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Chapter NumberXIII
Chapter TitleGOOD ADVICE.
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Full Date1878-09-07
Page Number3
Word Count2036
Last Corrected0000-00-00
Newspaper TitleMercury and Weekly Courier (Vic. : 1878 - 1903)
Trove TitleAda and her Cousin Charles, A Tale for Victorian Boys and Girls
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ADA*" ANB HER?t OQUSIN " '' £CHARLE= L' ,TQR4IiLBQ? S AND GIRLs. W E=SAMSON. S? sarE sXIII. rGOOD ADVICE. " Oh Liicertaiay must be harles, this time," exclaimed both Ada and Edith, almonst 'simlthaneously. They had ot long .to wait in suspense, for *thell hid 'scarcely ceased-ringing, when in came blustering, rather than .walking,: with, an abrupt and hasty step, the long and anxiously expected young gentleman. A tall, well-built youth was Charles, slim-yet fairly muscular, erect of stature, straight of limb, of bright hazel ,eyes, of elastic step,_of easy, graceful motions, of, dark-brown hair, curling cridply; -of tanned _omiplexion--taken altogether, a handsome fellow, yet with such an :air 'of, self-sufficiency,. of.nn abashable assuradce, and such an utter absence of reverence in his manner, that one's:first impressions of him was not altogether of the most favourable kind.-. It must be confessed that he was boorish in his manner and that there was a very large, an unduly large in fuisont f;,iconceit and of consequent snibbbishbess in-his disposition. ~ithout ,condescending to take the slightest notica of anyone in the room, not even of his cousin Ada, he flung himself into" a chair, opposite the one occupied;by Mr. Grinnidge, stretched out his legs and stamped his heels upon the rug'before the fire, evidently in a moody; 'if not in a savage temper. Thrusting. his hands deep down into his .pockets,; and with a jerk of the kead,:slouching.his.hat-which he had not removed-over his eyes, he ex claimed- `,:i" It is shameful ; I have been abomi nably:: treated.. .1, am. doomed to no thing but disappointments. The com mitteetof taste ,is, composed of a pack of prtjudiced idiots: :'hey are a lot of ignoramuscs. Their judgment is no more to be depended on than that of the general :public. I can succeed in riothing',that I' attempt. What a fool I am to try to gain the approbation of any'one." ' ". "'Why .Charles; dear, what an odious teminper you are in. I am sure we all sympathize with you in your disappoint ment 'very much. But you really should not be so unamiable.' If you allow evei-y little trouble to worry and irritate yonu like this you will become a peevish, cross-grained old man whom everybody.- ,?will; shun and : dislike. Don?" you thir;i nio" it is'ipssible that :the.fault may be somewhere with your self. :You are, I am' afraid, t... ready to t?ke offence where none is iutaded. Ar. you' not j st a liitle too overhearing and notsufficiekitly conciliating in your marner to make friends. I assume the privilege of my love for you to tell'you plainly that you cannot take the world by' storm. 'If youwill try to seize a bull by. the horns, you cannot but ep.pect,: an awkward prod or two. Besides,: such- efforts as you. have hitherto'made could only lead to very imperfect, immature results. If I did you as I do, I would not venture to speak to you so faithfully," and Ada looked with the tenderest anxiety at the young man, who was moving iestlessly. in his chaii, and biting. his nails 'with vexation. She was gradually growing very apprehen sive that, with his volatile disposition, f;ii eicitable: and impulsive tempera ment, and his -too susceptible vanity, be would make, shipwreck of his fortunes. How earnestly she wished thtfheirwould. give. up'thoughtsaiof fame,.and settling down quietly with her as his wife, he would adopt some one single profession, working at-which' ;steadily and assiduously, he might eventually achieve a moderate share of success .