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Mr. Ashlar to Mrs. Torr.
Mrs. Torr to Mr. Ashlar. Dear Madam, I shall be pleased to
The Dove Cote, Weybridge. make the designs which you suggest
Dear Mr. Ashlar,—I have just come in your letter, upon hearing from you
to this charming spot, where the coun. with regard to one or two points. In
try seems literally packed with nice the first place I must say that to fol people-Lord and Lady Eglinton are low the lines of Mrs. Prole's cottage
my hostess's neighbors on the west, would not be very easy, as you limit
on limit and Sir Morrowly Tew on the eastme to £800, whereas Mrs. Prole's cot- and I really think I shall buy a little tage cost €3000. Again. I should like plot here, on a southern slope, among to know something of the situation. the pine trees. The resin is so helpful whether on the flat or on a hillside, and to my astama. the nature of the country-sand or The house where I am staying bas chalk, for example. Also the number very pretty white walls and green of rooms. Perhaps it would be as well slates. It was designed by Mr. Swalit one of my clerks were to come down low. Don't you think you could give to Welwyn and talk the project over me something similar? Of course I before we proceed farther.Awaiting think your system of roofing very deyour reply, believe me,
lightful, and all that; but Mr. Swallow Yours faithfully,
has certainly made a very attractive Cyril Asblar. little home, and that is just what I
want to check this grievous desire of Mrs. Tort to Mr. Ashlar.
Yours truly, Bony's Hotel, Matlock.
Agatha Torr. Dear Mr. Ashlar,—Your letter is a
Mr. Ashlar to Mrs. Torr. great surprise to me. I had no idea
(Extract) that cottages could be so expensive as Mrs. Prole's seems to have been; nor
... Perhaps, if you admire Mr. do I understand how so much money
Swallow's house so much, it would be was spent on it. I am sure my bed
better if you were to employ him. ... room was bare enough. I always Mrs. Torr to Mr. Ashlar. thought that cottages cost only a few
"Ozonia,” Bournemouth. bundreds. It would be charming to Dear Mr. Ashlar,-How can you so see your clerk, but at present I have cruelly misunderstand? I would not Dowhere to receive him, being but a employ Mr. Swallow for the world. It bird of passage, and the situation of the is you, and you alone, who must delittle pied-d-terre is still undecided. I sign me my little home. Your letter was thinking of Norfolk, near Sand- distressed me so much that I left Weyringham. Could you not design a cot- bridge at once and am now at Bournetage that might be put up just any. mouth. After all, perhaps a cottage wbere, on any soil, and then when I by the sea is the true solution. My had acquired the little plot we could nerves are always so much better by adapt here and there to suit the case? the sea. My friend, Lady Gorly, has There should be three reception rooms, a little house here with a very attracsix bedrooms (two with dressing tive bay window, with seats in it, and rooms), and the usual offices. Of a thatched roof. Please let me have course I want a very sweet garden, those for certain. I am going at once but that hardly concerns you.
to make inquiries about a plot.
Mr. Ashlar to Mrs. Torr.
I like the plans very much, with two (Extract)
or three exceptions. The front eleva... Only in a very secluded situa- tion seems to me rather bare. What tion would thatch be desirable in any do you say to a turret at one end? I case, and I do not care for it even love little rooms in turrets—so medieval then. In order to have something to and quaint, and I do not quite like the go upon I am preparing plans of what way the kitchen leads out of the hall. I consider a serviceable cottage of the Please make these changes. I am inkind which you asked for in your quiring about a plot under Leith Hill, first letter, and these will reach you with a wonderful southern view. The in a day or so ...
sea is so very dreary in the winter. Mrs. Torr to Mr. Asblar.
Agatha Torr. "Ozonia," Bournemouth.
Mrs. Torr to Mr. Ashlar. Dear Mr. Ashlar,-Chancing this morning to meet Mr. Terebith the poet,
Hans Crescent Hotel, S.W.
