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sage reached me that a Pan-German was published independently at Zurich, officer of Landwehr had come over to Dr. Angst, the British Consul in that London, and desired to see me. I town, helping to organize it. The fairwired that I could not come up, but minded and public-spirited gentlemen that I should be happy to see him if he who put the matter through were Reincame down. Down he came accord- hold Ruegg, Colonel Affolter of the Aringly, a fine upstanding, soldierly man, tillery, Professor Haab, State-Secretary speaking excellent English. The Ger- Keller, Dr. Rohrer, Professor Schinz, man proofs had passed through his and Robert Schwarzenbach-Zeuner. hands, and he was much distressed by Amongst other good friends who the way in which I had spoken of the worked hard for the truth, and exposed hostility which his countrymen had themselves to much obloquy in doing shown us, and its effect upon our feel- so, were Professor Naville, the eminent ings towards them. We sat all day and Egyptologist of Geneva, and Monsieur argued the question out. His great Talichet, the well-known editor of the point, as a Pan-German, was that some "Bibliothèque Universelle" of Lauday both Germany and Britain would sanne, who sacrificed the circulation of have to fight Russia-Britain for India, his old-established magazine in upholdand Germany perhaps for the Baltic ing our cause. Provinces. Therefore they should keep So much for the French and German in close touch with each other. I as- editions. The American and Canadian sured him that at the time the feeling had arranged themselves. There rein this country was much more bitter mained the Spanish, Portuguese, Italagainst Germany than against Russia. ian, Hungarian, and Russian, all of He doubted it. I suggested as a test which were rapidly prepared and cirthat he should try the question upon culated without a hitch, save that in any 'bus driver in London as a fair the case of the Russian, which was index of popular opinion. He was very published at Odessa, the Censor supanxious that I should modify certain pressed it at the last instant. We were paragraphs, and I was equally deter- successful, however, in getting his veto mined not to do so, as I was convinced removed. In each of these countries they were true. Finally, when he left several thousands of the booklet were me on his return to London he said, given away. In every case we found a "Well, I have come 800 miles to see larger sale for these foreign editions you, and I ask you now as
a final than we expected, arising no doubt request that in the translation you will from the eagerness of English resiallow the one word "Leider” (“Alas") to dents abroad to make their neighbors be put at the opening of that para- understand our position. graph.” I was perfectly ready to agree The Dutch edition was a stumblingto this. So he got one word in ex- block. This gallant little nation felt change for 1600 miles of travel, and a most natural sympathy for their kinsI think it was a very sporting venture. folk in arms against us, and honestly
One charming incident connected with believed that they had been very badly this German translation was that a used. We should certainly have felt small group of Swiss (and in no coun- the same. The result was that we were try had we such warm-hearted friends entirely unable to find either publisher as among the minority in Switzerland) or distributor The greater the opposiwere so keen upon the cause that they tion the more obvious was the need for had a translation and an edition of their the book, so Mr. Reginald Smith arown, with large print and maps. It ranged that a large edition should be In
printed here, and sent direct to all Canada and the United States, 20,000 leaders of Dutch opinion. I believe in Germany, 20,000 in France, 5000 in that out of some 5000 copies not more Holland, 10,000 in Wales, 8000 in Hun. than twenty were sent back to us. gary, 5000 in Norway and Sweden, 3300
The Norwegian edition also presented in Portugal, 10,000 in Spain, 5000 in some difficulties, which were overcome Italy, and 5000 in Russia. There were by the assistance of Mr. Thomassen of editions in Tamil and Kanarese, the the “Verdensgang.” This gentleman's numbers of which I do not know. paper was entirely opposed to us, but in all, I have seen twenty different prethe interests of fair play he helped me sentments of my little book. The total to get my book before the public. I sum at our disposal amounted to about hope that some relaxation in his atti- £5000, of which, speaking roughly, half tude towards us in his paper may have came from subscriptions and the other been due to a fuller comprehension of half was earned by the book itself. our case, and a realization of the fact It was not long before we had the that a nation does not make great sac- most gratifying evidence of the success rifices extending over years for an ig- of these efforts. There was a rapid noble cause. One other incident in and marked change in the tone of the connection with the Norwegian edition whole Continental press, which may is pleasant for me to recall. I had have been a coincidence, but was cerprefaced each Continental version with tainly a pleasing one. In the case of a special