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I tihink that ye might gain i!.
yond. Then on to the pri-e', andi tel
hinn how we fare."
-iut, my fair lord, hw an we hop' to
reach the borses ' asked, Noriury.
"Ye cannot go round to thiem, for they
would be upon ye vre ye couldi could (o4t
to them. Think y. thn: ye have heiart
enough to claluber down this cliff"
"Had we but a rope.
"There is one here. It is but one hun
(r(d feet lon1, a-Il for bhe rest ye must
trust to God and to y.ur lingers. Can
you try it, Allyne?'I
"With all my heart, my dear lord, but
how can I leave you In such a strait?'
"Nay, It is to serve me that ye go. And
you, Norbury'
The silent squire said nothing, but he
took up the rope, and, havIng examined
it, he tied one end irinly round a project
ing rock. Then be east off his breast
plare, thigh pieces, and greaves, while Al
leyne followed his example.
"Tell Chandos, or Calverley, or Knoiles,
shouild the prince have gone forward,"
cried Sir Nigel. "Now may God speed
ye, for ye are brave and worthy men."
It was. indeed, a task which might make
the heart of the bravest sink within him.
The thin cord dangling down the face
of the brown cliff seemed from above to
reach little more than half-way down It.
Beyond stretched the rugged rock, wet and
shining, with a green tuft here and there
thrusting out from it, but little sign of
ridue or foothold. Far below the jagged
points of the boulders bristled up, dark
and menacing. Norbury tugged thrice
with all his strength upon the cord, and
then lowered himself over the edge, while
a hundred anxious faces peered over at
him as he sliowly clambered downwards to
the end of the rope. Twice he stretched
out his foot, and twice he failed to reach
the point at whieh he aimed, but even as
he swung himself for a third effort a stone
from a sling buzzed like a wasp from
amid the rocks and struck him full upon
the side of his head. His grasp relaxed,
his feet slipped, and In an instant be was
a (-rushed and mangled corpse upon the
sharp ridges beneath him.
"If I have no better fortune," said Al
leyne, leading Sir Nigel aside. "I pray
you, my dear lord, that you will give my
hiumble service to the Ladj Maude, and say
to her that I was ever her true servant
and most unworthy cavalier."
The old knight said no word. but he put
a hand on either shoulder, and kissed his
squire, with the tears shining in his eyes.
Alleyne sprang to the rope, and sliding
swiftly down. soon found himself at Its
extremity. Front above It seemed as
though rope and cliff were well-nigh touch
ing, but now, when swinging a hundred feet
down, the squire found that he could scarce
reach the face of the rock with his foot,
and that it was as smooth as glass. with
no resting-place where a mouse could
stand. Some three feet lower, however,
his eye lit upon a long jagged crack which
slanted downwards, and this he riust reach
if he would save not only his own poor
life, but that of the eight-score men above
him. Yet it were r'adness to spring for
that narrow slit wi . nought but the wet,
smooth rock to cling to. He swung for a
moment, full of thought, and even as he
hung there another of the hellish stones
sang through his curls, and struck a clip
from the face of the cliff. Up he clambered
a few feet. drew up the loose end after
him, enslung his belt, held on with Unee
and with elbow while he spliced the long
tough leathern belt to the eud of the cord:
then lowering himself as far as he could
go, he swung baf'.;vards and forwards un
til his hand rea :ied the crack, then he
left the rope and clung to the face of the
cliff. Another stone struck him on the
side, and he heard a sound like a breaking
stick, with a keen stabbing pain which shot
through his chest. Yet it was no time now
to think of pain or ache. There was his
lord and his eight-score coamrades, and they
must be plucked from the jaws of death. On
he clambered, with his hand shuffling down
the long sloping crack, some times bearing
all his weight upon his armas, at others
finding sonie small shelf or tuft on which
to rest his foot. Would he never pass over
that fifty feet? He dared not look down,
and could but grope slowly onwards, his
Lace to the cliff, his fingers clutching, his
feet scraping and feeling for a support.
