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“No, not exactly,” replied Mr. Cope, —and he then proceeded to demonstrate to the best of his ability that those conscientions objections, which would undoubtedly inbibit his presence in chapel on week-day mornings, did not extend to Sunday attendance.
"You see," he concluded, “I always go on Sunday at home; the Rector says it is a good example, but you can't want me as an example."
And the Dean, who had by this time arrived at a stage of mind which might have induced him to secure this young paragon among athletes, had he even declared himself to be a Mormon, for St. Cyprian's, gracefully conceded the point.
"Well, yes, perhaps under the circumstances-for yours is certainly a peculiar case, Mr. Cope—the Sunday attendance will be sufficient. Then there are lectures—that is, courses of instruction with a view to the Ex. aminations."
"As I'm not taking any Examinations I shan't want lectures, shall I ?" suggested Mr. Cope.
"Well-er—perhaps not," rather dubiously. “And yet, Mr. Cope, it would be a pity to let your mind lie fallow for a whole year. Athleticism is a great resource, I grant, but you cannot pass a whole week or even a whole day in play. There are many subjects taught at a University which might be of incalculable benefit to you in the future. Let me think-Political Economy, for one. I am sure it would interest you to attend some good lectures on Political Economy."
"It might, or it might not-sir. But what is it?"
"It deals with the causes of the wealth of nations, the relations between demand and supply, and many other things really simple in themselves which would appeal at once to your common-sense. Now here, for example, is a very simple question, really
coming under the head of Political Economy, to which your common-sense would supply an answer at once. When I was staying in Cornwall last Spring I found that I could buy thirty eggs for a shilling, but here in Oxford I can only buy twelve. I asked myself the reason of this, and a very slight knowledge of Political Economy at once supplied the answer."
"More hens," ejaculated Mr. Cope.
"Well, yes," admitted the Dean, "I suppose there are. Curiously enough, that solution never occurred to me. I was thinking of the demand rather than of the supply. Things are cheapened by lack of demand, cost of transport"
“Less thievish tradesmen," interpolated Mr. Cope.
"Possibly so," and with the feeling perhaps that he was not on quite the same lines with his visitor in the matter of Political Economy, the Dean then and there dropped the subject of Lectures and passed on to “Collections."
“There is one more point that I must ask you to pay attention to, Mr. Cope, the question of Collections,'-in other words, a sort of gathering of the undergraduates in our Hall on the last day of the term. There is a sort of informal examination, a few papers and so forth, but" and he hurried on to forestall the protest which was clearly imminent, “that would in no way affect yourself, your case being, as I bave already said, peculiar. Still, our President is a very old man, Mr. Cope, and has his foibles"
"Like my uncle," interpolated Mr. Cope.
“Yes, yes, just so; and he likes to see all the young men assembled on that day and to have a word with each of them—"
Another brief interruption from Mr. Cope.
"Oh, that will be all right, sir. I've
had a good training in talking to old you to come into residence on the 29th gentlemen. My uncle-he was my of April, when our term begins. You'll great-uncle really-always said that I make a point of playing for the Colwas the only fellow who could make lege as often as you can, won't you? him hear without a trumpet; he was It would be a great feather in our cap as deaf as a post, and I daresay your if we beat those other two colleges old man is too. The best way is to again.” let them yarn on themselves, and tell Whereupon John Cope, in his joy you about mail-coaches and sedan. that the interview was successfully chairs and to pretend you like it." concluded, rather rashfully vowed that
"Quite so, Mr. Cope, quite so. I come weal or come woe those two don't know that the President talks matches should take precedence of any much about mail-coaches, but he likes other engagement. to have a word or two with each of Having wished good-bye to the Dean his young men. It is almost the only with a truly Colonial grip of the hand, chance he has of seeing them."
which made the Dean's fingers tingle "Poor old chap!" muttered Mr. Cope, for a good half-hour, John Cope was and then louder: “I wouldn't mind go- already half-way down the stairing to sit with him a bit now and case when he found himself recalled again. It cheers them up to have
to receive one more parting admonisome one to swear at on their gouty tion. days,-at least, I know it did my "Just one more word, Mr. Cope. I uncle."
want you to remember, in case you "Very kind of you, indeed, Mr. may wish to address any communicaCope,” said the Dean, manfully resist- tion to the College, that our patron ing a strong inclination to laugh at a saint's name is spelt with a single p. proposition which had so evidently You might perhaps find time to look been made in all seriousness; "and now up a little of his history; you will find I think I have finished, and that we it, no doubt, in the 'Lives of the shall not require you to go through Saints,' a most interesting work. But the formality of any further Matricu- in any case only one p, if you please, lation Examination, but shall expect in future." Blackwood's Magazine.
