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"Holloa, Drysdale ! what are you up rushed down the dark stairs, past the to ?” he shouted, laying his hand on party of order, and into the quadrangle, his shoulder.

where they scattered amidst a shout of “Providing for poshterity,” replied laughter. While the porter was gone Drysdale gravely, without looking for a light, the Dean and his party up.

rashly ventured on a second ascent. '“What the deuce do you mean? Here an unexpected catastrophe awaited Don't be such an ass. The Dean will them. On the top landing lived one of be out in a minute. Get

up

and come the steadiest men in college, whose door along."

had been tried shortly before. He had “ I tell you, old fellow,” said Drys- been roused out of his first sleep, and, dale, somewhat inarticulately, and driv- vowing vengeance on the next comers, ing his knife into the ground again, “the stood behind his oak, holding his brown dons are going to spout the college George, or huge earthenware receptacle, plate. So I am burying these articles half full of dirty water, in which his for poshterity—"

bed-maker had been washing up his tea“ Hang posterity," said Tom;

things. Hearing stealthy steps and along directly, or you'll be caught and whisperings on the stairs below, he rusticated.”

suddenly threw open his oak, dis"Go to bed, Brown-you're drunk, charging the whole contents of his Brown," replied Drysdale, continuing his brown George on the approaching auwork, and striking the carving-knife thorities, with a shout of, “Take that into the ground so close to his own for your skulking." thigh that it made Tom shudder.

The exasperated Dean and tutors " Here they are then,” he cried the rushing on, seized on their astonished next moment, seizing Drysdale by the and innocent assailant, and after rearm, as a rush of men came through the ceiving explanations, and the offer of passage into the back quadrangle, shout- clean towels, hurried off again after the ing and tumbling along, and making in real enemy. And now the porter apsmall groups for the different staircases. peared again with a light, and, conThe Dean and two of the tutors followed, tinuing their rounds, they apprehended and the porter bearing a lantern. There and disarmed Drysdale, collected the was no time to be lost; so Tom, after college plate, marked down others of one more struggle to pull Drysdale úp the rioters, visited Chanter's rooms, and hurry him off, gave it up, and leav- held a parley with the one of their ing him to his fate, ran across to his number who was screwed up in his own staircase.

rooms, and discovered that the bars had For the next half-hour the Dean and been wrenched out of the kitchen winhis party patrolled the college, and suc- dow. After which they retired to sleep ceeded at last in restoring order, though on their indignation, and quietly settled not without some undignified and dis- down again on the ancient and veneragreeable passages. The lights on the able college. staircases, which generally burnt all The next morning at chapel many

of night, were of course put out as they the revellers met; in fact, there was a approached. On the first staircase fuller attendance than usual, for everywhich they stormed, the porter's lantern one felt that something serious must be was knocked out of his hand by an un- impending After such a night the seen adversary, and the light put out on dóns must make a stand, or give up the bottom stairs. On the first landing altogether. The most reckless only of the bursar trod on a small terrier be- the fast set were absent. St. Cloud longing to a fast freshman, and the dog was there, dressed even more precisely naturally thereupon bit the bursar's leg; than usual, and looking as if he were in while his master and other enfants per

the habit of going to bed at ten, and dues, taking advantage of the diversion, had never heard of milk punch. Tom

turned out not much the worse himself, “ Porter, whose dog is that ?" said but in his heart feeling not a little the Dean, catching sight of him. ashamed of the whole business ; of the “Mr. Drysdale's dog, sir, I think, sir," party, the men ; but, above all, of him- answered the Porter. self. He thrust the shame back, how- “ Probably the animal who bit me ever, as well as he could, and put a cool last night,” said the bursar. His knowface on it. Probably most of the men ledge of dogs was small; if Jack had were in much the same state of mind. fastened on him he would probably have Even in St. Ambrose's, reckless and been in bed from the effects. vicious as the college had become, by “Turn the dog out of college,” said far the greater part of the undergra- the Dean. duates would gladly have seen a change Please, sir, he's a very savage dog, in the direction of order and decency, sir," said the Porter, whose respect for and were sick of the wretched licence Jack was unbounded. of doing right in their own eyes, and “ Turn him out immediately,” replied wrong in everyone's else.

the Dean. As the men trooped out of chapel, The wretched Porter, arming himself they formed in corners of the quadran- with a broom, approached Jack, and gle, except the reading set, who went

after some coaxing managed to catch off quietly to their rooms.

