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son with the direct, immediate, and un- remove one of the great dangers to the doubted benefit which will accrue.
development of this colossal empire. InIt is quite apparent, then, that the peo- deed, I am more sanguine than this, and ple of Siberia ask for the abolition of my liopes are not l'ose-colored by a strong the system not because under it the con- Russophile bias. On the contrary, my victs are treated inhumanly, but be- views are based entirely upon what I saw cause the system and its abuses consti- in the country and upon information that tute a real danger to their growing com- I gathered from altogether trustworthy munities. I have no doubt that this sources. The result of this information, unanimity of opinion will lead at an early and the high opinion I formed, after much day to the closer confinement of the hope- close personal contact, of the intelligence less and incorrigible criminals to Sakha- and the humanity of the Russian police lin, where they can be more securely and officials of the penal service, encourguarded, and I am convinced that this age me to hope that the solution shortly change will prove not a bad one for the to be reached in regard to this knotty
criminals themselves, and certainly a most question will prove of more far-reaching excellent thing for the Siberians and the consequence than is at present apprefuture welfare of the country.
hended or within the scope of the inquiry I carried away from Siberia the convic- now in progress. I believe that the new tion that while it is not likely that the method will prove to be of so happy a present agitation against a continuance of character that those countries of the their peculiar institution will result in it world, other than Russia, where the conbeing entirely done away with, it would rict system is still in force, and where be strange indeed if a movement in wliich that great abuse of it the subletting of every organ of public opinion, every com- convict laborers to more or less irremercial body, and every official of rank sponsible contractors is still permitted, in the country is taking an active part may do well to study carefully the new should not result in the adoption of a Russian system ; and perhaps we may system which will at once ameliorate yet all profit by following her enlightthe condition of the “unfortunate ” and ened and humane example.
mental tumult, he raised his finger and L '
Number 36, and he was making the father had respected this silence with perrun between Syracuse and Rochester. He fect courtesy. Afterward his glance carewas fourteen minutes behind time, and fully followed the direction indicated by the throttle was wide open.
In conse- the child's finger, but he could see noquence, when he swung around the curve thing which explained to him. “I don't at the flower bed, a wheel of his cart de- understand what you mean, Jimmie,” he stroyed a peony. Number 36 slowed down said. at once and looked guiltily at his father, It seemed that the importance of the who was mowing the lawn. The doctor whole thing had taken away the boy's had his back to this accident, and he con- vocabulary. He could only reiterate, tinued to pace slowly to and fro, pushing “There!" the mower.
The doctor mused upon the situation, Jim dropped the tongue of the cart. He but he could make nothing of it. At last looked at his father and at the broken he said, “Come, show me.” flower. Finally he went to the peony and Together they crossed the lawn towtried to stand it on its pins, resuscitated, ard the flower bed. At some yards from but the spine of it was hurt, and it would the broken peony Jimmie began to lag. only hang limply from his hand. Jim "There!" The word came almost breatlıcould do no reparation. He looked again lessly. toward his father.
" Where?” said the doctor. He went on to the lawn, very slowly, Jimmie kicked at the grass.
“There!" and kicking wretchedly at the turf. Pres- he replied. entiy his father came along with the The doctor was obliged to go forward whirring machine, while the sweet new alone. After some trouble he found the grass blades spun from the knives. In a subject of the incident, the broken flower. low voice, Jim said, “ Pa!"
Turning then, he saw the child lurking at The doctor was shaving this lawn as the rear and scanning his countenance. if it were a priest's chin. All during the The father reflected. After a time be season he had worked at it in the coolness said, “Jimmie, come here."
With an and peace of the evenings after supper. infinite modesty of demeanor the child Even in the shadow of the cherry-trees came forward. Jimmie, how did this the grass was strong and healthy. Jim happen?" raised his voice a trifle. “Pa!"
The child answered, “Now - I was The doctor paused, and with the howl playin' train-and--now-I runned over of the machine no longer occupying the it." sense, one could hear the robins in the “You were doing what?" cherry-trees arranging their affairs. Jim's “I was playin' train." hands were behind his back, and some- The father reflected again. “Well, times his fingers clasped and unclasped. Jimmie," he said, slowly, "I guess you Again he said, “ Pa!" The child's fresh had better not play train any more toand rosy lip was lowered.
day. Do you think you had better?" The doctor stared down at his son, · No, sir,” said Jimmie. thrusting his head forward and frowning During the delivery of the judgment. attentively. “What is it, Jimmie?" the child had not faced his father, avd
“Pa!" repeated the child at length. afterward he went away, with his head Then he raised his finger and pointed at lowered, shuffling his feet. the flower-bed. “There!" “What?" said the doctor, frowning
II. more. “ What is it, Jim ?”
It was apparent from Jimmie's manner After a period of silence, during which that he felt some kind of desire to efface the child may have undergone a severe
himself. He went down to the stable.
