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AN HOUR AGO.
Th’are many a wife, hard put till it, was. You know how, when the world is grey,
glad that dead they came, Still lurks the sun-warmth in the air, Ay, many a man that scarcely minds a. That almost, closing eyes, you may
child o' his lies there ; Still feel the unsunk orb is there.
But, och ! it's cruel hard to quit the first.
you'd ever bear. So in this empty place her word,
The graves are all that tiny that they'd That last word of farewell still rings ;
hardly raise a mound, And yet an hour ago 'twas heard ;
And couples o' a Sunday do be coortin' on An hour ago, the end of things !
thon ground, 'Twas broken then, our binding chain,
An' th’are none that thinks upon them ; An hour ago — and she is gone ;
but my heart 'll be there still, She said it, “ne'er to meet again ;”
On the sod among the bracken an' the An hour ago, "all past and done."
whins upon the hill.
I'd be feared to come o' night there, for I know the place is desolate,
the hill is fairy ground, And yet it seems somehow she's here,
But th’are maybe more nor fairies dancin' And I can plead against my fate,
in the fairy roundGive word for word, and tear ar.
Och, an’ if I only thought it ! sure I'd let. Yes, I could answer now,
them do their worst, 'Twas slander - tale of lying foe;
An' i'd go to see my baby, tho' I be to be And yet no word my lips could move
accursed. To utter then - an hour ago.
But I'll never reach my wean now, neither Temple Bar. HAROLD WHITAKER.
here nor in the sod, An' i'm betther wi' the Christians an' the
souls that's saved for God; Och, to feel his fingers on me an' to clasp
him when he smiled !
Sure ye'd think there'd be one heaven for OUT IN THE DARK.
the mother an' the child. Ou, up the brae, and up and up, beyont Spectator.
STEPHEN GWYNN. the fairy thorn, It's there they hae my baby laid, that died
when he was born. Afore the priest could christen him to save his soul, he died ;
THE INFINITE. It never lived at all, they said, 'twas
I. livin' in my side. For many a day an' many a night, an'
FAR off, and very far !
Beyond the crystal sea ; weary night and day, I kent him livin' at my heart, I carena
Beyond the worlds that are what they say.
Unknown, or known to be ;
Beyond the pearly star ; For many a day an' many a night I wearied o' unrest,
The clustering nebulæ ; But now I'm sore to hae my wean back
Beyond dark gulphs we see
Where rolls no glittering car — hidden in my breast. He'll sure be thinkin' long for me, an’
At last, at last, we come to thee,
The finite to Infinity ! wearyin' his lone Up in thon corner by the whins wi' neither cross nor stone;
Ere yet, and evermore ! Ay, tho' I'd died wi' him itself, they Before the day's delight ; wouldna let us be
Before the dawn, before The corner o' a field for him, the holy Apollo in his might ground for me ;
Sped forth by sea and shore ; The poor, wee, helpless, Christless wean, And after many a night, - Och Mary, Mother mild,
When all the hours take flight, Sure, ye were unbaptized yoursel', have Forth issuing from death's doorpity on a child.
Behold, behold, in death's despite Th’are many a wean that lies wi' him, and Eternal looms the Infinite ! none that got a name,
From The Fortnightly Review. We reached at dusk the waterfall we had THE RAJAHS OF SARAWAK.
set out to visit. A small stream gushes
out, as it were, amidst the boughs of the In 1825 a young Englishman, sery- trees that overhang the rocks, and falls ing under the East India Company from a considerable height into the basin ; during the Burmese war, was shot then it frets and foams down a narrow through the long and iuvalided home. channel, and after a succession of leaps James Brooke was then twenty-two
reaches the vale below. At one spot on its At twelve years of age, thickly surrounded and screened by trees.
