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VII. to XII. for 1881. It has not been published separately.-Ed. C. C.]
CHURCH BELLS FOR A POOR PARISH.
SIR, — Will you kindly allow me, through the medium of the Churchman's Companion, to appeal to your readers for contributions towards a ring of bells, which are sorely needed in a country parish ?
Two years ago the parish church was burnt to the ground. By vigorous efforts a new church, of a very handsome description, has risen on the old site. The bells however of the former church were melted in the disastrous fire, and owing to want of funds have never been replaced.
I feel sure that those who love the sweet peals of the church bells, and the sacred messages borne on wings of sound, will understand how urgently such a gift is needed, and will perhaps kindly aid me in collecting a small sum towards the satisfying of a want so generally realised.-Yours, &c., C., 9, Bays Hill Terrace, Cheltenham.
PORT DE GRACE.
calculable benefit upon the general public of the future-to whom these hundreds of girls must become servants, wives, and mothers—as well as on the girls themselves; and meanwhile be doing much to lighten the necessarily enormous cost of their daily maintenance. Surely it must soon be an exploded error that meat is necessary for the development of bodily power. Who healthier than the oatmeal-eating Highlander, or stronger than the abstemious porters of Constantinople, or more allenduring of heat and fatigue and delay or scant supply of their own simple fari. naceous commons than the valiant hill tribes of India, or whose recovery so quick and unimpeded from severest wounds, as that of the non-meat-eating portion of humanity ?
I believe that the cause of Christian missions in India suffers much, and surely justly, from the grossness of our feeding in their sight, and the wanton and often cruel sacrifice of life involved in the keeping up of the supply thereof. And does not the daily journal of too many a young Englishmen in India and elsewhere, tell of daily killing or, worse, maiming of innocent creatures “just to keep their hand in,”or to while away an idle hour and such things are noted and despised.-Yours, &c., A. C. D.
[We have allowed the above letter to appear out of consideration for an esteemed contributor,-but we do not think Vegetarianism a fit subject for discussion in our pages, and must therefore decline to receive any more letters respecting it.-Ed. C. C.]
Queries. “BOUND IN SHALLOWS.” Will the editor of the Churchman's Companion be so good, in next month's part, as to inform J. B. ATHERSTONE if “ Bound in Shallows” appeared in the Churchman's Companion ? and if so, during what years ? also if it has been published in a separate volume, with price?
[“ Bound in Shallows' appeared in the Churchman's Companion in Parts
SIR,—Mrs. Harvey, Port de Grace, Newfoundland, is most anxious that the many kind friends who have sent magazines of different kinds to her and Mr. Harvey, and whose names are unknown to her, should receive her hearty thanks.
May I ask, if you have space in the Churchman's Companion, if you will insert this letter? as I think it was in consequence of my mentioning how glad Mr. Harvey would be to receive some papers, that they were sent to him.
May I also on my own account thank the friends who have helped me to supply Mr. Harvey with church plate, and state that I have been able to supply all his needs but that of a church bell, for which I have now £9. 148. 60. in hand, and for which I require £35 or £40 ?
Donations, however small, in stamps or postal orders, are gratefully received and acknowledged by, Yours, &c., ISABEL MOORE, Higham, Bournemouth.
“ Tower'd cities please us then,
And the busy hum of men
MILTON. L' Allegro. The night which had first brought rumours of evil tidings to Church Street had been one full of excitement and pleasure to Dorothea at the Canonry. It was Phyllis' birthday,--she was nineteen this 15th of January, and four of the seven brothers were able this year to keep it with her. William, the eldest, an Indian judge, was home on furlough, with his wife and one delicate child; Gustavus was painting a portrait of his grandmother, to be exhibited in the coming Royal Academy, and meanwhile filling his portfolio with sketches in and outside the cathedral and canonry. Even Decimus had condescended to come over from Burnt Ash to witness the little play which was the chief amusement of the evening, and to which John Morrison with no sense of condescension whatever, hastened to arrive for what part he could after his parish work was done. Dorothea was not to act ; "too soon after
your father's death, my dear,” Miss Grant had said seeing the VOL. VI.
girl's disappointment on her return at finding no character apportioned her; and she at once agreed, ashamed that she had even for a moment forgotten this disablement. So she sat amongst the audience of nearest kin and friendship; looking lovely, thought the father-like host; her black dress and white rufflings throwing up the chestnut tints in her brown hair and eyes, and delicate red and white colouring of her cheeks.
“ I can't think what will be the end of that girl," said young Judge Grant to his father, “ there is such a stir and life about her beauty.I've always thought Lois lovely, --so she is, but this girl makes all other women tame.—Yet she has dignity—just watch her now talking to the Dean" “I expect she'll
into the Saville set, and be lost to us and Herefordshire for ever!” said Decimus vindictively as his father moved away, "I know George Saville's set upon Diana's presenting her at court, and giving her a home ;-he's urged it upon Miss Erle and George from the very first; and as Miss Erle, for all her shrewd common sense, is evidently caught by the idea, -and nothing will ever cure George of treating Dorothea like a naughty child, it's not to be supposed she'll be happy long in Church Street, but flee off to Queen Anne's Gardens to be petted and admired as is her due.”
