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to defend acts done in his absence, and therefore warn all volunteer officers comto make compensations for which he has manding of the absolute necessity there no funds from the corps. Nay, even is of adopting every precaution, and reit may become a question for a jury, quiring a most rigid observance of the whether the butt was a reasonable and rules that have been laid down at Hythe proper butt, looking at all the surround- relating to ball practice. Had this been ing circumstances of time and place. Ten done, the shooting of the dog, which feet high, or even the targets alone, brought so much odium on Volunteers, might be ample on Salisbury plain ; could not have bappened. No shooting while ten feet multiplied by five would about by individuals at their own will be insufficient in some of the populous and pleasure should be permitted at all. neighbourhoods of London or Liver

The ball practice should be at the butts, pool. Should the metropolis ever be and butts alone, and always in the prefortified in the manner suggested in a •sence of an officer or serjeant, and the very able paper recently published in a results always registered. If men will contemporary journal, the earthworks practise otherwise, they should do it with themselves will probably solve the ques- their own rifles, and at their own proper tion for the Middlesex companies, by risk and costs. supplying excellent butts at their bases ; Having thus shown the difficulties in the interim, however, the position that beset the obtaining of rifle ranges, is an uncertain one, and there can be and the risks incurred in the use of no doubt corps will be exposed to the them, we have to consider what mearisk of suits both at law and in equity, sures should be taken to assure the from which, in our opinion, in the pro- proper amount of ball practice by the secution of a public object, they ought Volunteer on the one side, with the to be relieved. It will have to be set- greatest possible safety to the public tled whether the commission of the on the other. It is a problem by no volunteer officer protects him for acts means easy to solve. We strongly maindone without negligence in the discharge tain, as a first step, that all that pertains of his duty, although they may occasion to the actual rifle practice—that is to injury and loss to others; and in the say, the weapon itself, the ammunition, present uncertainty occasioned by the and the range-should be supplied by the novelty of the subject, we suggest that country. The rifleman, in finding time the Government inspector should be and uniform, makes the far larger sacricalled on to certify the fitness of all fice—to say nothing of the many incibutts for rifle practice, and that his cer- dental expenses of railway travelling, tificate be held conclusive in the courts and the like ; and, even if an extra halfof judicature of the country. This would penny in the pound is added to the at once narrow the questions at issue income-tax, he helps to pay it. At prevery considerably, and be a great pro- sent, the rifles themselves are supplied, tection, as well to the public as to corps and the ammunition and ranges should and their commanding officers. As follow ; but, if these be withheld, we matters stand at present, it is certain then insist that a compulsory power that officers commanding volunteer com

should be conferred by statute, enabling panies incur risks that do not attach to corps to lease the butt-ranges in their officers in the regular service, simply respective neighbourhoods, making all because all ball practice is carried on by reasonable compensation to the occuthe latter in places absolutely safe ; and, piers of the land. In all probability, besides, their commission protects them. recourse would seldom be had to the With the volunteer officers, however, it Act, as the knowledge that it might be is a question yet to be settled, whether resorted to would facilitate negotiation. their commission protects; and it will Neither of our suggestions need intertake some time to erect absolutely safe fere with the free action of the system, butts throughout the country; and we which freedom should be maintained strictly inviolate. The movement can have reached us. In the higher ranks, only be carried out to its grand ultimate the manly love of sport was becoming end, of every man in England who is bastard and degenerate—the miserable capable becoming a Volunteer, by the battues had well-nigh trodden out the energy and free will of the people them- old keen zest and love of it; in the selves. We would only give it greater middle ranks, the eagerness for business play, and a more extended action, by and habit of money-getting was fast abreleasing it from the obstacles that now sorbing every thought, to the detriment impede its progress, and by making of all the higher and nobler instincts ; the Government responsible for the while the lower classes, struggling in the ranges. Already the movement has contest for life, were too far apart from achieved wonders, and the infant of the rest to feel that there was an identity yesterday has expanded into the giant of interest for them. The people were of to-day, clasping with the arms of a still “the lords of humani kind ;” but Briareus the whole length and breadth it required some strong stimulus to of the land. To all classes it appeals awaken all the native energy of the alike as a source of pleasure and advan

This the rifle movement has tage ; it combines duty with pastime, done, and the fondest aspiration of the health with sport; it banishes sloth and high chief of Scottish song," should inaction, and frowns upon dandyism and the stern necessity arise, would now tinsel ; it strengthens the love of coun- certainly be realizedtry, and enhances the blessings of home; it gathers men together in a generous

“ And howe'er crowns and coronets rivalry and cheerful exercise, and will sustain and renew-perhaps increase “A virtuous populace will arise the while, the pristine vigour of the race. And it “ And stand a wall of fire around our was time that some such diversion should

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CHAPTER XXII.

the old commodore should have managed

to get all the way to the ship, and then DEPARTURES EXPECTED AND UNEXPECTED.

not have known where his nephew was,THERE was a silence of a few seconds said Blake, after the Captain had finished his story, “ He only knew his nephew's berth, all the men sitting with eyes fixed on you see, sir," said the Captain. him, and not a little surprised at the “ But he might have beat about results of their call. Drysdale was the through the ship till he had found him." first to break the silence, which he did “ You must remember that he was at with a “ By George!” and a long respi- his last breath, sir,” said the Captain ; ration; but, as he did not seem pre- "you can't expect a man to have his pared with any further remark, Tom head clear at such a moment." took up the running.

