
As liked it, it was the most fearful rub
bish everstagod. Even Shakespeare couldn't
live through that interpretation. But, lxv
(,;ad, gentlemen, in walks Hosalind, and I
thought I must be dreaming. Such a
figure, such a voice, such a stage presence,
such a stylo. Face not particularly pretty,
but sweet and expressive, und all that sort
of thing Mado nie laugh, begad; mado mo
cry; did what she wanted with mo. I've
been in tho profession now for forty years,
and I am not easily moved,"
"Wrong, Lorrimer! Yon aro moro
easily moved than ever," said tho man iu
tho corner " Wo all aro. Wo cultivate
tho emotions until they master us moro
readily than they used. Gin unsweoteued
is the next best tiling to tho pursuit of an j
artistic calling. Tuko them both together '
and you aro blessed indeed. You can weep
ut any moment Will you ring the bell,
Lurrlmcrl Thank you. niter gin, un
sweetened." " Well, said Mr. Lorrimer, "I've seen 'em
all for forty years, and played to most of
cm; and, only give the new ono a bit of
;nictiee, gentlemen, and she'll beat tho lot
nt Via Into sticks," ho concluded, beating
cho table two or three times with the palm
A his hand "into sticks."
" What is this wonder's name?'' asked tho
" Her name is Churchill," said Mr. Lor
rimer "Miss Churchill. And when the
Mddonses and tho Biw egirdles andthoOld
lields and tho Kelly's and tho Keeleys aro
forgotten sho will bo remembered. She's
unc-nualed. Thero never was anything liko
" Tha puff preliminary," said the man ia
the corner, "requires an nrt which only
Lorrimer has mastered. Dramatic critics,
hold up your hands. Five; and all big
"I don't want to puff this time," crii-i
Lorrimer. " Wait till yon see tho lady,
gentlemen, and you'f say with mo that ac
adverse criticism mil get near her. I defy
th crowd of you. And now, though I
grieve to leave you, dear boys, all, I must bo
oil to rehearsal."
Two men rose to ullow him to unwedgo
himself from lotWLvn tho table and the wall.
As bo passed the jviet hot niched him on tho
thoul ler and gave hlui an inviting backward
noil. Mr. Slai-sh anise and followed him
" Now you're a judge of acting," said Mr.
Lorrimer, when they wero in tho Htrand.
"You'ro a judge of i'emalo beauty, too.
First dress rehearsal this afternoon. You
shall just take a sent in tho cirel , my boy,
und then you shall give me un opinion."
Tho theatrical manager had 1 ot nearly
so high nn opinion of Mr. March's critical
powers as tho young gentleman himself en
joyed, iur had he, porlnms. oven so hich nn
opinion as ho expressed, but ho ruvprenced '
"a nob," and Mr. Marh was undoubtedly a
nob of tho most influential order. The poet
was haud-iri-glove with Lady Marguerite
Capucinn, his sister-in-law, who had a good
deal to do withurtistic. (pinion in the upper
circles Neither she nor any other lady,
however distinguished, could mako cr break
the fortunes of any production of Mr. Lor
rimer's; but tho manager had un exalted
idea of her usefulness, and tho poet had the
run of tho house, 111 d was young enough to
enjoy the satisfaction of taking ofT the
glamour of theatrical performance by get
ting behind the scenes.
There were, jierhaps, u dozen men and
women sprinkled about the dusty house
two or tlireo in the pit, and the rest scattered
over tho dress circle when the curtain roso
and discovered Adam and Orlando. For
those days, tho revival was to be unusually
magnificent and complete. The acting was
competent, thovgh a littlo old-fashioned and
somber till liosalmd tamo upon the stago. '
Miss Churchill bewitched tho poet as sho i
hud bewitched the cornet in the little coun- I
try town, only, when he was charmed tho !
