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Chapter NumberBOOK III VI
Chapter TitleMR. MEEKIN ADMINISTERS CONSOLATION.
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Newspaper TitleThe Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)
Trove TitleHis Natural Life
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His Natural Life'

By Marcus Claiikb.

BOOK III

ClI «TI II VI

MR JILAKIN A11MIN1STLRS CONSOLATION

RLX told Air Meekin, who, the next daj', did him the honor to \ lsit him, that " under Pro\ i donee, ho otto I Ins escape fiom death to tho kind manner m which Captain Frere had spoken

of him "

" I hopo jour escape will be a warning to you, my mau,' said Mr Meokm, "and that you will endeavor to mako the rest of jour life, thus spaied by tho Meicj of Providence, tu atono mont for j our earlj orrors '

"Indeed, I will, sir," said John Rex, who had taken Mr Meckms nieasuio torj accuiatelj, "and it is t ci j kimi of j ou to condescend to speak so to such a w retch like nie

"Not at all,' said Mcckm, with aft ability

"It is mj dut) I am n Mmistoi of tho Goopol "

"Ah i sir, I wish I had attended to the Gospol s teachings when 1 was jouuger I might hat o boen sa\ ed from all this

" Yon might, indeed, poor man , but the Dit me Mercj is lufltute-quite infinito, und w ill bo extended to all of us-to ) ou as tt eil its to me " (This tt ith the in of snj nig, " What do you think of lhatT ) " Ronienibei tho penitent thief, Rex-the penitent thief

" Indeed, I do, sn '

"And itad jour Bible, Roi, and pi ay foi strength to bear j oin punishment "

"I tt ill, Mr Meekin I need it soroly, sir physictl as well as spmtuul stiength, bu-for tho Qovoruinont allowance is Badi) insufficient "

"I will speik to the authontics about a chango in your dictai j scale, ' returned Mcckm, patromsmgly "In the meantime, just collect together ni your mind thoBo particulars of j our adtoutuies of which )on spoke, and hate them ready for me when next I call Such a remaik able history ought not to ho lost '

"Thank jon kindly, sir I will, sir Ah1 I little thought when I occupied tho position of a geutlem m, Mi Mcokm,"-the cunning scoundi el had been piously gi uidiloqueut concerning his past em cor-" that I should bo reduced to this But it is oulj just, sir '

" '1 ho injsteiioiis tt 01 kings of Provulonco aio alttajs just, Rex, letmned Meekin, who pie forred to speak of the Alimghtj with well bl ed tagueuess " I am g1 id to see ton so conscious of yourcriorfl Good moinnif, '

" Good morning, and Jïcvtcli bliss you, sir," s vys Rex, with his tongue m his chock foi tho bouefitof his yard matea, «ntl so Mr Mcekm tripped gracefullj aw aj, with the happj notion that lie was laboring most successfully in tho Vmojard, and that tho contict Rox was leally a uiost supcilor poison

"I will send his narittite to the Bishop," saul ho to himself " It will iimuso lum 1 heio must be maiij stiango lustoiies hcio, if one

could but find them out "

As the thought pissed through Ins brain, Ins oye fell upon the " notoi ions Daw es, ' w ho, tt aitniL, for the sehoonei to luko linn buck, to Port Arthur, had been pcimittod to auiuso him self by bicukmg stoiiLS The prison shed in tt Inch Mr Mcokm w us laboring tt as long anil lo», looful with iron, and terminating at eich end in the stone wall of tho gaol At one sido roso the colls, at the othei tho tmtei wall of tho pi ison 1 lorn tho outei will proyectod a wettherboaid Hilder loof, and beneath this were Boated Bouio foi ty heavily n oneil convicts T tt o coiistiibloa, with loaded cal hines, w like I up and down the clotr space in the middle, und another watched ftom a sort of sontiy box built «gainst the main wall Eteij halt lunn a thud cou stable went down tho line mid oxammed the irons Tho admirable sjstom of Bohtarj con Hument-which in atoingu cimes pioduces in- sanity in the space of ttvolvo months-was as yet unknown m Hobin t Town, and the foi ty heavily noned men had tho pleasure of seeing each othor s faces ct cry day foi six horn s The olhor inmates of tho »iison ttoie at woik on tho i oads, oi othei w lae bestow ed m the day time, but the forty wero judged too desperate to bo let loose They sat, tinco feet apart, in two long lines, cich mau with a heap of stones bo tween his outstretched logH, and ciackud tho pebbles m lciaurolj fashion Tho double low of dismal wuodpcckcia tapping at this tombly hollow hi inch tiee of ponai disciplina had a semi ludicious appeal auco It seemed so pain- fully absurd that foi ty muscular mun should bo ironed and guarded foi no butte! pm poso than the cracking of a cart load of quartz pobblca In tho nie intime thean tt as ho ivy with nugi y glances shot ft oui ono to tho othei, and tho p tasado of tho pat son was bulled by a grumbling undertono of blasphemy It was considcicd fashion iblo to grunt athen tho hatumci carno in contact with tho stone, and under covoi of Hub mock exclamation of fatigue, li was convenient to burnell an oath A f inciful visitoi, Boeing the iucL,uIaiIy nsmg hntuinein, now hem now thoie, al nig tho lino, might have lil oncd the shed to tho interior of some vut piano whiso notes an unseen lund waa on itictlly lingering Rufus Dewe« was seitud last of the line-his back to tho cells, his face to the gul will lins was tho placo nearest the watching constable, «ntl was illottetl on that account to the most ill f tvoiod Somu of Ins corni ¿mons cut led him th tt melancholy distinction

