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chance, some trivial device of his oracular squire, but he took idly laughing gods—the shape the hint, and for the rest of the of a woman's nose, a lame evening joined cheerfully in a horse, the indigestion of a general conversation which, by Court favourite, or the quack- a determined effort, we steered ing of a flock of geese. Who clear of everything connected can say what China would have with Chinese politics and“ upbeen to-day if those young men lift." had opened the right door " Later, M'Quigg, preceded by

A very thrilling bit of Kuan with a melon-shaped red history," observed the Senator, lantern, had said good - night "and an interesting subject to his guests at the gate lodge. for speculation. But they took The Senator bad started off the wrong door, and that's all with Cantegril, earnestly exthere is to it. Now, Mr plaining to this bored, but now M'Quigg, I'd be real glad to courteous, listener the manihave your opinion on the pres- fold blessings of woman sufent situation."

frage. On the pretext of fixing “No, Mr Penting,” said up a game of golf, I lingered Cantegril, who during M'Quigg's behind. The shadow of a faint yarn had recovered his usual suspicion, the glimmer of a bonhomie under the soothing doubt, was hovering at the influences of port and a good back of my mind. For one cigar, “let us have no more of M‘Quigg's occasional weakarguments to-night. Let us nesses was a propensity to pull, digest this most excellent dinner with elaborate gravity, the legs in a lighter mood. Believe me, of the mighty, to cast the Chinese politics, taken seriously, bread of whimsical invention play the devil with your liver. upon the waters of pompous Ah, here is old Kuan with credulity. coffee on a lordly dish! “That was a good yarn of M'Quigg, let us have it in the yours, Peter,” I said. “It's library, and we'll talk of the the first I've ever heard of your latest scandals of London, Paris, having had anything to do with and Washington, books and Kang Yu-wei and the martyrs theatrical news, Shakespeare of '98." and the musical glasses-any “Everything comes to him thing you like, except politics who waits, old fellow," he reand finance. You know your plied. “Also, don't forget that Sancho Panza, Senator ? It it's the first time the Empress was he who said, 'Talk not of Dowager has died, and the first halters in the house of the time we've had an American hanged.'”

Senator to dinner.

The occaI doubt whether the Senator sion called for a special effort, had ever heard of the knight didn't it? And everything of the rueful countenance or went off very well, considering."

(To be continued.)

young men who carried out that she would now be moved the kidnapping had ever seen to one of her ungovernable fits the Empress in the flesh. Day- of rage, and vent it on the unlight was near; it was too late fortunate Emperor. Kang Yuto try again. There was noth- wei, the Cantonese leader of the ing for it but to make their way Reformers, was having audience back as fast as possible. So of his Majesty that morning; taking their captive with them unless something could be done, (she turned out to be one of and that quickly, with the help the consort widows of his Ma- of Yuan Shih-k’ai, the Emjesty Tung Chih), they hurried peror's day was over and the to the city, got in just as the Reform movement doomed. gates were opened, and de Well, you all know the posited the old lady in a safe rest. That morning the Emhiding-place. Then by trusty peror gave audience to Yuan messenger they sent word of Shih-k’ai, entrusting his forwhat had happened to Sung, tunes and his fate to the the Emperor's personal attend- hands of the betrayer ; that ant, bidding him warn his

warn his same afternoon the Old Buddha Majesty that the plot had sent for him and ordered him failed, and that the only hope to have Kang Yu-wei placed left lay in giving immediate under arrest for speaking discommand of the foreign-drilled respectfully of her

her private troops at Tientsin to Yuan morals. Five days later the Shih-k'ai, and prevailing upon blow fell, which condemned him to come speedily to the Kuang Hsü for the rest of his rescue of the Reform party. days to eat the bread of afflic“All this Wang told me

Wang told me tion and humiliation, and which when he came to see me next relegated to the Board of Punmorning, a picture of hopeless ishments all the leading Redejection. It was not for him- formers except the two who self, but for the Emperor and had escaped to Shanghai. At the cause, that he lamented his no time during the crisis of failure and feared its results. the Old Buddha's savage reAs regards the kidnapping of prisals did any hint leak out Tung Chih's widow, he was not that Wang's attempt to seize greatly concerned, for she was her person had been discovered. more in sympathy with the The secret was well kept, and Emperor than with the Yeho- the kidnapped Dowager (denala Clan, so that there was posited one night anonymously nothing to connect her dis- near the Palace Gate) never appearance with the Reformers. knew, of course, who her capNevertheless, the business was tors were or whence they came. bound to stir up a hornets' “In the long run a nation's nest in the palace, and to pre- destiny depends upon the charclude all hope of another at- acter of the race, but every tempt to secure the person of now and then its fortunes would the Old Buddha. He feared seem to be determined by pure

chance, some trivial device of his oracular squire, but he took idly laughing gods—the shape the hint, and for the rest of the of a woman's nose, a lame evening joined cheerfully in a horse, the indigestion of a general conversation which, by Court favourite, or the quack- a determined effort, we steered ing of a flock of geese. Who clear of everything connected can say what China would have with Chinese politics and " upbeen to-day if those young men lift.” had opened the right door?” Later, M'Quigg, preceded by

'A very thrilling bit of Kuan with a melon-shaped red history,” observed the Senator, lantern, had said good - night “and an interesting subject to his guests at the gate lodge. for speculation. But they took The Senator bad started off the wrong door, and that's all with Cantegril, earnestly exthere is to it. Now, Mr plaining to this bored, but now M'Quigg, I'd be real glad to courteous, listener the manihave your opinion on the pres- fold blessings of woman sufent situation."

