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COLONY. strained, guarded, mould ed; (b) an Elevator where we can teach them trades; and (c) a country colony of their own to which they can be drafted off. The
obstacle to obtaining at least the first of these has been the difficulty of getting a suitable building.
“ (3) The Preventive Home for Girls runs up against the same stone wall. One thousand pounds was given specially for its establishment. This sum is still set aside for that purpose, but it is impossible as yet to obtain a suitable house.
“ (4) The Inebriates' Home. Again no building! We have had several applications from inebriates. The • Bridge' takes them in temporarily.
" The next absolutely necessary link in our chain is, of course, the Over-Sea Colony. The general's tour has afforded him a wonderful opportunity for forming a judgment on its location, and it will doubtless be fixed almost immediately after his return.
WHAT IT HAS COST. “Of the £110,462 16s. 11d. promised in all, £7,269 18s. Od. has not yet been received. Of the amount, £25,000 has been set aside for the Over-Sea Colony, now shortly to be established.
“On the City Colony there has been a capital expenditure of some £40,000 upon land, buildings, plant, fittings, machinery, horses, vans-in short, for everything required in Depots, Shelters, Metropoles, and Elevators. Of this amount, the purchase of freehold land and leasehold property has involved an outlay of £27,962. The principal further item of expenditure has been £11,000—the cost of purchasing machinery and plant and the fitting up of various buildings.
"Passing to the Farm Colony, land, building, wharf, tramway, implements, live stock, etc., have cost £34,000, and additional liabilities have been incurred to the extent of about £7,500. Our farm consists of the four estates of Park Farm, Castle Farm, Sayer's Farm, Belton Hill, and Leigh Marsh, having a total acreage of 1,236 acres. The entire purchase money gives an average cost per acre of £16. The total capital expenditure sums up roughly to £90,000. In excess of this £90,000, we have, however, incurred liabilities on capital account to the extent of £10,000 in faith of the unpaid promises to the fund, and of gifts yet to come from those who read these pages.
“This rough account of the ‘Hundred Thousand' is given here especially for the people who have neither time nor inclination to wade through balance sheets."
WHAT IS WANTED NOW. The general said, when he proposed to take this work in hand, that he must have £100,000 to start it. He got the money, and he has started it nobly. He said also that to carry it on he must have £30,000 a year after it was started. That sum has now to be raised. That it will be forthcoming there is no doubt. No one can read this. book and not want to help in raising it, even if he feels compelled by other duties to abstain from helping more directly in the onerous work of the Social Wing. This is applied Christianity, the latest edition of the Acts of the Apostles, and it would be well in all our churches and chapels, once in a while, to postpone the chapters about Paul and Silas, and Barnabas and James, in order to read to the congregation of the struggles of Commissioner Cadman, Colonel Barker, and Mrs. Bramwell Booth. Such at least would probably be the advice of Paul and his companions if they could be allowed a word in the matter, unless they are very much altered from what they were when they went forth full of the enthusiasm of humanity to win the world for Christ.
MRS. HUMPHRY WARD'S NEW NOVEL.*
T has been known for some time in literary circles,
and in the world of religious and philosophic thought, that Mrs. Humphry Ward was engaged upon a new novel of current English life; and from the author of “Robert Elsmere ” nothing ordinary or inconsiderable was to be expected. “The History of David Grieve" is the title of a book which, before this notice can appear, will have been made accessible to the reading public. Will it become, like “Robert Elsmere,” the theme of universal talk and heated controversy from Inverness to Seattle and from Halifax to Cape Town? Probably not. Will the public, then, be disappointed with "The History of David Grieve?" A considerable portion of the public undoubtedly will be. What the critics will say may not be predicted, and the critics have not, as these lines are written, had access to the book. But “The History of David Grieve" is a book
* "The History of David Grieve.”. By Mrs. Humphry Ward. 12mo, pp. 575. New York: Macmillan & Co. $1.
that thoughtful readers will read a second time, and they will like it much better on second reading than on first.
In “ Robert Elsmere” the movement was simple, strong, and unified, and the book as a whole made an impression so sharp as to be startling. To orthodox readers it was a dangerous picture of the theological and religious decline and fall of a human soul. To other readers it was a hopeful and gladdening picture of the spiritual and intellectual progress and emancipation of a human soul. But from whatever point of view the picture was approached, its outlines were bold and strongly defined. It is a more subdued and more complex picture that “The History of David Grieve" presents. It is a study of life in which possibly the very highest art is sacrificed by a failure to subordinate in due measure the minor details to the essential features; and thus the reader who does not retrace the tale is in danger of carrying away a confused impression which leaves him in some doubt as to the wherefor the bad treatment that the children receive, and for his failure to carry out in good faith his promises to the dying Sandy.
