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the information of whose members the judge what interest there is in a minute · account of her travels is written. Latin account, given by a traveller at the end is her native tongue, though she knew of the fourth century, of a journey from enough of Greek to be able to give the Mount Sinai to Egypt, thence to Jerusisters an explanation of a few Greek salem, to Mesopotamia, and finally to phrases that occur in her story. In de Constantinople, and how much inforscribing the Euphrates she says that the mation may be derived from it both as current is like that of the Rhone, but to the topography of the countries visthat the river is broader, whence it has ited and the liturgical usages of the been inferred that she came from Gaul ; Church of the time. and this conclusion is confirmed by the
We had intended to conclude with a peculiarities of her Latin style. She discussion of the newly discovered Gosappears to have been a person of some pel of St. Peter ; but our article has consideration ; for she was everywhere already run to such a length, that we courteously received by the bishops and postpone the discussion to another opleading clergy of the places she visited, portunity. And we are not sorry to do and was furnished with a guard of sol- so; for an edition of this Gospel has diers in travelling from Sinai to Egypt. been promised by Dr. Swete, the Regius
Gamurrini selects as the person best professor of divinity at Cambridge ; fulfilling these conditions St. Silvia of and other commentaries on it are likely Aquitaine, a sister of Rufinus, prefect to be published, of which we may hope of the East under Theodosius the Great, to avail ourselves. of whose journey from Jerusalem to
NOTE. Egypt there is a notice in the “ Historia
Through an oversight which we much Lausiaca ” of Palladius. And we acqui- regret we failed to notice an announcement esce in this conclusion, notwithstand- made in the Athenaeum of August 6, 1892, ing a difficulty raised by Dr. Bernard, by Mr. Rendel Harris, of the discovery at who translated this pilgrimage for the Mount Sinai“ of a new text of the old Palestine Pilgrims' Text Society. He Syriac version of the Gospels (Curetonian remarks that if this narrative be Sil- Syriac).” This will be a new second-cenvia’s, Palladius must have greatly ex- tury authority for the text of the Gospels aggerated her asceticism ; for Palladius completely independent of any previously
known. It does not contain the twelve tells how Silvia rebuked the luxurious
verses of St. Mark. The Athenæum inness of a deacon, Jubinus, her compan- forms us " that a copy has already been ion in travel, who, in consequence of made and is under the examination of wellthe extreme heat, was guilty of the known English editors.” laxity of washing himself in cold water. “ Here am I,” she said, “now in my sixtieth year, and never has face or foot of any of my limbs touched water, save
From Temple Bar. the tips of my fingers, and that for the sake of communion. Even when very
BY RHODA BROUGHTON, ill, and the physicians ordered me to
AUTHOR OF " GOOD-BYE, SWEETHEART," ETC. take a bath, I would not yield. Never Two men were riding slowly along a have I slept on a bed or travelled in a muddy country lane on a mild Februlitter.” But this pilgrim complains of ary afternoon. The younger was in the steepness of Mount Sinai, which pink, and a large stain on one shoulder, prevented her from being carried up in an irretrievably damaged hat, and a a chair and obliged her to walk; while lame horse proved that he had not es. on Mount Nebo she only walked in caped some of the casualties incident places where she could not ride on an to the chiefest among the plaisirs Whoever she was it was easy to étranges of the Anglo-Saxon male.
The question which he was putting as 1 It would appear that the method of reception directed by Cyril of Jerusalem was not universal at to the number of miles still left for him
to traverse before reaching a railway
station, which he named — to traverse younger man had to dismount and come at the foot-pace rendered necessary by to his aid. The bolt yielded at last and the condition of his horse — proved him they passed through, the stranger wonto be a stranger in the neighbor- dering a little at the evidence of long hood. The other, a hardy old man, to disuse in the rusty fastening, and still whom one would not have given the more so in the high, white, last year's nigh eighty years of which he had just grasses that had grown up, and now been boasting to his chance-met con- limply waved right across the entrance. panion, was jogging along on a fat cob Similar grasses nay, 10le, what nearly as old — with relation to the amounted to grass - covered the apsmaller dole of life allotted to horses proach, along which it was evident that than to men — as himself.