fore-word, designed to arrest many important organs of public opinthe attention of the particular people ion there could, however, be no question whom I was addressing. In this case, of coincidence, as the arguments adwhen the book was going to press in vanced in the booklet and the facts Christiania, the preface had not arrived quoted were cited in their leading artifrom the translator (the accomplished cles as having modified their former Madame Brockmann), and as she lived anti-British views. This was the a hundred miles off, with all the passes case with the “Tag Blatt" of Vienna, blocked by a phenomenal snow-storm, whose London representative, Dr. Mauit looked as if it must be omitted. Fi- rice Ernst, helped me in every way to nally, however, my short address to the approach the Austrian public. So it Scandinavian people was heliographed was also with the "National Zeitung" across from snow-peak to snow-peak, in Berlin, the “Indépendance Belge" in and so found its way to the book. Brussels, and many others. In the
There was one other language into greater number of cases, however, it which the, book needed to be trans- was unreasonable to suppose that a lated, and that was the Welsh, for the journal would publicly eat its own vernacular press of the Principality words, and the best result for which was almost entirely pro-Boer, and the we could hope was that which we often Welsh people had the most distorted in. attained, an altered and less acrimoformation as to the cause for which nious tone. their fellow countrymen fought Mr. Reginald Smith and I now found bravely in the field. The translation ourselves in the very pleasant position was done by Mr. W. Evans, and some of having accomplished our work so 10,000 copies were printed for distribu- far as we could do it, and yet of having tion through the agency of the Cardiff in hand a considerable sum of money. “Western Mail.” This finished our What were we to do with it? To relabors. Our total output was 300,000 turn it to subscribers was impossible, of the British edition, about 50,000 in and indeed at least half of it would
have to be returned to ourselves since to Edinburgh University, to be so init had been earned by the sale of the vested as to give a return of £40 a year, book. I felt that the subscribers had which should be devoted to the South given me a free hand with the money, African student who acquitted himself to use it to the best of my judgment for with most distinction. There are many national aims, and I must apologize to Afrikander students at Edinburgh, and them if I have not before now been we imagined that we had hit upon a able to give them some public account pleasing common interest for Boer and of what use it was put to. The fact is for Briton; but I confess that I was that it is only within the last few rather amazed when at the end of the months that Mr. Smith has been able first year I received a letter from a stuto get in the final accounts and bring dent expressing his confidence that he the transaction to a close. It is my would win the bursary, and adding that desire to give every information, which there could be no question as to his elimust be my justification in writing this gibility, as he was a full-blooded Zulu, rather personal article.
The fund, however, was by no means Our first expense was in immediate exhausted, and we were able to make connection with the object in view, for contributions to the Civilian Rifleman's we endeavored to supplement the ef- movement, to the Union Jack Club, to fect of the booklet by circulating a the Indian famine, to the Japanese large number of an excellent Austrian nursing, to the Irish old soldiers' instiwork, “Recht und Unrecht im Burenk. tute, to the fund for distressed Boers, rieg,” by Dr. Ferdinand Hirz. Six and to many other deserving obhundred of these
distributed jects. These donations varied from where they might do most good.
fifty guineas to ten. Finally we were Our next move was to purchase half left with a residuum which amounted a dozen very handsome gold cigarette to £309 08. Ad. Mr. Reginald Smith and cases. On the back of each was en- I sat in solemn conclave over this sum, graved, “From Friends in England to and discussed how it might best be a Friend of England.” These were dis- used for the needs of the Empire. The tributed to a few of those who had fourpence presented no difficulty, for stood most staunchly by us. One went we worked it off upon the crossing to the eminent French publicist, Mon. sweeper outside who had helped to resieur Yves Guyot, a second to Monsieur lieve Delhi. Nine pounds went in toTalichet of Lausanne, a third to Mr. bacco for the Chelsea veterans at Sumichrast, and a fourth to Professor Christmas. There remained the good Naville. By a happy coincidence the round sum of £300. We bethought us later gentleman happened to be in this of the saying that the safety of the country at the time, and I had the Empire might depend upon a single pleasure of slipping the small souvenir shot from a twelve-inch gun, and we into his hand as he put on his overcoat devoted the whole amount to a magnifin the hall of the Atbenæum Club. I icent cup, to be shot for by the various have seldom seen any one look more ships of the Channel Squadron, the winsurprised.
