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ti's ?going to blow, wben it'? a-going to be ca
X know by what I notices dunn here when
tonk's changed, quite as well."
A "Has this gio web on the roof anything to
with your divination ?" asked Vendale, bold
J- his light toward a gloomy, ragged growtl
dark fungus pendent from the arobes with a v
disagreeable and repellent effect. " We are
mons for this growth in this vault, aren't we ?
/ M We ?re, Master George," replied Joey Lat
Boring a atop or two away, "and if you'll be
Tieed by me, you'll let it alone."
Taking- up the rod Just now laid across I
two casks, and faintly moving the languid f
gu? with itt, Vendale asked, " Ay, indeed ? ?1
'?.& " Why,-not to tBuoh because it rises from I
casks ot wine, and mayieave you to judge wi
?ort of stuff a Gellannan takes into himself wi
he walks in the same ail the days of his life, i
yet so much because at a stage of its growth i
maggots, and you'll fetch 'em down upon yoi
returned Joey Ladle, still keeping away, " as :
another reason, Master George.'*
" What other reason ?"
" (I wouldnt keep on touchin* it, if 1 was ye
slr.) m tell yon If you'll come out of the plai
First, take a look at Ms color, Master George.'
MI am doing so."
"Done, sir. Now, come out of the place."
He mored away with his light, and Vend?
followed with bis. When Vendale came up wi
him, and they were going back together. Ve
dale eying Um as they walked through tl
arches,said : " Well, *oey? The color."
"Is it lise dotted Ifleod, Master George ?"
" More than enough, I think," muttered Jo*
Ladle, shaking his head solemnly.
"Well, say it is like ; say it ia exactly lil
- What then I"
"Master George, they do say-"
"How ahould I know who T" rejoined the Cc
human, apparently much exasperated by tl
unreasonable nature of the question. 1 "Them
Hiern aa says p/etry well everything, you knot
How ahould I know who They are, if you dont 1
" True. Go OB."
" They do say that the man that gets by ai
aeddent a piece of that dark growth right upc
. Us breast, will, for sure and Certain, die b
Aa Vendale laughingly stopped to meet th
CeUarmanw eye?, which he had fastened on hi
tight wUle dreamingly saying those words, h
suddenly became conscious of being struck upo
bia own breast by a heavy hand. Instantly foi
lowing with his eyes the action of the hand tba
struck him-which was his companion's-h
saw that it had beaten off his. breast a web o
dot of the fangos, eren then floating to th
For a moment he turned upon the Cellarmai
almost as scared a look as the Cellarman turnet
upon him. But in another cement thor ha?
reached tho daylight at the foot of the celia
steps, and before he cheerfully sprang up them
fte blew oat his candle and the superstition to
On the morning of the next day Wilding wen
out done, after leering a message with his clerk.
"If Mr. Vendale should ask for me," he said
" or if Mr. Bin trey should call, tell them I an
gone to the Foundling." All that his partnei
had said te him, all that bis lawyer, following ot
the same side, could urge, had left him persist?
ing unshaken in his own point of view. To fine
the lost man, whose place he had usurped, wai
now the paramount interest of his life, and tc
inquire at the Foundling was plainly to take the
first step in the direction of discovery. To the
Foundling, accordingly, the wine merchant non
The Ailee fasiOiar aspect of the building wai
altered to him, as the leek of the portrait ovei
the ehimneypiece was altered to him. His on?
dearest- association with the place which had
sheltered his childhood bad been broken away
from it forever.'A strange reluctance rjoesossed
bim, when he stated his business ai the door.
His heart ached as he eat done in the waiting
room, while the treasurer of the Institution waa
being sent for to eee him. When the interview
began, it was only by a painful effort that he
could compose himself sufficiently to mention
the nature of his erand.
The treasurer iieteued.'with a face which prom?
ised all needful attention, and promised nothing
"We are obliged to be cautions," he sud,
when it came to bis turu to speak, " about ali
inquiries which are made by strangers."
