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'Ilringpverytlilnsr," responded Dick,
"ami for Heaven's sake lose not a mo
ment; let's pet on ut any price. It
st-eniH to niB," lie added to himself un
der liis breath, "Unit only by the pres
ent intensity of gratitude and joy at the
prospect of deliverance, can J at all es
timate tlio previous depths of past de
spair. . Thai's rinbt, old fellow," as
Hrowne slowly opened his eyes, thaw
ing in the genial atmosphere of the
covpred carfiiiitl beneath the influence
of Dick's gentle charing of his numbed
extremities; "were safe and sound,
thank liod! at last. Here, open your
lips, and have another pull at the bot
tle. Heavens! what would have be
come of us, I wonder, but for the dear
paters elierry-b'-andyy Capital stuff,
Browne, eh? Cheer up, old man cheer
up! We shall find ourselves before a
i oaring fire in lees than no time now.
That's better, ehY and, now, don't lose
a minute, my hearties'' this-to the
men who were stow iuglhe1ortiunnt"au
and packages away at the back of the
cart "if you reach Btirnham Vicarage
within the hour a crisp liver shall be
yours before you lay your heads on the
pillow this night!''
"Done wi' you, zur," returned Bill
with a knowing grin, as he clambered
up to the box-seat and gathered up the
ribbons, whilst Tom burst into a roar,
stretching forth a grinmiy palm, "l'ay
up, zur, sharp. We're no moor than a
matter o' twenty minutes f ra' th' vicar
age gates, tho' out o' Buruhara direct
"You don't mean it!" returned Dick,
half incredulous. "Good Lord! to
think we might have laid perishing
there all night, actually within a stone's
throw of home, but for the lucky
chance which set you in our direction!
Were yon going into London this terri
ble evening, or "
"Lunnon! o this hour o' a Chrisser
mas Eve!" echoed Tom indignantly, as
he flicked th' old mnre'sears with his
well-worn whip. "We're no" Rich hay
thins a3 al" that, I'd ha' ye know, an'
our missuses a-waitin' meanwhile at
'ome. Xa, ua. Wo 'carries' as a rule
'twixt Burnham an' Wimbledon, our
day's work wur ower (an' stiff enovrgh
an all it proves a' this sayson o' th'
year), an' jist as we wur a-tumin' doon
agin Iteech Clump, as is a spot wheer
boundaries meet, along o' three tine
beech saplings, oop conies .little miss,
a-runniii1 till yer c ud most see th' Vart
onura-thninpin' 'gen urboosom. Wull,
no sooner ud we gotten th' message
than Bes 1 1'- Bill, ses I, 'We maim fust
"Message! What inessago'r"" 'inter
rupted Dick. "We saw no "little miss;'
we sent no message!"
Tor one long moment Tom stared
blankly up into Dick's face, then he
emitted a r r.v'nged howl, addressed
presumably to Dill, who was walking
alongside the horses' heads, encourag
ing and assisting them over the toil
" Wha' did I tell yer, Bill, noo? Dost
heer wha' th' gent says? She wur
naught but a pixie, a weird imp thing
til' likes as we've heerd tell on, heer
and hecrabouts o' Chrissernias Eve! I
Res as much at fust, but Dob ses, ses
"Git out!" "quoth Eill with Infinite de
rision, albeit be momentarialv relin
quished his hold on the bridle, and
dropped alongside the cart, resting his
hand on the shaft, and gazing up wide
eyed and open-mouthed, into the faces
of its occupants. "If so be she wur no
mortenl crittur, 'ow cooui it then as we
found the conweyanco an' th' gents all
as we heerd say? Letten alone as
"JVut I don't understand!" interrupt
ed : Vic impatiently. "We saw no
hum. being and yet you say "
"A 'At lie lass coom runniu' longsido
o' cart an' si's she, al' gaspiu like: 'A
gent's opset doon Burnhaiu-road, not
quatter-mile fra' th' cross-roads. An'
you'se to u'oa at once, an' retheue 'em,
an' well paid for th' job ye'll be an' all,
fur he's a reel doon rich 'un o' th' reet
Hurt an' no mistake,' or words t' same
effect," added Tom, with a praise
worthy desire to be perfectly veracious.
