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objeot in driving the source of works of comparative barsuoh wealth to another neigh- barians, such as Homer for bourhood.
example; and that modern In course of time there arose degenerates like Shakespeare apon the ruin a fair-sized oot- and Milton were not worthy tage, which, after further em- to be mentioned in the same bellishment by a Dublin firm breath with the authors of of dooorators and furnishers, "Cubuelain' and 'Deirdre,' and proved a comfortable if modest the Dan Cow'--& band of bachelor abode, and herein the worthy, intelligent, and even Crusader dwelt. His retinue well-eduoated persons (mostly consisted of Mrs Timothy ladies) set themselves in all Feehan, who, with traditions haste learn the Irish of sixteen years' service with language, in order to taste “the highest in the land," the sweetness of this fabulous proved equal to providing treasure. Some among these three solid meals a day for amiable enthusiasts were inhis sustenanoe, together with deed not a little inflamed by a boy for the garden, who the statement, reiterated with slept in, cleaned boots and much force by their Teutonio knives — indifferently - per- guide, that the base and soulformed other menial daties less English Government had unnecessary to specify, and for some reason difficult to was ordered about by Mrs disoover-orushed, suppressed, Timothy with & sultanio ar- and hid for centuries-somerogance of which perhaps where—the unsurpassable and only. those who also serve glorious literature of ancient
capable towards their Ireland. Herein was the Gersubordinates.
vi man professor justified of his It was about this time when, guile, for any one who has his energies no longer absorbed even the slightest acquaintance by house-building, and being of Ireland will readily undersomewhat at a loose end, the stand what & fillip such a Crusader fell in with the Irish charge would give to a suplanguage. It may be recalled posedly national study, even that some years ago a band of though it was unsupported by enthusiasts, instigated thereto any evidence other than the and headed by a German pro- word of a German. From fessor, had discovered a great various causes, however,-one literature somewhere in exist- of which was the diffionlty ence and written in the 80- which its votaries found in called Irish language. Fired mastering it, and another by the German professor, who interruption and qwent about declaiming with reasons hardly, all the weight of his Teutonio reoapitulate) oulture and authority (then visits to let very great amongst us) that ment this treagure of ancient Irish beford literature far surpassed the Crue.
Celtio Twilight, or, to be him, for, God help him! he has plain, returned from Dublin no wit no more than a new. with a trunk-load, oarted from born ohild, but he's the heart's the station by Timothy's blood of a gentleman in the spavined mare, of grammars, latther end. dictionaries, and various other Oars is not, and has not (modern) works wherewith to been for more than a century, begin his acquisition of the an Irish-speaking district; it Irish. It may be placed to is one in which the “League," the oredit of the Irish language not the Gaelio League, reigned that its pursuit kept him quiet supreme, and the arbiters of for several months. But by the polioy of the Land League the time he was able to read had not espoused the language slowly some of the easier text, question with any special the orugading spirit awoke in ardoar. That, however, was a him again with a violence matter of which either the doubtless due to its recent Crusader was ignorant or insuppression. Its
ex. capable of grasping. Morepression was to accost every over, it was over his way to one in Irish and to refuse to run ahead of the Irish themutter a word of English. He selves in patriotio fervenoy. began on the nearest object, The language, he declared, otherwise “the boy.” The boy, must live again amongst us. transfixed, reported that “the Nothing could alter bis fixed masther was talkin' French opinion on that point. That and the divil a worrd ye oould the language would be of no understand,” while being Irish praotical use in a world where and at the sensitive age of it had ceased to exist as a fifteen, he was very huffy at living speech influenced him being addressed in & tongue not an iota; he was equally whioh he could neither speak impervious to the unconcealed nor understand, and thereby of indifference with which his course made to look ridioulous. crusade was met. On the con. The Crusader next treated Mrs trary, 80 pertinacious was his Timothy Feehan to his new spirit and 80 buoyant his accomplishment. She returned hopes, that he insisted upon home and expressed fears for his correspondents addressing his sanity.
his letters in Gaelio charao“Believe you me," she re- ters, and spelling his name in marked impressively to her accordance with a Gaelio lord, “I wouldn't care a counterpart of it, which he ha'porth if it was only to the had himself invented; which boy he'd be talkin' like that; led to no result more important but when he went and let out than anpleasantness at the & sthream of gibberish at me- local post - office, the latter self, I give yo me worrd the naturally resenting an innovaheart lep' out o' me with the tion which entailed confusion dread; an' d'ye know, I'd be and consequent irritation, sorry if it was to happen to Indeed, his unbalanoed zeal
in this evoked a fresh spurt not that of Ireland's developof suspicion in the breast of ment, but her own. She was the village, especially when, in faot one of those young with his oharacteristio per- women, of whom there are spioaoity, and stung by the op- many in these days, who oan. position whioh at last even he not get on with their mothers. oould hardly fail to see, he Unlike their less fortunate threw out hints to Timothy predecessors, these young woof his intention to approach men no sooner discover that the Government inspector of lamentable oondition than schools on the question of oomthey make haste to leave their pulsory Irish. That roused mothers, and find no difficulty even Timothy Feehan. in doing so. There are now,
"Let him go on now,” he thanks to the expansion of said warningly, “and be pattin' woman's opportunities,
80 Governmint on as an' it'll be obligingly granted to her by the worse for him. The Lord man, many ways by which knows we've no objection to young women so desiring oan him as long as he's quiet and escape from their mothers and easy, but to be talkin' of achieve “ oareers.” Twenty drawin' down trouble on us that years or more ago the female way is no work for a gentleman Crusader would have developed to be doin' on poor people.'