"Toa eran hardly consider me a stranger," an?
swered Wilding, simply. " I was one of your
poor lost children here in the bygone time."
The treasurer politely rejoined .that this cir?
cumstance inspired him with a special interest
in his visitor. But he pressed, nevertheless, for
that visitor's motive in making his inquiry.
Without further preface, Wilding told him his
motive, suppressing nothing.
The treasurer rose, and led the way into th?
room in which the registers of the Institution
were kept. "AH the information which our book
san give ls heartily at your service," he aaid.
"After the time that bas elapsed, I am afr ad it
is the only information we have to offer you."
The books wees consulted, and the entry was
found, expressed aa follows:
"Sd March, 1836. Adopted, and removed from
Bte Foundling Hospital, a mde infant, named
Walter Wilding. Name and condition of the per?
son adopting the child: Mrs. Jabe Ann Miller,
widow. Address: Lime Tree Lodge, Groom?
bridge Wells. R?f?renc?e: The Reverend John
Harker, Groombridge Wells; and Messrs. Gilej,
?Jeremie, and Giles, bankers, Lombard street."
"Bs that all?" asked the wine merchant
?"?Had you, no after-communication with Mrs.
"None-or some reference to it must have
appeared in thia book."
" May I take a copy of the entry ?"
i'Cwtainlv! Xoa are a little agitato! Lat;
mm ir - ? ? .gi^^tttfja,^!
me make the copy for yon."
"My only chaceo, I suppose,"said Wi]
looking sadly at the copy, " is to inquire at
5! M J- .s residence, and to try if her refer
can help me ?"
"That ia the only chance I see at pref
answered the treasurer. "I heartily wi
could have been of some further assista?
With those farewell words to comfort
Wilding set forth on the journey of invei
rion which began from the Foundling d
The first 'tage to make for was plainly the I
of business of the bankers in Lombard si
Two of tho partners in the firm were inacc
ble to chance visitors when he asked for t
The third, after raising certain inevitable
culties, consented to let a clerk examine
ledger marked with the initial letter " M."
account of Mrs. Miller, widow, of Groombi
Wells, waa found. Two long lines, in faded
were drawn across it, and at the bottom of
page there appeared thia note : " Ace
closed, September SO, 1837."
So the first stage of the journey waa rcac
and so it ended in No Thoroughfare I A
Bending a note to Cripple Corner to inform
partner that bia absence might he prolong?e
some hoon, Wilding took bia place in the t
and started for the second stage on the joan
Mrs. Miller's residence at Groombridge Well
Mothers and children traveled with h
mothers and children met each ot* er at
. station ; mothers and children were in the si
when he entered them to inquire for Lime-I
Lodge. Everywhere the nearest and dear?
human relations showed itself happily in
happy light of day. Everywhere he waa
minded of the treasured delusion from whicl
bad been awakened so cruelly, of the
memory whioh had passed from him hke a
flection from a glass.
Inquiring here, inquiring there, he cc
hear of no such place as Lime-Tree Lot
Passing a hons?-agent's office, he went
wearily and pnt the question for the 1
time. The house-agent pointed across
street to a dreary mansion of , many e.
dows, which might have been a mannfactc
bot which was an hoteL "That's where Li
Tree Lodge stood, sir," said the man, "
The second stage reached, and No Thoron;
Bnt one chance waa left The clerical rei
euee? Mr. Harker, still remained to be four
Customers coaling in at the moment to ocoo
the home agent's attention, Wilding went do
the street, and, entering a bookseller's shi
asked if could be informed of the Be vere nd Jo
Hark er's present address.
The bookseller looked unaffectedly shock
and astonished, and made no answer.
Wilding repeated his question.
The bookseller took np from his connie!
prim little volume in a binding of sober gn
He handed it to his visitor, open at the til
page. Wilding read v
" The martyrdom of the Reverend John Hi
ker in New Zealand. Belated by a former mei
ber of his flock."
