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of half the county in his hands, came to sky as blue as summer, the trees all rusMarkland to see her, and any idea there set and gold, the air with just enough might have been of Geoff's lessons had chill in it to make breathing a keen de to be laid aside. He had to be dismissed light. Why not now? These words, even from his seat in the window, where Geoff said afterwards, came into his he generally superintended almost every mind as if somebody had said them; but thing that went on. With an internal the boldness and wildness of the daring reflection how much better it would have deed suggested by them'ran through his been had Theo begun his labors, Lady little veins like wine. He rather flew Markland sent the boy away. “ Take than ran to the stables, which were sadcare of yourself, Geoff. If you go out, ly shorn of their ancient splendor, two take Bowen with you, or old Black.” horses and Geoff's pony being all that Bowen was the nurse, whom Geoff felt remained. himself to have long outgrown, and Black “ Saddle me my pony, Black !” the was an old groom, whose company was boy cried. “Yes, Master Geoff” (the dear to Geoff on ordinary occasions, but old man would not say, my lord); “but for whom he felt no particular inclina- the cob's lame, and I can't take Mition to-day. The little boy went out rah without my lady's leave.”
“ Never and took a meditative walk, his thoughts mind. I'm going such a little way. returning to the question which had Mamma never says anything when I go been put before them last night: Theo a little way.” Was it a lie, or only Warrender for his tutor, to come daily a fib? This question of casuistry gave for his lessons, and then to go away. Geoff great trouble afterwards ; for (he With the unconscious egotism of a child, said to himself) it was only a little way, Geoff would have received this as per- nothing at all, though mamma of course fectly reasonable, a most satisfactory ar- thought otherwise.
6 You 'll be very rangement; and indeed it appeared to careful, Master Geoff,” said the old man. him, on thinking it over, that his moth- Black had his own reasons for not desirer's suggestion of a payment in kind- ing to go out that day, which made him ness was on the whole somewhat absurd. all the more willing to give credence to “ Kindness !” Geoff said to himself, Geoff's promise; and the boy had never “ who 's going to be unkind ?” He now shown any signs of foolhardiness to make proceeded to consider the subject at his attendants nervous. With an exullarge. After a time he slapped his little tation which he could scarcely restrain, thigh, as Black did when he was excited. Geoff found himself on his pony, unre“I'll tell you!” he cried to himself. strained and alone. When he got be“I'll offer to go over there half the yond the park, from which he made his time.” He paused at this, for, besides exit by a gate which the servants used, the practical proof of kindness to Theo and which generally stood open in the which he felt would thus be given, a morning, a sort of awful delight was in sudden pleasure seized upon and ex
his little soul. He was on the threshold panded his little soul. To go over there : of the world. The green lane before to save Theo the trouble, and for him- him led into the unknown. He paused self to burst forth into a new world, a a moment, rising in his stirrups, and universe of sensations unknown, — into looked back at the house standing bare freedom, independence, self-guidance ! upon the ridge, with all its windows An exhilaration and satisfaction hith- twinkling in the sun. His heart beat, erto unexperienced went up in fumes as the heart beats when we leave all we to Geoff's brain. It was scarcely noon, love behind us, yet rose with a thrill and a still and beautiful October day; the throb of anticipation as he faced again towards the outer universe. Not nine as the only payment Theo would accept. till Christmas, and yet already daring Geoff in his generosity was going to adventure and fortune. This was the give the price beforehand, to intimate consciousness that rose in the little fel- his intention of saving Theo trouble by low's breast, and made his small gray coming to the Warren every second day, eyes dance with light, as he turned his and generally to propitiate and please pony's head towards the Warren, which his new tutor. It was a very impormeant into the world.
tant expedition, and after this nobody Geoff was very confident that he would say that Theo's kindness was not knew the road. He had gone several repaid. times with his mother in the carriage The pony trotted along very steadily direct to the Warren ; one time in par- so long as Geoff remembered to keep ticular, when the route was new to him, his attention to it; and it cantered a - when he went clinging to her, as he little, surprising Geoff, when it found always did, but she, frozen into silence, the turf under its hoofs, along another making no reply to him, leant back in stretch of sunny road which Geoff turned Mrs. Warrender's little brougham, like into without remembering it, with a thrill a mother made of marble. Very clear- of fresh delight in its novelty and in the ly the child remembered that dreadful long vista under its overarching boughs. drive. But others more cheerful bad Then he went through the wood, make occurred since. He had got to know ing the pony walk, his little heart all the Warren, which was so different from melting with the sweetness and shade Markland, with those deep old shad- as he picked his way across the brook, owing trees, and everything so small in which the leaves lay as in Valombroand well filled. And they had all been The pony liked that gentle pace. kind to Geoff. He liked the ladies more Perhaps he had thoughts of his own than he liked Theo. On the whole, which were as urgent, yet as idle, as Geoff found ladies more agreeable than Geoff's, and like the boy felt the delight
His father had not left a very of the unknown. Anyhow, he walked tender image in his mind, whereas his along the smooth, level stretch of road mother was all the world to the invalid beyond the wood; and Geoff, upon his boy. It occurred to him that he would back, made no remonstrance. He began get a very warm reception at the War- to get a little confused by the turnings, ren, whither he meant to go to convey by the landscapes, by the effect of the to Theo his gracious acceptance of the wide atmosphere and the wind blowing offered lessons; and this gave brightness in his face. He forgot almost that he and pleasure to the expedition. But was Geoff. He was a little boy on his the real object of it was to show kind- way to fairyland, riding on and on in a ness which his mother had suggested dream.