"Wtll, Dawes, stjsMr Mci km, raeasuiing with Ins oyo the di«t mee between the prisoner md himself, aB one might measure tho chain of some ferocious dog "How aro you this morning,

Dawes '

Daw c8, scowling in a parenthesis between tho cracking of two stones, was undeistood to Bay that ho was very well

"I un afraid, Dawes,' sajs Mr Moektn reproachfully, ' that you li ivo done yourBelf no yiod by your outbmst m Court on Mond ty I understand that public opinion is quite incensed

against you

Dawes,slowly arranging ono hugo fragment of bluestone m a coinfortablu basin of Binallar fragments, made no reply

" I am afraid you lack patience, Daw es You do not lepeut for youi offences against tho law,

I fear "

Tho only answer vouchsafed by tho ironed man-if answer it could bo cilled-was ti savage blow which split tho stone into sudden frag ments, and inado tile cloi(,ymuu skip a step

backward

" You aro a hardened ruffian, sir I Do you not hear mo speak to j ou ? '

" I hear you,' Bald D uves, picking up anothei

stone

"Ihou liston respectfully, sn, said Mcckm, roseate with celestial anger "\ou havo all day

to break thosu atones "

" Yes, I havo nil day," returned Rufus Dawes, with a dogged look upw ud, "and all next day, for that matter Ugh ? and again the hammci

descended

" I carno to console you, sir-to console you, ' says Meekin, indignant at the contempt with which his well meant overtuies had been ro ceitcd "I wanted to give you some good advice, sir I '

The self important annoyanco of the tone Feemed to appeal to tvhatevei testigcof apprécia tion for the humorous, chums and dcgiadation had sullercd to linger in the convict'« brain, for a faint smile crossed hi« features " I beg your pardon, sir, he said " Play go ou '

" I waa going to say, my good fellow, that you had done yourself a great deal of injury by your ill advised accusation of Captain 11 ore, and the use you made of Miss Vickers' name '

A frown, as of pam, contracted the prisoner s brows, and ho seemed with difficulty to put a restraint upon his speech " Is thero to be no enquiry, Mr Meekin ? ' ho asked, at length "What I stated was the truth-the truth, so holp me God ? '

" No blasphemy, sir," said Meekin, solomnly " No blasphemy, wretched man Do not add to the sin of lying the greater hid of taking tho Name of the Lord thy God in turn He will not hold him guiltless, Dawes He will not hold lum guiltW, remember No, there is to be no onquiry "

" Aro they not going to ask her for her story Î

asked Dawes, with a pitiful change of manner "They told me that »ho was tobo asked Surely they will ask her '

"lam not, pei liaps, at liberty,' naas Meekin, placidly unconscious of the agony of despair and rage that made the toice of the strong man before him quiver, " to htate the mtentions of the authorities, but I can tell you that Miss Vickers will not be asked anything about you

* Tue copyright of " Hi« Natural Lifo lum Ijooh pur chased ui the proprietors oí Tit Qiutnitandcr tram He

Marron Clarke.

lou are to go back to Port Arthur on the 24th,

and to remain there .