course it spreads into a rocky pool, sa finding it impossible to submit to school and shrubs that even the brightest sun can discipline, he ran away. At sixteen le but penetrate in partial flickering beams. joined his regiment in India. The Diana and her nymphs might have chosen beauty of the East, together with the this retreat— the crystal water with its. freedom of a colonial life, so completely ceaseless murmur, the trembling sunshine fascinated him, that, throughout his amidst the waving branches, the inviting illness he was longing to return to his coolness, the difficulty of access, and the duties. Destiny, however, was to deep solitude, all combine to render it a thwart his plans. A year later James fitting bath for the goddess of chastity. Brooke was wrecked on returning to Such a mode of expression is incongruIndia. The shock was a severe oue ous with the rugged energy which for the young officer in his weak state Brooke displayed from his childhood. of health, and he was forced to apply It is merely a passing concession to the for extension of leave. This was fashions of his day. Later on he finds granted by the Company on condition that it does not suit him and fings it that Brooke returned to his regiment aside : by a certain date, failing which he
I have dined out two or three times [he would have to resign. The voyage to writes] but I feel the irksomeness of civilIndia (at that time round the Cape) ized society greater than ever, and its bonds was seldom made without misadven- shall not hold me long. My own family tures, and on this occasion Brooke was speak to me of the years we are to spend delayed by alternating storms and together, and it always makes me sad to calms. Often he would stand motion- think that in my innermost heart I have less on the deck, counting the hours in determined to plunge into some adventure
that will bestow activity and employment. his despair. When he realized that he could not reach his post at the stated A burning desire for action is the time, his proud nature would not sub- real basis — the Anglo-Saxon basis of mit to the chance of a dismissal. He Brooke's character. When certain sent in his resignation and returned to kindly duties, which do honor to his England. On his way back be visited heart, came upon him, such as nursing China and some islands of the Malay his father during an illness, or watchArchipelago. A letter, dated from Pe- ing by the bedside of an aged relative, nang, which he then wrote to a friend thus diverting his thought of adventure in England, shows us Brooke under the into other channels, he still found amusing aspect of an Englishman im- means to employ his mind in many bued with the notions of 1830. The ways. He writes a paper on Liberallazy scholar and would-be explorer ism, which makes some stir ; he half brought away in his kit certain relics of decides to stand for Bath. While classical literature, which the Anglo- nursing his sick friend, he occupies his Saxon loves to use, but never assimi- leisure inoments in the study of botany. lates, as does the man of Latin origin. The man, who dreams of the conquest The magnificent vegetation of the of unknown worlds, sometimes returns tropics, which in us
up elated from his walks, because he has risions of Eden, brought back to discovered, clinging to some old wall, a Brooke's mind memories of Greek rare creeper, with which he adorus his usthology:
bat. A scheme, which had long been
ripening in Brooke's mind, and which | and visit Saràwak, the place whence small he privately discussed with his friends, vessels bring antimony ore. I know not was that of returning to the East with how far I may be led, provided I am a vessel and cargo of his own.
His tempted forward by moderate success. mind was engrossed in preparations for For this undertaking the crew, carrying out this plan :
which until then consisted of nineteen I have thought much of the schooner ; I sailors, was strengthened by ten strapdo what I can to become a bit of a sailor. ping Malays, and a half-caste was
If perseverance can push a plan into engaged to act as interpreter. The existence, mine shall succeed. It is as Royalist arrived at Kuching, the capital daring as I wish.
of Sarawak, on August 15th, 1839. The dogged determination of Brooke The town, which was built some way triumphed at length over the disap- up the river, consisted only of a cluster proval of his family. He persuaded of huts propped upon poles. Even his father to buy him a schooner and the palace of Mudah Hassim was nothcargo. He made common cause with ing better than a long, low barn, roofed a friend who was to be entrusted with over with palm-leaves. Nevertheless, the navigation of the vessel, and they Brooke determined to greet the rajah :set sail from England in the month of with all due ceremony. A salute of May, 1834. During this voyage took twenty-one guns was fired accordingly. place the last misadventure which, ac- This must have impressed the rajah cording to the rules laid down in fairy- with Brooke's courtesy, and have also tales, was to try Brooke's mettle. His given him a good idea of the strength associate turned out to be a mau who of the vessel. Mudah Hassim returned preferred commercial security to the the salute, and declared his willingness risks of unknown adventure. Brooke to receive the Englishman. We read disagreed with such ideas, and, being a in Brooke's journal the details of this man with drastic measures, he sold the
first interview: ship at Macao and returned to England. He received us in state, seated in his ball He stayed at home until 1838, when of audience, which without is nothing but his father died, and he became the a large shed erected on piles, but within is possessor of £35,000. He thereupon decorated with taste.
