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Lastly, there is the Bottle-neck hole. equalize matters on the second shot if he Here the principle is of a different nature is capable of negotiating difficulties. And and should not be used often. One Bottle- there should always be a way of safety neck hole, however, is an excellent feature even for the very short driver. A man of a good course. In this hole the drive is should be punished badly, not for being a up into a narrow space like the neck of a poor player, but for not playing up to his bottle—the further you go the more con- game. The National links will have no fined the space is. There are at least three terrors for those who obey the first law of ways of playing the hole. If you are a long golf, which is to hit the ball in the middle driver and also very straight, you can drive of the club. right into the neck and then you have an In placing your hazard remember that approach of only 140 yards with the flag in you cannot have too many bunkers around view and an open course. If you are afraid the putting greens. Indeed, it is difficult to of taking that chance, you can play short have too many bunkers on any course with an iron about 150 yards where the where bunkers have to be made artificially. course is wide and still get home, but you The abomination of most courses in this have a very long second, with a good country is long grass. I believe that golf chance of being bunkered at the finish. Or would be twice as popular in America toagain, if you are sure of a long carry, you day if long grass and bushes were absocan play to the left, carrying the bunkers at lutely abolished and the possibility of a a distance of somewhere between 150 and lost ball practically eliminated. To pre190 yards; but then you have to approach vent a topped ball running a great distance over a bunker.
from the tee it is well to leave the grass two Notice that the great charm about all or three inches long for a distance of 100 these holes lies in the variety of play. There yards or so from the tee. It should be just is nearly always an option to be exercised. long enough to make the lie of the ball The player must place his ball off the tee difficult, but not long enough to conceal it. with reference to the second shot, and as a In the same way, at the side of the fair rule he can only get in the very best posi- green, the grass should be left rough but tion if he is a long and accurate driver. short. Side bunkers are better than long But the player with less distance can still grass in any case, and if variety is needed
a few patches of long grass may be left every hole is a good one and presents a about the size of pot bunkers.
new problem. That is something which There are many other features about the has never yet been accomplished, even in National Links which will make the course Scotland; and in accomplishing it here, famous; for example, the undulating putt- Mr. Macdonald has inaugurated a new ing greens, the absence of blind holes, era in golf. In future every golf club will nearly every tee commands a view of the have to conform to the new idea by makentire length of the hole—and the size of the ing its course as good as nature will bunkers. But the main achievement is allow, and the benefit to the game will be that a course has been produced where incalculable.
JOHN MARVEL, ASSISTANT
BY THOMAS NELSON PAGE
ILLUSTRATION BY JAMES MONTGOMERY FLAGG
my friends at the boarding-house, I was
pleased at the real regret they showed at MY NEW LODGINGS
my leaving. Miss Pansy and Miss Pinky
came down to the drawing-room in their STACHE room I took when I left “best" to say good-bye; Miss Pinky with
Mrs. Kale's was only a cup- her "scratch" quite straight. And Miss board some nine feet by six Pansy said if they ever went back home she in the little house I have men- hoped very much I would honor them by tioned; but it was spotlessly coming to see them, while Miss Pinky,
clean, like the kind-looking, with a more practical turn, hoped I would stout, blue-eyed Teuton woman who, with come and see them “there--and you may skirt tucked up, came to the door when I even bring your dog with you,” she added, applied for lodging, and, as the price was with what I knew was a proof of real nearer my figure than any other I had seen, friendship. I promised faithfully to come, I closed with Mrs. Loewen and the after- for I was touched by the kindness of the noon I left Mrs. Kale's sent my trunk over two old ladies who, like myself, had slipped in advance. It held the entire accumula- from the sphere in which they had betion of my life. There was something about longed, and I was rather grim at the reflecthe place and the woman that attracted me. tion that they had been brought there by As poor as the house was, it was beyond others, while I had no one to blame but the squalid quarter and well out in the edge myself—a solemn fact I was just beginning of the city, with a bit of grass before it, and to face. there were not only plants in the windows When I walked out of the house I was well cared for; but there was even a rose- in a rather low state of mind. I felt that bush beside the door making a feeble at- it was the last day when I could make any tempt to clamber over it with the aid of pretension to being a gentleman. I had strings and straps carefully adjusted. been slipping down, down, and now I was
The only question my landlady asked me very near the bottom. So I wandered on was whether I was a musician, and when in the street with Dix at my heels and my I told her no, but that I was very fond of pistol in my pocket. music, she appeared satisfied. Her hus- Just then a notice of a concert, placarded band, she said, was a drummer.
