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PLANTERS'


PUNCH


\ol. I\' No. Iil.


MIXED BY

HERBERT G. DE LISSER. C.M.G.


For the ,eaIr 1940-1941


A GOVERNOR'S DAY-


Sir Arthur Richards is up at
half-past five in the mornings,
and goes to work in his dress-
ing gown ten at night finds
him in his office. Lady
Richards is often so rushed
she has hardly time for
breakfast


T HE -rjrlk-in:ii]ih. r. lh.- i,,1 ,"r v.'hi.. r it
ma iV li... hi iie-1 n hl- I-- I. li '1,tr m Iiii. lr ime
SuddenIly he .--- r he ;h t-i ii..I .. a 'pr'I'.a i. -
He passed th.-e ...IJ d: .Ill i e-,i or -rain.-di t air llri..i.
according to t li r I- I. e itIlI .], f Ith .-I I i t l t h:
soldiers iand ri r- in tt lltii'y -ryi- ti, ..i lijA. n-.
male and female. i a l.-.tiir, e t.' i id Ithian tr-
ordinarily ud.pr Th-:e t.. -i iih dit'l jIl [I.iI
arrive and at Irlit? the -tiain' ,i the N.-ai n.il Anl
them break 'ut.. As the la;r n.,ie -iid- the -... i .lr
or's Farry *-lthcr prI's 'l ru th-ir e::i- Ii:., .." \or
ward slowly greeii. i_ th.. aRs.ienHl.I- J p- e.Ili- sA!ni!.le
cereninvy. IutI In Il)l'-'.r ve- A inl I ,.:.v rn.,"r i
well awnar thu r l it il.- riii pji p i rl:irnl[it itI
it, the l hi.tf' Ia r-..'ij::1 ...- t all th t ,...'.11 .

T niay he that ile i, :lj in m.l illti. '' 'v. nnr
nttire r.r ii t iiila t hat; h i-. itn ii i .'.rnti th
stars and ni :. il blazing .n ih- i hi -t ThI.,'.- ,
some Covern.ij- h... I. I, t j i;ars..i'i,-iil t i a l] 1 Ille
apparel >i stoie. wh-o f -el a ihrill i wh n tII ,. e
adorned in splelndour. .irliers .J .l iiith. thI-ni--lve.-
only when thil II.'.-. sity ar.s hilt do ni..t .lish tli:t
the necessity should d aris. 0 to, t.lln. Yet their
customary re-: 'p
lion, the defor-
en,.e with which *
they are tretatei.
the knowledge
. that hats will he
lifted when they
enter a pubii. .
rnom or anywhr .
else. and that nii
one hut :0l ii I.l'
boor would ddr, "
Of sittiling at thi. it
entran.: is .to
them a \ isibi..
iFloof of their p,i
sitLou and riowe
They look i IIli.1
all this as thci- i- "
right; it is somi nln,
thing due to their
even if thevy lhaI.
in y o u t h Ij i e
radio cals I II
secretly scoltfrd :i
such Icert!nrnial.
One f-eels, ho, .
ever, on ohserv.
ing Sir Arthur
Richards. that he
belongs to tli
category of those
who prefer Ise
* rather than morc
glitter and show;
indeed, the
writer's consider.
ed opinion is tbnh
he has no det l
appreciation o f
show.

TO-DAY he is
the Govern'r
ol Jamaica; tIL
morrow he mmay
be at the head of
some other co!-


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ti at ",\ill. hi Ji ,- ',, III r- h ,I l. ilh i ti[,.,n. B ,|[
inark the windl Ipj.i'rs tnrly A more ra'n 1--
n.ot ,nough. ilere mu n..t ts 'only be the q."-.al !,u
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And






His






Wife's


.il" '1 **lIi:.- I i Tl Iat [t- say, a young man
-n'i !- i N (',,,,- -ii ] -. I i, i miay not say to him-
I-- li I-i %. i i and ....n ri:.:, ly, "I will strive to
I...n1- .1 s :. ... n..," i -i iitheluss, at the back of
hi- iinid I l. i' 1 i.i- ti- h:t :ilai)itious resolve. In
-'Lni. t... Sir Artiur Ri :Lir..ls this writer believes
lthit h- 'i.n-.: i..Ily i-l. 1 i united when quite a
..uI l i n I... ri-e hi-h i1 the King's Service,
r ,, I-i. it the r.:.ili -..-t riih ,, t the ladder. H e
I: ..t :i .Ji -.. diii, i' .,lu l disposition, and having
Iiims. iii h11- ii j i ... iih. :s.1:l he never permitted
Li.Ji--I I riu'r-.w w-:ily .i thlie effort; at any rate,
Ih-. r..tir abl-anlijlddl Ir. He knew he had ability;
he w.tiilII su ri.:r.rt thar ability by strenuous appli-
:arli..n iI.- a ins1 th...dial q.,i't of man: by arrang-
Ir- hi' hloulj as far tas that c,.uld be done he was
able to get
S- through in the
-,' j | j first half of the
day rather more
.than the average
man would think
of tackling as a
whole day's work.
That was much
S"- '=in. his favour;
and, having be-
come a Governor,
he continued to
toil harder than
any subordinate
clerk.

ET us glance


Photo but Citira id ri ,,rt. .l'. .i I li,, .,i
SIR ARTHUR HICH'ARDS IN HIS OFFICE AT KING'S HOtUE


J at an average
day of Sir Arthur
Richards' when
the Council is not
sitting. He rises
at half-past five
in the morning:
that is his rule.
There are papers.
waiting in his
office to be looked
over; he goes to
this office as soon
as he has per-
formed a very
simple toilet, and
he does so in
pyjamas and
dressing go w n.
He reads the
papers before
him, or drafts a
Ime-s.age or Ile-
spatih: after he
has been som
three-quarters of
an hour at this
work early tea is
brought in to
him, and this h-







PLANTERS' PUNCH ,


takes while still working. At about seven the
newspapers are delivered; he is a very rapid
reader and in a few minutes he has absorbed those
writings which seem to him of interest, which con-
tain information which he ought to learn, or ex-
pressions of opinion with which he ought to be
acquainted. After this he resumes his work, keep-
ing at it until about half-past eight; then he re-
turns to his room, shaves, bathes, dresses and is
ready for breakfast at ten minutes past nine. Forty
minutes have been consumed in shaving, bathing
and dressing; another twenty minutes will be de-
voted to breakfast. But not always. For there
are times when he will receive visitors on busi-
ness at nine o'clock, which means that either break-
fast must be postponed or that getting ready for
the day must occupy less than an hour, after two
hours have been already spent in office.

HIS writer is speaking from some personal ex-
perience, as he has had to interview Sir Arthur
Richards at nine o'clock in the morning, and at
that hour he looked as though he had only just
begun the day's duties. Dressed in a light well-
made suit of neutral colour, with a soft shirt and
necktie harmonising with the rest of his attire,
he is ready to discuss the matter which is to be
brought to his attention. In a similar suit you
will see him in church or in the Legislative Coun-
cil; the fit is excellent, the material has been select-
ed for comfort in a hot climate. He is the only
Governor I have ever known who has sat in the
Council in such simple yet perfectly appropriate
attire. Other Governors have worn tweeds, some
have donned morning coats; but though dress is a
symbol as well as a necessity I have not observed
that Sir Arthur Richards looks less dignified than
'other Administrators because he affects a simpler
form of costume. Dignity, in fact, is largely a
matter of personality, though Carlyle was undoubt-
edly right when, in writing about clothes and the
tailor, he pointed out how ridiculous would appear
a naked Parliament addressed by an equally naked
President! In so far as the Governor is concerned,
too, his dress is actually symbolic of his character, of
a disposition quiet, reserved, almost retiring. There
is nothing flamboyant about him.

AT half-past nine, then, as a rule, commences the
morning interviews of the Governor. The Col-
onial Secretary may arrive, and some heads of de-
partments. Or there may be a couple of members of
the Legislative Council, or, again, some members
of the general community. The Colonial Secretary
and the heads of Departments wish to talk over
with the Governor matters upon which he has to
give a decision. As a rule they are obeying a sum-
mons from him, though of course, in the case of
Mr. Grantham, interviews are of almost daily oc-
-currence: there must be constant contact between


the Governor and his Colonial Secretary. Those
who have usually sought personal conversations are
members of the Council or of the general pub-
lic: a parish may want something done as
early as possible and its elected representative thinks
it better to see the Governor about it than to write
to him; a member of the public may wish to put
his views before His Excellency and prefers to do
so orally. Or there may be a deputation of private
persons, both male and female. They may have
made arrangements for this talk only the day be-
fore; they are quite satisfied that important issues
hang upon their seeing the Governor as soon as pos-
sible. The appointment having been made, they
come, they say their piece, they depart. The situa-
tion either changes or does not change. As a rule
it does not.

THE Governor cannot possibly meet everyone who
wishes to see him, but it is surprising how
many interviews are given. It appears as though
Sir Arthur Richards never refuses to meet anyone
who really has something to say that may be of
consequence, and some of these folk stay an uncon-
scionable time. A good few of them do not like to
leave before the Governor has given a hint that
the interview is at an end; on his part the Gov-
ernor does not like to give this hint, as that might
seem unappreciative and discourteous. Some love
to talk to a Governor; that increases their good
opinion of themselves, ministers to their feeling of
importance, causes them to believe that they are
helping to direct the course of public events. He
has many things awaiting his attention, but of this
he gives no sign; hence, as a result of courtesy,
much precious time is sometimes wasted and the
Governor may have as a result to work later
that night than usual. Usually, however, at about
half-past eleven the interviews are over, and or-
dinary matters can again be tackled. But the inter-
views are also work, and sometimes work of a par-
ticularly important nature. Besides, the Governor
who does not meet people at close quarters, but
mainly at crowded, noisy public functions, learns
little or nothing about these people, obtains no
glimpse into their minds. I take it that these in-
terviews are sometimes exhausting, sometimes irri-
tating; often useless from any immediate practic-
al point of view. But on the whole they are neces-
sary. They are amongst the duties that no Governor
will wisely neglect.

AT these interviews, too, I think, one finds Sir
Arthur Richards at his best. He is genial, con-
versational, simple, observant. There is never at
any time a trace of pomposity about him, any sug-
gestion of what is called in these days the superior-
ity complex, and though he is self-opinionated he
does not show it. By self-opinionated I mean that
if he has a view which he has considered and with


Photo bIy Cleary Elliott, Kin
THE GOVERNOR AND FAMILY A PERIOD OF RELAXATION IN THE GARDEN


which you disagree, he will rarely or never pi-i
his point in ordinary talk, but he does not chatii*-.
(I am speaking now, naturally, of his interviews
with members of the public; not of those with his
officials, when he very probably takes a diffL,:iut
and more decisive line.) He is a good listener, but
his attention does not in the least imply that bh:-
is being enormously impressed; it is rather the re-
sult of a -desire to be polite and, perhaps, to g~t
accurately your point of view. And he is obii-r
ant. I do not know whether he is a keen judcrc
of individual human nature: but I believe h.- i
What I do know is that he is always studying thli-e
with whom he comes into touch, endeaViur-
ing to take what a former Governor. used' to :!all
a "dramatic inventory" of them. After a hile
he forms his conclusions about such persons: --.in -
times they must be imperfect conclusions, soui..
times they may be altogether wrong; generally
they are shrewd, correct and lasting. I do not inii-
gine that they are quick,, but rather the result ..
a continued study. They are built up, not artii -l
at intuitively. One thing I am sure he must Lhave
learned pretty thoroughly before he came to IJ-
maica, and that is that the simplest human bEing
has contrary characteristics which now and then,
take one by surprise. I sometimes wonder whethie-
he has also learnt that it is best not to expect to,,
much of anyone-but this, of course, is a do( rice
of cynicism and interpolated here chiefly as an e-x.
pression of the writer's personal view.


FOR two hours or so the despatching of Goi-ii
ment work proceeds: from after the last \.,I-
or has left at about half-past eleven, to hal-.Itl
one. Red-tagged documents have been cominr- 1.
to him, cablegrams, telephone messages. Ev\. 1
Michael, his youngest son, may have irrupted ii...
the office with pencil and paper, and, curled u!i. ci
a chair, proceeded to make scrawls or hieroglyphi..
of a meaning clear to Michael but not so obvi,,u-
to the uninitiated. The young man may be a-.k,il
to retire, or nurse may come to fetch him. Mi.i,.i. I
protests against being disturbed, and protest- in
that best of all possible grounds-that he is i...:,
busy." And he really is busy; besides, he is ilr
turbing no one. Who is to say that Michael ,i..-
not believe he is learning to be a Governor?
Comes half-past one; the gong announcing lun( i11-.i,
has sounded. The Governor goes in to lunch; thi.-
may be guests. These may be staying at Kii,'s.
House, or may have been invited to luncheon. Th.-v
talk, the Governor talks also, but little: he is ri-.,l
ly a reticent man who does not care to say mnifl.:
In an hour luncheon is over, and at half-past iL..,.
he is back in his office to deal with any mattel ...f
importance that needs attention.

T is now three o'clock; the back of the day's wv,,..
has been broken. There is still something I1-l
to be done; it may indeed I-
much; but one has not engag-.j ii
over seven hours of toil wiri-i.,,
despatching most of the impt ii. t
matters for the present. i!
Arthur Richards therefore go.- r.,
rest for an hour. At four o, I k
tea is announced, and the chil. it
are all here now: Diana, Fi.i.,r
and Michael. In the earlier pi .i
of the day they have been at iilir
lessons. You may have not iid,:
if you went to see the Gov-, ,,-,
between nine and ten o'clock iliat
day, that someone was prac -.,i_,
on the piano; you heard some -.r .
pie air being played (perhel, a:
single bar of it) over and ,.v,,r
again. That was Diana practii0,
Fraser was busy at his b .* : .
Michael, who is only three y...I:.
of age, may have been mak, i,
marks on paper. But now it i- r r
time and they are all with fiiii.
and mother to enjoy one anot i-.-
society. I fancy that when he ...
not be at this reunion His ] x. I
lency misses it much. For Ii.-
extremely fond of his childr-.,

whenever he can.

M EANWHILE, before teE tilne
and all the forenoon, L:'-ly
Richards has been at work, ,ni,
often indeed it is gruelling ..l-i
As she rarely retires before inbi
night, she rises at about sevwni .u
the morning, sometimes leisir.-ly.
which means that she theri. i-
-. some minutes to herself to rliiil,
over the coming occupations of tihi
day; sometimes with a rush 1t,
cause there are so many thin-~ r,,
be done before luncheon. And ev~ -i
before breakfast. She may ha-'-
ua.ton, Jamaica to go over the gardens; when thlit
duty is imposed she will be late


1940-41







PLANTERS' PUNCH


for brELkfast, arriving when everyone else has fin-
ished the meal. An hour before she swallowed a
eup oIrf ta; now, pressed for time for she has to
meet a deputation uf ladies or go to some function
- .h? stands by the table and eats anything that
tumes to hand. If the coffee is but lukewarm and
the food does not now look appetising, she satisfies
herself with lukewarm coffee and some toast and
marmalade. Her appetite being small, this does
not iecin to hert to matter, but it may be that the
children's nurse would like her to have some hot
coffee and something more to eat. But time presses,
sB: "Thank you. nur.e, but I cannot wait. How are
the children? What are they doing today? Did they
enjoy themselves yesterday? What? You are taking
Michael fit'r a. -"il' That's fine." And perhaps,
just at this isi_-" ito employ here a favourite Ja-
maica tepresin. t i. Master Michael runs into the
loom and supe-sts that mummie should play with
hinm rtday
'N... Mlikile M-use," says, mummie, "I am
afraid I can t play with you to-day; I am very
busy."
Mlithael. who very correctly realises that busi-
ness iexcpart hi- owII) is the curse of this modern
generation. and that it would be better for all of
us to get lbac'k inmidiately to a simpler form of
life. lays lhands- upii his mother's skirts in the hope
of detaining hi.
"Pltas- let nim I, darling," says mummie, and
she escapesi i, i:hi-u into a dress for going out.
lirharl -I r',baR)ly ft-ls that grown-ups are unrea-
r,.nahle. Ibur ye i (rlises that sometimes he himself
i; trenmendti-1y hu-.y, especially when he is sitting
in his tfaih er uIlf making those marks upon pa-
per which I wh.i Ein.'ws?) may be a plan for win-
niug the war.

IF there tin hbec--n no arrangement made for going
out ur nit-litet people, Lady Richards goes into
the nursery and sp-ends half an hour after break-
fast with the children. Here again Michael is in
the ascendant: he loves travelling and so he sug-
gests that hi- .Inld nIim mie should take a trip round
the world. Thi, i d,..ae in the safest way yet invent-
ed-by means f it' -criptive words; but what may
be lichael' iprivat- opinion of the world, or of
Jamaica. I hdat.- nt yet been able to discover. Yet
he likes the-c .ji.eiirneys, and after one is made his
mother probiall liy to rush off to other duties that
walt upon her

HERE are liettr- that have come in that morn-
ing The i'ic. iisers of a Lunch Fund or some-
thing else invoke her blessing upon some par-
ticular effort they tre now about to make. This is
husines- Are- b-:giing letters also business? Yes,
perhaps to thi:e whlio write them, though to those
who re(.- ve the-m -ery day they must seem a bur-
den hard t", Ij. h.-ire. Then there are ordinary
letter' troni friFnd. and acquaint-
ances, in\lii.itains. maybe, or a few
words of thanks. but before all
these mnisle-- ea.ii be dealt with
there is a illiiii.nli' to action of a
different RieiJ .-:he remembers
she ha- pl.iiii-i-tl i., go down to
stime h.,spiral ,,r ih.- other, or some-
where else. XWhrii -he returns she
can attend t,. hltr correspondence.
There n ill bie in.* r letters then.
There ire alv.. i- inorie letters.

HE .,%.k' Sktn- must wait till ,
t,;.nio. r.v.. .\ A -r all, were not
arranuenients i .1i'- yesterday well -
aheal of tinm- :iil, 1,, cover the next
foriy.eihe hi b.'-- Eat a maid may
think that she- ha- some serious
trouble. and wih, better to hear
.it than Lady Rii.lards? Whose
Ears should he nm...re sympathetic?
Of that the mi. d is certain, and
firm i li-hr r r.-.l\.- relate her tale
Iof u~v. S\ np.ithy. however, must
be veiy hri-trly xr.ressed, for there
ere other prIr'-tii things to do just
now. Sr, rthe- *-'.cted- words are
spoken. and at laI- Lady Richards
is off \Whleni he returns it is
likely t-hF is niet by the A.D.C., '
Captain Jeffs twho says, with the
air of a man wli, understands the
value f n moments "'0, Lady Rich-
ards. cau y.u spar.- me a couple of :
minutes'" V'ery well, Captain l
Jeffs, but you nmtistn't keep me
long." He probably keeps her for
half an hour. Tiie was made for
Elares

ANP that's just it. A Govern-
A 01' ,' w\\t i hby way of being
a slave if -he' tkes her self-inm- i -
posed duntes con-cientiously. A :':
Governor. too. i really not free. I
remember that once I wanted to
see Sir Arthur Richards, and, if


possible, Lady Richards, about something I regarded
as important. I drove up to King's House from my
office; it must have been just after tea-time. I was
hot, dishevelled, I knew my face looked greasy, but
I was in a deuce of a hurry and I hadn't even tele-
phoned to say I was coming up. I was taking a
chance; it was one to five that I should not meet any-
one; I had no sort of right to expect to; but I hoped
I might be lucky. As I entered the King's House
vestibule I saw Lady Richards running quickly up
the steps that led to His Excellency's sanctum. I knew
she had heard my car and was fleeing; but
I had caught a glimpse of her receding form, so
in a voice that carried far I said, "Good afternoon,
Lady Richards." She did not pretend not to have
heard, as she easily might have done. She
paused, turned, and gaily came down the steps to
meet me. I knew I had taken a mean advantage
of her good nature, and said so; then at once I
told her why I had come. 'She volunteered to find
Sir Arthur for me; she found him. We then went
into His Excellency's office and talked over the re-
quest I had to make. This little tale should give
you some idea of the sudden demands that are al-
ways being made upon the Governor and his wife.

DUT luncheon is over, and Lady Richards goes
to the morning room while the Governor re-
turns to his office. There are letters for her to
deal with: both those left over from the forenoon
and those that have come in since then. These de-
spatched, there may or may not be an hour for rest.
If there is, she may indulge in a little reading.
Friends have been sending her books; there are pa-
pers to scan; there is something to learn about Ja-
maica: almost before she knows it is time for tea.
After which there may be tennis, golf or a walk.

IR ARTHUR RICHARDS likes walking, tennis and
golf. But it is not merely because he likes them
that he indulges in them; he believes that strenu-
ous muscular exercise keeps one fit for the due ac-
complishment of sedentary labour, that if the body
be sound the mind will be sane. After tea, then,
jacketless, with soft shirt open at the neck, and
flannel trousers, the Governor plays his game.
Lady Richards plays also. And the children romp
about. It grows dark in Jamaica towards seven
o'clock, even in our summer. Dinner will be at half-
past eight. But at seven the Governor is back in
his office, for in the meantime work has been ac-
cumulating there. And there may have to be an-
other interview or two. At eight he is supposed
to be free; he bathes and dresses for dinner; if
there are no guests he has a quiet dinner, if there
is company he must "receive" with Lady Richards,
and then there is more formality.

THE guests may not leave or retire before eleven
S o'clock; that indeed is their usual hour.


And none of them, I venture to say, will suspect
that their hosts have had a gruelling day. I have
never seen Sir Arthur or Lady Richards betray any
sign of fatigue; yet I believe Sir Arthur's rule not to
accept private invitations is partly due to his de-
sire to save his energy for the work that he has
to perform as well as to his view that a Governor
is well advised to avoid as much as possible the
acceptance of private hospitality. It follows that
a Governor who accepts many private invitations
may be expected to accept more; there is such a thing
as jealousy. On the other hand the populace always.
wonders whether a Governor who goes everywhere
is not being unduly influenced by this close associa-
tion with persons who may have their own point of
view to press upon him, or, as it is commonly ex-
pressed, their own axe to grind. This suspicion is
baseless: a Governor is well aware that it is he who
confers honour on the party with whom he dines.
He knows quite well that he is under no obligation
whatever to that party, especially as he always
returns the hospitality threefold and more. Yet
public opinion does not usually take all this into
consideration. Sir Arthur Richards is not oblivious
of that fact.

UT the principal idea in His Excellency's mind,
according to my divination of his motives, is to
save himself and his time for his work; he is not
thinking much about popular misinterpretations of
his acts. You may wonder what work he can have to
do after dinner; you can wonder, but the fact is that
there is almost always something to be done. Sup-
pose there are no guests from outside to dinner.
Then, at about ten o'clock, he retires to his office
and sets himself to another couple of hours of la-
bour. I know that this night work is a normal
part of the Governor's activities, especially when the
Council is sitting. And we are all aware that the
Council sits for many weeks and even months in the
course of a calendar year.

THE Council meets at eleven on Tuesdays, Wed-
nesdays and Thursdays. It rises at half-past four,
but sometimes later. Before going down to Head-
quarters House Sir Arthur Richards has put in some
four hours' work; apart from documents sent up
to him from the Colonial Secretary's Office, dealing
with matters on which he must give a decision, there
are despatches and cablegrams from the Colonial
Office in London, for that Department is continuous-
ly communicating with the several Colonial Govern-
ments; there is correspondence from any number of
people, there are petitions, suggestions. About the
last I must here interpolate a word. There are
in this as in every other country a number of per-
sons who are firmly persuaded that they have a sol-
ution for every public problem, that if only they had
the power they could settle all perplexing questions
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Photo by Clearn d Elliott. Kingston. Jamaica
LADY RICHARDS SNATCHES A FEW MOMENTS WITH THE CHILDREN


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PLANTERS' PUNCH


JANE'S


CAREER


CHAPTER I

DADDY BUCKRAM was chief elders n
the little village church on the hill, HE
and whenever anything of importance
happened or threatened to happen in the
village he was always consulted in regard
to it, and never failed to make some re-
marks which he considered appropriate to
the occasion. To-day he sat in the easy
chair in Mr. Burrell's hut and lectured a
girl of about fifteen years of age, who stood
humbly before him, holding her hands be-
hind her back, as she had been instructed
by her mother to do, and listening to his words of
advice without quite understanding what half of them
meant. There were several other persons in the room.
There were the girl's parents, sturdy peasants who
owned three acres of land and the tiny house they
lived in, and who looked upon their property as a
bank upon which they could always draw. There
was their eldest son, a lad turned nineteen, who
was still undecided whether he should remain at
home and help his father, or emigrate to Costa Rica
or Panama, there to carve out an independent ca-
reer for himself. There were the three younger
-children, a girl of thirteen and two boys; there were
also three or four neighbours who had come in to
hear Daddy Buckram make one of the speeches for
-which he was famous. The room was crowded, and
some of the people present were obliged to stand,
there being in the hut but three wooden-seated
-chairs, the easy-chair which the Elder occupied, and
a small wooden couch. But this crowding did not
inconvenience Daddy Buckram, whose long and im-
portant connection with a church had Aeveloped in
him an insatiable craving for large and attentive
audiences.
Like his audience, the Elder was black; he may
have been about sixty years of age, and was intense-
ly self-conscious. His close-cropped hair was turning
grey; what chiefly distinguished him from all other
men in the village was his glibness of tongue, his
shoes and his collar. Except on Sundays, every one
else went bare-footed and collarless; but this Daddy
Buckram would never consent to do at any time,
holding that one who preached "the Word" should
always be clothed in proper garments, even though,
as in his case, the shoes were usually down at heel
and the collar dirty.
"Jane," he continued impressively after a pause,
"Kingston is a very big an' wicked city, an' a young
girl like you, who de Lord has blessed wid a good
figure an' a face, must be careful not to keep bad
company. Satan goeth about like a roaring lion in
Kingston, seeking who he may devour. He will de-
vour you if you do not take him to the Lord in pray-
er. Do you' work well. Write to you' modern often.
for a chile who don't remember her parent cannot
prosper. Don't stay out in de street in de night,
go to church whenever you' employer allow you. If
sinners entice thee, consent thou not. Now, tell me
what I say to you."
Jane hesitated a while, then answered.
"You say I mus' behave meself, sah; an' go to
church, an' don't keep bad company, an' dat de devil
is a roarin' lion. An'. .an' dat I must write
Mumma."
The Elder smiled his approval. "I see," he ob-
served benignantly, "that you have been giving my
words attention. If you always remember them
like dat, you will conquer in de battle."
"Dat is so, Daddy Buckram," remarked Jane's
mother, pleased that her daughter had won such
high commendation. "I tell Jane just what you done
tell her, an' now if she go an' do anything foolish it
will be all her own fault. We bring her up decent an'
respectable; she know dat her fader an' me married
long before she born; so dat if she go to Kingston an'
disgrace herself now, she will has to lie down on de
beg she meck for herself. You hear what I say,
Jane?"
"Yes, ma'am."
"An' what you' moder say is what I say," said
her father. "Keep yourself up when you is in King-
ston, an' don't allow any of those Kingston buoy to
fool you up. Keep straight!"
As nobody seemed to have anything else to say,
Jane's mother asked Daddy Buckram if he would
have some sugar and water and some fruit; this re-
freshment he graciously consented to take (indeed,
the old gentleman never refused refreshment of any
kind); then Jane and the other young people went
outside, leaving the older folk to converse with the
Elder while he refreshed himself after his semi-
spiritual labours.
After Jane had escaped from the observation of
the Elder and her parents, her demeanour changed
considerably. She danced rather than walked, her
strong legs and bare feet springing off the hard
white limestone road as though they were made of


RBERT G. DE LISSER, C.M


AUTHOR OF

'THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSEHALL,
"UNDER THE SUN," Etc.



rubber. It was now definitely decided that she
should go to Kingzton to work, and the excitement
with which such a prospect filled her could scarce-
ly be restrained. :She ran across the road to another
hut exactly like the one she had just left; there she
found three other girls, two of her own age, one
about five years older. They were evidently wait-
ing to hear the news, and they instantly guessed
what the decision had been from her gay manner
and the bright look on her face.
"It's all right?" asked the eldest.
"Yes; Daddy Buckram tell mumma dat I will
get on in Kingston, an' de lady say she will give me
a shillin' a week an' look after me. So I am going
to-marrow."
"But you lucky, though!" remarked one of the
younger girls, with just a suggestion of envy in her




4, TANE'S CAREER" was published in
S England and Jamaica in 1914, twenty-
six years ago. It has long been out
of print, but the demand for it has been con-
stant.
It has been suggested to the author that
it should be re-published in book form. In-
stead of that it has been decided to repro-
duce the story in this issue of "Planters'
Punch"; thus for a small amount "Jane's
Career" can now be had, along with much
other reading matter, by the many thousands
who have never read it.
A new. generation has grown up since the
first publication of this novel. To them it
will be something new. By those persons be-
tween forty and sixty years of age, some of
whom may have already read the book, it
will also be welcomed.

TANE'S CAREER" was received nearly
S thirty years ago with a chorus of ap-
preciation. The London "Spectator",
for instance said that "its simplicity
conceals a recognisable art," while "The
Morning Post" observed that the story is
told "with astonishing vividness and sym-
pathy." There were scores of other reviews in
the same tone, while Lord Olivier in his last
book, "Jamaica: The Blessed Isle," speaks of
"Jane's Career" as "a literary masterpiece."




voice. "Fancy you gwine to Kingston! I wish it
was me!"
"Y'u right!" exclaimed the eldest, who, two
years before, had lived in Kingston for two months,
and had ever since been contemplating a return to
the city, this time for good. "God! it is there that
people dress an' enjoy themself! Every evening'
when I was dere I used to go for a long car drive,
right roun' de belt-line. Everything was spanking,
man! When y'u go down King Street y'u see de
store all full up of people buyin' things; and on Sun-
day night the church are full, an' y'u can go to
Rockfort Garden for a drive an' see moving pictchure
show. It's a sweet life, man! If y'u go dere once
y'u don't want to come back at all, at all!"
"An fancy Jane going now, eh?" said one of
the others. "Well, perhaps my turn will come some
day. We mus' live in hope. What Daddy Buckram
say to you?"
"Him say I must'n't have nothing to do wid de
Kingston buoys, for dem is all a roarin' lion," ans-
wered Jane.
"Dat is all foolishness," said the eldest decisive-
ly. "Some is good an' some is bad; some is gentle-
man and some is ruffian. But y'u can't say them
is all wort'less, for I used to have a dude in King-
ston an' him treat me high-class. It was him give
me dis ear-ring I wearing' now."
Sehe shook her head as she spoke, the better to
display the pair of cheap gold-plated ear-rings she
wore.
"Him was goin' to sea," she went on," oderwise,
perhaps I wouldn't come back here at all."


"But you is big," said one of the others.
"You is a big 'ooman, an' can go to King-
S ston as y'u like. If I was like you .1
S.G. wouldn't stay here. Even if I did have to
run away, I would go."
"But suppose y'u didn't get noten to
do?" asked the eldest. "Dat is what y'u
have to think about. Kingston is not like
" de country. If y'u don't have a job, or
somebody to help y'u, you may suck salt
through a wooden spoon!' Jane is all
right, for she goin' wid a lady who will
look after her. When I went, I did go wid
me aunt. But I couldn't go by meself, for
I don't know what I would do. I have to wait fo'
my chance."
Jane, feeling that she occupied a superior and
enviable position, said good-naturedly: "I wish de
whole of y'u was going wid me. But I not gwine
to have anything to do wid boys, for I promise me
parents to keep meself up. I gwine to save me
money an' come back."
"What y'u goin' to come back for?" asked the
lady who had already had experience of city life.
This question was a poser for Jane, for she
knew it was not. intended by her parents that she
should return. She had now reached an age when
she was rapidly approaching womanhood; she had
left school some two years before, and had been as
sisting her mother to "work" the piece of land the)
owned and to carry its produce every week or every
fortnight to the near-by town market. But her sis-
ter was now big enough to do this, and even the-
younger children could help. Some sort of employ
ment, therefore, had to be found for her, and as a
Kingston lady had come to spend a day or two ihl
the village, and had expressed a desire to take back
to the city with her a decent girl to do some light
household work, the mother, hearing of this, had
hurried to the lady and offered Jane to her as one
who would suit her in every particular.
The lady had put Jane's mother through an ela
borate catechism, and if the old woman had been
of a reflective nature, she must have concluded thai
what this lady wanted was not a little peasant girl
to perform light domestic duties, but a human angel.
perfect in all respects, and certain to give no trouble
whatever; for, as the lady herself asserted, she had
had a great deal of trouble with servants, and would
not take Jane unless her character was absolutely
without reproach. Jane's mother assured her thai
it was, and offered to bring the parson's testimony
to support her own. The lady had dispensed with
this. She contended that the parson would hardly
know much about Jane, and that she had already
had some unfortunate experiences with servants win:
had come to her recommended by parsons. In the
end she consented to take the girl, and the confel
ence that had been held that day with Daddy Buck
ram had been for the purpose of impressing upol,
Jane the momentous change which was about to tak.
place in her life.
She was going out into the world to make i
career for herself, and she knew it. She had said
she would save money and return, mainly with th-
view of showing that she intended to live up to th
high standard of conduct which the Elder had se'
before her. Asked, then, what she proposed to com--
back for, she had no answer to give. Her interlo
cutor laughed. "Y'u don't know what you sayin',"
she remarked. "Wait till y'u see Kingston!"
"As for savin' you' money: y'u think a shillil:
a week is any money in Kingston? I wouldn't wor;:
fo' less than four shillin's a week, an', to tell you
de trute, I would have to get somebody to assist
me. Of course, you is a little girl, an' what will d..
for you wouldn't do for me. But all de same, a shil-
lin' a week is noten."
Jane was sufficiently sophisticated to know what
her companion meant; for even in the little village
the young woman was known as one who "carried
on" with the few young men who had not gone away.
and who managed, by dint of irregular labour, to
earn a few shillings a week for their support., It
was a decaying village this; the men had left their
properties to be looked after by the girls and wo
men, and had either gone to help dig the Panam.-
Canal, or had migrated to such flourishing parishes
as Portland and St. Mary, where millions of bananas
were grown, and where labour was better remu-
nerated than in the little village where they had
lived so long.
Some of the women had gone away too, but thb
opportunities open to them were not as many or as
good as those which the men found elsewhere. I:t
this village of about a hundred souls there wer-
not more than thirty men and boys; many of these '
were of the Don Juan type, and not a few held firm-
ly to the principle of a plurality of temporary wive-
The women did most of the work of the fields. They
May have a hard time of it.


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took the produce to the neighboring town market;
many Iof item attended Church on Sunday, though
the Churi.h %as fully a mile away; and the children
were si.ut to school intermittently, walking their
two miles a day under a blazing sun, and thinking
nothing of lthe distance.
Sometime-- a regularly ordained clergyman held
forth at the churchh ; more often it was one of the
elders who occupied the pulpit. Entertainments
were rare. life was a dead level of monotony, broken
mainly by periodical business visits to the nearest
town, or by rare excursions to Kingston. Every-
thing done in the village was soon known to every
one, every one's reputation was a matter of public
property. lMoral censors were not many; yet those
parents who %ere married desired that their children
should not stray from the path of virtue, though,
when they did, they were never turned out of the
home as outcasts, a lenient attitude towards all
frailty of conduct being of the very texture of the
people's life No one over twelve years of age could
pretend innocence, and no one did; amongst them-
selves the younger folk sometimes talked in a man-
ner that would have caused Daddy Buckram to groan
in horror c.juld he have heard them, he having for
some time n%.w left the primrose path of dalliance
to tread the -teep and narrow way. Some of the
girls, however, were very well behaved, and amongst
these was Jane. Yet it was characteristic of the
easy temper of the people that they never thought
of prohibitine their children from mixing with
Celestin.. "hl,. ever since she had returned from
her hrief 'iit to Kingston two years before, had
exhibited a hb.lder and freer demeanour than be-
fore. That is to say, Celestina did not show that
comparative re guard for secrecy in matters of inti-
mate cod.,uI t which the ethics of the village demand-
ed. Still. though this was commented upon, it
brought n.. Ipinishment; and as Celestina's mother
was still aliv-. and had a provision ground of her
own, there w a no reason in the world why anyone
should v nture even to rebuke that young lady, who
was, as a maiter of fact, in an absolutely independ-
ent position. iind quite prepared to remind any cen-
sor of it
IThe .iir -irls sat in front of Celestina's house,
whilh ia, i Iljit near the edge of the road that ran
through tim. village and passed through many a
similar .-itll-lent for fifty or sixty miles. The
hut was .(I littlel e and plaster, and thatched with
the plaitd l .'inches of some native palm. It had
once been :. l.ted on the outside and inside with a
layer of hlitwash; but the wash had faded, and
so the hitr ais mud-coloured and somewhat dilapi-
dated in al p..-arance. On either side of the road a
few nm:'re it:h huts were to be seen; the other houses
of the vi Ia I, were hidden from sight by the trees
that grew-w r-vywhere; to reach them you had to
climb ovitr ,-me stiff and rather stony tracks, or
push your v-. \y along footpaths which, unless you
knew th.-i:n \iry well, you might easily miss, and
so stray itici' the woods. Every hut was surrounded
by a field inI which yams and potatoes and coffee
grew, and .i inetimes sugar-cane, and always ban-
anas and l :'-:dfruit. Fowls and one or two goats
were h.ept I. the better-off peasants, and wand-
ered nhbouti ;i will. Some of the people owned don-
keys Ev in thl poorest seemed to have a starveling
dog.
There wv. a shop in the village, kept by a brown
man wholi pi-ir;d most of his time in sitting on a
bench in fr:ait of his establishment, reading a two-
days.old ii.i sl;aper and talking politics with any one
who might t,,ip in for a chat. He was regarded as
a reposiloly ti great learning by the people of the
village. as a. tally knowing more than Daddy Buck-
ram, th.tutth. .a.n the other hand, not sanctified, as
was the Eider. Jane sometimes went to his shop to
buy thin,: -f".' her parents, at which times, during
the last few months or so, he would chuck her under
the chin a~tn.1 tll her that she was growing into a
fine-looki ilng rl, and wouldstrongly advise her not
to have anything to do with any of the common
fellows armitd. hinting at the same time that he
was by no r i-ans to be placed in the same category
wll t Ihem.
The T ile.iate was built on the lower slope of a
hill which u, it gradually rising until it attained
its greatest altitude a mile or so away. Then it
sloped acain. the ground afterwards swelling into
still a Iotfilr-r elevation. In the distance, high moun-
tains towertiel silent and peaceful, with the dream-
like green and grey beauty so typical of the langu-
Erous tropics. In whatever direction one looked one
saw tree~. atti trees, and yet more trees. Most of
them were Liants, with massive branches, from
which hniiii pmnasitic tendrils that swept the ground:
here and th.,-e- great limestone boulders jutted out
amidst the ereen, some covered with lichen, some
shining white in the sun. The heat was intense.
At this mocmFn t.-it was nearly noon-a flood of light
poured i-er :e nad yellow down from a deep blue sky,
and froni the surface of the road a blinding glare
arose.
EvErytihing, man and beast alike, moved slowly
in the village The intense heat, the vast stillness
or dreaming mountains and distant sky, the warm
beavy.scented breeze, the little effort that was re-
quired to support life, all tended to make indolence


seductive and activity a curse. Yet there was un-
rest in the village. The men would not remain,
even the women wanted to go elsewhere. They had
their grievances: sometimes a drought came, and
they saw their fields parched and their crops with-
ered, and they were reduced to sore distress. Then
sometimes heavy rains would follow the drought,
flood rains that swept away their precious soil, wash-
ed out their provisions, and were now and then so
fierce as to cause landslides and the loss of pro-
perty and lives. Then it was that through their
pastor they would appeal to the Government to help
them, but the help could not always be forthcoming;
in the meantime they had to pay their taxes, a form
of contribution to which they could never quite re-
concile themselves.
Seated on the ground in front of Celestina's re-
sidence, their backs propped against tree stumps, or
against the hut itself, our four girls were now rest-
ing after the performance of the morning's trifling
work. Clad in cheap coloured prints, very much
soiled, the all-in-one frocks drawn up into bundles
round their waists and there secured with cords,
their legs bare from the knees downwards, they
were all revolving in their minds (with the excep-
tion of Jane) how they could manage to escape to
some place where life would be different from what
it- was in the village. They represented the new
generation of Jamaica peasants; they had learnt to
read and write; they were fond of dressing on Sun-
days; and, if they still worked in the fields, they
did not like it. They were all for "going to town"
or "going foreign" as the men were doing, but did not
know how to set about it. Kingston presented it-
self to their imaginations as a wonderful city where
life could be enjoyed and wages were good, and
where one did not have literally to grub in the
earth for a living.
"Kingston big?" asked Jane after a pause, dur-
ing which she had resolved not to protest any fur-
ther her intention to return to the village.
"Big!" exclaimed Celestina, "big. My father!
you can walk till y'u tired and yet pass house after
house. Big house, too. Bigger dan de church, big-
ger dan any house up here. An' y'u can drive right
round in de car till y'u sick of it, yet y'u is still in
de town. An' if y'u want to see church, it is King-
ton you mus' go to. When it come to Sunday even-
ing y'u put on you' lace frock, an' tie you' hair wid
ribbon, an' go out for a walk before y'u go to sur-
vice. That is the time y'u can just hear de young
men: 'What a nice-lookin' girl, eh? I bet y'u she
come from de country.' Then ef y'u sort of pre-
tends not to hear dem, some of dem will call out,
'See here, miss'. Hi! y'u might say good evening !
An' them wink at you and laugh."
"An' what you say?" asked Jane and the others
all at once, breathless for information.
"Well, it all depen's on whether y'u want to
notice dem or not. I used to form as if I wouldn't
look at dem, for none of dem did please me. But
de dude I did get, an' who I would be all right wid
now if him didn't gone away-I meet him outside
Coke Church one Sunday evening' when dere was
a harvest festival going' on. I was coming' out of de
church, and I see a good-looking young man take
off him hat and say, 'Good evening my gracious
queen!' an' something tell me to answer, an' I say:
'Good evening, sah, but why y'u call me queen? I
are only a pheasant gurl!' Y'u see, I talk in dat
big way, so dat he could know that though I come
from de country I was educated. Him tell me him
call me a queen because I was beautiful, an from one
t'ing to anoder we went on talking an' him offer to
walk home wid me, an' we became friendly till him
went away an' I had to come back up here wid me
aunt. But I going' back to Kingston, though! No
fear!"
Thus, completely sophisticated, spoke Celestina,
the others regarding her as one might look upon a
traveller who had returned from some strange and
unknown country where everything was different
from what one knew.
"I will soon see everything," said Jane, when
her companion ceased. "But I have to work, an'
you did go wid you' family."
"Yes; dat meek a difference. But ef y'u get a
friend like mine, y'u needn't border to work. What
y'u going' to meek yourself a slave for?"
But here Jane shook her h ead resolutely. "No,"
she said. "I promise me fader to keep myself up,
an' I gwine to do it. Perhaps I may married one of
dese days; who is to tell?"
Celestina laughed the laugh of te lau he sceptical.
"Mary," she asked, turning to one of the others, "y'u
mean to tell me dat if y'u could get somebody to
look after you now, y'u wouldn't teck him?"
"Me!" exclaimed Mary. "After I looking for a
good young man now. Jane don't know what she
sayin'!"
The fourth girl said nothing, being apparently
of no great importance in the councils of the others.
She was the dullest of the four, with a rather plain
and stupid face.
All of them were, to superficial appearances,
black. But in a country where racial intermixture
has been going on for some two hundred years.
large numbers of persons who appear black have a
strain of white blood in their veins, a strain which


sometimes shows itself in the smoothness and shad-
ing of the skin, sometimes in the features. A prac-
tised eye would have pronounced Celestina to be a
'sambo,' or one-fourth white. Jane was a trifle
darker, strongly built and robust, but her features,
the nose especially, hinted at some white ancestor.
And any one accustomed to the Jamaica peasant's
appearance would have pronounced her good-look-
ing, an opinion with which she would have entire-
ly agreed.

CHAPTER II

FOR some time longer the girls continued sit-
ting near the road and discussing the future;
then Jane heard her mother calling, and rose to
go. The others did likewise, Celestina going into
her hut to attend to some little matter she had neg-
lected, while Mary and Elizabeth went towards a
small coffee plantation where they had arranged to
spend the rest of the afternoon in cleaning coffee,
thus earning threepence each.
When Jane presented herself at the door of her
mother's house, she was asked by Mrs. Burrell to
go and assist her brother, who was just then at-
tending to the "ground." She nodded and turned
away in the direction of what appeared to be a gully,
and began clambering down the rather steep sides
of it in a manner that would have meant a broken
limb to any one not well accustomed to such exer-
cises. At the bottom of the declivity she found her
brother, who was digging yam holes with a hoe, and
he directed her to plant the yams as soon as he had
finished each hole. This she proceeded to do, squat-
ting herself on the ground, covering up the yam
roots with her bare hands (into which a splinter of
wood would endeavour, not successfully, to force it-
self every now and then), dragging herself from hole
toc hole, and enduring the sun-most terrible at this
hour-as though it did not exist.
"Whoy!" exclaimed her brother, after the last
hole had been dug, "it hot, sah!" He wiped the
perspiration from his brow with the dirty shirt
sleeve of his right arm, and, leaning on his hoe,
watched his sister as she heaped earth upon the last
of the roots. Presently he produced a crushed cig-
arette from the inner recesses of his shirt bosom,
struck a light, puffed the weed, and waited for Jane
to get up.
"You gwine to Kingston, tomorrow," he observed
stolidly, "an' I are soon going to go away myself.
Just as cheap,' for dere is not much for a man to do
here. Dis little field is stupidness for a man like
me, an' it's no use learning' trade, fo' y'u can't meek
a livin' by it. Dere is not a property round here
dat can give a man plenty o' work an' pay him good
money. Jamaica is a dyam poor country, an' every-
body teck an advantage of a man! In fac', even ef
I could get a good job here I don't t'ink I would
stop. Y'u finish?"
Jane signified that she had, and heaved herself
up from the ground with a jerk. She struck her
hands against one another to brush off the particles
of earth that stuck to them, then, with her brother,
began to toil up the side of the declivity towards
the house.
"I hope de dyam tiefs in dis place won't rob me
yam before dem is even ripe," the young man
grumbled. "Y'u can't plant noten but somebody
come at night-time an' rob it from y'u! Well, when
y'u go to Kingston, Jane, y'u mustn't forget we up
here."
"No," she answered briefly; then, the hut reach-
ed, her brother flung himself down on the ground
in front of it and stretched himself out to sleep,
drawing his tattered cap over his face, his day's
work being entirely over. Jane sauntered towards
a little thatched bamboo structure with three sides
and no door, the sides themselves being full of
holes, and, entering, began to assist her mother in
the preparation of the family's dinner. First she
took a pail and went to the stream for water. The
stream was near; in a few moments she returned
with the water, and pouring some of it into a shal-
low round tin pan, rather battered and rusty, she
flopped down on the ground, opened her legs wide,
placed the pan between them, and began peeling a
large bunch of green bananas that lay within easy
reach of her hands. With the aid of a short, strong
knife she tore the tough skin off the vegetables: this
task took her a little time, for she did not hurry.
She hummed a hymn as she worked, while Mrs.
Burrell also peeled and cut up a breadfruit, with a
very small bit of yam. When the peeling was over,
the food was put to boil on a fire made upon the
ground; then the older woman left the kitchen and
went into the hut, where, from a cupboard in the
bedroom, she took a parcel of salt fish, selected a
-art of it, and returned. This, with a little cocoa-
nut oil, would form the relish of the family's din-
ner, which would be ready in another hour, when
the younger children would be back from school.
"Where pupa gone to?" asked Jane, while her
mother was making up another fire on the earth
floor of the kitchen.
"Him gone to Mister Brown place to chop some
wood: it's a ninepence worth of work."

I "Just as well." The Jamaican peasant uses the word
"cheap" in preference to "well."


19-4 -41







PLANTERS' PUNCH


"But Mister Brown didn't pay him de las' time
him work for him?"
"No, him say him will pay de money te-day.
Him didn't have it las' Saturday."
"Sometime y'u can't get noten to do," Jane ob-
served, "and den, when y'u get a little jobs for a
pence or so, y'u can't get you' money. Dat is why
I glad I gwine to Kingston. There is plenty of money
dere."
"Yes," returned her mother philosophically, "but
it belong to white people."
"Everyt'ing belong to white people," said Jane,
"and brown people. We only have de leavings."
"Well what to do?" asked her philosophical
mother. "God mus' know why Him meek black peo-
ple poor, an' He will provide. We mus' trust to
Him. Dat's why, when you is in Kingston, Jane,
y'u mustn't fo'get you' church. An 'you must be
respectful to de lady dat is employin' y'u, an' do
you' work well. For ef y'u lose dat situation, I
don't know what y'u will do."
"Dat is all right," returned Jane. "I will do
me best. I gwine inside now to pack up me
clothes."
The process of packing her clothes was not a
long one, for the simple reason that her personal
possessions were few. One good white dress for
Sunday and gala days, two coarse print frocks like
the one she wore, some underclothing-a very limit-
ed stock-and a pair of shoes and stockings com-
pleted the inventory of her wardrobe. The shoes
and stockings she lingered lovingly over. Only
on Sunday, when she went to church, and on other
special occasions, did they make their appearance,
and then she walked about proudly though with dif-
ficulty, for her feet were unaccustomed to confine-
ment. When she had tied these few things into a
bundle, she went to the door of the hut, and there
stood in the opening gazing into vacancy, while
the lengthening shadows of the trees showed that
the sun was now rapidly sloping to the west.
Her two younger brothers and her sister came
home while she stood there; her elder brother awoke
and wandered off somewhere down the road; then
her mother called to her from the kitchen. The
dinner was ready; it was shared out in little shallow
tin plates and pudding-pans for the women folk, but
the men's portion was left in the kitchen to kee;.
warm until they should come home.
The children dined in the open air, while Jane
and her mother remained in the kitchen and ate
their meal. While they were eating, the father, ac-
companied by his son, who had met him on the way,
came in; they sat down at the table to eat their
dinner out of earthenware plates and with knives;
and as they ate they discussed the trivial incidents
of the day, the poor price paid for labour, the diffi-
culty of securing regular employment, the preva-
lence of praedial thieves. The older man accepted
all these things as a matter of course, the younger
one grumbled. After both had eaten, the son light-
ed a crushed cigarette--all his cigarettes presented
the same emaciated appearance-and went out to
pay his respects to a lady residing some miles away,
while his father, after drinking a little rum, lighted
a clay pipe stuffed with coarse tobacco, and remain-
ed seated by the table smoking and digesting his
food.
The day was over in the village. The darkness
fell softly and quickly; people now passed up and
down the road -going from their work to their
homes, or on long journeys, during which they would
travel all the night. The azure of the evening sky
deepened into deep dark blue. A few faint stars
trembled above. Others peeped forth, then others,
and a great moon, with just an attendant silver
cloud or two, sailed slowly over the mountains, over
the treetops, touching the earth below into ineffable
beauty. Lights twinkled from the few huts on either
side of the road, lights from little kerosene glass-
lamps set upon tables. The village shop was bright,
and there, as it served as a sort of club for the
social persons of the village, about half a dozen men
assembled to hear the shopkeeper discourse on the
Government and the Parochial Board, and the tax
on land, and the women he had met some time be-
fore in Nicaragua.
Near to the shop some of the younger folk of
the village foregathered; one young man had a gui-
tar, and this he thrummed to a melancholy air and
with no regard for time. The boys teased the girls
and touched them often; and whenever a girl re-
ceived a poke from an adventurous finger, she would
exclaim "You!" but showed she rather liked it by
not making any endeavour to get out of her tor-
mentor's way. A score of meagre dogs made their
appearance and occasionally added the noise of their
barking to the noise of the guitar, being lazily chas-
tised with stones for this interruption by one or two
of the company. Jane joined this group, among
whom were two of the friends she had met that fore-
noon; and again the subject of conversation was
her approaching departure to Kingston.
"You soon begin to call us 'mountain people',"
remarked the owner of the guitar, stopping in the
midst of a weird strain to make this remark, and
referring to the well-known contempt which those
who dwell in Kingston have for those who live in
the country districts.


"Hi, no!" replied Jane. "I wouldn't be so un-
grateful. Don't I born in de country too? It would
be foolish of me to form like I did born in Kingston.
I am not like dat."
"Dat's what y'u say now," returned the guitar
player; "but I know Kingston, and I know what gals
that leave de country an' go to Kingston always do.
Dem is not there a week before dem begin to show
off themself, an' rock their body 'pon a man when
them see him is from de country. Ask Celestina."
"Dat is true," said Celestina, pleased to be ap-
pealed to on any matter touching the life and
manners of the capital. "I used to do it meself, an'
why not? You country buoy is not like Kingston-
ian. Y'u is too scaly.' You don't have a penny in
you' pocket! A young man in Kingston, ef him
meet y'u anywhere, will offer y'u a car-drive, first
thing. But you don't have a farden to give any-
body. Y'u don't have sufficient to feed yourself. All
you looking for now is to get what y'u can out of
we. Dat is why I can't bodder stay up here. Jane,
me love, you wi' see me in Kingston, soon, y'u
hear?"
"All right: I will look out for y'u. But I not
gwine to fo'get me people up here all de same," re-
plied Jane brightly.
"I hopes not," said the guitar player, whose tone
of voice suggested that what he hoped and what
he expected were miles apart. "As fo' what Celes
say, I don't say she is wrong, for I don't have
anything to give anybody; an' if she t'ink she can
get anything out of me, she lie! All she want is easy
livin'. But what anybody ever get out of a Kingston
man? Dem only have words to give y'u. Dem
trust trousers, an' trust yellow boots, an' dem walk
'bout as if dem was gentleman. Dem have more
pickney2 than them have finger, an' dem can't sup-
port even one chile. Up here it better. Y'u can al-
ways get a banana, but in Kingston, if y'u don't
have no money-Lard! it better y'u dead! Dat's
why I sorry fo' Jane."
"But what y'u sorry for me for?" demanded Jane
indignantly. "I don't want you' sympathy. You an'
me is not company."
"Y'u see how she begin already?" remarked the
guitar player triumphantly. "She is abusin' me be-
fore she even go to Kingston." He spat upon the
ground, dug into the earth with the great toe of his
right foot, then resumed his playing, while he sang.
the words being "Lard! not a light, not a bite; what
a 'Saturday night!" and the whole song being in-
tended to depict the misery to which Jane would be
reduced shortly after her arrival in Kingston.
"Don't mind him, me child," said Celestina. "I
know Kingston better dan him; an' de trute is, him
is jealous of de -Kingston young man. When.himn-
go to town him put on boots for de firs' time, an'
as him doan't.used. to.walk in.boots,-them know him
is a mountain man an' laugh at him. Dat is why
him abuse dem!"
This speech provoked the group to laughter, but
apparently left the guitar player undisturbed. He
merely remarked, "All right! You wait till y'u get
a beaten from one of them Kingston buoy, an' y'u
will sing a different tune;" then he proceeded with
the song depicting the misery of a penniless Satur-
day night.
"I gwine to wear boots often," said Jane feel-
ing that as she alone was going to Kingston, it was
incumbent upon her to set forth her programme of
life for the admiration of her friends.
"Up here it don't necessary," she added, "but
in Kingston y'u have to dress."
"Dat is what I would like," said a girl who had
hitherto taken no part in the conversation. "Y'u
know how y'u feel when y'u put on a nice frock an'
a high-heel pair o' boots, an' know dat everybody
admirin' y'u? Dat is why I like to go to church!
Everybody can see y'u."
In a similar strain the talk continued for an-
other hour, most of the girls saying the same things
over and over again. It was Jane's last night in
the village, and she enjoyed this final reunion im-
mensely. Even on so special an occasion, however,
she would not allow any of the young men to take
liberties with her, telling those who attempted to
touch her that "she didn't want any 'hands play,'
for she was a decent girl." The shop had long been
shut for the night when the party of companions
broke up, all Jane's friends bidding her good-bye,
and arranging to come and see her if chance should
lead them to Kingston.
It was about ten o'clock when she went to bed.
The hut she slept in happened to be floored-many
of the houses in the village were not-and a mat
with a few rags spread upon the floor of the room
in which her parents slept formed the bedding of
herself and her younger brothers and sisters. Her
parents occupied the bed in the room; her brother
slept on the wooden couch in the other apartment.
She quickly undressed, not even noticing the two
or three large spiders that hung upon the wall just
about where she was to sleep. She knew they would
not go out of their way to bite her, while for her to
kill them would mean (she was persuaded) the cer-
tainty of her breaking an immense amount of crock-
ery for some time after. She undressed quickly

1 M3pn.
2 Children.


(she had already washed her feet outside the hut),
put on a soiled garment which served her for weeks
at a time as nightdress, lay down beside her sister
and brothers, and promptly fell asleep. That there
was no ventilation whatever in the overcrowded
room did not in the least inconvenience her.
Outside the stillness was intense; even the dogs
had retired. The moon held empire above, the trees
were bathed in that wonderful green and silver light
which almost turned night to day. The village
slept the sleep of the righteous though righteousness
was not amongst the virtues on which it would have
particularly prided itself. Not until about five
o'clock in the morning did it awaken, to resume
once more the monotonous and trivial duties of the
day.
Jane was up with the earliest. A bit of bread-
fruit left over from yesterday's dinner, and toasted
by her mother, and a mug of tea made from a sweet-
smelling bush which grew near the hut, formed her
morning meal. She hastily gulped this down while
standing at the threshold of the hut; then bound
her head with a bright-coloured "Madras" headker-
chief, balanced the bundle containing her clothes.
on top of this, and said good-bye. There were tears
in her mother's eyes, and she herself felt a tighten-
ing in her chest. Her face became drawn, but
she did not break down, not being by any means
of a weak and maudlin disposition. The whole fam-
ily accompanied her to where the road formed the:
boundary of their property, and as she started upon
her way her father again reminded her that she
must "keep herself up." She nodded in reply, set
her lips tight, and swung down the road with the
free, springing step of the Jamaica peasant woman;
in a few moments a bend in the road took her out
of sight of hut and family.
She had about four miles to walk before she-
would reach the house where was the lady who was
to take her to Kingston, and she had promised to
'be there by seven o'clock. She knew she had
plenty of time, but did not on that account lessen.
her rate of sped. Now and then as she walked
she would call out a shrill good-bye, to the trees
as one would have thought who did not know the
locality, and was not aware that hidden behind the
thick foliage and the underbrush were houses where
friends and acquaintances lived.
On either hand the forest ran, the ground often
rising steeply into lofty eminences. Part of the road
was in shadow, the sun not yet having climbed high
enough to flood every inch of the countryside with
its living light. But already the freshness of the
morning was wearing away, and as she walked she
saw the big green lizards chasing their prey across
.the ground, and amongst the trees she heard the
birds piping and calling to one another. Frequent,
ly, for a little while, the entire way would be plung-
ed in semi-darkness; this was when the great trees,
bending over on either side, intermingled their
branches, thus forming a leafy roof which caught
and intercepted the rays of the rapidly rising sun.
Sometimes the forest would end upon the right
hand or the left, the roadside would break away
into sheer precipice, and a great stretch of green
and fertile country, flooded with the warm and gol-
den light, would spread out into the distance for
miles and miles, until it merged itself into yet more
distant hills and radiant blue sky. Tiny settlements
would glisten far below, the white-washed walls of
the huts and houses reflecting the rays of the sun.
The land rose and fell into little hills and valleys;
here the predominating colour was yellow, there it
was soft emerald; here it was dark grey in the sha-
dow of a great mountain, there it blazed with every
variety of green, intermingled with scarlet. Slender
palms and tremendous silk-cotton trees stood out
singly upon the sides of the precipice, their roots
twisted and twined in the loose limestone rock, their
fronds and leaves flashing back the light that beat
upon them. Thin columns of smoke could be seen
-smoke from peasants' fires in the villages, or from
some open hillside where one or two wayfarers cook-
ed their morning meal. There were many cultiva-
tions, too, little fields of bananas, patches of potato,
squares and oblongs of yams, the vines of these
climbing on poles and showing a yellowish tint. And
occasionally the bare brown earth stood out in re-
lief against its borders of green, where it had been
burnt and cleaned for cultivation, or where some
landslide had lately taken place.
And over the whole arched the magnificent con-
cave of glowing sky, and about it all hung the si-
lence of the great encircling mountains.
Such scenes were familiar to Jane, and roused
her admiration not at all. She hardly glanced to
right or left as she trudged on; never once did she
reflect that she was leaving all this, which had form-
ed part of her life as far back as she could remem-
ber, and leaving it perhaps for ever.
Sturdily she footed it until she reached the
place where her future mistress was staying. It
was something more than a village, though not quite
a town; but Jane, who knew it well, having been
there some hrf a dozen times before, regarded it
as a centre of life and activity, and wondered now
if Kingston could be much larger than Stony Hill,
as the settlement was called.
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1940-41








PL .4 L NTER S' P L' CH


LIVING


DE


LUXE


HE late Mlr. Arnold Bennett w.a, extra lnie:ly t.h.
of expatiating upon the management of great ho
lels, whether he called them the Inueri:al or th..
Grand Babylon. The very nanim-s he chose indicak.
ed something grandiuse. Imperial suggests E'ih
pire; Babylon recalls the famed city of that nanl-
of ancient times. Tile luig. lofty corridorrs. the
glittering dining salo.onii. the hall rooms, the kit-
chens fascinated him, and he was b)y in. mi-an-
alone in falling subject to the las:inari.,n of this
kind of caravansary. For the modern hotel stand-s
In the popular imagination for luxury. even for la-
vishness; for efficiency, for enjioyment There are
many who will save for months in i 1rrd-r I,, spend
a few days in one of these places They represent
care-free enjoyment; as une A-meriran girl expressed
it (after her first twentry-four hours in a hotelli. at
last she had realized thie dream f.i her life- she
had had breakfast in bed and then had luxuriousl,
turned on her side and fallen asleep again.
EVERY city of any importance anywhere has in
these days its complement of hotels: and
amongst these one or two always stand lot conspi-
cuously as the niost famous iand popiulr Thi. Anier.
ican traveller if m r.ans, prr.ie rin.: a \v.iti to
London. almost
invariably speaks
of the Savoy as
his future Lon-
don residence. or -
of the Ritz in
Paris it be plans
a sojourn in that
"city of light.'
And if he I or
others) thinks ':t
a trip to the itrr
rics, to Janmaira
particularly, it is
usually th '
Myrtle Bank
Hotel that h..
mentions. Ja
maica residents
albo flock instinii-
ively to the
Myrtle Bank ns
to a rendezvulis
of pleasure and
enjoyment. Whbii
"the season" is
on. from abolit
the end of D -.
member to the end
of April. one w;il
often see at rh-e
Myrtle Bank II-).
tel persons c f
whom one may
have heard or
read but had
never hoped tuo
behold in the
flesh. Statesmen
from England, th.-
United States and
Canada, miliill-
aires. titled and
untitled leader-
of English and
Trans-Atlantic ?u--
S ciety. with heaa-
tiful girls clad in TIlE EIHRN(E 1TO 4 ill.
short skirts and
flimsy blouses, balancing themsnelv,.. dai.iii ly .rii hi-ll
heeled shoes, athletic m.-n in -lrrti-. -l l- ailli l -
pical suitings, gra:ve and gay. rstaild anild il.i.-n.iJ .
young, middle-aged. uld -th-e i..th i- b.bhy i i:r..v i .J
with these. They ti.im: anid ,'. 111i -: h |l.. 'nIn.r.
laughter rings o0lt: thtre. 15 1 i i...n lahi ri .-i ', h ,
of question adilld dano i. and il l.an. ; !.i 1 hI. li- '
excursions in the i '.iiniry. fi' i '..il rli-!l iti lli.-
bathing parties nd the like
0 N the .eral' dalhd h n..rthi. m.:. il l .IIIh ..1-1 v _.. ,,.t
are slttll "ipip t Illh dri8 -- 1t'. '-z 1-h 1ii"\-\
are acctnsioiiin d. or nii:w ite- tO iih Ih thl y .ir I.-
introdui ced. M int j -ili iatti. :t th i it.:i ...ii
the Southern s-tais beet-r ,-r hi ;l:.v aii -.:: !IS: ,
appeal to the Enil,-hiiai.n. cori kiill- .-r.. I ri i:.,di
favourite, rum pun':h is Jami.iiiia ff, w, lih : r\
drinker samples. About thi little inhl-,. amlinlu tIi-
erowd on the verandahe. in the i.i'rd.-ih. in the ? M ii
mer houses, or doian hy tlie S- tiiniriJ- P.i-il. n\liit,-
Jacketed bell boys andl wait-rs hlii\.r. rn- an:i ri
pass, attending to the various \aiint- of "-i.st.- S-.-
vers heaped with glass~-- <' nta iiinti liqiioi i-reP-n and
amber, bright gold and white. a re -n h inp by tiior
eager "boy3 ." Thi.- ar,- all "-niiat1 ." and ,ifr.n
one hears the guests .,x-r lminI in a s-.rt ..f" n.'. d r
at these Jamaica waiters.
"They speak English." says one. as though she


Comfort, Convenience, Luxury Characteristics of

a well-appointed Hotel like the Myrtle Bank


, xpe-cied them to -peak srome kind ift uLintellislhl .
!an-guag-
".And they tund.-rltand us," says another. for-
Eetting that a waitter who did not understand iuuld
hardly be of much service.
SI have net-r Ibeen waited Iipn'i except b)y a
wliit-e waitr beforee" ieniarks the third. '**lIr lites
art good". and then some ..f Il-hin may fall int i
a brief conver-ation with one or oi l rber >.f these n ai.
fers. asking iluestions and obtaiiuine ready answv-r-.
and sometimes guests find thius-?el\es doing what
the Myrtle Bank "help" suggests. aiid not regrnettini
.t either.

