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?-uuspeaKaoty gracions ?in ms part, 1
sure," interrupted the great mau. '
the fact does uot interest mc."
"Wed, ?reel, sir," responded the 1
with a deepening of the color in his ru bit
face, "I'm sure I'll be the last tofus
?with things ye dinna want to hear. I
meant to say that Sir Thomas praise?]
toddy of the Hound and Stag."
"Doubtless very gratifying," said
great man, taking another sip. wYi
better have the bellman sent out to ap]
the town of Sir Thomas' complim
Meantime if you come back in 15 min
I'll ha>ve a question to ask you."
"My tongue's aye at your service, sit
plied the host, unable to conceal bis i
grin. "A man like me mus: wag ic at
will of them that pay me." And picJ
up his tray Lc marched out of the r<
with an injured air. The great man gt
at the retreating figure until the door cu
upon it; then he nodded hi* bead with
found significance. "All tarred with
same stick," he said to himself; "all b
blatherer.?." With which sentiment
crossed his legs and lay back to cont
plate the contents of his glass.
Punctual to thc minute, the host ret un
and with an extremely solemn cou:
nance bowed toward the great man. 1
great man, moving his beau slightly SC
to have a fairer view, stared with
"You told me to be back in 15 minute
said the host.
"It was rather a suggestion than a c
ruacd," returned the great man. "J
since you are here, will you have the go
ness to inform me at what hour the bi
land coach starts in the morning?"
"Six o'clock sharp, sir."
"Six o'clock," repeated the great n
musingly. "Then -.mending passeng
must be afoot by 5. Call me precisely
that hour, if you please, and it wonld be
advantage to have a pitcher of bot water !
at my door. And, let me see, for breakf
I like ham and eggs, when there is a pt
peet of fresh air to digest them, and a c
of good coffee-good you under.-::.ml.
you attempt to poison me with your ad
"My adulterations!" cried thc landlo
no longer abie to control himself, "i
adulterations! Cert ie, that's bourne ta
Let me tell you"
"Keep your temper," said ibo great m;
with unruffled calmness. "Possibly y
may require it yet. What I wish to saj
that if lam poisoned wit li adulterations
will bc tue worse for yon. Perhaps yon c
understand that as a matter of self in)
est. And, I presume, the sheets bavobe
"AiredJ" repeated tho landlord in st
dent tones. "Every bed in tho house's
dry as the fog in a lilllie's nestand as sw?
asnew mown bay."
"I trust I shall find mino so," said t
great man. "If I should be sounfortun?
asto contract rheumatism in your beti
know Low to.gct diimngcs."
"Maybe you know bow to get the bri e
oil a highland mau," reto.ted I'HL- lac
"There is one tbiug I know," said t
great man freeziugly, "a civil ionkeep
when I see him.'*"
He then emptied his glass, caught up 1
whip and gloves and strode out, casti;
nevera glance at one in the room. T
landlord, uncertain whether to follow ai
apologize or remain behind and give ve
to his feelings in profane language, coi
promised the matter by falling viciously <
a servant who inopportunely came in li
I did not see the great man at breakfa
next morning. Put no sooner bad I tak*
my seat cn the coach than he clambered ?
beside me. The day being chill and fogj
he was wrapped to the eyes in a great cu;
and an enormous woolen muffler such :
theScottish people like to bide their beat
in when the air happens to be too shrewd,
"Ugh, dear mc, it's raw!" he remark?
to the world .at large as he settled back i
the midst of a pile of rugs and plaids, sn'
limely oblivious of ihe fact that he w; - ;
dining upon me and appropriating bait ni
Wc were not far on our journey when t !
sun shone out warmly, the mists wbic
filled the valleys and lay heavily on tl
wooded slopes began t~. rise, and some <
the fairest scenes in ali faur Scotland opene
to the sight. <??he landscape smiled, bu
there was no corresponding token of gen
ality in the face of the pompous and tac
turn individual by my side. He so far n
sponded to the benignancy of nature ii
deed as to unbutton bis great coat, lowe
his muffler and lay himself out to the sm
as if he were a bundle of moldy hay. i I i
even this he did out ol sheer condescension
and in the process he m..do me suffer., li
dug into my ribs with his elbow, bc (lappet
his coat into my face, he stamped on ni]
toes, he rubbed himself against me, final!;
keeling over and lying on me as if I bai
been a cushion specially placed to save hil
bones. H is pressure nearly pushed me ove:
the side of thc coach, and I made a move
ment to save myself.
