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of unchained instincts he symbolizes Japanese even now not to forget that the intangible predominance of mind in the gloomiest passages of their his. over matter. And it behooves the tory, such was their sole ideal.
André Bellesort. Revue des Deux Mondes.
(To be continued.)
ANOTHER MAN'S BAG.
THL NABRATIVE OF EX-PROFESSOR CROSSLEY.
my favorite literary pursuits. I may
say that my work has not been fruitIt has been observed more than once less, and that I am regarded as somethat I am particularly nervous about thing of an authority in more than one my luggage when I am travelling by direction. This accounted for an invitrain. It has also been observed that I tation which I received at this time to exhibit more anxiety as to the identity visit Leachester, for the purpose of adof my goods than as to their safety, dressing the Carlyle Society in that and that I am always especially careful city. lest I should carry off something be- Leachester was an interesting litelonging to another passenger. This rary centre, and the Carlyle Society peculiarity of mine has been ascribed there was one of the best. Moreover, to my natural eccentricity, and to the my untiring researches bad resulted in influence of advancing age. In jus- the discovery of certain private Cartice to myself I am forced to show that lyle letters, which threw a curious sideit has quite another foundation.
light upon several phases of the prophIt will be remembered that the loss et's work and home-life. Here was a of the Lenstoi Jewels was the sensation chance of laying my discovery before of the evening papers one day iast year, a sympathetic audience ere I could and that the whole affair was complete- make it public through the reviews. I ly hushed up by the press of the follow- gladly accepted the invitation, and preing morning. I am about to relate the pared my lecture. whole history of this business; and it Both Croxhampton and Leachester will be found a sufficient explanation are on the main line from London to of my nervousness with regard to lug- Boltport, with little more than gage. I also relate the story because a hour's journey between them. On the garbled version of my adventure has day before the date agreed upon, I already been circulated, and I am anx- wrote to engage a room at the Leaious to clear my name from the un- chester Royal Hotel, my somewhat worthy slanders which have been con- nervous disposition making me unwillnected with it.
ing to accept the private hospitality For many years I had been a lecturer which had been offered. On the folon classical subjects at the Croxhamp- lowing day I caught an afternoon train ton University College; but just recent- and took a second class compartment. ly an unexpected legacy had enabled In one corner of this was a young womme to resign, and to devote myself to an with a child about twelve months
old, and in another sat a stout man in my choice of a carriage; but at that reading a newspaper. I took my seat point the other passenger came to my facing him, and placed my bag in the assistance. He had been watching rack above.
throughout the incident, and evidently It may be said here that I have no sympathized with me. Leaning for liking for very young children, and ward he spoke in a low tone, gravely: always avoid them as much as possible. “Shocking nuisance, children!" Their actions are not sufficiently regu. “Yes," I said, “they are. I have allated by reason to make them agree- ways thought so." able fellow-passengers. My fears in “Of course," he went on, “the world this case proved to be well founded, cannot exactly do without them. But for from the moment of my appear. I do think they ought to be kept out of ance that child continued to stare at the way as much as possible. In trapme in the most irritating manner. He elling, they ought to have carriages to had wide gray eyes, which were pecu- themselves." liarly vacant in expression; and my “I felt that this was a reasonable idea recollections are still vivid of the an- and we were soon in perfect agreement. noyance and discomfort I soon began During the conversation that followed to experience. My annoyance increased I tried to form some opinion as to the when I saw that the other passenger stranger's quality and position. His was watching the scene furtively from appearance was comfortable and subbehind his newspaper.
stantial, and his manner free almost to Presently the child's mother seemed the point of coarseness, but he had to notice my displeasure, and tried to travelled a good deal in this country and divert his attention. Failing in this, could observe with shrewdness. He she addressed herself to me.
had a blonde-bearded, rather good-na"Shake your head at him, sir," she tured face, and I came to the conclu. said, in a loud whisper.
sion that he was a well-to-do business “I beg your pardon ?" I asked, angrily.
It is my habit to learn as much as She repeated her words, with an ex- possible about the people I meet. This planation.
does not arise from any vulgar in. "Shake your head at him, sir. He'll quisitiveness, but rather, I hope, from be all right then. He is very much at- a wish to know my fellow-creatures. tracted by spectacles.”
