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widow, wearing her deep mourning robes and to the earl's daughters ; the part of it regardher white cap, the insignia of her bereft condi- ing his wife and son (the latter of whom was tion. Near to her, in robes of mourning as not born when it was made, though it prodeep, sat the earl's daughters, Jane, Laura, vided for the contingency) need not be touched and Lucy. Lucy the child cried incessantly ; upon, for it does not concern us. Laura ever and anon gave veut to a frantic When the will was read, Mr. Mole laid it burst; Jane was tranquil. Tranquil out- down, took

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of that of the wardly; and none, save perhaps the countess, dowager countess, and began to read it with suspected the real inward suffering. What scarcely a breath of interval.

The old lady, with the loss of him, gone from their sight who had plenty of money in her own right, in this world for ever, and the loss of one they had bequeathed five thousand pounds each to knew not how gone, Jane Chesney's grief was her grandnieces Jane and Lucy Eleanor too bitterly acute for outward sigus ; it lay Chesney. Jane's five thousand was to be paid deeper than the surface.

over to her within twelve months, Lucy's was The Earl of Oakburn and the dowager to be left to accumulate until she should be countess were left in graves side by side each of age, both principal and interest. Neither other in the large cemetery ; and the solicitor Laura nor Clarice was mentioned in her will. to the Oakburn family was coming in with the Even to the last the old countess could not wills. A copy of that made by the countess forgive Clarice for attempting to get her own was to be read, because it was known that living ; neither had she forgiven Lauira's legacies were left to some of those ladies sitting marriage. there. The lawyer, Mr. Mole, was a thin man To express the sore feeling, the anger, the with a white shirt-frill, who surreptitiously resentment of Lady Laura at finding herself took snuff every three minutes from under his passed over both by her father and her aunt, handkerchief.

would be difficult. She was of a hasty and He solaced himself with a good pinch out- passionate temper, something like her father, side the dressing-room door and went in bow- too apt to give way to it upon tritling occaing, two parchments in his hand. Lady Oak- sions, but she did not now. There are some burn was not strong enough to get to the injuries, or what we deem such, which tell so apartments below, and the lawyer was keenly upon the feelings that they bury themceived here, as had been arranged. The will selves in silence, and rankle there. of the earl was the one he retained in his

Laura Carlton made no remark, no obhand to read first. He took his seat and servation ; she expressed not a word of disopened it.

appointment, or said that it was such.

One Lord Oakburn had it not in his power to lightning flash of anger, which noboily saw but bequeath much. The estate was charged with the solicitor, and outward demonstration was the payment of five hundred a year to his eldest daughter, Jane Chesney, for her life; to The lawyer took four parcels of bank-notes his second daughter, Laura Carlton, he left from his pocket-book, each to the amount of his forgiveness ; and to his third and fourth seventy-five pounds. Two of these parcels he daughters, Clarice Beauchamp, and Lucy handed to Lady Jane, her own and Clarice's ; Eleanor, the sum of three thousand pounds one to the countess as the share of Lucy ; the each. Lucy was left under the personal other parcel to Lady Laura. guardianship of his wife Eliza, Countess of And Laura took the notes without a word. Oakburn, who was charged with her education Her indignant fingers trembled to fling them and maintenance; Clarice, when she was found, back in Mr. Mole's face ; but she did contrive was to have her home with the countess, if to restrain herself. “He might have left me she pleased, and if she did not so please, he better off,” she breathed to Jane in the course prayed his daughter Jane to afford her one. of the evening; and then she bit her tongue Should it be ascertained that any untoward for having said so much. fate had overtaken Clarice (so ran the words Jane also had her disappointment; but she of the will), that she should no longer be living, had been prepared for it. Not a disappointthen the three thousand pounds were to revert ment as regarded money matters: she was left to Jane absolutely. A sum of three hundred as well off as she expected to be, and felt pounds was to be equally divided at once grateful to her father for doing so much, and between his four daughters, “to provide them to her aunt for the handsome legacy. Her with decent mourning,” Clarice's share to be disappointment related to Lucy. That the handed over to Jane, that it might be set child whom she had loved and tended, whom aside for hor.

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gentlewoman at least as efficiently as the “Oh, Master Grey !” she said in an accent countess, should be left away from her of dismay. He looked tall enough now for care, entrusted to another, was indeed a bitter Mr. Grey ; but Judith adhered to the familiar

; trial. Jane, like Laura, spoke not of her mor- salutation. “You'll give up the fly, won't tification ; but unlike Laura, she strove to you, sir !” subdue it. " It is but another cross in my “I daresay, Judith ! ” returned the young tried life,” she murmured to self “I gentleman, with a laugh. 66 There's the must take it up meekly and pray for help to

omnibus for you.” bear it.”

