The Curse of Koshiu: A Chronicle of Old Japan.By The Honble. Lewis Wingfield has 19 chapters:
CHAPTER I.BOY AND GIRL.
CHAPTER II.THE LAST HOJO.
CHAPTER III.MARRIED LIFE.
CHAPTER IV.THE ABBESS GIVES ADVICE.
CHAPTER V.THE FARMER GIRDS HIS LOINS.
CHAPTER VI.THE YOUNG MIKADO.
CHAPTER VII.THE FARMER'S SENTENCE.
CHAPTER VIII.DESTINY IS BUSY.
CHAPTER IX.THE EXECUTION.
CHAPTER XI.THE CURSE BEGINS TO WORK.
CHAPTER XII.THE DAIMIO OF NARA BEGINS TO WORK.
CHAPTER XIII.THE DESPOT OBEYS ORDERS.
CHAPTER XIV.THE MIKADO DOES BUSINESS.
CHAPTER XV.WILL BUDDHA SPEAK?
CHAPTER XVI.MASAGO TAKES THE REINS.
CHAPTER XVII.UNDER THE MOON.
CHAPTER XVIII.FACE TO FACE.
CHAPTER XIX.THE WEB IS WOVEN.
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traveller, actor, writer, and painter, third and youngest son of Richard Wingfield, sixth viscount Powerscourt, by his wife, Lady Elizabeth Frances Charlotte, eldest daughter of Robert Jocelyn, second earl of Roden, was born on 25 Feb. 1842, and educated at Eton and Bonn. He was intended for the army, which he relinquished only at the request of his mother, subsequently Marchioness of Londonderry, who knew the delicacy of his constitution and feared the risks of the profession. Of a remarkably adventurous disposition and volatile nature, he engaged in a strange and varied succession of pursuits, few of which were prosecuted long. On 21 Aug. 1865 he was at the Haymarket Theatre Roderigo to the Othello of Ira Aldridge, the Iago of Walter Montgomery, and the Desdemona of Madge Robertson (Mrs. Kendal). He had previously played in burlesque. Besides making many whimsical experiments, such as going to the Derby as a negro minstrel, spending nights in workhouses and pauper lodgings, becoming attendant in a madhouse and in a prison, he travelled in various parts of the east, and was one of the first Englishmen to journey in the interior of China. His first published work was ‘Under the Palms in Algeria and Tunis,’ 1868, 2 vols. During the Franco-German war he went to Paris, where he stayed through the siege, attending the wounded and qualifying as a surgeon. During the siege he communicated by balloon and otherwise with the ‘Times,’ the ‘Daily Telegraph,’ and other newspapers. After returning to London he went back to Paris immediately on hearing of the trouble with the commune, and remained there until its suppression by the Versailles troops. Having taken a house, No. 8 Maida Vale, with a large studio attached, he devoted himself to painting, and became a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy. Between 1869 and 1875 he exhibited four domestic scenes at the Royal Academy, and one at the Suffolk Street Gallery. He arranged during his stay in Paris for a panorama of the siege to be exhibited in London, and forwarded to England designs executed by various French artists. The failure of an American financier brought the scheme to nothing.
After abandoning painting, Wingfield took to designing costumes for the theatres, and was responsible for the dressing of many Shakespearean revivals, including ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Lyceum for Miss Mary Anderson, and ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ at the Princess's for Mrs. Langtry.