no wheeled vehicle, nor apparently any "I can show you a short cut that will human foot, had for many months save you a good three miles. Turn in passed. at this gate to the left, and cross that “ Is the place uninhabited ?" asked pasture as far as the copse, then into the stranger, in surprise, and looking the Denbury road, which you must fol- with a startled admiration at the noble low for a few hundred yards; then old dwelling-house, which, gabled and take the second — 10, the third, turn to black framed, stood at the end of the the right. But stay, I had better come approach, within two hundred yards of with you and show you the way myself the king's high way, as so many houses
- it will be safer. Oh, no apologies — of that date did ; causing one to wonder time is no great object to me!” whether in those happy days of elbow
The person addressed, conscious of room and leisure there were few passan ominous feeling that, left to his own ers-by to stare in upon their privacy, or unaided instincts, the short cut was that privacy itself was a gift less prized destined to have but an ironical sound in that simpler period. for him and his poor limping animal, He had no sooner put the question which was not even his own, but a than he felt it to have been a superflufriendly mount, felt too heartily grate- ous one. ful for the old man's offer to make any Uninhabited ? Well, it was bardly but a very slender protest against the likely that any dweller, save the bat, trouble it entailed upon him. They the owl, and the hawk, would care to crossed the pasture to the copse ; en- inhabit a house where scarce a whole tered the highroad ; left it; and after pane of glass survived in the diamonded many devious turns and twists through casements; when through the vacanby-lanes and bridle-paths, farm-yards, cies thus made could be seen fragments and spinneys, found themselves once of the beautiful Tudor ceilings lying on again in a highroad, and faced by the the uneven boards of the bare oak gates and stone-dolphin topped pillars of toors ; when the wind could be heard what was evidently a place of some im- sighing dolorously through the lady's portance. The old squire rode up to the bower, and the flutter of owls' wings, gates, through whose elegant wrought- disturbed by the sound of the horses' iron work peeps of an Elizabethan feet, from the banqueting hall. Anul house standing at a little distance were yet it was evident that it was not bevisible ; and the other followed him, cause it had become unsafe for human protesting somewhat and asking, habitation that the house had been
“But is not this private property ? abandoned. The walls still stood stout Shall not we be trespassing ?”
and firm, as when the Tudor roses in " I think you will find that we are not the great-nailed hall door had been taken to task," answered the other copied with difference from dryly, stooping from his cob, and trying blooming ones ; the roof still showed a with fingers and whip handle to pull up compact array of slim red tiles, though the bolt that secured the two leaves of the vivid moss and the ingenious lichen the portal. But it was so stiff that the had made them their own ; the graceful LIVING AGE.
cluster of slender chimneys was still | page boy, a poor little chap who was ready to transmit the fumes of baked so frightened of the bogies that he had meats to the thin bluish air above to get the maids to put him to bed." them. But it was evidently long since The narrator stopped to chuckle at they had been used, except as nesting- this recollection, and then went on : places for jackdaws. The problem of " It is a lonely sort of place, and in the desertion of a house, at once so that particular winter there were beautiful and, despite the neglect to great number of burglaries committed which it had been subjected, so easily in the neighborhood, and the police had to be again fitted for human habitation, entirely failed to get hold of the burseemed insoluble ; and the younger glars. One morning, the maids and man, forgetting his lame horse and his Alfred — Alfred was the page's name train, looked with interested inquiry at — I do not know why I remember ithis companion for le mot de l'énigme. were frightened out of their wits by
“I do not understand,” he said. finding the footmarks of a man in the " What does it mean? Why is such a snow, going all round the house. fine specimen of early Tudor architec- Probably he was only some one who ture given over to the bats and owls ? " had taken a drop too much to keep out
His companion gave vent to a sound the cold, and lost his way on his road between a laugh and a sigh.