M. O. W. Oliphant.
HE paused at the grave just made,
As the mourners turned to go :
With the one asleep below.
On the budding limb above,
A robin, alert, elate,
Unto his new-found mate.
R. K. Munkittrick.
THE QUODDY HERMIT.
The mysterious charm of ancestry of the East India Company; and had and yellow parchment, of petitions to fought under Clive. At the blockade the admiralty and royal grants of land, of Pondicherry he lost his right arm, of wild scenery and feudal loyalty, of and the Sunderland, to which he berough living and knightly etiquette, has longed, having foundered, he was orlong clustered round a little island off dered to England. There, in 1761, he the coast of Maine, called on the old petitioned the Lords of the Admiralty charts Passamaquoddy Outer Island. "for Gratuity, Pension, or Preferment," Moose roamed over the swamps and as their lordships might deem him to looked down from the bold headlands; deserve. He did receive special thanks Indians crossed from the mainland and and promise of promotion, and at last, shot them; straggling Frenchmen, dress- through the intercession of his friend, ing in skins, built huts along the north- Sir William Campbell, Governor-Genern and southern shores, till civilization eral of Nova Scotia, he obtained possesdawned through the squatter sovereignty sion of the island which Hunt and of two men, Hunt and Flagg. They Flagg had civilized. planted the apple-trees whose gnarled As it embraced more land than could branches still remain to tell of the win- then be granted to one person, Owen ter storms that howled across the plains, induced others to join him in asking for and converted the moose-yards into a the grant, that the whole island might field of oats; for the wary, frightened eventually be under the control of the animals vacated their hereditary land Owen family. Consequently, in 1767 in favor of these later usurpers. Their the island was deeded to William Owen mercantile skill taught them how to and his cousins, Arthur Davies, David, use, for purposes of trade rather than and William Owen, Jr., who, in grateful for private consumption, the shoals of compliment to Campbell, changed its fish which it was firmly believed Provi- name from Passamaquoddy Outer Island dence sent into the bay,
to Campobello. While the Passamaquoddians who ate William Owen immediately brought fish were living in huts, and those who over from the mother country a colony sold it were dwelling in houses, on the of seventy persons ; stationed his ship at distant waters of India was a man, Wil- Havre de Lute, a Franco-Indian corrupliam Owen by name, whose destinies tion of Harbor of the Otter; and, having were to be linked with this little Eng. settled his people according to his liklish island in America. As naval officer, ing, returned to England, but soon left he had been “in all service and enter- it again on public service, and died with prise where ships, boats, and seamen the rank of Admiral. were employed ; ” had labored at Ben- David Owen acted as agent for the gal in the reëstablishment of the affairs grantees, and was a veritable lord of the isle. His house had even more roof he regretted that, as a boy, he “had no than the usual sloping, barnlike home other distinct idea of our Lord Jesus of former days. He built a rude church, Christ than that he was a good man." read the service, and preached. What His belief in the direct interposition of matter if a sermon was oft repeated, or the Creator on his behalf frequently now and then was original! Could not solaced him in these youthful days of he, though a layman, best tell the needs loneliness and misdemeanor. The literal of his congregation ? He played the and instant fulfillment of two dreams on fiddle at dances, married the people, special and unthought-of subjects were scolded them as self-constituted judge, convincing proof, to quote his own kept a journal of island events in micro- words, that “they were sent by God scopic chirography, wrote for the East- Almighty himself, as a simple way of port Sentinel, was interested in protect- assuring me that as I was under his eye ing the fisheries, and died, leaving his he would himself take care of me." share of the island to William Owen, Jr. So he grew up to be presumptuous, This younger Owen sold Campobello, adventurous, resolute, and strong. In which now had come into his sole pos- 1788 he embarked as midshipman of a session, to William Fitz-William, who line-of-battle ship, and “ from that time as the natural son of the Owen of Pon- for forty-three continuous years served dicherry fame could obtain possession under every naval man of renown, and only through purchase of his father's was honored by the friendship of Neloriginal grant.