At length matters reach a crisis, and David runs away to make his fortune at Manchester, promising after a year or two to send for Louie, she alone being in the secret of his departure. In Manchester he has the good fortune to become assistant to a bookseller; and his growth is astonishingly rapid in the knowledge of literature and in the dealer's knowledge of rare books and desirable editions. Thomas Purcell, the bookseller is a prosperous
fore and the tendency of the book as a whole. In this respect it bears some such relation to “Robert Elsmere" as George Eliot's "Middlemarch " bears to “ Adam Bede" or “Romola;” or as Thackeray's “ Vanity Fair " bears to “Pendennis" or "The Newcombs.”
Yet Mrs. Ward has given us in this book a work of literary art more valuable and more enduring than " Robert Elsmere;" while considered as a discussion of current ethical and religious and social problems, it is no less superior to the book which was making so extraordinary a sensation two or three years ago.
The essential history of a man, to Mrs. Ward's mind, is evidently that of his growing and formative periods. And David Grieve, when the book ends, is still a young man, just entering upon the large activities of mature manhood. The reader may well complain that the novel is so voluminous as to be slightly tedious at points. It is divided into four books: Book I., Childhood; Book II., Youth; Book III.,Storm and Stress; Book IV., Maturity.
David Suveret Grieve is introduced to us first as an orphan lad of thirteen or fourteen, who, with his sister of ten or eleven, Louise Stephanie Grieve, is living with his uncle, Reuben Grieve, upon a humble and barren mountain-side grazing farm in Westmorelandshire, the rocky central ridge of England. The farm had belonged to David's grandfather, who had died, leaving two sons, Reuben and Sandy. Reuben had stayed on the farm, while Sandy had gone to London, where he had shown cleverness and enterprise and had become foreman in a large joinery or carpenter shop. Sandy had accidentally met in the pit of a London theatre a most fascinating young French dressmaker, and had in due time married her, only to be deserted by her several years later and left with two little children on his hands.
Soon afterward the young wife had committed suicide, and Sandy Grieve, still barely thirty years old, with 'broken health, broken fortunes, and broken heart, dies in a London lodging-house, having first sent for his brother Reuben and committed the two children to his keeping, pledging Reuben to deal honestly and justly by the orphans. Reuben is a weak, rather thriftless, shillyshally character, saved from total worthlessness only by a strong and deep religious nature; and he and his wife belong to the sect called “Christian Brethren." His wife, Hannah, has ten times his energy and absolutely dominates him, but she is of a hard, cruel, and miserly disposition. Sandy has left, in trust for the children, savings amounting to several hundred pounds; and Reuben and Hannah have the annual interest to pay them for bringing up the children.
Mrs. Ward pictures their life on the farm with a pathos and minuteness that reminds us now of Dickens, now of George Macdonald, and now of George Eliot. Both children are of soaring and adventurous natures, as unlike the common clods about them as eaglets differ from goslings. But while David has a warm and affectionate nature, a moral fibre of high quality and a dominating intellectual passion, the sister Louie is a phenomenon of selfishness, ingratitude, and wayward impulse. Life on the farm is one continual and bitter struggle between Hannah and Louie, whose mutual hatred is indeed terrible. David borrows books from an insane old schoolmaster and his mind develops rapidly.
The children are kept in ignorance of the fact that their father had left them money, and they are taught by Hannah to suppose that they are paupers and dependent upon her bounty for the wretched crust that she permits them to have. Poor Reuben meanwhile is struggling in the gall of bitterness because his conscience upbraids him
man, but of hard and uncompromising character. He is a devout Baptist, tyrannical and intolerable.
Before leaving the farm, David has been through “Christian Brethren” revival meetings, and has had religious experiences, which, however, have only resulted in sharp reaction. In Manchester he has gotten hold of Rosseau, Diderot, and the French infidel philosophers, has quickly espoused their notions, and quite heartily despises everybody who still lingers in the chains of superstition. He is a vegetarian; and he dines at a vegetarian restaurant kept by a versatile and mercurial character, one Adrian O'Connor Lomax (who, by the way, had married Purcell's sister and had always been on terms of the most deadly enmity toward Purcell)'. Through this Lomax David Grieve has begun to attend secularist meetings on Sundays in the Manchester Science Hall. This ungodliness vexes the righteous Purcell, and he determines at length to dismiss David from his employ. He is the more ready to do so because his daughter Lucy, recently re• turned from school, has begun to show unmistakable signs of falling in love with the shop assistant, who by this time has developed into a young man of the most striking and unusual beauty.
