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and the gipsy would see him again. Therefore from the crown of the dam and dropped the the Maharajah's heart was glad within him; and derrick after them, and tore down the mat and wisely, as befitted the husband of many wives, grass coolie-lines. Then, Tarvin urging them he did not inquire too closely into the reasons always, they buried the powder-casks in the that had led to the change.

crown of the half-built dam, piled the wrapped “Ah, Tarvin Sahib,” said he, “ I have not charges upon them, and shoveled fresh sand seen you for long. What is the news from the atop of all. dam? Is there anything to see?”

It was a hasty onslaught, but the powder “ Maharajah Sahib, that 's what I've come was at least all in one place; and it should be to talk about. There is nothing to see, and I none of Tarvin's fault if the noise and smoke think that there is no gold to be got at.” at least did not delight the Maharajah. “That is bad,” said the King, lightly.

A little before five he came with his escort, “ But there is a good deal to be seen, if you and Tarvin, touching fire to a lengthened fuse, care to come along. I don't want to waste your bade all men run back. The fire ate slowly money any more, now I 'm sure of the fact; into the crown of the dam. Then with a dull but I don't see the use of saving all the powder roar the dam opened out its heart in a sheet on the dam. There must be five hundred of white flame, and the masses of flying earth pounds of it.”

darkened the smoke above. "I do not understand," said the Maharajah, The ruin closed on itself for an instant before whose mind was occupied with other things. the waters of the Amet plunged forward into

“Do you want to see the biggest explosion the gap, made a boiling rapid, and then spread that you 've ever seen in your life? Do you themselves lazily along their accustomed levels

. want to hear the earth shake, and see the rocks The rain of things descending pitted the fly?"

earth of the banks and threw the water in The Maharajah's face brightened.

sheets and spurts. Then only the smoke and “Will it be seen from the palace ?” he said; the blackened flanks of the dam, crumbling “from the top of the palace ?”

each minute as the river sucked them down, “Oh, yes; but the best place to watch it remained to tell of the work that had been. will be from the side of the river. I shall put “And now, Maharajah Sahib, what do I owe the river back at five o'clock. It's three o'clock you ?” said Tarvin, after he had satisfied himnow. Will you be there, Maharajah Sahib ?” self that none of the more reckless coolies had

“I will be there. It will be a big tamasha. been killed. Five hundred pounds of powder! The earth “That was very fine," said the Maharajah. will be rent in two."

“I never saw that before. It is a pity that it “I should remark. And after that, Maha- cannot come again.” rajah Sahib, I am going to be married; and “What do I owe you ?” repeated Tarvin. then I am going away. Will you come to the “For that? Oh, they were my people. They wedding?"

ate a little grain, and many were from my jails. The Maharajah shaded his eyes from the The powder was from the arsenal. What is the sun-glare, and peered up at Tarvin under his use to talk of paying ? Am I a bunnia that I turban,

can tell what there is to pay? It was a fine “ By – Tarvin Sahib,” said he,“ you are tamasha. By —, there is no dam left at all!” a quick man. So you will marry the doctor- “ You might let me put it right.” lady, and then you will go away? I will come “ Tarvin Sahib, if you waited one year, or to the wedding. I and Pertab Singh." perhaps two years, you would get a bill; and

besides, if anything was paid, the men who pay The next two hours in the life of Nicholas the convicts would take it all, and I should not Tarvin will never be adequately chronicled. be richer. They were my people, and the grain There was a fierce need upon him to move was cheap, and they have seen the tamasha. mountains and to shift the poles of the earth; Enough. It is not good to talk of payment. there was a strong horse beneath him, and in his Let us return to the city. By — Tarvin Saheart the knowledge that he had lost the Nau- hib, you are a quick man. Now there will be lahka and gained Kate. When he appeared, a no one to play pachisi with me or to make me meteor amid the coolies on the dam, they under- laugh. And the Maharaj Kunwar will be sorry stood, and a word was spoken that great things also. But it is good that a man should marry. were toward. The gang foreman turned to his Yes; it is good. Why do you go, Tarvin Sahib? shouts, and learned that the order of the day was Is it an order of the Government?" destruction - the one thing that the Oriental “Yes; the American government. I am fully comprehends.

wanted there to help govern my State." They dismantled the powder-shed with out- “No telegram has come for you," said the cries and fierce yells, hauled the bullock-carts King, simply.“ But you are so quick.”