A gio.au burst from Rufus Danes , a groan so full ot torturo, thatcvcuthccomfortablo Aleckin was thulled by it

" It is the Law, you know, my good man I cm t help it," he said " You shouldn t break the Law, you kuow "

"Curso the Law1' erics Dawes "It« a Bloody Law , Its- there, I beg your paidon, aud ho fell to cracking his stones again, with a laugh that vv is more terrible m its bitter hopelessness of vv inning attention or sj mpatliy thin any outburst of passion could havo bein

" Come, ' says Meckui, feeling uneasily cou strained to bring forth some of his London learnt platitudes " A ou em't complain A ou havo broken tho Law, and J oil must Buller Civilised Society -.ays jon bIiiiu t do certain thuigs and if jon do thom, you must sutler penalty civilised Society imposes lou are not wanting in m telhgeucc, Dawes-mores the pity-and J ou eau t denj tho justice of th it '

Rufus Dawes, as if disdaining to answei m noids, cast Ins eyes lound the y aid with a glmco that seemed to ask grimly, if Civilised Society was piogiessmg quito inaccoidance with justin, when its civilisation cteitcd such places as tint stonen ailed, ciubmo gutuded prison shed, and filled it vuth such eioutuics as those forty human boasts, (loomed to spcud tho best j ears of their muukood ci ickiug pobbles in it

"A on dont denj that I asked the smug parson, ' do jon, Danes I

' Its not uij phce to aiguo with von, su,

said Danes, in that tone of indifleroneo which, bom of lengthened sulleiiug, was so nicely bdanced between contempt and îespcet that tho uioxpei lenced Mcekiu could not foi the hfo of lum toll whether ho had mude a com el t 01

I subjected himself to nu impertinence , "but lui

a prisoner for life, and dun t look at it in Ibu same way that you do '

lins mow of the question did not seem to have occuued to Mi Meekm, foi his mild chook Hushed Coi tnmly the fact of being ii pnsoiiei for life did mako bomo dilloienec The s mud of tho noonday bell, however, wai ned him to cense argument, and to fal o Ins consolation out of tho way of the uiUBtenng piiooncis

With a gi eat clanking and clashing of irottB, tho foi ty got ei ect, and stood each by lus stono heap The thud const lblo came round, lapping the leg n oin of e ich mau w lth easy nonchalance, mid longhly pulling up tho coiuso tiouseis (made with buttoned Haps at the sides like MoMcan cal oncros, m oidei to give fiee plij to the ankle felters), bo tint hu might iissmu luiusilf that no tucks had boen plnjed since his last visit A« euliman passed this ouloil he saluted, and c1 inked v\ lth vv ide spi ead legs, to his place in the double line Mr Alcckui, though not a potion of hold spoita, found some thing in the scene lliaticmindcd lum of a blink smith picking up horses feet to examine the

soundness of then shoes

"Upon my word, ho said lo himself, with a inoinentaiy pang of geuumo compassion, " it i» a di ead ful way to tie it human beings I dont wondei at that wretched etc itme yondci youl

mg lindel it But bless mo, it ii neal 1 o clock, and I pioniiBcd to lundi willi Mujoi Vickers ut 2 How tuno flics, to bo suro ! '

Ciivftlr VII

nuius ii wv i s nnrr

Tiivt afternoon-while Mi M cckin was digest- ing lus lunch, and chatting ninly nithSjlint Rufus Daw os bo^an to biood ovoi ndespeuito scheine I ho intelligence til it tho investigation ho had hoped for was not to bo gi mted to lum, had icndcied doubly bittet tlioso galling felti is of self lestiiuut and contempt which lia had hud upon lumsolf 1 or (iv o y ears of desolation ho lind united and li tpul f ii a chanco which might bung him to Hobirt town, and embie lum to denounce tim treachery of Main ice lieio Ho had, bj ni iluiost uni iculous accident, obtained lb it chance of opon speech, nul, hav nig obtained it, ho found Hi it lie was not allowed to spink All the hopes ho had foiuicd vi em dashed to uuth All the cilinnoss with wliiih ho hld foi ced himself t > beal his fatu w is now lui nod into bittoiest i il« and fury Instead of olio oneuij bo hid twuilj All-judge, jin j, gaoler, and pat son-all uno buided logcthu to «oik lum evil und deny lum right The whole vvoild was Ins foe, theio was no honcBty oi liuthm anj living ciciture-savo one