“Not a man, perhaps; but I should a "What a strange story," he said; ghost,” said Blake. "and that really happened to you, “Time was everything to him," went Captain Hardy ?"

on the Captain, without regarding the * To me, sir, in the Mediterranean, interruption, "space nothing. But the more than forty years ago."

strangest part of it is that I should have " The strangest thing about it is that seen the figure at all. It's true I had been thinking of the old uncle, because “That's all right. Good-night, then;" of the boy's illness; but I can't suppose and Drysdale went off. he was thinking of me, and, as I

say,

he Hardy and Tom accompanied the never recognised me. I have taken a Captain to the gate. During his passage great deal of interest in such matters across the two quadrangles, the old gensince that time, but I have never met tleman was full of the praises of the with just such a case as this.”

men, and of protestations as to the im“No, that is the puzzle. One can provement in social manners and cusfancy his appearing to his nephew well toms since his day, when there could enough," said Tom.

have been no such meeting, he declared, “We can't account for these things, without blackguardism and drunkenor for a good many other things which ness, at least amongst young officers, but ought to be quite as startling, only we then they had less to think of than see them every day. But now I think Oxford men, no proper education. And it is time for us to be going, eh, Jack ?” so the Captain was evidently travelling and the Captain and his son rose to go. back into the great trireme question

Tom saw that it would be no kindness when they reached the gate. As they to them to try to prolong the sitting, could go no farther with him, however, and so he got up too, to accompany he had to carry away his solution of the them to the gates. This broke up the three-banks-of-oars difficulty in his own party. Before going, Drysdale, after bosom to the Mitre. whispering to Tom, went up to Captain “Don't let us go in," said Tom, as the Hardy, and said,

gate closed on the Captain, and they “I want to ask you to do me a favour, turned back into the quadrangle, “let sir. Will you and your son breakfast us take a turn or two;" so they walked with me to-morrow?"

up and down the inner quad in the “We shall be very happy, sir," said starlight. the Captain.

Just at first they were a good deal “I think, father, you had better break- embarrassed and confused : but before fast with me, quietly. We are much long, though not without putting conobliged to Mr. Drysdale, but I can't siderable force on himself, Tom got back give up a whole morning. Besides, I into something like his old familiar way have several things to talk to you about.” of unbosoming himself to his refound

Nonsense, Jack," blurted out the friend, and Hardy showed more than his old sailor, “ leave your books alone for old anxiety to meet him half-way. His one morning. I'm come up here to enjoy ready and undisguised sympathy soon myself, and see your friends.”

dispersed the few remaining clouds Hardy gave a slight shrug of his

which were still hanging between them; shoulders at the word friends, and Drys- and Tom found it almost a pleasure, dale, who saw it, looked a little confused. instead of a dreary task, as he had anHe had never asked Hardy to his rooms ticipated, to make a full confession, and before. The Captain saw that something state the case clearly and strongly was the matter, and hastened in his own against himself to one who claimed way to make all smooth again.

neither by word nor look the least “Never mind Jack, sir,” he said, “he superiority over him, and never seemed shall come.

It's a great treat to me to to remember that he himself had been be with young men, especially when they ill-treated in the matter. are friends of my boy.'

“He had such a chance of lecturing “I hope you'll come as a personal me and didn't do it," thought Tom favour to me," said Drysdale, turning to afterwards, when he was considering Hardy. “Brown, you'll bring him, why he felt so very grateful to Hardy. won't you ?”

“It was so cunning of him, too. If “Oh yes,

I'm sure he'll come," said he had begun lecturing, I should have Tom.

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felt half such a scamp as I did when I The best way to thank you,

I was telling it all out to him in my own know, is to go straight for the future, way.'

I'll do that, please God, this time at The result of Hardy's management any rate. Now what ought I to do, was that Tom made a clean breast of it, Hardy ?telling everything, down to his night at “Well, it's very hard to say. I've the ragged school; and what an effect thought about it a great deal this last his chance opening of the Apology had few days—since I felt you were coming had on him. Here for the first time round—but can't make up my mind. Hardy came in with his usual dry, keen How do you feel yourself? What's voice, “You needn't have gone so far your own instinct about it?" back as Plato for that lesson.'

“Of course I must break it all off at “I don't understand,” said Tom. once, completely,” said Tom mournfully,

“Well, there's something about an and half hoping that Hardy might not indwelling spirit which guideth every

agree with him. man in St. Paul, isn't there ?"

“Of course," answered Hardy, “but “Yes, a great deal," Tom answered, how?" after a pause ; "but it isn't the same “In the way that will pain her least. thing."