There was hold of the end of his chain, and began a pause of a minute or two. Neither to lead him towards the gates, carefully principal, dean, tutor, nor fellow, followed holding out the broom towards Jack's as on ordinary occasions. "They're nose with his other hand, to protect hatching something in the outer cha- himself. Jack at first hauled away at pel,” said one.

his chain, and then began circling round “It'll be a coarse time for Chanter, I the Porter at the full extent of it, evitake it,” said another.

dently meditating an attack. Notwith“Was your name sent to the buttery standing the seriousness of the situation for his supper ?”

the ludicrous alarm of the Porter set the “No, I took d—d good care of that,” men laughing. said St. Cloud, who was addressed.

“Come along, or Jack will be pinning "Drysdale was caught, wasn't he ?" the wretched Copas," said Jervis, and

“So I hear, and nearly frightened the he and Tom stepped up to the terrified Dean and the Porter out of their wits little man, and, releasing him, led Jack, by staggering after them with a carving- who knew them both well, out of

college. “He'll be sacked, of course.”

“Were you at that supper party," “Much he'll care for that.”

said Jervis, as they deposited Jack with “Here they come, then; by Jove, an ostler, who was lounging outside the how black they look!"

gates, to be taken to Drysdale's stables. The authorities now came out of the "No," said Tom. antechapel door, and walked slowly “ I'm glad to hear it, there will be a across towards the Principal's house in pretty clean sweep after last night's a body. At this moment, as ill-luck doings.” would have it, Jack trotted into the “But I was in the quadrangle when front quadrangle, dragging after him the they came out.” light steel chain with which he was “Not caught, eh ?” said Jervis. usually fastened up in Drysdale's scout's “No, luckily I got to my own rooms room at night. He came innocently at once." towards one and another of the groups, “Were any of the crew caught ?" and retired from each much astonished “Not that I know of.” at the low growl with which his “Well, we shall hear enough of it acquaintance was repudiated on all before lecture-time." sides.

Jervis was right. There was a meet

knife."

common room.

ing in the common room directly after “Bless me, I forgot to look," said breakfast. Drysdale, anticipating his Tom, “I only read the firsts, and then fate, took his name off before they sent came off as hard as I could.” for him. Chanter and three or four " Then he is not a first.” others were rusticated for a year, and “No; I'm sure of that.” Blake was ordered to go down at once. “I must go and see him ; he deserved He was a scholar, and what was to be it far more than I.” done in his case would be settled at the “No, by Jove, old boy,” said Tom, meeting at the end of term.

seizing him again by the hand, "that he For twenty-four hours it was sup- didn't ; nor any man that ever went into posed that St. Cloud had escaped al- the schools.” together, but at the end of that time he “Thank you, Brown,” said Hardy, was summoned before a meeting in the returning his warm grip. “ You do

The tutor, whose door one good. Now to see poor Grey, and had been so effectually screwed up that to write to my dear old father before he had been obliged to get out of his Hall. Fancy him opening the letter at window by a ladder to attend morning breakfast the day after to-morrow! I chapel, proved wholly unable to appre- only hope it won't hurt him.” ciate the joke, and set himself to work “Never fear. I don't believe in to discover the perpetrators of it. The people dying of joy, and anything short door was fastened with long gimlets, of sudden death he won't mind at the which were screwed firmly in, and when price." driven well home their heads had been Hardy hurried off, and Tom went to knocked off: The tutor collected the his own rooms, and smoked a cigar to shafts of the gimlets from the carpenter, allay his excitement, and thought about who came to effect an entry for him ; his friend and all they had felt together and after careful examination, discovered and laughed and nourned over in the the trade mark. So, putting them in short months of their friendship. A his pocket, he walked off into the town, pleasant dreamy half-hour he spent and soon came back with the informa- thus, till the hall bell roused him, and tion he required, which resulted in the he made his toilette and went to his rustication of St. Cloud, an event which dinner. was borne by the college with the It was with

very mixed feelings that greatest equanimity.

