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Passing on to the table, with his hat still on hardly think that that ought to have any his head, and with a dark scowl upon his weight. The threat had no weight." brow, the young lord stood for a few mo- "It was not spoken as a threat, sir, and ments perfectly silent. Then he chucked that you know as well as I do. It was said a letter across the table to the spot at which from a friend to a friend, as I thought Phineas was standing. Phineas, taking up then. But it is not the less true. I wonder the letter, perceived that it was that which what you can think of faith and truth and he, in his great attempt to be honest, had honesty of purpose when you took advanwritten from the inn at Loughton. “It is tage of my absence,-you, whom I had told a my own letter to you," he said.

thousand times that I loved her better than “Yes; it is your letter to me. I received my own soul! You stand before the world it oddly enough together with your own as a rising man, and I stand before the note at Mauregy's, - on Monday morning. world as a man- damned. You have been It has been round the world, I suppose, chosen by my father to sit for our family and reached me only then. You must borough, while I am an outcast from his withdraw it."

house. You have Cabinet Ministers for “ Withdraw it?"

your friends, while I have hardly a decent “Yes, sir, withdraw it. As far as I can associate left to me in the world. But I can learn, without asking any question which say of myself that I have never done anywould have committed myself or the young thing unworthy of a gentleman, while this lady, you have not acted upon it. You thing that you are doing is unworthy of the have not yet done what you there threaten lowest man." to do. In that you have been very wise, “I have done nothing unworthy," said and there can be no difficulty in your with Phineas. “I wrote to you instantly when drawing the letter.”

I had resolved, – though it was painful to “I certainly shall not withdraw it, Lord me to have to tell such a secret to any one.” Chiltern."

“You wrote! Yes; when I was miles “Do you remember what — I once — distant; weeks, months away. But I did told you, - about myself and Miss Effing- not come here to ballyrag like an old woham" This question he asked very slow- man. I got your letter only on Monday, and ly, pausing between the words, and looking know nothing of what has occurred. Is full into the face of his rival, towards whom Miss Effingham to be your wife?” Lord he had gradually come nearer. And his Chiltern had now come quite close to Phincountenance, as he did so, was by no means eas, and Phineas felt that that clenched fist pleasant. The redness of his complexion might be in his face in half a moment. Miss had become more ruddy than usual; he still Effingham of course was not engaged to him, wore his hat as though with studied inso- but it seemed to him that if he were now so lence; his right hand was clenched; and to declare, such declaration would appear there was that look of angry purpose in his to have been drawn from him by fear. "I eye which no man likes to see in the eye of ask you," said Lord Chiltern, “ in what poan antagonist. Phineas was afraid of no sition you now stand towards Miss Effingviolence, personal to himself; but he was ham. 'If you are not a coward you will tell afraid of, of what I may, perhaps, best me." call “ a row." To be tumbling over the “ Whether I tell you or not, you know chairs and tables with his late friend and that I am not a coward,” said Phineas. present enemy in Mrs. Bunce's room would "I shall have to try,” said Lord Chilbe most unpleasant to him. If there were tern. “But if you please I will ask you to be blows he, too, must strike; - and he for an answer to my question." was very averse to strike Lady Laura's Phineas paused for a moment, thinking brother, Lord Brentford's son, Violet Ef- what honesty of purpose and a high spirit fingham's friend. If need be, however, he would, when combined together, demand of would strike.

him, and together with these requirements “I suppose I remember what you mean," he felt that he was bound to join some feelsaid Phineas. “I think you declared that ing of duty towards Miss Effingham. Lord you would quarrel with any man who might Chiltern was standing there, fiery red, with presume to address Miss Effingham. Is it his hand still clenched, and his hat still on, that to which you allude ?”

waiting for his answer. “Let me have your " It is that," said Lord Chiltern.

question again,” said Phineas, “and I will “I remember what you said very well. answer it if I find that I can do so without If nothing else was to deter me from asking loss of self-respect." Miss Effingham to be my wife, you will!“I ask you in what position you stand

LIVING AGE. VOL. X. 396

towards Miss Effingham. Mind, I do not “Of course I will do that if I have your doubt at all, but I choose to have a reply promise to meet me. We can be in Bel from yourself.”

gium in an hour or two, and back again in "You will remember, of course, that I can a few more hours ; – that is, any one of us only answer to the best of my belief." who may chance to be alive."