"Tiiin she wur off like a shot, an', ses
1 1' Bill, or now 1 think on 't, ses Bill t'
tne: 'Wull! we've no choico but to in
vestigate this matter;' so we turns th'
'ossch' 'eatls t'wourds th' cross-roads,
'Hlead o' t'other diriction; but, afther
awhile, ses I to Dill, 'What an' itsho'ld
prove nu but a myth? Th' lass wur but
a ptiir weird crittur!" "
"I'm astounded!" exclaimed Dick;
"for I'm inclined to swear that wo
passed no human being, on" the road,
ami that no human eye lighted upon us!
I'm not of a Kupcrstitions turn, else,
egad! it's enough to set one wondering,
and to rouse one's half-forgotten child
ish tendencies towards belief in Christ
mas fairies, sprites and elves. Cahbv!
I nay, cabby, arc you sullicientlv 'all
there' to listen to what these fellows
say, and add your testimony to mine?
Its quite, impossible, isn't it? that
But a prolonged snoro from cabby at
the bottom of the cart, mug and warm
beneath tho bear-skins and divers
horse-cloths, effectually demonstrated
the futility of applying for corroborat
ive evidence In that quarter; mean
while, encouraged by Dick's exclania
mution. Bill took up the parable in his
turn, and continued:
"Hil she wur a white-faced creetnr
an' all, uncanny like, an' that small!
An' bbc tlitted off an mo way ns she
coom; we see 'd nothing on her oppear-
ance or disappearance, so t sneak. An
my wite s mother do ten a taie as ow
Vf'tirs ncro. 'fore oor time, th' common
ad URed t' be 'aunted by ghosts an'
Rperritsnn'sich like, inostlings o' New
Year an' Midsummer Eves. So it's
gain enuff that a night like this "
"llulloa!" Dick toinewhat profanely
intcrrupteil the narrative at this junct
ure, as the cart bumping uneasily over
n buried stone turned a sharp angle of
the road; "dasbpd if I don't know
where we are! Why. of course, there
are tho vicarage lights gleaming be
tween the leafless trees, we'ro within a
".tone's throw of tho dear old spot!
Here cabby, cabby, rouse up, rouse up;
we shall be at homo in less than no
time. Whip up the old boss. Bill, my
lad, and land us with all imaginable
Bill complied willingly enough with
these instructions, nnd Tom hurried
now to the rear with praiseworthy alac
rity Ui order literally to "push behind."
ho that In a very few moments the cart
was htumbling tilling In the familiar
ruts of the narrow lane (which Dick not
unjustly stigmatised as the worst road
in England), leading round to the vicar
As they drew ncarer.tbe young man's
CAIRO BIJLLKTIN: SUNDAY MORNING. DECEMBER Si. 1S82.
heart throbbed with a sensation of Joy
ho acute as to be well-nigh rain, nnd be
was ever after wont to declare that
never until that moment hud ho even
dimly realized, the depth of bliss com
prised in those simple words, "At
Long ero tho cart enme to a stand
still before the gates, tho hall-door was
lluiur open wide. .
"Oh! it's only tho carrier's cart,"
cried a fresh young voice in disappoint
ed tones, as a tall lithe ligurj turned
"But, Edie, Edie! it is I, Dick," cried
Carlisle, stumblingtohisfeet, "labelled
'This side - upwards! Valuable with
care!' So don t bustle off. in that fash
ion, old girl, before you've given a fel
low a kiss!"
"Dick, Dick! Is it possible? Mamma,
girls, Dick is here! Oil. you dear old
boy, we've been so terribly anxious all
the afternoon; we expected you hours
ago. and when you failed to appear, we
could but prtty you had not started
lest you should be lost in the snow! '
But reinforcements bad arrived fr im
within doors ere this .peroration w as
concluded. Dick ran a fau" chance,
Heemingly, of enduring death by stran
gulation or HiilTocation after all, for no
Hooner was his neck released from one
pair of soft feminine arms, than he
found himself embraced by another,
and hugged with alarming ferocity.
