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the blind rlown. And human nature being what il i , unfortunately w? never giv? r\*ed and se? cret sort credit for elf-respect and decency: w? ouly ? link they must have something to hide. And so they ? ; but often enough'tis only their own fim heart , from the oonunon people that can't understand Nicholas, however, wasn't unfriendly. He proved a good fanner for such a young man, and a good neigh? bor too. He wa always ready to team from his elders; and his power of il? ncc helped him there, for t lu-1 h lose a I?-* in thi wi ?! 1, and the wise don't ? ? ir wind ov?er ????l?- who like the ?sound of therir own voie? better than any other. Mm Damerell's ? ?1 ti. e mad? ; i elder peak, and so he gleaned i lot about his busines in Dart Valley. And in return iwn knowtedge was at the service of any who de ircd it; for he wa a clever v<-t., and had i?"t much of fathei learning oh thai -, though he didn't like the bu iness well enough to go into it: always tak? ing kinder to crops than beasts. S? Ik- v.-? n* hi way, quite ignorant of the intcp * to dinner next Sunday. And Mrs. Wedlake and Miriam went. They ?ame back tired of the sound <?f their own ? '. .;.- well pleased with the en? linment. And the girl el out on her him; front that day forward, and her mother helped all she knew on the quiet. A lot of funny little things happened, ami Nicholas was as wary as an old han ! al least so it eemed to them who l??.ke?! on. He'd drop in when they asked him now, an?! have them over ' Foui Eh al o; ?and somctii 1 be hopeful that the business was going ahead, and then they'd be cast down, because the young man seem?-?! t.. put every mortal duty before love-making. A good few times Miriam lay in wait f<?r him when ?h? knew he was n'lm>* afield, and now and again he'd walk his horse back when he met her and listen to hei ?. but just as often hi 'd only pass the time of day, and gallop on, and give her her tramp for !.? r trouble. It was up and down like that, and they wait? 1 patiently for him to unfold his feelings. Hut he no sign, except the pretty clear sign that he liked Miriam's company; for he seldom pa ed Clattworthy without dpipping in, if it wa only :? : a drink ol " You're i lljr! " sua Nicholas then he reckoned he d talked enough i", on? afternoon. ? year. TT mighl gratinai stai ting : . I i Mi . W? i fori 1 and joined the ? At f??r 'l at harvest . ? Miri Score, ai n't seel ' see the j?ike. '1 : ' ' , Mr . W< :' talked , I remei ne to the pari for a Penny K Mi is to sing a ? "I take it I like l , Billy Tut i ? in's ' ' 1 tip of his toi low in r?!s. In ? " I i : '. !" 1 ' "W f. ir a ' And '. . I In- ?I . "II ' ? i let ' ' re, bill "Youcan't do im?, nor yet Miriam," I laid, "sin thrown open the diM,r so wide ?as a maiden < an, and if u.m't walk in "She's ?lone nothing unbeconriing," , "but she loves him, an?! of coui lik?- her can't help showing it." DL'T simple she was not. and knn ; il *^ lie.au-.' die wasn't built to love an; selfish, greedy self. Slie knew that h- ? her l>y his havage [birth), ?and she km ??? only -"ii and would have a pot of mon? j , she knew plenty else about him: !>ut t view Nicholas was n?. catch at all f??r I ; his possessions. She'd had an alia:: that came t?. nothing; hut if she ever ??? body <l<e than Miriam VVedlake, it wa the postman, a flaxen man, much lut a high complexion and the cheek "i tl ?^irl? w?re concerned. They say that Satan I nd ?me ? idle ?lands to do; but in my experience, three seore year? ?and ten, I've found tl ones interest Satan most, because the} ergy and push and pluck. The lazy b? feebl *?.lkrtv tunes, too lazy even for any thing like a i of good wickedness; because, you see, wi the grand manner means hard work, ai ? ? Ati'l so it's among the busy people, not ., you'll lind the biggest ra?. als. And it wa- so with Postman Ba ett; I never walked less than twenty mil. a da ? g Sunday that man was always hungrj an h for : il f naughtiness, poaching or such like, lu- wasn't after the fish or birds I Hut though his natur? attra ? ! Miriam, bit too mu. h about him t?> go v? r I!? idi ?, he had only a postmai 'si with a drunken mother. So T? - B though she ?admired hi. dashing n so, for her to pretend to love N ridiculous, in my opinion. However, at seventy what your opinion is worth in I gen? ration; 1 I to Jane Wedlake. Sh?' wa alwa lu r fatb r's sake, RujktI '?'. store on me; though I cerned no mop I . d??g to m? t other I Ik. M< and Jane, howe*. ? sometim? -, and wonder a good bil why ? . his couragi "Miriai Moth? r, ami i. lui?. We w? re coming back I -une, ai had left Mrs. Wedlake and her eldest at 1 a horse ? tl is in a lane, and Nichola Damerell. UAVE V had enough too, Mr. Dam? i Jane; and he nodd d. Then I talk? d about the hay, an thin along of the dryth; and he nodded agaii "Did y?iu see Miriam and Mother?" asked I.? ad, ni; hi spoke. "You was singing up," h? ?ai I, Ai had been, trying ov?er a soi h? '?! hear?! -if:. the fair 1 "I ? .i ? I Jan? "Miriai ii far than me." After a paust 1 >ai crell "\ ti I. r.. koned ' ... noon, .md ?hut hi m? oitli ami Ii I tim ?? time he fidgeted ?vil ; . rit might ha Jane, who wa ? alway ? ?<?? rting, : little wa; . .i f? ". more than liad, in? t. A I. ? v on me and now on ? Win ? il il u an I and aid, "i farm. I was a bil him, I told J 1 ! I?l him i ? projH-r way i "Y?i : He'll strike 1 Ami le emit m XT!' 'Hid.AS, i ? r, and tea, I sol l t.. a ' ?