Ioet felt it was his duty to bo somewhat :
moro charmed than a commonplace person 1
could dieum of being. Ho coined strange !
epithets wherewith to describe her to his 1
friends, und at the fall of the curtain on !
tho third act he mado his way round to the '
Lack of the stago. Theie he met Lorrimer,
and fell cn him with praises, tooth and
" My dear Lorrimer, a supernal perform
ance! There's something in it njaiai
y-ioi a tenderness in chiding, a dignity in
repose, a courtliness in bamlinnge; one seeks
iu vain for words of enough aptness and
delicacy and descriptive amplitude; but one
is delighted one is borne away. I must
really make a point of being allowed to do
the notice iu Tht tkourtje. They praise so
rarely there that one will haveji chaneo of
making an impression. My dear Lorrimer,
you have discovered a jewel. I must really
n;:ike a point of asking to bo presented. '
on must present me, Lorrimer you must
ijornmer, consenting, led the way. Rosa
'id, iu u fur ,.loak whlch r)jacbcd t0 bc,
, ' WM, "'"i?, with a somowhat em.
tho croeiiivjom wn l
"Termit mo Miss Churchill," ald Lor
rimer. "Mr. Uonald Marsh th XL
charming of London's noet.
...-. . iew uunge Ihm pliant as
cry modest man knows, than to be praised
"Mr. lorrimer flatters me," said the poet
CAIRO BUU-CTINt. SUNDAY MOKNlNU FKCUUAKY 17, 1884.
"Nt nt all." cried tho inai'ngrr, " not
The tall and stately Ro-alind vouchsafed
one g!;.noe to Mr. Ronald Maivli, offered
him soiia thing between a nod and a muti
lated courtesy, and resumed the study of
the pleti;ro on tho wall. lie. wove r much at
her ensj sho might bo 011 tho stage, sho had
et present but a poor imitation of self-possession
when off it. But the gentle flattery
of ladies was the poet's social str ng point,
or so he fancied. Somebody called Ixir
rimer aside, and Mr. Marsh saw nt thing
better than to repeat tho sx-cch he had so
" 'A supernal performance, Miss Church
Ill. Really, believe me, quite a sujxi nal per
formance. Bo sweet a tenderness in chid
ing such a dignity in rcposo such courtli
ness iu bandiuago it has never U-en my
happy lot to meet upon tho English bxmls.
I assure you, Miai Churchill, that olio seeks
iu vain for words of enough aptness and
delicacy and descriptive amplitude. Ono
is delighted ono is borne aw ay.' "
Before Mr. Mur.-.h had get more than
half way through his speech Lon iimr hud
returned, unheard, ami stood with a tread
grin at his elbow. Tho poet, eiie-ountering
tho manager's smile, read its meaning and
blushed at detection. Miss Churchill, w ho
had kept her eyes upon tho picture whllo he
spoke, looked round at him like a disguised
lady in nn old play.
" I am obliged to you, sir," sho said, with
something of tho accent of tho stage. "Es
cuso me, sir. My call."
fcibo walked to the greenroom door, at
which tho call-boy had indeed at that mo
ment baw led her name. The cull, however,
was not for the stago. Tho lxy banded her
a letter, a formal looking document, in a
largo blue cover, with a splashed seal e f 1 e l
wax. The actress seeming, by a slight iu
inclinntion of bur head, to demand leave
of the malinger and tho pott, broke the
seal, and, eipcning tho letter, began to read.
Tho poet watched her tho while, und saw a
blush riso beyond the line of neecasaiy
rougo upon her cheek. Looking up, she
caught him in the act of staring other, and
with a courtesy she swept from tlu room.
Mr. Marsh felt that bo had fared but
poorly, and stood sucking at tho knob of
his walking-e'ano with n moro vacuous as
pect than a great man c.rton wears. By-and-by,
finding that Rosalind did not re
appear, he strolled tack to tho dress-circle,
whero he lounged with upward glunce, and
rested his auburn head tqxn his hand in tin
mo:.t approved octie uiunner. Ilo was so
ubsorbed in thinking of what the other poo
plo in tho dress-ciivlo wero likely to think
of him, that for a while ho did not notice
that tho curtain still lay between him and
the long since exploited and exploded fairy
land of tho stage. By-and-by tho scat
tered denizens of the elress-circlo drew near
each other and laid their heads together.