"Halloa, hulloa!" quoth the cheery
rector, as he emerged from his study
beyond, hearing joyous voices raised iii
greeting in the hall: "do you nu nii to
smother the lad, Xellie, Edie. Katie?
seeing that he has had a narrow escape,
I take it, of perishing in a snow-drift,
for Heaven's sake spare him to enjoy
his Christmas plum-puddingonce more,
at any rate. Dick, my boy! how are
you? Come in, and let us close the
But Dick explained that the Burn
bam carries had yet another precious
human parcel within their cart de
manding even more careful delivery.
"Detai's anon, dear girls; I reserve
the history of my Christinas Eve's ad
venture. Tho lirst thing to be done
now is to see to my late companion in
adversity, a certain luckless cabby, who
has fared even more disastrously than
I. Let us minister to his comfort, and
then oh for the dear old fireside,
and a merry Christmas to von all, say
Neither were Tom and Bill, the Blur
dy carters, forgotten, the reader my be
sure. They went off rubbing their
hands in high glee, assuring one anoth
er confidentially, under their breaths,
that they could but intreat high heaven
to send them'"inony moor list such
Chrissernias Eves, th' like's b which, i'
th' way o' a lob, had never boen heerd
tell on afore!"
The latter part of which sentiment
those within tho snug vicarage walls
very heartily re-echoed when D.ck be
gan to "unfold his narrative." as ho
phrased it, with a duly important air,
seated in a luxurious armchair, with
his legs stretched out towards a blazing
hre; onoot the girls perched nice at
tendant nymphs on either side, his
mother hastily brewing mulled claret at
the table, tne vicar seated opposite,
wearing, if possible, on his rubicund
features even a more genial expression
than his wont.
Cabby had been previously housed in
the u.ii'k kitchen, where Martha, with
Sarah Jane's assistance, had made him
up a luxurious impromptu bed, and, as
he had already shown signs of complete
recovery under combined influences of
warmth, ease and copious refreshment,
it is but 1'iir to ciiiicj'k'ih Hint, ere long
he too was treating the kitchen compa
ny to a different and probably highly
coloredversion of the same facts
wherewith Dick was 'meanwhile regal
ing tho affectionate circle gathered,
oprn-moulhed, around him in the cozy
But at lirst only a general outline of
the night's adventure was practicable,
for Dick was too exhausted, over excit
ed, and gi'tiei ally spent, to talk much,
or indeed do more than reply to a third
of the breathless questions poured
forth by the girls with remorseless wi
ergy; but after supper, when he began
to lenl like a lion refreshed, he recom
menced his story, and gave it with co
pious annotations, the vicar declared,
smiling, albeit n suspicious moisture
glistened meanwhile in the old man's
eye. for he could not fail to "recognize
the terrible jeopardy in which the life
so inestimably precious to them all had
been placed throughout long hours,
scarce more than a stone's throw from
their own door.
TIIK FACE AT THE WINDOW.
"But what about the little girl who
sent the carriers to your relief?" asked
Edie, the youngest of the sisters, who
had listened with breathless interest to
Dick's second and amended version of
the perils so recently endured; "you
ought to make enquiries about her,
"Ila, to be sure!" ejaculated Dick;
"but now I must tell you the best of
the joke! The carters declare and I
am personally disposed to endorse their
sentiments that tho girl was no girl:
in other words not a human being of
flesh and blood, not a living breathing
fellow-creature, but a formless, bone
less wraith! Some such historic per
sonage, 1 am credibly informed, haunts
these parts and "
"Oh. Dick, don't talk nonsense!"
cried Kate with a short" hysterical
laugh, for all the girls were more or less
over-excited, and the inevitable reac
tion might be expected nt any moment
to set in; "if you allude to the Barnes
Common Ghost, and I know of no oth
er, you don't really suppose "
"She went all that way out of her us
ual beat? Is that what vou would in
fer, Kittie?" the vicar asked calmly as
the girl paused.