Wilding pnt the book down on the count*
"I beg your pardon," he said, thinking a litt]
perhaps, of Disown present martyrdom while 1
spoke. The silent bookseller acknowledged tl
apology by a bow. Wilding went ont
Third and last stage, and No Tborenghfa
for the third and last time.
There was nothing more to be done ; thei
was absolutely no choice but to go back to Loi
don, defeated at ?ll points. From time to tin
on the return journey, the wine merchant look?
at his copy of the entry in the Foundling Be)
ister. There is one among the many forms <
despair-perhaps the most pitiable of all-whie
persists in disguising itself as hope, Wildin
checked himself in the tot of thro win
the useless morsel of paper out of the cai
hage window. " It may lead to>omething yet,
he thought " While I Ure, I wont part with i
When I die, my executors shall find it sealed u
with my will."
Now, the mention of his will set the goo
wine merchant on a new track of thought, with
out diverting his mind from its engrossing sub
jeet He must make his will immediately.
' The application of the phrase No Thoro u gh far
to the ease had originated with Mr. Bintrey. Ii
their first long conference following the dis
covery, that sagacious personage had a hundret
times repeated, with an obstructive shake of thi
head, "No Thoroughfare, Fir, No Thoroughfare
My belief is that there is no way out of this a
this time of day, and my advice is, make your
self comfortable where you are."
In the course of the protracted consultation, i
magnum of the forty-five-year-old port wine hac
been produced for the wetting of Mr. Bin trey \
legal whistle, but the more clearly he saw hil
way through the wine, the more emphaticallj
he did not see hie way through the cate: repeat?
ing, as often se he set his glass down empty,
I "Mr. Wilding, No Thoroughfare. Best and be
It is certain that the honest wine merchant's
anxiety to maka a will originated in profound
I conscientiousness; tbongh it is possible (and
; quite consistent with his rectitude) that be may
unconsciously hare derived some feeling of re?
lief from the prospect of delegating bis own diffi?
culty to two other men who wore to come after
him. Be that as it may, he pursued bis pew
track of tbonght with great ardor, and lost
no time in bagging George Vendale and Mr.
Bintrey to meet him jp Cripple Corner and share
" Being all three assembled with cloped
doors," said Mr. Bintrey, addressing the new
partner on the occasion, " 1 wish to observe, be?
fore our friand (and my client) intrusts us with
his further views, that 1 have indorsed what I
understand from bim to have been your advice.
Mr. Ven lalo, aud what would be the advice of
every sensible man. I have told him that he
posilively must keep his secret. I have spoken
with Mrs. Goidatraw, both in hus presence and
in his absence ; and if anybody is to be trusted
(whichis a very large IF.) IthinkBhe ie to be
trusted to that extent. I haye pointed out to
our friend (and my client,) that to set on foot
random inquiries would not only raise the devil,
in tue likeness of all the swindlers m the king'
dom, but would also be to waste the estate.
v>vc H ) vu ?e?; Ur, Tendajo, our friend (and rn?
client,) does not desire to waste the estate, hi
on the contr irv, detjiros to husband it for vi
be considers-but I can't say I do-tbe riebt
owner, if such rightful owner phouid ever
found. I am very much mistaken if he ei
will be, but never miud that. Mr. Wilding a
1 are, at least, agreed that thc estate is not
be wasted. Now, I have yielded to Mr. Wi
ing'e desire to keep an advertisement at inti
vals flowing through the newspapers, eau tic m
inviting any person who may kaow auytuir
about that" adopted infant, taken from t
Foundling Hospital, to come to m.v office ; a:
I have pledged myself that such advertisemc
shall regularly appear. I have gathered frc
our friend (and my client) that 1 meet you he
to-day to toke bis instructions, not to give hi
advice. I am prepared to receive bis ms tn
tiona, and to respect bis wisneB ; bnt you w
please observe that this does not imply t
approval of either as a matter of professioi
Thus Mr. Eintrey; talking quite as much
Wilding as to Ton date. And yet, in spite of fa
care for his client, he was so amused ty I
client's Quixotic conduct, as to eye nim fro
time to time with twinkling eyes, in the light i
a highly comical curiosity.