• Answer to the best of your belief." "I will select a friend, and will tell him

“I think she regards me as an intimate everything, and will then do as he bids me." friend."

“Yes; some old steady-going buffer. “Had you said an indifferent acquain- Mr. Kennedy, perhaps." tance, you would, I think, have been near- “It will certainly not be Mr. Kennedy. er the mark. But we will let that be. I I shall probably ask Laurence Fitzgibbon presume I may understand that you have to manage for me in such an affair.” given up any idea of changing that posi- “Perhaps you will see him at once then, tion?"

so that Colepepper may arrange with him “You may understand nothing of the this afternoon. And let me assure you, Mr. kind, Lord Chiltern."

Finn, that there will be a meeting between " Why; - what hope have you ?" us after some fashion, let the ideas of your

“ That is another thing. I shall not speak friend Mr. Fitzgibbon be what they may." of that; - at any rate not to you."

| Then Lord Chiltern proposed to go, but “ Then, sir, — " and now Lord Chiltern turned again as he was going. “And readvanced another step and raised his hand member this,” he said, “my complaint is as though he were about to put it with some that you have been false to me, — damnably form of violence on the person of his rival. false; not that you have fallen in love with

“Stop, Chiltern,” said Phineas, stepping this young lady or with that." Then the back, so that there was some article of fur- fiery-red lord opened the door for himself niture between him and his adversary. “I and took his departure. do not choose that there should be a riot Phineas, as soon as he was alone, walked here."

down to the House, at which there was an "What do you call a riot, sir? I believe early sitting. As he went there was one that after all you are a poltroon. What I great question which he had to settle with require of you is that you shall meet me. himself, — was there any justice in the Will you do that?”

charge made against him that he had been “You mean, — to fight ?"

| false to his friend? When he had thought “Yes, - to fight; to fight; to fight. For over the matter at Saulsby, after rushing what other purpose do you suppose that I down there that he might throw himself at can wish to meet you?" Phineas felt at the Violet's feet, he had assured himself that moment that the fighting of a duel would be such a letter as that which he resolved to destructive to all his political hopes. Few write to Lord Chiltern would be even chiv. Englishmen fight duels in these days. They alrous in its absolute honesty. He would who do so are always reckoned to be fools. tell his purpose to Lord Chiltern the moAnd a duel between him and Lord Brent- ment that his purpose was formed; - and ford's son must; as he thought, separate him would afterwards speak of Lord Chiltern from Violet, from Lady Laura, from Lord behind his back as one dear friend should Brentford, and from his borough. But yet speak of another. Had Miss Effingham how could he refuse? “What have you to shown the slightest intention of accepting think of, sir, when such an offer as that is Lord Chiltern's offer, he would have aemade to you? " said the fiery-red lord. knowledged to himself that the circum

“I have to think whether I have courage stances of his position made it impossible that enough to refuse to make myself an ass." The should, with honour, become his friend's

“You say that you do not wish to have a rival. But was he to be debarred for ever riot. That is your way to escape what you from getting that which he wanted because call —a riot."

Lord Chiltern wanted it also, - knowing, as “You want to bully me, Chiltern." he did so well, that Lord Chiltern could

“No, sir;-I simply want this, that you not get the thing which he wanted? All should leave me where you found me, and this had been quite sufficient for him at not interfere with that which you have long Saulsby. But now the charge against him known I claim as my own."

that he had been false to his friend rang in “ But it is not your own."

his ears and made him unhappy. It cer“ Then you can only fight me."

tainly was true that Lord Chiltern had not “You had better send some friend to me, given up his hopes, and that he bad spoken and I will name some one, whom he shall probably more openly to Phineas respecting

them than he had done to any other human being. If it was true that he had been false, , evening meeting. Lord Brentford was then he must comply with any requisition there, and the Bonteens, and Barringwhich Lord Chiltern might make, — short ton Erle, and Lady Glencora Palliser, and of voluntarily giving up the lady. He must Lord Cantrip with his young wife. It was fight if he were asked to do so, even though manifestly a meeting of Liberals, semi-social fighting were his ruin.

meet."

