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anti-preparationists, disregarding the fact probably defeat the entire unseasoned five that preparedness is not a temporary issue, millions of the year previous. At the end maintain that when the present war is of a long war a nation's credit is poor, over, the nations of Europe will be ex- but this is not vital. It means only what hausted and therefore of necessity harm- it
says. It means that big prices must be less. But this is not true. The prece- paid for loans. It does not necessarily dents of history prove the exact reverse to mean that no loans whatever can be obbe true. Nations are never so strong mor- tained. ally and politically, and their armies are Driven from this last position, the few never so effective, as immediately follow- remaining anti-preparationists announce ing a long conflict. “Practice makes per- that they would not defend their fect." Greece was never stronger than ideals and their conception of right by after Platæa and Salamis, nor Rome than force of arms. They advocate immediate after the Second Carthaginian War. The and complete surrender in case of attack, Netherlands were politically most power- a well-intentioned perversion of the turnful at the termination of forty years of the-other-cheek principle. This willingcombat with Spain, during which they ness to be a part of a nation's martyrdom, were on the receiving end of nearly every while it may suggest a kind of passive blow. In 1862, France dared to disregard courage, is largely born of a lack of imagithe Monroe Doctrine and invade Mexico nation, an utter inability to picture the to protect her citizens from persecution by fruits of such a policy, and is woefully inthe irresponsible savages who inhabit that consistent with the laws of our domestic territory. In 1865 she meekly agreed to life and of the workings of our National abandon Mexico and Maximilian, for Government. It is a position which is even Napoleon III had no wish to try swept by cross-fires from nearly every conclusions with the veteran army that side. The Germans hesitated to shoot marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in down the Russians they had surrounded May, 1865. A nation may begin a war in the quagmires of the Mazurian Lakes. with five million men, and a year later Even so one hesitates to train one's mental may have lost one million of them, but artillery upon people whose illusions have any two million of the survivors could already rendered them helpless.
(In the December number of THE CENTURY, Mr. Wood will explain the
You stare at me with cold, cadaverous eyes
And mystic wavings in the crystal haze.
Think you my fearful soul to mesmerize?
To cloak the consciousness of evil ways?
Of all this mummery and make-believe,
Your lying scales have no false weight with me.
Come, own your gilt! Confess the wealth untold
His Evening Out '
By JEROME K. JEROME
Illustrations by George Wright
HE evidence of the park-keeper, Not seeing any signs of him in the di
David Bristow of Gilder Street, rection of the bridge, I turned back. A Camden Town, is as follows:
little way past the chair where the lady I was on duty in St. James's Park on was sitting I met Mr. Parable. I know Thursday evening, my sphere extending Mr. Parable well by sight. He was wearfrom the Mall to the northern shore of ing the usual dark suit and soft felt hat the ornamental water east of the suspen
with which the pictures in the newspapers sion-bridge. At five and twenty to seven have made us all familiar. I judged that I took up a position between the penin- Mr. Parable had come from the Houses sula and the bridge to await my col- of Parliament, and the next morning my league. He ought to have relieved me at suspicions were confirmed by reading that half-past six, but did not arrive until a he had been present at a tea-party given few minutes before seven, owing,
on the terrace by Mr. Keir Hardie. Mr. explained, to the breaking down of his Parable conveyed to me the suggestion of motor-bus; which may have been true or a man absorbed in thought, and not quite may not, as the saying is.