Their affairs are always interesting to It was an absurd and ridiculous posi- me; and I have often stumbled upon tion to be in. I could not have shaken information in this way which I have my head at that moment to save my found very useful later. But for this life. Some of my mingled emotions, custom of mine I should never have however, might have appeared in my
discovered those Carlyle letters. face too plainly, for the child gave a I began, therefore, to make inquiries, sudden scream and turned away.
and soon learned that my fellow-pas“Oh!" said the woman, most unreason- senger was a commercial traveller, tbat ably, "now you have frightened him. he belonged in Boltport and that he I am sure there was no need to glare represented a firm called Fillottsons. like that;" and she turned to the task I also learned that Fillottsons had of soothing him again in a manner something to do with jewelry; and that which combined pity for her boy with was all I could gather. The man was resentment towards me. I felt heartily silent as to what had been his business sorry that I had not been more careful in London, meeting my inquiries in
that direction with a reserve which I This room was No. 17 on the first land. had cause to remember later. Even at ing. When I came down it was about the time I could not help feeling that five o'clock, and my meeting was to it was slightly suspicious, especially commence at eight. I took a hearty as he had been so free on other points. tea and then went out to call upon the I also remembered, afterwards, that he secretary of the local Carlyle Socontrived presently to change the sub- ciety. ject, and to engage me in an account
This was the headmaster of the of my invitation to Leachester and my Grammar School, and he received me business there.
with every pleasure. The evening's Messrs. Fillottsons's representative meeting promised to be an excellent knew Leachester slightly, and was ac- one; Dean Houghten, himself the au. quainted with the Royal Hotel, which thor of a volume on Carlyle, having he had visited on one occasion. He promised to attend, as well as his guest knew little, however, of Carlyle, his Canon Worcester. I felt that everylife having been too full of movement thing was working for the success of to allow of much save newspaper read- my lecture, and for the suitable receping. Still, he displayed an intelligent tion of my important disclosures. It interest in the subject, and this interest was in good spirits that I made my was deepened when I related my dis- way back to the hotel. covery of the unpublished letters. I This was at about seven o'clock, so was just concluding an account of this I decided to dress at once, and then discovery when we arrived at Lea- to give a few minutes to my manuchester.
script. Although I never refer to my During the talk I had quite forgotten papers after my lecture has comthe other occupants of the compart- menced, I always keep them before me ment; but it now appeared that their for safety. On this occasion, especialdestination was the same as mine. My ly, it would be just as well to make a new acquaintance opened the door for thorough preparation. them; and as they passed me I found I went up to my room and proceeded that the mother had not forgotten the to open my bag. It struck me as I unpleasant incident which had taken lifted it to a chair that it was a trifle place. She gave me a resentful look as weighty, considering that it contained she alighted, and this caused me to only my manuscript, my dress-clothes feel a return of the former discomfort. and one or two other light articles. This It was during this temporary confu- reflection was followed by another, sion that I took down my bag and left made as I took out my keys; the leather the carriage.
of the bag seemed rather cleaner and "I am glad to have met you, sir," less worn than I had fancied it to be. I said the man from Boltport; and I hope found no difficulty about it, however, we shall meet again. Will you accept for the key turned easily in the lock. my card ?"
Then I loosened the straps and slipped We exchanged cards and shook hands back the catches. cordially. I may say here that I have At that point my impressions were rarely met a more attentive and intel- fully explained. The first thing I ligent listener. A minute later I was should have seen was my manuscript; being driven through the streets in a but my manuscript was not there. InRoyal Hotel omnibus.
stead there were three or four magaWhen I reached the building my first zines of a popular class, and beneath act was to take my bag up to my room. them several articles of clothing, tight
ly packed. I had carried off and opened Presently I closed the case and laid some one else's bag.
it down. There were five others, all On discovering that this was not my smaller cases than the first; and I conbag it was my plain duty to close the tinued my investigations. It seems to thing at once. But my thoughts had me that the peculiar circumstances flown to the loss of my manuscript; form a sufficient excuse for my conand in a moment of pure absent-mind- duct. In spite of what the Crox. edness I removed the layer of clothing hampton students may say, I am to see what lay beneath.