(To be concluded.)
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE EMPIRE?
Unquestionably the news of the bave British rule supported too obvishooting down of a Muhamadan pro- ously by bayonets; and they downcession at Cawnpore, engaged in pro- right detest even a righteous necessity testing, though riotously and tumultu- which calls for armed police. The fact ously, against a “municipal regula- that Indian Muhamadans have suftion," has created a profound feeling fered, and that a grave agitation has of anxiety throughout England. The arisen among the Moslem population, fact that the Muhamadans were killed makes the affair all the more tragical while protesting against interference and deplorable. We may be sure that with a Muhamadan place of worship the British magistrate who had actudeepens the sense of uneasiness and ally to meet the outbreak of fanatisorrow. Englishmen do not like to cism and violence displayed the utmost
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regard for humane considerations in expense of many human lives and the face of the infuriated multitudes who anger of scores of millions of the sought to restore the damaged por- King-Emperor's subjects? Somehow tion of the Machli Bazaar Mosque. It it does not recall the historic spirit of is elsewhere that the real responsi- English rule-it does not recall the bility must be sought. It is somewhat ways by which we won and kept like the
deplorable bloodshed India for glorious generations, when Johannesburg, where passions that we read of "municipal improvements" threatened to provoke the most terri- being mishandled with such results. ble catastrophes necessitated the in- Has the un-English spirit which is tervention of the Imperial troops. The conspicuous in so many aspects of actual tragedy was only the result of the Liberal Cabinet and party at antecedents which do not appear to home also come to influence the adhave been recognized until the mis- ministration of our Asiatic Empire? chief had occurred. It is said in India, There have been many changes and and in all probability lid with
many strange arrivals in the conduct justice, that the religious passions of of Indian government since the Asthe Cawnpore Muhamadans had been quith Ministry came to office. It insidiously excited by agitators from would be calamitous if our Parliaoutside. There has been a growing ex- mentary rulers, who have degraded citement among the Indian Muhama- Parliament, should succeed in making dans ever since the misfortunes of India feel anything of what Ulster has Turkey and the declarations of anti- to suffer. It is a poor excuse that Turkish policy by the Liberal Cabinet there is an anti-British agitation at Westminster. The unfortunate among the Indian Muhamadans at accident which led to a mosque being England's abandonment of Turkey. sacrificed in part in order to make Why should England have abandoned room for an improved roadway, while Turkey? a Hindu temple, that was intended to There is absolutely, as we have be demolished originally, was spared, said, no reason for censuring the acgave an opportunity for sowing ill. tion of the magistrate who had actuwill too tempting not to be utilized by ally to meet the outburst of religious the emissaries of discontent. We can passion and fury on the side of the receive all these explanations, which angry crowd of Muhamadans. It is have no doubt their historical value. not when thousands of rioters are It remains regrettable that things actually showering stones upon a small should have been allowed to come to police force that hesitation can be this extremity. The traditional ad- shown about restoring order. It is ministration of British India was ac- the previous situation and the geaeral customed to prevent such explosions condition of feeling throughout India, in preference to suppressing them. as well as the local circumstances at Was it necessary to demolish any por- Cawnpore, which must invite the at. tion of a Muhamadan religious edifice tention of the judicious observer. In without the full consent of the Mu- the first place it appears that a curihamadan community? Granted
exercised importance of good roads and better in favor of Hindu petitioners. communications, might not a "Originally a Hindu temple as well as siderable circuit be much less an im- part of a mosque was to be demolpediment to the public convenience ished for the road improvement. In than a religious edifice removed at the obedience to a protest from the peo
the town the temple was India has exhibited towards the misspared.” We believe that we fortunes of Turkey and the discontent right in holding that no such injurious caused in India by the Near Eastern discrimination would have been tol. policy of our Foreign Office. It erated by the old tradition of British would be worse than foolish of any rule in India. It is somewhat absurd Government to show its resentment to add the sapient remark that "The at such natural sentiments by any occurrence illustrates the danger of disrespect of Indian Muhamadan conagitators playing the religious victions. Clearly the necessity is evi. fanaticism of an ignorant crowd.” Let dent for a careful examination and anybody try to pull down a Roman investigation where such danger is Catholic chapel in Galway or Limerick involved. Religion is the heart and for “road improvement,” and let him centre of Indian feeling, both Mu.consider if the most perfect creation hamadan and Hindu. The Great in pavement would be worth the Mutiny arose out of the excitement trouble that must follow. It appears caused by the story of the "polluted that the Government had a long warn- cartridges" which were to destroy the ing of the growth of Muhamadan in- caste of the Native soldiery. Undignation. "The dalan or vestibule of
