fences, while the ever-watchful officer afraid-for what Japanese soldier in at the telephone, noting the repulse, in- the heat of the conflict suffers the forms the guns, which once more com- pangs of fear? They have all been mence their devastating uproar. The taught that it is an everlasting honor Major is left behind, killed on the hill- to die for their Emperor; and this they side, and the command devolves upon fully believe, for have they not shaved the last surviving officer, a young Sec- off their eyebrows and moustaches, so ond Lieutenant, who a year ago was

that their wives and sweethearts in still studying at the Military College at Japan may have some personal meHiroshima.

mento in case they should fall in the The corpses of those who have per- service of their country? The fight ished in former assaults have been meanwhile continues, and word is largely augmented by the fresh cas- passed round the reinforced trenches ualties, until the barren bleak soil is that another assault will take place in carpeted with the prone khaki figures. half an hour's time. It is hoped that Some of the wounded, dragging their the Russians will be unprepared for anparalyzed limbs painfully behind them, other attack at so short an interval are crawling down the slope to the from the first, and the silent men precover below, but many of them are pare themselves for the fresh effort. killed by the crashing volleys from The Second Lieutenant meanwhile is above, for the Russian fire has redevel. doing a most peculiar thing, for, calling oped its former fury. Japanese re- to one of his men, he tells him to serves come rushing up the saps and bring eight or nine hand-grenades. The into the trench; but their arrival is too soldier obeys, and the officer, divesting ate, for the assault has failed, and all himself of his sword and other accouthey can now do is to reinforce the trements, fastens them at equal intersadly depleted troops in the firing-line. vals round his body with a length of Nothing has been gained, and many cord, taking care to bring the ends of more Japanese soldiers have gone to the long flexible fuses to the front. He their eternal rest, their blood spilt on a then joins these together so that they foreign hillside in their efforts to up- may all be ignited at once, and, beckhold the glory of their country and oning to the soldier, gives him some flag. The gray-faced survivors instruction in a low voice. The prigard the capture of the hill as hope- vate looks surprised, but says nothing, less, for this has not been the first, nor for he must not question the doings of yet the twentieth, assault that has ter- his officer, and, saluting, he remains minated in failure. It has been an by the side of his superior. The halfevent in their lives which has taken hour soon elapses, and once more the place with appalling regularity, and whistles sound and the bayonets are every man knew when he went into fixed. With the second signal the men the trench that of the members of his are up and scrambling over the low regiment barely half would live to see breastwork before them, and an instant the next day.

later they rush up the steep hillside; As they lie in their shallow protec- their "Banzais" telling the enemy that tion, the tenacity of the enemy seems

another attack has commenced. marvellous, and they cannot help feel- Again the crashing volleys ring out, ing an admiration for them, in spite of and again the casualties occur as bethe awful loss for which they have fore, but the Second Lieutenant and been responsible. Disheartened and his attendant soldier—the former puffdepressed they certainly are, but not ing at a cigarette-are not touched, and



reach the Russian trench-line together. Japanese war, and her only son met his The officer gives one last cheer to urge death on a battlefield at Port Arthur on bis men, and then presses the ten years later. She sometimes gazes lighted end of the cigarette well into at the faded photograph of a youth in the priming of the fuses at his waist. the uniform of a military cadet, and in Satisfying himself that they are we these smiling features we can recognize alight, he takes a flying leap on to the the hero of the episode on The Hill. bristling bayonets below, impaling him- The little woman, although she feels a self, as he does so, upon as many of terrible sadness, cannot help realizing their points as he can gather into his a supreme satisfaction, for she has body. In another instant, and before given all she held dear-first her husthe surprised Russians can withdraw band and then her only child—to the their weapons, there is a thundering service of her Emperor. Below the report, and bits of flesh from dismem- portrait, and mounted in a little lacbered human bodies are fung upwards quered frame, are three medals; the by the force of the explosion, while a first, hanging by its green and white rain of blood and particles of flesh be- ribbon, is the Order of the Golden spatters all those in the vicinity. Of Kite-corresponding to Victoria the heroic Japanese officer there is no Cross; the next is the Order of the trace; but by converting his body into Rising Sun; and the third, with its a living grenade he has killed a dozen

green, white, and blue ribbon, is the of the enemy, and into the gap thus Russo-Japanese war medal. She feels formed his men tumble pell-mell. a fulness of the heart as she looks at