Henry Johnson, the negro who cared for try roads, where farms spread on all sides, the doctor's horses, was sponging the with sheep, cows, and other marvels buggy. He grinned fraternally when he abounding. saw Jimmie coming. These two were “Hello, Jim !" said Henry, poising his pals. In regard to almost everything in sponge. Water was dripping from the life they seemed to have minds precisely buggy. Sometimes the horses in the alike. Of course there were points of em- stalls stamped thunderingly on the pine phatic divergence. For instance, it was floor. There was an atmosphere of bay plain from Henry's talk that he was a and of harness. very handsome negro, and he was known For a minute Jimmie refused to take an to be a light, a weight, and an eminence interest in anything. He was very down. in the suburb of the town, where lived cast. He could not even feel the wonthe larger number of the negroes, and ders of wagon-washing. Henry, while at obviously this glory was over Jimmie's bis work, narrowly observed him. horizon; but he vaguely appreciated it “Your pop done wallop yer, didn't he?" and paid deference to Henry for it main- he said at last. ly because Henry appreciated it and de- * No," said Jimmie, defensively; "he
cred to himself. However, on all points didn't.”' of conduct as related to the doctor, who After this casual remark Henry conwas the moon, they were in complete but tinued his labor, with a scowl of occupaunexpressed understanding. Whenever tion. Presently he said: "I done toll Jimmie became the victim of an eclipse yer many's th' time not to go a-foolin' he went to the stable to solace himself an'a-projjeckin' with them flowers. Yer with Henry's crimes. Henry, with the pop don' like it nohow." As a matter of elasticity of his race. could usually pro- fact, Henry had never mentioned flowers vide a sin to place himself on a footing to the boy. with the disgraced one. Perhaps he would Jimmie preserved a gloomy silence, so remember that he had forgotten to put Henry began to use seductive wiles in the hitching-strap in the back of the bug- this affair of washing a wagon. It was gy on some recent occasion, and had been not until he began to spin a wheel on the reprimanded by the doctor. Then these tree, and the sprinkling water flew everytwo would commune subtly and without where, that the boy was visibly moved. words concerning their moon, holding He had been seated on the sill of the carthemselves sympathetically as people who riage-house door, but at the beginning of had committed similar treasons. On the this ceremony he arose and circled toward other hand, Henry would sometimeschoose the buggy, with an interest that slowly to absolutely repudiate this idea, and when consumed the remembrance of a late disJimmie appeared in his shame would bully grace. him most virtuously, preaching with as- Johnson could then display all the surance the precepts of the doctor's creed, dignity of a man whose duty it was to and pointing out to Jimmie all his abom- protect Jimmie from a splashing. “Look inations. Jimmie did not discover that out, boy! look out! You done gwi' spile this was odious in his comrade. He ac- yer pants. I raikon your mommer don't cepted it and lived in its shadow with low this foolishness, she know it. I ain't humility, merely trying to conciliate the gwi' have you round yere spilin' yer saintly Henry with acts of deference. pants, an' have Mis' Trescott light on me Won by this attitude, Henry would some- pressen'ly. 'Deed I ain't.” times allow the child to enjoy the felicity He spoke with an air of great irritaof squeezing the sponge over a buggy- tion, but he was not annoyed at all. wheel, even when Jimmie was still gory This tone was merely a part of his im. from unspeakable deeds.
portance. In reality he was always deWhenever Henry dwelt for a time in lighted to have the child there to witness sackcloth, Jimmie did not patronize him the business of the stable. For one thing, at all. This was a justice of his age, his Jimmie was invariably overcome with condition. He did not know. Besides, reverence when he was told how beautiHenry could drive a horse, and Jimmie fully a harness was polished or a horse had a full sense of this sublimity. Henry groomed. Henry explained each detail personally conducted the moon during of this kind with unction, procuring great the splendid journeys through the coun- joy from the child's admiration.
III. After Johnson had taken his supper in the kitchen, he went to bis loft in the carriage-house and dressed himself with much care, No belle of a court circle could bestow more mind on a toilet than did Johnson. On second thought, he was more like a priest arraying himself for some parade of the church. As he emerged from his room and sauntered down the carriage drive, no one would have suspected bim of ever having washed a buggy.
It was not altogether a matter of the lavender trousers, nor yet the straw hat with its bright silk band. The change was somewhere far in the interior of Henry. But there was no cake-walk hyperbole in it. He was simply a quiet, well-bred gentleman of position, wealth, and other necessary achievements out for an evening stroll, and he had never washed a wagon in his life.
In the morning, when in his working - clothes, he had met a friend — "Hello, Pete!" "Hello, Henry!" Now, in bis effulgence, he encountered this same friend. His bow was not at all haughty. If it expressed anything, it ex
PIALA pressed consummate generosity- Good-evenin', Misteh Washington." Pete, who was very dirty, being at work in a potato-patch, responded in a mixture of a basement and appreciation - "Goodevenin', Misteh Johnsing."