Hardy walked by the servitors' table and Shortly afterwards Tom attended in took his seat with the bachelors, an the schools' quadrangle again, to be pre- equal at last amongst equals. No man sent at the posting of the class list. who is worth his salt can leave a place This time there were plenty of anxious where he has gone through hard and faces; the quadrangle was full of them. searching discipline and been tried in He felt almost as nervous himself as if the very depths of his heart without he were waiting for the third gun.

He regret, however much he may have thrust himself forward, and was amongst winced under the discipline. It is no the first who caught sight of the docu- light thing to fold up and lay by for ment. One look was enough for him, ever a portion of one's life, even when it and the next moment he was off at full can be laid by with honour and in speed to St. Ambrose, and, rushing head- thankfulness. long into Hardy's rooms, seized him by But it was with no mixed feelings, the hand, and shook it vehemently. but with a sense of entire triumph and

" It's all right, old fellow,” he cried, joy, that Tom watched his friend taking as soon as he could catch his breath; his new place, and the Dons one after “it's all right. Four firsts; you're one another coming up and congratulating of them: well done!"

him, and treating him as the man who "And Grey, where's he; is he all had done honour to them and his right?"

college. No. 10.-VOL. II.

T

CHAPTER XXV.

“Isn't it too charming? I never

dreamt that any town could be so beauCOMMEMORATION.

tiful. Don't you feel wild about it, TIE end of the academic year was

Katie ?now at hand, and Oxford was beginning “It is the queen of towns, dear. But to put on her gayest clothing. The I know it well, you see, so that I can't college gardeners were in a state of be quite so enthusiastic as you.”. unusual activity, and the lawns and Oh, those dear gardens ! what was flower-beds, which form such exquisite the name of those ones with the targets settings to many of the venerable grey- up, where they were shooting? Don't gabled buildings, were as neat and as you remember?" bright as hands could make them. “New College Gardens, on the old Cooks, butlers, and their assistants, were city wall, you mean?” bestirring themselves in kitchen and “No, no. They were very nice and butlery, under the direction of bursars sentimental. I should like to go and jealous of the fame of their houses, in sit and read poetry there. But I mean the preparation of the abundant and the big ones, the gorgeous, princely ones; solid fare with which Oxford is wont to with wicked old Bishop Laud's gallery entertain all comers. Everything the looking into them.” best of its kind, no stint but no non- “Oh! St. John's, of course." sense, seems to be the wise rule which “Yes, St. John's. Why do you hate the University hands down and lives up Laud so, Katie ?”. to in these matters. However we may

“I don't hate him, dear. He was a differ as to her degeneracy in other Berkshire man, you know. But I think departments, all who have ever visited he did a great deal of harm to the her will admit that in this of hospitality Church.” she is still a great national teacher, “How did you think my new silk acknowledging and preaching by ex- looked in the gardens ? How lucky I ample the fact that eating and drinking brought it, wasn't it? I shouldn't have are important parts of man's life, which liked to have been in nothing but musare to be allowed their due prominence, lins. They don't suit here ; you want and not thrust into a corner, but are to something richer amongst the old build. be done soberly and thankfully, in the ings, and on the beautiful velvety turf sight of God and man. The coaches of the gardens. How do you think I were bringing in heavy loads of visitors; looked ?” carriages of all kinds were coming in “You looked like a queen, dear; or å from the neighbouring counties; and lady in waiting at least.” lodgings in the High-street were going “Yes, a lady in waiting on Henrietta up to fabulous prices.

