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"F I uri?: tbc lurtlje Itaetf into rni<l-si ri-aiii."
fci-t would be good for mc, they would be good for me?" he said.
"If \ou drink any deadl) thing it shall not hurt you.'' quoted
i ( hristian Scientist
at once, Mia-, .'-das adores, he ju-t adores English beer, but it's ab?
solute, poison ' Yardly, how did he get the idea
lhat English beer w.ts j,, .ison to hin.? It disagreed with him from
Ihe fir- nt he put his lips to it."
"Theodos t permit-.; ^tintic.
ar. in themselv< ? -aid Alice.
*You wd! fin? Mrs. Eddy's miscellaneous writings. 1 nc\er
"That is taken to prove it'-'* he asked politely. "Is Mrs
siwa) he have attacks of error or mortal mind?
! said, jusl < that Mrs. Eddy
r a mistake? I should have thought one might find instances
tvhere intoxicating fluids l?ad possibl) sa n cases if exhaus
t ?. |? .surr t
"I : arc leading everybody from the ;
|now." -i ? i saving 'Cuckoo, cuckoo.' long
: ha- struck. I want to talk about one thing, and you
i traging Thurso and Count Villai
?lid see and I stick to it. 1 did see a n past human
; :. pulled hack into life hy Mr. Cochran Also?I haw only his
Kord for it. but th ind thing, as you would
all think if you knew him?he told nie he was demonstrating over
the whole outbreak of fever. Well, no fresh case occurred after he
had begun doing that."
"M) Theodosia again, "I wish he would come to New
York when the influenza was about, i guess influenza needs a lot
ft' demonstration. Wh) . if there isn't tTTe motor coming round, and
I'm not ready yet."
Thurso got up t
"Well, who wants to go over to Windsor, and who wants to go
m the river, and who w lo nothing7" he asked.
This broke up the conference, as it was designed to do Count
Yihars and Lath Yardi) expressed a pre I r the river. Thurso
und Theodosia with her husband went to Windsor. Ruby Majendie
and Jim had already vanished, and Lord Yardi) murmured some?
thing ah ni; letter- and went toward the house. In consequence,
Maud and her sistt both of whom preferred to do nothing
whatever, wire left al..ne. Tin re had been a certain design about
this, though successful!) veiled, on Lily's part. She wanted to talk
to Maud, and very gentle hinting had been sufficient to make other
people ch.-use other things. Count \ dlar- seemed disposed to re?
consider tin respective values of tin river and the lawn when he
the disposition of the part) was. but be was already
committed t>nd did not attempt diplomatic evasions which would
ha\ e deceiv ed n< 'h< k1) .
The rest of the party dispersed in their various directions, and
it was not til! the motor had crunched the drive, and the steam
launch puffed its wav pas? the yew hedge, that Lilv spoke again.
"Tell : about this .\ir. Cochran." she sai
Mam! was airead) half-immersed in her book: she had been a?ui(e
unconscious of lady's diplomacy. She started, however, when the
lion was put to her. and flushed a little.
"There really is no more to tell," she said. "I think I have told
di By the way. he is coming to town some time this month.
You could see him if you wanted. He did cure Sandy: also he cured
Duncan Fraser'? wife. I am convinced of those things. Then there
;s the other fact: the typhoid ceased wffen he, so to speak, took it in
"What a I
that about anything,
"No. Ile isn't the hast noi
1 cures people when ti . ill, instead of?
II, guessing. lie's a very '
Lily could not help laughing . ! mentioi
in a voi rh appri ?
"But isn't that h . "If y?
believe in fhe reality of death, ?j
mc? insistent,' Maud, "
he. But dil
cut ? 1 id. I never -?
s? ? II. Like a chron? :
"And Mr. Cochran i^n't?"
Maud raised h.er eyebrow
ft ,i- reading.
"J )ear Lily." she said, "are J
Lilv langhcd again.
"I think I am," ?-he remai
"About me? Of course, I wi i. then, and -
you the trouble. I am not in the hast in love with Mr.
Cochran, nor have I the smallest reason to believe that be
is in love with me. That wasche sort of fishing you meant
wasn't it? Brutally put, wai it t1
"Yes, to be frank. Now, I want to talk about some?
thing quite different. I went sti Thurso's n ?
last night after seeing you. lie ha I just taken laudanum.
I because he had any pain. Ile told mc so. But h< let
me pour the rest ?ti ii out of the windrrw which I did."
For obvious reason.- Lady Thura : all mention of
artjun'?; sequ? 1.
Maud's face, which had been one of amused merriment at her
accurate conjecture as to her sister-in-law s fishing, grew quite
"That is something," ?be said.
"Yes. it is a bit of cotton wool with chloroform on it. which you
put into a decayed tooth to stop its aching," she said. "But what
afterward*?' Something permanent ha- t< be done."
Lily lu tit forward and picked up tlu book that Maud had let
"Advist me, dear Matul," she said.
You are troubled about it?" she asked. "Yon arc really trou
I? I was. too, by tht way, but all this delicious week in London
le me f? >r|
"I am horribly trouh : Lily. "I?I am troubled all
round. De? talk?do reassure me. You arc s? simple and straight
This waa quite true. Maud was possessed of a well-spring
ci transcendent honesty; ?-oui,- mes she found that to he a con?
venient ausc people trusted her: sometimes it was incon?
venient, since she bad to live up to it, and at this moment was
force?! to reconsider a recent statement of hers.
Lily! bow tiresome you are." she said, in a tone ?f deep
reproach. "I tell you the truth, as far as I can. then you prob? me
further. At least 1 suppose you are fishing again."
"I was not, but I am," she said. "What ?3
"Oh! it's me." said Matul despairingly. "It's me and our Mr.
Cochran. Lily. I do like bim awfully; I like bim most awfully. No
one has ever attracted me like that. I?I could put all my affairs
into his hand? with the utmost confidence. 11? is s.> strong, you
know. We women want somebody awfully strong, don'l
Somebod) who would make you g< on playing bridge in the middle
of an earthquake. Well, he is like that. I said 1 was not ni love
with him I thought it was true hut I don't know. Perhaps being
in love means that You see it ha- never happened before t? i
1 ?ant recognize ii. or say 'Tin- i- love." becaus? I haven't seen it
before. Hut you can tell mt. When you said you would marry
Thurso, was it that. <>r something like that- <> dear, pom Mr.
Cochran! II? hasn't shown the ~; ^htest inclination t< to
I'her? was a fine iron) aboul this, an?! Lily Thurso, despite the
previous discussion on (hristian Science, felt at that moment much
lined t" believe in the inherent ?f chance questions. But
her auswer was accordance t?> th< spirit, though not strictly in
? 'lance w it 11 the letter.
"Give liim his chance, then, Matul." she said. "I think entirely
as you do. li i- strength that is to us the adorable thing. And
that." she added with sudden adi ?itness, "is what bothers me about
'?'burs?, just now. It is so weak to allow yourself to make habits
?hal you know al] th?- time an harmful. I always * inything
I want bet', .re 1 want it \er\ ha
Then was iron) about this, loo Bul it wa- ni
ed by Maud.
"You, who <_?? t all you want' -lu said.
Lily get ii] up and down the lawn where
(bey sat that bor?!?.i?.l tin ower bed. All June was m flower
then, just as in herself all Inn? appeared to be flowering. It was
no wonder that Matul thought that. But all the em tggage,
that she had consistently thr >wn away all her life, seemed to her