The yellow, mildewed pages of the diary of a man long dead, and the records of the Colonial
Office dovetail perfectly with the narrative of my convivial host, and so I give you the story as I painstakingly pieced it out from these several various agencies.
In justice to young Halpin it should be said that while in him were pretty faithfully reproduced most of the mental and moral characteristics ascribed by history and family tradition to the famous Colonial
bard, his succession to the gift and faculty divine was purely inferential.
Apart from his colonial
career, he had been to Greece in a brigantine with four brass carronades; he had travelled Europe in a chaise and four, drawing bridle at the palace-doors of German princes; queens of song and dance had followed him like sheep and paid his tailor's bills.
They went into the multitudinous divisions of the government, took service in the colonial
possessions, and by tens of thousands went into the various secret services.
"His name is Jervase Helwyse," answered the Doctor; "a youth of no birth or fortune, or other advantages, save the mind and soul that nature gave him; and being secretary to our colonial
agent in London, it was his misfortune to meet this Lady Eleanore Rochcliffe.
We need not only men of acknowledged bravery, but men of administrative talents to superintend the affairs of our colonies, and we have no doubt that the gentleman selected by the Colonial
Office to fill the lamented vacancy which has occurred at Coventry Island is admirably calculated for the post which he is about to occupy."
They had the colonial
spirit, and were always making for some spot where the white man might carry his burden unobserved.
He visited the "presbytery"--a small and pretty dwelling in the old colonial
style --which had, indeed, "lost nothing of its charm." Then, abandoning his pursuit of traces of Mademoiselle Stangerson, he took up those of Ballmeyer.
If they were not absorbed in state politics or municipal reform, the chances were that they were going in for Central American archaeology, for architecture or landscape-engineering; taking a keen and learned interest in the prerevolutionary buildings of their own country, studying and adapting Georgian types, and protesting at the meaningless use of the word "Colonial
." Nobody nowadays had "Colonial
" houses except the millionaire grocers of the suburbs.
Chained to a desk in the thick of four millions of men, he considered himself the victim of an ironic fate - the same, no doubt, which had brought about his marriage with a woman exceptionally sensitive in the matter of colonial
climate, besides other limitations testifying to the delicacy of her nature - and her tastes.
Hester Prynne went one day to the mansion of Governor Bellingham, with a pair of gloves which she had fringed and embroidered to his order, and which were to be worn on some great occasion of state; for, though the chances of a popular election had caused this former ruler to descend a step or two from the highest rank, he still held an honourable and influential place among the colonial
The States within the limits of whose colonial
governments they were comprised have claimed them as their property, the others have contended that the rights of the crown in this article devolved upon the Union; especially as to all that part of the Western territory which, either by actual possession, or through the submission of the Indian proprietors, was subjected to the jurisdiction of the king of Great Britain, till it was relinquished in the treaty of peace.