Every vein and crack and mottling of that
face of rock remained forev'er stamped
upon his memory. At last, however, his
foot came upon a broad resting-place and
he ventured to cast a glance downwards.
Thank God! he had reached the highest
of those fatal pinnacles upon which his
comrade had fallen. Quickly now' he
sprank from rock to rock until his feet
were on the ground. and he had his hand
stretched out for the horse's rein, wvhen
a sling-stone struck him on the head, and
he dropped senseless upon the ground.
An evil blow It was for Alleyne, but a
worse one still for him who struck it.
The Spanish slinger, seeing the youth he
'-laIn, and judging from his dre'ss that he
was no common man, rushed forward to
lulnder him, knowing vw"ll that the bow
:aen above him had expended their last
shaft. He was still three paces, however,
from his victim's side wiwa Z'ohn upon
the cliff above plucked up a lhugo boulder,
and, poising It for an i:nstant, dropped It
with fatal aim upon the slinger beneath
him. It stuck upon his sboulder, and
hurled him, crushing andy g~.reamting, to
the ground, while Alleyne, recalled to his
senses by these shrill c'ries in his very
ear, staggered on to his feet, and gazed
wvildly about him. His eyes fell upon the
horses, grazing upon the scanty pasture,
:tnd in an instant all had conme back to
him-his mission, his comrades, the need
for haste. He wvas dizzy, sick, famnt, but
he must not die, and he must not tarry,
for his life meant many lives that day.
In an instant he was in his saddle -'nd
sprung down the valley. Loud ratn" the
swift charger's hoofs over rock and reef,
while the lire flew from the stroke of iron,
and the loose stones showered up behimd
him. But his head was whirling round,
the blood was gushing from his brow, his
temple, his mouth. Ever keener and
sharper was the deadly pain which shot
like red-hot arrow ..hroup his side. He
felt that his eye was glazing, hIs senses
slipping from him. his grasp upon the reins
relaxing. Then with one mighty effort, lhe
called up all hIs strength for a smnge
minute. Stooping down, lhe loosened thme
stirrup-straps, bound his knees tightly to
his saddle flaps, twisted his hands in the
bridle, and then. putting the gallatnt
horse's head for the mounitaini path, he
dashed the spurs in and fell forwvard faint
ing with his face buried in the coarse,
black mane.
T~ttle could be ever rensember of that
wild rhde. Half c'onscious, but ever with
the one thought beating in his mind, lie
goaded the horse onwards, rushing swift
lv down steep ravines, over huge boulders,
along the "dges of black abysses. Dinm
memories he had of beetling cliffs, of a
grotup of huts with wondering faces at the
doors, of foamiug, elatterinlg water, atnd
of a bristle of mountain beeches5. Once.
're he had ridden far, he heard behind
inm three deep, scen shouts, which told
him that his comrades had set their faces
to the foe on1ce rore. Then all wvas blank,
until he woke to find kindly blue English
eves pec:'ing down upon him and to hear
the blessed sound of his countryr's speech.
They were but a foraging party-a hun
dred archers and as many men at-arms
but their leader was Sir Hugh Calverley,
and he was not a man to bide idle when
good blowvs were to be had not three
leagues from him. A scout was sent fiy
ing with a message to the camp, and Sir
Hugh, with his two hundred mena, thun
dered off to the rescue. With them went
Alleyne, still bound to his saddle, still
drippinig with blood, and swooning and
recovering. andl swooninig once again. On
they rode, and on. until, at last, topping
a ridge, they looked down upon the fate
ful valley. Alas!I and alas! ''or the sight
that met their eyes.