Maria. Didn't you hear one of the In one of these High-street lodgings, on gentlemen say that she was lodged in the evening of the Saturday before Com- St. John's when Charles marched to rememoration, Miss Winter and her cousin lieve Gloucester? Ah! can't you fancy are sitting. They have been in Oxford her sweeping about the gardens, with during the greater part of the day, hav- her ladies following her, and Bishop ing posted up from Englebourn, but Laud walking just a little behind her, they have only just come in, for the and talking in a low voice aboutlet younger lady is still in her bonnet, and me see-something very important ?" Miss Winter's lies on the table. The “Oh Mary, where has your history windows are wide open, and Miss Winter gone ? He was Archbishop, and was is sitting at one of them, while her safely locked up in the Tower.” cousin is busied in examining the furni- “Well, perhaps he was ; then he ture and decorations of their temporary couldn't be with her of course. home, now commenting upon these, now stupid of you to remember, Katie

. pouring out praises of Oxford.

Why can't you make up your mind

How

to enjoy yourself when you come out places of the blush-rose buds with for a holiday ?”

which it was trimmed. Just then a “I shouldn't enjoy myself any the noise of wheels, accompanied by a merry more for forgetting dates," said Katie, tune on a cornopean, came in from the laughing.

street. "Oh, you would though ; only try. “What's that, Katie ?" she cried, But, let me see, it can't be Laud. Then stopping her work for a moment. it shall be that cruel drinking old man, "A coach coming up from Magdalen with the wooden leg made of gold, who bridge. I think it is a cricketing party was governor of Oxford when the king coming home.” was away. He must be hobbling along “Oh let me see," and she tripped after the queen in a buff coat and breast- across to the window, bonnet in hand, plate, holding his hat with a long droop- and stood beside her cousin. And ing white feather in his hand.”

then, sure enough, a coach covered with “But you wouldn't like it at all, cricketers returning from a match, drove Mary, it would be too serious for you. past the window. The young ladies The poor queen would be too anxious looked out at first with great curiosity; to gossip, and you ladies in waiting but, suddenly finding themselves the would be obliged to walk after her mark for a whole coach-load of male without saying a word.

eyes, shrank back a little before the “Yes, that would be stupid. But cricketers had passed on towards the then she would have to go away with “Mitre.” As the coach passed out of the old governor to write despatches; sight, Mary gave a pretty toss of her and some of the young officers with head, and said, long hair and beautiful lace sleeves, and “Well, they don't want for assurance, large boots, whom the king had left at any rate. I think they needn't have behind, wounded, might come and walk stared so.” perhaps, or sit in the sun in the quiet “It was our fault," said Katie ; “We gardens.”

shouldn't have been at the window. Mary looked over her shoulder with Besides, you know you are to be a lady the merriest twinkle in her eye, to see in waiting on Henrietta Maria up here, how her steady cousin would take this and of course you must get used to last picture. “The college authorities being stared at.” would never allow that,” she said quietly, “Oh yes, but that was to be by still looking out of the window; “if you young gentlemen wounded in the wars, wanted beaus, you must have them in in lace ruffles, as one sees them in

pictures. That's a very different thing "They would have been jealous of from young gentlemen in flannel trousers the soldiers, you think? Weil, I don't and straw hats, driving up the High mind; the black gowns are very pleasant, Street on coaches. I declare one of only a little stiff. But how do

you

think them had the impudence to bow, as if my bonnet looked ?

he knew you.” “Charmingly. But when are you

“So he does. That was my cousin." going to have done looking in the glass? Your cousin! Ah, I remember. You don't care for the buildings, I Then he must be my cousin too.” believe, a bit. Come and look at St. “No, not at all. He is no relation Mary's; there is such a lovely light on of yours.” the steeple !"

"Well, I sha'n't break my heart. "I'll come directly, but I must get But is he a good partner ?” these flowers right. I'm sure there are “I should say, yes. But I hardly too many in this trimming."

know. We used to be a great deal Mary was trying her new bonnet on together as children, but papa has been over and over again before the mantel- such an invalid lately.” glass, and pullíng out and changing the “Ah, I wonder how uncle is getting

black gowns.

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