"I'll trouble you to look after your el
bows," he said, noticing my presence foi
the first time.
"Really, sir," I retorted, not without
little heat, "the request might como mon
reasonably from me than from you."
He turned bis bead quickly and looked
_daggers at me. Finding I did not mdt it
the heat of bis glare, be said slowly:
"Youug mau, your impudence is amaz
Then he averted his eyes and snorted an
"Impudence!" I repeated in astonish
"Precisely," he answered, nudging and
spreading himself out si iii farther, so that
he crushed me against the iron rod at the
6ide. "It is overwhelming."
"Not half so overwhelming as you, you
elephant:*' I retorted, giving him a heave
that sent him against the passenger on the
other side. "Keep your lubberly weight ol?
me, or, by George, I'll make you:-'
At this hu called lustily to the guard
that I threatened to do him bodily barm,
and that he would hold thc owner of thc
coach responsible if I were uot removed
"Tho fellow's vicious and may do mur
der," he exclaimed. "I claim tho protec
tion of tho responsible party in charge of
Hereupon the guard endeavored to make
peace between us, saying, however, that ^o
far he saw no reason for removing me from
"I have only to say, then," returned the
great man, "that if I should have the mis
fortune to be injured by this person you
will be held accountable, for you have had
warning of his violent intentions, and if
he should kill me, you, sir, will be hanged
asan accessory before the fact. That is
Thus admonished the guard returned to
his bugle and blew lustily to keep himself
in countenance, and my companion, hav
ing settled his ruffled feathers a bit,sat up,
pulled out a fat notebook and began to
study a page of figures, keeping, however,
the corner of his eye cn me. As he studied
a smirk of satisfaction now and again re
lieved the austerity of his face. I judg d
the figures represented some profitable in
vestment, but little could I have guessed
what that investment was.
At length he closed the book, rcturm
it to his pocket, and in spite of ali that had
taken place once more reclined comfon
ably on me. It was now my turn to appeal
to authority, SO I called out, "Guard, have
the goodness to remove this carcas ?!"
The aggressor sat bolt upright, as if an
arrow had pierced him, his face dar.",
by a scowl.
"Such insults are intolerable," he said
savagely, "I will write to the owner of tiiis
coach; I will have justice."
I made no reply, only smiled at bis
chagrin and stretched myself to tlio limits
of my space, glad that at last I had made a
definite impression. For tho rest of thu
tournev be ounctUiouslv kent from touch
?pyright, 1S08, hy John Alexander Steuart.!
ing mc, and though we bot? left the coac'i
at the same stopping place we did Dot ex
j change another word. When he disappear
ed into the village inn, I fervently boped 1
1 had seen the last of him.
Though I made all haste after alighting
i from thu coach, leaving my portmanteau
j in charge of the innkeeper thai i might go
uuincttmhrrcd, aud taking a short cut
across the moors, the gloaming had fallen
ere I caught my first sight of the tu s
and chimney tips of Kilburnie,dim . d
solitary in tho midst of the dusky heath.
Thc mountain top? wen; still radiant with
a waning golden light, but lite valleys were
already awe: onie with the gloom which
night brings to the haunted solitudes of
[ walked quickly, my heart beating tu
multuously, with a dizzying alternation of
hopes and fears and expectations^ yet ns 1
get out among the dark ravines an eerie
sensation crept along the spine and among
the root s of the hair. At one poil I where
the pal!? dived into a lonely hollow, pass
ing in its deni h between a black tarn said
to have no bo:tom and a cairn that covered
a murderer's bones, and a moor cock ro-e
from the heather with a sudden cry of
alarm, my breath came in a thick gasp and
my hair rose cn my head, seeming to life
my hat. with it. I got out cf thai hollow
in very trill h
Like one that on a lonesome ror.d
Dntii wai!; ia fear and dread;
And having once turned mimd walk* on
And tarns no more Iiis head,
Because he knows a frightful fiend
Doth close behind him tread.