It's not for me, Master Frederick. The “ You should have her entirely indeed, did ladies are here.” the will allow of it," said the countess to Jane, He glanced across, caught sight of them, for she divined the disappointment, and the and was out of the fly in an instant, lugging tears in her eyes proved the genuine fervour with him a big box which he took to the with which she spoke. “I love her greatly ; omnibus, and offered the fly to Lady Jane. but I would not have been so selfish as to He stood with his hat in his hand, a frank keep her from you.

She shall visit you as smile on his pleasant countenance as he pressed often as you like, Lady Jane ; she is more them to take it. yours than mine."

“But it is not right to deprive you of it," Jane caught at the words. “Let me take said Jane. “ You had it first." her home with me for a little change, then. “What, and leave you the omnibus, Lady She feels the loss greatly, and change of scene

Jane ! What would you think of me? The will be good for her. She can stay a week or jolting won't hurt me ; it's rather fun than two with me until you are strong again.” otherwise. I should walk, if it were not for

“ Willingly, willingly,” was the answer. the rain." “ Ask for her when you will, at any time, and “Have you come from London ?she shall go to you. Unless-unless

Only from Lichford.” Lady Oakburn suddenly stopped.

He helped to place them in the fly, and “ Unless what?asked Jane.

they were obliged to make room for Judith, Oh, I feel that I scarcely dare to mention for it was raining fast, and Jane would not it,” returned the countess. “I spoke in let her go outside. Lucy gazed at him as he impulse. Pray pardon me, Lady Jane! My stood there raising his hat when they drove thought was - unless you would come back away. again and make this your home.”

" What a nice face he has !” she exclaimed. Jane shook her head. No,” she said, “I “I like him so much, Jane !” think I must have a home of my own.

I have “I declare I forgot to tell him that we saw got used to it, you see. But I will come to his father,” said Jane. “I must send for him you sometimes and be your guest.”

to call." So Lucy went with Jane to South Wennock. Mr. Carlton's was first reached. Lady They journeyed down on the second day after Laura got out, and the fly drove on with the the funeral. Laura was silent on the way, rest towards Cedar Lodge. Mr. Carlton was somewhat resentful, as she brooded bitterly at home, and he welcomed her with many over the ill news she had to carry to her kisses. It was late, and the tea was on the husbaud. Once she turned round in the table; the room, bright with fire, looked cheercarriage and spoke to Jane quite sharply. ing after her journey. Mr. Carlton loved her

Why did you never tell me you had still, and the absence had been felt by him. asked papa about that torn note of Clarice's ? “ Between Pembury and London you have nobody seems to care for me, I think.”

been away thirteen days, Laura !

And I, Jane Chesney sighed wearily. I don't longing for you all the while, thinking they know why I did not. Somehow I do not like would never pass !” to talk of Clarice; and it only left the mystery “ There is no place like home, after all,” where it was.

said Laura. “And oh, Lewis, there's nobody They reached Great Wennock in safety. like you ! We stayed over the funeral, you Laura had not apprised her husband of her know, and—to-to hear the will read.” coming, and there was no carriage in waiting ; “ And how are things left ?” asked Mr. the disappointment to be inflicted on him had Carlton. “ I suppose you are so rich now, we deterred her. The omnibus and one fly stood poor commoners must scarcely dare to touch at the station. Judith was hastening to you with a long pole." secure the latter, but was too late. A hand- Laura had been sitting before the fire, her some stripling leaped into it before her. It feet on the fender, Mr. Carlton leaning was Frederick Grey.

caressingly over her. She suddenly sprang

his eyes.

"I am

ANOTHER CHAPTER IN ARCHERY.