B I'T Ier its C..- little into id tjil-..
lThe Mlvill- l.liik -Hotel of the lpre -nt day wan-
Ibl ll in 1:i I ThI rIe l id tej n be[l...i then. nri thli


MI RI.E B.iK IIHOTEL. I I;I PRFlMIlER HIIIEL OfI llF I

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Iht i n lln nlthin l l I11. Th: t s l) t as i l.. e.
:.., rn,. ..h .i-, ; .. t l- I .i h in .;ln'.A u-'a. I :I ll T .. rI- i
-.:oard I,.. ..ill- in 1,- inhaJ thle h.h Iv l P., dr-p rnd
l, n-fly iIin,.i l.::al p- itr,.,- T hi- w .a- n, r. i .rn
i iit n i ": n. ,,Ili re l o> al inIi v_-y w '' i h ,li .nm inm.
1 .' a ,ii till l Ie r.r L mtinl_ i.. in te ti dim l the ,tl
| .--: ~I nt.. tli, h-ia id ...f the It r i t-i d Fril t Co:n,
p[a, t w\li h panl for i1 tlit i.',.. that w:s nmiitally
atgo. A1il ripn Thi w m I'll O. and fr..' thi O trton,
IAt lot1 ,l' ;>Ql. rt M lank uiitevt, u(I pon .1 hew pha-e.
A.1MAI(-'A ...=ry had n..t i"r I.. 'h n Wheon v'ry
inlt. h li.r-i i mn l,-d Thlai i- s Ea.\. hail. parr
i.,- and rhini .-4, I.1 liat kind w\-re ma,,t Lien verv
..f't-.n in hctt- li y Jamaica residents or attended by
them to anything like the same extent as is ob-


-ertable to.d-Ay. But at the .-nd of the first Great
world d \\ar the t'jrain, it.r communal enjoyment
-in a large .:ale pos-,essed -.0' ety everywhere, and
as it wa. in rtlier i-. iiitI ii es ,. was it in Jamaica.
In rihl winter ift l.:li>-li thousands of people arrived
tri-.. Englaid andll the :United States, seeking the
ni-i'e 'enial cIniaml.- if a tr..|luc.il country. The ho-
t1-s of the I l.illln. LIIi as Illhey then were, became
clrowded. ,:vtrcrc.i.llwd, and tlhe Myrtle Bank Hotel
ai-ie at .iii-e ilit., i; '..w I From then onwards it
has et-ialishd a Ir..Iitar,,n which is known
\whtrever thi ic- are tr.i'allrlrs w.ho speak the English
lidll"ian e anidl iIr I. .okr. ti ward to still further
a, ii ty a ..:..-..n ;i this --...i...iI great war shall have
,-iill-Jd.
HE lMytle Bani II r-tel f.l, es one of the main
-.t,.ei- i.f Kiin -i-..rn o itr,.- -outh. Here one sees
some of the evi-
dences of ordin-
ary West Indian
life. As you drive
eastward from the
pier at which
you land you pass
many two-storey-
ed buildings in
which much of
the business of
the city is con-
ducted. The thor-
oughfares a r e
crowded with
motor cars, mo-
tor trucks and
mule-drawn drays.
On the sidewalks
pedestrians of all
T hues and stations
pass to and fro.
Furniture shops,
curio shops, gar-
ages, gasoline de-
pot s, groceries,
bars, offices, are
on every hand,
tram-cars clan g
their noisy way
in opposite di-
rections, th2
point policemen,
black, helmeted,
white jacketed,
efficient, direct
the traffic which
as a rule goes at
a speed that often
seems to threaten
collisions, but the
drivers are cap-
able and acci-
dents are there-
fore avoided.
Groups of jacket-
Ph.,,, b ,,h less men stand
HRIt 1 IH tI--Tr INItii- here and there
upon the side-
al~l. their. a.le l .pll.11l, ir-ih.laps forbidding to
thl -ilh!l_ r'-. \\hr. Iin:ly inla-cine that they are
l-,tl-,n t, L'! -hj,I. i1 ,,ition. As a m atter
-4 ti -r ti .) a;11: .i..tlly \\:tatintg to be summoned
f.ck .i rh,. hll.y p-! As street after
-rtir I-i ji s i..t- ita- ,Iti ith,-- south a glimpse of
I!,,I- ll hji -..t ,-h-i h f,'ii msi hIe harbour of Kingston.
%.ii .1 r .. tti.- I it'. h Ii- wi. the green hills which
;oiin Iir th o .;..r.,..iilh, Ln. e city. The route is
-.bil't. ,-.rli -I. illr., ,I semi-circular drive
i.h.,h .iii- i t.,ain rhe Maini facade of the hotel
al -j .,.h IiIi.h in ti- iniid4r irf which parterres of
r.i-t..0I -Iri.ihsi are i.d out aund palm trees spring
'10',, 1,, i IIl,., -k TI- trian,.tion is abrupt, com-
.l-it. Th glr., .i d ili..- iof the street are left
,.. -, i. : m lt'if..in.,I It"h r -\sings open the door
.-, y..ii ir: a. f-ew .r- Iriiii you into the vesti-
I ..rl, r f riih- hlrt.,. thi,- lrrihr Ilare of the exterior
,lh ng- ':It ,,uii, I,. an .r .ft ri.Rilight, restful to the
.:, !l ',i ale rn ainothi--r ,world.
THE I.lti'.,Ini at.- ilt.ldatrd on the second and
thlirid .-lry-. .:f bthe building and in the large
annexed a I-,.,iparati\e.!y nI structure. Looking
-,iiri\witarl.. rth ilain diinri- room is to the right.
the hall r,,.nmi Iind the stl!iri i-oms to the left. In
fri-,on i u, ralh n .Itlpan inii-f ii h leads down to the
s,-a bath and t the left of thil. avenue is the great


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PLANTERS' PUNCH


lawn which, on one of the many
gala nights at the hotel, is throng-
ed with people listening to the
strains of orchestra or band play-
ing alternately in the ball room
and on the lawn under a sky silver-
ed by the moon or brilliant with
stars.

THHE summer houses are on th2
left. Built of twisted wood and
shingled, they are used at night by
parties who would be by them-
selves and yet not secluded from
the gaiety around them, not isolated
from their fellow-revellers. Cling-
ing vines which bear a small blue
flower are the walls of these sum-
mer houses, leafy walls that admit
the air, admit also the glances (,
those who pass to and fro and may
be curious to see who are the
diners. A little farther down to-
wards the sea are enclosed gardens
laid out in tropical plants, and
here also are cages containing some
of the rarer birds of the tropics
which rustle their bright plumage
or whistle their songs all during
the hours of sunlight.

PERHAPS your ship has brought
four or five hundred visitors
to Jamaica. It may be one of two
or three ships which have arrived
that morning-one is thinking now
of peacetime when there is nothing
to interrupt the easy movement
overseas of travellers. These visit-
ors have scattered, some going im-
mediately upon excursions, others
preferring to wander about the
town; but a large proportion will
make their first place of call the Myrtle Bank and
will stay there for a day, may stay over for even
a week, while some will remain all the winter.
Those who are remaining have booked their rooms,
perhaps, in advance by letter, cable or through
agents abroad, those who are staying but for the
day will use the apartments reserved for transient
guests and presided over by willing, knowledgeable
hotel attendants. All have heard of Jamaica's sea
bathing. Almost at once many will hurry down to
the Pool, where the sea water shimmers green within
its tiled walls, water that has been filtered and
pumped into the Pool which is drained at nights so
that a little army of cleaners may scrub it with
hand-brushes to ensure its perfect cleanliness. To
the north of this bath a long terrace overhung with
coconut palms and provided with lounge chairs and
large beach umbrellas invite the bathers to rest
after their swimming exercises or prior to their
plunging in the Pool. There too many sit sun-ba-
thing, the sun's rays beating upon their bodies
while the trade winds from the south temper the
heat. Eastward are some of the dressing rooms-


Photo by Gick
THE PALM AVENUE REACHING FROM THE SOUTHERN VERANDAH TO THE WATERFRONT


there are others nearly opposite-and above these
dressing rooms is a roofed bar and refreshment
room. Here. too, parties are given, or one may sit
for cocktails and sandwiches; from here one com-
mands a wide view of Kingston's harbour and of
the open sea beyond, and look down upon the swim-
ming bath with its scores of bathers moving lusti-
ly through the water or floating gently on its sur-
face-men, women and children-from early dawn
till dusk.

THE roofed pier to the west, spacious in area, with
tables and chairs ranged along its railed sides,
is used by guests as a place for card games, for re-
freshment and for dancing. A radiophone here
may bring to the assembled people the strains. of
the dance music played in the ballroom to the north,
or sometimes an orchestra performs on this pier,
where land passengers from yachts and tourist ships,
officers from warships when these are in the har-
bour, and men and women, young and laughter-lov-
ing, from little pleasure boats that dart hither and
yon on a Sunday morning. At times there are hun-


dreds of people on this pier, in the sea-front bar
on the other side looking down upon the Pool, on
the terrace facing the Pool and in the Pool itself.
It may be early morning. Many of these folk are
in bathing costumes, some their own, some hired
from the hotel, the younger women perhaps aware
of their attractive figures, but most of them unself-
conscious, for mixed bathing has long been a com-
monplace at this tourist resort. The others, non-
bathers, are clothed in morning attire, in light ap-
parel suitable to the tropics, and all these sip Ja-
maica rum punch, beer, gin swizzles and the like,
or gently doze, undisturbed by the shouts or the
murmur of voices and lulled by the breezes of the
sea.

TOWARDS one o'clock there is a thinning, al-
most a disappearance, of this crowd. Many of
the local people leave for their homes; those who
are staying in the hotel prepare for luncheon. Others
come into the hotel at about this time also, for pre-
luncheon cocktail and for the midday meal. Some-
times there is a queue formed at the dining room


THE SEABATH, TO THE SOUTH OF WHICH SIT THE BATHERS AND SPECTATORS


1940-41


Photo by Gick







1940-41


PL A TERMS' P UCH


door, with the head waitel and hi; L hri' a. ;it;i.iisu.
to receive them and dirtit rthin t-'o i\'aVaile [ltalil
There is a crowd, but It ii- netii' a mob.

BY three o'clock the diniil i..'o i-i e ilpty. It
is larger thau ialmil.ar ri.,ti- i. i iti .-i Ar nltri-
can hotels, for at the Mlyrtle Bank the daily tarli'l
Includes meals. and all who live in te h,:tl i..realt-
fast, lunch and dine there. This n kn-u:on a- trh-
American plan: though, as at all ulirt'l. the v-irtoc
may drop in for lunch or dinner wAitniir a nimo.tent'sr
warning. Provision has t be uiad-e fr su.i al i
ways the advent of these nou-I-l'.itli in tile h..lel.
for a casual meal, be ih'y ten or a hundred. is ,al-
culated upon and provided ftir: uin- ei\ ts an older
and it is fulfilled. Few 1 give a thoucIht to the plan-
ning and Ireparation that riakie the facile fulfil-
ment of that order possible.

DU'RING this year Ili9s tne Myrtle Bank H. tel
Management has built a liinche..n ri'.i11n. tali lg
east on the palm avenue. where light luin:-le...us'n mia)
be served. The bar brult f native iuali-e is an ..ll t-
standing feature of this rlusti. -trtl:ure in- Si+--
dish and Danish Coild Bufftt. tihe Sriir .rul),jrd. i
another. This ronrin "as primarily init-iidd for
businessmen who wish to luiilch lightly on a .h...i'c
of chicken and hami pie pre:ededi hby -.oti. i.r oin
fresh fish cakes, or somen olthi. rfili or meat. with
of course dessert and coffeee anti veerabler always.
But ladies now als,- patri.-inie lii,- Iinclheieon room.n
and ladies solletilir es -it in the li ar 1.:,:is in the
hotel to imbibe their cockiails. as ou i, find-
them doing in sinmilar pllaces in L-iindlin tand' Ne-
York. And to all the demandsd of ,i lihe-e ineiin and
women the bars and ihp knitch-n nmut Ib,? eitijal. It
will therefore be intere'lsing Cfnr uis t take a elan.:e
at the kitchen andl r..lireroiin ...f th ile lyrltle Bauik
SHotel before attending 1any it it-is iii onions. Lth.
outward show of its atiiviti a- j Ito seak. For oil
Ihe proper organisartion and funil:tionlini of the-s?
rests much of the bhtel's suli:.ess.

MR. DONOHUE. th(e H,..r Mlaiunar. rt,-k thbe
present writer i.,.:enily on a t..ur of the kitchen
and storeroomn To the aveiaze nian theie s.-t--it-
to be nothing iiterrs nii n in a kitlil- : ,r is lunndt-r-
stood that that is where f,:irl s pieliare-d. anti a ['ai--
valent saying irtoken half lin Jc.-t anti half in earn
est) is that if we aw how fi:,ied w.;i,, plrepnarl-l n
should give up eating There i- ni.t a tword o-f truth
in this so far as the iin.i.d rn methi-od ...f prelpa:i it-;
food is concerned. tiertairly nrit a \. r-a ice of triuili
In it where the kitchen of tile Myrtle Bank H-i..tl
is concerned. For here \vevirythinc is doiii- ai fai
as possible by machiu-ry, w\lule the hIunjii hIlp I-
not only well train-e hut i. s i tipulonusly .:lean.

N the huge refrigerail.r-i aie statc.kied hi. j..int. o.f
meat, some supplied loIally. oini, inip:iortedl: the
poultry, the lamb. the fish; there\ are nil we ihel
on arrival at the hotel, as are the lesetablete whi, Ii
are supplied by two or three lucal miiddlemen whni n
are informed beforehand rlf the qtlintitie-s that are
from lime to time required. The hotel payl a higher
price than can usually be obtaineil el hwherle Rutr
It finds that this is a wise nmeilod becau-ep it awish:s
to provide the best. and Class .A good. iarinnot hbi
purchased at Clas- B pric-es. There .- a sir-.:ial
officer who receives. checks and exaniilses Ihe \ar-
one articles of fo,-d as they arrn- i anyt hinrI ni.t
up to the mark is rejected. the tiu-t. whether li-ef


,,r orali-c. >:hi, k :n.or ...nihl,:,--. hi't ,r:r ,.l a i-d
ir'I., ih E...e t si .o -i lie- t'..r u-e re alw-'iyt' Ij,_.-
I[- dr-awn Ther.. i- thu- a con-tant Ilt. i.nii iii aiid
Sin, ouLt .t i"f edibl -. the Stt. aid arl lC -li i i n-
fornied .of Lhi nUiither of iC-ietlt in Lit hoi.e. i
tile ap[i'roxinia: e tinimbL r ..-' p[er.-o s l i ex-. i-.i drj'i ;_-
lii- Ia'y ai]id his IlieI'ui al' r'. mladte uIU[. a -'.',lli l.v..

FIRST tll.- c ie bieakfat. For thi- ., t-ie aiid itr-
n iiiJt he t Ie, par' J. iac>on and emei iht[i\e ri-h.
or haddock iand kipper--.. soft t---, ...r luid.1)...il.d
ei:-. Fanl-a _-. tiairialaJe. Cfruit andi the It[.- Lt;
us say.' [hrt. are one hundred gue-ut- in rth- h-oune.
Soiuie ... down to the dirniil i....ni. ..rhler- prefer.
their breakfa-t in their own r ...oi: lth- ni~n is
either ...n th- aI-s bl dow stiair '..r i4 hr...ught il b3
a waiter who a, trtis--rl the call of a hell: an.d what
oiit. uirder-, i stuppriletl w\itiin a few nilIilit-- Tlie
.-fFtee h-,s e, enl Iat'.la te-i and i.j-ihtlil on the sfl.:.t. th l
hilrvy btlui Ezlro-wu in the blt Blue lM..-nrit.n re'i-'iun
.if Janmaia.. Thie r.owdreil coi'ee I Iplac-edi in lal Ir-
tlectri er-, i indicators tell jtist h-w iiiany iiiri-
utes it has lI)eel on- the i)lil., tlus ti a.nvtr i hlen it
i-S ready Ito e diaiwn for ..on-unii..ii. ThIe ei'--
ilan fills the I..offee I.j -. ariother ,....,k ilreli.re ilt .:-
-eg s. iwhiach a e al-t o lille i ii m n-h;i i al i.,..nIril
anees s.., that i.e imay hait one- -. at the exai -
coi-,iustlny that one desires Oih a- i t;ant' Itre-
pare other fo.ids. Orane-s fie-'ily peel.-d and imi
paild oin Iron fijit forks, lin e.- of ptineal ple. grape-
'fruii i with the rJill -eplarated i fr-ou i tIe I ind. paprian.
all th-e-e -Iint liered ini ritulied i.,, ,ffi- a tenipt
tont ti th(e apretite: ailndi f Ione eat, heartily at
the he'uinnietg rf the dayt ihltie are lieef-reak; anlt
hihops dand .11 ltert i 'utlarial dblels iof that kind.

NTO the kar. hlen hurry the w-aier1ttr with orders.
They Iavte i'e<:e i-ed Tlie-e are pia--.ed t-o ll
lariijus fuirnl -tionarie-, thie a-ijitant w lh. I.I-kw .ai i.
nlani ain a .1 i- W st. i.k |i'n -lte -d 1- w ithl th1l.
nork irniutditiiely. hIe who1 i in Itcharl-e of teJ [r-.
p ai- ihe tra. the tbii.l of fruit stand l ady ro lbe
taken lip ione bi y oi ne. the a-t'at s blutt-r-.l IIl..[ anr
rut lipoin lie il-.it-, th.,- e i a di- lt -a lit ii'; it p ..i

ai 1i.i' t e e i'iole 1, i,. e= n lliti ly h l y.,-i i ...- i *,lll.
Yotii t ill inli, In in ltins kiir.iim-n l t.:.o. tll .i I,-, .ni t loatv
,if iriEl o nti\ h!l a. fani y l... .- ar- iei i.a -l..i- -II.rl
i. p i and s-u t-.t inl-iliing ...it ...f tire ..-iel=: Thi-'-e
lita been li h:iked f.:.r tl,. rir-i larti .f th. i l y ili. l..
ill n l..r, hiaki I r-I' ,..,i T hil,' art ,;:ik.lI-- t..
Sia- ide-. n.1 ilt i,,U n i il dli ail eiver -i] i i til- .It .
rs ..f i .,ni- e it l:t e otha eri-r % w iI I ii y%-tt C-lhels
i -lh .tl- rai'n s, ain all ...f thi -e 'aie Inade r l-.:-a ri lhi
I-.-r. Thoe very i nstrit-i le hot-el ii- madI, thele.
ln']ie is a spte ial refriieiator. Thle -lioikery ite
waiihepd Iy imani alnry- li ot %iter cold war]ii :i,.ani.
lih..r waler- i es an, dil.h p'a-- ill I -..rr .:.[' [r:,.o
ce- iion. ...ils in at one t-nd i ,.alltd and i rea-.- -..n.
iln -; ii atr the jtliel .leansii.ed of all irm piririe-. They'
ri.e pi-l ;A d l.y clean-hnli tided a- ii it,7at and pil,.i ill
ha-p t. -..m, e to he warnitd w- lile others ti- left ild.
.A nd 2la se,. >r.,:..ke1y. kiives. forks. ,.,n, Ijy ti e..
hlindied lin e, all t.1 be treated prop-rly and in tim,-.
for q.i.-l.t t niiol t iio l i ept waiting i .voud a ilea-.
-olahle 1nier'1Ial betwrel i the giviin .-.f ian order and
fll. UIpi, lyn-" of it by the kirche-n anrdl wi aillil- ..-l-t .

O 11E ,if hle -to er.,:,ri s a-re rariged ...n eitlhei Ei .?
.f a l...i- r -n id r leading s.uitlhwaid- ifrin the-
kiti hen In ihe,- you w-ill find all sorts; of li.ioi-rs.
each *-i I in i i,,.e. a -uijrly large t1iioutlh to mee-t


9


AIn;I.' :ii l n.ttid ].;.'.' : \ i nijudt LJ. VN it i ,a .: liani 1 Iles
,'ll iJtif,.-: rt 6r1 m w 'r:. .I.Jaiunait.a ri'nIm f ivarl',it-.i fa -es,
all the well kn...iin brt nds ... whisky antd of gil. -till
In ine- li..i.ediii j i, uLa t.d atis .i re all he'.-. These
ia e sul i-,l.l d t to- lUlu dlre.:r. al, I. ti. ,- I)b r'- :i' ihe
b-:.a-l and t[e Hoitel Mi:an:ia-ien t -neo.- ... it that
Itu b.rmlin an hwlhly skills an.dJ omiplernt.
'I ,.,ii'. -Ipp -,e v.e '.t.it l. i :.t a it- .:A l i' ll [ ?"
a strong-,- gi nt nil ht retiarl. I.IrOilttl the r-[:ly
will :'.I lie I'llill ,-A.' e oft theL' Iell ljuo :
"YOU ..iaU. ila au l.
I t 'ii t iilrir.''. s.,it.-. ptr''.n wihl ha- .lust
it-it[-d Britlli ;ih Guiania iniy -ay. tlat tlthe) kiiow
liin,% t.. n xj i l n g i- zi .- iIn .J:tl nria.'
LI?) .\:ui veint a UiI -v.izzl--. i _I. an llactiudalnt
v.ill ri-ijl. I' iil '_. 1[ it at i .nt -
Th-e.,- i v-iy laili inid=-d a U: ative aiiser.

N rin i. .t tlitn I, .tils andj i tEitll'rauts of Lo'ndlon
(:. Ne'o. Yoilk a \ lr'l.v i. of > tm .kl[ iis a t- niruition-
ed. w'\illi Lij- and ilcuri.. i- .iIIal.l-s. Ni-c[ t ltf th se
litains- haie h-:n iinerntd I.y thtie hotels and re--tau-
1 lats |iltei .sllti 'Tih- nii.XlLi'4 li,'.iWei-r |l'- ti 1 no
nl-al-. h kii.lljl tOI th[lie I.ill lil-]i r til i :\yrtle I-.ink
H..it.-l. anid thle M. lrtl: Bank H.:-l 3i -.. lia its
* sli- ldla." But ir kin nli iLrh tiit naEiaj.ily .:. peo-
lie lovr th.- : i l s :kt I- Il at aI l uen- i ii oniily i:,l.niired
.\-lywil'-r'. drniks tlat rnae been at. lal n-il -.,.od
Ly the vedic t of a vai.t iimaijotrit.v. Oin ilthe it pe-
,i-ali-ts rlith the rt ult I ith a t lyr.rtl- Batnk itiarrini,
ir BliIX. ii' M- t lahn l ttai is t-is n erhiln g iri lie i-i,-'yed
Arid lellit ilt.Irjed. The l ii xtiure may sit.oII -m nipile,
liul qnt-l...w i- Ih ex -irt ktail iii."rl ii iit L w ..- to
a. il. kn.. an ....::ail jtl-t ilia t little I t.- h ...f dit-
f-ni-i th t i _inakt-- .:,iii- ideniitify it rai'tl- tlar'l with
theI M yrnile M ;ink H..- rl. S,.. tl.j... h lln,. ..I I ,:d ll a
-tit-la r raiikar d f d -siild, or ii n Iu 1 .i- o .I cala--4ea.
rile aiiiiin.r liquid l.-I i nll ir I inVi \_ l iti ..- ,am
'.--t i '.-u .. the jiliep ttlli i'l ie h glet-r I iiint. the
ii-eli\ thil.r. rill...iir.eJ \\nilh li-d rtlrir. tith

1-lWl -10kt.il i -t i in iI.- -.-- ri-nan h I-..i- I to--
'.'ii, ,.- i it.'- ht-i ti -a I I I n +llti -il [klll i ..ll t li'.it t l~le -
.' .t -'niii- e i lr''ill I t-.l ll '. I i :.i l 'I.- li.ly iv ii ds,e
and rl .-i i .'.. -. .i i if Ai ii -t ia BI ,_I ... 0oo,
IlAd- i rj'I i it r !e i l -.r .. i i- 1 \ i i [b .nk,
hill MI ;llr -n ..r i, ....r in 11 --1. \ ia .iti, i they
lh-in i..-...i ii- Li w- ii l .vi' l.- hi nl k .ih iik- li i ihose
hi..I l t rt i- i.v ii-, i! h-leiii i t a ilh I..- l.

A N I.' i ,%, I.t i- tle ndii J ,nr.t -,[ Iti,. t I 1 f ti.i ions
., ,.i i .Li n a l ir t lll hi ..,.l1 S in ir..,i I'i. ar-
Sanllc rl f. l.r an al r. n....n iI.'is, .,,/ l T lI- ln ii l., ". of
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t" 1e, -1 .l ita.d l i'li,.- nl ittk e ir ..- ;.,n tf ly h.- left
in thr ih -jnai .-.=i n hj rm.ii.i Hdalf i h ,lio i.,Efore
f ih frin.:[i.ji I.-2!li- a tn ..il:h .-ii al-l, r- f |...l l .- he
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ih i.,i kit ,l ,-,un- e Iltle til.i, t sirr.,ind] -d l with
i-lait hav.- I..anrt --ri. 1, e l (u.- -, aid nS' li. ru-ii a
cl.l_ -..riliin...ins ta ble % ir! n ij ,e Iji.. l, ..f ,l ,n.Wn. e
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. ,:wea ld i nd-hln.J tht--e tlble4- a i. hli,:k t. 1if ice
S111-an 11 will u in.-LU. r ita..il I. [he iallle h,-- .and
i,-=dy t... %ia' illi ..n th u --u:-Is. .-,-,n tlie-e I.- in
I a 'i i l and va.ltti's ir t ill -- pai, r...irid .., t:ltil s
dnld % iiln kie- Thle (C'lh f hini-elf ., p'eseit 1.1 3ee
liat all p-. s ".ell. The -ir..ihelt ia ply.-. i .upies 'pin
riuitl and r..-iind the balri.i.m tlit.re is i-i lack


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PLANTERS' PUNC I


A CORNER OF THE KITCHEN, SHOWING THE LARGE ELECTRIC BOILERS IN WHICH COFFEE IS PRE


of anything to eat or drink; and at the end, when
the guests begin to leave, they usually compliment
their host and hostess on the efficiency with which
everything has been done and on the enjoyable time
that they have had. But, as a matter of fact, the
compliment should go to the hotel. It is the
efficiency of the management and staff which
should be recognized. But management and staff are
content if everything has gone well; and, this job
over, they turn to the handling of some other one;
this has been but an extra in the day's work, and the
usual day's work has not been and could not be
neglected.

OR it may be that a ball is to be given at the
Myrtle Bank Hotel. This ball may be one of
the hotel's own functions or that of some private
organisation. If it is on Christmas Eve or New
Year's Eve it is something that the hotel has itself
Qrganised, just as, five afternoons out of seven in
the tourist season, it arranges large dances for its
guests. The Myrtle Bank New Year Eve's ball has
long been a looked-for event in Jamaica, and so on
the 31st of December people will travel for fifty or
sixty miles from the country districts to be at this
function. The grounds have been illu-
minated. Coloured electric bulbs glow
softly amidst the greenery of lofty trees
and low-hanging palm fronds; the main
building is brilliant with light, the ball-
room decorated; in the dining room and
on the lawns innumerable tables are laid
out for the New Year's supper, and at
nine o'clock the cars begin to arrive,
bringing couples and groups who will
dance until three or four in the morn-
ing; happy, joyous, ready to believe that
the New Year will be brighter than the
year that now is dying, resolved that
they themselves at least shall be gay
and forgetful of cares at the beginning
of another year. ,

OON there may be six or seven hun-
dred persons present. The orchestra
plays lively tunes, the dancers dance,
non-dancers greet their friends cheerful-
ly, drinking wine or whiskies in honour
of the event- couples wander down to the
sea from.. PciIli:.-ls making love; and so
the; fun goes on until the clock points
to 11.45, when the signal is given that
supper is about to begin. The tables are,
all Litkeiull with numbers; every party,
every couple know the table which has
been assigned to them. In a very little
while they are all seated, and the wait-
ers swiftly commence to place supper be-
fore all these hundreds of people. Cham-
pagne flows into bubbling glasses, toasts
are given hilariously, favours are hurled
from one table to another, toy balloons
float about and are thrown in this, that
and. the other direction, the laughter
grows, the hubbub increases. Suddenly


the lights go out. Midnight is passing in the air.
As one man the crowd springs up and a long ring-
ing cheer arises. The Old Year has passed, the
lights flash on again, the New Year has come, hands
are crossed and Auld Lang Syne bursts from every
lip. The supper is resumed, happy wishes ex-
changed, the jollification is continued, and at last
the guests go home. Once again management and
staff turn to the work of another day, for everything
must be taken in their stride.

UT one does not only eat and dance, bathe and
entertain in a hotel. One dresses also in a
variety of garments, and the dress of one may be
somewhat different from that of another. Just as
there is a glory of the moon, and a glory of the
stars, so is there a garb for the day and a garb for
the evening; evening dresses for the women, dress
suits or dinner suits for the men, with starched or
silken shirts. There was a time when the Myrtle
Bank Hotel-this was many years ago-had to send
out the laundry of its guests as well as its own
washing to various places in Kingston. As soon as
the hotel was purchased by the United Fruit Com-
pany it determined to build its own laundry. A


S narrow lane separates this siri,.t-
ure from the hotel's main biild-
ing; it has been improved in ihe
last few years; it now contain- all
sorts of appliances for clean'iug
clothes; and steadily it has f. ir:i
that its services are solicited hy
any number of private resident in
Kingston and St. Andrew.

THIS laundry employs a :lr; e
number of people, all nati ,.*.
and these have learnt how to hE.idle
the machinery with which a mcil-ru
laundry is equipped. It cli.:;ni
suits, both of men and of w(cn. n
also, it washes for the ships call:;ig
I at Kingston, and if clothing is -nlt
to the Myrtle Bank Hotel to( I.e
treated at nine o'clock in the fr..r.-
noon, it will be ready by five o'c I, ki
in the afternoon. This is a shb.:r-
er time than it takes for similar
work in most places in London :ird
I' elsewhere, unless you pay an xe\i'.
price. Delivery within one dry
means elsewhere a higher charrr,
it not only means the same ch.i'go
at the Myrtle Bank Hotel, but you
may depend upon your clothes l)e.
ing satisfactorily done within the
day.

S A T the head of the hotel's si-iff
is, of course, the mana-'-r:
under him are all the other -in-
ployees, each department of !ht
hotel having a chief who is rest .n
sible for its proper functioning It
S seems that there is one thing, fiust
Photo by Gicle of all, that the manager of a hi'ire
must be. He must always be cal]i
He must be able to deal with any
emergency without becoming fl*i-t-
ered, must combine knowledge and effici n. y
with an equable, balanced temperament. If h-
hasn't such a temperament he cannot last; he
would go half-crazy. He has to listen to 1ll
those who would see him on business, real ..r
imaginary, must hear their complaints if '!i.-y
have any, must see that the men working u',J-r
him are polite as well as efficient, and that the :r nk
and file of the staff are trained, cheerful, court.,,ii-.
Courtesy one does receive at the Myrtle Bank H.,r.l
And the training given to its staff is excel-tit
The design of the United Fruit Company and of ith.
hotel's management is to use in the hotel pe.!-r~
born in Jamaica who have also by contact bec.:'.ni
well acquainted with persons from the United St teis.
Canada, England and elsewhere. This design has
been accomplished; and as the Hotel's Manager i
one who knows every part and aspect of hotel w.rI,.
there is no falling off from the high level ..f'
efficiency established and insisted upon. Which i- a
very potent reason why the Myrtle Bank retains its
reputation and popularity, and looks forward -;:rh
confidence to greater popularity still among both itr
local clientele and its guests and friends from o-i r-
seas.


I'A .,, i I A Ck
A YOUNG LAUNDRY WOMAN IRONING A COLLAR IN THE MYRTLE BANK LAUNDRY


1940-41








1940-41


PLANTERS' PUNCH


EatinA Goes Modern


4SIALTFISH. rice ail yvain'"
"Ste-wr.-,4 rie and ti 'vaii!"
"Sta:k anil In.. '
"Boi' ire-hrish an]d y3ni'"
"Soup an'. l Ir.-ad J'"
The stnut \ui..ii:.I ;-'l--,J these instructions to
the maids in tlie rtn-ihb'.ii.,n,, kitchen as she sat by
an open cl.ii ,i.i '.i: iili trin- from the dark, long,
gloomy eaing.i:'....ni v.iih th.. yard where the cook
Ing took plaic. I-mi -;ally :.ni. ng until night. Front
her point :i vaintaD:- sin could d see every customeA
that entered. t.'.uill tjl:. hi- .rder and transmit it
In stentorian ionr'-s t. tin- busy servants beyond.
Hers was ani eain r h.u-.- i the cheaper sort, where
the price waJ~s ixp nli- Il' r ,i-al; her customers were
men of the .I.d ,anridlri, tlye, and artisans; this
place of meals aril i rfl e-it-hnint was one of thoss
that flourij'hel in th- I,..eI part of Kingston un
to forty years a;:1:. dilld .'.a-.. were lower then, ant,
prices lou-r ai.:,. and th- meals served in these
eating-houses v.e- ll T:i:ih[ i n quantity and were
well patrorni-ed
OCCASIONALLY. li1. Iis-e he suffered from in
digestin. .he li:- itt.d loud belch which, in
other strrt .lltliiri lili'i.
have bet-ri '' n''ii-nl '- i in I, : '
than ennil'tl I- I I I r ;.
clients off' ith~r [i, .d BRl..
of hbis th.:y -*' .:r l '. .
take no noni.-., -,. l nil n
conlinuinLe to t l; i i t'- i .
with gusto, .sii:ni I-111 -
the forks aii h wahi.h rt i.
were supplied. .ti,!-.- li 0 :
Ing a knife nir. ,ri pp i.
private to their ne- r- Th' y --
talked to on- ai ll'l-r Ilh e
their mouths fillI-il t.ili I
viands, Ihey ildl dir r J itir
day's expel inlle aini
laughed loudly nt tle .i.- -
that were passel aIb,,lr '-
At three or t.'ur I'i,-
tables they eat. en:. h tal,l-
covered with a diiny landl
greasy table.tl'th s,-lited
here and there with dri'c]
vestiges of gravy or '.ii
soup; the knives andl fik -'
were of steel wni lirni
or wooden lhatidjl. tIh.
spoons of ironi. Ihle iiillih
lers thick and li-avy. thi-
cups of coarse and I..i.
ous earthenware. C' fX-
tea or cho late wais cr!..'
at three halfpence a ':up.
but the cups wtie 1,ire-.
Chocolate appeared th-
favourite heereac-: FR i-tnd
was served with the six-
penny meal, a ni.ill r.il!
to each [late, and the ,.at.-
were benches whose ha. ki A STREET IN KINGST'
lessnesa force the din'rl
to lean forward tu an.in
the table. From the iltr,-i-I. unceilinged roof hung
large kerosine lamp.- a hl.i were lit at dusk and
which sometimes am..R.-di pr.:.fusely. The smoke hadl
blackened the roof. the lciv windows that fronted
the street admitted Intle air. the smell of cooking
from the yard was sir 'on. and all-pervasive, but the
customers took no notice o,, all this and seemed to
enjoy the time they spent in this sultry apartment
eating breakfast or dinner and engaging in conver-
sation of a familiar and humorous kind.

RIVAL establishments of a similar description hac
each their clientele .:if customers; and farther
up, in the centre of th- ,:ity, were other dining
places still. But the-e iv.er-e of a lower social order.
These were chiefly to h i find in the lanes about
the central market of KinLaton, and in the one
small room In which people were served there were
usually but a couple of small tables, innocent of cov.
ering, and the charge fur a plate of food was three-
pence. Here labourers t oncregated, jacketless, no:
exactly odorous, and here ti-C, the knife was much
more In evidence as a conveyer of morsels to the
mouth than was the fork But no one ate with his
fngers, for that would have stamped him as a crea-
ture of the lowest stratum of human life. These
men, Indeed. never ate aith heir fingers anywhere
That sort of thing nmicht have happened in the
Kingston of 1850. But those were the days of dark-
ness before table-manners had come, as it were, to
bring form and inconvenience into the city's work.
Ingclass life.

THE women who waited upon these people were
usually young ,or y:uucish. Free and easy in
manner, they were slaliv-rnlv in appearance, good-


humoured, quick of tongue, but quick in the matter
of service also, and they did not break more of the
crockery than a servant normally should. In the
sixpenny eating-house they were better attired as a
rule than were waitresses in a den that sold din-
ners at threepence per plate. They did not object
to being addressed as "me love" or "me darling";
they considered that, in fact, as a proper sort of
term to be used to them. Then there might be one
who was better looking than the others. She would
attract general male attention. Some young cab-
man or carpenter would look up into her face
as she placed before him a plate filled with smoking
beefstew, with rice-and-peas and a bit of yam, and
would say-to her loudly-

"You know I love you?"
"Well, what about it?"
"You won't give me a kiss?"
"What I to kiss you fob?"
"Because you love me."
"There's crosses!"
"Then ycu don't love me?"
"Ask you' wife that."
"I don't married."


ON


Copyright Photog
FORTY YEARS AGO, IN WHICH WERE SITUATED SO
EATING HOUSES MENTIONED IN THIS SKETCH


"Oh, no? You think you can fool me?"
"But see here ..."
"Please teck you' arm from 'round me waist.
that is not for you to do!"
And then she would disengage herself from
his semi-embrace and would go laughingly to at-
tend to another customer. And her mistress would
watch the little incident and say nothing, for the
customer is always right.

YOU may picture the scene for yourself: the
large, dark room, the crowd of men seated at
the tables with their dingy coverings, the maids
moving quickly to and fro, the staccato cries of
"stewbeef, rice and yam," the entire place redolent
of smells of cooking food and full of the sound of
laughing, talking voices. But a change was coming.
The horse vehicle gave way to motor cars and taxis,
the artisans became better paid, earned more money.
Prices increased, salaries rose, a new order in the
way of providing refreshment for the better-off mul-
titude emerged. The transition may not have been
noticed until it had completely happened; yet where
now are the dining rooms of an older day? One
or two of them may linger still, but even they are
not what their predecessors were. They are small-
er, they ask from sixpence to a shilling a meal, they
are chiefly luncheon rooms. The poorer classes now
take. their food from vendors who sell in the mar-
kets or in the open air, cheap food made all the
cheaper because there are no rooms or tables. One
sits upon a bench or a box in a market, or by a gate,
or even stands, with his plate or his basin in hand,
w'th fork and spoon with the sky for roof, and de-
vours his meal in huge content. It is luncheon that
he eats thus: he dines at home. As for the descen-


11





Q lance at the coo/-


shop of a past gene-


ration and then at


the popular eating


houses of to-day


dants of those who fifty years ago would regularly
patronise the sixpenny places where stout ladies
shouted to their waitresses for saltfish, rice and
yam, you will find them in quite a different sort of
refreshment parlour now. They have risen in life,
many of them have merged into the middle orders
of society. What is more, while in the old days
no woman went into one of the cheap popular
restaurants of Kingston to lunch or dine, today
young women freely visit the newer sort of luncheon
room or rendezvous, most of which stand open for
all the passing world to see.

THE meals at these
S places are different
quite from those that used
to be served in former
times. Drop in at one of
them. Its doors are not
closed and are many. Its
windows are probably
large and of plate glass.
Inside, the room is furn-
ished with neat little
tables with a metal sur-
face; there are individual
chairs with backs. On
each table is a printed
card on which the various
S foods and drinks for sale
are named, with their

,--- .. same day after day, but
Sone may have one's choice
of sausage or beef-patty,
there are milk, cake,
bread-and-butter, malted
milk too -- which has be-
come a favourite in Ja-
maica and ice-cream
and half-a-dozen other
things. The fare, you will
observe, is light; but heavy
meals do not seem to be
as much consumed in pub-
lic places in these days as
they used to be. I fancy
that people, even young
men, now spend more on
te their backs than on their
graph by Cleary Elliott stomachs. But, remember,
ME OF THE HUMBLER the patties sold in these
places are large; the price
of one is threepence, and
two of them might be sufficient for an ordinary
midday meal. Coffee is threepence also, a huge cup
of it, and the milk to flavour it is served separately,
as is the sugar to sweeten it-and this is the best
sugar that Jamaica makes. And if one prefers cake
to patty or sausage, the slice placed before one is
generous: you wonder that so much can be given
for threepence. And your order is taken by a girl
in a clean, neat dress, who is as a rule good-looking,
who is neat and quiet in manner, who is as differ-
ent as anything can be from the waitress who in
the days of yore planked down before you a plate
of saltfish, rice and yam in a steamy eating-house.

NTO one of these more modern refreshment rooms
many a young man brings his girl. She is al-
ways well attired, and you will notice also that in,
the evenings, and often in the days, she is without
a hat. This is a modern custom. Thirty or forty
years ago every woman in Kingston, in Jamaica,
wore a hat unless she was a "country-woman," unless
she belonged to the order of those who wrapped,
their heads in a coloured head-kerchief. To go
about the streets hatless was almost as shock-
ing as to go into a. church with the head uncov-
ered. But now it is mainly the manual work-
ers of the towns who wear hats everywhere:
they are perhaps the most conservative of the Ja-
maica classes. The younger members of the middle
classes (and these classes are many) have discarded
headgear for the most part, except on Sundays
or on special occasions; they have become Amer.
icanised in this respect. What they give great at-
tention to is the clothing of their legs and feet. Since
"silk" came to be made from wood, artificial silk
stockings is the ordinary wear; dresses made of ar-







PLANTERS' PUNCH


tificial silks and other light material are also popu-
lar-who among those above the servant type would
dream of going about in printed calico or "prints" I
A print-dress might do for the home, but for the
street-never. So you will observe the girls in an
eating-house of the kind I am describing all clad in
light and pretty garments, all wearing shoes thai
fit them neatly, all bareheaded, and all taking out-
of-doors eating as a matter of course. Their male
companions may be young taxicab proprietors
or minor shop assistants. The old cabman has gone,
the young artisan of today, if at all a man of skill
and industry, has risen far above his father in social
station. He is no mere employee, or, if he is, he
earns good wages. And he has a higher standard
of living.

Y OU glance about you as you enter one of these
places which provide refreshment for a certain
order of the middle classes of Kingston. You no-
tice that all the food is being prepared or preserved
by electrical apparatus. The coffee bubbles
in a shining cauldron whose heat is supplied
by electricity; the patties are kept warm in a
receptacle shaped like a cash register which is
heated by electricity; great kelvinators have
frozen the ice-cream and chilled the aerated
waters. And this brings one directly to the
subject of ice-cream, perhaps always a favourite
in a tropical island. A favourite it may have
been in the days long past, in the Kingston of
yore; but it was also a luxury and few there were
who seemed able to afford it. Now it is eaten by
everyone, and for two or three very good reasons.
It is cheaper than it used to be, it is cleaner, it is
more easily obtainable. The day was-or rather.
the night was, for ice-cream used to be sold mainly
at night in the Jamaica of long ago-when only
if an ice-cream vendor came along shouting his
wares could you get ice-cream; now, wherever there
is a place of entertainment, you will find various
ice-creams figuring on the menu.

YOU must remember that Kingston, even up to
twenty years ago, was very badly lighted: the
same was true of Montego Bay and of other island
towns. Most of these towns are still dim at nights-
there is little or no night-life in them. Kingston is
different. Steadily it grows brighter, and where the
illumination is, there cluster the places where ice-
creams, Hamburgers, cakes, patties, hot dogs and
the rest are freely sold. There are, too, no distances
worth thinking about in the city now; motor buses
and motor cars have annihilated civic space. In a
few minutes you can get from one spot to another,
from your home to a picture show or a refresh-
ment room; and if you choose to walk the streets
are paved with asphalt, whereas once their surfaces
were of broken and rutted macadam which powder-
ed so easily that one tramped in thick dust when
the weather was dry and in mud when it was wet.
The streets with their foetid gutters ran outside
the eating houses with their kerosene-lit interiors,
their belching mistresses, their backless benches
their slatternly waitresses. All fitted in to form
a picture of which many vestiges remain; but it
is the refreshment room of the hot dog and the beef-
patty, of the malted milk and the vanilla ice-cream.
that one sees most often now.

Y OU may flirt with the girls in these places if
you like and if they will allow you, but discreet-
ly. A little compliment, a gay smile, a few words
indicative of your fictitious affection: that is quite
in order. You do not make too open love, for these
girls may be busy and their proprietors do not wish
them to waste too mu2h time. Besides, they all
probably have lovers already, and some of them are
even married. You may not learn that, of course, by
glancing at the third finger of their left hand: they
don't usually wear their wedding rings at work.
The belief probably is that a married woman is not
an attraction in business. It seems to be the same
everywhere in the world.

T may be that some enterprising Chinese presides
over one of these establishments; most of them
seem to be owned by members of what is known
(for a not very understandable reason) as the
Celestial race. He may himself be Jamaica-born;
at least he is a naturalised British subject. He
has the art of appealing gastronomically to clients;
he knows that ,liiiuthcn: like glitter appeals to
the taste of those ~thl would have a cheap but satis-
factory half-hour of entertainment. He moves about
quietly, superintending, serving, smiling; he never
seems tired, never is flustered; and it is probable
that he himself has daughters who are friendly
with some of the folk who patronise his place;
daughters who think Jamaican because they were
born in Jamaica, who talk like other Jamaicans
and understand their point of view. There is de-
cent behaviour in these places; no undue loudness,
no rough-house. But now and then a small band
of romping children may make an irruption into
one of them, laughing, running about among the
tables, and then disappearing as quickly as they
came. No one bothers his head about this. Nobody
is disturbed.


IN some of our refreshment places, too, there are
bars; one may buy liquor as well as food. But
remember always we are speaking of the cheaper
eating houses, not the hotels-no one ever sees a
Jamaica girl of the middle classes ordering liquor
when lunching or having a few sandwiches in pub-
lic; no one ever sees one of these girls perched upon
a stool by the counter and asking for a glass of beer
or a whisky-and-soda as one may see an American
girl of much the same class doing in a big American
city. It is not that the Jamaican is a teetotaller:
she may not be. But public drinking, except at a
dance or a dinner, she still regards as something
unseemly, as a thing "not done." She usually pre-
fers, too, quite sincerely, soft drinks, and especially
ice-cream; ice-cream is indeed a prime favourite with
her. It is as popular here as in Canada.

LISTEN to a scrap of conversation at one of these
places.
"You're going for a drive tonight?" asks a
young man of a girl who may be in the little party
with him.
"How can I? I haven't a car. You know that."
"I am going."
"You're a big shot."
"Who? me?"
"Yes. You have a father, an' he can help you, so
you have a car. Poor girls like me must take a taxi,
if they can afford it, which they can't; or the tram-
car. So I stay at home."
"Why not come with us."
"Nobody invite me."
"I invite you now."
"Yes. But when you go out with young men
and don't pay your way, they want to kiss you up.
You think I am a fool?"
"But, Jose, you will go with the rest of us; six
in a car. Nobody can kiss you up if you don't want.
But perhaps the one you want to kiss you won't
be there; so that's why you talk like that." Thus
another girl of the group, and they all laugh heart.
ly and with conviction.
"That's just it," comments the young man who
made the offer of a free car ride. "Jose is only
forming that she don't want to be kissed. Well,


you going to come?"
"You will call for me?"
"At eight tonight."
"Very well. But don't be late."

YOU will have noticed that here there is no crude
love-making as in the eating houses of many
years ago; but there is a hint at affection being en-
gendered as the result of motor car rides, and the
initiated feel certain that Jose will be kissed. There
is, too, no shouting of orders here, no loud vulgar-
ity. That sort of thing belongs to "the lower
orders"; ice-cream and beef-patty stand on a differ-
ent plane from cookshop stewed beef and rice-and-
peas. They would not go well with electric lighting
and kelvinators, manicured nails and hair done
carefully by some local hairdresser. There is
"class" about this place. The stout lady with her
belching would be an anachronism intolerable
now.

SO in some forty years the outdoor life of the
city has considerably changed; and the change
is symbolised by the popular refreshment rooms,
with their cleanliness, their blaze of light after
dusk, their catering for classes of people who con-
stitute new social orders. The mentality of the
people who patronise these popular eating houses
is also entirely different from the mentality of
their forbears; a new and very much larger
middle-class, graded here as it is elsewhere, has
sprung into being. In feeling it is somewhat
pagan, materialistic, believing in physical enjoy-
ment, living mainly for the hour. It was born
either during or shortly after the first great war:
the old belief in stability, almost stagnation, it does
not share. It feels that the world is changing and
that it is part of this new, changing world of ui-
certain future; it believes far more in equality than
did the generation that preceded it, and is even in-
clined to be assertive in its claim to equality. In
the country districts life may proceed along the
ancient lines, but Kingston has gone modern. Or.
at least, its younger generation is determined to
be so. What it will make of the future-what the
future will make of it-remains to be seen.


A GOVERNOR'S DAY AND HIS WIFE'S

(Continued from Page 3)


within a day. These sometimes write directly to
the Governor telling him what to do: it is not on re-
cord that he follows their advice. Yet their letters
are usually read: one can never know when they
may say something to which attention should be
given.

PRESIDING over the Legislative Council is im-
perative; so long as the Governor is on the spot
and not ill he must sit on the dais day after day
and control the proceedings of the House. There is
no escape. He cannot, like the members, go out into
the lobby for a little chat or to smoke a cigarette:
he cannot whisper to his neighbour now and then,
as some of the official members do: he has no neigh-
bour. Perched conspicuously on a sort of tribune,
he cannot appear even not to listen to the debates;
if he fails to give attention he may miss an im-
portant point. He is in the position of a judge who
must follow evidence and counsel's pleadings; he is
always making notes of some particular matter with
which he thinks he should deal later on; he fre-
quently intervenes to make a promise that the Gov-
ernment will attend to some representation made
by a member, or to call someone to order, or to mo-
dify some official proposal. And this kind of thing
occupies on the average about four and a half or
five hours of the day on which the Council sits. I
am not sure that it does not represent the most
wearisome part of a Governor's job.
THIS is not a character-sketch of Sir Arthur Rich-
ards; it is but a cursory outline and picture of a
Governor's Day. Only incidentally is mention made
of his temperament and disposition, of his reactions
to external influences; but just here it may be
said that the Governor's character does peep out
when he is functioning as President of the
House. Then it is that one sees him patient
and calm, as a chairman ought always to be, and
yet exhibiting flashes of irritation at long intervals,
which indicate that his habitual restraint is even
more the result of will and practice than of dis-
position. I take it that when he gives way to this
irritation (which he does quietly, for he never overt-
ly and plangently loses his temper), that is as much
the consequence of restraint under previous pressure
as of present annoyance; it is the result of an ac-
cumulation of feeling suppressed. It is not the pur-
pose or obligation of a sketch of this sort to say
whether in any special instance the Governor is right
or wrong. One may record a fact without approv-
ing of it. But this may be said: to sit as President
of an assembly day after day and to be at the same
time ultimately responsible for all Government po-
licy, and to have to listen to criticism with which


one does not agree or which one believes is based
upon entirely fallacious grounds, or to hear defen-
ces from the Government side of the House which
one believes could have been better put and is like-
ly to be unconvincing, is one of the hardest tasks
imaginable in this country. It is work that taxes
the soul as well as the mind; and it taxes the body
also. At the end of the afternoon a Governor who, has
been presiding over the Council might well feel that
he is finished for the day. But, in wartime espeial-
ly it cannot be so. And one doubts if it has, ever
been so with Sir Arthur Richards.

OR the Council over, he may have to make an
inspection before dinner, attend some public fune-
tion, deliver a speech and at ten o'clock at night
he will again be in his office transacting business.
The Governor prepares his own speeches, and, un-
less writing comes easily to him, this is not an easy
matter; it demands concentration, familiarity with
the appropriate words, ability to set them down in
interesting and effective sequence. Lady Richards
also writes her own speeches; and the amusing thing
about this is when, perhaps, she is composing an
address on the care and attention that should be
given to children in the home and one of her own
children comes along and demands mummie's at-
tention. Will mummie tell Michael a story or listen
to what Diana has to say? Or Fraser may crave im-
mediate counsel. But this address is public work,
it has been promised, it must be ready in time, it
must be done now. So the children have to wait
while mother composes sentence after sentence on
the special care that should be lavished upon chil-
dren. The humour of the situation strikes her; it
is never absent from her mind. Which means that
the Richards' children are really never neglected,
though at times their claims must take second place
to those of a much larger number of little ones.

LADY RICHARDS once showed me a book by A.
A. Milne in which, in verse, the story is told of
an old sailor who had so many things to do that he
never quite knew which to tackle first and so ended
by doing nothing whatever. "I sometimes feel like
that," she laughed, but the feeling has never become
a fact. One of Milne's verses ran-

There was once an old sailor my grandfather
knew,
Who had so many things which he wanted to
do,
That whenever he thought it was time to be-
gin,
He couldn't because of the state he was in.
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1940-41







1D4u-41- r L .4 ,\ I K R U N CH 13





Through Four Generations



THE HISTORY IN BRIEF OF A BUSINESS

HOUSE AND THE MEN WHO MADE IT


T HIS is the sto..ry of .A blusiliii- .- itr per-'..iiI
S point of \vi-u: it d-'il- iiI ih -f ljiitllir \wiih Il
four general nii. i ,i hal- built iii that l.iF. i i-.11 i, -
Is therefore a Ek. t:[ h ,i r, r-.inality ri-ir st.en ly i ap
plied to th. .rtatLi..n ,,t ,,e .It rnie Jl- r .-ig t ind n .,-r
successful orf \\.-t liiilin .Il'a lmeni ai. 1 11 .


