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"It is the custom here, when my "Stand up!” he thundered. They friends come to see me, that they send started to their feet. "There is the beforeband to tell me. Then I prepare road back to the bush. Follow it!" food for them, that they may rest and No man moved. eat after their journey. You did not "Follow it!" be roared, with imperisend to me and nothing has been pre- ous gesture in the direction. And the pared, but I have told my boys,' and mass, moving native fashion, in single soon they will bring some food for the file, slunk off. The Padre watched the great ones amongst you." No response last of them depart, and went back to from "The Silent Ones.” The Padre the Mission, where, after a search, he went on
discovered Father Ridout hiding un"It is not the custom for honest men der his bed. He addressed him to come unannounced, with arms, in shortly, and went himself back again the middle of the night, to see their to bed. friend. But you, no doubt, have good Late in the following afternoon, reason. What is it?' And he paused, dusty, hot, tired beyond expression, vainly, for reply.
there arrived Captain Jervis with a “Then, since you won't tell me, I'll small column sent up in all haste from tell you.
You are murderers. You the settlement. The soldiers expected are cowards. Like the hyæna you to find the place in ruins, and Jervis skulk in the shadows by day. You thought himself the victim of a false fly before a child with a stick in the alarm when the Fathers came running sunlight. You are no men. In all of out of the Mission to greet him. They you there is not so much pluck as in escorted him and the three white offione small dog. You call together a cers with him to the veranda, gave great band, and secretly by night you to each a chair and a long cool drink, crawl about in the bush till the devil and then Father Ridout withdrew. gives you courage to fall upon a sleep- Moulain narrated the events of the preing man. Pah! I spit upon you.” And vious day, "and,” he ended, “when you he spat.
see Father Ridout please take no no"You have come to murder me. I tice of him. Do not speak to him. am but one, unarmed.
You are many,
For one week he is a 'boy,' he will take and in your hands I see spears and his meals with the 'boys,' and he is knives and axes. It is night, and your forbidden to speak to me or to any father the devil has given you all the white man during that time." courage you can hold, apes that you "Come, come, now," said Jervis. are. Come then and kill me. You “That's very hard on the little man. bushmen!" And he spat again.
Certainly it wasn't very brave to go With a gesture of contempt, “You and hide under the bed, but he's very fear to touch me," he said. “Why? young, he's fresh to the country, and See, I have no stick! You curs! I we have it on the best authority that called you hyænas. I flattered you! it's not given to many men to be You are mice!"
plucky at 2 A.M. And he isn't a solAnd the small missionary told them dier anyway.” off in this strain for other ten minutes. “I beg your pardon," said Moulain He was of an eloquence, this Moulain! very gravely. "He is a soldier, much His address finished, he paused for more even than you are.” some moments. Still from “The Si- There resulted from the episode four lent Ones" there came no sign por several things. First, the power and sound.
prestige of "The Silent Ones" were for ever destroyed in that neighbor- with orders to the greatest of their hood, and they went raiding there servants that he was to make a spenever again. Second, Jervis and his cial journey for the purpose and preofficers subscribed together and bought sent it to the Father with all possible for Father Moulain the very latest pat- ceremony. Fourth, and last, Father tern revolver, with hundreds and hun- Moulain is to-day the head of a large dreds of cartridges. Third, the gove and flourishing Mission at the scene of erning body of the company at home, his encounter with "The Silent Ones." who had the reputation of being very He says that there are only three use nearly the meanest upon earth, stirred less things on the Mission-viz., him. by Jervis's report, bought a very self, the revolver, and the watch, which handsome gold watch, paid for a most took a dislike to West Africa soon eloquent inscription that completely after reaching him and has never covered the back of it, and sent it out worked from that day to this.
LITTLE PLAYS FOR AMATEURS.
III.-"AT DEAD OF NIGHT."
man I was three years ago. Three The stage is in semi-darkness as Dick years! It has been a lifetime! (Pathel
Trayle throws open the window from ically to the audience.) Where is Millioutside, puts his knee on the sill, and cent now? falls carefully into the drawing-room [He falls into a reverie, from which of Beeste Hall. He is dressed in a he is suddenly wakened by a noise knickerbocker suit with arrows on it outside. He starts, and then creeps (such as can always be borrowed from a rapidly to the switch, arriving there friend), and, to judge from the noises at the moment when the lights go which he emits, is not in the best of out. Thence he goes swiftly behind training. The lights go on suddenly; the window ourtain. The lights go and he should seize this moment to up again as Jasper Beeste comes in stagger to the door and turn on the with a revolver in one hand and a switch. This done he sinks into the bull's-eye lantern of apparently nearest chair and closes his eyes.
enormous candle power in the other. If he has been dancing very late the Jasper (in immaculate evening dress). night before he may drop into a peace- I thought I heard a noise, so I slipped ful sleep; in which case the play ends on some old things hurriedly and came here. Otherwise, no sooner are his down. (Fingering his perfectly-tied tie.) eyes closed than he opens them with a But there seems to be nobody here. sudden start and looks round in terror. (Turns round suddenly to the window.)
