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greys. Smart English officers, of it, and the goals mount up pale civilians, and Eurasians, rapidly on
rapidly on their side. The who unite the blood of East element of danger is by no and West, and have no part or means wanting in a fast game lot with either, are all filled with an Indian ground, for a the interest of the moment. fall on that hard sun-baked
The final of the polo tourna- soil is almost certain death; ment is to be played between but the players are soldiers, the junior officers of a well- and they think of nothing but known cavalry regiment and the chances of the game. Long
Sikh team from Patiala. before time is up the Sikhs Both sides are well mounted, have won; but the Englishmen the natives using mostly Arabs, play doggedly on, hitting as with here and there a waler, hard and galloping as fast to or a wiry, nervous-eyed country- add one more goal to their bred. One and all of the ponies score, as though that goal are trained to perfection, and would mean victory. When they will gallop, stop, and turn the last bell rings, the two with a grace and rapidity that sides ride off together, laughwill astonish those who do not ing and talking as easily as know the time and money that though no difference of race have been lavished on them. and colour divided them. The Englishmen's ponies are Later
when rather bigger and more power
officers will be ful, for they have greater the guests of the Sikh prince weights to carry, not a dragoon at his palace, the good feeling among the players getting up engendered by their friendly under 12 stone, while most are rivalry on the polo-field make heavier. The four clean-look- their relations cordial, and they ing subalterns are typical Eng- will together play polo and lishmen, using the term to billiards, and hunt the great include the representatives of grey boar, and talk of it all the Sister Isle. There is a son together afterwards in the of the land, of the Church, of truest spirit of comradeship. . the factory, and of the army Do we not see here that the itself among them, and Gal- real solvent of race distinctions way, Ulster, Kent, and Sussex in India is to be found in sport, are the counties represented. and that in giving our native The Sikhs are lithe, brown- fellow-subjects our love for our skinned, and black - bearded, manly outdoor recreations, we and their young chief appears insensibly draw closer to them in the neatest of English boots and they to us? and breeches, though with the The late Chester Macnaghten, native turban on his head. who was the most successful of
The pace of the game is any in imparting Western cultremendous, and it is soon seen ture and civilisation to the lads
the lighter and more placed under his care, recognised active Sikhs, with their better- the power of sport. The boys trained animals, have the best of the Rajkomar College were encouraged to play cricket and is by these that important tennis, and to join in coursing classes of the natives will be parties made up by the Euro- won over to respect and even to pean residents at Rajkote, and like us. But while all kinds of none rode harder or threw them- sport and physical exercise, in selves more heartily into the which there must be an element pursuit of the hour than did of danger that appeals to the these young native noblemen. innate love of glory of the It was the Rajkomar College at better-class native, are useful as Rajkote that gave us Ranjit- a means of union, polo in India sinhji, than whom there is no will always be the sport par exbetter example of the fusion of cellence. As in its origin it is East and West in a single Eastern, it is suited to the personality. And though Ran- climate and the people, and will jitsinhji is in some ways an catch hold of the native mind as exceptional character, there are our national pastimes of foothundreds who have been brought ball or cricket will never do. into sympathy with us by their And as in this country in the early associations with cricket hunting-field all men are equal, or football, or one of the many on the Indian polo-field race of our favourite outdoor diver- differences are forgotten, and sions.
the English aliens and countryAny and all athletic games born natives learn to recognise and every kind of sport will their opponents, not only as prove a happy meeting-ground men, but as fellow - members for us and the Asiatics, whose of the great sport-loving comsocial ways we may never be munity throughout the world. able fully to understand; and it
T. F. DALE.
THE OULD L A D.
I MIND myself a wee boy wi' no plain talk,
An' standin' not the height o' two peats; There was things meself consated 'or the time that I could walk, An' who's to tell when wit an' childer meets ?
'Twas the daisies down in the low grass,
The stars high up in the skies,
Och, och i
I went the way of other lads that's nayther good nor bad,
An' still, d'ye see, a lad has far to go!
An' whiles a girl on the shore,
A man, they say, in spite of all is betther for a wife :
In-undher this ould roof I live me lone;
“'Tis fancy buys the ribbon an' all,”
An' fancy sticks to the young:
Ye see me now an ould man, his work near done,
Sure the hair upon me head's all white;
The stars high up in the skies,
MOIRA O'NEILL. VOL. CLXV.-NO. MIV.
