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12 S. X. MAY 6, 1922.] NOTES AND QUERIES. 351 ' PUNCH,' 1885. ' General Gordon, Khartoum ' ; ' Lines on the Death of Colonel Herbert Stewart ' ;

  • The Gakdul Well.' Would any reader have the

kindness to send these lines to S. K. DOUGLAS. 51, Sidney Street, Cambridge. AUTHORS WANTED. 1. Can any reader state where the poem containing the following lines is to be found ? My recollections carry them back to my schooldays, and I believe they appeared in a school reader under the title of ' The Chameleon.' " E'en so my children, they whom fate Has planted in a low estate, Viewing their rulers from afar, Admire what prodigies they are. " He whom his party deems a hero, His foes, a Judas or a Nero, A man of superhuman worth Or vilest wretch that cumbers earth.' Blackburn. R. A. 2. Could any of your readers inform me as to who wrote the following lines, and the date :

  • ' If only the good were the clever,

And only the clever the good, This world would be very much better Than ever we thought that it could.

  • ' But alas ! it is seldom or never,

That things come about as they should, For the good are so hard on the clever, The clever so rude to the good." Bath. M. W. P. [These are by Miss Elizabeth Wordsworth, the first Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and will be found in a collection of her verse entitled ' St. Christopher and other Poems' (Long- mans, 1890). There is a third stanza which runs : " So, friends, let it be our endeavour To make each by each understood, For few can be good like the clever Or clever so well as the good."] 3. Can anyone tell me who. wrote, and where I can find, a short piece of poetry beginning : " Mpn petit fils qui n'as encore rien vu, Viens voir ce beau monde ..." I cannot quote any more of it, but it turns rather adroitly to the flattery of Louis XIV., I think. I thought to find it in the ' Oxford Book of French Verse,' but neither there nor in Masson's ' La Lyre frangaise ' does it appear. UVEDALE LAMBERT. 4. Can any reader tell who wrote the following lines and where they can be found ? I have heard them attributed to Hartley Coleridge, as written in his Prayer Book : " When I received this volume small, My years were barely seventeen, And it was thought I might be all That once, alas, I might have been. " But now my years are thirty-five, And every mother hopes her lamb And every little child alive May never be what now I am." R. SOMERVILLE WOOD. NEEDHAM'S POINT CEMETERY, BARBADOS. (12 S. x. 23, 46.) I AM very glad to see that MR. ASPINAUL has called attention to the disgraceful condition into which some of our old military and naval burial-grounds in the West Indies have been allowed to fall. It is fortunate that he has at the same time been able to preserve in your pages, through the patriotic action of the " Civil Circle " of ladies recently formed in Barbados, the names of those who are bui ied at Needham's Point. In your columns in 1906 (10 S. v. 61, 104) I contributed two somewhat lengthy articles on the very pitiable condition into which the old military burial-ground on the Shirley heights in the island of Antigua the seat of government of the Leeward Islands group had been allowed to fall. I mentioned that on the higher side of this burial-ground stands (or stood) a decaying and fast perishing stone obelisk recording the names of those officers and men of the old 54th Regiment* who had fallen victims in their service from 1848 to 1851 in the islands of Antigua, St. Kitts, Dominica and St. Lucia, and the remains of many of them lay in the burial-ground below. Of these names I gave all that were decipher- able both on obelisk and gravestones and appealed to the present representatives of the regiment to do all that could be done in the matter. One or two military journals in England took the matter up at the time ; but I believe nothing has been done at all events had not up to the time I left the Leewards in 1911. MB. ASPINALL'S statement that " the Colonial Office has obtained from the various West Indian Governments a series of reports regarding the cemeteries containing naval and military graves," consequent upon the matter having been mentioned in the House of Commons in 1920, is the first intimation that I have had of any definite action having been taken in the matter, from which it appears that in some of the colonies but only in some care has been taken to main- tain the graveyards. Would MB. ASPINALL

  • Formerly the West Norfolk Regiment, and

now the 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regi- ment (39th).