Then of courso one nnd nil laughed
heartily, albeit Kate forthwith launched
into an unnecessarily elaborate expla
nation, intended to make clfiitr to her
listeners that sho never had believed in
e'msts even when a child; bo now if
ick were so stupid as to Fuppose it
"She cherishe in maturity nnv such
delusion!" that hero interpolated qui
etly, "be was not far oil the truth!"
whereupon Kittie grew crimson and
appealed to mamma whether it was
fair of Dick to make fun of her, for tho
Mamma conlcnted'herself by smiling
and reserving judgment the while sho
filled small "uiasscs round" with a de
lectable and liighly odoriferous decoc
tion which was styled "lemon pouch,"
a celebrated "brew" for which tho vi
carage whs famous; but which the ma
ter declared to be only orthodox and
permissible on this good night of all
the year. It was none the less appreci
ated on that account, however, and
when Dick, us a privileged uncut and
invalid, had drained his beaker and
passed it.iip to the presiding Hebe with
strict Injunctions that it was to by "a
bumper this time to make amends for
short measure in the hi-t glass," tho
general hilarity was nt its height, Then
the recto,' closed tils eyes and protend
ed to be dozing. In order possibly to es
rape the necessity of putting a peremp
tory stop to the "children's talking non
sense," whereupon Dick forthwith ro
verted to the theory promulgated by
those reliablo authorities, Carters Tohi
and Bill, gravely declaring that he was
disposed to coincide with their opin
ions, and ndd tho full force of his per
sonal testimony ami convictions to the
at present somewhat vaguely supported
belief in the existence of the Barnes
"Eor I'm in a position tQ swear," lie
concluded emphatically, "that we
passed no human creature on our way,
ami no living thing passed ns! How
then could tho fleet-footed messenger
so graphically described by Messrs,
Bill and Tom have been other than a
bodiless beivig. who momentarily elect
ed to adopt the female form divine?"
"But, Dick, surely you don't believe
in ghosts in the nineteenth century?"
questioned Xellie with a severely judic
ial air. "One would think to hear yon
talk you were a silly brainless echool
boy instead of "
"A sage mid reflective man-ahout-town,"
interrupted her brother gravely,
"in a position to acquire and retain all
the latest and most important discover
ies of modern scientists and geologists,
who prove fads so incredible that ex
ploded myths and so-called "fallacies"
sink by comparison into actual insignif
icance in the scale of wonders and the
history of marvels."
"Well," began Edie with a sagely re
lief tie air; "i don't see why we should
disbelieve in elfin creatures, for "
"Observe that Edie wisely eschews
the vulgar monosyllabic 'ghost!' " Kate
"Beeausp "ghost' suggests the spirit
of a murdered creature," Edio ex
plained with momentary accession of
color, "and "
"Why as to that," inrerrupted Xel
lie in a voio savoring of triumph; "you
know the story of the Barnes Common
'Ghost does originate in tho history of a
hapless little girl who had her throat
cut by a roving pedlar at Burnham
cross-roads one Christmas Eve more
than twenty years ago. Ever since
when, the tale goes "
"She re-appears on Christmas Eve,"
Edie finished hurriedly. "But not like
k remorseless vindictive ghost pursuing
the surviving relatives of the wicked
murderer; but in tho guise of a fair
Christian spirit seeking to perform
some kindly action which may do pen
ance here on earth for the hapless soul
chained below, and ultimately assist in
its deliverance from the lowest depths
of purgatory; where everyone knows
the souls of the damned writhe in red
hot irons, bound to fiery .stakes for a
thousand mortal years, unless by dint
of charitable deeds those who would
fain intercede "
"Edie! I cannot listen to such non
sense!" materfainilias interrupted de
cisively. "I'apa is dozing again, I see,
or he would put a summary stop to
hiic'i ridiculous conversation, and I
must desire, Dick " ' .