Dear Mr. Ashlar,-I have a splendid he was terror-stricken to hear that I intended to build. He spoke so feel
idea, given me by Mr. Hilary the artist, ingly of the horrors of scaffolding and
whom I met at luncheon here yester
day. Not a turret but a loggia. You heaps of bricks and mortar and the delights of an old manor house-per
can put it over the dining-room. haps even moated!--to which a few
Yours truly, alterations could be made, that I drove
Agatha Torr. to the station and bought Country Life, Mrs. Torr to Mr. Ashlar. and have found in that the very thing
Hans Crescent Hotel, S.W. I want. I have written about it at Dear Mr. Ashlar,-I have now finally once. So do not go on with the plans. decided, on the advice of my brotherI am so much obliged for all your in-law, whose judgment is very sound, kindness.
to pitch my tent near Bath, which he Yours very truly,
says is both gay and healthy, and surAgatha Torr.
rounded by very attractive country. Mr. Ashlar to Mrs. Torr. As this is so far inland you could do
away with some of the length and lowDear Madam,-I regret to say that
ness of the cottage, which give it peryour letter came too late to stop the
haps rather a squalid air. The loggia plans, which were posted to you last
I fear must also go, as there are few night. Believe me,
prospects. Yours faithfully,
Yours truly, Agatha Torr.
Mrs. Torr to Mr. Ashlar.
Hotel Grosvenor, S.W.
Dear Mr. Ashlar,—Everything is now Dorking.
altered. Yesterday I received a proposal Dear Mr. Ashlar,—The cost of the from Dr. Murgatroyd, and returned an old house in Kent is so prohibitive that answer in the affirmative; and as Dr. I am resolved to go back to my origi- Murgatroyd proposes to travel on the nal idea, especially as a very interest- Continent the need for the dear little ing Irish doctor who is staying here cottage which we have been discussing tells me that old houses are always in all this very pleasant correspondence damp.
has now passed away. You have been
so very kind, and I am indeed sorry for any trouble which my ignorance of such matters as business and architecture may have given you. My wedding is next week.
Yours very truly,
Agatha Torr. Brian Murgatroyd, M.R.C.S., to Mr. Ashlar.
Cap Martin. Dr. Murgatroyd wishes to say that in Punch.
the whole course of his professional career he has never met with anything so barefaced as Mr. Ashlar's letter to Mrs. Murgatroyd, demanding fees for the designs of a house that has never been built, the very ground for which had not even been bought. It will be time enough for Mr. Ashlar to send in his bill when Dr. and Mrs. Murgatroyd settle down in England and their house is completed.
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E. P. Dutton & Co. are bringing out during the year following Johnson's a new edition of "Ideals of the East death and were re-issued half a dozen with Special Reference to the Art of times during the first half of the nineJapan" by Kakasu Okakura, an ac- teenth century, but only twice since, cepted authority on oriental archæol- at Lichfield in 1860, and with Dr. Birk. ogy and art.
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T. Y. Crowell & Co. have added
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Why and how Japan is succeeding in this minority it is not necessary to deal. the war with Russia has quite taken The future must demonstrate even to the place of all other Far Eastern them that the enormously powerful and questions in the public mind. In the aggressive Russia, fit bugbear for any early stages of the war the situation nation, must be stripped of her military was very different: then there were panoply and given over to the eduonly a few who admitted even to them- cation of her peoples to learn wherein selves that Japan could make any, lies a nation's real force. If they be much less a good, showing against her true friends of Russia, if they feel gigantic adversary. After the naval with the Russian people, they will re. successes, it was admitted that at sea joice that there is some hope of the Japan could more than hold her own; Russian nation fulfilling its destiny in but the unknown possibilities of the its true way, unhampered by the fetmilitary forces on land were regarded ters imposed upon it by a venial with doubt. The land campaign has, bureaucracy and an intolerant Church. however, been conclusive enough to That Russia has a great future in store convince even the most obdurate ad for her no one can deny, and only by herents of Russia that for Russia the her own action is the day postponed struggle is hopeless, and that all that when she shall take the first step along remains is an honorable withdrawal by that path of education which alone the Tsar and his Government of their can lead her to ultimate greatness. former demands. There still are to be Without education Russia can but be found a few who, pointing to the great an inverted pyramid, without stability, resources-largely undeveloped-and the without any promise of solidarity. vast population-almost wholly unedu- When the head of the Russian nation, cated-of Russia in Europe and in be he autocratic Tsar or constitutional Asia, declare that nothing can ultimate- monarch, can look over his land and ly avail against such power. But with see on every side the children of the