“ Gustavus won't object to that arrangement : he'll only see the more of her thereby !—is to paint the Hon. Mrs. Saville as soon as he gets back to town."
“Sweet Diana! and not only to marry that fool but be content with him!”
“Well! I don't see how he's a fool? Of course all young Herefordshire ran him down, they were so vexed that he'd had the wit to woo and win whilst they'd all been shivering on the brink, afraid to lose all by approaching their divinity the least bit too nearly.—And if you and Gustavus don't take care, this girl will probably slip through your fingers exactly in the same way!"
“I and Gustavus ! I should like to see our father's face if one of his sons dared approach her, at all, so long as she is under his care ! -I should have seen far more of her had they all stayed on at the Rectory.—And Gustavus ! if he is under the same roof-tree he knows,
- for all his five and thirty years and growing fame,-he'd be sent off packing, goods and chattels, to-morrow, if he paid her the least real attention to-night.”
"And quite right too !—who's this approaching her now?”
“ Young Wollaston-Frank, the one that was so devoted to Freda that I'd never any fear of him !—Now I do believe the wretch is beginning to find the younger sister the fairer.-She's actually making him sit down beside her.”
Then this jealous and unhappy lover was called behind the scenes to assist in some better arrangement of the lights. Jane and Phyllis were capital actors, and Octavia had a little part as their waiting-maid, Gustavus and Henry, the brother in the Hereford County Bank, took the remaining characters in the little parlour comedy. Decimus had been ordained at Midsummer, and had laid by this once favourite pastime with many another,—real sacrifices which as yet he was too busy at Burnt Ash to appreciate at their true value.
Presently Sir Charles came down from his visit to old Mrs. Grant upstairs, and Francis sprang up relinquishing to him his chair : but he stood bebind his father, and was now and then drawn into the conversation by Dorothea in a way which Decimus thought needless if not unmaidenly. And he began to consider that George might have provocation to keep her under moral lock and key. Gustavus, who acted prompter, found time, the little company knowing their parts well, to make a good sketch of the whole scene. There was many a fine head amongst the audience, if none other quite so refined and full of intellect his father's, or
well set upon its shoulders Sir Charles'. Then there were sketches of single heads in various attitudes, pretty matronly Lois, twice; but Anne Dorothea Erle a score of times. He could never catch her to his satisfaction: partly that expression as well as attitude so constantly varied that there seemed hardly time to commemorate either before it was succeeded by another equally charming. By which it will be seen that Mr. Gustavus Grant was deeply in love indeed.
It was a very happy evening to Dorothea, every one was so kind to her, made so much of her, and the nicest people in the room the most. She liked the worship of old men quite as well as that of younger ones, and all her father's old friends would have come up to exchange a few kind words with his daughter had she been only plain little Molly; but with Dorothea they came up and lingered ; and, going away, blessed her for the beauty, the youth, so God-given, so entirely nothing of her own creating that to do Dorothea justice she thought, as yet, as little of one as the other. When both play and supper were over, there was a sudden plea for a little dancing.
“You will not mind it, child ?” asked her host, putting her arm in his.
Oh, no, I shall like it! There is nothing I like so much !" “But I did not mean you could take part in it,” and the Canon looked a little grave, “ but that if it jarred on your feelings I am sure my young people would not for a moment wish it.”
“No! oh, no !-Perhaps I had better not stay in the room."
“Come up and give us a song instead, Dora," said Sir Charles, “shall I give you an arm through the crowd ?” and he led her away to the drawing-room.
Don't make me sing, not just yet !” said Dorothea softly, with a little sob in her voice, "I can't think how I can be so thoughtless.I am sure Maggie has a great deal more heart than I have, she looked as shocked as dear old Canon Grant himself,—and yet I did love my father, I loved him dearly !"
“And you are so young, my child !-And he would have been the last
person to wish to see you permanently saddened by his own mer. ciful summons home. We will sit quietly here; tell me about your holiday. Is Charlie growing still ? and Amy looking very happy, now each day brings the ' Nausicaa' nearer ?"
Nausicaa,' repeated Admiral Mostyn, an old friend of the Wollastons—but from the other side of the county,—who thus proved himself nearer than they thought, “there's something about her in the evening papers.—Why do they give her Majesty's ships such absurd names now-a-days ?”
“ Better than the “Splasher' and 'Dasher' of a few years ago, -at least ships are feminine, and Nausicaa was a woman.—Ah, here is Maggie, she'll take my place beside you, I ought to be talking to the elder ladies,” and he beckoned to Margaret, and carried off his old friend and the Globe together without any suspicion of even possible ill having been aroused within Dora's thoughts.
“I was speaking to one of dear Erle's many daughters—” “ A beautiful young woman
“Yes, and an elder sister is engaged to Will Lawson, captain of the 'Nausicaa ;' may I look at this paper, Admiral—is it yours ?”
“No, my son's, just come down from town, and we're to get back in his fly,-pray keep it. I must be finding my girls and be off.”
Thus came Sir Charles' and the Canon's first suspicion of the fresh trouble and grief awaiting their young friends. And Canon Grant