"That ! throw some light on the pop
ular delusion, mother, : respecting
ghosts, ns belits time .ilnco. and cir
cumstances on this ausplctolia.DhVist
mas eve? You shall forthwith bo
obeyed, madam, and "
"Go on, Dick, go on!" urged Nellie,
drawing nearer and propping her elbow
on the table, that sho might support
her chin on tho palni of her hand, and
thus cntch in her open mouth, it
seemed, tho sapient words which fell
from her brother's lips. "Do you real
ly believe in tho Barnes Common
Ghost, and "
"After the experiences of this hence
forth ever memorable night, my child,
how can 1 doubt?" returned Dick
gravely, delighted at the opportunity
thus afforded him of turning his late
adventures to admirable account, and
at the same time holding the little par
tv enthralled bv a discussion of the or
thodox calibre, on Christmas Eve ot all
good nights. "Should I not otherwise
prove myself the prince of sceptics, the
most profane of cynics, alter so direct
a manifestation of spiritual agencies on
behalf of my unworthy self? E-'ie has
nnwittiiu lv corroborated tho evidence
already before the court; tho theory of
the wraith of the murdered girl coin
cides a hvmilh with the united testi
mony of Tom and Bill, both of w hom
averjhat the spectral messenger of dis
aster on this occasion was beautiful ns
a dream, clothed in flowing garments of
ppolless white of so ethenal a fabric
that thev could with difficulty be dis
tinguished from the surrounding snow,
and with flowing elfin locks streamin?
in the wintry breeze; sho disappeared,
thev asvrt. moreover, as mysteriously
ns she lirst crossed their path, vanish
ing into limbo, even as she was evolved
"1 wonder, then," suggested Kate, tho
most strongminded of the sisterhood,
forcing a slurp hysterical laugh, "that
the carriers so unhesitatingly complied
wilh the instructions of this weird in
tangible being? I should have thought
thev v ould have shirked setting out on
sii'i ii a night, on a possible fool's-errand,
"No! They declare there was some
thing irresistibly impressive in tho
cre.it lire's bearing; they felt constrained
to obey In r mandate." continreii Dh.k,
warming with his subject, and coloring
"according to fancy," as the photogra
phers say; "and to hoonv nn'ards I
rjtii't'.? verbatim at the risk of life and
limb, in order to do its bidding. Well,
it must be clear to any logical' mind,
that this was none other than the mer
ciful wraith Edie has so graphically de
scribed, bent on its errand or charity on
behalf of the wretched soul In purgato
ry; and. without doubt, I should say
sue cancelled a full purgatorial year
if the calendar of tho infernal regions
corresponds with our own of the mur
den r's penance, by sending those other
angels in human guise. Tom and Bill,
to our relief. Moreover,! "
A sudden silence fell upon thero all at
this Juncture; Edie clutched her broth
er's arm spasmodically with one hand,
whilst with the othrr she pointed mute
ly In the direct ion of the curtained win
dow, for tho vieaiago "bow" was of the
old-lashioned type, the Venetian shut
ters vero Becurcd by a bolt without,
and on occasions like the preseut the
'vhito blind inside was seldom dropped,
the ruddy curtains on cither side form
ing u cheerful frame-work and sulllcing
to throw the window panes Into BiitJlc
icnt ly dark shadow, rendered dense and
opaque by the outside Bhutters.
Thus apostrophised tho eyes of all
present turned by mute consent in tho
direction lndieiiUMl by tho girl's out
stretched hand; then, for one long mo
ment, a silence ns of death ensued,
whilst the expression of each face (ex
clusive neither of materfainilias nor
Dick's) underwent an instantaneous
change a change which In the caso of
the three girls bespoke little less than
positive terror,. bewilderment on the
mother's part, and a strange mixture of
nmn?e, amusement, and incredulity
on that of the horo of the night him
f.elf. Then Dick sprang to his feet, cleared
a chair in his path at a single bound,
darted out al tne parlor door, down the
narrow passage, uuil out at the front
door, almost in less time than it takes
me to narrate the fact; only to return,
however, in lessthan sixty seconds, and
drop m parently speechless and exhaust
ed into the chair he had previously va
cated. "Well, did you. fee anything?" ques
tioned Kato hoarsely, whilst both the
other girls drew a long deep breath.
"Nothing no one! ' responded Dick
in awe-stricken tones, gazing, blankly
"How strange!" groaned Nell in sep
ulchral tones, "yet it was plain plain
as one's own face in a class!"
"I'lain what was plain?'' asked the
vicar, roused from the veritablo slum
ber which had overtaken him at last,
and glancing round with the injured
air of a man prepared to resent as a per
sonal insult any insinuation that he has
temporarily strayed from his own fire
side to the shadowy realms of nod.