HAVING WASHED A BUGGY.” The shimmering blue of the electric arc-lamps was strong in the main street of the town. At numerous points the corners, in distinctive groups, which it was conquered by the orange glare of expressed various shades and lines of the outnumbering gas-lights in the win- chumship, and bad little to do with any dows of shops. Through this radiant social gradations. There they discussed lane moved a crowd, which culminated in everything with critical insight, passing a throng before the post-office, awaiting the whole town in review as it swarmed the distribution of the evening mails. in the street. When the gongs of the Occasionally there came into it a shrill electric cars ceased for a moment to barry electric street-car, the motor singing like the ears, there could be heard the sound of a cageful of grasshoppers, and possessing the feet of the leisurely crowd on the bluea great gong that clanged forth both stone pavement, and it was like the peacewarnings and simple noise. At the little ful evening lashing at the shore of a lake. theatre, which was a varnish and red- At the foot of the hill, where two lines of plush miniature of one of the famous maples sentinelled the way, an electric New York theatres, a company of strollers lamp glowed high among the embowering was to play East Lynne. The young branches, and made most wonderful shadmen of the town were mainly gathered at ow-etchings on the road below it.
When Johnson appeared amid the I give him those lavender trousers?" lie throng a member of one of the profane roared. groups at a corner instantly telegraphed And young Griscom, who had remained news of this extraordinary arrival to his attentively at the window, said: “Yes, I companions. They hailed him. “Hello, guess that was Henry. It looked like Henry! Going to walk for a cake tonight?"
- Oh, vell," said Reifsnyder, returning Ain't he smooth ?"
to his business, “if you think so! Oh, Why, you've got that cake right in vell!" He implied that he was submityour pocket, Henry!"
ting for the sake of amiability. ** Throw out your chest a little more. Finally the man in the second chair,
Henry was not ruffled in any way by mumbling from a mouth made timid these quiet admonitions and compliments. by adjacent lather, said: “That was HenIn reply he lauglied a supremely good- ry Johnson all right. Why, lie always natured, chuckling laugh, which never- dresses like that when he wants to make theless expressed an underground com- a front! He's the biggest dude in town placency of superior metal.
-anybody knows that.” Young Griscom, the lawyer, was just ** Chinger!" said Reifsnyder. emerging from Reifsnyder's barber shop, Henry was not at all oblivious of rubbing bis chin contentedly. On the the wake of wondering ejaculation that steps he dropped his hand and looked streamed out behind liim. On other ocwith wide eyes into the crowd. Sudden- casions he had reaped this same joy, and ly he bolted back into the shop. * Wow!" he always had an eye for the demonstrahe cried to the parliament; "you ought tion. With a face beaming with happito see the coon that's coming!"
ness he turned away from the scene of Reifsnyder and his assistant instantly his victories into a narrow side street, poised their razors high and turned tow- where the electric light still hung high, ard the window. Two belathered heads but only to exhibit a row of tumble-down reared from the chairs. The electric houses leaving together like paralytics. shine in the street caused an effect like The saffron Miss Bella Farragut, in a water to them who looked through the calico frock, had been crouched on the glass from the yellow glamour of Reif- front stoop, gossiping at long range, but snyder's shop. In fact, the people with- she espied her approaching caller at a disout resembled the inhabitants of a great tance. She dashodd around the corner of aquarium that here had a square pane in the house, galloping like a borse. Henry it. Presently into this frame swam the saw it all, but he preserved the polite degraceful form of Henry Johnson,
meanor of a guest when a waiter spills Chee!" said Reifsnyder. He and his claret down his cuff. In this awkward assistant with one accord threw their ob- situation he was simply perfect. ligations to the winds, and leaving their The duty of receiving Mr. Johnson fell lathered victims helpless, advanced to upon Mrs. Farragut, because Bella, in anthe window. “Ain't he a taisy?" said other room, was scrambling wildly into Reifsnyder, marvelling.
her best gown.
The fat old woman met But the man in the first chair, with a him with a great ivory smile, sweeping grievance in his mind, had found a wea- back with the door, and bowing low. pon. Why, that's only Henry John- “Walk in, Misteh Johnson, walk in. son, you blamed idiots! Come on now, How is you dis ebenin', Misteh JohnsonReif, and shave me. What do you think how is you?" I am—a mummy?"
Henry's face showed like a reflector as Reifsnyder turned, in a great excite- he bowed and bowed, bending almost ment. “I bait you any money that vas from his head to his ankles, “Goodnot Henry Johnson! Henry Johnson! evenin', Mis' Fa'gut; good-evenin'. How Rats!" The scorn put into this last word is you dis evenin'? Is all you' folks well, made it an explosion. “ That man vas Mis' Fa'gut?" a Pullman-car porter or someding. How After a great deal of kowtow, they could that be Henry Johnson?" he de- were planted in two chairs opposite each manded, turbulently. “You vas crazy." other in the living-room. Here they ex
The man in the first chair faced the changed the most tremendous civilities, barber in a storm of indignation. “Didn't until Miss Bella swept into the room,