TO begin with. .I-:1 m1.y 2., hack ljir a omlniunit:-
to that Mr My'eri. thIi rat ral. r I-.r la dfath,-r
of Mr. Estate lMye-rI. t1.. II Iis day \w'. -d H-jadnma
of Wolmer's S,:hb',,. This i 1i.....,I h -d l.-n ,-hra ..
listed in 17.J6 tihriti.i h le.-an-s I l t li. J.,hn W olmir
of Kingston. wh.. a sh l il t 1 'i L'..j fltr edi..i-'I .n I
should be avai .lal- I l,,.y u lh-.i i:rl.ht c-i ujld i.t,
afford to ,ind iiinl t. Enl latiil T'lihi Ml!'. wil..
became Htadinast-r of' th. Si :h....I .111m d.. j ii- a t.,ii
the foundirn- .f W',lnii.-r '.a. lth, fa'th li. If i
Abraham Ny.ei- \l .i a '.i 1 a;i .i .ii. ialant aLi.l i.,
[her or Mr FI.,I L MAlyv hi. ,. -itll -., \il, i.lV
remembered in J:ini.i ,..
FREDERICK LUIS MS lYERS cmlbarkjd L Itl.n b.
COlmmn l'I: "r 1 l !I rlui- hlj i .- rhit
a great deal Jil, il in tiii- 'h .-Ii *. y,,tr- .tiliJ
energelle i all hh .l-.: d d ti 1 ; ,., t. ( .: k, ...r .,
him self. -',.u si, 11 1 [ r i ili r y it... ,i. i tti ..
build up a I ..i|. l, e ]l) -, dl .* .r ;kii -t^.nJl
towards jitS -xprans.u, ,. ii, I..l, h. -., 11 i 1 :,i,I;. d .''
ed by his father iI .Air A nhiin l\:.- iiii Al.i.i.'i.,
Myers passed itni 1itt 1'i. hy u hi, h tnii.. lih IS i ,iit -,
had already hbe.n pl... -d i..n a ~ o'.. 11 ti...tiil.,i..n
T HERE w.i: itln in = .It\r'. .ht, ;i, l..'lh r r -- un,,,
was ftlirlitel' [.. i-,r ,i h r in wl hr 1 hll ,nr i
still wider anj d tir. nri c r t '...ltiii al t..tl. Iil n '. I,
only ten y eas .1 .ii, wi. i .. l l0. I 2 .iii t:thi,: ii- -
He was the el-de t if thr..,- t ,i:.[hi-a hti- \ i ,-I ll i,.W
to all Jamaicansis -ll|] is H \-r'-.e Vicl..r Ilyv r- i.ii-
of his brthI t-, was ii -. I, i,..- a d., t.t 'r. the r i l.It.
a lawyer, he as t: :dT ld--r w.t- niark.-l .III [.:t. i., hi-
father's assistant. h-n lipart[i-r. and lh-n ... ni-" ,.I
Fred L. Myers & Son.. Tlii- hbLiit.ss \ a Ihein :.-ii
ated In Purl Rnyal Siriee. and i'tntiiiii tril lhei un.
til the earthitake ..- f Ja.iiil ry l',,74. tl--ii i.t a.1
removed to its ij-rv -.nt i. t,.,i at l I- .*- \\'hij f
IN 1914 Mr Fr-.d L Myr-. r.tiilil 11. ,t1 ri--n
for many years a lustie- ,,f the P.-a..e fi.r KIN-'
ston and one or' Janlawai' ie-ading Inericlhants. II.
took a great interest II1 bh.r-re cin. ya. hitnt. mi 11
In the work of the Chanli)br r.[ (C..'i-n! ] Mr.
Horace V. Myers was then rhinry-.erht y.Eari ...f a.e.-,


Abraham M y e r s,
Accountant, first of
the line of Myers
Businessmen, and
one of the founders
of the Firm


.ull I.. l i.- i..,r- It, hI hta ld shown marked ability and
liad a.-isticid n ij\.-Il,,ping the business. It had by
[iiIn w'"O a pro.:'jinentll position as importers of
\nn.s. spirits anld crI.:ieries, and large exporters of
'iin -ar ald ri'tI T... (his was added Wharfage and
Slippini and lhe fitrmi became owners of a fleet of
larce eatlina \t.-el] l which plied regularly between
Jnla:ii.a Na.--,al. St Thomas, and other West In-
i..an Isl:ind-. as Ill as to southern ports of the
I(Tnited Stati-s i\\'lih :mmendable foresight a se-
!..lrate Prjdut. e DiElartiiment was inaugurated shortly
after the d.-tlalr..tl.:.n itf war in August 1914, which






























Fred. L. Myers, who,
associated with his
father, Abraham
Myers, founded the
firm to be later
known as Fred. L.
Myers & Son


helped to develop the island's trade and which has
been and is still of great benefit to small as well as
to large producers.
M R. HORACE MYERS had already developed
capacity for continued application and cour-
age qualities that were to make him the big
Jamaica business man that he so speedily became.
Besides his business activities Mr. Myers found time
to give his services in many different ways to the
community. He received the decoration of Member
of the Order of the British Empire. He became
Justice of the Peace; Consul for Sweden; and was
decorated by His Majesty King Gustav of Sweden
with the Knighthood of the Royal Order of Vasa,
First Class; and Consul for Finland. He also served
as a nominated member of the Legislative Council.
As an honorary commissioner for Jamaica at the
British Empire Exhibition in 1924, he gave a great
Jamaican Garden Party at Wembley, England, at
which the principal guest was His Royal Highness
the Prince of Wales. This party at which nearly
a thousand guests were present, brought Jamaica
prominently to the attention of the British Public.
He was President of the Chamber of Commerce for
nine years until 1933. He also served for many
years on the Railway Advisory Board, as a Direc-
tor of the Government Savings Bank, and on the
Committee of Management of the Sailors' Home.
During the World War 1914-1918 he placed the firm's
sailing vessels at the disposal of the Bahamas Gov-
ernment to transport their contingent to Jamaica,
and after the war to convey them back to Nassau.
HE has one son, Eustace. Eustace Myers was
born on December 23rd, 1903, born into mod-
ern Jamaica. He was educated at Wolmer's
School, of which his great-great-grandfather, in
such different days, had been Headmaster. From
Wolmer's he went to Munro College, then known
as one of the best of the Secondary Schools of
Jamaica, then he went to Lafayette College and the
University of Pennsylvania in America for the pur-
pose of taking a Commercial Curriculum; and after
graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he
travelled both in America and in Europe. That
travelling did him good; at such a receptive time
of his life he learnt more than he realized. He defin-
itely broadened his mind to command wider per-
ri-.i ivi-- then he came back to Jamaica to be as-
sociated with his father and to carry on the work
of expanding the business further.
UST as Mr. Horace Myers was not made a part-
ner of Fred L. Myers & Son immediately on en-
tering the business, so had Eustace to "win his spurs"
before he achieved partnership. This was in the best
British tradition: a young man learns, (emonstrates


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14


his capacity, wins upward from stage to stage, and
then reaches a definitely high position of full res-
ponsibility. Mr. Eustace Myers is now the junior
partner of Fred L. Myers & Son, his father remaining
the senior partner; but upon him has now devolved
the actual work of Managership, the older man be-
ing consulted and keeping in close touch with
affairs. This is exactly what Eustace wishes, not
through any feeling of lack of capacity, but be-
cause of the high regard he has for his father's
experience and ability, an experience and ability
which have been proved through so many long and
difficult years. On the other hand Mr. Horace My-
ers is proud of his son's administrative capa-
city, of his disposition to work steadily, calmly and
effectively. Thus an ideal partnership and co-opera-
tion are established.
W HAT about Eustace's disposition, his tempera-
ment? He is different in temperament from
his father and his grandfather, or at any rate in
the external manifestation of it. There is a settled
calmness, a quietness about Eustace Myers which
no one who knows him even superficially would
dream of misinterpreting as indicative of indiffer-
ence or lack of tenacity. He is, as a matter of fact,
a very tenacious young man, one of settled deter-
mination; if he sets himself to a certain course he
will pursue that course unless it is clearly demon-
strated that it will not be successful, and then he
will quietly modify it. He possesses an in-
finite patience; one hardly ever notices in him any
exhibition of enthusiasm, but this does not at all
imply that inwardly he is not enthusiastic. Eustace
explains his calmness by saying that he has a hot
temper, and that therefore he feels he must always
hold it in check. This is no explanation. He may
think he has a hot temper; I don't believe it; be-
sides what is called temper is but one aspect of a
man's disposition, and unless it is allowed to domin-
ate him it is decidedly not the most important as-
pect of that disposition. Calmness is in fact a deep-
rooted characteristic of this young man, a character-
istic so deeply-rooted that it will never be eradicated;
mentally, on the other hand, he has inherited the
business capacity of his father, the older man's cour-
age, and more of the older man's tenacity of purpose
than he ever displays on the surface.
IN watching Eustace at work one realises that he
believes in the doctrine of "Do it now." He gives
instructions as matters arise, though these may have
to be attended to, not today but perhaps a month or
more hence. These instructions are clear and defin-
ite; they are carried out, and that is of a distinct
assistance to those whom they concern. He is good-
humoured, like his father and grandfather; he is
sincere in his friendships. He has a keener
perception of character than perhaps he him-
self realises; loyalty is part of his constitution; but
these qualities of character, highly admirable
though they are, would not insure success in busi-
ness unaccompanied by a business brain. It is be-
cause Eustace Myers possesses such a brain that the
firm of Fred L. Myers & Son is certain of continued
success.
LET us now glance for a moment at some aspects
of this firm's activities. By doing so we may un-
derstand its importance to Jamaica. I have men-
tioned above the several Departments into which
those activities fall; but on reflection I have decided
not to publish a list of the agencies and goods which
are handled by Messrs. Fred L. Myers & Son under
the heading of General Merchandise. It is too long a
list; in the hands of a mere prose writer it would
be but a catalogue of names. Jamaica products may
be somewhat different; even so it is but nec-
essary to add in this place that all Jamaica's
principal exportable articles, except bananas, and
some of her minor exports also, are handled
by this firm, whether they be sugar or hon-
ey, pimento which the Spaniards found growing here
over four hundred years ago, or the coffee bean,
which was introduced into Europe and the rest of
the world from Arabia.
H AVING organised a business into departments,
each under a competent lieutenant, a firm may
be content to watch the development of each of these
departments. But as I see the situation, both the
Senior and Junior partners of Fred L. Myers & Son
have acted in a manner all their own in con-
nection with their firm. There is no branch of
their business which has been neglected by them.
There is however one department to which they
have devoted most of what I may call their spare
time and their surplus energy, and that is
their rum department. Thus, when Mr. Horace
Myers went to New York for a holiday some seven
years ago he spent a great deal of time and energy
in laying the firm foundations of a large trade
in Jamaica rum with the United States, and today I
find Eustace working overtime, in a persistent ef-
fort to extend those foundations and to keep Jamai-
ca rum before the American public's attention.
I DWELL here on the rum-selling aspect of the
firm's activities because of its importance to Ja-
maica. Whether I am in London or Montreal or
New York, whether I am on a train or on a ship, I


PLANTERS'


PUNCH


1940-41


Horace Victor
Myers, who suc-
ceeded his father,
Fred. L. Myers, in
the headship of the
Firm

,N i 'PID


always see in the wine lists I consult a reference to
Myers's Rum, and that gives publicity to one of our
oldest and most famous products, and also to Ja-
maica as a whole. This colony has often been spoken
of abroad, as "the place where the rum comes from,"
and now it is identified with Myers. This is one re-
sult of the persistent pursuit of a plan laid down
many years ago and of which the essential principles
have always been steadily held in mind.

THIS firm, then, has built up a great rum business
in Jamaica as well as abroad; Myers have their
own system of "blending" rum-their formula is, na-
turally, a secret one-and their rum has grown in po-
pularity steadily. It is known everywhere; it is ap-
preciated highly wherever it is known. Advertise-
ment it has been given without regard to expendit-
ure, but no advertisement in the world will alone
maintain a popular demand. It is the quality, the
likeability of the product that actually establish it


in the public's favour. So by supplying fine quality.
by taking full cognisance of likeability, and als: hy
extensive advertising and unremitting energy, 'h-
partners, aided by their large and loyal staff, hlia
been and are accomplishing excellent results.

N 1937 Messrs. Fred. L. Myers & Son acquired Ith-
liquor business of Edwin Charley-long establish.
ed and well known in Jamaica and highly regard-d.
This added to already considerable responsibil:r,-..
but it also extended the sphere of the firm's usef-l-
ness and afforded it the opportunity to expand. Thlirs
process of expansion continues in spite of all the rlif
ficulties interposed by war conditions. The year 1i'3',
witnessed the Diamond Jubilee of Fred L. Myer-. &
Son, it had then been sixty years in existence. it
had grown with Jamaica, it had strug'= i_,i.
succeeded, it could look back upon its past .h'ili
satisfaction and pride and to the future with (c:.nri
dence and optimism.


Eustace Myers, part-
ner with his father,
Horace Myers, and
largely responsible
for the present con-
duct of the business








PLANTERS' PUNCH


Mrs. Page's





S ervan t The usual servant problem

but only up to a point;
THE talk hadi tunll- t., rvants. "They are dit- there is an unusual, dramatic
fereiiIt e-ltyw-i..e t... ebi il they used to be," said
Mrs. Pa,-; 'ilhre -i u.i tliar old loyalty and de- and exciting development
vl'iion o.ur pjreijtI~s hadli. It is all wages and
grumbling "
She paii~'d. f,':'r Es other. the butleress, had
brought in the ct"-kta.ilk. acid Mrs. Page did not vants. "Two of them in the last six months. Some
want her words to h.- "ir-pi t-il. with extraordinary people think they were done with the connivance
distortions. to h'r oilhIr dep tidents. of the servants, and it is said the police think so
Esther L-s-..' ftlrn.m li,- look on the faces of too. But if that is so-"
the six prri-rns o:iu th'- \traudah, that they had "It is quite probable," said her friend Marjorie
been discussiiig thli,. :rv\iit question; but Esther decisively. "How otherwise could the children have
took everitnting philuj."l:,I:all.v. and so long as she been taken?"
herself was not heiu-_ IIl.-,nfd for something she "It is dreadful to think of," exclaimed Mrs.
had undouhtediy dl i-i:--blanim which she most Walcroft. "The police haven't been able to trace
angrily repudiated .in that a, count-she did not the kidnappers, and the two children can't describe
mind what might I. .ii'1d icencrally about her class them; they say the people who spoke to them when
and order. Mairar'tr wa.i- lei-rent. Margaret was they were away from their homes always wore a
nurse to tht Ilttle li.y of ri\v years of age, and was handkerchief over their faces; besides, how could
only twenty'f.ir Mlargaret ftlught perpetually for such little ones describe anybody?"
what she i:on-i:v.-d to be h r riilts, and had a strong "The police here are no good," said Marjorie
class feeling l\\'bhare\t r n said about servants with decision. "They never capture anybody."
in general, it not ,:tf ,::rinrpimentary nature, Mar- "I wish they could catch the kidnappers," ob-
garet resented. And dlill...i-'h the youngest servit- served Mr. Walcroft. "They are a new kind of cri-
or in thar: hbtise. -h.- li.,d becLome by strength of minal for Jamaica, and if they continue to succeed,
character the lI-adr ,It Ihmti .iall. that sort of crime will spread dreadfully. They
Mr. Pagp- ea a hi,;li h Cernment official who made two hundred pounds out of their two kidnap-
had been in many colon, Iesh. fore coming to Ja- pings: that's a lot of money in six months for peo-
maica; his wie. lhe lhim-ki.t'. was English, and as ple of the criminal classes. And it is only chance
she had soenni nin..y iei Pti -- were able to spend that the children were returned alive; they might
far more than Mi. PaL,.'- m11ere salary could war- have caught some disease or the other while lock-
rant. MaRiJ.'e, thri diri.itt-r. was a pretty, fiery ed away in wherever was the filthy den to which
girl. but reetily i coni: ,iur t'. the tropics. She did they were taken."
not understand the lochtLl .%rvant question, and so He paused, and the little company looked
discussed it nith priulaiinr ii.imprehension. Not thoughtful. His wife was thinking of their girl-
that she disliked lihe ---riiit in the house; with child, aged six; the Pages had their thoughts on
one exception. -.he ra3hl- Ik'lik- them. Margaret she Bobbie. It is true that the children kidnapped had
simply could nut stand. iire others she felt, were belonged to families of a rather lower stratum of
different But at tim.- ili-y i1l exasperated her and society than theirs, families that had had difficulty
then she used her it:uri,:- ~cveirly. in raising the ransom demanded by the kidnappers.
Margaret always jne i-r.l her back, and some- But success might make these kidnappers insolent
times Margaret glared at l.Ir v.ith a look that seem- and ambitious; they might dare attempt to steal
ed to threaten mtiril-r. IlMr. 'Page, hearing of these the children of those who were indisputably among
things, had hectun r i ,uik that the sooner they the upper classes of Jamaica. And then the ransom
got rid of Mrargaret -ihe bti[t.r. moey asked for might be double, triple, the amount
Esther handed round the ,cocktails, and she hav- that hitherto had been paid. Criminals were becom-
ing withdrawn. her fa': a la!nk, but in her mind ing more and more audacious in these days. The un-
certain conclusions, lMr. Pane continued her re- fortunate members of the better classes felt that
marks. the situation could hardly be worse in Russia.
"I thought I und-ri-t,,I themm" she said, "but "Fancy kidnapping in Jamaica," mused Mrs.
during the years I have beehtn i Jamaica they have Walcroft: "what is this country coming to? We
entirely changed. I wn:,u d-' f they have become are getting like America," she added impressively,
communists'" as though that were the last and the worst thing
Her husband and Mi. Walcroft laughed. The that could happen to Jamaica.
Walcrofts. husband. nife and husband's sister, had "In villany, perhaps," suggested Marjorie, "but
dropped in to pay an aftrrnon call. in nothing else so far as I can see. Here comes Bob-
"They have benicme restless," suggested Mr. bie to say good-night."
Walcroft. who wa-. like his wif- and sister, Jamaica- Margaret brought Bobbie out to the verandah,
born. "And they air i:trtainly more independent holding him by the hand. He was a merry little
In manner than they iisi-rl to he. But what do they fellow; he broke away from his nurse and rushed
know about communismn up to Lily Walcroft to kiss her, and then went round
"What is communnim?" demanded Marjorie; distributing good-night kisses as though they were
and Miss Walcroft, agd- twv.ury-one and Marjorie's largesse. Margaret stood waiting in the background
bosom friend, looked, Ik-l:r MaI.jorie, to the gentle- until this ceremony should be over, not a smile on
men for enlightenment, her face. She was tall, a strong girl obviously,
"Communism ... omnin isin?" repeated Mr. with an intelligent cast of countenance. In complex-
Page. "Well, it is this nrv- angled doctrine that ion she was bronze; her lips were thin but well
all men are equal and should have everything that formed, all her other features good. A handsome
everybody has." girl, one would have said, but there was in her
"That isn't new." :,coff-d Marjorie, "and I don't demeanour something of defiance, nothing of friend-
think our servants believe that. Some of them ar' lines. Looking at the gentry on the verandah just
just impudent-Ma-.gr-r. f':r example now, her eyes had in them a hard, deliberate ex-
"Margaret is a prl.'blEln." sighed Mrs. Page, "but pression. It was as if she felt that they were
if you get rid of one .~-.ti niiht only get a worse. enemies.
And English niiles ilin't -tiay long in the tropics Those eyes met Marjorie's, and it was as though
-mine haven't. at any r:te. They are a problem two swords had crossed. There was contempt and
too." dislike in Marjorie's glance; a sneer and hate in
Mrs. Page had had iwo English nurses, or nan- that of Margaret. Mrs. Page noticed this, and wrig-
ries. for her little boy. Bobbie. Each had remained gled. She was afraid that Margaret would have
for not longer than two years. both had found their to go-sometime-but what was she to do about Bob-
life rather lonely and te]triiiled in Jamaica. When bie? Mrs. Page was finding the problems of life
the second nannie had returned to England, Mrs. overwhelming.
Page had taken a Jam.ian nirse, a girl who had "That is the type," said Marjorie, when Mar-
received a fairly good education, who was clean in garet had taken Bobbie away; "there's impudence
her habits, and efficient alnn. But this girl belong- in every movement of that young woman."
ed very much to the younger generation. She came "It must be communism," protested her mother,
not to bring reace but. apparently, discord. Mrs. "but at any rate Bobbie is safe with her; I don't
Page herself did not dislike her, though Marjorie think she would ever have anything to do with kid-
did. Bobbie. 'boweer. had taken to her at once. nappers. I feel secure there."
Bobbie's parents were satisfied with this, and Bob- "I wouldn't be so sure," blurted out Mr. Walcroft
blue's apparent approval of Margaret had been the impulsively, and at once regretted his remark. For
reason why that maid had been retained in the ser. Mrs. Page's face paled instantly, and his own wife
vice of the Pages for the last twelve months. looked startled. If a mother were to begin to feel
"There are these kidnappings" said Miss Wal- that her own servants were dangerous criminals,
croft, by way of continuing the conversation on ser- what on earth was she to do? Mr. Walcroft, realis-


ing the mistake he had made, rose to go, saying as
he did so, "I know you folks are going out to dine
tonight, and so we mustn't keep you."
"He said a mouthful," muttered Marjorie, after
the visitors' car had driven off, and using her fa-
vourite Americanism. "Nobody can feel safe with
people whose thoughts you can never guess. I think
we are making a mistake to keep Margaret."
"At the end of the week we had better give her
two weeks' notice," agreed Mr. Page, upon whom
his friend Walcroft's impulsive words had not been
lost. "She is rather on the hard side and I don't
trust her myself."
"Very well," said Mrs. Page weakly; "but do,
Marjorie, don't have any quarrel with Margaret be-
fore she goes."
"I don't quarrel with servants, mother," re-
plied Marjorie with immense dignity but without
much truth; "and if you will follow my advice you
will pay Margaret two weeks' wages and let her
go on Saturday night."
"That will be a little too sudden for Bobbie,"
remonstrated Mrs. Page, who never liked to do to-
day anything that might be put off till tomorrow."
"Very well," said her husband; "but, somehow,
I think Marjorie is right."

II
The Pages had gone out to dinner. Bobbie had
long since been put to bed. He slept in a little room
that opened into one somewhat larger, which was
occupied by his nurse. These rooms were to the
south of the very large single-storey residence of
the Pages, a place that had been built by a man
of means who did not like houses of more than one
storey in the tropics but who had lavished money
on this building. To the north were the bedrooms
belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Page, and to Marjorie,
and there were three other bedrooms unoccupied. In
between were the living and dining rooms of the
building, and round the whole house a spacious ver-
andah ran. This verandah was approached north,
south, east and west by a short flight of broad steps,
the verandah standing about four feet above the
ground level. The building itself stood in the midst
of some six acres of land.
The servants' rooms and the garage were to the
rear; they were comfortable apartments connected
with the house by a paved covered walk. In front
of these rooms the servants, of whom there were
five, and the chauffeur, would sometimes sit at
nights and talk after dinner was over and the Pages
had repaired to their favourite front verandah. For
the servants had a verandah too, and so long as
they conversed quietly they could not disturb the
gentry at the front.
There were also two gardeners, but these did
not live on the premises. They said they were mar-
ried, which Mr. Page did not believe.
Bobbie having been put to bed for the night,
Margaret joined the others for a spot of conversa-
tion. Seated where she was, she could see that part
of the house where Bobbie slept. She did not con-
sider that, so long as the little fellow was sleeping,
she was called upon to keep perpetual vigil over
him. "I am not a slave," she would say, and in
other ways also she demonstrated her right to free-
dom.
For instance, the Pages had laid it down as
an unalterable rule that any male friends that the
servants had must not be entertained within the
premises. But at some infraction of this rule Mrs.
Page would wink; and even her husband, though
he suspected that sometimes there were male friends
being entertained in "the yard," pretended never to
know of it. After all, these servants, excepting
Margaret, were all over forty, and the men who
came to see them were probably relatives of theirs,
In any case they were few, and came to Dalyrose
but rarely. Margaret, however, was young, liable
to fall into temptation, certain to have youthful ad-
mirers, and so must meet these outside on the even-
ings when she was free to go where she pleased.
This rule was unalterable. Knowing which, Mar-
garet had deliberately broken it. And not one of
the other domestics, or the chauffeur, had breathed
a word about such disobedience either to Mr. or to
Mrs. Page.
This was an aspect of the class consciousness
and class feeling to which Mrs. Page rather often
referred. All these people protected one another.
They might have their own disagreements and
jealousies, but, unless these became very acute, thus
leading to a desire to injure, the servants said no-
thing about one another to their employers, with-
drew themselves from the latter, as it were, dis-
playing none of that loyalty which apparently had
been taken for granted in the days gone by. Mar-
garet's young men would come to see her through
a gate that opened on a side street to the south of
Dalyrose, and the other domestics would be blind
to that occurrence. Or rather, dumb. For they
saw and spoke to these young men cordially, but
would never mention them to the mistress of the
house.
One of them was with Margaret now, and the
other servants were in the company. He was a
young man, brown in complexion, well-set-up, a
chauffeur-owner, having a car that plied for hire,


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and good-looking. He was the third who had, in
rotation, been coming to visit Margaret within the
year. She had sent the other two about their busi-
ness. As Esther put it, these suitors had "not filled
Margaret's eye."
"Them was talking about us this evening," ob-
served Esther to the others as they sat together.
"But the moment I went in with de cocktails them
stop. As if I didn't know! Them is always talking
about us."
"And have nothing new to say," observed Mar-
garet. "But if they can talk, don't they know we
can talk too? Take that daughter, Marjorie. I
wonder if she think we don't know how she is
trying to take away the intended of her friend, Lily
Walcroft! Perhaps this Lily doesn't suspect any-
thing, being a fool, but I see it, and you must see
it, too, Esther, unless you are blind."
"Me blind?" laughed Esther good-humouredly,
"tme blind? Everybody see it."
"Well, them is white people, an' them can do
what them like," remarked the cook, a stolid wo-
man of fifty years of age, who loved nothing better
at night, when dinner was over, than to sit in her
room secretly smoking a clay pipe of peace. She
never let on to the Pages that she smoked; she felt
that they would not approve, though they themselves
indulged perpetually in cigarettes. Cookie could
see no reason why she should not smoke a pipe if
her mistress smoked cigarettes; but she accepted the
rule that servants must not smoke, and did not obey
it.
"I can't tell what's coming to these people that
describe themselves as the better classes," said Mar-
garet's visitor, whose name was Sunner. "In
the old days they were not like what they are now,
thinking only of themselves, wrapped up in them-
selves, and believing that nobody is as good as them.
They have no feeling of of obligation. No feel-
ing of obligation."
"Who them is to oblige to, Mr. Sunner?" asked
the cook.
"Well, I don't mean that exactly," replied Mr.
Sunner, slightly confused.
"Oh," said the cook. Cookie did not quite ap-
prove, it would appear, of any criticism of her em-
ployers by a stranger. If the Pages' chauffeur had
skid the same thing said by Mr. Sunner, Cookie would
have ventured no derisive question. The criticism
would have been, so to speak, within the family.
"It is the Marjorie I can't stand," remarked
Margaret; "the rest of them don't bother me, but
I hate her. Not," she added judicially, "that I love
any of them. Why should I?"
"Why, in fact?" echoed Mr. Sunner. anxious to
please the young lady of his attentions. "The days
of that sort of thing is done and over. We have
to stick to our own class."
"Nobody love anybody else in dis country, Miss
Margaret," cookie observed. "We all selfish."
"Not all," insisted the young man."
"Well, you may be different, Mr. Sunner," con-
ceded the cook; "but, you see, we don't know y'u
much."
"That is quite true," said 'Sunner, "and no won-
der, since I can only come into this place suspici-
ously."
He probably meant surreptitiously; but these
folk were never quite sure as to what Mr. Sunner
did mean.
Esther laughed. "You mean you would like to
come more open, Mr. Sunner?" she asked. "Perhaps
Miss Margaret would prefer dat too."
"As I am working here," said Margaret calmly,
"my gentleman friends can only come at night to
see me, and even that the top people don't want.
So it don't matter how they come. After all, there's
nothing underhand about their visits. You all know
about them, and they are none of Mrs. Page busi-
ness. There is nothing suspicious about them."
"Not morally suspicious," asserted Sunner.
"Then what other kind of 'suspicious' they can
be?"
"None, Margaret; you are quite right."
"I can't have parties with cocktails," Margaret
went on. "My name isn't in the papers every week.
I am not a 'hostess' or a anything you like; but
one thing I am not going to let any employer forget,
and that is that I am a human being like themself,
and quite as good as anyone of them."
"That's the way to talk," cried Sunner in tones
of ecstatic admiration, and Esther, the housemaids.
and even the cook, were impressed. Of a truth Mar-
garet was a female warrior who might achieve won-
ders-though none of them knew what such won-
ders might be.
It did not disturb these women that, auto-
matically as it were, they addressed Margaret as
Miss Margaret, recognizing in her position as nurse
a status superior to theirs. Only the cook received
a wage equal to that paid to her, and even the cook
did not sleep in the big house. None of them sat
when Mr., Mrs. or Miss Page stood, except Margaret
if she was with her charge, and she took good care
to be with her charge whenever that gave her the
opportunity of sitting in the presence of her employ-
ers. Hers was a situation different from that of
every other servant; hers too a personality that was
far more dominant than theirs. So, instinctively,


all of them addressed her as Miss Margaret, while
she called them all by their christian names with-
out any complimentary title.
Yet, another little bit of real differentiation be-
tween them and Margaret by their employers, and
the floodgates of envy and jealousy would be open-
ed. In theory Margaret might be as good as her
mistress, but if her mistress admitted that in acts
the others would want to know the reason why.
"You going out for a drive with me to-night,
Margaret?" Mr. Sunner asked. Margaret hesitated.
There was her charge, she was not supposed to
leave him alone unless Mrs. Page had made arrange-
ments for one of the other women to look after him.
That rule at least she had never ignored; even from
where she now sat she could hear him if he called,
though she could not see him. She loved to preen
herself upon her sense of responsibility, especially
as she suspected Miss Marjorie Page believed that
she had none. Yet Sunner was a passable young
man, and she was fond of motor-car drives.
"No," she replied slowly, "I can't leave my
work; I am bound here."
"Wage-slavery," said Sunner, who was in the
habit of reading the newspapers.
"I am not a slave," she answered sharply.
"Wage-slavery is not slavery," he propitiatingly
hastened to explain. "It is a different kind of
slavery. It means that you are a slave for wages."
"But that is stupidness," said cook. "If you
work for wages how can you be a slave?"
"But you are bound to work," Sunner pointed
out.
"But don't you is bound to work, too, Mr. Sun-
ner; or don't you do noten? But if a man don't
work he must tief, unless he have money. But
perhaps you 'ave money, and that make you not a
wages-slavery. Mr. Page 'ave to work though, so
if I am a wages-slavery, him is one too."
Cook paused for breath triumphantly. She felt
proud of her reasoning; she was also'proud that
Mr. Page was much in the same position, considered
as a wave-slave, as her own.
"They can't sack a big man as easy as they can
sack a cook," Sunner riposted. "And Mr. Page has
money saved, and you haven't."
"You don't know anything 'bout me, an' what
I have, me good young man," replied the cook dryly,
and with a suggestion of disrespect. "I am a good
cook and can get a job quite as quick as Mr. Page.
or quicker."
"We all have to work," Esther dipped in, not
quite liking to be called a slave, even if a wage-
slave only. "We mus' work, or tief, or kidnap-
like them men kidnap two children the other day."
"Isn't that a brutal thing?" asked Sunner, not
at all sorry to change the conversation. "Fancy
taking away innocent children for money!"
"Well, the men got the money, and their parents
got back the children, so I don't see why all this
fuss should be made about it," said Margaret calm-
jy. "The fuss is about the money, not the children.
It seems like it is easier for some people to get
children than to make money, so they bawl when
they lose money through the children. They don't
want the children."
"You really think so, Margaret?" asked Mr. Sun-
ner in a curious tone of voice.
"I am not answering that question," snapped
Margaret, and Sunner, not unnaturally, stared. After
all, it was she who had introduced the point.
But cook smiled, and the other women under-
stood Margaret's inconsequent petulance.
They knew something about her. She herself
had hinted it to them. When she was about twenty
years of age she had been courted by a young man,
of fair complexion and higher social position than
hers, and she had cared for him. He had stuck to
her for two years, had talked vaguely about mar-
riage at times, and then had gone his way. When-
ever she now referred to him it was with bitterness;
he was "worthless," she said, and the other women
understood well that Margaret's contemptuous
epithet referred, not to this young man's hav-
ing failed to make a living-for he had made a very
good living-and not only to his having loved her
and left her, but to his not having left her with a
child. Once she had said as much. She wanted a
child of her own; yet she saw that other people,
who could much better afford to have children than
she, apparently preferred money and a hectic time.
She would remark now and then, in referring to
these, that it would be a good thing for them to
lose their children. Then they would see of what
little value money really was.
Yet she surely could have a child if she wish-
ed, Esther and the others would say to one another
now and then; she certainly had many men ad-
mirers. "But perhaps she waiten for somebody big,'-
Esther would comment; "she picking an' choosing
till one day she may fine dat nobody want 'er, she
wait so long."
"Or maybe, though she talk so much about other
people an' money, she don't want to risk her job."
said the cook sagaciously. "She love money like
anybody else, though she form like she despise it.
Don't you ever believe everything dat you hear
people say. Them don't mean half of it."
But of all this Mr. Sunner could know nothing.


At this moment, feeling that Margaret was what
Mrs. Page would have called "a problem," I:- very
wisely reverted to the subject of a motor-<:ar drive.
"Surely you can come out for just a tour. Mlai
garet? I am sure that Esther or Sarah would gi\e
a eye to the little boy. What do you say, Ethi'r."'
"If Miss Margaret want to go out, I %ill lI:ok
after Bobbie," answered Esther cheerfully. She i "a
always willing to oblige.
"I am not sure it would be right to I-.a\v .r.
Bobbie with anybody but meself," said Mlarcaret,
especially stressing the "Mr." She did not approve
of familiarity on the part of under-servant,
"Oh, go along an' enjoy yourself," i-c~,- crted
cook. "But come back before eleven o'clock."
"All right, so long as you will look after the
baby," yielded Margaret. She felt rather I:r:,-s tj).
night; she craved some relaxation. She \%i-t into
her own room to get ready for the car-ride
The others saw her and the young nian go
out by the side-gate, and then Esther obri'v-ed to
Sarah, the chief housemaid, with a giggle "\\'b-n
them come back I will go to bed. I wond-r itf hat
young man will wait outside till me lamp Iut i..ui,
an' join Margaret?"
"That's not my business," cried Sarahl. aiI" if
Mrs. Page ever ask me anything about i( I 1,ni'
know. I not going to see anything."
"Or me," said Esther.
Cook sniffed. "You think Margaret ianl dat
brown man would ever let you see any'tinc." -h.i
asked. "You may be watching them, but th.-in watch-
ing you too. Margaret talk sometimes like h.- was
a virgin, but-"

III

A third child had been kidnapped, but hilts I. me
the crime had been accompanied with trap-.1Jy The
little boy of four had been chloroformed, as indeed
had been the other two; but on this occas'.n thlire
had been too much chloroform, and the l.siihl had
been pressed too long and too closely over ihsi fa:e.
Suffocation had been the result, and the khduatifpeil
had left the poor body about a mile front wl T-re
the parents lived; it had been discovered .by some
passers by early on Friday morning, and tih.- h,,rrmr
and the hue and cry were now intense.
The parents' house had been broken 11t adii
the mother-there was no nurse-who slEIlt in [th
room with her infant had been chloroforimiil als:,.
The child had been stolen from her side. Its fathi,-
was away. But the mother and her friends i,,u'.d
have paid ransom, and this the kidnappers evid,-ii.
ly knew.
There were no servants sleeping in thi- hoiti-.,
and the youngest employed was over forty.
Mrs. Page, on reading all this, would lhav\ de-
cided to let Margaret stay on; she wanted to think
that servants were now comparatively ,l-a red
of suspicion in connection with this kidnappinig cFi-
demic. But Mr. Page had made up his mnid. and
Marjorie was still convinced that Margaret wia. a
dangerous factor at Dalyrose. As Marjorie pi,,ited
out, there was nothing to show, and indee-d evry
reason to believe, that some servant other than a
nurse might have given the criminals valuable in-
formation. For how could they know a\hat th-y
had to do unless they had obtained some "insi-e"
hints? "But do burglars always have to be helped
by servants?" enquired Mrs. Page, and it was ei!-
dent that even Marjorie could not maintain rhat
they did. However, a decision had already been
reached, and Mrs. Page was called upon to Iniple-
ment it.
So the next morning Margaret heard the ver-
dict. Mrs. Page thought of making some i haine-.
she was vaguely told; she would be given a letter
of recommendation; there was nothing again-t her.
O no; but changes were going to be made Just
changes.
Margaret heard all this with a stolid ',,unten-
ance and drew her own conclusions. Sh llft r he
presence of Mrs. Page without a word but ith tihn-
der on her brow.
Late that night the matter was die, ,s-d -itr
the verandah of the servants' quarters: the Papts
had again gone out to dine.
"I suppose she heard that I went out I hI, other
night with Mr. 'Sunner, so she take this wva re crt
even with me," said Margaret bitterly. Alid that
Marjorie put her up to it. Well, Moses dtad hut
God remain, so I don't see any reason to fr-'e "
"I remain," remarked Mr. Sunner urandilo-
quently, for he was of the party gathered rntorher
to discuss this ukase of the Pages.
"Y'u mean to say you are God, Mr. Sunner?"
cried Esther, scandalised. Esther wa- always
easily shocked by anything approaching blaprihirniy.
and sometimes failed entirely to understand what
was meant.
"Of course not! but I mean that if MNarearet
need a friend, I am here. She has be.-n treated
nastily and she can never forgive it. Shb- ouibiht t
make these people sit up and take notice."
"How?" asked cookie in a practical t'ne of
voice.
"Miss Margaret can't make them take not ice."
Esther pointed out, "for them give her noti e: when
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give notice yi.u lo e yoi job, so them can always
advantage y'u and youl l.n't do a thing."
"Yes, I can." replied Margaret, "I can leave to-
morrow. I can refu-e to take their notice and go
at once, and iuat is wl.at I am making up me mind
to do."
"No, Malegar.it. II...' ,tied Sunner, "it is better
to return geoi.d fr L\ 1:: d&. a't leave you' job."
"But it i' yo;u who mst say that I should do
them something." Mar.iarit- pointed out. "What else
am I to do"'
Well. I didn't mianll anything drastic or sudden.
After all. te little ht.y d,,n't do you nothing."
"No. He -i attialied to me. But two weeks
won't make such a diflfet'rice, and I don't want to
remain with sui h i.,'ple a day longer than I can
help."
"Them tit-nt y._- Ii. d. Miss Margaret, an' no
mistake," Sarah obs-ervd. "and it is only because
them know that dawg i.- more than bone. Because
them know there is miiir'- urse than jobs for nurse,
them send you away. liti never mind, God will pro-
vide-and Mr. SLunner."
"Yes." agreed Mi' Sunner fervently, "every-
thing I can du ior M.ti gri'et I will do. She know
that."
"But I don't uaint .uny man friend without a
ring," said Margaret decisively. "I had that already
and I know what it nmeann. The men leave you and
you are worse off than before. Besides, I am not
begging Mr. Siuner or :iny other person to help me.
I can help myself."
"To be suri." suid Siuner, "to be sure, and I
can tell you, Mariziarit. my thought and intention
is honourable And -im- they send you away only
just because we P I'r .L little drive Wednesday
night, let us go again and yet again before you leave.
Let us act indcpendenily "
"But not wid iour ,onnivance," said cookie.
Cookie was i'(.nmforta.bllr n her job and did not wish
to leave it on Mablailt'- account. She had no quar-
rel with her nistre'ss. Shie felt that Margaret had
broken the law, and. anyway, why should anyone
else suffer because of hitr? Sympathy and class
feeling were all ri'm i up 1 t a certain point; beyond
that they were folly. She began to feel that she did
not like Margaret
"No. we mustin t knivw anything about what you
do. Miss Mareares. i' .) u want to go to drive before
you leave here," remnrked Esther, in agreement
with the cook, and Sarall murmured something to
the same effect.
"But I come tni pliht to take Margaret for a
drive." expostulatId ISutinner, "and now you all want
to leave her in the lurch."
"It is you that put h-r in the lurch," said cook
drily. "We have noieni ti do wid it."
"So you acin't Cive :I eye to the room Bobbie
sleep In, for one night'' asked Margaret with bit-
terness. "And all becu.ii- them sack me?"
"Well," aid Esth.-r "for tonight .; but don't
stay out late, Miss Mar-'.tret .... I can't see how
Mrs Page could knii .iblut Wednesday night .
But if she hear abomu Irlight ."
"Perhaps W.dniisdiy night have nothing to do
with the noti e tlih-y _I\e to Margaret," Sunner
suggested, "afrti :il!. ii:,\ that I come to think of
it, how could the) hrli.r it none of us tell them?"
This suggestion:, sieemied eminently reasonable;
it relieved the ei ret fears of the other servants.
So Margaret wen i.ir Lthat night, and next morn-
S ng, and on the foll tini l Monday, no one heard any-
thing about the in.:l'-rin from Mrs. Page. This
heartened them all (In Tuesday night Margaret
went out again.
But not merely f...r a drive. Mr. Sunner sug-
gested instead that threy should go to a club of which
he was a member, and drove her there. There were
about ten couples in the club, a sort of dance-hall;
they were more or less of Margaret's class; and
though she had not previously known any of them
they all soon became very friendly. There was
dancing to a gramoahone: "soft" drinks were sold
also, and there was whisky on the sly for the men.
The girls did not indulge in liquor, nor did the
club bear anything like an evil reputation from
the conventionally moral point of view. It was just
a place where a number of the younger better-class
working people met to enjoy themselves. It was
quite respectable.
Sunner Iarticularly introduced Margaret to a
friend of his, a young man of his own complexion
who, she gathered, was. like Sunner, the proprietor
of a jobbing ear. After about thirty minutes, Sunner
left her with this young man, explaining that he had
an engagement to till and would be back for her be-
fore eleven o'clock. He was back in three-quarters
of an hour and then he took her home. Before they
left, his friend, Dick. asked to be allowed to come to
see her. But she explained the position; she could
not receive friends: even as it was Mr. Sunner was
not known to be visiting her. Dick deplored his
luck but asked her to reconsider her decision. She
eaid she would think the matter over, glancing at
Sunner as she made thi- remark.
"Yes," commented that gentleman, "you might
think over what Dick ask you." He turned to Dick:
"when she becomes my wife," he said unexpectedly,
"you can be a visitor whenever you like."


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"He don't mean it," laughed Margaret, as she
bade Dick goodnight.
"You don't mean it, do you?" she questioned
Sunner as he drove her home. He sensed eagerness
in her tone.
"Why not? Why you think I come so often to
see you?"
"To pass the time. Because you have nothing
better to do."
"You right, Margaret; I could have nothing
better to do than to come to see you. Say the word
and we get engaged."
"Let me think about it first," she answered, feel-
ing that delay and hesitation would be more in keep-
ing with her high opinion of herself than a hasty
acceptance. "There's plenty of time."
"All right, have it your own way; but at least
you can let me come and keep your company a little
while tonight."
"You mad?"
"What is there in that?"
"I not doing it. Don't you know, too, that Bob-
bie sleep in the little room next to mine?"
"But what can Bobbie hear, if he's asleep? And
what we going to do except talk to one another?"
"That's what you say now."
"Try me."
"No necessity."
"Well, good-night then," he concluded, for they
had arrived at the side-gate of Dalyrose.
"Good-night," she said, and went quietly into
the yard.
She saw Esther sitting on the verandah, nod-
ding; she went up to her and said good-night. Esther
disappeared; then Margaret passed into her own
room. Scarcely had she closed the door than she
heard a quiet rap.
She opened the door, and there stood Sunner.
He must have followed her, seen Esther go into her
room and then come across the yard to Margaret's
room. "Not a soul saw me," he whispered.
"You can't stay here. with me," she answered
firmly.
"You can't even give me a drink of water, andl
then let me go?"
"Well, I suppose I can do that."
"And I can't drink the water inside your room?
You mean that I must drink it out here?"
"That is only 'science,' she replied; "you want
to come in and that's why you say that. Well, come
in, then, but you not staying. As soon as you drink
the water you will have to go."
"O. K."
He slipped into the room, which was neatly fur-
nished with a single iron bed, a hanging press for
clothes, a dressing table with a movable looking-
glass on it and some toilet requisites, and a modern
wash-basin built against the wall, with rails for
towels. There were two chairs. He sat down on
one.
He looked with admiration at her dressing
table. "They don't treat you too badly here," he
remarked.
"The things on the table belong to me; they
don't belong to Mrs. Page."
""Why you keep your electric iron on the table'?'
'Because that Miss Marjorie had the face to
come in here one day and see me using it, and said
I had no right to use her father's electricity to iron
me things. I hide the iron after that; but now
that I am going I take it out again and put it on
the table, and she can see it as much as she like
if she ever come in here again. She must think I
afraidd for her! If it wasn't that you advise me, 1
wouldn't stay the two weeks they give me notice
for!"
"And yet you won't let me stay with you for a
little while tonight!"
"No. It is not right; especially with Bobbie
in there"-she pointed to the open connecting door.
"Shut the door between," he whispered.
"No. It's not right. Now that you drink the
water, go now."
"I am coming again Thursday night."
"All right, but I can't go out then. I can't ask
Esther or anyone else to sit up night after night and
do my work for me."
"But don't Bobbie will be safe all the same even
if you don't?"
"I suppose so; but ."
"All right. Good-night."
"Good-night."

IV
Smiling, she reclosed the door, then passed into
Bobbie's little room. She did not turn on the light
here; the illumination from her own electric lamp
was enough for her to see by in both apartments.
She glanced at the bed. The little fellow was ex-
actly as she had left him, as indeed she knew he
would be, for he was healthy and a sound sleeper.
His people had not returned home yet; at this time
of the year they were always dining out or giving
dinners; and they never seriously thought of going
in to see Bobbie before turning in to bed. For one
thing, they believed that Margaret was with him,
and anyone to get to Bobbie's room must pass
through Margaret's room and awaken her; which.
Mrs. Page felt sure, that nurse would regard as a


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great grievance. Now, however, that children were
being kidnapped, and Margaret on notice to go, Mrs.
Page felt at times that she would like to see her
son every night before she went to bed. She had a
craving to make sure that he was safe. She even
thought of moving Margaret, with Bobbie, to a room
that would be much nearer hers and Mr. Page s.
But she did none of these things, for she still had
confidence in Margaret. What a pity, she ruminat-
ed, that her husband had not much, while Marjorie
had none at all.
To-night Margaret did not go immediately to
bed; she sat down for a few minutes to think. Sun-
ner had proposed to her; but did he mean it? Or
was he merely playing with her, offering marriage
in the first place as a sort of bait to her compliance?
She had a suspicion that he was not in earnest; if
he really loved her would he have been so ready
to introduce her to-night to his friend, Dick. and to
leave her with Dick, even though he said he had
to go for a fare? :She liked Dick-what she had seen
of him. He was good-looking, of the dashing sort, and
evidently he had some money. He had wanted
to come and see her; in the short time at their dis-
posal he had paid her some nice compliments. Joe
Sunner did not pay quite such nice compliments;
he liked rather to talk about things to which the
average domestic never gave a thought. There was
that wage-slavery of his, for instance. And he evi-
dently did not know much about it, and so cookie
had been able to make a fool of him the other
night.
She decided again that she would give Joe n',
immediate answer; she would probably see more
of Dick, and if either man meant business she could
then make up her mind. She would go to the club
again on Thursday, though she had told Sunner that
she would not be leaving Dalyrose that night. Dick
would probably be there. She would tell Dick that
he too could come to see her. And if Joe didn't
like it he could lump it.
She was not disturbed much about her immedi-
ate future. She had worked with Mrs. Page for a
year; her wage had been a pound a week with food,
lodging and nurse's uniform. She was a careful girl
and had saved some thirty-five pounds. She needn't
work for the next six months, and in that time she
could surely secure another job. At the worst too
there was always Joe, or possibly Dick, to fall back
upon in whatever sort of connection. The Pages at
any rate would never see her as a suppliant even
for a character-paper at any time.
She had seen in the Gleaner an advertisement
for a nurse, which she knew must be theirs. An
English nannie would be preferred, ran the adver-
tisement, but others could apply. Some persons had
written, but none yet, so far as she knew, had been
engaged. The Pages, she reflected scornfully, might
not find it so easy after all to replace her. As for
getting an English nurse in Jamaica-that was pure
foolishness.
She undressed, turned off the light, and went
to bed. On the whole she was not displeased with
her prospects.
On Thursday Mr. Sunner came as arranged, and
was delighted that Margaret would go again to the
club with him. "It wasn't as if you was going to
remain with Mrs. Page," he pointed out as they
drove off; "then you wouldn't go out so often. But
seeing as they treat you badly, you have no obliga-
tion to them. What is sauce for the goose is sauce
for the gander."
"Quite so," Margaret agreed; then added, "Bur
of course they still paying me."
"But you not neglecting the little boy," Sunner
argued. "Don't you leave somebody to look after
him? What can happen to him?"
"Nothing," said Margaret, "or perhaps I
wouldn't leave him."
But cookie was not quite satisfied with Mar-
garet's now frequent night excursions; she looked
her disapproval in Margaret's presence, and voiced
it while Margaret and Mr. Sunner were on their
way to enjoy themselves.
"Once in a long while don't matter," observed
cookie, "but now it's every time that Mrs. Page an'
her family go out. Margaret have no conscience."
"But you not goin' to say anything about it to
Mrs. Page?" asked Esther anxiously.
"Well, as you is looking after de little boy,
perhaps not; but I don't like it," answered cookie
slowly. "Suppose any of them kidnappers was to
come in 'ere and teck away the pore little fellow?
What a thing!"
"Don't talk so," implored Esther.
"An' she don't even lock her door when she
go out," muttered Sarah, who also had now begun
to feel that Margaret was overstepping all the
bounds of legitimate deception.
"Well, don't you see," urged Esther, "dat if she
did lock her door I couldn't get into de room if
Bobbie call out? Then what would be de use of my
looking' after him?"
"True," cookie admitted juridically. "But sup-
pose you fall asleep?"
"I never fall asleep," protested Esther indig-
nantly, alarmed lest it should be known even to her
fellow-workers that usually she did nod and doze
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"I 'opes not," said cook, and prepared to retire,
for, like most Jamaica servants, she did not like
sitting up late when there was no call upon her
services.
They left Esther on the watch, and that night
Esther did not doze. She had not told them that
Margaret had paid her sixpence to do duty for
her; she was aware that they all now shared cookie's
attitude towards this business of frequent nightly
galivantings. They were uneasy, so they might
blab at any time. But Margaret would be leaving in
a little while, and sixpence was sixpence. Besides,
what harm could befall if she kept her eyes open?
None; she was sure of that. Esther was always
sure beforehand; that made for a present even if
sometimes illusory comfort of mind.
Dick was at the dance-club; again he was left
in charge of Margaret while Sunner went off to
take home "a fare" that had engaged him. 'Sunner
said he didn't like to let down anyone for whom he
had promised to call, and that his friend could dance
as well as he. Dick made the most of his opportun-
ity.
"You know," he said to Margaret, "if it wasn't
that you engaged to Joe I would propose to you me-
self. Eh? What you say?"
"I say, first of all, that you trying to cut him
out."
"All is fair in love and war."
"This is neither love nor war."
"You engage to him yet?"
"No."
"Then it's all right if I make love to you!"
"And you say you're Joe's friend?"
"What I doing him? You don't belong to him:
and even if you was engaged you could break it off.
The very highest people here are doing that all the
time, and anybody who meet such a sweet, lovely,
distinguished female like you must want to marry
you."
"So it's two of you, eh? But I don't make up
me mind yet."
"I can come and see you, though, same as Joe?"
"I wouldn't mind, but there's other people at
Dalyrose, and I can see they don't like me to have
visitors. They know I am leaving and so they lose
all respect for me. When you are strong you have
plenty friends; when they think you are weak they
all disappear; it is same so now."
It drew near to eleven o'clock, and Sunner did
not make his appearance. Margaret grew anxious.
She did not want to leave Mrs. Page's employment
without a good "character-paper"; and she dreaded,
though she would not admit it to herself, being dis-
covered in a dereliction of duty. Eleven struck, and
her uneasiness showed itself plainly. She began to
wonder how Bobbie was getting on. She began to
feel that, maybe, it wasn't quite right for her to
leave him so often.
"Let me take you home," suggested Dick after
she had again exclaimed against Joe's tardiness;
"we can leave a message here for Joe."
She readily agreed. He dropped her at the gate,
got out, and watched her until she disappeared
into her room, not proposing as Joe had done that
he should stay a little while with her. She was not
certain whether this marked him out as more of a
gentleman or less of a lover than Joe. She would
have preferred to have been able to refuse to let
him stay; she was disappointed that she had not
been allowed that opportunity.
Joe explained, on the following Sunday night
when he came to see her at nine o'clock, and they
were left sitting together alone, that his fare had
kept him longer than he had considered likely;
Margaret replied airily:
"It don't matter; Dick brought me home quite
nicely."
"You like him?" asked Joe.
"Why you ask; you jealous?"
"I couldn't be jealous," he returned; "you are
your own woman and can do what you like. But
Dick have plenty of girls, and I don't bother with
nobody but you."
"So you say," she laughed; then added: "you
better go now. Mrs. Page only gone to Movies and
she and the rest of them will soon come back. And
cook and the others getting ignorant; they don't
like me friends to come and see me any more."
"Just like them," said Joe scornfully, but was
not altogether surprised when Margaret blurted out:
"They are right. If Mr. Page find out I was
going out so often, and that they know all about
it and didn't say a word, he might discharge them.
It's every man for himself in this world, you know:
you yourself think so-and your friend Dick," she
added with a laugh.
But he would not rise to her challenge to a dis.
play of jealousy. "Dick is all right," he said non-
chalantly, "and so are you; you both don't know your
own mind. But he don't mean a thing where you
are concerned; howsoever-"
"Yes?"
"Nothing," he answered, and had really nothing
to add.
She changed the conversation prior to saying
good-niTht.
"I hear there is to be a big dance at the club


Thursday night, and yet you don't say a word about
it to me."
"I know you hear about it, but I won't be
there."
"I would like to go. Can't you come for me?"
"I am going out of town Thursday and won't
be back till late-past eleven."
"Can't you put it off? Or ask Dick to come for
me? Or you want me to ask him meself?"
"I am not asking Dick to do anything for you,"
he replied with an emphasis which delighted her.
Here at last, she thought, was some display of feel-
ing. He continued hesitatingly: "If I can come for
you, I will; if I can't, you will hear from me Thurs-
day morning."
"But you will try?" she insisted.
"Yes, I will try."

V

"I haven't got a nurse to suit me yet," Mrs.
Page observed confidentially to her daughter; "I
don't like any of those who have applied."
"Well, you can't ask Margaret to stay on now,"
said Marjorie decisively; "she would think she
couldn't be done without and would be more im-
possible than before."
"That is true," sighed the elder lady; "servants
are so impossible. If you are firm, they give you a
wretched name, they tell everybody who will listen
to them how harsh you are, how inconsiderate. And
yet, if you treat them kindly, they take an advan-
tage of you and imagine that you either can't do with-
out them or are afraid of them." Then she added
thoughtfully: "But that seems to be the way with
all sorts of people." Which remark showed that
Mrs. Page, though weak, was not a fool.
"What are you going to do?" demanded Mar-
jorie.
"I am sure I don't know. I suppose I shall have
to take the best of those offering, take them on trial.
Bobbie is getting big; lie needs a governess more
than a nannie. We shall send to England for a gov-
erness."
"An excellent idea, mother, if the governess
will remain in Jamaica. But you can try. Margaret
goes on Saturday, doesn't she?"
"Yes; and so far she has behaved quite well.
I must say that. I shall give her a very good re-
commendation."
"Perhaps she'll be a bit less impudent in her
next place than she has been here," said Marjorie;
"this experience may do her a lot of good. She
won't be so uppish after learning that there's as
good fish in the sea as ever came out of it."
"But there isn't," her mother objected; "at least,
I haven't caught one yet."
"Oh, bother," laughed Marjorie, "you under-
stand what I mean," and went about her own af-
fairs.
In two days' time Margaret was to leave. Hav-
ing this in mind Mrs. Page was unusually kind to
the girl to-day, and she believed that Margaret ap-
preciated her kindness. Margaret listened attentive-
ly, without a frown, with no attempt at back-chat,
when she was told by her mistress that she would
be given a good testimonial and a present on Sa-
turday. "You see, Margaret," said Mrs. Page, "Mr.
Bobbie is getting to be a big boy now, and I am
bringing out a governess from England for him,"
the suggestion being that this was the reason why
a change of nurses was now being made. But Mar-
garet did not believe it. Why not have kept her,
she thought, until the governess had actually ar-
rived? Why bring in a stranger? She was certain
it was "that Miss Marjorie" who wanted to get rid
of her. But that, she concluded, did not excuse the
whole Page family, and she looked forward with
satisfaction to hearing that some calamity had be.
fallen them-she sincerely hoped it would.
That day a letter came by post for her. It was
from Joe.
He was sorry, he said, that he could not post-
pone going out of town; but he had a job which it
would not be fair to turn down. He had learnt from
Dick that that gentleman would not be at the club-
dance that night; but maybe he, Joe, would return
by eleven o'clock; if so he would call at the club
and, if Margaret was still there, would take her
home. As she had wanted so much to go to the
dance, he enclosed five shillings; two shillings for a
ticket of admission, three shillings for taxi-fare
home if he did not turn up in time. He added that.
of course, she could walk to the nearest 'bus from
where she lived and get quite easily downtown;
there was also a postscript stating that he had not
asked Dick to call for her and was certain that
there would be plenty of other young men at the
dance to give her a good time. Altogether, a letter
which pleased Margaret, especially as she believed
she detected a note of hostility in the remark about
Dick.
That evening, at about half-past eight o'clock,
Margaret left Dalyrose alone in the midst of a vast
disarproving silence created by cookie, Sarah and
the other housemaid. Esther was again left in
charge of Bobbie, her remuneration on this occasion
being one shilling, an extraordinary amount, as
Margaret had pointed out to her, for so slight a ser-


vice, but one rendered comparatively easy by Joe's
present of five shillings, which Margaret did uno
mention.
"It's a good t'ing she going Saturday," miultered
cookie, "or I would have to tell Mrs. Page- hjw she
going on. It is scandilous now."
"An' Esther aids and abuts her," iaid RSarah,
"and would put us into it if anything happen '
So there were two camps now amo:in the setr
vants whereas there had been but one before. a ,amp
founded on class loyalty and held together hb a feel-
ing of antagonism to the employing order. Cookie
and the two housemaids had now no diilubt that
Mrs. Page was being treated shabbily, and were
angry that Margaret should do with such effr'lritery
what they would not even venture to thlik of
Jealousy had awakened. Were it not that the, had
consented to Margaret's taking her first '- al.i:.ng
the path of nightly galivanting, and i-epeially
also that in a couple of nights she witild hiav
disappeared forever from the scene, ways and inmlan
would have been found by them for quietly bring-
ing her conduct to the attention of her nmistriess
Quietly: for all these servants were a little afraid
of one another and did not, as they expressed it.
wish to be thought of by each other as "a' Iar"-
this meaning one who told the detrim-nt.il truth
about some other person.
There were young men at the dance club with
whom Margaret had become acquainted: some ,of
these were only too pleased to be able to dance with
her even though they had brought partners with
them. There was abundance of refreshm-nts. a very
good band of dance-music; the atmos1 here wa
bright and gay, the night was cool; yet Miarearl.r
was not contented. Her special cavalier-. .I..,- and
Dick, were not present. At Dalyrose she had left
critics whose looks of disapproval she had I.it failed
to notice. In a way,-that did not matter nw, sh-
was leaving her situation for good. She hdI muad-
arrangements as to where she would live t...r th.e
next few weeks at least; she would share ;in apart
ment with a girl friend of hers. There wa-. nt:ithin
to worry about, and yet she was not happy bIe, atis
of her feeling that she was neglecting B:blihe. Thii
feeling had been so deep down at first tltht Ihe ha I
scarcely been conscious of it; maybe it oiil d never
have troubled her had all the domestics at D.lyvr."."
continued strong in her support. But their chilaig,el-
attitude affected her more than she kn-w: ilsh- rt
sented it, and yet was unpleasantly cor.-,:.iut thar
it was at least to some extent justified. Thit. It i-
true, instead of causing her to alter her ,'londnet
had only rendered her more defiant: "they are i.nl)
jealous and envious," she said to herself. "jand th- .
want to please the white people." But thi.taih sh-
believed this, she knew that she had no riiliht i',
leave Bobbie Page so often by himself at night~. And
to-night, particularly as her young men friendl- wer-
absent, she was more restless and anxious than v\-r
she had been.
Before eleven struck she made up he:- niiid Sh,.
would leave the dance and go home. Shle lipl:ed
out unobtrusively, caught a taxi, and w.-nt hac:k ~..
Dalyrose.
"Sleeping?" she said softly to Est-h-r. a- sh-
touched that dozing damsel on the shoulil-r
"No, Miss Margaret!" protested Eitlierl -Ih.
mently, starting up. "I never close me h.\. it
I was thinking' so much that I didn't sort .it' he.-
y'u when you come in. How y'u enjo y-v i's,.li
"Good-night," was Margaret's only aI,]-.]. .,ni.
she went quietly to her room.
The light turned on, she glanced :,i the t.-j
wherein Bobbie slept. The little fellow \wi- uri.,
up fast asleep. Margaret gazed at him tii lhriilily.
then proceeded to undress. Her undress:n l- tir-ii:d
she turned off the light and lay down.
But she did not go to sleep.
She had not been sleeping so wel' tlh..-e [t.i
nights. She had taken to thinking. Sh- th..l..hi
now that if Joe had made an effort he -i..'i. h i',
i.ut off going to the country that nigh-. :i.-,i hat
she should have tried to get into touch v.i ; Li'.I:
But she did not know Dick's home addi --. ShE
would, shortly: she wished now that she lin' .ik'-,J
him for it when last they met.
She lifted her head suddenly. Was. til: i..uidl
she had heard in Bobbie's room? Perhai,- li !ulI
fellow was turning in his sleep; if he nv- ,i..ikk
he surely would have called out.
Her head fell back silently upon the |'liii'.. Inj'
still her ears seemed faintly to detect tih -iiLt..i
of movements not far from her. She felt .j, ift' ii' .
were someone about; it flashed upon her iminJ mtLat
these kidnappers Margaret did not i i!l,- tlha
fear of kidnappers had long been in her inintl u iih-
out her being aware of it, that this fe.- l had .:r' -
tributed largely to her increasing uneasii'-: ..-.' lie
past week or so. But now it came upc.i h..r v. ti
full force. She was certain there was --i.]...i.- it
the adjoining room.
What was she to do? If there w':l: .in.1ini-
there with an evil intent he would be at iii.i. .and
how could she, a lone girl, cry out, alrtiiit :anry-
thing, without running a terrible risk? A.* I for
people, too, whom she was leaving in a Idtrv ..t I.,.
people who had "treated her most ungrat tiilly H-r
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sleeping: dtha ar tne only sensible thing to do.
She must i,:.k a:iter l-iself .. they looked after
themselve-.
She heard nuffled, almost imperceptible
sound again. 'I'liti:i could now be no doubt. With
one movemiint hlie lhad risen from the bed, stepped
across the r..im :aiid -witched on the light. She
had rEas'uid inl,. n.iy and acted another. She was
all action n.ow
Shbe ared thioutili the open door at Bobbie's
bed. The hh') had di-appeared.
She dartid iiin. the room.
Before -he could i.ream a familiar voice whisp-
ered to her:
"Don't make no noise, Margaret, it's only me.
You and I are friends. yot know I want to married
)ou. Keep yuu' ni,,iuth .hut and it will be all right."
"Diik!"
"Yes. it's me."
"What you duilig here, an' what you doing with
the baby"'
The child wam. I.ing over the man's shoulder,
held sevurely hy his left arm. The smell of chloro-
form came toj her nostrils. She understood.
"It is all right," le went on rapidly. "Nothing
happen t.' hinm Hli father will pay two hundred
pounds l get hinm bac.k. and I will not only marry
you whin you lea'%, here, but will give you fifty
pounds Go bhd.k tin I,.d quietly, and they can't say
a word to you I am .'mang now."
As he spok- e nle \ned forward, and she backed
into her ,,wn r'-u.m. [ick must have come in just
before she r uriined. it came swiftly to her, and on
hearing her arrive. i.iller sooner than perhaps he
expected, had hidden Ibehind the door until she put
out her light and had (as he imagined) fallen
asleer. He was a kidnapper-he and his friend Sun-
ner. And they had planned to take Bobbie away!
"Put thar child d.,wn!"
She spoke lidly, imperatively. She was too
startled. too angry now, to be afraid. She stood
between him and thl open door. He looked into
her face and saw that she meant to resist him.
"If you say another word I kill you," he hissed;
"don't think, you damn fool, that I going to allow
a ignorant beat like you to stop me. And see here,"
he continued rapidi.. "'f you say a word about me
to anybody you will b- killed, even if they catch
me. I am not alone. so if you don't want a knife
in your bloody i'riat you will keep you' mouth
shut."
For ansacr slhe sprang upon him, one hand on
the child. the orh-r chipping his right arm. With a
jerk he flung Bobblie on her bed and reached with
his left hand fri a king, sheathed knife in his belt.
She str-ainmd Lont. loud, terrifying, the scream
pierced the night and she heard answering cries
from the servant-' roii.ts. He pitched her away; she
stumbled against lier dressing-table, her arms spread
out automatically to. break her fall. Her hand came
into contact wtih her -lectric iron. She caught it
and hurled it at tlhw iii.Ln just as he was disappear-
Ing out of the ri 'ii:
It struck him i..n ile head, drawing blood, but
did not stun hini YVt- for a moment or two he stag-
gered. then slt..,ii .- rough uncertain what next
Ct do. Her tililtii, spirit was now aflame.
Instead of cowerit'n back she lurched forward.
People were already pouring into the yard, she
saw a girlish ficurle loom directly in the kidnap-
per's path and shriikeid: "Look out, Miss Marjorie'
For God's sake look ,,it.! Him have a knife!" and
then realized that Di. k had suddenly turned and
stabbed at herseif
A stinging pain in her shoulder, a rush by Dick
towards the gate. thin the sound of fighting. A
heavy body fell pro:nci on the ground, and, amazed,
she heard Joe Sunner'- voice. "You all right, Mar-
garet? I know I would catch him some day." Then
she fainted.
She was revived within a few minutes. "What
happen to Mr. Bobbie?" was the first question she
asked.
"He is sleeping ,,ff the chloroform nicely, thank
you, Margaret." she %\as answered by Mr. Page. "And
I must say that y ol are a brave and faithful girl."