Dining the dull inisoij of his convict life at Poit Aithtu, olio blight inctuorj «¡ioho up in him liku i Btai In tho depth of lnsdegiada lion, at tho bullit of his dispnii, he eheiishcd cue pine and oimobhng thought-tho thought of the child whom ho hld Billed, and wh > loved lum When, on b ud the vvlnlei tint lind lcseucd him fi oin the bin mug lint hu li ii felt tint tho siilors, behoving in I'iciuh bltill Ins, shrunk from thu nu ely felon, ho hld gamed strength to bo silent ly thinking < f tin sullei

mg child When poor Mi h A ickeis died, milking no sign, mid he saw tho chief wituiss to lim liuioisni penah bcfoio his eyes, tho th tight Uni tho child was left lind restraint d his sollnsli regrets When line liundilig lum over to tho nuthouties as an nbscondcr, ingeniously twisted tho details of the bint building to lus nui g1 inficieron, tho knowledge tint Syhia w mid assign to theso pi etoiitions their li no v duo had given lum courage to keep hilóme So strong was Ins belief in her t,i ititude, thnt he se irncd lo bej foi the paid in bo bul taught linns If to bolievo that she Would ask for him So utter waB his outempt fu the «owiii 1 and buster who, di est in biief uillionty, biro nisidn

false witness il mist linn, Hint, whin liol» ird Ins hcntenco of life banishment, ho dwd inn d to mnko known the ti ne pint ho lind ) luye 1 in tho mattet, piefeinug to wut for tin m rccxpiiHitc levenge, the molo c nqlete justifieitiou, winch would follow upuu the recovery of the clnl I fi oin bei illness But when, huirle 1 b Put Arthur, day «ftcrdiy passed oici, mid 1 loutit no word of pity oi justifie ition, hu begin with a Hickoning fcclniL, of despair, to coiiipicbcntl that something strnngo must have happened Ho was told I y new coiners, that the child of thu Command tnl lay still sick mid nour to di ith Theil ho bund Hut she md her father had left the colony, and tint all piospoct of her righting lum by her evidence was at an end 'I Ins píceo of news gave him n tu i iblo pimg, and al first ho was inclined to bleak nut into imbi tidings of bel selfishness But, with that depth of lov o which was in lum, albeit that it was ei usted ovci mid concealed by tho siillenness of speech anti manner which hw Bulleringa li id produced, ho found excuses foi her oven then Sho was ill

Sho wis in the hands of fi lend« who loved her, and disicgnidcd lam , pel haps, even her entreaties and explanations vveio put asido un childish bubbling« Sho would free linn if sha had the pow cr 1 hen ho wrote " statements,

agoniaed lo seo tho Comm indiiut, pestered tho gaolers mid wardois with the story of Ins wrongs, und inundated the Government with lettcis, which, containing aa they did always, denunciations of Maurice Freio, wcro nover Buflcrcd to reach their destination Ihoauthuri tics, willing at the first to look kindly upou him m consideration of Ins strange experience, grow weary of his perpetual reiteration of what thoy 1 ohoved to bo n series of malicious falsehoods, and ordered him heavier tasks and moro con- tinuous lnboi lhey mistook hi» gloom for treachery, Ins impatient outbursts of pafision at his fate for ferocity, his Hilcnt endurance for dangerous cunning As ho lind been

Macquarie Harhoi, bo did he become at Port

Arthur-a maiked man Despairing of winning I his coveted liberty by fair means, and oppressed at the hideous thought of a life m chains, ho twice attempted to escape, but escapo waB even more hopeless than it hod been al Hell s G des lhe Peninsula of Port Arthur waa admirably gum tied, signal stations drew a chain round the pnsou, an aimed boat s crew watched each bay, and ncioss the narrow isthuuB which connected it with the mainland was a coi don of watch- dogs, ni addition to the soldier guard Ho was retaken, of course, floyjod, and woighted with heavier irons Hie second time, they Bent lum to the Coal Mines-where the prisoners lived underground, worked half naked, and diagged their inspecting gaolers in waggons upon iron tramways when such great peoplo condescended to visit thom Tho day on which ho started for this place ho heard that Sylvia was dead, and with the news his last hope went fiom lum

Then began with him a new religion He worshipped the dead For the hung, he bid hut hatred and el li words , for the dead, he bad love and tender thoughts. Instead of the phantoms of his vanished youth which were once wont to visit him, he saw now but one vision-the auton of the child who had loved

him Instead of conjuring up for himself pictures of that home circle in which he bad.