-As it. was, . she feared,, and' p Sot without cause,. that at: every step he took, he was turning would-be friends into passive, if not active foes, and unfitting himself for a career of wholesome usefulness. .. - "Yoguare..not the ony, plrson that suffers froarle same assumed want of appreciation. It uifxst b'e soii conso lation to you to kiisiw that you have da? £? a ? ? ct? totihe Jack f was. ¢sdid)lsj ?Ii1O zdge..' ?ith the kindly view of pouring healing oil on Charles's sorely bruised and wounded spirit. "His well-intentioned- words, however, had not the anticipated effect, for4,t L? i'eadeyzyuig? zanirpro "I will not b reached to like that by you and 'iaa. I inow perfectly wlIWg'W ,i Iiam" no longer! a child to be soothed by a few soft words. ,WIhit!'dgia care about other people? it.js_.aboat.!pyself that I am' concerned. ItLellyou every body t beatsebady the are euvious of ni." -zI'm '6ett d ? iive few or no tl14til*tig.!tgive to other buinesa than my-gwn.? picture now- 4bat--8za troubled. It was beautifly pau~n?t?, the tone and color were evething tl?a;io~ e - inn.,! ?Fi g. "I w .?sja rv'el oPf e~utio"ufO: Fo-lsay oftetures, for delicarlY? ffid i hr--is 8" 1 ". S'jra i'e: i"-noa:3reqtiaqnation, Mr. Charles^ It wouldbe be betterfor. picture as youo yoursel ;ommen ldation would o~Odii-om them witill .T21a .TZ S 7I~JJ3 SJTT!;IJ

"Fe- 11iss8 EdilliWT scar .cl v eZ pected to receive this rebuke fro:. you. I have perhaps deserved it, though, for speaking out before you. I know youa. never did sympathize with me in my higher aspirations, and that----" " Oh! Charles, dear, do not be so touchy and quarrelsome. You really should not bring your troubles to roost at home among your friends. It will do you no good, and can only makeaus all unhappy on your aceouit. -You should fight your battles out of doors, my dearest Charles, and should never be seen by us but'with cheerful smiles upon your face, and words of peace and hope upon your lips !'Oh! Charles, Charles, how changed you are, how morose and unlike your former self;' said Ada, looking at him with sorrow in her eyes and sighing deeply. "Why, Ada, I do believe that yon even are going to trn'.against me like. all the'others. Then I shall indeed be friendless..' How can yon expect meto preserve my temper, and be' as amiable as I was. I am annoyed on all hands. My waltz, my- poem, my history, my play, and now my picture rejected. It is enough to pirovoke the anger of Moses, the meekest of men, and the patience of Job, proverbially the most long-suffering one.. Everything that I. do cannot be worthless. Why my picture was most original in its concep tion, and in its treatment Ihad displayed a skill that is rarely to be found in one so new to art as I ari. Moreover, I had painted it with the strictest adherence to the rules of tethetics and perspective. Yet it has been rejected by those wretched daubers, Bnvel6t and Von Guerard." Such was his anger that his reason for the time was perfectly distorted. It was his admiration for the works -of those two exquisite and talented artists thatfhad first caused him to give his attention to painting. ""Have they, then, finally refused to receive your picture under any condi tions ' Will they not even give it a place above the line?" said Ada. "They have positively and finally rejected it; I had a letter from them to that effect this evening. Of what avail is it to have talent, genius, and a decidedpredilection for the fine arts. A iban who'is not taken by the hand and advanced' by' a clique is disregarded. His claims for notice are ignored. Every obstacle is thrown in his way. His piath o'dwards is but a series of pitfalls, dug by the hatred and malice of his enemies. On every hand he is made to feel how powerless he is. to succeed relying oh .his own personal merits. And this is especially the case among artists, because they each fear that the success of another means the blotting out from public recognition of his own fame and repute. :How can it possibly be otherwise with those who are his competitors for the capricious and the evanescent favor of the public." He little thought, in thus giving ex pression to his sentiments, that he was pronouncicng condemnation on himself. For what was he after all but a flighty youth with no persistency of purpose, with little power of steady application. " But