I set down my feet firmly, assuring my
self I was quite composed, and resolved not
to accelerate my pace, yet not daring or
caring to look behind.
I reached the top with a long drawn
breath of relief, ami then my heart bound
ed afresh as the lights of my home shone
clearly before me for the first time. Theo
I bega* to run. leaning over ditches and
bowlders almost without knowing it, but
in spite of my speed that last half mile
seemed longer than the cutir? journey from
As 1 drew ne;::-, panting from excitement
and breathlessness, Bruce, biggest of New
found.ands ami best of watchdogs, rushed
out with a threatening growl. Lat when
I called, though I had bien absent for
mont!.s and ray voice must have been
strange frdin emotion, his growl instantly
changed to a yelp^of delight, and he flew
at tm. nearly knocking me down in his
joy. While we wrestled and caressed, I
vainly endeavoring to escape aud get for
ward, my mother was upon me wi: ii a
warmer, tenderer embrace und a joy that
exceeded his. Then ray fatber.^vondermg
what ail thc commotion was about, laid
aside his pipe ami rushed forth to investi
gate. And there we were, a solitary group
in tho deepening gloom, exchanging greet
ings that were-niostly silent, for somehow
speech would not come.
Ab, mc, that was ttvo score tuitl five years
ago! The world ls all changed since then,
aud I am changed with it, but that homf
coming is vivi 1er in my memory thou are
the doings of yesterday.
THE INTERVIEW-A CREAT SURPRISE.
So muc!; had to ba talked of, so many
questions asked and answered that it was
far past bedtime before any reference was
made to tho business which had brought
"We have said nothing about the subject
of my letter, Andrew." said my father
looking at mc wistfully, "because you
must bo fatigued, but when breakfast i.;
over tomorrow we will, by the- grace of
heaven, have the matter discussed aud set
"Very well, sir." I answered, "I shall
hold myself ready at your couvt .dence."
Both he and my mother smiled approv
ingly at this, and bavin, seen mo to my
chamber and assured themselves that all
was com for: aol J they left mc.
I said I was ready, but it was with Un
readiness of the criminal who finds pun
ishment inevitable and desires to have it
over as quickly ns maybe. Though I was
weary, I could not sleep. My brain thr: bimi
like a furnace and every nerve was a-fptiver.
Among other seems I might have argued
myself iuto the solacing conviction thal i
was but an innocent cause of ti.e tlisnp
pointment that on the morrow must over
whelm my father and mother, bul amid
the old surroundings, with their eloqii int
tokens of affection, the sense of folly and
disobedience was maddening. At times 1
could have risen and rushed from t in
house; then again I felt as if I must go tr?
my father and have thc miserable business
ended at once. The more I thought tiie
more terrible my guilt ;.; truth I'Ol'tU
nately even remorse basils limits, and at
last I do/.ed.
1 awoke in i lu- morning with a queer idea
of having been traveling in a foreign land
and went to meet my father in a haze of
uncertainty. Ile was all affection, a cir
cumstance that added to my embarrass
ment. A further cause of embarrassment
was that he introduced the business of my
visit as if already settled except in details
"You see, Andrew," he said, "the law
has many advantages. It is a money malt
ing business and enables a man to fight for
his own hand in a way that rogues cannot
well withstand. As I hinted to you in my
letter, these considerations are not indif
ferent to us at the present time. To
speak as between ourselves, lhere are some
despoiling ns who have no moral, nor, as 1
think, you can show, legal right, to ono far
thing of our money. They rob us because
there is none to checkmate them. But ! have
strong hope that the tables will speedily
be turned, and that thc latest heir to Ki)
burnie will be aide to give these vultures
the right about in a fashion that will aiton
Here my fat lier rose and paced the loom
in great exultation. "And, eh, it would
please me more t han words can tell to sec
these ravening sharks of thc seed of I nacl
and the descendants of Ananias-by which
I mean the Jews and lawyers-well tilted
n their own tourney. And, Andrew, you're
..he man to do it."