VI
It was but a slight flesh-wound, the doctor said;
she had fainted niore from shock than from any-
thing else. As to Hobbie, the chloroform he had
been given would not harm him; he would sleep
It off.
The doctor had bEen hastily summoned by tele-
phone; he soon left. "Don't talk about this until
to-morrow," he had advised; "the man has been
taken to the gaol."
And on the following day all that was obscure
was soon made plain
The Pages had returned from dining out, to
hear a terrific scream coming from the southern part
of their house. Marjorie had been the first to leap
from the car and to run towards Margaret's room;
her quick wits had warned her that Bobbie might
be in danger. She would have been stabbed had
ort Margaret called out to her, thus attracting Dick's
furious wrath towards herself. What Dick had
never calculated upon. could not have imagined, was


that Sunner would make his appearance at that cri-
tical moment.
"But I was waiting for him," Mr. Sunner ex-
plained to Margaret. "I had a suspicion, a moral
suspicion, that he was up to something bad, in fact
that he was a kidnapper; for, otherwise, how could
he have so much money and do so little work?"
"But don't he is a wage-slave like yourself?"
asked Margaret. "Don't he have a jobbing car like
you?"
"That was only a blind; he hardly work in it;
and he was always questioning people about the
places where their employers live. I ask meself:
'why is he doing that?' "
"He didn't question me," said Margaret.
"No; for he know I know you, and that I come
to this house, so he ask me all about it, and I tell
him. He didn't suspect nothing, but I was watching
him all the time.
"And yet he was your friend?"
"Friend what! Is everybody you know your
friend? I don't know him longer than four or five
months ago, like I know lot of other men."
"Then stop," said Margaret "you not a car-own-
er like you say?"
"O yes, I have a car, as camouflage; but I am
really a detective I try to keep my identity un-
known, but now it must come out in the court. You
see, Margaret, when the first kidnapping take place,
we know at the Detective Office that we couldn't
catch the criminals in any ordinary way, and as I
was new to the Kingston Force I suggested a way
to the Inspector and we began to work it. I got ac-
quainted with this man and formed like I was a
great friend of his. I saw he liked good-looking
girls, especially those who work in houses where
there are little children, so I make up to you and
introduce you to him-"
"And form like you love me, and induce me to
leave this house night after night, as a decoy," cried
Margaret, her vanity stung to the quick. "You may
be a detective but you are a worthless man all the
same. I don't see that you are any better than Dick.
All of you are alike!"
"Don't make a row," implored Joe calmly, "I
wasn't deceiving you when I said I love you. I
really want to marry you, don't you see? And now
I am sure you will marry me after such a sma t
thing like I have done. Even if you have money."
"Money?"
"Yes; don't you know? The Police offer a re-
ward of two hundred pounds to anyone aiding in the
capture and condemnation of the kidnapper or kid-
nappers who have been disturbing the peace of His
Majesty the King"-Joe rolled off the words with
gusto. "Well, it is you Who see the chief one of
them in the act, lick him with a iron, and so help
me to arrest him. The reward is yours. I can't get


it because I am in the Force. But I will get some-
thing though."
"And you want to take part of my reWard from
me, eh?"
"Why not? A wife must share with her hus-
band, like a husband share with his wife. But as
a matter of fact we will use all the money we have
to buy a house."
"Lord, men can plan and lie!" exclaimed Mar-
garet, secretly delighted at the thought of a house
of her own. "And you can lie, me friend. When you
write and tell me that you were going out of
town-"
"That wasn't a lie, it was a blind. It was what
you call a stratagem. I made Dick believe the same
thing, and I asked him if he would come and take
you to the dance. He said he couldn't-naturally,
for he was going to steal away Mr. Page child that
night. I guessed so; so I stationed myself outside
this place to watch for him when he was coming
out. If he didn't have the child I could do him
nothing, for he could always say he came to see
you, and as I had come meself even into your room,
that was a story nobody could deny. I had to catch
him with the child; but you did. I was outside
Dalyrose last night from about ten o'clock, hiding
in the hedge. My back ache all over. And I can
tell you me heart was in me mouth lest Dick should
get you to go half-and-half with him."
"And if I had agreed, and you knew it, what
would you have done?" demanded Margaret, fixing
her eyes upon Joe's face. The look said plainly:
"would you have arrested the woman you say you
love?"
"I would have fixed you up somehow," Joe re-
plied. "I would have got you out of it. It would
only have been yielding to threats on your part-
without meaning to, of course. But tell me now,
don't you think I am smart?"
"You more than smart," conceded Margaret;
"and to think that neither that man or me ever
suspect you! You are extraordinary."
"Sure," said Joe; "that's what I think me-
self."
4* *

But Margaret did not deem it wise to admit to
Mrs. Page that she had never guessed at what Joe
was really after when he began his nocturnal visits
to Dalyrose. Without saying so in as many words,
she contrived to convey the impression that she had
been aware all the time of what was in his mind.
That same day she hinted at this to cookie and the
others; she was surprised to find that they too,
every one of them, had known from the first that
Mr Sunner was on the track of the kidnappers,
(Continued on Page 25)


A GOVERNOR'S DAY- AND HIS WIFE'S
(Continued from Page 12)


As a matter of fact what in the course of the
day, as a rule, Lady Richards decides to do are, first
of all, the most important things. She may not be
as methodical in mind as Sir Arthur, but she has
been trained by circumstances as a Governor's wife
to think of first things first, and to attempt and
achieve them. Otherwise she could never get
through her day, even though many of that day's
duties are self-imposed, are the outcome of a desire
to be useful in the country, and, also, to be helpful
to the Governor.

FOR make no mistake about it, a Governor's wife
in a British colony can be a great help or hin-
drance to him; even by merely being nice to all
sorts and conditions of persons (some of whom are
decidedly not nice) she may be of priceless assist-
ance. I have noticed that all the guests entertained
by Lady Richards are "charming": that is how she
invariably describes them. She may feel that they
are, but they all cannot possibly be. That wouldn't
be human. It doesn't matter, however, whether they
are or are not, the important thing is that they
should feel that she thinks them so; and she cer-
tainly has the gift of making people feel that they
are most welcome and that their presence gives her
pleasure.

AGAIN, if the Governor does not go to parties,
whether of the dinner, the cocktail or the
dancing variety, Lady Richards does. She repre-
sents him; and though some of these functions may
be genuinely pleasurable to her, all of them cannot
be-that would not be within the possibility of
things. For often she must be tired, some-
times there are other matters to which she would
like to devote herself; yet she attends these func-
tions whenever she can: she has sometimes been at
a cocktail party, then later on at an official din-
ner, and this sort of thing repeated must mean a
strain upon her. Who told me this? Why, I have
seen her at these entertainments, and the rest I can
easily divine. She may be very energetic? She is;
but one's energy is not illimitable. And she lives in
a tropical country.


ATURDAYS, Sundays, public holidays make no
difference to Sir Arthur Richards; there are no
holidays or half-holidays for him so long as he is
at King's House, and even when he goes for a few
days to the country important work follows him
there. Or he is thinking of it. He goes to church
of course. I opine that he does so from inclination,
though, in the matter of church-going, a Governor
is supposed to set a good example. Seeing that but
a small number of persons can ever at any time
see him at service I do not quite follow this doctrine
of the good example; however, he does set it, though
this does not prevent him from working on Sun-
days. While in the island, too, it is impossible for
him to forget for any length of time the things
that have to be done: even if he be walking or driv-
ing along a country road he is observing conditions,
noting in his mind what is seen by his eyes and
directing his eyes to the things that are there to be
seen. He is probably not always conscious of this,
but one does not escape the compulsion or influence
of habit. And if one possesses a sense of responsibil-
ity one's mind must be constantly at work.
I THINK he likes it; indeed I am sure he does.
Work falls to those who can do it and are will-
ing to undertake it; these seek it out and it seeks
them out: the process is mutual. That is why it has
been said that if you want anything done it is wisest
to get a busy man to do it. The industrious, capa-
ble man takes many a job in his stride, but he can
reduce that job to its simple, fundamental elements
and so accomplish it in far less time that those
who would make a fuss about it and lose themselves
in unimportant details. Sir Arthur Richards likes
work, likes responsibility, likes power, finds satis-
faction in achievement. He would have been a suc-
cess as a businessman; he became an official in-
stead. He but I must again remind both the
reader and myself that this is no character-sketch
but a writing on a Jamaica Governor's Day and also
on the day of his wife. And I may say in con-
clusion that it is but an outline of an average day,
for no two Jays can be absolutely alike, as the in-
telligent reader will well appreciate.


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20 PLANTERS' PUNCH 1940-41


JANE'S CAREER
(Continued from Page 6)
She knew that the girls who lived at Stony Hill
gave themselves airs and boasted of their superior
civilisation. They objected to being referred to as
"country people", and were proud of their proximity
to Kingston, which was but a short eight miles away.
In the past she had sometimes pictured herself as
going to Stony Hill to live, and that had seemed to
her a daring flight of fancy; now, she reflected, she
was on her way to Kingston itself, and for the first
time since she had set out on her journey her pace
slackened, and her heart began to beat quickly.
She had reached, as it were, the boundary line
between her old life and the life that was to begin
that day. She thought in concrete images, and
Stony Hill represented to her the change that had
taken place in her career. She was acquainted with
one or two persons there; beyond that town, south,
east, and west, was an unknown world; and though
Celestina had told her about the delights and won-
dersi of Kingston, her friend the guitar player had
also depicted to her some of its perils, and had
warned her of the trials she might have to endure.
She walked slowly, very slowly now, keeping
her eyes upon the ground; but she never once look-
ed backward. Soon she came to the house to which
she had been directed, a small stone building with
a garden in front of it. She knocked at the gate,
then timidly entered when bidden to do so by some
one concealed behind a green jalousie window.
When she closed the gate behind her she, so to speak,
closed the chapter of her earlier life. She had now
ceased to be a country girl. She had become the
employee of a city dweller, a member of the large
army of West Indian domestics.

CHAPTER III
JANE came to Kingston by the great road which,
as a street, commences at Kingston's water-front,
runs through the entire length of the city in a
straight line, turns a little to the north-west after
the city's northern boundary is passed, and then,
a few miles farther on, begins to climb the hills.
It goes right across the island, bisecting other main
roads; it passes through towns and hamlets, is some-
times bordered by smiling fields and sometimes by
yawning chasms. It is spanned by bridges, streams
flow across it, often it winds round the base of some
great hill or sweeps triumphantly over its summit;
at last it finds itself on level land once more and
merges into another great white way which also
forms part of the magnificent system of roads with
which the island of Jamaica is endowed.
From Stony Hill to Constant Spring the distance
is about three miles, the descent is easy, and the
scenery is amongst the most pleasing that the
"Queen of the Antilles" has to show. When you
leave the Hill, with its broad limestone thorough.
fares, its cosy stone and wooden houses, its old fort
and the buildings erected long ago for the use of
the white troops that once were stationed there,
you pass between tall hedges of variegated crotons
and poinsettia and hibiscus; and the colours of their
leaves and flowers, the bright yellow and green and
the flaming scarlet of them, make a picture which
will linger in your memory for many a long day.
Soon you emerge out of this many-coloured avenue.
your horses trotting briskly down the well-kept slop-
ing road. At times the path lies open to the sun,
at times it is buried deep in shade; here a cliff over-
hangs it and stones come leaping down as you pass
along; farther on a parapet protects it, and all along
it winds and twists like a mighty snake. Sudden-
ly it curves to the right-and lo! a rolling plain.
green as an emerald, studded with park-like clear-
ings and dotted with buildings, lies open to the view.
A fierce light beats upon it, a haze created by the
heat, quivers and dances over it, high above it the
sky is a curving canopy of brilliant blue. It is the
Liguanea Plain that stretches out before you there,
the plain formed aeons ago by the detritus washed
down from the mountains, and at the farther edge
of it, all green and white, looking from this view-
point like a mass of toyhouses constructed by a child
lies the city of Kingston dozing and baking in the
sun. In front of the city is a great landlocked har-
bour, a harbour which ranks amongst the seven
finest in the world. On the silver surface of the water
a score of ships lie motionless. Beyond them, dividing
the harbour from the outer sea, is a narrow slip of
land known as the Palisadoes, and at the end of the
Palisadoes you catch a glimpse of the town of Port
Royal, a place famous in the history of the seven-
teenth and eighteenth centuries. There lived the
buccaneers who made the blue Caribbean hateful
to the sailors of Spain. Thither were taken the
prizes won by Englishmen from the foes of their
country when the foundations of England's sea-
power were being laid. Nothing obstructs the view,
but should never so slight a shower of rain begin
to fall, the land and seascape, towns, ships and har-
bour, would immediately be blotted out of sight; a
moving diaphanous shroud would wrap the country
round, to disappear after a little while and leave
behind millions on millions of tiny raindrops flash-
ing and sparkling in a golden light.


Farther down one comes upon ruins, the aban-
doned and neglected work of man. Long aqueducts,
substantially built of brick, are slowly falling to
pieces; buildings which once hummed with activity
are here in the ultimate stages of decay. No stran-
ger would guess that the wood and pastureland on
either side of him are all that remain of a once pros-
perous sugar estate, and that the stone columns be-
side which the cattle browse supported the roof of
a country magnate's residence in the days when the
West Indian sugar islands were amongst the most
valued possessions of the British Crown.
But now you turn a little to the left and the
scene changes completely. You are on the plain,
and on your left hand rises a huge building of dull
yellow stone and painted wood, with gardens and
smooth lawns around it-a spacious place with
green hills for a background and the rolling plain
in front. This is the Constant Spring Hotel, and
Jane, when first it burst upon her sight imagined it
was a palace belonging to the King, for she could
not believe that any one except a King could own
so large a house.
She came down from Stony Hill in a dilapidated
buggy drawn by a pair of horses, whose general ap-
pearance suggested that existence was a burden to
them. She sat in front with the coachman, holding
herself upright and still, partly through timidity,
partly through fear of the hard-featured mistress
who sat behind her. Jane stood in awe of her mis-
tress. That lady intended that she should, for it
was an article of faith with her that kindness and
affection bestowed upon a member of the servant
class was so much virtue wasted. She was a stout-
ish person of yellow complexion and self-confident
air, and possessed of a rather shrill voice. She was
a widow, and had no children; but her nephew and
two nieces lived with her; and to perform all the
household work of a family of four she had two
servants, one a grown woman employed at three
shillings a week, with "feeding," and a schoolgirl,
who, in the present instance, was Jane.
All the way from Constant Spring to the city
Jane experienced sensations which one might sup-
pose would be felt by a child in wonderland. She
had never seen such large houses before; in a vague
sort of way she wondered how many hundreds of
persons lived in them, so spacious did the villas
of the Kingston gentry appear to her unsophisticat-
ed eyes. Then there was the wonder of the electric
cars, things she had often heard of, but which she
had never been able to imagine in any kind of way.
When she came to where the road ended and the
long street proper began, her amazement further
increased. The numerous little shops, the houses
standing close to one another, the bustle of the
street, the number of people she saw moving in all
directions, or lazily leaning against doors and
fences, or squatting on the edges of sidewalks and
wherever else the could find a seat--she had never
thought that so many buildings and persons could
be seen at one time; and the farther on she went
the more did she become impressed with the great-
ness of the city in which she had come to live. For
at every crossing, on looking to the right or to the
left, was the same endless vista of houses, and every-
where were cabs and carts and people, and once or
twice a bellowing motorcar rushed past with a speed
which seemed to her to rival that of lightning.
What a place Kingston was! Celestina was
right; there was nothing like this in the country.
She felt awed, frightened, derressed-lonely, too,
for she was a stranger in a strange land. A vague
regret that she had come took possession of her;
all the confidence she had felt the day before, when,
in the little village among the hills, she had talked
with her friends about her future life-all her con-
fidence had left her. The feeling of which she was
now mainly conscious was that of being confused.
She had seen so many new and strange things with-
in an hour! When the buggy, turning to the right,
drew up before a little brick-and-wood single-storey
house in Heywood Street, and she was told by her
mistress to descend and help to take the parcels out
of the trap, she climbed down into the street mecha-
nically, seized hold of the parcel which the coach-
man shoved into her hands, and then stood waiting,
completely at a loss what next to do.
"Go and knock at the door," Mrs. Mason com-
manded, and she did as she was told. The door
was opened by an untidy-looking black woman of
about twenty-six years of age, who hurriedly came
down the steps into the street with a pretence of
gladness at her mistress having returned. Jane,
not yet knowing what to do, stood where she was,
with the parcel in her hands, awaiting further
orders.
"Are you going to stay there all day," Mrs.
Mason asked. "Why don't you take the bundle in-
side and come back?"
"I see what it is going to be already," was her
muttered comment on Jane's stupidity. "I am go-
ing to 'ave trouble. Well, Sarah" (to the servant)
"how is everything since I leave? I suppose you
mash up all me crockery?"
"No, missis, everything all right," answered Sarah
briskly. "How y'u enjie yourself, ma'am? Y'u look-
ing well! Glad y'u came back, ma'am."
By the time this speech was delivered (the in-


sincerity of which was quite apparent to Mrs. Ma-
son), Sarah had taken hold of two or three of the
bundles in the buggy, Jane had returned for the two
small boxes, and Mrs. Mason had begun to ascend
the steps which led to the doorway of her house.
The door opened into what Mrs. Mason called her
drawing-room, a room about fifteen feet square, fur-
nished with three American yellow cane-seated rock-
ing chairs, four black Austrian steam-bent chairs,
a small marble-topped table (which stood in the
centre), two small mahogany tables which were
arranged opposite to each other against the walls,
and a horsehair sofa of uncertain age and dingy
appearance. Hung on the walls of the little room
were coloured prints framed with gold moulding,
and two enlarged photographs, one of the late Mr.
Mason and one of his widow. Just below these was
an illuminated card with the motto, "God Bless Our
Home". A large mantlepiece, on which were some
ornaments, was the most showy article of furniture
in the room.
It happened that Jane, looking about for a suit-
able place on which to deposit the bundle she had
carried inside, had decided on one of the mahogany
tables. This was unfortunate, for the bundle con-
tained, among other things, a can of "wet sugar";
and some of this sugar had leaked out of the can
and through the cloth. Sarah, with more experi-
ence, had taken her parcels through the drawing-


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room and into what served as the dining itoiui, wheti,
she had placed them on the floor. MrI lMa'oin Ibe
Ing the last to enter the house i which she did slow.
ly, with the thoughtful intention of alliwin her
neighbours to notice her return in slate was net
midway in the drawing-rorom Iy Sarah. who was r,
turning to relieve her of the habt-box -he carried
and both Sarah and herself saw the r-ugar-ladeni
bundle on the table at the same time. Mrs. Masou
was scandalised. Her voice took on ait extra de.
gree of shrillness as she loudly a-keil Jant what
she meant by what she had dune Sarnh frantrnally
echoed her cry. She did more. -he hbirriEd to til.
table, and discovering the stain imad- hby the mnoi-t
sugar, uttered an exi:lalnation iof h:rrir and iinm -
diately called her in1tret 's iii ahr-ltion ir t[he awful
circumstance
If Mlrs. las ln was -.; :andilnli s a uiuiipenti I..
fore, she was nowi thrundi-rsilrn k. TI'. ni w 'irl
the girl, that had ti:.me to her with such a .,-ii.d .h..ir
acter from her lniith'-r. and %% hi was ib ii ii t i Ii II% !I
an excellent start in life. had not bi-l a nim.,lient- it
the house before vhe had lbeguLn I, a. t \with llh. I i
tomary willt'ul ainId Inall ii.- i .j ir---I-.se-.- .[' ;iii
former s':hoolgirls'
"Jane." site piped ,e hiril.I ii ., .ii -. I li ..iii
have don-?"
"But w ha i yl inri -ani y il-ti.,iy n i .li.- .l fi1,.
nilure''" nas ani tnlh-l que*-li: ii Iii!In-dL lrl ly il ri ..
Jane by Sarah. C hi indi'niri:iiin ai.!.Ir-!!ily ..i!
not be toutaintud.
Jane was sublimely ulncorin-.lrnil '4 l.in lu ii(- .,I
anything wroinge. I-I-r 'wiAh had bhertn ti di, what wI-,
right; and as in her own honrnle she ii',ild i.!errainl\
have placed a parcel on a table. no ri mati. r if
contained silk or green banana slih I s.ull noltr im
mediately realise ith nature of hli.-r oiffeie Sirh
merely knew that she was begin inlaxl with 1.,m,1
misdemneanour or other and n as s.lu -.t i- r an
wer was clearly n]-ces-ary. she -aid. B*e'l iri'dini
ma'am, I won't do it aii-r'in." alld reiranil-,-l 'her-
she was standing.
"Well. dl4 gal i ri-ally fi,.xlisr o"" -. d
Sarah. "She say 'hle sorry she iiL--[ri i. M-- A .liso,
table, an' she w'nt'i t ii t k .ff de i ne '- .,ff of it'
Gal! y'u foolish. no?"
"Luook hei-. lane." -aidl MrIs Mij ld" i fiirl-'i
and the careles-nesi of the girl coilbin ini i.i, inal..
her feel angry. "lh. ik here. let nie till y..I at; olun
that I don't want t1.i 'ave any hLIlth-'rnlti.nl w\tit yii
You seem to have been brou-ght uip in a i ery a..ii-
less way where you coine froin. but yiii will haiv-
to learn better here. Yo'u must be very stuplidl r
go an' put the wet. sugar on me drawing-roomrn table::
and it it wasn't that you just i.rne tor Iin'tr .tlii fir.,
the first time, and perhalr don't know b,-ttier. I
would teach you a good lessini for y.riI iur-l'-,inh-'
Now Just take that parcel off the tale at -once anl
put it where Sarah will tell you. .And ne\-r y,, d-.i
such a thing again'"
"Come on!" said Sarah sharply to: Jaine. "i's ;
good t'ing," she added loudly, but as if she intr-ndeil
her words for Jane's hearing alone. **i's a guuod tine
you have a lady like Mlris~ Mla-ton to deal wid. or y'u
would feel sorry for you' foolishness."
Jane said nothing, but followed Sara:h Inekly
She understood that she had just ei-"ajipd a -e\-r--
punishment which two grown persl.'is i..n-i-d -rLdl she


thri.ilnM ly lde-cred. and tso terlr.r inow ica me tio ad.
it.. I1iir en.-rnal illi-ry. She world have liked to ri--
turni hortl ant 1n.111, but knew that that \was iillp,-.
ihble. Shi had nt'v r .oi.tn ecrted Kilu'r-trn wi
thrliats ..f lbodiily t rdati tiu i.rll Iell -des, she was ni,
:it all 4.onvin..ed that sli'h lhad done anything wronI
She wasn't allo:Iwed mucllh i lntiee t t ritle lt i i:
her stuatin. [or NiMrs. Nlasion at ornie s,-t her' lt.i -i ellI
II1n the p iira'.l- afndi h rinl' g their conteni s ill a
'ood.ln tiupho:urd ii the diininl romini. Sarah 'as-itt
E-l herl. with f'rel-l nl i olllllienti 1C1n her tlunlllllin-
and w ith i.r.'? thI3n I nie allusiun to hher evident d(i
Sir-' i,, di.-lt' Ny Mlr- lason'- furniture.
When lthi- liit ,f wor k was overI. Illi MaNirn
nriiiii n :dl thi:rt -I expe,-,ti i i r i i iru ks liy '.air .
illtl' laI .r .'Ii and i .1l. -r. d ibrth Jalne and S'Ll'.ii i.-
l ii 'n f. -ri iil p !'l the iii'c au: Illau'uch a' -Irh
.ddi i h .- i-ingu 'A li.t -h- c-ailed a 'nae-er. h.li- ll-J
Inoh t, p:[t he i ,-uildi iir ntiii l -ti\ eral lu'r- b n fl\
li[ .allor i titi- l i nlln .liil I|lr.llhi y oIIly afti-r l ti .I.I -
rinr.- tI ., 1. 1 i l *. ii illin ..al r nf li.-r irli -ik
. -h i rllil r't r- t i-iti II r inn .r--u rirr I" h -I' I -I I" 1 i
Site L''i J .Join- .1 III I1t b'r-ad ainll si -lll i tn'-

.,nlii il -ii i i.- i 111.1,i l i ii- f r Ii i ll .i .
.. .i ii I1 iti.. .ii 111. l-lil r ls. i-l X hi .- W .
, I, ii. -.-. h ,n hi h hi.' iiiT -, u- i L lii- I;- t' i i hi -.

h niI. l ,-i- i-- i ii it ii. lii i lii- t -- i
-,hI h 1,, l 1 I i i iH I l l, Ih l- l W I T h Ti t' !
". i I l ,i I t, I ll -I I '., l- t li: iji'.- \ lll. l'.- lll III .
li ] nil I- .. -i- I l it, I I, a M I t Nl .t si '.i I ,. l ',- i, i
,I,1, l pl I T- it. v.. *,.,.< >lh- y hl'> r t ii i r,- lt i. -i 1
tif t l ..i n di.l--r .d t Iii i i-t,,I ol f i.r-" e resl i ti\ i -l%
v. h i ihid i i-iill I-.- nn lill oini.il d 1i, -ir%.e in .ii1h iC
hle ,i ,ll i --h..i inU (.iLiti SIltr-et. TIhere wia- a.1i
rh:i -r ion iiiIl i ih. yard. a -iort .tf aninix ti Ih-e inlnii
nilhlili_ :inllI h1i- w.S lier nh -plie w'l lihedr. ...1i Ti.-
y IrId Irn-,:f :1n ; 'fair lar'e. ui ipa iv d :na I ;i thI-
. .l' I r- I rill l.imr il iriilh rnilj irth.. rit i lf .wai l h 1as-
-,-ri i i'l' r 1- 11.i. \w M i ":. S'a2311h .. i -1- I. aind nill- :; n"-116
iL I.1 hli:r d-i by Janii
tlll., i I' lln li. w" s i..n 1i 1 ii iil ly Sa.i
li i. ii iniii i| a '. iii:i- i n t lii e'.r u i i iii 1 |.-Vi
*', in ily. ., iril .,n tiln- 1.1i wCu d itty stri pi l l..I '
,l "i l l r ,L '- Th t-re w ;- a li.0i t it i-

Iir nk iii w hii.hi Slarah k-pr inuih arti.l- of drie-
a- -hi. ili [l ii d t I.,,is s Jl anie had urinh iher lih-
Sl llth.- llil dl- ...lnliai ltili h i-r i u. l thin antil nd i hll I.ll,
her t, pu.t this on thi. trunk. On her timidly a sk
ing whier. sh( wa I..i .-(eIl, Sarah said that Mr-
Ala-.on woa ld 'un .L her' Ibeddine lati.r oni. will-h sh-
illd] readl uiip.n the lin..r.
Al the thilii-hhil f W ithe- ro.im Junie -ai down I.
eat h-r lu.inh of Iitaid and sucar, while Sarah. hoi
iing thliar Mlr'. .a-on as a',lii-,p. entered inti, a Icn:
\i-r'iairmn th heri'. Sarah's manner had -~iddd-nl.y
I hannied. It u'as nit unfriendly, and tended *:very
iian.tienti to h: -uine in-,r'- intimate. Enilholdutied Ib
Ilis pnew attitrid, .if hers. Jane ientlired tir ik lii-.
wihait -It. : thiouli-l if NMrs Nla-on
"A rc-al i:i lh' di- lard Sarah aitli sti tlin_
ti.ir ikni--;. I juit trayin' hi-re tell I n';ii L-it .ii.aid
p.,l She iquai rl aliouit everyi'tin and she ,,
'i N.- r-,.
V iiiit ii in 1,2I Oi l'iiiji f.;


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In 1885
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In 1906
M.A., LL.D., Mr. J. Chatham, RFA., F..A.. FR.S.E.


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1940-41







PLANTERS' PUNCH


JANE'S CAREER
(('Co ,,imaCi from Page 21)
mean dat if y'u tek a piece of stale bread dat she
don't want. she will miss it and ask y'u 'bout it.
She an' me can't agree at all; but of cou'se, as she
come back fresh today, she won't say noten to me
yet. But you wait' an see! She an' me gwine to
quarrel before lone And her two niece is just like
herself. Den t'ink dent is young lady because dem
can dress up. but I d',,n't t'ink noten of dem, for
if dem was ylung lady dJem would a live in a better
housee dan dis. an' would keep more dan one sar-
vant an' a si.holgirl. Them gwine to want y'u to
do everything fi.' denm. aI' dem will work y'u to death
If y'u nick them d(i: it. As soon as I get anoder
Jobs I going' cl-ar uit ian' leave de dam place!"
"Y'u don't glIlJ she come back, den?" asked
Jane, who ituld not butr remember the enthusiasm
with which Sarah had greeted her mistress.
"Glad? What to glad for? What she bring fo'
me? If sh" did \brIke her neck when she was coming'
down de hill, I would lie glad, yes; but dat is de
only L'ing I would be plad about. I tell y'u, nobody
*an stay long wid her."
'Y'u ever work any oder place before?" was
Jane's next question, aked with the hope of finding
out if eniloynitent was easy to obtain in Kingston,
and with a kinder s,,rt of person than Mrs. Mason
promised to be.
"Plenty i.f pIla. e I ..nly been here four months.
But mose of de people I work wid is de same like
die one. Dent all t'ink y'u is a slave an' a t'ief. De
fact of de matter is.'" she continued spitefully, "I
hate to 'ave to, wi.ork out at all, but, y'u see, I don't
'are no friend, su I nii't do better. Y'u done eat-?
Well, come help nme wash up some plate. I will
soon 'ave to I:t i:.n de dinnerr"
Jane nti ed thait Sarah, like Celestina, looked
upon a "friend" a ih- ..ne and only way out of the
misery of dorue-tj. -i vice: Sarah, too, was even
more emphatic un tli- disadvantages of domestic ser-
vice than ev-r (:'ls,:.rti:l had been, and Sarah had
practical expielince
She lhelpi-d rn "a-:I the plates, then made up
the fire for Sarah. w h... afterwards got her to clean
a few knives. This -l-e did after a fashion of her
own. and put them where she was told. Then Mrs.
Mason called her iand began personally to instruct
her in her several iltti..s.

CHAPTER IV
T seemed 10 Jane that she was expected to do
everything. She was to run errands, clean the
house, dust the furnitince, learn to cook, help Sarah
with the washing. and. it was added (with uncon-
cious Ironyl make her-elf generally useful. Sarah's
principal functiun-s were cooking and washing, and
neither of these. in the opinion of Mrs. Mason
(and, truth to tell. i.( all Sarah's previous employ-
ers), did she niantale it do satisfactorily.
Mrs Masuu ha\lini rested, was now in a kind-
er temper than l withn -h had discovered the bundle
on her drawing rui.ini table. She even relaxed so
far as to warn Jaue against following Sarah's ex-
ample, and held uti the hope that Jane would be
promoted to Sarah's place, though decidedly not to
Sarah's pay. the nm..niint she became efficient enough
Ic justify NMrs. Ma-.-i.is bundling Sarah "neck and
crop" out of th. b..ie.
These were the lady's own words, for already
a cursory examinatulin of things had convinced her
Lthat Sarah had be-ii neglecting her duties. Be-
sides, her plau hall always been to set servant
against servant, thi- i,-ing one of the best means
she knew of pre'ventin them from gossiping and
wasting time. Later ,!. in the day she told Sarah that
one must keep a shIlarp -ye upon Jane and report to
her any laxity on it.- .:irl's part. This Sarah pro-
mised to do nm-tt 'arleiully, and immediately after-
wards her voii.e wax; neard remonstrating with Jane.
But she privately r-.il Jane of the interview, for
Sarah firmly hi,-r, in eye-service, and was de-
termined tr. get J.ine ti, perform for her, if possible,
the major pall f- hetr ,..,rk.
Jane was iirel. Ijn, was kept pretty busy until
.i'rs. Mason's n.e:e-: e ni nephew came in. The two
grils were sonm-ewh.t ,I.rker than their aunt. and
there was nothriln ai>,-,it their attitude to justify
Sarah's unfriendly :' irj. ism. The nephew was of Mrs.
Mason's coinll.!-in\i.. ith a loose mouth, weak
chin, and ratlltr -i~Iiil.ly nose. His hair was crisp
and curly. ht na, 'shuttless in character. Up to
then-he was ir,-nt\ i.r\, years-he had done little
more than lo-i his -Irtations. He was, neverthe-
.Ess, a firm h-lli.\r in his own abilities, to which
he alluded with pAiultil frequency. He apparently
suffered from laIck .,f .Appreciation on the part of
ethers.
Dinnpe' wa-s 'er'ird soon after the younger peo-
ple had come in. and though the family did not as
a lule have anyi.rie rI wait on table when they
dined, Mrs. Masnn trluitiht it just as well that Jane
should be initiated at once into the mysteries of
butlering, snm.e lii- r rvices in that connection
Sight be required oun i.ine important occasion.
i ('Co'tur, tl on Page 26)


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MRS. PAGE'S SERVANT
Sl.',,tiiii in tlr I t .,i, Potri, 1' l
though ,,non -i., l i..i l-- l ..j I n \':lo >-t l~'t'i
to Ithtn t ite. .iy nl >i.,[ lt lnrid ..:1 11i :, expla n .1
And they I...i..k c....I 1 a,11 t1 h t hl M r'. PAi t h.: jh ul(i
know all thb.
For it i ,,,ill t 1 IIn. a-' Ir. hi, l. in fro l th.- P -.:
ti:at SunI iin -r ii l n in- ,11 i i Illiti t .- 1iii n ii
Dalypri to ee r[. r-. lr'. .ili l Il11ol r lar.:ll'r .:II,
timts W int ..t \ith [ii. T iih ad i y ic '. I i'l
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derjlly b.la, nor want d aLlny..!'!i i.:. kn.. i |bl I'.ili-
or i I, rer ll hi l ifi [l rit y .11 I ,,, i in ( .'.iv .1
word.' -..oklie Inio t iritu..l-Ii- [.i .t', te] d I) her ii ..5
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said Mr. Waleroft to the Pages the following even-
ing. "Now I, born a Jamaican as I am, would have
known that something was up; but of course you
could not have been expected to do that. Why, the
last time I was here, and that girl Margaret brought
in Bobbie to bid us goodnight, I noticed that she
looked at him with eyes of beaming love. No mis-
take about it. I saw it distinctly."
It struck Mr. Page as somewhat strange tnat
Mr. Walcroft had expressed sentiments that evening
at variance with his secret knowledge, but the point
did not seem important. It would be a pity to say
a word that might diminish Mr. Walcroft's new-
found faith in his own insight.
"Margaret is on the impudent side," insisted
Marjorie; "she was always up in arms about every-
thing. But I might have been stabbed in the face
but for her." The thought of having her beauty
spoilt made Marjorie shudder.
"But," she resumed, "after all, if Margaret
wasn't so inclined to be uppish-and that is really
nothing-she would perhaps be a coward. I prefer
a girl with some spirit to one with none at all."
"Well, I never wanted to get rid of her," said
Mrs. Page complacently; "I always stood up for her.
I am glad to find I am right."
"So am I," said her husband sincerely.
"And what will she do before she marries this


detective?" asked Mrs. Wolcroft; "she can get a
good position, I am sure, if she leaves here."
"But she isn't leaving here before she marries,"
cried Marjorie; "we couldn't think of that. Mar-
garet has brains as well as loyalty."
"She is an admirable girl," said Mr. Page.
"I don't know what I shall do without her,"
said Mrs. Page, "and Bobbie loves her."
Esther heard these remarks, and later on, with-
out the slightest twinge of jealousy, reported them
to Margaret and the rest. Margaret smiled compla-
cently.
"They have their faults," she said, "but they
are nice people; they are the best class of white
people, and Miss Marjorie is a pretty girl. When
she dress to go out I feel proud of her. As for Bob-
bie"!
"I bin with them since them come to Jamaica,"
said cookie, "an' so I can talk. I wouldn't work for
nobody else. If it wasn't dat I did know all the time
that Mr. Sunner was coming here on business, I
wouldn't ha' keep me mouth shut about even you,
Miss Margaret, all dat time. But I know you know
too, though we didn't say one word to one anoder."
"I did always know too," ventured Sarah, "but
I keep quiet like all of you, for if y'u talk too much
you may spoil everything. De old people dem was
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PLANTERS'


JANE'S CAREER
(Continued from Page 23)
The girl brought in the dishes nervously, and
Mrs. Mason told her where to place them. Then
she stood near her mistress to await further in-
structions. From his seat at the foot of the table,
and when he thought his aunt's attention was fully
engaged in ladling out pea soup, Cecil surveyed the
new schoolgirl with the appreciative glance of a con-
noisseur; he took her in, so to speak, limb by limb,
then sized her up as a physical whole; he approved
of her as an addition to the household, and tried
to convey to her his friendly and sympathetic feel-
ing by one or two furtive winks. These Jane, with
all the awe of the new situation still upon her, could
not quite believe were intended for her. The young
ladies discussed her openly, and asked her questions
about herself with that friendly freedom of inter-
course which so many Jamaicans show in dealing
with their servants.
The elder, Miss Cynthia, asked her if she were
going to be a good girl. Her answer was: "Yes,
ma'am."
The younger sister wanted to know if she liked
Kingston and was glad she had come to town. She
said yes.
"I hope she will be'ave," said Mrs. Mason. "I
'ave had to get rid of two girls in the last six
months through their forwardness. And if she
lon't be'ave I will send her right back to her moth-
er. You hear that, Jane?"
"Yes, ma'am."
"The one thing I don't like in a servant is back-
answers. If you are civil I can put up with a lot,
but not otherwise. Pass this plate to Mr. Cecil."
As Jane did so, that enterprising young gentle-
man made use of the opportunity to pinch her arm
slightly, which act, being quite unexpected, caused her
to spill a little of the soup on the table.
"You must learn to be more careful, Jane," said
Miss Emma, the younger of the two sisters. "If
you throw away things like that over the tablecloth
when anybody is here, they will say you are not
use' to waiting on table, and make us look bad. You
must mind what you' doing."
"She nearly destroyed my mahogany table this
morning," Mrs. Mason observed, "and I would 'ave
been very vexed with her if she hadn't just come.
But she will 'ave to learn all these things. Jane"
(sharply) "pay attention to what I am saying an'
don't stare at Mr. Cecil. He is not saying anything
to you. Remember, I 'ave told you I don't allow
forwardness".
But Cecil had been trying to attract Jane's at-
tention. She, however, was wise enough to say no-
thing about this. The rest of the ordeal she passed
through easily enough, for though she was correct-
ed once or twice, her efforts were fairly successful.
The family's experience with butlers was of the most
elementary order; so that, if Jane did lack know-
ledge of what she was to do, meticulous criticism
was not to be expected from them.
Dinner over, Jane found that her day's duties
were nearly completed. Mrs. Mason told her that
she had better accompany Sarah to the shop that
night; this to enable her to learn something about
the neighbourhood. While waiting until Sarah
should be ready to go, she sat at the threshold of
the servants' room chatting. But she talked more
to drive away the feeling of loneliness which grip-
ped at her heart than because she felt inclined for
conversation.
"'Ow y'u like it?" asked Sarah after a while,
referring to the girl's first day in Kingston.
"I don't know," replied Jane hesitatingly. "I
don't go anywhere yet. I feel tired, an' de ole lady
seem like she love to rough me. An' Mr. Cecil" .
she hesitated and stopped.
"Him!" exclaimed Sarah contemptuously: "him
is a real mamparla (effeminate) man! Him afraidd
fe him aunt, an' yet him want to 'speak up' female.
It was him that mek Rachael leave here."
"Which Rachael?" asked Jane.
"De schoolgal dat was here before you. She
was a Kingston gurl, a little older dan you, an' she
didn't have no use for him. But him tease her till
she rude to him, an' him aunt curse her an' drive
her away. De whole o' them is a set! Me clearing
out. of it, me love! Just wait till I get anoder
jobs!"
Here she heard Mrs. Mason calling to her, and
ran to answer the summons. For though she pro-
fessed the greatest contempt for her mistress, she
knew that "anoder jobs" was not always easy to ob-
tain, and she did not wish to lose her situation just
then.
She came back in a few minutes.
"Y'u finish eat you' dinner?" she asked Jane.
"Yes," said the latter.
"All right. Put on you' hat, an' come wid me.
I am gwine to de market an' de shop."
Jane rose hastily put on the straw hat she had
brought with her, and which, hitherto, she had worn
only on special occasions. She had more than once
heard from Celestina of the glories of shopping on
a Saturday night in Kingston, which alone, accord-
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movement *..f hundreds ,'f pe-'pl-. tlh ,.,ni nil of '-.
ligious silm cing I li.:h ,i-r'.te-tl i-- wvay ihro.lh ai ll
the oiher nrii-e- and ril=u tlih. nl'lik., Iti-. i Ihial
market lto -, .Ll J.inri'- niti.ir h.nl h .i .il e :iii :::-. i:: i i
ally to sell h-:r good-, and whir h tIi Jaii-' itin l.-d r
ing eyes looked as tn'il2-h it [ ,iiiiiba-i .n all ith. l o, d
that could be gir.wni in a whei-l y-i:r in ill the vl'
ages she had ev -r -ciiI-ill tlhii lled liht-r wit
unspeakable d.-lil'lt. .A i.- f,,llj ed Sa!.ii i. h:
stumbled ninre tha n io e. sn intent i as st IIDp- ,ti
gazing at everything sbie \aw. Alr-ady: tlie tfa-.:
nation of city life had -eirzed hb-r. and f'r.m that
hour henef,:rw.ird, i o niatelr what h.ird!ip-l" h-
might hba\y It, fac-e in KiI-.tOlln. th3i -ii'y wa, tli-
place above all .otihir in Jamai.a lthat wR.ild n'i..i
appeal to htlr leatt.
Mrs. Mason having hrouA-ht ei..ie erjound pr. -
visions wiih hir fIromn lilt- .ountry. bit.d hiit -iionh
the girls to buy anythiii ill that line. Sarah'-j ,
chase. w:re tihele,-f. rniliniii-. blit Jjrei un. ,edl that
Sarah hIiegled a 1,.,nL' itii, t, it-n ,-t,-n baii3an fril
a penny.ha'-Ir-inny. arni. wht-n sh,- ;i,, :e-c.ed nr-n
fully broke off 3 hainnia fr!'ln thli h:-,nd i" j f flt;i
and put It in ht-r r,':'ket Sli- xplaow d ilih r, ;ieas.i
lo Jane., hi.. -ler f.Ilr. niiAht blab to hl:ir nii tl'ri -
either intentionally y rr lll 'i-i- e
"Y'u -e.e" she -aid. *if it wasn't dai I did lalk
to de oonian. I Woilil only '-t ;ixi banana for a qulatl
tie'; for dat i- wh i i.a ri- ryl'ody a 21 11n' nitn Sr. '.-
extra one is mine. Mliss Mason is so rn .an. sht.
couldn't even ie yu d'- banana skin. so I t?':k it
myself. an' I gwine t1. eive y'un a pi10 den y'u can get auyt'ing out of her when y'u go 1t
de shop, an' if cGild put it in ytu' way to nimek a
little somet'in. an' y'u don't do it. dat in your
fault."
"But suppose she find out?" said Jane., much
disturbed by the fear of discovery
"It's your fault ef -he find out. She quarr-l-
'bout everything y'u buy for her, so y'u will alway-
hear her talk: hut y'u simply 'ave to reek no notice
of her. God know I am not a t'ief. so I don't carr
S"A .uaitrie" ;a a prinny ha'penny. "a gill" 1 [tbrne
farthings.


v h.ar ny ,l,.dy ]i...-?.e to -ay: i...r ef I cet a t'n.ii- '
litilt- -har -i an' I keer d.- hbalanne 'for my-elf. da'
i: not robblin'!" She took t- banana out of hei
p.'t k t. hbrakicn it into tn.o tin..qiial parts and .i-'.
inll'- he -smaller panrt ti.. Jaiii,. She SL-eined eni-i I
-.14 if i ulrpailngi :i vIrt Ias she iniade the divi.,-ri
Sih,- r.pudiattd entirely any -.suesI-tioin o:f n.i.alin-
.\1ppar' itly sh.- was only rewarding hier.-relf for hi-
,\un dliisay .f blusii-lin ability
Saiilh se,-niell to.' knion a large riinlhi&' i f pe-'.
;-ns. iE--ipe-ially youii nig-n of a ritli.r di;'reMitahlc-
P prl -, ranii, .. li. u h., ijli. al i... thi,. Iuj -iker and ..it-ild
the hpr. To onie of the-,e .lie iiiiroduced Jatie as


"Miss Ma-,uii new -i. h.il-giirl. andJ uar Il-it one of
ihernm atLtImpteid to he familiar witLh the neophyte
on tthe strln-lL'th .f Ihnit introdurion. But if Jane
nas timd rl ani nervouu in the presence rf her mis-
ties. shv. waa; not at all backward in rerlliing the
advances 1of zentlemellln who ,werie mnre or less like
tho-se li h hlirln .ie hhad been \well acqllin:inted in the
coiintlry. ftlr. as she said. "*-he could sp;-ak for her-
--lf." On th- way homen Sarah called in at a China-
man's lihop, to buy s)ome gro':el-rie., and this also was
a i.iurce of delight to Jane. She wa- afraid of the
Chinaman and hi- wife: but she hliard a I,1t of girls
'.f her own ag.. anld even younger. a -uiingr with


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these Chinese about the purchases they were mak-
ing, as though they were grown-up women; and this
seemed to her to be proof of the superiority of the
town girl over one, like herself, born and brought
up in the country.
It was rather fine, she thought, to be able to
scream out to the Chinaman: "John, you brute! I
see y'u! Y'u not givin' me good weight." Or to his
wife: "Madam! what you doin'? Don't y'u hear me
beg y'u a little salt?" All these calls, cries, and
imprecations left the two Chinese unruffled, and
thus Jane saw that, in a Kingston shop, one could be
impudent without any serious consequences follow-
ing.
After Sarah had made her purchases, she beg-
ged for a little salt, as she had been told to do by
Mrs. Mason. She called Jane's attention to this
as a further instance of Mrs. Mason's meanness,
pointing out that if she had not been told to get
some salt for her mistress, as a sort of discount
on the things bought, she would have got a couple
of crackers or a piece of raw salt fish for herself.
In more than one way, then, that Saturday night,
Jane had it brought home to her that the meanness
of mistresses fully justified servants in taking a
commission in kind out of the purchases they made.
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son thought it very strange that bananas should be
so dear at that time of the year; and when, a few
minutes later, she was called aside by her mistress
and questioned as to how many bananas Sarah had
got for a quattie, and whether she was sure Sarah
had bought a quattie's worth or only a penny-far-
thing's worth of fruit, she declared that Sarah had
been given only six bananas and had paid penny-
ha'-penny for them. Mrs. Mason believed her, al-
though Jane had lied with terror in her heart. She
told Sarah of the incident that night when she was
spreading a bundle of rags on the floor, by way
of preparing her bed.
"What I did tell you?" asked Sarah triumphant-
ly. "Didn't I tell y'u how she mean an' suspicious?
She not a lady at all."
Then both set to and closed both the door and
the jalousie window of the room so as to exclude
fresh air as much as possible, and in a little while
they were asleep.

CHAPTER V
TO Jane it appeared, during the first few days
she worked with Mrs. Mason, that nothing she
did was rightly done, and she soon realized that a
schoolgirl could not hope for those long hours of


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rest such as she had been accustomed to in the coun-
try. Her tribulations began early on the Sunday fol-
lowing the day on which she came to Kingston.
Mrs. Mason had sent her to the near-by ice-shop to
buy a penny's worth of ice, and this had been given
to her covered with sawdust. Wishing to show her
diligence, she had taken the ice to the pipe in the
yard, immediately on returning with it, and had
begun to wash off the sawdust prior to wrapping
it up in the cloth provided for the purpose, when
Mrs. Mason's niece, Emma, happened to see her.
Knowing that the ice would not be needed before
breakfast, Emma asked what she was doing with
it.
"Washing it, ma'am," explained Jane.
"What for?" inquired Emma.
"To teck off de dirt, ma'am."
Emma only laughed, not being bad-natured;
but Mrs. Mason, arriving on the scene just then,
was exceeding wroth, declaring that she had never
heard of such foolishness before.
Then it was presently discovered that Jane was
clumsy. While she was setting the table for break-
fast that same Sunday morning, one of the plates
slipped from her hand and broke in two. She took
up the pieces hastily, put them together, and placed
them on the dinner-waggon, in the vain hope that
the accident would not be discovered just then, and
that, later on, it might be attributed to some other
person.
But the dinner-waggon was small, Mrs. Mason
had not a large stock of crockery, and within five
minutes after the plate had been broken that lady
had the pieces in her hands and was shrilly calling
to Jane to come and explain to her what had hap-
pened, although she already knew quite well.
"It fall out of me hand and broke, ma'am,"
stammered Jane, with a sinking sensation in her
heart. "It just drop like that," she added, giving
this additional bit of information with a view to
showing that the accident was entirely the fault of
the plate.
Mrs. Mason had heard the same sort of excuse
a hundred times before. But as she believed in bring-
ing guilt home by a rigid system of cross-examina-
tion, she sat in front of Jane and asked her where
she had been standing when the plate fell.
"RiL~hr by de table, ma'am," Jane said, indicat-
ing the spot with her finger.
"And what were y'u doing?"
"I was wipin' it, ma'am."
"An' what were y'u looking at?"
"Noten' ma'am."
"Well, if you were looking at nothing, you
couldn't 'ave been doing you' work properly,
Jane."
"I don't mean dat, ma'am. I mean dat I was
not looking' at anyt'in dat didn't concern me."
"Then how the plate come to drop?"
"As I tell you, ma'am. It just teck an' drop
out of me hand, an' before I could catch it up, it
broke in two."
"Now, girl," said Mrs. Mason with a fine show
of righteous indignation, "don't talk stupidness
to me. How can a plate drop out of your 'and if
you was holding it properly Why are you telling
lies to excuse your carelessness? You ever hear a
plate have life? How can it broke itself?"
(Continued on Page 31)



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JANE'S CAREER
(( l. ,ti Ull 7 1 l... /. ";. :',N 1
As Jane had uno ri.I iy t.., makt- t. thiiii. Ml M1-
S on turned to ano,,ih,-r -.:tiiun of the iudlitrmilent
"Arid why. IHn .r- d %t I. Oiiiiij2 l I., i l. i yiii i lid
broken me pl.ii.i- y i' try tOi li..lt it u,. ani' rilt t ot !
me dinner nas ii L>...u t y...l -e- v.ii ar, nII.t '
good gurl' Why did y. iii Iur the blirik-i- pklre i ii
me dinner waei-'.n, I -.y.'"
Jane suood dnitibll % h i-tore h r, fi ais t.- ? inllin i!
to appear at the t rlnr I- .:.f her iv- .
"Aren't y'ii -.''i 1.0 j. t ..v.i r i-. luiildly .J,-.
m anded M rs. ,M a .,n. \h l.. filr lth.it thl 1rl I n i ',
be brought tl a pDIIii.r il ic. t' f c ll.n riti lon h- irI rinal
judgment waq Froiol''uniced aj-inr lit r
"What'- it, A.uni Ciharl,-,tt,." a-kl,.J 'Cyithia, [. t-
ling her head and ,'...i-ir.'s uit :I[ her aiint's lied
room and luokigr Into thi dining-r..'., iin ('ynthi,
was dressing [,:r :hlilir..l. anl at thlt Idlnuetit wa,
in de6habille BIi. 'ie kni- thi-ri' n-re ni: ii,-n
about, and so fl-t that lii.r halft'i.lothed a pparan li-
did not matter
"What's it but this gurl again." lMr.; 'li-i.
answered. Sh-e nmai Inl. Im late anld put it hia k on1
me dinnelr-waag..n. Don't ioI J-e shlt 'Ci-'itl .Lind
already before i.h.- been here- two dilas They are
all alike' Yi..u cau't get a decent nurl rfor Iv-.. 1-i
money, and y-[t when they are in til. country they
can only get areeu Ianjnar ani. hI -erriiiig Io it ..
Jane. do you think youl 'at\r Ilheli:ivl iprouprly i'
"No, ma'ani." r-plied Jane, hoping that hy (cjn
fessing her tsins and n :ikedness -:he w.iuld i-s.idl
drastic punishmenti.
"Give her a chance. Aunt Charlotte." sii .-Cested
Cynthia. "She is new."
"Well," said Mrs. IMah.n, "I w.:n't flh.g 'i this
morning, because blis3 (Cynthia b-,.2 f..r y..u. and bh-
cause it is Sunday nioruine. :in' I don't wvani anv
nager bawling in my yard. But y-oui 'ave nt thank
you' stars that y'u get rff sro Eavy for that wi.:k ..i
lie and deceit you 'ave practised. That plate reoit
me a sixpence, and I am going to take it out of
your wages at the end of the week. In fact." :con-
cluded Mrs. Mason with conviction. "I don't know
what I am paying you wages for. Many enrls would
be glad to take your place for the food anrd qh(lier.e
I am giving you; and I know you are not L-oing to:
be grateful? I suppose that othlr nretht. Sarah.
IB burning up me breakfast now." and with that
she hurried outside to see what Sarah was doine
Jane had thought the night before, after sh,


liadl I,-,L I:. tli t. market with Sarah, of the many
tlni'.i shei- wiild hb- .ale to buy with her money at
the end ... h.r fi.r eir it k. the sight of "pretty things"
jhavnle lrl_,J ii hti th. desire of possession. And
i-.lw. ar ,:.iie ftll tr,:k-. Mrs. Mason had confiscated
rne li;lf t,,t li-r .-,:nine week's wage. It was a bit-
t r 'lo,\. .-hi. '%,:.tld niich have preferred the flog-
-iin1. B3it h dlivined that had she got the flogging
-h.- tu,:,.iid jal., hav- lost the sixpence. Cynthia
I:new tri, to.... -o "lhe called Jane to help her to
ldre-. vrith that ...b'\.Ini kindliness which benefac-
tor- liiallyvl d.r-sl.iL t..wards those who have been
'pir unl,:ir aln verl-tinr.i obligation to them.
Janer blind'ed through the business of waiting-


HENDRIK

BLACK RIVER,


1840


maid pretty badly; but saved herself from all the
blame by expressing intense admiration for the dress
spread out on the bed. It was made of some flash-
ing pink stuff, and with it was to be worn a hat
trimmed with great feathers that looked like a field-
marshal's plume. Cynthia was going to church that
morning for the purpose of setting on fire with en-
vy several girls whom she knew, and affectionate-
ly styled "my dear", and most cordially disliked.
When she had dressed, she turned herself round
and round before the big looking-glass in her aunt's
room and asked Jane how she looked.
"Y'u look nice, ma'am," Jane declared warmly.
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THEY were going to be married. They had been
engaged for a year and they saw no good reason
why they should wait very much longer. Jim was
a prudent sort of young man and for some time he
had been saving money; she too was working and
had also saved some money. They wanted a house
of their own. So, one Wednesday afternoon, when
both were free, they betook themselves to Erni
Webster of the Webster Lumber Company (by ap-
pointment) and discussed with him the house pro-
position. What did he suggest? they asked.
Erni countered this question with another:
"what do you suggest, or, rather, propose?"
"We haven't the money for the house, of course,"
said Barbara; "but I hear that that is not neces-
sary. We can buy the land; fact we have seen a
piece of land that we like and are going to buy it."
She mentioned the place and the locality.
Erni, head of the Webster Lumber Company,
listened carefully. He knew very well thelocality
mentioned; the price of the piece of land selected
by the young couple was 300. He asked a few ques-
tions.
The bridegroom-to-be was working with a well-
known firm in Kingston, had been with them for over
ten years and occupied a good position. There
was no doubt that, as far as anyone could see, he
was a responsible person with stable prospects, just
the sort that would make a reliable householder. "I
will tell you," said Erni Webster conversationally,
"what is my part in this matter."
"First of all, I feel sure that you can build a
house and pay for it, and that is the most important
thing. There are people, you know, who accumulate
enough money to start building operations which
they cannot carry through to completion; then thlYy
begin to borrow more and more money at interest,
find themselves in great difficulties, and often have
to make sacrifices of a part, if not all, of their capi-
tal.
"Now you are going to buy a piece of land for
300 and want a building for about 850. I can put
up such a house for you, and can advise you as to
the sort of house you should build. You can make
economies in building that will not lessen the value
of the place; you can get a nice little house for
850 without wasting money. I will supply all the
materials, supervise the work, and see that your in-
terests are protected. Have you decided on your
contractor yet?"
"I thought you would be the contractor," said
Jim, "as you are going to supply the materials."
"No. We prefer that you should get your own
contractor-a trustworthy man. We shall feel more
satisfied if you do that. Choose anyone you like, so
long as he is a man with a reputation to keep. I
can name several contractors to you, and you can
make your own selection."
"Very well," said the young lady.
"And how do we pay for the house?" asked the
young man. "We have the land, and some money
for furniture; but-"
"I understand," said Erni. "Now, let us see.
You have the land, which I know about, and which
will be worth 300. The house will cost 850 ap-
proximately. When it is finished you can get a loan
on the whole place for 850 quite easily from one

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money on mortgages, if you prefer that."
"That sounds all right," said Barbara, with
something like relief in her voice. "But are you
certain?"
Erni smiled.
"It is my business to be certain," he explained.
"You see, the prospective builder of a house must
own not less than one-fourth of the completed build-
ing, including of course the land. Your land is worth
something more than a fourth of the home you have
in mind: "300 is a fourth of 1,200. So, even if the
building cost 900, you would be on the safe side."
"But the materials, will they be of good quality?"
queried the girl, who, though pretty, had also a
businesslike brain. She wanted to be sure about the
future.
"The Building Society to which you may refer
for the loan to pay me, would not lend you
any money unless it was satisfied that its
investment was well protected," Erni said. You may
bs sure of that. But you can make enquiries for
yourself."
The deal went through eventually; it was but
one of dozens, scores, which the Webster Lumber
Company are always carrying out. They build houses
on these terms continuously; their buildings are to
be found all over 'St. Andrew and Kingston. I talked
about this matter with Erni Webster one day. "Tell
me, Erni," said I, "do you only build places worth,
say, from eight hundred to a thousand pounds?"
"No," he replied, "we build houses worth from,
say, fifty to five thousand pounds. And we go high-
er than the last figure if anyone wants a place cost-
ing more than five thousand. We import our own
lumber, of course, and we give personal attention
to the work we undertake, though everybody has
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ness, you know.
"For every person who does busi~t.-.- w\illi t
becomes one of our advertisers if ve Ii- i iral.
And the house is also one of our best ad;v. I rInI:nts.
Good value given brings in more and mii:'r- .rdt -
"You must take me round one djy -.:, -- .. .rl
of the places you have built," I sug:-i-mi.i. andi ..
the spot we arranged that we should I':iy thii i, nt
on the Sunday morning after the next
Erni came round for me in his :,.ir F.i. ih
next hour and a half we drove about -r.piilI a;
some houses and going inside, and insp-r'.-.tug i r--r
buildings from the outside; and on this rir.ir I iv
developments in the way of suburbs (f ii' II I hiad
known nothing before. I entered no Iiu-i- Ibir hie
proprietor was courteous and bade im, l..niei [
found the Webster buildings all over .M1l iiiaiin \'ei-
Avenue, Clieveden Avenue, Montros. Avienii,. in
other Avenues as well; and in King-r.n. So l.i- i
the houses I saw were quite new, tho'wi- ;ilretadv in.
habited; their gardens were just bein.-' il :,our. In
some of the larger grounds a small t.inic- l:n was
being prepared: everywhere the desire t... Ii.\-e jrenva
grass and flowering shrubs for the eyt o i. re-i ur.n
was manifest. I enjoyed my visit.
Some of these houses had wooden I1.'.' .n1-. ..nit
were tiled prettily. All had verand.ili-. All lad
bathrooms-some had two bathrooms--orn ever y.ne
had appliances for hot and cold runninlm after M1'..s
had garages, this being the motor car af- Th kir.
chen, attached to the house, was fitted iArlh a sI'irv
utilising gas or electricity; the servant-' i,,:.iis wi-i
built according to the specifications laid d'.wn by the
Corporation authorities, who long age lih.1J \ey I,'r
perly decided that "servants' rooms" nlmut be ..f al
least a certain size. What has not y- l I-n i lrjoi- '
to organize a communal battle against ile r.-n-iir.-
But there are no termites in the Webstr hI -iii that
I saw. They use a very itff-, r I\- i..il
preservative known as A.tl.l-. ".
The man who can .Iffrid 1 (dpay
for his new house outriIht Li-: (1. trh'
Webster Lumber Companii nd t.i-ld,.s
them to supply the m.tri.tl-. The
man who has, in land or I Iuiiuiey ..,:-
_gC fourth of the value of Ir.- I:1,: a r hat
he wants (the land being iunclileld in
this value) goes to the W\eb-t' I.num-
-ber Company also. He ma.y II.-.\- in..i
than a fourth: so much lh itti-r!,- t.,r
him. He may be able It:. I'e ',f4 rite
Building Society or th- Ir'i'--.'i Irn
whom he has borrowed rii: rin.,ne-y or
the house in three, five .-r -.,veln )ayrs
instead of in ten: so mu. Ii ill hal pi -r
for him. But he can *.I-r !hi.-o. if
he has but one-fourth of its \;ldlu.-, lil
the Webster Lumber C',.'.iliay wrll
build it for him and look .it'r.:r the .i
tails of the raising of th,- ineiesscay
loan. That is their biuii.--s. And
so more and more people ane now hav-
ing houses of their own, are censing
to pay rent, and are happy in the
knowledge that in the days to coene
they will not only have a dbl free and
hoto by Cfick rent-free roof above th-er lihad.. halt
s and garage, also something to leave behind them tu.ir
others.