" Nothing," observed Wdding, "can be clear?
I only wish my head was as clear as yours, kl
" If you feel that singing in^t coming on," hie
ed the lawyer, with an alarmed glance, " put
off-I mean the interview."
"Not at all, I thank you," said Wildin
" What was I going to-"
" Dont' excite yourself, Mr. Wilding," urge
" No; I wasn't going to," said the wine me:
chant. "Mr. Bm trey and Oeorge Vendal
would you have any hesitation or objection I
become my joint trustees and executors, or ea
you at once consent ?*'
"I consent," replied George Vendale, reidil]
" I consent," said Bintrey, not so readily,
"Thank you both. Mr. Bintrey, my instru
tiona for my Last will and testament are sho
and plain. Perhaps you will have the gocdnei
to take them down. I leave the whole of n
real and personal estate, without any exceptio
or reservation whatsoever, to yon ?wo, my joir
trust?es and executors, in trust to pay the who
to the true Walter Wilding, if he shall be foui
and identified within two years after the day c
my death. Failing that, m trust to you : wo 1
Say over the whole as a benefaction and legac
) the Foundling Hospital."
" Those aro all your instructions, are they, M
Wilding**' demanded Bintrey, after a blan
silence, during which nobody bad looked nt an]
" The whole."
"And as to those instructions, you have abet
lutely made up your mind, Mr. Wilding ir"
" Absolutely, decidedly, finally."
" It only remains," said the lawyer, with on
shrug of his shoulders, " to get them into .echn:
cal and binding form, and to execute and attesi
Now, does that preBB ? Is there any huny abor.
it ? You are not going to die y et, sir.",
"Mr. Bintrey," answered Wilding, gravel]
"when I am going tm die is within other know!
edge than yours or mine. I shall be glad to h av
this matter off my mind, if you please."
" We (are lawyer and client again," rejoine
Bintrey, who, for the nonce, bad become almos
sympathetic. "If this day week-here, at th
same hour-will suit Mr. Vendale and y our s ell
I will enter in my diary that I attend you accord
The appointment was made, and in due so
?uencekept. The will was formally signed, sealed
elivered, and witnessed, and was carried off b;
MT. Bintrey for safe storage among the papers o
his clients, ranged in their respective iroi
boxes, with their respective owners names ont
Bide, on bron tiers in hie consulting room, aa i
that legal sanctuary were a condensed Famil
Vault of Clients.
With more heart thar be had lately had fbi
former subjects of interest. Wilding then se
about completing his patriarchal establishment
being much assisted not only by Mrn. Gold
straw, but by Vendale, foo; who. perhipe, hat
in his mind the giving of au Obenreizer din
ncr as soon as pos ubi e. Anyhow, tb?
establishment being reported in sound
working order, the Ooenreizers, Guardian ant
Ward, were asaed to dinner, and Madame Doi
was included in the invitation. If Vendale hat
been over head and ears in love before-i pbraei
not to be taken as implying the faintest doubt
about it-thia dinner plunged him down, in lov?
ten thousand fathoms deep. Yet, for the life o
hum, be could not get one word alone witt
charming Marguerite. So surely as a bless?e
moment seemed to come, Obenreizer. in hit
filmy state, would stand at Vc udale's elbow, ol
the broad back of Madame Dor wonk, appeal
before bis eyes, ^hat speechless matron wai
never seen ni a fri t view from the moment ol
her arrival to that >f her departure, etcept al
dinner. And from the instant of her retirement
to tue drawing room, after a hearty participa*
tion in that meal, she turned her face to the
Yet, through four or five delightful though
distracting hours Marguerite was to be seen,
Marguerite waa to be heanL_Marguerita was to
be occasionally touched. When they made the
round of the old dark cellars Vendale Iud ber by
the band ; when ehe sang to him in tho lighted
room at night, Vendale, standing by her, held
ber relinquished gloves, and would bave bar?
