The collisions of party spirit which originate in speculative opinions or in different views of administrative policy are in their nature transitory. The first day had been, on the whole, as I have expressed, reassuring; but I was to see it wind up in keen apprehension. "Dear, dear--we must keep our heads! And after all, if she doesn't mind it--!" She even tried a grim joke. He stood at the foot of the staircase, a foot on the lowest step, his threadbare soutane gathered about him for the ascent with womanish care, nodding his head often and repeating: --Not a doubt of it, Mr Hackett! Very fine! Not a doubt of it! I n the middle of the hall the prefect of the college sodality was speaking earnestly, in a soft querulous voice, with a boarder.