There, beneatth them. was the blood
bathed lill, anid from the highest pinnacle
there flaunted the yellow and white ban
ner with the lions and the towers of the
(A 50)
.,.:-'f Ca~~. 1 h
m ed,!y :::9t ir~l :c uid :!w e e -I
s114 y .111: AN, t N%,:e c g 2 p'
s.ciio. to showi thaet :ile re-ci~lt w
not vcot at :1n 4:1!. At te ...t a
L--:ri if rage andl of d1p1' wncit uep fr
hIli hafflted rec es n .sijarrin:! on -, '
hersis, they ela iertei I dlIn "i 111Z :e1
inint iath which 1-11 t1 the valcy bI
Iut I hey wONre toe 1:ite 1I aevitncL, as
they had beeni itpt' he I" s:v. Ln,11- et
they could g:in Ile 1eivel groumd, tI-he
Span iards, seeig I leni ridin eg swiftly
ameclid Ihe rocks. :111d b eg igwcranit: of
their nmuihtrs, drew iff fromi the c:iptur el
hill, and. ha vin:: setured their fw pris
olers. tred' slowly inl a long clon, with
drumta-bceat ing anl cymbal-elashin;, out of
the valley. Their rear ranks were tial
reinly paessin:: <mt if sight ere the neew
com -rs were nrcing their paatit;g, fo:ixi
iig horses up the slo pe,( ihh had b wen
the scene of that loig-drawn and ikoly
Axed a fearsomte sight it was that met
their eyes! Across the louwer viil lay tilm'
dense heap of i.n xand horses where tle
first arrow-stori had burst. Above. the
bodies of the dead and the dying-French,
Spanxish. :n] Argonese-liy thick and
thieker, until they covered the cold
ground two and threc deep in one dreadful
tangle of slaughter. Above them lay the
Englishmen In their lines, even as they
had stood, and higher yet upon the plateau
a wild medley of the dead of all nations,
where the last deadly grapple had left
them. In the further corner, under the
shadow of a great rock, there crouched
seven bowmen, with great John in the een
tre of then-all wounded, weary, and in
sorry case, but still unconquered, with
their blood-stainied weapons wavimg and
their veices rin;ging a welcome tu their
countryneen. Alleyne rode aeross to John,
while Sir Hugh Calverley followed close
behind him.
"By S:it Ceorge!" cried Sir Hugh,
"I have never seen signs of so stern a
fight, and I am right glad that we have
been In time to save you.
"You have saved more than us," said
John, pointing to the banner which leaned
against thee rock behind him.
"You have done nobly," cried the old
free companion, gazing with a soldier's
ailniration at the huge frame -and bold
face of the archer. "But why is it, my
good fellow, that you sit upon this man.'
--Bv the rood! I had forgot him," John
answ'ered. rising and dragging from under
hin no less a person than the Spanish
Caballero. Don Diego Alvarez. "Tis
an, nmy fair lord, nians to me a new
house, ten cows, one bull-if it lie but a
little one-a grindstone, ancd I know not
what besides, so that I thought it well
to sit upoi Iie, lest he should take a
fancy to leave Iak."