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Tarvin laughed lightly, wheeled his horse, It is not wealth nor rank nor state, and was gone, leaving the King interested but But git-up-and-git that makes men great. unmoved. He had finally learned to accept Tarvin and his ways as a natural phenomenon beyond control. As he drew rein instinctively The bullock-cart creaked down the road to opposite the missionary's door and looked for Rawut Junction in the first flush of a purple an instant at the city, the sense of the otherness evening, and the low ranges of the Aravullis of things seen daily that heralds swift coming showed as many-colored cloud-banks against change smote the mind of the American, and the turquoise sky-line. Behind it the red rock he shivered.“ It was a bad dream, a very bad of Rhatore burned angrily on the yellow floors dream,” he muttered ; " and the worst of it is of the desert speckled with the shadows of the that not one of the boys in Topaz would ever browsing camels. Overhead the crane and the believe half of it.” Then the eyes that swept wild duck were flocking back to their beds in the arid landscape twinkled with many remi- the reeds, and gray monkeys, family by family, niscences. “Tarvin, my boy, you've played with sat by the roadside, their arms round one ana kingdom, and for results it lays over monkey- other's necks. The evening star rose up from ing with the buzz-saw. You were left when you behind a jagged peak of rock and brushwood, sized this state up for a played-out hole in the so that its reflection might swim undisturbed at ground—badly left. If you have been romp- the bottom of an almost dried reservoir, buting around six months after something you tressed with time-yellowed marble and flanked had n't the sabe to hold when you'd got, by silver plume-grass. Between the star and the you 've learned that much. Topaz! Poor old earth wheeled huge fox-headed bats and nightTopaz!" Again his eyes ran round the tawny jars hawking for the feather-winged moths. The horizon, and he laughed aloud. The little town buffaloes had left their water-holes, and the under the shadow of Big Chief, ten thousand cattle were lying down for the night. Then miles away and all ignorant of the mighty villagers in far-away huts began to sing, and machinery that had moved in its behalf, would the hillsides were studded with home lights. have resented that laugh; for Tarvin, fresh The bullocks grunted as the driver twisted from events that had shaken Rhatore to its their tails, and the high grass by the roadside heart, was almost patronizing the child of his brushed with the wash of a wave of the open ambition.

beach against the slow-turning tires. He brought his hand down on his thigh with The first breath of a cold-weather night made a smack, and turned his horse toward the tele- Kate wrap her rugs about her more closely. graph-office. “How in the name of all that 's Tarvin was sitting at the back of the cart good and holy," said he," am I to clear up swinging his legs and staring at Rhatore before this business with the Mutrie? Even a copy of the bends of the road should hide it. The the Naulahka in glass would make her mouth realization of defeat, remorse, and the torture water.” The horse cantered on steadily, and of an over well-trained conscience were yet to Tarvin dismissed the matter with a generous come to Kate. In that hour, luxuriously dissweep of his free hand. “If I can stand it she posed upon many cushions, she realized nocan. But I 'll prepare her by electricity.” thing more than a woman's complete content

The dove-colored telegraph-operator and ment with the fact that there was a man in the postmaster-general of the state remembers even world to do things for her, though she had to-day how the Englishman who was not an not yet learned to lose her interest in how they Englishman, and, therefore, doubly incom- were done. The reiterated and passionate prehensible, climbed for the last time up the farewells of the women in the palace, and the narrow stairs, sat down in the broken chair, cyclonic sweep of a wedding at which Nick had and demanded absolute silence; how, at the refused to efface himself as a bridegroom should, end of fifteen minutes' portentous meditation but had flung all their world forward on the and fingering of a thin mustache, he sighed torrent of his own vitality, had worn her out. heavily as is the custom of Englishmen when The yearning of homesickness