A TYRANNY OF SENTIMENT.
BY FREDERICK GREENWOOD.
are islanders is the population would have much to our benefit as a nation maintained its ancient vigour in many ways, amongst which down to these times, but doubtmay be reckoned the greatest ful whether the more tender of all advantages-opportunity social virtues would have prosof growing up to be good. A pered with us as they have, complete appreciation of all we but for the unceasing heroic owe to the geographical situa- stimulus of our wars abroad tion of our mother country, while peace slumbers by every politically, commercially, physi- hearth at home. cally, morally – would fill a It is a different thing with book; and, could an English- the Continental States, even the man with Goethe's imaginative most settled. Men being what wisdom be found to write it, they are by nature and condisuch a book as would tell more tion, war may be all that it is of Britain's past, present, and said to be by singers of the future than anything now sword, and no doubt is when treasured
the libraries. kept within their meaning. But Here we gather up a great what is there so good that candeal in the statement that be- not pass into excess and lose its ing fortunate (as islanders) in worth ? Peace itself may do a superior command of peace so; and whatever the virtues of -an advantage which includes war in sustaining the manlifreedom from interference in ness, the hardihood, the saving struggling on toward social self-respect of a nation, its imperfection - this is
- this is a people mediate and constant presence which ought to be farther is too much of a good thing. advanced the millennial It frets, it costs, it perpetuates way than most great fighting in humane minds the ancient nations. That, however, is as “law of the beasts," daunting much as to say, than most of the hope of a better dispensathe worthiest nations; for tion and checking every adthough we need not give in vance to it. This is the experito the bardic worship of the ence of the Continental nations. sword, lately reintroduced as Their frontiers ever narrowing, really evangelising, the plain their enmities rarely ceasing, truth is that no people ever
the memory of recent conflict was anything, ever to forecasting future strife even
at anything, but as it was a fight- the best of times, they have war ing people. England certainly in sight or at heart decade after did not become great of char- decade; one great consequence acter by use of the spindle and of which is that they have no the schools alone; and it is such chance of growing the very doubtful, not only that millennial spirit as we who sit
snug and safe within the four timent which may be called seas, listening to the story of millennial, and that should be our own wars as a tale of dis- so called without derision. tant things.
Did it only appear in a Therefore the population of greater number of individuals this Fortunate Isle should be than heretofore little might be advised not to overvalue itself thought of it, but that is not ethically, if as a matter of fact the case; or rather there is the it does advance farther than difference between the larger any other from the savagery in number of exceptional minds which all began. I say "if," rising to loftier heights of but I mean that it is a matter spiritual growth, and the lift of fact, very certain and very of a whole people, even by a clear. Could this assertion be little, in the same direction. heard over all Europe, what And this is what has happened scornful laughter would arise in our own country within the from every people in its con
time of three generations. fines! And the laughter would Whoso doubts it may find be quite natural, the scorn a abundant evidence to convince present from ourselves; for, him, if he do not insist that without being much aware of religious fervour is the only it, we give our neighbours plen- true sign of spiritual developtiful reason for thinking us the ment. But that, of course, it is most self-righteous and hypo- not, unless in the sense that critical nation under the sun. It is not their fault that this is
“He prayeth best who loveth best a universal belief, though they
All things, both great and small”; are wrong when it pleases them and there it is that the to express it in exaggerated spiritual lift of the whole terms. Yet all the while it people of this island most remains true that in England plainly appears. Compare the thought and feeling have made cast of sentiment in every class a more sensible advance, have a hundred years ago and now, passed farther through the and in every class will be seen change to be fulfilled when much less of the robust selfwars shall be no more, than in dependence, selfishness, offishany other nation. I do not ness of wild life, and a far pretend that it is much of an deeper sense of the obligations advance—the day's march of a of common kindness. snail on a journey round the human family," which was once world, perhaps. Nor is there a phrase of purely scientific any surety that there will be no meaning, almost admits its falling back: that depends up- domestic signification in the on the fortunes of the country England of to-day — so much in a future unknown but cer- wider is the embrace of kintainly not void of strife. All ship, so much more general that can be said is, that within the acknowledgment of mutual the last hundred years there obligation and responsibility for has been at home here a new each other's good. The relief and remarkable growth of sen- of suffering in the next parish