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PL A N T E A RNS' -' P U N'C H


JANE'S CAREER
it ,,,iiut (,l jIrt Poir .J i
Then a happy ilhuigliht camen to hcr "Y' pretty.
ma'am. You i- asili.:.nable "
That la t weuid Jane had hb'rtl III tlie i.iiii \
where it had I,-Li Jl- l d t... C. el'-stiii pi inl pi lly
and novw .he I.iro, ell ir ir ..it il ther h-..pe >if [ilern-ir?
this siylish y..oung lady, who might now annd thrl
be able to -ate li.r frl' .ni ith:e wrath t.. corie.
Her dilpl ..ua.y a%,, .a111 i tlll ldllT. iIIC le-'s
Praise su, h a. rnll- wva-, ss c--et ito the earls of' thia. who at *i'ice killed out to her l ii t-rr ti, t(..iin'-
and look at her. Her -jteir was also drs--'d. th.u ih
not in nevw jIrruint'. anid lhi heartily eii ..lld r-.e,
every wurd that Janie had ;aid. TLh.-y .r ,onI very
well togeth-r. did ths:-e t i nj i -. Itavin\tc if rni-d
between thais-elve env aann fiiletens-- a IrC i-l
league against all nthl-r young w,.miiien i io their *:a-
They spoke to Jane \ery nic-ily while Iitting th
last toucrbh to their rilet. and it was ,lear en,-u--l
that they wer,- kindly diislo.rr' ol r'to ards her. Jlii-
decided that Ni M. MaBin was a terr..r. bilt that her
nieces were nle .-una ladi-.. Yett. a3 th,-e were
out at work every' day E-xIeepr Sunday. -lie kn-wi the'\
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church that day, but lingered about the house and
yard, in slippers and without his jacket, always
choosing those spots where he could watch Jane
as she went about her work. It was Sarah who drew
Jane's attention to this.
"Y'u notice dat mamparla' man?" she asked the
girl as she scoured a pot with the vehemence of a
deadly enemy. "Him won't teck him eye off you.
Him mus' be think him is pretty!"
"But why him looking' at me?" asked Jane,
though she had not forgotten Cecil's winks and
signs of the previous evening.
"Don't y'u know?" replied Sarah with a laugh.
"All him can do is to worry him aunt schoolgal.
Rachael wouldn't even look 'pon him. Him face
favour yabba-pot! "2
Jane laughed; yet felt no displeasure because
Cecil was devouring her with his glances. At the
back of her mind too she had a kind of suspicion
that Sarah disliked Cecil because he had never paid
her the compliment of his attentions.
"Him don't gone to church wid him sister,"

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said Jane. "Him ever go out on 'Sunday?"
"Yes, but him won't go out if him can talk to
you. Dat is why him stop home to-day. His aunt
sleeping inside, an' if I ever move from dis spot
him will come straight up to you."
Being convinced of this, and wishing to spite
Cecil, Sarah would not move from the place where
she sat; but this did not in the least disconcert the
young gentleman. He lounged about the yard, smok-
ing one cigarette after another with evident enjoy-
ment; he was a great smoker, and a connoisseur
in cigarettes. He used to boast that he had studied
the cigarette question very carefully; and it was,
indeed, one of the very few questions he had ever
studied. He knew every brand of cigarette manu-
factured in Jamaica. After sampling all, he had
come to the conclusion that White Seals were the
best, and on this point he was always ready to hold
forth at any length, and to give voluminous reasons
for the faith that was in him.
"A White Seal cigarette," he would say, "is
strong without being rank, pleasant of odour, and
satisfying to the smoker's palate. You get twelve
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tended that the smoking of White Seal cigarettes
inculcated the habit of patience; while you watched
and waited you could smoke. It was now a staying
match between himself and Sarah, of whosa feel-
ings towards him he was well aware. He therefore
enlisted his favourite cigarettes against her in this
battle of patience; it was White. Seal against Sarah,
and he backed the former to win. It did.
Doggedly did Sarah sit there, but as doggedly
did Cecil loaf about. Cigarette after cigarette he
consumed, and the wind blew the smoke of defiance
in Sarah's direction, Sarah had something to do
inside the house; so, at last, she was obliged to


rise reluctantly and, as it were, surrender the posi-
tion to Cecil.
"You watch an' see ef him don't come up an'
talk to you," she said to Jane, as, eyeing the young
man malevolently, she walked away.
It was as Sarah prophesied. No sooner had she
disappeared from sight than Cecil turned to what
he considered "business". He strolled nonchalant-
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tance, Jane felt in his pr.i--ni: ... ':'rii;ll Ilil
awe that overcame her wlirtii -Ih- ...- -!...,1-.. 1,
her mistress. He was Mrs. \.1I ..I 1 --l|i :.. I', \ r
Mr. Cecil, he was the youhi- lail,: i.,r,-, 1h.'
gentleman of the house. H 1 -r yi'ii mait-i
too, and Sarah had told h. I tiir ,.ihi-, '.iri h 1i
been abruptly dismissed for I,-inI !,il,. i.. iiin Ii'
she were dismissed she woulil i.it :lii'.. v'!l.i r,,. i.
for she was in a big, straii-,. Iry .,,i -hIn_ nl in-I t
a friend in it.
Timidly she answered I.!. I I :1 .-rtr .,. -\.. i
sah."
"That's right," said C-,-. il ..-iIl\ .1- ihi.,, r
he had contributed consider il.iyL tio noer ,.II I
and progress. "A fine lookin- c-i likI.... y, I-.li.ti
to get on well. Where you .iniI i,:i',
"Mount Malas, sah."
"I don't know it," r-[i,.il 'I .. l i. I
though his lack of geographic. .ii 1:!!1.1 i-,ic- r.0i- t,.
at all to be wondered at, s '.-ui: r ihat ile had rii,
left Kingston once in his I' .. .ini I,-.in l h.... E
as a superfluity. .
"Any more nice-looking tll: iili i lr- li, ik y..-'"
was his next question.
Jane answered nothing, Iut i in0- hir h..:ld .nId
smiled. She went on with hi-ii v. '. k
"You mustn't be bashful. inl Cr:'i:!I eitI'I,,nl- -
ingly. "You must talk up. T.ll the I11h11r .1,t- lik-
me?"
Jane did not know wh.t rely [.i t i- i1. th,.
question. She dared say r.eaih-nr y .r. inr In. an.
could not with truth at that ini.,1n in- h.,vi- -.iiid -ith-r.
Her heart beat a little qui-ck'r. -h irisnii aein.,re
timid. She knew perfectly w.lil wh.-lt th,.-e ad.
vances meant, and she was afraid Just then.
hearing Sarah coming out ofi i. h:iius,-. (':i1l hasti-
ly stooped down and, throwinii thrli,-ii-nt iI Jaiie'si
lap (pinching her arm incid&-irally a- h-e itra.1ght-.
ened himself), quietly told h-r I.-. t;ak thei miiney
as a present, and strolled .ff i j. Sarah iram- bai k i:
into the yard. Cecil made .-in,.- liprer- ti:e at oin,
to light his cigarette at the kht,.hiien ir,-. while Sarah
laughed scornfully and began to: n11g. *Ir iwas iindt-r
the cocoa-nut tree darling," in a voice full ,f mei-an-
ing.
Jane hid the threepenny bit. and trithfully told
Sarah what Cecil had said to, her
"Dat's de beginning," i:,iniiented Sarah -ane-
ciously. "But ef I was you I wouldn't hdeir w.di
him, for if him aunt ever fin-:i oiur him it talking' to
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PLANTERS'


"I iot -wine to have noten to do wid him,"
Jant ,Je,:l i1j -d.
"'Y i r-lit, me child," agreed Sarah.

CHAPTER VI

SE\VER.\L days came and went, bringing their
Ile trials and troubles to Jane; but nothing
eva-riiill hinlpened. It was a rule of Mrs. Mason's
esi.iili-lini.hii that her schoolgirls should not leave
Ilh y, Jl .ir. r nightfall except on errands, she hav-
inr -tr,,2 .objections to their "carrying on" with
ithe i y-i] ..i the neighbourhood, who, according to
her. -:* ,,tii to have nothing to do but "carry on"
wilh tli- ;,is, with, sometimes, lamentable results.
On It\, ...-ions, indeed, this worthy lady had been
i.bii.:l ,i. ilispatch incontinently to their parents
t\,, i-irl- -lie had brought from the country to
wrI.; "ill her, they not having walked strictly in
tllh [.I'l. ..i the righteous.
It \i.i also a principle of Mrs. Mason's never
to a.,: il)t i-sponsibility for whatever might befall
hbi- sbii h.lLIIs. So, when she got rid of those two
errirn .,'i..-. she attributed their downfall to pure
pi-r-i'- ni. on their part, arguing sagely that if
tht-. h.j n.:- disobeyed her orders, nothing whatever
crul'l Ia i happened to them. It never occurred
t... rh- th.,t :t life of continuous drudgery might pos-
ill.ly 1-1k..\L iksome to a growing girl; she demand-
ed : li.-l standard of conduct from such, and was
jUihl.hli:,' -i andalised when she found her expecta-
tion-l Intirilled. This was often; hence, one may
Isa. Ii M.i-son lived in atmosphere of moral in-
ditLioatii Believing Jane to be no better than the
re-I li,- -irictly forbade her to cross the threshold
..f tliie iat- afterr nightfall without permission.
S.ir i. being a woman of independent status.
,-,,ii.1 -im :ind out as she pleased. But Mrs. Mason
stillult,. J thI t she should not remain out later than
halt p..r tii.'e, for, as the lady put it, "this is not
a nai.r :i:tid and I will not 'ave any servant doing
nha tli.% like." But Sarah honoured this rule in
thi- hi.ali .and, when she was supposed to be in
b,-d -ln -r..'itimes even introduced a friend of hers
Int.' thi ii-mnlises, sitting with him at the gate un-
til el.-rin ... lock and later. On the Wednesday night
f J.;'I .-- :-... ud week in Kingston one of these gentle-
nini :all-d t.o see Sarah. He intimated his arrival
b- kn.i l:,ili at the gate very gently about ten

"*Ii'- m- cousin," explained Sarah to Jane. "If
1M. Al:-..n ask y'u anything about me, y'u mus'n't
tell h.. i.. rhnody come to me." Then, a thought
'iiliii: ih i.. she invited Jane to go and sit with
her .iinl Ii.v friend a little while. This Jane glad-
ly ii:.i.--i-nri to do, and for an hour or more the girls
-:'iiil.:ti I. the gate with the young man, laughing
ind iilkiii: lander their breath.
TIu,. u t.Ien sweet was very acceptable to Jane.
a- Sal.,il li.,l imagined it would be. Sarah, in fact,
tbh.-mili -rh would gladly have wished Jane away,
felt .fir i. nimake her a partner in forbidden actions
wiild 1..- i.. bind her to silence and co-operation.
PrI.-'-ily. ii'e thought, Jane would have male cous-
ius .f h-i ..van who would come to see her, and thus
both If would enjoy the luxury of visits fror
atn'i:i i..il.i- relatives.
Ilnr. .r lunattely, the whispering was overheard by
!Mi- a.,ni .rnd her nieces. These ladies could not
be lur- f 11t were going on in the yard, and they
dilI ut i:.i to call out to Sarah at nearly eleven
o'i li I. i, -ht, as that might give the neighbours
rcaioi i.i doubtingg the superior respectability of
th M.I:-:.!. I.'usehold, a matter of some concern to
th-e iInuI. But the next morning, after the young
ladi n-.il i'-cil had hurried out to work, Mrs. Ma-
soun hAll litII Sarah and Jane before her, and taxed
thiem \ni lb having entertained friends in her yard
at a late nhoii the night before. As was usual with
bet. hlie i i.iile a positive statement instead of ask-
inr ftr.r iiit..rination on the subject, it being a con-
v'it.l.n if ri-rs that all servants were liars, and
that .rnly i.y the assumption of certainty on her
Iart. wlheit -he was by no means certain, could
she ehe-ti fit'. them any admission of their guilt.
"So itlii is the way you use me yard!" was
her treeiii- t.o both the young women. "You bring
,iju' dirty friends into me place up to twelve o'clock
at nieht and keep me up and disgrace me house.
Now. don't eill me any lie! I not only heard you,
but I urt .,uil of me bed and saw you: so you can't
tell me that nobody cgme to see you last night!"
Sarah knew that Mrs. Mason may have heard
but could rnt possibly have seen them, since only
by ounming out into the yard could she have done
that She therefore guessed that the lady was set-
line a trap for her, and before Jane, with her in-
exrerien,:e could give them both away, she swept
rapidly to the rescue.
"Y"u knoiw, Miss Mason," she protested, "y'n
shouldn't do that. It's not because I are poor that
you should teck such an exvantage of me to use me
in dat way: for y'u never catch me tellin' you any
lie yet. ma'am, and you mus' know dat I wouldn't
bring anybody into you' yard, for I know y'u don't
like it. I am a female dat don't like anybody to
talk to me an' cuss me 'bout her yard, for, after all,
de street is for everybody dat pay taxes, an' I can
go out into de street if I wants to meet me frien's.


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You shouldn't say such a thing, ma'am; fo' Jane
here can tell y'u dat from de time I wash me foot
last night, about half-past nine, till dis morning, 1
don't get up out of me bed. If y'u doubts me y'u
can ask Jane, for God know I am not a liard, an' I
wouldn't like anybody to call me one, for I might
get ignorant, and be rude to dem."
Thus Sarah rapidly, and with the intention of
giving Jane her cue. The latter took it, and hav-


ing now become a little accustomed to Mrs. Mason
and her methods, answered boldly enough-
"It wasn't we, ma'am, you did hear last night,
for after I say me prayers, I fall asleep till dis
morning, but while I was sleeping I did t'ink I hear
a noise, but being I was sleeping, I couldn't tell
what it was, and-"
Here her imagination failed her, and she ended
on a weak and uncompleted sentence. Sarah felt


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that Jane had gone too far in her attempt to give
an explanation of the noise complained of by Mrs.
Mason, for that suggested an excuse. This was Mrs.
Mason's own opinion. She went straight to the
point.
"See here, Jane, I suppose y'u take me for a
fool, eh?" she demanded.
"No, ma'am," stammered Jane, startled that Mrs.
Mason should have thought her guilty of so terrible
a piece of presumption.
"It is evident that you do take me for a fool,"
Mrs. Mason blazed out, "if y'u think I could believe
one word you 'ave said. I see what it is. You fol-
lowing the example of this wretch Sarah, who will
insist upon bringing her nasty frien's and com-
panions into me place; and y'u dare to tell me a
lie to me face! Drat you' forwardness!" and, car-
ried away by her anger, Mrs. Mason dealt the girl
a sharp box on her ear.
Jane's hands flew to her head to ward off an-
other blow, and she backed away from her irate mis-
tress precipitately, emitting a howl as she did so.
"Stop you' noise!" cried Mrs. Mason, pursuing
her, "stop you' noise in me yard! You mus' be think
you are in you' mother's place! Stop you' noise,
I say, stop it!" and she gave Jane another box. This


not hurting the girl overmuch, she thought it wise
to repress any cry of pain, and thus obey her mis-
tress's order to make no noise in her yard.
But Jane's silence under this last blow was at-
tributed by Mrs. Mason to an obstinate and rebell-
ious spirit. For though she had ordered Jane to
cease making a noise, she yet wanted her to give
outward and visible sign and vocal expression of
suffering, that being the only way in which (in Mrs.
Mason's view) she could expiate her crime of the
night before. So she hit the girl again, but still
Jane repressed any sound. This was too much for
Mrs. Mason. Jane, she felt, was openly defying her.
She now caught hold of her by the arm and dealt
her box after box. uttering with every blow the
command, "Cry, I say Cry! Cry! I tell you Cry!"
Thus adjured, and smarting from pain, Jane sent
forth scream after scream, at the pitch of her voice,
and once again Mrs. Mason commanded her to cease
her "nager noise" immediately, on pain of instantly
being turned out of the yard.
How to obey such contradictory orders would
have puzzled a wiser person than Jane. What she
did was to break away from Mrs. Mason and run
into the room occupied by herself and Sarah. Her
mistress did not pursue her, but turned to vent her
displeasure on Sarah, who now stood waiting, de-


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fiance in her face, to hear what Mrs. Mason might
have to say to her.
"You are a forward, worthless woman," shriek-
ed Mrs. Mason at her. "You are not only corrupt
yourself, but you trying to corrupt that little girl.
You are a liar if you tell me you didn't 'ave com-
pany here las' night!"
Sarah felt that the term of her service with Mrs.
Mason was speedily drawing to an abrupt termina-
tion, and at once made up her mind to give word
for word, and so leave, at the least, with all the
honours of war.
"Who you calling' liard?" she insolently asked.
"Y'u better call you 'two brown niece liard, or
your mamparla nephew. You is a liard yourself ;f
y'u say y'u did see me last night. What sort of
hie you must be 'ave to see through board and brick!
Y'u tell me about me corrupt? Y'u is corrupt you'-
self! Iii fact, y'u better mind you' two niece and
you' "Mister Cecil," who can't meck even you' school-
gal stay in your employment in peace! I never
work with such a disgruntled female like you yet!
Y'u call yourself a lady, but I don't know what kind
o' lady you can be when you always counting ho.v
much piece of yam come into de table, an' always
following' up you' sarvant. De trute is dat people
like you shouldn't 'ave sarvant at all! I know I
am black, an' I know dat God meck two colour
black an' white, but it must be de devil meck brown
people, for dem is neider black nor white! In fact
y'u better pay me at once an' let me go. I not stay-
in' here any longer. Pay me me wages, an' mel k
me leave you' yard."
"Pay you?" yelled Mrs. Mason at the top of herl
voice. "Pay you? I will kick you out, that's what I
will do, you impudent dog! If y'u don't leave me
yard at once, I will send for a policeman."
"Who you gwine to send for policeman for?"
demanded Sarah, also at the top of her voice, ani
with arms akimbo. "Me? Y'u must be drunk! Look
on de mallata (mulatto) ooman how she stand! Y u
t'ink I am a schoolgal, no? Y'u t'ink y'u can te>.k
an exvantage of me? If it wasn't for one t'ing, I
would hold you in here, an' gie y'u such a beaten
dat you wouldn't walk for a week. Y'u better pay
me, for I tell y'u I am getten very ignorant. Don't
aggravate me, Miss Mason, don't aggravate me, or.
I will get meself in trouble! Pay me me money,
ma'am, an' meek me go."
Such quarrels were common enough in Mrs. Ma
son's experience. She had fought many a servant
before. She was not daunted. :She stood her ground
boldly and repeated her order that Sarah should
leave the yard immediately. Sarah replied by going
to the door of her room and planting herself there.
Mrs. Mason was equal to the emergency.
"Jane!" she called peremptorily.
The girl came out timidly, brushing past Sarah.
who took no notice of her.
"Yes, ma'am," she answered tearfully.
"Go at once and call me a policeman."
Sarah laughed scornfully as Jane hurried away,
and for the next two or three minutes the two com-
batants faced one another glaring, no word bein'i
uttered on either side. Then the gate opened and
Jane came in, followed by the policeman, a young
black man of intelligent appearance, who inquirin:.-
ly looked at Mrs. Mason as he entered.
"Hofficer," said she with dignity, "I send for you




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don't know what's coming to the servants in these
days! Well!"
"It's the education they getting," said Mrs. Ma-
son severely. "They go to free schools, an' we 'ave
to pay for their schooling, and all they can do with
it is to forge people's name and abuse their betters.
That's what the Government doing now; educating
all these people instead of teaching them 'ow to
work. If you 'ad 'eard that woman abuse me this
morning and talk about her right and the law you
would wonder. An' the policeman agree with her,
too!"
"You should 'ave pitched her out the place," said
E~mma indignantly. "Forward wretch! I wish I
was here when she was going on wid her impertin-
ence!" When Emma became excited her pronunci-
ation left much to be desired.
"But you couldn't go with a woman like that,"
said Cynthia. "You couldn't fight her. Best thing
was to make her leave."
"Yes. I paid her and ordered her out, and I
'ave told Jane that the next time she be'ave in that
way, I am sending her home. I am not going to
'ave any skylarking in my yard at night."
"Jane ought to be ashamed of herself," said Cyn-
thia. "She look like a decent gurl, and she is very
young. What she want with young men?"


"That's what I ask her," replied her aunt.
"I hope you understand that, Jane?"
The girl declared that she did, though the ques-
tion was a trifle ambiguous. This was, she took it,
another way of advising her to keep perfectly
"straight".
Later on, a couple of the young ladies' friends
called to see them, and Mrs. Mason, Emma and Cyn-
thia sat with the visitors in the drawing room. Their
conversation ran chiefly upon servants, their wicked-
ness, and the general unobservance of the moral
law; and, of course, Mrs. Mason again related her
latest adventure with one of the species, and gave
her hearers the impression that she would certain-
ly have been murdered that morning had not the
policeman appeared at the most critical moment of
Sarah's attack.
Jane sat at the threshold of her room, more
lonely and miserable than she had ever felt since
she had come to Kingston. After all, Sarah had
been a companion, and both of them had been united
in a common dislike of Mrs. Mason. Now she had
no one to talk to, and only that morning she had
learnt that Mrs. Mason's threats of corporal punish-
ment were no idle words. She envied Sarah. That
indomitable young woman had abused her mistress,
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If she could run auay to some other place but
ni. that was not to be thought of just now. Later,
on. whn she knew Kingston better. The would do
s,: bui. for the present, she must stay where she
nas. Perhaps the new servant Mrs. Mason would
(nploy would be friendly. In the meantime
The stealthy approach of some one caused her
to look up quickly. It was Cecil, who was dressed
:or going out. and who might have seemed to any
one to be intending to leave the yard through the
gate. That was the impression he wished to convey,
and leave the yard he certainly and suddenly would
if a third party should unexpectedly come upon the
Eicelle. His excuse was ready; he did not care to
pa-s through the drawing room while the visitors
were there A quick change of direction. however,
'-tr.utght him to where Jane sat. and he patted her
on the cheek with his hand.
"I hear you get a beating this morning," he be.
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To this teeth J an-e tretuin d lil aii-,w l'. Ii.'(
knowing what to say.
"It won't happru acau if I amt here n-ext rini.."
said Cecll grandly. But why dlid y.-,u talk tr.. ti-
man who camtn- h-rt.' Hi ldn t comn- ro yvou ''
"No., sah. hin come to Sarah, .ilid isn- tell lm.
to come and ke,-p ihr ,:company "
"Tcho! you shouldn't have3 listened to her You
don't waut that sort of t' ,.pany. A pui'l u ik yk -
Phouldn't bother with th'tose cone-aroiind common 1
fellow. If yV u want a frie d y,'. u h oilI tak- .
chap like ni-. Ell? \ha;t you -.ay.'
Jane had iithing to say. anod hbun- I.-i hi i
In silent-. N..,w that Sarah w\i- -,ell li .. h.iad n
courage to rtphilae- a y)ounri nia ii% wh., .a aMr- M.-
son's nephe-w. and iho. She- 'wa- e-ll ana\lt. In1ILit:
make life vt ry ulirlt.it i 'nt fir 11i-r I'y c-ro l li ll, *lt
of her to his dUlit.
"What you say'" he i- asked aLaiij.
"I don't say nothin_. Mister Cecil. y i" airit---
'What about me aunt?"
"Mind she come i.utl here all' -. y'u, u ah
'"Well, -ahat aloi. t that I .ini nor a 'rai ii i
her," he replied boldly. \ihile h haL. tily L i:i[ ..I t
round to see if thib-~ was any -2i-n i, lth- Itrl I.:*
whom he proft-s.ed su, h curontempt.
"But she will hbliae me if sIlu- ='-e n m talkni'
to you," urged Janer. "She btat tInt dil, iiiorlinIL: d
* ready."
"She can't heat y'u again. thi-usah. n.it hilet I
am here Pob! you too :c..nvward. Wlhatl .u fl. with
that monriy I gi\ve you on Sunday;%"
"I buy something wid it. -ah"
"Well. htcre is a sixpen-ce. Get ii an' take tII
As Jane got up rt' take the ixprenony p.*- <: '-. I
lipped it into her hand, and put hi- arnm I.iamli hi,
waist.
"You mnI-ttr't be afraid." he advis-ij h-r '
me aunt even turn y,.,vi a.-y I Woalld l',ok after yi.m
You think I could' d)o it?'"
"No." said Jane. not having Sa:trh'- kn,:I. l.-
of the youln" cg ntl-.niilan, a. d tlie're-'.r- n..t n lr..z-th-h
sharing her ':coutEill-pttiotius .l-lnio Iot hlim
S"Then ahat y'u afraid ol'"
"Y'u better t-o inside. IMr Cecl." a. .Ia nnr
answer insistently given.
But he took no notlle ltf hIer adv\e-. lie .-ii
eluded that it was only fear that made ht:r :,-k lin,
to go away.
A thought struck him. "Wait hero till I cn.m.
back." he told her, and went tIowvartls th-r ho -e. H1
passed inside. tiptoeing, and satisfirId hini-lif tli.t
his sisters and aunt wv~re all busy iIn rhl tllra\vin2i
room Indeed .it that moment one of the- ; ii -


-.di- prI.i.[a iin to inig. and Cecil knew from experi-
utce i1, l utle -.ing wuiuld be followed by several
,.lth-..li i.ni I'. \i1 oicei of varying degrees of loud-
ii -s. H .-lit i.,a, k to Jane.
i i:ut yI.iu to fil me pitcher with water," he
',,IJ tl i .iiiJ ...-it iitb, his apartment. She follow-
i,:l: n ii. i.....i; th. p[it tir, filled it at the pipe, and
,...ui-t it I. 1I. A.- s. put it down he seized her
.,1J' aLi S.-i II, I if she didn't love him. She
:,..,,,j iroi. -till, lher a h.irt beating wildly. "A re-
_-.!.li. ,,_.uir,.\ i. lit.ihght Cecil triumphantly.

.i.-:L v.1-rit al,,ut her work with a frightened,
-I,,I,,Iil Iu-ir.t:.nI thli next day. She blundered
it.:.- Dtitan tIiji. l, .it this did not draw upon her
aii> -txti .i.' lianaly t1uisiure from Mrs. Mason, for the
Id.i-1 lihi rnot y.:t L -ecired a servant to take Sarah's
Il.l-eJ. J:iae avi.led .i,:,king any one in the face,
aLnd al.i-l C( El c-anie home she never glanced in
.is dlItrti,. ,ui a.'-. There being no visitors that
thiiwl C'-.i diud no. .-ildavour to talk to her in the
3A,.l .1.nt. as ..on ias -he could she went into her
,,,i.ii .iidi r-ni it- tli.re till it was time to go to
-I.E I .
Si,: t.- t I tae t.i.ich she had been a very long
tiiii. i Kill-t..,l ihstEadl of but a couple of weeks.
SinI:1 a niumnilj-.-.l t' thngs had happened! Six months
in rt- :.Liiry ,wilil not have brought so many
i:.iian1.- i lit-r if',. Tile advice and admonition of
L.-i piio-ai-. ..f Didcly Buckram; the threats and
-.:..!Jiir. ..t licr nii trei-s-all these had availed her
iiitt.' i i- l ii: kept herself up" as she had
I.I ...,IitI r, I.. She i-lt ashamed. And yet, strange
ij -'i.t. l:h-- l-s: tei more self-reliant now. She
;*.a- i .r-'.nii ii. to a\oid Cecil, whom she realized
.u't, (lri iht lid e.
Th.il net ldjy \in- Mason employed a new ser-
\. at. who -tiiulat-d for three shillings and six-
rii'-t- i'-r w.t:- \ir- Mason agreed to pay this re-
t. t. ilt.. ld tl onlly .ifter much argument. The new
-trvaiait i,, d a 1.a ik wo.,inan of about forty-five years
..t a.tI-. a.ini hy 1, rnIe.,ns prepared, as she showed
.;,t rb -Iii t d-al w\\ii Jane on a footing of friend-
-tinrp iiJ ..i;ity h'1- was a married woman, her
h-li-.,d I-i ti. ay ii Colon. She agreed to sleep
it MI' M,,i-..u -. and. as she did not go out often
.it nlihi. :ind nIrr t'.i long, Cecil had no opportun-
iy I.:.r i r'lttitioiu conversations with the school-
--il Thi. :iii n:iycld bitn immensely, and he soon
ha.d oin..- r rw~ til-I with Amanda, as the new
---.ii't ia' i\alnt-ial But she never took him very
-.I i'-ly. .and hi-. aunt saw clearly that he was in
tli.- w. nII nlit\heniet he complained of Amanda.
I'L.:1 c.:-.sid-idJed himi(-If a much ill-used person, and


also unlucky. Thus two months passed away, Jane
gradually becoming more efficient, and so escaping
continuous blame. But her work also increased, for
Mrs. Mason looked upon idleness in a servant as a
terrible sin.
Now and then, of course, Jane broke things, and
was made to pay for them out of her shilling a week.
And she was always forgetting something. But
even her mistress came to see that she was a de-
cent, hard-working girl, and appreciated the fact.
Of course, she never told Jane so, for she held praise
to be demoralising. She showed her appreciation
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JANE'S CAREER
(',, r.tt(i re, Pa J.3'9 )

by giving the girl task's wvliih -he would u :it .ordin-
arily have expe .t-d a s-.ho.lgnrl I.l performl'
In the nii-aninn.i Jane wvas dt':elot;tin
S Sie had nn. hbt-i..:.ne 'fainiliar i'h ithe sireeit
iand lanes in th-e \:.inity '.,i M.rs. Ma-oni s h)outse. aill
aihe bad e\-n ventitrid uin e r tmiC:e beyond thI-
l:rdinary liniits .. h:i-t daily walks. She roui-h'!y
'divided LIe itiy inLto tI.,.. d sl' ii.t.:. Lip l.."n ainl
:downlton. and -he fixed th, bnuundary Ietai-een thtni
to her 'atn -alisf;ti.iion. All that part ...t Kinii t..nI
.:south or Ht-ya'ui.d Siret:t., vh.-rle he- II\riil. as llth.
-downtoin, S:-ltuII I: thi[be ir \as that the large s'trtior
and busiiine-s.. A'il.te- .'f thene -ity w .re situat.-d. wither
ithe mot.,ir'-cIar %i- ere nil, tfi-.lan dn and w\hlire handJ
'gomely airtir- la die" i -.vnit i- l.pr ing, tlie. al-I
were the eiiy i 5 v.iiar\ es. andi. t. thle "\\. ..t. th. i'il
!:iay termintil. \hi,.li -Li- pa-s.-_d .I-i one i ia-li-l.
i::hen takinE a li.,it-line iar ride. Ali.iie Heyw..i.j
Street wa- uptlu nU. nld iii'. -l...-wl, laUs Iiniiily c'iv'rIN
i'over to resideiitie- ThEi- i iy proper did in.i extrsi-n
'.farther north than abiL t a quarter of a iil al',-
. Oey'wood Sir'ir l thi-ri- lir iL- -Ull'i bh-Lt'JL. .rfll Jan..
. had now i 'nmte t,. kn.\ ni'. m t itt LLt-n 1 I.y i.i.in .
N Man:hti[-t R.lU3r i1e nd i liL*'-l...in (.-i'ide-i- -i
!regarded as lth i'c--idr iijl fllinalr-r-i ..-" [' v.i lth':
.:people. thi.tilih l y he i a'- Ially sul1iurli iili.l)tcted h y
.the middle clases- "f tn- I i\ry'' li,,puiar.u. Smith S
Village. Hannah's T..'-'.n Allnian Town. and .ntlh-
"Towns" ahilrh n'-d iot bi" nl.t-i llininll .'nl aiLin.il a;
mixed det'.ri'Irlr n houiL -: i ,i.in: rlnd nm:1!n l. i\v per-i
sons of the lojit-r iiddl- ,:la' and ii y c-irvant.. -.
the eastern .id(- .t.f ih-, i ty Jitin- klii e ni .t to ni ,
,"thing. Sh-e was nrr awiv. r ar tharlhrt- lr ...) -e Illni
tdreds of' hc.uj'e '. ii the e .i:h- lovedl t.' ,.-az.e uil.ii.
1 Dor was she ajaret ili;( i t tht- iv-t. and n't d \e
far from wheie -hie litedl. r' I.e l.ng -erret fill
I-wth building. in all -a;1 tgs f decay: hlioiset gaLiun
and weatttir-beatln. !r- ,-aled in all tli-ir ruin and
-decrepitude hy vlh blindii'Jnr -unilight that poul'uri
: down from the Il.ri-hi L.ii.- k -ky tele Io-li.:ir anil
i.more a day
The fact i. that thliii2h; : -t,, thioeght h1ie Iu kn;
:rKingston wull. .he lhad ,seen hiit liie .t-t' it TI-h.
city straggltd i'..r alibour n mile and a half niiiti
'andd south. Lld lfir nn e-ilunl dilian.:.- ti.i- and wert.
We Bay siriggltd advis-dly. ft'r it- lati.'r Evronl'
b ad been most irr.-eular. it h:i-l fi.ll.iel In,. d.finit,--
: plan, the buililer,- bd h .il.jiy-d n,:. Ibuildi no rei uill-
tions, and every l\:ri'rry of trL.ipi.il irnl[.,nlal ar:hli-
S:t.ecture might b 'L ouniii in a -incle re-idlentinl th.ir-


i.nihfar.i ni. a quarter i.,[ a mile in li n th A brand.
ne-\ -sl-2It. it.re v'ill:1. paihiied cla'ring whit', anil
dazzliinr -..ii. w...uld stand :hei-; y J...Al with ..nt
'ibl'.Art. hihi. LaViSIuri-eyed hoiis-. the -rntie fa'.il..-
4( whi.h ei -i.eltld but a iii.is- .if jull.:,u-i, widiw
ir,.ni wahi. h the paint had i:r(acktd iandi peeld ~*ini.
3a-i;s a :' Nte t .to thL- wuld It., a littlIe i,[.. htiilr
.-i r'-. 1 .II I i I\\h.-r: III 11 iuni \;ai hii ni nLI.hI i iii-
a i>rneitlni- l .i ard I rI' \'d>-id \ itlli I'n.iII \vhi,.lh \i: .-
Il-lr rhlit .it ., iniic1thpir iI ti [ i .- w rl-;in .
p-,,'.pl,. Zhd tlihen. pfrhalr-. a flinle l'.,r h...use. -. r.'-n
,:Il 'lr,-ill iiiri..u- or inlpli nit n 1nt :djlii va-tion. ,Ib .
h h IJrl k ajIll. behind whiih .- wel k.-.ii liv.i
- trlen i lll .imed. S1uh a -trett was typ .al ,t rh,-
,,Idtr u-siiertial i -.irt; of Kin--r.:,nl In tr .- n i.
i t llr s oII. i ,: i i y. thlel Li h t- iUlnii a l .--, i l. l -hn p-
ald I ltnim' iil. yi ard, a.ind runl l li ..a hni u -- \i ll..r i.
'-i -. r i Y i.Ii hei tuO .. wI.. -i in l ia.ii i. iti l.i ra..t
:ol[ag i .i inL r i: ll at ..:. f Oi-e han di. I i.l LIli
I.oili beI [IOI d iii -.d eU Iy id. N l i wit 11h h1111- .-t iiiII -
I[iI-iiIy Linl L-s l that iiu i.urit. 111] ni al i -. i e'ar!lil -
b I t thirty -it illin 's a. ,--k Il -hi it lle nl 1i -h lJ l i-
i'' a in. .-r. halit hi n l i; it in lle ln hr 1 [hi ,i i:il
p .,illid- .1 y .i r.
Jane'- I dlivi-i, n .t li' Ih i Iry in iii. tw | I .- w.1 -
i'. I' -: II. li. In -i i .i ir ad it t Fit I.n ll r didi li .1
It- v r'v fl' Stric ly -|,,p akihc. ti, i),iSih --~ j. It .,
of Lth : It y ,i i n..,t tr ln ,\i,., P l n li:ilf .1t ,li l.
1 l1. lir' I lii I lnti.y \E r- in1 tll h l' \ I .e 1.i1i l I- [' i
ll...u J-andJ ..f ersl' ..ns n li. l [their h..m-i:- A ll li.
it'-etl, in rhi-e l ., p.I [, rt. i..n of[ Kij',--t,.n \\-'e Itm l,
,.i tr it richl. t u.lr [ i ole in'th..r thl rAIL fr..',
l,. rth r... ,lit[i i an; d fr.'lt '1 .is L t it l-t and 11,. t -
t JA.: i -' .1 lui L N itt iltIn l [hl'..r:.ii t! h'. t'r: i i ii a n iO I
!.1 -! t hli .- L.1nH In ih' 1 l,.,,kEi- Ip. IIl. -I d i i I l ._hlly. -,
th:. -ium ..,f the- i Fy
T"he a[p ar>: 'an.e ,iuf Kinr* l'_. n in.,ru ,,r le- Or.-
,-I.t-l p i,,it-ty TIlh_ ,in pl,-I l h- av".,- w itlh th :
[,.niir ir I hp...n the t [I .i -t .. and thc dlii t as i-_it:d il.: -mIi
Iil i[t \, i. 'r : I.( d--i t ,l,-:ti-: W ithlh .it, ,ij to.. o r..
e,-i: IltI. 1--. i -ly v l .:al ,,j oif (ust. and %A h-n thPere \\a- \ 'tindl th,- ]u-I1
\IeIprr .l.ni tho- e wilI.l lelncth o- the I 'I Iu t I.k- a
nat -, .:r" V .1,po i.rr. i)ilr allrinit i y ni3 re d i -e ;sin L io
tie e-.y:-- a ild liin :- T li,-r> ,.r- pa ,lr i il.l.. l:s ii,
t ll: : ity'., li n- l i e -a' : el i: w h-% i l- i.: trii .a ll:-
wV:-I' i pri|\a d ;,ltI a ,,-,ita ha dnly cr.1-s gI-'>." tipon
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*;1 hliad.- ri ..- nd a l:rl'e hiunilm:er rf I-in.lle- Tht
park -xa Ihe r>htII Z\,Z u..u ,,t 1lr at 'eI I n'aiiily. 1 I l,
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nileant large salaries for doing nothing.
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highly enjoyable treat, though she paid but little
attention to the sermons. Even more delightful
was the ride she took one Sunday evening on the
electric-car to the Rockfort Gardens. Lying to the
east of the city, about three miles away, these gar-
dens are built upon the seashore and intended as
a resort for the poorer people of Kingston, who go
to picnics there on public holidays. Occasionally
some highly optimistic person gave moving-picture
shows at the Rockfort Gardens, and there was al-
ways a merry-go-round in operation, upon which one
could ride for five or six minutes for a threepenny
piece. Jane had a ride that Sunday evening for the
first time in her life, and so keen was the pleasure
she derived from it that even Mrs. Mason's remon-
strances on her staying out later than was reason-
able failed to affect her in the slightest degree.
'She was, indeed, becoming a little contemptuous
of Mrs. Mason now. Two months before she
had regarded that lady as a pauper may be sup-
posed to regard a prince; in her eyes Mrs. Mason
was a personage to be looked up to and obeyed with
fear and trembling. Her drawing-room was a holy
of holies, her mahogany tables were altars upon
which only the most precious ornaments were to be
placed; the house itself was a temple wherein dwelt,
as supreme divinity, Mrs. Mason, while her nieces


and nephew constituted her choir of angels. But
comparisons, often dangerous and sometimes odious,
had sufficed in a short while to ruin Mrs. Mason's
prestige in the mind of Jane. Jane still admitted
that Mrs. Mason was a lady, but Jane felt that Mrs.
Mason was only a lady of sorts. She lived in a
street where all the houses were small and shabby,
and if she did have the merit of possessing a brown
complexion, if at least one-half of her physical com-
position was white, there were thousands of others
like her in Kingston, and thousands who were much
lighter in colour than she could claim to be. More,
there were a few thousand white people in
Kingston and of these Jane had seen not a
few. What was Mrs. Mason compared with
these? Jane had been taught arithmetic at the vill-
age school, and as a mental exercise she had some-
times been put to dividing millions into thousands
and so on. She now made practical use of her edu-
cation by calculating that Kingston contained about
a million people, and that vast numbers of these
were white. What was Mrs. Mason among so many?
Hadn't Sarah told her squarely that she was but a
mulatto woman, and hadn't Sarah been supported
in her demand for her wages by no less a person
than a helmeted policeman who mentioned some-
thing mysterious called the law? Who, after all,


was Mrs. Mason? Jane answered this quetf:on nli
her own way.
She had made some acquaintances in the ne-gh-
bourhood, and amongst the boys she had her ad-
mirers. She chaffed these with spirit whun they
came about her, and often she would linger t., havy.
a chat with some one whom she knew wh-n sne
was sent out to make purchases at the market :nd
the shop. She grew more self-assertive with every
week that passed. She would answer Mrs. Mason now.
when that lady blamed her, and Mrs. Masoin did
not venture to strike her again, for she knewv her
value and was aware that the girl would easily h-
able to get another place. Jane had begun to think
so too. Whenever her mistress quarrelled -,itli her
in these days she made up her mind to run away.
Some day, she felt she would. But the day had nil.
yet come.
Her feeling of depression at not having kI-pt her
promise to her parents had passed away very rapid
ly. As a matter of fact, a few days after hebr mem-
orable talk alone with Cecil she was her normal s-el
again. It never occurred to her to worry her minni
with moral reflections. She avoided Cecil because
she did not like him. It was one of the mnisf',-
tunes of that youth that he did not inspire much
liking or respect in any one, though he was pi-i
fectly persuaded that Jane regarded him wirh awe
He waited for an opportunity to talk intimately
with her once more. In the meantime he dv\iutly
hoped that his aunt, who never kept a ser ltb fur
much longer than four months, would get ril ijr
Amanda, or make the latter's life so intolerable that
she would leave of her own free will. ThI-n once
again he would be able to make clandestine I..\-e t)
Jane.


CHAPTER VIII

THE third month of her career in Kings i:ro h:ad
passed when, one afternoon, on corni al in
from the shop to which she had been sen: i.by h.r
mistress, Jane was greeted by her mother and IKtr,
the latter being one of the girls with whom i t wll
be remembered, she had discussed her ],r..-!,.-ts
in. Kingston on the day before she left the .:..iitiIl.
for the city.
"Hi!" Ebhe exclaimed, genuinely surpr.-il. "I
dream of you two a week ago, but I never -xi ,-';,
see anybody like you. How y'u do, mumma .' Hi
y'u do, Kate?"
The mother rose from the doorstep on i.,hiili
she had been sitting, and shook hands ...'lI.ilIy
with her daughter, Kate following her '-. impl..
Mrs. Mason, standing at the door, beamed *it|ii ill,
group as though conscious that the happen ll ..fi
this reunion was entirely due to her for'itr!h.1.,li
and arrangement.
"Well, Jane," said her mother, "I mcr. rilin
glad to see y'u. How y'u getten on! RFit
I needn't ask you dat, for you' schoolmissis t. 1II I
all about y'u already. As I was tellin' her I. t.:,rr
y'u come in, I did know from de first dat :hl,- .a
de proper sort of lady to look after y'u and -- v.. u
broughted up properly. Yes, ma'am" (tur'in- t.j
Mrs. Mason), "I told her fader so de very d.,y I d1.
bring Jane to y'u to show her to you. Sh.-- i- i
prove already, an', wid de help of God, will .,er .,-
nicely. But y'u know she is growing ma'an. Ye-,
ma'am, she is really growing She will so-.[r ml-..
me feel small. Kingston an' good treatmei, azre-
wid her."
Mrs. Mason immediately seized the opp..rtiinuy
to comment in a modest way upon her own i ii\,-s
"I am doing the best I can for Jane, Me'- I uir
rell," she said, with unctuous rectitude. "'I'-rnh.rr
she don't appreciate it, but I know you do, ...r if I
didn't know the sort of person you are, I i...ulrin't
'ave taken Jane at all. Girls don't unders-and the
feeling of we established people, Mrs. Burr-11. in'
that is why when y'u speak to them for tlh.ir .irl
good, they think you are unkind. I always -.13 to
her: 'Jane, you' mother expect me to train .\,il dei
cently, and to see you grow up to be a credit to her,
and therefore, though you don't understand i mnow
when I speak to you, I know you' mother will ap.
preciate it.' Don't I tell you so, Jane?"
There was no way of avoiding the trap. tllhoui:l
Jane saw it plainly. "Yes, ma'am," she s.id., nd
knew that by so saying she had given Mrs Mis-.:.n
a certificate of character which the lady dic ,iFt. in
her opinion, at all deserve. Mrs. Mason, full ot
knowledge as to the ways and wiles of sch...:,l.inrls
when their people came to see them, had ad.llir-d
this method of demanding from them open t< t am.i.,
as to her care and treatment of them wh- R -inu-
responsible relative of theirs was present; after ihar,
she usually arranged that the girl should n..r .1 v,
any time alone with her visitor "to carry ir- and
story," as she put it. When Jane, on enter ri the
yard, had caught sight of her mother, her fitc t imn
pulse had been to seize the opportunity to rtll her
of Mrs. Mason's character; but that astute l.idiy. ly
appealing to the mother and laying down irhe di-.
tum that "established people" differed in their xrias
of what was right and proper from girls likP Jai.,
had won the old woman completely over. Thi- nas
apparent from the next thing Mrs. Burrell s.id.


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arokl in Ialik ,d ri IS .:.i v i rity.l. tiiI ['. r i.:
ly giin l i M i- Mlj-h .n a '. r.-'ii. r'. i. l \ ith .T-ii.:
as she should think it.
Bill 11-I'- 1 ri ['.,ll .. I ,,l > -:. L" .
I d ,- l ,- 1 .% l, .il I d ,,1 l > h ,,t,.h [ I .'ill '
body 1I., v-,rI IIh- I-.r I, -- lJ a iil ; i ,,f d'J .
pince in i f' r ,..il ,- 'SLP .% nt S- -ia I ,, i .,E,: hI I
mor there n i:, -. S 'le f t aI ha It. 1 whi, -liT.n!i ha it- b1.- I
her frl-nd hall.d ornlL. :, pl.l.-y i. \ r [I tiei? l -i, .n
"Y ies." Ar" M -on h:tL I(It I.:i I :i Jini It
couldn't l ay I lthi k t.riln. a bni ciurl. Mir' Buri I-l
I couldn't safiy that at ail'"
"I bring a little ,- r el- -iit i1.7 .' 1 \' t C .. ; ,II 11 .
Jane.." h r mn lnther I .jitiniinld. ih,,'. iiihtl- t sitii-,i
that the relat .iii.- .itn n iii ,r\ ->n :\M r' na'a-:.,i ani(
the girl werr ail hllat .,t liu I,- 1 ii --rl i. a ni rinxw.,i:
that her dauphti-r should Fh bth.nll t ,-.-niim-tli t Ifr..'
the country had Ieen Ii li.ei'-'il t:.r the hl., il
King iton. F,.r tlhe presr-'-it- in whih lli Fhri'iil
alluded, thraigh noiinlally intihded 'or lf Mr-. Ma,.,n
was chitliby ieailt tfor ..:i- Tj,: li, ..t \ ]1- ,i l..\
her that n te hnd nl,-,i istin I~i r-:lr..l iit art h.l it.ll. r-:I.
lMason kneiw the i.k.untr.m \\%Ei\. ima y i' i te- .., ;I
Bion on vhiltli .' she IhI d I',t i--.'%- i im il Jr L r' I l --1ir'
from the miu '.her z of her il.,-,1l- ilj-, \I a r\v n. l l n I
amourint O' f w h i had e ,-i"r I i -n L, n I.. th.-.:e eirl-.
for did the-y ilot always h'.V le -II.Lilt.
Jane woilld Ih vte nin h ir'-i'rr.id it her iiio:hl,.-r
had brought iicr portion ...-f th.- --ift --par:it. ly 'f.'r
she shrewdly tli-rp-eLtdl that 1iM Ml4 -..I -,ii ',ild I .
gard the wh,:,l- of it i s a ir.,- Sih inhlanvetl it r0i,
mail hear (-,f yam-o, ,prtao-. arindl I Ip i-an--:J
which still lay at tho thre-hli ri oft' the d,:,,ir: -. -1n-
this glance. Mlih Ma-.-n st,:,p,-dJ d,:.iwii and with i'--:k
less gener-,sity )briok< off tn ., ,f tl, h- aindnin a nd]


i.ili.'l .!ii.. .:aIi to rhe girls, saying at the same
1ih'. I, ,1 ,:1' .--
\'. I.' 1. -i t.il: you' friend into the room
S', ,i. t s..iu ..aint )to talk to her. I wish to 'ave
II. .. ,li:! -.itl'!n r!ith you' mother."
,.tin .,ll ...-i h1.y iKate, went to the room, and
,I.-t! 1i,' ,1l.:.'..r \\ lb. -ed--
ii..'. i- th~I- -agerly asked Kate, who was
,.!,.,.l tmt.-.-',.ii "i tli this her first visit to King-
-:.. .,ti ...:,t i kiow more of city life.


"I can't tell y'u, me child," replied Jane pite-
ously. "It's de devil. If you ever see how I work
from morning to night you would sorry for me?
You hear how dat ole beast tell mumma how she
look after me? Not a word of it true. She is a
regular ole screech!"
"Lard!" exclaimed Kate. "Y'u mus' be sarry
y'u come to Kingston!"
"Well, not exactly," Jane confessed. "It live-
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JANE'S CAREER

F i1 [ :1d CI I 1 11 _hK [ ,.i I ,.i 1 1 ,
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Billn :'I du ni It-l ni dul.r'I|| .. l ..' Mill fl- hit -lIdS al
[ w\.nllr-tl \"d t.) > *1mh (,: K snill on lhl I-elf,"
K :i:,"- ,,,lf'l .- ,-ed. 'anhl a- y.. "i' mi de.r \as- ., i.,n, l' la, t
in ;ht. 1 I I t h m kll I \m alk l Ii r her I iai 'i,- de

i v.ouldri t lk i .ie n e it i'- ai' lil v' to rvwk like
i.t-I. --t nfy y, .Il V.)lI kIn'. W IVI.:II' y' lp i V l II tI1 g
s i ha_ y t -I [t.eV. hlerl".'
I .d. n't kn.'i yiv I d uIl 't Ime k illi I ni s i ud.
rPlI .r.l td, [t' ll I l .- .llv 'ln 31)..it [ ni, 1frilt-ids al
i.nip. H ,:'. v thElli _-lri n 011 .' Th-ni di.,t [ &-n I l-nd [I
:i1 .i > > nl '
d Y. Katu li h tEri'dt answer. all de buu
i.'d d h-n I t.i. alld C'.la sap.\ ,i Ktll y liat 'he iill
"nih ain r -e y n ItI if nt 'u inli t tto sn B t w'hy ry'ul
ihavtr n writn W i."
"I have n, o time. nii: l1,.ve. I gots to \lrk I,.)
hard. But Iu nt' k I d an'tit i iss yv'll? I i iis .'ny'a
for true: If snmie 1" "t- l i.ould I'mile an'[I li\- ill t, TI.
dat would be all rilht."
"Prhars it will happen." .said Kaut hNn pefttlly
"Who I- to tell'? But y'u mean to say y'u di)arint
have no frietnld here?"
S\'hat sort .1 fr ii nd y'un mean




"S'-so. lbut hbin' I w',rkin' here wird d is t
,..minii I t man't I ni-... any a:-quainiiani:-hli)p wi l any
n.l-i dai i; itvorith hil-."
"T hi'o" -exlaiilted Ka te rlelciively. "I d:,an'l
see de use 1t ILvin' in tIr.i n t' all y'u hi\a e tn ii i
I.:. wirk. anl' yU arn'r njie yotu' elf. It diull ii at
h. ,iie I t uli l doa ii n It hiav. t: kill yu'-- l "
"I ,:.'uldln't[ o:i11e I1., k honie." s';id Jane ld,,d-
stilyi I Ct t to 0 1., Knirniit.,n alially Bt
ne.lIe- t. I l 3't I 1t l y'l l not glie nlo .iy I Md l
Maa oil mu. h !.. irl" N \' w dat I lie--n he-r- nil' hate
ti\li i Itl. e. anl' kili..w : t.\ t''lfro-n's. I ..ain intake ime
...'In +.'a To.I ti-ll y' d,'n r- i ir.- o.: b t .:Ii. M j \i d
,I hlia\- .t h-lhii- l.it H i,, ."nit all tilt,. llit te e h i
hi ll il.l i e :ll- lle. H min ili -. 4 I. l.lk tl llII 'wh-|
i ...ll'. il-r.- l''. hint I k.-eep I-a -r .t' hilli ii.w.
Si.ine oli y. I, ce liini i..l ie nlt Illn o i ,' v.':rd. f.ir
i iIe a,- if hinl is I'.,kin l' w.ii t.. ie['ll n hill I knrjl w
I in'i h in [,,k" kin 't'fir H in d.d ala l ll. lt. nl.i
I ljile i ~il niy ii r...i .i h i' him I doi, n -vel
* n--li, iir t.- h ....iidi1I ( n ii. I ll hliiin t ll;: I. nie
' ,",ni me n dll t.e D11i '
all

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I -a.m d t'. .' i .ir .,r tinid e .d ..it d [tally,
Bil oft ....i l- : I bt- t o d. h.' '
Kaite. vih, -.,iild ni t [....:-.i ly (claim the ,._h t1
l.,e ie.lls.i'ii in nl-itter .: idcl t. I ltt atr L ilhad ha
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her, would be a wonder in the way of servants, and
then began to look dissatisfied when the old woman
showed signs of outstaying her welcome.
A long pause occurring in the conversation be-
tween the two. Jane's mother perceived that Mrs.
Mason had nothing more to say to her, and rose to
go. Mrs. Mason called to Jane and Kate, and the
two girls came out of the room.
"Your mother going, Jane," she said, "and I
tell her she must come back soon to see y'u."
"Yes. ma'am, thank you, ma'am," said Mrs. Bur-
rell, curtseying. "Now, Jane, y'u mus' behave you
self an' meek you' schoolmistress give y'u a good
name. And keep yourself up like you been doin'.
Good-bye, Misses."
Mrs. Mason graciously shook hands with her
and nodded to Kate. Jane also shook hands with
the two, then followed her mother to the gate, Mrs.
Mason's watchful eye upon her all the while. The
girl saw her mother and her friend go, then turned
back into the yard with a heavy heart.
She and her mother had, in a way, become
strangers. This she felt more than thought; for
such a proposition she never would have been able
to formulate clearly in her mind. Her mother's
way of looking at things seemed more or less that
of Mrs. Mason, and between Mrs. Mason and her-
self there %as a great gulf fixed. Mrs. Mason look-
ed upon her as a little servant-girl merely, but Jane
felt she was an individual with feelings, desires, and
rights if her own. Her mother had left her entire-
ly in Mrs Mason's hands, and there she was perfect-
ly determined not to remain. If she went away, her
mother and father would probably blame her, but
that she could not help. Kingston was big, she had
become ait.ustomed to it, she would probably be
able to make her way in it as other people were
doing. Orne by one the ties that bound her to the
past were being loosened, unknown to her uncon-
scious self. \What she did feel was that now she was
free to do as she pleased.

CHAPTER IX
fT was some three weeks after Jane's mother had
Some to see her that what Cecil, had long hoped
for happened at last. Amanda had given a fair
amount ,f satisfaction during her first month or so,
and Mrs. Mason had begun to congratulate herself
that Sarah's place had been taken by a responsible
person who. being a married woman and of compar-
atively advanced age, did not need to seek pleasure
in the company of indifferent young men. But after
a while she began to discover that respectability
had its disadvantages. For not for a single moment
did it appear that Amanda could forget she was a
married woman, and, as such, entitled to much res-
pect and appreciation. If she treated Jane as a being
of infinite inferiority, she also exacted respectful
consideration from Mrs. Mason herself. As she be-
came more accustomed to the establishment, she of-
fered suggestins as to what should and should not
be dune. contradicted Mrs. Mason, ignored Cecil en-
tirely, and did not pay any particular attention to
the young ladies. When six weeks had elapsed, she
demanded a larger wage; three shillings and six-
cence a wcek being altogether too small an amount
to keep her. a- she averred. This shocked Mrs. Ma-
son imminsily; she had never in her life paid more
than three shillings a week to any servant. Yet
she was obliged to yield, for servants' wages were
gradually rising in Kingston, owing (according to
Mrs. Mason's explanation) to the amount of unnec-
essary education which the people were receiving
from the G('overnment. Amanda asked for a shilling
a week more. After arguing the matter with her
for two days. Mrs. Mason agreed upon a compro-
mise of sixpence. But in the argument some
straight talk had taken place between both parties,
and this had not served to promote cordial rela-
tionships between them.
A few weeks later Amanda gave further offence
by insisting that she should have her two Sundays
in the month, as agreed upon when she first came
to work with Mrs. Mason. This the latter consider-
ed most unreasonable. It is true she had mention-
ed "every other 'Sunday" as belonging to the ser-
vant, but she did not expect the concession to be
insisted on as a right, or even taken advantage of
to any considerable extent. As she could not deny
that she had told Amanda she could have two Sun-
days a month, she took refuge in "throwing words"
on her. a process which Amanda understood per-
fectly, it t.rming part of the diplomatic correspon-
dence between most persons in Jamaica. Thus one
Saturday night, when Amanda reminded her that
she would not be at work the next day, she re-
plied-
"All right. Amanda. I hope goin' to church
will do yiu good. Everybody go to church now;
in fact. the church is making ladies and gentlemen
of everybody. It don't prevent people from lying
and stealini. though! If you were only to think
of one thing, and not of another, you would wonder
why anybody go to church at all, the little good it's
doing' them "
"Do, y'u means me, Mrs. Mason?" asked Amanda
with trmenindous dignity, the dignity of a married
woman who was also connected with a church.