not inquisitive by nature, and have What I saw there was another layer a strong dislike for meddling of any of a very different character. Packed kind. neatly beneath the clothes, against the I took up the other cases and examside of the bag, were some half-dozen ined them in turn; but my impressions leather cases of a particularly hand- as to their contents are too confused some description. They were of vari- to enable me to give a detailed descripous sizes, and each of them bore a tion. Let it be enough to say that two coronet in gilt.
of the cases contained bracelets, eviMy curiosity was now awakened, dently intended to match the necklace; and under its influence I went a little two others, and those the smallest, refarther. Picking up the largest case vealed a pair of diamond ear-drops; I examined it carefully. It was locked, and the final case contained a kind of but there was a small key, apparently diamond spray, intended, as I guessed, of silver, in the lock. After a moment's to be fastened and
in the hesitation I turned this key and raised hair. the lid. My first glimpse of the con- This last article was the finest of all. tents gave me a vivid impression of Most of the stones were small ones; brilliance and beauty. At the second but their smallness only served to set glance this impression was confirmed off the magnificent gem which gleamed and strengthened. The object at which in the centre of the ornament. The I gazed was a necklace of large dia- stone was circular in shape, and almost monds!
as large as the half of a walnut shell. Just above me was the white globe To increase the resemblance, the under of the gas-jet. The blaze of light fell side, where it was laid in the gold setdirectly upon the necklace, and, as my ting, was flat. The face, however, was hand shook, the rays were reflected cut into a large number of triangular from the jewels in a maze of changeful facets, each of which appeared to colors. Some of the stones, it seemed gather and refract, with thousandfold to me, were of extraordinary size, brilliancy, the rays of the gaslight. while the smaller ones were set in tiny After I had gazed a few moments I clusters. There was a setting of almost felt myself almost dazzled by the unmvisible gold-work, and the whole rest paralleled lustre. This was a diamond, ed on a bed of white velvet.
indeed! I knew nothing of jewels, or, at least, In sheer bewilderment I sat down on no more than the ordinary man whose a chair that stood near, and looked only knowledge is obtained by an oc- about me. My room was a plain and casional glance at a jeweler's window. comfortable one, but utterly out of I had an impression that the article in keeping with the nature of my discovmy hand represented a very large sum ery. Wealth? There seemed to be the of money. It was worth hundreds of wealth of Cræsus in this common, pounds-perhaps thousands.
everyday travelling bag. What did it mean? Where had it come from? And that size marked in toyshop windows as I asked myself that question I sud- at sixpence each! denly saw the solution of the mystery. I closed the case, locked it and reThis took the form of a card, which lay turned it to its place. Then I repacked upon the table. I had laid it there my- the other articles and fastened the bag. self when I had entered the room first. It was fully time now to attend to my It was a slip of white, bearing, in three own affairs, so I hastened to summon lines, the inscription: "Mr. Charles a waiter. The man who came was a Ashdon. Fillottsons Brothers, 191 quick and willing fellow, who underBroadway, Boltport.”
stood the situation at a glance. He "Cheap jewelry!" I murmured, with told me of an establishment in the next quick remembrance.
street where I could easily obtain the Cheap jewelry-of course!
dress-clothes I needed; and I lost no now as clear as possible. The articles time in seeking it. There was no diffiat which I had been looking with the culty after this, and by a quarter to wonder of ignorance were representa- eight I was ready for my engagement. tive of Mr. Charles Ashdon's business. I was forced to make up for the want Glittering, showy, loud. Diamonds, of my manuscript by a few notes hasindeed! I gazed again at the spray,
tily written, but I felt no fear in that and the proximity of that slip of paste
direction. Years of similar work had board seemed to give it a very differ
trained my memory well. ent appearance. It did not gleam so At eight o'clock a cab was at the brilliantly; it did not gather up and door, and I set out for the hall. By reflect the light in such a glorious man- that time I had quite forgotten Mr. ner. Pshaw! I had seen "rubies” of Ashdon's bag.
W. E. Cule. Chambers's Journal.
(To be continued.)
A BROKEN SONG.
Where am I from From the green hills of Erin.
If she was tall? Like a king's own daughter.
Where did she dwell? Where one'st I had my dwellin'.