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At two o'clock exactly, the latter en- room they both made the first court tered through the door of his chamber, bow; the second was given in the followed by the chief majordomo, the centre of the room; and the last when grandee on guard, the adjutants and directly in front of the King. They grandees who had already received the then saluted the grandees to the right hat. The King was dressed in the uni. and left, and the latter immediaely reform of a captain-general, and carried sponded by raising their hats. The old the three-cornered hat in his hand. He Duke and the majordomo now fen seated himself and covered his head: back a step, leaving the young grandee the grandees covered their heads and alone in the middle of the hall. Then remained standing on either side of the the King, giving a military salute, Saleta. The ceremony was about to said:begin. The Keeper of the Royal Seal, "Marquis of Benbacel, put on your whose duty it was to attest the act, hat and speak." now threw open the large door of solid The Marquis at once obeyed, and admahogany, saying:
dressing the King, delivered a brief “Your Majesty!—the Marquis of discourse, in which, as was customary, Benbacel!"
he gave a vigorous sketch of the gloriThe latter, whose family was oldest ous history of his family, which origiamong the grandees, must therefore re- nated with Fortu of Torres, who fought ceive the hat first. A young man en- with Alonzo the Wise and died in the tered the room, his right hand in that Alcazar of Jerez, holding between his of an old gentleman, and his left in teeth his King's flag, unable longer to that of the acting majordomo. The sustain or defend it with his two mutiyoung Marquis was attired in the gala lated hands. The voice of the artillery uniform of an artillery captain, and officer, timid and hesitating at first, the old gentleman, decrepit and bent, became gradually stronger, as if these in that of an admiral of the navy, his glorious actions found an echo in his breast covered with crosses. He was heart sufficient to imitate them, and the Duke of Algar, grandfather and when he finally began to describe an sponsor upon this occasion to the episode of Trafalgar, which he called young Marquis of Benhacel, about to his family's last feat, his voice vibrated receive the hat. The old gentleman with those mysterious inflections of had on his three-cornered hat, and the sentiment which always seem to eleyoung man carried his in his hand, vate the orator to a higher sphere, leaving exposed to view an energetic lending him not only the faculty to perand characteristic Spanish head, with a suade and the power to move, but even somewhat sun-burned complexion and the right to command. brilliant black eyes, which seemed to “Gravina was dying in his chamber, reflect the steel temperament of a and the ship Prince of Asturia was revaliant race.
turning to Cadiz, stripped of her rig. His entrance was magnificent, and ging, and under command of a man murmur of respectful sympathy who had engaged in the battle, with greeted the illustrious pair, who ap- his three sons, and was returning home peared in the doorway, old age leaning with only one, the youngest, an inexupon youth, like Hope, evoking a mem- perienced midshipman. The storm inory, or an allegory of Experience lead- creased toward midnight, and it being Valor by the hand, to lay a sword came necessary to cut loose a mast without spot upon the steps of the which ill-luck held fast to the roundthrone. On the very threshold of the top of the vessel by a cable, causing the ship to lop over, in imminent dan- visible, "also served his King in the ger of sinking at any moment: three Royal Navy, until the year '68, when seamen climbed up one by one to cut in the month of September he discarded the cable, and all three were struck his uniform and broke his sword: I, down by the tempest and buried in the Sire, unsheathed mine for the first time waves. Then this man of iron, who in the battle of Alcolea, and faithful saw his surviving crew tremble before to the traditions of my race, I come to the duty of inexorable obedience, offer you to-day, as grandee, what I turned to the only son left him, the have already given you as a soldier." idol of his heart and last hope of a Upon saying this, he clasped the hilt grand family, and said to him simply:- of his sword with his right hand,
“ 'Sir Midshipman! it is your turn!' everybody remarking the absence of
"The boy, with the hatchet between his two middle fingers. A vat of his teeth, climbed to the round-top, powder had blown them off in Alcolea. and because Our Blessed Lady helped Benbacel ceased speaking, and in the him, cut the cable."
midst of a profound silence, the greatIn the midst of the profound silence est homage which admiration and rewhich seals men's lips and moistens spect can render, he uncovered his their eyes when the feeling of the sub- head, bent his knee to the ground, and lime inundates the heart and makes kissed the King's hand. He then the breast beave with sobs, Benhacel saluted the grandees on either side of turned slowly towards the old Duke him and, accompanied by his grandand added, pointing him out:
father, took his place among them. The “That boy midshipman
my old man cried like a child; one of the grandfather; the hero was his father. said:My own father," he continued in a “The admiral weeps, but the midvoice in which symptoms of tears were shipman did not."