-she had seen they have eaten that which disagrees with them, it in Mrs. Estes's wet eyes at the missionary's waved the operator aside, called up the next house an hour before — lay strong upon her, office, and clicked off a message with a haughty and she would fain have remembered her and high-stepping action of the hands; how plunge into the world's evil as a dream of the he lingered long and lovingly over the last night, but click, applied his ear to the instrument as though Nick," she said softly. it could answer, and, turning with a large sweet “ What is it, little woman?" smile, said: “Finis, Babu. Make a note of “Oh, nothing; I was thinking. Nick, what

Ι that,” and swept forth chanting the war-cry did you do about the Maharaj Kunwar?” of his State:

“ He's fixed, or I'm mistaken. Don't worry your head about that. After I'd explained a side of the cart, and bowed profoundly after thing or two to old man Nolan he seemed to the Oriental manner. think well of inviting that young man to board The lights disappeared one by one, even as with him until he starts for the Mayo College. the glories of a necklace had slid into a Kabul Tumble?”

grape-box, till there remained only the flare “ His poor mother! If only I could have—” from a window on a topmost bastion—a point

“ But you could n't, little woman. Hi! Look of light as red and as remote as the blaze of the quick, Kate! There she goes! The last of Black Diamond. That passed too, and the soft Rhatore."

darkness rose out of the earth fold upon fold, A string of colored lights high up on the wrapping the man and the woman. hanging-gardens of the palace was being blot- "After all," said Tarvin, addressing the newted out behind the velvet blackness of a hill- lighted firmament, “that was distinctly a side shoulder. Tarvin leaped to his feet, caught the issue."

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HE Republic is oppor- the explanation; but I did not know how to
tunity. It is the birth- take hold of the subject. We were standing in
right of every Amer- the office of a large hotel at the time, when
ican boy to have the an incident gave me the clue.
chance to be Presi- There walked up to the register a sturdy
dent, and of every American citizen, who seized the pen as if he
American girl to have were about to sign some momentous document.

the chance to be the Bending over the open page of the book, he Se

President's wife. The scrawled his name, his mouth moving and

atmosphere is stimu- writhing with every twist of the pen. It oclating to ambition. The desire inspired by the curred to me to look at the record of this new genius of American institutions is “to be equal arrival, and this is what I saw: “Hon. Sock to our superiors and superior to our equals.” Bruitt, Chairman of the Committee on Pumps, But in the midst of universal suggestions Whiskyville, Texas.” prompting the citizen to high ambitions, the Seizing this thread, I proceeded to unravel ugly fact remains that the positions of political as best I could the tangled skein of Ameridistinction are relatively very few compared to can life as it is organized into social, business, the vast multitude of possible aspirants. The religious, and other associations, all of them practical politician confesses this in the wail, elaborately officered. There ain't offices enough to go round among Until I made the effort to lain the matter the boys."

to “an alien to the commonwealth," I had The intelligent foreigner is much perplexed never realized the full significance of the nonby this problem. He can understand why the political office-holding class in our country as undistinguished classes on the Continent sub- a factor in the national life. mit contentedly to obscure conditions of life. Take a city directory and examine the list of It is the lot to which they are born. But here organizations usually printed in such a publicaevery school-boy is taught that the highest tion: you will see ample provision for the local stations are open to him; and in a thousand ambitions of all the inhabitants. Take one ofthe papers, books, lectures, speeches, and sermons books issued by a “live” church; examine the he is told that perseverance alone will put the list of societies, devotional, missionary, temperhighest prizes within his grasp. What, then, can ance, young people's, Sunday-school, chariexplain the contentedness of the millions who, table, etc. The matter will be made clearer still as the French say, never “pierce" the level if you study the subject in a small village where of mediocrity? What is the great American universal acquaintance is possible. safety-valve for these ambitions for precedence I made a test case of one small town, and which our national life generates, fosters, and found that every man, woman, and child stimulates, without adequate provision for their (above ten years of age) in the place held an gratification ?

