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had eaten that morning deserved his gratitude.
The table was again laid for one. In the few minutes he had dutifully spent in Aunt Anne's room she had told him she did not feel equal to coming down. stairs. John was accustomed to her absences from his board and inquired sympathetically for her neuralgia. Was she being looked after?
“Yes, indeed," the invalid assented warmly, “she had every possible atten. tion."
"Had she seen Miss Seaward ?"
Yes, Nancy had run up to consult her and had been most careful of her comfort, but the dear girl had really a good deal to do. Eliza, she feared, was exacting, but Nancy had so much good sense, and did not John think she man. aged beautifully?
John certainly thought she did by the time he had eaten his solitary dinner. There was a new sauce which he highly approved for the salmon, the cutlets were done to a turn, and when the cheese soufflé turned out to be as light as the omelette of the morning he felt that Eliza's illness was not such a serious calamity after all. He had sent a polite message by Jane to say he hoped to have the pleasure of Miss Seaward's company at dinner, but Jane demurely returned with the reply that Miss Seaward had dined already and hoped he would excuse her.
This singular behavior piqued and puzzled John Whipp. It annoyed him to think he had so misjudged the character of the cousins at Roots. Could he be mistaken? Surely there he had been received with a somewhat embarrassing enthusiasm. There had been no reticence, no shy self-effacement, in the welcome of Susan and Martha and Kate-how many of them were there? Had they not rather alarmed and overwhelmed him-the womanavoiding bachelor-with the volubility and eagerness with which they pressed
refreshment on him, the readiaess they displayed to remain in the parlor and talk to him when he only desired to be walking over the farm with their father?
Nearly a week passed a week of charming and varied mênus, and still the new housekeeper remained invisible. One evening, after the fragrant cup of black coffee with which he concluded his meal, he lit a cigar and walked over to the White House. Grannie sat under the roses with her usual court around her, but she asked John to give her his arm and said she would show him the golden pheasants, the latest addition to her aviary. She had a lively curiosity to know what John thought of his new manager, but she was a wily old lady and seemed to be interested in nothing but her birds.
John gave but a distracted attention to the splendor of the new inmates.
“Aunt Emily," he said, as decency permitted, “I am awfully obliged to you for securing Miss Seaward's services, but she is a regular puzzle to me."
"Isn't she suiting?" said Grannie tranquilly. "I had hoped she might manage till Eliza got better, though of course I told her how very particular you were. But there was really no choice between her and the charwoman Nichols, and with your fastidious tastes, John,"
He gave a shudder at the mention of the charwoman.
"I felt,” she went on, “that Nancy would at least be the better of the two."
“The better of the two!" cried John; "why, if I weren't the most easily pleased man in the world, if I were indeed the epicure you love to make me out, Aunt Emily, I couldn't but be more than satisfied. I thought Eliza a treasure, but Miss Nancy beats her hollow."
"Really?" Grannie's fine brows were lifted.
“What puzzles me is that I can't get “I am sure she would prefer it," said hold of her to thank her. Now, should Grannie, “and," she added adroitly, "it you say that the Seaward girls were may make her position easier with shy?"
Eliza. Naturally Eliza does not like a "No," she admitted, “I should scarce- rival in her kingdom.” ly characterize them as diffident.”
“Eliza will have to look to her "Exactly,” he cried, with triumph; laurels,” said John, with shaken "you would agree with me, in short, head, “or she will find herself dethat they are rather the other way! throned. Poor woman!—from what This Nancy must be the eldest, I sup- Gibson tells me she doesn't seem much pose?"
better, but of course"-easily—"now "Not the eldest,” Grannie murmured, that her place is so well supplied she but he did not heed her.
can take every care of herself without "She certainly cannot be young, worrying. I suppose"-a cold doubt since she has acquired such a mastery crossed him—"Miss Seaward can stay over her art, though how she has found as long as she is wanted? · There are occasion to practice it at Roots is a enough of them at home.” mystery. Now, how old would you say "I should think she can," said Granthe eldest Miss Seaward was?"
nie, with caution, "at least as long as Grannie made a little calculation. you do not obtrude yourself on her, “There are six of them alive and sey. John." eral have died. I should think she is “Of course I shan't do that,” he deabout thirty-seven."