"Tell mee, John." cried Alleyne faintly,
"where is my dear lord, Sir Nigel Lor
"He is dead, I fear. I saw thetm throwi'
his body across a horse and ride away
witlh it, but I fear the life had gone from
''h wo orhme Ad hrei
"H spaguo rid~"erlesshors - m
-oeatrSr7 ie>osvehm a
las tus thtw Ia e hs pn
"w are oth Whiee ACompany, msy
Alotrd,'' sad J h . 'i
"Nyc sthen Witel aCompnnyes hore das-et
>nded,''e anwdSir Hugt syhlemnly st
themtrng around him tdhe Iins ofitetr
takgres Loioxi. bae qirfo
"Blor he bullneve' re Sir sugrs,
tga." inbow
CIIAPTERhac t XVII. nal(r ir
daytIert that alufiyhte the Spate a- 1
hersca Te sI wasl yelo inv the ha-x
my and aterd-w.todi h og
"hdW afrte ofmh, Whien Company, and
"Nay, wth Whet Cmany eys her dis
baded," whosweed Spurrigh st ownthey I
ookng rwhiterod hich a fe dipe and curved
figres "back tohr the liowersquire piin
Ifa the illrs neve wse theunun reful
nd gair, ldielaa d u lt"n oe
hwahs aciv andgh welo-nit fiure mnHe C
rane wThe ipus vpetssedi indh hnxous
are, ad the redhohastuch ce thpongs
niedo on thals, he wis n tecu ni
horasen h drerte sparint on thur
lonh wiered wupon hiphedls urocaied
ah(s knieehthd thileet-tope hilearuol
tis oldrown aocaf uo his templeeave
Ofteancerst comrad yoasg afle,
dhanderd man uplon doulet black horse, 1
ithf hugeBr auas bloth whinh feromd his
sdde-ow. acie band, brow-ni fgue las I
o'ed wit lip conirlsi and he loke
faoela frmse ho hsid much caresuo whehi
inkd. Yonas he wth delight peaell
aniwat Jhr dressote, foriwas hoee spt ack
nhis kngtived waphie, ad e not upon I
is rwaide tosan hrows ample ge
iainlygrct his re w ttoe alel dashlce
re-hmeade::a supoe ao get Sir horlen i
dithson hthe yunv g seman fom Mi-s
head lay kcnitled byeh tehe lwod o
heowlyafokt Prinde tohimself with ('estwhich I
ytekwol armyson withoneli ht Well
igh oftheolirs for Enwa 'notd.
For his nat sandothe Cmn haille do Dte
iego' five thruhouan Crsteo wraieg
-aerans hbravedeed ofe abm oved ands le
onos hadt: sfie inuo theSi fevawh I
mdcsrvie te yortwo oenthf Allm- i
tea. ha ktirtcc icynthnie. swrh of1
.:: ;:;:l .tr I:I:ln and a ela:nly life
w poni his side, and he awke
. ..: I!,-11d-liriui to fin that Ihe war
I;.:: -s aniards anid their
i,, on eriushed at Navaretta,
I,-prin,- h ihi:nself heard the
.1!r. o hs r :n-or and had ct(ome
to ttch hIiis sho1l
h-r vi Ii 1 w..rl i:no to insure that so
Ara1 4 t !,a n1an shoul die, if he
bnt live, wi!hin the order of chival
-Y. The. instanit thatt he vould st- foolt to
rund yn.- h:id1 startedl in soarci of
is lord, 1nt no word Iu i.ldl he h'ar of
:, d: l or I - live. :111d h had comail Ie home
10w sad-hearted, in the hope of raising
money upon his estates and so starting
?Jp4,n his 411est4 onice more. Lanlding4 at
lindon, he had hurried on with a mind
fiill (if care, for he had he:ird no word
roii Hal~inishlire sinfe ithe short note which
1lA ainnionniieed his brother's de-ath.
"BY the r0od!" crie'd J olin, looking
irotnd him exultantly, "where have we
0en sin1"e wte left such noble Cows, Such
leecy shiep, grass s# green, or a man so
lrunk as yonder rogi- .who lies in the gap
if the hledger'
"Ahi, Jolil, Alleyne answerel wearily,
"it Is well for y.I., but I never thought
hat my hom'-co;Jing would It so sad a
.ne. My leart is heavy for my dear
ord and for Aylward, and I know not
low I may break the news to the L:i'ly
11ary and to the Lady Maude, if they
iave not yet had tidings of it."
John gave a groan which made tho
iorses shy. "It is indeed a bh-k husi
ess," said he. "But he not sad, for I
;hall give half these crowns to my old
nother, and half wi1ll I add to the money
ahich you niy have. aind so we shall buy
hat yellow cog wherein we sailed to
(ordeaux, and in it we shall go forth
oid seek Sir Niurl."
Alleyne smiled, bit shook his head.
"'Were lie alive we should have had word
f him ere now," said he, "But what is
:his town before us''
"Why, it is Romzisey!" cried John.
