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ONCE upon a time, judging by John before had I not seen her tall granddaughLeech's pictures of English women (who ters. The London dowager, although could do almost everything in those days often severe in appearance,
kind but manage their hoop-skirts), they were and interesting. Her name has been for all short and became instantly stout when years on the most exclusive visiting lists, and they arrived at forty. If Leech was right, she could tell you more about the people English women must have changed very in the room than the servants themselves. much since then. It may be that they grew Sitting often alone, and apparently negtall to more closely resemble Du Maurier’s lected, she is not an object of pity, nor has goddesses. In many cases they have suc- she merely the habit of going about. She ceeded, as may be seen at Lord's or at any is a much needed member of society, and fashionable race-course. There may not she is very happy. She is the social hisbe a variety of good looks, but one type is torian. She gives her candid and much very beautiful. So strong is the family like- valued opinion on a new engagement, and ness, they might all be handsome sisters. can tell just who the young people's ancesThere was something very sweet and lova- tors were. She is so interesting that it is ble about that plump little woman of Mr. easy to overlook her often ridiculous Leech's. I only met her in reality after she clothes and over-display of jewelry, and to had grown into a sweet old lady, and I see beneath her false bang a true and acshould have regretted not having seen her complished woman.
In England it is most important to be before they become fairly acquainted he the eldest son of an influential family. The goes to Oxford or Cambridge, and when eldest son begins life on a holiday among he returns from his travels abroad, comthe tenantry dependent upon his family. pletely finished, there is no limit to the adBonfires are lighted in his honor, and from miring raptures with which he is received the eating and drinking, blessings shower by his sisters. His brothers in the meanon the future owner of the place. He is time have gone to Australia, South Africa, the first to go to Eton. During the holi- or India. If they stay at home they are days he sees his brothers and sisters ; but called “ detriments” and are met with instant discouragement as soon as an eligi- happy in the belief that it is perhaps better ble young man appears.
to have loved and lost than never to have With the consolation of hoping that pos- loved at all. Among the well born the sibly the young lady thinks more of him pleasant spectacle of a young man fightthan she does of the man who has been se- ing the battle of life for himself is seldom lected for her, many a “detriment” has
At a very early age his profession is fought fever and natives in a far off land, chosen for him, and with years he acquires none of the anecdotes that characterize the every Englishman is made to know his self-made man.
place, and it is not surprising that some of To be related distantly to people of rank them find comfort abroad. is a calamity ; it gives the unhappy family English people are never forgetful of sersocial ambitions, and still not the power to vices rendered. A public servant, long lift themselves
after his work has above snubs.
lost its value, may They become so
old in comcial shuttlecocks,
fort and be spared and see encour
the mortification agement where
of neglect. Lononly a little is giv
doners are chariten. Their anxiety
able, and will paand desire to
tiently listen to a please make them
singer long after helpless and the
his fame has outplaythings of the
lived his voice. A more fortunate,
music - hall audiand old age finds
ence will shout itthem with no defi
self hoarse over a nite position, but
song which menwith the same ob
tions Tom Sayers or any favorite of days gone by. In England a public man performs with
a net under him, in the shape of an easy office, into which he may drop when the work of his life is done. It relieves the strain on the nerves of his audience, and possibly the performance is longer, if not better.
The fact that Phil May is a prophet in his own country should alone clear Englishmen of the suspicion that they are slow to see fun. On an Englishman's love of fair play and good sport no suspicion has ever rested. It is the most attractive thing about him, and it is only natural that the greatest assortment of good-natured people are to be found at the Derby. I had already met them in May's drawings, and I was prepared to find the good - nature contagious. Last year a party on a coach opposite the Royal box and a policeman, who looked after that particular part of the course, drank
champagne out of the same bottle. ject in life, the gates still shut in their When the Prince of Wales came down to faces—but hoping.
lead Persimmon off the track, short men An Englishman can tell at once in stood on boxes and balanced themselves just what particular walk of life every other by holding on to whoever stood next to Englishman is; consequently, at home them. Gypsy fortune-tellers and paintedfaced minstrels climbed on the backs of nature. The beautiful was safe in that gencoaches. Everyone shouted together and tle hand. Although the heart that guided wished that the Prince had been a little it no longer beats, the human interest and taller, so that they might all have seen him. kindly feeling that it awakened will live
English-speaking people have been in- forever, and all the world has placed among troduced to each other by a long line of the foremost men of his day the affectionclever draughtsmen. They have laughed ately remembered name of George du together about the same people in the truest Maurier. and sweetest-natured way in all the world. These drawings were made among the Above all others, one hand awakened the most hospitable people I ever met. When interest that finally grew into an intimacy I have failed, it has not been owing to resulting in people knowing themselves and a lack of interest, but more likely on acothers better. It has brought men together count of a consciousness that my results by its chivalrous praise of women, and would fall short of my desires. The diswomen together by its fair treatment of appointments following the completion of men, and the same master-hand brought a drawing made from a beautiful woman men and women together by the tender are many. In these portraits I have the sympathy it showed for children and all most to regret.
C. D. G.