ner to hold it for a single year. The There remained a considerable sum, stand of the cup was from the oak timand Mr. Reginald Smith shared my bers of the “Victory," and the trophy opinion that we should find some per- itself was a splendid one in solid silver manent use for it, and that this use gilt. By the kind and judicious co-opshould bring benefit to natives of South eration of Admiral Sir Percy Scott, the Africa. We therefore forwarded £1000 Inspector of Target Practice, through
whose hands the trophy passed to the with the cup on the top of her fore Senior Admiral afloat, Sir Arthur Wil- turret. son, V. C., in command of the Channel Such is the history of the inception, Squadron, all difficulties were over- the execution, and the results of a cucome, and the cup has been shot for rious little incursion into diplomacy. this year, and has produced, I am told, Let my last word be of thanks, first to great emulation among the various my partner in the enterprise, Mr. Regicrews.
nald Smith, and secondly to all the conOur condition
that it tributors to the fund who encouraged should not be retained in the mess- me by their support. Their name is leroom, but should be put out on the deck gion, and I have been unable to com. where the winning bluejackets could municate with them individually as to continually see it. I learn that the the results of their enterprise. Per“Exmouth" came into Plymouth Harbor haps they will kindly take this short The Carnhill Magazine.
statement as a sufficient explanation.
THE CHARITY OF WIDOW OGDEN.
Widow Ogden's stall was the neatest worked quietly at her loom, day after in the market-place. The linen cover day, whilst be, who had no knowledge was washed and bleached every week; of farming, bad striven to win crops and always-winter and summer-a from the marshy ground, with so litposy of flowers, artistically arranged in tle success that after his death she a bowl of ancient lustre-ware, glowed found herself, save for the possession of amidst the piles of quaint silk handker- the farm, no better off than before her chiefs that she wove by herself on the marriage. She had borne one child, a loom which had been in her family for boy who in his early youth had taken seven generations. How she contrived to a seafaring life, and bad been to make her fuchsias and geraniums drowned in the Channel on the first anbloom at Christmas none knew; for her niversary of his father's death. His only greenhouse was the long latticed neckerchief, one of her own weaving, window of her work-room, Two cen- had been sent home to her; it lay folded turies ago her faculty for horticulture over the register page of her big Bible. would have gained her the repute of a One result of this loss was that she alwitch!
ways inveighed against children leavShe was a meagre old woman, with ing home; but notwithstanding, her a brown, wrinkled face. The dainti- thoughts of the lad always brought a ness of her French ancestors (she was a high color to her cheeks and a proud L'Estrange by birth), had endowed her ring to her voice; for he had died in with a curious precision in dress; and attempting to save his captain's life. she was never seen-even in the most Over the press near the hearth a toy inclement weather-without pure ship was preserved in huge bottle of white muslin fichu on her shoulders, water: he had brought it for a souveand a large cap with goffered frills. nir of his first voyage.
Her married life with Jake Ogden, Early in her widowhood she had who had inberited the rough stretch of ceased selling her wares to the huckmoorland known as “East Hillocks," sters and had hired the corner of the had been uneventful enough. She had market-place, just beside the railings of
LIVING AGE. VOL. XXXII. 1664
Nelson's Column. She had never fine linen, and night-caps with many
she had passed away.
There was an ». Despite her worldly success, her ancient almshouse near the quay-a housekeeping was of the most frugal charity continued for many generations order; yet the neighbors declared that by the Earls of Yarlstone; but long ago, such was her skill that she could live when the last member of that race had royally on sixpence a day. She had died, the endowment had been lost, and inherited a great number of recipes, by the place sold to a shopkeeper, who had use of which the utmost nourishment let the cottages to laboring folk. And might be drawn from the most inex- now it was in the market again, and pensive materials. It was a happy day when the Widow Ogden read the anfor a poor ailing acquaintance when nouncement in front of the Town Hall, she brought her great quart jug of soup,
she determined to visit it and see if it flavored with the sweetest herbs taken were still worthy of being restored to from her fruitful garden. And some
its former use. times, when the case was urgent, sbe So one afternoon she left her loom produced small vials of syrups; which and went down to the town, and along in the vulgar belief were more effica- the river-side to the green meadow cious than the costliest wines. For where the red-brick and flint building such old folk as were in such poverty stood, surrounded by a garden in which as to be unable to afford the necessary all manner of quaint flowers struggled last robes, she made simple shrouds of up through the over-luxuriant grass.