"See the tower of the old ;ray church,
tnd the long stretch of the nuinery."
Ere Alleyne could answer there swung
ouid the curve of the road a lady's car
-lage drawn by three horses abreast with
L postilion upon the outer one. Within
here sat a stout and elderly lady in a
Ink cotehardie, leaning back aniong a
die of cushions. None could seem nore
nfe and secure and at her case than
:his lady, and yet here also was a syn
>ol of human life, for in an Instant,
wen as Alleyne reIned aside to let the
:arriage pass, a wheel !'w out from
inong its fello'ws, and over it toppled
vith the horses plunging, the postilion
:aouting, and the lady screaini g from
vithin. In an instant Alleyne and John
vere on foot, and had lifted her forth all
"a h d,
m yf a sode' duhe, sh/ d
/d adm er ee osott
rav man.
"W Ir /nedfeh fc pi,
all butwosefo thoewh.id e
r a hakewth star, buintl thscelwrse
orn how tishatcldy?
"Ih trst tat you amselo takese noahrts,
naysae ano ino athunnery. Aak
Taid froldevn to Itch entl ands o!
leas mo re, asne mayl aily toewai at
atmysel aNunner'se dhter,"u he ad-t
el "pondhe nacear eer sheows made tor a
'fe are ndeedo fecshtr. Sin,"o
From genpeai, ha of Ab Itd ofs men
Iald sorry thin hteCop any shrold
"Suely I soo,cri hothfo thomres.h
"Hl, fthe woso the weaerof lide he
mdews hahvoe hant nonei f te Com
,any bah lot alle, andiso prue war."sh
.'Andhwh htldy'
Sit iseath youn dasto thesMue pars
"nd se:e nd in a nunnery ADidk
senoh tt ofic sher wasthe' fdiet
o:t moe hear?" oldaid owata
"He Nunrytseher put the siig.
ifnd notfor th oister oDnhido
qrentle sir, hav ear bdy wo has
alde "he Whie bCkoupany oer wod.
"Sfintrel s'dcrie andh the comrdwn
"Her roather as thn ledeof t, andas
er i oer steed cundter him.a qie
Great had boee thtno reon ofi the
gobeath nuns ite the Lady Maude Lor
''I is, lrai e ad isiotto thirore
-" ase not inl ahl nunry heids
hen the otdoknghto with fatrms adetief
"Herh fher:ou" crinedt the great smlnun
'Nays ofathe ;iun agod auge, nuwhI
hn had wonurs th young godn-hiedt
mcrturn her bacpo the world,"tors
"Adr bustdharune talihe! ried and
elfu noshetr thdde, andurseb. Adnown
..f,. was she cottsol cmil aiheirbess
:13:! i:.r s;':io:' I::1l hn.! t r w i t, t
MIS bilt Iii: .l1 lI I ine' ponip and show
shoubl mark The ::ta occasion.
But al:as: for l"ts and li:ts whein love
and youth and naturw, nd ahio lr all, for
nnae ae arr:iyetl against themn. Who is
this travel-staliwd youth who dares to
ride so madly through the lines of staring
burghers? Why does he fling hilSo-!f
from his horse and stare so strangely
about h10m? See how he has rushed
through the incense-bearers, thrust aside
lay-sister Agata, scattered the two-and
twenty daimiostels who sa;go swely
:1.d he stands before the novice with his
hands outstretched, and his face shin
ing, and the light of love in his gray eyes.
Her foot is on the very lintel of the
church, and yet he hars the way -and she,
she thinks 1o more of the wise words rad
holy rede of the lidy aibless, bit she
hath givenl a sobiing cry and1 hath fallen
forward with his arms around her droop
ing body and her wet cheek upon his
breast. A sorry sight this for the gaunt
abbess, ani ill lesson too for the stainless
two-and-twenty who have ever been taught
that the way of nature is the wily of sill.
But Maude and Alleyne cared Uttle for this.