6

up and turned her back upon him, apparently so stood for some minutes, and then he lifted busying herself with some trifles that lay on a side table ; she had an inward conviction that Lifted his eyes to rest upon—what ? Peerher news would not be palatable.

ing into the fire-lighted room, its nose pressed “ Laura, I

say,

I suppose you inherit ten flat against a pane of the window, was that or twenty thousand pounds ? The countess never-forgotten face. The awful face, whether dowager was good to you for ten, I should human or hobgoblin, which had so scared him think.”

the night of Mrs. Crane's death, and again "I was deliberating how I should soften the second night in Captain Chesney's garden. things to you, and I can't do it. I'll tell It scared him still. And Mr. Carlton you the worst at once,” she cried, flashing staggered against the wall, as if he would be round and meeting him face to face.

out of its sight, his suppressed cry of terror disinherited, Lewis.”

resounding through the room. He made no reply : he only looked at her

(To be continued.) with eager, questioning eyes. “Papa has not left me a shilling—save a

THE SILVER ARROW: trifle for mourning ; it stated in the will that he bequeathed me his forgiveness. My aunt

IN our last number we treated at some has given ten thousand pounds between Jane length of archery as practised in England in the and Lucy; nothing to me."

merry olden time, and in our own more pracA bitter word all but escaped the lips of tical, if less picturesque, days. But we desire Mr. Carlton; he managed to suppress it

to supply a missing chapter, which will supplebefore it was spoken.

ment what we then said with some interesting “Left you nothing ?” he repeated. “Neither matter of an antiquarian character, connected of them ?

with one of our great public schools. "Seventy-five pounds for mourning- and

The “muscular Christian,” it would seem, is the 'forgiveness !' Oh, Lewis, it is shameful;

an animal which, as it has its peculiar habitat it is an awful disappointment; a disgraceful

in our public schools, so also dates from an era injustice ; and I feel it more for you than for

long prior to Messrs. Kingsley and Maurice myself."

and Tom Hughes. Such at least would appear “ And Jane ?” he asked, after a pause.

to be the case from reading the life of one John “Jane has five hundred a year for life, and Lyon, an honest yeoman, who lived at Harrowfive thousand pounds absolutely. And other

on-the-Hill, in the days of “Good Queen Bess." moneys contingent upon deaths. What shall This worthy person founded Harrow School : we do, Lewis ?

after settling in his “Orders and Statutes for “ Make the best of it,” replied Mr.

the Government of the School,” what books Carlton. “There is an old saying, Laura,

are to be used, what hours devoted to work "What can't be cured must be endured ;' you

and what to play, and what holidays allowed, and I must exemplify it."

he expressly declares his wish that the boys' She snatched up her bonnet and quitted

amusements shall be, “driving a top, tossing the room hastily, as if to avoid saying more,

a handball, and running and shooting.The leaving Mr. Carlton alone. A change came

latter accomplishment seems to have held in over his features then, and a livid look,

good Master Lyon's estimate the same place whether called up by anger, or by memory, or

which, if we believe Herodotus, it held among by physical pain, appeared on them. The fire the Persians of old, who taught their children played on his face, rendering it quite clear,

three things and three only, viz.—"to ride although there was no other light in the room.

on horseback, to speak the truth, and to shoot This apartment, if you remember, had two large with the bow.” (Clio., ch. 136.) It is certain windows ; one looking to the front, one to the that he considered archery a most necessary side, near the surgery entrance. The front part of what the old Greek philosophers styled window bad been closed for the night; the the 'gymnastic' part of education ; for ho reother had not ; possibly Mr. Carlton had a

quired all parents who sent their sons to his mind to see what patients came at that dusk school to supply them, not only with books, hour. He stood in one position, opposite this

with

pens and paper, but also withbow-strings, window, buried in thoughts called up by the shafts, and braces, to exercise shooting."* communication of his wife. His eyes were

At Harrow then, at all events, the practice bent on the ground, his hands fell listlessly on either side of him ; he had trusted to this

* You shall find your child sufficient paper, ink, pens,

books, candles for winter, and all other things at any time inheritance of Laura's to clear them from their necessary for the maintenance of his study. imprudently contracted debts. Mr. Carlton

allow your child at all times (of the year) bow-shafts, bow. strings, and a bracer.—“Orders and Statutes of John Lyon."

You shall

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of Archery was coëval with the school ; and Dr. Sumner, the head-master, died, and was here the gentle art would seem to have been succeeded by Dr. Heath, who entered upon his kept alive down to a recent date, by the ob- duties in the following October.

The arrow servance of an annual custom, which the prepared for the next year's contest (being the parents of

some living Harrovians would last ever made for this purpose, and, as the alınost be able remember. At Eton it is arrow-shooting was abolished in 1772, never probable that the same muscular accomplish- shot for) became the property of the Rev. B. ment was once in vogue, if we may judge from H. Drury, one of the assistant-masters at the fact that, besides the “ Playing Fields," Harrow, son of the late Rev. Henry Drury there are also, near the school, what still (himself for many years an assistant, and for bear the old name of the Shooting Fields." some time before his death under-master), to Shooters' Hill was probably the place where whom it had descended from his uncle, Dr. the yonth of Greenwich went to practise the Heath. Mr. Drury presented it, a few years long-bow ; and “ The Butts ” will be found to since, to the school library, where the treasure be a term applied to spots of land in the neigh- is religiously kept, together with the abovebourhood of other schools* whose history goes mentioned shooting-dress, under a glass case. as far back as that of Harrow.