and semi-political ; -80 arranged that laWhen again in the House yesterday's dies might feel that some interest in politics scene came back upon him, and more than was allowed to them, and perhaps some inone man came to him congratulating him. fluence also. Afterwards Mr. Palliser himMr. Monk took his hand and spoke a word self came in. Phineas, however, was most to him. The old Premier nodded to him. struck by finding that Laurence Fitzgibbon Mr. Gresham greeted him; and Planta- was there, and that Mr. Kennedy was not. genet Palliser openly told him that he had In regard to Mr. Kennedy, he was quite made a good speech. How sweet would all sure that had such a meeting taken place this have been bad there not been ever at before Lady Laura's marriage, Mr. Kennedy his heart the remembrance of his terrible would have been present. “I must speak difficulty, - the consciousness that he was to you as we go away," said Phineas, whisabout to be forced into an absurdity which pering a word into Fitzgibbon's ear. “I would put an end to all this sweetness. have been leaving notes for you all about Why was the world in England so severe the town.” “Not a duel, I hope," said against duelling? After all, as he regarded Fitzgibbon. How pleasant it was, – that the matter now, a duel might be the best meeting; or would have been had there not way, nay, the only way, out of a difficulty. been that nightmare on his breast! They If he might only be allowed to go out with all talked as though there were perfect acLord Chiltern the whole thing might be ar-cord between them and perfect confidence. ranged. If he were not shot he might carry There were there great men, — Cabinet on his suit with Miss Effingham unfettered Ministers, and beautiful women, — the wives by any impediment on that side. And if he and daughters of some of England's highest were shot, what matter was that to any one nobles. And Phineas Finn, throwing back, but himself? Why should the world be so now and again, a thought to Killaloe, found thin-skinned, - so foolishly chary of human himself among them as one of themselves.

How could any Mr. Low say that he was Laurence Fitzgibbon did not come to the wrong? House, and Phineas looked for him at both On a sofa near to him, so that he could the clubs which he frequented, - leaving a almost touch her foot with his, was sitting note at each as he did not find him.' He Violet Effingham, and as he leaned over also left a note for him at his lodgings in from his chair discussing some point in Mr. Duke street. “I must see you this evening. Mildmay's bill with that most inveterate polI shall dine at the Reform Club, - pray itician, Lady Glencora, Violet looked into come there." After that, Phineas went up his face and smiled. Ob heavens! If Lord to Portman Square, in accordance with the Chiltern and he might only toss up as to instructions received from Lady Laura. which of them should go to Patagonia and

There he saw Violet Effingham, meeting remain there for the next ten years, and her for the first time since he had parted which should have Violet Effingham for a from her on the great steps at Saulsby. wife in London ! Of course he spoke to her, and of course “Come along, Phineas, if you mean to she was gracious to him. But her gracious-come," said Laurence Fitzgibbon. Phineas ness was only a smile and his speech was was of course bound to go, though Lady only a word. There were many in the Glencora was still talking Radicalism, and room, but not enough to make privacy pos- Violet Effingham was still smiling ineffably. sible, – as it becomes possible at a crowded

life?

The young Emperor of China has just taken us that the young lady upon whom the choice to himself a wife, and the accompanying circum- of the Prince and his mother fell was born at stances strongly remind us of the opening chap-Moukden, in the province of Chingking, that ters in the Book of Esther :- One hundred and she had attained her eleventh year, and that she twenty young girls, ranging from eleven to was extremely beautiful. She belongs to a famnineteen years old, were admitted to the palace ily that for fifteen years enjoyed the high favour on the previous evening as candidates. Seven of the late Emperor Tao-Kouang. It is stated were chosen from this number, who had to sub- that the majority of the Emperor Tchoung-Tché mit to an examination before the Empress-mo- will shortly be declared, and that he will then ther, whose business it is to make the choice. take the direction of affairs. Letters from Pekin of the 2nd of April inform

London Review.