home from Market Brigton ; but noth“ A good many people beside you ing would have persuaded them of that, have asked that question,” he said ; " it and they begged the old lady, with has puzzled the country-side for some tears in their eyes, to yet at least one years, and it was only the other day of the bailiff's men she had put down that the cause of it transpired. But it her stables too — to sleep in the house. is a long story,” he added, without at- Not a bit of it! She took a revolver to tempting to enter upon it ; either really bed with her, and told the frightened shirking a relation which he must have women and boy, if the thieves came, to so often been called upon to make ; or direct them to her room, and if the with that wish to be pressed for his sight of her in her nightcap did not reminiscences which is an old man's scare away the boldest burglar that coquetry. “ You will not have too ever handled a “jemmy,' her name was much time if you wish to get to Holm- not Jane Winstanley! Oh, she was a hurst Station by daylight.”
tine old lady!” “ Couid not you give me a short ab- 6. Then it was not in her lifetime that stract of it before our roads part ?” the place was deserted ?" asked the asked the younger man ; but his com- other, endeavoring by this question to panion for the moment did not seem to recall the old gentleman to a topic that hear. He was sitting with the reins on interested him more than the valor of his cob's neck, staring up at one partic- any previous owner of the Manor ular window on the second Moor, above House. which a row of swallows' nests showed • Oh, bless your heart, no, she lived under the eaves and between the gro- and died here." tesquely carved oak heads that orna- As he spoke he picked up the reins mented the spouts.
off his cob's neck, and saying, “We “ That was the old lady's bedroom,” really ought to be going,” put his horse he said ; “ the old lady: the late man's in motion again ; then, shaking his mother, you know. She was a good- head several times as he took a final plucked one if ever there was. I bave look at the solitary pile, standing alknown that old woman live for a whole most pathetical in its desolation against winter quite alone in this old barrack the evening heaven, - that winter of '-6, when, for some “I was very fond of her, dear old reason or other, she had to retrench, lady, and though you would not think and had reduced her establishment to it to look at it now, I have spent some three or four maidservants and a little of the jolliest days of my life under
that roof-tree ; but I said then, I say | one. I always told her that she was now, and I shall say to my dying day, much more like a man than a woman, that it was one of the worst cases." and she took it as a compliment, and
* That! What was one of the worst dressed to the part. Often and often, cases ?” asked the other, extremely when I have met her driving her dogintrigué — a word for which I find no cart in a billycock hat and a frieze coat, precise English equivalent, or I would I have really thought she was one of not employ it — by this enigmatic utter- the farmers, until I got quite close up
to her. You could not please her betThey were riding by this time slowly ter than by telling her so, and indeed down another grass-growy drive. she had a great deal more practical
“Oddly enough I was in the house at knowledge of land than the majority of the time when it happened.”
them. She never would have an agent, “ When what happened ? You for- but managed her property it was not get,” with a faint tinge of impatience, very large and was very compact — “ that I am quite in the dark as to what with the help of a bailiff, a rough fellow you are alluding to.”
enough — she had a horror of what she The narrator waved his hand slightly, called a tine gentleman - whom she with a deprecating gesture :
ruled with a rod of iron. It was one of “ I am coming to it, I am coming to her favorite sayings that Mr. Briggs's it! You must not hurry me, and you axiom was hers, “ If you want a thing will have plenty of time between here done, do it yourself. Among the and Holmhurst for though I cannot things which she always insisted on promise to go quite as far as the town applying her rule to was the collection itself with you, I will set you well on of her own rents. Nothing would have your way to hear a longer story than induced her to depute it to her bailiff, mine."