The abolition of the practice of arrow-shooting (says "The Butts” at Harrow was a very beau

the prefatory introduction to the School Lists) will tiful spot, immediately on the left of the ever be a source of deep regret to all Harrovians. London road : it was backed by a lofty Nevertheless, Dr. Heath, the head-master, who sapand insulated knoll, which was crowned with pressed it, must not, on this account, be too severely

blamed. Tbe reasons which induced him to abandon majestic trees : upon the slope of the eminence

this ancient custom are stated to have been the frequent were cut rows of grassy seats, gradually de- exemptions from the regular business of the school, scending,—“worthy of a Roman theatre,” as which those who practised as competitors for the prize the great scholar Dr. Parr (warmly attached

claimed as a privilege not to be infringed upon / as

well as the band of profligate and disorderly persons to this spot by his early associations of

which this exhibition brought down to the village, in birth and education) has observed. This

consequence of its vicinity to the metropolis. These charming spot was, about the year 1810, encroachments and annoyances had at length become so denuded of its wood, and the knoll itself has injurious to discipline and morals, as, after some vain at length disappeared, its site being now entirely attempts at the correction of the evil, to call for the

total abolition of the usage. occupied by private dwelling-houses. We learn from the Harrow “School Lists” that

Public speeches were adopted in the place of The public exhibitions of archery were annual, and

the archery meetings, as the best means of can be traced back for more than a century. The 4th keeping up an annual celebration of the foundaof August (for which was afterwards substituted the tion of the school, and the presence of the first Thursday in July) was the anniversary; on which Prince and Princess of Wales this year, added day originally six, and in later times twelve boys contended for a silver arrow. The competitors were

to the speech-day a more than usual amount attired in fancy dresses of spangled satin-- the usual

of festivity. colours being white and green, sometimes (but rarely) Having thus commemorated John Lyon, it red; green silk sashes and silk caps completed their may not be amiss to subjoin a few remarks on whimsical costume. Whoever shot within the three circles which surrounded the bull's-eye was saluted

the old custom of shooting for the silver arrow. with a concert of French borns ; and he who first shot In the school there may be now seen a humble twelre times nearest to the mark was proclaimed victor, representation of “The Butts," on the day of and, as such, marched back in triumph from "The the annual contest. “In that frontispiece" Butts" to the town, at the head of a procession of boys, carrying in his band and waving the silver arrow. The according to the testimony of the late Rev. H. entertainments of the day were concluded with a ball,

Drury, in a letter of the 20th July, 1838), given by the winner, in the school-room, to which all “the village barber is seen walking off like one the neighbouring families were invited.

of Homer's heroes, with an arrow in his eye, One of the archery dresses alluded to above stooping forward, and evidently in great pain, is still preserved in the school library.

with his hand applied to the wound. It is worn on the day of shooting, about the year perfectly true that this Tom of Coventry was 1766, by one of the competitors, Henry Read, so punished ; and I have somewhere a ludicrous from whom it descended to the Rev. J. Read account of it in Dr. Parr's all but illegible Munn, rector of a parish in Surrey or Kent, by autograph.” This testimony is confirmed by whom it was presented to the school in 1847. that of the late Lord Arden, an old Harrovian,

The last contest was in the month of July, in a letter of the 17th July, 1838 :-"I re1771 ; but by whom the arrow was then member a print representing the circumstance gained is at present unknown. In that year, of one of the boys having shot so wide of the

mark, that his arrow struck a man or boy in * There is an instance in point near the ancient "College School," at Warwick.

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the shooting for a silver arrow being discon- gentlemen of Harrow School, was won by tinued.” Whether Lord Arden's conjecture as Master Earle.” Vol. xxxi., p. 329.-" Thursto the cause of the suppression of the arrow- day, 2 July, 1761. The silver arrow was shot shooting be correct or not, his lordship’s testi- for (as usual) by twelve young gentlemen at mony, it has been well observed, is of con- Harrow-on-the-Hill, and was won by the Earl siderable value, as showing the traditional of Barrymore.” Vol. XXXIV., p. 346. opinion held in his day about the interpreta- “ Thursday, 5 July, 1764.