From The Christian Observer. and a spirit of insubordination and preHABAKKUK: A STUDY FOR -THE TIMES. sumption would prostrate legislative and

executive government before popular de The book of Habakkuk is a whole. The mands; and underminings approach even first chapter leads to the second, and the the throne itself. Above all, in the churches, third springs out of the contents of the first lukewarmness and unfaithfulness convert liband the second. And throughout the book erality into licentiousness ; defiance of authere is a commingling of the representative thority is met with imbecility ; in doctrine, man, and of the prophet, in Habakkuk's own the foundations are destroyed by rationalis person. Having begun, as the representa- tic and Romanising opinions and teachings; tive of the Lord's saints, in bewailing the sensous tastes and displays unspiritualise sins and obduracy of his nation (i. 2-4), he the worship of many congregations; and, is inspired, as a prophet, to denounce divine while Protestantism becomes a bye-word, awful judgments on account of them at the or is half bashfully avowed, the ceaseless inhands of the Chaldeans. (5-11.) Then, trigues of Popery are daring and fatally enpassing on into the time of judgment, he croaching. All is confusion in the church. again, as a representative of the saints, ex-" There are that raise up strife and contenpostulates with God against the terrible in- tion; and therefore the law is slacked, and fliction; and so, again, as a prophet, is in- judgment doth never go forth.” And for spired to foretell destruction on the Chal- all these “ abominations in the midst of" deans, for their pride and cruelties, even us, it becomes us, with the saints whom though they were the Lord's scourge on Ju- Habakkuk represented, to be “men that dah. (ü.) And then, finally, merging the sigh and cry." character of prophet in the character of the 2. And what “answer" from the Lord are representative of the saints, he gives expres- we to look for, as we“ stand upon" our sion, in his “ prayer” of “the prophet," to watch and set " ourselves “ upon the towindescribable feelings of awe at the judgment er," in the devotions of the closet, and in which punished his nation's sins and de- meditations on the Scriptures, and so “watch stroyed the Chaldeans; and to the calm con- to see what He will say unto " us? As we fidence of faith, in the prospect of the final have said, we anticipate no such voice as salvation of the Lord's true people. And spake to the prophet — “Write the vision!” in all this Habakkuk is a pattern to ourselves. But we may reckon on having visions which Of course, we are not to expect to become are written made plain to us, as being now prophets as he was a prophet; but we are realised in their general principles and broad to use the prophecies which have been given er features. They chose new gods; then us. And certainly, after his model, as a was war in the gates.” “Shall I not visit representative of the saints, we are to be- for these things saith the Lord; and shall wail the sins and obduracy of our times; re- not my soul be avenged on such a nation gard the evils they entail as divine judg- as this?” “Shall there be evil in a city, ments; and so, while we tremble under the and the Lord hath not done it?” “ Thou display of God's righteous 'indignation, we hast destroyed all them that go a-whoring shall, through the supply of the Spirit, the from thee." "As many as I love I rebuke Comforter, rejoice in sure hope of the prom- and chasten." Such general principles we ised “ salvation ” of the faithful, which is shall “read," and be taught to trace, in our “ready to be revealed " in the day of the troubles, with this conviction of Habakkuk Lord Jesus. .

as our representative, “0 Lord, thou 1. First, then, taking Habakkuk for our hast ordained them for judgment; and O exemplar, we learn to “enter into" our mighty God, thou hast established them for "closet, and shut the door” about us and correction!” And, at least, we shall be led mourn before our Father, “in secret,” for to recognise in our troubles these broader the sins and obduracy of our day. And features of unfulfilled prophecy, -"When truly, here we have woeful cause to take up the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on Habakkuk's language, “O Lord, why dost the earth?” “Because iniquity shall abound, thou show me iniquity, and cause me to be the love of many shall wax cold.” “In the hold grievance?" Social, mercantile, and last days perilous times shall come.” “Befashionable life teems around us with prac-hold I come as a thief! Blessed is he that ticés on account of which “the name of watcheth, and keepeth his garments ; lest God and his doctrine" are blasphemed. he walk naked and they see his shame." In civil life and affairs of state, principle is, Yea, we shall discern the Lord's retributive on all sides, with increasing boldness sacri- righteous judgments on the sins of our ficed to expediency and party interests; Church and nation in the calamities that

vex us; and shall understand that the Lord conversation and godliness? Seeing that ye is not doing “without cause" all that He look for such things, be diligent that ye is thus doing in us, in these “ last times." may be found of him in peace, without spot,