My tongue clove to tho roof of my mouth
at this speech, and I knew not where to
look from the cager, disconcerting eyes of
both my father and my mother.
"I am exceedingly sorry, sir, to len.rn of
the embarrassed state of our affairs," I
faltered, with my eyes on the ground.
"Yes, Andrew/' put in my fathei quick
ly, "we arc embarrassed, fearfully em bar
rassed, but our fortunes may bc resfeiro4
quicker than we think." And tie t|?ur
soul in his confidence caine forwar 3, tP>\
my hand and looked iu my face il.?J. t i.j
that, stabbed me to the marrow. *
"I would do all 1 can for the ? tf \
credit," I said.
"The right sentiment, Andrew, i.1 i- IS?:
haltingly spoken," said my father, i-f?rh mt
encouraging pressure of tin-baud. nun
my boy, gi vc your courage tougue. lt u.$
it is in your heart to help us-a: ?.-.'
in your bead too. You will bu as ct i :
a lawyer as thc best of them, You vet tl- -J
kuow you will. This is only the bl i" ... i.
of u boy."
"There is no sacrifice in the world tii.li5
wouldn't make, sir,'" I responded, "i.i.t"
and there 1 stuck with my longue paralj MA
My father . tared at me for ti second ar n\.
then be dropped my ban I, and bis br&'J)
concentrated, The crisis bad come; <'...?
evil I had feared w.:s upou mc.
"That word sounds strange iu my cam.
Andrew," Jiu said, with nstrain of bar h
ness in bis voice, "When I proposed thc
law, I did not anticipate any talk about sac
"Oh, sir," I blnrtt ! ont, with a frantic de
Eire to precipil tte rat teri, "I wish I could
tell you in a word what I bare lo say. 1
cannot do na you wish." I would have
gone on, but the look begavu.me brough)
me to a sude1 ;i and dead bait
"You cannot dons i wish!" he cried in
tone:? of m:i!. !ed"iing'.-r and *-urp. ixe. "hi
J ?cd. indeed, indued! Von cannot do mi i
wlsnl 'mac vcr.- pretty, very (ir.:.nu.
Sou cannot* do as I wish!" And lie kept
o;i repeating the ivbrds, giving them .a f:v!:.e
meaning, which I was powerless toset right*.
"But maybe I co you wrong," he said
abruptly. "Nodoubt you havan drat rate
propos:.! of your own to moke.*'
I faltered that I hadn't and held my
breath forthecii'cet. Ic was electric. With
an energy I had never seen ia lim before
my father sprang to his fee: nod began io
stride abone i he room, or rather to stamp,
his face like a thundercloud, bis brcnthii g
a series ol' angry snorts. As 1 stood quak
ing in every fibcr,my mother ?avo me a
look which seemed io say: "My dear, un
fortunate boy, what does all this mean?
Have you taken leave of your sense-:'''
"J. can scarcely believe my cars," cried
my father when he bad got over the fir<t
spasm of rage. "I doubt my very senses.
A son of mine telling nie, in the very crisis
of fortune, he cannot do as I wish-cannot
.Jons I wish I Did ears of man ever hear
thc like 01 that ? '1 cannot do us you wish,'
says .tho beardless Solomon to t lie foolish
gray head. That's good. The world's im
proving. Cannot do ns I wishl This is
what colleges and professors do. Go out,
sir, and get me a hazel rung till I teach
you obedience. By my faith, Wallace Kil
gour will hear no such language as that in
his own house!"
"Doiiot agitate yourself so," pleaded my
mother. "Andrew nie ms no disobedience,
I'm sure. Von haven't gi veu him a chance
to explain himself."
"To be sure, to be sure," said my father,
"we have not heard bis explanations. I'll
warrant they're very ingenious and eon
vincing, coming direct, as they do, from
that nest of Jesuits, the College of Edin
burgh." Then .-liter a turn ortwomo-e
about thc room he threw himself into a
chair. Thinking that now was my chance
to speak, I began very humbly.