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"You? Why, what make you think so, me good
soul? I suppose I am entitled to talk in my own
house?"
"I not sayin' y'u not entitle to talk, ma'am; but
your word sound very funny after I tell y'u I am
not coming' tomorrow. I am used to going to me
church to worship me God, and nobody can say dat
I act in any way to disgrace me connection. Dat is
why I ask y'u de question."
"Well, Amanda," said Mrs. Mason, "you are a
very funny woman. If the cap didn't fit you why
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funny things to-night," returned Amanda. "Your
word seem to have two meaning's. Ef you don't sat-
isfy wid me, y'u can tell me so, an' I won't bother
come back Monday morning But y'u mus'n't throw
words upon me."
"Look here, Amanda," replied Mrs. Mason, with
just a suggestion of irritability in her voice, "I
am not prepared to 'ave any talk with anybody to-
night. If you don't want to come back on Monday,
you needn't come back. I am not telling y'u not to
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(Continued from Page 46)
don't tief it. An' ef you think y'u can get five
sweet potato for a quattie, y'u can send to de mar-
ket an' try an' get it."
"Don't answer me in that way, Amanda," ray-
ped out Mrs. Mason sharply. "If I want to send
to the market, I will send to the market. You
couldn't prevent me. I say that there is something
funny about these potatoes, an' if you don't like
what I say, you can lump it. The idea! I am not
even to speak now about me own money an' me own
provisions. You must be the mistress here!"
"I couldn't expect to be mistress in your house ,
Mrs. Mason," retorted Amanda quite as warmly.
"But I won't allow you or anybody else to insult
me. I am a married woman like yourself, an' man-
ners due to a dog much less to a human being."
"I don't care who manners due to," sneered
Mrs. Mason. "All that I know is that you are my
servant, an' you suppose to take orders from me, an'
to give me no back-answer. Don't forget yourself
with me!"
"I couldn't feget meself wid you, ma'am,"


Amanda fired back. "Y'u must tell dat sort of thing
to Jane, not to me."
"I tell it to who I like," quickly came Mrs. Ma-
son's rejoinder; "whether to you or Jane. I don't see
any difference; you are both my domestic. I will
say just what I please to you."
"Well, see here, Miss Mason," said Amanda,
producing her trump card, "there is no need fo' you
an' me to quarrel. Separation can always come.
Meek it come at once. I will go my way, and you
can get somebody else."
This speech was precisely what Mrs. Mason had
Been waiting for. Her answer was ready.
"I am not going to pay you before you done
your work, I can assure you of that, me good wo-
man. So if you want to go before you finish you'
work, you can go. But not a penny will you get
from me. Sarah teach me a good lesson. You not
goin' to teach me another."
With that she got up and went inside, and for
the rest of the day peace reigned between her and
Amanda. For the latter, now that Mrs. Mason had
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ing her week's work, was by no means very anxious
to be taken at her word. She therefore went about
her business rather briskly, gave no back-answers,


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and did her best to please Mrs. Mason. This that
lady noticed with a great deal of satisfac-tion, for
she knew that the blow she intended to inflict upon
Amanda later on would fall all the more severely
because of Amanda's evident wish to remain. It
delighted Mrs. Mason's soul that she should be ablI
to get even with a woman whose "impudence." as
she expressed it, "flesh and blood could not bear."
Night came and Amanda had finished all her
work. She went to Mrs. Mason for her w.age. and
that lady, standing on the low step that led from
the yard into the house, carefully counted .,ut four
shillings. Had Amanda been observant, hb would
have noticed that Mr. Mason's two nieces v\ere stand.
ing just behind their aunt, and that her nephew
was hovering about with an expectant demeanour.
This was a rather unusual assembly, bur Aminanda
felt certain, because Mrs. Mason had said uuthing
to her after the quarrel in the morning, that amic-
able relations had been established once n..-r-
"Amanda," said Mrs. Mason calmly, as she
handed the woman her wages, "it is your Sunday
tomorrow, eh?"
"Yes, ma'am," said Amanda cheerfully. -'but if
y'u want me I will come."
This was an extraordinary concession. which
Mrs. Mason would not have hesitated to take ad-
vantage of under different circumstance Blut
now-
"No, Amanda," she replied sweetly, "I I:iiow yiyo
like to go to you' church, an' it is right th;t ia l-.:-ent
married woman like you should be in chut.:hl every
Sunday. I wouldn't make you come here (-:.-nim'riow
for anything."
Consideration of this kind was puzzling hut
still Amanda was unsuspicious.
"All right, den, ma'am," she said. "I u\ill >.nru
soon on Monday morning."
"I wouldn't bother do that if I was y..u Anmati
da," Mrs. Mason returned, "for I will be h3avin ul
further use for your services. If y'u 'av-e aitihing
here y'u better remove it at once. You knir I told
you I didn't give or take notice."
The woman, astonished, stared at her Mr
Mason returned her look, the personificatritn it tri.
umphant calm. Cecil laughed loudly in -heer rxu-
berance of spirits.
"Then y'u mean that y'u discharge me. rua an?"
Amanda asked Mrs. Mason, after a moment'; Ipaijis
"You don't suit me, Amanda," replied Mr .M11:
son judicially. "You see, you are a marriied rw.-
man, an' of course you think it hard to be a --, raut
But I don't want independent people to ii.rk with
me, for if you independent you can't want t.? w..rk
So we better part. I hope you' next emlI.l.yr mill
give you every Sunday."
Sudden dismissal of this sort was :, ttirilet
humiliation. It is true Mrs. Mason had rill.Ilarel
that she should neither give nor take ni.ri,: bhut
Amanda had hoped for some clear indicati.in ..f her
intentions before the sentence of banishmrin t rr
pronounced. To be thus taken unawares, i.. l.,- >ur-
flanked by the enemy, as it were, was a Il.iiw ifn.
which she could not recover at the mom.-nt. Her
dignity was shattered. She had no arg.iii-nt left
in her. She wanted to say something of a relylir
nature, but her voice broke as she began, ;:nd-
"All right, Mrs. Mason, de same God d.,t y.,iI
pray to is de same God dat I pray to," n., all sh,:
could think of. :She meant that she left ].!!-. Mii-,.:
to the vengeance of God, and Mrs. Mason ,ini,.i ,...1
her perfectly.
"Very well, Amanda," she replied wi-' .liniti.
"that is enough, quite enough. I don't l.ilt aui
rudeness. Just take you' things an' go."
She stood there while Amanda went iut.. tin.
little room to gather up her few belongii--. H-r
triumph was complete. She had demons-r.it-il h:i,
easy it was to replace one servant with aniii.ri-r
Jane stood by the kitchen door war. liiti the
scene. Mrs. Mason, catching sight of her'. I~-rk.:t-,l
that it was a good object-lesson for her. .I.ii,-. ..n
her part, determined that she would never '-ie Mli-
Mason the opportunity of turning her ..if like .
dawg." a

CHAPTER X

BOUNDLESS was Cecil's joy when he sav .\nlitiil.
disappear through the gate. Here ind&-:l wa., r-
venge, and not that only, but opportunity a' wVll
He whistled merrily as he walked about rilt h.,ise.
and when, a little, later on, he heard one ..r I3 ,ii .
ters call Jane and give her instructi.i 1il.,niit
some purchase she was being sent to makl h- hur
ried out into the street and stationed hilii-lf ja a
corner which he knew the girl would hai, t, r'.-.
He purposed having a little conversation with her
there; he was of opinion that she was a- rIl-.'ted
as he was that such an obstacle and hi:'lrirn.e 'as
Amanda had at last been removed.
He had not been waiting for more than .a mtn.
ute or two before he saw her coming, and le has.
tened forward to meet her. She gave II,, sien :,f
having noticed him, though she not only -iarw him
but clearly divined his purpose. Glancin-z haitily
round to see if any one who knew his p'I,,ple w-re
in the vicinity, and satisfied that there i a- io:ne,
he boldly stopped Jane and opened the coinvrisa
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"De lior.' he h jI a wered laconl(ally.
"It's a i':'ni time sinR e [ ht% v a ;ali ilth yi i.i
Jane," he remark-l-d, an' I halte 1-ieI \;.atitiL 1I.
say sniilletlln t[o ,'' i.-r ove'Ir .i i i,,litn- -
S"What .il .1'u ha.ve ti -say 1to m in. Mr C,> il?'
she inquireil. imaknlii- as if hre i.:lnil i llu\v .if.
The queratilo di .di,.e rtId-. hiill Hler mannlir
was not e-iini:iiiih a iii- He hre itated I'i Iliinr e inr i
the subje-'.t wiin:h Il had isin n!liil
"So Amanida is. off." lie sid. I.y ;.ay ..f ki-,pin_
up the'- ,ioni-ei al:.n 'Yi..I -lad. eh?
"I d ai-(.i ee Mh.y3 I lltil]'l h-e .ild. she i'e
plied. "A aihi i.e, didn L init-iri t ler:l.- id iit-
The .vuLIIII fIell auji '. ul in- lli Aft,-' all.
Jane was ..nl I niit a into's s i\aiir. aiml -Il ihe Lai ii..
right (1t IIr-'r li1111 a- if he ,i 'e nll1t *.lu l S I ll]. I '0 .
ciliatory niei l[el.- erve the .'- l.i 'ihS he ,i.' id \,li
employ nitli l hr.
u "hbat's the iia-tli-" %itli t 'i h- a-i.' iii tnil
appealing onue t c .n-.I Y.aii vex il n- '
S"W hy I 'h,.iild vex %,id t'u. M r. it- il. '.r rpliJ--
wid y'u?" the -.irl I',ct-t i't-i
He ueanle ani!-v. N.'u cettnlll rI'hl.'" he blurt-
ed our hntly.
"RudE it '.pi '" sh- luul lia'c k and t fllii':ci i Ipa-t
him, leaingin\ hiIm andiun amaz' d and iiiiinilmnti-l
in the street.
Cecil shared 1 : thlie full tlie c.nt-i.nlt i l l1 <. ni.
on which his aulnt anid sli-ril hahd 'if erlv\iir; iaid
here he had It- :!n r.l-.i.t-e and in'suirted iy ,'le vwh l
was only a :hui'.l.hi I. atid tiu h.init. linit very lii'-
ago, he had h.rii all, tI. sp,. ak : ; I,- lIi-ea-eld. H.-
wouuld very hiiiih have liked r .ti t lii:l nev-icr t,.
return 1-. the hiiisi- ac.in. niiinI V i'- IIIIt l13' t ha
gained because hi,. knI,.i h- had ri,- I-i,,, .:C i d., -...
and could nor) e\,-i oni lain if hlIr i., .i MI -l a-
lest that eaean:i-.:.i lidy slhn.lil iil minlii.itely dile.,\
er the reason ..f hi: anno..\an. e H-e ihli.i:h th i
situation .,vet 111 Ihis iiiiid. It li:d !i. uch p n-
Lration to pice\ive that the JUnie ihe i\'. n..v deI.nl
ing with w;ia a ie -iy iitff'.ri- t kind ri Iof .'- i froui
the Jane whnli had ..m1n-. a ;.hy and sFi.eiw ;hatr -t0i
pid girl. fr-im t ei I uli ui ti.. "K i;ni -ti.n ..,ll rhi,.
gurls," was hi- i.illnient ,rn thb ti\.l iinfliieIent- oi ih.-
city upon charact..r
It was very annoyitia t t. ind in lih.r -lil or a timn,
the simple. unii-eph- ti ii.a ld i lild fi,.nm the I.'- in r.r
had become a w.:.rldly.-wise yniiiig: \ivi..-n!o;I. and C'.
cil was all fur prin tivri .t inipli(it y nud thli inni,..
cence of rural lf'e. If Jan.- erie ;l.al .\k ,; e in ri,
treat him like this hut no. uhan a.- hardly
likely. "She is only tnrmn Iug." lie said I., hiiiselt'
"She want nie to, fIool around her -" IHe had read i-ri
heard somewhere that faint h lart ne(---e" win iiti'


lady. aid ihe [11- p '.'. ii .ur ;~-I' h: i h li ir. evel'aI.l iV
lHe dL-- :d.-i upi..n il n l i ii.. a Ilhii -an hihi h fe-eir
'L li'J I..t I liiUt eil-I s uI --- fuil .
Tihe ni t I day, II..u hi he i .,,d many pplhrII ,in,
rie- :. S .- ikiie 1 ... .lane. he iliat"niiltn-_ tly I gn'rI-d
r:' p rt-ienc:i- a- r:alll: d ab.uli the 3Vaid sinI'.kiu-
S i l'tii-L s. he leit her s,-e him. he rattled > i|p-I'-.
=i *I ..:. k t. k -. l did e 1.el y 2 ii! i[. e could tI. attra'- l
h>: C at.:h[ti.Mn. % h ._ i.i- eIid in I2 1. 1)- unaw ar-l i .'
i' i very I. Xii-rn. Ti-. he ith.I u hti. could 1ii.i
fai l ti1.1 ffel .t It-.'. IIf v.-uiild Ijf l ir? her to li-.r eln.te-
Bil. youinz as -lih v a --lie liiidei-.t..i.d Ir all Si.-
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JANE'S CAREER
(Continued from Page 51)
His sisters went to church a little before seven
o'clock, and his aunt went out to see a friend who
lived near by. Cecil regarded this exodus as due
to a special stroke of luck; he would not have hes-
itated to say that Providence itself was interpos-
ing in his behalf. Jane was left in charge of the
house and yard, he having informed his aunt that
he too was going out a little later. When he felt
sure that Mrs. Mason had gone a fair distance from
home, he sauntered up to Jane, who, as usual with
her in her moments of leisure, was sitting at the
threshold of her room.
This time Cecil did not accost her with any-
thing like the assurance he had shown on the pre-
vious evening. He was by no means certain, now
that he was actually about to renew his advances,
that they would be any more successful than they
had been in the street the night bfeore. Perhaps
he should have waited a little longer anyhow,
he would see.
He began in a light and airy manner.
"How's things, Jane?"
"All right, Mr. Cecil."
"Glad to hear. I was wondering last night what
was the matter with you. I wanted to give y'u this,
but you walk off so quick that you didn't give me
time." He handed her a shilling as he spoke, with
a spasm of regret as he did so at having to make
such a tremendous pecuniary sacrifice. It was a
considerable present. She took it, and Cecil felt
sure that a good understanding was established be-
tween them.
"I am glad Amanda is gone," he said confident-
ly, leaning over her. "I was wishing she would go
long ago. I never had a chance to talk to you while
she was here. Don't you was sorry?"
"No," replied Jane positively.
The youth thought of his shilling with a feeling
of dismay. Such an answer after his outlay! "What
y'u mean?" he demanded.
"What I say. Why should I sorry, Mr. Cecil?"
This was a poser. "But I thought you liked
me?" he answered, as the best way of meeting her
question.
"I don't dislike y'u."
"But that is not what I ask you. I thought you
said you like me when you care here first, an' now
you wouldn't talk to me last night, and you tell me
you only don't dislike me. I don't understand
you."


"Doan't bother try, then," she answered in a
cheeky tone.
"But I must try. Don't you know I love you?"
She laughed. "Love me for what?"
"You making' fun Jane," he exclaimed irritably.
"You treat a fellow bad. Didn't you love me when
you came to Kingston?"
"No. But I didn't have no sense, an' I was new.
Dat is why y'u could do as you like wid me. But
now dat I learn fo' meself, it's just as well I tell
y'u de trute."
Here was plain speaking with a vengeance, and
Cecil felt that there was no pretence about it. Here
was disappointment, here was humiliation. He be-
came savage. "What the devil y'u take me money
for, then?" he demanded.
"I didn't beg y'u for it; you come and give it
to me. Ef y'u did know y'u couldn't spare it, what
y'u give it to me for?"
"You are a damn little thief!" the youth blurt-
ed out, in quite his aunt's best manner.
Jane rose quickly. "If y'u call me a tief I
will meck noise in de yard," she loudly replied.
"What I tief from y'u. Because .. because-"
"What is that?" called out a voice from the
house, and Cecil with a sinking heart recognized ii
to be that of his aunt!
Mrs. Mason had met in the street the friend she
had gone to visit. This lady was on her way to pay
a sick call, and had walked back with Mrs. Mason
to the latter's house, promising to drop in later and
have a chat. Cecil had not calculated upon any-
thing of the sort occurring, hence the discovery.
"What you doing there, Cecil?" Mrs. Mason ask-
ed menacingly. "What are you raising you' voice
about, Jane?"
Cecil could think of no answer at the moment.
and Jane herself was dumbfounded. Mrs. Mason
understood the situation perfectly, for, though she
always blamed her schoolgirls wherever Cecil was
concerned, looking to them and not to him to set
a good example in moral conduct, she knew that
young gentleman's ways and habits well enough.
"Cecil, you ought to be ashamed of yourself,
talking to a servant-gurl like that!" she exclaimed
indignantly. "What sort of respect you think them
can 'ave for you if you mix up yourself with them?
And haven'tt I told y'u Jane, that never on any ac-
count must y'u raise you' voice in me yard?"
She discreetly refrained from giving expression
in a more explicit manner to what she felt. First.
because the new servant who was coming in the
morning might not prove satisfactory, and next be-


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her obviously loose behaviour when she had her
alone.
"Please to walk into you' room, Jane," she com-
manded, adding, "I might 'ave expected it."
Jane quietly obeyed, while Cecil slunk off, in.
hardly cursing Jane and his luck and his aunt.
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find that Jane was not up and attending to her
duties as early as usual. After calling for some
time and receiving no answer, she went herself to
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PLANTERS' PUNCT-I


CHAPTER XI
SN the life of a large number of "schoolgirls" in
Sthe city of Kingston, "running away" has form-
ed at least one important incident. It constitutes
.-the refuge of those who are badly treated, or who
are tired of working with the same mistress, or
who desire to earn some money (if they are not paid
by their first mistress, as is very often the case),
or who have been induced to exchange a life of drud-
gery for the comparative though perhaps temporary
comfort of an establishment with a "friend." It
Lakes more courage than the average girl possesses
to go to one's employer and tell her of one's inten-
tion to leave. That would probably involve an im-
mediate flogging, or her parents might be written
to; she might even be threatened with police super-
vision-a mere threat, of course-and, worse than
all that, there would be the indignant eye of the
mistress to encounter-a thing most formidable in
itself.
Rather than plainly express her desire, then, the
average girl will long continue to work at a place
of which she has grown thoroughly tired, and even
when she has made up her mind to leave she often
keeps putting off the final step as long as she ros-
sibly can. But the hour comes at last when it is
taken. Some morning the mistress wakes to
find that there is no servant to answer her call. Or
the girl goes out during the day and does not return.
Mrs. Mason had had such experiences before; hence
when she emerged from Jane's room she knew pre-
cisely what had happened. Cynthia and Emma had
not yet gone out to work, and to them she hurried
with the tale. "Jane run away!" she ejaculated "An'
you can bet that she tief some of me things. What
a set of them! You ever see such a race of peo-
ple!"
In the monotony of lower middle-class Jamaica
domestic life, however, even the inconveniences oc-
casioned by the flight of a small servant have their
compensation in the excitement afforded by the
Seventh. Cynthia and Emma raised their hands in
-sheer horror at this proof of Jane's iniquity: Mrs.
Mason's face expressed unutterable astonishment at
This latest evidence of depravity on the part of the
servant class. Cecil kept himself away from the
group, and went on hastily with his preparations
for going to his work.
S"Well!" said Cynthia, "I could never have thought
nt! But you can't trust any of them: they are all
the same. An' yet we were so kind to Jane!'
"But it's all your fault, you know, Aunt," said
Emma, "I told you when you sent Rachael away that
you shouldn't bother to get any more schoolgirls.
They are more pest than profit. You 'ave all the
trouble with them, you teach them everything, an'
the moment they learn they pick up themself an'
run away. What's the use of bothering with them?"
S"An', mark you, I pay them," said Mrs. Mason.
"Most people don't pay their schoolgurl one penny;
but as I know the little brutes will tief and not
Work well if you don't give them something, I never
make any of them work for nothing. An' this is all
the reward I get for me kindness!"
She moved towards her cupboard: "Let me see
what she steal, for I am sure she gone away with
me of me things."
A diligent counting over of spoons and knives
.and forks took place, and an exclamation of dismay
from the lady soon informed her nieces that some-
thing had been stolen. It was a spoon that was
issued, but Cynthia remembered that she had taken
it into her room the night before, and so the alarm
died away. The search had to be given up while
tea was being prepared, but Mrs. Mason was certain
;that Jane had not gone off empty-handed; she felt
confident that this girl, like one or two others, had
at the very least contracted debts in her name at
the neighboring shops, debts which she would be
'called upon to pay and would repudiate with all the
vigour of which she was capable. When her nieces
and Cecil (to which gentleman she said nothing)
had gone out, she resumed her search, but found
that Jane had actually taken nothing but her own
stock of clothes. Nor had she left any debts behind,
as inquiry proved. This was rather unusual, and
proved that Jane, as Mrs. Mason had found out long
before, was a decent sort of girl. This added to
Mrs. Mason's anger for she was sorry that the girl's
services would no longer be at her disposal.
"You only exchange a bad for a worse," she
muttered, regretfully, and began to think of getting
Iother girl. Then the new servant came in, and
the long cycle of Mrs. Mason's troubles and trials
recommended once more.
In the meantime, what had become of Jane?
On the previous night, at about eleven o'clock,
hen the streets were almost entirely deserted the girl
eight have been seen stealing cautiously out of Mrs.
ason's yard with a bundle under her arm. Once out-
ide and at some distance away from her mistress's
ace, she changed her rapid, furtive pace into a leis-
rely walk, for the purposes of preventing suspicion
Sthe part of any policeman who might be more than
ually vigilant, and, seeing her with a parcel, be
lined to suspect her of larceny. She strolled to-
ards the eastern section of the city and in half
blour had arrived at one of the innumerable yards


in one of the numerous lanes of Kingston. She
pushed the gate and went boldly in, and entered the
third of a long low range of tenement rooms which
formed the habitations of a good many families.
"You come?" was her greeting from a Esrong-
featured young woman of about twenty-three, who
was half sitting, half reclining on a high iron bed.
"I did almost give y'u up. Thought y'u wasn't com-
ing again."
"I had to wait till dem all go to bed," explained
Jane, putting her bundle on the bed. "It look as
if them was goin' to set up all night Y'u t'ink them
will find me here?"
"What if them do?" asked the other girl, who
had had more than one experience of running away
in her earlier youth. "Y'u not a slave-slavery
done away with long time ago. I wouldn't even
bother remember them. Y'u want to wash y'u
foot?"
"Yes. An' you t'ink I will get a job at Mr. Rep-
burn?"
"Yes, man," replied Sathyra (as the other girl
was named). "Them want two gurls, as I did tell
y'u yesterday; an' I told one of de clerks that I was
goin' to send one of me frien's, an' that him must
put in a good word for you. Him say all right.
De work is not too hard, an' if you quick you can
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ly wid everybody; that's the way to get on."
Sathyra's philosophy was perfect, though she
was not herself known as a peaceful person. She
had fought the battle of life with a fair amount of
success hitherto, however, and that gave her the
right to offer advice to mere beginners.
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can sleep. An' to tell you de trute, I really love me
bed. I like comfort!"
"'Y'u have a nice bed," said Jane, glancing at
the enamelled iron bedstead raised on four bricks,
and noticing that Sathyra viewed it with obvious
pride.
"Yes; it is so-so," complacently replied Sathyra.
"And what is more, I buy it meself. I have it
three years now. When I got a little present, a
shillin' or two shillin's at a time, I put it down till
it reach one pound ten, an' I buy dis bed. So it is
me own property, an' nobody can ever say that them
had to give me a bed, as I didn't have a thing to
sleep on.
"There is noten like having you' own things,"
Sathyra went on, "for when y'u have a disposition
like mine, an' anybody trouble you too much, y'u
can send them about them business."
Jane had an uncomfortable feeling that some
part of this speech might be intended for her,
though, ostensibly, Sathyra had in mind the opposite
sex.
"I goin' to save up an' buy a bed too," she sug-
gested.
"What for?" asked Sathyra graciously. "Y'u
don't need to, if you an' me is friends. De room
can't hold two bed, and this one is big enough for
de two of us. You don't trouble about a bed now.
Save what money y'u get, an' buy some nice dress,
and sometimes we can go to picnic an' sport togeth.
er. Just as cheap1 to enjoy you' life when you can
and when you is young, for who is to know when
y'u goin' to dead? If y'u can eat well, an' drink
well, and have a good frock to put on when you
going out, y'u have something. But when y'u have
to work, like you been working' wid dat woman you
just leave, it is better y'u dead."
"Yes," agreed Jane heartily; "but dat done away
wid now."
"It is finish and completed," yawned Sathyra.
"Well, it must be after twelve o'clock, so we better
go to bed now."
Jane approved.
The thought of earning a shilling a day six
shillings a week, if she worked on Saturdays-filled
the heart of Jane with inexpressible joy. Here were
riches and comparative independence within her
grasp; here was escape from domestic servitude;
here was a future made bright with hope. She
thanked God very devoutly that night. It was only
two weeks before that she had met Sathyra, and a
casual acquaintanceship, begun in a Chinaman's

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shop, had rapidly ripened into friendship in the
course of a day or two. Jane told Sathyra of her
troubles, and Sathyra, with the memories of her own
early youth still fresh in her mind, listened sym-
pathetically. She was living alone just then. Her
last "friend" had left her rather suddenly, having
had a dispute with her on the subject of expendi-
ture; her one child had died some two years before,
and her craving for companionship, as well as finan-
cial considerations, made it necessary that she
should have some one to share her room and her
living expenses with her, go to picnics with her, con-
verse with her, and help to make her happy.
"Why don't y'u leave you' employer?" she had
one day suggested to Jane.
"But where to go to?" was Jane's very natural
question.
"You can stop wid me till you get a job. I am
working' downtown. There is no vacance where I
am now, but I will tell you if I hear of anything."
And Sathyra did hear of something within the
next couple of weeks. Not far from the office where
she worked was an establishment belonging to one
of the liquor merchants of the town. Here, on the
average, some twenty girls and women were employ-
ed in the corking and labelling of bottles, and
changes in the personnel of the staff were not in-
frequent. Sathyra heard that two assistants were
wanted, and went immediately to bespeak one of the
vacant positions for Jane. This was on a Friday.
Meeting Jane on the following day, by arrangement,
she told her of the job she had secured for her. It
was she who had planned Jane's method of escape,
for the latter shrank from boldly defying Mrs. Ma-
son and walking out of the yard in the full light
of day, a mode of taking leave which Sathyra at
first advised and would have much preferred.
Thus aided and abetted by her friend, Jane had
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And fortune had so arranged it that she should
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The change pleased her. She was engaged on


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amount earned; but a very quick girl could earn
nore, one or two making as much as eight shillings
ln six days.
SThe other girls became friendly with Jane after
the first hour or so. Learning her name, they ad-
dressed her as Miss Burrell; indeed it was a matter tt L S
of etiquette with them to speak to one another as
rMiss So-and-So, only close personal friends calling 43 HANOVER ST., KINGSTON, JAMAICA, B.W.I.
each other by their Christian names. This was a
change from (and an improvement on) the customs
rand manners of domestic service, and Jane highly
appreciated it. She had gone up more than one step
on the social ladder.
From seven till twelve she worked, then they
e asked for an hour for lunch. Lunch cost her three In this Gzft Shop
pence; it was provided by a woman who came in
with a tray filled with little plates, each plate ccn- you are sure to find
training a bit of stewed meat or some boiled salt
fta, a piece of yam or a sweet potato, and some rice. rare
'It was not a large meal, but it would serve to sus-
lain her until dinner-time; she ate it with the knife and ancient article
and fork supplied by the caterer, and, lunch over,
Mhe lounged on her box, placing her back against
the wall of the building, stretched out her legs, and a Gift that will
lWomposed herself to rest, like the most of the others,
for the balance of the hour. last anda Treasure
Jane's companions were not all of the same com-
plexion; some were of a light brown hue, some were always.
chocolate-coloured, a few were black. Every one
chatted gaily as though not one of them had a care
in the world. They screamed with merriment over
some feeble joke, such as when one of them declar-
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"Miss." True, the work was tiresome, and her back
ached; but what an emancipation it was from Mrs.
Mason's petty tyranny.


. "Where y'u was before you come here, Miss Bur-
rell?" asked one of her neighbours when the general
conversation lagged a little.
"I was working' wid a lady, but I leave her. She
Follow me up too much," was Jane's reply.
"Tcho! dat is a life wouldn't suit me at all,"
commented her questioner. "I wouldn't be a servant
to anybody--I would prefer to sell fruit in de street.
Them want to treat you too bad, ma'am, an de work
is hard. This work hard too," she added reflectively;
S"but you can earn more money, and you is you' own
mistress after five o'clock."
"Them employ y'u all the time?" asked Jane.
"No; sometimes there is noten to do, and then
them knock you off. However, what's de use of fret-
ten, me love? God is in heaven, an' we mus' trust
to Him. Besides, some of us lucky to have a back
force."
The expression was new to Jane.
"What is a 'back force'?" she asked.
The innocent query drew forth a scream of
laughter from those who heard it. These called out
to the others-
"Miss Burrell want to know what a 'back force'
is?" and then they exploded anew. Such simplicity
was as astonishing as it was diverting. Then one
girl condescended to explain. "It is a 'friend',"
she said.
'So once again Jane learnt that the inevitable so-
lution, or partial solution, of the problem of living
for most women was to be found in assistance from
a "friend." There was, it seemed, no other way, for
few of these young women earned enough to live
easily upon, and their wants were always increasing.
She reverted to the question of domestic service. "I
don't like to work in a house," she stated with con-
viction.
"But some lady is very kind," said one of the
girls to her. "Them treat y'u well. I never work
with them myself, but I know some who is very
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"True, my love," agreed another; "but I wouldn't


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dependent disposition or of a somewhat better class
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it, but that little was sufficient for them. As for
Jane, her experience had been a hard one, and so
she could cordially agree with the views of her new
acquaintances.
At one o'clock they straggled back to work, and
from that hour until five they pasted labels and
hummed hymns, only stopping now and then to have
their bottles inspected and checked. Sometimes
there was a sharp dispute between them and the
man who examined their work. Their inveterate
inclination was to think that he was cheating or
that he wished to be unreasonable. Jane shared
the sentiments of her colleagues, and once during
the day she even ventured upon a feeble protest
against the man's complaint. She was quite wrong,
but this effort at self-assertion pleased her. She had
already begun to feel herself "her own woman".
She was thoroughly, tired when she reached
home that afternoon, and for some time she sat idly
by the threshold of her little room, watching Sathyra
prepare dinner for both of them. Sathyra placed a
small box very near to the door, and under the sin-
gle window which the room possessed. On the box
she set a 'little iron stove filled with burning char-
coal, and on this an iron pot. She sat beside the
impromptu fireplace, a second box forming her seat,
and in a very short space of time she had peeled
the bit of yam, scraped the four sweet potatoes, and
stripped the skin from the stout green plantain
that was to form the staple of their evening meal.
It was a salt-fish dinner: half a pound of salt fish
and three farthings' worth of pork would be ade-
quate flavouring for the breadkind. Sathyra would
not ask Jane to assist her just then, knowing that
the girl had been tired out by work that was strange
to her; as for herself, she was accustomed to cook-
ing her meals after going home, and to doing her
own washing after that, and Jane would be able to
help in a very short time. She talked as she
worked; talked business.
"Dis room is eight shillings a month, and you
will pay half. About five shillin's a week should
give us breakfast in de morning, an' dinner --
sometimes it may be six shillin's, if we get anything
extra. You will have to pay for you' own lunch down-
town, which is one an' sixpence a week, so you will
only have a few pence leave over for snowball' or a
car ticket. But we can't do no better. I don't think
you will ever earn much more than six shillin's a
week at the start: however, somebody may fall in
love wid y'u an' then you will be all right."
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"I don't think anybody gwine to fall in love
wid me," Jane observed, crooking one of her legs
and crossing her hands over the knee. She did not
believe what she said, but wanted to hear from her
friend the latter's opinion of her charms and pros!
pects.
"You is all right," returned Sathyra, glancing
at her for a moment and nodding her head Y.nu
are young an' y'u have good looks. You .re .II
right."
Jane was flattered. She wished to re'irn i ne
compliment.
"You all right too," she replied. "But yvi
don't have nobody now."
"Not now; but it must be soon. I never f:.: I-nig
widout an admirer. But I dcan't accustom rt, it(k-
in' any-and-everybody, an' as I have a good ji.b I
can afford to pick and choose."
The breadkind being nearly ready, Sattlyra ried
the salt fish in a clean bag and plunged it into the
pot. All along the front of the low range of r,.:,:ms
cooking was going on, and in the gathering dark-
ness the line of lights from half a score of .i,-es
gave a touch of picturesqueness to the simple. lhomi-
ly scene. Some of the people of the yard were
washing their clothes; some were standing by their
room doors waiting patiently till dinner should he
ready; others were tidying up their little r,,lms.
The smallest number of persons in a room wuas two.
while as many as six could be found in one of these
places. These six represented a family. Where i.nly
two occupied a room, they were either a man and
his wife or two women who had clubbed together
for companionship and urgent reasons of ec:-n..mnr.
Although living in the same yard, some '.f the*
people were strangers to one another. They Knew
each other by sight and name, but there was .n
particularly friendly intercourse between them je
yond a courteous salutation and an occasional brief
conversation. The yard was like a section of a
street, and one chose one's friends without regard
to proximity.
Sathyra soon lifted the pot off the fire. threw
the bit of pork into a frying-pan, and placed thii
upon the blazing coals. The sharp fizzing sound
and pleasant odour of the melting pork whetted the
appetite of the girls, and Jane, considerably rested.
busied herself to help in the final preparatr.nsa
for their meal.
She went into the room and brought out three
plates, into one of which the salt fish was put. the
melted fat being poured over it. Into the other two
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thyra scooped the live coals out of the stove and
extinguished them, putting them aside for use on
he following morning. This done, she followed her
friend into the room, beat up the fish with a
fork so as to mix it well with the grease, divided it
between herself and Jane, and sat down on a chair
(the plate in her lap) to dine. They ate with forks,
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Palatable and sufficient meal, and more than ever
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CHAPTER XII
W HEN dinner was over and the dinner things
washed and put away, Sathyra suggested that
ihe and Jane should make a night of it. "You
don't know anything much about Kingston yet,"
laid Sathyra, "for only now you is you' own mis-
tress. So we can walk about for a couple of hours
br so an' go where we like, an' not a soul can ask
as any question or tell us we stay out late. You have
iny money?"
Jane admitted that she had a couple of shillings.
"Good. Perhaps we can go to a ribbon dance
later on; but in de meantime we can just walk till
we tired, and drive in de car when we don't want
to walk any more. We can't go sporting too often
after to-night, for we can't afford it; but one night
won't broke us. We better change our frock."
Sathyra was never slatternly, and Jane had a
great deal of vanity in her composition. She liked
always to present a good appearance, and now that
she was her own mistress she intended to indulge
her taste for dress to the full extent of her finan-
cial capacity. She was glad of this opportunity of
arraying herself in her finest, and to-night Sathyra
also took particular pains with her dress. It was
therefore two very decent-looking young women that
went out for a walk about half an hour later; and
as each had two shillings in her pocket, they both
felt able to command as much luxury as they would
be able to enjoy in one night.
First they strolled southwards, in the direction
of the seashore, Sathyra proposing to show Jane
some parts of the city which she had never seen
before. There was no moon as yet; the streets
were lit by gas-lamps placed far apart; most of the
houses here were dimly lighted, and it seemed that
many of the occupants had already gone to bed
though it was not yet nine o'clock.
S It was very quiet. Now and then they passed
a pedestrian, but for the most part the streets in
this section of the town were deserted, save for


the few policemen who, clad in dark-blue uniforms
and armed with clubs, kept watch and ward with
slow and heavy tread. In regard to these guard-
ians of the peace, Sathyra expressed opinions the
reverse of complimentary, her view being that they
protected no place against burglars, and almost in-
variably interfered with persons who were more
law-abiding than themselves. This deprecatory
view of hers was partly verified a little later when
a policeman called after them and asked what they
were doing in the street at that hour. He suspect-
ed them of being undesirable women, as belonging
to a class which both 'Sathyra and Jane regarded
with the utmost loathing and contempt; his mistake
was not peculiar either, since it was rare to find re-
spectable girls walking about "downtown" at that
hour. But Sathyra, angry at being taken for any-
thing less than she was, retorted by asking him
what he was doing there at that time of night, and
observed very loudly to Jane that some persons were
better fitted to be cartmen than policemen, adding
that as the streets belonged to the Government and
not to any black policeman, the King's subjects were
certainly free to walk where they liked. This
speech convinced the officer that Sathyra and her
companion were not amongst those with whom he
could deal as vagrants; consequently he in his turn
merely expressed the hope that nobody would pro-
voke him into making an arrest just then; for, he
said, "if anybody only make me get ignorant an'
effect an arrest, I will take them to the station an'
tell such a lie upon them that them will be sure
tr. punish." This frank and cheerful intimation of
the course that justice might take, had its effect
upon Sathyra's belligerent spirit. The only answer
she gave was a scornful laugh, but she turned into
a cross street immediately after and proposed a car-
ride. To this Jane assented with alacrity, for the
stillness and semi-darkness of the streets had de-
pressed her a little, and the cars were bright and
filled with people.
About a mile out of the city, in a suburban
quarter where large handsome villas stood in their
own grounds, the car stopped for a few seconds in
front of a house which was blazing with light. All
the doors and windows of the house which faced
the street were flung wide open and through them
came the strains of merry music; on the smooth
wide lawn before the building, lighted up now with
fairy lamps and Chinese lanterns, were well-dressed
men and women strolling up and down or sitting
at tea-tables eating ice-cream and cake. Jane de-
voured them with her eyes, looking with wonder
and admiration at the dresses of the ladies and the


evening suits of the men. Sathyra looked also, hut
the sight was nothing strange to her. The car
moved on again, and Jane found her tongue.
"It must be nice to be a white lady," she observ-
ed to Sathyra, "an' to have white gentlemen to take
care of you an' give you whatever y'u want. Then
you can't have to work, an' you can put on a new
dress every day an' eat what you like. An' when
you go to church you don't have to walk, but can
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I don't believe in just one light;
It's wasteful, and is bad for sight.
A reading lamp-or even two
Will bring delight and light to you.


I'd like to make one point quite clear
That better lighting isn't dear;
All installations should be planned
That light is everywhere at hand.


My larder, porch, my hall, my stairs,
My cupboards, loft and secret lairs;
All these have light, a comfort which,
I owe to just a simple switch.


Man cannot thrive on bread alone,
That must be true, and all will own
He needs besides a goodly share
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The stagnant pool begets a scum,
And harbours microbes like a slum,
And stagnant air is just the same,
It's full of microscopic "Game."


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JANE'S CAREER
(Continued from Page 59)
de white ladies is as ugly as sin, an' them don't
all so happy as you wants to believe. I know them
quarrel with them husband's, an' cry' an' fret; and
as them is married an' have to keep up them posi-
tion, them can't do as them like, as we can. If a
lady husband beat her, she have to stand it, for
if she leave him everybody will talk about it, an'
she won't like dat. But if our 'friend' beat us, we
can send him 'bout him business, though I know
some gurls that put up. wid anything. It wouldn't
be me though! I am independent, an' I wouldn't
meek any man do what him choose wid me. But
if I was a white lady I suppose I would have to
put up wid it, so it is better I am what I am."
"But if you are married you can be in society,"'
retorted Jane, "an' people will call you Mistress So-
and-so, an' even if you quarrel wid you' husband it
is better to have a husband to quarrel wid than
nobody at all. If him beat you, it is you' own hus-
band beating you; an' then you can always give a.
little dance or so, an' everybody can come to it an'
enjoy themself."
"Fool make feast for wise man to eat," quoted
Sathyra sententiously, "an' as for dance, I can go
to one every night for a sixpence. Of course, if
y'u get a white gentleman to like you, so much de
better. Them have money, and them don't mean wid
it. I prefer one of them to like me than to be married
to a man of me own colour, but dat luck don't
come my way. But as you seem to like dance, we
better go to a ribbon pole before we go home; I
know where one is goin' on to-night."
She signalled the conductor to stop the car just
then, and she and Jane alighted.
Sathyra seemed to know every part cf the city
perfectly. She turned into an unpaved cross-street
bordered by mean-looking, low houses. This thor-
oughfare was badly lighted, and was seemingly
given over at this hour to any number of vocifer-
ous dogs. All of these turned to bark at the in-
truders, and one or two, bolder than the rest, acted
as though inclined to inflict personal injury on the
girls. But as these dogs shared the sort of cour-
age possessed as a rule by their masters, a courage
which expressed itself in loud threats and always
found an excellent reason for developing into dis-
cretion, they never came within ten yards of the
girls, who sublimely ignored their presence.
Sathyra was taking Jane to Smith's Village, a
slum-suburb of the city of which Jane had heard
but which she had never visited. You might live
'i.e. A member of a church.


for years in Kingston and not suspect the existence
of this place; situated to the north-west of the city,
it lived its own life and pursued the uneven tenor
of its way as though Kingston were a hundred
miles away. It possessed a few gas-lamps, but
these were placed at such long distances apart that
great spaces of its streets were always shrouded in
darkness. Most of the gutters were unpaved, and
in all of them black, fetid water stagnated; very
rarely did one see a building two storeys high, and
the majority of the houses had been erected by
individuals each of whom had had his own notions
of domestic architecture. Thus some of the build-
ings were constructed out of tin. A number of old
five-gallon kerosene cans had been collected, flatten-
ed out, nailed together, and then used to form the
walls and even the roofs of residences. Other
houses had been built of some odds and ends of
board and looked like ugly patchwork; a few were
of brick and wood. Every yard was a kraal, every-
where were trees and thorny shrubs; the place was
a town and a village, a suburb and a slum in one,
and here over two thousand persons lived, and here
there were one or two churches and a few shops,
and dust, dirt and indifference, a police station, and
that observance cO law and order which no British
West Indian community lacks.
Jane found it brighter, however, than the lower
section of the city had been. Wherever there was
a gas-lamp three or four vendors of native sugar
candy, fruit, and cakes had stationed themselves at
that spot, and these were usually surrounded by a
group of men and women, boys and girls, who never
seemed to purchase anything, but laughed and talk-
ed incessantly with an obvious enjoyment of the
sound of their own voices. If a policeman happen-
ed to be standing by, he almost invariably relaxed
in dignity and condescended to join the conversa-
tion of the more important persons in the company.
He was always conscious that he represent-
ed the King, but felt that royalty could afford to
unbend. It was one of these policemen who, in
reply to a question from Sathyra, told her where
the ribbon pole dance was being held that night:
and as his manner was distinctly complimentary,
Sathyra immediately revised her opinion of police-
men in general, remarking to Jane that some of
them were undoubtedly gentlemen.
Arrived at a gate which stood open, and in front
of which a number of little boys and girls were
congregated, Sathyra and Jane each paid the en-
trance fee of sixpence demanded from women, and
entered the yard. A good many dancers had al-
ready assembled in the spacious, rectangular, un-
roofed space which served as a dancing ground,
and Jane perceived at once that most of these were


fairly well-dressed. Not one was bare-footed, scare
ly a woman but wore ribbon in her hair, the ri
bon being very conspicuous, as the hair was always
very short, no matter into how many plaits it might
be twisted. The men wore tailor-made tweed sui
and Jane recognized that they belonged to the art
isan class of the city-persons who could afford
go to dances where the men had to pay a shilling
for the right to enter, which no common laboure
could afford to do.
In the centre of the dancing ground stood
tall pole, from the top of which streamed long length
of ribbons of different colours. On the trees sca
tered about the premises storm lanterns were hung:
a range of rooms ran along one side of the yar
and on tables in front of these rooms kerosene
lamps were burning, while, so that the improvise
ballroom might not be lacking in ornamentation
a festoon of small Chinese lanterns swung acr
the yard.
"White people have them balls and them dance,"
said Sathyra to Jane, "but we have ours too, an'
I don't see why we should bother envy them. D
ground may be hard, but if my foot is strong, what
I care abcut dat? Stop! de music is goin' to be-
gin."
And begin it did, three cracked violins, a cor
net, and a trombone starting loudly at that moment
with a preliminary flourish which sent two score
of people rushing towards the pole. Each one
seized hold of a pendant of ribbon, and in an in-
stant the dancers were whirling round the pole to
a tune played at full speed by a band of musicians
whose energy was all the greater because they were
partly drunk. Jane sped round with the rest, laugh"
ing, chaffing those persons who bounced against
her or against whom she bounced, calling out to
the musicians to "keep it up," or cheering some
particularly agile male dancer when he endeavoured
to demonstrate what a variety of extraordinary
movements a pair of human legs could be made to
execute.
When the ribbon dance was over, the pole was
removed, and the dancers were asked by the or-
gapiser of the entertainment to "form a set." A
young man went up to Jane, presented his elbow
to her, and asked if he might "have the felicity."
The felicity being granted, he led her out, and pre-
sently she was going through a set of lancers with
that swinging of the arms and lurching movements
of the body which make a West Indian working-
class ball an athletic exercise as well as a pleasure.
The dance over, her partner asked her for the next
one, and then for the next; he also wanted to dance
with her after that, but here some of the other
men objected.
"If," said one of these, "if you did pay for that
female ticket, you would suppose to dance all de
time wid she alone, if you wanted. But as she pay
her own money, you have no business to monob-
stalise her proceedings."
"Since that is so," retorted Jane's partner, "I
will pay it now."
"Dat you can't do," objected one of the others,
"for I can pay it too; I have money, an' no man
is going' to shout me down. If you can shout, I
can shout meself. We all can shout."
Jane felt pleased that she was an object of
admiration and envy; she said nothing, but waited
until the men should settle among themselves the
dispute as to whom she should dance with next
But the proprietor of the place, a burly brownish
man, knowing that the young men might become
boisterous, pushed himself into the midst of the
contending group, while deftly flourishing a thick
stick, by means of which he had on previous occa-
(Continued on Page 64)


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JANE'S CAREER
(Continued from Page 62)
sions been known to make some very effective ap-
peals for peace and harmony. He implored them
to remember that they were gentlemen, and pointed
out that Jane was indubitably a lady-a remark
which pleased her much. Then he suggested that
two of them should hand her threepence each, thus
refunding to her her entrance fee and establishing
their right to dance by turns with her during the
rest of the night. This compromise was satisfac-
torily effected, though Jane noticed that the young
man who had already danced with her did not de-
cide to "shout" to the extent of threepence when
it actually came to the point of paying for value
to be received. This caused her to readjust her
opinion of him, and she concluded, before quitting
the dance, that the young men she saw there were
not worthy of serious consideration. Nevertheless
she enjoyed herself immensely, and when she was
walking home with Sathyra she expressed her sat-
isfaction and was loud in her praise of the new
life she had begun to lead.
It was now twelve o'clock midnight, the hour
when ghosts were supposed to rise out of their
graves and walk the streets. The gas-light
had been extinguished an hour or so before,
the moon risen, and in its light the sleep-
ing city stood out distinct and clear; from dif-
ferent quarters of it came the sound of singing
-a shrill, weird sound from the throats of men and
women who were assisting at wakes and at revivals;
nocturnal gatherings of a semi-religious character,
much frowned upon by the police. Jane glanced
apprehensively around as they passed through the
silent streets, but except that she saw one or two
most suspicious-looking black cats, about whose
claim to be considered real cats she had some seri-
ous doubts, nothing of a supernatural nature occur-
red.
"You begin to get admirers already," Sathyra
graciously observed when they reached home. "When
a man pay for a gurl at a dance, it show that him
have an admiration of her."
"But I don't think nothing of them," replied
Jane conceitedly. "Them is not bad, but better will
come, an' I can wait."
"I get back my sixpence too," said Sathyra com-
placently, as she blew out the lamp. "We enjoy
ourself an' we don't pay nothing for it. Dat is
de way to live, but, unfortunately, y'u can't always
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They were tired but happy; they were well
pleased with one another and with the world at
large. There was, for that day, no fly in the oint-
ment of Jane's satisfaction. Her first day of free-
dom had been an unqualified success.
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But the novelty of all things mundane wears
away sooner or later, and Jane's new life could be
no exception to the rule. In about a week she had
become accustomed to it; in less than a month she
found that her work was hard and tedious, that
she could not always earn six shillings a week, no
matter what exertions she made, and that there
were a let of disagreeable things to put up with
both at the downtown establishment and at home.
It was impossible for two young women of differ-
ent temperaments to live together without some
friction, and Jane soon discovered that Sathyra had
a sharp temper. Jane had now to do her full share
of the cooking and of the other household work
that had to be performed; and she had, of course,
to wash her own clothing, not being able to pay to
have it done. Thus her time on week days was
fully occupied; only on Sundays did she find lei-
sure to indulge in that restful indolence so attractive
to those who live in a tropical climate and who
love to revel in the sun-warmed air.
Sunday was a great day for her. She began it
with a more sumptuous breakfast than usual; a
breakfast of chocolate and bread and avocado pear,
cr bread and roasted salt fish, with perhaps a bit
o' hard coconut flavoured with "new sugar." Din-
ner she had at one o'clock, usually rice boiled with
peas, seasoned plentifully with escallion and coco-
nut milk, and served with a small piece of salt beef
or pork. At six in the evening she had supper,
and after that she went for a ride on one of the
tram-cars, or. went to church with her friend. Re-
turning home, she would spend a little time in talk,
and then to bed.
Once or twice she went to a picnic. Routine
was the order of her life; but it was not so much
variety that she craved, as an easier time and bet-
ter clothes to wear. Half-unconsciously her mind oft-
en ran on her chances of getting some help from some
one who might like her. She did not formulate
the proposition boldly in her mind; she did not
determine to seek for a "friend," she did not deli-
berately wish that any one should come and plain-
ly propose to set up housekeeping with her. The
influence of her parents' admonition was still fair-
ly strong upon her. But she was not by any means
the same girl that had left the country only a few


months before: she saw most
ferent light.


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Her father had warned her to "keep hers
up"; she had learnt that most persons regarded th
as practically impossible in the circumstances
which she found herself. She did not reflect up
these things as clearly as we state them; she d
not think about them at all. Clear thinking w
not a characteristic of hers; she simply looked
life differently now, without even quite know
that she did so. She was aware that, on the who
she was luckier than most girls of her age, for h6
many of them earned even half a crown a wee

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Yet, considerable as were her wages, she found
that she earned just sufficient to keep her from suf-
fering actual want. With the characteristic in-
souciance of the West Indian peasant, however, she
did not allow even the immediate future to trouble
her much, or for- more than a few moments at a
time. :She lived in the day and for the day.
But if the novelty of all things wears off after
'a while, it is equally true that changes take place
even in the most apparently uneventful lives. Jane's
life, seemingly uninteresting to the outsider, had
already been eventful, and was soon to change still
more.

CHAPTER XIII
"A YOUNG man is coming' here dis evening to
A see me," Sathyra casually remarked one
morning to Jane, as both of them were going down
to work. "I expect him 'bout seven o'clock."
"Him is a stranger?" inquired Jane.
"Yes; I meet him about a week ago when I was
coming' home from me work; but we didn't have
much talk. Since dat time I see him two times,
and last night him ask me where I live, and say
Him would like to make de acquaintance of a young
lady like me, as him thinking' of getten married.
So I laugh, an' tell him that where I live was too
poor to receive visitor, and dat I didn't believe him
could fall in love with a plain-lookin' gurl like me.
But him swear him never love anybody like me be-
fore, and, as him press me hard, I tell him to come
here, but that I have a friend living wid me, so
him must behave himself."
"That is good," commented Jane heartily. "Y'u
think him really gwine to married you?"
"Tcho! That's what them all say; but it only
go through one ear and come through the other
when them say it to me. Who getten married now?
De best t'ing a gurl can do, when a young man
want to be friendly with her, is to 'eat him out'
as much as she can. Teck all you can get, for all
of them is alike. However, him coming this even-
ing. Seven o'clock." Then Sathyra went her
way.
Had Jane possessed more worldly wisdom, she
would have seen in this piece of information a hint
that that evening two would be company and three
a crowd. She would even have guessed that the
time might be approaching when she might have
to seek new quarters. Nothing suspecting, how-
ever, she was on the scene when the young man
arrived. He was rather tall and pleasant-looking;
he had a loud laugh, a big mouth, no hair on his
face, which was glossily black, and a habit of agree-
ing with every one. He was received in the room
by the girls, and was duly and formally introduced
as "Mr. Sampson" to Jane.
"Pleased to know you, Miss Burrell," he said
as he shook hands; then he seated himself care-
fully on the strongest-looking of the three chairs
Sathyra owned, and placed his feet where his new
yellow boots could be seen to the greatest advant-
age.
"Very pleased to know any one from de country.
Your friend told me you are from Mount Malas,
an' I have a cousin who know Mount Malas." He
laughed loudly as he concluded this little speech,
and Sathyra, all smiles, observed-
"Didn't think you was coming again."
"No, don't say that!" protested 'Sampson in an
aggrieved tone of voice. "When I say I are goin'
to do a thing, mark ten! This is an' unexpected
pleasure, Miss Morrison, an' I wouldn't have missed
it for anything."
He had no difficulty in reconciling a carefully
arranged visit with his declaration as to the acci-
dental character of it; he meant a compliment, and
his words were taken as such.
Sathyra was genuinely pleased. It was some
months since she had had a beau, and admiration
was the very breath of life to her.
"Y'u had any difficulty in finding de place?" she


asked him, secretly wishing at the same time that
Jane would find some reason for going out.
"None at all; dere is no part of Kingston I
don't know, from de East to de West, and from the
Nort' to de Sout'. I am use to walking about, espe-
cially at night-time. If it is a dance, I am there;
if it is a wake, I am ditto. All y'u have to do is
to give me a number, an' if it is twelve o'clock, and
de night is dark as pitch, I am finding my way.
"Besides," he continued, "I wouldn't lose dis
opportunity of coming' to see you, don't care where
you live. If a man can go to sport, him can pay
a sociable visit, especially when his affection pull
him all de time. There isn't a man who wouldn't
walk till him foot is tired to see a young lady like
you, Miss Morrison!"
"Tcho! y'u talking' stupidness!" briskly returned
Sathyra, though Sampson easily saw that his flat-
tery had touched her keenly. "Dat is all words,
an' I know dat when a man say a thing to a gurl,
him don't mean it. Him only say it to sweet her
up for a time; an' she will find out her mistake ef
she foolish enough to believe him. Whether you
say good or say bad, it's all de same to me, Mr.
Sampson. I am use to it."
"I know you use to it," said Sampson positive-
ly; "you must be receive a lot o' compliments every
day. But what I say I mean, an' it's not everybody
can say de same."
"Dat is true enough," said Sathyra, and glanced
again at Jane. The latter showed no signs of leav-
ing, not being, as a matter of fact, in the habit of
going out in the evenings by herself, and not yet
realising that her company was not desired by
Sathyra.
"An how y'u like Kingston, Miss Burrell," ask-
ed Sampson, turning to Jane; "how y'u like every-
thing?"
"Pretty well, Mr. Sampson," she answered. "I
don't been here too very long yet, but as I go on,
I get used to de place. You born here?"
"But y'u don't tell us what's the news, Mr.
Sampson," interrupted Sathyra. "You go about a
lot, so you must be hear all that's going on. What
is strange?"
An invitation like this commended itself to
Sampson. Immediately he opened an animated con-
versation on a divorce case he had been reading of
that day in one of the city's newspapers.
"I can't understand why husband' an' wife don't
get on together in Jamaica," he said, addressing
Sathyra. "Marriage is a very holy an' sacred state;
but if people can't get on, then I say, why them
married?"
"Ask me, no!" agreed Sathyra. "But what you
to expect, me dear sir? Everybody run an' get
married after de earthquake, because them hear
more earthquake was coming. An' now them is in
it, an' can't get out of it, them is gotten divorce.
All those fool that was frighten because de ground
shake an' kill a few people, is frighten about some-
thing else now! Them have enough to frighten
about!"
"Then stop!" exclaimed Sampson admiringly;
"y'u mean to tell me you didn't frighten for de
disaster?"
It was Sathyra's pride to be considered a scep-
tic. She was a sinner who did not wish to be saved
by grace or by anything else. She often described
herself as "a hard woman," and had even been
known to express doubts about the existence of a
hell. She answered calmly.
"The earthquake kill who it was to kill, an'
whether y'u 'fraid for it, or didn't 'fraid for it,
couldn't stop it."
"Well, to be sure!" protested Sampson, "I never
meet anybody like you yet!"
It was not long since one half of Kingston
had been destroyed; evidences of its destruction
were still plainly visible in the lower section of
the city; consequently many persons talked of the
recent earthquake as of something that could hear
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ly. To Sampson and many others like him, the
earthquake was a living, personal force, a malign-
ant enemy to be feared. Sathyra was more raticn-
alistic; she had imbibed the modern spirit. She
dreaded an earthquake while it was happening, but
regarded it with no deeply superstitious feelings.
Sampson was one of those who had become con-
verted during the earthquake period, and he too
would have married could he but have selected one
lady who, more than the others, had a claim to his
name and a part of his earnings (which for some
time before then had been nil). As it was, he could
not make a conscientious choice; and after a month
or so had passed, and no other destructive shock
had occurred, he made up his mind that celibacy
and not marriage should be his portion. This laud-
able determination he did not persevere in, how-
ever, and at least thrice since the 7th January 1907
he had been "engaged." He now wished to become
"engaged" once more; but he had to confess to
himself, as he listened to Sathyra, that her sceptic-
ism bordered on the blasphemous; and he, though
much given to the use of profane language, wheit
in a temper or in a jocular mood, never talked
lightly of sacred things like earthquakes, which he
looked upon as being of an extremely revengeful
nature.
The earthquake had to be respected, for he had
seen its handiwork, and had even benefited by it.
By representing himself as one of those who had
lost heavily in the disaster, he had managed to
get gratis a set of carpenter's tools from a com-
mittee which gave assistance to all and sundry with
a charming lack of discrimination. He had also
secured some clothes and been fed for a few weeks
at the expense of the Assistance Fund. All this
duly considered, it might seem that Sampson had
excellent reasons for wishing for another earth-
quake. But he knew that two of his friends had
been killed in the last one, that another friend had
been severely injured, and that an acquaintance had
been arrested on a charge of looting, and sentenced
to prison. This last happening had convinced him
of the utter injustice of all human tribunals; tlhe
death of his friends was to him a warning of what
might be his own fate should another earthquake
occur. Consequently, while he admired Sathyra's
superb courage, he felt that he was running a great
risk to be sitting in the same room with her while
she thus glibly consigned the earthquake to the
realms of natural phenomena. He was not sure that
it might not vindicate its power and majesty at any
moment.