David, however, has saved a few pounds, and he sets up a little rival shop for himself, which succeeds beyond his expectations. He makes influential friends, and at twenty years of age begins to prosper. The time has now come when he can bring Louie from the farm to live with him in Manchester. She has grown into a very tall and a remarkably beautiful girl, but her manners are bold and unladylike and her conduct is capricious and shocking. She has developed a sharp worldliness, and is absolutely devoid of every instinct of gratitude or of sisterly affection. David bears with her with wonderful patience, and Louie is given an opportunity to learn fine embroidery for church decoration under the eye of Miss Dora Lomax, the devoted and faithful High-Church daughter of the rattle-brained old secularist who keeps the vegetarian restaurant.
Dora is a girl of far higher and nobler qualities than her pretty but selfish and light-headed little cousin, Lucy. Dora, too, has fallen in love with David Grieve, but is disposed to sacrifice herself for Lucy's sake; while as for David, it does not occur to him to fall in love with either of the cousins, both of whom are to him merely pleasant friends.
Meanwhile, David has been learning French, his business in foreign books has been growing, and it is thought best that he should spend a few weeks in Paris to improve his trade connections and broaden his experience. He is ambitious to see something of Parisian artists and literary people; and through a French political refugee whom he knows in Manchester, lodgings are secured for him in ad. vance in a house occupied by artists. Nothing will do but that Louie should accompany him to Paris.
They fall at once into the company of several occupants of the house in which they lodge, and David is soon madly in love with Mademoiselle Elise Delaunay, an ambitious young artist whose apartinent adjoins theirs. He is in her society constantly, and she, finding him interesting, gradually becomes attached to him. He has left his business in Manchester in charge of an assistant for the fortnight; but he stays on and on in Paris, sends back for his savings, and forgets everything for the time being except his devotion to Elise. As for Elise herself, her art is her grand passion, to which she has given her whole soul. But David's ardor at length prevails, and they are united in what the French call a free marriage, a union not sanctioned by law or church.
After a few weeks Elise finds that she must sacrifice either her lover or her art, and she yields to the power of her ambition. She deserts David and hides herself in the wilderness of Paris. He searches for her in despair, and at length falls ill. When on the very point of committing suicide, he is saved by a young minister from Manchester who had known him as a boy on the farm, and has through all his career felt the keenest interest in the talented young bookworm. Mr. Ancrum, the minister, takes David back to Manchester.
But while David had been forgetting everything in his devotion to Elise, his wayward sister Louise had been behaving far worse. She had formed the acquaintance of a dissolute though talented sculptor whose study was in the same house, and had gone to live with him as his mistress. David demands of her that she shall persuade the sculptor to make her his lawful wife; and the thing is brought about through the gift by David of all the money which his father had left to him-for it should be ex
plained that Reuben Grieve had at length repented and had made over to David the little estate of six hundred pounds.
David begins at the bottom again in Manchester, crushed and altered, and gradually builds up his business again. Purcell had once formed a plan to buy the building in which David's shop was located, in order to turn out the tenant; but Lucy, eager to put David under obligation to her, reveals the plan to him, and prompt action averts the calamity. Purcell discovers Lucy's part in the matter, and she is sent off to relatives, and is henceforth practically banished from home. She loses no opportunity to impress upon David the fact that she has made great sacrifices in his behalf, and that her whole life has been spoiled on his account. David feels the need of a wife and a home, Lucy is rather pretty and attractive, he is in his loneliness touched by the genuineness of her affection for him, and at length, one day, plunges into the proposal of a marriage which opens the gates of heaven to her while coming very far short of satisfying him.
And here begins the strongest and best part of all this book. A more ill-mated pair, it might be supposed, would be hard to find. Does Mrs. Ward, therefore, proceed to show how marriage is a failure, and how two people of different tastes and natures bound together under such circumstances must inevitably drift further apart and make eventual shipwreck of their wedded life? Not by any means. Gradually, little by little, through a term of years, Lucy's nature becomes less worldly, her selfishness disappears, she learns to take some slight interest in David's devotion to the welfare of his workingmen, and love on both sides grows stronger and stronger, until, at length, something like an ideal affection exists between the two. If nothing else could be commended about this book-and there is much to commend-it would deserve high praise for its sane, wholesome, and true teachings upon the subject of marriage.
Referring in later life to his experience in Paris, David has this to say, in which he sums up what is, in fact, the whole lesson of this book upon the marriage question:
“No,” he said, with deep emphasis. “No-I have come to think the most disappointing and hopeless marriage, nobly borne, to be better worth having than what people call an “ideal passion'-if the ideal passion must be enjoyed at the expense of one of those fundamental rules which poor human nature has worked out, with such infinite difficulty and pain, for the protection and help of its own weakness. I did not know it—but, so far as in me lay, I was betraying and injuring that society which has given me all I have.”
