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and she so mighty purty,” was Winny's cool “ All about her, av coorse," retorted rejoinder.

Winny, rather indignantly. "She's from Galway, I believe?"

“Sure, I know that, but what was it ?” “Yes, we come from there."

The tones were now more conciliating. " Have you lived long with Mrs. Dormer?” “Well, one day she called at our house in " About twenty years."

Galway, and axed lave to light her pipe.” “She's a kind misthress no doubt?”

“And is that all ye have to tell me about "Sorra betther from here to Dublin." her?" interrupted Nurse Lynch, in a disap" Is Miss Dormer her only child ?” pointed voice.

"No, she had another, but it did not “If you have the patience to listen and live."

not be snapping the words out of one's ** Then Miss Josephine is her only living mouth, you'll hear more, ma’am,” rejoined child ?"

Winny, with an important air. “Well, as I Maybe she isn't her child at all !” said a was saying, she axed lave to light her pipe; voice, suddenly, near them; and an old and while she was smoking it, Miss Josephwoman, wrapped in a blue cloak, came from ine come into the kitchen, and when the behind a huge rock, at the foot of which she woman saw her she started and axed so had been sitting, before unnoticed.

many questions about her bedad, that me "Do you know who we're talking about?" tongue was tired answering them. asked Nurse Lynch, eyeing the stranger cute one, I tell ye. She got round me so with mingled curiosity and surprise. Winny, with her palaver, that I tould her widout too, stared at the woman, having a dim per- maning it.” ception that she had seen her face before,

“Tould what?" was Nurse Lynch's eager but where or when she could not recollect. questior.

" Is it know what you're talking about?” Faith, then, I'm not going to bethray asked the new comer, with a contemptuous the saycret the second time,” said Winny, i curl of her thin lip. “Maybe I do, betther with determination ; and, rising suddenly,

nor yourself, Nurse Lynch. You came down she took up her pailful of shell-fish. to palaver her”-with a significant nod “Stop a moment! where's the hurry!" and towards Winny—“you wish to find out all Nurse Lynch laid her detaining grasp on about it.

It's mighty puzzling, isn't it, Winny's arm, the eager curiosity to learn ma'am ?"

more gleaming in her gray eyes. “Sit down "Blessed Virgin! who are you at all ? ” again, woman dear, and let us have a confab

The old woman smiled grimly at Nurse together. That's a good young man—the Lynch's astonishment. “You'll know one parson I mane.

He's a kind masther, no of these days,” was the curt reply, as she doubt ; he'll be for marrying Miss Josephine,

maybe?" Both women watched her tall figure till “No, he won't. They're too much like she was out of sight. Then Winny remarked brother and sister for that,” was Winny's she had seen her before.

blunt answer, as she seated herself once “Where?” eagerly demanded the nurse. more, yielding to the wishes of her new ac" In Galway, about ten years ago. I quaintance. couldn't remimber at first where it was I “Miss Josephine will look higher, perseen her, but it's come to me quite sud- haps?” observed Nurse Lynch, significantly. dint."

“ The young baronet is greatly taken with " What's come to you? Arrah, spake her, they say ; but I'm a feard there's no plain, woman.”

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“And why not?” asked Winny, sharply. the door, and kept at bay by a gossoon with “Isn't she good enough for him?"

a stout stick, lest it should dare invade Purty enough she is, anyhow,” was the the kitchen while it was honoured with her cautious rejoinder.

presence. “Ay, and good enough, too, why not?” “Sure it's glad I am to see you intirely, said Winny, with an offended air.

ma’am ; and how is the young misthress and

1 But, you see, there's a saycret about her the quality up at the house ?” birth," put in Nurse Lynch, quietly, with a While Nurse Lynch was replying to this meaning smile.

question, the gaunt, weird figure who had so “Who said there was," asked Winny, test- abruptly accosted her on the sea-shore passed ily.

the cabin door, and she eagerly inquired “ Yourself, woman alive ; sure there's no who she was. use in getting so angry about it."

“That's Dinah Blake, the Lord be good Well, if there is a saycret, it's none of to her, the craythur !" was Nance Dillon's your business, ma’am,” retorted Winny, pathetic answer. stiffly, as she rose to her feet; and bidding “She's a sthranger in these parts. I never Nurse Lynch a cold good evening, she remimber seeing her afore.” turned abruptly away.