Then LorriineT appeared between the cur
tain and tho ilouts, us if in net to address
tho limited audience, but ho retired without
saying a word. In the front of tho house
arose a whisper something was going
wrong. Aroused by this conjecture, the
poet once more availed himself of tho free
dom bis intimacy with tho manager gave
him, nnd sauntered behind the scenes. Tha
llorid Lorrimer was swearing like a Bedia-
mito. The ducal usurptr, the banished 1
duke, Jaques, Celia, I'liu-bo, und Orlando,
stood about him, all in attitudes of moro or
"What's tho matter, Lorrimer I" asked
Matter!" cried Lorrimer. "The jade's
o!f at the la.st minute, and this Is all the
leaves behind her."
The poet took from tho manager's out
stretched lumd a note and read this:
" Slii: Circuuistjui'i s havo arisen whiilj
ma!:e it iuio.siblo that I should cnnlimio
my career upon the stay. 1 shall be happy
to ivpay you tor all expenses you may huvo
incurred in my behalf. I'ray communi
cate, iu respect to that matter, with my
lawyers, Messrs. Lowe & C'urtcr, of Clem
" Yours very truly,
''Sho can't mean it!" cried Lorrimer,
actually gasping. "I've sjx'tit three' hun
dred pouneh) in money, and thrco thousand
pounds m wit iu advertising her. Hie. I
wants moro salary. That's what it is- si.o
wunt more salary. But, begad, sineo slie'i
tried it on iu this way" tho mastered his
rage so far as to bo ablo to embroider it, ui
it were, w ith a touch of mock heroics), il
that lu.r jees were my deur heart strings,
I'd whistle heron and let her down the wind
to prey at fortune.'"
Mr. Ronald Marsh sighed audibly
"Shakespeare crowds us all fieni Ui3
field of popular quotation," ho said inv.aid
ly. "Hud Lorrimer known it, lie ini ;:,t
havo foimd a passugu far more appropi i'ilw
m my EpiUialamium."
When Tregarthen found that his zeal for
tho reformation of mess-room manners had
wrecked his military fortunes, he w. t;t
home, nnd thero buried himself among ,ij
books. Many, many yews ago the Tregur
thens, his forbears, had built for themselv. i
a fortress for a dwelling-place, and thy
houso had wasted away, bit by bit, lib. ina
other belongings of its owners, but hadUen
modernized and added to every here mi l
there, until it- had grown and fallen ii.ti
ono of tho oeldost and most lH'tcrngcii,.,,U9 i
ut jiiiuiiu. n. iiiuu must oo curiously
molded indeed if his character is in no way
affected by tho character of the house- in
which ho Is bred, and a good elcal of the
sentiment of tho frowning, rambling, state
ly, yet half-ruined old house had found itu
way into Tregarthen.
His ancestors, for reasons of their own
had built their houso upon an island, nnd
this island facod tho Cornish main-land on
tho one hand and tbo melancholy Atlantic
on tho other. Tho houso stood high and
bare for w inter storms to rave at, and in
the rougher months of tho year it had con
stantly to be provisioned for a sieKo of
stormy weather, since for weeks nt a timo
it was dangerous, if not impossible, to ap
proach tbo island. The one harbor faced
tho mainland with two prodigious walls of
rock, and a narrow belt of smooth sand bo-
iwcen, wmen ran upward toward burdv
grasses, and was directly overlooked bv the '
minimum i nose vast wans or rock and the
narrow spaeo between them wero known to
tlKi local folk as tho Gate of the Soa. So
old a houso as that of thoTrcgarthcns could
scarcely fail to havo been shot at by tho
local bards and soothsayers: shoe bolts
enough and soinoof them are sure to stick
and one of many prophooies and mottoes
clung. It set forth that whatsoever good or
evil tho Tregarthen endured should ceimo
to them by the Gate of the Sea a conc'u
sion somewhat obvious, since, unless by b.d
loon or earthquake, their wa no other wy
of approaching their dwelling-place, if the
Cornish couplet be faithfully translated, It
prophesies as much for character as for
" Wlmt evil or good ye ho or bo
Hhnll coinoto you all liy tho (into of Oiegea."