Dick (striking the keynote at once). Ha, who's there? Hands up, blow youNo, no! Let me out-I am innocent! (He ought to swear rather badly here, (He gives a gasp of relief as he realizes really)-hands up, or I fire! the situation.) Free! It is true, then! [The stage is suddenly plunged into I have escaped! I dreamed that I was darkness, there is the noise of a back in prison again! (He shudders and struggle, and the lights go on to ne helps himself to a large whisky-and-soda, veal Jasper by the door covering which he swallous at a gulp.) That's Dick with his revolver. better! Now I feel a new man-the Jasper. Let's have a little light on
you. (Brutally.) Now then, my man, don't love him. Now then I can speak. what have you got to say for yourself? Jasper (advancing threateningly). Ha! An escaped convict, eh?
Yes, to your friends the warders. MilDick (to himself in amazement). Jas- licent, ring the bell. per Beeste!
Dick (wresting the revolver from his Jasper. So you know my name? grasp). Ha, would you? Now stand
Dick (in the tones of a man whose whole over there and listen to me. (He arlife has been blighted by the machinations ranges his audience, Millicent on a sofa of a false friend). Yes, Jasper Beeste, on the right, Jasper, biting his finger I know your name. For two years I
nails, on the left.) Three years ago have said it to myself every night, Lady Wilsdon's diamond necklace was when I prayed Heaven that I should stolen. My flat was searched and the . meet you again.
necklace was found in my hatbox. AlJasper. Again? (Uneasily.) We though I protested my innocence I was have met before?
tried, found guilty, and sentenced to Dick (slowly). We have met before, ten years penal servitude, followed by Jasper Beeste. Since then I have lived fifteen years police supervision. a lifetime of misery. You may well Millicent (raising herself on the sofa). fail to recognize me.
Dick, you were innocent—I. know it. [Enter Millicent Wilsdon—in a dress- (She flops back again.) ing-goun, with her hair over her Dick. I
But how could 1 shoulders, if the county will stand it. prove it? I went to prison.
For a Millicent (to Jasper). I couldn't sleep year black despair gnawed at my heart. -I heard a noise-1-suddenly seeing And then something happened. The the other) Dick! (She trembles.)
prisoner in the cell next to mine tried Dick. Millicent! (He trembles too.) to communicate with me by means of Jasper. Trayle! (So does he.)
taps. We soon arranged a system and Dick (bitterly). You shrink from me, held conversations together. One day Millicent. (With strong common sense) he told me of a robbery in which he What is an escaped convict to the and another man had been engaged beautiful Miss Wilsdon?
the robbery of a diamond necklace. Millicent. Dick-I--you--when you Jasper (jauntily). Well? were sentenced
Diek (sternly). A diamond necklace, Dick. When I was sentenced—the Jasper Beeste, which the other man evidence was black against me, I ad- hid in the hatbox of another man ir mit-I wrote and released you from order that he might woo the other your engagement. You are married man's fiancée! (Millicent shrieks.) now?
Jasper (blusteringly). Bah! Millicent (throuring herself on a sofa). Dick (quietly). The man in the cell Oh, Dick!
next to mine wants to meet this genJasper (recorering himself). Enough tleman again. It seems that he has of this, Miss Wilsdon is going to some old scores to pay off. marry me to-morrow.
Jasper (sneeringly). And where is Dick. To marry you! (He strides he? orer to the sofa and pulls Millicent to Dick. Ah, where is he? (He goes to her feet.) Millicent, look me in the the windone and gives a lowo whistle. 1 eyes! Do you love him? (She turns Stranger in knickerbockers jumps in and away.) Say "Yes" and I will go back ndvances with a crab-like movement.) quietly to my prison. (She raises her Good! here you are. Allow me to preeyes to his.) Ha! I thought so! You sent you to Mr. Jasper Beeste.
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Jasper (in horror). Two-toed Thomas! First Warder. There they are! I am undone!
[He seizes Dick. Two-toed Thomas Two-toed Thomas (after a series of leaps from the window, pursued by Unintelligible snarls). Say the word, the second Warder. Millicent picks guv'nor, and I'll kill him. (He prowls ир the confession and advances round Jasper thoughtfully.)
dramatically. Dick (sternly). Stand back! Now, Millicent. Do not touch that man! Jasper Beeste, what have you to say? Read this!
Jasper (hysterically). I confess. I [She hands him the confession with will sign anything. I will go to prison. an air of superb pride. Only keep that man off me.