"Why, what on earth's the matter?
You all look an though you'd seen a
Then by general accord the three
girls, and mamma hersalf. not less, than
Dick, burst into a lit of uncontrollable
laughter laughter which had an hys
terical echo, and an undercurrent sus
piciously akin to sobs repressed; in
deed, Edie calmly produced her hand
kerchief, and wiped her eyes, declaring
she "had laughed till veritable tears
ran flown her clucks."
"But what is it all about? ' the vicar
questioned with a rising sense of griev
ance, in that apparently ho was to be
excluded from participation in what
was evidently so excellent a joke.
Instead of answering him. however,
the family party continued to stare
blankly at one another, until Dick at
length broke the silence, turning to
Kate with a melodramatic air: "Kitty,
tell me, did my eyes deceive me, or tkd
I did I really see over there, at the
window, pressed against the pane just
between the shutters, which seemed to
have been pushed apart, a "
"A " echoed the three girls simul
taneously; then by tacit cons-nt all
"A what?" the vicar demanded impa
tiently. "Dick don't stand gapintheiP
like a fool: but open your mouth ami
speak! Mamma, Kate, j insist, tell mu
what you raw?"
"What did you see, Dick?'" Kate
questioned slowly beneath hcrbr-th,
turning to her brother, "or you. Eiiic?
Nell mamma whv dues no one
"I Haw or fancied I saw," began
Dick cautiously, "a small " Ho
paused, looking appcalingly at Nell.
"White face, pressed against the window-pane!"
she cnniiiiiie l, taking up
the parable boldlv; "the face .if -of a
"All clothed in white, it veined to
me," Edith went on excitedly, each sis
ter being ready and eairer now to ndd
hor testiinouv'of tho astm-piing I ruth,
once the ice find been clie tually brok
en "and with longellin locks streaming
inth wintry breeze?"
"Yi'h- Chronicles of the Barnes Com
mon Ghost," supp'.eruent'jd Dick in
low solemn tones. "If you quote, lvlie.
why not quote correctly, and duly ren
der up your authority?''
" hiitin lleaveii's iianu' is. a'! this
nonsense, children?" questioned the viral-,
rousing himself for action, and
now thoromhly annoyed. "Dick, I'm
surprised at vou! lam, indeed; and,
wife, really t wonder you encourage
ridiculous talk of this nature!"
"But Herbert dear. I-I saw it too!"
faltered poor Mrs. Cm1. isle, turning
wide-opened eyes towards her husband;
"I did, indeed." mv dear."
"Saw what?'1 the vicar yelled, spring
ing to his feet.
"Her! papa." "She! dad." "It!
father." eiiu.iK.v.ii-oiisly es.'.iiied tho
lips of tne vicar's three daughters;
some of whom, in tni.s i,:,:.ie!,t of emo
tion, waxed more einnhat c than gram
matical, as the reader well-versed in
Lindley Murray may observe.
"The Barnes Common ( i host," F.die
added boldly, "of w hom we were speak
ing but a few minutes a-vii. She opened
the shotter and just peepud ill. and then
disappeared as they always do in a
trice, before one could draw breath!"
"And when Dick rush-d out," con
tinued Nell, "behold! she bal left no
sign. Dick, without doubt it was tho
merciful wandering spirit, who came to
see if if the carriers had obeyed her.
and whether vou were safely housed."
"Though, after nil." Kate opined con
temptuously, "one would hardly think
a ghost required ocular demonstration
ot a tact. I rather incline to tho belief
that creatures of that sort know every
thing by instinct, and "
But the vicar interfered peremptorily
at this juncture, expressing himself
both grieved and shocked that intelli
gent and carefully-educated girls, much
less daughters of hip. could condescend
to speculation of this vulgar nature,
lie hardly knew whether he was mont
disgusted by their ignorence, or Indig
nant at Dick's foolery. He sternly for
bade tho very mention of ghost lore for
the remainder of the evening, and much
regretted that he must consequently
deprive the company, by way of pun
ishing their frivolity, of a long-promised
treat In tho shape of a Celebrated
Christmas story of Dickens's treating
of hobgoblins in general, and a highly
interesting spectre In particular which
lie had previously undertaken to read
aloud when they should all be as -embled
round the fireside on Christmas Eve.