How, in the days when a full cellar, a
roughly generous larder, and a chance of
hard b o l end l.,, euu!,j tomp; adventur
ous souls to follow a fr( eb(MtinKlj,Milli!inan
Tregarthcu j hoiiw; might havetenapleaa!
urable place to live In for thou; whoso fancy
lay that wuy. But for an almost, rompun-iuiil-
youngster, who had just learned ono
mi . . - .
ui inn worm Littcrcst lessons, it was aa
owbole-sme lessee m mlghianywhere I
have been found. Twgnrthon needed home
influence aYid chevrful compuni mshlp; but
ho bad long lx ot. an orphan, and he had
neither brother nor sister. Ho was not al
Solutely wealthy, but he had more money
thaii he wanted, and thero wero few things
whhh could havo boon of moro uso to hliu
than the spur of povorty.
It is easy in the hot days of youth f ir the
mind to persuade itsedf to anything. Tro
garthen pcrsuadod himself that ho was done
with tho world for good and all, that it
should occupy him no more, and that he
would livo for his studies nnd no other
earthly thing. His studies begun to lead
him iu a direction which it was somewhat
odd that a young gentleman of tho nino
tevnih century should take. Some ancestor
cf his had collected all tho works of that
crowd of impostors, quacks, self-deceivers,
enthusiasts, uud martyrs to science who
have written on the transmutation of met
als, the divining-rod, tho elixir vita1, tho
powers and properties of tho stars, ami so
forth all tho works, that is to say, that ho
could iu ono short lifetime lay hands on.
Tivgiirthon began to gropo among tho dark
sayings of these gentry, nt first with an
amused interest and then with a singular
growth of d.mbt. Thero might bo some
thing in the doctrine of transmutation after
When a man liegins even to doubt on a
question like that ho is pretty far gone on n
road which has led of tenor than not to moro
madness. Tregnrthen saw tho danger, but
the study drew him, nndabs irlied him more
and more, until ho began to find in it a
conipciiM.tii'ii for nil' things. If a man
couLI Mud the philosopher's stonol Let any
man his sane and soUt senses surrender
himself to tho fancy for a moment, nnd
where are tho glories of tho cavo into which
tho magician dropped Ala ldiu, or tho valley
into which tho roe carried Siulmdi They
aro no more than a billiard-ball in compari
son with Saturn. But bo touched with
doubt as to the bare possibility of its actual
discovery, and the ioor mind is elazzled,
staggered, overawes! by the magnilleeni'c eif
its own fancies. Tregnrthen began to dream
Ho lived almost alone through the wil l
winter and tho blustering spring. Early
summer found him more and more ready to
surrender himself to the intoxication of this
singular madness, l'erhap.. it needs that a
certain strain of greatness shall lie in a
man's nature before he enn go mud in that
particular way. Tho compact small crea
ture whoso faculties aro all of a sizo is as
safe as the compact great creature whose
powers are equally well-l,a!aiicetl.
Happily for most eif us, tho world is too
much with us to allow us to develop to com
plete fullness of eccentricity. Transplanted
to Jupiter, th human raco might tind cl-bow-iooin
enough to grow into n huge usy
lum of cr.uy humorists; btit our crowdel
civilization acts Uion us as close shelter acts
on tho trees in a plantation the outer lines
grow a littlo twUtol, jh i haps, but in tho
middle of tho wood tho stems are straight
and uniform. Tiegarthen, in his island
castle ill' the Cornish eeast, was still a little
sheltered, liy-and by a slielLcr ho had not
hoped for bean to grow about him.