BOOKS AND AUTHORS.
Tennyson's Surrey house, Aldworth, is safe to predict that it will be enterwhere he died eight years ago, is “To taining, for "Q” is never dull. let."
There seems to be an excess of canMr. Ruskin's works are soon to be dor in the title of a book announced published in their entirety in a French in London, "The Dull Child's Gramtranslation.
mar." Fancy the emotions of a child
on being presented with it. The late G. W. Steevens's "Things Seen” is to be published in this country The Frederick A. Stokes Company by Dodd, Mead & Co.
has in press for early publication a
book of short stories about lawyers and The Scribners are to publish soon a their clients, entitled "The Case and book of short stories by Mr. Quiller. Exceptions," and written by Mr. FredCouch, called "Profitable Ghosts." It erick Trevor Hill of the New York bar.
It must be with mixed emotions that
It is a curions circumstance that Mr. most readers will learn of the discov
Pett Ridge's story "A Son of tbe ery of a new instalment of the diaries
State" was first published in London of Marie Bashkirtseff, and the promise
at sixpence, in which form it had no -or menace-of their publication.
recognition; but on being recently reis
sued at six shillings it attained wide Readers of that charming book
popularity. “Elizabeth and Her German Garden" will be interested to know that it was
Among the books which A. C. Mcwritten by the Princess Henry of
Clurg & Co. have nearly ready are a Pless, daughter of Cornwallis West.
story of English domestic life in the
thirteenth century, called “UncanonDr. William Barry, whose “Arden Massiter" is delighting thousands of
ized: A Romance of English Monarch
ism," the work of a new writer, Marreaders, has a new novel nearly ready. It is called “The Wizard's Knot" and
garet A. Potter; and a copiously illus
trated edition of "The Private Memoirs is a story of Ireland, in the time just
of Madame Roland," edited by Edward before and during the great famine.
Gilpin Johnson, and based on a transAmong Mr. G. W. Steevens's effects
lation prepared from Bosc's original were six unpublished articles on South
edition. African experiences, being type-written copies of articles which were sent
Henry T. Coates & Co. of Philadel. out of Ladysmith and lost. They have
phia have in press for early publica. been published in the London Mail
tion a new edition of “In the Pale: since his death.
Stories and Legends of the Russian
Jews," by Henry Iliowizi; and a vol. Molly Elliott Seawell's new story ume called “The Weird Orient,” by the “The House of Egremont” will be pub. same author, in which will be grouped lished by Charles Scribner's Sons in a some Oriental legends and traditions few weeks. The author has been busy
which have not hitherto been printed, for some time verifying the historical but which the author has collected details of the story.
during a long residence in Morocco.
Mr. S. R. Gardner hopes to have the Mr. Alex. Stevenson Twombly, who manuscript of the third volume of his published some time ago a history of “Hawaii and its People,” has turned for which he furnishes the chapter on his knowledge of the islands to account Hygiene of the Eye. Intended, as the in writing a romance of pagan Hawaii, title indicates, for household rather which he calls “Kelea the Surf-Rider." than class-room use, the volume com. It is to be published by Fords, Howard bines brief dissertations on anatomy & Hulbert.
and physiology with the resultant ex
position of the conditions of health. It Mr. Charles Neufeld, who wrote “A presents the conclusions of recent Prisoner of the Khaleefa,” has com- science in a simple, popular style, and pleted a story for boys, called “Under is full of wholesome and timely suggesthe Rebel's Reign: a Story of Egyptian tions. The names of the seven specialRevolt," in which he utilizes for fiction ists who contribute to it appear on the some of the material which he collected
W. B. Saunders & Co., while a prisoner in the hands of the Philadelphia. Mahdi. If he is a good story teller, the book should be exceptionally stirring, Mr. John Murray, who is publishing for he can have no lack of exciting in- an English edition of Mrs. Edith cidents at his command.
