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THE STJNIXAVr HERALD, SUNDAY, JUNE 14:, 1S91.
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THE TALE OF A HAT.
The Bayleaf Club was a small and somewhat
select establishment in the neighborhood of
St. James's. Its chief, though not ostensible,
raison d'etre was gambling, but It did not en
joy a specially bad reputation, owing to the
fact that most o its frequenters were hard
ened punters, who kept their gains or losses
to themselves, and did not, like the modern
species of pigeon, cackle over their own as
tuteness when they won and scatter broadcast
accusations of cheating when they lost. If, in
fact, you wanted a quiet, heavy gamble and a
fair lun for your money the Bayleaf was quito
ibe right club to belong to, and many respect
able gentlemen who would not for worlds
have been seen at an ordinary gambling hell
were in the habit of punting at the Bayleaf
until unhallowed hours in the morning. It
was, of course, a very late establishment; it
3Id not open before the afternoon, suppers
were served up to 0 A. M., and the hour of
closing was extremely elastic.
Among its members was Mr. John Barbi
can, M. P. for Billingsgate, a man of groat
wealth and Irreproachable reputation. lie
had made a big fortune in the city and had
married a daughter of the Earl of Portcullis,
a needy Irish peer. Lady Julia was a beauty
and a decidedly lively young woman. She
was poor and wanted money. Barbacan was
rich and wanted a wife with a title. Sho was
under thirty, ho a trifle over fifty; it was a
most suitable marriage, and as they saw little
of each other, and never quarreled in public,
they were looked upon in society as quite an
attached couple. Now, Lady Julia Barbacan
was an accommodating wife; she did not mind
in the least what time her husband came homo
or whether he came homo at all, and when ho
said that be had been detained at the IIouso
she never made unpleasant allusions to the
iact that all-night sittings were things of the
pa6t. On the other hand, she expected quite
as much liberty as she granted. A young and
attractive woman whose husband has a tasto
for gambling and late hours can hardly bo ex
pected to spend lonely evenings without tho
solace of congenial companionship, so the fact
that Lady Julia had many male friends, some
of whom her husband barely knew by sight,
wa6 accepted as a matter of course by society.
So long as Barbacan did not object and open
scandal was avoided society was content to
shut its eyes and glad enough to receive Lady
Julia and her admirers In Its salons. Captain
the Honorable George Glanders, younger bro
ther of tho Earl of Spavin, was generally
looked. upon as one of the most favored of
Lady Julia's swains. He was also a member
of the Bayleaf, aud frequently gambled there
with her husband in fact, Barbacan rather
liked bim than otherwise, for he was not jeal
ous, and ho placed whist and piquet much bet
ter than the Gaptaiu, though at baccarat thero
was little to choose between them. Some peo
ple said that Barbacan would not greatly ob
ject if Capt Glanders were to elope with Lady
Julia, for tho worthy M. P. had long since ob
tained that passport into society for which his
soul yearned, and hi6 tastes were certainly not
be rao6t domestic In the world, But this was
merely malicious guesswork, for Barbacan
sever let fall a word which Indicated tho ic
n.utc.6t dissatisfaction with his partner or her
.LaYiOT. Tho three people were, to all ap
pearance, on the beat possible terms, and they
might have remained so had it not been for an
unfortunate contretemps connected with a most
harmless article of dress a hat, to wit. It
camo to pass in this wise: Tho House was sit
ting and Mr. Barbacan was detained there
somewhat late. In fact, by the time he ar
rived that evening at the Bayleaf it was nearly
1:30 o'clock, and the worthy man, feeling tired
out with his long spell of legislation, fell fast
asleep in an arm chair. Most men would have
gone home, but Barbacan had a great aveision
to going to bed, and he knew that if any of
the gambling set came in they would wake him
up. Presently Capt. Glanders arrived and
proceeded, without hesitation, to disturb Mr.