"If you listen, sir, I'll try."
"Listen!" he thundered, jumping to his
feet as if I had offered a deadly insult
"Listen to you? Xo, t!?e listening shall he
on the other side. And this is what I have
to say: That you sh;i!l obey me wi; ??out trou
bling about explanations or you shall leave
my house. It is miue as yet, and i will be
master in it."
"I only wanted to tell yon," I ventured
again. But he wonk! not hear me.
"If you attempt to argue with mc, out
you go," he said peremptorily.
And I verily believe he would forthwith
have thrust me from the house had not Ids
attention been arrested by a knock at the
outer, or hail, door, rt loud, imperious ku? ck
that seemed io anuounce n person of ?tn
portance. The next minute thc door of our
apartment was opened and in walked "ny
bumptious traveling companion of tile pre
In walked my hmnpilniut (mm/ling com
pauli>i? ti1 thc pfcccdhitjiluy.
ceding day He was all smirks and smiles
now, presenting, its he reared hi? portly
figure and loqked about him, the very em
bodiment of good nature. My lat her. being
tai.i-ii by sr. ?-?irise in thc mitts! of hi? jias
sion, stared lora monti nt without a y ord
ot welcome or recognition. Then suddenly
he cried; "Thomas Clcphane, by all that's
"Troth, just the same, cousin.*' returned
thc visitor, complacently taking my fm ber's
outstretched hand, "and elad to .-ec yoi:
hale and well, though, to say thc truth, n
wee thought milled about the comb, so tu
speak. And this is my Cousin Janet, no
doubt," beaming upon my mother and ex
tending his hand, "1 am glad to make your
acquaintance, cousin, and gratified to lind
you well. Many a time have 1 thought of
you all; many a time"-then spying me,
"Ah, whom have we here? A familiar face
Surely, Dod, us I'm a living man my stage
companion, whose pretty wit and lively
manners I found SO entertaining on thc
wretched journey hither. Well, well, this
is a pleasure to he sure," grasping my hand
and nearly wringing it from the v. u'.-r.
"Who could have thought of this? But
the uncxpected's aye happening. Little
know ve what a day or au hour may
bring forth. And to think that yesterday
we dunched each other in our dafiin, never
dreaming we were cr the same blood.
Tour looks tell me I'm right in taking you
for the heir of Kilburnie. Home from col
lege likely. I've heard of ye from Peter
Faith, Peter says ycr an tinco scholar."
"It's a pleasure to me to welcome you to
Kilburnie," interrupted my father. "And
it was wholly unexpected."
"Pleasures are aye sweetest when iinex J
peet ed, cousin," returned Mr. Clcphane ur
bandy. "What'sexpected isdiscounted, cn j
joyed before its time,so to speak, like wind
raised by post ubit. I was in the country
side and could not ?eave without looking
in at Kilburnie. And I'm lucky in Gilding
you .iltogether, and doubly lucky in lind
inj; an old friend," turning his radiance
upon mc, "though, to say the truth, what
the minister called him escapes nie."
"Andrew," said my mother.
"To be sure," said Mr. Clcphane. laugh
ing. "My memory's no' wort ii u preen, ns
Bobbie says. I might have remembered
what Beter has so often told me. 'Father,'
he has said, 'there's not the like of Andrew
Kilgour in our university. Mind you what
I tell ye, he's born to make his mark.
But the fact bi that old folks are so much
fashed wi' the world, the flesh and thc
devil their minds get slippery and lose
the grip o' things. 1 bone the college days
are not over, Andrew. It's an auld sax ing
and a true, stick to the school thc schule,
we said, in my ballin days-and thc school
will stick to you."
'It's a curious coincidence," said my fa
ther when the volt hie Mr. Clephane had
been induced to lake a seat, "that we
should just have bei n talking about a pro
fession for him."