clared genially; “now that I have you "Just what I supposed, almost my to back me up, Aunt Emily, I'll let own age and not diffident, as we have her severely alone. To tell you the agreed; and yet if she were in hiding truth, I am not particularly anxious to for a crime she could not more persist- claim her acquaintance; as a cook she ently keep out of my sight. I have is after my own heart, but as a relative sent message after message, and she she leaves something to be desired." always has some excuse, and of course Grannie was also secretly relieved I can't invade her privacy even to at the turn affairs had taken, though thank her."
her scrupulous conscience was not quite "Certainly not,” said Grannie with easy at the self-deception John was delicate emphasis, "you must remem. unconsciously practising. Still, Nancy's ber her position, John; she cannot be prudence lifted a weight from her your cook and your cousin at the same mind. She had not realized until her time, and indeed I quite approve of her recent daily visits to Laurel Grove devotion to the duties she has under- how very handsome Nancy was, and taken. For the moment she is your cousin Anne was after all but an inpaid housekeeper, and if she prefers different chaperon. Matchmaker as she that you should look upon her in that loved to be, Grannie had the correctest light you must respect her wishes." regard for the proprieties, and if John
"Well, if you are sure she won't -But a Seaward would never do! In think it unkind," he said, conscious of her matrimonial schemes for him she a great relief-for somehow he still had soared to the highest circles. It dreaded the velveteen-clad boisterous had not occurred to her that good Nancy of his dreams—"but it does housekeeping might find more favor in seem uncommonly cool to be sending his eyes than an accredited position in her out orders as if she were a ser- the county. But John certainly did vant."
not care for the Seaward connection,
and with Nancy so wise no harm could particular, and not an item but was a possibly come of the experiment. The success. Fair as ever stood his reputagreat thing now was to get Eliza on tion as the prince of hosts, no hideous her feet as soon as possible; Grannie failure had shaken it, nor
was he had faith in Dr. Gibson, who never doomed to be pitied and commiserated kept his patients in bed longer than as that most helpless of all creatures, a was necessary.
bachelor without some responsible As for John, he serenely went his woman to study his interests. In his way, and troubled no more about the elation he entertained more largely than lady who presided over his household usual, bringing friends down from except to send an occasional specially town who were glad to escape during complimentary message for some chef- the hot weather for a day into the d'ouvre. By the time the 20th arrived country. John himself cared little for he felt no anxiety about his dinner- holiday-making, home presented attracparty. Miss Seaward submitted tions which no seaside lodging or coun. mênu which met his approval in every
try inn could hope to rival. The Leisure Hour.
Leslie Keith. (To be concluded.).
The moon is large, the heavens are clear:
Above the trees that crown the height
It seems their shimmering rays unite.
But she who holds the master-key
Of knowledge looks with smiling face. "Between those gleaming sparks you see
Are stretched the myriad miles of space."
I turn unto the close-at-hand,
The world where distance cheats us not;
All brethren of a common lot.
Nay, the immeasurable sea
Wherein the shining planets roll
Encircling every human soul.
Grieve not that man must stand apart,
Whose lonely spirit, he shall find,
B. Paul Newman.
WHO'S WHO IN CHINA.
A small step towards unravelling the Kwangsu, with regard to whom it Chinese tangle may be made by estab- would not be possible to say anything lishing the identity and throwing a fresh or instructive, the Manchu Prince little light on the character and ante. Tuan, who has lately blazed on the cedents of the chief personages in world like a fiery portent of blood and China. The task is far more difficult war, first demands attention. He is the than may be supposed. The pages of grandson of the Emperor Taoukwang, the Peking Gazette constitute the chief who died in 1850, and the nephew of source of information, and as the Eng- the Emperor Hienfung, who died in lish edition has for nearly twenty years 1861. His father, Prince Tun, omitted the index and official list which Hienfung's senior in age, but was eithformed useful features in the first vol. er ineligible on the maternal side, or umes, there is no other course than to was set aside for some personal misgo through the numbers from end to conduct in the succession of 1851. The end. The variations in spelling, the in- best known of Tuan's uncles were the discriminate use of J's or Y's do not late Princes Kung and Chun, the latter simplify the task, and when it is over the father of the Emperor Kwangsu. the searcher must put in a plea for in. Kwangsu and Tuan are consequently dulgence if he has committed any over- first cousins, but the latter is about ten sight. The bare details in Imperial years the elder. Edicts and rescripts supply but an out- The first mention of this prince ocline of official promotion and change, curs as recently as 6th October,' 1893, and the character of the individual has when, as Tsai Lien, a Prince of the to be judged by the impression left on Third Order, he was presented to the the minds of the foreigners brought Emperor. He was authorized at the into contact with him, which is rarely same time to take part in the review identical and always imperfect. The of the Peking Field Force, and on sevdifficulty is increased by the influence eral subsequent occasions he was deleof circumstances. The Chinese official gated to represent the Emperor in offerwho appears at one time enlightened ing sacrifice at the tombs of their comand progressive becomes at another mon ancestors. Soon after this interperverse and reactionary. How many view he was appointed to the command conflicting versions, for instance, have of the Bordered White Banner Corps. been given by well qualified and dis- After this his progress was rapid. On tinguished Europeans of the character 6th February, 1894, he had a second and conduct of Li Hung Chang, while audience of the Emperor, who on this all the time he has only been a typical occasion raised him to the rank of a Chinese official, with the national lim- prince of the second order, and conited range of vision, dislike for the for- ferred on him the special title of Prince eigner, and rooted aversion to change of Tuan. During the war with Japan, in any form. Before the present crisis Prince Tuan was given a post on the passes into the sphere of history the Board of Control of the Peking Field true man may stand revealed beyond Force, and after some months he was all possibility of concealment.