Th-' blustering spring hail passed, and
here was a lovely duy in mid-June, with a
sky of sapphire, a sea of sap h r ? and pearl,
ami u breeze ot warm spice and balm. Ire
gurthen wmidcml, nn. king and lost in idle
meditation, to th; cliir.s on tho right side
of th'. s.a gate, and thero coat himself full
length ('li the warm 1 n 1 s cn!e 1 herbage.
The splendor of the day was nothing to him
just then; and though his bodily eyes teck
cognizance of one of the finest reaches of
rock-bound coast England can show, ho had
no conscious pleasure i:i it. He pulled bis
seift hut over Ids ey s nnd surrendered him
self to his pipe and hU dreams. Everything
was wonderfully UU. Ho could hear the
plash eif the waves on tho rocks below,
though ho gave no heed to it, and thi in
tricate murmurs ef many insects mingle. I
drowsily with the voice of the sea, as though
the')- wero of equal volu.no with it. Tre
urtheu'6 dreams, under theso conditions,
grew more und more elroamy; bis fancies,
like tho sounds about him, U-canio dim anil
confused. Anything was welcome to the
domination of his mind ut puch a moment,
and a certain idlo rhythm iu the fall and
rise of tho waters down below did well
enough to think about.
Ho was certainly not quite wide awake,
and ho was just ascertainly not quite? asleep
when a vision dnwmxl iqx.n him. Two or
tliroa vilely-painted t"-ocH fluttered on a
ragged canvass and liU-led tho forest of
Anion. A dowdy female and a melancholy
male in a fool's e-oxeomb walked before the
painted cloth, and libeled Celia and Touchstone-.
Then suddenly came ink) sight a
radiant creature, and a voice spoke in tones
which blended resignation and fatigue with
something ulinost jestin;; " Oh, Jupiter,
how weary nru my Kpirits!" This voice
was so near and clear that It awoke him
and brought him Mt-upright, sitting in tho
bracken. There was a sound of laughter
and voices on tho littlo strip of sand below,
nnd moving to the edge of the cliff, he looked
In fine summer weather it was a common
thing for jieoplo to row across from tho
main land and picnic on tho island. Tre
garthen's forbeurs had permitted this, and
Tregarthcn himself had never felt an objec
tion to it until now. It may bo allowed
that, ut tho same moment ot w hich ho found
himself interrupted, his studies wero not of
tho most exigent sort, yet his first thought
was limb uie presence or llieso lntrudois
nnd their liko would bo Inimical to sudy.
Then ho regretted tho loss of his dream,
and blamed tho intruders for breaking it,
though tho dream itse lf had awakened him.
His half slumber had lasted for s
short n spaco of timo that, tho pipo
he held between his finger and thumb
still sent up a streak of faint blue
smoke. Ilo stuck it between his lips
again, and had turned to ramble home
ward whan tho voice of his dream spoko in
his waking car nnd stayed his fmjtsteps.
"That is Miss Churchill, tho actress," ho
said to himsolf. "Thcro is not another
voice liko that in tho world, I should
fancy. I fhould know it among a thou
sand." Since tho night on which ho had earned
bis own ruin by rebuking Colonel Tollurd
for his story of the actress he bad se'arcedy
thought about !w;r, but ho f.ilt a curious
ileasure and interest now In tho belief that
sho was near. In spito of his short-sightedness
he had a very definite) idea of what
gho was like. It wi-mod to him that ho
could summon her face beforo his mind's
eye quit clearly, and, us ho saw it, it was
Worthy of her figure and her voice. Ho
confessed to himself that ho would liko
to seo her nearer at hand, anil to know
how far her mind corresponded to
his own impressions of her gonitis as an
actress. It could not bo difficult to dnviso
a means of so ing her, or oven of speaking
to her, swing that sho was nctuully a tres
passer upon his ground. Ilo thought, how
ever, of a score of devices, none of which
comminelod tln'iielves to him, r.nd m he
thought he strolled toward the spot where
tho gradual raw of tho sands nnd the more
I h i ipilotis fall of tho clitr brought the two
uikjii a level. This spot was alxnit mid
way between high-water line and the gates of
tho old mansion, and lie reached it almost
at the same moment with the visitors to
the Island. He heard tho sweet voice talk
ing again, end was moro than ever per
madod that it belonged to Miss Churchill.