For the first time they have effected these tokens of her son's heroism; and a lodgment in the Russian defences,

were they not presented to her by her and slowly, but surely, every step Empress, thus giving them fiercely contested, they force their way greater value in her eyes? forward until they have either killed Far away, in the Liau Tung Peninor routed the remnant of the defending sula, the gaunt hill rears its rugged garrison. The foothold once gained, head skywards as an everlasting monuthe capture of the remaining works is ment to the thousands of souls who but a matter of time and further sacri. have gone to their eternal rest whilst fice of human life; and within twenty- struggling for its possession. Its four hours the bill for which they have riven and furrowed slopes, battered out been fighting, the key to the position, of all recognition by the awful artilleryis in the hands of the Japanese. The

fire, are surely a fitting tribute to the Rising Sun banner has once more been heroic spirits of those killed in that triumphant.

fearful conflict, but in particular to the Away in far-off Japan, on the out- unparalleled heroism of the young Secskirts of Tokyo, there lives an old wid- ond Lieutenant, the widow's only owed lady. Her husband was killed child. fighting for his country in the Chino

Taprell Dorling. The Cornbill Magazine.



PACIFIC FASHIONS. [There is a tremendous amount of excitement jast now in fashionable Fijian circles. Their fashion-determinator is expectej to return from London with the very newest modes designed to meet local requirements.]

Though the sun is gaily glancing

On a sea of bluest blue,
Though the little waves are dancing

As they almost always do,
For the nonce we find the weather
Unimportant altogether.
We have other things to think of -

Things that call for all our care-
Are we not upon the brink of

Hearing what we ought to wear?
Yes, awaiting the momentous
News that London town has sent us?
For the ship at any minute

May be steaming up the roads,
Bearing (precious freight) within it

All the very latest modes;
Modes that our determinator
Has designed with their creator.
Ye, by whom our fates are moulded,

We are all agog to see
If our loin-cloths should be folded

Into two or into three;
'Tis a question that perplexes
All the smart of both the sexes.
Are we wearing vine- or fig-leaves

When we make our bows at court?
Is it small or is it big leaves?

Are our girdles long or short?
Is it pinnies for the body?
Or are pinnies quite démodés !
What of ornaments and so forth?

Shall the gayest of our sparks
Deck their noses when they go forth

With the teeth of pigs or sharks?
Have the bones of soles and flounders
Now become the wear of bounders ?
Waft, ye winds, oh, waft your hardest!

Speed upon thy fateful cruise
Like a bird, O ship that guardest

In thy hull the latest news!
Slumber there can be no more for us

Till we know what lies in store for us.


The Government's so-called Reform 22,000 should have the same voting Bill is the most shameless piece of po- power as the Romford Division of Eslitical partisanship that has ever been sex with close upon 313,000 inhabitants, introduced into the House of Commons. Walthamstow with nearly 247,000, or These are strong words, but they can Wandsworth with 253,000. We have be proved up to the hilt.

taken English comparisons, but if we Our electoral system is far from fair compare with Ireland we find that not or reasonable. It is full of glaring only has Ireland as a whole over thirty anomalies and injustices. At present, members more than she is entitled to, however, the anomalies and injustices but that Newry with under 13,000 inare scattered so blindly that they pro- habitants, Kilkenny with under 13,000, duce a kind of wild equity. One party and Galway with under 16,000 have in the State is injured and placed at a each as much electoral power as the disadvantage by one set of anomalies three Essex and London constituencies and the other party by another set of we have named. These are the kind anomalies. That being the case, what of anomalies which the Liberal Govern. do the Liberal Government propose to ment are in effect proposing to leave do? They propose to select those unremedied while they are compassing anomalies which are injurious to their heaven and earth to get rid of the far party and to reform them in a way smaller scandal of plural voting. It is which they believe will very largely idle for Liberals to tell us that they increase the number of votes available are not at any rate lea ng the Irish for Liberals. Those electoral anoma- over-representation alone because their lies which tell against the Unionist Home Rule Bill will set it right. In Party, and so in favor of the Liberals, reality it will do nothing of the kind, though they are undoubtedly the most or, rather, it will only remove the anglaring and, from the public point of omaly by setting up one which is even view, the most injurious, they propose

