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Clavering harshly. "If I sell to Mr.
Johnson we occupy the lodge."
"But the lack of dignity," urged
"It Is the lodge or nothing," an
swered the old man.
'Well, I agree then," Johnson said
heartily. "And I hope that"
"Mr. Johnson will find the castle
vacated this day next month," Inter
posed the old man. "And now, If you
are ready with the lease, sir?
He turned to the agent with a final
ity in his manner which prevented
One month later Johnson came into
possession of the Castle. His father's
acquired wealth enabled him to sup
ply a staff of servants and to keep
up his position as the new lord of
the estate. And it was a singularly
lonely life that unveiled itself before
To begin with, he discovered that
the tenants regarded, him as an in
terloper. He had not anticipated that
In his country When ope bought an
he riding and she walking, his lifted
hat produced only the coldest sign
It was not In his nature to give up.
But his invitations were declined with
Scant ceremony, his overtures frigidly
denied. And, like Mordecai at the
gate of the Persian king, Lord Clav
ering sat before the porter's lodge,
his daughter by his side, while John
son chafed and fumed impotently
within the castle.
At last he sent for Mr. Jones and
announced his decision to sell the
place. The agent listened blandly.
"I can't say I'm greatly surprised,
Mr. Johnson," he said. "It was not
a wise business investment However,
I think I can get you a purchaser at
a little less than' the original price.
Mr. Ballantyne has been sounding
"Yes, sir. If you have decided, I
wyi let him know and you may come
to terms about it"
Johnson heard rumors about Bal-
estate the good will of the neighbors I lantyne. He had been reported en
went with it as a matter of course
Then there was Lord Clavering at
the gate. It galled the young man to
see the farmer, who passed him with
an uncomprehending stare, raise his
cap to the gatekeeper. And Johnson
began to understand something of
the pride which permitted the old
man to occupy that menial position
rather than leave the place where he
had been born.
Then there was the "matter of the
automobilists, cousins of . Clavering,
just returned from India, who drove
up to the castle, heard Johnson's ex
planations with blank amazement,
and immediately went to the lodge,
where they spent a festive afternoon.
Johnsen heard their ringing laugh
ter as he sat moodily upon the bal
cony a boycotted man.
One thing alone kept him from
throwing up the castle In disgust,
and that was Lady Elinor. He had
known from his first sight of her that
he loved her. When he passed her,
gaged to Lady Elinor, but the match
had been broken off a little while be
fore. Johnson did not know the
cause. But Ballantyne resolved to
buy, and an immense burden was
lifted from Johnson's heart
He did not like Ballantyne. The
man was a boor, a surly squireen of
a type Johnson had believed long ex
tinct At their meeting he was more
disdainful than Lord Clavering, and
rude to the point of insolence. John
son swallowed his pride. He only
wanted to sell and get out of the
It was on the afternoon of the day
when he had talked with Ballantyne
that he was strolling down the lane
leading from the village across the
moors. Suddenly he heard the sound
of a galloping horse. A moment later
he saw Lady Elinor come flying to
ward him on horseback. The animal
was evidently running away, and the
girl was In momentary danger of falling,
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