tered against them every drop of the i'orty-fiv
year old, though it had been forty-five times
forty-five years old, and its net pnoe forty-five
times forty-five pounds per dozen. And still,
when she was gone, and a great gap of an ex?
tinguisher was clapped on Cripple Corner, he
tormented himself by wondering did che think
that ho admired her ! Did she think that he
adored her 1 Did she suspect that she bad won
him heart and soul! Did she care to think
at all about it I And so, did she and didn't ehe,
np and down the gamut, and above the line
and below the line, dear, dear 1 Poor rest?
less heart of bumanity I To think that the men
Who were mummies thousands of years ago, did
the same, and ever found the secret how to be
qmet nf ter it I
"What do you think, George," Wilding
asked him next day " of Mr. Obenraizer ? (I
won't ask you what you think of Miss Oben?
"I don't know," said Vendale, "and I never
did know, what to think of bim."
"He is well inform and clever," II aid Wild?
"A good mueician." (He had played very
well and sung very well, overnight. )
"Unquestionably a good musician."
"And talks well."
"Yes," said George Vendale, ruminating,
"and talks well. Do you know, Wilding, it
oddly occurs to me, aa I think about bim, that
he doesn't keep silence wed I"
" How do you mean ? He is not obtrusively
"No, and I don't mean that. 'But when he is
silent, you can hardly help vaguely, though per?
haps most unjustly, mistrusting him. Take
people whom you know and like. Take any one
yon know and like."
**Soon done, my good fellow," said Wilding.
"I take you."
"i didn't bargain for that, or foresee it," re?
turned Vendale, laughing. "How a ver, take
me. Reflect for a moment. Is your approving
knowledge of my interesting face mainly founded
(however various the momentary expressions it
may include, on my face when I am e?ent ? '
"1 think it ia, ' said Wilding.
"I think so too. Now, you see, when Obenreizer
speaks,-in otner words, when he is allowed to
explain himself away,-he comes out right
enough ; but when be has not the opportunity
of explaining himself away, he comea cot rath
wrong. Therefore it ia said that I say he do
not keep silence well. And passing nastily
review such faces as I know and don't trust
am inchned to think, now I give my mind to :
that none of them keep silence well."
This proposition in Physiognomy being new
Wilding, he was at first slow to admit it, un
ask mg himself the question whether Mrs. Gol
straw kept silence well, and remembering th
her face in repose decidedly invited trustfulnes
he was as glad as men usually are to bebe'
what they desire to believe.
But as be was very slow to regain bis spirits
his health, bis partner, as another means of se
ting bim up,-and perhaps also with oontingei
Obenreizer views,-reminded bim r-t thoi
musical schemes of bis in connection with fa
family, and how a singing-class wis to be formt
in tbe house, and a choir in a neighborir
church. The olaas was established epeedil
and, two or three of the people having alreac
Borne musical knowledge, and singing tolerabl
the choir soon tollo wed. The hitter waa led at
chiefly taught by Wilding himself ; who hi
hopes of converting bis dependents into so mai
foundlings, la respect of their capacity to ait
Now, the ObenrsizerB being skilled musician
it was easily brought to pass that they should 1
asked to join these musical unions. Guardia
and ward consenting, or guardian consenti c
for both, it was necessarily brought t
pass that Vendale's life became a life i
absolute thraldom and enchantment. Fo
in the mouldy Christopher-Wren church c
Sundays, with its dearly beloved brethren assen
bled and met together, five-snd-twenty strom
was not that her voice that shot bke light int
the darkest places, thrilling the walls and pillai
as though they were pieces of his heart 1 Whs
time, too, Madame Dor in a corner of the hig
pew, turning her back upon everybody and ever]
thing, could not fail to be Ritualistically right a
some moment of the service; like the man whoi
tbe doctors recommended to get drunk once
month, and who, that be might not overlook ii
got drank every day.