frage. On the pretext of fixing "No, Mr Penting," said up a game of golf, I lingered Cantegril, who during MʻQuigg's behind. The shadow of a faint yarn had recovered his usual suspicion, the glimmer of a bonhomie under the soothing doubt, was hovering at the influences of port and a good back of my mind. For one cigar,“let us have no more of M'Quigg's occasional weakarguments to-night. Let us nesses was a propensity to pull, digest this most excellent dinner with elaborate gravity, the legs in a lighter mood. Believe me, of the mighty, to cast the Chinese politics, taken seriously, bread of whimsical invention play the devil with your liver. upon the waters of pompous Ah, here is old Kuan with credulity. coffee on

a lordly dish! “That was a good yarn of M'Quigg, let us have it in the yours, Peter,” I said. “It's library, and we'll talk of the the first I've ever heard of your latest scandals of London, Paris, having had anything to do with and Washington, books and Kang Yu-wei and the martyrs theatrical news, Shakespeare of '98." and the musical glasses-any “Everything comes to him thing you like, except politics who waits, old fellow,” he reand finance. You know your plied. “Also, don't forget that Sancho Panza, Senator ? It it's the first time the Empress was he who said, 'Talk not of Dowager has died, and the first halters in the house of the time we've had an American

Senator to dinner.

The occaI doubt whether the Senator sion called for a special effort, had ever heard of the knight didn't it? And everything of the rueful countenance or went off very well, considering."

hanged.' »

(To be continued.)

THE ARMAGEDDON HUNT.

THE STORY OF THE VALE OF ACRE AND PLAIN

OF SHARON FOXHOUNDS.

BY BRAVIDA.

« The brave commander Bravida . . . captain of the clothing department.”

-TARTARIN OF TARASCON.

MR JORROCKS observes, in From its obscure beginning his third sporting lector, to the apotheosis of its most “Every 'unt should have its triumphant kill, the Armatrumpeter as well as its 'unts- geddon Hunt is an illustration man—some nice easy-writin' of one of the queer accidental cove to exhibit its bright pints; processes that have, in former butterin' without bedaubin'— times, helped to build the praisin' without besmearin'— Empire. just as a barber hoils a cus Unlike the pack made famtomer arter a sixpenny clip." ous in Mr Kipling's “Little

The compiler of this little Foxes," it was built up gradurecord makes no pretence to ally and from small beginnings. being "a nice easy - writin' A yeoman

yeoman officer, perhaps, cove." Nor has he any inten- scouting the stony Syrian plain, tion of butterin', much less of puts up a fox, a jackal, or a bedaubin’; but there seems hare. Next time he rides that reason for thinking that a way he brings a long dog with record of this little pack may him, possibly another yeoman be appreciated, not only by as well. The spark is lighted. those who have shared in the A few days later, the astonthrill of its many gallant runs— ished sun, popping up over not only, indeed, by fox-hunters Anti-Lebanon, sees a bobbery in general, but by a wider pack in the full swing of a public.

four - o'clock - in - the - morning The pack first came into run. being as a regular hunt on the Fox terriers, pointers, slim slopes of Mount Carmel in the Selugis, and no doubt an eleautumn of 1919.

ment of “pi ”-all the dogs of Survivors (and, alas ! suc- the camp, that look like dogs cessors) of its gallant hounds -have been “ fallen in," sorted and hard-riding field are hunt- over, and recruited into a rioting the central plains of Pales- ous mob which, as the weeks tine this season

ever go on, sobers and simmers was.”

down into something that may

as

be called a pack, and injects ter, any other type of soldier) a thrill of life-worth-living into to know his country. a camp bored with an eventless If that is true of hunting at existence on the fringe of the home, how much more true of desert.

our hunt in the Holy Land ! To them enter, one red-letter British cavalry have not, thank day, a fox-hound, inseparable God, been obliged to meet the companion and friend of a enemy in the grass countries. chance-sent subaltern.

But the soldiers who hunted The method of his hunting, with the Armageddon hounds the sound of his music, instil were riding across the very a divine discontent. The bob- country it was their business bery pack is good fun; but to know, and possibly to dewhat would a pack of fox- fend. Many a village never hounds be 14

saw soldiers within its bounds Fortune favours the brave. except those (doubtless afflicted Keen reconnaissance discovers of God: these English are a two tiny packs. Reshuffling strange people) who came towland redealing in Whitehall, in' and rowlin' through, behind Higher Authority, after several the pack. (Dogs that ate not unwitting attempts, manages of what is in the street, as do to get all the cards into one the village dogs; or if they hand-the Master, hounds, and did, one in a yellow coat 1 the keenest of fields, all gathered would chastise them with curses together first in the Vale of and scourgings, saying, “LeaAcre, and later in the price- vit Rai-en-Djer”: but who purless grass country of Sharon. sued, with one mind and voice,

The hills which echoed the et ta'aleb, whom the English war-cries of ancient days learn call “ garn-e-weh.) a new note, the war-cry of a Many a wady,a wet or dry, gallant pack in pursuit of the which would have presented thief of the world.

serious difficulties on first acTechnically, to the soldier, quaintance, or even on a formal the Armageddon Hunt has an- reconnaissance, had its most other claim to distinction. It secret crossings ferreted out puts into practice a motto when hounds were running. which has been in the mouth Hard-pressed Charley and the of almost every soldier of pursuing pack had found a modern times—there's nothing way over, and the field was like hunting for teaching a bound to follow. cavalryman (or, for that mat If it were only for its country,

1 The impromptu uniform worn by the M.F.H. and Whips, in early days, was a yellow woolly cardigan.

2 A deep crack in the earth, forming a watercourse in the rainy season. Many have precipitous sides.

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