aware of what he was doing; but in this, I had just come to a halt when my at- of course, I may have been mistaken. He tention was arrested by a lady. I am paused for a moment to look over the unable to explain why the presence of a railings at the pelican. Mr. Parable said lady in St. James's Park should have something to the pelican which I was not seemed in any way worthy of notice ex- near enough to overhear; and then, still cept that for certain reasons she reminded apparently in a state of abstraction, me of my first wife. I observed that she crossed the path and seated himself on the hesitated between one of the public seats chair next to that occupied by the young and two vacant chairs standing by them- lady. From the tree against which I was selves a little farther to the east. Even- standing I was able to watch the subsetually she selected one of the chairs and, quent proceedings unobserved. The lady having cleaned it with an evening paper, looked at Mr. Parable, and then turned the birds in this portion of the park being away and smiled to herself. It was a extremely prolific, sat down upon it. peculiar smile, and again in some way I There was plenty of room upon the pub- am unable to explain reminded me of my lic seat close to it, except for some chil- first wife. It was not till the pelican put dren who were playing touch; and in con- down his other leg and walked away that sequence of this I judged her to be a Mr. Parable, turning his gaze westward, person of means. I walked to a point became aware of the lady's presence. from where I could command the south- From information that has subseern approaches to the bridge, my colleague quently come to my knowledge I am arriving sometimes by way of Birdcage prepared to believe that Mr. Parable, Walk and sometimes by way of the Horse from the beginning, really thought the Guards' Parade.
lady was a friend of his. What the lady 1 Copyright, 1915, by JEROME K. JEROME. All rights reserved.
thought is a matter for conjecture; I can taken particular notice of her. She had only speak to the facts. Mr. Parable brown eyes, and was wearing a black hat looked at the lady once or twice. Indeed, supplemented with poppies. one might say with truth that he kept on doing it. The lady, it must be admitted, Arthur HORTON, waiter at the Popular behaved for a while with extreme pro- Café, states as follows: priety; but after a time, as I felt must I know Mr. John Parable by sight. happen, their eyes met, and then it was I Have often heard him speak at public heard her say:
meetings. Am a bit of a socialist myself. "Good evening, Mr. Parable."
Remember his dining at the Popular Café She accompanied the words with the on the evening of Thursday. Did n't recsame peculiar smile to which I have al- ognize him immediately on his entrance ready referred. The exact words of Mr. for two reasons: one was his hat, and the Parable's reply I cannot remember, other was his girl. I took it from him though it was to the effect that he had and hung it up.
the thought from the first that he had known hat. It was a brand new bowler, a trifle her, but had not been quite sure.
ikey about the brim. Have always assoIt was at this point that, thinking I ciated him with a soft gray felt, but never saw my colleague approaching, I went to with girls. Females, yes, to any extent; meet him. I found I was mistaken, and but this was the real article. You know slowly retraced my steps. I passed Mr. what I mean-the sort of girl that
you Parable and the lady. They were talking turn round to look after. It was she who together with what I should describe as selected the table in the corner behind the animation. I went as far as the southern door. Been there before, I should say. extremity of the suspension-bridge, and In the ordinary course of business I must have waited there quite ten minutes should have addressed Mr. Parable by before returning eastward. It was while name, such being our instructions in the I was passing behind them on the grass, case of customers known to us. partly screened by the rhododendrons, ting the hat and the girl together, I dethat I heard Mr. Parable say to the lady: cided not to. Mr. Parable was all for
“Why should n't we have it together?” our three and sixpenny table d'hôte, he To which the lady replied:
evidently not wanting to think; but the “But what about Miss Clebb?"
lady would n't hear of it. I could not overhear what followed, "Remember Miss Clebb," she said. owing to their sinking their voices. It Of course, at the time, I did not know seemed to be an argument. It ended with what was meant.
She ordered thin soup, the young lady laughing and then rising. a grilled sole, and cutlets au gratin. It Mr. Parable also rose, and they walked certainly could n't have been the dinner. off together. As they passed me I heard With regard to the champagne, he would the lady say:
have his own way. I picked him out a "I wonder if there's any place in Lon- dry '94 that you might have weaned a don where
're not likely to be recog- baby on. I suppose it was the whole thing nized.”
combined. Mr. Parable, who gave me the idea of It was after the sole that I heard Mr. being in a state of growing excitement, Parable laugh. I could hardly credit my replied loudly:
cars, but half-way through the cutlets he "Oh, let 'em!"
did it again. I was following behind them when the There are two kinds of women: there lady suddenly stopped.
is the woman who, the more she eats and “I know!”she said. “The Popular Café.” drinks, the stodgier she gets; and the wo
The park-keeper said he was convinced man who lights up after it. I suggested a he would know the lady again, having peach melba between them, and when I
But put“I could not overhear what followed, owing to their sinking their voices"