jbservo, and beforo ho himself was soon ho
lie polished hu eye glass in readiness to
had secured a good look at every person ia
tho 1, trie party. Tho lady with tho sweet
voice was tall and graceful, but htr
face was not the face of his memory.
Comparol with that memory tho faeo
was plain, though few poeiplo would havo
expressed so uufavornblo a judgment had
they but looked at it by it-sclf. Tha eyes,
of no particular e-olor, wero large, intelli
gent and sympathetic; tho lips wore beau
tifully alike in form nnd expression; the
brow was broad and white. The skin was
pallid, nnd tho hair, liko the eyes, was of
no particular color. Perhaps tho want of
definite coloring was the chief fault of thn
face; but, bo that as it may, it was
thrown back, for whatever beauty or
charm It eduimed, upon expression. Thero
was no ebnnco of finding out all these
things at a look, and Tregarthen was only
conscious of a disappointment. Tho fuco
was not the one ho remembered, nor any
thing liko it; and thcro might bo two voices
alike in tho world afterjill.
He was a little embarrassed for a
moment, even though ho stood on bis
own ground and the new-comers were
strangers and intruders, for tho lady
looked nt him when onco she had felt
his glaiuv, and regarded him with a
curiously candid and unaffected gar.e,
much more liko that of a child than n
woman. Itoforo Tre-garthen's senso of ein
barrassment bee'umo overwhelming, cue of
tho lady's male companions 8teppeel for
ward with a somewhat overwrought
flourish of politeness.
"I beliovo I have tho pleasure of Oildress
ing Mr. Tregarthen."' Tregarthen bowed,
ami the stranger flourished his hat
to his head, and flourished bis
handkerchief out of his pocket. "I
have not the honor of being personally
known to you, sir, but my father was your
resjK'cted folhpr's solicitor Mr. 1'enruth,
of (lorbay. 1 havo dared to trespass in
order to oldigo theso ladies and gentlemen
with a sight of Tregarthen Cattle."
'T remember your fath rsir,"Jsnid Tregar
then, a littlo ciufusodly, "and you aroquito
welcome here." It was strange, bo thought,
that iu so littlo n while his ubscuce from
tho common haunts of men should
have cost him so much in nuoir-fitire.
"If your friends would caro to see
tho interior of the houso I shall bo happy to
admit them. Pray introduce mo."
Mr. Peiiruth was obviously delighted,
and was honored by Tregarthon'g affability.
Tho last representative of tho groat local
family was not rich, as tha times go, but bo
had a background; a fact to which jieoplo
who havo no background are apt to uttaeh
a superstitious value. Tho solicitor flour
ished through theiutroeluctions, t:id caught
no name until ho faced the lady he had sup
posed to be Miss Churchill.
" Miss Farmer," said Mr. Ponruth " Gor
hay's chief ornament Mr. Tregarthen.
Tho girl fluked at this for a moment
with a look of unger, but sho bowed to Tre
gartheu as if ho had boon n squire of low
degree and sho a priiuem It crossesl him
that sho was not so plain ns hu had fancied.
Mr. Penruth was jiersuaded that ho had
said the right thing in tho right way, and
got through tho remaining introductions
with incroasoel ease uud glilmcss.