“Och, she isn't a sthranger at all, ma’am. “She's cuter than I thought," was the She used to live here onct in her life—that nurse's mental observation as she stood was afore your time, Mrs. Lynch. Indeed watching Winny's sturdy-looking figure has- she was a sarvint up at the big house when tily retreating in the direction of the cottage. the ould masther lived there long ago. But She felt irritated at being baffled in her at- when the black throuble darkened her door, tempts to get at the truth about Miss Joseph- she left the counthry all of a suddint, and ine's birth. “There was a saycret in it, any- never showed her face here for many a day. how, that wasplain enough," she told her. She is come back agin, but I'm thinking she self, exultingly. Winny had let that out un- won't stay long. She'll be off on the thramp known to herself. Her suspicions were not agin in no time. The grief about poor Nora groundless. That conviction was so much turned her head, and sure no wondher." gained, at anyrate, and she hoped yet to ferret “Who was Nora, and what happened to out the whole affair. That strange woman her ?” in the blue cloak had said she would know all “A young daughther of Dinah's that went about it some day. But who was that to her grave in shame and sorrow. She lies woman, and what had she to do at all in the beyant there in St. Bride's this many a year.'' matther? what concarn was it of hers? It “And what became of her child ?-she was all mighty quare intirely, and as she re- had one, I suppose ?” asked Nurse Lynch, turned slowly to Barrington House, she pon- with eager curiosity. A new light was dawndered deeply upon all that had been said on ing upon the mystery that perplexed her. the sea-shore that summer evening.

“ It died, Dinah said ; and sorra word On her way home she stopped to rest more could anybody get out of her about it." awhile at a cabin on the roadside, and have

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sure it died? Can the woman's a chat with Nance Dillon, the “dacent" woman word be depinded on?” who owned it. Nance felt herself highly “Faith, I dunno; but that's what she said, honoured by a visit from Nurse Lynch from anyhow.” the big house. The best chair was care- “How long is it since she left here?" was fully dusted before it was offered to the wel- Nurse Lynch's next query; the subject come visitor, and the pig was driven from I seemed to interest her.

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Nearly twenty years, as near as I can led Nora asthray?" she asked, abruptly, count. It might be a year or two less or

after a short pause. more, I can't say for sartain.”

“Sorra one ever knew except Dinah her“ And she has not been in the counthry self.” since until now?" This was said interroga- “ And did she never tell it to anybody ?" tively.

daren't spake to her about Only onct since ; and that was when the it. The grief and shame near dhruv her out major died; you remimber the time your- of her mind, and faith no wondher ! for isn't self, ma'am, whin you was sint off with the the black disgrace the worst throuble of all. young heiress to Ennis, to be out of the way Sure there's nothin'so bad as that, the saints of the sickness, the spotted faver that sthruck betune us and harm !" him down so suddint. Dinah Blake came Nurse Lynch made no reply to this paback then, and bedad she helpt me to nurse thetic observation. The twilight was deephim awhile, just afore he died, bekase I was ening fast, and as she had still some distance worn out intirely for want of sleep." to walk, she bade Nance Dillon a kind good.

" It was mighty kind of her, to be sure, night, and continued her way to Barrington but maybe she had a motive in it," remarked House, thinking deeply. Nurse Lynch, thoughtfully.

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Till they break on the decks with a shock,
And the topmast is hidden in clouds ;
But a voice came from high up the shrouds.
I have flown home on swift wing,
And this is the message I bring-
“I fear, love, yet think but of thee.”

III.

I bring a message for thee,
From thy dear love far out at sea ;
First it was told to the wind,
But the wind, cruel wind, stays behind,
Rending the sails from the mast,
While waves fall heavy and fast,
And strike the poor ship till she reels.
Her bulwarks are splintered and shorn,
And her cordage is broken and torn.
Alas! for the poor ship at sea,
And the voice which came floating to me!
I have come home on swift wing,
And this, its last message, I bring-
“Good-bye, love, I think but of thee.”

THE LATE SESSION OF THE PARLIAMENT OF ONTARIO.