"You bold for true, Miss Satyr!" he exclaimed,
after a pause. "You talk like those people that
read books. But I don't think it is good to study
too much, like them. What is man compared to
Gad? What you say, Miss Burrell?"
"I don't read at all," Jane answered, quite
simply and truthfully. "I wasn't in Kingston when
de 'quake was killing' people; but I feel it in de
country too, an' it was bad. I 'fraid for it," she
added emphatically.
"Me too," said Sampson heartily. He was pleas-
ed to find such support. Perhaps, too, the humble
avowal of both of them would avert any threatening
danger.
"Well, every man to his own order," said Sath-
yra a little contemptuously. "But y'u can't deny
that all them people who was 'fraid for earthquake
is the same one that married an' begin to get di-
vorce already. You watch! You will find plenty
more divorce before long."
"What was today's case about?" asked Jane,
who had as yet no knowledge of the proceedings of
the local courts.
Sampson laughed. Nothing would have pleased
him better than to have gone fully into details. Had
he been talking with only one of the girls he would
have ventured, comparative stranger though he was,
to do so. But he had come in the capacity of suitor
for Sathyra's hand, and, company being present, he
did not like to be too explicit in conversation. It
might not be appreciated where more than two were
gathered together.
"Jealousy was the cause of de whole t'ing," he
explained. "De man was jealous an' him make a
row an' beat de woman, an' she leave him an' went
to somebody else. Instead of trying' to live loving;
and like man an' wife, them live like puss an' d.'r.
Now if I was to get married, I know how I would
live. Don't you agree wid me, Miss Burrell?"
Sathyra was quick to notice that Sampson had
addressed his question to Jane and not to her. It
was Jane, too, who had agreed with him as to the
terrible nature of earthquakes. And Jane persisted
in remaining in the room. She drew in her lips
sharply, her usual method of showing annoyance.
"Jane will agree wid you, yes!" she said, and
something in her tone gave the other girl a touch
of surprise.
"I don't know how you would live. Mr. Samp-
son, so I can't very well agree wid you," was Jane's
reply to the question, the only obvious one in th.e
circumstances.
"But you should agree wid him; him want you


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Mr. Sampson?"
Sampson had sufficient experience to realise t~
Sathyra had become jealous of his attentions t
Jane. The latter, he saw clearly, was still a sih
pie, straightforward girl, while Sathyra had litti
left to learn of the world to which both he and si
belonged A man like Sampson would try to mal
love to half a dozen young women at once; ti
number of his conquests was a matter of pride wil
him. He had not been trying to interest Jane wit,
out an object. Sathyra knew this quite well; an
as she had determined to "eat him out" knowing
that marriage was a million miles away from hi
mind, as too it wounded her vanity to see that ct
vert attentions were being paid to a girl who live
with her almost on sufferance, she was beginning
to get angry, and did not care who saw it. Timi
ity was not one of Sathyra's weaknesses.
Sampson was something of a diplomat in hi
way, so he sought to give an answer that shout
satisfy Sathyra and not displease Jane.
"Well, so to observe, I are glad when anybody
agree wid me," he replied. "I likes you to agree
wid me, Miss Morrison, an' I likes Miss Burrell t
agree wid me also. Everybody have an opinion
and we suppose to give our opinion. Oderwise -
"Tcho! Dat is all foolishness!" interrupted Sq
thyra, with brutal frankness. "Why not say tha
y'u like Jane? She will be pleased to hear."
Jane scented a serious quarrel, and wished
avoid it. "I don't want Mr. 'Sampson to like me,
she declared sharply. "I can walk fe meself."
"We all can walk for ourself," said Sathyra
"but sometimes we want other people to walk fo
us. Anyhow, I think I am goin' out, an' I will lear
you two to enjoy yourself together."
Sampson saw that she had no intention of leaP
ing the room, even for a moment; but Jane wa
not so sophisticated. She got up.
"Mr. Sampson come to see you, not me," sh
said, "so I better go. I couldn't meek y'u leave you
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1 il t ,i -l 'r ri ii .t 'l I r.1'-1:,l r.r (I Samst nil,) i
"Y'uL ltllt. a )i mi .iii lik,- hn i onlid bidtit w i ii a
tilt1- 1i ,-bi :aih teii1 live by lite-r- lf.- '" V
y'u I 'k lit for.' V-ell if it wasn't f. ...ri thin'-
I ~uolidl a.v y ti i niia!t ne- Y iu sh-uildni't a tlh :i
sonrl ,f ftinrty thin-: ti 1in-. I don't like it "
'Tni' \'lIlh y. .ind % Ith .11I aprp-al'an'e .-:f ini.
dighiatior 'l d I'.- pr..c-t h inna -n...._ -] ,f aiy *I
It iiir .,- iIla iih"-. l h-r [Lik e. [f -l i, I all ( the b l l .
thaii .h- ,h ,ilid not i.-elie\e him. N.-r did lhi- P.11
beirin \irIldly wai- bh I:,kd iip.iin hlim a napo.-
Bihl-e if t nl..rary i tiian.ial r'r l:p'- it:cin ?:ind -lihe
iwa nl.tr ir'palr- t t.* adinit .a pirtn.. In -icli a blisii-
Ifess She- aft:lr, td. h',,n. tve to bIe atisriitd witvhI
his -:xpl.iiatio and. tin i 'Lied tI talk to i..rh-r tl iih -:
.t. iin his rara. liihpedl ti. nitrt Jane again. Sathyra
glule-rl thi-. ilnd nwa'; die rmined that he- sh.-ilti
not nimet Janet .\t L'%nimes -id thil so:rt sh, waL- II
least as skilful as ibe. ani ihe did i:.t thit : it \..~ildl
bh at all dirfiitI t.) deal wath .lniie.
Jane did nIt rietirn utiil ab-iilt n I .'i1o k cthi'i
night, having wandered about the streets quite
aimlessly and miserably. She was deeply offended
with Sathyra, especially as Sampson did not in the
least "fill her eye," as she put it to herself. He
was still with Sathyra when she returned, but rose
and said good-night as she came in; this with a
view of intimating to Sathyra that Jane's presence
had no attractions for him whatever. Jane, not
wishing for an open breach with her room com-
panion, said nothing about the disagreement which
had taken place a couple of hours before. Sathyra
did not mention it either, but quietly proceeded to
undress for bed. She sang, "They all shall sweetly
obey Thy will," through her clenched teeth, as
she took off her clothes, and her manner of sing-
ing would have been interpreted by some one of
a similar disposition as a declaration of unending
war.
There was no conversation between the two
girls. Jane felt the electricity in the air. She lay
awake for some time; then, just as she was falling
asleep, Sathyra quietly said: "Mr. Sampson wants
to come an' stop here, and as it is my room, an' it
can't hold three people, y'u must try and find some-
where else to go to tomorrow."
She deliberately lied when she said that Samp-
son wanted to stay at the same place with her.
Such a thing would have been quite alien to his
habits. Visit her often? yes; as often as he wished


i. -,c.- hr- Iiit i y.v u nriih h r? oilh 111' Samp ,ii
lI: i i-le I t rlni rul I]- of i h lif nt' n-ev r to .re dire-i t
I;, 'a -,[,- nii.n' lt f- r Ih.- payin. of anybody 'd; rent 'a'-
I.- .'nil ., ir a -. h- foIund it irksome enough I.-
I.,, ...ii[.- leo I. c- p.a his~ own
I. i I.. a e icill eld legally liable Ir. pay s.-nmi-
,..nii- I- ri-en then. would hiav- been rte'-'rdtld i 'v
lini z .1 [.-ti n iiitol-ralile But thet exclU e va'
:in .ilniii'lahl- .n fotr Sathyli a I, give J;.ri-ne rile
I --[ innimtL'rnh-l Shli- was ungry,. t::. and wi' hed I.,
I.,.- l.i ,it l \'.r[l t.i ake [hincs as unrlta'ant a.z
lit rp.. to y could f..r Jane. Tn< latter felt th it
:na> il1l-%rl ld I w ith sp itl'
'.Mr Sanip-..rn will has to iwai. ft'r I I.ayiii' hali
i- nt t'I,!' dts !ro,:,nl. an' I have nm.iri- ri- ht tto t than
liln \\Wiilin I Set a pace I ni ni\ov,. out I anm iot
coi:n' to ;l.ep in de street or to go anywhere to
ria-- aunyi:Jlv "
O(h yi-'" a'skd Sathylra bititerly *So y'u think
ilial hI:-a.eau. I ti:k y..u in when yitu didn't have
i-'?ad o-r a sli-lterl. an' b eiauie I ieta a jhl I f'r yo'i
. i nl.i i 3laim to, mne I prnmies 'Well. -te V I:I

At the moment she felt inclined to fall upon
Jane, give her a good beating then and there, and
turn her, bag and baggage, into the street. But she
could restrain her temper and act deliberately; be-
sides it was by no means certain that she could
easily get the better of Jane in a physical encount-
er. She was bigger than the girl, but Jane was well
set up and strong. Sathyra said nothing more that


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.i,-th-s. aid vi tit :tii of tie" r.':ni.-m Aft-r Jane had
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froil ti ti- '',r and loudlyy called (-ut to her -
"Jan>l b y.,.I l]o..:k under the glO .- i nii I.n dt:
ial,. Jid te- k oip that ihi'-e -hilli' ;and i\xrpi-ne
I it th-.iet a lilil, while ago."
Jalnl %a- a littit- -iirpri--sd at ilit friendly lon.-
,ft' Satlhyra \...-e. liur. still ft' ling indignant. she
i -ita.ritdi to id.i, whail ne was a-ke-d She returned
iino o-ir ainijd ''ain Sathyra :called .ut ".Jane.
v i rind de inoney?"
Thli- tinm: Jane thliiight she nimcbt a' nell ol'li'e
th- y.uni n i-_,inal sh- was staying with. and \hli,.
p-r lhaps. nii:-.vw v l-ia to be friendly once imoinrt- h
wehnt toi the tabli. Ilfld the .ii1. and fouund notliing.
She an- i-Eried lJh.irily "Noi mon--y iS here."
HI' But Il'..'\ t..in y'ul s.ivy no mon ey i- th-lre
v h i y'in t a% in'- it put it ther-'" ialletl l.ia nk Sailh
ra loudly with art.i.nlrini.-nt in h-r voice.
".And whiy y'u ticti: s: long to answer me?'
As was to be expected, this conversation had
attracted the attention of some of the people in the
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flared up at once.
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"Hum!" exclaimed Sathyra. "Dis look funny.
I mus' go look after me money."
"Y'u right, ma'am," sympathetically observed
one of her neighbours, who was quite prepared to
convict Jane of thieving on the strength of her
own predilections for other people's property.
Sathyra marched ostentatiously into the room,
went up to the table, and began with much clatter
to move the jugs and glasses on it. She searched
diligently, while Jane looked on; naturally she
found nothing.
"Miss Burrell," she said in a loud voice, "could
y'u please tell me where me money gone to?"
"What I know 'bout you' money?" demanded
Jane quite as loudly. "Y'u forward to ask me such
a question! I don't believe you had a farden on de
table."
"Then you mean to tell me I are a liar, after
y'u tief me money?" asked Sathyra, edging danger-
ously up to Jane. Her gesture as well as her words
was provocative, and it flashed upon Jane that
Sathyra's deliberate intention was to accuse her of
theft and possibly provoke her to an assault.
She felt frightened, terribly frightened. To be
accused of theft was almost synonymous with being
sentenced to prison. Already she thought she saw
herself being dragged off by a policeman. She dash-
ed to the door to escape 'Sathyra, not because she
was afraid of her personally, but because she want-
ed to have witnesses and wished to protest her in-
nocence in the open. As she moved towards the
door, Sathyra threw herself against the table, and
sent one or two cups and plates crashing to the
floor.
Jane got outside, but Sathyra had achieved her
object.
"Look how dis gal assault me!" she screamed
out to the assembled people, "and how she mash up
me things!" .Then she too bounced out of the
room and called upon everybody within a radius
of five hundred yards to witness the wretched and
mean advantage that had been taken of her. Jane
in the meantime was crying and sobbing, and call-
ing upon God to be her witness that she had done
Sathyra nothing and had not even seen the colour
of her money.
Most of the folk in the yard sympathised with
her. They knew Sathyra from of old, and had no
love for that lady. But one or two, wishing to
win the favour of Sathyra, or simply because they
desired to condemn some one much better than
themselves, twisted their lips, pursed them up, look-
ed at Jane as one who had passed the limits of hu-
man wickedness, sighed aloud, then declared that


they would not interfere, that it was not their busi-
ness, that they had nothing to do with the matter,
but that they would not like any one to touch a
penny of their hard-earned money.
Still it was clear that the sympathy of the
yard was with Jane. She was a decent, polite, de-
corous girl, and the elderly men especially regard-
ed her with approval. It was one of these (popu-
larly known as Father Daniel, and not without
some authority amongst those who knew him) who
now came up to Jane and told her to cease crying
and go down to her work.
"I don't believe you tief anybody money, me
chile," he said, with genuine sympathy; "you just
go down to you' work, an' try an' get anoder place
to sleep to-night. If y'u can't, I will give you a
cotch1 when you come home."
"Yes," agreed some of the women standing by;
don'tt cry, go down to you' work in peace."
Jane mechanically prepared to do as they ad-
vised. Sathyra, seeing that Jane was not friend-
less, decided to say nothing more just then.
But she was of a revengeful disposition. She was
determined that Jane should not come back to the
yard, and that Mr. Sampson should have no oppor-
tunity of meeting her. Getting leave from her em-
ployer during that forenoon, therefore, she went
to the chief police station in the town, and asked
to see the sergeant-major of the detective force.
She was shown into the room where that func-
tionary sat in the seat of authority, surrounded by
the lesser satellites of the detective department.
He looked up at her, taking her measure in a glance
or two.
"What you want, ma'am?" was his direct and
simple question.
She launched out upon her tale, told how Jane
had seen her put the money down, how Jane had
denied all knowledge of it, how Jane had "backed
against her," smashed her things, and thus added
assault and destruction of property to barefaced
theft.
"Then this gurl," she was continuing, when the
sergeant-major, a dark complexioned man with pen-
etrating eyes, interrupted.
"Why not say she was your friend, and that
you quarrel?" he asked. "About some young man,
no?"
Sathyra started, she did not know that eases
like hers had very often come before this detective,
who knew that such stories as she told were often
lies.
'A bed for the night.


She answered boldly. "It don't matter whether
she was me friend or not. She had no business to
tief me money."
"No," agreed the sergeant-major grimly. "Pri.
vate Dickson," he called to a subordinate, "just take
a walk to where this young woman live, and inquire
into this case for me. You want us to take your
friend in charge, I suppose?"
"Yes. She is working at No. 101 Lower Orange
Street."
"All right, missis; let me take you' statement
first."
He began to cross-examine her. Had she and
Jane had any words lately?
She wished to say no, but remembered that
Sampson might be subpoenaed to give evidence in
the case, and that he would probably be compelled
to give a truthful version of the episode of the
night before. She hesitated for a moment while
trying to frame a suitable answer, and in that mo-
ment of hesitation was lost.
"What did the two of you quarrel about?" ask-
ed the detective. "About your sweetheart, no?"
"We didn't have any quarrel."
"But there was a disagreement?"
"Well, if you want to put it like that."
"When did it take place?"
"Last night we had a few words, but that have
nothing to do wid what I come to you about."
"Oh no, missis? But, you see, it look funny that
after the two of you have a row, you should charge
a girl living in the same room with you with steal-
ing your money. Who saw you put the money on
the table, and how are you going to identify it?"
This was a poser. Sathyra had no answer.
"I see how it is," remarked the sergeant-ma-
jor, laughing. "Well, tell me what ydu want me to
do. If you take my advice, you would go home
quietly and leave your friend alone; for I don't
see how you are going to prove your case."
He looked at her keenly, knowing beforehand
what her answer would be.
"Since you say that, I can have noten more to
say," replied Sathyra morosely. "I know I miss
my money, but I suppose I mus' lose it, since you
say so. All right; you needn't bother arrest her."
She turned and left the room. As she went out
one of the detectives called after her: "Don't make
any more row with you' friend!"
She was now aware that they had seen through
her concocted story, and great was her respect for
their wonderful ability. But greater still was her
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annoyance with them. And more bitter than ever
was her dislike of Jane.

CHAPTER XIV
WHEN Sathyra walked into her yard that even-
ing, after a day's experience that she had found
very annoying, she was surprised to find that Jane
had arrived before her, and had actually moved out
of the room the few things she possessed. Jane,
in fact, had risen to the occasion; she had decided
that it was impossible for her and Sathyra to live
together any longer, and had proceeded to make
arrangements for an immediate removal.
Her character for decency and trustworthiness
stood her in good stead at this crisis. She explained
her situation to some of the girls and women at the
liquor establishment, persons with whom she was on
good terms and whom she had assisted in one way or
another at different times. More than one of these
offered to share a room with her as joint-tenant;
a couple even told her that she could stay with
them until she got a place of her own. But her
dispute with Sathyra was too recent, the cause for
it too common, for her to wish just then to share
any other woman's apartment. She rightly guessed
that her working friends would have gentlemen
coming to see them at some time or other, and she
feared that this might lead to a repetition of the
painful experience she had just endured.
She had another plan. She borrowed a few
shillings from her friends, struck work at twelve
o'clock, and went out and bought a canvas cot. Thus
was a bed secured. She then went home, after en-
gaging a man to take the cot to the yard in which
she lived; arrived there she took her scanty pos-
sessions out of the room in the presence of Father
Daniel and some others (for fear she should be
further accused of stealing), then went next door,
where she knew there was a room to let. It was
a tiny place, just big enough to hold her cot, a table
and a chair. These latter things she had not, but
one or two boxes served to take the place they would
have occupied. The rent of the room was four shill-
ings a month; and though she could not pay this
amount in advance, as was the custom, she was al-
lowed to move in on condition that at the end -'f
her month the money would be forthcoming.
Sathyra was relieved to find her gone, though,
with the inconsistency of human nature, she re-


gretted that Jane had shown herself resourceful.
She was still unpleasantly near, too, so that if Mr.
Sampson wished to pay her any attentions there
was nothing to prevent him doing so. However,
realising that this could not now be prevented, Sa-
thyra shrugged her shoulders and awaited events.
"If she wants to teck him, she can teck him," she
said, with fine philosophy.
But Jane did not want Mr. Sampson.
For the first time in her life she was thrown
absolutely on her own resources. She had lived
under Mrs. Mason's care, such as it was; she had
shared a room with Sathyra. She had come to
Kingston under Mrs. Mason's protection, and had
left Mrs. Mason to go under the protection of Sathy-
ra. But now she had to depend upon herself en-
tirely; she was her own mistress in every sense of
the word. She was lonelier than she had ever be3n
before; yet, on the other hand, she felt far more
independent than she had ever done. She had her
own room. And she was only a little over sixteen!
But she looked a woman. A very young wo-
man, it is true; but not at all like a raw, growing
girl. Her education and development had proceed-
ed rapidly. She had passed through several stages
of city life in a very short space of time.
She was now her own mistress upon six shill-
ings a week. As a domestic servant, if she had
even earned three shillings a week, and been given
her food, she would have been better off. She knew
this, but she had no desire to return to domestic
service. Of that she had had enough.
The struggle to make both ends meet grew more
severe as the weeks went by and Jane found her
clothing wearing out. A Syrian packman with
whom the people in the yard dealt became her spe-
cial providence, in that he agreed to let her have
fifteen shillings' worth of goods, to be paid for at
the rate of a shilling a week. The things she took
from him could have been bought for cash in any
of the shops for eight or nine shillings; but, apart
from having to wait till this amount should be ac-
cumulated, there would always be the temptation to
spend money in hand, a temptation which Jane had
already experienced and yielded to in the past. But a
shilling a week for rent, and another for clothing (for
some few weeks now at any rate), made necessary
a retrenchment in her expenditure on food if she
were to have anything left for picnics, car-rides,
and those other forms of recreation which help to
make life pleasant to the people of her station.
She managed ingeniously. Instead of continuing to
take lunch from the general caterer at threepence
per day, she ate bread and raw salt fish instead, or


bread and fried fish, or a pint can of hominy, an
so reduced the cost of her lunch by one half. F
this change of diet she had an excuse ready; sh
told her fellow-workers that she did not care f
cooked food during the day. This excuse, which
was apparent to every one who heard it, was accept
ed as if perfectly true; some of the girls even on
served that they too did not think that cooked food
agreed with them during the day: "it was too heaT
for their chests." Poverty created a bond of syma
pathy between these workers; they understood oni
another's struggles well enough, and had all, more
or less, to make little economies at one time or
another. On her lunch, then, Jane saved ninepene
a week, and she had already arranged with ~0in
of the women in the yard to supply her with teai
in the morning and with dinner for two shillings
and sixpence per week.
This left her with ninerence to spend as she
pleased; but the food she now ate was by no means
as nourishing as that she had got from Mrs. Ma-
son or that which Sathyra had managed to procure.r
Thin soups and rice figured prominently in thej
weekly menu; the frequent appearance of boiled
green bananas and breadfruit recalled the diet cf
her earlier days; herring often took the place ofl
salt fish, and fresh meat was a rarity. The latter
she did not really miss; accustomed for so many
years to "salt things", she had not yet acquired
much of a taste for fresh beef, and probably never'
would.
She never invited any one into her room. She'
was ashamed of it. She had no furniture, and shell
did not want the people in the yard to know it.
They knew it, of course, and one or two of them,
not liking the reserve of the girl, were prepared
at the first opportunity to taunt her with her p o
verty; one had even taken the trouble to tell a
near neighbour that Jane was "as naked as a bottle."
But she made friends of others the mothers
.especially-by taking a kindly and genuine inter-
est in their little ones. Some of these women
worked out as domestic servants, leaving their
babies in the care of an elderly person, who was
supposed to look after them and feed them at a
fixed charge for each of one shilling per week. It
is to be feared that these babies received but no-
minal attention, the old care-taker having matters
of her own to attend to. As the mothers did not
usually return from work before seven o'clock, and
sometimes later, Jane would frequently spend an
hour or so playing with the babies, hushing them
when they cried, and nursing them to sleep. Com-'
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"You is training for when y'u have you' own
baby," laughingly said to her one evening a grateful
parent; "an' dat shouldn't be long from now."
"It will be long," replied Jane, "for I wouldn't
like"-She stopped short, realising she was about
to say something that might give offence.
"Y'u right," said the woman, understanding the
drift of her unfinished sentence. "It is really hard
to have to work and mind a baby at de same time;
but we all have to teck what come. You don't know
what you' luck is gwine to be."
"But we mus' try an' do de best we can for we-
self," said Jane; "that is why I want to keep mne-
self out of trouble. I like children, but what's de
use of havin' dem if y'u can't support dem, an' have
to work hard all de same? Don't y'u see it's better
y'u don't have none?"
"Dis child's fader gone to sea," said the mother
by way of defence and explanation, "or it would be
all right; howsoever, as it born I can't sorry, for
.dat would be a sin. But you don't wrong when you
say y'u wouldn't like to work and bring up you'
pickney,1 for all de time you is at you' work you
have to be thinking of dem, an' sometime y'u take
an imagination and believe all sort of accident hap-
pening to dem. Dat's why I thank y'u for helping'
de old lady with Jim."
"Tcho! it is noten," said Jane simply; then, in-
spired by maternal instinct and aspiration, she
launched out into a statement of her ambitions fer
herself and her family, should she ever have one.
"Ef I had any children," said she, "you know
what I would like? I would like to have a nice
little house, wid about two room, quite new and
pretty; an' I would like about four children. T
don't t'ink I would care for any more, for, y'u see.
if you have plenty them will give y'u a lot of both-
eration but if you have just t'ree or four, you can
look after them well. Then I would like me
house to have some nice furniture like what
Miss Mason, de lady I was working' wid when I first
came -to Kingston, did have. I would wash de
children two times every day, in de morning an' in
de evening, an' when dem grow big I would tie them
hair wid blue ribban an' take dem out for a walk.
When them grow big, I would send them to school
every day, an' every Sunday I would send them to
Sunday School. When people see them them would
ask, "Who children is that?" an' somebody might
say, "Dem is Miss Burrell children." By this time,

1Children: A corruption of piccaninniess" which is
itself a corruption of two Spanish words: pequefies nifios.


now, I am one side hearing' de whole thing; an' you
can guess how I feel please an' proud! I would
dress whenever I go out an' I wouldn't allow one
of my children to go out into de street widout boots.
When them get big, I would teach them to learn de
piano-"
She was interrupted by the laughter of her
listener.
"You fly high," said the latter, "your head real-
ly big! Y'u want piano too!"
"Why not?" asked Jane half apologetically, but
swiftly coming back to earth again. "Why can't we
black people have piano too? I would like to learn
to play meself, but I know I don't have de money,
so it's no use fretten over it. But if you can get
you' children to learn it, don't y'u see you would
be wrong not to do it?"
"Yes; dat's if you can do it," said the woman,
who entertained no illusions about the future. "But
how you gwine to do it? We poor people mus'
praise God if we can get a bread." She paused to
kiss her little boy all over his face, to which caress
he responded by slobbering hers all over with sa-
liva. "I am satisfy," she continued, "ef I can teach
Jim a trade when him grow big. If it hard to meck
a livin' now, it may be worse hard by and by. But
of course you young, so you can believe a lot of
things if y'u like."
The moonlight streamed down upon the yard,
throwing into relief every part of it, revealing the
dilapidated fence, the ramshackle range of rooms,


the little superior two-roomed cottage on the other
side of the yard, the odds and ends of things scat-
tered all about. The poverty of the place stood
confessed, and Jane, seated on a box by the thres-
hold of her friend's room, had before her eyes the
material evidence of the sort of life which the most
of her classes must live. Not improbably some of
them had dreams such as hers; their fancy had been
as free. But they had come to this, and their fate,
if not accepted without an occasional protest, was
nevertheless accepted, and not deemed too unhappy
by them.
"I wonder why black people so poor?" she ask-
ed-a question identical with that she had put to
her mother many months before.
"Dat is what nobody can tell," returned Jim's
mother. "Prhaps it's because when slavery was
goin' on, de white people teck everything. Them
have all de land, an' all de house, while poor we
have noten, an' have to work hard for a bread."
"My fader have land, too," observed Jane proud-
ly, "and ef it wasn't dat I want to be independent,
I could go back home. But him didn't get it for
noten like de white people. Him buy it."
"Y'u better off than poor buckra,"2 said the
other woman. "Your pupa might leave a piece of
land for y'u; den perhaps you can get you' piano,"
Sand again she laughed a little at Jane's ambition.
"I don't expect noten," answered Jane. "Papa
have oder children, an' me big brother may get
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I have to look for meself, an' I not going to throw
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"You right, me love," sighed the older woman,
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"Your life is long, an' you have a good job. Rut
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offended by her outspokenness. Down at the place
where she worked the girls talked much as she har-
self had been doing; they were all looking forward
to better times. She preferred their view of the
future to that of Jim's mother.

There were others in the yard besides this wo-
man to whom Jane was something of a puzzle. They
could not understand why she should prefer to live
by herself; they said "she had heart," and in that
they said truth. It required courage to do as she
did; but behind that courage was vanity, the desire
to attract attention and to shine in the eyes of tho-'e
who knew her.
Next door was Sathyra; so when Jane went out
she took good care not even to glance in the direc-
tion of her late residence. Similarly, Sathyra acted
as if no such person as Jane existed when. they
chanced to pass each other in the street. Yet Sa-
thyra knew all about Jane that was to be gleaned
by apparently casual inquiry, and Father Daniel
kept Jane informed as to how life went with Sathy-
ra, the old man's means of conveying information
being through the fence which separated the two
yards, a wooden fence some parts of which had
here and there fallen away through old age and th!'
activities of industrious young people searching for
small bits of firewood. Father Daniel had taken a
fancy to Jane, and so had his wife; both more than
once invited her to come over and sit with them of
an evening. But Sathyra lived in that yard, ar.d
Jane could not forget that charge of theft which
(as she believed) might have seht her to the pri-
son if she had not had friends who took her part
against Sathyra. She feared as well as disliked
Sathyra. As for Mr. Sampson, she hardly gave him
a thought.
That gentleman had been told by Sathyra that
Jane had stolen her money and gone about her
business. He had shaken his head sorrowfully at
the news, declared his belief that there was no lim-
it to the depravity of girls from the country, and
concluded in his own mind that Sathyra had robbed
Jane and driven her from the premises. He took
care not to enquire where Jane might be, for he
knew Sathyra would not tell him the truth; he ac-
cepted the situation, feeling that his friendship with
Sathyra would not be of long duration. For, if her
aim was "to eat him out," his object was to avoid
being eaten out; and in these circumstances har-
monious relations were impossible.
It was Father Daniel who brought the news
of the separation between Sampson and his 'intend-
ed" to Jane one evening. He gave it through the


fence about six weeks after Jane had set up as
independent tenant.
"De young man leave dat gal dat did say y
tief her money," s'id the old man to Jane exul
ly. "Dem had a big row last night, an' I thought
she was going' to beat him. She say that all h
give her since she know him is one ten shilling'
and dat if him ever venture to come back to h
place she will dash him wid hot water. So y'u se
me child, dat God revenge y'u. Trust to Him,
leave everything to Him, an' you will be all right
Jane heard the news with genuine delight.
thyra would miss her now, just as (she had
doubt) Mrs. Mason missed her still.
Thus the weeks slipped into months, and by t
end of the third month Jane felt she had had m
than enough of the life she was living. She w
sick, weary, utterly tired of her loneliness. S
began to go about at nights; she attended practi
dances and wakes, and at these she attracted t
attentions of the young men and found some pl
ure in their society; but when they ventured up
intimate conversation she repulsed them. Her ti
dity was gone, but pride (a greater safeguard)
taken its place, and she knew well enough
these youths were not much better off than hers.
Indeed, from her point of view of what men sho
earn, she considered them to be in a worse positi
than herself; they had little or nothing to co
mend them to her serious appreciation.
Sometimes she thought of her home in
country; and far away it seemed, up there among
the mountains, half-lost, dreaming its monotone
half-idle existence away. She wondered how
friends were getting on, what had become of
sister, whether Mrs. Mason had written to tell
mother that she had run off without a word.
this she thought of at intervals, but with no
grets; she did not wish to return; and she felt th
if her people had heard what she had done, t
must have accepted the fact as quite natural.
She longed for change; but a going back I
the old life as a country girl was impossible no
Often she wondered if any young man would f4
in love with her, not one like Cecil or SampsQ
or the young fellows she knew, but some pers,
whom she could really care for. 'She was look
out for a mate, though not conscious that she wi
doing so.
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ill she desired to keep herself up, and this feel-
,now the result of pride and not any longer of
e old parental admonition, prevented her from
lifting into any sort of connection with any one,
en when the temptation to do so was at the
rongest.
But day by day the wish for something new,
r a change in her life, grew greater. She thought
Removing: that at least would be something in
e way of novelty. But to remove would mean
(e payment of a month's rent at the end of the
tonth, and the immediate payment of another
tonth's rent in advance to the new landlady. The
Financial obstacle was insurmountable: she had to
abandon the idea. She became dejected, wretched;
she grew visibly thin,
She too had come to find that for one's respect-
ability one often pays a price. But still she revolted
against the idea of throwing herself away.

CHAPTER XV
NE Monday morning when she got down to work
she found the girls already there in something
$f a flutter of excitement. As a rule, the changes
which took place at Mr. Repburn's moved them not
at all; they had no interest in the establishment be-
yond doing their work and getting their wages on
Saturday afternoons. But this morning a new man
was to take the place of the old supervisor or fore-
man, who had been transferred to some other branch
of the same business; and as this man would direct-
ly have to do with them, they confessed to some
curiosity as to his disposition.
In advance, they were antagonistic.
"I wonder what sort o' boss him will be?" asked
one young woman, familiarly known to her friends
as "Chichi." "Maybe him is one of those sort o'
people who is never satisfied."
"Boss?" queried another, "boss? I don't see we
have any boss here at all. If y'u say him is the
foreman, well, I can understand y'u; but 'boss' is
anoder thing altogether. The only boss I know is
Mr. Repburn himself, an' he is not interfering wid
anybody. An' I may just as well tell you, me love,
that if this new foreman, or 'boss,' as you call him,
is goin' to be ignorant, I meck up my mind to clear
out an' leave de work."
"Hi! what's up!" exclaimed Chichi. "Things must
be all right with you if y'u can leave like dat."
"No; I don't know what I will do if I leave here,
but that wouldn't hinder me. My mother still alive,
an' so long as she have strength an' can work, I
can't starve."


"But why them bring a new man in de place?"
asked Jane. "We was all getten on so nice wid Mr.
Charley. Why them discharge him? I don't like
new people meself, but I can't afford to chuck up me
job too easy."
"I don't think them discharge him," said Chi-
chi. "I heard Saturday evening that him was goin'
somewhere else."
"An' fancy him didn't say a word about it to
any of we!" observed the lady who had already pre-
pared for departure at any moment that the new
foreman should offend her. "Them don't count peo-
ple in dis place. Them treat y'u as if y'u was a
stick. Y'u mean to say Mr. Charley couldn't even
say, 'Good-bye, dog,' when him was goin' away on
Saturday night? An' now this other man will do de
same. In another country it is different; only in Ja-
maica your labour don't count."
She knew no other country; nevertheless, she
was satisfied that labour elsewhere was more highly
regarded than in Jamaica, and her audience agreed
with her.
"What kind o'.man.him is?" wondered Jane. "Him
is old like Mr. Charley?"
"I don't know," answered Chichi, "but I hear
him is a married man, so him can't be too young."
Chichi had evidently been making some inquiries
about Mr. Charley's successor.
"It's not because him married him must be old,"
objected Jane; don'tt young man get married too""
Chichi was about to make some reply when the
entrance of the person under discussion prevented
any further direct reference to him. He proved to
be a man about forty years of age, well set up, and
just a shade above black. He had an energetic
manner. He was well dressed and was plainly a
responsible sort of person. He said good-morning to
the assembled girls and immediately set himself to
work. Acting on the principle that a new broom
should sweep clean, he had everything put in order
at once, muttered now and then his disgust at the
conditions which he found, wondered if any care
had ever been taken of the place, and confirmed the
girls in their opinion that he was likely to prove a
disagreeable supervisor to work under.
At lunch-time they held a solemn council, and
positively asserted that he was likely to prove a
tyrant.
"Y'u can see how him begin already!" protested
Jane; "him is gwine to find all sort of fault. If I
can get anoder situation I will leave!" Her deter-
mination was applauded by the rest, though most of
them knew it was but rhetoric.


"I am goin' to be rude to him!" declared the girl
who had already said that with her mother to help her
she could afford to be independent; and it was clear
that she meant her words. The truth was, she had
grown rather tired of working at that place, and was
rather glad of an opportunity to show her independ-
ence. She carried out her threat that very afternoon,
but before she could hurl her resignation at the new
foreman, he told her that she had better take her
hat and go. His promptitude in dealing with insub-
ordination gave pause to the other workers. Dur-
ing the remainder of the week they were in a sub-
dued and chastened frame of mind, and he on his
part gave them no particular cause for offence.
Jane especially had no reason to complain of
his treatment. He was very lenient with her, he
was positively kind, he was friendly. She felt pleas-
ed with him. She confidentially admitted to the
girls one day, while they were at lunch, that she
preferred him to old Charley.
"There's one in the ring," thereupon sang one
of those to whom she spoke. "There's another in
the ring," chanted a second comrade. The others
laughed.
"What y'u mean?" asked Jane, worldly wise
enough now to know that these expressions contained
a significant implication. "I only say what all of you
know. Him don't turn out so bad as we did expect ,
an' we all ought to glad of it. What y'u singin'
about?"
"Oh, Miss Burrell! don't form like you don't
understand!" cried Chichi. "Doan't y'u see that Mr.
Curden like you? There is one in the ring!"
"And, as she like him, there's another in the
ring," laughed the young woman who had sung this
line before.
Jane was nettled. "Y'u forget him is a married
man?" she demanded. "What I goin' to do wid
him?"
"That's not making much difference in these
days," declared Chichi, with conviction.
"It meek a difference to me," replied Jane. "A
gurl would be very foolish to have anything to do
wid a man when she know him can't do anything good
for her; an' I am not a fool. I don't want anybody
wife to pray God for me. I have enough boderation
already, an' if I go and teck up some more it would
be my fault. So there is nobody in any ring; y'u
can teck my word for dat."
"That's what you say now," Chichi answered-
"That's what you tell us. But y'u not goin' to tell
Mr. Curden dat?" Then, seeing that Jane was seri-
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of our business, Miss Burrell; we only meckin' a
little fun. Everybody mus' follow her own mind.'
"Yes, it's nobody business but Miss Burrell's
own," agreed another girl. "But y'u mean to say,
Miss Burrell, dat y'u would have noten to do wid
Mr. Curden?"
"True!" protested Jane. "Him is ole enough to
be me father, an' him is a big married man. What
I gwine to do wid him?"
"Sometimes we say one thing an' do anoder, you
know," sagely commented her interlocutor; "an' you
can never know what y'u goin' to do in dis world
till you do it. We can only wait an' see. But I hope
y'u don't think we are too fast!"
"No, I don't say you too fast, for I know y'u
don't mean anything," Jane replied; "but, you see,
I am right not to let anybody couple me name wid
a person dat I don't have noten to do wid, for pre-
sently y'u will begin to hear a lot of things about me,
an' none of dem true. If a thing is true, you can't
mind it, for it is you' own fault; but when it's not
your own fault you must vex. P'rhaps it may come
to Mr. Curden hearing dat I say him like me, an'
him may say I am impertinent. And I wouldn't like
dat."
"Him wouldn't say you impertinent at all," Ch.-
chi answered, with conviction. "Him would like to
hear it. You may not see what we see, but it's true
all de same. Y'u think him would be so polite and
kind ef him didn't want you to like him? Why him
don't do it to nobody else? You have only to say
de word an' yu will be all right."
"I don't want to be all right wid any married
man," Jane again protested, and she meant it.
"So you say," said Chichi, "and you right. But
I.wouldn't quarrel wid de foreman; it don't pay.
Besides, as everything is goin' now, there's not much
use .in being too particular. What you don't do an-
other one will do."
"But dat's no reason why every one should do
it," interpolated a girl who had not hitherto taken
part in the conversation, but who shared Jane's views
in this particular matter.
"That is what I say meself," Jane asseverated,
proud to find that her doctrine of moral perfection
was not regarded as mere nonsense. "It's not be-
cause one man tief dat anoder is to tief, for oderwise
everybody would be in prison."
"Everybody who they catch," gaily commented
Chichi. "That is the difference. Some do a thing,
an' nobody know, and when other people do it, them
find them out. It all depends."
And here the conversation turned upon luck and
chance, and continued till it was time for the girls
to go back to their work.
But Jane now had something to think of. She
had noticed the foreman's consideration and had
been pleased with it; she had attributed it to kind-
ness. The reason why she had not imagined it to
have any peculiar significance was because he was
so much older than herself, and his position so high
a one. Above all, he was married. But now that
the girls had put upon his attitude towards her a
construction quite different from her-own, she was
inclined to think they were probably right; even
while she was arguing with them she had been by
no means convinced that they were wrong. And, if
the truth must be told, she felt flattered. It was
something to be proud of, this; it proved to her that
she had been quite right to set a high value on her-
self.
But she grew cautious also. From that evening
she began to leave work punctually with the other
girls, and to walk home with one or the other of
them; and this because Mr. Curden had more than
once of late kept her talking on the sidewalk of
the building after the day's work was done. He
hadn't delayed her for long, nor had his conversation
extended beyond a few commonplace remarks and
a compliment or two. "But that must be only a be-
ginning," she sagaciously remarked to herself, and
she knew now that the girls had taken note of the
circumstance and had come to a definite conclusion
upon it. If she were to avoid having her name con-
nected with that of the foreman she must leave with
the others, and must not be seen talking with him.
But he noticed the change. After a few days
he found an opportunity to remark to her one morn-
ing-
"Y'u seem to be in a great hurry to leave in the
evening, Miss Burrell; what's the matter?"
"Nothing, Mr. Curden," said she; "only I live
far."
"Where y'u live?" was his question, which she
had not foreseen.
She gave him her number correctly-as a matter
of fact, he knew it already-whereupon he said casu-
ally, as it seemed-
"I must come an' see you some spare evening or
the other."
This was a ticklish proposition, but Jane's wits
were equal to the emergency.
"I don't know if me parents will like it, Mr.
Curden. I never invite any visitor to them place."
The other girls knew that Jane's parents did not
live in Kingston, but Curden had as yet made no
inquiries of them about Jane. And as it was quite
Natural that she should be living with her own peo-
ple, as indeed he had all the time believed so, he


did not dream of doubting her word. Nor had he
any intention or desire to visit Jane at her own
house. The offer to do so was merely what he would
have called a "feeler."
"I am sorry for that; but you are big enough
to have a place of you' own now. Don't y'u think
so?"
Jane's work was being checked, and she and
Curden were standing at some little distance away
from the other persons in the room. He talked very
quietly, so that his words might not be overheard;
Jane answered in a similar tone of voice.
"No. I am quite comfortable. I couldn't live
by meself, an' there is no necessity, for I am well
looked after."
The checking continued slowly.
"But it's better to be you' own mistress than to
have to be under other people all the time. You
can't stand that much longer?"
"I like it so," said Jane, and her positive asser-
tion made the foreman suspect that it was intended
as an answer to his unspoken proposition.
When Jane returned to her seat to resume her
labelling there was a smile on the face of every girl.
They had not heard a word of what had passed be-
tween her and Mr. Curden, but the mere fact that a
conversation had been carried on in an undertone


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was more than sufficient for their active imagi
tions. They looked wise, though they said nothl
And Jane understood their look.
Nothing more passed between herself and
Curden for a few days after this; but he Ias
and distant and very exacting in his sudirvisa
of her work. This a little alarmed her; but she
orly sullen when he was by, pouting her mouth
showing that she could be annoyed as ieil as
She instinctively understood that though he did ha
power to dismiss her, he would not exercise it now
she had not openly offended him in any '.ay YT
she was secretly afraid of ever doing sr. for
was not in the position of the young woman he
summarily discharged so soon after his arrival. IH
might believe that she lived with her par-nls.
that was a help. But if, offended with her. he shou
get rid of her-
She dismissed the contingency from ier mini
She would not worry about the future.

CHAPTER XVI
N Jane's yard the monotony of life was broke
mainly by births, deaths, removals and the cor
ing of new tenants; deaths were on the anh.le ran
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events, the coming and going of tenants were the
commonest. The migratory instinct was strong in
the people; some of them would live for three or
four years in the same yard, then suddenly there
would come upon them a strong inclination to seek
new quarters, and during the next year or so they
would remove two or three times before settling down
in one place once more for another term of years.
The little two-roomed cottage in the yard had
been empty for quite a little time, it being of the
nature of an aristocratic residence, at a rental of
fifteen shillings a month. It had been inhabited by
a superior family of four, who had occupied it for
some years and had removed a month or so before
Jane went to live in the yard. That it was to be
rented again (as Jane now heard) did not interest
her in the slightest; for she felt certain that its oc-
cupant or occupants would not give her a second
thought, her room being the smallest in the yard, and
the worst furnished.
What did concern her was the illness of Jim, the
baby whom she most cared to nurse and look after
when she came home from work. What ailed him
was not positively known; the people in the yard
said he had marasma, a generic term which they ap-
plied to all forms of disease which they were unable
to determine more particularly. And in truth it was
a wasting away from which the little fellow suffer-
ed: either he had eaten too much dirt in his pere-
grinations about the yard, or his daily meals of con-
densed milk and cornmeal pap had not agreed with
him, or too many malarial mosquitoes had feasted on
him, or perhaps, a combination of cornmeal pap.
dirt, and malarial mosquitoes had proved too much
for him. Whatever the cause or causes of his ail-
ment, he was very ill, and the women in the yard,
awakened to sincere sympathy, gravely shook their
heads over his condition and prophesied the worst.
On the other hand, his mother hoped for the best,
talked of taking him to the hospital, made up her
mind to take him to the parish doctor, put off do-
ing so, applied home remedies, and refused to believe
that he would not shortly get well. But Jim only
worsened, and then, for a whole week, his mother
had to remain at home with him (having put some-
one in her place to do her work at the house where
she was employed). The child died early on a Sat-
urday morning, in its mother's arms, and the yard
was informed of the death by the wailing of the poor
woman. Jane was amongst the first to offer sym-
pathy and to enter into consultation as to how the
burial was to be arranged.
It was understood that the mother had no money:
it was also understood that she did not wish to beg
for her little boy a pauper's coffin and grave.
"I don't blame her," said one of the women
standing in the group that discussed this latest
phase of events in the yard. "She not a pauper, for
she been working' all de time, an' she never beg
anybody noten. An' when you go an' ask de city
for anything, you have to answer all sort of question,
so that, ef y'u don't have de grace of God in you'
heart, you can't keep you' temper."
"Then what she goin' to do?" inquired Jane, who
knew better than any one else the straitened circum-


stances of the bereaved mother. "She don't get no
money dis week as she don't work. She have to
pay de person she put in her place."
The group considered the problem in silence. A
pauper's grave, like the almshouse, shocked their
sense of pride: it was the ultimate misfortune.
"P'rhaps we could help her," Jane suggested
timidly. "How much de funeral will cost?"
"Not much," said a man who was preparing to
leave for his work. "She can get a grave fo' four
shillin's, an' a few other things wouldn't cost more
than another five or six shillin's. I have a few piece
of board in me room," he continued, after a brief
pause, "an' when I come home this evening I will
knock up a little coffin for her." He was a carpen-
ter by trade, and the coffin was to be his contribu-
tion to the funeral. A murmur of appreciation fol-
lowed him as he went through the gate.
"I can give-" Jane stopped a moment to consi-
der how much she could afford to contribute. "I will
give a shillin'," she decided, and it was felt gen-
erally that her offer was a generous one.
Thus the hat went round, some giving sixpence,
some threepence, and by this means four shillings
were collected. It was then that attention was con-
centrated upon the new tenant of the two-roomed
house in a most favourable manner. He had moved
in but three days before, and had proved to be quite
a young man, not more than twenty-five years of
age; and as he had taken a separate house and
brought no one with him, the other tenants had con-
cluded that he was either about to get married or
was unusually extravagant. Being approached tim-
idly by Jane on behalf of little Jim's funeral ex-
penses (with apologies, for he was still a stranger),
he surprised every one by donating four shillings
to the fund. All eyes were fixed upon him as he
made his way to the gate, and he was well aware
that his generosity had made him a marked man
and a power in the yard. He had completely eclipsed
the carpenter, for ready money counted for more
than labour and odd bits of material in the minds
of these people. "Him is a gentleman," emphatical-
ly proclaimed an elderly woman after he had left,
and that was also the opinion of the others.
Jim's mother was already well aware of what
was going on, and, though deeply grief-stricken, she
nevertheless felt her importance as an object of com-
miseration and sympathy, and took no part in the
collection of funds. Jane it was who was left to man-
age that branch of the business; and she too became
so pleased with the important function she dis-
charged that she undertook to buy the baby's shroud
during the day, and take the body to the cemetery.
She got down to work late that morning, and had
to explain the reason to Mr. Curden.
"It is your baby?" he pleasantly asked her, re-
verting to his former friendly manner.
"You know it is not," she replied, tossing her
head; "y'u only say dat to say something."
"What I have to say to you is more important
than that," he murmured confidentially. "A girl like
you shouldn't be livin' in a common yard. Besides,
I hear it isn't true that you live with you' parents.
Why you tell me an untruth like that?"
So he had found out the truth! Jane answered
nothing, and Curden laughed. She suspected that
he had been questioning the inquiring, loquacious
Chichi (which was true). She also felt that the


knowledge he had obtained was indubitably pow
However, it was much that he had made nof
about her being an hour late for work, and in Jim
mother and her poverty she had an object-leso
which she was not slow to understand. Where
the baby's father? Curden at any rate was a man
the spot, a man who could not easily disappear a
leave no trace behind. But she did not think lo
upon this matter. To wait until what should hap
did happen was a less disturbing line of conduct.
At lunch-time she bought the bit of lawn
was to make Jim's shroud, and that evening, whi
the kindly carpenter was making the little coffin,
and another young woman in the yard made a shroud
The baby was to be buried the next morning, tt
mother having arranged about the grave during thq
day. The body lay in the room under a sheet and
covered with pieces of ice; the door and the windows
of the room stood open, and a few chairs scattered
about the yard indicated the intention of some of
the people to sit up with Jim's mother as a token of
sympathy and as a means of passing a night in plea
ant companionship and in the luxury of a grief noj
their own.
To-morrow was Sunday. To-night, therefore
they were not obliged to sleep. This was not to be
a regular wake, for the dead one was but a babyl
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ment; but it was pleasant to sit and talk, to sym-
pathise, to deplore the hard lot of the poor, to re-
flect aloud that in heaven all would be reunited, and
that there would be no night there, no weeping, no
parting, no care, no want. Occasionally they would
sing a hymn quietly (for it was only a baby that
was dead), and it was while they were in the midst
of this exercise that the gentleman who had so gen-
erously given four shillings that morning towards
the expenses of Jim's funeral entered the yard.
Vincent Broglie was not proud. Although in the
receipt of thirty-five shillings a week and known at
the job printing office at which he worked as an ex-
pert compositor and a steady workman, standing next
to the foreman; although brown in complexion (even
if somewhat plain-looking), and always well dress-
ed, as became a man who earned as much as thirty-
five shillings a week, he did not give himself airs.
His face was frank in expression, he was open-hand-
ed; consequently he was a favourite with a large
number of young ladies, on whom he lavished all
his spare cash. He had taken the two-roomed house
in the yard, not because he was about to get married
(as some of the tenants had erroneously supposed),
but because he liked to treat himself well and loved
to make a show. Coming in now and finding a num-
ber of persons assembled at something like a func-
tion, hdeStopped and said good evening pleasantly,
whereupon one of the men rose and deferentially
offered him his seat. Vincent took it as the singing
ceased, and in a moment he found himself regarded
as the acknowledged though undeclared president
of the gathering, as a gentleman to be treated with
respect.
"When the burial going to take place?" he ask-
ed, more for the sake of saying something than be-
cause he really wanted information.
"To-morrow morning at seven, sir," one of the
people answered him. "As it dead soon this morning ,
it have to bury soon to-morrow."
"The mother going to the funeral?" he next
asked.
"No, sir." After a moment's hesitation his inform-
ant added: "I don't think she have sufficient good
things to wear."
"She beg me teck it to the cemetery in a 'bus,"
explained Jane, "but I don't want to go by meself.
Somebody else will have to go wid me."
No one seemed disposed to undertake this duty;
at any rate, no one offered to do so.
"She don't have no relative in Kingston," pur-
sued Jane, "so of course we have to do what we can
to assist her. She in de room cryin', and she is
right to cry, for it was a nice little baby, an' if it


did live it would have turned out good. However,
we can only say, 'Thy will be done.' "
This pious sentiment met with warm approval
from those who heard it, which induced Jane to ask
once more, "But who will go to de burial-ground wid
me?"
Vincent was a man of impulses, and his natural
tendency to sudden inspirations was much strength-
ened at that moment by the glass of whisky he had
had shortly before coming home. He had greatly
facilitated by four shillings the respectable burying
of Jim; he saw himself treated just then as the chief
personage of the yard; one to be respectfully ad-
dressed and referred to. Hence, acting on a thought
which occurred to him as Jane ceased, he blurted
out-
"I will go to the funeral."
He had a fondness for funerals-so had all his
friends and acquaintances, so had all the people in
the yard; so have all, or nearly all, the people of
Jamaica, as a matter of fact; though it is a fond-
ness for the funeral of a grown-up person as a rule,
a funeral with a hearse, a decorated coffin, a par-
son preceding, and several cabs and buggies bring-
ing up the rear. A baby's funeral, if the baby's pa-
rents are poor, is a simple, unspectacular sort of
affair; and really not worth while attending from
the point of view of personal exhibition and social
enjoyment. Ordinarily, Vincent would not have
thought of going to this one, much less of assisting
prominently at it. But circumstances had suddenly
led him to make the offer, which Jane proudly and
gladly accepted the moment it was made.
No sooner were the words spoken than Vincent
regretted the utterance of them. He was somewhat
gratified at the same time, however, by the chorus
of praise which greeted his magnanimous offer. Two
persons immediately ran to tell Jim's mother of the
great good fortune that was to be Jim's on the fol-
lowing morning, and the woman came forth herself
to thank him humbly and respectfully. He went to
bed soon after, leaving the others discussing his
wonderful merits; and early on Sunday morning,
faithful to his promise, he was up and dressed in
full black. Jane had attired herself in a nice, neat
white dress (for which the 'Syrian packman had not
yet been fully paid) and a white straw hat. One
of the women lent her a bit of black ribbon to wear
as a sash; and very becoming she looked as she took
her place in the one-horse cab that was to form the
funeral cortege.
As the coffin was lifted out from the yard to
the cab, there was a sympathetic hush on the part
of every one. Accustomed as these people were to


death, it lost nothing of its awe and solemnity for
them when the last leave-taking came to be made.
The sobs of the mother touched them to silence; one
or two stole to her side to comfort her. Tears were
in Jane's eyes, and Vincent himself, endeavouring to
Icok calm and unconcerned, had a straitened, some-
what foolish, expression on his face. He took his
seat in the cab beside Jane; one half of the coffin
rested on the vacant seat which Jane faced, the other
end of it pressed against her knees and was thus
prevented from slipping. A few loiterers in the lane
looked on with sober countenances, the men silently
taking off their hats. Then the cab-man lifted his
reins, and at a funeral pace the horse moved off to-
wards the burial-ground.
The public grave-digger committed Jim's body
Lo the earth, and the public reader consigned his
little soul to God. Then, their task completed, Jane
and Vincent re-entered the cab and were briskly
driven back in the direction of the yard. They had
talked but little on their journey to the cemetery,
a serious demeanour being requisite on such an oc-
casion. But now they laughed and chattered and en-
joyed the ride, and Vincent even joked about the
part he had played in this burial, and said how high-
ly amused his friends would be when he should tell
them about it. Jane felt that this was one of the
treats of her life; she was proud to be driving in a
cab, proud to be driving with such a person,
proud that he didn't think himself too good to be
seen in public with her; and her laughing face show-
ed her pleasure. They were not far from home when,
turning a corner, and still chatting gaily, they had
to pull up quickly to allow an electric-car to pass.
Both Jane and Vincent stared at the people in the
car. Amongst the passengers, and looking full at her
and her companion, was Mr. Curden, Jane's admirer
and chief.
CHAPTER XVII
"I SUPPOSE you think you are smart, eh?"
"I don't understand y'u, Mr. Curden."
"You understand me well enough. You can't
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see you."
"Yes, I did see you, when I were coming from
de burial-ground, but I don't know what that have
to do wid smartness. I told you I was goin' to a
funeral on Saturday morning and when you saw
me yesterday I was coming' from de funeral. So I
don't see what you can mean about I smart."
"You needn't form that you don't understand
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do. Why didn't you tell me plain the other day
that you have an intended? First, y'u say you are liv-
ing with you' parents, and I find out that you'
parents are not in Kingston at all; now you want
to talk about a funeral when I am talking about
your young man. What you pretending for?"
"I have no young man, Mr. Curden," answered
Jane. "The gentleman y'u saw me wid yesterday
morning' was a young man dat living in the same
yard wid myself, an' him and me teek de dead baby
to the cemetery. I never know him before."
Mr. Curden laughed scornfully, to intimate that
whoever else might be deceived by such a story, he
was not likely to be.
"Well!" he exclaimed, shaking his head slowly
as he looked at Jane full in the face, half angrily,
half admiringly, "you are a soon one, though! You
look so quiet and so innocent, as if butter wouldn't
melt in you' mouth; and you like to live with you'
parents, and you must go home early every even-
ing! You belong to church too, don't you? An' your
pupa take round the collection plate? And you teach
in a Sunday school?"
Jane's lips trembled with anger, and it was all
she could do to keep from bursting into tears. It
cut her to the quick to be ridiculed like this, and
with her feeling of anger and sense of humiliation
was mingled the fear lest the foreman should find
some excuse for sending her about her business.
She answered him nothing, but waited to hear what
next he might have to say.
He saw that she was angry, and thought that,
perhaps, she might be speaking the truth in regard
to her relations with the young man with whom he
had seen her the day before, though he was natural-
ly inclined to be suspicious.
"If that young man is not your intended now,"
he said, after a moment's silence, "I suppose him
want to be?"
"I don't know anything about dat. I tell you
I don't know noten about him. Him is a stranger,
an' it is only two days ago that we become acquaint.
If it wasn't dat de baby die in the yard I don't
think we would have speak to one anoder. It's de
God's truth I am telling you, Mr. Curden, an' you
shouldn't doubt me."
"The only way I won't doubt y'u is if you prom-
ise me you won't have anything to do with him.
You promise?"
"That is easy," returned Jane, heart-glad of
the more favourable turn which the conversation


was taking. "I don't believe him want to have
anything to do wid me, an' I know I don't partic-
kiler to have noten to do wid him. I don't give
him a thought!"
Curden did not think it at all likely that the
young man should not wish to have anything to do
with so prepossessing a girl as Jane; he argued
from the particular to the general, and the particu-
lar was himself. But he thought it was just pos-
sible, though not probable, that she might not care
to have anything to do with the young man. One
thing, at any rate, was clear; she wished to stand
on good terms with himself, and that showed that
as yet there could be little between her and the fel-
low he had seen her with. He knew by experience
that if Jane really had an "intended" she would
have answered him very sharply, even if she had
not gone so far as to abuse him. She would not so
tamely have submitted to his jeering.
"I believe what you say," he assured her. "I
was only teasing you. That young man isn't better
looking than me" as a matter of fact Vincent was
plainer looking than Curden "and he can't fix
you up better than me. So if y'u want a friend -
an' you must want one you needn't bother with
him. Why don't you let me give you a place?"
The proposition was out now, and there was no
use pretending not to understand it. Jane hung her
head. Curden waited. "What you say?" he asked
at length.
She took refuge in delay.
"I can't tell you now. You must wait little."
"But why can't you tell me now? You want to
give the other fellow a chance?"
"No!" protested Jane; don'tt I tell y'u I have
noten to do wid him? Why y'u go on sayin' de
same thing over and over? I tell you to wait, for
y'u can't expect me to do everything in a hurry, an'
there is plenty of time."
She was speaking very familiarly now, a change
which he noticed with pleasure. She was playing
the coquette, was keeping him off for a while; but
what she had said indicated plainly that she did
not intend to answer no.
"All right, then," he replied smilingly. "I don't
see what you waiting for, but I won't press you.
Don't keep me longer than a week though!"
"A month," declared Jane, nodding her head
with the expression of one who had the upper hand.
"If I can wait, you can wait too;" then she half
walked, half danced back from Curden's desk to her


seat; observing which, the other girls said nothing.
This was the longest conversation the foreman had
had with Jane, and it appeared to them to be the
most important. Matters having reached such a
stage, they felt it would be neither wise nor safe for
them to interfere with what was not their business.
Mr. Curden was a man of prompt decision, and they
were not indispensable. Besides, they were rather
familiar with such incidents.
And Jane. She knew she could not keep him a
month for his answer, and that he did not intend
to wait so long. She had said that Vincent was
nothing to her, and that was true; she had said that
she was nothing to him, and that was still more
true. But she had been proud to be seen driving
with him yesterday, he was much younger than this
man, he was single, he was generous too, and was
probably quite as well paid as the foreman. But
how would that help her?
She did not want to accept Mr. Curden's offer,
but she could see no way out of the difficulty. "What
to do?" she asked herself several times that day as
she sat at her work. Curden had said that she put
him off because she wanted to give Vincent a chance,'
and she had protested against the suggestion. Yet,
as she thought the matter over, it was always with
reference to what Vincent might do. She wondered
if he liked her, and concluded that he did, on no
other ground than that afforded by hope. Her prom-
ise to the foreman did not affect her in the slightest;
she was determined to break it if she could. "Him
tecking an advantage of me," was her comment on
his behaviour, and she resented being taken an ad-
vantage of.
But what was she to do? She had thought out
no clearly defined plan by the time she got home
that evening; nevertheless her actions showed that
some intention had begun to form itself in her mind.
After having her dinner, she carefully dressed her-
self in the frock she had worn to Jim's funeral the
day before, discarding only the black ribbon, for
which she substituted a sash of red, her own property.
She surveyed herself as well as she could in the six-
penny looking glass she had bought (and secreted)
while still working with Mrs. Mason; she was sat-
isfied with the reflection shown in the mirror, and
with tremulous heart she strolled into the yard,
knowing that the care bestowed upon her person
could hardly fail to be remarked by the other ten-
ants. She took a seat on a chair by the bereaved
mother's room, ostensibly sitting there for the pur-


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pose of condoling with the woman. But her yes
were fixed on the gate, and she started expectantly
whenever it was pushed open. "She waiting for
somebody," said the tenants who observed her, and
they had no doubt who it was that she waited for.
She remained sitting at the same spot for quite
an hour before Vincent made his appearance.
Naturally, seeing Jane, he paused to say good
evening, and she rose to talk with him.
"Good evening, Miss Burrell," he said smiling;
"got over the funeral yet?"
"Long ago, Mr. Broglie," Jane replied brightly;
"An' you get over it too?"
"It didn't affect me," he laughed; "I have plenty
of things to occupy me mind just now. Besides, it's
only women that are always talking about funerals."
"A gentleman like you will always have a lot to
think about," said Jane; "but poor me have noten to
do but work. You are independent."
"I am not," he assured her; "but will soon be
more able to be. That is what I am busy about now."
He looked wise and portentous.
"Yes; an' while you can make yourself all right,
a poor girl like me have to remain all wrong," said
Jane. "I have it hard, for I have nobody to help me;
while as you are a man them can't teck an advant-
age of you as them like."
"What? Anybody taking an advantage of you?"
he asked; "or is it only what you females are always
saying?"
Should she tell him? And how? As these ques-
tions flashed through her brain, Vincent, who did not
imagine that she had been complaining of anything
particular, remarked, almost without stopping to let
her answer his last question-
"You are dressed up this evening; going out?"
"After I don't have anybody to teck me any-
where," she answered. "It's lonely for me to go out
by meself."
The suggestion was so obvious that Vincent could
not possibly misunderstand it. He smiled and
touched her lightly on the cheek.
"I have an engagement to-night," he said, "or
I would take you for a car-drive. However, some
other day."
He moved off as he spoke.
"All right, Mr. Broglie," she called after him.
"I am goin' to remind you of you' promise."
"Good!" he called back, and went into his
room.
This conversation between Jane and Mr. Broglie
had not been unremarked by other persons; as a
matter of fact, some of the other tenants had done
their best to overhear every word of it. In more
than one room that night it was made the subject
of laughter and comment. "She is trying' to get a
good intended," was the general conclusion; "but
a young man like him don't want a gurl like she.
Him can get better."
"She is young but she is bold," was what was
also said; "she not waiting for him to court her;
she courting him."
Jane guessed pretty closely what was being said,
and resented this interference with her business.
There was a perceptible coldness in her manner the
next morning when she greeted some of her neigh-
bours. On their part there was a display of mean-
ing smiles, and one or two of them sneered. But of
course they said nothing, having long since learnt
the wisdom of pretending to mind their own busi-
ness.
Mr. Curden was very nice to her that day, ask-
ing her if she had made up her mind yet, and if
she had dreamt of him last night. She replied
spiritedly: "I didn't even think of you!" which
pleased him much, as, in his opinion, her manner
signified that she had been thinking of nothing else.
She began to dislike him now, and her dislike took
the form of wishing to see him well beaten. Severe
corporal punishment was Jane's conception of poetic
justice.
That evening she dressed again; but this time
she waited for Vincent outside the gate. He saw
her as he came up the lane, and knew she was wait-
ing for him. "That girl is laying herself careless
with me," he observed to himself; nevertheless he
was pleased and flattered. He was a favourite with
the sex, and many of those he knew would have
looked down upon Jane. But he saw that she was
a very decent girl, and it came into his mind that
it might not be a bad thing to add her to the num.
ber of ladies to whom he was more or less attached.
But courting meant expenditure with him, for he
was not mean. And just then he had neither time
nor money to spare.
"Waiting for me?" he asked when he reached
the gate. "Don't you know that I am a bad man?"
"You don't look bad," she replied. "There is
many worse than you. Y'u promise to teck me for
a drive last night; so I dress in case you wanted to
go to-night."
"Not to-night," he answered. "I have to go out
presently, and to-morrow morning I am going to
Montego Bay."
This was calamitous news. "When y'u coming
back, Mr. Broglie?" she asked, her disappointment
betraying itself in her voice.
"Not before Saturday. I have to arrange some


business connected with the strike. You hear about
the strike?"
She had not, but she had some idea of what a
strike was; she connected it with losing one's situa-
tion.
"But what you have to do wid a strike?" she
asked him, thus touching upon a subject that was
very near to his heart at that moment.
"Everything," he assured her. "All the peo-
ple in my trade going to strike, and we are going
to win too. We have put up with a lot, but now
no more advantage is going to be taken of us."
The mention of that word advantage reminded
Jane of her own grievance against Curden.
"Worse advantage can be taken of a gurl than
a man," she replied. "If I Was to tell y'u what
them trying to do wid me, you would sorry for me."
Vincent was somewhat pressed for time that
evening, but as he and his colleagues were just then
preparing to utter a vigorous protest against the ex-
isting conditions of labour, his sympathy went out
to all workers of no matter what class.
"Tell me about it," he said; "they are trying
to rob you?"
"Worse than that," said Jane, glad to have the
opportunity of enlisting him against Curden. "It's
bad enough if them rob you; but when -" She


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stopped short, not quite knowing how to tell her
story.
"When what?"
"I don't know what to say, for y'u may think
it is my fault. You know a man name Curden, Mr.
Vin?"
"No; what about him?"
"Him is de foreman at de place I working' at,
an' him is a married man. Him over forty, an' just
fancy what him say to me yesterday?"
"Well, how can I know if you don't tell me?"
asked the young man impatiently.
"Him want me to to -"
She stammered, hesitating, and Vincent burst
into a peal of laughter.
"Oh! I see," he said. "Him want you, and you
don't want him, eh? Well, why don't you tell him
so? You don't like him?"
"No. But I can't afford to quarrel wid him,
for him is low enough to discharge me if him get
vex. That is why I say that worse advantage is
taken of me than you."
"That's what you say, but you don't know,"
asserted Vincent; "but of course you are not in a
safe position. What you going to do?"
"I don't know. I want you to advise me."
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"I can't do that. A man shouldn't advise any-
body else if him can't back up his advice; and if
I was to tell you to send Curden about his business,
and you lose you' job, you would blame me. I am
sorry for you, though. Well, I have to be moving
on, as I got some important matters to attend to.
Perhaps it will be all right with Curden. Don't
fret."
He nodded to her and went inside, leaving her
profoundly depressed. She had asked him for help,
and he had none to give. He had shown, if not
said, that her predicament was none of his business,
and had left her to manage her little affair as best
she could. She remained standing there till he came
out again, but he did not stop to speak to her this
time. He had a portmanteau in his hand and merely
bade her good-night as he hurried away.