True; we shall not fall into such a mor- and blameless." bid state as to dwell exclusively on the dark 4. “Nevertheless we, according to his side of this picture. Rather, we shall ac-promise, look for new heavens and a new knowledge, that, in God's infinite mercy, earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." Yes; our churches are a blessing to our own and so, lastly, Habakkuk is the saints' repre realms, and throughout the wide world ;sentative also, in rejoicing, even amidst tributhat the charity abounds with us which vis- lations and alarm, in a “good hope through its “the fatherless and widows in their afflic-grace," " in hope of the glory of God.” tion," and considers the poor ; and that “ Although the fig tree shall not blossom, many of the Lord's remembrances have neither shall fruit be in the vines; the "power with God” for us and “prevail.” | labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields Yet this admission only increases our dilem- sball yield no meat; the flock' shall be cut ma ; for still there is a feebleness for good off from the fold, and there shall be no herd which is almost inexplicable. A feeling of in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, uneasiness, a want of sober trustworthy I will joy in the God of my salvation. The combination, and dissensions, paralyze the Lord God is my strength; and he will make exertions of those who are in the main my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make “like-minded;" while new alarms startle me to walk upon mine high places.” Such us in unexpected quarters ; and, with mar- was Habakkuk's calm confidence of faith, bevellous facility, long cherished and avowed fore“ life and immortality" were “ brought sentiments are cast to the winds; our to light through the Gospel.” How, then, time-honoured bulwarks are betrayed in should saints lift up their heads, even though Church and State; and the foe rushes on, “the enemy should come in like a flood,” and shouts already for victory. God seems and there be “great tribulation, such as “not to hear,” and it begins to look as was not since the beginning of the world," though He would “not save.”

now that a risen and ascended Saviour has Nor shall we think to escape heavier in-promised —“To him that overcometh, will fictions still. “The vision is yet for an ap- I grant to sit with me in my throne; even pointed time.” “Till the Lord come” — as I also overcame, and am set down with my is “the end” of it; and only when “in- Father in his throne”? “Such honour have iquity is come to the full," will the Lord say, all his saints.” “At the end, the vision “Now will I arise!" Our spirit, therefore, shall not lie." "The kingdom and dominwill be ordered by this prescribed rule, ion, and the greatness of the kingdom under

-“Though it tarry, wait for it!“Here the whole heaven, shall be given to the peois the patience of the saints.” “Yet a lit-ple of the saints of the Most High.” tle while and he that shall come will come. This is “the blessed hope” of all God's and will not tarry."

elect, at “the appearing of the Great God 3. And in this waiting season we, as and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” And here. Habakkuk did. sball feel and cherish holy also, “ the vision” is made “plain upon tatrembling. The terrible manifestation of bles, that he may run that readeth it." And. God's hatred of sin and judgment on sinners therefore, as the crowning "answer" to ought to stimulate us, in the fear of God, their trembling intercessions and “patient to “watch and pray, lest” we “enter into waiting," it is given to the saints pour temptation;" and the obstinacy with which" in the day of trouble," to " abound in » the adversaries of God notwithstanding defy this “hope, through the power of the Holy his vengeance. ought to overwhelm us with Ghost." The Lord God will make their alarm at the power of the devil to infatuate. “ feet ” also, with Habakkukis 1:1. L ,

Vecause we now witness the social, civil, feet," in ever fresh vigour in the Lord's and ecclesiastical convulsions, which immor-work and for fighting the battles of the Lord. ality. infidelity, and religious apostacy cre- and make them to walk upon their " high ate: and know also from the page of prophecy | places" in foretastes and In ---

usical convulsions shall be of final victory. that even such physical convulsions shall be of final victory

(1 Chron. xii. 8; Psalm added to them, in “ the end of all things,” xvii. 33.)

compared with the terrors Then “let us hear the conclusion of the the deluge, and of God's descent on Sinai whole matter." As a prophet for Godis

the exhortation of St. Peter Church “in troublous times" and alarms. (ii. 3-14); the exhortation of St. Peter Chu

in to us: " Seeing that all Habakkuk inculcates this standing practical

50 he dissolved, what man- ' lesson: “Behold, his soul which is lifted up these things shall be dissolved, what man- 1

htve to be in all holy is not upright in him; but the just shall live ner of persons ought ye to be in all holy is,

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