Nevertheless, during the temporary
withdrawal of Ihe vicar's presence later
in tho evening. Dick and tho girls hast
ened to put their heads together and re
open the much-vexed and finally ta
boood subject. Individual impressions
were compared respecting it, and a
striking similarity of detail in each in
stance was not the least remarkable
coincidence in this mysterious nlfalr.
Even mamma was fain to confess "Bhe
certainly had fancied, for the space of
about half a moment, that that a
small while face peered in through the
Bhutters. and then disappeared lu a
But good Mrs. Carlisle hastened to
supplement thin admission by hazard
ing a conviction "I hat, without doubt,
it was but one of tho villager's children
who li.nl )ieered in for mischief, m pum
mnU attracted by the lights."
This suggestion was received wilh the
contempt it so richly mci i'.od. Confess
edly, or unconfessedly. each of tho
frirfs, and professed I v Dick himself, was
llrrnlv impressed with the belief 1 hat,
on this particular t'hilstmim live, in the
present year of grace, the initiates of
Eurnbaiu Vicarage had collectively
been l rivileged to seo tho far famed
Barne.i Common Ghost; "not a bad,
wicked ghost that one need he afraid
of," mi Edie impressed upon her sisters
with an anxiety calculated to convey a
suspicion that 'by tho force of argu
ment she was seeking to reassure her
self, "but that 'kindly rpirit,' who, each
Cluutmaa Eve, did annual penanco
here on earth on behnlf of Ihe hapless
soul in purgatory', and who, In 1H zeal
on behalf of tho long-buried murderer's
bouI, had undoubtedly proved on this
o rHann 'if increment of Dick'a reo
cue from a terrible death."
Then suddenly one and all burst into
a loud laugh at tho general expense,
and mamma wondered faintly "how
they could bo such fools."
Nevertheless, before they separated
for the night, Dick and his sisters once
Move compared confidences on the sub
ject, and unanimously agreed that, "to
Bay the least ot it, it was very, very
It was as well, perhaps, that tho girls
did not witness the iincontrohibh' hilar
ity to which Dick fell a victim the in
stant he had turned the kev in his
chamber door. He literally laughed, as
poor Edie had done previously, until
tho tears ran down bis cheeks. "
"By Jove, we must keep it up!" ho
muttered, "it's by far the best joke I've
had for many a long day. But dashed
if 1 can quite make the matter out my
Bilf.for somehow somehow the phost's
white face appeared confoundedly fa
miliar!" It did not intrude itself upon his
(beams, however, for Dick Carlisle
slept the sleep of the. just after bis
day's arduous excrtion.s and his night's
perilous adventures, nor once unclosed
Ids eyes until the glad golden sunlight
streamed in between the curtains on as
fair and cloudless a Christmas morn as
mortals may behold.
Thu snow lay crisply frozen on the
ground, r;n cohage-roofs. on the old
grey church clot k-tower, far ns ihe eye
could reach, white, unsullied white for
many a mde round; and as Dick threw
open his bed-room window, and gazed
out on the 'still calm scene, on the
morning breeze came wafted the silvery
music of Christmas bells.
"Ding-dong, ding-dong, ding," they
rang, "ding-dong, ding-dong, d;ng.
Peace on earth, good will towards
men," the refrain seemed to whis
per. And in Dick's warm heart they found
"Good will towards men and peace on
earth," he found himself murmuring
mechanically as He rang for shaving
water, nnd anxiously inspected last
night's growth upon bis upper lip in
the highly-polished toilette-mirror.
( iiArii'it vn.
AT I.K.AK nursK.
After church attended by Dick in
compliance with what be te-ne d "pa
ternal prejudices" a light luncheon
followed at the viciragp; then the
young man had no choice but to tear
himself awav from the. manifold attrac
tions of the home circle, not less to his
personal chagrin than the despair of the
fair sisterhood, but it bad been previ
ously arranged that the young man was
to tbne on Christinas J lay with bis pat
ron. Sir Jasper Earle. at Bleak House,
an appropriately named residence situ
ated in a lonely spot some half-dozen
miles from Burnham Vicinage.