CHAPTER XVIII
ANE went to work next morning feeling that she
had nothing to expect from Vincent in the way
of assistance or advice. IIe had gone away for a
week, gone to a town a hundred miles distant, and
before he returned she might be forced to give Mr.
Curden a definite answer, which, if she wished to
keep her situation much longer, could not be one
that woulddisplease him. Nevertheless, with still
a glimmer of hope in her heart, she looked forward
impatiently to Vincent's return. Saturday came,
and, as she had feared, the foreman asked her what
she had to say to him: he had waited a whole week.
"You have had plenty of time to consider," he
remarked, "and you must have made up you' mind
to one thing or another."
"Didn't I tell y'u you must wait a month?"
asked Jane, still endeavouring to put off the day of
decision.
"You simply playing' with me, that's what it is!"
snapped Mr. Curden. "If y'u don't want to say yes,
say the other thing; there is as good fish in the sea
as ever came out of it, and I am not going to kill
meself because of you. But I don't mean you to
make a fool of me any longer."
He was angry, and she was driven into a cor-
ner. She boldly resorted to lying.
"You know quite well I mean to say yes," she
returned, as though angry, "but you want to quarrel
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the place where I am living; besides, why should
y'u have you' own way all de time?"
"You give notice yet?" he asked suspiciously.
"Yes. The month was up yesterday, so I told
de landlady I would be leaving at the end of dis
month."
"You needn't wait till the time is up before you
leave," said Curden. "You can pay the rent and
move as soon as I get a nice place for you."
"All right," returned Jane, but her voice did
not sound very cheerful.
"You know," said Curden slowly, looking her in
the face as if trying to read her thoughts, "you
know, I believe y'u are only fooling me."
"That is because you want to believe so," said
Jane. "Howsoever, you will see."
This conversation took place on the piazza
after they had left work for the day, and Jane::went
home feeling that Curden was succeeding in taking
an advantage of her. He had not threatened her
once, but threats were quite unnecessary. However,
she would seek for another position during the com-
ing week; perhaps Mr. Broglie might be able to get
her one. She would ask him.
She did not see him when she got home though
she heard he had returned in the afternoon. He
must have come in very late that night, for though
she lingered about the yard until eleven o'clock,
there was no sign of him. But on the following
morning there was excitement in the yard, and the
author of it was Vincent.
At an early hour men began to come in, and
these seated themselves on chairs arranged in front
of Mr. Broglie's house. When about ten persons
had arrived, Mr. Broglie rose and formally addressed
them, speaking as though they were not visitors
merely but a public meeting and a committee in one.
He had a still larger audience in the tenants who
clustered round to hear what the gathering and
speech-making were about, and it was plain enough
that he was speaking to this audience as well as to
the men who had specially come to consult with
him.
It was also evident that the latter had heard be-
fore all that he had to say. It was of a Printers'
Union that he spoke, and of an approaching strike,
and the burden of his remarks was a denunciation
of tyranny and oppression, and the praise of a man
who, it appeared, had suddenly risen up on behalf
of the downtrodden workers.
Much did he speak on the rights of labour, on
the duty of men to fight for what was due to them,
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.ple in the yard listened with profound admiration,
the men invariably saying "hear, hear" when Vin-
cent used some word the meaning of which was de-
cidedly vague. Not the last to applaud him was
Jane, who hoped that he might notice her appre-
ciation. His speech over, one of his visitors rose
to address the meeting, then another and another,
and as man after man added his quota to the rhe-
toric, no one who heard but must have perceived
that they were all facing something of a crisis with
evident enjoyment and with perfect certitude.
And, for them, it was indeed a serious crisis
that threatened. No more hard-working body of
men and women could be found anywhere than the
compositors of the Jamaica printing offices; their
hours were long, their work required intelligence,
and their pay was small. Their condition was not
enviable; yet it had been steadily improving during
the past two years, and bade fair to continue to im-
prove. Unfortunately for them, at about this time
there appeared in the island a gentleman of an am-
bitious and speculative turn of mind, and extreme-
ly loquacious. He determined to organise a strike,
and spoke much to that effect. By means of this
strike, he argued, or even a mere threat of a strike,
the pay of the compositors would at once be
doubled, their working hours would ba considerably
decreased, and the printing offices would pass un-
der their control.
His propaganda was wonderfully successful.
Kingston had just won a great fight against the
English Insurance Companies, which had refused to
admit claims for insurance money, their con-
tention being that the fire which had destroyed the
business section of the city had been caused by the
recent earthquake. The policy-holders had, on the
other hand, gone far towards proving that the fire
had caused the earthquake; they banded together,
fought the Insurance Companies, won the battle,
and thus gave a splendid illustration of the value
of co-operation and unanimity of conviction. The
example was contagious, and the suggestion of a
strike amongst the compositors of the island was
caught up with enthusiasm. Vincent had travelled
to Montego Bay to enrol members for the Union, and
this meeting in the yard was a sort of friendly re-
union on the part of some of those who wished to
talk over the certainty of their success and the
glorious future which awaited them.
One of the speakers mentioned in the course of
his address that he had heard or read somewhere
that in "the olden days" compositors were entitled
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of special grievance in not being allowed to wear a
sword, though, as there was no law to prevent his
doing so, his annoyance did not seem to be firmly
rooted in reason. He dwelt with emphasis upon that
little matter of the sword. The absence of swords
seemed to typify for him the departed glories and fal-
len fortunes of the men of his profession-he insisted
upon saying profession, no other word appearing
to him to be quite so appropriate. The people in the
yard listened to him attentively and were impressed
by his earnestness. When he ceased, a few of them
(all men) assured him loudly that he had spoken
"good words," and expressed a desire to go on strike
themselves. One was a storeman, and he wanted to
know what might happen to him if he too should
join the Union with a view to striking. His lady,
overhearing the question, tartly pointed out that he
would probably achieve starvation, a form of suc-
cess which did not appear to appeal to him.
It was this meeting, and the general conversa-
tion which followed, that determined Jane to at-
tempt a very bold thing indeed. While Vincent and
the other speakers were dwelling upon the certainty
of the employers being defeated, she had thought a
strike must be a splendid demonstration of inde-
pendence, to say nothing of the pecuniary advant-
ages of it. But when, after the speeches had all
been delivered, she heard Vincent and his friends
wondering at the astonishing and unbusinesslike
stubbornness of the employers she remembered Mr.
Curden's short way of dealing with recalcitrant em-
ployees, and began to fear that Vincent might be
treading a very perilous path.
He went out with his comrades to have a drink,
but returned towards six o'clock in the afternoon.
He was not a quarter of an hour in his room before
he came out again; as he passed .out of the gate,
Jane, who was waiting outside, deliberately stopped
him.
"Beg pardon, Mr. Vin," she said, "but I want
to ask you something about this strike."
"You don't want to strike too?" he asked her,
laughing.
"No; but I wanted to know if you can lose,
an' what will happen if y'u lose."
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ity. "We can lose, but I don't think we going to
lose."
"But suppose y'u lose? What will happen?"
It was not the first time that the question had
been put so directly to Vincent, but he refused to
believe in the possibility of defeat. He waived the
question aside.
"We can't lose," he declared positively, forget-
ting his admission of a moment ago. "I am going
to a meeting now."
A thought struck him, and he acted on it. "You
want to come?" he asked Jane. "Plenty of girl com-
positors go to the meetings. Put on your hat and
come, if you like."
Jane rushed into her room and was out in a
couple of minutes. Such great fortune she had not
hoped for, nor expected. To be seen at a public
meeting with him the very idea was intoxicating.
She preened herself as they walked along, he volub-
ly explaining to her, with a wealth of absolutely in-
correct detail, the origin and development of Unions
and strikes.
The meeting was held in the principal room of
a large house in the lower part of the town, and
was attended by a number of enthusiastic persons,
male and female, who had been captured by the rhe-
toric of the labour leader and strike organiser, and
by his wonderful promises and assurances. This
worthy indulged in generalities culled from cheap
American publications. He bade his hearers be
steadfast, unmovable, abounding in the payment of
subscriptions towards the strike fund (of which he
was the treasurer). There was no doubt whatever
in his mind that they would win; he was convinced
that, practically speaking, they had won already.
His hearers cheered him again and again, and al-
most every one left that meeting feeling that vic-
tory must be theirs.
Jane, not being a member of this lately formed
Union, and not understanding one-fifth of what had
been said by the speaker, was sceptical as to the
success of the effort which so many persons had de-
termined to make. Had she understood more, she
too might have been enthusiastic. As it was, the
one thing that stood out in her mind was the fact
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job through doing something that almost suggest
physical violence. He was going to strike, and t
she now believed, was clearly a desperate and da
gerous thing to do.
Remembering his promise to take her for a
on the tram-car some day,'Vincent suggested to Jane
that, instead of going home at once, they should go
for a ride round the belt-line: "that is, it' you nd
afraid Curden will see you and quarrel n\ith you,"!
he added.
"I don't care what him choose to do." she de-
clared stoutly; "but if you could get a job fur me, It.
would help me."
"I may soon be looking for a job meself," sati
Vincent gaily; "Monday next week I will be out on
strike."
"You mean you really goin' to leave :,'u' work,
Mr. Vin?"
"Yes; didn't you hear what we said at the
meeting a little while ago?"
"But it seem to be all foolishness dat man was
talking If you leave your good job wid a lot of
other people, none of them can help you. an' sup.
pose any one go behind your back an' ask for it,
what you would do?"
This aspect of the matter Vincent did nr:t care
to dwell upon, especially as the possibility of it had
occurred to himself more than once. He had little
to complain of personally; he had joined the Union..
through a love of excitement and because he had
been induced by the labour leader to identify him-.
self with it. Since then he, like most of the other
members, had refused to think of the possibility of
defeat, and had declined to allow any on- to sug-
gest it to him. But here was Jane, the last person
in the world to understand such matters, taking the-
pessimistic view.
"We can't lose," he again declared positively,
"and we are not going to lose. So we needn't talk':
about that."
A car coming from the opposite direction rushed
past at this moment, and Vincent noticed ihat Jane
shrank back in her seat, turning her head the other
way.
She resumed the conversation.
"But y'u just said that you might ie looking'
for another job yourself, an' you wouldn't say that
if you was sure you was goin' to win. If I was in
a good situation, it would teck a lot to meek me
leave it. I would let the other folkses do "ihat them
like, but I would go me own way. It is hard to get
a job when you leave one."
She shrank back again, another car happening
to pass, and this time Vincent was moved by the
circumstance to ask her what she was afraid o[.
"Is it Curden you don't want to see you?" he
inquired, guessing the reason of her fear.
"Yes; him saw me an' you when we % as tom.
in' from de funeral the other day, an' him talk
about it. That is why I want to leave my place.
but I am not independent like you. I can't nalk out,
for when I do dat there is nobody to help iLn It
is all very well, you know, Mr. Vin," she i:.:ntinued
confidentially, "it is all very well for a lot ofi people
to get up and say what them goin' to do. but you
know how Jamaica people stand: them will tell you
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before long. I don't forget how Sathyra treat me,
an' ever since dat time I am careful. If you find
you have make a mistake when you do it already,
what you goin' to do? P'rhaps de very same man
dat was talking so big to-day may go an' try to get
you' job when you is well out of it!"
This was the common philosophy of the working
,.lasses, but it came from Jane's lips with force and
emphasis. It was so true that Vincent didn't want
to hear it. For days and weeks he had been trying
l: think of only one issue to this effort on his part
and on the part of his colleagues. He had heard
that some were already wavering, he had heard that
l pe-setting machinery was to be imported by the
masters, he knew that no sign of yielding had been
given by them. But these disquieting facts had
been ignored at the meetings of the Union, which
now took place every day, and sometimes twice a
day. He had taken Jane to one of these gatherings
to convince her of the strength of the movement,
and she had come away incredulous! He felt an-
noyed. This insistence of hers on the possibility ot
ibh strikers being beaten, and on the probability of
suine one playing him false and securing one of the
best positions in his line, was the more irritating
btDause of its very reasonableness. Then, for a
nire girl to suggest that he was acting foolishly-
he who had taken so prominent a part in the Union
and had made such excellent speeches-was nothing
short of impertinence.
"If I was you," he said deliberately, "I would
look after meself and Curden, and wouldn't interfere
with things I don't know nothing about. If you
are afraid of Curden, I am not afraid of my em-
ployer, and I know how to manage my own busi-
ness."
He lapsed into silence after this, and Jane per-
ceived that she had gone too far. They finished
the rest of the ride in silence, she involuntarily
shrinking back when they passed another car.
When they reached the crossing where they were
nearest home, he stopped the car and said he was
going farther on. She alighted by herself, he
rather derisively expressing the hope that she had
not been seen by Mr. Curden. The ride had been
a failure. Angry, and feeling insulted, Jane march-
ed home saying to herself that Vincent was a fool.
She cried in her room that night through sheer vex-
ation.
He, on his part, condemned himself for hav-
ing taken any notice of an ignorant little girl in
whom his familiarity had bred contempt. She had
forgotten herself entirely! He went to another


meeting that evening, and there the enthusiasm
was even greater than usual. He dismissed Jane
and her impudence from his mind as he listened to
the same speeches he had heard so often during the
last four weeks or so.
Yet Jane had sent an arrow into the brain of
Vincent, and there it rankled. Suppose the strik-
ers should lose? He dismissed the suggestion from
his mind, but somehow it would obtrude itself again
and again: suppose he should lose? Jane had no
sort of connection with the employers. She was
simply a girl who lived decently by herself, and
who, he knew, liked him. She had asked him a
disconcerting question with the sole idea of warning
him. It was very foolish of her, yet-suppose he
should lose?

CHAPTER XIX
R. CURDEN beckoned to Jane in a somewhat
mysterious manner when the girls were leav-
ing their seats at noon the next day. Jane had been
silent and thoughtful all during the forenoon. Vin-
cent's annoyance of the evening before, her forced
acceptance of Curden's proposal, her dread lest he
should have seen her in the car with Vincent-of
all- this she had been thinking while at work, and
with every moment her misery and depression had
increased. Her colleagues had noticed her abstrac-
tion. They attributed it to something done or
threatened by the foreman, and though not at all
willing to lose their situations by interfering *ith
matters that did not concern them, they were quite
ready to take Jane's part against constituted au-
thority should she directly appeal to them for sym-
pathy and aid. Cowards they were not, and even
their prudence could not be depended upon to pre-
vent them from making a demonstration of dis-
approval on the impulse of a moment's indigna-
tion.
It was this disposition of theirs to throw all fear
of consequences to the winds, even if they should
regret having done so an hour afterwards, that im-
posed a kind of a check upon their masters. To deal
with one of them was easy enough; to deal with all
of them was entirely a different matter. And one
could never be certain that they would not all take
fire at a grievance, real or imaginary, without a
moment's warning. Had Jane appealed to them that
morning, putting her case before them plainly, they
would have talked loudly about it (calling no
names), made a song out of it, given the foreman
to understand clearly that they knew all about it


and thought he was taking a mean advantage of
cun oe then,, and thus would have compelled him to
leave Jane alone for a time. Knowing how they
could and would talk, he would not have dared to
persecute her further, or to interfere with her just
then. The truth becoming plainly known, he
might have been reprimanded by his employer and
have been heartily laughed at by all who heard of
the matter.
The reprimand he might not have minded much.
The laughter would have cut him to the quick. But,
in the end, Jane would have to go. Some really good
reason would have been found for sending her about
her business. The assistance of the other girls,
rendered today, would hardly have been tendered
a second time; we get tired of helping others. Jane
knew only too well that no permanent dependence
was to be placed on her colleagues, and, as a mat-
ter of fact, she did not intend or wish to provoke
a quarrel with Mr. Curden. There was nothing to
be gained by that, she felt; Vincent was unsympa-
thetic and even angry, and there was nothing in the
world to prevent her from breaking with Curden
the moment she wanted to do so in the future, and
found herself able to do it without material loss.
When she obeyed his furtive summons, therefore,
the fear uppermost in her mind was whether he
had seen her the evening before in the car. She
was trying to think out an excuse as she waited to
hear his possible remonstrance.
His first words reassured her, though of them-
selves they were not pleasant to hear.
Mr. Curden pointed to a heap of bottles that had
to be labelled that day, with a view to giving all
curious persons to understand that his interview
with Jane was strictly about business; needless to
say, he deceived no one. Looking away from her
and towards the bottles, he modulated his voice so
that no one should overhear his words.
"I saw a nice place that would suit you well,"
he muttered, "on the Beaconsfield Road. It face the
street, and there are some other rooms in the yard,
but that won't interfere with you. It is a quiet,
secluded spot; quite peaceful. You better go and
look about it this evening; inquire the rent-it can't
be much-and if it's reasonable, I will give you the
money and you can take it tomorrow."
Jane fenced a little.
"But what about furniture? Y'u can't get a
place wid noten in it?"
"That is all right. When you get the place
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will have the money ready."
There was no further objection to urge after
this: Jane nodded her head and went to her lunch.
That evening, at about eight o'clock, she took
a walk to the Beaconsfield Road to look at the
house which Mr. Curden had found and had com-
mended to her. As he had said, it was situated in
a quiet and rather unfrequented part of the city;
it was a single room, but detached and facing the
street; on inquiring what was the rent asked for it,
she was told ten shillings a month.
For herself, she would have preferred a house
in a livelier part of the town, but this place was
clearly Mr. Curden's choice. She told the woman
who was in charge of the yard that she would
come back the next evening with the first month's
rent and on the Tuesday morning she informed
Curden that the place in Beaconsfield Road would
do as well as any other, but that she would not find
it convenient to move into it before Monday morn-
ing next. For one thing, she had to wait until her
new dress was sent home by the dressmaker, and
this would not be before Saturday afternoon (local
dressmakers having acquired the habit of complet-
ing their work on pay-day). Then she did not want
to leave her present home too suddenly, as this
might give some persons the impression that she
had reasons, not very creditable to her, for hasten-
ing her departure. These were genuine objections
on her part to immediate removal, for though she
had told Mr. Curden that she had already given no-
tice of leaving her room, she had, as a matter of
fact, not yet done so; and having left both Mrs.
Mason and Sathyra in a hurry, her pride revolted
at the idea of another departure which might sug-
gest flight. Deep down in her heart, too, was a
reluctance to say good-bye to the yard where she
had met Vincent, and where he still lived.
"Very well," said Curden; "that will suit me.
You must carry the month's rent to the landlady
tonight; then next week Monday I will give you
some money to get some pieces of furniture, and
you can remove what you have at the same time.
You can't come to work that day, but that will be no
difficulty, for you can get the day off."
"Don't you better give me the money for the
furniture Saturday evening?" Jane remarked. "How
can I get it on Monday if I don't come to work?"
Mr. Curden thought a moment. The amount
which he had determined to spend on furniture was
two pounds, and he did not wish to trust Jane for
too long a time with so considerable a sum. With
two pounds in her possession on Saturday night,
and her week's wages, it might enter her head to
refuse to come back to work and to have anything
further to do with him. He saw quite clearly that
there was no enthusiasm in her acceptance of his
proposals; she entered into the arrangements with
reluctance. It was a case of necessity with her;
remove that necessity, even if but temporarily, and
she would throw him over without a moment's hesi-
tation. He expected that in any event she would
do so some day, but what might happen in the
future did not disturb him. On his side, he did not
intend this connection to be permanent.


He decided not, to place in her hand the money
for the furniture before it was absolutely necessary
to do so.
"You can come down Monday morning," he
said, "and ask me to let you off for the day.
Then I will give you the money. I can't give it to
you before, because I won't get it before Sunday
night. You can buy what y'u want on Monday, and
go up to the place to receive it; and then you can
get everything fixed up. I will see you in the eve-
ning."
"All right," said Jane, "that will do." And
that evening she went and rented the little house.

The meetings of the compositors were very fre-
quent now. Their committee met continuously in
the hall where the Union men assembled; the mem-
bers of it took their meals on the premises, and at
almost any hour of the day, and up to eleven o'clock
at night, there was something of the nature of a
speech being delivered. The most enthusiastic
members of the Union were the men who were out
of work, and had been so for some time. Their sup-
port was moral, for it was long since they had
been in a position to contribute financial aid to
anything; steady work had never appealed to them,
it being regarded by them in the light of tyranny
and oppression. They had been admitted into the
Union for reasons of policy; the idea was to pre-
vent them from taking the places of the regular
workers when these should go on strike. They
would, of course, receive assistance during the
strike and this occurred to them as being so emi-
nently fair an arrangement that they were cease-
less in advocating extreme measures at once; it
was they who most loudly declared their intention
of buying out the newspaper offices as soon as
these should have been compelled to cease opera-
tions; and already they saw themselves in control
of all the offices. They were very fierce in their
denunciation of any suggestion of compromise; they
were prepared to heap contempt upon anyone who
should show signs of timidity at this crisis. Their
devotion to the cause was nothing less than beau-
tiful. Yet, in spite of their enthusiasm, it was
evident that, as the fateful Saturday approached, a
few of the compositors were wavering. To reani-
mate the courage of these a great meeting was
held at noon on the previous Wednesday, and spe-
cial addresses delivered.
From this meeting only three or four of the
Union members were absent, and this for the first
time since the printing offices had received notice
of the coming strike. Their absence was remark-
ed, for they happened to be amongst those suspect-
ed of vacillation. It was generally felt that they
were withdrawing themselves from the movement,
and the thought of this defection gave more than
one man present a twinge of uneasiness.
But this soon gave way to the old transports
of enthusiasm. The labour leader was a good
speaker, and today he did his best.
"We have funds," he said, as he came to the
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(Continued from Page 84.)
He left unuttered the punishment to be meted
out to the backslider, and prepared to end his re-
marks.
"The whole island is with us. All the trades-
men are sending us words of encouragement. They
tell us to go on and win, and we are going to go
on and win. The people in Montego Bay have told
our friend and fellow-member, Mr. Broglie, that
they are behind us. But I had better let Mr.
Broglie speak for himself. He will tell you what
everybody is saying about this strike!"
Vincent rose on this invitation, and for a little
while he could not make himself heard, so en-
thusiastic was his reception. The noise was as
music in his ears. He flung out his right hand as
he began. Whatever the consequences of the ap-
proaching strike, there could be no doubt that the
agitation was affording unlimited enjoyment to
those taking an active part in it.
He told the meeting what most of those pres-
ent had heard before; how he had gone to Monte-
go Bay, how the compositors there were enthusiasti-
cally on the side of tbo Union, but had decided not
to strike just then, there being no urgent necessity
for that. They would, however, if necessary later
on, be glad to assist the Kingston strikers with
money; in the meantime they were looking on, and
they strongly advised their Kingston brothers to
go on and win.
Somehow, it seemed to Vincent, even as he
spoke, that the people in Montego Bay had not ren-
dered the Union much help at all. They had
treated him very well, had hailed him as a hero,
had seen him off with acclamation, and when he
returned to Kingston it had been with the feeling
that the second town in the island was ready to
support anything that the Kingston compositors
might propose. He had told the committee this,
had told them this rhetorically, and they had been
as content as he himself with the result of his mis-
sion, being quite ready to accept fine words as
deeds. They knew that the printing offices would
be disorganised by the strike. Beyond this pal-
pable fact they did not see or care to see. They
laughed at the employers' threat of introducing
linotype machines. They had never seen such ma-
chines at work; consequently they could not im.
agine hand-workers being replaced by them. They
knew it would take some time to train compositors,


and, in the interval, what would the offices do? As
they saw no escape for the employers, they persuad-
ed themselves that the Union members had nothing
to fear. And now America was sending them aid.
American dollars would soon come pouring into
Jamaica, and all because the local Compositors' Union
had a few weeks before affiliated itself with an
American Union. They fed themselves up with
words, and Vincent had once done the same thing,
and had boasted as loudly as any one of them.
But now as he spoke he felt doubts crowding
into his mind. As a matter of fact they had as-
sailed him before, and he fought them off. Since
Sunday he had not spoken to Jane, and would lis-
ten to no one who would not uphold the cause of
the Union; but try how he would, the question
would force itself upon him-suppose the strikers
should lose? It was in his mind at this moment;
he had seen the letter from America which his lead-
er had produced so dramatically a little while be-
fore, and he knew that it contained no promise of
financial help: a man was being sent to inquire
into the affairs of the local Union and to assist to
organise it properly; that was about all. A week
ago, he himself would have seen in that letter the
promise of monetary assistance; now that he was
on the brink of losing what he knew was a good
situation, his own rhetoric failed to convince him.
Yet he spoke on.
"Wherever I have gone to, I have heard the same
thing. Our labour has been robbed, and everybody
sympathises with us. Those who don't sympathise
know why they don't. They are getting something
for it, or they are robbing other people like us.
But we don't mind what they say; they can't fright-
en us. We are going to win. We can't lose!"
He ended upon that note, and the applause was
tremendous. Everybody shook hands with every-
body else when the meeting broke up, and Vincent
left the hall with an air of pride and satisfac-
tion. He went back late to his work, fully deter-
mined to give "the boss" a piece of his mind should
the latter say anything to him about his overstay-
ing his hour. But not a word was said to him. H'
was a good workman, and his employer, a white
man, was genuinely sorry that he had joined a
movement which, even if it succeeded, could not
help him personally. It was not until Saturday
night, when he went to get his wages, that "the
boss" attempted to talk to him about the strike.
"Can I say a word to you, Broglie?" he asked.
This was just what Vincent wanted to avoid;
but, without being positively rude, he could not


refuse to hear what Mr. Deemster had to say to
him, and his mind was not now inflamed by re-
cent speeches.
Mr. Deemster took him aside.
"I am sorry you are going away, Broglie," he
began. "I thought you would have changed your
mind at the last moment, and I don't think you
have thought carefully over what you are going
to do. You get good wages here, and you know
you are comfortable. You are a good man, but you
have allowed yourself to be led away by those other
chaps who-"
"How long you going to stay there, Broglie,
talking to that man?" called one of his colleagues
of the office. The men were in a belligerent frame
of mind, for they had hoped for surrender on the
,part of the employers that evening. All day they
had been mutinous, and now that they saw Vincent
talking to Mr. Deemster they were becoming sus-
picious.
"I am coming," he called back, and made a
movement as if to go.
"Well, come along then, and don't let that man
talk stupidness to you. It is no fun now," the same
man answered roughly.
Vincent felt ashamed of this rudeness. "Don't
mind what him say, sir," he said to Mr. Deemster,
"I am hearing you."
"I have nothing more to say to you, Broglie,"
replied Mr. Deemster. "If you have made up your
mind I can't stop you from doing what you want
to do. But you will find in a few weeks that you
are in a bad position, and even if I should like to
to do something for you then, I might not be able
to. If you choose to come back on Monday morn-
ing, you can do so. I leave it all to you."
Vincent shook his head slowly. "I am sorry
to part, Mr. Deemster," he said, "but it can't be
helped. We printers suffer a lot, and even if I am
all right, it is not so with a lot of us. We must
take our chances."
"Very well," said Mr. Deemster, and then the
men went out.
They went to a meeting. For hours that night
did they consult and make speeches, and wonder
what the offices would do; but now that the final
step had been taken, there was fear in the hearts
of most of them. The enthusiasm had quite
evaporated. A reaction had set in. There was as
much noise as ever, and those members of the
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players out. Vincent got home at about twelve
o'clock, and in the spite of the whisky he had
drunk that evening he could not forget the warn-
ing which Jane and his employer had given him.
Again and again he asked himself the question:
"Suppose the men should lose, suppose they should
be beaten?" And he suspected that some of them
were also asking that vital question.
He went out the next morning early, not re-
turning till after nightfall. There was another
great meeting of the strikers to be held that night;
but all day there had been meetings, and he had
had enough of them. When he got home he found
Jane waiting for him; she came up to him as he ein-
tered, and addressed him first.
"Ask you' pardon, Mr. Vincent, but I thought
as I would tell y'u goodbye," she said, and she held
out her hand.
"You going away?" asked Vincent. "Oh yes;
I did hear from somebody in the yard this week
that you was leaving, but I was so busy I didn't
give it a second thought. Where you going to?"
"To a place in Beaconsfield Road." She de-
scribed the locality and the house, which had no
number.
"We'll miss you," he returned. "But I must
come and see you sometimes. Why you leaving?"
"You won't miss me, neither you nor anybody
here, except Miss Lucy, the lady who did have the
baby that you an' me carry to de burial-ground.
An' you mustn't come to see me, for dat will bring
confusion." Jane spoke with a break in her voice.
"Phew!" whistled Vincent. "I see! You going
to Mr. Curden, no?"
"Yes," said Jane, a little defiantly. "Can't do
better, an' it's no use forming independent when
y'u know that y'u can't afford it. That's why I
say you mustn't come where I am living, for Mr.
Curden wanted to quarrel wid me about you al-
ready, and now that him is paying my rent, him
will be worse. But," she added, after a thought,
"I may see y'u sometimes all the same. You goin'
to live here long?"
"To tell you the truth," said Vincent, "I don't
know. We strike yesterday evening, and if we lose
I will have to leave here."
"Y'u mean to say you really leave you' work.
Mr. Vin?" exclaimed Jane. "You leave your good,
good situation for noten at all? What you do it
for? But I mustn't ask you, for it is de same t'ing
dat you vex wid me about last Sunday. I ask you'
pardon, but you really make a mistake, Mr. Vin.
What you gwine to do now?"
"You needn't ask me pardon," said Vincent, "for
you didn't mean any harm. I am sorry I was vex
with you. Well, what is done can't be undone. Let
us talk about something else. When you going?"
"To-morrow, an' I wish it was never! I hate
dat man! I wish it was you, Mr. Vin!"
She had not intended to say this, but she felt
it, and the words had slipped out of her mouth be-
fore she was aware of them. She was not ashamed
cf them, however; love-making is explicit enough
on the part of both sexes in Jamaica.
"Me!" exclaimed Vincent. "Well, there is many
a worse girl than you, Jane; and to tell you the
truth, I like you. But that was all very well some
time ago. Things may be hard with me now."
"I don't mind that," said Jane eagerly. "If
y'u tell me not to go to dat man Curden, I won't go.
It don't matter to me if you don't have anything
now. It is not because you have or you don't have
a job that I like you, Mr. Vin. If I love you an'
you love me, it's all right. I don't mind for
anything else!"
Vincent had been made love to many times be-
fore, but on those occasions he had been in a good
situation. This was a unique experience for him.
He was troubled in mind, too, and felt the need of
sympathy.
"You are a good girl, Jane; you not only look-
ing for what you can get from a man. You are the
kind of girl a man can depend on."
"Yet y'u goin' to let me go to Curden."
"Not a bit of that!" said Vincent with emphasis.
"I am goin' to make you teach Curden a good lesson
for his forwardness and cheek!"

Monday came, and Mr. Curden waited anxiously
for Jane to make her appearance. He was rather
pleased when an hour or so had passed and she was
still absent. "She is fixing up her things," he re-
marked to himself, and when another hour had
flown he was still content. But at ten o'clock he
felt that she should have come by then, though she
still had lots of time to buy what she wanted and
to fix up the little house in Beaconsfield Road. At
eleven o'clock he became decidedly impatient; but a
little while after he was all smiles as he saw Jane
enter the building, dressed as if for a special pur-
pose.
He put his hand in his pocket, taking out the
money for her and concealing it till he should be
able to slip it into her hand. As she was late, he
had to make some remark for the benefit of others.
"You not in time this morning, Miss Burrell,"
he called out loudly, when she was still at some dis-
tance from him; "what's the matter?"


I


Instead of going up to him, as he expected,
Jane walked up to where the girls were sitting.
She tapped Chichi on the shoulder.
"I am off, me love; I am off, young ladies. I
come to tell you good-bye."
They all stopped working at once to learn the
cause of this unexpected announcement. As for Mr.
Curden, he was at a loss to understand what Jane
could mean.
"Y'u going away?" asked Chichi.
"Yes my dear; it seems as if because y'u can't
I:ke some people y'u working wid, you can't keep
your job; but I am all right, an' as I don't want to
be friendly wid any common sort of man, an' to
throw away meself, I meek up me mind to leave here.
You must all come an' see me sometimes. Don't you
know where I am living?"
Curden heard it all, and not a word had he to
say. And not a word would Jane say to him.
Every one present knew that Jane was leaving be-
cause of him, and every one realized that she must
have bettered her position, so merry and confident
and scornfully defiant were her looks.
"You must come an' see me and my beau," she
remarked, this being her parting shot. "Of course,
I can't come back here, where I may be ordered
outside. But dat don't matter. I am off. Don't
fo'get to come!" She went out of the building with


a magnificent flounce, leaving the girls tittering and
whispering to one another. She never even looked
at Curden, who realized with dismay that she had
made him the laughing stock of the whole establish-
ment.

CHAPTER XX
TO the north of the city of Kingston, and re-
garded as forming a part of it, is a new and
interesting little suburb known as Campbell Town.
Its name is perhaps derived from some person who
once owned the land on which the Town is built,
or it may be that once an unusually large family of
Campbells lived there and kindly bestowed their
patronymic on the place. However it may have
come by its name, which may be distinguished but
is not picturesque, Campbell Town rejoices in being
one of the newest suburbs of Kingston and in pos-
sessing some of the improvements of a modern civi-
lisation. Its streets are broad, well graded, and
properly furnished with concrete gutters and curbs,
they are paved with macadam, and as the traffic
passing through them is inconsiderable there is not
much dust to complain of. The electric cars do not
go within half a mile of the Town, but its inhabi-
tants reflect that, after all, they have no accidents
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of the streets.
Campbell Town has its gas-lamps like the rest of
the city; not many, but a number quite sufficient for
the convenience of all sober persons. As its flower
gardens were all planted out as soon as possible
after it became a residential area, a Campbell Town
street vista is pleasing to the eye; through the
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abling the people in a house to peep out upon those
passing in the street without themselves being seen.
The houses all look frail, and in case of fire would
burn like tinder, but Providence tenderly watches
over Campbell Town, and fires are not frequent
there.
Its existence is placid; it is by the-jworld for-
gotten until at such times as a City Counci or Legis-
lative Council election is at hand, when, ,undry poli-
ticians suddenly appear in the town and astonish
its residents by informing them that they are a
credit to the British Empire, a people far above the
ordinary run of citizens, a notable factor in the
fortunes of the country, and, above all, voters who
have made a particular study of local political
questions, and who therefore know well whom
they should vote for at the coming election. But
such appeals and exhortations leave Campbell Town
for the most part unmoved; it cares little about
politics; it simply loves to think of itself as poor
but respectable. Hence to be a resident there is to
bear the hall-mark of respectability, and a house in
Campbell Town is eagerly sought after by those
persons of the lower middle class who are blessed
with social aspirations.
Any one passing along the main street of this
desirable and respectable suburb on a certain Satur-
day night some two years ago would have noticed
in one of the little houses there an unusual display
of light. Had the passer-by paused to discover the
reason of this, he would easily have seen, by simply
looking into the house, that a celebration of some
sort was in progress, and that a good many guests
were present. The frail fence of wood and mesh-
wire stood not more than four feet high, and behind
it, not farther than a couple of yards away, was the
single-storey house of two rooms, with its two front
sash-windows thrown wide open. On the walls of
the room thus exposed to the public view sprigs of
croton and other evergreens were hung; overhead
swung festoons of coloured paper; on a long table
covered with a white cloth were two or three flower-
pots, and these were full of white roses and red,
with bits of elder-flower, sprigs of lace-plant, and
tubes of flowering cafias.
Bright was the little hall, and merry were the


dozen or so of persons who 'were' crowded in It.
Men and women, some' dark, some of light browi
hue, they were all well dressed; the men in tailor-
made suits, the women in white riuslin, and In pink
and blue. The ladies wore ribbons in their hair,
and there was a gleam of gold ornaments against
a background of firm and healthy flesh. One could
see from outside that the people within were eating
cake and drinking wine and aerated waters. The
sound of their voices came clearly into the street,
and now and then distinct sentences could easily be
made out. One, indeed, could have heard' every.
thing being said had one chosen to lean against the
fence, and this action, far from being resented.
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office in the evening, I meet a few of the people who
strike, and they began to tease me; so I went
straight home, and after about two weeks the whole
thing was over. The Union leader went away, and
some of the men find out that they had been de-
ceived, and came back. My pay was raised, for I
had to do a lot of work, and the boss made me
foreman about six weeks after.
"And that wasn't everything either no, sir!
It was through that same strike than Jane an' me
came together.. She was always warning me about
the strike, and telling me that I would lose me job,
and what made me make up my mind at last to go
on quietly with me work was when she told me
about a man at the place she was working' at who
was treating her bad and forcing her to go to
him. His name was aam aam what was
that man's name, Jane?"
"Curden," answers one of the ladies present;
"but why y'u bother going back so far? Nobody
want to hear all them old story and things."
"Yes," continued the speaker imperturbably,
"Curden; that's the name. I know him too, though
I never speak to him. A most ignorant-looking man
working at Repburn's place. I believe they will
soon kick him out. You know what I hear him do
one day? I hear -"
"But, Vin," interrupts the lady who has just
answered him, "you talking' all sorts of foolishness
that don't have nothing to do with what you was
telling you' friends!"
"Oh yes! I was forgetting. Well, as I was tell-
ing you, Jane told me the whole story, and I could
see that she wanted me to assist her, for she knew
I was a man with a big heart, and a gentleman. I
was so disgusted with that low fellow Curden that
I thought I would teach him a thing or two, and
the only way to do that was not to give up me job,
for when a man out of a job in this country, it bet-
ter him dead!"
"True word!" was the exclamation that burst
simultaneously from the lips of the men who listened
to the speaker.
"So I thought the whole matter over that night,
and the next day I told her that on Monday morn-
ing she should go down to where Curden work, and
send him to the devil independently. I told her I
would sacrifice everything, and keep me job to help
her, and I would look after her. You think she
wasn't glad!"
"Not at all!" interrupts the lady sharply. "It
was you who was glad not to leave you' job, like
them other foolish people was doin', and if it wasn't
for me you would have really leave it! I would
have been all right for I was independent of Curden
an' yourself. I can always work for meself!"
"Hear her talk now!" the speaker resumes;
"but she didn't talk like that at the time, though!
However, I made up me mind and settled down, and
tonight we are celebrating our first birthday. Tell
me the truth now; what you think of the kid?"
"Oh he is sweet," comes in a chorus from all
the ladies, while the men show their appreciation
of "the kid" by reaching out for the decanters of
wine on the table.
"Nice little child," resumes Vincent, "and
though he is only one year old today or stop,
yesterday, no? Well, whether it was yesterday
or to-day don't matter, for as I was saying, I was
sayin'-"
"You better not teck any more wine, Vin," says
Jane with a laugh; but it is Jane transformed. In
her white muslin dress, with her hair done up with
ribbons, wearing high-heeled shoes and looking as
though she had been born to entertaining guests,
Jane is not very like the little girl we saw sitting
mute and frightened as she drove into Kingston
with Mrs. Mason. She is not much like the girl we
saw sharing apartments with Sathyra. She looks
very much to-night as if she has kept herself up;
her body is now fully developed; she has the lover
she cares for, and in the other room lies "the kid"
whom all the women declare to be the "dead image"
of his father, while all the men see the mother chief-
ly in his lineaments. It is Jane perfectly contented
at last, and dreaming of no higher fortune. It is
Jane, who now herself employs a schoolgirl, who
submissively calls her Miss Jane, and obeys her
slightest command.
"You are right," observes Vincent, with semi-
sober gravity. "I won't take any more wine. Since
you advise me about that strike, I always take your
advice when you are right. But mark, boys, I never
follow her when she is wrong. No, sir, I say a
man must rule his household, or he is not a man.
Jane, I don't think another glass would hurt me?"
Jane says nothing to this, but keeps the wine
away from him.
"Well, give me some kola, then. But I can't
always let her have her own way," he continues, as
he sips the non-alcoholic drink.
"That is right, Mr. Broglie," agrees one of the
lady guests. "We ladies mustn't 'ave our own way,
though we 'ave it all the same. Mrs. Broglie-"
"She is not Mrs. Broglie," Vincent corrects her,
having a passion at this moment for strict accuracy
of statement.
"The assertion surprises no one, for the fact is


known to all. It disconcerts no one either. Jane
merely says: "I not looking for that title, me
child," and stuffs a piece of sponge-cake into her
mouth. "Some day it will come," asserts the lady
who was speaking.
"Why not?" asks Vincent, suddenly fired with
the desire to do something new and daring, some-
thing that should make him a marked man among
his acquaintances for quite a long time. "Why not?
Gentlemen and ladies, what you .say about my get-
ting married?"
"Why not, to be sure?" chorus the ladies. The
men attempt a cheer, but modify it somewhat, not
knowing but that a similar sacrifice may be expected
some day of those of them that are unmarried, and
thinking Vincent not sufficiently sober to be aware
of what he was saying.
"What do you think of it?" he asks, addressing
them portentously.
"Well," answers one man, rendered courageous
by port wine, "marriage has many disadvantages."
He is one of the two married men present, and his
wife is at home. He feels that he can speak with
authority.
The other married man says nothing, but looks
at Vincent with an expression of profoundest sym-
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The bachelors, reflecting that, after all, it is
not they who are proposing to get married, and
wishing to gain the approval of the ladies, now
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grand thing," says one of them, in a tone of voice
which betrays an utter lack of conviction.
"Best thing in the world," says another, whose
practical attitude towards marriage must lead one
to conclude, after this remark, that he is too un-
selfish ever to want the best of things for himself.
"Well," says Vincent, "I am going to get mar-
ried. Jane, you hear that?"
But Jane is already being congratulated by all
the ladies; it is now Mrs. Broglie and Mrs. Broglie,
and Mrs. Broglie from every one of them. The guest
who at first used "the title" when speaking of Jane
a little while ago, is now very anxious to claim
credit for having made the match. She repeatedly
says, "Well, just look how I called you 'Mrs. Brog-
lie,' and now you are going to get married!"
Vincent surveys the scene proudly. He has
created a sensation. He is the master of the situa-
tion.
And Jane? What does she say? Secretly as
proud as a peacock, she merely tosses her head as
if her coming marriage mattered nothing whatever
to her.
"Tcho!" she exclaims, "it's all the same to me,
me dear," but no one is deceived by her attempted
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but a few drops of water, slowly drank it, and re-
sumed the burden of his remarks.
"Tell her for me, sister, that I always did know
she would keep in mind de good advice I give her
when she was goin' to know de world. Jane was
a gal I teck an interest in from she was ever so
small" (he held out his right hand, palm down-
wards, about two feet from the floor, to show Jane's
height at the time he first saw her), "and if it
wasn't fo' that, she couldn't turn out so good."
"Quite so, sah," agreed Jane's mother, respect-
fully smiling her approbation of the old gentleman's
claim to having been the chief author of Jane's
good fortune. "No doubt of it, Daddy, you advise
her well."
"Yes; I told her to behave herself, an' I re-
member I say to her, 'if sinners entice thee, con-
sent thou not.' An' when that lady that took her
away from here write you to say dat Jane run away,
what said I to meself? I said, 'Buckram, that lit-
tle gal remember you' advice; she know why she
run away. Don't fret about her.' An' now, don't
you see I was right?"
As a matter of fact, when the news of Jane's
sudden departure from Mrs. Mason had come to the
village, the old man had privately expressed the
opinion that the girl had always been bad, and that
he had expected nothing different. But now he had
forgotten that little incident completely.
"Jane's a good gal," observed her father proud-
ly: "1 want to see dat little gran'chile she have. T
am teckin' two pair of fowl for it, an' a pig."
"When you got her letter, Broder Burrell?" en-
quired the Elder.
"Yesterday, Daddy, an' we starting next week
to see her; we wi' stay in Kingston a whole week
till she married."
"She have most of her things already," explained
Jane's mother. "All she want is a wedding dress,
and she say de dressmaker is hurryin' up wid dat."
"Yes, we must be clothe in de wedding gar-
ments," commented Daddy Buckram. "Pass de bot-
tle for me, broder. Stop! not too much water, it
spoil de liquor. Too much water don't go well wid
rum."
He sipped his drink, smacking his lips with


loud appreciation, then took up the bottle and slow-
ly read the label pasted upon it.
"Myers's Rum," he ruminated; "I hear 'bout
dat rum for some time now. It's a good rum, Sis-
ter Burrell; it warm de stomach, and de flavouring of
it is just what I like!" He looked at the bottle
thoughtfully and repeated, "It's a nice rum."
"I are goin' to put some of it in a little bottle
for you, Daddy," said Mrs. Burrell, anxious to please
the old man. "Y'u can teck it wid y'u when you
goin' home."
"That is very kind of you, sister; you' thought-
fulness show you' kind heart. It is not everybody
would think of such a thing."
He, however, had been thinking of it for the
last fifteen minutes, and had been doing everything
he could in the way of suggestion to bring Mrs.
Burrell's thoughts into harmony with his own. He
watched her pour some of the liquor into a pint bot-
tle with obvious satisfaction; and when she corked
the bottle and handed it to him, he again observed
that it was a fine rum and had put his stomach in
excellent condition.
"Those who have no wedding garments can-
not be bidden to the feast," he continued unctuous-
ly, taking up the burden of his previous discourse.
"But you are bidden, and it must meck you' head
feel proud to think that a chile of yours keep her-
self up an' remain virtuous in spite of the tribula-
tions and trials of a city like Kingston, till at last
she goin' to married to a gentleman. Well, I al-
ways tell these pickney gal up here dat if they hear
what I say, them will be all right, an' Jane prove
it. Tell her I send me blessing for her, sister, and
dat she mus' remember de ole man sometimes, an'
send all de good things she have for him. Don't
fo'get me message. I am saying good-night, Sister
Burrell."
"Good-night, Daddy," said Mrs. Burrell, respect-
fully helping the old man to the door.
"Walk good, sah," advised Mr. Burrell.
"Dat's a good man," said Mr. Burrell, as the
form of the Elder disappeared among the shadows
of the rocks and trees.
"Jane have a lot to thank him for," agreed his
wife.


"Aunt!" almost shouted Cynthia, rushing up to-
Mrs. Mason the Sunday after Daddy Buckram hat;
sent his blessing for Jane "Aunt, guess what I
heard in church this morning?"
Cynthia's sister was but a little behind her, and
it seemed to be a race between them as to who
should first communicate the precious news -which
had, it was clear, thrown them into a state of excite-
ment.
"What's it?" asked Mrs. Mason quickly; she sus-.
pected scandal, and was never averse from listening.
to it.
"Guess who is going to get married?" asked
Emma triumphantly, dexterously coming to the front:
as the bearer of important tidings.
Both girls waited impatiently while Mrs. Mason
ran over in her mind the names of those of her.ad-
quaintances who might be in the way of matrimony.
She mentioned a few of these persons, but her
nieces shook their heads emphatically; there was'
here some mystery beyond her solution, as she saw
in a minute or two.
"Who is it?" she asked at length, not being able
to think who it could be; "anybody I know?"
"Yes," said Cynthia; "you remember that girl-"
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(Continued from Page 90)
"Who ran away from you?" asked Emma, com-
pleting the question, and thus sharing in the joy of
surprising her aunt.
"Well, so many of them run away from me -
the little wretches that I can't tell which of them
you mean," returned Mrs. Mason sententiously. "Is
it the last one? But it can't be she, for she is more
likely to go to prison than to get married. Who is
it?"
"Jane! Jane Burrell!" exclaimed both Cynthia
and Emma at once. "Her banns give out today. We
could hardly believe our ears when we heard it.
Fancy Jane getting married!"
"Wonders never cease," commented Mrs. Mason.
"Over three years now we never heard a word about
that gurl, and today we hear she is to be married!
I don't know what won't happen next!" Mrs. Mason
spoke as though quite prepared now for any extra-
ordinary visitation which fate might have in store.
"Remember I told you about a year ago that I
thought I saw her downtown in a store?" said Emma.
"It must have been she, though she was quite like
a woman, and had on a spanking piece of dress. But


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I wonder what made her give out her banns in Coke
Church, for she's not a member there, and I never
see her there."
The strangeness of this proceeding on Jane's part
put them to thinking, but it never entered their
minds that Jane had deliberately told Vincent to
have her banns published in that Church because
Cynthia and Emma and Mrs. Mason usually went
there. Jane had never forgotten them, and she dear-
ly wished that her former mistresses should know
of her great triumph. But a greater pleasure still
was in store for her.
"If the wedding is in the evening, we must try
and go and see it," said Emma to her sister. "After
all, Jane wasn't a bad girl. You will go, Aunt Char-
lotte?"
"Am I in the 'abit of going to see nager people
weddings?" asked Mrs. Mason with overwhelming
dignity. "You can do what you like, but there is
nothing extraordinary in a servant wedding." Then
she relaxed a little. "I am glad she going to get
married, for that is what most of them never do.
But she was a decent girl when she was here, and
she owe a lot to me. I try my best with her, and
now she reaping the benefits of it." Mrs. Mason
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girls as proof positive of the happiness that came
to those who walked in the path indicated by Mrs.
Mason.
When Cecil came in later in the day, he also was
told the news about Jane, which, he graciously re-
marked, was better than he could ever have expected
to hear about her. He did not take the tr,.urle to
add that he had seen her several times si:n'e she had
run away, but that she had taken no notice whatever
of him.
His sisters found out that the wedding was tI
take place at half-past five on a Wednesday a 'ernoon
at Coke Church, and, as they had arranged, th.-y were
there long before the bride could make h'-r appear-
ance.
Coke Church is a huge red-brick Stru, tair- stand-
ing to the east of the city's Central Park. and ad-
mirably situated for spectacular purposes. There is
a large open space in front of it, and bey.:ini this is
the park; the church itself is approached by a broad
flight of steps, from which one may swee' i. wh.-le:
length of the street with one's eyes, se-ing to the
south the shining waters of Kingston Harbour, and.
to the north, the mountains which form Ihe back-
ground of the city. A crowd of some tw.jo tbisaid
persons can be accommodated in the square i i L soni
of the church, and often the steps which ,e have
mentioned have served as a public pla':oini in.ui
which impassioned orators have denounced the Gov-
ernment and its evil behaviour, taking g..-,!i i.i sat
the same time to protest that sedition is :,t I ihn rir
thoughts or anything save the most peri-i. lo.ialty
in their hearts. For a political demonstrait.,n j Ixll
attended funeral, or a showy wedding, th.r-,:,I. th
church and its environs hold the palm; '.,i.~,l-ient
ly, Cynthia and Emma were not at all si, ii td to
find on their arrival that there was already a i.:.wd
of sight-seers assembled within and out=.ii.. I.t the
churchyard; nor did the members of this r.wid Ice
frain from commenting audibly and at leieil i..n the
appearance of the wedding guests as they .irrt ed.
Clearly it was "a big wedding." The ~ t-e.is were
many. They came in open carriages, the i..,.i hi-uu
wearing white favours, the heads of the h:.iz r.. I.u1-
decorated with rosettes of white silk ribbon Mi.-;t rf
the men wore dress suits, with black derby hat;: i:.u.
or two wore morning coats; the women wi-ii. re.
splendent in pink and blue and cream silhk. ani ,cli;-
tened with cheap jewellery. There was min. .,i.n'
woman who flounced up the broad steps o: ii i ,li a h
in a manner that caused the crowd to st.r.e i\h.ii
was precisely her intention. Arrayed in a rli'iug
blue dress, suffering martyrdom in her hzhli liil
blue shoes, and carrying a big bunch :.tf ld .and
white roses in her hand, she stationed her.-,-t Iy trh,
church door and calmly surveyed all thos- that I,.iik
ed at her in her we recognize Celestin.A Siie i..
had been invited to come and see Jane 'ni.lAt l o3
that she might take back to the country irh ni,.r i
properly exaggerated account of Jane's w-tlldlli. alni
she had come.
The guests continued to arrive, and thi sp,..i.
tors to pass remarks on them; then, pres-utliv. th-,e
was an eager movement amongst the cr..wl This
was occasioned by the arrival of Vincent a5udj isi
best man, and now the spectators were ;i- l r.. in-
dulge to their hearts content in loud exprt.'.i.-u r,[
opinion on his appearance and on the iil.nin.r in
which he bore himself.
Next to the bride he was the most impi. rtrir tp-r
sonage of the day. He felt this himself. II. 1ha Ibe
stowed much thought on the fitting of i. ilu
coat, the polish of his patent leather shoes ili- '.1 i.t
ness of his new kid gloves. On the day rir-, !':" o he
had held animated arguments with his fri.-ild :l t-.
whether or not he should go to church niikini .,
cigar, and at one moment he had inclit'-d t.. lth
affirmative, and at another he decided a-'air,r !iii
cigar. He was no smoker, yet that matteld 1 11.1iiit.
to his friends. The majority of these h.,d I-. io.-l
putting it to the vote, as it were, that it v.i-.] it'.i-r
do for him to go to be married as though Ih- i i.- a
boy and not a man, and this had eventu.illv i.i.rr
mined him to sacrifice personal comfort tr,, tih- -\
agencies of a manly appearance. It was al-,u I~
friends who had solemnly voted that only .1a Jainan.i
"For Gentlemen" cigar would be appropri.i.- .'n -ii. h
an occasion: "a man," said one of them, "- l.iiil in.-
the best when him is going to be marril ,r --r \in-
to be hanged." So with a fine cigar betw: ,-i hi; hrzs
(his best man being also similarly pro\id-d fr. i.
and sitting in a carriage with an assumpt,. n fir le-,in
at ease, he had driven through the str-i-l-, i.: thie
church. He had attracted attention that \%%i art
of the enjoyment of the proceedings. Repriattdly he
had been enthusiastically hailed as "Mr. ride" ihy
the crowds who had rushed out of yards and bi:ii-4
on hearing that a wedding procession v a- iassine
down the street. He sprang out of the marriage
with the look of a man to whom getting mairrid was
an everyday occurrence, yawned as though slchtly
bored by the whole affair, tossed away his i nar and
walked slowly up the steps and to the il..'ri Irf h-
church, his best man lagging a pace or t\,, behind
so that the people should have a good opprtiiiitiy :o
appreciating him also. Every one agree'I that Vin-
cent carried it off very well indeed; and now th're
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was no oe i it I... ,, Iir- ti.t-e. tlhe bride and her
father.
Jan-e'- Li:,trh-i had re-mtaind at the h..iiie where
the weddir i- ast i as slri'CEad. to protect it. and Jane's
sister had I.:ine i\ith C'-eltstiua. There was nothing
to keep ILuL.: thie lride, I.ut niiniut after minute
slipped jviay. and still there was IIo sign of her
Jane knew that rheily would h).e anxi:uusyly expecting
her, and h.-h lild ,)(. k-ti: s. n .-e u' l' .iati.: \-alue
to lesser the peIirud '. f re.-tiiss e\xpei:tatin by a. see
ond. M1orle than uIi.t VinII(eut's ijeSt man dr i-e his
watch out o0 Ii pi.ik t.. .ousniiting it wnih a thoughl-
ful air, as though every nilument wverIe ofU importance
riow. Otehl -eintleiien i-ousuIted their watchers.
Those ladies whi.- \%,)'ore wan. h~ it.h onulted them also,
holding then long etilichi ii rheii hands i:or every
one to s.e.
"Half-pa-i i ,.' at ,I -t aid the Ie-t man: he
looked perlt rbedj
"Noi itu -, i i-I lit. 111 i .at.h says
twenty-eiehr pa.t five '
"Wroiiup' ]etII lied tl ithl', dC.teruiured to argue
the matrix ,ll Ililu y ihe lv k
gun to-da3. i;o I uli .-l I,-e r'g. H-pe ni.uthing serioWuiS
happen .,) yoi' lrid-f" Tvo ladle. audilly expressed
their fe, i tlat -,ii thil 2 ii- 'no' li' d li:rpliJp-ied.
"It miglilt Ije a gu-,d thinly if---" hegan uine uOt
them, brit whlt hi-r sugg'e--iiill as to be will ne\er
be known.. '.-r ar that Iiioitllrt there, n\as 3 cry from
a ragged i.antinlgent iof v.atlehbrs in the street-
"She i:colinrg!"
Every imarn,. i\o(,ai .tind h..ild in tile ihur:hyaild
and by Ilii di.:ir hbent fi.., od it t hei word, cati.hing
.sight as thliey did s.o i.) afil ..'pen .arri.ige n which dashed
at full pl)-eil diJywi r tlireh itr t toi~Lllils the lhitlrchl
The coachnlaili ui'i.'e 'iiL in erlid style,. and pulled
up his hoi-. '- Imini:, t..'i, ntly in l'rout of the ide
open gates. X he diii -.1 tile spe i-,trati s list into a
chorus of :aPr*,ial
"God l.iles you. t11 d..]! '
"Oh, sh- look prettyy"
"How lhrr i..Ie fi.idr m-nit hi iould'"
Jane heard, and her' heit-ar .1lnL.st stead still, so
intense .r: hlii de-li!lt. Th ii. with heri long veil
streaming behind hi:r, anl -ijiiLi:r- l.,sii-m wreath be-
decked ntith sil\ i leaves cironiiing lier head. the
heavy train of hi-r white aitin dress impeding her


Th.- tItil..I1 -. :l,.,r i.as teliCng the old lady all
a 0 t his lit i In the, Navy.
"\Vibit -,..r o n hii. are y.ou i .n?" slie asked.
Stilaiarini e. riihin. he replied.
Aiid 'whati.t i- your partlci ular I.ylj .?'
"\W ell. ilium. I lunii, I'.,arl and lips her ulp lhienl
%nI waInt4 t. livee"


Tihe Ne-grio prl'a,'. had hIeen plra.:lling ahout sal-
\.lion. anld i(on.-lulded l 1 s.aing that it %%as tree, as
\iater. Iminiveditaely. aiter thie -ernl.in came the cul
Ikcitiull
"Bu. t iaslin." oblject-d i..ne of tile trongregalil.u.
**I th.,ughl yo.,u aid salvation a? free like water."
"So it Is. brother. o I it ." replied the preCacher.
and s- is water We -:nly.\ ihalge for piping them
Co you."
It,+ yL, u.-

T\'o neighlbllir's iere c leaning thei-r front steps,
anid ,-hatiin: as they -worked.
"I am t ,iee-n yctui1 husbandd lattly. Mri'. "Arris,"
reilnal ked ne 'What'- 'e bill np to?'
"(lh. ''- 'atd a sJizure." replied Mir. Harris.
"1I in c eL' *ll u ." said thle ieihlhou' ursyin-
prJlthvti .all.. "They'le terrible hlings. them heartt
..ii I I'es."
"Oh. this wiitant' no "e,.t seizure." said Mrs
HnI rn s. s t n s a i' ilicie icue."

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..-' .-inol. ii-. sli,- \'MIS handed In h,-c tathli r ,,ut jt the
ca i i,._.. Her Irleslisrnuids Ihastened to arrange them-
si-li-- li.-Ilinl anjd .. lift the train: at the church
do.i- they ripai.sedl it.r a imomente, fand at that mo-
ment rie i:rg.an pealed fr.rth a wedding march and
the- ihristers began to sing.
lip the long a-ile tile pro1:essioii proceeded, every-
thinig it l hearing blilirrd and indistinct before Jane's
eye-. Sie i, :tard the .-ineing and the music, knew
that sh,- wi., to be married at last; but her mind
wai a11 I, nihil. and l as sile afterwards expressed it.
"ir waas all ;iitl nas 11 she had lieen standing on her
hliad."
She. gave tile aiSins eer she was told to give, the
ing \ias. slipped .-n her linger; she was Mrs. Broglie
-- -the title" wa hers in very fact! Then there was


Strianger isaiv.le-iy You'r.- sitting pU in
hat. sir!"
Old (Gentlemani -So I feel. .ir! And I hope in
the Ilitullre )\.u ill wear so)ti hrat'. and not these
hard-brilnimed a imOl in ation-s.
t
Extiac:t fromn lei.ture by N.C.O: "'Yuor rifle
Is 'tyour best f'rf enil. take every c(ari of it; treat it
a yv; would yur' i i Rill it all i.vet wirh an
oily rag every day "

The let wh try tohoC do s-.iething anld 'ail are
infinitely better than those who Itry to do nothing
and succeed.

A .mnipelitor can cut prices. thut wheiln 3)ou sell
personal servic-e lie is up against it.
S *
Do not think you are the only hraindy man in
the business. tile rest of the ~riaff drlesn't.

Goodwill i- the margin [of -leiIic,. delivered to
customlersl; beyond"i vhat they h.Ite asked for.

Anything is iimpc.si.hle if you make iip .our
mind that iyol cannot do it.
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In all business it is the personal elilent and
personal attention thai iuiint


some signing .-t' ,nanes to be done. and congratula-
tions to be received, and her father manifested a
strong disposition to make a speech in the church,
and had to be prevented.
It was over now. Down the aisle on the arm
of her husband -lie mari.hed, her veil throw u i:-ff her
fa,:e, the organ -njunding triumphantly. At the door
of the chur, h -ihe stopped for a second, and as she
did so a shower ofL riose petals fell c-ver her. At once
she recognised who had thrown them. and lingered
to speak.
"Let us ,onli;ratulate you. Ja Mrs. Broglie,"
Emnma said. hastily 'corr.c:ting herself'. "We came to
see yiA;r weddiug."
Then she and her sister put out their hands,
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