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Entered according to Act of the Parliament of Canada, in the year one thousand eight hun

dred and seventy-nine, by the Rose-BELFORD PUBLISHING Company, in the office of the Minister of Agriculture.

PRINTED BY HUNTER, Rose & Co.,

TORONTO.

CONTENTS

PAGE.

Addison. Prof. Lyall.

411

Alliance of Democracy and Protection, The. John Maclean.

723

Argument from Scandal

, The. N. F. Davin, Toronto.

580

Art Education. L. R. O'Brien, Toronto.

584

Book Reviews

626, 736
Canada Pacific Railway and Imperial Confederation, The. Roswell
Fisher, Montreal.

543
Carlist Country, In the. Illustrated. Cecil Buckland.

513
Christmas Literature. J. L. Stewart.

73

Current Literature.

120, 252, 375, 503

, ,

Confederation of Canada with Britain, in relation to the Canada Pacific

Railway. James Whitman, B. A.

319

Depreciation of Bank Stocks. K. N. McFee, B. A., Montreal.

692
Dinners and Diners. F. A. Dixon, Ottawa.

645
Duration of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Alfred H. Dymond,
Toronto.

470
Escape from Siberia, An. L. c. Marvin.

302
Fallen Leaves. Wilkie Collins.

i 30, 276, 403, 592, 633
Forms and Usages. J. G. Bourinot, B. A., Ottawa.

291
Greek Ornamental Art. Mrs. Francis Rye, Barrie.

548

Growth of the Post Office, The. T. C. B. Fraser, Napanee.

677

Home and Grave of Washington Irving, The Howard J. Duncan,
Woodstock.

717

Halifax. James Whitman, B. A.

421

Indian's Views of Indian Affairs, An. Chief Joseph.

615
Keats, One more word about. Edgar Fawcett.

449

L'Homme qui crie. Frederick A. Dixon, Ottawa.

92

Literary Notes.

630, 748

Margaret's Sorrow. Belle Campbell

, Toronto.

685

My Last Patient. N. W. Racey.

554
Monks of Thelema. Walter Besant and James Rice.

52, 218, 350, 431
Nelson at Quebec. Dr. Henry H. Miles.

257
New Ideal of Womanhood, The. Fidelis.

659
Papers by a Bystander.

108, 230, 359
Philosophy of Immigration. Wm. Brown, Guelph. .

696
Plea for the Militia, A. Two Militiamen.

192

Political Destiny of Canada, The. Sir Francis Hincks.; C.B., K.C.M.G. 170

Pressing Problem, A. Fidelis.

455

Queen Victoria in Italy. C.

605

Reality and Mission of Ideal Characters, The. Elihu Burritt.

145

Reginald Ross: A Christmas Story. Edgar Fawcett.

1

Religious Belief in Court. W. B. Cook.

728

Round the Table

105, 248, 373, 500, 607, 731

Something about Peru. Illustrated. S. R. Smith.

33
Something more about Volcanoes. E C. Bruce.

157

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ROSE-BELFORD'S

CANADIAN MONTHLY

AND NATIONAL REVIEW.

JANUARY, 1879,

REGINALD ROSS.

A CHRISTMAS STORY.

BY EDGAR FAWCETT.

I.

a

WHE

came

CHEN Miss Beatrice Sedgwick

to live with her relative, Mrs. Ross, she made a fourth in the household circle, which already consisted of Reginald, his mother, and a Miss Eloise Forbes, a ward of the late Mr. Ross and an heiress of no inconsiderable wealth. Eloise, like Reginald, was at present absent from the Ross country-mansion, having left on a visit to some Newport friends soon after the general arrival, in June, from New York.

Reginald Ross was now in his twenty-ninth year. He was what we call fine-looking ; his limbs were large and heavy-wrought, though neither unshapely nor ungraceful ; his breast was the breast of an athlete, and his head, small, with matted-looking waves of hair worn just long enough not to hide its dark gloss and its classic crispness, crowned a throat that rose from massive shoulders with solid majesty of moulding. His eyes were of a soft humid hazel, but noticeably restless. He wore a brown curly beard and

moustache, neither of them abundant, and he dressed with a kind of subdued dandyism that was by no means averse to one or two accentuated touches of colour.

Since her son was never much to be depended upon as regarded his movements, Mrs. Ross was not greatly sur prised, one morning, to have him suddenly return from a fishing tour along the Massachusetts coast, and to hear him announce his intention of remaining at home for an indefinite period.

On this lady's face, delicate as a half-faded wild rose, and in her dark eyes, that had doubtless wrought sorry havoc of old, there now appeared much quiet satisfaction at the intelligence given by her son. She adored Reginald, but it was not purely for such reason that she now desired him at home; for, tenderly loving Beatrice Sedgwick and wishing with fervour to see her Reginald's wife, Mrs. Ross perceived in the absence of Eloise Forbes a future reason why these two young people should enjoy much of each other's unshared society.

However easily intimate might have

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