"Come and play a game or two of piquet,"
he suggested, when the M. P. was sufficiently
awake to understand what was said to him,
"there will be some baccarat presently."
"Anybody coming?" said Barbacan, rubbing
"lea, most of them will bo here, and one or
two of the French division Pontorson and
Frourier and Grimaud."
It may bo stated that "distinguished for
eigners," such as attaches of tho various em
bassies, and so forth, were admitted to the
Bayleaf pro tern, as honorary members.
"Don't like that Grimaud," remarked Mr.
Barbacan, as he 6huiHedhis pack.
."No more do I," said Glanders viciously.
"Ishould like to see him drop a thou, or two
at baccarat. He said ho could not bo hero
until late, as he had an important engagement
some woman, I suppose. He's always brag
ging about his conquests."
Mr. Barbacan was not an observant man, so
he paid no attention to his companion's ve
hemence. Perhaps if he had known tho cause
of it he might have been more Interested. Tho
truth was that Grimaud had scraped an ac
quaintance with Lady Julia, and had been
following it up of late with an ardor which by
no incanb pleased tho gallant captain, who,
unlike tho lady's lawful partner, was furiously
jealous of that lively young woman. Tho
mention of Grimaud's name recalled un
pleasant thoughts. Capt. Glanders had
been to the theatre with Lady Julia that very
oveniug not alone, of course. They had
supped, a select party of four, at tho Bona
parte Club; ho had been allowed to see her
home, but had been dismissed ton minutes
"Why was she in such a desperato hurry ?"
ho rpflccted. "Said sho was tired out 1 Never
know a woman le&s inclined to bo tired in my
life. Bhc was bored; deuce tako it, sho must
have been bored I Perhaps sho expected
somebody else ! Great Scott 1 perhaps it was
that infernal Grimaud!" and Gapt. Glandeis
6 wore audibly.
'Suppose I'm rubiconed ?" ho said to his
opponent, trying to remember what he was
"Of course you are," said Mr, Barbacan; "If
you won't count what you've got in your
hand what do you expect ? I" mako vou
1)7; you ought to be 111, but you forgot
your fourteen knaves, aud let me count threo
'Oh, I can't play piquet to-night I" said
Glandeis, impatiently. "Feel
carat. Ah I thank goodness,
hcro aro somo
A band of cheerful night-birds enteied tho
room, and tho real business of tho eveniug, or
rather of the morning, began, Grimaud was
among them, and every time that Glanders
caught his eyo, ho thought that tho French
man was laughing At him; there was a tri
umphant expression even In tho waxed ends
of his moustache. A brother attache made
some passing reference to "bonnes fortunes,"
and Grimaud smirked aud simpeted as only a
Frenchman can, until Glanders grew mad with
suppressed rage. But the gamble passed off
without an open quarrel, and they separated
about 0 A. M.
Capt. Glandeis went to bed and slept until
2 o'clock in the afternoon. When he awoke
his man was in the room.
"Just looked in to see if you was awake,
sir," said tho faithful Thomas.
"You can see I am, can't you ?" growled
the captain, who had a bad headache. "Get
mo a brandy and soda; It's that beastly fix at
tho Bonaparte," ho soliloquized. I'll write
to the committee."
Thomas know his master's habits, andgtho
drink was speedily ready,
"Please, sir," said he, as he handed the
tumbler, "a cabman brought a, note for you,
and an opera hat, about 9 o'clock this morn
ing. Hero's the note, sir, but I don't think a6
tho 'at is yours, sir."
Capt. Glanders opened the missive and
Deak Geohoe: You must have left your
bat here by mistake last night, and taken
away ono of Mr. Barbacan's. W hat it careless
thing you aro! I might have got into no end
of trouble. Of course, I am sending it back
tho first thing bcfoioB. is up; luckily I hap
pened to get up early and found it in the hall
by tne merest chance. Of course, you must
not return u.b nat. wiuoii
will never miss it. Yours,
An expression of blank
over Capt. Glanders' face.
you have (rot; ho
"Not my hat, you said?" ho lemarked,
"nevermind, it's somo mlstako; you can go,
Thomas, I'm going to get up, I'll lingfor you
presently. By the way, let mc seo that hat.