But even those seraphic Sundays were sm
?iassed by the Wednesday concerts estabhshe
or the patriarchal family. At those concert
she would sit down to the piano, and sing then
in her own tongue, songs of ber own land
Bongs calling from the mountain-tops to Yeo
dale, " Bise above the groveling level country
come far away from the crowd; pursue me au
mount higher, higher, higher, melting into th
azure distance; rise to my supremest hight o
all, and love me herel" Then would the prett
bodice, the clocked stocking and the ?Iver
buckled shoe be, like the broad forehead and tin
bright eyes, fraught with the spring of a ver;
chamois, until tbo strain waa over.
Not even over Vendale himself did these song
of hers cast a more potent spell than over Joe;
Ladle in his different way. Steadily refus inj
to maddie the harmony by taking any share h
it, and evincing |the supremest contempt foi
scales and suchlike rndimsnts of music- which
indeed, seldom captivate me.-e listeners-Joey du
at first give up the whole business as a bad job
and the whole of the performers for a Bet o
howling Dervishes. But descrying traces o
unmuddled harmony in a a part-song one day, hi
gave his two under-cellermen faint hopes of get
ting on toward something in course or time. Ai
anthem of Handel's led to further encourage
ment from him; though he objected that thai
great musician must have been down in some o
them foreign cellars pretty much, for to go anc
say the same thing so many times over; which
took it in how you might, ho considered a cer<
tain sign of your having took it in somehow
On a third occasion, the public appearance ol
Mr. Jarvis with a flute, ana of an old man witt
a viohn, and the performance of a duet by thc
two, did so astonish him that, solely of his OWE
impulse and motion, he became inspired witt
the words, "Ann Hoar 1" repeatedly pronounc?
ing them aa if calling m a familiar manner foi
some lady who bad distinguished herself in th?
orchestra. Bat this was his final testimony tc
the marita of his mates, for, the instrumental
duet being performed at-the first Wednesday
concert, and being presently .followed by thc
voice of Marguerite Obenreizer, he sat with his
mouth wide open, entranced, until ahe had
finished; when rising in bu place with much
solemnity, and prefacing what he waa about to
Bay with a bow that specially included Mr.
Wilding in it, he delivered himself of the grati?
fying sentiment: " Arter that, ye may all on ye
get to bed 1" And ever afterward declined te
render homage in any other words to the musi?
cal powers of the family.
Thus began a separate personal acquaintar.ee
between Marguerite Obenreizer and Joey Ladle.
She laughed so heartily at his compliment, .?.*
yet was so abashed by it, that Joey made bold to
say to her, after the concert was over, be hoped
he, wasn't so muddled in his bead as to have took
s liberty ? She made him a gracious reply, and
Joey ducked in return.
' "You'll change the luck time about, Miss," said
Joey, ducking again. " It's such as you in the
place that can bring round the luck of the
" Can I ? Round the luck ?" she answered, in
her pretty English, and with a pretty wonder.
"Ifear I do not understand. I am so stupid."
Young Master Wdding, Miss,* Joey explained,
confidentially, though not much to her enlight?
enment, "changed the luck, afore he took in
young master George. So I say, and so they'd
find. Lord. Only come into the place and sing
over the luck a few times, Miss, and it wont be
able to help itself !"
With this, and with a whole brood of ducks,
Joey backed out of the presence. But Joey
being a privileged person, and even an involun?
tary conquest being pleasant to youth and
beauty, Marguerite merrily looked out for him
.? Where is my Mr. Joey, please ?" sho asked of
So Joey was produced and shaken hands with,
and that became an institution.
Another institution arose in this wise. Joey
was a little hard of hearing. He himself said it
was " Wapors," and perhaps it might have been;
but whatever the cause or the effect, there the
effect was, upon bim. On this first occasion he
bad been seen to sidle along the wall, with his
left hand to his left ear, until he had sidled him?
self into a 3eat pretty near the singer, in which
place and poumon he bad remained, until ad?
dressing to his friends tbe amateurs the compli?
ment before mentioned. It was observed on the
following Wednesday that Joey's action as a peck?
ing machine wts impaired at dinner, and waa
rumored about the table that this was explain?
able by his high-strung expectations of Miss
Obenreizer's Binging, and his fears of not get?
ting a place where he could hear every note and
The rumor reached Wilding's ears, he, in bis
good-nature, called Joey to the front at night
before Marguerite began. Thus the institution
came into being that on succeeding nights, Mar?
guerite, ruuuing her hands over tbe keys before
singing, always said to Vendale, " Where is my
Mr. Joey, please'.'" and that Vendale always
brought him forth, and stationed him noir by.