Charles" said Mr. Grinnidge, beating, with the forefinger of his right hand, a bar of triple-time, while speak ing " the public is not a clique, what ever a committee may be, neither is the public so stupid as you assume it is. Now, with industry and perseverance, if you really have talent,- and keep steadily to one thing, and- don't' get spiteful when you fail in pleasing it, you will, in time, be recognized and earn a name. You should bear in mind-that first impressions are not always correct ones. They are subject to reversal. Neither the public, nor committees, nor journalists are im peccable or infallible. See how you vourselfarrive athastyand atnnjustcon clusions. You, yonrself,condemnevery oneindiscriminatelywhorefuses toadmit that your productions have any merit, before having first patiently listened to and weighed well the reasons by ,wpich they.were influenced.ip arriving at their decision. Take myself as a case in point. My own rule is never to be elated nor,what any one says, but to work on steadily at inipr6viring mjyself in the one.:thing" musEic as developed on the bass viol-to whicl I have devoted my whole life. An~:l can ?safely ~assertthis, without fear of contradiction, that not a single paper has ever once mentioned my name either in praise or blame. Yet I mn fifty years of age. Sooner or later, talent will and must make its way. All:j~auhi;re-siido is to "keep quiet, nevergrpmble,, and work with perse vdr~ti~'at ode 'thing. I have never yet-despaired. From my youth -up. wards I 'have been devoted; to music. It'was inij lyl love, it' fr? l l~e my latest passion. : The bass-viol has been the object of:my adoration. I have loved it from my tenderest years. Whepa'W'py sts hiilcb I'inse4 h draw outlines of it with' chlalk upon the walls, and have more- than oncesuffered e laving sed mpresslmons oFiit with my penknife on th'e'desk and forms. I dreamed.of it-:; ,Thaform arndhape-f whose dulcet -4inis tare the sweetest that can salute my ears, have been ever ?yith-mnaia znyw-ki'g as in my-deep 'mg'tioughts. -It is iue'my fatlier;at tinid, oull say .a","e ."I rwonl be better for yon tostand :behind a counter and-measure alico and sil)s pr seize a layers of briekiirwiih' i'spade plant -tsintps; 'than:to :bel:scraping catgit, morning tiooi- and night,'to the dis ,ioifiture ;of your' mcther and nyself. But that did no't deter me from my iirpase. I thldought nponliha'he said, ries Bi~l/it~hfqt to -heigad4ese~of my ypd I.souggL .p4please him by tryiulg my hfik on some other issttbment?-e y oled- t. per-worship. nant concomitantaLfwar by clashing the lo?d .cmbal beating time upon the ;roXni~rus-Chne. gong aid by the brazen~upt , p But m B etsr to exc 'm pioduc??" ierodioiis efects

-hard-naturedld?ie.plb-iwho hbadtiho soul for the iarminious'concor1 of sweet sonidEs."' So I rettrned1with renewded delight to :the idol oF=my -bedr- the bass-viol; Andese thereull:;-I haie. at length, climbed,.up so.farithe ladder of !.succese;r that . as. auackpnowledged musician I can always gettan engage ment :in an. orchestra. ,Yet, I. have made no- enemies. And I .can.assure, you Ihat liave hitherto been absolutely unnoticed in-any paper." Charles could barely repress a smile of irony.on.hearing Mr. Grinnidge thus speak-in. the-:full: simplicity, of his honest heart. There is no doubt but that the good old gentleman had mis tiken his aspiration to. excel. for a sign of-his ability, a not uncommon mistake. But he was of a genial, happy tempera ment, and was thoroughly satisfiedwith the very small measurse'of success he had achieved. He was not of a rest less, ambitious turn ofmind, and, there fore, never chafed.and fumed when he found that others w'ere preferied before him, and that he literally 'always had to play .second fiddle,. or. rather, sub ordinate bass-viol. The utter absence of-envy in his soul had made 'him a universal favourite. So he still scraped and sawed away with his bow most happily, hoping that he would one day, in.the opinion of the Melbourne public, be promoted to the lofty position of being regarded as the premier violin cellistin the city. (To be continued.)