Fetch it up now."
Capt. Glanders did not get up at once, ho
lay In bed with tho note in ono hand aud tho
hat in tho other. The latter article was one
of the sort known as Gibus, and insido were
tho initials, "G. G." in gold letters, twined
into a fantastic monogram, and surmounted
by a coronet.
"Tho woman must bo mad," said Glaudeis
to himself. "Just as if I should stick a
coronet insido my hat !" And then a thought
struck him struck him so forcibly that ho
jumped right out of bed. "G. G," ho almost
shouted, "why that's Gaston Grimaud, not
George Glanders I Tho little bea6t calls him
self a count, or something, and all Frenchmen
plaster their belongings with coronets I Why,
it's as clear as daylight sho wantod to get
rid of mo, of course sho did her I I'll
mako her pay for this blessed If I don't
How precious neatly sho has fallen into her
own trap I"
And tho gallant captain begau to march up
and down his bed-room in a great state of
excitemont, plapning schemes of revenge.
What had really occurred on tho previous
evening was only too clear to him. Lady
Julia had dismissed him because she expected
an untimely visit from M. Grimaud; tho latter
gentleman had loft his hat behind by mistake,
and her ladyship, Instead of forwarding it to
its rightful owner, had unfortunately sent It
to her outraged admirer, Capt. Glanders.
There was no loom for doubt. "Well," 10
flectcd Glanders, virtuously indignant, "I al
ways know sho was an Infernal llht, but I
never thought she would have gone quite so
far and with that dirty little Frenchman,
too I" '
Later in tho day Glanders went louud to
tho Bayleaf; ho had formed no final plan of
action, but ho was quito determined that
Barbacan should bo made awaro of his wife's
delinquency. As luck would havo it, ho met
M. Giimaudiu tho hall; ho was talking to the
porter, and as Glanders passed with a superci
lious nod, ho heard him say:
"Well, if any ono brings back an opera hat
Always on Hand to Show
with G. G. and a coronet insido you will know
that it is mine."
"This is capital," reflected tho Captain, "ho
thinks that some ono took it away by mistake
from tho club; if ho only knew whero he left
it ho would not bo so keen on making inquir
es, I fancy!" i
But the misguided Frenchman did not stop
there. Ho presently entered tho smoking
room, whero several men, including Glanders
and Barbacan, wero refreshing themselves
with gin-and-bitters, and such-Hfco trifles, and
in answer to a question as to how he felt, ho
"Very well, but I havo lost my hat."
"That's a serious business," said Capt.
Glanders, with a sneer; "valuable article, eh?"
"No," answered Grimaud, innocently, "but
it is annoying. I do not like to lose things.
It had my initials and a coronet insido, too.
I wonder who has taken it."
"So do I," said tho Captain, chuckling to
himself. "What an ass that man is to give
himself away like that !"
He pondered over the situation, and thought
that ho saw his way clear. Thero was no
reason why Barbacan should not know that he,
Capt. Glanders, had dined with Lady Julia
none whatever. Barbacan would not mind,
but he certainly would strongly object to his
wife receiving visits from Grimaud at 2 o'clock
in tho morning. So ho watched for a chance
of seeing Barbacan alone, and tho opportunity
soon presented itself. Tho M. P. seemed to
be in a particularly bad temper, and by no
means Inclined to join in general conversa
tion. "You look very solemu, old chap," said the
Captain: "what's wrong ?"
"Oh, nothing much," growled tho other; "I
wish this session was over. I want to go
abroad for a fow months."
