girl of nine or ten, with one of the most striking faces I have ever seen.
White skin, brown rippling hair, and rosy cheeks are lighted with a pair of blue and wondering eyes.
The fair young lady sitting at the teacher's desk is not so fair as this coloured child.
What a sweet face!
Is this girl a Negress, and excluded from an ordinary school?
Yes; her face is apt to take one in. Yet this fair child is the daughter of a Quadroon of bad character, who lives among her people in Jackson Ward.
Everybody knows the child's mother; no one knows her father.
Yes, her case is sad, but what are we to do?
The Negroes claim her. How are we to separate a mother from her child?
But surely these white-looking lads will not remain among the coloured folk when they grow up?
Not all. The bolder lads will run away.
It will be hard for them to hide the stain of blood; but some are fair enough to pass, if they can only get away to distant parts.
In London or in Sydney they might n
acters into the power of such rowdies as the old Virginian drunkards, duellists, and gamesters are reported to have been.
Some members of these classes still remain.
In article number three of the New Constitution there is a clause condemning duellists to loss of civil rights.
But is the article enforced?
I grieve to say that public feeling is against the code.
Here are two gentlemen, Mosely and Paine, of good position in society, gentlemen who ought to set an example to people in Jackson Ward.
They have a personal difference, and a challenge to fight passes between them.
The authorities stand up, and talk of visiting the offenders with civil death; but Paine and Mosely are the darlings of society, and social sentiment is stronger than the law. In spite of their duel, Mosely and Paine are still in the enjoyment of their rights.
In time the code will prevail; but training in the school and sentiment in the drawing-room must go before concession in the club and sympathy in t