A dank, cold air comevs it frIom' the black
arch Iefore !1!hem. With out, the sun
shilles bright and the birds are singing
amnid the Ivy o3 the drooping heeciles.
Their choice is mllade, and they turn away
handll-lii-lianl, with their hacks to the
darkness and their faces to the light.
1 0 0 *
Very quiet was the wedding In the old
priory church at Christehurch. where
Father Christopher readl the service. and
there were few to see save Lady Loring
and John, and 1 dozen bowmen from the
castle. The Lady of Twynhin had droop
ed an1d pine1d for weary iiths, so that
her fale was harsher and less coielv than
before, yet she still hopel ol, for her lord
had conl thsrough so ininy dangers that
she could serce believe that he might
be stricken down at hist. It had been her
wish to start for S.pali and to search for
him, but Alleyne persuaded her
to let him go in her place. There was
Iruch to look after, now that the 1:11111s
of Minstead were joined to those of Twyn
baiii, and Alleyne lad promised her that If
she would but bide with his wife he
would never come back to lailpshire
again unitil he had gained some news, good
or Ill of her lord and lover.
The yellow cog had been engaged, with
Goodwin Hawtaylic in commnild. 11n1d a
ionth after the wedding Alleyne rode
down to Bucklershard to see If she had
conie round yet fron Southaipton. Oil
the way lie passed the ltshing village of
itt's Deep, and marked that a lIttlv
reyer or brig was tackling off the land,
:is though about to anchor there. Oil
his way back, as lie rode towards tile vil
lage, lie saw that she had indeed ancholred,
..:Il that nUlly boatts were round her,
blaring cargo to the shore.
A bo-shot from Pitt's Deep there was
I 1nn a little back from the road. very
large aitd wide-spread, with a great green
11s 1111:1g upon a pole from one of the upper
windows. At this window. he markedlllL',
as he role up, that a m1an was Seated
who appeared to lie craning his neck ill
his direction. Alleyne was still lookln-g
up to him., when a woman cane rushing
froin the open door of the inn, nil mnale
as though she would climb a tree, lookin:g
back the while with a laughlig fa'e.
Wondering what these doings mlight
m:ean, Alleyne tied his horse and was
walking anild the trees toward the Inn,
wh'n there shot from th' entram-e a see*
ond woman who 3lnlde also for the tree.
Close at her heels came a hurly. brown
faced mail, who leaned against the dolor
post and laughed loudly with his 11:11111
to his side. "Ah, ma belles!" lie cried,
and is it thus you treat ie? Ah, ma
petites! I swear by these fingerhones
that I would riot hurt a hair of your pret
ty heads; but I have been aIolng the
black paynii, and, by my hilt! It does
me good to look at your English cheeks.
Come, drink a stoup of niiscadine with
311, fles enge's, for my heart Is warm to
ie among ye again."
At the sight of the man, Alleyne had
tood staring, but at the sound of his
'oice such a thrill of joy hlubbled up In
his heart that he had to bite his lips to
eep himself fromi shioutinug outright. But
deeper pleasure yet was in store. Ev'en
s he ooked, the windowv abiove wa1s
pshed outwards, and the voice of the mian
~tom he and seen there canme out fronm
it. "Aylward,-' cried] tile voice, "I have
1en just now a very wolrthy person come
own the road, though my eyes couldl
Searce discern wheth~er h~e carried! coat
rmor, Ipayotowit upon0 11131 and11
tell hint that a very hiumblle knight of Enig
land ablides ht're, so that if lie he0 ini nte'
f adv'ancement, or hav'e an~y small11 vow
potn hIs sotul, or desire to exailt his ladty,
may help hInt to accomiplish it."