"A very important mutter, ci nsin," iv
(.ponded Mr. Clephr.ne, with deep gravi ty of
tone and countenance. Then, a.- m ming lils
sprightliest manner and loo!;ing ; :. in?,
ho added, "Thc most important cxccpl
rettihg married. .Aye m ike that i ::
ception, Andrew. Faith, tho laiues tah?
the lead, will we, nill we. Sol mon with
all his wisdom couldn't resist t ';cm, md
when hu failed who's likely ?J sneee-rdf
What's this the poet says? '. herc s ti te po
el ry i:i law, cousin, and i'm clean forget
ling thc warbling* of thc muse* (mt noy
way bo means t bat in camp orgrove loi c's
supreme. Ama:- i.:;-t-- hin fate when he
meets Ids wife. Mind that, Andr. w. Hut
abo';1, th'.- profession, consia-excuse by
ligrcssloh ??ito the icn?nisot sentiment tra i
romance. Lawyers go lhere hut seldem,
und, truth to lc!!, dinna feel ower well itt
borne when ihey do make an exeursi??
What's1 11;.- Andrew's profession, ii it'li 8
air qua : ion:-"
"There'sa lU?Terenco o:i tho poi:it,"u!i
sword my ?.-'U. r '-i'; i H r the law [.. rt
|j-because I rememh-jryour owu t.ry:?? ri
ty, toi: i:?, ami lie's- wei!, he's .: .. "a -r it."
"H'm, hal" said Mr. Cl< Ltroi ing
his Arc}rn?urishe.*l chin. "Dear me. '.hat"?
: iwate; mid yet it. would ney ? ? .' < fi r
us nillo be nf lhe .-ame mind. Tue:-? are
f wnya of mr.!ch:g a living; c ai: i:;. and
the laddie i?:.< ..' . ?. .rn last s nae doot. As
to thc I : .v. it's wi:ii i: ? t witb many an
other tiling, t iii-e likeit hest who kum-.
Icsstnbo'.it it. At ii ; liest iuVa .slippery
.ailie, ia which t'ti f.i:l . ;i tie who i.
bis feel. ? havas-irackled thnmg-i-l'?uo
deny it, hut v.. : lie - kin o' my I? ' ii, .*: the
ian of U/. says. I'm nc: sure I "cl advise
another fellow to follow iu my.-'ep*. (Jul
dinna let me interfere; dinna let ino conn*
l-ctwccu father t?iid son." Whereupon Mr
Lune i I his h iuds, thus ligiirn
'!... y wasbhiglhem of?he whole bush. ?
and ifce subject of talk was changed.
When highland h- -pi?ali'iis had been
Ispenscd, Mr. Ciophanv mid my father
.i nt ont for a walk, li tvlitg mc behind.
1 was t ot s.'.i ?y, situ c their at'suia gave
un ojip rtunity i t Hiit-aking with my
ber. who; good soul, was evrr willing
o tai...- my part ! told her my wholesti :-y
irircscrvedly. and Rhei-y.mpathiKed :? onlj
mother cm. I also told her the history
of my relations with Beh r, which startled
"ii is a shame, Anurew," saesaid, .
. the tears gleaming in ber dear eyes,-*!
j .Mr. Clepbane probably knows notbit
Peter's behavior, ?nd at any rate for.-;
fal ber's sake we must uphold the lion?
; Kilburnie, it must not be said be c
i heie and was ill received/'
And then with many a caress she
mc she quite undi rstood my unhappy ]
I : iou, and that :i:c would do what she o
j to re-establish mo in my Tat!.er's favoi
could see, however, that the. loyal h
was deeply troubled. She would fain 1
seen me obey, ? bile pledging her word
partisan. Wy blessings on her memor;
I As fate ifould have ic, when my fa
and his visitor re; urned they were ace
: panied by a neighboring laird, Sir Tho
Gordon ol" Tile Kims, of whom the re;
bas already casually beard -rom mine I
of the Hound and Stag. Meetiug the o
ne? in tho course pf their walk, my fat
with the impulsive generosity which
wrought sucii tronido to his house, iiisi:
on taking bim ?home for luncheon reg
lessof domestic convenience or reson
But my motlier wa* right glad to sc<
Thomas and be ia turn was glad to
her, declaring in bis fine old fashioned u
uer it did his heart good just to cross
threshold of Kilburnie.