" If wo mat) havo your permission to visit
tho castle," ho began, when thn ceremony
was over Trcga; t!i n cut him short with
a dry "Certainly," und fell into talk with
'lie la Jy of tho voice, Bho aocmcd chary at
first of lotting tho voieo l;o heard, but by-a.id-by,
at tho right ef the picturesque old
ruius and remnants of Tregorthca's house,
she waruiexl. Tho dim family portraits,
tho arms and armor, tho black oak of walls,
ceilings, and furniture delighted her, and
slia took ne less interest lu tho gray walls
from which trees sprang, tho broken ore-lies
and window t;pncew ojieuing on blue air, in
what had once bcem tho family stronghold.
Iu a case liko this it is in-i-haps less impor
tant to note what o charming woman says
than how sh. says it. Her commonplaces
were commonplace euough, but th-y dropped
il Tregarthen's ears so pleasantly that ho
would rather havo listoneel to them than t
inuch learning and wisdom.
- Sho was charmingly dresses! In n fashion
which ia now deservedly stigmatized as
igly. Tregarthen thought he had rarely
cell anything so dignified yet so gentle a3
tier e-arriagc, and the singular, soft fasci
.lat.ion of her voice grew vp.n him 'more and
When tho rounds w ero finished tho host
onitiVrixl to his guests some slight refresh
ment, which the Goriiay solicitor, in behalf
f self and f riorid-i, declined with many
'urisheg of humility und gratitude. Tre
, o'lhen saw nnihinz for it but to permit
Ix-iii to rotin' though In- would willingly
ouve detained ono of them a littlo longer.
hen they had gr.e, the young gentleman
was guilty of what he fdt to bo a mean
.ns.i. He stationed himself at his bedroom
window, and thence, by means of n siuglo
Mirreled opera-glass w hich bad Udonged to
ois mother, ho kept tho lady eif tho voice in
iht until sho ntid her companions had en
tered tho boat in which thoy had arrived,
nid the littlo vessel, being pushed off, dis
appeared behind tho chits.
Tregnrthen did not resume his studies
Mint evening with anything like his custom
try gusto. A commoner malady than tha
.Id ono had clapped hirn on tho shoulder.
His books lay spread about his library ta
ble, and now and then hn fingered tho loaves
of ono or another of them, and even read n
.wssago in which hu found no meaning.
1' I itit was nut nt all an uncommon thing at
he best eif timos, but it generally uroso
from tho fact that thero was no moaning to
tie found, whereas now tho main reason was
ihat ho brought mo understanding to his
To U Ci'iUinued.
An Art Critic. Nut liwn I pirn.
London Cor. New York Times.
Ono of tho most notable of the paintings to
b- exhibited was Included in tbo collection
nt tho Hogarth club, this being a mastor
piece by Mr, Alma Tademn, of course on one
of his favorlto classical subjects, An amus
ing littlo incident happened during tho even
ing in connection with this picture. Ono of
tho many dilettante) gentlemen who pose as
art critics, without knowing much ubout art,
was greatly struck by this painting. "That's
a f i no picture," he observed to a young artist
standing near him. "I urn very glad you
like it," observed tho artist with an air of
great modesty. "Why, you don't uijan to
say it is yours:" exclaimed tho critic. "Is
it sold!" ' 1 havo not sold it yet," was the
perfectly truthful reply. "Well, what
would you let mo havo it for,'" "What do
you say to t"i" said the young rninter.
"Fivo pounds!" ejaculated tho crit.e. "VVhatl
Including tlm frame?" Tho frame, by the
way, was a very cosily and elalioralo ono.
iWVell, no; tlio frame will bo another sov
ereign," The t-oiiiioi'...v-iir at once put his
lmnd in his pocket. "No," sai l tint artist,
"you must go to tho secretary. Ilo arranges
for all purchases," So tho n.igoi' nrt patron
went to tho secretary. "I want," tnid ho,
"to buy that picture over tho mantel piece)
a very flno work and very cheap. Mr.
snys I can havo It for to." "Mr. 1 8lx
pounds Why that is ono of Alma Tndoma's
best ple-tiircs, and the price is S,000 gulucns"
EnullNh Opinion or an American
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