fortunately, the forcible demolition of the mosque was demolished to widen
part of a mosque can neither be dethe road on July 1. The work of nied nor explained away. However destruction was carried out in the high in the official hierarchy may be presence of the district magistrate, the origin of such a gigantic mistake who had ordered out a strong force of as the demolition of a Moslem place of police with fixed bayonets to preserve worship in order to improve a roadorder. As soon as the building had way, the investigation should not stop been pulled down, thousands of short of the exact truth and the real Moslems visited the mosque. On July responsibility. We do not want the 17 a public meeting of Muhamadans spirit of the Balkan Committee, with of Cawnpore was held to petition the its pitiful contempt for Muhamadan Viceroy, Lord Hardinge, to order the beliefs and Muhamadan rights, to be restoration of the demolished build- imported into the government of the ing." The whole month of July was hundred million Muhamadans of the suffered to elapse, during which the British Empire. Lord Crewe and Mr. Muhamadan protest extended all over Edwin Montagu distinguished India; and yet the devotees in high members of the Ministry which has places of "road improvement" took no hounded on the savage Serb and the account of the deplorable situation. merciless Bulgar to the destruction of Does the Secretary of State for India Turkey in Europe—not only the Turkreceive no information of the rise and ish army and rulers, but the civil progress of vast movements of popu- population. They, too, have turned lar indignation and religious fanati- the deaf ear to every demand for cism, if you please, throughout our justice or equality of treatment. Even Indian Empire?
the Consular reports of British ConWe are greatly afraid that, in addi. suls have found them as unheeding as tion to any incompetence which may their eminent colleague in the Foreign exist among the novel elements intro Office. They have done an ill service duced into Indian government, there to the Empire in Asia; and if the seems to be a certain neo-official dis- knowledge of their avowed tendencies like at the sympathy which Moslem has not failed to fill the Moslem world
in India with suspicion and discon- exceptional consideration and friendtent that is the most fertile soil for liness, and not provocation of any disaffection, the culpability is mainly kind, should be shown to Moslems by theirs. The present is a time when a wise Administration.
THE GARDEN PARTY.
"Francesca," I said, "I am intoxi- you say you are sorry. Varium et cated by the beauty of this day. Let mutabile semper.". us do something dashing."
"It is useless," she said, "to fling a "What particular dash do you feel stupid old Latin insult at me." like?” said Francesca.
“Let me," I said, “call the children "I think I've got the pic-nic feel- and tell them about the pic-nic. They, ing,” I said. "Yes, I feel like a pic- at least, will be delighted." nic."
“That, too, would be useless.” “What a pity you didn't feel like "But why, Francesca ?" I said. "I'm that yesterday when we all wanted quite determined to have a pic-nic.” you to come."
"And that," she said, “is more use“No matter," I said, “I feel like it less than anything else." to-day. I will carry the table-cloth.” “I knew it would be," I said. “I
"We shan't want a table-cloth." have only to express a wish
"Is that wise, Francesca ? A table- "And it is always gratified. But cloth gives an air of aristocratic ease not to-day." to the humblest feast. You shake “And pray, why?" your head? Very well, then, no table- "Because of the Garden Party." cloth. But I will watch you cutting "The Garden what?" I said frantithe bread-and-butter and making the cally. tea. The children shall carry the “The Garden Party," she repeated cake and the jam. I will choose a
calmly. spot for the feast. We will go there "Gracious Heavens!" I said. “You in a boat, and, if you like, you shall don't mean to tell me you are going do the sculling while I steer and the to a Garden Party?" children all let their hands trail in "I do. I am. And what is more, the water. Yes, Francesca, I feel you are coming with me." more like a pic-nic every minute."
“We will see about that," I said "I'm sorry for that," she said.
gloomily. “But first let me tell you "Sorry, Francesca: Why are you that Garden Parties don't exist. They sorry? When I refuse in consequence are Victorian. They are like Penny of overwhelming work-"
Readings and Literary Institutes and "Overwhelming sofa-cushions,” said -er-umbrella covers. Yes, they are Francesca.
exactly like umbrella covers. Don't "I repeat: when I refuse, owing to you remember umbrella covers, Franthe pressure on my time, to join a pic- cesca ? Some were of plain silk, others nic you are-I will not say angry, for were very black and beautiful and you are never angry, are you, dear? glistened wonderfully. Everybody had but you are certainly displeased. And then and nobody used them. We now, when I propose a pic-nic, and took them off and threw them away when I expect you to dance for joy, and forgot them. Francesca, there