entrusted with the command in chief Leaving outside our theme the Em
of that corps.
It may be mentioned press Dowager and the young Emperor that Prince Chun, the Emperor's fa
ther, held this command at the time of in China since the Taeping rebellion. It his death, and there is no other evi- is impossible yet to foretell whether dence to show that the Imperial Fam- Prince Tuan will be able to keep the ily were beginning to look upon Prince Boxers in a state of amenity to his perTuan as their military leader. On 30th sonal authority, or whether they will November 1895, he was selected for the sweep him aside when he has served task of choosing eligible persons to fill their turn. In the latter event Nui, the vacancies in the Imperial House- the Anhui official of low degree, will hold. Another proof of his growing in- become more interesting as a guide of fluence is furnished in the selection of Chinese opinion than the Manchu his son to be adopted as heir of the prince. wealthy widow of one of the Manchu Next in importance after Prince Tuan princes, and about the same time we comes Jung Lu, another Manchu, late read that he and his son waited on the Viceroy of Pe-Chili and Generalissimo Emperor for the purpose of naming the of the Chinese army, described on the youth at the Imperial wish in accord- morrow of the arrest of the Reformers ance with the practice of the House.
two years ago as “the most powerful Kwangsu thus named this youth Pu- man in China." It is typical of the Chun, who was destined soon after- difficulty of judging the true character wards to be proclaimed his heir and and views of Chinese public men that successor at the time of the coup d'état. well-informed Europeans describe Jung In May, 1898, Prince Tuan and his Lu as "well informed and progressive," close ally and confederate, Kang Yi, and as "violent and reactionary as were specially praised and rewarded Prince Tuan." The one positive fact by the Empress Dowager for the dis- known about him, that he saved the cipline and good conduct of the Pekiug Emperor's life six months ago, at the Field Force. The significance of this time of the coup d'état, favors the praise was revealed a few months later
former description. Perhaps a strongduring the coup d'état, and for his share
er proof is furnished by his hostility to in that event the Empress Dowager in- the late Li Lien Yin, chief of the eucreased Prince Tuan's allowance bý nuchs and favorite of the Empress, 500 taels, and gave him the supreme and to General Tung, the truculent command of the Banner army. The se- commander of the Kansuh army. Jung lection of his son, a youth of fourteen, Lu is sometimes called a nephew of the to be the next Emperor was still
Empress Dowager, but I can find no stronger proof of his influence and evidence to support the statement, and close alliance with the Empress Dow- if it possesses a basis of truth it is ager. It was after this event that he more likely to be through marriage began to enter into relation with the with one of her nieces. There is some disaffected in Shantung with the ex: confusion made between him and an. press purpose of turning their resent- other Manchu named Ju Lu, who was ment from the Manchu dynasty tow- long Military Governor of Moukden ards the foreigners, and he became the and Governor-General of Manchuria, President of the Society of the Big and who is a much older man and still Sword (Tai Tou Houi), out of which living, having recently been appointed emerged the Boxers. He completely Viceroy of Szchuen. The first distinct won over Nui, the chief of the Boxers, reference I find to Jung Lu is in the of whom at present so little is known, summer of 1894, when he held the post although he is the prime director of of Tartar General of Hsian, and was the most important political movement summoned to Peking to take part in