on a wall, caught my eye, and I gave myI asked if I might bring my dog, and she self a shake together as an unmitigated ass, assented even to this.
and determined suddenly that I needed When I bade good-bye to Mrs. Kale and some amusement and that a better use for
the pistol would be to sell it and go to the across toward the orchestra with so serious concert. I would, at least, be a gentleman an expression on her lovely face that I felt once more, and then to-morrow I could drawn to her even before I took in that she start afresh. So I hunted up a pawnshop was the girl I had seen on the train and and raising from the villain who kept it a whom I had handed into her carriage. As few dollars on my pistol, had a good supper I gazed at her this came to me and with and then went to the symphony. As it it such a warm feeling about my heart as happened, I got one of the best seats in the I had not had in a long time. I looked at house. It was a revelation to me—a revo- the men about her, one of whom was the lution in my thoughts and feelings: the clergyman, Dr. Capon, and the next instant great audience, gay with silks and flowers all my blood was boiling; there, bending and jewels, filling up all the space about down over her, talking into her ear, so and above me rising up to the very top of close to her that she had to sit forward to the vast auditorium. I did not have time escape his polluting touch, was the gambler at first to observe them, I only felt them; whom I had heard say not three weeks for just as I entered the Director came out before that every American girl was open and the audience applauded. It exhila- to a proposal from him. I don't know rated me like wine; I felt as if it had been really what happened after that. I only myself they were applauding. Then the remember wishing I had my pistol backmusic began: The “Tannhauser Over- and being glad that I had pawned it, not ture." It caught me up and bore me away: sold it; for I made up my mind anew in knighthood, and glory, and love were that theatre that night to live and succeed, all about me; the splendor of the contest; and preserve that girl from that adventurer. the struggle in which a false step, a cow. When the concert was over I watched the ardly weakness might fling away the world; direction they took, and made my way the reward that awaited the victor, and the through the crowd to the exit by which they curse if he gave way, till I found myself would go into the foyer. There I waited dazzled, amazed, and borne down by the and presently they came along. She was deluge of harmonious sound-and could surrounded by a little party and was do nothing but lie drifting at the mercy of laughing heartily over something one of the whelming tide, and watch, half-drowned, them had just said, and was looking, in the whatever object caught my eye. The first rich pink wrap which enveloped her, like thing I took in was the tall old Drummer a rich pink rosebud. I was gazing at her who towered above the great bank of dark intently, and caught her eye, and no doubt bodies with swaying arms. Still and sol- struck by my look of recognition, she emn he appeared out of the mist, and bowed. She had not really thought of me, seemed like some landmark which I must she was still thinking of what had been said, hold on to if I would not be swept away. and it was only a casual bow to some one I held on to him and felt somehow as in a crowd who knows you and catches if he were the one to whom the Director your eye; but it was a bow, and it was a looked—the centre of all the music and smiling one, but again that warm feeling pomp and mystery, and I must keep him surged about my heart which had come in sight.
when I met her on the street. The next I don't know much of what came on the second that fellow came along. He was programme after that; for I was waked by taller than most of the crowd, and well the storm of applause which followed and dressed, was really a handsome enough during the intermission I looked about at fellow but for his cold eyes and hard look. the audience around me. They filled the The eyes were too bold and the chin not house from floor to roof; every seat was bold enough. He was walking beside a occupied, and the boxes looked like banks large, blondish girl with shallow blue eyes, of flowers. All the faces were strange to who appeared much pleased with herself me, though, and I was beginning to feel or with him, but at the moment he was lonely again, and was turning to my old bowing his adieux to her while she was Drummer, when, sweeping the boxes, my manifestly trying to hold on to him. eye fell on a girl who caught me at once. “I don't think you are nice a bit ” I She was sitting a little forward looking heard her say, petulantly, as they came
up to me. “You have not taken the least emptying streets my old professor's words notice of me to-night."