Chairs were placed bought a schooner, the Royalist, care
on either side of the ruler, who occupied fully chose his crew man by man, in
the head seat. . . . Immediately behind duced some friends to accompany him,
him his twelve young brothers were seated. and, on December 16th, 1838, he left To insure a good reception, Brooke his country, destined to return to it a had brought with him a good quantity hero. The Royalist belonged to the of gifts. Royal Yacht Squadron, flew a white
Gaudy silks of Surat, scarlet cloth, ensign, and was entitled to the same stamped velvet, and gunpowder, besides a privileges as a man-of-war. She car- large quantity of confectionery, sweets ried six six-pounders, several swivels, and a huge box of china toys for his chiland small arms of all sorts. On this dren. occasion Brooke took the American Two days later the rajah returned route. A letter dated from Singapore Brooke's visit officially. at the end of June thus sets forth his
His sword of state with a golden scabplans :
bard, his war-shield, jewel-hilted kris and I have settled to sail for Borneo proper flowing horsetails were separately carried on or before July 1st. The rajah of the by the grand officers of state. country is represented as favorable to
This second interview was Europeans, and has lately behaved in a
Brooke in. civilized and proper way to a shipwrecked friendly than the first. crew, who fell into his power. On my way quired as to the rebellion, which had to the capital I propose to look at the coast brought the rajah to this part of Boras minutely as circumstances will allow, 'neo. Mudah Hassim professed to
despise the matter, treating it as mere , rajah's troops made the chances of child's play. A discussion ensued as success highly improbable. The Ma10 the advantages wbich the country lays hated their Chinese allies ; the might acquire by the establishment of Dyaks waged war all around. Instead a regular commercial intercourse with of attacking the rebels, the forces England, France, and Italy. The rajah fought amongst themselves. After replied that he entirely trusted the two months wasted in attempts to spur governor of Singapore, and inquired on the troops to some decisive engagewhether the death of that official would meut, Brooke returned to Kuching, but cause a change of policy with regard to Mudah Hassim's sorrow at my return was his country, and what security bis peo- so evident (we read in the correspondence] ple would have of getting any remuner- that even all the self-command of the naation for the produce which they would tive could not disguise it. He begged, he procure from the interior. Brooke an- entreated me to stay, and offered me the swered these questions favorably, and country of Siniawan and Saràwak, its govrequested the rajah to entrust him with ernment and its trade, if I would only stop official letters for the merchants of and not desert him. Singapore inviting them to establish The concession would be submitted commercial relations with his subjects. as a matter of form to the sultan of When Brooke, having obtained this Brunei, who claimed a nominal suzerequest, sailed away from Kuching, rainty over Sarawak. Hassim was a Mudah Hassim's guns were still firing near relation of the sultan and next in his honor long after the Royalist had in succession. Under these conditions, disappeared from sight.
and invested with sole authority in the In Brooke's opinion, the rebellion in management of the war, Brooke reSarawak was more serious than the turned to the field of action. He orrajah acknowledged. He considered dered a fort to be built to command the that one year at least must necessarily river. Whilst the work was in progelapse before order could be estab- ress, the rebels encamped on the oppolished, and be employed that period site bank engaged simultaneously in an in visiting the Celebes. When he re- attack to cover a sortie from the beturned to Sarawak in 1840 the state of sieged Dyaks. Brooke reconnoitring in affairs seemed hopeless. Numbers of the neighborhood, was warned in time. Dyak rebels threatened to sack the At the head of his nineteen blue-jacktown, and Hassim, much disturbed, ets be charged so impetuously across a received bis old friend with open arms. rice field that a panic ensued among He said that treachery and intrigue had the rebels. The royalist army, seeing deprived bim of the affections of his the turn of affairs, charged the fugisabjects, and in bis despair he implored tives, who went helter skelter into the bis only friend not to desert him. stream without much loss of life. A Brooke was too clear-headed not to few skirmishes of a desultory nature appreciate at its full value the advau- ended this rebellion, which had lasted tage of his position ; but, on the other four years; and before surrendering Land, his letters show that his compas- their arms, the vanquished themselves conate heart was touched by Mudah burned the forts which they had Lissim's distress. On October 3rd he erected, December 20th, 1840. The vined the rajali's forces. He at once same good feeling which prompted perceived that the lactics of the regular Brooke to avoid any unnecessarily smy were useless against the enemy's harsh measures in crushing the rebelandacity. He advised the erection of lion, induced him to prevail upon the á palisade, as a shelter for the guys rajab to spare the lives of the prisonwhich were to dislodge the Dyaks from ers. The request was granted on conheir forts, but he sadly realized, on dition that their wives and children te eve of the engagement, that the were held as hostages. Such leniency L-feeling which existed amongst the l after a victory, coupled with the cour