"Isn't Lady Julia well ?" ventured Gland
ers. "Oh, yes; she's all right. I shall not tako
her with mo.','
"Evidently had a row," reflected tho Cap
tain, "I don't mind tolling you, Glanders," con
tinued Mr. Barbacan, "but I'm getting pretty
sick of it. Lady Julia is a llttlo too much
for mo; gets a now adorer every week, and
snaps her Angers in my face; and tho last ono
Is that little beast, Grimaud !"
Tho Captain with difficulty repressed an
exclamation of delight. What an extraordin
ary piece of luck just as he was wonderlug
how on earth ho could broach tho subject !
"Well," ho began in a deprecatory inannor,
I should not havo mentioned it if you had not
spoken, but a very queer thing happened to
day in connection with Grimaud."
"What may that bo?"
"You heard Grimaud say ho had lost his
hat ? Well, this morning it was sent round
to my rooms from your house; our initials aro
tho same, you know, G. G., only Grimaud
sports a coronet."
"I don't 6ee what that has got to do with
"Simply this; Last night Lady Julia, Mrs.
Montresor, Langmead, and I wont to tho the
atre, and had supper at the Bonapaito Club.
I drove Lady Julia homo, but, as it was rather
late, I, of course, only stayed in tho house flvo
minutes. This morning I got Grimaud's hat,
and you know that Grimaud did not got to tho
club till half-past three"
"And j ou think "
"I don't think anything; but it certainly
looks odd," 6aid tho captain, wearily,
"You left tho houso ubout half-pa6t one,
Grimaud's hat was found there tho next
morning, thorcforo Grimaud must have
visited her lauyshlp botweeu two and half
Mr. Saibacan spoko very deliberately,
but ho was evidently boillng-ovcr with sup
"Whero is this hat?" he continued, after a
"At my rooms."
"Send it round to Park-lano at once, I am
going there now; and don't say anything
about this till you hear from'mc."
"Geitainly not," said Glandeis, lising.
"I'll send it immediately."
"I fancy I've set them all by tho ears now,"
he chuckled, as he drove home. "I'll clear
out for a day or two to Brighton until Bar
bacan has started a divorce case. Serves her
ladyship right ; hope it will bo a lesson to her!"
Capt. Glanders went to Brighton that
afternoon, and passed a day or tAvo pleas
antly enough, tkinking of tho terriblo row
that was going on in London, of the rage
of Mr. Barbacan, the terror of Lady Julia, and
tho utter discomfiture of M. Grimaud. At
tho end of that period, however, ho received
the following letter :
Sin: I havo investigated tho charges you
made against, my wife and M. Grimaud, and
llnd them to bo utterly groundless tho dovil!
ejaculated Capt. Glanders. M. Grimaud
has conclus voly proved that ho was not at mv
house on tho occasion in question, and, on
making inquiries, I And that 1 myself tookM.
Grimaud's hat from tho Bnylear" 01 ub in mis
tako for my own. My butler, who wns sitting
up when I returned homo, noticed it at tho
time, when ho waslocking.tho front door, but
had not tho chanco of montioning tho foot, as
LadyJulia sent tho hnt to you before ho was
up in tho morning. In further proof of his
statement, M. Grimaud, has returned to mo my
own hat. which ho found at his hotel after con
siderable trouble. So much for your insinua
tions against Lady Julia's character. I must
Wow il y" JVUttt f 'bink of your own behavior.
It Is perfectly evident to mo that, for somo
of y0l,0w,n' you on00 10 misrepresent
to me a perfectly Innocont occurence and as
you must havo been nctuated by somo spltoful
motive which I lull to comprehend, I beg toae
clino tho honor of your further acquaintance,
both on my own bohalf and on that of mv wJfo,
who cordially agrees in my estimate of your
conduct. M. Grimaud will bo very happy to
Yours faithfully, John Bahuaoan.
Tho story got wind, for M. Grimaud was
not in tho habit of holding his tongue, and
Capt. Glanders soon found it advisablo to
exchange Into a regiment in India.
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