Wharton's story, “The Touchstone,”
encountered a succession of difficulties Mr. John Murray's
with reference to the title. He discov. autumn an
ered that the title had been already nouncements are unusually rich in
used and therefore communicated with books of fiction. Among them are "A Vizier's Daughter,” a story of Afghan
the author, asking her permission to
call it "The Touch of a Vanished life by Miss Lillian Hamilton, who the Ameer's medical adviser;
Hand.” Mrs. Wharton was then trav"The Heart's Highway,” by Miss Mary
elling in Italy, a circumstance which
delayed her reply, but when she was E. Wilkins, a romance of Virginia in
at last heard from, her letter suggested the seventeenth century; “Monica
another title. Investigation disclosed Grey," by the Hon. Lady Hely-Hutch
the fact that that title also had been inson, and half a dozen others.
preempted; so Mr. Murray went on
with the printing under the title which Apropos of the tendency of some
he had proposed, only to discover when writers of fiction to use the same char
the book was printed, that a novel acters over and over again in suceed- called "The Touch of Vanished ing stories, a writer in the New York
Hand" was published in 1889.
He Evening Post urges that an asylum for
therefore rechristened the book “A used-up characters in fiction would be
Gift from the Grave" and cherishes a at least as useful as Dr. Holmes's sug
hope that no prior claimant to this title gested asylum for decayed punsters.
will arise. But it makes a difference who the characters are; probably no one ever Under the title “The Crisis in China" objected to the frequent reappearance
Harper & Bros. republish from recent of Thackeray's characters.
numbers of The North American Re
view a dozen striking papers relating One does not often meet a book more to the existing situation in China, admirably adapted to its purpose than They are written by Mr. Wu, the Chithe “Manual of Personal Hygiene," nese minister at Washington, Lord which Dr. Walter L. Pyle of the Wills Charles Beresford, Mr. Colquhoun, Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, edits, and General James H. Wilson, the Presi
dents of the Anglo-China college at Foochow and the International Institute of China at Peking, and others who write with the authority derived from special information. It is a remarkable grouping of timely papers: and it serves incidentally to illustrate the “news value” of The North American Review, as at present conducted.
through the southwestern provinces to the Red river. These are regions which are very much in the world's eye just at present, and likely to be for a long time to come. In traversing them in company with Mr. Colquhoun the reader has the advantage not merely of his fresh personal impressions, but of his wide and accurate knowledge of China and the Chinese. The chapters on Peking, Manchuria, and the Yangtze valley are especially valuable. Mr. Colquhoun's volume is nearly indispensable to one who wishes light, not only on the present situation but on the far more complicated problems which are involved in the ultimate remaking of the Far East. There are maps and illustrations.
The “Conquest of Arid America," which Mr. William E. Smythe describes and advises, is a conquest with which all Americans can sympathize, whatever their views may
be upon what is called "Imperialism,” for it is a conquest of peace, promising large results in the material future of America. Aridity Mr. Smythe treats as a blessing, or at least as capable of being turned into a blessing by the modern miracle of irrigation. His arguments for measures to bring together the men who need land and the land which needs men, and his presentation of the effect upon character and institutions of the co-operation necessary in great colonizing and irrigation enterprises are made pungently, and with force and enthusiasm; while his record of what has been already done in these directions is drawn from fresh sources and personal observation. The author has two qualities which are calculated to make an impression upon his readers; he is thoroughly in earnest, and he knows his subject. His book is published by Harper & Bros.
The wide-spread modern interest in psychical phenomena will certainly be stimulated, and possibly enlightened by a reading of Professor Th. Flournoy's volume, “From India to the Planet Mars,” which Harper & Bros. publish in a translation by Daniel B. Vermilye. This book embodies the results of five years' careful investigation of a Geneva medium whom the author, for convenience' sake, calls Malle. Helène Smith, but whose real name is concealed. The phenomena attending this woman's trances, in which she is at times an Indian princess, at other times
dweller upon Mars, and at still others Marie Antoinette, are extremely curious. Prof. Flournoy has studied them patiently and intimately, and he states his conclusions with candor. No element of commercialism enters into the matter, for the medium in question regards her powers with religious reverence and never uses them for pay. There will be many readers who will not accept all of the author's conclusions, but we do not see how any one can doubt either his thoroughness or his sincerity.
A book of lively present interest and of permanent value is Mr. Archibald R. Colquhoun's "Overland to China,” which Harper & Bros. publish. It describes a journey of seven thousand miles which the author made a little more than a year ago from European Russia to Lake Baikal, thence by the Gobi desert to Peking, and later up the Yangtze river as far as it is navigable, and from Szechuan southward