In this direction, then, a couple of
hours after noon. Di'-k tuin-d his
horse's head, and after little more than
an hour's ride passed in at the criui for
bidding iron gates guarding tho en
trance to the now drear and leafless
avenue, whit he. inlm-ted up to the very
doers of the baronial mansion.
To the young man's infinite relief he
found the stem old widower not alto
gether solitary; a certain Doctor Hoi
liiigshead, a London physician of some
note, having arrived from town the pre
vious day in order to spend Christinas
with his'oltl friend, and this "pair of
cronies"," as Dick forlhwitn irreverent
ly dubbed them mentally, Sid together
before a dreary spoonful of fire in the
vast and sparsely -furnished libraiy, en
joying a Piclut'ichnly tete-a-tete orr
cig.'iis iiiid a glas(oi' sherry, when tho
young fellow suddenly ii.tr'.ih l. Din
ner had been oidend'at live i,' loci; m
order to en.ible Dick to join a j .ui; of
skaters upon a famous shea cf w.;ter
known as Burnham Lake, in tho
grounds of an adjoining lutiu-ion,
whose owner had issued ti-kef of invi
tation to the neighb.Tii.g p nlty. en
joining tinini to make 1'r e !.: of bis
lake whilst the frost h.stc l. il-re. tho
girls from the vicarage. vv:e t adjourn
after evevieg s-j vice; skating l-y torch
light wii.j to bo i ny ' '. !o:s i'liig
promised ul '',,."( nteCaniu:. i t having
been the theme of univn-al discussion
since first the ie gave hopes of "bear
ing" over Christmas D ty.
Supported by tic p. pectof ultimate
escape to tbisM tne ot l riity. Dick
resigned hine-"!f as ur.n etully "as cir
cumstance? would permit to present
bore-loin, and drew in t i the circle at
Sir Jasper's ii. nation, sipping a glass
of best pale Xeiefe, and Iinlenirjg in re
spectful silence to the pricings of his
Dr. Ilollingshe.id was relating drearv
stories of tho prevailing destitution
among the poor in town; disease was
rife, additionally aggravated bv the un
usual rigor of the season; the hospitals
were full to overflowing, and no less
than three deaths from starvation had
been reported during the current week.
It made a man uncomfortably reflect
ive, the doctor added, sittingnt his ease
in a land of plenty, for it was surely
difficult to enjoy one's glass of wine and
Chrititmiis fare, recollectingthatatthat
very moment thero were thousands of
one's fellow-creatures actually famish
ing for mere want of daily bread,
scarce a stone's-tbiow from one's
.He was tolerably callous and indif
ferent, he went on to say, after nearly
twenty years' professional experience,
yet he confessed that he hnd been pain
fully affected before leaving town tho
very day before by a certain rase which
bad come under his Immediate-notice.
A wretched woman an organ-grinder,
or something of the sorthad been
picked up by the police, swooning in
the streets, and brought in due course
to St. George's Hospital, wl;ere it had
fallen to tho duty of Dr. Ilollingshe.ad
to attend her.
To h Continued.)
"Thev don't adore you over hero,"
writes tlm American tfirl returned from
Europe to her European friend, in Hen
ry James, Jr.'s "Point of View," in the
December Century, "they only make
you think they are Roing to. Do you
remember tho two gentlemen who wore
on tho ship, and who, after wo arrived
hero, oarue to seo ino a tour Ic rolef At
lirst I never dreamed they wore making,
love to tuo, though mamma was sure it
must bo that! then us it went on a good
while I thought perhaps It wiih that and
I ended by seeing that it wnsu't any
thing.' It was simply conversation; thoy
are very fond of conversation over hero
Mr. Leveret l and Mr. Cockerel dlsap
ponrcd one lino day, without the small
est pretension to having broken my
heart I am sure, though it only denond
od on mo to think they hnd. Ad the
gentlemen are liko that; you can't toll
what thoy mean; everything is very con
fused; society appears to consist of a
sort of Inuocciit lilting."