once moved, and those creatures who in the past years had thought him worthy of esteem and affection, ho placed before himself but one idea, one embodiment of happiness, one being who aval without sin and without stain among all

those monsters of that pit into which he had ' fallen. Around the figure of the innocent child who lind lain in his breast, and laughed at him with her red yoiingmouth,Iiegrouped all thephan tasmata of happiness aud love. Having banished fioui his thought« all hope of resuming Mb name and place, ho pictured to himself some quiet nook at tho tvoild's end-a deep-gardened house iu a German country town, or remote cottage by the Euglish Boa-shore, where ho and his dream child might have lived together, happy in a purer affection than the love of man for woman. I Io bethought him how ho could have taught her out of tho strange stoie of learning which his roving life had won for him, how he could have confided to her his real name, and perhaps purchaso for her wealth and honor by reason of it. Yot, he thought, she would not cate for wealth and honor, she would prefer a quite life,- a life ' of iiuassuuiing usefulness, a life devoted to good deeds, to charity and love. 1 Io could see her iu his vibions-reading by a cherry fire-bide, wandering in Stimmer woods, or lingering by the marge of tho slumboring mid-day sea. He could feel-in his dreams-hor soft arms about his neck, her innocent kisses on his lips, he could hear her light laugh, and seo hor sunny ringlets Hoat, back-hlotvn, as she ran to meet him. Conscious that she was (load, and that he did to hor gentle mernot y no disrespect by linking her

fortunes to those of a w retch who had seen bo much of ovil as himself, ho loved to think of her as still living, aud to plot out for lier and for himself impossible plans of future happiness. In the noisome darkness of the mine, in the

glaring light of the noonday-dragging at his loaded waggon, ho could soo her ever with him, her calm eyes gazing lovingly in his, as tiley had gazed in the boat so long ago. She had never seemed to grow older, Bhe had never seemed to tt ¡ah to leat o him. It was only when his misery becatuo too great for him to bear, and he cniHutl and bltispliouied, mingling for a timo in tho hideous miith of his companions, that thu little nguiu lied away. Thus dreaming, ho' had shaped out for himself a sorrowful comfort,1 and in his dream-world found a compensation for tho terrible allliction of living. An indifler euee to hispiesent suliuiings took possession of him ; only at the bottom of this indifference

linked a fixed hatred of tho man wlio lind "' bi ought these Bufferings upon him, and a ' detei luiii.ttion to demand at tho fust oppor-

tunity a leeonaideration of thal man's claims to ' be esteemed a hero. It was in this mood that ho had intended to maleo the rovelation which hu had inado in Court, but tho intelligence that Sylvia lived unmanned him, and his prepaicd sjicech liml boen usurped by a passionate torrent of complaint and invectivo, which conviueed no one, and gavo Frere the very argument he needed. It was decided that the prisoner Dawes was tv malicious and artful scoundrel, tvhobe only object was to gain n brief respite- of tho punish- ment which he had so justly einlud. Against thia injustice ho had íesolvedto íebel. It was lnonstioiis, ho thought, that they should rofuso to hear thu witness who was so íeiidy to speak in his favoi, iufauioiiH that they should send him back to his doom without allotting her to say a wold in his defence, lint ho would defeat that Hchenie. Ho lind conceived au idea of a method of escape, and ho would break from his bondi. Hing himself at her feet, mill pi.ty hor to speak the truth fur liiiw, and save him. Strong in his faith of Inn, and with his lovu for her brightened by tho love ho had borno to her die.iui-iinago, ho felt suie in hot' power to lusctto bim now, tis hu had rescued her bufóte. "If she know 1 was alivo, shu ttould como to ino," ho said. "I am Hiiro she would. Pcihapa they told hor that I

waa dead."

Meditating that night in thu Bolitudo of his cell-his evil character had gained bim the poor luxury of loneliness-hu almost wept to think of tho ci no1 deception that had doubtless been pi aolised on her. " They havo told her that 1 was dead, in order that silo might learn to forgot mo ; bul she could not do that. 1 havo thought of her so ofton during these weary ye.il«, that «bo mimi soniotinios havo thought of me, Fivo

youis! Shu must bo a woman now. My lillie , child a woman I Yoi abo ia Rino lo bo childlike, sweet, ami gentle. How she will giievn when she lieamof my siiil'eiingH. Obi my darling, my dulling, you ino not dead 1" And then looking hnatily iibuut him in thu darkness, as though fe.ii ful ovon thero of beling auon, ho pulled from out hia bieast a suit of packet, aud full it lovingly with his coarse, toil-wot ii fiiigeia, rove luutly laisingit to his lips, and sitting dreaming ovor it, with a Hinilu on Ilia face, as though it wore a »acieil lulisuuui that should upon to him

the doola of fieedom.