The silver arrow, tion of the print. Moreover, a few years ago, annually shot for at Harrow, was won by a Mrs. Arnold, an octogenarian inhabitant of Master Mee."* (See the foregoing list of Harrow, with a clear memory of bygone times, shooters.) Vol. xxxv., p. 344.—“ Thursday, fully believed that the stooping individual in 4 July, 1765. The silver arrow was shot for the print represented Goding, the barber, by twelve youths of Harrow School, and won “who," she said, was shot in the mouth, and by Master Davies. Some Indian warriors, at lost two or three of his teeth thereby.” This that time in England, were present to witness is evidently another version of the above story, the Exhibition." From a private letter.— substituting only the gaping mouth as a various Thursday, 3 July, 1766. The silver arrow reading for the peeping eye.

was shot for as usual, and won by Master We conclude with a brief notice of the Charles Wager Allix.” “shooting-papers ”-one of which may also This last-mentioned silver arrow has been be seen in the school library, bearing the date kept for nearly a century as an heirloom in the 1764. It has been used, as appears from the family of the Allixes, of Willoughby Hall, fact of its having the names of the competing Lincolnshire. In a letter addressed by one of archers inscribed on it, as well as the marks the family to the late Dr. Butler, the precious denoting their respective performances, as fol- relic is described as being “ nearly the size and lows :

shape of a real arrow.” The Preface to the THE ARCHERS, JULY, 1764.

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5 Mr. Mee (the winner) 10 charitably presumed, the learned head-master did not Hon. Mr. Greville..... 2 Mr. Page..

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PRETIUM VICTORIÆ A CAROLO WAGER ALLIX POTITUM, Hon. Mr. Bouverie.... 3 Mr. Allix......

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TERTIA MENSIS JULII, 1766. 7 Mr. Littlehales .... 4

Several of the old people (Mother Bernard, Dick Martin, Mr. Palmer... 5

&c.) told me they remembered well my father's winning There is also in the library another similar it, and that it was very warmly contested, one of the

shooters being peculiarly desirous to gain it, inasmuch “shooting-paper," in the same frame with the

as three of his brothers in succession had previously preceding, at the foot of the above-mentioned been the victors. On this occasion, therefore, the boy's print of “ The Butts,” which bears the follow- father and family were present; and most intense was ing inscription :

tbeir anxiety for bis success. For,' as Mother B. ex

pressed it, the father had stuck up the three arrows NAMES OF THE ARCHERS FOR 1769.

already in the three corners of his drawing-room, and Mr. Whitmore.

Mr. Leigh.

so especially wanted the fourth to fill up the other Mr. Lemon.

Mr. Tunstal.

corner.' I have now the bow with wbich it was won ; Mr. Figle.

Mr. Jones.

and my father has told me, that only a week before the Mr. Watkins.

Mr. Merry.

day of shooting, he discovered that by some one it had Mr. Poyntz.

Mr. Yateman.

been maliciously broken. This discovery plunged him Mr. Maclean.

Mr. Franks.

into the deepest despair; however, he sent the bow

immediately to London for the chance of its being reIt is remarkable, that in the former of these paired. It was repaired - but considerably shortened. “shooting-papers," or “archery-bills,” the Still, to liis inconceivable delight, he found, upon trynumber of competitors is eleven only. Probably ing it, that he could shoot with it even better than one name was omitted by the transcriber.

ever; and he won the prize. Mauy names of the successful shooters may

With reference to the shooting in 1769, the be found in the earlier volumes of the Gentle following interesting anecdote was communiman's Magazine. It may be sufficient to quote cated to the late Dean of Peterborough upon the following :-Vol. 1.-" Thursday, 5 Aug., the authority of the late Hon. Archibald Mac1731. According to an ancient custom,

donald. On the day of the competition, two silver arrow, value 31., was shot for at The boys, Merry and Love, were equal or nearly so, Butts,' at Harrow-on-the-Hill, by six youths and both of them decidedly superior to the of that free-school, in archery habits, and won

rest : when Love, having shot his last arrow into by Master Brown, son of Captain Brown,

the bull's-eye, was greeted by his school-fellows commander of an East Indiaman." Vol.

• It would be interesting to know if this Master Mee was XXVII., p. 381.-" Thursday, 4 Aug., 1757. the grandfather of Lord Palmerston, who, as all the world The silver arrow shot for by the young

knows, is an Harrovian, and whose mother, according to the

Peerages," was the daughter of one Benjamin Mee, Esq.

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