That he should then, when all eyes were upon
bim, express in bis face the utmost contempt for
the exertions of his friends and confidence in
Marguerite alone, whom he would stand con?
templating, not unlike the rhinoceros out of the
spelling-book, tamed aud on his hind legs, was a
part of the institution. Also that when he re?
mained after the singing in his most ecstatio
state, some bold spirit from the back should
say, " What do you think of it, Joey V" and he
should be goaded to reply, as having that in?
stant conceived the retort, " Arter that ye may
all on ye get to bed ?" These were other parts of
But, tba aimpla pleasure* and email jeata; of J
Cripple Oom er were not destined to have a lo
life. Underlying them from the first wi
serions matter, which every member of l
patriarchal family knew of, bnt which, by ti
agreement, nil forbore to speak of. Mr. Wudic
health was in a bad way.
He might overcome the shock he had s'
tamed in the one great affection of bia life, or
might, have overcome his consciousness
being in the enjoyment of another man's pr
erty; but tho two together were too much :
him. A man haunted by twin ghosts, he
came deeply depressed. The inseparable spect
eat at tbs board with him, ate .from,
platter, draak Irom bia cup, and stood by
bedside at night. When he recalled hu B
posed mother's lore, he felt aa though he h
stolen it. When he rallied a bttle under the
spect and attachment of his dependents, he 1
as though he were even fraudulent in m ak;
them happy, for that should lure been toe i
known man s duty and gratia canoa.
Gradually, under the pressure of his brood i
mind, his body stooped, his atep lost its el
t Lei ty, bis eyes were seldom lifted from i
ground. He knew he could not help the
Elorable mistake that had been made,'but
?ew he could not mend it ; -for the days i
weeks went by, and no one claimed his name
bis possessions. And now there began to cn
over bim a cloudy consciousness of often-rec
ring confusion m hu head. He would no
countably lose, sometimes whole hours, soi
times a whole day and night. Once his rome
branee stopped as he aat at the head of H
dinner table, and wa? blank until daybre;
Another time it stopped aa he waa beating tr
to the . singing, anet went on again when he s
his partner were walking in the courtyard
the light ol' the moon, half the night later,
asked Vendale (always full of conmderati
work and help) how this waa. Vendale only
plied, " You nave not been quite well ; tht
all." He looked for explanation into the fat
of his people. But they would put it off wi
" Glad to see you looking so muon better, ah
or "Hope you're doing nicely now, air;"
which waa no information at ali.
At length, when the partnership waa but f
months old, Walter Wilding took to bia bed, a
his housekeeper became hit nurse.
" Lying here, perhaps you will sot mind i
calling you Bally, Mrs. Goldstraw?" said 1
poor wine merchant,
" It sounds more natural to me, air, than i
other name, and I like it better."
" Thank you, Baily. I think, Bally, I must
late hare been subject to fits. Is that ao, Sall
Don't m incl telling me now."
" It has iappened, air.''
* Ah i That ia the explanation I" he quia
remarked, "Mr. Obenreizer, Bally, talks of I
world berni; ao small that it ia not strange h
often the tame people come together, andi coi
together, nt various places, and to various staj
of life. But it does aeem strange. Bally, tba
should, as I may say, come round to the Foui
ung to die."
He extended hia hand to her, and she gen
" You ai? not going to die, dear Mr. Wildini
"So Mr. Bin trey said, but I think he *
wrong. The old child-feeling ia coming ba
upon me, Sally. Th? old hush and rest, a
used to fall asleep."