[to ni: rnvmui'» )

Ir you want to muk» mi enemy for life, just stand ami laugh at a fat woman as she passes you on a flying jump to catch a horse-car, with tho tltoi itmmeler at iiinuty-fivu.

A I'.tlN'i'l.n walked dowii stieet with a window

sim tier under his nun. A friend meeting him i said, " Halloo ! bcuu woi king have you?" "Oh, no ! 1 cany Uiíh for ' a blind ! ' "

A r"ttvtl.lt pictuied the lucaunoHS of au oppouentby sayiug that if his «oui should I» placed inside of a muHtiiid scud, it would have as much play-ioom .is a woodclmck would havo in the

iStnto of Connecticut.

A u.thiiHJL young niall mortally offended the bride of his most iiitimalo friend by stammering, when taken ab ick by « request for a toast «t tho wedding. "Tom, my f-fi-friend, may you havo a wedding unco a your ns long as you live."

An Kncusi:-" Come, come, my dear," said an indulgent mother to her eldest hopo, " the sun li is been up these two hours, and here you're not out of bed yet." " 0, well, tho sun goos to bed at dall:, and I'm up till midnight," was tho

reply.

HY declining to eat things that you want because they aro unhealthy, by going to bed early when you want to sit up, and by making your life tt i etched in a thousand ways, you havo a clianeo of living to a ripe old age, if that is any satisfaction to you.

Tun Giikatlst Joinl'R-tho lawyer ; ho can place a tenant, empanel a jury, box a witness, boi o the emu t, chisel a client, augur thu gains, floor a witness, cut his board, nail the case,

hammer the desk, filo his bill, and shave a whole ' community. 'i '

Tin: American Rochofoucauld says the

average gorilla of Central Africa now points to,. Stanley and his band of explorers, and pathoti.

cally reminds its grandchildren that " it is what ' tlioy may ono day expect to como to."

A Li run girl, rending tho " History of Eng * land" with her mother, and coming to the » statement that Henry I. novor laughed after the death of Iii» son, looked up and said, " What did he do whun ho waa tickled!" ii

A youthful poet, whilo under tho depressing

influence of a severe cold in the head, recently . evolved the following exquisito linea :

Wiicruii, wuluiib, ufrtliful sprig, Happy birds aro «low oil w iy.

Fllttiilg about frob true to tree, VUlitlg tho air with bolody.

A stupid advertiaer writes his advertisements on a small scrap of paper with pencil or palo ink neither dots his i's nor crosses his t's ; has a

perfect contempt for vowels, and leaves out as \ many consonants as possible for the sako of

brevity. He considers a plain hand vulgar, aud , ' ' ' makes eveiy noun say so. Are not compositors paid for deciphering manuscript ?-their loss of time is nothing to him. Wo wish that such an

advurtisor had to stand behind the compositor ' ' for a night or two while his advertisements uro'

being set up, and he would bo a dull scholar if <".

he did not leave the composing-room a wiser, if ' ' not a better, wau.-American I'ajttr.

"StVBKT PnAibE."-The New York correspon-' dent of the St. Louis Jleptilitican indulges in this ' enthusiastic strain over the English actress, Mrs.

Rousby :-"Mrs. Rousby is ii fair, sweet, moon- ' light woman, graceful, self-possessed ; her

reddish, golden hair frames a calm, impressive) ' ' intensely female face, whose femininity does not ' ." consist bo much in extreme delicacy of feature as '"

in ineffable sweetness. No Bcorn Ughts up tho Í quiet eyo ; no rage deepens into shadow the '? placid, white brow : no p.ission quivers in the

well-cut nostrils or curls the beautiful lips. The . ' even tenor oí her lovely face is undisturbed.

Woll.brod ease lingers in every action, and her . beauty has a creamy look not even thunder ? . could sour. But she is so graceful, so intelligent

in her reading, so well polished by the best ?. '

dramaticlapidariaus, that woidl lore heralready.' " <?'? A pure, perfect, cloudless pearl, smooth aud' " lustrous. That's the sort of gem Mrs. Rousby '