though she had a faith, which someHe paused for a moment, then be times appeared to her friends exaggergan :
ated, in his honesty. It was before * It must be nine-and-twenty years these pleasant days, when almost every ago — no, thirty — no, I am wrong, poor devil of a land-owner has to return twenty-nine – it will be twenty-nine twenty or thirty per cent. to his tenants years ago, the end of September, since every rent day, and look as if he liked I was staying there for a shooting it. She was a good landlord; you party. The old lady had some very scarcely ever saw a farm-building out pretty shooting – it is all let now, to of repair, or a cottage that was not a button-maker from Birmingham, who tight and weather-proof, on her propbrings down a pack of commercial erty. She generally, in consequence, gents every year — and we assembled succeeded in getting a good class of on the 28th of September, because Mrs. tenants, and they mostly paid up to a Winstanley liked to have a jolly gath- penny ; so that, unlike what she would ering round her on her rent day. She have done had she been alive now, she had been left a widow very young, bad herself enjoyed her rent day, and had complete control over the estate — she always some stock job on hand with was an heiress — and the children — of three or four of the principal tenants, whom there were four, two of each sex to show the pleasant feeling that sub
- and I suppose what had begun in sisted on both sides. being a necessity, ended in choice - I “For years she had made it a habit mean her high-handed way of ordering to have a houseful for Michaelmas ; a and managing everything about the houseful which was expected to stay on place, including the boys, even after well into the week of the first. And they had left school. They had been the neighborhood had grown to regard so used to it that they did not seem to the dance with which the party confeel it, and I suppose to them she had cluded in the light of as fixed an event always appeared father and mother in as the recurrence of Michaelmas itself.
Thirty years ago we were less sophisti- quite without éclat, but also quite withcated and more stay-at-home than in sout scandal. The younger son, Randal, the present day, and, at least in this though less colorless than his brother, neighborhood, people did not go to was of a rather neutral-tinted charScotland nearly so much, nor stay acter too, and I remember their mother there nearly so late as they do now, so saying to me once, à propos of both, that by the end of September most of 'I used always to be told that two the houses had refilled for the winter. negatives make an affirmative ; but in On the occasion I speak of the old lady the case of the boys' father and me, was in great spirits — she was a most two affirmatives have succeeded in maksociable soul, and at that time not really ing two negatives.' Still, though she old —- because she had succeeded in col- bad this little fling at them, she was a lecting an even larger number than most tender, doting mother, and quite usual of gay young people : college wrapped up in her children. friends of the elder soll, brother officers “ It was the day before the rent day of the younger
one – he had just - glorious weather — the old lady aljoined the
-th Hussar's - young lady ways piqued herself upon her weather, friends of the girls ; the oid house real queen's weather. The young ones, where the bats and the jackdaws have that is to say the men, were all going had it all their own way for ten years off to a cricket match, and we were was crammed from attic to cellar. most of us in the hall, where you Sprinkled among the boys and girls saw just now through the window were a few cronies of her own, that she the ceiling lying in patches on the might have a little age and ugliness to floor, waiting for the brake, which keep me in countenance among so much was to take the cricketers, to come youth and beauty,' as she told me in round. We were looking over the her blunt way; and it was on that foot- morning papers, when one of the men ing that I happened to be there.
said from between the sheets of the Among the Oxford friends of Fred-journal he held, 'I see that Mademoieric, the elder boy, there was one of selle Vel Vel has come to grief at last.? the name of Armitage, whom Mrs. I had no particular interest in MadeWinstanley always said she never could moiselle Vel Vel, who was a trapeze make out, nor what was the attraction performer of great note in those days, that bound him to her boy. He was and had awoke notoriety still more not much of a sportsman, nor did he marked ; but as the man spoke I just ever contribute any jokes or any ac- lifted my eyes from my own paper. complishments to the general fund of Armitage happened to be leaning agaiust entertainment; he had no personal the chimney-piece opposite to me, so beauty to make his silence forgivable, that my eyes could not help lighting on and nobody seemed to know anything him, and I was struck by seeing him of his origin or social status. But yet give a sort of involuntary start, and by he was treated by Frederic with a def- noticing a wave of — I could not tell erence, and obviously exercised over what sort of emotion, but it was a him an intluence, quite out of propor- strong one — rush over his face, which tion to his apparent merits, and which was usually as expressionless as a mask. provoked surprised comments from his It was gone in a second, and I noticed other and less made-much-of, while that he looked hastily round the room, conscious of being more attractive, as I supposed, to discover whether any friends. What made it odder was that one had observed his change of counif Armitage was man unlikely to tenance. The next moment the youth inspire enthusiasm, Frederic was the who had first given the piece of inforlast person one would have expected mation lifted up his voice again : "Oh, to manifest it. He was a quiet, hum- I see that it was not much of an accidrum, rather negative fellow, who so dent after all, it was not one of her far had gone through his Oxford career high performances, in fact it was one