came to me. They had been verified. I This he evidently repudiated, for she reviewed my past life and saw as clearly pouted and smiled up at him. “Well, then, as if in a mirror my failures and false steps. I'll excuse you this time, but you needn't be I had moped and sulked with the world; running after her. She wont- "
I had sat in my cubby hole of an office with I did not hear the rest. I was thinking all my talents as deeply buried as if I had of the girl before me.
been under the mounds of Troy, and had He was looking over the heads of the expected men to unearth me as though I people before him, and the next moment had been treasure. was elbowing his way to evertake my It may appear to some that I exaggerated young lady. Close to him in the crowd, my feeling for a girl whom I scarcely knew as he came on, stood Mrs. Starling's at all. But love is the least conventional daughter, painted, and in her best finery, of passions; his victory the most unexand I saw her imploring eyes fastened on pected and unaccountable. He may steal him eagerly. He glanced at her and she into the heart like a thief or burst in like bowed with a gratified light dawning in her a robber. The zephyr is not so wooing, face. I saw his face harden. He cut her the hurricane not so furious. Samson and dead. Poor girl! I saw her pain and the Hercules lose their strength in his presence look of disappointment as she furtively and, shorn of their power, surrender at disfollowed him with her eyes. He pushed cretion. Mightier than Achilles, wilier on after my young lady. But I was ahead than Ulysses, he leads them both captive, of him. Just before he reached her, I and, behind them in his train, the long line slipped in and when he attempted to push of captains whom Petrarch has catalogued by I stood firm before him.
as his helpless slaves. Why should it then "Beg pardon,” he said, trying to put me be thought strange that a poor, weak, foolaside to step ahead of me. I turned my ish, lonely young man should fall before head and looked him in the face.
him at his first onset! I confess, I thought "I beg your pardon.”
it foolish, and yet so weak was I that I “Oh!” he said. “How do? Let me welcomed the arrow that pierced my heart, by.”
and as I sauntered homeward through the “To ply your old trade?" I asked, look- emptying streets, I hugged to my breast ing into his eyes, over my shoulder. the joy that I loved once more.
“Ah!” I saw the rage come into his As I was on the point of ringing the doorface and he swore some foreign oath. He bell there was a heavy step behind me, put his hand on my shoulder to push me and there was my old Drummer coming aside; but I half turned and looked him along. He turned in at the little gate. straight in the eyes and his grasp relaxed. And I explained that I was his new lodger He had felt my grip once—and he knew I and had been to hear him play. was not afraid of him, and thought I was “Ah! You mean to hear the orchestra ?” a fool. And his hand fell.
“No, I don't. I meant, to hear you-I I walked in front of him and kept him went to the concert, but I enjoyed you back until the party with my young lady in most.” it had passed quite out of the door, and “Ah!” he chuckled at the flattery, and then I let him by. For that evening, at let me in, and taking a survey of me, inleast, I had protected her.
vited me to come and have a bit of supper I walked to my lodging with a feeling of with him, which I accepted. His wife more content than I had had in a long came in and waited on us, and he told her time. My heart had a home though I had what I had said, with pleasure, and she none. It was as if the shell in which I had laughed over it and rallied him and acceptbeen cramped so long were broken and I ed it, and accepted me instantly as an old should at last step out into a new world. friend. It gave me a new feeling. I had a definite aim, and one higher than I A few minutes later there was another ever had had before. I was in love with that arrival. A knock on the street door, and girl and I made up my mind to win her. the mother smiling and winking at her As I walked along through the gradually husband, went and let in the new comers: