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skipper pedalled, the motor snorted, blows, for the fat man still mechaniand the propeller began to revolve. cally jerked the string, though his eyes Faster, faster spun the blades as the were all but starting out of his head. clumsy machine gained way, until the Silent, stupetied surprise held all. The propeller was nothing but a halo, and mud fountain had barely subsided, when its loud lum almost drowned the throb- -a second liss and splash close along. bing of the motor. The Thing buzzed side the bridge, and another subaquedown the street like a cockchafer, and, ous explosion followed with its geyser when clear of the houses, it soared of mud and water, which, falling on away ste:dily into the moonlight, shed- the bridge, would have washed the ding its wheels like the skin of a chrys- dazed filt man away but for the string alis. This was repeated successfully to which he clung. At last the pile eleven times, but when the last ma- driver stopped. Barely had the soused chine, manned by the pink-cheeked sec- soldiers got their breath after this ond officer, sliould have left its wheels douche, when they were shaken by a and soared away into the night, there racking detonation some thirty yards was a flash, and a violent detonation back along the bridge, accompanied by shook the houses. Fragments rattled the sound of rending timber. The air back among those watching two hun- hummed with fragments, while all near dred yards away.
the end of the doomed bridge lay pros“There go the bravest men I've ever trated by the blast of this shock. Still met," remarked the chief of raiders. another detonation followed, this time As he reached the hole blown in the right among the men, as the bomb road, he added—“poor young fellow!" struck a sack of bolts. Bodies were and his voice was even a little more thrown right and left mingled with a guttural than usual.
volley of bolts, which shrieked as they
spun through the air, dealing death all IV.
round. It was worse than any shrapIt was nearly four in the morning, nel-shell, for these missiles were heary and "all was well” wlien the and jagged as potleg, and the force be "plumber," reaching his post on the bind them was terrific. The boiler bridge once again, made himself snug must have been pierced by one, for it on a plank resting upon two sacks of burst with a deep roar, capsizing the fish-bolts. The pile-driver still insulted truck, and the whole machine toppled the ear with its din, the steam and the over into the swirl below, but not be flare-lights still roared, and the water fore a cloud of steam had gushed out, lapped against the timbers, while the scalding the maimed and helpless men mouth-organ whined a hymn-tune a close by. To add to the horror, the short distance away.
wrought-iron reservoir of the fare A sudden biss, and—“plop" into the light was shattered; the blazing oil river, not a pile's length away, fell poured out over the timbers into the something; all but simultaneously, with water anil spread in a flaming film, the mutiled report of an explosion un- momentarily lighting up the inferno be der water, a column of spray slot up, fore it was swept down-stream. The and falling backward revealed a heav- cries of the mangled filled the air. ing blister of mud, just visible through After a minute's respite, a faint crash the mist. l'be men playing dropped sounded overliead, succeeded by a burst their cards and sat up, the wbine of of yellow light, and two flaming masses the mouth-organ froze in the middle of fell, spinniug in a sickening spiral, a bar, but the pile-driver continued its plumb on to the girder-bridge above. where their fight ended in a double seen to fall-.curving towards one of detonation against the iron. Again the the hills in the north. sound of flying metal filled the air. As the flames of the burning forage This sudden cataclysm was too much. soa red higher, and the clouds of sparks Men born of women could stand no and lurid smoke rose in huge volume more; discipline was lost, and a general to the sky-Uow of the gray hue prewail rose up. Those who had for day ceding dawn,-the roar and crackle of and night toiled like slaves, dropped the flames drowned all other sounds. their tools, their work, and fled off the bridges towards shore. A bouquet of dazzling red stars
The half-dressed figure of the confilamed out on high with a soft liquid
sumptive railway traffic officer might report, and slowly floated to earth. In
have been seen later against the glowthe crimson glow the panic-stricken
ing enibers, gazing helpless at the fugitives paused in terror. What was
scene-the realization of his fears.
He coming next? There was not much
was no longer thinking of his pard, of time to doubt, for a succession of
bis poor friend the “plumber,” or even flashes and detonations round the
of the horrors all around him. He was corrugated-iron dynamo-shed showed dreaming of the fate of an army, and where the attack was falling. These
of the ultimate results of its destrucended in one report with a metallic
tion. ring, for which there was no flash, and
V. the electric light went out as a grinding crash sounded from the shed. A A solitary man stood by a hedge. In second shower of red stars slowly sank his hand was a charred pole, on top of to earth. Then, with many little ex- which a light, screened from below, plosions, fires sprang up in the "yard" was burning feebly. Close by a hobaway by the station. Most of them bled horse cropped the scant grass. soon burned out without doing damage,
No other sound broke the stillness of but the stacks of forage had been the night as the man gazed steadily uptouched and burst into a blaze. As wards. The moon had sunk and the the dense clouds of smoke and long stars were growing pale in the gray tongues of flame mounted up, from of false dawu, when the horse threw overhead a shower of magnesium stars up his head and snorted. The man were wafted gently downwards, light- gave no sign. A moment afterwards ing the whole landscape as they fell. he heard a faint rustle in the sky as of The work of destruction ceased. In flighting geese. Ghostly in the mysthe intense light, the flying machines, terious lig!t a shape loomed up and as they circled round, were visible to swept past overhead on a long slant. all those above the mist.
Eight times this happened in quick sucRifle-shots rang out, close by at first,
cession. To the weary eyes of the then growing into a general fusilade, watcher the shapes seemed to be travwhich became fainter in the distance,
elling in long swoops-now up, now like an irregular feu-de-joie, towards the down-anıl slower than when they had tartbest outpost line, marking the passed bim on their outward journey. course of the angels of destruction, still For the others that he had seen go to be seen in the light of the conflagra- out he waited, -waited till the hills to tion. This wild shooting was not quite the east stood out purple against the without result, for a mass of fire was blushing sky,--but waited in vain.
BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES.
The unfortunate misunderstanding The worst that can be said of Sir A. which has arisen between Sir A. Swet- Swettenham is, not so much that he tenham, the Governor of Jamaica, and showed himself pedantic when pedantry Rear-Admiral Davis, of the United was undesirable, as that he seems States Navy, is happily understood in to have lost his temper, and conveyed its real bearings by the people of his wishes to the Admiral in a letter both nations. A Governor, harassed of which the flippancy is hard to de and overworked after a great calam- fend. His excuse must be that the ity, and living amid scenes of appalling events of the previous week were not misery, receives an offer of help from calculated to preserve a judicial and the fleet of a friendly Power. He de- balanced temper of mind. The inciclines it, declaring himself competent dent, as we have said, has passed off to meet all demands; but the friendly harmlessly. The Governor has conAdmiral, thinking, no doubt, that all veyed his official thanks to the United hands are needed, and that the laws of States Administration, and Sir Edward official etiquette should be silent dur- Grey, on behalf of the British Governing such a crisis, lands bluejackets, ment, has expressed his gratitude to and helps to clear away débris and pre- Admiral Davis for his services, and serve order. Thereupon the Governor, has instituted an inquiry to determine while thanking him for his good inten- the authenticity of Sir A. Swettentions, begs him to withdraw in a letter ham's letter. The United States Govwhich, to say the least of it, is unfortu- ernment have announced their intennately expressed, while he also declines tion of letting the matter drop, since all further American offers of relief. they consider that “the action of one No other course is left for the Admiral man at a time of great distress and but to depart with as much dignity as mental strain should not be the means possible. The whole incident is ex- of raising an unpleasant issue with a ceedingly regrettable, but at the same great and friendly nation." This seems time we
are not disposed to make to us a very proper course to take, and much of it. If etiquette may be over- it is one which the American Press, looked in a crisis, so also may lapses which is always very jealous of its of taste. The most that can be said country's dignity, is fully prepared to against Admiral Davis is that, in the endorse. There is no need of officious absence of British warships, he thought disclaimers by public men in this counit his duty to act in the way that a try, or of any obsequious apologies. British Admiral might have done, and All Englishmen and Americans underforget for the occasion, that he repre- stand perfectly well what has hapsented a foreign Power. History can pened, and make every allowance. show more than one occasion when Fortunately, at the time of the frieboth British and American naval com- tion in Jamaica Mr. Root, the Amerimanders have been guilty of the same ican Secretary of State, was on a visit lapse of memory with the happiest re- to Canada as the guest of Lord Grey. sults. He may have committed a After the President, Mr. Root is the breach of etiquette, which in the cir- most distinguished of American statescumstances should have been wel
If Mr. Roosevelt were to resign, comed by the representative of Britain. he would probably succeed him in the
Republican leadership, and in any case is the most authoritative and trusted exponent of the Roosevelt policy. He has given the Monroe doctrine its modern form, and he has done more than any other man, not even excepting the President, to interpret it rationally in practice. To-day he may fairly be claimed as the chief authority on American foreign policy, the exponent of the new American Imperialism, but with it all a wise and cautious statesman, in whom impulse is ever subservient to reflection. He has always been conspicuously friendly to Britain, and the visit which he is paying to Canada, in return for that of the Canadian Governor-General to the States, cannot fail to bear fruit in the relations between the two countries. He has talked frankly to interviewers of his impressions of the development of Canada, a land which he knows well, and on Tuesday at the Canadian Club at Ottawa he delivered one of those long and eloquent panegyrics which seem to be the monopoly of American public men in their visits to other countries. Every one, he said, who had been born and bred like himself under the English common law, and under English principles of liberty and justice, must feel at home in Canada. For forty years he had watched her development, and he had seen wonders. "Feeble, illcompacted, separate, dependent Colonies had grown into a great and vigorous nation." Canada had found wealth, and she had found statesmanship. What seems specially to have impressed Mr. Root was the fact that all classes in Canada were deeply interested in politics. Without such a universal interest true self-government is impossible, and we may detect a note of regret in the tone of a statesman in whose country politics do not always attract the best minds and the most strenuous wills. In the conclusion of his speech he declared that the Amer
ican people looked upon the great material and spiritual progress of Canada without jealousy, nay, rather with admiration and hope. There was a patriotism of the American Continent as well as of Canada or the United States. Their pioneers were of the same race and had grappled with the same problems. To-day, in spite of differences, the same questions were occupying their minds. Mr. Root did not blink the possibilities of friction. The two peoples were loyal to different national ideals, and in that loyalty lay their strength. Difficulties were bound to arise, but let them remember that for ninety years, under a simple interchange of Notes dealing with the armament on the Great Lakes, the two countries had been living side by side in peace. If this had been possible in the difficult early years of both nations, when national susceptibilities are more tender, and opportunities for quarrels more numerous, surely there was reason to hope that the future might reproduce the past.