con." At forty-four he married a Welsh A curiously pathetic life was that of lady, and wrote, “I thought myself a William Fitz-William, from the time tolerably religious man, but knew mywhen, a boy of five years old, an inmate self to be as Reuben, unstable as water; of the artillery barracks, he replied, on at fifty-seven my worldly ambition was being asked his last name, “I don't barred by corruption in high places ; at know ; mother can tell you,” to his old sixty-one I became the Hermit." age, when, dressed in admiral's uniform, Years before he had adopted the he paced back and forth on a plank pseudonym of Quoddy Hermit, he had walk, built out into the bay, over the cruised in the Bay of Fundy, engaged high cliffs of the shore, in memory of in its survey. The man-of-war which the quarter-deck of his beloved ship. was stationed for three years at the Conceited and religious, authoritative Campobello headland of that name must and generous, humorous and ceremoni- have belonged to his fleet. The crew ous, disputatious and frank, a lover of spent much of tbeir time ashore, tendwomen more than of wine, his fame still ing a little garden, brilliant with dahlias lingers in many a name and tradition. and marigolds, which they presented in
When very young, a friend of his the season, in overweighted bouquets, father's took him away from the bar- to the few island belles, who, in return racks and from his mother, of whom he for such unexpected courtesies, consentnever again heard. He was boarded ed in winter to dance on the ship's and punished in various homes in North deck, regardless of their frozen ear-tips. Wales, but as recompense wore a Two of the midshipmen were as dauntcocked hat and a suit of scarlet made less in pedestrianism as in love, and for from an old coat of his father's. He & wager started on a perilous walk learnt the catechism and collects, re- around icy cliffs, which threw them head. peated the Lord's Prayer on his knees, long. Their comrades buried them unand thought of raising the devil by say, der the gay flowers, and sailed away ing it backwards ; though in after-life from the henceforth ill-omened garden.
In course of time, William Fitz-Wil- to Whale-Boat Cove, - so called from a liam returned with the rank of Admiral. large kind of row-boat used in the herHe brought with him the frame of a ring fisheries, - which he persuaded the house, taken from another island, build- men to call Welsh Pool. Many a little ing materials, silver, and glass. He maiden counted her pennies by the aderected his habitations, and planted the miral's kisses, and many a poor fishersun-dial of his vessel in the grove
front- man blessed him for allowing the house ing his home. He widened the narrow rent to run on from year to year, though roads along the bay, which David had the admiral invariably insisted on the broken out, and in his heavy, lumbering rental from the weirs; he well knew coach of state went through mud and which was the more profitable. On snow from one tenant to another. The other days he stayed at home and coach is still to be seen, and the tenant's amused himself with his books. At four grandchildren bear the Owen surname o'clock the husband and wife dined with as the universal Christian cognomen. the family and the frequent guests. The
Now began the daily routine, which dinner of four courses was served in seldom varied. The day commenced and silver and gold lined dishes, with wines ended with prayers, which all the house- from Jersey and game from the provhold servants attended; the “ maids,” as inces. Silver candelabras shone upon the admiral called them,
“ for we are
the table. Damask and India muslin all servants of God," — bringing their curtains shaded the many-paned winwork, and sewing throughout the ser- dows; heavy mahogany and rosewood vice, except when the prayer itself was chairs, sofas, and tables furnished the said. If some one occasionally was dis- apartments ; great logs on tall andirons inclined to such steady improvement of burned in monster fireplaces; sacred the devotional hour, the admiral, with a maps hung around the evening parlor; benevolent smile, inquired, “ My dear, and the dining-room carpet was said do you feel lazy to-night?” Breakfast to have been a gift from the King of was served at nine. After that, the Lady Prussia. Owen, clad in an enormous apron, en- Lady Owen was a handsome woman, tered the kitchen, and taught the mys- with silver hair and a pink and white teries of salads and jellies. There were complexion, who, like her daughters, constant offerings from the people, who wore velvet trains and low corsages. esteemed it an honor to give or to sell Sometimes the mother wrapped herself the creatures which they had raised for in a certain gold and black scarf with their own use, and which had fed on such a courtly grace that its rememthe wild grass and young hemlock, till brance has never faded.
Great was never was fowl or lamb more succulent. the jubilee among the domestics when a At the first cold storm of winter, the box arrived from England, with fabulous notable housekeepers of the island put dresses, ready made. down in big barrels, amid layers of After the dinner of an hour came tea snow, their chickens, turkey, and geese, at seven and a family rubber till nine, their lamb and their pork, and educated then Scripture - reading and worship, their hens to lay eggs through all sea- when the ladies and servants retired, sons. But if none of these tasks needed leaving the admiral and his gentleman Lady Owen's supervision, she fitted, in friends, fortified with cigars, whisky, the work-room, the dresses of her do- and water, to relate naval stories and mestics, or taught the children of the discuss religious themes till two or neighborhood to sew.
three o'clock in the morning. Owen's The admiral would often stroll down three chosen intimates were designated