After an interval he said, bi a placid voil
" Please kiss me. Nurse," and it waa o vide;
believed iiimseli to be lying in the old dormito!
Aa ahe Iud been used to bend over the fat ht
less and motherless children, Sally bent ot
the fatherless and motherless man, and put li
lipa to hin forehead, murmuring,
" God bless you 1"
"God bless you j" be replied in the same toi
After another interval ne opened his eyes
hto -own character, and said : " Don't mo
me, Baby, because of what I am going to say
he quite easily. I think my tim? ia come,
don't know how it may appear to you, Sal
Insensibility fell upon him for a few min ure
he emerged from it once more.
"- I don't know how it may appear to ye
Sally, ba t so it appears to me,"
When lie had taus conscientiously finished 1
favorite neu tepee, his time came, and he died
VZKDJXI 1UZX8 LOVE.
The summer and thc autumn had pass?
Christmas and the New Year were ai hand.
Aa executors honestly bent on performii
then* duty toward the dead. Vendale and Btou
had held more than one anxious consult?t ton
the subject of Wilding's wilL Th? lawyer h
declared, from the first, that ii was simply u
possible to take any useful action bi the matt
at all. Th? only obvious inquiries to make
relation to the lost man had been made airea
by Wilding himself, with this result, that tu
and death together had not left a trace of hi
discoverable. To advertise for ibo claimant
the property, it would bo necessary to menti
8ar t ic ali irs- a course of proceeding which woo
?vite half the impostors in England to prese
themselves in the character of the true Walt
Wilding. "If we find a chance of tracing tl
lost man, we will take it. If we don't, let us me
for another consultation on the first anniversa
of Wilding's death." So Bin trey advised t'asd e
with th? most earnest desire to fulfill bis dei
friend's wishes, Vendale waa fain to let the mi
ter rest for the present.
Turning from hu interest bi the past to b
interest in the future, Vendale still found hil
self confronting a doubtful prospect. Mont
on montos had passed since bis first visit to Sol
square, and through all that time the one la
guage in wbion be told Marguerite that he lov
Ew was the language of the eyes, assisted,
convenient opportunities, by the language ol ti
What was the obstacle in hirway ? The one h
mo va bio obstacle which had been in his way frc
the first;. No matter bow fairly the opportui
ties looked, Vendale's efforts to speak with Mi
gu?rite alone, ended invariably in one and tl
same result. Under the moat accidental circu?
stances, in the most innocent manner po s sib!
Obenreizer was always in the.way.
With the last da} s of the old year came an u
expected chance of spending an evening wi
Marguerite, which Vendale resolved should bs
chance of speaking privately to her as well.
I cordial note from Obenreizer invited him <
V.o w Year's Dav, to a bttle family dinner in Sol
Square. " We'sball be only four," the note gay
"We shall be only two," Vendale determine
" be foi e the evening is out I"
New Year's Day, among the English, is ass
ciated with the giving and receiving of duiner
and with nothing more. New Year's Day amor
'the foreigners, is the grand opportunity of tl
year for the giving and receiving of presents.
is occasionally possible to acclimatize a foreij
custom. In thu instance Vendale felt no hesit
tion about making the attempt. Hia one dubcu
ty was to decide what his New Year's gift to M
gu?rite shonld be. The defensive pride of t"
peasant's daughter,morbidly sensitive to the in
quality between her social position and his, worn
be secretly roused against him if he venture
on a rich offering. A gift, which a poor man
purse might purchase, was the one gift th
could be trusted to find its way to her hear
for the giver's sake. Stoutly resisting tempt!
tion, in tbe form of diamonds and rubies, Vet
dale bought a brood of the filagree-work i
Genoa-the simplest and most unpretendhi
ornament that bo could find in the jeweler
He dipped his gift into Marguerite's hand i
she held it out to welcome him on the day of tfc
"This ia your first New Year's Day in En
gland, " he said " Will you let me help to mali
it like a New Year's Day ai horns?"
1 bas thaakod him, a Utila conatx&iaadly, aa ah