Aylward at this order camne forwarli
md the trees, and in an instantt the tIwo
en were clinginlg in each othler's armna,
aughing ande shouting aild patting each
other In their delIght; while Sir Nigt'l
ame running with his sword, under the(
mpression that stome blekering had brok
>nout, only to embtlrace andl lbe enmbra'edl
imself. unitil all three were htoarse wilth
their questions and outcrIes and congratu
On their journey home throtugh the
oods Alleyne learnt their wondrous story:
ow, when Sir Nigel came to his sentscs,
ie with his fellow-captive had been hur
ried to the coast, and conveyed by sea
o their captor's castle; how upon the way
they had 'heen taken by a Barblary rove'r,
and how they exchanged their light eap
iity for a seat on a galley bench andl
hard hlbor at the pirate's oars; how, in the
port at Barbar'y, Sir Nigel had slaint the
oorish captain, and had swum with Ayl
ward to a smalil c'oaster which tiey had
taken, and so mnade their way to Eniglandi
with a ric'h cargo to reward thiem for thleir
tliiS. All this Alleyne listened to, unitil
the dark keep of Twvynhiam toweredl above
them in the gloaming, and thiey 3:aw theC
red sun lyig athwart the rippling Avon.
No need to speak of the glad hearts at
wynham Castle that night, nor of the
rich offerings from out thatt Moorish e'argo
which fotind their way to the chapel of
Father Christopher.
Sir Nigel Lorin~g lived( for many years.
full of honor and laden with every bless
ing. He rode no moire to the wars. but lie
found his way to every .jousting witliln
thirty miles; and the Hamnpshiire youthl
treasured it as the highest htonolr whmen a
word of praise fell fromi himli as to th~eir'
ntanagement of their horses, or their
breaking of their lances. So he lived and'
so he died, the miost reveredl andh tile hatp
plest man in all his natIve shire.
For Sir Alleynie Edrieson andI for his
beautiful bride the future had also nauIlghlt
ut what -s good. Twice lie fought in
France. and cante back each tune lallen
with honors. A high platce at court was
iven to 1him, an! lie spent niany ye':rs at
Windsor uder the second Richard! and the
ourth H-enry- where lie received thle
honor of the Garter. atnd won3 thle namne of
iie'ng a brave soldier, a true-heartedl geni
1 emantl. and a greatt lover anid patron of
every art and11 science which re'inecs or eni
lobes life.
As to John. he took ento himnself a vil
ae matidi andlS' stild in Lyndhulirst,
where his Ev'e thousand crowns madle hinm
le richest franiklinl for many mliles around.,
For inany years lhe drank hIs ale every'
night at the "Pied Merlin," which was
now kept 'y his friend Ayhwardl, who hnd
wedded the g(od widow to whom he had
omitted his plndher. The strong mten
and the howmien olf thio eeuntry round
used to drop in there of an eveninai to
wrestle a fall wvith John or to shoot a
round with Aylward. lbut. tmonah a sil'.er
shilling wats to beo the prize of the victory.
it has nover been reported that anly mant
earned muche money in that faoshlon. So
they lived, these men, ini their own, lusty.
heerv faishiio--ride and11 rough, but lion
est, lkirily and' true. Let us thank God if
~e i1Ate outtgrowXn thleir vilces. Let uus
pray to God that we lmy ever hell thteir
The Shirtwaist the Leader-Whitea
the Coolest Color.
Bertha Browning.
The month of August meains a good
many warm days and those who stay
at home as well as the more fortunate
individuals who enjoy the coolness of
some resort need cool apparel. It has
always been true everywhere that
white proved much less warm beneath
a scorching sun than a darker tone
and the American woman has adopted
it as her summer wardrobe this year.
Everything which can be of white will
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to look upon than other colors and
this means every article of dress. It
is a scientific fact that white is the
coolest, as black is the warmest color.
The fashion makers have supplied
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this year. No more hot collars and
fitted waists for summer wear but in
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blouses suitable for all ages. The
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field for general wear and this takes
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and half-sleeves. The latter is a new
comer this season and is favored by
the girl who enjoys any sort of out-of
door sport. It is made of madras, lin
en. lawn and silk and prettily trimmed
with flat collar. cuffs and tie of the
same or a contratiig color.
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