Mr. Root has the courage to see that even in a platitude there may be a truth. Blood, after all, is thicker than water, the maxim with which the American Secretary of State began his speech, and the Canadian Premier concluded. There is an impulse among men brought up under the same traditions to quarrel violently over small matters, but in a crisis to draw instinctively together. We have always argued that, in spite of local friction, there was no real danger to Canada from her great Southern neighbor, because there was no incompatibilty between their national ideals. The United States has her own task of internal and external development, and it need not conflict with Canada's. Moreover, in the Monroe doctrine as stated by Mr. Root and President Roosevelt there is a guarantee of, and not a menace against, Canadian inde
pendence. The two nations of North reconcilable between the political and America, while each following its own economic advance of Canada and the career, will permit no interference from interests of the United States. In any other Power. If Canada is threat- small and crowded continents one naened, then the might not only of the tion may increase only at the expense British Empire but of the United States of the others; but in the wider spaces will awake for her defence. Mr. of the West there is room for indeRoot's speech convinces us, if anything pendent growth, and in consequence were needed, that there is nothing ir- for a sympathetic mutual interest.
THE PROPHET AND THE EARTHQUAKE.
During the eruptions in the Antilles cause of the disturbance, but it apin May 1902, and again after the San pears that there has been considerable Francisco earthquake in May of last siuking along the sea-edge of the upyear, we attempted to show the relation raised Jamaican block, and we may of those manifestations of earth-force suppose that this has been in preparato the broader features of earth-anat- tion for some years by the drain of unomy. We represented the earth's derlying material towards the active crust as fissured into a number of volcanoes. The sudden snap at the blocks, each tending to "seek the cen- edges where the raised block and the tre out," but sinking at diverse rates; depressed area meet caused the shock some, such the North Atlautic, of the carthquake, and was followed South Atlantic and Pacific blocks, sink by the foundering of the floor with the towards it the most rapidly, while oth- forciug-up of mud along the crack. ers, sinking least rapidly, form the four Kingston itself stands, or stood, OD great continental blocks of Eurasia, loose rocks of recent formation; it was Africa, and the Americas. Where the not these that snapped, but the underlarger blocks meet are smaller ones, lying harder rocks, while the grindingand a notable one is the depression of up of the soft rocks produced the mudthe Caribbean Sea with the small ele- flow. vated blocks of the Antilles at its outer With our general knowledge of the border, Here, at the meeting-place of region, and with the memory of Port the greatest lines of strain on the Royal, all this might have been pre earth's surface, is a region of constant dicted. But no man could bave fore movenient and of excessive movement. told the day or the bour of the earthHere in Jamaica, for example, is one of quake's coming. “Professor Novack," the few places on this earth where, it is true, bas seized the occasion once within fairly late geological times, de- more to vaunt in the “Times" the merposits have been raised from ocean its of bis weather-plant, which not only abyss to mountain summit. Small forecasts weather but predicts eartbwonder that, following on recent earth- quakes, and he states that, lecturing at movements along the backbone of the Havana in 1906, he "said that a catastwo Americas and the long-continued trophe would occur in Jamaica in a eruptions in the Lesser Antilles, there few years." Rather vague, but then should at last have ensued a disturb- he had run out of Abrus plants; when ance in Jamaica. It is too early to be bas them in working order he will speak definitely as to the origin and "be able to predict, not only the nature