BY A BYSTANDER.

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UR article on the recent struggle in its submission to necessary restrictions,

the Parliament of Ontario drew from among which, as we believe, are the preserthe organs of both parties some comments, vation, for legitimate purposes, of the anony the friendly tone of which we acknowledge mous character, and of the impersonality of with pleasure, accepting it as an indication discussion. that our article was, in spirit at least, not . We noticed as questionable the censure otherwise than impartial. We will only ven- of the last Parliament involved in the amendture to remark that, while an anonymous ment to the address which was carried by writer refrains from any abuse of his privilege, the Opposition. It has been replied that we it is better, in the general interest of the press, must have overlooked the fact that the Railto respect his incognito. In the United way Subsidies Act, at which the censure was States it is the rule to break through the in- levelled, had been condemned by the councognito, and to give every discussion as try at the polls. We, however, did not overpersonal a character as possible ; but this look this fact, which was indisputable, and rule, in our humble judgment, is more hon- was clearly proved by the secession of some oured in the breach than in the observance. of the Ministerialists from their party on the The moral influence of the press, like all Railway question. But a Parliament formally moral influence, will ultimately depend upon 'assembled is not at liberty to exercise the

freedom of the hustings; it is bound by rules almost inevitable that a great amount of the intended for the preservation of its own dig- public time should be consumed in recriminity and the maintenance of the sovereign nations. Such recriminations are not the authority, of which it is the depository for the less to be deprecated. The lavish use of time being. A vote of censure on the Legis- them, and of mutual imputations on characlature which had passed the Railway Subsi- ter, has done as much as anything to reduce dies Act, implied a vote of censure on the public life in the United States to its present Lieutenant-Governor who had signed the low level, and to make the name of politiAct, which few would contend to be in accian in that country almost incompatible cordance either with the forms or with the with the reputation of a man of honour. spirit of the Constitution. Without imputing When charges of roguery and corruption are any wrong intentions, we remain of opinion bandied to and fro, though there may be but that an error was in fact committed, and one little foundation for the charge on either which, if Parliament wishes to preserve its side, both sides are to some extent believed authority and dignity, should be avoided for by the people. Members anxious for the the future. No harm can result from the re- reputation of the House, and for the dignity striction, since it is always open to the Op- of public life, will interpose to check these position to move no-confidence in the Gov- affrays, and to relegate the discussion to the emment, and the motion will be carried if party press, unless one of the combatants the policy of the Government is on any takes upon himself the responsibility of putground condemned by the majority of the ting his charge in form and demanding an House. Or if an Act of Parliament, carried investigation. In the present instance invesunder the influence of the Government, is tigation took place in two cases. In one of the special object of reprobation, the repeal the two-a charge made against the new of the Act may be moved, and the Govern- Prime Minister of having used improper ment, if its policy is identified with the Act, means to bring about the secession of a will, upon its repeal being carried, be com- member of the late Cabinet—the tribunal pelled to resign. Should a Parliament ever having been constituted, the accuser declinexceed its legal powers, its successor will, of ed to appear. His ground for refusing was course, be called upon to vindicate the law, the form which the investigation had taken, and in doing so will condemn the Legisla- und which was different from that desired by ture which broke it. But it cannot be con

himself. But if the connection of his own tended that, in passing the Railway Subsidies name with his charge in the resolution apAct, Parliament and the Lieutenant-Gover-pointing the committee was the point of his nor had exceeded their legal powers. Nor objection, he was certainly in error. When could anything be founded on the use of facts, forming a case for inquiry, are before the vague term “unconstitutional.” The the House, it is open to any member to move legal act of a constitutional legislature, how for a committee without assuming the perever impolitic, cannot be unconstitutional, at sonal responsibility of an accuser; but all events where there is a written constitu- when, as in the present instance, there are tion. In England, where there is no written no facts before the House, he who impeaches constitution, the term unconstitutional has a the character of another member must not substantive meaning, denoting that which is refuse to connect his own name with the imcontrary to the unwritten law.

peachment. The liberty of moving for a After such a storm as that which raged at fishing committee, to collect the materials of the opening of the Session, the waves for a an indictment, would be liable to the gravest time will continue to run high ; and it was objections.

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