Sir Tiionias, my mothar had told me
ways gave her the Impression that he
extremely lonely. He might have I
bnppy as t he wos id goes. A retire:'. Au
Lidian oflicial, he was wealthy, and tho
a widower, be 1 nd the c unpuuionship '
de voted dauglittr whose equal in bea
and goodness has not brea" bed sins.- j
left paradise. But these blessings ?
[ mysteriously counterbalanced. There .
j p. brea!; in hi.-> healch, and-one could si
! plainly-n break in bis bean, two evils
which money is nu medicine, and wit
even filial devotion- can hardly do tn
Sir Thomas had both seen and don
great deal in tim-s that history newe
stirring. Mc bad been a prominent ac
iu more than one mcmdrablc and excit
scene. He had fought a vaiiaut battle,*
victory bu.! crowned his exertions. Vet
had a skeleton iu thc cupboard.' He sigl
often, and bis habitual loo!; was downe.
But he**was not of those who paradell
woes. In company he was cheerful i
jul bd? ed way and always gentle and e
siderate. .Much knowledge of men .
their imperfections bad not hardened bi
and bitter experiences bad but sadden
not soured, his sweet spirit. Xor bad ye
of authority and much honor destroyed
1 hoped that luncheon would pass wi
out reference being made lo what 1
brought me home, but in that I wost
appointed, tor the matter lay too near I
father's heart lo be kept out of his conv
Ration. Sir Thomas was.told of the ph
ibm bad been made for me, and how
j some unaccountable reason I was bent
"We must not lu* angry or disappoint
if youi h does nut see with the eyes of ngi
said Sir Ti unas graciously, looking
me. "Morning and evening have diffen
lights. Mr. Andrew h:is the fresh visi
und quid; iiiii-il?gi-li?uof his lime of li
I Ti.ey cr; m i io oe despised. At the sa:
j time 1 am si :-.- i e will consider soberly a
I aol linden lima'.e the importauceof l
' decision lie i- culled on to make. Least
ali will lie :.:.-. ve by any obstinacy those
ivhoni'Jiis \ liare is perhaps dearer than
himself," ida! :!.. u headded after a pan
"People's t . ?gil ta mn on the Hues tl
are ihi*st famii ;.; to ihem. India occurr
lo nu- I make a mere suggestion. Hi
would you liki* to make your fortune
"bobette: place lu the world for a, you
man . ? ability ami enterprise," put in S
I Clephaue quickly "Do-.!, many'stbe f<
tum has bet.: iumle iu India, i think I .
in Andrew a nabob in embryo."
No une loos un- luiiMt notice of him, i
thc attention being bent on me. 1 wusci
barra:- eti and floundered liken man out
bis m pt h and reckoning. 1 had n
thought of India, but as the drowning mi
dutches ul li straw so i ardently express
a desire to yo to India;greatly to the asm
islitneut of my father and.the horror ai
consternai ion o? my pour mother.1
"Do not make ft hasty choice," sold ?
Thomas in his ki in Hy tone. "Come toT
Elms tomorrow evening, and wo will Ut
the matter over at dinner. Perhaps \
may have the honor of Mr. and Mrs. K
gour's company also, and, Mr. Clepbane,
shall be honored if you, too. will joint
Then we can all help destiny lo choose
career for Mr. Andrew." And soit was t
ranged. Fur the present at least I ht
relief. ' _
TIIK ELMS-A MOMENTOUS DECISION.
Youth has an enviable knack of turuil
its back upon the troublous past so soon ?
a blink of hope shiues ont of the future.
Next dayl had forgotten my woes at
was as snugly iu conceit with myself, i
ardent, as full of preposterous schemes ?
if, i at o? being the football of fortan?