Newry has now about twenty to leave entirely untouched and unrem- times the voting power that Romford edied. That is, they propose to com- has; but, if Home Rule passes, the peomit what is in spirit the most flagrant ple of Newry, and indeed of every Irish piece of gerrymandering that any body constituency, will not only have voting of politicians has ever dared to con- power over all their domestic concerns, template. The most unscrupulous of but will have in addition a voting power American "bosses," framing an elec- over the doinestic concerns of England toral system in a raw Western State, quite as great as that possessed by the might indeed look with envy at their largest and most important constituencold blooded effrontery.

cies of England. Ireland with a popWhat is the Government's excuse for ulation of 1,381,000 will send forty-two proposals so monstrous? They tell members to the House of Commons, or, us that they quite admit that it is very roughly, one member for every 100,000 unfair that the principle of one vote of her inhabitants, whereas a group of one value is so little recognized that English constituencies can be named constituencies like Pontefract with 24,- with a population as great as that of 000 inhabitants, Rochester with 31,000 Ireland which return not forty-two but both seats, by the way, return Liberals only thirty members of Parliament. -or Radnorshire with not many over We need not, however, deal very se


riously with this apology, for we know to have accompanied their electoral Rethat Liberals are somewhat chary of form Bill with a Redistribution Bill. using it. Their official excuse for in- Had they done so, as they know quite sisting on the principle of one man one well, the Unionist Party would have vote while they do nothing to carry out been obliged, nay, would have been the complementary and equally demo- quite willing, to meet them as they met cratic principle of one vote one value is the extension of the Franchise Bill in that they intend on some future occa- 1884 as soon as it was accompanied by sion to deal with Redistribution. A a Redistribution Bill. One man one year ago it might have been possible to vote accompanied by a complementary be taken in by such a promise of future measure giving one vote one value reform. We wonder now that even a could have been passed by consent–the Radical Government has the audacity only proper and reasonable way under to speak of it. That is a form of our party system for dealing with elecParliamentary humbug which can only toral reform. But the Government be used once to befool the country. have been careful to make no such pro. The nation has not forgotten, though posal for an equitable compromise. apparently the Cabinet have, that when They have not even proposed to pledge the Veto Bill was passed last year the themselves by putting Redistribution Government, by means of the Pream- into a preamble. Possibly they were ble, solemnly pledged themselves to re- right here, for preamble is not a word form the House of Lords. But that which Liberals are now very fond of: pledge has not only not been kept: it is

Oh no, we never mention it, obvious that there is no real intention

Its name is never heard; of carrying it out. The Preamble has

Our lips are now forbid to framt proved waste paper.

Yet there is

The once familiar word. time apparently to introduce every

In spite of this, however, we expect other sort of measure except this one.

many a moderate Liberal is to be found The Preamble served its purpose in in

to whom the words of the famous ditty ducing a good many moderate Liberals

we have quoted come home with no and non-partisan electors to acquiesce

small poignancy. Sir Edward Grey in the Veto Bill, and having served its

certainly must feel the force of the purpose it is now cynically shelved to

refrain: the Greek Kalends. After such a record as that who is going to trust a Gov

From Bill to Bill they hurry me ernment which says that it will some

To banish my regret,

And when they win a vote from me day or other introduce a Redistribution

They think that I forget. Bill? It is all very well for the Westminster Gazette to assure Mr. F. E. The last refuge of the Liberal who is Smith that “we are as anxious as he perplexed and perturbed by the cyni. can be that Redistribution shall be ac. cism of his party leaders is to say that, complished before Parliament is dis- even if all we have said is true, the solved." But no sane politician believes l'nionists, if they were in earnest, for a moment that Redistribution will ought not to refuse half the loaf of electake place before the next General toral justice because they cannot at the Election.

same time get the whole. “Why," he The proof of what we are saying is says, "should not the Unionists at any easy. If the Government had really rate combine in putting an end to the meant business in this matter nothing scandals of our registration system and would have been easier for them than when they come into office at some

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