David does not develop into a Christian of a precisely orthodox type, but his further reading and study and, above all, his experience in trying to live a true life, soon lead him wholly to abandon, as worthless and shallow, the French materialism which he had first espoused. Here are some extracts from his journal, in which he makes explanation of his progress in religious belief :
When I look back over the mass of patient labor which has accumulated during the present century round the founder of Christianity and the origins of his societywhen I compare the text-books of sixty years ago—I no longer wonder at the empty and ignorant arrogance with which the French eighteenth century treated the whole subject. The first stone of the modern building had not been laid when Voltaire wrote, unless perhaps in the Wolfenbüttel fragments. He knew, in truth, no more than the Jesuits, much less, in fact, than the better men among hem.
It has been like the unravelling of a piece of fine and ancient needlework-and so discovering the secrets of its make and craftsmanship. A few loose ends were first followed up; then gradually the whole tissue had been involved, till at last the nature and quality of each thread, the purpose and the skill of each stitch, are becoming plain, and what was mystery rises into knowledge.
But how close and fine a web!---and how difficult and patient the process by which Christian reality has to be grasped! There is no short cut--one must toil.
But after one has toiled, what are the rewards? Truth first—which is an end in itself, and not a means to anything beyond. Then-the great figure of Christianity given back to you with something at least of the first magic, the first “natural truth" of look and tone. Through and beyond dogmatic overlay, and Messianic theory and wonder-loving addition, to recover, at least fragmentarily, the actual voice, the first meaning, which is also the eternal meaning, of Jesus-Paul-“John" !
Finally—a conception of Christianity in which you discern once more its lasting validity and significance-its imperishable place in human life. It becomes simply that preaching of the Kingdom of God which belongs to and affects you-you, the modern European-just as Greek philosophy, Stoic or Cynic, was that preaching of it whick belonged to and affected Epictetus.
Just as Lucy had come to be the wife of his soul, syių pathetic and devoted, she fell victim to malignant cancer, leaving David with a little son several years old. By this time he had become known as a writer upon labor questions and social topics, his book business had grown very large, and he had become a printer and publisher as well, employing a force of several hundred men. He has introduced profit-sharing schemes, and in various waye has made himself a man of great power and influence in Manchester, having the confidence of all classes, and especially of workingmen and their organizations. The brilliant career as a great statesman which some of his friends had anticipated for him in his fiery youth was not to be his. But his manly and altruistical life in Manchester was career enough.
For new friends, new surroundings, efforts of another type, his power was now irrevocably gone; he shrank more than ever from the egotisms of competition. But within the old lines he had recovered an abundant energy. Among his workmen; amid the details, now fortunate, now untoward, of his labors for the solution of certain problems of industrial ethics; in the workings of the
remarkable pamphlet scheme, dealing with social and religious fact, which was fast making his name famous in the ears of the England which thinks and labors; and in the self-devoted help of the unhappy-he was developing more and more the idealist's qualities, and here and there-inevitably-the idealist's mistakes. His face, as middle life was beginning to shape it—with its subtle and sensitive beauty-was at once the index of his strength and his limitations.
When we reach the end of the book and reluctantly part company with the hero, he has been only lately bereaved, and is still, therefore, a young man; but his character is wholly formed, and we see clearly that his life must proceed, henceforth, smoothly upon the lines which have been projected for it. The author sums up the experience of her hero in the following paragraph, to which the most orthodox can take no exception:
He knew the perils of his own nature, and there was in him a stern sense of the difficulty of living aright, and the awfulness of the claim made by God and man on the strength and will of the individual. It seemed to him that he had been “taught of God” through natural affection, through repentance, through sorrow, through the constant energies of the intellect. Never had the Divine voice been clearer to him, or the Divine Fatherhood more real. Freely he had received—but cnly that he might freely give. On this Christmas night he renewed every past vow of his soul, and in so doing rose once more into that state and temper which is man's pledge and earnest of immortality-since already, here and now, it is the eternal life begun.
Mrs. Ward has written this book with purpose and with conscience. It teaches'true lessons, it paints real life and experience, and it is a worthy addition of the great Eng. lish novels of our generation. It is a book which has seemingly been written with a heavy heart, and a sombre shadow lies across most of the pages; yet there runs through it all a note of hope and courage which finds its full expression in the last paragraph we have quoted. Of Louie's sad career and painful death and of the experiences and fates of other dramatis personce our reader must learn from the book itself.
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