I would sooner lose my hand or bite “Why not the same thing ?”

my tongue off than that she should feel “Oh, surely you must feel it. It lowered, or lose any self-respect, you would be almost blasphemy in us now know," said Tom, looking helplessly at to talk as St. Paul talked. It is much his friend. easier to face the notion, or the fact, Yes, that's all right,—you must of a demon or spirit such as Socrates take all you can on your own shoulders. felt to be in him, than to face what St. It must leave a sting though for both of Paul seems to be meaning."

you, manage

how
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will." “ Yes, much easier. The only ques- “ But I can't bear to let her think I tion is whether we will be heathens or don't care for her-I needn't do that, not."

I can't do that." “How do you mean ?" said Tom. “I don't know what to advise. How.

"Why, a spirit was speaking to So- ever, I believe I was wrong in thinking crates, and guiding him. He obeyed she cared for you so much. She will the guidance, but knew not whence it be hurt, of course she can't help being came. A spirit is striving with us too, and hurt—but it won't be so bad as I used trying to guide us we feel that just as to think.” much as he did. Do we know what Tom made no answer ; in spite of all spirit it is ļ whence it comes ? Will his good resolutions, he was

a little we obey it? If we can't name it-know piqued at this last speech. Hardy went no more of it than he knew about his on presently, “I wish she were well out demon, of course we are in no better of Oxford. It's a bad town for a girl position than he-in fact, heathens." to be living in, especially as a barmaid

Tom made no answer, and, after a in a place which we haunt. I don't silent turn or two more, Hardy said, know that she will take much harm " Let us go in;" and they went to his now; but it's a very trying thing for a rooms. When the candles were lighted, girl of that sort to be thrown every day Tom saw the array of books on the amongst a dozen young men above her table, several of them open, and re- in rank, and not one in ten of whom Inembered how near the examinations has any manliness about him." Were.

“ How do you mean "I see you want to work,” he said. liness ?" "Well, good night. I know how fellows “I mean that a girl in her position like you hate being thanked—there, you isn't safe with us. If we had any manneedn't wince; I'm not going to try it liness in us she would be

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“You can't expect all men to be feeling, that the sort of man we are talkblocks of ice, or milksops," said Tom, ing of is a milksop?" who was getting nettled.

After a moment's thought, Tom an“ Don't think that I meant you,” said swered, “I am afraid I have, but I Hardy ; " indeed I didn't. But surely, really am thoroughly ashamed of it think a moment; is it a proof of manli- now, Hardy. But you haven't it. If ness that the pure and the weak should

you could never have spoken fear you and shrink from you? Which to me as you have.” is the true-ay, and the brave-man, “I beg your pardon. No man is he who trembles before a woman, or he more open than I to the bad influences before whom a woman trembles ?

any place he lives in. God knows “Neither," said Tom; “but I see I am even as other men, and worse ; for what you mean, and when you put it I have been taught ever since I could that way it's clear enough.”

speak, that the crown of all real man“But you're wrong in saying 'neither,' liness, of all Christian manliness, is if you do see what I mean.”

purity." silent. “Can there be any true man- Neither of the two spoke for some liness without purity ?" went on Hardy. minutes. Then Hardy looked at his Tom drew a deep breath, but said watchnothing.

« And where then can you “Past eleven,” he said. “I must do point to a place where there is so little some work. Well, Brown, this will manliness as here? It makes

my

blood be a day to be remembered in my boil to see what one must see every day.

calendar.” There are a set of men up here, and Tom

wrung his hand, but did not have been ever since I can remember venture to reply. As he got to the door, the place, not one of whom can look at however, he turned back, and said a modest woman without making her “Do you think I ought to write to shudder."

her?" “There must always be some black- Well, you can try. You'll find it a guards," said Tom.

bitter business, I fear." “Yes; but unluckily the blackguards “I'll try, then. Good night." set the fashion, and give the tone to Tom went to his own rooms, and set public opinion. I'm sure both of us to work to write his letter; and cerhave seen enough to know perfectly tainly found it as difficult and unpleawell that up here, amongst us under- sant a task as he had ever set himself graduates, men who are deliberately and

Half a dozen times he avowedly profligates, are rather admired tore up sheet after sheet of his attempts ; and courted,-are said to know the and got up and walked about, and world, and all that,—while a man who plunged and kicked mentally against tries to lead a pure life, and makes no the collar and traces in which he had secret of it, is openly sneered at by harnessed himself by his friend's help, them, looked down on more or less by trying to convince himself that Hardy the great mass of men, and, to use the was a Puritan, who had lived quite word you used just now, thought a differently from other men, and knew milksop by almost all.

nothing of what a man ought to do in “I don't think it is so bad as that," a' case like this. That after all very said Tom. “There are many men who little harm had been done!

The world would respect him, though they might would never go on at all if people were not be able to follow him."

to be so scrupulous ! Probably, not “ Of course,

I

never meant that there another man in the College, except Gray, are not many such, but they don't set

perhaps, would think anything of what the fashion. I am sure I'm right. Let he had done ! Done .why, what had us try it by the best test. Haven't you he done? He couldn't be taking it and I in our secret hearts this cursed more seriously if he had ruined her!

to work upon.

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