herself or "lived her own life" “We want no Irish put on in the only way open to us," was aotaally yelled at him persons like her-namely, be. by the ohildren as they came tween the four walls of some out of school; "go on oat o' well-known hospital; to-day that, you and yer ould Irish, the avenues are vastly multiand leave us alone"; while plied. One such avenue opened the boy refused to hear if just outside our village. А spoken to in the ancient lady, left with a place about tongue of his country, and three sizes too big for her Mrs Timothy Feehan, getting inoome, conceived the happy no sympathy from her husband, thought of setting up a college oonfided her apprehensions to of gardening for gentlewomen. old Mrs Doherty, “that she To this oollege the Crusader was in dread maybe the fella's oame. Her choice of Ireland would 'do' something on him for the "avenue" was partly if he'd be going on talkin' like her own, but—though they that much longer.'
were wide enough to conceal This was the page to which it from her—in greater meathe matter had come when sare by her parents, who, adthere entered into our oirole vised by Irish friends, oame to THE FEMALE CRUSADER. the conolusion, and rightly,
The female Crusader was that in certain respeots she English also. She, too, arrived would be safer there than in hot - foot from England ; but other countries, and in this, unlike the male Crusader, her if in nothing else, succeeded in objeot in seeking Ireland was carrying their point.
The female Crusader was a not the art of looking welltall girl of three-and-twenty, dressed, and Nature had not with a pale complexion, good bestowed upon her that build grey eyes, and an abundance and air which in Ireland we of fine dark hair, which was regard as aristooratio. Indeed, glossy and well oared for, but Timothy Feehan has been seldom tidy. She had a figure heard to make a remark about more aotive than graceful, and “ladies be the way who were large feet. She was violently beef to the heels like the self-opinionated, had been at Mullingar heifers." school at Cheltenham and This, however, was after she Dresden, where she was stuffed had addressed him with that with knowledge of which she mingled jooosity and gush had little real apprehension, which is so often, alas! the and believed herself to be eda- first, and
first, and last, mistake the oated because she denied the visitor can make in converse existence of God, and oould with the Irish peasant. read Nietzsobe in the original. “I love your Paddyland," She arrived in our midst with she oried to him arohly. & good deal of very up-to-date Timothy gazed at her with and expensive luggage, a cir- an expression 80 stupid and oumstance which was in her onoomprehending that, had it favour, for we expect visitors truthfully indicated his mental from England to be rich, and capacity, would have landed rather resent it if they are not. him in a publio institution. It is part of our tradition that “What's that?" he inquired they ought to be so, and we do slowly. not part with our traditions She laughed, believing that lightly. Like her luggage, her she had called forth a gem of olothes were expensive and up native humour. to date (in one partionlar too
" You dear quaint person," much so, since she had to be she returned with another gently bat firmly restrained gush of arohners, “how I long from wearing the beautiful to give you all your freedom oord breeches which formed straight away." part of the gardening kit). Timothy's face hardened into The female Crusader was in a sort of insorutable dulness. deed as proud of her breeches He saidas the male Crusader of his “Wh-hioh ?" in a slow bisskilt; but it was made olear to ing drawl. Even the female her, not without great diff. Crusader oould soaroely read oulty, that an Irish oommunity humour into that word. She might at a pinoh swallow the gazed at him, however, with kilt, when the breeches would the amiable ouriosity and be totally beyond its assimi. interest of the visitor at the lation. As it was, she did not Zoo, and, undaunted by the quite satisfy our requirements lack of response, put her head as to real Quality. In spite of on one side and tried again. her expensive clothes, she had “You know," she said blandly, “that we English
we English female Crusader had to give think far more kindly of you it up. Irish than you do about us.” A neighbourhood like ours “Bedad, miss, I wouldn't
wouldn't could not have contained the wondther.”
male and female Crusaders for Timothy went home subse- very long without their meet- . quently and regaled his wife ing each other. And having with a fall-blooded mimiory of become acquainted they were, the interview, which threw in the nature of things, fore. that good lady into such par- doomed to one another. oxysms of mirth that at last Mrs Timothy Feehan was she throw her apron over her the first to see how rapidly head and soreamed in muffled the male Crusader was (in jerks
her opinion) advancing to. “Oh man, dear, stop or I'll wards his andoing. “An' the be siok. Yo have the life let instant minit I set eyes upon out of me heart with the way that wan"- even thus did yer makin' me laff!”
Mrs Timothy over speak of Nor, it must be confessed, the female Crusader — "in was the female Crusader more this house, but, glory be to happy in other oiroles. Politely God! sez I to meself, he's bidden to the Rectory, where, goin' to meet his fate.” finding the retor's wife sur. To be quite accurate, I think rounded by the oream of the the speaker meant that the parishioners, she seized the Crusader's “fate"
Crusader's “fate” was oomfirst opportunity to observe to ing to meet him much oftener her estimable hostegg
than, in her eyes, was desir. " You, I suppose, believe in able. The faot was that the God. I don't."
Crusader had taken upon him- . This shattering remark flung self, amongst other aotivities into the midst of a small in the cause of Ireland, to olerioal drawing-room slightly instruot his new acquaintmissed its mark.
ance in the Irish language, “ Yes, indeed. Let me give She had entered upon her you some more tea," was no studies with even greater zeal doubt not the rejoinder which than that with which she its author expeoted.
expeoted. But, championed the restoration of again, nothing daunted, she complete amity with the remarked, with the second oup Germans. On that point her of tea
opinions, always loudly ex“Irish Protestantism, of all pressed, had met with a reforms of Protestantism, has no option among all members of raison d'être."
our community which had “No, of course not. We considerably astonished her, hear you sing beautifully, and believing as she did that mean to ask you to give us Ireland was wholly pro-Gera little help in churoh. Country man. Timothy Feehan conchoirs are --"
denged our views of her For the second time the opiniong into two wordgVOL. CCVIII. --NO. MCCLXI.