office — with the exception of a few scores of A friend from abroad, without the philo- flabby, jellyfish characters, whose lack of amsophic insight of Mr. Bryce or the illuminating bition or enterprise removes them from conwit of Max O’Rell, was once presenting to me sideration as elements of the problem. what seemed to him the serious phases of this But mere local precedence does not satisfy problem. I thought myself competent to make the more aspiring minds; hence, nearly all

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of the thousand and one societies have State there was instituted a chapter of a certain beand national organizations. Here is an enor- nevolent insurance order. The Chancellor mous supply of official positions. Every trade, was subsequently elected Grand Chancellor every profession, every benevolence, every of the State. Afterward at a national convensport, every church furnishes distinctions tion he was made Supreme Grand Chancellor commensurate in territorial magnitude with of the United States. The next year he was our great country.

elected Most Supreme Grand Chancellor of And still the full measure of American offi. the World; and it became his duty, the order cialism is not attained. There must be in- paying his expenses, to make an international ternational organization. The earth must be visitation to the three chapters in Australia, girdled; and so, every society aims to plant New Zealand, and England that composed a few lodges, or posts, or bands, or auxiliar- the aforesaid 's world." ies, or unions, or chapters (as they may be When that triumphal tour was completed, styled), beyond the seas. It little matters how his return home was heralded, and the chapfew or scattered or insignificant these for- ter of his village arranged for a reception of eign plants may be. It is enough that “in- the honorable dignitary. Never shall I forget ternational organization has been accom- the feeling of solemn awe that settled down plished ”—and with it a new set of officials upon the little community as the evening aphaving world-wide jurisdiction.

proached when the Most Supreme Grand The grandeur of all these distinctions suffers Chancellor of the World was to arrive. This no diminution in their names. The chief officer favored American was a “bigger man than old is Ruler, Chancellor, Commander, Seigneur, Grant.” President, Potentate, with many superlative Not only are there offices enough to “go and worshipful prefixes. And in the rituals of round,” but the really capable and pushing the numerous orders the Almighty is habitually American is generally honored with a score. referred to as the Supreme Commander, Ruler, I have heard a busy and overworked man Potentate, or otherwise, as the case may be. decline to be at the head of an organization By this means the American imagination ac- because he was at the head of twenty-five complishes an interuniversal as well as an already. international organization.

Here then we have the great American A few years ago, in a little country village, safety-valve - we are a nation of presidents.

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TIFE, the shrewd lapidary, is rich in wares

may see ;
And like perpetual purchasers are we,
Won by the bounteous opulence he airs.
Here shines a pearl of hope; here subtly glares

An emerald of revenge; here thrilled we see

A diamond of ambition; here may be
Some ruby of sin that lures us and ensnares.
Continually above this bright array,

As time flows on, we mortals flock to bend,
Till body and limbs turn frail, till brows grow gray,

Through trading, haggling, bartering without end
While for the inexorable price we pay,

Months, years, even centuries, are the coins we spend.

Edgar Fawcett.

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has already been to the most careless observers a certain instated that the main definite impression of order, beauty, or granobject of these papers is deur, fails to convey to them the most essential to secure for the great part of the ideas which he has in mind to set buildings of the Expo forth. He needs this popular appreciation, not sition, through an an- only as an encouragement, but as a corrective,

alysis of the evolution and that he may bring himself into fuller and
of their several de- more perfect sympathy with the civilization
signs, an intelligent if which it is his duty to express.
not a respectful appre- Architecture and music alike have, in their
ciation, because of the highest developments, clearly defined qualities,
extreme importance which convey a delight of meaning to the
of the occasion in the capable eye or ear, but which, to the untrained
history of American mind, are nothing but inarticulate harmonies
art, and also because of form or sound.

of the exceptional In attempting, in the previous paper, to follow tinents supporting Horoscope and circumstances under in outline the principles which controlled the

which the buildings designs of the Administration and Machinery have been produced. Without such apprecia- buildings, it became evident that, before protion, the work of the architect, although it may ceeding with the other buildings, it would be be eloquent and imposing enough to give even well to state, once for all, that in monumental Vol. XLIV.-51.

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DRAWN BY ALBERT RANDOLPH ROSS.

PHILIP MARTINY, SCULPTOR.
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pavilions of Agricultural Building.

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