I ha-.l been !? .?. first favorite and grand vis
?cr. I pas lt!.- day zealously cttltivntin
those aerial estates which make 8b fine
?ihowin ike eye of imagination and prom
iso! ' rar r. ri v mu . mid waited with int
patience for the evening. Vet when f
hour came and I found myself at The Elm
so?:?.. how ray elation forsook mc, ?nd win
it my confidence ami self possession. Th
ordi ai c f thc intro luctioa to Miss Gordo:
was trying. I; left mc with hot gills am
an uneasy foreboding that I was gotjgi
make ;t fool of mys? lt
When we sat dow?lo dinner, I was st il
bannt d Ly this fear, and consequent!;
very flustered. It would have been tm
spcakably grateful io slink into na obscur
corner whence I could watch without ;.'
trading attention, but a perverse fati
placed me disconcertingly close to the ra
diant being wiso presided as hostess. Il
may seem an odd tiling, but in ibu distres.
of the lir.^t 15 minutes, had there bee?
thc choice, I would gladly have resigner
my seat beside thc beautiful young mis
tr m o? Thc Elms to charge upon n biassing
park of artillery, and 1 would sooner have
fought IO men than address a voluntary
remark to her. To find her so much O?
looking ut mc was to be struck with a ri
diculous palsy that sent a nervous tremor
nil through rac, ns if there were an electric
bal tory in her eyes; tobedirectiy addressed
bl '?. er was loud overthrow of the wiis and
paralysis of the tongue.
That was during thc first half hour ol
our contact. By degrees I came to feel it
was good lo bo near her and lis?enlo ber
w indroit! ly vivacious and penetrative talk
aud watch the flying shadows of thought
on her superbly molded und expressive
fa -, and the gleam of her raven hair, and
the sunshine that rippled in dimpled cheek
and chin, and tba sparkle of her dark eyes,
eyes which wera equally ready to laugh in
joy or melt iu pity or flash in stern indig
nation and rt b?ke.
I nm not going to attempt a description
of her surpassing beauty, n formal portrait
being to nur a Illing clean cr.it of Git* ques
tion. She vas SD, ti child of tho sun and
thc peer of any queen on cana-fair ai
her whoso fuco had launched a thousand
drips ant] humed the topless towers of It
nm, and if shy caused mea flutter of fright
it was a species of delirious ccstacy, a de
licious pain, thai was tho very essence of
Pinner bad not long begun wheo my
bi : bu ss was introduced.
"lt is no. a thi.:g to bj lightly decided
ilpili," sai.I Sir Thomar*! seriously. "You
ar; nt a tim? of life now. Mr. Andrew,
wli rii every ucl,every dy ':. on, is inonu.,
to .. Ui r it?fs nnd ii ci-ions iudeeti it?
al ayssiso: luttions, bm they are puen I aili
oin parti ti!;u i.-'.. o i:i roath, r/lu :i we gi t-.
t!:. : mcnntl bias tootir whole later"IiC"> ?
hurty oran unwise dec; iou in carly. J.ii'%
too,often involvesa lifelong regret. I ,u;?
yo. ; ?tv w i ci nsidered Wttb your ff. il i .
ami moi hi r "
"As :..? Gi it, S?r Thomas," chime lin r I;'
father ere I could ?.peak a word '>lh
ntnthernnd my.1 ilf faa1 a come to no ?jucl
sion iu tbi matt r. Ti be perfectiva? jU?
ive have not heve consulted. But Iw ?ii fr
lo choose li he thiaki it will be lo bli r.i>
vantage to g? i > Ludia, let bim go u> Iz cilit
il?; will ! u Gio I ?itel ?er lo succeed ii Is <;?
cid-. : for ??i If."
". Jyseniim ula exastly," said Mr. -??tt
pbaneeiu] ly. "I have ii son of ca]
own, und I say: 'Peter, my boy, choose foi
yourself. Wc uro .".ll endowed with di Tar
ent tastes un '. LifTi rent faculties, therefore
cbpi e Tor Yourself.' I make no dou bt ibat
Andrew is quite eomjietcnt to scleut n ci
reer for bin:- elf!"
"Probably he is," responded Sir Thomas
quietly. "Yet most of us a.e wis-.- ?; u.)
than nt ?0."
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