First Warder (reading). Jasper Beeste! Dick (going up to a bureau and writ- (slipping a pair of handcuffs on Jasper.) ing aloud at incredible speed). “I, Jas- You come along with me, my man. per Beeste, of Beeste Hall, do hereby We've had our suspicions of you for declare that I stole Lady Wilsdon's some time. (To Millicent, with a nod at diamond necklace and bid it in the Dick) You'll look after that gentlehat-box of Richard Trayle; and I fur
man, miss? ther declare that the said Richard Millioent. Of course! Why, he's enTrayle is innocent of any complicity in gaged to me. Aren't you Dick? the affair." (Advancing with the paper Dick. This time, Millicent, for ever! and a fountain pen.) Sign, please.
Curtain. [Jasper signs. At this moment two
A. A. M. warders burst into the room. Punch.
THE FUTURE OF ANGLO-AMERICAN ARBITRATION.
Sir Edward Grey's reputation as a ing a judicial settlement for the arbitdispassionate and reserved statesman rament of arms in the graver issues enhances the influence of the cordial between two nations. Many of those response which he has made to the sug- who in this country and America give gestions of President Taft for an un- the kindest welcome to the idea do not reserved treaty of arbitration between appear adequately to appraise its inthe United States and this country. trinsic and particular importance. Mr. Taft's personal declarations in fa- Such a treaty, if it can be brought vor of this course, repeated upon at about, would, in their opinion, be more least two public occasions, carried, of valuable as an example than as course, no Governmental weight, and, achievement. For to ordinary citizens indeed, were taken at the time as lit- the notion of actual hostilities between tle more than pious aspirations. Sir this country and America has come to Edward Grey's favorable attitude has appear so monstrous that it has been raised them at a single move on to
difficult to realize that any provocathe plane of practical politics. It is tion could bring it to pass. Now this hardly an exaggeration to say that his view implies not only a short memory, declaration initiates a new stage in the but a rather dangerous misreading of history of international relations. For national psychology. The fact that it is the first full and warm accepta- only sixteen years ago the two nations tion, on the part of a European For- were brought very suddenly to the very eign Minister of the idea of substitut- brink of war by the message of Pres
ident Cleveland on the Venezuela ques- and interests make for peace. Her tion, ought to suffice to remind us of favorite spokesmen and advisers eathe enormous value of an agreement gerly urge that she should enter her which should secure the automatic “ad- new career in the definite character of judication of International Arbitration
a peacemaker. But it would be foolCourts in every issue which cannot be ish to disguise the risk that the nosettled by negotiation, matter bler and more enduring tendency may what it involves, whether honor, terri- be crossed and thwarted by one of tory, or money." It is true that the those gusts of passion which sweep relations between the two countries the ship of State out of its pre-orsince that time have shown a marked dained course, and bear it into perilincrease of friendliness, and that the
One of the ablest recent present time is peculiarly opportune for analysts of American life observes that setting those relations upon a perma- "in the attitude of the American tonent basis of peace and law. But wards foreign affairs, the love of peace these movements of popular feeling are and the delight in war combine to very fluctuating, and it would be a make a contrast which has rarely been thousand pities not to utilize the genu- seen.” ine current of goodwill which prevails If America is to be a real power now in both peoples to give stability for peace in the world, she cannot exand firm co-operation to the future pol- ercise that function by merely adding icy of the two great Anglo-Saxon one more to the great armed Powers, States. For the opportuneness does not scheming and struggling for trade and merely consist in the friendly senti- dominion. She can only do so by takments which exist upon both sides of ing just that sort of initiative which the Atlantic. The United States, President Taft desires. She can do within the last few years, has openly so better than any other first-rate and rapidly abandoned her formal pol- Power, precisely because she has hithicy of seclusion, and has stepped out erto stood aloof from "entangling alboldly to take her part in world poli- liances." It is natural and right that tics. The territorial acquisitions which in her early tentative endeavor after have accompanied this change are, per- this policy she should first approach haps, not the most important aspect of Great Britain; for the common bonds of this new policy. The enlarged com- blood, language and institutions make mercial career which, on attaining her this the line of least resistance and of present stage of industrial develop- most reliable co-operation. It has ment, she was bound to enter, the ap- hitherto been impossible for representaproaching completion of the Panama tive statesmen in European nations to Canal, and, we must add, the adoption achieve the faith in ideas and the conof a naval policy which places her fidence in pacific tendencies requisite among the greatest Powers, combine to for the great step which America and bring the United States into the full England can take together for the flood of international politics. As the cause of civilization. We do not forterritory, trade and financial exploita- get that Mr. Taft has made no formal tion of the Pacific come to play the proposal, and that Sir Edward Grey larger part they must play in the inter- accepted none. But though some ornational affairs of European Powers, gans of our Press speak in disparaging the United States must more and more tones of the surrender of “sovereignty" be drawn into the race. Her present involved in general arbitration, there and, we believe, her permanent desires can, we hold, be little doubt that a